Sgt. Bradley S. Crose
CROSE Sgt. Bradley S. Crose, assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment was killed in action in the defense of his country during Operation Anaconda outside Gardez, Afghanistan on March 4, 2002. Bradley was a patriot who died in the defense of his country and in the company of his fellow Army Rangers. Bradley was born on August 4, 1979 at the Naval Hospital, Orlando, FL into a Navy family and tradition. He joined the Army in June 1998 two weeks after graduating from Orange Park High School. He attended Basic and Infantry training, Airborne School, Ranger Indoctrination training and Ranger School at Ft. Benning, GA. He was ultimately assigned to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, GA. Bradley gave his life to the Lord at a young age while attending Orange Park Assembly of God and in his mid-teens became a member of Pinewood Presbyterian Church where he was active in youth activities and the study of Theology. Scheduled for discharge from the Army in October 2002, Bradley planned on attending College, restoring his 1981 Corvette and hiking the Appalachian Trail. He held a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do where he won a Bronze Medal in the Junior Olympics, was a runner-up at both the Florida and Georgia State Championships and fought in the Mens National Tae Kwon Do Championships in Houston, TX at the age of 15. He was an avid Gator fan and enjoyed reading classic novels. Bradley is survived by his mother, Sheila Maguhn; step-father John Maguhn; his father Ricky Crose; step-mother Diana Crose; his brother and best friend Aaron Crose; his step-sister Hannah Higginbotham; grandparents, Corrie and Wirt Avret, James H. and Rebecca Wright Sr., John and Audrey Durst, Jim and Pat Nearhoof and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Public visitation will be 4-8 pm Sunday, March 10, 2002 at the Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, FL. The funeral service will be held 11:00 am Monday, March 11, 2002 at Pinewood Presbyterian Church, 198 Knight Boxx Rd., Middleburg, FL with Rev. Rod Whited and Rev. Gary Wiggins, officiating. Burial will follow in Jacksonville Memory Gardens with full military honors. Please sign the Guestbook at
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May you find peace in whatever comes after
Lucas Chaney
August 10, 2018
A good friend of mine, who made a life out of service to her country, gave me a KIA memorial bracelet in 2011. I've worn it continuously since that day and I treasure it as a reminder of the sacrifice others have made on my behalf. It helps me to be thankful for the days I have, especially the most difficult days."SGT Bradley S Crose, USA Ranger. 1/75 1ST BN. Died in service to all of us on March 4, 2002 in Afghanistan."I have never met or talked to SGT Crose or his family, but I hope they understand that he is not forgotten.Thank you.
May 28, 2018
I was born during the death of him and 6 others I am going in to the special forces and you have my deepest condolences for your lost hero - Seaman apprentice John D Holmes
John D Holmes
July 4, 2017
I wear Bradley's memory braclet every hour of the day. I am not a veteran myself, but I am a son of a 30 year Air Force veteran.
I became familiar of Bradelys passing while reading books like Roberts Ridge and a friend offered me his braclet after running a military re-enactment of that day's events. I have only removed it twice during recent surgeries. I feel great pride and honor to do so.
I am writing today after reading a news article on a review of the events of that day in which the Air Force is considering awarding John Chapman for the MOH.
I am so deep fully grateful for men such as these - We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.
Thank you
Mark Jones
August 27, 2016
Dear Son,

Today is Memorial Day. The 14th since your ultimate sacrifice. I think of you often, but on this special day, we as a Nation remember. Not just your sacrifice, but the sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of U.S. Servicemen and women. I find myself wiping away tears more frequently and my heart is so tender that it bruises easily.

Your sacrifice means more and more to me each day. I understand that the rights and freedoms which I enjoy and sometimes take for granted were paid for in a check written by men like you. Precious treasures presented by parents for the preservation of our Republic.

I eagerly look forward to our reunion - that great hope founded and cemented by a Savior who is risen and sits at the right hand of the Father. You are there, because Christ lives in your heart.

You lived the life of a Christian Warrior - you ran the race, crossed the finish line and have reaped the reward. "Well done My good and faithful servant."

I Love You,

May 25, 2015
Thinking of you often. Honoring you always. 00-01.
Steve Gutierrez
May 24, 2015
There is not a day that goes by that we don't think about Bradley and the sacrifice he made for us all. We love you and know we will all be together again soon. Love Nanny, Uncle Bobby and Aunt Therese
July 1, 2013
Still think about you. Rangers lead the way
May 27, 2013
To the family and friends of Sgt. Bradley S. Crose:
It has truly been my honor to sign Bradley's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Bradley will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
March 5, 2013
In memory of Bradley Crose.
October 14, 2012
A true patriot! He was what man should be! "No Greater Honor than To Give Your Life for Your Country"! God Bless you! Cecil Ingram, PO1, USN Retired
Cecil Ingram
March 16, 2012
March 4, 2012
To the family and friends of Sgt. Bradley S. Crose:
Always remembering Bradley. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
March 7, 2012
Yesterday, was the 10th anniversary of the Battle of Takur Ghar which claimed your life. As I awoke that morning, someone had encircled our yard with small American flags. My Son, you are not forgotten; there's not a day that passes that I don't miss you, but I also know that there will be a reunion in the near future. I look forward to that day. I Love You, Dad
March 5, 2012
May those who love and miss this fine young American find some peace in their lives at this time. No one can take away the pain of your loss but we can and do honor his service, courage and sacrifice.
Kim Straker
March 4, 2012
True American Hero!
February 1, 2012
Brad was a really Great All-American, Handsome, Intelligent, loving, Careing, Generous young man that had so much capacity to give to anybody in need or just anybody and was a friend of America and I'm very proud to say, of mine. Only God would know the great heights young Bradely woulh have risen to here on Earth....
Eugene Alphonse. CPA
March 10, 2011
To the family of Sgt Crose:
Please know that just as your loved one remains in your hearts and minds, his sacrifice, and that of your family, remains with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his selflessness and bravery, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God bless and keep you always.
L Neal
March 9, 2011
To the family and friends of Sgt. Bradley S. Crose:
Please accept my remembrance of Bradley on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
Peggy Childers
March 4, 2011
A Really Great Young Man!!!
Gene Alphonse
September 12, 2010
It's because of heroes like you that we all get to live in freedom. We are saddened by losing you but look forward to seeing you again in heaven. God bless you and your family for your service.
Butch Featherman
September 11, 2010
We have all been Comrades in battle those who have gone will never be forgotten by those of us who remain! Bradley you are always a thought......
MSG Eric Stebner
September 11, 2010
Thank you so much for your service to this country. We are sad for your loss and hope you know that we will never forget you. You served in honor and in grace to protect our great country. May you find peace and comfort. Thank-you so much for my freedom.
Pamela Wiscombe
August 21, 2010
Your legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew you and shared in your struggle to protect our country and the ultimate sacrifice you gave so that we can be grateful for what we have. Your family, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers will stay in my thoughts and prayers.
A Proud Military Mom.
Elizabeth Raab
June 5, 2010
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April 7, 2010
To the family and friends of Sgt Bradley Crose,

I want to say I am grateful for the bravery Bradley had shown by serving his country. I did not know him but I want to pray that God gives you comfort when you think of him.

Thank you
Donna Gillette
March 7, 2010
To the family and friends of Sgt. Bradley S. Crose:
Remembering Bradley on the anniverary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
March 4, 2010
To a cousin who will never be forgoten
David Wright
February 18, 2010
I was a member of the 82d Airborne and found a copy and then another of Sgt. Crose's obituary at a local gym. I don't know why I keep finding them, but I honor and respect his service to our country. God Bless you Sgt. Bradley S. Crose and thank you for all you did and have done.
Bruce Kessler
January 31, 2010
Sgt. Crose you truly embodied what it meant to be a Ranger. Words can never express my thanks or gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice you made for our great country. I can only hope to be half the Ranger you were. God bless you!

Spc Hollinsworth
January 13, 2010
June 3, 2009
Gone, never forgotten. Rest In Peace
May 26, 2009
To let your loved ones know, you are not forgotten.
May 24, 2009
I went through Basic Training and the Ranger Indoctrination Program with Crose. For alot of that we were Ranger buddies. He, I and Brandon Kale helped get each other through it all. I have great memories of his idomitable spirit pulling me through sometimes when I wanted to quit. I remember when we graduated from RIP and became Rangers... I had my car with me so we jumped in it and went back to our old Drill Sergeant (Drill Sergeant Kristoff) and showed him our new Black Berets. I think he said something like "well I'll be damned." It was a great moment. We both ended up getting stationed at 1/ in Bco and him in Aco. And I lived right down the street from him in the Georgetown area of Savannah. I used to see him at the Piggly Wiggly often buying groceries or at the lights in his Corvette. He was always smiling. I was already out of the military when he was killed. You have my deepest condolences for your loss...but you also have my admiration and deepest respect for raising a great man and true American Hero. Whenever I do push-ups I still do "One for the Airborne Ranger in the Sky". And Bradley Crose is in my thoughts as I do. Rangers Lead the Way...and he surely did.
Rich Barbetta
March 12, 2009
Rich Barbetta
March 12, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Bradley S. Crose:
Bradley 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
March 4, 2009
Gone, but not forgotten!
Rest in Peace!
Diana B.
November 4, 2008
thank you......... I wish the family all the strength in the world....

you really are a hero,

never forget...

my condolence...
j janse
August 13, 2008
my sincerest condolences on your loss.
He is a hero and will not be forgotten.

shawnee (Austin, TX)
November 21, 2007
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Sgt Crose!
November 7, 2007
Sincere sympathy and love, Pat - R.N.
Patsy Jo Reed Sircy
August 15, 2007
If this person can stand in battle to ensure my freedom, then I will stand in grief with his/her family to honor him/her. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guest book for the rest of my life, but I promised Le Ron A. Wilson (a dear friend KIA 7/6/07, 18yrs old) that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.

Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 31, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Sgt. Crose and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 5, 2007
I would like to send my sympathy to the family I did not know Bradley but he is one of the great men who made this land free
thank you so much
Shandi Sanders
June 7, 2007
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2007

Nancy Sahlberg
April 30, 2007
To the family of Bradley Cross, I worked in Orange Park, and felt that attending your son's service was the respectable thing to do. We have never met, but to witness the dignety, and outpouring of respect was overwhelming! I'd never attended a military service before. When it was time to leave the church, I just bawled my eyes out, to see the people lined on the streets holding american flags. It was the most amazing show of respect I have ever seen. My only hope was that it was of some comfort to you and your family. It is a vision in my mind that will never be forgotten. People on thier trucks, little kids, miles and miles of people 5 and 10 deep. The fire dept lowered thier flags, Blanding Blvd. was packed, and business stopped. It was a gift to witness! I wish every soldier could recieve that. You are in my thoughts.
madelaine jane phillips
April 12, 2007
As the mother of a son (my only child) who is enlisted in the Army, I want to send my condolences.
Sandy Bonesteel
April 9, 2007
February 27, 2007
On behalf of "Gold Star Siblings, Inc." Please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Karen Hickman
January 25, 2007
Dear Mr. Crose and family: When watching the Billy Graham Christmas special I was so touched by your testimony regarding Bradley and just wanted to let you know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers and your prayers are also appreciated. You have given us great comfort by your own testimony regarding Bradley.
Nancy and Skip McKinney - grandparents of Lance Corporal Ryan T. McCaughn who was killed in action November 7, 2006 in Iraq.
Nancy & Skip McKinney
December 12, 2006
Dear Sir/Madam,
I just stumbled across this website. I live in Ireland and when your sons picture came up I just wanted to write and say that my thoughts are with you, your family and the men/women who are out there and who where with your son. I have never ever written anything like this. I have randomly came across this website and saw the picture of your son. \i have not, unfortunatly taken the time to read any other input into this website. May your God be with you.
Brían MacSuibhne
November 28, 2006
I am very sorry for your loss. Your son was truely a hero for us all. I have worked on our Family tree and Avert James was Mayme Gee's daughter's son. Mayme was my Aunt and your son has done what our family has always done for this country. We have a great grandfather who fought at Valley Forge to make this country great. Agian, I am truely sorry for your loss. Lori Harvey
Lori & Mike Harvey
September 15, 2006
To the family of Sgt. Bradley Crose, please know that our hearts and prayers go out too all of you in the loss of a true hero. Our son PFC Timothy J. Seamans, U.S. Army was killed in action on August 18, 2005 in Samarra, Iraq. Know that Bradley will always be a hero to our family. May God Bless You and Keep You, May He Shine His Everlasting Light Upon You Always.

In Christ Love,

Dave, Monica and Ashley Seamans
7130 Oakwood Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32211
David Seamans
August 21, 2006
To the Crose Family:
My name is SPC Scott I Young I am in the Utah National Guard I recentley reicved a braclet with your son's name on it. It tells me that your son died on March 4, 2002 in Afghanistan and that he was in the 1/75th Rangers. I wear it everyday and it is an honor to do so. I sympathize for your lose. God bless you and your family. In my opion he was the best.
Scott Young
July 22, 2006
I am so sorry for the loss of this fine young soldier.
May God's Loving Grace and comfort continure to be with the Crose family.
Please Know that Bradley will never be forgotten.
From the sister of a Fallen Hero, in Vietnam, many years ago.
Revelations 21:4
Garnet Jenkins
July 10, 2006
My heart goes out to you the family of Bradley S. Crose. As a parent, I too suffer and hurt. Dear God, lift this young man - hold steadfast to spirit for ever and ever. Amen
edwin rev dr. goldberg
June 18, 2006
Words cannot ease your sorrow, but please accept my deepest sympathies.
My husband was with K/75 Ranger regiment in VietNam, he would be so proud of his brother Ranger.
They are trading Ranger stories in Heaven.
God Bless Bradley's family and friends.
Llinda Flannery
June 8, 2006
I feel it is the responsibility of every American to at least read the names of the brave Americans that have made the ultimate of all sacrifices. Although not personally acquainted, I feel the loss. God Bless Bradley Crose and his family. God Bless the 75th Ranger Regiment. God Bless the United States Army. Most of all, God Bless America.

Formerly with 2nd/11th FA, 25th ID.
April 13, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Crose family in the loss of Peter. I did not know Peter, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Peter next month it will be 4 years since you were taken. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
February 23, 2006
Wanda Cobb & Family
August 10, 2005
I want to thank you for your sons' sacrifice to this nation. I saw your Sgt. Croses' name in the Miami Herald under Floridas fallen, and I used his name in a poem that I wrote. Please look at the poem, and if you would like for me to remove his name, please let me know. The poem is titled "The Patch," and it is at:
PV2 Eugene Garcia
August 2, 2005
Thank you for the sacrifice that you and your family made for our country and for the world's freedom.
May God Bless you and keep you.
Jamie Preyer
July 4, 2005
To the family of Brad, you have my deepest sympathy at your loss of Brad here on earth but you have the assurance in Christ of seeing him again one day. He and those who have gone before him will be remembered.
Judy Davis
April 3, 2002
Just a note to express my condolences to you for you great loss and my gratitude for your son and what he has done for all of us.
John Heard
April 2, 2002
Just a note to say your son was a brave American hero. You and yours family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
Linda Davis
April 2, 2002
To the family of Sgt. Bradley S. Crose,
We are not acquainted and I do not want this e-mail to sound trite, because it is sent with all sincerity. I am so sorry for your loss. Sgt. Crosse was obviously an exemplary young man with splendid achievements and life-embracing interests. The loss of a beloved child is the hardest to bear and that grief is the hardest to walk through.
Your son died for his country and for the freedoms that people like me are privileged to receive. There is no way to put into words the gratitude he is due and the gratitude his family is due. I wish there could be peace so that no one's child would have to make this ultimate sacrifice and that no family would have to suffer this incredible loss.
I recently visited my son in Connecticut and when I hugged him, I thought of your son. On the way there, I drove on the parkway through which the Appalachian Trial runs...and I thought of your son.
I will keep you all in my prayers.
Lynn Wheeldon
March 27, 2002
To Brad's Mother:
I never met Brad, but I did see him at Pinewood. Last summer I traveled with Pat Nearhoof and she told me some amazing stories about Brad. I felt like I knew a lot about him. Then later in my Sunday School class, it was announced that Brad was departing for the ultimate mission. There was such a feeling in that room--like everyone knew the outcome. Later when I read about Brad's life, I couldn't believe his was born in August before my one & only child(son) was born in Oct. 1979. They graduated the same year. I do not know you, but I pray for you everyday. I am so sorry that this happened, but I know you are proud of him & the life that he lived. I wish there was something I could do to help ease your pain, but YOUR LORD is the only one who can do that and I know you are blessed by HIS healing power. GOD be with you~~~Elizabeth McClain Jenkins (Pinewood PCA)
Elizabeth Jenkins
March 26, 2002
To the family of Bradly Crose,
I know that this must be a very hard time for all of you. My fellow classmates and myself would like to wish you peace and love. I know how it feels to lose a love one or someone that you hold very close to your heart. I hope that you will be able to pull through this. For it is times like this that you need friends and family. I want you to know that I'm here to help in anyway possible. You all are in my prays.
From someone who cares,
Ashley Kennedy
Ashley Kennedy
March 19, 2002
To the family of Sgt.Bradly Crose,
I am very sorry for your loss I can't even imagine what your family is going through. I have lost relatives too and it hurts, but I still can't even imagine your pain.

May God be with you through this difficult time.
Charity Winkler
March 19, 2002
To the family of Sgt.Bradley Crose,
I'm sorry to hear about this tragedy. Your son was known as a great man. Anyone who will fight for their great person. Don't think of it as him dying,but as him going home to be with his heavenly father.Think of it as him not having to worry about all the problems we face in the world today!
God Bless you and your family.
Tyrelle Frederick
March 18, 2002
March 18, 2002
Dear Sgt. Bradley Crose family,
I'm writing you onbehalf of the lost of your love one. The people at Claxton Middle School. We will really miss one of our American soliders. He will always be remembered. Our prayers will always be with you and your family. God Bless.
Jalisa Benjamin
March 18, 2002
To the family of Sgt.Brdley Crose
I am verry sorry about your son I give you my best regaurds to your family and i will keep you in my prarys
D'Aundray Williams
March 18, 2002
To The Family Of Mr. Crose,

I have very sad about your husband. It really is a tragdey to lose someone of great importance to you. I must also say that Mr. crose did a very brave thing for America. Though again I must say I am sorry. I hope your kids are taking this easy even though it is not something to go easy on. Please give my regards to your kids, his mother and father, friends, and last but not least you. I really hope you stay calm or at least try to.

With best wishes and hope,
Kachestta Smith
Kachestta Smith
March 18, 2002
March 13,2002

To the family of Bradley Crose,

I am very sorry about what happend to Sgt.Bradley Crose this past week in Afganistan.

I wish that the terrorist who attaked our country had never done this,where the sodiers who are fighting for us today could be with their families back at home.

Lorenzo Alba
Lorenzo Alba
March 18, 2002
March 18,2002

To the family of Sgt. Bradley Crose,

I am writing this letter to tell you that I am sorry that you have lost your son in Afgahanistan. During the last few months many people have died, and you have my sympathy.
I know how hard it is to get over the pain of losing someone you love, but time will help heal the pain eventually. I also hope that no one else in your family has to go to war.

Sincerely yours,
John Sugg
John Sugg
March 18, 2002
I cannot begin to add words to what has already been said to you about your brave and wonderful son. Your family is in the prayers of many.

Sincerely, Shirley McKinney
Shirley McKinney
March 16, 2002
To The Family of Bradley,
We send our deepest sympathy and our love to you. We will always appreciate and respect the sacrifice he and you all made for our freedom. My wife, Linda (Beck) is a 2nd cousin.
Larry, Linda, & Roger Scott
Linda & Larry Scott
March 16, 2002
Rick Crose,

Please accept my deepest sympathy
to the loss of your son. May God
bless you and your family...

Ricky LLanes
fsm tour 3
Ricky LLanes
March 16, 2002
Dear Mr.Commons
We know that your son died on March 4,20002. I'm sorry,I feel for you and your family.I know that you don't know me, but we appreciate your son's sacrifice, what he did is really good and he did die for a worthy cause. He was also a really really good example of how we all should be.Thank you for giving us your son as a national hero.

Marina Silva
March 13, 2002
To the family of Bradly Crose,
I am so sorry for what happen to your son. He was a great American hero in which all the students in my class are proud to know that he gave his life so we can be free. His giving of his life was the ultimate sacrifice. I am so glad the U.S. had a hero like him.
Rodrick Mincey
March 13, 2002
To the family of Bradely Crose,

I'm very sorry for the loss of your fellow family member. I know how it feels to lose someone you care so much for. Your family is so lucky to have had him as a wonderful member in your family. It takes someone who really loves and respects their country to risk their life. I hope that you will overcome this tragedy. Please realize he died fighting for our country. He is a true hero in my life because he fought to keep me safe.

Love Always,
Carly Moody
Carly Moody
March 13, 2002
To the family of Bradley Crose,
I am very appreciative of what your son did for our country.
I am very sorry that he had to pass away because of those people in Afghanistan.
I send my condolences to you and pray that the Lord be with you at this time.

Sincerely yours,
Brittney Rogers
Brittney Rogers
March 13, 2002
Dear Sheila & Family:
Your son Bradley was obviously a fine young man & the sort of child every parent wishes they had. I'm
so saddened by his death, but I'm grateful for his willingness to serve his country in these turbulent times. What prompted me to write was that I had heard on CNN that Bradley knew Jesus as his Lord & Savior. This gladens my heart as I know someday I will be able to thank Bradley personally in heaven for his fine service to his country. God bless you all.
Marie Anderson
March 12, 2002
My thought and Prayers are with the Family, I have two Sons' in the Military. One Navy, One Army.
May God Bless You Abundantly! Be
extremely Proud of Brad and what He stood for!
Sheila Lawhorn
March 12, 2002
To the Parents and family of Sgt. Crose.
My sincere condolences. Know that even as your hearts are heavy, Ya'll have the support of many to help ease the burden. The Lord has seen to that. Even when there is division among the armed services, it is the sacrifice of your son and our brother in arms that bring us together. We will remember him, even though some of us never knew him. Rest easy, as Bradley will have the best of representation in Heaven. He and his brothers of the Ranger Battalion serving in that final duty station, may they recieve their posts along side the Marines on Heavens Streets. Semper Fidelis.
Shawn Henry, Former Sgt. of Marines.
Shawn Henry
March 12, 2002
Hi my name is Victoria McClain. I'm very sorry for the lost in your family, but I'm glad that he was fighting for the United States. I think that he was a very strong man and he was dedicated to the army to keep fighting for us. I just want you to know your in our prayers and that he died for a good cause.
Victoria McClain
March 12, 2002
May God's blessings of comfort and assurance go to Sgt. Crose's family & friends. As a lawyer here in Orlando (Bradley's birthplace), I pass by an imposing monument near the Orange County Courthouse listing the names of Orange County's fallen heroes, such as Sgt. Crose. At the top of the arch of this monument is the following verse by Lawrence Binyon, which I hope offers some comfort to the family:

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them."
~Lawrence Binyon, 1914

(from "For the Fallen").
Sincerely, Keith H. Lefevre
Keith Lefevre
March 12, 2002
To the Crose/Maguhn Family we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies in the loss of your son. Our heart and prayers are with you. I know your pain goes deep. To Bradley, your honor and courage and paying the ultimate price so my freedom still stands makes my heart swell with you I say God Speed and thank you for what you did. God Bless.
Gary and Lisa Bulger
March 12, 2002
I never knew Sgt Crose, but I knew hundreds like him years ago. I am a Second Batt Ranger who did 21 years of faithful service in Spec Ops. Having lost faith in a broken down military dominated by officers and weak Senior NCO's, I retired in 1998. I had given up on the survival, and existence of fine young NCO's being developed into strong, competent senior NCO's like those whom I knew when I first entered the military. Now I read of Sgt Crose. His accomplishments at a young age are impressive and Rangeresque. His goals were also similar to those of my young companions 25 years ago. I read the outpouring of love and bereavement from all walks of life. All this has taken me back to my early days in the Army, when I was surrounded by some of the greatest & most loyal friends I have ever had and I was taught by the most dedicated and skilled NCO's I have ever known. I didn't know Sgt Bradley Crose, but I know what he was and what he was about. If there are still Bradley Croses serving in our military, we are still safe. I look forward to sitting down with him someday. I love him and thank God for him.
Donnie French
March 12, 2002
Our thoughts are with you. Know that Rangers everywhere are proud of your son/brother (once a Ranger, always a Ranger). No one will ever know the bond that the Ranger family has until they experience it themselves. As the wife, I am forever gratefully and honored to have had the pleasure of having so many great men in my life (after 20 years, they are still brothers to me). Do know that our family is grateful for the sacrifice your young man and yourselves have given. Rangers do indeed Lead the Way; not only on the battlefield and in the air but in our hearts...
Terrel, Amy, Andrew, & Cheney Henderson
March 12, 2002
To the parents of Sgt Bradely S. Crose.
With this note goes my heart felt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the good Lord bless and keep you. Remember you will see Bradley once again when you pass through Heavens gate.
From your coworker Rick Hang in there brother. You son will be remember for a long time to come.
Keith G Wilson
MSG E-8 USA Retired
Keith G Wilson
March 12, 2002
Sheila and Family All our love and prayers for you and your family we love you very much see you soon. GOD BLESS FARREN AND FAMILY
Farren Booth
March 11, 2002
Our thoughts & prayers are with your
family. Your son gave his life fighting to keep our country free. God will help you thru this difficult time and we will continue to pray for you. Pat & Lynn Sweat
Pat & Lynn Sweat
March 11, 2002
You don't know me. I am sure you have had thousands of entries to read already.
I want to say thank-you to Bradley.
It humbles me that at 22 he knew so strongly what he wanted to do with his life.
It moves me deeply that so young a man would give his life to protect
my freedom.
I too am a Christian, and a mother.
My prayers to his mother, and family.
Remember what it says in Ecclesiastes. Love bears all.
I wish young men didn't have to go off and fight in far away places, but thank God for young men like yours.
"No greater love hath any man than to lay down his life for another"
May God Bless you all and hold you
safe in the palm of His Hand.
Cindy Clifton and the family of
Andrea Gould also.
Mrs. Cindy Clifton
March 11, 2002

Peggy Jennings
March 11, 2002
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom and Amanda Pounds
March 11, 2002
To the family of Bradley Grose..
Although I do not know you or Bradley my heart aches and the tears come so easily when I think of him and all of you. Thank you for raising a son who not only loved the Lord but willing to fight for his country. On Feb 25th our family buried my nephew who was only 20 years old who had fought a battle of illness all his life. If he'd had good health he too would have been like Bradley for you see he loved the Lord and would have fought beside Bradley. I pray God's grace for all your family. I will visit Bradley's grave in the days to come and say a prayer for you. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Judy Cooper
Judy Cooper
March 11, 2002
Dear Family of Sgt Bradley Crose,

As graduates of OPHS(1978&79) and a former 2nd Battalion Rangers, We feel compelled to express our deepest condolences to you at this time of sorrow.

Please know that your son will never be forgotten by the men who served with him, and if they could, they would have gladly changed places with him. Rangers fight for the completion of the mission, but more importantly they fight for each other. If there was anyway to bring your son home safely to you, his Ranger Buddies would have done it, as I am sure he probably did for them.

This past weekend we received several calls from our Ranger Buddies knowing that we come from Orange Park and asking us to be sure and pass on their best wishes to you.

So it is our great honor to ask you to accept our deepest appreciation for your son's ultimate sacrifice.
May God bless you and your family.

Rangers Lead The Way,
Andrew J. Allen
Hugh Donaghy
Vaughn Soileau
Brent Soileau
Andy Allen
March 11, 2002
My thanks for your sacrifice and dedication to our country the cause of freedom to Sgt Bradly Crose and his Ranger brothers.

To his family my condolences. May the Lord Our God bless you and keep you and give you peace.

Jim Fowler, Gunnery Sergeant USMC Retired
AKA [email protected]
Jim Fowler
March 11, 2002
March 11, 2002
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