Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Brandon L. Davis

20, of Cumberland, Maryland.
Davis died in Habbaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his armored personnel carrier. He was assigned to the Army's 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on March 31, 2004.

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"Brandon, My wife and I see your mother on a regular basis as she is a critical part of the local American Legion Post where she works. The first time I learned about you was when I saw the bracelet with your name on it. It goes without saying that she misses you terribly and thinks about you every day. Especially on days like today which is the anniversary of your sacrifice. My war was long ago in Vietnam but I very much wish I could have had the chance to meet you and shake your hand. I salute you for all that you stand for and stand with you in your sacrifice. God Bless my friend."
Lee & Donna of Hopewell, VA

"I was Brandon's platoon sergeant when he was taken from us. I want everyone to know what a great young man he was. We were years apart in age and experience but I love him like a brother even though we didn't know each other very long. I pray for his eternal soul and that all who knew and loved him find comfort and peace in Gods loving arms. RIP Brandon."
Donald Dosch of Piedmont, SD

"Today I rode the west coast thunder XVII and I was honored to be able to ride my harley with a dog tag of Mr. Brandon Davis. The ride was amazing and I'm told to wear this dog tag every time I ride, long or short, and I will do just that. Thank you for your service."
Kyle Farmer of Hesperia CA

"Brandon....Where do I begin? You were the sweetest little baby back when I use to babysit you....I still remember OFTEN...almost cutting my toe off trying to get your "kitty kitty" out of the basement for you...just to see your BIG,BEAUTIFUL smile!!! Then as years passed (quicker than I ever thought possible) you became MY "BEST EVER" babysitter to my boys....We loved and still love you more than words! No matter what the situation...you ALWAYS had a smile on your face, and that is the way that EVERYONE that knew you remembers you by....It is an honor to have had you as part of our family...and you will NEVER, EVER be forgotten.....Until we meet again!!! XoXo We LOVE and THANK you for the freedom that you gave your life for...and MORE than that.... For teaching me and my kids....The person that we want to be!"
Tara Meanyhan Cross of Daytona Beach, FL USA

"You will always be in our thoughts~
You are missed and loved by everyone that knew you<3"
Aunt Linda of Ormond Beach, Florida

"We will not forget"
Ken of Richmond Va.

"To Brandon's family i was friends with him in high school. He was a great guy and fun to be around. He made us all laugh. Wish u were still here Brandon we love and miss u b."
Heather Ruggles of Cumberland, MD

"To the family of:Brandon L. Davis
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""

"Davis. I love you brother. I will never forget your smile your good nature and all the times we spent in Iraq and at Fort Riley. The world is not the same without you. I will never forget "The 9". I'm still a mess because of those to days. It hurts so bad to be here without you guys. my flag will always fly at half staff.

Spc. Elmer "Cookie" cooke of Albuquerque, NM USA

"Through basic training, AIT, and when we got assigned our first unit at 1st Engineers; you to Bravo, me to Alpha, you were always there with me. Through the crazy things we did in the berricks with our friends and to the moment i heard you passed while we were in Iraq. You were my battle through basic and without anyone knowing you had a fractured foot, pink eye, and bronchitis, you continued to push on through our last ruck march. I still have our basic training video and i watch it every month just to see your face brother. I went back to Iraq and back to where we were and it wasnt the same without you. Your the reason I'm staying in still, the reason I didnt give up when i heard the news. I miss you brother"
SSG Rich Cumings of Fort Lewis WA

"Its been over five yrs your gone but u will never be forgotten u will always be in our hearts and the memories i will cherish for the rest of my life. And to the family u dont know me but he was my roomate my commrade but foremost my brother and it was a privilege to serve with him. I love u bro we'll meet again someday"
SPC. Ford of Scottsville, Ky

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti,Utah USA

"I miss ya man"
Meekins of Philadelphia

"I think of Brandon and several other soldiers I knew personally who gave the ulimate sacrifice for us daily. After talking to his Sister a few days ago he will forever be in my thoughts. I never had the privelage of meeting him but hearing his sisters sorrow and storys of her Brother brings it to a different level. Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace."
Jeepr of Short Gap WV

"July 22,2008

Happy Birthday Brandon"

"Brandon was one of my best friends.Not a day goes bye that I dont think of him.He truly was a great person.He was the type of person that would always think of others needs before his own.I really miss you man!"
Jordan Fields of Cumbeerland/Md

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Brandon L. Davis:
Brandon 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I went to a Hometown Proud rally in Cumberland MD tonight-for Homecoming-and to remember our Veterans. They announced Brandons name and had a moment of silence. I thought u would like to know that. I am passing on your son's story -I am posting it on my myspace page-he will not be forgotten-He was so young -but made a difference in the world in that short amount of time-and left his mark- some people will not ever do that or leave one! Brandon is thanked, and loved here in Cumberland, MD!
Jennifer McKenzie -Reckley of Cumberland, MD

"To the friends and Family of my good friend Davis,
... That day will forever be in my mind. I miss you my friend,not a day goes by that I don't remember! We had a lot of rough times over there but the best times where when you were around.
To the family: I would love to share some stories of Brandon with you. My number is 760-412-1616.
I couldn't have served with a better soldier, and it was a blessing to be at his side."
SPC Gregory Simental of San Diego, CA

To the family- I hope you continue to muster up the strength to carry on as you have for the past 3+ years. My deepest sympathy on your loss. Our loss. Rest in peace, Brandon."

"Think of you everyday! I wish I could see you one more time,I miss you!!!"
Your Sis of Cumb Md

Was just sitting here thinking of all the crazy things Brandon and Chris used to do when they were younger.Not a day goes by that goes by that I dont think about him sometimes I laugh about things I remember them doing, sometimes I cry because I think of the things he'll never be able to do. I know he will be watching over us.We love you
Brandon Lee Davis and Always will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Kristal Hutzell(Wright) of Cumberland

"Two years ago I bought a military id bracelet to remember those fighting for my safety. I randomly picked Brandon L. Davis because he was my age at the time. I wear this bracelet each day while going to classes at the University of Florida to remember Brandon and the other soliders that have died for our safety. My prayers are with you."
Amanda Wilson of Gainesville, FL

"Tomorrow, March 31st, marks the 2 year anniversary of Brandon giving his last full measure of devotion in service to his country. Not a day goes by that I don't think about those five heroes. Not a day goes by that I don't honor their sacrifice. I am profoundly sorry that the cost of our liberty is so high. Things happen for a reason. We can't always understand why as hard as we try.

I wanted to write this note because I love my son and wanted to honor him on the anniversary of his sacrifice.

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!""
Doyle Hufstedler II of Abilene, Texas

"On September 11th enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. A new generation of freedoms defenders steped up knowing the risks an difficulties of the job ahead of them. Brandon is our towns hero, there are many more across america like him. As the anniversary of that terrible day nears, may Brandons mom,and my friend Jackie know, my prayers are still daily, my heart still feels your pain, and this great country will always honor your son sacrifice."

"To the family of PVT BRANDON DAVIS.. deepest sympathy to all that were closest to Brandon. We share your loss. :(

God bless."
PA family of gettysburg pa

"Your our areas only lose! you were friends with my sister, Cecelia. i never got a chance to meet you because i was serving in Iraq myself. Rest easy Soldier."
Alex Haslacker of Frostburg, MD

"god bless you and your family."
M of CA


"u r so handsome,and so brave,wherever u r,what u did makes us hopeful.the world turns better because of u and the people like u."
liu of china(going to canada)

"I know there are no words to comfort you in your loss, but I hope you
find some small measure of comfort in the fact that you and your family
are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest assured your son Brandon and the sacrifice he made for his country and for us will never be forgotten. Those five young men who “ gave their last full measure of devotion” that day shall remain in my heart always.

Doyle M. Hufstedler JR.
Father of Lt Doyle M Hufstedler III"
Doyle Hufstedler of Abilene, Texas

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

"To the family of Brandon Davis: I am sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He is a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, BRANDON! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
T. Rexroad of Moorefield, WV

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Brandon, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers go out to you and we thank you and your brave son for making the ultimate sacrifice.

From the Family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/03"
Gloria Caldas of San Antonio, TX

"Brandon's Family:
We lost our Joce on March 13th in the same way you lost your Brandon. There are no words that I can write to take away your pain but I can say that Brandon died a HERO and will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless You All."
Melissa Carrasquillo of Goldsboro, NC

"I am greatly sorry for Brandon's family. It is a shame for him to die so young. But none the less, he died saving us from evil and tyranny. He was a good soldier."
bc of georgia

"I am deeply sorry for your loss. My nephew, Sgt. Ryan Young died in December, also from Fort Riley. May God embrace you in your time of grief. Thank you Brandon for dying for our freedom. We will never forget you."
Maureen Ledet of San Angelo, Texas

"To Brandon's Family:
There aren't words to express how truly sorry we are for your loss. May God bless you."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To my cousin Jackie and Jeff: No words can offer comfort to the loss of a child. We are supposed to watch our children grow up and raise their own just like our parents did with us. But you can have peace in knowing that he will be watching over the two of you and his brother and sister always and that if it weren't for the sacrifices that Brandon and thousands of others before him made we all wouldn;t have what we now do. BE PROUD!!!!! YOUR SON IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A HERO!!!! I can't even begin to type into words the right thing to say because their is no right thing to say. My heart hurts for you as a parent. Please hold your heads high and every time you start getting down, think of Brandon with a smile, then physically get moving --do something that he would have liked to have done--in his honor, to lift your spirits and draw you nearer to him.

May you embrace God's strength now and feel your son's presence. I wish I could do more for you than just type this message and maybe as time allows I will be able to.

Jackie and Jeff, take care of each other and the other kids. All my love"
Sandy Weatherholt Clark of Port St Lucie,FL USA

"To Brandon's family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. Nothing can express my true sadness for your loss. Your son was very courageous to stand up to evil people and the world is undoubtedy safer now because of him. All of us are indebted to him."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"Thank you Brandon Davis, 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 Pvt. Brandon Davis:
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 Brandon 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 Pvt. Brandon Davis:
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 Brandon, 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