Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Branden F. Oberleitner

20, of Worthington, Ohio.
Oberleitner was returning from a dismounted patrol when the element was fired upon by a rifle propelled grenade in Al Fallujah, Iraq. Oberleitner was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on June 5, 2003.

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"June 5th, 2016: Thinking about you.- Hope you are watching over us and smiling. Miss you."
Aunt Shannon of Cologne, Germany

"Obi
You and I played football together at TWHS. We served in Iraq around the same time but in different branches of service.
You were a class act man.
I love you and may peace be upon you and your family. You are greatly missed."
Steve Waltman of Doha, Qatar

"Obie,
I remember the day we played rough one on one football in Mosul. You had lt pettry for your qb I had ssg Clemons as mine. It was hard, but pretty badass.Pettry was really into it. I remember me, you and redlinger getting hammered at my apartment an hour from Campbell. Walking out into the living room and red's shortass had taken the couch and you were on the love seat. I remember Swimming and singing bohemian rhapsody the day you were taken.I loved you and always will, brother. I will have a son at the end of the month named branden, like a lot of your comrades, I'm sure. I'll never forget you."
Matt Abbott of Dunlap, TN

"I miss you Brandon. Still praying for you and your family."
Mike Sheets of Huntington, WV

"I still miss you my brother."
SSG Payne of Milford, KS

"11 years today Brother, you are never forgotten, you were an outstanding Soldier and a hero to our country. There are tributes to you all over the country, many of us still wear bracelets on our wrists, you have a memorial brick at a Veteran's memorial in Pebble Creek, Goodyear AZ and many more I am sure I don't even know about. I talk about your service and sacrifice whenever I can so that people know your story."
SFC Sean Kiekbusch of United States Army

"Happy Memorial Day, Branden. Thinking of you."
Amy

"Thinking of "Obie" today as I do many days. I'm the mom of one of the guys who was with him. We won't forget."
Jan Simpson of Farmington, NM

"Its been a while now lil brother...but I still think of you often, especially on football Sundays...Love and Miss You Man...Im still using your word on a daily "GREEEASY" LMAO...GreatTimes"
SRed of NC

"Branden,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Branden, oh how we miss you dearly!"
Aunt

"R.I.P. Obie we miss you"
Mo of Calera, Al

"My sincere thanks to EVERYONE who has left messages for Branden and for us. To his comrades - Your safety and well-being are foremost on our minds. Love your families, your spouse your children. Don't put off letting them know how important they are to you. These moments don't return. All of our friends, family and loved ones - live life to it's fullest. I'm sure that Branden would tell you that. There will one day be a reconciliation and a meeting of all of us creatures of light. God bless you all"
Freeman Carmack of Worthington OH

"Thinking of you today. Happy spring break :)"
Amy

"To the Parents & family of Branden Oberleitner
I am so sorry for your loss I can't imagine your heartache but I do hope that knowing your son will never be forgot helps in a small way. It is Memorial Day 2012 and although I personally never had the honor of meeting Branden I know he was a great man and Soldier. I am the wife of SSG Glenn Barrows who was with the 2632nd Transportation Co attached to your son's unit, my husband was wounded very badly on that day (I didn't even know him at the time) we met and married in 2006 he doesn't talk about that day much but when he does he always mentions Branden, always. He tells me he was a young and brave soldier, a good man and I can tell he is both mad and sad that Branden made the ultimate sacrafice for his country and our freedom. It might seem strange that I cry and grieve for a man and his family that I've never met but thru my husband I feel like I knew him and being a parent I wish I could take away your pain I truly do. Memorial Day is not just a day off of work like some people think, it's a day to remeber and pay respects to so many for all they've given. We had a BBQ today and we thought of Branden and others like him and the day was bitter sweet like many more days to come i'm sure. Please take a little comfort in knowing your son in remembered and his memory lives on, he is touching lives to this day. I know my husband had a drink today in his honor as he does a few times a year for close to 9 years now. I wish you all strength and love, please know that Branden's memory is close to myself and my husband hearts today and will be for many more years to come. May God Bless you and yours.

Respectfully,"
Rachelle Barrows of Acampo, CA

""OB-1"a truly great American, soldier and an even better friend..I remember first meeting you back in basic training, you were always a soft spoken guy, but motivated everyone around you with your never quit attitude. I give you all the credit for me even making it out of there. Then we ended up in Campbell together, and we always had great times. And I'll never forget Canterbury. Anyways I could go on and on bro..but I just wanted to say that I love you and you will forever be missed but never be forgotten.."
ShaunR... of Gastonia,NC

"Branden, We miss you and think of you everyday.
Missining you always"
Your Family of zurich , switzerland

"When Obie was killed, our son Sean was with him. To this day, again deployed in Iraq, Sean wears a remembrance wrist band to honor Obie. Our community dedicated its new Armed Forces Plaza on May 15, 2010 - Armed Forces Day - and we ensured that Obie's sacrifice was honored with an engraved paver. He will never be forgotten!
Photos: http://www.azroyal.com/az-royal-armed-forces-plaza.html"
John & Leah of Goodyear, AZ

"I'm not sure how I have never seen this site before now but i guess its better late then never. obie was a great guy that i have memories that will always be etched in my head. Every memorial day for me and my family is postponed till june 5th. It is always started with pouring out one for my homie. Ima miss ya obie"
momo of bham, alabama

"Branden was amazing. The moment I met him I knew that he was special. I think of him and his family often. I wish you all the best and want you to know that Branden will never be forgotten. Thank you, thank you, Branden."
Amy Watkins Fisher of Cincinnati, OH

"I did not know Branden very well but I will never forget his sacrifice. I think of him often out of the blue and wish I had taken the time to drink a few more beers with him during his summers in Cincinnati he was a hard worker and a fine man."
Anonymous of Cincinnati Ohio

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"I just wanted to say that I was thinking about you today. I know that all of us from 1st platoon still remember and miss you."
Daniel C. of Nashville, TN

"9 JULY, 2009
To the family of Branden Oberleitner.
My name is SSG Glenn Barrows, I was one of the five wouned in Fallujah on 5 JUNE 03 when we were ambushed. My unit 2632nd Transportation Co. 1st PLT National Guard San Bruno CA. was assigned to Branden's unit, we gave them transportation support, we transported them wherever and whenever they need to go to conduct their missions. I only spoke with Brandon on few occasions mostly just greetings and some small talk, but I can honestly say that I was impressed by he carried himself like a true professional soldier, he was quiet and confident, I could tell he was a good man and well liked and respected by his comrads. It's been over six years now since that night in Fallujah but I still think of him often and every June 5th I say a toast and have a drink in his honor, I do this alone so it's just me and him. I would like to give the entire family my condolences and thank Brandens Mother and Father creating such a fine man. I hope you are doing well and not in so much pain. Thank you.

SSG Glenn Barrows
glenn.barrows@us.army.mil"
Glenn Barrows of Sacramento, CA. U.S.

"Hi Freeman and everyone...

It's Dustin... I have never been able to convey to you the pain I felt when you first told me of Branden's death. Now, 5 years later, I find myself trying to find the words to express that to you. You all are so much like family for me and it makes my heart ache everytime I think about what happened. Freeman, you and I have been friends a long time... about 10 years and I am grateful and honored to have you as my friend. I remember the last time I saw Branden. Freeman you may remember this, too. It was just before Christmas and I was driving home from Rhode Island to see my family. I stopped overnight at your house. That night Branden, you and I sat up late listening to music and singing and drinking some beer I brought with me for you. As the time wore on, Branden got up to get another beer and asked is either of us light weights wantes another one. He came back and sat back down. Within a few minutes he as sleeping. You and I laughed about that for a while. When I think about him I always remember that night. It's a good memory and it is one that keeps him in my thoughts as well as you and all the family. I love all of you and you are always in my thoughts. I was so fortunate to know Branden and I am honored to have all of you as such close friends."
Dustin Vinson of Providence, Rhode Island

"Hi Freeman,
This is Joanie... a friend of your parent's in Roanoke. Not sure if you remember me or not.
I am so sorry to hear about Branden's death serving our country. I am so grateful for his and your sacrifice.
I am trying to reach your parents, but have not been successful. I came across this website when looking for updated info on them. Could you please contact me and give me their info? jeta@mac.com
Thanks."
Joan Redfearn of Norfolk, VA - United States

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Branden F. Oberleitner:
Branden 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

"OOOPS e mail jpsl4@comcast.net"
John Clark of St Marys Georgia

"Freeman....your long lost 3rd cousin John Pemberon Clark....from Bristol, Tn...I hope things are going well for you....I am currently in St Marys Georgia..working for first coast aerospace....doing contract maintenance for all sorsts of aircraft....taLKED TO Woots tonight and thought what the heck....try to call you but I am pretty computer stupid......my number is 704 877 2397...that is my cell phone.....that I carry 24/7....take care"
John Clark of St Marys

"Brandon,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you, all I can say is that I wish that I had the honor of serving with you when I was in.

"Strike"(502nd Inf. Motto)"

"To OBIE'S family and friends:

I met OBIE several times when I came to Ft. Campbell to visit my fiance, Jason Resnik, or when OBIE visited us in Louisville, Ky. I have never met a yound man who loved Elvis as much as he did, and he sure knew all the words. We all had many great memories together. Obie is always missed and holds a great place in our hearts."
Ellen Resnik of Louisville, Ky

"Branden. Soldier now--hero forver. I love you."
N. of Fort Bragg, NC

"It is almost July 4 2007, and I have been wearing Branden's hero bracelet for three years now. For his Mom, Dad, family and friends...I tell everyone about him and to pray for everyone who is in Iraq. I continue to regret I never met Obie. My son, AJ, who is 22 now, and I have adopted Fort Campbell and all the soldiers as our guys in Branden's memory.
Please know how many he touched-I know that doesn't mean much; but he did."
Carol Liller White of Seminole FL

"Memorial Day was created for you and all your comrades Brandon. You are still in our hearts and will forever remain there. Your mom needs you to send her a sign that you are watching over her. You will never be forgotten. Love you always!"
Shannon Kißmer of Cologne, Germany

"Memorial Day 2007. Obie's sacrifice for our freedom is not forgotten! God bless his memory and his loved ones."
John of Phoenix

"Thank you. I am sorry for your loss"
Gershon Resnik of NYC NY

"To Obie's family,
Obie was a good friend to us all, Always will he be in my heart an memory.From the time I met him in the company AO I knew he would be a great soldier. I hope and pray you find peace in your hearts knowing he sacrificed his life for a greater good."Obie" keep smiling down on us and thank you for the memories. I miss you brother!! B co stay safe I miss you all."
Derrick Brooks of Austin MN

"To the family of Obie. I served in Iraq with him, and now I am here at Fort Benning, GA. I am a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, and even though there was no Patriot Guard at the time of his passing, every mission that I ride now for a fallen soldier, I ride in the memory of Obie. He will be forever etched into my soul. Rest in peace, brother, mission accomplished."
Steve Tofanelli of Fort Bennning, Georgia

"We honor your loved one's sacrifice and express our deepest condolences. Although I never knew your son, I felt it very important to let you know that as someone who once served in B-2/502d, he was nevertheless, a brother--just one I never had the honor to meet.

We remember him. We cherish him. We honor him.

AIR ASSAULT!"
SFC Bruce Howard, USA (Ret.) of Marietta, GA

"I want to say Thank You to everyone that has responded to Branden, it has been three years since Branden's death, I fight everyday with the loss of him. This is the first time I am here and I see how many other people that have been touched with our loss of Branden, I am Branden's aunt we were very close, he spent alot of time with us, our family struggles everyday with the loss of him, I feel much better today knowing how he has touched many other people and all the soldiers that have served with him, I hope you are all doing fine, Thank You for your efforts, you are all fine outstanding men and women. Thank You."
alexandra steiger of new richmond ohio

"To the family of:Brandon F. Oberleitner 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

"Spc. Qbe was a great soldier and good friend ! He was one of my battle buddy in basic training. He and I got to Ft. Campbell the same day he was asigned to the 502 and I went to the 327. When I learned that he passed I didn't know what to do. He and Pvt ospina were bunk mates !! I have a picture of all the gang going to Ft. Campbell. if you guys want the picture get back with me !!"
Sgt. Mejia , Mike of Ft. Hood TX.

"I just want you to know Branden is still very much on my families mind and in our hearts. I pray as my son Chad leaves for his second tour in Iraq, that his friend Branden "Obie" will be his guardian angel. God Bless your family."
Kim Wendel of Charles City, Iowa

"to the parents and friends of "Obie" sorry it took me so long to write! Just really didn't know what to say. I served with "Obie" while we we're in Bco. He got there a year or so before we shipped out, and it was none stop laughs around him(when he did talk)he was always a motivation for everyone around him,never complained always ready to go, despite how far we moved that day whether we moved 10 feet or 10 miles (Baghdad, for those that we're there). I like Stockton(Jason) also was in the same squad as "Obie" and was there when we we're hit, and everyone that was there was hurt by the loss of such a good guy. Sorry that my words come so late,, and i'm extremely sorry if these words don't make any sense or if they bring up old thoughts and emotions..
Just wanted to write and say thank you to "Obie" and his family for serving with us.. And thank you for sending the letters and packages after we lost "Obie" it really felt good to hear from the family and letting us know that it was ok, that it wasn't our fault,and we wasn't to blame, it really felt good and was motivating to read those words from the people that mattered the most to "Obie".
I have one request can some one write or call me i'm on leave right now (getting ready to go back to Mosul,in the next couple of months)i'm in the PA area and want to visit his grave, and pay my respects..(724)489-4144 or thomas7613@hotmail.com. thank you
Much love to all of the family and friends. Tommy"
thomas ford of Ft.Richardson AK.

"My wife and I send our prayers out to OBE's family. I had the great honor of serving and hanging out with OBE. He will never be forgoten."
TY FRANZOY of Las Cruces, N.M

"Branden was my neighbor and a friend. When he came back from training I asked him all these questions about it but i dont even remember if i said good luck or i will miss you. I know he knows that people miss him but if I could go back to that day and tell how much he impacted my life i would. Branden you touched my life greater then anyone else has ever done before and i would like to thank Branden's family for raising such a great person. I will miss you."
Nick Martin of Westerville, Ohio

"To the family of obe:
My name is Jason Stockton. I want to say that I am very sorry for your loss. I was there that night. I wanted to let you know that Obe was a good man. One to always set the good example. He was always quiet unless he has something important to say. I remember one day while we were training in the woods of Ft. Campbell. It was raining that cold, miserable rain. Everyone was soaked and cold. We were stopped for a moment to rest and let the LT do his thing. Half of what was comming out of everyones mouth were complaints. Well, a squad leader came by and asked Obe how he was doing. The only words out of his mouth were "good to go sergeant".
That was something that has always stuck in my memeories and, when times get tough, always motivated me.
Obe was a good man. We didn't always get along but I would have trusted him with my life any time. Or even better: I would have trusted him with my girl :)
-SPC Stockton, Jason
Bco 3/160th INF"
Jason Stockton of San Luis Obispo, CA

"To Branden's Family, friends and the many lives he touched both here and overseas-
Since I left my first message I have found www.HeroBracelets.org, where you can order the black metal bands with Branden's name on it. It will show his name, rank, hometown, and the day he gave his life for all of us. I am ordering one today. It may take a little while to receive them, and I don't mean this as a plug for the company-but I want to continue to honour this young man, who was the age that my son will be next week.
I just wanted to let you all know that.
With gratitude to all of you who knew and loved him, we here at Casablanca by the Sea keep you in our prayers."
Carol Liller White of Seminole, Florida

"To Branden's family:

My nephew Sean and his wife Marie served in the 101st ABN in Iraq. Sean is now a recruiter in the Twin Cities area, but was in the same company as Branden and since Branden's death, has worn a black metal wristband with Branden's name etched on it in his honor.

Today, while my wife and I were visiting Sean and Marie, Sean passed that wristband to me, as he is having another made.

On the way home, my wife suggested that I ask Sean and Marie about Branden to find out a little more about the man whom I now choose to honor, along with Sean.

I did an internet search for Branden's name and found this website. I've read the words of condolence to your family; I've learned much about Branden from these notes from friends, buddies, as well as commanding officers and non-coms.

It is truly an honor to wear Branden's name on my wrist. I am truly humbled by Sean's gift to me and more importantly, by Branden's sacrifice to protect this nation, for democracy and to the seeking of freedom everywhere in the world.

Branden will NOT be forgotten and neither will his sacrifice."
Joel Kiekbusch of Rosemount, MN USA

"I just wanted to send my heart felt prayers to all of the friends and family members of Branden. I grew up in Worthington and have known Branden since High School. We went to Thomas Worthington together and the last two years of school went through Fire/EMS school at Delaware JVS North. While going through fire school Branden was plane out one of the most dedicated people I have ever met. He was a great friend, great leader, and loved his family and friends very much. If it wasn't for Brandens encouragement and willingness to help me out, I probably would have never made it to where I am today. Branden thank you for being there and I will never forget all that you have done for all of us. Much love from one fellow firefighter to another and his family/friends.

Long Live Freedom Because Of This Man"
FF/EMT Roger Hohman of Washington D.C. USA

"To the family of Branden Oberleitner: My name is Nilda Miranda, My husband is Sgt Rafael Negron. He was with the 2/502 Bco for almost 5 years. In nov. 2002 we move to Fort Bragg. My husband wasn't happy because "his" guys were getting ready for Iraq and he wasn't going with them. He really love them and was feeling guilty for his absent, a thing that just bodies can understand. They were very close and ready to go. I knew Branden, every time he notice me in the parking lot waiting for my husband, he will running to me to let me know my husband was advice of my waiting. Very correct in the presence of the wifes. I always appreciate that. That june day my husband start feeling ansious while doing our groceries he told me he was feeling worry about the guys and we return home with that feeling. At home,there was a message from Fort Campbell, he told me not to hear the message and just turn on the tv, there was the news and he inmediately knew. I remember him looking at me with his eyes red, bitten his teeth and holding his hand. He did'nt talk. He was mad, he was sad, he was guilty... I called our friend and also I called my old FRG contact. I told my husband everything they had told me...he just told me after a while..."I should be there..." He have cried, he knew Branden, he have worked with him closely, but he haven't talk to me much about his lost. To me was very incredible to see how close he was in his heart with his guys from 2/502 at the point to sense the guys were in trouble. Today he is doing his second tour in Irak since then. He is due to return something between feb-march. I know is hard for him to write you, he is not good at it, so that's why is me who is doing it; but I can tell you, he have not forgotten... he remmembers Branden every day...and remmembers all the others "guys" too. He feels sorry but also feels proud for the way Branden was..."a good guy a good soldier" that's what he just say to me with a smile. I think is a soldier thing, I don't know. Last year we went to Fort Benning in a trip and we found Branden's name in the book they have in the museum honoring the fallen soldiers... my husband touch the name and smile...I think now he is better if I may say so. But I cannot imagine how can you feel, being his kin. My husband was Oberleitner's sgt and his lost affected him, and of course me too. But you have lost more and I ask God to give you all the strenght and the confidence to live with this. Also I want to let you know that Branden Oberleitner will be always in our hearts. Iam sorry I didn't tell you this before, I have tried several times but never finish cause it was to much for me. But I know God works in ways we do not understand, and today am doing it with tears and hope, hope you are all fine. God is the only how knows all the reasons. May God bless all of you, cause Branden is watching over you. Take care!!! (rafael.midas.negron@us.army.mil)"
Nilda Miranda of Fayetteville, NC

"To Branden's Mom, Dad and many friends
I have just found this site on the web-I am using it because in April of 2003 I made a commitment to pray for certain members of our troops who were in Iraq, or in one case, in the Navy in harm's way.

In most cases, out of the seven random people I was given, I had no last name, just a first name, branch of service, a spouse's name and if they had any children.

I have prayed for our troops in Iraq, and my seven "kids" since then, and I have worried about everybody's children. I have two "foster" sons in the Navy of my own, neither at this time posted overseas; but my own son's best friends' father was in Baghdad before the war started, from January until July 2003, and is now training Marine recruits in San Diego.

But that's not why I am writing.
Branden has touched my heart. What others have written about him makes me ache that he is no longer with you. I have a Brandon that I am praying for, with a wife named Melinda, and so I am looking tonight to see if he is okay. There have been a lot of Brandons on the list. There has been only one Branden and I say that, not to denigrate
the other men and women on this list--they are all heroes--but I can tell that there was that something special about Branden. That touch of the angel in him that reached out to others and made them post to the website.

I stopped for a night in Fort Campbell this summer. In the morning, my son and I ate breakfast at the Waffle House across the street. It was packed with young men in uniforms, my son's age, some with 101st Airborne T-shirts on, some in camos, one man who was definitely a drill sergeant. As is my practice, I went over to the drill sarge and thanked him for what he is and has been doing for me and our country.
As I talked to him, the young men in fatigues came up to pay their bill, and I did the same to them-they had been over in 2003 and the one young man I talked to said it was his Momma's prayers that had brought him back. The Rangers got up, but they were intimidating-I just smiled my thanks at them.

I wish Branden had been on my random list. I wish I could have met him in the Waffle House this past summer.
I am so sorry for your loss, and for all the people who knew him.
And I just wanted to let you know that. Please let his mom know that, too.

PS
So far, my seven appear to be safe"
Carol Liller White of Madeira Beach FL

"We have chose Branden and Branden's family to pray for this holiday season. Our family is praying very hard each day that pain caused by Branden's sacrifice may be eased in some small way. You are in our thougths and in our hearts. God Bless You!"
Mike, Khris, Kyle & Katrice of Eagan, MN

"Where do you?



Where do you get the strength to enter the army knowing your going straight into the war?

Where do you get the heart to fight for your country and the freedom of all man kind?

Where do you get the courage to go right in the line of fire knowing you may never return?

Where do you get the strength, courage and heart to walk to a family's front door and tell them that there child is never coming home?

Where do you ever find the knowledge to get over the hurt and pain in your heart over this child that was killed when he was only doing his job?

How Do you forgive those people that did this to your child, that you and others loved so dear?

How can you look in the faces of all the people hurt by this one brave soldier who touched so many hearts?

How can you heal from this pain and the thoughts when you think ' Things could have gone different if would could change one thing you did while raising your child?'

How long does it take to heal and try and forget what has happened but never forget the Brave man you lost?

How long does it take to realize that your child turned into a brave young man who fought for others lives, liberty, and happiness?

Where do you find these answers?

The truth is you may never find them but you have to try.

That child grew up to become braver then some people will ever be.

You have to try and realize there is never going to be an awnser to every question.

Questions can be left unanswered, but you can never stop searching for these answers to these questions.

Because one day out of the blue you might find the answer to one of those questions and that hurt and pain may start to heal. - Erin H.

My brother was best friends with Brandon when they were growing up. I just thought it would be a good thing to put up my peom that I wrote right after Brandon died on his Memorial site."
Erin Holdren of Westerville,ohio

"Ich bin tief traurig und wuensche der Familie alles gute"
Walter Steiger of Engelburg,St.Gallen,Switzerland

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

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!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"In Tucson, Arizona today, May 31, 2004, I carry Branden F. Oberleiterner's name on my wrist. I participated in a photographic shoot by a local photographer from Pima College as several hundred people (each wearing a fallen soldier's name) were draped in the American flag to honor those 783 soldiers who have died in Iraq."
E. Upton of Tucson, Arizona USA

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

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

"my deepest sympathies to Branden's family and friends. He will be greatly missed. I had the privilege of serving with Branden in B co. 1st platoon for the better part of a year. He was by far one of the best soldiers we had. He may be gone but he will definitely not be forgotten by the soldiers of the 2/502 INF. I am keeping his family and friends in my prayers as they are going through this great loss. May the Lord bless you infinitely."
Spc. Michael Sanders of hhc 2/502

"To the family of Branden, Iam sorry to have heard about Branden. I to was over in Iraq and lost freinds, but not so close to home. I also knew Branden in high school, he was a year under mine and I also whent to JVS Deleware at the same time, talked and saw him frequently.I am sorry about your loss but know that He and eveybody else did it for the people they loved back at home.
My prayers are with you and with him always."
Cpl Dave DeRose U.S.M.C of Camp Lejeune NC / Worthington OH

""To the family and many friends of Branden" - I just learned of Branden's memorial site and wanted to extend my family's condolences to his family. My son is in B Co 2-502 and served with Branden and spoke highly of him. May God comfort you during this difficult time. Memories never die."
Jacky Galassi of Springfield, IL

"Thank you Branden Oberleitner, 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

"My truest and deepest regards to Brandon's family and to the rest of his friends here at home.I went to Middle School with Brandon and then through High School, I met Brandon for the first time on the football feild at Kilbourn Middle. He was so very compassiont and understanding as I got to know him better he was truly a funny guy. We sat next to eachother in home room and he always made me laugh. He was a true leader, I will always remember the words of courage he gave to me being a female and playing football on a boys team. He always stood by me and didn't look at me crazy like everyone else did cause I wanted to play football. I cried like a baby the day I learned he was taken from us, I miss you Brandon and I am always thinking of you! God Bless Brandon's Family. My E-Mail is Dreams200183@Yahoo.com if anyone wants to Wright."
Caroline Peters of Worthington,Ohio

"Branden was a man of honor and respected in Bravo Company as a technically and tactically proficient, as well as reliable infantryman and RTO. An attestment to his good traits was that he was selected to be 1st Plt's RTO, a position which is reserved for the best enlisted soldier who can pass a secret security clearance screening. He was the epitome of what every american should be: loyal, honorable, strong in mind and body, commited to the missions success as well as his fellow soldiers even in the most adverse of situations. I knew Branden since January 03 when I was assigned to B-Co. I can honestly tell you that he was and still is loved by the entire company as well as many others. In June I escorted him home to Worthington, Ohio for internment. His family and friends really left the impression on me that this man was not only a great soldier but a great friend and citizen to his community. He will be missed but never forgotten. To his family I say thank you for raising such an outstanding man and thank you for your hospitality to me when I was there for the funeral. God Bless You and thank you for everything you still do for Bravo Company, 2-502 Inf in Branden's name."
2LT Hank Hamblin of LaFollette, TN

"I had a great honor of meeting and hanging out with Brandon "Obie" Either in Nashville, or when he came over with My fiance Jason Resnik to hang out in Louisville. Pick me up from work so we all could hang out, or have a party. He was one the only young man that trully was an Elvis fan, he always made us laugh. He was a unique person and everyone had learned something from his loving attitude. My condolences go out to his family and friends."
Ellen Spektor, Jason Resnik's fiance of Louisville, Kentucky

"I lived around the corner from Brandon on E. North St. and went to school with him for a few years. I didn't talk to him much when we were young but during high school I saw him around town and at parties w/ friends. I always thought he was such an interesting person, definitely one of a kind, and his close buddies told me stories about their fun growing up with him. I was shocked to hear that he was killed. Even though he wasn't a close friend of mine I can't believe he's gone--it's really terrible. I wish I could have said goodbye before he left for the Army, or told him what a good guy he was. I admire his bravery and send my thoughts to his family and friends."
Alison of Dublin, Ohio

"My name is Les Anderson, and we have a son in the 101st Airborne, now serving in Iraq. Our son, SPC Zach Anderson recently wrote us and told us of the passing of Brandon. He was one of our son's best friends, being together from basic.

Know that Zach, as well as we and you guys, are hurting. Also know that HIS peace will get you through this!"
Les Anderson of Colorado City, TX

"My words are inadequate to thank you all for your words of love and compassion for Branden. My Wife and I as well as our whole family,
have been elevated by the compassion, prayers and devotion from EVERYONE, but especially the men, women and families of Ft Campbell.

Thanks for the friendship that you extended to Branden while he was away from home. Friends and family meant all the world to him.

Branden's Aunt, Shannon, sent me the URL of this page. My email address is freeguy@ameritech.net. I tried to send an email to one of the post-ers to the message board about things to send to The Renegades. I have a list of some things that Beth Pettry (Wife of the company XO), sent that her Husband said that the men needed. We are mailing some things this week. I'm sure that his comrades-in-arms would love to hear from loving folks back home.

My prayers are for the soldiers of the 502nd, for their safe and swift return home, and for their families, as well as all of our Nation's warriors."
Freeman Carmack, Branden's Stepfather of Worthington, OH

"It is hard to lose a son, daughter, wife, husband, etc. There are no words to ease the pain. I am sorry for your loss. It pains me to read all the names. One could be mine or my family some day. I thank you and Army Pfc. Oberleitner for the selfless sacrifice in the face of danger in service to our country. I will not forget. Neither will my family.

Sincerely,

Richard C. Stahl Maj, NC, USAFRES"
Major Richard C. Stahl of Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

"Branden was a very brave soldier who will live on forever in my heart as a hero. I am only 13 years old but my brother, Leo, is overseas. He is with the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell Kentucky. My mom, sister-in-law, and me are all a part of the Renegades Family Readiness Group. I just wanted to tell you that Branden will always be a hero to me and my friends and family."
Shelby Bergin of Washington, Missouri United States

"I am so sorry for your loss. Your son is a hero forever.All the angels welcome him home..May God heal your hearts and carry you through this tough time. Your son will forever live in your hearts. Your pain was felt throughout our Battaloin and we all send our condolences to your Family..C.co Frg co-leader/ Bn Frg Leader 2/502"
Teresa Land of Ft. Campbell Ky

"I would like to send a care package to Branden's company in his memory would someone please let me know the address where it can be sent. Thanks
Beci Bench,
bench115@attbi.com"
Beci Bench of St. Clairsville, Ohio

"I also wanted to say to anyone one of you out there interested in talking or simply making contact, that I would like to hear from you. It would give me great pleasure to hear and exchange stories of Branden. My email address is shanfassler@yahoo.com or feel free to write me:
Shannon Fassler
Siebensgebirgsallee 9
51147 Cologne, Germany"
Shannon (Branden's Aunt) of Cologne, Germany

"I want to personally thank each and everyone who has taken the time to send a message to Branden and to our family. The messages deeply touch our hearts. For me personally, they offer me peace-of-mind and the feeling that Branden will not be forgotten because he was so loved by us, and by those of you who had the opportunity to meet or know how great of a person he was and will forever remain."
Aunt Shannon of Cologne, Germany

"To the Family of Branden "Obie" ..Our deepest symphaty for your Loss...When I talk to my husband over the phone..He told me a little bit about "OBIE" I never met Obie..but in a way my husband describe him...I know He's a great and Brave Guy..My husband consider him as one of His good Friend!.A friend that he can trust and Lean on to!..

again Our Deepest Sympathy..Our Prayers and Thoughts are with You!

From PFC James and He's Family..
God Bless! and Keep Strong"
Ina of Fort Campbell KY.

"To the Family of Branden Oberleitner. My deepest sympathy for your loss of your precious son. My son Steve Tofanelli is with the 502 and I know he is feeling the loss as are the others. I did not know Branden but from everything I have heard about him he must have been a remarkable young man. I like to think that now he is someones gaurdian angel. take care and God Bless. Ada Tofanelli"
Ada Tofanelli of Laurium, Michigan USA

"I send my heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Brandon Oberleitner. My son, Kyle Morrison is also a member of the B-Company. I am sure Kyle and the other soldiers are grieving for their lost boy. All of us family members of the B-company are saddened for you. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace and understanding."
Kyle's Mom, Midge of Wilsonville, Alabama

"I want to send my condolences to the family of Brandon. I am the sister of Robert Shrode. He was injured the day Brandon died. I can only imagine the pain and grief you are going through. Look to God to be your strength as you go through this time of healing. He is with you always. Know that your son was a hero to all Americans."
Laura of Decatur, AL

""I wrote this poem in memory of PFC Branden Oberleitner or "Obie" as he is better known as with his friends. He will be terribly missed. I did not have the privaledge of knowing him personally. But seeing him at the company and hearing all the good things about him, I know he was a remarkable soldier and all around good guy. May he rest in peace and know that he did not die in vain. Bravo company is missing a great soldier but Heaven has gained another angel. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Renegades Forever!


"Always A Soldier"

Iraq was all they talked about
They trained hard day in and day out
But it became real when their boots touched the sand

Our soldiers all stood brave and true
And knew the jobs they had to do
They were ready for the tasks that were at hand

When it came time to answer the call
They never gave less than their all
Their focus was strong, the team undefeated

There were days of great tragedy
Still they fought so valiantly
Their strength grew with every mission completed

The times they lost one of their own
God picked him up and brought him home
In spirit, the team will remain together

They were brave and courageous men
Who will never be forgotten
They were all heroes and will be forever"
Elizabeth of Ft. Campbell, KY

"I knew Branden for a short time when Jason and his friends came to visit..
He was a marvelous young man. He was Jason's roommate in Fort Campbell also and he was very good to Jason. I know Branden will be missed a lot. My tears are still falling for one of our "BOYS".. God Bless YOU!!! You are all in my prayers!

Much Love"
Vicki Resnik (Jason Resnik's Mom)

"I want to give my condolences to the family and friends of Brandon. I had the great honor in meeting Brandon at Fort. Campbell, he was my brothers roommate and was a great soldier. He will be greatly missed all the soldiers from Alpha Company 5/20 Infantry Battalion send their prayers also."
Pfc. Gary L. Resnik

"I am so sorry for your loss..Obie came to our home several times with Jason and their friends. He was very mannerly and fun person. He and I both loved "The King" so we had a common interest there. You raised a fine young man and it has been really hard for us and I know Jason loved rooming with him. My love and respect go to you and your family at this time and if there is anything I could do PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me..I didn't realize being the Mom of a soldier was so hard..you are in my prayers.."
Vicki Resnik of Louisville, Ky/Jefferson Cty

"To the family & friends of Spc. Branden Oberleitner - I am so sorry for your loss. My son is in B Co 2-502. Please know you & your family are in my thoughts & prayers every day. May God help you through this difficult time. Take care."
Chery Bergin of Washington, Missouri, USA

"To the family and friends of Branden Oberleitner...
My brother was Brandens room mate at Ft. Campbell. I am sending my love, prayers and support to you during this difficult time. Please know you have our deepest sympathy.
All our love,

Sanya Bowen
sister of PVC Resnik"
Sanya of Louisville/KY/USA

"To the family and friends of Spc. Branden Oberleitner:
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 Branden for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on