Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Eric R. Hull


23, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
Hull was in a military vehicle returning from the airport when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq. Hull was assigned to the 307th Military Police Company, U.S. Army Reserves, New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Died on August 18, 2003.

Hull was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.

Sgt. Hull is shown with his son Dominic, left, daughter Mia, and wife, Missy, in this undated family handout photo.

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"To the family of Sgt. Eric R. Hull, my name is Eric Bailey. I served with the 143rd MP Det. from Bozeman, Montana. First, I would like to express my deepest sympathy for the loss of Eric. I think of him often. I will always carry his memory with me even though I never met him personally. I was on the team that investigated the attack that took his life. When I attended his memorial service, I heard from men that served with him. From those stories, I knew Eric was a man I would have been honored to know. I pray the years since his passing have eased your pain. I don't mean to stir old feelings, I am writing only to let you know Eric will never be forgotten. He will be forever in my thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely, Eric J. Bailey"
Eric Bailey of Great Falls, MT. / USA

"No amount of time heals a broken heart. I miss you everyday and some days are harder than others. When I look to the sky something tells me you are here with me. Jay and our boys always speak of you and carry the highest pride for you. You were my hero and my only brother but I am eternally grateful and proud of you always. I love you always brother. Always."
Ashley -- Sis of Kingwood, WV

"Remembering You! Think about you all the time! I just recently saw the street that they named after you by Laurel Highlands High School!"
Suzi Furrer-Voytish of Farmington, Pa

"Today on Veteran's Day 2015 I think of a wonderful man I never had the pleasure of meeting. I also have a bracelet sporting your name. I've worn it every day for 10 years now starting when I was 15. At the age of 25, I still wear it and think of you. Thank you for all you did for us Eric. I will never forget you."
Allison T. of Tampa, Florida, USA

"Almost 11 years now Eric..and though I never met you in person, my heart cries out at the loss of YOU, to your Country, Your Family and your friends. I wear the bracelet today, 11 years later with your name engraved on it. ***You WILL NEVER be forgotten Eric**** Be at peace, seated at the right hand of the Father..."
Sheila of Waunakee/Madison, WI

"Thinking of you once again on this Veteran's day 10 years later my old friend. Will never forgot that huge smile on your face as you served your fellow soldiers each night, and that big goofy grin I saw in the rear view mirror as you were bearing down on me and laying on the horn of the 5-ton you were driving at that roundabout in Baghdad! Miss you buddy! I'll be praying for your family today."
SSG KR Forringer of Norvelt, PA

"Eric,
I would just 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."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"ERIC, I MISS YOU AND THAT BIG SMILE, I CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR ALL THE TIMES WE HAD IN CULINARY TOGETHER ....I THINK OF YOU ALL THE TIME AND THE FUN WE HAD IN THE KITCHEN ..I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM YOU NOT JUST IN THE KITCHEN BUT YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE..YOU ARE A HERO AND ALWAYS WILL BE TO ME...I MISS YOU BUDDY
AND THANKS FOR BEING IN MY LIFE LOVE YA

MATT"
MATT TRIFFANOFF of IRWIN PA

"DEAR ERIC,I THINK OF YOU ALWAYS.I MISS YOU EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY.I WAS SO THANKFUL TO HAVE YOU,MISSY AS FRIENDS.YOU ARE MY HERO AND WILL FOREVER BE IN MY HEART,I MISS YOU ERIC."
KELLY YABLONOSKY ZIMMERMAN of GREENSBURG PA

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you the most in August, as that date comes creeping in on me. And then I sit and remember all the good times we had, and the times you told me about your children, and the picture of everyone posing with their "scorpion stingers" when we were at Ft. Dix. I miss being the first to be in your chow line in Iraq, or being on KP duty with you. I just miss you buddy. I know your making some rockin food is heaven though; and I know I will see you again someday. love and miss you buddy."
Jessica Taylor of Nitro, WV

"Eric I still carry the pain of lossing you but you know that. I meet your mom a few years ago and cried like a baby. We lost Nick 8 years ago today. Every year these 2 days are just as hard as when they happened. I love you and will see you soon!"
Trevor

"To the family and friends of Specialist Eric R. Hull:

Your loved one was remembered individually by my family at the Memorial Day Services at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Lehighton Pennsylvania.

We are so appreciative of the sacrifice you have suffered in the name of freedom and pray for God to bless you all always!"
The Aaron Family of Lehighton, PA

"I miss you today as much as yesterday and probably as much as tomorrow--I love you always"
karen (cousin) of finleyville

"It will be 7 years soon that you left us. Your birthday came and went and that was such a hard day. I talked to your mom and she said she cried most of the day. We shared some memories of you and laughed about the things we all did when we were little. I wish you were still here to hug and talk to but I talk to you still. I believe that you can hear me and know that I love you dearly and always will. Rest in peace my favorite cousin and know i will love and miss you until we meet again. love and hugs in heaven xo"
Karen-Eric's Cousin of Finleyville, PA

"Hey Eric. It's your little cousin Meagan. I miss you so much!! There isn't one day that goes by that I don't think of you. Thank you for fighting for our country! Your my hero!!! I can't wait until we meet again! Love you And miss you cousin!!"
Meagan Smith of Owings, md

"hey eric. i never had the honor to meet u but i have heard so much about you. how u were such an amazing person and how u loved ypur family so much and would do anything for them. You served our country and sacraficed your life for american people. Thank you so much. I wish i could of met you. And btw eric, Meagan always thinks about you and loves you so much. She always will have you in her heart."
Clinton of Owings, Maryland USA

"hey eric. i never had the honor to meet u but i have heard so much about you. how u were such an amazing person and how u loved ypur family so much and would do anything for them. You served our country and sacraficed your life for american people. Thank you so much. I wish i could of met you. And btw eric, Meagan always thinks about you and loves you so much. She always will have you in her heart."
Clinton of Owings, Maryland USA

""To the family of Eric R. Hull ,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""

"I was saddened by your loss--though we never met..

No amount of Political BS will take away what you did for me and my family ..

Eternal rest and peace.."
T. Pacholl of Minnesota

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Eric R. Hull:
Eric 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

"hey eric it's sis... its memorial day and it has been almost 5 years and i just wanted to say thank you for protecting our freedom and giving the faith to rejoin the army and give it that second chance. i miss u always teasing me and picking on me but hey thats what big brothers do. i am proud of you and what you did and i am proud of myself for doing what i do. it's a hard job and you made the ultimate sacrifice. i love you, i keep you in my heart every moment of the day, and i love having you as my guardian angel."
Spc. Ashley M. Hull-Turbi of Uniontown, Pa USA

"Spc Eric R Hull.....I wear a black metal bracelet....with PRIDE...every single day (since Feb of 04), with YOUR name engraved on it. You will NEVER be forgotten Eric...nor the price you paid.

I look at this bracelet and whisper your name many times a day and wonder. I wonder where you'd be today had this horrible thing not happened. I wonder WHO you'd be today...

This bracelet, with your name and hometown engraved on it serve as a constant reminder of the ultimate price some have paid for OUR Country.

What a beautiful family you have. How they must miss you.

Thank you Spc Eric R Hull...for being the man you were...

Thank you for standing tall and defending this Great Country of ours Eric.....

For ALL who've served and stood tall...THANK YOU

"All gave some....Some Gave All"."
Sheila of Waunakee, Wisconsin

"To the entire Hull family, my family and I keep you in our hearts prayers. We saw how much Eric loved and cared for his beautiful family when they were with him at the 307th MP,New kensington, PA location. Eric Hull leaves vivid memories with me of how dedicated he was to his assigned work and duty section. Eric was always willing to help out and lend a hand to me and other soldiers.He shared his expertise in the supply/logistics office many times in order to administratively post and schedule reports for his section. We also discussed foods and recipes because I wanted to see what Eric could tell me about certain dishes that he'd prepared. I learned a lot from Eric and truly enjoyed working with him. It was a pleasure to have served with a man of Eric's caliber. I know that Eric is alright now, Hull Family, God bless you, keep you and God be with you."
SSG (R) J. Graves of Pittsburgh, PA

"To the entire Hull family, my family and I keep you in our hearts prayers. We saw how much Eric loved and cared for his beautiful family when they were with him at the 307th MP,New kensington, PA location. Eric Hull leaves vivid memories with me of how dedicated he was to his assigned work and duty section. Eric was always willing to help out and lend a hand to me and other soldiers.He shared his expertise in the supply/logistics office many times in order to administratively post and schedule reports for his section. We also discussed foods and recipes because I wanted to see what Eric could tell me about certain dishes that he'd prepared. I learned a lot from Eric and truly enjoyed working with him. It was a pleasure to have served with a man of Erics caliber. I know that Eric is alright now, Hull Family, God bless you, keep you and God be with you."
SSG (R) J. Graves of Pittsburgh, PA

"HI Eric, it's sis.. Been really thinking of you. I miss you dearly. I wish you were here to enjoy Joahuah. You would have so much fun with him. We went out to visit you the other day and I think I am going to go back this week. This is the first holidays I will spend in Pennsylvania since after you died. It will be hard for me but I have Jay and I know he will stay by my side. I just wanted to say Thank You and that I love you so so much!"
Ashley of Uniontown, PA

"It has been almost four years since you left us and each day that goes by is a sad reminder that you will never be coming back...i miss you still so very much and wish i could just hug you and tell you i love you. Rest in peace my cousin and my hero...until we meet again...i love you...."
Karen-Cousin of Finleyville, PA

"If any of Eric's family members ever want to contact me, I'd really appreciate it. My email is smiley.grant@gmail.com. I pray for you all the time,"
Grant Johnson of Washington State

"Hello, My name is SGT Johnson, and I was the first medic on the scene. I was with SGT Slavik. There's not a whole lot I can really say.... I tried to save him as best as I could. It's taken me almost 3 years now to write here. Not a day goes by that I don't think about what happened, and I still second guess myself. I just want everyone to know that I tried as hard as I could, and he was surrounded by soldiers that cared deeply. He was not some stranger on the side of the highway, when I found out he passed away, I felt as if I lost a close friend. God bless him and his family."
Grant of Washington State

"Eric was one of a kind. His smile would light up a room. He was so happy and full of life. We miss him and his jokes, we miss his smile. Family dinners aren't the same without him there. Its hard explaining to Zachary where his Uncle Eric is. We miss you Eric. Love, Paul, Dana, and Zachary DeFabbo"
Dana DeFabbo of Pittsburgh, Pa

"hello my name is SGT Steve Slavik many prayers go to you and your family.I was there the day it happened and I tried very hard to save his life,I have been trying to get in touch with his family for over a year now if anyone that reads this knows how to reach the family please contact me at slavik7399@yahoo.com many prayers to you steve"
steve of germany

"To the family and friends of Eric Hull my thoughts and prayers are with you always. I am a sister of a soldier and my heart breaks every time another soldier falls. I did not know Eric but I know he was a fine man because he served and protected his country. It takes a special person to do that."
Laura of North Carolina

"Dear Missy, Mia and Dominic, We think of you often. The memorial to Eric you helped us set up at the Bruderhof Peace Barn touches many people every day. We can never forget those who gave all, or those they left behind."
Spring Valley School kids of Farmington, PA

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Eric, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"I had the honor to serve with Eric in Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. Eric was a great soldier with a great heart who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Eric's friends and family. God Bless"
1LT Brandon Dexter of Plymouth, MN USA

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/18/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Eric was my cousin. The day I got the news that he had passed was the one of the hardest days of my life. The world lost a great person that day. Two wonderful kids wont have the privilege of knowing what a wonderful person he was. My aunt debbie and uncle ray are strong and I know in time all of us will understand why on that day Eric had to leave us. For you my cousin you will always be my hero and i will love you always."
karen of uniontown, pa

"Hello. I read about Eric in an issue of "People" magazine. I was delighted that they paid tribute to the soldiers that parished, instead of the usual star gossip.

I just want to thank Eric for his courage, honor and bravery! I also want to tell his family I am so very sorry for thier loss!

Eric is in paradise now. God pick's his roses.

He had a charming smile that I will never forget, even though I never knew him

God Bless! Colleen"
Colleen Marie of Pittsburgh , PA

"Specialist Hull, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, 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. Your HERO, Eric will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"My dear beautiful son, There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you and how much I miss you. You were such a blessing to me. You gave me so much joy. It has been very hard for your dad and I to accept your loss, but then I don't think we will ever be able to accept it. Thank you so much for Mia and Dom and Missy. They are our greatest memory of you. I hope you will forgive us for not doing alot of memorializing yet, but it still hurts way to much. You of all know how deeply my love was for you and how much fun we had . Our relationship was so special. All of your Aunts and Uncles miss you so much. Your daddy has dedicated the office room to you and your sister and all that have seen it have broken down and cried. You were such an amazing man and I am so proud and honored that I got to be your mom. Rest in peace beautiful son, with mom and wait for us. I can't wait for the day when I get to see that beautiful face and sunshine smile again. With all of my deepest love MOM"
Eric's Mother of Uniontown, PA 15401

"Thank you....Rest in Peace"
The Taylors of USMC. NC

"Thank you Eric Hull, 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

"Two soldiers I knew well have died doing their Duty and serving their Country. I pray for their families and freinds. God Bless you all. We will miss Eric Hull and Nickolas Tomko greatly!"
Sgt Athena Rose of Pittsburgh, PA

"We will never get over losing our wonderful son, Eric. We loved him so much and miss him terribly. He gave you Missy, and Dad and I the most beautiful gifts in this world, our little angels Mia and Dominic. We will be here for you Missy, Mia, and Dominic always, we will get you through this, even though it will be very hard at times. But we will do it with the help of Eric and God. All the wonderful times we spent together and beautiful memories Eric left us with will alway's be kept alive for Mia and Dominic. (And we certainly have a lot of them. )They will alway's know what a wonderful Daddy they had, and how much he loved them and you. Be strong Missy we love you, Mia and Dominic very much, and we're here for you alway's. Eric, you are truly our hero..We will see that Missy and your babies are taken care of... We Love you and miss you sooo much Hubba, be good until we meet again.. XOXOXO"
Mom and Dad DeFabbo of Uniontown, Pa.

"We will love Eric forever. We just have to look at Dominic and see Eric in those brown eyes. We will always do our best to take care of Missy, Mia and Dominic. We love you more than you will ever know. xoxoxoxo"
Connie, Lenny and Mark of Perryopolis , Pa

"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 Spc. Eric Hull:
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 Eric 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. Eric Hull:
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 Eric, 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