Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Michael B. Quinn

37, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Quinn was on guard duty at a checkpoint in Al-Fallujah, Iraq when a vehicle pulled up and assailants fired on him. Quinn was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on May 27, 2003.

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"I have a dog tag that has the name of SST MICHAEL B QUINN and the date of his death. They were given out Memorial, Day weekend, when there is huge celebration and either the Blue Angels or Golden Knights perform. This is an annual event at Jones Beach, Long Island New York that draws over 100,000 people. I received it about 9 years ago and it was even more touching for me because my deceased husband's name was also Michael B. If anyone is interested in having this, I can be contacted on Facebook. RIP SST Michael be Quinn and thank you for your service!"
Ruth Stone of Ridge, New York

"I still remember when you arrived to 3rd ACR and were assigned to our troop. "By-the-book Bob" was our adopted name for you as you were analytical, knew your stuff, and never strayed from leading by example. I'm saddened at your family and the army's loss. For the brief time we served together you always presented yourself as the epitome of the NCO."
MSG Chad Cirillo of PM-Abrams, Warren, MI

"S/Sgt. Quinn,
On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading some of the reflections left here for you all I can say is that I wish that I had had the privilege of serving with you when I was in in the Military. You sound like a helluva a good NCO.


Brave Rifles!"

"Many years ago I got an email on my Army email from someone's name I did not recognize. The message was short and simple, what the exact words were I forget (I deleted it at some point) but it went like this: Are you the Michael Quinn I was stationed with at Fort X in Texas? I saw that a Michael Quinn was killed in Afghanistan last month, I hope you are the guy I know and not the KIA. If I remember correctly, at the time there were 3 Michael Quinn's in the US Army according to AKO: a new private, him and myself. I think my reply was "no, I'm sorry but I was never stationed there, sorry." That email has and still for some reason makes my heart heavy everytime I think about it. I don't know why but its been many years and I still can't shake the "feeling" I get from that simple email. A guy reaching out looking for his friend and for me to reply "sorry not me." All we shared is a name, but SSG Michael B. Quinn I never knew you but I think about you often. Rest in peace brother.
CW2 Michael P. Quinn"
Michael Quinn of Pottsville, PA

"Michael, Happy Veterans Day, brother you will never be forgotten. I miss the times we spent together. Mike Golf"
SFC Stewart, A. of Indianapolis, IN (Stout Field)

"Mike,

It has been eight years. I will never forget our friendship, your guidance and fighting shoulder to shoulder. You were a dear friend and mentor. God Bless you and your family. I pray everyday for Tim. I am sure he will follow in your footsteps to be a great man. Mitch"
MAJ Mitch Kusmier of Orange County, CA

"I still remember that dreadful night that they brough you in to my aid station. I didnt know a thing about you, but I knew you were my brother."
SFC Manuel Venegas of Ft. Detrick, Md

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Michael you were a great friend and the best thing that every happened to Missy. We miss you."
David Sigurnjak of Gulf Breeze, FL

"Mike was a friend of mine. I miss him."
Adam Smith of Sorrento, LA

"Melissa I seem to have lost track of you again. Contact me when you can. Hope you and Tim are well!"
Mark Watson of Sevierville, Tennessee

"Dad, I know it's been awile. Almost 6 years, but you still are my hero. I still look to you in times of weakness to give me the strength i need to move on.It feels like just yesterday he was saying he loved me and he was getting into the back of the truck.I'll never forget the words he said to me before he left, "I love you bud, be strong and take care of mommy for me, o.k? I'll see you when I get back".I love and miss you dad. I'm not with mom right now, but i love you and I still take care of her just like you said, because you taught me to stay true to my word.Rest in peace dad. I love you."
Tim Quinn of 845 S. School Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34237

"mike.... i still cant believe youve been gone for almost 5 years now. ever ssince i became your gunner in korea 2001, ive looked up to you as the epitome of what an NCO is. you taught me so much about leading soldiers and how to be someone to look up to, a stellar example of the kind of human being i strive to be every day. the day i learned of your death, my world went black. since then, i have tried my best to live the values you helped instill in me. not a day goes by that i dont think about you, the times we had, good and bad, and how much you meant to me. i can only hope that where you are now... i cant even express the grief ive gone through, so i cant even imagine how your family has taken it. i wish all your loved ones the best. BRAVE RIFLES"
SSG Mike Hatch of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, A Trp, WTB

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Michael B. Quinn:
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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Mike, You were my first gunner after I commissioned and became an officer in the US Army....You also became my close and dear friend.... I write this as of November 2007 as I was thinking of you tonite. Lynn and I divorced but you and Missy and Tim were such a part of lives at Fort Hood......Remember the gunnery when I shot the bull with the .50 Cal?? I will always miss you....you were awesome and you even taught this old NCO a few tricks.......I have seen Missy a couple of times since you left us, she seemed to be doing o.k., sad but o.k.........hope all is well with you. Missy if you are out there call me
865-617-2840 i have lost track of you and cant find you and tim.

with great respect and affection

mark
CPT Mark C. Watson"
Mark Watson of Sevierville, Tn

"I had the pleasure of working with Mike Quinn in Tampa at Whisky Joes. We all became a very close family at that restuarant. A part of us died that day God took Mike home. He was one of the best people I have ever known. We miss you Mike !!!!"
Lisa Campbell of Tampa, Florida

"Michael,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier who was also killed in that attack for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Brave Rifles"(3rd ACR Motto)"

"To my good friend and fellow Master Gunner: Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, how you impacted my life and how the world is that much darker without you in it. I still keep an old picture of you framed above my desk, not only to remind myself, but anyone who asks who you are. I miss you man."
SFC Harris of Grafenwoehr, Germany

"Only one word will ever describe SSG Quinn and that is Capt. America. I still remember him standing on his tank in Kuwait in that Capt. American pose. I don't think anyone taught me more about being a solider than he did. He showed me that there is more to being a solider than just taking care of yourself. It's how the army should be and sadly I miss him alot. Rest in peace Capt. America we all miss you."
Spc Alexander Roloff of Ft. Riley Kansas

"Dear Aunt Missy and Timmy,
We all miss Uncle Michael greatly and I am especially proud of how Timmy has taken it. I am sorry about what happened to your home in the hurricane also. I hope we can visit you soon!
Love,
Your Niece and Cousin,
Mariah"
Mariah of St. Clair Shores, MI

"hey miss melissa and timmy,
I was truely heartbroken to hear that this happened and to say that im sorry that it did happened. <3 i love you guys very much"
Andrea Sherman of Fort Polk, LA

"To the family of:Michael B. Quinn 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 one day we will meet in Heaven 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

"Tim and Missy,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Mike was a truly wonderful person. We send you our prayers, and love."
Jack, JoAnne, Joseph, and Andrea Sherman of Ft Polk, Louisiana

"Thank you for making me the NCO that i am today
SFC Girmes"
Willie Scott Grimes of Honolulu HI

"Melissa,
It's been a couple years since I last saw you at the house in Colorado Springs. You were packing up and heading to Mississippi. I hope this finds you well, and I wanted you to know that I still think of you, Michael, and Tim often. I pray that you are doing well and that Tim is thriving. I have remarried and am living overseas, and I would love to hear from you if you get a moment. May your hope rest in the Lord! tracyhasse@hotmail.com"
Tracy Hasse of Naples, Italy

"I just wanted to let you know that I still think of you all. I am sorry for your loss. It's been awhile since we have been in contact, but I still think of you all, and I hope that you all are doing OK. Mike was a great guy!"
Carly Lenz of Fort Knox, KY USA

"To the Family of Sgt. Michael Quinn,

I am very sorry for your lost and the pain that you have endured for the last two years. My name is Jason Royalty and I live in Kentucky. I didn't know your loved one but I do know that he was a hero because he died for his country, and I wish there was something I could do to take away the pain. I thank Sgt. Quinn and you the family and I will keep you the family in my thoughts and prayers!Also the day Sgt. Quinn was tooken away was my twenty-third birthday so now May 27th will have another meaning to it for me now. Thanks and may the Lord always lead you, be with you and comfort you. May the Lord Bless you!"
Jason Royalty of Eastview, Kentucky USA

"I didn't know Michael, but I have his name on the Hero Bracelet that I received from HEROBRACELETS.ORG. I am honored and proud to wear this bracelet. The sacrifies that he made to keep others safe. I pray that God helps to comfort his wife and young son. I have a daughter about his age. God Bless"
Diane Nichols of Rosenberg, Texas

"Missy, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you and your son. I'm sending lots of love to you and your family, your long lost friend,"
Caren Field of Traverse City Michigan

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

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Your son is really brave for standing by himself. i hope you guys find away to take away that pain that the iraqy has done to you. I hope they find that guy and do the same thing that did to your son."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"Hello. I saw Michael in an issue of "People" magazine. I was delighted that they paid tribute to the soldier's that parished, instead of the usual star gossip.

I want to thank Michael for his courage and bravery. I also want to tell his loved ones I am so sorry for your loss!

God pick's his roses. Michael is in paradise now!

God Bless! <3 <3 <3"
Colleen Marie of Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

"SSG Quinn was my first gunner and taught me everything I know about how to command a tank during my time as a platoon leader in the 1ST Cav. He was a true professional and an awesome gunner. My prayers and thoughts go out to his wife and his son, Timmy. God Bless..."
CPT Rob Polston of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Michael Quinn, 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

"Mellisa & Tim, in the short time we knew Mike we really enjoyed his company as well as yours, we will always remember & pray for him, as we are sure he is watching all of us as we speak. He has left us with memories that we will never forget. Our hearts go out to you & Tim, we pray that God grants you the security to accept the things you cannot change, courage to change the things you can and wisdom to know the difference. Peace be with you, our door is always open for you."
Ida , Marshall & Norman

"My many prayers to the family of Mike. We think of you daily and pray for you."
Nadine Albrecht of Fort Knox, KY, USA

"Trying to find out if this is the same Michael Quinn I served with during the first Gulf War, 1991. If anyone has any information if this is him or not please contact me, Army Sgt Kevin Senter at senterk@coastalnow.net. My condolencies go out to his family. May God bless him and embrace him."
Kevin Senter of Ft. Stewart, Georgia (3rd Infantry Division)

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Michael Quinn:
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 Staff Sgt. Michael Quinn:
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

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