Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Mark R. Vecchione

25, of Tucson Arizona.
Vecchione died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, of injuries sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M1A1 Abrams tank. Vecchione was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany. Died on July 18, 2006.

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"hey mark it was good being your spc and learning tanker things from you both in garrison and deployment I often think about you and what you could've taught me wish you could've been hear to pin my sgt stripes on when we meet up again in the bandit hall we'll drink some of that bandit grog"
sgt arnhold of dallas tx

"It been 4 years now and you are still on our minds and in our hearts. Anyone who has had the chance of meeting you will never forget you. Rest peacefully 'till we see you again"
The Hosfords of New Port Richey, FL

"Vec, I am so honored to have had served with an amazing person as yourself. I have not forgotten about you buddy. I still remember hanging out downtown Friedberg or at the pool hall with you, oz, Shotwell, Knudson and Stevens late at night smoking cheap cigarettes. I still remember your pilot ambitions and how you would brag about spending 5 hours flying a plane and safely landing it in the computer. I also remember getting smoked by SFC Watson for being late to formation after we had been out drinking beer the night before. I will keep missing you man! SSG Rivera, Moises"
SSG Rivera, Moises of Sebastopol, California

"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"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"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"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Mark I am going to Germany to visit Maddman and hope to see the old barracks. I know I might have bugged the crap out of you being your roomate but man. We had some great times!!!!!!! I have all the respect and admiration for you in the world. I miss you so much man!!!! I will drink a german beer for you brother!!!!!"
Benjamin stevens of Madison Wi, USA

"Mark I am going to Germany to visit Maddman and hope to see the old barracks. I know I might have bugged the crap out of you being your roomate but man I have all the respect and admiration you in the world. I miss you so much man!!!! I will drink a german beer for you brother!!!!!"
Benjamin stevens of Madison Wi, USA

"vec, i am sorry for leaving the platoon before what happened, maybe i could've made a difference."
ssg goode of lake jackson, TX

"July 14, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Mark R. Vecchione:
Mark 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

"To the family of:Mark R. Vecchione 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"

"Hey Battle, I miss you so much man! Writing you is the only thing that brings me comfort. I talk to your family from time to time. Your family is my family no matter what. I am gonna hold my end of the Bet man. LOL no one else knows what that bet is, but I will name my first son Gunner like we bet on. I really miss you man. Even the 0700 wake ups in germany for the Bakery runs. Lord knows you loved your German Bread. Things have changed so much as I am sure you know. I know your with the rest of us Bandits watching down on the world. One day we will fight together againg battle, SGT Oz"
Sergeant Ozoskey, David M of 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

"It's been a true honor to work and serve with my wingman Mark. From partying in Friedberg Germany, and fighting along side him in Iraq. He was always a true battle buddy. Mark you will be missed by all and never forgotten by me. A glass will always be raised in your honor and a prayer will be said nightly for your family. Til we see each other again, I will live by this "Death Before Dishonor"."
Sergeant. Ozoskey, David M. of U.S ARMY

"Mark,
I would 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.

"Courage Conquers"(37th Armor Motto)"

"Thank you Mark Vecchione, 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. Mark Vecchione:
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 Mark 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. Mark Vecchione:
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 Mark, 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