Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Marco A. Silva

27, of Alva, Florida.
Silva died near Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when he came under small arms fire and an improvised explosive device detonated during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on March 13, 2006.

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"Marco, I was thinking about you and Sgt. Herrera. I went to both your funeral and his on the same year. We all made it back from the invasion of Iraq, and then you and Sgt. Herrera didn't make it back the second time. I'll always remember having thanksgiving together, and the hamsters you and Shannon gave me. You were one of the hardest infantrymen I served with and passionately committed to the profession of arms. Love you brother, continue to rest in peace."
CW2 Miranda-Needham of Federal Way, WA

"I cant believe you have been gone for 10 years now. I still remember getting the knock on the door like it was yestetday. I miss you like crazy! I live you so much! You would be so proud of our children."
shannon silva of friendly,wv

"I just came across this message board today and had to leave a message for you everyday as i walk into my house and see your picture on my wall i cant help but smile as i know you are always with us.your smile could light up a room.I will always cherish the memories we had growing up and how thinkful i am to have had you as my step brother.i love you and will forever remember your smile."
bonnie wilson caicedo of homestead fl

"10 years ago tomorrow, and a day never forgotten. I miss you my brother."
Tim Roberts of The Old Guard, Washington DC

"I think of you and your family all the time. I miss you all so much and I thank you for being such a fierce and loyal friend. Like you, I live for my friends and family as a testament to your impact on my life for having known you. Love you little brother."
Alberto Ruiz of Homestead, FL

"I found a bracelet in a box in a basement. The name on the bracelet is Staff Sgt Marco A Silva KIA 3/13/06 Ramadi Iraq . I am a veteran of the USAF. I would like to get this bracelet to his wife/children or parents. Please contact me ....Tracy. 724-549-7592. God Bless...."
Tracy of PA

"You were such a amazing inspiration to me and my family! You fought to protect me and you're family!!! We love you so much and miss you so much! There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of you. You're little girl has grown up to be so strong and silly just like you! I will never forget the laughter that you brought our family and the courage and strength! We love you so much and miss you so much!!!!!"
Shelly Schiefer (sister-in-law) of homestead,fl

"To the family of:Marco A. Silva
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""

"Silva Family,
Last night I was going through photos of the 1/506 deployment. Memories, feelings, thought and prayers. I cannot belive that this time has passed. But within that time not a day has passed where you all have not been dear to our hearts.

Miss you all."
SSG Mountjoy Family of Colorado Springs, Co

"Marco, eventhough it has been five years, it still feels like yesterday. You were a true inspiration to all of the young Soldiers. We still miss you and remember the memories we had in Ramadi. We love you brother."
Brian of Afghanistan, FOB Sharana

"Thank you so much for your dedication to our country. You'd be proud of your sister today - I only wish she could see your reaction to all that she's accomplished since you've been gone but I know you are still with her. Your life and sacrifice are both still very much appreciated."
Marlena of Houston, TX / US

"Shannon I think about you and your family all the time. I hope yall are doing ok. We miss and love Marco so much."
Sara Drumheller of Spanaway Wa

"I didn't personally know anyone who was killed fighting to defend our country. But 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 the grieving 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, OH USA

"After you and your family moved away I'd always thought I'd see you again someday. And I know I will, just not the way I thought. And when I do, I will get to say, Thank You. You gave all."
Shane Temple of Hollywood, FL

"Mira que el mundo es pequeno...not only did we serve under Cpt.Hutchinson but we were tambien from Miami...Its me Doc.T, I finally have the courage para escribirte unas lineas we had alot of fun,como pasa el tiempo. Im not wasting my time,Im working towards a Masters in Social Work to get US the Veterans the care we deserve. Siempre pensando y agradecido por lo que du distes. DOC T."
Eduardo Teran of Seymour,Tn

"February 28, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Marco A. Silva:
Marco 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

"Marco, so many memories Ihave to treasure now. Everyday I look at our daughter I see you all over again. I love you so much, life is difficult now. I will see you again."
shannon silva of brodhead, ky

"Silva was my first NCO when I arrived to the newly forming 506th. Always having a quick smile and good natured laugh, he was beloved by those around him. I wept the day he was lost and will never discount the privilege it was to have served beside him. Godbless, Currahee."
SPC Dudley of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Not one day passes that I don't think of you. You'll forever be in my heart!

I love and miss you!"
Rachel Silva of Hollywood, FL

"Marco, we all love you and miss you greatly. We served, loved, lost and fought together. Your smile and humor brightened up 1st batallion greatly. It is an honor to have served with you. Serving with you from the very first day and being with you in the midst of our missions and being by your side until you took your very last breath, I realized that you were very brave, friendly, and got the job done wherever, whenever. You are not forgotten. To your family: Our unit will not forget. He loved his job, life, family, and friends. He will always be with you and I know he is with us, his unit. You will always have our support here at 1/506th infantry. We love you, stay strong. " Currahee!""
Fellow Currahee. of Ft. Campbell, Ky.

"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, Marco will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"I love you for ever.
I miss you sooo much.
Mom"
Martha of Hilton head Island, South carolina

"Thank you Marco Silva, 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 Staff Sgt. Marco Silva:
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 Marco 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. Marco Silva:
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 Marco, 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