Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Ronald D. Allen, Jr.


22, of Mitchell, Indiana.
Allen was conducting convoy operations when he was involved in a vehicular accident near Balad, Iraq. Allen died of his injuries. He was assigned to the 502nd Personnel Service Battalion, 43rd Area Support Group, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on August 25, 2003.

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"Sorry.. I couldn't help."

"Ronald,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike of Casey

"5/25/15
Honoring you today and every day Ron."
SFC Ramos

"You were a great man that left a lasting impression on many peoples lives. You will never be forgotten. You have so much influence on peoples lives still and I am truly blessed to know some of them."
MSG Mulligan

"It has now been eleven years since we lost you brother. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I hope you know that you will forever be loved and looked up to. I am now 27 years old almost 28 here on 9/11 and no matter how hard I try I keep thinking back to that day. I remember setting in class and having a feeling like I had just been kicked in the gut. I saw that Army Officer talking to my principal. It felt as if they were looking at me as I was walking to my car to go home. I never would have thought that just hours later I would see those headlights in the window and answer the door and upon seeing the same Army Captain from school that something was drastically wrong. I will never forget the chills that went down my spine when he asked for the parents of Ronald Allen Jr. I will never forget having to tell my dad who was at the door while trying to keep myself from falling over. I love you with all my heart, body, and soul big brother. I miss you so very much and wish I could change the past. You are loved by so many people. I now have two little girls Madison is five, and Emma is four. Although they never had the chance to meet you. They both know who their hero uncle is. Love ya big brother."
Nathan Harrison of Springville, Indiana

"Years have past and there are memories that I will cherish forever. One such memory was of sitting next to Ron at the valentines day ball. My roommate and I had helped him get ready for the ball and we joked about the formal nature of the event. It is with honor that I had the privilege to sit next to him that evening. He held my chair for me and I could feel his hands shaking a bit as he pushed me in making my drink spill into my dress. The material of the dress hid the spill well and no harm came to my evening. It is a small memory but one I will cherish forever."
Lynn VanderWhite of Colorado Springs, Co.

"My brother I have been missing you a lot these days. I MISS OUR GREAT TIMES. Get old and young my brother"
Stephen Bell of Sidney, New

"You are never forgotten!"
SFC Dawn Ramos

"I don't really know what to say Ronnie. You've been my inspiration to get my life together and have been the driving force for me all throughout my military career. I miss you so much man. I know we had a couple arguments and you accidently killed that stupid * little puppy and I was so mad about that. Looking back though I wish we still had that same closeness as when we were little boys. I enlisted as a medic just for you man. I made sure all my boys came home for you. I love you buddy and I always will. Keep St. Peters gates open for me will ya?"
SPC Eric S Harrison of Fort Knox KY

"Ronnie not a day goes by that I don't think of you and dad. I miss you guys more and more everyday. I really hope that someday I might become the man that you two were. No matter what I try to do the pain will never go away. Life is just not the same. With the war now coming to an end in Iraq. It is hard to realize how much we have all lost. I would give up anything to take it all back. I am very proud of you for doing what you did. I remember one of the last times we talked and how proud you were of being in the Army. And how you wanted to be able to give the Iraqis the freedom's that we American's take for granted. And the words you told me that I will never forget "That you would rather fight them over there than over here" Your and Dad's death is something that I have never dealt with. I have never been able to process it. I never will it still tears me up to this day. I wish I could have that day back to redo. I still remember setting at class that day just feeling empty like something bad had happened. Its like I just knew something was wrong. I went to a party that night but couldn't stay. I will never forget those headlights driving down our long driveway. I knew as soon as I opened the door what was wrong. The Army Capt. asking for the parents of Ronald Allen. I will never get over having to tell dad why I slammed the door shut. Trying to keep standing up and tell dad. Or how long it took to get you home when we were told it would be a closed casket funeral. I set out most of the night in the rain watching for you to get home. At 16 years old I lost you and a huge part of myself. At 21 years old another part of what was left when dad died. You guys are my hero's I will never forget you or what you have done. No matter what I do in life it will never come close to what you have done. I long for the day that we will all meet again. I do hope that it is awhile away so I can get to be a part of my girls lives. As long as I live you guys will never be forgot. I am trying to keep the ww2 reenacting unit that you and dad started. But it will never be the same I remember when it was almost every other weekend before you left for the army You, Dad, and me all standing in line next to each other at the events. Its just not same...Sometimes when we are forming up or I am still in the fog of waking up. I will look for you guys until I realize your not there. I know you guys are in a better place and are more than likely still watching over us. Tell Dad that I am trying to do my best to be the person he raised me to be. And that the biggest thing I have done since I lost you guys was becoming a proud father of two very beautiful little girls. Madison is three and Emma will be two in December. We almost lost her when she was born but someone was looking out for us. She kept looking worse and worse we took her to the Dr. but the guy thought she just had a cold. If it wasn't for Dads sethascope I had over here I might have listened to the Dr. I listened to her breath and something told me to take her to a different Dr. I now know a little of what mom and dad had to go threw when they lost you. At 12 days old she had R.S.V. she was so tiny being hooked up to all the needles and O2 lines. You should see her now you would never know she was sick. They already know how much of a hero their Uncle is. I will always miss you and dad. There is never a day that goes by that I don't think of you guys. I look forward to the day that we will all be together again. I love you guys and I always will cherish and remember the times we had together."
Nathan Harrison of Mitchell, Indiana

"Not a day goes by that I dont think about you SPC Allen. Please accept my sincere condolences and forgiveness."
SFC Robert M. Cooley of Daegu, South Korea

"To the Allen family, my name is Brendan Dailey, I was assigned to the same Battalion with Ron, though we were in different Detachments and in different locations while deployed to Iraq. I was the NCO that brought Ron back to Mitchell and got to meet all of you in your home. That was an incredibly sad day but also very special in other ways. Hope you are doing well, we all think of Ron very often. Brendan.
brendandailey@hotmail.com"
SGT Brendan Dailey of California

"I am a member of the American Soldier Memorial Project. We are a group of cross stitchers who donate free memorials to a family member of our fallen heros of the Iraqi and Afganistan wars. I would like to send you one to honor SPC Ronals Allen Jr. If you would like to accept please contact me at nicholsjan@sbcglobal.net. My deepest condolences go out to your family."
Jan Nichols of Dyer, IN

"Allen....Im sorry it took me so long to write you on here. But the loss of you hit me hard buddy. I still remember you getting my E-5 paper work done before we left to Iraq. I remember you and 1sgt Kling trying to get me into your motor pool. But 4id 3rd BGD wouldnt let me go. I wish they did, because maybe you would be here today. I miss you more then you know. Love ya always SGT George H. Eck"
George of Waldorf, Maryland

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,850 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion - Kenan of Manti, Utah USA

""To the family of Ronald D. Allen ,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""

"Jyl,

We are thinking about you and have in our prayers. I would like to call you but we have lost your number you can contact me by email at buckley.simmons@us.army.mil"
Buck Simmons of Sidney, NE 12-02-2009

"8-25-09
I still remember, and think of you every day. I'll never forget you. Thank you!"
SSG Dawn Ramos of Columbia, SC

"Quiet warrior you will be missed. CPL Howard(USMC)"
William Howard of 29 Palms CA/USA

"I WOULD LIKE TO SAY SORRY TO THE FAMILY THAT LOST A GREAT SON AND SOLDIER. I WAS IN SCHOOL WITH RONNIE WHEN HE ATTENDED LOOGOOTEE MIDDLE SCHOOL. HE WAS ALWAYS ONE TO LOOK FOR FOR A GOOD LAUGH AND COULD ALWAYS PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE. WE ALL REALLY MISSED HIM WHEN HE LEFT I SORT OF FIGURED THAT ONE DAY HE MAY JOIN AND SERVE THIS COUNTRY. HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO MANY THAT RAN ACROSS HIM AND WILL ALWAYS BE ON THE MIND OF MANY."
BRANDON INMAN of LOOGOOTEE, IN

"Jyl I am sorry to learn abouot Derrick this way from myself Steve and Travis we are all sorry for your loss again"
Buck Simmons of Sidney, NE

"Dear Allen,I know almost one more year, and I miss you so much buddy, I wish I was there for you,so this would of never happened,I wish I could take it back, but I can't, I miss you so much!
I hope to see you again in Heaven.
Now that you are up there keep tabs for me.
I know you are in a better place, but it still hurts like it just happened yesterday.
I love you buddy!
God Bless you and your Fam!"
Battlebuddy of Germany

"Jyl,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, too. I have been trying to get in touch with you about a quilt that has been made for you in Ronnie's memory. Several volunteers from the state of Indiana made this civil war replica quilt to honor Ronnie's memory and to let you know that we share your grief and are so proud of his service to our country. I would like to give you this quilt if you would contact me via e-mail lmor11@msn.com You can go online, too, to check out the authenticity of our project: www.homeofthebravequilts.com
Hope to hear from you, Louise Morgan"
Louise Morgan of Indianapolis, IN (formerly from southern IN)

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Spc. Ronald D. Allen, Jr.:
Ronald 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 deepests 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

"It is with great saddness that I pass on the news that Ron's father Derek Harrison has gone to be with our son Ron on 01-25-2008, he will be greatly missed. Derek and Ron watch over us from Heaven. I miss you both with all my heart, Love You Both, Mom"
Jyl Harrison of Mitchell, Indiana

"Ronnie,
I never got to meet you, but from what everyone tells me you were a wonderful young man. You know, when I first met your dad, Derek, he just scared me. An aged marine, harden from losing you. Yet over the past few years I was lucky enough to get to know him and realize that underneath that gruff exterior lay the heart of the sweetest man I have ever known. If you could have just seen his eyes when he talked about you....you were his hero. Please Ronnie, I know you don't know me, but please take care of your dad for me and let him know that I/we all love him and miss him so much. I know he is with you now, and that is where he wants to be. But tell him we miss him, I miss him so very much. Tell him that I loved him like a father, and I will never forget him. Please. Please take care of your dad for us, for me. Thank you...thank you, Ronnie, thank you."
Mary Jean Holwager of Cambridge City, Indiana

"To the family of my fellow comrade:
once again one more year since he left us,he is truly missed.
I pray and hope that I will see him one day in heaven."
LILY of FT CARSON,CO

"My name is SGT Dawn Barr and I was Ron's supervisor for quite some time, including during the time he was killed. I have been trying to contact someone from his family. The 502nd PSB just returned from our second tour in Iraq and while deployed there we created a memorial for Ron. Our unit is disbanding now and I have possession of the paintings that were created for the memorial. One is a soldier's memorial painting with the boots, rifle, and helmet. The other is a portrait of Ron in his service uniform. I would like to pass those on to the family of our fallen comrade. I can be contacted at GTOGRL77@YAHOO.COM. We all still grieve for your son. He was a very memorable man and his loss was a great loss to our unit and to us personally. Please contact me so that I may get these items to you, where they belong."
SGT Dawn M. Barr of Colorado Springs, CO

"You have a special place in my heart Ronald Allen, Jr. Thank you for your sacrifice ...for fighting for all of us. May God bless you valiant heroe."
Ive Nadal Ammoune of Houston, TX, USA

"Allen,i know i always promised u and the others that when you all came back i would cook some mexican food for u all,not that u are in heaven i guess u are just gonna have to wait for me to see u again.We miss u a lot.
Whenever God decides its my turn to go,i will see u there.SAVE A SPOT FOR ME IN HEAVEN"
LANY of COLORADO

"February 8, 2006

I came across information today about Ronald, while reviewing some information concerning the Iraq war. Although it has now been two and a half years since his death, I know that Ronald will always be missed and deeply loved by his family.

Even though I did not know Ronald, I feel that he was, in some ways, part of my family. I grew up in Mitchell, graduating from high school in 1974 and joining the Air Force in 1976, having served my country, as he so bravely did. Later, after leaving active duty some 16 years later, I eventually ended up working as a civilian at Fort Carson fom 1996 to 2003. Who knows, I may have bumped into Ronald in the PX on one occasion there at Fort Carson.

Anyway, I know how terrible losing a family member can be when he was in the prime of his life because I lost a brother at the age of 25 to a vehicle accident. The hurt lingers, but the love and memories endure much greater, which is what helped me so much to get through that terrible event.

I pray that you continue to celebrate the inspiration that Ronald brought to your family and always be able to cherish him for the hero that he truly is. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for a just and noble cause, making me very proud to be a veteran and a citizen of the United States of America. For this, I celebrate the short life that Ronald lived and I salute him for the hero that he became!"
Rick Rose [rickrose@hotmail.com] of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"He is still remembered."
anonymous of USA

"I was fortunate enough to know Ron for a couple short months. We were in the same basic training platoon together. I learned of his death through this website months later after I myself had returned home from Iraq. At that time I hadn't been in contact with him for over 4 years. However, my few memories of him are vivid. The day our families were supposed to come to see us at training, the day before we graduated, his family had showed up a little later. So, before they arrived, my family offered to let him hang around with us so he wouldn't be left to himself. We lived very close in the barracks. I was on a bottom bunk and he was on the top of the next bunk over, so we saw a lot of each other. I even have a video that my stepdad made the day they came to see us. I hadn't watched it in years until I saw Ron's picture on this site. And lo and behold, there he was sitting right next to me in the video. I couldn't believe it. It's amazing how someone can have a brief moment in your life, and you wouldn't even know that they had impacted it, but time reveals all things.

Though we were not the best of friends and did not keep in touch, I will always remember Ron how I knew him, a motivation to me when I needed it, and a buddy when I didn't have one. This war has taken alot from so many, but no other price as great as this. I cannot forget Ron or how he died, but I can only remember how I knew him as he lived.
There is no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
josh_camp@hotmail.com"
Joshua W. Campbell of Ft. Hood, TX

"I Thank you Ronald Allen Jr For Doing your Best to Free Iraq and to sacrifice your life for me and millions of Amercians"
Jerry Samuels Jr of Charlestown Ind USA

"To The Allen Family,
I was at Ft Meade, MD when I found out that Ron was gone. I am sorry for your loss. I could not make it back to Ft Carson in time to pay my respects. Allen and I were in the same unit at Ft Carson, Co. I was only stationed there for only year and a half. During that time we were best-freinds. We use to do everything together. I have nothing but, great memories of our times together. Especially the one time in the mountains. He was a great person who would help anybody who need it. He was there for me for when I tore my knee. Or when he came over to hang out. He will never be forgotten. We all miss you, brother."
Eddie Roldan of Fort Bragg, NC/ USA

"Dear Ron's Family
As the anniversary nears of 2 years Spec. Ronald Allen Jr. will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!! I to have my sons- PFC Adam L. Thomas 2 year anniversary Aug 31, 2003 KIA Afghanistan. I think of our boys every minute of every day They are the heroes of Today and Always. I find comfort knowing these fine young men are together and safe and watching over all of us. I share your pain and your pride. God Bless
Proud Army MOM"
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, ILLINOIS

"TO SPC ALLEN'S FAMILY:
DEAR ALLEN FAMILY I CAN ONLY TELL YOU THAT I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE MET YOUR SON,HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING YOUNG MAN, HE LOVED COUNTRY MUSIC,AND HE LOVED LIFE. WE WERE IN THE SAME UNIT TOGETHER BUT I GOT OUT OF THE SERVICE RIGHT BEFORE HE LEFT TO GO TO WAR.
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS LAUGH,AND HOW HE WAS ALWAYS SO KIND TO ALWAYS OFFER HIS BUDDYS A RIDE...HE LOVED TO LISTEN TO HIS MUSIC ALL LOUD IN THE BARRACKS,AND HE ALWAYS HANGED OUT WITH ROLLINS AND SIMONS...HE WAS ALWAYS SUCH A GENTLEMAN..I AM DEEPLY SORRY FOR HIS LOSS BUT I KNOW HE IS LOOKING OUT FOR US FROM HEAVEN...
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
COBRA DET 502ND PSB"
SPC LANAGAN of OREGON

"SPC Allen was a great Soldier. I had the pleasure of going to AIT with him in Fort Jackson, SC from Oct 2000 to Dec 2000. I went on to Fort Hood and was assigned to the 502nd PSB. When my unit deployed to Iraq I never knew we had C Det out of Ft. Carson, CO. So when I seen SPC Allen for the first time since AIT I was in shock. We talked for some time about AIT, and what our plans were in the future. He was a very nice guy, and my condolenses go out to his family and friends."
SGT Raphael Riley of Fort Knox, KY

"At Ft. Carson, Ron was my neighbor and collegue. Ron was the kind of guy that you could turn to when you needed help. Before we went across the pond to Iraq, we use to sit around and absorb the moment, remember the good ol days growing up and hearing about Indiana. He was, and will always be a part of the "Barrack's Posse"(you still reserve a seat at the Mess hall table). When news reached our camp of that terrible day, each one of us knew that he would watch down upon us from above and out of harms way. To all of Ronnie's family, friends and all back home in Mitchell, I raise my glass and toast one of the very best, both soldier and gentleman, that I have ever had the honor to know. I truly miss having you around, but see you when I PCS to Heaven! Five-0 Deuce all the way!!!"
Jared Hopkins, SPC 502nd PSB of Greenville, SC

"YOUR SON WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN MY FRIEND YOUR SON IS JUST LIKE U A HERO A MAN OF PRINCIPLE AND WE WILL NEVER LET HIS MEMORY GOES"
ANN of NY

"Rest in peace sweet angel!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"HE DREAMED OF A FARM FULL OF HORSES
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For Ronnie

Last night I opened a chat room
to pay tribute to our fallen warriors.

A man came in and told me
that his 22-year-old son had been killed
in combat,
and since the day he had learned the news, not even a day went by without crying for his boy.

He talked about the last time
his son was home on a couple-weeks vacation, and they had a wonderful time together,
you know, doing men stuff
hunting, fishing, having a couple beers,
and how in the canoe
his boy told him while brushed with his fingers the long hair of the river,
that his dream was to have someday a farm full of horses, and raise
there a family, and grow old,
an old fart -he said laughing-
who'd know more than anybody about horses.

There was a silence...
I knew he was crying now

There was a silence...
I was crying my eyes out


with love, Miriam"
MIRIAM of Boston, Massachusetts

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/25/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"We are Ron's parents it has been a year since we lost our beloved son.We miss him more everyday.We are proud of him and all of our men and women who have given the last full measure of devotion to this nation of freemen ,it is a high cost to lay down on the Alter of Freedom ,we all need to remember that our freedoms are not to be taken for granted many have given some and some have gave all God Bless America ,we love you Ronnie .semper fi Dad and mom Derek and Jyl Harrison"
Derek Harrison of Mitchell Indiana

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort during their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"Ronald, I'm leaving in Sept. to go back to Iraq. I know you'll be by my side, just like in basic training. Thank you so much for being a great friend, soldier, and hero..It's my turn to return the favor. I know you'll watch over me..Outlaws to the end. RIP my friend, I'll never forget you."
SPC. Philip D. Snead of North Augusta, SC

"I am a seventh grade student. I go to Barker Central School. I am sorry about your loss. Ronald D. Allen Jr. was a brave man because he risked his life for our country. He is heroic because him and his friends fought hard to get Saddam."
Seventh Grade Student of Barker Middle School

"God bless you and RIP!"
Mike (USMC) of Indianapolis, Indiana

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

"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, Ronald, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"You will not be forgotten. Even though I did not know you, I thank you and your family for the greatest sacrifice every made by an American"
Pat Walters of Cross Plains, WI

"RONALD AND I WENT THOROUGH BASIC TOGETHER...HE WAS AN "OUTLAW" ALL THE WAY AND TO THE END...MY HEART GOES OUT TO HIS FAMILY..WE NEVER FORGET OUR FALLEN BROTHERS.."
Spc Philip D. Snead of North Augusta, SC

"Thank you Ronald Allen, Jr., 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

"My thoughts turned to you all and Ronnie this morning when I heard that it was the 4th Infantry boys that finally brought Saddam to his knees. Know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers each day. We love you!"
Angel Murphy of Scottsburg, IN/USA

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace"
Amanda K Casas of San Diego/Corpus Christi, Texas

"Our Thoughts and prayers for Ron and for your whole family, and please allow us to offer any assistance no matter how small."
Victory Reenacting, 5th Armored Div. of Michigan

"TO THE HARRISON FAMILY... WE ALL LOVE YOU LIKE OUR OWN FAMILY, WE WILL BE THERE WITH YOU THROUGH THE THICK AND THIN. IF THERE IS EVER ANYTHING YOU NEED, LET US KNOW AND WE WILL BE THERE FOR ALL OF YOU! RONNIE IS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS AND WILL ALWAYS BE A BROTHER TO ME. LOVE YA POP! -DAN REGER AND WW2 4TH INF. REEINACTING GROUP"
DAN REGER of CARMEL, INDIANA, USA

"We ARE THE PARENTS OF RON ALLEN U.S.ARMY AND WE ARE PROUD OF OUR SON AND ALL OF HIS COMRADES WHO WATCH OVER US DAY AND NIGHT AND KEEP FREEDOM'S LIGHT BURNING BRIGHT AND FOR ALL OF OUR HEROES WHO HAVE GIVEN UP THEIR TOMORROWS FOR OUR TODAYS GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL OF HER BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN HARM'S WAY"
THE HARRISON FAMILY of MITCHELL IN. U.S.A.

"My name is Elisha Pahnke, wife of fallen soldier PFC Shawn Pahnke. I am deeply saddened by the loss of your loved one. I know that there are no words that can truely bring comfort to you at this time, but I want you to know that I am praying for your family. Your son is a hero, all of our boys are. May God Bless you and your family."
Elisha Pahnke of Shelbyville, IN

"To the family and friends of Spc. Ronald Allen, Jr.:
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 Ronald 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 Spc. Ronald Allen, Jr.:
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 Ronald, 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