Fallen Heroes Memorial: Messages

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

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Messages

Leave a message in memory of the fallen servicemembers, as well as condolences to their loved ones.

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"I am so sorry for your loss but I thank your husband wife father son daughter brother sister for all they have given to us.The courage and freedom to live in this wonderful country"
Colleen of New Jersey

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Jennifer of Wellesley, MA

"Erik I am glad I meet you. You truly diserv to be an honerary hero of Holtville and of the world. You gave up everything to go to the war and I look up to you for that I miss you and everyone else here does to. WE ALL LOVE YOU."
Joanna Ruiz of Palm Desert California

"THIS SITE IS A TRUE DEDICATION TO REAL HEROES. POLITICS ASIDE (AND THATS WHERE THEY SHOULD STAY) THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE FREEDOM OF THE OPPRESSED, AND TO SAVE FELLOW SOLDIERS, MARINES, SAILORS, AND AIRMEN. I ONLY HOPE THAT AMERICANS WHO HAVE NEVER PUT ON A UNIFORM CAN APPERCIATE WHAT THEY GAVE UP."
ROBERT L of HOUSTON , TEXAS

"In memory of SSGT Jorge Molinabautisa.
A wonderful person the world has lost but the Lord has now. You will be missed dearly."
Your friends, David and Laura

"I sit here tonight in mourning over the death tolls.It hits home for me and so many other American families with service members in the war.It's sad that part of our society does'nt show appreciation for our troops. They think FREEDOM is free,well it is'nt. Look in the newspaper,turn on the T.V. Look at the heores that have died for this country.The RED.WHITE,and BLUE.They truely love America as well as you who is reading this because deep down you feel it in your heart.I beleive only service members families only know how it feels to have someone in a war die than the government and the white house sometimes.They don't seem to be giving our troops the protection they need.For one thing the Humvees there driving don't have enough protection.So many of our troops have died because of their vehicles.Thats unfortunate,especially when they can spend billions of dollars on Presidency campaigns but not the troops.I would just ask you to make a difference in society and help our troops in some way even if it's just flying an American flag.I believe everyone should have one flying in front of their home.Even if you don't support the war ALWAYS SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! Let FREEDOM ring!"
James DiCarlo of Lynn,Massachusetts

"I am glad for your service to our country.It's unfortunate that you had to die.God put you in a better place.Thankyou for your sacrifice.You will be in my heart along with the rest of the troops."
James DiCarlo of Lynn,Massachusetts

"I just happened across this site (courtesy of Free Republic) and read some of the messages,all of which touched me deeply.I am a very grateful and proud American,and I salute all of our troops overseas,doing a job that must be done,but one that only the brave and courageous can do.God Bless and keep them all in His care,seeing them safely home to their families, and to the ones that made the ultimate sacrifice, may flights of angels sing them to their rest, and God keep and comfort those left behind in the palm of His Mighty Hand."
Henry & Tammy of Colonial Beach, VA

"im here in KIRKUK IRAQ GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND YOUR LOVED ONES"
AMN TRIPSET of Kirkuk Iraq

"Hey Baby,
I'm missing you alot today, I found so such comfort in your arms, but now there is none. Sometimes I just go around in circles not knowing what to do. My heart aches when it beats and the tears won't stop. I still sleep with your old Idaho state t-shirt under my pillow but the scent of you has faded. One thing is certain, all of the wonderful memories I have of you will never fade from my mind or my heart.
Tonight I'm going up to the Wooley Toad for a Romoe & Juliet and to remember how much we enjoyed the sunsets together. I still can't believe we'll never do that again. Heaven took you much to soon but I'm not mad, I know god has a grand plan for you. For his mission only the strongest and bravest can be called up. For the world you are a hero and now it's heavens gain. Fly as fast as you want, there is no speed limit. You used to tell me "don't be skerd, umkay" now I say the same, because you'll still protect us and we will learn to channel our grief into something good, you would expect that. For all the joy you brought to my life, I thank you.
I will love you forever."
Ang

"Buggy was a close friend of mine, I mey him while in Kosovo, he always had a way of bringing laughter in to a room,
you will be missed friend."
SSG David Tweggs of FT. Polk LA

"Army Staff Sgt. Steven H. Bridges

I will miss you my brother-in-law. I thank you for your friendship and for looking out for my boy, Derek. He looked up to you, and, still does. I thank you for giving so much of yourself to me, and this nation. I wish you were still around so I could tell you personally. “Job well done Soldier”."
Kevin Wagner of Chicago, IL/USA

"Aaron you were such a handful for everybody.Even though to you it wasn`t enough.I always knew that your cupped hands were over flowing with love,strength, and most of all eagerness.Once I found a quote on the computer; "A life with love may have some thorns,but a life without love will have no roses" So just by hearing that I know that you put roses into those lives that had none and needed some.Some days I feel like you are still here, but then I look at one newspaper and drop all of my hope.It kind of seems weird how 50 stars and thirteen stripes can remind me of you and every family that has lost some one in the war. But then I notice that 50 stars and thirteen stripes aren`t just remembrance but something that represents the freedom that you and all the others gave me and every person in this country.
P.S Let me hear the thunder"
Kayla Jewell of Lovington N.M

"ERIC ILL NEVER FORGET YOU.YOU WERE ALWAYS YOURSELF NO MATTER WHAT.I KNOW THAT YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW I ALL FEEL ABOUT YOU.MY FAMILY WILL ALSO NEVER FORGET YOU.EVEN THOUGH MY DAUGHTER HAS NEVER MET YOU SHE KNOWS YOU AND WHAT YOUVE DONE FOR ALL OF US. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOUR MOM,DAD,CYNYHIA,JASMINE, OMAR,MANNY,JUAN,JOSE,LUIS,AND THE REST OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS(THERES TOO MANY OF YOU TOO NAME) BUT KNOW YOU HAVE PRAYER. ERIC YOU ARE ON TOP JUST LIKE YOUVE ALWAYS SAID #1. LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU"
of GLENDALE,CA. USA

"Saltz,
It's taken me awhile to write this, I want to say thank you for all you have done and for all the great memories I and all the kids in ROTC had with you. You will never be forgotten and your legacy in ROTC will always remain. I miss you a lot. Thanks for everything. God bless you for all you did, you will never know how much you really affected people's lives. Thanks for always pushing me beyond what I thought possible and making me believe in myself. I'll never forget you."
Emily Lynds of Bozeman, Montana

"My prayers and thanks to all the brave and gallant members of our armed forces and their families, particularly those serving in harms way."
James Gorman of Chicago, IL.

"We are so proud of you! You have proven that valor and honor still exsist. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for keeping our country safe and permitting us to be free. Are thoughts are with you always."
Lauren of Des Moines, Iowa

"When I look at our flag I think the stars and stripes are for our fallen sevice members. They gave so much for our country. May all of you who have lost loved ones know that all Americans love and care about those who gave their lives for freedom. As the saying goes, "Freedom isn't Free." May God Bless each of you, and may God Bless America!"
Dennis Ulmer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

"I hope your family feels love and warmth from a grateful country. As a member of the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary goes out to you in this time. You're loved one will always be regarded as a hero and held close to our hearts. Thank you for the sacrifice your family has made for all of our freedom. May the love and peace of God comfort. You will be in our prayers. God bless you."
Cory and Heather of Austin, Texas

"SSG LINCOLN HOLLINSAID....my brother and my hero. Of all the times we shared together, from fishing, hiking, camping, being around crazy people who are trying to fix a tire, and talking... you are my motivation. You are the only godfather my son will ever have....just as it should be, for who better than you to have him emulate. I miss you more than words can express....and your sacrifice is what keeps me going in the darkest of days. One day I hope to be the man that you were and that you saw inside of me. Sappers, Limas, Friends."
SSG Chris Loughner of Chandler, AZ, USA

"OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH STACIE AND AMBER ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY. MAY GOD GIVE YOU CONTINUED STRENGTH FOR YOUR JOURNEY. DONALD WALTERS IS A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT!"
PASTOR TONY of KEARNEY, MO

"To the Vega Family. We want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you this memorial day and everyday. We loved Michael very much . God Bless each and every one of you now and in the days to come.Be strong , you will see him again. To our soldiers fighting. Keep your heads up and be strong. We thank God for you and are praying for you as you grieve the loss of one of your own."
The Diggs Family of Vallejo, Calif

"I don't know who wrote this but I feel it says a lot, and hopefully will bring comfort to the friends and families of our service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Please know that there are many of us you will never meet but who are grateful for your loved one's service to their country.

"The body is gone, but the spirit is still alive. Within the walls of your heart, his memory will never die. Hold onto the memories of the good times you had, laugh and remember, do not be sad. No more hurt and no more pain, he goes on to live again. For in the hearts and the minds of his loved ones and friends, he will forever be a Hero, a soldier to the end."

They are in our prayers."
The Edwards Family of Alabama

"To all the Mothers, Fathers, Husbands, Wives, Grandmothers, Grandfathers, Brothers, Sisters, Nieces, Nephews, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins, I am truly sorry for all you your losses. It is very sad when you lose someone you love, I know you see I lost my middle son Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger Jr. on June 6, 2003, He was not only my son, but now my hero as well. He was willing to go over to Iraq. He told me "Momma if I dont go there will be another 911 and I dont want my momma, brothers, grandma or nephew hurt. I love you all too much. The pain is still there, but the Good Lord has sustained us just like he has promised to do for many, many years.
May God Bless all our men and women serving in Iraq, as well as their families here at home."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

"I served as a drill sergeant along side Kelly Hornbeck. He was my friend and now he is my hero. His family has not only my deepest sympathy, but also my sincere gratitude for the sacrafice they had to make for freedom."
Matthew J. Rovnan of Levittown, PA/ United States of America

"My prayers go out to you for the loss of your loved one. They are noble men and women who gave their lives for a greater cause. Their reward is in heaven, but their legacy remains on earth. May God keep you and comfort you."
Michael Casas of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

"To the family of SGT Jaror C Puello-Coronado of Pocono Summit, PA: My husband and son are with the Utah National Guard and were deployed to Iraq to serve with the 1st Armored Division in February, 2003. While they were gone I felt honored to make a donation to the Healing Fields in honor of our fallen heroes. I brought home the flag that was in honor of your soldier. Attached to the flag is a yellow ribbon with his service information. I am very blessed to have had my husband and son recently return home from Iraq after serving 15 months. I gave your soldier's honorary flag to my son. We will proudly hang this flag in the years to come with your soldier in mind. God Bless You All...."
Becky Tallerico of Price, UT

"Our prayers are with you as we too have lost our loved one. Lance CPL Elias Torrez 111 KIA 4/09/04 USMC 21 May the Lord Bless each and every one of the loved ones . Our Heros will never be forgotten. Our condolonces to the loved ones.Please continue to pray for our troops."
Elias and Martha Ramirez Torres of Veribest, Texas

"My heart and prayers are with each and every military person, living or deceased. We have freedom because of those wonderful people! The one's that are fighting in the war are giving us freedom, and the one's that are deceased gave us the freedom with their life! May God be with each and every family of the military."
Ruth W. (Army mom) of Pennsville, N.J. U.S.A.

"To all the families of a fallen military personnel or civilian; my thoughts and prayers are with you. In my eyes, they are all the true hero!"
Natalie A. R. of San Antonio, TX

"The Gates of Heaven are gaurded today by another fine young U.S. Marine,Cpl. Jason Dunham......Semper Fi ..Mike Huntley...former Marine...RSF,CA"
Michael huntley of Rancho Santa Fe, CA

"I am in awe of the losses of our soldiers, their families, and friends. May peace be with you all in this difficult time."
A. Peltonen of Cold Spring, NY 10516

"My heart aches for your family and the loss you have suffered for your precious son Ronald. I want you to know that I have also suffered that same loss on April 17, 2004. My son, Chris Gibson, was also a Marine Corporal in the Lima co, 3rd battalion, 7th Marine Weapons, 1st Expeditionary Unit, stationed in Iraq. He was also 23 years old. A bible verse that has really ministered to me is Psalm 34:17-19 and it says: The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
God bless you and your family and may you feel Jesus presence as he guides you through each day. I know the prayers of God's people is what has guided and strengthened us since hearing of the loss of our son and I know it will be the same for you. God Bless you all."
Terri Bowman, Mother of a Fallen Marine of Las Vegas, NV. USA

"To the family of PFC Ryan E. Reed, May God hold you in the palm of his hand and may you find some comfort there. I also know your grief as my son SPC Justin B. Schmidt died along with your son and loved one. My heart felt condolences."
Lenore C. Roberts, mother of SPC Justin B. Schmidt of Bagley, MN

"To the Grandmother of Todd Bates:
May happier memories of Todd brighten your heart and keep him there. May time ease some of the pain, and may God Bless you and yours always, and keep you in his care. You are in my prayers and in my heart."
Kim I. Michaels of Harborcreek, PA

"To the family, friends and loved ones of Donald S. Oaks, Jr.
You are in my heart and most of all, in my prayers always. I didn't know Donny, but to lose a loved one, especially one so young is unbearable. May God Bless you all and keep you in his care!"
Kim I. Michaels of Harborcreek, PA

"sgt. gregory l. wahl wife Maricela, daughter Alexis, mother Janis, father Leonard, brothers Joseph, Evan, and nephew Tyler. Want to thank each and everyone of you. That are taken the time to leave messages on Gregory's behalf. This will be something special and dear to my grand daughter years to come. To fully understand her father was much more. An that all he did in life was to care for others. As he loves his wife Maricela and daughter Alexis. Yes, he loved his entire family. Greg was in the ARMY as a professional. For he enjoyed that life. An he protect his country at all cost. Our family suffers not the lost of Sgt. Gregory L. Wahl; we suffer each life lost from 9/11, terrorism and to each an every soldier given his life. So we offer our condolences to all those that have died. One must note " Our soldiers are true heroes! we are extremely, thankful That the day Sgt. Wahl died. He was with three from his Veslick family. To each of those famalies my condolences. Words are truely hard during these times."
leonard t wahl of valley stream, ny. usa

"I am now one of the families who has lost a young man to war. My nephew was killed in Karbala, Iraq on Oct. 16,2003. I just found out about this tragedy less than a week ago. My heart aches for him and all his loved ones. Sean Grilley will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him. My heart and prayers go out to all families of fallen soldiers, it is so painful. I am proud of all the men and women who are serving our country,(and those who have in the past.)"
Sue Grilley Byron of Kipton, Ohio

"TO THE KRITZER AND MARSHALL FAMILIES:
OUR HEART IS WITH YOU AT THIS TIME,MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU TODAY TOMORROW AND ALWAYS!YOUR IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS!"
PFC.ROSALEZ , MARISSA & AUSTIN ROSALEZ of McALLEN,TX (FT.HOOD,TX)

"Tim:

I just want to thank you for what you have created in memory of our sons and daughters. My son, Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, was killed on 12/28/2003 while serving with the 82nd Airborne (Red Devils) near Fallujah. Not one day goes by that I don't visit the website and send our family's condolence to those who are losing their sons and daughters. My heart aches for them. We must never ever forget their sacrifice. Again, thank you for honoring their memory!

Sincerely,
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's Mom)
San Antonio, Texas
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Wouldn't let much bring him down.
Is truly missed by friends and family
Very caLm demeaner
Appriciated feLlow Americans
Took thIngs as they came, no compliants
A vehicle accident in Iraq
1st Marine Division"
Olga Chavez of Appleton/New York

"To William W. White:

Thank you for being such a brave person and soldier. I am writing to you because of a school project. People around this country should be thankful for sacrificing your life for others."
Olga Chavez of Appleton/New York

"To the friends and family of Nicolas M. Hodson:

I am very sorry and sad about the loss of your loved one. I know if I ever lose someone I love I will be heart broken. Just remember that Nicolas will be one out of the hundreds that died, that will be remembered and probably honored for making a better life for all of us and sacirficing his life for others."
Olga Chavez of Aplleton/New York

"I received the link for Spc. James M. Kiehl, which wasn't just a tribute the soldier he had become, but the man he was. This is the link : http://members.accessus.net/~tmcdonld/lighthse/Texas.htm

The friend that forwarded this link is one I served with during my time in the Navy. When I joined the Navy, I knew there would be times when I would be gone from home. It was always in the back of my mind that I would return.
I joined near the end of Desert Storm. On my first Med Cruise, I was aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-60) in the Adriatic Sea, as things in Bosnia were heating up. All during that time, I knew I was there for a greater purpose: so those I loved would never have to worry.
After seeing the page dedicated to Spc. James M. Kiehl, as well as his memorial page here, it shed new light on the time I spent serving my country, as well as humbled me. It made me realize that even though I did my part, I gave very little compared to those that gave their lives. I salute all those who have gone before me, and all those that have followed, that gave their lives to ensure our lives could be lived in freedom.
There is no greater treasure than freedom in this land, but it comes with a price. It is sad that this price is so high. Those that pay it would...and will continue to pay it, for they know the true preciousness of freedom. Freedom is the right to live for, and die fighting for the beliefs of the individuals, communities and country we all love so.
Let's not forget all the fallen have given us..."
Chris Maness of Kearney, Missouri

"To the wife of Abraham Pena-Medina, We want you to know that we grieve with you for the loss of Javier, not only was he a loyal soldier - but also a kind, and loving friend. I pray that the Almighty comfort you - We, the Bustamante's consider you family - We love you and will continue to lift you up to the Great Comforter - Your creator- He alone knows your complete loss . Love,The Bustamante Family, Harker Heights, Texas"
Elizabeth Bustamante of Harker Heights, Texas

"It seems like we're always "someone else" to someone else and you don't always think about the sacrifices everyone is making whether you believe in the cause or not, but there are real people out there who may not believe in the specific cause, but they believe in their country, and Ronald Baum helped us to sit and ponder a minute longer and appreciate everything we have just a little bit more.
We give our thanks, our condolences, our support, and most of all, our love to the friends and family of him."
Shelly, Cyndi and Julia of San Marcos, CA, USA

"Walking for Chance is giving 100% of our proceeds to the Chance Phelps' Memorial Fund to send Brunton Binoculars to Chance Phelps' fellow Marines in Iraq. Read about it at www.walkingforchance.com"
Walking for Chance of Arlington VA

"Kyle came in to eat at the subway i worked at in fayetteville/fort bragg, he was always so nice to everyone and he will remain someone on my mind for times to come. He is a REAL hero, and he WILL NOT be forgotten, all my love."
Jennifer of Fort Bragg, North Carolina

"I would just like to say how sorry i am to everyone who has a lost a family or friend in this war. Jeff will never be forgotten. I would like to say thank you to jeff and everyone else who has sacrificed for their beliefs in this war.
God bless"
Steve Wilson of Temecula, CA

"I am sorry for your loss. I am sorry for the pain your family suffers. I am a brother in arms only but did not serve directly with you. I will not be there for some time. When I do get there; I will have you in my thoughts and will try to be as honorable a person as you. I hope your family knows you make a difference even now."
Soldier Brother of New Orleans, La

"Sgt. Isela Rubalcava will forever be in our hearts and prayers."
M Orozco of EL PASO, TEXAS

"dear Jacob Herrings family, I am so sorry for what happened. I am doing a report about him and how,when,and where he died for school. I wish it never happened. love all yall soldiers!!!"
Shayna milam of comanche

"Cowboy,
Every day that goes by I can't help but think of you, and like everyone else says; your incredible smile. I couldn't ask for a better friend, school mate, and co-worker. You have no idea how much of a hero you are to so many people. Theresa is in public the strongest person I know. However, I know how much she misses you, as well as everyone who has ever come in contact with you. I keep a picture of you and me from your graduation with me just because I know you are looking out for not just me, but everyone left here on earth without you. God bless you Zef, I love you."
Morgan Appling of Bellville, Tx

"For the soliders that fell in combat over in that * hole of a country Iraq, I consider all of you heros! I'm joining the army in a couple of months and hopefully I will be sent over there to try to make a difference. I will fight for all of you and I will not go down without a fight! God Bless you all and your families."
Kyle Hewer of Lewisporte Newfoundland Canada

"To Adam, You were a great guy to be with and a great friend to everybody. I know many people have you in their hearts and will never forget the good times that we have all shared with you.
Love, your cousin"
Ashley Petty of Los Gatos, California

"As I began reading through the messages here, I was profoundly touched by the pain each of you who have lost loved ones in the service of our country are feeling, but am inspired by the love, hope and pride each of you have expressed here. I pray that each of you will be comforted in time by the spirit of a loving Heavenly Father and that you will come to know that you will enjoy the company of your lost loved one again in time. I am certain of this, for I know that they each live on beyond a temporary veil that we will each pass through one day.

God bless you and your loved ones. My heart aches for you and I am eternally grateful to your loved one for their willingness to serve and defend our country in the manner that they have.

Sadly some do not seem to understand the seriousness of our times. We fight now for our very survival against an enemy that would relish our complete destruction. Yet, despite the ignorance of so many that attempts to sensationalize and politicize these times for their own selfish agendas, we will prevail, on the backs of our brave men and women that chose to serve our country. They are the noblest of souls. Thank you to each of them."
j oberrick of san diego, ca

"My father served twenty years in the army. My children sleep peacefully at night, because when they are scared I tell them that your sons and daughters are protecting them. I currently have several friends in the Army National Guards, who have been told they should start preparing for their deployment. I salute you, I respect you, I thank you, and I pray for you all daily. There are not enough words in any language to tell you what I want to say, so I will say only this, Thank You, and God Bless you."
D, Laraway of Johnson, Vermont

"As my husband is serving in Iraq How Honored I am to be part of this wonderful Family we call our Military.
I am So very sorry for your losses on your loved ones, And I am so greatful they were willing to go and defend our Freedom and be Hero's to my children and myself. The Love and Heart Ache I have for you runs deep, but my Heart Swells with Pride to know How Blessed this world was to have Angels that came here to serve us as a Nation. God Bless you all and my Prayers are with you."
Pamla Railey of Panama City FL. USA

"Thank you for serving our country, without these wonderful men...we would not know the true meaning of freedom."
Claire Preisler Long of Wharton, Texas, USA

"The United States Military

(Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Guards, Reserves and Coast Guards)

Le Anne
05-01-04

They wear the uniform
Proud and true
They protect our Nation
For me and you.

They give of themselves
So unselfishly
They leave their homes
And their families

They are on foreign soil
In a foreign land
Our men and women
Who are taking a stand

They are on guard
Day and night
They are weary for sleep
But prepared to fight

They see death and destruction
In this war torn place
But its all worth the effort
When they see a smiling face

They remember why they are there
Through all the sadness and sorrow
Its to ensure for the children
A better tomorrow


May god keep and protect the men and women who have chosen to protect us and our nation..."
LeAnne Anderson of Covington, Georgia

"My name is Tina Speakman I am looking for a friend of mine who was in the service and I need to really find out where he is. his name is Edward Levi Levett Buggs he is a marine. If anyone can find out anything for me please contact my e-mail aboutbusiness29@yahoo.com. please i need to make sure he is okay. And, I am truly sorry for all lost soldiers and may god bless us all. Thank you Tina Speakman2004"
Tina Speakman of Atlanta, Georgia

"Thank you brave soldier. It is because of you and people like you that this immigrant became an American. God comfort your loved ones. I hope I prove worthy of your sacrifice."
Chike Edmund Nwasike of Westlake village CA

"I just want to say a heartfelt "Thank you" to all those who have lost a loved one in the war overseas. Because of their sacrifice, America continues to be a beacon of hope in a dark world. The pain of losing that special one is unimaginable. Yet, I'm sure your heart is proud. God Bless America!"
Rebecca of Chesterton, IN

"This website is a beautiful gift for those of us grieving the loss of our loved ones. Although I feel we have no business in Iraq, I do know that my husband died for our country, protecting our freedom and trying to make a better life for less fortunate people. I would like to personally thank ALL those brave men and woman who fight for us in all branches. They have given the best part of their lives for us and deserve our respect and gratitude. They have made a difference."
Wife of Fallen Hero SPC James Heath Pirtle, 2-8 INF, 4ID of Fort Hood, Texas

"Thank you so much for this website, it has made a world of difference. Letting long lost friends leave us messages at a time when they mean the most. And total strangers, too. This is the hardest time of our lives, and it's websites like this that help. It is so important to know that they won't be forgotten!! Here's to hoping we finish our mission in Iraq, then bring all our military home as soon as possible!! These colors don't run!!"
OIF widow of USA

"It is a sad, sad time for our country. I recently lost my 19 year old cousin to the war in Iraq. He was so young, so innocent,and he will never be able to live the life he wanted to live. It has been a rough time for our family, but we will make it. I just want to say God Bless all of the men and women in the military for doing what they are doing. And God Bless all of the families that have had to go through the same pain we have experienced. We love you Pfc. Christopher Cobb, and you will live on in our hearts forever!"
Kaylee of Bradenton, FL

"for all the coalition forces fallen and still fighting in iraq . forget the why's and the were's forgot the politics, these men and women fight for the worlds freedom, terriost threaten the worlds freedom, freedom of speech freedom to live in peace, .they fight and die for not just there country men but for the civalians of the world, and this is honarable what ever you religion know this "no great love has a man then to lay down his life for a friend" Gods blessing to you all"
patrick byrne of britain

"Rest in Peace " Soldier "

from Retired US Navy Corpsman/ Thomas L. Sweet/Illinois"
Thomas L. Sweet of Illinois

"I just want to say Thank you all for protecting our country. My cousin is in the 101st airborne out of ft.campbell,ky/usa!!! i don't know him all that well. but he is my cuz. i just wanted 2 let him know that he's in my thoughts & prayers. As of all of the other service people. many of the men in my family served in the usa service. so i'm proud to support my troops !!!!
Come home soon guys!!!! hugs & prayers..... we luv u sgt. david johnson, luv mindy/amy welch & tonya berry"
mindy welch of knoxville,TN/USA !!!!

"I really don't know how to say what I feel. I wish I could take some of your pain on my own shoulders. I don't agree with this war, but I support our soldiers with all my heart. Just know that our prayers go out to you."
Steve Estep of Springfield, Ohio

"I have not lost a loved one because of the War but I do have sympathy for all who have. My prayers and thoughts are with each and every family."
Sharon of KENTUCKY, USA

"God Bless the USA!!!"
Jim Gilleland (Proud American) of Jacksonville, Florida

"A MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY OF PAT TILLMAN...

Our heart goes out to the family of Pat Tillman in the loss of a wonderful person and a truly great American. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens that those who have lived such exemplary lives suffer tragic deaths. Pat's priorities were refreshingly proper and during his short life, he showed us how we all should live. Although you will never understand why his life ended so early, please take comfort in knowing that he touched and positively influenced many people by the way he lived. May God bless you with many signs from Heaven that his arms are around your loved one, and... God Bless America.

Dale A. Hampton (DAHampton@AOL.com)
Father of CPT. Kimberly Hampton (deceased)
Fallujah, Iraq, January 2, 2004"
Dale A. Hampton of P.O. Box 1727, Easley, South Carolina 29641

"I am so touched by this website and my heart bleeds for all of these soldiers and their families. I cannot even fathom the idea of losing a child. My prayers are with you. With great respect, I'd like to inform you of an event that that I am volunteering with that will be taking place June 19, 2004 in Chicago. The 2nd annual Illinois Freedom Run is expecting 25,000 motorcycles to ride 45 miles to Marselles, Illinois where a Memorial Wall & Park will be dedicated in Honor of Troops killed during the Mid East conflicts. The website has all the information, and I believe, a section for families of those troops who plan on coming to this ceremony. www.IlFreedomRun.org
God Bless!
karrerla@yahoo.com"
Carla of Oak Lawn, Illinois

"Thank you to all who fight for our freedom. I am one American who appreciates the men and women who defend our country and fight for the freedom I enjoy every day. Condolences to all the families and friends who have lost a loved one. Let's never forget the soldiers that paid the ultimate price for the United States of America."
Mike Hedlund of Traverse City, MI

"My deepest condolences to the families and friends of these fallen heroes, men and women alike. Never to be forgotten, always in our hearts and minds. Their sacrifce never diminished. We also serve who only stand and wait. God Bless us all."
Glenda Findley of Shelby, OH USA

"This one is for Pat Tillman. My son was killed in Op. Iraqi Freedom, my heart goes out to his wife Marie. Remember, when you are sitting outside on a clear night and you look up, there will be a star that twinkles extra brightly, that will be Pat looking down on you and all of us that he chose to fight for in the name of freedom. He will be remembered as a true Hero because he chose to help everyone and not just line his pockets like alot of others would do. All my love and respect to you and Pat."
Carol Ann (Kiehl) Howland of Kingman, AZ U.S.A.

"For a child's dreams to end in a strange land far from home, must this be the price of freedom? If so, thank the Lord for the American soldiers who sacrifice in the name of God and country. Perhaps we will see them again, someday. Or perhaps, right now from above, they continue to watch over us, ensuring our freedom forever more."
JL of California

"pat tillman was killed in Afghanistan after walking away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army Rangers not many people would walk away from money and risk there lives this is a true hero and my heart goes out to the tillman family"
kyle of md

"this message is ot my homeboy ra ra . i know your in a better place now, just don't forget about me. i know that pierre them is going through some hard things now. so heelp them to be strong and keep there head up.help them to understand that they have to persue there music careers that's what you would hae wanted them to do . please help them and tell i said it. love always and never forgotten ra ra
love toya a.k.a twisted"
toya a.k.a twisted of VIDALIA,GA

"I wish there was not war. I wish there was peace. But we have to protect ourselves from our enemies. And that is what our boys doing over in Iraq. We lost our best friend, Joe. Neither He, not anyone else that died in Iraq will EVER be forgotten.
GOD BLESS AMERICA."
Lina of Pleasant Hill, CA

"You will never be forgotten http://www.kiamemorialquilt.com"
Sandy Deem of Parkersburg, West Virginia USA

"i have recently lost my brother Sgt. Michael William Mitchell, and i would like to extend my condolences to all family members that are now in the same "club" as me. i know we are all grieving and trying to understand why such horrible things have happened. as i sat here and watched my family fall apart, break down and try to cope with the loss of my brother; i couldn't help but feel for the all of the other families that were going through the same thing. i want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, and maybe together we can all get through this.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!!"
christine jayroe of atascadero, ca usa

""TIS BUT THE VOICE THAT JESUS SENDS, TO CALL THEM TO HIS ARMS". MY SON IS SERVING WITH THE 1ST ARMORED DIVISION IN IRAQ. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU.MAY GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU DURING THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME."
JANICE of JACKSONVILLE, FL

"lOTS OF LOVE FROM MY MOM DEBBIE SHE LOVES YOU UNCLE AND MISSES YOU VERY MUCH I'TS BEEN HARD ON HER BUT I'M TAKING CARE OF HER LOVE YOU"
JESSICA ADAMS of american canyon ca

"UNCLE YOU WERE THE BEST IN EVERY THING YOU DID AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU I LOVE YOU. AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU AGAIN I WILL MISS YOU VERY MUCH AND SO WILL EVERYONE ELSE WE LOVE YOU AND HOPE TO SEE YOU REAL SOON IN HEAVEN I LOVE YOU UNCLE IT'S GONNA BE A WHILE BUT WE WILL SEE YOU REAL SOON. LOVE YOU LOTS. i HOPE YOU ARE HAVEING THE BEST OF FUN AND I WILL ALWAYS REMEBER YOU. HOW BRAVE AND STRONG YOU WERE TO GO BACK OUT THERE AND FIGHT FOR YOUR COUNTRY I'M VERY PROUD I LOVE YOU UNCLE REST IN PEACE."
JESSICA ADAMS of AMERICAN CANYON CA.

"I am SPC Amos' girlfriend, he will be forever missed, and loved always and forever my many people. He will always be a hero in my heart, and in the hearts of many others. The rest of the soldiers and their families will remain in my heart and prayers always..."
Teira of Oregon

"For HM3(FMF) Fernando A. Mendez-Aceves
Whose funeral was today at Naval Medical Center San Diego 19APR04. Killed in action in Iraq. Awarded the Purple Heart this day. I never met you
, but I am proud of you.
I met a name today,
I did not know.
He was our brother."
HM2 Alfred Souza of San Diego Ca.

"TO MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS AT ARMS:
Remember that you and you alone protect this country and its people. I pray every night for your safe return, and for your families you've left behind. I also pray for those lost in battle that they too will forever be in my memories. As the death toll of Servicemen and women slowly climbs towards one thousand, I can't help but feel a since of urgency to be there with you by your side, sharing in your pain and agony. I love each and every one of you. Stay safe and vigilant! Know what right looks like and get your selves home soon.

A FELLOW IRAQI FREEDOM VET!"
SGT. Jay Lopez of Las Cruces, NM

"As someone of Muslim background, I am extremely ashamed of how the courageous screfice that America is making in Iraq is blackened by the Media and sinister politicians all over the world.

I cannot begin to describe my admiration for the soldiers and the nation they represent.

Looking at their photos, I can't help wondering whether people should be left to reep the reward of their own stupidy. Is even one of these soldiers, who's been brought up in an open society and taught to have a civilised code of conduct, worth screficing for the sake of peoples who seem to be determined to be fooled and ruled by evil manipulators?"
Emir Jordan-Lie of London, England, UK

"WILLIAM,
IT'S BEEN ONE YEAR SINCE YOUR PASSING AND I AM STILL AT A LOSS FOR WORDS. I WAS THERE WHEN YOUR MOM WAS PREGNANT, AND WHEN YOU WERE BORN. YOU WERE ALWAYS
THE MOST MANNERABLE KID. I KNOW FOR A
CERTAINTY THAT YOU'VE MADE BOTH YOUR
MOTHER,(MARTHA), AND YOUR DAD,(MARK) VERY PROUD. REST WELL AND KNOW THAT YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. YOU'LL LIVE ON IN OUR HEARTS. I NOW KNOW WHAT THE WORD "HERO" REALLY MEANS, IT MEANS YOU,
WILLIAM WAYNE WHITE-
REST EASY, SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.
WITH HEARTFELT LOVE AND SINCERITY-"
ROBIN L. MAHONEY of BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

"I want to give my condolences to all the family who losed a loved ones. Me myself losed my husband, soulmate and best freind ( 2LT RICHARD TORRES (25) ,B CO 1/32 INF,10TH MTN DIV, FORT DRUM)on oct 6 ,03 in iraq. I cant tell u really want i feel right now , but all i could say is how proud iam of him for his ultimate sacifiiced he did for his country and his american people.Want keeps me going ,is i know if he could do it all over again, he could do it in a heart beat. His commanding officer told me 3 days before he passed away ,that rich told him "Sir i still cant believe iam in iraq and especailly wearing the usa flag on my shoulder" .Rich was a true die hard fan of the New York Yankees and Knicks. RICH, u would always be my hero and my ranger, miss u soo much and love u deeply ( not a second or minute goes by i dont think about you and we didnt say good bye for a good reason bc we will see eachother again in heaven )I Love YOU CHOLO. To any military wife out there who are going thru the same pain ,please feel free to email me cocoa5978@yahoo.com. May God bless all the family who are going thru a loss and most important may GOD bless the soldiers who are still in iraq fighting for our freedom ( your have all my respect ).Also for the family of PFC SCOTT who passed away with my husband .MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA"
LINDA TORRES of LODI,NJ USA

"For Tim Rivera:
The families of the fallen are forever grateful for your work on this site. I imagine that alot of your time is spent maintaining the content. We deeply appreciate this! I notice that things are updated at 0300 and think how tired you must be..... You are one of God's angels on Earth. God Bless Mr. and Mrs. Rivera for raising fine examples of America's best young men. Thank you......."
Proud WIFE of FALLEN SSgt of UNITED STATES of AMERICA

"I will never forget you Mendez. As long as I keep you in my thoughts you will never die.The bond that we make in the military withstands the test of time.Only military personnel past and present understand what I'm talking about. I am very proud that i served with you in Bravo Co. Medical Bn, 2nd FSSG. Your memory will live on forever in my heart. Your bother......"
Carlos Herrera of Brooklyn, New York

"Hello. This message is for all the family and friends of those military members who have given the ultimate sacrifice. My name is Dan Rivera and I am the brother of the creator of this website. Tim has made me very proud with his accomplishments in this site. I am very touched that he intially was thinking of my safety when he first thought of the site, but am glad he chose to remember all the military members, instead. I have heard stories of how this site has helped many people who have lost friends and loved ones. While I do not look forward to the lists growing any longer, my wish is that many more will continue to be comforted through this site. Thank you Tim for all you are doing. I love you and am proud to be your brother. :-)"
Dan Rivera of Eglin AFB, FL

"TO ALL MY BROTHER MARINES...SOLDIERS,SAILORS,AIRMEN,AND FELLOW FREEDOM FIGHTERS.
MAY GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE.
SEMPER FI...HOGS!"
OFCR. C.P. HART ( LCPL / USMC-1983 ) of OLD TOWN, FLORIDA

"My deepest gratitude goes out for all the brave men and women who have given their lives so that I can continue to live in a free country. Oh, you say, they were not fighting for our freedom? If freedom is being defended any where on this planet it is being defended for the USA! How soon some forget how close we have come to loosing that freedom as demonstrated on 9/11. My prayers are with the loved ones of those who so gallantly gave their lives. My prayers are also with those men and women who continue to fight for what they feel is right."
Rexene Brauchle of San Antonio, TX

"God Bless you my fellow comrad!"
David of Huntsville, Al

"Penny and the kids, I remember Chris as a fun loving person, Chris was my 1st cousin. I could go on with Splinter antics, they were jokesters, still are, fun loving people. Nothing made me so proud of the support of the community and the military. He is a true hero, one that we will pass on for life. Splinters are storytellers, they are unique, I could be in the middle of Arizona in a mall, and someone would ask me "Are you a Splinter"? Cross legged, Cubs fan. Thank you for your service Chris, we all love you."
Angela Splinter of Richland Center, Wi, USA

"Pain, saddness, anger, love and thankfullness these are the feeling that have run inside me between the news papers and the T.V. as I see so many of our brothers and sisters die for the one blessed word "FREEDOM". Thank you your life will always be remembered for the many lives you have saved through your bravery. I love all of you."
Rebecca S. Campbell of Lakeland, FL USA

"This website is dedicated to honoring the soldiers who have fought to preserve the freedoms we, as Americans, enjoy. If you live in the United States of America, you are also enjoying these freedoms. If you don't appreciate this, go home. Although freedom of speech is one of the many things we can be thankful for, please keep your political views off this specific site. Let the families, friends, and loved ones be proud of their soldiers and honor their right to mourn."
Heidi Cooke of St. Paul, MN

"I was at your memorial service in Badgdad Bobby and it ripped my heart out. You are well loved and remembered by your fellow soldiers, God bless you and may he take care of your family"
1SG John P. FitzGibbon of 170th MP Co, Ft Lewis, WA

"I find this very upsetting that on this web site that is for fallen heroes and their families, people would leave these kinds of messages. There are plenty of other sites where you can talk about the way you feel about the war. This one is not about the war, it's about the men and women who have died. Whether the war is wrong or not is not up to them, they are doing a job. And don't give me that crap about they have the chose not to enlist. Kids like my son didn't this is the only way he could further his education. It's very upsetting that people would leave messages like this here. Have a heart we families have been through too much already we don't need to hear these kind of things. Give us a break. Keep it to yourself."
Mother of a fallen Marine of U S A

"US soldiers in Iraq asked to pray for Bush.Thousands of marines have been given a pamphlet called "A Christian's Duty," a mini prayer book which includes a tear-out section to be mailed to the White House pledging the soldier who sends it in has been praying for Bush.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s819685.htm"
Christian of Phil.Pen

"To Karen,
Thank you for someone picking up and running that extra mile. I would like to thank all of the participants and please thank the one running for my son Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger,
Jr."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

"To the family of LCPL James A. Casper,
I want to thank you for the sacrifice your son made for us the American people so that we can too be free and for trying to free the Iraqi people too.
To the Mother, I am truly sorry for your loss and I can say I know how you feel, how you miss your son so much, because you see I too lost a son in Iraq last June 6, 2003. His name was Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger Jr. He was in the Navy. He will always be missed, but never forgotten. I am so proud of him for what he has done and know he hasnt died in vain as none of the others have either. I want to thank all the families who have lost loved ones, all the ones who have been over there and have now come home, I am so thankful that you got to come home safe.To all the ones still going, please be safe and know our prayers are with you."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

"For the family of Spc. Philip G. Rogers. I feel your pain and lost. My sympathy goes out to you, and all the other families that have lost their sons and daughters. I pray to God for the families, to give them strength and endurance for the ultimate sacrifice. Our soldiers have paid the ultimate price for the freedom of others, and I want to thank them all. May God bless you, and may you rest in peace."
Z. Marion of Gresham, OR.

""All gave some and some gave ALL." To our sailors our soilders our marines that god has taken from us and given life to once again. You may not be here on earth. You fly in heavens golden light. Our tears fall as we greive. You gave your life to make others lives and other nations a safer and better place to live. For your gift I'm eternally greatfull. To the families of our fallen. I love you. I thank you for your sacrifice of your loved one(s). I look forward to the day where I meet your family member in heaven and thank them for their priceless gift of keeping my family and all others safe. I cant say enough how much I thank you. "They are gone but live in our hearts forever""
Chrissy of McMinnville, Oregon, USA

"FOR EVERYONE WHO LOST LOVED ONES I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. I HAVE JUST LOST A COUSIN HE WAS A GREAT GUY HE WAS ALSO A CARING AND LOVING PERSON. I THANK GOD EVERYDAY I HAD A COUSIN AS GOOD AS HIM. ALL HE WANTED WAS TO SAVE THE INNOCENT AND AS HE WAS TRYNG TO MAKE PEACE IN THIS WORLD GOD, SAID IT WAS TIME TO COME HOME. WE ALL MISS HIM AND KNOW YOU MISS YOUR KIDS SO IF YOU GET A CHANCE PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM.HIS NAME WAS JAMES ALLEN CASPER..."
THE LOVING COUSIN JAIME DEBOARD of WYLIE,TEXAS

"To all of the families who have lost loved ones in this war I grieve for all of you as I am too grieving the loss of my own son. Lcpl James A. Casper, who was fighting to free the poor people of Iraq, did not die in vain. He was fighting for what he believed in. Freedom, Libery, and Justice for all of Iraq's people. I am as proud of all of yours as I am my own. God Bless each and everyone of you and yours."
A LOVING MOTHER of Coolidge, Texas

"God bless you and your battalion, Karen. I think what you folks are doing is wonderful and selfless, so I tip my hat to all of you. My son, Pvt. Robert L. Frantz, was killed in Baghdad on June 17, 2003. If you find out who ran his mile, would you please thank them for me? Take care and I wish you the best always."
Kim Smith of San Antonio, Texas

"I go to school at Old Dominion University and I am in the NROTC program here. Our battalion came up with the idea to run a mile for every service member that has died over in Iraq. As I write this someone is running a mile for someone that died over there. I ran a mile today for Levi B. Kinchen not knowing who he was and that led me to this site. Today I put one of the 650 flags in our peg board with his name on it. All of this is to raise money for the families left behind. I just wanted ya'll to know that Levi B. Kinchen may be gone but he is not forgotten."
Karen E. Upton of Norfolk, Va

"I never thought i would say good bye so soon, then i had to think about it im not saying good bye, im saying ill see u in heaven, my uncle is now my angel,and he's very much alive inside of me, he was always an angel, they say the good die young, and my uncle was nothing but good and always kept the vega family strong and together and he's living within everone that loved and cared for him, i miss his physical being, i miss the hugs, the kisses, and the times we talked i miss those talks the most, i want to thank everone that took time out to write to my angel.. I LOVE YOU UNCLE ILL SEE U IN HEAVEN UNTILL THEN GUIDE THE FAMILY!!! ALWAYS IN FOREVER IN MY HEART
love always your favorite niece KARRA"
UNCLE MICKEYS CUTIE PIE KARRA of VALLEJO CA

"Melanie,
My family was being seated at Tony Roma's in Fayetteville and you and Scott were seated in a booth towards the front of the restaurant. I came over and said hello after Scott waved me over. He was definitely a proud husband as he should’ve been. This was recently after your wedding.
I had only known Scott for a year but it was a good year. He was intense and driven to succeed, but always as a team player. He was superior at his job and his confidence was contagious to everyone. I believe he is definitely in a better place and I base this on some brief conversations we shared over the last year.
It is almost a year ago that Scott made the ultimate sacrifice. I think of him at least once a week and I hope to never stop remembering the heroes I have served with over the last three years. I am one of the fortunate ones who had a chance to see him a few days before his death. We had a few brief words and a good manly hug and hand shake prior to his departure for his mission.
I cannot imagine the trials and sadness you have experienced. I will remember you in my prayers and I know that God’s love is beyond our comprehension.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to heal some of my selfish sorrows as I remember a Great American.

Semper Fi,"
Chris Naler of Fayetteville, NC (03 April 2004)

"Jean Prewitt: Not a day goes by that I do not think of Kelly. My prayers are with you at this time upon the anniversay of Kelly's death."
Lana Barker of Birmingham, AL

"Thank you for the greatest gift, giving their lives so others may live. May each of our finest rest in peace. God grant them peace."
Carol Maresca of Katy, Texas-U.S.A.

"In honor of My Son James Kiehl, I am writing in your memory of a son who gave me the honor to call me Dad even though I was only a Step-Dad. I recieved a letter from Coronel Mathews, Chief of Staff, 32d Missle Def. Comm. and we had a conversation where I was informed that he remembers you very well, your honesty, smile, integrity, and bold fighting heart. He stated that he sees and hears you in the 32d Missle Def. Comm. even though you are gone. He understands our pain and stated that "He will not be forgotten."
Major Oliveras called and instructed myself and your Mom, Carol Ann that the men & women have since been restationed and we needed to move on in our lives also. She also said that you made a large impression on all you came in contact with and she saw good dreams in you when she met with you prior to your leaving for Iraq. I have recieved pictures from all who were in Office (President Bush to our local Chief of Police)and have created a memorial to my you James. She stated "He was always first on the line to lead those to victory." I will always remeber, love and miss you James. Your Step-Dad, and your little brother Frank."
LtC Edward Howland of Kingman, AZ/USA

"TO ALL OF THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE LOST LOVED ONES IN IRAQ, MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND I FEEL YOUR PAIN. THEY WERE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN AND THEY WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. I LOST MY BROTHER ON NOV. 7, 2003 IN MOSUL, IRAQ, HIS NAME WAS SSG MORGAN KENNON. YOU AND THE LOVED ONES YOU HAVE LOST ARE IN MY HEART AND PRAYERS. THEY ARE ALL MY HEROS AND I LOVE THEM."
NICOLE CRAWFORD of Memphis, TN. USA

"As a police k9 trainer I have named a police k9 after Sgt. Smith. the k9 will be working in the state of ILL. I will continue to honor our troops in this way. God bless our troops."
Paul Piergiovanni of girard, ohio. USA

"As a former Marne Division soldier, I am deeply saddened by the loss of my fellow 3rd Division Brothers and all soldiers for that matter, yet I am also extremely proud of the job they did and the mission's that they have accomplished. No words I say hear can make up for your loss and suffering, but I do understand I lost my Father in Vietnam. I was with the 3ID in in GW1 and nearly lost my life, so the Marne Division holds a very special place in my heart. I truly believe your loved ones died for a very noble and just cause, for in the long run your grief will be replaced by Pride as you, and the rest of the country realize what these and all soldiers who have died, accomplished in this War on Terrorism.
There will be more casualties in the future, but these shall never be forgotten. As a 3ID Vet I salute you.

My condolences to you all, may God Bless you and comfort you in your time of grief."
Ssg (Ret)James Bachus and Family of Jonesboro, Louisiana, USA All the way

"Liberty is maintained by responsible freedom. If there is one thing we have learned from history it is that peace is not maintained by pacifism. It is those who put themselves in harms way to protect our country, our liberty and our way of life that deserve the respect of all.
The war protestor owes his freedom to protest war to those who died to protect that right.

Original poetry of respect and honor can be found at www.PoetPatriot.com."
Roger W Hancock of Auburn, WA - U. S. A.

"For the Families of Fallen Marines

There will never be anything anyone can do to mitigate the loss of a loved one. All we can do is to be there. One thing to keep in mind, as high brow and prideful as it might seem, is that as a Marine, they'll never be forgotten. Individual names will fade with time, people will all leave us in time, and their memories will go with them when they move on to better things. We often say of fallen Marines, that they have gone on "To guard Heaven's Gates" or they've been "transferred to Chesty's command". We know where Marines go when they leave us. We drink to their memory. We remember our Brothers and Sisters. In time we will be gone, and our memories with us. Take this comfort with you as you mourn your losses. The United States Marine Corps will never be forgotten. Your Brothers and Sisters will therefore never be forgotten. Your Sons and Daughters will never be forgotten. Your Fathers and Mothers will never be forgotten. They have passed into the legend and myth that is the United States Marine Corps. They will be remembered with the likes of Pharaoh's Army, The Hordes of the Khan's, Alexander's Armies, the Legions of Rome. Other armed forces across the length of time will be remembered as being less than our equals. Your loved ones have been a part of something special. Something that cannot be readily conveyed by mere words. It is scant comfort in this present time, but it is a source of quiet pride to those who understand. A Marine will live forever. God will not abandon those who have been willing to sacrifice so much for others. Your son, and the sons and daughters of so many others will certainly never be forgotten, here on earth or before the throne of God. They are only words, but they are all I presently have to offer. Be at peace, Mother. Be at peace Father. Be you all at peace, for your family member will most certainly be guarding Heaven's Gates upon your own arrival there in the fullness of time. Semper Fidelis, Marine family. Be Proud.
-- Warren Bonesteel
Sgt USMC 1976-1983"
Warren Bonesteel of Rapid City, SD

"To the family of SSGT Lagman I want to say I am saddened by your loss. My words can do very little and I apologize for that. I have heard about this through Capt. Harris and his wife. Your son was and is a hero in the truest sense. I want to thank you and your son for fighting for his country and I will keep you and your family in my prayers."
tom orme of Mt. Sterling, Ky

"I am the sister of SSgt Joe Dunigan who died March 11, 2004, in Iraq. I just want to tell everyone how proud of him I am and how Honored I feel to have him for my brother. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for my freedom. May God Bless all who have lost their lives as well as the families that are left behind. I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN."
Robin Colley of Benton, Kentucky

"Ruben I would just like to say Thank you for everything. You are my hero and you are in my heart day and night. R.I.P. buddy"
Amanda of El Paso, TX

"I will never forget the sacrifice of the soldiers who have given their lives, the soldiers who are fighting, and the soldiers who have fought to preserve the freedoms of this great country. There are no words to express my gratitude and admiration. May God bless you and your families on a daily basis and show Himself mightily in your lives.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13"
Heidi Cooke of St. Paul, MN USA

"Ms Sue Niederer, Seth's mom, is going to Washington April 2, to deliver a letter to the White House. She wrote the President some weeks ago demanding answers as to how and why Seth died. He has not responded, so she will hand deliver the letter. Ms. Niederer called my radio station asking for help. We tried calling the White House a dozen times. They ignored us. So, I will accompany Ms Niederer to Washington. I will do my Talk show from there, and hopefully members of the NJ political delegation will join me on air as we attempt to put a spotlight on a grieving family that can't find out exactly how and why their son died."
Jack Ellery of WCTC Radio, NJ

"On behalf of many greatful canadians, thank you."
Graham Yeske of Edmonton, Ab, Ca

"My name is Tara Hunte and I am the widow of Spc. Simeon Hunte. I lost y husband in Al Khadra, Iraq on october 1, 2003. I was so devastated when I got that cold knock on my door. My husband never got the chance to meet our son, Simeon Jr., who was born while he was n Iraq. We also have a two year old daughter. My husband was just 23 years old. I visit websites such as these all of the time because they bring me comfort. Thank you all for your kind words and support during these hard times. I pray every night for those soldiers who are still fighting this war. God bless the families who have had to feel the same pain as I have. I would really like to get in touch with those who lost someone in Iraq. If you want to talk, please feel free to e-mail me. God Bless."
Tara Hunte of Willingboro, NJ

"To the family of Sean Cataudella, we will never forget our fallen heros. Although I did not know Sean, he has become a true hero in my heart. Prayers go out to the whole Cataudella family."
Linda Rodriguez of Austin, Texas

"It does not matter where we defend freedom. I know it must be a terrible sacrifice for the families, but I have also heard from my grandfather, who lived in Communist Russia and fled as a boy. His stories were devastating. For someone who states that we are not the guardians of the world's peace or freedom, they should look into a small child's eyes that cannot read a book he or she desires or search for the distant star of their choosing. I am so proud to live in this country. Your loved ones will never have died in vain. Their lives help every child in this world to look further than what they are told to do. God Bless the families and our soldiers."
Frances Loszynski of Providence, Rhode Island USA

"I will always remember C.G. I grew up right up the road from him. I can't tell you how many nights me, my sister, C.G., and his brother Chris stayed outside talking all night long in our driveway. We rode to school (Pleasant Valley) everyday together. C.G. and Chris would walk up to our house, come in and wait for me and my sister to get finish getting ready. We were the best of friends. They were like brothers to us. I will never forget all of our great times we had together. I love you and i will miss you C.G."
Amanda Rupp of Jacksonville, AL

"The IED that killed army michael woodroff on march 2nd i have to say my husband was in that convoy and could have been kiiled and saw that poor man die, I pray for the family of him and pray i never have to go through that my husband should be home in the next 2 months i pray he makes it. Im so sorry to the family. and i will have you and him in my prayers everynight. GOD BLEES THE AMERICAN SOLDIER!!!!!!!!!!"
Rachel of KANSAS

"For the family of Edward Brabazon: My husband was in the 82nd during Korea. We lost a grandson-in-law in Iraq in December. Thank you and your son for letting us fly our flag freely. I wear a red/white/blue ribbon daily and will continue to do so until this war is over, in memory of your son and all the other Fallen Heroes. Please know we care."
Sharon Stanger of Idaho

"TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT GIVE THEIR LIVES FOR ME, I THANK YOU. MAY GOD BLESS YOU, AND COMFORT YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES."
FORESTINE (BABE) GOODBODY of FORT SCOTT, KANSAS

"No greater gift can a person give to another than to lay down there life for them, god bless each and everyone of our brave soldiers that are serving our great country and some having to pay with there life for doing so! My heart breaks for the family members that have to give them up! An ex-marine and retired law enforcement officer after 30 years service! Remember Jesus did the same for all of us and we should never forget he is the truth, the way, and the life!"
Robert P. Holmes, Jr. of Cookeville, Tn. U.S.A.

"I thank the soldiers who serve this country of freedom and those who have died. Those are the people with a gift of generosity. We all must understand that. From the janitors to the 5 star generals, they all serve. Heroes really do exist, and we' ve heard of many. May GOD bless them all."
Brandon Tibbott of Valley Center, KS U.S.A.

"A CHILD HAS DIED TODAY
WORDS COULD NOT BEGIN TO EXPRESS
MY FEELINGS OF COMPLETE EMPTYNESS
I BEND MY KNEES IN PRAYER
HOPING THAT SOMEDAY WE WILL SEE THEM THERE
IN GOD'S HOLY LIGHT AND LOVING PRESENSE
YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
BY RAISING SUCH A STRONG AND FREE DAUGHTER OR SON
A CHILD HAS DIED TODAY
WHILE PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM AND TRADITIONS
HAS MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY

My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones. Know that my prayers and those of thousands of others are with you each day."
Candy Knutson of Poynette, WI

"I THINK EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD WANYS A DAY WITHOUT PEOPLE DYING.THE DAY YOU LOST YOUR LOVED ONES I WISH IT WAS THAT DAY WHERE NOBODY DIES. I KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO LOOSE SOMEBODY THAT CLOSE.THE SOLDIERS THAT DIED THEY DIED FOR A SPECIAL CAUSE. I WANT TO THANK THE SOLDIERS FOR FIGHTING FOR OUR NATION. THEY HAVE DONE SO MUCH FOR US. BE SAFE AND GOD BLESS YOU.5TH GRADE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS."
TANNER&KAYLEE of SAN ANGELO TX

"Thank you for your bravery I'm relly glad you fought for our country."
Fernando of San Angelo,Tx

"I hope you will see your family soon.I am very greatful for you fighting for our country.Thank you for being brave.."
White, Jordan of San Angelo, Tx

"Thank you very much for fighting for our country. I hope you see your family very soon GOD be with you."
Jamar of San angelo TX

"Gracias por peliar por nuestra nation."
Brenda of Austin Tx

"I'm sad for all of the loved ones who died for our country.Thank God for the people who are fighting for all of our loved ones. God Bless all of our soldiers that are fighting for our country."
Sabrina of San Angelo Tx USA

"Thank God that you saved our country!
God bless the ones who passed on, and God bless their family . We wish you well, and hope you are safe and sound. We hope your family member rest in peace. We are elementry students from: Altaloma."
Jazmin & Kianna of San Angelo TX

"Thank you so much for all of the soldiers helping our country.I'm so sorry for all of the soldiers that have died fighting for our country and for the people who lost their love ones.I pray for all the soldiers hoping that the war would be over soon.God bless all of you who died and are fighting for our country."
Monica of San Angelo Texas USA

"All of the soldiers out there who are fighting for us you soldiers are very brave because you have rescued a lot of people in the united states.It is very hard being in the sun all day with out your family members.Thank you for fighting are state and are people.Every day an night I prey for this war can be over and soldiers can be happy with there family.It is very hard over in Iraq.We will always remember you."
Benito of San Angelo

"LIVE ON FOR EVER DEVILDOG YOUR GAURDING THE GATES OF HEAVEN WITH THE BLUES ON SEMPER FI"
Lcpl Granger Daniel R of ELKHART IN USA

"Hey i am proud of you devildog i would have done the same if i was sent over i am going in april and will do the same if need now your guarding the gates of heaven for the more powerful force. my sorrows for your family"
Lcpl Granger Daniel R of Granger IN USA

"In Texas schools, every morning we say the pledge and then one minute of silence is observed to reflect, meditate, or pray. Many of my students bow their heads or fold their hands. I hope that most are offering prayers for those who are fighting or have died for our country. My kids are learning about the sacrifices made by many men and women soldiers so that our freedom can be maintained. Thank you for your willingness to serve our country. Please know that your dying for our country was not in vain. The sweet little souls of our youth have been protected by you and those before you, one more time. How can we ever thank you enough for your willingness to serve our country. Bless you and ones that love you and miss you.

Many blessings,"
Jo Wyatt of San Angelo, TX

"Where does God keep His fallen Hero’s?

It must be a serene place; some place with the likeness we have never known.
I can imagine a grand haven with men and women in uniform
Standing in Respect and at Attention,
In wait, and anticipation,
For His glory to shine on them.

Lined up, row by row, shoulder to shoulder,
Stouthearted, these fallen heroes’s.
Their Life’s dedication foreshadowed by none other, to serve, to keep the peace, and to honor life.

Their life’s work - sacrifice, giving to others, saving lives, preserving the glory for peace loving Nations, enduring hardships, lifting the burdens, and carrying the Torch for all.

Their Sworn oath and duty to preserve the Peace, to Honor the Trust and Sacrifice.
There is great reverence in these lives of the men and women
who chose this pathway, to lay down theirs for others.
What a glorious place this must be filled with our Fallen Hero’s.

His Eternal rewards can only be,
Love, Grace, Peace, Glory, Honor, and Remembrance, for God so loved the Peacekeepers.

God Bless them All."
Jan Wallace of Newport RI

"I REALLY DON'T HAVE THE WORDS TO EXPESS WHAT A TRUE HERO EACH AND EVERYONE ONE OF THESE SOLDIERS WERE.EACH OF THEM IS A LIGHT IN MY HEART THAT SHINES IN MY EYES FOREVER. MY CONDOLENCES ARE WITH EACH FAMILY & LOVED ONE.I HAVE A SON WHO WILL SOON BE THERE FOR THE 2ND TIME.I'M PUTTING HIM IN GODS ARMS & HOPE HE COMES HOME SAFE & SOUND.THIS IS A MOTHERS WORST NIGHTMARE.GOD BLESS EACH & EVERYONE OF THESE SOLDIERS. A JOB WELL DONE!!"
Sharon Little of Mapleton, Iowa

"Robert,
You are greatly missed by your family and friends. You are a true hero. Sandy, Robert and Jenifer, I love you much and will be there for you always."
Candy of Poynette, WI

"Micheal you will be with us all way's.
You were like a son to me and a brothre
to Matt. We think about you every day.
Weare proud of all the young men and wemon that have gave there live for us.
My payers are with all the familes lostes."
Brenda W King of Pulaski Va. 24301

"We have been overwhelmed by the kindness,support and prayers from people who didn't know our son,"Buddy". We so appreciate it in this our time of sorrow. Buddy was a great son,brother,husband,friend and soldier. He will live on forever in our hearts. Thank you all."
Barb&Jack Lloyd,....Mom and Dad of Zanesville,Ohio

"I remember when HM3 Johnson got to us at 3/5 when we were gearing up to deploy to Iraq. He came in to the BAS with a few other Corpsmen from San Diego. Out of all all those Corpsmen he had the biggest smile on his face and I don't think that it ever left. Even when I saw him in Kuwait that huge smile of his was still there, extremely heart warming knowing what we were about to go into. I remember piling into a tent every Sunday to worship and seeing Johnson with that smile again singing in the choir. Slapping his hands together and worshiping the Lord. Talking to him a couple of times, his morale was definately one of the highest out of the Marines and Corpsmen, and that's what we needed most. The day that he was killed was one of the saddest days of my life. My prayers are with your family, for I too know how it feels to lose someone I charish. I will always remember the smile of that Battlefield Angel, the one they call DOC Johnson."
HM3(FMF)LaBonte, Andrew T of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I fly a flag in my yard, lit up at night and every night as I lock the doors, I glance out at my flag and thank God that it flies over my home in the greatest country of the world. You soldiers have given me that gift and I want to thank you for protecting our freedoms."
Dawn of Vandalia Illinois

"i am veteran of the armyand i would like to express my gratitude for those who gave all for me and my family to go on living the way we do.to those left behind i wsh i could take your pain from you.i am gateful and many more are to.we only hear what the media wants us to.i am here to tell you there are more of us that support the war and the men and women who fight it than not.god bless you and he will ease your sufforing.thank you for your gift to this country."
james brown of houston,tx.USA

"I know how you are feeling, as my son, Cory, was with Luke when they died. They are all heroes and we love them and will miss them. God be with your family and ours."
Pat Mracek of Hay Springs, NE

"My love and support goes out to you chanel the wife of Micheal,and his daughter Destiny Its hard to say or express how I feel and felt when I recieve the news. Knowing what you were going threw at the time. Things do happen for a reason. God also has it done at a certain time. So We can't really question it, because God doesn't make any mistakes. So Chanel I know your going to be alright so is Destiny. I love you both. Take care and keep in touch. Love your sister."
Tulani Hare of Flint, Mi

"To David Nixon and your family:

We had been given God's grace to cross paths with you on April 19, 2003 in Washington, DC. You took our picture in front of the Lincoln Memorial we took your family picture as well. You observed my husbands shirt and asked if he was on the Enterprise. You then unselfishly thanked my husband for his service. You introduced us and told us of your purpose and visit to DC. We had no words except to thank you for your sacrafice. We will never forget you and your son. God Bless~~~"
Harry and Beth Milner of San Diego, California

"To all of us, we will always remember you. The red, white, and blue. Let Freedom Live. Thank you."
spc. Jose Chacon of Tikrit, Iraq

"All these soldiers served their country with pride and honor, may they never be forgotten for the great sacrifice they made."
Nathan Ashinhurst of Nampa, ID/USA

"I am an army mom and former army wife. You are all in my prayers, and I know that God promises to help us through times like these. Every mom prays for her childs safe return home from war, myself included, as my youngest son is in Iraq. I had 3 family members deployed there. Every parent holds their breathe when we hear of another Fallen Soldier. May God Bless You and help you get through these difficult times and know that many people have you in their thoughts and prayers. Our soldiers are all so brave, and we should be very proud of all of them and the sacrifices they make each day!"
Sherry Nutt of Rapid River, Michigan

"I do not know any of these fallen heros personally, but will meet them in Heaven someday. May there families have peace in there hearts and may there deployed commrades have an Angel over there shoulder.

SFC David C. Jarrett
US Army Retired
Born on the 4th of July"
David of Canton, Ohio

"GOD BLESS"
LISA Y MOORE of AUGUSTA, GA/USA

"I would just like to let you know that I promise to teach my children about the sacrifices made by patriots like yourselves and your son. We won't ever forget. Love and Godspeed, Michael D. Bailey"
Michael D. Bailey of Of Texas and Michigan

"To The Fallen Hero's of Yesterday, Today & Tommorrow

My name is Seth Ward and I want to say thank you. Thank you for being there to defend our great county. Thank you for putting it all on the line and winning. Even in death you all won the biggest battle. You gave your heart and soul for something greater than ones life, for the future of our children. My wife and I know one day one of our children might have to step up and do whats needed to provide the opportunity that your providing to them. We love all of you."
Seth Ward of Phoenix, AZ

"I thank God every day for the brave soldiers who are in Iraq fighting for our freedom while we live in the comforts of home away from all the violence and present danger. Jesse Mitzner you died protecting that freedom and we are ever grateful for that. God bless you and all the soldiers for giving your precious life and in doing so protecting our lives back home. We honor, respect and love you for being so heroic and you all were remain in our hearts and will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace...Amen."
Theresa Siggins of Encino, CA

"I am a student at the University of Kentucky. My father was a 1SG in the Army. When I graduate I hope to to either be a pilot or a combat controller. But my last months at school I'am wearing a bracelet for CPL. Chanwongee b/c most kids that I'm hanging around don't enjoy their freedom and don't enjoy the fact that freedom is not free"
Sean Coffman of Lexington Ky

"My prayers go out to your family. My thanks go to our fallen heroes."
Sharon Stanger of IDaho Falls, Idaho USA

"The Fallen Soldier"
by Patricia Krull
Don't weep for me
O'land of the free
When it was my time to fall
'Twas for my country's call
'Twas for the land that I loved
That I gave my all,
And for the land that I loved
I did freely give,
And in her freedom and her courage
I'll continue to live

Thank you for your sacrifice."
Patricia Krull of Willingboro, NJ

"Rest in peace my soldier friend you will never be forgotten ill miss you alot armando aka monkey. my country hero."
fina gonzalez of pasadena,tx

"God Bless each and every one in the Armed Forces. God Bless America and God Speed to all of those still in harmes way. Lastly, THANK YOU Ladies and Gentleman for what you do, for without you, our country would shrivel and die. Our freedom is too precious not to be defended.

Please do not hate me because I am from the Socialist Repulic of Massachusetts, we do not all fit into the policits here..."
Brian R of Massachusetts

"Because of people like your son and other soldiers who have fought for us and ours, our children can grow up in a world without fear of repercussions. Free to express themselves and yes, free to fight for those same rights that most of us seem to take for granted. God bless James and all US Service men and women. My heartfelt sympathies, gratitude and love to you and yours"
Cathy of Long Island, NY, USA

"None of you Ben's Friends knows me I am very sorry to tell you all that SGT Ben Pasley was involved in an accident that claimed his life last night he dies at 0200 am the 8th of Feb, 2004 he was my dearest and best friend i will always remember you in my mind and heart Love you for ever"
lisa jones of sydney australia

"i am sorry about all of the loved ones who have lost their lives th protect the united states. i think a good saying is "death with dignity and honor!" let god protect all of the u.s. troops"
hrctor r of tucson arizona

"TO THE FAMILY OF KIMBERLY: My heart goes out to you. I walk in your shoes. My son, SSGT Jason Hicks, was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on March 23, 2003. He was with the 41st RQS out of Moody AFB, Valdosta, GA. I take comfort in knowing that Jason was doing what he loved. He liked every aspect of the military and he liked doing for others. Their motto is "These things we do so others may live". Put your faith in God and He will see you through this tragedy. We will never get over it, but God will get us through it. Maybe we can talk one on one, one day. I believe we have a common friend, Jimmy Morse. You are in my prayers daily."
Theresa S Hicks of Jefferson, S. C.

"OUR special chosen words since day one of finding this site last year...have always been......

REST IN PEACE BRAVE SOLDIERS/MARINES/WARRIORS

We love you and MAY GOD BLESS you each. Your loved ones are in a beautiful place called Heaven now....When you look up to the sky at night and see the brightest star...it's your hero..shining down on you..

God Rest Their Souls...

THANK YOU"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"I believe that the measure of any persons greatness is the impact that they make on ones life. I went through basic with Andy and remember him as a hard charging free spirit. It was fun because we were both 17 and felt like the world was our oyster-even though we were cleaning latrines and peeling potatoes together on KP. I didn't catch wind of his passing until August but I have been deeply moved by his selfless act of heroism. We may have only known each other briefly during that time at Ft. Jackson 13 years ago but he left a lasting impression on me. That was just the kind of man he was. Once you knew him you could never EVER forget him. His memory was honored this past Christmas at my daughters' daycare holiday ceremony. I recenently became a Certified Public Accountant and would like to dedicate the time, effort and energy that that milestone required to his memory. To his family I would like to say thank you for loving and supporting such a fine soldier and caring for him as deeply as you do. I tell everyone I can who he was and that I served with him because I am so proud of him and want his memory to live on. My family and I thank each and everyone of you and grieve with you for your sacrifice at the altar of freedom. I hope to have the same impact on someones life that he had on mine. Superman couldn't have been a more appropriate name. Should you ever need anything from me, please email me at Chrisyother@hotmail.com

Most sincrest wishes,
Chris Yother and Family"
Chris Yother of Mechanicsburg, Pa

"We really have to find a better way! It has infected generations with the maddness that is war. I don't have the time to grieve for my friend, cause I still grieve for all the families before, and the same day, another man lost his life. Life has not been very sanctimonious for any of us. We all die, but why this way? I honor the courage of those who defend and fight when called upon, they are the most sacred of heroes who without reservation risk there own hides valiantly and for little pay. Its not the team I worry about though, they always come through. My wonder lies with the man calling the plays, and the connections to our so called "enemies" that his very own family has been linked. I am a patriot and honor the idea to question, a concept that my family members and now my friend, haved died defending. Maybe my grief has stricken me, and I don't want to campaign or anything, but just look into it a little more carefully. Make your own decision. "Don't follow leaders, and watch your parkin metors"-Bob Dylan. May sanity come swiftly."
marran of NY,US

"To All Our Fallen Heroes And Their Families/Friends:

I want to take this time to thank all our fallen heroes for risking their lives to keep our wonderful nation free!! There isnt a day that goes by that I pray for those who had either fallen or who is alive and still fighting!! My prayers goes out and will remain with the families/friends who have lost their loved ones!!
My prayers also go out to our wonderful heroes, friends&families of those who are still currently fighting for America's Freedom!!! May God Bless and Guide Each And Every One Of You Every Step Of The Way!!! With warm hearted thanks and most sincerest appreciation!!"
Kiyoko of Fort Bliss Texas

"our hearts and prayers go out to each and every family who have lost a loved one. God Bless"
Brenda of Gillett ,Wis, USA

"Rest in peace brave soldier"
brandon&meggan Dwyer of Painesville ohio

"The actions of the murderous, gutless Islamic fanatics of 9/11 has forever changed our lives. Now, more than ever before we are dependent upon the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.

We are dependent upon them to keep us free and safe from those murdering bastards and those who seek to destroy our way of life.

My children and their children will come to know who are the true American heroes. They are the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces, and those who make the ultimate sacrfice in defense of our freedom and way of life.

My family and I will always honor your sacrifices and dedication to duty. Your selfless dedication to duty ensures we will remain free and safe.

May God bless each and every one of you and give comfort to your loved ones, and those who are touched by your life.

Sherman & Theresa Graves and family"
Sherman Graves of Maryland Heights Missouri

"The war never seemed real to me at first because I wasn't there fighting. Then oneday last December of 2003 I found out that an old friend of the family was killed leaving behind a great wife and 4 wonderful children. I have lost friends and family in the past but this really hit home. Then tonight I found a website that listed the names and ages of the soldiers that have lost their lives overseas. So many willing to risk their lives so that I may live in peace with my husband and children, so that I may wake up every morning and have the opportunity to live free. Words could never express the appreciation that I feel towards our soldiers. God Bless and know that you are in our prayers and our thoughts."
The Davidson Family of Richmond Hill GA USA

"One could never totally imagine what any of you have been through. As an army mom myself my son is the light of my life and to lose him would be devastating, but it is what he loves to do. God Bless all of you who so unselfishly gave your husband, wife, son, or daughter to all of us to protect us and to make us so ultimately proud to be americans. I know in my heart they will never be forgotten, and I wish the ones yet to come home a safe and speedy one. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, AND MAY HE SHINE HIS HEAVENLY LIGHT ON ALL OF YOU!!!!!"
kelle millard of loganville, wis.

"I want to extend my sincere sympathy for all those who lost loved ones. I am grateful, and proud every day for the sacrifice they made for this country. As an Army wife, I get to be surrounded by the finest men and women everyday of the 3rd ID in Ft. Stewart Georgia! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for what they did! May God bless you all!"
Erica Plyter of Fort Stewart, Georgia

"I want to say thank you to all of those that have given there lives so we are able to live the way we do. Thank you for being brave enough to do the things most of us dont do. May you never be forgotten.
To all of you that have lost loved ones in this war on terror I am sorry. Sorry that you have to live with this pain day in and day out. You are heroes as well for the sacrifice you have given. Everyone says time makes it easier but I am still not to sure about that. I lost my husband 9 months ago in Iraq and now wonder just how much time is it going to take. Again I am sorry for the loss all the families have suffered and hope that god will ease the pain in your hearts."
Melissa Givens widow of Jesse Givens KIA May 1st 2003 of Fountain Colorado USA

"Thank You. More than anything else I can say, Thank You. You didnt even know me or my wife or child but You gave Your life for us. May God grant that We be worthy of Your sacrifice . I dont know what I can say to Your loved ones.Thank You seems so Hollow.. But know this. It comes from my Soul. I am sorry for Your loss. May Your pain be eased by time and may You remember the laughter and delight Your Loved One brought Your Soul and Heart. Thank You"
ELLIOTT THOMAS of San Diego,CA, USA

"Cliff and I will remember Luke as someone who loved Molly and Bradley very very much. I remember the first time my husband told me that Luke told him he had to "babysit" tonight for the first time. When my husband asked who he was babysitting he told him, "my son." He will be missed by many, even those people he came in casual contact with. We love you Molly and Bradley!"
Karen K. of Fayetteville, NC

"THE MORNING I OPENEND THE PAPER AND READ ABOUT YOUR SON IT WAS LIKE I LOST A MEMBER OF MY OWN FAMILY. BECAUSE I HAVE BROTHER WITH THE SAME NAME JOSE A. GARIBAY . ON BEHALF OF THE GARIBAY FAMILY IN WASHINGTON D.C.WE ARE SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS ."
JACOBO SANTINO GARIBAY of WASHINGTON D.C.

"To Barb & Ed, There isn't a day that goes by where the two of you are not in my thoughts and prayers. Jimmie gave his life for our country, for what he believed in, for this I will always be thankful. Jimmie is a true hero. Jimmie will always look down upon you and your family, he is an angel protecting all of you. I am always here for you. May God give you peace in your hearts. Cindy"
Cindy Roellig of Cincinnati, Ohio

"God bless each of you, the families of the brave men and women who lost their lives protecting the freedom that we have as Americans. Your loved ones are not forgotten. May you be comforted to know that you are in prayers all across America. God bless you always."
Leslie Brown of Holland, Mi.

"To the Dennis Moore family, my thoughts have been with you during your time of sorrow. Thank God for our service men like Stuart who gave their all so we can enjoy our Liberty and Freedom, his light will shine forever"
Roy Sanders of Livingston, Texas U.S.A.

"I hope you all realize how wonderful you all are, and how healing it is to read all the support and well wishes. The biggest concern now is that our loved ones will never be forgotten. Thank you all, so much, the prayers and thoughts are needed, and appreciated. And to all our fallen soldiers, Hero doesn't even begin to explain you, or your lives. Your families will carry on your names, never to be forgotten!! We Love You!!!"
Operation Iraqi Freedom Widow of Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri USA

"My condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones so we all my be free. May God carry you through your sad times."
Martha Isinghood of Wellsburg, W.Va. U.S.A.

"I very much feel the pain and am very sorry for your loss. It sounds like James was a wonderful example of the good in our country. My son was flying an Apache Longbow attack helecopter over the sky in Iraq and came under heavy fire on March 23.
I know that you are very proud of James. I just want you to know that we are as well. Words can't convey that enough."
Sue Currie of Kentucky

"I know there are no words that can comfort you at this time, but please know that we are saddened by your loss. It makes us value our freedom more when we think of all the brave men who have made the ultimate sacrifice. All I can say is "Thank you" and "May God Be with you"."
Cedric and Mary Jo of Acworth, GA

"I know three soldiers that are on this web page. Sgt Heath "Mac" McMillin, Spc Michael "Mikey" Williams, and Spc Paul Nakamura. All three are true heros. It is hard to believe that three people that I knew have died here. I wish their families the best. Please don't forget all the men and women that have served this great nation of ours. All of us that are here now, in Iraq, have memories of this place. I am honored that some of my memories are of three heros that I am proud to have served with."
Sgt Fred Salber of CSC Scania, Iraq

"as a proud father of a US serviceman serving in iraq , I cant imagine the loss and sorrow you and your family have suffered ,thank you and your loved one for the sacrifice that you have had to endure .May God be with you and your family."
Barney Koehler of Idaho Falls Idaho

"Dear Moore Family,
We thank you for such a brave man.
We will keep you in our prayers daily as well as the other soldiers who are fighting for our freedom. May God Bless you all !!"
Clint and Beverly Davis and Family of Livingston, Texas U.S.A.

"To all of our Fallen Heroes, YOU will not be forgotten...We all will be meeting you soon."
1SG Retired Baldwin of Jacksonville,FL

"Please accept my heart felt condolences for the lose of your loved one. They heard the call and responded. Their sacrifice was the ultimate. Their cause, just. They represented and died instilling the principle for which we, as Americans live, freedom. I honor their memory & spirit. They and you are in my prayers. Know how very greatful I am to those lost and those serving. Please accept my very best regards."
Ernest Trevino of Austin, Texas USA

"To all families of Fallen Heroes: May God Bless you and your Loved Ones and help you through the most difficult times of your lives. I currently have a Son serving in Iraq( has been there since March 2003. My heart aches just thinking he is in so much danger each and every day. But at the same time I am proud of my Son for his Contibution to our Country. May God Bless The USA and my prayers go out to all Servicemen/ Servicewomen."
Sally Deleon of San Antonio, Texas

"To all of the family and friends left behind: Please know that your loved one DID NOT die in vain. They served the country they were so proud to call home.
No matter what they did before they became a Soldier, Sailor, or Marine. They are all heroes in my book and will be remembered fondly and with many prayers for as long as I am here to tell others of the sacrifices that they made to let us all be free. May they all be watching over us as we go on our daily journey."
one thankful person of Virginia,USA

"My family will never forget those brave men and women in our military of our country who have protected our freedom and rights for this great country of the U.S.A.
May God Bless the Fallen Heroes and all their families.
You are always in our prayers.
We Will Never Forget Our Fallen Heroes."
Richard/Linda Delgado & Family of Beeville,Texas U.S.A.

"Thank You for protecting my freedom, and for making the sacrafices that you have. God Bless our Military."
Yvonne Haynes of San Antonio, Tx. USA

""My heart goes out to all the families, friends, loved ones of our fallen heroes. Thank you is just not enough for what you have sacrificed. I pray for you everyday. May God bless you all.""
Olivia of Anderson SC USA

"To all the families of fallen heroes: May God bless each and every one of you and help you through the most difficult time of your lives. Please take comfort at least in knowing that there are people whom really appreciate the ultimate sacrifice that has been given for us, it will never be forgotten.

I currently have a brother who is serving in Iraq (has been for 9 1/2 months)and my heart aches at the very thought of him being in harms way each and every day. But on the same token I can't help but feel a sense of pride in knowing that he's making such a contribution. May God bless the United states of America, the home of the free thanks to all our servicemen/servicewomen."
LeeAnn Ortiz of Uvalde, TX /USA

"I want to thank all the families that have lost a Very Special Loved One, Thank you for having someone brave enough to risk their lives for the life of those they will never know! I send my deepest sympathies & my love to all that have lost someone so dear & special. I know from experience that NO WORDS can explain the pain you feel, but time eases pain, but NEVER lets you forget the love!!
God Bless!!"
C. Serrano of Jacksonville, FL

"To all the families of the men and women who died in both theaters. Your sons, daughters, husbands, wives, etc. died for a worthy cause. We as Americans should not and I will not forget those who gave their lives for our country. These men and women were and are great service to our nation, they fought better than hundreds of enemy personnel in 1 skirmish. Everyone who was there and is there now deserves some type of decoration for their valor and bravery. These men and women are doing and did "One helluva Job!!" No matter what anyone else says!! Thank You Soooooooooooo much."
Joe Miller of San Antonio Tx

"The only words that come to me is "Thank you and My God Bless those families that have lost a love one for our freedom. Every fallen hero is my prayer and thoughts you'll never be forgotten. Thank You.. A special thanks for mother's who have gaven the special thing in life your sons and daugther who are defending our freedom."
R. Olivarri of Floresville, Texas USA

""To the men and women who defend our freedom "THANK YOU". My father was a Vietnam Veteran who was hurt in the line of duty but returned to his family. Each time my dad left for Vietnam (3 times)I felt empty without him, but knew he was there to defend the freedom I now have and now you the beloved men and women for our military continue to protect my freedom. Words could never express the gratitude I feel for each one of you. May God bring each of you home to your family. God Bless you and your family."
Linda Menchaca of San Antonio, Texas

"You are the BRAVEST of the BRAVE. A country is saddened by your death, but you will NEVER EVER be forgotten for the freedom that you died for and the heroic act that you all performed. To the families: You should be so very proud for bringing such wonderful BRAVE HEROS into this world. You are sad to not have them home, but your country cries with you for the loss. They will be a part of you and the country and history.....FOREVER!"
Tim & Kathy Quinton of Gonzales, Texas USA!

"I don't know what to say, except that my heart goes out to you. A simple "Thank you" does not seem near enough and I can not find any other words in my heart. Last week I had to fly across country and arriving at the airport, there was an entire bus load of soldiers with their green bags, unloading from a bus. Then while I was waiting in line for security, ahead of me was a huge group of both men and women leaving for boot camp. If things are not different soon, some of those kids will not be coming back. I will become a Grandmother for the first time in March (a boy) and because of you the world he arrives in will be a safer place. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Sandi of Marietta, GA. USA

"May God continue to bless and comfort you during this very sad time. I will continue to pray for you and for World Peace."
Jody of Platte, SD

"To all our fallen Soldiers, my prayers and thoughts are with each and everyone of you. God bless you and your family's. May god help with your healing. Thank you for keeping my family free. Freedom is not FREE!!!"
Rebecca Salisbury of Excelsior, MN

"..I was standing there, waiting for the bus to arrive with almost 100 Marines returning to the base for the first time in almost 6 months...My sign didn't have anything on it, except THANK YOU.

..As the buses pulled up, the Marines went into formation. The woman standing next to me, after some conversation asked "Which one is your son?" .. I paused, and said "They are all our sons - and daughters, every one of them..I dearly love, honor and respect them all".

God Bless all who serve, God Bless the famlies of those have given all .. God Bless the United States of America and every life that has kept our freedom."
R.J Ricks of N.Y, N.Y USA

"HONORED.
ROSE HOSANNA.
JOHN 6:27"
Sean Thurston of SANTA ROSA, CA. USA

"I know it's been said alot but it never seems to be enough, THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS EVERYONE whom is protecting our country, our families, and their own families. I am a singlemom and am raising a son who is very patriotic and loves this land that you are sacrificing yourselves for everyday. Just know that you are appreciated and that we pray for everyone. It really breaks my heart to hear that a soldier has taken their life because they were pushed to the edge protecting ours; your families are being prayed for. GOD BLESS!!!!!!"
Joyce of High Springs, Florida/ USA USA

"My heartfelt gratitiude goes out to the men and women who have given thier lives for this country's freedom. Until this war I never really knew what it felt like to honor a Hero. But with my boyfriend and best friend SR.A. Belden USAF and a dear family friend Capt. Hardesty USA stationed in Qatar and Iraq respectfully I know what it is like to wait. For word of good deeds, for a happy email or letter or that exciting phone call. I also know how it feels to cringe every time the phone rings, not knowing who's on the other end. To the Families and Friends who have recieved that dreaded visit or call my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your loved ones perished doing what they wanted to do with 4 years or 10 years of thier life. Everyone in the USA thanks them for the Ultimate Sacrifice. They are the ones who give us the right to be free. They will never be forgotten."
Jessica W. of Westminster, SC USA

"To the late and great 1st Sgt Dowdy of the ill-fated 507th Maint.Company.We are saddened by your loss.In Heaven there is peace."One unit,one fight!!!"."
Sgt C.Young and the Florida Boys C Co 3/124th Inf of Baghdad Iraq

"Each and everyone of you will always be remembered for what you have done to keep our great country free and safe. God bless you!"
Lisa of Connecticut

"I would like to say that all the family memebers whom had loved ones that died during Iraq freedom, that you all are in my prayers and thoughts. My husband and his unit are getting ready to deploy and my heart sinks seeing all those soldiers whom lost their lives. Their isnt a day that goes by when I see a man or women in uniform and pray they too will come home alive if they are to deploy in a war zone. I pray the families can heal their pain, and know their lost loved ones are not alone, they are with that big brigade in the sky, and god as their commander..God bless you all and to all the soldiers who are still out their overseas....."
Marcy Ketelsen of sanford N.C. USA

"We are so proud of all our soliders and to thank them for all their sacrifices.

And to all our dear fallen soliders who were slain, may the Great Spirit be with their family and children they've left behind. We give all the families of the fallen soliders our condolences and that they will always be in my prayers so that they could find strength and cope with their loss. We as American Indians know that the Great Spirit make things happen for a reason and in our culture we know that their spirit our here with us daily. The Great Spirit took them back but they are still continuing to carry out his will in taking care of us spiritually. May you also know that the country is so PROUD of you all!!!

And we also pray for our soliders still serving in the armed forces and that they would all return home safely in due time. Hold your head up high because the USA is behind you all as well as praying for you all."
Isadore S. & Sylvia J. & Samantha & Rebecca & Lavato & Shundiin Desbah Nakai of Blackwater Well, New Mexico, USA

"NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON'T THINK OF OUR SOLDIERS IN THE WAR ZONES. EVERY DAY I CRY WHEN I HEAR OF ANOTHER LOSS, ANOTHER FAMILY GOING THROUGH THE UNTHINKABLE. MAY YOU KNOW THAT YOU DO NOT CRY ALONE. WE LOVE AND HONOR OUR SOLDIERS THAT GO DO THE DUTY. I WANT TO SHAKE THE HAND OF EACH SOLDIER I SEE SO THEY WILL KNOW, REALLY KNOW, HOW MUCH THEY ARE RESPECTED. LOVE TO YOU ALL."
D. SMITH of MILES CITY, MONTANA

"our American soldiers are the heros of our lives. they will go anywhere, endure any hardship and do their duty, without question, to protect those of us who remain in comfort here in America. all children should be taught to revere and honor our American soldiers."
christopher bolding of waipahu, hawaii, usa

"My condolences and my thanks to those who have fought, are fighting, and will fight, to the memories of those lost, and to the families of all. Though always respecting my country, I have only recently found what my patriotism, my flag, my country, and my FREEDOM mean to me (since 9-11). With that freedom comes responsibility and unfortunately, sacrifice. I can't possibly understand what you go through---either through the fighting or having a loved one gone away--or lost forever. I have two good friends in Iraq, and I worry all the time. But they are friends only recently made---if it's as hard for me with having only known them a short while---God bless you for what you are able to bear. My deepest thanks---for with each loved one who goes to fight and comes home changed, or never comes home at all----we are free. I never truly understood the expression "freedom isn't free" until recently. Freedom is paid for with the blood, sweat, and tears of Americans---those who fight, and those who stay behind. I am a teacher, history and geography. My promise to all---I will do my best to instill a love and respect for this country, its flag, and those who defend it in each and every one of my students. Thank you and God bless.

There is a poem I wrote for a friend in Iraq, but it is really for ALL our men and women in uniform---

Upon the Sand

Upon the sand, our fighters go
To keep us safe and free.
They fight for peace, faith, and hope
For America and Thee.

Each bears the burden of war, Oh Lord
And each must bear it alone.
“How will my loved ones carry on?”
“What if I don’t come home?”

They needYou when the sand blows thick,
And when the battle rages most.
They need you when the loneliness prevails;
Protect them our Heavenly Host.

Sons, daughters, husbands, wives,
Please bring them home unscathed.
Each one, to us, is a precious life,
So here we sit and pray.

And one last thing we ask, oh Lord,
Will you hear us pray today??
Upon the sand, bestow your grace
So it’s not their final resting place.

AMEN

Tracey Rutledge
10-1-03
Operation Iraqi Freedom

http://www.geocities.com/tiggerifictr2/tiggerific.html"
Tracey Rutledge of Mary, Esther, FL

"I pray daily for our soldiers and their families. My uncle, Lt.Robert Lee Campbell served as a pilot during World War II. He died while serving his country and is buried in England.I was taught as a young child to pray for our men in uniform on a daily basis as well as their families. May they all look to God for strength."
Peggy campbell sharp of 4773 Firehouse Rd Smithdale, Mississippi

"Near the end of the Korean Conflict, a few soldiers were handpicked from their bases in the states and asked if they would be willing to train for a difficult assignment behind enemy lines. No further explanation of the covert mission was offered. They were told to consider carefully before they responded, and were given some time to think.
One went to a nearby park, seeking a peaceful place to contemplate his decision. He was committed to serve his country, but he had loved ones that he wanted to see again.
A young boy and his mother happened by, and the boy asked her why the man on the bench had those strange clothes (the uniform). She responded that he was a soldier for our country, the United States, and that his job was to fight bad guys and protect us from our enemies in other countries. The soldier turned to look at the boy and saw in his eyes the adoration reserved for a true hero. His decision was made. He accepted the assignment.
When he completed his mission, he was recognized and honored, but he turned down the medal offered him, because he the only one of his unit to survive, and he thought that unfair, and to accept any other reward would make less sense."
respectfully withheld of Georgia

"To all that we've lost and those left to carry on.Strong graditude for all they have sacrificed and that they do,to keep me and my family safe and freedom to live in such a great country.And my heart goes out to the families that have lost a loved one.God Bless the soldiers,and their families."
Teresa Petrasky of Alamo,Ga.30411

"I would like to offer my sincere condolensces to all who have lost a love one or worry for one who is deployed now. Nothing can make the hurt and worry go away, just know that you are not alone. My husband is in the Army and currently in Afghanastan and I am a former SSgt myself. Dont let the rhetoric that is present in some of the media or anyone else lessen the sacrifice your loved ones made. Know that it is appreciated, they do make a difference and it does matter. God Bless."
(Former AF SSgt) Rhonda Beardsley of Fort Richardson, Alaska

"I offer my condolences to all who have lost a father, mother, husband, wife, brother, sister, son, daughter, friend or just a loved one. Our world is a better place because of our our soldiers. May they all come home safe soon and I am so proud to call myself an American."
Stephanie of Coral Springs, FL USA

"All may, not recognize the countless hours and selfless dedication that your family members gave to the United States. But as a military member myself I want to say thank-you. Family is the heart and sole of every military member. Words cannot express the sympathy; I have for you at this time. Although to some these are just names and faces, to military members these people are family. We sacrifice and give knowing the risk, yet still put the words "freedom" above ourselves. When told do defend our country we do so without hesitation. Your sons/daughter/husbands/wives/brothers/sisters will never be forgotten. For those soldiers are inspirations to those left behind. Without them and the support of fellow American soldiers the United States of America may not be what it is today. It is easy to sit along the sidelines and complain, but it takes people like your family members that are out there risking there lives, to defend that right vary same right most take for granted. Again I express great sympathy to all of the families of our fallen soldiers. May god bless you and help you through these hours of sadness."
SSgt Carey A Morris of Dyess AFB TX

"Mourn not that such heroes have fallen.
Praise God that such heroes were born."
Captain Alexander Sharpe, U.S. Army of Ft. Sam Houston, Texas

"I cannot express the amount of gratitude that I have for all that has been and will be sacraficed for our beloved country. Our children will be able to grow up knowing freedom and what it stands for thanks to all of you. My deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those that have been lost due to terriorism prior to and after 9/11/01. Lets all keep the faith for what the United States of America stands for."
Anna of Manchester, NH

""We will never forget the day and horror as we watched the attacks on September 11th, looking up in the skies wondering if we were next. My peaceful life was shaken and I suddenly became aware of the sacrifices, the pain and fear of those who fight for us and those who fought for us before. I had studied all the wars and conflicts, but this was the first time I personally felt those fears and understood what our countries, soldiers and families gave us - that peace I was living in.

I am humbled and realize the freedom that we have enjoyed and often take for granted has been a gift by those who ensure we have it - the soldiers, your family . . . sons, daughters, husbands and wives.

May you find comfort in seeing freedom, hope and peace throughout the world knowing that your families make it possible.""
AC of Vancouver, BC Canada

"Thank you to all that have sacrificed in some way to help keep our freedom, from the wife of a proud USAR soldier who was fortunate enough to be able to return home after serving 7 months during major combat. I am very proud to be an American and pride myself on teaching my children to also be proud of their Daddy and The United States of America! Thank you and God Bless everyone!"
Leslie S. of Hanoverton, Ohio

"There are no words that could express my sympathy for the families of our fallen soldiers. Because of the courage of these men and women my child will have a chance at a better life. God has given these men and women the courage to fight for something they believe so strongly in. They are our ANGELS sent down from heaven to make the world a better place. I pray not only for our soldiers but for everyone. The war affects each and every one of us in some way. Thank you for paving the way for future generations. God bless you all."
Elizabeth of Miami, Florida

"To all the families who have lost loved ones, my heart aches with yours, We mourn with you, and God Bless our Fallen soldiers and their families, Here is an awesome website to honor all of our soldiers- (video presentation) please check it out- http://www.pressaprint.com/som/WeSupportU2.htm and a short poem that was written by a retired Marine Corps Colonel.

REMEMBER...
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 HAS GIVEN US THE FREEDOM
TO DEMONSTRATE.
IT IS THE SOLDIER,
WHO SALUTES THE FLAG,
AND WHOSE COFFIN IS DRAPED BY THE FLAG
WHO ALLOWS THE PROTESTER TO BURN
THE FLAG.

Thank-you and God Bless our Military Men and Women, and the USA. I have a nephew- Airman Nicholas Brunson in Kirkuk Iraq, and a good friend SFC David Luckett in Babylon Iraq,We are praying daily for the safe return of all
of our soldiers- We give our greatest Thanks to the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice who are now in God's Army!
keithlaurie3@hotmail.com"
Laurie Keith of Payson, Arizona

"Warrant Officer of the Army JAG Corps, CW5 Sharon Swartworth and the Sergeant Major of the JAG Corps, SGM Cornell Gilmore were killed in action on 7 November 2003. CW5 Swartworth and SGM Gilmore died when the helicopter they were riding in was struck by enemy fire.

CW5 Swartworth and SGM Gilmore were accompanying the Judge Advocate General on an inspection tour of Iraq. They were doing what they loved most -- meeting with the soldiers of the JAG Corps. Both these exemplary individuals served this company with distinction. They will be sorely missed.

Please keep the Swartworth and Gilmore families in your prayers."
Retired JAG NCO of Syracuse NY

"Soldiers are the defenders of freedom for not just the United States but also for
the countries that are too weak to defend themselves. Many soldiers have paid
the ultimate sacrifice but will never be forgotten. I will never allow my children to
forget that FREEDOM is not free. It has been bought by the blood of many
servicemen/servicewomen. I proudly serve my country, just as have your loved
ones, and regret nothing about that service. HEROES - your children, husbands,
wifes, and friends. I will never forget their sacrifices. May God bless each of you."
SSG Brent Reynolds of Frederick, Md

"God bless every soldier that has fallen and all the ones over there still fighting for America and freedom. There are times when I feel like I have so many problems and worries, but when I think about those we have lost and their families, I realize just how little my problems seem. May God grant all those who have lost loved ones peace and I will continue to pray for them and for this war to be over."
- A Proud American of Dameron, MD

"To Mothers of Our Fallen Heros: I send my deepest gratitude to you and your family. I pray for your "mother's heartache". Please, find some comfort in knowing that your child's sacrifice will never be forgotten. Our Aloha and appreciation to all in the armed forces. Stay safe....Mahalo Nui Loa!"
A Mom in Papaikou of Big Island, HI USA

"A mother and father lost a son. A child lost a father or mother. A brother or sister has lost their sibling. I think that get missed sometimes. People are to busy living routine lives to let that thought sink in. Our soldiers died for this country regardless of whether the war is "Agreeable" or not. They died for this country regardless of party is in office or how you vote. I don't think that some people see that a child will go parentless. How we remember these fallen soliers is one way we can teach these children about their parents. How they selflessly gave for a cause, a cause that they may not have agreed with. They gave because they were asked to. There is no greater sacrifice that to give your life for something. Regardless of what that is. They gave their life. I am thankful that we have men and woman so selfless and giving as to make us free."
Air Force Member J. Pirdy of Phoenix AZ

"What can you say about someone who does not know you yet gives their life so your life can continue to be normal? Thank you isn't enough and every night my family prays to God to remember those who have fallen and family members left behind. May the peace of God be with the family members."
Carol P of Birmingham, AL, USA

"Our country is a safer place and our commitment to justice and human rights is bolstered by the sacrifices of all who serve and those who have died in the current conflict. May God bless their families and friends with healing and peace, and with the confidence that their selflessness has been to a good purpose."
John F. Iekel of Falls Church, Virginia

"As a 19 year old with many close friends and loved ones in the Marine Corps my heart and deepest condolences go out to all whom have made the ultimate sacrifice... I honestly dont know what I would do if I lost one of them. Our soldiers are the reason we enjoy our freedoms and are able to live our lives to the fullest daily. They will never be forgotten and live on in our hearts forever. God Bless you all."
Missy of Arlington, Texas

"I think of all of you families every day, with my 20 year old son there in Mosul with the Army I appreciate all the more your loved ones sacrifice and
I share your grief. My eternal gratitude!"
Carole of Butler, Ohio, Richland

"You all make me proud to be an American!God Bless You All"
Michell of WV

"With war comes casualties..
with casualites come the great honor of fighting and dying for your country.
God bless all the men and women fighting with the United States armed forces."
Brigadier General Frank C. Alterman of washington d.c.

"You are the real hero's of this great country. Freedom is not free. All gave some, some gave all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
To the familys that are left behind, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, wives, and children. The greatest tragedy is that we as a country forget their sacrifice. Lets not ever forget our fallen heroes."
"Riggs" Lawrence of Oviedo, FL

"My family thanks you sincerely for sacrificing so much to protect our freedom. God Bless"
Cueto Family of Falls Church, VA USA

"Last summer I joined the Marine Corps. I knew what I was doing when I signed the papers. I also knew what I was doing when I signed up for Infantry. The people who have lost their lives will live on forever. They gave the ultimate sacrifice and we can never repay them. I just hope this 18 year old can live up to their image."
Donovan Toole of Albany, GA

""As the wife of a sailor serving in the Gulf right now, I want to give my heartfelt condolescences to those who have lost loved ones. I don't know what I would do if my husband did not make it back: our teenage son made the football team and sadly, his dad missed the entire season. Still, we are so proud of him and the rest who make such harsh sacrifices for all of us. We will never forget you. God bless and keep you all.""
C. Hooks of Hemet, CA USA

"As an afghan, I would like to express my gratitude and my condoleances to the family of departed heros. Not only they fought terrorism but they liberated a people from tyrany and extremism. The afghan people will remember them for ever."
A. Tarin of Paris, France

"I would like to express my deepest condolences for all of the Military family members who lost a love one in the Iraq war or 911 tradegy. May God's love shine upon you and remember that He loves you and cares for you. He would not put more on you than you can bear. I am a former military Sgt from the USAF. I would like to wish many blessing to all of my USAF Families also who are still in and serving Please take care of yourselves and remember that I love you all !"
Sgt James Richards of Marietta, Georgia

"Thank you for your willingness to serve this country. God bless you and your families, in mortality and the eternities. With love and appreciation to you and all who have worn, do wear, and will wear the military uniform!"
Jim & Linda Moss of Knoxville, TN

"Please know that My Heart Breaks each time I hear that one of Our Sons has fallen, Please know that this old man in Colorado Grieves daily for each one of them."
Dusty Felix, of Grand Junction,Colorado

"To the soldiers and their loved ones.A true sacrifice for both.They served there country because they wanted to.It's hard to let them go, but just know thats what they wanted I know,a disabled vietnam veteran."
Betsy of Orlando, Fl

"I wish there was something I could do to take away the pain and grief you all must feel. It sounds so inappropriate to say thank you for giving your lives for our country and our ideals. You are the best of us."
Mary Roe of Jacksonville, Florida, USA

"To all those who have lost their lives serving our country, all I can say is a deep heartfelt "Thank You" for your ultimate sacrifice. You allow those of us left behind to enjoy Freedom that is so very precious. I pray for all the families of you who have fallen in the line of duty serving your country. I will never forget as long as I live what you have given for me, someone you never even knew."
Cheryl of Flowery Branch

"To my Dear Brother You made the ultimate sacrifice ,For you are terribly missed by mom and dad and your wife and son and of course by Shannon and Troy there is not a day that goes by that we do not think of you, you have a beautiful new son who is named after you ,we will make sure he know`s you and we will never forget.I love you Bub and will see you again Love your sister Dana"
Dana Baker(McDaniel) of Huber Heights Ohio

"May God hold you in his arms while you await the arrival of friends and family. The gift you have given to defend the freedom of those you did not even know is more then anyone should ever have to give. Though you have gone you are held deeply in all the hearts of Americans. Thank you is no where near enough to say but those are the only words that really tell you how much we appriciate the gift you and your family has given. Prayers and condolences to the families. My heart and tears to the soldiers.
God Bless you and Keep you. God Bless America"
Joann Jackson of Farmington, New Mexico USA

"May God Bless all of you, you who have given your precious life for our "Freedom""
Debbi ~ of Kimberly,Wisconsin USA

"To all of the families that have lost loved ones, May God Bless and keep you and may you always know that your sons and daughters will always be remembered by those who fought before or with them as long as we live. Only those who have experienced war can truly know the true meaning of sacrafice that your loved ones have given. They stood tall when called and didn't run as many in our past have done. Again may God Bless and keep you all !"
Ron, Veteran of Viet Nam of Michigan City, Ind.

"This poem is for all the families left behind. It is what helps my family get through the lose of our Marine L Cpl. Jason Tetrault he also wrote this poem. so I hope the words of a fallen Marine help.
It is a difficult thing to
watch them fade away
Knowing that a loved one
may pass on at any day
There isn't much to do but
express to them your love
Soon their spirit will fly to
Heaven like a white dove
You know that they are
no longer in pain but your still sad
But knowing they'er up there
with God in Heaven should make you glad
I know it hurts to let that
special person go
Imagaine how they must have
felt losing everyone they know
And it may seem that your
apart by a million miles
But they will always be
close enough to enjoy your smiles
Because if they could they'd
hold your hands and dry your eyes
Because it only saddens
them more to hear your sorrowful cries
You should always smile
because that's what they want to see
To let them know that in
your heart they will always be."
mary carriere of moreno valley ca

"I am overwhelmed at the outpouring of gratitude and patriotism on this site. I served for 20 years, during the Vietnam era, and I was not aware of the feelings of the silent majority. I saw protests and indignities heaped upon the military and our FLAG. Even now I see our courts condone the dissent of a few who (perhaps unwittingly) would undermine the foundations of what G. Washington called the GREAT EXPERIMENT. Now I am witnessing a surge of patriotism that I feared was waneing. I am so proud of all you who have the fortitude to speak your minds in support of our country. "They also serve who..." All of you who speak out in support of traditional values of honor, self-sacrifice, love of country, etc. are also serving our country. When a person pledges to serve lawful authority and then does it in adversity, they honor themselves and those who raised them. Let us all honor those who are on active duty by actively supporting the values upon which this country was founded. God is an indelible part of America. No court can change that. God bless us everyone and God bless this nation and those who serve it (and their loved ones). I cannot fully comprehend how difficult it must be for families and loved ones to bear up under the loss of someone. It takes true courage to do so without malice or regret. I hope all survivors will realize that their outward form of grief communicates their views of the validity of the sacrifice. If my survivors show pride in my performance, they honor my contributions to a cause. May God bless those who have written here."
Ex GI from OKL of Oklahoma City, OKlahoma

"I want to thank each and every soldiers as well as the ones that have put their lives on the line for my freedom and my God help all the family's & soldiers and also the one's that have all ready gone before us. Their reward's are waiting for them in a better place. God bless all the soldier's and their family's through this time of war's"
Anita of Phx, Arizona

"I can only hope and pray to God that every single American Soldier is honored and treated in the manner Mr. Kiehl was; certainly the living, but especially those who have willingly sacrificed their lives for our freedom. There is not enough thanks in the world to be said for these brave men and women, most of whom we do not know- yet they make our lives better everyday. I also pray that the ignorant people who have only disdain and contempt for our heroes could only begin to realize what has been sacrificed so they have the freedom to disagree. As Lee Greenwood said better than anybody, "I would GLADLY stand up next to you and defend Her still today!" Thank You! And God Bless all who have served, all who are serving, all who will serve, and all who were unselfishly left behind!"
Steve Link of Rockford, IL/USA

"I am an ESL teacher in Puerto Rico and I always emphasize to my students the high price we pay for freedom, the perils of war and the other conflicts and problems it produces. We're not supposed to have God in the classroom yet my students and I pray whenever we can for the safe return of our soldiers and resignation for the families of those whom fall victims of war. God bless our soldiers, their families and God bless America!"
Linda Ann Marrero-Torres of Ponce, Puerto Rico USA

"To the beautiful wife and son, and parents of James Kiehl, I just wanted you to know how sorry I am for your great loss. I have a 19 yr old son, my only child, and I can't imagine my life without him. I cried when I heard James' story. I will pray for all of you every time I think of you in the years to come, for James' sacrifice will long be remembered. I'm so thankful that you have been blessed with James's son. I know he will bring each of you so much joy. I know, because I have a son too. I don't know you, but I love you, and I wish I could change everything for you. God Bless you and Keep You and Yours."
SP of New Braunfels, TX

"Paths Wide
Today was sad for all
For another hero did fall
In a land so very far away
For freedom he did pay
Gave his life with no shame
His death an evil man we blame
Home comes that hero to faces sad
But they know he gave all he had
A flag is given to ones loved true
The colors of red white and blue
Now we mourn that departed soul
To ease the grief of family is our goal
For them our love will abound
When that lonely bugle does sound
Now with other heroes does he reside
And treads in heaven on paths wide
Texas Veteran Poet"
Barney R Shirey of Houston, TX

"This note is to say "Thank You" to all of the U.S. military all over this world performing their hard or easy duties to ensure that America remains free. This note is also a sympathy card to those who have lost loved ones in any of the wars/conflicts in which America was engaged. I am So very proud to be an American....our colors don't run !!!
Pat Edmondson...A Texan living in Oklahoma"
PAT of Oklahoma

"To all of our fallen comrads, Many thanks for given your life for our freedom. God bless your families."
M. James of Browns Mills, NJ

"To all of our fallen comrads, Many thanks for given your life for our freedom. God bless your families."
M. James of Browns Mills, NJ

"THE FUNERAL
SLOW MEASURED CADENCE
MOVEMENT FILLED WITH SORROW
CEREMONY TO HONOR
ONE WHO FELL

FLAG DRAPPED COFFIN
THERE IS NO TOMMORROW
HOPES NOW FORBIDDEN
SOUND DEATH’S KNELL

GRIEF TIGHTLY PRESSING
PAIN SHE MUST KEEP
PUSHING THE WORDS
DEEPLY WITHIN

THE MOTHER’S SOFT TEARS
SO YOUNG TO SLEEP
NEVER TO HEAR
HIS LAUGHTER AGAIN

THE FATHER, EYES DRY
FACE A TIGHT MASK
VETERAN OF HIS WAR
THE PRICE HE WELL KNEW

PRAY FOR THE SON
WHO ROSE TO THE TASK
STRENGTH FOR THE FAMILY
STRENGTH FOR THE FEW

WORDS FROM A CLASSMATE
WORDS OF FOND MEMORY
IN A VOICE BREAKING
NOW THE MASS

THE PRIEST THAT SPEAKS
OF GOD’S GREAT GLORY
GOODNESS AND MERCY
SORROW WILL PASS

HARSH CRACK OF RIFLES
SOUND OF TAPS SADLY
HOLLOW THE ECHO
PIERCING THE SOUL

NOW TO THE MOTHER
THE FLAG FOLDED PROUDLY
NO CONSOLATION
NO SON TO HOLD"
Jerald W. Barrington US Army Retired of New Orleans, Louisiana

"What a wonderfully touching memorial to a young soldier who lost his life in a country that doesn't yet appreciate the freedoms we Americans share. Thank you from a soldier who served proudly during peace time."
Debbi Merrill of Weaver, AL

"Thank you James, and to your precious family. You have given the ultimate sacrifice for your fellow man. Because of you we can remain free. I am the mother of a Navy Seabee. I share your pain, I share your pride."
Michelle Abraham of Willoughby, OH / USA

"To the family:

Although I am deeply saddened by your loss, you have all the reasons to be very proud of your son and what he did for this Country. God Bless you all and may your son be a shining light with the morning sunrise."
Bret Stouder of Eudora, Kansas USA

"May God bless, keep, and bring comfort to all of our fallen military heroes,their family and friends. Especially Spc. James Kiehl.Please bring us peace."
Fred Du Sell of Yorkville,Il USA

"To James and all other fallen soldiers may you all be at peace and know that you are not forgotten. We all will see you again someday..."
Russell Cook of Birmingham, AL

"We will eternally be grateful to those who have given their lives for our freedom and to those families who, like God, have given the ultimate gift ..... the life of their "child" to protect us all from evil.
May the love of friends and family give you comfort.
May the love of God give you peace."
Emilie of Sugar Land,TX 77478

"In the arms of an angel,
may you find comfort there.
Thank you and God bless."
Nancy of New London, CT

"God Bless You,
I know that GOD has a special place in Heaven for those of you, who have fallen in the Defense of our Country. You are the reason, We are all still Free, Thank You!!!
Freedom is not Free"
Leo Kelly

"You have faught well my son, your mission is complete rest now. All is well this night we will stand watch and keep freedom light burning. On distant shores and at home, like you we do not ask for special awards or riches just the peace of knowing our families are safe. We know you join the many others who have gone before you ready and waiting to answer your nation's call until that moment arrives rest your spirit well live on in each us. You faught a good fight and stand proud amoung this nation's honor dead.

To my fellow Americans and all who might read this keep all of us in your prayers and watch over our families in you we entrust their care until our work is done and we turn not with treasures and gold. With knowledge we help preserve freedom's light until time comes to pass it on to next guardian. Sleep well my friends all is well this night. This we are sworn to defend."
Sgt Victor Bernard Mandeville USAR

"My son in law and I deliver the Chicago Tribune every night and while we were waiting for the Top Sheet, I read about this site. Our son is in the Navy on a ship in the Middle East, our daughter just got out of the Marine Corps and our youngest son is leaving for the Air Force in March. Your son's,daughters and spouces have paid the ultimate price, serving our country. I and my entire family wish to send you our condolences. Your children and spouces will be forever in our prayers--as will you. God Bless each and every one of you. the Hutman Family."
George F. Hutman of Chicago, Illinois

"Dear Ms. Kiehl,
In your time of grieving please remember this, there is nothing like a hero. Spec. James M. Kiehl, is the ultimate hero! He is my hero and countless millions of American's hero. He paid the ultimate price for the love of his wife, son, and fellow Americans. It just doesn't get any better than that.
I am a veteran of Vietnam, I have a son in law that just returned from Iraq. James, myself, and my son in law are brothers, a bond that can never be broken. There are not enough words to thank James for his sacrifice.
As you raise your son he will always know his father loved him and you will always know that he loved you too. Nothing will ever change that. I know you will raise your son to be a hero too.
May Jesus Christ, our savior, bless you and your family forever! Thank you,your son, and most of all thank you James for loving us all enough to do what you did."
Ted Wright of Overland Park, Kansas USA

"May your sacrifice never be forgotten. Thanks from a World War 2 naval veteran"
Jim Roberts of Kansas City, Kansas

"No words can express the deep sympathy that I feel for you and your son. Jim's life was the ultimate sacrifice. I am a Veterern and am still married to an Army soldier. All of our love and prayers are with you. Thank you."
Angela Coffey of Hanau, Germany

"I lost my son only two months ago. I know your pain. The site is very moving but look at the lifes he's touched and not even knowing them. Thank You for your son and for his sacrifice and believing in Old Glory"
Doris of Gonzales, LA

"Never have I been so proud to be an American, nor has my heart been so full of gratitude for our troops and the sacrifices they made, and the sacrifices of their familys to protect our country. Thank you, and may God be with the family of James. He is in the care of our heavenly father now, and may His loving arms hold close the family of this fallen hero. His little son and his wife will treasure this tribute from a grateful community and nation."
Ella Greene of Aiken, SC/ USA

"God Bless all of our fallen Angels and thank you for our freedom."
H. Davis of Sellersburg In. Good old U.S.A

"My Heart goes out to the families of our fallen heros and for the ones that gave us the ultimate sacrifice. (For the freedom that we have in the World)"
Stephen Bilan U.S.N. Vet of Sterling Heights, Michigan

"For all of our many differences, Americans have the unique ability to pull together during such a time and remember why we are all here and what is really important. James is blessed to have grown up in a true American community and I am thankful for his sacrifice and the respect bestowed upon him and his family."
Lori Hornback (USAF Veteran) of Homeland, CA USA

"James is standing just inside the Eastern Gate Over There. No pain, no one complains and he hasn't seen a tear, he's having a great time and wish you were here. Jill, you and your son will see James again. He charted his course and now has won the prize. God bless all who have remembered this Soldier and his family. He was truly a man of dignity."
JDiamond of Allen, TX. / Collin

"God Bless James and all his Fallen Comrads.
As a Vetern I Salute You
As a Father I Honor You
As an American Living Free I cry for you
I Pray for Your Parents that my find peace of mind because I know they will not find peace of Heart.
I Love You"
Clifton Lawrence of Madison, In, USA

"I am a 37 year old former Marine who
wish I did more for my country. I am
respectful of those military personnel
as if I never have served.

God Bless all in uniform and especially
those who gave their life."
Kevin McKenzie of Bonita Springs, Fl

"THANK ALL OF YOU! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. IN CHRISTIAN LOVE!!!!"
RACHEAL SHANKLE of SENATOBIA,MS/USA

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


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