Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Shawn M. Atkins

20, of Parker, Colorado.
Atkins died in Baghdad, Iraq, as a result of a non-combat injury. He was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 4th Aviation Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Hanau, Germany. Died on June 14, 2004.

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"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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Served in Basic and AIT with Atkins. Always sad to find out someone else is gone. Don't know what else to say."
Tyler J. Jenkins of Ottawa, KS

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Shawn M. Atkins:
Shawn 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

"ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT YOU HAVE MINE AND MY FAMILES PRAYRS AND CONDOLENCES,I CAN ONLY IMAGIN THE LOSS YOU FELT WHEN SHAWN WAS TAKEN BUT HE IS WITH GOD KNOW WATCHING OVER US ALL KNOW! I HAVE READ THE MESSAGES THAT OTHER SERVICEMEMBERS,MEN,WOMEN AND FAMILES HAVE LEFT AND FELT THAT I SHOULD AT LEST SAY SOMETHINK TO BUT COULD FIND THE WORDS TO SAY WHAT I FELT SO ALL I WILL SAY IS THAT I AM PROUD TO HAVE A NAME SAKE THAT IS A HERO AND WAS FIGTING FOR PEACE, JUSTCE AND FREEDOM ALL OUR LOVE, RESPECT AND CONDOLENCES TO ALL YOUR FAMILES AND ALL THE SERVICEMEMBERS THAT HAVE FALLEN IN THIS SERVCE OF COUNTRY, FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FREEDOM FROM SHAUN ATKINS AND FAMILY MAY THE LORD WATCH OVER US ALL, MAY GOD BLESS THEM ALL!! MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL!!

SHAUNATKINS@HOTMAIL.CO.UK"
SHAUN ATKINS of TELFORD,SHROPSHIRE,UK.

"To Shawn's Family, the honor your son paid, by serving in the military is to be respected and remembered by all Americans.
As an Army mother/mother in law/family you will always be in our prayers.
If you are reading this, or any of your friends/family would you please give me a call or email me...our organization Marine Comfort Quilts would like to send you your personalized quilt in honor of Shawn, but we do not have a valid mailing address or phone number.
I may be reached at 573-545-3257
or teacher32@charter.net. Thank you and God Bless
Army Family Finder for Marine Comfort Quilts (www.marinecomfortquilts.us)"
Patricia of Benton, Mo

"I'm sorry this message is a little late, but It took me a while to be able to look at all my fallen soldiers and friends. Shaun and I met in Germany a few times, He was in Hanau, and I was in Baumholder. We worked together as well in baghdad, Iraq. I remember shaun as being an honest soft spoken friend, whom was trust worthy and brought a positive attitude wherever he went. It really hurts when you see someone like him taken away from this world. God bless you and may your prayers be heard. My deepest condolences go out to you.

Spc. Remel Ballinger"
Remel Ballinger of Ft. Drum, New York

"Today is June 14, 2005, my son Drin's first birthday. This morning I was compelled to take a look at the casualty list for the first time, and I found Shawn's name. Suddenly I was struck that on the beautiful morning that I gave life to my dear son, someone else's son's life was lost. I do not know Shawn, except that somehow I feel I share something precious with his mother. It is said that a mother's love is like an emotional wound so raw, it leaves you vulnerable forever. I believe that is true, because I love my son so much, my heart is broken.

Shawn will now be in our hearts and prayers. When I tell my son of this great country, I will tell him of Shawn, a 20 year old hero who went to Heaven on the day my son came to life. When I pray each night that God will send His holy angels to protect my son, I will know that God already sent Shawn to protect all of us, and now Shawn will be our special angel.

My love to Shawn and Shawn's family. May you find peace."
Anita of Minneapolis

"Shawn died on the day my son was born. As an Air Force dependent my entire life (first as a daughter and now as a wife) I plan on honoring Shawn and keeping him in my heart, memories, and prayers by celebrating each milestone of my child's life in memory of Shawn.
To Shawn's parents...my son Nathan will know that he was born as God brought another of his angels home and the world was given my Nathan. I can only hope that my son will one day grow up to be everything Shawn was and meant to you. That he touch as many people as Shawn did and has as much honor as Shawn.

When I hold my Nathan I will be thinking of your Shawn. As I watch him grow, in his eyes I will see your Shawn.
Know that Shawn Atkins will never be forgotten by a stranger. Because in his death he touched my life and made me thankful for the greatest gift in my life....Nathan Mills Thank you for raising a fine son and his sacrifice for us all."
TRM of Langley AFB, VA

"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 in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. "In the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels." God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Im sorry and God bless!!!"
Jasmin of Germany

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

"To Shawn's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank You for all you've done. You've given the ultimate sacrifice to make sure we are all safe in the US. Thank You"

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

"To Shawn's Family and Friends:

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

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

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

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Shawn Atkins:
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 Shawn 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. Shawn Atkins:
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 Shawn, 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