Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 2nd Lt. Mark J. Procopio

28, of Stowe, Vermont.
Procopio died when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment, Jericho, Vermont. Died on November 2, 2005.

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"Thank you for boldly rushing to the aid of my dear friend, Maj Gerry Bloomfield and his co-pilot. As I think of him every day...I also think of your family, you and your courage. In my mind, the best we hope for, in this life, is that we leave a memory. You are in my memory, my gallant lad."
Major Richard Hardin, USMC Retired 2005 of Tyler, Texas

"Sir,

I just want to say thank you for your service to this country. I only knew you through SFC Bunch, who gave me your bracelet after talking about the how you were the best LT he ever served under. I just want to say that you inspire me. I will be commissioning into the US ARMY in a little under 3 years now. I can only hope to be half as good as the officer you were. You will forever be in my heart and mind."
Jack W Fitzgerald of Northfield, VT

"Hello Mark. It's been 7 years of missing you. I hope you are happy living with Christ. I pray for you all the time. You were a great friend, nephew and all around great guy."
Your Uncle Keith La Tulippe of Asheville, North Carolina, USA

"Just checking back in. It has been some time since that day. In the past 7 years I have had the privledge of raising three healthy, safe children and have enjoyed quite the life with Heather and the kids. Not for one second do I take for grant it that this is because of you and your fellow soldiers. You sacrafice often without the gratitude you deserve. I still love you and think about you often. I have passed by your parents old house often and fight back the tears everytime. Someday, if I am lucky enough, we will pick up where we left off. I hope your wife and family are doing well. Until later. Thank You"
Adam DesLauriers of St. Albans

"Hey Mark. It's been awhile but still thinking of you pal. Miss you."
Alan Rivoir of Hoboken, NJ

"I went to High School with Mark--He was a great guy full of humor. He always made me laugh. We were very close. I will truly miss Mark. God Bless!!!"
Seth Smith of Wake Forest, NC

"GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."
MR. MR. of NORTH CAROLINA

"Hey Mark,
Patty couldn’t come with me to your funeral because she was pretty late in her pregnancy. I’m sure you watched from above as our son came out fine two months later. It’s three years later and our second son just arrived (you’ll recognize his middle name as the same as yours – named after Pop-pop!) I get to tuck both my boys into bed each night because brave men like you risk everything to protect us back home. I get to have a wonderful family because you and Erika were willing to sacrifice having a family of your own. Thank you. I’ll never forget what you’ve done for us …"
your cousin Jason of Libertyville, IL

"November 2, 2008
To the family of 2nd Lt. Mark J. Procopio:
Mark 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

"Mr. Procopio,
You are a true hero ! Thank You ! for your dedicated service to the U.S.A.
Jon Lowder, Cpl."
JON LOWDER, CPL of MONROE, NC USA

"LT
I'm sorry..."
Doc Sue of Northfield VT

"Mark - It has been 3 years since your death. I only JUST found this site. The news of your death hit me like a TON of BRICKS that day in 2005 ! I was so sorry to be so far away and not be able to attend your services and give my heartfelt love to your parents and Amy as well as my love to your wife, whom I had never met. I've known you for almost your whole life and I have memories to last. I pray for you and I hope you pray for me. I'll see you on higher ground another day."
Christa - a childhood family friend and fellow UVM ROTC graduate and VTARNG member of Texas

"I love you with all of my heart. You will be missed but we will meet again. I guess God wanted you in the Kingdom of Heaven. God Bless and your sister says Hello,Goodbye! With all of my heart dear Mark."
-mother and close friend

"Mark you were loved dearly and I will never forget but I guess the one and only God wanted you in his Kingdom of Heaven."
-mother and friend

"The day before he died Mark asked me for a ASIPS radio. It is a small SINCGARS radio of which I had an extra. I told him he would have to perform an expletive service IOT for me to give it to him. His reply, without hesitation was "I'll send my driver" to take care of it. It was hilarious. The very next day he was gone. I was just beginning to get to know him. I'll never forget him."
Kevin Thompson of Gloucester, Ma

"Hey Mark
It's Nolan. Just left Iraq a week ago. I'm stuck in Kuwait for a few weeks though.
Keep on watching over your friends.
You're still in our hearts old man. We love you."
"AB' of Mid East

"ONE CANNOT KNOW WHY THEY'RE TAKEN SO EARLY; MY FAMILY WISHES TO EXTEND THEIR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL SON AND BROTHER MARK;THIS PRECIOUS HUMAN BEING. THE BERNARDO JOSEPH PROCOPIO FAMILY, P.O. BOX 576, OSTERVILLE, MA 02655"
REBECCA PROCOPIO AND MARK G. PRCOPIO of OSTERVILLE, MA ON CAPE COD

"To the family of:Mark J. Procopio I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"Dear family and friends of Lt. Procopio. My name is Chuck Nelson. Mark died while rushing to the scene of a shot down Cobra helicopter. That helicopter was piloted by my brother in law, Cpt. Michael Martino. The entire Martino family is very, very appreciative of Mark's efforts to reach the crash site and protect Michael's and his co-pilot, Maj. Bloomfield's remains from desecration. Please know that we have thought of Mark often and understand what your family is going through.
It is a horrible thing that both our family members died in such manners, but their actions were of the highest valor. Thank you to Mark and God bless your family."
Chuck Nelson of Virginia

"To Mark's Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Mark, thank you for all you have done in Iraq and in keeping us safe at home. Mark, you sir are a true American Hero. God bless you Mark and God bless your family and friends."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"The Next Room
Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped
away into the next room. I am I, and you are you.
What ever we were to each other, that
we still are. Call me by my old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way which you
always used. Put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes
we enjoyed together. Pray, smile, think of me,
pray for me. Let my name be the household word
that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect,
without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means
all that it ever meant, It is the same as it ever was;
there is unbroken continuity, Why should I be
out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere
very near, just round the corner. All is well.
~by: Canon Henry Scott Holland~

Gone but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"Dear Procopio Family,

I am very sorry for the loss of your son. I can only imagine the pain and sadness you all must be feeling at this moment, and the only thing I could say is that you are not alone. There is light at the end of the tunnel and your son's contributions in life will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you. My Brother-In-Law Fabricio A. Moreno, Petty Officer 3rd Class, US Navy, age 26, died 10/14/05 in Manda Bay, Africa. Mark, Fabricio and all our fallen soldiers will be REMEMBERED FOR EVER in our hearts and memories."
Mr. and Mrs. Moreno of Brooklyn, New York

"MARK SMALL WORLD BUDDY. ALL THIS IS VERY HARD ON ME. NOT EASY DEALING WITH MY LOST, TRUELY! ONLY TIME THE TEARS STOP ARE FOR A MOMENT. THEN IT'S FOR ANOTHER FALLEN SOLDIER. THIS TIME YOUR'S! THEN I HEARD FROM AMY, MARK. SMALL WORLD CONSIDERING ALL OUR HURT. THINGS ALWAYS HAPPEN FOR A REASON. ONE DAY I WILL LOOK UP AMY. AS MY OTHER TWO SON'S JOSEPH AND EVAN LIVE IN SPRING, TEXAS. AMY MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH MARK AND YOUR FAMILY. ALL THIS IS VERY DIFFUCULT. HAVE ANY QUESTIONS THAT I CAN HELP YOU ALL WITH. LWAHL1@SEARS.COM"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM

"All of the wonderful words used in the past month to describe Mark have been well choosen and have eloquently described his life. The word that I choose above all others is friend. Before Mark-the-soldier, I knew Mark, the outgoing, crazy, fun-loving, loyal to a fault, young man. For two summers, I had the privledge to share Mark's time with him driving around the state and beyond playing Nordic soccer. I feel like I could tell 100 stories each one funnier than the next. As I remember Mark, it is these same stories that sadden me. How many people in our lifetime do we meet like Mark. My greatest regret in life will always been that I let our friendship grow apart. I wish he could of met my wife and my children. They would have been better people for the encounter. He did all those that knew him and loved him proud. He lived a hero, and bravely, with the thought of others first as always, he died a hero. Mr./Mrs. Procopio, Erica and family, I am so very sorry for your loss, hopefully time and memories will help you heal. For what it is worth, when my boy grows older, I will be sure to tell him Mark's story so he will know what brave men do. God bless"
Adam D. of St. Albans

"Godspeed Mark. We will carry you forward with the rest of us."
someone who served with him of Germany

"There is no greater honor than to lead Soldiers into combat. I believe that with all my heart. Mark passed while not only doing this but abandoning his own safety to aid his fellow Soldiers. Although I 've prayed to God that this never would have happened, since it did, there seem to be few better or more honorable ways to depart from this earth physically than as Mark did. He gave his life for the freedom of those in our own country who called him names and ridiculed him as he walked to class in his uniform, like many ROTC cadets at UVM have done. He also gave his life for those that cannot even begin to grasp what freedom looks like, much less is, in a fledgling country. May we all honor his sacrifice by picking up the fight in his absence, and when our time in service is done, honor him by leading meaningful, fullfilling lives. My thoughts and prayers are with Erica and the Procopio family at this time. God bless Mark and God bless his family."
2LT Alexander C. Viox of Korea

"I did not know you or any of your family. I just happened to be on the UVM campus the day of your funeral. I saw your coffin go by. I just want to say thank you and I'm sorry."
M of PA

"To the Family and Friends of this Hero... My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you at this time. I know that there are no words that I can write here that will ease the pain of your loss, but please know that the fallen are NEVER forgotten. Mark is a hero for the sacrifices that he made, and will always be remembered as such. From the bottom of my heart I give to you my deepest condolences for your loss."
Tricia Tetreault (Sister of Sgt Alan Bean Jr, KIA 5/25/04) of East Calais, VT

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Mark will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Mark, myself and the rest of the '04 UVM ROTC program are deeply saddened and shocked by this loss. You perished while risking your life to protect your countrymen at home as well as your fellow soldiers in Iraq. You are a true hero and will forever be remembered as such. We all lost a part of "us" that day. You and your family are in my prayers always. I know you will be watching over and protecting our fellow classmates that are in harms way. Rest in peace. I miss you buddy."
Alan E. Rivoir of New York, NY

"TO THE PROCOPIO FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE NEWS. MARK YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOU ARE A HERO! TO ALL THOSE THAT KNEW MARK. YOU ALL HOLD THE VERY FOND MEMORIES. THAT YOU SHARED TOGETHER WITH MARK. THESE ARE TRUELY, THE THINGS WE REMEMBER OF MARK. I DO NOT KNOWN MARK PERSONALLY! I DO KNOWN THIS OF MARK. WE HAVE WELL OVER TWO HUNDRED MILLION OF AMERICANS. AN HE UNSELFISHLY, ANSWERED THE CALLING TO SERVICE HIS COUNTRY. RISKING DAY IN AND DAY OUT FOR US ALL. MORE IMPORTANTLY, MARK WAS A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON AS GREGORY WAS TO HIM. NEITHER ONE KNEW ONE ANOTHER. STILL KNEW THE COMMON BOND BOTH SHARED FOR THE MILITARY. MARK YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND YOU MARK ARE SOMEONE TO THE WAHL FAMILY. WE UNDERSTAND THE HEART ACHE. LOSTING SOMEONE SO DEAR AND SPECIAL. YOU CERTAINLY, HAVE TOUCHED YOUR COMMUNITY, NEIGHBOR'S, FRIENDS, YOUR LOVING FAMILY AND YOUR HUGE MILITARY BROTHERS AND SISTERS. YOU ARE A LEADER THAT GAVE GUIDANCE, UNDERSTANDING, TEACHING YOUR SOLDIERS SKILLS, AND LOVE! YOU HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE ELITE MILITARY TO FIGHT OFF TERRORISM AND TO GIVE THOSE IN IRAQ HOPE! TO YOUR FAMILY MARK! WE AS FALLEN FAMILIES MEMBETRS MUST. REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. TO REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN YOUR HONOUR. FOR YOU SERVED YOUR COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE, AND COUNTRY. NO ONE SHOULD EVER FORGET YOUR SERVICE NOT TODAY, TOMORROW OR EVER! KIA SGT GREGORY L. WAHL BALAD, IRAQ 05-03-04! MARK MY TEARS NEVER STOPPED FOR MY SON. STILL TODAY THOSE VERY TEARS ARE YOUR'S. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU MARK AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Mark Procopio, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of 2nd Lt. Mark Procopio:
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 Mark 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 2nd Lt. Mark Procopio:
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 Mark, 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