Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Adam G. Mooney

28, of Cambridge, Maryland.
Mooney was listed as duty status unknown on January 25, 2004 in Mosul, Iraq, when his helicopter went down in the Tigris River during a search for a missing soldier. His remains were recovered on February 14, 2003. Mooney was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation (Fort Drum), however, in support of mission requirements, he was attached to 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York.

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"I worked with Adam's dad at the time of this tragedy...It was horrific. One of his fellow soldiers made a video memorial for him. I had a copy given to me, and in my many moves have lost it. It breaks my heart, because I use to watch it all the time, just to remind my self what the "ultimate sacrifice" is all about. If anyone has a copy of that memorial video, I would really appreciate a copy....To the Mooney family, none of us have forgotten. We never will. God Bless you."
dawn Belanger of victoria, va.

"Thinking of you today on our 9 year wedding annversary! Realizing how much I miss you, and that you are never forgotten! I will see you once again up in heaven, one of these days! Love you forever & always, your wife Katie."
Katie of Lahaina, Hawaii

"You were one of my best friends in iraq you me and bert had alot of memories i will never forget thank you for all you did for me"
SPC COLE of fort drum

"Thinking of you & missing you more than you'll ever know! There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you!"
Katie Mooney Verhagen of Lahaina, Hawaii

"Thinking of you Adam....

Miss you!"
Brent Bosson of Austin, TX

"To the family of:Adam G. Mooney
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""

"LT,

I remember the first time I flew with you, you asked me to show you all of the "Warrant Officer tricks", but I think you already had some tricks of your own. You loved life and you lived it that way, You will never be forgotten."
Dan Dunham of Deadhorse Alaska

"I knew Adam before he went to Iraq. I work at the Army Aviation Flight School where he trained. I also did his final "report card" for flight school. Adam ws on :hold" for a while and did casual duty in my office. We used to talk quite a bit about how much he loved flying and could hardly wait to go "over there". My son, SGT William E. Brown, was killed in Taji, Iraw on 23 June 2007. I feel your pain and am having a great deal of trouble getting through each day without crying. William had his packet in to go to WOC School and then to Flight Schoo. Every day I see hundreds of young soldiers who are doing what William wanted to do and it hurts. My thoughts are with you."
Mrs. Terry Kyser of Fort Rucker, Alabama

"I still think of you everyday of my life and miss you so much!! You will never be forgotten!! I love you so much!!"
Katie Mooney Verhagen of Lahaina, HI, USA

"February 17, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Adam G. Mooney:
Adam 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

"Adam, has it really been over two years? Growing up with Laura, I remember you as just her little brother who got in the way. I regret not knowing the man, Adam. It seems you turned out to be a wonderful father, citizen, pilot, and friend to many. SU is having a ROTC reunion next month and we will remember you. Your funeral was beautiful but the saddest event I have ever attended. God bless you and keep a pilots eye over your family. You are missed."
Kerrie Jones Bunting of Salisbury, Maryland

"Adam,

I haven't seen you in 12 years-- since my time at UMES. Some of my best memories of those days include those times we headed up to SBY after class to share the rental cost of the C-172 (9-3-ECHO) so we could build up our cross-country hours. We'd fly to ORF, or one time to have lunch with your mom at an airport cafe somewhere in Western Maryland. Sometimes we'd just goof off and buzz the marshes of Dorchester County.
I went a different route, and have hardly even flown since those those days. But I remember you as being incredibly capable and your confidence was contagious-- flying with you made me a better pilot.
It's been nearly four years and I just found out what happened today. My heart goes out to your folks, your daughter, your wife, friends and family.
Thanks for always being brave."
Jon N. of Tucson, AZ

"If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.
Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam.
America has been built on the blood of Heros and Brave men of Honor. A fellow Veteran thanks this American Hero for his Bravery, His Service to Country, and for the Ultimate Sacrifice he has made.Thank you for our cherished Freedoms your sacrifice has protected. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brave Solider, and may God bring peace to your family and loved ones."
William Darby Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs Florida

"hey adam, wasn't able to get online on the anniversary date, but you were in my thoughts a lot. i know you have found peace wherever you are at and that you are probably still flying. i still miss you each and everyday but i cope with it better than before. it took me a long time to come to terms with what happened to you but i know if you had it to do over again, it would still turn out the same. we all love you, even those lives you did not meet but touched. i'll see you again one day and maybe you can give me that flight lesson we always talked about ;)"
kris of texas

"still missing you, brother."
mg

"It's been a while since I have been on your site. I can't believe how long ago it has been since you left all your friends and family. I miss you Adam and sure wish you were here to get my "act" together. I know you are up in the Heavens still flying like you always loved to do. There isn't a single day I don't look up at the sky and think of you. I'll see you again!"
Kristie of Texas

"Adam,
So many years have passed since our days at CSD. You will always be in our thoughts. We are so proud that you were a member of the Class of '93. Thank you for all you did for us and our country. God Bless Sydney~"
Heather of Maryland

"Lest we forget the Heros."
anonymous of Maryland

"LT,
Nearly two years from the day we lost you, you are still in the thoughts of every Diamondback. I know I'll never forget your enthusiasm for your job and willingness to learn. You had all the makings to be one of the "good ones" that the Army needs. Thanks for flying with me over Samarra, D-Town, and Balad - we made a good team. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace."
CW3 Mike Cavaco of 3-17 Cav, Ft Drum, NY

"Every time I am in the air I remember. I remember ROTC, a few crazy nights, flight school, your wedding. And your sacrifice. You still have more courage than I ever will. And you are still a brother to me. What an awful loss for your family. I am so sorry that this war took him away. But he was doing everything he ever dreamed about...leading an air scout platoon in combat. Still a role model, still a friend. Miss ya, bud."
Mike G. of US Army

"Adam, Your such a wonder person, I know you died doing what you loved. So all i can say is you are greatly missed and loved. You are a true American Hero...."
Deanna of Cambridge, Maryland

"I love and miss you more than words can express! I never thought I would have to say goodbye to you. I know that you died doing what you love and you will always be with Sydney and I. It's so hard without you, but you're with me everyday and I'll keep going on. I love you!"
Katie Mooney of Hawaii

"I never had the pleasure to meet Adam, but have heard about him first hand from all of those who love him. What is evident and very clear is that he was a great father who loved his daughter, and a great american hero who gave his life trying to save others. His life and mine have crossed paths, and I will honor his memory and his sacrifice everyday. May all those who love him be at peace knowing that Adam loved flying and helping others. How many of us would love to go doing what we love best."

"Adam, as the news of your loss came to me just one month prior to my deployment to Iraq, thoughts and memories of our antics in flight school ran through my mind. I don't believe that I ever had the opportuntiy to tell you, but your friendship and support throughout our time at "Mother Rucker" was at times just what I needed to get through one of those tough weeks. I only hope that I was half the friend that you were to me. I only wish that you were here now to share the stories. You are surely missed! I love you Bro!"
CPT Brent Bosson of FT HOOD, TX

"LT,

Regardless of the politics of the war, you were there and died, not while engaging the enemy, but while attempting to aid in rescuing the lives of others. And then when we couldn't find you that night, our hope was that we would find you elsewhere, helped by others in your turn. But it wasn't to be. May peace and rest be yours!

See you on the Green."
CW2 "Linc", US Army

"One Sweet Day

Sorry i never told you
All I wanted to say
And now it's too late to tell you
Cause you've flown away, so far away
Never had I imagined
Living without your smile
Sorry I never showed you
Assumed you'd always be there
And I took your presence for granted
But I always cared and
I miss the times we shared
And I know you're shining down on me from Heaven
And I know eventually we'll be together
One Sweet Day"
the douglas family of texas

"I am Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay that day
to laugh, to love, to work or play
Task undone must stay that way
I found peace at the close of the day
If my parting left a void
then filled it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with time of sorrow
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief
But don't lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your hearts and share with me
God wanted me now, He set me free!."
kris of texas

"I am proudly wearing your hero bracelet, Adam, Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. As an active-duty wife, I am sure you are looking down and protecting your wife and daughter."
Melissa of Eglin AFB, Florida

"02/01/05
We are saddened to learn of a fellow Marylanders name on these pages. My family is deeply grateful for what you did for the rest of us. Seeing the Iraqi people voting and dancing in the streets proved to us that you did not leave us in vain. We are so proud of you Adam and will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you Adam and may He grant your loved ones peace until you are joined again. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Adam,

You may not remember me, but I remember you, we both went to RMA, and we both were in Iraq at the same time.

I recall that day in Iraq, I was feverishly trying to get the story on what happened... It was out of my AO and I didn't know it was you..

I missed your memorial service at RMA but I visited this past OCT 04. I never thought that I would see a name from our generation on that wall.

You didn't give the last full measure for nothing... I know the circumstances and why you were out there in the first place, selfless service...

God speed and You will never be forgotten."
SSG Ryner, Josh (class of '93) of Stuttgart Germany

"Thinking of you and remembering Adam, not as a number or as one of the many, but as Adam, the husband, daddy, son, uncle, brother, grandson, nephew, friend, and American hero that he is. I'll be praying for each of you. May God hold you close in your time of need."
Jennifer LaBelle of Overland Park, KS

"Uncle Adam I just wanted you to know that since you have left us I have never missed you more. I didn't expect the outcome to be like this after all the waiting for you to come home. I knew you as a unstoppable uncle who didn't take any crap and who was very stubborn. I didn't think anything ,not even this war, could bring you down. Since you left, me and Syd haven't had one fight! I bet you are proud of me for that. You used to always say "Kait be the older one please." I love you so much and please look after us!"
Kaitlyn Fitzhugh (neice) of Salisbury, MD /*USA

"Adam - What can I say? From the "old" days growing up talking about sailing - El Toro's - to sitting back while you were at UMES sippin a few and sharing our dreams of flight...you did it and I didn't.
Our youthful dreams of bravery...and me already USMCR trying to convince you that the "best use" of your flight education was the military route...
You did what you said - you became an officer and actually flew for the military - me - all I did was fix aircraft.
I'm a little sorry for trying to convince you to seek the military route, but I also know that you absolutely loved flying and the Army.
Mostly I'm sorry that we lost you. My deepest sympathy to Laura, Your Mother & Father, Wife & Child.
To the family I say...I was blessed to know Adam. He actually did what he said he was going to do. He was Brave...put others before himself. Believed in our country and that "some things are just worth fighting for."
In summary...
"A True American Hero""
Past USMCR Cpl. Johnson, Jr., D.F. of Wilmington, NC/USA

"To the family and friends of Adam:
The first time I met Adam I knew he was an angel with more than just one set of wings. His ambition and purpose in life touched the hearts of those who loved him. Still, to this day when I think of Adam I am inspired by his drive and how he chose to live his life with duty, honor, and courage. And to his precious wife, Katie my best friend in the world, and Sydney his daughter,hold your heads up high, for you too served your country and you too paid the highest price for freedom- your husband and ,Sydney, your father. America is forever greatful for his service and your sacrifice. Every time you take a breath, take one for him, and just keep-on-keepin'-on. I love you guys and will always keep Adam and you guys in my prayers."
Amy Graham of SJAFB, NC

"Low Flight"

Dedicated to Adam G. Mooney


Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,

And Hovered out of Ground Effect on Semi-Ridgid Blades.

Earthward I've Auto'ed, and met the Rising Brush of Non-Paved Terrain;

And done a thousand things you would never care to.

Skidded and Dropped and Flared Low in the Heat Soaked Roar.

Confined there, I've chased the Earthbound Traffic

And Lost the race due to Insignificant Headwinds.

Forward and up a Little in Ground Effect,

I've Topped the Admirals hedge with drooping turns,

Where never SkyHawk nor even Tomcat Flew.

Shaking and Pulling Collective, I've Lumberd

The Low untresspassed Halls of Victor Airways;

Put out my Hand, and Touched a Tree.

Today Adam you Fly with Angels. Thank you for your Dedication and Sacrifice. "Godspeed Lieutenant..."
Dennis B. Dray MAJ (R) ARNG of Tucson, AZ

"To the Mooney family. Our nephew was in the 10th Mountain Div and lost in Afghanistan in January. Our hearts are broken at our nations loss. May God grant you understanding and wisdom during these times."
David & Karen Barden of Taneytown, Maryland

"I will never go through Cambridge Md.again and not think of Adam Mooney. I have always loved that area, and now it has an even more special meaning to me. May Sidney always know that her Father is a hero, and that many are praying for her and the rest of the family."
Ronald and Terri Beach of Martinsburg, Wv

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, ADAM, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"I knew Adam in flight school and there was nothing that he loved more than his daughter and flying.He will be missed."
Jenn

"Thank you Adam Mooney, 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 1st Lt. Adam Mooney:
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 Adam 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 1st Lt. Adam Mooney:
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 Adam, 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