Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Brandon Ramsey

21, of Calumet City, Illinois.
Ramsey was part of a convoy escort mission in Tallil, Iraq when the vehicle he was in rolled over during a chase of a suspicious vehicle and fatally injured him. Ramsey was assigned to the 933rd Military Police Company, U.S. Army National Guard, Chicago, Illinois. Died on August 8, 2003.

A memorial fund has been setup for Pfc. Brandon Ramsey at:

Northwestern Community Credit Union
7400 N Waukeagan Rd
Niles IL 60714

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"August 8, 2016
It's been 13 years and I still think of you all the time. Just a couple days ago I really wished you were here...I think of what life would be with you here. So, now I think of the new system of things and pray we will be there to re-unite. B, I love you and miss you!"
Kenya L Rice Snow of Houston, TX

"January 14, 2016
Today I would call and text you Happy Earth Day but unfortunately your not here, so Happy Birthday B! I love and miss you! It brings joy to my heart to know you are loved everyday without you being here! Always missed!"
Kenya L Rice Snow of Houston, TX

LISA S SPEAR of calumet city il

"Brandon was like my brother we were best friends he knew everything about me he was a stand up guy never did any shady business and wehD a rap group before he left for the army I still haven't met a more genuine person since he left us... Crazy thing is we joined at the same time but I got discharged and he told me they called my name and we were gonna be in the same boot camp I love my bro and there's not a day that goes past where I don't think about Brandon

RIP Brandon
Love you bro"
Brian Penn of Chicago IL

I would just 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."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Thinking of you today..."
Ian Bingham of Chicago, IL

Days away from what would have been your 30th birthday! B, we miss you so much!
I would really like to thank everyone whom visits this page and appreciate all the love.
If there is anything you want to give to his mom, email me at kenya.rice@gmail.com."
Kenya Rice (cousin) of Chicago, IL

"Dear Mrs And Mr Ramsey, While i was visiting Lake michigan beach in covert township, I noticed some thing in the water and Noticed it was a Silver Memorial Bracelet Witch had All the info. We'd Be glad to mail it to you."
George JeuDeVine of Kalmazoo Michigan

"I regret not knowning Brandon well. I remember him walking past our tent when we got back from missions and he always stopped to say, "How you doin, sergeant." He would always nod and I would nod back in acknowledgement. Unfortunately the last time I saw him was moments after he left this earth. Eight years have passed in a blink of an eye, but not a day goes by when I don't remember. That day is as vivid to me as a moment yesterday. As all our brothers who gave all, Brandon will never be forgotten. I promise. . .I never will. The 9 lives through Brandon. . and Brandon lives through us."
R.Padilla , 933rd MP Co 99'-05' of Chicago, IL

We are coming upon another year of your passing andd i can still remember how hard it hit us. I remember being on route security and getting the "rally" call from our LT saying to meet him by one of the bridges, we all met and then he told us what happened. We were in shock but knew we had to "Charlie Mike" (continue mission).I knew our jobs as Gunners was dangerous but it didnt really hit home til that minute.
I sit here almost 8 years later, higher in rank and with more responsibility knowing that it is only a matter of time before we go back to "the box" and now I am the one who is responsible for a squad of people and it weighs heavy on my mind everyday. I tell my soldiers your story all the time, not only so they know the real dangers of THE JOB but also so they know who our hero is. I can count on one hand how many times i have taken your rememberance bracelet off, people ask why i dont take it off at airports and stuff and simply put, because i cant. you gave all and its the least i can do.

dont know why but for some reason you were in my head all day today. We miss ya brother, the world is a lesser place because you arent in it. watch over the 9 on our next deployment

933rd MP Company
SGT. Gino Maldonado of ILLINOIS

"My name is Esther,Brandon and my son were like brothers.We love and miss him very much."
esther barnslater of calumet city ill

"my name is esther,brandon and my son were like brothers.we love and miss him very much."
esther barnslater of calumet city ill

"August 8,2010
This day is always a hard one for me, for so many reasons but when I think of you my heart rejoices. Brandon Ramsey you are missed and loved forever and I thank you for giving your life and making it possible in the Ramsey name to represent our family for this country. I love & miss Brandon Ramsey!"
Kenya Rice of Chicago, IL/USA

"I will be in Chicago in July and would like to visit his grave site, if you know where Brandon is burried please e-mail me at: Joseph.Shelley@us.army.mil

Thank you
Mr Joseph Shelleu"
CSM (R) Ranger Joe Shelley of Naples, Italy


"January 14, 2010

28th Birthday! It's only happy to think of you but so sad to know you are not here. But, here we are again enduring another year without you. Gosh, you are missed so much and still loved. When I woke up this morning the first thing I thought of was how much I wish you were here. Brandon Ramsey, you are forever in my heart and the girls and I thank you for doing something in this world to make our time here a little longer."
Your Cousin, Kenya Rice of Chicago, IL

"I never formally met you Brandon. I was at Tallil with the 726th Maint Co which was right next to where the 933 MP was set up. Every morning i would walk by as the 933rd was setting vehicles up for their daily mission. I would usually make eye contact with the soldiers and would nod and smile. It hadn't really set in yet for me just how dangerous Iraq actually was...we were on a huge base and for the most part was a very peaceful place. The morning i found out about your death it hit home ...like a truck load of bricks. I attended your memorial at Tallil. This was a moment in time I will never forget, as the command and soldiers put everything into showing you the utmost respect and honor and all while dealing with the devestaing loss. Thank you protecting us. You will never be forgotten."
James of Boston, MA

"Well...where do I start? I never met SPC Ramsey. But I will tell you a couple things of what I KNOW! I joined the 933rd MP CO pretty much after they got back from being in-country. There was the 1st platoon, which I had the pleasure of serving with. I will tell you one thing that I was tought and that I was told about...and that was Brandon! Whoever reads this I can personally say that Brandon is not forgotten nor will he EVER be. I served with the 933rd MP CO at Ft. Mcoy, Wi. My first AT. Let it be known, this AT was a couple of years after we lost our brother! (I hope that I can call him my brother, even though I did not serve with him)We had to make up a call sign for radio traffic and somewhere out of the blue...someone said..."let it be RAMSEY BASE"! Well...that's what it was! I will never forget that day! So a year goes by and I find myself with the 9 again! This time at Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas. we had shirts made that represented the 933rd MP CO before. But as I walked into the admin building, there was a shirt hanging on the wall as a rememberance to SPC Ramsey where everyone could sign and give to his family. Just within those couple of years that I spent with the 9, I will tell you that SPC Brandon Ramsey will NEVER be forgotten! I just wish I had the pleasure of meeting him! God bless to the soldiers that had the pleasure of serving with him, god bless all who knew him and god bless his family for he was a "SOLDIER" HOOAH! SPC RAMSEY!"
SPC Bill Sullivan of 933rd MP CO

"HI, I couldn't sleep and decided to put my son's name in google and found you. Thank you Brandon for protecting Me and my son Brandon Ramsey. May God bless your family, and most of all May God bless your mother. My heart goes out to here."
Kathleen of New Mexico

"Happy B-Day to my little big brother! This would have been 27 years that I would have had with him by my side. I remember a different memory of Brandon AKA B-Lee everyday that I wake. It is all the small things that he did to affect peoples lives that really inspire me to continue on and help others. I am praying that this madness stop real soon and all you families that are with out your loved ones now get them all back in one piece. Love to all the family that showed love to Brandon on this day as well as friends. BRANDON WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PRESENSE IN MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS LIFE!"
Vaughn Ramsey of Matteson, Illinois

"Hey Brandon this is your cuz Erin!! i just wanted to let you know that we all miss you and love you! You will never be forgotten.Love ya and Happy Birthday"
Erin LaTrice Hinton of Chicago,IL

"Wow where do I begin? It has truly been a tough journey going on with our lives without you here. A journey I never imagined that I would take so suddenly. I miss you with all my heart and soul and just looking at Shae makes me think about you even more so because you two were more like bro and sis instead of cousins. I love you Brandon you will never be FORGOTTEN!"
Auntie Daphne Ramsey of Chicago Heights, IL

"January 14, 2009
Happy Bday Brandon!!

Damn I miss Brandon alot, thats one dude that was just genuine and nice. He will forever be in my heart, cause all he did was show love."
John Rice of Chicago, IL/USA

"Brandon, you will never be forgotten in our memories or are hearts. You were the most genuine person I knew at such a young age. That is only one reason why we will continue to make your legacy last!!!! Gone but NEVER forgotten!
Love your cuz,
Lloyd Atiba"
lloyd atiba of chgo, ill

"January 14, 2009
Happy Birthday B!
Sitting here at work thinking if you were here we would be planning to party tonight, with the cold, snow and all. I miss you so much and the thought of you never leaves me and Erin and Kacy miss you too. I pray to see the new system of things and pray you will be there too. You are remembered and never will be forgotten.
Thanks for being so great, my cousin, my friend and being "B"."
Kenya Rice of Chicago, IL/USA

"I am part of a project titled The American Soldier Memorial Project. The mission of this group is to show support to the fallen service men and women of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom by giving a cross-stitched memorial to their family. These memorials are hand-stitched by volunteer members of this group and are provided at no charge to the families. We would be pleased to provide a memorial to the family of Spc. Brandon Ramsey, but do not have a current address of his family or next of kin. If you see this message and can provide us with an address, please email either me (Sue) at suzyr@tbcnet.com or Pam at pmlaea@hotmail.com. Thank you."
Sue Rozycki of Sycamore Illinois USA

"October 24, 2008
What's up B! I invited some friends to you page today, so I decided to drop a line. This is my safe haven to drop you a line and know even if you don't read it many will know the love we have for you. Still I miss you so much and there is not a day that goes by when you aren't thought of. The girls always speak about you and miss you too.
To all the families of other fallen soldiers my prayers go out to you as well everyday. Please God, let this evil stop and bring all of Brandon's fellows home to their families.
Love always."
Kenya Rice of Chicago, IL / USA

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Brandon Ramsey:
Brandon 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 will never forget this day. I love you Brandon and miss you very much. I always enjoyed doing missions with you. To the family I served with your loved one side by side he was one of my fellow gunners in my squad. I want you to know he was a great soldier as well as a person. He helped me thorugh some very hard times by just being a friend and listening.I will never forget"
SGT Amy M. Rodriguez of Ft. Greely, Ak 99731

"I would just like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the support you all left. All of the stories of the people lives he touched were so refreshing for our whole family! Our family can't ever replace our BRANDON! He is missed everyday of our lives. To all his friends and people who's life he touched, we want to say thank you for loving him the way we DO!


Big Brother

Vaughn Ramsey"
of Chicago, Illinois

"What's Up B,
This is a place I can tell you how I'm missing you. Not a day goes by I don't think of you and times like now I seem to cry. I miss so much about you and all of the good times. So many times and days we say "man Brandon would go, or Brandon would do this, or B gonna say". You are sooo missed. Four years now and I love you more and more."
Kenya Rice of Chicago, IL

"I cant believe that it is already going on 4 years already, but not a day goes by that I dont remember you. You were our brother and you will be forever missed!"
SPC Israel Molina of Fort Irwin, CA USA

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"To the family of:Brandon Ramsey 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 one day we will meet in Heaven 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

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"To the Ramsey Family and the soldiers of th 933rd MP Co

While I was serving in Iraq along side of the 933rd there was not a more important mission then that of the 933rd. Their efforts kept our soldiers of the 110th Maint Co safe while we did our missions on the roads of Iraq. Were it not for soldiers like Brandon I canhonestly say our missions would have had much more danger. To Brandon's family I truely am sorry at your loss and hope that where ever you are that you are proud of his service. He was a hero in every way."
SFC Robert Lanois of Leominster MA

"To the Family of PFC Brandon Ramsey:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Brandon's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us. As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us. -- Sascha"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI


"As a soldier in the 333rd MP CO (the 933rd's sister company) I worked with alot of SPC Ramsey's comrades. After his death, they talked to me and my soldiers about an outstanding person who always put others first. You are truly missed by your fellow MP's and anyone else whos life you have touched. Rest in peace, God bless you."
SSG Chris Wirth of Moline, IL

"I never met SPC Brandon Ramsey, however I served in Iraq at the same location, and I knew his unit very well as for I am an MP too. On 27 November 2004 I celebrated the birth of my baby girl. Before I left to take my wife to the hospital I put on my memorial bracelet of SPC Brandon Ramsey. I wanted someone to look after my wife and my soon to be baby girl during the pregnancy. It was very important to me that I have someone that fought and endured everything that I had during my 1 year in Iraq. I am very proud to say that I have healthy baby girl. My heart goes out to his family and friends for there who are still grieving.

CPT Isaac Martinez
220th MP Company
CPT Isaac Martinez of Denver, Colorado

"I never met SPC Brandon Ramsey, however I served in Iraq at the same location, and I knew his unit very well as for I am an MP too. On 27 November 2004 I celebrated the birth of my baby girl. Before I left to take my wife to the hospital I put on my memorial bracelet of SPC Brandon Ramsey. I wanted someone to look after my wife and my soon to be baby girl during the pregnancy. It was very important to me that I have someone that fought and endured everything that I had during my 1 year in Iraq. I am very proud to say that I have healthy baby girl. My heart goes out to his family and friends for there who are still grieving.

CPT Isaac Martinez
220th MP Company
CPT Isaac Martinez of Denver, Colorado

"Some gave their lives that other may live. Words will never be enough to fill the heart that is yearning to hold their child. I know because I too have been there. But I know that our heart is a place where we hold pictures that are dear to us. I often remember my child and think why me but then I say why not me. To be able to have one more day, one more hour, one more moment would be what we desire. But for the time we did have them we can trust that they knew that they were loved and that someone was changed because they have touched their lives. Today we may not be able to see the many thousands of people that have been changed because the knew Brandon and his life touched theirs but we will know someday in the not too distant future. My son Spc Gino Maldonado serve with Brandon and I can truly say that he has been changed and made a better person because your child touched my childs life. May the Lord turn your mourning into rejoices someday. I will be forever grateful that Brandon came to the earth to be a part of it and left it a better place.

Rose Anne Amaya
Spc Gino L. Maldonado
933rd MPCO"
Rose Anne Amaya of Chicago Heights, IL USA

"Each morning as I wake up and thank God for the opportunities that I have, for I am not alone. Before I walk out the door to face the world, I put on a bracelet with the name of our dear friend Brandon Ramsey. Everywhere I go, every obstacle I conquer, I'm living through the memory of our hero. To the Ramsey Family, thank you for raising such an exceptional son who gave up his heart, soul, and life to give me the chance to live. To Brandon, though I wasn't blessed with personally knowing you, your spirit lives on and you will not be forgotten. Thank you for being you and for representing all that I wish I could be - a hero!"
Erica Leann Walker - friend of Spc. Brandy McFarland of the 933rd of Sullivan, IL

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/8/04

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

"Brandon and Family, you're all in my thoughts! One year, a lifetime, and yet just a moment. You will always be a hero, never to be forgotten!! "We do not remember days, we remember moments""
Widow of OIF of USA

"Hello Deborah and my precious nephew Vaughn. Want you to know that we love you very very much you are in our prayers and loving care every day. We cannot wait to visit with you guys. And looking forward to a wonderful wedding. Your Sister and Aunt Barbara."
Barbara Smith/Re/Max of Daphne, Al US

"i never got the chance to know brandon as well as i would have wanted but what i knew of him i liked. he was a really positive person and always made everybody smile, he will never be forgetten! to the family: brandon didnt die in vein, we may not see it now but the fruits of his labor and all of us who are still here will be seen in due time. mr. and mrs. ramsey thank you for having such a great person as a son, i will personally will be changed forever in the way i see life because of him.i look forward to meeting you guys. vaughn, im sorry couldnt meet you while i was on leave but we have to get together when i get home. just like they say "all gave some, some gave all!" stay strong! "anytime anyplace!""
spc. gino maldonado of 933rd mp's chicago

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

"I want to let you know you and your friends and family are in our prayers..My husband Sgt Michael Plesic served in Iraq with Brandon as part of the 933rd military police company..I want you to know how sorry we are and that we are thinking about you.."
Sgt Michael Plesic and wife Kim of Illinois

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

"To Pvt. Ramsey's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Brandon was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts. (1/27/04)"
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

"Your families in our prays my name is Investigator Richards Clark W (SPC). I whent through Basic and AIT with Brandon, he always had a way of making things feel like they were goning to work out, he will be missed."
(SPC) Inv Richards, Clark W of Ft Wainwright AK

"Thank you Brandon Ramsey, 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

"My deepest and warmest regards to the family of a lost fellow soldier. My name is PFC Ray Richter I went through basic training with this outstanding soldier. Ramsey was the one that thought of our plattoon motto. He had a talent. He also had alot of people who loved him.He will be missed."
Ray Richter of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska

"Hope your family fell better
Age 13"
Joyce of Chicago Il

"Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."
CPT Glidewell

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Brandon Ramsey:
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 Brandon 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 Pfc. Brandon Ramsey:
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 Brandon, 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