Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Aaron M. Hudson

20, of Highland Village, Texas.
Hudson died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained April 15, 2005 in Camp Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol. He was assigned to the 401st Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on April 16, 2005.

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"Mark, Annette, Lezlie & Jonathan,

Thinking of all y'all today. I think about you all and Aaron often but espicially today.
I love you and keep you in my heart and prayers.
Love,
Tiffany"
Tiffany of Austin

"5/26/14
Dear Mark & Annette,
We think of your family & Aaron often, but especially on Memorial Day. Each Memorial Day we include Aaron, along with our son Todd's good friend, Maj. Brian Mescall, (1/9/09) on Facebook so NO ONE WILL EVER FORGET Aaron's sacrifice, along with yours. God bless you all,"
Donna & Robby Griffin of Ruston, LA, USA

"Aaron,

I think of you often and all of the memories we had together. I was so blessed to have you in my life and to be able to say you were one I the best friends I have ever known"
Chelsea stafford sneed of Dallas tx

"2.11.2012

Aaron, I felt your warm smile today."
SSG Bauerle

"To the family of:Aaron M. Hudson
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""

"Aaron, I loved you like a brother. I'm so sorry that I didn"t find this till years later. We had fun times going to football games at texas stadium (ax game),we'd race in your truck, being free and wild. I will miss you always! Big D!"
Dusten Higgs of Lewisville TX

""See Food" Inside Joke, something he used to do...
Never forgotten kid. Never..."
Keith Mankins of Who knows, USA

"We lived down the street from each other and used to play ping pong everyday after school. You never gave up even though I had played a lot more than you. Remember your devotion in the other sports we played too. I know your personality made you the best soldier this country could ask for. After hearing of my old best friends sacrifice I was deeply hurt but inspired. I'll never be as great as you but I got out of college and joined the Coast Guard soon after I found out. In boot camp we were required to carry the profile of a fallen Coastie. I asked to carry yours and still have it to this day. Would send it to your family if I could find them. What you did was amazing and I feel guilty for just chasing stupid drug runners, but I am a military man because of you.
Thank you Aaron, I'm honored to know a real hero.
USCG Petty Officer 2nd Class
Boatswain Mate Dustin Albertson"
Dustin Albertson of USCG Marathon

"Today being 06/18/2010"
SSG Bauerle

"Aaron,

I think of you all the time and today, you made me smile. I think of you when I am struggling to accomplish something."
SSG Bauerle of USA

"Mr. and Mrs. Hudson, I just wanted to let you know that there are others that remeber this day. I hope all is as well as it can be. God bless."
Cole of Plano, TX

"Hey, Aaron just know this Brother; You will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN...I will always be there to let folks know who you are,who you were; and most of all that you are a HERO... God Bless You And Your Family..."
Monty Slough/Denton County Fallen Soldier's Memorial of From Texas

"No matter how annoyed we were, you could always somehow uplift our spirits. I miss your jokes and that stupid song you would sing from Euro Trip!! I love you bro and it's a shame that our friendship came to an end so quick. You will never be forgotten and neither will your family. I miss and love you Aaron."
Carlos Hernandez of San Antonio, TX

"I recently made a donation to the Denton County Fallen Soldiers Memorial. In return, they give a baseball cap with the name of a fallen soldier on it. The name on the one I received was Pvt. Aaron M. Hudson. I wanted to know more about this soldier who sacrificed his life for our country, so I did a little research and have learned what a respectable and loved son, friend, soldier, and man he was.
I was also a former enlisted man (124th Signal Battalion, 4th Infantry Division) at Ft. Hood, TX. I served in the mid-90's after the 1st Gulf War and before the 2nd, so I consider myself very fortunate to have not been in the hell of combat. I never met Aaron, but I wear a hat bearing his name with pride & when anyone asks about it, I can at least tell them a little bit about the honorable and brave man that gave his all for them.
My regards to the family friends of Pvt. Aaron M. Hudson. He will never be forgotten."
R.M. Dolgener of Denton, TX

"For four years now, I remember Aaron on this day. Even though I never knew him personally. I will continue to remember. Godspeed."
Cole of Plano, TX

"April 15, 2009
To the family of Pvt. Aaron M. Hudson:
Aaron 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

"my brother in arms and forever friend, its been almost 4 years now and i always think of you. i miss you man. i am at fort leonardwood currently for school and im about to head over to the mp memorial here for a few moments of silence. though you are not here and at a better place your loving memories are always with us. thank you for keeping watch over us and keeping us safe."
SSG Adams, Sean (former squad member with aaron) of Fort Hood, TX

"On this Memorial Day Eve 2008 the three of you and Aaron are heavy on my mind. I wear the black bracelet every April but Aaron and you three are always on my mind. I often think that I should I be better, that I should live up to Aaron's promise denied. I should be more in touch with you but I know there is little I can do to provide you comfort. We love you and talk of Aaron often, we will not forget."
Keith Mankins of Oak Ridge, NC

"Aaron, I just want to say that it has been 2 and a half years since you passed away and there has not been a day that has gone by that I havent thought about you or your family. You were like my brother, and I will forever think of you as my brother. I love your family to death and would do anything for them. I just have been thinking about you alot lately man, and wanted to stop by and leave a message saying I miss you alot and thanks for watching over us."
SGT Michael Lynch of Arvada Colorado

"Hudson Family,
I just wanted to let you know that for the last 2 years almost not a single day passes without thinking of you and Aaron. Even though we didnít know Aaron he has made a huge impact on my life and my family and judging by the size of the memorial service at Lewisville, he has made a huge impact on so many people and is well loved as are you. He is not forgotten; you are not forgotten and will continue to be in our prayers."
Jesse, Sandi, Justin, Jacob, Jessica Underwood of Corinth, Tx.

"i have a very business transaction to discus with you.
Email: lawson_x2@yahoo.com"
mrs.lawson of abidjan

"i am honored to say i was in aaron's squad during his time in the army. i now permanently has his name on my arm because he is a real hero and gave all he could, more than most in this country. thank you hudson family for letting us have been part of your sons life. sean.b.adams@us.army.mil"
SGT Adams, Sean of Ft.Hood TX

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hudson,
It is hard to believe that it has been a year since your son was killed in action in Iraq this time last year. I again give my sincere thoughs with your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family as my own son is currently
serving over there and I constantly worry for his safety. May god bless
your family always."
Charles Tanner of Dallas Texas 75246-1136

"Annette and Mark
I think often of your loss and I pray that day, for God to give you strength to face tomorrow. Though we didn't know Aaron closely we know his memory is in the hearts of hundreds if not thousands of relatives, friends, brothers-in-arms and those concerned. As for me, Sheila, Colin and Lauren; WE WILL NOT FORGET! May God continue his blessings upon you."
Larry Denison of Corinth, TX

"Dear Mr.and Mrs. Hudson,
It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since your son was killed in Iraq. My own adopted son is currenty in Fort Hood ready to be deployed to Iraq. I worry about his safety daily. I want to take this time
to send my deepest respests to your family. I went to your son's funerial
and it still bothers me that this happen. If I can be of any help please
feel free to e mail me at N5exk@sbcglobal.net. God bless your family and friends. Charles tanner"
Charles Tanner of Dallas Texas 75246-1136

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hudson
I know that it has been a year since you lostyour son in Iraq.My own adopted son is schedules to go over there in Auguet. I pray for the safety
of our troops every day. I visited your son's grave about two month's ago. It still bothers me that he is gone. My prayers are with you and your family. Please feel free to e mail me any time you want too.I would like to hear from.My e mail address is N5exk@sbc global.net. God bless you and family."
Charles Tanner of Dallas Texas 75246-1136

"This is Mark McCauley, Ryan's dad, I know that Christmas and New Years was hard but I also know that the good lord was watching over you and your family. I wish I could take all the pain and yearning from you, we know exactly what you are going through. With time it seems somewhat more managable but the yearning to be with your child will never go away. The comfort we see is that are son Arron and all the rest will be the first to greet us when we reach Gods kingdom. We visited Ryan's grave this weekend said HELLO to Arron. Please if you ever need to talk call us, we understand.

God Bless"
Mark McCauley of Lewisvile, Texas

"I attended the homecoming for 401st MP Company the other night, my good friends small team piggy-backed on the flight with them. I was excited for my returning friends as this would be the first X-mas since the war began that me, and all my close friends would be in the states...not in hell. As the welcome home speeches began, I told my friends daughter it would only take a few minutes...this is the only time our leaders try not to get long winded...and then the shell hit! As first the Commander, and then the 1SG stepped up and described Aarons sacrifice, we clapped, cried, and sent silent messages to the family who travelled all this way to see their sons unit return. The unit made great efforts to show respect for Aaron, it took a piece of my heart...and I did not know Aaron. I know him now, he is not the only Soldier I have had to deal with loosing, I know..he will not be the last either. The flag handed to Aarons parents is only a piece of clothe, but those colors mean so much. I want to find the right words but there is nothing I can say to make it right, make it better. I am sorry for your loss, I mean that with all my heart. As I sit with my family and friends this holiday season, I think about those who made greater sacrifices than any of us... I hope that the Hudson family can find some closure and know that I, and many of my brothers, will take time to think of you and yours. Best of luck and thank you Aaron, obviously your unit and fellow troops respect what you stand for. You will not be forgotten!"
SFC Janusz of Corps Assitant IG

"Aaron:
Last saturday was my graduation ceremony from high school. When the presentation of the colors and star-spangled banner began to play, an automatic flow of emotion in the form of tears came out of my eyes. For the first time in my life I understand that the "Land of the free, and the home of the Brave" was given to us by you, Aaron. I know that our flag was still there after you died, and will be for years to come. I will never forget what Lezlie said at your funeral, "When someone asks me if I believe that we are over there for the right reasons? I can look them in the eye and say "My brother died for it, that's why I believe." Well Aaron, my childhhood friend and playmate died for it, and so many other brave men and woman and risked and unfortunately given their lives so that I may sit here and write this today, and that's why I believe. May God bless you, and may you always keep watch over your family, friends and fellow soldiers in peril overseas. Since your death you have gained one role in my life, you guarded my country for a short while, and now you are my guardian angel. Say hi to my aunt Pam if you see her."
Kelly Wolfe of Lewisville, TX

"To Aaron --

I thank my God for having someone so brave and so committed fighting to keep me, my family, my friends, and the rest of America safe and free at home. A true hero is someone who is willing to risk his life to save another. A true hero is you, Aaron. You set an example for everyone that knew of you, and some that didn't, to be couragous in times of a great trial. Your strength gives me strength. Thank you for that strength, thank you for great memories, and above all thank you for freedom."
Sam Wolfe of Lewisville, TX

"To Aaron-
We will always be proud of what you stood for and what you did for our country. We will never forget your smiling face and fun way.
To those of you who knew Aaron and served with him we think of you and pray for you daily. We pray for your safe return to your families soon.
I have always loved my country but now it means more than ever. Now each time I see our flag or hear our National Anthem it will have a whole new and different meaning because Aaron's sacrifice. For this our family is proud. Thank you to all our service men and women and their families!!
Most of all thank you Aaron for your service and your life!!!"
Aprill Hudson (Aaron's aunt) of Shallowater, Tx ditzyklutz@netscape.com

"To the family of Aaron, my family honors your Hero. His Bravery, Valor, and Courage will always be remembered. We are grateful for his loyal service and will never forget his sacrifice. God Bless AARON and his family."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

"To Aaron'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

"Pvt Hudson you are a brave soldier. i'm in the same company as you. i only seen you around the company a few times before i lefted a month before you but your death has brought great pain to your fellow platoon members which happen to be good friends of mine. i was in that platoon last year in Iraq but move to other platoon. Sorry i couldn't make your Memorial Service i had a mission that day. Well Rest In Peace and God bless your family through this rough time. Watch over us and protect us so once again 401st MP CO "ALWAYS FIRST" can come back home again from IRAQ Safely"
SPC Boike, Anthony of Baghdad, IRAQ

"Hudson Family,

I am sorry for your loss. PVT Hudson and my self were in the same platoon for basic and ait. Hudson was a great soldier and he will not be forgotten. I want to thank him for what he has done.And I my prayers are with you."
PFC DeCook Kenneth of Southbridge, MA USA

"To the Hudson Family:
I know that you are saddened by this loss, I understand how hard it is. I knew Aaron in elementary, middle, and high school. He was always an outstanding student and friend. He is our home town hero and always will be. He is in our thoughts and prays. May God Bless your dear son Pvt. Aaron Hudson"
Crystal of Flower Mound, Tx,

"We appreciate your bravery. You were a young soul fighting for freedom, a hero. I'm sorry for the way things turned out. Please guide your friends and family through a happy life with nothing but good memories of you. May you rest in peace Aaron M Hudson."
Catherine of New York

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

"To Aaron'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 Francisco's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' children. Our sons are truly heroes!

Sincerely,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern"
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

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

"Thank you Aaron Hudson, 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 Pvt. Aaron Hudson:
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 Aaron 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 Pvt. Aaron Hudson:
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 Aaron, 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