Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Michael W. Mitchell

25, of Porterville, California.
Mitchell died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Ray Barracks, Friedberg, Germany. Died on April 4, 2004.

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"dear mike, it is your dearest niece Madeline even though i didn't get to meet you i still remember my mom sobbing over her dearest brother. I was in my moms stomach when you died but where you got shot i now have a birth mark on my eye just were you got shot at now i know that you were thinking of me we all miss you and now we know that you are now safe in heaven.WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU MIKEY"
madeline steele of visalia C.A

"Mike was a very outgoing soldier, it was an honor to have had him as my shop foreman, he knew his job and was a running gazelle, I could never beat his time on a PT run. Every time I'm outside at night and the base play the final bugle call every night, I always think of Mike. Sgt Mitchell was a soldier that everybody liked, he will always be greatly missed, a true hero in every aspect."
Michael Epps (Army RET) of Killeen, TX

"Hey Mitch you have been on my mind a lot lately. Miss seeing you in your fun spirited way. You were always a great friend mentor and brother. I know you are up there watching over us all. Miss you bro"
John Reynolds of Brownfield tx

"Sending you big hugs Mikey! 💖 Always in my heart 💖"
Elvia Guevara of El Sobrante, CA/USA

"Wish you were here to celebrate memorial day with me. But Americans like you are the reason we have this day. Thank you"
Jason Hillman of USA

"I never stop thinking about you. I miss you Mike"
Jason Hillman of USA

"Dad..he hated Michelle. .way more than Mikey! Lol. Thanks to everyone who still loves and remembers my sweet little brother!"
Christine

"Thinking of you. As always"
Bianca

"Hey... I forgot to mention those of you from Hohenfels who have kept his memory alive."
Dad

"Mikey (btw... how he hated that!!! Mikey likes it)
It's been a long time since I have back to this site but it does not take long for the tears to flow again. I'm still amazed at the impact he had on so many. I just want to thank all of you (the Dukes... Ft. Hood... Family, Friends & Lovers... Those other Mike Mitchells) who have reminded me that he is not forgotten."
Bill Mitchell of Atascadero, CA, USA

"Veterans Day 2015. My dearest Michael, still think about you all of the time. Life just isn't the same without you. Miss you so very much. Love you always my cousin. ♡♡"
Debbie of Anaheim

"Memorial Day 2015: Thinking of you today was harder than I expected...Thank you Mikey
Prayers to you Bill"
Treesha of Porterville Ca

"Didn't know this site existed. I'm
Glad I found it as I think of Michael often and the ulitmate sacrifice he made. He will be forever in my heart. Thank you Michael for being a part of our family! Much love, aunt Susie"
Susan of Phoenix az

"Memorial Day 2014: In my thoughts as always. Prayers to your family, you are missed."
Treesha Watkins Flores of Porterville California

"Mike, still missing you brother.
Ten years..."
Alex Rodeck of Milton, Florida

"Seeing my son's message has me in tears. Colton...your Uncle Mike loved you. He was in Iraq when you were born.... but he loved you!"
christine of atascadero

"4/4/14
Ten years, feels like yesterday. So many thoughts, what your life would be like today, how many children, living in the U.S. or in Germany. I am so sad.
I would like to thank everyone who keeps on coming to the site with great thoughts of Michael.
I love you Michael."
Mom of Atascadero

"10 years to the day..... why did it. have to be you?.... on a happier note I have always dedicated this day to listening to the beastie boys and nine inch nails. that was always your favorite bands to listen to. I'm making this day ( in my own house) national beastie boys day in memory of you."
Jason of North Carolina

"I love you!"
Bianca of Germany

"i never got to meet him"
Colton Jayroe of Atascadero

"Mike,

I still talk with my wife about our last run at 4 am in Kuwait. As always, you were the only guy not to say no about going out for a run at 4 am only a week in Kuwait. I still wake up all the time thinking about you and the person you were. You have been my inspiration. Thank you and I hope your family is able to find a sense of peace. You were and will always be loved."
Brian of Nj

"Happy Birthday Mike, you know I took a shot of tequila for you. I also saw that movie Lone Survivor, it took away a lot of the hatred that I had for the people overseas. Still missing you man."
Andre Washington of Savannah, GA

"What's up Mike, as the years go by the pain in our hearts hasn't stop and it never will. I lost more than a brother in arms, I lost one of my closest brothers. I hope your family in California takes comfort in knowing that you still have brothers around the world that miss you and we will never forget you. Love you man."
Andre Washington of Savannah Ga

"Memorial Day 2013: We thank you for your sacrifice. I told your story to my kids again this year and we set off balloons in your honor. You are always in my heart."
Treesha Watkins Flores of Visalia CA

"Alway's on my mind Mike, aka "Babar" lol, Best memories with you, Leo, Minnie and my sis....just came across pictures we took with Santa at the Killeen mall from 2003. We were all such kids, having fun, being goofy and kept each other smiling! Such great laughs we had, you and Leo together were such comedians! Miss you Mike!! Sending you big HUGS!! 💖"
Elvia Guevara of El Sobrante, Ca/USA

"My brother at arms and good friend from fort hood and Germany. Miss you man always thinking of you."
John Reynolds of Brownfield texas

"To the Mitchell family and Bianca, my thoughts and prayers have always remained with Mike, your family and friends since April 4, 2004.

For those who didn’t know, Mike and I first met at the Friedberg gym. We coincidently maintained the same workout schedule for a couple of months so we decided to be workout partners. We never asked about rank, unit or discussed work, and we knew each other only by nickname. It wasn't until about six months later when he and I were in passing near the parade grounds. He noticed I was a Captain, and that I noticed he was a sergeant. It was awkward at first as we shook hands to re-introduce ourselves and called each other by first name. Even afterwards, we continued to be workout partners and our friendship endured for the next few months leading up to and during deployment to Iraq. That’s the kind of guy Mike was –always available to help others in need, regardless of who you are.

Mike, you’ve been in my prayers since you left. When you were taken from this earth, I became bitter, mad and disappointed in God, and began questioning my faith. It wasn’t until I arrived here at Kabul in March 2013 that I realized God had a purpose for you. It took my roommate and Chaplain (both the same person) to help me realize that there was a higher purpose for you. My roommate has helped me to endure a spiritual recovery in the process. It’s been an incredibly painful process as I cried uncontrollably twice –once in the chapel after everyone left and another time in the comfort of my room. Thankfully my roommate was there to console me both times. Since then, I’ve felt cleansed, as if my tears washed away my bitterness, madness, doubt, and sins because I believe I was touched by the Holy Spirit. I renewed my faith, have more confidence, have much less stress, I now have inner-peace, and I no longer fear death. I even say Grace before I eat every time thanks to you. I praise you and others who have fallen, and I think of you often. May God remain with you, Bianca, your family and your friends. I never had a chance to say this, but I love and miss you, brother.

I remain, as ever, your workout partner and brother in spirit."
Lt. Col. G of Kabul, Afghanistan

"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day weekend Mike. Miss you buddy!"
Robert Chavez of Sherwood, OR USA

"Mike, I miss you bud. 9 years and it still seems like just yesterday."
Alex Rodeck of Milton, FL

"R.I.P brave soldier."
Unknown

"4/4/13
My heart is extra heavy today. I love you Michael. Wish you were here.
Love,"
Mom of Atascadero

"9 years to the day...They say time heals everything, but I'm still waiting
All my love and prayers to your family!"
Treesha "Watkins" Flores of Visalia CA

"4APR2013
Still have your bracelet, still remembering your sacrifice. To me you represent all the OIF troops who made the ultimate sacrifice, and I honor each of you. To Mitchell's family, thank you for your sacrifice as well, and my heart still breaks with you. My children have grown old enough to ask why Dad wears his black bracelet. They now know that a brave tank Mechanic decided to roll out the gate one night in April, 2004 to help other soldiers in danger. No greater love...we refuse to forget."
Dragoon of USA

"I still wonder, where would you be right now? What would you be right now? What would your kids look like? Miss you Brother!"
Jason Hillman of USA

"2/27/13. Happy Birthday! I love and miss you so much."
Mom of Atascadero

"I just wanted to stop by to say hi; I am pleased to see our most loyal friends still stop by to give their thanks and prayers."
Jason Hillman of NC

"Miss you"
Bianca of Deutschland

"Mikey...missing you today and everyday. Your picture came up and tears came instantly. Not sure that will ever stop. Wish you could meet my son. Hes a little like you with his goofiness. Makes me laugh! Gonna come visit you where you rest soon. Love you!! Xoxo"
Tricia L of Freehold, NJ

"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day Mikey...Miss ya buddy."
Robert Chavez of Sherwood, OR

"8 years ago I ordered a hero bracelet to honor fallen heros. My bracelet bears Michaels name and I have never taken it off nor will I. I am forever grateful for his service and my prayers go out to his family on this sad day. Never Forget..."
Lucy DiGrazia of phoenix az

"4/4/04, what a bad day. It's hard to believe that it is 2,920 days of sorrow.
You were a fine young man and died for something you believed in. You are my hero and son. I honor you today and always. I love you and miss you Michael
Love you,"
Mom of Atascadero

"oh, my dear little brother...april 4th...a day forever etched in our memories..the day we had our lives changed forever. it has been 8 years, and i still cannot believe we don't have you in our lives anymore. i miss you so much and wish things could have been different. i love you mikey!"
christine of atascadero

"Think of you on this April 4th 2012. Your are my hero Michael."
Sylvia Macias of Midland, Tx

"SGT Mitchell,
I hope and pray that you have peace today and I pray that your family and loved ones are well as they are in the thoughts of all the Dukes you served with. Your sacrifice was one of honor and I salute you brother."
SGT Donald A. Wayne of Monterey, CA

"Michael, Happy Birthday! I love you very much.
Love, Mom"
of Atascadero, Ca

"Happy Birthday Mike!!!"
Andre' of Savannah, Ga

"Hey Mikey! Just wanted to stop by and let you know Im thinking about you (today and always). I have been going through some things and wish you were here to make me laugh. I still cry for you and feel like I would do anything for 2 more minutes with you. Love you always!!! You will never ever be forgotten in my heart."
Tricia L of New Jersey

"Always thinking of you and still miss you"
Crystal of Porterville

"Hey Jason, I'm happy to see you come on Mike's page still. Send me your address to cbaker@arbiter.com. We are still sending troop packages,7 years and 9500 packages.Please stay safe! Miss my Mikey"
Cathy Baker of Atascadero, Ca

"I was that, which others cared not to be. I went where others feared to go and did what others failed to do. I asked nothing from those that gave nothing and reluctantly, accepted the thought of eternal loneliness…. Should I fail. I have seen the face of terror felt the chill of fear, warmed to the touch of love. I have hoped, pained, cried. But, foremost, lived in times others would say, best forgotten. At the very least, in later days, I will be able to say with greatest pride, that I was indeed a Soldier. Author unknown."
Jason Hillman

"Here I am back where I lost you; I think your spirit has finally gone home, I don’t feel it here anymore. I pray this is my last trip to this desert and no more troops have to lose their lives here. I know you will get me home safely, I love you bro! We still miss you!"
Jason Hillman of Iraq

"Hi my name is Matthew Jameson I am a senior at mount Baker high school i am about to enlist in the army and i read about your son and i am sorry for his loose i pray for him and his famliy may he rest in peace and may his family be able to sleep at night knowing that he is with god and doesnt have any more pain. If you would like to talk my email is MCJ1223@yahoo.com"
Matthew jameson of demming, washington/US

"michael...my brother...love and miss you always!!!"
christine of atascadero, ca

"4APR11

Never forgotten. We heard afterward, someone told us that you volunteered to roll that night, to help out the guys in trouble. One tough Mechanic. Thank you for your sacrifice. To the family left behind: we remember your loss."
Dragoon of USA

"4/4/11. Very sad day, 7 years and it still feels like yesterday. I think about you all the time and wonder where your life would be. I love and miss you with all my heart.
Love, Mom"

"Happy Birthday Mike. I'll have the tequila ready this weekend."
Andre' of Savannah,Ga.

"2/27/11 Happy Birthday son. I sure do miss and love you with all my heart. I wish you were here for a big hug.
Love you,"
Mom

"8/4/2010 - Oh Mike... I have not visited here lately. Guess I just needed a good cry today. It is nice to know you touched so many lives and they have so many wonderful memories of you. It's just not the same with you gone. Love and miss ya dude. Your dad."
Bill Mitchell of Atascadero, CA

"You will never be forgotten. You are always in my thoughts and your family in my prayers. Happy Memorial Day Mike, and thank you."
Treesha of Albuquerque, NM

"Love & miss you very much Michael. Hard
to believe its been 6yrs.You are thought of & loved daily!!!"
Debbie G of Anaheim

"4/4/10--It is hard to believe that it's been 6 years, still feels like yesterday. I sure do miss and love you very much. You are a great son and hero.
Someday I'll see you again.
Love you lots,"
Mom of Atascadero

"*Deepbreath* - 6 years; yet it still hurts all the way to the core. I wanted to say I miss you, Happy Easter and I am excited about the day we meet again."
Jason Hillman of USA

"Some gave all. I thank you for the freedom that I and all of us have everyday we wake up. Sometime we forget what the cost of that is. I thank you and honor you. I didn't know you but I will do my best to protect what you gave your life for. Saying thank is just not enough.
To the Mitchell family, I am so sorry for your lost. I do know what it is like to bury your son. I try to live my life now in honor of him. I know I will see him again as I know you will see your son again. I guess there is still things down here that we are suppose to do. Nice to know they will be waiting when it comes our time."
Mike Mitchell of Napa Calif.

"2/27/10 Happy Birthday Mike! I sure do miss you but know you are in good hands.
Love you so very much,"
Mom of Atascadero, Ca

"happy would be 31st birthday buddy! i love you!"
christine of atascadero, ca

"We medics lived on the same floor as Mike and the rest of the Mechanics in Hohenfels. I remember Mike like it was yesterday, though now more than 12, 13 years. Never great friends, we ran in different groups. Nevertheless, I think of Mike often and now will think about his family and friends often. Not sure what brought me to this page tonight, but just wanted to share that his memory is not lost; his contributions to this world and to me have not died. Best to his family and friends. kevinmcgillen@hotmail.com"
Kevin McGillen of Chicago, IL

"Hi Michael - We have never met but I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful thing your mom is doing for your fellow soldiers in sending care packages, making sure they are not forgotten while they are deployed so far from home. In November volunteers set up outside three (3) local grocery stores and collected three (3) car loads of supplies. The community was great donating items so many more care packages could be sent especially at this time during the holidays. You must be ever so proud of your mom, she is an amazing person. I beleive she said over 7400 care packages have been sent to date. You and your mom have such great courage. Yours for serving this beautiful country we have the privilege to live in and your mom for carrying on without you and remembering those that are still out there deployed from their families.

Thank You Michael for all that you did to serve and thank you Cathy for being there and sending packages to my son and his fellow soldiers while they were deployed in Iraq so far away."
Icey Myrtle of Atascadero, Ca USA

"11/29/09- Love and miss you so much. A piece of my heart is missing and it's up in heaven with God.
Lots of Love, Mom"

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"11/3/09...you are still missed and mourned little brother! this just has never seemed fair...and i do not think i will ever be "ok" with it."
christine of United States

"Hey Mikey! I really miss you. I think about you all the time. I still cry sometimes but its only because I miss you so terribly. I am having my first baby in three months and I only wish he could have known you. I think I was one of the last to find out you passed away and within the same month I found out you were had left us, I found out I was pregnant when I did not think I would be able to have a baby. Maybe you had something to do with that. You always did have a way to sneak some happiness into my life. I love you very much!"
Tricia Lykes (Fariss) of Manalapan, NJ

"9-16-09
" Hey man, its been a long time since we've spoken but still think about you all the time. I see that Paul and Leo's mother have written to you, and so has Charlie. You know I'm not really computer literate but I have been trying to find our Hohenfels family. I just think it would be easier to talk to someone who knew you, you know like someone who shares the same memories. Mike I dont know what my future holds but I do know that I will never forget you. You was an outstanding soldier and an even better friend. I'll write again soon, later Mike."

To Bianca and Mike's family " I am sorry for your loss. Mike was like family to all of us in Hohenfels,Germany. He really did love Bianca and while he was in Texas all he talked about was going back to Germany and marrying her. Again, sorry for your loss."
Andre' L. Washington of Savannah,Ga.

"May God Bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss."
Leila Shipman of Texas

"I went to high school with Mike. He was such a wonderful person. Always laughing, always smiling, always happy. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He is truely a remarkable person. Not many people could do what he has done for this country. He is a true hero and will always be remembered for his bravery. My heart and prayers go out to Mike's loved ones. I am truely sorry for your loss."
Michelle Ball (Fariss) of Dalhart, TX

"I didnt know about Mike. I cant believe it. I keep crying. We lost touch years ago but we were such great friends. I miss him so much. Please if anyone can get in touch with me I would appreciate it. I would like more information on him. Im in shock. I have been looking for him for years. My email address is tricial857@yahoo.com"
Tricia Lykes (Fariss) of New Jersey

"April 16, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Michael W. Mitchell:
Michael 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 still can not believe it has been 5 years since you left us!! Words can not describe the sorrow I feel when I think about you being gone... i miss you so much!! I love you little brother!!"
Terri Pedrino of Yucaipa, CA

"Mike- It's been 5 years to the day and I still remember the day I got the phone call from Brian. Just writing this message brings me to tears. I was stationed with Mike at Fort Hood in the 1/8 Calvary before he was sent to Germany. I still can remember his smile and laughter. He was simply a great person that I trusted and was proud to be friends with. I would like to ecspecially send my condolences to his family who have endured lifes greatest hardship. In my heart I know that God has taken him from this cruel world to watch over his family and friends.We'll all miss you. Love Ya Brother!"
Michael Arnold USCG of New Smryna Beach,Florida

"Mike-
Hey dude... it's been 5 years... 5 long years. You are missed so much by so many. The world is not the same without you. I miss you so much.
Love ya,
Dad"
Bill Mitchell of Atascadero, CA

"Dear Mitchell family, my name is Sylvia and my son is Spc. Robert R. Arsiaga. I just want you to know that I will honor Michael and all the other guys that died that day with Robert on this April 4th 2009 by reading their names where he is buried. I will never let anyone forget what our boys died for. Thank you Sgt. Michael W. Mitchell for your service.
Here is my e-mail sylviammacias@yahoo.com if you want to leave a message"
Sylvia Macias of Midland, Texas

"Happy Birthday Michael.
It's been almost 5 years now and it still feels like yesterday. I miss you and love you so very much. Love you, Mom"
Cathy Baker of Atascadero, Ca.

"2/27/09....what would have been your 30th birthday. we can only dream and imagine what would have taken place over the last 5 years. life just isn't fair...still missing you kid! love you sooo much...your sister christine"
christine of atascadero

"I stood along side you in battle and I will stand along side you in heaven not a day goes by that i dont think of you and all the other brothers. DUKES"
Christopher Clark of Glasgow Kentucky

"I love and miss you Michael. I think about you alot. LOVE YOU ALWAYS!!!!"
Debbie of garden grove, ca

"To the family of Michael Mitchell,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. SGT Michael Mitchell will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"Friday was a very sad day another year has come and gone since Mike left this world but he will always live in our memories and our hearts. Special people like him are rarely found. He is watching over all of us and having a good time. I want to say to his family that it never will get easy, but he died for us and he was doing what he wanted too. He is truly An American Hero. Who is missed alot by alot of people who he touched all our lives at one time. You never forget someone like that. Take Care Mike and we will see you one day soon in Heaven."
Elizabeth O. Castillo of San Jacinto, CA USA

"I miss you!"
Bianca

"four years today my little brother!! i just cannot believe it sometimes still. i love you!!!"
christine of atascadero, ca

"To the Mitchell family, I just want yo extend my sadness at your loss. My husband Mike Obert and your son and brother were in basic and AIT together. We were also stationed in Germany at the same time for the first few years he was there. Although so much time has past Mitchell still is on my mind. My husband just came home safely (thank God) from his third tour in Iraq. In the short time I knew your son, he out of all my husbands buddies would be the one to make me smile the most. I still see his face in so many of the young soldiers here. God bless you and your family. Mike you are missed by so many!"
Juel Obert of Fort Stewart Georgia USA

"Happy Birthday Mikey!"
TWF of Visalia, Ca. USA

"Happy birthday to my little brother!!! so i see terri beat me here first! lol! well, i got to your myspace first! hee hee so, here it is, the day you would have turned 29...but all we can do is talk about what could have been. i cannot believe still after almost 4 years how much you and your death have affected people. you were such a kind and loving person, and people will never forget that. i try not to be sad, but it just is not fair!! i miss you and, i love you!"
christine of atascadero, ca

"I figured the only way I would be able to say Happy Birthday to you first was to say it a couple days early! (ha ha Christine!) You are truly missed little brother! I love you!"
Terri Pedrino

"Mike,
Next week is your birthday and I find myself thinking of you as I often do. I pray that you have found peace, that you know how important you are to so many, and that your spirit lives on. I thank you for being a part of my life, a time that I will treasure and I thank you for reminding me everyday to be thankful for the things I have. It is so easy to take things for granted in this world, your memory keeps me grounded. You are in my memories and my heart forever.

Bill,
So much time has passed and yet I know that the pain you feel has not dimmed. You are in my prayers. Michael loved and admired you so much. He used to talk about wanting to be like you, to have your strength and love of life. He used to tell me that you had a beautiful spirit. That would be something you both have in common. Please know that he will always be loved and remembered, that all the messages here, the phone calls, emails, letters from so many that remember him fondly, are really "thank you's" You gave this world a wonderful gift even if only for a short time."
TWF of Visalia, Ca. USA

"Today you are in heaven with Grandpa!!"
Terri of Yucaipa CA

"Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!"
Jason Hillman of USA

"I miss you my son. Another Christmas without you. It breaks my heart. I love you very much."
Mom of Atascadero, Ca

"Dear Parents of Michael Mitchell: I belong to the Honor Quilt Ministry of Northside Christian Church in Clovis, Ca. Our ministry is making a lap or wall size quilt for each family in the Central Valley who has lost a son, daughter or spouse to the war. We have a quilt that will have Michael's name embroidered on it and ready to deliver (or mail) very soon. We hope you will contact us so that we can show honor to our fallen hero, your son. We have delivered 13 quilts to date. Prayerfully yours"
Rebecca Wilson of Clovis Ca

"Thank you so much for what you have given up to make sure I have my freedom. My heart goes out to your family, So many people are making this sacrifice and I have no idea what it would be like over there, nor do I have the courage to find out. Because of people like you I have so many choices. Thank you and God Bless!!!!"
Andrea Harmer of Tampa FL USA

"Happy fourth Mikey, thank you!! I still think about you everyday. i will have a cold one for you today."
Jason Hillman of USA

"I didn't know you, but I was on the internet searching for people with the same name as me and found this page. I just wanted to say that the sacrifice you made is the most noble and heroic one anyone can make, and I am honored to share a name with you."
Mike Mitchell of Santa Ana, CA

"we still think and talk about you often. we will never forget you."
Paul and Marion of Regensburg, Germany

"I never understood the impact of Memorial Day until you left us. It just used to be a day off of work and a bbq, now it is something quite different. As I sit here and think of the memories we shared I want you to know that your impact on my life was something you could never imagine. Your energy and positive attitude (you are just like Grandpa!!) were amazing!! I love you and miss you so much little brother!"
Terri Pedrino

"Bill and the Mitchell family,

Our thoughts are with you today and every day as we remember and honor Michael. We love you very much and hope to have fellowship again soon. God speed."
Kris & Kim of Dallas, TX

"To The Mitchell Family and Bianca- I want you all to know that not a day goes by that Kyle and I don't think of Mike. Mr. Mitchell, I was humbled to have met you in Friedberg, although I wish it had been under different circumstances. As we approach Memorial Day 2007, please know that Michaels sacrifice has not been forgotten."
Holly and Kyle Curtsinger of Fort Hood, Texas

"Mitchell Family,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mike's service and sacrafice for his
country are most honorable."
Michael S. Mitchell of Heathrow, Florida

"Today is Mother's Day and I have talked to all my children except you. I have this hole in my heart that will not fill back up.Been thinking about you a lot today and I miss you with all my heart. Thinking of the time I last talked to you on the phone, " don't worry mom, I'm ok." You are still ok but I'm not. A mother's love never dies. Sometimes it's really hard for me, today is one of those sometimes.I love you very much my son.
Love, Mom"

"hey baby, it has been such a long time since I last heard your voice...or even saw you! I will graduate in a few days, and it makes my heart heavy knowing how proud you would be that I stayed on track and did it. You know... you were the biggest support through this and I owe you in so many ways. You had this outstanding talent of seeing good in other people, even when they did not see it themselves. I miss you... your love and spirit enriched my life! You will be with us on graduation day!"
Bianca of Louisville, Ky, USA

"Mike,
I did not know you, but thank you for the sacrifice that you gave in serving your Country proudly. I knew your Father very well and if you were anything like him you were a good man that cares about other humans and their welfare. God bless you and your Family."
Mike Stirrat of Garden Grove, CA.

"Hello Mike

I just want to say that I was honored to meet you when you where stationed at Fort Hood, TX. You and my son Leo had some good times and became very good friends. You are a very special young man and always willing to help. You where so funny you made me laugh so much. I will always remember my trip to Fort Hood as being the best time with you and Leo. You have a heart of Gold. I am very honored to have met you. Also being one of my sons best friend ever. He still has your pictures up everywhere he has so many memories and Happy Times you both shared. Take Care and God Bless you and your family. You are a true AMERICAN HERO ALWAYS."
Elizabeth O. Castillo of San Jacinto,CA

"Mikey , thank you for the love you shared the lives you touched and the laughter you spread. I Love You"
Crystal of Sonora CA

"I woke up this morning and smiled when I thought of you, but now things are quite different. I can't help but feel cheatened by your untimely death. I know you are watching over us, but being able to give you a big hug right now would be so much better!! I miss your smiling face so much!! You were and are such an amazing person!! I love you and miss you so much more than you will ever know!!"
Terri

"hey there little brother. i am leaving a message again before terri! hee hee..you know how that drives her crazy. anyway, here it is, 3 years since you have been gone. and i still can't believe how much it hurts. it just sucks! can i cry and whine and complain and scream about how unfair this whole thing is??? well, i have, and it doesn't change anything. although it makes me feel a bit better sometimes. i know you are looking over us all and that making sure we are "okay". i love you. p.s. when i am coloring easter eggs with the kids tonight, i will make a special one for you."
christine of atascadero, ca

"04-04-07... the third anniversary of your death in Iraq. OH... THREE long years... so much has changed since that day and I am afraid that things will never be the same since you stopped walking on this earth. I miss you so much. In fact, I have received many calls and emails so I know that you are remembered... and many whose lives have crossed your path are saddened and hurt by the unnecessary death of such a fine human being. Love and miss ya, Dad."
Bill Mitchell of Atascadero, CA, USA

"mikey,
Today is the day I hate most, I was 15 minutes away that day, why couldn't they have let us respond?...something I was told by my first sergeant a few minutes after I found out what happend.this has helped me the most " It is foolish to mourn the death of these men, but rather we should thank god that such men lived" GEN. Patton actually said that but it was very fitting and has helped me tremendously....you are one of a kind....if there was one thing I could change about my whole life, it would be....that we could have responded instead of the other guys."
SSG Jason Hillman of USA

"On 2/27/79 you shot out like a football, ready to tackle the world with your smile, kindness and your heroism. I know that you would of been a great husband to Bianca and a wonderful dad. I miss your little voice and reading a book in the back seat of my car. Standing on a stool to reach the knob to go outside. Taking out all the pots and pans to climb inside the cupboard. And not being able to say refrigerator, it was a fridderfratter. Childhood memories are good. I miss you so much and I try to keep the positive on my side. You were a character as a child, a athelete as a teen and a hero as a man. Happy Birthday son. I love you. Mom"
Cathy Baker of Atascadero, Ca

"Today would be your 28th birthday and I can only imagine how good you would look and the smile on your face...I miss you in my heart, spirit and soul! Love you!"
Bianca Liebl of Louisville, KY/ USA

"Happy Birthday! You would be 28 today. It is still so hard to believe that you are gone!! You would be married now and probably have a child. It makes me sad to think of the memories we "could have" shared. You are in my thoughts always. I love you little bro!"
Terri Pedrino of Yucaipa CA

"today...february 27th, 2007...your birthday. you would have been 28. where would you be, what would you be doing? we can only wonder. i miss you, you little punk. love your big sister, christine"
christine of atascadero, ca

"Happy V Day Mikey. I miss you so much. I am always thinking of you. Bianca and I e mail sometimes. She sounds so sweet. Love ya much"
Crystal of Sonora CA

"To the Family of Michael Mitchell:

I am very very sorry to have heard that Mikey (as i knew him in school) had lost his life. I am so sorry for your loss and pain and wish i could make it all better for all of you. I went to high school with Mikey and we shared classes. He was a lot of fun to be around and had a smile that would brighten my day. He was always there to listen and help me out with a problem and when i was down, i left that class laughing and smiling because of him.

I just wanted to let you know that he was a superb guy who had a special gift to brighten peoples spirits. He was unselfish and i will forever miss him.

Mikey,

I know that we lost contact when i moved away and i am forever sorry for that. You were always there for me and I am really PROUD to say that i knew you and to say that you were my FRIEND. I think about you often and will always remember that bright smile."
Marlea of Texas

"I'm almost 50. When I was 27, my first child was born. I got to raise him and my daughter. You never knew the joy of raising your children. I somehow got by without having to visit the horrors of war personally. You were not so fortunate. If not for my family, I would gladly trade places. My hat comes off for you and your fallen commrades; my heart goes out to your family. I can't imagine losing a son."
Michael W. Mitchell of Sandy, Utah

"It is so hard to believe that we are celebrating another Christmas without you!! I had a dream about you last night and it brought me so much comfort. I KNOW you are in Heaven!! I love you and miss you so much little brother!!"
Terri Pedrino of Yucaipa, CA

"Merry Christmas sweetie,
I can't believe this is going to be the third Christmas without you. I find it hard to enjoy the holidays like I used to, but with kids you have to find some way to pull it together. I hate that my holidays will not include you and your family. That was always something I looked forward to, getting together for the holidays and watching our children play together.
I miss you, some days more than others, but constantly. I feel as though I have lost my best friend. I am lost without you there to listen to my troubles and tell me that everything is going to be ok. And I hate that Madeline will only know her uncle Mikey through pictures and stories, it pains me that she will never know your generosity, kindness and loving heart.
Know that my heart is with you this Christmas and that we all love you dearly and miss you. You are always with us in spirit.
I love you sweetie. God bless.
Your sis"
Kirsten Steele of Visalia, CA/USA

"HAPPY VETERENS DAY MIKE, I TOOK MY WIFE AND KIDS TO THE LOCAL CEMETARY AND PUT FLAGS ON THE VETERENS HEADSTONES. THE NEVADA APPEAL NEWSPAPER DECIDED TO RUN AN ARTICLE IN THE PAPER AND IT ENDED UP ON THE FRONT PAGE THIS MORNING. HERES TO YOU BRO!"
JASON HILLMAN of CARSON CITY

"Hey babe, I was just thinking of you and felt like leaving a message. I am now in Louisville working on my MSSW degree. You would be proud of me, I know. I still miss you very much and think of you daily. You sure will be with me when I graduate."
Bianca Liebl of Germany

"Hey little brother. It was just September 11th. On that fateful day I knew no one who was hurt, who would have known that that day would affect my life forever!! Had that day never happened you may still be here today. I can't help but think of all the new memories all of would have made together. I continue to think of you everyday and still shed a tear every now and then, but God has now given me the ability to smile and laugh when I think of you or glance at your picture. I miss you tons. I love you Michael!!"
Terri Pedrino of Yuc

"hey mikey,
september 11th is approcing soon and i can help but wonder if you would still be here if the events of september 11th never happend, i wonder what you would be doing if you didnt volunteer the second time around. but as they say hind sight is 20/20. i bought a house and the first thing i put up was a picture of you, the second thing was old glory. writing to you seems funny but in a way i feel like you get email up there. or maybe you are reading it over my shoulder as i type it, either way i feel better everytime i write. i still get choked up when i think about you and the times we had!"
jason hillman of carson city nv

"I came across this by accident, I feel very compelled to leave a message after reading those posted by the family and friends of Michael Mitchell.

This young man made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, I am truly sorry for your loss I pray for you, also for the families of other soldiers who have sacrificed everything and for our troops fighting today.

God bless.

We will never forget."
Nick Meacham of Asheville, North Carolina. USA

"I miss you very much son. It's been 2 years 2 months and 2 days, feels like yesterday. I have received a lot of nice letters from soldiers honoring you and placing your photo on their wall or tent. You are my HERO of all mankind. I love you so very much and someday I will see you again.
Lots of Love, Mom"

"It still hurts, I cant belive you left me to deal this stuff on my own, i heard what happend in SFAS, your mom spilled the beans. I will give you crap for it as soon as I see you. I met your mom this last week, during my return trip from the beach. I really think I have you to thank for the beautiful weather. Thanks for helping me to get back home to my family, i still cant belive your gone. Your mom offerd to take me to where your soul rests but Im not really ready to belive it yet. See you again brother, thanks for everything"
SSG Jaason Hillman of Colorado

"Son... It was 2 years ago today that I learned of your unfortunate and untimely death. Oh my... how the world
has changed for the many who loved and cared for you. I received lots of emails and calls yesterday from many who also remembered your day. Your love, compassion and positive energy lives now in the hearts of many who did not even get the chance to meet you. You are my advisor and play a strong role in my life now as I attempt to do good things in your name. I remember your love for nature and your compassion for those not as fortunate as yourself. Together, we will work to create a better world for all of humanity and your nieces and nephews who idolize their Unkie Mike. Know that you are loved and missed by many. I miss you so much!!!
Love,
Dad
PS... I talked with Bianca this morning. You would be so proud of her as she has completed her studies in her normal excellent manner, her thesis will be complete within 10 days, and then she will be getting ready to come to America in July to begin her Masters Degree studies in Sociology. We all know this was your dream... it is so sad that you will not be there to reap the harvest of the seeds that you sown."
Bill Mitchell of Atascadero, CA

"Many times I think about your smiling face and know you are Heaven and it makes me happy, but today I am saddened because you were taken from us too soon! Little brother, life will never be the same without you!! I love you!"
Terri Pedrino

"well, today is april 4th, 2006. today it has been 2 years since you were taken from us. 2 years since our lives were considered "normal". oh boy oh boy...my dear little brother, if you had only known. i miss you, and i promise you will not be forgotten!member you!do what"
christine

"Mikey - Miss ya sooo much. I am so very proud of you and everything you did. I love you and think about you always. Love Ya."
Debbie G of Garden Grove, CA

"2/27/06

Happy Birthday Mikey!! I miss you so much and love you even more. I miss our talks and I miss your jokes.. You always knew how to get anyone to laugh, even at them self. Thak you for the inspiration , motivation, and your loving support! You are so loved, and missed"
CHillman of Porterville Ca

"It is just like Christine to show me up and write something to you first!! Happy Birthday Michael! Wish you were here so we could share your birthday together. I miss you more than you know. Love you bunches!!"
Terri Pedrino of Yucaipa

"2/27/06---

happy birthday mikey. you would have been 27 today....god, it just makes me so sad. i think back to your 16th birthday. that was when i was living in la, and at a point in my life where i was kind of "lost". dad invited me to porterville for your birthday party. you ended up getting sick, and the party had to be postponed. that extended my stay there, and then dad and kimberly asked me to move in. that whole thing changed my life. of course, it gave me a chance to know my family better. gave me a chance to get close with you, kirsten, dad and kimberly. i really enjoyed all of us hanging out as a fam! i regret that i missed out on so much of that. anyway, while living there in porterville i met trevor, and so i guess i can thank you for giving me the life i have now. cuz if it hadn't been for you getting sick on your 16th birthday, i would not have stayed there...
and the other thing about your bday when you were sick...i thought it was so funny how you weren't a big baby like most guys are when they are sick. you didn't want to be doted after or taken care of....you just layed on the couch without wimpering or whining. that was so amazing to me.
happy birthday my little brother..."
christine of atascadero, ca

"Mikey, I remember the day we met.. you were such a funny boy,And Treated me like a little sister. A best friend of my bother's, You two did everthing together(including Picking on me).Those years were priceless.I remember your first visit home, both you and my brother came. Side by side you two stood.Only once did I get to see my two brothers home at the same time. Such good times and memeories we carry in our hearts. You always brought sunshine and happiness where ever you went.I know how deeply I miss your visits home, and how saddend I am. But I only try focus on how you would want us all to be. Mikey, We miss you but we know we will meet again.
Dearest Bianca, He spoke so passionatly of you. You truely captivated his heart. I can only Imagine your pain, I know how hurt I am for you,But your love for him will never...never go away.. God Bless"
CHillman "LIL SIS" of Porterville, Ca

"Mike,

I never got to meet you and that's a shame because you obviously were a very bright light then on the earth and now from where your spirit lives on. I met your father Bill and your sister Christine at Camp Casey. I remember grinning so wide, I couldn't help it, when I saw the picture of you washing your car that your dad put up in tribute to you in Crawford. You would have liked it there, the best of humanity, put to the test with the worst of it. It's a battle worth fighting for -- the end of this insanity, all of it. I am inspired by you, your strength and grace and dignity."
Rebecca Huston of Pasadena, California

"h gratitude to you, Michael William Mitchell, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 22, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Mike along with 49 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who have been killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"Baby, I am thinking of you and wish you were here. Christmas without you is just not the same. Love you!"
Bianca of Unterpfraundorf, Germany

"Mikey, Another Christmas without you! I wish you were here. Merry Christmas little brother. I love you!!"
Terri Pedrino of Yucaipa, CA

"I came across this site by accident,but was so touched am compelled to comment.My heart goes out to Michaels family and friends,and hope they realise how far reaching the appreciation is of men like him and his comrades.Best of wishes for the future,a good future, that's being made possible by this battle.Thank you."
Steve Hillman of Mt.Eliza,Victoria/Australia

"well veterans day is here again friday the 11 o5 and this litte * town of porterville can't do one nice thing for you! i wote the paper nothing, so far, i rememer in 2nd grade playing army with you, we called you litte mike, kiddgraden and 1st was good too i got my old class picture out not to long ago to look at us, we played when we were litte got to jr high and never talked anymore cus i had to go to specal class for my leaning promble, but any way i just want this town to know you and just honon you..."
jessica mahoney of terra bella ca

"To the family of: Michael W.Mitchell 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, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"oh, my dear little brother....i sit here on 10/4/05, 1 year and 1/2 since your death. i ponder the last 18 months and realize how much i have healed but yet how much i still haven't. i find myself smiling more about you then crying about you. but i definitely still cry...i guess the pain will never go away. you should be here with us still, and it makes me extremely upset that you are not. we were robbed of all the times we should have shared. i miss you! love, christine"
christine

"Lately I've found myself asking "Is that Mike? Is that Ken" when I see a resemblence in a passer-by. Sadly, the answer will always be no. It's bringing tears to my eyes thinking about the families and the friends; you'll always be in my heart."
Omid Zehtab of East Lansing, MI

"Mikeeee,
My bother-in-law, brother at arms, and brother in christ! As said best by Billy Joel "only the good die young". Oh how true with you. When I was driving to work I can't tell you how many of those drivers I thought should trade places with ya! Anyway man, we can never truly understand the why, but I will always honor you with your willingness to do so. I know this note will be our only communication for now...but soon enough we're goin golfin. So tell God I'm lookin forward to the sweetest round ever! Oh yeah, He's totally invited to join us..To you bro the biggest thumbs up..see ya soon!!!!

Willy T."
Billy Pedrino of Yucaipa, CA Red,White and Blue Baby

"To the familiy and fiance of sgt mike mitchell. I want to express my condolences. During my time in the army i served with your son in sadr city iraq and he was a very admirable man. He set a good example of how a soldier should be and even when men in my unit turned against me he was there if i needed someone to talk to. He was a very brave man and i hope i can have the privaledge of seeing him in the after life."
Jonathan Crane of Mesa, Arizona USA

"Well Mikey I am on the road again, back to Iraq. Thanks for having god look over me, me and my family thank you still everynight. You know here on post they play Taps everynight at 2200 hrs and at that time I make sure and take a few min. to reflect and thank you all over again. take it easy brother!!"
SSG Jason Hillman of Fort carson CO.

"Hey Mike!
I still often think about you and you are one of the few people, paul and me often talk about. I know for sure, you are one of the few people, my husband really calles friends and I really have found one of my best friends in Bianca and I hope we all sometimes can help her to forget her loss for a little while. She still talks about you so often. You will always be with her and you will always be part of her, how you inspired her and how you showed her how real love is like. She should never go for less, she deserves it.
You will always be in our memory and we love you."
Marion of Deuerling, Germany

"hey baby, it has been a year now and it still seems like yesterday. I miss you."
Bianca of Unterpfraundorf, Germany

"mike I still cant belive it, but thank you, I wanted to be at your memorial today but I wasnt able to get a flight from Iraq soon enough. I wish you were here."
Hillman

"Today marks one year. I will never forget that night, or hearing your name over the radio from Sadr City.
Thank you for your sacrifice."
Dragoon of Fort Lewis, WA

"I'm sitting here looking at your pictures on my wall. How I'm missing you and how much died inside of me when you left this earth. I still can't believe you are not here. But on this day, I gave birth to a wonderful son and you made me very proud with everything you did. Your kindness to everyone was best of all. You turned into a great man and most of all you are my hero. Happy Birthday son, I love you so very much. Love, Mom"
Cathy Baker of Atascadero, Ca.

"There are not any words that can be said to bring you back to us. watching you grow up to become a man will be a memory that will remaine in my heart forever. I am a better person because i had the honor of knowing you. You where always so happy and careing, miss you bro love trev"
T Jayroe of atascadero

"To the family of Michael Mitchell,
What a guy. Everyone in Charlie Company truely admired this man. To loose him, was a hard hit and to carry on without him was horrible. The next day when our soldiers went out into Iraq to fight they took a resolve with them. They seemed to have a new purpose to win that fight. We took back Sadir city and regained control of its borders. We did this for him. Those men of Charlie Company fought bravely so that the legend Mike left would not be tarnished. We love you Mike and know when you looked down from heaven you smiled."
Sgt Stevie Joe Wall of Friedberg, Ge

"To Michael's Family and friends.There are no words to express my thanks to Michael and you,and my sorrow in his loss.I dry the tears from my eyes as i write this,feeling a sliver of your pain.I wish i could take it all from you and take it myself if just for a moment.I want you to know that i wear your loved ones name on my wrist in the form of a hero bracelet.I will wear it in his honor untill the last soldier returns home.I will tell everyone who i can that Michael is a hero and a brave and loving man who made the ultimate sacrafice for us.My love goes to you .He will not ever be forgotten."
Jon Simonian of Sonora,California

"In just a couple months it will be a year since you left, and I am sure the pain hasnt left your fiancee or dad or family. It brought tears to my eyes and hurt my heart that he wasnt able to marry the woman of his dreams, and when I read that his father flew to germany to be with her on their planned wedding day....Words couldnt express what i felt in my heart...God be with all of you during the hard times,and I pray the pain will ease oneday. I know you could never forget but I hope it will get better.Just know that Michael was a true HERO, and I will kept your family in my prayers. God Bless you.God rest his soul.."
Betty of Chesapeake Va

"Thank you brave soldier for what you did for my family and the rest of America! Our hearts ache for your loved ones but know you are looking down on them and protecting them. God Bless you Michael and may He bring those you loved comfort. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Michael, you were and always will be the shining STAR of our family. I miss you terribly. When I think about you or look at your picture, my heart aches. Grams has a picture of you when you were little that always comes to mind..you're in the den sitting with that giant Henry Dog stuffed animal. Its just so cute it makes me smile. I love you my dear cousin and your in my thoughts & prayers.
Aunt Cathy,Uncle Bill, Chris, Terri, Chrissy,Kurtis,Bianca & families; My thoughts & prayers are with you. Michael is a wonderful person and things are not the same without his bright, shiny personality around. He truely is a HERO. I love you all very much. LOVE YOU"
Debbie Gray of Huntington Beach, CA

"hey baby, this is one day after Christmas and you have been missing so badly. We would have been married this year and visiting your family in California for the 1st time in six years together! I love you more than anything and I will always miss you. How could this happen to us? I can not find an answer to all this but hopefully you can help me one day to find peace. And as usual I count on you!"
Bianca of Unterpfraundorf, Deutschland

"oh mikey, how you just drive me crazy! i was just saying today how i was feeling okay, and then, just as always, here it goes again. i find myself crying and being sad. you punk!! you were supposed to be here for christmas, and now here we are, mourning over you. i guess we all love you, and can't seem to just "get over it". ohhhhh, you suck for making me cry all the time. if you were here right now, i'd give you a big hug, then kick you in the butt!"
christine

"Mike, we're sure you're proud of your Bianca. Do you see her smile when she's talking about you and looking at the pictures of both of you? Do you see her tears when she's thinking about you and how she's missing you?
You have made her the lovely, strong and wonderful woman she is. Thank you.
We always enjoyed the few but always funny hours with you.
We remember the day of the surprise party for Bianca when you waited unpatiently hidden on the stairs of our basement. It was great to see your flashed eyes when you finaly could take Bianca in your arms. Did you see the people standing around, looking at you and feeling your strong love?
We miss you, Mike, and we thank you for the time we have been allowed to spent with you."
Elena and Christiane of Regensburg, Germany

"Tonight at the PX I bought a small black bracelet with SGT Mitchell's name engraved in memory. I was in 2ACR HQ in Baghdad that night, and took the report from the scene that he did'nt make it. I wear this rememberance for SGT Mitchell and all the warriors who sacrificed on the troubled night of 4APR04."
CPT D. Dutilly of Fort Lewis, WA

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of SGT Mitchell. I never served with Michael. In fact, on the day of his passing, I was redeployed from Iraq with the 101st. But, being born and raised in Porterville, I appreciate his decision to join the military. He has joined the ranks of so many selfless and loyal brothers and sisters of our military community. I am so proud of all the members of our community who have served, and are serving, this great nation. To the family of Michael, please accept my most humble condolences."
Captain Albert G. Morales (fellow Bulldog and Marauder) of Fort Campbell, KY

"Well i didnt know who Michael was but from a fellow soldier from the same city and a fellow alumni for Burton Middle School and Monache High School I just want to say thank you Michael to be one of the proud to serve from our city of Porterville and I want to say thank you for your sacrifice out there and thank you for helping in the fight for freedom. May God bless you and you family."
Eddie originally from Porterville of Fort Hood, Tx

"Mike & Bianca,

ever since I've known you two you've been together and it's very sad to see it ending like this. I do miss our old clique. I know that no one ever has made Bianca as happy as you did.
Thanks Mike"
Charlie L. of Parsberg, Germany

"Mike,
it is sad that I didn´t get the chance to get to know you better, but I´m very happy that I got the opportunity to meet a wonderful couple. Bianca and you will always be my shining example of two united souls, through you I learned how much more love can be and mean. I couln´t wait to see the two of you united forever, but the time of joy became a time of grief...but above all the pain I know that the two souls I love will be united...someday...somewhere..Mike, I´ll be there for Bianca as much as I can. I promise. We miss you!"
dine of leipzig, germay

"My Dear Michael, It goes without saying how proud I am of you and the wonderful young man you grew into. I was so looking forward to watching you have children and then getting them together to play. You would have been such a wonderful father! Megan, Danielle and Ashley talk about you quite frequently, but I guess you already know that. I am so sad that I will never see you again in this life. It has been over 4 months and the pain is just not going away. The last time I saw you, I started crying as I said good bye. You said, "Terri, your acting like this is the last time you will ever see me. You are just like Grandma." I wish I would have just hugged you for a couple more seconds. Please watch over all of us especially Dad, Mom and Bianca. Maybe put in a couple good words for us. When my time comes to leave this world behind I expect you to be standing right behind Jesus waiting to welcome me in with a big hug. I love you and miss you lots little brother."
Terri Pedrino of California

"Hi Mike,
for me you habe been like a son and it has been a wonderful time, i was allowed to spend with you. I liked to see what a wonderful man you have been to my daughter. You will always have a place in my heart and i miss you."
Veronika Liebl of Unterpfraundorf, Germany

"Hi Mike!

I still can´t believe, that you are gone. There are so many days i must think of you and the grief will never go. For me you have not only been the fiance of my sister bianca, you have been like the brother i have never had. I read your letters to my sister, it has been such a pure love between you and you first always have taken care for the others. I miss you."
Markus Liebl of Parsberg, Germany

"I am Mike's company commander. Mike was the best Sergeant in my 80 man company. I miss Mike tremendously. April 4th was the first of what would prove to be many sad or difficult days for the men of Crusader Company. Mike set the best possible example as a soldier, noncommissioned officer and man. He had a very noble character and we are not the same without his humor, drive, organizational talent and maturity. He always gave more than we asked and that is the highest compliment one can receive in the military. Mike was a wonderful guy and the time I have spent with his father, Bill Mitchell, and his fiancee, Bianca Liebl, has helped me to understand just how much I miss him."
CPT John C. Moore of Friedberg, Germany

"He was the first guy I met when I arrived here in Germany. He showed me the way around and taught me a lot about the place. I picked on him as much as I picked on everyone else, but he was different. When you messed with him about his height, he really wouldn't care and could shrug off anything you threw at him like it was nothing. He had very high self esteem and a great attitude. He was a really good friend and I will miss him."
Paul Kevin Schwarz Jr. of Deuerling, Germany

""hey babe,
it has been over four months now and I still have trouble believing this. I miss you with all my heart, spirit and soul. You have always been there for me and gave me the feeling of being loved. We wanted to share our life with each other. I always admired you so much for many things, you have never complained and always have you been content with life, no matter what difficulties you had to face. I love you and one day I see you again. Until then I try to be as strong as you always said I am.
Love, Bianca"
Bianca of Unterpfraundorf, Germany

"Hi Mike-
I dreamed about you last night and I woke up very sad. I tried to save you again but from the look on your face, I knew that you had to go back. Yes son, I do know how sad you are. OH... how I wish things were different. You are a wonderful son yet I am deeply saddened to have been left with only the memories of your short life. The hopes and dreams that I carried in my heart for you have died and I know that my life will never be complete again. You are forever in my heart and I look forward to our next conversation. I love and miss you very much!!!
Dad
ps... I think you already know it but if not, I am leaving for Germany on Tuesday to be with Bianca on your wedding day. I am trying to do the right things and I keep listening for your input if I should happen to go astray."
Bill Mitchell of Atascadero, CA

"I went to school with Michael at Burton Jr High and Monache High School. I just found out two days ago when I was looking on the internet at the list of casualties of war. It came a shock to me stumbling across the news of Michael's Passing. What I remember about Michael was that he was a short blond guy. one day he was Skinny and I saw him a few years later He had Muscle I thought " I need to work out" The last time I remember him in High-school he was running for cross country passing in front of Ginger's Corner on a hot day towards Monache. I asked him as I was driving by if he needed a ride; he said no and I thought "this guy is crazy" so I kept driving. I never knew his Parents but I want to say this to them. Thank You for giving me a chance to know your son. He is the same age as I am and to think that he believed in the cause so much to give his life so that I can have freedom. What an honor to have known Michael. I will Keep Michael's family in my prayers " The Lord bless you and Keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you peace" Numbers 6:24"
Daniel Fennell of Amarillo TX

"Michael, one year and two days after my Michael you to went to Heaven. I know just as my Michael is with us, so to are you with yours. I know your arms are wrapped around Christine. Funny, I lived in Porterville as a young girl, my Michael was 26, his older sisters middle name is Christine! God needed you for his great Army! Tho we miss you so much here, we know you will live on in your family! Courage to each of you, and peace in your hearts."
Lila Lipscomb, Mother of Sgt. Michael Pedersen of Flint, Michigan

"Christine, I read your message on Michael Peterson's page. I had to come over and leave my condolences to you and your family. F-9/11 opened a lot of peoples eyes but never think your brother died in vain. Even if it was an unjust war, they will never be forgotten and we, the American people, appreciate their sacrifice. Much love to you and your family. I'm so sorry about your brother :("
Barbara of Alexandria, VA

"oh my dear little brother....
it has been almost 3 months, and i am still not okay. why oh why did it have to be like this? you had so much to live for. you had so much you needed to do.
i had so much i still wanted from you. the lives we should have shared together. as we became adults, and our children took our places......
oh, how i miss you. i love you bro!"
christine

"Michael, I hear you were a great brother and I will do my best to make sure your nieces know you were a hero. Thank you for your complete sacrifice.

To Mike's family, who I love like my own... I'm so very sorry. It's hard to express my condolences, just know that you're all in my heart. Thank you for always being so open and welcoming. Your son, your brother, IS a hero. God bless you all."
Stacey Spiehler of El Segundo, CA

"Dear Cathy and Chris
I got your message on Casey's page. I am truly heartbroken for you and your family...April 04, 04 is also etched in my heart...forever. Our sons are heroes and they will never be forgotten."
Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Ca

"Mikey,
Thank you buddy, you know what you meant to everyone. and you are still my best friend and I will always have our childhood, middleschool, highschool, and military memories in the front of my mind.I thank you and my family thanks you."
Ssg Jason HIllman of 82nd Airborne FT. Bragg NC USA

"To the family of Sgt Mitch. just know that all of us here in Charlie Company 2-37 are still feeling the loss of one of the best men that i knew. i been in the company for 3 yrs and he was one of the first people i met. had alot of good times with him and just know he is still loved and will never be forgotten"
Spc(p) Jarrod McDonald of C Co 2-37 Najaf, Iraq

"Sergeant Mitchell, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To The Family of Michael Mitchell,
My nephew was Spc. Casey Sheehan. I just read what you wrote to my family and want to pass my condolences on to your family. The pain of our mutual loss is sometimes unbearable I know but hopefully the message we send out about the reality and cruelty of war can sow the seeds of peace in the world. Casey and Michael are in a better place and have left it for us to heal this end of things...with their Angelic help"
Dede Miller of Bellflower

"To the Family and his Friends

I know Mike since 6 years since the first day he got to hohenfels germany.
A great Person Friend and Hero.
He called me one of his closest friends,
it is pain i feel a part of my heart is not there anymore i lost one of my closest friends.
We all here in Germany Bianca, Paul,Marion, Jeff,and and.............
Feel pain."
Joseph Hofmann of Hohenfels Bavaria Germany

"Mike was such a good person. Always a smile, always joking or teasing, never a cruel word said about anybody. He was such an inspiration to everybody and what a health nut. Always looking out for his health, he was always running any chance he got and when something was bothering him he would also run. I know that in heaven he is probably having a running program set up for the angels.lol I know that he also helped me so much in the raising of our son, Tyler, always giving him advice and trying to make Tyler make the right choices. Tyler was all set to join the Army as this is what Mike did. Mike will always be in our hearts and always on our minds. He was truly loved by all, and we feel so blessed to have know him. Love you Mike. Connie, David Tyler Morris, Jarrod Crystal, and Cody Silva"
conniemorris78@hotmail.com of Porterville, Ca.

"I did not have the honor of knowing Micheal Mitchell very well, but have known his dad, Bill and mom, Cathy for years and know what wonderful people they both are. Micheal was a special person with the help of and because of his whole family's love. My heart breaks for you both and for Chris, Kimberly, Christine, Teri, Curtis and Kirstin.

"Our Loss"

He came when he was called,
He asked for little and received less.
He fought for honor and truth,
In a world in which there was precious little.
We have been made better for his sacrifice
And yet we are poorer by his passing.
Ultimately in spite of his lost life,
We must recognize that the greatest loss lies with us;
We all have been stripped of his life and his gifts.
Of all the children he will never father,
of the students he will never tutor,
of the truth he will never uncover,
of the dreams he had that we will ever know,
of the best of humanity that he can never again be.


We cannot remember him as well as we should,
We will never remember him as well as we do now.
Alas, we barely knew him at all.
But he died in our stead,
And if there is one thing we should know,
one thing we must take from this desolate moment;
it is that he could have been us,
and he must be us.
We must live for him.
We must try to achieve the promise that was embodied his life,
before he were so nobly cast aside for our sake.
This is the only way
we can shoulder this otherwise unbearable debt.
By his selfless sacrifice he has shown
that this is how he would have had it,
had he by some accident of fate
been left as the living and not we.



By Irvine Bruce"
Sharon (Camack) Vaughan of Paso Robles

"Although I never got the chance to meet Michael, he is my hero. The pictures and stories friends and family shared with me showed me how great of a person Michael was. I am so sad that I did not get to meet him. My heart goes out to Bianca, Bill, Cathy Christine, and his entire family. May God bless you all and give you the strength to get thru this terrible loss."
Melissa Halasey of Atascadero, Ca

"Thank You!!!! You are my hero and the hero of many. I miss you more and more everyday. You will forever hold a special place in my heart. The world is a much sadder place today without you in it... I will miss your smile, quiteness, humor and kindness. Rest in peace sweet friend until we meet again..."
Katrina Barnhart of Paso Robles, CA/USA

"Michael, my son, my hero, I love you."
Cathy Baker of Atascadero, Ca.

"Michael Mitchell is my little brother. He was one of the most kind hearted and loving persons I have ever known. He will be greatly missed by me and all those who loved him. Although my pain will never go away it helps to know that he died a hero. Thank you to everyone for your love, support and prayers!!"
Terri Pedrino of Yucaipa, California

"Mikey is my brother, and I miss him tremendously. He was a great guy and loved by many. Thank all of you for your kind words. I know my family appreciates your support during this time."
Christine Jayroe of atascadero, Ca

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

"Thank You Mike! You will never be forgotten. I want you to know that we are all very appreciative of all that you have sacrificed to protect your loved ones and the people around the world. I will miss you buddy. You were not only a cousin to me, but a great friend and wonderful person."
Ryan Born of Porterville, California

"please accept my condolences on your loss. My husband,PFC Shawn Pahnke was 1st AD 1-37 Friedburg Germany,KIA June 17,2003 Iraq. My heart breaks for you. i wish there was something i could say to make the pain go away. all I can say is thank you to Michael Mitchell for being an upsatnding guy who gave his life defending the innocent. God Bless you and yours."
Elisha Pahnke of Shelbyville, IN

"On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for your child's bravery & sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas of San Antonio, TX

"To the family of Sgt. Mitchell, i was stationed with mike in germany for two years. Mike and I arrived in Germany at the same time and right away became friends. Mike was a wonderful person with a love for life and enjoyed sharing his life with so many others. he was a tremendous leader with heart and compassion for his soldiers. But most of all mike was a friend. When I was in iraq I lost my father, and when i returned Mike was one of the first to share his sympothy and offer his ears if i needed them. Mike was always good for a laugh, and we shared many of them together. I love you buddy, you will be missed and will always live on in my heart."
Spc. Eric Thibeault of Fort Knox, Kentucky

"Thank you Michael Mitchell, 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 Sgt. Michael Mitchell:
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 Michael 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 Sgt. Michael Mitchell:
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 Michael, 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