Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Evan W. O'Neill

19, of Haverhill, Massachusetts.
O'Neill was on patrol in Shkin, Afghanistan when he was engaged by enemy forces. He died of injuries sustained during the attack. O'Neill was assigned to 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on September 29, 2003.

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"Evan, you were one of my first new friends our freshman year. It took a week and it was like we had known each other forever. Though we grew apart throughout school you were always my friend and you were always very kind to me. We had many fun times outside of school and exchanged many notes to talk about our teenage lives and ask for advice. When I got the memo on this day 14 years ago my heart dropped and I cried. I was extremely saddened but extremely proud of you! Just know we think about you daily and I am very fortunate enough to have told my step children who are new freshmen at Whittier about you and even the younger kids,Jimmy, he is 8, he wants to go into the military and I explained to him your passion following your dad and how you fought to save your troop. You will always be a hero in my heart and in my eyes! Miss you Ev! <3"
Rebecca Muller of Haverhill, MA

"14 years seem like 14 minutes to me and Mom. I'll be up the hill today as always to give you my salute ,you will always be our Hero! Love you Son."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill, Mass USA

"Your story has changed me in many ways. Today, I visited your memorial at our school. I felt something standing there reading the plaque. Something that won't be forgotten. Thank you for your strength and sacrifice."
Corey of WT of Haverhill, MA

"Hey Evan its my senior year in high school and I just heard about you last year. I couldnt really understand what the little sign said in front of my school because I never thought to take 1 minute out of my day to recognize who you were and the good part about me knowing now is that I understand how much courage and bravery you had that day you stood up to the enemy to save your brothers. I wish i could have met you before you fought but I was too young and I finally see that you had a lot of love in your heart and im sure Whittier Tech appreciates that."
Derek

"Thank you for your service . What you did was a very brave and heroic act . people here at your old high school still talk about you and think about you . Sincerely a 2017 senior ."
Kassie boisvert of Haverhill Massachusetts

"We are so thankful to have brave and strong people like you God bless you"
WVTHS of Haverhill,ma

"As someone who has never known Evan before. Now learning about him I feel he is the biggest American hero of Whittier Tech and the U.S.A. I would like to say thank you to him, his friends, his parents for keeping his spirit alive today. After reading his letter, I've realized how short time can be when you join the Army, Navy, etc. True American Hero.
#EvantheHERO"
Joshua Sanscartier of Haverhill, MA

"Us humans are all born to become someone special, but you my friend were born special and your actions helped others get the chance to be someone speial. I know you aren't physically here, but mentally you are. You shed light to my eyes I once never saw. I pray to god ever so dearly that you are resting easy and having a blast up there along with my friend. Your family and you are forever in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for making a change. Thank you for being so brave. RIP"
Jeffrey of Haverhill, Ma

"Thank you for everything you have done. You are still thought of till this day. We will never forget you. You're brave actions saved lives and has changed many more lives. Thank you. You are truly appreciated and remembered everyday."
WVTHS STUDENT of Haverhill ma

"Thank you for your sacrifice and the differences you've made for us as students at whittier tech"
Anonymous of Haverhill, ma

"We remembered you at Whittier Tech again this year Evan. Students heard your story, read some of your writing and visited your memorial here. It's been more than a decade since you passed, but you are still making a difference in people's lives."
Shay Sullivan of Haverhill, MA

"You were a very brave man to go into the military fresh out of high school"
Justin of Haverhill Massachusetts

"I've just started learning about Evan and what he did but I have great respect for him and wish him good fortune in the afterlife he died so I can keep my freedoms as an American and I thank all service men and women for that every day."
Alex of Massachusetts

"Happy Veterans Day Son , miss you as always. You will never be forgotten as long as I'm around!!!!"
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass

"Hi son,Hope all is well up in Ft.Heaven.
13 years seems like a long time but to me and Mom it's more like 13 minutes. There are a lot of messages on this site and we want to thank you all for taking the time to write about and remember Evan with your kind thoughts and prayers. We love and miss you son , keep room in your bunker for me when I get there."
Mike O'Neill (DAD) of Haverhill, Mass

"So I held back that lump in my throat all day, thinking of you. Driving and noticing the tree's have turned different colors, and it reminding me of driving to your funeral. It's a beautiful season but I always get reminded. I threw myself into work today, which I normally never do on this day. keeping busy, but I never feel like myself all day. The old me creeps in, the memories, the life I had the carefree, nieve girl. I'm back to where I was 13 years ago, broken and sad. Visiting my best friend and what I have left of him. You memory will never die. You will never be forgotten and I will always visit and love you"
Sarah of Haverhill

"Today marks the 13 year anniversary of the death of PFC O'Neill. On this solemn day, the Soldiers of A/1-87IN held a remembrance ceremony for PFC O'Neill. We talked about his bravery and sacrifice and the importance of remembering all of our heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Let it be known that his memory will live on forever and we are proud to call him family. TO THE TOP!

-CPT Michael Russo "Gator 6""
Michael Russo of Fort Drum, NY

"my name is Joseph meadows and I fought with your son on September 29th. I met you and his fianc for a second on the day we returned. I would like to talk to you. I have thought about this for years and I thank it's time. My number is 7049285679. I am sorry I haven't done this sooner"
Joseph meadows of Mooresville nc

"9/29/2016. It seems so long ago but yet like yesterday. My son Craig was with Evan that fateful day. Fresh out of boot camp and on his first deployment, it was his first firefight. As I was praying today for Evans family and all of the men lost in the battles following 9/11, and all those who's lives were spared but NEVER EVER THE SAME, I ask my God to bring healing and peace.I have a photo of Craig taken in the Hooch minutes after making it to safety. It is a haunting image. My son returned after his tour only to redeploy for 16 more months. I honor your sacrifice, I pray for your loved ones. tomorrow marks 15 years after 9/11. May God bless and keep you Brave Evan. May he comfort each survivor, may He help us always to remember that lives were changed and ALL GAVE SOME, BUT SOME GAVE ALL!!"
Coleen, mother of PFC CRAIG CARLSON of Jamestown NY

"Evan,
Still think of you often, and flying into Shkin to get you, that battle will never leave my memory. Just wanted to let you know, they caught the guy who planned that ambush on that fateful day. R.I.P"
CW3 (R) LaCrosse of Maine

"Thanks Evan for making the greatest sacrifice"
Mac McCarthy of California

"Can't sleep tonight, your on my
Mind. heard our song yesterday, It tore me up. I ran into one of your old friends that I haven't seen in years. I just really miss you"
Sarah

"Memorial day 2016. It's been 13 years and I came to visit you today. Weird because I had no idea where I was going. I drove my truck there and some how you and my dad took me right to where you were! It was the strangest thing.. I brought my husband with me so he could see you too. You would have liked him, a lot like you in many ways. Anyway, As you know I speak to you often, I am proud of all you have done and thankful for every moment we had. No one will ever replace you in my heart, mi hermano. Thank you for guiding me right to you. Thinking of you always."
Crystal Wezesa Torrisi of Haverhill Ma

"Its Memorial Day 2016 and you are not forgotten. Your sacrafice is appreciated by me. May we meet in heaven with our Lord Jesus, the One who will come again to conquer all evil at the last."
Elaina Griffith of Acton, Ca

"evan, my friend, my brother, my brother in arms my battle buddie...i will always thank you for being there, just remember while up there with the greats...you cant play hockey youre not canadian..i miss you...10th mountain TO THE TOP!"
jon soucy of sanford maine

"April 16,1984 you were born on Patriots Day and that's what you turned out to be.Today you would be 32 probably married with kids of you own but that was not in the cards you left us Sept 29 ,2003 on a dusty rock strewn hill in Shkin Afghanistan when a COWARD from osamas band took you away from us . So you will always be 19 years old but every inch a man and a soldier. Love and miss you son , save me a spot in the bunker up in Ft. Heaven"
Mike O'Neill (DAD) of Haverhill, Mass USA

"Thank you. Your story has truly inspired me. Your memory will forever live on. To the Top!"
CDT Miller

"Hi Evan. We used to be so close and then we fell apart. You will always be in my heart. Remember when you wrote me a poem in middle school telling me about my blue eyes? And my eyes are green lol. I still have your dog tag you gave me and when I'm not wearing it, it's hanging up nearby. I will always remember and laugh about the time you fell out of my driveway into the yard. You didn't get hurt so it was okay. When I saw your death announcement on tv, my first thought was "where are his glasses?" I didn't want to believe it. But it's real. Please know that you are my hero and I love and miss you all the time. My grandpa Skip and Uncle Billy are with you. If you need anything they are there and will watch over you. Please tell them I miss and love them as well. You left life too soon. All my love and respect, Kristi ❤️💜 Xoxo"
Kristi of Haverhill

""The reality is, you'll grieve forever. You will not "get over" the loss of a loved one, you'll learn to live with it. You will heal and rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will whole again, but you will never be the same, nor should you be, nor would you want to be"
Missing you a lot lately, enjoying fall, and have made the best of turning 30 this year. lots of accomplishments and hope you'd be proud. Watch over me, I need it"
Sarah of Bradford

"I sit here truly not knowing what comfort to say. .. The soldiers, the young men and women who sign up to protect their country and families. We miss them who were taken from us physically. We miss those who have been taken from us mentally. God's peace to ALL."
Christine Carr of Berwick, Pa USA

"Just got finished reading all the tributes again that I could find on your service to your country. From carrying your dads dog tags and the ribbon from your parents with you to the end certainly speaks volumes about your dedication and values that you exemplified during your short time hear on earth. As your dad has always said " We Will All Meet Up Again In Camp Heaven. " We know your there, now we need to figure a way to get there."
Chuck Murnane of Port Saint Lucie, Florida

"Evan,
12 years really!?! My wife and family know so much about you, and my wife takes this day off from work every year to spend with me knowing the struggle this day brings. 29 September to a lot of people may just be a day, but lord it is so much more than that. My daughter Shalyn asked me the other day, "isn't your friend Evan's day coming soon daddy?" I said yes it is baby, on the 29th, she replied, "I wish I would have known him you told me so many funny things you all did." This day never gets easier, only farther from 2003, and standing on that Ridge as we kept shooting and you being carried off. Brother I will always cry, I will always give thanks, and I know I promised but I'm going to see your parents next 09-29-16, I promise! This article may be the media, but it tells a story ...... http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,526466-1,00.html"
Nathan Tooley of Upatoi, Georgia

"Evan,
Thank you for everything that you have done for us all my brother. It was truly an honor to have met you and to have known you. Will never forget the memories...Thank you my friend."
Jameel lewis of Jacksonville, Fl

"Evan,
Thank you for everything that you have done for us all my brother. It was truly an honor to have met you and to have known you. Will never forget the memories...Thank you my friend."
Jameel lewis of Jacksonville, Fl

"God Bless, To The Top, Never Forget, Ever Ever.
1/87 INF HHC 2000-2003"
David Brown of Bethlehem, PA

"12 yrs and the memories haven't faded a bit. Still remember welcoming you to the platoon in Shkin. I know you're watching over us buddy. A Co 1st PLT. Spearhead!!!"
Doc Moir of Baltimore, MD

"My wife Barbara and I would like to thank everyone who has added to this memorial page and all the thoughts and prayers for our son Evan. No one is truly gone as long as their name is still spoken. Whenever a hawk fly's over we think Even is above keep an eye on us. Evan I'll be up the hill today to give you a well earned salute and tip a beer toast to you. I love you son and as long as I'm able your story will be told."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill, Mass USA

"I carry the memories of that day with me always. We gave slot and you gave all brother. Rest well and believe I live on in your name . To the top ""
Jackie Shuler of Jacksonville , Florida

"September 29th, 2015, wow! I have come so far and accomplished so much, yet this day will always make me feel 18. Me and jack visited you last week, the season was changing and it always reminds me of you. We sat on the bench and chatted and played, I tell him stories of you and how much fun we had, also the love. Your mom is right.. Life isn't the same without you. I hope your with me, I hope you can see how much of a better person I am because of my short time with you. It's hard to be the one that's always waiting, waiting to hear from you or to come back, but in the end, there's just a a story of those who were left behind, loving and missing you"
Sarah of Bradford MA

"Hello. I wanted to let you know that I walked a road race today in Abington in honor of your son, Evan. The race was for Jeff Coombs who perished 9/11 in flight 11. However they choose to honor fallen military heroes as well. Your son is truly an American hero who died fighting for my family's freedom. I will be forever greatful for his service and your sacrifice! God Bless!"
Robin O'Neil of Marshfield, Ma

"To the O'Neill family, I read of Evan's story in Craig Mullaney's book and wanted to express my gratitude and condolences for your son."
Mike of Pittsburgh, PA

"Memorial Day 2015,
It doesn't get any easier as the years go by. I remember the day my parents called me to tell me that you were gone. The world lost an amazing person and there is no replacing you. You will be forever in our thoughts!"
Meaghan (Cahalane) LaDuke of Concord, NC

"Today you would have been 31 but in reality you will always be 19. It never gets better just farther away from that 29th day of Sept 2003 when those cowards took you from us. Your fellow warriors took the battle to the enemy , kicked * and drove on , you would have been proud of them. I'll be up the hill today to Salute you in your bunker as I call it. Love and miss you son . TO THE TOP / ALL THE WAY"
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill Mass, USA

"Happy Birthday " Evan " I Bet There's One Big Party Going On ,,, Always In Our Hearts,,"
julieb of no.andover

"Easter Sunday Today, 4/5/2015,,,Thinking of you ,,And Always will,,Sending Giant Hugs ,,"
Julie B of No.Andover

"Another Christmas without you , it's hard to believe how long you have been gone from here physically but I feel you with me always , guess your watching over old Dad till I join your new outfit in Ft.Heaven. Went up the hill to visit your resting place and put up your tree , hope you liked it. We all miss you and love you son."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill, Mass USA

"Yesterday I visited your memorial at Whittier Tech, it was beautiful to stand there with many classmates who didn't have a clue who you were and have a moment of silence to respect you and give thanks to you and all of those who lost a life in action. Our teacher asked us why a brick wall? We all replied because it's strong and a brick wall is hard to come down. I personally want to say, thank you, for serving in our country and being a hero to those who love you most and other. Your sacrifice, will NEVER be forgotten."
WRVTHS Student. of Haverhill, MA

"You were remembered by an English class of 22 Whittier Tech students at 10 a.m. on Nov. 10, 2014. Thank you for your sacrifice."
WRVTHS of Haverhill, MA

"We are students at Whittier. There are 21 of us and we just visited your memorial by the flag pole. You are remembered for your bravery."
WRVTHS English 12 of Haverhill, MA

"Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill,

Our hangar in Bagram Afghanistan was dedicated to your son. When we left, the hangar was not going to be used so we took the plaque dedicating the hangar to your son with us. I have it in my possession and would like to dedicate it to your family. Please contact me via email at Ryan.laplante33@hotmail.com. 1LT
Ryan LaPlante"
Ryan LaPlante of Fort Drum, NY

"My sweet boy
I love and miss you every day! Life just isn't the same without you. I love you, !
Mom xoxo"
Barbara O'Neill of Haverhill, Mass

"Evan
It's hard to believe that another year has gone by. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
I, along with all Americans can never say thank you enough for what you have done for us.

Your friend"
Chuck of Murnane

"The girl he left behind, still stands behind him"
Sarah of Bradford ma

"09/29/2014, 11 years is such a short time when it comes to the loss of a child. You were hard core from birth till the day you gave your all to help save your fellow soldiers on that nasty ridge named Lazano. I read things from those who were with you and they all miss you very much. You have control of the high ground now with all the other Heroes in Ft Heaven , you are the over watch , take care of those who are now in harms way and all your men you left behind. PTSD , TBI and wounds and burns still haunt many that are still with us , keep an eye on them. We miss and love you and today I'll make my way up the hill to your resting place as I always do , see ya in a couple of hours."
Mike O'Neill( Dad ) of Haverhill , Mass

"Your brothers hold you in our memories and our hearts, brother. We miss you"
Frank Robbins of Fort Benning, Georgia

"Evan,
09-29-14, has it really been this long since we created the Lazono Ridge. Brother I miss you so much! I'm sorry I haven't posted as much as I should, but I have not forgotten. Everyday I play it back in my mind and wish things would have happened in a different way. On a good boy I got married, and I have 2 amazing daughters. I unfortunately was shot in Iraq in 2008 and took a 100% and got out. I have been a Columbus Georgia Police Officer for the last 6 1-2 years and I love it. I know we talked about it before and yes I have every intention on making it to see your family at some point, and I know they must really miss you bro, because I do! Brother you wiegh heavy on me everyday and I will never forget you! I love you bro
GATORS 1-87"
Nathan Tooley of Columbus, GA

"We love and miss you Son, I will have a toast for your time here with us and to all that gave the last measure of devotion. Save room for me when my time comes."
Dad of Haverhill, Mass USA

"Happy birthday Son,miss you as always. No one ever forgets you and what you did to save your Buds in battle. At 19 you were more of a man then a lot of guys still here. Love and miss you."
Dad of Haverhill, Mass USA

"Happy Birthday ,,Evan,,I Think You Left Us A Coating Of Snow To Help You Celebrate Your Day,, You're Never Ever Forgotten & You're Always Thought Of With Love & Affection,,Sending Big Giant Hugs,,!! Happy Birthday !!!!!"
JULIE B of No.Andover

"This Marine just shed more than one tear for you brother!"
Troy Bevans of Davenport, IA

"Merry Christmas ,Evan, Once Again Your Mom Decorated a Tree For You,,Your Dad Secured The Bottom So It Wouldn't Tip Over,I Went With Your Mom To The Cemetery To Set It Up,,Ted & Flo Snell Sent A Beautiful Centerpiece Also,,So Pretty,,You Are So Loved By So Many People And That Will Never Change,,You're Always In Our Hearts And Will Remain There Til We All Meet Again,,Big Hugs & Lots Of Love :-)"
JULIE B of No.Andover

"Hi Son, It's 06:00 AM Christmas morning and as always I was thinking how things could have been so much different if you had come back to us back in 03. I will be up the hill at Ridgewood today to give you the salute you so deserve. Everyone loves you and misses you and you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!"
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill, Mass, USA

"Hello. My name is Sonja. I heard about you in school yesterday. How you attended Whittier Tech. How you went to war. My teacher read us one of the writings you did in the school. Its was about you; a your life story. I found it in a way beautiful. You turned a war concept of the terrible things and made it beautiful. Anyhow My teacher brought the whole class outside to show us where your memorial was, to tell us that we didn't and wont forget about you and the greatness you did for us. I wanted to say that i am sorry for your families loss, and that you must have been a brilliant and wonderful person. I want to thank you for serving for our country and doing what you though was right. I wanted to also show my respects and say Happy Veterans Day, and Thank you."
Sonja Bailey of Georgetown, MA

"Veteran's Day 2013,,Thinking Of You Today Evan ,,And Most Every Other Day As Well,,Sending Hugs & Love To You,,"
JULIE B of No.Andover

"Hi son,10 years to some but to me it seems like yesterday. Had a great bike run in your memory on the 29th, your uncle Jim set up the whole thing and did a great job!!We had food, music, and raffles with all the proceeds going to the northeast veterans outreach center in your name, 6,000.00 and counting, great day for all. I miss ya son and as always wish you were hear."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill, Mass, USA

"Its hard to imagine that ten years have passed. I swear it was yesterday when I saw you last. I was heading out on patrol and you were standing your post. Both of us were doing our duties: protecting our brethren. Both of us wanting to switch place with the other.

I looked down to you as you moved the wire aside; thinking to myself that Id rather be that guy. How nice would it be to stay inside for a change? I was growing sick and tired of heading down range. Just for once Id like to be in the platoon that doesnt have to try.

You looked up to me as my truck came to a stop; thinking to yourself that Id rather be that guy. How nice would it be to get the hell out of here? You wanted something to be proud of, back at home, when people bought you a beer. Just for once youd like to be in the platoon with your old guys.

You smiled. I waved. We crossed into the unknown.

I moved out to the ridge that overlooked eternity. For some it would mean forever, for others, the rest of their days. We never knew that that hill actually contained rage. We moved into position. The birds, they started to call. We thought it might be chirping, but chirping doesnt fall.

I looked back to you as I covered my head. If you *ers dont hurry, well all end up dead! You looked forward to me, I know, were coming. We fought on for hours, as brothers often do. Some fought. Most cried. About that day, we have all lied.

Its hard to imagine that ten years have passed. I swear it was yesterday when I saw you last. I now look up to you and you look down to me. Both of us are doing our duties: protecting our brethren. Only now it is simply I wanting to switch place with the other.

You wave. I smile. We both crossed into the unknown."
Anonymous of AlphaGator,ColdSteel,UntouchableOne

"September 29,2013,,This Day Marks 10 Years Since You Were Taken Away From Us,,It Was Marked With A Celebration Of Great Proportion,,Your Uncle Jim Assembled A Motorcycle Run With a Cookout & Raffles & Great Music ,A Great Time Was Had By All Who Attended,,Over 100 Motorcycles Rode Thru 4 Towns In Your Honor ,,The Sound Of Thunder Filled Each Town & The Hearts Of Those Who Attended ,, Nary an Eye Was Dry When The Run Ended,,So Many People ,So Much Love For You Evan,,I Was So Proud To Be There And So Was Everyone Else,,This Just Proves Again That You Will Never Be Forgotten,,Always And With Love,, & Big Hugs,,"
JULIE B of No.Andover

"Hi Evan...haven't posted in a while but that doesn't mean you are forgotten....9-29-2003 - - 9-29-2013..10 years already..You reached the Top of the Mountain in Glory....thank you Evan...Beth"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"You were showing up all over the place for April the other day and then it hit me the 16th! Duh! Happy birthday xoxo"
Sarah of Bradford ma

"Happy Birthday ,Evan,I Hope there's a big time party going on there for you ,,You are so missed by everyone who knew you,Sadly i must ask you to look for an eight year old soul headed your way Please look out for him,,I guess Terrorism isn't going to end anytime soon,,Big Giant Hugs are headed your way with lots of Love too"
Julie B of No.Andover

"Happy Easter ,Evan,I haven't written to you in a while,Sorry but the other messages i read from loving family & friends makes me cry every time,You are so remembered by so many people ,,that will never change ,,until we all meet again,,with Big Hugs & lots of love,,"
Julie B of No.Andover

"Hi Son, Another St.Patricks Day without you here in person but you are with me in spirit and in my heart. Your name will come up a lot today as I make sure everyone remembers you and what you did back in 03. I'll wear the green you always loved, dedicate a song to you and have a few cold ones to toast you and all the HEROS with you up in Ft.Heaven!!! Love and miss you."
Dad of Haverhill, Mass, USA

"Hey Evan, plans are under way for a memorial ride this September. Your Dad and I pulling things together and he wants the proceeds to go to the veterans outreach in Haverhill. It's gonna be a tough day but but with you flying above us, I think we'll do alright."
Jim O'Neill of No. Reading

"Forever grateful for your service to our country. God bless you and your family."
Kellen of Ronkonkoma, NY

"10 Christmasses without you...seems like yesterday.
We love and miss you so very much.
Mom and Dad
XOXOXO"
Mom of Haverhill,Mass.

"Merry Christmas Evan. I wish you were here with us, although I know you're always here. Someone donated to the Santafund in your memory, and Mom and I donated a Christmas wreath to help cover Arlington in your memory. You are never forgotten or unaccounted for. I miss you."
Kaycie S. of Haverhill

"In the rising and setting of the sun, we remember them. In the blowing of the wind and the chill of the winter, we remember them. In the opening of the buds, the blueness of the sky, the rustle of the leaves and the blanketing of the snow, we remember them. When we are weary, lost , and sick at heart, when we have joys to share , we remember them. For as long as we live they too shall live, for they are a part of us always."
Nathan Lee Wood, MSgt. USAF/ret. Vietnam Vet 69-70 of Kansas City, Mo.

"I was 12 years old when you were killed in action. I came across the report of your passing released by the DoD today, and I wanted to honor your sacrifice and memory in any way I could. You are a hometown hero, and although your memory will last through the ages, the impact you had on this world will reverberate forever."
Charles of Lowell, MA

"Hi Evan,Another Veteran's day and your still missed and always will be.Sarah got married this past September and she looked so beautiful and happy. If anyone of my girls were to lose a best friend and lover it would have to be Sarah. She is a very strong person-but I know you knew that. She has moved on and I know you would want her to-but I know in her heart she now has two loves her husband and You. As a mother I'm glad she had you because you showed her how to choose a good man.Your Mom came to the bridal shower and dropped off a beautiful quilt along with your dog stitched in a square.That made Sarah very happy.Goodby for now -we love you and thank you and wish you a happy veterans day.Evan say hellow to my Father for me-we think of him on veterans day also.love Sarah's MOM"
Kathleen Richard of Newton,NH

"Thank you for your sacrifice."
D. Williams of Bradford

"hey evan, veterans day is a bittersweet day for me. always makes me think how lucky i am yet feel overwhelmed with missing you. your father misses you so much. lorenzo and stella will be with me up at the hill today to see you with some flowers, they are 10 and 7 now !!! they still talk about "your car" that you got me and always ask how old you are now. you will always be missed and loved, and thank you, i love you"
Sarah <3 of bradford ma

""Happy Veterans Day 2012"
"To The Top""
Ellen Thomas

"Evan,

I still think of you daily, and the pride you had in your country. You're still very missed... We had a whole childhood of memories that we often remember fondly in the valentine family:). You were my second brother.... Just as annoying as my first brother, but I loved you very much. Wish you were here, and you and your wife were joining us at point sebago, and there was a mess of kids running around like we used to do."
Kimberly Malynn of Haverhill ma

"Evan,
Sorry it's a day late but couldn't figure out what to say. You are a hero, and not a day passes I don't forget the day you fell. Your family is an inspiration to everyone, and just so you know I am married now, and have an amazing little girl. I don't pass a beat when telling her who the real heros are! Climb to Glory bro!!!!"
Nathan Tooley of Atlanta, GA

"Your courage and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you Evan RIP"
Mark Stahley of Somerville, MA

"9-29-03 - 9-29-12 Hi Evan, 9 years today that you sacrificed your life for our country. Never Forgotten..Climb to Glory...Thank you, Evan."
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Sept 29th 2012
Time has stood still for us, knowing your with all who have sacrificed and continue your mission from afar brings some comfort. You are "Never Forgotten""
Ellen Thomas

"Hi Evan, You don't know me but I know your day (and your mom makes excellent chili!) ... I just wanted to say that your dad misses you every day and is so proud of you. He understands the sacrifice you made - he doesn't like it but he understands. Be assured that he will not be alone on this terrible day - he will be taken care of. Your job is to watch over those brothers left behind and do what you can to help them come home. Rest easy and thank you for what you for keeping me and my kids out of harms way."
Wayne B of North Andover, MA

"hey evan, you thomas and fuller are always remembered ! THE HAWK"
beau hawkins of port orchard,wa usa

"Never Forgotten ,, Always Remembered,, Forever In Our Hearts,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"I write your name on my shirt Thanksgiving morning when I run the 15k, I'm glad you're there to push me, 9 miles straight sucks. I've won fights in your honor because I owe it to you to never settle when I'm competing. A Christmas doesn't go by that I don't close my eyes and smell the tree drying out and hope you smell it too. After you were gone, I treated all the kids like they were little gods because you were just a kid yourself. I spent 27 months in Iraq and always kept that gentle touch I saw you had because nobody has the right to take that away from anyone else. Now, I'm back in Afghanistan. It's been a long 9 years, but I try to let you shine through for a few moments a day. My kids are 2, 4, and 6 now. One day, when the sun is warming our faces just right and I can see they're feeling it, I will tell them about my buddy O'Neill and how much fun we had in the mountains when we were young and goofy."
Nate "The Cook" Carr of Kabul, Afghanistan (Berwick, PA when things are going normal)

"Hi Evan: Just to let you know you were not forgotten this Memorial Day...Thank you for your service and sacrifice..Climb To Glory and To The Top."
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"You are never forgotten Evan! To the TOP!"
Lori Couchot, Wife of SFC Couchot of San Antonio, TX

"Memorial Day,,I Salute You Dear One,,I Thank You And All Who Have Fought For Our Freedom ,,Memorial Day ,, A Day For Remembering,,A Day Amongst Many Days That You Dear Evan Will Never Be Forgotten,,Always With Love And Big Hugs,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Evan,,What A Lovely Tribute To You Yesterday,,North Andover Planted A Cherry Tree In Your Honor For Arbor Day,,A Stone With Your Name Sits Directly In Front Of It,,The Crowd Was Great,,So Many People Just For You,Mom & Dad,,I Was So Proud To Be There Too,,With Love & Big Hugs,,Always"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Ev...on what would have been your 28th birthday....wanted to say that not a day goes by that you are always in my thoughts...
like the song says "only the good die young"...

miss you....

"uncle T...aka as you named me your godfather

~tc..

if there is a heaven hope to see you again"
tom connolly... of andover mass.

"Happy Birthday Evan,,I Bet There's A Big Party Going On Today In Heaven Just For You,,Party Hearty,,But For Us Still Here You Are Very Much Missed And Never Forgotten ,,One Day We All Will Party With You ,,Till Then ,,Big Hugs And Much Love ,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

""Happy Easter 2012" Never Forgotten Evan, I know you were all busy during Holy week and praying your taking care of Mom and Dad! <3"
Ellen Thomas of Gold star Mom

"Happy Easter,,Evan,,Thinking Of You Today,&,Always ,,Big Hugs For You & The Pooches,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Hi Evan: Another New Year starting. We all think of you so often. Chris, his wife and I spent Thanksgiving with my son Dave,back from Afghanistan several months ago and his family...We spent several days there at Ft. Drum and before we left we went to the Memorial where your name and the names of your fallen comrades from 1-87 are listed..It is a very somber place...This page will never be empty, Evan.....May you rest in peace in the heavenly clouds....NEVER FORGOTTEN...CLIMB TO GLORY....YOU HAVE REACHED THE TOP....."
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Hey Evan ,,It's The First Of January 2012,,Another Year Starts ,,With Hope For a Better Year To Come,,Now That You And Bosley Are Together ,,He Must Be So Happy To Be With You,,Your Mom & Dad Miss You So Very Much,,They Carry Your Heart In Their Hearts,,,Remembering Always,,With Love And Big Hugs,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Yesterday was the 9th Christmas without you with us in person but you were here in spirit as always, love and miss you more as every day passes."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill, Mass USA

"Hi son, Thanks for letting us keep your dog Bosley for so long after you were transfered to Ft.Heaven. He had been sick for awile now and last night 13 Dec 2011 at 19:07 hrs he took his last breath while I held him close. My guess is he wanted to rejoin you. Hope you two have rejoined up there. I buried him this morning in the back yard with Cinder and Ashes, Mom helped.We miss you so much and now your dog has left us also but we know you and he should always be together and we have fond memories to remember you both.
Love and miss you son, To The Top/All The Way!!"
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass. USA

"Hey Evan,,An Old Friend Came To Stay With You Last Night,Bosley Has Missed You For A Very Long Time,He Left So Peacfully, Right Beside Your Mom & Dad,There Has Been A Sadness In His Eyes Since You Were Taken From Us,I Believe In My Heart You Were There With Him To Take Him Home With You,From A Boy Who Quickly Became A Man And His Dog Are Re-United Again,,,We All Love And Miss You Evan,,But Are Comforted To Know Bosley Is With You Now,,With Big Hugs And Lots Of Love,,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

""Happy Thanksgiving 2011"
"Never Forgotten"
It must be beautiful in Heaven 2day as everyone is so greatful and feeling Blessed. Hopeful that your parents will feel all that love."
Ellen Thomas

"11-11-11 VETERANS DAY
EVAN "THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE & YOUR SACRIFICE"! AND A SHOUT OUT TO YOUR DAD, THANK YOU MIKE(MILLER GUY)"
ELLEN THOMAS

"Hi Son, Did not write on the 29th like the others on here but spent time up on the hill with you as always. Had a nice visit with Sarah and many others who will never forget you. I leave for FT.Drum Sunday in the A.M. to visit with the troops. I won't let them ever forget and I know they don't you are now part of the 10th Mtn Div history. Love and miss ya son. Keep an eye on your Mom she has a hard time now and then."
Mike (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass USA

"Hi again Evan: It is Thursday evening at 8:45 p.m. September 29, 2011. Many of your friends have left messages for you today. The ones that are missing is from your Mom and your Dad....As a mom, I know their hearts are breaking today.. Children are supposed to bury their parents, not parents burying their children.....Give your mom and dad a sign that you are with them Evan...They need that on this day. Rest in peace and in the company of the Angels. To The Top--- You have already climbed to Glory. Never Forgotten."
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"IS HELLO
I LOVE YOU
I LIKE DORA & BOOTS, OLIVIA,
YO GABBA GABBA, YOYO
MISS YOU
LOVE SAGIE XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX"
SAGE GREGAN(niece) of Salisbury MA

"AIDEN & MA AND SAGIE MISSES YOU VERY MUCH.
I LIKE CARS & ROOT BEER FROM A CAN.
I LIKE THE COMPUTER VERY MUCH.
IN SCHOOL I DRAW, CIRCLE TIME , MATH, &
FLAG HOLDER,
MY FAVORITE TV IS OLIVIA, BUBBLE GUPPIES, & MA'S FAVORITE TV NCIS.
I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH.
XOXOXOXOXOXOXO
LOVE AIDEN"
aiden gregan (Nephew)) of Salisbury MA

"8 years later and its still a kick in the gut, love and miss ya brother. To the Top"
Shawn Baker of YPG, YUMA, AZ. USA

"Thinking of you today and everyday Evan. Thank you again for your ultimate sacrifice"
Chuck Murnane

"Evan,
8 years ago on his day you were taken from me and your parents. my whole world had crumbled around me left me with so many question. I wonder if you would be proud of the person i am today. I stop everything in my life on this day as it did to me years ago. no work, no errands, just time for you, and your family. i think of our fun times and how care free we were. i think of how happy we were to start our lives together. i also think of how far i have come and am becoming more comfortable with it. i will never stop missing you.
xoxo"
Sarah (fiance) of Bradford Mass

"Evan-
Be thou at peace, brother. Thank you for how you lived and for your ultimate sacrifice on behalf of your comrades and countrymen.
To the top!"
Craig

"Sept 29, 2011
"Never Forgotten"
Evan you are always on my mind, So many wonderful ppl miss you so much-I again thank you for your service and sacrifice!"
Ellen Thomas

"you are always missed brother."
Tomiwa Dasilva of Maryland.

"Hello Evan: I left a message for you earlier. It was sent, I read it and left the page. Now, for some reason it is no longer here....I did not forget you nor your sacrifice to your nation. I pray for mom and dad and I know you are watching over them. Thank you Evan...Never forgotten,,,,Beth"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Hi Evan,Today Marks An Anniversary Most People Will Never Forget,,It's A Sad Day,And Our Thoughts Are With The Families Who Have Lost Someone On That Horrible Day,,It's Impossible To Watch TV Without An Endless Stream Of Tears Flowing From Our Eyes,The 29 th. Marks Another Horrible Day ,,When Your Loved Ones And Friends Were Told That Your Life Had Been Taken Away,,You Are So Missed And So Loved By All Of Us Who Did And Maybe Didn't Know You,,My Heart Is Very Heavy Today,,For You And All The Lives Lost 10 Years Ago,,You Are Always In My Heart,,Never To Be Forgotten,,With Love And Hugs,,And Dear God Please Bless Us All,,We So Need It,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Hey there Evan.Today is the 1st day of September.Hard to believe that the summer is over. The sun is still shining and the trees haven't started to turn here yet. My son Dave has arrived home safely from Afghanistan. I asked that you watch over him, and thank you for doing that. He is safe with his wife and five children. I know your mom and dad dread this month, as well as all your 1/87th brothers. You are always remembered. Haven't been here since May and that was too long. Bless you Evan and thank you for your sacrifice. Always remembered, never forgotten. Climb to Glory and To The Top. Beth McGurk (Chris' mom)"
Beth of New Windsor, NY

"Hey Evan. I know its kinda weird to be writing on here, but I just wanted to let you know that I came across a bunch of pictures from high school and there you were, smiling back at me in that silly Charlie Brown shirt. If I had known we would have such little time together, I would have made our memories even more special than they already are now, and I would have framed your signature on my ceiling (remember when you wrote that? And you laughed when I tried to hand you the step stool, cuz you being so high up there, you could already reach) Haha! You being gone is a such an injustice to all of the people who knew and loved you. Its been forever since Ive been to North Andover to be with you, but I just wanted you to know that I do still think about you all the time, and I miss you terribly!!! You were taken too soon, and I sit here in amazement thinking about what great things you would be doing with your life today. You were always an inspiration, to those of us lucky enough to have had a part in your life. I will never forget that, nor will I ever be able to thank you enough."
Your Old Friend... of MA

"Hey son, Getting ready for another Memorial Day without you with me, I know you are with me in heart and mind but I sure miss being able to give you a big hug and just being with you. Everyone here says how much they miss you but none more than me. I know you are in good company up in Ft.Heavan with Adam,Chad,Shane and the rest who have joined you. Love and miss you real bad, it don't get any better but I'll carry on for you."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass USA

"MEMORIAL DAY 2011. Hello Evan: Today is the day we remember mostly the men and women who have given their lives for the Freedoms of the USA and foreign lands. Thank you, Evan. We also remember all those who served their country and have passed on and our men and women who are still making sacrifices for their families and country. Thank you again, Evan. TO THE TOP."
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"hi uncle Evan
I love you
My favorite song is I don't want to live on the moon. by Ernie from elmopalozza. 1 of my favorite movies. love you I miss you. xoxo love aiden (nephew)"
aiden gregan of salisbury Ma

"Hi Evan, I just wanted you to know that Bin Larden is DEAD!!!!!!!!!!! We all know that you wanted to get him, and now I wanted to let you know-justice has prevailed. I called Sarah and said losing EVAN was not all in vain as the NAVEY SEALS {KILLED BIN LARDEN} I'm sure your looking down at all this and saying YAH!!!!!!!!!! Now may you forever rest in peace. Love you always, Kathleen and Ray Richard"
Kathleen Richard Sarah's Mom of Newton NH

"I love you
Uncle evan
Xoxoxxo
Love Sagie"
Niece Sagie of Salisbury Ma

"Hi Evan,
Sorry I haven't written but it's been hard latley. I miss you terribly. Today is a good day, Bin Laden is dead. I'm sure your up their having one hell of a party. Your niece & nephew especially Sagie has been asking for you and I tell her your watching over her every day. Your picture is next to her bed & she wakes me up talking & laughing with you. I ask who she's talking to & she says uncle Evan. We love & miss you soooooo much.
Love Sarah"
Sister Sarah of Salisbury ma

"Hey Ev. I woke up to the news that Osama was killed and you were the first thought I had. There must be one hell of a party going on up there celebrating this!! We're all celebrating down here. Love you and Miss you and thank you once again for your ultimate sacrifice."
of Haverhill, MA

"Hey Evan,
I check here every so often although this is my first post. Just wanted to say Mission Accomplished!!! I'm sure you had something to do with it from up there."
Shawn of Newport NH

"5/1/11 BIN LADEN HAS BEEN KILLED!! JUSTICE HAS BEEN DONE! RIP"
ELLEN THOMAS

"Hey Son, I left a message for your birthday but somehow it didn't show up, you know me and computers don't allways work well together, you were my Bill Gates now I'm on my own. Just wanted to say Happy Easter and that I love and miss you more every day."
Dad of Haverhill,Mass. USA

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVAN,,I BET THERE IS ONE HECK OF A PARTY GOING ON THERE IN FORT HEAVEN ,,IF THOUGHTS OF YOU COULD BE TURNED INTO HUGS YOU WOULD FEEL ARMS AROUND YOU ALWAYS,,NEVER FORGOTTEN ,,ALWAYS WITH LOVE,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Hello Evan, It's your second Mom again. I just wanted to wish you a "Happy 27th Birthday!" I also wanted to let you know that Shannon and Jordan's Wedding Anniversary is on the same day as your birthday.We will always be celebrating them both on your day! Still missing and loving you-and always will.Love MOM and DAD RICHARD"
Kathleen Richard Sarah's Mom of Newton, NH

"Hello Evan: If my calculations are correct your 27th Birthday is this coming Saturday, April 16th. I want to give everyone else a chance to get on here and wish you Happy Birthday too. It will be a busy site. I know the Heavens will be lit with Stars for your candles. Know you are thought of often for your sacrifice. Climb To Glory and To The Top Evan.Never Forgotten. HAPPY BIRTHDAY."
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"The United States of America is the greatest country in the world because of amazing people like Evan O'Neill who is a true hero for all people of this world either having freedom now or desperately wanting freedom. My heart goes out to Mr. O'Neill's family and loved ones as he was taken much too soon from you all but I know he has a very special place in God's kingdom of Heaven and you will all be reunited with him someday. I thank Mr O'Neill for his service and his ultimate sacrifice so that those of us not able to demonstrate the amazing courage and sacrifice of an American soldier are able to live safely and freely in our incredible country. May God always bless him and give his loved ones the peace of mind of knowing he is in a far better place to be reunited with you all sometime in the future."
Ben Quinton of Denver, CO

"Sorry I missed some Holidays, but you are on my mind everyday-"Happy New Year" 2011 All my love and Thank You!"
Ellen Thomas

"NEW YEARS DAY "2011" HOPING FOR A BETTER YEAR FOR ALL,,NEVER FORGOTTEN ALWAYS WITH LOVE & HUGS FOR YOU EVAN,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"merry christmas evan"

"MERRY CHRISTMAS,,EVAN,,I HOPE YOU LIKE YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE,,MOM DID A GREAT JOB ,,WE MISS YOU AS MUCH AS EVER,,NEVER FORGOTTEN AND ALWAYS WITH LOVE AND HUGS,,,,,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"THINKING OF YOU TODAY,,NO SPECIAL REASON BUT THEN WE DONT NEED ONE,,JUST THINKING OF YOU EVAN,,HUGS"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Evan,

Thank you"
Justin of Haverhill

"Evan, been seven years and I still don't know what to say. Thanks for being a good friend and a great hero!"
Timm of Seattle, WA

"My son,
I always worried about you being forgotten,especially after seven very long years...I can now say without a doubt that you are so loved,and so missed by so many that knew you,and even so many people that never knew you,but love and miss you all the same.
You are just so amazing now,as you were 26+ years ago, And will always be!!
Love and miss you so very much
1-4-3 Evan!
Mom
XOXOXO"
Mom glorybean@comcast.net of Haverhill,MA.

"Hello Evan: I could not let the day go by without saying hello. I finally met your mom this summer and Julie B. I was at Chris' in Massachusetts. Your mom came and what a wonderful lady she is. I didn't get to meet your dad yet, but I am sure I will one day. I have a favor to ask Evan. You have watched over the 1/87 now I am asking you to watch over my son David and his soldiers. He is with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade. They leave this weekend for Afghanistan. I know this is a hard day for mom and dad. I always pray for them. Know that you are always remembered and spoken about. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice for our country. TO THE TOP. Beth McGurk. Soldiers Mom"
Beth of New Windsor, NY

"Evan,

The sacrifice you and your family has made will never be forgotten. I am going to call your mom and dad today to ensure they know that the 1-87 IN family is always thinking of you and them. I had the pleasure of meeting your father this summer at the annual remembrance ceremony. While I never knew you, your father is every indication of the man you would have grown to be and we would have all be lucky to have known you. While your life was cut short, I have made it my personal goal to make sure that your sacrifice and that of all 1-87 IN fallen will never be in vain and will always be remembered. You have climbed to glory all the way "To the Top" We will continue your legacy, I hope we are making you proud."
CPT Michael Falls of Fort Drum, NY

"If I die young bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

Lord make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother
She'll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors, oh and
Life ain't always what you think it ought to be, no
ain't even grey, but she buries her baby

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

If I die young bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

And I’ll be wearing white when I come into your kingdom
I’m as green as the ring on my little cold finger
I’ve never known the lovin' of a man
But it sure felt nice when he was holding my hand
There’s a boy here in town says he’ll love me forever
Who would have thought forever could be severed by

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done


A penny for my thoughts, oh no I’ll sell them for a dollar
They're worth so much more after I’m a goner
And maybe then you’ll hear the words I been singin’
Funny when you're dead how people start listenin’

If I die young bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song


The ballad of a dove
Go with peace and love
Gather up your tears, keep ‘em in your pocket
Save them for a time when your really gonna need 'em

The sharp knife of a short life, well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I’ll wear my pearls"
Sarah (fiance) of Bradford, Mass

"Evan and Family

My thoughts and prayers are with you all,today and always. Evan,as I walk by your picture on my mantle each day I thank you and all our fallen heroes for allowing me and all Americans to be free."
Chuck Murnane of Andover

"Another year and the same, still wish you were with us. The morning of always stings the same and the feeling of the air never changes, along with the felling of hopeless sadness for you and my precious sister. We love and still think of you so frequently, hope you are at peace-"
Shannon Ferrick of Haverhill, Ma

"DEAREST EVAN,,THIS IS THE HARDEST DAY FOR YOUR MOM AND DAD ,,FAMILY AND FRIENDS,,YOU ARE SO MISSED,,AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE MISSED ALWAYS,,NEVER EVER FORGOTTEN ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS,,WITH MUCH LOVE AND HUGS,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Sept 29, 2010
Evan I sure wish I had some words of Wisdom. Im grateful to have met your parents, which is wonderful but I wish it was for some other reason. Im honored that they shared some of your life with me. Please know that you are always remembered and I Thank you everyday for your sacrifice and being friends with Adam.It is so very hard to go on with living a life without you guys in it, 7 years but to us parents it feels like 7 secs ago since we were told. Barb and Mike I love you and would love to be with you on this day but my glass is raised and im there in spirit! "To The Top""
Ellen Thomas

"18:30 hrs 28 Sept 2010, 6 yrs, 364 days since you left us. As I've done every year I will take my cigar, can of beer and a heavy heart up to your resting place in the A.M. and toast you as the Hero you are. I love and miss you son and will always be forever greatfull for the time we had together. Keep a spot open for old Dad for when I come to join you."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill, USA

"Another 9/11, another wreath for your loss at yet another cerimony. I remember comming home from work the day the towers fell and you saying "Dad I want to quit school and sign up for the Army so I can help get the people who attacked us". I said "Son, you need to finish school first" and you honored my wishes and graduated with honors. You enlisted in the Army and excelled in all you did,your childhood dream to be a soldier was achieved. You always stood tall and helped anyone in need,you were loved and admired by all who met you. The day you were killed on that dusty ridge in Shkin,Afghanistan you were at the top of your game, the cowards would not face you man to man but had to use a sniper to take you down. You stood your ground and fired back till your mag was empty giving your fellow soldiers time to reach cover and continue the battle. Because of your heroics that day 20 or more other families did not have to hold funerals for their sons, you gave your life so that others could live. You died like you lived Son, standing tall,facing forward and protecting those around you. We miss you every day but some days are harder then others, the one comming up the end of the month,29 Sept being the hardest for us.
Just wanted to take a moment today and say Thank you to all who take the time to leave a message here and for your continued love and prayers not only for our son but for all the service men and women still in harms way, I know Evan and the other Heros with him up in Ft.Heaven are keeping watch over us. Love and miss you Son, HOOHA soldier!!

e-mail: ranger84@comcast.net"
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass USA

"Can't believe its been almost 7 years Ev... It's amazing how fast time goes by. I've been up to see you a lot more than usual lately. I like just sitting on top of that hill & taking in how peaceful it is. Labor Day just passed & it's always a bitter-sweet reminder for me. I think sometimes people forget what that day is really all about when they're distracted by parties, parades & whatnot. But I never forget the sacrifices you made & I thank you every day for giving your life for us....

My old friend, this song's for you
Cause a few simple verses
Was the least that I could do
To tell the world that you were here
Cause the love and the laughter
Will live on long after
All of the sadness and the tears
We'll meet again, my old friend....

Love you buddy.. See you soon xo"
Meagan of Charlton MA

"missing you more than ever before....you brought me so close to so many people and since you passed i feel so distant. There is not a day that goes by that i don't think of you. You where and still are a special person and how we all wished you had never gone but your voice pipes up in my head i want to be like my dad i want to serve our country. Thank you Evan!!! we all miss you so much Buddy. i hope i meet you again someday!"
Lauren of Haverhiil, MA

"9-11-10-TOMORROW ,,,WE ARE ALL STILL MISSING YOU,EVAN,,,WITH MUCH LOVE,,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Well the time is nearing your 7th anniversary and it just does not get and easier! We all love and miss you so very much! Sarah is now moving on with her life but you will always be her "first love". I believe she is happy with her choices now and I know you would be proud of her.I remember the day Sarah,you and myself went to her school to register and the administrator asked her all the necessary questions and you answered that she was a beautiful person with great talent and had alot to offer the school. I thought, how genuine this boy is and how much he thought of my daughter.I also remember what a gentleman he was when he came to our house and asked my husband and myself if he could have her hand in marriage before he set off to the war in Afghanastan! Again to all concerned, Evan was an outstanding Son and would have been our Son-in-law had the war not taken him away.He was doing what he wanted to do and that was serve his country. We all need to honor Him for that and again we all miss you so very much. Love your 2nd Mom and Dad plus Lorenzo and Stella and all the rest!!!!!!!"
Kathleen Richard Sarah's Mom of Newton, NH

"Wishing heaven had a phone, so I could hear your voice again. I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday & days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories & a picture in a frame."
Sarah (fiance) of Haverhill Ma

"Missing you so much lately, ya know years have gone by, but every memorial day and sept 29th feels like it was yesterday. The more years that go by the more things change and i cant help but wonder what my life would be like if you were still here? i have to question every decision i make. it still hurts to miss you, it still hurts to see your parents, I miss everything about you, but i have to to tell myself that your always there with me every step of the way watching over me, helping me. I Love you"
Sarah (fiance) of Haverhill Ma

"Hi Evan it's me again, your second Mom. Ray and I gave Sarah and Rachel their 25th Birthday party on Sunday and you came up in conversation. Sarah says "everytime a butterfly passes it reminds me of Evan". It seems that when she visits you up on the hill a butterfly always appears. We were sitting @ the fire in the back yard and saw a butterfly that would not leave so Lorenzo went over and actually pet it and said "that's Evan". It appears you were @ the birthday too! We once again wanted to honor you and my dad for the service you gave us especially on Memorial Day! Love and miss you-Mom and Dad Richard"
Kathleen Richard of Newton, NH

"Hi son, Miss you and love you and will never forget!! Getting ready to head up to the Vets to honor you and all the service men and women who gave their all. Keep an eye on the old unit as they are once again in harms way."
Mike O'Neill (DAD) of Haverhill, Mass USA

"May 31, 2010 "Memorial Day"
Never Fogotten"
Ellen Thomas

"HEY EVAN,,ANOTHER MEMORIAL DAY HAS COME AROUND ,,AND YOU ARE STILL SO MISSED ,,AND ALWAYS WILL BE,YOU HAVE A PERMANENT PLACE IN MY HEART,,WITH LOVE AND BIG HUGS"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"you were a true hero evan"
sari joffre of haverhill,ma.01832

"Thinking of you today,and missing you more. Love you son!"
Mom xoxoxo

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY,,EVAN,,THERE ARE SO MANY LITTLE EVAN'S AROUND,,HOW PROUD YOU MUST BE TO THINK SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE YOU SO MUCH TO NAME THEIR CHILDREN AFTER YOU,,I KNOW I AM,,LOVE THE 2 TONE PANT STORY YOUR MOM TOLD ME ,,WITH MUCH LOVE ,,NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Happy Birthday love!
I can only dream about the man you would have become.
Your buddy Rice gave you the best present ever on 3/26/2010..his son Evan Michael was born.
We miss you and love you lots!
Always thought of,and NEVER Forgotten.
xoxoxox,MOM"
Mom(glorybean@comcast.net) of Haverhill,MA. " Hometown of a Hero"

"HI EVAN, STILL MISSING YOU. I THINK OF YOU OFTEN. SOMETIMES I REALLY FEEL YOUR PRESENTS ALL AROUND US, ESPICALLY WHEN SARAH IS NOT FEELING WELL AND THINKING OF YOU TOO. YOUR BIRTHDAY IS COMING UP AND I CAN ALWAYS TELL SARAH IS THINKING OF YOU. MY MOTHER AND I WERE TALKING ABOUT YOU THE OTHER DAY AND STATING THAT SARAH IS NOT THE SAME SINCE YOU PASSED. SARAH SAYS THAT YOU ARE WITH MY DAD AND WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH YOU LOVED DAD. SHE FINDS COMFORT IN THAT. MOM (SARAH'S GRANDMOTHER) SAYS HOW SHE MISSES YOU AS WELL, BUT KNOWS DAD (SARAH'S GRANDDAD) WILL WATCH OVER YOU AS WELL.THANK YOU AGAIN FOR PROTECTING ALL OF US AND FOR YOUR COURAGE TO FIGHT THE FIGHT.LOVE AND MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH. IT DOES NOT GET ANY EASIER EVAN IT JUST GETS HARDER. AGAIN "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" LOVE MOM AND DAD RICHARD"
KATHLEEN A RICHARD of NEWTON,NH

"Dear Evan: I was just reading some of the notes placed on your site. I just realized that your birthday is this coming Friday, April 16th. Happy Birthday, Evan. Always in my thoughts. Blessings to you and your family. Mrs. Beth McGurk ( Chris' mom ) TO THE TOP You are at the Mountain Top Evan"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Happy St. Patty's Day brother."
MO

""To the family of Evan W. O'Neill ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Evan,

Hey brother, I hope all is well. I just wanted to stop by and tell you that another great guy is on his up there. My friend David JohnPaul Thompson gave everything he had; just like you. This f*cking war keeps taking the best this nation has. It seems like everytime I come to grips with the loss of someone it calls another one of us. Just make sure you save a place for him up there. Great guy and there's not too many of us that you can say that about. Your friend,

Timm"
Timm Lovitt of Seattle, WA/USA forever

"Evan, You were the best of the best.Love you,and miss you more!"
Mom of glorybean@comcast.net

""Happy New Year" 2010
Never Forgotten!"
Ellen Thomas

"DEAR EVAN,,ANOTHER YEAR TOMORROW,,01-01-10,,SHOULD OLD FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES BE FORGOT,,NEVER HAPPEN,,,WE STILL LOVE AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH,,WE NEVER KNOW WHAT THE NEW YEAR WILL BRING,, WE CAN ONLY HOPE FOR THE BEST,,,WITH MUCH LOVE,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"10:30 A.M. Christmas morning, got outa work at 08:00. Getting ready to make my way up the hill where we laid you to rest back in 03.We miss you more as every year go's by but now that we get a little closer to the time when we all get together again in the great beyond. Keep a stool open at the Ft Heaven Bar and Grill as I could use a glass or twelve of that "necter of the gods" we always heard about. Love and miss you son, Merry Christmas."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass USA

"Been a while since I wrote on here. As your father has said, 7 Veteran's days have come and gone. I gave him a call on the 29th. Was glad to get ahold of him that day. There are 12 that I've known to pass, but you and Duffy are the closest. You I carried off the battlefield and Duffy I carried to his grave. I'll forever be connected to the both of you and also owe my life, which I'll spend the rest of making sure your families are doing ok. Love ya, take care of everybody."
MO

"I see myself as fortunate. I never had the privilege of knowing you in person but still your sacrifice has had a big impact on my life and I have been following this memorial page for years now. Years ago I got to know someone that was close to you, someone whos life you changed forever. You made the ultimate sacrifice, you stood your ground, faught for what you believed in and even though you died young, the impact of your actions will live on and multiply by everyone that had
Im 37 years old, a citizen of a neutral country living in the us since a few years ago. Ive seen the cold war end; perestroika, the Berlin wall fall; Tjeckoslovakia, Russia and Yugoslavia divide and change. I was around for Desert Storm and now Iraq and Afghanistan. Im a behavior science of trade.
Today, Veterans Day 2009 I feel humble and I want to take this opportunity to thank you and every veteran that took the stand against war and for freedom. It will never be forgotten, you will never be forgotten.... you will live on in peoples actions and peoples hearts for eternity, as they carry on your legacy.
Thank you for your sacrifice, thank you for making a difference, thank you for opening my eyes and changing my life......"
Tessa of Phenix City AL

"November 11, 2009
"Veterans Day" Evan Thank you for your service and sacrifice, You will never be forgotten and will always be in our hearts. I love you
Ellen Thomas
PS Thank you Mike for your service also and all that you have sacrificed"

"Hi Son, Just old Dad again saying I love and miss you as always. Tommorow as you know is the 7th Veterans Day without you here, so I will stand tall for you and all those that gave thier all and can only be with us in our hearts. Every year gets harder and harder for me but it also brings me closer to when you and I will be together again so I'll see you on the other side when my time here is done."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass USA

"Love you my son!
Life is not the same without you,and it never will be.
Dad and I do the best we can to ensure you'll never be forgotten.In our hearts you will always remain as an infant,a toddler,pre-schooler,secondary schooler,everything in between, and a high schooler!
One of my favorite memories was putting on your infantry rope at your basic training graduation with Sarah.
I love you,and miss you so much more,but have not one regret as to what you needed in the military,as you got it,and then some..
Love you so very much,life is just not normal without you!
Love u,
Mom xoxoxoox"
Barbara (MOM) of glorybean@comcast.net

"Love you Bro......6 Years and counting...NEVER FORGIVE..NEVER FORGET!!!"
Chris McGurk of Belchertown, MA

"Sept. 29th 1997 I had given birth to a son, one of the happiest days of my life-fast forward Sept. 29th 2003 a son was taken sudden and tragically from a family in MA. Thats when our paths crossed as I felt awful for the parents who would be going thru this awful pain that I was going thru. Goldstar Mothers Day is the last Sunday in Sept. and that is how my 12 year old celebrates his birthday for the last 6 years and he said he is sad on his birthday because of Evan dieing-I told him to be happy because he shares this day with a real "American Hero"! Evan "Thank you" Barbara and Mike "Thank you" and I love you"
Ellen Thomas of Proud Mother of Pfc. Adam Lee Thomas

"Hey Evan, it's Uncle Jim. Im so proud to have a Nephew of your caliber. Thank you for your service to this country and the protection of our freedoms. You will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family."
Uncle Jim of N. Reading Ma.

"Hi Evan,
I just wanted to say THANK YOU! You are always in our hearts and you will always be a part of our family. I hope the heavans are treating you good.

We love you,
Sonja, Nicholas Evan & Emma Rae Revell"
Sonja Revell of FT Bragg, NC 28307

"Evan,
I just wanted to say Hi. I know your busy training some angels in CQB
and route clearing techniques, so I'll keep it short. You are missed.
Thanks for watching over me. The rockets the other night weren't even
close but the idiot driving came within 6 inches of me...I'll take your
protection any way your dishing it...Thanks. Tell Alex J. I said Hi and
that I'm proud of our Haverhill's Heroes. You guys set the standard.
All The Way!!
9/29/09"
MSG Randall Revell of Kandahar, Afghanistan

"HI EVAN,,,,THIS DAY IS JUST SO HARD FOR ALL OF US ESPECIALLY YOUR MOM AND DAD,,THAY LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH MORE THAN ANYONE WILL EVER KNOW,,,THAY SAY (TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS),,NOT THIS TIME ,,THE HURT AND PAIN OF LOSING YOU WILL NEVER GO AWAY,,,YOU'RE ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS,,(NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN)AND ALWAYS WITH LOVE,,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Hi Evan: September 29, 2009.Just wanted to let you know that you are on my mind today. I prayed for you and your mom and dad and family at Mass this morning. We all know you are safe now but never forgotten. God bless you Evan. TO THE TOP. Beth McGurk, Chris' mom"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Ev, still miss and think of you everyday...you are our family still Love your sis in law shannon"
Shannon Ferrick of Bradford MA USA

"Evan - all I can say is thank you.

Craig I can tell you your statement hit it right on the head for me - I never met Evan but I can tell you his life as well as both his parents Barbara & Mike have completely inspired and influenced my life enormously!

Barbara and Mike, thinking of both of you more today than usually - lots of love to you...you are such strong parents - God bless you both and thank you for raising such a great son."
Joan of North Andover

"Evan-
You are in my thoughts and prayers today. I hope you know how much your life has inspired and influenced those who knew you personally as well as thousands who you never met.
God bless,
Craig"
Craig Mullaney of Washington, DC

""Baby Why'd You Leave Me Why'd You Have To Go I Was Counting On Forver, Now I'll Never Know, Its Like I'm Looking In The Distance Standing In The Backround, Everybodys Saying He's Not Coming Home Now, This Cant Be Happening To Me, This Is Just A Dream""
Sarah, Evans Fiance of Bradford, Mass

"Hi Son, 6 years for most things is a long time but for me it's the blink of an eye. Much as we'd like we cannot change the past we can only try and accept it and move forward. That being said, on 29 Sept 2003 my forward progress came to a sudden stop! That call I got at work at 0630 changed all of our lives and is with me every day no matter what I'm doing. Today I will go as always to your place of rest and have that cigar and half a beer that I share with you every year. Each day goes by and I miss you more than ever. You where the wind that filled my sails and kept me on an even keel now I just founder in a stormy sea with no real purpose other than to make the next day,month,year etc. Like I taught you though I will always face forward and drive on as best I can. You never gave up and always stood tall and took care of things. I intend to do the same until my time comes and we meet again in Ft.Heaven, till then Son "Airborne/Climb To Glory"!! Gators Rule."
Dad of Haverhill,Mass,USA

"6 years have gone by, but I remember every minute of that day. Take care and keep looking over our brothers. Love ya."
MO

"Evan,

Damn man, it's been six years already. I can't believe how time has flown, yet it still seems like just yesterday we were waving to each other as I drove out of the wire that *ed up day. I have to tell you, I've been reading Mullaney's book, and to be quite honest, it's brought back a lot of memories. Not meaning that it is even close to being accurate, but I find myself thinking about the course of events that day and editing the story he tries to convey. I'm not going to say that he deliberately tries to tell a story in which his (and 1st platoon's) role is greatly exaggerated, but we know how things played out that day. Those f*ckers trying to make themselves heroes in your death. I miss you man."
unknown of U.S.A.

"God bless you Evan and thank you for what you have done for all of us. You are in my thoughts and prayers every single day. As I am sure you can see, you have a wonderful family."
Chuck Murnane of Andover, MA

"Hello Evan,

It has been a while since I last wrote. I just want you to know that I think of you often and that you will never be forgotten. My love goes out to you, your family, and all the soldiers, past and present."
Howe of Newport, NH

"HI EVAN, IT'S NEARING THAT TIME AGAIN AS IT'S BEEN 6 YEARS SINCE YOU'VE LEFT US.IN CASE YOUR WONDERING WHO THIS IS, IT'S YOUR 2ND MOM SARAH'S MOM.I HAVE JUST READ THE UNFORGIVING MOMENT AND IT BROUGHT BACK ALOT OF MEMORIES. I HAVE COME ACROSS THIS SIGHT IN THE PAST BUT IT JUST FEELS DIFFERENT NOW THAT I HAVE READ THE BOOK AND RECOGNIZE SOME NAMES LIKE CRAIG MULLANEY AND MC GUIRK ON YOUR SITE.I MUST SAY BEING THE MOTHER OF EVAN'S FIANCEE SARAH,THAT WE ALL STILL MISS AND LOVE YOU VERY MUCH! I APPRECIATED AND APPLAUD CRAIG M MULLANEY'S INSIGHT AND HONESTY IN THE WRITTING OF HIS BOOK ON THE SITUATION REGARDING EVAN'S PASSING AS A SOLDIER. IT SEEMS TO HAVE BROUGHT SOME CLOSURE ON MANY QUESTIONS WE ALL STILL HAD WITH HIS PASSING.THE BOOK WAS COMFORTING TO SARAH,MYSELF,MY HUSBAND,HER TWIN SISTER RACHEL AND HER ELDER SISTER SHANNON.WE ALL LOVED HIM SO VERY MUCH AND WILL NEVER BEGIN TO FIND SUCH A KIND,LOVING,INTELLEGENT,LOYAL,FUNNY, RESPECTABLE HUMAN BEING LIKE OUR EVAN.WE LOVE AND MISS YOU STILL AND ALWAYS WILL.WE WANT YOU TO KNOW WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU AND KNOW YOU WERE DOING WHAT YOU WANTED AND NEEDED TO DO TO PROTECT US ALL AND KEEP US FREE. WE ONLY WISH YOU HAD BECOME OUR SON-IN-LAW AS WE WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL THE MORE PROUD. WE LOVE AND MISS YOU STILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOVE MOM AND DAD RICHARD AND THE FERRICK'S EVAN MAY YOU STILL LOOK DOWN AND WATCH OVER MY SARAH STILL! LOVE MOM"
KATHLEEN RICHARD of NEWTON,NH

"Hey Man,
Well it has been quite some time since I have written anything on here and I am sorry about that. There has been so much changing in my life as of late with the biggest one being me becoming a resident of Massachusetts. I am now working for the Department of Veteran Services as an Outreach Coordinator for the SAVE outreach Team. We are a group of Veterans who work to prevent suicide Amongst our brother and sisters and help them get all the benefits that they have earned. I am living in Belchertown which is in Western Mass near springfield....yes there is a state that does exsist past Worchester...I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know I am keepin on keepin on and helping those who deserve it the most....."
Chris "MAC" McGurk of Belchertown, Massachusetts

"Mike, read your e-mail."
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Hey Son, As you know there is another in your ranks up in Fort Heaven. Danny Facto has left us to join you. Please keep an eye on his wife and kids back here in the world. Thanks son, I love and miss you VERY MUCH!!!!"
Dad of Haverhill,Mass USA

"HI Evan,

I never got to meet you, But I have become very close to your sister Sarah, And Sage and Aiden, And also Scott. I got to meet mom and Dad also, What a WONDERFUL family you have! Sarah has become a truly close person in my life, So don't worry about her, between your mom and me, We will keep her going. I wish I had got to meet you, Hearing all the amazing stories about you make me wish I had the honor to meet u. We did go to the same High School, you were two years behind me.
Well keep watch over your family and keep them all safe! They love you and miss you more than the world."
Christy of Boxford, ma

"Good Morning Ev,
Well Sagie, Aiden & I all gave the AM salute & Sagie blew you a kiss,as usual on moms necklace picture of you. I'm just missing you teribbly today!!!!!!
I keep seeing the commercial for TRANSFORMERS & it just reminds me of you & the toys with all the little parts. I think it was the only cartoon we agreed on. Now I hear the song for the movie and I'm crying. I wish you were here to go see it with me. I remember when we went to Ozzfest & saw Linkin Park. My show this AM is from Fort Drum. I was shocked. You always show me that your watching over us. I love you so much Evan!!!!!!
Love
RaRa"
Sarah oneill- sister of Salisbury mass.

"hi evan, i still blame the politics that control our destiny and lives during wartimes but i did serve with you in ft. drum as well as in the "stan" i remember the day that your life was shortened by those damn terrorist in shkin and our company wasnt cleared by the chain of command for reinforcement to back you guys up, by not doing so we lost a great soldier and a brother in arms...(hooah!) so therefore god bless your family and friends for knowing such a great person as yourself.......... truly your brother in combat"
sgt. deejay of syracuse, ny usa

"O'neill, you probably never even knew how much the passion you had to serve motivated me. When you were at Orgun-E, we only ever spoke in passing. Things I thought were trivial, at the time. But I was able to see that fire for the Army in you. I just found out about this page, but I hope to visit it frequently. Many of our other 1/87 brothers have since fallen, and I hope you are there, checking their IDs, as they manifest their flight for Heaven. Show them the rope and take them in. I have faith when you left us, there was someone waiting in the wings to guide you and protect you. I think it would be fitting if you were that man for 1/87 now. Miss you, brother."
Anonymous of Baghdad, Iraq

"O'Neill, you squared away private with an EIB... Still cannot believe everything the things that happened, happened. I finally just began reading the PL's book, so weird to be reading about Aco. Thinking of you, your family, along with Chad and Adam. I hope everyone is being taken care of and I am sure your father helped make Memorial Day special in the community. This is an article from a local newspaper that I posted on Chad and Adam's page, want to share it with your family too.

Memorial Day not just parades

By PAUL SASSONE

For most of us, Memorial Day is a day off and a parade. But Memorial Day also is my Uncle Vincent. He was a pilot killed over Sicily in World War II.

I really don't know anything about him. My family doesn't talk much about him. He is a wound that hasn't healed for more than 65 years.

What kind of person was he? What were his favorite books? Did he like Humphrey Bogart, too? What career did he want? How tall was he? Who was he?
I'll never know. I would doubt that he ever existed, except for a few bits of flotsam he left before he disappeared from the surface of life.

I once found a copy of a Maywood Herald from World War II that contained a Gold Star Honor Roll. This was a page of names and photographs of men from Maywood killed in the war. Uncle Vincent's picture is on that page. He's right before Tommy Edmonds and right after Robert Taylor. The page is framed and hangs in my office.

And I remember when my grandmother was alive there was a glass case in the corner of her living room. Lovingly displayed in the case was the Purple Heart my grandmother had received in exchange for the son she sent to war.
There were photographs of Uncle Vincent. He was a slim young man, boyishly handsome with the bright crooked smile all pilots seem to have. In several of the photos he is wearing a leather flying jacket and a white scarf. There were photos of Uncle Vincent at the controls of a two-seater training plane; Uncle Vincent atop a camel in front of the Great Pyramid.
And that's about it. That's most of what I know.

No, I know some other things about him.

I know he never knew that Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan (Ronald Reagan?), George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were presidents.

I know he never had children.

I know he never was able to test his abilities in a career.

I know he never knew who won World War II.

I know he never watched television.

I know he never saw a jet plane.

I know he never watched men walk on the moon.

I know he never got to talk to me.

And I know I never got to talk to him.

There were 405,399 Uncle Vincents in World War II. And thousands and thousands of Uncle Vincents in other wars.

For the families of men killed in war, Memorial Day is not just a day off from work. It is pain that may not end after more than 65 years. Or ever."

-Dave"

"HI EVAN,,IT'S MAY 25 TH ,,AND WE'RE CELEBRATING MEMORIAL DAY ,,A TIME TO REFLECT ON THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES SO THAT WE MAY LIVE FREELY,,HOW DO WE SAY THANK YOU FOR SUCH A GREAT SACRAFICE?? I PERSONALLY CAN'T SAY IT LOUD AND OFTEN ENOUGH,,FOR YOU ESPECIALLY "EVAN" ARE STILL SO LOVED AND MISSED EACH AND EVERY DAY,,THANK YOU "EVAN" FROM THE VERY BOTTOM OF MY HEART,,THATS WHERE I CARRY MY MEMORIES OF YOU,,IN MY HEART,,NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN AND ALWAYS WITH LOVE,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Here's to you today, Evan. Wish I had met you..."
Above The Best

"Hi Evan: Today is the 24th of April. I was just reading a few messages on the Fallen Heroes site and realized I forgot to wish you a Happy Birthday. Well, a belated Happy Birthday. I must tell you, Chris appeared in Washington, DC yesterday with other former soldiers who are veterans of Afghanistan. They were before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee testifying about their experiences in Afghanistan. I have to tell you Evan, Chris spoke of the day you gave the ultimate sacrifice. He will never forget you Evan. Keep watch over mom, dad and family. Always in God's hands. Never Forgotten. TO THE TOP. Love, Mrs. Beth Mc Gurk. Chris' Mom"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Evan, I had a GREAT tele. conversation w/ your Dad, Mike tonight! He told me he is smiling a little differently this week after some dental work. I served w/ your Dad in VN and I'm even older than he is. I can assure you that during all my years, I have never met prouder parents in America than yours, and for obviously GOOD reason! We're all proud of you!!! GOD bless you and all the HEROES who made such incredible sacrifices to keep our country free and safe from those enemy who would otherwise try to cause us harm. Evan, we know you're in GOD's Army now! THANK YOU ! ! ! !"
Paul E. Grimes of Verona, NJ

"Hi Bud,
It's just me, wanted to say happy birthday!!!!!
Your Niece Sage & your Nephew Aiden gave you their morning salute. Sagie also said she loves you. I get so mad when I think of what their missing out on. I do promise you that they will never forget you and will always know what a true American hero you are!!!!! Love & miss you everyday. Keep your eye on them Evan, they need you always we all do!!!
Love Sarah, Sagie & Aiden"
Sarah o'neill ( sister) of Salisbury mass

"Happy Birthday Evan!
You're never far from my heart,and my mind! Love you bunches.. xoxoxoxo
Mom"
MOM of (glorybean@comcast.net)

"Happy birthday Son, six years since those cowards in Afghanistan took you from us. To me and Mom it was and is like 6 minutes ago not six years. You live forever in our hearts and will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN as long as we live.
Take care up in Ft.Heaven and say hi to Adam, Chad, Legg, Duffy, and all the others with you that stood tall and paid the ultimate sacrifice while helping others to survive.
Love and miss you Son."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass USA

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY,,EVAN,,ALWAYS WISHING YOU WERE STILL HERE,,I'M SURE ITS A ROCKIN TIME IN HEAVEN CELEBRATING YOUR DAY,,,WITH MUCH LOVE,,AND NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN,,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"To all who knew Evan and those that didn't who have left kind words on this site, thank you from Mom and Dad. Info for all; Evan is at peace in Ridgewood Cemetary in North Andover,Mass and he is with many Veterans from all walks of life and wars from our past. My wife Barbara and I live in Haverhill,Mass where Evan grew up and went to school since grade one. His first 4 years were in North Andover before we moved to Haverhill. My wife was born and raised in North Andover and we felt that is where he would want to be. Anyone that would like to ask us about Evan and his life of 19 years please contact us as we will always answer questions about his life and his death as best we can. He was a HERO a SON a BROTHER and a FRIEND to all, he was also engaged to be married to a wonderful young girl and was planing to marry when he came home. We lost a son 29 Sept 2003, he was 19 years old, but because of him that day many other families did not have to deal with the loss of their child. Evan would not have wanted it any other way, he knew the job and accepted the fact that he was in harms way and that he may pay the ultimate sacrifice. He didn't want to die but he also would not want to have someone else have to suffer the loss of their son. All my Wife Barbara and I ask is that you speak his name and the names of all the others who gave their lives for freedom over the years so they will never be forgotten.

My name is Mike O'Neill, my e-mail is Ranger84@comcast.net, Home phone is 978-373-7337. Evan just called me Dad. My wife and I would love to get any pictures anyone might have of Evan during his service time,good ,bad, or strange we don't care. All we have are memories and photos,thank you all if you can help us out with anything you may have. Don't be afraid to contact us,we are very proud of our son and all those in the Military now and those that have gone before,also those that will someday in the future stand up to protect not only us here in our country but all those in the world who want to live in peace and freedom and not be oppressed by others."
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass,USA

"To the family of Evan,
I didn't know your son, but just like the message below mine, i am almost finished Craig Mullaney's book "The Unforgiving Truth" and i just had to google your son. I had to see for myself what Craig was talking about every time he mentioned "O'Neill". No pictures of him are in his book but the way he describes him and "those blue eyes", i just needed to put a picture of him in my head before i actually finish and close the book. For such a young man to lose his life the way he did, is truly seen as a hero in everyone's eyes. My heartfelt sorrows go out to you, his family. Time, sometimes does not heal all wounds. It never gets easier after you lose someone you love. But if you remember and believe he is your guardian angel and walks with you every step of the way, you may feel more comforted. God Bless!"
Lauren of New Jersey

"To the family of Evan O'Neill: I just finished Craig Mullaney's book, "The Unforgiving Minute," and learned the story of your son. Mullaney's book introduced me to worlds I knew nothing about and my respect and admiration for those who serve has grown exponentially. Your son's service and sacrifice is forever remembered and appreciated. Wishing you peace and comfort."
Valerie Davia of Steamboat Springs, CO

"its been a long time i think about everything that happen that day and every year i hurt the most thank you for fighting with me that day im sorry i havent wrote before its hard for me"
SGT JOSEPH PEREZ of FORT BLISS TX

"I was just listening to NPR (Feb 24 09) about an officer that recently wrote a book The Unforgiving Minute by Craig M Mullaney. Halfway through the show I was startled to hear "Evan O'neil from Haverhill Mass.". This author mentions the engagement that caused Evan to make that Supreme Sacrifice. Being a combat veteran of Vietnam and knowing that the best go first, I would like to pay my respects to Evan. Is he in Arlington or Haverhill? Thank you and may God bless you."
Bud Smith of Newburyport Ma

"Hey man I just wanted to stop by and say hello. I have not been o here in quite some time and I am sorry about that. I have finally worked up the courage to go see you and drink some beers. I am going up i April to see mom and dad. I will never forget the gift you gave all of us...LIFE!"
Chris "MAC" McGurk of New York City

"Hi Barbara...

Although I don't see you anymore, I do still think of you and Evan. I stumbled across this site and wanted to say hello to you. I also wanted to let you know Evan is still remembered and thanked for his service.

Scott and I send our best wishes to you and your family."
Tricia Marchlik of Andover, MA

"Your Niece is crazy & reminds me of you. We all love & miss you. Aiden is doing well with his Early Intervention for his Autism. He's doing 100% better. I'm sure your looking after him. We all love & miss you!!!"
Sarah O'Neill- Gregan of Salisbury Ma

"Evan,

There are a whole pile of memories.. How can I pick a favorite. I always all of us Kids would be going to sebago with our own families. You are mentioned often, "Evan would have loved this." Still think of you!"
of Haverhil ma

"Hi Evan, Miss you terribly I just wanted to let you know. Everything is well here. Your niece & nephew are driving me crazy, but what else is new. Aiden is doing well with his help for his Autism. He's doing soooo much better. You'd be soo proud of him.
They love you so much, Im always talking about you & Sagie gives her kiss & salute every A.M. They will always know what a hero their uncle evan was.
Love ya bud
Sister Sarah"
Sister Sarah of Salisbury MA

"Hi evan,
Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about ya today, as I do everyday when I see your picture. Your Niece & Nephew are driving me mad pretty much. I wish you were here cause I know I could just say " come get them!" & you'd take them out in your Bronco, or just come play with them a bit to get them out of my hair to give me a break. I think that's the toughest thing for me is that they'll never have that time with their fantastic Uncle Ev. You'll be glad to know Aiden is comming along. He finally talked to Ma & Dad for the 1st time a few day's ago,which is a huge step for him, Dad was soo proud of him, as we all are. Sagie as I'm sure you know is doing Great. Everyday is something new with her either + or - you never know. Latley she's like a parrot. Mom has a-lot of fun over the phone with her repeating everything she says. It's quite comical. Well that's what's happening here.
I love & miss you to pieces!!!!!
Love Sarah O'Neill-Gregan"
Sister of Salisbury Ma

"Hi baby!(I know you hate that!)
Another set of holidays upon us that just suck!We're going on 2009,just another year closer to you! Every day that passes isn't easy.....

"Trying to catch your heart
Is like trying to catch a star
So many people love you baby
That must be what you are."

Love and miss you so very much every hour of every day.
Mom
xoxoxox"
Mom(cindergirl911@aol.com} of Haverhill,MA."Hometown of a Hero"

"Hi Ev,
Today I'm missing you terribly. The kids are crazy, & Sagie gave you her morning kiss followed by her salute. She loves you soo much! Well I'll be talking to you soon.
Love
Me xoxo"
Sarah o'neill of Salisbury Ma

"Hi Evan,
I just wanted to let you know how the greusome 2some are doing. I get so mad that they never met you, but I know especially sagie knows you in spirit!!
She's always talking to you @ mom's. She acts a-lot like you to. I need you to watch over Aiden right now, he needs his uncle. I love & miss you terribly, when the kid's start going at it, It just sounds very familiar.
Love ya
Sarah"
Sarah of Salisbury ma

"HI EVAN,,ITS CHRISTMAS,, ANOTHER ONE WITHOUT YOU,,IT REALLY DOESN'T GET EASIER..THOSE OF US WHO KNOW AND LOVE YOU MISS YOU JUST AS MUCH AS THE DAY YOU WERE TAKEN AWAY FROM ALL OF US..IF WE COULD BE GRANTED JUST ONE WISH IT WOULD BE THAT YOU WERE HERE AGAIN,,ALWAYS AND FOREVER NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN,,MERRY CHRISTMAS EVAN,,ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS,,,"
JULIE B of NO. ANDOVER

"Hi Son, Christmas morning 0645 and I miss you more every day. I remember how much you loved this day when you were little, you'd fly down stairs to see what Santa left and come up and drag me and mom down so you could open all your stuff.Your smile and laughter lit up the whole house! Today I will be up to see you on the hill were you rest, I'll bring a beer and a cigar to share with you as I've done since that first year 2003. We all miss you and think of you every day of the year but days like today are the hardest. Keep watch over mom,the twins,Sarah,and Sarah as well as all your friends and fellow soldiers that are still in the fight. HOOHA Son
"To the top"-- "All the way""
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill, Mass USA

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill,
My name is Amanda Laverriere, I live in Danville, NH with my fiance Joshua Brewster. Joshua and Evan were great friends when they were in high school, joined the military together and Joshua was then sent to Iraq. Evan meant the world to Joshua, and he has told me he was never formally introduced to either one of you. In May of 2007 we had a little boy and we named him Evan after your son. We have taken many visits to your son's resting place so Joshua can spend time with him. Shortly after our son was born Joshua visited your home, but there was no one there. I know it would mean the world to Joshua to meet with you, and it would mean the world to both of us for you to meet our Evan. There isnt a day that goes by that I don't think about the sacrafices your son has made. He has touched my life in so many ways, and I never got the chance to meet him. I think of him everytime I look to my son. If there is anyway possible that you would be willing to get in touch and keep in touch with Joshua, I know he would greatly appreciate it.
My telephone number is 603-490-6361
and my email is acc7@unh.edu."
Amanda Laverriere of Danville, NH

"Mr. & Mrs O'Neill

I was just reading about your son, and you raised a fine young man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I just lost my son this pass Feb and there is no pain like that of a parent losing a child.

I met you in Wal-Mart in Plaistow awhile ago, and I asked you about your hat, and I would keep wearing it in memory of your son.

GOD BLESS"
KEN HENDERSHOT of SANDOWN NH

"Veterans Day 2008
The sacrifice of Army Pfc. Evan W. O'Niell will always be remembered."
Mike Menetto of Los Gatos, CA, USA

"Hi Hon!
Caught the tail end of the parade coming back from visiting you,then came home and did other veterans things.With all the cold and windy weather lots more vets need quilts!!
Love you and miss you every minute.
To The Top!!
Love you,
MOM xoxoxo"
Mom(cindergirl911@aol.com) of Haverhill,MA." Hometown of a Hero"

"Evan, I thank you and all Veterans today and everyday for all that you have done!
My gratitude is overhelming...."
Joan of North Andover

"Hi Son, Five year's since you left us and today is the sixth Veterans Day I've had to face without you. I have all your awards on my hat with my stuff,I look like some kinda Mexican General but who cares? A day doesn't pass that I don't mention your name and today after the parade at the VFW your story will be told, songs in your honor will be played,tears will be shed and beers will be lifted in a toast to you and to all Veterans here on the earth and to those with you up in Fort Heaven!! Your outfit just got back from the sand box over there, keep them safe back here as you did over there. The three they lost this go around are in your ranks now and will be honored by us like I honor you. Duffy,Legg,Emard Heros all.
Gotta go son, time to march, you know the drill.

"To The Top/All The Way" love ya, Dad"
Mike O'Neill of Haverhill, Mass USA

"Hey brother,

Well man we got back to America finaly. But saddly we came home 3 short. Everyone is doing ok in the plt. Enjoying the down time we are geting and all. Saw your picture up in the Battalion today and sent chills down my spin like always. Well bro love you"
George Rice of Fort Drum, NY

"hey ev just wanted to drop you a line let ya know an everyone else i'll never forget ya we spent too many moons skateboarding an hanging out an the time i came to drum im so happy i did that idunno i just wanted to say hi and im still here i miss you ....billy"
billy of haverhill

"It may be completely coincidental but the O'Neill Clan grew by one on 9/29/08 with the arrival of Makenna Kate Nagasaka in Vandenberg AFB in CA. She was born to Evan's cousin Shannon who is stationed there for the next 3 years. I believe strongly in spiritual connections and there just may be a reason Makenna chose to enter the world 5 years to the day after Evan had helped make it safe for her to be here. "Thanks," will never be enough to say for your service and your sacrifice but we mean it from the bottom of our hearts."
Dennis & Becky O'Neill of Bremerton, WA

"Five years,and five million tears(at least!)doesn't stop the pain of losing you.But your spirit remains around the house,I still see it here and there.
Your niece Sage slept in your room last week and had quite an hour long conversation with you.We were listening to her talk her baby talk,laugh quite frequently,and answer "yup" to three different questions.So we know you were there!!
I love you and miss you lots,still expecting you to come thru the door at 100 mph.
Love you,Mom xoxoxox"
MOM(Cindergirl911@aol.com) of Haverhill,Mass. HOMETOWN OF A HERO

"Here's thinking about you Evan, thank you!"
Timm Lovitt of Seattle, WA

"Hello Evan: I went to Mass this morning and offered up my prayers for your mom and dad and family. You are safe Evan with all the angels. I want to print something that I read at Mass today. No one has greater love, says the Lord, than the man who lays down his life for his friends. You showed your love for your friends five years today. Never forgotten. TO THE TOP. Love, Mrs. McGurk"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"9-29-08 Evan its sarah. 5 Years and i still miss you and love as the day you left me. i miss your jokes, and the way u would make me laugh. i still dont laught that hard till this day. I miss the hugs the way u were so tall. most of all i miss the flowers u broght to me to cheer me up. The pain is as real as it was on the day i got the news. i'll never stop missing and loving you. i wish you could see how good i'm doing now. Bet juste remember this day every year, we remember you."
Sarah Ferrick, (Fiance) of Newburyport Mass

"0630 29 Sept 2003 the phone rings at my fire station and I answer "West station Lt.O'Neill here,how may I help you?" An Army 1st Sgt introduces himself and says "Lt.O'Neill, you need to come home to be with your wife". That very instant I knew you had left our world and gone to your new duty station in Heaven.
Today 29 Sept 2008, 5 long lonely years later I'm sitting at home typing this e-mail but my mind is back in 03 at the fire house. I relive that day over and over like the movie groundhog day.No one can answer the question of why you were chosen out of all the troops fighting that day on Lasano Ridge but having raised you to the fine Soldier you became I know that you would not have had it any other way. You gave your life so others could live and no one back here will EVER FORGET you or what you did, for that is now my goal in life,to keep your memory alive. You are no longer with us in person but your memory will live forever in all those you touched through the years.
Today is rainy and dark, kinda the way I feel but you would say "come on Dad,suck it up and drive on" so I will!! I plan on meeting your Plt Leader from that day in 03, Capt. Mullaney, at the VFW and taking him up to your resting place in Ridgewood. Prior to that I will be there with a beer and cigar as always to share with you. Later on we will all meet at the Vets and talk of you and the troops that are still in harms way that you watch over 24-7. Some songs will be played on the juke box in your honor and some tears will be shed for your loss but be assured I will stand tall through it all and keep going forward until the day we meet again son.
I love you and miss you every minute of every day son and your mom is the same as me. Keep a close eye on Mom as she has a much harder time excepting your loss and days like today are real tuff for her.

Take care Son,gather up those that are with you, Thomas,Fuller,Duffy,Legg,Emard,Chris,Cheif and anyone else you can round up and and tell them all HOOHA! from me."
Evans Dad,Mike O'Neill of Haverhill,Mass USA

"I love ya brother and I'm always thinking about you..... 5 years since that day. I remember every moment."
Matt of Overton

"DEAR EVAN,,IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WHEN I WROTE ABOUT IT BIENG 4 YEARS,,AND NOW IT'S 5 YEARS SINCE YOU WERE TAKEN FROM US,,I FOUND THIS QOUTE AND I REALLY LIKED IT,,,THEY THAT LOVE BEYOND THE WORLD CANNOT BE SEPARATED BY IT..DEATH CANNOT KILL WHAT NEVER DIES..WE ALL MISS YOU SO MUCH EVAN,,NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN,,AND ALWAYS WITH LOVE,,,"
JULIE B of NO.ANDOVER

"Mike & Barbara

You are Wonderful.

My thoughts and prayers are certainly with you and Evan every day. I think of you all often. Evans picture is on my mantle and I look at him and thank him every day. Stay tough tomorrow."
Chief M

"Hello Evan: It is hard to believe that tomorrow, September 29th, is the 5th year you are in Heaven. I know it must seem like yesterday for your mom and dad. You will always be in our minds and hearts Evan. My one son, Patrick, will be getting ready to redeploy from Iraq and another son, Dave, will be deploying in a few weeks to Iraq. Dave is a Blackhawk Pilot in the 10th Mountain. Your buddy, Chris,is doing okay. God bless all of our men and women who are in harms way. I know you watch over all of them but especially your mom, dad, sister, and niece and nephew. Thank you Even. Never forgotten. TO THE TOP. Mrs. Beth McGurk"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Love ya Buddy. I hope you all are havin a ball up there. R.I.P. O'Neill, Duffy, Legg, Emard, Chris, Chief, Thomas, Fuller, White, Underhill, Fouty and Jiminez."

"I have heard your story, Evan, through those that lived to tell it. I will always remember you and what you have done... I will carry it in my heart throughout my lifetime in this Army and through the battles I will face soon enough. And hopefully, you will be proud of me. I can only hope to be what you were."

"Happy fourth of July to everyone! We all miss you Evan and wish you were still here. I hope that whereever you are, whatever you are doing you know that many of us still think about you everyday.

Additionally, if anyone wants to talk, I am always here at 425-420-8322. Have a great fourth!"
Timm Lovitt of Seattle, WA

"Here's to you Evan...I didn't know you personally, but was there when Ray and Dennis lost their lives in the same location..."
A friend in black of who's always roaming...

"Hey brother,
I see that you ahve already been told about three more 1/87 brothers joining your side as one of the new INfantry Gods. I worked with both Duffy and Legg in Iraq great guys both. I did not know emard, he was a cherry when i was leaving drum;cherry or not he is still an Infantryman. I just wanted to stop by and say I love you and keep an eye on the rest of our 1/87 brothers."
Chris McGurk of New York City

"Evan,
Hey there my old friend. I wantd to send word that three more of our brothers are on the way. Duffy, Legg, and Emard will be there soon, show them around and make sure these young hooahs get what they need."

"I will always remember your strength Evan. You are in my thoughts always. But, Memorial day won't allow me to escape the memory of your selfless acts as part of the squad. Thank you, and best wishes to your family. I tried to get ahold of Chris for the first time in years tonight, I talked to his Mom hopefully he will call. You are first in my thoughts, Scott"
Allen G. of columbia, sc

"May 26, 2008 "Memorial Day"
One day of the year to remember and honor those who gave their lives? We parents remember everything everyday, thats how important you are to us"
Love Ellen Thomas

"HERE WE ARE ,,MEMORIAL DAY 08,,ANOTHER ONE HAS COME AGAIN,,WE HONOR THOSE WE HAVE LOVED AND LOST AND THOSE WE MAY HAVE NEVER KNOWN,,TODAY IS REALLY NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER DAY ,,BEACUSE OUR HEARTS ARE WITH YOU EVAN EVERY DAY,,AND THOSE STILL IN HARMS WAY,,WE LOVE AND MISS YOU EVAN,,ALWAYS AND FOREVER,,"
JULIE B of NO.ANDOVER

"Hi Evan!
Too many Memorial Days without you here.Love and miss you lots!XXOOXXOO"
Mom(cindergirl911@aol.com) of Haverhill,MA." Hometown of a Hero"

"0635 A.M. and I'm getting ready to go to the VFW to march in another parade to honor you son and all the other HEROS that you are stationed with up in Ft.Heaven. Your ears must be ringing as all we do is talk about you and what a fine soldier you turned out to be! As long as I have a breath left in me son I will speak your name every day so don't ever worry about not being remembered, your memory is etched in the hearts of more people than I could count. I know you will be by my side today in spirit as always so please give me the strength to carry on and make it through another special day without your presence to keep me in line! HOOAH!! weststa33@aol.com"
Mike O'Neill of Haverhill,Mass, USA

""Happy Birthday"
Hope you are now doing what you want,I just dont see you guys sitting around
Heaven watching us, I know you are hanging
with us, this will not be a sappy message, so "HAPPY BIRTHDAY"
lOVE ELLEN THOMAS"

"Well son, We had another birthday of yours on 16 Apr 08 hope you had a cold one with your fellow fallen soldiers up in Fort Heaven! You must be an E-7 by now. Your friends still in harms way are quite happy you are taking care of them in the big sand pit over the pond and we stay in touch all the time. I love and miss you son but know some day we will all be together again.E-mail is weststa33@aol.com"
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass, USA

"O'Neill,
I cannot tell you how shocked I was on the day that your death was reported... Timm and I knew as soon as we meet you that you were going to be squared away. I'm sure there are a few guys out there that have the "what if" thought process going on, there are 1 million different things that could have happened, but we cannot change any of it now. Never would have thought that the cherry private I met would become the hero to many. Will be drinking a whiskey with you again soon on the bench and hopefully catch the old man down at the VFW."

"Hey Evan,
I know your busy looking over everyone and continuing your duty, which I know you are doing with the same zeal and passion as when you were here. That's a good thing b/c I know you wouldn't be happy doing anything else. I just wanted you to know that I was thinking of you. I got some training coming up and know you would love to participate, but I really wish you were here in my unit. Thats what got me thinking of you today. You had something. I was talking with 5 senior NCOs today and all I could think about was how I'd rather be dealing with PFC's of your caliber. You'd excel here. The world is lesser of a place without you, brother. Reserve a cold beer for me in Heaven.
Peace,
Randy"
Randy Revell of Fort Bragg, NC

"Hey McGurk,

I wanted to write you a message because it seems as if you are going through some tough times.
I hope that you truly don't believe that those five years have been wasted. I can understand where you are coming from as I often ask myself what good the Iraq war is doing, but I will not call it wasted. If we call the whole effort wasted then we are also saying that the brave sacrafice that our 4,000 brothers, fathers, and friends were all for nothing. That is something I cannot do.
I do side with you and believe the soldiers of our era have been "victims of circumstance." We have been called to arms and action due to unfortunate political agenda which has not been the best for our country. But I believe (and please tell me if you believe the same) that the sacrafice those 4,000, the sacrafice that our old friend Evan weren't for anything other than the guy to your left and right. The reason why we were over there really doesn't matter. We have no control over it, and in fact, the only control we had we pissed away by reelecting to a second term.
Why those men lost their lives is unfortunate. But you also have to look at the real reason why they did it... They committed the ultimate sacrafice for you and me. The guys watching their backs and trusting that they are watching ours. That, I believe, is not a waste of anything.
Evan, thank you for everything that you gave to us. I will honor your sacrafice. I still miss you though!
Anyways, McGurk, or anyone else for that matter, if you ever need to talk give me a call at 425-420-8322. Take care brother!"
Timm Lovitt of Seattle, WA/USA

"5 years in Iraq and still counting.............For what?"
Chris McGurk of NYC

"Evan,
I wanted to apologize for my in-approiate outburst the last time I was on here. I think about losano everyday, it as if it has been seared into my soul and psyche. I have worked long and hard to be able to look back on that day and not do so much of "what if's" So many people have told me that "your squad was lucky and it could have been much worse" That is true, but it does not take away the pain of losing someone you made an unspoken promise too. I emailed your father about what would be a good time for me to come up and see him and your mom, as well as coming to pay my respects to you; I have not been near you since September 29 2003;I think it is about time. Just know that those of us that you saved live on everyday with the memory of a day in September that touched the souls of all who took part in the fight. On a lighter note I went to the Samuel Adams brewery in Boston tasted some beers and got some new "Perfect Pint" glasses as they call them. I have yet to drink out of them, for I am saving them for your dad and I to have a toast to you when we come see you, until then continue to watch over those in 1/87 who are still fighting in Iraq.

"Go Raibh maith agat""
Christopher McGurk of NYC

"It has been a long time since I have written to you. I still have pictures in my mind that have changed my life for ever. I cant even talk amongst friends about what I have done and where I have been without the thought of what happened that day comng right to the front of my mind. There are a lot of people stills hurting over what happened. I am still at Fort Drum, still in 1-87 after all this time. Being here is a constant reminder of you leaving us. I have not been to your grave, but every year since we have had the memorial here at drum, on that sad sad day I pour two shots, one for me and you brother."
SGT Christopher Couchot of Fort Drum, New York

"Evan, hey man, it's Timm. I never knew about this page until Dave told me about it. I'm glad he turned me on to it so I can finally say a few words to you. I haven't talked with you since September 28th, although I've often thought about you. If I knew that it was going to be the last day I would be able to say something to you I probably would have said something kind and from the soul. Or maybe I would have just listened. Let you say something. Let you have the chance to talk. But no, I had no idea and so I went about my day, never really thinking about all the what ifs.

Michael Landon said it best when he said "From the day we are born we should be told we are dying. That way we never forget to really live."

I have read some of the things that people have written to you, and it's sad to see so many people taking the blame or blaming themselves for what happened. You know better than any of us that it's not anyone's fault.
What happened, happened from a series of decisions that led to the unfortunate outcome that we are so sad about.

None of us could have known what was going to happen and none of us can change what happened. We just have to trust that you are looking over us now.

Evan, I am so sorry that this happened. If I could go back and change it all I would. But we both now that it cannot be done.

So instead of sitting around blaming myself or pointing fingers, I am going to truely honor you as a hero and make a difference in this world. I will live my life to the excellance that I deserve. To the excellance that you deserved, before you were taken away.

Thank you my friend for sacrifcing what you did for me and my family. See you around old friend."
Timm Lovitt, 1/87th Infantry of Seattle, WA/USA

"I have not written to you in a very long time and I am not sure what to even say now. Your death is my fault, I was the one who made the decisions that day and I have lived with that until this day.. There are people who write messages on this page , people who presume to judge me still to this day and the the funny thing is they were not there, they did not hold your hand, or say the Our Father or kiss your forehead and watch you be carried away to the Medevac. They don't have the nightmares I have of being a leader who could not keep a promise to his men or their families. To this day I still live in September 29th 2003 and can see your face and hear the last thing you said on this earth. I don't know where to go or how to begin to heal. I have an amazing woman in my life now and I do nothing but hurt her after all that she has given me to live for. I don't keep in contact with your mother an father nor have I been to your grave.I live with the secret knowledge that all veterans seem to have instilled in them when they see and do the very worst of human nature. I love you like a son and a brother. I hope that you can forgive me for not being a better leader. To all of those that write on here and presume to know what happened that day, and for so long talked to mike, next time get your facts straight before you speak."
Christopher McGUrk of New York, New York

"Every year its harder and harder to think about this and its been a long time to sence i have wrote in this log , im sorry but its not easy. But things are coming together for me and now bro i wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
Mr. Everett J. Redner (SGT Red ) ILM of Greenville , MI

"Every year its harder and harder to think about this and its been a long time to sence i have wrote in this log , im sorry but its not easy. But things are coming together for me and now bro i wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
Mr. Everett J. Redner (SGT Red ) ILM of Greenville , MI

"Every year its harder and harder to think about this and its been a long time to sence i have wrote in this log , im sorry but its not easy. But things are coming together for me and now bro i wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
Mr. Everett J. Redner (SGT Red ) ILM of Greenville , MI

"Merry Christmas Evan!
It's so hard to believe that this is the 5th Christmas without you~it doesn't get any easier.
We will meet again,as we lots to talk about!
I love you!
Mom xoxoxo"
cindergirl911@aol.com

""MERRY CHRISTMAS",,,EVAN,,,THIS TIME OF THE YEAR CAN BE REALLY HARD,,FOR OUR TROOPS AWAY FROM HOME AND FOR THOSE OF US HERE WAITING FOR THEIR RETURN EVEN HARDER ARE THOSE OF US WHO HAVE HAD SOMEONE TAKEN TOO SOON AND THAT WOULD BE YOU,,EVAN,,PLEASE ASK GOD TO BLESS ALL OF THEM AND US TOO,,THANK YOU EVAN,,"NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN",,WITH LOVE AND DEEP RESPECT,,CHRISTMAS-07"
JULIE B of NORTH ANDOVER

"Christmas eve 2007 I wish you were here instead of in Heaven but some things we wish for just never come true thats why I sit here so lonely and blue.I think of you always from morning till night and all of your friends that are still in the fight, keep an eye on them all and bring them home safe so their families can have a smile on their face,to hold them and hug them like I can't do with you. You live in my heart now and will till I die and join your ranks so far away in the sky.

I love you son."
Dad of Haverhill,Mass USA

"Evan, my soldier, my friend, my brother! I'm not a man of many words as you know, I miss you and think about you all the time! 29Sep07 we had a brief talk on the hill,and I gave u my word in O-E AUG2003 and even though in body your not here,in mind and spirit you are,we had a great time, so, 29Sep of 2008 we will meet again @ #2104 to have our annual beer, me and your old man will talk and i'll beat his * in pool again, i'll play your song on the jukebox and torment all the old folks for you, so until then my friend, keep looking out for us!!! Mike and Barb I love you guys and will see you soon, "To The Top!!!""
MR.Michael Dickman of Grand Rapids, M.I.

"HI EVAN, I THINK ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FOLKS ALL THE TIME. I WISH I COULD HAVE MET YOU. I WROTE TO YOU, AND WONDER IF YOU EVER GOT MY LETTER. I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW HOW PROUD YOUR MOM AND DAD WERE OF YOU. I FEEL I DO KNOW YOU NOW THROUGH THEM. THEY LOVE YOU DEARLY. WITH THEM, AND ALL THE FOLKS AT POST 2104 WILL MAKE SURE YOUR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AS WELL AS THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON YOU WERE. RIP COMRADE!!! PEACE"
SHANNON of N.A., MASS

"Dear Mike & Barbara...
I have no idea how I came across this web site, but am so grateful that I did! I too never got the privilege of ever getting to know your son Evan..but have had a great privilege of getting to know you both. I thank Evan for that - from what I understand and read, he was an amazing man-raised by amazing parents. God bless you both - and thank you for bringing Evan into this world - all my love, thoughts and prayers are with you both & the troops that continue to serve where Evan left off."
Joan of North Andover, MA

"November 26, 2007
To the family of Pfc. Evan W. O'Neill:
Evan 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

"NOV. 22, 2007
JUST KNOW IM THINKING OF YOU AND AM THANKFUL FOR YOUR SACRIFICE. HOPING ADAM-------- IS LAUGHING WITH YOU !
HAPPY THANKSGIVING IRISH"
ELLEN THOMAS

"evan.
thank you ...."
chads mom,dad

"ON THIS VETERANS DAY I THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. I LOVE YOU"
ELLEN THOMAS of GOLDSTAR MOM

"Evan, I think of you every day of my life. SCOTT"

"Hi Evan,
I was thinking of you today! You and Sarah, and me and rach with our parachutes and soldiers throwing them off the balcony . I think of you allot. I don't see Sarah or rach much but were all soo busy it's hard.I know you are watching over her. I will see them soon. I miss you and I'm always thinking of you. Love Courtney"
Courtney Grant of Lowell Ma

"Hi Evan,
I miss you very much!!!!!
This never gets any easier and it probably never will. I wish you were here for the kids, I know you would have adord them. I know you're with them because Sagie definatley knows who you are and she always has.I love and miss you terribly but you're niece and nephew will always know what a wonderful person you were. As a soldier, a hero, and always my baby brother.
love sarah xoxoxox"
sarah O'Neill of Salisbury MA

"I am so lucky to have known you and watched you grow into a remarkable young man. God Bless you, your mom and dad and all your family today and always."
"Auntie" Paula of N.A. Ma

"HI EVAN,,,FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY WAS A DAY THAT CHANGED ALL OUR LIVES..FOR THOSE WHO DID OR DID NOT KNOW YOU..TAKEN MUCH TOO SOON AND SORLEY MISSED MORE SO THAN ANYONE ELSE I HAVE EVER KNOWN..ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS GIVE TRIBUTE TODAY TO YOU DEAR EVAN..WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE AND A HOPE THAT THOSE STILL FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY WILL LOOK TO YOU AND ALL OTHERS WHO HAVE BEEN TAKEN FROM US,, AND SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE WILL ALWAYS FIGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM,,AND WILL ENDURE OUR WAY OF LIFE,,EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE THOSE WHO ENVY AND HATE US FOR IT,,GOOD WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL,,GOD BLESS AMERICA,,GOD BLESS YOU AND THOSE WHO LOVE AND MISS YOU,, "EVAN" NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN,,"
JULIE B of NORTH ANDOVER

"Hi son, Four years ago today since you left us. Today I will be up the hill with SSGT Dickman, now a civilian,to salute your resting place and have a toast to you. Keep an eye on your old outfit as they are back in harms way. Bring them all home safe and sound.
I love and miss you more each day son and I will make sure you are never forgotten."
Dad of Haverhill, Mass, USA

"4 years brother... Amazing how quick time goes by. If I'm still around in another 50, I know I'll still remember every minute of that day. We fought without fear. I'll see you on the flip side man."
Matt Overton of Chicago, Illinois

"Hi Evan,
Did you get that balloon that came your way today?(Your sister thought it was attached to the flowers!)
Sage and Aiden were casing the cemetary for flowers for you,and they were waving your american flag! They saw your picture and had alot to say to you.
Everyone misses and loves you so much.
It seems like yesterday that you were here with us,how I wish that were true.
I love you and miss you now more than ever.
Mom
xoxoxoxox"
Cindergirl911@aol.com of Haverhill,MA

"Hello Evan: Chris' mom here. I have been thinking of you a lot, especially since September 29th is only six days away. I know your mom and dad told you that your Unit is back in Iraq. Two tours in a row. I am grateful that Chris is not there this time. Thank you for watching over him all this time.Chris is doing okay. Keep an eye on your mom and dad and give them a sign every once in awhile that you are with them. NEVER FORGOTTEN - TO THE TOP
Oh, Fort Drum is still being represented by our family. My son, Dave, is the Commander of the 277th Aviation Support BN. He will head out next year. God Bless. Love, Beth McGurk"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"SEPT. 29, 2007
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!
THANK YOU EVAN!"
ELLEN

"HI EVAN.
NOT SURE IF BY NOW YOUR SICK OF ALL THE ANNIVERSARIES, MEMORIALS, AND MAYBE EVEN THE ARMY! SURE DO WONDER WHAT YOUR DOING NOW. MAYBE YOUR A FIREMAN LIKE YOUR DAD, I DONT GUESS THEY HAVE FIRES UP THERE. HEY CAN WE SMOKE UP THERE? JUST WONDERING! WELL I LOVE YOUR MOM AND ALL BUT I REALLY DONT SEE YOU SITTING AROUND WITH THE OLD LADIES AND QUILTING! HA HA! IS IT ALOUD TO ASK TO DROP MONEY? THOUGHT I'D ASK SINCE EVERYONE ELSE IS PRAYING FOR PEACE AND SUCH. WELL THERE IS SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO-SPINKLE SOME HAPPY DUST OVER YOUR MOM AND DADS HOUSE. THANKS!! I REMEMBER EVERYDAY, AND YOU ARE NOT ONLY A HERO TO ME BUT YOU HAVE BECOME A SON."
ELLEN THOMAS

"Hello Evan,

My thoughts are with you and your family this month. I think about you alot, man. I remember that day like it were yesterday. You fought hard, and no one can say different. "All gave some, One gave all." You keep protecting those guys over there."
Josh Howe of Newport, NH

"I know your busy taking care of the guys that just deployed to Iraq. As you know it's 0755 09/11/07 the sixth anniversary of the attack on our Country that you and many others enlisted to keep from ever happening again. Our own rememberance 09/29/07, is right around the corner, the day you stood your ground in battle and gave your life so that others would live. Not a moment goes by that you are not in my thoughts son, I miss you more each day and hope some day we will be together again in a much better place. You will be honored today in Andover at the cerimony in front of the town hall as we gather for the rememberance of all the innocent people who lost thier lives to a bunch of radical nut cases who want to control the world.

I love you son!!!
weststa33@aol.com"
Evans Dad, Mike of Haverhill,Mass, USA

"Hi Evan,
Dad just got off the phone a little while ago with the 1/87th,they're leaving for Iraq (again!)tonite.
Please keep a good eye on them,like you always have on the battlefield.They all need you to take care of them.
Love you,and miss you more.
Mom
xoxoxox"

"Hi, Evan. Although we never got a chance to meet, you may recognize me since I visit the 10th MTN DIV Memorial plaquard with your name to reflect and pay my deepest respects to your memory.

I am a friend of Chris McGurk and have learned about what a tremendous person and Soldier you were from him. The place you hold in his life is so important.

I thank you for watching over Chris and - once again - ensuring his safe return home from Iraq. I'm glad he won't be going back anymore.

I think about you and your sacrifice; your family and the meaning of the loss of your presence to so many.

I humbly extend my thanks to you. I hope you see me next time I come to visit the memorial. :)

BTW - my friend, Alex, plays in a rock band with guitarist Steve Vai. They have a tour date in NYC on 29 Sept. I've asked Alex to dedicate the night to you and your memory. I hope to be at the performance. I know Chris will be spending that time with you and your family.

Thank you, Evan. Your friend -"
Kapra Quain of Black River, NY

"Evan-
I still think about you. I miss being back at Whittier and having class with you. You were always so smart, but also extremely funny. I also enjoyed the time we spent out of class together. You willalways be in my thoughtsand my heart."

"Well son as you know we just had another fourth of July without you. I thought back on how much you enjoyed the fire works and all and it helped me make it through the day with some good memories of the past. I worked at the fire station so others could enjoy the day. I love and miss you every minute of every day son but the patriotic holidays are the hardest to cope with. I don't celebrate anything anymore since you left us,I go through the motions and stand tall and tell everyone of our son the HERO who gave his life so others could live. I only wish it was you here instead of me. If all is as they say then someday you and I will meet again on the big parade ground in the sky and we can spend eternity with all the others that went before and after our time on earth.I love you son. Please keep an eye on your old outfit as they will soon re-deploy to hell on earth, they still carry you in their hearts and minds and know that you will keep watch over them until they return safe and sound."
Dad of Haverhill,Mass, USA

"Hey Son, Ft Drum was kinda dull without you there but the guy's took good care of me and mom all the same. Another Memorial day wihout you by my side is tuff but I'll keep on keepin on as we used to say. I love you and miss you son, hang in there and before you know it i'll be with you again.

"To The Top-All The Way""
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass USA

""MEMORIAL DAY 2007"
Hello Evan, This weekend is filled with tears of both sadness and pride. You are remembered for not only your sacrifice but of a fine young man. I was so proud inside with all the people with flags in their hands and tears in their eyes, No we will NEVER FORGET! I Love You"
Ellen Thomas of Proud Army MOM

"HI EVAN,,I HOPE YOU ARE AS PLEASED WITH THE DEDICATION FOR YOU AT WHITTIER VOKE AS WE ALL ARE,,WHAT A WONDERFUL PRESENTATION AND RMEMBERANCE IN YOUR HONOR..ALL WHO ATTENDED FELT THE SAME WAY,,THE SCHOOL AND ALL THE STUDENTS DID THEMSELVES PROUD IN YOUR NAME,,YOU HAVE THE BIGGEST EXTENDED FAMILY I HAVE EVER SEEN,,LOADED WITH PEOPLE WHO LOVE YOU AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.. I'M SO PROUD TO HAVE KNOWN YOU,,,WITH MUCH LOVE"
JULIE B of NORTH ANDOVER

"Hey Bro,

Just got back from JRTC man. Good training for once. We are ready ago again and heading back into the pit of hell yet again this summer. Make sure your watching out for my * again to bro. I think we can use all the help we can get this time. Love ya and miss ya bro"
George RIce of Fort Drum, NY

"Happy Birthday to a true "Hero". A man among Men. Take care Evan. Save a spot for me."
Charles "Doc" Campbell of Moreno Valley, California

"Hi Evan;
We never got to know you but we know all about you through you father. We went to DC to back off the protesters, this we did in memory of you. I wish I could have known you, sometimes after talking with you dad, I feel like I did."
Doug and Cindy Calderwood of Berlin, NY

"Dear Evan,
Happy 23rd birthday to you. You are one missed man! My son Nicholas is named after you and I know you are keeping a close eye on him and my husband Randy and I are greatful for that. He's such an amazing and happy
little boy, your mom said you were the same as a baby. Randy made it home safely from Iraq and I'd like to think you had a part in that. Thank you for keeping my husband safe. I never had the chance to met you but I have grown to love you as much as everyone else that you blessed. Thank you Evan, for everything. All my love, Sonja Revell"
Sonja Revell of Ft Bragg, NC

"Hi Evan,
I've felt your presence alot lately,I know things are fine.
Happy Birthday,you'd be 23 years old.
We love you,and miss you 24/7.
You were the best of the best,and we miss you terribly.
TO THE TOP!!"
MOM of cindergirl911@aol.com

"Dear Evan: Happy 23rd Birthday. What a party you must be having in heaven. Your candles will light the night sky. Always remembered. Mrs. McGurk"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"AT EASE SON, It's your 23rd birthday and I can't stop thinking of what you might have done if you didn't get transfered to Ft Heaven to lead a squad of angels. We all miss you and love you son and even after all this time your dog , the bozz , still looks for you when I mention your name. We are having a big nor'easter here to celebrate your birthday, good job son you always liked a storm. I'll be up the hill to salute you in a little while, I'll be the old guy wearing camo as if you didn't know. Your sisters kids are pretty cool, keep an eye on them if you can.
Love and miss you son, say hi to Adam and Chad for us. E-mail; weststa33@aol.com"
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass, USA

"DEAREST EVAN,,,""" HAPPY BIRTHDAY""""
JULIE B of NORTH ANDOVER

"My dearest Evan.. Where do begin? It seems like just yesterday we were goofing off, taking rides in the "Bronco II", going for walks up at Winnikinnee and singing that song "Sitting on the dock of the bay". It makes Maura and I think of you every time we hear it. So much has changed since then, but my feelings will always remain the same. When I lost you, I lost a huge part of myself as well & things have never been the same since. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and all of the sacrifices you made for the rest of us at home. I remember whenever the sun would beam in through the clouds, you would laugh because your mom would tell you it was god shining down on us. Well now everytime I see the sun beaming in through the clouds, I think of you shining down on me. I'm expecting a little girl in June and I will make certain she knows all about one of the greatest people I know, and how lucky I was to have you in my life. You are forever missed and loved Evan and we will meet again someday. Until then, I keep you in my heart. xo"
Meagan of Charlton, Massachusetts

"Evan. I think of you nearly every day. I stop by to see you whenever I'm home in RI. I tell your story to all my students, teaching them the value of sacrifice and the incredible responsibility that will rest on their shoulders. To the Top! CPT Mullaney--craig.mullaney@mac.com"
CPT Craig Mullaney of US Naval Academy, Maryland

"Evan I am sorry i have not written in quite a long time. My life has changed a lot since the last time i wrote to you. I am no longer in the Army..although i am still every bit the 11B. I am currently attending the NYPD Police Academy and loving every minute of it. I was hooked when i saw the recruiting posters..."you served the greatest country on Earth...now serve the Greatest City on Earth". I will tell you the color of the uniform has chaged but the mission has not. i dont have much to say right now...except i miss you and i still thank you for giving all the men in y Squad the chance to life out our lives, to this day i am still humbled and mindful of the sacrifice you made that day in September. I am going to go for now...wish me luck"
PPO (Probationary Police Officer) Christopher McGurk of NY, NY

"Hello Evan, and other members of 1-87. This is former Spc. Howe Joshuah. I was surfing the web and found this site. I was one of the men that carried you up the ridge that day. I still wear the bracelet. I don't really have a lot to say. I just wanted to write and let you know that I always think about you and what you gave up for our country. "All Gave Some, One Gave All""
Howe of New Hampshire

"Hey Evan. I just wanted to leave an update on how I've been doing. I separated from the army after Iraq and now I'm attending college and just living the civilian life. I dont know if I ever told you, but I had five bracelets made for the guys who carried you to the bird that day and I havent taken mine off since I got it in the mail. I think about you every day man. And I think about the 29th every day. I'll come visit you one of these days that when I go back out east. Take care."
Matt O of Illinois

"Hi Son, As you know today is Valentines Day 2007 and it's snowing outside. The snow brings back memories of when you and I would clean off the cars and shovel the drive-way together. You'd make a big pile and then burrow in and hide from old dad! We had so much fun together even when we were working. Today when I'm out there shoveling I'll be thinking of you son and I'll make a big pile of snow in your honor. Every day I miss you more and more,every little thing brings you to mind son,rest assured you will never be forgotten. If you have snow were you are build a big snow fort so I can someday join you. I love and miss you Son!!!"
Mike O'Neill (DAD) of Haverhill,Mass. USA

"Hello Evan: It has been a while since I last wrote to you. I want you to know that Chris is now at the New York City Police Academy. It is such a relief for me to have him in the good old USA. I thank God and you for Chris' safe return from Iraq. He is doing great at the Academy and will graduate in June some time. I read an article on the Ft. Drum web site that there have been rumors that the 1-87th is going to redeploy to either Afghanistan or Iraq again in the near future. I wish these wars were over for our men and women. I chat with Lt.Col Mike Howard in Afghanistan. They were supposed to return home this month but have been held over until June some time. It just never ends. My son, Patrick, will redeploy in March to Iraq. More worry and prayers. Your niece and nephew are beautiful, but you know that. I will close for now Evan. God bless you and your family. You are always remembered. TO THE TOP."
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Hi Evan,
Just wanted to say hi. You're niece Sage and you're nephew Aiden are getting so big now. There already 6mts. old. Mom says all the time how Sage is so like you and she is terribly. Looks just like you when you were born, I mean spitting image and she'll do anything for a laugh. I really miss you!!! I also wanted to say thank you for being with me when I was almost dying. I know you were right by my side holding my hand. I love and miss you
love
Sarah, Aiden and Sagie"
Sarah O'neill of Salisbury ma

""HAPPY NEW YEAR" 2007"
ELLEN THOMAS

"HI EVAN,,IT'S THE END OF 2006,,THE LAST DAY OF THE YEAR AND IT ISN'T ANY EASIER TO WRITE TO YOU,YOU ARE STILL SO VERY MISSED,YOUR MOM, SARAH, SAGE, AND OF COURSE THE POOCHES AND MYSELF WILL BE WATHCHING A MARATHON OF AB FAB TODAY,,,STILL VERY FUNNY,,,I'M SURE YOU KNOW THAT,AS A MATTER OF FACT THERE IS NOTHING THAT YOU DONT KNOW NOW,SO IT'S HARD TO TELL YOU SOMETHING NEW ,,ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I THINK OF YOU ALL THE TIME AND WE ALL WISH YOU WERE HERE WITH US AGAIN,I HOPE 2007 WILL BRING BETTER TIMES FOR ALL,,BUT YOU WILL BE MISSED NO LESS,,REMEMBER (ALWAYS) FORGET (NEVER),,WITH LOVE"
JULIE B of NORTH ANDOVER,MA.

"Merry Christmas Evan 2006"
ELLEN THOMAS

"Hey Evan....just thinking about you, Adam, & Chad, along with your folks. There's not a day that passes that you three are not within my heart and thoughts. Knowing that you're watching over us....Love,"
Sam of Apple Canyon Lake

"Hi Son, Christmas day 06 and I just left your resting place. Cold up on the hill today but you never minded the cold.It doesn't seem that long ago when you and I set up our first computer and you taught me how to turn it on and make a few things work,now it has become the only way I can say how much I miss you. I always have you in my heart,mind and soul and everyday I mention your name so no one will forget.As if anyone would dare to forget YOU son! You and the rest of the heros up in Ft Heaven with you have a party for us left behind. Someday we will be together again. I am always so proud to have had you for a son, I learned alot from you. Take care son, I love and miss you."
Mike(weststa33@aol.com) Dad of Haverhill,Mass USA

"Merry Christmas baby!
We love and miss you every minute of everyday.
XXOOXXOO"
Mom(cindergirl911@aol.com) of Haverhill,Mass.

"Hey man, you are always thought of, and you never ever forgotten. I think of you all the time. I'm just someone else who was around then. I wish I could have done something more for you. I'll never forget what you did.
May God bless and hold you.
SCP. Christopher John Teske"
chris of Albemarle, NC, USA

"Hi Son, Just made it through the 4th Vetrans Day since you gave your life saving the lifes of those that were with you up on that ridge and re-deployed to Ft.Heaven. Sgts Dickman and Whitely came to town and marched with me in the parade then we spent the day remembering you and all the things you did in the short 19 yrs that we had the honor of knowing you, me as your Dad and all who knew you or of you that will NEVER FORGET what you did that day 29 Sept 2003. To Mom and me every day now is Veterans Day and Memorial Day all rolled into one. We love and miss you son and I will continue to take care of and honor the men and women still in harms way as you would want me to.

"To The Top-All The Way ,Son""
Mike (Dad)O'Neill of Haverhill, Mass U.S.A.

"Veterans Day 2006
Thank you Evan"
ELLEN

"Evan i never got to meet you but from everything i have read, you seem like a good kind hearted man. You are a hero to all of us, i wish to one day be half the man you are. My sincere condolences to your family. RIP"
Jared of haverhill, ma

"Evan, God bless you! You are a stong man. I havnt left you any messages, but I saw ur pix on one of my friends my space and it really go me thinking... Life is to short and so crazy you are so brave there isnt a day that goes by that I dont appreciated what you have doen for this country and everyone in it my son's father is in the military and served 18 months in Iraq, I never really thought so much about everything until he left and u passed. R.I.P. miss you!"
Jenn of Haverhill, Ma

"Evan,
SEPTEMBER 29, 2006
OK, I KNOW YOU ARE SICK OF ME SAYING ALL THAT MUSHIE STUFF, AND ARE PROBALLY TIRED OF ADAM'S COUNTRY JOKES AND HIM SINGING COUNTRY SONGS LOUD FOR ALL 1-87 TO HEAR, BUT WE JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW WE WILL NOT FORGET AND WILL BUG YOU AS MUCH AS WE MUST TO LET YOU KNOW YOUR SACRIFICE IS NOT FORGOTTEN, AND TO THANK YOU FOR A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP WITH YOUR PARENTS. I NOW CAN SMILE KNOWING ALL OF YOU ARE SAFE 'TO THE TOP'
LOVE YOU"
ELLEN THOMAS

"Evan,
Been a while since I last dropped a line. Its been three years and still it feels as only yesterday we were leaving the wire headed toward Lozano Ridge. I can still hear the radio calls of that day, I can still hear the rounds leaving rifles. I wore your memorial bracelet today and ensured that everyone heard about you. I told my soldiers about the 29th I told them about the sacrifices made that day. I will never forget and I will not allow anyone to forget about your actions that day. Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill my condolances to you and your family. Evan, till we meet again, you will never be forgotten!!!
1-87 Inf
"To the Top""
SSG CASTANEDA, J of Formerly 10th Mountain now Ft Riley KS

"Evan,
I love you so very much,and miss you more each day!
How fitting that the skies have opened up and it's pouring like crazy today:combined tears of all the people that knew you,miss you,and love you so much.
It has never rained on your anniversary before!
We will Never Forget,and look forward to the day when we meet again.
I love you!
Mom
xoxoxoxo"
Mom(cindergirl911@aol.com) of Haverhill,Ma.

"29 Sept 2006 , the third anniversary of the heroic action that cost your life in Shkin Afghanistan. Three years ago today I got the phone call that no parent ever wants to get, I was at work in the fire station "Lt.O'Neill Sir , you need to come home". I knew at that moment that you were gone. Three long years ago and it is still like it just happened. Every 29th of Sept is like ground hog day to me. As in the past I will be up the hill to have that beer and cigar for you and to let you know I love and miss you and to make sure you know that no one will EVER FORGET what you did back on that dusty ridge 29 Sept 2003!
"TO THE TOP"-"ALL THE WAY" Love ya, Dad"
Mike O'Neill of Haverhill,Mass U.S.A.

"HI SON, AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW CAUSE I'M TOLD ANGELS KNOW ALL , I LEAVE IN THE A.M. FOR ATLANTA AND FT BENNING FOR A REUNION OF MY GUYS FROM THE 1ST BRIGADE 101ST ABN/2/502 RECONDOS. I WILL HAVE YOUR PICS WITH ME AND WILL LEAVE SAME IN BENNING-INFANTRY MUSEUM. I LOVE AND MISS YOU SON, THIS IS A TRIP THAT YOU WOULD HAVE GONE WITH ME ON BUT IN MY OWN WAY YOU WILL BE THERE AS ALWAYS CAUSE YOU WILL BE IN MY HEART AND MY MIND.
TO THE TOP-ALL THE WAY SON!!!"
DAD of HAVERHILL,MASS USA

"Evan, this will be short and sweet.All the men made it back from Iraq.A few of us had bumps a few of us had bruises..but all of us made it back for roll call. I want to thank u for giving me the chance to feel the sunlight on my face and hear my son laugh as he plays. I love you...for we and many like us share a bond that goes beyond brotherhood.No one else understands what we have done or had to endure. I will celebrate your life and the gift u gave to so many of us......For now....watch over your mother and father"
SSG Christopher J McGurk of Ft Drum, NY

"Hi EVAN
WELL I GOT TO THE TOP OF THE HILL WITH YOUR MOM AND I MUST SAY WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SITE! NEEDS SOME SHADE THOU!! I KNOW THE R/W/B FLOWERS ARE KINDA GIRLIE BUT IT HELPS US "girls" IT WAS AN HONOR TO BE THERE!! THINGS MAY SEEM PEACEFUL, BUT INSIDE OUR HEARTS, IT ACHES EVERY SECOND THAT WE CANT TRULY BE WITH YOU-proof is-JUST ADD ALCOHOL SIT AT THE VFW AND THE WHOLE PLACE IS CRYING OVER YOU YOUNG GUYS. THANKS FOR BRINGING YOUR MOM AND DAD AND EVEN YOU SISTER TO ME AS THEY ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE(EVEN THOU THEY TALK FUNNY) I AM SO VERY PROUD OF YOU AND GRATEFUL WE HAVE ALL COME TOGETHER AND ONE DAY (god willing) AND IF YOUR MOTHER STOPS GETTING ME INTO TROUBLE- WE WILL BE TOGETHER SIPPING CLOUD MARGARITAS "yeah" LOVE YA"
ELLEN of hell on earth

"Hi Evan: Congratulations. You have a niece and nephew. Mom sent me an e-mail this morning to let me know the babies arrived. Mom even said that the little boy, Aiden, looks just like you when you were a baby. I want to thank you Evan for watching over my Christopher and bringing him home safely. More of the guys arrived during the week and the rest to come home in the next few weeks. I know you have taken care of all of them. We hope to get up to visit you and your mom and dad before the summer is over. Once again, Evan, thank you. Never Forgotten. TO THE TOP. Beth McGurk. SSG Chris McGurk's mom."
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"EVAN, HEY MAN JUST WANTED TO DROP YOU A LINE, AND TO THANK YOU FOR WATCHING OVER YOUR OLD UNIT, I CHECK ON THEIR STATUS DAILY. WELL, LOOKS LIKE I AM HEADED BACK TO IRAQ, MY UNIT IS ACTUALLY THE ONE RELEIVING 1-87 IN JULY, AUGUST TIME FRAME. IF ITS NOT TO MUCH TO ASK, WOULD YOU WATCH OVER MY GUYS? I HAVE A LOT OF YOUNG ONES THIS TIME, AND PRETTY GREEN. ALTHOUGH HAVE SOME REAL SMART TEAM LEADERS WORKING FOR ME, SO ALL SHOULD GO WELL. SSG. MCGURK HEY MAN GLAD YOU AND THE BOYS MADE IT HOME SAFE, AND GOOD LUCK WITH EVERYTHING, GLAD EVAN WAS ABLE TO WATCH OVER ALL OF YOU... MR. & MRS. O'NEILL CONDOLENCES ONCE AGAIN GO OUT TO YOU, I WILL NEVER FORGET..."
SSG. TOOLEY, NATHAN of FORT RILEY, KS

"HI SON, JUST A SHORT NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW ADAMS MOM AND LITTLE MICHAEL CAME OUT FOR A VISIT. IT WAS NICE TO SEE THEM. MOM TOOK MRS THOMAS UP TO YOUR RESTING PLACE ON THE TOP OF THE HILL AND SHE CAME TO THE VFW LATER SO WE COULD HAVE A TOAST TO YOU , ADAM , CHAD AND ALL THE SOLDIERS WHO HAVE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR THEIR FELLOW TROOPS AND TO HELP SPREAD THE FREEDOM WE HAVE TO OTHER COUNTRIES THAT ARE STILL OPPRESSED. I HOPE TO WORK IT OUT SO I CAN BE AT DRUM TO WELCOME HOME YOUR BUDS FROM IRAQ THE END OF JULY. I WILL CARRY YOUR PICTURE AS ALWAYS, THEY WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!!

LOVE YA SON, TO THE TOP-ALL THE WAY!!"
DAD of HAVERHILL,MASS USA

"Hello Evan: Today is July 6, 2006. I just wanted to let you know that the "Gators" are counting down to come home very, very soon. Chis is with the ADVON group and will be leaving Iraq this coming Sunday, the 9th. Hopefully, without plane delay, we will be able to put our arms around him by the early part of next week. We are all so excited. The rest of the Gators will be back by the end of the month. You know I have to thank you for watching over "your" brothers in arms. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope to be able to meet your mom and dad in the very near future. We send e-mails and jokes to each other quite often. It will be nice to come face to face and see who I have been talking too. They are wonderful people, Evan, but you knew that already. You know you will never be forgotten, not by this family anyway. Your mom and dad will never allow that either. Forever grateful. TOO THE TOP, ALL THE WAY. Love, Mrs. Beth McGurk"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor,NY, Orange

"Evan,
I never met you bet you sure have left some lasting impressions on alot of people may god bless you for all eternity. To all the troops fighting for this great country all I can say is I pray everyday for all of you. Please come home soon & know one thing your country loves you 100%. I would like to reach out to SSG Christopher J McGurk & say come home safe & enjoy everyday with your family. It would be my pleasure to get to know you once you come home. I am leaving an open invitation to you to take you & your son to a Yankee or Met game with all the bells/ whistles on me (I would even go to a Yankee game with you & that is hard to say coming from a Redsox fan). My contact info: jkurdes@att.com.

Regards,
John Kurdes
New Jersey"
John Kurdes of Bayville, NJ, USA

"Well brother I have not written in a long time and for that i feel very guilty. I am tired and so are the boys..but we are no where near beaten. Overall we have sent some ( it wont let me type what i really wanna say) bad guys to jail and taken a few wounded..but we are all still here for roll call.I will tell you this is my last tour, as i am getting out of the army and joining the NYPD. I feel guilty for not being able to make more pay for taking u from your mom and dad. I need a rest to watch my son grow up, to play ball with him in the park, to show him that his father loves him..i have been apart from him so much these last few years i am ready to find peace and quiet before i begin working on the police force. Well brother ive talked long enough.Oh mani almost forgot..we killed Zarkawi...some restitution has been granted..I knew GOD was Irish. Evan you are alwasy in my thoughts and prayers. When i get home i will have more than one pint for you and i am most sure i will ahve a few with your dad.Thank you for giving me the chance to see my boy.I love you..Chris"
SSG Christopher J McGurk of Baghdad, Iraq

"Hello Evan: Today is the 7th of June. I haven't talked to you for a while and decided it was time. I have some good news to tell you. My son, Major Dave McGurk, is in Kuwait waiting for his flight home to the states to be reunited with his wife and 5 children. We are all so excited.
The other good news is that the Gators are counting down their days in Iraq. Their replacements are there and being trained by our guys. Of course, Chris won't tell me who they are. You know, it is a security thing. Chris holds his men and their security to the highest level.
Evan, you have watched over the guys for almost a year now and I am so grateful to you for that. They have lost a few heroes but you know they must go on and do their job. Thank you again, Evan, for all your help. You have helped them through it all. Watch over your mom and dad lovingly Evan and give them peace and courage. You will never be forgotten Evan. TO THE TOP ALL THE WAY! HOOAH. Love, Mrs. McGurk"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Evan What you did, and how you lived your life is the most greatest contribution to this country. I think of you every day and how you sacrificed your life for this country, What you did was the Greatest sacrifice "your life" We all know your up their with all of the fallen heroes, im entering the 75th Army Rangers in a couple years, and i only hope i have the courage you have. Evan you are a hero!!"
Mitchell of Haverhill,MA

"Evan I just wanted to say thanks for all that you did for all of us i didnt get a chance to know you and adam but i hear you both were the best its taking me a long time to except the fact that chads gone but with friends like you and adam i know hes up there having a ball memorial day seems to be the hardest for us but knowing what you chad and adam did for us is all i need to get us threw i thank you evan for that and i hope that your parents will some day find peace i think of you all often you will always be our hereos.. with love chads mom"
susan burnham potsdam ny usa

"HI EVAN,,IT'S MEMORIAL DAY AGAIN,,2006,,HOW CAN ANYONE FORGET YOU AND THE OTHERS WHO ARE WITH YOU NOW,,YOU ARE A LIGHT THAT SHINES IN MY HEART AND MIND ALWAYS,,REMEMBER,,(ALWAYS) FORGET (NEVER),,YOUR MOM AND DAD ARE VERY SPECIAL TO ME EVAN AND SO ARE YOU,,,YOU ARE SO LOVED BY SO MANY ,,I'M SURE YOU KNOW THAT FOR SURE,,,I WILL " AS ALWAYS" EVAN (NEVER FORGET)"
JULIE B of NORTH ANDOVER,MA.

""Memorial Day" 2006
"EVAN W. O'NEILL"
I WILL NEVER FORGET!!"
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, IL

"Proud to be your Mom,as always.
"Is liomsa mo ghrá"(My beloved is mine)
XOXOXO"
Mom(Cindergirl911@aol.com) of Haverhill,Ma.

"Sorry I never got to meet you man.I bet we would have been great buddys.I know me and your dad are.He's an awesome guy."
SPC.Brooks, Philip of North Andover MA U.S.A.

"Hey Evan Happy Birthday!!! I know how you guys love kisses and hugs and all that birthday mush, Hope they party in Heaven! Thanks for all the gifts you have given everyone, your one hell of a
Guy. Happy 22!!
Love Ellen"

"Hi Evan,
Happy 22nd birthday not a day goes by that I don't think about you and miss you terrible. Mom & I were up last week to put some flowers up on you're stone. I really wish you were here. You would have been a great uncle to you're niece and nephew Aiden & Sage . I promise you the'll definetley know how there uncle was the bravest and noble person I ever knew. Well got to go before I start getting to upset.
I love you and miss you and I know I'll see you again
Love sarah, Aiden, Sage & Scott"
sarah oneill of amesbury ma

"Hi son, Well today would have been your 22nd birthday, April 16th and here I sit all alone thinking of what might have been if you hadn't been killed that day in 03. This would have been your last year of your four year enlistment. You had the world on a string , would have gotten married , given me some grand kids , probably be an NCO by now. We can't change what happens in life we can only try and take what is handed to us and try to figure out why, you gave your life to save your fellow troops and they and thier families will never forget that. There is no greater love than to lay down your life for another, and I know how much you cared for your friends. But for us left back here it's a struggle to keep going. Not one minute goes by that I don't think of you, when things get tuff I say to myself,what would Evan do? You are with me all the time and I get by knowing that someday we will be together again. I will not let anyone forget you or what you did in the short 19 years you were here among the mortals. I read a passage from and old greek back in history, he said "In the normal times sons bury thier fathers but war changes the normal order of things and fathers bury sons".In our case this turned out to be true. As you know your friends are in Iraq now taken care of buisness and kickin butt, and they all know that you,Adam and Chad are looking out for them. Keep up the good work and bring the boys home safe. When they get back I'll go up to Drum and buy them all a cold beer and we will have a toast to you and to thier safe return! I better close for now son as the dogs are bugging to go out. I'll be up the hill later today like always, with a cigar and a cold beer to salute your resting spot and try and draw strength from you to keep going forward. I love you and miss you son, thanks for the good times we had together."
Evans Dad, Mike of Haverhill,Mass USA

"Hello Evan: It is Mrs. McGurk. I know your birthday is coming up in four days on Easter Sunday. I want to wish you Happy Birthday. Evan, what a cake you will have. The candles will be the stars of the Heavens. The Gators are doing okay, if you call being in a war okay. Thank you for watching over Chris for me and all the guys. Evan, you will be very proud of your mom and dad. What a beautiful remembrance they have built for you on a web site.It is at www.neverforgetthefallen.org. They love and miss you so much. You are a special breed. We will always remember. With love, Mrs.McGurk TO THE TOP"
Beth McGurk of New WIndsor,NY

"Hey Brother,

Well man its April of 06 and here i am deep in bandit country in Iraq. Totaly diffrent from the Hell of Shkin but its still real as always. Their aint a day that goes by that you dont pop up into my head. Especialy when we head outside the wire. THings are going ok and your unit is kicking * and taking numbers like we always have. Thanks for watching out for us. I know we have had some close calls and got out of them partly because of you. Your old Cold Steel Plt is almost all difrent. Only about 8 of us old timers left i guess if thats what you wana call us. But i swear their aint a soul in our Battalion that dosent know your name or the story of the 29th. Its hard to think back and belive that it was over 2 1/2 yrs ago. Still seems like yesterday to me in so many ways. Well man ill see ya sooner or later.

Your brother
George"
George RIce of Lost in Iraq

"evan..just wanted to salute you once again as the bravest guy ive ever known and to let you know i kept the promise i made to your parents the night of your funeral by naming my son after you ..just turned two ...evan alexander hanson ...reminds me every day of what a good friend you were..
miss you bro ..
mikehanson23@hotmail.com"
mike hanson of haverhill, ma

"Hi Son, Well today is the day before St.Patty's day, but hell you know that, O'Neill with two LL's as we always said. Your favorite holiday!! I plan on having a couple of cold beers in your honor and will tell all who will listen of a hero who gave his life for others. So you,Adem and Chad break out the green angel wings and halos and keep a close watch on your old outfit as they are still in harms way and carry your memory with them all the time. I love and miss you son and can only wait until we are together again, I hope you found a good place for us to go fishing up there in the great beyond?

To The Top
All The Way!!"
Dad of Haverhill,Mass

"Hey There,
I just wanted to write to you today because you've been on my mind a lot latley. I have my little personal memorial of you on the wall but I still wish you were here. I'm now 4 mts. pregnant with twins. I hate that they'll never get to meet in person there loving, fun corageous uncle evan. you can be sure that if ones a boy he will definatley have you're name.I also promise that when there old enough they will know about there uncle evan who was the funniest, loving most corageous person I will ever know. I love you ev and wish so much you were here. Everyday I say thanks to you in prayer because without you're help in the past I would not be blessed with a family of my own today. So again, I love you evan more that I think you knew.
Huggs & Kisses
you're sister Sarah"
Sarah Gregan of amesbury

"It has been years since I last spoke to Evan, but for some reason today I thought of him. I found this site and felt like I should at least say something.

My life was forever changed after meeting Evan. He tested me and my beliefs in government, music, and life. I'm more glad than anything that I got the chance to fight with you over stupid things. I'm glad that you were always such an amazing friend to everyone that came into your life and I thank you for that.

I thank you for everything you've done and for giving your life for all of us.

I missed you before you were gone and now miss you even more. Thank you, Evan.

You will always be my hero and you will always have a special place in my heart"
Kristine Catalogna of Brookline, MA

"I came across this site because of a dream I had last night..As weird as that sounds it is true. I want to say thank you to you, your family and friends for your bravery... I cannot help but cry everytime I see or hear of a fallen serviceman because I know all too well the fear of hearing the news myself ... My father served in the first Gulf War and my husband has served in this war a couple times... We have many friends that are currently over there and I know that you, as well as all the other fallen men are watching over them.. Again, thank you for your sacrifice and God Bless your family..."
Nicole Warren of Ft. Worth,Tx

"Hello Evan. It is Mrs. McGurk again. Today is January 7th. Dave and Christopher got home safely for Christmas. They are now back in Iraq. Dave had to go right to work. Chris has off until Monday to get back in the swing of things before he has to go "out of the wire". Thank you for all your help. You are so special. TO THE TOP. Mrs. McGurk, New WIndsor, NY"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"I LOVE AND MISS YOU SON, MERRY CHRISTMAS. IT'S JUST TOO HARD TO SAY MORE RIGHT NOW."
DAD of HAVERHILL,MASS , USA

"Hello Evan: Today is the 12th of December, 2005. Here I am again, asking you for a favor. My sons, Dave and your buddy Christoper,are planning to come home soon for Christmas. I am asking you to keep them safe and bring them home for the holidays. It is election time in Iraq now and your buddies are working double time to keep the Iraqi people free. They are all having a rough time. Please keep your guys, 1-87th, in your watch. I know you can do it Evan. You have the PULL.......You will never be forgotten Evan. TO THE TOP. Thank you, again, Evan. Mrs. McGurk"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Evan, I am so proud of you. I have never met you-I am a wife of a charlie company 1-87 soldier. At the meeting of the announcement of your death ( I remember it like it was yesterday), I wept. Not knowing you-but respecting you and feeling for your family in their time of loss. I couldn't imagine...what you went through. I go to this website and read your messages...I don't know you, but I wish I could have met you-even just once. You are a hero and I think of you often. Thank you for the freedom that my husband & I raise our babies in. I will be sure to tell them of your legacy, the price you paid. I've been wanting to leave you a message, and never have had the courage. Silly isn't it, I don't have the courage to write to someone I have so much respect for...and he had the courage to fight for our country, giving up the greatest sacrifice. I am thankful for you, along with all of those other brave warriors. Thank you for keeping a watchful eye on our guys in Iraq.
"To the Top"
To Evan's mom, dad, & loved ones...I think of all of you daily also. You all gave up the greatest sacrifice, your baby boy. I think of you often. Mr/Mrs O'neill, I saw you at the ball last year-and wanted so badly to hug you. I think that would have said enough, and every day I wish did. My husband and I think of all of you often. Take care.
THanks again Evan! YOu will never be forgotten and will be a great hero in history."
with love and respect, Fran of Fort Drum, NY

"EVAN,
YOU KNOW I GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT, WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, AND STILL I SEE MYSELF IN SHKIN AGAIN. EVEN THOUGH HERE IN FORT RILEY,(YA THATS KANSAS,WHERE EVER KANSAS IS???) I FIND MYSELF DRAWN TO FORT DRUM MAYBE THE MEMORIES, OR THE FRIENDS, OR MAYBE JUST THE FACT THAT I LOVE BEING COLD. ANYWAY ANOTHER 29th OF SEPTEMBER HAS PASSED, AND A VETRENS DAY, AND STILL SEE MYSELF ON THAT RIDGE LINE LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. YOUR OLD UNIT IS BACK IN A COMBAT ZONE EVAN, SO WATCH OVER THEM, AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ALL MAKE IT HOME. YOUR GOOD MAN EVAN, AND NO ONE CAN EVER TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU. HOLD IT DOWN UP THERE, AND CLIMB TO GLORY.......TO THE TOP."
SSG TOOLEY,NATHAN....formly of alpha 1-87...now bravo 1-16 in fort riley. of Fort Riley, Kansas

"HI Evan,
I just wanted to let you know how missed and loved that you are. This has been so tramatic for me. you used to drive me crazy with all this army stuff. You'd actually throw rocks at me like they were grenades when you were out in the back yard doing whatever you did. I don't just remember the soldier I also remember the little brother. the good times and the bad. I miss the sleep overs the long talks , the half hour you'd come by on lunch from work. going to ozzfest. These are things that I miss the most. We also had our differences, but I'm grateful of the time we had.I just wanted to also thank you for saving my life. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you love you're sister sarah xo"
Sarah O'Neill of Amesbury ma

"TOMMOROW IS ONE OF THE DAYS YOU LOVED BEST , NOVEMBER 11TH , VETERANS DAY. YOUR MOM AND I WILL BE IN THE PARADE AND YOUR STORY WILL BE TOLD ONCE AGAIN. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT YOU AND I WOULD BE WALKING SIDE BY SIDE IN THESE PARADES WHEN YOU CAME HOME , BUT I GUESS IT WASN'T MENT TO BE. YOU WILL BE WITH US IN SPIRIT, AS I CARRY YOUR PICTURE WITH ME ALL THE TIME AND YOU NEVER LEAVE MY HEART AND MIND SON. I MISS YOU EVERY DAY BUT VETS DAY IS A REAL TUFF ONE TO FACE WITHOUT YOU, I'LL DO MY BEST TO MAKE YOU PROUD AS YOU KEEP AN EYE ON US FROM YOUR LOFTY POSITION , I ALWAYS TOLD YOU TO TAKE THE HIGH GROUND, WELL SON YOU CAN'T GO ANY HIGHER THAN HEAVEN!! I WISH NOW YOU DIDN'T LISTEN TO ME. THE MEN WHOSE LIVE'S YOU SAVED IN BATTLE WILL ALL BE SAYING A PRAYER OF THANKS TO YOU THAT THEY WILL SEE ANOTHER VETERANS DAY AND THEIR FAMILIES WILL NOT HAVE TO FACE LIFE WITHOUT THEM. YOU ALWAYS GAVE MORE THAN YOU TOOK ALL YOUR SHORT LIFE. THANK YOU FOR THE 19 YEARS WE HAD TOGETHER I ONLY WISH IT WERE MORE. YOU ARE NOW WITH THE BRAVEST OF THE BRAVE SON, HAVE A COLD ONE FOR OLD DAD AND IF YOU CAN, PROTECT ALL THE TROOPS STILL IN HARMS WAY FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM AS YOU DID 29 SEPT 2003. THEY WILL CARRY ON FOR YOU AND ALL THE FREEDOM LOVING PEOPLE OF THE WORLD.

I LOVE AND MISS YOU SON,
"TO THE TOP" ALL THE WAY!!"
DAD of HAVERHILL,MASS, USA

"EVAN..TWO YEARS HAVE GONE BY AND YOU ARE SO MISSD BY EVERYONE WHO KNEW OR KNEW OF YOU..THEY SAY THAT "TIME HEALS ALL WOUNDS" BUT THAT ISNT NECESSARLY SO..YOU LEFT US TOO SOON...YOU HAD SO MUCH MORE TO DO IN YOUR LIFE..BUT ..KNOWING YOU ARE WATCHING OVER YOUR MOM AND DAD,,AND YOUR BROTHERS IN ARMS GIVES US ALL A WARM AND COMFORTING FEELING..GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE EVAN...WE MISS YOU AND...(WE WILL NEVER FORGET)...EVER !"
JULIE of NORTH ANDOVER,MA.

"HI SON, BEEN THINKING OF YOU ALOT AS I DO EVERY DAY.IT'S SO HARD NOW TO FACE EACH DAY KNOWING I WILL NEVER HEAR YOUR VOICE OR TOUCH YOUR HAND AGAIN. I HAD SO MANY PLANS FOR US WHEN YOU GOT BACK, NOW I JUST GO ON DAY TO DAY PUTTING MY TIME IN TILL I JOIN UP WITH YOU IN THE GREAT BEYOND. I SPEAK YOUR NAME EVERY DAY SO NO ONE WILL FORGET WHAT YOU DID TO SAVE YOUR FELLOW SOLDIERS. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO SON AND I CARRY YOU WITH ME 24/7 AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO UNTIL THE DAY I DIE. I STAY IN TOUCH WITH THE MEN WHO SERVED WITH YOU AND KNEW YOU BEST,THEY HAVE A VERY HARD TIME WITH YOU GONE, BUT LIKE ME THEY WILL CARRY ON AND TAKE CARE OF BUISNESS AS GOOD SOLDIERS MUST. TELL ADAM AND CHAD THEY ARE ALSO MISSED BY ALL AND TO KEEP A WATCH ON THEIR MOMS.
I SAW YOUR SARAH ON THE 29TH, SHE STILL LOVES YOU VERY,VERY MUCH. I'LL MAKE SURE SHE HAS ANY THING SHE NEEDS, AS YOU SAID "TAKE CARE OF MY WIFE DAD" EVEN THOUGH YOU TWO WERE ONLY ENGAGED, AS CLOSE AS YOU WERE YOU MIGHT AS WELL HAVE BEEN MARRIED. I NEVER SAW TWO PEOPLE MORE IN LOVE THAN THE TWO OF YOU!! WELL SON I BETTER CLOSE FOR NOW, I MISS YOU VERY,VERY MUCH.

"TO THE TOP-ALL THE WAY" DAD"
MIKE O'NEILL (DAD) of HAVERHILL,MASS, USA

"Evan,
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.

"Vires Montesque Vincimus"
(We Conquer Power and Mountains)
87th Inf. Motto"

"Sept. 29, 2005
Today Evan is Adam's youngest brothers birthday (8) so we celebrate. Yet Michael seems to get it better than most adults, the sacrifice you made, when he gets scared when he thinks the "bad guys" will come here he always says "The army guys will take care of them bad guys, right mom"!! I can't thank you enough for ALL you gave me and thats why today I can celebrate with freedom my youngest sons birthday. You have given me the greatest gift, I hope you and Adam have become great friends watch over each other and mostly take care of your ma and pa, their pretty cool people.
"NEVER FOGOTTEN"
"TO THE TOP"
Proud Army Mom of"
PFC Adam Lee Thomas"
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, ILLINOIS

"ev...
don't what to say....been two years, hard to believe...seems like i'd always see you tommorow...

saw mike and bard today...they'll always love you son...and will never forget your sacrifice....and we won't either..

uncle "t"..(some call me the godfather)...~tc.."
tom connolly of andover,massachusetts

"29 SEP is a day I'll never forget, because Evan O'Neill made the ultimate sacrifice. Not only for his buddies to his left and right, but for all Americans. Everytime someone asks, "hey, what's that bracelet for?" I laugh to myself at their ignorance and feel sad at the same time, yet I feel a sense of honor, because everytime they do, I share with them stories of bravery, that hopefully remind them of the sacrifices that the American fighting man has been making for centuries. To all that come to view this site, please, let us never forget."
SSG Len Taylor

"As I read the messages left for you, Evan, the silent tears begin to flow,especially because today is the two year mark of when you were guided by the Angels to become a Soldier Angel, watching over your Brothers who are once again deployed. Want to share a piece that was written by Steve Newton, author of the "Old Sergeant" and dedicated to you, Evan, and Adam & Chad.


TIMES GONE BY
Dedicated to:


Adam Thomas.....KIA/Afghanistan/August 31, 2003 - OEF

Chad Fuller..........KIA/Afghanistan/August 31, 2003 - OEF

Evan O'Neill.........KIA/Afghanistan/September 29, 2003 - OEF


There was an elderly man driving down the Interstate, doing a
sedately 50 MPH. He seemed unaware of the looks he got as car after
car passed him. He happened to be the first one who saw, off the
side of the road, a terrible accident that had just occurred.
Pulling over to the shoulder as best he could he made his way down
the embankment to the smoldering vehicle.

As he arrived he saw a young family trapped inside and he worked
frantically to get the door open. Finally with one last pull, using
all his strength, the door opened and he started to pull the family
out. His chest was on fire with pain but he could not stop. He
finally pulled the last person out. A little girl with a terrible
cut on her forehead.

As he tried to stop the bleeding he had a hard time holding the
piece of cloth to her head because of the terrible scars on his
hands. The para-medics arrived and roughly pushed the old man out
of the way.

"Sir, you need to return to your vehicle and leave this to the
professionals."

As the old man, holding his chest, climbed back up the hill:

A loud blast. Fire and smoke and the screams of people caught in
the explosion. Grabbing his med kit he ran directly into the fire
of the burning helicopter. Men were trapped inside but he wrenched
the door open and dragged the men out one by one.

As the Huey burned in the background he administered first aid
despite serious burns on his hands. His citation read: For bravery
and professionalism above and beyond the call of duty, and having
saved the lives of---------------.

An old man pulled up to the quick shop to buy a pack of cigarettes,
when he noticed several young men dressed in gang colors robbing the
store. He only had the use of one arm but he calmly walked in and
told them that they were all under arrest. They laughed so hard
that they did not notice the police arrive.

After their arrest, an officer told the old man that he had
needlessly placed his life in danger and that he could be arrested
for interfering. As the old man climbed back into his car:

He heard the sound of gun fire. Pulling his .45 he ran directly
toward his fellow Military Police officers that were exchanging
gunfire with a terrorist they had stopped at a check point. Seeing
an officer down, he covered him with his own body, despite taking a
round through his arm.

His citation read: For bravery in the line of fire and placing his
life in danger to protect his fellow soldiers-----------.

An old man sat in his porch swing talking with his grandchildren.
He was always considered the "kook" of the family and the kids had a
good time making fun of him. They would make faces and throw food
at him while he told his rambling stories. One piece of candy hit
the old man on the side of his head:

"Then, while we climbed up the sand at Omaha Beach, my best friend
was hit in the head. I dragged him to a rock but I don't think he
made it. I continued forward with my platoon and when we got bogged
down by machine gun fire, I got so mad at just sitting there,
watching as my friends were being chewed to pieces, I finally got
up, grabbed all the grenades I could carry and charged up the hill.
Killed a bunch of the Krauts that day I tell ya."

When all his grandchildren had left, the old man went to his study
and sat by the fire. Above the mantel was framed the Silver Star
for bravery.

An elderly women pulled into the handicapped parking space at Wal-
Mart and had a rough time getting out of her car. As she was using
her cane to walk into the store, several young people began to jeer
her for taking a space so close to the store, while they had to walk.


She ignored them and continued on:

The young nurse ignored the mortar rounds dropping around her as she
tried desperately to evacuate her wounded. She loaded man after man
inside trucks until there were none left. As she climbed aboard the
last truck, a piece of shrapnel pierced her leg to the bone.

It would bother her the rest of her life.

The old man sat all by himself in the nursing home. No one ever
came to see him and he had not said a word in years. He was
confined to a wheelchair but never asked for assistance from
anyone. He could feed himself, and relieve himself, so the nurses
looked upon him as an ideal resident. He was no trouble at all.

The old man had been this way for as long as anyone could remember
and even on holidays he would sit and stare off into space. Every
so often he would shiver as if cold. He could be found most days in
the home's chapel, praying.

Finally one day the old man died. No one claimed his body and no
one mourned him. The were loading him into a hearse for burial in
the city cemetery, when a large convoy of military vehicles arrived.

Surprised, residents of the home looked on as an Army General came
in and asked for the body. He was to be buried at Arlington under a
stone engraved with the Christian Cross.

And under that, the symbol of the Medal of Honor.

NEVER FORGET

Steve Newton

Barbara and Mike, my Dear Friends, my heart is with you today and every day."
"Sam" Modes of Apple Canyon Lake, IL

"Evan..It is SSG McGurk.Today marks the 2nd Anniversary In which you risked all to save the men of OUR Squad and Company. Iraq has been a challenge and there has not been one day that goes by that all of us here remember the gift you gave us on that fateful day two years ago.My men are tired, weary alittle bruised but not broken spirited at all, Every time we leave the wire I do the sign of the cross and ask that you watch over us as we head into the jaws of hell.
Tonight in the chow hall I will have a "near-Beer" and toast to your memory and sacrafice.I owe you my life and you will forever have my undying respect.You are my brother at arms and my friend.I would follow you onto any battlefield.Rest in Peace my Blood Brother."
SSG Christopher J McGurk of Baghdad, Iraq

"Hi Evan: It is Chris' mom again. I know your mom and dad dread tomorrow. How safe you are now Evan, nothing can ever harm you again or cause you such pain.
I am sure your mom and dad will shed many tears in the next several days. Evan help them through this. Show them a sign that you are with them. Give them the strength to get through.
I will pray especially hard for your mom and dad tomorrow when I am at Mass.
Just to let you know, Chris and the "Gators" are holding their own. We all know you are with them and watching over them. I, especially, thank you for that Evan. TO THE TOP, NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN.
Love and hugs, Chris' Mom"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Well son today is the 28th of Sept 2005,and tommorow will mark the 2nd anniversary of your un-wanted transfer from the Alpha gators, 1/87th Inf, 10th Mtn Div to the pointman position in one of Gods squads up in Ft Heaven. I would guess that you have one hell of a team up there as many brave soldiers have transfered to your outfit in the great beyond.
I will be up the hill in the A.M. to say hello and give you the salute as I always do now. Cold beer to toast you and a few puffs on a cigar as you did when you passed another milestone in your quest to be the best Infantryman you could be. We are all very proud of you son and will never let you be forgotten. I love and miss you son!!!

Your Dad, To The Top
All The Way!
NEVER FORGET!!!"
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill, Mass, USA

"Mike and Barbara,
I am somewhat at a loss for words. What more can I add that wouldn't pale in comparison to the sentiments and expressions of love and admiration that are contained in these tributes. As Mike mentioned to me recently, the second anniversary of that fateful day that Evan made his ultimate sacrfice is approaching and I want to express to you both how deeply saddened I am yet how proud I feel to wear Evan's name on my wrist. I will wear this bracelet forever as a testament to not only Evan, but to the both of you for having instilled the drive and the values that made Evan the man that he was. Please know that although I never met Evan, he will always be on my mind in my heart."
Phil Spitalere of North Andover VFW Post 2104

"Hi Evan: Well, I told you I would let you know when I heard from Chris. He e-mailed me this morning. The guys have arrived safely at Camp Liberty, Baghdad. They are getting orientated by a unit that has been there for a year.The guys need you now Evan to watch over and guide them. They will know you are with them. Thanks for all your help. We will never forget a HERO. Love, Mrs. McGurk
TO THE TOP"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor,NY

"Evan,
It's been almost two years to the date since you were taken from us, I just want to say I think about you all the time. I hope your Mom and Dad are doing okay. I also think of them quite often. I know they are very proud of you."
Nancy of Plaistow, 03865

"Hi Evan, Beth McGurk, Chris' mom. I have a favor to ask you Evan. Our "guys" deployed on Saturday the 13th of August to Iraq. They are in Kuwait right now. Chris has called me twice and I had an e-mail from him today. The favor I am asking you is to please keep special watch over Chris and the 1-87 while they are over there. Chris' brother is also over there. It is going to be a rough year for me.
You hold a special place with our Lord and I know you can get any favor you want.
I have gotten to know your mom and dad through e-mails. Your mom and I have kept in touch and we find cute things to send to each other so we can smile a little. I will let you know when they travel into Iraq.
You have a wonderful family, no wonder Chris cared for you so much.
NEVER FORGOTTEN. TO THE TOP
Love, Mrs. McGurk"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"evan...not a day has gone by since you were taken from us that i do not think of the kind of soldier you ARE. you are the embodiment of what a soldier should be. you had the drive -the desire i hadnt seen in such a young soldier. it motivated me in such a way, it was you that made me strive to be a better individual, and soldier. i wont forget the great times we had, but we will continue them another day. watch over our brothers in iraq. give them comfort and peace of mind and the strength they will need in the months to come. to me and the rest of the Gators you are not forgotten and you will always be in our thoughts and hearts. climb to glory brother"
spc. ruiz, david--Aco 2nd plt 187 inf of san antonio, texas

"Hi son, Just old Dad checking in. As you know the Gators will deploy to Iraq soon and I know you will be right along with them in spirit,keep an eye on them and bring them all home safe at the end of their tour. They,along with the rest of us miss you dearly and think of you all the time,a day does not go by that I don't tear up thinking of you son.There was so much I had planned for us, now I'm just marking time. I will keep your name on everyones mind and as it says on the memorial at Battalion up at Drum "NEVER FORGET" and no one will! Alot of your troops have come to visit and I now concider them kinda my sons too as they were your brothers in arms.You always had away of picking the good from the bad and all the troops I've met are top shelf! Keep a keen eye on your old friends from 1st and 2nd Plt as they have had it rough with you gone, Sgt McGurk and I had a good talk and I feel better now that I know the story, he's a damn good troop and he loved you alot, send him a little peace of mind if you can.
We all miss you son even the dog looks for you sometimes. Save me a soft place up there and some MRE's and we can talk for eternity.

Love and miss you son, To The Top/All The Way!! Dad"
Mike O'Neill of Haverhill,Mass USA

"Dear Evan's Family and Friends, I am sitting here crying for your hero. What a fine young man you raised. He is a true American Hero, who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless all of you, and know that Evan is safe with him now."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"Hey Evan: It is Flag Day,June 14, 05. You don't know me but I am SSG Chris McGurk's mom. I just wanted to let you know that Chris and four of your buddies are down in New York City for the Yankees Homecoming game. Oops! I know you must be a Red Sox's fan. My great-grandfather played in the first Worlds Series for Boston. Anyway Evan, I just wanted to let you know that "our guys" have been honored with being the Color Guard tonight for the opening of the game. When they are carrying the Colors onto the field, I know they will be thinking of YOU.
Forever in God's Loving Arms.
Mrs. McGurk"
Beth McGurk of New Windsor, NY b100542@aol.com

"Hey Evan,
it has been almost two years since I MEDEVAC'd you out of that firefight,there is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you and your heroism. I am back in Afghanistan again, and have Evac'd more fallen soldiers but none hurt more than you. I pray to god everyday that your family is coping with the loss of you, and ask why did we have to lose such a young hero out there. My crew will never forget you. With regrets CW2 Jason LaCrosse 45th Medical Company (Air Aambulance). 29 Sep 03 will always be remembered."
CW2 Jason LaCrosse of Bagram, Afghanistan again

"Is liomsa mo ghrá

I love you!!"
Mom(Cindergirl911@aol.com) of Haverhill,Mass

"SLEEP WELL YOUNG BROTHER, GO WITH GOD AND LEAVE THE DEVILS TO US."
7TH SFG FORT BRAGG N.C.

"Hey Evan,
I wanted you and your Mom and Dad know....... You will NEVER be forgotten. The one thing I've heard your Dad say over and over again is to "NEVER FORGET MY SON" trust me that won't happen..... My Nephews Bill and Bryan where your best friends. You used to play paintball in my backyard. I know where you are and visit often. To the Top Dear Friend. You ARE our Hero and ALWAYS will be..."
Nancy

""Memorial Day 2005"
Evan I will never Forget the
sacrifice you made, I will never
FORGET!!! Thank You
"TO THE TOP""
Ellen Thomas of ILLINOIS

"Dear Mr.& Mrs. O'Neill:
My name is Elizabeth McGurk. I am SSG Chris McGurk's mom. Chris told me how to find this site.
When Chris called home after Evan's death, he was devastated. I cried with him. Chris talks about Evan quite often. He wears a bracelet with Evan's name and will never forget him.
As Memorial Day gets closer we remember our fallen heros, as well as all those serving this nation, and pray that God will protect them always.
As a mother of three active duty soldiers, I pray every day for their safety. A son just returned from Iraq and now I have two more sons preparing to deploy to Iraq.
Our Dear Lord is holding Evan in the palm of his hands. Evan is watching over you and your family and will always be with you. Please know that I pray for you every day.

"To The Top""
Elizabeth McGurk of New Windsor, NY

"Evan I want to say that to this day you remain in my heart, mind and prayers....You were and still are the best soldier that I have ever had the honor of commanding. I have a new squad to lead into Combat once again...this time we are headed to Iraq. I have shared your life story and memory with these new wide eyed Hooahs.....they are as well as I am humbled by the sacrafice you made on that fateful September day.......NONE OF US WILL EVER FORGET. May your soul rest peaceful in the hands of God....I love you like a Brother....I will see you at the Summit.
TO MIKE; I am happy that we were able to talk face to face it has been something that has been weighing on my soul for sometime now. You know from our conversation that Evan will be and has been deeply missed...My new soldiers know the price Evan made in saving not only my life but those of the Platoon as well...Thank you sir for having such a wonderful son. I hope that we can keep in touch."
SSG Christopher James McGurk of Ft Drum,NY

"IT'S BEEN 18 MONTHS SINCE EVAN'S PASSING.SUCH A LONG TIME HAS PASSED AND YET IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY WHEN BARBARA CALLED ME TO TELL ME THAT EVAN HAD BEEN KILLED.EVAN WAS SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON YOU KNEW IT RIGHT AWAY WHEN HE SPOKE TO YOU.AND EVEN THOUGH I KNEW HIM ONLY A VERY SHORT TIME HE LEFT A DEEP IMPRESSION AND A LOVING FEELING THAT YOU DONT COME BY EVERY DAY.WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH HE IS MISSED.ESPECIALLY BY HIS MOM AND DAD.WE ALL MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU EVAN.(WE WILL NEVER FORGET)"
JULIE of NORTH ANDOVER,MA.

"Ev, WORDS CANT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I MISS YOU. A DAY DOSENT GO BY THAT I DONT THINK OF YOU. A PART OF ME STILL THINKS YOURE COMMING HOME. I JUST WISH YOU WERE HERE TO SEE ME AND BE A PART OF MY LIFE NOW THAT IM DOING GOOD. I WISH (SCOTT) MY FIAN'CE COULD MEET YOU . EVEN THOUGH I SPARE MYSELF INSANITY WITH MA, I HOLD YOU IN MY HEART EVERYDAY AND THAT IS SOMETHING THEY CANT TAKE FROM ME. YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE THAT LOVED ME AND STUCK BY ME WHEN I NEEDED SOMEONE. YOU DIDN'T CARE WHAT THEY SAID. I KNOW I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN. I WILL NEVER FORGET THE SLEEPOVERS, CONCERTS, AND LAUGHS. YOU ARE THE BRAVEST PERSON EVER KNOWN, AND WHEN I WANT TO GIVE UP I REMEMBER THINGS YOU ALWAYS SAID TO ME AND I KEEP MOVING FOREWARD . I LOVE YOU BUDY.
YOU'RE SISTER, SARAH XXOO"
Sarah o'neill of salisbury ma 01952

"Evan,
Words alone cannot express what your sacrafice and the sacrafice of your loved ones means to our beloved country. You are my friend, brother in arms, and savior. You went when I could not and I owe you my life. Thank you Evan, we will meet again, where the air is thin and the gunfire far away... "Cold Steel lives forever""
Sgt. Shawn Baker "Lil Buster" of Rohnert Park, Ca U.S.A.

"Evan,
I'm too far away to hold your hand in person,so I'm holding it in my heart.
I love you.
TO THE TOP! ALL THE WAY!!
Mom XOXOX
(Cindergirl911@aol.com)"
of Haverhill,Mass.

"Evan,
I never got the honor of meeting you but your picture hangs on a wall in my living room with many other Hero’s; I look at the pictures of all of you every morning and thank every one of you for my freedom.
I can remember the day I first really met your mother, she is such an amazing person and helped me so much regardless of her own pain. I too like Sarah lost my fiancé in the war just a few months after you left us and it was being able to look at Sarah that I got my strength to keep going on. I want to say Thank You to you and your whole family. Evan you are a TRUE HERO!"
Alexandria Jacobs -Vicente of N. Andover, MA

"Evan,
"Happy 21st Birthday" Wow, how I wish I could fly up to you to give you a kiss on the cheek and let you know that your parents are the most wonderful people I have met thru you and my son Adam. One more wish if I may, Tell Adam I LOVE HIM!! Happy Birthday Big Guy!!"
Ellen of Illinois

"Well son the big day is almost here. 16 April , your 21st birthday , you said in one of your letters that you and I would have a cold beer together after you got home and smoke a big cigar for another milestone in your life. I will be up to your resting place on Saturday morning to join you for that beer and smoke. I miss you and love you son , whoever said time heels all wounds never lost a son in combat , every day gets harder for me to accept that you are gone. Don't worry though , I will never let you down , as you always said , "Suck it up Dad and drive on". So I'll see ya on Saturday Son. To The Top - All The Way!! Dad"
Mike O'Neill (Dad) of Haverhill,Mass USA

"Across the years I will walk with you-
in deep green forests:on shores of sand:
and when my time on earth is through,in heaven,you will have my hand.
I love you!
Mom
XOXOXO"
Barbara O'Neill of Haverhill,Mass

"to this day it still hurts knowing one of my brothers isn't here in person.i am learning to deal with that within my self everyday that passes .it is not easy to be a man on any given day but evan you were a man among men ,a friend to all and brother to some.i will never forget you evan william o'neill in spirit or in memory for the lasting positive effect you ve instilled me and many others soilders .it was and still is an honor to have been your friend and served with you for that i will ever be grateful"
sgt.dasilva of ft.drum

"As i read these messages, i too, like most who read this, teared up, out of sadness, grief, and desperation. My very good friend was Evan's team leader within his squad on Sep.29th,2003. He told me of that day, the day that haunts him every night in his dreams. He told me that Evan was by far one of the best soldiers he had ever seen. He was always happy to put himself forward and he never turned down a needing hand. I see the pain in my friends eyes when he looks down at his black memorial band with Evan's name and KIA date on it, and i know that Evan meant more to him then i will ever know. He said Evan was the "little brother" he never had. He found Evan after he had been wounded and called for the medic. Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill, i never had the priveledge of meeting your fine son, but i do hope that when i have kids of my own, i can do half the job you did with raising Evan. Him and i were the same age,which hits home a little deeper, but his life and the price he paid for our freedom, makes my friend a better man, and i a better woman. I thank god for all our brave soldiers, and i especially thank god for the blessing of your sons wonderful life. I wish nothing but the best for Evan's family, but im sure he is watching out for every single one of you. Thank you for your wonderful son."
Rhiannon Lowery of Fresno, California

"I WAS THE MORTAR SECTION LEADER FOR Aco 1-87INF DURING OEFIV. I KNEW EVAN BRIEFLY AND HAVE NOTHING BUT GOOD TO SAY ABOUT THE SOLDIER. MY CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF EVAN AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL. PFC EVAN O'NEILL YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN... TO THE TOP!"
SSG CASTANEDA, JAIME of FT DRUM NY

"I did not get the chance to know Evan, but my husband is currently assigned to the 1/87 INF REG and has told me stories about him. My husband was also deployed with Evan and even in the same platoon. I feel greatly for the family of this fallen hero and I send my condolences. If the world has to shed so much blood, why can't it be the blood of the people who most deserve it."
PFC Casandra R. Lay of Fort Drum, New York

"Thank you Evan for the gift of freedom you have given to us all. I know in my heart that when your family closes their eyes for the last time, waiting with open arms will be their Evan. From a grateful American family"
The Shaw Family of Pasadena, Maryland

"Well son tommorow is the second Christmas we have to endure with out you. I miss you so much and not one waking moment goes by that you are not on my mind. I'll carry on and keep going forward just like you son and I will take care of your Sarah and everyone else that needs a point man. I'll be up the hill in the A.M. to talk with you again. Love ya son , hold the fort up there until we meet again. There is "no joy in mudville" since you left but we will do the best we can."
Dad of Haverhill, Mass USA

"Evan, Chrsitmas is coming and im still waiting for you to be comeing home once again for the dinner that you loved lol. It's been over a year now and its been so hard i miss you so much and still have as much love for you as i did before if not more. Its been so hard missing you and wanting you here all the time to play with your dog that misses you and see how proud your father is of you, and your friends miss you so much. i think they wait for you still to walk into parties on the weekends lol. The holidays are so different without you now, today thanksgiving was very lonely wihtout you. I wanted you to know im doing ok and mom and dad did take care of me as u wanted they still are ha ha. But there's not a day that goes by not a hour i dont think of you and begin to miss you. im so proud of you and you are my hero forever. I love you evan and i will never ever forget you. Your in my heart forever i love you babe xoxoxo"
Sarah Ferrick (oneill) Fiance of Newton NH

"Evan:

I am sorry to hear about what happened. I have heard stories of what happened and I am proud of you.

You will be surprised but happy to know that I did not choose the Navy, but rather the Army. I know, I know. I couldnt be a lazy civilian anymore.

I should be going to Ranger school soon. Highspeed!

Ironically enough I was assigned origanlly to 1/87, but at the last minute was switched to 2/87. I will pick up where you left off brother and they will pay dearly.

Infantry Hooah!

"
PV2 Dumas of Orginally Haverhill, Ma now stationed at Ft. Drum, NY

"I met Evan a few months before he left , and i am very happy that i got to meet such a great person, he is forever missed around here and across the country , and through Evan i met my best friend SA, Evan has a constent memorial at our house its a puppy we named O'neil. hope your enjoying that TOOL cd up there Evan , I wouldnt want anyone else to have it ....."
le of Haverhill,ma

"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"

"I never met Evan as I live in Idaho. But I know his God Father, Tom, and I got to know Evan through him. My Grandson in law will be home from Iraq in a few days! I am so happy for my Grandaughter and am happy for the ones who get to come home alive and well as I wish all who serve could! God Bless our troops and all they're families and may He further bless those who have lost loved ones and watch over them and help them heal!"
Donna Cantrell of Kuna, ID

"COMBAT IN THE EYES OF A MEDIC


As A line medic you are looked at differently in the eyes of an infantryman. We are all known as “DOC” some of us have earned the name in combat. I have been to combat in Afghanistan twice with 1-87; I was in Operation Anaconda as well as several other firefights. None of them have affected ma as much as the firefight on Sep 29 a fight in which Pfc Evan O’Neill was killed. I was on the battle field from the first bullet shot until the last. One of my close friends was hit in the face with a piece of shrapnel from a mortar round. Another was hit in the arm, one in the leg and even I was hit in the hand. I treated every person injured that day none has stayed with me and affected me as much as Evan. I remember talking to him right before his squad went down the side of the hill and I followed them on the top of the hill. Everything was silent at this point in time I thought the enemy had retreated back to fight another day. The one shot set of a vicious flurry that lasted hours. I was told that someone was hit, without hearing another word I took off not even worrying about getting wounded again. On the way to Evan I shot and killed one enemy. When I came to find out who it was I started working. I treated him, got him ready to move and then he was carried of the battlefield. Upon finding out he died I just felt that I had failed him, even after I had been told the extent of his injuries and understand why, I just can’t stop thinking I could have done more. The memories of that day will never leave my mind. Your memory will live on with your brothers in arms and your family and friends."
SGT CHRISTOPHER COUCHOT of Findlay OH

"To Evan I remember when you said I was the high speed medic that was going to save your life. Not A day goes by that I don't wish I had A second chance. I know that everything I could have done I did, I just think there was more to do. You live on in the thoughts of the people who's life you have touched. Its an honor to have served with you. I salute your sacrifice and the loyalty you had to defend our country. you are my brother. I'LL MEET YOU AT THE TOP"
Sgt Christopher Couchot of Findlay Oh

"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

"Dear Evan,
It's been so long since last we heard your voice. Not much here has changed. The sun still rises in the east and sets down in the west. The birds still sing and sail the sky, they feed babies in their nests. We go about our daily chores. We think of you each day. If we can see you everywhere.. How can you be so far away? We see you in a baby's face. Eyes so round and blue. We see you walking down the street. We know it must be you. Then down deep inside our chest's we start to feel the pain. The sky turns dark and opens up and it begins to rain. It's just so hard to understand, so in God we put our trust. He must have a job to do, and he needs you more than us."
The Hannay family of North Andover, MA.

"A year has come and gone, but there isn't a day that has passed in which Evan hasn't entered into thought. Finding out on Sept. 29, 2003, that we had lost another brave 10th Mt. Dv. Soldier hit this one's heart deeply; it was only the previous month in which we lost PFC Adam Thomas and SPC Chad Fuller (Aug. 31). Eventually, it was discovered that Evan, on arriving at Ft. Drum, had been my son's roommate.

Barbara & Mike, I came across this poem by Richard H. Duckwell and would like to include it with this message.

The Purple Heart
Once upon a time, when most of us had died,
A soldier at the judgment seat applied.
"Show me," the stern one said,
Some proof that you are choice among the dead!
Some saintly act; Some holy skill or kindly art!"

"Only this, Oh Magistrate, Oh King, Oh God;"
"My life's blood for my country stained the sod."
"For proof...I have this purple heart"

He gazed long at it..the king, all mankind's mentor
Then nodding, softly whispered..."ENTER"
(by RICHARD H. DUCKWELL)

Barbara and Mike, my heart is always with you; Evan will be forever remembered. Always by your side,"
Shirley A. Modes of Apple Canyon Lake, IL

"I can't believe it's already been a year. Evan was the kindest person I knew and he will never be forgotten. I still remember when we met in 5th grade, in the Academic Bowl. And all the fun nights in middle school spent at either the movies or Skateland. Eventhough we went separate ways in high school and didn't talk, I miss him so much and wish he was still here. We truly lost a great person. Evan, I love ya and miss ya. You're always going to be my Luggage Boy!"
Jenna of Haverhill, MA

"A year has passed, how fast it's flown
It seems just yesteray
That you were here, your smiling face
How could we have known
That you would go, and leave us here
With broken, shattered hearts
Every day, we think of you
Every day, we shed a tear
We miss you more than time can tell
It does not heal the wounds
It does not ease the pain
It hurts as much as it did, on the day you fell
We know you are in Heaven
And your work on Earth is done
We hold our memories closely
Of our Beloved soldier Evan

We miss you Evan"
Diane of Haverhill, MA

"It’s been a year
Our hearts still hurt
It will never go away
The Pain, Frustration and Anger
Of that fateful September day

We move along
Slow and steady
Be sure no one will forget
Our strong brave soldier Evan
We are forever in your debt..."
Nancy of Methuen, Ma

"Thank you all again for all the kind things everyone has said about our son Evan. If any one would like to e-mail me and get more info on our son I will answer any and all e-mails. Evan and I had a bond that was and still is one that will not be broken even in death. I love you son! My e-mail is : weststa33@aol.com."
PFC O'NEILLS Dad , Mike of Haverhill,Mass USA

"I would like to give my condolences to the family and friends of Evan O'Neil. I am SFC Pease from 68h Medical Company which is currently deployed from Wheeler Army Airfield HI to Bagram Afghanistan. When we got here in Mar 03 the unit we were replacing was in the process of dedicating the hangar we work in in memory of PFC O'Neill. We have purchased a plaque and are waiting for the palque to arrive. I would like to get in touch with Mr. and Mrs. O'neill to get some information about Evan and to pass along phots of the dedication ceremony, etc. If you read this and you have some contact information for the O'neills I would appreciate you send that information to my e-mail address: peaseg001@hotmail.com . Please ensure you put something in the header about O'neill so I will know it refers to this forum. Thank you again."
Gerald L. Pease of Bagram Afghanistan

"Evan already had his mind made up to join the Army long before I got on recruiting duty in Haverhill, MA. Some people just know they would never be happy doing anything else; it's hard to explain unless you've put on the uniform and expierenced the brotherhood that goes with it. I've haven't put anybody in the Army that has had the conviction, motivation, and true desire to serve this nation that Evan had. He impressed me from the first day I met him at Whittier Tech when he stayed at my recruiting table for the better part of 3 lunches just watching videos and talking about real life in the Army. I never had to sugar coat anything with Evan; he wanted to know the what the Infantry was really gonna be like. SFC Kaufman and myself told him, "Do you know what happens to Infantry soldiers when it's snowing out?" "You get snowed on!" I know Evan had the talent to be a great mechanic and somedays I wished he had chosen to be one, but he wouldn't have been happy turning wrenches. Again, something that's hard to explain unless you've been rained on for 3 days straight. Evan will forever be remembered in my boy, Nicholas Evan Revell, who will be here any day now. If Nicholas grows up with half the understanding of the important things in life that Evan had, we will have another outstanding son, soldier, and citizen in this country. "AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY""
SFC Randall Revell of Haverhill, MA

"Evan I know this is long over due but i love you brother. I'll never forget you. You were their for me when no one else was. You were a friend and brother to me and so much more. Im wish i could of done more for you on that hellish day of the 29th of September. I will always have that what if question in my head on what ive could of done to have save youy life. Brother you will always be in my though and prayers. I know you in the sky looking after your brothers from 1-87 Infantry the Murder Battalion. I'LL make sure your name lives on in my first born child. Thank you for your sacrafice to save ours.

A Brother In Arms
SPC Rice,George"
George Rice of WaterTown, NY USA

"I never had the privilege to meet Evan but I'll bet we would have a lot in common as we are both Americans and served our country in time of need. I was lucky though I made it home safe from Vietnam as so many of my frineds did not. He was called upon to serve His country and never thought twice about if it was right or wrong because it was His duty to free those who can't do it on there own as we tried to do in Nam.I just hope his death was not in vain and that some good will come of it. God Bless Evan I know in my heart that He is with the Lord and that He is watching over His family and buddies He left behind. If you can read this thank a teacher, if you can read this in English thank a VETERAN. Thank you for letting me write this note in memory of Even W. O'Neill.

GOD BLESS AMERICA."
Roger Clark of Orosi,Ca, 93647 USA

"Evan,It's been almost a year and I'm still waiting for you to call home!
I love you,and still miss you like crazy!I still remember word for word our last conversation on Sept. 27th,never thinking it would be our last.
Long gone are the dreams of West Point,NCO school,or Rangers,but in my mind son,you've done it all!
Wishing you were here every minute of every day. 1-4-3 Evan!
Mom"
Barbara O'Neill of Haverhill,Mass.

"TO EVAN, A BROTHER, A FRIEND, AND ONE HELL OF A SOLDIER, YOU ARE MISSED DEARLY, YOU ARE A TRUE WARRIOR AND MY HERO. TO BARB, MIKE, AND SARA,MY CONDOLENCES AND MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU FOREVER, R.I.P. EVAN!!!"
SSG.DICKMAN,MICHAEL of 1/87INF TOTHETOP!

"I still remeber the first time i met O'Neill. It was right before the soldier of the month board. I remember asking him a couple of questions, and seeing the way he responded without any hesitation i knew he was going to be a fine soldier. Although i wasn't able to go on that deployment i knew our boys would do great things. I still remember the day i heard that we lost O'Niell. My wife was driveing and it came over the radio. I started to cry. Some may wonder why when i heard i cried. Although i briefly met O'Neill he was still a brother, and a loss like that hurts and will never be forgotten. To O'Neill's Familly I send to you my condolencess and know that your son lives on in all our hearts. So rest in peace O'Neill, Fuller, and Thomas and know that you still live on in our hearts and memories. Till we meet again. "COLD STEEL"."
SPC Thomas McBee of Brunswick,Ohio

"It has almost been a year since Evan's death, i often search on the web for things about him, this is the first time i have found this site. I would love to say Evan was still here and when he came home maybe i'd see him at our HS reunion or something but that's unfortunatly not an option. I went to school with Evan for 12 years, from the 1st grade to the 12th, Evan is definatly on of the main people i remember, he was always encouraging people to do things, telling them they could do it even if they didn't think they could. At one point in time Evan try'd to get me to join the Army with him even though i insisted "i wasn't cut out for it" he quickly replied that i was and if i really wanted to i could do it,after about a 20 min dicussion about the issue i told Evan i was going to be a teacher. i remember him telling me that he felt as though i would be a great teacher . i can remember Evan comming to school in his Army uniforms, i also remember people making fun of him for it but i never thought it was funny i knew Evan would someday join the Army he always talked about it. I remember comming home from work on September 30 sitting at my kitchen table with my parents waiting for dinner and wondering to myself what ever hapened to Evan " did he really join and if so how was he" so to pass the time i decided to read the paper which isn't something i do too often. but i got the answer to my qusetion when i saw the picture of him, it defintily wasn't the answer i was looking for, even before i read the story i knew what had happened and began to cry. Sitting here thinking about Evan has brought up so many emotions, From crying to smiling and laughing and back to crying again. I know you have probably heard this before but Evan was honestly one of the nicest people i have ever met. No matter what i do in life, no matter where i go i will never forget Evan.I am thankful to be able to say i knew Evan. I will always look at Evan as a hero, not only a hero to me but to others. All i can say is someday i hope i am blessed enough to have a son like him.
May he rest in peace"
Katherine Fountaine of Haverhill,Ma

"MY NAME IS SGT. NATHAN TOOLEY, EVAN WAS A GREAT SOLDIER, SO GOOD THAT IT IS HARD TO EXPLAIN IT IN JUST WORDS. MY FAVORITE MEMORY OF EVAN, WAS THE DAY THAT HE GOT MADE THE BACK UP RTO(RADIO TELEPHONE OPERATOR) OF HIS PLATOON. I WAS THE COMPANY RTO, AND WHEN HE CAME TO ME FOR CLASSES HE WAS EXCITED TO LEARN AS MUCH AS HE COULD ABOUT ANOTHER INFANTRY POSITION. I WAS THERE ON THE 29th. OF SEPTEMBER, ALONG SIDE CAPTAIN WORTHAN, AND DIRECTLY BEHIND SSG McGURKS SQUAD. THE SQUAD THAT EVAN WAS IN. MYSELF SERVING AS THE SENIOR COMPANY RTO I HAD A LOT OF RESPONSIBILTY, BUT NOTHING COMPARE TO THAT RADIO TRANSMISSION FROM SSG McGURK,"SAYING WE'VE GOT A CASULITY!" I SPENT 3 1/2 YEARS IN 1-87 INFANTRY, AND JUST RECENTLY CHANGED DUTY STATION TO FORT CARSON, COLORADO. I FIND MYSELF THINKING OF EVAN A LOT, AND THE SACRIFICE HE MADE FOR HIS SQUAD, PLATOON, ALPHA COMPANY, AND THE 1-87 COMBAT TEAM, WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED. REST IN PEACE EVAN, AND HOLD THING DOWN UP THERE IN HEAVEN...."TO THE TOP" AND NEVER FORGET "COLD STEEL OR SPEARHEADS""
SGT. NATHAN TOOLEY of FORT CARSON, CO

"Evan paid the ultimate price so that I and everyone I love can be free. For that I am forever grateful. Till "Cold Steel" meets again, rest in peace friend."
Sgt Gilstrap, David A. of Santa Rosa CA

"never for get that a good soldier never falls and a great soldier will never go a way he here and hhes there all ways in the mine and heart so live life as if it was never going to end and have fun"
Everett Redner of Greenville MI 48838

"Private O'Neill, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"Though it has been many months since Evan's death, he is very much a presence in my heart and ironically, in my home. My husband, Blaine, a Crew Chief with the 717th Med. Co., was part of the crew that medevaced Evan out. Blaine had been in Afghanistan for only a few weeks and though this wasn't his first medevac mission in Afghanistan and certainly not his last, it is the one that he remembers the most vividly. Rarely a day goes by when we do not speak of Evan O'Neill or his family. Blaine has done many medevac mission all over. As a fourteen year veteran of the Armed Forced he has seen more than his share of conflicts, but nothing and no one touched him the way Evan O'Neill has. It is strange how one young man, whom he has never met prior to that day and never spoken to, had such an positive effect on him. Blaine refers to September 29th as his Memorial Day and has an understanding with his civilian employer, that he will have that day off each year. He plans to quietly honor Evan O'Neill and the others who did not come home. To the O'Neill family I send my heartfelt condolences. Please know that Evan will never be forgotten by the medevac crew that tried so desperatly to assist him or their families."
Helene of Mustang, OK/ USA

"My name is Mike O'Neill, Evan just called me Dad. I loved him more than anyone could know and his loss has left a very large hole in my heart. I'd like to thank all of you who have taken the time to leave a message at this site, it means alot to us. Evan is gone now but there are other young men and women that are still in harms way fighting for us and to help other countries to be free of oppression. Please take the time to write or send a package to these troops, I can hear Evan now, "come on Dad, suck it up and drive on, All the Way,To the Top". He would not be happy if we stopped looking out for those he left behind, fellow warriors all. I love ya Son!"
Mike J O'Neill of Haverhill,Mass,U.S.A.

"May God bless you and keep you in his love. My tears are with the family of Evan. May you find comfort in the great memories of Evan."
Candy Knutson of Poynette. WI

"I don't know Evan W. O'Neill. I was never blessed with the chance to. I came upon this website and the name of your son when I was searching online for heroes in Massachusetts. This site appeared on the search engine and your son's name was on the list of "fallen heroes." I'm so sorry for your lost and although i'm only 16, I can understand what you must be going through. But please take comfort in knowing that Evan lost his life as a hero, a hero fighting for his country, for freedom, for Americans and Iraquis alike. Thank yourselves too, because heroes aren't born, they're made and somewhere a long the line, you raised him to be a hero, and that's exactly what he is and always will be. Thank you for raising a hero and helping to protect the future of America. It gives me hope knowing that there are people like you and Evan in this world, that seems to be filled with so much pain, suffering, and hatred. Thank you always."
Van of Norton, Massachusetts

"I don't know Evan W. O'Neill. I was never blessed with the chance to. I came upon this website and the name of your son when I was searching online for heroes in Massachusetts. This site appeared on the search engine and your son's name was on the list of "fallen heroes." I'm so sorry for your lost and although i'm only 16, I can understand what you must be going through. But please take comfort in knowing that Evan lost his life as a hero, a hero fighting for his country, for freedom, for Americans and Iraquis alike. Thank yourselves too, because heroes aren't born, they're made and somewhere a long the line, you raised him to be a hero, and that's exactly what he is and always will be. Thank you for raising a hero and helping to protect the future of America. It gives me hope knowing that there are people like you and Evan in this world, that seems to be filled with so much pain, suffering, and hatred. Thank you always."
Van of Norton, Massachusetts

"Dear Barbara and Mike: It's 8 months since I read with shock the news that you had lost your wonderful Evan through the horrors of war. The strength of sympathy I experienced at that moment hasn't lessened, in fact It seems more unreal as time goes on, though I think of it every day. No parent should have to experience the loss of a child. Hope it is of some comfort to you how your friends and neighbors and even strangers who have heard of Evan are responding to your emptiness. This quality I term "human bondage" is remarkably strong and uniting."
Ann-Mari of Oregon

"Eight months to the day has passed, and here I sit in my mothers house, on memorial day weekend.I am one of the lucky ones who was able to return home, and embrace my family once again. A wave of guilt and remorse has washed over my soul, because Knowing that Evan and his family will not embrace ever again in this life. I have thought about the 29th of September 2003, every day since it has passed. My name is SSG Christopher J McGurk, evan was in my squad the day the good lord took him from us; he was one of my best soldiers and I will never forget his gentle soul as long as I live.To Mr and Mrs oneill you will always be in my prayers. " To The Top""
SSG Christopher J McGurk of New Burgh, New York

"Evan and I met our senior years of high school. I went to HHS and he went to Whittier. We worked together at Demoulas grocery store and i still remember the day i talked to him about joining the military. He brought me down to the recruiting station, and here I am in Iraq, on my 14th month over here. We saw each other at Basic Training in Georgia and he seemed so optimistic and happy about being there. I wasn't so fulfilled. He was meant to be a soldier. He is a true New England Patriot"
Josh Brewster of Baghdad, Iraq

"I'm PFC Matthew Overton. I helped carry PFC O'neill off the battle field that day. He wasnt originally in our platoon, but became part of it once we deployed, I was glad to have him with us, he was a great soldier with a lot of commitment. I've seen a few people killed in action, but the day he was killed hit me the hardest. Either way we lucked out, the world is just as great of a place with him looking over us as it was with him walking with us."
PFC Overton of Illinois

"" He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Evan was only 19, yet he accomplished more than anyone will ever accomplish in a lifetime. I never knew Evan, but he was only a year older than I am and it's hard to think about the men and women who are only a few,if not the same age as me, fighting and losing their life for something they believe in.I am forever grateful to Evan for making the sacrafice that he made just so we could all live in freedom. To his family and friends: I am so very sorry for the loss of your loved one, but know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Evan is and always will be a hero. I will NEVER FORGET. God Bless."
Jessica of Rio Vista.CA

"Being able to say that Evan is my cousin is one of the proudest statements I have ever made. Evan was and is a true hero. He will be strongly missed but never forgotten. Evan I Love You!"
Jessica O'Neill of North Reading MA USA

"It's strange.. he died a while ago, and I found this site, and now am tearing up. How could this boy who I grew up with be gone now? I always knew Evan would be a hero, but perhaps it came too soon. Since the age of two, he has wanted to serve his country. Amazing. Words can't express my pride in him. My brother from a different mother. Happy birthday evan..Thanks for protecting me. I'll always remember sebago and the bag of gimp."

"I knew Evan...and he was the greatest person I've ever met. He was funny, sincere, a gentleman. He could make anyone laugh. Ev will always be in my heart. He died doing what he loved. I just want everyone to know he died a hero, intercepting an attack on his platoon. Thank You Ev, I love you and miss you!"

"Thank you Evan for the example you have set for all of us. I pray that the holy spirit may fill the hearts of all that loved you and give them peace. You are a hero"
Msgt. Daniel Rodriguez 433 AMXS Lackland Air Force Base of San Antonio

"19 years old and more of a man that most will ever be.

Evan O'Neill defined courage. He as a soldier fighting for his country and his service was in keeping with those that have fallen at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Iwo Jima, and so forth.

God bless him and his family."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Evan O'Neill, 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

"I just wanted to show my appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice that Evan has made in the name of freedom, honor and America. He didnt even know me yet he died for me. I only hope the prayers I offer for Evan and to you his family will be a source of comfort during this obviously grief filled time. If I can do anything for you Evan's family please contact me at ctpoet1@yahoo.com"
Chris Decker of East Windsor CT USA

"To the family and loved ones of Evan,
I served with him in Shkin and wanted to apologize for what happened to him. I offer my condolences and wish there had been something I could have done. I will never forget him."
1/87 solider of New Hampshire

"Evan O'Neill truely is a hero, and forever will be. Evan was one of the nicest/caring people I have ever met and Im so glad I was honored to know him. It takes a special person to do what Evan did and for that I am grateful. My prayers are with the O'Neill family and his fiancee Sarah. His memory will forever be with us and never be forgotten!"
Melissa of Haverhill, Ma

"I was very sad to hear of Evans death. My prayers are with his family. My son is in Afghanistan, his same age...so young...he knew Evan a little but it hurt him alot when he found out. He wanted me to say to his family that he was a really nice person and that everyone there is very sad because they all liked him. He was a friend to everyone. They got together and prayed for him. He is with God and shortly you will see him again. I pray for God to help you throught your pain and to give you peace. He did a very honorable thing and died so that others could live. You must be very proud of him.
RIP Evan and thank you."
Lisa of California

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Evan O'Neill:
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 Evan 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 Pfc. Evan O'Neill:
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 Evan, 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