Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Navy Lt. Michael M. McGreevy, Jr.

30, of Portville, New York.
McGreevy died while conducting combat operations when the MH-47 helicopter that he was aboard crashed in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan in Kumar Province. He was assigned to SEAL Team Ten, Virginia Beach, Virginia. Died on June 28, 2005.

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"Never forgotten!"
J. Thong, MAJ, USAF of Navarre, FL

"A deep appreciation for your sacrifice on this day of remembrance ."
Leimbach-Glass family of Central City , NE.

"My hero, you will always live in our memories, RIP."
Jose L Sanchez of San Diego, cal U.S.A

"“Thank you for the service and sacrifice for our nation. My condolences to your friends and family.”"
jeffrey k. Heck USAF 82-86 of columbus ohio

"Does Michael have any irish connections? My mothers maiden name is mcgreevy which isn't a very common name.can anyone give me any more info please"
Gavin groarke of Mayo Ireland

"This message goes out to the family of micheal m. Mcgreevy i had just watched a movie based on the seal team that ur son was in my our sympathy and condolences for u and ur family somhow through the mcgreevy history we are related only wished we could have met you greg"
of marion indiana

"Godspeed, LT..."
Petty Officer Bearden of Ocala, FL

"Michael...Hero,SEAL,Husband,Father,your mother Patricia's cherished and wonderful son...RIP on this Veteran's Day, 11 November 2010. We owe our very freedom to you and your equally brave comrades. I had hoped to meet you but alas heard of your passing while living in isolation in bleak NNY not knowing how to console your Mom after she was kind enough to share the stunning news. You are in a better place now and will never be forgotten by your wife, daughter, mother and many thousands of others...some, you did not even get to know. God bless you."
Tom O'B of North Carolina

"I was 2 years behind Michael at Portivlle Central School. I new who he was but did realize i went to school with him till i had read Lone Survivor for the 3rd time and finding this web site. i have been serving in the Army for the last 11 yrs as a Scout. from what i remember from school he was one hell of an athlete and and a soccer player. Looking back now i just wish i would have known him more."
Jon Miller of 14770

"McGreevy Family, there are few words to say except I am SO sorry for your loss. Mike sounded like a great person and an Outstanding Navy SEAL. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
James Speed, RM2 USN, 1975-1980 of Greenville, South Carolina

"To the family...Our nation lost a true Sailor that day. He wore so many hats serving on ships ....just taking "baby steps" to profile his career to what would have been an endless journey with so much to hold in the palms of his hands, and at the same time to grasp for more & more everyday. Proud to serve with Mr McGreevy...these, only words, but, his "actions" definitely spoke louder as a shipmate. R.I.P"
Chief Richard H. of San Diego, CA

"God bless you my Irish brother and great American hero!
You died way too young.
May God bless your soul and may he bless your family members and ease the pain and emptiness that is in their hearts."
Kevin Michael McGreevy of Atlanta, GA

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Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I spent a year with Mike at the Naval Academy. From the first day I met him, I knew he was destined to be a hero, I just didn't know in what capacity. In that one year I knew that I had a true brother who would give his life for me, for any of us in that class. I feel so honored to have known him and shared in his friendship. I will never think of him as anything but a brother, and I thank him so much for showing me what patriotism and sacrifice is about. God bless his family, and especially his mother who was always so kind to me."
Jason Smalley of Huntington, WV

"Although I did not know you, I want to thank you for you for paying the ultimate sacrifice. The USA is the greatest place on earth, thanks to all the vets who (make) made it this way.
Todd Markos USN Search and Rescue 1985-1990."
Todd Markos of Battle Creek, Mi.

"i just finished reading lone survivor...i am not ashamed to tell you that ive cried a lot for the loss of these fine men... to the family of michael mcgreevy, no im sorry for your loss...michael gave up everything to make the world a better place to live...he will not be forgotten..he will live forever in our hearts..heaven is so lucky to have these great men up there...rip michael, hope to see you there when my time here on earth is done."
rasmia of philippines

"To the family of Lt. Michael M. Mcgreevy.
I am Alex Chavez, I was Michael's Ranger buddy during the mountain phase of Ranger school in 2001. I am sorry, but I just recently read about your loss. I too served in Afghanistan, as an Army Ranger. In Ranger school Michael was the top of our class, always above the rest. I wish your whole family well and may God Bless you"
Alex Chavez of Columbus, GA

"October 13, 2007
To the family of Lt. Michael M. McGreevy, Jr.:
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"
Peggy of Nevada

"Dear family of Michael, I just learned about him and how he died...my heart is heavy for your loss...the cost of our freedom is great....this young man was truly one of our finest!!!!!!"
Kathi Brunzell of Newhall, CA, USA

"Groove- A few months back I came across an old letter you wrote me. You were waiting on your SEAL slot in Va Beach. I was up there for work recently and tried to find you after losing touch for a couple years. Just didn't know about all of this. It breaks my heart.

I'll never forget our time at USNA, the time you came down here to MS in 1996 and we swam the neighborhood lake, and our road trip.

Cheers, buddy. I will never forget you."
Ben Montgomery of Jackson, MS

"Our Hearts and Prayers and Deepest Sympathy go out to Michael's Family. Being Proud Parents of a Navy Seal it's like losing one of our own. Michael is a Hero and will be remembered for his Commitment and Bravery for our Country. God Bless!"
The Hull's of Olean, NY

"For all of you who knew Mike, words can't describe this man of many #1's. For all of you who didn't know him he was the best (in everything). I had the honor of knowing him as a friend at USNA and as a buddy in the teams. I'm still in awe of his determination, his drive, his perseverance, his mental toughness, and his love for his family and country. He set the bar very high. Most of all I won't forget his right hook in boxing class. My nose is still crooked from it! Thanks for giving me the chance to repay you for that in DJ, Groove!"
JJ of Wall, NJ

"well miss you mike. condolences to the mcgreevy family. the spiliotis family"
ted spiliotis of chicago, il

"Groove, I think about you everyday."
Chris Perkins of New York, NY

"Lt. McGreevy,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and the other men who were on that Chinook with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. You didn't hesitate to go to the aid of your fellow SEALs when they were in trouble. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, TX

"On June 17, 2006, the day before Fathers Day, my husband rode in a Freedom Run which ended in Marseilles, IL. He rode for Lt. Michael Martin McGreevy, Jr and it was an honor to honor him. His name has been placed on the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial. My husband was given a dog tag with his name inscribed on it. It is beautiful. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to learn about him and his bravery. God Bless you and your family. Please know that an Interstate was closed down for this event and thousands of people pulled over and came out waving American Flags, proudly honoring our heroes. There were estimated 25,000 motorcyclists riding in twos in a parade to honor these men and women. Thank you again."
Robert J Jr and Kathleen Marting of Midlothian, IL USA

"I have been thinking of you all so much. Joe is in NY for Lt Murphy's memorial dedication today, which brings you all to mind. Your family handled a difficutlt terrible time with grace and love, and having stumbled across this web page, couldn't leave without telling you all how much you have been in my prayers."
kathy maguire of coronado, ca

"From coffee breaks at the "fishing hole", through lunches where-ever, across treadmills, and during long walks around a corporate campus a mother introduces a friend to the single most meaningfull person in her life, a son named Mike. This friend becomes intrigued, acquainted, and connected with two people who are as one, a mother and her son. A sense of awe develops as time reveals the challanges they face, and the achievements they make, and how the love and care they give each other strengthens and brings joy to them both as they strive forward fulfilling their dreams. If we dream of a legacy of love, achievement, the admiration of our peers, and the blessing of having a child begot of love and surrounded by love, we can say we know a man named Mike who fulfilled such a dream. If we dream for our children to lead lives filled with wholesome joy, the love, respect and admiration of the people they touch, and for the opportunity to share the joy and our love with them, we know of a mother who experienced such a dream come true. I pray my Lord will care for Mike's soul. I pray my Lord will care for the souls of those Mike loved and cared for during his life with us, especially for his mother. I pray that all of us who miss him, will fill the void of his loss with the substance of what he taught us."
Bob Chamberlain of Stockton, NJ/USA

"To the family of:Michael M McGreevy,Jr. 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"

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder ichael M. McGreeveyt, Jr. You are loved by many. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom of so many other people who suffered under the rule of Sadaam. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Michael's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of houston Tx

"Thank you for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice. You are one of a new "Greatest Generations" of that I am sure."
Larry Kaminer of Seattle, WA

"May God Bless Your Family"
Dan, Cindy, TIffany, Eric Dietz of Littleton, Colorado

"lwahl1@Sears.com Time the Fallen Families call upon Albany and our New York State political leaders. To organize a bill to fund a MEMORIAL in Albany. NOW our son's and daughter's have not died in vain for our COUNTRY and NEW YORK STATE! In past years it took many many years after the war and or conflict to give our fallen a MEMORIAL! Michael, Gregory and all our fallen from Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot zones.....NEED THE MEMORIAL ALL EARNED serving our state and our great nation. MICHAEL I REMEMBER YOU! YOU NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!"

"My deepest sympathies to Michael's family. I was Michael's sixth grade teacher and he remains one of my favorite and most memorable and delightful students of all time. It is not at all surprising to me all that he was able to achieve in such a short lifetime. Sincere condolences."
Roberta Foster of Mt. Olive Twp., NJ

"My prayers and thoughts to Mike Senior, my fellow teacher in CPS, and his family. I know how well you spoke of your son and can't even begin to imagine the loss you all are trying to endure."
JIm Deger of Chicago

"Knowing that he has died has made the war personal and sad for me. I worked with him for about a month. I am an intel guy in the Army. I would like to say that the very best people I have ever worked with in my life where him and the other Seals I was with on a mission last year. I know he was a good man, and very strong. I would like to express my utmost respect to his memory."

"From one family of Navy SEAL Michael Murphy to another SEAL family of Michael McGreevy, I send condolences on your great loss. We share a common bond of pride and sorrow in such a great loss. I can only say thank you for your son's bravery and willingness to jump to the rescue of our Mike when it was needed. Our boys are true American heros and I wanted you to know that our prayers and thoughts are with you."
Daniel J. Murphy of Riverhead, New York

"Your legacy will carry on and we cannot thank you enough for your endless sacrifices."
Allie Jones of Fort Polk, LA

"To Michael's Family and Friend's, I wish to extend my deepest condolence for your loss and our country's loss of this fine young man. He is a true American hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless all of you, and know that Michael is safe with Him right now."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Mike was a great guy. I knew him from SWOS before he was a SEAL. My wife sewed "Groove's" Austin Powers leisure suit for Halloween. He was nothing but smiles and a kind hand for all of our kids as they ran all over him like a playground. My wife and I pray for the McGreevy family and hope that they find solace in knowing that they raised a great man. I am greatful for having known him, for his service and most of all endebted to him and his colleagues for their selfless service."
Will Palmer of Norfolk, VA


I still have a piece of paper in my wallet you wrote your email address on to write my son. He wants to be a SEAL and you were going to guide him in the right direction. Thank you for being a friend the short time i knew you. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE BRAVE WARRIOR."

"I knew Groove. I had a few classes at the Academy with him early on, and I always thought highly of him and always looked forward to seeing his name signing off for the Class of '97 in Shipmate. I remember him getting an award at the anchor for having maxed out the Academy PT test every semester he was there. I remember being surprised to hear he wasn't initially accepted into the SEALs straight out of the Academy, and instead had to work his way through a couple years as a SWOS, but he eventually got what he wanted. Great guy. I am very saddened to know he isn't among us anymore. Mike, you are greatly missed..."
Scott Jackson of Ridgefield, CT

"I did not know you, Michael, but through the words of family members now left behind. From those words I can say that the honor would have been mine, and that I am sorry to have missed it. Carry on sailor, for though you are gone from us, your duties are not over. My respect and graditude."
Todd Moreno of San Francisco, CA

"To the Family:

I express my deepest sorrow. My brother 1st Class Petty Officer Brian J. Ouellette was with SEAL Team 2 and he was taken on May 29th 2004. I know he has his brothers with him now. May GOD BLESS you and keep you until then.
Mike Ouellette
Uxbridge, MA"
Michael Ouellette of Uxbridge, MA

"To Michael's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Our sons are true heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto "The Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
San Antonio, Texas

"Michael, you are a hero. You have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and that will never be forgotten. You are a soldier of God now and you have joined my Nephew, Pfc Charles Steven Cooper Jr. in that army. God Bless you and love you for all eternity.

To Michaels family, my sincerest condolences go out to you. I may not have know Michael, but I will carry all of you in my heart forever and be forever grateful for all that these men are. We lost Charles on April 29, 2005 and are not far from Portville. We feel your pain and wish we could take away the pain for you, but God will give you strength to endure the following days. Again, Thank you Michael and the McGreevy family.
May god be with you...."
Cheryl of Gerry, New York

"Thanks Michael. Thanks for fighting for our freedom. Thanks for the ultimate sacrifice! God Bless You!"
Javier Gorostiaga of Chicago, Il.

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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "


US Navy Sailor

"Thank you Michael McGreevy, Jr., 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 Lt. Michael McGreevy, Jr.:
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 Lt. Michael McGreevy, Jr.:
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