Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Michael G. Karr, Jr.

23, of San Antonio, Texas.
Karr died in Habbaniyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device hit his armored personnel carrier. He was assigned to the Army's 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on March 31, 2004.

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"I just want to say, I didn't know Michael personally, he was my parent's friend, and my namesake. I recently, over the last 5-10 years inherited a lot of his belongings from my dad, and I just want to let it be known that they are in good care, and are being taken care of / used well and kept clean. I am on my way to serve my country just as he did, maybe in a different path, but I have to carry on a variety of burdens...

Thank you, and god bless.

-Michael Vincent Legary, 17, Highlands Ranch Colorado- Midshipman Candidate (USNA Class of 2027)"
Michael Legary of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, U.S.A

"Michael, I just want everyone to know what an outstanding young man you were. It has been 16 years since that sad and tragic day in Iraq. You and the other Soldiers we lost that day will never be forgotten. I pray that your family has been able to find peace and comfort. May God bless and keep them in his loving arms. Rest in peace my brother."
Donald Dosch of Piedmont, SD

"Thank you for your loving thoughts and prayers. Today is 9/11/2012--Michael told me that on this day in 2001 he knew he had to join the military. I am Michael's mother, Kim Sine. I pray everyday for our soldiers both near and far--especially those who have lost their life in our search for freedom for all people. I pray for our military leaders that they may have wisdom in the decisions they make. I thank God for my kind, loving son and his so funny personality. He was a good son, a good brother, and a good man. The Lord only lent him to me for a short while but in my soul I know God has a special plan for our family.
Thank you to all of you who continue to pray for us. Thank you for the memories you share. I would love to hear more of those memories dksine@directv.net"
Kim Sine, Mother of Mt. Vernon, TX

"I thought of Michael today. I knew Michael when he and my husband were medics together at Ft Riley. He always made me laugh. I am really happy that I knew him. He is one of my heroes. I hope that no one ever forgets his sacrifice. I know that I won't."
Shannon Howard of Plainfield, IL

"To the family of:Michael G.Karr
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""

"Hello It's me "Cookie". I am honored to say that served with you in battle. You were a great man and a great Medic. Thanks for always kicking my butt at chess. everyday i think of "The 9". I love you Brother. My flag will always fly at half staff.

Spc. Elmer "Cookie" cooke of Albuquerque, NM USA

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"March 15, 2009
To the family of Spc. Michael G. Karr, Jr.:
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

"Re: Spc Michael Greg Karr

I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,700 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 238 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Massachusetts

"Re: Spc Michael Greg Karr

I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,700 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 238 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Massachusetts

"love ya man, ill never forget what we talked about in the PX"
Meekins of Philadelphia

"A hero bracelet was found on the beach in Sea Grove, Florida during the week of July 25th. We would like to return the bracelet if possible, you can email me at elaineisley@bellsouth.net."
Elaine Isley of Smyrna, GA

"I didnt have the honor to have met Michael, but I wanted to let you know that reading the memories folks have jotted down here, I am sad and sorry for the loss. please know he will never be forgotten."

"Kim, my friend. I write to you today to say that I have not forgotten the sacrifice that Michael made for us. I also have not forgotten you. You touched my son first by caring for him, then you touched me with your concern for him and your prayer that I would never have to suffer as you have. Tonight I watched a News 8 special on the Cost of War in Texas. I did not see Michael's name - I did not forget and will not forget him. I hold you close to my heart."
Jean Carrell of Mt. Vernon, Texas USA

"I don't know how to start this message. I was a medic in 1st Engineers and served with Karr. We were a family and as his family knows losing a member is never easy. I remember Karr everytime I salute the flag, I remember him when I wanna quit during a run, I remember him on more than Memorial Day. You are deeply missed and it was a pleasure to serve with you."
SPC Hamidah Pierce of Baumholder, Germany

"Thank you to everyone who has posted something on this page. My family and I appreciate it and our thankful that so many people cared for Michael. I would love for people to email me at erinmsine@yahoo.com and tell me the great memories you had of my brother! Once again thank you to everyone."
Erin Sine-Michael's sister of Denton, TX

"To My great Friend Mike,
To the friends and family of my dear friend mike. I was Mike's battle buddy at Basic training. After Basic training i never heard from him again. However, after i came back from a deployment with the 5th Special Forces Group, I had heard of the loss. I am more than terribly sorry for the loss of Mike. He was alone one of the most dedicated soldiers i had knew, along with one of the most caring. We will all truly miss his comical relief and caring attitude towards everyone. I'll miss you mike, you always gave me a laugh while helping me climb over the wall of trial. I hope you all feel as if i do about mike. To michaels family, I would like to extend a hand in prayer and would love to meet with you to talk. I am terribly sorry about your loss, and Mike was one of the greatest friends i had known."
SSG Christopher Gorman of Big Rapids, Michigan, USA

"Tomorrow, March 31st, marks the 2 year anniversary of Michael giving his last full measure of devotion in service to his country. Not a day goes by that I don't think about those five heroes. Not a day goes by that I don't honor their sacrifice. I am profoundly sorry that the cost of our liberty is so high. Things happen for a reason. We can't always understand why as hard as we try.

I wanted to write this note because I love my son and wanted to honor him on the anniversary of his sacrifice.

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!""
Doyle Hufstedler of Abilene, Texas

"to:michael family Ilose all my friend in viet nam I cant forget eventhought is more than 26 years but what is keeping me alive is that one day i see then because we are not in this world for ever god bless that honorable HEROES"
luis medina of new york city

"To Michael's family,
I knew Michael from 7th grade until he graduated from high school. He was a good friend. I'm sorry for your loss and will keep you all in my prayers."
Spc. Ted Ford of Garland ,Tx.

"Karr - you were such a cool guy.
I remember you used to always stop by the aid station when your convoy came up to Ramadi, and you always seemed to have a smile on your face no matter what.
You were a smart cookie, and always knew how to get under my skin as well. :) But you were part of my "family" in the army, and fit in with the rest of us perfectly. We were a mess after we found out you died, but we all pulled through and got out of there together.
True, I lost part of my "family" from Ramadi along the way, and abandoned some of them as well - but all differences aside, it's great to know that my son, Vincent Michael, smiles and laughs just as much as you did.
He is named for your memory - and was created just around the time that you left this world.

I hope that your family is finding peace, and are happy that you have found a new place to bless with your smile.

With comfort and peace to your loved ones,

Stephanie McAtee of Denver, CO

"Karr was there for me when 1st ENG was hit the first time, I was a mess and he calmed me down. He told me I did everything I could and it wasn't my fault. I was back here on Riley working at the clinic when Karr was killed I was told about it and I didn't believe it, they had to show me a memo staying Dealth to a Solider Member I was reading it and all I kept saying was I knew him, I knew him I lived with him I worked with him before Iraq and he's a medic like me why Karr I was a mess all over again and I had nobody to calm me down. I still think of him every time I see a 1st ENG solider I have a list of 9 guys go through my head and Karr is the first."
Spc Koepke of Ft. Riley

"SPC Karr,

I remember your enthusiam. I remember your dedication to your men, your unit, your mission. I remember your eagerness, your can-do attitude, your tackling any problem that came your way without batting an eye. I remember your lighthearted spirit, I remember your easy laugh, and I remember your smile.

It's hard to believe it's almost been a year, Mike. I remember your service - and I remember your sacrifice.

It was an honor to serve with you. You enriched all those whose lives you touched.

Michael Kwan, M.D., (former) Battalion Surgeon, 1-34 Armor of San Antonio, TX

"I attended the Memorial Service in Mount Vernon, and on the square. This was the first military service for me to attend. After going to the service I decided to look into volunteering for a deployment. I am in the Texas National Guard and I am know activated going to Iraq. This is to Micheal's mother, I have spoke with you before and I want you to be proud that your loss, encouraged me to leave my wife and kids to go and fight in the name of your son and all Fallen Heros."
Sgt Jason Coates of Mount Vernon, TX/ Ft. Hood, TX

"I know there are no words to comfort you in your loss, but I hope you
find some small measure of comfort in the fact that you and your family
are in our thoughts and prayers. Rest assured your son Michael and the sacrifice he made for his country and for us will never be forgotten. Those five young men who “ gave their last full measure of devotion” that day shall remain in my heart always.

Doyle M. Hufstedler JR.
Father of Lt Doyle M Hufstedler III"
Doyle Hufstedler of Abilene ,Texas

"Last summer me and my mom flew to Texas,in the seat next to me was a "Friendly Texan", Mike. In the week that we were there I had the honor of getting to know him, but I felt as I had known him my whole life. I had the pleasure of meeting his amazing sister and Dad,we have never met people so kindhearted as Mike and his family. While we were there we went to Feista Texas, I have this funny picture of all of us riding a water ride,when I look at the picture now I look at it and see all along I was sitting next to an angel. I never knew him as a stranger only as a friend, there will always be a speacial place in my heart for Mike and his family who are are in our prayers and thoughts everyday.Thank you for all that you have given. God Bless You!"
Christy Spradley of Orlando,Florida

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

"Hello, I met Michael last year when I visited with my best friend's fiance Manuel Beza. Manny and Michael lived across the hall from each other. We would raid Karr's room for all the latest DVD releases and make fun of him when he couldn't figure out how to connect his speakers. He would then make fun of us in return when we would play silly card games...get a life you crazy Texans...but he was a crazy texan too. I will miss his face, his humor, and his party hard attitude. My sympathy goes out to his family. I will think of him always, he is never forgotten."
Heather Kidd of Fort Worth, TX, USA

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 "

"God bless brave souls such as Michael G. Karr, Jr. May God bless the family for his service to this great country. Michael Karr will always be remembered for the hero that he was, is, and always will be."
anonymous of Mount Vernon, TX USA

"To the Family of Michael Karr:
On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss, the same pain. Our prayers go out to you and we thank you and your son for making the ultimate sacrifice.
the Family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas of San Antonio, TX
KIA, Iraq 12/28/03"
Gloria Caldas of San Antonio, TX

"To Michael's family:
There are no words to express our deep sorry for your loss. Maybe God bless you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Michael Karr, 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

"To the family and friends of Spc. Michael Karr, 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 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 Karr, 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 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