Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Seth A. Hildreth

26, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Hildreth died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat operations. Hildreth was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on August 27, 2006.

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"Seth, I miss you more and more as the years pass. I miss you as if we were leaning against Boca's Bar talking about old * that had nothing to do with either of us! When I asked you if you wanted to join the US Army in the middle of an all-out war..... You said yes sir! I'm glad that you followed your heart, but, NOW , WE ARE TRYING TO FIND OURS! All of our hearts are still with you!!! WE LOVE YOU,SETH HILDRETH!!!! - Kenny ( K2) Branch"
Kenneth of McColl, SC 29570

"Remembering you on Veteran's Day 2015. Gone, but never forgotten!"
Jody Chatham of Harmony, NC

"Seth, It will soon be 9 years since you had to leave us all behind. Things are well here, but I would give anything to see you again. You know "crushing down to the beach, drinking on a cold one"...lol. Buddy, I think of you often, and miss you being around. You take care of everyone up there, and as Kevin said....we will all see you soon. Miss ya brother!"
Jody Chatham of Harmony, NC

"Seth, It will soon be 9 years since you had to leave us all behind. Things are well here, but I would give anything to see you again. You know "crushing down to the beach, drinking on a cold one"...lol. Buddy, I think of you often, and miss you being around. You take care of everyone up there, and as Kevin said....we will all see you soon. Miss ya brother!"
Jody Chatham of Harmony, NC

"Mr and Mrs Hildreth,
I served with your son Seth in the 10th Cavalry, Charlie troop in Fort Hood Texas. He was our humvee dismount, before I got assigned to a different Company. I a, sorry I have not written before now, its hard to think about. Seth was a good soldier, and even better friend. I am so sorry for your loss, and pray that you and your family are coping well."
Joshua McWhorter of Bloomington, IL

"Seth , I miss you every day bro ! Love and Miss you. You were are great friend and employee. Keep your eye on me down here , please."
Kenneth (K2) Branch of Myrtle Beach , SC

"Been thinking about you lately Bro, theres nothing I wouldnt give to see you just one more time and show my my son Gaige, he is already 10 months now and growing fast, already picking the strings, lol. It wont be long until I'm teaching him guitar lessons, the way I used to teach you, just hope he learns as fast as you did, lol. He will one day have your first guitar when I'm gone, I know you would like that. He smiles all the time just as you did, his smile even reminds me of you sometimes the way he loves people and life. One day soon I will be able to tell him how you served our country and fought for what you believed in but most of all how wonderful you were as a friend. There is so many good memories and late night talks I wouldnt trade anything for, miss you and always will man. " Hard to smile when your not around, but know your in Heaven smiling down." Take care and we will see you sooner than you know it."
Kevin Hayworth of Wilkesboro, NC

"Seth: I remember you my brother from security front door at Broadway at the Beach. You were always full of life and always had our backs while we performed on stage at Froggy Bottomz.
(Illuzion). I remember my friend and I set up to sale Christmas trees one season and you stopped by to just hangout awhile. While you were there this little old lady came by and purchased a tree
from us. You helped me tie it to her car and then you and I went to her house a few blocks away
and set the tree up for her. It was'nt an easy job because she did not have a tree stand. You and I looked at one another and laughed but we got the job done. My point is that you were that type person. No job was to big or to small you were always readily willing to lend a helping hand my brother with and always with a hugh smile. I will aways remember you my friend. I wish your father Dave and family peace in knowing truely what a wonderful person you were. RIP Brother Scouts Out!!!!!"
Dimple D of Honolulu Hi

"Thank you. You will never be forgotten."
Brett Miller of Chicago, IL

"8-26-2006 I'll never forget the day I lost a great friend a brother and a true AMERICAN HEOR.....Spc. Seth A. Hildreth a Myrtle Becah local heard the calling after 9-11 busted his * to lose 100lbs to make weight to fight for our freedom..He paid the ultimate price for all of us and I REFUSE TO FORGET AND NOT LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST LIKE HE WOULD WANT..... Memorial Day is a deeper meaning then BBQ's and getting drunk its about the hundred of thousands of men and women who paid with their lives so we could live ours.... NEVER FORGET THE CHOSEN FEW WHO HAVE HEARD THE CALLING....... HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAVE SERVED....................."
bRIAN bABBITT of myrtle beach sc 29577

"To the family of:Seth A. Hildreth
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""

"You were like my Brother, more than my best friend. I wouldnt take a million dollars for all the memories I have of us sitting around talking and just playing music. You always seemed to bring out the best in whoever you were around. There is no doubt in my mind that your in Heaven now. I remember us talking about what we thought Heaven might be like one night. You once told me you would have a golden guitar one day. That day came a lot sooner than either of us had wanted. However, I feel honored to have known you in this life and my Brother, I am sure we will one day meet again."
Kevin Hayworth of Wilkesboro, NC

"Hey Brother,
Tomorrow makes it four years since you had to leave us. I know that you have been keeping a watchful eye on all of us that are still doing this. I'm sorry I never left anything sooner, been trying to deal with it in my own way. My deepest condolences to your family. Thank you for making that sacrafice for us all Seth. You were always the one to try and keep everyone sane when it was all going crazy.I still keep your ACU rank right next to your photo and your memory in my heart. Ready and Foward!"
SPC, Weatherford,Justin of Ft. Benning, GA/Iraq

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Project Compassion Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Seth,
I'll never forget you, man! You were one of my best scouts, and I think of you every day. I'll always remember jamming out to Hootie on the guitar!"
CPT Brendan Barclay of Fort Carson, CO

"Nov 11, 2009
Remembering you on this Veterans Day, and thanking you for the sacrifice you made for this country and for me."
Jessica Simpson Hill of Raleigh, NC

"Hey Seth! man I miss you I will never forget when you first reported to 1st plt 1/10 cav and you were assigned to me as my driver that day was a great day because meeting you who would have ever knew you would have such a big impact in my life. We have had some funny and crazy moments from just being in garrison to NTC all the way to Iraq, Alhilla to Baghdad I will never forget you brotha! Freedom was your gift to me. I just wish you were still here well Ill see you on the high ground SCOUTS OUT!!!"
SFC Nash, Chauncy I of Fort Jackson South Carolina

"Seth,
It's almost been three years since you've been gone. I'll never forget the times we had, when you and Kevin came over for our all night guitar jams. Luckily I have a few of those on video! We always had a great time! Just wanted to say that I think of you often and I'll never forget you buddy. You gave your life for all of us and for that I am forever grateful. Your ole pal."
Bobby Billings of Wilkesboro, N.C.

"reading these really made me realize how much people cared for seth,
he was my stepbrother,
and I think of him all the time now,
even though we had only met about twice.
I know that my stepmom and dad miss him very very very much,
and I know they appreicate everything that everyone has dont for them,
thank you."
sarah elizabeth of lewisville NC

"Seth, Aug has just past me and theres not a moment before a patrol, that i dont think of u and what happen that night. You where a great friend and ur smile sticks with me everyday. U were truly my brother. Thank u for the service u gave me. Thank u for that same very smile that i give my kids and my wife everyday. Ready and foward brother, scouts out"
SGT Justin L Bolin of FT Hood, TX USA/ IRAQ

"Seth, I only knew you for a day. I met you on a plane from Atlanta to Myrtle Beach in 2006. I also met your father that very day and in an eerie coincidence several weeks later I read of your death. I have tried unsuccessfully to find your father so that I could personally relate my sadness and relate my feelings about this American hero. I would love to speak to your father and have searched.
I will continue to search. Our family will be in No.Myrtle Beach July 12-19th and I will once again search.
God bless your family."
Mark Dooley of Woodbury, MN

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. Seth A. Hildreth:
Seth 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

"Seth I miss you buddy, I think about you a lot. I miss listening to you play your guitar in your room and Tonys room. Youre probably looking down on us above and know that Tony and I married. We miss you dearly buddy and we will never forget you. We love you man. Everytime I hear Oasis I think of you."
Heather Braun of Temple, TX

"Though his smile is gone forever,And his hand we can not touch,Still we have so many memories,Of the one we love so much,His memory is our keepsake, with which we'll never part,God has him in his keeping We have him in our hearts!"
Sylvia(Hildreth) Ketchum of Tieton,Washington

"Seth was a great guy. I truly cherished all the time that we spent together. He always had a smile on his face and always treated everyone with respect. My heart goes out to his family."
Allison Williams of Columbia, SC

"Hildreth- Hey buddy, you're still in my memories everyday. I won't ever forget you. You were a great friend and I wish you were still around to teach me some more about ping-pong. Your good buddy. SGT Timpe Love you man"
Jeff Timpe of Fairfield, OH

"SPC Hildreth

I salute you and thank you for your service and sacrifice.


To Seth's Family

I'm terribly sorry for your loss and may God bless you. I served with him in Iraq and he was a great soldier and man."
M. Kovalcik

"Hilseth,
I think about you every day, and miss you a whole lot man. I guess I'll see you on the high ground, but not too soon I hope.

LT Barclay"
Brendan Barclay of Fort Hood, Texas

"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.
Our nations HERO, Seth will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"I used to play guitar with Seth before he joined the Army on an almost daily basis. He was always fun to be around and was the center of attention wherever he was. I couldn't believe the news when I heard he had died, he was killed on my 27th birthday. Seth, you will be missed deeply by everyone who knew you."
Daniel Sluder of Wilkesboro, NC

"SETH, I MISS YOU SO MUCH EVERYDAY NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DONT THINK OF YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY "BUBBA" I WILL CARRY YOU WITH ME FOREVER I LOVE YOU"
SHELLY of MYRTLE BEACH, SC

"I only knew Seth for just over a year, but I’ve remembered his heart years later. The last time I spoke to him was fall of 2004, but I can still hear his laugh, see his smile, and picture his face. He was such a loving, happy, wonderful young man. Seth really had a spirit about him. He lit up my day from the moment I met him. He was a great man, extremely honest, very sincere, caring, giving and loving. He always greeted me with an enormous smile, which helped to put a smile on my face. He genuinely cared, and I think those that took the time to get to know him, knew that about him.

To those who loved Seth:
There is nothing I can say that will ease the grief you’re feeling. Death is bitter sweet. He's in a better place. Flood your mind with memories of him. Take a moment to look within yourself. Our personality, our habits, our thoughts are all derived from the people we love most. With each person we share a part of our lives with; we take part of them, and it becomes a part of us. Hold on to that feeling, and he will always remain with you."
Jessica Simpson of Columbia, SC

"Seth,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Ready And Forward"(10th Cav Motto)"

"Thank you Seth Hildreth, 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. Seth Hildreth:
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 Seth 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. Seth Hildreth:
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 Seth, 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