Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Michael R. Woodliff

22, of Port Charlotte, Florida.
Woodliff died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device struck his convoy. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Division, Friedberg, Germany. Died on March 2, 2004.

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"Its been a few years, buddy. I still raise a glass to your memory. Gone, but never forgotten! Thanks again for your service. 8/2016"
J. Sullivan of Port Charlotte 33952

"Dear Michael's MOM Or DAD

My name is SSG RICHARD ZAREO , I served with your son I was one of the NCO'S that cooked for 1-37. So I knew all soldiers to include your son , I had the privilege of going out with and a bunch of the guys and you could always count on him to have your back. He would make sure you got back to the barracks. In the field and at war he always tried to make the best of things. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of him and all the fun that involved him. I hope the next time I go home to Delaware that I will stop by to see him . I just want to let you and any of your family know how he do in fact touch me. I will miss WOODY ."
SSG ZAREO of Clarksville TN. USA

"On the 10 yr anniversary of Michael's passing, family and friends gathered in Arlington to be with Mike. The visit was extended by a severe snow storm which cancelled our flights and grounded
travel by car. I like to think Mike got Mother Nature to do what she does best to make us stay alittle
longer. Last year, we welcomed 2 little ones into the Woody Clan, Cora Woodliff and Ayden Michael
Woodliff. As happy as I am to be a new Grandma, I am also sad at the thought that he never got to be
an uncle or a dad himself and I will never get to
see him carry a little one in his arms or on his
shoulders. But I can still dream it so."
Janine Woodliff of Punta Gorda, Florida

"Woody there still is not a day that goes by without thoughts of you. I miss you buddy and I can't wait to see you on the high ground.
Jason Mindy
Saber 5
Bandits!
01/14/14"
Jason Mindy of White, Georgia

"Its been almost 10 years, Mike.. Still thinking of you and thanking you for your service. ( Memorial Day / 2013 )"
J Sullivan of Port Charlotte, FL 33952

"I miss you brother. It seems so long ago that you lefts like but it still hurts. For those of you who knew who Papa Bear was, MSG HAmilton, Woody was the only person that I ever saw almost take him down. Miss you brother. Bandits."
Golden of California

"Woody,
I got to thinking today of all my old buddies back in 1-37, and started to remember all of those I lost. It is hard for me to read all of the dedications. Your family is in my prayers and I will always remember sitting in the tents in Kuwait hating the sand storms and you telling your stories of home. "Bandits""
CPT David Bond of Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA

"I'm re enlisting for you buddy! I know that you'll be there along side me to help when I need it! Thanks Mike for being such a great friend!

And to your family, Mike was the greatest person I have ever met. He would actually help people instead of yelling at them and or harassing them. He was a real leader and a real soldier, and I know without a doubt that he's still with each and every one of us helping us along the way today!"
Anson X Meyer of Tekamah, Ne

"Dear Mike
I've only seen you a handful of times, from the words of fellow soldiers, and friends they describe you as funny full of joy dedicated and an inspiration to others. Even after your passing, I want you to know that your spirit and way of life are still an inspiration to people, people like me. Mike you are my inspiration to succeed iny chosen career path in life, I hope that one day I will be able to make a impact on the lives of my friends and fellow soldiers, as you have. Thank you mike."
Matt steffes of Port Charlotte, FL , USA

"Dear Mike,
After 7 years, it's still a harsh reality that I can't reach out and hold you. Since the time you've gone to live with the Lord, it seems like my life has spun out of control. I yearn to hear you laugh and to see your smile. I miss the love your family and I shared for you and the acceptance from your Mom and Dad to become part of it all-it all felt so right. Every now and then a glimmer of hope flashes through my mind in consideration of some wacky conspiracy theory that you went on another secret mission and were never taken away from us. I know this can't be true though. Thankfully, in my dreams it seems like you come to visit and if for only a moment, everything is ok. You've touched so many people's lives and impacted them in many, many positive ways. You were such an influential person, I'm sure you had no idea just how special you were. You were a rock, a confidant, an unwaivering friend, a caretaker, mentor, lover and just plain-out good lookin'. :-) I still look at our pictures and videos, especially from the last visit to Germany, meeting your friends and from the one time you snuck me into your barracks late at night. It was so much fun hanging out with the guys and getting a taste of the brotherhood that you'd formed with so many there. It's absolutely amazing how many lives you touched and how many of your friends have come on here to leave the wonderful sentiments. In my heart, we are together...and always will be my love."
Crystal of Fort Myers, Florida

"To the family of:Michael R. Woodliff
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""

"Dear David,
With tears of pride I read each one of your words like precious morsels about Mike. He was a heck of a guy and in his short time here, he left his mark everywhere he went and with everyone he contacted. He had the greatest sense of enthusiasm and heart of good will. He was my pride and joy and also the one that could really challenge my parenting skills. I miss his laugh and smile. You never knew what he was up to but always knew it was never to cause harm. I am and always will be proud of him. I love to hear stories of Michael and like every other parent, never grow tired to hear them. The longer he is gone, the more special they are. Thank you for posting and sharing yours. If you see this, you should know that his older brother Steve, who was in the Navy while Mike was serving, is now heading off to DC to be an attorney for the Dept of Justice. Love to have you met Steve and his wife Jennifer. Also too, Mike's other 2 brothers make trips up to DC to visit Mike. In fact on the weekend of Oct 23/24th 2010, all of Michael's family and cousins will be in DC for the Army race. It would be wonderful to meet you and you might just catch a glimmer of Mike in one of his brothers. Thank you so much for writing to us and watching over him. Great Big Hugs, Lee and Janine Woodliff PS< Matt, Steve, Drew and I are on Facebook. Please look us up."
Janine Woodliff of Gainesville, FL

"I just want to say thank you to Janine and Lee for raising such a great guy. I'll never forget my former roommate and friend at HHC 2-505 PIR, Mike Woodliff aka "Woody." We butted heads a lot being roommates, but he and Chris and I were brothers. We were all in the same company in Basic, Woody and I being in the same platoon there. He was always a hard charger, and I'll never forget when he got sick in Basic and was calling our Drill Sergeant "Coach", saying he could still go. His will and determination always overpowered any doubt of his ability and made him successful, from Basic to our time in the 82nd. I'm sure he continued to inspire those around him until the end. He and Chris and I were pals, and we did a lot together in a short time at Ft Bragg. I'll never forget his love of "Hootie and the Blowfish" or when he and I went to see "Dave Matthews Band" in Raleigh. I lost touch with him once we were all split up and were sent to Europe, but I never forgot about him. It was only recently that I was thinking about him and tried to look him up when I found out the sad news. I remember our NTC deployment, and discussing how he and Chris and I, all E-3s, could take charge of our platoon if anything should happen in our "training scenario." Yeah, we were young, but we were pretty damn confident in ourselves, and I still think we could have pulled something off. It's been a few years, and I feel bad that I'm just now facing this reality. Fortunately I am now very close to Woody. I live in Arlington and will look after him as long as I'm here. I just wanted to let Lee and Janine know that I got Mike's back."
David Shearman of Arlington, Virginia

"Mike you were a great friend and a great soldier. I miss our BS talks. You always found a way to make us laugh. You will always be missed. "Bandits!""
SFC Thomas Robinson of Graffenwoehr Germany

"Hello,
I would like to thank everyone that have left wonderful words about Mike. We miss Michael everyday. My heart breaks for the families that are going through what our family did five years ago.

Today I would like to say, Thank You Veterans. Your service, whether from years past or present, is appreciated, remembered and will be honored always. I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the military families. It is your love and devotion that keep our military strong and focused on the mission at hand. Taking care of your family while your service member is deployed, is demanding and not easy. Until one walks in your shoes, they can not know.

I hope the future has in store happier and peaceful times. In the meantime, I hold you in my heart and offer a prayer for the safe return of your loved ones. God Bless.
Sincerely,
Mike's Mom"
Janine Woodliff of Gainesville, Florida

"I never met Army Spc. Michael R. Woodliff, but as a proud american service man and graduate of Port Charlotte High class of 82, I feel the loss of a proud american. I have recently returned from Iraq and have been in the US Air Force for 25 years. America must never forget our brave men and women who gave their lives that we remain free.

To the parents of this brave american know that we appreciate your sacrifice and hope you rest well knowing your child loved others more than himself. No one can bring your loved one home to you or lessen the loss you feel, but we can express our gratitude. Be strong and remember all the good times and the love your child had for our way of life.

Sincerely,

Master Sergeant Benefield"
Randall Benefield of San Antonio, Texas

"Aunt Janine & Uncle Lee...

I do not know if you still come here to remember Michael, but for 5 1/2 years, I have not let him leave my memory. Every time I hear of a fallen soldier, I think of Michael. I always will.

I wanted you to know, that I attended a memorial service for a marine who was killed in afghanistan, he was the son of a business associate of mine.

It brought back so many memories of Michael and what we all endured those awful days 5 1/2 years ago. It is today, that I have decided to build a website, built as a memorial to those we have lost.

I want you to know that he is always in my thoughts."
Nicole Ploehn (Lovely Nicole) of Riverview, FL

"I was best friends with Mike while in the 1st AD. The Army however didnt work out for me at that time and I got out just weeks before deployment. I feel now, having matured quite a bit, that this decision of mine was not only bad it also makes me feel like I let down my friends. I have always felt regret, and maybe I could have done something. So this decision of mine I regret so much, as I feel that I could have saved the lives of many if I had only stuck it out. I just recently found out about Mike, and quite honestly it brought me to tears. He is a true hero, God will reward him for his selfless service and his patriotism, and that he was kind and thoughtful to others. Someday when our real life begins, we will see him again, and I will look foward to that day.

Infantry Leads The Way"
Anson Meyer of Marion IL USA

"I first met michael's mom when i was 14 yrs old and we became the best of friends and although life took us in two different directions she has always been in my heart. I didnt get to spend alot of time with michael but the time i did go over there home he was always so cheerful always making you laugh . Michael is a true hero never to be forgotten.

Gone But Not Forgotten (Poem For Fallen Heroes)


Many heroes fall during battle
this fight for freedom often costs
these men and women we send to foreign shores
often it these lives that are lost

but they will not be forgotten
we honor those souls that slip away
and know that they've become angels
In heaven, on this day

The memory of them lives on
as we sleep we see their face
the dreams seem so very real
we often imagine their warm embrace

God has given them free reign
to whisper gently to the trees
to glide effortlessly among the clouds
and dry your tears with a breeze

So as long as we are alive
we will hold them in our hearts
and as long as we can breathe
our heroes will never be apart"
Cheryl of cape coral fl

"February 28, 2009
To the family of Spc. Michael R. Woodliff:
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

"Our counrty is proud of you Michael. We will never forget."
Robert P. Woodliff of Dallas, Texas

"I served with Mike in HHC 2/505 Pir back in 2001 and 2002, I remember him as an outgoing and squared away soldier. What comes to mind immediately is a combatative match between us when he fish hooked me in a playful but quite painful manner. He was a great soldier and Im sure a great son, fiance, and friend to all the people to whom he touched before he left us. I am proud of what he still stands for today and I will keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers. As a veteran of OIF myself I know that his sacrifice was not in vein. God Bless Mike Woodliff and may he rest in peace and never be forgotten. Thank you MIKE."
(Sgt) Adalbert E. Lavature of Warwick, Rhode Island

"I stayed with SPC Woodliff in Germany he was one of my best friends. though I only knew him about a year while I was there he took me under his wing and taught me everything I needed to know about the unit. He will be remembered."
Matthew Kilbourne of Mississippi, USA

"I worked with Mike almost 2 years at Ft. Bragg. I'll always remember how generous he was... He would let people borrow this gigantic early model suburban he owned to go run errands, and never asked for anything in return. He is by far one of the funniest people I've met, and one of the best soldiers. You will be missed Mike."
Rusty Ross of Las Vegas, NV

"This message is to Woody's parents. I'm sure you know you raised a great man, who inspired everyone he met. I can tell you with great confidence that there wasn't a soldier in the Bandit Batalion that wasn't Mike's friend. To this day, I wear his initials along with two others on my shoulder as a permenent Combat patch. Not that I would ever forget... but so people would ask, "Who were they?" and I can answer, "They were my friends... people better than myself, and they didn't come back.""
Jason Turner of Grand Terrace, CA

"Mike, I should have written this sooner. We first met in Charlotte High. I knew Quinton, and me and Mike did our hometown recruiting together, I miss you man, I remeber being the "nerdy" guy you and Q used to hang out with, you always tried to get me to wrestle you and make myself stronger. When I joined the Army in January of 2000, I never imagined that I would come home and we would be doing our recruiting together. But I know your in a great place now, and I give all the best to your family. I love you Mike, and miss you always."
Spc. Arthur Barnes of Lakewood, WA

"I had the honor and privilege of working with "Woody" in 1/37 HHC Outlaws. As one of his PC mechanics. I never have seen anyone so hard working and dedicated to his soliders has he was. I miss him everyday.I considered him a great friend. God Bless You Woody."
Spc. Kevin L. Anderson of Clear Lake, Wi / USA

"Woody. I remember you as a truely genuine man. Your soldiers loved you, and I loved you for your brute honesty, discipline, and motivation. I also remember you and your mortor platoon taking up all that space in the bowling alley back in "Bandit Island", until we (Charlie Hard Rock) had u guys moved. You wrote on the top dirt coated window (i have no idea how you got up there) "Woody Was Here". Evereyday i use to look up at that and say to myself how I wish every soldier had at least one of your traits. You'll truely be remembered."
SSG. Perez, Rafael A. of D. Co SWTG Fort Bragg, NC former: Charlie "Hard Rock" 1-36INF 1AD

"Hey Mike,

I know you won't read this, but just the same I know you're near. I've had a little girl, Allison, and have re-married (like you always said, in our hearts we were). Life isn't the same as it was with you. Memorial day is coming up and I wish I could fly up to your gravesite. I know I don't have to be there to be close to you, but it still brings back memories and feels better when I'm there. I hope you're happy where you are and there's no pain. A lot of things have happened in this world since you moved on. If you only knew. I've become an even stronger woman that now knows how to deal and overcome many things in life. Quinton misses you dearly too. Any time we talk, we talk about you too. See you again someday soon.
Loving you always,"
Crystal of Lehigh Acres, FL

"It's been 3 years since Mike was killed. We will be in Arlington National Cemetary for Memorial Day 2007. His brothers and cousins will be ther also to pay their respects. A dear friend and comrade of Mike's, Cullen Huntley, will also be there. I understand they will ride in the motorcycle veterans group in honor of all that served and those that have fallen. Lee and I have moved: our new address is: 25184 Derringer Rd, Punta Gorda, FL 33983. We miss our Mikey very much and pray for a safe and speedy return for our Nation's Finest.
God Bless Us One and All.
Lee and Janine Woodliff
Michael's Dad and Mom"
Janine of Punta Gorda, FL

"I met woody back in early 2003 when i arrived in germany as a new private. I got a lot of heat from the NCOs for stupid things that i did. Mostly dumb private mistakes. Mike would always find a way to pick me up and straighten me out. He always had kind words when you were feeling down. He was a great leader, and a great friend. He would do anything for his friends, no matter what the cost. I will always remember the hours of guard we pulled together in Baghdad and Fallujah. Along with the hours of conversations we had. No one will ever know me the way he did. I love him and think of him everday. He taught me so much, especially how to be a leader. I use stories of his bravery, and unselfishness to teach my soldiers today. Mike, i miss you so much. Your tales will live on longer than i have the ability to speak."
Sgt. Daniel Clawson of Ft. Campbell, Ky

"It was back in 1999 that I met Mike in HVAC class at the Port Charlotte Tech Center. I had a good 12 years on him age wise but we hit it off just the same... He was a great kid. Very nice, and just plain kind. Always respectful, unlike some other youngsters that attended that class. We liked talking about jogging and military stuff. We were supposed to run the bridge together one time, but never coordinated a time. I sometimes cry when I think about Mike. Very sad! May your soul rest in peace! Thankyou for your service!"
J Sullivan of Port Charlotte FL 33952 USA

"I was lucky enough to have Mikey in my life, I met him in high school at CHS we road the bus together, after a hard day of school I always looked forward to riding the bus because I always knew that Mike had a big hug and a great big smile for me as soon as I got on the bus. I always looked forward to riding that hot smelly bus because I knew that he was there with some great story of what happend to him at school that day, he always had a story to keep a smile on your face no matter how awful your day went. I lost touched with him after school was over which I regret til this day, I only wish he was in my life a lot longer expecially on the rough days, I know for sure he'd be able to put a smile back on my face. Now I work at the Army Navy store and I'm constantly reminded of him by the plant and card that his family gave to us. I know it sounds crazy, but when I water his plant I always say a little prayer to him to let him know that we are still here remembering the greatest man that I was ever blessed to know... Thank you Mike for fighting a war so that we Americans can have our freedom."
"Justice" Jessica Berta of Port Charlotte

"I had the privelage of serving with Mike back in 2001 to 2002 at HHC 2/505 PIR in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was one of the first people that I met. He was so funny and every memory I have of him makes me laugh. I was very saddened to hear that Mike had been hit in Iraq. It was devestating news. Woodliff had a great love for the Army Combatives and wrestling. He and I would go at it all the time and he would always do crazy things when he had me in compromising situations. The one great memory I have is when he and I went at it during PT one day. We almost always went to a draw, but this time, I got the best of him... I'm not too sure, but I am at the same time, almost positive that he let me win. I will miss him, but I know he is in a safer, better place now. I am truly sorry for the loss and my condolences go out to you family members and loved ones. God Bless."
SGT William H. Cobb of Anderson, SC USA

"To the family of:Michael R. Woodliff 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"

"Mikey, You were an awsome guy, and you were wonderful to my cousin. I know that you will be in her heart forever and you will be in mine also. No one has ever left a mark on my heart like you. You'll always be in our thoughts and dreams. We'll see you soon. Love P.J."
Patricia Copeland, Crystal's cousin of Ft. Myers, Fl. U.S.A.

"To my my Hero, damn Woody i miss you so much, there isn't a day that goes by that your not on my mind. I miss fighting with you, in Iraq, untill we hurt ourselves or got in trouble for it. To a true soldier and awesome friend. I will never FORGET!
Sincerly,
Jason Mindy

deeillest1@yahoo.com"
Jason Mindy of Bethel PA

"Sorry for the loss, I will forward this on to my father who will tie this name to our family. His name is Lynn Woodliff living in the Sparta WI area.

Again, Sorry for the loss."
Dan Woodliff of Poplar Grove, IL, USA

"Dear Major and Mrs Woodliff,
I think of Michael often. I sit here in Baghdad with tears thinking of a friend, fellow NCO and true Patriot and Warrior. I know Mike wanted nothing more than to be a Soldier and epitomized what being a Soldier meant!
He was so motivated to be the best he could be. I remember our PT runs around the Murdock Carousel. I miss him terribly! He was my friend. It was an honor to have shared part of his life and for that I am forever grateful. Mikey, I will never forget you!"
SFC Billy Huether of Baghdad, Iraq

"Thank you all for you kind words. I love to hear them. It makes me smile again to hear the stories of Mikey. He was the best and I miss him so very much. With each visit to Arlington, the cemetary fills up another row of fallen heros. Lee and I went there twice in March 2005. One for the anniversary of his death and the other for the opening of "Faces of the Fallen". I would like to thank those people that took time out of their lives and painted a portrait of a fallen hero. IF you find yourself in Washington DC, it is worth the visit to the Women's Memorial at Arlington to see Faces of the Fallen. The exhibit ends Vereran's Day, Nov 11th 2005. Thank you again so very very much, for your stories about Mike. Any and all are welcomed. He was a character for sure, with a great big old heart. He had lots and lots of spunk and that is what I will always miss the most. Please feel free to write us;
The Woodliff's
2002 Bal Harbor Blvd #822
Punta Gorda, FL 33950"
Janine Woodliff, Mike's Mama of Punta Gorda, FL 33950

"August 20th
Happy Birthday Baby. Last night I had another dream about you. It’s scary how real these all have been. When I ask you if you have any recollection of what’s gone on in your Army career, you have no idea. Even though it’s good to “see” you, it hurts so much. There are so many questions I have, things I want to tell you. I’ll cherish these memories and dreams. Miss you so much Mike, but I’ve never been more proud of a person in my life. Your dedication and ongoing perseverance is something that cannot be taught-it’s something that comes from within. You’ve always been an inspiration to me. Not only when you were here, but even still- I can remember you telling me that nothing is too big of a challenge. But I know some day we’ll see each other again. Until then my Angel."
Crystal Steward, Mike's fiance of Orlando, FL

"I had the distinct honor to serve with Michael Woodliff at his first duty station of HHC 2/505 PIR at Fort Bragg, NC. Woodliff was one of the most motivated paratroopers that I have ever had the pleasure and opportunity to work with. He was one of the first soldiers that I led and he was always willing to be the first volunteer, regardless of the situation. He never failed to inpsire those around him, myself included. He will be forever missed and never forgotten. I am currently a recruiter in Colorado, and I always relate Woodliffs story to my applicants and I let them know that without TRUE HERO's like Michael Woodliff, the world would be much worse off. To the family of Michael, I feel for you every day, and I think of your son every day. He was a good soldier, a good American, but most of all, Michael was a good friend. I am so sorry for your loss."
CPL(P) Stephen K Aites of Greeley, CO

"Mike, it's been 1 year 4 months and 22 days....still I love you and have no words to say how much I miss your smile, touch, words and love.


"Last night I had a crazy dream
A wish was granted just for me
It could be for anything
I didn’t ask for money
Or a mansion in Malibu
I simply wished, for one more day with you

Chorus

One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you

First thing I’d do, is pray for time to crawl
Then I’d unplug the telephone
And keep the TV off
I’d hold you every second
Say a million I love yous
That’s what I’d do, with one more day with you

Chorus

One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I’d be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you

Leave me wishing still, for one more day
Leave me wishing still, for one more day...with you”"
Crystal Steward, Mike's Fiance'

"To the family of Michael Woodliff -
My son's best friend Scott Larson served with your son in Iraq. I remember an email and phone call we got from Scott in his sadness over the loss of his friend. Just a short month later Scott was taken from us too.
I want you to know how much we appreciate Mike's service and sacrifice for all of us. goldenreyna@aol.com

Our prayers will be with you."
Lesa Reyna of Houston, Texas

"On Memorial Day my family and I wish to thank the family of Michael and honor his memory. He is an American hero whom we will not forget, and we are devastated by his loss, but forever grateful for valiant, unknown, committed men."
sandra mcfarland of nokomis fl

"i don't have much to say, but wanted to let every one know i served with Woodliff in the 82nd. He was one of the first people i met when i got to the unit and one i miss the most. I am very glad to have known him, and very sad to have lost him. Really wish we could of worked together again.
SGT Wright 82nd ABN DIV 81MM Mortar Platoon."
James Wright of FT Bragg NC

"I am sorry that I have just found this site. I did not know Michael, but I feel he had to be someone very special, because I have had the honor of becoming friends with his parents. they are the most wonderful folks I have ever met. They have helped my military family support group here in their hometown before and after Michael went to heaven. I think they are the bravest people in the world, and this crazy world is much better beacause Michael, and his parents are in it. You should be be very proud Michael , of your family. I know he is with them and bursting with pride. God bless the Woodliffs and all the other families that have given sons and daughters so mine could live. I love you both.
Dee Ann Ingalls, Charlotte County American Red Cross"
Dee of Pt. Charlotte Fl.

"I am a Mother, a Wife ,a Daughter and I want you to know you are my Best Friend. You always made me smile I miss you I look at my son and I wonder how I will one day be able to let him have his wings. I think of you in a lot that I do. you impacted my life so much. you know everyday I put out our american flag in our front yard and I tell you your in my thoughts. I am so very blessed to have known you and to have such a caring Husband who doesn't get jelous when I talk or cry because I remember something. To The Woodliffs I love you too. I miss you. ya'll will always be my family. Michael wrote in my year book Frends are a link to the past and a light to the future I truly belive this. I never thought I would be a Mom or a Wife what I am blessed abundantly with is the fact that not only were you my best friend but you heled point out things in me that help me to this day be better at both You truly are my Hero and I will never forget you or what we are fighting for from the bottom of my heart MY SON WILL ENJOY THE FEEEDOM YOU HELPED FIGHT FOR I MISS YOU"
Jami (Ardolino) Keener of Houston, TEXAS United States of America

"To a great hero. hey woody i miss you alot and i wish that we could still work out together thanx for all the advice you gave me at the gym i miss you here to help me out is not the same. well brother i hope just know that there are friends here missing you and will never forget you."
Sgt. Chipix Aaron of fort lewis washington

"To Michael's family,
I also wear a hero's bracelet, proudly, with Michael's name. He goes with me everywhere. I hope he can see the world thru all of our eyes and experiences.
My son turned me on to the "hero bracelet" site. He wears a bracelet of a friend of his, from his unit, when he was in the National Guard. I am so glad to discover this site and to get to know Michael. I wanted to contact his parents, but was afraid it would upset them. I am so pleased to find this whole site dedicated to Michael. What a wonderful young man he must have been. I have three wonderful sons, two of which will be deployed this fall. My heart lies with all of the young men and women who are serving and protecting us and all the brave and proud families.
Thank you Michael. I feel like he is with me always.
Lonnie, Wisconsin"
Lonnie of Wisconsin

"I will forever remember Mike. He was an amazing guy. I went to high school with Mike and honestly I have so many memories from him. I remember waiting after school for band practice and he was always making people laugh.. one thing i always remember was the way he could always cheer me up... he would tell me to count the freckles on his face and tell me that he bet anything that he would have me smiling before i finished counting..such a great guy and awesome friend.. he will forever be remembered and missed. anyone that knows him was touched by him. My heart is with his family"
Kristen of Columbus Oh

"If I could go back to when I was with Mike at Charlotte High, I'd like to shake his hand one last time and thank him for the difference he made. I knew Mike from my 2 years teaching and coaching at CHS. He was one of the first kids I got to know. Never did I see him without a smile or a joke to brighten the day. I'll never forget him or what he chose to do with his life so that mine would be better. God bless you and your family, Mike. Thanks for touching my life in such a way that I can look back and say "Yeah, I knew Mike. He was my friend.""
Bobby Scheufler of Keller, Texas

"I'd like to thank you Melissa, from Chesapeake, for wearing my son's name on your wrist. I was so touched to read that. I'd also like to thank everyone for their kind words. It is nearly 2005 and If I could have just one wish for the rest of my life, it would be that our soldiers, come home soon and that they can find peace in their lives. There are so many that will need rehab from war. These men and women should always be rememembered and honored, as they will live with this war forever, everyday of lives. So I wish us all a better New Year and pray that one day soon we will live once again in Freedom with Peace. I am Proud be an American, Proud of those that have served and proud of my boy, Mike."
Janine Woodliff, (Mike's Mom) of Punta Gorda, Florida

"I ordered a hero bracelet, and it came in yesterday. MICHAEL R WOODLIFF is my hero. i wear his name proudly on my arm and he is my ANGEL. i offer a warm thank you to the woodliff family as your sons memory warms my heart, knowing that he, like so many others fought for me and you. THANK YOU MICHAEL. thanks to all of our military and their families. god bless you"
melissa of chesapeake, va

"Mike, We were in High School together, and i still remember argueing with you about going into the military. I went and then 4 moths later you joined. I came back for hometown recruiting and we ended up beingtogether. I miss you dearly and I can believe you are gone. To his family, I am sorry for your loss, he was a great friend to me while i lived in Port Charlotte and will never be forgotten."
Spc Arthur Barnes of Largo Florida

"Your service and your undaunted commitment to the freedom of this country leaves me with the deepest admiration. I feel the utmost sorrow for the Woodliff family."
John Woodliff of Atlanta, GA

"Thank you Michael Woodliff. I pray that you are in peace. You will never be forgotten. My husband is a Marine, he serves for you and your family everyday. Thank you for all that you did."
Rachel of Pensacola FL

"Thank You all for your terrific words for Michael's family. It helps so much, more than you'll ever know. Somedays are better than others, still can't get it to sink in he is gone from our sights. Saw his grave marker over the Memorial Day holiday and met other families that lost their soldiers. It was uplifting to see many Americans walking through Arlington, but not many knew where to come to see the soldiers of Iraqi Freedom. Someone left a rose on each marker as a sweet and dear gesture, for the ones that died due to our involvement in Iraq. May we all live one day again soon in peace with freedom and until our soldiers come marching home, may they stay safe within our hearts."
SGT. Michael Woodliff's Mom of Punta Gorda, Florida

"Woody, I miss you. I wish I could see you one more time to tell you how much I love you. I'll keep the scare you put on my knee as something we did together. Words are'nt enough my friend. I'll come see you again where you sleep. I'll bring my family to meet you. Rest in Peace my friend. May our almighty father welcome you, and may his son give you peace for ever and ever.

Jonesy"
Murray Jones of Outlaws

"Specialist Woodliff, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"We are related and live here in Punta Gorda near Mike's parents, Lee and Janine. They and the 3 remaining boys are a special family and are great Americans and supporters of each member of the family as well as supporters of all boys currently in the military!"
Col. John Cottingham USAF Ret/ of Florida

"I never thought things could be this way
All it took was for the man to say:

“I’m sorry ma’am
On behalf of the President
Of our great Nation….”
That’s when it hit me
The Fallen Soldier was my man

The Boy who loved to go out and play
The Man who said “No one’s ever seen me this way”
The Person who’d do anything for anyone
The Soldier who knew the number of his brothers
Was surely, a lot more than one

The Boy who laughed all day and slept quietly at night
The Soldier who would never stop fighting the fight
A Man who’s burning heart’s desire,
Was to come home, and give his soon to be wife
A long wanted daughter

This wonderful Person had fallen today
Exactly how, the man couldn’t say.
More news to come I’m sure
The long nightmares came knocking at the door

How could this be?
What all went wrong?
Actually, it was right where He belonged.

Never did He slack
Never did He slumber
His MOS-that was just a number

An innocent Boy of not much worldly knowledge
A strong minded Man not so sure about college
The Soldier who would stop and give you a grin
The overall Person who was always your friend

For every morning or night when he woke
The air and atmosphere were filled with smoke
Mortars, live fires and IEDs
I’d pray “Lord, take Him out of this, please”

The Bible says the Lord answers our calls
Now my Love is walking
Down the Lord’s beautiful halls

Watching down on us
As an Angel from above
Sharing His and the Lord’s
Everlasting, sweet love


I'll always love you Mike.....
....forever your angel..."
Crystal Steward of Fort Myers, Florida

"There is no way to express my thankfulness for all of those who serve this country. I am deeply moved and challenged by you and all the others who have sacrificed so much for my freedom and our countries protection. God Bless."
Shannon D. of NC

"01th April 2004

"In Memory of SPC Woodliff from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Division, Friedberg, Germany. 

I was so very sad as my pen pal Lee Bersamina wrote me that this comrade and friend died in Iraq on the 03-02-04. So I will give the family and all the friends from SPC Woodliff my condolence's.

God bless SPC Woodliff and all the fallen soldiers for their ultimate sacrifice. Your all loss is my loss. Thank you very much to them all for the great job they have done - a dangerous job, very often not easy to do. I am so sad that he has now paid so much for the freedom for other people - I know this isn't the way he wanted to.

Thank you SPC Woodliff!

God Bless you and America. Freedom is your gift for us all."

A Member from the KONTAKT Wiesbaden e.V.
German American Friendship Club"
Wilhelmine Aufmkolk of Germany

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

"TO ALL WHO KNEW & LOVED MIKE,
I WAS BLESSED WITH THE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MIKE WHEN HE VISITED NEW YORK IN 2002. HE WAS SUCH A FUN LOVING, HAPPY GO LUCKY GUY. HE HAD SUCH A WONDERFUL & BEAUTIFUL WAY ABOUT HIM, HE HAS CHANGED MY LIFE FOREVER!!! MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS & ALL THAT KNEW HIM, THE WORLD LOST AN INCREDIBLE HUMAN BEING ON MARCH 2. THE WORLD IS A DARKER PLACE WITHOUT HIS BRIGHT SMILE!!! I GUESS GOD NEEDED A SPECIAL ANGEL!!! I'LL MISS YOU MIKE!!!"
Love, Heather & Johanna of new york

"I had the great pleasure of being stationed with 1/37th AR in Friedberg, Germany and deployed to Iraq with Michael. I recently PCS'd from Germany and when I saw the news on 3 Mar about a Soldier killed from 1AD, I prayed it was no one I knew, but fate proved differently. Unfortunately it was Michael, I used to call him Woody. He was the sixth soldier to be killed in my battalion and my second good friend.

I will always remember his witty sense of humor and how he could make the worst day seem better than it really was. If he noticed you were down, he'd stop and talk you to get you motivated again. I wish I got to know him better as a friend but the mission was always hectic and there never seemed to be enough time. I will miss you my friend and will never let your memory fade. You were taken away from your family and friends by cowards, but you remained strong and defiant to complete your mission. Rest in peace my friend for your job is done.

May God Bless your family and friends and comfort them in their time of need.
May the memories that you shared with them bring light into their eyes as you did to those around you in Baghad.

God Bless you fallen Hero!"
SFC Peter Johnson of Ft Huachuca, AZ

"Dear Micheal, you will live on in the hearts of those did and didnt know you, i do believe you were the man,in a convoy with my husband that day, it could have been him, My husband knew knew Shanw Pahnke, I am honored to say that i got to mee this man and maybe, Michael in the little time i sent in firedburg last spril and may i am honored to say that. they will both be greatly missed so much and wish and pray god gives your family's peace in your heart and a way to deal with the pain. ( Michael and Shawn i will see you again someday to personally thank you."
Rachel of kansas

"RIP Brave Warrior. May God watch over your family and loved ones. May your love always surround those that love and miss you. The Taylors in NC, USMC"

"God's Blessings to Michael's family and friends. May he live on in the hearts of all Americans."
Candy of Poynette. WI

"To Michael's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Michael watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family of SPC Michael Woodliff, I am so sorry for your loss. Michael is a hero and will never be forgotten. My husband,PFC Shawn Pahnke, was also with the 1-37 1st Armored Division from Friedburg. We lost him in June. I pray that the memories you have of Michael bring you comfort. God Bless."
Elisha Pahnke of Shelbyville,IN/USA

"I just wanted to give my deepest condolences to the family of Spc. Michael Woodliff. Although I didn't know Michael personally, I am the wife of an American Soldier and have chatted with Crystal on the Solo-ops website. Michael made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for our freedom. He is a true American hero. May God bless you and your family through this difficult time."
Brandi of Germany

"Thank you Michael Woodliff, 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 Spc. Michael Woodliff:
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 Spc. Michael Woodliff:
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