Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Robert P. Kassin

29, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kassin died at Larzab Base, Afghanistan, when his platoon encountered enemy forces small arms fire during combat operations. Kassin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on July 16, 2006.

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"To the Family of the Fallen SGT Kassin,

It has been almost been 8 years and I will never forget that moment. I try to let it drive me to live as a better person. I was the medic that was with him that day. It bothers me greatly that I was not the miracle that he needed. I truly apologize that I could not do more for him. He may be gone but he lives in my heart and mind."
Doc of Huntsville, AL

"I just returned from Afghanistan and on the wall where I was based out of was your name. It's weird how our paths crossed again. We were stationed together in Carson, and we both went to Korea the same time and in Afghanistan I was reminded each day when I walked into the TOC of the price you paid. I will never forget you Brother and we are very proud of you. Someday we will all see each other but for now I will struggle to move forward by looking back at the good times we had. See you soon Brother"
Scott Murray SFC, INF of Fort Stewart, GA

"Well bro,

It has been over 6 years now and your memory is still there. It never fails to cause tears to fall when I think about you. Lots of people say "Never Forget" but most people do. I can't. My life has been hell these last few years, but I think I am finally coming to terms with it. I wore your memorial bracelet every single day for about the first 4 years. I lost it in an airport when TSA told me it had to come off. I accidentally left it and a guy tried to bring it to me, but by that time I realized I had left it. I went running back to the security line only to find out that some gentleman was trying to catch up to me with it. I frequently want to beat the * out of people and sometimes have a hard time coping. I rationalized suicide at one point... right after getting back from Afghanistan in 2006. I am glad I didn't. I went on to become a leader and trained soldiers to be their best and was able to be with them in Iraq. I remember telling them when I took them out for a predeployment beer, "None of you will be in the turret if I can help it. If I am to lose someone it will be me this time." I loved killing Taliban. 2/4 INF was good at it. I just hated losing a friend. Life had moved on now, and I am starting to overcome the PTSD. I am learning that I can share my feeling with people and that not everyone wants to kill me or see me suffer.

I will never forget Kassin. I will take your memory to my grave. I will tell my kids one day how great a warrior you were. Now go get your squad in heaven together and do your PCC's and PCI's... Ruck up! It is time to party! Watch over us all!

Your brother in arms....

David Gordon, SGT, 2/4 INF 4/10 MTN"
David Gordon of Hickory Grove, SC

"To the family of Robert "Morgan" Kassin, you are not alone; we grieve and pray for you every day. God bless you."
Tereze of Colorado Springs, CO

"To everyone that posted on here,
Thank you so very much for your kind words. My brother meant the world to me and I will forever miss him. Coming up on the age he was when we lost him has been Heck (ill keep it clean) on me and I'm still trying to figure out how I will make it past 29 with out his yearly call and advice he always gave me growing up. It warms my heart that there are sites out here to help us all remember my brother. I cannot believe it has been 4 years since that terrible day since when I think about him it feels like just yesterday. I will cut this short. Thank you again."
Bethaney (Kassin) Beach of Clovis, NM

"Morgan, it took me far to long to post here. I was looking through some old pictures from Korea and came across a few of the Family.I'll neeer forget all the time we all shared together with the Family. WE all miss you, and you better be saving barstools up there for Mission Man, Hill-BELL-y, and me.
I miss you Brother,
Jason Harvey "tweeder" of Wellington, FL, USA

"To the family of:Robert P.Kassin I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"SGT Kassin,
You will always be remembered. I enjoyed being your roomate in Polk and serving with you in Afghanistan. May God bless you and your family. You were a great soldier and leader. May the family be strong and know we miss him and have not and will never forget him. You have my deepest condolences. God Bless!"
SPC Gordon, David of Ft. Polk

I miss you. I think about you all the time, especially about the last time I "talked" to you. There is so much I want to tell you. I still have your grandfather's knife and your carhartt sweatshit (I wear it whenever I think about you). I really need you. You are/were my best friend. What I wouldn't give for one more day with you. I love you."
Tracy "Spread Eagle" Hohman of Fort Detrick, MD

"To Bethany and the rest of the family,
I am so sorry. I heard about Robert from my brother, and keep remembering him picking me up in the alley behind your house in Clovis, after I'd stepped on a nail, and cleaning me up till my mother got there. I just want you to know, he will never be forgotten.

Your old school buddy, Class of 2000."
Brandi Hargrove of Springfield, TN

"September 11, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Robert P. Kassin:
Robert 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

"To the family of Mr. Kassin,
I served with your son at Ft. Carson, Colorado from March 2000-November 2002. He was always a fun individual, and always had a smile on his face. he always sang "Amazed" by Lonestar, and would put his uniquness on the song, which always made people smile. Never was there a time when I would spend with him, that he did not make me laugh, or at the very least smile. My deepest condolences to you and your family as even though it has been a year, you still grieve for your loss. It will be in his honor that I will place a photo from the website in my flight gear, to remind everyone that I fly with, that we have a very difficult job, and that freedom does come with a price. Your loved on paid the ultimate price, and I know that he paid that with honor. May the love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ and Almighty God be with all of you."
SPC Eric C. Thacker-Flight Medic 1022nd Medical Company of Cheyenne, Wyoming

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.

"Noli Me Tangere"(Don't Tread On Me)
4th Inf. Motto"

"God Bless..."
Jill Desmond, widow Sgt. Dennis J Boles of Homosassa, FL USA

"To SGT Robert Kassin
AKA Morgan
AKA H.I.M.S. (Hoof in mouth syndrome) Silver Star Outlaws (2002-2003)

Hi Morgan,

This is your sister, Mid-Evil Angel (June 2002 - June 2003); your fellow Silver Star Outlaw and soldier who served with you at Camp Casey, South Korea and again at Ft. Benning, GA.

Your Outlaw family loves you and misses you.

I love you and miss you.

I was there for you when you first heard that your brother was shot in a drive-by shooting in Houston, TX and later learned it was a cousin (if I'm remembering that correctly).

I was there for you when you were afraid that going through with your divorce would mean you would never see your son again.

I was also there when you broke up from so many relationships that you tried so desperately to make work.

You were there for me when Nuke was such an a**hole and I needed a shoulder to cry on.

And you were always ready to help a friend or stranger in need, be the life of the party and always the first one to be able to laugh at yourself.

Well, the lung problems didn't do you in nor the smoking either.

You died as I know you wanted to die; as a soldier serving his country, as a hero and as a father his son could be very proud of.

I still cry to this day when I remember you, buddy.

I'm crying as I am type this now.

I miss you!!!

SPC Margaret May C. Lambert (Ret), United States Army, Military Police of Dover-Foxcroft, ME

"Thank you Robert Kassin, 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. Robert Kassin:
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 Robert 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. Robert Kassin:
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 Robert, 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