Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Air Force Staff Sgt. Patrick Lee Griffin, Jr.

31, of Dryden, New York.
Killed in action near Diwaniyah, Iraq when his convoy was ambushed enroute to Baghdad. Griffin was a data systems technician assigned to the 728th Air Control Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Died on May 13, 2003.

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"We will be Honoring SSgt Griffen during the annual New York Run for the Fallen, which begins on June 9th. His Hero Marker where his name will be read is located at Greenscapes, Inc., 6976 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville at 10:48 am on Friday June 10th. While the runners run to his hero marker to read his name, we will be reading a brief bio about SSgt Griffen. We will never forget the sacrifices he and the entire Griffen family have made."
Ryan of Saratoga Springs, NY

"Dear Dad, I searched your name and happed to land upon this site I never knew existed till now. Today is 4/25/2022. Next month will be 19years without you. This Saturday on Coreys birthday I graduate college with my AA degree, can you believe it! Who would’ve thought with how much I hated high school that I would make it here. Let alone I made honors last semester and this semester. I’m so thankful that even though you aren’t physically here you still managed to be putting my through college and I’m doing it all just for you. I wish you could be here this weekend with mom, Corey and I when I get to walk across that stage but I know your presence will be with me. I wish so many things, that I at least had my own memory of you instead of just stories about you. But I’m thankful to hear all the things you did that stuck with many people. I definitely see a lot of myself in you from what I’ve been told. We would’ve been the best of friends. Thank you for sending Chris into our lives also , I know you had a part to play in that and thank you for sending someone that makes mom happy and loved. Thank you for watching over Corey and staying by him during his deployments. And thank you for all the signs you send me that you’re are always with me like all the coins you leave around showing me you’re there. Except for that one dime, it is always popping up in the weirdest place and never goes away know matter where I put it. Its weird dad the dime is creepy lol. But thank you for Everything we all love and miss you so much"
From your little girl

"Ssgt. Griffin, it has been 18 years since you were taken from your family. I saw your picture on a memorial wall a couple of years ago. We never met, but, you are not forgotten."
Jason Kaufman of Philadelphia, Mississippi

"All the best to Pat's family. Kindest regards."
Ciaran of Portland, OR

"I truly wish from the bottom of my heart that it was me instead of you. I regret everything that has happened to your family. I am sorry."

"Merry Christmas Tim and Cy. I'm sorry that I couldn't defend myself. I will always love you both. I only pray that you can someday find your way to forgive me."

"Another Memorial Day weekend is upon us. You are in good company Patrick. You and the thousand of others who laid your lives down for this awesome country truly defines the word hero. Your commitment to others before self gives us the strength and determination to fend off the weak who use your death as a way to gain sympathy for the poor choices they make in their own lives. We have learned from you first hand what it means to pick ourselves up, dust our selves off and make positive steps through a life without you here. Your death has taught many that if you want happiness, then it is something you fight for within yourself and to walk proudly knowing the only person responsible for your success in life is yours and yours alone. We miss you more than there are words to explain and we know you are proud of us for living the life you didn't get to live..."
Your Wife, Michelle of Crestview, Fliorida

"We had a great reunion at your memorial site on Eglin. We love you!"
Naomi of Crestview, FL

"I'm LT Talbot of the USCG.
I was in the air Force for many years and went to ALS with Griffin.
We many great talks with him
I'm now a Pastor as well LT and griffin and his family is always on my heart."
Kenny Talbot Jr. of pensacola, florida

"May God bless u Pat Griffin for ur sacrifices !,"
Missy Moreno of Raf Mildenhall England

"This site is dedicated to our hero. SSgt Patrick L. Griffin, Jr. On behalf of Michelle, the kids, and the 728 Demon Family, we thank the site administrators for keeping this page running. Thank you for allowing us to express ourselves every year about how wonderful Griff was and how much we miss him. God bless you!"

"I apologize for my words. But what has been done against me, I feel is sacrilege to the memory of your sacrifice. I have been sacrificing since I looked into your eyes and watched you pass over. I am proud of your service Patrick...you always challenged me in training. So I am thankful to you."
Ssgt Kathleen Mcdonald of denver

"GRIFF! You are missed Buddy!"
Rich Evans, USAF Retired of Miami, FL

"Pat, rest in peace man. Every time I look at my children I think about how much you have missed and how much your family have missed because you gave your life in defense of our country...I still haven't forgotten the sacrifice you made back in 2003"
TSgt Joshua Bringhurst (Retired) of Clinton, Utah

"S/Sgt. Griffin,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just during OIF but also for your service in Kosovo as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Thinking of you Pat...Still seems like yesterday :("
Josh Bringhurst of Clinton, Utah

"Little less than two months till the 10yr anniversary of that day and it still burns bright in my mind. Though the squadron is shutting down, the memories of joking at the smoke pit with you the days before and the anger and rage felt at the point of losing you and after stay with me as I’m sure they do with all of us. You are missed by many and the memory of you and the loss of you as a good friend push me to ensure that our newer members never forget how dangerous our jobs are and what we have agreed to sacrifice for everyone at home. I regret not following up with your children, there is no excuse. I just cannot bring myself to see the loss of you in their eyes. I will continue to serve and try to honor your memory as I have the past almost ten years by never quitting on my brothers and sisters in arms. I promise to do everything in my ability to continue to take the fight to the enemy and never stop pushing forward. I miss you man."
Chuck of Still active everywhere,USAF

"It's been a long time since I have checked this site. Every time I do, I am overwhelmed by all of you...Being a victim of war instills a level of pain in your soul that most people have the luxury to never understand. Whether you are a friend of the fallen, a first responder trying to save a life, or merely a proud wife at home, war has changed us all. If you had the privilge to know Pat, I hope you realize how lucky you are. He was an amazing person and without him, nothing seems right. Thank you all for caring."
Michelle Griffin of Crestview FL

"To the family of Patrick Lee Griffin, Jr. I have been meaning to write this note for a very long time...I am wearing a wrist band with Staff Sgt Griffin's name, rank and date of his passing. My daughter will be commissioned (USAF) as an officer this December and we proudly donated to the Arnold Air Society in Patrick's name. I wear the bracelet with pride and tell everyone who sees it as much as I know about your husband, father, son. We only wish we could do more to honor him and your family. Thank you for all that you have sacrificed. God bless."
Betty Pettine of Trooper, PA USA

"It's been over nine years now since the day the Demon family lost you, and I still think about you, your family, and my other Demon brothers and sisters often. Today, Memorial Day 2012, you and the family you left behind are heavy on my mind. I pray for Michelle, Corey, and Makenzie that they always have the strenth to find peace and comfort in the wake of your loss. My prayers and eternal respect go out to you and the entire Griffin family this Memorial Day.

With Deepest Respect,"
MSgt Matthew Stieritz, USAF (Ret.) of Fort Thomas, Kentucky

"I sat next to Patrick in ALS. I am currently attending the NCOA. You are still in our hearts and minds."
Elliott West of Okinawa, Japan

"I will always remember the way Pat carried himself in the training office (728 ACS); always jovial and focused on the important things in life, such as was his computer desktop background --a picture of his daughter. Life seems to lack a sense of fairness in situations like these. A painful lesson that sometimes bears relearning, but never forgetting. I keep the 'program' as was handed out the night we gathered to remember him at Camp Sather, and every now and again, or when I open my Bible, I take the time to hope the best for his wife and kids, and pray he left this earth with a sense of peace. Never forget."
Ciaran of Georgia

"On the eve of the 10th Aniversary of 9/11, it's hard for me to NOT think about Patrick Griffin. I was one of his ALS instructors (the picture was taken Graduation Night). I knew quite a few of the 728th personnel and his death hit home hard. He is truly a hero and will not be forgotten."
MSgt Devin True of Kandahar, Afghanistan (Little Rock AFB, AR)

"John 14:1-3

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
Michael S. Haney Sr. of Panama City, Fl

"You know, I really don't think there is a day I don't think about what happened alongside that road in Iraq. I saw Pat the day prior and talked to him during our stopover. We were trying to find a common spot and find a way brush our teeth in between rows of parked trucks. To his family, I wish you the best and can comfort you by saying to you...everyone loved Pat!"
MSgt Christopher Schoen of Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

""We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother".
Once a Demon always a Demon."

"You will always be remembered."
Blake of Surprise, Az

"Thinking of you. You and your family are still in my thoughts and prayers."
Anthony (Tony) Rose of Charlotte, NC

"It's funny that while searching the internet for ideas for a tattoo to honor you and our service over there I come across this site. I have said this time and time again, Pat, I never could come close to being the Airman that you were. That is why seeing you fall that day hurt so much. You were the man, the father, and the Airman that so many of us aspired to be. The sacrifice you made means so much to all that had the pleasure of serving with you and the millions that live free today. I only hope that our service over there in your absence did you proud. In the coming days leading to the seventh anniversary of that convoy I will once again remind those around me of a great Airman that I had the pleasure to serve with who gave his life so we can live one more day in the land of the free!"
Luis Fisher, 728 ACS DST, 2000-2005 of Nashville, TN

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"Gob bless you and I am versy sorry for your loss. I am wearing a wrist band with his name rank and date of his passing. I wear it with great pride and honor. I hope that some of your pain will be eased by knowing that we carry on his name. again God Bless."
TSgt Pappas USAF retired Security Forces of Great Falls MT

"My heart goes out to griffins wife, kids, and parents. I think he gave up something so another did not have to. God bless you all"
Jason Brooks of Eglin AFB FL

"Six years, five months, 14 hours, and 52 minutes since I was told you were gone....we miss you honey."
Michelle,Corey & Makensie of Crestview,Fl

"To the family of Pat Griffin, he will never be forgotten. The memories of May 13, 2003, the day Pat fell are painful and will never be forgotten, the heat, the confusion, the disbelief, none of it. To the heros Josh, Matt, Cat, Scott, and Doc A. who were there with Pat doing all that could be done, know that Pat is at peace. I was a witness and I know what you did. To Michelle, know that Pat was comforted during his ordeal all the way to the end with thoughts of you and the children. To Naomi above, you are a true friend. I feel your pain."
A former 728 ACS vet

"althou i did not know your husband personally i know he paid the ultimate price for our country. May he Rest In Peace and be at peace. I support our troops and coming from a family that served many wars, i know the highest price to pay is with ones life! god bless you my dear and hopefully his passing will never be in vane. thank you Patrick Lee Griffin Jr, for your time, service and sacrifice so others may sleep in peace. go now, my son, b with the lord and be at peace. until you are once again reunited with the ones you love.
Kari of Salt Lake City Utah

"All I can say Is thank you for your sacrifice.... and Your husband is a true hero."
Hillary McCosco of Hill AFB Utah

"I never met your husband, But my Husband TSGT Joshua Bringhurst was with him that sad day his life was taken. He talkes about him all the time and how he wishes there was something that he could have done to help him. Like he has said before he still has the helmet cover, still wears it and my kids always ask who he is. And we tell him he is a fallen hero. From an Air Force wife to another our job is hard to sit at home why our men are gone.One thing for sure we will never forget him in our family. Take care and best wishes to you and your family"
Jennifer Bringhurst of Hill AFB, Utah

"To the family and friends of SSgt Patrick L. Griffin, Jr.,
As the acting Commander of the 728 ACS while our unit is yet again deployed to OIF, I have ordered the unit flag to be flown at half-staff today (13 May 09) in SSgt Griffin's honor on the 6th anniversary of his passing. Know that we are remembering our fallen comrade here today...he will never be forgotten!"
Captain Patrick S. Smyth of Eglin AFB, Florida

"Mrs. Michelle Griffin
May god forever comfort and bless you and children. I was assigned to the 728 TCS at Duke Field from Jan 84 to Jun 88. I thank god for the brave young men and women who everyday protect our freedoms. It is wonderful to see that many of his former comrades have not forgotten Patrick and the sacrifice he made for our nation. God forever bless you and children and forever keep you all safe from all harm."
Robert L. S. Dilworth, Retired, CMSgt of Petersburg, VA

"(01/22/2009) Patrick, I only met you once when you stayed at my parents' house in Charlotte, NC over 20 years ago. You were passing through traveling with your dad and my Aunt Evy. Although I was only 12 or 13, I have a very vivid memory of you. I thought you were cool because you seemed laid back, had long hair and and you liked listening to Metal bands like Metallica. You got along well with my sister, Tina, who liked 80's metal too. I still think about you and will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers."
Anthony (Tony) Rose of Charlotte, NC

"Patrick, I think of you often and will never forget your sacrifice. I will continue to pray for your family. Thank you for answering the call."
Geoff of Maxwell AFB, AL

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

"Well it has been quite a few years since that unfortunate day in 03 but I still remember it like it was yesterday. I just got back from convoy duty and we passed through the area where this all happened. I sent up a flare in his honor and took a moment to think back and reflect on that day. I still wear my helmet cover that honors the sacrifices he made that day. Michelle, please keep your chin up and take comfort in knowing that we will never forget the sacrifice your husband made."
TSgt Bringhurst of Hill AFB, Utah

"Family of SSgt Griffin,
Today in Baghdad we had a Run for the Fallen race. We were given cards to write the name of a member killed fighting for our nation. I chose SSgt Patrick Lee Griffin, Jr and it was my honor to run with his name on my sleeve. Don't ever think he's been forgotten, he certainly lived in every stride I took this morning. He was my motivator. I thank you."
1Lt Helen Dollar-Maples, USAF of Baghdad, Iraq

"Michelle this Eric just to wanted to say. Hope u and the kids r doing well. My email is ereppard@yahoo.com and my phone is 6074414090 i would like to hear from u.. love and respects Eric.."
Eric Reppard of Washington stae

"Mrs Patrick Lee Griffin Jr. and family, I recall when the announcement was made of your loss, which seems like yesterday. Today I was reading the paper and noticed you in a video interview, and had realized, just how long it had been. Although, I did not know your husband, I was stationed at the 728 ACS and retired. Which couldn't have had a squadron more dedicated in there personnel, family orientation, and mission. I have thought of you and your family often and hoped that all is well. I had made a memo to myself several times to write, and as time had gone by, I have neglected to do so.. Until now.. I will always hold dear in my heart and I am sure in the hearts of others, that your husband gave his life to preserve our freedom, which is a high cost to pay, for even people you do not know.. I stand behind our troops and pray for there safe return each day, in hopes that they may enjoy there life that they so unselfishly protected while in Irag and there enlistment in the Military. Please feel free if ever need to talk or help in general. I am always here to help. This is my email: nanachill40@yahoo.com,... My family sends there deepest condolences in your loss, and pray for you and your family as well. Many Blessings to you and yours.."
Pam C. of Shalimar, Florida

"Michelle, you and the children are always in my prayers. Patrick's memory is still very much alive in our hearts."
Chaplain Ismael Rodriguez of Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal

"January 19, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Patrick Lee Griffin, Jr.:
Patrick 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

"Recently, I have been in a media blitz about my experiences over there. I take every opportunity to tell them the name, SSgt Patrick L. Griffin, Jr. There are images and voices and sounds and smells that still haunt me everyday. I miss you all. Griff, you and your family are with me forever. It's funny, it wasn't until one of the reporters reminded me that it was four years ago. I stopped and got all choked up and realized so much time has gone by but....it feels like yesterday. I miss my Demon Family. Love you all!!! I promise to never let ANYONE forget."
Naomi of Biloxi, MS

"Wow, I haven't been to this site in a really long time. Thank you to all who have left a message. To Pat's cousin Trina Griffin, Patrick loved you, Shelly Anne, David and Chris so much. To Joe Bailey, I have been looking for you since 2003. Pat looked up to you, I would love to talk. To those there that day, those that did or didn't know Pat, please email me at mg7316@yahoo.com. I feel like people forget, it may have happened 4 year's ago, but for me, Corey and Makensie it is an everyday reality we are forced to face. Hearing about other's feelings helps us to not feel so alone. Thank you for caring, you are the ones who gets us through another day without Pat. God Bless- Proudly still, Mrs. Patrick Lee Griffin Jr."
Michelle Griffin of Crestview, Florida

"Veterans day once again draws near, and I have been once again asked to speak on my experiences in Iraq. I want all who knew Patrick to be aware that he has not, and never will be forgotten. On Veterans day 2006 I was deployed to Iraq and took part in a ceremony held in rememberance of those who sacrificed all for our country. On a monument that stands at the place I found myself that day was the name Patrick Griffin, a name I had become familiar with some years earlier when participating as an Air Force Honors Team member at his services in Dryden New York. I somehow found myself connected to Patrick from that point on and on many occassions spoke to him in prayer. I wanted to let his family know that Patrick's sacrifice and the sacrifice of his wife and children will never go unsung. To his wife and children, you continue to be living heros, and may god bless you."
MSgt Robert Martin USAF of McGraw, New York

"I was on patrol and responded the when a radio transmission of a wounded airman came over the radio. We got back to camp at the same time SSgt Griffin was arriving. Everyone worked together and very hard. I am very sorry for your loss. I saw his face and nametag, and swore when I got back I would find out who he was. From what I've found he was a great man. Even though I did not know him I think about him daily, remembering that day, for it is forever etched in my memory."
Jason Kaufman of Jacksonville, NC/US

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF, but also for your service in Kosovo as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike C of El Paso, Texas

"Patrick was a kind, gentle person and is missed much by his family. Michelle I send my love to you and the children."
Trina Griffin of Cortland NY

"thank you for defending our country"
matt sass

"Thank you for your service to this country
We will never forget"
Jimmy of New Jersey

"We are saddened by the loss of this brave soldier whom we do not know personally. We mourn with his family and are forever in his debt. Thank you Staff Sgt. Griffin for all you have done for us and this great country.
With sincere sympathy to his family,
The Millers"
of South Easton, Ma.

The day that Pat was taken from us will forver be burned in my memory. He was a good man and will be missed. I wish things had been different and we all returned home. But always know that he is in a better place now. He will never know war again. God bless him, you and your family."
SSgt Mark A. Saverice of 728th ACS Eglin AFB FL

I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for you and the kids. I've known you since pre-school through highschool and then again in the Air Force. I saw how much you loved Pat. I have hated thinking about you going through so much pain. Pat had already been deployed, he should have been home. It wasn't fair to you or the kids. I wish I could fix it. Again, I'm sorry. We are here for you."
Angela & Scott Orme of Whiteman AFB, MO

"I was Pat's first supervisor when he arrived at Holloman AFB. I enjoyed working with him and know everyone else did also. You will be missed. God Bless"
Joe Bailey of Washington D.C.

"There is many days when I still have problems dealing with the harsh reality of that day. Although we never really worked side by side you were always and always will be a brother in arms a coworker and a very dearly missed part of the 728th ACS family. My prayers go out to you and your family. We miss you Pat"
SSgt Baker of Eglin AFB, FL.

"Miss you man, I only met you when you got to Kuwait and worked on your truck a few times on the way up to the Baghdad Airport. I will never forget that day, you will truly be missed. My condolences to you Michelle. Although I have never met you, I am deeply saddened by you and your families loss."
SSgt Joshua Bringhurst of 729th ACS, Hill AFB Utah

"Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to leave a message. It has been 18 months since we lost Pat and trying to put our lives back together without him is proving to be the most difficult and painful experience imaginable. There isn't a day that we don't think about him. Our children Corey who is 5 and Makensie who is 3 are beginning to adjust to this new life forced on us. Thank you everyone for your prayers and support.
To Patrick, I miss you so much honey that sometimes I can't even breathe. There is such a void in my life now and I know that it can't be filled until we meet again. I promise to you that I will always do my best to raise our kids, with the same values and commitments that you instilled in them. You will always be with us, now and forever. I love you."
Your loving wife, Michelle of Crestview, Florida

"May God take his soul into his arms and welcome him into heaven!"
Lawrence D. Elliott of Ontario, California, USA

"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, Patrick, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"TO the Parents and Wife of Patrick Lee Griffin. I am very sorry for your loss and I wish you guys the very best. I too lost a loved one, my best friend Paul T. Nakamura. He was a medic at CSC scania where your son/husband was being attended to when he came to us. Even though I've never talked to or even met your son/husband my fellow medics and I were very sad and also very mad about what happened to him. We did our very best to bring him back and I want to let you know that he isn't forgotten. He is always in our hearts and minds."
James B. of Riverside, Ca

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

"My prayers and sincere thanks to Airman Griffin. I was assigned to the 728th in 1954 upon my return from Korea. We were at Camp Gordon, Ga. with Detachment #2. I have tried to keep up with the outfit over the years and have found that deployment to Vietnam and other dangerous places are a part of the units' history. May God bless all of our service men and women."
Carl D. Dry of Navasota, Texas

"Pat was my mom's friends brother and she was torn when she saw that message on the television and we were there with her and we still are.
He will be remebered for years to come."
Britany Weaver of Freeville New York

"Thank you Patrick Griffin, Jr., you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"Ray Sharpe and I served with Patrick from 1998 till 2002 at Holloman AFB with the 49SFS. Patrick was one of the best friends we ever had. Ray and I will forever miss you and keep your family in our prayers."
Ray Sharpe and Neal Cox of St.Louis, Mo/Roswell, Nm

"My wife and I are both alumi of the 728th. We were there in the mid 80's. We know their mission and its importance. We are deeply saddened by the passing of this fine family man and military airman. Our best wishes go out to his wife and children. God Bless"
Keith & Ginger Love of Honolulu, HI

"My wife and I are both alumi of the 728th. We were there in the mid 80's. We know their mission and its importance. We are deeply saddened by the passing of this fine family man and miltary airman. Our best wishes go out to his wife and children. God Bless"
Keith & Ginger Love of Honolulu, HI

"I served with Patrick from 99 till 02 at Holloman AFB, with the 49th Security Forces Squadron. We were in Kosovo together in 99. I felt fortunate that the entire team that I went with to that war, all came back ok. It is with great sadness that I heard of Patrick’s death. He was devoted to his job, and I hope it gives his family some relief that he was protecting his family. I know he was very devoted to his family; he will always be with them. A great man, it is a great loss to his family, the Air Force and this country as a hole. Patrick, you will be missed."
Phil Key of Nashville, TN

"Larry & I are so sorry for your loss, we can't imagine what you are going through. Please call if you need anything Pat is in good company in heaven with my Mom. You are a strong woman- I feel lucky to know you."
Larry & Bridget Steger of Crestview, Florida, USA


We are so saddened by the loss of a wonderful man, husband, father, and friend. Obviously, there are no words to offer that will make things better. But Pat will live on in our memories and in our hearts; and we hope that you have peace in the knowledge that he is with God. If you ever need anything, please call us at any time or in any place. You are in our prayers.

Love Katie, Tony, and Gabby"
Gonzalez Family of Buford, Georgia

"Dear Michelle, Corey and Makensie,
You are truly in my heart and prayers daily. It was soo sad to hear the news of your loss. I know he will be missed very much. Try to keep strong. I know you have been through a lot lately and I know you are a strong person."
Christina DeLong of Fort Walton Beach,FL

"Patrick, you will be missed by many. Prior to you being deployed I made a promise to you. This memo is my way of communicating to you that I will not let you down on the promise I made. My committment to you will continue as I do my best to keep the evil in our lives as distant as I can from your beautiful children. Our committment to Michelle is equally as strong and we will do our best to guide her in time of need. Thank you for bringing so many special moments into our lives. Mama Kane and I miss and love you Patrick. May you rest in peace.

Mark and Mama Kane"
Mark Kane of Gainesville, FL

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Patrick Griffin, Jr.:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Patrick for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"Pat was the best person I have ever known. I will miss the times we spent together at Holloman. My deepest and sincere sypmathy goes out to Michelle and the kids. May God be with you."
Jason Hardman of Misawa AB, Japan

"We thank you for the sacrafice Patrick made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this time. Thank you brave soldier!"
Kenneth and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Patrick Griffin, Jr.:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Patrick, 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