Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. John Kulick

35, of Harleysville, Pennsylvania.
Kulick died in Bayji, Iraq, while investigating a rocket-propelled grenade incident a mine exploded and enemy forces attacked using small arms fire. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment (Mechanized), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Died on August 9, 2005.

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"John, just thinking of you and the great times we had . I always said 1985 was the best year of my life breakdancing at school dances and just hanging out with you. You are a true hero in my eyes and I will never forget you. I salute you and the other fallen soilders that make it possible for me and my family to live safely in the great USA. God bless."
Ben vozzolo of Lansdale pa

"Hi John, I saw your unit's photo in today's paper. You're always in my prayers."
Pete Mihalek of Ambler, PA

"Thanks John and the Kulick family for your sacrifice. My family honors you."
Kamin of East Greenville, PA

"John, Been thinking about you and the fun we had at the firehouse. It is hard to believe it has been 7 years. Miss u :)"
MS of PA

"Hey Jon just thinking about you over the weekend, you are missed ...."
Don Inverso of Philadelphia

"I have never met Johny, but my dad and my sister were his closest friends. I only heard of Johny through my dad and Hatboro Fire company. Whenever I walk into the house, I see his banner hanging from the ceiling and I see his belongings and pictures in the showcase in the lobby. I just wanted to say that you are missed very much by my family and friends."
Michael Card Jr. of Hatboro, Pennsylvani

"I never met John but I think of him often. I was in Hatboro, PA the day of his memorial service. A beautiful tribute to a most beautiful person. John, I wish you and your family peace."
Pete Mihalek of Ambler, PA

"I am so, so sorry that you lost your son. I pray for world peace, but for some reason, I realize that will never happen until our Lord returns. I thank people like your son and other fallen heroes so that we can still have our freedom and choice to worship in whatever church we desire. We love you."
Betty Hafner of Dickson, Tennessee

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. John Kulick:
John 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

"You are missed very much,thinking of you and entire Kulick family."
Robert Kulick Jr. of Bethlehem,Pa

"John i never got to meet you but i did get a chance to meet Amanda this past weekend. I have to say she is a great kid. Jill is taking such good care of her you would be proud of her as she is of you. I know you are looking down on her every day. please know we are thankful for all you gave us. fist our freedom and you daughter."
DAWN of WI

"As the New Year is just starting I know it is still hard to go on without your loved one. Thank You for having such a person as John Kulick in your family that he went to war and died for us. My thoughts are with him daily and I am sure you miss him so much......"
Jackie Erney of Willow Grove, Pa 19090

"To the family of:John Kulick 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"

"John never hesitated when it came to doing the right thing in a given situation, regardless of the degree of difficulty or the amount personal pain he would expect to be put through. I saw it numerous times in his personal and professional endeavors. I'm proud to call him my friend; I was fortunate for his efforts and commitment as a co-worker. He was an asset to the communities in which he worked and lived, as I'm sure he was to his fellow soldiers. If there was ever anyone you wanted next to you in a difficult situation, it was John. John’s humor and impersonations always seemed to bring comic relief when it was most needed, and his happiness as a father even made others feel good seeing him happy. I'm a better person for the time we shared in life. John is a true American hero in every sense of the word. His is missed."
Keith Fuller of Blue Bell, PA

"John Kulick will be a part of our lives forever. He was a loving father, caring and true friend, and a lifetime hero as a professional firefighter and ultimately an infantryman in the PA Army National Guard. The memory of his bright smile and contageous laughter will always bring us joy. I am truly blessed to look at our daughter every day and see how much she favors him and only wish that he could see how she's growing and changing. John touched so many lives and will continue to touch ours forever. We had precious time with John, but now it's God's turn to enjoy John and all of his glory..."
Jill Kulick of Mechanicsburg, PA/USA

"Requiem for a Brave Soldier
By Michael P. Tremoglie
FrontPageMagazine.com | August 16, 2005


John Kulick was already risking his life serving the public when he volunteered to serve in Iraq. He was a fireman for the Centre Square Fire Dept., Whitpain Township.



A member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, of the famed 28th Infantry Division, a unit that can trace its origin to the Revolutionary War.



When Kulick volunteered, he did so knowing that there were sacrifices he would make. Yet, he did not complain.



I first became aware of him from an article in the Ambler Gazette, which mentioned he was not receiving the difference in pay from his military salary to his fire department salary. My oldest daughter and I circulated a petition, enthusiastically signed by Blue Bell residents, requesting that this inequity be adjusted. The Whitpain Township council corrected it.



John Kulick exemplified the ordinary American who does extraordinary things in extraordinary circumstances. He and his colleagues are doing an exemplary task in Iraq. They expose themselves to great risk to prevent innocent civilians from being killed or wounded. They are suffering casualties because of it. Yet, they do so willingly.



Kulick did not go to Iraq for lust of conquest. He went to liberate.



Kulick did not fight for despotism. He fought for democracy.



On August 4, Kulick sent me an email in which he said, “I think that the world is a much better place without Saddam. Someone needs to be the police in this world and the only superpower is us (sic). The 1800 soldiers did not die in vain (sic), and the war was justified. People don't know the true stories of the horror the Iraq people endured under Saddam and the Ba'athist party. It's sad but I think the American people forget their feeling's they had after 911.”



Kulick believed in what he was doing and because of him those enslaved by the Baathists are no longer enslaved. Kulick protected those who cannot protect themselves.



For each generation of Americans, there are the brave and the young who are called to go forth and vanquish freedom's foes. These are the people that our society delegates as guarantors of our independence. They are emblematic of those to whom Thomas Paine referred when he wrote, “O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth!”



Kulick and his brethren are the foes of terrorists. They are the intrepid soldiers, dutiful and resolute.



The ancient Romans’ model of the virtuous citizen was Cincinnatus. In 458 B.C., Cincinnatus was tending his fields when word arrived that he had been selected to defend the city against two hostile tribes. Cincinnatus took command and within sixteen days he defeated Rome's enemies and returned to his farm - just as John Kulick would have return to the Centre Square Fire Department.



For the ancient Romans it was Cincinnatus, for ancient Sparta it was Leonidas, for the residents of Whitpain Township it is John Kulick. A man so noble, ‘the elements mixed in him so that nature may say to all the world, “This was a man!”



Indeed, we are fortunate to have such men among us. We, as a society, need to ask ourselves - where do we find such men as Kulick? Where do they come from these selfless men – these noble men? What kind of society have we created that spawns such men as he? More importantly, are we worthy of the John Kulicks among us?



The Taliban, the al-Qaeda, the Baathists, and the rest want to return to the days of an Arab empire – much like Mussolini wanted to return to the days of the Roman Empire. It is written in their mission statements and proclaimed in their speeches. They are the new master race.



It is because of Kulick and his cohorts that they will not succeed.



I received another email from Kulick. It was sent August 9. He wrote, “[W]e lost two good friends from our unit Saturday. It is devastating. Their memorial will be held tomorrow. It really hits home. We are only less than 90 days out to go home. I will let you know when I am scheduled to leave to go to Ft. Dix.”



Several hours later Specialist John Kulick, of the 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28 Division was killed in action.



Benjamin Franklin once said, “We have given you a republic — if you can keep it.” Because of John Kulick, and others like him, our republic will be preserved.



Kulick is truly deserving of the motto of Cincinnatus, “Omnia relinquit servare Republicam.” He gave everything to the Republic.


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A former police officer, Michael P. Tremoglie recently published his first novel, A Sense of Duty. His work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Human Events, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has a Master of Science degree from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia."
Michael P. Tremoglie of Philadelphia, PA

"Dear Johnny,
We all miss you so much. We think about you everyday. I went to see you at the cemetary two days ago. (and we have a magnet in honor of you on the back of our car). You were so brave. I'll never forget baby Danielle's 1st birthday this past June. You were there, and we all break-danced in the backyard. It was so much fun and it is a memory I'll never forget. Thank you for everything you did. We love you and we miss you.
Love always,"
Kelly of Horsham, PA

"Johnny K. was a hero in every aspect of his life...as a soldier, as a firefighter, but most importantly as a father. To know him was to love him if you met him once you were hooked. Johnny was an incredible person one can only hope to be as great a person as he was. I feel that I am a better person having been so close to him. His charisma could never be matched, his zest for life never dimmed. Johnny was my best friend and he will always be in my heart and in my thoughts. Thank you Johnny K for all the good times we had. I'll never forget you."
Lisa P of Warminster,PA USA

"Our dear nephew and Godchild, Johhnny K.Johnny was an incredible young man.His devotion to his country ,words cannot express. He joined the Army due to 911,he felt stongly to do his part as an American, and strongly believed in what he was doing.He gave the ultimate sacrifice, leaving a 9 year old girl, his parents, brother, sister,nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles,cousins,his his devoted friends. He loved us all, and showed it every day in his big beautiful smile, and just a warming sense of love for all people. Our prayers are with Johnny's parents, Jim and Tavy kulick, His brother Jimmy jr. his sister Tina, all in-laws mostly, but also please pray for all of us also. Jimmy,Tavy,Jimmy,Susan,Tina, and all of their children,Joe and I share your Burden.We can't lift the sorrow,that .Ouryour hearts feel,owords are naught to tell you,as they can't express what's true,that only you can know the pain,of what you're going through,but our hearts desire to show you,if only in small ways,that it deeply shares this burden,that our Lord is with you all the way. We love all of you! May God Bless You and keep you in his care. Joe and Lynn Kulick"
Joe/Lynn Kulick of Quakertown,Pa

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
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

"AUG 12, 2005
ARMY SPC JOHN KULICK -
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace brave soldier.
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of John and may memories comfort you during this very difficult time and always. We are so very sorry.
AMERICA SALUTES SPC JOHN KULICK"
Brad & Dorothy Burt of Rhode Island

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

"Thank you John Kulick, 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. John Kulick:
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 John 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. John Kulick:
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 John, 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