Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Mark H. Dooley

27, of Wallkill, New York.
Dooley died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during patrol operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 172nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), 42nd Infantry Division, Jericho, Vermont. Died on September 19, 2005.

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"Family members, friends and visitors My family and I remember. the sacrifice Lt Mark Dooley has made for us and we remember the others that did as well."
Mark Woinicki of NY

"Thinking back and hope you are doing well up there Mark."
SSG Collins of Raleigh, NC

"Hey, Little Brother. Today is 7 years. Damn few days go by that I don't think of you. I miss you, man. Today, I'll eat some Zingers in your honor. I'm sending my best to your family. Rangers Lead the Way."
CPT Eivind Forseth of Ventura, CA

"God bless you, Mark. You were one of the good guys. It's been a while, but the folks at the Wich still talk about you all the time."
Charlie Blount, NUCC '95 (retreaded for '99)

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Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Words are written, thoughts are thoughts, I want Mark's family to know we do remember Mark and think about their loss."
Mark Woinicki of cornwall, NY

"Mark, The world will be a far less brighter place without you and Josh, God bless you both"
CPT Mike Corkum

"August 2, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Mark H. Dooley:
Mark 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

"marky, i just want to thank you for lying down your life for your country. you are a real hero and i will never forget you. thanks for being a good friend. until we meet again."
joel gardner of wallkill, ny

"We never met but, I had the honor of being one of the escort motor officers for your procession. On that day I picked up a picture card that your family had prepared for those attending your service. That card stays with me every day that I am working as a police officer. Everytime I change uniforms or remove the notebook that the picture is staped to I stop and think of you and your family. Thank you for your service and may God bless you and your family."
Sgt. Jim Phelps of Burlington, Vermont

"To the family of:Mark H. Dooley I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"To the family of Mark H. Dooley,
I am sorry for your loss and thank you for your son's sacrifice. I did not know Mark, but I frequent Walkill, NY and the surrounding area, and wanted to send this message of condolence and thanks.

Best Regards,"
Gary Lapidus of Jersey City, NJ

"Mark meant a lot to many people. I will never forget him and the times we all shared growing up. I can vividly remember him talking about joining the military even before he was out of HS, it meant so much to him. My thoughts are with Mr and Mrs Dooley and Charlie, I pray for you guys often."
Chris Valk of Rock Hill SC by way of Walden NY

"You were an inspiration and an example. You will never be forgotten, 1LT Dooley."
Christopher Purzer of Kansas City, MO

"Mark, not only were you a friend but you were also an inspiration in my life. If America could only be blessed with more men like yourself. WE are going to miss you!"
Travis McGhee of Chicago, IL

"Mark. I just learned about your death. I just learned about Josh Deese today as well. I will always miss you both. You were a fine, fine friend and a damn good Soldier. Our little IOBC class is shrinking. I pray for the rest of my brothers."
CPT Ed Lampkin

"A year has past and we have not forgotten LT Dooley's sacrfice."
SGM Collins of MA

"I only knew LT briefly, as a police candidate and police officer. We then met again in the Mountain Bn. I always felt Mark was a good officer that anyone would follow because he lead by example and never would ask his men to do anything he wasn't willing to do himself. We truely will miss this outstanding young man, Soldier and Police Officer, friend. I salute you LT (el tee)"
SFC/Trooper Andy Campagne of Rutland VT

"For the short time I was graced with knowing Mark, I was impressed by his unwavering dedication to this country and the cause, loyalty to his family and friends, compassion, and quick humor. Mark was a professional man, officer, LT. and role model for many. His smile and presence will be missed but never forgotten by any and all he met. We can only strive to achieve in our entire lifetimes what Dooley was able to in his short time here on earth. His name represents honor, patriotism, and goodness to me and I hope he has found serenity in a better place. Dooley we will all be seeing you again soon. Until then, I will think of you often and will support our troops as best I can. Peter, Marion, "Charlie" my thoughts are always with you..."
Hannah Palmiter of Wilmington, VT

"Peter, Marion and Charlie,

It was my honor to meet you this past weekend and spent 3 wonderful days together sharing stories of our boys and the pain and sorrow of losing them. Mark was a wonderful son in so many ways, from the messages below and your shared stories of him. You are now part of another caring family, those of the Vermont Fallen, and we hold you close, that you may lean on us always. Mark will never be forgotten and always remembered for his unselfish duty to this country."
Steve and Marion Gray, parents of Jamie Gray, KIA June 7, 2004 of East Calais Vt

"mark...you will always have a special place in my heart...to your family i pray that they will have peace knowing that they will see you again in heaven. you are missed and will never be forgotten. thank you"
katie of nashua, nh

"I had the honor of serving with 1LT Dooley in the VTARNG. Never have I known a man who left such a impression on me in such a short amount of time. The moment you met him he was your friend and you trusted him. He made me a better soldier and a better man. I looked up to him and would have followed him wherever he led me. I wept for the first time in 9 years at his funeral. I wish I would have told him all he has done for me that day I told him I would see him when he got back. Mark will be with us all always, he still looks out for us now, just as he did in life. He knew when he left that he will see us all again in heaven. Until then Sir..........."

"We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore"
Melinda Lundsted of Marlboro, VT

"You Where and are one of my best friends. Theres not a day that goes by that i dont think of you. -- Thank you for being in my life and for being friends with me. Till we meet again and tip back a glass of jack -- miss you a lot mark"
Roger of Wallkill/NY

"Mark Dooley:
a true stand up individual,
a missed friend,
and forever a hero to myself and this country."
Micah Medvedev of Wallkill, NY USA

"Mark was a great guy. I remember all the funy things he used to make us do for misbehaving when he was a subsititute for his mother. He was smart, funny, and very kind. The world was a better place with him here. I send out my prayers to him and his whole family. He will be missed."
Billy Tressler of Wallkill, NY

"1LT Dooley was my Platoon Leader in Iraq. More than that he was my friend. He was by far the greatest PL I have ever served under. In the few months I had the priviledge of serving with LT Dooley he made me want to be a better NCO and soldier. I will miss him."
SSG Jason Fisher of Shamokin, PA

"Dooley- I never had the chance to tell you just how much you meant to me. You bought me my first beer when I turned 21, you chased me around the track and helped me pass my first PT test, and you were always there when I needed you at school. I will always tell the story of you and Rathbun chaining McManus to his chair during finals. I'll always talk about my awesome, handsome, kind rookbuddy who always brought a smile to my face. You and your family will always be in my prayers."
Your Rooksister- Christinas Yangco Balgos of Ft. Hood, TX

"To the Dooley Family,

Our prayers are with you. I didn't get to know Mark well but from what I did know he was a great guy. We keep you in our prayers and will continue the fight in his honor and for all of those we care about."
1LT. Kristi L Gray "Kreis" and CPT. Matthew G. Gray USMC Quantico/ Metropolitan Police Department, Washington DC of Fairfax County, VA

"I have never led or seen a better Ranger than this one. He will be in my heart forver and will never be forgotten. The CATAMOUNTS thoughts and prayers are with Peter, Marion and Charlie for the rest of our days. Thanks for giving us the privelage to know such a good man. VR"
CAT6 of Ramadi

"Mark was not only a best friend to many, he was by far one of the best soldiers, and leaders of soldiers I've known. Mark was truly a stand up guy; caring, generous, and he always meant what he said. We shared some awesome times. Mark passed doing what he was meant to do and what he was great at. Leading soldiers. Mama, Big Pete, and Brother Dooley, you did well!"
SFC Raymond Murray of Providence/RI/USA

"While I'm out running, Mark's spirit is always with me, pushing me on to run faster, longer, and harder. Dooley's ability to push people past their potential will never change."
Wayne McDermott of College Station, Tx


Yes hello, I just wanted to know where is my subject title and
information that I just listed in the screen system for 1LT Dooley Fallen Heroes Memorial?? That is all?? Please respond by way of e-mail to terese.sheppard@us.army.mil Thank you very much!! May
God Bless You!!"
Terese Denise Sheppard of Converse, Texas/U.S.A.

"To a friend and a Rookbuddie, you will be missed within the Foxtrot family at Norwich University. Your presence and grace, will always be remember. Your smile and flush cheeks I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It was an honor to know such a hero that gave life for his country and for his family. My, condolence to the family, he will still shine, but his light will shine within the stars of heaven. I will miss you Dooley! Lord! Please protect and watch over Dooley's family. Help them get through this lost, help their hearts heal and bind their soul so that Dooley presence never leaves them. Mark H. Dooley is now a solider in heaven, he will be remember."
LOCO of New York"
LOCO of of New York

"To the parents of Mark Dooley,
First, may God continue to give you strength and comfort as you morn the loss of your son. I'm so sorry.
Second, I would like to thank you for attending my nephew, Scott McLaughlin's funeral, as the paper said you did. That must have been a very hard thing to do, but very honorable of you. Scott's dad is my brother, and just the last couple of days it has really started to sink in that Scott is really gone into eternity, and we will no longer see him this side of heaven. As it hits me, I continue to pray for your family and the others in our family. Truely God is our strength and comfort, for the stregth I saw in Kevin and Vickie last weekend was not anything possible through human strength alone. I am awed once more at God's love to give grace when it is needed. He is a faithful Father to His children. As I have read about the service for your son, the things that were read and said, I see that you, too, are in God's arms of strength and comfort. That doesn't mean it doesn't hurt, but God is there in the midst of it with us, holding us close. I don't know if you got to meet Kevin and Vickie, or Nicki, but it would seem like a good thing for you to get together and support each other.
May God continue to be your source of peace and hope ans comfort.
Becky ( McLaughlin) Jeror"
Becky Jeror of P.O. box 462, N. Bangor, NY

"Words cant describe how much Mark touched us all. I knew Mark for a brief time in his life, but he trully touched my heart and showed me what it was like to have passion for the things in life. He was such a wonderful person with so much to offer the people who knew him. My life will never be the same because of Mark and there will always be a very special place in my heart for him. My prayers go out to his family. God will give you strength, just trust in Him. We miss you so much Mark."
Jessica Martin of Dunedin, Fl

"I knew Mark Dooley since he was six years old. Sometimes his parents use to hide his Christmas gifts in our home so Mark wouldn't find them.I saw Mark grow up and be became a man before his time. I use to watch him run for hours and then when He started go to OCS I knew he be heading for the Middleast in time. And now, he is a fallen hero. He did the ultimate, gave his life for his Country. He was a true hero from the day he was born. I am sorry Mark and I am sorry for your Mother Father and brother. God bless you. Let you and your name be a model to all the kids in school today."
Mickey & Toni Blake of Wallkill, New York

"My children who are now 3 and 2 respectively thank you Mark! Your bravery helped pave the path for a brighter future. You will never be forgotten today or tomorrow."
Roy J. Dragoo of HADDAM,CT USA

"To Mark and all of his friends and family....I did not know you personally, but from everything that I have heard, you were an amazing person. Noone will forget your sacrifice. R.I.P. Dooley and Gilbert."
Amanda of Brattleboro, VT

"Mark I only had a chance to know you for a short time, but in that time you became very well respected. Even though I never told either you or Matt I thought of you as role models. I just hope someday that more people can be as honest, hard working, likeable, and disaplined as you were. It is impossible to express how much your loss has effected us all. You could never be forgoten!"
Charles Putnam of West Halifax, VT

"On Friday, September 30th I took part in the service for Lt. Mark Dooley. It was a true honor to be able to be a VERY small participant in such a large groop of loyal and dedicated friends, family and comrades of a young man who touched so many lives. Many who knew him and many who did not. The emotion and true love these men, women, soldiers and police officers and all who knew him was obvious on the faces of all who were there. Please know or thoughts are with you all, family, friends and brother soldiers of such a brave and loyal man 1st. Lt. Mark Dooley. All of our lives are better and safer because of men and women like you. The Jeffers Family"
jeanie jeffers of Townshend, Vt.

"My heart goes out to those who died in Iraq, laying down their lives so others can know democracy and freedom. May God comfort those he left behind. Find strength in John 17, that none will be lost."
susan of New York

"Mark was truly one of the good guys. He was friend, colleague, fellow law enforcement professional, and a fellow Army Officer. Had it not been for Mark I am not sure I would have been able to finish Officer Candidate School. Though he was younger than I was he was my mentor. I know I learned more from him, then he could have ever learned from me.
Good-bye Mark, rest in peace, you certainly deserve it.
"With Blood, Sword, and Shield We Shall Lead""
1LT Keith Clark of Bellows Falls, VT

""All men have the stars," he answered, "but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travellers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all the stars are silent. You--you alone--will have the stars as no one else has them--":Antoine de Saint Exupery

To the family and friends of Mark,

Mark now has the stars as no one else has them.

My deepest sympathy goes out to you all.

Sheila Romo"
Sheila Romo of Wilmington, Vermont

"I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mark, but I have only heard good things about him. I wish that I could have gotten the chance to know him as he sounds like he was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."
Sam Berrie of Williamsville, VT

"To Mark's Family: I want you to know how saddened I am at your loss. Mark was a friend on mine while at Fort Benning. He was a natural leader and soldier, and everyone who came to know him thought of him as a brother. I can only imagine how much love you, his family, have for him. I am so sorry. He will be dearly missed by many that you may never know. I know he won't be far from my mind. Respectfully,"
1LT John P. Duggan of Baghdad

"To the Family of Mark Dooley,
I heard of this terrible news through old aquaintances in Wallkill. I cannot begin to know what you feel right now, but I hope there is some solace in the knowledge that Mark touched and protected so many lives, known and unknown, in the short time he was here. Thank you for that."
Kristen Williams Benoit of Arlington, VA

"Mark was a great person! I knew him from subing at our school! MARK YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED!!!!"
Jeff of Wallkill, New York

"I trained with Mark in OCS. Mark always led the way. He was the exemplary soldier. My thoughts go out to his family."
SPC Doug Croft, VTARNG of Boston, MA

"Mark was not only a close friend but also an exemplary soldier. I was one of his cadre at Norwich and we became great friends instantly. My heart lies with Mark and his family and friends. Essayons! Air Assault!"
CPT Francisco Richardson of Fort Lauderdale. FL

"mark dooley was a hero to his friends, his family and h is country, and will never be forgoton"
shane dooley of wallkill, NY

"Go forward and rest in peace my fallen brother for your duty is now done. The world is a lesser place without you and your fallen brothers and sisters."
tkelley of ny

"Mark Dooley and I first met when my brother-in-law and his wife invited him to their house to stay for the Guard Weekend. His smile and sense of adventure was what drew me to him, and in the end it was the time spent with him that will always be sacred in my heart. Mark will always be in my heart and in my mind, he was unselfish, strong, honest, and a true patriot. I love you Mark!
To Mark's Family, I never had the chance to meet you, but you are in my thoughts and prayers during your time of sorrow."
Amelia Gilman of Claremont, NH

"I am lucky to have known you Mark. You will never be forgotten by those you have touched. Your sacrifice has taught me so much about what it means to be brave, honorable and good, someday I will tell my children about the hero I was blessed to know and to never take time with those you love for granted, especially those who step forward when duty calls. Thanks for the time you were here, it was far too short, but far better than never knowing such an inspiration."
Rob Murano of Dummerston, Vermont

"Dooley and I first met during my time with the Windham County Sheriff's Department. Dooley, Matt, Brooksie, Greg and I all lived and shared what we referred to as the Dummerston Outpost. From the moment I met Dooley he made me feel like a family member. Dooley and Matt were inseparable, Greg was lost in the back room, Brooksie was crazy, and I lived on Dooley's Grandmothers couch. The great thing about it, is that it worked. Dooley was the one who always had a positive outlook on life and was there when you needed him. At times of sadness Dooley was the one who made everyone laugh. At times of weakness Dooley was the one who always made everyone stronger. Dooley proved to be the ultimate team player and was always proud to serve his country whether as a police officer or a United States Soldier. Dooley was and still is a truly good friend. The times that Dooley and I shared together will never be forgotten. Dooley I miss you Brother."
Dennis Coughlin of Castleton, VT

"Mark Dooley will forever be remembered as a true friend and dedicated professional. Regardless of the uniform he wore, Mark served with knowlege, honor, and a sense of pride that made him seem a little taller than the guy next to him. Those that were lucky enough to share a part of their life with Mark know that he will always have a place in our hearts. Men like Mark Dooley are never forgotten."
Greg Murano of Wilmington, Vermont

"RIP Brave Soldier. Thank you for what you did for our country and those in Iraq that want to be free. God Bless your family. Your that bright star shining in the sky at night. We'll never forget you."
The Taylor's USMC NC

"To the Family of Mark Dooley: I am so saddened by your loss. Mark was a good friend of mine throughout Officer Basic and Ranger School. His guidance and wisdom got me through a lot of tough situations. He always pushed me to be better than I was, forcing the hard right over the easy wrong. He was a true patriot, mentor, and friend and I will miss him. You have all my sympathy."
1LT Clarence Dingman of Southwest Asia

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


"To the Dooley Family, My thoughts are prayers go out to you at this time. Please know that Mark will forever be remembered as a hero for making the most unselfish sacrifice that could ever be asked of anyone. Your family has paid the ultimate price. I know that there are no words that I could say that would ease your pain at this time, but I would like you to know that the families of the fallen VT National Guardsmen understand the loss that you have suffered. If there is ever anything that I can do for you please let me know. God bless you all."
Tricia Tetreault (Sister of Sgt Alan Bean Jr, KIA 5/25/04) of East Calais, VT

"Thank you Mark Dooley, 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. Mark Dooley:
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 Mark 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. Mark Dooley:
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 Mark, 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