Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Michael D. Rowe

23, of New Port Richey, Florida.
Rowe died in Rutbah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 46th Engineer Battalion, Warrior Brigade, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on March 28, 2006.

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"SGT Rowe not a day goes by that I don't think about you and the other Steel Spike brothers we lost in Ramadi. Even with all the bad news out of that city lately I want everyone to know our sacrifices were not in vain and that you will never be forgotten and your legacy of valor, motivation and "hard charging" attitude lives on in sappers everywhere."
LTC Daren Payne

"Mike..... its been so hard to talk about you since our deployment. I remember every second of the day you left us. I am still in the Army and from time to time I run into my fellow Ryders. I happen to run into SSG Forney in St. Louis. I had to fight back tears when I hugged him. I have been back to the war zone several times since 2006 and I must say that all of you guys were the best platoon I ever served with. Mike, I had the chance to go see your parents and your lovely daughter in Florida. She is beautiful. I still have your braclet on my wrist and a double R tattooed on my right arm. Until we meet again brother."
SSG White of Fort Bragg, NC

"May God bless your family. I will. Always remember you man. I remember when we played football together at Gulf High. I'll always remember you on these special days. God bless you."
manolis saroukos of new port richey, FL

"Miss you bro. I would trade places with you if I could. It was an honor to serve with you"
s appel of abilene texas

"Mike I love you man and haven't taken off the braclet in your memory since jon boyd told me. You and the rest of my brothers and sisters are always on my mind! Say hello ti everyone for me and ill be there soon enough"
jake k of tacoma wa

"SGT Rowe - I love you man. You were a dedicated Soldier, who took your role as lead vehicle commander very seriously. I will never forget how intense you were in ensuring you had all the intelligence necessary to safely lead your convoys. There is a hole in my heart that can't be filled now that you're gone. We like it Ruff! I pray peace to your family, especially Little Miss Nevaeh every chance I get. God Bless you for your ultimate sacrifice. From Carol Anderson, your Battalion Commander."
Colonel Carol Anderson of Fort Sam Houston, TX

"You are everything I ever wanted to be... I just never had the courage.... your my hero brother"
Lee Nickola of Jacksonville Beach, FL

"I miss all you rough riding assh*les... and will still die for everyone of you..."
Lee Nickola of Jacksonville Beach, FL

"Its hard to believe it has been 5yrs since you have passed I have never forgotten about you. I was one of a few people that was part of the Rough Riders and to me i wills always be one, as you will always be one. I miss every one that was ont he team.
HSC 46th ECB(H) Convoy Security Platoon aka. Rough Riders.
"WE RIDE FOR FREEDOM""
Travis Schramm of North Branch,MI/USA

"HEY GUYS FROM 46TH AND TO MIKE WE MISS BUT WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!THIS IS SUNNY HALE COL HALE -FAAVAE , BURDETTE AND TO ANY OF MY FRIENDS FROM THAT TIME PLEASE CONTACT ME MISS YOU GUYS- ALOT HAS HAPPENED TO ME AND IS THE REASON I LOST TOUCH -ITS NO EXCUSE I KNOW. 615-330-3803 ANYONE ELSE WHO DIDNT KNOW OUR GROUP IN FT POLK PLS DONT CALL THX"
SUNNY HALE of GALLATIN TN USA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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 Edward Steiner of Worthington, Ohio USA

"To the family of Michael Rowe, my name is Jim Vanderbleek and I live in St. Petersburg, Florida. This Memorial Day 2010 I wanted to do something special for the “Fallen Floridians” since 2001. I wanted to honor them in a way that would be a touching tribute in the eyes of the community as a reminder that we must not forget the sacrifice they and their families have given for all of us. A special cross, along with the other 238 fellow Floridian brothers and sisters, was erected on the church grounds of Northeast Presbyterian Church. Your son's cross is on display through June 5th, 2010. The photo attached shows the entire display. The link attached will take you to a slide show in Honor of Brave Men and Women of our Armed Forces. There will be many prayers for your son this weekend as we pay tribute to all of the Fallen Soldiers from 1775 to 2010 during our worship service on Sunday May 30th.

http://s579.photobucket.com/albums/ss234/JimVanderbleek/Northeast%20Presby%20Church%20Memorial%20Display%202010/?albumview=slideshow

Blessings to you and your family.
Jim Vanderbleek
895-9525"
Jim Vanderbleek of St. Petersburg, Florida

"We are keeping your spirit alive, Sgt Rowe. Thank you for your service and devotion to duty. For those available, please come out to New Port Richey Harley-Davidson on Sunday, April 11th, where we will recognize this proud soldier and his entire family. Details at www.operationhugahero.org"
Lisa Berg of New Port Richey, FL

"here we are agian almost 4 yrs later can you belive it ..where does time go..days become easyier as time goes..but this month is always hard and always will be..your always with me tinkerbell ..haha i donht need to say much to you im alwasy talking to you.as you can see my life as somewhat come together.these days im older by the min ..and i know your snikering who would have thought mikey would have grown up ..i love you bro ..keep an eye out for all of us ..mikey"
michael burdette of tallahassee fl

"Like I promised your Mother. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
Dan of Trinity,FL

"HEY BRO MAN BURDETTE BEAT HERE BUT HEY WHAT CAN I SAY.DAY BY DAY I THINK ABOUT YOU ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD AND YES THE BAD TIMES TOO.SAVING SGT WHITE FROM AN * BEAT NAH NAH WELL BRO I MISS YOU AND THANKS AGAIN FOR WATCHING OVER US.
ALWAYS
1GOLF"
MISIPATI FAAVAE of HILO HAWAII

"I never met you, never knew you, but recently saw a car going by locally with your pictures and tag on it. I want to thank you and your family for your ultimate sacrafice for all of us.
T0mmyD"
Tom Dolan of Holiday Fl

"Hey tinkerbell hows the view ..well here we are what seems like yesterday has been forever.not many words theses days.i run out of things to say ..hell i talk to you all the time.watch over our guys still out there ..give them courage and strength then bring them home ..love you man ..mikey.rough ryders we rode for freedom ..ryder 3"
Burdette,Michael of tallahassee fl..

"March 21, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Michael D. Rowe:
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

"As Mike's little sister, I want to thank all of those that left such kind messages. It helps to know that he is still, and always will be remembered. Almost 3 years have gone by and it's continuously hard to face reality. My heart goes out to those that have lost someone close to them."
Megan Rowe of Gainesville, Fl

"HEY BRO I STILL THINK ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY YOUR DAUGHTER AND WIFE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MISSED AND LOVED STEEL SPIKE"
SALES D of SCHOFIELD BARRACKS HI

"I watched, on 12/13/08, as Micheal's father placed a wreath on his grave. I was there to see my fathers grave, and place wreaths, with my family. I was so touched by the pain that was obviously still in this man's heart. I work at the VA in Orlando and know how much our soldiers have sacrificed for our country. I thank Michael, and all those like him, who make my freedom possible."
Gloria of Kissimmee, FL

"hey man... i miss you always and still think about you everyday!! its been over two years since the day our convoy hit that ied, but its a day that i will never forget. i think about it often. somtimes more than i think i should. but i know that your watching over us. and you be watching over me again when i go over for a second time. please watch over everyone. give me strength. help me not care about stuff that shouldnt matter that much. well ill talk to you later...
always,"
rough ryders!!! of usa

"Mike, they had your name in the church service this morning, First Baptist of Orlando. Somewhere out on the lawn, theres a flag with your name on it today. I hear your baby looks like you, I hope to meet your family one day. I remember swimming with you back in high school. Thats how I remember you, always a friend to everyone, and always smiling. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow, and many other days to come."
Rob Dziekan of Orlando, FL

"SGT ROWE-HOPE YOUR FAMILY FINDS CLOSURE AND PEACE IN THE AFTERMATH OF YOUR PASSING. SORRY ABOUT GIVING YOU CRAP ABOUT YOUR SAPPER TAB, WISH I WOULD HAVE PRAISED YOU MORE FOR THE SIMPLE FACT THAT YOU WERE TRULY ONE OF THE FINEST I SERVED WITH, GUESS I AM MAKING UP FOR THAT NOW."
SSG SCOTT of FORT LEONARDWOOD

"To the family of:Michael D. Rowe 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"

"28 MARCH 2007. One year later and it still feels like yesterday. The pride and the pain never go away. You are still in my thoughts and prayers as are your family. Thank you for watching over us from above, maybe that's why God saw fit to keep the rest of us us safe until it was time to go home."
CT of Fort Polk, LA

"God Bless your family Mike and may your memory live forever! I still remember the days when we were kids man. The good ol days when we were still at home being kids and causing trouble. We'll never foget you Mike. God Rest Your Soul and Thank You for your Sacrifice. I wish your family strength and happiness for the rest of their years. God Bless ... We miss You!"
Yanni Karavokiros of Tampa (NPR), Florida

"Sgt Rowe, I never thought that the last time we talked would have been our last. You were a great friend to me and I will always remember the laughs we had together. Your daughter is beautiful, she looks alot like you. I think of you often and wonder why it had to happen to someone who had alot going for them. Till we meet again someday. I'll continue to fight for our freedoms and for your little Nevaeh. your friend,"
SGT John Moore of Fort Polk, LA/USA

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

"Thank you Michael Rowe, 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 Sgt. Michael Rowe:
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 Rowe:
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