Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Bruce A. Rushforth, Jr.

35, of Middleboro, Massachusetts.
Rushforth was on board the MH-47 aircraft that crashed at sea in the southern Philippines. He was assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on February 21, 2002.

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"Bruce, my memories of our time spent together in BNOC will never be forgotten. Every time I drink a Fosters, I do it with a toast you you. NSDQ Brother."
Tim Doohen of B Co 1/160

"May 4, 2007
To the family of Bruce A. Rushforth, Jr.. Bruce 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."
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I also am connected to the Rushforths through my maternal grandmother and would like to send condolences for your tragic loss and my appreciation for you contribution to keeping this land free for me and my children. May god bless and keep you and all those who love you."
Bruce Marchant of Beaver, Utah

"Bruce, I remember as an athlete you got better with age and that your friendly disposition and nice smile will be missed...thinking of you."
Mike Metta of Middleboro, MA

"I also came across this whilst checking out Rushforth's across the internet. I am an English Rushforth seeking information about family roots. I would like to offer you all my sincere condolences for your tragic loss."
Ivor Rushforth of Kent, United Kingdom

I would like to say thank you to you and the other men who were on that helicopter with you. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I'm not quit sure of what to say! I am very sorry for your loss. I came across this memorial by chance, I was looking for a family history of my last name which is also Rushforth. My fathers name is Albert Edward Rushforth Jr.and was also a Sgt.in the Army. His family to is from Massachusetts. God Bless You"
Tiffeny Rushforth of FT.Meade, Md.

"God Bless you and all of your family. Thank you"
SFC(Ret) Douglas T Lowe of Clarksville, TN

"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

"I am proud of you for fighting for our country and you will never be forgotton."
Jason of Brockton MA

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

"Thank you for your sacrifice. I am a veteran and served with Bruce Rushforth of Bayonne NJ in 1968. My son is a combat medic with 4th ID in Iraq. My heart goes to your family."
Timothy F. Riordan of Parlin, NJ 08859

"Our nation owes so very much to the brave soldiers like Bruce Rushforth. By his dedication and by the mission of his unit, the battle was being taken to our country's enemy.

The enemy couldn't hide in some safe forgotten place. They had this warrior making sure they had to focus on survival and thus didn't have time to plan more attacks on America and her friends. God bless this soldier and his family."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Bruce Rushforth, 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 of Bruce I offer my prayers for his ultimate sacrifice so that I can continue enjoy the freedom he gave to me with his life. I wish there was something I could do for you to show my appreciation for what Bruce did for me and all Americans. Please contact me if need someone to pray with or just to talk to. ctpoet1@yahoo.com"
Chris Decker of East Windsor CT USA

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Bruce Rushforth, 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 Bruce 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 Staff Sgt. Bruce Rushforth, 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 Bruce, 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