Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary

24, of Dallas, Pennsylvania.
Cleary died in Taji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on December 20, 2005.

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"Clearys throughout the world pay quiet tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of
Michael today his anniversary.
Over the centuries many of our finest sons have given their lives to defend
the Constitution which remains our principal hope for a civilised world. He is remembered with great affection by those who knew him personally and with admiration among those who like me sadly did not."
Dr Alan Cleary of London England

"To the family of:Michael J. Cleary
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""

"Veteran's Day, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary:
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

"I served with Lt. in Iraq. We worked side by side for months on end and had a bond that only war could build. Now three years later I still miss him. I just want the Cleary family to know that he hasnt been forgotten. He is still an inspiration to me. GOD SPEED"
Sgt. Jeff Polich of Covina Ca. U.S.

"Michael, may you rest in the total love and peace of God.
To the entire Cleary family, our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you. Michael will forever be remembered in our prayers. We learned of his sacrifice from the Hamilton Alumni Magazine. We are presently assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. My wife, MAJ Bryony Soltis and I were both deployed from September 2003-July 2004 with the 1st and 4th Brigades of the First Armored Division. Our hearts break every time we learn of more soldiers who have sacrificed all for us. Keep Michael's spirit alive. Take pride in Michael's incomprehensible sacrifice. We are humbled at the magnitude of your loss. May God bless you all.
Christopher B. Soltis, MD MAJ MC USA of Gaithersburg MD

"To the family and friends of LT Cleary, Michael made the ultimate sacrifice for his country - I will keep him and all the other servicemembers in my thoughts and prayers."
Judy of Philadelphia, PA.

"Michael, We will never forget the sacrifice you made for us all. You are missed tremendously."
J of HI

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

"Thank you Michael Cleary, 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 1st Lt. Michael Cleary:
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 1st Lt. Michael Cleary:
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