Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Marine 1st Lt. Brandon R. Dronet

33, of Erath, Louisiana.
Dronet died when two CH-53 helicopters crashed into the Gulf of Aden in the vicinity of Ras Siyyan, northern Djibouti, while flying a training mission in the Godoria Range area. He was deployed to Djibouti as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. He was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, New River, North Carolina. Died on February 17, 2006.

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"LT DRONET was my OIC for about a year before he left for his deployment. One of the best officers I served under always looking out for his troops and no matter how shitty days where always found ways to make me laugh. T
he day I heard about the tragic accident was the first time I ever cried for another man, it was an honor to know and serve under him. Semper Fi Sir"
Cpl V of brooklyn ny

"Hi daddy. Your little girl here.well. I'm 12 now going on 13. I still miss you. A lot. Dustin works at planet ice now. Kourtnie found a boy name cade one day 8 months ago. They are still dating. Cody well I've been trying my best not to fight with him. And momma. She is as strong as ever. She is with Brent now. I like him too. But I miss and love you a whole lot more. I'm in 7th grade now daddy. I wish I could have saw your face when I left ridge for the ceremony. Momma was there with Kourtnie. Every other one of my friends dads and moms were there.i finally got a horse last year. His name is marley. Brent got me him. I know your gone. But I want you back so bad dad.i love you to the moon and back. I win :/ it's not the same doing that without you."
Madelyn Dronet of Lafayette,Louisiana

"To the family of:Brandon R. Dronet
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""

"Brandon was in my bootcamp platoon, Golf co. Plt 2058. I remember him as one of the best recruits and full of fight and spirit. You couldn't keep him down."
Lockwood OIF/ OEF Grunt of San Diego, CA

"I remember him from school we were in class and he had the most wonderful sense of humor and so sweet. I know he is in a better place,
what a brave man he turned out to be my prayers go out to all his family members he was a hero and will be remembered."
Carisa maldonado of Lafayette la

"me and brandon served together as corporals in okinawa japan in 1995...i was just looking up fellow marines i knew in facebook and i was utter shock to see this tragic news. he was one the best friends i had in the marines hands down!!! i am very very sad i cannot see him again. god bless brandon...semper fi always and forever buddy.."
deron delaurenti of seattle, wa usa

"Sir, although I've only known you for the short time we were deployed together. Your presence in my life is nonetheless impacting. You were one of the best, and I'm proud to have served with you. You'll never be forgotten. May love and blessings find the Dronet family.

Semper Fideles"
R.R. Baker (Sgt, USMC) of Los Angeles CA

"It was a privilege to know and be neighbors with such and honorable man. We are so sorry for your loss and your in our prayers."
The Baker Family of JACKSONVILLE, NC

"Thinking of you today Brandon, It has been a lot of years since I had the pleasure of meeting you and your family

I think of you all often, and remember your service to our country.

I am proud of you and so thankful for all you have done."
Mikki Lanclos of Port Arthur, TX

"I'm working in Iraq for a contractor. My thoughts and prayers are with Brandon and all soldiers and famlies."
Corey Abshire of Henry,La. U.S.A.

"i miss you lots and lots iam 8 now i have not fronten you mom cody dustin
kourtnie we alll miss you why did you died i want to see you kiss you and hug you"
madelyn dronet of usa

"I had the pleasure of meeting Lt Dronet when I was enrolled in ROTC at Southern University with him. I can't think of a more honorable or finer Marine. He was truly one of the " Few the Proud" and he will truly be missed. Marines like Dronet are hard to come by. Thanks for your service Dronet and I will never forget you."
Tyrone and Aresa Hatter of New River Air Station NC

"i love and no body can replace you :("
madelyn dronet of la

"i miss you dad"
madelyn dronet of usa

"i miss my dad my dad is brandon R. dronet"
madelyn dronet of u.s.a

"i miss my dad my dad is brandon R. dronet"
madelyn dronet of u.s.a

"September 30, 2007
To the family of 1st Lt. Brandon R. Dronet. 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

"Lt. Dronet,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and the other service personnel who were killed in that crash for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Your family member was a hero! We thank you for your service for our freedom!
He reported for duty up in Heaven!
Romagosa family of Lafayette, LA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Brandon will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"Thank you Brandon Dronet, 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 1st Lt. Brandon Dronet:
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 1st Lt. Brandon Dronet:
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

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