Fallen Heroes Memorial: Messages

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"Our family prays daily for our soldiers. We pray to God to give them courage, strength and to protect and comfort them and their families and friends. I have two good friends in Iraq and I think of them and pray for them all the time - I love you brothers Dan and Chris. My father was a disabled veteran from World War Two. He spent the remainder of his life after that war helping veterans. I have raised my children to understand what it takes to protect our freedoms. Thank you to all that have defended our great country. As a father and grandfather, I am very grateful that my children are free and live the lives they have - thank you soldiers, thank you. Thank you to all the veterans of this and past wars. God bless the soldiers and their families and loved ones. God Bless America."
Mike Hedlund of Traverse City, MI USA

"Today is April 4, 2006. Here at work when I suddenly felt this spirit flow through me. Three years ago today, my friend, brother and son's name-sake gave his life in the service of his country. Capt. Travis A. Ford, thank you! I will never forget you. God Bless you Deon and Ashley. Josie, our boy will always be remembered as the great man he became and a great patriot."
Earl Schenck, Jr. of Plattsmouth, NE

"From the American Soldier

When danger is sighted,
And fear is near,
Remember,
I AM your Guardian Angel.

When threatened by war,
By terror, by death,
Remember,
I AM your Guardian Angel.

When you see people,
Playing happily in parks,
Swimming in lakes,
Remember,
I AM your Guardian Angel.

When I am in combat,
Protecting my County,
My Faith,
My Family,
God is My Guardian Angel.

So when the enemy wishes to fight,
To destroy all that we love,
Kill, Rape, Pillage and Burn,
I STAND in his way,
With God by my side,
WE WILL NOT FAIL...

God bless America and all who serve this great contry.

~Myles LeMaistre~"
Myles LeMaistre of Attleboror Mass.

"To the families of the brave men and women fighting for our freedom and to those whom lost their lives. I can't tell you how greatful I am knowing that my children are safe do to the bravery that these people have put forth. I thank god everyday for these men, women and their families whom sacrafice so much. You are in our thoughts and prayers and may god guide you in peace."
Diana Donato of Vista, California

"Hey buddy I just wanted to say the last month we were there wasn't the same without you. The impact you left on us is one we will never forget. You are a hero SKI. We all love and miss you-later bro"
Mark Ansbro of Tucson, Az

"TO THE FAMILY OF TRAVIS (BOB) WE CANT TELL YOU HOW MUCH WE MISS HIM HE HAS TOUCH SO MANY HEARTS ITS UNSPEAKABLE. HE WAS THE RING LEADER OF OUR 1ST ENG. FAMILY TRAVIS KNEW WHAT TO DO EVERY TIME. HIS SKILLS OF BEING FUNNY AND KEEPING US ENTERTAINED FROM DAY IN TO DAY OUT WAS UNREAL. MY WIFE AND I WAS SO TOUCHED BY TRAVIS'S KINDNESS AND WILLINGNESS TO HELP PEOPLE THAT WE NAMED OUR SON AFTER HIM TRAVIS ARRON LEASURE. HE ALWAYS MADE FUN AT ME WITH MY WIFE SAYING "THIS IS UR WIFE BUT ITS MY GIRLFRIEND" AND HE HAVE HER SIT ON HIS LAP. IT WAS GREAT TIMES BROTHER AND WILL NEVER FORGET U AS LONG AS I LIVE. GOD IS LUCKY FOR EVEN HAVEING U BESIDE HIM. IT WAS TO SOON FOR U TO GO. THERES ALOT MORE PEOPLE THAT U NEEDED TO TOUCH LIKE U DID TO ME AND THE FAMILY. MYSELF,JESS,AND THE FAMILY MISS YOU A GREAT DEAL MAN......LOVE U BRO"
PHIL,JESS, AND THE FAMILY OF 1ST ENG. of WV,MIN,OR,CO,KS,TX

"I am Jan, a belgian police officer and I know the heroes have a hard job to do. But they will NEVER be forgotten. My special thoughts to all my colleges and people who have lost a special one."
jan d'hooghe of belgium, essen

"HONOR OUR HEROS!! As a child--talk to the young child about their loved one."But be careful of How & what you say, for they will carry those memories all their lives. Talk about all those wonderful and special times they shared, BESURE to explain everything that going on for they will carry these memories with them for the rest of their lives. I know, for I lost my father in 1945, YES I still shed tears for my Hero.He gave his life for his country & family.I honor and respect all the HEROS today, Prayers are for you and your family during this trying time GOD BLESS Mary Jane"
Mary Jane of Cumberland. Md, 21502

"God Nick I look at your picture everyday and vow to you I will help your mom get through this and your mom and I are getting a memorial built for you and our other heroes of monroe mi. It isn't easy Nick but god give your mother the courage you had. And I promise Nick you will live on in our hearts forever."
Renee Seger family @ heart of Monroe Mi.

"The Legacy of the U.S. Soldier in Iraq
by Michael P. Tremoglie
Posted Nov 11, 2005

This past August I attended services for Specialist John Kulick of Alpha Co, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, PA National Guard killed in action in Iraq. Taps was played--a tune that is probably the most famous, dolorous, 24 notes ever played. However, before it was, there was a mile long procession of fire engines--one of which served as a bier. A Humvee in the procession contained three passengers. The fourth spot-–the one next to the driver--was empty, his name taped to the windshield.

A fireman for the Centre Square Fire Department, Kulick volunteered to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was killed in action in Iraq along with some of his buddies last August.

Motivated by the events of September 11, Kulick volunteered, and believed in, Operation Iraqi Freedom because, as Thomas Paine wrote, "It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending. …We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in. In such a case we are sure that we are right; and we leave to you the despairing reflection of being the tool of a miserable tyrant."

While stationed in Iraq, Kulick's attitude, newspaper accounts have stated, changed. No longer was September 11 the only motivation, there was now a motivation borne of relationships with Iraqi youngsters. Kulick wrote in an email sent August 4, "The kids love us."

It was ironic that Kulick liked the Iraqi kids and they liked him and his colleagues. The irony is that the person who killed Specialist John Kulick was probably trained to kill him from the time he was a kid.

While American kids join the Boy Scouts, Iraqi kids were forced to join the Ashbal Saddam or Saddam Lion Cubs. According to the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights (IFHR), Saddam's security police took boys--as young as 6--from their families and placed them into indoctrination programs.

The IFHR stated that while at these training facilities they were beaten, forced to kill animals and indoctrinated with Baathist Party propaganda. They graduated at about age 10 schooled in the use of small arms and basic infantry tactics.

The Ashbal Saddam was essentially the junior Fedayeen Saddam (Saddam's Men of Sacrifice) or Fedayeen Militia. The Fedayeen was a paramilitary organization controlled by Saddam's eldest son Uday. It was an internal security service Hussein employed to terrorize Iraqis and eliminate any dissent.

These Fedayeen are now the leaders of the current insurgency. Just as the Werewolves--who were the remnants of the Nazis--formed an insurgency after World War II to re-establish the Third Reich, so too are the Fedayeen intent on reinstituting the Baathist tyranny. One of the reasons the Fedayeen was so dangerous during the war was because they blended into the civilian population. Indeed, they used civilians as shields.

These are the backgrounds of the people who are currently killing American soldiers, Iraqis soldiers, Iraqi civilians, and foreign civilians. This is the legacy of the Baathists.

They are not patriots comparable to the American Minutemen as some have said. They were weaned in a system of killing for their dictator and for their tyrannical Baathist ideology from the time they were 6 years old.

Until the people who established the system, which trained six year olds for war, is eradicated there will be other brave and noble soldiers like John Kulick killed. Others will be sacrificed until Iraqi young people learn to play with toys instead of weapons, learn how to play soccer instead of learning how to be a suicide bomber.

This is what John Kulick wanted to do. He wanted to help Iraqi kids be kids. "I say to you in all sadness of conviction to think great thoughts you must be heroes as well as idealists." Kulick was obviously both.

He wrote in that same August 4 he email, five days before he was killed in action, "I think that the world is a much better place without Saddam. Someone needs to be the Police in this world and the only superpower is us. The 1,800 soldiers did not die in vain, and the war was justified. People don't know the true stories of the horror the Iraq people endured under Saddam and the Baathist party."

The Martyr of Bunker Hill, Dr. Joseph Warren, said, "You are to decide the important questions upon which rests the happiness and the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves." Kulick was worthy not only of himself, he was worthy of all free people everywhere.

Taps has been sounded for John Kulick--a dirge that has been described as the saddest 24 notes ever written. Indeed it is.

The taps reminds us that, "It is the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag."

John Kulick's legacy is that of a noble man, a free man, freely choosing to risk his life, to ensure that others will live free. This is the greatest of all legacies.


Mr. Tremoglie is a writer whose work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Insight magazine, and Front Page magazine among others. He is the former Vice President of the Pennsylvania Association of Scholars, a member of ISI, and a member of the American Society of Criminology."
Michael P. Tremoglie of Philadelphia PA

"Home Of the Brave Quilt Project http://www.homeofthebravequilts.com/ honors the fallen heroes of Iraq & Afghanistan. We make these Civil War replica quilts as our way of saying thank you & to let you know we are grieved by your family's loss. As the Colorado Coordinator for this project & I would like to hear from any families in Co. who have not yet received a quilt in their loved one's honor. I can be reached by my =e= ausros@cox.net.
May God bless you with comfort & healing."
Roslyn Atwood of Ridgway,CO.

"My dad also serves in the war like the brave soilder John G. Doles, I hope we all worship and trust the soilders, they have been fighting over seas for over 100 years. They need respect. This is coming from a 12 year old kid who knows you need to trust our soilders, support them,and remember freedom is NOT free!"
Brook of Vicenza,Italy

"I am Mo Espinoza(OUTLAW) and I was with Sgt Bitz in MCM platoon, I have so many vivid memories of him, I was a young devil pup, and Sgt Bitz and Sgt Swartz Godfather, were the coolest NCo's we had many night we talked about life in 29 palms,Sgt bitz was one of my favorites because, I am a big tupac fan and Sgt Bitz had met him in a unusal place, I still remember your blue daytona you would give me a ride down to the ramp in. When I first heard the news about Sgt Bitz It was devastating. We had alot of awesome times, I been waiting 3 years to get this off my chest, because of you and your commitment, and disipline you inspired me. I volunteered to come to Iraq Where I am currently at now in support of OIF, Part of my mission was to pass by Nysaria and I said a prayer for you Sgt. Bitz, I remember the day you re-enlisted , ,we loved every minute of the corps MARINE forever, TO Sgt Bitz's Mom, your son was an awesome person a damn good Marine and a good friend, TO all the old MCM bubbas out there IF WE DON'T BREACH IT YOU DON'T REACH IT YAT YAS- ERRR SGT BITZ- Thanks for all the good times, We will never forget LCPL Espinoza M (OUTLAW)"
mo espinoza of roswell nm usa

"well jamie it been a while just want to say that we all still miss and love you"
Nick Mitchell of Amoret MO USA

"BMI Award winning songwriter, Kristy Jackson has teamed up with artist, Jenn Harris in a stunning tribute and song of thanks to those who have served and continue to serve in our military forces. They and all of our fallen heroes remain in our hearts and prayers. It's a free download at http://www.kristyjackson.com/salute
Feel free to share the link :)"
Pam Conrad of Greensboro, NC USA

"MY OLD SCHOOLMATE FROM EASTLAKE OHIO WAS WAYNE RUSHTON,FREINDLY QUIET ALWAYS HELPFUL..THAT'S WHY THEY MADE HIM A CORPSMAN.KIA 12-31-1970 'NAM..I MISS YA' OLD PAL HE DIED TO HELP OTHERS..UNARMED AND WITHOUT REGUARD FOR HIS OWN LIFE HE GAVE HIS BEST..HE GAVE IT ALL ,SO THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE..THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE THAN THIS..FOR GOD AND COUNTRY....GOD BLESSED AMERICA BECAUSE OF PEOPLE WHO CARE !"
TSGT JAMES DAVIS of MENTOR OHIO

"I am sorry I have not met all of the fallen heros on here. Let me say that I am honored to live in the country that you have given everything for, and I will uphold the highest degree of integrity, honesty and bravery in your memories. America is truly better for all of you and may God Bless you all and your families."
JM of USA

"TO THE FAMILY OF JUSTIN JOHNSON,
First of all, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you every day. All soldiers are true heroes, they are ready to serve their country at any time....but Justin is a special hero in my eyes. He will always hold a special place in my heart forever and ever, you see, Justin was a very good friend of my son, John and we both talk about him sometimes. I never had the pleasure of meeting him but I will truly never forget him!! I will continually pray for your family, and I hope and pray your husband stays safe and comes home soon."
Jan Zittel of Springville, NY USA

"TO THE FAMILY OF CHAD DRAKE,
First of all, every soldier-past, present, future, men or women, all branches of the military are all TRUE heroes. They are ready to be called upon when needed----to protect us and keep us safe and FREE!! And Chad is a true hero. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for us and I know he is watching over all of you now. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers every day. Chad and Justin will always have a special place in my heart because they were friends of my son, John. I will never, ever forget them."
Jan Zittel of Springville, NY USA

"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 in 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

"jon,i will remember your laugh and sense of humor-you fellow comrades tell me you always looked after them-kept them smiling and were so compassionate with the wounded, I know God needed you in that big mash unit in his country, love Mom"
sandy scarborough of lancaster,ca

"To Cory Depew:
Wow! I hadn't seen you since I was a sophomore in high school. We hung out a lot and had a blast. I always had a big crush on you. I of course never wanted to tell you. I moved when I was a junior in high school. I came back to visit Miriam one day and she told me the news. It was all I could do to keep myself from crying. I couldn't believe it someone I was once very close to had died serving our country. You're a great guy. You're fun to be around and yet very sensitive and compassionate about others. You're one of those people that you meet the first time and never forget. And I will never forget you Cory Depew. Thank you so much for you bravery. And please watch over me as I leave for the U.S. airforce in a month. Thank you for all the good times."
Ashley Waldrup of Coatesville, In. USA

"Hello I am a volunteer and member of the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. I would like to get this message out to as many families of fallen heroes as possible. This year on June 17th will be the 4th Annual Freedom Run and we will be returning to the wall again. The Illinois motorcycle community helped to build a wall to honor the fallen heroes of the Middle East conflicts from 1979 till today. All of the names of these heroes have been engraved on the wall. I would like to let the families and friends know about this wall and what has been done to honor their loved one. We also want to extend an invitation to the families to join us that day. If you can please post a link to our website somewhere on your site to help get the word out we would be extremely appreciative. Feel free to contactby email me if you have any questions.
Sara Brown
Sbrown6117@comcast.net
www.ilfreedomrun.org"
Sara Brown of Alsip, IL

"To Mike's Family. Mike had Thanksgiving Dinner with us on the Robertson in Stephenville, Texas. All of the Fort Hood Crowd was there. I continue to read his name in my daily prayers of the people. God Bless you all. The Rev'd Dr. Suzi Robertson"
Suzi Robertson of Houston, Texas

"REST IN PEACE...GEOFFREY PEREZ 07/14/80-08/15/04 WE ALL MISS YOU HERE IN LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA AND SOROUNDING CITIES BECAUSE YOU DID CAPTURE HEARTS WITH YOUR HANDSOME FACE AND CHARMING SELF...WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU! WE ALSO KNOW YOU ARE ALWAYS ASIDE OF YOUR LIL SON J.J AND THAT YOU WATCH OVER HIM ALWAYS. REST IN PEACE AND SEE YOU LATERS."
A FRIEND of CALIFORNIA

"In honor of the Fallen Texan soldiers.. servicemembers are featured in TExas Monthly.. March Issue. My condolences to the families, friends and fellow soldiers of our fallen."
Angela Turman of Ft Worth, Texas

"When I think of Joe, I think of just him making everyone laugh all the time. Joe,was a good friend......"
Erica Gonzales of Italy

"I served with michael In Hawaii, he was always the one with the jokes causing everyone to laugh, he was also full of life, we will surely miss you."
Toriola Odunsi of Detroit, MI USA

"hey cutie its me brigett umm ya wel i just wanna say i love u and always willl!!!!!!



love ya lots
your lil sis,,
brigett"
brigett of portland

"There are no words to express how deeply grateful and proud I am of those who have given the ultimate. Love and respect to everyone serving our country.

American Attitude
I am a proud man
- a woman am I
I am a soldier
willing to fight
I am here to give other's a life
to help those become free
one of hope and a realization
of truth and a democracy
I am here to fight for your rights
so you may stand tall
I am willing to give all I can
the ultimate - willing to give my all
I wear my colors with dignity and pride
my country I serve
-for you I am willing to die
I fight for a cause
expect nothing in return
I proudly serve my country
I am in the Coalition
I boldly serve with the American Flag on my arm
I do my best to ensure
-to you comes no harm
I am the darkness that envelopes you at night
I am the eagle getting ready for the strike
I am the thunder, in the heart of the storm
I am coming, giving you more than you bargained for
I am the fire that you see in your skies
I am your judgement day that flashes in your eyes
My country is in my blood coursing through my veins
How I do love her God Bless the USA!
Carmen Raye Ducheneaux
(Poetic Justice)"
of Eagle Butte, SD

"Hey Crash,
I've been thinking of the times we had back in the day,I'll drink a beer for you.It's not the same anymore,but you are in our thoughts and prayers.We miss you bubba.God speed Crash."
SPC VINCENT CICONE of Camp Blanding FL/E-TRP2/2ACR

"SP/4 Edward J. Lindemann attached to Company c,4th Infantry Division Vietnam
1969-1970. 3 Purple Hearts
Distinguished Service Cross, member of
Legion of Valor.Died July 17, 2005 cancer exposure to Agent Orange. My only brother I will miss you forever. You are a hero that God needed now in his kingdom."
Peggy Clifton of Lakeside,California/USA

"TOBY MALLET:
to the the greatest solider, nco, section chief and person.... everyday you make me strive to be like you and know the unknown about my job you. you made the world seem so much large as you mentored me your last few years and yes i consider you a mentor, a friend, and a father-like figure you will never leave my heart and mind as long as i live and in closing i must say "strangers must sadden for never knowing you but for those close to you they must be feel bless because you were a true inspiration,role model, and a icon friend.... you be missed...love the williams famliy"
travis williams of schweinfurt ge byway of florida

"to the the greatest solider, nco, section chief and person.... everyday you make me strive to be like you and know the unknown about my job you. you made the world seem so much large as you mentored me your last few years and yes i consider you a mentor, a friend, and a father-like figure you will never leave my heart and mind as long as i live and in closing i must say "strangers must sadden for never knowing you but for those close to you they must be feel bless because you were a true inspiration,role model, and a icon friend.... you be missed...love the williams famliy"
travis williams of schweinfurt ge byway of florida

"Every day I post the stats on our bulletin board at work. Each time the numbers climb my heart breaks a little more for all the beautiful young people being sacrificed in Iraq. I come from a long line of military people and I support our troops 100%, but if there is any heart in our government leaders, they will pull our boys and girls out of Iraq. Bring them home to their families alive and well. We have lost enough to a country that doesn't want us there. My soldier tells me all the time how the Iraqi people throw rocks at the soldiers and treat them with disrepect and hatred. Bring them home now!!! Enough is enough!!! In the meantime, God bless them and keep them in his loving arms of protection."
Wilma of Kentucky

"Only the good die young!

The hero's grave is a sign, the sign of the deed of valour.

Thanx for everybody!"
Raymound of Hungary

"I wanted let to let the families of these brave men and women know that I proudly support them in there sacrifices to keep this country free and for the values its always stood for my boyfriend is a United States Marine who forchanetly made it home safe to me after a fourteen month tour of duty in Bagdad and surrounding areas. He to has lost many of his marine buddys and still struggles to face each day in a normal way. Want to send my deepest sympathys to all the familys and may god be with you on your hard and painful journey. Always remember that God is only a prayer away."
Jessica Saatzer

"to the fallen soilders i am sorry u ave died and i ope you come back we wil miss u lots and lots"
jade of england

"To the family of Matthew Barns, my name is Danielle Powell, my husband was marine Cpl. Chad W. Powell, who was killed in action on June 23, 2005, in Fallujah, Iraq. You and your son were from the same home town as me and my family. I wasn't able to attend Matt's funeral because it was just too hard, but I kept you in my heart and in my thoughts. There is nothing anyone can say to make things better, or easier, but I know from experience, time will make your loss a little more bearable. I know from talking to others who knew Matt what a fine young man he was and how much he loved what he was doing. That's how I get by everyday is knowing that Chad died doing what he believed in and knowing that he is now in heaven in a hero's platoon with the other brave men and women like him. God bless you and your family. Your son is and always will be a hero."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"I am deeply sorry for your loss. U will greatly be in my prayers.

This is how I felt and what I wrote when I lost a dear friend of mine.

Pray
I look up into the Heavens
To see if I can see Jesus
But all I see is the
Darkened night sky.

So I bow my head
And close my eyes.
I lift my hands
In prayer for you.

I pray that I will
Be alright, that
I'll be safe. I
Pray for those lost souls.

Pray for my family,
Pray for my friends,
Pray for my animals,
Pray to see God's face.

I'm just a little girl
With big dreams and hopes.
Just a little girl who
Has faith in Christ.

When I look at the faces
Of many boys and girls my age,
I see so much trouble, pain,
And hurt in there eyes.

I know they're not saved
So I invite them to church.
To ask Jesus into their hearts,
To believe and let Him come in.

So I pray with them for as
A little girl myself, I
Know that being saved is
Marvelous and great.

I bow my head and
I close my eyes.
I lift up my hands
In prayer to You.

I pray that YOU save them,
Pray that YOU heal them,
Pray that YOU guide them,
Jesus, I pray even for myself.

People are crying as
The tears run down there faces.
They give each other hugs
Even to the little ones that just got saved.

Halleijuah, Glory to God, oh
Redeemer, Saviour, and Friend,
I'm glad that I can count on you.
Oh I'm glad someone got saved today.

I hear someone else say, just a little
Boy about four or five years old, ask
Me where is God? So I told him that
God is standing beside him. He's in his heart.

I even asked Jesus one day when I was blue,
Are you there God? I need you.
I felt His presence in front of me,
I knew that my King was there.

By:Ashley Chavis
age:19
1-31-06"
Ashley Chavis of Laurel Hill, NC/USA

"Thank YOU so much for your courage to fight for our country. May God bless your family."
m of crosby, tx

"This message is for all of our Fallen Heroes and their families...THANK YOU! Because of your sacrifice I am able to enjoy freedom, without you I don't know where I would be this minute. God Bless each and everyone of you....Again Thank You"
From The Adams Family of San Antonio, Tx

"A Marine's tears

Dozing off frozen thoughts
Warmed lit menthol cigarettes your only cross
Hold me god lay me to sleep
Bombs of red glare bleed through my hushed narcoleptic weeps
Black pitch night makes my fear ride with he
Dressed in military fatigues
Atop the three headed beast
Equipped to carry his helm
Toward obituary's sand and shells
Veered steered toward a hushed new year
Eclipsed white weeding bliss bells to carry this hell
Running from gun men to safe zones
Now I'm stumbling with visions of humble men crumbling never returning home
Cancer sticks no sirens or ambulance
I'm in a trance no easy stance
Soul cold just like your hands
Float slow eyes go low blue Coltrane notes composed
As I woke in the morn went to the shore
Smoke about two more as salt water poured
Off my nose and on to the floor
Where my soul was exposed racked over the coals
Of Nicotine H2O and salt hitting off sleepwalker talk
Hacking cough absent thoughts our only way to get lost
A wise sage says
God works strange in ways
Hard hurt those waves of change
But we will live forever in your name
Shed tears internal hid we where this stain
With you watching immune to mortal wounds
And its you watching to our guardian angel in the room

to Chris M Poston forver

to all of those who have lost i wrote this orginal poem for all of us. we are never alone and never will our fallen heroes allow us to be either."
cullen of phoenix, AZ, USA

"Ronnie Corniel, my first inspiration and role model and now you were taken from us before i could say thank you. Though you may never see i finally have turned my life around and i am determined to continue on where you left off. Thank you for carrying dreams so high for yourself it only made me strive harder to even make it close to where you went. you were a hero to me before you ever layed down your life for this country. i love you my friend and mentor. and now i know you know this. GOD BLESS YOU!!!!"
ALICIA ROSALES of PICO RIVERA ,CA , USA

"God bless the Esposito family."
Phillip M. Suffern of Chicago

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Brabazon,

Thank you for raising such a fine young man. I appreciate your sons service to this nation. His memory will be honored, and his service will never be forgotten by me and my family.

Kathleen- Rocky Mountain Military Moms
Proud mom of a Sailor"
of Littleton, Colorado

"1st LT Micheal J Fasnacht, Baker White One, was killed in Ad Dawar, Iraq, not Tikrit. He was a great guy, and if you want to list it, get it right. Can Do."
SPC Daniel Crimmins, B Co, 1-15 INF of Fort Benning, GA

"Thank-you for you service & sacifice. Everything we have in America is because of hero's like Chris and all of those who serve our country. Thank-you for having the courage to defend our country. We will always remember."
Chris Speer of Birmingham, AL.

"To The Family of Jason Dunham,and to Sarah, My heartfelt wishes on your loss. I have read the book and feel your pain. I hope he gets the M.O.H."
SFC Fiero US Army (ret) of Baton Rouge Louisiana

"Dave I know I was the last one to hold you in my arms before you left this world, but I never got to tell you that I was sorry from what I said the night before. I miss you so much my brother and there is not a day that does not go by that I don't think of you. You were a great friend and I just wish we could have went on a few more runs together, but that will have to wait until the Lord calls me home so that I may see you again. I truely love everyone of you the guys that was in our platoon and like you Dave they are my brothers and I hope and pray one day we may all be together again. Love DOC"
DOC Dowers of Some where in this world

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Andy, my cousin for which I am so proud. We grew up together as brother and sister. Andy was the most loyal man I have ever known. He was loyal to his family (mother, dad, brothers, sisters, aunt, uncles, cousins.) Most of all he was loyal to his wife, children and COUNTRY. He dedicated his life to the military. Yet, never leaving his family behind. Even though most of his life was spent traveling around the world,he always made sure he kept a home for his family near whichever base he was stationed. If it were only hours or days that he would be at base, he wanted them close so he could see them. We never knew when the phone was going to ring. I can still hear his voice on the other end of phone saying,"guess what sis? I am coming home." It was never I am coming to visit,he always said I am coming home. It is hard to believe we will never hear that phone ring again. Andy e-mailed and called us several times from Iraq. He had a message to America and I feel it was important to him that his message be known. I can't speak for Andy but he can speak for himself. These are some of the e-mails he sent me days before he was killed in Mosul. I hope it gives comfort to the family as it has given comfort to me, knowing he didn't die in vain, he ACCOMPLISHED THE ULTIMATE MISSION...FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY! This world is not Andy's home nor is it ours. Our home is with Jesus and Andy is there waiting for us. I Love You Brother! Your Sis, Dana From: APACHEHD To: Dsw101863 Cc: Bcc: Subject: Wassup! Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 04:14:44 -0500 Hey! How are you guys? Great I hope. You can mention my name to anyone in the family and I TRUST you guys. The problem here is some of these *s Soldiers and (CNN,BBC etc,etc)over here have passed stuff to the media/Local news papers via e-mails. People passing bogus WAR storys, Pictures and attrocities committed by soldiers in the field. All towards the Anti-War movement and as I have told you none of the POSITIVE we have done. I should write a frigin book at all the times throughout my 19 years that this BS has gone on.......Anyways I will get off my soap box and of course I will share my TRUE stories with you. I will call Eddie this weekend........I love and Miss you Guys........ANDY Wassup Dana! How goes the campaign trail? Busy I bet. How has everyone been? I have not heard from your brother in a long while. Busy hunting I bet. The election referendum is finally over here, hardly any violence. If this thing passes we will see a surge in Violence and we will continue to hunt these *s. We are definently making a difference here in Mosul as far as the security and training of the Iraqis. Unlike all the NEGATIVE stuff CNN, NBC,CBS, ABC puts out to the american people. Yeah people get killed, but they forget this is a F**king WAR and people die, more bad guys of course.....hehe. I will get off my soapbox. I just get irritated at people saying WHY ARE YOU IN IRAQ! I VOLUNTEERED as I have in all the past shithole wartorn countrys I have been to. Well here is my Address again, but you really do not have to send anything....I love and miss you guys.........PEACE.........ANDY...ps Tell your Bro, sister and everyone else HEY! MSG Anthony Yost FOB COURAGE C/O AOB-380/ODA-381 TASK FORCE FREEDOM APO AE 09334
Dana Whitehead
Mt.Morris, MI USA - Friday, February 17, 2006 at 10:26:19 (PST)"
Dana Whitehead of Mt. Morris, MI

"I just wanted to leave my massage of support for grieving families who lost there loved ones in this terrible war, I hope families of bereaved can overcome this terrible loss.

I am from UK, and recently on BBC we seen very touching program about American solders and casualties in Iraq, it touched me so much because it was giving me insight how American families are coping with there son' and daughters serving in Iraq. A particular emotional impact that program had on me was when at the start of the documentary narration clued us on a fact one the families will receive very bad news, and as we learn more about each family; how families are talking and describing there son', showing family movies sharing family history and stories of there children, we the viewers get immersed in to the story of each family, much so you whish for there son or daughter to return immediately from Iraq.

Unfortunately, at the end we realise one of the son's never gets back from Iraq and we witness emotional turmoil, the evil of war, the fear and sadness that overcomes the family who's soon got killed, and joy of the families who's some retuned, but fear if he is called up on again to serve in Iraq... I must say I strongly sympathise with your situation, I feel deeply sadden with loss of your loved ones and hope this war is brought to conclusive end...

I sincerely whish you happiness and hope you can somehow overcome this terrible nightmare that have befallen you all.

Michael S. F.
London, England"
Michael of London, England, UK

"Jeff is not out of the woods yet. Please remember him in your prayers:

EDMONTON (CP) - A soldier seriously injured in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan last month is now expected to survive.

Cpl. Jeffrey Bailey remains in critical condition and in a reduced state of consciousness, but has been moved out of intensive care, the military said in a medical update Thursday. Doctors had feared the Edmonton soldier would not survive devastating head injuries and other complications, including swelling of the brain, drug-resistant bacterial infections, pneumonia, burns and fractured ribs

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/01/26/1413109-cp.html"
Mitch of Toronto

"I'm sooo sorry to all the fallen soldiers who fought for us. Thank you."
Shawanda Gholston of DuckHill,MS United States

"RIP to all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen."
US Navy Sailor

"In honer of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Wilson, 25, of Newark Valley, NY, died Feb. 12 as a result of an improvised explosive device in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. May you rest in peace, you will never be forgotten"
JC Smith of syracuse ny

"Senior yo tengo anios pensando a enlistarme el los marines.. pero despues de leer la tragedia de su hijo... solo tengo que decir que no lo hare.... lo siento mucho por su perdida.. que dios los bendiga a usted y a su familia..
su hijo esta en un lugar mejor al lado del senior.
-Mario de modesto ca."
Mario of Modesto

"I did not know Chris, but I know the loss his passing has left on his wife and family. His wife is a wonderful woman, and any man that engendered the love and commitment she had for him, and left the profound effect on others, which is evidenced in these passages, must have been a special man. My prayers go out to his family and friends to this day, and I regret that I never had the opportunity to meet this man."
T. Quinn of Ballston Spa, NY

"To my brother & Justin's uncle, Clifton, I miss you and I wish that I could've spent more time with you! Spc. Clifton J. Yazzie, 23, of Fruitland, N.M., Jan. 20, 2006, Iraq
"A 23-year-old Fruitland soldier has been killed in Iraq, with his mourning family fondly remembering him as "SMURF"
Clifton Yazzie, a sergeant in the Army's 101st Airborne, was killed Friday, Jan. 20, while serving his second tour of duty in Iraq." He will forever be in our memory, heart, & prayers."
kelley Clark & Justin Yazzie of Shiprock, NM

"Trae,
When you died i was in thrid grade. I was about 9 and eden and everybody except me and Aunt debbie went up to your funeral. The memories i rember of you are the times at boos when you got transfered to Sneads Ferry. I miss you and will never forget you and what you did for our family to make us laugh."
Tayler Hostetler of Sneads Ferry, N.C

"I am so sorry for your loss, I lost my son, a Marine over a year ago and I know your pain and I know God will be with you and bring you through this. Your son sounds like a wonderful young man and he has made you proud, and he guards the gates of heaven with my son. God Bless his family. Proud Mom of Michael J. Halal, 22 5/19/82- 9-13-2004.RIP jacquemikkelson@yahoo.com"
Jacqueline of Glendale

"8Feb2006
to the family of Allen Kokesh and the community of Yankton, South Dakota
We share your pain."
Debey & Doug Senska of Forestburg,S.D. USA

"8Feb2006
to the family of Jeremiah Boehmer, and the comunity of Parkston, South Dakota...We share your pain..."
Debey & Doug Senska of Forestburg,S.D. USA

"To all of Gary's family: I cannot begin to understand what a terrible experience this has been for all of you guys. Gary was a wonderful person and he touched a lot of peoples lives. I do have to say to you all that I am sorry that Gary never got to meet Gavin. But I promise you all that he will grow up knowing what a wonderful father he did have. It is amazing to look at my son everyday and to see how much he looks and acts like his father. Margaret, I am so sorry that things have been so hard for you. I know that God will allow them to get better. Can't wait till you see Gavin, he looks just like Gary. I Love You All."
Sam Mills of Kerrville, Texas

"Bill Papa - Greg Fischer - Charles Heydorn Terry Kilbane You are remebered http://www.angelfire.com/art2/art622/pap.html"
Bill Tomsick of Cape Coral FL

"Paul was a great father.I'v never met him but I can tell, by his son, my best friend David.I know how tough it is to lose a great love.Let alone a dad.It was still good that he died serving our country.God bless Paul, David,Jessica and the rest of the family!"
lucinda of holiday, florida

"This is a slide show that shows the Lakota Sioux wake and ceremony for Cpl. Brett Lundstrom, Lakota Sioux and U. S. Marine. who was killed in Iraq:
http://tinyurl.com/9ca44
We will miss you."
Jim of Staten Island New York

"To the fallen and those who remember

Spc Brown april 11 2004

Sgt Colvill July 8 2004

Spc Bachus July 8 2004

Sgt Uvani Oct 1 2004

May you always be remembered cause you will always haunt me."
Sgt Jeffery Humphrey of Bowling Green Ky

"I am a former U.S. NAVY HOSPITAL CORPSMAN, NAVY MEDIC, FIELD MEDIC ALL of these discriptors describes us very well. There is no replacement of a "CORPSMAN", but our legend and traditions lives on through the actions that were portrayed. I empathize the loss of a fellow "CORPSMAN" because I know the training we all have received was not taught in vain and it is manifested in us all to uphold the standards and traditions that our forefathers have set for us and the respect of the "CORPSMANS PLEDGE". As I read the different messages here about my fellow brother in arms it is an honor to have the "ESPIRIT de CORPS" (spirit of the corp)running in my blood and to know that are comraderie lies not aomong are varied disbursement through the U.S. NAVY but also postmilitarily. I love to hear and meet my fellow corpsman, it gives me a great pleasure and smile to hear from you guys. I Love you my fellow comrades. May GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND MY BROTHER MAY YOU R.I.P. SEMPER FI DO OR DIE. (SERVED 1992 - 2002)

HUBERT E. LAWS, III
USN/HM2 (0000,8404,8489)"
HUBERT E. LAWS, III HM2 of HOUSTON, TX. USA

"WE have some encouraging news regarding the THE MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT of Los Angeles
The project is to create a beautiful garden to honor the over 2000 GIs who have paid the supreme sacrifice in Iraq
The new President Robert Garber of Peirce Colloge LA County will bring up the sugbject to the Board of Directors about a large piece of college land that would be ideal for the garden
We need letters of encourgment for this project. Lets hear from you and please visit the website LEST WE FORGET
www.cybercloud.com
Thank you
Norm Pringle Founder
Crashnorm@aol.com"
Norm Pringle of Winnetka California

"Please remember our HEROES who are coming home with the deadly Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 1 in 6 of our Iraqi War Vets have it, and yet they fear retribution if they seek help. The stigma must be wiped out before we lose another generation to this disease. We lost our Josh to it 6 weeks ago, he served 11 mo. in Iraq and returned home with it. His story is here PLEASE READ:

http://joshua-omvig.memory-of.com/"
Julie Westly of Iowa USA

"We thank God for your courage. We thank God for each and every one of you. We never shall forget what you've done for this country...May each of you be girded with the whole armor of God Almighty!!"
Mr & Mrs Robert E Ford of Austell,Ga/USA

"Sgt. Robert Wesley Tucker, Wesley to those who knew him, was a great guy. Not just because he served our country, if you knew Wesley, you knew he was just a great guy to be around, to talk to, to hang out with. Murial, please know that Wesley will not be forgotten, he will always be remembered because he served our country and because he was our friend. To Wesley's parents; you both raised a wonderful son. He was the sweetest guy I knew. Just know that he'll always be remembered and loved."
A friend from Celina of Celina, TN, USA

"Words can not say how much I am trully thankful for all those who gave their lives for America! God bless America!"
Sarah of Lafayette IN

"Tiny little islands in the Pacific Ocean have produced twelve Big Hearts who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in the name of Freedom. The Micronesian region alone lost twelve of it's young men to the conflict in Iraq. This is quite high in terms of per capita. The sad thing is that half of them who made the ultimate sacrifice were not citizens of the country. How do we explain this fact? I don't know what to say, except that I will honor their memories in the best way I know....pray for peace to prevail in the world."
Someone who cares! of Saipan

"Through the darkness of the night and in the morning sun we will never forget.

A tribute to the troops:
http://www.clermontyellow.accountsupport.com/flash/UntilThen.swf"
Jim of Staten Island New York

"I'm related to Don Clary of Troy, Kansas, he passed away in November of 2004. I will dearly miss him, I didn't really know him all that much. But we got a phone call saying he had been killed by a car bomb over in Iraq with Clinton Wisdom. I knew Clinton Wisdom, he was good friends with my uncle. I just would like the rest of the family and friends to know that they are in my thoughts and prayers. May they rest in peace."
Katie Blanton of Horton, Kansas

"To The Families & Those Who Protect and Serve:

My family and I pray for God's mercy, comfort, and protection to be given to all of you.

We will remember, we will never forget the sacrifice."
An American Son of Long Island, New York

"Everyone needs to leave a legacy. Some leave a legacy when they are young. When one is young they leave one that is based on courage, bravery, and loyalty. A thousand years from now, it will be written of those young men that gave their lives to insure the freedom of those they did not know. They are the ideal of America and those that make us great. God bless them all."
vivian monroe of Sacramento, Ca

"Please remember Cpl Jeffrey Bailey of the Canadian Forces who is not doing well the result of wounds suffered at Kandahar, Afghanistan last week.
www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/ CTVNews/20060121/afghan_soldiers_060121?s_name=&no_ads= - 29k - 25 Jan 2006"
Mitch of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"IN REMEMBRANCE OF OUR FALLEN HEROES

CH-53 Helicopter Crash - January 26, 2005.

This date marks one year since our 31 heroes left us. The pain seems to come flooding back, but so does the pride and memories that we have of what wonderful, giving and brave marines that they each were. I would give anything to have you home with us...but God had other plans. I know that we will be reunited with you again someday....until then know that you are each loved and miss! Till me meet again......

To the Families:

Please know that you are in my prayers everyday. I hope that you find some peace in knowing that your loved one will always be remembered!


Love,
Pat Hommel"
Patricia Hommel of Spring, Texas, USA

"I served with the Marines of Charlie Company 1/5 and will miss every last one of them, you all will always be with me and i will always remember what you all taught me. Capt John Maloney, SSgt G , Lcpl Heldt, Lcpl Goldman,Lcpl Serio."
Brandon of Redondo Beach,CA

"Mural Artist John Joseph Fasano of NEW YORK is looking for familes who lost loved ones in the Iraq war that are from Long Island. The artist is creating a large memorial mural project for all the fallen soldiers from Long Island who died in Iraq.The artist needs the families to contact him who are interested in having their loved ones rememberd on Memorial Day of 2006. Please e-mail Johnny direct @ Johnny@fasanomurals.com

The artist will speak direct to the families on the subject. This is a charity non-profit event, sorry only for the Fallen Heros of Long Island ,New York
Respectfully Yours,
Mrs.Russel/Art director NYC ARTS
GOD BLESS all our heros who have died for our freedom here in America."
Mrs.Russel of NY,NY USA

"I want to thank all of you for leaving a message for my uncle. He was a great person and I really do miss him. I really appreciate your condolences to our family."
Esther Rodriguez of Brooklyn, Ny

"My heart goes out to Kyle Jackson's family in Sarasota, FL as my brother is also in the Army in Iraq. My prayers are with you!!!

"He is a Hero that will never be forgotten"

I know he was doing what he loved most & no words can express what you are feeling right now. I send my love.

To Betsy
Remember the laughter, the affection & the joy. Cherish the memories. Hold fast to the love you shared.

He is not gone, he is closer than ever before.


From my family to yours."
Misty of Bradenton, FL

"Lest we forget any of them. Any of them!"
Anonymous of Baltimore, MD

"Drew by now most of the 1-155 is home, and I can not help but feel pain in my heart. Not because these guys have made it home but because you didnt! I know you havent left us because I still feel you! I know you watched over each and every single solider you were close to while they were still in Iraq. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THEM HOME, I JUST WISH YOU WERE HOME WITH THEM, but I know God had a different plan instore for you. Drew, its getting close to your birthday and the one year mark and there seems to be more pain than usual in my heart!! I would give ANYTHING to see you again and I cannot wait for the day I do get to see you ! You will never be forgotten Drew, you were and still are an AMAZING person and I feel so lucky to have known you and been close to you, I feel like I was made better because I knew you! Drew I will always carry you in my heart,and I will always love you. Drew, this country will never be able to repay you for what you have done, you are a hero to us ALL! Drew, I love you and always will! I'm going to go now but I will talk to you again later! I love you Drew!"
Your friend that misses you so much! Katie Roebuck of Clinton, Ms

"We are thankful for each of our fallen heroes and pray for peace and comfort to their families. Our hearts ache with you but we know this does not lessen the loss you are all feeling. We are proud of these heroes and proud to call them America's greatest!

God bless and keep you,"
Jack & Carol Huffman of Loveland, Colorado

"Godbless America and the famlies of the soligers.our hearts go out to each and everyone of you.love and peace from Scotland,"
Kieran of SCOTLAND

"As a citizen of the US I will never forget their sacrfice"
Stuart Downs EE of San diego

"Kara and Debbie think of you often. Our husbands and children miss you."
Debbie & Kara of Colorado & Washington

"Chris, although we lost touch as we got older it doesn't make the pain of losing you easier. I remember watching Cable Guy with you and I remember the rose. I am proud to have known you. We all miss you."
Shannon of Bradenton, Fl

"My Dad, CW-4 Charles (Chuck) Lanphere (ret), passed away in April of this year (2005) We will be having a memorial service for him at Arlington National Cemetery 14 April 2006...Chuck enlisted in the Army and served in Germany following the 2nd World War, spending 30 years in the service he also served in Korea and Vietnam. He spent most of his time in the service with Military Police and CID. During his service he was awarded the Bronze Star, RVN Gallantry Cross, WWII Victory Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Meritorious Service Medal."
Chris Lanphere of Potomac Falls, VA

"Issac i am Eddie's mom you probably dont remember me because you were very little when you would come by my apartment at Coronado Cts. to pick up Eddie to go bike riding. My son is now 21 exactly what your age would be now and I can only feel my heart shrink to know that a friend of my son left at such an early time in life I cried when i heard of that tragic event because being Eddie Lopez's friend is like being my son too. We miss you at your hometown in Douglas Az."
Rebecca Meraz Lopez of Douglas,Az.

"thanks for initiating a non-biased site for our fallen brothers. this is a small but important memorial. i just hope that the folks who hit this site don't just scroll through the names like they would a google search, but instead take the time to appreciate the fact that these aren't just names. they are brothers, sons, husbands wives sisters and daughters. they are your neighbors. they fought and died because they were doing a job they VOLUNTEERED for."
soldier of the USA

"Your strength and your love means so much to me...more then you'll ever know...I love you all and may God continue to bless you and your loved ones throughout each and everyday of your lives...Your dedication and hard work is a blessing to all of us and you WILL be forever blessed, you are honestly an inspiration to me and many...xoxoxoxo..truely i THANKYOU...i'm 14yrs old."
STEF of New Jersey, United States

"On behalf of the New York City Police Department I like to thank all the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who put their lifes on the line to serve our country. God Bless you, and THANK YOU."
P.O. Tomas Rozar of NYPD 67th Pct. Brooklyn, NY

"2 Timothy 4:6-8
6For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

I will be remembering you and hold you deep in my prayers.

GOD Bless our Angels of Freedom."
Char Lee of Phoenix, AZ

"Remembering all the fallen soligers.
and famlies,in our hearts and prayers.
our blssed lady of lourdes protect us
love and peace always."
andrew of Scotland

"hey nate i feel that you are there all the time. you are in my heart every time it beats. i miss you so much i cry alot because i thinck of you and all the fun times we had at the farm and at your house also at apple valley. i am so sad about you going away i would like it if you said hi to grandma and grandpa for me. i miss grandma grandpa and you so much i turn because i thoght i heard your voice one day but it was my mind telling me you were looking out for me from up above i love you so much and miss you. i always like to look to you for a question that i had because i new i could trust you to keep a secret now i got to talk to other people to find out an answer but that i can do i now i wont ever see you until i go but i know you an see me and you will help me and anwer questions i have not in words but in actions.i miss you so much i love the way were so close i thank you for the things you toght me in your life i know you lived a good life i miss you so much and i know you will talk to me soon."
kaleb bradish of olmsted twp. ohio usa

"I thank God everyday that we live in a country that we are free to worship as we please and most of all that we have brave men and women willing to sacrifice their lives so that we can keep it that way.

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Soldier saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears

How many pilots' planes shot down
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM AND THANK A SOLDIER FOR IT!

God Bless Our Troops!""
PATRICIA HOMMEL of SPRING, TEXAS, USA

"We just wanted all the family members of fallen soldiers to know how proud we are of your loved ones, and how grateful we are for their sacrafice. We know that our words could never come close to describing the pride we feel for these brave people, but our hearts will never forget them, and our prayers are with you all, always."
Lorna and Vaughn Meatte of East Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A. land that we love.

"THANK YOU AGAIN YOU ARE THE BEST IN MY EYES LOVE YOU LOADS IM 13 THANKYOU AND IM AT SCHOOL LOVE YOU I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR US AND THANKYOU AND I GO TO MY GRANS GRAVE EVEYDAY ME AND MY FRIEND AND THEIR IS A THING WITH ALL THE PEOPLES NAMES THAT WAS IN THE WAR AND ME AND MY MATE MARTINA SIT NEAR THERE AND PRAY EACH DAY FOR ALL YOU AND WISH YOUR IN PEACE LOVE YOU ALL X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X"
CAROLINE JAMES of OLDHAM LANCASHIRE UK

"THANKS TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT WAS IN THE WAR AND THEM THAT HAVE DIED REST IN PEACE MY FRIENDS I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND WELL DONE HIP HIP HOORAY HIP HIP HOORAY"
CAROLINE JAMES of OLDHAM

"We care and share your sorrow."
7th Grade Louisburg Middle School of Louisburg, KS

"To all that have fallen.
That you for all you have done and given for me. All though I did not know you I understand your thoughts and feeling toward your country and the flag. As each of you go home to kingdom yea shall live forever in the hearts and minds of us all.

Thank you and may you rest in peace."
chiefsteveevans of dallas,Texas usa

""for he loved his country this much""
james williford of san antonio texas

"I LOVE THE AMERICAN AND I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE ALL AMERICAN TO KEEP THE COURAGE.
I AM FROM LIBERIA.
MY EMAIL ADDRESS HISGRACEONME2003@YAHOO.COM

IF ANY ONE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT MY COUNTRY PLEASE FEE FREE TO CONTACT ME BY MY EMAIL"
Albert K.Ballah of MONROVIA,LIBERIA

"David, You were one of God's chosen ones...I remember how you were so thrilled to be a part of something so big...the Army National Guard. I am truelly sorry that we lost such a high spirited young man. You will truelly be missed. To his mom, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing this family (VA ARNG) to have known such a kind and thoughtful young man (soldier). I am deeply sorry of your loss. I am even more sorry that I was not aware of the names of any of the soldiers killed in this incident, especially not knowing it was David, until I was home visiting for the holidays (Dec 2005). I am deeply sorry that I was not informed because I would have proudly stood amongst all soldiers in memory of your son and if at all possible I would have volunteered to do anything and everything for him on the day he was laid to rest. He will always be remembered by me, his recruiter. Please contact me if anything is needed or you just want to talk. Until I meet this great soldier again, my prayers are too you and your family. God please take care of this unique, kind and wonderful soldier. HOOAH! (gloria.samuels@pec.ngb.army.mil)"
SFC Gloria D. Samuels of Camp Robinson, N. Little Rock, AR

"We can best honor our dead by using every opportunity to stop the killing in Iraq and Afghanistan. That means marching in the streets, voting for peace candidates, civil disobedience to wake up the sheeple to the horror facing our country as we degenerate into the barbarity of fascism. I say that as the 15th granddaughter of Joan Hurst Tilley, who traveled in the Mayflower and gave her life that I might have freedom. Freedom that her descendant, George Bush, throws away daily.

My heart goes out to you all. Show us the coffins. Show us the injured. Show us the forever maimed in mind and body, so that we can be more aware of the true cost of this hideous war."
Alice Brown of Canton, Ma.

"I am looking for a solider that was stationed in Fort Hachucha, Arizona that went by the name RED that was from Louisanna I just wanted to know if he was still alive after this war because he was sent off so if any one can PLEASE HELP ME FIND RED from LOUISANNA THAT WAS STATIONED AT FORT HACHUCHA, ARIZONA AROUND 2000-2001 IAM LOOKING FOR YOU PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank you"""""
Brandi of California"""

"Dear Lito,
I have always called you Lito. You know Lito, while you were in duty, before Christmas time I have been longing for you to come home to LA as I have always asked your Dad and Mom to let me know when you arrive in LA, so we could be together even for a short time. In the year when you fell as a hero of our country, I was hoping that we would be together again during Christmas time. Earlier that year when I last met you in Stevenson Ranch we had a good time together with You and with Jojo, Nonoy your cousins and your Auntie Edith and your Dad and Mom. I was happy then when you planned to come home that year.

You came home indeed... but in spirit. I believe you are in heaven with God. It is hard for us the living to lost you from our sight. But, as I said to your Dad, what could we do otherwise for it was your mission,a very honorable one.

Love from Uncle Pepe, and Auntie Edith, your cousins: Jojo, Eric, John, Elaine, Joebart and Jose and the entire Alcedo-Villanueva family."
Jose Villanueva Alcedo of Stevenson Ranch, CA. USA

"Craig Nelson we miss you and love you so much- You are always with us- you are the gangs Guardian Angel! Thank you for everything you did!
WE LOVE YOU LOTS!"
Madolyn Smith of Bossier City, LA/USA

"Hy!!We are Susy and Alessia(Francesca's friends!!)nice to meet you Brent!!Francesca tall us of you!!We think you should meet us!!becouse we love Brandon!so..we love you too!tall we more of Brandon!Hi's ..fantastic!if you want to tall whith us write on this website!!Sorry for terrible english but we are hoppless italian girl!!Good bye Brent..kiss kiss."
Ale,Susy;Francy. of Naples,Italy,Campania

"I'm so sorry for your loss, God Bless Josh forever"
Marine Mom of Downey, California

"Today I lost my hero. He was my older brother,Josh..at only twenty he lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom..On December 27, 2005. This day is a day I'll never forget..I will NEVER forget Josh..I'll ALWAYS love him, and his memory and spirt will march on. I love you Josh..and I know I will see you again someday, I'll never forget you."
Grayce M ( Proud Sister) of Nevada

"Today I lost my hero. He was my older brother,Josh..at only twenty he lost his life during Operation Enduring Freedom..On December 27, 2005. This day is a day I'll never forget..I will NEVER forget Josh..I'll ALWAYS love him, and his memory and spirt will march on. I love you Josh..and I know I will see you again someday, I'll never forget you."
Grayce M of Nevada

"I want to dedicate "The Other Little Soldier to all our Military Angels. We Love You!"
Molly Casas (Proud USMC MOM) of Downey, California

"they always say Freedom isn't free, well you have proved em right, gave yourselves so we could enjoy the freedom we have, you are one of Gods soldiers now still watching over us all,you will be missed and never forgotten.To the families that have lost their sons or daughters, I am sorry for your loss, but I thank you for raising a very wonderful and brave soldier. May their spirit always be with us, watching over us."
Sitha of Jacksonville,NC

""The website www.cybercloud.com is campaigning to create a MEMORIAL GARDEN in Los Angeles for the over 2000 GIS who have paid the supreme sacrifice.
We are hoping to get Tim Mcgraw to sing THE AMERICAN GI the theme for this effort. You can help by writing to his fan club.

Tim Mcgraw PO Box 128138
Nashville, TN 37212

or leave a message on his CMT site
CMT.com : Tim McGraw : Message Board


Thank you and please write me with your ideas or if you know of a good country singer or pop group to sing THE AMERICAN GI. we will e mail you a demo.

Norm Pringle WW2 VET
and Director of the Memorial Garden Project

Crashnorm@aol.com"
Norm Pringle of Winnetka California
Check the website "LEST WE FORGET"
www/cybercloud.com"
Norm Pringle of Winnetka Ca. 91306

"Hello from Germany. I would like to express my sympathy for all liked and missing soldiers of the American troops with these lines. In addition, I feel with the families of the soldiers. One cannot appreciate that what performs America in the fight against the terror enough. Already after both world wars we had to be grateful to the Americans. Today thus it also is again. Thanks for the application for the world peace. thanks for every drop of the courageous blood which is poured for all people of this world. Thanks for everything America for us acts. God protects America and his courageous troops. It would be nice if somebody visited my website under: www.yvonneundwerner.de.ki"
Werner of Meitingen Germany

"to mr brown family with a lot o tear in mi eyes and also very dificult for me to espress my self because i am all alone without not friend because they all died in viet nam so many years and i cant forget then but what keep me alive is that one day i will see then in heaven god bless that mother who create that heroes soldier"
luis medina of new york city

"Spc Richard D Naputi Jr.
1LT Michael Cleary

....so long brothers"
SPC Yost of Fob Mackenzie, Iraq

"To all the Fallen, of this conflict, and those who went before, Securing our freedom with their valor and sacrifices.....Thank you for the price you paid.....
To our Sevice men and women...Merry Christmas....come home soon"
A fellow warrior, humbled by your service of Seattle Washington

"I would like to say to the family that your daughter always had a smile on her face. I was a cook with the 269th MP Co, from TN. I sang at Rachel's memorial. I want the family to know the honor was beyond any thing I had ever done. God Bless you all."
Cheryl Swanson of Nashville, Tn

"to all the fallen heroes god bless you and keep you in his loving hands.god bless'a proud american."
barbara brinlee hardee of odessa tx ector

"I wanted to say thank you to all of the families who have lost love ones to the war. I think about the sacrafice that your love one made everyday. It's very sad,but the Lord is with your loved one now and nothing will ever harm them again. Thank you and God bless."
Jackie of Jacksonville,Fl

"Hello My Name Is Kristina and I am very proud of our people who risked their lives for our country. My boyfriend is 22 and is leaving for basic. he is also willing to put his life in risk. i am also joing and i am willing to put my life in risk for my country. i am sorry for your lost loved ones and hope that you just remember that they did what they felt was right for our country and for you."
Kristina Johnson of vermilion, Ohio

""chicano", our friend and our hero, we will never forget you! you remain in our heart every day that goes by. we visit you often, to pay our respects, and think of all the good times we had!every time my mom makes nopales she thinks of you, and how much u used to love to eat them! you may not be around, but you live in my families heart, for ever! I know we'll see you again someday!! with love from your friend, Melina Madrigal from Indio Ca."
Melina of Indio ca.

"FOR PATRIOTS, PROUD AMERICAN SONS AND DAUGHTERS, AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS BELOVED LAND,

GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

GOD BLESS THE MIGHTY FALLEN WARRIORS ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE.

GOD BLESS THE FIGHTING MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY.

GOD BLESS OUR LEADER AND FEARLESS PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH.

NEVER FORGET WHAT THE TERRORISTS DID TO NEW YORK CITY, WASHINGTON DC, AND TO SHANKSVILLE PA. NEVER FORGET THE TOWERS OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER. NEVER FORGET WHAT THEY DID TO OUR COUNTRY ON SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001.

REMEMBER THE COURAGE AND SENSE OF PATRIOTIC DUTY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO RUSHED THE HIJACKERS OF UNITED 93 IN THE FIRST VICTORY IN THE WAR ON TERROR.

NEVER RETREAT IN THE FACE OF EVIL.

WE SHALL NOT FAIL, WE SHALL NOT FALTER AND WE SHALL NOT FEAR.

REMEMBER THAT THERE IS A GOD IN HEAVEN, AND THAT HE HATES INJUSTICE.

DISPLAY THE GREATEST SIGNAL OF LOVE FOR OUR COUNTRY, THE AMERICAN FLAG.

MAY THE LORD LOOK OVER AND GUIDE AND PROTECT ALL THOSE WHO LOVE LIBERTY, AND MAY HE BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."
JOE WOOD of WILDWOOD, MO

"Duke Hicks of Phoenix has just recorded TRY A PRAYER dedicated to the family and friends of those who have paid the supreme sacricice . You may download it for free from the CYBERCLOUD RADIO AND PODCASTING STATION at WWW.CYBERCLOUD.COM
The site also includes news about the MEMORIAL GARDEN PROJECT in Los Angeles"
Norm Pringle of Winnetka California

"My Dear Brother Andy (Pfc. Andrew Tuazon US Army) Happy Birthday, you are missed everyday. Till we see eachother again. Love your sis, Maria"
Maria Tuazon Vinas of Waukegan IL, USA

"To all the son daughters fathers and mothers who have died for our freedom and our beliefs don't for get them in our prayers , believe in them and in what they do for us they too our the love ones we look to. thank you all for being there for us , we stand behind you all the way , you all our in are prayers every day God bless you all."
kathy of brooksville, ky / U.S.

"The Macrum, Jones and Bainter families:

Our deepest heartfelt sympathy and love is extended to you over the tragic loss of Bobby Macrum. There are really no words to express our understanding of your broken hearts - we can only pray God that healing will take place. Always keep your faith that God prevails and know that you are loved very much."
The Reeve Family of St. Louis, Missouri

"GOD BLESS AMNERICA GOD BLESS MR.BUSH
GOD BLESS YALL AMERICAN PPL IM LOOKIN FOR SMTH JUSS TO BRING ME TO USA. THANK YALL
GOD BLESS YA AMERICAN SOLDIERS IN IRAQ!"
YAD JALAL of KURDISTAN,IRAQ

"HEY YALL I SEND THIS MESSAGE FOR ALL AMERICAN HERO SOLDIERS..IM ONE FROM KURDISTAN(NORTHERN PART OF IRAQ)I WILL THANK YALL SPECIALLY I'LL THANK MR.PRESIDENT (MR.BUSH) TO DO THAT GREAT JOP WHICH HE DEFETED SADDAM AND BY THE WAY IM JUSS 16 GOIN TO 17 AND I HAD A FRIEND IN US ARMY AND BEFORE 2 WEEKS I HEARED DAT HE WAS KILLED AND THAT MAKED MY LIFE SO SAD SO I WANNA YA BE MY FRINED YA SOLDIERS ADD ME
yad_50@hotmail.com"
YAD JALAL of KURDISTAN

"I THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. I CONSIDER YOU AS THE HEART OF THE WORLD. YOU WERE VERY BRAVE. I AM SORRY FOR ALL OF THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST LOVED ONES. JUST THINK THAT THEY DID SOMETHING THAT I LOOK UIP TO THEM FOR. I AM 16 GOING ON 17 AND IM GOING IN THE ARMED FORCES. SO I OF MOST PEOPLE THANK YOU. I WILL PRAY FOR OTHERS.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL"
KRISTINA JOHNSON of VERMILION, OHIO

"God Bless the fallen Soldiers and their Families!! We will never forget!!"
N. Chitwood of Kalispell, MT/ USA

"A todos los familiares de soldados caidos:
Que Dios les de muchas bendiciones a usted y su familia."
Virginia G of Tacoma,WA. Pierce County

"To all the families of fallen soldiers:
May God Bless you and your families in Christmas and always."
Virginia G of Tacoma,WA. Pierce County

"David, you were the most amazing person I've ever known, you died with honor for our country. You were only 20 years old and yet you lived your life to the fullest. I wish you could see how many people miss you, our hearts are broken without you here. Semper Fi- that described you perfectly- always faithful. I hope you look down on us from Heaven and smile knowing you were the world to so many people. Everyone has a hero and you were mine, you were everyone's hero. Rest in peace in the arms of the angels. I'll love you forever. May God Bless Our Troops and Our Country"
Jessica of Cleveland, Ohio, USA

"This is in memory of Master Sgt. Tom Wallsmith. He was a loving husband and father and a wonderful friend to all that knew him. He will be greatly missed. Our heart and prayers are with his whole family. We loved you Tom!"
LORIE WILLIARD of FT Stewart, GA/USA

"To my brother Jim, MSGT. USMC (ret).. killed during a premeditated ambush in Baghdad on Nov. 11, 2003.
I miss you so much brother and I think about you everyday.
We shall sit on the highest mountain top near the clearest stream in the greenest of grass one day and spend an eternity gazing at the star's .
I have a 6 month old daughter now brother whom will go through life with your middle name, Hannah Dunn Wilshire.
You have done your best, you are my hero, it's time to rest brother.
I love you."
Jeffrey of Warrensburg, MO. (USA)

"To all the families of the fallen soldiers........ I know what you all are going through.....I have a uncle who died on April 7 of '01 in Baghdad and I still think about it to this day...Just think of one thing when you pass away you will be reunited with your "HERO"."
Nicole of Harrisburg

"To all the soldiers and their families: we love you and may God bless your lives"
Alisha Stumbo of Ypsilanti, Michigan

"I thank God that my brother served 3 times in Iraq and that he came home safely to his wife and daughter. I know many were lost and we are still seeing the casualties daily, but they are OUR HEROS who fight so that we might be free forever, so that we may never have another pearl harbro or 9/11. Ty to all the families that lost their loved ones, because of your beautiful daughters and sons, ours will live in a free country. YOU DESERVE a big applause for raising such wondeful children that they chose to go and protect not only our country but to help others that need it."
pat of El paso/ Ft. Bliss Texas

"it is so sad to look at the new nightly and see so many young men and women lose their lives, although they died they did not die in vain, they died so people like myself and all Americans have the privlages we do, such as sitting here at the pc without a care or worry. Our soldiers need to be there to help not only the area around them but to help prevent America from falling into evil as we did on 9/11. Never disgrace the cause these men and women are fighting for and dying for. SUPPORT THEM and if you never been in the service THEN DONT GO JUDGING THIS WAR it is for US. WE LOVE THEM AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO PROTECT US. THANKS to all the SOLDIERS THAT ARE THERE AND WHO LOST THEIR LIVES FOR OURS to be free."
a soldiers sister/ aunt of el paso texas

"I knew Lucas as a child who loved jokes and having fun. You couldn't help smile when he was in the room. I didn't get to see him before he left, but I know that he was a wonderful Marine. I pray that Ms. Donna and Mr. Kelley, Mr. Marc, and Christy can have peace just knowing that he died doing what he loved. Lucas will live on forever in our hearts."
Britany of Fort Richardson, Alaska United States Army Wife

"Dear Joseph, life does go on, but it is hard without you! What makes it extra hard is that we will be without you and Pa Slocum! I pray that this Christmas we can remember your smiles and all the crazy, lovable things you did to us all. We also will never forget that beautiful smile! We will be giving our Christmas program at Church, but it will never be the same as when you were there to sing'Joseph's Song' I'll always Love and miss you! Take care of all our loved ones."
Aunt Debbie of Dunn, NC

"I pray for all your sons,fathers,daughters,mothers. Thank You. May they find the peace they were fighting for."
Ron Riggs of kamloops B.C. , Canada

"Please as the mother of Bu3 Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger, Jr. killed in Al-Kut, Iraq June 6, 2003, I am asking that we don't let any of our fallen heroes be forgotten or forget the ones still serving. Thank you all so much."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau

"My heart goes out to all the families who have lost a loved one. I have never been in the military or have I known anyone who has served. The sacrifice these heroes have made should make us all realize how blessed we are that there are people like them. Just saying sorry for loss and even thank you for your sacrifice doesn't seem to cut it. I just one day we can all make you feel how grateful we are as Americans for their sacrifice. Each and everyone of you have a special place in our hearts. Thank you agai for your sacrifice, and may God bless all your loved ones left behind."
Jack Newman of Draper, Utah, USA

"The conflict in Iraq continues and so too the feelings we all have about it. I thank these willing soldiers for the sacrifices they made on behalf of this great country. I am so proud of them and appreciate their efforts immensely. My condolences to their loved ones."
Jennifer of San Diego

"MICK was a great guy I remember when we would go fishing and do the things kids would do. I also got to see MICK during the best times of his life when he was a United States Marine. He was one of the greatest people I have ever known. He wanted to do so much with his life, but he knew what he was getting himself into when he joined the military. And he ultimately gave the greatest sacrafice, his life so others could have a better one. MICK will always be in my heart. " And he will Never Be Forgotten""
Mike Johnson of Antioch, Ca 94509

"this guy is a national hero i see him every day on cnn casualties god bless him"
brendan mcloughlin of ireland

"MY NAME IS MIKE TANNER AND I WAS A MEMBER OF DELTA CO., 101 CAV., 256 BCT. I SERVED IN IRAQ FROM SEPT. 04 TO SEPT. 05. I WANT TO SAY THAT IT WAS AN HONOR TO SERVE WITH YOU ALL. NEVER LET WHAT YOU SEE, AND READ IN THE PRESS, DETER YOU FROM YOUR JOB. I AM PROUD OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS WE HAVE MADE IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. I SALUTE YOU ALL.

TO THE FAMILIES OF THOSE LOST, MY SYMPATHIES, THEY DID NOT DIE IN VAIN, THEY DIED SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.

GOD BLESS ALL THOSE WHO SERVED WITH HONOR AND DIGNITY OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY.

MIKE TANNER
POB 389
ROCKY POINT, NY 11778
631 278 9660"
MICHAEL CARL TANNER of ROCKY POINT, NY

""God bless you Lori. You seemed like such a beautiful and kind spirit. May God be with your

beautiful parents & children." your story on the extreme makeover really affected me it's

great to see native americans finally recognised" But a pity it had to take the death of a

lovely person to do it" god bless xxxxxx"
susi of brighton uk

"Today is just like yesterday
I ask, Why did you have to pay?

Today is just like yesterday
The tears keep coming."I miss you Josh," is all that I ever say.

Today is just like yesterday
Missing you til it hurts. Proud of you all through the day.

Today is just like yesterday
Life changed forever..hard for me to find my way.

Today is just like yesterday
"Love you forever", to you I want to say.

For our HERO, we will always pray.
For Today is just like yesterday...

For your honor..Spc. Josh Munger. Taken from us on Nov.2, 2005 in Iraq. We miss you, we love you, and we will never forget you."
Aunt Tammy Hitt of Higginsville, MO

"To all those who gave the ultimate sacrafice, may God be with you and your families. Let all know that live in America, that this was given to them so they can live in freedom.
Michael A. Kenyon (USAF)
Castle/Minot and places beyond"
Michael A. Kenyon of Deltona Florida

"The website www.cybercloud.com is campaigning to create a MEMORIAL GARDEN in Los Angeles for the over 2000 GIS who have paid the supreme sacrifice.
We are hoping to get Tim Mcgraw to sing THE AMERICAN GI the theme for this effort. You can help by writing to his fan club.

Tim Mcgraw PO Box 128138
Nashville, TN 37212

or leave a message on his CMT site
CMT.com : Tim McGraw : Message Board


Thank you and please write me with your ideas.
Norm Pringle WW2 VET
and Director of the Memorial Garden Project

Crashnorm@aol.com"
Norm Pringle of Winnetka California

"MY SOLDIER
by Jonnie Melendez

You probably don't know his story
Most will never speak his name
You won't see him in your dreams tonight
But you owe him just the same

Since that awful night in April
He's proudly stood to fight
To serve his grieving nation
He needed to do what was right

He'd never admit to being a hero
That's not what heroes do
Instead of basking in the limelight
He's fighting for the red, white, and blue

Every moment he misses his family
Every day brings another fight
But, it's a small price to pay for freedom
To let his sons sleep safe at night

He never asked to leave his family
He didn't ask to go to war
Never once has he asked himself
"What in the hell am I fighting for?

Let somebody else fight for freedom!
I'm tired of getting low pay!
This is what I get for the sacrifice,
Of giving my life away?"

He proudly serves his country
He wears his ribbons for all to see
He's served Old Glory with honor
And he's fought for our liberty.

Beautiful Poem! For My Precious Husband, Sgt. Lee Duane Todacheene
OIFII, April 06, 2004"
Jackie Todacheene of Arizona

"Although you are physically gone from this world, you will never be forgotten. For your heroic acts and your duty to serve we praise you. We praise you for doing what many dared not to. You faught for our freedom, and gave us an opportunity to dream again and again. You gave the children of this world a future and a chance to live. So for that my fallen soldier I praise you. Your courage, your patriotism, your strength, and ability to stand for what is right is my strength to keep on moving. Your given life is my strength, the strength to breathe and live knowing you gave this to me. So I thank you again and hope that one day you see that YOU were always remembered."

"Army Spc. Paul T. Nakamura is a great American. I just heard his story on Discovery and applaud his and his family's sacrifice for our country. Army Spc. Paul T. Nakamura is a great American. Thank you for your service to this country..."
Mark McCrocklin of Dallas, Texas, USA

"First i have to say how soory i am to all the family members that have lost a loved one in the war. my husband will be going over to iraq in febuary wich sucks by it's self but i have two very small children and we are all scared. so i am sorry but i pray to god i don't have to add his name on the web site. my prayers go out to you all."
amanda hust of raleigh,nc / virginia

"Today is Thanksgiving, I would like to thank all of our Military for defending of country. To our fallen heros, I do not think any of us can ever thank you enough. To the family's of the fallen heros, be thankful to have had such special people in your lives. I am the sister of a fallen hero SPC Shawn M. Davies, I thank God everyday for the time that I did spend with him, and for being so lucky to have such an unselfish person in my life."
Toni Peters of Ohio

"A soldiers prayer from a desert storm warrior 2nd Ad 2nd BCT.

Dear Lord I am just a soldier a protector of my land, a servant called to battle when my country takes a stand, I prey for strenght and courage and a heart that will forgive for peace and understanding in a world for all to live, please guide me when I am lonely and returm me safely home,, this little prayer helped me thru my fight I hope it helps others,,,,,,,,,,,,,,michael"
michael tackett of colorado springs colorado USA

"I have SPC Ryan P. Long on my KIA bracelet. I would like to thank him for being a Soldier and a Warrior. His dedication and sacrifice for his country cannot be praised enough. I would like to thank him and his family for raising a true American Soldier. My heart and soul go to his family and it is an honor to wear this bracelet everyday with his name on it so his memory can live on and be in our hearts everyday. Thank you."
MSgt Stephen Wilson of Osan AB, ROK

"Hi!....My names is Francesca, and I'm italian girl!(Sorry if I can't write very good english!)...I didn't know Brandon Rowe, but also if I don't know him, I love him!.....Once dreamd him...and his eyes are impressed in my memory!I pray always for him!...After I dreamd him my life is change!I like know like, was before of that terrible day!!!....He was litle, but he has man's courage!...He is my sweet angel!.....I forgetting never!!!"
Francesca of Venice/Italy/Venetia

"Veterans Day:
Today and today only,
I let my fears and pain consume me. The memories of you guys haunt me. I love you. I hate you even more, mainly for leaving hear to deal with life alone. No one knows exactly how I feel. I am not even sure my self. I do know that I am so pissed at you for not being here. God; what I would give to see you just one more time. To Yell at you, to Hit you, to Hug you, to Say everything a buddy should've said when you were here. I miss you. Even though some times you would piss me off more than I thought I had ever been. Or when you did some thing that showed me what a great person you are. Not one day goes by that my memories of you are brought to life. I think of where you would be in life: If you would be married have a family or be in school like we always talked about.
I thank you for teaching me things I never knew. I thank you for watching my back while I watched yours. Well today is your day. And with that I say I'm sorry. I wish I could've done some thing, been there to watch your back, take the hit for you, something.
My dreams/nightmares are filled with could of – would of - should of done.
I hope the war ends soon. I am running out of friends.
Battle buddy was the name they gave you. I call you my Brother.
14 dead
Richard "Richie" Jenkins
P.S. See you in my nightmares."
Richard Jenkins of Tampa, Florida

""I am looking for a solider that was stationed in Fort Hachucha, Arizona that went by the name RED that was from Louisanna I just wanted to know if he was still alive after this war because he was sent off so if any one can PLEASE HELP ME FIND RED from LOUISANNA THAT WAS STATIONED AT FORT HACHUCHA, ARIZONA AROUND 2000-2001 IAM LOOKING FOR YOU PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank you""""""
BRANDI of CALI

"Josh, your "little man" turned one today. Nov.16, 2005. He looks and acts just like you. He will grow up knowing what a GREAT daddy you were and how much you loved him. We will tell him all about you. You will FOREVER be his HERO. We miss you SO MUCH!"
"Aunt Tammy" Hitt of Higginsville MO

"To the family of Clarence,
I had the pleasure of serving with Clarence while being deployed and attached to A Co 91st. When we first arrived he made us feel welcomed to the unit. His laugh, his bear hug, his riddles are all truly missed. He kept us at ease in stressful times with a joke. I learned alot from him. America owes you all a debt of gratitude for his sacrifice. Humanity owes you all the thanks for giving us him. Not a day goes by when I do not pray and thank him for what he did for all of us. Thank you, God Bless"
MARK SUCKFIEL of PORT VUE PA

""Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night.

"Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

"Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear -- Friend, good night."

TAPS.....

God Bless Our Troops and their Families"
of USA

"Thank you soldiers fallen and living, also spouses, parents and children. Thank you that because they laid their lives down for even those of other nations for freedom's sake, I know that you have laid your life down for me and my children (even the relationship of spouses and children have been sacrificed and this message is also for you).
My husband served in the Marine Corps. Greatest man I know. He would give up his life today to protect his family and his country and I cannot honor your sacrifice enough. It seems such a small thing to say "God Bless you, and your families" after such sorrow but I am so small and frail it is the biggest gift I know to give and I have little else. We will always pray for your comfort and give thanks for you in raising or encouraging honorable soldiers."
Mrs. J. Bradley of Urbana, IL

"Tanya and kids,
I just recently came into contact with you on classmates and to share the news of your Brave Husbands passing was a tremendous heart break for me. You are in our thoughts and prayers, I wish you and your family well."
Linda "Garcia" & Rocky Rodriguez III of Uvalde, TX

"AUBREY, I TRULY MISS YOU. I CAN REMEMBER ALL THE TIMES (THE LAUGHS, THE FIGHTS, THE ARGUEMENTS, THE WISE CRACKS YOU SO LOVED TO MAKE). I KNOW YOU KNEW THAT WHEN CAME DOWN TO IT I HAD YOUR BACK REGARDLESS. MISSED BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN....LOVE ALWAYS (SMHS C/O 89)"
SHARON SPARKS-BARKER of TUSKEGEE, AL

"Mianelle, I am Tom Wallsmith mother, and I wanted to write and say how sorry we are for your loss. I am here anytime that you wish to talk, please accept my Husband and myself, deepest sympathy."
Patricia Vento of Carthage, MO

"Its been almost a year since one of my good friends died in Iraq. I couldnt be happier to have had the chance to know him, even without the memories weve yet to make. From your loving friends in Mobile, We still love you soooo much Brad Faircloth."
Reagan of MOBILE!!!!

"November 15, 2005
"Happy Birthday Brother", I love you very much. May your soul be resting in peace."
Laurie of California

"Tyrone Chisholm was a young man who wanted to make a difference. He did he joined the Army and fought for his country. This shining star was shot down in Iraq defending his country. If only we had more men like this. All the way Tyrone all the way. A soldier for life."
Rogenia Savage of Savannah, Georgia

"I JUST WANTED TO PASS ALONG OUR CONDOLENCES TO TYLER MCKENZIE'S FAMILILY. MY FRIEND EDDIE AND I HAD THE PRIVELDGE TO ATTEND HIS FUNERAL ON FRIDAY 11-11-005 IN GREELEY COLORADO. IT WAS TRUELY A FITTING TRIBUTE THAT THERE WAS 1500 OR SO PEOPLE WHO CAME TO THE CHURCH TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS FOR THIS FINE YOUNG MAN. AS A VIETNAM VETERAN IT MADE ME PROUD TO SEE ALL THOSE WHO STOOD OUTSIDE THE CHURCH WITH AMERICAN FLAGS HELD HIGH IN TRIBUTE TO TYLER. THIS WAS THE FIRST MILITARY FUNERAL I HAVE ATTENDED SINCE BEING ON ACTIVE DUTY. WHEN I RETURNED FROM VIETNAM I WAS ASSIGNED TO HONORS DETAIL BECUASE I PROTESTED THE WAR. I PROTESTED THE WAR BECAUSE SO MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT THE WAR WAS THE 6 O'CLOCK NEWS INSTEAD OF WHAT WAS REALLY HAPPENING-SOLDIERS WERE DYING EVERY DAY AND MANY TOOK THEIR DEATHS FOR GRANTED. I DID NOT. LITTLE DID THE POWERS THAT BE KNOW IT WAS MY HONOR TO BE A PART OF THE SQUAD THAT WAS ASSIGNED TO BE AN HONOR GUARD FOR THOSE SOLDIERS WHOSE FUNERAL WE WERE ATTENDING. AT EVERY CHANCE I GOT I CONTINUED TO MAKE THE OFFICERS ABOVE ME MAD ENOUGH THAT THEY ASSIGNED ME TO HONORS DETAIL. THERE IS NO GREATER DUTY THAN TO BE A PART OF THE HONOR DETAIL AT THE FUNERAL OF A FALLEN FELLOW SOLDIER. THOSE FROM THE 101 ST A/B WHO WERE AT TYLER'S FUNERAL DID A FINE JOB IN HONORING THEIR FELLOW SOLDIER AND HIS FAMILY ON THE DAY HE WAS LAID TO REST. IT WAS A FITTING TRIBUTE TO A FINE SOLDIER AND HIS FAMILY FOR THE SACRIFICE THEY MADE ON BEHALF OF THEIR COUNTRY. THIS WAS FOR ME THE BEST VETERANS DAY I HAVE HAD IN OVER 30 YEARS. TO TYLER AND HIS FAMILY-THANK YOU IS ALL I CAN SAY AS WORDS ARE MEANINLESS COMPARED TO THE SCRICFICE THEY HAVE MADE."
ROCK-4TH AIR COMMANDO SQ. VIETNAM-68-70 of AURORA, CO.

"I am a Marine wife, and i'm glad that the whole story came out. That is something that is frustrating to all service members and their families. God Bless this Marine. He gave all, the truth is least we can give for him."
Elizabeth Goldschmidt of Ocean City, NJ

"I am very sorry to hear about Justin's death. His mother Judy was very proud of him, she would talk about him with pride. Thank you for your service to America (and to those that are over seas right now) May God Bless your Mother, Wife, Son and other friends and family members in this time of sorrow."
Tracey Hawkey of Lansing, MI

"As I sit in my chair in my temperature controlled home with everything I need in the cabinets I can't help but have tears rolling down my face for my brothers in arms. After six years of service I got out. I wish I had been there for my comrades. Maybe my medical expertise could have helped. Patching up soldiers from Iraq, Bosnia, and any where else maybe I should have stayed. Could I have made a difference? Could I have saved just one? Will I always have the guilt of my friends who have fallen follow me around like ghosts? My heart is with you my friends and brothers. Not a day that I am alive will your memory be forgotten or your sacrafice not remembered, for freedom is not free but it is more cherished than all."
Cameron Allen 91D10 USA of Pueblo, Colorado Land of the free and home of the brave USA

"I know so many who have fallen and have worked on a few from different times and conflicts. My heart is with you as well as my thoughts and prayers."
Cameron Allen 91D10 SPC USA of Pueblo, Colorado, The best country in the world USA

"My wife Leann used to baby-sit the Pollard kids as they were growing up. She became like a big sister to them and like another daughter to Bill and Sue. She became and still is a part of there family. As my relationship with Leann grew, so did my relationship with the Pollard family. I soon found out that they are very kind, loving and honest people. I knew Justin for a very short period of time, but I really liked him. He had that look in his eye, that type of charismatic personality that you like to be around. He had a great spirit, a confidence that was pure. I see this same look in his brother Cameron and his sister Jennifer. He was the kind of guy that would stand up for himself, and what was right. He would defend anyone that believed in him. He was very loving and loyal to his family, his friends and to this entire country. We owe Justin and the whole Pollard family our deepest gratitude. I beleive we owe it to Justin to live life to it's fullest, as he did, when he was here on earth. With vigor, excitement and respect. We owe it to Justin and to all Americans that have and do serve this great country to stand tall, be proud, and to live with passion. I think Justin would want it that way. We need do what is right, and continue to strive to be great, both individually and together. Justin, you are deeply, deeply missed. Leann and I think about you all the time. I hope you understand me when I say, You bring a tear to our eye, but a smile to our face. Thank you for fighting for our freedoms. I hope we are making you proud. Your spirit is alive!!"
Fred Schweer of Rancho Santa Margarita, California

"I feel deep sorrow for the families of fallen hereos, as I am a family member of a fallen hero also. His name is Blake Hall and he was only 20 yrs old when he was killed. It was a very hard thing for my family to bury him at such a young age. God Bless All of our fallen heroes."
Karen Furgerson of hermitage, tn

"I would like to thank every member of the Armed Forces for standing and defending our FREEDOM. My God bless you and all of your families. Thank you,again very much."
KRISTINA of ANTELOPE, CA USA

"On this Veterans Day we remember the heroes who gave all so we can live free. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. We honor you and your families, may God bless you all."
Ken Roberts of Murfreesboro, TN

"Thank you all for your ultimate sacrifices. May you all rest in peace and God bless your families."
Heather of Kapolei, HI

"PFC Lori Piestewa was a great woman from what I have read about her. She was a loving mother of two and was a good person who didn't deserve to die.
Her memory will never be forgotten and so will her smile. She was a good person."
Denise John of Shageluk, Alaska/United States

"WELL, I DONT KNOW WHERE TO START... WE KNEW EACK OTHER FOR A WHILE.. ALL TRHOUGH SCHOOL, CLIFFWOOD ELM, MATAWAN MIDDLE, AND MATAWAN HIGH.. YOU WERE A GREAT PERSON... ALL THE MEMORIES NEVER CAN BE FORGOTTEN...."
DAWN COMPLITANO of CLIFFWOOD BEACH, NJ

"To The Families of Fallen Texas Service Members: In 11/04 my husband and I created a project we call "Memorial Trees". Using the 2 big live oak trees in our front yard, we have hung a wooden ornament to honor each of our fallen Texans. All but 14 include a photograph. All include vital information. We've been visited by several familes, and have e-mailed with some of you, too. We want you to know this is here, and we would be honored if you came to see it for yourselves. If you can't make it to Lewisville, you can e-mail me at kaz_luka@mindspring.com and I'll send you a digital picture of your loved one's ornament. One day, I hope to send them home to you.
FAQ's; No, we aren't a military family. No, no one currently serving, or lost in Iraq/Afghanistan. Why? Because we saw the DMN feature last November, honoring the first 102 Texans and...they spoke to us. This, is our reply. Please know, your soldier is not forgotten and is honored for their duty.
Gratefully,
Bryson and Phil Gappa
Lewisville, TX"
Bryson Gappa of Lewisville, Texas

"Why God?
I ask this question before I go,
Why did you do it? Will I ever know?
Why God,
did you take him away from me,
as if he is just a rock in the road?
Why God,
didn't you give me that chance to see,
if on my own, I could carry the load?
Why God,
did you bring him to be with you,
even though his life hadn't begun yet?
Why God,
do you feel the need to take two?
We can't keep making this bet.
Why God?
my heart beats slower as I lay,
now everything is starting to fade away.
Why God?
I hope the truth will someday show,
Because...everyone needs to know."
Katelyne Fries of Fort Riley, Kansas

"I hope all of our fallen soldiers know that they are loved and missed. My husband just recieved news of another death in his former unit at fort stewart. His name has yet to be released- however I would like others to keep him and all of our soldiers in thier prayers."
Emily Fuller of Grand Rapids, Michigan

"SSG Shanaberger was my plt sgt in Korea. He was one hell of an NCO as a matter of fact I've yet to find one now thats half the leader that he was. I just feel privledged to have known him. Not only did he train us to do our jobs well, but he made sure that we paid attetion to detail. That has saved many of his former soldiers lives I'm sure. He beleived in the ARMY way of life, and everything it stands for. He always took care of the mission, 9 out of 10 times that mission was his soldiers. He always made sure we were taken care of. I still remember that look on his face when our plt was watching Sept. 11th on the news form Korea. He was ready right then to go. From then on anytime the phone rang he'd yell out "there's the call, we're going to war". Well I guess he got his call from up above. I know if he would have known his fate, he would've been more than honored b/c thats the soldier he was. If I could tell him one thing it would just be, thank you. My deepest sympathies go out to his family."
SPC Faint Katherine (hodge) of Ft. Campbell, KY

"THANKYOU SGT PAUL OF GERMANY FOR WRITING AND LETTING ME KNOW ABOUT NAMING THE CONFERENCE ROOM AFTER MY SON SPC ARRON CLARK. IT MEANS SO MUCH, TO ME TO KNOW HE HAD SO GREAT FRIENDS AND HE HAS NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN AND CONTINUES TO HAVE HONOR BESTOWED UPON HIS MEMORY THANKYOU. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO EMAIL ME MY ADDRESS IS LYNECLARK@SBCGLOBAL.COM I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU I REMEMBER RECEIVING A CARD FROM YOU, SORRY I DID NOT WRITE BACK, THINGS HAVE BEEN REALLY HARD FOR ME I MISS ARRON SO MUCH, IT IS SO HARD TO BELEIVE HE IS GONE HE WAS ALWAYS SO FULL OF LIFE A JOY FOR HIS MOM AND FAMILY HE TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES IN HIS SHORT LIFE HE WAS A BLESSING. THANKYOU SO MUCH, GOD BLESS YOU. LYNE CLARK."
LYNE CLARK of CHICO CA

"To the Families of the 502 of Ft. Campbell:
One son lost is more than the heart can bear. This week has taken far too many and our hearts break with you for the sacrifice of our own. My son is a SPC/Combat Livesaver with the 2/44 ADA from Campbell. He's over there on his 2nd tour. I spoke to him last week. He was so uplifted by the arrival of the rest of the 101st from Campbell... familiar faces from home. Tonight his Mom and his baby sister are praying for the families of his brothers in arms from the 502. There are no words to thank you enough for your sons... please allow our souls to walk and with you in love and comfort."
Elizabeth of Crosslake, MN

"IT'S THE WARRIOR, NOT THE REPORTER WHO HAS GIVEN US THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

IT,S THE WARRIOR, NOT THE POET,
WHO HAS GIVEN US THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

IT,S THE WARRIOR, NOT THE POLITICIANS
THAT ENSURES OUR RIGHT TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

IT,S THE WARRIOR WHO SALUTES THE FLAG,
WHO SERVER BENEATH THE FLAG,
AND WHOSE COFFIN IS DRAPED BY THE FLAG.

TO ALL OUR MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SERVING . WE AT HOME ARE PROUD OF YOU ALL. LOVE LANCE CPL CLINES MOM"
CINDY CLINE FULTON of SIERRA MADRE CALIF

"I wish to thank Corporal Starr for his great sacrifice. He sounds like an exemplary example of the type character we wish to portray at home and abroad. His family, although suffering from their loss, I am sure are proud and honored to have had this fine young man in their lives. I pray his memory will bring you comfort and joy even in his physical absence. I pray for the safety of all our service men and women serving in Iraq and in all corners of the world. God bless you all.

Semper Fi,"
Maureen Keeler of Newport, OR

"Thank you for your sacrifice. Especially thank you to the families of the Brave and the sacrificices you have made for Freedom!"
Fred Marks of Lincoln, NE, USA

"I WILL NEVER FORGET! YOU ARE MY HEROS!"
Kayla of glendale, AZ

"Words can never express my gratitude."
Charles Adams of Little Rock, AR

"Blake I will never forget you and will always love you. You were a member of our family in every since of the word. You brought laughter to our lives and we were blessed to have known you. There is never a day that we don't talk about you and the things that you said or adventures that you, Nathan and Justin had. Please, know how much you are loved and how much your sacrifice means to the country that we love. God Bless you and all that have fallen in the line of duty. Thank you for being in our lives."
Brenda Whitworth of Ecru, MS

"My friend's son-in-law just lost his brother. I can't possibly know how they feel but I want to thank his brother for his sacrifice for our country. I pray for his family that they get through this as well as can be expected.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers."
Janet of San Dimas, California

"To all that are there, going there, or have been there and have or will not return, I say, THANK YOU! My husband is on his way to Iraq and we serve our country proudly by helping others obatin freedom that we take for granted. Our lives are FOREVER changed for the better for their sacrifice. Again, I have no better way to say thank you, but in simple words. I am deeply touched by the conviction and determination that ll these service people show to honor, duty, and freedom for a people they do not know, but know that we are all part of humanity. GOD bless them all AND their families!"
Carla of Kansas

"It breaks my heart when I hear of death
taking one of our young men and women. I pray diligently every night that God will watch over our soldiers
in all corners of the world. I am a father-in-law to a young officer and grandfather to his two beautiful little girls. I am very prowd of him and his commitment to training the Iraqi soldiers and to Iraqi freedom. My daughter, my wife and our families are savoring the few days before he returns to Bagdad. He is committed just as all our troops are
and they need our committment to support them in every way we can. God
Bless those who have given the ULTIMATE sacrifice for America and the freedom they beleived in.
To their precious families.... You are America..... We shall never forget your sacrifice. May God Bless You!"
Jack Heminger of Crown Point, IN U.S.A.

"My heart goes out to all the Fallen Heroes. God bless them and their Families."
SG of Virginia Beach VA

"May God bless all the heroes who fight and die that others may live in peace. They are surely at the Right Hand of GOD. God bless the families they came from, as they must be fine people to raise such as they are. We are truly fortunate that we have more young people like Jeffrey B. Starr, than the small percentage of jerks with big mouths, that seem to get all the attention. God IS WATCHING!"
Larry T. Bean of Tiffin, OH., U S of A

"God bless the family and loved ones of this brave, fallen hero. What a remarkable man! Semper Fi. Be proud forever of this extraordinary hero."
Theresa Tremmel of Clyde, Missouri

"Semper Fi Corporal Starr, and may God Bless those you have left behind. You fought the "Good Fight""
H.E. Showalter, MSGT USMC Ret of Kerrville, Texas

"Cpl Jeffrey Starr, the kind of soldier I would want my son to be."
Win Smith of Westlake, Ohio

"To the family ofCpl Jeffrey B. Starr, USMC,
I will live my life honorably and make the most of every day and appreciate the gift of freedom your son, and those before him, have given me. God Bless Him"
BC of Detroit, MI

"My heartfelt sympathy goes to the families and friends of those brave men and women who have died in Iraq. They have given their lives so that the rest of us may live in freedom and without fear of terrorists. God Bless all of them."
Irene of Southgate, MI

"i no its the hardest thing u hav tu du lettin ya son or daughter go up tu heven but rember wat theyve done .. god bless you bubblee and all the soliders up ther in heven with u"
keli of leeds

"i pray for the wimberg family that god may bless them with strentgh,peace,and comfort. Wimberg i remember those pt runs you would take us on and how you lead the marines you are a true leader and a true hero and most of all a true friend to all who knew you. "gone but not forgotten" "doc" reyes much love brother!"
HM3 Reyes,Michael of twentynine palms, ca

"to cpl. vicente or david i love you man i was there that night. i held you in my arms thinking NO! you will always be in my heart. lcpl. Barr and funk you will also be missed. cant wait to see you guys again someday.. "all gave some, some gave all"!!"
HM3 Reyes,Michael of twentynine palms, ca

"America is the greatest country because we have the bravest, greatest and most caring citizens like Jeff. God be with you. Aloha"
Howard of Kailua, Hi

"God bless you Jeff, thank you. We now have one more Starr in the heavens."
Craig of Santa Ana, CA

"First and formost, may I offer all Gold Star Moms, Dads, Wives, Husbands, Brothers, Sisters, Children, Relatives and Friends my deepest heartfelt pain and sadness for your loss. I know little can be said or done to relieve you of this tragedy. But take comfort in knowing that Millions from around the world know the good your sons and daughters are doing an appreciate the sacrifice being made. I have kepted my Marine Corps uniform hanging in my closet since the day I got out in 1975. And through the years when ever I learn of a Marine death, I bring my uniform out hold it tight to me, cry,I then pray and promise my fellow Marine that he shall never be forgotten. I can also tell you that not a day goes by that I am not thinking of our sons and daughters in harms way. I wish I could be with them over-there! Grace be with you All!"
J. A. Moore

"lest we forget what you died for ,may god bless you all"
bruce swartout of tiburon,cal

"Our sincere condolences to the family of Jeffrey Corban. His service to his country, and his ultimate sacrifice will not ease your pain, but perhaps can add to your pride. He is a fallen son to each and every American."
Kate & Ken Van Cleave of Linden, NJ

"hllo"
mourad_love.com of moroocan fez doir ryafa

"Lee, thank you for what you have done. You were a joker but you always made people laugh. And you brightened up my day! thank you Lee for leaving me with the grateful memories, that I am looking back on now. I love ya and miss you Lee"
Sara Resseguie of Hallstead, PA USA

"Eugene we never have and never will forget how and what you died for and we will never forget you R.I.P"
The latimore's of newburgh

"To The Pettaway Family,
Things do get better with time. I live by the cemetery where James is resting. Being it is right by the road i often see the Aunt and Uncle there. My heart breaks everytime I see them. I want you to know your nephew is a hero and I know you miss him very much but remember you love him but God loved him even more.We will all remember him and honor him for what he has done for our country.I will always pray for The Pettaway Family and all of the families who have lost a love one to the war.May God always bless each and everyone of you"
Julia Edulson of Southampton

"We have never met, but our hearts go out to you all, because we all have a built in desire to live and enjoy life with our family and friends forever. Psalm 72:7 promises a time when peace will be abundant. We can look forward to a time when we will not have to grieve the loses of war. We sincerely offer our condolences and respectfully encourage you to direct your attention to other Bible scriptures for comfort. Reading scriptures such as Isaiah 2:4 as well as Revelation 21:4, helps us to realize there is hope for mankind. Our prayers are with your families."
Bill & Martha Bellamy of Virginia Beach, VA

"My Love and Prayers are with all of you ! I am only in this world ,
because the Allies have ended worldwar 2 . My Dad was jewish ,freed from his german torturers in 1945 . I would not be here , if it were not for your help America!
My heart is overwhelmed reading this site and hearing of your sacrifices .

God bless you"
Catharina of Berlin Germany

"You being in my life was a true blessing. You have not been forgotten. You were a hero to me and to many people long before your life was taken. I still remember how you brought so much laughter into our lives and the way you were smiling. I know you're watching down and smiling at us. I still need your help to carry on, your my strength, my inspiration. You have been taken from us so early but we'll be together again someday. I'll see you when I get there. I'll join you for the big party we were supposed to throw when you would have came back... instead it'll take place up there :) Goodnight my angel, I'll write more sometime soon. You're in my every thought & prayer. I still find myself dreaming of you being here with me and I'm sometimes crying myself to sleep. I miss you so much it's hurting. Rest well my soldier. Much love."
of USA

"Im a solider with B. Co 1088th Eng Bn 256 BCT. To all the Fallen Heros Pray for us."
JP Oswald of Baton Rouge. LA

"I am a soldier and have just finished my 1st tour working in a hospital in Iraq. Some of the names on here I regonize to well and still remember them coming through our hospital. I remember being in that trauma room treating the soldier trying to hold back tears as i think about the family, loved ones, friends, their going to leave behind. To all the families, loved ones and friends of our fallen heroes you are in my thoughts and prayers."
Spc. Smith of Horseheads, NY USA

"Words between Vets are usually few, but their eyes tell it all....'I know'. From one vet to another....May God Bless You and keep you safe to come home."
Bob of New Hampshire

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
S.J. Librero

"Ben Colgan played football at Mount Rainier High School with my son. I was the team physician for two years, and I knew him just a bit.

Dwight still grieves for Ben as well as for the Marines who have been lost from his own unit.

Ben's work with the Iraqi people and his effective leadership have been documented. His personality and friendliness were outstanding. I believe that he touched many people and his death was a great loss."
John Wilcox, M.D. of Troy, MT

"I love to find about different cultures and I found out about some great people, who later I found out that they were Samoans. I got the pleasure to be involved with their family which is decision I will never regret. My cousin gave me a KIA braclet which memorialized a fallen soldier who he had served with in Iraq.
My Samoan freind asked me, whats the name was on the braclet, and come to find out the soldier was his cousin Jon. I know Jon must have been a good man just by knowing who his family is and what they are like. Later I got to meet Jon's father Kimo, and I have got the chance to spend time with Kimo and found out that he was a great guy who loved to serve his country. I never did have the chance to meet Jon, but from what I've heard from family members and seen from his fathers good heartedness I know Jon would have been a guy I would have liked to meet. My heart goes out to CSM Falaniko, and his family."
anonymous of anonymous, Mo.

"My heart and prayers go out to the families and friends of fallen soldiers. I come from a military family, my father, uncles, & grandfather all served in the Army. I have a brother and two cousins serving in this war. I pray for the safe return of all the men & women serving our country. God bless you all and may you get to come home soon."
Sandi White of Glasgow, KY

""I am looking for a solider that was stationed in Fort Hachucha, Arizona that went by the name RED that was from Louisanna I just wanted to know if he was still alive after this war because he was sent off so if any one can PLEASE HELP ME FIND RED from LOUISANNA THAT WAS STATIONED AT FORT HACHUCHA, ARIZONA AROUND 2000-2001 IAM LOOKING FOR YOU PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank you"""""
Brandi of California""

"It's been 6 years since a true Paratrooper gave his life for his country (OCT 99). SGT Jason N. Pringle (173rd ABN BDE, 1/508 ABCT, Vicenza Italy) was killed while jumping into Kosovo. I know in my heart that SGT Pringle, being the person he is would have had it no other way when it came to dying for a cause. Rest in Peace Sergeant Pringle. Gone but not Forgotten."
Harper, Melvin of Reidsville, GA/U.S.

"I love you, my angel."
of Hartford, Ct

"THE FINAL INSPECTION"

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you ?
Have you always turned the other cheek ?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

~Author Unknown~

It's the Military, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It's the Military, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It's the Military, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.
If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the Military, please pass this on and pray for our men and women who have served and are currently serving our country and pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

To all the men and women serving our country, "THANK YOU!"
Melissa of Glendale, AZ USA

"They gave their lives so we could lead ours in peace. May they rest in peace and rise in glory. Forever thankful to those we never even knew. God bless you all and your families that you left behind."
Steven Curran of United Kingdom

"I am soldier myself and know all to well the sacrifices that each and every soldier makes. To the families of the fallen I give my gratitude for you backing your service member and keeping them in your hearts. I also give you my sincerest regret, regret that your loved one can not continue to make a difference in the lives of the ones that they affected the most. But above it all I say to you, do not give up or be sad because you have lost someone close to you but rather rejoice for where they go is a far better place away from man's unjust and cruel ways. As well pray for the others that will continuously and unselfishly place themselves behind the needs of others. For that I am most thankful. My comrades if it be God's will I will see you sooner or later.
Keep Peace in Your Mind and Love in Your Heart."
Jerome Martinez of Ft Drum, NY

"Miguel,
It's so sad that I never got to know who you were...everyone always tells me what a beautiful person you were. I heard that I met you once when I was little, but I can't seem to remember that. Your death brought the family together and I know that it was a blessing to finally know where I come from. I know that you're up in heaven watching us and making sure that we are all ok. I know that we all will eventually be ok. You will forever be loved and missed. You will always be in my prayers.

P.S. please help Luis heal and become a happy person. He misses you so much and there's never a time when he doesn't think about you."
Maria Delosangeles Melendez of Chicago, IL/ U.S.

"Be peaceful my dear Jacob. The battlefield is over."

"I am praying for you the families, and the brave men and women out on the battle field. We have not forgotten you nor will we ever. You fill us with pride each and every day. May God be with you. And may you come home to the hero's welcome you so greatly deserve."
Alecia Bryson of Choctaw, Oklahoma

"May God comfort all the families of America's heroes.I cannot comprehend how these brave ones could be so selfless and brave.Because of these brave ones my family can be free and safe.My words cannot even begin to express my heartfelt gratitude for those who have fallen for this great country.may God smile on all our heroes forever."
Rob Cole of Frederick Md

"Please see the following art piece http://www.gagnonart.net/images/collages/lady_liberty_the_defender.jpg

which is in honor of our soldiers which are representatives of liberty. I will be traveling to Iraq to present the piece to the President of Iraq.

The soldiers of the USA have honored the American people with their bravery."
Marc Gagnon of Coral Springs, FL USA

"They who left were the best of us all. And, for those that return we should never call them "selfish" ever again. That word and it's meaning they stomped into the Iraqi sands and soil.
I am so thankful to God that my son is returning soon. And, I think of the families who lost theirs. May they be comforted knowing their sons or daughters will come for them and take them home with them one day. God bless them all!"
A 1st/278th RCT Mom of Soddy-Daisy, TN USA

"She is America's Sister"
Dion Morrison of Lac Seul 1st Nation, On.Can.

"I am looking for a person named James Bryant he went by JB in school, he went to uniontown high school in pa, in 2001 I been trying to find him and I know that he is in the services and I would like to touch base with him, cause I miss him dearly, so if anyone knows his were abouts it would mean alot to me, you can email me at babydoll_luv_17@hotmail.com
THanks"
Carrie of Allison, Pa

"Hola
Buenas Tardes a todos
Quiero decirles que todos los que conocimos,
O de alguna manera convivimos con el Boy,
Como le conocíamos con mucha tristeza,
Pero vemos como una bendición de Dios,
Él poder tenerlo aquí,
Para darle cristiana sepultura,
Y que no le aya pasado,
Como a muchos de ellos que han fallecido
En las mismas condiciones,
Y que sus familiares,
Se han pasado llorando toda su vida a un sido querido,
Del cual nunca supieron cual aya sido su destino,
Cimentados en es idea le pedimos a Dios,
Que les de fuerzas a sus familiares,
Para que se sobre pongan a esta gran perdida,
Y al profundo dolor que les provoca su partida,
Y a el que los rezos y oraciones de todos,
Los que los acompañaron en estos días tan difíciles,
Y a todos aquellos que desde su casa,
Imploraron una plegaria por él,
Pidiendo a Dios que le aya perdonado,
Todos los errores que aya cometido,
En su vida,
Por que nosotros a estas alturas,
Lo único que podemos hacer,
Es haberlo podido acompañara,
Su destino final,
Y desearle fervientemente que descanse en paz.

- EL GRANDE"
Ramiro Barajas of San Diego,Ca

"My name is SGT Tonesha Paul. I was assigned to B co. 440th Signal Battalion when Arron was there. We were supposed to get promoted together. He was an excellent soldier and would've made a great NCO. We just recently dedicated our conference room to SPC Clark. It was well deserved and well over due. To SPC Clark you are always in my thoughts. I miss you very much. To his family, I will keep you in my prayers"
SGT Tonesha Paul of Darmstadt, Germany

"To a friend and a Rookbuddie, you will be missed within the Foxtrot family at Norwich University. Your presence and grace, will always be remember. Your smile and flush cheeks I will carry with me for the rest of my life. It was an honor to know such a hero that gave life for his country and for his family. My, condolence to the family, he will still shine, but his light will shine within the stars of heaven. I will miss you Dooley! Lord! Please protect and watch over Dooley's family. Help them get through this lost, help their hearts heal and bind their soul so that Dooley presence never leaves them. Mark H. Dooley is now a solider in heaven, he will be remember."
LOCO of New York

"Jesse,
Not a day goes by that I dont think of you. All the good times we had, and even the bad. Every time we go by a US. flag Kaleb blows a kiss at it. I often get sad when I hear your song Jack and Diane, I remember you sat up for hours listing to the radio because they said they were going to play that song. Thank you for fighting for our freedom. Your a brave man, an awsome father and a great friend. Miss and Love you forever and forever"
Jackie Abbott of Stockton, Ca

"Hi Erik,
I know you're watching over me like you always have. What i wouldn't do to see that black hawk circle over the house again.
I couldn't believe the day of you final good-by, I was just telling your mom, ingrid, brenda and karen how you used to fly over the house and shake the windows of the house to make sure i'd know you were home........not minutes later did a black hawk fly over your moms in bennington and your mom, your sisters and i ran outside and waved good'bye and cried so hard for you!

you were the most wonderful man in my life erik and i will never stop loving you..........thank for the ultimate sacrifice........it's even more of an ultimate sacrifice to lose someone as wonderful as you...........
love always,
linda trotto...massachusetts
xxx000"
linda trotto of shrewsbury ma 01545

"WELL WAT CAN I SAY ONLY THAT WERE GOING TO MISS YOU A LOT. YOU WERE A PERSON FULL OF LAUGHS I WOULD NEVER SEE YOU MAD. WELL REST IN PEACE (LOVEZ YOU)"
ELAINE of LYNWOOD

"I am looking for a solider that was stationed in Fort Hachucha, Arizona that went by the name RED that was from Louisanna I just wanted to know if he was still alive after this war because he was sent off so if any one can PLEASE HELP ME FIND RED from LOUISANNA THAT WAS STATIONED AT FORT HACHUCHA, ARIZONA AROUND 2000-2001 IAM LOOKING FOR YOU PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank you"""""
Brandi of California"
Brandi

"I would like to express my sadness towards the family of SPC Sergio De La Garza Died 9/29/05. He was such a great person with so much goals. He wanted to acomplish so much. Its so sad how somebody so great can be here one day and gone the next"
Stephanie Baca of Las Vegas, New Mexico

"God bless the family of the ones left behind. We thank all of our soldiers for the sacrifices they are making for our country."
Kathy of Clinton, SC USA

"I didn't know you, but I love you and what the sacrifice you made meant for our freedom.

Dennis Bryan"
Dennis Bryan of Nipomo, CA

""All men have the stars," he answered, "but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travellers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all the stars are silent. You--you alone--will have the stars as no one else has them--":Antoine de Saint Exupery

To Dearest Family and Friends of Mark,
The above passage is from one of my favorite books The Little Prince. Mark now has the stars like no one else has them.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers,

Sheila Romo"
Sheila Romo of Wilmington, Vermont

"I am very sad to read the news online that PFC Reyna Seferino died in Iraq, I attended Afonotele Elementary School with this soldier, he was a great friend to me, my condolences goes out to Sita and Seferino of American Samoa, including Mu, Sivate and Segia, this goes out to the family I want to thank PFC. Seferino for being such a brave soldier...I'll always remember you Seferino, and all the soldiers who gave their lives for the Iraqi Operations Freedom..."
Pvt. 2 Togia Leti of Iraq, Al-asad

"To my brother in law, Sgt 1st Class Nathaniel Dunham, thank you for being a part of our family... it so very sad cause you just came in to our lives so quick, but still I wanna thank you specially God fro giving us a chance to share our lives with you even just a short time... and I really thank you inbehalf of my family for even fro your very last moment of life, you have done all your best for your family, to your wife, to us and for your country... though your gone physically, all your memories will stay in our hearts, thoughts and in our minds... we love you always brother and we are hoping that you are now happy in God's hand and to the nice place you are in today... we love you always brother!!!"
Leizel Anne Reyes of Philippines

"hi everybody. so how are you all. ok i am really sorry abou tth epast things that i have said on this sight. i would just like to say that if i say something on this that a ffends anybody i deeply apoloigize."
kayla laramore of irving

"To Stacy M.
Hi i would like to have someone to talk to about Steven.I have noone to talk to about it and im still not heild so please e-mail jordanmesha@yahoo.com thank you I'd appreicaite it."
timmesha piss-scott of kent Washington

"For 20 Ohio Marines
[A Tribute from Butler, Pa.]

Did you feel the wave of sympathy
surging across the Pennsylvania line
and out to you,
the families left behind?

We know.
For we saw your boys
here among ours,
in our streets jogging,
in cars, in shopping malls,
in our churches, at picnics,
and High School proms,
and not too long ago
on the Fourth
as lads on Main Street
watching soldiers pass,
and even then they straightened
when the flag unfurled.

We saw them at gates
embracing parents
wives and families,
grandparents too
and friends who couldn't let go—
turning then to leave
with head held high,
yet looking back
at the ramp,
one last time.

Twenty, they reported, had fallen—
snatched from us, from us now so far.
We weep with you.
For yours are ours."
Charles L. Cingolani of Butler, Pa.

"Young man, we owe it to you to make the best of our nation.

I've already begun repaying my debt to you, Casey. But you brought so much to the table that I can't possibly do it in a single lifetime. For that, my brother, I'm truly sorry.

With the sweet sting of your sacrifice in my heart, I challenge all who read these songs of sorrow to find a way to stop now, turn around and extend the warmth of your hand and the love in your heart to those who oppose you.

If you refuse to listen to your opponents, to sympathize, compromise and cooperate with them for the greater good of America, then you prolong the suffering of our people.

No matter how repulsive you find those with whom you find no peace, you can always discover ways to work through your feelings and learn to accept one another.

But if you won't put forth the slightest effort, then you dishonor Casey and every other American whose physical body has been sacrificed in service to you, your family, friends and neighbors.

I beg you, fellow citizens; stop making excuses. Take the small steps to come together for Casey, his brothers and sisters.

Many who died with Casey believed in the cause that cost them their human lives; many didn't. No matter though, every last one deserves unending respect and honor from every American; no exceptions.

Casey, thank you. As long as warm blood runs through my body, I promise that you'll not be forgotten."
AMR of Shippensburg, PA

"The freedom that is afforded all of us in our America is at the expensive of the men and women of this country who choose to serve. I grew up being taught that the military was an exhalted position of appreciation and reverence. No amount of protesting, whinning, cooked-up poppycock or slanted television coverage to the contrary will change my mind.

Mr and Mrs Self-consumed hooked on 4 hours of TV nightly America, M/M Liberal, Conservative, Front Porch War Quarterbacks.....you and me are free because of the military service of men and women who provide it. You can't get freedom from a entitlement program and I'm a registered Democrat, but it's the truth.

When I look into the faces of the young and older men and women who are unselfishly CHOOSING to serve, protect and secure America's freedom, it is without reservation that I conclude, I have no business praising a guy who can throw a ball faster than I can drive a car. I have no justification in lifting up a person who knocks a ball around a court, wins, kisses the trophy and goes to the bank with their millions.

I have every bit of motive and reason when I lay down at night, to whisper the words, "Lord...bless those that are keeping me free, they are giving the ultimate sacrifice and service. I pray that those with the appreciation-of-vision to keep us free are always one ounce heavier in numbers than those who don't....""
Lee Tribbey of Colorado

"Our deepest sympathy to the family of Matt Deckard. I want you to know that we support our military 200%. Not only are they fighting for their country, but their also fighting for us. which I"m very thankful for. He was a true American Hero that's for sure.
My blessings goes out to the entire family."
Cindie of Kansas

"The spirit of a fallen soldier named Jesus

At the largest protest since the war in Iraq began, I was blessed to meet the spirit of a fallen soldier named Jesus . He appeared in the form of a grieving father, Fernando Suarez del Solar. Mr. Suarez del Solar beamed with an angelic aura of sad, loving kindness when he stopped by a counter-recruitment tent to greet the director of a film that is in production called "Before You Enlist" (beforeyouenlist.org)

Like my friend, Sue Niederer, Fernando Suarez del Solar carries the soldier spirit of his son with him in his work for peace. Along with Cindy Sheehan and many other Gold Star Family members, he is finishing the mission that his son intended to carry out before being betrayed into an early grave; to protect America from enemies - foreign and domestic.

The peace movement supports our troops and wants to keep America secure. We are outraged that more young people,
like Jesus, Casey and Seth will die and suffer at the hands of a dishonorable administration that uses the language of God to hide the real, anti-life agenda that their actions demonstrate.

It is in the blessed spirit demonstrated by members of the Gold Star Families for Peace that I find the example of Jesus Christ and feel the presence of my God."
Sue of Princeton, NJ

"To all the people that have ever lost a loved one in the war...I send my heart to you because it is really hard to let them go my son's father died last year in irak..and I still can't forget or even imagine that he is gone....I sit up in bed long hours just crying and asking him for forgiveness that he is gone...I know he did it for my son and I wish I would of just thought him out of it...I know he is in a better place now but, everyday I see my 2 year old and wonder what it its I will say to him when he asks me for his dad...I am only one of this few moms that have lost a babies father or a loved one...and it saddens me how alot of marines are proud and just willing to fight for this country when it is not necessary to loose their lives over who knows what is really going on. I ask you all to pray with me and for us that we all get thru this and that we all could just ask God to keep our men amd women that have passed on in peace in heaven. I want to tell my son's father that I miss him and I am so sorry he is gone I think of him everyday and cry so much that I just wake up with lil eyes in the morning and that I know he is listening because he gives me comfort and peace and helps me stop crying...that might sound crazy but I feel him giving me comfort. A fallen heroe will never be forgotten and we should all be thankfull with our lives and take each day as a gift from God...life is indeed short and we can't control our destiny...love your loved ones when they are here and be thankfull you are alive...GOD BLESS U ALL!"
Daisy of Maywood,CA.

"My heart goes out to all the families who have lost a loved one. My son is to soon return from Iraq. He too is with the 1/278th Athens,Tn unit.His name is SSGT Michael Plemons.Please pray for his and all our troops safe return. His Mom Alice Melton-Jaber Nashville,Tn."
Alice Melton-Jaber of NASHVILLE,TN

"Thanks to all those to stand for the freedoms of all Americans. You, like my father, will...can never be forgotten. VietNam era kid."
Catherine Boudrow of Dayton, Ohio USA

"I am looking for a solider that was stationed in Fort Hachucha, Arizona that went by the name RED that was from Louisanna I just wanted to know if he was still alive after this war because he was sent off so if any one can PLEASE HELP ME FIND RED from LOUISANNA THAT WAS STATIONED AT FORT HACHUCHA, ARIZONA AROUND 2000-2001 IAM LOOKING FOR YOU PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank you"""""
Brandi of California

"As parents of a US Army Soldier, currently serving in Iraq, we send our thoughts, prayers and love to the families of all our Fallen Heros.

Although we have never met, we are bound together with you as a unique patriotic family. We share the pride you have for your Soldier, Marine, Airman or Seaman and we share your grief in the loss of that precious loved one.

May you find some small comfort in knowing that a grateful nation supports you.
Blessings and Angel Hugs to you and yours."
Craig & Sharon Erwin of Oregon, USA

"I am looking for a solider that was stationed in Fort Hachucha, Arizona that went by the name RED that was from Louisanna I just wanted to know if he was still alive after this war because he was sent off so if any one can PLEASE HELP ME FIND RED from LOUISANNA THAT WAS STATIONED AT FORT HACHUCHA, ARIZONA AROUND 2000-2001 IAM LOOKING FOR YOU PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank you""""
brandi of California

"I adopted soldiers not knowing that when you loose one you would be saying good bye to a friend. Filling the boxes and sending what I would want to get myself, made me feel good. Meeting my soldiers from letters made thier ages real and thier famlies real. I lost one of my soldiers Aug. 23, 2005 and it hit home. Our soldiers of the red, white and blue they fight for me and all of you. My soldiers of the red white and blue have gave their lives for me and you. God Bless our soldiers of the Red, White and Blue.
Love Vicky"
vicky of mount morris Michigan

""I am looking for a solider that was stationed in Fort Hachucha, Arizona that went by the name RED that was from Louisanna I just wanted to know if he was still alive after this war because he was sent off so if any one can PLEASE HELP ME FIND RED from LOUISANNA THAT WAS STATIONED AT FORT HACHUCHA, ARIZONA AROUND 2000-2001 IAM LOOKING FOR YOU PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank you"""
Brandi of California

"To all the Families that have lost a loved one in this war, I want to say how truly sorry I am. I lost a son also, Bu3 Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger, Jr.on June 6, 2003 He was a good loving son, brother and grandson. We lost his dear Grandmother (whom he took care of so much in his growing up to be a young man) last night.I am truly sorry for your losses. May the Good Lord Bless & Keep you all safe."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau

"am looking for a solider that was stationed in Fort Hachucha, Arizona that went by the name RED that was from Louisanna I just wanted to know if he was still alive after this war because he was sent off so if any one can PLEASE HELP ME FIND RED from LOUISANNA THAT WAS STATIONED AT FORT HACHUCHA, ARIZONA AROUND 2000-2001 IAM LOOKING FOR YOU PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank you""
Brandi of California

"LOOKING FOR RED STATIONED IN ARIZONA IN 2000-2001 FROM LOUISANNA HAVE YOU SEEN HIM PLEASE HELP ME FIND HIM. Appleton-14@peoplepc.com"
Brandi of California

"I am truly sorry for your loss of Jeremy. We lost our Jeremy Michael Brown on Saturday, after serving in the Navy for four years. Jeremy was married one week to the day, when he died in an underwater welding accident. One thing is for sure, God wanted a couple good soldiers in heaven, and he picked a couple Jeremy Brown's to serve him. I pray for your family, knowing how each day is a struggle, but faith will get us through this. Bless each of you!"
Kim Craft of Sutton, WV

"My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of our men and woman who gave their own life for our freedom as well as our men and women who are still fighting. I Thank You."
Lisa Lamatrice of Cleveland, Ohio

"To the family of Abraham Pena-Medina, We continue to keep you in our prayers. How we miss Javier, he was our hero. The Bustamante Family"
Elizabeth Bustamante of Harker Heights, Texas

"You fell on the field of battle for all of us here who believe in freedom. I'm so sorry your relatives feel they must damn our country and our president. They are wrong. You were right."
Gina Brown of Atlanta, GA

"I am looking for a solider that was stationed in Fort Hachucha, Arizona that went by the name RED that was from Louisanna I just wanted to know if he was still alive after this war because he was sent off so if any one can PLEASE HELP ME FIND RED from LOUISANNA THAT WAS STATIONED AT FORT HACHUCHA, ARIZONA AROUND 2000-2001 IAM LOOKING FOR YOU PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT Appleton-14@peoplepc.com thank you"
Brandi of California

"searching for the family of Sgt Santanas(mouse)Fernandez who was kia on21 April of 69 ,He served with Charlie Co 6th battalion 31st Recondo Brg ,9th infantry Div ,Dinh Toung South Vietnam .There are photos of him on the Echo Co Websight 31st Reg . I served with Delta Co 6/31st and knew him .He enjoyed serenading the gooks with his guitar playing and singing loud bringing music and laughter to everyone around. Rest in piece Bro you havent been forgotten . I am also searching for the family of pfc Robert McVea from Converse Texas who was kia on 19 Sept Of 68 we have photos of both these combat BROS ,Mouse was from San Antonio . AL l-661 267 -0392"
Alberto (big al) Vargas of Palmdale Calif

"Freedom is not free god bless you"
Randall Smith of NC

"For my husband, Sgt. Lee Duane Todacheene. Our hearts cry for you more and more. Our sons and I miss you so much. We know God has you in his keeping which brings comfort in our hearts. We are so proud of you, our sons talk about you everyday, draw pictures of you everyday. They so much remind me of you and what a blessing it is to have 2 beautiful boys who brings so much joy into my life. They remind me of you, when they eat, sit, talk. We will never forget you as we will always love you and keep you in our hearts. You are my soulmate, my best friend, my life..We miss you very much. With all the love...
Your wife, sons...
Jackie, Cody, Dylan Todacheene"
Jackie Todacheene of Arizona

"Iv alrdy left a message before. I want to say that I look at people who are still alive and saying it sould have been me. I want to say that your family,friends,and the others who you never even knew about didnt die just sitting around. They died fighting for your saftey. I have alrdy signed a pre-registration to the Army. I hope i can make you all proud, i dont want to replace some1, just let u know that they showed me that they are the true heros. I dont mean an insult if i dont leave my address. God Bless America. These colors dont run! God Bless America."
Mark Bryant

"I served with cpl Dieruf since the day he got into wpns co 1st lar as a pfc till the the day I got out just 5 months before he was redeployed. He was my driver on many field ops AND you couldn't help but love the man. My wife and I both shared his company at our house. he was the only marine that she said wasn't a bad influence on me.
and it wasn't a few months later that we herd the tragic news . deiruf was an outstanding marine and good friend."
CPL Davis of logan UTAH

"This is a tribute to a great guy .We went all thru school together. we both went to viet nam, his name is Mike Carter Lawson he was killed shortly after he got into country, his family and all his friends miss his smile and joking around , but he is a hero and we will always remember Mike. rest in peace buddy . Bill"
Bill Harrington of Knoxville, Iowa -Marion

"To the Families and Friends of the FALLEN,
ON 9/10/2005 on Interstate 80 north of Princeton, IL four huge FLAGS were raised to majestically waive in the breeze as a constant salute to ALL our soldiers who have served our nation (past, present, and future). We recognize the courage and sacrifice it takes to be a defender of freedom. We also know the pain and sorrow but also the PRIDE a family feels when they have lost a loved one who has defended this nation. The white stars represent the fifty states from which our soldiers hailed (a special thank you for those who came from beyond our shores), the blue the oceans and sky, the white stripes the soldier's courage and valor, the red stripes the blood shed to defend freedom. Therefore we call these flags "THE FLAGS of FREEDOM" long may they waive for your GLORY and HONOR. If you are ever traveling through ILLINOIS on Interstate 80 on your way east or west please stop and view the FLAGS and stay a while to say a prayer for the FALLEN and their families."
Dan Hollinsaid father of fallen HERO SSG Lincoln Hollinsaid of dhollins@amfam.com

"I meet Franklin in for Carson Colorado and since the first day or the first second we become inseparable is just the way he were, for me he were unique , is not because he is death but Franklin was one of the best person I ever meet, the best family man, the best friend and the best person.
The only difference I have with Franklin was our favorite baseball team in Dominican Republic, he love Los tigers del licey and I Love las Aguilas Cibaeña but his little thing make us the best friends.

Any body who need help Franklin was there, always happy, always willing to help you will find many people like me telling good thing about Franklin because isn't nothing bad to say.
Franklin and I were inseparable, cooking and sharing everything together.
We all missing him, this was a tragic lost for so many people and I wish I could do something to bringing back.
I was the godfather of his only daughter (Noemi) and he was my biggest support, we were together in Colorado, Germany and Florida. We were planning to buy our house together and move with our family.
I still here in Iraq working for an American company in support of Iraqi freedom and I couldn't make the trip to the burial to be with him and his family in this last moment.
A lot of people when they die in this hostile environment people said he was a hero but Franklin Vilorio was a Hero before he was dead and he stills my hero.
If Franklin Vilorio saw somebody hungry he stop eating and gave his food to you and I know that for sure because he did it to me, if you need help and you ask Franklin you will received.
I can't express my self everything I could but my language barrier don't let me do it, I wish I could do something to get this guy reconsider in special way because he was unique person.
He makes our Dominican heritage proud and I would like new kids take Sgt. Vilorio as an example. In my dreams when I comeback to Dominican republic I would like to make a little school and it will called Franklin Vilorio highs school.
By life of nature he was my friend but Franklin was more than that for me, a brother definitely my brother in law, my compadre and now he is my hero.

Mi friend was the support of the whole family and now they missing they hero, please I want to recognize the sacrifice of this solder and the lost from they family, maybe article writing by this news paper.
If you want you can check this different links from different news paper"
Julio Guzman-Garcia of Iraq

"Sept. 14, 2005

Dear Robert James, I'm sorry you haven't heard from me but please always remember, I keep you in my prayers and in my thoughts always, I pray to God to always watch over you and keep you safe and bring you back home to our family who loves you very much."
Auntie Laurie of Healdsburg, Ca. USA

"Oh my goodness! I have never read so many heart felt messages, it really does trigger an emotion that is undescribable. I have a friend that is being deployed this month(September2005) and I pray that he come back safe. At his going away party, we watched the show about Lori P. It was very insperational for my friend Kenny who will be leaving soon. We all cried and realized that these special people are not just soldiers, that they also have families friends and loved ones who wish their safe return, and for those families that have been so brave and for the soldiers themselves that have been very brave. I want to give a special thank you to Lori P and her family. I never have met her, but if I did, I would thank her for what she did for this country. I have never served, but I have a friend that will be soon, and I hope that he can touch the lives of all Americans just as Lori has. I just feel that the people on Extreme Makeover really do have their work cut out for them, and the show that they did for Lori and her family was very touching, and it deeply moved me and all my friends that watched it that night. To the people on the show, you are very special people and have changed so many lives, keep up the good work and may god bless your hearts, we love your show and everything that you have done for everyone you have helped!!! This world needs more people like you all!!!!!"
Irene Beach of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

"My name is Mary Lou Hinz. I live in Temecula, Ca. I am involved in a project remembering fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afganastan. I have made a cross stitch picture, and I have picked Ryan C. Young. I need to find out where his parents live so I can deliver this project to them. I have looked in the Corona phone book with no luck. If anyone knows of his family, please e-mail me at bobnmarylou@wmconnect.com"
Mary Lou Hinz of Temecula, Ca.

"Honor to the fallen US heroes who show the last full measure of their devotion to freedom and justice. Thanks so much to have defended our rights against Saddam's tyranny and Bin Laden's terror. YOU HAVE NOT FELL IN VAIN.
Every man and woman who STILL KNOWS what is Evil and what is Good has understood the just cause you fought for. Every man and woman who understands the meaning of freedom, respects God and enjoys democracy cannot forget your sacrifice.
Rest in Peace in the Paradise of the braves."
David Cornut of Switzerland

"My heart goes out to all of you! I think you all are amazing and Thank you for your dedication. You will ALL always be in my prayers..."
Tine of Elyria.Oh/USA

"I JUST WANNA SAY THAT MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE DUE TO THE TRAGEDY THAT IS GOING ON IN THIS WORLD. I LOST SOMEONE THAT I LOVED A LOT. EFRAIN SANCHEZ JR, HE WAS A GREAT PERSON & IT IS SO SAD TO HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS NO LONGER WITH US. ELI WAS A GREAT GUY, HE WAS SMART, LOVEABLE, AND VERY CARING. ELI WAS MY BOYFRIEND FOR ALMOST 3 YEARS. EVEN THOUGH WE HAD OUR PROBLEMS IN THE PAST WE FORGAVE EACH OTHER AND WERE HOPING THAT ONE DAY WE CAN TRY AND BE TOGETHER AGAIN. BUT GOD HAD ANOTHER PLAN FOR HIM BECAUSE HE TOOK HIM AWAY. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU ELI NO MATTER HOW MUCH TIME PASSES BY. YOU WILL HOLD A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR LIFE."
MICHELLE of BRONX,NY

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on


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