Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Brian R. Hellerman

35, of Freeport, Minnesota.
An Iraqi vehicle opened fire on Hellerman's unit in Baghdad, Iraq. He died of injuries received during the ambush. Hellerman was assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion, 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on August 6, 2003.

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"Thinking of you today, know your birthday is in a few days. I still remember living across the hall from you in 4th/325 and all the Mortars/Scouts rivalries - now we are here. Until Valhalla my brother."
D - of Tampa, Fl

"You lead us with courage that night like you did many Before but for what ever reason my brother you were taken from us standing next to you that night will always be my greatest moments it has been too long since I said your name brother love PFC Miglicco"
Miglicco of San Antonio tx

"To the family of SSG Brian Hellerman,
I grew up with Brian...and from my earliest memories of him, he had a deep seated desire to serve his country! I have great memories of hanging out at the Skating Place and driving around in his FORD pickup truck with AC/DC blasting. We both joined the military, but he wanted to do more and that's why he joined the 82nd Airborne... I remember talking with him about his excitement and how with rounds coming at him in his jump in Panama, adrenaline kicked in and he completed his mission, only to realize later when he saw the bullet hole in his uniform just how close the rounds had come.
Brian was a great friend and a Patriot. I just want you to know that he loved you dearly and he will be missed."
SFC Scott Middendorf, ARNG, retired of Melrose, MN

"To the Wife, Children and Parents of SSG Hellerman,

I served with SSG Hellerman within C Co. 2/325 AIR. Although its been a while, i still remember him as reserved, glasses, worked hard, tried his best, never had anything negative to say about anyone. I still remember his wife and children from a family function. I carry his memory within me because he was an honorable man. Best of family wishes,

SSG Hernandez
Carlos Hernandez of Bakersfield California

"S/Sgt Hellerman,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just during OIF but for your service in Panama and Desert Storm as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Airborne All The Way Let's Go!"

"Thinking of you today Brother! Miss You!"
Tyson of ID

"I served with Brian in B co 4/325. Brian was a great guy. He was new to the unit and his first jump out of jump school was a combat jump into Panama. You will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Trooper."
John Poillucci of Haverhill, MA

"Brian, You always made me laugh and you were a true friend. I hope your dancing with Jesus and smiling down on us!

- Served with Brian in B co 4/35 AIR"
Aaron Crow of Canton, GA 30114

"I knew Brian back in 4/325 AIR in the early 90's. He was a great trooper. I saw his name on the memorial at Bragg and I wept. I took a picture and have it posted on our 4/325 AIR Gold Falcon group page. I also posted this link to it for all of us to come to this site. God Bless Brian and his family. He will always be held in high regard with us! All the Way, Airborne!"
Rob Lowery of Rockton, IL

". "To the family of Brian R. Hellerman ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"It's been a long while, But I still remember you and will never forget. Wish things went better and want to believe things happened for a reason but still don't know what that is. I know Iraq is better know because of you but it should not have cost you. Love and and you are always in my Dreams."

"This is Katie, Katelyn's best friend. I feel for her in this pain, long years of pain she has been feeling and will forever feel for her and her family. May her father Brian Hellermann rest in peace and never be forgotten for his heroic duty's."
Katie Herrera of Hopemills, NC

"Hey daddy this is Katelyn. I just wanted to say HAPPY BIRTH DAY. And i miss you so much. I love you."
Katelyn Hellermann of Hope Mills, NC

"I had the personal honor of serving with Brian in B co 4/325 AIR. during the late 80's and early 90's and will never forget the good times. Rest In Peace my brother. God be with Brian and his family. Never Forgotten"
SGT Richard Jackson of 425 BSTB Fort Richardson, AK

"I dont know you or your family. I do know though that you are up in heaven serving with my fallen soldier. I want your family to know, I feel your pain. I know its hard and the pain never seems to get easier but with Heavenly Father help you will continue. I just want your family to know your thought of and prayed for. Thankyou for your sacrifices."
amanda mier of Hopkinsville, Ky Usa

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Brian R. Hellerman:
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

"Brian its been a while and we all still miss you and think of you. The faces and people have all changed in Charlie Company but the old guy's your peers still hold you in high regard and will never forget the sacrifice you made. You are a true hero and we will be in heaven with you soon. Until then have a good jump and the winds are 5 knots and holding"
SFC Escamilla, Paul E. of D.C.

"Hope your family is doing well man. Bet those kids are growing up fast. They're lucky to have a father like you. Miss you man."

"Thanks for all your hard work and sacrifices you made for our country.I was in Afghanistan on my second tour three days before leaving theatre I heard about your death.My condolences to the proud parents of SSG Hellerman. I know you miss him each day and each day goes by and it never gets easier.He may be gone,but his spirit still exists.He'll be missed by alot of people,but never forgotten.RIP my fellow Airborne Paratrooper rest peacefully your work is done.Keep your feet and knees together AIRBORNE all the way!!
Anonymous of Minneapolis MN

"Jenn and I miss you, my friend."
Dave of Ft Bragg

"You will always be in my mind and heart, we brothers will never forget each other."
Tyson Hunt of Pocatello, Idaho

"I had the honor of serving with SSG Hellerman in B co. 4/325th back in '89-'90. May he rest in peace."
Charles of Arlington, TX

"To the family of Brian R. Hellerman:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"I need to tell you that you will never be forgotten. I will always remember you and the advice that you gave me o so long before the thought of Iraq was even possible. I have your initial tatooed on my arm along with Huggins, Guerrera, and Gilbert. Not so that I won't forget, but as a tool to use to tell people about you and your sacrifice. RLTW"
Chris Allgood of Nashville, TN

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across Hellerman my heart still hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/6/04

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

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

"I want to express my deepest sympathy to Sgt. Hellerman's family. My family knows the sadness and loss you are feeling. My nephew PFC Kyle Gilbert was killed during the same ambush, along side of Sgt. Hellerman. We think of your family often, and truly appreciate the sacrafice your family has made. They are in heaven now and will always be in our hearts. May God bless all of our troups."
Cheryl Petersen of Brattleboro, VT, USA

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 Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Brian Hellerman, 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

"As a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard for the past 25 years.My heart goes out to all our fallen Heroes , past and present. may god keep and bless you.To Brian, his family and friends.May I say you are in my prayers.As a fellow Minnesotan. I will be fishing this weekend and when I'm on the lake.I will look to the sky, say a special prayer for a soldier I never knew and touch the water.Thank you Brian."
SSGT. Rory Chavez of St. Paul , MN.

"My heart goes out the family and friends of Brian Hellerman. May God comfort you in your time of grief. My deepest gratitude to SSGT Hellerman for his service to this country. God Bless."

"To the Family you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills,Florida

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Brian Hellerman:
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 Staff Sgt. Brian Hellerman:
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