Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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Army Sgt. 1st Class Nathan R. Chapman

31, of San Antonio, Texas.
Died in Afghanistan. Died on January 4, 2002.

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"Thinking about you and your family Nate. You are not forgotten. 24May13
RLTW"
Jack Nelson of Boston

"I served with Chapman at 3/47 Inf back in Desert Storm (and Spithaler...Vroom-Vroom!) Chapman was one of the best and at times I wish I had the motivation and dedication he showed as a American Soldier. He was killed on my birthday and it really shook me even though I had been out for years. Some part of that helped me make the decision to contract and go back to Iraq for almost 4 years as a contractor with KBR to help with this one. I always felt, as with a lot of the guys from 3/47, that we should have been the generation to march to Baghdad. I carried Chapmans memory with me all over that Country from 2006-2010. Heres to Chapman and all the other 2nd platoon Guys from 3/47 "Rattlers!" 5/2013"
Steve Foster of Columbus, Ohio

"Thank you for keeping Nathan's memory alive for those of us who didn't have the privilege to meet him or serve with him. Our country is indebted to your son and we should never forget his service."
Steve of Madison, Alabama

"I SAW NATHAN'S PARENTS ON FOX NEWS TODAY AND REALIZED HE WAS KILLED ON MY BIRTHDAY. IT STRUCK ME TO SEND A NOTE OF APPRECIATION TO THEIR FAMILY AND ALL OTHER MILITARY FAMILIES FOR THEIR SACRIFICE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND WAY OF LIFE. PLEASE KNOW YOUR SEVICE IS FOREVER APPRECIATED AND YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!!!!!"
TROY of ILLINOIS

""May you RIP Nate they got that SOB!!! Love the Eylicio's" 5/1/11"
The Eylicio's

"May you RIP Nate they got that SOB!!! Love the Eylicio's"
THE EYLICIO'S

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna
Projectcompassion@manti.com
www.heropaintings.com"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna
Projectcompassion@manti.com
www.heropaintings.com"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Nate -- We still think of you, still remember who and what you were, and remember what you stood for. The world's a better place for you having been here. Sleep in peace. Your brothers-in-arms won't forget, and will never fail to keep the faith."
Hank Cramer of Winthrop, WA

"As a young green beret I was assigned to your unit shortly after you passed away. I was on your friend Scott's team. As medic who tried to save you, he told me about when you were shot,and the courage you showed and how brave you fought. Even though I've never met you, I know you were a great man, husband, father,and soldier. The imprint you left on the men of our unit, the way these harden soldiers got choked up when talking about you. I've seen first hand the many lives you touched in your shorten life,in turned, been touched by your life myself. SFC Chapman, your gone but not forgotten>"
Troy

"It's been seven years, Ranger Buddy. You're not forgotten. We'll link up again.
RLTW!"
Bob "EarthPig" Snyder of Brownwood, TX

"Months after 9/11, I was watching the news. On January 4th, 2002, Sergeant First Class Nathan R. Chapman became the first American soldier to die in Operation Enduring Freedom.
Nathan R. Chapman was my brother-in-law’s best friend. They were both Special Forces soldiers based at Ft. Lewis, Washington. During the Nightly News, my brother-in-law spoke of his friend Chapman to the nation. My brother-in-law is a strong man. When he talked about his friend that was the first time I ever saw him cry. SFC Nathan R. Chapman was a communications expert. He volunteered to go to Afghanistan. Before losing consciousness from severe wounds, Chapman courageously returned fire. He was recognized for saving the lives of his fellow CIA comrades. He had a wife and two kids.
Now whenever I hear the American National Anthem, I respectfully take off my hat. I think of all of the soldiers that died for this country and all the soldiers that serve this country. I think of Nathan R. Chapman and Thomas F. Allison. I proudly sing along “…And the home of the brave!”"
Brandon E. Stogsdill of Seattle, WA

"Nate, thank you for your service and hard work. May your family and friends always be blessed by your legacy."
john greene of CHS class of 1988

"I wrote a song and my daughter, Cindy Roberts, recorded it for me. It is a very beautiful tribute to our soldiers who died to keep our country free from terrorists. I wrote the song after seeing the clip of Nathan's family. His parents were on Larry King Live and I saw a picture of his wife with his young baby boy asleep in his mother's arms. I believe they were at his funeral.

And so I wrote this song for her and her children, especially her little son.

THE WIND BLOWS ON
A baby cries in his Mama’s arms
She holds him close and she keeps him warm
While the wind blows on.
While the wind blows on.
He goes to school and he learns to write.
He goes to church and he learns what’s right.
AND THE WIND BLOWS ON.
AND THE WIND BLOWS ON.

Chorus
The wind blows on in a young boy’s dreams,
And it blows as hard as this world seems.
It carries through to the very end,
then life begins anew again.
AND THE WIND BLOWS ON.
OH THE WIND BLOWS ON.

A young man now he takes a wife. They have a child.
All the joys in life make the young man smile.
AS THE WIND BLOWS ON.
The wind blows east
and the wind blows west.
He prays his child will have the best,
AND THE WIND BLOWS ON.

There’s a raging war in a far off land
where the young man fights and takes a stand.
The wind blows far
and the wind blows wide.
In the far off land the young man died,
AND THE WIND BLOWS ON.
OH THE WIND BLOWS ON.
OH OH

Now HIS baby cries in his young wife arms.
She holds him close and she keeps him warm,
WHILE THE WIND BLOWS ON.
WHILE THE WIND BLOWS ON.
Well the wind blows cold
and the wind blows storms.
The baby sleeps in his Mama's arms,
AND THE WIND BLOWS ON.
AND THE WIND BLOWS ON.

Chorus
The wind blows on in a young boy’s dreams,
and it blows as hard as this world seems.
It carries through to the very end,
then life begins anew again.
AND THE WIND BLOWS ON.
AND THE WIND BLOWS ON AND ON AND ON.


Is there a way that I can email the recording to you? I think the family would really enjoying hearing it.

God Bless America and God bless those like Nathan Chapman who gave their lives for our freedom."
Patti Woosley of Atlanta, GA

"May 4, 2007
To the family of Nathan R. Chapman. He gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy. "Some gave all."
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"We are a military family-my husband is a Major, USAFR. On January 8, 2002 our son was born-named Nathan in honor and memory of Nathan Chapman. Thank you to all service members."
betsey karl of waterford, nj

"I was served with Nathan while assigned to the 3/47 in Ft. Lewis. Not only has the military lost a great soldier but the world has lost a valuable individual. My prayers are with his family and the family of the rest of our soldiers."
William Cole of Sanford, NC

"Today I walked on the Nathan Chapman memorial trail for the second time. It is so beautiful. It was built in South Hill, Washington, only about one block down from his old house in remembrance of Nathan. Although I never met Nathan, I have had the opportunity to know Rene, his widow, and his two adorable children Amanda and Brandon. You are missed by so many people. Amanda and Brandon will always know what a great soldier you were."
Nicole Howells of Puyallup, WA, USA

"To the family of SFC Chapman: I served with Nate at 2/75 when he was a newbie. He was a good Ranger. We will all see him again someday. God Bless."
An old Blacksheep of Mercer Island, WA

"I wrote this poem soon after I watched the coverage of SFC Chapman's death and memorial services.

In Memoriam - A Warrior Who...

SFC Nate Chapman
US Army Special Forces

Before us now, on final bed
Lays a young man, a warrior
His duty done, he has come home
His armor rent, his sword at rest

A goodly man, both strong and fair
A loving man, of family
A man of faith, a man of mirth
With well earned Name, by well done Deed

He took his share, of the Burden
Held fast to friends, and to comrades
In field, at home, he did his best
To fight and win, to build and heal

One day his Doom, came fast and hard
In far off land, away from home
His Duty Bond, had brought him there
The warrior, his great heart stilled

And by the bier, his comrades stood
And spoke their words, and shed their tears
But through it all, one thing stood out
Here lay a Man, who stood, and did"
Steven P. Robinson of Rockton, IL - USA

"I wrote to Nathan's widow when he was killed and received a card and photo of him with his lovely family. I keep that photo framed and amongst our family photos to fulfill my promise to them, that Nathan would never be forgotten!! I look at it daily and pray for his family and all the families of those we have lost and all those serving now.
I WILL NEVER FORGET and may our country as a "family" of Americans, NEVER FORGET!
My love and God's Blessings to the Chapman family, Nathan is in my heart too!"
Linda Queen of Arlington, WA. USA

"I met Sgt Chapman's parents today. It was an honor to hear them talk about their son and his service to our country. I feel so humble to realize that young men like Sgt Chapman are willing to serve and to lay down their lives for America."
Paula Perry of Rio Frio, Texas, USA

"Thank you Nate. We miss you and family. Rest in peace."
Karina and Nicolas Orlando of Sebastopol CA. USA

"My heartfelt sympathy to the Chapman family in the loss of Nathan. I did not know Nathan, but my heart is broken and I am sadden for your loss of such a fine young man and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Nathan, it has been a little over 4 years since you were taken, but you will not be forgotten. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~"
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith of Springfield, VA

"Nate was a soldier through and through. If my job was to assemble a squad of soldiers for battle again, Nate would have been one of my first calls. I served with Nate proudly in 3/47 INF in Desert Storm (1991), am proud to have known him, and proud to have called him friend.
"Mung Ho!"
Tom Spithaler
Sales Dir.
Olympic Arms, Inc."
Tom Spithaler of Olympia, WA

"Nathan,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Green Berets Lead The Way!"

"I knew SFC Chapman and I must say through the good times and the best times he was a friend, soldier, NonCommissioned Officer and an all around great guy. I was shocked to come across this message as I have not seen him in over 8 years. His sacrifice is not in vain, I know that and he knew that all along, we talked often of such events and shared the same view of , "Nobody prays for peace more than the soldier. But when peace fails us, we will do as we must to bring peace back to OUR country" SFC Chapman you are forever a friend and fellow NCO. God bless and rest in peace till we serve once again."
SFC (RET) Kevin L Fritz of Westland Mi

"RIP Nathan I had great times with you and your family at Ft Lee You are a true hero of this country. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts with his family. Officer Gregory P Belisle Claremont NH Police Department"

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"Sergeant Chapman, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Nathan fought on behalf of a free country to spread domocracy to other nations. He will be honored for his heroic efforts, and sett an example for every men who fight for what they believe. Lets just hope theres something better than this.

In memory of
Nathan and many other Soldiers,Marines,and Sailors have been risking there lifes for a free country for over 200 years. Now we risk are lives to Spread freedom beyong are limits because there are no limits to freedom.

And to familys and friends of these man past and present let it be known those red strips on are flag means the blood of are soldiers that was given to spread freedom through are nation, you should be very proud of every man and women fighting for a free nation. Never let the enemy fool you in what we fight for is wrong. If saving the lives of millions of Iraqs and disarming a man which supported Al-quida to the deaths of 5,000 civilians. The list may go on but if that is wrong then whats the right thing to do?
There is plenty of ignorance out there but i know the men and women fighting to free a nation do not fall in that crowd.

That is way I would add my blood to those red strips on our flag any day of the week. This is worth fighting for things are only ganna get worse before they get better. So god bless and stay United. Remember who the enemy's are dont listen to the nonsense of ignorant people they have been around since the begining of time. But a free Nation has been maintianed for more than 200 years due to the men and women who have fought to keep it that way. We live in a new day and age now where dictators are trying to use terror and coward hidden attacks to seperate us but we must show them America will not buckle for no one.

Much respect to the soldiers in our alliance agianst terror as well. To every country that is losing soldiers and to the familys of fallen men stay strong, recognize what we fight for is to destroy terror. No terror will exist as long as America and its alliances are still around. Because of man like Sargeant 1st class Nathan R. Chapman and others who fight for the same cause as we speak."
Damon of Florida

"Thank you sir, my family is safer due to your dedication, your sacrifice. My family sends its respects to his family for raising such a fine man."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"To the family of our fallen hero, Nathan R. Chapman, may God in his infinite wisdom and grace console and comfort you at your time of need. I am forever in debt to Nathan and all the fallen heros for the ultimate sacrifice he and they have made for my children and I and all Americans. God Bless all of you, the men and women who still fight for our freedom,and America."
Ida Laura Montellano-Chauvin of San Antonio, Texas USA

"Thank you Sgt.1 class Nathan Chapman you are what hereos are. To the family you are in our prayers."
Valdez of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Nathan Chapman, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

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"To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Chapman:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Nathan for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Nathan Chapman:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Nathan, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

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