Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Michael L. Burbank

34, of Bremerton, Washington.
Burbank died in Mosul, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Stryker military vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on October 11, 2004.

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"I served with this hero, he was a great soldier and always had a look of love in his eye when talking about his loved ones. He will always be remembered by me for all he taught me, his lessons continue to help me guide my soldiers and come home safe."
Chris Schneidewind of Portage,WI

"To the family of:Michael L.Burbank
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""

"To the family of Michael,

I want the family to know that Michael was remembered and honored at Bremerton High School's class of 1988 reunion. He was a friend of mine in school and in church. He will never be forgotten and remembered as a warm person. I want to thank him and his family for his service and sacrifice.

Thank you Micheal and God bless.
Class of '88"
Christopher Glatkowski of Bremerton Washington

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Michael L. Burbank:
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

"Shawna, I don't know if you would remember me but we met in Columbus, GA. Jessica Kimbrell was my name then. I was so sad to hear about Michael. I don't know why but last night I thought about you two and decided google would be my friend this morning. I found the sad news about him. I'm so very sorry. Please contact me. jessicagydesen @ gmail.com"
Jessica Gydesen of Glenns Ferry, Idaho

"Shawna, 11/06 I'm trying to reach you to get your permission to raise a banner in Bremerton to honor your husband's courage. Can you please call me at (360) 440-6497? Thank you"
Lynette George of Silverdale, WA

"I want the family to know that Michael may be gone, but he is not forgotten! I have a KIA bracelet in memory of SSG Michael L. Burbank which I keep at my desk. I am an Air Force veteran and realize how brave and noble our soldiers are and the ultimate sacrifices they make. Even a year later, Michael is making an impact. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Kathleen Alonzo of Boise, Idaho

"To The Burbank Family,
I am Sgt Burbank, Gregory A., I am proud to serve with this name and in the name of Michael L Burbank. I believe I spoke with you Shauna in Georgia over the phone asking about Mike, thinking he was my brother at the time who his name is Mike as well (Michael Tavis Burbank). I am in Iraq now, and I will honor your husband, father, son, brother, the man he is and the Professional Soldier he is today. Please accept my sincere sympathies and take my courage knowing that I honor his name like a brother to this very day."
Sgt Burbank, Gregory A. of Camp Taji, Iraq Sept 05

"Thank you, Sgt. Burbank, for your service and ultimate sacrifice. We pray God's comfort and peace for your wife, Shawna, and the rest of your family and loved ones."
Paul and Nancy Kimmel of New Jersey

You are always in my thoughts, and I wish I could bring you solid comfort for your pain.
Michael will live on in all of us, even if we never personally knew him....I feel that I know him by knowing you."
Debbie Bridges

"Went to the SGT promotion board with you and PLDC. We didnt know each other other then as a fellow sufferer in in the army promotion system.(We made it) I remember you as the guy who had a ton of promotion points more then the rest of us so you must of been doing something right. Was of course sorry to hear about your sacrafice. You were a true professional and wont be forgotten."
SSG Dagostino of Ft. Knox, KY

"The sign at the entrance to the Mt Tahoma National cemtery where this man lies, says, "Where Heroes rest" This man and the men that sacrifice for us are all heroes. Thank you to Michael Burbanks family. He is a brave brave person!!"
Mike of North Dakota

brent and i just wanted to let u know we are so sorry for your loss and if you need us for anything you can call upon us. My heart goes out to you. You and your family will always be in our prayers"
michelle&brent rhoades of ft. lewis wa

"I served with SSG Burbank in Wa. He was an outstanding soldier, and a great family man. God is graced to be in his presence."
Spc. Jason Watts of HHC 1-155 Inf Camp Shelby, Ms-Iraq bound

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

"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 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

"To Michael's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

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 "

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Michael L. Burbank."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the family and friends of Michael, I am so sorry for your loss. Our family shares in your sorrow, we to lost a soldier. My brother SPC Shawn Davies on July 8, 2004. Michael will always be remembered and is a true hero. May God be with you now and until you meet with Michael again."
Toni Peters (toniannp@sbcglobal.net of Condord, OH


"Thank you Michael Burbank, 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 Staff Sgt. Michael Burbank:
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 Staff Sgt. Michael Burbank:
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