Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CW3 Mitchell K. Carver, Jr.

31, of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Carver died near Al Sukar, Iraq, when his OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on January 13, 2006.

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"To the family of:Mitchell K. Carver,Jr.
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 am proud to be carrying a poster in honor and memory of Chief Warrant Officer Mitchell Carver, Jr in the Christmas parade, Hickory, NC on December 11, 2011. May we never forget the sacrifice he and his family have made for us!"
Tom Reece of Hickory, NC USA

"I work for a tattoo studio and one of Mr. Carver's friends (Andrew Greene) is here getting a memorial tattoo in memory of him. I consider it a great honor for our studio to be chosen to pay tribute to and help someone remember such a heroic person who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country. Thank You."
Say It In Ink Tattoo of Hopkinsville, Kentucky

"Re: CW3 Mitchell K Carver

I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,800 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass.

"To the Carver Family,
I just found out today about Mitch's passing. (My family moved out of state a long time ago.) I'm so sorry to hear that he's gone. He was such a good friend when we were younger. I lived next door to the Leicester Community Center and will always remember him as that boy. He was always so nice to me, even though other kids picked on me for being so tall and lanky. He was a good soul even as a child. My sincerest condolences to your family. God bless and keep you all. 5/3/09"
Jennifer Willis Blalock of Greeneville, TN

"To the Carver Family:
I know the anniversary of Mitch's passing is upon you again. I just want you to know that I continue to remember you in my prayers and I know how difficult each and every day is for you.
The flowers that were placed today at Trinity Baptist Church in Mitch's honor were lovely.
I purchased the Honor and Remember flag this Christmas and I will proudly fly it in memory of all our fallen heroes.
God Bless you and keep you safe.
Jan Banks of Asheville NC

"I am sadden to hear that Mitch is no longer with us. He's flying high in the heavens! God Bless him! My pup was gave to me by Mitch when she was 6 months because he wasn't able to care for her as he was always working and I still have her, Mitch named her Kiowa and she is a 10 yrs. old Rotty. She is the love of my life! Thank God I was blessed for knowing such a wonderful gentleman.
God Bless, Kristi Helmey"
Kristi Helmey of Savannah,GA

"I just found out this Memorial Day weekend about Mitch's passing. He was a great man and loyal friend to all. I was fortunate enough to be assigned with Mitch in 3-7 Cavalry from 1999-2003 in both Bosnia and Iraq. He was an inspiring model of a great soldier. He will be missed by many."
Jeff Ryals of Seoul, South Korea

"May 25, 2008
To the family of CW3 Mitchell K. Carver, Jr.:
Mitchell 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

"I first met mitch in Alabama, fresh from his first tour in Iraq and full of advice for me and the other young aviators. He ended up in New York one year later as we set off for Iraq as 1-10 AVN. He was a true professional who loved his job and country. I do believe there wasn't anything that man didn't know about the Kiowa. I will never forget Mitch Carver."
Metro 2 of New York

"I met Mitch in Korea in 1997. He became a good friend. I was lucky to be stationed with him again at Fort Stewart GA. I am saddened by his passing, but I know he was doing what he loved. You will be missed, Mitch."
Michelle A. of Tennessee

"Mr and Mrs Carver,
I am Joe Ray's Aunt. I have met you at prior ceremonies, most recently at the Blue to Gold Ceremony. I just wanted to say that I realize that this is the anniversary of Mitch' passing. I know just how difficult this day can be. The flowers you placed in Mitch's memory today at Trinity Baptist Church were gorgeous. I just really want you to know that I continue to remember and pray for you and always will. God certainly has called home some special angels. One day we will see them again.
God Bless You!"
Jan Banks of Asheville NC

"I am Joe Ray's sister. Joe and Mitch didn't know each other to the best of my knowledge, but when Joe was killed in Afghanistan not too long after Mitch, his family was first in line to console mine. Mitch's mom has been a great comfort to my mom, and I just wanted to say thanks to the whole Carver family."
Kim Ray of Wilmington, NC

"Every now and then I run through names from my past and 'Google' them to see what/where/how they are doing. I came across this posting. I was in school with Mitch at Haw Creek until we moved away my 6th grade year. My deepest sympathy to you and your family on your loss."
Will Morgan of TN

"I was a childhood friend of Mitch Carver. His father was my middle school science teacher. I am saddened by the loss of this wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers reach out to the Carver family. I am grateful to Mitch for his service to our country."
Jennifer Bosworth Donati of Asheville, NC

"I'm sorry for your loss! Mitch was my friend, and a fellow brother in Christ. I weep for his loss, but take courage in knowing that he is in heaven and I will see him again someday! scott.wagner@us.army.mil"
Scott Wagner of Coats, NC

"The loss of Mitch was very saddening for me. I went to school with him at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Then after not seeing him for than a year we bumped into each other at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where both of us were attending the Army's helicopter flight school. We came up on orders to South Korea and even flew on the same plane across the big pond known as the Pacific Ocean. The last time I saw Mitch was while in Korea. He flew into the airfield I was stationed at to refuel. This was in 1997. We managed to keep in touch via email, albeit not too often. I still have his email address in my Yahoo! address book. He'll be missed, but I'm terribly proud to have known him. A true patriot, having made the supreme sacrifice in the service of our nation."
Brian A. Jackson (formerly CPT, US Army) of Sarasota, FL (two2fly@yahoo.com)

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

"to the Carver family from the Wahl family. Deeply saddeb by the news of Mitchell. He is an American Hero! he has not died in vain! He is someone's someone and someone to our family; as he should be to every American! We lost our son so we understand your heartache and pain. Reflect on the very precious fond memories you all sahred with Mitchell. An in your hearts he is still with you. Our son was from Salisbury, North Carolina. US Army Sgt Gregory L. Wahl KIA BALAD IRAQ 05-03-04 Gregory was with the 10th Mountain re-enlisted assigned to Veslick. So our family truely, understand and appreciate Mitchell's service to our country. An his brotherhood to our son; as i assure you Gregory felt of Mitchell. God Bless!"
Leonard Wahl of Spring Texas

"Thank you Mitchell Carver, 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 and friends of CW3 Mitchell Carver, 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 Mitchell 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 CW3 Mitchell Carver, 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 Mitchell, 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