Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Chad M. Mercer

25, of Waycross, Georgia.
Mercer died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, Fitzgerald, Georgia. Died on June 30, 2005.

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"Chad helped me grow into the man I am today and was one of the big reasons I decided to serve our country. I wanted to dedicate my service to you, Chad. I will always remember him and everything he taught me. Miss you buddy."
Matt of Waycross, Ga

"Even though it has been many years now and I just wanted to say he was a good friend who helped me through some tough times and he will never be forgotten."
a friend of atlanta, ga

"Chad, your loved and missed . We will forever proud and thankful for your service."
Uncle Gary and Aunt Kim of Macclenny Florida

"I miss you! I remember it like it was yesteray. I pray for your family. I remember talking to chad that morning as we both enjoyed koontz books and he was waiting for me to finish the newest one that a friend had sent. His vehicle was hit by an ied that day and I told him I would be finished with the book later that day. His bradley rolled hours later. What a great man! I miss you brother."
sam of augusta, ga.

"Chad was a great dude. I got stuck driving a Bradley 2 weeks in Country. I was pissed..learning to drive that thing while on combat patrols in the farmlands of SW Baghdad was not your idle learning conditions. I will always remember my first night back off driving and Chad coming over from his Bradley to check on me and give me words of encouragement. He was a good NCO and I wish I would have had more time with him to have been a friend. He will always be a part of my life. I will never forget him."
Timothy Little of Queen Creek, Arizona

It's been almost 6 yrs now and another Memorial Day just passed bearing your Honor. You touched the lives of so many... you will ALWAYS be remembered bro."
Michael Brown of Hoboken, GA

"I remember walking down the hallway of the 4th Battalion Barracks at Georgia Military College and hearing this "thud" coming from the end of the hall. It was Chad in his room, throwing knives into the door, working on his "skills!" I still have the throwing knife he gave me 10 years ago. He always knew how to make the best of any situation. Chad and his huge smile will forever be missed."
Captain Rich Harrelson (GMC Grad 2001)

"Citation of Honor"

He lived to bear his Country's arms. He died to save its Honor. He was a soldier... and knew a soldier's duty. His sacrifice will help to keep aglo the flaming torch that lights our lives...that millions yet unborn may know the priceless joy of Liberty. And we who pay him homage, and revere his memory, in solomn pride rededicate ourselves to the complete fulfilment of the the task for which he so gallantly placed his life on the Alter of Man's Freedom."
Judah Brown of West Palm Beach, Florida


Always in my heart
And forever on my wrist
America will remember you
For all that you did best
You fought for our freedom
The people and our land
You lived with pride and died with honor
And for that you’re one hell of a man
You stood firm and strong
You trained your troops well
Taught them how to fight and kill
So they can come home to ring freedom’s bell
You fought for our country
In which you paid for with your life
I will always be in debt to you
SSG Mercer You gave the ultimate sacrifice
We miss you more and more
In each day that passes by
Only God knows who
What when where and why
We’ll fight again in another battle
Maybe not anytime soon
But when the * hit’s the fan
You’d better be at the front of 3rd Plt
Even though you’re gone for now
Your shoes are too big to fill
We’ll remember all the things you’ve done
For being you keeping it honest keeping it real"
Matt Mabry of St. Marys Ga

"I received a 5.00 bill in change that has a message on the back about the death of Chad M Mercer. Chad M Mercer Age 25 Wacross, GA Bush Lied He Died June 30, 2005. Baghdad, Iraq. I would like to return it to a family member if you would let me know where I can return it. My email address is sscott@comcast.net. I am very sorry about Chad. Thank you."
Sharon Scott of south bend in

"To the Mercer Family,
I know that I haven't kept intouch since Chad died. For his rememorence, I am having a tattoo of him and others that have fallen that have been close to me in the past and that I think of often. He was one of those special bothers that will never be forgotten. He is in my heart always! Right now I am part of the HHC 1-2 INF, 172nd Brigade in Schweinfurt, Germany."
Joey Poole of Fitzgerald, Ga. USA

You were my leader, my mentor, and most of all my friend. I Thank You for being a part of my life. I will remember you always never forgetting who you were as a person. 11/09/2009"
Jake Carroll of Hayesville, NC

"We will always miss you Chad. I love you as I always have. It is an Honor being your Uncle."
Mark Junk of Jacksonville Beach, Florida

"Dear Mercer Family,
On this Memorial Day weekend, as always since Chad passed he is remember by me, his old friend, who he used to talk smack to about football, and pick on me because of my height. :) He is remembered by for the type of man who he was and he will always be honored by me on Memorial Day. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
Constance Smith of RAF Lakenheath, UK

"June 28, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Chad M. Mercer:
Chad 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

"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves under the flag,
And whose coffin is draped in the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

©Copyright by Charles M. Province.
America has been built on the blood of
Heros and Brave Men of Honor.
Thank you for your service, bravery, and commitment
to duty. Thank you for my freedom.
Rest well in Gods loving embrace brave
soldier. You are remembered by a
grateful nation."
William Darby Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs Florida

"thank you so much for my freedom and the freedom of all people! you are my HERO! you will NEVER be FORGOTTEN and that's a promise!

thank you so much!"
jessica culpepper of valdosta, ga

": To the family of: Chad M. Mercer 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. 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 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"I am the sister-in-law of Chad Mercer. I am Praying for my family to get through this well and make sure that they will be able to make it without a worry in their mind.I always tell them "just remember that no matter where you are Chad will always be with you and watching you!" I love him so much!!!!!!!!!"
Rebecca Cole of Waycross, Georgia/U.S.

"I am the sister-in-law of Chad Mercer. I am Praying for my family to get through this well and make sure that they will be able to make it without a worry in their mind.I always tell them "just remember that no matter where you are Chad will always be with you and watching you!""
Rebecca Cole of Waycross, Georgia/U.S.

"Hey my best friend in the whole world was his siter-in-law.She was really sad and I just want to tell Pam, Alanna,Amber,Gavin and all his friends that im really sorry for yall and that yall are always in my prayers and Pam am I saw how much Rebecca thought of him I cant even imagine what you went through!!!!"
Kendal of Waycross,Ga

"Mercer family, You are in our prayers EVery day and night!. We are so very sorry for your loss, CHAD was a SOLDIER and a HERO He faught for all of us, and we will all miss him so dearly, I love u all so much and I pray that God Gives u strength everyday.... He will never be forgotten!!"
Holmes Faimily of Waycross

"Dear Pam,
When I heard what had happened, my heart sank and I was filled with sorrow. I know Chad as a hard worker who loved his family and worked to make them proud. He was always quick to volunteer and didn't give anyone else a chance to beat him to it. There are no words that can lessen the loss you have suffered. SGT Mercer made the men around him work harder and inspired them by his example. He was a great person and an outstanding Soldier. His company was always a blessing. You and the kids are in my prayers and we are always here for you."
2LT Brandon Yockel, Chad's former platoon leader of Wahiawa, HI


Pam and Chad's family our thoughts and prayer goes out to you.You know we were
all close friends and he will be missed dearly,We all know he was a great soldier that loved his job as well as his family. SGT.Chad Mercer will never be forgotten,as well as his family!Your friends Benjie,Amanda&Kids"
Benjie & Amanda Thrift of Waycros, GA

"Smyrna Bapt. Church of Deepstep would like to present you with a quilt of honor in memory of your Chad for the ultimate sacrifice he gave for us. I can be reached by email at: hart_l@bellsouth.net or by phone 478-552-5095. My prayers are with you."
Cheryl Hart of Tennille, GA

"To Chad's family we would like to express our deepest condolences. We all knew Chad for we were the ones he was working those late nights at Papa Johns with. We trained Chad on the job, then he of course turned and trained us. We were his manager, his co-worker, his delivery manager but most of all we were his friends. Chad will be deeply missed for his memories way fond on our hearts."
Billy & Kim Turbeville of Waycross, GA

"Dear Chad's Wife and Family, I wish to extend my deepest condolence on your loss and the whole country's loss on your Chad. He is a true American Hero and will always be remembered. May God Bless all of you, and know that Chad is safe with Him now."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To the siblings and wife Pam of Chad Mercer:

Pam, I spoke with you at work just days before this tragedy. I, we, this country thanks your husband for all that he did here and will continue to do up there for our country. HE IS A HERO!!!! I pray for your family every night. If you need anything please call me...even just to talk. He loves you and I know how much you love him just by the way you spoke of him and the look in your eyes that day at your work."
Kisha Henderson of Waycross, GA/USA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

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

"Thank you Chad Mercer, 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 Sgt. Chad Mercer:
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 Chad 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 Sgt. Chad Mercer:
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 Chad, 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