Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Dean White

27, of Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Died when his CH-46 Sea-Knight helicopter went down in the Shatt Al Hillah Canal in Iraq shortly after take-off. The helicopter was conducting a resupply mission in support of civil military operations. He was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron - 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 19, 2003.

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"I think of you daily. Sometimes ACDC comes on the radio and it reminds me that I am not alone, that you are in heaven and looking down on me. You truly were an angel here on earth. I miss you horribly. I would think time would heal, it has been said it does. But so far, the wound is still fresh and I cry often. I cherish the pictures I have and cherish even more the letters you wrote me. You were one of my best friends. I remember eating mountain dew floats under the old carwash on Kickapoo (its torn down now) as we watch the rain come down and just talked and talked. You were always good at being the listener. You were a true friend. God how I miss you. I love you dearly and will never ever forget you."
Veronica Stidham of Shawnee, Ok

"Almost ten years have passed....it still hurts like it did the day I found out you were gone. I love you and miss you."

"I had the honor of serving with Aaron in boot camp, MCT, NAS Memphis, as well as MCAS New River and Iwakuni. We were good friends who had great times together and many dogfights in MS Combat Flight Simulator! You are missed my brother..."
Gary of Jacksonville, NC

"I grew up with Aaron in Sasakwa and remember him talking about the military even when we were little kids. There is nothing I can say to make things better but I can remember Aaron and all of our service members for their ultimate sacrifice and extreme bravery. I can't imagine the feeling of leaving my kids and everything I know to go to some foreign country and have everyone want to kill you. That's why I have so much respect for not only the soldiers but the families that they leave behind. You will not be forgotten Aaron and I will tell my kids how proud I am to have known you."
Jason Welch of Royse City, TX, USA

"Happy Birthday Aaron. We love you and miss you."
Jackie Harris Mustain of sasakwa ok

"May God Bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss."
Leila Shipman of Texas

"Semper Fi, Marine. Well done, you will never be forgotten, nor your sacrifice be in vain."
SFC Sean Dullaghan of Atlanta GA

"I first met Aaron, in the mid 90's, at New River, NC where he was a crew chief student. We were both from Shawnee so the conversation was a blessing. We talked about graduating from Shawnee High and the teachers we had in common. We continued to talk about home, family..etc. It wasn't until July 2003 that I learned of Aaron's death. I had just flown from Kuwait to the U.S. and had a layover in Denver International. I stopped in a gift shop and started looking at magazines. In a Newsweek or Time magazine was Aaron's photo, as a fallen hero. Needless to say, I have never picked up a Newsweek or Time magazine since. Aaron was a kind spirit with a big smile to prove it. He is greatly missed by those who were fortunate enough to have met him. He will always be in my heart as my fellow Marine from Shawnee."
SSgt Steven Brown of Camp Lejeune, NC

"January 19, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Aaron Dean White:
Aaron 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 would like to say thank you to you and your fellow crewmembers for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Seven years have passed, and I still know I've lost a very special nephew. The heart is forever, and I still love hime."
Gary Beasley of Roswell, Ga.

"I will never forget how much of a friend you were to me and how great of a Marine you were. I still remember how you rushed over to show me your daughter in my shop. I wish your family all the luck. You are always in my prayers!"
Norada Thomas Sgt USMC of Yonkers, New York/United States

"The greatest honor I ever had was to serve as a United States Marine because it allowed me the privilege of serving with Aaron and so many like him.. As the Sergeant Major for HMM-364 from 2001-2003, I got to know Aaron quite well. Simple condolences can never express the heartfelt sympathy I extend to Aaron's family. He was a fine man, a proud father, and a credit to both his country and to his Corps. His sacrifice will never be forgotten by those who knew him. My son asked me the other day if I have known any "real heroes" while I was a Marine? I was glad he asked me that because it gave me the opportunity to tell him of SSgt Aaron White, LCpl Moore, Capt La Mont, and Capt Ryan. Four of the finest men I have ever known. "Fair Winds and Following Seas""
Sergeant Major Larry M. Lambert USMC (Ret.) of Murrieta, CA

"Rest In Peace."
Kate of Richmond, VA

"SSGT White,
We have not forgotten you and your fellow aircrew. I will always remember you as a hard working and professional Marine. I appreciate your dedication and professionalism on every mission you made as CC/AO on my aircraft. It is difficult to replace Marines like you. Semper Fidelis!"
Maj Dan "PeeWee" Smith, USMC of Quantico, VA

"I haven't forgoten you Aaron"
Gunny Brown (RET.) of Lexington.Ky

"I miss you and love you man,you were at one of the family reunions when i was a little boy, believe it or not i was named after you, i'm your cousin my names Aaron Charles White of Henryetta,OK. SEMPER FIDELIS U.S.M.C."
Aaron .W. of Henryetta,Oklahoma U.S.A.

"To my brother....I can only say this.... you are still missed more than ever...not one day goes by that I missed going out in that old yellow plymoth....or having just one beer with my brother.....or just doing a D&T on the old Phrog....I had a little Girl man!!!!!!.....I wish you where here...couldn't stay in man...its to hard with out you......but I will never forget.....Semper FI.....Phrogs Forever....."
John... of Poseyville,IN

"As the third year goes by I will never forget you. You are always in my thoughts."
Janet of San Diego, CA

"To the family of: Aaron Dean White 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"

"To the family and friends of Aaron,
I have known Aaron for as long as i can remember. I had gotten a call from Aaron before he left on deployment. We talked for a while and spoke of the days in Sasakwa Ok and the Marine Corps. Being a Marine I know the hardships that a family can go through. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Semper Fi Aaron"
Wes Brown SSgt/USMC of Cherry Point NC

"To All of Aaron's family and friends.
I have just found this site, I was unaware of Aaron's sudden and untimely death. I new Aaron for a very brief time in Darwin Australia. I was a Private in the Royal Australian Army at the time and had the privilage to work with Aaron. My deepest sympathies for the loss of such a beautiful person."
Gillian Blake of Australia

"Just want you to know Aaron is not forgotten. We hope Brianna enjoyed her Christmas gift last year, and has a better Christmas this year."
Grateful Family of Oklahoma

"I met Aaron's wife at a military wife convention today where we shared a table....i was so impressed with her....my heart goes out to you...although it has been 2 years since the accident im sure you still feel much pain....as i sit here with tears rolling down my cheeks i pray for you and your daughter...saying goodbye to you tonight was very hard for me...i dont have the words to express how sorry i am for your loss....i will have you in my prayers always..Take care!!! Semper Fi"
Jaime Windler of Camp Pendleton Ca

"Hey Buddy,
Its been over 2 years now and it still stings. I hated that I wasn't able to be there, and I hated that I couldn't come back with you when they sent you home. You were a great friend, so easy to talk to and fun loving. Looks like we will have to put off some of the stuff we had planned for awhile. Like getting our wives together so we could run off and do "Guy Things" HAHA. I miss you a lot man, but my thoughts and prayers are with your family, as always. I'm sure your little girl is growing up just as you always imagined. Purple Foxes, Phrogs Forever"
TJ of Celina, OH

"We want Aaron's family to know he will not be forgotten. We are grateful for his service to our country. He is a true hero. We are going to make sure little Brianna gets a big surprise for Christmas this year - in honor of Aaron. God Bless."
Grateful Family of Oklahoma

"Well, I was searching around google after typing in a friends name and I came up with this website. I think its pretty scarry and i dont think we should have soldiers in iraq. But lets support the troops and bring them home back to their families where they belong."
I Wish To Remain Annoymous

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes,IL

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"On today, May 19, 2004, the year anniversary of Aaron's death, I wanted to leave a message to Aaron's family and friends, including my husband, a close friend of Aaron's who is once again, back in Iraq and facing the anniversary of Aaron's death surrounded by painful memories. Stay strong and know that Aaron has not and never will be forgotten. Blaine - I know how much you loved your friend and you did him the greatest honor of escorting his body back home to his family. You're a great man, and so was Aaron. Keep your chin up and God Bless."
Mrs. C of Camp Pendleton, CA

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

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

"As an Oklahoman at heart, I feel this loss closer to my heart. I am a proud Air Force wife stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. When I hear of a new soldier who has given his or her life it is a feeling of sadness. This brave young soldier will always be remembered in my heart and prayers for he has given his life so my four children can continue their freedom. Thank you so much and God Bless You.."
Joni Beratto of Glendale, Arizona USA

"To The Family of SSgt Aaron D. White USMC:
For two years, I had the pleasure of working side by side with Aaron. His love of flying was infectious. He left for OIF before I moved back stateside and so I really never got to tell him good-bye. He was a Marine who gave 100% of himself 100% of the time and you have every reason to be proud. Aaron, I will always honor your memory and friendship. You have received a new mission. You are now a crew member on Gods' Phrog.
Paul Cobb of California

"Thank you Aaron White, 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 Aaron's family, I met Aaron last year. I am very sorry for your loss, he will be greatly missed. I just wanted to let you know how much he always talked about you and expressed his love towards you all. Aaron was the type of person you meet once in your lifetime."
a friend of Aaron's of Chula Vista, CA /USA

"To the family and friends of Aaron White : so sorry to hear of your loss.
There are no words that make you feel better,but it will just take the passing of time,and special days without him. These young brave men were so precious,and my heart aches for your loss,and I do understand exactly what you are going through,because I am a cousin to Sgt. Kirk (Ski) Straseskie,that drowned trying to save Aaron and the others. You are in my prayers."
Kit Strickler of Oklahoma City

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Aaron White:
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 Aaron for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To Aaron's famly, As a young child growing up with Aaron I know you are going through a rough time, He will be greatly missed by family, relatives and friends, let me know if I can be of help. Love you"
Clarissa (Jackie) Harris Mustain of Sasakwa, Oklahoma

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Aaron White:
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 Aaron, 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