Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Brandon U. Sloan

19, of Bedford Heights, Ohio.
Killed in action after his convoy was ambushed in Iraq on March 23, 2003. He was assigned to the 507th Maintenance Company, Fort Bliss, Texas.

A framed photo of Pfc. Brandon Sloan rests next to his flag-draped coffin during a funeral service, Saturday, April 12, 2003, at Historic Greater Friendship Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

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"15 years ago you joined the ranks of so many other American heroes and in doing so we honored you and held you in our highest esteem. I did not know you nor did I ever meet you...but we did share one day. On that day, I stood at the gates of Lakeview Cemetery with my Stars and Stripes until you and your family arrived. I have never forgotten that day or your name. I only wish I could have known all the names of our fallen. Sadly, too many. May God keep your family and protect them always."
Mike Prokop of Clevveland Hts, OH

"12 years ago you lost your life. I still think about you everyday. You are and will always be my American Hero. One day I will see that smile again and hear your laughter. R.I.P. B.U.S"
MYC LEE of Cleveland Ohio/ Bedford Ohio

"R.I.P Brandon I love and miss you! I know your in a better place now and I know your watching over me. Happy Veterans Day big cousin! See you soon !"
Quiana Scott of Euclid Oh

""Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
- I shall fear only God.
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
¯ Mahatma Gandhi""
jeffrey k. Heck USAF 82-86 of columbus ohio

"I am very proud of Brandon and his unit and the way they conducted themselves on the battlefield. Unfortuately his life was cut way to short. I know the story of the 507th. What happened on that day was a tragedy. My condolences to the family and friends, and loss comrades. Brandon represents all the good people from all over Ohio and America and, the US Army. Rest in Peace"
Jeffrey K. Heck USAF 82-86 of Columbus, Ohio

"Ret Msg. J Fugere USARMY has found Pvt. Brandon U Sloan's Bronze Star medal and certificate and would like to return it to the family! Please contact @ jbfugere@comcast.net"
Jon Fugere of Utica, MI

"not a day goes by that I am not thinking of you!!! missing you!! 10 years have passed and I still go by your gravesite often,I drive past the church that I met you at and the church that we parted at. I love you and miss you!"
Robin C of Cleveland heights, ohio

"Still thinking of you B. 2013 and you're very much alive still. Wore your picture on my graduation gown you walked with me. Xoxo rip!"
Erin of Formerly maple hts oh current Houston tx

"I think of you often. I will never forget. Lord please ease the yoke of loss on his family."
Michelle C of Shaker Hts,Ohio USA

"10 years today. Still miss you bro.Never will I forget. I wrote a poem for you and won an award and got published. I also wrote a song for you. To his family and friends here is the link. Hulkshare.com put "myclee B.U.S." in the search box. Love you my dude."

"GOD bless you. You are my HERO. I wear your name on a memorial bracelet everyday."
MSgt Ford of Lackland AFB, TX

"To my cousin and family: Brandon will always be remembered in my heart. Brandon was an outstanding young man, GOD bless you."
Darryl Fambro of Newark, DE

"B.U.S. March 23rd is still Tuff on me. On one hand it is my mothers birthday but on the otherhand its the day you passed away. Today I will visit your gravesite. Its been 9 years and you are not forgotten. Love you brother. R.I.P. 2 days and that summers heat"

"Whats up lil homie, I miss you and I remember picking you up and you was telling me about joining the ARMY and I told my mom. She had asked me do I still beat you up and I told her no but I still can. Lol! So I guess you see my mom because you too are at the same place. Just wanted tell both of yall I love yall and when we meet again be ready to get it on. Love yall RIP cousin."
Phillip. Deonte Muldrow of Columbus, OH. US

"rest in peace brother love you always

Stephen M. Prewitt"
stephen prewitt

"I didn't know you personally but the loss of you struck me like I did. My thoughts of you often come to me and it still strikes me with profound gratefulness. One day Brandon when we meet, I want to shake your hand. To your family my thoughts and prayers are with you today. With sincere gratitude for your son's service today and everyday."
Tammy Murphy of Bedford OH USA

"were were friends along time ago im am so sorry i knew you when we were in east cleveland city schoools together much love i just finished my tour in iraq"
Rayshawn Whitsett of cleveland ohio

"I did not know Brandon but I think about him every year and the sacrifice he made for our country. May God bless him and his family on this Memorial Day 2011. He will always be remembered."
William Lally of Parma, Ohio

"Dear Cousin,

I love and miss you so much big cuz!!! Tell Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Jack, Audrey, Uncle Sollie, and Aunt Mencie I said hello!!

Until we meet again...REST IN HEAVEN!!"
Rementa of Saginaw, MI

"weeba, have been thinking of you alot lately! We miss you!"
Robin Canion of Cleveland Heights, Ohio

"Thank you for protecting our freedoms. Brandon you are an American hero, great son, awesome brother, true friend and good teammate. Never will you be forgotten. R.I.P. B.U.S."
Michael Lee Maxey of Bedford,Ohio c/o 2002

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Hey Brandon. This is your little cousin Dasia. I was young when i found out about your death. Me and all my family drove to cleveland for the funeral. Im still a little young but im old enough to know i have a cousin who strongly fought for our country. I love you Brandon

R.I.P and save a spot for me."
Dasia Copeland of West Bloomfield

"Hey Brandon This is Eddie Miller I was in boot camp when you came up missing I still dont feel like your gone. I think about you everyday I got your name Tattoed (the only one I have) i miss you and love you."
Eddie Miller of Bedford Hts. Ohio

"My name is Kimberly Robinson and I was a part of 507 and i still miss Sloan everyday me and another soldiers mom is putting together a reunion slash rememberance ceremony for the soldiers of 507 if anyone in Sloan's family wants to attend please e-mail me at mskim511@hotmail.com thank you R.I.P. Brandon we love and miss you"
Kimberly Robinson of Cleveland, oh

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"Sloan....A.K.A "Weba"....I still can't get over the fact that you are gone. It seems like only yesterday, we was getting smoked in the bay at Basic Training at Fort Jackson. Seizme was alwas out of rhythm when we were doing side struttle hops (jumping jacks). You were a good dude and every year, I take that platoon pic the one where you are I think two bodies down from me, and I pray and pour one out for you. I also understand this is late, but better late than never. I will not remember your death...instead I will do my best to celebrate your life. Rest easy, dear friend. "Black Lions" for life.
Air Assault!!!"
Travis H. Wilson of Formerly of Ft. Campbell 372nd CJTC

"Hey Brandon is 2009May. I still think about you Battle. Love you always."
Tiffany Jones-Wright of Baghdad, Iraq

"Hey Lil B, Its your big cuz Clarissa. I thought about you today because of the courage that you displayed in this crazy situation we call war. We miss you a lot and want you to know you are never forgotten. We Love you and honor your life here on earth. Thanks lil B and we will meet again."
Clarissa Doyle of Southfield, MI USA


E-MAIL for the contact BELOW"
Spc. John Sollazzo of Ft. Campbell, Ky. USA

"Dear Sloan,
It's been a long time. I went to BASIC TRAINING with you at Ft. Jackson Bravo 1/28 "Black Lions". We meet on C.Q. and you described your family situation in that brief two hours, and how you basically joined to support your family. NO MAN GREATER. After that night, I took you under my wing, assisted you in getting "Squared Away", when the other soldiers would not. We'll never forget D-SSG Pagan, haha, will we.
While in the Ground War, or O.I.F. 1
we seldomly got the Stars and Stripes paper. Everytime we did Id go to "that" page and pray that I did not know anyone, well that, day I did.
I went to my chaplin and explained YOUR situation, and the outcome of this horrible war. HOPEFULLY his prayers and mine, rested you peacfully, and aided your family, in some form or fashion.
I think of you always.
God Bless you Sloan & your Family.
Spc. John Sollazzo
Ft. Campbell, Ky
"Black Lions""
Spc. John Sollazzo of Ft. Campbell, Ky. USA

"Hey Sloan it is now 2009 and you are still on my mind. I've been working as an contractor in Iraq since 06 and that makes me think about you more. I see these young soldiers die everyday and for what? I miss you and just wanted to welcome in the New Year by saying you will never be forgotten. tifjones334@yahoo.com"
Tiffany of Baghdad, Iraq

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
William D. Taylor Jr. of ...BONITA SPRINGS, FL

"Dear Family of Brandon....I attended the funeral for Brandon in East Cleveland Ohio. I think of you all regularly and I pray for God's continued peace in your lives.

I will not forget the sacrifice Brandon made for all of us as a soldier. His life must not only be remembered but we must hold our politicians, from all parties, accountable to make sure they do not by THEIR actions, dishonor our sons and daughter's in arms.

Thank you for sharing Brandon's life with us and may God's peace that passes understanding be with you today and always....."
Mike Lavigna of Willoughby Ohio

"Brandon,I saw a Maple Heights Mustang shirt the other day and it made me think about the ol rivalries.Good times.Hope your daddy is still with the church.I wore your picture on my graduation robes,I'm sure you knew.I thought you didn't get the chance to so now you did with me.Kinda cool huh?"
Erin of Cleveland2Corpus Christi

"Sloan, I wish I would have wrote to you and your family earlier, but I am just now 4 years later coming to terms with the fact I lived, and you and the others did not. I remember 3 days before we left you came to my apartment and we had a beer together. I miss you and all my family from the 507th. I am out of the Army now, and trying to deal with life. I still can't believe your gone."
Former Army SPC Arthur Barnes of Lakewood, WA


Well cousin, we're getting better! You've been gone 4 years now, and it still hasn't hit that I will never see you here on earth again. I just wanted to let you know that I love you and I miss you!!!"
Rementa Doyle of Southfield, Michigan, USA

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Brandon U. Sloan. Brandon 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Looking for Scripture, I happened upon this site. As a Vietnam vet, I stopped and shed my tears for Pvt. Brandon U. Sloan.

I know that there will always be wars and rumors of wars, but what it does to families is so hard to live with.

Your son/brother/husband/father and friend, is a hero indeed. May our Lord bless all who knew him. My prayers are with you.

love and appreciation to him and to you from - CrossRoads Church (http://www.c-roads.org)

In appreciation,"
Pastor Bruce Ball of Claremore, OK, USA

"This is me again (Tiffany Jones) I'm out the military, but I'm over in Iraq now working with civilian contractors. I still think about Sloan,even though it's been so long ago. You know how some people has that unforgettable impression. When I think about him over here I get mad but I'm starting to forgive those that did that to him and others..I miss you Sloan..tifjones334@yahoo.com is my email address but only for family members of Brandon Sloan or My ait battles..Love you Sloan and you will always be in my mind."
Tiffany Jones-Wright of Baghdad, Iraq

"To the family of:Brandon U. Sloan 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"

I've never done this before I am actually alittle scared. One thing I always regret is that I never had a chance to learn more about you. I also never had a chance to tell you how I felt about you. If I had one chance to go back, I would go back to the day we were outside of the church and you were telling me about your situation with God. Why would I go back to that day? Because that was the day I fell in love with you. I would have told you that instead of hiding my feelings. I was just scared of what you may have said. I think about you everyday of my life. I love and I miss you! And most importantly I'm proud of you. You knew what you needed to do to fix your life and you went and handled it. I know in my heart that you were right with God when you passed because thats what you wanted! You were strong enough to fight of our country and I want to Thank you"
Robin Canion of Cleveland Heights, OH

I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldiers who were killed in that ambush for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I am from El Paso which is outside Ft. Bliss and saw the memorial service on television for you and your fellow soldiers-it was very moving."
Mike C. of El Paso, TX

"I know it's taken me all this time to come to realize you no longer here anymore. Me and Sloan was in Ait together in Virginia. We had alot of funny times together and I will never forget him. It's been 4 years since I seen him but it seems like yesterday. Love ya Sloan"
Spc. Jones Tiffany of ft. carson, co

"PVT Sloan, I am a fellow military member, I know our paths have never crossed but I have walked where you have walked, I have felt the same fears and triumphs you have felt. My wife now bears a bracelet with your name on it in memory of your unselfish sacrifice. I with to thank you"
SSgt Springer, Robert G of Eglin AFB FL


I know you are in a better place now. I remember serving in ait at ft.lee va with you like it was yesterday. You may have had a rough shell but u had such a big heart. i even remember us talking about you trying to switch spots with me so i could go to texas and u be here in hawaii. I pray that this will all end soon and godforbid if its my time, make sure i have a place up there with you. RIP"
John L Goodson of schofield bks hawaii


The Soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The Soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~"
RA of El Paso TX

"R.I.P. my fellow solder on the 3 year annivesary, WE WILL NEVER FORGET."
adam mcmurdy of mv. ca

"PVT Sloan,
This is in memory of your hard work and dedication until the end to get yourself out of AIT(Advanced Individual Training) at Fort Lee in 2002. You were committed until the very last day, and it paid off. You are now in a peaceful place where no one can criticize or take from you. RIP PVT Sloan, from your AIT Drill Sergeant."
SFC LLOYD J. STERLING III of 10th SFG, Fort Carson, CO

"Hey Brandon,
The 23rd of this month marks the day our family mourned! I miss you so much! Everyone seems to be doing fine, Brittany has grown into a beautiful young lady, I see so much of you in her; you would be so proud of her, I know I am! Aunt Mencie, Uncle Pip, your mom, and the rest of the family are doing well also. Even though you are gone, I see a little bit of you in all of them. It's been rough at times, because everytime I think of the war, I think of you, and my heart gets heavy. I am just so thankful and proud to have a cousin like you!

Until we meet again Rest in peace!!!"
Rementa Doyle of Saginaw, MI U.S.A

"I was reading about Brandon when he passed away in the Jet magazine And even though I didn't know him it was something about his spirit that made me feel like I did so I cut out the picture of him and put it on my desk. I pray for his family everyday and even though he is gone he has touched my life and I'm sure so many others"
Shay of Buffalo,NY

"Cuz, words cannot express how proud I am of you!!! I never thought my cousin would go to the army and fight for our country. My heart that was once full of sadness because of your loss, is now filled with joy and peace because of your loyalty to your country. Cuz, I miss you so much, but the memories we have keeps me going. The Get Along Gang will never be the same without you. Rest in peace big cuz, and save a spot for me right next to you, Uncle Jack, and Grandma and Grandpa Thompson. I LOVE YOU!!!"
Rementa Doyle of Saginaw, MI, USA

Today is the 18th of July 2005. I really don't know what to say. I said a few words the first message I sent. But I feel I need to say more.Man I'm back out here again with 3ID. And I'm gonna re-enlist for 3 more years to support me and my wife. Man I LOVE YOU and I'm tellin my friends about you out here again. Talkin about when you came to my house that one day with Romell and we connected again. And what you did for us and you helped people around the World. You have helped many of people and did your best. You touched people in many ways that they can't even imagine. You are a messenger from the one above and I thank you for that. I just wanna tell your family that. I LOVE THEM ALSO. And I'm here. I'm stationed at Ft.Stewart,Ga 3ID 1-9thFA. I know The Peters residence. I use to go to school with brandon a long time ago. I want to meet ya'll when I get back. I hope we could get in touch when I get back or while I'm out here. My e-mail address is lovelilb@yahoo.com. I remember and I understand and I know the pain, but we are one together and The lord will keep us together and hold us as close as we can get. I LOVE YOU And thanks for letting meet your wonderful son and our Hero. He was a HERO before he came out here. He was a Hero before he went to basic, He was a Hero before he joined the Army. He was a hero before he helped people at church. He was a Hero from the start when he opened his eyes and touch the lives of others. THANK YOU for touchin my LIFE. I LOVE YOU BRANDON.

This is Branden Williams who went to Mentor and met Romell Peters who's also a Hero who helped bringing us Back together. We will see each other again in a different life time.I SALUTE YOU."
SPC (P) Williams,Branden of Cleveland,OH

"To PV2 Sloan’s family, first we want you to know that Brandon is an American hero and we will never forget him! We are sorry for your loss! We have created a keepsake package for Tandy and it has been returned to us as an "Undeliverable Shipment - Moved". If anyone knows where we can ship Brandon’s Dad’s package, please email us at info@OperationThankfulNation.com with the information. Our prayers are with you."
Staff at Operation Thankful Nation of Auburn, CA

"Mr. Sloan has done far more for our country than most of us will ever even attempt to. I want to thank the family and friends of Mr. Sloan. As a fellow American, I am very appreciative and aware of what a significant sacrifice they have had to endure, in the name of our country. Thank you so much for that contribution."
Ronald L Carlson of Montrose, MN , USA

"Today my son and I played baseball. Because you gave us that freedom. We will worship at church tomorrow because you gave us that freedom. we thank you Brandon and the sloan family. May the God of the Bible be with you."
Tim & Christian of Denham Springs Louisiana

"To the family of Brandon,

Several weeks ago I ordered a hero bracelet from herobracelets.org. Today I recieved it and it has your sons name on it. I went right to the internet to look up the name and find out more about this proud soldier who gave his life for our country. I found this site and am writing to let you know your sons name will be worn proudly on my wrist everyday and many others will see his name as well. Please find some comfort in knowing that your sons memory is proudly displayed by this Desert Storm veteran and wont soon be forgotten.

Best Wishes,"
Tara Dahmash of Tampa, Florida

"I just want to take the time out to say from a fellow Ohian, who has lost a good family friend, my brother's best friend from high school, Cpl. Timothy A. Knight on January 26, 2005 in Iraq. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you so very much for giving your life for my freedom. That is the greatest gift that anyone could ever give. My best friend is in Basic Training right now, Prv. Rachel Walter, and all the other soldiers serving duty right now, you are all truly remarkable. I am so proud of her and all of you. It has truly inspired me to become a solider. See all of you soon. Stay positive for the one's who are still here and remember the ones we've lost. Thank you U.S. Soliders <3!"
Heather of Brooklyn, Ohio

"To the family of Brandon:
I did not know Brandon but am proud of him. He fought a good fight and kept the faith and I believe he has gone to get his crown. Be encouraged because God is able to mend the broken heart and give peace in your hearts and minds. Brandon my angel, I thank you for sacrificing your life for all of us. "No greater love is this that a man would lay down his life for a friend." You will be missed."
SRA Christopher and Imelda White of Peoria, Illinois USA

Thank you Brandon for protecting the freedoms we all cherish. You are a true hero and we will remember you in our prayers. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Hey mn, i remeber about a week before we deployed you was at my crib havin a cold beer and now your gone, i cant believe that, but know im thinking about you, and i wish all the deceased from the 507th were still with us."
SPC Arthur Barnes of ex- 507th Maintenence member

"Dear Brandon, I meet you a long time ago at school in Cleveland,OH we where cool then then we split up. a Special person brought us together. ROMELL PETERS. He told me about his GOD-BROTHER, but I never thought it would be you. I had a little party that day at my house and me, you,Romell and my cousin chilled and had fun. You told me you were coming to the army and I told you I was coming right after you. I also went t Iraq. I just wantted to say Thanks cause I was there but you are still and will always be REMEMBER AND MY HERO. THANK YOU. FROM ALL THE SOLIDERS IN FORT STEWART,GA HHB 1-9TH FA."
PFC Branden Williams of Cleveland,OH


"Thank you for your service and bravery for our country. I did not have the honor of knowing this brave man, but Bless him and my sympathies to his family and friends."
Mellissa of Kentucky

"Dear Brandon,

I wrote my son's name in the internet to see what would come up first. You Brandon U. Sloan came up first. We are proud we named our 4 year old son after you, Brandon P. Sloan. We honor your service, and pray your family heals from the wounds of your sacrafice. We are all Americans to the hell with color of skin, and the Sloan family in California are honored to say our son is named after an American War Hero. God bless you Brandon and the Sloan family."
Bart B. Sloan of Sunnyvale, CA, USA

You are a true hero. God bless your Soul."
Jen of Cleveland Heights, OH

"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.

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

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

"Pvt. Brandon Sloan,
As the 1-year anniversary of your passing nears, I want you to know that you are still thought of with utmost respect, love, and tremendous gratitude. Thank you so much for everything you were and for giving your all for me and so many others. You are, and will always be, a hero in the hearts and minds of citizens of every country in this world. I know this year hasn't been easy for your family and friends, but I hope they have achieved some measure of peace and understanding. Please watch over those that remain over there. Remind them that they are in our thoughts all the time. Give them the strength to take care of eachother and to fight on when they need it most. Always know that you are not forgotten."
SSgt Dominique Atkins of Offutt AFB, NE

"Private Sloan, goodbye soldier. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Rest in peace brave soldier, thank you for your sacrifice!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Brandon Sloan, 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

"god bless brandon sloan and his family.."
don, shirley,jamie &kelly of auburn calif.

"god bless brandon sloan and his family.."
don, shirley,jamie &kelly of auburn calif.

"Dearest, Treasured Brandon,

You will never know me, but I will know you forever. You are in my heart for eternity. I met you the night you died for us and the world saw the first casulaties. I cried my heart and soul out for you. You are my saviour and protector. You died for me. For us! For the greatest country on the planet.
You will forever be loved, honored and respected by the American people. By ME!
You gallantly gave your life so that we can live securely.
For 8 months I searched high and low for the name of the man who's photo came in to my life. Of the man who I thought about almost everyday with the heaviest of hearts and tears of sadness...Finally, Patrick Miller put the missing piece together of you and your heroism.
Your name is Brandon Sloan.
You're my hero, Brandon. America's Soldier. Now I proudly know who you are and the world knows too.
I know in heaven, you can feel the love...
Brandon Sloan, I salute you...
Brandon Sloan, I love you, I love you.

Still crying in Philadelphia,"
Marie of PA

"I didn't have the honor of knowing PFC Sloan,but to many of you all that did i send my prayers.i want to thank him for fighting for our country.my heart goes out to his family and friends.GOD BLESS YOU!"
Jamillah Osorio of clarksville,tn

"Hey Sloan. Just leaving my last farewell. If you dont remember me, its PFC Doug Paulsen from AIT, Ft. Lee VA Alpha Company Class 099. You were quite the charector and someone who I will never forget. From helping you through your tests to the time you punched a hole in the wall to always telling DS Sterling you needed to get some "bread", youre in my thoughts. Im sorry it took so long...I just picked up a old newsweek and saw your picture. To the Family, my deepest regrets, from a freind."
SPC Douglas Paulsen of Pierz, MN

"Well, brandon was a good guy, he did what was right for the country at the time. He didn't deserve to die this way, but brandon wouldn't want us to feel sad, he would want us to know that he did what he felt was right for the country. He will be missed and i hope he rests in peace, Thank You Brandon, Your buddy"
chris of bedford heights, oh

"To the family and loved ones of PFC Brandon Sloan, I did not know this man and I have not served in our military. I am just an American who is so very grateful and mindful of what PFC Sloan has given to make my life better and my children's future. Not many are given the opportunity to do what he has done let alone be prepared to give so much. He triumphed good over evil - he was a man of excellence - to give more than others think to give. No greater love than to lay your life down for your brother. With my deepest sympathy and love,"
Christine Eberle of Labadie, Missouri

"I grew up all over Cleveland and have ran into Brandon several times through mutual friends. Everytime that I was around him it was as if nothing bad could happen. He was one of the sweetest and most caring people I've ever met. When I found out he was MIA I prayed for him every night and when I found out he had passed away I cried for hours (and I never cry). Here is a poem I wrote shortly after I heard the news:

"They say everytime a bell rings,

An angel gets their wings.

So why did you have to die?

I would have given you the power to fly.

You made the choice to go to war,

Knocking on deaths door.

Look, you're on the news!

Dead or alive? Nobody could choose.

One week later I am in the car,

Up in the sky a shining star.

One shines brighter than the rest,

Why did you put fate to the test?

Executed, That's what they said.

No. You can not be dead.

So now I'm standing on your grave,

Knowing you died for the home of the brave.

In the distance something rings,

Now I know you have your wings."

May God bless his family and all who knew him, and may people be inspired not only by his last days, but by how he chose to live his life as well. R.I.P. Weda"
Wendy of Cleveland, Ohio

"We never get over the loss of those we love but I hope you gain some measure of comfort knowing Brandon's sacrifice has so profoundly benefited so many all over the world. God Bless"
Gracie of Idaho

"To the family and friends of Pvt. Brandon Sloan:
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 Brandon 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 Pvt. Brandon Sloan:
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 Brandon, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Last week I got a call from my mother telling me that a friend of our family notified my aunt in new york that one of our family members bodies had been discovered when they found Jessica Lynch. We all panicked because we had no clue who it could be. our family is so huge and spread out across america that there's just no way that we all get to meet or keep in touch, but i guess a connection by blood alone is all my heart can feel right now. I have cried at least twice a day and i never even got knew my cousin Brandon. i keep having these horrible visions about the way his sqaudron was ambushed and just to know that one of my family members, my blood is gone due to this senseless war hurts me so much. Brandon, though we never met I just want you to know and all of my other distant relatives out there to know that i love you and you are in my prayers. Brandon i thank you for being brave enough to go and fight and give your life for us. If any of the rest of the family is reading this i believe our relation is through my great grandmother Susie Hill Jackson. She and Brandon's grandfather are first cousins. Decendants of Newton Sullivan

we love you all.
Alisha Robinson
Alisha Robinson of Greenville,SC


"I am from a small town near Canton, OH. When I heard that Brandon was MIA I began to pray for my fellow Ohioan. I have shed tears over his loss and of all those brave soldiers who lost their lives, so my children may live in a safer world. I lost a cousin and a friend in the first Gulf War; Marc Anderson who lost his life in Afghanistan was my former neighbor. I still miss them, but will forever be proud of them as you will be of Brandon. He made a difference. Please know that we DO appreciate his service, his bravery, and your sacrifice."
Lisa of Ohio

"RIP fellow Bedford Highschool Classmember, although i graduated before you did, I am proud to say that the class of 1994 thanks you for the ultimate sacrifice you made."
Tonya Williams of Cleveland OH USA

"Thank you for your sacrafice."
William Voelker of Cleveland, Ohio

"Look God:
I have never spoken to You,
But now I want to say,
"How do You do."

You see God,
they told me You did not exist;
And, like a fool,
I believed all of this.

Last night from a shell hole
I saw Your sky;
I figured right then
they had told me a lie.
Had I taken the time
to see the things You made,
I would know they weren't calling
a spade a spade.

I wonder, God,
if You would shake my hand;
Somehow, I feel
that You will understand.
Strange, I had to come
to this hellish place
Before I had time to see Your face.

Well, I guess there isn't
much more to say,
But I am sure glad, God,
I met You today.

I guess the zero hour
will soon be here,
But I am not afraid
since I know You are near.

The signal - well, God,
I will have to go;
I love you lots,
this I want you to know.
Looks like this will be
a horrible fight;
Who knows, I may come
to your house tonight.

Though I wasn't friendly
with you before,
I wonder, God,
if you would wait at the door.

Look, I am crying,
me shedding tears!
I wish I had known you
these many years.

Well, I will have to go now, God.
Strange, since I met you,
I am not afraid to die.

RIP Brave Soldier"
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"Thank you for allowing your hero to protect our freedoms!"
Holly of VA

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