Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Michael B. Shackelford

25, of Grand Junction, Colorado.
Shackelford died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when his unit was conducting a dismounted patrol and encountered enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Howze, Korea. Died on November 28, 2004.

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"still love and miss you my brother"
christina shackelford of grand junction co

"Hey Shack or "Hightower" as we used to call you back in B Co. 407th. It was a privilege having you in my squad fresh off the bus from AIT. You were a great mechanic and ended up being an even better Infantryman. I will never forget the party at my house on Bragg when you punched (and completely flattened) the rain gutter on my house. You were too much fun! Love ya brother and I will wear my bracelet with your name as a symbol of your sacrifice till the day I die."
SFC Michael Blackwell (andrel11@yahoo.com) of Fort Bragg NC

You are missed brother,
My time in Korea and the Army was made better with you in it. Thanks for the laughs
RIP scalphunter"
Chad Buckarma SPC

"I will never forget the morning that I woke to find out that you had been taken away. It was a very sad day for all the 2nd Infantry family. I felt like I knew you thru the bond I had formed with your mom. You are a true hero. Your honor & memory will never be forgotten!"
Tracey of New Bern, NC

"COL Best here. Would love to watch the Belmont with you this Saturday 4:30 we know the best horse in the field. Heart of a BEAR call me 3038700653 or 9706880348. Think of you every day. Joel"
COL Joel Best of Ft Carson / Eagle CO

"RIP Big Shack!
From Dog Company, 1-503rd Infantry Regiment, 2 BCT, 2 ID"
SFC Patrick Jones of Phoenix, AZ, USA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Hey Shack, how are you? Yeah, I miss you alot man. It was nice serving with you; we did all we could, I'm sorry. I hope your family understands how important you were to us."
Sgt. Hernandez of Home.

"November 21, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Michael B. Shackelford:
Michael 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 have a set of shacks Dogs Tags I found them in my box. He lent them to me on a manafest. I servied with him in korea before he deployed I think his perants would want them please send me his familey address to my email addres grumpycaz51@yahoo.com SGT. Cazares i was a Team Leader under him Please send me his address. To the Shacks Im sorry its taken me so long. I didnt Know I still had them. Im sorry for what hapend."

"SSG Shackelford

I have great memories of SSG Shackelford that will be with me until the day we are together again. I was Mikes 1SG in Cco 1/325 and was proud to serve and know such a fine paratrooper. My heart goes out to all who have fallen and their families, always thinking of yous. You are in my thoughts and prayers every night. Rest well my friend, until we meet again
David P"
David Porcaro 1SG Cco 1/325 of Florida

"hey I really miss unkel mike hie was really funny"
brooke of hffgf

"Shack was a great friend and a mentor to a lot of us at Bragg. He was a man of integrity and honor. He was the best friend anyone could ask for. He always gave me good sound advise. He was the craziest, funniest, and most courageous man I ever met. I am so sorry that he is gone. We all lost when he died. I have a son now that I will be raising with the same morals and values that Mike instilled in me that I still have to this day. So heres to the airborne soldier in the sky. We all miss you."
Jason Mast of St.Louis MO

"I didn't know the brave lad, but I am a Shackelford too and served my country in the un-famous of war, Viet-Nam. My heart felt sorrow goes out to the family and the other brave soldiers that served with him. We had a saying in Viet-Nam, "for those who have fought for life, life had a flavor the protected will never know. God Bless"
Joe Shackelford of Reno, Nevada


We had conversed several times through email. My husband was in the 503rd with Michael. I think of you and your family often. You are still in my thoughts and prayers."
Tracey of New Bern, NC

"Andy and Nancy, we think of "Bear" and you daily. I look at his picuture and talk to him every time I pass by. My sons still have his jump wings and speak of him often. I hope to speak with you in the next few days and will try to contact you. Be well, may God bless you all as this anniversary of your sacrifice approaches. You are always in our prayers. 970-328-4422"
COL Joel E. Best of Eagle, Colorado

"SSG Shack, you taught me all I know and everything that kept me alive in Iraq, I owe everything to you! To your family, your son will never ever be forgotten. He is a true hero and was a natural leader, he died saving the live of his men and protecting his country, and his country will forever be in your debt...."
Spc Dickson of Fort Carson, CO

I remeber the great times we had hanging out at the Gray's Creek Rodeo in NC and that cold day we did the vehicle self extraction in Area J when you were a mechanic in B co 407th FSB. My dad kept asking about you but I lost touch so we could only hope you were doing well. I know you loved the military so I know you passed doing what you loved. You will always be remembered. Airborne, ATW!

To Shack's family: Our prayers are with you still.

SGT Nemec, Joseph A.
B co 407th FSB
Fort Bragg, NC
Joe Nemec of Durham, NC

"SSGT Shackelford

Will be truly missed as well as all our other fallen friends and family members You were a good friend.

Spc Lopez Supply from the Sky
C co. 1-325 AIR
Anthony Lopez of Los Angeles

"SSGT Shackelford

Will be truly missed as well as all our other fallen friends and family members You were a good friend.

Spc Lopez Supply from the Sky
C co. 1-325 AIR
Anthony Lopez of Los Angeles

"To the Family of SSGT Shackleford,
I would like to say that I also share the pain of your loss. Last time I saw him, I was my last day in Korea I was walking out to battalion to sign out for my ETS leave, He stood in the hallway with his cowboy boots, buckle and his regular levis. As I shook his hand and said good-bye I remmeber what he said to me he said, 'I'll see you again man your a lifer you'll be back bro but till then take care of yourself". When I heard he had fallen I was sadden of the lose. Thinking of his fammily, he always talked about his family and how he couldnt wait to get home. My heart goes out to his family. I also served with him in the 505th at bragg. Shacklford you will never be forgotten, you will always be my brother in life and in death may you rest in peace.
Your good Friend"
SGT Avila of Cali

"Shack was, without a doubt, one of the fiercest, most courageous, most dedicated soldiers to have graced the Army. I am proud to have had him as my Team Leader and comrade-in-arms. He led me through Fort Bragg, Kosovo and Korea, pinned me with every rank through Sergeant, and guided me with integrity every step of the way. The knowledge and honor he impressed upon so many of us helped to guide us as soldiers and men, and will be carried with us always. We will never forget. In that way, brother, you will live on forever."
Jason Brown of Philadelphia, PA

"To the family of Michael B. Shackelford. Shack as we called him was my team leader while in the 82nd. We served in kosovo together and I am proud to have known him and served with him. My prayers are with him and all his family."
Voss of Ft Bragg, NC

"To the family of michael B. Shackelford. Shack was my Bravo team leader at Ft Bragg and I know that he will always be in our minds and prayers. While I was on the Drill Sgt trail I always used Shack as an example of a man with heart and values. I know that Michael is still watching over his troops somewhere."
SSG Adrian Romero of camp Ali AL Saleem, Kuwait

"Mike we miss you! You are a true hero.
Godbless you for all that you have fought for and for that i willnever forget your smiles and the way you made me laugh."
LeAnn McFarland of Las Vegas, Nv

"Mike, I'll never forget the day that you and I were assigned together as training partners in weights class, our freshman year of high school. You were the skinniest kid in the class, and always had the smallest plates on the bar. Yet you lifted it with fierceness and pride - day in and day out. I always admired that never-give-up attitude you posessed. Thank you answering the call and serving this great country. You've lifted the heaviest plate of all - making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. And now you walk with giants."
John P. of Grand Junction, CO

""Shack" You were one heck of a soldier! I remember Mike back in 1/325th AIR. We met as SPC and he got his SGT a litle quicker than I did. HE was a one of a kind man that you always knew you could count on regardless of the situation. If he was your friend you had no doubt of it. "Shack" you will be missed brother."
Mike Mayers of Marstons Mills Ma

"To the family of SSG Michael B. Shackelford: Your son was a true soldier. I knew him at Ft. Bragg and we went up the ranks together. We both went from private to sergeant at about the same pace. Whether we were drinking beer in the barracks or patrolling the borders of Macedonia and Kosovo, he could always be counted on. He will be missed by more than most will realize. LET'S GO, RED FALCON'S"
Eric Abbott of Hebron, CT

"Soldier Shackelford,

I salute you!

forever indebted to you,"
Angela of Fort Worth, Texas

"To the family of Michael B. Shackelford, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church Rev. John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga. U S A

You were the first person I met in Charlie Rock, and my first Team Leader, and I will always remember you as a true Paratrooper. The boys and I in 1st PLT always remebered and told stories of you after you left for Korea, and while we were in Iraq. Your character was as memorable as one could get. When we heard of your death, the word traveled fast to everbody, both on and off active duty. The news was deeply saddening and made us all remember our good times together. To Shack's family I would just like to say that your son was a true soldier and will be remebered forever by anyone who had the pleasure of serving with him. Rest in Peace bro,
Aiborne!ATW,Let's Go!
James Infanger(Cco 1/325 AIR '01-'04)"
SGT Infanger of MD, USA

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

"To SSG Shackelford's loved ones,
I served with SSG Shack in Bco. 1/503rd for 12 months. He was a buddy of mine and together we spent many a memorible night on the town, and in the field. His dedication to duty and his care for his soldiers was unserpased. When ever a guy, not only in his squad, but in the whole platoon needed help, advise, or merely a sympathetic ear, Shack was always there for them. He was a great man and a superior leader, and needless to say, this army is less without him. My prayers and thanks are with you, and him."
Spc. Russ Davis of Bagdad

"I don’t believe that we understand all that you gave, or how your sacrifice will affect the future for our sons or daughters. I believe you confronted the evil that has enslaved mankind throughout history, the same evil that many American soldiers have confronted in many battles.

I will teach my son and daughter of your sacrifice and your heroism.

Proud Family of Pfc. Kohler serving in Ar Ramadi, Iraq"
Anderson Family of Montana

"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

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

"Thank you Michael Shackelford, 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 Staff Sgt. Michael Shackelford:
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 Michael for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Michael Shackelford:
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 Michael, 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