Fallen Heroes Memorial: Messages

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

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"Hello I am making a video to remember those and to help support our troops. I am 16 years old and I would like for people to help with the movie. If familys could help me with there fallen and stuff like that would be apreciated. This film is for those who have fallen and are still fighting. Soilders still fighting terrorism i would like for you to help me also. Everyone please help me in every way possible. Email me at acrubel@hotmail.com"
Austin Crubel of Bloomington WI USA

"to the family, my name is tina settle i am clint matthews sister i just wanted to write and let you know how sorry i am about your loss. i miss my brother bad but i know its wghat he wanted the army was his life never complained ...but he is in my heart ..please know i will be praying for you all .. and i pray god will comfort you.. tina_s16635@YAHOO.COM"
tina settle of DUNCANSVILLE PA16635

"So sorry for your loss
malcolm of England

"Brad, this is your mom who will always love you & have you in my heart. Oh honey, I need you to be here w/your family. The Iraqis killed you & I know they have no feelings for mankind. I love you, & they will never take that away from me. You are indeed my HERO. LOVE ALWAYS, MOM"
Gail McCormick of Allons, TN

"my sympathy to Morgen's friends and family. the sacrifice of our young warriors to preserve our freedoms is noble and tragic."
jim of santa cruz, ca.

"How could one ever thank you and your family for your sacrifice. Heath will always be remembered as a hero. His memory will live on through our treasured freedom that he fought for and because of you and his children!"
Erin Lampkin of Fort Wood, MO

"SSgt. Kimberly Presley, your family and friends. I love you like a sister and you will NEVER be forgotten in this home. I have not met many people I respected as much as I do you. A dedicated, caring and compassionate soldier, mom and friend. Love you g/f! I miss you SO much!"
Diane Sheldon of Binghamton, New York

"To Morgen's parents and for you "babe"!!!!
I'm so sorry and sad...
Morgen was an angel and a hero...I had most of my best moments in santa cruz with him!!!!....he was so sweet and friendly. He made me feel like I was in my home touwn and everytime that I was sad or happy he was there!!!!
I MISS YOU BABE!!!!....YOU'LL ALWAYS BE IN MY MIND!!! LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!...now my handson "ANGEL"!!!!!

"Dear Daddy,
I miss you so very much, I miss the way you walked, the way you talked, and the special way you handled everyday. I am reminded of you each time I see a Solider, the look in their eyes, it's that look daddy that you always told me was the drive that made a great man. You will always be with me in my heart, as well as my soul. I love you DADDY..now and always"
Amanda of Mississippi

"SCOTT ROSE you will forever be in our hearts, thoughts, dreams, and prayers each day until you are finally met again by your family and loved ones. You are a hero to all of us. Please while you are watching down on us be the guardian angel to my my three cousins in iraq and friends who are there and shipping out soon!!"
katelyn of wakefield mass UNITED STATES!!!!!

"While my husband has returned safe and sound I still pray for all those who are still there and those who have lost their lives defending our freedom! Being a Military Wife..My heart goes out to the families who have lost the ones they love...May God Bless and Remember those who loved us!"
Heather Jones of Ft. Benning, Georgia/USA

"Morgen Jacobs - From Patrick's Mom, who remembers Morgen from Little League and high school.

I am deeply saddened over Morgen's death. With thoughts of his family, I am full of sorrow. My heart goes out to you. You are in my prayers, along with Morgen. May God give you comfort and strength now and in the times to come."
Cheryl A. King of San Francisco (frmrly of Santa Cruz, CA)

"After reviewing this site, it saddens me at the loss of so many young individuals. These men and women gave their life for our continued freedom, and I wanted to say thank you! You are most respected, and we all love you and the work you do for us!
God Bless You All!"
Sara of Oklahoma City

"I wish to express my condolences to the Jacobs family for the loss of their son Morgen. I am very saddened by this news. God Bless."
Michael J. McKnight of Brooklyn, NY USA

"i was friend of brandon rowe. he was a good man and a good soldier i remember his sacrifice everyday. god bless and keep you brandon, and to his family i hope you are doing well."
phillip firestine of alvin, tx, usa

"I met Kane at a bible camp when we were both young and kept in touch since. While serving our country he made time to talk to me almost every day for the last three months before he was taken. He was so brave and I am so proud of him for that. I will never forget him, I love you Kane."
Lyndsy Hebert of Michigan

"Kyle- You are loved and missed and will never be forgotten. I respect what you did over there so much now that I'm in the military too. God rest yours and all the other veterans souls for the sacrafices you've made for this country."
A1C Kristin Anderson of Brattleboro, VT

"Hey RICKY was cool as hell! He was our boy.RICKY was a HERO! RICKY faught everyday for our country. He did his job in the ARMY! He was a soilder to the end! RICKY was a great guy. He will be missed by his loved ones."
Rodriguez Family of Alma Michigan

"Hey Big Dog,I was 1 of the many Marines that you came in contact with and left a lasting impression and you keep those streets of heaven gaurded.I probably can speak for many Marines when I say this,I feel like I have lost a part of my soul when another brother has done the ultimate.I am very proud to stand and salute you and the impression you left on me and I will carry this with me till the day we meet again on those gold streets in heaven!SEMPER FI and GOD BLESS his family!"

"To Ruby & little Lauren...wife & daughter of spc. James Powell, 4th I.D. from Fort Hood, Texas...My heart broke in a million pieces for the 2 of you when I heard the news. God Bless James for the sacrifice he made for all of us, and God Bless the 2 of you. Please know that you are always in my heart. My John is in Iraq now, and I worry about him so much every day...If you get this message please contact me at Lsapp5544@yahoo.com. I hope ya'll are doing well. love to you and the baby..."
Laura Sapp of Ft. Hood, Texas USA

"To Our Fallen Heroes:
Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom,you will always be my hero,s.BROTHER OF 1032 FALLEN HERO,S .WE COULD NEVER THANK YOU ENOUGH.."


"To Our Fallen Heroes:
Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice. You will always be loved and remembered."
Iris Daclan (sister of a fallen soldier) of Annapolis, MD

"I met Kane in my Junior year at Heritage high school. He was the kind of guy who didn't care about popularity and all of the other trivial things that high school can bring. Kane looked at everyone and just liked them for who they were, no judgements, and thats how I think a lot of people remember him. Kane always seemed to be happy, and he knew just how to cheer you up too. He is still up in heaven smiling right now. When I heard the news of what had happened, like everyone else, I was stunned. Kane is a hero to us all. He wasn't just in it for the tuition, or to look for a new direction. Being a Marine, and serving his country truly was what he wanted to do, and he did just that. We love you Kane, you are an inspiration to us all."
Shenee' Bell of Vancouver, Washington USA


"I send my condolences to all the other families and friends of fallen soilders. So many lives were cut short by this "war" that we are going through. Dreams were shattered and many of us have to change our goals and our plans due to an unexpected loss to our families. We can't take back what has happened,but we can make a difference in what is to come. I pray everyday for the soilders who have died and for the soilders still alive. I pray that the families of those deceased are able to get through these rough times and the families of those still overseas don't have to face the challenges that I have had to face. Joey. I love you and you will always be in my memories."
Amy Griffin of Chester, Va

"Thank you for your endless giving of life & love. You will never be forgotten! For the families, thank you! I pray God's grace over each one of you."
D Alvarado (Mother of a soldier) of SA TX

"I wish we could turn back time, then maybe our Sons and Daughters would all be here with Us on this Day. They will forever be America's HEROS! They will forever be In Our hearts and They will never be forgotten ! God Bless Our Soldiers and God Bless the familys of these Soldiers. May all Our Hero angles watch over them, help God keep them safe and bring them back home SOON. Mother of Fallen Soldier PFC Nathan P.Brown KIA April 11,2004 In Sammara Iraq"
kathy of Glens Falls,NY

""What are you doing here?" he asked. -"I was waiting for you", she replied, and handed him a blue notebook full of blank pages.

"Write: A Warrior of The Light values a child's eyes because they are able to look at the world without bitterness. When he wants to find out if the person beside him is worthy of his trust, he tries to see him as a child would".

"What is a Warrior of the Light"?

"You already know that," she replied with a smile. "He is someone capable of understanding the miracle of life, of fighting to the last for something he believes in -and of hearing the bells that the waves set ringing on the seabed".

He had never thought of himself as a Warrior of the Light.

The woman seemed to read his thoughts. "Everyone is capable of this things. And, though no one thinks of himself as a Warrior of the Light, we all are."

He looked at the blank pages in the notebook. -"Write about the Warrior", she said."
Doc Mendez' mom of Chula Vista, CA

"Semper Fi Jason... You Will NEVER be forgotten. God Bless you and your family."
Former US Navy Sailor & WTC Tower II Employee of New York, NY

"Mike was my mentor and my freind. All should strive to be like him, and hope to accomplish half of what he did in his life. He was the most dedicated husband, father and leader I ever met and his memory will impact those who knew him for the rest of our lives. Mike is truly a hero and his memory demands recognition always and forever. There were none better."
Bogie of Camp Pendleton, CA

"god bless all of you. i will light a candle for all of you... love"
shana of geleen the netherlands

"Nicole I am very sorry for your loss and yet proud that I had the opportunity to work under Mark. We had alot of great times together he will be missed along with Gary, Ryan, John, and Danny. I love and miss you guys we will be together again."
SGT Jeffrey Bennett

"Having retired in 1974 from the military I know and understand the lose of ones family member in fighting for their country. Ben Carman was a very outstanding young man and not only had strong beliefs in God but in what his country meant to him. He was willing to sacrifice his life for those things that he believed in. Ben was of course a Marine, but first and most important he was an AMERICAN fighting for the rights and freedoms of others. Those of us that have fought in the past for those same rights and freedoms have now passed the torch on to the younger generations. Thank God there are still those young AMERICANS that feel as we felt in serving our great country. May that torch never go out and may it continue to be passed on to the next generations in the future."
Bill Kendall of Jefferson, Iowa USA

"hello all,
my name is CW2 Hersey, Jason. I am stationed at fort campbell,ky. we are in the process of raising money for a memorial for the soldiers of my battlion 4-101 avn. we are in need of funds so we can help keep the memory of our fallen alive. if there is any way that you may be able to give a little we would greatly appreate it.
my e mail address is: jason.hersey@us.army.mil
thanks to all whom have lost love ones and may god bless you all."
CW2 Hersey, Jason of Fort Campbell, KY

"Sgt Lord, i only met you a couple of times but i enjoyed being in your presance. You are a good Marine and you will not be forgotten. oooorah

Sgt J.T. Skinner"
Sgt J.T. Skinner of cherry pt. NC

"I am new to this site and find it wonderfull though I am no longer on active duty I would like the send out my condolences to all the families who browse this forum. Your sons and daughters fought passionatly for a country which they loved. They will be missed by all who knew them and all who will miss the chance of meeting them. Please remember you are the type of people we know support the military every step of the way! To all families and friends rest assured they are in a better place now. Keep up the good fight Servicemen and Women"
Cpl Cox (Ret) of Cincinnati, OH, 45247

"I'm the proud father of Lance Cpl. Michael J. Halal who gave his life on Sep.13.2004 in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. We honored and put Michael to rest today this 24th day of September 2004. I would like to thank everyone that posted comments and offered support. I especially thank Martie for the hard work of printing and organizing them into a memorial album that I will cherish forever.

I'm confident that Michael looked down from above today and was wondering what all the fuss over him was all about. I mourn his loss very deeply but am thankful for the 22 years I had with him. I pray now that all the brave soldiers that remain will not come home as Mike did."
Kenneth M. Halal of Phoenix, AZ USA

"My uncle Shawn Michael Davies is my true hero! Shawn i will miss you until we meet again. Shawn died in baghdad iraq july 8,2004. He loved what he was doing. He was doing what he wanted to do. I will miss shawn alot but i know he stands right next to me and when we meet again i want him to greet me with a heinken beer and his big smile of his... Shawn cant wait till we meet again. You still owe me some drinks! LOVE YA CUZ!!!"
Amanda Peters of Concord OH USA

"To all who have lost Sons, Daughters, Husbands, Wifes, Aunts, Uncles and Friends, my heart and prayers go out to you. I lost my BELOVED SON in Baghdad July 8 2004 while he was defending World Freedom as were your Loved Ones. We are so PROUD of what THEY were doing and hope the people of Iraq will be able to enjoy the FREEDOM we do because of our BRAVE LOVED ONES. God Bless America!!! God Bless and Keep our Men and Women SAFE!!Spc. Shawn Davies I (your Mother) will join you in that great place that you are and you will greet me with that
Beautiful Smile and only then will I be able to be truly happy again. I LOVE YOU AND AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!! YOU ARE MY HERO!!!"
Martha Davies of Aliquipppa, Pa, U S A

"You have done your duty and have done it well. Rest in peace my dear friends."
tina k. of chester, ny

""I just want to thank every soldier. Your bravery and courage is making all my dreams possible. Thank you. I know that everything I do wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for America's men and women across sea's and in training fighting for my rights and my freedom and for the freedom of my little brother. Just yesterday my brother and I were watching a Black Hawk down documentary together. After the documentary my brother was in pure shock, he couldn't believe that so many people could be so brave, so fearless. I then told him that this was similar to the same situation we are going through in Iraq. And because of your bravery and courage my brother wants to join the fight in terrism. The only problem is he's 11 years old. Thank you for everything and keep up the great work.
To those who have fallen, your life will be honored by all.""
chelsea hanna of livingston, tn

"Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning`s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circle flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Taft Williams,

Im kissing you...."
Simone and your daughter Charisse of Germany

of germany Heidelberg

"i was wondering if anyone had any memories or stories regarding david cedergren, navy petty officer 3rd class. please post them here or send them to my email address at spirit_in_sky67@hotmail.com, i would greatly appreciate any help you can give me on this."
kevin of minneapolis mn, U.S.A!!!!!

"i want to thank all the many brave men and women who are serving in iraq and especially all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. my heart goes out to all the families who have lost loved ones as a result of the war on iraq. my friend lost her son on 9/11, he was only 24 years old and was a medic with a marine unit in iraq. we still dont know what happened yet but are getting answers everyday. god bless each and everyone of the fallen heroes, let us not forget who they are. they died while serving their country. the U.S.A!!!! let us bring our troops home soon, safe and sound. in the meantime, let us continue to pray for their safety until they return home safely to us. take care and god bless each and every one of you."
kevin of minneapolis,mn, U.S.A

"Trav, Today Tristan carried a flag in your honor with the help of Christopher. Tristan still 2 not being able to talk well said that you were our hero and that you died for our country to protect us. As the boys carried the flags a friend said that the reporters whom were all focused in on them lost it. He then thought man your supposed to be pros and then lost it too. I tried to not pay attention to them for this was for you. We love you so much and we miss you so much. To never see your smile again. And your beautiful brown eyes. To feel your arms around me one last time. I loved your hugs and they will be missed forever. I know that you were looking down from heaven thinking thats my beautiful boy who is blessed with Daddy's eyes. I am glad he got your beautiful eyes. He reminds me of you and I know that I always will carry a piece of you forever. Well lots of hugs to you in heaven and a kiss too. I look forward to meeting again someday long away! You will still be young and I an old person I am sure your going to rub that in someday!!"
Brooke of Franklin Tn USA

"Thank you for your sacrifice. The sacrifice and loyalty to our nation that you and your family has made will definitely not be forgotten but your brothers. Fair winds and following seas! Semper Fi shipmate!"
HM2(AW/SW/FMF) H. A. Cole II of Jacksonville, Florida

"For those out there.. Please visit this site and email the owner to TAKE out the names of the fallen from her site. It is VERY shameful to use the names of the fallen for their own political gains. Also, VERY DISREPECTFUL! http://www.thehappyheretic.com/political.htm

email the owner at : judith@thehappyheretic.com"
sandtiger of USA

"I stumbled across this site and as I scroll down all the names my heart breaks as I see the ages of these young boys our babies brothers nephews grandsons these young men and women will never again enjoy the things that this short life has on offer for us .My young son is in the army and has done 2 tours of Timor he about to be sent also to Iraq he is 23 I never sleep while he is away and each time the phone rings my heart sinks so to all the parents and families god be with you and I know your loved ones are in the hands of the angles all having a wonderful time, let us pray for world peace after all we do not have another world and pray for less greed god bless"
mona of Australia

"I still think of our Kim as a little girl. My memorys of her are mostly of that time.When I heard she joined the service I thought she was crazy. She wasn't though. She had more guts than alot of men I know. She felt very strong on what she was doing. She knew what she was there for and really felt it was important.My heart just breaks for Max and the rest of her family. I feel deep in my heart she is now a soldier for god and he has better things for her to do.
, but it doesn't lessen the hurt in all our hearts. We will miss you, and you will always be in our heart. We love you and till we meet again we want you to know we our so very proud of you. Aunt Debb and Uncle Bernie"
Debbie Mauser of Youngstown ohio

"To all the families of the brave men and women who have fallen during Operation Iraqi Freedom I am sorry. As the friend of a fallen hero i know the pain i feel everyday over his loss is great, i can only imagine what you must be feeling right now. These men and women have a special place in heaven, it takes a great person to give their life for another and they will never be forgotten. To the family of Owen Witt, i am truly sorry for your loss, Owen was a good kid with alot of great qualities. He truly touched everyone he knew and hopefully someday we will join him and he will be there to welcome us home. I can't cry enough tears for this boy i only met a few times, but they are deffinately worth it. I am proud to be the wife of an United States Airman and the friend to many US Service men and women, you'll never find a friend as true or loyal. May all of these soldier and heros be welcomed home to take their rightful place with god. You will always be remembered for the sacrifices you made."
The Hulett Family of Fairchild Air Force Base, WA

"Our prayers are with you. May God hold you in his arms and give you peace of mind."
Jessica Fagan of Bedford, TX

"Words cannot do the fallen justice, for they and thier families have paid the ultimate price. I hope all the families know that your pain is shared by this nation and your sacrifice will never be forgotten."
B. Marine of Cadillac, MI

"First, I would send my prayers to all of the family and friends in which have lost a "HERO" in this time of war.

On August 29, 2004, I also lost a friend and a love one, AFC Carl L. Anderson, Jr.

Carl, from the first day I saw your smile, I knew that you were someone special. Your personality and energy was enough to keep even the meanest person laughing. i enjoyed every second that we were together, we talked on the phone or even wrote to each other. This has been one of the hardest experiences I have ever faced; however, day by day your spirit gives me the strength and faith to press on. I know that you are in the Ultimate resting place smiling as always on you loved ones. Sleep well, Airman Anderson and I will see you at the gates. I love you; always & forever and you are my "Hero.""
Ashley N. McCall of Georgetown, SC

"To all the brave Men and Women,
May God bless you and your families for a safe return in this time of war. I know how you all feel to miss uyour loved ones. I have a husband and brothers and sister in the military that are overseas. I pray everynight for your safety. Just know there are so many people waiting for you back home. For the troops that don't make it I pray for your families and hope they find the strength in all this to go on another day. My heart hurts for all of you. I couldnt imagine life without my husband or brothers and sister. I hope I never have to feel that pain. God Bless all the Troops.
Leave no man behind.
Semper Fi,
Proud wife of SSgt Muniz."
Jannia Muniz of Camp Pendleton, CA /USA

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across most of you, my heart hurts for my brothers. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"This is for SSG Dale Panchot of B co 1-8 INF, and CPT Eric Paliwoda of B co 4th EN "D co 1-8 INF". Those of in the 1-8 "Fighting Eagles" will greatly miss you, and will never forget you. You both were true soldiers in every sense of the word. The knowledge that was lost when you both were taken from us will never be replaced. I hope to see you both again soon."
SPC Williams, Christopher J. C co 1-8 INF "Fighting Eagles...Strike Fear!" of Fort Carson, CO

"My dear son Tim,
Here I am missing you again and trying to write something worthy of how I feel. I remember the day I had you, you were so big with such curly hair my little Hoss.. So many people miss you as well as myself but I know you're in a better place where you are able to watch over me . Every time I think about you Tim, I just look up and there you are...
Although I wish you were down here! I wish I could tell you once again that I love you. But I guess it's too late for that. It's not much comfort but I know that you knew how much I truly love you. Michael and Tyler miss you too. Michael says he'll never forget you and he has something to remember you by! The scar on his foot when you and him were playing ball and the candy jar fell down and broke and cut his foot.
Michael says ,"I'll never forget my brother TimTim how can I? My foot will always remind me how much I love and miss you.
Donald sends his love and misses you too, as well as everyone else. You know Tim, you've brought so much love into this world, and brought so many of us back together again. How can one little boy's love touch so many lives in the entire world. I can't think of any one else that brought as much happiness as you did.
Tim, I wish I would have kept you here when you came back instead of trying to teach you and Joe a lesson in life as teenagers cuz then perhaps you'd still be here. Or maybe not.
As we all know God has a plan for all of us here on Earth and perhaps you were one big part of that plan.
And I am honored to have been the one to bring you into this world and let you go with your father even though sharing you was hard. But I know that was one of the best things I could have ever done for you, as well as for your father and Pam.
As I had told Pam in your passing that she was your mom as well, and you her son. I thank God for her. She holds a big part of your life and all you became.
Thank you son. I'm proud to say that you are my hero. I AM PROUD TO BE YOUR MOTHER. I never dreamed that one of my children could touch so many lives in so many ways. You've changed my life forever, as well as taught me a valuable lesson - Never take life for granted because many people don't realize how precious life is, until it's too late.
To wake up one morning and never hear your voice, or the sound of your footsteps or the ring of the phone with you on the other line- I will never hear those things again in this lifetime.
Although we will meet again that I know is for sure.

Until then, my dearest son,
God bless
Always and forever,
your mother,

Cyndie Miles"
Cyndie Miles Mother * of Ontario, CA U.S.A.

"To all the famil's and friend of the fallen, our soldies will forever be remember. They were all very special people to put there lives on the line for the freedom of our country and the hope and dreams of our childrens tomorrow. Thank you to all of you! Your are all heros. My brother was one of the fallen, SPC Shawn Davies, July 8, 2004. Until we all meet again. God be with all."
Toni Peters of Concord, Oh

"for the family of david cantu, i am very sorry i also lost my son in july. if you get this and need to talk. basemonkey@hotmail.com ... bless you and your"
connie kerns of springfield mo

"To all who have fallen in this war on terror...May God be with you in heaven and may he protect your loved ones back on earth.

Please know that America is with you, and you did not fall in vein.

Semper Fidelis!"
Jeff Carlos (USMC Retired) of San Diego, CA, USA

"To all the soldiers who gave their life for the freedom of my own:thank you. For all the families of those who've fallen:God Bless You. To anyone who thinks that America won't fight back:Try Her. To those who made the lives of us Americans a terrifing journey:God be with you. For those who gave up family and friends to this war:I'm sorry. To those who feel there's no way to heal from the grief of a fallen loved one: You can. To those who understand the pain of that feeling:I'm with you. And finally to those who think patriatism has gone to far: I feel sorry for you."

"It is always so sad to read or hear on the news about the loss of yet another young American on foreign soil. It is especially heartwrenching that the loss of so many of our dedicated soldiers and citizens and the good they are trying to do in the far-off country of Iraq (and other countries) seems so unappreciated by those they are trying to help. One can only hope that the wonderful democratic system that we in the U. S. are blessed to be a part of will be kindled in the hearts of the Iraqi citizens and they will begin to see us as their helpers rather than as the enemy. To those of you who have lost your daughter, son, father, mother, cousin, uncle, aunt or other relative or friend, I thank you for their sacrifice and send my heartfelt sympathy to you. May God bless them all and give you the strengh to go on in your time of grief. My husband was in the Army for 6 years and our son was a Marine in what was a simpler, more peaceful time so I can say, "but for the grace of God." Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Pamela Schwartz of Harbeson, DE

"i support you come back soon to your family"
Christen of Bradenton FL

"My prayers to all of you who have lost loved ones serving our great country. My best friend is currently serving with the Army in South Korea and has lost fellow soldiers due to war. Out of wishes from my friend, to all who have experienced casualties of war, peace be with you always."
R. J. Graham of Alliance, OH. U.S.A

"Sorry that your loved ones had to die but at least they and you all know that they died for The Untied States Of America. So to all the familys that had lost a loved one I send me heart out to you and your family"
Donella of Springfield,Mo


"As an active duty service member, I have many feelings I experience. Feelings of pride, guilt, and sadness are several that I have become very familiar with over the past two years. Gulit because I have not been called to serve in a war zone. Call it what you want but this is a war that "we" will be fighting for a long time. So many: young; old; active; reserve; guard; mothers; fathers; daughters; sons; brothers; sisters; and friends have lost their lives. Some went voluntairly, others not so voluntarily. God is doing some powerful things "up there" and he needed some "Soldiers" he could count on. I am proud to wear my uniform and serve, but I am not always proud of the decisions that those holding powerful positions make. However, I must go when duty calls. It saddens my heart to know that there are many children that will grow up without a parent. No father to walk that daughter down the aisle. No mother to take that prom picture before you head off to dance the night away. No son or daughter to celebrate mother's or father's day with. I ask that we as a nation, P.U.S.H., Pray Until Something Happens. Pryaer is the key that will unlock many doors. May God Bless you all and for those of you that I have lost a loves one, my prayer for you is "a peace that passes all understanding.""


What a beautiful family you left behind. A strong beautiful mom ,dad, sister and brother. And your beautiful bride-to-be. Shawn your family as well as western Pa. are very proud of you. Thank you so very much. Watch over your family and loves ones til you all met again. GOD BLESS you Shawn"
Nancy Rea of Beaver Falls

"To the the family of Jeremy Drexler I am sorry for you loss of your son, I was your sons Squad Leader he was a great Soldier everyone here loved him and misses him very much. He was a brother to everyone in the squad. Drexler I we all miss you"

"i want to say i am sorry for all the familys i will pray for all of you"
tammy melancon of austin tx

"In our history the United States has often been "fortress of the democracies" and we hope is more and more it. Their work is very more
necessary against the Islamic terrorism. We pray because the Europe is more neighbor to the United States in his rightful struggle for the civilization.

God blesses our people and our soldiers, forever!

Father Antony, Military Chaplain EI of Rome, Italy

"May God continue to bless every Brave and courageous involved in the war on Terrorism and their families at Home in the United States of America. This is the Greatest nation in the world and we are a safer place to live since so many young Americans are willing to go after the terrorists of the world. It is my prayer that no more Americans must die in order to get Osama.
Thank you to every American who has given so much to get the terrorists out of power."
Richard of Auburn, Alabama

"May God continue to bless every Brave and courageous involved in the war on Terrorism and their families at Home in the United States of America. This is the Greatest nation in the world and we are a safer place to live since so many young Americans are willing to go after the terrorists of the world. It is my prayer that no more Americans must die in order to get Osama.
Thank you to every American who has given so much to get the terrorists out of power."
Richard of Auburn, Alabama

"This is for the sapper in the sky watching over us as we drive on in our mission thanks ben for your ultimate sacrifice, miss you bud."
Spc. Adam Pastor of Ft. Drum, NY

"We miss you so much Bobby.The kids and I went to the unit today to see the other soldiers.They had 2 buses that took them to your grave. They to miss you. You have been gone from us 1 year today and we will never forget you. Going to the unit and seeing the men and their families was very hard on me, you see, they are very happy. I know that you would want me to be happy but thats hard to do without you. Bobby, the 21 years of marriage meant alot to me. We love you and miss you very much."
Brenda Franklin of mineral bluff ga

"My hearfelt condolescences for the family and loved ones of SPC Mark Zapata. I was honored to serve with him in Vilseck, Germany as a tank commander and friend. I had the honor of welcoming him into our unit. He often spoke of his love for his family and friends back home. He loved talking about his experiences with the volunteer firemen he served with. I know many senior members of our unit who applauded his dedication and devotion to duty. I remember many late nights fixing vehicles, not his own, in order for the mission to continue. My family and I were honored to have his presence during holiday dinners and we will always remember and honor this truly, courageous soldier."
SFC Henry Medawis, III of Fort Carson, CO USA

my name is andré and i am from gemany. my english is not so good, sorry, but this site is the best thing i´ve ever seen.
I feel so sad about all the soldiers, but words cannot express the pain of someone who dies.
America is a great land, maybe the best land in the world, the boys and girls stand for the rights and life in america, god bless them, god bless america"
andré of germany, berlin

"God has Blessed us all that He created people like you and your families to protect us and hold fast our honor"
L Tabaccki of Southfield, Michigan

"Thank you to Chief Warrant Officer Blaise, for your service to our country. You are a hero."
of St. Louis, Mo

"I am sure none of the words I have to say would be the right words. So instead, I would like to simply say thank you. Thank you for raising a wonderful son or daughter who will forever live on in my heart as a hero. Heroes never die! May God bless you and comfort you always!


A Grateful American


Please contact me if I can do ANYTHING for you or your soldier's outfit in any way."
lorlor50@hotmail.com of Houston, Texas, The United States of America

"We are born of dust and to dust we must return.

As long as America has men and women who are willing to put their lives at risk to support and defend their country - we as a nation will endure.

When I was young and ever so sure of myself I was very angry about war protestors.

I now understand that war protestors have a function though it is of extremely small consequence in the long run.

In my 60th year I feel very great satisfaction with my life and my military service.

(Co B, 2nd Bn, 327th Airborne Infantry Regiment 1st Bde 101st Airborne Division - RVN 65-66).

I feel true pity for the old men of my generation who must confess to their own grandchildren that they defended their nation by avoiding the military, burning their draft cards and living in Canada. This includes Mr. William Jefferson Clinton.

These young grandchildren face a post 9-ll world and as young as they are they certainly must understand that their grandfather is, in all probability, a coward.

These children have to know that if their gandfather for whatever reason could not do what the soldiers in Iraq and Afganistan and Lebanon and Granada and Somolia and Vietnam and Korea and
The Atlantic and Pacific theatres of WWII did ... and ...

If their grandfathers could not live and die like the firemen and policemen of New York City and Oklahoma City did ... then ...

These children will concluded that their grandfather - the father of their father could have served America as a consciencous objector in a non-combat capacity.

These young children must be educated that SGT Alvin York and countless others objected to war but served with honor so that others did not die in their place.

Seeing what evil men did to America on 9-11 these children know what their grandfathers never knew.

These children know that evil must be confronted directly and like a cancer -removed and cleansed.

It is true that war is all hell - but it is as inevitable as birth and death.

You "men" ... you grandfathers who fled to Canada and beyond and must now answer your grandchildren's questions -shame on you.

In the name of my friends who gave their lives FOR this nation ... I forgive you.

I hope your children and grandchildren can likewise forgive you.

And to you "people" who are currently giving aid and support to the enemy of our military force actively engaged in battle take heed.

YOUR" children and grandchildren will certainly call "YOU" to account for your actions today."
SGT John P. McKenzie of Cosby, TN

"To my best friend Stuart moore I will
miss you. you have been a good friend
to me and craig wish you where still
here. I miss the days we used joke
and laugh wish you where still here."
Keith Taylor of Lufkin TX USA

"Dear families/soldiers/sailors/marines/airmen:

My name is Sarah Letts-Smith and I am currently a Major (P) in the US Army Reserves. I was mobilized and deployed for a year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, leaving my husband home with my 4 small children. During my absence, I wrote numerous emails and letters to home and friends and family, detailing my thoughts and fears and joy and emotions. Some of the recipients saved these, and after I returned, sent me copies of my own correspondence. I was moved by the amazing truths that were in those letters and emails. Over the past year, I have been burning to do something with this, and with the encouragement of some friends in the publishing business, I intend to write a book. But I've decided that I don't want it to be just about my experience. I want it to be about the experience of all us in the military and our loved ones, sacrificing for this war, and loved ones most of all, who gave the ultimate gift to our nation.
I do not want the book to be political or partisan, but I know there are deep emotions about this war. I have them too. Your loved ones had them. You have them. I do not want to hide from these, but rather, want to include them all, in all their depth and breadth, because that is the only way that we can truly honor our service and our loved ones.
If you like this idea, and want to contribute to my effort, please let me know. I will accept copies of letters, photos, emails, anything you have that will give a true picture of your service or that of your loved ones. I want this to be a collaborative effort, so I will include my own story, and I will communicate as much as you'd like me to with you. If you have contacts not on this board who can help, please pass this email to them.
As for me, anything you'd like to know I will provide, to make you feel comfortable with my abilities, background, and intentions.
A brief history: I got my commission in the US Army in 1983, after using an ROTC scholarship to finish my college education at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. I was active duty for almost 8 years and did tours in S. Korea and Germany as well as stateside. I was stationed in Germany during the first Gulf War. Mike Nabal, who is the Program Manager for the Protrait Freedom site, was a critical member of my team when I was a Company Commander during that tour. I got a Masters Degree in Systems Management from USC during this time. I left the active Army in 1992, stayed in the Reserves and went into Medical Sales, from there to Mortgage Lending and Real Estate. I have no published writing background, but have been writing for decades and I think that I can apply myself to this project because it is a labor of love.
I have no idea what level of response I will get from my requests, so I hope that you will understand that I cannot predict how long this project will take or what exactly will end up in the final book.... if the response is limited, the book will be short and hopefully every letter will be published. If the response is huge, the book will be long and perhaps I will have to limit what goes in the book. But I think that every letter, email and photo is absolutely precious and deserves to be part of the process. Perhaps this can grow into a library or museum that would include all submissions.
I hope that you'll consider getting involved in my project, and share with me the communications from you and your loved ones so that I may in turn, share them with the Americans for whom they sacrificed all.
Sarah Letts-Smith, Major (P), US Army Reserves, Military Intelligence
Email to: seletts@aol.com. If you want to contact me by address or phone, send an email directly and I will send you my contact info.
Thanks for your time, your consideration, but most of all, for the sacrifice you and your loved ones have made."
Sarah Letts-Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah


"Aug 11, 04
Hey Mikey Man,
Thinking of you "always" wanted to tell you how much I Love and Miss you!!"
LOVE Always Chel-bell

"Please always remember that your son's, husbands, brothers, fathers gave the ultimate, unselfish sacrifice -- to all of us - because them many shall live - I will always be grateful and never forget, they are now guarding the gates of heaven - Marine Mom"

"I was always proud to be the wife of a Soldier, and now I'm just as proud to be the widow of one. He was an amazing man, doing a wonderful job. He was very happy with his job, his beliefs, his mission, how could I not be? So please, next time you talk to one of us, don't belittle the death of our loved one with your political/war views. You don't have to agree, we don't either, but it was what they were there to do, and if we don't finish what we've started over there, all these names, all these heroes, will have died for nothing. Keep this in mind, cause you never know who you might be talking with. We love you, heroes, and we will never forget you!!"
Proud OIF Widow of America


"i am the mother of a fallen hero , the family of joseph l nice i am so sorry our sons was in 29 together i lost a month ago if you need someone to talk to my email is basmonkey@hotmail.com and again i'm sorr for you lost..."
connie kerns of springfield mo

"We have been kept free, for you fought for our freedom. My family and I are forever gratefull."
Abel Prado Jr of Harlingen, TX USA

"I am so sorry for all of your losses. I am so thankful for all of the men and women fighting for our country everyday. May God be with all of you and your families in your time of hurt."
starr of molena, GA usa

"To the family of Lt Andre Tyson: My name is Nadia McCaffrey, Sergeant Patrick McCaffrey's Mother. I want you to know that you are in my prayers and my heart. I join my sorrow to yours, reaching to Andre's Mom. My son died side by side with your son. Patrick and Andre are now watching over all of us. InService. nadiaiands@aol.com PS: I would like to meet you at your convenience."
Nadia McCaffrey of Tracy CA

"To all the families of our Fallen Heros. May God bless you. You are in my prayers."
Diana of Whittier, Ca/USA


"To all my brothers thank you especially the Missouri Boys me and my brothers and I thank you we are serving where you left off God Bless YOU All"
Rollins Brothers of Vienna Mo / USA

I hurt so much for all the widows of war, and because I feel that sad songs can sometimes help people to grieve, I hope a few people might take a listen to a song I wrote, just in case it might help them. Hopefully, if you allow yourselves to cry, and cry even more, the desparation you feel will start to fade, leaving only happy memories and a sense of great pride.
The song is called "Where's the hand?" and it was kindly played locally in Bolton UK during the Remembrance Day Service 2003.

I was extremely sad watching the CBS video of Christina and Cherish on the internet, and that prompted me to post this message. I sincerely hope you don't mind.
The song is at

Thank you, and my deepest thoughts are with all who've lost loved ones."
Carol Douglas of Bolton, UK

"Hello im a 19yr old girl from chicago and i heard about the news threw, you guessed it, 7th heaven. well i feel really terrible for what happend. losing someone so young must be very hard. i've never been good at leaving messages but i thought i'd do so all the same. my cousin was also fighting at the time and i understand how it must be. although we were lucky enough not to lose him we understand his stress everyday. im very sorry for your lose, i cant even begin to imagine what it must be like. i was already in a depressed mood till i saw 7th heaven and realized that my life isnt as bad as those soldiers fighting out there. thank you, you changed my life, for the better and if there is anything i can ever do. please, i'll be right here.
MSegura8157@hotmail.com may god bless you as he has me."
Marieann Ramirez of Chicago, illinois

"When I first heard of Justin's passing it brought the war 'home' to me. I went to Middle School with Justin at Lakeside Middle School. I think back on those two years and I consider myself blessed to have met such an awesome man.
If I could tell him one thing it would be "thank you". Thank you for fighting for what you believed in, thank you for fighting for this country, for me, for all of us. Thank you for risking your life so that our freedom would remain safe. You paid the ultimate price for my freedom and there are many days that go by that I think of you.

I would like to tell Justin's family that they are forever in my prayers. May this war end very soon and peace be brought to you as well."

"Thanks to Tim Rivera for this ww web site "wall to visit" and pay respects; very appreciated by people.

Earthlings are part of one village and country called Earth - those earthlings that help all of the rest of their village to stay safe and survive and have normal, fruitful and free, caring and loving lives are so greatly appreciated by the thinking, caring earthlings of the village. You are the young lions of the times and by your ages.
My civilian mid-40's eyes wetten and puff pink as I read of your heroism in protecting us all ... from the tiniest Iraqui baby, to the tiniest North Korean baby, to Iran's hungry, to the weeping Palestinian mother ... you young men and women are whom struggle on the frontlines for them, for us, for us all in this Carl Sagan tiny village Earth.

You're parents, sisters and brothers and your husband, wife or girlfriend/boyfriend must be so incredibly proud of you ... because I sure am and I've never eaven met you.
Thank you."
geoff harestad of victoria, canada

"Dear Mrs. Palmer,
My heart goes out to you and the mothers of our freedoms defenders. I have the honor of working on the memorial film for your son, and I would like to say, as a veteran how very proud I am to have the chance to pay my respects to such an unselfish and courageous person. Keep the faith and may God be with you."
Eugene Sinclair of Los Angeles, California

"I am here to say that I am sorry for all the families that have had to go through such a difficult time. My husband is stationed in Iraq and I pray that I will never have to be comforted by his loss. I give thanks to all of the 3rd ID, which is who my husband is with, and all the other units and so forth out there. God will help you and you will be reunited with your loved one in heaven. Please live your life like they are still there, they watch you from heaven and would like to see you enjoying your life and they know you will never forget them. Thankyou again"
Trisha of Fort Stewart., Ga.

"This is a very sad day. We have lost a friend, brother, hero and one of the most amazing men I have ever met. SGT Nacho will be remembered by many as the one who can make you smile no matter what, the person to go to when you need advice and a man who loves his family endlessly (much more). I will never again have the privallage to work for such a great person. I thank god for letting him be a part of our lives and ask him to watch over his wife and children, always and forever. SGT Nacho we will always be two of your faithful Marines. OORAH! Semper Fidelis"
LCpl Crystal &CPL Ronnie Pruitt of MWSS 374, 29 Palms, CA.

"Anyone who knew Brian knows that he was full of intelligent humor and biting wit. He was one of those rare people who knew more than a little about everything, and could make you feel like he knew it all. His worldly knowledge and eloquent speech was impressive to anyone. He excelled at anything that he truly chose to pursue; he could have the latest computer game mastered in two days, he was accepted into law school after his first application and passed the bar on the first try, and he could figure out a myriad of musical instruments placed in front of him.

Brian loved music. As with everything else in his life, his tastes were vast and varied: everything from Gregorian chant to classic jazz to punk. He tried anything and would dance in his car to everything. "Heidi" (his BMW) was privy to many of his spontaneous interpretive dances, as were his oriental rugs "Mr. Rug", his ivy, "Paul," and his "girls" (his two cats).

He was notorious for spontaneity. One was not surprised by an impromptu soliloquy atop a barstool. Most times he was the protagonist in his own medium, comedy or melodrama and performed either with the same passion and contagion. His laughter was unforgettable.

Never falling under the influence of others, Brian was a true Brian. "Which one do you like better?" he would ask after he had lacquered the toes of each foot with a different polish. His experiences with the SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) ("I'm off to be bludgeoned with a stick" he would say) gave him a formal stage and inspired other unconventional hobbies like fencing and carpentry (only when necessary, and only in the shade with a cold beer, thank you)."
Erin Smith, Brian's sister of Austin, Texas USA

"To the family of Craig Frank: I did not know your son, but I'm a friend of Nicole's. I didn't have to know Craig to realize that he was a great individual. I have the upmost respect for any person that serves in any branch of the military. I'm sorry for your loss."
Karen Polly of Westland, Michigan

"Dear soldiers, How is everything out there, i am praying for you every night and hope that ya'll can come home real soon. I love all ya'll."
sophia hughes of cincinnati,ohio/usa

"It saddens me deeply to see the names of so many Americans on this list. My sincerest condolences to their families for their loss. And my thanks for that which they fought for, and to all those still fighting."
J. Pen of Las Vegas, NV

"I am deeply griefed when I think of CW5 Sharon Swartworth, she was a wonderful friend for ten years, who always did more than was expected of her. She made this world a little better for my family and me and for all the others who knew her."
Karen Morgan-Riley of Fairfax, Virginia USA

"Althought I did not know Rodericka, I feel a great sense of loss. Especially for this young man who had so much of a future to behold. It is a great loss whenever we have any fallen soldiers. Their bravery and committment to providing the very protection that we all cherish could never be fully appreciated. My heart goes out to the immediate Youmans family. I feel this connection even more because I too am a Youmans. My father and mother were from the SC area and unfortunately I don't know if we could have been related or not. I have always been extremely interested in finding out more about my family tree and I hope that someday I will be successful in doing so. Even if we are not related, It is still a great honor to be in the same company by name of someone so brave and committed to doing that which is right. To the family, know that Rodericka gave of himself doing that which he knew to be true and noble. I was so proud to see his picture not knowing his background until I saw it. Right away I wondered, could we be relatives? I only wish that my parents knew more about our family line so that I could begin to investigate. You are not alone Youmans family. Not in spirit. And as long as you have a good sense of spirit, you will never be alone.
If there is any way that we could cooresponde, please feel free to. I would welcome the opportunity to meet you all. My only brother is currently living in Columbia, SC and I rarely have the opportunity to visit him. I believe that if we all found a way to talk, we could expand our own Youmans family by adding to it the nobility of another.

With all of my heart felt sympathy,

My God be with you all!"
Jeffrey Youmans of Raleigh, NC USA

"We will never forget U!!!"
unknown of Las Vegas, NM

"I never knew you but some how I feel I always had---may God bless you. To the Lau family---please accept my poem
Tom Rix
To those who have lost a loved one to the war on terror

I've rarely heard hearts that beat so hollow
Never read words composed of so much sorrow
Fateful correspondence for someone else
was meant,
Reality strikes hard, deep blue shades of

How can I lift you up when life's weight
struck you down?
Burning lights of love and hope extinguished
this sundown
Nothing seems clear, devoid of the face
The face you knew and loved which once
occupied that space

Perhaps these words are penned in vain,
never to be read
Perchance they are somewhat meaningless,
in conversations never to be said
Should my thoughts and feelings ever find their way to you
I want you to know I'm sorry, and that my heart goes out to you.

Thomas Rix

Copyright ©2004 Thomas Donald Rix"
Tom Rix of Santa Clarita, Ca

""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""
Leo Garcia of Los Fresnos, TX/USA

"to all of you that are remembering my brother Spc. Michael A. McGlothin, thank you, he's our hero, he paid the ultimate sacrifice, and i'm very proud that he did not die in vian, that people are respecting and paying their wishes to mike
hooah michael and hooah to all those who siad those words to our family
thank you"
Crystal Rose McGlothin of Hartford, Wisconsin

"The latest hero has fallen. Craig Frank USANG. Rest in peace our brave hero."
Rob Bunton of Lincoln Park, MI

"I was in the US Navy for over 20 years, It is sad that one american is lost in this war. I believe we (The USA) and the world is better off today then we where just a few months ago. All who have fallen are true heroes, I am sadden every time I hear or read about another military person dieding. I think of there family, what they are going throught. I believe there fallen heroe is looking down from heaven telling them its OK, they are safe now. There is a price we pay for being free, it is just sad it is at the expence of american heroes. God bless them all, and the families."
Andre Maynard, MA1-USN (ret) of Portsmouth, VA

Sgt. Bilski, Martin of Buffalo, N.Y./ U.S.A.

"To all the families of Fallenheros memorial. My heart and soul reaches out to you. I too lost a loved one and a part of me went with him. I know of the pain, emptiness and overwhelming sorrow. Each day returns the memory of knowing he won't be coming back. How many more of our children have to die?
Hold on to the memories of your loved ones. No war can take those from you. Take the hugs that are offered to you. Share with each other and most of all accept our Fathers unconditional love for us. Know that our loved ones are at peace."
of Wisconsin

"Andrew Baddick, was at my home a few weeks before he left to defend this country. I only had the pleasure for a few days my son inlaw was his friend. I remember the day my daughter called me she said mom "Baddick died" as a mother my breath was taken away, I could not imagine the pain his mother must be feeling, all I wanted to say is Baddick it was my pleasure to have you in my home. I Think of you often."
Kim of Venice, Florida USA

"I served for 26 years without ever being involved in combat. I grieve for all soldiers that were and won but ultimately lost. GOD bless their souls."
SFC Judith Jarvis of Millerstown PA USA

"I served for 26 years without ever being involved in combat. I grieve for all soldiers that were and won but ultimately lost. GOD bless their souls."
SFC Judith Jarvis of Millerstown PA USA

"The Wood Family: I would like to tell you how thoguthful I am to to tell you that Roy made me one of the proudest people to know him. I love him very much and he is the best!! R.I.P Roy A. Wood"
Kayla of Vero, Fl, USA

"To the family of Army Pvt Robert L. Frantz: I never knew your son but I did have the pleasure of meeting Kelly. I know she loved Robbie tremendously as did the rest of his family and friends. I know that although Robbie is gone from this earth, his memories continue to live on in your hearts. I too, think of Robbie, Kelly, Kim and the rest of you when I hear American Solider. I know everyone is proud of Robbie and I know he must have been an extraordinary young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God Bless you!"
Renee Sullivan of Macon, GA

"To all the families of the fallen hero's. May God Bless, each and every one of your hearts and souls. Our hero's put their lives on the line for our freedom, "Let it ring"! "We are one nation under God." God be with you and your loved ones. Our fallen heros once involved in the Iraqi Freedom, now oversee Iraqi Freedom. God bless the hero angels of heaven. We will prevail. None of this is in vain! Again, God Be With you!"
Patricia Moore of Tucson, Az U.S.A

"you are all the greatest and we consider you heroes as well as your loved ones who gave themselves for all of us...we cannot thank you enough and please know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers everyday...we are here for you if you wish to contact us for an ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on or if you need a card to brighten your day...deb and mike @ mysticalgracie@aol.com...godbless you all!"
deb and mike of hicksville, ny

"Pfc. Keith "Matt" Maupin

"Our Fallen Hero"

watch in hushed sorrow, the mournful crowd,
the mother who bore him now weeps by his shroud,
her heart, although broken, still beating and proud,
for her patriot son, and his honor unbowed.

see now our colors, draped over his coffin,
in a hero's grave he shall rest, our young Keith Matt Maupin,
see his family, gathered painfully 'round,
committing their soldier son to most hallowed ground,
as "Amazing Grace", the pipers sound,
and the hero's coffin is lowered down.

hear now, you cowards who did this deed,
you've but lost again, Matt's soul is now freed,
the blood-stained earth grows Liberty's seed,
planted by soldiers like him, with a strong and just creed.

Patrick T. Conley 6-29-04"
Patrick T. Conley of Ashland, Ky. U.S.A.

"May god be with you and your family forever."
Leon K. Beard of Merrillville, Indiana


Walking for Chance is a group of family and friends of Marine Corps Lance Corporal Chance R. Phelps who was killed by enemy insurgents in Iraq on April 9th 2004.

Our group 'Walking for Chance' was selected to run in the 2004 Marine Corps Marathon. We will run the 26 mile course on 31 October 2004. We welcome you to sponsor our group here by pledging any amount of money for each mile that we complete as a group in the 26 mile Marine Corps Marathon.

100% of your pledge will go to the Chance Phelps Memorial Fund which sends Brunton Binoculars to Chance Phelps' fellow Marines in Iraq. We welcome your support of our efforts."
Walkingforchance of Arlingon, VA

"To Tim, thank you for this place to bring our grief, our love, our embrace to those who have lost a huge piece of themselves. Almost 34 years ago when my only brother was killed in Vietnam there was no place like this to go to lay down the burden and to pick up the strength of all these wonderful people who have left messages here. It was many years before the "Wall" was built in Washington, D.C. and many more before the "Moving Wall" began to tour the US. It was 30 years after my beloved brother's death before I found my way to that "Moving Wall" and again found that wounded 12 year old child within, 30 years before I shed the tears that had burned inside me for so long. What you have done here is a good thing Tim in more ways than you may ever really understand.
To the families whose loss is so fresh, whose grief is so raw and painful. It never completely goes away but life continues. The sun rises in all it's splendor and it sets in all it's glory. Others you love must leave in their time and the new souls join the never ending circle that family is. We don't forget them for they are a part of who we are at our very core. Shed the tears, speak of the sorrows and the joys and most of all pass their spirit on to the next generation.
Peace and healing isn't a destination it is all there in the journey waiting for us to reach out and grasp it."
Keo Gathman of Beloit, WI, USA

"The Stranger's Gift

There is a stranger out there, in a far, far away place,
Whom I'll not get the pleasure to thank,
In person, you know, up close, face to face.
For chasing the world in search of a special gift just for me.
One that allows me to live in America, safely and stay free.
The gift is intangible, comes in the form of Liberty.
It's not easy to get since it has such a high price.
So that I may keep it forever, the stranger must give up something,
It may well be the ultimate sacrifice.
I'll try hard to honor you and those things for which you've had to pay,
And I'll do my very best not to take Liberty for granted each and every day.
This will be my way to thank you for Liberty at the cost of your loneliness and pain.
It's my way of showing you, what you have done for me, has not been in vain."
Cheryl L. Pitre of Kinder, La.

"To Tim, I am Wentz's mother, and I have just completed reading the web site. Thank you so much for providing this service for my son and my family. As I read each message I could feel the concern and love from each one. My son's death will always be very painfull, yet I know that some are called upon to protect us all. I appreciate every one that has taken the time to share their thoughts with us. I can not express how conforting each word is to me. Thanks to all of you. My son did not believe in failure or giving up- so we all must continue also."
Cheryl Shanaberger of Florida

"To all the familes who have lost loved one in Iraq, my heart goes out to you and you will be remebered this FOURTH OF JULY!!!"
lana barkr of birmingham alabama

"Dear Ridlen Family,
I cannot express the sorrow I feel for you and all the families that have lostlove ones in this and other wars. You have my heartfelt thanks and my prayers for your honorable and brave son.
As a Desert Storm vet, ISU Grad, former Illinois Guardsman and Catholic seminarian, I wish to let you know that what Jeremy contributed was not, and is not in vain. His actions will live forever in our freedom, Iraqi freedom and the safety he provided to all law abiding and peacful people around the world.
Should you need anything...even to just talk...please know that I am available for you.
God bless you, Jeremy, and the United States of America!

Dan Ebker of Peoria, IL

"Dear Rev. Marc and Mrs Unger, I want to thank you for your poise and testimony of faith during the hardest time of your life. I grieve with you as your sons death has tou=ched me deeply. I am a Pastor in Fresno, California, not too far away from where you are. I have preached a message to the soldiers in Iraq, which will be circulated soon, to encourage them, and in it I pay tribute to Daniel. If I can be of any service to you, please feel free to call on me anytime for anything. I will continue to pray for you in the months to come and will put you on our prayer list as well, that the comfort of the Holy Spirit will strengthen you as you grieve and miss your son, albeit with the hope of the resurrection of the dead and eternal life with Jesus Christ our Lord. My e-mail is peterbertolero@earthlink.net. God's peace be on you and yours, marc. Pete"
Rev. Dr. F. Peter bertolero of Fresno, California

"This message is for Amanda Caldwell, wife of deceased Soldier Nathaniel Caldwell. I am writing from the US Army Safety Center and we would like to publish a story about this accident. Please have her contact me @teresa.austin@safetycenter.army.mil"
Teresa Austin of Fort Rucker, AL USA

"To the family of Jesse D. Mizener: I have lived in Meadow Vista, CA (right above Auburn) all my life. Even though I am only 16 years old, I fully understand the pain and grief you are going through. My father fought in Vietnam War, my grandparents and Uncles and Aunts in World War II, and now my best friend and first love is in the Marines. I know how hard it must have been to let him leave, but I think I can say on behalf of all of Auburn and even the whole United States. Thank you. Even though I never knew Jesse, I am sure he was a wonderful person with a caring heart. It takes alot of courage to go to war and fight for millions of people you don't know, but he did. I know you will miss him forever, but take comfort in the fact that he died for his country, his people, and for you, his family. He loved and cared about you, otherwise he would not have been there defending your rights. Please pray for my best friend, Drew Bice who is now in the Marines. I hope every day that he will someday return home, healthy, happy, and with the same ol' cheesy grin he always has. God Bless our troops and every single soldier who has died for us. Peace and God be with you always, especially in this difficult time."
Kalise Aldridge of Auburn/Meadow Vista, CA/USA

"I am LT McCormick here at MTSU and we are needed to know what awards CPT Piche had recieved in his military career. This is for the board up stairs in Forrest Hall to go will all the other soldiers who dies in past wars from MTSU. Sorry for your loss."
James McCormick of Murfreesboro, TN/Rutherfard

"May those who have lost family members in this struggle, find comfort and solace from our prayers. We are with you in spirit. While we cannot understand your pain, nor make it subside, we cannot let you remain alone in your anguish. So all these voices and prayers are with you at all times, everywhere. May the courage and hard work of our soldiers bring a warm positive light to the world. And may G-d watch over us all."
lee of Briarcliff Manor, NY

"I never thought I would see the day when the man that I called my best friend and the brother I never had would be gone. I want to say to Marv's family and especially his wife (you were his everything. I heard it all of the time!)... thank you... this man was the most special person in my life. He promoted me to Cpl and kept me sane thru the Marines after he recruited me out of Kennewick, Washington. It was the first time he had ever pinned someone that he recruited. It was the day that defined our friendship. I knew Marv from 1997 until this time and he never let me lose focus on who I was as a person, mother, and especially a Marine. I wish every Marine or even person had one ounce of the passion that he had as a Marine. I am going miss him, but I know he is up in heaven commanding his troops for the good and gracious lord. God bless American Heros like Marv and God bless America.

Ecclesiasties 3:1-12
There is a time for everything.
And a season for every activity under heaven:
A time to be born and a time to die,
A time to plant and a time to heal,
A time to tear down and a time to build,
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A tie to mourn and a time to dance,
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them together,
A time to embrace and a time to refrain,
A time to search and a time to give up,
A time to keep and a time to throw away,
A time to tear and a time to mend,
A time to be silent and a time to speak,
A time to love and a time to hate,
A time for war and a time for peace.

What does the worker gain from his toil?
I have seen the trials God has laid on men.
He has made everything appropriate to its time.
He has set eternity in the hearts of men;
Yet they cannot fathom what God has done
From beginning to end.
I know that there is nothing than for men
To be happy and do good while they live.

John 15: 12-13
"My command is this:
Love each other as I have loved you.
There is no other Greater love than this,
That a man lay his life down for his friends.""
Sergeant Kimberlee Anne Nelson of Lynnwood, Washington

"Just wanted to say that you're all doing a great job over there.. I support you 100%. But, to those of you that chat on yahoo? Remember who you are, and what you're doing because some of you aren't very friendly or respectful. Keep up the good work out there in Iraq though. I'm behind you."
Sara of Howell, MI/US

"I would like to send my condolence to all of the families who have lost a loved one in combat. I can honestly say that I feel your pain because I lost my brother SSG Morgan Kennon last year on Nov. 7, 2003 in Mosul, Iraq. That was the worst moment in my life. Just know that you are not alone in your pain. Just keep praying and keep your faith and know that God also feels your pain and he will take care of you. You should also know that they died for a good cause. I didn't believe that at first until my brother told me some of the things going on over there. He said that they were doing a good thing over there and I believe him. So don't think that they died in vain because they didn't. I love all the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for us and the men and women who are still over there fighting so that this world can be a better place.

Love Always,
Nikki of Memphis, TN. USA

"my husband just died in irak, may 3 i had everything to having nothing i love my husband so much we had a dauther toguether. we were stationed in germany,
i lost my husband, the army life, benefits. my life took a horrible turn that i feel like i will never get out of it. i never got to say good bye. it hurt so much to lose the loved one."
maricela wahl of brentwood n.y 11717

"My brother Justin died in iraq on december 30th 2003. even though he is gone i still love him with all my heart. him and my brother cameron are the best brothers and no one can take that away. my 13th birthday is coming up in july and it is going to be a hard one to deal with. My brother Justin had missed my last birthday when i turned 12 but he won't be here for the next or any after. people say im brave but to me i don't think i am. I Miss him too much to be so brave. i wrote this to tell everyone that my brother was a great soldier and that he was a great brother.GOD BLESS YOU!!!"
Jennifer Pollard of foothill Ranch, California

"I just would like to say that somebody from brussels is thinking about all the people who lost a Husband,Wife,Son,Daughter,Dad,Mom or an other member of their Family,Friends.May all of you find one day the peace in your hearts,to remember the pleasant things about your love ones,but we will never forget!With all my heart,you are not alone here!(sorry if i didn't express myself very well)"
Sofie of Brussel,Belgium,Europe


"Mi más sentido pésame. I'm very sorry. Condolences."
Carmen Cateura of Barcelona, España

"To all who serve,thank you.To the families of loved ones gone ahead;they are just away and patiently waiting with open arms as we each meet our appointed day. Faith,Hope,Perseverance and Strength be yours. Peace B.G.K."
Yvonne of Curwensville,PA,USA

"In behalf of the Lira Family in Lancaster, Ca. I want to say that We attended the services of Sgt. Walker and it was a real previlege to be there with a real "HERO" that was there for "OUR COUNTRY" My Son that is now with 2/4 "G" Co. talked highly about him. And we got to meet the Parents as well as his Sister. May God be with them always for it must be so hard to loose a Son and a brother that served for your Country. I am constanly praying for All of Our Troops."
Mrs. Lira of Lancaster, CA USA

"Words can't express the feelings of love, respect and gratitude I have for you the soldiers of freedom and hope. You will live forever in the hearts and souls of all who make earth a better place and we will pick up the torch and carry on. We will not break faith with you who have fallen, may you rest in peace."
Andrew Green of Hastings, Ontario Canada

"Thank-you for all that you had done. You have gone for a cause you might not have beleived in but you should great bravery. Are thoughts and prayers are with you."
Carol of Lockport,New York

"God bless the families of our fallen heroes; your and their sacrifice will always be remembered."
Megan Roberts of Richmond, CA

"I lost my brother SSgt Toby W. Mallet in Iraq on Good Friday 2004. He was a good man and a great friend. His four children and his wife will miss him greatly. Our mother, our father, and my other two brothers will never get over the loss of him. I just want to say to the other families of lost ones how much i feel your pain. To the families that still have loved ones there, i hope you never have to experience what we have. I wish a safe and speedy return of the hero's who are fighting to protect us. May God be with you every second of every day."
Tanya Mallet of Mississippi

"I am proud to say that I once served with you my friend. Friends and roommates in 1-5 CAV, Fort Hood. You will never be forgotten."
SPC Manny Villalobos of San Diego, Ca.

"Ilost my son in iraq 7/15/03.He was a Marine with the 1/7 and just EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD. Please love and hug and kiss your loved ones EVERY CHANCE YOU GET. Do not take one moment for granted.

"God bless all our men and women who have paid the ultimate price to preserve freedom. May God continue to watch over our soldiers here in Iraq and may they all get home safely to family and friends in God's perfect timing. Proud to serve."
COL L of LSA Adder, Tallil Iraq

"Thanks for the freedom that you and others like you have assured us. May God Keep you and bless your family"
Polito Family of Atlanta, Georgia

"I just received this story from a fellow Navy wife. It hit me in the very depths of my heart. I sat looking at the pictures of a community coming together to say goodbye to a young american hero,tears running down my face. No words can ever truly express the gratitude and pride felt by my family for James and his fellow service men and women who have given their lives for freedom. My husband and I served in the Navy during the first Gulf War. My husband is still in the Navy, he was there at the begining of Operation Iraqi freedom. We prayed for his safe return to us, and our prayers were answered. My brother leaves for Iraq in a few short days, I feel selfish praying for his safety and his return home. I pray his wife and daughter will have him home again, and that he will return to meet his second child who will be born while he is in Iraq. If he is taken from us I would be devistated, but would have so much pride for him. I pray I never have to know the pain you have endured. I will never forget what these brave warriors have done for us all. I can't imagine the pain you and your family have gone through in the last long months since Jame's death. I pray and hope that you are all doing well and that James memory will keep you and comfort you. Know this, he did not die in vain. Be proud that he gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom and safety and helped give that same joy of freedom and safety to the Iraqi people. He and all our fallen heros will not be forgotten. Thank you so much. May God be with you all to protect and comfort you."
Andrea Paterson of Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk VA

"Thank you for all your courage -- Bless all for keeping our country safe,
As I see my son I thank God for the courage all the other sons & daughters bestow.
God Bless Us All!!"
J. Makkonen of Roswell, NM


"too my fallen brothers!! i'm sorry that we didn't complete our first mission over seas in iraq. but you know we follow orders good or bad . i'm sorry the commander in chief at the time didn't think it was important to get these people out of command. well you know , we are soldiers and we don't complain just comply. i'm sorry you are loosing your lives over there . we should have killed the snake the first time . but you all hang tough . we will be here when you get here . my prayers go out to you . i'm a veteran myself so i know what you are going through. i'm also a law-man . so my fight continue. when you get home my brothers and sisters . i will make it my duty to see that you live in peace. i will give my life for this reasons alone . good luck and god bless. we will stay strong"
d.r. buckingham of shreveport la.

"Thank You. You are in my heart and in my prayers."
Peggy Hill of Mooresville, North Carolina

"I have a little boy and as I look at him I think of you and the sacrifice that has been made by your family. Thank you, thank you and thank you. Your son's life has made my son's life in freedom possible. Forever my gratitude and admiration,"
Jheri of Tampa, Florida

"I am so sorry for your loss. Your sacrifice will not be forgottten."
of Idaho Falls Idaho USA


"I salute all marines/sailors and soilders, as well as airmen who gave their life for our country. I am a Marine who also served in the middle east. My heart goes out to all the famalies who lost a family member just remember these men are heros."
chad of Atlanta Ga,

"I saw an article in the Chicago paper about this site and felt compelled to write. My heart breaks every time I hear another one of our troops has been injured or killed. But I am proud to be an American, and know that there is no other place in this world whose citizens and residents enjoy so much freedom. I also know that the only reason we enjoy this freedom is because of the thousands of men and women who have been willing to serve this country by being willing to fight, not only for the rights and freedoms of those who reside in the U.S. but also for those who oppressed elsewhere in the world. I know I am not alone in my heartfelt appreciation for the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces and their families."
A grateful citizen of Chicago, Illinois

"This message goes out to all the loved ones that have lost a fallen hero. All of them are heros we must always remember this. They have been taken from us in the prime of their lives, and now God is watching over them until we can join them. God bless each of you and you are in my prayers daily."
Paul Cox Retired Army of Big Spring, Ky

"To the family of Army Spc. Charles Haight,
I met a delightful young man while my husband was a platoon leader for Delta Company 1-4 Infantry Battalion in Germany. His name was "Haight" as he was affectionately called by those around him. He never failed to call me "Maam" and was so soft spoken and pleasant to be around. When I would make a birthday cake, or some cookies he was the first to say "Thank you" I am unsure if the Charles Haight that died on December 26th was this same delightful young man that I met 3 years ago in Germany. However, I wish to offer my condolences to the family and say I am so so sorry for your loss, even if this is not the same young man I met, I am sure your loss is great.
God Bless You and all of our fallen heroes."
Michelle Mann of Ft. RIchardson, AK

"My thoughts are with you the family and friends left behind to grieve. I can not say I new Rachel. But when I saw her picture in the people magazine, her eyes reach into my soul. I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I have a daughter myself and I couldn't live without her. Your daughter was so very brave. Bless Her. I thank her a million times over. I send you my love and thoughts. For this holiday Season."
Crystal Pudsey of Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada

""God bless CSM Eric F. Cooke and family. CSM Cooke, you will be truely missed. In your tour of duty, you have touched so many lives. That is why I have always called you a "Soldier's Sergeant Major." During the rough times in Iraq, you were my ROCK. It is going to be tough without you. But, I know you are looking down on me and saying, "You can do it Drill Sergeant." Knowing this, I must go on. You have taught me to overcome adversity. Until we meet again, remember that you will be truly missed.
This is your Drill Sergeant signing out!"
SFC Letson, Joyce A., aka Drill Sergeant of Baghdad, Iraq

"To all the fallen heroes...thank you, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the families and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your lose. My God strengthen you form knowing that fellow Americans care about you and grieve with you in your lose. God bless you all, a very appreciate fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To all who have fallen in the line of duty, and those who remain at war...Thank You. You will not be forgotten. To all loved ones... I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine your pain. My husband was an Airman and got out right before this war began. I pray for your grief to be eased."
Alicia Rustvold of Blue Point, NY USA

"Every night when I tuck my 3 children in bed and they say their prayers....my 11 year old son Brian recites his own special prayer that includes, "...and I hope that nobody dies in the war..." Upon picking him up from school and seeing the F16's and the alike fly over I say, "look Brian, there are our heroes". May God Bless each and every one of you while looking out for your families too."
Catherine J. Vihlen of Homestead, Fl. USA

"To all the families of all these incredibly brave men and women...my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Words can't begin to express how grateful I am for the supreme sacrifice your loved ones have made for the preservation and expansion of the causes of liberty and democracy. All I can say, is a most heartfelt thanks...to them, and to you. God bless you all."
Cathy Sando of Oswego, NY/USA

"I am not sure who the author is of this, but a friend of mine shared this with me when we were in the service:

I watched the flag pass by one day, it fluttered in the breeze,
A young Airman saluted it, and then stood at ease.

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

I thought how many men like him had fallen through the years.
How many died in foreign lands, how many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down? How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves? No freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night when everything was still.
I listened to the bugler play and felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times that TAPS had meant 'Amen'.
When a flag had covered a coffin of a brother or a friend.

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

I thought about the graveyards at the bottom of the sea,
Of unmarked graves in Arlington; No freedom is NOT free.

God Bless our Soldiers and as a Country, lets continue to support them and give them strength. May they ALL come home safely."
S. Webster of California

"To all the familes of fallen soldiers I want to let you know that your loved one is a hero in my eyes. As a 18 year old female,I was more involved in the war then most of my fellow peers. I was very worried about our country and to know that we had soldiers over there that were willing to fight and even die for our freedom I was very thankful. May God Bless you all and all the fallen soldiers will always be remembered."
Kimberly Mouzon of Panama City, Fl

"Your sacrifices for our country and its freedoms will not be forgotten. You are in my thoughts daily. Thank you for your bravery. God Bless"
Donna of Hinsdale, NH USA

"As a former soldier, I would just like to thank those still in service.

I also express my deepest condolences to the friends and families of those who have fallen in defense of our freedom. The sacrifices of your loved ones will never be forgotten. God bless you."
Scott Murphy of Minneapolis, MN

"To all the families who have lost loved ones in Iraq,

Know that I am thinking of you every day. The losses you are bearing I know are beyond words. You have lost a most special person. The wonderful memories of that person will be with you always. Those memories will help you in the days to come.

Each day I will continue to pray for you and I care very much about you."
Mary Jo Bennett of Western Springs, IL.

"and it will be fitting, that 200 years from now, Iraqi children will stare up at a piece of stone with many names engraved into it.

And they will be told that these are the individuals who fought the tyrant, and paid the ultimate price for Iraqi liberty.

And that is why they have been imortalized in eternal appreciation."
Kris Hornung of Golden, Colorado

"Requiem for an American Soldier

When the dust settled and the smoke dispersed
One of the troops lay lifeless and dead;
In the yellow sand and the heat of day
He died and his blood soaked the foreign earth.

Far from home in a land he barely knew
He offered his life to liberate those
That never knew freedom nor understood
What it meant to be free from the demon’s clutch.

When his country called he took up arms
And waved good bye to those he loved,
Ever hopeful, not knowing if he would return
To see America once again.

He was brave and courageous and full of hope
And he loved his country and trusted in God
He fought the insurgents and gave his best
To bring justice and freedom to Iraq’s oppressed.

The spot where his blood soaked the hot yellow sand
Will remain forever hallowed ground,
A bit of America, across the sea
Where a soldier died: from the land of the free.

Be still America and bow your head
For one of your sons is lying dead,
In the yellow sand and the heat of day
He gave his life….for liberty.

Karin Kuskis
December 2003
Under Foreign Skies

The sky above is not their sky
Nor is the sun, the moon or stars,
Across the sea and far from home
They fight this war for you and me.

Out of a blue and golden sky
Roared death on silver wings
And broke the hearts of all who lived
Beneath the stripes and stars.

The country wept and mourned their dead
But they grieved not alone,
The righteous nations under God
Stood proudly by their flag.

Take heart America, stand tall
And rally round the men,
Who fight beneath the foreign skies
For liberty and land.

The sky above is not their sky
Nor is the sun, the moon or stars
But gladly they will fight and die
So you and I may live in peace.

Karen Kuskis,
October’ 2001"
Karin Kuskis of 318 Dwight Av., Joliet, IL 60436, USA

"Thank you for the hard work and dedication you have given to this country. We will never forget."
Michelle C of Fort Walton Beach, FL

I just wanted to say that my my Thoughts and Prayers are with each and Everyone who has a Soldier over Seas or who has lost a Hero as I have. I lost my 19 year old son PVT2 Kenneth Allen Nalley On May, 26, 2003 So when I hear that a Soldier has come home safe, I only wish I could Hug Each and Everyone of them. Prayers are with You Always"
Roberta Brooks of Hamburg Iowa USA

"My Grandfather was in WW II, My Father in the Navy during piecetime, And I was an active duty Marine in 1990; as is presently, my Brother, 8 years younger than I. We all made it through all that we've been through, thus far.

I don't know how to express my anxiety over my little brother having to go to Iraq THIS time around, other than to say.. Imagine an unknown force..a hand if you will..grabbing your heart causing it to miss a few beats. You're glued to the internet, CNN, the newspapers, radios, and practicaly BABYSITTING that mailbox. Just waiting for that "no postage necessary" envelope, or torn MRE package with a hastily written message exclaiming that he's still alive, and ancxiously awaiting that package from you with those smokes, or dip, or more paper and envelopes.

Is he STILL ok? This letter was sent almost a week ago....maybe longer. And if something should happen to him, how will we react? What will we do with our lives knowing, (in my case),I don't have my little brother anymore?

Well, I guess I'm one of those who was lucky enough NOT to have to answer SOME of those questions. He's back in the states now. I still have my little brother. I'm not babysitting the mailbox anymore.

But, then again, there are OTHER people who aren't watching that mailbox anymore, either. They weren't as lucky. Proud, maybe...noone MORE proud than them, that their loved-one has given their life, so FAR away from home, to give us the COMFORT and FREEDOM, to even HAVE that stupid little mailbox.

I haven't felt the pain of losing a family member to a war. So then, what's this pain I feel in my chest, and that lump in my throat, whenever I recieve news of the loss of another American life.....of ANY life, due to some "attack", or "ambush"?

It's love! It's love for the fallen Hero, and for that Hero's family. It's sorrow, for the absence that the Hero's family will have to experience...to somehow DEAL with.

YOU...(the one reading this)...you are still here. This web site; in part; is for YOU. The living. The FREE. Let's enjoy all of that which has been earned for us by all those who have fallen, as well as those who have made it back.....and the ones who are still earning our right to feel safe, and free. They did it all for a REASON.
The next time you go out...where ever you're headed..., take a look at all those American flags hanging off those houses.

Right THERE!

THERE is your fallen hero..looking RIGHT back at you! Don't dispare. They see you. They hear you. They're telling you that everything will be alright. That flag IS still flying.......
John of Lancaster, PA

"Your courage and dedicaton to our Country and people will nver be forgotten.Your names and actions will be written in History,but most of all they will forever be engraved in any true Americans HEARTS.You all are heroes for your actons and bravery in such a way mere words are not adequate.As a country we have been blessed to have individuals who have given the true sacrifce to make a difference in the world.To all the families that have been affected by these tragic losses of dedicated soldiers my heartfelt thanks and prayers are with every one of you.Military action will continue to take place as long as there are dictators and opressors who feel for what ever reason they can ignore the facts that there will be severe consequences for their attrocities to the world communities."
George Espinosa of Conroe Tx.77384

Ya had a mission, and ya went. Ya call to duty was for my freedom. Ya sacrifice enables me to lay my head on my pillow each night, knowing I can sleep soundly. Ya paid with all ya had for me, ya life. Saying thank ya doesnt seem to be enough. Ya left behind those who loved ya so very much, Ya family and friends, who grieve for ya presence. May the Comforter let them know in thier hearts that ya are in the arms of the living and merciful God our Father. May He hold those ya have left behind tightly in His Comforting arms. I am so very grateful for what ya have done for me and my family. And, for ya family i lift them up to God our Father asking Him to bring them a double portion of His mercy, comfort and assurance that one day we all will meet again in that special place He has prepared for us. SALUTE"
Grand of Christian Chat .. USA

"Thank you for your service and your sacrifice; I've worn your shoes, and I respect you more than any other persons who may think they've done great things; no one has shown a greater love than the one who lays down his life for his country. God bless your family, may they love this nation more now than ever before."
David Mikolajczyk of Hawthorne, CA

"In memory of my husband and hero James D. Wilshire USMC (RET) who was killed in a premeditated ambush on November 11, 2003 while continuing to serve his country as a Force Protection Officer/Security Consultant in Bagdad, Iraq. I love you and miss you so much. You will always be my hero."
Bonnie Wilshire of Corona, Ca. - USA

"I have tears of sorrow -- and tears of great pride in you, our heroes. How can any of us give an adequate thank you for your sacrifice, other than to say you will live in our hearts forever. Although you have given your lives, you are bigger than life because you died to make the world a better place for all people."
Sharon Reed of Naperville, IL

"I ran across this web site in the newspaper this morning and I just felt what a wonderful way to pay tribute to the men and women of our armed forces who are fighting and dying in Iraq. I too was once in the armed forces and am presently a Sgt. with the Chicago Police Department. My heart goes out to those families that have lost loved ones in the war and for that matter those who have died in the U.S. defending good against evil, and good doen't always triumph. But I digress, this page is about those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom, in a larger sense, and the families who are most affected by it. Eventhough, I don't personally know anyone fighting in the war, or maybe I do, I feel a certain kinship with them. I feel proud and priviledged to leave a humble message on this web site, may God bless our soldiers in Iraq, especially those that have fallen, and God bless America.
"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggle here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little moto, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."
Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863"
Ben Moreno of Chicago, Il. USA

"My heart cries for your loss. Please know we care about you and your lost Hero.They sacrificed their life for a better future for all.May you find peace,you deserve it. THANK YOU..."
Diane Ribbentrop of Oak Forest , Il.

"When our daughter died after loosing a battle with cancer I couldn't help thinking about all the parents that lost their children in wars. I never realized how terrible it feels until we had to face up to our loss. There is nothing in the world that can cause so much pain as the loss of a son or daughter. May God bless all those who have gone to their final resting place. And may God help those loved ones left behind."
Robert J. Cusak of Port Charlotte, Florida

"I found this link in the news paper.I served with 1/75 ranger battallion,9th infantry.I have been deployed to panama,korean missle crisis,desert shield and storm,iraqi freedom.I have seen many friend and fellow soldier fall.So when I came across this site I wanted to thank all of the soldiers that served,their families and all of the ones still there.I am at a loss for words,or words that could make the families feel better or give then peace.I was fortunate,extremly fortunate that even being in a ranger detchament i am here to write these words.All I can say Is thank you for both of the sacrifice.And my most profund condolences.To the rest still serving stay strong hooahh!!!!"
tony economos of chicago,il

"It is the 26th of December, 2003. I have had a lot of time to think about my time with Captain Korn. I can at this point tell you that he died in the fight for the Euphraties (sic) River in Iraq. I would hope that all Americans could have a tenth of the desire to "SERVE" our country that Captain Korn had. It almost takes your breath away to realize that there are so many people out there that are proud to be "AMERICANS" yet to give what Ed Korn gave is not in those peoples ability. You know who you are. And as you read this you know that in your gut you did not have the ability to walk in his footsteps. We can lie to our spouses, lie to our children, but not once nor ever can we lie to our soldiers. Soldiers see all, you can type your statements, report what is benificial to your carrer, but just ask yourself, do I have the metal to do what he has done? You know the answer don't you. Change the focus if you will, I know and will never falter in that. I am a living beacon to what is real and what is massaged to your reality. This Captain was honorable, just, and vigilant. As you know he was a true warrior, knuckle-dragger, and soldier. I quess that max computer time and "SECURITY", are more important than anything else. I honor this man, yet am angered with others lack of reality. This covers two people, one with all that it took to accomplish the mission who shall never return and one who rode his combat patch to his own version of glory.
I can say know more, remember this statement, "IT RINGS IN YOUR HEAD LIKE A BALL PIN HAMMER ON A KEVLAR".

And I am out."
Your concious of Living in the USA

"There are no words sufficient enough to remove the pain that fills the void left by the loss of your loved ones. Only Faith in God gives us strength to endure and carry on, with the knowledge that we will all be together again in a more glorious world than the one we leave behind. God Bless."
Councilwoman Elsa Figueroa App of City of Newburgh, New York, 12550

"To the families and loved ones of all fallen servicemen and women in Iraq: In this holiday season I am thinking of those who gave their lives to keep us free to celebrate according to our many traditions in the U.S. And also to keep alive the hope of freedom for the world. I am reminded also of your sacrifice and grief. I think I can speak for all Americans to express our sympathy and gratitude."
Harv Levy of San Diego, CA

"Joe Blickenstaff was a wounderful friend in which I had the pleasure for knowing for quite a while. In the time I have always known Joe as a caring man, who was always conserned of the well being of others.
The day I found out of his death was a very hard day for me. As of today I still have moments that are hard to deal with.
But I know he was well loved by his family and friends.

To his family, I am sorry for your loss.
Also I have something that I would love to give you , that was his. Though I do not know how to reach you.
Please e-mail me if at all possiable.
Summer Carmona (Bennett) of Albany, Oregon/USA

"hey "G" whats up man we really miss you, well i am just here to write you and let you know how you played a really good part on my life. Even though you were in our family for such a short time,it seemed like you fit that spot perfect. You really put a smile on my face everytime you were around. I am so proud of you and i am even more proud to say that you are my uncle. Well i know that godd is so lucky to have recieved a wonderful person like you, always keep it in mind that we all loved you so much and can't wait till we all meet again to hear all your jokes. till we meet again luv always"
Michelle Cavazos of San Antonio, TX, USA

"god bless thomas j. sweet and his family...."
jamie,kelley,don &shirley of auburn calif.

"I have been asked several times since the death of my daughter, Alyssa Peterson, in Iraq, what I feel about the war in Iraq now. So I thought this might be a good way to answer that question.

My first thoughts go to my daughter, and how I would love to give her a hug. Hardly a minute goes by that I don't think of her. What a terribly high price for a father, mother, spouse, or child to be asked to pay.

My next thoughts go to the list of times that the United States was attacked by terrorist acts over the last twelve years or so. We never did anything to stop the problem, except to wish that those people would start to like us, somehow, and leave us alone.

Then, I think of September 11, 2001. What a terrible price those fathers, mothers, spouses and children were asked to pay--the price of doing nothing for so many years.

I used to get somewhat irritated by the bumper stickers "Peace Please," asking myself "just what is it that they don't understand about peace?" I have come to realize that peace ought to be just that easy--if everyone was using the same rules. The United States has periodically throughout our history been forced to send our soldiers to various parts of the world, to remind someone of the rules of peace. What a terribly high price that hundreds of thousands of fathers, mothers, spouses and children have been asked to pay over the course of our history. Sometimes, we have to stand up straight and tall, and do things that we wish we would never have to do, in order to tell someone that killing and maiming thousands and millions of innocent people just isn't right.

We must be willing to protect our own lands, and people, for there is no one else in this world willing or capable of doing it for us. We are now fighting one of those necessary fights. We are fighting for our lands, and our people. If we choose to ignore once again, how much more devastating will be the next attack? Maybe the price will be too high for tens or hundreds of thousands of fathers, mother, spouses and children.

I'm grateful for a strong military, willing to go wherever called upon, and a Commander in Chief who is willing to stand straight and tall, and protect our wonderful country.

Yes, many times the pain of losing my daughter has been almost unbearable, but we are fighting for our childrens' futures. I thank those who serve, and mourn those who die."
Rich & Roberta Peterson of Flagstaff, Az

"My husband is Jerrick M Petty from Ft Campbell, KY. He was killed in Mosul on December 10, 2003 in a drive by shooting. I am devastated by his loss, but he was proud of being a soldier, husband and father. We are proud to be American and I am proud to be a military wife.My husband is my hero and he always will be."
Tiffany Petty of Pocatello, Idaho USA

"We have shared so many memories together. Words can't explain how much you are missed. We are brothers, we've played together and we've cried together. Just watch over us as we try to make it. Please!! I miss and love you. It's really hard to believe. You were my motivation and my friend and remember I'll always love you"
Bubba of Memphis, TN USA

"Justin, I miss you so much. Forever in my heart. I love you."
christine galewski of cape coral, fl

"First time I met Howard was Aug97. We had 1st block Biology togeter in Mrs.Blakely room at Davidson High School. The next class we had together was History that year. Howard was a wonderful person and he had me laughing all the time. Our 10th grade year we both went to summer school at Leflore for English and the teacher would always call his name and make him sit in the front of the class room because he would always be clowin in class. My 11th grade year I didn't see him because he went to another school,but, Our senior year I went to that school and we met up again. Howard was still crazy and a funny person to be with. Howard, brought sunshine to everyone he met and was the most loveable person I've ever met. I love Howard and always will. When I found out about his tragic ending, it really hurt me. I, also a member of the Armed Forces(Air Force) and my husband understanding the consequences when war time approaches and you have to do what you have to do. Howard was a hero and he has been rewarded for his braveness."
SrA Courtenay Ngo of Biloxi, Ms

"To the family of Steven Bridges
My husband is also with 3rd Brigade out in Iraq. My heart goes out to your family in your time of need. you will always be in our prayers."
michelle and brent rhoades of Ft. Lewis, wa

"Beloved Family of Kyran,
I love you all so much. I am honored to be called your friend. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten by those in our nation who value freedom, including me. Kyran was a great man, and I am so thankful for what he was willing to do for me, give his life, so that I can worship on Sunday at the place of my choosing, and raise my kids in the way I see fit. May the grace of God sustain you and the joy of the Lord be your strength. With all my love,"
Terri Starr of Cadiz, KY

"Jacob s Fletcher,what can i say jacob was a brother,friend and awhole lot more to me.He was very loved by everyone,I can honestly say he was one in a million and he will be very missed...Jacob had a unique sense of humor,a very respectful person,and a person that lived is live to the fullest ..he will forever be remembered by me and my son joey bang bang..."
Carrie Ann Pisano of Babylon

"Heroism is something much discussed, but for those troops who serve on foreign soil, who sleep and eat with the sound of constant missile fire in the not-so-distant distance; for those sailors who stand that watch while in hostile waters, heroism is not discussed; it is a lifestyle. For all heroes, past, present, and future...thank you. For all fallen heroes, thank you is not enough. On behalf of all military forces who stay behind, know that we are watching out for all of you....the true heroes. For the families and friends of the hero, you are never alone in your grief.
No one ever said that freedom comes without sacrifice....thank you to all those who make them."
of Ft. Gordon, Ga

"In memory of Joseph M. Blickenstaff"

Dear Joe,
It had been months since we last talked. And then today, I saw your picture on the front page of the newspaper. I couldn't believe that I knew this handsome, intelligent man. And now he's gone. You were a true friend. And a true hero. You will always hold a place in my heart. GODBLESS OUR TROOPS"
Audra of Hillsboro, Oregon, USA

"To: Mrs. Sonia Rivera, Orlando, Stephanie, and Sergio
From: SFC Antonio R. Baird, NYC Rctg Bn

Words cannot relieve the weight of your loss or the extent of your collective
grief. However, after having attending the memorial for Jose at Fort Hamilton,
I think it is fair to say your husband/dad, was a truly loved and respected
individual. Having had the pleasure to serve as his first line supervisor for
almost 2 years, I fully appreciate the many sacrifices and great contributions
SFC Rivera made to Recruiting, the U.S. Army, and the United States of
America. The Army suffered a major loss in his premature passing, but will
still live through the many soldiers he worked with, and enlisted into the
He's no longer serving in "AMERICA'S HONOR GUARD", but instead is in

All ok Jump Master!!!"
SFC Antonio R. Baird of Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, NY

""Blackhawk down" South Central Iraq, will forever ring in our ears, as we sat and watched for hours hoping for a glimpse of you my son, but scared that we might see you hurt. Then that horrible night of those words coming from the television, then the Army in our living room. You lived as a peace maker and died as a peace maker, always the one to protect and serve. They say it gets easier, can't say that yet as so many more are killed, with each new one my heart aches for their mothers, fathers, and familes, because I do know their pain, now we are not even given names only numbers. We the loved ones left behind will always remember each of you in our souls. I thank you each for the sacrifice that you have made and know they each are in our God's service eternally. I am the Mother of Sgt. Michael Pedersen, Killed April 2, 2003 in the Blackhawk crash."
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan USA

You fought and died for our country,we are very proud of you.I write to Melanie alot.She's doing pretty good.My 2nd grade teacher had us write letters to you and other soldiers. When I grow up I want to be just like you. I want to be in the Air Force like you. I will finish your job for you as a favor because you protected our country. You are a hero Scott. I will keep writing to Melanie. I love you.

Love, Caitlin of Clio, MI"
Caitlin Sather of Clio, Michigan

"This is in remberence of James Kiehl My
beloved son who died for freedom. My only regret is that I missed saying "good bye" by one week. I will always have great memories and love for my son. Also to all the other family members that have lost loved ones my heart and prayers are with you also."
Carol Howland, kingman az of Kingman, AZ. USA

"Dear Sherry, Jason, and Greg,On Thanksgiving I called Col Quinn, Commander 80th ASG, and he informed me about Kim's death. I cannot express adequately the sense of loss I have. Nor can I express how much a honor it was knowing Kim. He was a remarkable man who loved his God, his family and his country with a passion. He lived his faith out in such a way that there was no doubt of his commitment to Christ, to his family and to his country. I pray that our Lord will continue to bask you in His peace, comfort and love. Margaret and my prayers are with you.Blessings,Chaplain (Major) Frederick "Bud" Rupel U.S. Army Retired"
Bud Rupel of Saraland, AL

"Jeremiah was my cousin, he lived in Tylertown, Mississippi. I miss him very much and so do his parents and family. So we will live on with happy memories of him."
Presley Toney age 8 of Covington, Louisiana

"To the family of Paul Bueche, I regret to say that I never had the pleasure of meeting Paul in person. His memory lives on through my best friend SPC Clint Williams. He has so many hilarious stories of their "adventures" together. I heard that Paul's favorite song was "Walking in Memphis". I smile and think of him every time I hear it. I am so thankful for his sacrifice. I can never express to you how sorry I am for your loss. Paul has touched my life without even knowing it. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you guys. God bless you."
Erica of Birmingham, AL emcannon14@wmconnect.com

"SFC Smith looms large in the pantheon of American heros. So long as our nation can still produce men like this, our future holds out hope yet. May God watch over his wife and family, they who were generous enough to share him with the country, and may his children never forget their father stands amongst the first rank of Americans - those who cared about things larger than themselves."
Bryan Stewart of Orlando, Florida

"May God's grace be with all of you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will never forget their sacrifice and cherish their memory always."
Tommy & Kathy Bollhofer of Orlando, Florida

"Hi how are you doing I am a student at New Beginnning Brooklyn College In Brookln New York.I read about Mr.Frantz in the news paper.I don't know Robert Frantz but it seem to that he was very dedcatied soldier and also to his mother.To me he showed great courage to with the fact that he had to go to the Army at a young age. It also showed me that he wanted to do whatever he could for his country.

Ayana Parks"
Ayana Parks of Brooklyn New York United States

""Marine Lance Cpl. Cory Ryan Geurin
AUG.16, 1985 - JULY 15, 2003
No words can tell more than those that Cory’s Sister said during his service. “(There are many here today some that knew Cory, and others that did not, for those that did not know him I am sorry, and those that did)”
Well I can say I was one of the lucky ones that had the honor of knowing him. Cory was an incredible Energy-fun loving-up beat and always had a smile on his face, a beam of sunshine in the lives of all that knew him.
He will be so missed by all, for to know Cory, was to love Cory- God Bless You CORY! For you will always be remembered.
To my Son, and all of Cory’s friends, Remember his smile remember how it would make you smile, remember laughing together as you were clowning around, Remember how Proud and Grand he would walk around. What an honor it is to have spent time with him, remember the person he was to you, and learn from the person he had become. He will live in our Hearts always.
To his parent’s -there are no words that can express comfort to you both at this time, with your tragic loss, my heart goes out to you. Cory makes us all proud to be AMERICANS!!!!!"

Pam Humphries(John Klemenz mom)
Santee, CA/USA"

"To the Families and Love Ones of All Fallen Heroes: "A Message of Consolation" On the wings of death and sorrow God sends us new hope for tomorrow, And in his grace and mercy He gives us strength to bravely face the lonely days that stretch ahead And to know our loved one is not dead but only sleeping out of sight, And we'll meet in that land where there is no night. My prayers are with you. I know that this is a very difficult time but in God is our strength. Yes, so many of our young have fallen. WHAT HEROES!!!!They risked their lives so that others might have a better life. I pray for peace all over the land. Yes, I empathize with you. My nephew is/was Sgt. Orenthial J. Smith, 21 years old of S.C., who was killed in Iraq on June 22nd. Again, my prayers to all families and loved ones and let's continue to pray for our soilders that are still on the battle field and in the military."
Betty Thompson of Hollywood, Fl

"All of those who died in Iraq are heroes, as are their families who must endure their loss. While we may debate the justness of the war, there is no question about the integrity of our sons and daughters who follow the proud tradition of country and flag. As they rest in eternity, may they feel the warmth of our pride and love, and may a host of angels dance at their feet."
Doug Williams of Sarasota, Florida

"My son is in the 82nd Airborne in Baghdad. Our family mourns for each of our fallen heroes and heroines as we hear about them. Anyone who has any doubt about the integrity and commitment of young people today needs to look down the list of fallen heroes and check out the ages -- most are under 30. Our family continues to pray for some kind of peace that will be acceptable and allow the Iraqi people safe and free lives, as well as bringing home all of those still fighting for them."
Stephanie Schene of Indianapolis, IN

"robert J. dowdy.
To the family of robert j. dowdy.

I cannot begin to express my sympathy or gratefulness for the price robert paid in love of this country.
I'm almost ashamed to admit that i graduated high school the same yr as robert, but i have done nothing in measure to him in protecting the values we love in this free country. tears rolling down my face thinking of the loved one he left behind to ensure our freedoms. god bless you robert j. dowdy, we will never forget your sacrifice."
d. morrow of salt lake city, utah

"To the Families of, Sfc Peter P. Tycz KIA 6-12-02, Lcpl Christopher A Shelton KIA 11-15-02, and Pfc Gavin Neighbors KIA 06-10-03. My heartfelt sympathies goes out to each of your families. My thoughts are with you all, Terry Harnden, Tammy and Tom Shelton,Kathy and Willie Neighbor.I feel very close to your families, because MilitaryMoms.net has brought us all togather in a big family. I have made friends and spoke to each of you many times online. Your sons are NOT FORGOTTEN.They will always live in my heart forever. May god bless you all, and Keep you in his loving arms."
Laura Aquila ( Gregs Mom Military Moms.net) of Timberlake,Ohio USA..

"In memory of all the fallen soldiers past and present. They and their families have paid the ultimate price and will never be forgotten. To th families, remember, they will always be with you."
Ruth of Ohio

"With all my Love and Prayers for Mitch's family...God Bless and keep you in the palm of His hands. What a "Sweet Man" he was, I know you are so Proud of Mitch. I would have never made it through my time of sorrow if it wasn't for the Awesome Group Mitch was part of. They are truly a "Band of Brothers," and "Silent Professionals." I Love You Mitch, and I know you are watching over us. And smiling and sharing with Peter. Hugs Terry..Mother of SFC. Peter P. Tycz-KIA 6-12-02"
Terry Harnden of Tonawanda, NY

"To the Families and Loved ones of all our Heroes who have suffered the Ultimate Sacrifice, a mere Thank You is not enough. To tell you that as the owner of Military Moms Online and Veterans Rights we all share your grief, we do. We don't all know what you are feeling or going through but we're still here for you, loving you, wanting to support you long after the Dept. of Defense and the VA, the Government and the Military has just handed you a flag and walked away. We will remain with you! As will your Blessed Love one who has given it all for us all. We have a WONDERFUL Military Op for all of you, the family members who have suffered the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. A little 'something' to let YOU know, we have not, nor will we EVER forget. Paul Stern of WV Flag Cases is offering free flag cases, all hand made by himself, MMO offers unto you all a memorial which includes a document enframed, a GOD BLESS AMERICA HOLY BEAR, an angel and Jan Lang has a program offering the families comfort quilts to help you manage through your grievest of times. We have wives and moms within our groups that have suffered as you have, we are all here, to help, to love, to honor, and to REMEMBER ALWAYS YOUR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE. Please visit one of our sites for further information on how to go about getting what we want to GIVE you with our utmost respect and thanks!
or please, email any of us personally,
WVFLAGCASES@aol.com Paul Stern
jlcrafty1@yahoo.com Jan Lang
dweller@neo.rr.com "gunny di"ane Weller"
Diane M. Weller aka "gunny di" of West Salem, Ohio/USA

"Through tears I write this message to the family of SFC Paul Smith who I never knew until Fox News Channel told the story of his heroics. My most sincere condolences to the survivors. He was the true definition of the word hero. Those who are fighting abroad keep the war from our homeland. We are vulnerable because we never conceived of an enemy so brutal as what these brave soldiers face in Iraq. The war in Iraq must be fought to prevent more terror attacks here in America. Sadly we will lose some of our nations finest..."
Steve Nickell of Cynthiana, KY

"I want to send my condolences to Michael's family, friends and his fiance. I was in band with Michael at Somerset High School, we both played saxophone so I spoke with him all the time. I remember him always being so sweet and nice, he will be missed dearly. He was such a good person, I don't understand why something like this would happen to such an awesome young man? Even though this is very sad, I'm very proud of him for serving his country!"
Allison Casias of San Antonio, TX

"I am greatly saddened of the loss of these brave men and women who died for the cause of freedom and what is right"
William of Glens Falls,NY

"To the Family and Friends of Sgt. Rick Eaton Jr.
My son Erik, who is presently in Iraq was a buddy of Rick's and asked me to add a word. What does one say to a fallen comrade's family.
His spirit will remain with my son as it will with you. With fondness and respect we wish you peace and we pray for Rick.

Richard Charm for Sgt. Erik Charm"
Richard Charm of Brentwood, CA USA

"This is the land of the free and as has been proved to be the home of the brave, some have fallen, these the american heros! I thank you for you have given your all so my family and I can remain safe and free! You have my respect and thanks! Your family feels the pain of your loss but you are not gone as long as america stands and with americans like you and the people you served with america will be here forever!"
Martin Blakesley of Collinsville,OK/usa

"You are not alone, thank you US Servicemen http://europethnksusa.homestead.com/"
Rob of Holland

"Life will not be the same without you . Thank you for the friendship and many memories.I dedicate the rest of my time in Iraq to you Pfc. Jonathan M. Cheatham. R.I.P"
Pfc John A. Oliver of Baghdad, Iraq (Camden, Ar)

"I dont know anyone in the service anymore but I feel a strong bond nevertheless. I'd like to donate my time to create memorials - this is what I did for my dad: http://easylink.playstream.com/memorystream/progressive/Bill_progressive100.wvx?prog=true"
Rus of Dallas, TX

"This is to the family members of Army Spc. Richard A. Goward:
This is to inform you that a Brick with Spc. Goward's name on it has been bought in his honor to be placed within the veteran's walk that is currently being planned at Silver Bluff High School in Aiken County, South Carolina. We at Silver Bluff recognize the ultimate cost of your family member's life and would like to honor him. Sincerely Andrea J. Spano"
Andrea J. Spano of Aiken, S.C., USA

"I am truly proud of each and every one of the men and women who fight for this country each and every day. Being so close to the site of the world trade center disaster this community can truly feel the depths of pain that 9/11 has brought upon us but it is most encouraging to know that there are brave people who serve for us and risk their lives to defend our country. Each of these men and women are gifts from God and are a light in a world of darkness. For each of the families I can only send my deepest sympathy to you and remind you to keep your heads high for your loved ones will never be forgotten. They are heroes that will stand high in our hearts and in our minds. I thank you so much for them on behalf of the people of America who mourn with you. You will always be in our prayers."
Samantha Saines (www.armypride.net) of Brooklyn, New York/USA


"To the family and friends of SSG Cutchall. Your husband and I was stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas in HHC 1-34 AR. He was a sadden moment and still is to find out that I lost a friend. He was a strong, respected soldier. To lose someone like him is a real shocker and heart ache for alot of family members, soldiers, and friends. I know that he will greatly missed.

Psalm 49:15 - But God will redeem my life from the grave; he will surely take me to himself."

"In memory of Chris Cutchall and all the fallen heros, God bless you all and May God watch over your loved ones to comfort them."
The Charles Newsom family of Grandview Plaza, KS U.S.A.

"I worked with him at 1st Marine Division Det, 29 Palms Ca. I helped him get the orders to San Diego and yes, he was a great man and more important a great corpsman! Much love for you HM3 and prayers for your wife and family. "Corpsman UP""
Erick M Vazquez (HM2) of San Antonio, Tx

"In rememberence of PFC David M. Kirchhoff. Till we meet again!
Brandy and David Jr."
brandy joyner of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"To Donna Cutchall and Family:

There are many things that sadden the heart but no greater sadness exists beyond the loss of such an important member of your family. I am so sorry to hear of your great loss, and I pray for peace for you and yours. I am truly saddened with the knowledge of so many senseless deaths. I know that loss is something that must be dealt with head on, and I pray for you and your strength and solace. God Bless you and yours in this time of grief. I will think of you and pray for you often.
In tribute...I dedicate this to you....

"The Silent Ranks"
-Author Unknown-
I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens.
But I am in the military in the ranks rarely seen.
I have no rank upon my shoulders. Salutes I do not give.
But the military world is the place where I live.

I'm not in the chain of command, orders I do not get.
But my husband is the one who does, this I cannot forget.
I'm not the one, who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line.
But my job is just as tough. I'm the one that's left behind.

My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man.
And the call to serve his country not all can understand.
Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free.
My husband makes the sacrifice, but so does our family and me.

I love the man I married. Soldiering is his life.
But I stand among the silent ranks known as.....THE MILITARY WIFE."
Rebecca Ann Figone of Fort Riley Kansas

"Boodee, your Las Vegas families will miss you so very much. There was excitement every time you were in the room, and the stories you told.....we laughed till we ached! You meant a lot to all of us......it's still so hard to accept your passing. We will save a spot for you at our table on Thanksgiving. Until we meet again, you will always be in our prayers.
Aloha, nephew."
Nancy Gurdison of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

"Excuse my poor english, my condolences for the family of the soldiers dead for a ideal of liberty in the world.
A French"
Goudon Frédéric of Fitou, Languedoc, France

"In memory of NCC S/W Paul A. Sams my husband and soul mate who went home on the 21 of Jan.2002. He spent 30 years in the Navy and we were retiring when they found lung cancer. I will always remember the wonderful times we had in the service. God Bless all our men and women who serve and defend our country."
Jo Ann Sams of Arkansas

"God bless the men and women in keeping our country safe. My prayers to all families who have lost loved ones. I just wish they all could come home to their loved ones. May you all leave with love and peace in your hearts and they will not be forgotten. Million thanks for all you have given."
Gladys Alleman & family of Tonica, Illinois

"Devon D. Jones,
I looked up to you. You were like a big brother to me. I will miss you deeply. Thank you for everything you've given me. I love you. Rest In Peace"
Tamara of San Diego, Ca.

"Ruben, I smile because I remember you in class, that unique laugh of yours and your little shiny eyes. When we'd all listen to the class jokes and laugh and when we used to act goofy. I still have some pictures of you and Sonia, I look at them and at first I'd cry, but now I smile and know there's a purpose. Godbless you always "Mr. Star", I know your'e in heaven, and I know you have that smile on your face right now. Much Love always to all of Ruben's family members and to Sonia keep your head up. Mt. View c/o 2001"
Cynthia M. Romo of Elpaso, tx

"isg garza you will be missed"
david "piso" pisanelli of ft benning ga usa

"James, we will always remember you. My the peace and blessings of God be upon you and you family"
Robert Carmack of Palm Bay, Florida

"Being an Army wife myself, I know how hard it is going through what we are all going through. My husband is over there right now and has been since the war started. There is just one thing I will never understand and I know I am not the only one that thinks this either. Why are the still sending our troops over seas? But I have to say I am very proud of what each and every single soilder over there is doing. It is because of them I can fly on a plane safely and not have to worry if it will be highjacked or not. I will never be able to say 'Thank You' enough. I have to say "I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!""
Sarah Owens of Fort Bragg, North Caolina USA

"Hola, I AM a Former MARINE and all I can say is that WE all take that oath and proud to honor it..here/above.SEMPER FI-www.1delta.net"
F GARCIA of San Diego,CA

"Dear Robby,
I'm going to miss you very much. I promise that our daughter will know well about you and why you had to leave her.I want to say thank you for the memories that we had and for our beautiful daughter Shannon.I will always remember the last time we were together you, Shannon, and I. Even though things didn't work out between us we tried for Shannon.I now know you will look over us and watch Shannon for the rest of her life.This has been a struggle but day by day but, I know that I will get through this for her.Jut remember that we will never forget you and will always love you."
Genevieve and Shannon Golden of San Antonio, Tx

"Our prayers are with all the families. Our son PFC John E. Brown died on April 14 in Iraq. He loved being a soldier in the US Army and now he in in God's army. God bless you all."
Ed & Bonnie Brown of Troy, Ala

"To Don,
You were and still are my wonderful,kind,and loving husband,even though you are no longer with us, I want everyone to know how wonderful of a person you were and how much I still love you. The day you died is when my heart and soul died with you. I was not through loving you. You are my hero and my true love;And your daughter reminds me of you everyday, since she does have your smile, we miss you very much, and we still love you. You are in our thoughts,and our hearts. You still are my EVERYTHING.
Love Always Your Wife Stacie Walters"
Stacie Walters of Kansas City, MO

"To every one else that has lost someone in this fight for Iraqi freedom... I thank you for your ultimate sacrifice... my little brother is HM3 Moreno... So i know that our lives will never be the same... but I take some comfort in knowing that my brother was a hero... thank you"
Sharlotte of Lemoore Ca USA

"I am so sorry for your loss, how proud you must be of your son.
My thoughts and prayers are with you"
Dawn Brim and family of Elmhurst, Illinois

"at this time of war i find it kinda sad thinking about how many wives children brothers sisters moms and dads who get that message that their sons daugthers husband wives or even grandchildren will never return because the gave their lives to figth for the cause of the freedom of the united states and protect the lives of all of those who inhabit this great country of ours im just leaving this meesage to thank the mothers wives husbands dads brothers and sisters who all have people in the war right now and i hope for all who check this site that their families come home safely and for those select few id like to say god bless you and i hope nothing but the best for yall- sam gaines airmac420@aol.com if anyone wants to contact me for discussions or maybe just some closure"
Sam Gaines of lexington kentucky united states

"Being a wife of a soldier from 3rdID/3rdBrigade, I know the fear every single time the phone rings, or someone unexpected knocks on your door. I cannot put into words the heartache I have for the families that are left behind. Because of your sacrifices, I am free. The hardest job in the the world is being a military wife. I only hope for you that one day you will be able to think of your loved one with joy instead of grief. If you have children they need to always lift their head high, because their daddy gave his life for millions of strangers,even some that don't care. There is nothing more honorable. My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Please know that God is with you, and that one day it will be easier. I will always keep you in my thoughts. ( A special note to staff sgt. Hemingway's family from C1/15 I am especially sorry for your loss, my husband was in his company, please know my heart is with you.)"
Emilie Jarman of Fort Benning, GA

"I am a proud Native American woman and I am even more proud of a Native American woman named Lori Ann Piestewa she is a honor to us all and now a Great Spirit to guide us women in our time of need!!! I am so sorry for her childrens loss and her families as well, but I know they are ever so proud of their Mother and daughter and sister...We all know things happen for a reason and we know as a Native culture she is still here everytime we feel the wind on our faces and smell the sweet smell of sweetgrass...Just look to the skies and watch for the galant Hawk in flight and there you shall see your beautiful Lori Ann...And, for all the dear fallen soldiers who were slain, may God be with your families and children and may you know your country is so PROUD of you!!! And, to my friend Josh aka Smoke who is now home I love ya my dear friend and to Robert Hartman my darlin' hurry home and we miss you!!!!!!!"
Tammy 'Turtle Dreamer" Locklear of Asheboro, North Carolina USA

"To the families of all of our fallen soldiers: My heart aches for your loving hero. They will always be remembered and respected for the sacrifices they made on our behalf. I can only pray that our nation stays united against the Sadam's and Bin Lauden's of the world. They are truly evil people. I praise the Lord for our military and for their "Duty, Honor, Country" attitudes. SIMPER FI to every American."
Love from Sweeny, TX

"Thank you for your giving of the ultimate sacrifice. You are all heroes and we are all so proud of you. GOD BLESS AMERICA!"
Sarah of Chicago, IL

"Our hearts go out to 20 yr. old Matt Bush, First Squad of the Fourth Infantry Division's Tenth Calvary, died August 7, 2003; and to every fallen soldier in this war with Iraq. God Bless your souls, and their family members."
The Reinharts and Roemers of Alton, Illinois/USA

"May God comfort you and keep you. The ultimate sacrifice given by all the families will forever have the country's gratitude and respect. May you feel, the love that we feel, for you loved one."
The White Family of Fort Smith, Arkansas

"My deepest sympathy to all of the families who have lost loved ones in the war. Please know that they will not be forgotten, as they are heroes. May God bless and comfort you in this difficult time in your lives."
Gayle of Millersburg, IN USA



"To all the families of soldiers lost in this war, I give my sincerest condolences. I too have an uncle in this war. I pray every day that I dont get a letter in the mail or a knock at my door. I will pray for each and every one of you who have experienced heart ache and pain. Please also keep a prayer in your hearts for Pvt John K Kinney. UNITED WE WILL ALWAYS STAND.....GOD BLESS OUR SOLDIERS AND GOD BLESS THE U S A!!!"
Kandace Matheus of Fort Worth, TX

Eula Davis of Killeen, Tx

"We send out our sincerest condolences, to the family and friends, of fallen soldiers. We are deeply thankful for the honor, courage, respect, dedication he put forth in duty, in order for our country to remain free and safe, not only for us now, but for the generations that follow behind us, our children, grandchildren, etc. We are forever grateful for our men and women who served our GREAT country with such pride and honor! They will not be forgotten. They are heroes in our eyes! God Bless!!"
397th Family Readiness Group of Eau Claire, WI

"To all the fallen soldiers, airmen, Marines and to include Navy and especially the elite forces such as the US Navy Seals, Special Forces and Rangers, Airborne and Air Assault units. I send my deepest and sincere sympathy to all that have fallen since the start and current operations in Iraq. I also am an Iraqi Freedom soldier which served also in the Gulf War in 91. I witness several marines that were involved in a non-hostile vehicle accident and was amongst the first to aid in the evacuation and treatment of the four marines, sadly one marine did not survive and it bother me because he was young, it was one of our guys. I pray for his family and friends. I really did not get his name but if anyone knows or heard about the accident please contact me because it will mean a whole lot to know the marine that passed away. I pray for all their families of fallen heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I feel proud to be amongst those who served and did the biggest sacrifice of giving their life for the operations. I salute each and every fallen hero. I do care about all the lives that were lost and will never forget them and will make sure people around my area will not forget them as well. GOD BLESS AND MAY GOD TAKE CARE OF ALL THE HEROES NOW WHICH ARE LOOKING DOWN UPON US.

SSG Figueroa , Eric of 3rd ID INF Fort Stewart, GA, USA

""That's All He Wants To Be"
In memory of SGT Atanacio Haro-Marin

Somewhere there's a boy, and he'll grow to be a man. He'll a 13 Bravo, that's all he wants to be. But don't you cry him no tears. He don't need the sympathy cause he's a 13 Bravo, that's all he wants to be.

Somewhere there's a mother, she's crying for her son. Cause he's a 13 Bravo, that's all he wants to be. But don't you cry her no tear, she don't need the sympathy. Cause he's a 13 Bravo, that's all he wants to be.

Somewhere there's a father and his proud of his son. Cause he's a 13 Bravo that's all he want to be. But don't you cry him no tears he don't need the sympathy. Cause he's a 13 Bravo that's all he wants to be

I once was a boy, but I've grown to be a man. And I'm a 13 Bravo, that's all I want to be. So don't you cry me no tears, I don't need the sympathy. Cause I'm a 13 Bravo, That's all I'll ever be."
SSG Jeffrey Shelton, C BTRY 3BN, 16TH Field Artillery of Ft. Hood, TX

"I wrote this poem in memory of PFC Branden Oberleitner or "Obie" as he is better known as with his friends. He will be terribly missed. He was a remarkable soldier and all around good guy. May all of these heroes rest in peace and know that they did not die in vain. I am so proud of my husband and all the men and women still in Iraq. Strike Force Renegades all the way!

"Always A Soldier"

Iraq was all they talked about
They trained hard day in and day out
But it became real when their boots touched the sand

Our soldiers all stood brave and true
And knew the jobs they had to do
They were ready for the tasks that were at hand

When it came time to answer the call
They never gave less than their all
Their focus was strong, the team undefeated

There were days of great tragedy
Still they fought so valiantly
Their strength grew with every mission completed

The times they lost one of their own
God picked him up and brought him home
In spirit, the team will remain together

They were brave and courageous men
Who will never be forgotten
They were all heroes and will be forever"
Elizabeth of Ft Campbell, KY

"As the widow of a world war11 and Korean war veteran,and grandmother of a 3rdID soldier, I want you all to know my heart goes out to you in your loss."
J. Cagle of Huntsville, Al, USA

"To all of the families and friends of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, you have our heartfelt sympathy and our deepest gratitude. Your loved-one will not be forgotten."
Mr. and Mrs. Wright of Rockport, MA

"To the family of Jesse Givens:

Jess was my best friend during college. Seeing his picture listed in the paper this morning as a casulty of the war was biggest shock. I can't believe he's gone. My heart is with you now."
Gretchen of Freehold, New Jersey

"To all Service Men and Women,
I am only 10 yeras old but when I grow up I want to be President of the USA. In my class I am the "Government Freak." But I know that the un-imagineable is happening out in Iraq now. THANKS! Alot.
GOD Bless the USA!"
Dalton Elliott of Murrells Inlet, SC

"To all of our heros.. for you have pd the uttermost sacrfice.. your courage will always be remembered by your military familys and the usa.. to you we salute.. to you we know you are at the hand of god.. lookin down at us.. to your familys.. i am so sorry for your loss at each news of one of our gallent soldiers .. i greaved and cried with you my heart and soul hurts for your loss... and i salute you!!"
loretta mullens of grant al usa

"In loving memory of Osbaldo Orozco. Those of you that had the chance to know are blessed.. Those of you who didn't missed out on a great man. I only knew him in high school. But will never forget him. He is one of the TIGERS FOREVER now. And he will forever be missed. Until we see him again. krissy scott delano high c/o1995"
Krissy Scott-LaBoca of LasVegas NV usa

"Cpl Mark Envin was from my hometown. His grandfather is a very prominant figure in the Jewish community & know to all to be a kind & good man. As a Vermonter & military wife my deepest sympathies to his family & friends."
Laurie Carwile of Ft Benning, GA

"My thoughts and prayer's go out to each and every family member who has lost and to those still serving. I was a previous member of the 3ID and am very proud of all of you.
SFC(RET) Leo Kangas of Fredericksburg, VA

"CPT Edward Jason Korn, is my brother and we will miss him dearly."
Alexis Holt of PO Box 613 Bowman, SC

"Your ultimate sacrifice has left the rest of us both proud and heartbroken. I can hardly hold back the tears when I read this page. What keeps me from losing it is knowing that you died doing what you loved and you are with the LORD now. You have been called home in the name of JESUS. "May HIS peace be with you and your families until we meet again!""
SFC Charles L. Shank of 28th Transportation Battalion, Mannheim, Germany

"The courage and strength of the men and women overseas will always be remembered. I pray everyday for my fiance and all other soldiers fighting for our country. They will always be honored and never forgotten. Know that my thoughts and prayers will be with all of you as you grieve for your loved one."
Leanne Meisner of Victoria, TX

"I am sure when the dust settles the people of Iraq will be grateful for your unselfish acts of bravery. You will not be forgotten."
Colemans of Enterprise, AL

"There is not a day that goes by that I
do not think of those who gave their
life so that others may taste freedom.
I am not a religous person, but everday
I think hard about my freedom too...
and the cost of it. I have no words
of comfort, I only feel lose in my heart
for those departed. All of them are very
true Americans of the 1st Order.
Thank you for reading this.
... Tom, northeastern Minneosta, ~ retired military enlisted & Vietnam
War Vet (1967)~
the brave. Never."
Tom of Silver Bay, Minnesota, USA

"Edward Jason Korn was my best friend...
I will miss him."
Sean Mclaughlin of Friedberg Germany

"Our family is sadden by your loss. You are in our prayers"
Mr. Quick of Ft. Myers, Florida

"Along with millions of Americans I mourn the passing of all our brave sons and daughters, wives and husbands, mothers and fathers. Their cause was noble and they gave their all that a terribly oppressed people might have the hope of freedom. It falls on all of us left behind to honor their passing and to never forget their sacrifice. My heart goes out to the families that are in such sorrow."
Roy Moultrie of Huntsville, Alabama USA

"We will remember how brave the soldiers were. Our hearts and prayers are with you."
Alaric Schenck of Lompoc, CA

"God Bless all of our fallen heros; and may his mercy and love console all those left behind."
Donald R Fenrich Jr of Port Richey, FL, USA

"This is for Greg Huxley's family and the rest of the families of the fallen soldiers. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I'm sure your fallen family member is gone to a better place and misses you very much. Life will go on. Thank you for everything they've done for our country."
Ashley Dowser of Charlotte, NC

"Life is a precious treasure and we are not fortunate enough to know the duration of such a blessing. Having lost a son through tragic and unexpected circumstances (stray bullet), I understand the spoils of war, although the battle fields are different. I offer words of encouragement to all who must endure this tragic event of life. It is important to hold tight to memories and seek the shelter of God's eternal arms. He, and He alone, can give you the substance to carry on. I join the millions of Americans and Britains in paying tribute to our fallen heroes. May the Love of God and the strength and comfort of family and friends sustain you in your hours of need. May God Bless You Today and Always. Many prayers for the safe return of the Coalition forces."
Veverly Byrd-Davis of Decatur, Georgia, USA

"Prayers for the fallen and their families.
Courage and strenghth to the loved one's .
Thank you for your bravery.
With heart felt smypathy.
Let them not be forgotten"."
Barbara Barnes of Louisville, Kentucky

"My heart hurts for you and yours. Your precious one gave us all in America a priceless gift...our freedom! Your sacrifice enables the world to see the greatness of our Brave Military. Each served with Pride, Dignity, Respect and Valor. And gave their all in like manner. Thank you y Que Dios los Bendiga!(God Bless You)."
Annette Cortez of Mesa , Arizona

"I would like to send my condolences to the fallen soldiers and their families. May God watch over you and your families. Thank you for all the strength and braveness that you have shown the world. God bless you and yours always."
Marilyn of Dublin, Ga. U.S.A.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to you for your loss."
Jodi of Ft. Benning, GA

"My deepest sorrow is with all of you at this sad time. All of you are in my prayers and I ask for God to take you all and wrap you in his arms and to be your comforter during this terrible time."
Syreeta Autry of Elizabethtown,NC/USA

"My family is deeply saddened by your loss. You are in our prayers. I cannot think of words that might lend some comfort to you other than my heart goes out to you."
Cynthia Rice of www.frgnews.com

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

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