Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Andrew K. Waits

23, of Waterford, Michigan.
Waits died in Baghdad, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on April 13, 2006.

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"I felt a urgent pull to contact you in anyway I could the family of Andrew k.Waits. Andrew gave a great testimony saying he will pass away before he did. he was very calm and collect and at peace and told many people and he said its ok Jesus told him and is with him. A True soldier in Christ. GOD BLESS you all!"
Brandon Pesquera

"Waits I miss you brother. There isnt a time where I dont wish things could be different. Se you on the other side."
Spc CORONA, J of san antonio, tx. jc_corona7827@yahoo.com

It's been over five years since you left this earth and I still find myself thinking of you. It makes me so sad to think how young you were when you were taken from us. I often wonder what you'd be doing today. Would you still be in the army, would you be married, have children?? I wish you would've had the opportunity to do it all. I still wear your bracelet; it doesn't leave my wrist. I miss you my friend."
Kristin McGrath of Livonia, MI

"Waits you will always be missed I was just thinking about our trip to louisville with griff what a great time the three of us had. How I miss those days. Dianne I hope you are doing well and I am sorr that I did not keep in touch the way that I should have but my prayers are always with you."
Sgt Greg Graham 1-502 INF of Margarita Island, Venezuela

"Andrew not a day passes by when I think of you, my comrade, my bestfriend, my battlebuddy. There has always been a void in our lives when you were taken from us. I will always remember the fun and good times we shared together. (you me and ben) whether it be taking spontaneous trips to canada or getting in trouble in oakgrove ky. I love you man, and will miss you always."
SSG Mabuyo, Sonny P of Fort Irwin, CA/ USA

"mrs waits. I went to school with andrew all the way back from elementary. I was in iraq when he was but different units. I remember when my mom told me what happened. She was at the funeral for me. I'm sorry for what happened. I just want to wish you a happy memorial day and let you know we will never forget. Wish you the best .
spc z - 2/11 acr"
of fort irwin ca

"Thank you to everyone who keeps Andrew's memory alive everyday. Andrew would be proud, Jackie, to have your son named after him, thank you. As you all know, he was a quiet guy but if you needed anything, he was there for you. I miss him everyday but thanks to all of you, his memory will live on forever. I can't tell you how much that means to me."
Waits mom, Diane of Waterford, MI

"Its been four years today since you were taken from us. Theres not a day that goes by I dont think of you and Ben. I named my son in your honor. Logan Andrew Baker. I mis and will never forget. Love you man"
Jackie Baker of Weatherford Texas

"Andrew, I think about you and Ben all the time, you two were always my favorites. I will never forget you bro. My best to your family."
SSG Lueck of Ft. Benning, GA

"April 22, 2009
To the family of Spc. Andrew K. Waits:
Andrew 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

"Thinking of you and your family every day.
Wish I could change it all."
Ben's Mom

"I was looking through some pictures of good times at the theater and it got me thinking about how much fun we always had. I miss you."
Jamie of Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Been thinking about you a lot lately. It has now been 2 years! It feels like just yesterday still. The pain is still there sometimes. I hope that you are still up there looking down on all of us and protecting your buddies. Miss you EVERY day"


It Dang man. How have you been. I don't even know what to say. I miss you. I never got to tell you this, I just figured you knew. But you were the BEST damn soldier I ever had the priviledge of having during my short time as an NCO. I'm not even just saying that man. You knew it. I could count on you for anything. I hope your mother is doing okay. Mrs. Waits, if you are reading this, my heart goes out to you. I think of you and Smith everytime I think of the Army. You and Smith have the top spots on my Myspace page. I know it's not much, but I want everyone who visits my page to know how wonderful of a man you are. A HERO. and I miss you man. -Dang"
Sgt. Dang, Gary of (A-co 1/502) L.A. C.A.

"To the family of:Andrew K. Waits 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 relatives of andrew waits i want to expresed my condolences for your lost i knew andrew when he was asigned to bn s-1 1-502nd 2004-05 he was a good kid i had the priviliged to work with him."
ssg jose a. rivera jose.riveraurbina@us.army.mil of bronx, new york

"dear relatives of andrew waits i want to expresed my condolences for your lost i knew andrew when he was asigned to bn s-1 1-502nd 2004-05 he was a good kid i had the priviliged to work with him."
ssg jose a. rivera of bronx, new york

"Waits, not a day goes by that I dont think about you. I miss you man."

Tanya Bush of Centerview MO

"I am Spc Joshua Mungers momnlaw he called me "ma" and mom and motherrrr.. I only want to offer a hand or a hug. I know there are no words to make any of this better, it is a daily strugle. I am very happy that the rest of the boys are on there way home. Time has gone by fast but slow. One day good Two days bad. I can not make up my mind if i will go or not, I keep thinking Josh will let me know in his own way but like i told Lenore he was a last minute kid so guess I will wait till the last minute. Lenore and I have talked and she mentioned Andrew, I told her sometime we need to just all meet. I read what the School Teacher said about Andrew MAN OH MAN the boys were SO SO MUCH ALIKE ... I told Alysha the other day, I know ever day that Josh is with me cause he ust to make me SO ANGRY but I could not stay mad he would give me that LOOK and SMILE and i would have to look away. Well now I see the SAME SMILE IN COLTON, all i can say is MR. MUNGER do not look at me like that... and then smile. I guess all we can do is think of the good times cause what else are we to do. Just continue to be proud of what they have done and love them and miss them with all our hearts.Please if you need anything write me anytime Tanya"
Tanya Bush Josh mom nlaw of Centerview MO

"Diane, Just wanted to let you know the fireworks went off without a hitch. I think our boys would have enjoyed them. I hope you are getting along o.k. Please contact me if I can help in any way even if you just want to talk. macha@pressenter.com

Thinking of you and yours always,"
Lenore Smith of Hudson, Wisconsin

"My name is Brenda Quandt, and I am the grandmother of Benjamin A. Smith, who was killed in Iraq on November 2, 2005. I never had the privilege of meeting Andrew, but Ben told us Andrew was his best friend. He spoke very highly of him and told us about many of the enjoyable times they had together. I'm glad Ben had such a good friend in such a terrible place. I'm so sad that these two fine young men, best friends in life, are now joined in death. I would like to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Andrew. I share your loss and understand your pain. I will keep you and our boys in my heart and my prayers. God Bless them both, and God Bless you."
Brenda Quandt of Lincoln Park, Michigan

"Mrs. Waits - I was fortunate to be the hall monitor at Kettering when Andrew was a student there. I've been going to write several times and didn't know quite what to say, but on this Memorial Day I can't stop thinking about it, so I thought I'd tell you one of my favorite stories about Andrew. Andrew visited the tardy tank a time or two and we got to know each other quite well. I was always getting on him to get to class on time. One time he came down the hall on a skateboard. When I told him he couldn't do that he told me I was always getting on him for being late so now he was going to get there faster and make sure he was on time! Very serious, very respectful, never got angry, was just matter of fact. If I recall I walked him to class, skateboard in hand and he was on time. He always challenged but knew just how far he could push. He always got me with that sly grin and loved it when he made me laugh when I was trying to be serious! I always told him he needed to be an attorney because he could argue any point. I think of him often and am happy to see he accomplished so much in the short time he was in the service; it's not surprising. He would have made a great deputy. I want you to know he touched my life. He will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you and your family."
Deb Skonieczny of White Lake, MI

"Diane, I really don't know what to say. I know how lost and empty you feel and I wish with all my heart that I could tell you that this was all a really bad dream. I've been trying to come to grips with it since Ben was killed in Nov. and now to know that Andrew has also been lost leaves an ache in my heart that I don't think will ever end. All I can say is try and remember the good times. I wish I had some memories of Andrew to share with you as you were so generous to share with me about the guys but they never came here all together. From what you have said and the things I have read I know Andrew was a treasure like no other. I am so glad that he and Ben met and were such good friends. At least they had some good times together. I'm sure they got into as much trouble as they could get away with. Please know that I think of Andrew every day. I wish I could have traded places with Ben and Andrew and that they were still here. We will be skirting the law for the 4th of July up by the cemetary where Ben is. Some of the fireworks will be for Andrew. Be proud of your fine young man as I am of mine. I'll be thinking of you and your family always.

Peace be with you,"
Lenore Smith of Hudson, Wisconsin

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

"From someone who knew Andrew very well I want to thank everyone for their messages and prayers. Andrew was one of the very best people to ever walk this earth and I am honored to have known him. Again, thank you so much."
Jaime of White Lake, MI

"Waits, You were a great friend. I will never forget all the good times we had. I'm gonna miss you alot buddy."
Joe of Iraq

"Thank you Andrew Waits, 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. Andrew Waits:
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 Andrew 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. Andrew Waits:
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 Andrew, 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