Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Michael C. Carlson

22, of St. Paul, Minnesota..
Carlson died in Mohammed Sacran, Iraq, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle overturned. He was assigned to the 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany. Died on January 24, 2005.

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"Hey B.R.O., I just had a dream about you and it was bittersweet. I have so many great memories of you and I working training and partying together. You are truly missed but not forgotten my brother!!!"
Trent Byerley of Pembine, Wi

"It was a pleasure being your AG, I learned a lot from you Shrek. You were a great person, I wont forget you!"
Michael Gross of baltimore, MD

"I went to middle school with Michael and still remember him from so long ago, even though I was only there for a couple years. I remember him being a funny, light hearted guy with a contagious smile. I will always remember him fondly."
David Surine of St. Paul, MN

"We miss you Shrek!!!...more than you will ever know!!!...hugs to your family...Cannot wait to see you again"
The Burns of watertown,ny/USA

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Michael C. Carlson:
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 Merrilee and your helpers at the MN WWII Memorial Dedication, June 9. Thank you for being there for the WWII Vets and sending the 13 extra Medals home for our Vets who were unable to make it. I have been able to present 6 of them so far. I had their spouse's put the medal around their neck for the first three in seperate ceremonies with the other three presented at the VFW mtg and I recited your words to each of them. It meant so much to all of them, lots of tears. I know everyone of them felt you and Michael's spirit. I hope knowing this helps, it sure has made a difference to these Vets. God Bless You All. PS I will deliver all of them, that I promise, I even need to find more and will be looking into that also."
Larry Van De Walker of Wanamingo, MN USA

"I seved with your son in Viseck and lived down the hall from him in the Aco
barracks he was a great person and a stud. it is a tradgedy to hear he is gone."
Rick stallings of oroville CA

"I, too, lost my son in Iraq. Ssg. Paul J. Johnson, was KIA 20 Oct 2003, in Fallujah. We must continue to support our kids, no matter what the Senators & Congressmen say! Our kids sacrificed their all, for a reason. We must finish the job! My youngest daughter served a 1 year tour, one year after her brother was killed there, my oldest grandson is in Baghdad right now, and my daughter's husband just deployed to Afghanistan (after 2 tours in Iraq) We MUST keep all the troops in our prayers!!!

Another Gold Star Mother

darligram@yahoo.com"
Pat Black of Tellico Plains TN

"One of the best soldier I ever known. I remember when he first got to Vilseck, carrying weight set from the PX to the barrack instead of asking for help. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knows him. RIP my friend. We'll meet again soon."
Sary Nhet of Lowell, MA

"It has been two years since that fatefull night when I did everything in my power to keep you alive. All the CPR in the world didnt help, and to this day guilt tears me apart. Not one day goes by I do not think about that night and the 5 of you that did not come back to base with us."
Brandon of New Jersey

"Me and mike served together in A 2/2, when I first got to Vilseck we became friends we spent alot of time together and remained friends the entire tour. Shrek as we nicknamed him was a work horse. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. I dont think he ever did anyone wrong, ever. He was a friend and a great great soldier. He served with distinction and honor. God bless your family shrek, you will be missed."
SGT John Sabo of Norristown, PA

"To Michael and his family. Thank you for your tremendous sacrifice. I don't know you, yet I want you to know that your loss is felt in some way by others here in the U.S. I don't support this "war" yet I support our troops and their selfless commitment."
Lily of Laguna Beach, CA USA

"To the family of:Michael C. Carlson, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"You will never be forgotten! Shrek, your sacrifice was not in vain. I'll never forget the days you came into the motorpool with your cigar, ready to work on your Humvee. Thanks for all the laughs and hard work. My regards goes out to your loved ones left behind. Sgt. Dietrich"
David Dietrich of Cocoa Florida

"To the family of Michael Carlson
I believe your son's essay is more meaningful than the esteemed editorial "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa" by William Allen White. As Allen's editorial is immortalized very Christmas season, I believe your son's should be on the editorial page of every newspaper every Memorial Day. His words bring tears to my eyes every time I hear or think about it. How proud you must be. How proud I am that we have such fine young people in out military."
Carolyn Kelly of Palm City FLorida

"Dear Carlson Family,
I am so impressed with the sincerity of your son's words. What a hero. What an American. I teach at a military-based elementary school and will share your son's words with my students. They will no doubt see your son's heroism in their own parents and hopefully in their own lives. Your son's legacy will live on. God Bless You."
Jerry Steele of San Diego, CA

"I was so touched by your son's words. He was a brave nyoung man. I will pass his essay along to others."
Faith Cardo of Teaneck, New Jersey

"I was fortunate enough to read your son Michael's 12th grade paper published in the Wall Street Journal (5/23/05). Needless to say, it was moving. It made me proud - I could only imagine how you felt to read such an inspiring piece. I will read Michael's paper to my troops prior to deployment in the early Fall 2005."
Lt. Cmdr Peter N. Lawless, SC, USN of Massapequa Park, New York/USA

"To the family of Michael C. Carlson:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"To the family of Michael C. Carlson:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"TO THE CARLSON FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF MICHAEL AND TO YOUR FAMILY. MICHAEL HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF MANY MANY PEOPLE. FROM NEIGHBOR'S, FRIENDS, HIS MILITARY FAMILY, AND PERSONAL FAMILY. MICHAEL WAS MUCH MORE THEN SOMEON'E SOMEONE. HE WAS A PROFESSIONAL SOLDIERS THAT LOVED HIS COUNTRY AND FAMILY. AN HE IS THE ELITE OF MOST AMERICANS. A REAL TRUE AMERICAN HERO! MICHAEL AND OUR SON GREGORY ARE TOGETHER. AS BOTH HAD BEEN IN VESLICK, GERMANY AND IN IRAQ. NOT CERTAIN EITHER KNEW ONE ANOTHER. BUT, BOTH ARE BROTHERS IN THE MILIITARY FAMILY. NO MATTER THE AREA IN WAR. EACH HAD EACH OTHERS BACK. MY PRAYS ARE WITH MICHAEL AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Michael Carlson, 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 Sgt. Michael Carlson:
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 Sgt. Michael Carlson:
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