Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Mancini

43, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Mancini died west of Ghazni, Afghanistan, when a weapons cache prematurely exploded. He was assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Died on January 29, 2004.

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"September 20,2023 As a proud American I am grateful to those who have given their live for my freedom. I found this cleaning out a rental home. I do not believe it was meant to be left behind. I'm asking for anyone related to SFC Curtis Mancini to find me on Facebook. I found a memorial bracelet and would like to return it to a family member or friend.."
Mundee Stansberry of Columbus, Georgia

"Curtis, grabbing a baseball and glove will never be the same. Wanna play a round of catch?"
Scott Turner of Lincoln RI

"I visited him numerous times while he was on stakeout for the DEA.

The Good die , trying to do whats right.

I hope there is a heaven for all the Fallen!"
Lost of Lost

"I just wanted to stop by and say that I knew Curt for a very short time. We met a few weeks before his death. I was with A co 2-87 inf 10th mountain division. we spent about two weeks escorting Curt to the different villages in the Ghazni district. I spent a fair amount of time in a vehicle with Curt. He seemed to be a very kind man and he truly believed in the work he was doing. I remember he had a camera or probably several of them. He kept telling us that he was working on a documentary. I wish we would have been able to see that. He will never be forgotten."
Greg Graham ggrahaminf@gmail.com of Lexington, ky

"Thank you, Curly for your ultimate sacrifice! You will forever be in my heart old friend. Rest in peace."
Stephanie (Lewis) Campbell of Middletown, VA


You are still remembered and missed. You did everyone proud."
Pete Carroll of Lincoln, RI

"To the family of:Curtis Mancini
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""

"On this Memorial Day, I find myself thinking of you, your family and all those who have served in our military. As a veteran myself, I know what it is to be placed in harms way in service to our country. You have always put your country and community first. Whether serving in far away places while in the military or taking down violent drug traffickers while you where assigned to the DEA in Fort Lauderdale, you made a difference in this world. No words can accurately describe the gratitude I have for you and all our veterans especially our brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country’s freedom. I can only offer my prayers and thanks along with the knowledge that many of your friends and colleagues think of you often and honor you life."
Jimmy of DEA , Miami Field Division

"Curtis was a buddy of my good friend, Army Col. John O'Brien (retired). Curtis' sacrifice in Afghanistan is not forgotten."
Tom Wrobleski of Staten Island, N.Y.

"God bless you and thank you, from a former army tanker. May God keep and watch over your family."
Rafael Lopez of Miami, fl 33172

"Curtis, we owe our safety, freedom and pride to you and all the heroes who fought and still fighting for all the Americans and the believers. I hope you and Mom Erica are reunited in God's peaceful heaven.My deepest sympathy to Dad, John and family. May God watch over you and give you the strength to overcome this tragedy.

Sincerely with love,"
Maha Janik of Lincoln, RI

"Curt, thinking of you now and then. May our country always fight for the needy, righteousness, underprivilaged, and third world countries. God has truly blessed our country, and you were amoung many who gave their life for it. Thank you for your integrity, and courage. Your parents must be so proud! I pray I may also be proud of my son one day."
Jo Ann of Davie,Fl/USA

"Curtis was a hero to a neighborhood of kids on Holiday Drive. He was always a well respected person of great character who took the time to teach us how to play baseball and high jump and always to do our very best. Thanks Curly."
John Matteson of Haslet, TX

"Curt, You are far away, but yet, so close. I know you are looking down and spreading your wings of protection over your family and friends. I wish I had been able to see you or speak to you again after I moved away to North Carolina. Finding out about your passing was hard. You passed away doing what you knew was right and your endless bravery made you very special. Say hello to Tom and Francine for me. Many blessings to your family."
Kathy Hall (Popynick) of White Oak N.Carolina

"November 19, 2007
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Mancini:
Curtis 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

"Hey Curt, I just found this page, I know very late. I think about you all the time brother. I remember the call from Brad like it was yesterday. We were getting ready for our youngest to have surgery and I was in shock to hear the news about you. I see you and camp Mancini every time I'm at my desk. Nat and I think of you often. My head was spinning bteween our daughters illness and thoughts of you while at the hospital. One thing was said to me that helped when we were at the hospital during your services was "Curt would want you to be with your family". You are one person I can honestly say was a great person. We all miss you Curt. You are a Hero to many and this former Marine is proud to have served with you."
Mark of Davie, Florida

"Curt, I just found this site and I just cried as hard as the moment I got the call from Miami that you had been killed. The 478th was just 2 days away from boarding the two C-17’s that would take us to Iraq when the word was passed to all the members of the battalion. Nothing else could have focused the unit more than your death and in the end I feel it saved many lives. Many of us felt your spirit the day we dedicated our compound to you and we made sure Camp Mancini met your standards. MAJ Nazario placed your picture over his desk and everyday he asked you to watch over the soldiers as they ventured onto the Baghdad streets. I miss our talks at drill and I feel honored to have served with you."
LTC Juan A. Rodriguez, Jr. of Lake Monticello, VA

"Curtis, I only met you a few times but that is all I had to to see what a wonderful person you really were. I wish I could have gotten to know you better and it would have been my honor to do so. I know you are looking down on us all right now, watching out for us and protecting us where ever we go. I hope you know that even though it has been one year since your passing you have not and will not fade from our memories or our hearts."
Brittany Jasilli of East Greenwich, RI

I just missed seeing you in Kuwait by a couple of days. I was in Iraq my first time. As my unit prepared to leave Iraq the second time, I heard about the explosion. Curt, you were a great friend and mentor. I think about you all the time as I work as an LEO, and the great times we had talking about work. To your family I say be very proud of a man who positively changed the lives of those around him. Curt was respected by everyone that came into contact with him. He was looked up to by many. I am sorry that he is gone and he will be missed. Curt, you will never be forgotten."
Gabe Rhodes of Longwood, FL

"Curt, I will always look back on the times we served together. I so much enjoyed your stories from work. Now that I am an officer I enjoy them even more. God be with you and I WILL NEVER FORGET"
mike sampieri of melbourne,fl USA

I would like to say thank you to you and the 7 other soldiers who died in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

""I cried for you, just as I promised.
Bagram Air Base-'03-'04"
Mark W Billings of Guam"

"Dear curtis mancini I am very proud to have known someone like you.You had what every man wanted,and you were brave and most of all a great father.I will hope i could be like you some day."
louis gordon of Liveoak,Florida

I dont know really where to start so here I go..Its been a year and half that you enter the gates to heaven and I know that there were many people there to greet you. ANd I know that one of the people that welcomed you home was my father Wes Griffin. I know that when you went home to be with the Lord you went in peace. You went doing what you loved to doing and that was protecting your country and making your family proud. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. Because I lost my father. To MIkel,Sara,Kristin always think about the memories you and your father shared and always remeber no matter what your father is looking downa and guiding you no matter what. Davie Police Department Lost another great police officer. Curt Keep my dad in line he may be the wild "grandpa" but you and my father are greatly missed. ANd I was proud and honored to see you at my fathers funeral and I did the favor and I honored you at your memorial. God Bless you and all the fallen soliders and police officers. ANd there is no such thing as "good-byes" its always "See you later".... Rest in PEace Officer Curtis Mancici and take care of my daddy and I know my dad is looking out for your dad Kristin, Sara and Mikel..
Kelly Griffin of Davie Florida USA

"Curt, I still find myself thinking about about the week that you and Rich came down for your internships at Metro's range. You fit right in with the " Miami Guys", you had a great sense of humor, and I'm sure you keep the Angles smiling. God bless You and your family, and thank you for being an AMERICAN SOLDIER ......"
Ted Davis of Pembroke Pines Fl.

"You are always in our thoughts and prayers. We still miss you each and every day. Peace and Grace be yours always and forever."
Deena of Broward County Florida

"It's been almost a year since you've been gone and the pain of losing you still leaves a hole in my heart that can never be filled! I miss you Daddy! I Love you!"
Your Baby girl, Kristen of Plantation Florida

"Your sacrafice for freedom will always be remembered along with the others that have also given their lives. May god bless the family and friends. Till we meet again my friend rest in peace."
CSM Vila of Margate, FL

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY Curt! We Love You!
December 12, 2004"
Carolyn of Davie

"To a true NCO that I spent time with in Hungary,and gave me the support I needed to fight in the War in Iraq,I hope I can be half of the NCO you are one day."
SSG Newkoop of USA

"Dear Curt, its almost a year since you've left us. We still miss you so much. I know its beautiful where you are. Again, thank ou for being courageous for our country. God has been so good to us."
JoAnn Carter

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

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

"To the family and friends of Shawn Clemens,
We can only but pray that we will have the pleasure of meeting such a wonderful soldier as Shawn in that golden city. He along with our son Justin Scott and six other soldiers paid the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom even of those who do not realize this. These men are now soldiers of a higher commander. They are now waiting for us to get ourselves right so that someday we’ll be together again. Than shall we know how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
All our love and prayers to the family and friends of this wonderful brave soldier, your son, our soldier. Please feel free to contact us at blscott@fuse.net"
Wm & Lisa Scott of Bellevue, KY

"To Curtis's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"Greater love hath no man that this, that he lay down his life for his friends. God bless you Curtis"
Sarah of ky

"to curtis mancini family
i just found out today about cutris and so very sorry for you, me and curtis were in the scouts in orlando together and he was a fine man and freind, he will be miss, but never forget in my heart, sorry again for your lost."
sgt david whalen us army of orlando fl

"God bless this soldier. His entire life was one of service, either as a police officer or with his many years in the service. That's a debt that every American should strive not to forget."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

In the few short years that I knew you, I had come to respect you as one helluva cop and fellow soldier. Few will ever know what it is like to liberate a counrty and see the sincere gratitude in the people's eyes. For that I am thankful for your service.
Scott Donohue (USMC/ DAVIE PD) of Davie, Fl.

"Dear Mancini Family,
Our hearts are breaking for your family and your loss. We know your pain as we too lost our son and brother during the explosion (SSG Shawn Clemens). God bless you. Please contact us."
Candace Clemens of Allegany, N.Y.

"Be proud of Curtis. Be sure to fly your American flag in his honor and keep his memory alive. My prayers are with you at this time of need. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace. God bless!"
JEan Moran- Ben Gilman's sister of Wethersfield CT

"Curt, you were the finest soldier I had the privilege of serving with. We will see each other again."
SSG Chris Pearson of Miami, Florida

"To the Mancini Family,
I am sending my heartfelt condolences to your family in the loss of Curtis. My son Benjamin Gilman lost his life in this explosion also. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God bless you always."
Edith Gilman of Meriden, CT

"Dear Mancini Family: My condolences go out to you. I knew Adam Kinser who was also killed in this explosion. Your son is a true hero and I will never gorget what he did so that we could live in freedom.You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless."
Jessica of Isleton,CA


I have been blessed and honored to have had you as a friend and co-worker for 16 years. You truly are an "American Hero" and you will be greatly missed. God bless you and your family. Rest in peace my brother. "Until we meet again."
Lenny Mancinelli of Davie, Fl.

"I want to thank you for my freedom. May God bless you and your family. I know the sense of loss is overwhelming. Robert Cook, who also died in the explosion that day was a dear friend. We miss him. Blessings to you."
Candy Knutson of Poynette, WI


Your sweet smile, your incredible hugs, and most of all your friendship will always be close to my heart and profoundly missed. I have been blessed to have known a friend as wonderful as you. You will always be remembered and never forgotten. God bless you Curt. Until we meet again."
Brigitte Pravato of Pembroke Pines, Florida

I had the Honor of calling you my friend. You are a true American "Hero". God Bless, until we meet again. Phillipians 2: 3 & 4"
Wayne Boulier of Davie, Florida

"Curt your kindness, friendship, smiles and great hugs will never be forgotten. You are our Hero and always will be. I know that you will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Friend. Until we met again."
The Bickmans of Loxahatchee, FL

"Your friendship and service shines bright upon us Curt. Enjoy your rest and peace in heaven. We will never forget."
Spates Family of Cooper City, Fl.

"Curt, You are my brother forever and you will NEVER be forgotten. I will miss you always. I will keep my promise to you and your family is now mine. I will try my best not to let you down. You are a hero to me and to all of the police officers that were lucky enough to serve with you. REST IN PEACE - My friend and my brother in arms."
Tony Vitale of Pembroke Pines, Fl.

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Curtis Mancini, 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. 1st Class Curtis Mancini:
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 Curtis 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. 1st Class Curtis Mancini:
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 Curtis, 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