Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Alan J. Burgess

24, of Landaff, New Hampshire.
Burgess died in Mosul, Iraq, when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol vehicle. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery Brigade, Army National Guard, Woodsville, New Hampshire. Died on October 15, 2004.

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"Specialist Burgess,
I told you when you left Fort Dix,N.J. that I would always remember you.
There is not one day that I don't think of you. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice!!!!
You shall always be honored and respected my Comrade!!!!"
Sgt. Croteau of Berlin N.H. U.S A.

"I wear your bracelet everyday brother. God bless and keep your family safe."
T-BO of Las Vegas NV

"you will never be forgotten ."
sgt. Crowell of grafton /dummer N.H.

"To the family of:Alan J.Burgess
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""

"Time has a way of healing our hearts...It will be 7 years and not one single day has gone by that you have not been thought of...I miss you more and more every day...Love Your Mom"
Karen Moore of Bradford VT

"I had the honor of going to school with Alan at Oxbow High. I took automovites with him and he helped me out through alot in that class. I also had the honor of living with him in Landaff, he was a great roommate, with a great life ahead of him. My thoughts and prayers go out to him, his family and friends, and all that got to serve with him. THANK YOU TROOPS for all that you do, you're all doing a good job, and Alan would be very proud."
Theresa Stark of Fairlee, Vermont

"I had the honor of serving with Alan in Mosul, Iraq for a period along with another mutual friend. Thank you Alan for your service and support to us that summer-fall. Your humor was enjoyed much while sharing the hookahs!
Sean, from the 'Scooby Doo Van team.'"
Sean I. of Fort Lewis, WA

"Dear Alan Your son Dakota is very special to me. He misses you every day. Thank you for your heroism, and be with your son in spirit."
Hetty Thomae of Westshire Elementary School

"Alan, we miss you and are taking good care of Dakota. love, donna"
donna bragg of thetford,vt

"hi alan .j. burgess i am a good friend to dakota m burgess your son and mandy bragg your ex wife and i want to be just like mandy"
carly braley of vershire vt

"hi Alan j.Burgess i wish that you were still alive so we can play video games and base ball with Dakota and I."
dylan braley of vershire vt

"dad you are a kind and brave man we miss you and love you and not a day goes by that we dont miss you and i wish you didnt pass so soon because i always wish you were still alive so i could play catch with you and video games with you and ask you to quit and if you said no i would say ok because i understand that you want to protect your country sincerely,dakota .m.burgess ps i love you dad"
Dakota Burgess of Vershire vermont

"Out of boredom, I "googled" my husband's name, which just happens to be Alan J. Burgess. God must have pointed me in this direction..... Please know that I will keep the brave hero, Alan J. Burgess, and his family in my prayers.....we'll never forget...."
Peg of Lakeville, MA

"Alan, it has been four and a half years and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss the way you could make me laugh, your smile, and the phone calls at lunch time just to say Hi. We all miss you very much, Please rest now as you have earned it. Love Always Your Mom"
Karen of Bradford, VT.

"i am overwhelmed by the about of people writing on here. Recently i was approached by someone who mentioned they could help me with my grief. God bless all the soilders home now still fighting! As i do the right thing and go to school to help all the soilders and families ! I eagerly give talks on family impact and PTSD here in college. I hope everyone reaches out in there pain and gets the help they need ! I also urge you all to help your fellow brothers out and reach for the ones that are struggling !

Take Care !

Alan's Big Brother

Edward J. Burgess Jr.

Edward J. Burgess Jr of Auburn maine CMCC Central Maine Community College

"Cub Scout Pack 2 & Boy Scout Troop 2 of Antrim, New Hampshire have a tradition of marching for a fallen soldier in the Antrim & Bennington Memorial Day parades. To honor the sacrifice of SPC Alan Burgess, a Scout will march for him in our May 26, 2008 parade, carrying a card bearing his name, picture and a brief note about him. The Scouts of Troop 2 and Pack 2 will not forget his contribution to freedom."
Brian Beihl, Scoutmaster of Antrim, NH

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Spc. Alan J. Burgess:
Alan 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

"To the family of SPC Alan J. Burgess, I am SGT Hollifield. I served with your son in Iraq when he was killed. I did not know him as well as I wanted. I was just getting to know him and becoming friends with him. He was a good guy who we all loved having around. He was a comedian and loved what he was doing. What made him stand out was the easy going attitude he had over there. We could go on a mission, and he was the one making us feel at ease with his sense of humor. One of my fond memories of him was when he would dress up like and arab, put a taxi cab sign that he got from one of our raids on top of his humvee, and ask if we needed a ride. His fair was cheap, and he could get us there quickly he would say. He was a great guy who we could all tell loved his family. I am sorry for your loss. I wish that there was some way I could go back and take his place on his last mission. I wish that I had the answers you need. We all miss Alan."
SGT Mark S. Hollifield Sr. of El Paso, Tx

"Alan will always be etched in my heart along side some of my close friends I have lost through the years. I will always remember things he shared with me the day we first met and it will forever be burned into my soul the sacrafice he have given to all of us. I will never forget you alen and neither will my family.......God Bless Bro and see you in October again...."
SFC Jencks/2/310th INF USAR of Fort Devens, MA

"Alan, I will always treasure the times we spent together. I didn't really get to know the real you until we got to Mosul. I will never forget the evening you told LTC Flowers that "You didn't want to hear about the kinky things that went on in the TOC with the CSM" without realizing who you were talking to. It was an honor to be your squad leader, your brother and your friend. I will always remember the 15th of Oct as the day a true American hero was taken from us."
SFC Walter Dellinger, Blade Runner 3 of Woodsville, NH

"I served with Alan in Iraq. I was a member of the 293rd MP CO. I think of Alan everyday. He is always in my thoughts. His memory makes me both sad and honored. Sad because his beautiful life was cut short and honored because I knew such a great man. I think of the day he passed away and it sends chills down my spine. Alan, I will make sure my son knows of you, and what an honor it was for me to have served along beside you. I will never forget our avid picture swaping and your favorite huka pipe. I could always count on you for a laugh! Take care my friend, and I will see you again some day."
Meara Brown of Savannah, GA

"I too had the honor of serving with Alan, and was with him on the day he was taken from us. I think about that day and Alan often, he was a good man with a great sense of humor and we shared a passion for photography. My condolences to his family and friends, may he live on in your hearts and minds. From a former Stryker guy and part time Bladerunner."
Rob C. of Kabul, Afghanistan

"I will miss Al and I will never forget him. I had the honor of serving with Al and the 197th in Mosul. God bless every one of you guys."
Mike R. of Gaithersburg, MD

"Your son has not been forgotten, I have been wearing a remembrance bracelet for the last two years with his name on it.My son James goes to Iraq this Sept with the 3ID. I'm so proud of him as I am of your son."
Andy Morrow of Derry NH

"I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend now
but I always thought that I'd see you again

Alan, as I read these words by James Taylor it comes me that through the fog of tears that cover my heart I can see you in my Mind and Soul.

I see you when I look upon a small child grinning, such as your actions did for so many Iraqi children.

I see and hear you when someone speask thier mind and present company has not left the area.

I see your infectous grin when I see a lighted Taxi sign."
Bladerunner of New Hampshire

"I saw a video clip of Mr. Burgess in Mosul and his interaction with the locals, especially the children, was truly beautiful. I am very sorry he his gone for his family and for the loss of a kind man,kindness he shared while representing the US. Those images I saw were very heartwarming and Mr. and Mrs. Burgess you must be very very proud of raising such a wonderful person."
Sarah of Greensboro, NC USA

"I actually don’t know allen j.burgess .. I actually and not even an American .i am from half way around the world from Saudi Arabia .. They say that good people make their existence known and that’s how I know about sgt Alan J. Burgess. I salute you sir for you are a good man and a good soul who had returned to god. Your greatness will be misses by this stranger"
arabiantxn@yahoo.com of saudi arabia


"Miss you every day Alan."
One of the Bladerunners of NH

"If he can stand in battle to ensure our freedom,
We can stand in grief with his family to honor him……

In Remembrance of Spc. Alan Burgess,

To the Burgess/Moore Family, our sincerest and heartfelt condolences are extended to you for the loss you have endured. We pray that in time grief will turn to pride and the pain of loss will be replaced with peace in knowing your loved one is in the hands of the Lord.

For every fallen hero, there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us that freedom is a cherished gift and it is not without sacrifice.

May you take comfort in knowing that many families across this great nation grieve with you in your time of sadness.

Our prayers are with you for peace and healing.

Bruce and Karen Thurston of Gilford, NH

"I only knew Alan from school, he is a hero for going over to help in Iraq, and he will always be remembered. God Bless Him"
Akira Isler of Lisbon, NH

"To Alans Family,
As an Ex Professional soldier. I feel in my heart that Alan, like me, lived and loved life to the full and was proud of his Country, his Family and his Job. God Bless You All."
Alan Burgess of U.K

We all love you very much and miss you even more your son loves you and wants to grow up to be just like his dad he keeps saying he want to be an army guy just like you and to big and strong "I'm going to be big like my da da" is a everyday thing when he gets ready i know we had some hard times and some very wonderful times i will always love you and miss you very much the pics that we do have are on the walls for everyone to see and to remember you the way you really are love you lots dakota and mandy"
mandy bragg and dakota burgess of Fairlee vermont

"I never got to know Alan but he was in my unit and for that i send a salute to him and his family and want to say that Im glad i got to serve with the best of the best"
PFC Robert Fraser of Concord/NH

"I never knew Alan but wished I had. It would have been an honor to have served with him. He will never!!"
CSM David N. Poor of 5th Battalion, Vermont State Guard

"I met alan when i first moved back from virgina he was the best freind a person could ask for and i am just sorry we lost touch after i left school my deepest condolences to his family"
David Martin of Hartland VT USA

"To SPC Burgess's Family
I know words cannot change what had happen. SPC Burgess was a great soldier and a warrior. He will not be forgotten. He have gave all of us and the Iraq the greatest gift of all... FREEDOM. Thank you."
293D M.P. Co of Ft. Stewart, GA

"SPC Alan Burgess served with pride, honor and distinction. His passing had a profound effect on our company while we were stationed in Iraq. All of the member of HHS 2-197FA (MP) wish to convey their deepest condolences to Alan's family. He answered his country's call to duty as Guardsmen have since colonial days. He is truly one of America's fallen heroes and we will all miss him, but are resolved to honor him in our memories daily."
SSG Doug Harvey of Berlin, NH

"I was a distant cousin and really didn't know you that well but I just wanted to share my condolences to the family and know that there are still people that care. God bless the family in this time of need."
TSgt Roland L Demers Jr of Vancouver WA

"Honor, Duty, Service! SPC Alan J. Burgess will never be forgotten. The hearts of his comrades will always be with him! White Mountain Thunder, 2-197th FA"
MSG Gosselin of 2-197th FA, Berlin, NH

"Alan was a great man. Very different from the rest. He was kind, compassionate, loveing and careing. He loved his family, and most of all his son. He would have done anything for anybody and he will never be forgotten . Alan is my hero and will always be in my heart and my prayers. God Bless Alan J. Burgess."
Angela of Lancaster, NH

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

"Allan was a brave soldier although as cousins we werent that close he was still my family and i loved him dearly im sorry for my aunt and his brother and sisters may god be with you"
Ashley M Ferreira of Taunton,Ma

"Alan was a wonderful person. He was the best older brother someone could ask for. We will all miss him very much. Thank you to everyone for your support."
Katie Burgess of Lisbon, NH

"To Alan'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

"This is Alan's sister... on behalf of my myself and family thank you for the thoughts. My brother was a great son, brother and father and will never be forgotten. He lives on in us... May he rest in peace !"
Melissa of Landaff, NH

"To Alan'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, Alan, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. 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 Alan J. Burgess."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"Thank you Alan Burgess, 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 Spc. Alan Burgess:
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 Alan 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. Alan Burgess:
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 Alan, 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