Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. Antoine J. McKinzie

25, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
McKinzie died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his HMMWV came under enemy small arms fire during combat operations. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. Died on March 21, 2006.

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"I miss you so much my dear son and think of you every day. Love mom"
Z. Adams of baltimore maryland

"To the family of:Antoine J. McKinzie
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 remember right before I went on R&R from kuwait I told MAC 10 I will see you when I get back. He told me you know DUECE your my hero. Then he said he was going to name his son after me and it was going to be a jr. I told him that he was silly because its only a JR. if its named after him. So I also told him I promise I would name my child after him. Now several years later I have had my first child. I names her Leiloni McKinzie Hernandez. Theres not a day that has gone by that I dont think to my self why did they take MAC 10. But I know the many fights and the many problems we had while we were deployed we all had a brother looking out for us. I felt him with me everyday I was in his gunners hatch. I know he protects me and my family when i cant.



MAC 10 YOU ARE MY HERO AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU"
DUECE of Los Angeles, CA

"I remember right before I went on R&R from kuwait I told MAC 10 I will see you when I get back. He told me you know DUECE your my hero. Then he said he was going to name his son after me and it was going to be a jr. I told him that he was silly because its only a JR. if its named after him. So I also told him I promise I would name my child after him. Now several years later I have had my first child. I names her Leiloni McKinzie Hernandez. Theres not a day that has gone by that I dont think to my self why did they take MAC 10. But I know the many fights and the many problems we had while we were deployed we all had a brother looking out for us. I felt him with me everyday I was in his gunners hatch. I know he protects me and my family when i cant.



MAC 10 YOU ARE MY HERO AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU"
DUECE of Los Angeles, CA

"March 16, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Antoine J. McKinzie:
Antoine 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

"its been a while bro. life has gone hecktic down here. but you probably know that. i hope they have email up there. probably a T3 line. damn i cant beleave your gone. you were the last one i expected to go.i hope your ok."
troy of oak harbor

"My condolences to the family and friends of Antoine J. McKinzie. As a native Hoosier, I would like to thank Antoine for the honor and service he gave to his country. Without fine heros like this we would not survive as a nation. God bless our troops and the family of this hero. He will not be forgotton."
Judy of Anderson, IN

"Mc 10 was my room mate in kuwait and the time we spent together playing Madin 2006 and OP Desert Storm will never be forgoten. He was a man of many words and always know how to make a crazy day seem like it was a joke. To his family thank you for all you have given to this great country a son and most of all a friend to all in Bravo. Last but not least Mac i know you can hear me when i say this "GO BRONCOS" Rest In Peace my good friend."
Pierce, Greg of Littleton, Co

"I learned about Antoine from my son, an Army Captain who knew him well and wrote a Memorial Day tribute. My condolences to his family. He was a hero."
Melanie Viscelli of Branchburg, NJ

"I had the honor of being Mac 10's Platoon Leader while stationed in Baumholder, Germany. He was a great person all around...he made you laugh all the time, whether it was funny stories of his weekends or whether he forgot to tie up his boots...He was a great human being who had knowledge way beyond his age and rank...He always gave whatever mission we gave him 110% at all times...He would do ANYTHING for his fellow soldiers...and apparently he ended up sacrificing everything for his country...

To his family I would like to say it was a complete HONOR to serve with Antoine...and I will never forget him as long as I live. This is a terrible tragedy and once again a life has ended too shortly for us all...Any one of us would gladly substitute our life for his any day of the week...and I know he felt the same. He was a HUGE patriots fan...and so am I...I will forever think of him every time I watch the games or visit Foxboro Stadium...

To Mac...thank you for the memories my brother...and I will never ever forget you...Thank you."
Sean Gilfillan of Providence, RI

"Cpl. Mckinzie will always be remembered in the Thunder Battalion.... he was a great Soldier, and a role model for everyone to follow. He will be missed."
PFC Evan Richardson of Camp Buehring, Kuwait

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

"Thank you Antoine McKinzie, 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 Cpl. Antoine McKinzie:
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 Antoine 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 Cpl. Antoine McKinzie:
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 Antoine, 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