Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Maj. Edward J. Murphy

36, of South Carolina.
Murphy died in Ghazni, Afghanistan, when the CH-47 helicopter he was on crashed. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Camp Ederle, Italy. Died on April 6, 2005.

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"Eddie, you and I started out at USC-Columbia, day 1 at snowden dorm on the basement floor, me in the navy and you in the army rotcs. We both commissioned together. I have a picture from that day in 1987. I regret not keeping in better touch. By now your children are grown and finding their own lives. I have the greatest memories of you and pray you are at peace."
David A. Wijewickrama of waynesville, nc, USA

"Major Murphy, Thank you for your courage, dedication and the ultimate personal sacrifice for those you loved. As a fellow Wando High graduate class of 1974, I will remember you and give thanks for all you did to keep our nation safe and free!"
Dr. Thomas G. Macdonald M.D. of Rivertowne,Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

"Ed, was supposed to be on the bird with you on the trip to that FOB but as you know I got bumped on my flight from Manas AB to Bagram AB on the 5th of April 2005. We talked before you took off and when I got there on the 6th & heard the news my heart went out to your family. I was at Arlington on Easter Sunday (its been 10 years) and will never forget how special you were and how l should have been on that bird with you."
LTC (Ret) Pete Brady of Saranac Lake, NY

"To the family of:Edward J.Murphy
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""

"I love ya and miss ya! 505th, 82 Sig, 141 Sig, my buddy !"
chris mullins of Ga

"To Ed's family:

Eddie and I were college friends, and I just learned of his death. Please know that I will pray for your family. Also please know what a wonderful man and soldier he was. I will think of you often."
Kelli Lister Sullivan of Columbia, SC, USA

"I just recieved a KIA bracelet and I got Maj. Edward Murphy and I just want to say I am proud to wear this bracelet. Iam proud to have found this website and thank you for your sacrafice. SrA USAF."
James Stewart of Mississippi

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"Sir and Family, with my greatest respect and sadness, thank you for your service,

Edward J Murphy of Mannheim Germany

"To the family of Edward J. Murphy from our Murphy family we pray for all of you for your loss and we also pray for his sole. My he rest in peace and most of all he will never be forgotten."
Edward J. Murphy Jr. of Litchfield, Ct 06759

"November 10, 2007
To the family of Maj. Edward J. Murphy:
Edward 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

"Maj. Murphy,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and the other men and women who were on that Chinook with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rangers Lead The Way!"

"You were one of us. You represented the best of us. You led us and you followed us. The best friend of most of us and an enemy of none of us. Up front or behind you always supported us. You were the first to fall of all of us. You will be loved and remembered forever my fellow "freshman ranger"."
Richard Bronson Byrn of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

"Eddie, Thank you for all you did for our country. Your service and dedication will not be forgotten. Thank you to Julie Cliff for organizng the memorial to Eddie at Wando High School. God Bless the Murphy family"
Jeff Kerns of Mount Pleasant, SC

We all miss Ed. He is a hero to me and so many others. Be strong and remember that we are here for you."
Stephen C. Ammons of Mt. Pleasant, SC

"Dear Murphy Family,
I am glad that Edward has served
his time as a very good solder and I wish
that you will not take it hardly that he's died
beacuse just like what you said "He died
doing what he loved."."
Ashton Murphy of Arlington, Texas 76006


Hero, family man, patriot, compassionate leader, man of great character and strenght. All these come to my mind when I think of you.

I know how proud you were of your family, your sons and daughter. And, proud to serve our country.

You were born to be our hero!

I will never forget you, I will always miss you and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

You are my hero!

Your friend,
Kelly Stewart Maer (USC class of 91)"
Kelly Stewart Maer of Haddonfield, NJ

"To The Murphy Family:
My husband was stationed with MAJ Murphy at Ft. Benning. We didn't know many people there, but at all of the company functions, he went out of his way to make us feel welcome. It was such a nice gesture. My husband always spoke nothing but the highest about MAJ Murphy, and he will be greatly missed by all of the soldiers and families that were touched by his kindness."
Kelley L. Gibens of Fort Myers, Florida, USA

"To Brother Ed; we were classmates at Univ. of South Carolina and classmates again in CGSC at Leavenworth. We were also fellow Ranger Buddies. I will never forget you and will wear a bracelet in your honor until the day I die. God Speed and will meet again some day.

To Barclay,
We only met a few times at Leavenworth waiting for our kids to come out of Bradley elementary, but your courage in the face of this tragic loss sets a patriotic and loving example of a model wife and american woman. I stand in awe of your bravery and sacrifice. You and the kids will remain in Tina and I's prayers indefinately.

With Deepest Sympathy/Scott Nelson"
MAJ Scott Nelson of Schweinfurt Germany

"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""

"Thank you so much for this wonderful web site--what a tribute to my husband! Ed died doing what he loved. First and foremost, he was a Soldier that loved his Country. But, he was also a dad that took delight in jokes and fun and miniature soldiers. As a husband, he was kind, loving and generous and I miss him greatly. Thanks to our friends and family, both in Italy and in the USA, who have supported us through this all. We will continue to need your prayers as we face starting over in South Carolina. Our daughter says that "Daddy is deployed to Heaven", and we know he is. Thank you. Sincerely, Barclay Murphy (Mrs. Ed Murphy)"
Barclay Murphy of Vicenza, Italy

"Ed I promise to always let our son know you died a Hero. He will also know what a true American you where. I will always raise him with the same patriotic spirit you had. He will understand the importance of freedom in our country. Thanks for being a Wonderful father and a Great American. You will be surely missed by so many. My prayers also go out to all in the Armed Forces and there famlies."
Rhett Murphy of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

leonardwahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

leonardwahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the Murphy family, I am very saddened by your loss. I was one of MAJ Murphy's soldiers in Italy, and it was an honor and a priviledge to have served with him and for him. My only regret is that I should have stayed in Italy to go to Afghanistan with him. He was a great soldier, great leader and an even better father to his children. He was a great mentor to me as well. He will be sorely missed by many people with whom he served. For those of you who did not know him, it is unfortunate. MAJ Murphy was the best, the absolute best! I only wish I could adequately express the sadness and grief that I feel over your loss. Please take care and may God Bless you, his children and all of his family."
CW2(P) Chuck Corbitt of FOB Warhorse, Iraq

"To Edward'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.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"May you rest at God's feet for eternity."
Roger of Illinois

You have been a role model, a leader and a friend. Thank you from all of us who are fortunate to have been influenced by you in our careers and in our lives. One for the Airborne Ranger in the Sky!
Rangers Lead the Way!"
SSG(P) William Tomlin of Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Edward will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Maj Edward J Murphy died while doing a job he loved his whole life.
Rest In Peace and God Bless."
anonymous of Boston, MA USA

Your service was characterized by compassion and honor. Thank you for being a great Ranger and a Great Commander. You have inspired a great many Soldiers who will carry on your tradition of leadership and you will be sorely missed by the men you befriended and the men you led.

SFC Gronke of CONUS

"To The Family of Army Maj. Edward Murphy: My heart aches with and for you. My son, Staff Sgt. Jason Hicks was killed in a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crash in Afghanistan on March 23, 2003.

To Army Maj. Edward J Murphy: Thank you for your sacrifice. It will not be forgotten."
Theresa S. Hicks of Jefferson, S. C. USA

"Thank you Edward Murphy, 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 Maj. Edward Murphy:
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 Edward 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 Maj. Edward Murphy:
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 Edward, 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