Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Brandon R. Sapp

21, of Lake Worth, Florida.
Sapp died in Najaf, Iraq, when his M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on August 15, 2004.

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"Hi Calvin,
I am Brandon's mother and want to thank you for writing about my Brandon. I miss him so much...still. I would be so very grateful to receive any photographs you have that you could share with me. It would mean so much to me. My e-mail is HLeaglee@msn.com
Thank you so much, Calvin. God Bless You."
Hope of Albuquerque, NM

"I had the honor to meet Brandon in basic training we clicked from the start he was so funny and just a great person. We even have some pictures from basic training together. I found out he passed away when I came home from my 1st deployment and reenlisted to go to Fort Bliss Texas when I walk into the battalion I saw picture on the wall saying he was KIA in 04 . It killed me I only knew him for the 3 months in basic training but he had an impact on my life . I remember during FTX I was his battle buddy and we had to build our tent for the night and also dig out our fox hole. We stayed up all night taking about what we wanted to do in life and how we were both going to by street bike lol. He was a great dude . I know he's in a better place . Just thankful I had the honor to meet him even if it was for a short amount of time. God bless you and your family brother . RIP"
Calvin Reynoso of Waterford, Connecticut

"As part of a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring all of the fallen of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, I am honored to read Brandon's name. I lost my own son, Neil, on Aug. 13, 2004 when he was KIA."
Diane of Verona, PA

"Hope this is your your brother remember how brandon felt about leon hoanor him scott"
W s veverka of W p b fl

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott Edward Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"yo buddy its been about 6 years. crazy how time flies. i just miss ya man. i hope your doing well up there. thanks for everything. and to the family, you did well. he was a great friend."
mike brown of merrick, ny

"Dear Brandon, my only child, Over five years now and I miss you so much....still. Till we see each other again in Heaven, I cry each evening for you, my son. Mom"
Hope of HLeaglee@msn.com


I would like to say to the family of Brandon R. Sapp, that I had the privilege of having him as a best friend when I was stationed in Ft.Hood. I remember when he first arrived at the unit, we clicked instantly. Him and I would meet up after last formation and go out for good times. He was one heck of a guy, I have alot of fond memories of him. I remember one time, Him and I found an open hatch leading to the roof of the barracks. We'd go up there sometimes with a twelve pack of beer and talk about home, our families, upcoming training exercises, road marches, recent jokes we've heard and alot of humorous conversations. I remember the time I had bought a leather jacket with a bluish inside liner. Brandon liked it so much that any weekend that we'd go out, he'd ask to borrow it. One time he told me he was going back to Florida to visit his Grandfather and wanted to wear it home. I said sure and he took it along with him. When he got back, the jacket was dry cleaned and in plastic wrap. I was so impressed about how he took care of my jacket,I said "You like it that much huh? keep it, its yours." he said "Get out of here, you're joking right?" I said "no its yours, take it." The look on his face was priceless. On weekends if we didn't have any weekend duties, we'd travel to Dallas and Austin. One time we were training in the woods of Ft.Polk. It was night time and we were wet, muddy, cold and miserable. I looked at him and said " Man, this sucks" he said " Yeah it does!" and started laughing. Just by him laughing, that made me start laughing and things didn't seem so bad knowing I had a good buddy right there with me. Brandon was always good at cheering me up when he knew I was in a bad mood. A person can meet many people in a lifetime but only a few you can really call a true friend. Brandon was a true friend to me and I'll never forget him. He'll always be in my thoughts and prayers."
Wayne Mathern of Bloomfield, New Jersey

"July 6, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Brandon R. Sapp:
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

"RIP young soldier, god bless you and your family."
Brian of Austin, Tx

"My heart aches for your family every day."
CML of Lake Worth

"My heart aches for your family every day."
CML of Lake Worth

"Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Brandon.

You've done the Sapp family proud."
T. Sapp of Oakland, CA

"My name is SrA Jordan J. Flaga. Im from Detroit, MI, and Im in the US Air Force. Im aircrew on the C-130 transport aircraft. Unfortunately, one of the worst parts of the job is transporting the passed from the combat zone. I will forever remember Brandon R. Sapp because he was the first fallen hero ive ever carried out. Ive carried many a general, congressman, and world leader in my aircraft, but ive never felt as honored as to help carry Brandon, and others like him out of that place. I just want y'all to know that he is forever in my thoughts. I know its been sometime, but this is the first time Ive thought about looking him up online. My sincere condolences."
Jordan James Flaga of Detroit, MI USA

"I would like to offer my sincerest thanks and offer condolences to your family for your loss. And although there aren't words that can console anyone for the loss of a child I would like to offer a try. I do very high quality pencil portrait art, and would be honored to send you a custom portrait of your son in thanks for his sacrifice and in respect for your loss. You can reach me at flannelman70@bellsouth.net. You can email any photo you wish and upon completion I will gladly hand deliver it to you with a grateful handshake and a kind smile. I live in Greenacres, just north of you, so it would be my honor."
Steve Pleasant of Greenacres, FL

Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and Brandon. You have done so much for Fallen Soldiers and keeping them in all our memories.
I've misplaced your new address and email address. Could you please mail me a letter with it as I miss corresponding with you."
Nancy of Lynchburg, VA

"To the family of:Brandon R. Sapp 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"

"HI my name is cerina one ove my fiend like you his name is matt"

"I love brandon because you make me smile and you are the best boy in school"

"To the Sapp Family, First of all, I know the grief of a close loss. My brother was killed in a motorcycle accident and each day is a struggle to not just break down and cry. I viewed Billy Lane's Blood, Sweat and Gears video in Laughlin and was so glad he highlighted your family and Brandon. What a tribute. I felt sorry when Mr. Sapp said he did not think there would ever be peace. I am a Jehovah's Witness and confident in the Bible's promises of a new world, God's Kingdom. I could send you some literature if you like. But, trust me, the Bible promises a resurrection and for the meek to inherit the earth. The dead are conscience of nothing at all as stated in Ecclesiastes. So, imagine Brandon sleeping and soon he will be awakened. It gives me peace of mind now to think of my brother that way and to look forward to seeing him again. It is no dream- contact me or a local Kingdom Hall for a free Bible study if you wish. God did not intend for us to kill or go to wars and be killed. The whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one, Satan. Continue to have faith and dwell on pleasant memories. Caring thoughts, Lori"
Lori Groszowski of Milan, Michigan USA

"You still with me Sapp.
3rd PLT A 2/7 CAV 1CD"
PFC Perez, D of pasadena, ca

"The Fifer George Weissenfels Society Children of the American Revolution of Palm Beach County, Florida, extend deepest condolences to the family of PFC. Sapp. We are a society of children learning the value of his ultimate sacrifice.
President Nikki Chimato"
Brenda Pike, Sr. President of Palm Beach County, FL

"To Brandon's Family -

We are so sorry for your loss, and we thank you for your sacrifice on behalf of this great country. My stepdaughter, A1C Elizabeth Jacobson, died 2 weeks ago while serving in Iraq, and Hope Veverka graciously attended her funeral. Our gratitude is beyond words, and her presence was such a comfort. Thank you so much - may God give us all the strength we need to get through these trying times."
Alison Jacobson of Vallejo, CA

"Brandon, my friend, my hero. Until we meet again."
Anthony Remsen of Lake Worth, FL

"RIP in Brave Soldier."
Petty Officer Johnson of Camp Pendleton, CA.

"This day, Memorial Day, is a day for Brandon and others like him, a fallen soldier, a hero, an angel. I thank him and his family for his braveness and ultimate sacrifice.I pray for your family in this hard time, but know that his premature death is not in vain. Thank you. May you rest in peace Brandon."
Marrissa Russello of Boynton Beach, FL

"Dear Hope: When I read the article in the PB Post about Brandon, my heart broke for you and for your loss. The day you and I got together for lunch at Cardello's and we chatted, as friends and mother's will do, your love, concern and pride for Brandon were quite evident. You have my gratitude for raising such a decent and brave young man."
Debi Scaglione of North Palm Beach, FL

"Dear, Mr. John
I was and still are really good friends with your son. I know what you are going through. My Brother was fighting with Brandon in Iraq. Please some way i would like to speak with you about Brandon and i would also live to meet you because i havent yet. Please contact me via email
I will also give you my Phone number so we can talk.
Becca Elizabeth Smith of Sebring/ Lakeworth Fl

"Brandon Hey buddy its me becca. I miss you and love you so much i just want you back. At this point i wish i could bring you back. My brother Jeremy Jekkins was out in battle with you and you two were the best of friends. He has now passed away and is in heaven with you. I hope I will Finally get reunited with you and your family again someday. Nathan will be going to Iraq in August and will fight for our country just like you did. You completely changed the entire meaning of fighting for our country. I love you and miss You so much and i will see you soon. Love you and Miss you so much "Bubba." God Bless you and mom and also dad. See you soon."
Becca Elizabeth Smith of Sebring/Lakeworth Fl

"Hope, I truly know how your heart aches for your son, God bless you for turning your son's death into something positive."
Hydie Henry of West Palm Beach Fl

May God continue to hold you and my son Sgt. Michael Pedersen, 1,508 of my brave soldiers are with you. May we all be united one day again. Blessings to your mother, her gifts of the dishes with our loved ones names and the candles are gifts we will cherish for ever! God bless you."
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan

"Dear Brandon,
Thank you. Though I search my heart for the right words, they are indeed inadaquate. Your bravery and sacrifice humble me. God bless you and your family and all who love you.

The Lord bless and keep you;
The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you peace. (Numbers 6: 24 - 26)"
Diane Marie Southard of Boynton Beach, Florida

"Brandon, just as your mothers name is Hope, this is what carries each of us grieving mothers daily. When we wake each day the reality of you being gone comes to our hearts. God is with us until we all get to Heaven! Can you give Michael a hug for me and let him know his mom is ok."
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan

"To everyone who still thanks my son/our hero, Brandon, I say thank you to you. I have a belief that when our fallen heroes entered Heaven, they were greeted by God who said to them, "Well done, good and faithful servants". Brandon is a true soldier, a true hero, mom's hero. God Bless ~
Hope Veverka
Hope Veverka of West Palm Beach, FL USA

"Thank all of you for your support it has been along couple months please support our soldiers and pray for there safe return home"
JOHN SAPP of Lake Worth Fl. Palm Beach

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 "

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To the family of Brandon;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Brandon is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to this country. I pray that God will be with you during this difficult time and bring you peace and comfort."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To Brandon's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

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

"Thank you Brandon Sapp, 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 Pfc. Brandon Sapp:
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 Sapp:
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