Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Scott C. Rose

30, of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Rose died when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter he was in was shot down by unknown enemy ordnance in Tikrit, Iraq. He was assigned to 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 7, 2003.

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"Truly brave American my hero hard worker and and top soldier I think about him every day his sacrifice I will never forget."
Gilbert Duran of El Paso,Texas

"21Feb11 Sgt Rose I think of you often. I always enjoyed working on your ACFT. You and all the guys are in my heart. With love and respect PJ"
PJ Snyder of Guilford MO USA

"Dear Scott,
I felt your presence today at the unveiling of the Global War On Terror Memorial in Randolph. It was a beautiful heartfelt ceremony and I know you were watching us from heaven. The news tonight said over a thousand people turned out to honor you and the 39 other soldiers whose names join yours on the memorial. As I stood on the hill and looked at all the people, I drew strength in the knowledge that so many have not forgotten you and what you gave for our country. I miss you Scott, each and every day, and I will never forget you."
Love, Anne Pelkey of Pittsford Vermont

"It's a monday 9/13/2010. I was lost in thought and decided to look you up. I remember the times we spent together like they were yesterday but time has so egerly passed by. You were a good teacher mentor and brother. I have been out of the army for some time now almost 5 years. I wanted to let you know I miss the times we worked and played together. I looked mostley to you for advice. I wish most everyday that I could have traded my life for yours and the others. So many people depended on you and the other guys. I all ways tell the people that call me a hero about who you were. Your the real hero allways motivated allways dedicated a real hard core SOB. Your friend Michael Scott"
Michael Scott of New Iberia, LA.

"Hi Scott,
Six years have passed since that awful day in November when the good Lord decided he wanted you in Heaven with him, and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I'm reminded of you whenever I hear certain country music songs on the radio and I turn up the volume so you can hear them too. I love looking at pictures of you with Michele and Cody and most of the time I can look at them without crying. Whenever I conjure up a picture of you in my mind you're always smiling and that puts a smile on my face too. I know I'm a better person for having had you in my life. And I want you to know Scott, that your dear sweet daughter has your smile and whenever I look at her I'm reminded of her wonderful father. Meghan and Michele continue to be happy and I'm sure you're watching over them all the time.
You're forever in my thoughts,
Love, Anne"

"It's been 6 years now, and I still miss you as much now as I did that day. Love you."
Brenda Burgess of Fountain, CO

"R.I.P. SSG.Rose Yep Buddy They Promoted You.Your Still Missed Daily.

"Eagle Assault""
Sean Walker of Brunswick,Ga

"It’s hard to believe five years have already passed
The memories of the news heard will always last
Taken from us before the time seemed right
So many like you continue to fight
The ultimate sacrifice given for loved ones and strangers too
Defending our beliefs and the red, white and blue.
It all leads us to today and what you gave
The pride we have knowing you where brave
As the nights have passed and we still feel your love
We can believe deeply inside you look over us from above
After all this time one thing remains the same
There’s a mixture of tears and happiness with the sound of your name
With this, know it is true
No matter how much time passes we will always think of you.

Scott, you will be forever missed…."

"November 16, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Scott C. Rose:
Scott 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

"Hi Scott,
You must know that even though it's been five years since that awful day I still think of you every day and what a wonderful son-in-law you were. And I'm totally convinced you've been watching out for sweet Meghan and her wonderful mom this past year as they are starting a new life in Maine and seem to be very happy. Please continue to watch over them for me. This awful war is still going on Scott, and soldiers continue to die. When I post something next year on the anniversary of your death I truly hope I can tell you that it's over and that all the soldiers have come home.
You will live in our hearts forever,
Love, Anne"

"Scott and I graduated together from Livorno American High School, at Camp Darby Italy. he was a great friend to have and is dearly missed and will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family now and have been since the day I found out about Scott's heroic death. May God keep his family close for always."
Kathy Hafer (Borden) of Trout Run, PA USA

"Dear Scott,
I've been thinking long and hard about what to write to you tonight, on this fourth anniversary of your death. I'm going to skip right over the weather report, the ups and downs of my life, as well as the debate on how the war is going, and get right down to the really important things. I want you to know what an amazing job Michele is doing as a single parent. We are all so very, very proud of her. And then there's your beautiful, precious, and oh so very sweet little girl, Meghan Louise Rose. Every time I look at her, I see her wonderful father. Scott I have to believe you can see her too, so you know exactly what I'm talking about.
She's a happy, caring, and very loving four year old.
We're all doing okay Scott, but still miss you so very, very much. Even though it's been four years it still seems like yesterday.
We'll never forget you,
Love, Anne"
Anne Pelkey of Pittsford Vermont

"To the family of:Scott C. Rose 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"

"Friends and Family of Scott Rose,

I will never forget November 7th 2003. As I prayed over each crew member who perished on that day I saw a little photograph of a baby girl named Mehgan Louise Rose. Her sweet little face is still in my memory as is the face of her brave daddy. My prayers are still with this family. Never forget Scott Rose, an American Patriot.

James Taylor
Chaplain, USAF"
James Taylor of Incirlik Air Base, Turkey

"Scott, its been 3 years since you passed from us and I still think of all the good times we had when you was around. From FTCKY to Bosnia and all the places in between. You and Michelle invited me into your home on numerous occasions for a evening away from the barracks life and that I will never forget.

Sgt Jim Lovett
"Dustoff unit in AZ""
The Colonel

"Talk about the biggest shock I had ever recieved in my life when my dad called to tell me about you being killed in action. My first reaction was "Scott who?" I will always remember the tour you gave to us (Aunt Marsha, Uncle Henry, Sheri and myself)of the museum you worked in when you were around 16, or playing air hockey in the loft over the garage at your parents house, even seeing you in your uniform at Heather's wedding. Your loss has impacted us all in a way I don't think any of us could have imagined. I love you and miss you."
Brenda (Burgess) Smelser of Portland, OR

"I couldn't believe it when my mom called & told me you were killed in action. The war had never hit that close to home for me. Thinking back to two little 10 year old kids swimming in the Kiki in Bristol, running between houses to see what trouble we could cause & playing bumper pool in the cellar. We were friends before we even knew our families were related, and that just made us better friends. Though we did not stay in touch, I was always kept up to date through various family members. I am truly sorry we drifted apart as we grew up and found our paths in life. It would have been nice to say goodbye."
Brian Hedden of Charleston, SC, USA

"scott i remember you so well you were such a great team player i miss you when you worked at the target in cary north carolina you were so fun and a lovin person i did not know that you left us i was speaking to a target team member and she told me we will miss you from your target family in cary god bless you and your family"
Melody of Raleigh nc

"To the family of Scott Rose. My name is John H. "Jack" Rose. My father John H Rose II fought for our freedom in WWII. Due to physical impairment I was unable to serve my country. I am so moved by the hero's that are protecting our freedom and liberty. Your husband, son, father, brother or cousin is a true hero. We are honored to be served by men like Scott and God has a special place for them to wait for you in heaven. Bless you all. Jack"
Jack Rose of Harrisonburg,Virginia,USA

"I live in Venice California. One crisp June afternoon I took a jog down to the Santa Monica Pier when a sight stopped me in my tracks. Crosses. In the sand. One for every soldier who died in Iraq. There were so many. They were passing out roses to leave at every cross that had none. First you had to find a name on the list and cross it off, just as the bullet had done. I looked down, what seemed to be an endless list of names to find one that spoke to me. I didn't just want to tie a flower to a cross, but I wanted to actually pay my respects for a fallen hero. Then my eyes stopped on a name. That name called to me! Scott Rose. There was no question in my mind. This was the soldier I was about to pray for. I took a rose, as the last name would suggest, and walked to an empty cross on the beach. I knelt there in the sand for much longer than I had expected when I first saw the crosses. And I prayed with all my might for that soldier's soul. You could never imagine what an impact it had on me to take that marker and write on that cross the name Scott Rose. My name is Scott A. Rose and Scott C. Rose will never be forgotten!"
Scott Anthony Rose of Venice, CA

"Scott, I will never forget the day that i heard the news of your heoric passing. We served together through AIT, and then we got stationed together at ft. campbell. Even though we were not the best of friends, we were none the less friends. I will never forget you or the price you paid for the freedoms of this country and the fight against tyrany."
Jonathan Baker, PFC U.S. ARMY of ABROAD

"Scott, when I heard the news of your passing, I almost could not believe it. You were the best soldier anybody could have worked with or flew with. You made me be a better soldier, as we crewed to gether on 437 for over a year, before you got your own aircraft. You are a hero. God Bless"
Jason Bigger of Huntsville, AL

"Scott, I was in Korea when i received news of what happened to you and the goat. You are one of the people in my life that I strove to emulate. Over the past ten years i have been in the Army, I have never known a more competent, dedicated soldier; nor a better, more righteous man. Given the chance, I would not have hesitated to take your place that day. When we were working together, I can only recall you talking about two things you wanted to do. One was having children, the other was going to flight school. Michelle has given you a beautiful daughter which, regretfully, you will only meet in her dreams. Your death drove me to submit my packet for flight school. I was accepted and i am now learning to fly Blackhawks. I am here for you, it is the only way I could think of to honor your memory. I gave you flight school in the only way I could. Your sacrafice was not in vain and your memory will burn bright in the hearts of everyone who knew you.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~Thomas Jefferson"
W01 Adam Maltby of Ft Rucker, AL

"Scott, you impacted my life in so many ways as a professional and as an amazing person. You will always be remembered! I hope to see you again someday."
CPT Heidi (Ridenhour) Ratliff of Ansbach, Germany

"Scott, how do I put into words what an impact you have made. We had flown may times side by side in "The Goat". We have laughed and cried side by side. If I only knew that the last time I saw you, I was my last. I will never forget you my dear dear friend. Michele please know my thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John Mason of Ft Campbell KY

"To my battle brother, I miss you so, You were my best friend, and I dedicate my life to insureing your sacrifice will not be in vain and promise as long as there is breath in my body, Mehgan will know the outstanding father she has. I learned so much from you, even when we were not together My thoughts were always with you, I am honored to have been called your friend. Erica, brittany, Cassandra, Isabella, Ethan, and I miss your smile and your laugh that made us smile all those times. The holidays will never be the same at the Newport house without you."
SSG Michael Newport of 2nd Armored Cav.

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

"To Scott Rose and family,
I will never forget that day. I hurt every second of the day because I lost a damn good friend. Scott buddy, you gave more then anybody ever could of. You trained some of us to be the best Uh-60 crewchiefs in the Army today. For that and the person you are, I will wear a braclet with your name on it until I see you again. Love and miss you buddy!. Sgt Brown Aco 5-101 ce"
Sgt Brown of Aco 5-101 Avn. Ft Campbell Ky.

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

"Thanks for your messages of sympathy. For those who have asked for information regarding a fund for Scott's daughter: A memorial account has been set up in the name of SSG Rose to the benefit of his daughter, Meghan Louise; Bryant Credit Union phone (800) 578-5024 attention Rhoda Stevens: account# 31730 wire routing # 211691428. Bryant Credit Union, 380 River Street, Springfield, VT 05156."
Al "Butch" Rose, LTC (Ret) of Amman, Jordan

"Thank you Scott Rose, 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. Scott Rose:
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 Scott 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. Scott Rose:
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 Scott, 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