Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Air Force Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy

28, of San Antonio, Texas.
McElroy died when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device while conducting convoy escort duties in the vicinity of Taji, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Security Forces Squadron, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska. Died on January 22, 2006.

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"To the family of:Brian McElroy
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""

"I will never forget the day I hear about this life changing moment. We were stationed on Elmendorf when word came down that you had made the ultimate sacrifice. I did not personally know you, but I felt a complete loss at that time. Each and every life lost is so tragic, but when it's someone you may have walked by before in the BX, or someone who may have checked your ID coming on base...it hits that much harder. Thank you for all you did for our Country and the Air Force. You will NOT be forgotten! I hope Heaven's treating you as good as you treated us on Earth!!!"
Misty Busch (Proud USAF Wife) of Upstate, New York

"Hey Brian,

This message for you, I hope you are reading it in heaven. Just like I told Jason, there is not a day that goes by that I dont think of you. This veterans day is hard. It is hard to think of everyone else when you know someone personally. Anyway I cant keep typing You are a true hero"
Chad Lloyd of Ft walton beach fl

"Brian, your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten my brother. May you continue to rest in peace brave warrior.
Gary Smith - father of SrA. Bradley R. Smith KIA 01-03-10 Afghanistan"
Gary Smith of Troy Illinois 62294

"I am very for the spelling and grammer error's to my comment"
TSgt Pappas USAF retired Security Forces of Great Falls MT

"again sorry for the spelling error"
Samuel T. Pappas Jr. of Great Falls MT

"I am vorry for the spelling and grammer error's to my comment"
TSgt Pappas USAF retired Security Forces of Great Falls MT

"God bless you, I feel a loss myslef. I am wearing your son's wristband with his name and date of his passing, I wear it proudly and with honor. I am also a two time mid east vet and also Operarion "Just Cause" the U.S. invasion of Panama. I am retired Security Forces. Again I'm sorry for yor loss and Brian is a TRUE hero and patriot. God bless all of you and my your pain be eased by knowing that others carry on his name."
TSgt Pappas USAF retired Security Forces of Great Falls MT

"Thank you for your service to our country, Brian. I will remember your sacrifice forever. Rest in Peace.
Gratefully,"
Joan Packer of Wayne, PA

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy:
Brian 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

"As a fellow SF member, I am humbled by you. I feel truly blessed to be in a legacy of troops that have lived, served and died well. You truly are a fallen hero. To myself and to all the Defenders that follow you. HUA

SrA Janet Davis
403 SFS
Keesler AFB"
Janet Davis of Biloxi, MS

"Second year anniversary is approaching and I was honored to have served with you through the roads of Iraq, 424 and 70th MTD will miss you dearly and you will always be a true HERO to each and everyone one of us! We miss you and will see you once again my fellow HERO"
CJ Yi of Goodfellow AFB, Tx, USA

"Though I never had the honor of meeting you, I have the utmost respect for you and all of the SF members down range. I remember and honor your sacrifice by putting on my uniform and the badge and beret every morning. God bless."
A1C Brandon K Gartin of 39th Security Forces Squadron, Incirlik AB, Turkey

"Brian I remember when we were in Tech School at the 343rd and we were just so happy to be SPs. I am going to miss you man."
SSGT Raymond Brightwell of Indianapolis, Indiana

"Ssgt.McElroy, I did not have the honor of knowing you personally or serving with you, but I keep you and every other Security Forces member that has made the ultimate sacrifice with me to work everyday, home or deployed. God bless you and your family, And I will be reporting in when its my time. HUA Ssgt.McElroy."
A1C J.Rodriguez of 81st Security Forces Squadron.Keesler AFB, MS

"Brian, we miss you and wish you could be here with us. I will always cherish the great memories of knowing you. From our deployment to Ft Dix for the AMWC to our deployment to RAF Fairford for Kosovo. We had some great times, you became a brother to all of us. I'm proud to have known you. God bless you, you are missed."
Ben Street of Scott AFB, IL

"God bless you and your family for the sacrafice you have made Brian, My wife and I will never forget you, and I still wear your name on my wrist as a constant reminder of all the heroes who make this country great. As I depart for my 4th tour in Iraq, I bring your memory with me, and gladly tell your story to every young airman who asks about my memorial bracelet."
Joe Hardy of Wichita, KS

"We both worked with SSgt McElroy at Schriever AFB, CO. Although we didn't know him very well, what we do know is that he was friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand. SSgt McElroy is in Heaven and in the hearts of many. May God Bless His Family and Friends."
Salacup Family of Misawa AB, Japan

"My wife and I worked with Brian at Schriever. During my time pulling augmentee duty, he, Weldon, and I would hang out after shift and share some laughs. Everytime I would visit my wife at the 50th SFS Orderly Room, he would widdle his way out of his cubicle and greet me with a smile. Brian was a top notch guy who would always give a helping hand. I'm sorry I never got to meet his family and I'm sorry for their loss. He will be missed greatly."
Brad Cogdill of Colorado Springs, Co

"My heart goes out to Brian's family -- I did not know Brian McElroy, but I read a lot about him when he died in January of this year near Taji.... I served in Vietnam with the Air Force Security Police and his death shall not be forgotten by me and many other former Air Force personnel who never had the pleasure to meet him. As time goes on, may the pleasant memories of his life warm the lives of his loved ones."
Bill Morris of TX

"Brian,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other airman who was killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, 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, Brian will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"TO THE McELROY FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE NEWS OF BRIAN. HE IS AN AMERICAN HERO. AN A BROTHER TO OUR FALLEN SON US ARMY SGT GREGORY L. WAHL. BRIAN IS SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND SHOULD BE TO EVERY AMERICAN. HEALING IS A very slow process. always be supportive to one another. as we all deal with our lost very differently. brian loved you all very much; and he knew you all loved him. he will always be in your hearts. one can tell by reflecting on very fond and precious memories shared together with brian. my heart and prays are with your son and your family."
leonard wahl of spring texas

"I am truly sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace and courage to face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

"Thank you Brian McElroy, 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 Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy:
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 Brian 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 Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy:
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 Brian, 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