Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Michael F. Pedersen

26, of Flint, Michigan
Killed when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in central Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Died on April 2, 2003.

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"Thinking of you this morning, remembering you standing against the door frame in the kitchen asking me if I was going to make some Turkey Salad out of the left over Turkey....memories are so sweet my son, but do not replace the joy in my heart watching you enjoy your turkey salad."
Lila Lipscomb of Columbus, OH

"Incredible day yesterday giving honor to you with the balloon releases in your honor...your Mom even took a straight shot of tequila for you!! Love and miss you."
Lila Lipscomb of Columbus, OH

"Mike was a good friend when we were stationed together in Hawaii. We played ALOT of basketball and had many great memories. I think about him often and this time of year the most."
Todd Ellis of Honolulu Hawaii

"Will never stop honoring you. Thank you for your service. Rest In Peace. Condolences to the family of Michael."
Rose of Phoenix, Az

"Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about you. Rest peacefully brother, I miss you."
Josh Wofford of Sacramento, CA

"Still sucks."
Lila Lipscomb of Columbus, OH

"42 years ago we were one still. Then you came into this world, 8 lbs 14 1/2 oz, 23 1/2 inches....yes you filled my womb, but the joys I received were so worth it. Missing you on this your 42 birthday baby boy. I love you and will be with you again one day."
Mom of Columbus, OH

"Always the hardest time of year. 14 years and still can't believe it."
Mom of Columbus, Ohio

"Hope you are in a calm place, surrounded by peace and wonderful music."
Claudio Dirani of Sao Paulo- Brazil

"Your memory lives on. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
Len Randol of Point, TX

"Just remembering...."
Mom of Columbus, OH

"Loving you and wishing you a happy Heavenly Birthday today my son. Thank you for the honor in your life and death."
Mom of Columbus, Ohio

"I went to AIT with Michael in 1996. Tonight, in his memory, I'll carry a brick with his name on it in my pack during a GoRuck event. Never forgotten."
Marc McMaster of State College, PA

"Saw your beautiful self in my dreams..Thanks for the visit. I know you see your beautiful great nieces...So proud of their Mommy and GG!!!"
Mom of Columbus, Ohio

"You are not forgotten this memorial day."
Daniel Wilson of Fort Jackson, SC

"I wanted to make sure that Sgt. Michael F. Pedersen's family knows that he has not been forgotten on this Memorial Day.

I went to Whittier with Mike and remember him from those days. He was a charasmatic young man who liked to make people laugh. Mike and I weren't really close in those years, but we had several classes together. I was saddened all those years ago when I first heard of Mike's sacrifice. I think about Mike often and want his family to know that he hasn't been forgotten."
Len Randol of Cassville, Mo

"Thank you Brent!"
Lila Lipscomb, Mom

"Today is 26 April, 2015. I met Michael when we were stationed together at C Co 25th AVN REGT in Hawaii. I am in an organization called Team RWB, specifically Tucson, AZ. We have a run today hosted by the University of Arizona called "Honor the Fallen" and I am running in Michaels memory."
Brent Liber of Tucson, AZ

"Today your baby is 19. My how the time has flown by. It seems like yesterday she was my Doo!!!! I can hear your spirit in her voice and see your light in her eyes!! Continue to walk with her to guide and teach her. Missing you like crazy especially at times like this!!!"
Big Sis Jennifer of Flint, MI

"They took down our home today and all I could do was think of you and all that you are not physically present for but I could have sworn I seen your spirit float out as they demolished. I miss you everyday and know you wrap us tight in your love and spirit. Destiny is all grown up and you're a Great Uncle!! How you would eat Rylee Christine Bennett up!!! RIH My sweet Lil Bro!!!"
Jennifer Pedersen of Flint, MI

"Eleven years....time passes but the pain continues to linger...we have learned to live on in your absence, thank you for showing us that HONOR is the greatest gift left to those of us still here...We love you and miss you."
Lila Lipscomb, Mom of Columbus, Ohio

"I was in the 101st Airborne when I observed Sgt. Penderson he was a very experienced hard worker who knew his job very well. I didn't know him as well as some but he impacted and showed a good example in the little time I knew him he is gods crew chief now with all of his angels."
Gilbert Duran of El Paso.Texas

"Happy Birthday Michael."

"Veteran's Day 2013....Thank you my son..."
Mom of Columbus, Ohio

"I am riding acoss country with fellow Vetrens on a "Run to the Wall" Memorial day awareness mission. My wife is riding with me in memory of patriots i have had the honor of serving with over the last 12 years of war. I knew SGT Pederson from 2-25 in Hawaii. I deployed to Afghanistan on the same rotaion. My soldiers were and are all very fond of him. I will never forget. I will never let him be forgotten."
Craig of Huntsville, Al

"Ten years...Today God let me see that this day is not the day you died, it is the day you started living with Him...So today I celebrate your spiritual birthday!"

"Another Helicopter down..God be with the family and friends I pray...."
Lila Lipscomb of Columbus, Ohio

"36 years ago you were handed to me....Happy Birthday my son. So proud of the man you became and the belief's you stood for. I know one day our spirit's will be re-united. The love continues."
Mom of Columbus, Ohio

"I have seen the movie ,and saw your family and ,the incredibly sad,news about your son,and it has been 10 years,I hope that your family has healed enough to go on,I promise that there are many of us who grieve with you,and we will never forget your sacrifice and your sons and those who have been lost since then,I hope that we will soon end this war ,we as Americans can not free people who don't want for freedom or peace.Im sorry that you have to live your lives without your son.Those of us who have been in the milliatary will never forget ,each day that passes I pray for those who have been and those who are there ."
Jim of Louisville ky

"I was so heart broken when I saw your story as a freshman in college. I couldn't stop crying and being angry for you and you family. Such a strong beautiful family with great values. And such a beautiful man you are. May you continue to rest in peace and your family continue to find strength with time...God bless you all....and thank you for all you did and what to continue to do..."
Zipporah of Sacramento, Ca

"Thank you. I miss you so much. Life goes on, and I go on, but oh my goodness. I do not carry this cross alone, God is with me as I know you are also. Missing you."
Mom of Columbus, Ohio

"Happy Fathers Day"
Chanel Pedersen of Woodbridge Va

"Remembering you and the "Storm 6" tonight. Love and miss you so much. A tough few months this year. I know I am not alone in my pain. Honorned to be your mom."

"It is 2:41am and I'm currently in the U.A.E. My bracelet is still worn to this date as I remember the members of Aircraft 557."
Chris Hartley Jr. of Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

"Rembering you my son, tomorrow will be nine years.....I love you and know that you are so with us still. Thanks for all the signs. God bless the families of the "Storm 6"."
Mom of Columbus, Ohio

"Happy birthday"
Destiny & Chanel

"Remembering you guys on this Veteran's Day. Thank you for your love and service to our country Mike, we will never forget Storm 557. You are always in our thoughts and prayers."
Tara Janu of Sparks, NV

"I'm sorry Lila, I called you Lisa down there. Thank you again for getting your message out there. Without he strengthnof mothers like you and families, these soldiers stories wouls never be revealed. Your strength is incredibly inspiring. I hope one day I can have half the resilience you show in striving for justice for your son. Thank you thank you to you your family and your son. ( and daughter whom served proudly too.)"
Kara W. of Lake Stevens, WA

"Thank you for having faith in this country when even members of the government cannot make your kind of committment. The pain you and your family and the family of any service members has suffered is sickening. To send the youth, the future of ones country to fight for the pride of old men is a cowards way. I will never again trust in this government. One that can show such injustice and dishonesty to its' own countrymen. Greed has taken over this country. Lisa your suffering is not alone, please take comfort in the fact that your son and those fallen service members are carried on in those of us whom understand the senselessness of war. Keep your head held high and his life will not have been taken in vain. You are loved."
Kara W. of lake stevens, wa

"I did not know Michael but my niece was the wife of Capt. James Adamouski. I also know the agony of losing a child having lost my daughter in November of 2001. I just wanted you to know that your family has the sympathies of our family, as well. Not a day goes by that I don't think of their sacrifice. I know the pain doesn't get any easier and in some ways even gets harder to bare. I just wanted you to know that Michael has not been forgotten. God bless him and your family."
Lynn Lacey of Lorton, VA

"Mike, I was just thinking back to our youthful days joking around and playing hoop. U were a cool dude. Our last names always had us seated close by in class. Memories are a blessing. RIP my friend"
Vincent Payne of Flint Northern '96

"Wow, I don't know why this year is so hard for me...it is true it is just not me..it still hurts so hard words cannot explain. Does it ever stop hurting??? Seems like it only gets buried then rises again..."

"For some reason I am missing you like crazy. I still cry too hard and feel you close. Miss you like it was yesterday!!"
Jennifer Pedersen, Big Sis of Flint Town!!!

"Words cannot express how I am feeling today we miss u"
Chanel Pedersen of Washington Dc

"Happy Birthday baby! You still are so missed. We know you are with us in spirit, but the flesh still aches!"
Mom of Roseville, CA

"Wow just found the post card you sent to Spudnick in 1996, at the end you told him to be good because you did not want to attend your younger brothers funeral. So instead he had to attend yours. Man, it really sucks."
Lila Lipscomb of Roseville, CA

"Dear Sweet Lil Bro. I miss u like crazy, but I feel and see u all around. Hug Destiny she sure misses you too. All I can do is keep on going, but it's hard not to fall. Keep your presence and protection around your nieces and nephews as they grow up. They need to know and feel you. Love you and miss u much. Your Big Sis always."
Jennifer Pedersen of Flint, MI

"Remembering you and the "Storm 6" this weekend. Thank you son for all you gave."
Mom of Flint, MI USA

"7th Anniversary. I prayed this morning and had a moment of silence for each of you that was gone to early in that horrible crash of the Blackhawk on 4/2/03. Michael, Jimmy, Scott, Eric, Erik and Matt. Our love has endured and you continue on in our hearts!"
Lila Lipscomb, Mother of Sgt. Michael Pedersen of Flint, MI - USA

"thanks Mike for giving me the opportunity to being your friend. i do miss you."
Mark Liberatore of Cco. 25th aviation

"Today is the 6th anniversary. I lower my flag to 1/2 staff for 6 days, one for Michael, Eric, Jim, Scott, Erik and our Mat. I'll never forget your guys sacrifice."
Ron Arteno of Auberry, Ca

"Six years has went by and life has been different without you around. Destiny made the honor roll. You would be proud of us I got promoted back in Oct and now im getting ready to deploy. Today was a hard day for me I felt like every little thing reminded me of you i will always hold you in my heart and you will never be forgotten. I am strong woman because of you. I love you Michael"
Sgt Pedersen, Chanel of Iraq

"History has been made this day my son!
We have a new president, one that looks just like our family. Thank you once again for all you did to make today possible for those of us left behind. I love you and you remain the missing link in our family."
Mom of Flint, MI

"Dearest Lila:

It was just in recent days that 'truth' reached my desk. As an At-Large Director for Right To Life, I campaigned heavily at the Bush Headquarter-campaign office in Florida. We collaborated with a vast number of churches across the United States. My eyes were closed as I fully maintained my allegiance to the man we put in office, until the Lord got my attention through Kenya. The event negated George Bush's stand on terrorism. I eventually furthered my investigation that lasted almost 18 hours a day for several weeks. Your son's letter and your tears caused me to crumble in the end, over the truth that this man, we worked so hard to elect, derailed pro-life and a church at large. There is an even deeper darkness behind the scenes beyond what we want to accept. God is preparing His church to battle like never before. But to the heart of a mother, I would like to leave a message to comfort you. I truly believe the Voice of Truth is ignited through you and your son and the greatest of all end-time battles consists of the men and women who gave their lives here. Michael is no longer in the grave but very much alive with God; highly decorated and honored to be a part of the most victorious of all military. Your eyes have yet to see what God has done for him. His voice continues to pierce the hearts of many. There is an exhilaration in Heaven as the Commander in Chief, the Risen Lord, prepares His vast Army. Can you hear the men shouting with rapturous joy as they salute each other with their shields?! Honored mother, whose son is chosen by God, why do you cry at the grave? Raise up your head from the ground and salute your beloved soldier in the Lord's direction above, because he wishes more than anything that you could see him now. God has honored your patriotism because your heart was pure. Many did cry over their loss and God will comfort them as they realize their children live with God and partake of great things. "O death where is your sting..." Hear what God is saying in that scripture verse. There is great joy in Heaven - as the Lord makes ready for His return. No life will be lost in God's vast Army....as He causes even the wiles of darkness to shutter at the sound of their voices. A family reunion awaits you - a reunion that would never be separated again. It's far from over and...THE BEST IS YET TO COME! What the devil thought he destroyed, God enlisted in the 'greatest' of all battles to come - The world's martyrs will proclaim GREAT VICTORY as God's glorious soldiers proudly march forward. The most magnificent battle for FREEDOM will be won as they strike at the devil's heel once and for all. The Marriage Supper and Eternal joy shall surely come to pass. Lift up the fallen flag and wave the banner of TRUTH because no darkness can ever destroy the LIGHT!"
Renee Maimone of USA

"I did not go to the cemetery today because I stop to remember you and the thousands of other soldiers daily. You deserve that and so do they. Over five years now and it still is not easy. I love you with my entire being and miss you even more. I don't understand God's plan I just have to believe that He knows so much better that I. I love you my son."
Mom, Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan

"Whats up mike this is your little brother spud. We love you and will always miss you. Thank You for watching over us. Your two nephews miss you and we love you so much"
Spudnick of Flint Mi

"Five years have went by so fast. Destiny miss you so much There not a day that goes by that I dont wish you was around. I wish you was here to see her grow up. Thank you for watching over us"
Destiny & Chanel of Fayetteville NC

"Happy Birthday baby. Gone but so not forgotten! I love and miss you so much."
Mom of Flint, Michigan

"Bangkok, Jan 23, 2008

Today we discussed this tragedy in class during the course "Ethics and Laws in mass communication" at the International Institute of Studies at the Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok, Thailand. We also watched Michael Moore's documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11". I did not know SGT Michael Pedersen personally, nor did I serve for the U.S. military. I cooperated with american troops during a partnership with my former german airborne ranger unit in Nagold, Germany and got several friends among them.
I want to tell his family in the name of all students of our course, that the world did not forget about Michael.

Regards from Southeastasia,

Kai of Bangkok, Thailand

"December 30, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Michael F. Pedersen:
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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Lila ~

Just a note to tell you how much we appreciate everything Michael has done. It was an honor having Jennifer interview you for the Dec 07 issue of PLUS Model Magazine... Thank you a million times over... thank you for sharing your lives... And much love to your and your family during this holiday season --"
Valery Amador of Vancouver, WA

"Thank you Michael Pedersen for being an inspiration. You stood up for things which you believed in your heart and have positively impacted many people. Thank you Lila for sharing your story and your mother's love with the world in your recent interview with Jennifer J. I am another actor from the show: Bury the Dead and I work very hard every night to pay honor and respect to our soldiers through my performances.

Peace to you and may the spirit of the Lord continue to hold your family."
James Jolly of Los Angeles, CA

"I served with your daughter at Camp Pendleton, your family has served our country with the love, patience, and determination you have shown. tell the Navy-Girl that "mike-e" says hi! 720-341-3446"
Samuel Boggus of Denver Colorado USA

"Dear Lila,
My daughter Jennifer is portraying you in a play in Los Angeles, "Bury the Dead". Her love for you and your family is so great that it has ignited a flame of love in our hearts for Michael and your dear ones. As mothers we are united in pain and loss, as citizens we are united by outrage and a sense of betrayal by our government and president...but as believers we are united by love and hope that one day we will be together again in joy!
With love, Susan Jonassen"
Susan Jonassen of Greenville, NY

"To the Pederson Family,
I would like to give my condolences for the lose of your loved one. I served with Mike at C/25 Avn Brigade in Hawaii. He was a very special person, you never forget someone like Mike. Mike Id like to say that one day well play basketball again. Miss ya man"
Victor Nolasco of Salt Lake City UT

"I love you Daddy, I miss you. I will see you in Heaven one day."
Your Destiny for ever of Michigan/Georgia

"Your sacrifice was not in vain. My students have learned much of the way this war is being fought and how all our soldiers and other service members are being misused. You truly did make the sacrifice "So that others may live". Thank you and your family so much"
JP McTeague of NYC

"I served with Mike until I left HAAF,GA at the end of 02. We have not forgotten, nor will we ever forget. I was a crewchief back then. I was devastated back then to learn of the crash. Every year as the anniversary comes and goes images of him and the rest of the crew pop in my head. I just wanted you to know your son and the crew of 557 will never be forgotten. They are true AMERICAN HEROES and we miss them very much. I've come to this page many times and could never find the right words to say. I hope all of you know how much Mike is truely missed by all the people he touched in his life.RIP crew of 557. we miss you!!"
CW2 Tim S of Clarksville, Tn

"4 years ago today! We lower our Flag to half staff for 6 days to honor you and the Crew of 557. We knew Mat Boule.
We'll never forget youz guyz..."
Ron Arteno of Auberry, California

"Hey Mike,
years have passed... . My flying days are over, about to go be an Instructor in VA. I miss you bro, we all do. New Years was just another one of those moments when I, we, wished you were out with us, sharing your laughs and dreams. Damn."
T of Ft. Hood, TX


I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF, but also for your service in Bosnia as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"And still I cry. I sometimes think of your sleeping until Jesus comes to awaken you. It is not for you I pray anymore, you are safe and ok, it is for us, the ones left behind. We are called to live each day without you. It is for your brother I pray for the most. He now has to face getting out of his own problems without you coming and putting him over your shoulder and bringing him to safety. I know God is watching and protecting us until he calls for us also. I love and miss you so much, with each day that passes the whole in my heart remains open!"
Mom of Flint, MI

"Hey Little Brother,
I am home once again and I feel you close. Lord knows how hard it has been since you've been gone. I hold on to the thought of you and Big Mama holding me and carrying me with our Father holding me strong. Destiny is so grown and I am so proud to be Aunty. Thank you for leaving me a piece of you to hold close. I still can't watch the news or hear "his" voice. I still can't believe all these people are still dying in vain, but then again God tolds us it would be like this. May he have mercy on those of us who still have to deal with our lives and our childrens' lives in the midst of this mayhem, chaos and destruction. Peace be with us all."
Jennifer Pedersen of Flint, MI

In times like these, Many people believe that an anthom for our troops will serve to inspire a voice that will keep them forefront in the hearts and minds of the American People, while those of us who care can continue the fight for their safe return. I was blessed to have an original song titled "If We Stand Together" edorsed by former Mayor of Stockton CA Gary Podesto. I would like for you to hear the song titled "Its Going To Take Love" Dedicated to Michael F Pedersen, and Our troops who are ready to come home.please contact Pastor James Richard at tropwencorp@yahoo.com. God Speed
It's time to Stop the Hurt, and Start the Healing."
Pastor James Richard of Kent Washington/ USA

"God Bless You! As my brother went to Afghan, I prayed so hard every night that he would be safe. Each and every soldier that has passed and that lives is deeply in my heart. Lauri and I bought a Poppy today from a Vet. We support you and your "brothers". Bless you."
Tricia of Owosso, Michigan

"Lila and Family,
I am forever changed by the message you put forth to our nation in "Fahrenheit 9/11". My heart goes out to you! The photos here of Michael are so wonderful, really bringing a face to a feeling I have had since I saw the documentary last night. May God richly bless you all and draw you closer together."
Leisa of Memphis, Tennessee, USA

"Hi Baby,
Another year, 3 now today. News of two more helicopters down this weekend. Still more of your comrades coming to Heaven with you. I miss you so hard. I know your spirit is here with us, yet my flesh aches to get a hug from you, I keep on hugging here, it helps, but it is not you. As I was driving I came across a group of friends standing on Miller and Balenger, still trying to bring your friends home. America is waking up, so much love for the troops and support, each giving all they have. I am so proud of them and hold them every chance I get, but it is not you. I live by a song by Yolonda Adams now, "And Still I rise", you know the words as you sing it with me always, lifting me higher than the clouds. I pray for the Storm 6's other five families today as I know their tears are flowing just as mine are. Until we hug again."
Mom, Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan

"To the family and friends of Mike Pederson...My name is Robin. My son, Nathan, is also Eric Smith's son. Though we've not met, I have seen and heard much about these 6 brave men, who at that one moment in time, tied our families together...forever. I'm so sorry for my delays in condolences. I know you understand what grief can do to you. Nathan not only grieves the death of his father; but of a father he never got to meet. He will never have memories of a loving father. I've spent the past 3 years trying to bring Eric to life for his sake. In doing so, I have realized that we have a great desire to know more about the men and women with whom he spent those last months. I have kept the families of these 6 men in my daily prayers and have decided to try to contact all of you on my son's behalf...to learn more about his father and those other 5 brave soldiers. You can contact me at jamnmom@cox.net. Again, please accept my most sincere sympathies. May God Bless you all!!!"
Robin of Topeka, KS

"Well Mike. It's been a minute. I miss the hell out of my bro. I try everyday not to think about all the things going on in this world cuz they all seem to bring me back to you. Since you've been gone I have begun to try and learn where we've been. I am now looking into our "other blood relatives" and I keep thinking that you are there with most of them. I hope you now understand who we were and what we are. Tell our father Hi and tell him I'm trying not to be mad anymore. No sense in being mad if I am the only one to remember the pain. Give Destiny my love I know you're watching over her and keeping her safe. I miss you boo and will see you again one day. P.S. - Kick Tiff in her butt for me. :) You know why!!"
Your Big Sis, Jennifer of Flint, MI

"Well one more year. Another year as past and it gets harder and harder. Today is your birthday and i wish u were here to spend it with us but god had other plans. Mike it still feels like a dream i keep thinking that u will be home because i was so used to u being away. but hey u still here in heart so happy birthday big brother until me meet again. I love u and miss u."
Baby Sis Lauri. of Flint

"Dear Michael,

I pray that the essence of the life which you shared in this world, and by the noble and selfless way you left it--continues to aid, comfort, inspire and give increased wisdom to those you knew, those you touched, and those who you loved. I pray that your name and deeds continue as an object of affection and illumination for those of us still wandering here in the dark. I pray that your family receives the strength and courage they need to continue in your temporary absence, till you meet again in Paradise. I also pray for your Mother, whom I know loves and misses you so much, yet is strong enough to share you with both this world, and the next.

May perpetual light shine upon you."
Joseph Wood of The United States of America

"To the family of:Michael F Pederson 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

"Jennifer, Tiffina and Tyrasha we always here for you."
T of in tha hood

"Mike, I hardly knew ya. When I was in Hawaii, you made us all laugh that night. John sends his love, and all who knew of you thought you was allright. Be good man.

See ya."
Darius of NYC

"Dear Mike,
Things have been getting really crazy around here since youve left, sometimes it doesnt seem as if we are even a whole family. It seems like you were the only thing that kept us together, so now that you are gone i dont know what is going to happen. Its been really hard for me to be happy now a days, but i always make a way for it to happen because i knew you wouldnt want me to be sad. I miss you more each and everyday and i cant wait until we meet again......"
Tiffina' of Flint, MI

"I am proud of you, son. You are one of the few who put themselves in the fray for America's sake, and you will not be forgotten.

I did not see the picture discussed below, but I have heard that you were a pleasant young man, and a fine soldier. May the road rise to meet you, my friend. Our thought go with the Pedersen family."
Frank Sturgis (Ret.) of KY

"mike rest in peace. Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. Semper FI.

Harris F. Dunkirk, Rhode Island"
harris f dunkirk of rhode island

"I did not know this fallen comrade, but I hope that all families of the fallen will be comforted by the 23rd Psalm: Yea, though I walk through the Valley of the shadow of Death, I shall fear no Evil, for you are with me." I am sure that Mr. pedersen did his part for his country. Amen to that."
"GI" Joe Wood of USA

"thanks for your service and honor"
ken of ny

"Thank you so much for your message. You visted my school today and it took a lot for me not to break into tears. Your passion and willpower is so strong that I know one day you will get all of the "answers" you are looking for. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. With all of the wonderful things you had to say about him I'm sure he was a wonderful young man. I know he is looking down and listening to all the good things and and he can see all the compassion and love you have for him and every part of your life. Your message deeply touched me. You are such a strong woman and I look up to you for that. You told me that "I could make a difference someday"...it made me stop and think. Thank you again. Thanks to your son for sacrificing his life for our country. God bless you."
Carrie, age 17 of Michigan

"Thank you so much for being strong enough to bring awareness to the grief that so many in the US are going through. Your message has touched so many people. I know your son is so proud of you."
Robin of SD

"As a tribute to you my son I extend an invation to all to join in the struggle for peace. I have founded a national organization "American Families United", which will provide accurate information on critical issues dealing with sustaining democracy in America, advocating for justice and fairness regarding international issues. Anyone interested in joining can eamil to americanfamiliesunited@comcast.net"
Lila Lipscomb, Mother of Sgt. Michael Pedersen of Flint, Michigan

"As I sit here and try to think of something to say, I can't think of anything. Sorry does not by any means come into play. Maybe a thank you to Michael's parents for brining him into the world. He was obviously a very brave man. A good friend of mine died in Afghanistan 5-5-04. So I have the same questions, why? how? My only wish is to all the families going through this pain the best of luck. I have watched Farenheit 911 several times, and I cried the first time and the last time I watched it."
Jennifer of FL

"I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for coming forward and speaking about your loss, so the nation can see the facts behind this war. We need more people like you. I was so touched by your story. I have watched the movie several times because I still can't believe my eyes. I no longer feel safe in my own country, nor free. I admire you immensely for all that you do. You have amazing courage. I wish I were standing next to you when you visited the white house and were confronted by that ignorant woman. I don't think I would have responded as kindly as you. And to answer Michael Moore's question...No, I will never trust the government again."
Lisa of Lowell, Massachusetts U.S

"To Lila,the Pedersen Family and all who have lost lovedones in this war.
I have taken the liberty to write part of a song that was originally done by Andy Fraser fom the band Free. However this particular version was done by the late Robert Palmer and I think it shows how most people in the world feel.
Someones looking for a lead
In his duty to a king or a creed
Protecting what he thinks is right
Fights against wrong with his life
Theres no profit in deceit
Honest men know that revenge does not
taste sweet
Whether yellow, black or white
Each and every man's the same inside
You know that love's the only goal
That could bring peace to any soul
Hey, and every man's the same
He wants the sunshine in his name...
My heart goes out to the families of both sides who have lost in this war
for the obscur purpose of power.
Sincerely, Dave Martin"
Dave Martin of Burnaby,B.C. Canada

"Lila, thank you for all that you are doing to make our world a better one! We the American public must speak up so that our brave and loyal soldiers, like Michael, can stop being maimed and killed in an illegal war that is making our world more dangerous for everyone."
David Dionisi, author of American Hiroshima and resident of Davis, California

"I just watched Farenheit 9/11. My heart goes out to Micheal Pederson and his family. I pray for him,his family, and all the other soldiers and families in that same situation. Your sons, daughters, and family members are not forgotten. To the families; you are not alone. God is with you as well as the nation. Your children are remembered and honored by people like you and others like us here."
Kristyn of Corpus Christi, Texas

"To the family of Sgt. Michael F. Pederson...my name is Maria, and I just wanted to say how truly sorry I am for your loss. My cousin was a Marine during the Golf War and made it home safely...but not the same. I feel for your huge loss...I will pray for Michael's spirit always!"
Maria Hernandez of Miami, Fl/USA

"In your honor and in your memory my son I am still loving, inspiring and helping others to be strong. My new venture is "Sweet Rewards", a program I am designing that will have Moms along with other family members adopting Veterans Hospitals that the USA owns. After all who better to help one ill feel better than a mom?? Knowing each of us have a mother inside. I can't help you to heal or feel better, but I sure can help your other brothers and sisters who are serving our country as committed as you were. Fresh baked cookies to our soldiers, love, inspiration or just a hug will be shared with your buddies! I love you so deep, thank you for your little messages you keep sending me."
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan

"Dear sweet brother,

How I miss you and wish you were here. Tiffina' is so grown, you should be very proud of her. She is turning into a beautiful young woman with ball handles of a pro. The high schools are trying to get her already before she even gets to the ninth. She is doing what we always said she would. I just hate that your not here to hold her and guide her in her decisions. I can just pray that you stay in her soul and hold her tight. Destiny is such a big girl. She reminds me of you every time I see her. I hold her tight and tell her how much we love her and how she can always call on Ti-Ti. Tyrasha' is a mess as you know always doing something, (ain't nothing changed). I read the poem Tiffina' wrote for you and am amazed at how well she can put her feelings into words. She is way better at that then we were. I miss you and think about you everyday. I can still feel you around and hope that you and Big Mama continue to guide and watch over us. Love your Big Sis"
Jennifer Pedersen of Flint Town USA (4 more years)

"Dear mike i miss you alot, cant seem to get you off of my mind. So heres a poem that i wrote for you:

I need to say goodbye although you're with me.
I stand beside your grave, yet you are here.
I miss you terribly and hope you miss me,
But when I turn to you, you're always near.
I talk to you as though you lived within me,
Not changed but simply moved in from outside.
I know each day you must a little leave me,
But here, as always, you must be my guide.
You were and are and will be, just as ever,
In many minds and hearts, not only mine.
And so goodbye does not mean you are gone:
So long as I still love you, you live on."
Tiffina' of Flint, MI

"To SGT Pedersen’s family, first we want you to know that Michael is an American hero and we will never forget him! We are sorry for your loss! We have created a keepsake package for Channel & Destiny and it has been returned to us as an "Undeliverable Shipment". If anyone knows where we can ship Channel & Destiny’s package, please email us at info@OperationThankfulNation.com with the information. Our prayers are with you."
Staff of Operation Thankful Nation of Auburn, CA

"Sorry about your son Micheal"
Sara of Lafayette Indiana


"Well 2 years huh...
Mike i think about u daily, this world is not the same since u went to be with the lord.As your baby sister it seems like the days get harder and more longer dealing with so much pain and heartache. I wish u were here i need your big brother advice and your wisdom. Mike i still sometimes wake and think let me call u, i still have your old cell number in my phone not wanting to erase it because it was a part of u when u were living. I still remember that day so clearly and it feels like it was yesterday. I never wantto go through anything like that again the scream momma let out was so painful. I also think about that christmas u were here the last one before u past. Me u and Crissa man that was so fun u was always so silly and funny. It's been 2 years and my whole world has change so for the good and some for the bad. Not having u around has been crazy for the whole family. I sometimes find myself saying that no of this is true i will wake up and things will be back to normal. Mike i talk to destiny and i kept her when she stayed up here of a hot second. It was so hard to say bye to her because it was like saying bye to u again. Mike nothing i will give to get u back but i know u are in a better place. Mike please watch over us and keep your arms around us. I love u so much and miss u like crazy my heart still aches and the pain is still so real. I wish i could hear your voice to let me know everything will be okay. Well let me go it's been 2 year and i just got the strengh to write this on this day through many tears and pain. Mike please comfort momma as a mother she needs u the most. i love u and u will always be in my heart."
baby sister Lauri of flint mi

"Two years, time is not measured with you gone.
Two years, I still can't breathe at times.
Two years and mothers are still getting news of their child's death.
Two years and another funeral here.
Two years and my tears still burn my cheeks as they fall.
Two years and I am so alone in a world of billions.
Two years and my heart and world are so empty.
Two years my arms still ache to hold you.
Two years my ears still listen for your voice.
Two years I still see your brother and sisters pain.
Two years, what is is all for?
Two years and time is still - still.
Two years and I still love you."
Lila Lipscomb, Mom. of Flint, Michigan

"Mrs Lipscomb,
It is with the deepest symathy and pain that I write you this note. I pray everyday that my family will never receive the terrible news you live with daily. Though I do not agree with all the opinions expressed in Fahrenheit 9/11, I want you to know that your son has not and will never be forgetten by his brothers/sisters in arms or thier families. Your family and the families of all who serve are the true heros, we soldiers must only do our jobs, it is those who are left behind who must deal with the consequences when something goes terribly wrong. You will remain in my families prayers, may the lord watch over us all and bring you and your family peace."
SSG John T USARMY of Baghdad, Iraq


2 years huh. I just found our Halloween party pictures just recently and it made me laugh so hard. You and Stewart were so funny in your "pimps" costumes. Those were the good ol days huh? As you know, I moved to Jacksonville, Florida recently, you know somehow, someway I was gonna get back down south. It's strange living here though because, just like in Savannah, I see military helicopters fly by, because there's a Navy Base here, and I think of you. I will never forget you and I know I will see you again someday. Dougie came back home though. Budda told me that he called when he got back from Iraq but I didnt get a chance to talk to him yet because I had already moved down here when he called. Pops has a very nice story in the Chicken Soup book. I miss you so much but I know that you are in a better place now and I know that I have somebody else up there watching my back. I'll love you forever and you'll always, always remain in my heart and be a part of my soul. You are truly irreplaceable. Remember this: "I love you, I miss you, I wish I could kiss you". I keep your letters you wrote to me while you were over there in Iraq and I read them once a week. I miss you so much. I wish that I could just go back in time just so I could hand your face in my hands and just look at you. You will always be my one true love.

I'll love you always,
Crissa McGee of Jacksonville, Floirda/USA


Chanel and I met a long time ago at camp in upstate Michigan. She and I were friends even before you two met, through your marriage and the birth of your daughter. You never met me and I have not seen Chanel since I was 12 years old. However, we have been in contact all these years. I pray for your family, your wife, you daughter and your mother. You will always be rememebered.

Kristin of Atlanta, GA

"what up mike this your brother-in-law that you only saw like twice i wish i had the chance to meet you and hang with you before you left. i heard alot of great things about you and how great of a person and father you was. i dont see how your family deals with the pain like they do because i know i couldn't so please help me understand, but i guess it is because you have a very strong family. well guess i get back at you later see you when i get up there"
michael blanchard of Flint, Michigan

"My name is vannie and i did not know Mike but it is sad to hear such a thing. My uncles were in the War in Iraq they didnt die but i could just feel how sad it is to loose some one so close. I wish mike could have meet me maybe he wouldnt be as mean as spudnik and hit me every time he see's me remember only the best die young and God takes soldiers and he needed you. You have fought your battle but you will never be forgoten. Hey i will meet you some time but untill then. Mrs. Lila i hardly know you but i know you have herd of me yeah its me Monkey remember i had to help clean out your pool with tiff well yeah i wish you the best. Remember the body may lay but the soul always stands."
Divania or Monkey of Flint, Michigan USA

"Hi mike this is spud your little brother. I just miss you very much and wish you can see your nephews the oldest is two and was born on your birthday and the youngest is one and i named him after you mike when they get older I will take them to see you and big mamma and tell them how much of a man there uncle was and how he gave his life so that all the people of this world can go to work,eat and sleep in peace but can i do that in peace no because you are not here and i will make sure that your name is not disrepected in anyway so i got to go know ok love you see you when i get home to. So keep my spot next two you and my lord warm for me love you and god bless us all and help us
Spudnick of Flint MI

"Dear Mike

It been 2 years since you been gone and everyday still feels like it was yesterday over the past few years things have change so much Destiny is still growing up to the funny lil girl who we always knew she would turn out to be can you believe that she nine all ready and I have join the army I graduate on the 31 March I wanted to be station at hunter so I could start where you left off but they are telling me the need me in Oklahoma so I will have to go there for 3 years mommy said she not moving there but she will come visit and duggie just got home from Kuwait he said he will come with me so that good for me and Destiny , Mike there not a day that goes by that we don’t wish you was here Today me and Destiny is going to take flowers down to your tree at FT Stewart thank you for watching over us and we love and miss you so much"
Pvt Chanel Pedersen of Savannah Ga

"Thank you Lila and Michael Moore. You two really put a face on the fallen heroes. I am from Flint as well, and I cried when I saw that part. You could really connect to the pain of a mother who had to bury her son."
Diana Richards of Flint, Michigan U.S.A.

"I want to say thank you to you, Michael, for your courage and service to our country and to my own personal safety. You are an honorable soul just as I believe my son, PFC Brandon Sapp, died an honorable soul, both of you giving so that others may live. In my tears, I know in my heart that God greeted both you and my son with "Well done, good and faithful servants". I look forward to the day of seeing my son again and to meeting you. God Bless You, Michael. Thank you again, Sir!"
Hope Veverka of West Palm Beach, FL

"Happy Birthday Baby! Almost two years now you have been gone and the pain is still so real, engulfs me just when I think I can put one foot in front of the other. I will be going to celebrate your first nephews 2nd birthday today, I wish you were here to share in the joy of his growing. God knew he was taking you so he gave me my first grandson on the day of my oldest son's birthday. You are gone yet so much alive to me. I love you, Happy Birthday baby!"
Mom of Flint, Michigan

"I remember feeling so very sad to listen to your painful story in Fahrenheit 9/11 but it seems unbearable to think that there are well over 1,000 families that are going through exactly what your family is.
I wish I could just wake up every single person up from their complete ignorance but unfortunatley a lot of ignorant people are out there.
Believe me-one day we are going to have to hold this president(George)and his administration accountable for the lies they have told-for the horrible mess their arrogance has caused.
I wish everyone would start asking tough questions and demand answers to them-I wish people eould open their eyes to the horrible reality that is.I have been to every anti-war in Iraq protest and protested the president(george's)inauguration and will continue to-you are in my prayers"
greg of Johnston RI

"Dearest Lila,
I saw the movie Fahrenheit 9/11, and cried so much.
I am so sorry for your loss. When watching the movie, when it shows you at the White House, I wanted to give you a hug, when you were crying.
When you read your sons last letter, I was crying so much, and looking at his pictures he is truly an Angel looking upon his Mama.
I will make a contribution to his scholarship fund.
I pray for your family and everyone deployed.
Love a military spouse,
Jessica of Yokosuka, Japan, US Navy

"Dear Lila, Pops and Family
When I first met you, I didn't know you were famous...I just knew you were a mother, like me, who lost her son..that was when we talked with Elliot..remember? I never even saw Fahrenheit 9/11..until I saw it with you in San Francisco...

You are my heart and soul friend. Casey and Michael are angels in heaven and they are cheering on their moms. They finished their work here on earth at a very young age...we old hags still have work to do here...then we can join our sons in eternal rest in a much, more beautiful place than this earth.

We can all look down from heaven and make fun of all the Bushies in hell..then we will get our justice..which is the best kind of justice.

Dear Me...you have been such a lifeline to me in my grief. I know it is so hard for you and this has torn our hearts and souls apart...but your friendship and love has meant the world to me..I love you so much.
Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Ca,

"I just finished watching Fahrenheit 9/11 and was absoultly shocked and devasted to learn of Michael Pedersen's death in Iraq. I served with Mike in Hawaii in C co. 25th AVN Regt and was friends with Mike. I remember (like it was yesterday) watching as Mike was pinned with the rank of Specialist and working with him on a daily basis. I loved working with Mike, he had a way of making jokes and having fun working, making long days seem short. I remember talking with him about his family and how much he loved them several times during the two years I served with him. I even had the pleasure of have him help me give a class on first aid that was handed to us at the last minute to "fill in" for Sgt's time trainning. I couldn't have had a better assistant Instructor. Mike was an excellent soldier to work with. It litterally brought tears to my eyes when I saw and realised that he was 1 of the 6 that was killed in the blackhawk crash. I am really devasted by it and really wish to extend my condolences to Mrs. Lipscomb, Chanel Pedersen and your families for the loss Michael. He will truly be missed.
I really hope they do end the occupation of Iraq soon for the sake of the rest of the soldiers and their families. I am out of the military now and I am disabled from a work accident after I was out of the military, but, my brother-in-law was in the 1st war in Iraq and was called back into the Army for this war. He is in the 3rd ID, and is preparing to be deployed back to Iraq for the second time in this war. He has told us that he is being told that this tour in Iraq is supposed to be for 18 months. I really don't see why they are making our soldiers go back over there for that long a period after all they have already been through.
It really made my heart drop watching and listening to Lila discuss what she and her family went through when she was notified about Michael. As I listened to Lila read his last letter home, I could actulay hear Mike's voice in the words she read. I really don't want my sister and her mother-in-law to recieve the same call for my brother-in-law, as well other families either. Again my deepest sympathies to you family Mike, We will all miss you.

If there is anything I can do for you Chanel or Mrs. Lipscomb, You can e-mail me at yo_domino@yahoo.com."
Joey (Sgt) White of Gadsden, Alabama, USA

"Micheal. I did not know you, but your story and your mother's has touched my heart. My brother (Army reserves) was stationed in Cuba when you passed. I remember reading about you in the paper and asking God why. I have no words that I can think of to express myself the way I want to. I can only think of my own sons, only babies right now. And how I am so lucky I have them to hold every night, and how lucky they are to have me to hold them. I know God has made you an angel. And I know you are a gardian to your family. Much Love to you, Michael, and all my thanks for what you have done in the name of our country."
Victoria Ebbert of Jackson. Mi



"I watched Fahrenheit 9/11 this week - not being sure what to expect. I was stunned to cry throughout the movie and angry when it was over. Lila Lipscomb and family - my prayers are with you. God Bless you all.

I hugged both my boys extra long after seeing the movie and hearing your story. They are 5 and 8. All of us mothers want to protect our kids. How tragic and heartbreaking that we as a nation didn't protect your son and many other sons and daughters.

Thank you for all you are doing to educate our nation."
Jennifer Varela of Houston, Texas USA

It's been almost 2 years since you passed and this is the first time I could something on this site for you. I really miss you baby. I really have been through a lot of bad times since you left me, but do you know what really got me through some of my roughest times, knowing that you loved me with all of your heart and that we were not at odds with each other when you passed. I would hate to have to carry around guilt of that magnitude because I didn't get a chance to tell I loved you before you died. I've been through some trying times since you passed away. It's funny how people treat you when someone dies, people acted like I didn't even exist, even to this day people are still acting like I don't exist. The sad part of it is,if you were still living I would not be receiving this sort of treatment. You would have a fit if anyone said anything out of the way to me, but like I said earlier, guilt is a trip. You know everybody has their opinions about us, but what we had was real. I still remeber packing you up and sending you off on one of the worst days of my life. I told you to come back to me and the last words that I ever saw you speak were, "I'm coming back to you. The will to live, Crissa, is amazing." My family misses you. Remember the "rat meat" that my mother made that you loved so much. We were just talking about that this past Thanksgiving. Budda really misses you. He got a dogtag necklace made with a picture of you. Mama found your favorite basketball shoes (the blue and black jordans) in our dresser drawer. Budda really misses playing basketball with you. Mama misses you being a "porch-head" with her. I miss you most of all. You really showed me the meaning of true love and happiness. A piece of my heart is buried with you. I'll love you always. Crissa"
Crissa McGee of Flint , Mi/usa

"To: Mike, Friends & Family,

It breaks my heart to know you have left us. The worst part is I've only found out a week ago. (over a year later) I am stationed in Honduras now. Away from my family again after being home only five month from Iraq. I volunteered though because my unit is due to go back to Iraq in Dec. (less than a year later). Anyways, I found this out through the movie as my wife was watching it. I got a phone call one night from my wife, Virgie crying to me. It was hard for her to tell me what the problem was because she had no ideal how I would respond. Well she finally said, "Jay, do you remember Mike and Chanel Pedersen from Hawaii," of course I said, "he was one of my favorite soldiers and how can I forget the way him and Chanel welcomed us into they're home. They were the ones who showed us around Hawaii. We still have pictures of them getting washed off the rocks by that huge wave. Yes I remember him, why? She said well, he's gone, he went down in a blackhawk April 2nd while serving in Iraq. I could not believe what she had just told me because I knew Mike so well and I knew when he left Hawaii he was planning on get out of the military. Plus I had already lost sevan soldier from my unit while I was deployed to Iraq. I been deployed to the Mid. East four times and Mike I agree 100% on what you said about our President in your letter. We' re over there for nothing. It should have taken us 14yrs to conquer this enemy. Chanel and Everyone else that has ever been close to Mike, my heart goes out to you. Chanel if or when you read this contact me and Virgie our e-mail address is va_slim70@yahoo.com

Mike you are Deeply missed by myself and so many others.
Peace Bra,
Jay and Virgie"
Jay (Shoma Johnson) of Honduras by way of Colorado Springs, Co.

"I watched F9/11 with my partner Wayne yesterday and could not believe what I saw. I am not afraid to admit that before watching it, I was a supporter of Bush and the war because of what we had been led to believe was the reason for going to war.

I know now that our Prime Minister Blair, Bush and his regime is a sick, corrupt and unjust cause. I feel for you so much Lila, me and Wayne felt for you dearly as we watched you cope with your grief over your poor son. There are so may hundreds of sons, brothers, dad's and husbands still out there and we need to get them out now.

You are an inspiration to America, and also to us here in the UK.

Michael Moore has opened our eyes, if only we had seen through this smokescreen earlier.

God bless you, your family, dear Michael and the other families out there.
Take care and never forget how proud we all are."
Sam & Wayne of West Sussex, England

"Dear Lipscomb family and Pederson family! I've heard so much about Michael from my son as they where friends. I am so sorry and angry about this crazy war and the persons who are responsible for it.
My son T. Clark had been with Michael in Iraq and wrote me last year, his friend Michael died. There is no way to explain in words, how terrible I felt by thinking of you and every soldier in service.
The picture shown on this page above, shows Michael with my son.

My deepest thoughts are with you!"
Irma Breilmann of Munich, Germany

"To the Pedersen Family. I too knew your son, husband. Mike and I were stationed in Hawaii, C 2-25 AVN. I am deeply saddened that the friend that I celebrated the 2000 New Year with in Waikiki passed. I too served in Iraq. Mike and I hit it off right away since I'm from Detroit. I'll never forget My fellow "Tango" and friend."
Rob Randall of Colorado Springs CO, 80911

Not a day passes during which I don't think about you. Never will I forget the times you, Josh and I spend talking about what we were going to do when we returned to the states. When I'm crewing a Hawk, flying above the clouds with the crewchief window open, reaching out to touch the clouds I think of you my friend, watching over me making sure I return safely to the ground. I even talk to you when I'm up there, wondering if you can hear me since I'm at a couple of thousand feet in the air, a little bit closer to heaven. Josh and I will forever remember you.

To his family and friends back home:
Thank you for the letters and packages you send him. I remember the smile on his face and the happiness in his eyes when he popped into our crew tent with a package (he really enjoyed his cd case, loves music) when we were stuck in Rams.... He re-read letters from home so many times he probably knew every word by heart, yet they put a smile on his face every time he unfolded a letter..... He knew he was loved back home, he talked about his mom, brother and his baby girl and another friend all the time. The thought of you made him keep his head up during hard times."
"T" Clark of HAAF, GA

"Dear Lipscomb family and Pedersen family, I wanted to tell you how awful I feel that you lost your son, brother, husband, and father in what seems such a senseless war. I felt such a connection to you, such an overwhelming sense of loss. I have no family members currently serving in the military, and your story put a face on all the families who have lost their children, siblings and spouses to this war. I cannot express how sorry I am for your family to have to endure this. Please accept my condolences.

I saw F911 a while ago, and your story broke my heart. I imagine your families pain magnified a million times, for all the families with sons and daughters, husbands and wives gone into this war, and I am compelled to become an activist. In Bush's nomination acceptance speech at the RNC convention in Sept., he referred to "activist judges". I was struck by how he used the word "activist". The term "activist" is now a dirty word. When did it become wrong in this country to stand up for what you believed in, to be an activist for what is right? These people lied to us, sent our children to die for capitalistic greediness. I am determined following this election to be a nasty ol' activist. I refuse to turn away from your families pain and anguish and buy into this administration's commercial that this war is patriotic and neccessary. As Americans, we are torn apart by this war on terrorism, by our need to believe that our leaders are trying to protect us and the awful realization that their own wallets and egos are what's really compelling them to have this war. I am disgusted that our children are out warring and dying to make a few people richer, and the spindoctors of Bush's administration use WWII lingo to try and get the public to emotionally connect this evil war with a war that was fought to protect the citizens of the world. I hope all of these people who have heard your story, and by experiencing a small fraction of your pain by watching F911, feel as I do, that I am picking up this cross along with your family and we will end this abomination. Michael, I never knew you, but you are inspiring so many people to stand up for those who joined the military to defend America and their families, not to defend capitilist interests. Thank you. I could never express how your story woke me up to what this war is doing to this country. I could never begin to repay you for this. Thank you for waking up America."
Leah B. of Tucson, AZ

"Dear Lila,
When I heard the devastating election results, my first thought was of you and your precious son, Michael. Your story, told on Fahrenheit 911, stopped me from supporting the president and this immoral war. Though I didn't know Michael or your family, I continued to think of him while campaigning for change. I am ashamed that we as a nation didn't do what was needed to prevent or stop the war. Your family has my prayers and deepest sympathy."
Julie Horton of Cadiz, OH

"My dear, sweet brother. We tried, I really think we did. Everyone came out and voted, it was close, but he got 4 more years. I don't know what is going to come of this world but know that we are going to keep our babies safe. Momma has done more than she could and I am sure she is far from done. There are still too many babies dying everyday. I am so sick that he didn't lose but now he has 4 more and I hope he does better this time around and not be the self and friend centered, uncaring man he has been and truly take responsibility for the billions that he has vowed to protect. I miss u so much and pray everyday that u didn't die in vain. Maybe in 4 more we can vote Hillary or someone in. Maybe that'll work!!! Your big sis always!!"
Jennifer Pedersen of Flint, MI The Great Ol' US of A

"So many things are wrong in this country, I'm sorry we let you down yesterday."

November 3rd, 2004
Savannah, Georgia"

"I'd like to express my most sincere thoughts and gratitude toward Michael Pedersen and his precious mother, Mrs. Lila Lipscomb. I have never in my life been so moved by a story as I am by Michael's.

Mrs. Lipscomb's presence and sincerity in the film F911 captured me immediately, and I could not help but to be drawn to her and her story. After meeting her at the University of Miami yesterday, I can only say that she is an amazingly powerful woman -- she has a beautiful soul, and her words, tears and hugs (she hugged EVERYONE) touched me very, very deeply.

I am thankful for Michael's service toward our country, and know that his story will live on forever in his incredible mother. Their entire family and Michael's story is a gift to this world, one for which I am very grateful to have heard and felt on such a deep and personal level -- meeting Mrs. Lipscomb is an experience I will never forget.

My deepest regrets for the loss of Michael Pederson -- I send warmth and love toward Mrs. Lipscomb and her entire family. May the support of the entire nation continue to envelope and hold them in the coming years."
Lila Woolston of Miami, FL, USA

"I'm from Germany and I would thank Lila Lipscomb for her courage in Fahrenheit 9/11. With her help everybody on earth will know what kind of persons Gerorge W. Bush and his men are. We will have an eye on the government in the USA and hope with the people there that this insanity will have an end as early as possible. Let this unnecessary war have an end."
Karsten of Hagen, NRW/Germany

"I have two daughters, that might one day fight in Iraq. Thank you, Michael Pedersen, for your loving gift to keep them and me safe. I apologize that I couldn't stop the country from asking it of you.

Rest now. Thank you. And I am doing what I can to restore an administration that we can trust and that who does honor to us all in America and the world. It is not much, but it's what I can do for now."
Jerry of Phoenix, AZ

"Mrs Lipscomb and the Lipscomb/Pedersen Family - I cannot express how deeply I am grieving with you for the loss of your magnificent child. May God Bless you and keep you. Michael was truly blessed to have you."
Esther Ehrman of Rye Brook, NY

"I and my family want so much to thank each of you for your support. This has been a difficult time for now 1105 families. As much work as we each are doing, I want all to know on November 3, 2004 when we wake up our children will still be dead and there is going to be so many still over there that we need to bring home. We can not and will not stop until yours are home safe."
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan

"Dear Lila:

I first wanted to let you know how devastated I am/we all are about your loss. I did not see you in F911, bcause I cannot bear to watch it -- yet. You see, my son is over there right now. This is his second tour and he isn't even 21. My daughter did watch and was moved to tears, especially during your reading of Michael's letter. She said, "Mom, it sounds like a letter Josh would send." Thank you for having the courage to put your grief aside long enough to be a brave crusader for all of those who have lost treasured loved ones and for those of us who still have loved ones over there in that hell-hole. You are indeed one brave lady. I know you did not set out to be the inspiration that you are, it would have been wonderful if Michael had come home and you had gone about your life. Unfortunately, you are now the face of grief, anquish and anger at an administration that has lied to us and put our children in a horrific situation. We all owe you such gratitude. So, thanks for your, unselfishness, compassion, commitment to what is true and right, your courage in the face of extraordinay grief, your honesty and intelligence about the issues. I hope that you find some peace in this. I bet Michael is extremely proud of his fearless mom. Take care."
Renate Yanity of San Marcos, Texas

I have just watched Fahrenheit 9/11 (10.27.04) and felt compelled to contact you. I have been working in Saudi Arabia since 1997 and indeed through the war in Iraq. The regime here is difficult and I sometimes wonder at the sanity of the world.I cannot write the things that I would like to because of compromising my position in this country however, from one mother to another, God bless you and you are in my thoughts."
Lynne of Saudi Arabia

"Dear family of Michael
We have seen F9 / 11 and we are very sad about the death of their dear son.
But words cannot comfort."
U.Bund of Baumholder/Germany

Peg Guelakis of Cheshire, CT USA

"To the Pederson family:
I have just finished reviewing F 9/11 for a second time and once again was touched by your story. My deepest sympathy to the family of a fallen hero. I am from a military town and see this all too often. Thank you for your courage in sharing Michael's story with us and even his last letter. Too many people do not understand how we are sending our heroes to foriegn lands to do someone else's dirty work, instead of protecting our homeland and bringing honor to it. One day may we all live in Peace."
Tom Bellamy of Clarksville, TN

"Im watching this documentary by michael moore, i saw your sons story, and your pain. My heart aches for you and your family. My husband leaves in 3 weeks for Iraq. Please keep him in your prayers."
missy of Louisville ky

"My name is Mary. I am also the mother of a fallen son. I just got the nerve up to watch F 9/11. I did fine until you said that your skin aches we are not supposed to put our kids to rest. Its been a year that my son has been gone and people just dont understand they think they do. But we are lucky we have been in this nightmare for awile and like you I feel for the mother that tomarrow will pick up the phone or answer that knock at the door and have life pulled out from undernieth them. I wish we as moms could stop the nightmare. Im sorry about your son and your pain"
mary C. of Moreno Valley, Ca

"Dear Mrs. Lipscomb,
I watched Fahrenheit 9/11 when it first came out and again this weekend.Your pain was so raw I almost had to turn away. I am so, so sorry for the loss of your beloved son. I can tell from the type person you are and your family, that Michael must have been a special and wonderful man. Please know that you showed the whole country the horror of what the mothers of these boys and girls are feeling. I cannot imagine your sorrow, please know you are doing the world a true service by putting a face on this war."
amy of nashville

"Dear Mrs. Lipscomb:

I have just spent the past two hours in my home reviewing the movie "Fahrenheit 9/11." I spent the latter part of that movie experience in tears for the loss of so many soldiers (many not even 30 years of age) including your son. I have a need to thank you for the sacrifice you and your family have made for people who would only know a news report and not a face or a name without Mr. Moore's film. I am beyond sorry for your loss and cannot stop crying at the pain in your eyes as you read your son's last letter. I am so very truly sorry for your pain. I know that no amount of apologies from strangers will make the spot that your son filled whole again, but know that I, personally, appreciate your courage, honesty, and most of all, your love for your son. That which made him brave enough to go to a country he barely knew anything about and give his life for random people like myself cannot go unrecognized. Again, please accept my sincerest thanks, my tears, and my promise that I will not forget your personal tragedy that you shared in the spirit of democracy and truth. Thank you so very much.

With the utmost respect,"
Tiffany Cato of Pensacola, FL USA

"To Lila and the family of Michael Pederson - I am so sorry about your loss, and words cannot describe the pain I feel for you. I am from Burton, MI, and am stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Three soldiers from my unit died the day after Michael. SPC Donald Oaks, SFC Randall Rehn, and SGT Todd Robbins will live forever in my heart, and so will Michael. I saw your message on one of their web pages, Lila, and felt the need to send my condolances to you, as you are from my hometown. Again, I cannot express my sorrow for your loss - it tears my heart apart to hear of soldiers who had to make such a drastic sacrifice while soldiers like me left Iraq unharmed. I will never take for granted the gifts they have given or the loss you have suffered. God bless and may He be with you always."
SPC Jenna Williams of Fort Sill, OK / Burton, MI mudslingin4wdgirl@yahoo.com

"To the pederson family and his wife and child.This is sgt delzer patrick you dont know me but your son did.I watch the movie 9/11 and seen michael and it brought tears to my eyes cuz we were best freinds when he was stationed in hawaii in 1997-2000 in c company 25th avn or blacksheep.I am proud of what you said in the movie. I am stationed in bagram afganastsan and been here for 4 months and will be here for a year.I feel for you as a mother and for his wife who i breifly new when his duaghter was like 6months to a year i think.If you are still in contact with his wife please tell her i am so sorry for her and still miss him to this day.I last saw him in the year of 1999.If you would like to email me or his wife im at p1c1d1@hotmail.com, my name is patrick delzer"
patrick delzer of bagram afganastan

"I just saw Fahrenheit 9/11 last night, and felt compelled to contact Michael's loved ones. My heart was ripped out of my body as I watched your grief on the screen. I am one of the many anti-war protesters who tried so hard to stop our government from sending Michael and others into an unjust war. Seeing your grief and courage to share it with the world will motivate others to work hard this fall to unseat George W. Bush from office, so that other families will not have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Together, we can change our country and the world, one vote at a time."
Amy of North Bend, WA

"To Lila and family members,
I have seen F911 three times. Each time your gut-wrenching story moves me beyond words. I feel incredible pain for you, and know it pales in comparison to yours. Please know you have the compassion of many people you'll never meet. I only wish President Bush and his cronies would be required to send their sons and daughters to fight in Iraq. They would only go if required as they lack the courage just as their lying fathers."
Lynne Clark of in Kansas

"To the friends and family of Michael F. Pedersen:
I am so sorry for your loss. My husband Justin Linden was KIA in Iraq on June 4, 2004. It hurts so much to see how many of us have had to make this painful journey, and I pray that his memories will bring you comfort in this time of need. Michael will live on forever in your hearts."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"Dear Lila and family;
I saw the move on 7/29 my heart is with you. I thank you for sharing your experience with us and the world. We need to be aware. But most of all I want to thank Micheal for giving his life for our country.I know he served with dignity and respect. I don't believe in sacrificing life at the expense of others.God created life and only he has the right to take it away. For all of life is precious. I honor you and Michael for the wake up call, and your right the fight is not over. Thank you."
Anthony Vargas of Jackson, New Jersey

"To Lila and family,

My deepest sympathies in your loss. I am a 24 year old Australian, and even though I am on the other side of the world, we are all one people, and having watched your courage on Fahrenheit 9.11 I was moved to tears. Lila, you are everyones mother, the face of bravery in the time of unyeilding grief. In you I saw my own mother, and even the thought of seeing her in so much pain hurts me inside.

You may never read this, but it would been an injustice for me not to tell you that watching you was the single most difficult thing I have ever seen. Not for the grief you showed, or the hurt I saw, rather the absolute pride I felt in seeing a person of such raw courage, something I aspire to reach.

You are not alone in your grief Lila, and please believe that over on the other side of the world from Flint is a guy who will always remember the day he saw the bravest person in the world. A person who opened the worlds eyes to her home and heart.

I've never been too religious, but I will pray for you and the other families who have lost loved ones.

With much Love, respect and peace to you Lila. Continue the fight for truth."
Martin Leslie (coren2144@hotmail.com) of Auburn, Sydney, Australia

"A poem for Michael's Family, titled" Tomorrow":

When tomorrow starts without me
And I'm not there to see

If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me

I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today

While thinking of the many things
We didn't get to say

I know how much you love me
As much as I love you

And each time that you think of me
I know you'll miss me too

But when tomorrow starts without me
Please try to understand

That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand

And said my place was ready
In heaven far above

And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love

But when I walked through heaven's gates
I felt so much at home

When God looked down and smiled at me
From His great golden throne

He said "This is eternity
And all I've promised you"

Today for life on earth is past
But here it starts anew

I promise no tomorrow
For today will always last

And since each day's the same way
There's no longing for the past

So when tomorrow starts without me
Don't think we're far apart

For every time you think of me
I'm right here in your heart"
R.B. of Wash, DC

I just saw the movie & had to leave during part of it because I was crying too hard. I am so sorry for the death of your son. I pray that my son makes it home ok. He is a medic with the 1st Cav. in Baghdad. You are a brave woman. I hope those who have their eyes closed will open them after seeing you.
Michael & you are both HEROES."
Betty (Blue Star Mom) of Mart, Texas

"I went to see the movie Farehenheit 9/11 tonight. It really touched me a lot. I feel a lot for Sgt. Pedersen's mother and family. I cant even begin to fathem the amount of pain that this family and many others who have had to go through the same thing feel. I know that you are a christian family however I want you to know that those who are of other faith are also praying for you and for Sgt. Pedersen. Although we are of different religions we are still connected by faith..and that is what matters, the fact that we are all connected. May the divine force within us all direct healing to those who need it, may the light ahead continue to guide us, and may our God/Goddess given tourches leave no shadows in our past. I pray for the light of all that is divine to continue to guide your paths through the process of healing! BLESSED BE!"
-Matt S. of Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada

"hello. i too like many other people are at michael's "fallen heroes page" because of just seeing f911. however, it is not the first time i have been on this site. i visit it about once a day to see if anyone has added anything to my brothers page. my brother michael mitchell was killed in iraq on 4/4/04. my dad and i went to see the f911 movie today, and i understand everything you said. we too are going through the exact same emotions. i know a lot of people "feel" for us, but i guess you have to go through losing a loved one in a ridiculous war to really understand. i am curious how long ago that footage was shot. i guess i am just curious if a year from now, will me and my family still feel as bad as we do now. does it ever get any easier?? i feel as though your michael and our michael probably were on about the same page when it came to the war. they weren't gung ho, but just doing the jobs that they were assigned to do. anyway, i am rambling, but i would definitely like to have some contact with you and your family..especially michaels sister. i guess i would just like to have some correspondance with another sister who knows how i feel. if any of you read this, and would like to communicate, you can email me at queen-rif-raf@excite.com
my thoughts and prayers are with you as well as for all of the other families and friends that are in our situation."
christine of atascadero, ca

"Dear Lila,
First of all I'ld like to thank you for sharing your Family story with the American people. I was in the same Brigade that your son was in. I was one of the many NCO's that took part in handling the phone calls to love one's that the soldiers from Avn. Brigade made back to the states. Losing your son was like losing my own brother. In fact he was my brother. I'll never forget the momerial service at Hunter Where I got a chance to meet members of your family and shared your pain. My heart goes out to you."
Sgt. Carter, Kenneth of Miami, Fl.

"Just read this on Michael Moore's website. Wanted to post it here for all the people leaving messages. It's a message from Lila. There's also a scholarship fund set up on his site: http://www.michaelmoore.com/takeaction/vote/lila.php

-- A Message from Lila --
"I want to take this moment to say thank you to each one reaching out to my family and I. I am so honored that my son lives on in your hearts. Please remember the fight is not over, we have to date 885 American mothers who feel just like I do, not counting the British and Iraqi Mothers, we need our children home NOW! Also, please always remember to ask questions, if one does not satisfy you, ask another, go to the next level until you are sure for yourself, this is what led me to the White House! Thank you once again for your continued support!""

"Lila & Family,
I, too, have just seen Fahrenheit 9/11. Your interview has moved me so deeply, it is beyond words. You are a truly courageous woman. I am a young college student who is pessimistic about the voting process. However, I'm going to vote this year. In Michael's letter to you, he wrote that he won't be voting for Bush in the next presidential election. Since he cannot vote this year, I would like to vote for him. I'm voting for Michael Pederson. I'm voting Bush out of office."
Dan of Philadelphia, PA


i have been searching for a way to write you something since i got home from seeing fahrenheit 9/11 tonite. i have never known anyone killed in a war and have not really thought much about our soldiers until tonite. i am so sorry for your loss. i hurt just thinking of you. it is your family that is the backbone of america and i am one american who is proud of families like yours. please know that people out in the world care about you and your son. his death was NOT in vain if it makes one person more grateful for their life. thank you so much for your strength to speak on camera to michael moore. you are an inspiration and i wish you happier times. my heart broke for you tonite."
jennifer of Missouri

"Lila & Family - I just saw Farenheit 9/11 and sat in disbelief thru most of it. I am terribly sorry for your loss and countless others who have lost loved ones in this "war". As the daughter of an Army & Vietnam Veteran I understand the honor and pride associated with the military and what (who) it stands for. I pray that it will end soon and our soldiers will be returned to their families quickly. God Bless you Lila, the United States and the people fighting for our freedom. You are loved!"
Rhonda Billingslea of Columbus, Ohio, USA

"Dear Lila and family,
I just returned from seeing 9/11 for the second time this evening. I am still weeping. You inspired me to put my angst into action when the film came out and I wrote several letters to editors and one inspired by Michael's words to you will be in the Oakland Post July 14th. I have worked with grieving parents in my career in oncology so I know there are few words of condolence I can say, except that you will remain in my heart always; as will Michael's face and words. Moreover, they will move me to take action to not only remember these valiant soldiers, but the many veterans coming home as I write. Thank you, Lila, to you and your family, for demonstrating what it truly means to be an American. I am honored and humbled."
Susan Ashley of Mill Valley, CA/USA

"I haven't been able to bring myself to see the film. When I was 12 my only brother was KIA in Vietnam and I served as a Woman Marine during the cold war era. Today my youngest child is a member of the US Army. Sometimes I can't even bear to look at the flag flying in the courtyard just outside my aparment windows. JFK said to us "ask not what your country can do for you-- ask what you can do for your country", today I find myself asking how much more blood must we give and what has the blood already shed done for our country?"
Keo Gathman of Beloit, WI, USA

"I saw F 9/11 two nights ago and I have not been able to get the story of SGT Pederson out of my head. Lila, I want you and your family to know that my heart goes out to you. It is a very brave thing that you did-letting the whole world see you in your darkest hour. I thank you for it. I cried with you while you read Michael's last letter. My heart is heavy with grief but I know that it is a small price compared to what you must be feeling. I have never been a Bush supporter but now more than ever I will work to make sure that he can not continue to destroy our country. SGT Michael F. Pederson will not have died in vain. When I cast my vote in November, I will have you and your family in mind. My prayers are with you, and I hope that all of the love and support from around the world can help you if only in the smallest way. God bless"
Melanie Helser of Huntsville, Al/USA

"Dear Lila, My husband, Hector, and I have just returned from seeing Farenhite 9/11 and want to extend to you and all of those who loved and cherished your son, Michael, our heartfelt condolences. I lost a child to cancer in 1976 and that was the worst grief I ever knew yet somehow I don't feel as though it was as terrible as what you are going through. Your pain was like something that came off the screen and allowed us to touch you somehow. I really can't explain it. Just know that I will carry your sons' memory in my heart for the rest of my life. No young man should be forced to go to war and die the way Michael did. God bless you."
Janet and Hector Olivas of Tucson, AZ/USA

"Lila & family-
Just a note to let you know how sorry I am about your loss. The scenes with you in Fahrenheit 9/11 just broke my heart. I saw the film with my only child, my 20 year old son. I cannot imagine how I could live without him. The strongest statement I heard from Lila was in response to the question on Good Morning America about whether or not she thought Michael had died in vain. She said she was trying very hard not to say yes, and was doing everything she could to make sure he didn't. It is up to all of us to make sure that none of the war dead have died in vain -- not the American dead, the Iraqi dead, or those who have died in Afganistan. Again, my condolences."
Alison Ward of Bound Brook, NJ

"You all feel like family and we've never met. My thoughts and prayers to each of you. I lost my first son at birth; that was almost 19 years ago. Now I have a 15 year old son. My only son. I just can't - cannot imagine losing him. I cried with you while you were on film; I cried with you while reading the many articles. I cry now reading all the special qualities Michael possesed. I feel the love shared for him. But most of all, I feel a mother's love. Blessing's to all of the family members. Blessing's and peace."
Tee of Dallas

"Lilla & Family
I send my sympathies for the loss of Michael. I am very proud of the strength you have all found. I plan to see F 9/11 and heard so much about you. I am sure Michael would be proud of you for speaking out and telling his story."
Karmi of Waco, Tx

"Lila, you're in my prayers. I just saw F/911 and your pain touched my heart."
Karen of State College, PA/USA

"Dear Lila and family. I am soooo sorry about the death of your son. I was brought to tears when I saw you on F 9/11. I am a mother of a 21 year old (he's not in the military) and I know I would go to pieces if anything ever happened to him. I admire your strengh and courage and send all my love and blessings to you and your family. I also saw you today on CNN's morning show. I hope you find some closure and I wish you and your family all the best"
Barbara Smith of Alexandria, VA

"God bless the Pedersens and Lipscombs and give you comfort. Thank you for having the courage to share your story in the Farenheit 9/11 film. May that story, and an awakened consciousness across America, prevent future unnecessary deaths and woundings of other brave service men and women."
Carla Felsted of Sedona AZ

"Lila & Family,
About 2 years ago, I had aspirations of joining the US Air Force. I understood that I could possibly be sent off to wherever they sent me. After watching F 9/11, I realized that I was blessed to not be enlisted. After all, a small technicality prevented me from enlisting. The movie brought me great sadness for all the families who lost someone. Keep your faith and stay strong is all I can really say. God Bless you Lila and your family. May Michael be at peace."
Brian DeCando of New Jersey

"God bless you and your family. I found you via F 9/11; I am greatful your mother shared your story/her story. I've been spurred to become much more active in the politics of our nation because of you..."
Jayne Pynes of El Paso, TX

"Lila & family,
I am so sorry for the senseless loss of your beautiful son. My heart goes out to you and all the other victims of this immoral war. Thank you for letting us intrude on - and share in - your grief. Know that there are thousands and thousands of people out here who are thinking of you and willing you to get through this darkest of times.
With deepest gratitude and sympathy,"
Theresa of Walnut Creek, CA

"My family and I have just returned from seeing F911 for the second time. I just wanted to let you know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. May God help you find peace in your life. I am so sorry for your loss."
Barbara Stoll of Bossier City, LA

"I just returned from F911 and can say I will never forget you, Lila, or your family - especially Michael. Your family looks a lot like my family; like many American families.

I will do whatever it takes to get people to realize we need to end this. Now. When I am out registering voters, going door to door, I will carry Michael's memory with me, as well as the pain being felt by Chanel and Destiny. I was widowed almost 5 years ago and left with a young daughter, so my heart goes out especially to them. You all will have many years of grief left, but please know how many lives your story has touched, and hopefully how it will mobilize this nation to make individuals heard."
Lisa Hill of Columbia, MO

"Your family gave a great sacrifice, both in sending you to serve our country and in allowing the nation to share in their grief with the film Farenheit 9/11. With God's help, this will be a rallying cry to bring about change in this country. Let your death and the death of others like you not be in vain. Let us never put brave soldiers like you in harms way again without good reason. Thank you for your story."
A friend of Atlanta, GA

"Your family gave a great sacrifice, both in sending you to serve our country and in allowing the nation to share in their grief with the film Farenheit 9/11. With God's help, this will be a rallying cry to bring about change in this country. Let your death and the death of others like you not be in vain. Let us never put brave soldiers like you in harms way again without good reason. Thank you for your story."
A friend of Atlanta, GA

"You didn't deserve the fate which was handed to you. May you rest in peace, and god bless your family as they cope with your loss."
Wendy Reid of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

"To Michael Pedersen, Lila Lipscomb and their family: I have never been so moved nor inspired than by your story in Fahrenheit 9/11. I was always planning on voting Bush out of office, but I now know that voting, while necessary, simply isn't enough. You've inspired me to do all I can to make people aware -- specifically, not generally -- of what's going on with our country, its current administration, our military. Michael, while your death was untimely and tragic, know that it was not in vain. Thank you and God bless you."
Wendy Loo of Los Angeles, CA

"I'm so sorry for your loss. Losing a family member is difficult, and losing a child is far worse. Please accept my sympathy. I hope that getting your son's story told will help to put a stop to needless pain and suffering. War should not be anything but the last resort. Hug your children and grandchildren and know that people all over the nation will fight to make sure that your son didn't die in vain."
Rachael Isenberg of Tucson, AZ

"Never before have I been touched the way the story of your son touched me. I always opposed the war and president bush but this tragedy that has befallen upon you has convinced me to stop being passive and take some action."
Matt Cynamon of Florida

"To Michael's Mom and Dad: I found out about Michael in FARENHEIT 9/11. I plan to vote Bush out of office and though I would have done so before, now I will do it will your son's memory in mind. God bless you all and I send you comfort in your grief."
Holly Sklar of Los Angeles, CA

"You are my hero!"
Melinda Hall of Gainesville, Fl

"We will remember."
The Joe Weber Family of Costa Mesa, CA

"I just saw Moore's movie. I am sorry for your loss. Now, I think maybe I should have done more to protest the war and this administration, but I have kids and was afraid that I would run afoul of the govt. However, finally last year I put up www.anyonebutbushin2004.com, despite the risks. I thought maybe I was taking too big a chance then, but now I think I did not do enough.

Nothing can replace your loss...nothing, nothing, nothing!

I am very sorry and pained, but I know my pain is just a pale shadow of what those that were close to him feel.


Yours very truly,

Anthony Watson"
A. Watson of Orange, CA

"I am a registered independent who prides myself on keeping an open mind. I was undecided up until seeing Mrs. Lipscomb. I've had a heavy heart since seeing the movie. While uninspired by Kerry, I'm making a clear statement against Bush in November. I agree that we need a change."
Mary Evans of Omaha, NE

"I just saw "Fahrenheit 9/11" and I will remember Michael Pedersen and his mother, Lila Lipscomb, for the rest of my life. If you see this, Lila, my heart goes out to you."
Marilyn Jones of Bisbee, Arizona, USA

"To Michael's family: I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for allowing us into your lives through the film. Together we will change this situation-your story has moved us all."
Erin of Minnesota

"From MichaelMoore.com, New York Times 5/22/04 article on his documentary "Farenheit 9/11" entitled: "Michael Moore's Candid Camera"

"...the movie's second hour is carried by the wrenching story of Lila Lipscomb, a flag-waving, self-described 'conservative Democrat' from Mr. Moore's hometown of Flint, Mich., whose son, Sgt. Michael Pedersen, was killed in Iraq. We watch Mrs. Lipscomb, who by her own account 'always hated' antiwar protesters, come undone with grief and rage. As her extended family gathers around her in the living room, she clutches her son's last letter home and reads it aloud, her shaking voice and hand contrasting with his precise handwriting on lined notebook paper. A good son, Sergeant Pedersen thanks his mother for sending 'the bible and books and candy,' but not before writing of the president: 'He got us out here for nothing whatsoever. I am so furious right now, Mama.'"



Anonymous of Philadelphia, PA

"Tell me what you do when you have lost the only true blood that you ever had???? When you pick up the phone to call your brother because he when noone else had your back and truly believed in you. Mike, I know why you went, I even know why you died. I guess all I need to know now is how am I supposed to go on when all I do is break down at the mere memory, flash, joke or picture. You know me of all people understand why you were there and the oath you took for the country that you love. I once took that oath and had the same faith in my country. Funny how that can change every 4 to 8 years huh? Me and the girls think about you constantly and I try my best to help them remember with a smile. Mike it kills me sometimes knowing that you won't ever be home down here. But I will see you when God sees fit. He must really have something in store for me. I am glad that you are able to watch over Doo constantly, she knows her Ti-Ti loves her. It has been over a year now and I can just now come to this site. It is beautiful. Miss you and Love you always, Your Big Sis."
Jennifer Pedersen of Flint, MI

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 "

"To Remember Them..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.

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 (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

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

"Dear Mike,
I never said goodbye, and I don't plan on saying it because I know we will meet agian.I just wanted to say Happy Birthday (I know i'm A few days late but you know how it is). Although your not here in the flesh your here in sprit with all of us. I just wish you were still here on earth. Chanel and Destiny miss you very much, and so do Nuke and I, you have two more god-children that you didn't get to spend time with but I know they see you wathcing over them at night. Hey I got that boy yall wanted his name is Kinth after Nuke. I told you not to worry we would have you guys one. It's funny how he see's your face on a picture or on a shirt and he thoches your face laugh's and smiles as if your there.He's a sweet and loving son full of life we just wish you didnt have to move so soon. There's so many memories of the fun we had and the time we all spent together. I never knew what to say or where to begin. there's just so much to say.And so many stories of our families and the years known. Just know this we all love you and miss you very much."
Ashira Robertson of Shreveport, LA

"To 1 SG Retired Baldwin,
I am Michael's mother, I am doing many things in Honor of our son. I would love to add some of your stories. Please contact me at sunny6275@comcast.net Thanks. Or anyone else who might like to share with Michael's family."
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan

"To Chanel, Destiny and the Family of SGT Micheal F. Pedersen. I was devasted to here about your loss and the rest of the crewmembers family losses. I was the First sergeant of B Co 2/3 AVN before I retired in Jul 01. I pinned the rank of Sergeant on Micheal before I left for retirement, upon his request. We went to Bosina in Sept 00 and came back Apr 01, and I always worried about all the soldiers out there flying missions while we were there. I always prayed that we would all come back home together, which we did. I wish that this could have been the same way, But it's always in God hands. I was looking forward into going back up to Savannah to see my old Soldiers still doing what they do best when they had returned back from this mission. I remember that I always called Micheal (Pistol Ped) because he always talked about shooting B-Ball and loved to shoot the ball all the time. Chanel, I always enjoyed talking to you when I came by the Shoppett. Seem that you both had a good relationship and I was happy to see that, since B Co was always flying at all times of the day and night or in the field. My heart will always be out there for Destiny, you and all the family members. We lost a good Man and a good Soldier in defending our freedom. I will never forget the soldier that I called and became to know as (PISTOL PED)....RIP my Soldier we will be there soon! Retired B CO STORM 07 Out!!!!! My Deepest Condolences"
1SG Retired Baldwin of Jacksonville,FL

"Ruth of Michigan - My heart goes out to you in your loss as it does to all the other families, I do know excatly how you feel and know what it is to try to find your way. I am here and would love to share stories with you. Feel free to contact me at sunny6275@comcast.net, this is for others who would like to share stories of my son with me and his family. Gods peace to each."
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, MI

"To all the family of Michael Pedersen: I could not be more devastated to hear about your loss. This message is belated only because the day after you lost Michael, I lost my nephew Donald Oaks - also serving in Iraq. It has taken me a long time to revisit this site because I am working so hard to put my tears aside. Michael's name popped out at me today primarily because I also live in Michigan... and not too far from Flint. I wonder how I could have missed seeing your loss when it happened. But when I got the call on April 3, about my nephew, the world stopped. I love you all - and most of all Michael. The world will never be the same without Michael and Donny. Only the good die young."
ruth of michigan

"READ THIS------->>>>> This message goes out to Michael Pederson and a relative to him. Her name is Sable Potter. Sable and I had went to middle school together in the 7th grade. She had mentioned to me that someone very close to her (Michael) had died in the war. I felt sad, and scared at the same time because my father was at war the same time michael was. I had no idea if my father would die too. I remember Sable missing about 2 weeks of school to go to his funeral. When she came back, she was still heart broken. Ever since then, I havnt seen Sable. It has been about 9 months since Iv seen Sable. So Sable, if your reading this, I just wanted to say that I hope your doing well after what had happened, and I miss you very much. You were a very good friend to me, and Michael, God bless you."
brittany aponte of savannah, georgia

"Thank you Michael Pedersen, 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

"Hi my name is Tyrasha' and mike was my uncle too and I miss him and wish he was here."
Tyrasha' of Flint,Michigan

"Hi my name is Tiffina' and SGT.Mike was my uncle and as I remember him I just I just can't really belive it, he was just so great and wonderful to me and he wil never be forgotten!!!!"
Tiffina' of Flint,Michigan

"I remember Michael as "cool, calm and collected", the sense of peace his presence gave and the great love for his family."
Heather Davis of Bellwood, IL

"Sgt. Michael Pederson will never be forgotten, I know, because his name and his face represent to me the terrible cost of my freedom. Seeing my beloved friends suffer this loss breaks my heart and resolves me to never take lightly my life in America. I only pray that one day there will be no more need for brave soldiers to offer their lives for our right to freedom.
My Sister, Papa Bear, my Angel, my Friend, Spudnick, Mrs. Spudnick, you are not alone in your grief. I pray every day for you, and for the words to heal and comfort you. But such words do not exist... so I will give you what I have, my love."
Tina Bailey of Canton, MI

"I have movies and photos from Iraq and Kuwait from soldiers who served with Mike. Contact me at artenort@netptc.net and I will be honored to forward them to you. We share your loss."
Ron Arteno of Auberry, California

"As I sit here and think about you all I can do is cry. Destiny reminds me of you. She has that same glow that you had when 1st saw you. She always says my daddy has pretty hair and eyes like mine. We pray every night it her way to talk to you. We miss you so much. I just want to thank you for helping me be the strong woman that I am today. I will never forget that. I will always love you and we will not forget the sacrifice you made for us until we meet again."
Chanel Pedersen of Savannah,Ga

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends"
your friend of Savannah Ga

Mike I love you so much I will always remember you not as my brother in law but my brother. You did stuff for me as your sister and I will always love you for that. This poem is for Destiny and Nel, telling them not to cry for you because you are in a better place. I will see you again soon."
Essence Potter(Sister) of Flint, Michigan

"What I have learned in life is that your children are a reflection of you, and your child is one of the most pleasant person I have ever met. I remember the first time I met her (Hawaii '98), she didn't talk much and now she will hold a conversation for hours. Michael, I promise to be there for Chanel & Destiny until the end of time. How else could you explain my family following your family all the way from Hawaii. All my love, Sharon"
Sharon "Mrs Ladi" Pimento of Savannah,GA (Columbus, OH)

""Black Hawk down, South Central Iraq" these words will forever ring in our ears. Your family. That night as we your family in Flint gathered together to try and get answers, reading your letter only hours before telling us not to worry. Then to have the Army Sgt. in our home, it is true. My first born son, always the peace maker. You my son will forever be honored for the sacrifice you gave, no one can dishonor you. Alone you were not, there are five other mothers who know my pain and loneliness, to them and to your precious Destiny we hold them in prayer. One day to be with her Daddy once again."
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan

Anthony Walker of Flint, Michigan

"Mike was one of my first friends in the army we went to school together and even went to hawaii together. we both went our ways but i never forgot him he was my good friend, his wife and child i cannot express how bad i feel about everything that has happened but i will be there soon enough to help you all i can chanel. it pains me terribly to know he was gone i was so looking forward to moving to savannah but now it will not be as fun when i get there. mike was a good soldier and did his duty and sacrificed more than many others would even think of. he was my good friend and now he is gone i understand what he sacrificed for his family and the rest of the country and will not forget. rest in peace mike you have earned it let us worry about everything else. your friend james kenny"
Sgt. James Kenny of NSRR, Puerto Rico

"We didn't know you as our brother-in-law, but as our brother. And even if we never got to tell you, you will always be loved. The memory of you will continue to live on through your daughter, Destiny and your wife, Chanel. We will never forget the sacrifices that you made for us: at home and in war. We love you and miss you."
Your sisters, Jackie Walker and Sable Potter of Savannah, Georgia

"I miss you and love you daddy"
Destiny Pedersen of Savannah,Ga

"For my only son who I will all ways love may you rest in peace. Your memory shall live on. I pray for strength for you wife and child. I miss you and will never forget the sacrifice you made for us. Love you"
Jackie Potter (mother-in-law) of Savannah,Ga


"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"The image of his father, my brother Jimmy. Michael will remain in my mind as the last time I saw him, a toddler eating a cookie in a shopping basket seat. I wish I had been able to know him."
Aunt Linda of Abilene, TX

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Michael Pedersen:
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 Pedersen:
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

"I will never forget the sacrifice you have made for us all. My deepest sympathy to your family"
Lorran Earnest of Salem, New Jersey

"RIP Sgt Pederson. We shall never forget you..."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

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