Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Rachel K. Bosveld


19, of Waupun, Wisconsin.
Bosveld was fatally injured during a mortar attack on the Abu Ghraib Police Station in Iraq. Bosveld was assigned to the 527th Military Police Company, V Corps, Giesen, Germany. Died on October 26, 2003.

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PFC Rachel Bosveld
TheMilwaukeeChannel.com: Mourners Pay Tribute To Pfc. Rachel Bosveld
TheMilwaukeeChannel.com: Wisconsin Soldier Killed In Baghdad Was 'Chosen Child'
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"Hey Rache,
Today is veterans day and I have spent a lot of it looking at clips and posts of you on this site and many others. I haven't been able to really do this until now. Every time I think of you it makes me cry, but then the more that memories flood in, it brings a smile. I still remember the visit we had at Culver's when you were excited and happy that you were joining the Army. You kept saying "I'm going to be an MP, just like you Danny". I was a minister at the time and I had mixed feelings. I know I tried to talk you out of it at first, but once I saw that that was an impossibility I told you to be the best lady and soldier there ever was". I will always remember your happy go lucky attitude and your life enriching laugh and smile. You have always been a wonderful person and relative (cousin). I remember many happy visits we had at each others homes. I'm so sad you didn't come back to us in this life. When you were taken from us, a lot of joy left our family. I miss you and love the memories I have of you giving each other a hard time and lots of hugs. You lived up to the expectations that I hoped you would be. From what I read and hear, you were a great soldier and an even greater lady and human being when you were in the midst of conflict over there. I have enjoyed reading about your helpful healing and encouraging spirit to everyone in your unit. I was so happy when I heard you were going to Germany because that's where I spent 2.5 years in the 61st MP CO, around Hanau Germany where we traded road duty with the 127 off and on. Those were memories that come back often. Then I transferred to to the 988th MP CO in FT Benning, GA where I deployed to Central America. Being an MP allowed you to use your gifts to help others in another way. I miss you little lady. Thanks for your loving sacrifice for me and every other American. I'm just thankful I got to know you as long as I have and that you were part of my family.
Love Always, Danny"
Dan of Waukesha, WI

"10 years ago today, still only seems like yesterday. You are in my thoughts, always!"
SFC Wilde of Connecticut

"Rachel... we will never forget you! Your pictures with you and Andi are still on our frig. A memorial book still on my piano. You were so very special and I still miss you! Your spirit lingers."
Laurel of Colby, WI

"God bless you, Bosveld; and God bless your family. I've spent almost ten years remembering you through your leaders and friends, even though I was not able to meet you."

"RIP Rachel, we will never forget you!"
Ted Spain of Aiken, SC

"Rachel,

Been in tough times lately. But then I think of you. I think of how much I've done in the past 10 years too. Whenever I feel hopeless, when I feel I just can't do it anymore, I remember how easy I have it. I feel that you're one of the people not letting me give up. 10 years this month. 10 years. It doesn't hurt less. I miss you Rachel, thanks for being there for me when no one else is."
SSG Jessica Bartow of Madison, Wi

"Rachel was my very first babysitter for our daughter Lily. Rach... Lily just got her drivers license....Can you believe it? We miss you so. Lily still has the picture you two colored together hanging in her room when she was about 2 years old."
Molly of Oshkosh, WI, USA

"I can't forget her, ever. I used to pass by coming in from being outside the wire, and she would ask me how I was doing. I always gave her a "thumbs-up" even if I didn't really feel that way, and ask her how she was. She was always "doing good, Sergeant" and that was good to hear. I was utterly shocked when I found out she had fallen. My squad had been dispatched to the scene of the attack on her squad a month before, and remembering that night, made me even more heart-broken, because she had survived that, and now she's gone. I was sad, angry, and frustrated. I know that an incredibly beautiful light was removed from our world, and that light won't be forgotten, ever. Until we meet again, Thumbs-Up to you, Rachel."
Former Sergeant Matthew Coffield, 527th MP Company, 4th Platoon of Eunice, NM

"I thought of you, Rachy, this year @ Christmas. I put our tree up in the corner where your cat sat. I saw your mom on TV, too, starting up a scholarship in your memory over at Waupun High School. I always stop and remember 'cause you were a good friend to our family here in Oshkosh. I know you're ok and it won't be long and there will be others from here joining up with you again. I'm getting old. Time is going by. And that's just the way it is, I guess."
Linda Piechowski of Oshkosh, WI USA

"I was there and may god rest your soul becaues it torments mine.. bless your family. You put the beautiful in life....."
Michael Halle of connecticut

"9 years. It doesn't seem possible. We remember it like yesterday. Kari hopes you enjoyed the picture of the two of you she posted. She misses you terribly. I will visit you today and honor your service. You are our hero."
Donna of Oshkosh, WI

"9 years... Seems like yesterday. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You are spoken about often by the ones who were with you last."
SFC Alex Wilde

"It is now 9 years later and it seems like yesterday and at the same time it does not seem possible that the day ever happened. For the past three years I have been asked to speak to students about Veterans Day and you are the main subject. I wish you weren't the subject of my talks and I wish that you had a long and happy life but of course that did not happen. The members of the 143rd MP CO speak of you often and you are always in our thoughts. The 143rd did all we could but changing what happened was not to be. You will always be in our hearts."
Master Sergeant Marc Youngquist (ret) of Middlefield, CT

"RIP Rachel you have always been my best friend and always will be. Love always.
Your Cousin Jimmy"
Jimmy of Waco,Nebraska

"Rachel...your service has not been forgotten, nor will it ever be. On this Veterans day...just wanted to drop by and let you know that your honoured, respected and your memory cherished!! Rest in peace beautiful girl!"
A.L of Milwaukee

"Think of you often espically today and everyday..."
SFC Wilde

"Mary I met you at the Jerabek Challenge in August. I had just lost a grandchild I never will know and really didnt want to participate. I found meaning on that August day if nothing more to meet you and bring Rachels memory into my life. As the anniversary of Rachels sacrifice approaches and I read everything that she meant to several people, its saddens me you HAVE to bear her loss. She was an amazing person! My deepest thoughts and prayers remain with you."
Lynne Fredrickson of Pulaski, Wi

"I am Rachels mom. It is time to once again thank everyone for all the wonderful comments. It helps us keep her memory alive. So much appreciated. This is the soon to be her anniversary in Oct. and the 1st time I will be doing a memory walk for the fallen and all the soldiers who have served, and are serving. A day to remember for any soldier and family, friends or anyone wanting to walk for the memory of soldiers. so if anyone is interested in more info. please email me. My email has changed, it is now msboz13@gmail.com."
Mary Bosveld of Appleton, WI

"I worked this death scene as a CID agent. I remember seeing the HWMMV and hearing the story of PFC BOSVELD and my heart breaking. I had heard about you, Shawn, also and seeing what was left of both of your vehicles. In her vehicle was a photograph of Rachel in ordinary clothes on an ordinary day. Made my heart hurt. I remember hearing how she had just survived another attack just days before. I can only imagine how frightened she must have been, but yet, she perservered. My thoughts go out to you and your family, Rachel."
of United States of America

"Hello Rachel, I did not know you but I was in your battalion and attended your military memorial service. I wanted you to know that, over seven years on, you will never be forgotten, at least not by me, and that I wish your memory and your family well. If I could, I would throw military bearing out the window and give you a hug. Your loss is greater than we can say. Rest in peace, and God Bless you."
Steve Malbasa of Mentor, OH

"I only learned of you tonight, but that does not diminish your sacrifice. Rest in peace soldier."
Dennis of Sarasota, FL

"I'm proud of you."

"Thanks to all of you that leave your thoughts and memories. I too miss my sister."
Craig Bosveld of Fort Drum, NY

"Seven years ago today I received several injuries to my body including losing a leg and damaging the other severly. I was beside you Rachel and can honestly say that my worst injury was to my heart. I had spent the last two months working side by side with you as our squad patroled the streets of baghdad. You are a very dear friend, and I miss you very much. May you rest in peace till we meet again."
Sgt. Shawn Monroe of Houston, TX

"To Rachels Family, My brother Alex was with your daughter when she passed. I want to let you know youre in my prayers daily Thank you for your sacrifice. She touched his life in many ways before she passed and will never be forgotten."
Alicia Wilde of Oxford Ct

"Hey Bos,

It seems like yesterday you were taken away from all of us, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You made a lasting impression on so many people and for that I say thank you."
SFC A. Wilde of Connecticut

"On this day, 7 years ago, a soldier was taken from us. She made a lasting impression on all who knew her. She was one of us, a part of our family. Today will always be a sad day for the Vikings, but you will be with each and every one of us no matter where we are. We each will honor your memory in our own way. You are missed, but you are always remembered. RIP Rachel."
SFC (Ret) David W. Gilchrist of Cocoa Beach, Florida

"Hello again Rachel,
I know it has been a few years since I wrote to you! I am stationed in Missouri now with my wife and three daughters. I am at school right now in FT. Jackson SC trying to become a drill sergeant. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and miss you. I know you watch down on us and smile upon our fortunes and cry with us during the hard times. I miss talking to you and reading poems in the morning while warming up in the rays of the sun. I just wanted to let you know that I am doing fine and I love and miss you. I hope the lord is using you well for the happiness you left behind will never die! Aimen"
Henry J. Weinburg of FT. Jackson SC

"I've left a couple brief messages on here...but it never seems as if I can say enough to make the pain go away. Your sacrifice enabled me to catch a glimpse of my baby girl, Leah. I'll never forget how furious you were when you found out you were sacrificing your night off so I could go to that video teleconference. I can't help but feel selfish and responsible. I want to see you, I want to hold you in my arms and apologize. What's it like being an angel? I wish you had the power to appear and forgive me so I can move on. The platoon has stuck together through all these years. It's amazing, Boz. Some of us will drop what we are doing at any given moment to be there for a Viking in need. I don't think any of the other platoons have that. You play a huge part in that brotherhood.
A while back, we all met up for Todd's wedding. It was a weekend I'll never forget. All the fun, all the tears. Your mom was there, I had so much to say to her....but could never really find the words. Bagby misses you more than you know. He feels like it was his job to watch over you and thinks he failed. He didn't fail.... He was doing his job. He went into the station with Sgt. Thorne because we never let one of our brothers walk alone. Had he been there with you, and been injured...what good would that have done? He needed to be spared to share his memories of you. Nobody in the platoon was closer to you than he. I didn't do right by you. I could've waited three weeks to see my girls when I went on leave. I just missed them so bad. Losing you made me turn my back on God...since then, my life has been a constant struggle. A couple months ago, I lost my grandmother. That day, I allowed God back into my life. So I know, when my time arrives, I will stand with you again and you can punch me in the face for being selfish. I miss and love you. This won't be the last time I write because I see this as a way to talk to you. As everyone else reads this, through the power of their thoughts, prayers and spirit....I know you hear it all. Till next time, sis."
Jeremy Ridgley Viking 1AG of jrmridgley@gmail.com

"Rest in Peace Rachel
It sad that your Commanding Officer Nor his so called 1SG ( Sandal) Never wrote a line for you."
Bill of Germany

"Dear Rache Bosveld's Family,

My son Eugene DeMinico II served with Rachael in Iraq. When he came home he had several hard weeks, but the day he returned home he sat and cried about Rachael. He called her his "guiding light". He said when he was really upset or depressed, Rachael was always there for him. She cheered him up and always made him smile.
Gene became a police officer here at home and he always said he wanted someday fly out and meet Rachael's parents and tell them, the wonderful person she was and how much she meant to him. Unfortunately, Gene was killed in a motor vehicle accident 11/24/2005 and was never able to make that journey.
I just discovered this web site and I am writing this to you in Gene's behalf.
I think of your daughter often because memories of Gene's first night home, how much he cried about Rachael, will always be with me.

God blessed your family and ours with special wonderful children.

Always feel free to contact me at edeminico@aol.com"
Eugene DeMinico of Wyoming, PA 18644

"Rach-
Reading down at all the posts I hope you can see how much everyone misses and loves you. Like everyone else I wish that we had more time (you owe me a tattoo drawing for my back). Well I got "truth" put up there (stephanie got it on her back also, but cooler than mine). I hope you liked my poem, I'll never be the artist you were. You would have hated that range we built for you, I bet you would have thought it was stupid :) Well it seems like a tiny drop in the bucket but I miss you a lot and talk about you often when I talk about the sacrifice people make. There's a list of people on all the way down who know all about that sacrifice, family and friends all. We all miss you Rachel, just keep painting our sunsets :)"
Corey Doan coreydoan@yahoo.com of Queen Creek, AZ

"Rachel - I met your mother, Mary on the phone yesterday and spoke to her again today. She is wonderful, I know I don't need to tell you that. She is working so hard on your behalf to bring peace to the souls of many other parents that have lost their children who were actively serving to protect our country. She has found her strength in you and I smile when I recall our conversation this afternoon. She has learned to go with her life and encourages other mothers to do the same by her example. I was so impressed and taken with her inner strength, which I believe she had passed on to you. I feel as if I have met you also today and I find it hard to say goodbye, so I will just say - 'till we meet again."
Barbara Rutman of Sharon, MA

"6 years ago tonight you were taken from us, I wanted to let you know that I will never forget you, we will never forget you. I always think often about that night, you, Busby, and Monroe. As I sit here and write to you I'm about 5 miles away from the IP Station as I am back in Iraq. I came and visited you 5 years ago and your mother met us. I thought it would help ease the pain, but being here makes it worse. We were with you all the way, you were not alone.

" To the world you were one person, but to us you were the world"


CPL_WILDEMAN@YAHOO.COM"
SFC Alex Wilde formerly the 143rd MP CO of Baghdad, Iraq / Prospect, CT

"Rachael,

It's 6 years today. We will never forget you. You will be a part of all of us forever. Each of us remembers different things about you, but one thing is constant, the lasting impression you made. You are and will always be part of our family. We carry your memory with us forever. "Vikings""
SFC (Ret) David W. Gilchrist of Cocoa Beach, Florida

"Rachel (BOZ) Bosveld, It was a very sad day that I learned of your passing. You were a Great Soldier and a better person. The world was a better place with you in it. I have waited a very long time to say goodbye to a fellow warrior. It was my pleasure to work with you in the "Strike Deep" CO. To the Bosveld Family, Thank you for allowing us the pleasure of working with a soldier of the caliber of Rachel. I was her 1SG during the first stages of OIF I and remember her as a very determined and brillent young soldier. Thank you for sending your daughter to us and making us a better company with her as part of the unit."
Brian E. Love of Waynesville, MO

"Rachel,
It's been a while. I am now an E-5 in the Army, a leader of Soldiers. I am in my 4th year in the military, on my first deployment, and i deploy again next year. You are missed, but if it weren't for you, i wouldn't be in the military. Thanks for everything you've done for us. I can still hear your laugh, and hear you say "hey guys". I don't think I'll ever forget your voice. Be in peace, and watch over me while I fight in memory of you."
SGT Jessica Bartow of Los Angeles, CA

"From the veterans of Rolling Honor. It is by the grace of God and the sacrafice of our heros like Rachel we ride on. We salute you and your family."
Marc Phillips of Anchorage Alaska

"January 12, 2009

Hi Rachel,

It's been a long time. I am very happy that I found this website dedicated to you! I think of you often, you were such a great person. I am very blessed to have had you in my life. I remember when you first told me you were joining the military. That was the last time I saw you. I miss you like crazy, and will always remember you. I tell people about you often, because I am so proud of you! It seems like every one knows your name. You are the one that everyone will remember forever. I will remember you as the one who always brightened up a room, and the one who always knew how to cheer a person up!
Thank you so much for being there for me, and for saving my life! I will see you again in heaven."
Stacey of Oshkosh, WI

"Rachel,
Hey how are you? been awhile since we've spoken last. God I miss you and the kindness you've shown me. When we were at Talil Airbase and I wasnt getting any letters from home. Even though you were going out on missions you made time to write me a letter and you even put in one of your favorite qoets. " To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world"! After seeing everyone on this site I know now you were the world to so so many and I can see you smiling now down at us. Knowing that you will never ever be forgotton only remembered. Remembered for the kindness and beauty you brought to this world. With love in my heart. Thank you so much!"
SSG Henry J. Weinburg of FOB Normandy Iraq, Round 2 Rachel, love you!

"mary, when you read this if you could email me, im an old friend of rachels. didyoustealmysock@hotmail.com"

"August 26, 2008 Tuesday

Rachy,
We're almost done with your memorial garden and path. I have a five pointed star over the capsule with your story in it. I put your picture and all your letters in there as well. It is so beautiful! There are two waterfalls and a pond next to a giant arbor. The trumpet vines are all planted and growing like weeds, but will someday be totally full of trumpet flowers. Now, we're building a garden-gated fence all around the garden. I know that you can look down and see it. I know that you are pleased. We'd like to finish it this year, but the fence is a bit of a money pinch for us. We'll put the rails in as the extra funds appear .. whenever. The posts are going in one at a time.
Sure, maybe it is kind of stupid, but it settles our hearts to just do something in return for you. What else could we do really?
We'll always remember you as long as we live."
The Piechowski's of Oshkosh, WI USA

"I have been going through and leaving messages for all my friends that I have lost. Rachel was the last message for me, though she was the first that I had lost. I didn't cry today until I got to her. We had gone to basic and AIT together. We were different platoons so we only got to talk during our off time. When we did get the chance to speak, I felt like she was so much more mature than the rest of us. She was 18 like almost everyone else, but there was just something about her that was so grown up. She seemed so far ahead of everyone and thats one of the things I loved about her. She truly was an amazing gal. She made training look so easy, to me, at the time it was the hardest thing I had ever done. Looking back now I know it wasn't. She had this grace and I can't really describe it but she was amazing.

Mrs. Bosveld, I read your post and it was beautiful. Your daughter is a great girl. I am proud to say that she was someone that I looked up to and someone I served next to.

staceyranew@bellsouth.net"
SPC (R) Stacey Ranew of Ft. Polk, LA

"Godspeed."

"April 29, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Rachel K. Bosveld:
Rachel 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

"Hopefully family members still look at these postings. I am one of the medics that worked on rachel the night she was killed. I have thought about her a lot because she was the first soldier I was ever unable to save. Unfortunately she was not the last. Please know that my team and I did everything we possibly could to save her and she did not feel any pain. God Bless"
Dustin S. Waggoner of Ft. Sill, OK

"Thank You Rachel. I do not know you, nor do I know your family. Every other night, I just read over the obituaries of our fallen soldiers. I have so many feelings: pride, sadness, wonder, and just plain awww. I look to the families that I know, who have lost family in the same fight and it touches me deep inside. I appreciate what you have given for us, this country and for others out there. May god bless you and your family and friends. Take care of yourself up there"
nick galardini of NC

"that is such a beautiful picture of her, by the way...

jerons_sister@yahoo.com
SPC THOMAS"
shanell of Atlanta, GA

"uhh....ok

[december 31, 2007]
i am so very nervous about leaving my thoughts here....mainly because i blamed myself for years for rachel's death.

it's been more than four years since the unfortunate incident, and i still cannot believe she's gone. she and i never got along at the beginning because we both had such strong personalities. rachel was just starting to become my friend. she even confided in me from time to time. told me of her hopes of one day making it to sergeant major just because she wanted the world to know that even though there aren't many female sgt maj's in the us army, she would be woman enough to do so. everyone believed she could. i told her of my fears that my family would never survive me being in iraq because i wasn't supposed to be there in the first place. just before deploying, i was told that i was non-mission capable by two army doctors because of my back condition. come to find later that my mother nearly committed suicide just to get me home. i freaked and rachel was the one who calmed me down. she let me know that if i really talked to my mom as often as possible and let her know that everything was okay with me, that she would be very glad to see me come home.

few days before rachel's mission that ultimately ended her life, i sprained my wrist in dumb basketball game that i was trying to play with the fellas. our sergeants were always trying to make us do something in our "down-time" to encourage morale....volleyball, boxing, sand wrestling, football, basketball, board games, dvd's, video games....anything! but because i sprained my wrist, i had been put on kp (kitchen patrol) for that week. some people and squads had to be switched around because i was a gunner. at the time, my squad was on the evening shift at the ip (iraqi police) station, but rachel's squad took my squad's place.

i would wait for rachel and shawn monroe (who was on my squad until he got promoted) every night after their mission cause we were so close and i felt so guilty that they were going out there because of me. shawn always told me that it wasn't my fault. rachel always had something new to tell me about what stephanie betzold or adam bagby or one of the sergeants did to "piss her off". it was always so funny to me.

on that particular night, i made sure i was there to wave goodbye to rachel, shawn, stephanie and adam as they were leaving for what i thought was supposed to be another one of my missions. the last thing rachel said to me was this:

dude! are you gonna be up later? cause i got something to tell you...can't tell you right now.

i said: girl, you know i'll be up...i don't have sh*t else to do!

we both laughed.

(right now i'm crying...gotta finish this later. thanks for reading this)

jerons_sister@yahoo.com
(just leaving my email cause i think ms. bosveld would like that)

shanell anakwah (maiden name thomas)"
Shanell Thomas of Atlanta, GA

"I was sitting in my barracks room playing video games and working on a case of German Beir after comming off a midnight shift in Giessen. I knew we had gotten new Soldiers to the unit, but I only met a few of them briefly while we were in the field training. I got a knock on my door and it was one of our new guys who moved into the room across the hall from PFC Bagby and I; it was PFC Bosveld. She introduced herself and asked me to help her with her beret; she wasan't sure how to wear it. Army issue berets are given to us with tons of lint and they are not shaped, so they do not look very good if you wear it fresh out of the bag. A new beret must be shaven with a razor and soaked with warm water so that you can shape it to a squared away and sharp look. So there we were, drinking a case of beer, with wet berets on our heads, just BSing. This is a memory that will always be with me. It is one of the first instances in the Army where I was allowed to teach Soldiers. It was one of the first things that stuck in my mind on what a Sergeant should be like. I will never forget that moment... it's mine and there isn't an insurgents bullet, mortar, mine, roadside IED or any weapon that can take that away. Rachel might not be with us but she is alive in each of us because of stories like mine; we all have our own, we all have a moment where she touched us. We must not ever forget these memories. We must not ever forget Rachel.

"Strike Deep!""
Adam (billwilson71@yahoo.com) of Colorado

"Rachy,
We're making a garden path in our backyard. We've poured over 200 bags of concrete for stone pavers and laid them randomly. At the end of the path will be an arbor. In the center of the arbor floor, we're burying a time capsule under a special stone. In the time capsule, we're announcing that this path is named after you: PFC Rachel K. Bosveld Memorial Garden and Path. Maybe someday, some person will chance upon the capsule and read the story of you.
October 3, 2007"
The Piechowski's of Oshkosh, WI, USA

"I have been thinking a long time of how to leave a message on this web page. I guess I can write about my thoughts and feelings and memories about you. When we were in germany and I was told that one of the new soldiors in the platoon was to be in my team and she was to be a female I wasnt really sure how to take it, my mom was in the military a long time ago but it takes a certain type of woman to make it. They had to be strong and tough and I thought that it takes a rare person indeed. When I met you and introduced myself I could see that you were strong and more than tough you were someone special. As time went on and we got to know each other better we began to see how each other opperated and I was a differnt type of character. I was a bit goofy and humorous but you were steady and more serious about work which is why I guess we worked good togeather. We were opposites but were able to maintain harmony we would always talk about family and good times. Our team leader was Sgt. Jones at the begging. Then when we were in Iraq we got a new team leader. I think we went through two or three differnt team leaders but the one constant was it was always you and me. I remember while we were inside the walls at the different I.P. stations we would talk, you would tell me about your diffent mom`s growin up.
How you and your friends were at that haunted place and saw a ghost, you drove your pick-up truck. How you liked to paint and there was a painting of an ocean scene at your mom`s house that you painted. You could read palms but would never read mine, I dont know if you really could or if you were playin around.You had me fooled if you were just playin around. You knew all the words the song in pirates of panzance about the modern major geneal. You gave me a birthday card, while we were on our down time you walked over and gave it to me with a big smile. You then turned away and walked back and sat down on your cott.You made me happy when I was in a time that I didnt know if I could be. Sgt. Thorne was our last team leader and you and him definitely didnt get along. It was hard for me to try to mediate between the two of you and then. There were some times that we vented on each other and we certinly needed our space from time to time. But after the I`m sorry`s were said it was bak o being like brother and sister again. You told me that you liked Alanis Morresette and on the last night we shared I remember that one of your most favorite songs by her was "isnt it ironic". You played it in the hummvee and all I thought was how this song was annoying because my sister from back home liked it. Still to this day I cant hear it without breaking down. I have a regret that I live with and that is that I wasnt in the truck with you that night. I didnt know you had died when we were on our way to the hospitol all I thought about was how Busby, Monroe, and you were doing. Nobody told me anything. Once we arrived at the hospitol in the green zone I saw the colonel`s gunner and he said that Monroe`s in critical condition he lost one leg but they could save the other and was expected to pull through, and Busby was in stable condition but both his legs were broken. I then said hows Boz doing and he looked at me with a look that I remeber to this day, A look that would be burned in my memories for the rest of my life. And I knew at that moment you were gone, I lost my teammate, I lost my fellow soldior, and I lost my dear, dear freind. A friend that can never be replaced and will never be forgotten. At the service we had for you in Iraq I couldnt stand it. After that I didnt know how to handle it I felt a deep rage for any Iraqi person I saw they took me off of patrol status after a while. They had me and Sgt.Thorne working the gates pretty much after that. Every now and then we would get a mission or two but I was made the driver after you. I was that until we left Iraq and went back to germany. I miss you kidd. I still think of you almost every day I try to imagine how you would be now, if you you be married and have a baby like Betzold, Or would you stay in and continue the fight. Unfortunatlly I nor any of your loved ones will never know.
To your family, This pain that you feel is a pain that is shared by all those who knew and loved her and for that there is an eternal sorrow that will never heal. There is a need to ask god why is it that there are certain flames that burn the brightest are the ones that burn for the shortest time. To you rachel we will meet again until then I know you look down on us from heaven waiting for us patiently.
your friend,
Adam"
Adam Bagby of Richmond, Va.

"To the family of:Rachel K. Bosveld 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. She 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"

"Rachy, I was thinking about you again today. I know you are safe in heaven and you are fine. But I was thinking about you because the war isn't going well at all and our country is so divided about it all. Maybe you could talk to God and ask him to help us bring peace over there so that our other boys and girls can come home safe and sound."
Linda Piechowski of Oshkosh, WI, USA

"Hi Rachel,

Well, I have came to this site several times in the past few years.... and I finally decided to write you.

I have never met you in person, but I have thought of your often since 2003. I am not sure why you caught my attention and left such a mark in my heart without ever meeting you in person, but you did. Maybe it is because I am the Mother of 3 Sons and always wanted a daughter, maybe it was just your smile, or maybe it was your courage. Either way... you have been carried in my heart since the first day I read your name and heard of your death. You were the first person I thought of when I read they had captured Sadam, and again when they removed him from this earth. You are the first person I think of when we talk about all the soldiers we have lost.... and you are sometimes just thought of... just because.

So, my dear Rachel.... you are loved by many and missed by many that never even knew you.... you are kept close in my heart... and maybe someday, I may even have a grand-daughter named Rachel. I have already been working on my Sons about that name. I am sure out of all 3 of them, I will be able to get at least one to let me pick a name and if I do get to pick a name, her name will be Rachel!!

I love you dearly Rachel and thank you more... for all you have done for our country, I feel privileged to have ever shared this earth with you..."
Shannon Blizard of Fort Bragg (Fayetteville), North Carolina

"It's Memorial Day. Some one on the news said that we should look someone up who gave the ultimate sacrifice for thier country and remember them on this day. Well I didn't have to look up anyone on this day because you are in my memory every day. Abu Grahib, Oct 26, 2003, We were shelled with mortors. I'll never forget that night. Every year on Oct 26 I light a candle at my church to pray for you and your family. Cowards took your life away from the ones who love you. You will never be forgotten."
Mike, 143 MP of CT

"Dear Bosveld Family,
I am doing a school project on the Faces of the Fallen.We actually went to Arlington Cemetary last week on our school D.C. trip and we i saw a portrait of your daughter, Rachel k. Bosveld. I really want to go into the military someday after High school. My family will be praying for yours! Thank You andGod Bless!"
Ingrid of Bakersfield, Ca

"Dear Bosveld family,
We are doing a report on Faces of the Fallen. We chose your daughter, Rachel K. Bosveld, to do our report on. We would like to thank you for her service and what she did to help the fight in Iraq. Ingrid wants to be in the military someday after High School and is inspired by your daughter. She is even wanting to do this more than ever now that we are learning about fallen soldiers! God bless you!
Sincerely yours,
Emily P. & Ingrid W."
Emily & Ingrid of Bakersfield, CA.

"Dear Rachel's family and friends,

I am truly sorry for your loss. I did not know Rachel but I knew her Company Commander CPT Rodgers. My husband was stationed at Giessen around the time she was killed. My husband was a military policeman too, and the death of a young military police PFC struck very close to our heart.

Please know that the entire Giessen community mourned and prayed for Rachel.

Now our solders have one more guardian angel who is watching over them."
Missy Lee of St. Clair, Michigan

"My Brother SPC Michael Forbes (Giesen) 527 MP CO US ARMY had the honor to serve with Rachel and actually graduated with her at MP school. Mike and Rachel served in the same platoon in Iraq during the time of her loss. I never met Rachel, but she seems as part of our family and someone we will never forget. Again, words can not explain our familys sympathy. We think of the entire Bosveld family and will always remember Rachel!"
Peter Forbes of Henry Illinois

"I went to elementary school with Rachel. I regret not keeping contact with her. I was back in Oshkosh in Jan. 2001. A friend said she wanted to see me, I wanted so much to see her too after 8 years....we didn't have much to say, but I'm so glad I got to see her one last time. I'll always remember her, even if in my memories shes still a little girl with long frizzy hair. I miss her, and I'm sorry I didn't get to know her as the strong woman she grew up to be."
Robyn (rklabunde@gmail.com) of Seattle, WA

"It was a day I had lookied forward to for six weeks, October 26th...the day I would have a video teleconference with my wife and newborn daughter. I was at Baghdad Internation Airport. I was so excited. I sat in that room talked to my girls, laughed, cried and tried to catch up. As I walked out, I was on cloud nine. I sat on the ASV and looked into the western sky...I heard distant explosions. We had been their long enough to know they were mortars. At first it was just a commonality, then it hit me.....that's our IP station, that's Abu Ghraib....I felt so helpless...I prayed everyone was okay,...to this day hardly a day goes by I don't relive that night. The news brought us to our knees. My friends, my family...brothers and sisters. I am writing this so those reading can get a sense of how days like this send a violent ripple through everyone's life. The untold stories are the ones that leave a grey area in your mind as you paint a picture of tragedy. As I read through all of these...a name goes unmentioned. SGT Jimmy Thorne. To him, I believe a great debt of gratitude is owed. If you know, keep it to yourself. If you want to know, email me at fruitat_5_1980@yahoo.com"
CPL Jeremy Ridgley of 100th Div/ 329th INF Reg.

"I was in the same squad as Rachel and a day does not pass without me thinking of her. No matter what was going on she always had an ear to give and a kind word to all. I always looked foward to her greeting and talks. I'm back in Iraq now with the Vikings. I wanted to let everybody know how much it means to see all the comments left here. Thanks"
Leo Pederson (paragoalie@yahoo.com) of Baghdad, Iraq

"I recently attended a Memorial Ceremony for the latest MP's of the 18th Military Police Brigade who fell. When my turn came up to salute the stone I read the names. And the first name I recognized was PFC Rachel K. Bosveld. I held my salute for a couple seconds longer as I realized that the person I had heard so much about was the young lady's name inscribed that block of stone. I pray for you; her family. In the history of the MP Corps she will never be forgotten.
If you would like I am assigned close to Mannheim and could provide a rubbing of her name off the memorial to you.
"Assist, Protect, Defend"
SGT Jeffery L LeClair
92nd Military Police Co
jeffery.l.leclair@us.army.mil"

"I want to extend my deepest condolences to Rachel's family, and to all those who were lucky enough to know her well. I went to basic training and AIT with Rachel at Ft. Leonard Wood. We were both supposed to go to the 127th MP CO in Hanau, and we talked a few times about looking forward to seeing each other in Germany. Orders changed as they do a lot in the Army, and she ended up in Geissen with the 527th, and I stayed in Germany with the 127th. I think about her often ,and wish I had known her better. She served with a lot of my friends, and they all spoke very highly of her in Iraq."
SGT David Sperry of Hanau, Germany

"5-20-2006
Thanks to all who have left messages. I soooo enjoy reading all of them. It is a comfort to know she has touched so many lives all over the world.

Thanks to all who have written and thanks Rachel for your love and light.

Rachels mother"
Mary Bosveld of Appleton, WI

"I was stationed with rachel in germany. i was not very close to her. We were in deffernt platoons. What I do remember of her is that she was always so sweet. I was on patrol one day and she and her roommate were just getting out of a taxi at the gate in giessen. They had so much stuff for there room, and could not carry it. So being nice i gave themn a ride back to the barrcks. I did get in trouble for it, but oh well. I did not go to Iraq with them b/c i found out i was pregnant. I thank her for serving and doing something that i never got to do. She did something that 85% of this country will never do. and that was die for our freedom. THANK YOU RACHEL. you are still a strong person. You are in my thoughts often.nn(when I knew rachel i was PFC. Borst)

nicolemscholz@yahoo.com"
Nicole Scholz of Fort Bragg, NC

"Seeing in tears all those magnificents Heroes, your face seems to be already leaving in my mind so I will pray for you and will admire your sacrifice. Thank you Rachel for your gift to Liberty."
Claire Total of Paris France

"Rachel, you'll never know how much you meant to me. All those times we followed Idle 13 around, or stayed up all night making shirts or singing songs. I still miss you every day that passes by. This should not have happened to you. I love you Rachel. RIP."
Trista Detlof of Mukwonago, WI

"WOW Rachel what can I say, one of the last times I saw you was a few weeks before I left for basic at our JR Prom, that’s when you told me someday we would have before and after pictures. Well Rachel you have yours, its one that is colorful and honorable, Robert Lee once said “Duty then is the sublimest word in or language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” Well Rachel you did your duty. I remember you asking why I joined, and the look in your eyes when I told you it’s about duty, honor, and country and that to be a soldier is the noblest act of mankind. Rachel Courage above all things in the first quality of a soldier, and you had that, and as you know I will be going to the Sergeant board on the 4th after X-mas leave, and you will be in my mind. Rachel as people protest the war and burn our Flag that we hold so dear you look down with smile on your face and a tear in your eye whispering “I don’t agree with a word you say, but I will defend to you death your right to say it.” So Rachel I read this small quote while at PLDC that I thought you might like. “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing worth war is much worse. Yet a man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety; IS A MISERABLE CREATURE who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself” John Stuart Mill wrote and girl you lived a free, honorable, and purpose driven life, you touched so many, even if only a few know your name, and the life you lived, the world knows your image, they know what you wear on the left side of you shirt means more than the name on the right side. Rachel you are the most loved, hated, respected, feared, oldest yet youngest image in the world because you bleed, tear and sweat red, white and blue. You are the image of the lone soldier on a dark cold night keeping watch as a nation sleeps in peace. Rachel you did it, you gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for another, and you lived in the foot steps of the lord. So Rachel some day we will look at the scrap book of our lives down at Fiddlers Green. So in closing Rachel I say to you with a weighted heart the DAY IS DONE GONE THE SUN FROM THE LAKE FROM THE HILL FROM THE SKY REST IN PEACE SOLDIER BRAVE GOD IS NIGH."
Amber Roberts of Waupun, WI Hunter Army Airflied, Savannah, GA

"Hey Boz You know me as Gardner from Basic and AIT but I am now Cruz. I think of you everyday and I wish we could have had a chance to serve together. I miss you and will never be forgotten."
Whitney (Gardner) Cruz of Streator Il

"Just saw a profile of your daughter on the Montell Williams Show, and I was touched. My heart goes out to your family. She was a true hero!"
Elaine Folk of British Columbia, Canada

"Rachel...i pray for you ! My sister....
Sorry !
Tenho orgulho em saber que existem seres humanos como você !
Desejo do fundo da minha alma que esteja bem perto do nosso Criador !
Muita Luz para você garotinha...."
Luiz Mollon of Americana-São Paulo-Brazil

"Hello to all who have left messages. I am Rachels mother, Mary. I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your kind words, but I see many have not left email addresses so I will send one message to all. It has been 2 years since I answered the door to see an officer standing there to deliver the grave news of Rachels death. It has been a very painful 2 years for me and that is why I could not bear to write till now. In a few days it will be her anniversary of her birth and burial, you see we buried her on her 20th birthday, Nov. 7th. I think of her every day and miss her unbelievablly so. I miss her hugs mostly and her non stop chatter. I miss her voice that was music to my ears. I miss her smile and laugh that could light up a whole room. I miss her gentle spirit and kind and generous heart. Rachel was the daughter I dreamed of having, and she brought so much joy to our family and everyones life she touched. She was truly a blessing in my life. I am grateful I was chosen to be her mother. She was my only daughter and sometimes the emptyness now is unbearable, now that she is gone. There will be now marriages, no grand babies, no shopping trips,no more laughes together, no more hugs and no more sitting on my lap regardless of her age, no more anything. I am a changed person and will be from now on. Why am I telling you this? Because there are other parents who have lost loved ones and I want to say that I understand a loss more than many. Rachel was all of what you all have said about her and more to me. She is greatly missed every day of my life. She changed my life by her birth and changed it by her death. Rachel you were my angel sent from heaven and now you have returned, you were my ray of sunshine and ever will remain in my heart. I will leave my email if anyone is so inclined to write me personally. Thank you all again so much for your words. I have read all of them one by one and am now able to let you know how much they are appreciated. Gratefully,
Mary Bosveld bosvem39@execpc.com"
Mary Bosveld of Appleton, WI, USA

"Rachel-
I graduated Basic Training! I'm at my AIT training now, and my MOS is 25M, Multimedia Illustrator. I'm DRAWING and doing GRAPHIC ARTS for the Army! I'm so excited. I've been thinking about you a lot lately, and even wrote an essay about Personal Courage based on you. I tell my battle buddies about you, and I am trying to find a picture of you on the net that's color in your army uniform so i can do a watercolor project of you. Anyone have a good one? send it to jessica.jill.bartow@us.army.mil. I miss you Rachel, thanks for inspiring me to join, it's the best thing I've ever done in my life."
PFC Jessica J. Bartow of Fort Meade, Maryland

"it has been two yrs. and you have not left my mind. i talk with your mom and we both miss you.i will never forget you and someday we will meet again! i'm proud of you Rachel!! love you, Rick Kjemhus"
Rick of oshkosh,wi.

"To the Bosveld family-
Words can not explain my sympathy to you. My brother graduated with Rachel at MP school and had the honor to serve with Rachel on his first tour. Rachel I know you are deeply missed and thank you for your sacrifice.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!!"
Peter Forbes of Henry, Illinois

"It was a honor for me to serve with you Rachel, thanks for serving at a time when no one else wants to serve. Sorry for your great loss the Bosveld family. Strike Deep"
SSG Andy Cervantes of Ft Bliss TX

"Thank you so very much for sacrificing everything to make the world a better place for my son to grow up. God bless you in heaven and may God bless & comfort your family."
GREGORY A. KRAGER, Major, USAF of Scott AFB, IL

"Hi Rachel, we never met but I had to visit your grave yesterday. I read your letters in the Life book "Last Letters Home." I was hoping against hope that it was all a mistake and that you wouldn't be there, but I knew you would be. Your family gave you a nice gravestone and yes it did bring tears to my eyes.I even saluted you. I will be leaving this August for Iraq and I will be thinking of you and your family while I am there. Thank You Rachel."
Spc. Frank J. Duvalle of Two Rivers Wis

"Rachel was a friend of my daughter Nichole. I look at pictures of them from when they were in grade school and high school and remember the simpler times and think of what could of been. On the day of Rachel's funeral Rachel's mom Mary gave Nichole a poem that Rachel had wrote, she was wise beyond her years and we will keep that poem forever. Nichole think's of Rachel often and misses her."
Lisa Schettle of Oshkosh, Wi

"Rachel - I must have flipped around to so many news stations that night, making sure that I was hearing correctly. I am honored that I knew you during your time on this earth and you were a good woman, Rachel. One heck of a smile. "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" wouldn't have been the same without you.

To Rachel's family - I will always remember her as the one who put a face to the situation over there. Wars can seem so distant and separate, but Rachel will always stand out in my mind as a real person, a person I knew who served her country in the best way she could. God bless you.


Sarah (Possin) Kooiman
"Lucy" in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown""
of Madison, WI and Waupun, WI

"To the family of "Boz"
I wish I had gotten to know your daughter better during our short stay in A 795. Seeing her as a fellow female in another platoon, I thought she was pretty hard core. It hit me really hard when D.S. Wilson sent me an e-mail about her death. I was never really that close to her, but I did know her and I had seen her work very hard every day for those 4 months of training. I thought about her very often from then on, especially while I was in Iraq myself. I will never forget you Boz."
SPC Galbreath, Betsy of Macomb, IL

"Rachel-
Hey BOZ! It's me again! I enlisted into the Armed Forces! It is so cool. i leave for basic on the 2nd of august. I already started working out and such... I know that you'll be helping me with every step i take. Whenever people ask me why i joined, my first reason is YOU. i love telling everyone about you, and i know you love it too ;) I miss ya like crazy girl! Sally+Freida+Snoopy=Cooldom Can't wait to see you again,
~Jessica aka "Snoopy""
Jessica of Waupun, WI

"To the Family of PFC Rachel Bosveld:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses. We would like your permission to put PFC Bosveld's name on a cross. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for your loss. If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.""
Marty Preston and Bert Sylvander of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the Family of PFC Bosveld,
2nd platoon lived right next to my platoon in the palace. Not once did I see her down or with an attitude. What a troop. I remember her and Arntz talking about her first purple heart and how she thought nothing of it. I remember drinking coffee with SGT Monroe, just hours before, and her waiting to go out to the “Bu” that night. I know words can never change the past, but I promise you, your daughter and her accomplishments will be remembered at every event I attend.

“Rachel, if you are listening, you will surely be missed and you will NEVER be forgotten.”

Louis Martinez
SFC, USA
1/527th MP Co
Executioner 7"

"To the family of Rachel,
My deepest condolences. I came off mobilization in Sep.03 figuring I had at least "done my part". After seeing Rachel's picture in the list of fallen Soldiers two months later I could not keep from seeing her face when I looked at my three daughters. So I got my middle aged butt back over here to try and keep any more daughters making the KIA list.

Milan C. Hevr
Major, U.S. Army
Commanding
3/2 Commando, SPTT
Baghdad, Iraq"
MAJ Hevr of Baghdad, Iraq

"god bless your family and you and your family are in my prayers semperfi and thank you for the sacrifices u made god speed."
Kyle Zalone of Auburn New York/USA

"To the family of Rachel K. Bosveld:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"dear bosveld family,
i have found rachels website by just stepping by and when i read about rachel i found myself in grief and tears. this is just wrong! i can not believe that such a beautiful and lovely young woman had do go. in such moments i really think life is just not fair. i didn't know rachel and but i will visit her graveyard this summer and i will leave a rose for her. i just dont know what to say....this makes me real sad and crying"
R D of Switzerland

"Rachel! it's me! I have your picture up at work...I have a big decision to make Rae...I'm thinking about joining the Reserves! Ever since you died babes, the idea has been in the back of my head...You said basic was fun, and now i'll have to go through it! I know you'll be watching over me. Still missing you."
Jessica of Waupun, WI

"Rachel, I never personally knew you, but I admired what you stood for and still do. When I scaned through 'People' magazine in 2003 there was an article of our fallen soldiers it was a gallery of all our troops who had lost their lifes fighting for freedom and their you were and it just devastated me to know the number of our fallen heros was rising and could grow. You really stood out in my mind because you were so young and so brave, I admired the fact that you were giving back to America by serving. I have always looked up to women in the military and always will, you guys helped motivate me to want to serve for this beautiful country and I will with open arms because it has been a blessing to me. I think about you and what it would have been like if I had gotten to personally know you and what you would be doing right now and in the future that you never got to experience. You are in my thoughts and prayers and may God bless your family and sheild them with happiness although you are gone, I know he will because you shined in their lives as you have in mine.God bless our troops. Thank God for the people who are willing to fall for us and America fighting in the front lines."
Melissa A. of Hilliard, OH

"Your cat is still alive, Rachy. We are giving him different food now because he is getting older. It seems to be helping him and makes his coat so silky. He looks for you still every now and then. When he does, it makes me think of you."
Linda of Oshkosh, WI

"dear family of Rachel.
i was the special interpreter of the millitary police company 527th in Iraq.
i served beside them for the most time they spent there... i was the active duty interpreter of the Nomads, Vikings (Rachel squad code name), Cobras & Excutioners.
i'm Eric & i want everyone know that it was a honore to work with such a brave woman... my family praying all the time for those whom gave us the freedome.
Rachel you are a hero & you always in my mind. thank ya...

anyone nedd to know something you can mail me at my e-mail address:

rnd69@rock.com"
Active Duty Interpreter ERIC (The Coalition Forces) of Baghdad/ Iraq

"To Rachel
I teach soldiers everyday about the ultimate sacrifice that some of us make for our country. I often tell them the story of the great female military police soldier who patrolled the streets of Baghdad. Hopefully I can convey to them the reality of combat. I keep your obituary posted in my office so that you are never forgotten. Although I never met you, I still remember the night when we received the call of the attack over the radio like it was yesterday. It just touches me since I have two daughters of my own. As they grow older and are able to understand your story I promise you, that I will teach them about one of America's greatest female heroes. Thank You And God Bless."
1LT Anthony Maisonet of Peekskill, New York

"Sunday, November 28,2004
I saw Rachel's mother, Mary Bosveld, on 'Hardball' (MSNBC with Chris Matthews) today and was deeply touched by her sharing "Rachel's Story." It is evident to me that Rachel was a gift in so many ways to her family, her friends - and to the world; she had so much potential to reach her dreams.
Rachel gave the ultimate gift - her life. The memories of times shared with family and friends are the gifts she has left for you - and nobody can take those precious memories away.
Her death is a tragic and painful consequence of this war. America lost a brave and dedicated soldier on October 26, 2003, but heaven gained a very decorated angel. She is at peace now and will always be safe in the arms of the Lord. God Bless You, Rachel - you really did "kick butt."
Thank you to the Bosveld family for sharing Rachel with me and the rest of the world. I have been so touched by her story, by her death, and by the depth of your sharing, that I have ordered a stainless steel "Iraqi Freedom" memorial bracelet with Rachel's name, rank, and date of death on it.
http://www.powbracelets.com/contact_us.html
I intend to wear this bracelet for a long time, sharing with others the story of Rachel. Each year, I will remember her November 7 birthday, (the day she was buried she would have been 20), and I will remember the date she arrived in Heaven, October 26.
I am so blessed and proud to be an American; I am also blessed to now "know" Rachel Bosveld. She has a special place in my heart. God bless you, her family and friends. God Bless America!
Remembering......."
Peggy of Chardon, Ohio

"Rachel the only thing I ever wanted was to know that my family and friends could sleep peacefully at night thank you for giving your life to make that dream possible.To Rachel's family I have lost 4 friends in Iraq and have 2 friends and 2 realatives still over there.Remember no matter what that Rachel's sacrific was not in vain."
A fellow morner of San Angelo,TX

"Rachel, I think of you often, of how fun you were, and how brave you were, and how I wish you were still here. I hope you hear me when I'm talking to you, and I just want to let you know how much I miss you and how much I treasured our friendship."
Katy of Waupun, WI

"I didn't know Rachel but she is greatly missed, I lost my brother-in law in November 2003.We love you and you are deeply missed."
Antoinette Brooks of Stone Mountain, Georgia

"A message to the Bosveld family. Your daughter is remembered by your good friends the British people. Forever your friends and allies to the end.
People like Rachael are very rare indeed. So Young but yet so very brave."
jonathan of Britain

"Rachel,
I have not forgotten you or your mom. You will always be in my heart and mind. May your dreams live in all of us."
Rick Kjemhus of Oshkosh,Wi.

"Today is the one year anniversary Rachel! Your memory still lives on strong, and you will not be forgotten! Rest in Peace girl!Your a Hero!"
A.L of Renton/Washington/USA

"Hey Rachel, it's me again...it has almost been a year, and i'm still thinking about you, and still telling your story. I know you didn't die in vain, and you are a true inspiration to us all. Missing you,"
Jessica of Waupun, WI

"I can still remember the last time I saw Rachel. I was going through the last few weeks of basic trainig. I had been going to the chapel on post every week, and my 2nd to last week as I was going out the door, I saw Rachel, who I had immediately recognized. I was never very close to her, but had known her for a while, and I knew she was a great girl. I talked with her for a while and she told me how excited she was and how happy she was to be an MP. She asked me about the rest of training-what it was like, what other challenges were ahead. I remember thinking of what a coincidence it was that I saw her. I knew (from what she told me) that she would be going to Germany, so I wished her luck. 7 months later, I left for Iraq. While I was there, we traveled a lot transporting prisoners and VIPs around the country, and I had always kind of hoped to run into Rachel and see how things were going. Then in October, I recieved word of what had happened and it hit hard. A person who grew up in Waupun, who went to school there, had died. I pray for the family of Rachel and everyone else who has family that have died or are currently serving in Iraq."
Spc Nathan W. DeBoer of Ft Hood, TX and Waupun, WI

"I was a friend of Rachel's. She used to come to Waukesha and go see band's play with me. It's hard to believe that almost a year ago, she was taken from us. I still miss her so much."
Trista of Mukwonago, WI, USA

"Thank you for having a daughter who was willing to fight for what she believed in. Your were truly blessed to have had her, and we were truly blessed to have been the receipents of her strength and bravery."
Danica Love of West Point, New York

"I fought side by side with Rachael in Abu Ghraib. Rachael and I shared stories about home, family, music and women. At times, we argued like brother and sister....never realize how much the small things impact your life. I watched as she endured attack after attack and kept her cool, laid-back composure. It's remarkable what a soldier can become accustomed to. Rachael, it's been a while since we talked last and it will be longer before we talk again, but all of us in the Viking Platoon have a huge place for you in our memories and in our hearts. We miss you BoZ"
Jeremy Ridgley

"Thank You Rachel! You are not forgotten and never will be. My deepest sympathy to the family of Rachel. She is defintely a child to be proud of."
Crystal Clark of Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

"Rachel we followed your time in Iraq. Two of my aunts ( Cindy Lee and Ronda)are cousins with your mom so they always told us how you were doing. When we heard the news you had been killed it was beyond shocking. I looked through my aunts photo album at pictures of you/your family and could not believe you were gone. So young! What you did was a great thing and you will not be forgotten! You were a phenomonal women , a great soldier and you will live on in the hearts,and memories of us all. I am going in the US Marine Corps and only hope I can be half as good a soldier as you! I salute you Rachel! You did a great thing for your country. There is a saying "a man/women is not dead until he is forgotten". In that sense , you will never die Rachel! May you rest in Peace!"
Ashley of United States

"Rachel, we pushed each other through basic training and AIT. I couldn't believe what happened at first. I will never forget your kind heart, your strong will or your beautiful voice, I still hear it... I miss you everyday and continue to drive on because I know that's what you would have wanted. Rest in peace Boz, the world was a better place with you in it. I remember your letter telling me how much you appreciated my friendship, well rachel, I will never forget our experiences or memories, they rest deep within my heart. May you forever rest in peace Rachel."
Jenilee Palmer of Newport News, VA, USA

"Rachel was a strong person. She sacrificed herself for her country. She was very into the Millitary so young in life. I respect Rachel and her family. I am very sorry for your loss. I am a junior high student in Barker., New York. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Rachel. You must be very proud of Rachel , by sacrifising herself for her country. Rachel was a great person. She sounds like the kind of person who would listen to you or when they needed a smile. Rachel has a great smile and I will never forget it. Again, I am very sorry for your loss."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"They wear the uniform
Proud and true
They protect our Nation
For me and you.

They give of themselves
So unselfishly
They leave their homes
And their families

They are on foreign soil
In a foreign land
Our men and women
Who are taking a stand

They are on guard
Day and night
They are weary for sleep
But prepared to fight

They see death and destruction
In this war torn place
But its all worth the effort
When they see a smiling face

They remember why they are there
Through all the sadness and sorrow
Its to ensure for the children
A better tomorrow


May god keep and protect the men and women who have chosen to protect us and our nation...""
Sgt Wes Campbell USMC 3/2 of decatur alabama

"My heart goes out to the Bosveld family. My brother Lncpl. Terrell Guell is in the marine corps and was in Iraq for 9 months. I am truly sorry and I pray for you everyday. Remember God is with you in this tragic time.
God Bless you,"
Haley of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

"To the friends and family of Pfc. Bosveld. I want you all to know that it was an honor to know, and fight side by side with her! You would have been proud to see her in action! We were like family, and believe that her death has not gone unpunished!"
of VIKINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

"To Rachel's famliy: Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. I read your Rachel's name at a rememberance vigil in Denver...you are in my prayers."
Oren Briese of Castle Rock, Colorado

"To Pfc Bosveld's Family"
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Rachel was taken from you. There is no doubt her thoughts were of you as she served in Iraq. She is our hero. You are in our hearts. We will never forget."
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/24/04)

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

"To the family of Rachel K.Bosveld,I am sorry for your loss and I am greatful for the sacrifice of our Armed Forces and I will never forget those who put their lives in harms way or those who lose their lives for our freedom."
Ernie of United States

"Sally + Frieda + Snoopy = Cooldom

I love you Rachel...and you are missed."
Jessica of Waupun, WI

"All of us who appreicate our freedom will never forget Rachel and her ultimate scarifice.
My prayers go out to her family & friends.
God bless you all and God bless America."
Steve Schram of Milwaukee, WI U.S.A.

"Jamie is still grieving for you. She is in a speech class this quarter and thought that she would give a speech about you. You said in one of your letters that you didn't want anyone to forget you. We won't, Rachy. We will never forget you. You were our dear, dear friend and will alway be."
Linda of Oshkosh, WI

"Thank you for your huge sacrifice of your beloved Rachel. We pray for all the soldiers. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all."
Barb Gabrielson of Bear Creek WI

"I was just going through some of the many letters that Rachel wrote us. I was struck by the fact that she always was thinking about others. In one letter she wrote: "Hey Girl! I'm sending you a black ribbon that I'd like you to wear. A few nights ago some Iraqi police and soldiers from my platoon came across an IED and one Iraqi was killed, two injured, and two soldiers severly injured. So please wear this for them" Another letter, she wrote: "Hey, I have a favor to ask of you. James doesn't ever get mail (maybe 5 the entire time here!) Could you write him a letter?"
I miss you Rachel a whole lot. I miss your thoughtful letters. You'll never know just how proud I am of you and how I am so very thankful to have known you.
Peace in God's love..."
Linda of Oshkosh, WI USA

"My deepest sympathies are with the friends and family of Rachel. I just wanted to say "Thank You" for giving me freedom. You will never be forgotten."
Amy of Neenah, Wisconsin

"To the Bosveld family I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies to you all, for your great loss....."Rest in Peace Rachel, you are with God, now and forever""
Leon Potgieter of Johannesburg, South Africa

"Young ladies should not die in combat and will not be forgotten."
John D. Staudt of Lawton, Oklahoma

"Thank you Rachel Bosveld, 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 shed tears of sorrow and tears of pride... for Rachel and for you, her family and loved ones. Our great nation lives through Rachel's work. THANK YOU, and bless you."
Sharon Reed of Naperville, IL

"To the Family and Friends of Rachel,
You are all in my prayers. God Bless"
Jaclyn of Livonia,MI

"Rest in peace Rachel."
PFC Long of U.S.A

"To a fallen soldier from a veteran of the United States Army. Bless you for your ultimate sacrifice. Bless you for giving me the opportunity to live free another day. You gave your life so my children can grow up on a free society. And to the father, thank you for giving us an angel. Thank you for giving us a SOLDIER!"
Ronald F. Moore of Seattle, WA

"nao conheço nem rachel, nem sua familia, talvez nunca nos conheçamos.
mas, passando por um site sobre falecidos na guerra do iraque fiquei extreammente chocado com seu falecimento,talvez devido a expressao
angelical de rachel. minhas condolencias a familia e compartilho, daqui de longe, da dor e angustia.
luiscoimbra@bol.com.br"
luis coimbra pinheiro of campinas/sao paulo/brazil

"Thanks for your sacrifice, as a fellow MP, your loss is ours. Assist, Protect, Defend."
SPC Alex Burt of FT Stewart, GA 293 MP Co

"May God be with you now and forever."
Solveig of Norway

"To the Bosveld family I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies to you all for your loss. I hope you can find your comfort in this poem; Foot Steps; Walking with the Lord,And look behind you,You see two sets of foot prints,When things are going good,Yet when Life does not look good,You look back,To see only one set of Prints,You ask the Lord,Why did you leave me,When I need you so much,You left me when I needed you the most,He answers,The Foot prints you saw,Were my foot prints,For I was caring you,In your time of Need."
Tom E Nøkleby, Captain of Infantry Norwegian Army

"to the soldiers thats fallen or fighting.

you all are heroes and your country is proud of you.
you did the right thing when nobody wanted to do something about, you saved a whole nation. the people of Iraq should remember you as their heroes, nobody should say anything else."
Alexander Leiknes +4790041191 my phone of Norway/ Finnsnse

"DEAR FAMILY, I AM FROM BRAZIL AND READ ABOUT RACHEL. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU ALL ALTHOUGHT I DIDN'T KNOW HER NEITHER YOU, BUT I KNOW THE SAME FELLOWSHIP YOU AND YOUR RELATIVES KNOWS. GOD HAVE VERY GOOD PURPOSES FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE. WITH SINSERITY!"
ELI of BRAZIL

"May God bless your heavenly soul. And bless the brave men and women still in Iraq."
Pedro of Lancaster PA U.S.A

"I will not forget you Rachel,I remember how happy you were to go to the dirt band concert,and how you smiled when you told me about it.I will remember that smile forever! I also seen so much of your mother in you,that caring of others and the way you could forgive others.That is a very great quality to have.I am proud you call you my friend and proud of what you gave for your country and us.You will always be remembered and loved by us.I will miss you,but we will meet again that I am sure of! love ya always!!"Rick""
Rick kjemhus of oshkosh,wi.

"may you rest in peace.You are one of GOD's children and the father has called you home"
ken gibson of westmont ILL

"Dear Family of Rachel,We live in Springfd. MO & know Rod & Vicki Wepfer.(we meet with them on Sun) Just wanted to express our deepest sympathy - our thoughts & prayers are with you all. We are so proud of what Rachel was doing for her country & for all of us."
Sarah & Simon Chavez of Springfield MO USA

"I had written a poem many years ago and left it untitled because I had no idea who or what it was about. After reading about Rachel Bosveld and all those who loved her I truly believe that in some way this poem was meant for her.

Rachel Bosveld

One day,
led a road down that path
like how a bird when it flies -
fast
towards the sun
forgets the pain
onward home,
again.

Rest in Peace Rachel"
Anthony of Fremont, CA USA

"I am so sorry for your loss. As a Veteran and Federal Employee, I appreciate her sacrafice and her life will not be lost in vain. She died with honor. Her and her fellow Soldiers ,Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are the Key to victory and serve thier nation proudly."
chris of Las Vegas, NV/USA

"As a former military police officer with the 527th Military Police Company, the news of PFC Rachel Bosveld touched me deeply. Although I never met PFC Bosveld, I feel as if I have lost one of my own soldiers. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Thank you PFC Bosveld for being my hero.

"STRIKE DEEP""
SGT Alison Clarke of Orlando, FL

"Dear Bosveld Family,
Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time , and am confident you'll find your comfort in the one who gave us our breath as a gift.
I believe i met you folks at Gma Thompson's home , one sunday ,but Rachel wasn't born yet ! So many new faces , new names, it was hard to keep track of all , but , it is nice to know that God knows all of our names , faces ,and even the number of hairs on our head , & the sensitivity of our hearts towards him.
Stay focused!"
Darwin Shorland of Saskatchewan. Canada

"I am also a female military policeman,served in the Gulf War, so Rachel's death hit especially close to home for me.I have lost a sister in my family of many. Please know her death was not in vain. She died doing not only what she loved most, but also for our freedom. Rachel would not want you to give up supporting the war.That is what we need now more than anything...the support of our family,friends, and country. We know what we are fighting for, we knew the day we joined the military.It is hard for most people to understand, unless they have walked a mile in our boots. Rachel is a hero....stand strong and be proud. Gods speed, Rachel."
cindy of cleveland ohio usa

"I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter. My heart breaks each time we lose another soldier. I am a Marine Mom and my prayers are with you and all of our brave troops and their families."
Eleanor of Parkside, PA

"Rachel was a great person, I've known her for four years, and one of the nicest people i've ever met. She was always there when you needed someone to talk to, or whenever you need to smile. She was always good with both of those qualities in life, and was full of life her self. She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends. Happy Birthday Rachel, i will never forget ya. I'll always remember the last thing i told ya the night before you left, i'll live with that motto for the rest of my life. "Remember to always watch your butt, You never know whats gonna get ya."
"I know your in heaven, smiling down, watching us while we pray for you, everyday we pray for you"
"til the day we meet again, in my heart is where i'll keep you friend""
Kevin of Wisconsin

"I would like to pass on my deepest sympathies to Rachel Bosveld's family and friends for their loss. I also want to pass on my sympathies to the other families and friends of all the Americans that have died in this Iraq war. I'm grateful and will always be grateful of the men and women in the Armed forces around the world for defending their country whether they are alive or have passed away cause if it werent for them, who knows what the world will be like today.

I didn't know Rachel but I'm sure she was a strong person, being far far far away from home in a war zone at 19 would not at all be easy but that obiviously didn't matter to her otherwise she would not have joined the Military.

Again my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Rachel Bosveld"
Travis of Saskatoon, Canada

"I was deeply saddened after reading the news story about Rachel. I'm a member of the Minnesota National Guard and have been for the last 25 years. My prayers and love go out to the family and friends of Rachel . As well as all our brave brothers and sisters, those who continue to serve and those who gone before us. many too soon. May god keep you and bless you.One love."
Rory Chavez of St. Paul, Minnesota

"Nineteen is too young to die. I am fifty-five years old. When you were born I was already many years older than you would ever live to be. Reading about you makes me feel guilty for having lived so long. Rest in peace, Rachel, rest in peace."
GDR of Huntington, NY, USA

"I am from a Nation that abolished the army since 1948 and since then we have been under the protection of soldiers like Rachel. We honor you and remember you in our prayers. Thank you !"
Chris of Costa Rica

"We were so sorry to here of Rachels death. She was such a lovely person and we all liked her alot. What a brave thing she was doing for all of us you should be very proud of her. She gave her life for something meaningful.
God bless you Rachel, RIP. We'll see you soon."
Ann, Kelly, Linda

"""Military Police Corps Regimental Prayer
By Chaplain Michael Yarman

Heavenly Father - We approach You today because You have called us to be a people of prayer.

We praise You because You are our Creator, our Redeemer and our Provider.

We acknowledge our great need for You as we fulfill our mission as soldiers.

We have been called to serve our nation as Military Police and we are proud of the honored heritage of the Regiment and our motto: Of the Troops and For the Troops.

Whether we are fighting an enemy, securing as area, patrolling the streets, or helping someone in distress, help us, O Lord, to always be men and women of integrity who can be counted on to do the right thing.

Give us the strength to stand for what is right and to oppose those who would do harm to our nation and the people we serve.

May we always be truthful in Word, Deed and Signature, and bring honor through our service to the memory of those in the Regiment who gave the supreme sacrifice for their country.

Guide us now, Father, by giving us wisdom and knowledge from on high, that as Military Police we will always be prepared to Assist, Protect and Defend."""
CPT Glidewell

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Rachel Bosveld:
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 Rachel for the sacrifice she 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. Rachel Bosveld:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Rachel, 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