Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Sean R. Mitchell

24, of Youngsville, Pennsylvania.
Mitchell died in Habbaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his armored personnel carrier. He was assigned to the Army's 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on March 31, 2004.

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"Sean I just want everyone to know how much I thought of you. What a fine young man you were. Big and always in charge but always with a great attitude. Although we weren't together very long I came to know and respect you very much. A day never goes by when I don't think of my boys. Rest in peace my friend and may God bless and keep your family in his loving arms."
Donald Dosch of Piedmont, SD

"Sean, it's hard to believe that it's been 12 years since you were taken from us. I miss you and will never forget my friend. "Always First""
SSG George Murchison, RET of Clay Center, KS

"Sean it's me "Cookie". I love you brother and will always remember the times we shared at home and in Iraq. I'm a mess without my brothers. It seems like yesterday everything was just fine but today will never end. My flag will always fly at half staff.

God Bless

Spc. Elmer "Cookie" cooke of Albuquerque, NM USA

"God only takes the BEST or CHOSEN ones! I do not know Sean or his family but I do have a metal bracelette which has his name engraved into it. I cannot remember where or when I got this. I think I sent a contribution to a fund for fallen heros and they sent me this bracelet. I was going through my jewelry box tonight and pulled it out. I never knew anything about Sean until tonight. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes and feel so HONORED to have this bracelete with Sean's name on it. I found this site by looking up his name. I cant wait for the day to come that God will call my name and then I can tell Sean what a wonderful Man that he is.. . .."
Ellen of Santa Clarita, CA USA

"March 17, 2009
To the family of Spc. Sean R. Mitchell:
Sean 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"thanks for the being there for me"
Meekins of Philadelphia

"Dear Denise and sean's family-
my family and i were so very honored to have known Sean,with his humor and blatant honesty,(like me) all the skull t shirts and rock n roll music. he was the real thing. in 2001,when i first arrived to fort riley,my ex wife, stepson and I rented an apartment in ogden kansas,off post. guess who our neighbors were upstairs?(alliance property management) yup/ sean and denise. we became very good friends. later when we moved on post,guess who our neighbors around the corner were? yup,sean and denise:)sean and i would go fishing together, and we would watch "wrastlin" with my son daniel.at the steakhouse in manhattan,sean challenged daniel to a steak eating match. sean lost:) (daniel,now 11, still speaks of him every time we watch wrestling). then much later when i was leaving the army to go home,sean,denise and friends got together to throw me a going away party. i will NEVER forget my brother.
when i heard the news through georgia and bear,i hit my knees.he had written me a couple of emails before it happened. i still have them in my inbox. i still tear up from time to time. i have wanted for 4 years now,to tell you how much i loved sean as a friend,as a fellow soldier, and as a person. i have many stories i remember.when i feel sad,I think of his big smile,and him saying "awe,dont worry about it man."
i know that sean is in heaven,because i had been working on him about the lord from the first week i knew him. i am not solely responsible or take credit however,but sean later told me he had asked the lord to come into his heart,and be his saviour,and that he had been thinking about becoming a father. i was and am, very proud of him,and i remain very happy about his revelation to go to god..be proud of your son,for he is a hero and sits next to the king of kings.-Davidredhawk@earthlink.net"
PFC David H Deal of Dade City,Florida

"Today is the 3 year anniversary of Sean's death. Brian and I still think of him often and miss him. Brian is thinking of him now on his 3rd tour of Iraq, remembering when he and Sean went to basic together. To all Seans family, know that I still remember you in my prayers."
Heather Ray of Fort Benning, GA

"to the family of spc sean mitchell my name is also sean r mitchell I am also from ft riley kansas im deployoing with the 450th mcb out of manhattan ks i may not have ever known your son but any solider that is from ft riley is a brother of mine i will carry him through my deployment comming up in feb 07 and i pray everyday for you and your family god bless"
Spc Sean Mitchell of Manhattan kansasa

"SEAN, we were track mates, friends and soldiers! I miss ya and I send my prayers to your family!! I will never forget you!"
Jeff P of Ft Knox, KY

"Tomorrow is your birthday.... my hear aches for you"

"To the family and friends, and all others who still hold Sean in their hearts.

Although I did not know Spc. Mitchell personally, i'm the proud owner of his hero bracelt. I wear it daily, a constant reminder of all our soldiers abroad. I'm sorry for your loss, and I hope you take comfort in knowing that more than just the immediate family and friends will miss this fallen soldier."
Mike of Pittsburgh, PA

"Tomorrow, March 31st, marks the 2 year anniversary of Sean giving his last full measure of devotion in service to his country. Not a day goes by that I don't think about those five heroes. Not a day goes by that I don't honor their sacrifice. I am profoundly sorry that the cost of our liberty is so high. Things happen for a reason. We can't always understand why as hard as we try.

I wanted to write this note because I love my son and wanted to honor him on the anniversary of his sacrifice.

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!""
Doyle Hufstedler II of Abilene, Texas

"To the family of Sean R. Mitchell, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May the peace and understanding that only comes from God be with you. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church. Rev John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. ovington Ga. Phone 770-787-1015, Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga. U S A


It has been a year since you died I came to your grave to say good by. But I can not say good by to a brother. I will carry you in my heart always. I carried you off the battle field it was the only way I could honer you.
you will always be my brother now and forever:
Denese I am sorry that I did not keep my promise - I said that I would make sure that Sean would comeback - I let you down.
I will always carry this with me. Sean your were a geat person and I will always be honered that your were my friend.
I love you my brother and I will miss you."
SSG Chriatopher M. Letham B Co 1st Engineer Battalion of Ft. Riley Kansas

"With this coming Thursday, a year will have pased... There is not a day goes bye that I don't think of you or that a tear is shed for you... I miss your smile, your jokes, and your smart * way of "trying to piss me off" Wish you were here for me to be in that kind of moment again"
Mom of Youngsvilee, PA

"Just know that I am here for you Denise and will always have Sean in my heart. You two are great friends and Sean, a hero."
Deena of Spokane, WA

"An anonymous figure once said, "The greatest honor which this nation can bestow upon the 'unknown hero' would be to live for the things for which he died."

Though I walked the same high school hallways as you, I wish I would have gotten to know you as those who truly knew you! You will never be forgotten in my eyes! Your hard work and loyalty to OUR country was a lesson I learned in my own life! God Bless you Sean!"
Eric M. of Irvine, Pennsylvania

"*Sean, You were my best friend.. You are in my heart always! I loved you from the first day I met you.. and that will never die! You are my hero Sean Mitchell... Not only for your service to this country.. but for the stong person you became, and showed me how to become! Rest in peace, Sean Mitchell"
Sara of Youngsville

"Sean ~~ we love you and oh so very deeply miss you ~~ we will take care of Denise"
Mom & Dad of Youngsville, PA

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Sean, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"To Denise and Sean's family we are deeply sorry for your loss and the pain that you are going through. As friends to Sean and Denise we also feel that pain. We Thank you for your sacrifice and we will never forget what a great all around person Sean was and still is!"
David and Kerri Ashley of Knoxville, TN

"I know there are no words to comfort you in your loss, but I hope you
find some small measure of comfort in the fact that you and your family
are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest assured your son Sean and the sacrifice he made for his country and for us will never be forgotten. Those five young men who “ gave their last full measure of devotion” that day shall remain in my heart always.

Doyle M. Hufstedler JR.
Father of Lt Doyle M Hufstedler III"
Doyle Hufstedler of Abilene, Texas

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

"I send my condolences to the family and friends of Sean...our prayers are with you."
Renee of Youngsville, PA

"on behalf of Bco 65th Engr bn in Iraq, and a dear close friend of Sean's, i am deeply sorry that this had to happen. You will always be in my memory and in my heart Sean as a friend that i could count on. You and Denise are what brought me and Rebecca together."
Sgt Williams, Shannon of Bco Iraq

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Sean, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers go out to you and we thank you and your brave son for making the ultimate sacrifice.

From the Family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/03"
Gloria Caldas of San Antonio, TX

"To Sean's family,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Sean was making the world a safer place and with his bravery he accomplished this goal. He did not die in vain."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"To Sean's Family:
There are no words to express our deep sorrow for your loss. Maybe God bless you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Sean 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 Spc. Sean 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 Sean for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Sean 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 Sean, 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