Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Mark J. Kasecky

20, of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania.
Kasecky died in Al Karmah, Iraq, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's Battery C, 1st Battalion, 107th Field Artillery Regiment, Oil City, Pennsylvania. Died on May 16, 2004.

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"mark i still thing bout u until this day u was like a brother to me u did everything for us in we love you in will never forget bout u are the things u did for all of us love you always bro"
erickasecky of wilmerding

"To the family of:Mark J. Kasecky
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"1-15-11"

"Gone but not and never forgotten.Your memory will always be with me and that terrible night will haunt me to the day I die.Your Scorpion brother,SGT Ellison George"
Sgt Ellison George of Franklin,PA/USA

"May 7, 2009
To the family of Spc. Mark J. Kasecky:
Mark 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 can not express my grief for your family, I knew Mark for I went to basic and AIT at Fort Lenorard Wood with him. He was in fact my bunk mate and i dont know if he ever told you about the mattress fight we had one day in the barracks. He was a good man and I do think of him often, he is great missed."
robert galleguezschulte of fort lewis, wa

"I am very sorry to hear about your child’s death through the website Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. We would like to invite you to join us at noon on this Saturday, May 17 at the Homewood Cemetery located in Squirrel Hill (1599 S. Dallas Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 – phone for directions 412.421.1822) to honor the fifth anniversary of the death of Gary G's (former WEDO disc jockey) daughter, Cathy, who died in a fire. Upon Cathy's death, Gary started Cathy G Charities to carry on her work with the local homeless (on streets and in shelters), Veterans Administration, anyone who has a need etc. I do pro-bono work as the charities Public Relations Representative.

Since Gary is a disabled veteran, he especially wanted to invite the relative/friends of fallen heroes to our memorial. We have invited others who lost their sons and daughters and Gary will be stocking the beautiful cemetery pond with 900 goldfish and releasing doves after reading the names of the sons and daughters who have passed on.

Thank you for your interest. You can reach me immediately by phone at 412.673.9443 or Gary at 412.583.8560 or 412.373.5687. Please let us know if you can attend and the name of your loved one. Also please inform us if you cannot attend, but want your son or daughter’s name mentioned at our ceremony."
Janet Fabyankovic of Monroeville, PA, USA

"My prayers still go out to Marks family and friends. It was tough for all of us, but I can't think of any feeling that could be worse than to lose your own child. My heart goes out to all of Marks family. Mark was a great guy, and lives on through everyone that was close to him.
RIP Mark.. A True American Hero. You will never be forgotten."
Nicole of McKees Rocks

"mark words don't explain how much your missed ,i think about you all the time you were funny as hell and always had my back , you are my brother and il never forget you. there's to much to say about you i could go on and on..Thanks for everything R.I.P love you and miss you bro!"
eric t. of mckees rocks pa

"Thanks to everyone who has left our family a message in memory of mark. Mark was not just my cousin but my best friend. We miss him dearly.. HE was a great young man. And to the families who have lost a loved one in the service you are as well in mine and my families thoughts and prayers

R.I.P Marky.. we love and miss you

ps.. Thanks for coming back to us in Jayden.. He is just like you..

Love always
kayla of Pgh, pa

"May I simply take pause from my life to simply and beautifully say "Thank You." I know you can't read what I say here and I doubt they will ever know what my thank you means on a personal level. I don' t envision an afterlife elsewhere and the permanence of the sacrifice makes your devotion to the cause all that greater."
Paul Plaizier of Layton Utah

"First off,my prayers go out to Mark and his family.He was a good guy and had a good heart.He use to talk to me sometimes when I was over his house when i was having problems,and he use to tell me how hes going to give the money he gets from the army to his family.I never thought anything like this would of happened to him but he is still in my heart and everyone elses.He was well known,for his dedication and for just being himself.He is a good guy and I cant wait to see him again someday.R.I.P Ill never forget you.And to Marks family:God Bless and I hope everything works out for you's."
NiCoLe M. of McKees Rocks


"i send my prayers to marks family and we all love and miss you. you'll be in our hearts and thoughts forever"
lisa of mckees rocks

"My name is SPC John Coogan, BRTY C, 1/107th FA. I was in Mark's platoon in Iraq.
Mark was a hell of a guy. He could make you laugh when you really needed it. He tried to be a tough guy, but I could see the caring heart that was underneath the facade. He was a great guy, fellow soldier, and a brother. Rest in Peace Mark."
John Coogan of Franklin, PA

"to mark man you was my boy we played football together in high school you always was the guy who could make us laugh, to your parents you had a brave son and a good man i know i will never forget him hes the reason why i decided to join the army"
chai livingston of mckees rocks pa

"Dearest Kasecky family- We are holding your family up in prayer. We will not forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made. My son is also a member of the 107th out of New Castle. Andy's mom, K.K."
K.K. of PA

"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 Mark, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"Soldier Mark Kasecky, you died for me and my fellow americans. I solute you and mourn your passing. You were very young and fought for me. I feel for the kin you leave behind."
Mick Kaffenberger of Carson City, NV

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

"To the family of SPC Mark Kasecky, we offer our sincere condolences. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. We too lost a son in Baghdad, PFC Bradley Kritzer, age 19, on May 5, 2004. They are our HERO's which we will never forget, but they are also our children whom we loved dearly. May our memories carry us through these dark days ahead and may God give us peace and understanding and comfort our hearts. God Bless"
Roger and Sharon Kritzer of Irvona/PA/USA

"I am in 8th grade and we were learing about how many people were dying in Iraq. He is included in our prayers. If there is a family member I would appreciate it if you could email me back at RockNRollGrlAA90@aol.com so I can write my report on this hero.""
Student at Emmet Belknap of NY

"To Mark's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and great sacrifice for our country."
F. Smith of Pennsylvania

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

"Aunt Emily,

My name is Rick Land, Dick & Ann Land oldest son. Mom was Johnny's brother. I am so sorry about Mark. I know he did not die in vain in Iraq. I too was in the military in the same unit as my cousin, so I understand your lose.

If you want to write or call me please do.

214 Cranbrooke Drive
Coraopolis PA 15108-9119
Richard W. Land of Coraopolis, PA

"Aunt Emily,

My name is Rick Land, Dick & Ann Land oldest son. Mom was Johnny's brother. I am so sorry about Mark. I know he did not die in vain in Iraq.

I am retired now from the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and I was also with the Headquarters Battery, 1/107th Field Artillery as the Unit Administrator. Same unit as my cousin.

If you want to write or call please do.

214 Cranbrooke Drive
Coraopolis PA 15108-9119
Richard W. Land of Coraopolis, PA

"To Mark's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Mark's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Mark Kasecky, 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. Mark Kasecky:
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 Mark 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. Mark Kasecky:
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 Mark, 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