Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Michael T. Gleason

25, of Warren, Pennsylvania.
Spc. Gleason was traveling in a three-vehicle convoy during a storm from Mosul to Tikrit (2 HUMMVs, 1 light medium tactical vehicle). A civilian vehicle dodged a pothole causing the HUMMVs to swerve. There was not enough stopping distance between the vehicles causing the LMTV to swerve off the road and turn over, causing the death of Gleason and two other soldiers. The soldiers were assigned to the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on May 30, 2003.

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On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"I was Mike's Team Leader and one of the guys in the vehicle with him. There's no way I could ever forget that day. More importantly, no one that knew Mike could ever forget him or the others that were lost that day."
Mike Dibble of Diayala, Iraq

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

"I learned of your death through a dedication video on youtube.com just now for you great guys that lost your lives. I remember working with you at Bragg. My God this is a shock at the moment. My sympathy goes out to your family! May the remainder of those serving return home safely... from your fellow veteran"
RJ of North Carolina

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Spc. Michael T. Gleason:
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 would like to say thank you to you and the other two soldiers who were also in that truck with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Airborne All The Way!"

"To Michael Gleason..my fallen roommate. I spent several years sharing in the memories of his home and family. You will never be forgotten brother. I still wear the band engraved with your name. And to the
Family..God bless and know your son was a bright light to everyone he knew."
Matt Harvey of Richmond, VA

"I would also like to say that I am pround to have the name of a fallen Hero.....God Bless America"
Michael C.Gleason of Exeter NH

"3 years has past yet I remember that day like it was only an hour ago. You are not forgotten."
J. Aklan of Dothan, AL

"It is an honor to share the namesake of one of our country's fallen heroes. Our prayers and warm thoughts go out to you and your son Michael. I am a VietNam vet 1967-68 and am so proud of the generation of soldiers who have taken our place. We will never forget you Mike, from Michael F. Gleason and Michael A. Gleason (my son)."
Michael F. Gleason and Michael A. Gleason of Battle Creek, Michigan

"I just found this site and learned of Michael's death. I just returned from a rare visit to Warren, where I grew up. If I'd known about his death, I would have tried to contact his parents to express my sympathy. God bless all of you!"
Karen (Ruhlman) Perry of Florida

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Michael, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"Though I did not know Michael personally, I do know the people from which he came as I grew up in Warren on Keller Rd.I now live in N.J. and also have served in the Army of the GREAT UNITED STATES...UNITED WE STAND TOGETHER WE FALL ...ALL HAVE GIVEN SOME, BUT SOME HAVE GIVEN ALL .GOD BLESS THE U.S.A., OUR SERVICEMEN, AND THE FAMILIES OF BROKEN HEARTS WHO HAVE LOST THEM"

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

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 Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"Unfortunately I never met Michael, however I was familiar with him through his parents Tim and Lauralee. My sincere graditide to all the servicemen and women who put their lives on the line for my family ... and especially to the ones that never make it home. Thank you all."
Paul J. Pascuzzi of Clarendon, PA

"I grew up down the street from Mike and his brother Tim. Boy, did we have some great times together!! I am so proud of Mike and how he fought for our country. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tim and the rest of the Gleason family. God Bless all of you."
Angela Faga and children of Warren, Pa

"May you find peace and comfort in your heart knowing we appreciate what Michael did for his country. From our military family to yours, God Bless!"
Chuck & Toni L. of Warren, PA

"I knew Mike many years ago, I was a playground supervisor at Memorial Playground and Mike was one of "the guys" who kept me company and hung out at the playground. I will always remember his ability to laugh. I am sorry that I never got the opportunity to tell him how proud I was of him. I will always have a place for him in my heart. I know you now stand proud with God and all his angels. Thank you Mike, thank you with all my heart! You are a hero! God please watch over the family of this hero and give them your grace!"
Steve P of Warren, PA

"My sincere condolences to the Gleason Family. I did not know your son, but my son, Mark, did know him. May you know that God holds him in the palm of his hand & places him in a position of honor today. You have faced the fear of every military parent. Our son serves the US Navy & our prayers are with all who serve whether it be stateside or elsewhere. We know you were proud to have a son who was called to serve his country. God Bless You."
Peggy B. of Warren, PA

"Mike and I went to school together from 6th grade all the way through graduation. I enlisted before he did but I was proud when he told me he was joining. He always made me laugh and it was nice to see him when we were both home on leave. I know he did great things for the Army and his death is a great loss. My sympathy goes to Mike's family. He was a great man and a great soldier. God bless you, from a fellow soldier and Warren daughter."
SGT Laurie A. Eggleston of Camp Red Cloud, Korea

"I was deeply shock when I was reading the army times today january 18 2004 and i saw a picture of one of my best friends of basic training as a fallen .one. we trained together at FT.Benning Georgia A 1-38 INF DIV then we share time in F-447 at Ft.Gordon GA. To his parents I send my condolences for the lost of their loved one ,and God bless you all.
To you my friend michael t." VAYA CON DIOS "
garcia-lopez H of Puerto Rico (US)

"Thank you Michael Gleason, 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

"Sad...I'm scheduled to retire from the military in just a few months and will live very near Warren, PA. I would've liked to have tipped a glass with this soldier - now fallen. God speed, troop. May God smile upon you."
Doug of Sugar Grove, PA


"To the family and friends of Spc. Michael Gleason:
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 Gleason:
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