Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Micheal E. Dooley


23, of Pulaski, Virginia.
Dooley was manning a traffic control point in Al Asad, Iraq when a vehicle came up to the checkpoint and two individuals got out requesting a medic for their sick friend. Immediately following the request for help, they opened fire on Dooley which resulted in his death. Dooley was assigned to 1st Squadron, B Troop, 4th Platoon, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on June 8, 2003.

Dooley was promoted to Staff Sergeant the day before he died.

SSG Dooley with wife, ChristineDaughter, Shea Micheal
Photo of Dooley with wife, Christine, on their wedding day, February 2003
Daughter, Shea Micheal, born on October 14, 2003

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"Micheal... Tonight were having a Gold Star Families Dinner. I have the honor of presenting your mama to the audiance. I am very humbled to do so and will do my versy best. I have known your mom for many many years, I will care for her tonight as I know it is going to be an emotional time. She loves you greatly!! WE love you greatly..RIP my brother and all our comrades... your duty is done... now it is our to see none of you are forgotten."
Mark Peterson of Christiansburg Va

"Lost but never forgotten. RIP Mike. Another Memorial Day passes, can't believe it's been this long since that fateful night. Can't but feel things could of been different if we had pulled the passengers out of that car the night before when my platoon had the TCP responsibility and the same personnel came through. I know your looking down on us all. See you on fiddlers green.

SSG ODONNELL, RYAN (ret)"

"I was at the check point with Michael that night. I replay every step trying to figure out what I could have done to prevent this from happening. It has been 12 years now and I still cannot let it go. The memory that is burned into my mind is from moments before we rolled out for the mission, Mike and I were talking about drinking a beer to toast the birth of his baby when we got home. That night..will haunt me until I see him again and apologize for letting it all happen.
I will never forget the man he was and anxiously look forward to drinking that beer with him at Fiddler's Green..Mike, make room brother, give everyone a heads up Hell on Wheels will be there soon!!

Brave Rifles..Blood and Steel!! I love you brother."
SFC (R) Keith Allen of Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Hey Micheal,

It's Memorial Day weekend and was at work today. It was slow so my coworker put on the movie We Were Soldiers. It made me think about you. Just wanted to drop a line to say thank you for your sacrifice and you will never be forgotten."
Steve of Murrysville, PA

"Hey Mike I miss your bro. I still remember the fun times we had being neighbors. When you moved in with your grandpa I knew me and you would become really good friends. You became my best friend and brother. I surely do miss you man. When I think about the times we hung out I begin to cry cause we use to hang all the time. I can't believe you have been gone 15 years. I want you to know I got married July 2010 and my wife had a baby girl on July 26 2012. Her name is Izabella Marie Eanes. I wish you was here to meet her. I love you man and you're my hero kid. Your bro Randy Eanes"
Randy Eanes of Winter Springs, Florida

"You are not forgotten, brother. I still honor your life and service to our country daily. I often get the privilege of being able to tell your story when someone asks me why I wear this silver metal band around my wrist. May God continue to watch over you and your family. RIP, my friend."
1SG Frank Barlow of Fort Bragg, NC

"Don't know what to say.
It breaks my heart to see him and so many others.
My most sincere condolences to his family and loved ones."
An old soldier of Orlando, FL

"Hey Son, It is Mom I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU ALWAYS EVERY DAY!!!!!XOXOXOXOXO MOM"
ANN DOOLEY of PULASKI, VA

"Hey Mike,

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that we have been thinking about you, which I'm sure you already know. You truly were and still are one of the best human beings I have come across. Your leadership and presence alone is forever missed, but not forgotten. That horrible night is forever in my memory and as ready and prepared as we were, not a day goes that I wonder if I could have done something different. I just wish things could have been different! I appreciate you looking down and blessing us all everyday. RIP and see you on the Fiddler's Green. Brave Rifles!!"
Tim Langdon of Denver, Colorado

"Hey Son it is Mom !!! Been missing and thinking of you as always !! Good day son i know you know what mom has found going threw stuff tryin too move after all these years!!!!! It has been a chalange for me !! I know you are with me LOVE ALWAYS MOM!!!!! X OXOXOXOXOXXOOO"
Ann Wiseman of Pulaski, VA

"Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten. Love ya!"
Logan Kessinger of Radford, Va

"Hey Son Happy belated Birthday !!!!!!! Just got back on line... Sure do miss you!!! love you always MOM xoxoxoxo"
Ann Wiseman of Pulaski VA.

"I never knew this man,but have read the messages left from his mates.
I served in Iraq from June03 on OP telic.
Michael is a hero.
You must all be very proud of him,
Your Andy dooley"
Andy Dooley of Northumberland UK

"Happy Birthday Micheal!
02/02/14"
Logan Kessinger of Radford, Va

"2/2/14~Happy Birthday! We love and miss you everyday!"
~Chris and Shea

"HEY SON JUST ANOTHER NOTE TO LET YOU AND ALL THAT MOM LOVES YOU AND WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!!!! TALKED TO YOUR DAD TODAY AND HE TOLD ME THAT HE IS READY TO COME AND SEE YOU !!!!!I TOLD HIM WHEN HE SAW YOU TO GIVE YOU A BIG HUG FROM MOM!!!!! SON IT WON'T BE LONG.... I AM SO GLAD THAT HE AND I HAVE MADE PEACE!TILL WE MEET AGAIN SON LOVE ALWAYS MOM AND DAD"
ANN WISEMAN of PULASKI,VA

"Thinking of you today on Veterans Day and just wanted to say thank you. You gave all you had for your country. I will never forget that."
Pam Welch Ferris of Vinton, Virginia

"Hey son just thinking of you when you wwere a young chid on hallowen smiles and laughs of all your costumes!!!!!! when you were scared and silly:) and all the candy you got. Mom had to go through it all. it was so much fun growing up together. NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT FROM YOUR MOM !!!!! I am to the point that i dont care what folks say!!! I will always love and miss you til i die!! i have been watching scary moveis in the dark just like we used to do and laugh:) love always MOM"
Ann Wiseman of Pulaski,VA

"hey son just thinking and missing you today as i do everyday...
love always and forever mom"
Ann Wiseman

"Hello Son, till we meet again u will always be with me my dragon fly and my lil ground hog baby love always mom xoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoo"
Ann Wiseman of pulaski,va

"S/Sgt. Dooley,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones-especially your wife and daughter I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you all I can say is that I wish that I had the honor of serving with you when I was in the Military.

Brave Rifles!"

"In Loving Memory of Army Staff Sgt. Micheal E. Dooley. It's hard to believe its been 10 yrs. today since you left us. Not a day goes by that your daddy "Bozie" doesn't think of you. You took a part of him with you when God called you home. All of your Aunts, Uncles and numerous cousins miss you too. We still remember your smile, we remember you running and playing in your Granny Evelyn's yard and we remember the fine young man you grew up to be. You gave your life doing what you loved, protecting your country. You are our hero and will live forever in our hearts until we meet again. RIP Micheal ~ Gone but Never Forgotten..."
Pam Welch Ferris for the Dooley family of Vinton, Virginia USA

"Hello son today makes ten years and to mom it seems like yesterday when i was told that you were gone,,,,, it still doesnt seem real,,,,, but i know that i will never see you here again but you will live on forever in moms heart i love u my son till we meet again l will always miss u"
ann wiseman of pulaski va

"10 years ago today the world lost a great man. Although I didn't get the opportunity to know this man for a long time, he has been more of an influence on my life than most other people. His positive outlook on life shined on other people to do the right thing. For that I am grateful to of known you Michael. Miss you everyday bro!! See you at the Fiddler's Green."
Tim Langdon of Denver, Co.

"Forever in our hearts! Miss you Micheal!
June 8, 2013"
Logan Kessinger of Radford, Virginia

"Just thinking of you! Say hi to my daddy:)"
Tabitha Cooper of Tucson, Arizona

"Thinking of you my friend; I CANNOT believe it has been ten years. Lots of prayers to you and for Christine and Shea! Christine if you get this, please, please email me at atjcooper@q.com I have tried so many times at the 'tinimarie' but I think the account many have been deactivated (for reasons I am certain are understandable!) I still live in Tucson, AZ so I've lost touch with so many people who knew and loved Michael. I was just looking through old photos of our 10 year reunion where we dedicated a table to Michael, you and Shea; remembering the sacrifices you have all made.It meant so much to me and so many of our classmates that grew to know him. I would love to see Shea! I am positive she is the perfect combination of mom and dad. I would also like to show you how big my Jake has gotten. He's TEN now, OMG. If you ever talk to Jacob, please tell him to write me or call me if he ever needs anything at all. We were in touch a while back but I heard he moved, then we lost touch again:( Anyhow, so many prayers for you and your sweet baby girl. I know how happy you made Michael and he would be so proud of you. When I read your messages I am inspired by YOUR strength and I know that his presence will always be with his girls.
Love you! -Tabby June 1, 2013"
Tabitha Cooper of Tucson, AZ

"Love & miss you! Praying for your family & friends. Rembering you always friend."
Logan Brubaker-Kessinger of Radford, Va

"I can't believe it has been almost ten years. You are in my thoughts almost everyday. You and your sacrifice well never be forgotten. Love you brother and see you again on Fiddlers Green."
Chris Thorpe of Waterloo, Iowa

"Micheal you will never be forgotten. Everytime I look at my son Avery Michael who we named after you I think of you. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and it WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. You are always in our thoughts and I get to keep in touch with Christine and see what a beautiful young lady Shea is becoming. Christine has done an excellent job. You will always be missed."
Shawndi Hall of Olton, TX

"Never forgot your son Ann maybe you have"
Scott

"I just got a phone call and was told to check this out...wow...just so everyone knows by writing back to Ann you are giving her exactly what she wants...attention.

Ann, since you feel the need to make it seem like you are the perfect mother who is the only one who remembers her fallen soldier son...maybe we should talk about some of your of your wonderful parenting moments on this public site. Would you like that? You and I haven't talked in years and you don't see Shea is because you have threaten us multiple times. I have given you a few chances to be in our life and you got out of control each time. You even threatened to hurt me, while talking to a police officer. They told me to press charges and have you arrested but I didn't. So why would I trust you with Shea? You are out of your mind if you think you will ever meet Shea. There is so much more I could write so before you start throwing stones...make sure you want everyone else to know what you have done in your past because those that know you, know the truth. We don't buy your Mother Theresa act. Keep the comments directed towards Micheal and stop writing about me and Jacob and how you are the only one who remembers Micheal."
Christine

"I agree leaving messages saying that only one person remembers him is rude and insulting to Micheal. Lots of us remember him and pay tribute in our own special way. He was a great young man and would not appreciate his mom trashing everyone he loved. Ann direct your to comments micheal only. stay positive and write nice things to your son or don't write anything at all. And fyi...writing on a public site insulting all his friends and family doesn't make you better than anyone or prove you were mother of the year...we all know you werent and have your own demons please keep them off of this page. This is a page to HONOR MICHEAL not for you to get attention.

Micheal you are missed and love forever. I still remember that happy young man from Pulaski. I will miss him always,"
not surprised of Virginia

"It's really sad to see negative messages written on here about Mikes widow and brother. He was a great soldier and man who loved his amazing wife dearly and his little brother. I know that he would not be happy to know that someone was writing about/being disrespectful towards Christine or Jacob. It will not be tolerated and I will make sure inappropriate messages are reported, as I have done in the past. This is a page to write messages to him, not criticize or judge other people. Christine, I know Mike is very proud of you. You were such an amazing wife to him and loved him so much. He was so blessed to have found you and you gave him such happiness in his final years. He told me he didn't have the best life growing up but the Army provided him with a family and you, Christine, provided him with unconditional love. Nobody else treated him or loved him as much as you did and still do. You are such an amazing mother to Shea, she is so beautiful. Keeping his memory alive on a daily basis is just a true testament for how much love you have for him. And I know you have a beautiful memorial planned for him this year for his 10 year angelversary. I can't believe its been that long. We all can't wait to get together and honor our brother. Jacob, Christine tells me about you all the time...what youre up to and how old you have gotten! I feel old knowing how old you are. I remember you being that little kid who visited the base in GA. Anyway I know Mike would be proud of you too. Sounds like you are a responsible, good man, just like your brother! Mike I never have forgotten you, I wear my bracelet everyday and you are remembered and loved by so many of us. See you on the other side brother. Love you man"
3D ACR brother of Cali

"Seems like every one has forgot you but Mom never will!!!!"
Ann Wiseman of Pulaski VA USA

"Happy Easter son Mom loves and misses you...God speed til we meet again."
Ann Wiseman of Pulaski, VA USA

"Hello Son:) It's Mom again, life is not so good right now. Your Dad came to visit which was very pleasent!!!
WE and had alot of heart to heart talks!!!!! I really hated to see him go.
HE HAS STOPPED DRINKING !!!!! I just wish he had have done that many years ago:( Mostly for you son. ole well as you get older you learn son!!!
Jacob is now taking that step in his life..... In the mean time he is being mean to his Mom:(But that is the way it goes when you are young and think you know it all...... Son I will be 50 this year and your Dad is 60 and we still don't know it all????? I have heard that Christine has remarried as I new she would and I wish them the best!! I have not saw a picture of Shea in 2 years.
That does not suprize me for I know IF you where here you would have already brought her to see me...Life goes on son. Jacob is still being a BUTT to me but one day he will miss me maybe???
Well son I will go and as ALWAYS I WILL LOVE AND MISS YOU UNTIL MY LAST BREATH
XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOO
MOM:("
ANN WISEMAN of PULASKI, VA

"justwatedtoletyouknowimthinkingaboutyouespailyytodayimvisitying your mom soiwasabletoseeyournameonthecourthouseinpulaskyimsoproudofyousoniloveyoudad"
Russel Dooley of Bedford, VA

"Tabitha again. I just wanted to leave a date for my last message. I always forget to write the dates so...August 3, 2012. Love you MED
-Tab"
Tabitha of Tucson, AZ

"I sometimes think it's sort of odd that I post here and it makes me think that maybe it's wrong to post outwardly to you for others to see, when I could just be praying to you...or something. But then i thought since this page is dedicated to you and where we are all coming together for YOU...you must be here with us as well. So....I was just thinking of you and I keep seeing your name lately. In my head it is a calling for me to do something Ive been dreaming and visualizing lately so I hope what Im feeling is correct. What I believe is that you are supporting me in this process and helping me from the other side. Thanks brother. Love you"
Tabitha of Tucson, AZ

"RIP brotha! You are not forgotten. Keep looking down and bless us everyday. Brave Rifles! See you on the Fiddler's Green."
Tim Langdon of Denver, CO.

"Michael,

It is coming up on nine years since we lost you and it seems like only a short time ago that we were running back and forth between Pulaski and Beckley to get you into the Army.

I was playing golf today and could tell you were with me as I looked down and read your name on my wrist, as I do every single day. You continue to inspire me to be the best I can be for my Soldiers. Thanks for still being here."
1SG Frank Barlow of Fort Lee, Virginia

"Christine this is Tab, if you get this message please email me at atjcooper@q.com. I want to see some pics of Shea:) Hope y'all had a wonderful Christmas. Miss and love you girls."
Tabitha Cooper of Tucson, AZ

"Miss you buddy, think of you always. 9-9-11"
Tabitha of Tucson, AZ

"Love you"
Tab of Tucson, az

"Thinking of you and those that lost their lives yesterday."
Tab of Tucson, AZ

"Loving and thinking of you.

-tab"
Tabitha Griswold of Tucson, AZ

"Hello SON,
It's me again!!!!!
I really enjoy the folks that still remeber you just as MOM does!!!!
Today was Ed and I 5th annv. Son you would have been so proud of him!!!!
Ed was a wonderful MAN!!! I know that you all are always with me:)!!! Until we meet again, MOM loves YOU MICHEAL EUGENE DOOLEY"
MOM of Pulaski;VA USA

"Today has been a difficult day. I am still filled with energy but my heart has been heavy. You see today back in 2003 my friend SSG Michael Dooley was killed while on duty at Al'Asad Air Base in Iraq. I want to tell you about Mike. I met Mike early during OIF I. Myself and my driver SPC Amy Taylor had just arrived at an abandoned railway station in the western desert of Iraq, the most desolate part of the country known as the AL'Anbar Province.
As soon as we got out of our ambulance at the outpost being manned by Bandit Troop 2/3ACR, I was intercepted by their first sergeant, 1SG Reiss with cries of "OH HELL NO!! SHE CAN"T BE HERE..We arent equipped to deal with females. I spent the next 20 minutes arguing with this rather imposing senior Non-commissioned Officer, convincing him we had come prepared and that she was a soldier just like everyone else there. I came to respect and admire 1SG Reiss, he was the model of a professional combat leader. I won that fight but I felt like * ..the convoy there took 14 hours and it was already like 130 deg F. I was beat ..while we prepped our ambulance and set up our gear, someone directed us to the chowhall they had set up so we could get some T-rats and gatoraide. Now I fought hard to have Amy Taylor treated like a soldier and respected as one...she was the only female at Bandit Base, but she was without a doubt the dumbest soldier I have ever met. I will write more on Amy Talox someday I am sure..Box of Rocks..yep that dirt dumb.

Anyway yep I was tired physically and spiritually. I headed the corridor to the chowhall and heard ruckus from an open doorway. I took a look in the door and saw 6 guys sitting around a makeshift table playing spades. Two sat on cots, A soldier who was sitting on the left side bunk popped up. he had very closely cropped but not shaven hair ..thinning just a little on top. He smiled and waved me in with a warm grin. "Come on in sergeant, i'm Sergeant Dooley, Mike. have a seat." he said. and offered his hand. Sometime you meet a person that you are just instant friends with. Mike was one of two people like that I have met in my life like that, the other is SFC Jared Brewster. Here I was a stranger and he welcomed me as if I was just lost family that wandered in. Mike was genuine in everything he did he who he was and had a dignified humility.

Over the next week I accompanied Bandit Troop and Mike on missions clearing areas of interest.. scaring Syrian border guards with Brads and M-1s. Mike was a tanker and I often ate the dust from his tank, while I tried to keep up in Bandit Bandaid's M113 A3 hoping it wouldn't rattle apart. I went on missions with Bandit walking through tiny Iraqi towns...Foot Patrol at night. Mike and I sat at OPORD Meetings trying not to laugh at 1SG Reiss making faces and cussing at BS coming down from Squadron and Regiment. We shared meals of gravy packed chicken and discussed how it could be possible for something in liquid could be wood dry. He would complain about how I would not let him out when we played bones ..no matter where he sat. We listened to camel spiders crunching away on beetles while playing cards on TOC duty ..one eye on the open door for the little multi-legged monsters. We went miles and miles to find and fill a wanter tanker for washing water..as a mission, we found a broke down old water trailer and managed to fill it. Sloshing water all over we got the trailer all the way up to the last curve into Bandit Base only to Have it tip over yards from the perimeter gate. We stared in awe at the rolled Bradley ..wondering how no one got hurt ..the turret armor had been knocked clean off!.. My time with Mike and Bandit Troop was one of the best times I had in the army.

We completed our mission and headed back to Tiger Base and then on back to AL Asad. I cannot really recall where I was and exactly what I did of felt. I remember seeing Mike..with just that little hole above his lip. I was in shock. We had had casualties by now, like SSG Porcorny who died in a 113 roll over. He had died while pushing his driver down in his hatch as the M113 rolled over on them after a track broke. He gave his life saving that of another soldier. Mike was like that..giving. I heard he was at the gate when someone called for help. Mike responded and went over to have a look and was shot and killed. Catastrophic brain trauma. Although I know in my mind there is nothing anyone could have done and even if so he would not have wanted to live crippled, none of us do. I cannot help but feel as if I had let my friend die.

As I have been training my body to rejoin my brothers and sisters in the Army. I have been pushing hard and I can feel the spirits of my fallen friends running beside me along the easements of East Tucson. It often reminds me of my time with Bandit and Mike, on foot patrol through those narrow streets at night, the crescent moon shining down on us. I heard Mike today. I have been pushing myself hard physically for the last 3 months. I am healed, healthy and fit like I have never been. I am ready to come home to the army. In this economy, even if i can get my re-up code changed on my DD214 the is only one mos branch open to prior service. 18 xray..SF ...Whatever it takes..Im coming home just like I promised as I left Ft Carson on last time as a Sergeant. I hurt but push on...I have Fire inside. Then I heard Mike tell me"hey buddy, slow down a bit, just be who you are and youll make it, you dont have to be super human. Just be you. That's more then enough. We take what we need for strength from the people important to us, lessons they teach us. Quiet Humility..that is the gift my friend SSG Michael Dooley. Rest in peace Mike, you are missed. Christine and Shea my heart is with you always. To my Spur Brothers.....I am coming Home ..I will never quit. I will never admit defeat.. I will never leave a fallen comrade.

Sergeant Niyo Hollander, US Army (Ret.) Scalpel Troop Spt/3ACR"
Niyo Hollander SGT USA Ret. Medical Troop/Support Squadron/3D ACR "Scalpel" of Tucson AZ

"Well, I stumbled upon this sight by accident. On June 8th 2011. Weird huh? I cannot believe you are gone. You were my best guy friend in Elementary School. Gosh that was ages ago. Thank you for always making me feel special on Valentine's Day. I'll never forget those boxes of sweethearts & special card. Thank you for not making fun of me when I got in trouble by our teacher in first grade. I still can't believe I snuck a quick little kiss on the cheek when we were supposed to be watching Reading Rainbow. I was so embaressed but you just smiled & went on about life. You were such a great friend to me back then & I really missed our friendship as we grew older. We just never had any of the same classes any more. You had the best smile & when I think back of Elementary School I always have memories with you in them. Thank you for helping shape my life. Thank you for your dedicated service to our country. I pray that God will always look over,guide,&comfort your Wife & little girl. You were an amazing person & I am grateful to have met you & known you even for a short time."
Jessica (Pannell) Rose of Staunton,Va.

"MICHAEL,

8 YEARS AGO ALREADY?!? NOT A DAY GOES BY STILL THAT I DONT REFLECT ON THAT DAY, THE EVENTS, AND HOW IT COULD OF ALL BEEN CHANGED. YOU MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR YOUR FAMILY, COUNTRY, AND FOR YOUR BROTHERS IN ARMS THAT DAY. FOR THAT, WE WILL FOREVER BE GREATFUL FOR YOUR SERVICE!!! WE GOT THAT A-HOLE BIN LADEN!!! I LIKE TO THINK HE AND SADDAM ARE LOVERS IN HELL.. LOL. ANYWAY, I STOP BY EVERY NOW AND THEN AND READ ALL THE POSTS FROM YOUR LOVED ONES, AND I HAVE TO SAY... YOU ARE LOVED MY FRIEND!! BRAVE RIFLES!!"
TIM LANGDON of CALIFORNIA

"Hey Son!!!
It's MOM. It is so very hard to send this. Every time I visit this site I am so proud that folks still HONER YOU:)
I just wish they would give me a call sometime.... Son there is not a day that goes by in this old world that you are not in your Mom's heart and thoughts!!!!! You will ALWAYS BE MY HERO!!
I HAVE GONE TO A FEW MEMORIAL EVENTS THIS YEAR!!Son I have met the most wonderful folks that come from all WARS AND WALKS OF LIFE... I just want you to know that ALL HAVE TREATED ME LIKE A TRUE GOLD STAR MOM!!!!!
I met a fellow that had been to IRAQ and back 4 times this year. I told him about you and son he broke down in tears,for he did not know you but he was there the same time you where!!!He and his wife were going to the WALL in DC. Well almost and the end of the event
I walked up to a dear friend and said I need a shoulder to cry on and they replied of course!!! Well it was not long after that fellows wife tapped me on the shoulder as the tears rolled down my face and she said Mam, I just wanted to let you know that you made my husbands day or maybe this ride for him!! I turned around and I said how? She replied just by meeting YOU!!! So as you know more tears rolled!!!! Son when I attend and event I do my BEST TO HONER YOUR NAME!!! For you are and always be my SON!!!!! Eight years are almost here 6/8/03 and it seems like yesturday. Mom is having to face alot of 1st again in this life with out ED. This old world is not fair sometimes but you just have to keep our FAITH AND HOPE THAT IT WILL GET BETTER:) Well son I guess I will go for now, but YOU AND ED KEEP LOOKING AFTER ME!!!! I LOVE YOU MICHEAL E. DOOLEY.XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOOXOXOXOXOXOO
FOREVER, Mom"
Ann Wiseman of Pulaski VA USA

"Well Mike its been what 8 years since we last spoke. Memorial day is always the hardest for me. A week later you came through the hospital doors and I could not believe it was you. It wasn't that long ago you and Bandit Troop welcomed me as we searched the desert scaring Syrian border guards and Bedouins. You were the first welcoming face the day we arrived and I enjoyed every game of domino and spades. Sometimes you just meet someone and you know you are instant friends. I cut my teeth and earned my CMB with Bandit and people like 1sg Reiss, SSG Porter and SGT Allen. I think of you often and my thoughts are with your family often.To my Spur Brothers my hearts and thoughts are with you and with every Trooper.
"You Brave rifles, Veterans. You have been baptized in blood and come out steel. Windfield Scott. "BLOOD AND STEEL ..AY-YEE-AH!" 3d ACR Regimental Accolade."
Niyo Hollander SGT USA Ret. Medical Troop/Support Squadron/3D ACR "Scalpel" of Tucson, AZ

"Happy Memorial Day Hero:)"
of Missouri

"Happy Memorial Day Brother!"
Tabitha Griswold of Tucson, AZ

"Back in 2001, 9/11 was so hard for me as an American and the fiance of an American soldier. That day will never be forgotten in my mind. I watched the news footage, in horror, staying up through the night. And I couldn't get a hold of Micheal since he was in briefings all day. He was on a rapid deployment base and we were 750 miles apart. I was afraid he would deploy before we could say goodbye. The military and America came first for him, I was second and I was okay with that. It wasn't easy for us to be apart but it was his mission to protect this great country. 9/11 was the start of major stress for me and everything to come (and end) for us. He always said he wanted those bastards killed so his family wouldn't have to worry about them. Micheal~ Your mission is over, the cowards you hated most are dead. Your widow and daughter are safe, loved and happy. We will always love you and forever honor you. Rest in PEACE my soldier.You are forever a part of our family. And Thank You! God Bless SSG Micheal E Dooley, an amazing AMERICAN HERO."
Christine

"Hey Micheal~ I know that u see it all happening and u know it all b4 we do but when they said that they got Osama I thought of u. I could imagine u & ur family & friends celebrating & u dancing with ur daughter all sharing this moment together.. I'm sure that they r all thinking of u right now. I love and miss u brother."
Logan Kessinger of 276-780-7828

"Micheal,THEY GOT BIN LADEN!!!
May 1, 2011
The Bible says an eye for an eye, Thank you God.
Sgt. Micheal E. Dooley your death in Afghanistan wasn't in vane.
I love you cuz and will always honor your memory.

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Pam Welch Ferris of Vinton, Virginia USA

"Christine, I have been thinking of you often but did not know how to contact you. I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts constantly and I hope you are doing well. Please contact me prtypryncess313@aol.com"
Jessica (your old room mate) of Kaneohe, Hawaii

"Hello son!
Happy Belated 31st Birthday:)xoxoxoxoxo
You and Ed are looking after mom:(
This is a month of HELL.....
This new puter is about to get the best of me.... Jacob has been here trying to get me started but you know how mom is!!!! I may be slow but I will not qwit....
See I can't even spell no more. Oh well I will just keep on trying!!!!
One of my high lights was that CRAZY Logan called me and told me alot that I did not know about and the other kids!!!! I would have kicked ya'lls butts!!!!
If Libby and I had of known what ya'll done as kids:) Oh well I remember being a kid once!!!! But now mom knows why poor Jacob is the way he is today...
Thanks ya'll!!!!!
Well we still have 6 more weeks till spring no matter what. I sure will be glad to see Spring, but I hate the thought of mowing and trimming shrubs for mom has been a kept ladie for 8 years thanks to Ed:( Son you have no idea...... Some days they fly by and the nihgts last forever. I get so lonely. I know that life goes on but it sure can be hard.... I have God on my side and a heart full of memories of you and Ed. I guess I had better go for the tears are starting to roll:(
Ya'll keep watching over me
Til we all meet again
Love forever'
Mom
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxxoxo"
Ann Wiseman of Pulaski;VA USA

"Happy Birthday In Heaven Micheal!"
of missouri

"Happy Birthday in heaven Micheal! The kids and I will have a cupcake in your honor again today... They have heard your stories, laughed at our crazyness, and cried about your loss, but I'm proud that I can tell them about you. Dance today in heaven... I can bet that there is a line of people ready today to toast you....our HERO!!! Love ya, brother."
Logan Brubaker-Kessinger of Marion, Virginia 276-780-7828

"Micheal... Hey Boy! I finally caught up with Jacob and sent him some messages on Facebook. I had to tell him that if he has anything wrong with him it is our fault because we were in charge of watching him. I didn't tell him you dropped him... but I will never forget the look on your face when you did..hehe! Oh my... you were my brother, and still are my brother, we got in so much trouble together thanks for always including me even if I was a girl! I hope one day I can tell ur baby girl about all the crazy things we all did... don't worry I would never tell her till she is grown!! I have never met her or ur wife but I hope to talk to them one day, mom and I are going to go through all of her pictures and put them on a disk for them... so hey man work that out for me so I can get in contact with them...haha... I know, I know, u have more important things to do! I love you brother... the other two are not doing so well, I have adopted Stephen's two boys so with Brandon and Kaitlyn that makes for a full house.. but I love every minute of it! They should have taken your advise, but some people just won't listen. Ground Hogs day is coming, we will remember you! Like u always said I'm going to be riding around in my Dooley truck spinnin wheels. Keep watching us all and thanks for looking out for us.. Miss you always."
Logan Brubaker-Kessinger of Marion, Va 276-780-7828

"Thank you to everyone who still writes on here, still thinks of Micheal and honors him. I check this page often to see who writes. He was such a wonderful husband and would have been a great dad. He is truely our Hero, we are so proud of him. He will be forever missed and loved by us. We continue to honor him and always will. Shea and I use his name/memory to help other soldiers who have been wounded in battle. Shea has learned all about her Daddy Micheal over the years and is so proud of him. She will always carry on his memory.
Thank You again for remembering our Hero!
Sincerely,
His widow and daughter"
Christine and Shea Dooley of PA

"Micheal you touched so many lives more than you could ever imagine as we grew up and went through school together. I miss your smile and thoughtful words and thank you for all the wonderful memories I have. You are very much missed and are thought of so often. To Ann and the Dooley family, my condolences and prayers go out to you all."
Rebecca Hurst of Hiwassee, Va

"Micheal you are missed so much. I watched you grow up with Matt. Me and your Mom had so much fun with you to boys playing ball and things. I think about you all the time. Thank you for being in my life you are like a son to me. Love Always"
Brenda W. King of Pulaski Va

"I was looking in my bible this week an saw the paper clipping from this an i remember Michael from school. Funny an had a big spirit!! I hope the family is doing okay, because our america is still here because of men and women like him!"
Brandi Martin Roberson of Pulaski VA

"Hey Michael, although you are no longer here you are greatly missed and thought about a lot especially this time of the year. I always remember you as fun loving and of course sitting in front of me asleep in history class, ha! May god bless you and your family."
of Dublin, Virginia

"On Veteran's day I am thankful that you chose to serve our country and saddened by your death. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers."
Allison

"Michael, youre always in my thoughts and prayers. We grew up together, you were one of my best friends and a great man. I know that you were a wonderful husband and wouldve been a great father as well. Ann, I love you too and youre are in my prayers as well. I never met your wife or daughter, but my i give my condolences to them also."
Chris D. of Hiwassee, Va.

"Michael, Thank you to your service for our country!! You gave the ultimate sacrifice and it's hard to believe how much time has gone by. I haven't really seen you since 5th grade. You were my very first "boyfriend" ever. You let me wear your ring. Your mom took us to the fair and we had a great time riding rides. You were such a great and sweet friend. After elementary school we didn't really talk as much but you left an impact on my life. Tabitha and I spoke at our high school reunion and it just brought back memories of you. I pray for your wife and child. Things like this are so confusing with why God would allow some things to happen. I know there is a reason and a purpose that we may never understand. Bless your mother and your family and thank you for protecting us and keeping us safe and giving everything."
Crystal of NC

"I can't even begin to express how much I miss you. Think of you alot this time of year....Wrote this for you....
-Tabby
“Ode to the serviceman”
The airmen cried, the soldier died, the marine began to curse. The sailor wept, for the bag he kept, contained a soul of hurt.
It all began the month of nine, when terror struck our home, the branches united, the weapons combined, to create a force of ONE.
This day they worked, without the earth, demanding their souls apart. Instead they fought, together as one, as the enemy is whom they sought.
Side by side, they marched with pride, with guns slung at their hip, they dare not speak, for yonder creeps, a killer in the midst.
Approached by brood, they are not sure, in whom they are to trust, but God have mercy, on these souls, for it’s YOU in whom they must.
As nightfall strikes, the bombs awake, to light the darkened skies, the trembling shakes of the brave inmates, is evident in their eyes.
A strike awakes the earth beneath… their homes for just this night. Together they pray, for tonight they may, fight their final fight.
The wounded marine, the sailor frayed, the airmen high above, the soldier explains, he wouldn’t feel pain, if he could only touch his love.
His one last wish, his last command, to hold his expectant wife, has sadly turned to a life forlorn, reminiscent of his strife.
For she had begged, he dare not go, he dare not enter harm. But duty calls, these armored walls, she once knew as arms.
His one last breath, he bravely spoke, three comrades by his side, his eyes alert, still filled with hurt, knowing he will die.
A message he, must get to she, who bears their son in June, the airmen dips his finger in blood, and writes upon his tomb….
“Twas you who spoke, twas you who cried, twas you who made me see, my purpose in life, once fogged by youth, has now made me believe.
My life was not to reach the mass, to save the world we know, rather it be, to provide you three, with a safe and loving home.
A place where they, can grow and play, without the threat of take, my life I give, to you my love, for our families’ sake.”
The marine stood up and bowed his head, he said a simple prayer, dear Father above, the sailor joined in, as silence cleared the air.
“We ask you now, to take the soul, of this valiant, courageous child, our brother, our love, God-sent from above, returned to you with pride.”
A wave of hate appeared among, the brave, the proud, the few. The servicemen gather around the mound, to pay their respects in solitude.
With one last rage, the three remain, in charge of what they’ve known, to kill, to fight, to defend their rights, as written deep in stone.
They stand up tall, they aim their fire, with pride and sheer delight, they too take, a blast of fire, lurking this same night.
As dawn creates a glimpse of day, one member goes unmarked, the member known as an unborn son, devout to play his part.
As one sees, this world creates, the brave, the proudly fueled, it takes a village to raise a child, but a country to create a jewel.
-Tabitha Josette Cooper
Vets4Vets, Uniting ALL Iraq/Afghan Veterans, Reaching Every Home
WWW.VETS4VETS.US"
Tabitha of Tucson, AZ

"Its over man!"
James

"Hey brother!!! Long time no see literally. Well I graduated from highschool. So be proud of that. No luck in findin a job. I'm on two fire departments now. Pulaski and Draper. I love it so much. I really miss you alot bro. It sucks not havin a big bro. I don't see any of my siblings hardly at all. I'm finally talking to christine now. Hopefully I'll get to see Shea one day. That would be great. It was hard to believe that on June 8th 2003 you were dead. I cried and cried. I remember going to your wedding. I was your best man. And u got dog drunk. HAHA and I took that shot. It was so nasty when I was 11. I remember putting up a fight at your funeral. I didn't want to leave you Micheal. I was kicking, crying, and yelling. I hit and kicked anythiny I could. Dad finally had to death hold me and calm me down. But I look back and I would still do it again. It was hard to leave my Idol. My big brother. But I try to be strong when holidays and your birthdays come around. But it gets me sometimes. Well I'm gonna go. Love ya bro, Love your litte brother Jacob Ward 7/9/2010"
Jacob Ward of Draper, Viriginia

"HEY DAwg or as i always called u monkey before u got to big for that and became MAD DAWG never tha less youll always be little brother to me and know that as long as i have a breath in me you will have air in your lungs i love you brother and miss you dearley. Im married now two years this past july 5th we have been together 7years you would love her your mom does ,monkey your mom has realy helped us so very much she has done an gave for us when she didnt have it to give and went without things she needed to do so ,but you know mom it doesnt matter what you so when she makes up her mind there is no changing it moma is still QUEEN and what moma says goes,we sit and talk for hours and remaniss about you theres not a day that goes by that we dont talk about you brother moma still cant say your name without tears in her eyes but dont worry ther not always sad tears ther tears of pride and loven memories of the true HERO and wonderfull man that she raised by herself you as always are her baby boy her hero her world and prid in joy she takes great honer in being a gold star mother we love and miss you dearley brother so rest now old friend and continue to watch over us and your beautiful little girl."
CHRIS of Pulaski,VA

"Happy Fathers Day to a man who would have been such a great dad...you never got to hold her but you get to watch over her everyday! We love you!"
Christine and Shea

"I love you Miss Ann so sorry you are still hurting. I know the pain must never go away. Know i'm thinking of you."
Vicky Akers of rocky mount nc

"Your being honored today in many different places by thousands of people, including the two who love you most! You will never be forgotten, always be missed and forever loved."
Christine and Shea of PA

"Mike, family & friends,

My name is Frank Barlow and you would probably only know of my name as Mike's recruiter. I will never forget the young man that tracked me down and asked me to help him get out Pulaski and to get a fresh new start in life.

I am so proud to see the impression he left on so many people, especially while he served in the Army.

I first heard of Mike's passing while I was in Hawaii in 2003 and honor his sacrifice yearly in my own way.

Mike, you're always in my thoughts and prayers to this day. God speed to you and your family!"
1SG Frank R. Barlow of COB Speicher, Iraq

"hey son:)
it' mom!!!!!!!!
i have not been able to use a puter forever. THANKS TO YOUR LOVING BROTHER!!!!he gave alot of virius doing things that he should have not been doing!!!!!!
Well son another Birthday is about to be here and gone without you again:(
So HAPPY BITHDAY!!!!!!
IT WILL BE A SAD DAY FOR ME
it' HARD TO BELEIVE THAT 3O YEARS HAS CAME AND GONE. it seems just like yesterday that your dad and granny where taking me to the hospital to bring you in this world. it was one of the happiest days Of my life:)!!!!you were the most beautful little baby that i had ever saw and you were mine. i did
not have a clue that you have been taken from me in just a short 23 years.
Mom has never been the same person:( I used to be so full of love and laughter.
I try but it is so very hard. you know that i was to go first......
i am writting through the tears. i am not even tryiny to type good i just want you to know how much I LOVE AND MISS YOU!!!!!!!! and to wish you a HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN HEAVEN:)SON YOU ARE MAKING ME OLD.can YOU BELEVEIE THAT JACOB IS 18 AND GRADUATES THIS YEAR
WHEN HE SARTED SCHOOL YOU GRADUATED!
well son im going to go this is so hard for me.ALWAYS KNOW THAT MOM LOVES YOU MORE. TIL WE MEET AGAIN
LOVE MOM
p.s THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LOVE AND COMMENTS TO MY SON
YA'LL CAN CALL ME ANY TIME I WOULD LOVE TO HERE FROM SOME OF HIS UNIT.
ANN WISEMAN
601 HENRY AVE.
PULASKI, VA 24301
540 980 0720"
ANN WISEMAN of PULASKI VA. USA

"Brother, not a day goes by that i don't think of you. Even after this long I still have to fight back the tears. The world lost a great man on 08June2003. I miss you buddy and thank you for everything you ever did for me. You will never be forgotten,"
Chris Thorpe of Waterloo, Iowa

"Michael...all know of your heroism and worth as an individual.
Thank you for giving your life so that we might be free.

Carolyn B. - Richmond, Va"
c blaylock of Richmond, Va.

"Happy Veterans Day brother. You have a beautiful family. Miss you dearly Micheal."
SSG Rob Burton of Cheyenne, WY

"Just wanted to say hi brother. Think of you often. Dylan Micheal turned 5 a month ago. Time sure does fly. I miss you bro."
SSG Rob Burton of Cheyenne, WY

"missing you deeply"

"To our Hero, friend, husband and father,
I love that people still continue to remember you and honor you as we always do. We will do so everyday, for the rest of our lives! Your thought of everyday, loved everyday and missed everyday! With love always!"
Christine and Shea of Pa

"Its been a long long time for some of us Mike. I've moved on to different assignments. Your KIA bracelet is getting kind of haggard, but it seems wrong to replace it. We can't replace you, so why replace the bracelet. I miss you lots, buddy. You're always there, watching over us Bandit Troopers. You will forever be emblazoned in our memories as a Cavalry Trooper. You did everything right in our eyes. And our eyes are the ones that matter. Its never easy to ride back into Iraq again, and Afghanistan, not seeing all my old Brave Rifles on my left and right. I never got to thank you for watching my six for so long downrange. I am humbled by your sacrifice, and I will never forget that All gave some, Some gave all. I know "Beer Bong" is still rolling behind us, keeping watch over us. I love you bud. See you in Fiddler's Green. "Brave Rifles! Veterans! You have been baptized in Fire and Blood, and come out Steel!"

MARCH 17, 2000-DECEMBER 09, 2004
3rd PLT, Bandit Troop, 1st Squadron, 3rd ACR"
SSG Alan Caldwell of D Trp, 5CAV, Baumholder, Germany

"HEY MICHAEL, IT'S TIM. I WAS THINKING ABOUT YOU TODAY ON THE MISERABLE 6 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! I STILL WISH THINGS COULD BE DIFFERENT TO THIS DAY AND OUR KIDS COULD BE PLAYING TOGETHER AT 5 YEARS OLD. YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER AND I'M SURE YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT LOOKING DOWN BELOW. MY SON... MICHAEL... IS IN SCHOOL NOW AND GETTING READY TO GRADUATE KINDERGARDEN IN A COUPLE WEEKS... HE'S HARD HEADED BUT PASSED... LOL!! WELL, JUST THOUGHT I WOULD STOP BY AND POST SOMETHING FOR YOU TO READ.

P.S. BOSTON RED SOX HAVE A COUPLE OF CHAMPIONSHIPS... STRUGGLING THIS YEAR... BUT I'M SURE THEY WILL PULL IT OUT... AND I GOT BETTER AT DOMINOS... LOL!!"
TIM LANGDON of BAY AREA ( NOW IN FLORIDA)

"Christine, Anne and Ed....I continue to think of you and hope you are having good lives. I always enjoy seeing Micheal's smiling face on the Wall of Honor in the OAG lobby in Richmond.
such a grand looking, wonderful person. I wish it were not there but his smile is one to make all who see it happy.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I met Anne and Ed in 2007. I hope to hear from Anne...I would like to know how she is. A lovely person...the photo that was in the Richmond newspaper of them at the Ceremony in 2007 is in a frame in my office. It is a constant reminder of the tremendous sacrifice of Micheal. I think of all of you very often.
Take good care...Love to all of you....Carolyn Blaylock, Richmond, Va."
Carolyn Blaylock of Richmond, Va.

"Well brother, another memorial day and another day to reflect on what a great man and soldier you are. May God bless your family always and I know your up there in a great place watching over all of us. We miss you dearly my friend."
Rob Burton of FE Warren , AFB Wyoming

"My name is SSG Matthew D. Callahan and I have started a memorial profile for SSG Dooley at http://army.togetherweserved.com
I invite anyone to submit information towards this endeavor. I was in Iraq with him, and Bandit Troop. I knew him but know their are many more that new him better. Thanks. mc2252@yahoo.com"
SSG Matthew D. Callahan of Leominster MA USA

"I am the aunt of Micheal and miss him very much. I haven't had the privelage of meeting his wife and daughter but they are in my prayers all the time. I am very proud of Michael and know that he is in Heaven and God is blessing his family every day. He was a true Hero that died for his country and family. He will never be missed and will always be remembered as a Hero."
Lena Craig of Bedford,Virginia,USA

"To the family of:Michael E. Dooley 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"

"Christine,
I have been doing family research for many years and have connected my family to Michael. I would like to communicate with you or Michael's family about our history and connections. Thanks to Michael for the service to his country."
Evelyn McKinney Huffman of Roanoke, VA

"SSG Dooley... where do I start... I guess I can start off by saying not a day has gone by where I haven't thought about that horrible night. I remember it like it was yesterday... we went to far on that TCP and had to turn around. The whole convoy had to turn around which meant it shouldn't of been you that was there. On one side of the check point... there was me, Moorhead, Garcia, Thorpe, and the interpreter that almost got shot by being on the other side of the street to where we were firing. Me and the following people should of been there. Then there was you, Coates who got wounded, and that BAD A*SS Jamaican roommate of mine... Morris, who killed that coward before he could do any damage to anyone else. I remember when you first got to the platoon... I was a little of a trouble maker who got into trouble every now and then. It seemed like everybody had given up on me and just accepted the fact that I was just a bad person... until you got there!!! You had my back no matter what happened and it made me a better person now because of you. Our first conversation when you first got to Carson was " I'm your new gunner... I don't care what you did before I got here... just don't make me look bad" and from there on I promised to be a better soldier just because you were there and made everything so much easier for me. I didn't want to let you down. You have been more of an inspiration on me then you or anybody will ever know!!! You and I were supposed to have our first kid in the same week... you having a girl and me having a boy. Because you were such a great influence on my life... I named my son Michael... who was actually born premature at 3 lbs. 10 oz. on July 20, 2003. I miss the good times with you rolling around in the tank listening to Korn on the intercom and playing dominos in the down time. You will never be forgotten!!! If anybody wants to respond to this message, you can reach me at tims_placespot@yahoo.com"
Tim Langdon of Bay Area, CA.

"HEY MAN ITS SCOTT 5YEARS BRO I DIDNT WANT TO GO TO WORK TODAY BUT I HAD TO I TRIED TO DRINK IT AWAY LAST NITE BUT IT DIDNT WORK I TALKED TO CRISTINE LAST NITE SHE SOUNDS GREAT I HATE THIS TIME OF YEAR I REMEMBER WE USED TO GO TO TYBEE ISLAND IN GA AND SIT ON THE BEACH AND DRINK BEER AND CHECK OUT THE WOMAN (CRISTINE THAT WAS BEFORE YOU GUYS MET)SEEMS LIKE SO LONG AGO I REMEMBER HEARING THE NEWS ABOUT YOU AND IT KILLED ME I WAS SO MAD I HATED EVERYBODY EVEN GUYS ON MY TANK HELL MY WHOLE PLATOON I JUST WANTED TO DIE MYSELF BUT I AM SLOWLY TRYING TO GET THINGS RIGHT I HAVE A WONDERFUL WOMAN IN MY LIFE THAT UNDERSTANDS AND LISTENS TO THE ISSUES AND PROBLEMS I GO THROUGH I GET MY DAUGHTER IN A COUPLE WEEKS CANT WAIT MAN I MISS U ALOT PEOPLE WRITE THINGS ON HERE AND ALOT OF THEM DIDNT KNOW WHO AND HOW NICE OF A MAN U WERE TOMORROW I AM GOING TO LUNCH AND I WILL ORDER A BEER FOR YOU AND SIT IT NEXT TO ME AND I WONT LET ANYONE TOUCH IT I MISS U AND CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN LOVE YA SCOTT P.S. TELL GOD TO GIVE US A BREAK WITH THIS DAMN HEAT"
SCOTT TELLADO of LEVITTOWN PA

"Funny thing is on June 8th I will be closer to Micheal , I am flying to Washington state on a training mission and I usually wear his KIA braclet all day, but when we reach cruising altitude I am gonna take it off, kiss it and have a special prayer for Micheal and his wonderful family. God bless the Dooley familiy, true heroes in my book. The golf event sounds great keep me posted. Oh by the way me and the family are going to Ft Carson in July to the memorial, could you send me some info. Thanks Christine."
Rob Burton, rob.w.burton@us.army.mil

"June 8, 2008 is 5 years...such a milestone! Very bitter sweet. Five years of sadness, tears, memories and memorials. Its crazy to think that it has been this long, I still miss him everyday. Its also relief that I am made it through! Also, happy to be so far away from that horrible day he was taken. That is somewhere I would never want to go again. What hell. What horror. He may not be here but he is still part of my everyday life. He will forever be a permanent part of my life. We were together for about 2 1/2 years. And that 2 1/2 years that changed my ENTIRE LIFE. He taught me so much and gave me so much in such a short period of time. I will always miss him and love him. I just don't want to mourn him for the rest of my life. I never thought I could enjoy life without him, but I am. I had two choices...1) be miserable without him or 2) enjoy my life without him. It was never something I wanted to do, enjoy life without him, but its something I had to do. It was hard for me to accept his death. I didn't wanted to accept he was gone forever. It was really hard for me to "feel" happiness. I could laugh but I couldn't really feel the emotion of happiness, except where my daughter was concerned. I have had to work through so many challenges and trauma. The tremendous stress that has been put on me over the past 5 years has also been detrimental to my health. I completely understand how stress can really kill someone! The last 5 years have been horribly hard...but I have come so far in such a short period of time, considering. Just from knowing the level of trauma I experienced here at home, I can't imagine what our soldiers really go through over there and how they are affected. They are MY HEROES...everyone who has served our country. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!!!!
I have always said that those 2 1/2 short years with him have been worth the pain I will feel for the rest of my life...and I truly believe that. I wouldn't have traded my time with him for the world, and I would do it all over again! He was such a blessing in my life. It was an Honor to have known him and to have been his WIFE. He picked ME! And its such an honor to have his child. She is a living monument of the love that we shared. She is the best parts of both of us, combined into one little person! She was my little angel in my darkest hours. I will forever honor his memory. I have plans to get started doing charity events/fund raisers in his honor, for wounded soldiers and children with special needs. Its been too hard, mentally, to do it before but now I feel ready. I would like to have a 5k or golf outing in his memory next year and make it an annual event possibly. I have contacted a few organizations and hopefully we can get something going soon. I would love to use his memory to help other people. I know he would love that too.
I will continue to on with my life. It hasn't been easy and sometimes it won't be easy in the future but I will persevere. I guess I made it a habit after he died...I made it a habit to go on with my life. I just kept going through the motions of life everyday. After a while I started to feel again...now I feel happiness and enjoyment again and I Love it! I don't fear as much, I don't worry as much and I can let go of bad feelings easier. That doesn't mean that I don't worry or still experience fear and all that...its just a lot less! I am training myself not to worry and fear so much. Will it work? We'll see! lol. I still cry over him/for him. Usually I'll cry in the car when a stupid sad song comes on the radio. Or sometimes I am just in the kitchen, chopping up something and "it" corners me...makes me feel sad...makes me cry. After a few or ten minutes, I pick myself and go on with what I was going. Grief is a very strange process. And the phrase "you can't understand what its like to go through something like this until you go through it yourself" is so very true.I never could have dreamed that I would have been married at 20 ( 1 week before my 21st birthday) or that I would become a mother at the age of 22. I always wanted to get married and have kids but I had no idea what God had in store for me! My mom, Shea and I will be on the beach in Florida on June 8th. At sunset I plan on standing in the sand with my mom and my daughter. I am sure there will be a few tears but there is also going to be a lot of happiness, pride and love! We will be doing something like putting notes in a bottle, sending them to sea for Micheal. And sending him balloons up to heaven too. I plan on going to the cemetery before we leave also. If you do anything on June 8th to remember/honor Micheal...I would like to hear what you did or planning on doing. Even if it is just saying a prayer for him or thinking about him. But please try to make it a happy time! He really hated when people cried! Lol. Remember something great about him, or funny....and share it if you feel comfortable doing so! On June 8th I will be reflecting back on the past 5 years. I won't only be thinking of Micheal but I will thinking of everyone who have helped me and stuck by me through everything. Thank You for continuing to HONOR AND REMEMBER OUR HERO!"
Christine Dooley of Pa

"Christine...I feel like I know you. I met Micheal's mother and step-dad last year at the First Wall of Honor Ceremony here in Richmond on the State Capitol grounds. I was on the Committee last year and met Anne and Ed when they registered their attendance. Such lovely people. They told me about you and Shea...I know you are very special...the two of you. I want you to know that I feel a great affection for Micheal, you, and Shea and I've not met you! Anne fostered that feeling in my heart...I see Micheal's photo which is the one on this website each day in our lobby downstairs. He is a wonderful person. God takes good people...he has important responsibilities and duties for them in His House. I want you to know that I am thinking of you and Shea and Micheal's special Mom and Dad. I love them for who they are, and I love you and Shea by association with them. And of course you and Shea are Micheal's immediate family.
Take good care... know that many love and think of you even though you may not know them. The Wall ceremony this year was on May 22. I believe there were more people here last year. It was still a moving service. The first year sort of gets the ball rolling.

Love to you and Shea, Christine. your message below to Micheal is beautiful and sincere."
Carolyn Blaylock of Richmond, Va.

"Micheal,
We spent the night watching home movies of you. Shea wanted to see movies of you, so we got them out. We watched for like 4 hours and before I knew it, it was almost midnight! Poor kid was exhausted but she didn't want to stop watching her Daddy Micheal! I think she is finally "getting to know you". She loves your tattoo's and asks why you never wore a shirt! lol. It was so nice, for me, to see you also. We used to have so much fun together. Life was so easy back then. You taught me so much and we got to experiance so many things in life together. Shea also really enjoyed watching the way you move and listening to your voice. I am so happy we took so many home movies...but if I would have know the future, I would have taken more! I would had the camera on you 24/7! I would have made you leave messages to Shea and things like that...it would have been awesome! But we can't change the past right? So quit looking back. Shea is going to watch more video's today! It's nice to be able to watch you and not cry the whole time! I refuse to mourn you forever, but I am sure as hell going to love you, remember you and honor you! We shared an awesome life together and I will carry that love with me for the rest of my life. Its almost the 5 year mark. You died exactly how you wanted to...quick and as a Hero. You didn't suffer and I am so thankful for that. I remember the day you left...we were with your unit...you kept telling everyone that you wanted to die quick, if you had to. I didn't understand then...I was so mad at you for talking about dying, it wasn't an option...there I was, your pregnant 22 yr old wife, seeing you off to a war and you were talking about the way you wanted to go. So, I just told you that I wanted you back...I didn't care if you could walk or wipe your own #@*...I just wanted you back. I would have taken care of you forever! I didn't want you to suffer, but I just wanted you back. But God decided to take and he took you the way you wanted, quick and fast and for that I am thankful. I didn't want you to suffer either. That was the first question I asked after i was told you were dead. I wanted to know if you went quickly. But nobody was able to answer me right away. Then I found out you did. You will forever be 23 years old. You can't get old or sick...you will forever be handsome and strong! And you will always watch over Shea and I. We love you!!!!"
Christine of Pa

"As you are remembered today I want to thank you for your sacrifice to our nation. May God bless your family and give them comfort knowing how many lives you have touched.You are loved. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. My son Rob and our family honor you."
Karen Burton of Maryland

"Micheal,
We spent the weekend in DC honoring you! It was wonderful. We met so many other family's of fallen soldiers. They have become like family members. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. We also didn't miss the memorial service (this morning) at the cemetary where you are buried. We will always HONOR YOU and Keep your spirit alive!!"
Christine, Shea, Bill, Jean and Tony of Murrysville, PA

"Well Bro its been almost 5 years since you made the ultimate sacrifice. Just the other night I was reading the book with your last letter home to Christine, it brought tears to my eyes, sometimes I wonder how I have been deployed 5 times and manage to come back home , but I realize that God needs good shepards and everything happends fo reasons we can't understand. I miss you and and I am very proud that one of my sons has your name as his middle name. You are a true hero and to Christine and Shea, may god bless you in all you do in life you both are also heros and very strong , thank you for your service. Happy Memorial Day."
Rob Burton

"Anne & Ed. I think of you so often...Your photograph from last year's Wall of Honor ceremony is on my desk. I hope you are okay.
I keep you in my prayers and hope that you are able to be with Christine and Shea. You will always be very special to me and I love you both and of course Micheal...I see him every day and he knows that you love him...I tell him so.

Love to all of you. I hope you'll let me know how you are.

Carolyn"
Blaylock of Richmond, Virginia

"Hey man its been so long. I have met a few guys here at stewart in 4-64 who know you. Its nice to be able to talk back and remember. I talk to Christine and Shea. She is a great artist...you would be proud of her. I cant wait for her to get a little older so I can tell her all about you. Thank you and just know the best of you shows in the best of us. chris747mx@yahoo.com"
Christopher Norton of Ft. Stewart Ga

"hey mike its scott i have been in touch with cristine and have gotten pics of shea she has gotten so big how time flies i got out of the army and now work for the railroad in pa it a great job its been five years and i still find it hard to know your gone i thought it would get better when i left the army but it hasnt but i manage my daughter is doing great she is five and she will know bout you and the sacrifise you made so she can grow up and be free i miss you alot and always will i found a old pantera shirt i useto were and an old pic of me and u when you lived in ga made me smile and laugh and also cry i will hold on to that till the day me and u meet again well got to go. will write again soon love ya bro"
scott tellado of levittown pa

"oh, mike, how long has it been now? nearing 5 long years since we lost you, and still not a day goes by that i dont have you in my thoughts. that fateful night has played over in my mind time and time again, wondering what could have been different, how we could have made this horrible thing not happen. its been in your memory that ive strived to continue on in serving our nation. if there had been anything we i could have done, switched spots with you, anything, i would. your wife and daughter deserved you far more. i just hope that i can go back again to continue to try and avenge you. how are always in my thoguhts..."
SSG Mike Hatch of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, A Trp, WTB

"Hey son,
It's mom. I just wanted to thank everyone for their comments about Micheal was a fine young man. I am so very proud of my son. He gave all for this country!!!!!!Son there is not a day that I do not miss you!!!! Life will never be the same without you.
Mom dreads Holidays, Birthdays Death days and some times everyday.
Your 28th Birthday has just passed and boy did that make mom feel old!!!!!I sure do miss you son::(
I received my pictures of Shea at Christmas, I look so forward to them every year.Son you would be so proud of her.She has your eyes and your and my curly hair... We got that from Gammy, Ya no!!!!This is my 2nd try today to get this out. I spent 1 hour the 1st time and with on a blink I lost it.....
I cried my eyes out through the letter and the comments that folks had left for us. When it came to the spell check poof it was gone??? So I thought I would try again, So if the words are not correct it will be sent any way cannot write what I wrote the first time but I will do my best!!!!
Micheal you would be proud of your brother he is doing great in school,driving and just talks to the girls.I put your tree up EVERY YEAR!!!!!It is so very hard to do but I do it for you...You are also honered on the Tree at the Court House Down town.The Veterans Tree here in Pulaski County. They light it every Dec.1st.I try to go but it is very hard for mom.Well son I am going to go for now. I have been on this all day trying to send a letter.
I had better get up and find some supper for Ed. Micheal he has realy up held your wishes. I am blessed to have him in my life.Son tell mama ,Teena and your Buddy Cody man in Heaven to look over us and hello!!!!
Keep sending me my signs Dragon Fly
xoxoxoxoxoxo
With all my heart and love
Mom
A GOLD STAR MOTHER
Ann Wiseman
wiseman43@verizon.net"
Ann Wiseman of Pulaski,VA 24301

"February 2, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Micheal E. Dooley:
Micheal 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

"Happy Birthday!!! You would have been 28 today! WOW...OLD MAN! We met over 7 years ago. Next month would have been 6 years of marriage. And who knows how many more kids we would have had together! How awesome. But life didn't turn out the way we wanted it to. I would rather be taking you out for your favorite meal tonight than leaving you this message. You will always be remembered and honored by Shea and I. As my life move forwards and goes on, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you! I will always love you! Happy Birthday again! We will be celebrating your life here!"
Christine and Shea of Murrysville, Pa

"Merry Christmas Daddy/Micheal!!! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas with Jesus! We are thinking of you ALWAYS! We love you and Miss you!!! Kisses and hugs from your girls!"
Christine and Shea of Pa

"I miss you bro, I hope your family has a Happy Holiday and you do also on Fiddlers Green."
Rob Burton of 84th CST Weapons of Mass Destruction Recon Team

"I think about the good times almost everyday still. Happy Holidays! Me and Julie miss you, and we are proud to have shared so many great memories with you. We wish all of Michael's family a Happy Holiday season."
Matt Worrell of Newport News, VA

"As the holidays approach I think about how you will not be with us, again... but we still hold your memory alive and love you very much! I hate not being able to enjoy life with you. But thats why you gave me your daughter to enjoy life with since you had to leave! I love you and I miss you! Happy Holidays in Heaven!"
Christine of Pittsburgh

"Michael,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones-especially your wife and daughter, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you I wish that I had the honor of serving with you when I was in.

"Brave Rifles"(3rd ACR Motto)"

"Heard this song tonight...I think Tim McGraw wrote it about you. I have been missing you a lot. Wish you could come back for one day to talk to me and hold your little girl. It hurts like it did the moment I found out you weren't coming back. You were ripped away from me and your baby. I miss you and I love you...I always will.

IF YOUR READING THIS-BY TIM MCGRAW
"If you’re reading this
My momma is sitting there
Looks like I only got a one way ticket over here
I sure wish I could give you one more kiss
War was just a game we played when we were kids
Well I’m laying down my gun
I’m hanging up my boots
I’m up here with God
And we’re both watching over you

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul
Is where my momma always prayed where it would go.
If you’re reading this I’m already home.

If you’re reading this
Half way around the world
I won’t be there to see the birth of our little girl
I hope she looks like you
I hope she fights like me
Stand up for the innocent and the weak
I’m laying down my gun
Hanging up my boots
Tell dad I don’t regret that i'd follow in his shoes

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my momma always prayed where it would go
If you’re reading this, I’m already home

If you’re reading this, there is going to come a day
You move on and find someone else and that’s okay
Just remember this
I’m in a better place
Soldiers live in peace and angels sing amazing grace

So lay me down
In that open field out on the edge of town
And know my soul is where my momma prayed where that it would go
If you’re reading this
If you’re reading this
I’m already home"

I LOVE YOU"
Your Wife of Pa

"Daddy Micheal,
Happy Fathers Day! Hugs and Kisses from your little girl! I love you bunches!"
Love, Shea Micheal of Pa

"Micheal/Daddy Micheal,
We honor you, our Hero, this Memorial Day. We are so proud of you! We love and miss you more than words could ever
express!"
Your wife and daughter of Pa

"Well it is time to honor our fallen heroes. Michael I miss you alot and think of your family often. I met some soldiers that were with you in Iraq, you sure are known well. You should here my son Dylan Michael talk about how his middle name is from a super hero. We love ya and miss you bro. Christine may god continue to guide you and Shea, and keep both of you under his umbrella of protection. RIP Michael, thanks for your service."
Rob burton of Hinesville, GA

"**Feb 14th, 2007~ V-day or as it feels: D-day**
Four years ago, Feb 11th 2003, we found out we were expecting our first baby. Four years ago, Feb 14th 2003, we got your deployment papers. Little did I know the things that happened on those two days in 2003 would change my life forever. And every February, since 2003, I can't help to think of those days..the day we knew we would be parents and the day you knew you were leaving me- forever. Energy can not be distroyed...it can only be changed. Therefore, I know you are still here. You shared your life with me like no other. You taught me things I didn't know I needed to learn. I know you are still here, teaching and loving me and Shea from above. Watching her grow up, seeing me struggle with your absence, and reminding me its good to have change and move forward in life. You forever changed my life, you only made it better. MISSING you will HURT me FOREVER, but being able to KNOW you and LOVE you has made ME happy FOREVER! I do my best everyday, to honor you, your wishes and raise your daughter as we discussed. She is so beautiful and having her was the best thing you gave me! She is my world! She is half of you and my last gift you gave to me. She reminds me everyday of the friendship and love we shared together, once upon a long time ago....
I have ALL of your letters you wrote to me...from before we met, all the way to the ones I received after you died. They are priceless to me and I will cherish them forever. Every memory I have of you I will share with Shea, her Daddy Micheal up in Heaven! Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you today...Feb 14th....
With love always and forever,"
Christine of Pennsylvania

"i've known spc.robert oliver unruh since i was in the sixth grade his sister and have friends since then as well.she has had arough time dealing with his death and their mothers too.but at least they are together in heaven though.i wish she could find the girl from korea that he was dating there.so that she would have some closure forboth of them."
jennifer d of bedford va

"your birthday has come and gone but you are not here to help celebrate it. still we here in va sadly miss you too"
the dooleys of bedford va

"christine we love and miss you as well we may be contacted at dooley_949@msn.com"
jennifer of bedford va

"your birthday has come and gone but you are not here to help celebrate it still we here in va sadly miss you too"
the dooleys of bedford va

"Micheal,
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Have a Great Birthday in Heaven! We will be celebrating your life too! You are loved and missed by us everyday!
Love Always,
Christine, Shea and all your four legged kids too!"
Wife and daughter of Sgt Dooley of Pa

"Micheal
Oh man
Who would have thought
Standing in a VFW building.
Trying to get drunk
Practicly impossible due to the events of the weekend prior.
Playing pool.
Watching you and your wife kiss, wishing that she would leave you alone for five seconds, so we could play a game. I rememeber every second man. You bought me an RC Coke a couple hours before you left us, and told me that you get paid extra to take care of soldiers.
Today I realized that you are the person that has motivated me, and carried me through two; one year deployments, and in October will carry me through three. I am a combat soldier just as you were. And just as you told me years ago the difference between an NCO and a E-5 is that an NCO cares about the soldier and an E-5 cares about the money. Three years later it has stuck with me and will stick with my soldiers, forever I hope. If I can't teach my soldiers somethoing new every day than I hope my rank is taking from me. I will remain a soldier that was born and raised by you, reguardless of how long I knew you.
Christine I pray that you find someone as rewarding as Micheal.
Godbless
SGT JaySipes"
jay sipes of Ft. Hood, TX

"To My Hubby,
I am Thankful on this Thanksgiving to have had the pleasure of knowing you, loving you, creating lots of memories with you and creating our baby girl with you! I am Thankful that there are brave men like you, who have been brave enough to serve and protect our country no matter the cost, so that we do not have to fight a war here at home. Wish you were here with us instead...but Thank You for your service!
We will miss you forever!"
Your Wife of Pa

"Michael, thank you for being such a brave and strong soldier. We owe our freedom to you and so many more. I will keep you and your family and the rest of our fighting soldiers in my prayers.
Orig-Hazleton,PA."
Linda of Barnhart,Mo

"Just a note from mom to let you know that you are loved and missed every day.
I know you are in Heaven Son.
Love and miss ya!!!!
xoxoxoxo,
Mom"
Ann Wiseman

"I miss you this has been the hardest thing for me I love you and invited you. I miss you always. You are the impact on my life. I promised to stay in touch with your late wife but it still to this day hurt like hell. I remember many nights, and days you read either letter from your lady or the paper for stats on the sox. Ironic that they won the year after you passed to some coward * punk. You have hanged my life. You had the best woman ever I'm sorry I cant bear to talk to you girls. I'm sorry I haven't visited your grave I miss you still every day I feel I set you short some how. It still hurt like the first day. I love you for being the truest man I ever met................."
Scott Blow of US

"All I am going to say is may God bless you and thank you for your strength, he is looking down on you with pride, we all miss Micheal and are for ever grateful for knowing him. Thank you for the example you set."
Rob & Summer Burton of Back @ Ft Stewart, GA

"This is Micheal's wife, Christine. Its been a while since I have written and I just want to thank all of you for coming on here and leaving messages. I read all the messages. I should probably leave my e-mail incase any friends or family want to contact me. Its: tinimarie318@yahoo.com. Anyway...Shea and I are doing very well. She is so beautiful and such a smart, happy child. I am so blessed that Micheal left me with a child before he died. She has been the main reason why I can cope so well. Its still hard everyday, it always will be. Especially when shea asks questions about him or says she wishes she could have a "daddy micheal kiss"....OH, IT JUST BREAKS MY HEART TO HEAR THINGS LIKE THAT. But I just tell her he wishes he could kiss her, he loves her and then I kiss her. I don't think she "misses" him in the same sense that I do...she can't, she never knew him. But she just misses his absence. But she doesn't say those things often. She has so many people in her life that love her so she has plenty of love. By the way, she is 2 1/2 years old now. She loves winnie the pooh and reading books. She loves to play in the mud and get her nails painted and her hair done! She is very thoughtful, says please and thank you, God bless you (if some sneezes) and will ask if you are ok if you are coughing. She is very pleasant 95% of the time...the other 5% she is evil! Thats what being 2 does to a child I guess. I am doing well. Like I said, its hard but he left me with little "instuctions" on how he would want things and he always told me to be strong. He taught me a lot about love and life. He dealt with a lot of bad stuff growning up but was the strongest person I have ever met. She could do anything! And always had a smile on his face. Even when we would argue, he would end up tickling me to change my anger into happiness. For having him in my life I am forever greatful. A few years of happiness I had with him was worth a lifetime of forever missing him. I don't like to cry over him much cause I know he wouldn't like that. I try to remember him and pay tribute to him and remember him instead of crying about it. Although, sometimes, I just need a good cry! Sorry Micheal! Well, I am going to go. Like I said, if you want to contact me, please feel free! But NO ANTI-WAR e-mails, harassment or anything else negative. These men and women died for OUR freedom!!!!!!!!! Remember that. I hate ungrateful "Americans". I believe they should all be sent to war to experiance it for themselves. Then maybe they would change their minds and opinions. But I will stop there...Take care!"
Christine of Pa

"Christine and Shea,
Hi, this is Tabitha, (Michael's childhood friend), I just wanted to check on his girls and see how things are going. I bet Shea is getting so big. My son Jacob is three years old now. Where does the time go? Christine, everytime I view this site, My heart aches for you and Shea. My husband is in the Air Force and I am haunted by the thought of something tragic happening to him while being in the military. I am astounded by the way you have handled things and you make me so proud to be a military wife.My thoughts and prayers are with you daily and If I can ever be of any help to you or your family, PLEASE let me know. I love you all-Tabitha
coopergirl23@yahoo.com"
Tabitha of Wichita Falls, TX

"I just finished reading about your husband in "Their Last Words." I cried the entire time I read your story. Your husband was an incredible man, you can tell that he truely loved you and Shea, and he loved his country! My heart goes out to you and all the families of our service men/woman who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom! I thank you for your sacrifice, I pray that you and Shea continue to be strong and know that there are people like me, that although I have never met you or your husband, you will all have a special place in my heart! Thank You!"
Debbie Thomas of Jefferson City, MO

"SGT Dooley I worked together in C Company, 4-64 Armor, Ft Stewart, GA. HE is a great soldier and most of important he is my friend."
Jeffrey L. Dunkleman of ft knox, ky

"SGT Dooley I worked together in C Company, 4-64 Armor, Ft Stewart, GA. HE is a great soldier and most of important he ws my friend."
Jeffrey L. Dunkleman of ft knox, ky

"my dad was also micheal dooley. very sorry for your loss."
johnny dooley of ireland

"Christine, I just wanted to say your husband is a true Hero and I want to thank him for his ultimate sacrifice. The reason why I know about Sergeant Michael Dooley is because of the book, "Their Last Words A Tribute to Soldiers Who Lost Their Lives In Iraq." When I first read your story I cried, not only because of the love I read about but the Hero that will forever stick out in my mind. You have lost your husband but you have a beautiful
bundle of joy that will always be her daddy's little Hero that will forever cherish what her father has done for our country. You have inspired me to write a soldier serving overseas, just for the fact of keeping their spirits up and letting them know how much they are greatly appreciated. So thank you Micheal, may you rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. God Bless you Christine and Shea you are forever in my prayers."
Katie of Wisconsin

"SSG Dooley is still remembered to this day by guys in the Troop who have returned to Iraq for a second tour. They bring his memory and lessons learned to ensure that his and his family's loss will not be in vain. I did not know SSG Dooley personally but knew of him and am proud to now command the Troop that he will always belong to. SSG Dooley will always be a Bandit and his memory will continue to travel with the Troopers as they conduct their current missions and ensure they don't take anything for granted. To the family of SSG Dooley I am sorry for your loss but rest assured every Bandit Trooper knows of him and his stories. SFC HUll and 4th Platoon will always have a gunner's seat open for him when they meet again. Thanks SSG Dooley for allowing your memory to continue to teach new young Troopers what to be aware of. Bandit Troop will carry your memory even to Hood when they move and your picture will always hang on memory wall in the Troop S&A. Thanks for your sacrifice. (Bandit 6)"
CPT Bill Eldridge of Rabi'ah Iraq (Syrian Border Again)

"Thank You to everyone who visit this site and still remember ALL of our Hero's. It's nice to know, hear and read that even after two years, our Hero is not forgotten. We, his family, will never forget him. Its great to hear that other people haven't forgotten him either! So Thank You again for your support and your kind thoughts about our Hero."
Christine and Shea Dooley (Proud wife and daughter) of Murrysville, Pa

"Today is the Army's birthday, on this day we remember our fallen brothers and sisters who sacrificed everything for our safety, I miss you Micheal, your our hero brother!"
Rob, Summer , Savanna, & Dylan Micheal Burton of Ft Lewis, Wa

"Still thinking of you Michael, and Christine to you may god continue to bless you and keep your family in good health. To my bro "Dooley", I miss you more than you'll ever know buddy see you on high ground Tanker!"
Rob Burton of Ft Lewis, Wa

"There is not a single week that goes without me thinking about that day 8 June 2003. I think to myself about the what if's and wish that I could have been in your place. I wish I could have saved your life but as a Medic I understand that there are somethings that are beyond my control. When I look down at my Combat Medic Badge on my uniform I wear it to honor you and to never forget the sacrifice that you made. My heart goes out to your family. God bless the Dooley family. SGT Dooley I will see you at the Fiddler's Green. Brave Rifles"
SGT(P) AGUILAR, GREG of Ft Bliss, Tx

"I met Michael when he first came to Pulaski. He was such a nice guy. Always smiling. My thoughts & prayers are with his family."
Star Lester of NYC, USA

"I have been watching the news channels today. They are saying that the voting in Iraq was very successful and turned out even better than they expected. That makes me very happy that the Iraqis can enjoy some of the freedoms we sometimes take for granted in the USA. I am proud that they came out to vote, despite all the threats of the stupid terrorists. Someone on the TV said that they feel all the sacrifice's made were worth it, including the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrafic. I do disagree with that statement because nothing will ever be worth my husband Micheals death. But it does make me feel better that he and many others made a difference in making the world a safer place. He will be forever missed and loved by Shea and I. He went to war cause he believed in keeping the world safe. And if that meant dying to keep his family safe he was willing to do it. He is a true HERO. And he will be forever Honored by us and will always be in our hearts."
Christine Dooley of Murrysville, Pa

"To the Dooley Family; ALthough I don't know you personally I will be forever connected to your son, as my husband has already wrote on this site, my son Dylan Micheal Burton was named after Micheal. My husband and him were stationed in GA together and were close friends. I am soo proud as a mother to have been able to connect Dylan to such a wonderful son, husband, daddy,and hero. Christine, My heart and soul goes out to you, being a military family you would think that you are more prepared for tragedy, you're not, but as I have seen in the emails you have sent to my husband and the pictures I have seen you are doing an absolutely amazing job. We may never meet but please remember that Dylan will be raised with the pride of knowing what an amazing person Micheal was and he will never be forgotten. Gob Bless you all!"
Summer Burton of Ft. Lewis, WA

"To the Dooley Family. I was a Combat Medic deployed for Enduring Freedom at the start of the Iraqi War. Upon my return to the states I wanted to remember fallen heroes in the best way I possibly could. I found a KIA Braclet at the Ft. Carson PX which contained SGT Dooley's name. It was the only one they had from Iraqi Freedom. I immediately got it and put it on my wrist so I would always remember a fallen hero. That was July 31, 2003. As I write this, it is November 24, 2004. I have not taken the braclet off and do not plan to. It has been the center of many conversations that I have had of my experience during that time. I have everyday looked upon the braclet and felt a loss of a fallen comrade, even though I have never met SGT Dooley. I have been searching all this time (over a year now) for information about SGT Dooley and at last found this site on my computer. I wish to send my eternal respects and thanks to the family. I will remember Shea in my prayers. I thank God for allowing me to find this site and learn a little about SGT Dooley. It has helped me "close" a chapter in my life, but never forget. To SGT Dooley I say you deserve the rest in God's arms that you have earned. I am still a member of the 45th INF BDE Oklhamo Army National Guard, 7th ID. "Bayonet""
SGT Douglas May of Chelsea, OK

"I never met Michael but heard so much about him from my husband. He was SSG Dooley's Army recruiter and was so excited when he came in to join the military. All I heard was how intelligent and motivated Michael was to be beginning this new career. Being an Army wife myself, I am very proud of Michael for being such a brave young soldier. Christine, you have so much to be proud of and such a beautiful reminder of Michael. I'm sure that every time you look until your little girl's eyes, that you know Michael is right there with you both. My husband had a really hard time when he heard of Michaels's passing and also wishes to extend to you his thoughts and prayers as well.

angieb4frb@yahoo.com"
Angie Barlow of Fort Lee, VA

"on that day i lost the greatest guy i have ever met.it was hard to take because when we were in kuwait i asked him to take care of my wife if i was killed and he told me only if you take care of mine and i said dont worry about that you will be alright.i met this man 3 years ago in ft.stewart ga and are friendship grew,from drinking beer to going out and having a good old time the rest of my time in iraq was sad knowing my good friend was gone.and then on dec 14 i was wounded and i felt like he was looking over me.his memory will live with me for ever i miss you and i always will.your friend scott."
SSG.SCOTT TELLADO of FT.KNOX KY

"This one is to Micheal,Micheal I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments in life. I know that growing up in Pulaski VA was a far cry from growing up in Mayberry, but we got out and joined the military. You went Army, I went Air Force. Either way, we both decided to get out of Pulaski and do something for our lives, our family, our country. I miss you everyday and think of you always. You and your family are always in my prayers. I pray that God blesses your sweet little baby girl. I speak with Ann(his mother) for those who don't know him personally, quite frequently and she takes things day by day like everyone else and she misses you so much. You are a true blessing to her. Christine, if you are reading this, Micheal was one of my best friends in life growing up and I think of ALL of you everyday, I love you all and I pray that God blesses you with his richest blessing.
-SrA Tabitha Cooper (Griswold)"
Tabitha Cooper (Griswold) of Elmendorf AFB, USA

"Defender of Freedom

You shined up your boots; you rolled up your sleeves,
You signed up to fight, knowing you'd leave.

You asked not, "Where to?" Nor,"How long will it
be?"
Thank you for standing and fighting for me.

Uncertain of your path, you packed up your bag,
Marching with pride in defense of our flag.

Leaving your family so far from sight,
Protecting us all, doing what's right.

Your journey is long, and sometimes it's hell,
Thank you, noble warrior, for doing it well.

Off in a land so far away, doing your duty,
For your safety we pray.

With honor and vigilance, you stand on a wall,
When others said "no", you answered the call.

You watch over us all with eyes sharp and clear,
We sleep soundly tonight, without any fear.

Your nights may be long, some cold and some dark,
The greatest weapon you have is what's in your heart.

Each day that dawns brings you a new task,
Defender of freedom, what more could we ask?

Selflessness and strength guide all that you do,
Giving of yourself for those who need you.

You ask not for praise, nor for a small thanks,
Your job is your reward, rising up through the ranks.

You've earned your rights; you're earned your place,
To see true courage is to look at your face.

You have shown you are brave, steadfast and true.
How can we repay? What should we do?

Your country has called you, you're the ones that we trust
May God watch over you, as you've done for us.

We cannot be with you, you're too far from home
But we're proud and we're grateful---you're never alone."
Karen txowgirlmedic@yahoo.com of Texas

"Christine i wont to say Michael is sadely missed and i know that he was a great soldier. I am with StarSupportMilitaryGroup and we are here for you allways. We love you and we loved Michael. I know that he will be missed allways. Little Shea is a little living doll and just like him.
May God Bless You Allways Wanda"
Wanda of Manchester, Tenn USA

"May God give this fallen heroes family the strength and guidance to help them through these difficult days ahead..May it be a little comfort to them knowing so many grieve along with them that this young man gave his life doing something he believed in..God Bless.."
Vanessia of Marion, Ohio

"It is with heavy heart that I post a thank you note to the memory of Michal E. Dooley for giving the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. I pray that his family and friends find comfort in knowing that he will never be forgotten and is a true hero in every aspect of the word. God bless his family and friends."
Marlene Tussey of Harrisburg, PA

"My name is James Sipes of B Trp, 4th platoon, 1/3 ACR. Sgt. Dooley was a good friend. And a great NCO. I got put in 4th platoon on Feb. 7, 2003. Sgt. Dooley was the gunner on my tank. I loved the guy from day one. He was awesome and he had great skills as a tanker and a lot of pride with being a tanker. On June 8th, 2003 we lost a great friend, who we will never be able to replace. On behalf of SFC Hull, 1LT Thompson, SSG Oates, SSG Beyer, Sgt Blow, Sgt Moorehead, Sgt Coats, Sgt Garcia, Sgt Allen, Sgt Hatch, SPC Ancheta, SPC Norton, SPC Thorpe, PVT Langdon, and myself, I want to express our sincere sympathy for the loss of your husband. I am truely sorry, and I know that given the situation anyone of us would have gladly taken his place."
PFC James Sipes of Ft. Carson, CO

"Dear Michael, I didnt know you for very long, but you were the type of person who didnt take long to get to know. Your sacrafice has made a huge impact on my life and you and it will not be forgotten. I will do all I can to be a positive influence on the daughter you never met, Shea. Rest in peace. You are a true hero."
Steve Larsen of Pgh. Pa

"Well its been slightly over a year now, and its hard to believe. I am proud of the way we got through it, I know his strength carried me when times I feel like I couldn't go any further. Now I have my own strength to live my life and deal with things as they are given to me. Today is fathers day, it would of been his first one. Last year on fathers day I spent it with him in the funeral home. I was alone with him, for his viewings didn't start till the next day. I put his favorite hat, watch, and wedding band on him one last time. I gave him 7 roses also. Six of them represented our cats and dogs, who he called his four legged kids. And they truely were. The seventh one was from his unborn baby he gave me. He has given me a beautiful little girl to love. On days I felt like my heart had had too much, she was there to put more love into it. No matter where our lives take us, she will always be my miracle and strength. I have a wonderful family and wonderful friends who have gotten me through the past year. Without all the support I recieved I don't know where I would be today. The first year is over, meaning I have done and gone through everything atleast once. I feel like I have come out of a horrible storm, I am proud of myself and thankful for my support system. Micheal will always be in my heart and never forgotten. Happy fathers day Micheal, You should be proud of our little girl, she is awesome!
Love,
Christine

Dear Daddy,
Happy fathers day! We love you and miss you always.
Love,
Your daughter Shea and all your four legged kids...Savannah, Mallory, Archie, Larrie, Noah and Chandler
Love,"
Your family of Murrysville, Pa

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

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!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"To the Dooley family, I was stationed with Michael @ Ft Stewart, Ga, we went to the desert together the first time, he was also my roomate for a short time, I love that guy and he will be truly missed, he could always make us laugh in the roughest situations. I am having a son in September and I am naming his middle name Michael in honor oh Mike. To his wife and child, he died a hero and doing his job as a leader, My heartfelt thoughts are with you always. Please e-mail me if you need anything. Thank"
SGT Rob Burton, rob.w.burton@us.army.mil of FT Lewis, WA/ USA

"Mrs. Dooley, I just finished sewing the Marine Comfort Quilt in honor of your husband. I was visiting this sight to put a face to the name on the quilt. Your message expressing your love for your husband brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for giving your husband for my family's freedom. May the Lord bring you comfort. You are in my prayers. Please remember that I sewed together your quilt with much love!"
Jori Hazen of Richmond, TX

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

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

"my name is mr.jesse aguilar,a vietnam veteran and father of sgt gregory r.aguilar.my son greg was the medic assigned to the check point where michael lost his life.my son greg is a very good medic and did all he could to save michael's life.it is with very great sorrow that i send this message.personaly i have never meet michael,but on behalf of myself,my son and family,i want to express our very sincere sympathy for the lost of a very fine young man.my god bless his wife, daughter and family and watch over them.(the lord has blessed me and my family. my son greg has returned,safely,to fort carson,colorado).amen"
mr jesse aguilar of san antonio,tx

"To the family of SSG Dooley.

I am originally from VA and Ft. Carson was also my Duty Station but I can not say I did know Michael. I can say though that it would've been an honor to have known him. I have so much respect for him and for your family for bringing him into this world and for you Christine, his wife for helping his legacy to live on in such an amazingly beautiful little girl. I can not imagine what you went through with your pregnancy and the loss of your husband, I can not imagine how you felt or what you dealt with but even trying to comphrend it brings so much pain and sadness to my heart. Your husband did not die in vain though, he will FOREVER be remembered as a hero and his daughter can hold her head high and proud as she grows up and tell everyone that they are here and they are free because of people like her amazing daddy. I too have a newborn daughter, she is just a few months older than yours. She was born May 20th of last year. If you'd like to chat sometime, about ANYTHING at all or you just need someone to talk to then please feel free to e-mail me. My e-mail address is Tiff4USARMY@yahoo.com and thank you again for allowing us the chance to know such a true american hero...RIP SSG Dooley and know you're forever respected and loved by your country!"
Tiffany of GA

"Thank You Micheal E. Dooley for giving your all for your country. You have a beautiful baby. I'm sure you are her guardian angel. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY AND COMFORT THEM."
DANA HUSLEY A PROUD MILITARY WIFE of MISSISSIPPI

"You are a brave soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice.You gave your life for people you didn't even know. I would like to send my deepest sympathy to your family who is going through an undoubtable time right now.Thank you for your service."
James of Lynn, massachusetts

"Thank You for all your continued support. It is horrible that such a wonderful person like Micheal was killed but he will always be a Hero. He was such a honest, trusting, caring person who took his life and military career very seroiusly but he always knew how to have a good time. He said he was willing to die for his country if he had to and thats exactly what he did. I know he misses his family and friends dearly but he died a true Hero. Our daughter will truely miss out on being raised by such a wonderful man. He loved her since the day he found I was pregnant, he was so excited about becoming a dad. I know he is her guardian angel and will watch her grow up. Thank You Micheal for the wonderful years we shared, all the laughter, tears, love,and friendship. I will forever love you and think about you all the time. I will raise Shea to know everything about you and I am sure she will grow up being as proud of you as I am. I Love You fovever and always,"
Your wife, Christine of Murrysville, Pa, USA

"Thank you Micheal Dooley, 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

"I found this site by accident, but as an Army Brat I was reminded of the sacerfice that our freedom costs. My thoughts are with you and your family"
Michael E. Dooley of St. Louis, MO

"I never knew Dooley butI did know that he died serving our country. i feel for the family and friends of him because i have experienced it already... i am sorry. I know that he is in a better place and that he died fighting for our freedom..."
Lindsay of Ny

"May God be with your family. My prayers will always be with you.
This is a poem in memory of all the soldiers who have fallen during "Operation Iraqi Freedom"

Being a soldier is hard to do,
They stand for our country strong and true.

For our freedom the fight so brave,
Against whoever may stand in our way.

When it is time to answer the call,
They always give it their all.

They train for this day in and day out,
And now war is what their life is all about.

Our soldiers are couragous men,
Who never give up until they win.

Some will surely make it through,
Others will find a home anew.

For God will take them to their home far away,
But their souls will march on everyday.

Peace is what we need on this earth,
For fighting war and losing soldiers there is no worth.

But soldiers answer what they are called to do,
I thank God for them, they protect me and you.

Freedom is their gift to us,
During hard times like these it is in God we need to trust.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

We will NEVER forget the brave soldiers who have departed. May God Bless their families and loved ones. And may God be with our brave soldiers still fighting in Iraq!"
Lori Hester of Marion, Virginia

"Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this hard time. May God comfort and bless you in the days to come. SGT Dooley was one of the many brave soldiers fighting for our country and we are very thankful for that. Congratulations on the new baby coming in October. May he be one of the many sweet memories of SGT. Dooley. Once again our prayers are with you! God Bless!"
Operation SOS (Support Our Soldiers) of Bristol, VA

"Cristine, I want you to know I am always here for you. Im glad I have found a friend in you. you are right our husbands brought us together so we could help eachother through this. so dont forget I am always here for you and the baby. And i am sorry we had to meet the way we did.but I am so happy we met."
Melissa Givens of Colorado Springs Co

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Michael Dooley:
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 Dooley:
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