Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Bradley J. Harper

25, of Dresden, Ohio.
Harper died when his amphibious Assault Vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations south of Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Norfolk, Virginia. Died on August 3, 2005.

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"I miss you cousin."
Alyssa Scheffler of Ohio Lancaster

May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

Bradley J. Harper 8/3/05
"Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart - they do no wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me." - Psalm 119:1-8 (Heart)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"To the family of:Bradley J. Harper
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""

"Always in our hearts.."
sara of ohio

"Harper, still remembering the good times in 3/25. Wishing dear Kendra and your family well. You will be remembered. Rest well Bud."
KL of Leesburg, VA

"Once a Marine always a Marine. The after life is no exception.

Semper Fi."
Childress of Richmond VA

"Brad, it's been almost 6 years and not a day goes by that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We miss you and know that you are looking down on all of us. SEMPER FI!!!"
kv of Ohio

"Speechless still after 5 years. Still remember that day. NEVER FORGET Love ya brother"
Sam Greer of Phila pa

"Happy Birthday BJ, we celebrate your life that God was so gracious to allow us to see & share with you. You will forever be in our hearts, thoughts, & prayers as we go through our remaining time here on earth without you. Happy in the thought of knowing that, God willing, we will be able to hear, see, & wrap our arms around you again with complete joy someday. You continue to be a shining light to so many here. Thank you for being who God meant you to be. You are truly an angel with golden wings!"
Family friend, Julie Vansickle of Dresden, Ohio

"I playSgt. Harper in the TV series Sharpe and would love to make contact with Bradley's family. daragh@sharpeschildren.com"
Daragh O'Malley of London UK

"I miss you Brad... Every year, the weekend following your noble sacrifice, I think of your selfless duty by replacing my bracelet on my wrist, and every year it hurts to know you're gone. You did well my brother - God holds the hand of a great warrior now. Thank you for what you did for us."
Kuan Sanchez, Military Training Instructor of San Antonio, TX

"I never had the privelege of knowing Sgt.Harper however my brother ,Mike ,served with him in Iraq and speaks very highly and often of him. Our family thinks of him and the sacrifice he made every day.
Thank you and God bless."
Terry Sheridan of Wickliffe ,Ohio

"You will never be forgotten."
Molly Bates of Dresden Ohio

"Not a week goes by that I don't remember Brad and his sacrifice. I only knew him for the short time he lived and work in Virginia Beach. He continues to represent everything that is good about America and the young men and women who protect our country. He is the kind of man I hope my son grows up to be like."
John of Virginia Beach

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"I still miss you buddy Im sure your watching down on us!"
Jason McBride of Westerville, Oh

"Sgt. Harper was a great Marine. During my time with the I-I staff he was one of the Marines that people looked forward to seeing on drill weekend. He could always make you laugh no matter what was going on. I was at the unit when we recieved the information of what happened. There were many mixed feelings going through my mind that day, mostly about the Marine we all had just lost. I was asked by the family to escort Brad back to Ohio, something I never thought I would have to do for any Marine. Especially one that I knew so well. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my life. What made it even harder is that it was a good friend not just some Marine. I want everyone to know that he was transported with the highest respect and honor back to his family. There were many questions asked of me that day some were too hard to answer without crying, everyone around me knew what I was doing and were very respectfull of my duty. "Semper FI" Brad"
SSgt David J. Paxson USMC Retired of Philadelphia Pa.

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Bradley J. Harper:
Bradley 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

"I had the honor of being Sgt Harpers Platoon Commander with 4th AABN in Norfolk. We deployed to Iraq together. Although at different locations, our paths crossed many times. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I will always remember. Sgt Harper, thank you for your positive outlook, and your spirit. Your life will be in my memories and prayers forever. Semper Fi Marine"
Gysgt Jack H Pierce Jr of Portsmouth, VA


"Dear Family Of Brad Harper, I`m so sorry of the the loss of your great son Brad. He was a great kid, Marine and a good son."
Andrew Gray of Zanesville, Ohio

"I remember us going to Gino's every day during the Police Academy no matter how tough the day was! I miss you Brad and hope you are watching over us."
Kuan Sanchez of Plano, Texas

"Dear Bradley's family i'm sorry for your lost one my cousin is over in Iraq and I'm afraid he might die. thank you for letting your son fight for our country I'm thankful for that."
Lindsey of Zanesville,Ohio/America

I would like to say thank you to you and the other Marines who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I was not graced enough in my life to call this fallen hero my friend. Although both from the same small town, our paths only crossed a few times as children. In my teenage years I promised myself to follow in the footsteps of my hero whom I had never met. My cousin John Mattingly who was killed in the Vietnam War and also from Dresden Ohio. And now that my military career has ended I have promised to take footsteps that can not be taken.... those of my fallen brothers. I hope to make my life worth the sacrifices of all our fallen service members, and especially to my hometown hero...Bradley J. Harper"
Michael Mathew of Pensacola, FL by way of Dresden Ohio

"I lived with Sgt Harper for about four months before he perished that fateful day. He was the best Comm marine to ever live. That is a fact! I miss him so damn much. My life hasn't been on track since he died. I don't want to live on without him I just want to know that what we did was worth it?"
Dennis of Gulfport

"SGT Harper...I personally will never forget that day. I never had the chance to meet you in life, but I know in my heart that you were and still are and forever will be an INSPIRATION to not only Marines but to all the people's lives you've touched. God Bless you and your family.

"...If the Army and the Navy ever look on heavens scenes, They will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.""
CPL B (Mortuary Affairs) of Marietta, GA


"Not a day passes that I don't think of you; every time I look at the memorial band on my wrist, I think of the good times we had. You are missed good friend, and I hope you are watching over us all until we see each other again."
Kuan Sanchez of Virginia Beach, VA

"I had the privlage of serving with Sgt. Harper during our deployment. He had an impact on my life as he did everone that knew him. He has my greatest respect and I will always remember and miss him."
LCpl. Jason Boyll of Gulfport, MS

"Bradley J. Harper, I personaly didn't know Brad, but I feel like I do. My name is Billy G. Harper II and I like Brad served in Iraq.... To his family I will pray for you daily and He will not be forgotten. I only wish I had a chance to serve by his side as a brother in arms..... Rest in Peace

Billy G. Harper US Army Meridian,Ms"
Billy G. Harper II of Meridian MS

"I work with Brad in the Marine Corps, we deployed in with 4th Amphibious Assualt Battalion Alpha Company. He was a good guy, someone that made you smile with his ever present humor. Even while in Iraq, he had the same outlook on life. There was never a time that you could count on him. His legacy shall not be forgotten."
Brandon of Virginia Beach, VA

"To The Harper Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety & freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!"
The Grogans of TN...

"I worked with Brad at the Longaberger Fitness for a few years and he was my shining light. When I lost my brother in a car accident Brad was my saving grace. He was a friend to all and loved more than you could imagine. Losing him was like losing my brother all over again. To know Brad was to love him, and we all truly did. We will miss him always and he will NEVER be forgotten."
Carol Wakeley of Coshocton, OH

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Bradley J. Harper,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"I went to school and graduated with Brad and he was an amazing and sweet person. I will never forget his laugh or his kind spirit. I am grateful for having the chance to know you and be your friend. You are our hero and an angel. God bless you and may you rest in peace!!"
Julie and Dan McCoun of Dresden,Ohio

"Marine Sgt. Bradley J. Harper, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time."
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"To the wife,parents and family of Brad Harper,We too feel your pain. We are the parents of Ssg.Buddy Kinney and live in Musk.Co.,Ohio. We know that right now the pain is unbearable but we would like you to know that there are people here who can help you thru your loss. We feel that ,like Buddy,Brad did not die in vain. Tho the world may not be agreeable on the actions taken in Iraq,our soldiers are proud of their acomplishments and we stand behind them. Let God and others help you in your loss and greif. It WILL help. God bless you all,Jack and Barb Lloyd"
Jack and Barb Lloyd of Zanesville,Ohio

"Marine SGT Bradley J. Harper - You are an American hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Bradley and may memories comfort you during this difficult time and always."
Dorothy E. Burt of PORTSMOUTH, RI

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Dear Family of Bradley Harper: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Dear Family of Timothy Bell: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"To the Harper Family - We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to you for your loss. We share your pain as we also lost our nephew in Iraq. Brad's legacy will remain as a true American hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. May God bless your family and bring you strength and peace."
The Williams Family of Virginia Beach, VA

"Rest In Peace Tuefelhunden.
J and T USMC NC"

"To the Harper Family, I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences. Your Bradley is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. We are praying for all of you. May God Bless you all and God Bless Bradley."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"To my AAV brothers,
May you Rest In Peace and thank you, you will never be forgotten."
Sgt. Colón of Northern Virginia

"Thank you Bradley Harper, 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. Bradley Harper:
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 Bradley 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. Bradley Harper:
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 Bradley, 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