Tributes
Memorial Page Established by- Melanie
In Honor Of Braden J. Long

Spc  Braden Long was born Aug 7, 1987 in Grand Prairie,TX.
He is the son of Melanie Thrasher and William Long III and Stepson
of Bobby Thrasher.
He signed up in his senior year of high school. He was sworn into the
Army on Oct 2,2004. He left for Basic training on June 28, 2005.He did
his basic training at Fort Knox, KY.

He left for his first duty station Ft. Riley in Nov 2005. He was
assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade
Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

He was deployed to Iraq Feb 8, 2007

February 18, 2012
Even though we have never met I still feel a heavy sadness & sorrowful loss that you are
gone. Your brother & I talk about you often. We are planning on naming our firstborn son
after you in your Honor. One day we will meet & I look forward to it. Thank you for your
courage & sacrifice. You are a true hero!

September 27, 2011
Jon Maine
Hey man today comes to me hard i remember you always and never have forgotten all that
you and i went though together as you were the armor and i was the supply guy. I have
been out of the military for about 3 years now and still to this day can remember your face
the night before on the roof of the barracks looking up at the stars and talking about home.
Home well i know i will see you when i get to heaven. I miss you so much sometimes and
cant understand how sometimes why it couldn't of been me. I live with this guilt every day.
But here i am just sitting here trying to figure out whats next. Well God is calling me to lead
people so Im going to school right now to become a minister. I hope to make it down to see
you some time soon in Texas. I found something that i think you should have. I want you to
know that I love you bro and miss you everyday. You were and still are my motivation to
keep going and to let the light shine in life and be happy, cause n!
o matter what you always let things go........I miss you and wish sometimes that I could be
experiencing the joy you always had that always made my day better. You are and always
will be remembered I love ya John Maine

July 20, 2010
Nannie Gloria
It has been almost 3 years since your passing,And what you did for our country and yours
will not go on noticed,I know the Angels in Heaven are watching over you,and your Family
down here misses you terribly.I know I do. Some day I will be joining you up there and we
will have that long talk we never had. Love, Nannie Gloria

August 22, 2008
SSG Robles, Cesar A.
Long, brother what can I say that by now you would have
became a Sargent. I know because with you; there was nothing stopping
your career. I want you to know that your death was not in vain but a
blessing to the Iraqi people, and especially the people in Dora. I want
you to know that we pray for your family and wife. We love you and
remember your "funnies" all the time. Especially your Harry Potter
impression. We love you, and carry you in our hearts always. All though it hurts,
I know that God needed another great leader to lead his troops in
heaven. Save a spot for me, cause I know in my heart that we will reunite
again. I love you Branden,

December 14, 2007
Richard L. Patrick
I am a 50 year old banker from Jacksonville,
Fl.  I have two sons both older than Braden when he gave his life for
this great nation. I am now proudly wearing a bracelet in honor of
Braden's greatest sacrifice, and will do so for years to come

November 15, 2007
SSG Roble, Cesar A

SPC Long
What can I say; that day was tragic from the moment that it all
happened to getting to the barracks. I want to thank you for the
wonderful memories that you have brought to our platoon; you are the true
meaning of a Hero and a Ghostryder! I will carry you in my heart and mind
always and I promise that a chance that I get I will go visit you! Thanks brother.
-SSG Robles, Cesa

October 7, 2007
Clark and Robin Lemley
WE loved braden

August 16, 2007
John "Top" Kammerer - Patriot Guard Riders
In Honor of Braden Long
It is an honor to ride in sincere respect and
appreciation of this Hero's sacrifice.
Thank you, SPC Long, for your willingness to give your last full
measure of courage in defense of this great Nation.
Spc. Braden J. Long
United States Army
KIA 04 August 2007, Iraq

Memorial Page Established by- Melanie
In Honor Of Braden J. Long

Spc  Braden Long was born Aug 7, 1987 in Grand Prairie,TX.
He is the son of Melanie Thrasher and William Long III and Stepson
of Bobby Thrasher.
He signed up in his senior year of high school.He was sworn into the
Army on Oct 2,2004. He left for Basic training on June 28, 2005.He did
his basic training at Fort Knox, KY.

He left for his first duty station Ft. Riley in Nov 2005. He was
assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade
Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan.

He was deployed to Iraq Feb 8, 2007
Sign Guestbook
Bradens's deployment
Boot camp graduation
Family Photo
With big brother Bill
Big Brother Bill- Air Force Graduation
With Teresa
Spc. Braden J. Long