Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Lt. Col. Michael E. McLaughlin

44, of Mercer, Pennsylvania.
McLaughlin died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when he was conducting a dismounted patrol at an Iraqi police recruiting station and an individual-borne improvised explosive device detonated near his position. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, Washington, Pennsylvania. Died on January 5, 2006.

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"Col, we shared some laughs in that hole downtown. I thought about you today 8/1/14. Time heals, and memories fade, but...

I'll be praying for you family."
CWO3 Fish USMC ret of Belton, TX USA

"Col Mac!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Miss ya buddy!!!you are never forgoten!!!!One of the best! Sgt danser(ret)"
brandon danser of houston pa

"It was an honor and privilege to serve with this outstanding American. I am so proud to have known him and will never forget his service and sacrifice to our nation. He was the finest leader I ever served with."
MAJ Keith Rowsey of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

"January 4, 2009
To the family of Lt. Col. Michael E. McLaughlin:
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

"To the family of:Michael E. McLaughlin I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Sir, I just want to say thank you, you are a true American hero and it is because of people like you that the rest of us stand up. Ill never forget the last words you said to us in Butler...you told us that you were proud of us and that we could do anything. Because of you i know i can."
Pvt. Rowland, Victor of Mercer, Pa.

"Col. McLaughlin,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Lt. Col. McLaughlin was my X.O. in Battery A 1/229th Field Artillery. I am so sad to hear of his passing. He was one outstanding Executive Officer and a terrific man. My thoughts and prayers are with his comrades and family."
Eric Bridges of Lilverpool, Pa. U.S.A.

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

"Thank you Michael McLaughlin, 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 Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin:
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 Lt. Col. Michael McLaughlin:
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