Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Anthony M. Mazzarella

22, of Blue Springs, Missouri.
Mazzarella died in Taji, Iraq, when the HMMWV in which he was riding accidentally rolled over. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 13th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on July 5, 2005.

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"Anthony there is not much time that passes between my thoughts of how much I miss you. Words do not express how much it sucks that you are not here anymore. I feel guilty for not being able to be there and help my friend. Every year on July 5th I think how time moves so fast but yet it still feels like yesterday that you passed. The only comfort I find is that you did always lived life to the fullest and in the end the truth is you lived a more full life in your short years than many will ever live. I love you brother and am waiting to see you on the other side!"
of Blue Springs, MO

"Tony, what I called him. I had been in the Navy for a couple years and came home on leave and saw him again at a party and heard that he was interested in serving. He told me that he was torn between the Navy and the Army and I tried as hard as I could to convince him the Navy was the way to go, but anyone that knew Tony like I did knew he was a hard head! I'm ashamed to admit it, but I'm scared to visit his resting place..... because I feel guilty about not doing something about him joining the Army! This is something that has weighed on my concience for the longest time! Anthony is my brother and always will be, I wish I was better with words but brutal honesty will have to work for now! It should have been me! Thank you for answering your nations call, Brothers in arms, definding those who cand defend themselves, love you brother, always will!!!!!!!!"
Uncle Sam of Blue Springs, MO

"Mazz I still miss and think about you all the time you were such a bright soul. Always happy about everything. Somehow you made going to Iraq like it was gonna be just another day at the office. You still inspire me to this day bro!"
SGT Cooper of Vicenza, Italy

"Mazz you are still greatly miss and I will never forgetten you but I know you are in a better place and we will meet again one day bro."
SSG Johnson 1-13th AR

"I served with Mazz in OIF 3. He was 2 doors down from my bunk. I didnt know what I would say when it came to this. He was such a uplifting motatival person. Always cracking jokes throwing out smiles. I was joking with him cuz he wanted to get a ciggarette from me before we rolled out from a raid right before it all happened. He was a unbelieve person and is greatly missed. He will always have a place in my heart were his memory is were ever I may roam in my life. God Bless his family! If yall ever need anything please not hesitate to look me up I will be there!"
SPC Jack Morris

"I walked two miles this morning in honor of Pvt. Anthony Mazzarella in the Run for the Fallen at the Lake of the Ozarks. I feel very honored to have represented him. God Bless."
Kevin J. Friend of Lake Ozark, MO USA

"I miss you bro!!!!!"
Kyle Gieseke of Los Angeles,CA

"Still miss you, and it feels like yesterday that we walked across that stage at graduation... deeply missing you, and I will never forget you."
Gwen of Raytown, MO

"You are not gone, nor forgotten, for I will carry you with me in my heart forever. You were one of the few who could make me laugh 'til it hurt. For those of us lucky enough to know you, you left us with only great memories, laughter, and the hope to be even half of the great person that you were. Love ya!"
Angie of Blue Springs, Mo.

"You are not gone, nor forgotten, for I will carry you with me in my heart forever. You were one of the few who could make me laugh 'til it hurt. For those of us lucky enough to know you, you left us with only great memories, laughter, and the hope to be even half of the great person that you were. Love ya!"
Angie of Blue Springs, Mo.

"I remember Anthony in High School and he was a funny guy and a good friend. He will be in our hearts forever!"
Rachel Hicks of Blue Springs, MO

"The first thing I want to say is Thank You. I have been to this page several times over the past few years unable to leave a comment. I canít find the words to describe the sadness. You were always someone I held close to my heart. I hoped I would see you again someday. I will never forget when I saw your picture on the news regarding a fallen soldier. It still takes my breath away. You will always be remembered. I can still see your smile and the light in your eyes. We lost touch before you passed but I never stopped thinking of you and wishing you well. You truly were an amazing person with a free spirit. I will think of you always, remember you always, and love you always."
Lindsey Redinger of Shawnee, Kansas

"June 24, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Anthony M. Mazzarella:
Anthony 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

"I never knew your son, or knew of him, but read of him due to David Cook's fame. Being the mother and grandmother of 2 soldiers who have taken your son's place in this conflict, I must tell you that YOUR son is the true hero. May the fame that has come to David Cook shine a bright light on all of the heros of yesterday and today, and may the young people of this world be forever grateful for everyone's sacrifices that have made this a country where dreams can come true. God bless you and all those you love."
Another Soldiers Mom of Chicago

"I still think about Anthony and miss him so much. I see boys and think...that looks like Anthony. I am sure you feel the same way. I miss that guy.....I wish we could turn back time."
Rylina Dnaley of Blue Springs, MO

"Growing up, Anthony was always cool enough to hang out with me, even though I was just a younger neighbor. I remember listening to him jam on his guitar in the basement, and now I play on his old guitar at college. He was always a fun guy to be around. I sure miss hime"
Jeff Cox of Blue Springs, MO/USA

"Dear Family of Anthony Mazzarella:

To honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

For more information,please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net
Sincerely;
The Artists of Grateful Hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"Anybody who knew Anthony knew he was something special. He has left a lot of friends here in blue spring, but nothing goes on with out us thinking of him. He will be remebered today, tomorrow and forever. Anthony had this spirit about him that will not be forgot. We miss u Anthony!"
The Willetts of Blue Springs Mo USA

"Anthony was a great soldier and friend I served in Korea with him hung out with chappy, sgt wilson lincoln and king we were all friends, I learned about his death a couple months after it happened from my friend that got back from korea lincoln. He will be greatly missed. Your in my prayers!"
Larry Moore of Plattsburgh, New York

"Anthony was a true friend whom I knew since junior high, through his tour and still now in memory. He was a wingman for the ages and unique person whose creativity was 100% original. It is sad to think about his inspiration only being passed on by those who "knew" him. He could tell the story much better himself. Have fun upstairs bro . . . Cheeseburger Rocks!"
Nick Cunha of Tortola, British Virgin Islands

"I was with Anthony in Korea as well as Sgt. Wilson. Anthony was the closest thing to a brother I have ever had. He was to be the best man in my wedding this July. I didnt find out about this happening until 3 months after it had happened when I called Col. Mazzarella. Tankers lead the way."
Chappy of Barboursville W.V.

"PVT Mazzarella was a great friend. I served with him in Korea, joked with him, partied with him , and had the honor of playing guitar with him. He was an extremely gifted person who will be greatly missed."
SGT Charles Wilson of Deployed

"Mike:

I was watching CNN today (March 21, 2006) and saw a picture of one of our fallen heroes - a young man named Anthony Mazzarella. When I researched and found this web site and saw a condolence from Rob Burkhardt, I knew then that he was one of your sons. I am so very sorry. I know that you and your family will find the strength to heal and go on with life. We owe that to the one's who have left us."
Jon Tincher of Scott Depot, West Virginia

"From our family to yours. We salute you and your family and will include you in our prayers."
Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella of Leominster,Ma

"To the family of:Anthony M Mazzarella I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully one day we will meet in Heaven 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"To the Mazzarella family,
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you for the loss of your beloved ANTHONY. We hope you take some comfort in knowing we honor him as an American Hero. He will Always be Remembered.
ANTHONY - We celebrate your life and honor you for your service and sacrifice for our great country. Gods Speed brave warrior and may the Angels surround your family as they try to heal.
From a grateful family of a US Army Soldier, from Ft. Campbell 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq 10-20-05.""
--Sharon & Craig Erwin of Oregon, United States of America

"I REMEMBER THE FIRST DAY WE MET IN BASIC. WE WHERE IN THE CHOW HALL AND HE WAS TWO AHEAD OF ME. WHEN WE GOT UP TO THE FOOD HE TURNED AROUD AND SAID,"HOLY SH*& THEY GOT BEEFARONI". IT MADE ME LAUGH. HE WAS GOOD AT TURNING A BAD SITUATION INTO A GOOD ONE. WE SURVED IN KOREA TOGETHER ALTHOUGH IN SEPRATE UNITS. WE STILL FOUND TIME TO HANG OUT. AND HE ALWAYS CRACKED ME UP. HE WAS TRULY ONE OF A KIND AND I WILL ALWAYS MISS HIM. MY DEEPEST REGARDS TO HIS FAMILY."
SPC. BILLIE MCSWAIN of AFN KOREA

"Anthony, thank you for your service. I was in the 3 Shop there in 1/13 a few years back and have a lot of respect for you soldiers that have carried on. 13th Tank! All of you still over there, take care and God Bless. Anthony, see you at Fiddlers Green someday."
Matt Aamot of Custer, WA

"Mike:

I was so saddened to hear about Anthony's passing. It seems like just yesterday that we were talking in Omaha and I remember how proud you were of him. Our thoughts are with you in this trying time."
Rob Burkhardt of Louisville, KY

"As a retired veteran in the USAF, the father-in-law of a USMC veteran living in Blue Springs, I offer my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family. May God bless each and every one of you during your loss."
TSgt Gregory G. Maggard, USAF Retired of Holden, MO

"Mazzarella was suppose to be best man in my wedding when he and my husband retured home from Iraq. He was a great friend and will always be remembered. Anthony me and Cecil's first born son will have your name. I will always miss you but you will never really be gone. You will be in my heart forever."
Tiffany and Cecil Farrell of Fort Riley Kansas

"I never knew Anthony, but as a veteran and Blue Springs parent of two young men that have lived a scant few miles away from the Mazzarella family, I offer my condolences."
Robert R. Urban of Blue Springs, MO.

"Mazzarella family and friends -
I am so sorry for the loss of Anthony. My son Chris Strozier is in B Co., 1-13 AR and knew Anthony. Chris emailed me to tell me that they had lost one of their own. He told me that "Mazz" was a good kid.
We can never thank Anthony enough for his bravery and sacrifice. He will never ever be forgotten."
The Dzurenko Family of Powder Springs, GA

"To Anthony's family, I was very sorry to read of his passing. In reading the letters here, I see not only was he a fine soldier and family man, but a well loved friend and person. I will be praying for him and you, and God Bless You All"
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To Anthony's Family
We did not know him, but our son Sgt Kenneth J. Schall was from Ft. Riley as well. He lost his life in May. He was with the 2-70th Armour. I know that there are no words to comfort you right now, but the memories of Anthony and the feeling of pride that you have for him will help. Please take care of each other and God Bless you through this terrible time."
Terri Schall of Prescott Valley, AZ

"one of my best friends all through middle and high school. ill never forget ya man."
jason yunker of springfield, missouri

"I worked with Anthony right before he joined the Army and I can tell you he was definitely a unique individual. He always had a smile on his face and working a shift with him really made your day a better one. You will be missed Anthony."
Brian Landers of Blue Springs, Mo. USA

"Mike and family: You know that my deepest sympathies are with you during this time. This is the first experience I've had with it hitting close enough to home to feel I've had the wind knocked out of me. Anthony's death will not be forgotten, you can rest assured. I hope it is also some comfort knowing he's in a better place, with his Mom."
Jenny Morgan of Blue Springs, Missouri (USA)

"What can one say that could ever hope to assuage the grief you must feel. As a father I can't imagine a deeper, more profound loss. Your family will be in my familie's prayers in the coming days and weeks. Thank you for your familie's ultimate sacrifice!"
Jeff Smith, GETS of Calgary, Alberta

"ANTHONY WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN TODAY. WE REMEMBERED, THE DIFFUCULT TASK WITH OUR SON. AN THAT WE ALL DEAL WITH THIS SITUATION DIFFERENTLY. YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY. TOMORROW AND FOREVER. NOT MANY BRAVE AMERICAN'S AS YOU ANTHONY. YOU HAVE MADE AMERICA ALOT SAFER SINCE 911. DEALING WITH THE TASK TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND HELP THOSE IN IRAQ. YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. THOSE YOU HAVE HOLD FOND MEMORIES OF YOU. AN REALIZE YOU ARE MORE THEN AN INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY MAN, SOLDIER AND HERO!. YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE................ANTHONY YOU ARE SOMEONE TO ME!!!!! GOD bLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"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

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

"Thank you Anthony Mazzarella, 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. Anthony Mazzarella:
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 Anthony 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. Anthony Mazzarella:
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 Anthony, 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