Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Sean R. Grilley


24, of San Bernardino, California.
Grilley and other soldiers were attempting to negotiate with armed men who were congregating after curfew on a road near a mosque in Karbala, Iraq. The Iraqis opened fire killing three soldiers and wounding seven others. The soldiers were assigned to the 716th Military Police Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on October 16, 2003.

Grilley was promoted to Sergeant on October 1, 2003.

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"Sean,
It has been 13 years since your death but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you to you and your two fellow MPs who were also killed that day for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I still visit you every month"
Navas of Mission Viejo

"I hope Sean's family knows that he's still deeply missed and thought about often. Though I had known the "basics" of his passing, I only just now found out that he died helping someone else. That's no real surprise though. He was one of the most kind and selfless friends I had growing up. I wish his friends and family nothing but joy and peace."
Jason McDonald of San Pedro, CA.

"I will always miss my uncle I was only 2 when he died and I wish he stayed around to see me and his other nieces and nephews I never learned how he died until right now and I can't believe I never really knew him and he will always be in my heart and I know he watches over me and his whole family I love you Sean....."
abriana Lopez of San berdino, CA

"RIP CPL Grilley, you will not be forgotten."
Ted Spain of Aiken, SC

"Sean,
I will always remember a true friend and at night I will always see those stars."
Sgt Collins of fort Edward ny

"Brother Sean, there is never a day that goes by that I do not think of you and the honor it was to be your first Platoon Leader in Korea. The borhters of the JSA will never forget you, what it meant to have you as a part of our lives and what it meant to just know you. You and your blushing bride will always be in my prayers, I hope she has found peace and strength over the years. Sean, I know you are in God's Army of Angels and protecting those that love you and those that would have traded places with you any day.

Sean, I will never forget you and you are now truly "In Front of Them ALL!"
JSA, Pan mun Jom Korea, 200-2001."
MAJ Brian Mumfrey of Bagram, Afghanistan

"Sean, I miss you more and more everyday. I look at pictures from when we were kids, at Disneyland and Christmas time. I miss those days. I miss you. I love you forever."
Courtney.

"I will always love you my Brother."
Ryan Grilley of Laguna Hills,CA

"Hey Grizzle. 7 yrs. Hard to believe, but it's been 7 yrs. I hope you're doing ok where ever you are. Say I to Tim for me if you see him. Love ya man. Always in my heart, Ray."
Ray of Pontiac, MI/ USA

"To the family of Sean R. Grilley ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know 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 talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

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"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

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Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"I miss you like always brother. It never gets easier, but actually harder. I know what you would do if you had a million bucks! Love you. I will always respect your sacrifice, knowledge, and best of all your sense of humor. I will never forget you."
SPC Aaron Herring of Nashville TN

"RIP"
J West of Oklahoma

"Hey Sean, me again, Ray. This day always sucks for me. I just remember my failure to keep you safe. Never really sure what to say here. Just hard to reconcile the fact that you died and I survived even though you had so much more on the ball. I've tried to live up to your expectation....but it seems useless...you really were a much better person than I am....I'm sorry. I don't know what else to say, I love ya man and it' still tears at my heart to have let ya down."
ray of pontiac, mi

"Thinking of you."
Irene Grilley of Brenham, TX USA

"Sean,

It's been awhile since that awful day. I can rememeber it clear as day. We served together and will continue to serve."
SSG Brusch of Ft Carson, CO

"May God Bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss."
Leila Shipman of Texas

"Sean,
Just sitting here at home and I got to thinking about the good times we all had. I think about you daily and will never forget not only the great soldier you were but the great man as well...I Miss You...we all do"
SGT David Bucksar of Akron, OH

"Sean,
I can't believe it's been 6 years since we were together in Al-Kut. I deeply value the time we had a squad mates, rolling on those long hot missions, and just shooting the breeze outside the hanger. In many ways your humor and outlook on things were my strength. I'll never forget the depth of sadness i felt the day i found out of your passing. I was sent home early as my contract had come up and i wish so much i had been able to stay and be there with you and Joe Bellavia. I take great honor in saying for at least a short time i was your squad leader, but it's an even bigger honor to say i knew you. I can't say i have ever known a better soldier, person and most of all friend. I thinks it's safe to say that anyone who knew you is a better person for it. I love you bro."
SSG Doug Cooper, 194th MP Co / Prineville Police Department of Prineville Oregon

"Sean,

It's been a long time brother. I still think about the days in Al Kut, kicking it with you, Hubbell, Bucksar, and Park. Those were the days. I miss you brother and will see you again one day."
SGT Joe Nixon of Fort Campbell, KY

"Sean,

I'm never going to forget about you. The good ones like you don't come around too often. I couldn't begin to express how greatful I am for you making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I wish nothing but the best for your family. I will see you on the other side my friend."
Scott of Oceanside, Ca

"Hey Grilley, it's Hines from Bravo 795. Lord, that was long ago. I'm out now, got out of the reserve a couple weeks ago. My birthday is 15 October, so when that time of year rolls around, it's always bittersweet. Since I found out, I've worn your name on my wrist, and I'll continue to wear it."
Lane Hines of Colorado Springs, CO

"Sean,
I can't believe it has been five years already...and time has not gone by fast at all. There is not a day that goes by where I don't think about you, or where I stare at your name written on my wrist and think of all the good times I had with you and Lucy. I still find myself breaking down in tears thinking about the three of us and how you were taken from us too soon. I love you and miss you my dear friend"
SGT Trimble of Woodlawn, Tennessee

"Thinking of you Sean and your good friend, Ray. A heart felt Thank you to Ray for the kind phone call.
Aunt Carla & Uncle Roger"
Carla of Cromwell, IN.

"Next week will be 5 years since you gave your life for our great country. I thank God for you and all the military people who serve for all Americans. I think of you often."
Auntie Irene of Brenham, TX USA

"Sean,
I am in shock that you were killed. I remember you from basic Training in Missouri at 795th. I was checking up on my old battle buddies from basic and am sorry that you were on this list. You gave your life for this Country's freedom and for that we thank you."
Michael Etzel of Mays Landing, NJ

"September 1, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Sean R. Grilley:
Sean 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

"THANK YOU AGAIN SEAN... YOU ARE REMEMBERED EVERYDAY!!!
BOBB"
BOBB of MV

"Hey Sean,
Its been well over due that I send you a message. I guess I have avoided it. When I found out you were gone I cried like a baby in the middle of the chow hall in Kuwait. I was on my way back from mid-tour and felt helpless. I'd just like you to know that I enjoyed the times we hung out and the beers we shared together pre OIF one. Not a day goes by that I dont think of you, and that I dont jump at the chance to let soldiers know you sacrafice you made. Peace be with you Brother."
Spc Lowder of Fort Campbell KY

"Hello. My name is Joel, a student at Cal State Univ. San Bernardino. I'm organizing a Peace Protest on March 13th to bring more public awareness of the War. Can anybody contact the family of Sean? I wanted to extend an invitation to them to speak at this event. Above anybody else, they know the sacrifice of war, particularly this one. My condolences to Sean's friends and family. It's difficult to fathom the loss of a family member. You're in my thoughts and I wish you well in the future.

Sincerely,

Joel
sevenov9@gmail.com"
Joel Herrera of San Bernardino, CA

"I served with Sean at the JSA, I just want to let his family know that he will always be missed and held up as an example for everyone to follow."
SGT Zachary Mueller of Fort Gordon, GA

"Hello Sean,

I miss you dearly. I pray for your soul everyday, and hope one day we may see each other again in Heaven.

Your high school buddy,
Shaun Matyas"
Shaun Matyas of Orange County, CA

"Sean I'm thinking about you on this day. Nothing a shot of Irish Whiskey can't handle."
SGT Scott Hubbell of Lakewood, WA

"Hey Cpl.
It's me. The silverback. You know, Taeger. I'm back to my birthname, Hagermann. It's hard to believe. It's almost 4 years now and I haven't let your memory die in my heart. I lost Tim last year. You remember him don't ya? Guffey. He couldn't handle going back. Right now I can't see him being any other place than by your side man. I miss you both terribly. Take care of each other and don't worry about me. I'll see you both when the time comes. Take care buddy."
ray of waterford, mi

"As October 16 draws near, I think of you more each day. I also think how hard the time must be for your mom, dad and brother. I ask God to bless them and bring them peace.

You'll live in my heart forever."
Auntie Irene of Brenham, TX

"God Bless you Sean!!! I remember you from high school. Thank you for everything you are so brave. Our hearts are with you and so are our prayers. For both you and your family."
Adrianne Mata-Grant ( Hudson) of Mission Viejo, CA/USA

"It's been almost 4 years now. I think of you often and remember the fun times we had."
Aunt Irene of Brenham, TX USA

"Bobb Holliman
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"Lucy,

I can remember the day like it was just this morning. I wished that I could have been there for you when they brought you such horrible news. I knew when I called you that morning but couldn't let you know, it wasn't my place to tell you, all I could do was be there for you! I didn't know Sean very well, he was mostly quiet and sometimes seemed shy. Everyone could see he adored you! You two always looked happy together. We got to know each other better while he was away and now your one of my closest friends. We still have a candle we light for Sean when we have parties at our home, to let everyone know that he is still here with us in his way and to remind us of all the fallen heroes. He is missed today, tomorrow and always!"
Victoria of Schweinfurt, Germany

"Hey Herring,

I'ts me, Taeger. I understand how ya feel. I don't sleep all that much either and if I do, it's because I ran myself into the ground and passed out. You can contact me at honor469@yahoo.com. I have some info you might like.

Always,"
raymond hagermannIII of waterford, mi

"The more I think about that night the more sick it makes me, the more sick I get the more sleep I lose, I dont really sleep that well anymore, I miss you like always Sean G."
SPC Herring, Aaron of Nashvile, TN

"i was looking at the beautiful messages that have been left in memory of my nephew Sean Grilley. I am sorry to say i never met Sean; the distance, and other things that never should have gotten in the way, did. The loss of knowing him is painful. i feel deeply for all who knew and loved him. I want to thank you, Spc Raymond Taeger of Waterford, MI for your post. And I want to thank you for doing all you were able to during the horrible circumstances of war. I hope you will be able eventually to find peace within yourself. you deserve that. My sincerest thanks to you for serving in the military, and for being a friend to Sean."
Deb Grilley Hill of Indiana

"Hey Corporal.

It's me, Taeger. It's been almost three ears since I lost you that night in Karbala. I remember it almost everyday. Almost three years and I can't get past loosing you. I remember in Al-Kut you tried to teach me what it meant to be a leader, what it meant to be a good person. I began to believe it. I believed in myself again for the first time in years. You got me to believe that I was good enough to take a leadership position. When I lost you that night,I lost the parts of me that were good. I failed to keep you safe. You were my closest friend and my best team leader and I failed to keep you safe. For that I am sorry. I regret that I wasn't able to protect you anymore than I did Sean. They gave me a Bronze Star with valor for my efforts to safeguard everyone that was there. The only one I really cared about, I lost. To everyone that knew Sean, I'm sorry that my inability to keep him safe has caused this heartache to you. In my own way I pay that price everyday. I lost a good friend who represented to me all the best that could be in humanity. I don't know what good this will do, but I'm sorry. I'm still coming to grips with it all. I guess in this way, I'm attempting to atone for my failure. Please, accept my appology. My sincerest condolences to everyone. Ray"
Spc Raymond Taeger of Waterford, MI

"I served with Sean in Korea and we were together in Iraq. Sean you will never be forgotten, everytime I think about the good times we had and the good times we should be having now, I can barely keep myself from tears. I know everyone who has posted something on this website gets those same gut feelings that I do. You were such a good friend and I will always miss you and honor your memory. Lucy Im sorry I havent kept in touch I miss you and wish you the best of luck, you were always a good family friend, and you still are."
SGT Scott Hubbell of Lakewood, WA

"Your image will forever be burned into my memory. I served for three months at Camp Edson in Ad Diwaniyah when you were there. I saw your entire unit. I wish I could have known you. Rest in Peace, dedicated soldier."
Louis Menchise of Bronx, New York

"Sean, you were a great friend. You will be remembered. My condolences go out to Lucy and the Grilley family."
Justin Schiavoni of Mentor, OH

"I was in highschool with Sean. He was one of the first friends i made in my 4 years at MVHS. We went to local punk rock shows, he tought me songs on the guitar, and he could always make me laugh. Weather it was cruising in the blue baja bug, or just sitting around, i have lots of unforgetable memmories and will always remember him"
Scott Mitcheltree of Mission Viejo

"Hey dude, WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!! YOU ARE MISSED DEARLY BRO , LOVE ALWAYS WITH RESPECT, YOUR TRUE FREIND. R.I.P."
BOBB of M.V. SO. CAL.

"I am sorry for the sadness that you would feel at the loss of such a young man. Hopes and prayers to all your family."
Suzanne of Melbourne.Australia

"lucy,
if you do read this, i just wanted to tell you how much Sean loves you. i was with him the whole deployment, he helped me out to be better at everything i do. we made the best of everything from walking a mile with him just so he could call you in Al Kut. are being there to talk to for him when he was upset. i'd like to say i knew a side of him others didnt. but Sean was one that would make that statement false. i miss him so much i carry a piece of my dcu's from that night. i'm sorry you lost him. and im sorry it took me so long to say this. but i belive im like everyone here, i find myself thinking about him everyday. wishing that we could have switched places. all i can say is im sorry lucy.."
J. Jozwiak of B-4 Al Ramadi Ir

"SOAP, YOU ARE A TRUE FRIEND, MY BEST FRIEND, AND MY BROTHER, YOU ARE MISSED BEYOND WORDS, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING ! ! ! I AM INDEBTED TO YOU, FOR INSURING OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!! AND FOR ALL OF THE GREAT TIMES WE SHARED, I'LL THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!! I LOVE YOU BROTHER, LOVE, YOUR FRIEND, LAWRENCE BOYD HOLLIMAN III (BOB)"
BOB HOLLIMAN of MISSION VIEJO

"I am the aunt of Sgt. Grilley. I only knew Sean a few years as I just married his Uncle - I watched Sean with our sons and could see his compansion for children. Sean was an incredible young man and this is a tribute to his mother and step father. They raised a strong, brave and honorable young man. He brought a lot of pride to his uncle and myself. He is deeply missed but we know he died with pride and doing what he wanted to do. SEAN YOU ARE DEEPLY MISSED AND LOVED. Keep watching over all of us!"
Shaner Family of Corona, CA

"You will always be remembered Sean.
May you Rest In Peace and God Bless You."
Alison Cole of Orange County, CA

"I too graduated high school with Sean. When I heard of his passing, I cried knowing how young he was and that he left a young family at home. Sean as a great guy who could make anybody laugh. You will be greatly missed Sean. Thank you for your service to this country."
J. Grosch of Sacramento, Ca

"Dear Lucy and the Grilley family,
Although a year has passed, I want you to know that a day hasn't passed that we have not thought of you all and of Sean. Although we never had the opportunity to meet him face to face, we felt that we did know him through the letters he sent. I read the posts here and I continue to see how many lives he touched and what a special person he was. Even never having met him in person, how blessed we are that he touched our lives. We are forever grateful, and Sean is forever in our hearts! With love, Sean's Adopt-a-Platoon family"
The Auld's of Plainfield, IL

"I knew my cousin when he was just a little boy. I had not seen him in many years, but am so proud to see the man he turned out to be. I wish I could have known him as the faithful, loving man he turned out to be. My prayers are with his wife and family. I am proud to have known someone who has so many that loved and admired him!"
Michelle Lopez (My Dad was his Uncle Neal) of California

"Even tho I saw little of Sean and his family I feel I have lost a piece of myself.It is a comfort to know that he was so loved.My heart goes out to his loved ones."
Regina Grilley Franklin of Kendallville,In

"The last time I saw Sean he was just a boy. He and his brother Ryan spent time camping with their Dad, Uncle Neal and I. We all enjoyed "stargazing" through our telescopes and just tramping around the California mountains and deserts. Time and distance separated us the past ten years, but he was never forgotten. We are both so sad to know Sean was killed in combat, but we are very, very proud of him. I thank God for the short time we had to spend with Sean. He will always remain in our memories and in our hearts. I pray for all the family for the loss of a wonderful man. Everything I've read about Sean says he was a wonderful husband and my condolences go to his wife Lucy. I wish we had known her too, she sounds like a great person. God bless America and all our military men, women and their families."
Irene Grilley of Walsenburg, Colorado

"I would like to offer my deepest heartfelt sympathy to Sean's mother, Sue and her family. I also extend my sympathies to Sean's wife and her family. I hope that all of the wonderful memories that you have of Sean will bring you comfort and offer some healing. Thanks go out to all who take the time to post your memories of Sean for all of us to read and share. Just a boy the last time we saw him, miles have kept us apart but he was and always will be in our thoughts."
Aunt Carla (Grilley) Gum & Uncle Roger Gum of New Paris, IN.

"Dear family members of Sean,
I feel for you and I felt terrible about how Sean died. It brought tears to my eyes when I found out how he died. He was standing up for our country and trying to find out something to save other people insted of himself.
I feel sorry for your loss of your relative. I wish it had not been him or anyone else. I feel for you and his close friends."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"I am Sean's aunt Sue in Ohio, as he called me. I loved him . He was a wonderful person. I am proud of him. We are all proud of him."
Sue Byron of Kipton, Ohio,USA

"I didn't know Sean and never met him, however took a personal momement to honor him on Mother's day in Santa Monica, California. Several hundred crosses were lined across the beach. Each cross represented a fallen soilder from Iraqi freedom. A wall stood beside the, with names of each of the 792 fallen soldiers. We were to pick a name, write it down and place it on a cross along with a flower. I read through many names and when I came across Sean's and I read what he died trying to do, I knew at that moment that he was one I personally wanted to pay tribute to. So when you see his name on a little white cross that overlooks the sea, there is a message that thanks him for what he has given up for us. A true hero he was."
Dina Steaman of Huntington Beach, CA

"Sean was a wonderful friend in high school. And though I Lost contact with him afterwards, he was never far from my thoughts. I wish him, and his family all the best, and hope things will not be too difficult. You are missed. Good bye Soap."
Jason McDonald of Picture Rocks, PA.

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

"Sean was our brother in law, but most of all he was our family. To be honest it is very hard for us to even talk about it without tears in our eyes. we loved and cared for him very much. you know he loved my sister so much that you could see it in him in everything that he did. my sister i know hurts very much for he was everything to her. if you knew him the way that most of us did it's not very hard to see why. sean was there when my son was-born and i remember how he looked at him while he was holding him in his arms. my son enjoyed being around his uncle so much , that sean would allways greet him and play with him. we have suffered a great loss and it is so hard to accept that he is gone. still as hard as it is, we are still so very proud of him and so grateful to have had the chance to get to know him even if the time he gave us does not seem enough. thank you sean so much, you gave my sister years of unconditional love and happiness. you made her life beautiful and exciting at the same time. may god hold you in his glory and may you know that we will allways remember you for that great guy that was allways a pleassure to be around. lucy, you know we love you and we will allways be here for you. he loved you and he allways took you everywhere with him even if physically you were far away. as hard as all of this has been for you, just know that our memories of him are here because of the way you loved him and he is allways going to be with you in heart. we miss you sean. and may god bless sue and all of his family, they loved him very much and hold him very dear to their hearts. may god bless you sean."
ximena and alex ivani of crestline,ca. USA

"I served with Sean in the JSA in Korea. He was an outstanding soldier and will be dearly missed. I keep his family in my prayers! God bless you Sean!"
Roy Schieferdecker (SGT) of Rushville, IL

"I graduated High School with Sean and had the pleasure of growing a few years older with him and our old friend Bob Holliman. I learned recently of what had happened and would like to pay my condolences to his family and fellow loved ones. Rest in peace Soap...Miss you bro."
MST3 Trenton Ryan USCG of San Clemente, CA. USA

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

"Sean was my son in law, but for me “son in law” it just a title, he was a “SON” in my heart, I’ am very proud of him, Sean you will be missed but never forgotten God bless.
Thanks for love my daughter.
Jorge Lopez"
Jorge Lopez of Las Vegas, NV

"Sean was the pen pal of my fourth grade class in Los Angeles. My kids sent him letters of support and appreciation for the brave and selfless job of heroism he was doing in Iraq. Through his actions, and ultimatley his sacrifce, he has taught thirty ten year olds the meaning life and what it is to be a hero. Thank you, Sean, for teaching an invaluable lesson. My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and family."
Claire Gingerich of Long Beach, Ca.

"I served with Sean in the JSA, also went through basic with him. Sean was a close and dear friend to me. He was a great soldier and even better person. He will be missed by all, but never forgotten. I send my condolences to Lucy and family."
Chip Castle of Baton Rouge, La.

"I never knew Sean R. Grilley, but I served in the JSA, and I know, that the soldiers, that served there were the finest in the world, it was one of the best years of my life there, I salute anyone, that put their heart and soul into the JSA, and the Army, I give my condolences to his family, and wish them the very best."
SPC Dennis Ira Blackburn of U.S. Army NATO, Heidelberg Germany

"I went through basic training and then was stationed at the JSA with Sean. He was one of my closest friends. I can't say enough good things about him. He will be greatly missed by all of us. To Lucy: I know he loved you, he never stoped talking about you. If you need anything you know how to get intouch with me."
SGT David Sweeney of Fort Polk, La

"I served with Grilley in JSA and if I can say anything about Grilley that has not already been said it is that he was a true professional and that I believe that things happen for a reason. I send my condolences to his wife and child and I want them to know that he is truly missed by all of us serving in this military."
Tim Rex of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"i remember when sean first arrived at ft.campbell, i was one of the first people to show him around. the only things he talked about were korea and his wonderful wife lucy. i became really good friends with both of them. lucy i am so sorry for your loss and you know i will always be here for you. sean was the greatest person i have ever met. he had a funny comment for everything in life and didn't really let things get under his skin. this made him the best soldier in our unit. i really miss you sean and wish we could all take back that night. to lucy, sue, and patty..stay strong ladies, only time will heal all of us. i say the same to all his friends around ft.campbell. we miss you sean!"
spc jessica matos of karbala iraq

"I served in the JSA with grilley and also had the pleasure of being his roomate when he first got to the unit. He was one of the funniest people i have ever met. There would be times that we would lay in our separte bunks and make jokes until dawn. Talk about his views on life, you could sit and listen to him for hours. One thing i admired most about him was his love for his wife. You couldnt keep him quiet about her. After I met Lucy when grilley was on leave i understood why. Grilley is of the army's finest. To the parents, you raised one hell of a son. always remember that. Grilley you will be missed but never forgotten God bless"
Spc Kudrna of Ft. Lewis, WA

"Sean, I remember you from basic training and Korea. Even though we might not have talked, Im still saddend to know that I did know you, and that you were lost. I am part of your battalion. I remember the night that everything happend. I also remember hearing your name and Lt. Col Orlando's name. I couldnt believe it. You paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for our counrty, and you will never be forgotten."
SPC John Bates of An Najaf, Iraq

"Sean and I were roommates while in Korea. I can honestly say the world has lost a good man, even though he was a liberal. My deepest sympathy to Sean's wife and his parents; I remember how he used to proudly show off pictures of his wife to the rest of us guys in the barracks, he really loved her. I will never forget Sean and all the good times we shared together, sometimes with the help of soju. He was a good friend and a great soldier, he shall not be forgotten. May God be with the Grilley family during these times of pain and sorrow."
Douglas R. Brox of Baghdad, Iraq

"I too Worked with Sean in Korea at the JSA. No matter how bad it got there he made things seem alot better then it really was. For his family i wish you guys the deepest sympathy, and he is someone who will remain in our hearts forever."
Sgt Grant, Michael J. of Kaiserslautern, Germany

"I served with Grilley on the Demilitarized Zone in Korea. Being confined in the compound for a whole year you get to know people really well. He was an excellent soldier and friend. I would like to say to his family I know he loved you very much and you are all he talked about. Take care of yourselves and hopefully time will make things easier."
Sgt. Nicholas Barker of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

"Thank you Sean Grilley, 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

"Sean,
Today was the first day I had ever been on this website. Scrolling down the emotional list of names I came across yours. It took my breath that we are the same age and from the same town. Your tragedy touched my heart, and your Aunt's note brought tears to my eyes. You are obviously deeply missed. I am also prior military, and my husband is still in. I too understand every little sacrifice our military makes for the FREEDOM of OUR COUNTRY.. I hope this is all over soon and our troops can finally come home. Thank you for your contribution to our country and your contributions along side your brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces. Thanks to your family for being your ultimate strength. May God Bless you and your family always.

Why do the good die young?...
Your memory remains forever."
S. Webster of California

"My thoughts and prayers are with Army Cpl. Sean R. Grilley's family. I share your sorrow and grief. For many years I worked with both his mother and aunt. I remember many stories of Sean growing up and their pride in the man he was becoming. Bless this family and Sean for the ultimate sacrifice he made to help insure freedom for all. Please know you are in everyones prayers and that Sean will never be forgotten."
Cyndi of Anaheim, Ca.

"I Have a Son in the US Airforce and Grandson in US Marine's. My Prayers and Thoughts with this Family and with the Many Families effected by these trying times. I worked with Seans Mother a few years ago. And can remember how proud she was of her boys then and even more today. God Bless!"
Janina of Wildoma, Ca USA

"Sean was my cousin. More like a brother to me. I looked up to him so much. I remember I wanted to be just like him. He played guitar so I wanted to play guitar. He liked certain bands so I wanted to like them to. I never expressed how much he meant to me.. But I tried to show it any way I could. I was there on his wedding day smileing and being supportive. I saw him on Christmas and spent all the time I could with him. I was always worried when he was in the army.. I guess I felt that aslong as he was close he would be safe and I would be to. The news of his death had brought a lot of stress and depression to a lot of us. But its good to know he is watching over me and I hope to make him proud."
Courtney of Anaheim

"I am the Aunt of Sean R. Grilley. Losing Sean is the most devasting thing that has happened in my life. He was precious to me. I was very angry that he chose to stay with his unit, until I went to the funeral services for him. Sean was doing what he believed in. He had two chances not be in Iraq because he had been accepted into Special Forces, but both times chose to stay with his unit. He saved countless lives the night he was killed. They honored him with the Bronze Star. Sean had also obtained the rank of Sargeant in 2 1/2 years, but he had not been informed of that before he died. I am extremely proud and honored to have had someone like Sean in my life. I will miss him more than words can express."
Patty Gravier "Aunt Pat" of Anaheim, CA USA

""Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend.""
CPT Glidewell

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Sean Grilley:
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 Sean 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 Cpl. Sean Grilley:
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 Sean, 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