Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe

37, of Linden, New Jersey.
Philippe and Pfc. Kevin C. Ott failed to respond to a radio check South of Balad, Iraq on June 25, 2003. The soldiers' remains were located on June 28, 2003 in Taji, Iraq. Both soldiers are assigned to Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery Regiment, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

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"This was my Facebook post: On this Veterans Day I pay tribute to Sergeant 1st Class Gladimir Philippe who paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve his country. He was my Jersey brother who I was close to while I was in the US Army to serve this great country of ours. Gladimir although you are not with us right now I want everyone to know that you were a great man and although you're gone, you will never be forgotten. RIP my friend and god bless the USA!!!🇺🇸🇺🇸 #RIP #GladimirPhilippe #VeteransDay #USArmy http://thefallen.militarytimes.com/army-sgt-1st-class-gladimir-philippe/256759"
Rick Bernabe of Dumont, NJ USA

"My Cousin Gladimir Philippe/Jimmy was the true definition of an American soldier!!!!Oh how we miss him so much🙇🙇🙏🙏"
Sherley Datilus of Brooklyn New york

"Smoke philippe was a great man. I was in bravo battery during my time. While we were over there I interacted with him many times and he was always cracking jokes even under the most stressful of times. We searched for him every day he was gone. We miss u smoke. You will never be forgotten."
Richard smith (formerly spec smith) of jacksonville, fl

"Sgt. Philippe,

Sorry that it has taken me so long to leave a few words. It's difficult to accept that you are no longer around. I've been out the Army now for over 12 years and there's never a day I don't reflect on our friendship while in Bosnia & Germany. I learned about your death while in the library at school. Even after all these years it's still difficult to accept the fact that you are gone. Your friendship and kindness I'm sure have touch many people. I'm grateful that I had the honor to serve with you and I will continue to pray for your family."
Jose Morales of San Rafael, California

""I served with SFC Philippe in KG and Giessen Germany. He was one of my good friends. He show me a lot about doing my job and how to get a head in life. We deployed to Bosnia and Kosovo together. I miss you my friend and I sorry I could not be there for you like you and Stan was for me when I needed help. RIP Gladimir! My GOD watch over you and Bless your family"
SSG Stevens, Wallace of Fort Benning , GA

"I served with SFC Philippe in Giessen Germany. He was an outstanding person and Sergeant. I hope his family has found peace."
Trevor Meier of Fort Sill, OK

"I was traveling down memory lane over the week-end and found our year book from basic training and was flipping through the pages and there was Philippe with about the same look the rest of us had.We were right beside each other because of the spelling of our last names. Also had many of the routine duties that come along with basic. You know CQ duty, Roving guard, Fire watch , and our favorite K.P. When we shipped out to Pinder in Zirndorf Germany we were in different battries but stayed close till the closeing of post.There are so many people whose life you touched through out your career and alot have posted on this site who knew you at the later part but I was so glad to have known you at the begining of it. You were an honest,and trust worthy soldier and I will always be proud to say you are my friend."
William Phillips of Smithfield N.C

"I met you at Fort Sill O.K. and I bet we walked a thousand miles together on roving guard. Fort Sill in January is one cold nights duty. My deepest regrets to your entire family. C 1/33rd F.A. God Bless You, friend."
William Phillips of Smithfield N.C.

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"SFC GLADIMIR PHILLIPPE was one of te many NCO's I met in my first unit in Giessen Germany. At first not much stood out about him, but his name Phillippe. I am originally from Haiti and asked him one day if he was haitian, and that began a friendship which would help me throughout my military career.Of course as you know it the military community is a small one and we ended up serving in the same location in Iraq. One day we had accountability formation of which later it was told that two of our soldiers were taken while on guard duty. I can't remember all the surrounding events at our Camp south of Baghdad, but I later saw him and his soldier in the Stars and Stripes as the ones who were unaccounted for and killed by the enemy. It is years later and it took me a while to remember him and what he did for me and my family. SFC Philippe gave me a lot of advice while serving in Germany, but most importanly he made me want to be a soldier, because if he did it I could do the same. I got out immediately after Iraq, because I had a family that needed me more than the Army. SFC Gladimir Philippe is a great soldier and most importantly a great man that influenced those who was around him, with his gentle nature, and commanding demeanor he was the true definition of an american soldier."
Giovanni Joseph of Fayetteville, NC/USA

"My father Herbert Morris was best friends with SGT Philippe for many years. Even since his stay in Germany to Lawton, Oklahoma. I the son of SGT Morris want to say to his family i wish only the best and i miss him too..."
Andrae Morris of Lawton, Oklahoma

"Jay... 5 years later.. still shocked and sad and wish I could tell you face to face, how much you ment to me as a friend! How much I valued you! Your help when I needed someone. And you were always right there to pick me up! Thank you for everything you did for me and others! Always your Troublemaker from Marburg.. Laura"
Laura of Houston

"February 8, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe:
Gladimir gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Smoke Philippe was a great NCO. I didn't get to work with him that much, but I specifically remember one day at "the blast sight" when Maj Gregory and I went to check on his and Ott's post to see if they needed anything. Smoke asked how my family was doing and we chatted for a few minutes. Before we left he said to me, "Remember, everyday you're here is one more day you're a hero." The next day I went back to the post to find out why they weren't responding to the radio check. Smoke Philippe was a hero that day and will be forever."
SPC Justin Thompson of Toledo, OH

"2 November
Because of what happen and how it happen to you I cant go back to Iraq. I still cry when I go buy our old motor pool and whenever I think of you. Until we meet again Bulldog 9 out"
of Ft Sill Oklahoma

"Today marks four years since your death, Jay. Web and I got married and we honored your memory at our ceremony. Your death and the loss of your physical friendship still haunts Web to this day. It was hard for him to have to bring you back to the states in 2003, but he did it with honor. He knew that if it had happened to him that you would have done the same thing. Today is a really hard day because we miss you so much. Web and I miss hanging out with you and Cassidy.

We just want to send our sympathy out to the Philippe family once again. Our love and support are with you.

The Webster family"
Ann & Darrell Webster of Ft. Sill, OK

"I miss you uncle Jimmy! You gave so much. I love you."
Lizzie of Cary, North Carolina

"Smoke, you taught my husband to be a better soldier. He looked up to you as an NCO. Now he has men looking up to him and strives to be the leader that you were. He is back in Taji, patrolling the streets where you were found, finishing the fight. Blessings on your family"
S. Bailey of Ft. Lewis, WA

"My daughter and I knew SFC Philippe from Germany. He lived on the first floor of the building where we lived in Giessen. My daughter and his son were the best of friends. While searching for his son the other day, my daughter stumbled upon the article about his death which knocked us both for a loop. We were terribly saddened by the news and would like to offer our sincere heartfelt condolences to his family. "Jimmy" as we knew him, and the sacrifice he made will never be forgotten."
Julie and Jessica Spiece of Oxford, MA U.S.A

"Words could never express the life of one of the greatest leaders, Friend and Father Of the United States Army. During The short time I had the privilege of working Under Smoke he demonstrated tremendous Courage on and off the Battlefield. I am honered and blessed to have fought side by side with you and will continue to pray for you and your family. Thanks for all you've done and always remember "BULLDOGG PRIDE RUNS DEEP HOOAH""
SSG Moreno, Esequiel and Family of Baumholder, GE

"I have reflected on our friendship time after time. I am truly blessed to have had such a genuine person in my life. Everyone that has known you is a better person because of it. You are not forgotten. I miss you. You are my HERO. God bless you and your family. I pray that everyone that knows you finds the strength you have shown us. Your memory will be celebrated and remembered for many years to come."
Nicolette Leigon of Las Vegas, Nevada

"I send my condolences to the Phillipe family. I knew him while stationed at Pinder Barracks, Zirndorf Germany. B Btry 6/1 FA. He was one of the kindest soldiers I have known."
Helmut Hahn of Lakewood, Washington

"My deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Sgt. Philippe. I did not know Gladimir, but i do know that he died for us. With that, i hope you you rest in peace and may God bless all. One love from your Linden people."
J2Motive of Tampa, FL

"Smoke you was a great teacher you taught me while we were deployed what it takes to be a father my family is better because of your wisdom you also taught what it means to be a soldier you will always be in my heart to you family your son has a great father a real hero always remember that this world is better for all you did "BULLDAWG PRIDE RUNS DEEP"
Spc Thomas Brey of C1-17 fa Fort Sill Okla

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about "Jay". He was my fiance's (Darrell Webster) best friend and I feel like I got to know him well, I just hate that the time I got to spend with him was so short. He is truly an angel and I know he watches over us. It is coming up on 2 years that God has taken him and it still feels like it was just yesterday. I am so glad that I was able to go to the funeral and meet some of Gladimir's family. I also got to meet his sister, cousin, and father when they came to Lawton. You guys are so great. I also miss Jay's son. He is such a great young man. If anyone from the family reads this I would love for you to e-mail me. Darrell "Web" and I are planning our wedding and I would love for you to be a part of it. You can reach me at annlw@sbcglobal.net. I'm still praying for Jay and your family. Take care. With love from Ann & Darrell "Web""
Ann Whitney of Lawton, OK

"Dear Family and Friends of Gladimir Philippe, please accept a message of gratitude from a fellow American. This nation is fortunate to have soldiers, such as Mr. Philippe who will stand up and defend our country. I don't know what else to say. Thank you."
Ronald L. Carlson of Montrose, MN , USA

"Rest in peace Sarge. We gone miss You"
Demetrious Miller of west palm beach fl

"God Bless you! May your immediate and extended family members never forget the sacrifice you made for your country. We miss you."
Paul Cudahy of Terrytown, LA. USA

"I've never met SFC Philippe, but it really hurts when I hear a soldier from my home town died. You see my name is SSG Shaunron Lee and I am from "Down" Linden, N.J, I am stationed in the Army in San Diego, CA, and when I heard that one of our own died given his life in Iraq, it hurt me deep inside. I've done death notifications to the next of kin for this war and it doesn't get any easier. My condolences goes to SFC Philippe family, stay strong and always pray for SFC Philippe for he did not die in vain, but for the love of his country and family. We all love you SFC Philippe."
SSG Shaunron Lee of San Diego, Ca

"To the family of Gladimir Philippe,
I was truly blessed to know Gladimir. While I was in Germany I went through some pretty hard times. Sgt. Philippe was always around at the right time. He encouraged me and always uplifted me. I was able to talk to him about anything. He use to remind me to keep faith. He was a very strong, intelligent and caring man. He has changed many lives (mine included). I will never forget him. I hope I can live my life with the same strength and integrity he showed in his. I know how much he loved his brothers and his son. He was truly a remakable man. I have pictures and memories I would love to share. Please contact me at Nicoletteleigon@yahoo.com. I will continue to keep your family in my prayers. I am full of honor and pride to have known Gladimir. He is truly a Fallen Hero. I will never forget him."
Nicolette Leigon of San Antonio, Texas

"Sgt. Philippe:

I was out shopping one day in Linden, NJ at a Marshalls Store. I was sitting down by the check-out when a young boy came and sat down beside me. I asked him how his summer was going and he told me he was "just visiting" and he was from Germany. So I asked if he had family in the military because my father had been stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. He told me, his father was in the military and was killed in Iraq that they were here for the funeral. About that time my daughter had finished her shopping and I gave your son a hug and slipped him a little gift. You have a very brave son! He and another woman came out to the parking lot to thank me for the gift and I was balling my eyes out. I was feeling your son lost you for no just cause. I was very angry and blaming Pres. Bush for taking you and others away. I managed to compose myself in front of him and wished him well. We will keep your son in our prayers and thank you for serving."
Chante' and Anjuli Fernandez of Elizabeth, NJ USA

"SMK Philippe was great NCO and taught me alot during the times I drove for him in the field. He made an impression on me that will last forever. I will miss him. GOD BLESS You SMK!!!"
SGT Sean T. Johnson of Fort Sill, Oklahoma

"Jay, we will never forget you... You will always stay in our minds and hearts as a true friend. You've always been there for us. You had our backs, doesn't matter what. We loved you as a friend and will never forget all the fun times we had with you...
Your Ewww-team, the troublemakers from Marburg... Eternal love.."
Laura and Beky of Marburg/ Germany

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

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

"Rest in eternal peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Gladimir Philippe- I learned today that Gladimir and I are from the same town in New Jersey. I never met him, but I feel connected to him in some way. I'm a Marine working at the Presidential Helicopter Squadron in Quantico VA. I've never set foot in Iraq and I had to sit behind while most of my buddies went to war. In a way I feel guilty that I wasn't apart of the war. I thank you Gladimir and the Philippe family."
Sgt. Hammer USMC of Linden NJ

"I would like to thank each and every one of you for your positive thoughts regarding my cousin Gladimir Philippe. It gives me great pleasure knowing that so many people care. Jimmy represented to many thing to so many people; he was Jay or Smoke for his friends, the was Jumbo for his sister Floraine, Jimmy for the family and of course Dad to his son and we all loved him so very much. Not one day goes by without thinking of him. I'd like to express my sincere condoleances to all the families who have lost a love one during this war and the ones prior. My heart goes to you all."
JPJ of Elizabeth, NJ

"Thank you Gladimir Philippe, 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

"Gladimir "Jay" to me, was a true friend. He loved me and my children and treated us like family.I miss him dearly.He was a strong and brilliant man. He asked me to marry him the summer before he passed away.In my mind I think maybe I could have saved him somehow.He is truly an American hero."
Maria Montalvo of Lawyon,OK

"Dear Family and Friends of Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe, I have never met this man but I am mindful of what he has given for me and for my children's future. His death broke my heart but our country is greater because the legacy he has left for us to look up to. Not many would be willing to give what you all have - not many would have the opportunity or be prepared. He gave all for us and that makes me want to do my best each day. His spirit is one of excellence to give more than others think to give. With deepest love and sympathy,"
Christine Eberle of Labadie, Missouri

"i'm so sorry that you gone, i will miss you forever. but i'm glad that i met you... my heart goes out to your family and your little boy. you were very special to me"
beate of lawton, ok

"I am very sorry for your loss. I remember when Gladimir first joined the army and was stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. We were friends and brothers at arms. I remember working with him and teaching him on different parts of our jobs. He will always remain in my memory and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
CPL John Baker of Hinesville, Georgia

"My Friend and I,we we´re talking about you the night before they found you..since our Husbands were deployed with you....i cant believe it happend...I just know you are a Hero but now an Angel...I hope you have a better life where u at right now...Smoke....we are thinking about you...."
unknown of Fort Sill Oklahoma

"To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe:
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 Gladimir 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. 1st Class Gladimir Philippe:
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 Gladimir, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

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