Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Taylor J. Burk

21, of Amarillo, Texas.
Burk died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device struck his vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"Today, like any day, I think of you and all you gave. Your commitment to those you served with. From my family to yours, honoring you. "Ski's" mom.
Cpt Loren F Kacoroski"
Maribeth Topalanchik of Tacoma, WA

"It's been years since I've been to this page. But still not a day I don't think of him. I named my youngest son after his uncle and tell him the stories of his bravery and how he carries the name of a true hero. There are so many more I can share with him now. Thank you all for sharing and your service to our countey. He was all love for his fellow soldiers. Missing him…Heidi (his sister)"

"I was just thinking about Taylor today along with several of my other fallen friends. Taylor holds a special place in my heart. I was actually sent back with him after his first wound and we housed in the same med barracks back at Ft. Hood. Him and I actually made a 3 story beer bong as we lived on the 3rd floor in those barracks. Taylor and I took several trips in that VW Jetta that he was so proud of. I even remember that he was so anxious to leave it with his brother when he went back. I was unable to return to Iraq due to my injury which I must admit I did not intend to ever go back. But the thing about Taylor, he was a medic, and he couldn't stand the thought of injured soldiers that he couldn't be there to help. He literally wanted to go back and help others more than anything. He was the single bravest soldier I have ever had the honor to meet. I will never forget him. I actually have a tattoo in his honor. I would love to speak with his parents at some point as I have some great stories and never really got closure. Mr. and Mrs. Burk, if you ever read this and want to chat about Taylor please give me a shout @ 5I2.525.68I3. No amount of time could ever erase the memory of Burk from my memory."
Tyler of Marble Falls, Texas

"To Burk Family,

I was just searching for old friends and came across this page. Burk was our medic (Cco 1/8 CAV) when he was shot the first time. I remember him very well because he was in the vehicle in front of mine when it happen. Never will I ever meet another soldier that was as brave as Burk in my life. I just wanted everyone to know he will never be forgotten! Til we meet again brother."
SGT Nguyen Peter of Houston TX

"To the Family of Spc Taylor Burk,
I went to school with Taylor and graduated with him in May of 2001. I then left for basic in Sept of 01. I did not find out about him until after my secound tour in Iraq, but I was deeply shocked to hear about him. I heard that Randall High had put up a Memorial, and I went to visit it and pay my respect, but then I had to move to my new unit. I wish the best for you and keep him in my prayers as if he was one of my squadmates."
John Graham, SGT (Ret.) of Bryan, Texas

"If you ever whant to heard and untold story about my soldier burk or odums please call me at 661 808 0447
I was his sgt"
Sgt mejia of Bakersfield CA

"Taylor is and will always be special to me. I have known him since he was 2 years old. I had the HONOR to be at the dedication of the Taylor Burk Medical Clinic and get to meet the entire family of which there are many.

I did get to spend a meal with Taylor between deployments in Dallas and he was not the little kid I remembered. He was a Giant of a man. Having served in the Army for 10 years I understood his desire to return to HIS troops. He did his DUTY - HONOR and COUNTRY proud in every way. I am so blessed to have known Taylor. GOD SPEED my friend"
Al Rayl of Houston, TX

"Dear Taylor,
I'm feeling awfully blue today. I have a few things I need to tell you. Your Granddad, Hulen Amburn Burk Jr. passed away on Feb. 5th 2009 at 7:30 A.M in O'Fallon MO. It was his 86th birthday. I realize you didn't know your Granddad very well, but you knew he was a man loved and respected among family and many others. You new He was a Fighter Pilot in W W II and Korea. He was considered by many to be the best pilot in Texas for many years. Do you remember the last time you got to sit down and talk to him at Grandma Polly's Birthday? You were about to re-deploy over to Iraq again. You were determined to be with those soldiers you loved and cared about so much. Dad told me how very proud he was of you and what a good looking boy you were.
Well, (where ever you are)I hope you two can find time to get together and talk things out about your lives and your families. Taylor, my Dad was the most important man I ever new.
It's been wonderful lately to hear of so many good and honorable things about you and the service you gave with all your heart. Taylor,I have so much I want to say to you. You know what I mean, just to sit and talk and listen and stuff like that, but for now let me say that I love you and miss you dearly, as do all your family back home.
See ya later, we all still got allot to do down here. It's our honor and blessing to strive to keep the Burk name honored as you and your Granddad left it.
Timothy Joe Burk of Edmond, OK U.S. A.

"Taylor, I cant believe its been 4 yrs. I grew up with taylor, best friends since kindergarten. He is the bravest person I have ever met. I remember when we would set in his room for hours and play the newest nintendo game that came out, and the countless hours we would spend over at my house playing basketball and football. Taylor was always the little guy with the biggest heart. I always felt like I needed to watch out for him, but it was him who ended up fighting and giving his life for me. He was always there when I needed him and will always be in my heart. He gives me the strength to get up and go to work each day. He is my hero. I love you Taylor."
Jeb Hilton of Amarillo, Tx.

"To the family of Taylor J. Burk,
On this veterans day I feel that it is only right to remember a hero like Taylor. I bought a memorial bracelet online and I was allowed to pick the name that would appear on my bracelet. . . I picked Taylor (my brother's name - 2 Lt. in the army) from Texas (I am from Friendswood, Tx) who was 19 years old (the same age as me at the time). I don't think that words can express how much your son means to me. I wear the bracelet every single day and every day when I put it on I remember him. Thank you so much for raising a son that was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live free.
"Heroism is not the birthright of 'great men,' or famous men, or men with stars on their shoulders, but finds its most noble expression in common men and women, in circumstances less dazzling than any Hollywood thriller, who give everything of themselves to save a life or serve a cause.""
Amberly Cox of Waco, Tx

""A heart of gold stopped beating,
two shining eyes at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove,
that He only takes the best.

God knows you had to leave us,
but you did not go alone,
for part of us went with you,
the day He took you home.

To some you might be forgotten,
to others you're part of the past,
but to us who loved and lost you,
Your memory will always last."

Some people make the world special just by being in it."

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Spc. Taylor J. Burk:
Taylor 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I met Tayor at 1CD when he got to the Unit, the rest of the BN was at NTC doing training for our upcoming deployment to Iraq. I liked Taylor right off the bat, like others have said, he was likeable and soft spoken. He bacame our medic for our second PLT in C Co 1-8 CAV and on that day he was first wounded, I was out there, the CO and our truck had gone to the IP station and we were not there for the first part of the ambush, it wasn't until after that I found out that he had been hit, along with the man who's life he saved. When He came back to FOB Falcon, everyone was wondering "WHY!" why the hell would he come back to that place, it wasn't the worst, but sure the hell wasn't the best. Taylor would later answer that question......at least for me. I read a quote later after I retured from Iraq, and after we had lost Taylor. He said, " I was just doing my job." As I sit here and type this I realize we were all doing our job, but Taylor was doing something else. Touching people, not a day goes buy that I don't think about Taylor and not a day goes by that I don't cry for him. I miss him, and the others that we lost, but him the most, beacuse he came back, because he chose to come back to his brothers, to his family, to fellow soldiers. Please know that Taylor will never be forgoten, that his name is spoken every day in my home, that my children know of him, and what he did in Iraq, and why thier Daddy cries when I say his name, see his picture, or remember that day he was taken from us. I just want to say that it is an honor to have served with such a Man, Soldier, Medic, and American. May you rest in peace and carry us in the protection of your hands as we take the battle field to protect this great nation.

SGT Olvera, Peter
US Army
Schofield Barracks, HI
SGT Peter Olvera III of Schofield Barracks, HI USA

"Hey buddy just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you this christmas and being happy for the time I got to hang out with you in basic."
Patricio Gonzales of Glendale, Arizona

"I knew Taylor from school, he and my brother were good friends and he was so amazing, i would come home at night and there would be taylor just sitting on the couch just watching a movie. I really Miss him and so does my brother so much,we love you man and thanks."
Anyse Blakeney of Amarillo Texas

"I drift by these pages occasionally, and I really appreciate the comments of all the people who know and love Taylor, especially those of his friends who served with him in Iraq. Thanks. We love you all.

The Texas Blues Rangers recently released "Home" -- a new single that they actually wrote back when Taylor first left for medic training, almost two years before he was killed in Baghdad.

It is haunting and poignant and beautiful. They dedicated the song to Taylor, and it's available for free download on their MySpace:


Taylor would have loved it. I can really feel him giving voice to these lyrics. I know he wanted more than anything to be home, yet he went back to Iraq voluntarily to be with his company in the 1-8 Cav. Not only that, he had to work really hard to rehab himself from the wounds he received in the first go 'round so that he could go back.

His dedication and his deeds are an everlasting testimony of his character.

His mother raised him right, and he did himself proud.

Johnny Reverb and Mark Durham of the TBR, who wrote this song together, both knew Taylor personally. I am so grateful to The Texas Blues Rangers and to Tennessee Tuckness who sat in on the recording session. I am so happy that they finally released this song."
Larry R. Preddy of Amarillo, Texas U.S.A.

"I am a servicemember who served in Iraq with Taylor. I was one of the tankers who responded to his first attack when he injured his hand and foot. I was so proud of him that day for his bravery while he treated his comrad. I remember the first day that I saw him at Camp Falcon afer his return. He had his usual smile and good spirit. I could not believe that he had been shot twice and still came back. I said hello and we shot the breeze while enjoying the great food that the Army provided for us. I did not see him again until the next time that I was assigned for the QRF Duty. That is the Quick Reconocense Force,(forgive my spelling) I showed up to the scene and had the unfortunate duty of calling up the "birds in the air" call. I honestly did not know that it was Taylor. I actually did not find out until a few days later. I was crushced. I'm still crushed. I do not mean to reawaken any feelings to the family members, but I just wanted to say that I loved him and I will always envy him. I still remember when I first met him in a dark tent at 3:00AM. I was whispering " Burk.....Burk....", and he finally said I'm right here. It was that day, and his last day that I will never forget. I am sorry if I have opened up old wounds, but I am just now able to talk about my brother in arms."
Russ Northrop of Indianapolis, IN, USA


I want to say that you are one of my heroes. You will NEVER be forgotten!"
Jeremy Schweigert (Former SSG with 1-8 CAV) of Boise, Idaho

"We miss you Burk, we'll never forget you."
Loren Kacoroski of Federal Way, WA

"To the family of:Taylor J. Burk 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"

"To Taylor's family, thank you for supporting his decision to rejoin his men...there is a special bond between troops, not many people understand that bond. My husband, Joe, is like that. When he agreed to stay home for a while after we lost our son...it ate at him til he finally got over there. His men were surprised to see him in one way but said they really expected him sooner or later. Only a military family understands that it is in their blood and soul. God bless you and your sacrifice. Thank you for raising a true Patriot in every sense of the word.
I too was at the dedication of the Memorial to the 1st Cav guys and it is indeed a beautiful thing to behold. Justin's name is on the first page of names."
Jan Johnson of Lyerly

"To the family of SPC Burk. I was recently at Ft. Benning at the graduation of one of my Soldiers from Airborne School. Prior to the ceremony, I went over to Ranger Joes, a store where they have lots of military gear. I got a funny feeling when I went past a display with remembrance bracelets. The first one I saw was one with SPC Burk's name engraved on it. It was amazing, it was like I heard some one talking to me. Ironically, I was a Platoon Leader in A Company, 1-8 Cav from 1990-92 and went to war with them during the first Gulf War. Somehow I think there was a connection at that moment. I wear the bracelet as reminder to me of the responsibilities we have as leaders to always take care of our Soldiers. I know SPC Burk is continuing to fight for his country through his friends, family, and fellow Soldiers. I am honored to wear this bracelet and will always talk to others about the sacrifices made by our servicemembers. Take care and God be with you."
LTC Rich DuBreuil of MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida

"Burka Burka, You will always be in my heart and prayers."

"I'm still in awe of your bravery and intrepid actions while in Baghdad. Thinking of you gets me through some tough days. Look after all the brothers in the platoon. Rest easy."

"Dear friends,
I love Taylor and I miss him deeply. When I'm feeling down and need a little solace during the day, I look across my desk at work, where I have a really nice picture of Taylor in his uniform, waving at me with a big smile on his face. Yes indeed, I do love that boy.

Let me share a personal story.
I remember the first time Taylor came home from Iraq. He had been injured in a fire fight and was recovering from a wound he had suffered in that battle. I had just picked him up at Fort Hood, TX. We were headed to San Antonio Texas so he could visit his grandmother and see some of his Aunts and Uncles. we were riding in my new Ford Pick-up truck and listining to some old Bob Dylan tunes I had brought with me. I remember how clean cut looking and happy he was. We had pulled over on the side of the highway, because he had something really, really special he wanted to show me. As he dug down in his blue jean pocket, he looked over at me with his great smile and said, "I'v just got to show you this really cool thing I have". He pulled out a rolled up plastic bag with 3 or 4 iteams in it. He first showed me the bullet that had wounded him. Then he showed me his Purple Heart ribbon. Niether of us said much, we just looked at it. Then, as Taylor carefully took a folded up piece of paper that was with all this other stuff, he said to me, Dad, this is really what I want to show you. As he carefully unfolded it and handeling it very carefully, he showed and read to me what his Commander, who was still in Iraq had written him a very special and persnal note of how proud he was of Taylor. We both teared up a little and just took in a very special Dad and Son moment.

Taylor has truly honored us all."
Tim Burk of Edmond, OK

"Taylor, you will always be loved and never forgotten. It is truly an honor to have known you, and to have fought alongside you as a fellow soldier, medic, and brother in arms. Rest in Peace."
Andre McCluney of Ft. Bragg, NC

"We recently attended the dedication of the 1st Cavalry Memorial to its soldiers who died in Iraq. The date, April 4, corresponded to the day in 1994 that the 1st Cav suffered its first casualties in Iraq, in the many battles of the "April Uprising." It was a healing experience for Taylor's mother and brother and myself who were able to attend, and another landmark in time for his other brothers and sisters, his father and all his other relatives and friends who were not able to be at Fort Hood on that day.

We would like all of them to know that we feel it is a worthy memorial, deeply symbolic, dignified and handsome. Black granite slabs are inscribed with the names of those who were lost in the first deployment, alongside somber blank slabs that may one day be filled with the names of those who might be lost in the second deployment scheduled later this year, or God forbid, subsequent deployments to Iraq further on in the future.

Thank you for inviting us to share in your memorial service. We have had so many generous and genuinely heartfelt expressions of love and support from soldiers and civilians from all over the world that we are inspired to return in kind, by letting you know in the most personal way that we love and respect and support you, individually and as the Band of Brothers and Sisters you have become to one another and to us.

The courage, determination and purity of spirit we have found in the men and women of the Armed Forces in general, and the Army and the 1st Cavalry in particular, is inspiring and uplifting. We are in awe of it, and we salute you for it. That our son Taylor was held in such high regard by men and women of such excellent quality as you are -- is a solace and comfort that lightens the load of our sorrows, because we know you bear the burden of our loss as well.

God Bless you, every one, and thank you."
Larry R. Preddy of Amarillo, Texas, U.S.A.

"Burk you were a man I trusted greatly and you are deeply missed, it's been a long hard road for me to accept your loss, there are not many people in this world that I'm willing to fight for besides my family, man did I ever get my butt handed to me by Brawley in Basic. You are a great man, not were, for you'll always be with us."
SPC Gonzales, Patricio J of HHC 91st Eng Bn, 1st Cav Div

"SPC Burk,
I called your mom on the anniversary of your death. I wish I could take away all the pain. I remember when you got back into Iraq after your first lnjury. Shaffie brought you to my office so you could talk to your old PL. That made me feel like a millions bucks. Your are a great soldier and a great man. The Platoon loves you. Rest easy and look after us."

"Dear loved ones of spec. Burk, i am sorry for your loss. Burk was my driver for two months while we were in iraq. i just wanted to send my condolences to the family on his anniversary of the day that this country owes you all for losing a great soldier, man, and friend. once again sorry for the biggest loss of your lives. i wear a hero bracelet everyday to remind me of your wonderful family member that gave it his all and paid the ultimate price for his fellow soldiers, friends, and family.
Ryane Hormann of anchorage, ak

"I feel your loss profoundly, I am suffering the same, I lost mine 4 months ago. I hope the best for your family, hope so you find comfort in each other and try your best to go on with your lives. I wish you the best, with all my heart, you must be so proud of you child. Now he is in heaven sharing his new life with your family members and friends already gone, you can trust in God, he will never abandon him or your family. God bless you, I will pray for you and your family to find the comfort and light and good luck which will make you happy again soon. When I am so sad, that I cannot even breath, I remember how beautiful my son was in many ways, and I smile, and I am happy for a while for all those memoirs I keep in my mind and in my heart.
God bless you"
Maria of Miami, Florida - USA

"Taylor was an amazing person. His memory is fresh in my mind like it happened yesterday. He had a great sense of humor and an even better smile. He loved with everything he had. His family was number one. He made a man of himself through all of the trials of his life. He understood that 'if God brings to you to it, he will bring you through it.' He was proud to serve this country, and we should all be proud that he served for us. He will never be forgotten.
Tracy, Larry, Wheeler, family... Please do not shed a tear because you lost him; smile because you had him. Taylor was a blessing in so many ways. My condolences to you and yours."
ginelle.wyatt@ttu.edu of Lubbock, TX USA

"Taylor Burk's mother, Tracy, has been so deeply touched to read these wonderful memorials. And so have I. Thank you so much, each and every one of you. I am so pleased to see so many familiar names, so many people who knew Taylor personally, and loved him, like his entire family loved him. And all of those of you who didn't know Taylor, yet have written to express your thoughts and feelings and prayers, we want you to know that we feel the effect, your support, your sincerity, and we appreciate you all so much. Thank you. I will try and post a few pictures here soon. Heidi, Laryn, Odums' sister, Bridges' sister -- Taylor loved Odums and and Bridges, and loved you all so much. We love you. Thanks. Call us anytime."
Larry R. Preddy of Amarillo, Texas

"Tracy, Larry, Wheeler, Julie, I had no idea this happened. I am so sorry. I love Taylor and you all so much. He was so brave, I am so proud of him. I can't imagine what you are all going through. He is the best person I have ever known. He was so great here on earth, I can't imagine what he is doing in Heaven. I love you all."
Laryn Lewellen (Bellar) of Amherst, Tx

"To the family of Taylor,"
My name is Evelyn Burk. I am very sorry for your loss. He is a hero for our whole nation. No greater love has any man than to lay down his life for another. We are deeply indebted to Taylor for our continued freedom."
Evelyn and Billy Burk of Tipton Tennessee (USA)

"Thank you for your family's great sacrifice. They will never be forgotten. My son is buried in Amarillo. You are in our prayers, and we pray that God gives you an unwitting strength during this time, just as He has us. We don't have to set a record in surpassing grief. I know our sons would want us to "Rock On." We're trying. I know you must be, too. Thank you."
De'on Miller, Proud Mom of L.Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington, NM, USA

"My name is Janel (Odums) Johnson, I would like to send out my condolences to the family of Spc. Burk. Spc. Burk served with my brother Spc. Charles Odums (from the same regiment), he too lost his life in this horrible war in May'04. I will keep you in my prayers and just hope that each day becomes easier as you grieve. Your son was friends with my brother before they were even deployed and for that I am grateful! We know that these men are both heroes and paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe, Thank you Spc. Burk- you and my brother will never be forgotten! May the lord continue to bless your family and you will always be in our thoughts and prayers."
Janel Odums Johnson of Leesburg, Georgia U.S.

"Family and friends of Taylor Burk;
Our hearts go out to you while you are suffering so, from the loss of this hero. No words or rhymes are able to lessen this pain, but know that there are many patriots who are praying for you and your's now.
Thank you Soldier, your heroism and sacrifice won't be forgotten. May you rest in peace forever."
Grateful of Sunray, TX

"Taylor, You were and still are one of a kind because you're an American Hero. Thanks for the sacrifice you made that day...I'll forever be thankful. I'll never forget you."

"Hi i am Taylor's sister, The messages from all of you are a great comfort to me and my family. To know that each of you has taken the time to wish us well and pray for us means so much. As for me these are the things that help. To know his name and his deeds will not go forgotten. Thank you agian."
Heidi Aucoin of Mittie , La

"Taylor, you will always be my hero. I will never forget the courage you showed in Iraq in April of 2004. Your actions saved my brother's life that day. If not for you my brother would not be here today. I love you as if you were my own brother and I will remember you forever. I am so thankful that I had the chance to meet you face to face and tell you what you mean to me and my family. You are what a true hero looks like. Thank you.

Love always!"
Nancy Thomas (sister to Army Soldier) of Ocala, Florida

"Family and Friends of Spc. Taylor J. Burk: Your loved one will never be forgotten. He is and always will be a hero in my heart. Thank you Taylor."
Lindsay Robinson of Baton Rouge, LA

"To The Family and Friends of SPC Burk
I can't tell you how sorry I am for your loss. No one should ever suffer the pain you have. You're in my every thoughts and prayers. Your son/brother/friend Taylor will be remembered by name. He is AND will always be a truly great American Hero to me. May God bless you all. "Those we hold most dear, Never truly leave us" May you find peace and comfort in love's everlasting connection. God Bless!"
Christine of Mtl

"To the family of Taylor Burk: Please know that the hurt and pain you feel for Taylor weighs heavily on our hearts. We pray God will comfort and sustain you through the loss of your precious soldier. His sacrifice to protect our lives here in America by doing his job in Iraq will never be a passing thought. I will see to it that my children understand the meaning of honor, loyalty, and respect by remembering this awesome young man. Our hearts are with you, and with the memory of a a truly great American Hero. Thank you will never be enough."
Susanne Knotts of Haughton Louisiana

"To the family and friends of Taylor.
Another marine hero has gone away
we know you feel his loss every day,
As the father of a Marine I feel for you,
and the Taylor I never knew.
He was one a of a special few,
and just letting you know we share your pain and cry for his loss too.
Take care and stay strong,he was a hero and will never be forgotten."
Mike of New Jersey

Thank you Taylor for the gift of freedom that you have given to us all. My family deeply appreciates what you did for us. You are a true hero and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you Taylor and may He grant peace to your loved ones. From a very gratful American family."
The Shaw Family of Pasadena, Maryland

"I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for your son's sacrifice and bravery in his fight for freedom. He is a HERO and I will remember him and your family in my prayers. May his fellow soldiers return home soon. I know he is there watching over them even now. Thank you for raising a son with such integrity."
Mack and Kelli Jacob of Haughton,Louisiana

"To Taylor'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 your hero's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.


Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern"
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas

"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

"I wish and pray that we don't have to leave any more messages for your family or those of the ones who will sacrifice their lives. I hurt for your loss and Taylor's young life that he is gone so early. His patriotism and bravery; its such a honor to just write his name and shed a tear for his mom and dad for this tragic loss. We all share your heartsick and are mindful of our freedom at such a high cost. Please Lord Jesus protect those young men in the 1-8th of the First Team for what they can not see. Bring them all home safe the way they were sent. Bless Taylor's mom and dad and family; ease their hurt and loss; wrap your loving arms around them and lift them up before the Father for his loving grace. We thank you for Taylor and his contribution to the ultimate freedom for the Iraqi people."
family of SPC Joel Smith 1-8CAV Bagdad Iraq of Garland, Texas

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Taylor, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the familiy of SPC Burk
I would like to thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. Your soldier has joined the ranks of our Fallen Heroes. No one can offer any consoling words at this time. But please know that I am very thankful for his service and I understand very well the pain you are feeling now. My husband was KIA 8-23-04. He was 1-7 CAV Ft. Hood. I don't know if they knew each other, but they served together and are now serving together again. I will always remember your soldier's name and the sacrifice he made for all of us. Godspeed SPC Taylor Burk and Thank You to his family. His memory will live forever."
Ellen Thornton Proud Wife of SSG Robert Thornton, Jr KIA 8-23-04 of Ft Hood TX

"Thank you Taylor Burk, 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 Spc. Taylor Burk:
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 Taylor for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Taylor Burk:
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 Taylor, 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