Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Evan Asa Ashcraft


24, of West Hills, California.
Killed north of Al Hawd, Iraq, when his military convoy came under enemy fire. Ashcraft was assigned to the Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on July 24, 2003.

Ashcraft was posthumously promoted to Sergeant.

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"Asa,
On today, the 12th anniversary of your death 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 C. of El Paso, Texas

"I never knew you, but you were the same age as my grandson, and it is almost a year now since he has also left us. He was not in the Service, but I have always felt a connection to you not only because I wear your KIA bracelet every day but because you were my grandson's age. I feel the sorrow of your family stronger in my heart now. I pray for you both all the time and will never forget the sacrifice you and your family has given to keep this Country free. Bless You and all those who have given so very, very much for us."
Nancy of Wisconsin

"Evan....thank you so much for your service and my freedom....I am forever grateful to you....I helped lay a wreath for you at your grave this past Christmas and was honored to do so. You will NOT be forgotten....to the family of this young hero...I send my sincere prayers for God to wrap his loving arms around you always, but especially today on Evan's Angelversary...God Bless you all..."
Sue Moore PGR of Long Beach, Ca

"10 years...wow, there's still isn't a day that goes by, my old friend, that I don't think about you or your family and miss you. You were a great friend and leader and the world is a darker place without you."
Doc Luke SGT, US Army, Ret of Sebring, Fl

"I LOVE AND MISS YOU BROTHER. I HAVE THE MEMORIES AND I WILL TRESURE THEM NOW AND BEYOND. YOU BROKE THE CYCLE THAT IS THE FATE MOST OF US ARE TRAPED IN. I WILL ALWAYS THINK OF YOU WITH PRIDE,HONOR,LOYALTY,AND THE UP MOST RESPECT. KNOW THIS EVAN,I WOULD LAY MY LIFE DOWN TEN THOUSAND TIMES OVER TO HAVE BEEN BY YOUR SIDE AND AT THE VERY LEAST SHARE YOUR FATE IF I WERE NOT ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT OF THE HELL YOU ENDURED SO THAT MILLIONS CAN LIVE WORRY FREE OF THE EVIL THAT THIS WORLD HOLDS WITHIN ITS CORE........WITH A STOMP OF MY BOOT,AND A STIFF ARM SALUTE,FOR THE FIGHT NOT THE FAME. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED AND THOUGHT OF................."
B.J.F. of S.F.V. SOCAL

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"i will miss all who have done every thing in their power to prtect us and put their lives on the line for us"
Victoria Busney of united states

"Dear Ashcraft's...I think about Evan daily. I was there when this happened and they brought him back to our little compound. I wasnt the medic with him on the patrol, but wish i was. He was a great friend and battle buddy. He might be gone, but he'll never be forgotten. RIP Brother."
SGT (Doc) Luke of Baghdad/Ft Riley, Ks

"April 24, 2009
To the Ashcraft family. I'm sorry for the loss of your son, he was a great inspiration in my life. I Had the honor serving with him that night and in my military career with 2nd Platoon A. Co. 1/327 Inf. Regt. I still see his baby face and his smile, many laughs together. I was thier with him on that mission. 5 years has passed and I still see him, miss him very much. For the other two soldiers that may rest in peace with hime SSgt. Perez, and Spc. Heighter. You will be missed, and my prayers are with you always.

Spc. Saucedo (Moses Saucedo)
email: saucedo3272000@yahoo.com"
Moses Saucedo of Silvis, Il, 61282

"I JUST WOULD LIKE TO SAY YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND AS LONG AS I LIVE I WILL SPEND THIS DAY FOR YOU, HEIGHTER, AND PEREZ. YOU GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR YOUR COUNTRY AND WE LOVE YOU FOR THAT. YOU WERE A GOOD LEADER AND A GOOD FATHER. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY. MANY WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE HONOR OR EVER REALY GET THE FULL VISION OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE OR SEEN. THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED AND ARE STILL SERVEING EACH DAY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY."
SGT JAMES MCBURNEY of DEMING NM/ KOSOVO

"I also wear Evans KIA braelet to honor him, his family and what he fought for. I hope that this small token whill bring some peace to his family and comrades, that there are people who care, for those who served, are serving or will serve, he "gave all" to our nation and also a nation not his own. Not everyone understands, appriciates or honors the sacrifices made by these men and women and their families."
Teneele of Durango, Co, USA

"I recently visited my granddaughter in Alaska where her husband is stationed He and his buddies were wearing KIA bracelets for the brother of one of the boys and also for a friend. When I came home I sent for a bracelet and today I received it through the mail. The bracelet I got had the name of your loved one. I want you to know I will wear it proudly to remember the sacrifice he and his family made, and will keep him in my prayers at all times. God bless, him, you and all our boys for the sacrifices they are making for us and our country."
Nancy Banach of Poynette, Wisconsin

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Evan Asa Ashcraft:
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

"EVAN YOUR TATTOO WILL BE ON MY SIDE FOREVER... YOU ARE MISSED BRO! ASHLEY I REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD TIMES WE HAD AT YOUR HOUSE WITH VONGLIS. I PRAY FOR YOU AND WISH YOU THE BEST I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT NIGHT AS IM SURE YOU WILL NOT. I SAT WITH EVAN ALL NIGHT TO WAIT ON HIS RIDE HOME, AND THOUGHT OF YOU I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT YOU AND HIS FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART. EVAN WAS A GREAT SOLDIER I WATCHED HIM GROW TO BECOME A FRIEND AND LEADER OF MANY.. HE WILL BE SO MISSED. GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS...THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. (JOHN,15;13)"
SgT. ZED SHIPLEY of ATLANTA,GA USA

"11-10-07 Just wanted too say that Evan is in my thoughts and will be missed forever. He fought for the freedom of all those living in this country AMERICAN OR NOT. So next time the thought of war comes to mind think of all the young men and women that died for your freedom. God bless all the families or thoses left behind. And thank all of you for my freedom and right too live IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. If it wasnt you wouldnt be living here."
Jeremy Jack of west hills ca U.S.A

"I stummbled upon this page today and it really brought me back. Evan and I were privates together and PFCs. I was his medic and he was my Radio man. He was my first infantry friend when i got to campbell. I have his bracelet and NEVER take it off. Ashley, I never got to meet you but i always heard great things about you. I'm so very sorry for your lose and you and Evan are always in my thoughts.

I wasn't the medic that went out with that patrol but i was the medic that went back out with the quick reaction force.

I'll never forget you buddy

Honor and Country! Air Assault!"
SPC(p) Luke, Derrick of Ft Riley, Ks

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

"Sgt. Ash,
I served with SGT ASh in 1/327 A Co. 2nd Plt. I still remember that night, like it was yesterday. You where my team leader, and a even better friend.. We sweated on many patrols and gaurd shifts. My prayers will always be with you and your family."
Sgt. Robby Carlson... robby.carlson@us.army.mil of Albany, OR

"The last time i saw Evan was the night i was wounded in Najaf (4/5/03), and how he helped me that night! He stood by me that night and will always remember him for his help! He was my team leader in ABU 1/327, and had some good times in Camp PA and in Iraq! I keep kicking myself for not being there for you that night, as you were for me! When i went back to Iraq, there was alot missing, as you, Hector and Heighter were no longer there!! I will always remember you guys and will see all of you again when my time comes! Your family was blessed to have you!! Take care!!"
Jim Strohm of Clarksville,TN

"I just want to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Ashcraft. I will wear his KIA bracelet with pride throughout my career in the Army."
Brandon L. of Harrisonburg, VA

"Hey, i respect this fallen soldier 100% i Maurice p. wear his KIA bracelet with pride and honor to show my complete support to him and everybody else in the service."
Mauricio of Palm Sprinngs ca us

"Evan,
I would 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.

"Honor And Country"(327th Inf. Motto)"

"Too all my fallen brothers you all will be missed. Evan wish i could shake your had and say hi little buddy. You will be missed forever. I am certain i will see you again one day. Your buddy J.R"
JEREMY of WEST HILLS

"THANK YOU, REST IN PEACE SOLIDER"
JAMES O'SULLLIVAN of WEST ROXBURY, MA

"Evan was the first soldier to befriend me in Aco. 1/327 IN, 2nd Platoon. I was the brand new private and it was my first day in the unit. I was having a hard time with the five hundredth push up and Evan said to me while also struggling with his five hundred push up's " man am I glad you are here". He was the new guy for three months before I got there and that was a daily routine for him. After that day we pretty much shared the push ups. Evan was a great friend and mentor. I miss you and think about your family every day."
Johnathan Dix of Aco. 1/327 of Morrison, CO USA

"I never knew Evan but I have a bracelet with his name on it, so having said that, I feel, as a vietnam veteran, that I somehow 'failed' Evan and the rest of these men and women because I was unable to prevent the mis-use of force by the illegitimate president non-elect.

It is a very sad day for this nation when people like Evan Ashcraft and almost 3,000 others now, as I type this, have sacrificed their lives for a 'lie' perpetrated by 'murderers' and 'scoundrels' and 'treasonists' who took advantage of their service to this nation to squander their precious lives.

Someday they will have to build an add-on to the Vietnam Memorial, which commemorates nearly 60,000 dead soldiers, and add the names of the god only knows toll of fallen servicemen and women who died in this illegal, ill-conceived, wrongly allowed war and illegal occupation to occur. I plan on bringing Evan's bracelet and leaving it there under his name on that monument, if I am so fortunate to live long enough to see the end of this conflict."
witheld due to personal reasons of Poulsbo, WA

"I've known Evan when I was at Ft. Campbell. I still remember taking him to do do some groceries before we picked up his wife Ashley when she first arrived in TN. He was one of my soldiers. He will defitniley be missed. My condelence to his family and his wife Ashley...sorry I couldn't be their Ash...I miss you Evan !!!!!

SSG Salcepuedes (SSG SAL)
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii"
Paul Salcepuedes of Schofield Barracks, HI

"My brother just got back from Iraq. My friend Casey, is still there.. many of my family have gone and come home, and I thank God each day for them. My prayers, hopes, and thoughts are with all of you. Thank you for being so strong, and not doubting yourselves."
Natasha and Dustin Cooper of Knoxville TN.

"Ashcraft was the man. Period. I was with him at camp penn., and najaf. The man trained hard and made few mistakes. He was a good buddy, and always great to talk to, especially before we crossed the berm. I remember being at q-west and hearing about what had happened, not believing it was him, wishing I could have been there . I remember that day well. Him, SSG Perez, and Cpl Heighter will always be remembered, and sorely missed. They were not just great soldiers, they were great men."
SGT Hale, Kristopher T. / "Doc Hale" of APG, MD formerly 1-327 inf regt ft campbell, ky

"Watching young soldiers grow is much like watching our children. They make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. They pass on what they have learned to the younger generation and eventually surpass us. Ash did just that, and did it naturally.
He had the spark, the drive that every leader, including him looked for in a soldier. The spark we could only try to emulate. Ash will never be just a number. He is remembered by name and always will be for a long time to come.
I am proud to have served with him."
SSG D. of 1/327 Infantry

"I just want to let Ashley know she is always in my thoughts and prayers along with Evan. God Bless"
Tracy Estrada (Schlereth) of Saginaw, MI

"Evan and I were good friends on campbell and i just could not believe that this happened. Ashley I am sorry for your loss and the rest of the world is worse off for having lost such a great soldier. Kristi sends her love as well."
Spc Russell Smith of Ft Sam Houston, Tx

"Ashley, rest assured sweetheart, you WILL remain in my memory and my thoughts. As will your husband. It tears at my heart to think of you feeling lost or alone in anyway. Or diminished. My brother was also lost in this war and being his only brother, I do what I can to help his wife and be with his kids now that he’s gone. It’s an honor and a privilege to do that. When I see her again in the future, I promise you, I’ll also be thinking of you."
Mike Cawley of Roy, Utah

"I am so blessed to have found this site. I didn't know Evan or Ashley before today, and now I will not forget them. Thank you Evan, and thank you Ashley, you are both my hero."
Valarie Lemco of San Diego CO

"God bless you..."
Rand of San Rafael, CA

"I wanted to thank Ashcraft for his service, he was a great soldier, and he will be missed."
Angel of Clarksville, TN

"I recently contributed to a Peace Park project to help keep us mindful of the loss of life in the Iraq war. The project www.iraqwall.com is working to honor each fallen soldier with an engraved stone. Each stone will become part of a memorial wall in the mountains of western North Carolina. The stone I received is engraved: "Evan Ashcraft, 24, Lake Wales, Calif." Until the wall is ready for the stones to be set, I keep this large round river rock bearing Evan's name in my garden. I send a prayer for Evan and the family who loved him each time I pass the stone. It is resting among a beautiful bright patch of blooming "Star of Bethleham." I lost two brothers to delayed stress and Agent Orange poisoning from Viet Nam. I grieve for the loss of life in this unnecessary and immoral war, and honor the bravery of this young man so willing to offer himself. God forgive the unwise men who sent him to war."
Clare Hanrahan of Asheville, NC

"I served with Evan while i was at ABU 1-327 Ft.Campbell my years there. We were privtes there together, sweated the same back 40 together, got on the same details together, deployed as friends, hung out on weekends when we were home. It hurt when we lost him, it hurt us all to loose a soldier like him. We all understand that there are risks to take but it never really hit till we lost him along with the other. Take care Evan, ill see you on the other side."
Brian Emery of Mobile, Al Ft Campbell Ky.

"I am most probably a distant relative as my maiden name is Ashcraft. It is so odd to see another Ashcraft as it isn't a common name. Even though I did not know Evan, I am sure he was a determined individual...if the family traits hold true. His gift is the most precious one can give for a cause believed. My thoughts & prayers are with his family."
Sara Ashcraft Camfield of Honolulu, Hawaii

"So many times over the past year or so I have read thoughts dotted lined to Evan and felt a disconnection to the person I knew. The election and politics-victim or hero- surrounding his ultimate sacrifice leaves me speechless and forever without answers. A comforting simple truth about Evan was his love for his Ashley. It was the grandest of accomplishments for him to win this young womans' love and partnership. She is colorful and wonderful and the way in which she remembers Evan keeps his soul both alive and at peace for me. She accepts the seven years they spent together as a gift to be treasured for a lifetime. I have my husband Asa- Evans' father- for the future. Ashley stuggles to travel new paths without her husband and partner. Support, respect and love for her are moments of Evans' truth. Thank you-Kim-for to honor Ashley is a pure way to honor Evan."
Bev Ashcraft of Woodland Hills, CA.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Ashcraft family. I was very unfortunate to have never got the opportunity or pleasure to meet Evan; however, I was blessed to meet his wife Ashley. She was my daughter's first grade teacher. Ashley, my dear friend, I pray that you will find power and strength to go on. You bring so much joy and love to everyone you meet. You keep Evan alive everyday of your life. There is never a day that goes by that you are not thinking of him. I see him through your eyes. I believe Evan loved and will always love you for the special person you are and would want you to continue your life with the dreams you both had. Although he is not with you in person, he will always be with you in your soul.
Evan, I want you to know that I will always be a very special friend to Ashley and will support her in all that she does. You were very lucky to have such a wonderful wife and friend who cares and loves you so deeply."
Kim Ghasemi of Granada Hills, CA

"please dont forget that evan asa ashcraft was a very unique person. I love him very much and it is very hard to go on each day without him. Yes he had a mother, but he also had a spouse that was with him since 17 years old. I was there for him. I went everywhere with him.. I have to deal with the loss of my soulmate and half of me is lost so remember, yes he had a mother, but that relationship was not even half as strong as mine with evan. Please think about this when you write.
sincerely,
Ashley Ashcraft Evans spouse"
Ashley Ashcraft of Santa clarita , Ca USA

"I was on the internet looking up the history of the 1/327 tonight. I think I was inspired to do so by watching the movie "We Were Soldiers Once and Young" for the first time this evening. I retired from the Army in 1995 and remember well years spent with Company A (Abu), 1/327th from 1976-78. I feel a kinship with Evan knowing we likely experienced many of the same things at Ft. Campbell. I am so sorry for your loss. 11-7-2004"
david leach of laurel, maryland

"I wanted to say thank you to the family of Evan Asa Ashcraft, for sharing their story for the documentary Strong at the Broken Places. The film was very moving and gives great insight into the human effects of war. It is so important that we as a nation understand how great the cost for the freedom we enjoy. By sharing your story it helps us to come to understand just how great the loss affects the loved ones of our fallen warriors. Our soldiers know that when they are called into combat there is the very real possibility they may not come home. They come to understand more in combat than any other aspect of their military service, just how precious the freedom we enjoy is. They are willing to fight defending that freedom. Many of us do not understand why we are in Iraq, I'm not convinced that all of the troops serving there do either. But as a nation we must pull together to support them whether we agree with the war or not. We need to reach out to the families of those who have fallen and we must never forget. We also need to reach out to the families of those currently serving or who will be called into combat duty. We must come to understand what high quality people serve in our armed forces. Face it, not everyone is willing to serve in the military. Not everyone is willing to say I would give my life for my country, so that you can go to sleep at night knowing that you are protected by the greatest military force in the world. It doesn't get much more honorable than that. So Evan thank you for your service to a grateful nation and for giving your life so that we can continue to be free! Thank you to his mom, Jane Bright for raising a son willing to lay down his life, if necessary for his country. I know it isn't easy but by sharing his life with us may you find comfort and strength in knowing that there are Americans who cry and grieve with you and who appreciate the sacrifice your family has made. I pray that you will find strength and hope with each passing day. With such division in the nation right now, I hope and pray we can come together in support of our troops. May the Lord blessings be poured upon your family. Ashley, on behalf of the military spouses stationed at Sheppard I am sorry for your loss. Unless you have ever been a military wife you cannot understand just how hard it is when our husbands get orders to deploy. It literally makes our hearts sink. We too live with knowing that our spouse may not come home but we are a tough breed because like our soldiers we have to be. I sincerly hope that you know that we thank you for supporting Evan as he was called to duty. I pray that many open arms reached out to you in love and support, and that they continue to be! The memories your family has of Evan will be a great source of strength in the coming months and years ahead."
Johna Lindsay of Sheppard AFB, Texas

"I served with CPL Ashcraft for a number of years. I was once the Senior medic for his company. I was serving as a medic for another line company and still remember the morning this happened. I never thought in my years with 1/327 that I would see a brother die in combat. It was a sad day, but what Sergeant Mo said was right on. Don't mourn his death forever, but be rejoyced that a man such as Evan once lived. Rest in Peace, Brother. I will never forget."
SPC Shawn Sims of 1/327 INF 101st Airborne Division

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

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

"this soldier did not die alone.this soldier did contribute to the world by helping others.he did not "waste his life"he paid the ultimate sacrafice!maybe for only a few other grunts in a lonely desert in iraq,but he did and they were important enough for him to do so.if you forget that then you have dishonored his sacrafice.it is that which makes him greater.he didnt do it for fame, or fortune, or because he was being watched by the world, or even for thousands of people.he gave all for a few, and perhaps for no recognition at all.that is a great sacrafice!he will never be forgotten.do not morn his death forever,be thankful such a man once lived!"
ssg moriarty of 1/327 infantry 101st abn

"Evan (formerly Teeter) and I went to K-12 school together. As a kid, I played at his house, just a few blocks from my own. I am sorry that I have only just found out about his heroism now, and I want to wish his family my deepest sympathies. Evan, you will always be remembered fondly, and we all thank you for your supreme sacrifice."
Armen of West Hills, CA

"Evan and family, I served with Evan in ABU for a number of years before shipping off to korea and then back to the company. Evan was one of my soldiers and friends, when coming back from Korea we bacame very close as we trained together on weekends for Special Forces. Sorry it took me so long to write but I will never forget Evan and he will be close in my heart. God bless you for giving the world such a great soldier."
SGT. Brandon S. Vonglis of Aco 1/327th Inf. FT. Campbell, Ky 42223

"Hello, My name is Mark, and I am a 7th grade student from Barker Middle School. I live in Barker, NY. I am learning about soldiers who served in Iraq and I have chosen your family member.You should be very proud of him. I thank him for being a hero and a great help to America. I also thank you for helping him to get there. I am very sorry about his death but, remember that he did not die in vain. I hope you will find comfort for your loss."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"EVAN WAS A GREAT TEAMLEADER AND FRIEND AND HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY THE MEN IN 2ND PLT A CO 1/327 INF 101ST I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU"
SPC COX JAMES of FT CAMPBELL KY

"I served in Evans Platoon in Iraq and I was privelegded to get to know him. For those of you who know Evan you know that he wanted to go to Iraq. He was proud of his service over seas and on a daily basis he fullfilled his obligations to the fullest. I can honestly go as far as saying that i owe my life to Evan and his actions on April 5 2003. And the rest of you owe your blanket of freedom you sleep under at night to him. Be proud of Evan and what he has done. I have heard that select individuals have gone as far as protesting the war using Evans name and im writing on here to say that Evan would NOT approve of that. He fought hard for a country he loved and he believed in the war we fought and are still fighting today. I recently met with Evans wife, Father and his step mom and I would like to thank them for giving me the oppurtunity to share with them what i experienced with Evan in Iraq. But most of all i wanted to thank Evan. I love you bro and ill see you on the other side."
Sgt. Doughty of FT. Campbell KY

"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. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"My prayers and regards to Evan's wife and his family. We must never, ever forget the soldiers who died in the service of their country. My son just arrived in Iraq last month. I am worried and scared as any parent would be, but mostly because of the circumstances of our presence in Iraq. I never thought our intentions in Iraq were honorable, and it appears as though many of us were right. I would truly hate for Evan's life and the life's of the other 700 soldiers who died, to have died in vain.
I am so sorry you have lost your loved one."
Kathy Oborn of West Hills, California

"You have stolen my heart with your stories of Evan's rocky road ice cream and macaroni and cheese. Those are two of my favorites. Thank you for sharing Evan’s photo album. Although I never know him this website gives me a since of closeness. I sincerely appreciate ‘your babies’ bravery and the honor he took in serving his country. What a special person you must be so very proud of his accomplishments! I am truly sorry for your loss."
Kittie Burleson of Oklahoma City, OK, USA 02-07-2004

"To my fallen brother EVAN ASA ASHCRAFT you will be missed and never forgotten. To say the least EVAN would of giving you the shirt off his back and on many occations he has givin me the white tee off his back. EVAN was one of my best buddies we grew up in the same neighborhood. I remember hanging out with him 2 weeks before he left. I told him too be carefull and shook his hand for the last time. His response was" I will see you when i get back little buddy" I will never forget that handshake. GOD BLESS ALL THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND ALL MY OTHER FALLIN BROTHERS WHO DIED FOR #1 COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. I will pray for all those greiving and the boys that are still over seas my heart goes out too all of you. God can not bring back my buddy but if it wasnt for BRAVE SOLDIERS like EVAN this country would not be what it is today. I will see you when i get too heaven.YOUR LITTLE BUDDY"
Jeremy J. Jack of Canoga Park (S.F.V) CA

"Our son is serving in Iraq in the 1/327 and sent us this web sight for Evan. We just want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with all of Evan's family and friends as they are with all of the friends and families of the brave people serving in Iraq. We certainly can't begin to imagine your pain but know that, as you are, we too are proud of Evan and the service he provided for his country and the world in trying to make it a better place. Brave young people like Evan are what will make this world a better place for future generations.

Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
Jack Doughty of Gold Canyon, Az

"Thank you Evan Ashcraft, 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

"Rest in peace Brave Warrior,
The Taylors in NC"

"My name is Bonny Tillman and I "adopted" Evan back some time ago. We wrote back and forth but when my last letter to him came back I prayed that he had been rotated out of Iraq. I called my mother and asked her to find out what had happened to him because I didn't think I could handle the truth. I knew deep in my heart that there was something wrong for him not to write to me. My mother called me the next morning and told me that he had been killed. I just sat there and cried. I had never met Evan and up until today would not look at his photo but I felt God had sent him to me to adopt during these trying times. I still cry today. I looked at his picture today and put a face with the letters, that made it so much deeper for me. I don't know that adopting a soldier was the best thing for me to do. When I adopted Evan I never considered that he may be killed. Now I just want the family to know that he has touched so many people. Not just through his military actions, or his music, but also by his kind and caring words that he would send to a total stranger from Georgia. I pray that his family and friends will heal. I also pray that some good will come out of this. I'm not sure just yet what that might be, but there must be a reason for this because God doesn't waste His time."
Bonny M. Tillman of Monticello, GA, USA

"Hello, I'm a friend of Harold Ashcraft (Evan's uncle) and he always talks about his nephews and how proud he is of them. Although, I never had the chance to meet Evan, my deepest thanks go out to him and all the other troops. God bless them all."
Stephanie Chesshire of MSU in Morehead, Ky.

"My prayers and thanks go out to all the soldiers and thier families. God bless you all!"
Ashley Barker of EKU Richmond, Ky, 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, Texas

"From an old vet.
My deepest sympaty and condolences for your loss. My God Bless and keep him."
Vic Casciola of Garnerville, N.Y./USA

"SGT. Ashcraft, Many times we have passed each other in our daily routines with a "hey whats up", or "hows it going". We were never introduced, and we did not hang out on the weekends. I will never forget you, none of us will. You are lost but not forgotten.
SGT Jason Procter
B Co 1-327th IN101st ABN Div"
Jason Procter of Q-west Iraq

"I am from San Antonio Texas. Today (September 27th 2003) I was home cleaning..doing the mundane things that make up my ordinary life. I had the television on and I accidentally dropped the remote control on the floor where some buttons must have been depressed as it fell. I heard soft music and I turned just in time to see Evan's face on the screen with a small bio on the right stating that he was from West Hills, California and that he had been killed in July. I was immediately saddened and said a quick prayer for him.

I truly feel that I was meant to pray for him at that exact moment for whatever reason that God chose to place his face in my living room. Thank you Evan, for your bravery. Thank you for your selfless actions of a true soldier.

When men and women in the Armed Forces fall in the line of duty it is so easy for us here to get angry because these people are so young and have everything to live for. Well, let me tell you, each hero died with honor. That is why they are in the military. Could I ever be that brave. Probably not. Evan and others like him, see the big picture. He defended a cause. He would fight for a cause. He has died and with the ending of his life I would like to thank Evan from the bottom of my heart for being something more than ordinary. You are extraordinary"
Mrs. M. Nelson of San Antonio, Texas

"I Trained CPL. Ashcraft when he was a private. He turned into a great soldier and friend. I will never forget him. And I will never forget the day Ashley called me while I was in Ft. Benning and told me that he was dead. I was in shock and I did not want to think about it. I got very angry and wanted to cry, because I raised him as a soldier and loved him as one. I'm sorry that I wasn't there Ash."
SGT. O'KEEFE, DUANE, M of SCHOFIELD BARRACKS HAWAII

"To Evan, I was searching the Internet on the name of my favorite singing group and came across an article linking your name with theirs and learned of your death. How sad for your family. How sad for your friends. How sad for America. Sincerely,"
Jim Hudson of Vallejo, CA/USA

"CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY:

While listening to NPR, I heard Evan's mother Jane Bright talking about her beloved son. My heart went out to you. I couldn't turn off the car until I finished hearing the interview. You see, my son is serving in the Marines in Iraq. When you said "I listen to the radio and hear about where a soldier died..and say 'It's not where my son is,' but quickly remembered it was SOMEONES son....a mother is always a mother.. we feel the pain of all children in danger, or suffering of all mothers worrying and wondering about their child."

I want your family to know that our family feels the pain of your sacrifice and I wish I could find the words to make this time easier for you. I know that your son believed in his Duty, His Country, and His Honor.

He will not be forgotten for his sacrifice so that others can BE FREE.

In a recent letter from our son, he said: "I was 110% against going to war; but now, after seeing all the good that we have done for the Iraqi people, I am proud to have made a difference".

You will be in our thoughts and prayers"
The Mark Family of Charlotte NC

"To Ashley, and Evan's family. I am one of Evan's best friends from Ft. Campbell, CPL Jason Walters. God be with you all in these tough times. We "grew up" in the same platoon for around a year and a half and then when I left the company we continued to be very good and then best friends. To say I'm sorry for his loss is no where near enough. I wish I could have been there with him."
Jason Walters (Weeman) of Iraq, Jason_Walters80@hotmail.com

"To the Family you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills,Florida

"To Evans mother, Jane

I read your letter in the newspaper about Evan and wanted to let you know how sad it made me. It took a long time to read through it. I undertand why you wrote it because I would want everyone to know that my son isn't just a number either but someone who cared enough about something that he gave his life for it. I would want everyone to know of his sacrifice if he were my son.
You see, I too have a son, Justin who just joined the Army. He is only 20. He left last week for combat. I watch the news even more now and I watched it all the time when the war started. Justin says not to, that I would just worry more but...he's not a mother.
There is nothing I can say to you that will help you with your loss, I wish there was. At least take some small comfort in knowing that Evan gave his life for something that he believed in. There are so few people that will ever either have the courage to do so or the conviction to act on those beliefs. Evan is someone to truly be proud of and I wish he were here so I could than him.

Some day though...I will."
Sara Zahn of Venice, CA

"Evan had something about him that was contagious, it was an energy and love of life that drew you to him. Evan and I, along with his neighbor and longtime friend, Jesse, were inseperable. Our mutual interests and way we lived life have bonded us forever.
Here's a quick story my mom told me recently about her first encounter with Evan. She was going through a bad divorce for a few years and the day the courts finalized everything, she was left with an old house full of leans against it and no money to support her as a disabled woman. Upon driving home, she decided to treat herself to an ice-cream at Thrifty's. Standing behind the ice cream counter was Evan. He immediatly could see that she had been crying and he asked, "what's wrong?"
She explained that she had been through a divorce and that her husband left her in a sea of debt. After picking out her one scoop of choice, Evan hands her a cone with the biggest amount of ice cream she had ever had. Easily three huge scoops joined together in one huge ball sitting atop a tiny cone. As far as I know, that was one of Evan's purest moments. When I explained to my mom the tragedy that occured she immediatly told me that story. In a nutshell, Evan was a thoughtful person who cared for the well-being of others.
I remember that we would call eachother the ASA Brothers because of his middle name being my initials. Good Times.
I am honored to have known you and will carry your memory throughout my life.
Every film I make will have the presence of Evan Asa Ashcraft in it for those who know him and those who will know him. Hartland Street Forever.

To his family, I share in your loss and only know this... It is not goodbye, it is until we meet again. God Bless. "
Anthony Sant'Anselmo of Marina Del Rey, CA.

"Ashely and the rest of your family,
I never got to meet Evan but Ryan (Muller) spoke of him often. Ryan would come home and call me and say "I just wanted to let you know I miss you ...I talked to my buddy Ashcraft today and he told me that you and I need to get married. He says that being married is the best thing in the world." He loved you very much and you and Evan gave Ryan and I so much hope.
Love and Prayers
Tasha Willbanks"
Tasha Willbanks of Springfield MO

"Evan was a soldier, husband, son, brother, and my friend. His memory will live on in our hearts and in the freedom he made possible. Marty and Maggie along with the Coleman and Mendola families express our condolences to all who knew and loved Evan the way we did."
Maggie Coleman of West Haven CT

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Evan Ashcraft:
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 Cpl. Evan Ashcraft:
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