Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Michael S. Evans II

22, of Marrero, .Louisiana..
Evans died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device struck a nearby vehicle. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1088th Engineer Battalion, 256th Brigade Combat Team, New Roads, Louisiana. Died on January 28, 2005.

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"Hey Doc your never forgoten! See you on the other side Bro"
Jason Bacon of Ft. DRUM, NY

"Hey Uncle Michael its your nephew its been 10 years since you passed I miss you soooo much, I still remember mothers day of 04! I hate and love seeing Trey ( Michael scott evans 3rd ) he looks so much like you it makes me sad. Cant wait join you in the kingdom of the lord, I dont know how soon but i cant wait!"
Isaac James Novinger of waldorf, Maryland

"Hay Mike this is SSGT Walker aka the goat missing you big brother I will see you in Haven lots of LOVE the Goat"
Albert Walker of Plaquemine Louisiana USA

"Doc...5 years later...missing you everyday still. Miss your funny attitude,just joy of life,never afraid of anything. I looked up to you.Always wondered what you will do next!Never a dull moment! You always made fun of me but i know it was all in fun. You accepted me for who i am and that meant the world to me. A true friend!Always there for me. RIP DOC love you"
Chris Gremillion of Westbank La.

"Dianna,
I just came across this message. I am Mike's wife, Missy. I want you to look at it how do, he died serving his country, the one thing he loved the most besides being a father. Even if you were there, there was nothing you could have done, I have details on what happened. Stop thinking of it as your worst day and think of all the good memories. I took me five years to get to this point, however its better to remember the good. I don't have a doubt that you would have done everything you could if you would have been there. Please don't ever blame yourself. As for Dale, I am still in contact with him, he is Trey's godfather, and Iraq and Mike has really grown him up. He is in medical school and has a beautiful son. I am very proud of him, and I know he does it everyday so Mike will be proud. I thank you for what you said and for being his fried and Medic.. If it helps you can contact my email is mevans010@gmail.com and if you want to see Trey, I warn you he is the spitting image, I would love you too, as I would love to meet you. I could use all the stories about Mike I can get, we only had half a year together and I have a little boy that should know everything about his wonderful father. I hope you able to put everything at peace, if you aren't I am always here to listen. Take car of yourself hes with you and god everyday!"
Missy Evans of Kenner, Louisiana

"Three days ago was five years. It marked the worst day of my life. I was your medic. I was supposed to be there. You all had wives and/or kids. You did your tour and you did your time. I know you lost brothers in the box, but you didn't have to go too. This tears me up every day.
You were so fun and full of life. I have never and will never meet anyone who was overflowing with joy the way you would. Damn, I missed you the rest of that year. *, who was supposed to keep Dale under control after you were gone?! :) I know that you are with me and you know how I pray to have been there that day. I should have been there that day. It wouldn't have made a difference, but at least I would be with your silly * now. I miss you every day and keep you, your wife and son in my thoughts and prayers. Keep a beer cold for me...See you again."
Dianne Rich (Doc) of Panama City Beach, Fl

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Kenna _ Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"doc i say prayers for u every night i have a pic of u and i pray to u every day i love you i cant be leave u pasted away 4 years ago i was only 7 years old when u died love brit"
britt of luling la

"i miss u doc sister of Chris Klein we were awesome friends rip love u doc!love brittany"
brittany of luling la

"Doc, I still think of you everyday. I can't wait to fly in the skies over Iraq, like that will somehow make me closer to you. I'll never forget the last time I saw you; you and Dale were so excited to be serving our country, proud of how well you two did your jobs. I am so proud of you too. You're always in my heart.
To the wife, parents and child of Michael: I am sorry for your loss. Stay strong, I know he is with you.
Love always,"
2nd Lt Amanda Murphy, USAF of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

"Doc, you were a good kid and I'm glad that we had the opportunity to know each other. It is amazing what you managed to do with your life and make something great of it. You will always be remembered by all of your friends and acquaintances. Amazing how time flies! I remember us beating the crap out of each other at my house when you lived with us. Those were some great times! Glad we met. RIP "Doc""
2LT Casey Ralston of Harvey, La. USA / Currently Ramstein AB, Germany

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Michael S. Evans, II:
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

"mike i can't believe it's been two years since you've passed i think about you every day.. I still remember the first day I met you when I was in boot camp. I thought you were going to be so mean and hard on us but you were the nicest cadre I had. You were always there when i needed somebody to talk to, and i miss that. YOU WERE THE BIG BROTHER I NEVER HAD!!! you made me realize i could do anything as long as i put my mind to it, and that no one could take my dreams away. but the day you passed i couldn't believe it, i thought how could god take such a good person. i saw melissa and your baby on the news they were so beautiful you would be very proud i miss you. I can't wait to see you again. "ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL" ALWAYS IN MY HEART I MISS YOU!!"
mikhail of metairie,la

"""THE FINAL INSPECTION"

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell""


Posted By: Brandi Ramagos"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

""Doc" you were one my my best friends. the memory of you will last a life time in my mind. I will always remember all the good time we had (High School) Im sorry I didnt hear about your death untill a year later but you know how things work in the service, always the last to know.
To your wife I am greatly sorry for your loss Doc was a great man and im sure he loved you more then anyone can ever imagin he will never be forgoten"
SSgt Leppich, Paul USAF of Harvey LA

"Doc, you'll never be forgotten. You died on my birthday, so it's a reminder every year of the strong brave person that died fighting for his beliefs. You were always so funny in life, and now well respected after death. Be strong Melissa. And yes, I know, you've got my name tatooed on your butt."
Daisy of Marrero, LA

"Michael Evans was a kick to have around he kept our spirits up during OEF in Bagram. Always looking for danger and excitment. Wouldn't take no for an answer. He went in the way we all knew he would. Brave and proud....an American hero."
CSM Chad M. Lynch of Baton Rouge, La.

"hey evans..it's christall..i dunno if you remember me but im sgt trenticosta's daughter..just wanted to say we all miss you so much.."
Christal of Belle Chasse, Louisiana

"Well Mike, here it is almost one year later.....you're still in our hearts and thoughts, your bravery and easy smile never to be forgotten. :)"
C of Marrero, La USA

"While playing around entering my name as a google search...I happned on this page. This is not what I was looking for, but am greatful to find. My condolenses go out to family and freinds of this and every fallen hero. My sincere gratitude to you Michael,R.I.P."
Michael Scott Evans of Fresno, CA

"Mike,
You taught me so much in a year, and I was so very proud of you. Never in my life had I have met someone who stood for so much. The bravery you had and the sacrifices you made for your country will always be known. I was so honored that someone so special would chose me to stand beside them. I miss you so much, but our son makes me laugh evertime I feel like crying. I'll make sure he knows how much his daddy loved him, and that he know that his daddy is a hero. Your alwaysa going to remain in my heart and in my thought. I love you"
missy evans of new orleans, LA

"TO THE FAMILY OF Michael S. Evans II, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. IF you need someone to pray with you or to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30014. phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington ,Ga

"Michael, not a day has gone by that I don't think of you."
Bryan Sparlin of Bedford, TX, USA

"DOC WAS ONE OF MY VERY FIRST SOLDIERS AND ONE OF MY MOST OUTSTANDING SOLDIERS, HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOREVER BY MYSELF AND ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE PANEL BRIDGE.

BRIDGE FOWARD"
SGT. WILLIE JIMERSON III of 2225th PANEL BRIDGE COMPANY

"The bravery of Michael and his fellow soldiers, Jonathan and Christopher, will forever remain in the hearts and lives of the families of the soldiers in Co. B., 1088th Eng. Bn. Their sacrifice for our freedom will NOT be forgotten. Melissa, be strong for your child and we will pray that he will grow to be as wonderful a person as Michael was."
Rhonda Smith, wife of Sgt. Michael D. Smith of Denham Springs, LA

"My son has left me with an image of Mike that dominates my memory. It is the image of a soldier's soldier, the kind of soldier who reached out to the man at his left as well as the man to his right -- a friend, a brother and a comrade in arms. It is an image of a smiling face during a late-night card game, and a comforting face during the heat of battle. Mike was the man you looked to when you needed to laugh, but you also looked to him when your spirits sagged. He had the broad shoulders to carry not just his own burden as a soldier, but a large measure of the burden of his fellow soldiers. He will be the face we attach to our prayers for a long time to come."
Tyler and Kim Martin - parents of Blaine Martin of the 1088th Co B of Baton Rouge, La.

"It didn't take long for you to love this soldier. I met him through my son, who is currently serving with the New Roads unit in Iraq. Mike (Doc) was amazing. He was full of life and love and you couldn't help but feel it when you were around him. He was a very brave soldier, volunteering to go to Iraq as he had to Afghanistan. I last saw him on Christmas day 2004, when he and his wife drove all the way from Marrero to Krotz Springs, with the roads freezing, to visit with me and my son. They were both home on leave. I got a hug as he walked out of the house and I told him I loved him. For those last few moments, I am so thankful.

Melissa, you have been so strong through all of this. Be proud and take care of yourself and your unborn baby. I just know that God has something very special planned for your child. Doc will be with you and Mike, III always.

Doc, I'm sorry about the magnet thing. I didn't understand. I love you and I will NEVER FORGET why you died."
Miss Twana (Mama) of Krotz Springs, LA/USA

""Michael- you died with your brothers Jonathan Reed and Christopher Ramsey - all of you great brave soldiers of the 256th. You will always be in our hearts and prayers forever. May your family have the strength to endure this loss and trust in Jesus.""
Webster and Ruth Reed (Father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Iraq on January 28, 2005) of Krotz Springs, LA

"There is no way for us to express the deep sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Michael Evans II. I lost my son on January 26, 2005 in Iraq. Those that have laid down their lives are the true heroes. May God bless you and comfort you during this time."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"To the family and friends of Spc. Michael Evans II:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Michael for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Michael Evans II:
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