Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Michael A. DiRaimondo

22, of Simi Valley, California.
DiRaimondo was a crew member onboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter when it crashed near Fallujah, Iraq while on a MEDEVAC mission. He was assigned to the 571st Medical Company (Air Ambulance), Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on January 8, 2004.

DiRaimondo was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant on January 11, 2004.

Anyone wishing to contact the DiRaimondo family may do so using this form or the address of the Michael A. DiRaimondo Foundation.

The Michael A. DiRaimondo Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money to provide scholarships to individuals who want to become paramedics, like Michael did, but who don't have the financial means to do so. 100% of the money collected will be used for scholarships. In the three weeks since the foundation was established (the day after Michael's death in Iraq,) we have collected just over $20,000.

Michael A. DiRaimondo Foundation
PO Box 1265
Simi Valley, CA 93062

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"Hi Mike,
Another Memorial Day went by and I thought of you all day and wore my KIA bracelet with your name. I even braved a Memorial Service with a Vietnam Veteran that was a pilot that was shot down three times! I think you would have really liked him. I retired in 2021. Never became that PA I always wanted to, but still saved lives doing patient movement just the same. Everytime I put that bracelet on, I’ll always remember you. Gone but not forgotten."
CPT(R) Felicia Gililland of New Braunfels, Texas

"Mike, I just wanted to say hello. Today is 19 years of your passing. I wanted to say thank you for always being a smiling face and an uplifting spirit. You are not forgotten. 1-8-2023"
Bradley Strait of Guntersville, AL

"I had the honor and privilege of working with Michael in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. i was the flight surgeon for the 4th Squadron. i am still so proud of the man he became. he made me smile every day. Michael and all your family remain in my prayers. sincerely, Anne Rossignol"
Anne Rossignol of Colorado


Thanks for being one of the best friends one could ask for.

Miss you bud.

Jesse Kim of San Francisco, Ca

"Hey Dorito, just wanted to say hello to you and let you know that there is not a day that passes that you don't cross my mind. Sure do miss your company. The years keep ticking by. I look forward to seeing you again. I'm sure your light is bright."
Bradley Strait of Lancaster, OH

"Just want you to know you are still on our mind regardless the time that has passed. 1-8-21"
Paul Agosta of Leander Tx

One of my Soldiers gave me a KIA bracelet today. They had been wearing it for a long time until they realized I knew you. Years later, and I still think of you often. I still haven't forgotten."
CPT Felicia Gililland (soon to be retired) of Fort Bliss, Texas

"Happy Birthday Michael, you are with us always. Your smile still so strong in my memories of you. Such happy times we shared with you and your family. Thank you for serving and for being you. 6.2.17"
Love Sandi of Simi Valley

"Drove by the DiRaimondo clinic today. Can't believe it's been 13 years. I cried."
Cherll of Colorado Springs, CO

"Thinking of Michael and family today. God bless"
Burke family of San diego

"Happy Birthday Mike!"
Tarynne of Simi Valley, CA

Happy Memorial Day.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen a fallen comrade.


Your in my thoughts on the Memorial Day weekend. Thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice."
CPT Felicia Gililland of Scott AFB, IL

"On this day we think of you. You paid the ultimate sacrifice so others can live free. You are forever missed! 5/30/16"
Steve of Mesa, Arizona

"Happy Birthday Mike! You and your family are in my thoughts often!!"
Tarynne of Simi Valley, CA

Happy Birthday Michael,
love and miss you"
Sandi of Simi Valley

"Mike, just wanted to drop a quick note And let you know I still haven't forgotten you. I finally did it and pinned my CPT bars. Came along way since we were Specialists. I'm deployed again. Everyone I see a Blackhawk fly by, you always cross my mind. Never Forget."
CPT Felicia Gililland of Al Udeid, Qatar

I've never been on here but was thinking of you and decided to post on here. I miss you all the time. I just wanted to say that when we served together you where always a good friend and an inspiration. I sure miss you brother"

"Mo gas. Miss ya brother. I think of you often. You are not forgotten."
SSG Conroy of Arkansas (Iraq, 2003)

"Thinking of you today. Thank you for still being an inspiration in my life. You are missed dearly."
Leah Hill of Mars Hill, NC

There is not a day that goes by that i don't think of you. I am constantly reminded of what i do by the sacrifice you made. You are not forgotten and never will be.

Your loving brother..."
Joe Aubihl of Germany

"Rip Bro You will be missed."
David Ray of Columbus,Ohio

"Again this day rolls around and my thoughts are again about you as they are most of the time.. Ten years is unbelievable.. Love to you and your family"
Lisa of Moorpark ca

"Mike, not a day goes by that I don't appreciate your sacrifice for our nation, with they way things are going in this world we will meet again soon and dance with the Lord. 5-9-14"
Bradley Strait of Lancaster, OH

I just want you to know that I think of you often, and your family. Memories of you often fill my thoughts. I keep your mom and dad in my prayers daily. We all miss you so very much. Seems like only yesterday. There is a western song that makes me think of you and your truck every time I hear it. You are so very loved."
Suzi Bird of Simi Valley, CA

"To My Dearest Son Michael,
We all can't believe that it has been 10 years already. A day doesn't go by without thinking of you. We all miss you so much and await the day when we can see you again. I have just read some more letters from those who loved you and I thank them for continuing to remember you. Your nieces Mikayla and Ellie and your nephew Mason knows all about their Uncle Michael. If any of Mike's friends want to get in touch with Tony or me our phone number is 1 805-527-0909. Tony's email address is Tony@hospitalitytaskforce.com and mine is Caroltddm@aol.com. We would love to hear from you. Love you Michael"
Carol DiRaimondo of Simi Valley,Ca.

We miss you. I was talking with your Mom about your big bright smile and how we remember it so well. I can still see that smile walking into our house or anywhere you were. Thanks for sharing your smile with us."
Love Sandi of Simi Valley

"Ten Years. feels like just yesterday!"
SSG Corey Johnson of Madison, WI

"Mike, you crossed my mind again today looking back. We miss you and look forward to seeing you at Fiddler's Green."
Bradley Strait of Lancaster, OH

"Happy Veterans Day! God Bless You!"
Leah Hill of Asheville, NC

"On this Veterans Day our family honors your service and sacrifice for this nation. You are missed."
Paul Agosta of Stafford Va

"I remember Mike from way back in AIT. He was a great guy. We weren't the best of friends but we'd drink together from time to time and we ended up in 3rd ACR together. He went to 4th Squadron, I went to 1st. I would see Mike from time to time on Fort Carosna nd we'd catch up. He was always such a great, upbeat guy that I really liked. When we heard about the bird going down, I was in Husaybah, Al-Qaim when it happened, it shook us all. My platoon Sergeant at the time, SFC Pigford, left 4th Squadron to come to us and he knew everyone on board...I only know Mike. I can't think of one time I've ever heard Diraimondo say anything negative, he was such an upbeat guy. He was my first friend that I lost in Iraq and it still hurts me when I think about him. My last real good memory of him before we deployed was EFMB Nov 2002 at Camp Red Devil. We ran into each other and talked for a good while. Mike was a great man, a great Soldier, and I will always remember him."
Mike Bowles of Fort Bragg, NC

"Mikey D. ! Seems like just yesterday we were drinking beers in your spa hangin out like we did almost every weekend. I miss you my friend. So many memories in so little time, out of all of us you were the one with the biggest heart and te biggest smile, you always found humor in everything , I miss that. Ill see you again one day brother when my time comes."
Ryan Marko of Simi Valley

We think of you often and remember your bright smile that you so often shared with us. We are so thankful to have been able to spend time with you. We miss you, Love Don, Sandi, Ryan and Serena"
Sandi Otto of Simi Valley

"Happy Holidays to Michael's family, I'm sure his memory is ever more present during this time of year. I have no doubt he is smiling down upon us all. God Bless."
Leah Hill of Mars Hill, NC

"Happy Veterans Day Brother. You are missed and not forgotten."
Paul of Stafford Va

"Hi Mike,
I have thought of you often. Knowing your looking down upon me and hopeful that you are proud of me as so many were of you. I still have the t-shirt that your family gave me for your memorial. I love wearing it to bed as I feel your protection wrapped around me like the Hugs you use to give. I always use to question God why he took you at such a young age, and now its clear that you lived each day with grace, you loved everyone without judgement and everyone you came in contact with loved you. At a young age you learn the lessons that takes others a lifetime. I miss you my dear friend and hope to follow your footsteps. I will never forget the sacrifices that you made for this country. I will continue to pray for your family that they receive peace as the years go on without your presence. I know back when you knew me, you probably couldn't picture me with children, but as mother to feel what your mother must feel as you left to fulfill another mission in heaven is unbearable. Please I know your busy but continue to help me to stay on the straight path. I love you my dear friend and will be seeing you soon."
Heather Bovyer of Fort Rucker, AL


After reading the posts on here it does my heart good to see that the story of you sacrifice lives on. On this national day of remembrance for the fallen, I hope the story of your life and sacrifice is told in many homes throughout the U.S. I know it will be told in mine. Happy Memorial Day!"
Paul Agosta of Stafford, VA


I just moved to California! One of my first stops is wanting to visit and meet up with your family again. As it has been hard moving past this tragedy, I like think you have always been there giving me some guidance. You were there for me before we deployed and it has always been something i will never forget. Your words of encouragement gave me the strength to get through our deployment and I miss you bro. I know it's been awhile since I've last visited this site but you are not forgotten."
Ybarra of Hollywood, CA


I got the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians newsletter today and it had a special section of "Honoring U.S. Military who lost their lives in the war on terror" and it had a list of Army Medic casualties and your name popped up in the newsletter. I just wanted you to know that I still think about you a lot and how much fun we had when we were younger. I cant believe its been over 8 years now since you have been gone. A smile always comes to my face when I think about you cause I know you are in a better place and that you are watching down on all of us that love you. We'll meet again soon one day brotha!!"
Danny Kim Lieutenant WWFD of West Wendover, NV, USA

"As time goes by and life is busy some may forget that your pain remains.I dedicated unknown author a song I wrote to your son.I am a christian and want to remind you hes safe in the arms of Jesus and will be resurrected like so many others.Remember Lazarus was brought back as a preview of what God will do on a Grand scale.To the DiRaimondo family you may never really laugh the same again until Michael is brought back.I know he is on Gods master DVD and soon he will press play.your friend Michaelrainwood@gmail.com"
Michael Rainwood of Long Island NY


Eight years have passed, but this doesn’t get any easier. You are still missed and remembered on this day."
Paul Agosta of Stafford, VA

Its been eight years since I heard the word witchdoctor11 out, its not getting any easier"
SSG Corey Johnson of Madison WI

"HI Mike,
Well I did it, I'm a LT now. I can't believe it's been seven years. Was just talking with Rich Hendrzak last night. He's giving speeches on PTSD in Florida and him and the wife are working on having a baby. I'm really excited for them. Looking back years later the pain is still there. I still remember SFC Mattek telling me that you were killed when I got off the plane in Colorado from Iraq, and it still shakes me to the core every time. I'll never forget. I'll always do the run for the fallen for you no matter where I am at. So this year it will be Seoul Korea. I'll update you and let you know how things go, and as always, miss you and Happy Holidays to the DiRaimondo Family and my prayers are with you."
LT Felicia Gililland of Seoul, Korea

I always think about you and all the good times with me and you and Christina she named baby Shaun after you Shaun thinks it was after his brother but WE know I miss you and like I said I think about you pretty much everyday I know your in heaven and I know you miss your family as much as they miss you and I truly believe that only the good die young you're such an awesome guy Mike sweet and caring, funny and smart you also have your retarded side but that is one of the things that makes you awesome as you know me and Chris went back to our hooters and talked to your future ex-wife she put a beer out for you and left it for you all night. I really miss you and I hope you know that you have left a huge impact on so many people and not because you died but because of how you lived. I really need to call or write your mom I feel bad haven't spoken to her in awhile I haven't been out to see the burial site yet either I plan on making the trip when me and Chris can go together I don't know when that's going to be I'm still in Iraq and most likely will be going to Afgan soon just know that you are always with us Mike and I'm so lucky to be able to call you my friend my only regret is the same as everyone's I wish I could have had more time,Love you Mike"
Michelle Hammock of Hastings, Florida

I have read all these letters today and just don't know how one goes on through this pain. I know I have been a bad friend, but I just didn't know what to say.I am in Pismo Beach at this moment looking for some way to contact you. Jerry and I have recently divorced and I m here with a friend. I drove by simi valley from lax to here. And have been thinking of you a lot. My phone number is 214-518-4818. And I am here till mon. And will be coming through your way tues. Love all of you....(super bird). Michael I love you also and hope someday to meet you."
Michele fell of Allen, tx

"Dear Michael,
Our ever faithful guardian angel. Please keep a special eye out for my Danny as he deploys to Afghanistan in November. As always, thoughts,love, and gratitude to you and your family"
Ellen Huerta of Simi Valley, CA

"A Message From Mike's Mom:I thank you all for the wonderful messages to our dearest son Michael. As I am reading the messages I was surprised that all of you continue to remember him. Yes Danny I would love for you to stop by the house anytime we would love to see you again....Joseph I would love to call and talk to you also....Sandi thanks for always remembering him, he loved all of you very much.(especially the devilled eggs). Amy it was nice to get your message..and everyone else who keeps Michael in your heart. He sees these letters and messages and you know he is smiling that great smile of his. Bless you all because his family still needs your thoughts and prayers because it just doesnt get easier, but your messages makes us happier knowing you too still miss him.....with love from Mike's mom.If anyone would like to talk to us our number is 805 527-0909"
Carol DiRaimondo of Simi Valley, CA.

"RIP Michael!"
Sheri of Northridge, CA

"To the DiRaimondo family: I did not know Micheal. I do know the incredible never ending pain that comes with the loss of someone you love and all of the hopes that will never be. I can not help but think that there is something so amazing about a person who puts themselves in harms way to make the world a better place. I think about each person in uniform and thier families everyday especially those who have lost thier lives. There are no words to help you feel better. I can only embrace you through this letter with love. Please know that your family is thought of and cared about. Peace."
Shawn of Simi Valley, Ca


Happy Independence Day!! If it wasn’t for men like you, our freedoms would have never been obtained. Your sacrificed will never be forgotten. I was back at Carson last week for a friend’s retirement. It was the first time I got to see the clinic built in your honor. I was amazed and humbled. You would be proud. You are missed…."
Paul Agosta of Stafford VA

"June 2, 2011
Happy Birthday Michael, We miss you so much and think about you everyday. When I make deviled eggs I think of how it put a smile on your face. I still use the egg tray that you gave me, with fond memories of our times together. We feel blessed to have spent time with you even though it was way to short. Love to you on your 30th birthday, miss you Michael"
Love Don, Sandi, Ryan and Serena of Simi Valley, CA

"Happy birthday michael. Its been 7 years. You will always be the best angel watching over everyone and your family"

"I always remember you especially this time of year. What else can i say."
Rich of Cape Coral Florida

"I miss you and I think about you often. You were such an amazing individual and heaven is so blessed to have you!"
Amy Giles of Fresno, CA

"Mike, I was made aware of this page from your parents during their last visit to Colorado. It was so wonderful to see them again and to laugh and cry telling stories of you growing up and of our time together. You are missed and especially today you and Dennis and the others are in my thoughts. I stopped by the memorial at the Fort Carson main gate and placed a small flag in your honor this morning. Thanks for the memories."
John H. of Colorado Springs

"mike........i cant forget you brother, we will see each other soon......i would like to talk to the family if they are reading this.....4915150483498"
joseph aubihl of germany


Another year down and still the thought of your untimely passing brings out the same raw emotions it did on that day… I cannot believe it has been 7 years… Contrary to my few posts here, your sacrifice has never been and never will be forgotten… I now ride in your memory with the Patriot Guard…"
Paul Agosta of Virginia

"January 8, 2011
Michael, you and your family are in all of our thoughts everyday but especially today. We have missed you so much. We know that you are watching over us as we can feel your presence. Thank you for your sacrifice for us and our Country. Love"
Don, Sandi, Ryan and Serena of Simi Valley

"Hi Mike,

I don't know if you remember me, we both went to Lincoln Elementry together. I was in your Mom's 3rd grade class. For some reason I thought of you today and I was curious to look you up on the internet. I remember when I was away to college I was informed by my best friend that you had passed away. I just could not believe it. I know that you are watching over all of your family who love you very much. When I looked you up I found this incredible website. I happened to look at the calendar and notice that 7 years ago today you received your angel wings. My most heart felt thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. ***Mrs. DiRaimondo stay strong and know that Mike will always be with you. GOD Bless you now and forever!"
Beatris Perez of Simi Valley, CA

"D" You where and still are one of my best friends I still think about the night before, hanging out watching movies and talking about the good times. I miss you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

(R)SSG Merritt 3RD ACR IART 2002-2007"
Richard B. Merritt of Afton, Wyoming.

"To the family of:Michael A. DiRaimondo
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""

"Carol....How have you been lately?? Hopefully you remember me. I know its hard to let the past go away but we all know MD is in a better place then here. I cant say I know how it is to lose a son but I know how it feels to lose a loved one and its the hardest thing to go through in life itself. When I knew you, you were the one of the coolest moms I ever met!! Always laughing and giving me a hard time every now and then but that's what moms are good at I guess. Carol, you always reminded me of my mom and that's why I think we got along so well. Next time I am in Simi Valley, I promise I will come by and say hi if that's okay? I will always remember MD as a day never goes by without me thinking of him."
Danny Kim WWFD of West Wendover, NV/USA

"Our Dearest Son Michael,
Today July 8,2010 I checked this website. I am so grateful for all who still drop a message to you. So many people remember you and love you. I read each message with tears in my eyes and love in my heart. Missing you gets greater with each year. I do want to thank all of your friends who knew you and those who didn't know you for your very kind words. To Michael Rainwood I will check the album you dedicated to our son, bless you for doing that we so appreciate it. Continue to leave messages and Michael's family will continue to read them and appreciate each and everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts....Carol DiRaimondo (Mike's mom)"
Carol DiRaimondo of Simi Valley, Ca.

"Dear Carol (Mike's Mom)...for some reason you popped in my thoughts today after all this time. Maybe I was to give you a long ago, far away hug. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your son, Michael--such an extraordinary loving person and hero. Even though you and I parted ways after high school (was it really 1966?), I have very fond memories of our friendship. And yes -- there are miracles all around us. Just acknowledge them no matter how small, feel the joy, and smile. I wish you and your family all the very best and here's that GREAT, BIG HUG the universe wanted me to give you. Love, Arlene"
Arlene Buraczynski of Port Washington, NY

"June 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Michael,
We think of you today and wish you a blessed birthday in Heaven.
May you continue to be an inspiration to us all.
Love you Mike"
Sandi of Simi Valley, CA

"Mike D!!!! Your forever in my heart my brother ! another year passed but your never forgotten a true hero to me and all of your friends ... Miss u and love u kid"
ryan marko of simi valley ca.

"Hello Mike another year has past and I still remember. If there is any I can start a scholarship in my town. Or if there is any way I can raise money I would happy to help. dochenemt@gmail.com please contact me."
Richard S Hendrzak of Cape Coral Florida

"I know you are in a better place; the IART will never forget you."
Lt. Monroig of Denver, CO

"June 2,2010
Another birthday without you..keep all the signs coming we see them all. Have a wonderful birthday in heaven ...until we see you again you are forever in our hearts....love you so much Mom
Again thank you to everyone who continues to send messages to Michael and his family...it is so apprectiated."
CarolDiRaimondo (Mike's Mom) of Simi Valley, Ca. 93063

"Mike, we miss you and love you for everything you have ever given us."
Bradley Strait of Lancaster, OH

"Mike not a day goes by.. you are my angel"
lisa of moorpark

"Thank you for those kind words about Tim. We will continue to keep Michael and his family in our hearts and prayers. May God continue to give you strength with each and every passing day. Our heroes will not be forgotten and we must do what ever means is necessary to insure their place in history.

In Christ Peace and Love,"
Dave Seamans of Jacksonville, FL

"Sorry, I forgot to put in the way any family members or friends of Mike D. that can reach me. My e-mail is wwfirerescue@hotmail.com.
Please get a hold of me. Thanks."
Danny Kim of Simi Valley, CA/USA

"Dear Mike,
Hey brother, Its me Danny Kim from Oak Haven. Your best friend from grade school! I remember the day when my dad told me you passed. I couldnt stop crying for hours on end. I'm so sorry I wasnt there for you funeral. I couldnt go brother. I wanted to see your mom and dad so bad to pay my respects but I just couldnt. I'm sure they understand. I miss you so much brother its not even funny. But like your family says, I feel you in my presence wherever I go. I know its been so many years since you have passed and its not fair that I am just writing to you now. Just so you know bro, I am working full-time as a Lieutenant/Firefighter/EMT for the city of West Wendover, Nevada. I heard you also wanted to go into the fire service after you got out. I just want you to know that I feel you with me every time I get on that engine and go to that call. I love you so much Mike. I will see you soon okay brother? We will ride bikes and rollerblade like the old times!!!"
Danny Kim of Simi Valley, CA/USA

"There has to be a Heaven to see your son and my daughter, the funniest cuties around, who always had everyone laughing. Laura died from diabetes at 26. When she was a baby she'd say "no Fair" when she could not do thtings her older brother and sister did or had.
I know we will see them again in Heaven ! YES Jesus. no life isn't fair, but heaven will be. With the deepest smypathy--for the heart break never ends."
Jeanne L. Murray of Ventura, CA, USA

I made it to Officer School! I was accepted to the Green to Gold program. I must be crazy, college kids again :). Just wanted to drop you a note so you know I still havent forgotten."
SSG(Cadet) Felicia J Lemon-Gililland of Missouri S&T, Rolla Missouri

Six years today, and I still don't have the words.. I miss you bro......"
CPL Corey Johnson of Milwaukee WI

We think of you often and remember the fun times we had with you.
We miss you"
Don, Sandi, Ryan and Serena of Simi Valley, CA

"My name is Michael Rainwood I am a christain Songwriter I would like to dedicate my new album "unknown Author" to Michael's whole family.You will find the video on you-tube.Hope it increases your faith.Love Michael Rainwood........."
Michael Rainwood of New York

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Mike, The measure of a man can sometimes be found in the memories they leave. You left some of the greatest memories on and in those around you, my brother Nick was forever changed by the loss of his best friend and brother in life. Today they are holding a birthday party to celebrate his son Michael's second birthday. Named in memory of you young Michael is a happy go lucky kid who always has a smile and laugh ready for the moment when it will suit him best. The loss of a friend or family member impacts those immediately around them but the loss of a hero, like yourself, impacts everyone. You are always in our thoughts and your family is always in our prayers. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Mark of Colorado Springs, CO

"June 2, 2009
Happy Birthday Michael,

You are still so vivid in our mind and our hearts.
We are thinking of you always
We love and miss you Michael.
Don, Sandi, Ryan and Serena of Simi Valley

"My Dearest Son Michael,
Well Mike, this is the first time I am leaving a message to you. Lisa keeps telling me that I need to look at this incredible website with these wonderful messages to you. After reading them tonight I realized how many people loved you so much. Until now I had a hard time reading them. I couldn't seem to make it through the first few. However I am glad I finally have. I thank each and every one of you for being Mike's friend. He was lucky to have known you. For those of you who did not know him I thank you for your words and prayers for us. Dad, Dawn, Danielle, and I do not go a day without missing you. No one could have asked for a better son or brother. Your passing has forever left a hole in our hearts. Sometimes it is so difficult to even imagine life without you. However, we do feel you around us and will forever until we are together again. Your presence is definitely evident in the two little ones Mikayla, your niece, and Michael, Nick's son who are your namesakes. They will always know their Uncle Mike along with others yet to come. Life does go on, but we do take you along with us wherever we go. June 2nd is your birthday. I wish I could hold you. I am so happy that you always knew how much we loved you...Happy Birthday in Heaven...until we meet again.
For Adrian who wrote the beautiful song for Michael "Up In the Sky" a very special thank you...we love it! For anyone who would like to contact us you can reach us at TonyHospitalityTaskforce.com...we would love to hear from you....Carol DiRaimondo (Michael's Mom )"

"Hey Mike!
Well in true medic fashion, Rich Hendrzak got married on this last Memorial Day weekend. He looked so happy. We had a few drinks the night before talking about our friends that didnt make it back with us, and as usual you were on both our minds. Happy Memorial Day Mike, we miss you!"
SSG Felicia J Lemon-Gililland of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

"I am sorry for your loss. I am also a 15T in the Army in a medivac unit at Hunter Army Airfield and am from Simi Valley. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help."
Nathan Wong

"mike we think of you daily and got to hear that wonderful song up in the sky and you are our angel and we miss you more and more"
Lisa of Moorpark


It’s been a long time brother. I can remember the first time I met you down at HHT and will never forget our crew out at Al Qaim. It was an honor to know you and a privilege to call you my friend. There are few great men in this world and when you left I felt like we lost one of the greatest I’ve ever known. I’ll always be thinking of you man and can’t wait to see you again one day! Keep smiling down on us!"
Peter Bong of Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Even though it's been over 5 years, I still cant hold back my emotions when I visit your site.

Battlefield medics are a different type of hero. Ask ANY soldier how they feel about a medic and you will see how much even they admire them.

We will never forget what all the brave soldiers have done and will continue to do, because thats what their good at.

Anthony Guastella of Simi Valley, CA

"My name is Adrian Taylor, also known as "Soldier Disciple" when performing for troops around the world. I do military / Patriotic music. I served with michael in Iraq during OIF I at Al Asad Airbase. We did CLS Training together. I wrote a song about him and the experience of me hearing about his death. The song is called "Up In The Sky". It can be heard at myspace.com/1223Music. It will be released on my Album in January called "On Common Ground", a tribute to my brothers in arms. I can be contacted at 210-885-7820 or 1223musjic@gmail.com. Please provide any feedback you have on the song. I truly appreciate you all. Take care.

SGT Adrian Taylor AKA Soldier Disciple
Owner, 1223Music"
Adrian Taylor of San Antonio, TX


Happy Veterans Day. No one will ever be able to thank you or your family enough for what you did for your country. You are my hero..."
Paul Agosta of Woodbridge, VA

"Hey Mike!
Well, there's a 5K run for the fallen heros that my soldiers and I are doing this sunday. I just wanted you to know that I'm running with your name on my shirt along my my air evac logo. I still havent forgotten."
SGT Felicia Lemon-Gililland of Fort Leonard Wood, MO

"Happy late 4th of July Mike. I still haven't forgotten."
SGT Felicia-Gililland of Still stuck in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

"June 2, 2008

Happy Birthday Michael...........
We miss you"
Don, Sandi, Ryan and Serena of Simi Valley, CA

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Michael A. DiRaimondo:
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

"The day that I metyou, you were late for formation and I had to roust you out of your bunk. Then I had to do this on a great many more occasions. After a short while you started to respond (I think thatyou just got tired of doing those push ups). Then you started asking me how you could become a Flight Medic and that started a relationship that prepared you and eventually got you assigned to the 571st Medevac. You motivation was an inspiration to me and the day that you sent down was one of the two saddest I have experienced."
Jeff Peck SSG RET of Florissant, CO

Just want you to know as I construct a memorial for you this year, I never knew you but my boy Richard loves you and misses you and I do it for you and for him.
We Will Never Forget"
Mom Finch of Afton, WY

Still thinking of you.
SSG Mason"
Mark Mason of Wausau, WI

I was thinking about you today. Miss you bro, I imagine you are swinging with the angels in heaven playing Bob Marley on the guitar."
Jesse Kim of San Francisco

"Mike, Ive tried many times to contact your family without luck. When i heard of your death i was in Africa on R&R. I was a good friend of yours in AIT and afterwards we talked to each other on a regular basis. To this day i ask myself why you and not me. You did what people of no faith say is the "greatest honor". All i know is that im sure your family and friends would want you here instead of "doing the honorable thing". Honestly I still dont know how to react or feel about all of this. Ive tried to honor it with a tatoo of your name and death date on my arm but it still doesn't seem and never will seem to be enough. I have your picture from Stars and Stripes the day i saw the day. And for 5 years I have looked at pictures of you and me in AIT and i look at them consistently. But to end this, I love you bro and i wish together we could remember the times we had together with our friends.

~Joe Aubihl"
Joseph Aubihl of Vilseck Germany

I often feel the guilt of your death on my shoulders. Just days before I was sleeping on your cot while you were out at the FOB for a bit. I was on my way back from emergency leave. If I hadn't been on emergency leave I have a strong feeling I'd have been flying with Phil that day. I have thought many times about it and still to this day have feelings of guilt and regret. You were a breath of fresh air in our platoon when you got there, a bit of new attitude and motivation in an otherwise stagnant group of people. It was a pleasure, I just wish I could have worked with you more, and drank a beer with you back in Colorado!"
Patrick B. Rose of Germany

"Hey there Michael… I wanted to wish you a happy birthday (a day early). I miss you dearly… I see or hear little reminders... I stop and smile, tell you I love you… and continue on. It’s funny I’ve been running into your mom a lot… I love seeing her; she’s the warmest loving person I know. I want you to know I’m doing well… keep popping in my thoughts… it makes me smile. I love you."
Shawnda of California

"Mike, Yesterday was memorial day, my son and I went to the memorial on Fort Carson and left flowers by your name. As I traced your name with my fingers tears rolled down my face. I remember being over there and hearing the news, I was in total disbelief, I had seen you 2 days before. I remember the pain that filled my heart. It's amazing how all of those emotions could resurface just by seeing your name engraved on that wall. It was so definite. I sat by that wall and explained to my son that you were a great friend and great guy, how you made such an impact on my life, and how much you enjoyed life. I know that you would not want tears shed over you, that wasn't your style. You would want us to have a "beer or six" and talk about the good times. I just hope you know that no matter how much time passes, you will always be in my heart my dear friend. I will forever tell your story, that of a great person who enjoyed the hell out of life and lived everyday to the fullest. I am so thankful that I was blessed with the opportunity to meet you. I know that I will see you again some day and I know that you will have a "cold one" waiting on me."
C of Colorado

"Anytime there is an event for Mike's foundation please e-mail it to me so I can post it on my blog. I grew up around the corner from you guys on Rainwood.



Brian Dennert"
Brian Dennert of Simi Valley, CA 93063

"MIKE i worked for a short time before the at the war at the clinic at carson but you made an impact on my life may the heavenly father watch over you eternally"
Rich Hendrzak of Port charlotte Florida

Just stopping by as usual. Memorial day. Everyone stops to think. I'm still thinking of you too, I just wanted to tell you I haven't forgotten. It looks like I'm going to try for PA school. I could only wish I have a medic like you to work with me when I get there. Army Strong."
Felicia Lemon of Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, soon to PA School


There is not a day that goes by that I dont try to make sense of everything that had happened. You are a hell of a soldier and an even better person. You are missed, but not forgotten. Happy memorial day bud."
Paul of Norfolk, Va

It has been a little over three years since you were laid to rest. I think about you all the time, knowing that you are watching over us. I miss you buddy. Until we meet again just know that I love and miss you."
Heather of Denver, Co

I never had the HONOR of meeting you in life; but I feel like I've known you all my life. It has been my luck to have had the chance to get to know your family over these past 3 years. You are one of my personal heroes; and the DiRaimondo family means so much to me. Thank you for your sacrifice - you saved lives in the Army and there is no higher calling than to lay down your own life for the ones that you love. Semper Fi!"
Major Mark Shuster, USMC of Simi Valley


There's not that a day that goes by that I don't think about you bro. I miss you. I love you bro."
Spc Gonzo of Miami, Fl

"It has been over three years and everyone's life has changed but as our angel you help your family and friends.. we miss you"
Lisa of Moorpark, CA

"Three years ago today we were given the information that would forever change so many of us. We miss you and think of you always. Love you bro"
Dani DiRaimondo

"Mike, You were such a great soldier and a reminder to me that everyday living is worth helping others. You always seemed to have a smile on your face and made others smile too. You are missed."
Kami Cockerline of Kansas City, Missouri

Its been a lil while, but hey man just wanted to remind you how much of a brother you were.
You took me out surfing with you even though I probably put endless dings in your board.
When I ran for president at Simi High you woke up at 6 a.m to help me put up "Drink Pepsi, Vote 4 Jesse" posters to help me win the election.
You invited me to parties with you even though I was never as good of a talker as you when it came to the ladies (although thats changed :)
and on and on....
Bro hope things are good in heaven,
till next time..""
Jesse Kim of Studio City, Ca

"As I was showing my girlfriend pictures from combat today, we came across you, me and peter. Up untill that point she didn't even know the war changed me. I sat and paused at the loss of our friends and loved ones from this war. "Mike D was always the nice guy...the guy who was always there for you," I said. It should have been one of us buddy....one of the expendables."
Brandon Quick of studio city, ca

"Happy Birthday..
Today as everyday we miss you"
Lisa of Moorpark, Ca

"Happy Birthday Michael....you're remembered."
David Hays of Los Angeles, CA

"Happy Birthday Michael,

Though it's been a while since we have seen you, to us it seems like yesterday. You are so vivid in our mind and hearts.
We are thinking of you always, but we always like to write on your birthday because it is a special day to us.
We love and miss you Michael.
Don, Sandi, Ryan and Serena of Simi

"Happy Birthday Michael..."

Happy birthday, one day early. I know something brought me back to this site once again. Reading some of the messages that people have left, ones that I know too. I'm glad that we still hop by from time to time to reflect on the greatness of a true friend and an outstanding medic. I wanted you to know that I still miss seeing you at the TMC on Carson and all. I still run across your records from time to time. That's my reminder about you. Thats my reminder that you were a great soldier. I know your familys proud of everything you accomplished. I just want them to know that we haven't haven't forgotten you either. But for one, I want you to know that I miss talking with you too."
SPC (P)Felicia J. Lemon of Fort LeonardWood, MO (moving on)

"Our third annual golf tournament is happening again! The last Monday in June! For info please call Tony DiRaimondo at 805-527-0909"

"Hey buddy,

Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I haven't been to Mammoth lately. But they had over 120 foot base last year( maybe the year before). I was out there for that, but our trip ended on the 1st day we would have gotten to enjoy the snow.
Well, Mike, you are missed by many.

Always in my Heart,
Annelie Marcilese of Thousand Oaks, CA/USA

"You didn't just talk it...you lived it.
SGT C of far, far from home.

"Never have I seen a soldier that was so passionate about wanting to fly in Blackhawks as a flight medic! He was a breath of fresh air and a pleasure to work with an be around. He took his job very seriously and had a drive for helping people, no matter their background, that was unequaled. Mike (Dorrito) was an inspiration to me personally and to all whom he worked with. I think about him a lot. To his family, thank you so much for your son. I am a better soldier and man for having known him."
SFC Thomas Black of Fort Rucker, AL.

"January 2006"

Hi Michael,
Seems hard to believe that you left us 2 years ago. We think about you often. Please know that you will never be forgotten. We will carry you in our hearts always."
Love Don, Sandi, Ryan and Serena

I just wanted you to know that just because time has gone by I still think of you often, and will always be in my heart. I love you."
Shawnda of M. CA

We had a great turnout for your poker tournament on November 13th.. Again you are our angel and we miss you everyday!"
Lisa of Moorpark, California

"thank you for protecting us , bless u, thanks for serving your country and fellowmen to protect us and others"
ken of brooklyn

"We are having the 2nd Poker tournament in honor of the Michael A. Diraimondo Foundation on November 13th at Paul's Italian Villa in Simi Valley, California. For info please call Tony Diraimondo at 805-527-0909."
Lisa of Moorpark, California

"Sorry.. the link is:
Yasmin of Waco, TX

I just ordered my hero bracelet with your name on it. You probably don't think it's necessary but, I will still wear it with pride.
If anyone else wishes to do the same, Tim Rivera provided me with this website:
Yasmin of Waco,TX

I just found out about this tragedy upon reading a copy of the People 2005 Yearbook. Your name was familiar to me, and something ached in my heart as soon as I read it. I went to check my list of addresses from Boot Camp from Ft. Leonard Wood, MO (Alpha Co.). I am still looking at your handwriting on my book... you were such an inspiration during those trying times for me.. God bless you where you are and God bless your family. My prayers and thoughts will always be with you."
Yasmin of Waco, TX

"The golf tournament was such a great success!! We have now raised over $200,000.00 Thank you for being there with us.. We miss you!!"

"Thank you Michael for your Bravery and courage.I know that you are with God now and that He to recognizes what a special person you are. You always amazed me with how loving a person you were so young, yet so wise it was a pleasure to know you.
The loving and caring family that you have was a great joy to be a witness to. I am honored to have known you and your family.
I Pray for strength and comfort for your Mom,Dad and sisters."
Patty Pasko of Simi Valley, Ca USA

"June 16th Hey Mike its Corey after a year I can finally write with out tearing up it took me this long to come to terms with the loss, you see for quite sometime I blamed myself.. I felt like me pushing you to learn and excell kinda put you in that medavac I cant help but think what if I just let you go on being an average soldier.. but I finally realized I played a part in training a great medic, makes me proud to know you and to have gotten to be your friend. I have a braclet with your name on it, it was tuff to explain to people at first, now i'm honored and i jump at the chance to tell people . I worked at TMC 9 when they renamed it... had to seek a shrink after that. I meet your parents then I din't tell them you were a good friend I really didn't know what to say.. I miss you Man.....till we meet again..."
Spc Johnson Corey of Ft Carson CO

"Hey DiRaimondo. Sorry I miss your birthday. I was in Iraq at the time. The 571st is on its Second tour in Iraq. I miss flying with you. You know you were my favorite medic. We had good times flying together. But I know you are in a better place. I just want to tell you happy brithday and I think of you alot."
Spc Gregory of Ft.Carson,Co

"Happy Birthday Michael
June 2nd, 2005

We miss you and think of you often but I wanted you to know that your birthday always brings lots of memories to our family. We thank you for your gift of love and laughter and know that you are sharing it still.
Sandi of Simi Valley, Ca

"The Michael DiRaimondo 2nd Annual Golf Tournament will take place on June 27th at Los Canyon Golf Course. The Michael A. Diraimondo Foundation helps to set up scholarships for men and women wanting to pursue the dream of becoming a paramedic. If you would like to attend or want more information please call Tony Diraimondo at 805-527-0909."
Lisa of Moorpark, California

It's been well over a year and a half now. I still remember coming to work at TMC 10 with you all the time. 4/3 really saved my tail with that big inspection I had, and thanks to you and a few others, I got it done. I heard about your death the day I landed on the ground safely from Iraq, and it broke my heart. I went to the dedication ceremony of the new TMC and tried to keep the tears out of my eyes. You were such a great guy Mike. I always looked forward to seeing you. Now here it is sometime later, and I am in Korea. I just received a record from TMC 9 with your name on the clinic sticker. I almost forget, it's yours. I peeled the sticker off and placed it in my cubicle at work. I wish I could have told you before we all deployed how much I loved spending time working with you. You really were one of the greatest guys I was ever privelaged with. But now you have deployed farther than all of us now, so you can do what we all want to do. Stop wandering Mike, your home now.""
Felicia J. Lemon of Camp Walker, Korea

"It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since you left this life to go heavenly home. I still remember 10 years ago when you befriended me in junior high. Never a day went by that you didn't make me laugh or cry because I was laughing so hard! You are such a great person and I am sure only better above! Strange how you can go so long without seeing or talking to someone but your memory is still so strongly in my head! One day we will all meet up again and you being the person you are will ask what took you so long! Michael you are a deeply missed!"
Nicki LaCasse-Volkmar of Simi Valley CA USA

"Its hard to even believe its already been over a year. You are in my thoughts everyday. It was great to have known a great person such as yourself. God Bless you and your family. Love you Mike."
Eric Ybarra of Seattle, WA

"I recently unpacked my footlocker from Iraq and in there was a picture of us, the "FARP-ies" from our days at the Syria/Jordan border. I have a great picture from when I gave you your first pedicure. The smile on your face was priceless. Mays and I often reminice about you and the void that is now with us. I am forever greatful for all the long chats we shared and the smiles you put on our faces when there wasn't much to smile about. Till we meet again."
Carla Dillman of Ft. Carson, CO

We had the poker tournament today and raised quite a bit for your scholarship fund.. Thank you for being our angel today and making it so succesful. We miss you so much."
Lisa of Moorpark, California

"Michael I am so deeply hurt by this terrible tragedy. We both went to Lincoln elementary together. Your mom Carol was my third grade teacher. But never in a million years did I ever think then that this could happen to you. Such a kind, graceful soul my heart goes out The DiRaimondo family he will truly be missed and will forever remain in our hearts"
Christian Aleman of Hollywood, CA,,

""I received my hero bracelet today. Michael's name is on one of them. I will wear it with pride. God bless your family. Michael, you will never be forgotten.""
Lisa of Atlanta, GA USA

"Mike was a student in my first years of teaching at Valley View Junior High School. I have such fond memories of you, Michael, your grand smile, your curious interest--how you turned that into such a passion with what you did. My heart is broken at your loss and though I know you are with God, I miss knowing you're not with us. I'm grateful to have known you.

Mark Storer"
Mark Storer of Camarillo, CA

"Michael, I just wanted to let you know as the days go on your memory and the impact you had on me is still very much apart of my life. Your memory will not fade, and you will always have a place in my heart. Thank you for coming into my life and showing me what we should all try to be. I truly miss you so much Michael. I love you..."


You'll never know how you have touched my life and have touched my heart, and I have never even met you. We do however share a last name. I to was in the US army, however I recieved my general discharge before being shipped over seas. You are a hero for going, and your sacrafice will never be forgotten. You and your family are in my prayers."
Dennis DiRaimondo of Greenville, PA

"Mike, I had just had a dream last night and noticed you were in it. I was walking nearby my house and came upon you just walking along. I walked up next to you and asked how you were. You told me youve been just wandering around. When asked where youve been all this time, you turned to me with a smile and said ......just wandering! as i watched you walk off, i remembered what news i had gotten in January. As soon as the memory hit me, i broke down in tears and had a very hard time asking this... i yelled "Mike, i thought something happend to you in January?" And believe me, that was even hard to say in a dream! You turned and smiled agian and replied "I told you, i'm wandering." I woke up in a heap of tears. As i woke, i thought of what was said. You watch over your family and most of all, miss them. This dream meant so much to me that i had to tell you. Thanks for listening to my dream! God Bless! Rest in peace Mike! Love ya!"
Chris Brown of Simi Valley, CA

"hey mike, I am so happy to have gotten to know you in the army. You are one of the most charismatic people i have ever known. your personality brightened every place you went, even Iraq. The soldiers of 4/3 ACR are better because we knew you.

To the DiRaimondo family. I sang at his ceremony and I met you at the dedication ceremony. I lost my brother over there on december 24th, I definitely know your pain, I am living it with you. The lord knows our pain too and is carrying us right now. My deepest sympathies go out to you. God Bless."
Joshua Soelzer of Ft. Carson, Co

"Hey Mike-
The golf tournament was soo great. We raised alot of money for your foundation. You would be soo proud of your mom and dad. Thank you for being our "angel" that day and making it a great one. We will have another golf tournament next year June 27th, We love you and miss you terribly!"
Lisa Padilla of Moorpark, Ca.


Happy birthday baby! I love you Michael and always will. Keep us strong, because I know that that's what you would want. Until we all get to be together again..."

Wanted to wish you a very happy birthday! We miss you so much and wish we could celebrate this day with you. Know that we are always thinking of you, our hero. Keep watching over us until we see you again.
Love always,
Serena Otto of Simi Valley, CA

"Dearest Michael,
I write to you today, your birthday and I want to let you know how much I miss you. I remember so many of your birthday's as we celebrated them together. The one that stands out to me now is the one at Fudrucker's in Pasadena, which you picked. We had such a good time there. How we all laughed mostly from things that you said or did. We have such beautiful pictures of you and Dani, that we will cherish.
I don't think you had any idea how many people you have touched in your short time with us. More than most people do in a lifetime. You must be amazed looking down on us and seeing all the emotions of so many, not knowing at the time how you were making a difference. The world is a better place because of you. We will all try to carry on your gift of carrying. I am so proud of the man you became from the little boy in bright colored pants.
I will miss you forever.
Happy Birthday Michael
Love Sandi"
Sandi Otto of Simi Valley, Ca


My name is Mickey Jones. My wife, Phyllis, is the lady who made the special quilt for the family to honor Michael and also arranged for the portrait of Michael. She has also spoken with Carol regarding the delivery of these items and mentioned to her that I am a golfer.

We both support our troops and pray for their safety everyday.

As you may or may not know, I am an actor. I play and host numerous celebrity golf tournaments all over the country. It's not often that I have the opportunity to something as special as this and do it right here in my own back yard. I would like to offer my services to act as a celebrity spokesman, host and even MC the awards dinner if that is something that you think would be beneficial. I could arrange to shoot a PSA that would get aired all over the Conejo Valley as well.

If this is something you would like me to do, you can call me at (805) 583-1066. Check out my website at so you can see who I am and just exactly what it is that I do.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care and God bless!

Mickey Jones"
Mickey Jones of Simi Valley, CA

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

I will always remember that smile of yours and you will always be in my heart."
Kristen Bourland of Simi Valley, CA

"Mike, I still can't believe that you are gone. Your memory will live in me forever. Even though I only met you when I was a little freshman in high school, I felt like I knew you for longer. You always made classes fun no matter how boring they really were. I loved being able to tell you anything that was on my mind and you always having a positive answer. I will never forget that smile that consistantly graced your face. You are truly missed and loved by many. You are now an angel of heaven and I only hope that you will look down on us and give us the stregnth to be like you."
Krystal DeBiasio of Simi Valley, CA

It still doesn't seem real, and it is hard to imagine to have to live day by day without you. When you came into my life, everything changed -- for the better, for the best. I love you and your family so much. I know that I'll never be able to repay what you've given to me, from your love, your support, all that you could give, your soul. Someone once told me, "What's meant to be, will be," and baby I don't know why, and it will forever be so difficult so say this, but for a reason that only God can explain, it wasn't meant to be. Michael, I'm just so honored to have gotten the chance to feel what true love is, from such an amazing man as you. You will forever be my Everything. I will NEVER for get you, NEVER. Please look over us all, and help us along the way, until we all get to be with you again. "I'm here without you baby, but your still with me in my dreams, and tonight it's only you and me." I will forever Love you Michael."
Shawnda of Moorpark, CA

"Sometimes in our lives we are blessed with meeting true angels who give all of themselves to the people who surround them. I was given an opportunity to become best friends with such an angel at the age of 6. Over the years Mike you have been there for me when I had no where else to go, or when I had no one to talk to. I always wanted to tell you how important of a friend you were, but I always thought I could let you know when I was through with college, or in the future when we both have beautiful wives and our families meet for karaoke nights, even though we both can't sing a note. Well Mike I never got that chance, but I thank God that you were not only a role model in my life, but a brother. Mike your memory lives on not just because you are one of the warmest and most loving individuals around, but because you will forever have a place in the hearts of the people who knew you. Take care Mike and hold down heaven, I will meet you there later on...."
Jesse Kim of Simi Valley, Ca

"To the DiRaimondo family, I'm the sister of one of the fallen soldiers who was with SPC.DiRaimondo and I would just like to send you my condolences. He is a hero in my eyes as he payed the utimate price for our freedom."
Regina Weaver USAF of Whiteman AFB MO

"My 'lilbro' Michael,

I love and miss you with everything in me. Your life is such an inspiration. You grew so much in the last few years. Some people live an entire lifetime and don't know the self-awareness, independence, clarity, honor, respect and happiness that you grew to know and live every day. You are with us always - in everything we do, we take you with us. Until our family is united again. I will always love you. And I'm forever proud of you.

Dani DiRaimondo of Santa Monica, CA

"Dear Sgt. Mickael A. Diraimondo
what's up Sgt. this is Spc.Rigoberto Oceguera 4-3 ACR Fort carson, CO. I'M
very sorry this happen to you but i hope you are having fun in heaven
. One thing I learn from you always have fun. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TOO. GOOD BYE."
Rigoberto Oceguera of Fort Carson, CO.

I just wanted to say thank you for all that you have given me, and for making me who I am today. I have loved you since the day I met you, and I will love you forever. You were more than a boyfriend to me, you were my bestfriend. We shared so much in the 3 years that we were together. You were my high school sweatheart and first love. You have and will always hold a special place in my heart. I love and miss you dearly. You are my angel now. To Tony, Carol, Dawn, and Danielle, my thoughts and prayers are with you always.With love, Melanie"
Melanie Jones of Simi Valley

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 B from Montana "

"I got to know you briefly during my time in Operation Iraqi Freedom when you used to come hang out at our hooch. Had some good times sitting out on the front steps at Al Asad. God Bless his family, he was a very good man."
SSgt Bradley Cogdill of Fort Carson, Co

I've known you my whole life, you were like a brother to me. I will always remember all the good times we had from vacations to holidays and doing karaoke for all those years. Looking back at our childhood, I am amazed at the man you grew up to be; honest, thoughtful, caring and brave. The boy I grew up with turned into a hero. We are all so glad that you found your calling, happiness and fulfillment in life.

I never could have imagined that you would be taken from us so soon and every day I hope that I will see your bright smile and hear your cheerful laugh again someday.

You made the world a better place, Mike, and brought joy to all those whom you met along the way. It has become clear in your passing, just how many lives you have touched. I am truly honored to have known you.

I hope that we can all learn from you even though you are no longer with us, because you were truly a hero, a great man, and a good person. You were the kind of person we should all try to be.

You will always be in my heart Mike.
With love and honor,
Serena Otto of Simi Valley, CA

"My Dear Son,

Long before January 8th, you were my hero. Today more and more people are coming to know you, the individual, the soldier, the warm sensitive and fun-loving human being. You are a true American Hero not because you died in a war but for what you did for your fellow soldiers while serving in that war. The Flight Medic risks his or her life every day in their effort to rescue, treat and evacuate the wounded and you often do so under fire. If that isn't a hero, I don't know what a hero is.

Through the Foundation we have established in your name, scholarships will be awarded to individuals who want to become paramedics, like you wanted, but don't have the financial means to do so. In doing this, your purpose and your life will go on forever. Please guide and protect your mother, your sisters and me until we are together again. I love you,

Tony DiRaimondo of Simi Valley, CA

"SPC Diraimondo:
Thank you for fighting so that all of us here can sleep safely in our beds at night. There is no real way to say thank you for that kind of gift. Rest in Peace."
Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Mike and I were in high school together, I am very sorry for your lost, I am very honor that I got the chance of meeting him, I really did know a hero. My memory of him will forever live in my heart...always."
Mayra Ariza of Simi Valley, Ca

"We never met Michael but knew his parents whom we have not seen for years. Our deepest condolences are with them. He must have been so precious that God needed him and we thank him for serving our country."
Ellie and Bob Rosenthal of Sarasota, Fl 34233

"Michael will never be forgotten. Thank you Michael for your bravery and your sacrifice. God Bless the DiRaimondo Family."
The Ferdinands of Tigard, OR, USA

"Your sister, our coworker and friend, Dawn, is close to our hearts, and we will be praying for Dawn and your family as they suffer your loss. We are grateful for your service to our country."
Cynthia Bentwood, on behalf of Kaiser Permanente of Sacramento

"Hey Mike,
This is SGT Taylor. I thank God for giving me the priviledge to meet you and serve with you in Iraq. It broke my heart to hear of your death. All of the soldiers that you gave the Blackhawk loading and approach class, during the Combat Lifesaver Courses we taught together, miss you and can't believe God would take some one who made such a positive impact in this world. We will continue to keep up the good fight in Iraq and will never let your death be in vain. I love you, and thanks for all the great times. I'll see you on the other side."
Adrian Taylor of Al Asad, Iraq

"Rest in Peace Michael. You are flying with the Angels now. God Bless You."
The Taylors, USMC of NC


"To The Family of Michael A. Dirimondo, I am still trying to make sense of all of this. You were so young, God must have needed you more than we did. May God watch over you and your family. All my Love."
Reed of Inverness, Florida

"To the friends and family of: Spc. Michael A. Diraimondo..
May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness. Thanks to Michael for fighting for our country. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless YOU ALL! We Will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Thank you Michael Diraimondo, 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. Michael Diraimondo:
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 Diraimondo:
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