Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Keman L. Mitchell

24, of Hilliard, Florida.
Mitchell jumped into seven-foot deep body of water in Kirkuk, Iraq. When he failed to resurface, members of his squad retrieved him. Medical personnel went to the scene and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Mitchell was evacuated to a forward surgical team and was pronounced dead on arrival. Mitchell was assigned to Company C, 4th Engineer Battalion, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on May 26, 2003.

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"You’re still not forgotten!!"
Vashun Gresham of Killeen, Texas

"Today, I read Keman's name at a Memorial Day service for our fallen heroes. Names were read of those who died on May 26th. I live in Rhode Island and I was honored to read Keman's name at the "Wear Blue" remembrance. He is not forgotten in 2014 though he died in 2003."
Eddie Molloy of Rhode Island

"i remember so much about you, its been so long! i miss you and know that you are at loved and thought of."
Sheralda Randall of Wanblee, S.D.

"I knew him, kinda shocked he passed, he was a old friend from many years ago. Rest in Paradise and may God be with your wife, family, and children. I am sad to hear of your passing. Thank you for defending our freedom, and for making that ultimate sacrifice."
Rashida of Houston, TX

"a US flag was at a ceremony in Utah was displayed with your name on a yellow ribbon in your honor in 2007.this flag has been in casper, wyoming since then and i proudly display it in my front yard. it is july 4, 2013 today. i just put your flag out and thought i would post this. thank you for your service. we all look forward to seeing you when we leave this world."
michael t. szeliga of casper, wyoming USA

"Gone but not forgotten you will always be in my heart love your cousin tony 108 lessie road for life"
antonio ousley of troy alabama

"Just to let Family members that Keman is not forgotten. I walked for him to-day at the Run For The Fallen in Ruskin sponsored by Tampa Area Marines Parents Association."
Bernie - USMC Vet. of Brandon Fl

"To the family of Keman, our prayers are with you. May God bless you with peace and joy knowing that we will one day be with Keman again in heaven."
Kirby of Lewisville, TX

"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

"We Still Miss You!"
Jordan Family of Hilliard, FL

"Man little brother I just left a message on another forum for you and it is sooooo hard..You are missed and loved always!"
Denise Selph of baltimore, MD

"Wow its been a long time!!I can barely do this again!!! I still think about you all the time! But guess what? I am a great cook and I know your checking it out!!!!Miss ya bro...3/11/09"
vashun gresham of killeen,tx

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Keman L. Mitchell:
Keman 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 would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Volens Et Potens"(Willing And Able)
4th Engrs. Motto"

"Keman you will be deeply missed by you wife and kids. We will see you on the other side. love you always"
Your Wife Kenya of Georgia

"It seems like just yesterday when I was at Fort Hood preparing to deploy when I received the call from Kenya telling me the horrible news of her loss. A veteran myself now, I sit and watch and wonder how many more wonderful, brave and fearless Warriors will have to give their lives for the war on terrorism. Maybe I will never know. I know that I miss that dimple in your chin, I miss the way Kenya always spoke about you and I miss how your PSG always spoke so highly of you also. I am so proud of you. You would be so proud of Kenya because of the way she handled everything including your dogs (LOL...you know what I'm talking about). When I think of you I think of the Warrior Ethos that I instill in my Soldiers....always placing the mission first, never accepting defeat, never quitting and my favorite; never leaving a fallen comrade. You know of the last one first hand because your comrades didn't leave that river without you. The Warrior Ethos is the will to forge victory out of defeat and you were doing that at the time of your death in Iraq and you will never know how proud of you I am or Kenya or Tank or Tia or NaeNae but most of all this Nation for whom you gave your life. We all miss you in our own ways but we know you were put on this earth by God for a reason and you fulfilled the plan he had for you so he took you home. I miss you and I will see you on the other side. I bet you added some style to your wings didn't you (inside joke)."
SSG Arnedtra Mitchell (Operation Iraqi Freedom II) of Fort Hood, TX (1CD)

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Keman Lavor Mitchell, I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils will come up each Spring, and, like your spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 22, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Keman, along with 50 more bulbs to represent other soldiers that have been killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View, California

"To the family of:Keman L Mitchell, 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 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"I just stumbled accross Sgt. Mitchell's information on the internet. I grew up in Hilliad, FL, and want to express to Sgt Mitchell's family my sorrow for their loss. To Sgt. Mitchell: Semper Fi, Brother."
Mike Jones of Minneola, Florida

"To Keman's family and especially his little girls...I only got to know Keman for the 5 months he was in our company. Those 5 months were hilarious. He is a kind hearted man and can always make a laugh out of any situation. I know you already know this of him...He also wanted to change his life for his little girls. He began to read the Bible and I could see his eagerness to be the Father that you deserve. I thank you for your sacrifice."
Joshua R. Nicholson of Santa Barbara, CA

"To the family of SGT Mitchell. I knew Keman when he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was a great friend of mine. We always hung out together at the barracks and he always ate dinner at our house. He always joked about my food. At the time I was just learning how to cook. I really enjoyed his humor and his company. He always made us laugh. Keman,you will be greatly missed. To the family, I am deeply saddened by your loss."
Vashun Gresham of Fort Bliss, Texas

"It's been a year, brother....I remember being in Korea together, then being in S-3 at Benning and going over to Bravo together, all of the times I'd cover for you while you ducked out. I miss you, man."
Edwards of Chattanooga, TN

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"I hope you will always remember him. He was a very nice person in what I read. I hope you will step up and live your life the way you did before he died. I am a 7th grader from Barker Middle School in New York."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"I am so sorry that your son died. He seemed like a very nice man. On this sorrow day, I will think of you. You must be sad. I have an Uncle serving and his name is Mike. I am a 7th grader from Barker Middle School in New York."
7th Grade Student of Barker Middle School

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

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

"To the family and friends of Keman Mitchell: we are so sorry for your loss may god bless and protect you all America is struggling with the loss just as hard as you are."
Rachel of Warrenton, Virginia, USA

"Wish I had found this months ago so I could have said this sooner to his family that we miss Keman and his death was such a sad thing for us. A great guy, a true hero. You can be proud of him, he's done a noble thing and fought for his beliefs. He's a hero to us all still here and back home.

See ya soon!

Your friends still in Iraq"

"Thank you Keman Mitchell, 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

"I hope your family is staying close as you go through your grieving process. Remember what your loved one fought and died for and use every freedom he fought for as a memorial to him. I am waiting for my 27 year old daughter to return in Jan. after a years tour in Iraq. Keep her in your prayers as I will your family. God Bless All Of You."
Mrs. Barbara H. Baskin of Ahwatukee, Arizona, USA

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Keman Mitchell:
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 Keman 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. Keman Mitchell:
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 Keman, 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