Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. John R. Sullivan

26, of Countryside, Illinois.
Sullivan died when two 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq. He was assigned to the 626th Forward Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 15, 2003.

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"To the family of John, I have found something special that I believe a family member/friend dropped while traveling through Oregon. I am unsure how to contact any of you regarding this item and would like to get it back to the family. Please contact me at the Cottage Grove Police Department 541-942-9145 x143"
S Bailey of Oregon

"My name is JJ Roti I think you might remember me but I will always remember you and your mom from Santa Fe speedway and your brother David from pleasantdale middle school.Thank you for defending our country and making the freedoms that so many Don't appreciate these days possible,your courage is exemplary! When they say land of the free and the home of the brave,I believe the home of the brave part will be dedicated to you for eternity God bless you and your family,thank you for fighting for us! JJ Roti born and raised willow springs Illinois God bless you Betty my deepest condolences and God bless your dad they love you more then life it sounds like and I hope someday you will all reunite in heaven and be happier then you ever were in this cold world + RIP🇺🇸🗽"
James Roti of Lake Worth FLORIDA USA

"Well I never met your son but we both wore the same Screaming Eagle patch, so he's one of my little brothers. Last night attended the 4th of July celebration on post and as it is every year a packed house. So we slipped around through some dark parking lots and found ourselves parked in front of your sons obstacle course just behind the division parade field and away from the crowd. We had about 30 minutes to spare before the fireworks started so we made use of the course slightly :) The plaque is in good shape, the mulch is pitted out in the center and the 4x4's are polished smooth from use as they should be. Figured I would give your family a status report of the course and let you know its the best viewing spot for fireworks on the whole post. So for once your sons course wasn't used for training but just fun and a 4th of July my family will never forget. Never let a moment pass thinking your son is forgotten or he isn't still leaving an impression on someone. My little brother Sully and his brothers on 548 and 531 are now on my long list of guys still out in a holding pattern.

What we do in life echoes in eternity and your son was from what I read tonight was carrying the torch and spear up out of the cassum the echos sing from.

If you see he before me tell him ribeye medium and the beer at 34 degrees."
of FTCKY/Clarksville

Breaks my heart to hear of you passing. You were a great friend of mine in Fort Lewis 542 maint. Co. May you rest in peace and your family is always in our prayers"
Jimmie Bybee of Kimberly, Idaho

You are never forgotten your smile and laughter I can still hear you. Love you bro, hope to meet up with when its my turn. SFC Getty. 542nd Maintenance FT. Lewis WA. My prayers to your family , wife and your boys and Daughter. Till we meet again bro."
Ryan Getty of spanaway wa

"Sully, it has been too long since I seen you last. Reading these posts break my heart. You were a great musician and always smiling. I still remember the first time I heard you play and I was like "Damn! This guy is frickin amazing!"

I wish...I wish

To John's dad James; I will pray for you and Your family and John's family tonight. I miss him; I think of him often, and hope for his family.

God Bless those who stand up for us, who protect us; God bless the soldier and look after those left behind. -Amen"
Paul Martin of Tacoma, Washington

"Dear Sullivan Family, Praying for all of you as you remember your brave, strong son,loved one, John. Betty and everyone, take care to remember you are loved! Nancy Ebbers,GS Mother of Army PV James H. Ebbers 2002-Djibouti,Africa and Army Spc. Matthew J. Ebbers 2005- Palos Heights, IL,USA."
Mrs. Nancy Ebbers of OakLawn,IL (formerly of Bolingbrook,IL)

"To who have lost
I Just want to say I send my huggies and all arms around you bee well bee fine my \Son John was killed in the iraq war I miss him every day. So sorry for all the lostAll who are gone. Love to ALL G.W. Hope you never fkn sleep"

"To who have lost
I Just want to say I send my huggies and all arms around you bee well bee fine my \Son John was killed in the iraq war I miss him every day. So sorry for all the lostAll who are gone. Love to ALL G.W. Hope you never fkn sleep"

"John I Love You and will miss YOU forever

My Son. Still miss you.Think of you every day dont cry as much but still cry Love you my Baby Boy."

"I thought of you today, May 26, 2013. We only talked thru emails, after your beautiful sons were born. I sent you pictures, gave you little updates. You talked of the love you had for your family, how proud you were of your wife. I visited you at Tahoma. You are not forgotten."
Kim of Madigan Ft Lewis WA

"SPC Sully, a very special Soldier and Human Being that I had the Honor knowing and serving along side of as part of 626th FSB in combat. You and your Family are missed and thought of everyday."
SFC Leonard, Combat Medic, Night time Battle Captain of Still Serving (Korea)

"I was with you in Iraq, we talked about your babies to be born soon. I went on R and R when I got back you had left us. Every day I wear a bracelet it has your name in memory of you. I know you did not die in vain. You died for the greater good of America and man kind."
Jorge Rios of San Juan, Puerto Rico

"John, I remember you coming into the radio sation and giving me a copy of your cd...I still have it! RIP brutha!"
nate of puyallup

You and I played in a couple of bands together around the Tacoma area a long time ago. We lost contact for a while, and then got back in touch. I still remember catching up over the phone a number of times about your plans to record your solo stuff, your music equipment, and creating a practice space. At some point I got the demo you had recorded. I wasn’t surprised at how well you played on it, because as great as it was I always knew you were capable of playing at that level.

It saddened me deeply when I heard of your passing. It hit me hard because I wasn't even aware that you had re-enlisted. In fact it was my mom who saw the news and said she thought she recognized the name (probably from a show we played she happened to meet you at). I was dumbfounded after confirming it was you. Not only did it bring the real cost of the war home but it left me with thoughts of all the things you had yet to accomplish. You re-joined the military in an effort to take care of your family. For this, you paid the ultimate price and there is no way to repay you.

Although you passed away many years ago, you and I still seem to find ways of intertwining. Like whenever my ITunes is set to random and it plays one of your tunes, or when I come across an old band photo you were in (remember the shots from the roof of the practice pad in Parkland? :)

Your song has been written and it will stay in my thoughts for the rest of my days.

My deepest and continued sympathy to your wife, two sons and your family.

My deepest thoughts, respect and admiration to your memory."
MJ Hays of Renton, WA

"John i still miss you you are with me everey day I LOVE YOU abnd I MISS YOU

"SPC John Sullivan, To a great soldier and father and son (SPC,Sully)as we call you that we all loved you.you dedicating your life to making a difference we honor and salute you.It was very unfortunate as the Battallion Command Sergeant Major that we lost such a great and dedicated soldier that was always motivated to do the right over wrong and as a leader in the 626 FSB we all were very sadden and hurt. SPC John Sullivan, (Sully) as all that loved you called you, we salute you for dedicating your life to making our nation free and making a differant. As the Command Sergeant Major of the 626 FSB, I had the honor to serve as Sully's Battalion Command Sergeant Major during his lost. I want to say to the family and love ones of SPC Sullivan we love him and will always miss him, he will always be a great "Maintainer" and in our hearts. SPC Sullivan is an true American "HERO" and his family will always be apart of of us. On behalf of the soldiers and 626 Forward Support Battalion we "Salute" you it will always be an honor having served with you in Iraq and the same ranks. We miss you!"
Anthony J. Slater Sr. CSM(R), U.S. Army of Columbia, SC 29229

"I was John's Army recruiter. I gave John my card when I was gassing up my car on I-55. I wish I could go back in time and undo what I did. I was in Baghdad when news of the crash about. I have not looked at a causality list since then."
Randy Thomas of Palmyra Pa

"John another day I miss YOU Fine Babey Boy
All My Love to your spirit.


I think about you everyday. Still miss you. So very proud of you. I LOVE YOU.
Jim of Ronmeoville Il

"Sully, this weekend, memorial day 2011 I will be rocking out to your demo cd you made while we were at Lewis together. You will not be forgotten."
Karl McCauley of Clarksville, TN

I was thinking about You again today Baby BOY I still miss YOU as if said??? I think about all day Miss you sooo much
i dont cry as often as i did still miss you What can I say in my mind i hug you in my thoughts always every day"

I Still Miss YOU

I still miss you think about you many times a day every day always and forever I LOVE YOU and You are always
with me. UP IN the SKY JOHNNY BOY!!!"
James Sullivan of romeoville Il.

"John I still miss you"

"John I was thinking about you today. I think about you every day.First thought n is I miss you so much, 2nd thought is I miss you so much 3rd thought is I still miss you OK with that said What ? up in the sky?
As you are!!!!! Amazing Baby Boy. I miss you forever and always major huggies!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I still miss YOU.

Up in the SKY!!!!!!!!!!"

I still miss you
LOVE YOU Forever

"John I Know you are with GOD. I miss you so much isint it so ironic if it wasnt for you I wouldnt be alive today and here I sit crying that you gone. I miss you so much I am trying to get stronger emotionalyseation trying to deal? Forever and for all time I LOVE YOU and I miss YOU you are !!!!! YOU ARE."
Jim Sullivan

"I Still miss YOU JOHN
My arms around you remembering back
my SON I Love You and miss you"

"To all who have leftakind message for JOhn. Thank you. I am Johns Dad thankyou forthe kind words thankyou for loveing my SON wasant John amazin????
anyway I have other children they are all equaly amazing in their own way but with that being said John I and WE miss you alwaysin our hearts souls and bones"
borjamz@sbcglobal.net of romeoville Il

"To the others who have lost I cry with you and hope some day we can smile again
bee well look at the good things and try to smile keep stepping on huggs to all be well stand TALL be well

"John I still miss you. And LOVE YOU VERY MUCH You are always in my thoughts
Know You are always remembered.
I Love You John

I still miss YOU I think about you many times every every day. I miss you.
james e sullivan of romeoville il

I Miss You so much. Up In The Sky.

"To the family I am so sorry for your loss my heart breaks, he died a hero and for our freedom. May God be with you and help you during this hard time.."
kennie of Blue Ridge, Georgia

My Baby Boy
I still miss YOU

"I didn't know this young soldier as we served at different times. But I knew many servicemembers and I pray for them daily as I just prayed for John and his family and friends. May God bless and keep you in his loving care."
John Ballard, USA (Ret) of Clarksville, TN

I still
miss you

I Still miss you.
Every day many times a day.
JOHN !!!!!!

"John I still Miss You.And LOVE YOU
Bee with GOD

I Miss You

"John I still miss you and as I can see
beside your family as if I didnt know
YOU have many others that LOVED and and still miss you and still LOVE you
be with GOD be always in my mind as my among the other brothers and MOM and
everyone who loves you so much. I meant Your brothers.We miss you soo much.
I Miss You and will always LOVE YOU
James E Sullivan Johns DAD of romeoville Il.

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Spc. John R. Sullivan:
John 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 all who have been so kind and loveing to JOHN and his family
I Say thank you all sovery much!!!
WE all LOVE JOHN and will always rember him as he was Smile when you think of JOHN cayse you know he smiled at and with us. John I miss you but if not for you I wouldnt be here. I thank you for the time we spent together and I thank you for being MY SON ."
james e sullivan of romeoville Ill


I wish I would never gave up my seat on that Blackhawk that night. You'd be with Katrina and the boys. I will never forget you brother. I think of that night all time. Katrina we never met before but I had gaurd duty in Iraq with John a lot. He spoke so highly of you. My prayers are with you and the Sullivan family.

Fallen soldiers never die, they become heros.

John you truely are a hero!"
Curtis Willis of Clearwater, FL

"Hey John
My Baby BOY!!!!!
I Miss You so much...
I think of you always as does Mom and and your bthers and as your WIFE and your babey BOYS.
JOHN I MISS YOU every minute of every day Be with GOD .

You are still missed everyday. I have a picture that hangs in my home of you to remind me and others of your incredible sacrifice. I know that you are still watching over all of us with warmth and love. My prayers are with your family, although I am sure they know that you are a person to be celebrated and not mourned. I miss you and can't wait to see your smiling face again when I leave this mortal coil. With love and admiration.
Nichole Frankenberger of Mokena, IL

All who have lost
Major huggies to you and hope send back
John I miss you I love you I miss you Dad"
Jim Sullivan of romeoville Ill

Its been a long time man, I think about you all the time. You were a truly great friend. I din't know this site existed until today, May 2, 2008, sorry it took so long. You taught me so many things about life, and was a true inspiration on how to live it. I will miss you man, and I'll never forget "Dove Creek"... Katrina, if you get this, I pray for you and the kids and I know John is up there looking out for you. He loved you all so much. Please email me...j6t9hoss@yahoo.com; I'd love to know how you are doing."
Jade Huskey of Dove Creek/Fruita CO

"Sullivan my heart sank when I got the news. Even though time had passed the sting was the same. Mathis, who is in Iraq now found me and told me. What an awesome guy. We had a great time in Ft. Stewart. I remember the good and bad times, like when we were in Egypt together. You WILL always be remembered!! TO the family my heart and prayers go out to you. I was blessed to have spent time with John. Rock of the Marne."
Curtis Johnson of Concord NC.

oDadhn I Love You"

"Hi Folks
I am was and will always be Johns Dad
I want to thank all of you for your kindeness John would be happy. That you thought of Him bee well all and always be thikinng of John as He was
and rember the happy and as for me Johns dad I rememb er Him as JOHN MY SON One of many SONS JOHN AMAZING BOY"
Jim Sullivan Johns DAD

"wow My name is John R Sullivan I was living in Fayetteville when this "war" began I met MANY great heroes while there.
I will be forever greatful to all these young men.Forever"
John Russell Sullivan of San Antonio TX

"To all who have sent a message I thank you. and Never forget JOHN and all of the others who passed . My tears are for all."
James Sullivan of Romeoville Il

"In Love and memory of a great father and son, and soldier. Mrs. Sullivan I want to pass on my Family and I,Love condolences and Prayer's to you and your entire Family. I'am Command Sergeant Major, Slater who was assigned to the 626 Battallion 101st ABN DIV, when SPC Sullivan was taken from us, I wanted to know how you and your dauther and the twins are doing now. I know the twin's are about 4 year's old now and the dauther is about 9 year's of age. I often think about you'll and as the senior enlisted advisior to the Commander my biggest fear was losing a soldier, my wife and I would love to hear from you'll I'am getting ready to retire effective 1 May 08, if possible we would love to have some picture's to put in our retirement slide show. you will always be in our through's and Prayer's forever. God Bless you'll during the Holiday's and and always.

CSM Anthony .J slater
Anthony J. Slater Sr. of APG,MD,USA

"Whats up brother? Came by to say hi and to give your pops my email so mabey we could chat! I WOULD LOVE to see some pictures of you bro!Hope all is well up there!U Get to play with the guitar heros yet!If so tell Hendrix i said hey! My E-mail is altman_will@yahoo.com
Someone drop me a line and God bless all those that we have lost and to the familys that still await the arrival of there loved ones!"
Will Altman of Tacoma,Washington

I still miss you I will always love you
and will never forget you you are still amazing you are always in my thoughts and in my mind be well my Son I love you always and forever Be with God be well. Dad"
Jim of Romeoville,Il /usa

"SPC Sullivan,

Just want you to know that you remain in our hearts and your family in our prayers. I still vividly remember dedicating the "John R. Sullivan Obstacle Course" at Ft Campbell with Mrs Sullivan and the twins in attendence. I said during the dedication speech that the twins will always know about their Fathers legacy. Although retired now, I marched in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. yesterday and thought of "Sully". God bless you and your family. The 626 FSB (now 626 BSB) family will always be there should your family need anything. God Bless!"
LTC (R) Martin L. Herbert of Washington, D.C.

"William its so cool you played with My SON JOHN wasnt He so cool thank you for your kind thoughts and words JOHNs DAD Be Well"
jim of romeoville,Ill usa

"JOHN,My brother!my mentor! you taught me so much on guitar.i remember the first day he moved across the street from me! i was on the front porch playing and he came to introduce himself! we hit it off. we had something in common! the guitar. i heard him play and i set mine down cus this kid could play! The talent he had blew me away!his ending,i still havenot caught my breath!forever in my heart and soul!!TRINA,my heart goes out to you aswell! hope to meet again!"

"We All Cry together"

"John I Miss you"

"To all who have lost someone to the war in Iraq to all who who are still serving thank you I share your sacrifice. i am thankfull. OH by the way i dont do do spell check and i dont spell well. anyway be cool folks thank you for LOVING JOHN he was the best I Miss him very much but to all who cared thank you and all who suffered loss i CRY with you be well JOHN S DAD"

"John I Still miss you. You are always
here in my heart and my mind"
DAD of romeoville Ill USA

"Sorry Im somewhat spacey The loss of My Son John kinda knocked me all I Know!!! is i Miss Him very much and as so as all who do now and forever will JOHN we all Love you John Forever Huggies to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"John Is and was my SON I miss him very much. I could say more. But Huggies to JOHN. I misss YOU."

"John Is my Son. John was my kind baby boy John was a part of my life I will never forget. All who have lost I huggy to you be well what can I say be and be well"

"To the family of:John R. Sullivan 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"

"Luke and all Im Johns Dad thank you and all for being soo very kind"

"I was just thinking about John today as I was writing an email to another friend who is serving in Iraq. I went to Pleasantdale Jr High and Lyons Township High School with John. When I transferred to Pleasantdale, John was the only one who was nice to the "new kid". We played pick-up games of tag football, basketball, rode the bus together every day, and we listened to some great music, John was a musician at heart. In fact the last email John sent to me was about a tape he was listening to which I had given him. He was without a doubt one of the nicest goodhearted individuals I have ever met or run across in my life. He is sorely missed."
Luke Cholodecki of Chicago, IL

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"Thank you, John. Thank you for not only fighting for the freedom of your friends and family, but fighting for the freedom of strangers as well. For those that knew you, it is not something out of character for you to do. You have always had a huge heart and a great deal of compassion and strength. I was blessed to have known you and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. Before you were saving the lives of others, you saved my life and I will eternally be grateful. I know you are watching over Katrina and the boys and they are lucky to have an angel like you. You are missed."
Nichole Frankenberger of Mokena, IL

"To the Family of John R Sullivan

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we pause to thank Sully for his sacrifices on behalf of our country.

Samuel K, Mary J, Samuel J and William Skinner

Winnetka, Illinois"
The Skinner family of Winnetka, Illinois

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"I served with Sully in Iraq. He was very proud to be a husband and father and he talked about his three children all the time. He was funny and bright. He will be very much missed. We never gave you any coins but you had our hearts,friendship and loyalty. From all of us at Bco BSB, we love & miss you! God Bless the Sullivan Family. God Bless YOU Sully!!!!!!!!!"
SPC Crawford of Ft Campbell Ky

"To the Family of SPC John Sullivan:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put John's name on one of them. If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"SPC John Sullivan, Sully as all that loved you called you, we salute you for dedicating your life to making a difference. Had the honor to serve as Sully's Battalion Commander during his unfortunate passing. He was a true warrior that volunteered for the War on terror shortly after 9-11. He always was upbeat and had the respect of all his fellow soldiers - outstanding mechanic and was proud of the twin boys that his wife gave birth to while he was fighting for his nation. I presented him a Bn Coin for excellence shortly before his unexpected passing. We miss you John and know that your Wife and Boys will take solice in knowing you are a true hero. On behalf of the 626 Forward Support Battalion that served with you in Iraq. We salute you and miss you!

LTC Martin L. Herbert, former Commanding Officer, 626 Forward Support Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, martin.herbert@us.army.mil"
LTC Martin L. Herbert of Washington, DC

"It is so sad to see a young man leave his family so soon, My name is Ray Mussatto, I live in Countryside, I remember when they had a memorial for John at the American Legion Hall, Post 1941 in La Grange IL. It was a sad day of my life, I remember meeting the family, I have two daughters, Tina and Diane and one Son John also. My son always wanted to go into the Air Force to fly a plane, but his eye site wasn't 20/20. I'm kind of glad he didn't go in, but as you know, someone has to protect our country, I myself was in the Army, from 1964 till 1965. My Prayers go out to the family and friends of John R. Sullivan. God Bless All and lets get the rest of our troops home alive."
Ray & Joyce Mussatto of Countryside, IL. USA

"We learned of your death while visiting the memorial park in Countryside. No doubt you left broken hearts and unfinished dreams. As a mother of 4 children I thank you for your service. I will think of you and your family."
A Local Family of LaGrange, IL

"I served with Sully in Iraq and I must say it was a true honor. I had not met a man in the army more dedicated. Anytime you needed something he was the first to help out. The ARMY is truly a different place with out him. Sully you are missed and remembered. May GOD shine down on your family. Especially those little boys. To his family thank you for your sacrifice and your bravery. May GOD bless you."
PFC Burroughs, Mark of FT. Campbell, KY. USA

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

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

""OUR special chosen words since day one of finding this site last year...have always been......REST IN PEACE BRAVE SOLDIERS/MARINES/WARRIORS We love you and MAY GOD BLESS you each. Your loved ones are in a beautiful place called Heaven now....When you look up to the sky at night and see the brightest star...it's your hero..shining down on you..The Taylors United States Marine Corps, North Carolina"

"Sully was a wonderful person, I knew him only for a little while and he had a huge impression on me and the rest of the unit. He was always smiling and laughing and being silly. We really miss him alot. My condolances to his family. We miss you Sully"
Manuel Gonzalez of Fort Campbell, KY

"In times of loss we must also try to rejoice and to remember, and for those reasons the following is respectfully submitted:

Faces of Valor Concert Honors
Musician Soldier's Ultimate Sacrifice

Celebration of his life and works to be held at Neener's Pub in Tacoma, Washington at 9:00 pm, Saturday, February 21, 2004

Specialist John Sullivan of the Army's 101st Airborne Division, known as Sully to friends in the Seattle Music Scene, died November 15, 2003 when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed in Mosul, Iraq. It is the deadliest single incident in the war so far. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. He should have come home and for the first time - held his 2-month-old sons. His wife was pregnant when he left and he never met the twins.

He is greatly missed in the Seattle Rock Music Circuit as he was known to be one of the most talented guitar players in the area. He performed at shows and released several recordings of his solo guitar work. As a tribute to him, fellow talented guitarists will honor his birthday [February 17th] with a celebration of his life and works at Neener's Pub in Tacoma, Washington at 9pm on Saturday, February 21, 2004. All performers will play to a back track in the same manner that Sully did on stage and there will be a special grand finale. The event is rightfully named Faces of Valor, in reference to an official list of soldiers killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom. This show is sponsored by Neener's Pub and Syren Spawn Presents. Advertising support by Tacomascene.com.

At this time we are looking for three things:

1) currently enlisted soldiers living in Washington State that want to play a solo guitar piece in the same manner done by Sully to a back track. Deadline for reserving a spot on stage is January 15th. Anyone wanting to be considered should contact Lisa Bonner of Syren Spawn and Desert Mermaid Presents at 360-402-0387, desertmermaid@msn.com or Shawn Reid at Neener's Pub at 253-627-0632, shawhat@hotmail.com

Neener's Pub:

Desert Mermaid:

2) musicians to donate an original musical recording to be placed on a music compilation CD and sold with all proceeds going to Katrina Sullivan and her twin sons. Please submit by February 15, 2004

3) Soldiers to come and share this time with his friends and family.

Performing that night will be:


Timothy Jennings of TREMORCORDIS

Shannon Sharp of BYAXIS

Primo Pulanco of LYRANTHE

Allen Mattila of S2C/SUBJEKT 2 CHANGE

Jay Hanlon - last project GRIND RING

The Rikk Beatty Band

All of the above are Seattle Metal bands found at http://www.seattlemetal.com



TacomaScene.com of Tacoma, Washington

"Thank you John Sullivan, 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 left behind,

I'm truthfully sorry, for the loss of a loved one, but I know how it feels..I only knew Sullivan for 4 months, but we became best-friends in that time..we did everything together...I would like to give you my e-mail address if you have any questions...cringberg@yahoo.com..Sullivan buddy you will be missed...and never forgotten!!!"
Carl Ringberg of Ft. Campbell, Ky/ USA

"Family of Specialist John R. Sullivan

I'm a Veteran of Desert Storm, Sgt. Robert J. Drazkowski 6570th Air Base Group, United States Air Force. I can not express enough sympathy for the loss of your family member. Our country is founded and will be kept a free country by the sacrifice of John R. Sullivan, by the sacrifice of his family, and by the sacrifice of his friends who have lost a great man. My prayers and thoughts will be with all of you for the rest of my life. May God bless all of you during this time of sorrow.

Friend of Steve Tucker"
Robert J. Drazkowski of Ottawa, ILLinois

"To the family and friends of Spc. John Sullivan:
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 John 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. John Sullivan:
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 John, 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