Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Bryan L. Freeman

31, of Lumberton, New Jersey.
Freeman died in Baghdad, Iraq, from wounds sustained earlier that day when he came under small arms fire while conducting a vehicle search. He was assigned to the 443rd Civil Affairs, Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Warwick, Rhode Island. Died on November 8, 2004.

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"RIP Brother, I only knew you for a short time, training you in Wisconsin and then in Baghdad. I will not forget you."
SFC Devine of Philadephia

"Its been 11 years on 08/NOV/15 since that day bryan did not return from our last mission for the day. 11 years and I can remember it like it just happened a few hours ago. Everyday thinking if I was leaning just less then an inch to the left that bullet would have struck me instead. Everyday thinking , everyday that I live is because he died instead of me that day. Explaining to my son and daughter every year what a great man& soldier he was and why we honor him in our house. I am greatful that I am here and live to see my children grow up, reminded that it came at a great price. In my thoughts always bryan
Strike5 out"
Aaron Meade 12/NOV/15 of boston, Ma

"I remember training at fort Mckoy. We were doing room clearing and Freeman took the Lead... after the training Freeman said, "Collick, I Love this SH*T".
Bryan Freeman loved serving his country, he was an outstanding soldier, and friend. I miss you B-Free. Thank You for being a Battle Buddy."
SGT Hannibal Collick of Philadelphia, PA


You are missed my brother. Your laugh and smile was contagious. I will never forget your sense of humor which made my deployment with the 443 a little bit easier. I will never forget and remind civilians of your sacrifice. My tattoo is a reminder to me and others that you laid down your life to protect this country. Thank you for fighting for our Freedom. To Bryan's parents I pray for you two constantly and hold the Freeman name in the highest light.
God Speed
SSG Piper"
Brendan Piper of Appleton WI

"To the family of:Bryan L.Freeman
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""

"B-Free live love laugh but never forget- you my friend taught us how to live always putting others needs in front of your own-- The Bowkers will never forget you"
The Bowkers of Beach Haven NJ

"You and your family are forever in my hearts.. you are always missed.. please keep watching down on everyone ... love you brian"
Emily Bowker of Bloomington, Indiana

I can not believe that it has now been 7 years since you left us. I was only a freshman when you passed and I have since learned how amazing of a person you were. I am now married to a US Army soldier and I love him. I know you'll keep him safe while serving in Afghanistan <3 We all miss you Brian but I can't thank you enough for the sacrifice you have made. I still pray for your family every day. Love you Bri!"
Kayle (Bowker) Williams of Burlington, NJ

"I went through Basic Training and AIT with Bryan at Sill and served in 2/15FA with him. He was a cool, humorous soldier, and 'squared away' at the same time. The U.S. really lost a great soldier. My condolences to his family and loved ones."
Geoff Ogbogu of Dallas, TX

"Six years later and you are still missed, brother."

"Bryan L. Freeman will never be forgotten. I didn't know him but so many people at my school did because he woke there and I know he won't be forgotten because I know his fiancee Jackie De Carlo because she is my teacher at Burlington County Special Services School where he also use to work."

"Bryan, we miss you so much. By now you would have been a seasoned NJ State Trooper. I recently met Colonel Fuentes,Superintendent of The New Jersey State Police, and he said he keeps the
PH medal I gave him on his desk.This Saturday plaques will be dedicated in Willingboro,NJ in your memory and in the memory of Major Dwayne M. Kelley.In addition to his military duty, Major
Kelley was a NJ State Trooper.

I've learned a lot from you,son. You've earned the respect and friendship of so
many people. You lived your life on this earth as the epitome of a SERVANT
LEADER and we're so thankful for having
had you here with us for thirty-one years.
Bryan Freeman, Sr of Lumberton, NJ/USA

"November 10, 2008
To the family of Spc. Bryan L. Freeman:
Bryan gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To Bryan and Darlene:
I have had the opportunity of coming to know the two of you through the tragic death of our sons in Iraq. I know as you know that God makes no mistakes, and it is only God who takes us through the hurt and pain. We will continue to pray for each other and we will never allow our sons to be forgotten because they remain in our hearts forever.
Trusting God,
Jackie Dixon"
Jackie Dixon of Lindenwold, New Jersey

"To all of those who knew and still love him, I offer my most sincere and deepest gratitude and condolences. I miss him greatly, possibly more than anyone can imagine. His memory will never evade me. Bryan, my Brother in Arms, I shall NEVER forget you! Please understand that as his patrol leader for that fateful mission, I bear the utmost sense of responsibility for the events that occurred on the 8th of November 2004 and for the TRUTH as to how it happend. Know that I have no words for the profound loss that his family, friends and Jackie have taken by his passing. If there be any doubt about this authenticity please contact me at Michael.Adkins1@us.army.mil."
Michael S. Adkins of St. Louis, MO

"To the man who filled our lives with unforgetable memories, joy and laughter. Bryan, its been a little over a year since your passing but no one can forget your smile, your leadership and most of all your sacrafice. As days pass by it only makes us stronger for one day we'll all be reunited.

Thank you for blessing us with your friendship. I am honored to have been a part of your life. I miss you dearly.

To Jackie and the Freeman family,
Just know as time passes by, we are all still thinking of you and pray with time your pain eases.

With Deepest Sympathy,"
Rose Millan of Columbus, NJ

"To the man who filled our lives with unforgetable memories, joy and laughter. Bryan, its been a little over a year since your passing but no one can forget your smile, your leadership and most of all your sacrafice. As days pass by it only makes us stronger for one day we'll all be reunited.

Thank you for your blessing us with your friendship. I am honored to have been a part of your life. I miss you dearly.

To Jackie and the Freeman family,
Just know as time passes by, we are all still thinking of you and pray with time your pain eases.

With Deepest Sympathy,"
Rose Millan of Columbus, NJ

"To the Family of Bryan Freeman,

I was truly saddened to hear of Bryan's passing. He was a high school classmate, and a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Alicia Beatty of Oxon Hill, MD

"To the Freeman family..

I am sorry, but I posted the wrong message on the wrong board for the wrong Bryan Freeman...I feel terrible and I am very sorry.
My cousin Bryan Freeman also died over in Iraq, around the same time.

Again, I am very sorry for your loss and will pray for you.

God Bless you all..."
Stacy of Michigan

"My dear cousin...

I had not seen you in years, but I love you so very much. I remember the last time I seen you. We were in Mississippi to see Grandma Freeman who was in the hospital at the time. We had so much fun. That was some years ago now, but its always been held close to my heart. Im very poud to say Im your family. Im also very proud of you for fighting for all of us in the country. Not only were you a very loving human being, but a fighter....
I miss you and love you.....

To my Aunt and Uncle...
I was so very sorry to hear Tuesday evening about Bryan. It crushed me to no end, as Im sure its done to everyone. We all will stick together through this. God will help us all. You are in our prayers every night and every morning. I love you both dearly.

I also want to thank everyone for helping my family through this...we all apreciate the help, love, support and prayers."
Stacy of Michigan

"I served with SPC Freeman in E-7FA. He was an example of what we all apsired to be. I miss him."
SPC Adams of Houston, TX

"I was there the night you found out about Bryan. You opened your home, you shared your sorrow, your pain, and your pride. You were so strong. Many say that they feel your pain, but I know we cant. I visited Bryan at Beverly..I cried. Soon after, I returned to active duty. I will not forget Bryan's service, or your sacrifice. Your son's character is an axample for all."
Bryan of 1/2 CAV REGT, Ft. Lewis, WA

"To Mr. and Mrs Freeman,

I won't say, "I know how you feel"-because I don't. I've lost grandparents,
aunts, uncles and friends, but I've never lost a child. So how can I say I know
how you feel?
I won't say, "You'll get over it"-because you won't. Life will have to go on.
The washing, cooking, cleaning, the common routine. These chores will take your
mind off your loved one, but the hurt will still be there.

So what will I say?

I will say, "I'm here. I care. Anytime. Anywhere." I will talk about your loved
one. We'll laugh about the good memories. I won't mind how long you grieve. I
won't tell you to pull yourself together.
No, I don't know how you feel,but with sharing, perhaps I will learn a little of
what you are going through.
And perhaps you'll feel comfortable with me and find your burden has eased. Try

To Bryan,

My friend, my brother. I can't express the pain I have been feeling since they took
you from us. The words we type can not do you justice. You were and still are an
example of what all people should strive to be in life. As a friend and as soldier
you could be counted on. We will miss you "hanky".

Robert Hampton Jr"
Robert L Hampton Jr of Charlotte, NC

"I would just like to offer my deepest condolences to the freeman family. I, too, lost someone dear to me in iraq last year. I know the pain that you are feeling. The day that I found out that my husband, Spc. Simeon Hunte, was killed, my life changed forever. I will keep your family in my prayers. Bryan was a true hero. May god bless you and give you the strength to keep going."
Tara Hunte of Willingboro, N.J.

"The pain that you feel for the loss of your son ripples through the United States as the unfortunate news comes to mothers like me whose sons have survived the wars. They tell their Mom's because we hurt with them as they tell the news of someone they respected and so proudly served. I am terribly sorry for your loss. My son was platoon leader at Ft. Drum. Your son certainly made a difference in many people he touched. With sincere regret,"
Kathy Rylander of Vancouver, WA

"I was Bryan's platoon leader in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum. He was my driver in 1995 and was the best soldier in the Battery. His professionalism and conduct was beyond reproach and I am so saddened by the loss of him. He more so than any other soldier I served with, had such a profound impact. I enjoyed his company and humor during many long, cold, and difficult field exercises. We used to talk about our grandfathers, both who were paratroopers and I got to know Bryan very well. He made me want to be the best officer I could be so that I would be worthy of his respect and loyalty. He immediately stood out from the ranks and was unquestionably the most squared away soldier with whom I've served. He was a peer group leader and was the example for all to follow.

Please accept my sincerest regrets at the loss of him and my gratitude for having raised such a shining example of a man."
Eric Hodos of Pittsburgh, PA

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

"To the Freeman Family. This Message is on behalf of Juan Dixon. Bryan was one of my best friends and I am deeply sadden by this lose. You will be in my prayers."
Juan Dixon of Cumberland, Maryland

""To Bryan Freeman family. On behalf of the Zangara family,we are deeply saddened for your loss. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we will continue to remember Bryan as a true hero.""
Richard Zangara of Glenolden, Pa.

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

"To Bryan's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"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 Bryan L. Freeman."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the friends and family of Spc. Bryan Freeman,

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.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To Bryan'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

"To the family of Bryan;
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Bryan is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you Bryan Freeman, 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. Bryan Freeman:
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 Bryan 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. Bryan Freeman:
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 Bryan, 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