Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Brandon Rowe

20, of Roscoe, Illinois.
Killed in action when his unit was ambused by the enemy in Al Hillah, Iraq. Assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on March 31, 2003.

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"Hey brother I was honored to serve with you and miss you and your jokes. I still remember we have that spades game to finish that we started the night before wheels up. NGNS. Miss you"
Chad Burr SGT Army 3rd Plt C Co 1/502 101st of Anchorage AK

"Thank-you to Brandon and his family for the sacrifices you all have made."
John Gardner of Rockford, Illinois

"Thinking of you brother during this Memorial Day. RIP!!! My brothers from Cco 1-502nd Hit me up (810)834-7782"
Wayne Mclean of North Branch mi

"I spoke briefly with Brandon's aunt, Angie, years ago and promised her that his name would never be forgotten in my home. My then-husband had the honor of escorting Brandon's body from the battlefield and I have thought of him frequently in the years since. Now I run for him thanks to an organization called Wear Blue: Run to Remember. If anyone is in touch with his family, please share these pictures from today's run. I spoke his name during the remembrance ceremony, wore it proudly on my back, and found his name on the wall. With their permission, I'd love to submit his picture for the remembrance mile next year.

Steph of Lacey, WA

"Hey brother, it’s been 13 years. Today I saw a flag while I was working and fought tears thinking of you. Where would you be? How smoking hot would your wife be? How many kids would you have? I want to live a fuller life to honor you.

When I got to Charlie company I was hazed...hard. Everyone E-4 and up smoked me. But, not you. God, you had heart!

You were too young to buy booze, so you had me get it for you. I remember getting you a bottle of jack after our small pox shots. Then you, me. and Drew watched, The Green Berets. You were the only one to stay up for the whole thing.

The last time I saw you was in Kuwait. We’d finally been given orders for infill and we were in PZ posture. I stopped by your chalk. I was scared man, thinking, “this is it, we’re going to war”. Having no idea what was coming. Neither of us expressed our fear. But, you could sense it. The last words we shared were, “see ya later”.

But, it was questionable, I remember thinking you might not see me again. Fearful, that I’d die. But, I didn’t imagine it’d be you.

When you died I was within ear shot. I was prone in the patrol base pulling security. The rest of my squad just went on patrol. In the distance I saw a goat herder, but he didn’t see me. Then I heard the ambush. An explosion of gun fire. I wondered if it was my squad in contact.

When they returned we we went out to clear some compounds. We drove past where I imagined the ambush was. It was in the same direction as the gun fire and I saw bodies in the water. We linked up with some bradley’s before we assaulted the compounds. We bound 300 meters through incoming enemy fire (I’m up, he sees me, I’m down). We detained two EPW’s.

My squad leader and the CO didn’t tell us you were killed in that ambush until we returned to the patrol base. They knew but thought it best until after the mission. I wished I knew. There wouldn’t of been any EPW’s.

I’m sorry brother. I miss you. God bless your family, they raised an amazing man with the heart of a lion.

Cobra Strike!"
SAW Gunner 1-1B Cco 1-502ND INF of Ft. Campbell, KY

"Wendy, I know this is not the right forum...but can you please call me. I lost all of your contact information."
MSG Forde of FT Jackson

"Brandon, young man! how are you? I'm sure you're up there, smiling cheering everyone on. Well we're looking at 13 years today. I still recall the day our father called you home as if it was yesterday...and I wouldn't have it any other way. God bless you. Always thinking of you."
MSG Forde of FT Jackson, SC

"I live along state route 2 in central Maine. A few years ago, people placed a small American flag with a yellow ribbon on it every mile. Each yellow ribbon had the name of a U.S. soldier that died in action. Before the flags were removed, Brandon's flag had been blown by the wind into tall grass along my property. His flag has been here in my living room. I never knew how to get it to his family. I would like them to have it. It has been my honor and privilege to have had his flag here.
If anyone can get this message to his loved ones, please give them my information."
Kevin German of 26 Taylor Rd. New Sharon, Maine

"I killed the guy who got you. Wish I saw him sooner."

"It's very un explicable. What one fills and think when the news came the first time you where not there. I think I speak for every one in that whe where brothers in that desert and so it binds us all together the sacrifice he made for the best cause. I still look at all the pictures that I have from the company... It's very fulfilling to hear from all the brothers He will be for ever in our 💕 hearts."
Cesar A. ROMERO C1-502 of South Florida

"It's very un explicable. What one fills and think when the news came the first time you where not there. I think I speak for every one in that whe where brothers in that desert and so it binds us all together the sacrifice he made for the best cause. I still look at all the pictures that I have from the company... It's very fulfilling to hear from all the brothers He will be for ever in our 💕 hearts."
SPCROMERO of South Florida

"That day is still burned in my mind, will never forget hearing that call come over the radio, remember joking before the mission that you were so small you had no worries. I remember CQ before we ever left when you wrote a letter all secret, wondering what it said; then listening to your mother read it at your memorial when the rest of us made it home. You were a true friend, will never be forgotten, wish I could have done more and brought you home. You are truly missed my brother..."
Robert Troutman of Cco. 1-502 in, the day it mattered

"I was the trail vehicle of a small convoy driving along a berm on our left and a wall on our right, approaching a palm grove. We got ambushed and called for reinforcements.You guys (the 101st) showed up and bailed us out. I think of you everyday, even though I never met you.Gen Patreus visited us regularly after your death. I will never forget you. - "Horse 6", HHC 2-70 Armor, Bravo Section Scouts
SFC (Ret) Norman, John of Greencastle, PA

"I served with Brandon. One hell of a soldier and friend. You will never be forgotton. Love you brother "first strike""
Wayne Mclean of North Branch MI

"Hey buddy. I'm just thinking of you I will never forget your great courage and sacrifice to the men of our platoon and the country that day"
Joel Holmes of Greenville, SC

"My lover and my friend.. I Feel you in the wind.. pressing my cheek with soft assurance.. encouraging me for life.. I use the strength you emitted from your glowing personality to see me through. Oh how I miss you.. my friend and lover.. my spiritual guide.. in my dreams you are with me. I love you..and even seeing you in death.. It is not the end for you..your glow is never ending.. and I will meet you in the end."
Nichole Paige of Nashville T.N U.S

"I didn't know Brandon personally but I was there the day he passed. I remember writing his name on the wall of our tank. That event really put thing into perspective for us, for the first time really understood how fragil life really is. His bravery and courage will never be forgoten. He was on the front line fighting admirably for our country. In the end, I pray that I can be as strong and brave as he. God Bless"
Arnold S of Stockport, Oh\USA

"Brandon Rowe's name has stuck with me throughout my military career and still does to this day. To my knowledge he was the first Screaming Eagle of OIF to have sacrificed his life for our country. I remember hearing the news from our platoon leader and I remember the gut punch feeling of a war’s reality it had left on me.

I did not have the privilege to know this young man, but had the honor to serve in the same Brigade as Brandon during OIF. I will always remember Brandon Rowe, and I will never forget the price he paid for freedom."
1SG(Retired) McCullough of Madison, AL

On today, the 10th anniversary of your death 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.


"Brandon, your valor while on duty stands front and fore most in my mind.I didn't know you as well as I would have liked but what I knew of you makes you a hero in my mind. God Bless you and your family."
Cory "Doc" Priest of Layton Utah

"Hey Brand Brand, just stopping by to let you know I love and miss you. Bet you're still kicking butt and taking names up in heaven. I'll see you again one day hunni. <3 Kas"
Kasondra of Dixon, IL

"Hey Buddy! Its been a long long time since the last time we've seen eachother. Not a day goes by that I dont remember the day you laid down your life for this country! Happy Veterans day Brother."
SFC Matthew Talley of CJSOTF-A , Bagram Afghan

"Hello Wendy, Brandon....I'm at work and right above my chair sits your photo. The reason i keep it there, usually when anyone enters my office for the first time,they see the photo which usually starts a conversation and i get to share the joy of telling them who the individual in the photo is. Being a BCT 1SG is alot more challenging than i thought...just the simple thought of turning civilians into Soldiers...its a struggle every moment of the day. Brandon trust me when i say YOU are my drive to ensure that every Soldier that comes in contact with me and my Drill Sergeants gets our maximum effort and energy. you will always be a part of my life. Eagle 7."
1SG Forde of Ft Jackson, SC

"Brandon this is your uncle James in ky just sitting here thinking about you and started to cry I'm cringing as I write this I don't talk much but I think about you all the time it should have been me that was killed in Vietnam nam and not you everybody thought it would me I wish it was me instead of you I love and miss you very much I'll be with you soon you know I'm comming"
James Rowe of Elkhorn ky usa

"Thank u Brandon for the sacrifice u made. thanks to u I have my freedom. Miss ur face. Xoxo"
April Cooper of Machesney park Illinois

"Brandon, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Hope you are enjoying heaven!"
Chris of Ohio

"Brandon, Your actions and sacrifice continue to provide courage and inspiration to those of us who remember you. You are not forgotten. Your Platoon Leader, Steven E. Pierce"
Steven E. Pierce of Fort Stewart, GA

"I was there during your final moments, and you were the first I saw pass before my eyes... Nothing in the world could have saved you, although they tried, I know many tears have fallen in the wake of your demise, none have shaken anyone more then they have shaken
There really isn't many days go by I haven't pictured those moments, like time standing still it's such a heavy burden, I pray no others have to experience this loss, so young, so old it's just a horrible loss!
Thank you for all you gave brother!
That day will live within me for the rest of my days!
Gone but your are NOT forgotten!"
chris of arizona

"On Veterans Day thinking of your sacrifice today Brandon and honoring you."
Rita Isom of Greenville SC

"I didint now him much, but he was a great guy and I am no longer with Cco. But think about him and you, his family every day. Spc. George, COBRA STRIKE!"
Michael Frank George of Anchorage,Ak.

"It's been 8 years today since everyone heard the news about Brandon. Wendy, if you are reading this please know that my heartfelt thoughts are with you today."
Rita of South carolina

"It's been 8 years today since we lost you brother, I think about you everyday day and I share your sacrifice with anybody that asks about the bracelet on my wrist."
Phillip Firestine of Houston TX

"SPC Brandon, Rowe. Stud there's not a day that goes by that I don’t think about you. I can honestly say this because I wear your bracelet on my wrist....I NEVER go anywhere without it. GOD Bless Brandon. COBRA 2-7"
1SG Forde, Roderick of Afghanistan

"Brando- My darlin boy. Love you, miss you, more than words can say.

Wendy Borowski of Roscoe, IL USA

"Wow! I can't believe it has been 7 years since you have gone. I want you to know that even though you are in a place beyond the stars, you still hold a huge place in my heart. You were like family to us and nothing will ever change that. We love and miss you Brandon."

"I can't believe it has been 7 years. Not a day goes by I don't think of that day. When I take my kids to the museum on Ft. Campbell I always show them the mannequin wearing your gear. I tell them your story. They've heard it about a dozen times now. I want to grab everyone in the place and drag them over to tell them your story. Rest in Peace. You will NEVER be forgotten."
SSG (retired) William Cooke of Clarksville, TN

"Brandon I am so sorry you did not get to come home to your family and friends. Thinking about you and them on this anniversary as well as your brothers who were beside you that day."
Rita of South Carolina 3/31/2010

"It's Veteran's Day 2009 and you're in my thoughts Brandon, and so is your family, especially your Mom Wendy. You're a stronger woman than I could ever be Wendy. Will never forget what a hero he is. You're all in my prayers, always.
Rich Sisson's Mom Venetta Sisson"
Venetta Sisson of Orlando, FL

"To the Rowe Family:

Your Son will never be forgotten, I share his birthday and wear a HERO bracelet with his name. Its the second one since the first one broke, I never remove it and never will. If this one breaks, I'm considering Tattoing it on in place of the hero bracelet, since I plan on wearing it till its my time to join your son. May Good Bless your Family."
MSG CASTRO of Sylvania, GA

"Wow.. its been nine years Brandon..I miss you and everyday i am grateful for your bravery and friendship.. miss you tons"
Sarah Krowczyk of Rockton, Il

"Rowe Family, It has been over 6 years now since Brandon was taken, I do miss him and think of him daily. I hope all is well for you and I wish you the best. He was a great guy and those who knew him loved him. SPC Moseman COBRA STRIKE"
SPC Jason Moseman of Nashville, TN

"To the Family of Brandon Rowe:

I will never forget the time we spent with you at the Rockford Event after you lost your beloved Brandon, both that first year and the years that followed. My friends and I dedicate our display to the memory of Brandon every year. May God Bless You and Brandon."
Ronald J Kapustka of Chicago, IL

"Well man its been awhile since we got the news. I let people know of of your sacrifice everytime they ask about my bracelet with your name on it. Hope your enjoying heaven."
Phillip Firestine of Houston, TX

"It seems like it was just yesterday when Troutman told me the bad news. The people and the lives you touched will never forget you. You are remembered and loved for you sacrifice. Thanks"

"Today would have been your 27th birthday. Miss you & thinking of you as always"

"Well man it's been 6 years since you were taken from us. I wear your name on my wrist everyday and pray that your family can have comfort in that your sacrifice gives all of us our freedom. It was an honor to serve and know you. "Once a Cobra always a Cobra""
Matt Barber of Jacksonville IL

"Brandon, once again I am remembering the anniversary of the sacrifice you and your family made 6 years ago tomorrow. It will never be forgotten."
Rita Isom of South Carolina (3/31/2009)

"Can't believe it's almost been 6 years. As time passes I still miss you just as much as when you first left us. I know you are around and I think of you every day. You are truely missed and you will always be in my heart. I cherish the memories that I have of my time with you and you will never be forgotten. You are a hero and always have been...I miss you!"

"Soon it will have been six years. What to say after six years? Too much. Our reunion grows sooner. I had a dream about you recently which I haven't done in a long time, at least a dream with such a realistic feeling. I woke up with a smile."
Dude, it's me, Brent of Algonquin, IL USA!!!

"Hey buddy, just been thinking about you today. You will always be remembered in my heart.

Your fellow SAW Gunner, Bravo team 2nd Squad"
Holmes of SC

"Brandon I never really knew you only having met you once or twice before we deployed. Unfortunatly alot of your brothers didnt get the opportunity to meet you but we all carried a piece of you with us. "Rememebr Rowe" The unofficial battle cry of the battalion after that day. Farewell from a brother in A Co."
Daniel Smith of Baton Rouge, La

"Brandon, the memory of that day is as fresh as if it happened yesterday. I will never forget it. My life was changed forever that day. Remember, you are a hero, a true patriot. Every member of my family knows who you are, that you are a hero and a wonderful spirit."
Brad Miller, former 2-1 of Maysville, KY

"Hey Buddy, its been way to long. I'm in Iraq again trying to bring some justice to your falling. My wife is going to be having a boy this august and I want to name him after you. I miss you and all the good times we shared growing up. Till we meet again."
Your friend for life SSgt Joseph Sackett of USAF, Hill, AFB Utah

"Every time I go to Willwood Cemetary to visit my mother and father I stop to pay my respects to you. You will be a hero in my eyes forever."
Pam Jaworowski of Rockton, IL

"Hello Brandon, how are you? it`s been 5 years since I last spoken to you in person. As an Infantry platoon Sargeant we try to show face as always being brave; never showing weakness but that day....31 March 03 did test that theory. As usual i keep in contact via e-mail to express my feelings to your mom. That day still lives in me and i am glad it does; because of the sacrifice you made. Your actions keep me focused on our future leaders; our younger soldiers. Well the boys and I are back at it again, this time we are about 13 miles away from Al Hilla in a town called Haswah, always with you in mind. Your bracelet broke on 1 April 08, after wearing it for 5 years. I thought it was odd, and felt uncomfortable not being able to wear it, so i keep it in my breast pocket until i get it replaced. Well Brandon, until next time.......Cobra 2-7"
SFC FORDE,R of Haswah, Iraq

"Thinking of your sacrifice on this day,
Isom of SC

"I googled C Co and up came your memorial page. The great Lord took you too soon for us to have met but I have heard so many wonderful things and great stories about you from all of your friends. I too have a bracelet with your name on it and I often say a prayer for you and your family. I sit on the outside and I can truely say your brothers in army love you dearly and they miss you. C Co"
A Distant Friend of Ft Campbell KY

"The braveness of a soldier lies in his combat boots and behind his breast pocket. Controlled by his mental and driven by thoughts of a swift alliance. I will call you a Globetrotter !!, and that you are. But only one of a different kind. One who risks his own blood for salvation and immunity. For that you are my hero"



"More than four years have past and I still remember your goofy face and your great attitude! Thank you for changing my life everyday. There is not a time that I do not look down at the braclet I wear in your memory that I do not feel a deep sense of grief. With that grief is a deep sense of pride in knowing you. Never forgotten brother!"
Always Your Platoon Leader of Rockville, Maryland

"I served with Spc Rowe while he was in C Co i was in HHC with the cooks i only met him a few times we had some good laughs about how there was not even a river in Tennessee that looked like the Mississippi since we were from the same region me in the Quad Cities and him from Rosco we knew all about that i still remember the day when we learned of his passing Brandon i never got the chance to get to know you but i wish i took the time to do it GOD Rest your soul and i am sure you and Saint Peter are knocking them out in heaven till we meet again First Strike!!!!!"
John Gosney of Milan Il

"July 4, 2007
To the family of Brandon Rowe. 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 studied Brandon in 3rd grade.I don't know him but I want to give him a big hug in heaven to tell him thank you. I hope everything is fine at the Rowes"
Lauren Mecum of Bloomington,Il


"4 years ago today Brandon left this life and to his family and friends I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you on this day. I did not know Brandon but my son Joel was with him the day he died in Iraq. He wears a bracelet that reminds him of Brandon every day. Wendy, I hope the many fond memories of your precious son are of comfort to you as well as the knowledge that you will be together again someday on the other side."
Rita Isom of South Carolina

"Yes Brandon...I'm here for you also this year, for say to you "I never forget you!...I forever remember you!....You are a hero for the USA, but also for all world...because you are an angel...and you...now...fly in the sky!!!I LOVE YOU!RIP ANGEL""
Francesca of Venice, Italy

"I served with brandon in C Co. we were in the same squad. We always cracked on him about his mullet back in the day cause no one could really picture him in one til he whipped out a pic and then he would wear rock shirts. he always kept us rolling especially one time when we were all wrestling around and Sgt Wolf went to grab him and he let out a pretty girlish squeal. the funniest thing i've probably ever heard. we all loved him. he always seemed so pure and full of heart like a child. My heart prayers still go to him and his family. RIP brandon I love you BRO"
Jacob Prest of Houston, TX

"To the family of:Brandon Rowe 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"

"i dont know Brandon, but I would like to thank him & all of the fallen troops & the ones still fighting or have fought in a war. Im not sure what its like to havea family member killed in the war but my dads been deployed a few times so i kinda got the idea but i hope u rest in peace"
Anonomous of Washington

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Strike"(502nd Inf. Motto)"

"I met Brandon a few times as my stepcousin. What can I say about Brandon accept the fact that he was brave to join the army and to risk his life to fight for our country, Brandon is deeply missed by all of us as his stepcousins. And to Wendy I feel bad for her because of what happened and to know that she was brave about the whole thing. As for my cousin Rick I know he was a good stepfather to Brandon, bless his heart."
Kristine Valdes of Rockford,IL USA

"Brandon Rowe....what can I say about Brandon Rowe. You were a wonderful man with a kind heart. You always put others before yourself. I can't believe it has been over 3 years since you have been gone. There is not a day that I don't hink about you and what you did for this country. You will always be Uncle Brandon to Alex and you will always be a part of our family. We will never forget you or what you did. Thank you Brandon. Thank you for being a part of our lives. For the family of Brandon: You are such wonderful people and I am so grateful to have met you. I am always going to have a place in my heart for you all. Thank you Wendy for answering the phone the first time we spoke. I am so honored to have met you. Please keep intouch. God Bless"
Kara DuPont proud wife of SSG Robert DuPont of Ft Wainwright, AK

"I do not personally know Brandon, but my friend SSG Dennis, was Brnadon's immediate supervisor when he was killed in Iraq. SSG Dennis proudly wears Brandon's "in memory of" bracelet daily, in and out of uniform. This situation has caused my friend to leave the military. He has had a very rough time dealing with the situation and rightfully so. To the parents and family of BRANDON ROWE be strong, know that your son gave the ultimate sacrifice for what he believed in. Thank you for supporting him when he need you.
LeTwan Davis of Fort Benning GA

"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

"In this sad day my thought is turned you that are entered from 31 March 2003 in the heart and mine soul!...I don't will never forget to you!"
Francesca of Venice, Italy

"I can't believe it's been 3 years since you've been gone. You are truely loved and missed by everyone. It's not the same here without you! You are a true Hero!!"

"hi myname is brandon rowe i am so sorry aboutbrandon. i hope we meet in heaven someday i hope to join the army to so ilove you like a family"
brandon of princeton

"Hi! we are Alessia and Susy (friends of Francesca)please to know you Brant!Francesca she has talked a lot of you to!We think that you should know us because we care for Brandon!If you want to know us you write on this web site!Good bye, kisses"
Ale,Susy;Francy. of Naples,Italy,Campania

"Hy!!We are Susy and Alessia(Francesca's friends!!)nice to meet you Brent!!Francesca tall us of you!!We think you should meet us!!becouse we love Brandon!so..we love you too!tall we more of Brandon!Hi's ..fantastic!if you want to tall whith us write on this website!!Sorry for terrible english but we are hoppless italian girl!!Good bye Brent..kiss kiss."
Ale,Susy;Francy. of Naples,Italy,Campania

"I knew Brandon from Hononegah. In one class I was lucky enough to sit in front of him. I didn't care much for the crowd he hung out with, but he was a good friend and he treated me with respect. When I found out what had happened, I couldn't believe this had happened to someone so close to me. May god have him in his glory and one day I know I'll see him again. Bless his family too. He is in God's hands now and will be well taken care of."
Christina Figueroa (Hernandez) of Rockford,IL

"Maybe one day my wings will grize yours
our eyes will cross one another,
My heart will strike stronly,
the suffering vanish into the nothing,
my soul's darckness will become eaven,
a sweet voice will be yours,
angel's song I will run along, hand by hand.
Don't forget me, because I won't do it."
Francesca of Venice/Italy/Venetia

"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

""Hi!....My names is Francesca, and I'm italian girl!(Sorry if I can't write very good english!)...I didn't know Brandon Rowe, but also if I don't know him, I love him!.....I seen Brandon Rowe in the weekly paper!Once dreamd him...and his eyes are impressed in my memory!I pray always for him!...After I dreamd him my life is change!I like know like, was before of that terrible day!!!....He was litle, but he has man's courage!...He is my sweet angel!.....I forgetting never!!!""
Francesca of Venice/Italy/Venetia

"Brig-ah-doon, I love ya' little bro. I'm working on a website to honor you. www.mybrotherbrandon.com"
Brent Rowe of Chicago

"May God fulfill His promises as the 2nd Platoon men have witnessed what Rowe did by laying down his life for his fellow brothers in arms. Rowe, thank you for voluntarily, out of an unconditional love, taking the spot where I should have been. Thank you for looking after me as your doc and I know that I will meet you one day."

"To Brandon's Family, it has been over two yrs. since you lost your precious Brandon. I still remember Joel calling me from Iraq and saying that March 31 is a day that will never be forgotten. He was in the ambush with Brandon that day. He still wears Brandons bracelet, and had his picture on the wall in his barracks. Joel is now back in Iraq and not many days go by that I don't think of Brandon and your sacrifice. You and he will always be in our family's hearts and prayers."
Rita Isom of Spc. Joel Holmes mom of S.C.

"Its been 2 years since your death. I still have not even been to your grave which I regret so much. There is not a day I don't think about you. I couldn't ask for a better friend to grow up with and share all those crazy experiences with. Sometimes I can't help to even think that it was my fault that you signed up and went. I should have joined with you and been there for you. I'm so sorry. I just want to let you know that I was in Iraq six months ago and bombed the * out of those creeps over there. Did that for you bro. See you in the next life. Your friend forever."
Joseph Sackett of Roy, UT Hill AFB

"To Brandon's Family,
Brandon was a great friend to my husband. He had the pleasure of being stationed with him at Ft. Campbell and they were also in the same unit in Iraq. Brandon came home with my husband when they had leave so his memory is everywhere. He has touched his life in such a huge way and he will always love and be proud of him."
Spc. John David Jordan's wife of Arkansas

"To the family of Brandon Rowe: My name is Leonard Grado. At the time of your son's death I was the Battalion Surgeon of 2/70 Armour Bn. This is the unit that Bradon was attached to during the battle of Hillah. I want you to know how sorry I am that my medics and I were unable to save Bradon's life. I did not know Brandon, but I know that he was a brave man. I hope and pray that you all find peace."
Dr. Leonard Grado of Toledo, Ohio

"To the Family of SPC Brandon Rowe:

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

"I recently received my Hero Bracelet in honor of Spc Brandon Rowe. I would like his friends, family, and brothers in arms to know that this symbol of his life and bravery will forever be worn with the honor so deeply deserving of such a true hero."
SGT Dale Eichler VCD/8 BDE TXSG of Vidor, Texas/ USA

"I want to give my heart felt condolences to Brandon's family and friends. I did not know Brandon, but he made a huge impact in my life and some of my soldiers. I was one of the medics that treated Brandon after he was wounded. OIF was my second war and his unfortunate passing, again showing myself and my soldiers the reality that we were facing. I will never forget Brandon's face or his spirit. May God comfort Brandon's family and friends."
SGT (P) Dan Hester of Fort Sill, OK USA

"I just wanted to say how sorry I am to Brandon's family and friends for their loss. There was an art installation in San Francisco with magnetic stars for every fallen soldier in Iraq. Brandon's star stood out to me because he died on my 25th birthday. I took his star to the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. His memory lives on in me, even though I didn't even know him. His star is now on the way to London, England to be remembered there. If you would like to to visit the website of the artist, so you can track Brandon's Star go to:

You can also see a picture of his star on the bridge by going to:


I wish his family and friends peace and love."
Megan of Brisbane, Australia (but from San Francisco, CA)

"Brandon, I didn't know you well, and in fact, had only met you the day before you left this Earth. In spite of this, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Know that you will live on forever in our hearts. God bless you, your family and friends. Rest in Peace."
CPT Brad Laauwe

"Spc. Brandon Rowe

May God continue to bless your family and friends, who knew you most.
You have made us very proud, in giving all you have was so honorable for those in need.
You may be gone but will never be forgotten.
We salute you!
Always in our hearts and prayers"
M.Giguere of Canada

You were a good friend, and here we are 2 years later, I miss you man. I just started college now, and I wish you were going to the class' with me. I think about you every day. The last conversation we had before leaving Kuwait. Riding on the plane together in first class. Going out on the town in Clarksville and Nashville. You'll always be close to my heart. I love you man, thanks for the memories and laughs you gave me."
Dan Brown of Berwyn, IL/USA

"WOW BRANDON..............
It is two years today since you left us. You will be in our hearts forever.
We think of you often, and visit you at your resting place.
Miss your smile........
So long little buddy."
Jim & Jeannine 'KLU' Kleczewski of Rockford, IL

"Two years ago tomorrow, my husband had the sad honor of escorting Brandon's body after the ambush. Neither of us knew Brandon...but neither of us will ever forget him. His death had such a huge impact on us and I want his family to know that he will always be remembered in our home...his name will never be forgotten, and that they will always be in our thoughts and prayers. I remember looking at some pictures his aunt emailed me of him in civies just hanging out...he looked so happy, so bright and full of life. From what I have learned of Brandon since that day, the world lost a brave, kind, fun, loving man. That is evident in the sheer number of lives he touched. I hope that you find comfort in knowing that.

Angie--if you happen to read this, I am not sure if you remember me or not, we emailed back and forth a few times about a year ago. I misplaced your email address...please know that you are in my thoughts.

*Remember Rowe*"
Stephanie of Ft Campbell, KY

"Ever since I've known Brandon, he has never been anything less than a great guy. He was one of the sweetest people I've ever known, and till this day, I cannot believe he's gone. It's a damn shame that such a beautiful person should die so young. Everyone misses you Brandon, and not a day goes by that we wish you where here."
shane roberts of shaw afb, sc

"To the family of Brandon Rowe,
It has almost been two years since your horrendous loss and every day I think about our fallen soldiers. Your loss is one no one should ever have to endure. I am afraid nothing I can say will fill the void in your hearts, but I pray you keep Brandon’s memory alive. Although he was taken from you at such a young age, the memories can never be taken from your hearts. I never knew Brandon, but from what I have read, he sounds like a guy few will ever forget.
My husband was in that ambush on that very day in Iraq. I got a call shortly after the ambush and could hear that my husband was deeply saddened and thankful. War is ugly and scary and all I can do is be thankful we have men and women who are brave enough to go out and fight for our freedoms. Your son lost his life serving his country and helping to keep our freedom.. That concept is hard for many of us to grasp, but after talking with my husband I realize that this is what they feel the need to do and I have to thank GOD we have these unselfish people in our world. I appreciate your unselfishness too because to be honest I feel very selfish with my family and dread the day my husband ever gets deployed again. Please know I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Fondly, A soldier’s wife"
soldier's wife of Junction City, Kansas

"To the family of Brandon Rowe: my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I had only briefly known Brandon, but from what I knew he was a great guy. The most caring person I've ever met. Brandon was such a joy to be around. He was funny and "the life of the party". He was brave and courageous and also a tremendously good looking young man. And his smile, I will never forget his smile. Whenever I saw Brandon, he always had a smile on his face! The last time I saw Brandon was when he was on leave for a little while. He came into my work. I went and talked to him. I remember the last thing I said to him was to come home safe. He told me he would and then gave me a hug. We said our good-byes and that was the last time I ever saw his sweet smile. When I heard the news of Brandon's death, I could not believe it. At first I thought that they must have made a mistake, this couldn't have been the Brandon that I knew. Then reality hit and it hit hard. The kind and caring Brandon that I had once known was now gone. My only consolation was that I knew that this was something that he had wanted to do ever since he was a young boy. Well Brandon, I would just like to say thank you for everything that you have done. You are truly a hero. We all miss you and see you later buddy."
unknown of rockton


"i meet rowe while i was in kuwait. never really talk to him but i remeber bumbing into twice in the tent we slept in. i was attach to his platoon until i got sent to become a drive sorry for missing out on the action buddy. -2plt fister fox2"
spc nelson of ft campbell, ky.

"I had never heard of Spc. Brandon Rowe until today, Veterans day 2004. I am a college sophmore at Potomac State College in Keyser, WV.In honor of Veterans day 2004, I was approached and asked if I would like to wear a sticker with a picture of a soldier who passed in Iraq. I agreed and I picked Brandons picture because he was a Spc. and my fiance is a Spc. also. Although, I do not know him, just learning about him makes him a very special person. So I decided I wanted to know more about the hero I had picked. I learned that Brandon was such a wonderful person and very loved. I just wanted people to know that soldiers are such wonderful people and they should be praised and honered everyday for what they do for us. I will never forget his name. He will always be in my prayers. God Bless you and yours."
Tiffany of Petersburg, WV

"Never met Brandon, though I am sure somewhere at some point in between the barracks of the 502 we passed each other. As a former Strike soldier, today 11/11/04 Veteran's Day, I salute SPC Brandon J. Rowe for his sacrifice to our country. From the comments left here Brandon must have been one special person. Deepest sympathies to Brandon's family, friends, and brothers-in-arms. FIRST STRIKE!"
Bobby A. (SGT, USA, Former) of Fredericksburg, PA, USA

"even thoug its been 7 months since Cco 1-502nd inf has been back we all still very accuratly remember what happened over their and we still keep in our hearts our fallen comrade.

SSG McElwee
Cco 1-502nd, 3rd plt"

"even thoug its been 7 months since Cco 1-502nd inf has been back we all still very accuratly remember what happened over their and we still keep in our hearts our fallen comrade.

SSG McElwee
Cco 1-502nd, 3rd plt"

"To the friends and family of Brandon Rowe:
My husband, Justin Linden, was also KIA in an ambush in Iraq. I cannot began to express how sorry I am for your loss. This horrible pain is one no person should have to bare. I will continue to pray for the families of the fallen soldiers every day. Your loved ones sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"To the family of Brandon Rowe. First of all may God heal your pain. It is always difficult to loose a child. My son and yours became close friends at basic training. While stuck in summer surge they had their hair cuts, clothes issued and a lot of time waiting. One day they went to the mall and climbed in one of those photo booths. shall I say TWO bald heads grinning and Four big ears? From that day forward MY picture of your son and mine has been attached to the fridge. The day my son arrived back in the states after the war, first thing I heard was the cracking voice of my son say "Mom I made it home we landed a few minutes ago, but I just heard Rowe died at the begining of the war." I asked "My Rowe from the fridge"? "Yes mom, the best friend I ever made in the Army." We both cried for Brandon, that day. I don't think there is a day goes by that my son does not think of your son and their friendship. In Nov. he picked up a new friend. A puppy he named Rowe."
I. Green of Columbia, MO

"Brandon and family,

This is Chad Toye. I miss ya bro. I know that you believed in what you weer doing. I just an not believe I will never see ya again bro. The fun times we had ridding Matt's four wheeler (even though Matt was crazy). I just wish I could see you again my friend and shake your hand and then hug you to say thank you. Maybe in time this will be possible. Res in peace Brandon and thank you sir. Love you man."
Chd Toye of South Beloit Illinois

"I grew up with Brandon. He lived in the same neighborhood as I did when I was growing up. As we get older we all go our seperate ways however. Brandon was a little man, but from what I remember...he was the kindest kid ya could ever meet meet. But now I know he grew into a brave hero as well. He died fighting for his country, but young, innocent men deserve to die by a better cause than by some barbarians who are just fighting because they are filled with hate. You turned into a hero bro and you will never be forgotten. I'm proud of ya my childhood friend..."
Jason Yapp of Age 22, South Beloit, IL

"I am sorry about what happened to your so Brandon Rowe. I know how it feels to lose a loved one. I lost my ant 2 years after my babby sister was born.She only sean her three times

A student from Barker Centrol School."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"As I sit here, I find myself unable to find the words to express all that I am feeling about Brandon. He was in my company in Iraq and I will always remember him as a first class soldier. He was always first in line to volunteer, and he always did a superb job without bragging or trying to take a curtain call. Quite simply, he was what one would think of when one thought of the ideal soldier.

Although it has been more than a year, I can honestly say that not one day has gone by during that time when I haven't thought about Brandon at some point during the day. He was a true hero and the world is a lesser place for his absence."
CPT Russ Meyer of Sacramento, CA

"I was with the 502nd when I heard of SPC Rowe killed in action. I will never forget that day. He was the 1st in our unit to be a fallen Hero and will never be forgot. He gave is life when alot of young men wouldn't. There is alot to say about this young man, He was there in bad times and in good. He served his country well and I know his commander was proud of him . I attended his memorial and we will miss you. Rest in peace we our proud of you."
Lee Welsh of Greenville, Texas

"Brandon was a very close friend and I will miss him very much. He had so much to look foward to, but at least he died defending his country. I hope he saves a beer for me in the afterlife. God Bless."
Joe Sackett of Hill AFB, UT.

"My name is Chaplain CPT Glenn Palmer of 2-70 Armor out of Ft. Riley. I celebrated "Last rites" with Brandon last March 30th in Al-Kifl Iraq. He was an infantryman attatched to our tank battalion. After I had last rites we held two memorial services with his unit so as to honor Brandon and his service. Many times over the past year I have prayed for his family and hope God brings them hope and comfort.

Chaplain CPT Glenn Palmer 2-70 Armor Ft Riley KS"
Chaplain CPT Glenn Palmer of Ft Riley KS

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 Brandon's family:
I did not know your son but I feel a closeness to him. My wife, our son Chris and myself lived for almost 20 years in Rockton. This past Dec. of 03 our oldest grandson, Pfc. Jayson Hall came home on leave. We met him at the Dallas airport on his way back to Mosul, Iraq. We took him to dinner and as we sat there I saw a bracelet with the letters IL on it. I asked Jayson what it was for, as it looked like Illinois. He said it was a reminder of his friend and fellow soldier who was killed in action in Iraq. Jayson said he was from Roscoe, but Jayson could not recall why Roscoe sounded so familiar to him. I told him that when he was 12 he came to visit us in Rockton and he was in Roscoe, too.
What a small world, I held the bracelet and felt so sad.
Thank you from an unknown friend"
Bill and Johanna Milks of Pensacloa, FL USA

"To Brandon's famliy: Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. I read your Brandon's name at a rememberance vigil in Denver...you are in my prayers."
Oren Briese of Castle Rock, Colorado

"Wendy & family, it was a special honor to meet each of you this past weekend at the welcome home service for the platoon. I was very impressed with the solid, loving, supportive dynamic your family has. Your grief has been deep, I know. But your bravery and your smiles this weekend were so refreshing and inspiring! Brent, you are a terrific young man - your personality is so engaging. You and your family represent Brandon so well to the rest of us. The scrapbook was beautiful, and Devon you really are a good writer. I hope to see more of your work in the future, young man! Again, thank you all for allowing us to share in your grief. Brandon has touched so many people through his death - he could never have anticipated that, and I know you are proud of him and thankful for his ongoing influence. May the Lord bless and keep each of you, giving you strength and peace for each new day."
Sherry Anderson, The Donelson Fellowship of Nashville, TN

"To Remember Them..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.

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 (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Today is one year that a close friend of mine died and to this day I still cry over the fact. I didn't get to know him as well as I had liked to but I did know him well enough. I still remember the day that I meet him. Driving all around on a halloween night with his girlfriend and her aunt. We had some much fun. Now one memory I have that hurts the the most is the day that I found out of his death. April 1,2003 I thought it was a bad prank but that night standing in my room and watching the news the prank became real. 'Brandon Jacob Rowe was killed today' was what i heard. All I could do was drop to my knees and cry. I had never had a friend die before. Even though I didn't get to know him as well as I wanted to, I knew that he was a good guy, a good boyfriend, and most of all a good friend. I still to this day cry when I hear an American song because I know that Brandon was over there fighting for what is right. Now while all the other soldiers are comeing home I'm just hoping that Brandon will show up on my door step ready to go out and have a good time all over again. He is my hero."
Stephanie White of Chapmansbora,TN/USA

"I find myself mourning the loss of a good friend, and in the reality of it all I sit here and cannot believe that a year has already passed. The day I found out that Brandon had passed I actually laughed and tried to not believe the small town talk that I heard throughout the day. The last time I saw Brandon was the night before he left for the service, keeping in touch with him through friends and letters. I was present at his visitation and funeral, and to me he wasn't really even there. I walked in and felt his presence with me, but the body I saw was not his. There has not been a day that I can remember that he hasn't been with me in some way. His picture still hangs over me on my visor in my car. It will stay with me forever. My memories of Brandon cannot be erased. He was everything that you could wish for in a friend. Caring, open hearted and thoughtful. You are missed."
minime bff sarah k of Rockton Il USA

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

"Hi, I never met Brandon but I was staying in a cabin in Mt. Charleston NV. and I found his ID bracelet under the drawers. I did no know that it meant he was killed at that time but I was saving it as treasure, thinking of the boys who saved us in our time of need. I just wanted to give my respects as i just had a close family member very hurt in Iraq . I was just not sure if someone was looking for the bracelet I found. If so My E-mail is Hollyhatchet@msn.com and my address is 1920 Franklin Ave. Las Vegas NV. 89104. If not I will treasure it always. God Bless, Holly"
Holly Jacker of Las Vegas

"Thank you Brandon Rowe, 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 did not know Brandon personally,but live in the area,thank you Brandon for serving your country and my deepest sympathies to his family friends and fellow soldiers."
Corina Hopkins of Rockford IL USA

"To the people who knew him you knew he was a kind hearted guy willing to go the extra mile to help his friends I was his friend I live across the hall from him in the barracks, We use to stand outside and talk about nothing, I really enjoyed those talks it help the time go by. Now there just memories. I'll never forget the sacrifice that he made and I'll always wear the k.i.a. Band with his name on it so I'll never forget, I am proud to say I served with Rowe and will always hold his memories near my heart."
Spc. Hammett of C. co. 1-502 1st plt

"I never knew Brandon, but a friend of his told me of him and how great their friendship meant to him. I am a Vietnam Veteran who was so moved by this that I decided to write. God's Grace to all who knew him. He is gone but not forgotten. He gave his greatest gift to those who remember him."
R.M. Penhollow, Jr. frmr USAF 1971-1979 of Ohio (USA)

"Brandon as your Platoon Leader, I was proud to train and fight with you. As your boss, I appreciated your hard work and willingness. As your friend I am heartbroken that you are gone. As a fellow soldier, your sacrafice has inspired me. Your actions speak much louder than your words and everyone hears you. Enjoy the Peace."
1LT Steven E. Pierce of Mosul, Iraq

"March 31st was a sad day for our good friends, Rick and Wendy Borowski. The news was delivered to them about 6:00PM that Brandon had been killed that day in the war. My wife and I drove to their home the next day to mourn with the family. It was very sad. Rick, Brandon and I had lunch at Hooters in Rockford sometime before he left for Iraq. Brandon was a fine young man, he will be missed by his family and friends. My hat goes off to the Army for all the help and support they gave the family during this sad time. Our town really came together to help the family grieve. The funeral was held one day before Brandon's 21st birthday.
Brandon is a true American Hero.
Our thoughts and prayers are with him."
Jim Kleczewski of Rockford, IL USA

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Spc. Brandon Rowe:
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 Spc. Brandon Rowe:
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

"May you rest in peace in the most beautiful place in the universe, heaven...Thank you for your sacrfice. Will will live our life to the fullest and never let you down."
J and T Taylor of North Carolina


"Brandon's bravery inspires me to live each day to the fullest...It literally tears my heart up to think that he was so young and died too soon...Atleast he died doing what he had always wanted to do...Be a "Screaming Eagle"...I didn't have the honor of knowing him, but his courage gives me hope...My prayers go out to his family...Rest in Peace Brandon..."
Cassie Presley of Alexandria, VA, USA

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on