Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Sean A. Silva

23, of Roseville, California.
Silva was on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq when his unit was ambushed by individuals using small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. He was assigned to 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on October 9, 2003.

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"As always I carried your coin yesterday. Your blush is still missed, even after all these years. You are always with me."
Shawntell of Fresno

"Hi Sweetie,
It's been 13 years now since I was told you were gone. I still remember like yesterday, talking to you two days prior. Your loss changed me forever and I'm so glad I answered that call. I turned 45 this year, you would be 36. My birthday has never been the same since losing you. It only reminds me of what is to come. But don't worry I still try to celebrate. Know, that I care as much today as I did back then....if not more. People tell me to let go, but I can't. I was a part of your decision process...pros and cons, but I still blame myself for not thinking of PTSD. I still support you. I'm still proud to hold your coin in my hand and to say that it was you who taught me the true meaning when they say "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE! You have become a part of what makes me, who I am, and why I do some of the things that I do. You know what I'm talking about. I miss making you blush so very much. I will come by again as always when I am back in Sac. Hope you laughed your * off the last time I was out. I never forget you honey. I am always your PAIGE."
Shawntell Masterson of Fresno, Ca

"Sean A. Silva, and his family's tremendous and ongoing sacrifice is in my thoughts today. May you be honored and remembered in peace.
Thank you,"
Jared of DeKalb, IL

"Sweetie you still live in my heart.I never forget you. It still hurts, but I'm proud of you....so very, very much."
S. of Fresno, Ca, USA

"I didn't know you Sean, but my brother-in-law found the Fallen Heroes coin and asked if I would take it on my trip to France tomorrow. "Toujours pret" on the back of the coin....I am going to place it along with some flowers underneath the Arc de Triomphe at the Unknown Soldier's tomb (from WWI) ....I thought that would be appropriate and I will say a prayer for YOU and for all the other soldiers, alive and fallen, who have dedicated their lives to our country."
Susie Naye of Seattle, WA

"I cannot believe it has been 10 years! You still cross my mind often. Miss you friend. RIP!!"
Megan Lewis of Vacaville, Ca

"Can't believe 10 years has already passed! You are not forgotten, but remembered often!
Toni Kneeshaw of Fremont, CA

"Thought of you today for some reason. I barely knew you, I know. It's not the first time. RIP guy..."
Daniel of Nashville, Tn

"I went to Basic with Silva, he was a really great guy."
Matthew Cardenas of Spokane, WA

"I had the pleasure of being in 5-15 Delta troop with Silva, in fact we slept a bunk away from each other. You were one high speed son of a gun, a great scout and a good friend. You are thought of often, my condolences to your family. SCOUTS OUT!"
Rob of Wasilla, Alaska

"I went to basic with Silva and we both ended up in 2 cav. He was a stud and a soldier in the truest sense of the word. I am proud to have known him."
Chad Lanoway of Clarksville, TN

"Miss u Sean! U were a brave person with alotta heart. Im very proud to have met such a Good Person. It was a pleasure working with u at Scandia Sports. Miss u bro. U will never be forgotten!"
milo of castroville ca.

"Still thinkin' of you Sean, nearly every day. Good, fun memories. Still prayin' for your mom and the rest of the family. Can you believe how many nephews carry your name now? We are honored to have had you in the family, and we'll see each other again on That Great Day. Love and miss you,"
Aunt Laurel of Idaho

"I am truly sorry for your lost. My wife found a coin at her work dedicated to Pvt Sean Anthony Silva and on the other side it says Freedom is not Free. That's the truth. I'm a geocacher and you wonder what geocaching is well we use GPS units to find what we call caches all over the world. You can find out more at geocaching.com. I want EVERYONE TO REMEMBER OUR FALLEN HERO'S so I am going to make this coin a travel bug and place it in a cache than the next cacher that finds will move to another cache and so on. This way no one will ever forget the Ultimate sacrifice Pvt Sean Silva gave for his country. you can track this coins progress around the world at geocaching.com. Under trackables enter the code TW6Z5A. There will be a page dedicated to this coin on the web site.

Steven Hess
AKA. Loco_motive"
Steven Hess of Cripple Creek, Colorado 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

Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Happy 30th Birthday Sean!! I know that it would have been one heck of a party ... still miss you!"
Dusti Marie of Sacramento,CA

"Happy 30th Birthday!! I never forget your birthday,I never forget the day...I will never forget you. I am blessed to have met you even though it was only online. The world is just not the same :( . You will forever remain in my thoughts & prayers. I still don't think you really know how many people you touched. We all love & miss you. Thank you!"
Megan Lewis of Vacaville, CA

"Pvt. Sean Silva, where to start..? Happy Birthday Soldier ;) Even tho you do not walk with us, i know you are here and looking after us, as you did in life:: its who you are! You are one special man! I don't think you knew how important you were to so many of us who had the priveledge of knowing you, as well as those who admire you, without ever having met you! It warms my <3 heart <3 to think of all those 'chats' we had morning after morning. Megan and I just knew that morning when we didn't receive your 10am instant message. We were blessed and honored to have those precious moments and I hold them dear in my heart. I often take out my yearbook just to read that one last note you left me. Thank you for making me feel special Sean, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!! You are our Hero ; ) Happy Birthday Sean, You are loved by many !!
Debra Lynn
Debra Murray of Pinole, California

"Sean, may we never forget the sacrifices that brave warriors like yourself have made. God bless and thank you for all that you have done.
See you on the high ground."

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,850 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion = Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Thank you Silva for protecting my daddy. He is here today because of direct actions that you have done. Thank you soo much. You are forever in my family's heart.
P.S. My father is SGM Maggard, formerly 1SG Maggard."
Gina Maggard of Fort Jackson, South Carolina

"Well can't believe it has been 6 years since you were taken from us. Kenny and I took our twin boys(can you believe it) to a veterans day service at our church. We proudly tell our children all about you and how because of you we enjoy all the freedoms America has to offer. I know you are in a great place and we think of you of you often. I don't think I will ever see my husband with as much saddness in his face as when he learned of you passing. I know he wished he could have been there with you. I don't think words can ever express the impact you have made in our lives. Miss you"
Anna of Sacramento,CA

"Scouts Out!!

Thnak you for your sacrifice...we will remember."
Robert J. Smead of Columbus, Ohio

"6 years ago today...we still miss you and still think about you. Thank you for all our 10am chats, you are still in my prayers."
Megan Lewis of Vacaville, CA

"On this Memorial Day, I am thinking of Pvt. Silva and his family. I proudly wear his hero bracelet and have been for 3 years now. Rest assured that he is remembered."
April Stowers of San Antonio, TX

"As a former Scout I would like the opportunity to say good-bye to a fallen hero. I would like to give my condolences to the family and friends of this fine young man."
Tony of Texas

"Sorry I missed the day on here, I did send Birthday wishes out on Myspace and Facebook. You have never left our hearts or thoughts. Happy Birthday Sean! We will never stop missing you!"
Megan Lewis of Vacaville, CA

"hey i know you were new and i didnt serve in your platoon but i will never forget what you did and sacrifice you made"

"I served in E Troop with Silva, and was called out to secure the site that night. He was a good soldier and a good person. I am grateful for the chance to have served with him, and would like to express my thanks to his family as well. Elsewhere on this page is a message from SSG Hess, whom I served with in Afghanistan, who went to Silva's funeral. He told me on several occasions about how well he was received there. Thank you all, especially Sean. His was a hard loss."
SGT Zechariah Johnson of Fort Lewis, WA

"Hey Sean...Well, it's been 5 years. I cannot believe it. You are still loved and missed by all your family and friends. You will never leave our memories or thoughts. I am still so very thankful that I got that little time to get to know you. You were such a wonderful soul. Thank you for our 10am chats. I'll never forget them or you."
Megan Lewis of Vacaville, CA

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Sean A. Silva:
Sean 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

"To the family of Sean Silva,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. PV2 Sean Silva will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"Hey baby! I just thought I would leave you a message and tell you that I was thinking about you! You have a permanent memorial on my side, exactally where it should be!!! I miss you so much! I love you forever and always,
Your baby,
P.S. Today is Calvin's birthday! He talks about uncle Sean all the time! He loves you so much!!!"
Toni Oliver of Hayward, CA

"I am truly sorry for your loss. I have a son by the same name Sean T. Silva and he is 23 years old."
Linda Silva of Strathroy, Ontario, Canada

"Hey Sean! Happy Birthday! We were just reminiscing about our 10am chats. We miss those days! We think of you all the time and just wanted you to know that you are very missed. We hope you have a great birthday! All our love, always!"
Megan Lewis & Debra Murray of Richmond, CA

"Happy Birthday =)"

"I never knew you. But as a Cav Scout myself, I see you as a brother. God bless you and your family for such a sacrifice.

Rest well brother."
John Callan of Sacramento, CA


"Sean, it's me SFC Anderson. I recruited Sean and after reading all the messages left for you I now know what kind of soldier you are, that's why I worked so hard to make you a soldier. From the time I met you, you were focused on being the best man you could be and I see you accomplished just that it's too bad you were cut down early in your life. It destroyed me to hear of your death, you just wasn't a recurit to me, you were my friend. I would have attended your service but I was burrying my wife. I wear the army braclet with your name on it in honor of you and our friendship. May God Bless YOU and keep you in his loving arms...OUT FRONT!!

SFC Anderson"
SFC John Anderson of Ft. Wainwright, AK

"Thank you for your service Sean. I remember you from high school. You were always smiling and bringing joy to others. My condolences to Sean's family. May you live knowing that your son gave his life, bravely, for his country. Again, Thank You to all the members of the military who serve our country."
Ryan McCarthy of Pinole, CA Class of 1998 PVHS

"Hey uncle sean, i watched a really sad movie today in school and i thought of you. it made me cry! i'm back in regular high school and im working real hard! im in the band and having an amazing dtime. i think of you often and know that you are with me. my daughter will be one year in seven days. auntie tammy had yet another baby!LOL! she named him wyatt. so yep thats 3 boys. i tell my daughter about you all the timeand how you sacraficed you life for her. i wish you could have met her, and i wish you were still in my life. even though you watch over me it is not enough. all i want is just one more hug from you and maybe to hear your voice just one more time. i think i forgot what you sounded like. i love you so much and i will remember you forever. i got a tattoo. its pretty cool, i cant wait till i get one for you! talk to you again, love you. Your munchkin~!"
kristina oliver of sonora ca

"I didn't know you very well but I remember you. I'm sure we would have gotten along just fine. I'm sorry that I wasn't there for you man.
Your family is in my prayers"
Pvt. Kim (Steven Kim) of Baltimore, MD

"I recently Graduated a proud member of Fox Troop 5/15 Cav. I'd like to thank Pvt. Silva for his sacrafice. I've never met him but DS Brown spoke wonders of him. If I could meet him today I would simply thank him for his service and through the inspiration he was able to -even in death- pass on to me and countless others through DS Brown. "It's alright, it's okay" I would always hum DS Brown's cadence whenever I did something tough. It inspired me to struggle on and carry out my duty. I can only hope that I can become as good of a soldier as he. Thank you Silva. Thank you DS Brown for bringing all of us up and coming Scouts inspiration through the story of this true American Calvary Trooper."
PV2. Knecht of Ft. Polk, LA 3/89 Cav

"God bless you and your family Sean.

3rd PLT
Feb 27 - June 27 miss you bud"
Nino Gomes of Sandy, Oregon

I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier from your unit(2nd ACR) who was also killed in that attack for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Tojours Pret"(Always Ready)"

"Dude, so it's been years. I know you'd still be apologizing, and we'd still be telling you to stop it. Our time was too short, and if I never told you that you were the best person I ever knew, then well, I hope you knew it anyways. I know why you did what you did. You made us proud, and the world is truely missing out without you around. I got married. Spoon was my best man, though you would've been right next to him. You'd really like my wife, and I know she would have loved you. There's not much that I haven't said, seeing your site has been comforting on several occasions (your Dad did a great job on it). There's been too many occasions where I could have used your advice, but apparently you were meant to be somewhere else. Well brother, I know I'll see you soon, on the other side, in another life. Miss you."
Zach of Sac, CA

"In 2002 I was with the 5-15 Delta I have not heard the story of this fallen hero but GOD bless you for are freedom and RIP Brother"
Daniel Peterson of Provo Utah

"To the family of:Sean A. Silva 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"

"Hey uncle sean, i had my baby, it was a little girl and i named her michaela ginean gayle! she was born september 18 @ 7:43 am, 9 pounds 12.8 oz. she was huge... everyone is going to see you saturday i think and i dont know if i want to go or not. i havent seen your grave since the funeral but i want the baby to know about you and to see your grave so i might go. i havent decided yet.she's really cute, she looks just like me. i'll bring you some pictures when i go and see you, because i will go see you eventually! love you lots,
your little munchkin!"
KC Oliver of Suisun City

"I left a message a while back ago and Would like to let the family and sean know that there isnt a day that does not go bye that I dont think about Seans motavation to keep me going for my family and my country and my fellow Cavalrymen. Thanks again Sean and When I leave for Iraq next month I will keep you in my mind and hope that you will be right there beside me and our other brothers for you will always be one of us and I know you will lead us in the battle safely and you will bring us home. Thanks again to SDS Brown for his wonderful storys of Silva. They still have me very motivated to this day. Thanks for everything."
PFC Cox, David of Fort Richardson, AK

I went to your sister's dance recital yesterday. It's crazy how much life has changed, Wesley is all grown up and getting married, Stephanie is no where near a little baby anymore. It is amazing how much life has changed in the past 9 years. I miss you alot. Love always, the one and only Baby!!!"
Toni of Vacaville, CA

"To whoever made this website. Thank you. It means a lot to know tha my cousin didn't die for nothing and to know that poeple care. Thank you."
PFC. Wright, Iain of Naval Submarine Base, Bangor WA

"Hey Sean, it's ur cousin Iain. I'm proud of you and what you did for our country I'm glad I got to talk to ya before you left for basic, that was the last time i got to talk to you. I'm in the Corps now and can't to get over to the sand box and settle the score. I wish you were still here to what i've become man, I miss you, we all miss you! Rest in peace cuz. I'll see you again someday, Semper Fi."
PFC. Wright, Iain of Naval Submarine Base, Bangor WA

"I never met Sean. But I have visited his gravesite at Sierra Hills several times, as he is buried just a few feet from my own son. All I have to say is the writings I saw there are absolutely beautiful and inspirational. It made me truly appreciate his sacrifice and those of all American soldiers. You are not forgotten."
Leandro Reis of Sacramento, CA

"Hey uncle Sean, guess what, I'm pregnant and i'm naming the baby after you! His name is going to be Sean Michael Gayle!!! I miss you alot and talk to everyone about you! I even have my own personal army guy now! I love you alot and I am very sad that you died because you were the best person in the world... I miss going to Scandia with you! All I want to do is give you a big hug right now but all I have to hug is my memories! I'm glad that I was one of the last people to talk to you!! And sorry but I lost my necklace...I know you felt my hug at the funeral and i'm honored to say that I got to hug a hero!!! I just want you to know that I miss you everyday and sometimes I have dreams of you! your always in my heart... Love always, your little munchkin!!!"
KC of Sonora, California

"My name is PV2 Combs brown was my drill sergent in basic he talk so highly of sean he had to be an excellent soldier i am set for deployment later this year and i am ready to go thanks to Drill Sergent Brown no matter what crap he took he trained us to fight and be ready he was the hardest of the Drill sergents in basic but all i can do is thank him cause him being hard on us then prepares us for what we have to face i have the utmost respect for sean he lost his life to make sure we stay free and for that i thank him as well thank you Drill Sergent Brown for all u have done for me

Scouts Out"
PV2 Combs of Schofield Barracks Hawaii

"Sean whats up buddy long time no see. Thought you ought to know I am a cop now its a good job. I moved back to Nevada to take care of my parents. I am going to get married in a couple of months man I wish you could be her. I invited Chris he misses you so much we talk of you a lot. You probably know but I got your name on a memorial tattoo on my arm. Hey does heaven got any good mud holes? You know how I like to play in my truck. Well its been good talkin buddy got to go back on patrol keep ridin and I'll catch you on the horizon. to your family I am so sorry for thier loss you were such a good man "SCOUTS OUT""
Spc. Matt Padgett of Lovelock, Nevada

"You are disrespecting this young man's site. Moody or Bowman, I dont think you can call anybody sorry!!"
DS Brown

"hey i was in delta troop and ill tell you that pv2 cox is a * smooching sorry excuese for a soilders, ds brown was always blabbing about silva, * the army. hollywood yo.a oh im also awol hahaha"
CPT Crack of west side

"As a former member of the 2nd ACR, I offer my condolences to the family of PVT Silva. I now run a foundation devoted to helping the families of fallen cavalrymen. If the family of PVT Silva would like to contact me in order to set up a scholarship etc., my e-mail is scott_c_pierce@yahoo.com and our foundation website is www.2nddragoons.org."
Scott C. Pierce of Raleigh, NC

My name is Ryan Critchett. I also attented Fort Knox Delta 5-15 scout training. My Drill sgt was DS BROWN. I just want to express my condolences for the family of pvt silva, im sorry for your loss. My DS, DS BROWN, talked about Silva all the time, and yes there was a cadence in his memory. I can remember cold dark days when we were marching to training sites where DS BROWN would sing the cadence. IT honestly brought tears to my eyes when i heard it simply because it was such a deep song and it explained the impact silva made on 5-15 and the army. He was a great Soldier and his name shall live forever, soldiers from Delta Troop will always know of him. "know i know he done his best, and now hes takin his final rest""
Pv2 Critchett of Killeen, Texas, Usa

"Im a PV2 at Fort Knox Ky in D-Troop 5/15 and SDS Brown has told all of us in D-Troop about PVT Silva and his dedication to his job. As a soldier my self I am motivated to go from day to day knowing that PVT Silva gave his life for us to be able to come in to D-Troop and learn the values that he was taught. I wanna say god will be with him and all of the family and thanks to SDS Brown we all will serve our country like PVT Silva. "ALL FOR ONE ONE FOR ALL" GOD BLESS"
PV2 Cox, David of Fort Knox, KY

"I work in Rancho Cordova and I have seen a car parked in my employers parking lot with a bumper sticker bearing your name. I often wondered about who you were and what relationship the driver of the car has with you. All I can go by is the adornment of yellow ribbons and positive troop mesages on it and with that, I know that the person in the car sure cares for you deeply. My heart goes out to them. I have shed a tear for you today as I enter this message on this memorial website and I am able to put a face on the hero. I don't know you but I am sure you were a terrific young man and a gift to this country. May your memory be forever. God Bless our troops."
Latecia of Sacramento, CA

"My name is Spc. Nicholas McGraw. I was 1SG Maggard's gunner that night on October 9th. The command group, with escort, was getting ready for patrol in Sadir City when we heard SSG. Swisher come over the radio with the contact report that they were being ambushed. I will remember for the rest of my life that transmission breaking off in mid sentence and that God awful silence that seemed to go on for hours after. We all jumped in the trucks to go get them. We were going to charge the ambush site to break them out when SGT. Frisbee came over the net and told us they had gotten out and were nearing the power sub-station. We got to them just as their trucks started to give out due to all the rounds that hit the engines. I don't remember who got Silva out of the truck; it was so confusing there on that hot hellish night. I heard someone yelling for some scissors to cut away the DCU's of a wounded soldier. I remember looking around and seeing that we were secure, so at that point I got down to find the scissors. I just remember Cpt. Corn coming up behind me and asking who was on the ground. I turned and looked, but was not sure due to the poor lighting. I saw Silva's name tape on his vest and told him. I can't get your eyes out of my head Silva. I had just talked to you before you went out. I wake up at night after night remembering what happened. I wish I could have done more for you when I saw you laying there, but I had to get the wounded on the truck. I only knew you for such a short time. I wish we had gotten the chance to get to know each other more. You were a good man. I only hope that I will see you in Fiddler's Green when the time comes."
Spc. McGraw of Germany

"Sean, Happy 25th Birthday sweetheart! Even tho we never met in person, you were so much fun to talk to online with Debra. You will always be in my heart and I think about you whenever I see a beautiful sunset.....hope your birthday is wonderful in Heaven! All my love."
Megan Royal of Vacaville, CA

Happy Birthday baby. I miss you and still have a hard time dealing with you being gone. I wish you were still here. Tammy is going to have another baby, and it sucks that this one won't be able to meet Uncle Sean, Calvin still talks about you. We all miss you. I love you and I miss you.
Love always,
Toni Oliver of Richmond, CA

"Hey Sean...It's hard to believe how long it's been. I saw your boots at the eyes wide open tour. I can't help but still miss you everyday and wonder why you had to leave. I thank you for your service and everyday that I work and live as a soldier I think of you and your amazing sacrifice. You loved being a soldier and you loved working for this country. I am proud to work behind your leading footsteps and I am thankful for your sacrifice. I will always remember all the times camping and the "scavenger hunts" at your dad's house. Of course those afternoons in the dental office wathcing TV with you and Wes. I miss you and We all love you. Rosanne.n.Lichtenberger@us.army.mil
Your friend and fellow soldier,"
Rosanne Lichtenberger of Rocklin, CA

"hey, Silva see you in fiddlers green first round's on me"
Freine of germany

"PVT Silva was one of the best soldiers that I ever had the privalage to lead. As a new private he wanted to learn his job like no other I've ever met. It was not his section that was out on patrol that night. I was his first line supervisor and I remember many nights that he asked me if he could go out with alpha section. When I told him he'd still have to go out with us he simply smiled and said, "I just want to learn my job". It was an honor and a privalage to serve with him, and I will never forget him or that night."
SSG Gardner of blue 5

"I am station in Bahrain and will retire soon after 20 years of proud service. Although I did not know him, I am soldier and the ARMY is my family. May he rest in peace. And to his family, I am truly sorry for your loss.
God bless you.

SFC Juan C. Gonzalez of Bahrain. Manama

"I am a soldier in the 502nd 2nd bat. stationed in Ft.Campbell I Knew your son and I gotta say he was a very inspiring person. the day he was killed I was running patrol in Bahgdad and was informed of his death upon return. I was shocked here was a man that was born to the life of a soldier and had great potential to be somebody and he was cut down by those ragheads. As an airborne ranger I would personally give the sympathy of myself and those who knew him. See ya in the throne room of God my brother in arms Pvt.Silva"
www.airborneranger101@yahoo.com of Ft. Campbell,KY USA

I can't believe it's been over a year. I still miss you and wish I was able to talk to you one more time. I constantly worry about Patrick (you know me I can't help it), but I know you are guiding over him to help bring him home safely. In a few weeks it will be 8 years ago that we met... a lot has happened in those eight years.I wish things were different I just want to be able to talk to you one last time...I Love you"
Toni of Richmond, Ca

Lundgren, A of Atlanta, Georgia


"I would like to tell the family of Pvt Silva how resepcted he is even in death . I just graduated from D-troop 5-15 cav ,and we sang a cadence dedicated to Pvt. silva . I have never called a cadence with so much pride. Thank you for your sacrifce and you courage
~see you on fiddlers green~
Pvt. Richat J. Fisher"
Richard Fisher of Des Moines, Iowa

"I would like to tell the family of Pvt Silva how resepcted he is even in death . I just graduated from D-troop 5-15 cav ,and we sang a cadence dedicated to Pvt. silva . I have never called a cadence with so much pride. Thank you for your sacrifce and you courage
~see you on fiddlers green~
Pvt. Richat J. Fisher"
Richard Fisher of Des Moines, Iowa

"Sean, you are the bravest soldier I have ever known. I owe you a debt I can never repay, for your brave actions while I served with you. You are my true hero."
1LT Denny Vigil of Germany

"I am sorry for the loss of Pvt. Silva. Although I did not know him, I am sure he was a damn good soldier. May he rest in peace. And to his family, I am truly sorry."
PV2 Rupe of Portland, Maine U.S.A.

""All gave some, some gave all."
God Bless and Thank You for your son's sacrifice... We are all free""
c/LTC Charles Teater of Slidell LA

"My name is SSG Hess. I was assigned to the 2nd ACR in Iraq. I was home when Sean was killed and attended the funeral. The Honor Guard was exceptional. Sean's family welcomed us with open arms. I would like to thank them for the hospitlity. As for Sean, he died "with his boots on" and is truly missed by his friends and comrades. See you in FIDDLERS GREEN. SCOUTS OUT!"
SSG Ashley Hess of 3-71 CAV, Ft Drum, NY

"I knew Silva personally. He was the only other red head in the troop. He was an outstanding soldier, who impressed not only all of his NCO's, but the CO as well. He did not have to go on patrol the night he died. He volenteered because he loved being a scout. That night our 2 platoons were ambushed by over 600 insurgents tasked out by Muqtada Al Sadr. In the end we lost both Silva and SSG Christopher Swisher, and had 6 wounded in action. Over 150 insurgents were killed, many more wounded. Silva was an outstanding soldier, and friend. He will always be missed."
SGT Thoma of Fort Polk

"I will keep the family of Sean A. Silva in my prayers, I know it's a hard time to go through something like this, I almost lost my life over in Iraq last year. God kept me out of harms way. It is sad to hear about all the deaths, but there is only few who realize what us soldiers go through, and have to deal with from time to time, especially deploying over to Iraq more than once. I just can't wait for all this to be done and over with.."

"I would like to give my deepest sympathies to PVT Silvas' family. I'm with 84th CEC at Ft. Polk and served in Iraq with PVT Silva. Although I didn't know him, I was one of the soldiers that was involved in the rescue that night. I can remember it like it was yesterday. A very tragic night for you all, as well as us at Marlboro, and the US Army. We lost some great soldiers that night."
SPC Huskisson of Ft. Polk, LA


My name is Michael McLain, and I was stationed with the 2nd ACR at Camp Marlboro. I was in the Tactical Operations Center the night of October 9, and it saddens me to this day to think of those events.

My utmost respect and best wishes,
Michael McLain"
Mac of orlando, fl

"To all the family and friends of Shaun, It has been one year today (10-09-04)and I am sure your pain is as real and fresh as mine is. I will always share this day with you because my son Chris was also lost a year ago with Shaun. Please know that Shaun is in our hearts and minds constantly as I am sure Chris is in yours. God bless you and our heroes."
Sharon Swisher of Lincoln NE USA


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

Hey Bro it's me Patrick, Man it's still hard being away from you, first it was me going to Germany and you going to Fort Polk I was scared at first, but you told me everything would be ok. Man we made a promiss, and I didnt keep it. We promissed we would watch each others backs, look what happened. Man I'm sorry I wasn't there to help you. I'm sorry please forgive me man. Right now, I'm in Tirkrit, Iraq. I'm so scared I wish you where here with me, I've been here almost sence we both got out of bootcamp. Remember working at lowes and talking about joining I thought we never would. I missed your funeral, I tried my hardest for them to send me home to say good bye. Sean all I know is that I know your watching over me and making sure I'm ok. I'm sorry this is still hard for me. I just wish I could talk to you one last time i'm scared man. I've been trying to get ahold of your parents I dont know there address anymore, can someone send it to me please. My e-mail is patrick.b.rice@us.army.mil"
PFC. Rice,Patrick of Rocklin, CA

Does anyone have the mailing adress of Sean's mother, Shirley?
(If you have any information, it'd be greatly appreciated!!! My email is artisticdreem@hotmail.com-THANKS SO MUCH!)"
of Ohio

"Sean -
It is St. Patrick's Day and all I can think of is your bright red hair and your loving smile.You have inspired me to find myself in this world of chaos and believe in my dreams.You found your dream and shared it with everyone.You taught me it was ok to be myself and even in your death you taught me how to stop and smell the roses. I will never forget you and your loving heart. Everytime I hear "American Solider" I think of you and your sacrifice for our freedom. You are truly a hero of legend and will live forever in our hearts! With you birthday approaching my thoughts and prayers go out to all the people in this life that you touched. Farewell my friend, til we meet again."
Dusti Marie of California

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

"To Pvt Silva's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Sean was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
With Love....Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/9/04)

"Sean, What can I say... It seams like just yesterday when we first met...it was January of 97 that we met... 7 years ago.. i never thought that the day would come that i had to figure out how to say good bye... and i never wanted things to end like this... I remember all the fun we had... your jr prom, sr boat cruise, sr ball, my jr prom, rocky horror picture show, great america day after sr ball, scandia with Tommy and Mary, all the many football games Mom and Dad would bring me too (they enjoyed them too), Tahoe new years eve with Penny and Cameron, Reno, Talking to you on the phone when you were in Reno with Spooner (you made me laugh), Marine World for my mom's work party (all of us, 7 or more, squishing on that whale for a picture), and thats not all, there were so many good times. I always wanted to be your friend and have a friendship with you. I never want things to end on a bad note and then a year and a half later i have to fly home to Cali to say good-bye for the last time, knowing that I would never be able to see you again, give you a hug, call to say hi, or fix our friendship. That was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. And what made it worse was hearing from everyone that you had no hard feelings toward me and how much you loved me (i have always known that you always loved me, just never knew how many people knew).From what I hear, I was the topic of alot of conversations,and everyone knew how much i ment to you. I love you and I always will, I'm sorry that things never worked out for us, but just know that you are in my heart forever. Love the one and only ~Baby"
Toni Oliver of Sartell, MN/USA

"Thank you Sean Silva, 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 felt I needed to share some news with your family. My Son is serving in Iraq with 2nd ACR, Ghost Troop. We received a phone call this morning from Bo and he informed us that 2nd ACR has apprehended those responsible for the attack on Sean. I am deeply sorrowed for your loss and pray daily for all the troops protecting our freedom. God Bless Your Family.""
Sam West of Alda, NE.


Casey B. Smith of sacramento CA

"To Sean,
The choice to serve in a Military branch of service is a difficult one. Like you, I made the same decision. I am proud of you for what you have done and sacrificed for our country. I remember you as this goofy red-headed kid in highschool that had a passion for football. As with me, I know the class of 1998 will always have you in our hearts. We are all very proud of you, however sad to see you go. My condolences are with your family. Your name will never be forgotten. We will always love you."
Shawna of Pinole, CA

"I'm a Drill Sergeant stationed at Fort Knox, Ky, and Pvt. Silva was one of my Troops that graduated my previous cycle a little over 4 months ago. When I heard about his death I was very upset and immediately remembered how squared away of a soldier he was during training here at Fort Knox. Pvt. Silva was without a doubt one of the finest Troops I have ever had the pleasure of training. From day 1 of training his discipline level was top notch, and his desire to excell and succeed were unmatched. If every Private that volunteered to be in this fine Army were as good as Pvt. Silva, our job as Drill Sergeants would be very easy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I would like for them to know that Pvt. Silva was a great soldier and hero, and I'm proud to call him one of my fellow Calvary Scouts! Scouts Out!!!"
DS Apple of Fort Knox, Ky/USA


"To the family and friends of Pvt. Sean Silva:
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 Sean 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 Pvt. Sean Silva:
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 Sean, 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