Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Marc S. Seiden

26, of Brigantine, New Jersey.
Seiden died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his convoy was ambushed by the enemy who used an improvised explosive device, small arms fire, and a rocket-propelled grenade. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on January 2, 2004.

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"Marc, I never met you, but I am sure we saw each other at some point. I was in D company and I remember hearing on the radio the attack on your platoon. My platoon lost Keith earlier that year in July. I am so sorry you did not make it back. I remember you and all of our other paratroopers that did not return daily. God Speed Brother All The Way"

I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Paratrooper who was also killed in that ambush for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"325 Let's Go!""

"Sieden. You were a great paratrooper who sacrificed it all. You are truly missed but not forgotten."
Geo Bia of Vanderwagen, nm

It's been a long.day and 12 years later. Thank you for your sacrifice in what you loved to do brother. Jan 2.nd is not an easy day. Your not forgotten ."
Geo Bia of navajo nation

"It has been over 11 years since your tragic demise, and the day does not pass without thinking of you. It doesn't get any easier. Love you and miss you.
Uncle Marvin
May 25, 2015"
Marvin Waxner of Plainview, NY

"Seiden. A great brother. Miss ya"
Bia of Navajo Nation

"Marc, it's been many yrs past....I wish I could change back the hands of time and have the power to change the horrific event that took place. U r a hero and most of all my hero. U r always remember and in my heart brotha. Luv ya!"
BIA of Navajo Nation

"Today is the anniversary of one of the most horrible things I have ever seen. The one that haunts me the most. I crawl into a bottle right around the middle of December dreading the 2nd of January.
I felt true loss for the first time ever. I felt helplessness. I was out of my element. We were 25 days from going home after invading a country. We were as the movie says “Jolly green giants, roaming the earth”
Since this day in 2004 I have seen things that cannot be unseen. I put 5 people in a body bag in one day. I have suffered through the fear of one of my best friends almost dying as he was covered in the blood and guts of one of his men.
I have held grown men as they cried into my shoulder. I have cried into the shoulder of a guy from south Bronx New York. He held me like a brother because I couldn’t see through my tears as I almost pulled the trigger on a man and his son.
I have felt the tears of a mother whose son I could not bring back. I have heard the words “I love you” from the same mother.
No single event in my life has been more significant than what happened on this day 11 years ago.
We are conditioned to win! But not to lose. So when we lose a brother it is catastrophic.
That is why we are so in love with each other.
I have always appreciated the moniker "Grunt." It is a nickname that some might consider offensive if you have never been one. Grunts come from all different backgrounds, the city or the country, all different races and religions. By ourselves we are not all really that exceptional or talented. But when you put nine of us together and tell us to fight for something we care about, which most of the time is each other, then nothing on this planet can overcome our resolve. Grunts can take anything you throw at them. You are the best humans I have ever known."
Jake of Spokane

"Marc is still in my heart and his family, friends and all his loved ones will be in my prayers always. We miss your physical presence but will always feel your great spirit with us."
Patty Brown Orcutt of Pine Hill, NJ

"I just wanted to say great soldier great friend and a brother to me. Also to the family i so sorry for your loss and to let you know he was a great person with an amazing heart. I was there when we got ambush and im really sorry. I know hes with god right now in a better place than us god bless your soul and your family."
Ricardo Costas of Jayuya, P.R.

"My dear nephew:
The day does not pass without thinking about you. Your photograph is in my office, in my home but, most of all, the image of you is in my mind. There are many such images. There is the beautiful little blonde haired boy chasing after his cousin at her Sweet sixteen party, and then,years later, there is the image of grown man, powerful, confident and a source of such overwhelming pride.
I love you my nephew, and I miss you and will continue to love you and miss you until the last day of my life."
Uncle Marvin of Plainview, NY

"Marc, I miss you more as each day passes. People say it gets easier as time passes, it's not true. I hope you & Dad are playing ball together. I will always love you."
Gail Seiden (Mother) of New Jersey

"Miss you Marc!!"

"Hard to believe it is seven years. I miss you cousin."
Jonathan of Melville, NY

"Mark, we never let your sacrifice be forgotten. Iraqi is becoming a free and safe place again because of you."
vince of Brigantine

"When I heard the news right when you left us I was heartbroken. Today, 6 years later I tell my little boy about a man I knew who is a hero."
Susan of NJ

"Marc was a really close friend during my time as a exchangestudent in Hightstown, 15 years has past since then, Marc has been gone for six years...and I just found out. I'm so sorry for your loss, Marc will always have a special place in my heart! Love Anna from Sweden"
Anna of Sweden

"May Marc's memory serve as a blessing to all. Those who volunteer to protect others are among the righteous."
Larry Glinzman of Ormond Beach, FL

"Our class mourns the loss of Marc Seiden every time we read "Two Soldiers" from the New Yorker. Thank you for allowing that story to be told. It has helped those of us sheltered from such loss better understand the sacrifice that families make."

"I can't tell you the guilt I feel. You took my seat. It should have been me. You weren't even in my squad. But you volunteered to go in my place. I will never be able to forgive myself. I miss you Marc. I just wish I could go back and change things. I am sorry. And to Tricia I am also sorry."
Jake Baty of dahlonega, Ga

"Marc - Thank you for your sacrifice."
L.A. of Alaska

"December 29, 2008
To the family of Spc. Marc S. Seiden:
Marc 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 met Marc from my older brother Brian who lived in Brigantine. It was truely an honor to have known him. His great smile will never be forgotton. Marc, you are an inspiration to me. Thank you for your courage and the sacrifices you made for so many people. To the family and friends of Marc, you are in my thoughts and prayers. With all my love, Donna"
Donna Orcutt of Philadelphia, PA

"Seiden it has been over four years now and I cant stop thinking about you and Bangayan, I honor you both and I pray for your families on this Memorial Day Weekend. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Brian Kerr of Louisville, Ohio, USA

"It's been sometime since LTC David Haight and myself got the call that Bco had a vehicle hit by an IED! We were only a few weeks from going home, but when given the call to "move out", Seiden was first to grab his gear and go! He had a great smile and built like a football player, but all he and Bangi(the other hero that was killed that day)ever wanted was there buddies to be safe and all make it home. These brave youngmen did so much in a year, from marching from As Samwah to Bagdad, they even did a mission outside of sector when Terrorists destroyed a nuilding of peace and support for the Iraq people. Marc Seiden was an inteligent man, but when ask by ask by the voice only American Hero's hear" Who will come", he said I, and never looked back! The love and respect i have for him can not be measured, and the sorrow i've felt for all these great men and women who've passed, I will never forfet you, I will honor you and your family, I pray that i to can be as worthy of telling your parents how sorry I am for the pain you feel, and the emptiness in your heart. GodBless you all, and our Country!"

"I am a friend of Marc's from high school. I heard his name called over the radio several years ago and it still haunts me. He was a fantastic friend. He was a lot of fun to be around and I enjoyed watching him play soccer. I won't ever forget him or the sacrifice he made to keep my kids safe. I will tell my children the story of Marc and his bravery as I raise them and try to teach them about character and honor."
Kim Rohn (Mansfield) of Royersford, PA

"to the seiden family: I had pleasure of meeting your son on a very hot day at Ft.Benning when he and my nephew Edward Canadas (sgt) graduated form Basic Training. I would like to thank you for raising such a fine young man and paratrooper. We can all be thankful for such men as Marc S. Seiden. As I tell my nephew (edward) "to honor your friend the best thing you can do is live a good life, thats what we all owe him" Thank you and rest easy."
1sg Jeff Canadas (ret) of standish,Calif.


"i miss my cuzin i wish i cood hav met him"
fred tartour of novato, CA/ USA

"I still miss him alot"
Donna of Brigantine NJ

"To the family of:Marc S. Seiden 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"

"Dear Seiden Family,

I had a lot of laughs with Marc and Dan Khalina while attending Hightstown High School. Marc was always full of life and laughter. I lost touch with him after sophmore year, but will always remember the good times we had. I am in the service and totally understand what it is he did and what it meant to me. I have his photo posted in my office as a constant reminder of the meaning "ultimate sacrafice." That is what Marc gave, and for that I will always be grateful as will everyone that knew him. On this Memorial Day 2006, let us all that read this stop and pray for all of those who are in harms way so that we may live free."
Edward J. Dowgin, CPT, AR of Sea Girt, NJ

"from a fellow Portuguese paratrooper, remember:
Paratroopers never die, they regroup on the other side"
Paulo of Oporto, Portugal

"Although I did not know Marc, it really comes through reading the messages here that Marc was truly a special man. He touched other lives in such a meaningful way, people respected Marc and looked up to him. To Marc's family and loved ones - these words can only be a short-lived easing of the pain you feel. Please know many people are thinking of you in your grief and pray you find some peace and serenity. It seems Marc had such a passion for life and that passion still lives on and shines on you. May peace be with you."
Jane of New Jersey

"It's been almost two years and I still think you're comming home. I only met you once but you changed me. Thank you. We miss you and love you. You are why I am enlisting on the second anniversary of your death and my 18th birthday."
MPR of Westfield, NJ

"Seiden you were a good soldier and a good person. I'm sorry that you had to leave us. My respects go out to your family for there tragic lose."
Adam Volkerding of Dayton ,OH

"Bless You and Your courage Marc. I'll never forget you or your family."
Scott Siegel of Deer Park, NY

"Rest In Peace brother,it was hell bein there for as long as we were w/the good times and the bad.You were a great person and one of the best damn soldiers i ever had the chance to serve with.thanks for makin' me laugh day in and day out.
--love you and miss you brother--
3rd plt. bravo co. 2/325 a.i.r."
brandon chambers of tulsa,ok

"Marc...you are my hero every where i go.. i remember me, you, and morgan at basic training you will be dearly missed you are my brother and friend i love you. The Seidan family i am Bjorn Bruckshaw i became really close with mark after basic training and during when he was at fort bragg he gave me a number to call when he got back i was in the 504th pir i am very saddend by your loss and i have benn greiving along with you you all will be in prayers and i love you all and i with all other americans will never forget the courage and honor you all have been through and what marc stood up for
God Bless
I love You and Marc You i will never forget"
Bjorn Bruckshaw bbruckshaw@yahoo.com of Warwick, Rhode Island

"To the family of Marc Seiden;
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Marc was one of the greatest soldiers I've ever had the honor to serve with. His dedication and loyalty to his comrades, family and friends will never be forgotten.
From a former White Falcon"
gustav of oshkosh, wi

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across Seiden, my heart hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"All of our fallen comrades in 2/325 AIR will be forever cherished, respected, and never forgotten for paying the ultimate price."
Spc Silber of Ft Bragg, NC

"I am very upset to hear the news about Marc. I have many good memories of Marc when I used to live in Twin Rivers. My condolences to the Seiden family and his girlfriend, Patricia. Marc will truly be missed!"
Sarah Scurlock (Wright) of Three Oaks MI

"We were never close and I hadn't seen Marc in many years, but I shed a tear at first word of his passing. We shall honor his sacrifice every day by living as free Americans."
Jay of Yardley, PA

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

"To My Brothers

To my brothers who have fallen
And will not return home
I salute you

To my brothers to my left and right
Who I fight and die beside
I thank you

To my brothers who have returned home
To live again their civilian life
All the luck I wish for you

To my brothers I work with
Going through the tedious tasks of the day
I am with you

To my brothers past, present and future
And those who have come and gone and will be
I support you

To my brothers Solomon Bangayan, Mark Seiden, and Michael Deuel
Who paid the ultimate price
I will never forget you

To my brothers of all wars
Who have stood for their beliefs
I honor you

PFC Michael R. Deuel - 18 June 03 - Baghdad, Iraq
SPC Mark Seiden - 02 Jan 04 - Baghdad, Iraq
SPC Solomon Bangayan - 02 Jan 04 - Baghdad, Iraq"
Spc Connell, William C of B Co 2/325 AIR, Ft Bragg

"To the Seiden Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I too was a member of the 82nd Airborne and spent my third year in Viet Nam with the 25th infantry Div. I saved some things through the years and I would like to share this with you. Kind Heavenly Father, our Great God who invites- " Follow Me ", may we with stalwart hearts declare Thee Lord of all. We ask The Holy blesssing to rest upon all paratroopers who are on the path to secure and sustain peace.
May we be ready at all times to boldly
standup for the Truth and Ways,and be steadfastly hooked up to Thy Law and Gospel.
May a primary part of our equipment be a confident faith in Thee as we stand in the door of all missions in life. May the canopy of Thy Love shield and keep us now and forever.
" The Paratroopers Prayer".
God Bless Marc."
Edward J. Spurka of Sewell N.J.

"I am in the military as well . I just came back from Benning when I found out about Mark. I played basketball with Mark once. I am going to the Middle East soon with the 114th in AC. I am sorry, Mark is a hero."
2 LT Vincent Caliguire of Brigantine NJ

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

"SPC Seiden:
Thank you for giving yourself so that we can sleep safely in our beds at night. There is no real way to say thank you for that kind of gift. Rest in Peace."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"I would like to thank everyone for their support through this difficult time. I am very appreciative of the tributes in honor of Marc. I am praying for the safe return of the rest of the troops involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Marc will always be remembered as a hero in all of our eyes."
Patricia Ferri(Marc's girlfriend) of Brigantine, NJ

"To the Seiden Family, I was a good friend of Marc in Ft. Benning during basic training. My heart and prays are with you. God Bless!"
Rovner of Brooklyn,NY

"Please accept condolences from our family. We share in your loss and in your pain. Find strength in your family, friends and faith to see you through this grief. The light of our men and women lost in combat shines on. My nephew, Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, was KIA, 12/28/03."
Jose M. Caldas of Atlanta, GA

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless YOU ALL! We Will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"To the Seiden family, I would like to take this time to say that I am very proud of your son and the sacrifice that he gave for his country. I am also proud to know that my son knew Marc and served with him in BRAVO Company. Together,along with the rest of the White Falcons,they have acomplished so much toward the freedom of the Iraqi people one cannot help feel proud to be apart of such a great and historic event. Marc,may Gods eternal light shine upon you.
Rick Guttersohn
Proud father of Co.B 2/325th Paratrooper of the elite 82nd Airborne AIRBORNE, ALL THE WAY"
Rick Guttersohn of Canton, Michigan USA

"God Bless you.....rest in peace brave soldier! FAMILY--- For every tear that falls their is a prayer in my heart for you. Marc is a hero in American history and will never be forgotten.

Randy Thompson, FS2
United States Coast Guard
Randy of Farmington, NM USA

"Rest in Peace Brave Warrior.
The Taylors in NC"

"Thank you. It's not enough but it's all that I can think to say."
Christy Reed of The Woodlands, TX

"Thank you Marc Seiden, 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 Spc. Marc Seiden:
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 Marc 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. Marc Seiden:
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 Marc, 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