Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Vincent E. Summers

38, of South Haven, Michigan.
Summers died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle during combat operations. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on October 15, 2005.

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"Vincent Summers and I were stationed at Fort Stewart together in the same platoon. In fact, we were roommates for several months. I was saddened to hear about his death. We served together, laughed, talked, argued... everything friends and fellow soldiers do. I got out of the army around the time he re-enlisted. I am proud to have known him and to have served with him. May God bless him and his family and friends."
Dana Chavez of Arvada, CO

"Melissa I dont know if you remember but I was a part of his team at fort hood along with tucker and smith I again ran into you two again in baumholder Germany I was sent back for my second tour in Iraq is when I found out the bad news I am sorry for your loss I would like to get in contact with you my email is jayscott_22@yahoo I had great times with yall take care and don't be afraid to contact me"
SSG Scott, Jay (ret) of Ohio

"Flava Flav or Robo Negro, whatever we called you we were always *stick! I miss you SSG Summers. Never forgotten"
Scott Ray of Bamberg Germany

"I am sorry to hear about SGT Summers. He really was a great guy, liked by all. Always, and I mean always had a smile on his face and was quick with a joke. Just a caring guy who just wanted to help others."
Steve Good of Jacksonville, FL

"Melissa I think of you often and I hope you are doing well. Not sure where you are now but we are in Savannah. Any chance to get to see you would be wonderful. My number is 706-566-3690. If you ever feel the need to talk to an almost complete stranger, please do so. Spencer And Vincent worked closely together so he took his passing pretty hard. Much love and blessings to you and your loved ones."
Karen Wallace of Savannah, Ga

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Vincent E. Summers:
Vincent 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

"I havent seen Vincent since I was two years old(im 13 now) But he was my father I dont want money or any thang like that I just want to meat his family. Please feel free to call me at (210)626-9242 or (210)777-4030. Thank you."
Ashley of San Antonio,Texas

"To the family of:Vincent E. Summers 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"

"Melissa,

I want to send you a picture and the e-mail address I have for you no longer works. I hope this works as it's the only way I can think of to get the picture to you. If not I'll have to harass Christa until she breaks and gives me your number. If it doesn't work you can still find the picture here http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL144/2065737/6979237/217217929.jpg

Love and miss you guys,"
Christie Nestor

"Hey Melissa just wanted to let you know that we have been thinking about you."
Cherish Orr of Colorado

"I am deeply saddened that such a delightful spirit has left us in Vincent. I served with him in GA a long time ago and always felt he was like a brother and he is the first individual that I have known personally to succomb to this war we are in now...and I am hurt that I wasn't there for him and couldn't let him know how proud I have always been of him for all he has done for us all! I will miss him greatly and will always remember him with a smile and great character."
Steven Satterlee of Ames, IA

"I just haven't had the words to say . I am here at the VA with my social worker.We used to play chess together and I think about Summers all the time : we called him sugar foot cause his feet were sooo big "big dogs" I will miss his friendship. My heart is with his family. Please contact me
bsbauer2003@yahoo.com"
Brian Bauer of Topton Pa 19562

"I was SSG Summers Company Commander in A/1-15IN. He epitomized what an NCO should be. His knowledge and expertise as a Bradley Gunner set the example for the unit. I knew I could always rely on his track and his crew to accomplish any task. I want to express my condolences to the family of a good man and Soldier. God Bless You, SSG Summers."
Major Michael R. Taylor of Fort Bragg, North Carolina

"I went to high school in South Haven with Vincent. I am deeply saddened by this tragedy, but Vincent did not die in vain. He was a true American hero and I want to thank him and his family for this ultimate sacrifice. May God bless the Summers family and May God bless America."
Tony Guminski (Disabled Vet, Panama) of San Diego, CA, USA

"SSG Summers embodied the Army value of Selfless Service. I was his platoon leader and Bradley Commander. He consistently set me up for success and always took care of me in true NCO fashion. The platoon was a great unit due in large part to his skill and tireless efforts to square others away. He was a talented Bradley gunner and a great guy to talk to no matter what the topic. SSG Summers, I thank you for your service and your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
CPT Lee Spencer Wallace of Ft. Benning, GA

"SSG Summers you were one of the best men I ever knew. Nestor respected you and spoke highly of you. You're jokes will be missed by all of us that knew you. Rest in Peace, SSG Summers."
Christie Nestor of LaGrange, GA

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

"Thank You Vincent Summers for your Heroism. May you now know the peace you so rightly deserve, for you are truly safe at last. My heart aches with your family & friends for their loss; I too share their pain."
Melissa Macchi (cousin of PFC Mark Barbret from Shelby Twp., MI, killed in Iraq on 10/14/04) of Roseville, MI

"Thank you Vincent Summers, 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. Vincent Summers:
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 Vincent 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. Vincent Summers:
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 Vincent, 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