Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Aaron T. Reese

31, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Reese was on a river patrol on the Tigris River south of Baghdad, Iraq when he fell overboard. He was assigned to the 135th Military Police Company, Army National Guard, based in Brookpark, Ohio. Died on December 10, 2003.

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"You will never be forgotten"
Corey Larew

"Never forgotten"
Corey La Rew of Youngstown

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 Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Thirteen years later and this day still haunts me.
Tony Cix of Columbus, Ohio

"We love you cousin!

"Always in our hearts. Gone but not forgotten."
Corey Larew

"May God be with you in heaven, although we never met, thank you for your strength and courage to protect us here at home. I ride in your memory this Memorial day."
Bryan k Starks of Corona, California USA

"Rest easy brother. Never forgotten."
Tony Cox of Columbus, Ohio

"My condolences to your family and friends. Thank you for your service."
Jeffrey K. Heck USAF 82-86 of Columbus, Ohio

"Merry Christmas brother!!"
Tony Cox of Columbus, OH

"You will never be forgotten SSG Reese, RIP my friend!"
Ted Spain of Aiken, SC

"Nine years ago and it only seems like yesterday. Rest easy brother. Never forgotten."
Tony Cox of Columbus, Ohio

"You will never be forgotten Aaron"
Corey La Rew of Youngstown, Ohio

"I had the Honor of serving with Todd while at Ft Hood, TX. Todd was a Soldier's Soldier, a tenacious leader, and a true American. We served on many deployments together, as well as state side. Many great times and memories stemmed from the boys hanging out, having a cold one, playing spades or, when able, video games. I remember how excited that Todd got about things and his passion to be the best. I say this with all of my heart, It was an HONOR to have served with you, Todd. I miss you Brother and I thank you. Rest in Peace! Strength through Order!"
Eric Bright of Columbia, SC

"Todd, you are missed, and will never be forgotten."
Steve Malbasa of Mentor OH

"SSG. Reese, you were and are an example of a true American. When called upon you answered the call without hesitation to serve. You live on in the memories of all of the MPs that had the honor to ever serve with you."
Gordon Cantley of Cleveland Ohio

"You will never be forgotten"
Corey LaRew of Sanford, NC

"You are still thought of to this day. I would like to thank you and especially your family for the sacrifice made to our great country."

"To the family of SSG Aaron T. Reese,
I served with Aaron with both the 838th and 135th MP Co. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you and Aaron and what great soldier and NCO he was. It was a great pleasure to haved served with him and to know him. You are always in my prayers."
MSG Shawn Murray of 838th MP CO Youngstown, Ohio

"My Message is to Todd, Today is a day i think of you, but not the only day. when i watch movies when i see pictures . it catches me off guard every time , as i drift off in thought of you . they have days like this, to remember you. So people who didn't know you ,can learn of you. i mostly think of you when someone thanks me for my service. I want to tell them not to, to thank you for your's the one who made the sacrifice. When i hear the name Todd i think hero. When i hear Hero, i think that's not saying enough sometimes. but until they can properly define your actions hero will do. thank you Todd i love and miss you friend"
!35th Mp co of My Heart

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families 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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"Staff Sgt. Aaron T. Reese: You are NOT forgotten, you made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. It was a pleasure serving with you. You will always be remembered as a great soldier."
SGM (Ret) Robert Orwig of Temperance, MI

"December 7, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Aaron T. Reese:
Aaron 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

"SSG.Reese Happy Veterns Day. Thank you brother for all you did for me. i will never forget you. YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO."
Ssg. Brion M. Gribble. of 135th mp co.

"It was nice to know such a good guy...Being stationed with him prior to hom leaving active duty was a great experience and meeting him again in Iraq prior to the tragedy was a wonderful thing. Rest in peace, brother.....You will be missed!"
William Gonzalez of Fort SIll, OK


"I barely knew Aaron Reese but served with Him in Iraq. If I could see Him now I would say that this country owe Him and His family a geat deal of gratitude for His service in our Military. Thanks to Everyone supporting Aaron and his family. Aaron represents a true American Hero and a Hero of mine."
SPC. Jamie Podmore of Cleveland, Ohio

"It's the eve of Memorial Day and I sit here thinking if you would now be in Cinncinnati doing what you dreamed of doing, and that is being a member of the Cinncinnati Police Department. Or perhaps, you'd be working for The Columbus Division of Police, or you'd still be at "The Mount" listening to us complain, talking fantasy football/baseball, sports in general, the government, or laughing at stuff with us. You have NOT been forgotten, I will not allow your memory to be extinguished from within. Your picture, and the flag you gave us hang proudly in the office for EVERYONE to see. I'd like for your parents to come down sometime and see it, but I know it is hard for them. Just wanted you to know that you are still with us.

Your Friend,
Tony Cox of Columbus, Ohio

"It is still very difficult for me to put into words the terrible loss of SSG Aaron T. Reese. I too served in Baghdad, Iraq Aaron was soldier concerned for the welfare of his soldiers and I thank GOD that we had the pleasure to meet on this side of life. I pray the strength of Aaron family He trully was and is a Hero. Sincerely, SFC Avery M. Johnson US ARMY MP RETIRED."
Avery Johnson of Garfield, Ohio USA

": To the family of:Aaron T Reese 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"

""What bliss! At last I reach the shores of death - the place where rivers meet the ocean and souls reunite with the Source." - Modern Affirmation
Dear Aaron T. Reese....I know you made it my friend."
Jane Stein of Columbus, OH

"It is so hard to believe that it's been almost two years since you have been gone. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you in some way. I hope that your family is doing well and that they have found some peace in all of this. Everyone at "The Mount" that you worked with are still in shock. We were planning another Christmas party for your wife and children. I was sitting at the table talking to my wife about how excited we were to do this for you, and how much fun we had in doing this. Than I received the call that has changed my life, in so many ways. I know that it is selfish of me to say this, but I wish that you were still here. We all miss you Aaron. Your brother, Tony."
Tony Cox of Columbus, Ohio

"Thank you for your sacrifice.

I received a fallen heroes bracelet honoring Aaron and I will never forget."
Sara of Noblesville, IN

"i am aaron todd reeses mom from elida
ohio my message is to all the soldiers
serving all over the world as peace
keepers my son gave his life so we
can have peace and his children can
grow up in a better world aaron was
a very caring son he thought of others
more than himself i miss him very
much this past summer i came to washing-
ton and saw the vietnam wall my
brother james d shafer is on the wall
the world war ii memorial i also saw
my father paul t shafer was in the
pacific theater in the luzon islands
now my own son is honored in washington
d c what a great tribute to my family
my thoughts and prayers go out to all
families of servicemen and women i
thank you for all your sacrifices you

all are making for us to live free
we are a gratful nation love joanne
reese a fallen solldiers mon on easter
sunday 2005"
joanne reese

"Dear Friends and Family of Aaron,
My grandmother recently purchased a fallen heros bracelet for me. On the bracelet was a name of a fallen hero and I am honored to wear the bracelet that represents Staff Sgt Aaron T Reese. Everyday I will wear the bracelet in memory of Aaron and in support for what he did for our country. My prayers are with you everyday and just know that Aaron will always be remembered!"
Jenny of Marysville, Ohio

"I Will Not Forget Your Sacrifice."
Chad Cupples of Bluffton, Ohio

"I Will Not Forget Your Sacrifice."
Chad Cupples of Bluffton, Ohio

"SSG Reese, I can only hope that I will one day be as good as an NCO as you, and lead by example. Thank you for your sacrifice."
SGT Jennifer Reynolds of Akron, Ohio

"Aaron, This is a prayer that God may keep you.
May your family be blessed and keep memories of you alive in their hearts."
Glenn M. Norris of St. Louis, MO

"I Had the Great opportunity to Serve with Aaron. Over the Months over in Iraq he taught me how to be a Good NCO. I was with him on that dreadful day. I never felt so Helpless. He wasn't just a fellow soldier and My squad leader, He was a Friend and someone who would do anything he could for you. I can only imagine what a good Father and Husband he must of been. As I continue my service I will remember everything he had thought me and teach that too all who serve under me in the future."
Sgt. Timothy E. Haskamp of Ft. Cambell, Ky

"Dear Family and friends of Aaron,
Last week in New York I attended a memorial service and peace rally. A young man approached me and gave me a button with "Aaron T. Reese" written on a black background. He told me that the mother of a fallen soldier had made up one pin for each soldier we have lost in Iraq and asked that they be distributed at the memorial service. Before accepting the pin, I promised that I would have it on me every day so that Aaron T. Reese would be more than a statistic. My husband could not be at the memorial. When I told him the story he was so touched that he asked if he could have the pin. Now every day when he goes off to work, Aaron T. Reese goes with him. In this small way, we hope that we are helping to make him live on. Much love to those of you who are suffering."
Julie and Philippe Grenet of New York

Bryan Pacholski of Toledo, OH USA

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

"Thank you Seargent Reese!! Though I did not know him well, I served with him in the 135th MP Co. in Baghdad. You will never be forgotten, you were the model soldier, and i am proud to say that i served with you. May God watch over you and keep you in his graces. "You are not forgotten""

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

"Staff Sgt. Reese:
Thank your for giving yourself so that those of us at home can live freely and safely. There are not enough 'thank yous' for a gift such as this. Rest in peace soldier."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"This message is for everyone that has been touched by this fine young soldier. SSG Aaron T. Reese, a father, husband, son, and soldier. I had the privilege of leading this outstanding noncommissioned officer in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have known Aaron for many years. We have served many deployments together. Some good and some not so good. Aaron executed his duties with exceptional performance and was one of my best leaders. He took great pride in serving his country. I consider it an honor to have served with such an honorable soldier. Aaron will be truly missed. From the desk of the platoon leader. "OF THE TROOPS AND FOR THE TROOPS.""
1LT William F. Lee of Baghdad, Iraq

"Aaron was a class act. Those of us that knew Aaron will never forget him, nor the sacrifice that Aaron made. We will always miss Aaron."
Tony Cox of Columbus, Ohio 43213

"Thank you Aaron Reese, 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

"Aaron, from one MP NCO to another-May God keep you and watch over you forever. Former MP SSG>MOS: 95B3LGMQ9. 1967-1981> Of The Troops; For The Troops"
Michael D. Austing of New Philadelphia, OH

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Aaron Reese:
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 Aaron 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. Aaron Reese:
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 Aaron, 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