Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Staff Sgt. Steven H. Bridges

33, of Tracy, California.
Bridges was in a Stryker vehicle when it flipped into a canal in Ad Duluiyah, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on December 8, 2003.

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"Hey daddy, I miss you, I'm sorry I didn't wish you a happy birthday earlier, ive been really busy with school and trying to figure out life. I got into a university and I made a ton of friends! Every time someone asks about who our heros are I always say you because you knew exactly what you wanted and fought for it, you had your life planned out and that's what I'm trying to do too, I love you so much daddy I miss you and momma so much I think of you guys every day... my criminal justice class is really easy because I took it last year, oh I forgot to mention, last year I was in criminal justice and I got student of the quarter and student of the year!! I also did a regional competition and placed 3rd and then a state competition and placed 2nd!! I lost by 1 point otherwise I would've gone to nationals, im keeping my mind positive for you daddy, I wanna make you proud, I also was the keynote speaker for graduation!! School is going really good and so is everything else, tell momma I love her and please give her a very big hug for me, and don't forget daddy I love you so much"
Jaycob Bridges of Federal way

"Happy 46th birthday son. You are our hero, we think of you daily."
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"Steve was a good man, I just found out at the Woodward Park Memorial Day activities Sunday night May 29,2016 when I was showing my children the pictures of the fallen heroes and teaching them what Memorial Day is about and felt my heart drop when I saw his picture. Until that moment I had only cried over one persons death of people I knew and that was my nephew Richard when he was ten. I had a lot of good times with Steve when he was home here in Cali. He was the only person that when reflecting on my life was a friend true to the meaning. He was always ready to hang out, no strings attached. We lost touch when he re-enlisted after AT&T closed down. So I would like to thank you Steve for the time we had and though I don't really drink like back in the day, I'm going to make some of the drink we created Boo Boo and thank the Father for letting you visit my dream last night to comfort your brother in Christ to let me know you made the cut! My prayers go out to all the families of our fallen heroes this Memorial Day 2016. My condolences Mr. and Mrs. Bridges, Heidi, and the rest of your family. We all miss you Steve."
Richard Cahill of Stockton, Ca

"It was a shock to me when I first read your name on the KIA list for OIF back in 2006, at first I thought it was someone else with the same name then I seen your photograph ... It was like some one kicked me in the stomach . I met you early in your Army Career , we were stationed together at Ft. Campbell KY, in B co 3/502 Infantry. We were in the same Platoon and you were always a smiling happy go lucky guy. You were a PFC at the time if I remember correctly lol. It was an honor to serve with you and I wish you god speed brother . You will always be in our hearts and never forgotten ."
Danny D of Brentwood , Ca

"Steven You were always a great soldier and loving father and I admired that of you. We were Stationed together in Berlin, then Ft. Lewis , Korea then back to Ft. Lewis again. We were both BN. Ammo NCO's and had many of fun times out at the Ammunition Supply point(not) Then we both Deployed to the Sand Box and when I heard you had made the ultimate Sacrifice for our Country I was saddened and so proud and Honored that I had the privilege of knowing you all those years. RIP Brother you were one of the Best.."
SSG.(retired)Steve Gribble of JBLM( Ft. Lewis)

"Wow I can't believe it's been 12 years since our accident. I think about you every day. It's been 12 years to the day since you drowned in our stryker. I will never forget about you and I wish more than anything you weren't gone. You were a leader among leaders in the army. I'll never forget little sara making me do push up s as the new private in our squad. This drink is for you. You are always on my mind and in my thoughts. I miss you SSG Bridges."
Sgt. Hall your soldier of tirusville fl

"Happy 45th Birthday son. I can't believe we have a 45 year old son! We all miss you. Continue to watch over your family and give Debbie a big hug."
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"DADDY IM ALMOST 17.....gosh I wish you were here with me. It's been so long I miss the feelings of your hugs it's been so long I can't even remember them. I love you so much and I love momma too. I'm trying to do good in school daddy beleive me I am. But it's so hard when I'm so stressed out, and I'm sorry for what I did. I know you and momma saw and were probably really disappointed. I just want to be with you two again and be a happy family again. This is the only time I cry when I write on here. Or think about you two. But daddy. I'm almost 17. And in a year, I'll be 18 and I'll carry on your dream. What you had wished to do but couldn't. I'm gonna go in the army and rank where you were. Then Imma get my teaching degree and become a teacher. Just like you hoped you would. I'm sorry I haven't visited you and mommy for a while, but it's so hard to. Just knowing I can't actually hug you two one last time, I know what you guys look like from pictures. But pictures doesn't feel the same as the real thing. I can't even remember mommas voice and it makes me so sad. I can't remember anything from 8th grade down except all the bad things, I wish you guys were here. But since you're not I need you to give momma a kiss for me and give her a hug and tell her I miss her so much. I wish I could see you two in my dreams again. That makes me so happy. I love you daddy. And I love you momma. I hope you two are doing well and happy up in heaven. I still can't believe it's been 9 years since I last saw you. It's so long. I wish everyone lied and you came home to surprise me. I always hope that. That you went MIA not dead, that you come and find me. I love you daddy. Don't forget to give momma a kiss and I hope I see you in my dreams soon. I'll talk to you later daddy."
Sarrah bridges of Washington

"Merry Christmas daddy, doesn't feel the same without you. Hasn't for a while. Same with momma I miss waking up and seeing you guys Christmas morning. Well I hope you and mommy are having a good time up in heaven with God and Santa....merry Christmas and happy new year I love you both so much"
Sarrah bridges (daughter) of Federal way washington

"Hey Steve! I was thinking about you and found this site. It saddened me... I remember rolling up newspapers as weapons and fighting each other with them in high school like we were tough or something (a couple of "drama students" with newspapers). Then laughing so hard until donuts literally came out of our noses. You are a much better soldier than I ever was. Miss you much!"
Christopher John Reynolds of Reno, NV.

"Daddy, it's only been a couple months since I wrote on here...but I'm 16 now and I really miss you and momma, can you tell her I met Rick again? The guy she took Asl with her old teacher roman is my teacher now and he got me in contact with him. I love momma and I love you. I know you wouldn't be proud of me and the things I've been doing lately but it's just because I'm sad and depressed, I can't help it, you and momma were the only things that made me happy, and I can't see you again or hug you again, but next week close to thanksgiving I'm going to the cemetery again....so I can see you guys and actually leave flowers because then it will be about 3 years since momma joined you in your heaven house. I hope it's beautiful and I can't wait to live with you guys when I die....you guys mean the world to me and just writing this makes me cry...I wish you never went to war...I wish you would've stayed home. Then you wouldn't have died and momma wouldn't have gotten sick....I love you daddy...more than you know and I hope you're in my dreams again soon....like a good dream. Because I need one of those....I miss you so much and I love you to death Daddy....please give momma a hug and kiss for me because I cant. And tell her I'm sorry that I didn't see her body. I was scared. I didn't wanna believe she was gone too....thank you daddy. I love you"
Sarrah bridges (daddy's little girl) of Federal way, Washington

"Steve,

I came across one of the few pictures I was able to keep from Guam, we had the world in the palm of our hands!!
Steve was truly one of the good guys!!! I miss you brother!"
Deana of Fort Riley

"You will never be forgotten Steven. I was a few classes ahead of you at New Jerusalem School and got to Iraq in 2004. Condolences to Mrs. Bridges, the best bus driver ever. I think of Steven often."
Timothy Brown of Denair, CA

"Hey daddy it's me sarrah, I'm turning 16 in a couple weeks...man I wish you were here with me so much. It hurts everyday because I can't see you. We always talk about you and momma trying to remember the good days. I don't remember any of them because I was so young. But just hearing of them. Gives me the biggest smile in the world. I love you so much. I'm starting running start soon so I can be closer to my goal of being just like you. I love you so much daddy it hurts so much not to have you here with me every second of the day. I wanna be daddy's little girl again and be able to jump into your arms when I get home from school or the mall or whatever I went to. I just wanna be with you all the time."
Sarrah bridges of Federal way washington

"Son I can't believe it has been 10 years since theLord took you to be in His army. You would be proud of your family."
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"Daddy. I havent been on here in about a year because it makes me cry every time I come on here. I miss you so much and I literally never stop think of you or momma. If you read this please give momma a hug for me because I never get the chsnce to only you do. You dont know how hards its been living without you guys and I hust really miss you so much your my hero daddy and I love you so so much please give momma a huge hug and kiss for me. I promise im gonna see you 2 soon"
sarrah bridges (daughter) of federal way, washington

"Daddy. I havent been on here in about a year because it makes me cry every time I come on here. I miss you so much and I literally never stop think of you or momma. If you read this please give momma a hug for me because I never get the chsnce to only you do. You dont know how hards its been living without you guys and I hust really miss you so much your my hero daddy and I love you so so much please give momma a huge hug and kiss for me. I promise im gonna see you 2 soon"
sarrah bridges (daughter) of federal way, washington

"I just stumbled upon this page and thought I should say something.

When Steve died I cried for two days straight. I'm not the crying type. Every year on the anniversary of his death I do the same. Not for some vigil but because I can't help it.

He taught me how to be a man, much more than my father ever did. I only knew him for a short time but between him and Chuck I learned some valuable life lessons.

Sarah, I knew you only when you were knee high so I'm sure you don't remember me but I want to let you know that your father has always been worthy of all this praise. Your mother knew me since I was 12 and became friends with Tim through a fight on the playground. She sort of adopted me, knowing I was having a rough go of it at home she would take me in, no questions asked.

I only wish to say that his memory will be honored in my family for generations to come. Debbie was an invaluable confidant to me and I've always seen her as my second mother. I just wish I could have attended both their funerals. I wish even more that now I can one day visit their grave sites so I can finally lay this to rest.

Sarah, if you ever want to know more about your father and mother or wish to get some other stories about them contact Tim and I'll always be available to you."
Dave of El Paso, TX

"SSG Steve Bridges was one of two stellar soldiers I became friends with while stationed at Anderson AFB Guam. I was an AF flight medic who wanted to transfer to the Army, he thought I was nuts at first. After talking to him and Brett W. about my disasterous marriage, they got it.
After transfering to the Army, I contacted Brett and Steve to see if they had made it to Airborne school. I wanted to meet up with them at Benning.... I never had the chance to talk to him.
Later on after I PCS'd back to the states, I tried looking him and Brett up but we kept missing each other.

I am truly sorry I never got to tell you, I finally put having a family first, threw my boots over the wire, hung up the gear.... and to say thank you for being a great listener, friend, and one of the good guys!"
Deana of Fort Riley, KS

"happy birthday daddy see i told you i would right on here i love you so much and we went to visit u today and i got junior varsity on my soccer team for decatur gators and today i thought bout the man who brought me to the game and the man who used his life for others and i tried my best i love you so much daddy i miss u and mommy so much give her a big hug for me and a big kiss and tell her i made j.v please daddy i love you soooooooo much have a good birthday with mommy :)"
sarrah bridges (daughter) of federal way washington

"daddy,
mommy is with you now so i cant give her hugs anymore but i want you to give a huge one and tell her both of you are on my mind day and night and i wish neither of you died.......im becoming more like you everyday daddy i want to be a teacher just like you and i love acting to i wish you could see my grades this year i have 4 A's im getting better at drawing to and just so you know daddy im still going to do soccer but for a high school team not a real team......anyways i love you both very very very much and yes i still call you guys mommy and daddy give her a big hug and a big kiss for me daddy please and thank you i love you very much im gonna write on here for your birthday to i love you"
sarrah bridges (daughter) of orting WA

"You were a true leader"
Douglas of el paso tx

"Thinking of you AND Debbie this Memorial Day. You are not forgotten."
Roxanne Self of Mount pleasant, sc

"I was very saddened to hear of Debbies death. I was thinking about her today and thought I would look for her. Nicole and Sarrah, you probably dont remember us, but we lived across the street at Ft Lewis. I am praying for your family."
Michael and Carol Coffey of Hill AFB, UT

"Hey big guy! Missing Debbie alot right now, take good care of her. And thanks for looking over us all."
Patrick son in law of Orting, Wa

"Your always in our thoughts SSG Bridges. You always put your soldiers before yourself. We will never forget you."
Hall of Titusville, Fl

"Son, Debbie is with you now, we miss you both. Watch over your children."
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"Happy 41st son. We love you and miss you. You would be proud of your family.
Love,
Mom and Dad"
Mom and Dad Bridges of Tracy, CA

"Wow! What a wonderful person you turned out to be! I only read half way through these letters and am in tears at the amazing amount of love and respect you have. You did a great job Aunt L and Uncle S! Your cousin, Sarah"
sarah Bordona of Modesto, CA/USA

"Dear uncle Steve,
It's been a long time since you left. I can still remember the feeling I felt when i found out and that's one I won't ever forget. I miss you so much.
Being here in the Army makes me think of you every single day. Doing this is something that makes me really proud and I know that you are proud of me too. Your a true hero and I can only strive to be just the same. I am giving it my all every day I'm here and it's all for you and to make you proud.
I love you so much and know that I'll see you again someday. Miss you."
Your nephew, pvt Alex Bridges of Fort Benning, GA

"Happy Anniversary honey. Thirteen years, and 7 of them without you. :(
I miss you so much. I love you...."
Debbie

"We love and miss you. I can't believe it has been seven years since we said good bye."
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"Just missing you."
Debbie

"Just a note to let you know that I proudly wear your name around my wrist in the form of a bracelet. I never knew you but my brother was a good friend of yours. Thank you so much for your sacrafice, to keep America free. I think of you many times a day and tell what I know about you to my patients that ask about the bracelet (I am a nurse). Again..the words "thank you" are NOT enough, and my sorrow goes out to your family - I know they miss you with all their hearts. All my love."
Harriet Hurley of Pearl, MS

"Happy 40th Birthday son. I can't believe my oldest is 40. We love you and miss you."
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"Ugh. I hate this. Missing you like crazy...."
Debbie

"Just another day, brother, and like so many, I'm thinking about you again. Miss you, man."
Steve Amacker of Austin, TX

"Hey Steve,
How are you? We all miss you alot! I need your guidance right now as I am going through a tough time."
Your son-in-law Patrick of Fife, Wa.

"Daddy
I miss you i wish you could see Lucky and Libby and Rocket and i wish you could see the presents i got mama i got her so much stuff she'll love it i wish you were still here"
Sarrah Bridges of Fedral way Washington

"Dear Daddy,
It has been 6 years since you left us i miss you every day and it is sad without a loving devoted father to keep mamma company when i am out playing everyone misses you very much"
sarrah Bridges of fedral way washington

"Dear daddy,
it has been 5-6 years since u left us i miss u every day more and more i wish u would of never went to Iraq."
Sarrah of fedral way wa.

"i miss you so much you don't know how much i do."
sarrah

"Hey big guy,
How are ya? Today marks the anniversary of when you left us. I know you are looking over us with your signature leather coat lol. Just wanted to let you know im being the best son-in-law I can to Deb and brother to Sarrah. And im also annoying the hell outta Nicole for you. Married life to Nicole is great but I've learned something fast,that only two things are necessary to keep one's wife happy. First, let her think she's having her way. And second, let her have it!!! My prayer goes out to the family on this saddening day, and tell gramma high for me!"
Patrick your son in law of Fife Washington

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Steve,
You have left behind a loving family. The kids had learned so much from you. You would be so proud of them. You would be proud of me too, to see the turn my life has taken. I found God again and been busy doing His work.
I love you so much, nothing will ever change that. You are my one, my only, my soulmate.
Happy Birthday Grunt.
I love you."
Your Wife of Right here waiting for you.

"Happy 39th son. I am sure you are celebrating with your Heaven family. Give your grandparents and Linda a big hug for us.
Love Mom and Dad"
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"Tomorrow is our 39th Birthday Steven. Just wanted you to know you are not forgotten. Happy Birthday brother!"
Steve Chargois of Fontana, Ca

"Thank you to all of you who have left messages for Steve and our family. We miss him as much today as the day he left us for heaven. We know the Lord wanted him in His army and he is doing what he does best. God Bless all of you.
slbridges@caldsl.net"
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"Steve,
It has been many years since I have seen your face or heard your voice on the phone. Not a day goes by that I don't think about how much of a true friend you always were to me and how much impact you have made on my life. You will always have a special place in my heart as the best friend I have ever had, and that place has been completely shut off to others. I hope that when we meet again, you will be proud of the life I have led, for I am trying to live it to the fullest. You were always there for me, and I will never be able to repay you for the kindness you have shown me or the friendship that you offered me when nobody else would. God bless you my best friend, and your family! We will meet again some day at the table reserved for those that served their country with honor and protected the weak from the influences of evil. You are truly my hero."
Raymond Duchene of Tracy California

"Today is your day ssgt. I always think about you and the other men we lost. Love goes out to your familly"
todd of san diego CA

"Happy 11th Anniversary Steve. I miss you."
Debbie of Here, without you.

"Five years. Baby, you are on my mind always, and in my heart forever.
I love you."
Debbie of Federal Way

"to the bridges,
I still think of that day every day, I believe I am the only one who seen steves stryker roll and I wright this with tears in my eyes I will never forget steve he was a teacher a mentor and an all around great guy I am sorry for your loss and I will never forget my brother if you would like to contact me wright me at jnalbert10@aol.com and I will never forget your kindness in enviting me to thanksgiving before we left....I still have the photo"
Nick Albert of Lufkin, TX

"Happy Birthday honey. I can't believe it's been almost 5 years since you left us. We miss you each and every day. Your kids are growing into wonderful men and women. Sarrah is getting so good at soccer....I hope you can watch her play. We love you and will never, never forget you."
your wife, Debbie of WA

"To The Family Of Steven Bridges...
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Steven. In fact, I may never have heard of him if I had not read his name in a book ("My War-Killing Time In Iraq). It was not so much his name that caught my attention (after all, we here at home have grown used to seeing the names of service members KIA. Sadly, not many of us even really read them any more). What caught my eye was his birthday. August 22, 1970. Why did this stand out for me? Well, my name is Steven (Stevie to my loved ones)and I was born on August 22, 1970. For the first time since the start of this conflict, a soldier's death became personal for me. I myself served this country proudly in both the Air Force and Marine Corps. I gave 12 years of service to this nation. I also have a brother and sister both serving in the Army and both currently deployed. However, I have never personally known any of the troops who have lost there lives. Seeing Steven's name and D.O.B hit me hard and touched me as if I had known him. After all, we both came into this world on the same day. To you, his family, I offer my prayers for healing. And to you Steven, my brother-in-arms, your heroism will NEVER be forgotten!
Steve Chargois, Sgt USMC
leanmarine@gmail.com"
Steve Chargois of Fontana, Ca

"I miss you daddy, and I wish you didn't go to Iraq so you didn't die. If you were still alive, you would take me fishing and camping. Happy Father's Day Daddy, I miss you."
Your daughter Sarrah of Federal Way, WA

"Wow...I'm finally 21 and it sucks knowing that I can't have a drink with my daddy. I know that if you were here you would have gotten me really drunk, then bang pots in my room the next day to mess with my hangover...LOL. I miss you daddy. I wish you were able to walk me down the aisle next year when I get married, but Uncle Chuck will because he said he would be honored to.

I miss you daddy...."
Your daughter, Nicole of Federal Way, WA

"I am working on a Memorial Stitchery and would like to make arrangements to present it to the family member who would most like to receive it when it is finished.
email: xstchr@charter.net"
Martha Pearson of Hesperia, CA

"May 2, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Steven H. Bridges:
Steven gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I ordered a hero braclet from herobraclets.org to honor a soldier that fought and died for our country. I am proud to say I recieved Steven H. Bridges name. He is a hero and always will be. I'm sure you are very proud of this man. I never met him but i know he was a great man for serving for this country. I want you to know that he is looking after you from Heaven and is proud of you."
Sierra [14 years old] of Georgia/United States

"I miss you Uncle Stevie and I hope that you are in peace! You are in a better place now. Stay there and wait for us so we can see you again soon. Your wife and kids love you Uncle Stevie and I love you too!! Hope to see you soon."
Confidential of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"I miss this man very much and I hope his family is ok. This man was my uncle (or sort of like one). When he died I felt horrible. I felt like the whole world was about to fall apart. It was the first death I had been truly a part of during the war. The worst part about it all was that he had a daughter who was in Kindergarden at the time. It was really sad because I knew him even more than she did and it hurt me so much to see that. She barely had a clue as to what had happened. This man was a part of my family. There isnt a day that I don't think about him. One of the things that hurt me the most when he died was when I asked the young girls teacher how she was doing and she said, "Young woman that is none of your business!" It hurt so bad and I never got over it. I miss Uncle Stevie very much and I hope that he went where he truly deserved to go...Heaven."
Confidential of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"There isnt a day that goes by that I dont think about what happened that night in Iraq. It changed everyones lives involved forever. It made me a stronger person and I know Steve was there guiding me as I had to take over his position as Squad Leader. 2 other members of our squad lost their lives that night as well. Spc Christopher Wesley and Spc Joseph Blickenstaff. May God Bless their familes."
Josey Huffman of Columbus, GA

"Man after I got out of the army I was looking through the list of soldiers who died and seen a few I knew, And when I ran across this name I couldn't look at anymore. They wasn't anyone in the army who I respected more as a leader. When I seen the name it took me back to a lot of the talks we had. And even once getting stood in the corner like a child(of course I was acting childish). Then I felt guilty, For not being there. You was a great leader, friend, soldier, and man. All my respect,"
PVT. Edmonds(j_a_lvl_e_s@yahoo.com) of Hickory,NC

"I lost touch with Steven in high school and can see he turned into an amazing man. Someone I wish I knew as an adult. I remember running around the ranch with Steven and riding bikes. My heart goes out to Loretta, Sheldon and Heidi. I grew up with you and hope you're all well. Take care"
Bill Sepeda of Seattle, WA

"Steve....4 years. What do I say? It's been a rollercoaster, I guarantee that. It seems like just yesterday I dropped you off at Battalion to say goodbye, not knowing that would be the last time.
Your family is doing well. Your kids are growing, and your grandchildren too. I am going back to school, just like we discussed....I just wish you were here to help me with my homework, like we thought you would be.
We are on our way to see your grave...I will bring you purple flowers, just like always. The kids all have a gift for you too...you will see that soon.
I love you Steve..I miss you. I want you back, but I know that will never be.
Keep a place for me...in a blink of an eye, I will be there to join you, although from here, it will seem an eternity."
Your wife of Here missing you

"Loretta and Sheldon

I was in touch with Raymond Duchene and he informed me of Steves sacrifice. I will always remember him as a great friend and will always be greatful to him for being there for me when my grandfather passed.. It has been a long time since i have spoke with anyone and would love to hear from someone. my email is tlw246@yahoo.com
you all are in my thoughts and prayers
Thank you Steve for your sacrifice. You are both loved and missed."
Tammy Wheeler-Woommavovah of Sand Springs, Ok. USA

"Happy 37th Birthday son. It seems like yesterday you were a curious, happy butterball! Oh we miss you. Your children and grandchildren are beautiful. Your wife is wonderful. Thank you for the family you left us. We know you are in Jesus' arms. We love you."
Mom and Dad of Tracy,CA

"SSG Bridges,
I just wanted you to know not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind. On my wrist i carry your name along with Wesley and Blick. It hasn't been removed since the day in iraq I received it. I remember our conversation on the way to chow like it was yesterday. You taught us well. Your boys made it home. I only wish you were there to celebrate with us. You are a true hero. and a hero of mine. I miss the days of trying hard to make you proud. working to be the best. you wouldn't have your squad any other way. Thank you for everything, keep watching over your boys and taking care of us."

"Debbie, Nicole and Sarrah,
I dont know if you remember us but I wanted to let you know that before we moved from Fort Lewis to Las Vegas, Mike went and had a bracelet made with Stevens name as well as another soldier that he knew personally. He wears it every day. Thank you so much for the sacrafice that you made. I think of you often."
Carol, Mike, Michael, Brittany, Amber and Alyssa Coffey of Las Vegas, NV

"SSG Bridges,
To see your name here has broken my heart. You helped me out so many times in HHC and in Blackhawk that I can't even count. I now look back and wish there was more I could have done for you. God bless you and your family... You were one hell of a man. I will remember you always"
George M. Lewis II of Huntsville, Al

"To the friends and family of Steven Bridges,
I saw a licence plate frame with Stevens name on it, and wanted to know
more. I can't describe my feelings of
sorrow for the loss you've had to live with. On the other hand what joy and
pride this fine man brought to you that
knew and loved him. God Bless Steven and all of you who have sacrificed so
we can continue to live free of tyranny
and intolerance. Thank you so very much."
The Shelleys of Federal Way, WA

"daddy, I miss you so much. Nothing will ever replace you and how we were together. I think about you often. I'm dating Patrick, I dunno if you remember him, but he is wonderful daddy. He treats me great and you would appreciate what he does for me. Tears are streaming down my eyes because it makes me think that when I get married, I wont have you to walk me down the aisle. Uncle Chuck said he would, but it just isn't the same. It is hard without you, and your guidance. It's hard to know that everyone who knew you is in so much pain because you are gone. You did the best thing anyone could, you gave EVERYTHING for your country, I just wish people would appreciate it more. You are the only daddy I ever had and the only daddy I ever want to have. No one can take your place, and you know that. I know that you are watching over me and helping me through my problems. I have always looked to you for guidance and I still do, even though I cantt just walk down the hall or pick up the phone. I pray to you, and pray for our family that one day we can think about you and not want to cry, or not cry, just like you always wanted. Just know, daddy, it is hard not to cry when we think of you. It is hard not to cry when we talk about you. It is hard not to cry in general. Take care of my grandma, she is the only one I had till I was 11. Tell her I love her and know that I love you too! I miss you daddy.....I'll see you again I promise."
Your "Terd Burgler" of a Daughter, Nicole of Washington

"Merry Christmas son."
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"I still can't believe you are gone. I love and miss you much."
Your Sister

"I miss you."
Debbie

"Son,
It has been three years since we received the news that pulled the rug out from our world. We miss your calls and your laughter. I know you are keeping watch on all of us. We love you."
Mom and Dad of Tracy,CA

"Happy 36th Birthday son. We love you and miss you. I know you are watching over us. Take care of Grandma and Grandpa.
Love Dad and Mom"
Dad and Mom of Tracy, CA

"August 22, 2006.
Happy Birthday honey. I miss you so much, and can't wait to see you again. Tell mom and grandma hello and take care of them till we get there."
Your wife of Federal Way

"I'm still emotional- how can one explain how it feels to have so many memories? Dragging us through the fields until we had blisters on our back... riding horses until you're sister got a foxtail in her eye- all smiles. You were always Heidi's biggest fan. I'm envious of that relationship. Heidi, Loretta, and Sheldon- I love you all- thank you so much for being my other (but more stable family) -
All my Love,
Holly Luiz- Romualdo"
Holly of Norfolk, Va

"I just sat down at my laptop and typed in your name thinking I could see how youve been since you returned my email years ago.No one told me what happened to you and I cannot tell you how hollow I feel right now. Last week I actually told my church what me and you talked about.Again thank you for being so forgiving to a teenage punk."
stephen dabbs of ca

"Happy Easter honey...we sure do miss you. I think about you all the time, each and every day, almost every minute of every day.
I know you, mom and grandma don't like to see us suffer down here, but baby, it's hard being without you all. I miss snuggling with you, holding you, and getting your warm gentle hugs.
Another holiday is here, and we will celebrate it without you and mom this year....this sucks. BUT...when I get there, we will have the biggest, grandest holiday ever.

Love you so much, it hurts...."
Debbie

"Steve, this is hard finding out today 30 Mar 06 that you died over 2 years ago. You were my friend and blood brother from Korea. I know we didn't keep up but I still thought of you often. I got the message from Mik via Tony. I will always miss you. I really appreiciate everything you did for the continued freedom of this great country. I always thought you were the best dungeon master that ever lived. I still try to live up to your wonderful imagination every time I play. I really am going to miss you bro. The gang all knows now and you better keep us a seat up there with a cold beer. Love you and God speed. Your DMZ brother. Roy...."
Christopher L. McElroy of Columbia, S.C. USA

"Debbie,
Thank you for your sacrifice you have made and thank you for the sacrifice Steve made. There is no greater gift that one can give and that is freedom. I thank God every day for our heroes. I didnt know him personally, but I know he was a good man from Kris and Hyram. Thank you again and I know God will bless you for your sacrifice."
Matt Gluth of Phelan, Ca

"My Dearest Brother-
It has been over two years since you left us, yet as I write my eyes fill with tears. I did not know my heart could ever feel this much pain. I think of you daily, speak of you often and talk to you plenty.
You are greatly missed, yet never forgotten by the boys- you are a HERO to us all. I know I will see you agian someday, till then my heart aches. I love you"
Your Sister, Heidi of Nampa, Idaho

"Steve,
Take good care of mom until we get there. Tell her i'm sorry, and we miss both of you so much. Dad will be ok, we are taking care of him."
Debbie

"Steven,
Thank You"
Sean Morelos of Tracy CA

"It has been To Years man, I think about you 3 Every Day.

Blackhawks"

"Son,
It has been two years since you left us. In some ways it feels like only yesterday and other times it feels as if forever. I know you shake your head at times when you see my tears. We love you and miss you dearly.

Love,
Mom and Dad"
Mom and Dad of Tracy, CA

"It's 2 years today, hon. Why does this one seem harder? I thought it was supposed to get easier.
I just want to say I love you, and I hope you can see in my heart, how much."
Your wife

"Thanksgiving came by and around the fire pit I thought of you, remembering the 4th of July and your sweet smile and laughter.. You can never know what you meant to me and I only wish now I had said you were a man I admired..."
Catressa of Fort Lewis, Wa

"You will forever be in our hearts and on our minds. I miss you."
Debbie

"God bless you Steve. My thoughts are with you and your family as they are with the people who knew you. Hope my Dad manages to find you up there.He'll be the one calling you Steve, Mam will be calling you Steven!"
Steve Bridges of Sydney, Australia.

"Happy birthday babe.... Did you get the balloons Sarrah sent up to you? She picked them out herself.
We love you and miss you so much."
Deb, Nicole and Sarrah

"Son,
Happy 35th Birthday. We still miss you and always will. We know you are watching over us every day. We had a "taco feed" in your honor with Bob and Evie.

Love,
Dad and Mom"
Dad and Mom of Tracy, CA USA

"Steve, there isn't much to say. I miss you. That night is forever etched in my memory, and I'm truly sorry we weren't able to get in fast enough. I can't thank you enough for what you taught me."
Blackhawk 46

"Steve,
Guess what, they made me a Drill Sergeant. I couldn't have done it without you. Thanks for being a leader and a mentor to me and all those who knew you, but most of all, thanks for being a freind, a soldier, and a brother. You will never be forgotten. I know that even heaven needs re-inforcements every once in a while, that's why He took the best. Save a plate of chow for me."
Dave Kirby of Ft. Lewis, WA

"Steve...
Another holiday is coming up, and it's another day without you. Many people will remember you and your guys this Memorial Day....along with the others who have lost their lives.
I know you've got Bob Hope up there doing comedy for you, so laugh it up while you can. I'm pointing my finger at you and am gonna holler pretty loud when I get there, you weren't supposed to leave me this way! I'll only holler for a minute though....
I love you more every day, and I miss you so much. It pains me to have to go on without you.
I love you babe...."
your wife

"Steve,
I will miss you so much even though I never really got a chance to really know you.I love you and I will never forget you or how nice you were even though you didn't have to be.Love you."
of Sheridan, California

"SSG Bridges, I'll never forget the conversation we had while getting our vehicles inspected prior to NTC. You told me all you knew about making great coffee out in the middle of the desert. It's still hard to believe your gone, I can only hope your in a better place, God Bless."
Mark Eckerman of Lakewood, WA

"I was privileged to have known Steven during our time in basic at Fort Benning, GA. We were in the same platoon, and I was fortunate enough to count him among my closest friends. Even throughout Korea, he always had a way of making me laugh...he was, and is, an example of the best of us all. I want to say something profound, but all I can think of is that I will always miss my brother."
Steve Amacker of Austin, TX

"I have been blessed to receive a War Hero bracelet bearing the name of this brave man. Be assured that he will never be forgotten, and that his family will be in my prayers. I know that my freedom cost this good man everything, and you, his family have payed dearly for his faithfulness. I am so grateful to him and to you, his loved ones. Bless you."
Karen L. Frazer of Latrobe, Pennsylvania/USA

"I just recieved a a war hero's bracelet and it bears the name of Steven H. Bridges. Being from a military family and having friends in Iraq , it has meaning. I pulled his profile from the Internet site for fallen heros to put a face to the name. I will wear this everyday in his memory and for all those lost in this conflict."
Angela M. Sobota of Middletown, CT USA

"hey ssg bridges, im now the same rank as you and i bet you would have NEVER guessed that would happen! we all miss you and i hope you know we did what we could. i just found this site and im glad i did. my regards to the family."
ssg kleppel of steilacoom wa

"Debbie, Nicole, Sarrah, and the rest of the Bridges family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wanted to contact you so many times before, but just could not think of the words to say to you. I am very sorry for your loss, just know that Steve died a HERO."
Carol, Mike, Michael, Brittany, Amber and Alyssa Coffey of Fort Lewis, WA

"Merry Christmas Baby.
Our daughter turned 18 today. She's grown so much in the last year. I know you can see that though.
I know, I shouldn't have so many tears for you, but my heart aches so bad. I know you are telling me not to cry, not to be sad, but to enjoy the memories of you and laugh. I do. But most days are tougher than others.
I'm trying to be strong for you. It hurts so bad that you are not here to help me. I feel like I cant do this alone.
I'm still trying to help others like we always did. The gift I donated in your name has made a wonderful holiday for many children who would not otherwise have one. Sarrah, Kendra and Sam donated toys too. I know that makes you proud.
If only I could hold you one more time....until then.
I love you Steve."
Debbie

"Merry Christmas Steve. I miss you just as much today as I did the day you left. Knowing you, having you as a part of my life, and as my brother in law, has changed me forever and made me a better person inside. I miss our talks, I miss calling you for your advice, I miss you. Life just isn't the same without you picking on me. I am still anal retentive, but now I smile when I say it because it makes me think of you.
Love you brother...."
Denise of Federal Way, Washington

"It has been one year since Steve left us. Thank you Steve for the family you left us. We would also like to take the time and thank everyone who has posted a message or logged into Steve's memorial site. He was a wonderful son and grew to be a wonderful man. We are very proud to call him our son. God Bless each and everyone of you and your families."
Steve's Dad and Mom of Tracy, CA

"Thank you."

"Thank You for the Gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory. Your sacrafice will never be forgotten. 12/4/04"
Grateful American of Macon,Ga

"To Steven Bridges and his family,

I will always remember you as a friend while working at AT&T. When I heard of your death a year ago, I was deeply sadden and could not believe it happened. My prayers are for you and your family as we get closer to the date of your passing. To all family and friends who have lost loved one in Iraq and Afganistan over the last 3 years my condolences are with you as well. Every single man and women who is serving overseas or state side is a true American Hero!!!"
Jon Krieg of Livermore, Ca

"To Mom:
I love you very much. I will always remember that Steve is not the only one who is paying the price of freedom. Your sacrifice and continued dedication to Sarah and the rest of your family will always serve as a shining light for me in dark times. As we come close to the first anniversary or Steves death, I am reminded of how wonderful Steve could be. I am reminded of the change I saw come over him, from the first time I met him at that tiny blue house, to the last time I saw him before I left for Indiana. The last time he seemed much more happy, I remember him smiling constantly. I knew that he was happy with you and in turn died a fulfilled man.

To Steve:
I still remember the time you set me straight when I was I think 15. I called you out into the yard, as I was a hot head and pretty dumb, and you gave me a valuable lesson. When to keep my mouth shut.

I know it wasn't your style to cry (at least not infront of me) but I can't help, as I right this, to be in tears. I have to pause every few moments as the tears become overwhelming. This is the mark you left on me.

Your example was extraordinary for me growing up. I was not your son but sometimes I felt closer to you than my own father, at least I respected you more. You are not a hero because you died, you are a hero because you lived and set an example for all around you to live by.

You are a true leader Steve, meant to give men hope and discipline, and even if you didn't mean to, you gave alot of love in the process."
David Wagner of Williamstown, MA

"To a wonderful man whom I had the pleasure of serving with. I only pray that you are in a better place and your family is recovering from this odeal. I will miss you my friend."
Robert Llanes of Crawfordville, FL

"I, too, went to high school in Tracy.(class of 85)While I'm not sure that I knew him, I felt compelled to express my remorse at his passing. I m truely sorry he was taken away from all of those who loved him.I pray your families find strength to carry on."
Kim glover nee' Lakatsas of seattle, wa

"I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued prayers. It's remembering there's people like you out there that make life even a little bearable."
Debbie Bridges of Washington State

"Big Sarge

I will always remember these things about you:

Your mustache
Your wierd but funny stories
Your gadgets (especially your GPS)
Your Video games you were always playing in the 3rd Plt Cage
Your time as the BN Ammo NCO (When I was the Staff Duty NCO and the cops found that SAW Drum in Rileys Car on a Sunday, that sure was fun)
Your 101st ODS stories
Your loaylty to your squad
Your pride in your CIB and Air Assault Wings
Your ability to teach anybody anything
You helping me destroy that BMP that was tearing up the company at NTC
Your Smile
Your daughter at work loving the Army and headbutting the LT

Man we had some good times together, I sure miss you man. I'll see you on the OBJ soon, make sure you and Blick and Wes save us some chow

Blackhawks!"
SGT Tolbert of Houston TX

"Sergeant Bridges, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the family of SSG Bridges,
I also am a soldier from Tracy California who is serving in Iraq. I was sadden to hear of a fellow Tracy soldiers death and wish to express my regards. I pray for your family and Thank You for being strong as a military family. Your Steven will always be remembered by many. God Bless you all."
SPC Condon, D of Tracy California currently in Baghdad, Iraq

"My name is Cathie Longstreth and I was the grandmother to Duane E. Longstreth, killed in Baghdad on August 7, 2003. I am also a member of the "Bridge People" of Outpost 122. The members of the Bridge Team rally at Outpost 122 (the exit 122 off I 5) every Saturday in an effort to support the troops of Ft. Lewis, McCord AFB and Camp Murray (Washington State National Guard). We have the honor of greeting hundreds of military members and their families every week. The response from the troops is heart warming and welcomed .

I am writing this message to the other families in Washington State that have also lost a family member while serving our country, since September 11, 2001. My family would like to display a picture of the fallen hero, with the name and possibly the date of death, on the bridge while we are rallying. It is intended to honor them for the sacrifice they made but will not be used by us as a personal political statement. We hesitated to replicate the pictures we find on the many web sites without the express permission of the surviving family, as we have had our own experience with the media attempting to use our loss to support their political position.

If you do not object to us using your loved ones picture, please email me with your permission at one of the email addresses below. If you have a special picture that you like us to use please email that as well, otherwise we will be using one of the pictures already posted on the web.


chilstad88@aol.com
clongstreth@multicare.com"
Cathie Longstreth of Tacoma, Wa.

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Steven, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi B from Montana "

"Staff Sgt. Bridges:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely and safely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace soldier."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Loretta, Sheldon and Heidi,

I just wanted to let you know that you are all in my prayers every day. When my mom told me of his passing all I could do is pray for you all. I know the heart break of losing someone so loved. I think of you all every day. Steven is a hero and always will be.

With love,
Air Force Senior Airman Amy Lewis, formerly Amy Luiz."
Amy Lewis of Offutt AFB, NE/USA

"I pray you find peace and that you have a clear recollection of Steven and his brilliant life. He is a hero. I owe my quality of life to him and men like him. I am grateful for his life of service, both on and off the battle field. I know your family made a dramatic impact on my brother, Joe Blickenstaff. May God Bless you and hold you up."
Susan Livingston (Joe Blickenstaff's sister) of Bellingham, WA

"To the Bridges Family,
I was so sad to hear about Steven's death in Iraq. I pray that God will give you peace during this time of mourning, and that the sacrifice that Steven gave to our country will never be forgotten.

In much gratitude,
Kim Robles ( formerly Kim Kissell who rode on the New Jerusalem bus with Mrs. Bridges for 8 wonderful years)"
Kim Robles of Livermore Ca

"To the wonderful and loving family of Steve Bridges......I am honored to have you in my life and even more honored to call you friends. YOur grace, dignity, and poise in facing this tragedy will stay with me always. May God always keep you blessed."
The Cote's: Stacie,David, Brandon, and Nathan of Ft. Lewis, WA

"Steven was in the class behind me at New Jerusalem School in Tracy, CA. While we weren't best friends, it was impossible at such a small school not to know each of your school mates very well. When I heard Steven had joined the Army I was so proud of him, and when I heard he had given his life for his country I was profoundly saddened. To his family, my condolences go out to you, and I know that I will never forget Steven.
Thank you Steven, for protecting our country, and our freedom."
David Thoming of Tracy, CA

"I knew Steven, growing up in the same neighborhood and even riding the school bus with him, which his mother drove and I am shocked that such a young man has been taken away, but he died a hero serving his country and he will be remembered. The great general George S. Patton said, "It is foolish to mourn men who have died in war, rather we should be thankful that such men lived". Thank you for living Steven..."
William Burt of Boise Idaho

""To the Bridges family my husband is also with 3rd brigade out in iraq. My heart goes out to the family and you will always be in our prayers.""
michelle&brent rhoades of ft. lewis, wa

"Thank you Steven Bridges, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Steven Bridges:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Steven for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Steven Bridges:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Steven, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on