Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. McMullen

25, of Salisbury, Maryland.
McMullen died at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., of injuries sustained in Ramadi, Iraq on December 24, 2005, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his position. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 243rd Engineer Company, Baltimore, Maryland. Died on January 10, 2006.

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"I think about SSG Michael J. McMullen every single day. I carry his dogtag and the dogtags of the other seven men killed on convoy operations within my command on a keyring in my pocket so that I never forget them. I was the Commanding General of the 143rd Transportation Command at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait for a year from July 2005 thru June 2006. The 243rd Engineer Co. from Baltimore, MD was one of several units providing truck transportation to our warfighters in Iraq, hauling sustainment supplies, food, ammo, repair parts, vehicles, etc. into Iraq and bringing damaged equipment back from Iraq. Improvised explosive devices were the enemy's main attack methods beginning in mid 2003 when the disbanded Iraqi Army and government officials realized that the United States and coalition partners did not have enough troops to properly police Iraq, which was in shambles. By 2005 the IED threat had mushroomed into full-blown activity on the main supply routes used by our convoys in Iraq. SSG McMullen was on a night convoy out of Camp Corregidor in Ramadi on 24 December 2005 when the convoy was attacked with IED's and small arms fire. A truck in SSG McMullen's convoy became engulfed in flames from burning fuel. SSG McMullen, a firefighter and EMT in his civilian job in Salisbury, MD immediately went to the aid of his fellow soldiers trapped inside their burning truck. With total disregard for his own safety, he braved small arms fire and flame fire to pull SSG Randal Dival from his burning truck, rolled him on the ground to extinguish his flames, and began immediate lifesaving procedures. Just then, another IED detonated and shrapnel damaged SSG McMullen's vertebrae below his body armor vest. SSG McMullen was medically evacuated to Baghdad, then Landstuhl, Germany and then Walter Reed Medical Center where he died of his wounds two weeks later. Greater love has no one than he who lays down his life for his friends. He saved SSG Dival's life at the cost of his own life. SSG McMullen did what he was trained to do as a Soldier and as a firefighter/EMT. When I reviewed his unit's recommendation for a Bronze Star Medal for Valor, I immediately discussed the fact that I felt the award should be upgraded to a Silver Star. At the time I signed the award recommendation and wrote in my justification for an upgrade from a Bronze Star for Valor to a Silver Star, SSG McMullen was still living. My upgrade was also approved by my commanding general. I believe the medal should be upgraded to a Distinguished Service Cross or Medal of Honor. Other military personnel have received DSC's and MOH's for their selfless acts that resulted in saving the life of a comrade at the cost of their own lives. My sincere condolences to a great American patriot, SSG Michael J. McMullen. Very respectfully, Major General Charles J. Barr, U.S. Army, Retired"
Charles Barr of Liberty, NE 68381 USA

"Today, 9/11/2016, I went to visit and photograph the "Flags of Valor" display at Forest Park in St. Louis. https://flagsofvalorusa.com/

I picked one flag at random of the seven thousand on display, determined to find out more about the this particular individual that gave his life for his country, and it was that of Staff Sergent Michael McMullen.

I am truely sorry for your loss, and that of all the heros that have lost their lives for our country.

God Bless."
David Harfst of St. Louis, Missouri


"To the family of:Michael J. McMullen
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""

"Memorial Day is a special day of reflection and memory of those special Soldiers who we served with, that gave their lives and paid the ultimate price for freedom. Boswell, Ceo, Connor and McMullen were all sons to me and will live in my memory forever and are in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. I look forward to the time when we can all get back together and once again be a united family. I am honored to have served shoulder to shoulder with these fine men and can tell you they all were quality soldiers.I miss them all more than mere words can describe. God bless Them, their Families and all of the Veterans who walked the walk and know the true price that is paid for Freedom. As well as, those whom are next to fight the fight... Respectfully..."
1SG Paul Mirabile of Street, Maryland, USA


All I can say is thank you for your sacrifice, and that I am so very sorry that I can't tell you in person how proud I am of you.

Dave, Robin, Janette, and Brian. There are no words to express my sadness when I learned about Michael. I will always remember him as the kid tugging on my leg asking for treats. He was special in many ways, but you all know that. The man he became is in no small part due to the parents who raised him. He, and all of you are and remain in my prayers. Our society has ruined the word hero by applying it to ball players and actors. In truth, the real heros are those who not only stand up for their own beliefs, but also put their lives on the line for others. Michael is a hero in every sense of the word. I am proud to have known him and to have been a very small part of his life. May God Bless you all."
Gregory L. Markert LTC, PAARNG (Ret) of MONTCO, PA

"January 4, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Michael J. McMullen:
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

"Hey SGT McMullen...SGT Mertz and I went to visit you on Memorial Day, and I try to visit as much as I can. I just wanted to say that I am proud to have served with you. There is not a day that goes by that you are not thought of. You are a true hero. We will never forget!"
SPC Margie Brooks (243rd Eng Co) of Arlington, VA

"I Apoligize to sunset to sunrise you see trouble in your eye too 2005 all the wat too 2006 your life have been hectic always toughting weapons"
Katera of Nc, Sc, Usa

"Mikey...I always told you that you were the best...see, I wasn't lying! I'll remember your 21st birthday party always! Oh that huge bottle of Heineken! Did we ever thank your Dad for that?! God I miss you so much!"

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

"Family and Friends of SSG Michael J. McMullen
Your loved one will forever be remembered as a brave and honorable soul.I know nothing can take away your pain, but try to find peace in knowing that your loved one is a hero to so many. I will forever be greatful for your loved one's dedication and sacrifice. May God Bless you all!"
Spc. Preston and Family of Salisbury, Maryland

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 McMullen, 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 Staff Sgt. Michael McMullen:
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 Staff Sgt. Michael McMullen:
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