Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Oliver J. Brown

19, of Carbondale, Pennsylvania.
Brown died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when his M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, New Milford, Pennsylvania. Died on September 28, 2005.

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"Oliver, Bill, Ollie, a boy of many names and of one beautiful courageous smile. I miss the havoc we caused as kids, me, you, bam, and ho ho, I always was the only girl, but you guys didnt see me as that. I got to be one of the guys, you taught me how to race, how to drive stick, and were always one devious smile away from some other fun! I miss you man. Nine years has seemed like an eternity. I know you watch over us, I can tell. And so can the girls. My brave hero, I love you and miss you, and am eternally grateful for your sacrifice."
Amber of Athens Pa

"Ollie I miss you so much. I was just a kid when you and my dad left for Iraq. I always thought about my dad but I never knew you were over there too with him. I was always so scared he wouldn't come back but I wish I had spent that time thinking about you too. You were to young for this to happen. I remember when you would baby sit me and my brother. You would always have your friends with you. I remember when they would bring their pit bull Cinnamon. Every time I think about you I think of what could have gone right but it's just so hard. I'm taking your old lever action rifle hunting with me this year. I'm gonna have the head of the first dear I get mounted and I'm gonna give it to your dad as a gift. I know your looking down on me right now but don't worry your rifle will always stay with me."
Andrew Spinner of Waverly, NY

"Brown got my through Basic in Benning. He was my battle buddy and my one of my two best buddies. I truly miss you brother I think about you a lot. Everytime I get M'Ms I'm reminded of you. I'm sorry brother."
david of seattle washington

"I have posted photos of Oliver's memorial at the following URL:
http://notesview.com/A55C2D/notes.nsf/blogentry?OpenForm&id=20090516-090513-AM"
Matt Cooper of Athens PA

"Oliver Brown "Ollie" you are so loved and missed... you are a true hero for the little town of Athens,PA. I can't believe it has been three years now... I still can't believe you are gone! Marlene Austin wrote a story about you... and in the end she wrote "I envy the angels laugter." Don't we all? He always knew how to make somene laugh. Anyone who wants to read the story contact me caresta05@hotmail.com"
Rachel of East Smithfield,PA

"To Oliver, and Family. I can remember hanging out with you and my brother, and watching you jump your bike into the thorn bushes to return, saying you could do a better job then that, and trying the stunt again. It is hard to believe that the funny boy who could make the world smile is forever silenced.You will always be in our hearts! And until the day comes, I will wait to meet with you again in heaven! We love, and miss you!"
Dakota, and the Austin Family of Gillett, Pennsylvania

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Oliver J. Brown:
Oliver 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

"Growing up right beside him was a privlege. Everytime I look at the Flag I always think of you. More and likely I will join the armed forces for you. May Peace Be With You.
JRW"
Your Neighbor of Grew up beside you.

"oliver im sry that u are gone let peace be with u and ur family. u will be sadly missed"
Taylor of gulfport , mississippi

"im shore he was a very good man."
cameron of waverly new york

"im shore he was a very good man."
bob of waverly new york

"It's been two years, and you are no less forgotten."
Anonymous of VA

"Brother, I miss you..."
Amy Brown of Sayre, Pa

"Oliver, I am saddened by your loss. Peace be with you and the loved ones you left behind."
Matthew of Crozet, VA

"To the family of:Oliver J. Brown I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"thank you for all you done. pepole like you shouldn't lose there lives trying to save others"
jennifer greenwood of 8066 breeze dr. north ft. myers fl.

"... we are still here serving for you. What Oliver did is not in vain. God Bless America and all those who believe in her and what she stands for. To Sue, Amy, and the rest of the family our prayers are with you still."
SGT Wade and Jenny (Crocker) Abbott of Sayre, PA/USA

"I never knew Oliver, but I thank him for his service."
Scott of Silver Spring, Md

"I DIDN'T KNOW OLIVER ALL THAT WELL BUT I KNEW HE WAS MY NEPHEW, BRANDON JOHNSONS, BEST FRIEND. THEY WERE INSEPERABLE TO THE END. OLIVER I WISH I HAD GOTTEN TO KNOW YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OUR HERO.LET'S ALL PRAY FOR OUR AMERICAN TROOPS TO COME HOME SAFELY IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN"
BARB DOWD of WAVERLY,NY

"my name is Cassidy and i am a volunteer for the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. We are a group of people that have built a memorial wall in Marsielles Illinois for all the fallen soldiers in Mideast conflicts since Beriut. Your loved one's name will be permenently added to this wall. For any further information visit our website www.ilfreedomrun.org please e-mail me at me1196@aol.com to let me know that you have recived this message. If you decide to come to this memorial on June 19th, 2006, you will recieve VIP seating and treatment for the cermonies that day. ALL OUR WELCOMING TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS
**Cassidy"
Cassidy of Brookfield/ILL/red,white,blue

"daniellecregan86@yahoo.com"
cregan of daniellr

"We miss you Ollie. We love you so much. You will never be forgotten."
Your Friends of Athens, PA

"We love you all. You lost your beloved one for our freedom. May we never misuse his sacrifice and always make him proud. Praying for you all..."
Marilyn Brent of Indianapolis

"I never even met you but I love you for the sacrifices you made for me."
Kevin Herrity of Mechanicsville,VA,USA

"Words can not express the sorrow we feel for your loss. Please accept our prayers for all who knew and loved Oliver Brown for the brave soul that he was."
lavina of exton , pa

"It was nice to finally meet you at Oliver's viewing. I was tickled to hear that you call him Billy too. My son was SPC William "Bil" Evans and he and Oliver served together in Charlie Co and in Iraq in Bravo. I know Billy would have wanted me to tell you that he is proud of your son and that they will all forever be in our memories. I know the pain you are going through and I know that this doesn't bring them back but know that I am praying for all of you as we go through this together yet alone. I am proud to have gotten to meet you all and only wish we could have met before our boys gave completely and unselfishly of themselves for our freedom.. Hopefully someday I will be able to share with you an email my son sent so that others would know and understand that they were there doing what was right for America. Praying for your healing"
Judy Evans of Hallstead PA

"To the Brown Family, I know your sadness... it was a terrible tragedy, our five men lost on that fateful day... but know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers. They are together now for eternity... and they will always be our heroes."
Kim Arnold, wife of SSG Daniel Arnold of Montrose PA

"To the Brown Family,
We extend our thoughts and prayers to you for the loss of your beloved OLIVER. We hope you take some comfort in knowing he is an American Hero and we celebrate his life.
OLIVER - Gods Speed and may the Angels surround your family as they try to heal. We thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will Never be Forgotten.
From the grateful family of an American Soldier, stationed at Ft. Campbell with the 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq - 10-20-05"
--Sharon & Craig Erwin of Oregon, United States of America

"To the Brown family I speak from my broken heart. Our sons Daniel, Oliver, George, Eric and Lee will be forever united as one, in our hearts, our prayers and in the sands of the desert. They fought together and went to a better world together. Perhaps someday we will understand why...."
Dolores Parker (George's mom) of Honesdale, PA

"To the Brown family I speak from my broken heart. Our sons Daniel, Oliver, George, Eric and Lee will be forever united as one, in our hearts, our prayers and in the sands of the desert. They fought together and went to a better world together. Perhaps someday we will understand why...."
Dolores Parker (George's mom) of Honesdale, PA

"Where does one begin? Oliver gave the ultimate sacrifice for our Peace and Freedom. "Freedom Isn't Free" were his words and those words hit like a ton of bricks. I, with a son heading to Iraq in November, fear for all those who put their lives on the line for our freedom but I am proud of each and every one. Being a part of the cassion and walking that mile in the pouring rain brought a warmth to my heart knowing Oliver and all the fallen heros will continue to serve our country for all of eternity. Oliver is and always will be a hero in my eyes as is any person who is willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I salute you all and may God watch over each and everyone of you. Thank you for our Freedom Oliver, you gave the ultimate sacrifice and will Never be forgotten. Rest in Peace my friend."
Mastellar/Hart family of Ulster Pa.

""REST in Peace dear soldier. We are so sorry -
VERY GRATEFUL for your service and willingness to help others find the freedoms we take for granted here.
A Montana family""

"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.
Our nations HERO, Oliver will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"I read the story of Oliver and Brandon and was very touched. The story made me cry--few people have friends of such magnitude. It was such an incredible and inspiring story. This is a loss not only to the Brown and Johnson families, but to our nation, as well. Please know that Oliver will never be forgotten and he is truly an American Hero. His sacrifice will always be revered in my heart. Soldiers like Oliver are my heroes."
Holly Wheat of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, USA

"to the brown family from the wahl family. we are deeply sadden by the news. our heart and prays are with OLIVER and YOUR FAMILY! this is a very diffucult situation. one that each of his family will deal with it in his or her own way. i said, that for we lost our son last year in BALAD,IRAQ. today this day i think of GREGORY everyday. an my tears flow for OLIVER as it did for GREGORY and all our fallen. all we can do is take it day by day. OLIVER you have not given your life in vain. you are a hero! one that answered acalling to serve his country. an i THANK YOU for your service OLIVER. more importantly, for being a brother to our son. you both and others that serve are a band of brothers and sisters united to watch and protect one another. Oliver knowing our son served with man like you. i had the comfort not to worry. the important thing for all AMERICANS to understand that you are someone's someone and someone to us all as a nation. that we need to always support our troops. Oliver you have touched the hearts of so many. those that you have touched hold very precious memories; that you shared together. Oliver you will never ever be forgotten. for you are remembered today, tomorrow and forever. an your family needs to reach out to your community and political leaders. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN YOUR HONOR. that those in your community will always remember, it was OLIVER that served our community, county, state and country. He protected us against terrorism and gave those in IRAQ an opportunity for peace. to live without hate or fear. Oliver you are apart of history. apart of IRAQI, AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY. OLIVER YOU ARE THE VERY ELITE OF AMERICANS. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS AMERICANS IN OUR COUNTRY. AN VERY FEW AS YOU OLIVE TO SERVE FOR US ALL. GOD BLESS!"
leonard t. wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Oliver Brown, 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 Pfc. Oliver Brown:
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 Oliver 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 Pfc. Oliver Brown:
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 Oliver, 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