Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Michael Egan

36, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Egan died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during patrol operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Squadron, 104th Cavalry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died on September 19, 2005.

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"I miss you Brother. your warrior legacy was not in vien. Semper Fi"
Matthew Fink

"You truley were one of the great ones mike. I will NEVER forget you. Gods speed and Semper Fi."
Matthew Fink of Phx , Az

"Mike was a great freind. You would be hard pressed to find better. When I first got to B Trp he was one of the first one's to welcome me there. You will always be missed my freind"
Mike Forlines of Southampton, NJ

"To the Friends and Family of Sgt.Michael Egan,
While we only share the same name,i would like to say how sorry i am for you're loss.He sounds like a really great guy.I have 2 cousin's over in Iraq right now,still alive Thank God.But i watch their mom age every day,its hard on family.
I'm originally from Ireland,but have lived here longer.American citizen now.I've attained or accomplished more,in this STILL the greatest country in the world,than i could anywhere else.This is due in no small part to the sacrifice Sgt Egan and others before him have made.A simple Thank You doesn't seem nearly enough,i'm sorry,its all i've got.
An earlier message referred to a hero bracelet in his name,and i was wondering where i could purchase one.I have one to honor my father,and would be honored to add Michael.I'm sure they're both together.
I'm new to this computer thing,as i'm sure this note will echo.Don't know where to look.But i do have email _michaeleganpainting@verizon.net
Any info would be appreciated,thanks in advance. And again,sorry for your loss.
Michael."
Michael Egan of Havertown,PA. USA

"Mike,

It's taken along time for me to come to terms that you are really gone. The day you told me you were going to re-enlist I was kinda dissappointed. I thought we would all get out together and maybe carry on the good times in the CIV DIV. I know alot of us left you during the summer of 1997 but we all left thinking of you and the fellow Marines we had left behind. We grew into a family and proved that we were one of the best and tightest platoons in 2nd AABN. My last day in the Corps I drove off base feeling sad knowing that the good times we spent together was over and would probably never happen again. We had some CRAZY good times together and we also had our moments as well. When we were roomies, I always wanted to apologize about that night we had it out. It was mostly my fault for being such an *. I'm sorry! I served with Mike in the United States Marine Corps from 1994-1997. My last year in the Corps I became Mike's roommate. I can still see him sitting on his bed wearing a ball cap, flyers jersey, and sucking down a cold one. I think during that time period Miller Brewing Company saw an increase in sales because of us. I thank God for allowing me to have known Mike and letting me spend some time with him. I can't believe it's been 15 years since first meeting Mike. Boy did he scare the crap outta me when I first got into the platoon. Mike was no joke when it came down to business. Under all that piss and vinegar there was a soft side of Mike. Like Mikes blanket he called "Wooby" (LOL) and the self sacrifice he showed to his fellow Marines. Mike, I will always be thinking of you and will never forget you my friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I will no longer mourn your passing but instead will celebrate your life and our time together. You are a hero. You are my hero!"
Cpl. Jason Harrison 2ndAABN 1994-1997 02/20/09 of Mechanicsburg, PA

"August 2, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Michael Egan:
Michael gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To the Family of Michael Egan: I just received a hero bracelet in remembrance of Michael. Thanks to the internet I now feel I know a little bit about him, the wonderful family he has & the incredible man he was. My deepest condolences go out to you. Though it has been nearly 3 years since he left you I know that losing a loved one leaves a hole in your heart that never completely heals. Please know that I am praying for all of you & will continue to do so. I proudly served our country as an AF Nurse from 1979-1990. I thank Michael for his service & sacrifice. I am honored to be wearing Michael's bracelet. May God bless you, comfort you & give you strength."
Holly Leonard of Sandy Springs, GA

"To the family of:Michael Egan 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"

"You were the best crewman as an E-3 with 2nd Platoon Bravo Co...With Wheatly and Friddle and were a great friend to me. I last saw you in 1993 my last day in the Corps and I will always pray for you buddy!"
Patrick J. Wisniewski of Grand Rapids, MI 49506

"Mike, you were one of my good friends when you were in the Marines with 2nd Amtracs. I saw your obituary in the Marine Corps Times and it made me cry at work. There are very few men of honor left in america. With today's me first society...you made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country and I will never forget you my brother...Remember my last night in the Marines, when me, you and Harvey went to the Mermaid in North Topsail Beach???
I do and you will always be in my prayers brother."
Patrick J. Wisniewski of Grand Rapids, MI 49506

"Back about 1993 I wrote to "Operation Dear Abby" and Mike found my letter, while he was stationed overseas. We were penpals and then phone buddies for about 3 years then lost touch. Today for some reason I decided to see if I could find him.. he used to call me all hours of the night, send long letters to tell me about the Marine Corps, his dad who had died, his mom, his adventures on the ships and overseas. He was a special friend and always someone to talk to, as he called me from his barracks where he laying in bed with his "wubbie" or sitting on his guard duty at night. It was with great shock and sadness when I found him, but found out he was gone. I send my sadness and compassion out to his wife, his daughter, and his family and other friends. I have always kept his letters and photos in a box, and now that is going to be an even more bittersweet. Love to All."
Rebecca of Lewisburg, TN

"To the friends and family members of Mike Egan I am truly sorry. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw his picture yesterday on the news. I knew Mike when I was in the Marine Corps from 1993 to 1997. Me and Mike where in 2nd Platoon Charlie Company 2nd Assault Amphibous Battalion together at Camp Lejeune North Carolina. Mike was a very well liked and funny guy. I was from Philadelphia and he was from Pennsauken, NJ. So we kicked it off immediately when we first met. We spent alot of time drinking and talking about home. I also spent alot of time with Mike when we went to Haiti, Liberia and while we where on float. I truly will Miss him as I know you will. I am sorry for your loss."
Thomas Whalen of Philadlephia, PA

"To Mike's Family,

I think of Mike daily. I served with him in the Cav. I got to know him while at Camp Shelby. We spoke often of our daughters. My daughter was born July 4th, 2002. Her name is Samantha and she was born in Wilmington. Mike and I always shared stories as you can imagine.

I wish I had more time to solidify a budding friendship.

I miss him."
SSG John Ciano of Springfield, PA

"To the Wife, Daughter, and Family of Mike Egan,

You do not know me and I unfortunately have not had the pleasure of meeting the family of one of the greatest men I had ever met. "Mikey" as I called him, was my first Section Leader when I joined 2nd Platoon, 2nd AABN on Camp Lejeune. It was because of him that I became the Marine that I am today. He was more than my Sergeant, he was a friend and a teacher. I truly miss him and wish I had found out sooner about his passing. We had such good times together; on float, trips to Parkersburg WV, trips to the beach, my bachelor party, and my wedding reception. He was a good man and will be missed with every passing day. I will be in touch."
Rich Miller, SSGT USMC (Ret.) of Kennesaw, GA

"To the family of Mike Egan and to Carol. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.. I just wanted to tell his family and friends, he was so dear to our family. We have missed him!!!!"
Ed and Cheryl Walker of Parkersburg, WV / Wood County

"Maria,asnd Samantha,your husbands loss effects alot of people.It's been a year since both Mike and Will Fernandez were lost,but they are not forgotten,especially by those who knew them.Mike was one of the better guys I knew.Semper Fi,From Mark"
Mark Simkiw of Phila,Pa

"Here it is a year now, since you have left us and you are not forgotten.
Words cannot describe the feelings we all have for your missing presences
and in short we love and miss you all"
DennisAmrhein of Mechanicsburg, PA

"Dear Michael Egan,

I met your lovely wife, Maria, this weekend in Vermont. She came to a welcome home celebration for TF Saber. She is an exceptional young woman who is holding up well under the circumstances. She misses you and loves you very much. She serves as a true inspiration to those of us who are so lucky our husbands came home. We will never forget you and your family!"
Daneen Roy of Jericho, Vermont

"I miss you & think of you everyday..you are with the baby now..take care of him..I really loved you. Rest."

"To the family of Michael Egan I am so sorry for your loss.I am the widow of another Michael Egan killed in the World Trade Center and I was just surfing throught the web and going down memory lane and as you can imagine I was so shocked to read about your loss ,the same name and both killed in September and same war.I pray to God that he gives you strength and am sure both are in heaven drinking guiness.May God helps us all.With warm regards.Anna Egan"
Anna Egan of Stamford,CT.USA

"Growing up Michael was my Hero, I lived next door to him and I looked up to him. I wanted to be just like him. I too remember his smiling eyes and all of his love for life. I moved away in my teens, but we still kept in touch. Michael was the kind of friend that tried hard to let the light of his soul brighten the life of others. 8 years ago he blessed my family by agreeing to be a godfather to my youngest son, Sebastian. I know he will be watching over him from heaven. God Bless You Michael. To Ms. Egan, Tony and Pat, My Family grieves with yours, you can be sure that Mr. Egan and Michael are together now sharing memories at that Irish pub in the sky."
Bryan Fenerty & Family of Mt. Laurel, NJ

"Dear Maria, Samantha, Mrs. Egan,Tony and Patrick,
There has been a heaviness in my heart since the moment I heard about Mike. Some how memories have flooded to mind as if I were 15 again at St.Peter's youth group giggling with both Mike and Tony. What I can remember the most is how Mike's eyes smiled when he smiled. We had a lot of happy times together in High School. So many of which come to mind but what I will remember most is his goodness. All he had to do was smile and you could see it. I will pray for all of you. Mike is with God now, all worries for him are over. I can't imagine your pain. I am so very sorry, but I bet Mike is fighting for all of you still, but now it is in a much better place. From a child Mike valued his family. His love for all of you is what you will treasure forever. Love is like faith. You can't see it or touch it but it is strong and will get you through the toughest times in life. Love is God. I feel so blessed to have the memories I have. I will pray for all of you.
Sincerely, Rita Lynch Robinson"
Rita Lynch of Cinnaminson, NJ

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Michael will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"TO THE EGAN FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH MICHAEL AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON GREGORY LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ. MICHAEL THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AN FOR FIGHTING ALONG SIDE OUR SON. MICHAEL YOU ARE SO MMUCH MORE THEN A HERO! YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY, NEIGHBOR'S, FRIENDS, YOUR MILITARY BROTHER'S. SISTER'S AND YOUR LOVING FAMILY. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN MICHAEL NOT TODAY, TOMORROW AND NEVER WILL YOU BE FORGOTTEN! WAR'S AND CONFLICTS TAKES YEARS. BEFORE IT ENDS AND OUR FALLEN ARE HONORED. TO THE FAMILY: REACH OUT TO YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. MICHAEL DESERVE'S TO BE HONORED TODAY NOT YEARS FROM NOW. REQUEST A STREET BE NAME AFTER MICHAEL IN HIS HOME TOWN. MY TEARS NEVER STOPPED WITH MY SON, AND FLOW FOR YOU MICHAEL. IT'S REFRESHING THAT WE HAVE A MEN NAME MICHAEL. WILLING TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY. RISKING EVERYTHING FOR HIS COUNTRY. AN THOSE THAT DON'T, SHOULD AT LEAST BE THANKFUL....FOR THE LIBERTY AND FREEDOM MICHAEL PROTECTED FOR US ALL. I PRAY FOR YOU MICHAEL AND YOUR FAMILY. FOR I UNDERSTAND THE HURT. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Michael Egan, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

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