Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Anthony S. Lagman

26, of Yonkers, New York.
Lagman died in Dehrawood, Afghanistan, when his team came under small arms fire while clearing a village. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. Died on March 18, 2004.

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"To the Lagman family on this Veterans Day please know that I will have the sacrifice that Anthony made for this country in May of 2004 on my mind. His story was brought to my attention by a co-worker via a Veterans Day newsletter article that was published for the staff of a small government agency that operates from Upstate NY. All of our 160 some regional employees will have Staff Sergeant Lagman in our hearts this Friday."
Larry B. of Albany, NY

"Thank you Tony for fighting for the protection of this nation. You are greatly missed! I pray the citizens of this nation remember what our military does for us on a daily basis. God bless all our U.S. soldiers! Let's keep them in our prayers to God Almighty!"
Diana Espejo of Warren, RI

"Thinking of you today brother. A heavy heart falls every year around this time. You will inspire me forever! Deeds Not Words. Rangers Lead the Way!"
Nicholas Schrandt of Dallas Texas

"Thinking of you Ton2. I miss you."
Eloisa of Yonkers

"To the family of Ssgt Lagman. My family visited his grave yesterday. Our sincere condolensces. Your sorrow is our sorrow."
Michael of staten island, ny

"To Anthony's brothers in uniform, both Marine & Army, THANK YOU. To my family, friends, and strangers that left messages here THANK YOU. It brings a little peace to read your messages."
Eloisa

"Elosia, I am so sorry, so so sorry!"
Kollin Berg of Philadelphia

"10 years and I still cry as if it was yesterday. R.I.P. Brother. To your family, I am so sorry we didn't bring him home with us. You are loved and never forgotten."
Kollin Berg of Philadelphia

"It's been 10 years and I still remember the day I was told you were gone. Time has not heal the wound; pain and the emptiness are still here. As I look at your medals, pins, and certificates they just makes me feel so empty. I still wish that phone will ring and I'd hear you voice again. To all who served with my brother Anthony....THANK YOU."
Eloisa of Westchester

"I was given the gift of a camo hat with an American flag and FOB Lagman on it by a Navy Seabee heading back for his second tour.I wanted to know who you were and let your family know you are not forgotten."
Mike of Port Jeff NY

"I am working in the Base named after this Hero.Hatsoff to you Sir."
Raghavendra of India

"8 years, I will never forget! Deeds not Words!"
Kollin Berg of Philadelphia. PA

"SSG Lagman IS my Sqd Ldr!!!!!!!"
K Jackson

"I served with cpl lagman in bravo co 1st bn 3rd mar. dont know as i knew a better NCO. A true marine as much as the word means. Bravo co was a special unit in the corps i dont think there was any like it. It was because of men like cppl lagman that made us special. The marine corps lives forever that means you live forever brother i will never forget you. I will tell youre story to my children. this way they will tell theres and so on and so fourth. Youre name and service will never be forgot."
cpl Howard USMC

"I served with Lagman in the Marine Corps from 1995-1999 in B 1/3. That was a very special platoon. We were all family. I have so many great memories of him. The thing I remember most was his ability to make me laugh. It was truly my honor to serve with such a great man and great Marine."
William Axford of Rochester Mn

"All I could think about when the news came down about OBL, was that my friend was killed there looking for this DB. Justice is served and its not fair, I miss you. DEEDS NOT WORDS!!"
SSG Brent Begay of Phoenix, Az

"Thinking of you today Ton-Ton."
Ate of Yonkers

"Lgman Bro, we got the bastard! RIP! Gone but not forgotten!"
Kollin Berg of Philadelphia PA

"RANDY, thank you for your service, and for being a true friend to Tony..."All The Way""
CRIS LAGMAN of Yonkers, NY

"Its been so long, but it still hurts....Rangers Lead the Way!"
Randy of Indian lake NY

"I remeber when we used to play poker to pass the time...I remember specifically what we were talking about a couple day prior aswell. There isnt a day that goes by where i dont think about you guys. You will be missed and never forgotten."
Josh of US

"To the family of:Anthony S. Lagman
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"I basically grew up with Anthony...we shared one bed when we were kids. He was the God father of my first born. He is not just a cousin to me and my siblings..he was also our best friend... You have given your life for this country and we are very proud of you...We love you TON TON!!!. I salute you and we miss you dearly...you are our HERO..."
Peng Santos Acharon of Reno, NV

"Tonton.....parati kong naalala ang sinasabi mo sa akin tuwing magkikita tayo...." si Ate (Sister) Lynn kase"....miss you Ton"
Lynn S. Calanog of Yonkers, New York

"I was SSG Lagman's Platoon Sergeant, and Lt. Parisi was the Platoon Leader, I remember the night prior; the Squad Leaders and I had coffe together, like we have done so many times prior to a mission. I remember SSG Lagman tried to tell a joke, but it was so silly we laughed anyway.....I will never forget him, when I look at our flag it always reminds me of him. He was a great NCO and I am proad to say I served with him. To the Lagman family I am sorry for your loss, words cannot begin to express my sympathy."
SFC Dulmage of Canton, GA

"to the 222 NY

I did not work as a soldier but instead a civilian who worked hand in hand with the great US militaries from the year 2004-2009 in Iraq..."
Dell Lagman of Davao city, Philippines

"To the Lagman family, I have been blessed with a future son. His name will be Anthony Michael Zertuche. I was speechless when my wife said, "okay." He will grow up and remember long after I am gone. God bless you and all who serve."
Paul A. Zertuche of BAMC San Antonio, TX

"DELL! What unit w'r you with during those five years? and the year please."
222 of yonkers, ny

"To the Lagman Family.. As a LAGMAN myself I knew the feelings. I have worked in Iraq for almost 5 years and I understand and saw how soldiers work and fought 24/7 risking their lives for their country, whatever race they belong. We are the Lagmans of Macabebe Pampanga, the hiers of VICTORIANO SABADO GUINTO LAGMAN, who raised his family in governor generoso , Davao Oriental....Anthony I know that your family has bidded you goodbye. Now I will bid you goodbye too....we'll see you one of these days!

Dell Lagman"
Dell Lagman of Davao City, Philippines

"We honored Anthony Lagman here in Afghanistan on FOB Lagman, (named after him). If you would like a copy of the dedication please email me at Benita.Gladney@dyn-intl.com. Thanks for his service in the Military and the ultimate sacrifice."
Benita Gladney of FOB Lagman Afghanistan

"Tony,
I missed U and U'll always b in my <3."
AnnaHua of Syracuse, NY

"Tek! tagal na 'ton, hanggang ngayon, masakit pa rin. Damn, homeboy, I miss you it hurts too much, pare.

Our last time together was in your tent about 4 days before we got called. I remember we ate canned sardines, steam rice and boiled eggs that time, thanks to a Filipino "manong" civ-contractor working inside the base. Was that matrix III we watched? i think it was matrix III. We were close to going home, Tek, we soaked in the idea of really having a good time with the homeheads in upstate NY once we got home.

I did what you told me, Tek. I got out! You always listened to me, tek. And at that time the home front -- my family -- wasn't really down with my being there. Yah, your advice to my family issues then was for me to "pop smoke", get out, and take care of my family. Which I did, tek, it was a last minute decision, but I did. It didn't really work, marriage still fell apart but I'll have you know the decision was the best i had ever taken. You were relentless in your advice, trying to convince me that there is life outside of the army. The life that I have right now is nothing but dedication to each day live it to honor the good men that have gone before me, Tek, Men like YOU, specially. I feel like I have to be a better person each day to honor you and our beautiful friendship. I am, Tonyboy, and I thank you!!!

I hear your voice in the wind, Tony, still to this day. "ingat jun" or "be safe, jun".....

And I whisper back into the wind everytime, homeboy, for the wind to cary my words to you, "salamat, Tony, salamat, pare...""
Jun/Stu Custodio of San Diego

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Why question the citizenship of the fallen hero's mother?

Do they know that the fallen hero's mother is the one who raise and guides him?

Remember, we all rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that the fallen hero provide.

SSG Lagman is the Soldiers Creed."
SGT Batac of 3/297th Infantry (Scout)

"While out in the field, Tony I remember was just 8, three of us brothers together with our cousins would scout for a good place to camp, and we hiked for miles so none of us can just go home anytime. He was full of joy with his .22 and being out hunting. That day out there in the field, till this day, I don't know how he was able to get to a higher ground and became our spotter-when we left him in our camp to watch our gear while the rest of us go for the Snipes. There, we can't get close to this Wild Birds, and get clear shoots. Tony heard our frustration through our net. He boot-in, and guided us to the ticker brushes, " Use that as cover" he says over the net, but none of us would want to get muddy-"nottin to eat, It'll get dark soon, I remember him mumbling over the radio. Watch our gear! I recall telling him, and yet there he was, "do low crawl" he orders. Over this Muddy Field he lead us. I can hear his laughter. I was wrath-ful because I heard him saying that our gear is dressed in MUD so why worry about gettin dirty. Though he had his corrective trainning from us after the hunt-for dragging our gear and leaving our camp, not a smirk I sence nor heard from him. There he was keeping his cool. What I learned from this brother of mine...He had his way of telling us the importance of higher ground out in the field, and to take charge when time calls for leadership.
Thanx to Tony we had our Meal that Night."
Lagman of Yonkers, NY

"Tony was my team leader, my squad leader, and my friend.
Every Sunday evening he would pound on my door screaming, "Miller!!! Open up. Do push-ups! Stop f*cking drinking."
It didn't take him long to realize that smoking me was useless, which led him to start getting creative with my 'corrective training.' That's when he started making me lead; placing me as his team leader as our squad ran through various life fire exercises or having me march everyone around after final formation. At first I was stubborn - I just didn't care about anything even remotely military - but then I began to understand his intentions: he knew that someday he wouldn't be there to guide me in the right direction; that I would have to stand on my own two feet.
Tony made me the soldier I am today. He inspired me to not only lead by example, but to remain flexible and focused when things went south. The lessons he taught me were never easy, and because of that, they were impossible to forget. When the time came for me to move on and lead my own squad men into combat, I was prepared (even if I was barely old enough to buy a beer).
I wasn't there when SSG Lagman was killed, and for that I am eternally sorry. I don't recall if I ever thanked him for believing in me, but I hope he knew.
It's been five years now, but not a day goes by that I don't think of him and the rest of my fallen brothers. It was sincerely a great honor to have been mentored by a man of his caliber, and an even greater honor to have called him friend."
Miller, J. H. of Chillicothe, Ohio

"To the family of SSG Anthony Lagman, today is memorial day; I remember. God bless you and keep you safe."
Paul Zertuche of ICU Burn Ward BAMC

"Re: SSG Anthony S Lagman

Hello,
I represent PRAYER SHAWLS 4 FALLEN SOLDIERS (PS4FS), an organization that since October 2007 has sent over 2,800 prayer shawls to military families who have lost a loved one. We are an organization of over 240 groups from all over the country. We make every effort to reach families even when post cards are returned after they have moved. Would you kindly send me a contact email/address so that we may send a loving hand-made prayer shawl to the family? Thank you!

Cozette Haggerty, Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers
Email: ps4fs@charter.net
Website Address: http://webpages.charter.net/ps4fs/shawls"
Cozette Haggerty of Wilbraham, Mass.

"I'm sorry for your loss.

I was saddened to hear of Lagman's death today, so many years later. I had the honor of serving with Tony in 3rd Platoon, B Co 1/3 at Kaneohe Bay, HI. I wasn't surprised to hear he was leading the way.

Semper Fi Marine!"
Eric Beeler of Martinez, CA

""Deeds not words!" Serving with Tony at CCO. 2/22 was more than an honor. His professional demeanor and overall stance as a leader/soldier is without words. My thoughts are with his family. Damn good man, TRIPLE DUECE!"
S.A. Java of United States Southern Command; Miami, FL

"R.I.P Devil Dog
I served with Anthony in Bravo Co 1st Bn 3rd Marine Division. He was senior to me. I was just a young marine. He along with other senior marines trained me to be the best marine i could be. I have many good memories of this devil dog.

Semper Fi marine!"
Lcpl Chuck "Cat" Cunningham USMC (vet) 1STBN 3RDMARDIV of Salem, Ma

"To the family and friends of SSG Lagman, It has been years but you can still feel the emptiness that Anthony has left behind. He was great person with a big heart and a warming smile. He is a hero in the eyes of everyone and his memory of his life will go on."
of Yonkers

"I SALUTE YOU BROTHER. MY FRIEND WAS ALSO KILLED AT DRW NEAR TALIBAN BRIDGE 3 MONTHS LATER (6-7-04). YOU ARE NEVER FORGOTTEN-----SGT SPRINGER."
SGT SPRINGER of VIRGINIA- AWALL4LIFE.COM

"Heroes' footprints are hard to fill, however I know that each and every soldier serving at fob Lagman will honor Sgt. Lagman each and every day, including my son.
Sharon Giannakopoulos"
Sharon Giannakopoulos of Grand Island, NE USA

"SSG Lagman typifies the very best that can be asked of an American Soldier. He was a Ranger. He led the way. He was the Leader when the Leader was needed most.

I was the QRF platoon leader, A Co 1st Platoon on the day that SSG Lagman was killed. I remember the day's events as if it happened yesterday. I remember standing there with my Platoon Sergeant and the Battalion Chaplain in the KAF Hospital as they brought Lagman in from the MEDEVAC. The Chaplain said a blessing. SFC Sanford said, "Rangers Lead the Way." It was so surreal, but more real than anything ever or since.

I will never forget that blessing nor what SFC Sanford said. SSG Lagman did lead the way when it was needed most. He took the fight to the enemy. His actions and his leadership inspired more than can ever be put down in words.

We, as the QRF, flew into Miam Do in the afternoon of that unforgettable day. We continued-on threw that day and on into the next. And as our mission required, on the day after, we returned to KAF in the event that the QRF was needed elsewhere. Even though we returned, the men of Lagman's Squad, 3rd Squad, 3rd Platoon, continued on with the Company's mission for another several days. They continued to pursue the enemy, and they continued to complete the mission. If that doesn't prove what an amazing NCO that SSG Lagman was, then I don't think that anything ever will.

Let us all remember that SSG Lagman typifies what makes America the most bad-* country on earth. Let us remember that there are many like him who continue to serve to secure our freedom and to preserve our way of life. Let us all thank our Blessings that the Greatness and Sacrifice of the American Soldier continues through this day, through March 18th, and through all the days to come."
Ward of Syracuse, New York

"SSG Lagman, its almost been five years since that day none of us will ever forget. You are in my thoughts and almost every day that goes by I remember. I will never forget nor take for granted this life I live and the freedom I share with others because of you. To the Lagman family I am sorry for your loss...our loss. I still remember your son's smile."
SSG Zertuche, Paul (SGT Z Medic) of Fort Sam Houston, TX

"November 19, 2007
To the family of Staff Sgt. Anthony S. Lagman:
Anthony 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 to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"“Deeds Not Words” you will be greatly missed but you will never be forgotten!"
SFC Parrott, George of Fort Benning, GA

"TO THE LAGMAN FAMILY,
I SERVED IN BCO 2/22 WHEN IT HAPPENED AND THE NEWS HIT EVERYONE HARD AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET....."
SGT. REARDON DENIS J of FORT DRUM NEWYORK

"kuya tony!
wow the filam assosiation in new york really misses you. thank you for everything that you've done, especially to the luce family, we love you so much. you contributed so much to the fil-am assosiation. you are in a better place now, and we are praying for you family and for their saftey. WE LOVE YOU UNCLE!"
lynann luce of watertown, new york

"Pinsan My Hero
I never met you but last Oct 2006 I met your parents in NY and told me everything you have done to your beloved country.... we my family are very proud of you and to be our Pinsan. Mabuhay ang our Pinoy Hero !!!
KaBogie
Australia
KaBogie@Gmail.com"
KaBogie of Australia

"Rangers lead the way!"
Ryan Curtin of NY

"I never knew SSGT. Lagman, but i had the pleasure of knowing and working with his sister.. and i just wanted to let the family know that they are in the hearts and minds of a few people especially as the anniversary draws near..

my prayers are with you all."
Shana of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania

"To the Lagman family,

I had the honor of serving with your son while deployed to Bosnia with Aco. 2-22 Inf. 3rd Plt. He was truly one of the best soldiers I had served with. He set the example for everyone to follow day in and out. Your son is deeply missed by all of the triple deuce family."
Tom Wall of Lowell, MA

"Merry Christmas Uncle Ton-Ton. We miss you very very much. We love you."
Eloisa, Shannon, James, & Andrew of Yonkers, NY

"I never serve with staff sergeant Lagman, but I was in the unit that replaced his units. I think we didn't replaced on time. I also was wounded in action, right outside of the the firebase with his name. Still in the Army, And I will never forget his name, Name of a HERO. LAGMAN"
SSG JAIME HERNANDEZ of SCHOFIELD BARRACKS HAWAII

"To The Lagman Family,
Your son was an icon of the army and of military service. He was what every soldier strived to be. If anyone had the chance to meet your son they would spend their entire military career, no matter how long or short, setting the example as he did. Also to all the other friends who served at 2-22inf A Co 3rd PLt. It was a pleasure and everyone will not forget that solemn day. "Deed's Not Words"
ps. 1sg Norton....Philadelphia is spelled with an a."
SGT. John V. Madara of Philadelphia, PA

"Dear Lagman Family,
I served with SSGT Lagman in afghanistan. He was in my platoon. I still remember the day that you lost your son. Just the day before that mission we were talking about the movies and games that I had just bought at the PX. I always remember him coming in our tent and asking if anybody had bought any good movies or games recently. Althought I didn't know him as long or as well as SSgt arabian or SSgt Weaver or the guys in his squad I still thought he was a great guy and respected him very much. I have worn a KIA braclet that i had made when we got back from Afghanistan. It has been over two years and i still have not taken it off and I don't think I ever will. I am so sorry for your loss. Deeds Not Words something tony lived by every day that I knew him."
Matt Downs of Winchester, Ohio

"Kuya Tony,
The whole Filipono American Assocation misses you very much up in New York. I'm 13 and I'm apart of the same filipino American Assocation as you were. Everyone crys. We all know your in a better place. May god always bless you. Thank you for everything you've done. I'm glad I met you. You served well.. I cry my self to sleep everyday. We all love you kuya. You were loved by many people. Please rest in peace..."
April Elane of New York

"Lagman Family,
I served with SSG Lagman in Afghanistan. I was in Bco 2-22INF and was in Qalat now FOB Lagman when he was killed. The news hit us all hard when it happened. I'm very sorry for your loss and wish everyday that it never happened. God bless."
SGT Christopher Kyne of Recruiting and Retention NCO NYARNG Whitehall NY

"The Lagman Family,

Anthony was a fellow Ranger Buddy, and a friend of mine, and one of the greatest Non-Commisioned Officers in the Army. It's been a couple of years since he was killed, but he is missed everyday by myself and all the other fellow 2/22nd guys. I was on the mission that Anthony was killed on. I was part of the Mortar team that day, and I will never forget how awful we all felt. My prayers go out to everyone in the Lagman family. Take care, and God Bless!"
SSG David Dawson of Fort Benning, GA

"Anthony,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OEF, but in Bosnia as well. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I never served with SSG Lagman, but I I did one year at Firebase Lagman in Qalat, Afghanistan which was named after a fallen hero. I was proud to serve with the soldiers of the 2-35 Cacti from May 04 to May 05. I send my condolences and prayers to the Lagman family and hope that you will never forget he died for a good cause in Afghanistan , there has been a lot of change since he was there and we continue what he started.

CPL Marc S. Soto
125th M.I. BN
25th ID"
Marc S. Soto of Honolulu, Hi USA

"I WAS IN DEH RAWOD WHEN HE WAS KILLED. HE WAS LEADING THE WAY.WE HEARD HE WAS THE FIRST ONE IN THE VILLAGE. SOMEOME SAID WHY WAS A SSG, A NCO THE FIRST ONE IN. I LOOK AT HIM AND SAID BECAUSE HE A DAMN GOOD ONE."
SGT.STANIKMAS of ft. bragg

"Dearest lagman family My brother Randy Weaver had served in Bosnia and Afghanistan with Anthony and was with him that tragic day. My heart goes out to you and yours. He was a brave and honorable man. Now my brother has one more gaurdian angel looking over him. God bless your family from the bottom of my heart! Anthony was a hero in the truest form"
Amy Barton of Wilmington NC

"TO THE LAGMAN FAMILY, WE THE FALLEN FAMILY MEMBERS. NEED TO COTACT OUR POLITICAL LEADERS IN NEW YORK STATE. TO GET A MEMORIAL TO HONOR OUR FALLEN FROM IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND OTHER HOT ZONE'S IN THE WORLD. ANTHONY, GREGORY AND ALL OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS OF NEW YORK DESERVE THIS HONOR YESTERDAY. SO THAT NO ONE EVER FORGET ALL OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS HAVE DONE FOR NEW YORK. WE TODAY STILL HONORING OUR SOLDIER'S FROM PAST WAR'S. WE NEED TO KEEP OUR FALLEN SOLDIER FRESN IN THE MINDS OF NEW YORKER'S! OUR FALLEN FROM NEW YORK SERVED AS A COUNTRY! WE CAN NEVER ALLOW MICHAEL, ANTHONY, GREGORY OR ANY OTHER NEW YORKER THAT GAVE HIS OR HER LIFE TO BE FORGOTTEN. SUCH A MEMORIAL IN ALBANY CAN BE , SHOULD BE DONE AND ALL THE FALLEN FAMILIES COME TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Old friend looking for Eloisa Lagman. If you know her please ask her to write me at "kewltorontomale@aol.com"
Peter H."
Peter of Toronto

"Dear Lagman Family,
Our son was severely injured in the horrific battle that took your son away from you. William has spoken many times of your son with the utmost respect and was deeply saddened by the loss of Sgt. Lagman. He spoke often of how your son was an outstanding soldier and well respected by those who served under him. You and your family are in our prayers daily. May God bless and comfort you."
The Watkins Family of Choctaw, OK/USA

"Our Mother kept her silence on the issue of her application for reasons that she believed there are other matters in our family to be priorities more than be a center of media attention. She wanted the change of the by-law to happen so other immigrant mothers who lost a son or daughter in service to our country join if they desire, and never had she wanted the organization to be a center of controversy, but there are those who would rather wait and not act to change a wrong. There are those who would rather continue to criticize our Mother for not being an American Citizen, than to devote the time to support others, and show the true virtue of an American. We should be questioning ourselves if we are truly Americans who contributes to our society without thinking for returns, someone who understand the true essence of our constitution, the freedom of choice and understand others who wants to be respected of their legal residency of our great nation. Sadly, to write a wrong would have our Mother be subjected to this Sinophobe. Our Mother is an American in Heart, one who contributes to our society by way of abiding the laws of our land, work and not be a burden to our society, and pays taxes. Our Mothers greatest contribution is to have her sons serve and depend our country and to mention one that gave all for our Freedom. What more of an American would you consider her?
To those who supported our Mother, I do not need to mention names for I know your supports are truly sincere and not for personal gains. Your letters, cards,and messages of support it is you who made the difference to make the change to happen, it is you who should be proud of for acting and not wait to correct a mistake that's been existing for years. You honor Anthony for being part of our group to write the wrong, you our leaders who acted at our frontline, writefully representing us, and those of you who still remember Anthony, he was your Brother, I honor your service and sacrifice, be proud.

Thank You, For being a true Friend
Cris"
Cris Lagman of Yonkers, NY

"To the Lagman Family
I just wanted to say how sorry I was for the lost of your son. I had the honor to serve with anthony in bosnia and afghanistan during my tenure in 2-22. He was an outstanding leader and a better friend. May god be with Anthony, and his family You will be forever missed"
Joesph Davies of whitesboro Ny USA

"I was Lagman's bunk mate at Parris Island. and went to SOI with him. I always respected the way he never complained when things got really tough. That organization should be dispanded with such nonsense rules. I'll write my senator."
SSGT Justin G. Miller of Ft Riley KS

""Honoring the dead by serving the living." Gold Star Mothers.

On June 18, 2005 a Gold Star Mother Commemorative Plaque at the San Francisco War Memorial Building was covered with an American flag bearing the word SHAME. The purpose is to send America the strongest possible message that our fallen comrade, Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman could not himself deliver.

The wording of the bronze plaque states:
To all Gold Star Mothers.

" Their sons have made the supreme sacrifice upon which our victory rests and our freedom endures. Let this tablet attest the gratitude and affection of the community and their nation."

SHAME!"
Rudy Asercion of The City

"Lagman Family,
I had the pleasure of serving with SSG Lagman during OEF VI during different missions. I will never forget the day it happened. There is not a day that goes by I don't think of the day we lost two brothers. I am a drill sergeant and I tell his story along with SGT Espositos to my privates in hopes they will become a great leader like SSG Lagman. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
SSG Paula Jennings of 10th MP CO, Fort Drum, NY

"Mrs Lagman, First, my heartfelt condolences. Second, I have been working with Angell Heart and Dorothy Oxendine to try to rectify this horrible mistake with regards to your application being rejected for Gold Star Mothers of America. I work in Special Operations (7th Special Forces Group most recently) and I have informed my colleagues of this. The word has gone out throughout the SOF community. Please know that we are behind you 100%. I will not stop nor will Angell or Dorothy or Ann until this is rectified. God Bless. Con Cuidado."
SSG Russ Hatch of Special Operations Training Detachment, Fort Polk LA

"Dearest Ligaya & your family,
Every single day you are in my heart, soul & prayers. I am a member of the Gold Star Families for Peace, www.gsfp.org., WE ARE NOT THE AMERICAN GOLD STAR MOTHERS,INC. aka GOLD STAR MOMS. The Gold Star Families for Peace is a group for the familes who have lost a loved one in these wars. We stand for peace, love, truth & justice and we support each and everyone who is a member of our extended family. The Gold Star Families for Peace hope & pray that you can try to put the unfathomable and bad experience you had with that other group behind you; as we would be so very honored to welcome you & your entire family into our group. When we heard of what Ann Herd & The American Gold Star Mothers had done, we were shocked and dumbfounded. The Gold Star Families For Peace is not incorporated, does not have a lengthy application process which then must be approved by a board of directors or a president who must abide by strict rules. On the contrary.
We welcome you & your family with open, supportive, caring arms. Every single one of our members keeps you in our prayers and hopefully you will contact us when you feel able to do so. We are there for each other at all times, we have a wealth of information on our site, a page will be dedicated to Anthony in whatever way you would like.
We are all united for the same reason & goals. We stand right beside you come what may and are there for you always.
Sending you, your husband, Chris and your entire family much love, prayers, support & warm, caring, heartfelt hugs,
Respectfully,
Stacy Morgan Taylor
Gold Star Families for Peace (www.gsfp.org)"
Stacy Morgan Taylor of Newport Beach, CA

"TO THE LAGMAN FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. ALTHOUGH, OUR SON'S HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. BOTH SOLDIER'S THAT ARE BROTHER'S. ONE'S THAT WATCHED OVER ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHER'S UNIT'S. BOTH SERVING OUR COUNTRY FOR THE SAME GOAL. TO PROTECT US AGAINST TERRORISM AND TO GIVE OTHER'S IN THE WORLD PEACE AND FREEDOM. MANY AMERICAN'S TODAY, TAKE SOME MUCH FOR GRANTED! VERY FEW REALIZE THE IMPACT OF 911!!! AN LITTLE CARE SINCE. ANTHONY, GREGORY AND ALL THOSE SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, AND OTHER HOT ZONE'S IN THE WORLD. ARE DOING A JOB MANY AMERICAN'S WILL NOT! AN OUR SON'S AS WITH MANY THOSE SON'S AND DAUGHTER'S SERVING OUR COUNTRY TODAY. PROTECT EVERYON'E FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. RISKING HIS OR HER LIFE FOR US AS A COUNTRY. AN THE GOLD STAR MOTHER'S FOOLISHLY; FAILED THE SON'S THAT SERVED OUR GREAT COUNTRY. YOU MRS. LAGMAN ARE THE TRUE GOLD STAR MOTHER!!! MANY AMERICAN'S FORGET WE ALL CAME FROM OTHER COUNTRIES TO MADE AMERICA, AMERICA THAT ALL PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD WANT TO COME AND LIVE. AN WITH EACH CONFLICT THAT FACE'S AMERICA. IT IS YOUR SON AND MANY MANY SON'S OF OTHER PARENTS THAT AREN'T CITIZENS SERVING OUR COUNTRY. SERVING WITH GREAT PRIDE TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN VALUE'S. AN FOR THE GOLD STAR MOTHER'S NOT TO UNDERSTAND: HOW AMERICA CAME ABOUT? ACTUALLY, KNOWS VERY LITTLE OF AMERICAN HISTORY. THE GOLD STAR MOTHER'S NEED TO HOLD THE YEARLY CONVENTION IN NEW YORK CITY, PENNSYLAVANIA AND OR WASHINGTON D.C; 911 NOT A DAY GOES BY ANY ONE SHOULD FORGET. ALL AMERICAN'S SHOULD VIEW THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE. NO ONE EVER FIGURED TERRORISM COMING HERE TO OUR LAND OF AMERICA. IT CERTAINLY DID! AN ANTHONY IS A PROFESSIONALS SOLDIER. WILLING TO RISK HIS LIFE FOR US ALL AND THOSE GOLD STAR MOTHER'S THAT CAN NOT REMEMBER THE SUFFERING AND LOST OF ALL WE ENDURE TODAY. ALL FALLEN SOLDIER'S FAMILIES FROM THE AFGHANISTAN, IRAQI AND OTHER HOT ZONE'S........SHOULD UNITED WITH YOU MRS. LAGMAN! MRS. LAGMAN YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY MOTHER IN THIS POSITION. MRS. URBINA THE MOTHER OF WILFREDO URBINA AND MANY MANY MORE. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH ANTHONY AND HIS FAMILY. MY SON HE BE THE FIRST TO STAND BY YOUR SIDE AGAINST THE POOR DECISION OF THE GOLD STAR MOTHER'S. AS A FATHER OF A FALLEN SOLDIER; THE GOLD STAR MOTHER'S NEED TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE NOW TODAY. CHANGE A POLICY THAT IS OUT DATED WITH THE TIME'S OF AMERICA. TO ALL FALLEN SOLDIERS PARENTS IN NEW YORK STATE AND ACROSS AMERICA'S. BE SUPPORTIVE TO MRS. LAGMAN AND THE MANY OTHER MOTHER'S IN THE SAME POSITION. MRS. LAGMAN I PRAY YOU WILL HEAL AND FORGIVE THOSE THAT HURT YOU AND THE HONOR OF YOUR SON. i AM EXTREMELY THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL TO ANTHONY, FOR SERVING MY COUNTY, ALONG SIDE MY SON, AND FOR BEING A PERSON THAT CARE'S DEEPLY TO PROTECT US ALL. HE HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I'm proud of you(pinsan)cousin ton-ton,we miss you"
LAWRENCE P. LAGMAN of ABERDARE, SOUTHWALES U.K

"Please sign the petition for Mrs. Lagman to be a Gold Star Mother at:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/AGSMI/petition.html"
Joseph Achacoso of NJ

"Please sign the petition for Mrs. Lagman to be a Gold Star Mother at:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/AGSMI/petition.html"
Joseph Achacoso of NJ

"I miss you very much Ton...it still hurts so bad you know, i miss your calls...gosh i'll give anything right now just to hear you call me ATE again...i tell the kids that God needs another soldier in heaven that's why he took you from us. We like to think that you are an angel in fatigue :o) Ton Daddy's sick, so now that your up there...PLEASE ask HIM to help dad to get well soon 'coz mom's really having a hard time. I love you and miss you very much. Everynight I pray that I see you again in my dreams......your ate"
dora of yonkers,ny

"TO MRS LAGMAN; AS THE FATHER OF A SON WHO WAS KIA IN AFGHANISTAN WITH ALPHA COMP 1/87TH INF , 10TH MTN DIV ON 29 SEPT 2003 I KNOW THE PAIN YOU FEEL. MY WIFE BARBARA IS A GOLD STAR MOTHER BUT IF THE BOARD DOES NOT ACT AS THEY SHOULD AND ALLOW YOU FULL STATUS AS A MEMBER , SHE WILL NO LONGER BE AFFILIATED WITH THE GROUP. PLEASE KNOW THAT IN OUR EYES YOU ARE THE MOTHER OF AN AMERICAN HERO AND SHOULD BE GRANTED FULL MEMBERSHIP IN THE GOLD STAR MOTHERS,INC WITHOUT ANY QUESTIONS. TIMES HAVE CHANGED IN AMERICA AND THE THE GOLD STAR MOTHERS AND OTHER SUCH ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD TAKE A LONG LOOK AT THERE CHARTERS AND BRING THEM UP TO THE 21ST CENTURY. JUST AS YOUR SON DID,HANG TUFF,WE ARE ALL BEHIND YOU!!
MIKE J O'NEILL, FATHER OF PFC EVAN W O'NEILL , 1/87INF 10TH MTN DIV, "TO THE TOP" ALL THE WAY!! NEVER FORGET!"
MIKE J O'NEILL of HAVERHILL,MASS USA

"I served with Tony in Bravo Co, 3rd Platoon, 1/3. We both were new to the Corps in those days. He was a rifleman-I was the DOC. In over 11 years of military service I have no higher honor than to have served with the men of this platoon. I have so many memories of Tony and all of them are special. He stood out from the very beginning as a man of great potential. It is no suprise to find he is recognized for his leadership. I will never forget him. I also will not forget what has been done to your mother...action is being taken. We will not stop fighting for her. Semper Fi Marine. Doc."
HM1 Will Haubrich of Rockport, TX

"my husband was in the triple deuce in ft drum about 4 yrs ago, he has since joined the special forces team 7/3 in ft bragg nc. i don't know if he knew ssg lagman at the time, but i'm sure some of you out there know him. may god bless you, mrs lagman, for raising a son who would give his life so that me and my children can sleep at night. you are a gold star in my book and your son a hero. and to those who knew him and posted on this site, thank you. i hope, if anything should ever happen, that my husband has friends like you to support his family. to show how you felt for this man is more than respectful. thank you ssg lagman, for the ultimate sacrifice. ssg eason and family."
shalimar eason of ft bragg north carolina

"I placed this Commentary yesterday on my online newspaper:

"Every Time the Wind Bows"


How can the national president of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. be so insensitive that she likens the death of an American soldier in battle to a blowing of the wind? As hard as that is to believe, Ann Herd did just that when she justified her organization’s decision to reject Ligaya Lagman’s application for membership because she is not an American citizen. Mrs. Lagman, a permanent resident who lives in Eastchester and pays taxes is from the Philippines. She and her family came to this country 20 years ago when her son Anthony was seven years old. An Army Staff Sergeant and American citizen, Anthony Lagman was killed in battle last year in Afghanistan.

Mrs. Herd justified the rejection in a published article with, "That's what our organization says: You have to be an American citizen. We can't go changing the rules every time the wind blows."

Calling a special meeting of the 12-member executive board to change the rules that it voted not to change should be high on Mrs. Herd’s June calendar. Early June. Meantime, before the week-end is over, Mrs. Herd should write Mrs. Lagman a letter of apology for the board’s rigidity and her poor choice of words. And if, as the Associated Press article states, the organization receives federal funds, the Department of Justice should be deluged with letters demanding an investigation.

http://www.eyeonthehamptons.com"
Nancy Hyden Woodward of East Hampton NY

"To:the American Gold Star Mothers Inc

To whom it may concern,

I find your disallowing of Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman’s mother membership in your organization to be a travesty, especially as the country is honoring those who paid the ultimate price this weekend.

Many of our enlisted men and women are not citizens of this wonderful country, but are rewarded for their service by citizenship, if they so choose.

Our officers are required to be citizens, but not their parents.

This is not a case of “changing the rules every time the wind blows” but a basic principle that should be incorporated into your organization.

Thank you,

Frank Hall
Huntsville, AL
Citizen by naturalization"
Frank Hall of Huntsville, AL

"Thinking of you, and sharing in your sorrow, on this Memorial Day weekend. God Bless You"
Robbi of Princeton, New Jersey

"Please write to the American Gold Star Mothers to allow membership to this brave man's mother, who has been denied membership because she in not an American citizen. He died for our country, for me and my family to live free, that should be the only requirement for his mother's membership application."
Brian Scott of Spartanburg, SC

"ANTHONY, NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN....MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO! MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON LAST MAY. AN THANKFUL HE SERVED WITH YOU. FOR YOU BOTH ARE MILITARY BROTHERS. ONE'S THAT DIDN'T KNOW ONE ANOTHER. AN PROTECTED OVER ONE ANOTHERS UNIT. 911 THANK YOU FOR MAKING AMERICA ALOT SAFER SINCE 911!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the lagman ohana,
I am the mother of Brian Haiku who served in Ft Drum with your son our deepest sorrow and aloha to your son for serving so valiently for our country ,you should be very proud of
him. ahuehou and malama pono ,aloha from Hawaii"
Kanani Haiku Omalza of Haleiwa,Hawaii

"to the lagman family..
My name is Sgt.Brian Haiku i was in C.co 2-22inf.. i give my condolences to your family and my best wishes to you all...i was in afghanistan with SSG.lagman...he was a great leader and everyone loved him i felt as if i lost a brother.....but we will never forget what he did and how he served his country to protect everyone back home...i have snice moved from ft.drum to texas and still i meet people who knew him..that says alot ..i was proud to have been in the same unit as him.. and we all will never forget...my best wish's to the Lagman family....Deed's Not Words....triple decue...."
SGT.Brian Haiku of FT.HOOD Tx...Iraq

"Dear Lagman family I am Spc. Tomolonis from A Co. 2/22 1st Platoon. I didn't get to work him, but I did get the chance to talk to him a couple times and I know that he was a great person and leader. I was deeply depressed to hear the news of his passing. I am so sorry for loss. i really don't know what to say except that he will be greatly missed by all of us at the duce."
Karl Tomolonis of Ft. Drum, NY

"DEAR LAGMAN FAMILY,

I DO UNDERSTAND THE PAIN AND GRIEF THAT YOU ARE SUFFERING. YOUR TON TON AS WELL AS MY SON KEVIN TOUCHED MANY LIVES. THEY FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY WITH PRIDE, COURAGE AND BRAVERY!

ALTHOUGH I NEVER MET YOUR 'TON TON', BY MEETING YOU, I IMAGINE THAT HE MUST HAVE BEEN A WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN, SON, BROTHER, FRIEND, MARINE AND SOLDIER.

I AM HAPPY THAT WE MET AND HAVE SHARED AN WILL SHARE OUR PAIN TOGETHER. THANKS FOR OPENING YOUR HEARTS TO US! KNOW THAT I AM HERE FOR YOU SINCE I UNDERSTAND YOUR PAIN AND SORROW.

LOVE FROM YOLANDA"
YOLANDA of NORTH WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK , USA

"to the family of sgt lagman
it sadens me very much to hear this news anthony was my team leader and friend while serving in c co 2/22 he is a courageous and stand up person i wll always remember and repect him as iam sure you will
iam deeply sorry"
david acaron of n.y n.y

"To the Lagman family,
I cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your son. I had known Anthony from the first day he came in the Army from the Marine Corps, and I was with him on 18 March 2004. Nobody throughout my Army career has taught me more and been a better mentor. There isn't a day that goes by were I don't think of my friend.Anthony gives me the strength to go on no matter what challenges are in the way.Thank you Anthony, and God bless."
SSG Adam Arabian of Warwick, RI

"TO THE FAMILY OF SSG LAGMAN, MY NAME IS SGT HOLTZ I SERVED WITH YOUR SON AT FORT DRUM IN CHARLIE COMPANY, TRIPLE DUECE. ANTHONY WAS A GREAT MAN AND GREATER FRIEND. I'M SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AND THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE SORROW OF HIS LOSS. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
SGT HOLTZ, SHON of FORT BENNING, GA

"Was Lagman's Corpsman while he was in the Marines in Hawaii. I will always remember him laughing ear to ear."
HM2 Beedles of San Diego, Ca

"I was sorry to hear of Anthony's untimely death. I too served with him in Bravo Co. 1/3. He was a Marine's Marine. Only time can heal the pain, your family is in my prayers."
Brian Ringgold (Doc) of Mechanicsville, Va

"Remembering how Anthony lived would honor him more. There's no day that past, I ever miss remembering. Times when I thought I'd seen him, and there were times I remember my days with him. I had a wonderfull life growing-up with TonTon, from our days in the philippines where we would spend our nights in the field with the "D" Boys, how well he adopted with our field problems, always have a can do attitude at his early age. Our gym days where he will encourage you to drive through the pain if you want results he would say. Anthony was a motivator, he had his ways to get things done, to achieve his goals. Yes, he was tall, a great leader but most of all he was a true friend.

My Brother, I Miss You
Cris"Doro Boy" Lagman"
Cris Lagman of Yonkers, NY USA

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"To the family of Anthony,

I was his First Sergeant in Afghanistan and on that terrible day. I can only hope to exhibit the courage and commitment that Anthony showed throughout his service. I will always remember him, and he will always be the example that I will strive to live up to.

God Bless"
1SG Brian T. Norton of Phildelphia, PA

"Tony Lagman and I served together back in the Marine Corps( 1st battalion 3rd Marines). I remember all those times in Ewa Beach we spent coaching on the rifle range.I also remember all the good times and bad times we had at squad leader school. He was an awesome individual and an outstanding Marine.I will always remeber "Pinoy"."
E. Hongkham of Portland,Oregon

"Tony Lagman and I served together back in the Marine Corps( 1st battalion 3rd Marines). I remember all those times in Ewa Beach we spent coaching the on the rifle range.I also remember all the good times and bad times we had at squad leader school. He was an awesome individual and an outstanding Marine.I will always remeber "Pinoy"."
E. Hongkham of Portland,Oregon

"I served with Lagman (Bravo Company 1/3, US Marines) and he was one of the best NCO the Marine Corps had. He could run, shoot, and a born leader. I recently found out about his death and couldn't believe it. He was a great Marine."
CPL Jule of San Francisco, CA

"I thank you personally from the bottom of my heart saving our country and saving the people in Afghanistan, you died doing your duty, I will never forget you. You are the type of person I find my hero, wanting myself to join the Armed Services, especially the Army. You will not be forgotten. All of the cadets in ROTC will pray for you. We Thank You."
c/SGT Kate Hayes of the JROTC of O'Neill High School, NY

"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

""Deeds, Not Words!""
SPC Craig Schultheis A Co 2/22 INF (02-04) of Ft Benning, GA

"to the family of tony lagman,
tony was a great soldier and a great friend of mine. i served with him when i was in c co. 2/22. he was a great leader. im honered to know him. you have my deepest sympathy."
spc. genita, joshua of jft-gtmo, cuba

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

"To the family of Anthony Lagman,
My nephew Michael Parisi served along with Anthony. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your son. Please know that Anthony and your entire family are in my prayers. We are forever grateful to Anthony for protecting us. Anthony will be our hero always! God Bless you and may you find peace! The Buttacavoli Family, Wayne, New Jersey"
Rosanne Buttacavoli of Wayne, NJ, USA

"To the family of Anthony Lagman,

I was with Anthony the day he gave his life for his country . He was a good friend mine . I had the honor of serving with him not only in Afghanistan but also in Bosnia , he was a great leader and a brave warrior and I will never forget him .
My deepest sympathy,
SSG Randy Weaver"
Randy Weaver of Ft. Drum , NY , USA

"TO THE LAGMAN FAMILY,

ALONG WITH SGT BEGAY, I SERVED WITH SSG LAGMAN AT FORT DRUM, 2ND BN 22ND INF. I AM DEEPLY SADDENED FOR YOUR LOSS. HE WAS TRULY ONE OF THE BEST SOLDIERS AND A GREAT PERSON. HE WAS A FRIEND AND WILL BE MISSED."
SGT JOSE A. CALVA of CAMP DOHA, KUWAIT

"to the Lagman Family,
I served with your son, he was a great soldier and a even better friend. I am so sorry for your loss, he will be missed greatly, by myself and everybody in the "triple duece""
SGT Brent Begay of Phoenix, AZ

"To Anthony's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"To the Lagman family: Remember that Tony is watching over you now and you will all be reunited someday. GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!
The Filipino-American Association of Northern NY will always remember his kind heart."
Diana of Queens, NY

"To Anthony's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003."
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"On behalf of my family, I would like to express our deep gratitude to everyone who posted a message honoring SSG. ANTHONY S. LAGMAN. He was a good son, caring brother, loving uncle, loyal friend, and a dedicated soldier. WE MISS YOU SO MUCH TONTON..."
Eloisa, a proud sister of a HERO... of Yonkers,NY

"This country only survives because there are those like Anthony Lagman who raised their hand, took an oath, and then met that oath. That is true nobility....in a world that needs it more every day, this soldier gave it."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"To The Lagman Family,
There aren't many people who know the pain you feel, there aren't many who know what is to lose a son, a brother,..my deepest respect and condolences goes out to you. My God grant you peace in the times you grieve....."
Shana Riley of Bronx, NY

"Dear Lagman Family: My heart goes out to you during your time of grief. The sacrafice that Anthony made for his country will never be forgotten. He is a TRUE AMERICAN HERO. God Bless."
Jessica of Rio Vista,CA

"I KNOW ANTHONY LAGMAN VERY WELL. HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE INCLUDED IN MY PRAYERS. HE IS BROTHER MARINE. A VERY QUIET SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD WHEN HE JOINED THE CORPS. HE IS MILD MANNERED AND WELL LIKED BY HIS PEERS. HIS SQUAD COMPETED IN THE SUPER SQUAD COMPETITION FOR 3D MARDIV IN OKINAWA. I FELT THE LOSS OF A GOOD MAN, GOOD MARINE AND A GOOD SOLDIER. MAY GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY."
LEM CADSAP of TEMECULA

"In your grief it is hard to realize that grateful people all over the world honor your son and his sacrafice. My daughter is Major John Harris's wife. I have wept with you during Anthony's long journey home and his funeral. I pray that you find peace and realize that parents everywhere are grieving with you."
Carolyn Whitaker of Mt. Sterling, Kentucy, USA

"I know that you do not know me but I learned of your son through my army friends. I just want you to know that my family is praying for you daily and for all our soldiers and their families. God only selects special people to become soldiers. And I take every opportunity to remind those who choose not to be soldiers how important and what freedoms our soldiers provide for them. Thank you to you for supporting you son in his decison to be one for America's finest! I'm so very sorry that it cost him his life."
Katherine Huff of Cincinnati, Ohio

"To the family and friends of SSG Lagman,
I can't imagine the sadness you are feeling at this time. Please know that we are praying for you and think about the soldiers who have died defending our freedom every single day. Your son/friend/brother died a true HERO and someone you should be very proud of. Thank you for allowing him to serve our country and to do so proudly. May God bless you and give you peace in the days to come."
Major John M. Cushing and family of West Point, New York

"Thank you to the family and friends of SSG Lagman for allowing him to serve our wonderful nation. I am privilged to have men and women such as him protecting my freedom each and every day. I regret that he gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, and that in turn, so have you. Know that we are proud of you, we honor you and most importantly hold you close in prayer from this day forward. You are a part of a very strong Army family whose roots are tied together by a love and service for the freedom of our country. Be proud of your son and yourselves. Hold tight to the wonderful memories until you are together again."
Sonya Corrigan, wife of a soldier of West Point, NY/USA

"To the Lagman Family,
I am sending my heartfelt condolences to you for the loss of Anthony. My son Sgt. Benjamin Gilman lost his life on January 29, 2004 in Afghanistan also. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God bless you always."
Edith Gilman of Meriden, CT

"To Anthony's parents:
My son, who is in Afghanistan and knew him, told me of Anthony's death and I want to say how sorry I am and how much it hurt when he told me. He said that everyone like him and it has hit them all pretty hard. I can't begin to express my feelings, it is every parents worst fear realized. My son and I prayed for him and please know that he lives on and one day you will again see him. I pray God gives you some comfort. Again, I am so very sorry for the death of your son, our hero.
Rest in peace Anthony"
A soldiers mother

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

"It is with hearfelt sympathy that I write this note. SSG Lagman is our hero, and we understand and greatly appreciate his willingness to lay down his life for our country. We will keep your family in our prayers and ask for "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."(Phil 4:9)We will not forget!!"
Tish Anderson, wife of a soldier of 1AD Wiesbaden, Germany

"To the family of Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman: First, Anthony was your dearest and beloved son. He chose to serve his country in the US Army to protect all of us from harm and evil terrorist so we could stay free. Anthony will always be remembered as our hero and he will be in our memories and prayers forever. I am truly sorry for your loss. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time and ease your burden. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless and comfort all of Anthony's family and friends."
Virginia Harris of Stafford, Va. (mother of CPT John Harris)

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Lagman, My most sincere sympathies go to you and your family as you experience such a tremendous loss. His bravery and spirit are the vital elements to peace. May we always remember Anthony and what he fought for, freedom. Thank you, Anthony, for your sacrifice in defending the defenseless and protecting those who could not protect themselves. You are a hero."
Mary Crockett, a mom of a 4yr old son of Charleston, SC

"Thank you, Anthony, for your service and committment to your country. And thank you to your family for taking the time in your youth to build you into a courageous man."
Lucy Adams, A U.S. Citizen and a Mom of Thomson, GA

"To the Family of SSG Lagman, Our deepest regrets and prayers are with you. Those who walk in freedom will never know the price of that freedom. Anthony was a true American and paid the price for us. The sacrifice our Lord,, Jesus Christ made for us enables him to live in eternity with Him. God is holding Anthony close now.

Deepest Regrets,
Another Military Family"
Patrice Gay, wife of a soldier

"My husband, CPT John Harris, has been given the honor of helping your family through bringing Anthony home, his funeral and his burial. We have been deeply touched by this precious and loving family. Thank you for allowing Anthony to serve his country so bravely. Thank you for the support you always gave him and thank you for raising a hero that would fight for the freedom we hold so dear. His death was not in vain and we will remember you for the rest of our lives in our prayers. Thank you for being so kind. Anthony was a true hero in every sense of the word and we will never forget the sacrifice he made for us."
Mrs. Christy Harris of West Point, New York USA

"Anthony died in defense of our country and there is no greater honor. While other people watched TV or were at work, Anthony was on the front lines fighting for all of us. As tragic and sad as it is when someone young dies, Anthony was doing something great and valuable. His memory will be that of a hero."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"I wish to send my sympathies to the family of Anthony with all of my prayers. My son Derek Vandevander has been serving under Anthony in Afghanistan. After speaking with Derek, I know Anthony was a respected and caring person. Derek always talks of the squad (9) as a unit and I feel as though I know all of them. I can only feel the loss in a small way but from one mother to another I want to say thank you for your son and send all of my thoughts and prayers to you at this most difficult time."
Charlotte Vandevander of Snellville, Georgia

"To Anthony's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Anthony watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family of Anthony,
May God shine upon your family and guide you thru this time of great loss and sorrow. Ft Drum has lost many a great soldier, one of which was like a second son to me. I know of the pain you are feeling. Blessings to you."
Candy of Poynette, WI

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones
in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Anthony , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"My deepest symphaty to the family of SSG Anthony S.Lagman.Thank's for everything 'tol,in behalf of your friends in Fort Drum,New York you're still in our hearts and you may rest in peace now."
SPC.Jesus T.Castro of Camp Casey,Republic of south Korea

"Thank you Anthony Lagman, 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

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman:
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 Anthony 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 Staff Sgt. Anthony Lagman:
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 Anthony, 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