Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Maurice Keith Fortune

25, of Forestville, Maryland.
Fortune died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his military vehicle. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Camp Hovey, Korea. Died on October 29, 2004.

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"Your the best Soldier for me kuya maw, you really make us proud, your bravery is within our blood,"
pfc alvin mejica PA of philippines

"Thank you Sgt. Fortune for always treating me with respect and representing all the values that a soldier should. You were very nice and you were the hardest worker in the battery. You were a role model for myself and the rest of us that knew you. My thoughts are with you and your family. We will never forget you."
Steven Borin of Los Angeles, CA

"I served with Maurice in Korea 2000 "Steel FDC ".... I still have the pic u gave me the early morning in 2001 as I was making my way out on my last minutes in camp hovey..... We had our good times bro and I forever will remember them ..I know u left to early but I know your soul is still felt in ur family's heart ... Much love to you ..."
Juan Lopez spc of Houston

"Sgt Fortune was a friend and fellow soldier. I served with him in korea. He was a great man and a great friend. I wish his family my deepest sympathy."
James Hamilton of massachusetts

"You're always in our thoughts! Your death caused too much burden to me, you never knew about this because we hated each other as half-brother/sister. This hatred turned to barrels of tears and sorrow since you left us, as the saying goes "the more you hate the more you love", was appreciated only when you passed away. I'll take care of our Mother as I always do and promised you! Never thought your loss be a misery, we love you! miss you always..."
Sheila Love Lam of Angeles City, Philippines

"To the family of:Maurice Keith Fortune
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""

"Rest in Peace SGT. Fortune"
Robert of A C Philippines

"I miss you so much and you are my hero. You are the best father ever.
I love you very much daddy!!!"
Moesha B. Fortune of Colorado Springs, CO

"August 31, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Maurice Keith Fortune:
Maurice 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

"I served with Sgt. Fortune in 2003 at Camp Casey. What I rember most was Fortune riding his his bike in the rain and snow, morning and night... You'll be missed much respect. Sgt. Cano Medic"
Antonio Cano of Albuquerque, NM USA

"Those of us that knew him, know that his presence always made you want to be a better person. He never lost his smile through the toughest times and continuously brightened everyones day who encountered him. For those of us who fought beside him, it was a true honor to have such an incredible person and soldier by our side. He will always be with us in our hearts, and my deepest condolences go out to his family. It was an unspeakable loss and as his spirit lives on, he carries a small piece of all of us with him as well. God bless you always Maurice and may you watch over the rest of our brothers who are still over there once again."
SPC Coutu, "KQQCH" of Pelham, NH

"I served with SGT Fortune when I was assigned to 2nd BN 17 FA in Korea from Jul 2001 to July 2002. He was a quiet professional...true soldier and warrior. May the Lord continue to bless his family and friends.

"STEAL""
Michael Buck of Columbus, Ga

"Sgt Fortune,
I never seen anybody smile as much as you, even through all that hell. I will never forget you and will keep you and your families in my prayers."
SgtTim Meegan Jr of Ft. Carson, CO

"A year has passed -and we send our thoughts to your family -
remembering your loss.
Sandi / Montana"

"I would like to send my condolences to sgt maurice fortune's wife and his family members and friends. I knew sgt fortune for more than a year, we served with 2-17 fa back in 2001 at camp hovey. What a friend he was, and what a soldier he was. I didn't deploy with 2-17 fa in 2004. Now I'm back in Korea, my second tour here. Last weekend I took a trip back in camp hovey, back in the place we used to work together. It was a sad movement in my life, and I dont think I can ever forget it. I was struck to hear to new of my fallen friend. I told my family and friends about your sacrificed, you will never be forgotten. I send my sympathy to his wife and family members. I miss you my friend, and my brother as well. 2-17 fa will be with you, we will re-group."
SPC Thai, Binh of 348th QM co, Camp Humphreys

"I would like to send my condolences to sgt maurice fortune's wife and his family members and friends. I knew sgt fortune for more than a year, we served with 2-17 fa back in 2001 at camp hovey. What a friend he was, and what a soldier he was. I didn't deploy with 2-17 fa in 2004. Now I'm back in Korea, my second tour here. Last weekend I took a trip back in camp hovey, back in the place we used to work together. It was a sad movement in my life, and I dont think I can ever forget it. I was struck to hear to new of my fallen friend. I told my family and friends about your sacrificed, you will ber be forgotten. I send my sympathy to his wife and family members. I miss you my friend, and my brother as well. 2-17 fa will be with you, we will re-group."
SPC Thai, Binh of 348th QM co, Camp Humphreys

"Just want to send my belated condolences to Amy, John, Elsa, and the entire Fortune family, Amy I didnt know Maurice but know his father John and Elsa as a neighbor in Diamond Subd in Angeles City. Im stateside now and everything I heard about Maurice tells me that he is indeed a true hero. My prayers are with your family, God Bless. (email:tenhulzen@hotmail.com)"
Ed Tenhulzen of Iowa City, IA

"To Amelia and the Maurice Fortune Family,

Where do I start, Well, What a Man, What a Soldier, What a Husband, What a Brother, What a Friend, and What an Example for everyone to emulate.
This man that I met, was on My First assignment in HHB 2-17th. He was in PLDC Graduating and was standing in front of his graduation, proudly, holding his platoons Guideon. That was the Man! SGT Fortune and I, had worked
tiredsome days and before he left, he would alway say, is there anything else needed to be done. He then go home to his family and spend time with them which we call "not enough", as though he was on leave and made it back to work the very next day with energy that is required to win a race. He did it all so well. He was my right hand man when it came to taking care of the Soldiers in HHB. Through Maurice, he made all my rainy days shine like the sun. Some Soldiers though we were related, cause we resemble each other. We Both later was assigned to A Btry 2-17th, Maurice first and later I followed. I told Maurice needed him again to help me turn A Btry into a successful unit like we did for HHB. Once again, he accepted. We accomplished that mission also. Then one day, Maurice came to me and said First Sergeant, can I go back to my actual job, Fire Direction Center. Just like a proud Father to a son or a Big brother to the younger one, I said Okay. Later we were called to duty in Iraq, and yes I was scared for Maurice because I know that he would do what ever it takes to take care of his Soldiers and accomplish his mission. And that was the Soldier, Husband, Brother, and Friend. There was know mission or sacrifice to great for Maurice. I love you and I will Miss you like a Big brother, because you taught me the meaning of patient and Friendship and you will be forever in my heart and prayers for as long as I live on this earth. Amelia, I know that we haven't ever met and I am sorry to have not met the woman behind the man. Maurice was a complete man I thank you for allowing me to have been touched by your husband in a very inspiring way. God speed you, your family and the children forever and through eternity. First Sergeant, Howard.......I could have thanked you enough......................."
1SG GARY HOWARD of Ar Ramadi, IRAQ, 2/17 FA SVC Btry

"condolece to tha family of the late sgt maurice keith fortune"
vester l gross of angeles city pampanga

"I served with SGT Fortune during my year in Korea. I was always struck by his sincerity and good nature. He was a good man and a role model for me. My prayers are forever with him and his family. I am honored to have known him."
SGT Morgan of Ft. Drum, NY

"I donít believe that we understand all that you gave, or how your sacrifice will affect the future for our sons or daughters. I believe you confronted the evil that has enslaved mankind throughout history, the same evil that many American soldiers have confronted in many battles.

I will teach my son and daughter of your sacrifice and your heroism.

Proud Family of Pfc. Kohler serving in Ar Ramadi, Iraq"
Anderson Family of Montana

"To Mrs Fortune, I'm sure you remember me my name SFC Flores, Jose J. I'm so sorry for the news. I was in shock to have learned of his death. SGT Fortune worked for me in Korea I was his Chief at Bn. He was my best always willing to take a challenge. Everything he did was in his family name he was very proud of you. He will always be in our Prayer and your family. If you can contact me by e-mail at floresjj12@aol.com May the Lord give you Strenght "Dios te Guarde"."
SFC Flores, Jose J. of Lakeland, FL

"To the family of SGT Fortune,
I personally worked with Maurice until I left 2/17 FA. He was a great person, easy to get along with. I send my greatest simpathy to his wife, who I think was pregnant when I left Korea. Maurice is going to be missed."
Robert Pluskota of Ft. Sill, OK

"MAURICE FORTUNE, WE MET WHILE IN KOREA ASSIGNED TO 2-17FA. HE WAS A VERY GOOD FRIEND, FULL OF MOTIVATION, SMILES AND KINDNESS, HE GOT PROMOTED FAST AND HE MADE SERGEANT WITHIN LESS THAN 3 YRS HE WAS A FUTURE SERGEANT MAJOR. WE PARTIED A COUPLE OF TIMES DOWN RANGE IN KOREA AND HE WAS GOOD WITH THE GIRLS BE CUZ HE SPOKE PHILIPINO. HE WAS MY FRIEND AND MY BROTHER IN UNIFORM, HE DIDNT DESERVE THIS..I LEFT KOREA IN APRIL 2002 AND HE STAYED BEHIND IN THE SAME UNIT EXTENDING BEYOND HIS MANDATORY 1 YEAR STAY IN KOREA I WISH I WOULD HAVE STAYED.I KNOW YOUR IN HEAVEN MAURICE BECAUSE YOU HAD A GOOD HEART. I LOVE YOU BRO. WHEN I GET DEPLOYED I WILL KILL AN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES IN YOUR NAME...IN HONOR OF YOUR LIFE, I PRAY.."
SGT CHRISTIAN ROJAS of WASHINGTON, D.C

"To all who new Maurice. Before I went to take my test in the airforce last April 2004 I accidentally, or was it really accidentally, came accross each other or we met at on a jeepney from Mabalacat to Angeles. There we talk about stuff and gave me some adivces. Then the last time that I saw him was at our front yard talking to my older brother. I was then going to Clark to find a job. I never thought that will be the last time we will ever see him again. He is like a second older brother to me. I just can't imagine someone who you grew up with will be reported already dead. He just wanted a great future for him and his family. To Amelia Fortune we haven't met yet but I already saw you in the VCD of Maurice's Death Ceremony, Please accept my Sincere Condolences. Gusto kita mameet someday and gusto ko sana makita yung anak niya kasi d ko pa nakikita personally. To Ate Nida and Uncle John who have been very special to me since time immemorial Please accept my deepest sincere Condolences. And to Army Sgt. Maurice Keith Fortune you will always be remebered for your dedication and Love for your family! IN OUR HEARTS YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
PETER DAVIS of ANGELES CITY, PAMPANGA, PHILIPPINES

"i just want to let everybody know that Maurice was a good friend of mine, we spent sometime together in korea. The time we spent together, me, maurice, gilbert, and roger will be treasured in my heart forever. Sana di nalang sa u ngyari ito. Pare rest in peace and you will be missed."
SGT Woo, Jonathan of Walter reed army medical center

"I WANT TO SAY THANK VERRY MUCH! COUSIN,U KNOW,UR GREAT ALL OVER THE WORLD, IM SO THANKFUL THAT U ARE MY COUSIN. "UR GONE BUT NEVER 4GOTTEN" IN BEHALF OF OUR FAMILY "WE NEVER FORGET U" THANK U 4 ALL THE THINGS YOU'VE DONE TO OUR FAMILY.YOUR MY "IDOL"."
COUSIN : ALVIN MEJICA of CALOOCAN CITY PHILIPPINES

"Mrs. Fortune,
I don't know if you remember me. My name is (Captain) John Woodcock and I rode alongside of Maurice for 6 months while in Korea. He meant more to me than you know. SGT Fortune always kept me safe and out of trouble throughout our entire time together. I wish every day that I could have done the same for him. I will pray for you and grieve with you. Please accept my most sincere condolences. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know. jhwoodcock@hotmail.com"
John Woodcock of Richmond, VA

"Amelia,
I was particularly touched by the picture accompanying the news item about your husband's full military burial in Pampanga. The reason is, I, too, am a Fortune, and I couldn't help but feel that in some way I was related to your husband, not only because we shared the same last name but because I am also active duty in the U.S. military (Navy) and a Filipino-American, born in Baguio and raised in Cavite. Please accept my sincere condolences. I can't claim to understand what you must be feeling but I hope you can find comfort in knowing the fact that your husband died a true hero. God bless and comfort you and your family."
HM1 Vincent Don P. Fortune, USN of Bremerton, Washington USA

"To the Family and friends of Sgt. Maurice Keith Fortune,

I would like to extend my deepest condolence for your loss. Know that your son died a hero and every freedom loving people in this world owe him and all those fighting to keep this world free from tyrany and terrorism a world of gratitude."
Legaspi Family of Paranaque/Springfield, Virginia

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

"OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.MY SON WAS IN KUWAIT JAN '04 TO JUNE '04.WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO CONNECT WITH AN UNCLE OF THE FAMILY, BRIAN, WHO GRADUATED WITH MY SISTER, PATRICIA. PLEASE RESPOND THRU OUR EMAIL."
BERTHA PURNELL of BERLIN, MD -USA

"Words aren't enough to extend how great he is... All he ever wanted was to work and make good future for his family... he is a man with a pure heart, God embraced him at that time, and we believe that he is with His presence now... We miss you so much Maurice... we love you!"
Mama of Pampanga, Philippines

"He's the best Brother we've ever had... we miss him so much..."
Sheena Lam of Pampanga, Philippines

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Maurice Keith Fortune."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"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, Maurice, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the friends and family of Sgt. Maurice Keith Fortune,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Respectfully"
Rebecca of Los Angeles

"there are no words to ease your pain..i know ive lost someone special and i wrote this poem...thats being published..i felt lead to share it with you and i ve dedicated this to all the man and women in our armed forces...LIKE THE BREEZE WHISPERING THRU A WILLOW TREE.AND THE TENDERNESS OF THE MORNING DEW AS IT KISSES MY TOES.YOUR GENTLE WORDS FALLING ON MY EAR,YOUR ARMS AROUND ME..HOLDING ME ..OH SO TIGHT.AND THAT BEAUTIFUL WAY YOU HAVE.YOU COULD ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE.YOU LOVE ME ,AND THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY,AND THAT SAME LOVE...TOOK U AWAY FROM MY ARMS..I WILL LOVE AND CHERISH YOU FOREVER.YOU .. ARE NOT ONLY A SOLDIER,THE DEFENDER OF WHATS RIGHT.. BUT,MYHUSBAND,SOMEONE'S BROTHER,FATHER..LYING YOUR LIFE DOWN EACH AND EVERYDAY,WITHOUT ONE COMPLAINT...THANK YOU MY LOVE ...FOR MAKING THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICEout one complaint for our freedom..Its called ..Ultimate sacrifice...."
tammy north of petersburg va..usa

"To Maurice's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Maurice Fortune, 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. Maurice Fortune:
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 Maurice 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. Maurice Fortune:
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 Maurice, 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