Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Michael C. Campbell

34, of Marshfield, Missouri.
Campbell died in Samarra, Iraq when his convoy hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on May 19, 2004.

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"Spc Micheal Campbell is a true hero In a couple of minutes it would be the day he lost his life doing what he loved to do . My husband was in the truck with them that day was the hardest day of my life because Red Cross told me that my husband died and his partner had made an that they are sorry!! I was in totally shock because in my head I was thinking how can I tell my newborn her father died just when I thinking about it my phone ring and it was my Hubby from camp anaconda. He was about to get surgery so he could head to Germany for more surgery . Once I got off the phone with them I called his unit in Germany and told them about my hubby and all they was saying No no Mrs Blanco Your wrong!! I then told them the truth and they was so confused that I told them where my hubby was and they had to found out info Then call me back to a Apologize to me .. I must stay that Michael is a hero and I even have his pic hang up in my house he is my husbands guardian angel .😇Your gone but not forgotten especially in This Blanco house!!!! We Miss you This war needs to stop we need our love ones with us families don't need to go through this pain .."
Blanco family of Oakland fl

"Thanks to all the wonderful people for the prayers and kind words. Mike was my uncle. He would also tell me that I would be safe because uncle Mikey was on duty. We all miss him dearly. And once again thanks for your thoughts."
Gia of waverly mo

"To the family of:Michael C. Campbell
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"1-15-11"

"I don't know what to say... i don't want to be inappropriate... I was there. the truck that was fifty feet in front of his... he sat unsuspectingly on his 50 cal. turret. guarding his comrades... I watched in horror from my rear view mirror before it was smashed.. from what i knew of campbell he was a good soldier... never a frown on his face... this expierience has been one of the many i have been dealing with since my arrival home... it could have very easily been me.. i will never forget Specialist Campbell for as long as i live... He gave the ultimate sacrifice.. god bless those he left behind

e-mail h4nky20@live.com"
Hank. of clinton,CT

"May 24, 2008
To the family of Spc. Michael C. Campbell:
Michael 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

"Dear Family of Michael Campbell;

To honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the "Grateful Hearts Project" are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

For more information, please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net

Sincerely;
The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's summit, Mo

"To Michael's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss.
I had the privilege of knowing and serving with Spc. Campbell “Mike” and I were in the same platoon in HHT ¼ Cav. I was a squad leader in the platoon but Mike was in another squad but he and I were very close. Mike had a way about him that would make anyone smile when they were down. He loved his country but loved his family most of all. I think of him often and will remember my fellow soldier my friend always.
If anyone has a picture of Mike or if any family members would like to talk I can be reached at Teqlajim28@yahoo.com"
SSG James Hacker of Rosedale,MD

"St. Charles Democratic Alliance held a Tribute & Memorial to the 20 fallen soldiers from Missouri on 3/19/2005, the 2nd anniversary of the War in Iraq. Four families of the fallen attended the event, and nine families shared messages that were read during the tribute by Connie Greene, sister of fallen soldier Jamie Huggins. The event aired on all four local newscasts (Fox KTVI, KPLR, KSDK, KMOV.) Biographies of each of the fallen soldiers were read while photos of the soldiers were displayed. The event also included Bible readings, songs, keynotes speeches by Rev. Jason Samuel and Viet Nam Veteran Ken Peters, and a fellowship in the church hall immediately following the tribute. Our organization was sensitive to the fact that even though information on Missouri’s fallen soldiers is a matter of open record, we had to go beyond the name, rank and serial number – we needed to share information on the fallen soldiers from the family’s perspective and present a tribute that each of the soldiers would have approved of. This was a day for honoring Missouri’s finest, as well as the sacrifice the families made, and continue to make every day. Special thanks to the Burkhardt, Gottfried, Huggins and Spink families for traveling long distances to Transfiguration Church in Lake St. Louis to participate in this community tribute. (anngastler@charter.net)"
Ann Gastler of St. Charles Democratic Alliance of St. Peters, MO

"I am organizing a 3/19/2005 Tribute & Memorial Service Honoring Missouri's Fallen Soldiers, hosted by St. Charles Democratic Alliance. We plan to have a spiritual memorial tribute planned to honor the 18 fallen Missouri soldiers who died in Iraq. We wanted to let you know your beloved isn't forgotten and invite you to this tribute. If you're not able to be in Lake St. Louis on 3/19/05 but would like to send a message or letter that we could read on behalf of your family, again, we'd be honored. Again, my deepest sympathy and please know that Michael is in my prayers."
Ann Gastler (anngastler@charter.net) of St. Peters, MO

"I had the priviledge of knowing Michael and going to school with him at Santa Fe. My sister is married to Mike's brother. Michael was always a caring person and a wonderful friend to have. Mike will forever be our hero and will always be loved and missed. God bless his family and all of those who serve our country. My prayers are with you always."
Becky of Waverly, MO

"Thanks Micheal for your bravery and courage. You are a hero. To the Family- God bless you all and your broken hearts."
Alicia Bilby of Nevada,Missouri

"Although I never had the privilege to meet Michael in person, I know he was a great soldier, who gave his life for what he believed in, and a country that he loved, and was devoted to. I received Michael's name and address from a friend of mine, who had a nephew stationed in Iraq, who happened to share a few names/addresses of soldier's that we (at work) could write to. I had sent Michael a few care pkgs, and letters. I could only smile, when in a letter that he sent to me, he had asked that next time, could I send him "powered Gatorade". I had always wondered what he looked like, and only had that chance by seeing his picture posted on this site. He was a handsome soldier, and one that we can all be proud of for the life that he lived. I only wish that I could have met him in person. I am very sad that I will never get that chance, but know in my heart that we would have been great friends.

Please know that my heart goes out to all of you. I'm sure Michael is looking down from heaven upon all of you, and will forever be your guardian angel."
Janie of Auburn, Indiana

"We saw Michael's final resting place today in the new Higginsville, MO Veterans Cemetery. He is just a couple down from our beloved relative (my wife's father), Arthur Helliker, who was a major in the Air Force and died a couple of weeks after Michael. Unlike Michael, Arthur lived into his 80s. It was tragic to see such a young man go in such an awful way. It made us want to come home and look up something about Michael, and we were grateful to find this website. If Michael's family comes to Higginsville for a visit, you'll see his neighbor, Art Helliker, just a couple over in the same row. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Richard and Mary Kirkpatrick of Kansas City, MO USA

"God Bless You, I have a brother in the 711th and I know it beaks my heart to hear of a fallen HERO, and that is surly what Campbell is. God Bless you."
Jenny of Barnett Crossroads AL

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"I can only say that our family feels the loss for the family of Spc. Michael C. Campbell. Our brother, SSGT. John B. Odom, is a member of the 711th National Guard Unit currently serving in Iraq. He met and became friends with Michael in Iraq. Michael's loss affected Johnny and therfore affected us. We pray for his family."
Gayle Johnson of Atmore, Alabama

"I thank Mike for having served with honor. My brother and I went to highschool with Mike at St Pauls. I still remember with great fondness the day that Mike took me out to the pig farm were he worked. The only reason I mention that is be cause that day was the day that I learned what an amazing young man mike was. He was so knowledgable about everything he did and he did it with his whole heart. I know that Mike was serving all of us with his whole heart to the very end. With my most heartfelt thanks and condolences... I'll see you on the otherside Mike."
Special Agent Matthew DeMoss, Department of Homeland Security of Cleveland, OH

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

"To Michael's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F. Smith of Pennsylvania

"Thank you for all of your kind thoughts. I am a very close friend of Michael's sister and this has been very hard for his family. Michael will forever be a hero and will never be forgotten. My heart goes out to all those who are still over there and those who have lost loved ones.God bless"
Debbie of Waverly,MO. USA

"Family of spc Campbell
It was an honor for me to return spc Campbell to the United States. I was the loadmaster on the cargo jet that returned him and another fallen soldier from Germany to Dover AFB. He was shown the highest respect during the offload ceremony and we should all be proud of him.
It has been an honor.
Brian"
Brian of Lackland AFB, TX

"Thank you for the service that you have done for your country. Fighting the fight that most Americans aren't willing to do. Your service will not be forgotten and you are and did fight for a grateful nation. To the family let it be known that your son was a great man for protecting people he didn't even know, but we are grate ful for his service. God bless your family and I will pray for you guys.Thanks"
Jacob Fare of West Plains,Missouri, United States

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

"Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss.God bless your entire family."
Jacqueline Kersting SGT Killian's fiance' of 1-4 cav schweinfurt germany

"To Michael's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Michael's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you Michael Campbell, 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 Spc. Michael Campbell:
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 Michael 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 Spc. Michael Campbell:
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 Michael, 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