Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Michael Andrade

28, of Bristol, Rhode Island.
Andrade was a passenger in a HMMWV when a 5-ton truck struck the side of his vehicle in Balad, Iraq. He died of injuries sustained in the accident. Andrade was assigned to the 169th Military Police Company, U.S. Army National Guard, of Warren, Rhode Island, attached to the 115th Military Police Company. Died on September 24, 2003.

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"Been a good 17 years now and I'll never forget. Working security with Michael a short time at NUSC. Always full of pep and energy and quick to make someone laugh or smile. He was good for bustin out a rap whenever he went on break in the guard shack. Also remember when we were in Iraq together, he enjoyed hanging out with me as I enjoyed his company as I worked on the generators, having a coffee and a cigg. He asked me to teach him about the generators, had a solid interest for learning about anything. Still remember the day he told me about his new house and truck and I could see the pride in his eyes as he talked about his family. I imagine the day I reach those big gates, that Michael will be standing there bustin out a rhyme to greet me. I know he will never be forgotten and missed dearly by everyone who's soul had the honor and privilege. God bless you Michael, Family and Friends. Rest in peace friend."
Sgt. Ret. Shades Anderson of 1111th, 169th and 115th MP's RI ARNG

I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your famy and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"You are not forgotten Mike, "Bye Bye Miss American Pie, drove my Chevy to the Levy but the Levy was dry, and them good ole boys were drinkin whiskey and rye singing this will be the day that I die........""
SFC Mark Paiva of Smithfield, RI

""To the family of Michael Andrade ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"hey LP
well, its been six years but not a day goes by where your not on my mind. you are always missed and your sacrafice is an example to us all. i tell all the new guys about you so everyone knows what you did for us."
SSG Zachary Davis of Warwick, RI

"i have been researching about michael for a school project and i just felt the need to write a message because he help our country alot and he has been a great help to all of us. i have been reaserching him to make a poster for our dinner for the children of falling patriots and we just want him to still be remembered by everyone for what he has done for our country. i hope he lays in peace<3"
brittney of connecticut

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Spc. Michael Andrade:
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 Childers of Carson City, NV


You were a great guy, we all miss you, and will continue to do so."
Rick of Bristol, RI

"I did not know Michael Andrade but a few months ago I signed up for the memorial bracelet program for Iraq and clicked for any soldier, it was Specialist Michael Andrade's name that I recieved. I too am in the military and I feel that not only did we lose a great American hero, but a brother. My heart ached for the family when I recieved the bracelet which I wear every day regardless of what I am doing. My heart goes out to Michael's family and friends. God bless America and we will never forget."
A1C Kenneth Burrow, USAF of Cannon AFB, NM, USA

"Although time goes by, we never forget how Flea touched each one of our lives. He always had such vitality, personality and was always there=) We will never forget you.."
of Bristol

"Weather my memories are from lunch break as we built the house, joking in the locker room after hockey practice, listening to you try and explaine how the Red Sox were superior to the Yankees, any conversation related to Bristol Sports Club, the PIC, ST. Mary's Church, The Holy Ghost Feast, Father Deiogo, Wood Street, the Common, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, or as I sat on the sidewalk unable to move my legs after Lindsey's fender bender, you always made me laugh! Always there to offer assistance be it on the fire truck, ambulance or in the military you selflessly comited your life to the service of others. Your unwavering commitment to the citizens of Bristol, Warren, Rhode Island, United States of America and God will never be forgotten."
Frank J. Parenti, BMC, USCG, USCGC SHERMAN (WHEC-720) of San Francisco, CA.

"To the family of Michael Andrade. Michael's death still weighs heavy on my heart and I wanted to tell you what a good friend he was to me while I was in Iraq. He will always be missed by me and the soldiers he served with. He was a light in the dark."
SGT Zachary Davis of Warwick, RI USA

"I spent 4 months with Micheal in basic training and he was the sweetest man I've ever met. He had a heart of gold and he was proud of the decision he made. My heart and prayers go out to his family who have endured a horrible event but should be extremely proud of him!"
Erica (Gainey) Mortimer of Pittsburgh, PA

"I was in the same basic training company as Mike, and i would like to send out my sympathy to his family. They will be in my prayers."
Brandon Johnson

"My sincere sympathy goes out to Michael Andrade's family and all families and friends who have lost loved ones in the cause of freedom. I have a deep and genuine appreciation for Michael's bravery and sacrifice and all of my strength and prayer is with you. Without great people like Michael, nobody in America would have the freedom's they take for granted everyday and the world would be filled with dictators and evil. I have two young children and try to explain to them just how important brave soldiers like Michael are to their everyday lives. Please stay strong, God bless Michael, his family and America."
Ken Fenster of Weston, FL

""Thanks, we appreciate your corage and your family's strength. thanks""
Kriste Barrios of Pembroke Pines, FL.

"We honored Michael on 17 August at a Peace Vigil."
Rev. Christie of Bozeman, MT

"Mike i did not know you. But you and i had many things in common. I went to your funeral, and i couldn't hold back my tears as we marched from the Fire House to the Church. And then to the cemetary. Occasionaly i visit your grave.I know you see me from above. You were a great person. And you gave the ultimate sacrifice while defending the freedom so many people take for granted.You,Sgt.Camara and Sgt.Caldwell will never be forgotten. But you will always be missed. Thank you for your service to your country and to the state of Rhode Island."
Spc. Viveiros 169th Mp. of Warren, R.I . USA

"You are very brave, thank you sweet hero!"
Violeta Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"Spc. Andrade did not know me...but he was one of my fellow brothers in the Military Police Corps...As well he was in my company...And I just want to give thanks to what you were doing...Prayers always there with you...Assist Protect Defend...God may be with your family..."
PV2 Decook of 169th MP CO Det. 2

"It's been a year Already,But the pain is no less.There Hasn't been A day that you weren't on my mind.You,Charles or Joey.Sometimes it still doesn't seem real.I still remember that cold morning on the Mrk-19 range at Drum.I sat in your truck because mine didn't have heat.I remember the way the sun reflected off the ice and snow that morning.I remember the shared conversation And cigarrettes on the wall in Fallujah.I still remember that conversation.I'll never forget.Or the sweltering days at the mayors cell.They Maybe small memories.But they're good ones. I miss you LP!!!"
of Rhode Island

"Michael was a soldier, son, brother, husband and stepfather. Aside from that, Mike "Flea" was also a friend and brother firefighter. Mike Was a member of the Dreadnaught Hook, Ladder & Hose Company #1 located in Bristol RI, his hometown. Mike was also a member of Bristol Rescue. www.bfdladder1.com we have a memorial set up on our website to Mike

Days, weeks and months pass, but the loss and hurt does not fade with the days. He is still missed and loved dearly. We keep him in our thoughts and our prayers.

The Firefighters Prayer
When I am called to duty, God...
Wherever flames may rage...
Give me strength to save some life...
Whatever be its age...
Help me embrace a little child...
Before it is too late...
Or to save an older person from...
The horror of that fate...
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout...
And quickly and efficiently...
To put the fire out...
I want to fill my calling and...
To give the best in me...
To guard my every neighbor and...
Protect his property...
And if according to my fate...
I am to lose my life...
Please bless with your protecting hand...
My children and my wife...

Mike, we hold you in our hearts"
Member of the Dreadnaught Hook Ladder & Hose Co. #1 of Bristol, R.I.

"To the family of SPC Michael Andrade
My prayers and thoughts are with you in you time of loss.My God Bless you and ease your pain."
Mary Andrade of Detroit MI

When i saluted your picture at the final memorial service we had for you. Tears rolled down my eyes. Thank you for letting me bum cig's off you wherever we were. You were a great guy. You will always be with me, wherever it is i go. It was truely an honor to serve with you"
member of 115th mp co of Rhode Island

"The peace of God's kindgom is now with our country's valiant Michael Andrade. May His kindness touch and heal the hearts of those he has left behind."
Karen J. Andrade of Southampton, MA USA

"Hi, my name is Kim and I am a student at Barker Middle School. When my teacher discovered this fallen heroes website she thought it would be a good idea to do this activity to expand our knowledge on how extreme the war is now. All of us in the 7th grade are writing to two or more families about their child or relative. I understand that your son was a very brave man. He stood up for what he thought was right and served justice. He sounds like an amazing person and if I was related to him I would be very proud. I know it is very hard to lose somebody. I lost my Grandparents over 2 yrs ago and I still think about them everyday. So I have an idea of what your going through and just know your not alone. Many other families are going through he same thing as you.

brave, confident
caring, fighting, loving
loyal, emotional
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"just wondering if he was related to billy andrade the golfer from bristol, RI. my husband was friends with him"
tori durot of lake worth, fl

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

"In special to the Family of SPc Michael Andrade. God bless Michael for the sacrifice he has made to make a better world with peace. Now God have more one Angel on your ARMY. God bless the Michael's Family."
Michael de Andrade - michaeldeandrade@terra.com.br of Campo Grande / Mato Grosso do Sul / BRASIL

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. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Michael Andrade, 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

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace"
Amanda K Casas of San Diego/Corpus Christi, Texas

""Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend.""
CPT Glidewell

"Com muita dor no coracao, sentimos muito a morte do seu filho, nao ha palavras para descrever imensa dor, so queremos dizer que as nossas oracoes ,estao com toda a familia.Sinceramente Familia Da Silva Victor, Rita ,Melanie ,Marlene & Dora"
Rita of Bristol R.I

"Michael was one of the most wonderful people anyone could hope to meet. He was dearly loved and cherished by his wife, step-son, parents and siblings. He was loved by his friends and well-liked by all who knew him. His loss will be deeply felt for a long time. We will cope with the loss by remembering him fondly in life. We will remember the laughter shared and his happiness in his brightest moments. On behalf of his family and friends I wish to thank all who have expressed their sympathy and offered their prayers. I only hope our soldiers will come home soon. No one should suffer the pain we feel now. He died serving his country, in honor. We are comforted by the faith that God will hold him now in peace and he will look down on all of the people he loved, to guide and protect.
Michael will be forever in our hearts."
Christine of Bristol, RI

"To the family and friends of Spc. Michael Andrade:
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 Spc. Michael Andrade:
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