Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. David A. Mitts

24, of Hammond, Oregon.
Mitts died in Mosul, Iraq, when his Stryker military vehicle received enemy fire during convoy operations. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on December 4, 2004.

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"Man i miss you big brother happy bday"
Arlayne bright curiel of Albany oregon

"Words cant explain how im feeling. I dont have very many memorys of my brother david. but i miss and love him dearly. I think about him everyday and wish i knew him better. as a sister as a friend. the day he died was my 16th birthday. every year on my birthday I have a hard time because I know I will never forget. I don't have the best memory but i will NEVER forget my hero my brother. David you will always be with me and someday i will see you soon:)"
Ashley Bright of Albany, Oregon

"I still remember your sacrifice, and brave, but all too short life. As an American, I will do all that I can to be certain that your death was not in vain. Freedom is not "free.""
Grace of Astoria, Oregon

"To the family of:David A.Mitts
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""

"hey big bro. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to see your neice. She is a great daughter. I just wish you could see her."
Kenny of Oak Harbor, Wa.

"SGT Mitts, I did not know you well but I miss you. You are not forgotten. goodby brohter."
SGT Michael Neel of stockton CA

"Brother, i still carry one of the rounds from your memorial service. I was honored to be asked to be part of that detail. during the service i just replayed our conversation about elk hunting in eastern washington, i still carry that memory each time i step into the woods."
MSG Puzon, Dean J of Kuwait, Arifjan

"I miss you Brother. I wanted you to know that you will always be my Hero. I wish you were here to meet your new Nephew. His Name is Kooper. Ill be sure to tell him about you when hes older. I love you and miss you more then words can say... Ill see you again someday. always your sister, XOXOXOXOXOX........"
Mandy Mitts of Astoria, Oregon

"SGT Mitts....what can I say...you are the most amazing person I have ever met in my life, Just knowing you, changed my life in so many positive ways. You are my hero and I will never forget the sacrifice you made. I remember all the times we spent together in the squad, all the laughing and joking around. I truly miss you my friend. You will always hold a special place in my heart and life. You live on in the many pictures I have of our service, deployment and the fond memories I hold of 3rd squad. That day in Mosul I learned what a true hero is and that is something I will never forget. Thank you"
(SPC) Aaron Thomas, A Co, 3/21 Inf, 1St Plt, 3rd Squad of Dupont, wa aaronthomas321@hotmail.com

"SGT MITTS, SSG "T" I cant get what happind to A 1-3 out of my head . I wish you two wher still here with us.After you died, sleepin in our room was hard, i would just keep stairin at your bunk waitin for you to just show up. I think i have more pictures of us then i do my oun kids. My prayrs go to my freinds and thair loved ones."
SGT DAVIS of Ft Lewis WA

"Dave, even though you are no longer physically here with us you're in the hearts of tons of people. I remember you calling me before you left, I just got back, and I remember telling you to be safe and keep your head down. You were always one of the best soldiers in Bco and I cherish all the time we spent together both at work and at home. I remember helping you move in right next door to me and you were so happy when Tara finally arrived at Campbell. I wasn't there the day you passed but I know your actions safed the lives of guys in your unit. I would have gone to the depths of hell with your brother and I can't wait to see you again. Me, Chad, Tom, Val, Dave, and Scuba were there to be with you at the end. I miss you and rest in peace brother."
(SSG)Dan Jewel of Farmington, UT/currently in Kuwait

"Sgt. Mitts, I remember going to the chow hall with you, those sunny mornings in mosul, when everyone else was too lazy to get out of bed. You also wanted to borrow my sunglasses so that you could look cool on the way down to Yakima.

Dec 4 was a hell of a day. You bravely faced massive enemy fire and did not back down. I was waiting for your Vehicle 13 to turn the corner behind us but it never did. Something inside of me fell when I saw 13 sitting still, off in the distance. Freedom comes at such a high price. God bless your family and battle buddies."
Craig "Bred" of Portland, OR

"SGT David Mitts, your story is still being told. I met your little brother this weekend (June 13th, 2009), who still misses you very much. I met him perchance this weekend and he told me your story. We're an Army family, too. I didn't know you, but now I won't forget you and your sacrifice."
2LT and Mrs. Daniel W. Oldham of Long Beach, WA

"December 7, 2008
To the family of Sgt. David A. Mitts:
David 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

"SGT Mitts i still miss you man you and SSG T. it has been a long time and being over here again aint a day goes by that i dont think of you guys and what you did for our country and all of us. THANKS"

"Sgt Mitts. I wil always remember you and SSG T. for one thing, How commited you were to your soldiers, and duty. Of all the people I met while I was with 3/21, you both cared more for the people you served with. I will always think daily of you guys with fond memories. All of the us will. May God bless you and yours. Let us never forget. Say hello to SSG T. for me, and may we all get to reunite in heaven on day."
SPC Zimmerman of Lancaster, SC

"To the Mitts Family,
My name is Pastor David Reaves formerly known as SPC David Reaves. I had the opportunity of serving in Aco 3/21st INF with David. He was the type of person that always took every oppotunity to give his best. While I am greatly saddened to learn of his passing I am grateful to have known a true hero. I am thankful for David and the legacy and honor displayed by such a noble man..."
David Reaves of Tacoma,Wa USA

"david i can remeber dancing with you at prom on year and just haveing blast i miss you alot and im sad that your gone but one things for sure i'll never forget you and want you stood for=. david we miss you"
carrie of sedro woolley wa usa

"Dave, I remember being a brand new private at 327 and meeting you for the first time. I thought you were at least a SGT so I hardly said a thing... you know what Im talking about. You were so up beat and happy like everything was the best it could be. I admired that from the beginning. Then you said if you ever want to hand out just look me up on the alert roster PFC Mitts. I really enjoyed having you as my friend. I remember you leaving for Washington and I believe I left 327 shortly after. I have always missed the times we had together. I heard from Stone that you had passed. I have seen quite a few go before me but you still stick with me and always will. I wonder sometimes how God can take such a wonderful person from us. Take care Bro and I know you are above us smiling like you always do."

"I still hate knowing I didnt have a chance man...your courage saved Dewayne, know that, and know I did all I could for our brother T....I will never forget your spirit...you were a great friend"
Doc P of Ft Lewis

"David... there are so many should haves and would haves... I miss you man... I miss all the great times at grandma and grandpas... and yet... being your cousin and knowing that I hadn't spoken to you in to long just tears me up inside... I love you cousin David. I know we'll talk again, and forgive the years that had passed."
Edward Stone of Cougar, Washington

"SGT Mitts I had the pleasure of meeting you when you first came to the Alpha company family when the 3-21 first stood up . I was your platoon sgt and then i left the next year to goto Univ of nebraska to teach ROTC ...I cried the day i heard you and SSg T were killed...I should of beeen their with you guys ..God bless your family and your soul .."
David Mcwilliams of 1 AD germany

"SGT MITTS I am confident you fought a good fight. I salute you and your most valorous and honorarable contributions you made. A GREAT NCO and friend your couragous and selfless service will not ever be forgotten and nor our other brothers in arms, I miss you like I do the memories of our child hood Kiss grandma for me and I'll see you SGT. I LOVE YOU CUZ"

"david i love you so much and wish you were here. i think about you all the time. dave i will see you in heaven and we will be together again. love you cous. "love johnny"
johnny breitmeyer of roseburg or

"I have never met you but was so touched by the article in my local newspaper. I saved it from last year and have kept it in my Bible. May God greatly encourage your family, especially as the one year of your loss is soon here.

Thank you for the priceless gift of your life as I reflect on my birthday today. In this life, I could never give the gift you've sacrificed for me and all Americans. I pray that your reward is rich in heaven."
Dixie Ferguson of Walla Walla, WA

"Dave, My hunting partner for life. I love you like my brother. I will never forget you and I know you will always be there on my future hunts in spirt. The United States is thankful for the service that you did for our country. I miss you so much buddy, until we meet again someday! Your in gods hands now Dave. I miss and love you, I will never forget the memories that we have!!!"
Dusty McGrorty of Warrenton, Oregon

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

"To the family, friends, and fellow soldiers of SGT DAVID MITTS...
I am able to say that serving with Sgt Mitts was a pleasure that I thank God above for. I recieved my promotion to Sgt just yesterday here in Afghanistan where I am now stationed. Hours later, I learned of Sgt Mitts and SSgt Tuialuuluu's deaths. Sgt Mitts and SSGT "T" served as my team leader and squad leader in A Co. 3-21 (GIMLETS) while I was stationed at fort lewis from 2001 through 2003. A finer NCO and leader would be extremely difficult to find. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I remember fondly going to meet with some of his family while we did a mission at Camp Rilea in Oregon. I recall also how much he wanted a little boy. He talked of it often, and it saddens me greatly to know that he was not able to see his son in person. May his spirit live on in those of us who were fortunate enough to have served with him. Upon completion of my mission here in Afghanistan, I am planning on having a KIA bracelet made which I will wear always in honor of both Sgt Mitts and Ssgt Tuialuuluu. I would not be the soldier I am today without them both!"
SGT Terry Long, Former Gimlet (AND PROUD OF IT... BORE BROTHER BORE) of Bagram, Afghanistan

"Even though he might have not remebered me, I remeber him, and will always. I went to school with him in Warrenton Oregon. Our parents were friends. His father and mine worked together. I havent been back to warrenton in awhile but it is a place I will always call home. It's strange because we ended up in the same place,Iraq. I didnt know he had died until I called my mother. The war became so much more real to her and added to her fears for me. David.... You fell a hero and will aways be remebered that way. God bless you and thank you for your service to our country. To the Wife, family and friends of david, as a soldier, the loss of any soldier is hard to deal with, but when its some one you knew it makes it that much harder. As a father myself I can only imagine the grief that you have had to indure and will always have. To the wife of the fallen hero, my heart goes out to you. Even though your son will never know his father, he will know he died a hero. Even though we do not know each other I want you to know if there is anything you ever need, im only an email away. God bless you and your family. Jerry Howe---my email= jerryhowe3@yahoo.com"
SGT. Jerry Howe III of Tikrit,Iraq-HHB 1-7 FA

"Dear David in heaven, I never got a chance to meet you although I feel I,ve known you forever. You were my brothers best friend(Dwayne). You took good care of him and for that I am greatful to you. You are an angel now and we will meet someday. I think of you often and can't understand why this had to happen. You are a true hero. You will forever be in my thoughts and I'm glad I got the chance to write you while you were serving. To your family I am truly sorry. I think about you guys too. Tara if you read this I am truly sorry and I wish there was something I could do to ease your pain. Take care. I love you David and your family. Rest in peace!"
Lashara of Rocky Mount, Va

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

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

"Thank you David Mitts, 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. David Mitts:
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 David 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. David Mitts:
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 David, 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