Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott R. Mchugh

33, of Boca Raton, Florida.
Mchugh died in the Al Anbar Province as a result of hostile fire. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14, Jacksonville, Florida. Died on May 2, 2004.

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Thinking about you today. I knew you through Tuyen, and I remember coming to your guys house when I was in nursing school during my breaks to munch on whatever food you guys had in the house:) You were a fantastic man, and every year I think of you...Your service will never be forgotten.."
Bianca of San Francisco, CA

"Dear McHugh Family and Friends.

I first read about Scott in the Staten Island advance on September 11, 2011 Titled "SI Sons who gave all in the war on terror". There was a reference with troop 74. My name is Tim Donnelly. Myself and a couple of friends restored the Scouting Program at Sacred Heart. Pack and Troop 74 is back and has been running well for the past 3 + years. As a project the Boy Scouts restored the 911 memorial at Sacred Heart Church. This weekend May 6 we are having a ceremony adding Scott's memory to the fold of 911 victims of the Parish. Three Bleeding Heart Bushes were planted in Scott's Name. If there is anyone in the area of Staten Island on May 6th, 2012, the ceremony will start after the 1130 mass. I apoligise for the short notice and i hope this message finds you well..."
Tim Donnelly of Staten Island

"I've never met Scott nor did I know who he was until yesterday when I ran for him in the annual Run for the fallen 5K in Ruskin Fl 22 Aug. I will never forget the experience and I am very grateful for the sacrifice he has made. He made an impact on my life just yesterday alone, the entire time I ran I thought of him and the sacrifices that all of our fallen have made.

May he RIP,

God Bless.

SSgt Joshua Lopez USAF"
Josh of Tampa, FL


"I love you Scott, and you will always be my best friend and in my heart forever!! I miss you so so much. Thank you for servicing this country. xoxo"
Kimberly Mercy-Wagner of Ronkonkoma, NY

"Please receive my upmost sincere condolences to The McHugh family and to all his friends, even if it has been appox 6 years since the loss of Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott R. McHugh.
There are no words that can describe the sorrow I feel, the shock and awe I am experiencing at the moment I write this message concerning the fallen USN CO 205 boot camp shipmate and good friend that Scott McHugh was to me. We went through a lot together at the start of our military career in San Diego, CA as new recruits. I remember him vividly as he was a very caring, warm and funny guy and made a lot of the fellow new recruits laugh. I am very sad to say that I never had the chance to get back in touch with him after I left USN. Rest in peace my good friend, I will never forget you ever!!!
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and may God watch apon you and your family forever. Here is the message that he personally wrote to me in my USN "The Anchor" book right after graduation:

"Florida Boy, What's up? We're out of this place!! Enjoyed making it through with a local Florida bro!! Good Luck to you wherever you are stationed. Look me up in Japan, or Boca. Peace, GO NAVY!"

Scott McHugh"
Hector I. Andino of North Lauderdale, FL USA

"I was a good friend of Scott through his fiance Tuyen. Him and Tuyen used to let me hang out with them when I was in between my nursing classes at FAU because going to their house was closer than going to mine. They were family to me...I miss him often. But more so because I know my friend loved him very, very, very much. I knew his passion for this country and I knew his courage. Thank you Scott for you courage to fight for us less couragous. You are greatly missed;"
Bianca of Royal Palm Beach, FL

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

Mr McHugh,I met you at the last memorial gathering.However,this is to both of you.Through my reserve time with scott we became good friends.It's taken me almost 6 years to finally get the will to write about the SENITOR.He will always be that to me and I will never forget him.God bless you both and you will see our senitor agian.I miss him and GOD bless you both"
CM2 Rymond of Bunnell,Fl

"I am a retired Senior Chief Petty Officer. I never knew Scott but today I ran in memory of him in the Run for the Fallen in Ruskin FL. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifce so that I may live in freedom."
CTTCS(AW)(RET) Lan Repinski of Tampa, FL

"May God Bless you all."
Leila Shipman of Texas

"To the family of Scott Mchugh:
Iam sorry for your loss and will always remember Scott and that day in Iraq.I remember him while we were talking about politics and how he was on the commission.I was with Scotts Seabee battallion over there. I just want to thank him for being a friend over there. Hes a true great American.God Bless!"
John Vitali of Largo, Florida

"April 28, 2009
To the family of Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott R. McHugh:
Scott 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

"Its been a few years since we had what was our last beer at the palm beach airport before you left for training on your way to Iraq. The thought of not being able to do all of the fun things we did together still brings me to tears. The inscription brothers till the end will never fade nor will the love I felt and still feel for you. You are a rare friend your friendship was and still is the best gift I ever received. Best Friends Always"
Jon Mogor of Boynton Beach Florida

"This past Sunday, the day before Memorial Day, our church honored your son and others by having his name on a small flag to be placed in front of our church from now through July 4th. There are approximately 6,000 flags altogether. I was the person who was randomly given your son's flag. I want you to know I carried it in a prayer walk respectfully...prayed for you and your son...and shed tears in his memory. I am humbled by the sacrifice he made so that others like me may experience freedom. May God Bless you and America!"
J. Rowley of Orlando, FL

"Scott I"am wearing your KIA bracelet in your honor"
Roy L Hazzard of Milford,DE USA

"I only heard of Scott's passing this evening 4/27/06, approximately 2 years from the date of his death and am deeply saddened. Scott & I were high school friends (class of '90) and he was someone I genuinely liked and respected. I remember in class how he would tease me that I had bad choices in music so he would make me audio tapes of Jimi Hendrix & the Doors to expand my horizons. I still have those tapes and listening to them now will take on a more special meaning. God Bless You Scott"
Dan Sandler of Boca Raton. FL

"The Fifer George Weissenfels Society Children of the American Revolution of Palm Beach County, Florida, extend deepest condolences to the family of Officer Mchugh. We are a society of children learning the value of his ultimate sacrifice.
President Nikki Chimato"
Brenda Pike, Sr. President of Palm Beach County, FL

"My Beloved Nephew
So much has happened since you left, oh
God, I would give anything to have you
back, your kindness and complete understanding I need now. There will always be a big hole in my heart, can't believe you are not here,that smile and laughter of yours, none will ever compare. I will always Love You my nephew. Aunt Marilyn"
Aunt Marilyn of Chicopee Ma USA

"My Beloved Nephew
So much has happened since you left, oh
God, I would give anything to have you
back, your kindness and complete understanding I need now. There will always be a big hole in my heart, can't believe you are not here,that smile and laughter of yours, none will ever compare. I will always Love You my nephew. Aunt Marilyn"
Aunt Marilyn of Chicopee Ma USA

"To the entire family of Scott McHugh: my daughter,LCDR Michelle Breaux, helped with the Purple Heart ceremony for your son, and was profoundly moved by the loss of his life. It gave her an even stronger resolve to show the world the qualities he stood for. She is now on her second deployment to Iraq with the Seabees, Unit NMCB 22, carrying on some of Scott's work. Thank you for raising such a man as he was, this world is better because he was here."
Judy Arends of Burlington, Co.

"freedom is not free! thank you for loving your country enough to pay the ultimate price. although we sometimes take living in this great nation for granted, the lives lost are always a reminder of the greatest price that is paid for our freedom. let us not take it lightly. God bless america, for with out God, we would be nothing."
Laura Crayne of California

"I am sorry to hear about your lost back in may of 2004. I am the cousin of Robert B Robert. I know how hard it is to lose someone.. I am so sorry about your lost"
Michelle Price of Massillon Ohio

"To the Mchugh Family with Deep Gratitude: "Greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends." Our gift to you is to send our first born son who joined the USMC by heart in 8th grade when he made the decision to serve his Country and is now in USMC boot camp in San Diego (2nd Bn Fox Co., Plt. 2121 - to graduate 10/28/05) Our son Kyle would want you to know how much he appreciates your sacrifice and he is on his way to help carry the torch of freedom to the darkest parts of the world - to open the door for Christ's light to shine! "Let the peace of Christ that passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, Our Lord."
The Greg Buckmaster Family of League City, TX/USA


"I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have 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 prayer or need someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev. John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. Phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington ,Ga.

"I worked with Scott in Palm Beach when he worked as an EMT. I am proud to have known him and I am Glad we shared in those talks after his shift ended. Scott was a great man. He is missed and I will never forget him."
Vinnie Lopez of Ft Lauderdale, FL

"My name is Philip Maxwell. I am a student at the University of Michigan Law School. I never met Petty Officer McHugh, but I wear his name on my wrist. To show my support for those who gave the greatest sacrifice, I ordered a "hero bracelet". The bracelet I received has Scott's name on it. I thought it would be appropriate for me to know a bit more about the name that I wear on my wrist, so I've have been reading the articles about Scott. If family and friends would like to tell me more about Scott that would be great. Lots of people ask me about the bracelet, and I'd like to be able to tell them about Scott. That way, each person who asks me about the bracelet can leave feeling like they know something about this man who gave his life in service to our nation. You can contact me at pcmax@umich.edu. Thanks and God Bless."
Philip C. Maxwell of Ann Arbor, MI

"Scott, I Love you, I miss you. I hope to see you again one day."
Valerie of Gainesvile, GA

"I have a great respect for all the men and women who fought for our country. Thank you for protecting us here over seas from the fighting. May Scott R. Mchugh rest in peace and God bless his family and his soul."
Katherine Biancanelli of Rocky Hill, CT,USA

"Thank you for all that you have done. You are my hero.
Jerri L Jenkins-Moyer
sister of PO 2nd Class Robert Boyd Jenkins
Killed in Iraq May 2, 2004"
Jerri L Jenkins-Moyer jjmoyer@pennswoods.net of Altoona, Pennsylvania USA

"Petty Officer Mchugh, goodbye sailor and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the family and friends of Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott R. Mchugh,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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

"Dear Mr.& Mrs. McHugh, family and Friends,
My condolences goes out to you on a loss of a great man. Scott touched everyone he meet from his heart. He is a gentleman all the way He will be missed by his love ones. I'm sorry!


Dear Scott,
I love you and miss you! Thank you in what you did for our country. You will never be forgotten!!! You will always be in my heart forever.

Your best friend,
Mrs. Kimberly Mercy-Wagner of Ronkonkoma, NY

"As a Seabee family and the parents of one of the first killed in Iraqi Freedom, we would like to take this chance to express how sorry we are to hear of your loss. We had hoped when Shane was killed that there would be no more families going through the pain we have. Please know we are thinking of you now and in the future."
SWC-R Joe and Judy Childers of Powell, Wyoming

"To Scott'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"

"I can only say thank you."
Shannon of MCAS New River, NC

""There is often a lack of comforting words at a time like this. However, I hope you can find some peace in that your loved one, Petty Officer Scott R. Mchugh, was upholding the Seabee "CAN DO" tradition and the Seabee motto: "With compassion for others, we build - we fight, for peace with freedom."""
LCDR Michelle Breaux, CEC, USNR of Norman, OK (formerly NMCB's 74, 24 &22)

"to the mchugh family:
i served with scott in palm beach and kuwait. he was such a blessing to the whole unit. we all love and miss him dearly. i finally know there will be an angel watching over my shoulder, here in iraq. WE LOVE & MISS YOU SCOTT!"
dennis beath (eo3) of 50cal@seabee.navy.mil


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

"Thank you Scott Mchugh, 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 Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Mchugh:
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 Scott 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 Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Mchugh:
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 Scott, 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