Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CW2 Brian D. Hazelgrove

29, of Edinburgh, Indiana.
Hazelgrove died when his OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopter crashed on its way back from a combat mission near Mosul in northern Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on January 23, 2004.

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"I have spent years trying to decide what to post and finally realized there is nothing I can say that anyone will find solace in. There is a void that can never be filled but we move on and do the best we can. I pray your family has found some reasonable perspective and happiness since your departure."
Mike Allen

"Like Kelli, I remember Brian as a classmate @ Indian creek. I remember very well his drive to be the best. When I first read his name, I could not believe it. Brian really was a great guy, and someone who was fun to be around. Now with two sons in the academy, with another lined up and ready to enter next year. I always take the time to tell them about Brian and his sacrifice to this country. How an all around pure american kid, fun loving, seriously enthusiastic and ambitious, ultimately gave his life for our freedom."
J Johnson of Morgantown

"After over 7 years, it doesn't get any easier knowing your gone! I saw Kim and the kids today and it brought back a lot of memories. My son John is based out of Ft.Drum and I know you're with him and that means so much!"
Kami of Edinburgh, Indiana

"Thinking of you tonight old friend. They got him. Rest in peace."
Lexie Sohrakoff Karsch of California

"Brian- You were such a great guy and friend. I will never forget playing tennis with you and the days we worked at Domino's together before you served your country. Thanks for being a great friend and a true American Hero."
Kenny Wilson of Edinburgh, Indiana/USA

"To the family of:Brian D. Hazelgrove
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 remember you from the days at Ft.Campbell, you worked down the hall from the rest of us 96Romeos. Romeo's do live forever brother, just not here, we all will see each other later, but for now Brian, just rest..just rest..."
SFC(R) Richard Billings of Ft. Huachuca, AZ

"Hazelgrove, you were my buddy. I will forever cherish our fishing trips at Ft. Campbell and shooting pool at the Black Horse Saloon. You're the best guy I've ever known."
Cpl. Joe Cochran of Kennesaw, GA

"May 22,2009. As we gathered in Franklin for the 4th Friday festivities, we are very aware of the price you paid to make this lovely day free from fear,free from worry possible.. I didn't know you or your family,but you are much in my thoughts today. To Brian's family: May God bless you and comfort you."
Average Jane of Franklin,Indiana

"January 17, 2009
To the family of CW2 Brian D. Hazelgrove:
Brian 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

In looking for you to catch up, I came across this page. We went to AIT in AZ and were roommates in Korea. Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice, you were an awesome guy and will be missed. But you always needed work on your jump shot, LOL."
Yobanec Reyes of Tampa, FL

"Brian - You were a great friend of mine who will be missed and loved by all. We went through basic and AIT together and man we had some great times me you and Perry. It was great to run back into you at Ft. Campbell in 96. I love you man and god bless you. Romeos!!! Your Friend Jim Carnes"
Jim Carnes of ardmore, ok

"Brian - You were a great friend of mine who will be missed and loved by all. We went through basic and AIT together and man we had some great times me you and Perry. It was great to run back into you at Ft. Campell in 96. I love you man and god bless you. Romeos!!! Your Friend Jim Carnes"
Jim Carnes of ardmore, ok

"Brian- I keep thinking it will get easier knowing you are not here anymore, but as Memorial Day and your birthday approaches, it brings back more memories and I realize just how much I miss you. Thank you for all you have done for our country. You will always be remembered as one of my greatest friends and I will never forget you."

"Dearest Friend Brian,words can't express the sad emptyness I feel even years after your last flight.I thought at first I'd be o.k.,after time had healed the wounds..but now I truly know the hole in my soul will never go away,infact it just seems more clear to me how irreplacable our friendship was, from little kids until that day.I miss our football games at the Brownfields,our swimming at the Acres,our horseback riding at Lamb Lake,our vacations,and mostly the weekend road trips.Oh God how we all miss you bro!"
Michael Young of Princess Lakes,IN

"We remember Brian fondly and are so saddened by his loss."
SGT Walla of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Brian you will be sadley miss and things are not the same without you. I miss the days where you call me koolaid bro. i love you man rest in peace and god bless"
Julius (Koolaid boogie) Eldridge of Sierra Vista, AZ

"Brian "Grover"... it has taken me a long time to write here. Its hard to lose a dear friend and even harder to think of words to describe how your loss effects those you have touched. I can remember back in the day, running around in Korea with you.. we were big PV2s and the world was ours.... we seemed to run into each other alot through the years.. Korea, Ft Campbell, back in Korea, and finally for the last time back at good ole Ft Campbell... love ya bro.. see ya soon!"
SFC Kenneth Forsythe of Ft Campbell, KY

"happy birthday brian. we miss you."

"I saw you 3 days before your departure from this Earth. I hadn't seen you in a long time and was very glad to see an old friend. You were a great friend, mentor and Platoon Sergeant. The Alpha Wolves wouldn't have been the same without you. You helped me and my family through some rough times and you are missed very much. My heart goes to Kim and the children. Remember, ROMEOS TO THE END!!"
SGT(P) Steven Fountain of Ft. Huachuca, AZ

"The Nation and the US Army has lost one of its greatest soldiers and leaders. Brian and I met at BNCOC in 1998 and we were soldiers and friends together at 311th MI BN, Ft Campbell. I was the only guy at the baby shower and you and I sat in the corner of the room, talking about you becoming a Warrant Officer. I will never forget our talks, our time venting to one another, and the time you, the referee, called back my touchdown in the officer/enlisted football game. We lost. I think we argued for a week. Brother Brian, you are truely missed. I think of you often, and I always keep your family in my prayers. May God be with all of us soldiers as we continue the fight that you so galantly fought. I miss you Brotha."
CW2 Kent Bagley of Ft Meade, MD

You are an inspiration to those of us who wear the uniform. A piece of you is forever placed beneath the U.S. ARMY patch that covers our hearts. We will always defend our Great Nation with the same Loyalty, Honor, and Self-less Sacrifice in which you have shown us. Thank you for your service. God Bless!"
SFC Jason C. Lollar of HHC 113th Support Battalion, Columbus, IN

"Brian- What a hero you are. I am very proud to have called you my friend.
tonya clark of Edinburgh Indiana

"Brian I was so sad to find out it was really you that died for our country. I went to high school with Brian in Edinburgh Indiana. I moved away to Tennessee and lost contact with everyone. Then I read about this in the newspaper I am deeply sadin by you being gone. I know you passed doing what you loved with a smile on your face. God Bless the family and friends of Brian D Hazelgrove,You are a Fallen Hero for sure. Thanks for putting your life on the line for the USA.In our sight your gone but in our hearts you will always be. GOD BLESS"
Brandy Estes of Formally Edinburgh, Now Millington Tennessee USA

"Tonight I walked the dog down to the Johnson County Court House to pay tribute and reflect on the sacrifices made by these brave men. I can't tel you how shocked I was to see the Cross with Brian's name on it. Of course it should be there, I hadn't forgotten him, nothing like that..it just...surprised me and made me profoundly sad for his family. Rest in Peace Brian. Thank you for your service to our country, I will never forget. 5/31/2004"
MAR of Franklin, Indiana


Just when I think that I've forgotten you and can deal with you being gone. You pop up again, in a picture, in The Book, in conversation, and the hole left open in the Crazyhorse Troop soul by your absence is revealed again. Memorial Day is now almost too real to face.

See you on Fiddler's Green, brother!"
CW2 Bill Lincoln of Iraq

"Brian was our neighbor in flight school. My husband, Kevin was in his WOC class, and is serving in Iraq. We are both deeply saddened by his loss. My heart goes out to his family and to his son. Your daddy is a hero, he was a terriffic friend, and great man. He will be missed."
Kevin and Lisa Herrick of Fort Bragg, NC

"Brian you will be and have been so missed!! me and my family think and remember you every day. The time you spent here in alabama was so special to us, you truley touched everyone you met. Thank you for the memories, thank you for being apart of our wedding and our lives. Kim is in our thoughts and you are in our memories. we love you so much!!"
Mel, Robb, Nikki of Pell city, alabama

I can't express how much I miss you. I will never forget how much fun we had when I visited you on the Army base in Fort Campbell, Ky. You are one of a kind and I will never forget you. Thank you for all that you have done for me and everyone else in this country."
Misty of Edinburgh, IN

"I was very sad to hear about Brian, he is the first soldier I actually knew that gave his life for his country. I have known Brian for several years, as a classmate at Indian Creek as well as Edinburgh. Brian was always a very funny person, he could always make the entire class laugh (except for maybe the teacher) :) Brian has made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and for that I am very grateful. My prayers are with his family and children."
Kelli Jones of Trafalgar, IN

"Brian was a former classmate of mine, we graduated together in 1993. I am very proud of him to have laid his life on the line for america's freedom. Brian will be sadley missed by all that knew him."
kim giles of edinburgh, indiana

"Brian, you will be sadley missed by all that knew you."
kim giles of edinburgh, indiana

"Brian was a friend of mine while a student and athlete at Edinburgh. The greatest sacrifice is to lay down your life for your friends and your country. Words cannot express. Thank you."
SSgt Robert T. Montgomery USAF of Cleveland Military Entrance Processing Station, Broadview Heights, OH

"Warrant Officer Hazelgrove, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Low Flight"

Dedicated to Brian D. Hazelgrove

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,

And Hovered out of Ground Effect on Semi-Ridgid Blades.

Earthward I've Auto'ed, and met the Rising Brush of Non-Paved Terrain;

And done a thousand things you would never care to.

Skidded and Dropped and Flared Low in the Heat Soaked Roar.

Confined there, I've chased the Earthbound Traffic

And Lost the race due to Insignificant Headwinds.

Forward and up a Little in Ground Effect,

I've Topped the Admirals hedge with drooping turns,

Where never SkyHawk nor even Tomcat Flew.

Shaking and Pulling Collective, I've Lumberd

The Low untresspassed Halls of Victor Airways;

Put out my Hand, and Touched a Tree.

Today Brian you Fly with Angels. Thank you for your Dedication and Sacrifice. "Godspeed Chief..."
Dennis B. Dray Maj (R) ARNG of Tucson, AZ

I am so sorry. I will never forget you; and I will always cherish the memories. I could never properly thank you for the way in which you have wonderfully changed my life. In our hearts always with love and no regrets,Meg & Noal"
Meg of Montgomery, AL

"We were friends since basic training in 1994. Brian rest in peace my friend. You will never be forgotten."
SFC Chad Anderson of Ft Bragg, NC

"Brian was one of my students in the OH-58DR Flight School XXI program. It was an honor teaching him his chosen trade. Brian was as good as they come. He will truly be missed."
CW2 Andy Fisher of Fort Rucker, AL


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

"Brian was also a classmate of mine, as well as my neighbor. I can't count the number of times we spent fighting about stupid things, but that was Brian - stubborn and always right! I'll miss our arguments as well as our laughter. My thoughts and prayers are with his family..."
Kami Coffman Ervin of Edinburgh, IN

"Brian was a friend of ours back in high school (Edinburgh, Indiana). He was quite a character and a joy to be around. We will certainly never forget the sacrifice that he made for each of us. We pray for comfort and peace for Brian's family. A comfort that can only come from our Lord Jesus Christ. We will always remember you partner!"
Joe and Susan Lollar of Edinburgh, Indiana

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness and loss. Thanks to Brian for fighting for our freedom and country. He is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We Will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Brian grew up on my street; from my front porch, I can see his parents' house. Like a lot of teenage boys (including my own), Brian caused his folks a certain amount of worry and concern, but he grew into a man any parent would be proud to claim as his own.

In a hundred years, all of us will have left this place, leaving little to recommend us, but the history of our nation will never forget the name of Brian Hazelgrove of Edinburgh, Indiana."
Gene Redding of Edinburgh, Indiana

"The world will not be the same without you. You will be missed! Always remember the "ALPHA WOLVES"
"Ride, baby ride the stallion....311th MI Battalion." That was your cadence my brother!"
SGM John Peters of Bagdad, Iraq

"CW2 Hazelgrove:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely and safely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace soldier."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Brian Hazelgrove, 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 CW2 Brian Hazelgrove:
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 Brian 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 CW2 Brian Hazelgrove:
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 Brian, 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