Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Damian S. Bushart

22, of Waterford, Michigan.
Bushart died of injuries sustained when a tank collided with his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to A Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Armstrong Barracks, Germany. Died on November 22, 2003.

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"The Lord never shows us are last days on earth, I feel you left to young I will always live you brotha. SSG ROJO
JOHN3:16"
Ruben Rojo of Tucson Az

"I still remember that day. very shocking day. You guys were so young.
I am remembering. Sad day.
Rest in Peace"
Meli Kennedy ( wife of SFC Kennedy) of Baumholder Germany

"Hey Damian itís been 10 years now and I still remember you bro. I will never forget you and the fun times we had in Germany. I miss you Bro, My son is now 3 years old and causing me to grow grey hairs lol. I canít wait for the day he gets older to tell him where he got his name from. I know your looking out for me Bro there are times where I can hear you and feel you around telling me to stop doing stupid *. I want everyone to know that I havenít forgotten my brother in ARMS. I stop crying tears of pain and cry tears of joy for knowing you and being a part of your life. I Love you Bro"
Steven Gomez of Fort Huntter Liggett Jolon CA.

"I am a Michigan Coordinator for Home of the Brave Quilt Project, and deliver quilts to the families of our fallen Heros. I am looking for a family member, wife, mother, child or dad to where I can send a quilt in memory of PFC Damian Scott Bushart. If you would like a quilt in his memory please contact me.
Pauline Keiser
h.keiser@sbcglobal.net"
Pauline Keiser of kalamazoo, MI

"I Hope The Happy Memories Help To Heal Your Broken Hearts,God Give Them Love & Comfort, My Love & Prayers To The Family."
Joan Taylor. of England

"I light this candle in memory of your Angel Damian. Happy birthday angel. Praying your day will be peaceful.Thank you"
Carol Angel Michael's Mom of Bradenton,Fla USA

"my prayers to all Brave Heroes May you Rest In Peace."
mary^j^benny of Davao City.Philippines

"Happy Birthday Damian. May the cherished memories your loved ones treasure, comfort their hearts today. God Bless."
Fam. of Wm. Scott & Samantha Myers of MI. USA

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAMIAN GB YOU, SENDING ALL MY LOVE AND PRAYERS TO ALL THE FAMILY."
JOAN TAYLOR of ENGLAND

"U R not just a memory or part of the past. U R with all that loved you as long as their life last. Thoughts of you today"
Grma to angel caydenwince1994.memory-of of Newark Ohio USA

"It has been a long time since that crazy night I remember it all to well I wish I could change the past Damian. I miss you so much bro I will never forget you I will come visit you one day I need to. On my last deployment I had a chance to visit that place were you were taken away. I said goodbye that day but us soldiers know there is never any goodbyes. I will never forget you bro I remember the crazy nights in Germany when we use to go to our favorite bar and have a drink and talk about our Camaroís. I remember when your family showed up and I snuck you out of that GI party. I wish we had more time to hang out again I wish I could see you again. It took me a long time to forgive myself for what happen that night. There are so many untold stories I have I wish I could tell your parents. I hope they read this message one day, so I can talk to them. Well bro I had a son September 1 2010 guess what I named himÖ Damian your name will never be forgotten. I named him after you the best part about it, is that one day I will get to tell him that his name comes from a great war hero. You will always be apart of my family. I love you bro, I will see you soon but not yet."
Steven A Gomez of Atascadero CA, San Luis Obispo

"It's been a long time since we lost contact back at the Karate club in Waterford. We must have been about ten last or so and just wanted to let you know that there are a lot of people out here who care and a lot of people who will always be here for you. I recently finished four years in the Army as well and lost a close coworker and it's hard to think about all the young people who give their lives for our country. Since I have served it really takes a special part in my heart and serving in our military will always be the one thing I am most proud of. I don't know if your watching right now but will you say hello to SPC Vogal for me and I will never forget."
Anthony Wright of Marietta, Ga

""To the family of Damian S. Bushart ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Damian,
Thank you for all you have done, I am a vet. and I wear your bracelet proudly. Wish I was there with you.. Thank you and thank your family for everything"
Steve Kevlin of Puyallup Wa. USA

"God bless Army Pfc. Damian S. Bushart's family. I pray that you will receive strength and encouragement each and every day. I truly understand the pain of a loss son. My son , Sgt. Freeman Gardner, Jr. 26 years old, who was born in Mt Clemens, Michigan, was kill in Iraq 2007. My heart goes out for the family. I thank you and your son for his love of his country. May he rest in peace! from a understanding mother,"
Farra Ratliff of Little Rock, AR

"I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I MISS DAMIAN VERY MUCH AND I HAVE NEVER STOPPED THINKING OF HIM. HE KEEPS ME MOTIVATED EVERYDAY TO KEEP DOING WHAT I DO. I SERVED WITH DAMIAN DURING OUR DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ. HE WAS IN MY PLATOON, AND I AM THE FIRST PERSON TO HAVE HELPED HIM WHEN HE ARRIVED TO GERMANY. I WAS THE GUNNER ON APACHE 43 AND DAMIAN WAS MY NEW LOADER. AND FROM MY FIRST MEETING WITH HIM I KNEW WE HAD A GOOD SOLDIER. HE WAS ALWAYS MOTIVATED, NEVER COMPLAINED, AND ALWAYS DID THE RIGHT THING. FROM THE TIME HE GOT THERE TO THE TIME WE DEPLOYED NEVER A COMPLAINT, NOT EVEN IN THAT HOT * DESERT. AND THAT FIRST FEW MONTHS WAS THE WORSE. IT'S BEEN SOME TIME NOW SINCE THAT TRAGIC NIGHT, AND I WILL NEVER FORGET IT. AND I KNOW THE REST OF THE GUYS IN THE PLATOON NEVER WILL EITHER NO MATTER WERE THEY GO IN LIFE. BUT I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHY IT HAPPENED AND WHY HES GONE AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE. WELL THATS ALL I HAVE RIGHT NOW. TO DAMAIN I MISS YOU BROTHER YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
SPC (P) GUMMERMAN, ROBERT of SCHWEINFURT, GERMANY 172nd SUPPORT BATTLION

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Damian S. Bushart:
Damian 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

"Damn brother I still can't believe your gone. I went to Lakes today and everyone misses you. I can't help to think that we might have been there with you if we all join the Corps together. Man I can stop thinking about all of us playing paintball, hanging out watching wrestling, and just being young and silly. I was over there the same time you were. I was in the Gulf at the time. Its one of those things that I don't want to except. Keep watch over your brothers and sisters in arms. I miss you man. As Mr. Miller said today, you did the best Bevis and Butthead impression ever. I love you brother."
Thomas Lawson III of Pontiac MI

"I use to go to high school with Damian..I remember he use to like Ozzy. "I'll see you on the other side". You are missed..
Your friend, Sarah Zywicki"
Sarah Z. of Mi.

"Hey Brother

I miss you alot, I came to see you on your birthday. I sat down and had a drink with you. i miss all the fun times that we had at work and after work. I left you a smoke in your boot. Thanks for all the laughs and good times...."
Tony of Detroit, MI

"God Bless Skip Bushart and his family for all of the love and comfort they are giving those fallen soldiers families from Michigan from the war in Iraq. This all feels so familiar to me, as I was a teen in the times of the Vietnam War. My children went to school with the Bushart boys, and our family prays for your family. My son Justin tatooed Eric's memorial tatoo to honor his brother's memory. I also know the pain of losing a son, as shortly afterwards, my son Justin passed away.
Again, I am so proud of Skip Bushart for all of his hard work to help those families in need of comfort. I pray for his son's peace each time I visit the cemetery both of our sons are buried in."
Linda Hughes of Waterford, MI

"I just came across this site and wanted to say how touched I was. Damian was loved by so many. God Bless Damian, his family, friends and especially his little boy as he grows up in this world without his Daddy.

I did not know Damian or anyone he knew, but I wish there were something I could do to ease the pain.

Rest easy knowing, you will all meet him again someday.

God Bless,

Cory R."
Cory of Austin, TX

"My prayers are with you"
heather V of wyoming Mi.

"Well, here it is almsost may again and I am sitting here thinking about how you and justins birthdays were 1 day apart, I remember on your 19th birthday we went to canada with your dad. It was so fun. I have so many great memories. Paintballin' in the backyard, the many pool parties thrown.. The girls you went thru
the ones that tried to stick around, a couple that broke your heart. But I can remember always going to either meijers or the mall just to walk around. I cherish everyday that you brought me in to your life as your sister. We had good and bad times . I will never forget you, there are MANY days that I sit here and cry, or days that i see you out of nowhere... It is heartwarming that you are still around watching over us all. It is amazing that it has been this long, and yet people still are devoted to come write a tribute to you. I just saws a picture of joshua, he is growing up so much. He looks so much like you that sometimes i wonder if you just cloned him... Ha ha ha ... We all miss you and still love you so much ! You will NEVER be forgotten !!! H.N.D."
Courtney Weis of Ft. Campbell, KY. USA

"Well, here it is almsost may again and I am sitting here thinking about how you and justins birthdays were 1 day apart, I remember on your 19th birthday we went to canada with your dad. It was so fun. I have so many great memories. Paintballin' in the backyard, the many pool parties thrown.. The girls you went thru
the ones that tried to stick around, a couple that broke your heart. But I can remember always going to either meijers or the mall just to walk around. I cherish everyday that you brought me in to your life as your sister. We had good and bad times . I will never forget you, there are MANY days that I sit here and cry, or days that i see you out of nowhere... It is heartwarming that you are still around watching over us all. It is amazing that it has been this long, and yet people still are devoted to come write a tribute to you. I just saws a picture of joshua, he is growing up so much. He looks so much like you that sometimes i wonder if you just cloned him... Ha ha ha ... We all miss you and still love you so much ! You will NEVER be forgotten !!! H.N.D."
Courtney Weis of Ft. Campbell, KY. USA

"i am the cousin of this man. he was awsome. and i think about him everyday. i pray every night and hopefully he will hear my prayers and know he is missed terribly and will always be loved and most of all never forgotten."
A loving cousin

"I would first like to say that I knew PFC Bushart when I was a soldier in Buedingen Germany. I would also like to say that he was a great soldier and a better friend. There isn't a day that doesn't go by that I don't think of him. I feel a great deal of pain that I never have got on here bfore to say that I am truely sorry about his death. Sometimes I think that if I hadn't been hurt and had to go home that maybe I could have stopped this somehow, but as things may be I was not there and now he is gone. It has been 4 years almost since his death and I am ashamed I have not been on here before to tell his family and his friends how much this soldier meant to me. I promise till the day that I die that I will carry his memory with me. I also promise that i will always have a special place in my heart and soul for those who grieve for his passing. Damien, if you are there and listening, remember that we all loved you brother and that you are not forgoten."
SSG Hintz 3-3 ACR

"I think of you every day and thank god we had the time together that we did, I will never stop loving you."

"I miss you more and more everyday."

"Hey brother,
I know its been a while since i stopped by and said hi to you, and im sorry. You know i have never been good at stuff like this, remembering to visit people. Well I've been back in Iraq for 10 months now, and I just want to say I miss you man. Sometimes we'll be talking about things from back home and almost every story i have worth telling starts with me and my buddie Damian.....
Anyways I want to thank you for watching my back out here....from the IED blasts to the stray rounds that fly my way i know your always there behind me, watching out for me, and the guys im with out here.
I'll be home soon brother, take it easy."
Spc. Justin Weis of 101st Airborne Divison (AASLT), Tikrit ,Iraq

"I love you so much and miss you more and more everyday."

"Well, yesterday we all gathered at your grave and remembered how you touch each one of our lives, I saw many people there who had tears in their eyes, including me. I miss you so much and I just wish that you were here to experience all the things that are going on in this world. Even though some of the things aren't the best, i am sure that you would have found a way to make it through. I am sure that you look down upon us daily and see that we are living our lives to the best that we can without you here. I know that you are with each and every one of us spiritually, some more than others, but i know that you look out for everyone that loves you. Your are forever in our hearts.. We all love you !"
Courtney Weis of Waterford, Michigan

"Joshua and I celebrated your birthday yesterday by getting you a birthday card and singing "happy birthday" to you about 5 times. We talked about you alot. We talked about how much we miss you and about how much we love you. He told everyone he saw that it was his daddy's birthday. I know you would be so proud of him. I wish you were here so that he would know you. Your family, friends and I will tell him about you, but he'll never really know you. Not on this earth anyways. Happy Birthday!"
Toni of Mattoon, IL

"Just wanted to say, I miss ya babe!"

"Damian you've touched so many lives in such a short time. Like most I almost feel cheated in some way. I thank you for your sacrifice and you will always be a hero in my book D-man. I found this poem and immediately thought of you. I know your up there somewhere doing what you've always done best...looking after you're friends and family and keeping us safe.

The Final Inspection

The soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass,

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.



"Step forward now, you soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"



The soldier squared his shoulders and

said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.



I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough,

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.



But, I never took a penny

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime

When the bills got just too steep,





And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear,

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.



I know I don't deserve a place

Among the people here,

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.



If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand,

I've never expected, or had much,

But if you don't, I'll understand."



There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod,

As the soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.



"Step forward now, you soldier,

You've borne your burdens well,

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,



You've done your time in Hell"
Jamie Lucero of Rochester Hills, MI

"Today on Valentines day I think of you. You who live in my heart and our mind. I love you and will see you again someday."
Your Valentine of Michigan

"Sunday January 1st 2006 I got down on one knee at Church in front of the whole congregation and asked your Mom to Marry Me and she said YES. Damian that was such a happy day for us and when we say our vows in front of our Pastor you will be there. Your picture will be on the alter and your Spirit will be there with us. We are planning on walking down the isle July 22nd just a day before our 8th year Anniversary. We know that you will be there once again for us this time in Spirit. We love and miss you so much."
Vicki of Waterford, MI

"Our Dear Son Damian,

Another year has come and gone. Another year has come and gone without you with us but we know that you are always here with us in Spirit and forever in our Hearts. We know that you are in a Beautiful Place above, our Angel. We Love you so much.

Love Always, Vic and Mom"
Vic and Pat of Waterford, Michigan

"Our Dear Son, It's Christmas Time all of your Christmas Ornaments are hung on the tree. We put a candle on your Memorial Shelf. Eric and Melissa opened their gifts last night. It was so hard not having you here, wishing last night and everyday we can see that beautiful smile of yours and that silly smirk. We know you are here in Spirit. We Love and Miss you so much Son. Love Always, Mom and Vicki"
Vicki and Mom of Waterford, MI

"11/22/05
We know that this is a difficult day for Damian's family. We just wanted you to know that we are with you in thought and prayer. May God give you comfort. We are all too aware of how you feel."
Webster and Ruth Reed (father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed KIA in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad on 1/28/05) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

"Our Dearest Son Damian,
Seems like yesterday when we received the news that you left this earth. Your picture is on the kitchen table with a candle lit in front of it. Your Mom worked all night but we have currently been sitting her talking about you. We miss you so much. We wish we could have that one more hug but when we put our arms around Joshua we feel we are getting two hugs one from you and one from your son. I hope people will look at the last 2 tributes I made in Honor and Memory of you in legacy.com. Your Mom and I miss you with all of our hearts. We know that you are watching over us. See you on the other side. What a wonderful reunion that will be. Love you Son. We will forever be Proud of You. Thank You for all the Memories. Love always, Vicki and your Mom."
Vicki Arthur of Waterford, MI

"Damian,

Well, today is November 22, 2005... Two years have passed today since you have been gone ! I cant believe that !! I still go to your gravesite whenever I am up in Michigan visiting family and friends while Justin is back in Iraq. This is his 2nd time over there. I wish that you would tell him to stop and think about things before he does them. You know that you had to do that before ! even when you both enlisted in the ARMY. I cant wait to see how much Joshua has grown ! Since your father gave us the permission to name Damian after you, he has grown so much in the past 6 months, he has amazingly got alot of your ways in him.. Like when he looks at girls in the mall, he smiles and grins and them, and when they come over to see how cute he is, he raises his little eyebrow and flirts with em'. It is so cute. I know that if justin were here he would be writing something to you on here and talking to josh about the days with you. We miss you so much ! I really wish that some days you were so so I could hit you for joining the service. But I know that it was something that you always wanted to do, especially after 9/11. We have tried moving on with our lives , but you somehow always know when we need you around for support. We now have a 3rd baby on the way and maybe by chance it will be a girl.
WE MISS YOU SO MUCH ! And you will NEVER be forgotten !"
Courtney Weis of Ft. Campbell, KY. USA !

"Joshua,

A long time ago your mother asked me to write a letter for you telling you about your father. She wanted me to tell you about my relationship with him, how he was as a child, teenager and an adult. She wanted me to tell you how people felt about him. She asked me to do this the day we buried your father. That was December the 2nd, 2003. I am writing this on September 26th, 2005. I took me a long time to get the words to make sense on paper. For that I am sorry.

I decided to tell you about your father starting with the day that I heard he had fallen in Iraq, through his funeral. I think that in those days I really began to understand that I wasnít quite as alone in the way I felt about him as I thought. More people loved your amazing father than I will ever know.

I was pulling into the driveway at the Detroit Police Department on my way into work when my father, your Great Uncle Butch, called me and told me that Damian had been killed in Iraq. I remember putting my car into park and crying. I cried for about 20 minutes before I could even open my car door and tell my partner why I was crying. I sat in the parking lot for a long time and cried. My bosses all said that I should go home but I knew that if I went home that I would probably go crazy and that staying at work around people that were looking out for me was the best idea.

I donít remember anything else from that day all the way up to the first day of the funeral services. The funeral home was quiet but incredibly crowded. There were people there from all the steps Damian had taken in his life. His entire family was present, old and young, healthy and sick. There were friends from elementary school, junior high school, high school and the Army. There were friends from his various jobs and friends of theirs that he had met along the way. Even the parents of his friends came because they all knew and loved your father. There were pictures of your father everywhere, big and small, by themselves and crowded onto large boards with other pictures. My most vivid memory of that day was walking down a hallway with your Uncle Eric and seeing you for the first time. I started to cry again as soon as I saw you. I had never seen you before and nobody had told me who you were. When I saw you I knew who you were right away because you were a perfect image of you father when he was two. You were perfect. Right then I promised your father that I would help your Uncle Eric look after you for the rest of your life. I spent the next 25 minutes feeding you M and Mís in the basement just watching you talk and smile. God did you remind me of your father.

The morning of your fatherís funeral, when I was getting ready to go, I got a great surprise. As I was changing into my police dress uniform, which I was wearing out of respect to your father, five of the police officers that I work with knocked on my door. They asked me if I was ready to go yet. I didnít know that they were coming and only two of them had ever met your father. That was the kind of impact your father had. Friends of mine saw how much I loved him and they felt compelled to go with me out of respect for him. They were welcomed by your family and Damianís friends as if they had been around for years. Thatís the kind of family and friends your father had, and still has.

While we sat in the church for the funeral service we all had a little chuckle. The soldiers from the Army couldnít get the American flag to fold right; it took them about 20 minutes. We all said that your father, a famous practical joker, was showing us that he was there in spirit. During the service a lot of your fatherís friends stood in front of a podium and told stories, shared memories and said amazing things about him.

The day of his funeral was cold and rainy. That didnít matter to anyone. The cemetery was crowded beyond belief with the people that loved, and still love, your father. To this day I still donít know if I was shaking because of the cold or because, like everyone there, I was trying to manage my broken heart. I held it together pretty well until the bagpiper played Amazing Grace.

I cried most of the rest of that day. I still cry today. Sometimes I will be sitting watching TV, listening to the radio, or just driving down the road and I will start crying. I miss your father a great deal. I donít think that will ever change. A lot of people are like that. I know people, old and young, that still cry when they think of your father. Losing him was like taking that one best person that you know and just never seeing them again. It is tremendously overwhelming.

Thatís the kind of person Damian was. People just loved him. He was smart, funny, good looking and easy to talk to. He genuinely cared about his friends and they all knew it. He would do anything for anybody at any time. He always seemed to have a smile on his face right when you needed it. When I think of your father I think of a person that I look up to, respected and honored. He was a better person than most people in this world.

I love and respect your father so much that I started a company that helps to protect and save the lives of innocent people and I named it in his memory. HND Resources, Incorporated. The HND stands for Heroes Never Die. Ancient cultures believed that if you say the name of a loved one everyday that their spirit will never die. Since I say your fathers name everyday he will never die. In my eyes and the eyes of many others your father was a hero, and Heroes Never Die.

That last part you yourself proved one day shortly after your father was taken. You were sitting at the dinner table with your mother and you dropped your fork. You asked your father to pick it up and you were looking at the chair that he always used to sit in when he would visit you. Your mother couldnít see anyone sitting in the chair, but you did.

Your father also visited your Great Grandmother Katherine, in the hospital about a year after he passed. She was in her room talking to somebody and when we asked who she was talking to she said ďDamian, canít you see him, heís standing right there in the corner with his uniform on.Ē We couldnít see anyone, but she did.

I think that your father was visiting people those days. That is just exactly something he would have done if he hadnít fallen in Iraq. Thatís why people loved him. He was always near when you needed him.

Joshua, know that your family and I love your father eternally and that we always will. Know that he had more friends than even he knew about. And know that he was an amazing, honest, caring, stand-up kind of person, who always had a smile and a joke, and who is missed everyday by more people than I know about.

Sincerely,




Richard ďRickĒ McLatcher
Your cousin"
Rick (NMT6FA) of Detroit

"Damian wasn't even in the states in April of 2003"

"Tomorrow is Veterans Day. The last two years Veterans Day has meant more to me than ever. I am so proud not only of you, Damian, but of every other soldier who has ever fought for this country. Joshua and I still talk about you. Whenever I ask him how he got so cute he says because my dad is. He is a chip off the old block. He has so many of your mannerisms and expressions and attitudes. He even dances like you did. Your cousin Ricky wrote Joshua a letter. It took me a long time just to read it to myself because I was crying so hard. It took me even longer to read it to Joshua. We are still working on your book and probably always will be working on it. Joshua loves it and shows it off to everyone telling them that his daddy is a hero. He still can't figure out that the pictures of you as a little boy are you and not him. I hope we will be able to get back up to Michigan to see the family again this winter. Courtney is there and I can't wait to meet baby Damian. I also can't wait until the day we meet again. But I guess I'll have to."
Toni of Mattoon, IL

"April 2003, that was the last time that I saw Damian alive. He was leaving for Iraq. I remember opening the door and he was standing there all dressed and ready to go. And he had just gotten his hair cut. I loved it when he would get his hair cut. He always looked so handsome. And I was just standing there staring at him with a huge grin on my face. And he looked at me and said "Why are you looking at me like you haven't seen me in two weeks?" And I said "Oh My God! You look so cute! You got your Hair Cut!" and he was like "Oh yea I forgot!", and he just started laughing. I didn't want him to go. I was 9 months pregnet and I wanted him to be there for the birth. He said he wanted to see his son be born. I started to cry and he told me "Baby, don't worry, I will be ok. I will be safe and I will come back to you and then we will be a family. I can't wait for you to meet my family you will love them, and they will love you."

..........it was 7 months later and I was reading the paper. Someone started banging on my door so I got up to answer it. It was Tommy. He asked me if I had read the paper yet and I said no. He told me to sit down before I did. I didn't know what was going on, I thought Tommy was just being crazy as usual. He took the paper away from me and told me to take a deep breath. I was like "Tommy, you are really scaring me, what the hell is going on." Then my cell started ringing, Tommy answered it and walk into the kitchen. I could hear him say "She don't know yet. She hasn't read it." I so despretly wanted to know what was going on. I told Tommy that I wanted the newspaper. He said "Before I give this to you, just rememeber how much he loved you and how much he loved Damian." At that point I stated shaking and freeking out. I grabbed the paper and opened it. At that point my world fell to peices. At that very moment, my SGT came through the door to make sure I was ok. In it I look at the "Deaths in Iraq" section. And that is when I saw it. PFC DAMIAN S. BUSHART 1/1 CAV KILLED IN IRAQ and I just fell to the ground. Tommy tried to gIve me a hug and say everything would be ok. And I started hitting him becuase I thought that he was just playing a crule joke on me. I couldn't believe that my soul mate was dead. The love of my life ripped out of my life. It has been 2 years and I still feel like I am living that same day. I'm still waiting for Damian to call me or walk through the door. Every night that I go to bed I expect to wake up and have him be in bed with me. Every day, every hour, every second...I MISS DAMIAN!!! I know he's with me and he comes to me in my dreams. Last night in my dream he told me "we're always going to be together, just like i told you!" And I believe him. We will be together again. When you love someone so much and you are meant to be together you will be. "I love you Damian! I miss you! And I can't wait to see you! Love, Your Angel Milli""
Milli of California

"Pfc. Damian S. Bushart,
I am glad that there are soldiers, without our sacrifices life would not be the same in our great country. As we all know freedom is NOT free. God Bless you and your family. I am an old Sergeant from the 1-1 CAV. There were alot of great times in Budingen. It was great serving with awesome TROOPS and to CAV TROOPER. I take my hat off to you."
SGT T of FORT STEWART

"Damian,

Sunday Sept 25th, your Mom and I took your Son to Church with us. He found a toy in the nursery and took it into church with him. He was using it when the music was playing like he was the director. After Church we took Josh out to the cemetary because he wanted to show us the flower he put on your grave. He then planted it with the help of your Mom. Your Son told us yesterday that if he jumped out of a airplane like his PaPa Mike did that you would catch him and bring him to the ground. He also told your Mom and I that you are his big Hero and he is your little Hero. I can remember when you use to call Joshua your little Hero or you would call him little me. When we drive past the cemetary your little boy still waves and yells Hi Daddy. When we walked away from your grave yesterday he yelled bye Daddy, I Love You. We Love and Miss you so much Son."
Vicki of Waterford, MI

"Hey Son,

Well its September 23, 2005. Your little boy Josh and Toni are on their way up here to celebrate Joshua's 4th Birthday. We are having his Birthday Party Saturday the 24th. Hard to believe your son will be 4. Everyone is getting together, your Grandma and Grandpa will be there, Dawn and Joey and Ryan, Eric and Melissa, your Mom and I and your Dad. Wish you could be there but we know you will be there in Spirit. Your Mom and I miss you so much. Joshua and Toni miss you too. When we look in Joshua's eyes we see you. Like the song says, I'll see you on the other side. Love you lots and miss you more Son."
Vicki of Waterford, MI

"Dear Damian,
First off your are missed and Loved very much. Your Mom and I stayed up North at your Grandma and Grandpa Mac's last weekend. They miss you so much. Your Grandma and I sat and talked about all the good times we each had with you. I copied pictures of you and framed them and they put them up in their frontroom. Your Little Boy and Toni will be up here this coming Friday to Celebrate Your Son's 4th Birthday with us. Joshua is getting so big and handsome. Your Son lets us know that you live in his Heart. I gave him a hug for you when i was staying down at my Mom's and he squeezed me back so hard. While he is here for his Birthday i will make sure i give him another hug from you and a big kiss. Your Mom and i have been talking off and on about having a Holy Union at our Church and if we do your picture will be sitting up on the alter and we plan to ask Eric to walk your Mom down the Isle and stand next to her and your pic. We know you will be there in Spirit. Your Mom and I and Eric and Missy miss you so much. God Bless You Brave Son."
Vicki of Waterford, MI

"Do not stare at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints of snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain
When you awaken in the morning hush
I am the sweet uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry-
I am not there, I did not die."
Renee of Waterford, MI

"Hey Son, I made it back from Illinois after being there for 5 weeks helping my Mom out after her fall. She is getting stronger each day. Your son Joshua came over while i was there to give his Great Grandma Arthur her Birthday gift. He was so cute, Joshua came in the Kitchen and said today is Grandma Arthur's Birthday then he mentioned your Birthday he went to in May. He is such a handsome little man. He still says he is Aunt Vicki's boy. Imagine that. Thanks Damian for Watching over my Mom during her rough days she has had. She mentioned your name a few times and we talked about you and how very proud we are of you and always will be and how wonderful it is to have Joshua around. I know you are so proud of your little man. I love and miss you son."
Vicki of Waterford, MI

"You will always be remembered through the heart of the one who loved you dearly."
of Michigan

"Hey Son,

Well my Mom fell and broke her hip on Friday the 15th. Your Mom came home that evening and let me know. Was hard for me to handle. She had a hip replacement Saturday Morning the 16th. She came through surgery like a trooper. I know you are watching over her. She still talks about you coming over and having lunch and fixing her washer. Thank you for being so kind to her and Thank You for watching over her during these hard times on her. Your Mom and i are heading down there on Weds the 20th and staying 4 days. We plan to spend lots of time with your little boy and we will be sure to give him plenty of hugs and kisses from his Daddy. You would be so proud of him. He is a great little Man. Has your attitude and your smirk. I plan to do some swimming with him at the hotel while we are there. Damian we all miss you so much and we will always be proud of you. I miss and Love you so much. You will always be like the Son i never got to have.

Love always, Your second Mom, Vic"
Vicki of Waterford MI.

"Well Damian as you probably already know, We had the second baby boy and named him after you as a tribute to you since cody is you god-son Lil Damian Lawrence will be also.. We talked to your dad and asked his permision to name the baby after you and he laughed at us and told us we shouln't even had to have asked him since we already knew the answer... We miss you so much.. The baby is just over 1 month old now and he strangely already has your evil " i did something " look.. It reminds us of you everyday. I bet that you look down and see him and laugh.. there is never a dull moment in our house. Justin has to go back in september.. I am asking you as a personal favor to keep a watch over him and make sure that he doesn't do anything stupid... Just like you did at home... Well It was great finally finding this site. I am sorry taht i didnt make it to you tribute memoril on your birthday but that baby and I couldn't travel just yet... I love you and I miss you dearly"
Courtney & Justin Weis of Clarksville, Tn, U.S.A. US ARMY

"I was thinking about you today so I started to look on the internet for listings with your name in them. I realized that every single one had people that didn't even know you saying nothing but good things. People that you never met. People that only knew you in death and you still impacted their lives. I did find onw website that claimed it was you fault for not wearing a seatbelt. www.detnews.com/2004/project/0407/13/a11-208507.htm This article made me angry because it places blame on you. They know nothing about the person that you were. and yet they place blame. I don't know what to say. I miss you brother."
Bryan Golemba of New Hudson, Mi

"Hey D, sorry I haven't been here in a while. I see you in my dreams sometimes, and miss you always. I am so thankful for you, I hope you know that. I'm sure you do, but I can't thank God enough for the privilage of knowing you, if only for a fleeting moment in your life. We saw your Mom and Vicki today and yesterday, I helped them with the computer and saw the living room and everything they have of you. Vicki cooked for an Army! We all talked about you for hours, we need to go over there more often. You are so loved, and so very missed. Things haven't changed much since you've been gone, just that we all miss you more each day. Thanks for the shower on your birthday, by the way! We all thought it was funny, like it was your way of saying "alright, you've done enough, now go have fun." I'm still worried about Derek sometimes, I know how much he misses you and it makes me cry thinking that I wish you were still here, and I could trade places with you for his sake. But, life continues on. Hey there Johnny Boy, the battle call, United we stand, divided we fall, together we are what we can't be alone. We came to this country, you made it our home. I remember you singing this verse in the back of the truck, grinning at everyone as they passed. Everytime I think of you, I think of the moments of true freedom we shared, and the true freedom you blessed us with by fighting for your country. I hope you know that I love you like a brother, and how sorry I am that I never got to tell you that. I know it was hard at first, getting used to me, and me getting used to all of you. You gave me a family, a group of friends so tight that nothing could keep us apart. Well, I'm crying now, so I'm going to go before I have a meltdown. I miss you so much! Take care, be safe bro, until we meet again."
Renee of Waterford, MI

"Damian, I've been meaning to get on here sooner but just didn't know what to say. Another father's day has come and gone and it still breaks my heart. You will never get to be the great father you were and Joshua will never know the great father you would have been. We talked about you alot last Sunday. And on Monday we went to a friends house and Joshua's friend Landon asked Joshua if he had a daddy. Joshua just said, he's in my heart. Everyone there gasped and everyone was silent. Joshua will always know who his daddy is and I hope all the stories we tell him about you will become memories for him. Happy Father's Day!"
Toni of Mattoon, IL

"Damian, Today would have been your 24th birthday. Joshua and I are spending the week here in Waterford with your family. We are dedicating your memorial today and it is so beautiful. Your dad introduced the Lest They be Forgotten flag to the Govenor and to families of your fellow fallen soldiers from Michigan. Hopefully one day there will be a monument in every city of every fallen soldier from Michigan and maybe one day every state.

Joshua is sitting on my lap as I write this and he wants to write you a message...
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Joshua says that this says "I love you daddy" We miss you and we talk about you every day."
Toni and Joshua of Mattoon, IL

"Dear Damian,

My name is Arianne and i know that I never got a chance to meet you, but I have heard about you from everybody. I am living here with your mom and vicki and your mom has adopted me as her daughter. I make sure that she is taken care of. I love her like she was my real mother. I love her to death and she is an inspiration to me. I bet you had a lot of fun growing up with her as a mom. I have also met eric to. So that makes you my younger brother. I am sorry that we never got to meet but I haev seen the wedding tape of your mom and vicki and so I have an idea of what you looked like. You seem like you had a great personality like your mom. I have enjoyed living here so far. There is never a dull moment in the house that is for sure. I am so proud of you for fighting in the war that has claimed so many lives. You are such a hero. I look foward to meeting josh when he gets here. I have already told your mother that when my child is born that I am going to name him Damian Austin, after her you. She is going to be the godmother and she will be there when its born. Well I look foward to this dedication and we are taping it I bought your mother a video camera. She was shocked when she got it. She is so funny.

Love Your Big Sister"
Arianne of Waterford mi

"Hey Son,

Looks like your Birthday is coming up in about a Month and we are hoping that there will be so many of your family and friends out at the cemetary celebrating your Birthday. I know your little Son Joshua and Toni will be there for sure and guess what we are finally getting Milli here to spend time with us just like you wanted. She will be wearing her uniform in your honor at the Birthday gathering. Your mom and i also adopted someone from our church, her name is Arianne and she will be there.Arianne also plans to name her first son after you. Damian Austin. Even though she never met you she thinks of you as her younger brother. We are going to Mattoon to visit Joshua and the family April 29th and we will be sure to give him a big kiss and hug from his Daddy. We Love and Miss you so much son. Wish we could hug you one more time but i know your are looking down on us with that big grin and smiling. You are our Hero and our forever Angel. Love you son very much. Your second Mom, Vicki"
Vicki of Waterford MI

"Damian, well i did it. I started our business. HND Resources, INC. It's named for you ya know. Heroes Never Die. We do firearms training, CPR training, personal defense training, security suvreys and executive protection. A company build in your memory that is designed to keep people alive. My partner used to guard President Clinton in the Marines...he drinks like we did, you'd like him. Anyway, see you on your birthday...it's gonna be a good day. M 5:9, P 23:4, NMT6FA."
Rick

"Damian,
Joshua and I were at a craft store last Tuesday. As we walked through the store he would go to the crafts that were painted red, white and blue or had flags or an Americana theme and he would say, this is for my daddy, this one's for my daddy, mommy, can we get this for my daddy? I am so proud of you and what you did for us over there. I am glad to know that when our son sees a flag or stars and stripes he thinks of you. We are doing our livingroom in red, white and blue in memory of you. I want Joshua to feel like even though his daddy isn't here to hold him, you are with him in spirit. I still tell him every night that you love him and give him a kiss and hug for you like you always asked me to do. He still says you are his hero. He sometimes gets a little confused when we look through your book. He thinks that the pictures of you when you were a kid are him...you look that much alike!
We'll be up there again for your birthday. And as always, we'll stop to see you first! We miss you so much!!"
Toni of Mattoon, IL

"well it looks like there are a change of plans, i got called back in instead of it being my decision. i know that this would not make you happy, but there is nothing i can do. we all miss and love you so much and wish that you were still here with us, but i know that when my time comes to go to iraq, you will be watching over me and protecting me so that i can come home to little damian."
milli

"WOW i don't even know where to begin, i have so much to say, yet it is like i can't find the words to say. IMAGIN that, me not knowing what to say LOL. well i have decided that at the begining of 2006, i am going to re-inlist and go back in. i am also going ot try and get placed with a unit that is going to iraq. everyone is against it, but they cannot even begin to understand my reasons for that. i feel like i owe it to you, and to my unit to go. i cannot help but feel guilty. knowing that i should have been in iraq with you, and my unit, but instaed i was sitting at home enjoying life's simple pleasures. and its not fair. i can't even begin to describe my feeling for wanting to this, but a part of me feels like there in no other option, it is just something that i feel that i have to do. i know that if you were here you would be telling me no, not i can't help my feelings. well it looks like your plan is finally getting put into action, i am going to meet your family. i am sooo excited and i know that you will have a HUGE smile on your face when that day comes. there will be lots of hugs, and smiles, and tears and we will know that you will be with us on that day. I MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
milli

"thank you for one of America's greater hero and patriot. i to am a gold star father, my son sgt.James C. (J.C.)Matteson was killed in action november 12th.2004,7:12A.M the battle for falluja,iraq just ten days before his 24th birthday nov. 22. i felt compelled to tell you how proud i am of the honor our son's gave this great nation of ours.i know there are no words to take away the pain but know you are with other families that share your loss and pray for God to bless you and your family and give you comfort. thank you and your's"
james l. matteson of celoron,new york,United States of AMERICA

"To my Brother,
I have no idea what to say. You were the greatest person in the world. Jessie and I have your picture in every room of our house. Sometimes when I am driving down the street I think I saw you or the phone will ring and it will be you calling. At work you picture is inside my welding mask taped to the side of the lens. Everyday I go to work I put it on and I know that you are with me. I wish only more people could have known you, your strengths, your love for others, your willingness to do anything for a friend. Jessie and I think about you all the time. When I see your picture I think about the most wonderful person in the world. I would say more but no words could possibly ever describe the impact you left on our lives. I will never forget you my brother."
Bryan Golemba of New Hudson, Mi

"I got a funny feeling
The moment that your lips touched mine
Something shot right through me
My heart skipped a beat in time

There's a different feel about you tonight
It's got me thinkin' lots of crazy things
I even think I saw a flash of light
It felt like electricity

You shouldn't kiss me like this
Unless you mean it like that
Cause I'll just close my eyes
And I won't know where I'm at
We'll get lost on this dance floor
Spinnin' around
And around
And around
And around

They're all watchin' us now
They think we're falling in love
They'd never believe we're just friends
When you kiss me like this
I think you mean it like that
If you do baby kiss me again

Everybody swears we make the perfect pair
But dancing is as far as it goes
Girl you've never moved me quite
The way you moved me tonight
I just wanted you to know
I just wanted you to know

You shouldn't kiss me like this
Unless you mean it like that
Cause I'll just close my eyes
And I won't know where I'm at
And We'll get lost on this dance floor
Spinnin' around
And around
And around
And around

They're all watchin' us now
They think we're falling in love
They'd never believe we're just friends
When you kiss me like this
I think you mean it like that
If you do baby kiss me again
Kiss me again

We all love you and miss you so much!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO"
of CALI

"Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars alone
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have know that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a queen
But if I'd only known how the queen would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have chanced it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain But I'd of had to miss the dance



*still missing you every single day*"
T

"Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared 'neath the stars alone
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have know that you'd ever say goodbye

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn't I a queen
But if I'd only known how the queen would fall
Hey who's to say you know I might have chanced it all

And now I'm glad I didn't know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I'd of had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain But I'd of had to miss the dance



*still missing you every single day*"

"I never forgot, your kind heart, gentle eyes and overall enchanting demeanor. I promise one day I'll get the courage to come say goodbye. For now it's easy to blame the distance. I finished your song last night, I guess it's a valentines day gift. I just wanted you to know I never forgot you. Your memory is seered on my heart."

"Damian,
I went to Illinois for the holidays to spend time with my Mom, Toni and your son. My Mom still talks about that time you fixed her washer and found that 5 dollar bill behind the washer. She still laughs about you not giving up that money. Of course you got your way and she let you have it. If we asked your Son who he looks like he rubs his chest and says i look like my daddy. I asked lil Josh where you are and he told me that you were in heaven and in his heart. Josh is such a smart little guy. You would be so proud of him. Toni made Josh a Army photo album with pictures of you growing up and Josh does not let that album get to far away from him. I bought your Mom a white fiber optic angel for Christmas to put on your memorial shelf here at home. I think you had your hand in that also because when i went to the store to look for a white angel there was only one white angel standing by herself on the shelf at the store.
Your Mom and I miss and love you so much.There is a song that we play all the time by Janet Pasch called Another Soldiers Coming Home that reminds us of you. We know that we will see you again on the otherside. Love you son, Vicki"
Vicki of Waterford MI

"We will never understand why
God calls our loved ones home
early and unexpectedly.
We just can't make sense of it,
no matter how hard we try.
But we must remember that everything
God does serves some purpose.
Perhaps some souls are so precious
that they're needed in heaven
to serve God or to comfort others;
for, surely, the young whom God
calls home are the
purest of all souls.

Have faith in God
during this time of grief.
Lay your sorrows
upon His strong shoulders.
And remember that your separation
is only temporary.
The time we spend on earth
is so short in comparison
to the time we'll spend in
the kingdom of heaven
with our loved ones.
Much joy awaits."
milli of california

"The Soldier stood and faced God
Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as bright as his brass.

"Step forward you Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The Solider squared his shoulders and said
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work on Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just to steep,

And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.

"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burden well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
milli of california

"Hey D-Man- Well, you know that Derek and I are hitched now. It was a nice wedding, but I broke down when I said my speech for everyone who wasn't there, and told everyone about you and why you are so special to us. Derek couldn't do it, and I wasn't sure if I could either, but when I stood up, I just looked at the chair with your picture on it, and I said what I felt at that moment. Josh is so adorable, but he got mad when we tried to put that flower down for you. It was actually pretty cute :-) There's a Reba McIntyre song out now called 'He Gets That From Me', and the first time I heard it I cried like a baby. Josh knows who you are, and he is so beautiful! He looked like a little pimp at the wedding, I was so glad he was there. Everytime we see him, he looks and acts more like you. Well, we miss you tons, and look forward to seeing you again. All our love, be good bro."
Renee & Derek Palmer of Waterford, MI

"Damian,
thank you for all the wonderful memories that we shared. you were such a wonderful and special person to me. i will always rememer the laught, tears, and heartach that we shared. the unspoken feeling. you were my bestfriend and i love you more than anything. LIL DAMIAN has your pictures in his room....and is always wanting to play with them like he knows exactly who you are. i know that you are watching over us and protecting us everyday, just like you did in germany. your memory will live on in everyones heart and the love and joy that you spread to everyone"
milli of california

"Damian,
I was at the cemetary with the family and all of your friends on the sunday we remembered your day of falling. I case you didn't here me, I said....
Matthew 5:9- BLESSED BE THE PEACE KEEPERS FOR THEY ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD. HEROES NEVER DIE. I'LL NEVER BE MORE THAN SIX FEET AWAY. Oh, and by the way....Life hasn't gotten any easier after one year...you know I still cry at night. Hope your takin care of the great grandparents....I'll see you soon."
Rick

"My Dear Son PFC Damian Bushart,
So hard to believe you have been gone from us for a year. Seems like yesterday when you were holding your son lil Josh in your arms. Or when you were here at the house telling me goodbye before heading off to Germany. We spent Sunday afternoon out at your grave. There were close to 40 people there family and friends. Toni and your son Josh were even there. Josh hurt his hand and wanted you to kiss it so he put it up to your picture and said it felt better. I will never forget all the memories when you were growing up and becoming a man. You made this mother so proud. I love and miss you so much son. Joshua sends you kisses. You would be so proud of you little boy. Thank you son for the memories and for Josh. Love Mom"
Pat of Waterford, MI

"Your sacrafices will never be forgotten. Thank You for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"Dear Damian , it has been a year now since you left us.We just wanted you to know that even so the Army forgot about you , we were at your memorial in Buedingen on Armstrong Kaserne and brought you flowers of friendship.A friendship that will always last . We will never forget you . We miss you ."
Ret.SPC Eric Mizner with Anja , Joey and Eric jr of Budingen , Germany = New Jersey , USA

"My Dear Son Damian,

On October 1st your son Joshua offically received your last name and your name was put on the Birth Certificate. We are so proud. What a 3rd birthday for your son. His name is now Joshua HenryArthur Bushart. You would be so proud of him. Josh is such a smart little boy and he tells us that you are his hero. I Love and Miss you so much son. Love you always, Mom"
Pat of Waterford, MI

"I would first off like to say sorry and my prayers go out to Pfc. Bushart's family. I never knew Pfc. Bushart but I am sure he was an outstanding gentleman. Thank you so much for your contributions to this country. We will never forgot those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. God bless the family and his kid."
Pfc Bushart/USMC of St. Louis, MO

"When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

There is no life Ė no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

Josh Groban.

Whenever I hear this song, I am reminded of Damian, and how much he meant (and still means) to me. He helped me through a lot of times, and his friendship meant a lot to all of his friends. It's a little churchy sounding, but the lyrics make me think of him a lot. Just wanted to share this with the family. God Bless."
Anonymous of U.S.A.

"Damian,

We had your son up in Michigan for about a week. We took lil Josh up to see Grandma and Grandpa Mac. Grandma Mac can't get over how much he looks and acts like you. When he has it in his lil mind that he is not going to do something he does not do it. Now that really reminds me of you. Im getting ready to make a book for him with pictures of you from day one. Grandma Mac is having me go through her pictures. It was great having your son up here with us. Your mom and i took him out to your grave and it breaks our hearts when he tells you Hi and Bye. As we passed the cemetary on our way up to your grandparents he started waving and yelling HI Daddy.I know you are watching over him. Toni is such a wonderful Mom and you would be so proud at how well she has taken care of your lil boy. God Bless You Son. Love Always, Vicki and your Mom."
Vicki of Waterford

"Hey Damian. Derek is getting another tattoo tonight, and I might too. He's getting that D done, finally. Well, he's getting your initials with the rebel flag and your date on it. I'm getting a sleeping fairy and putting your date and little ones date on there. Tony is doing them for free (unless we want to throw him cash for needles and ink) for everyone who wants to get a tattoo in your honor. I'm going to spread the word, I figure this is one way to do so and get this off my chest. Well, take care bro, we love you and miss you, and think of you daily. Till we meet again, stay safe bro!"
Renee of Waterford, MI

"My Son Damian, Vicki and I spend the evening out at your grave with your little boy and Toni and some of your close friends. Vicki lined up your grave all the way around with sparklers and we lighted all of them. We know you were watching us from above. Vicki and I took some supper out to the grave today the 5th and sat and talked about memories. I miss you so much son. My heart still cries out for you but you will always live in my heart. Love you Son."
Pat of Waterford

"Damian,
Joshua got in trouble last night and when he looked at me, with that little smirk, it was almost as if you were there looking through his eyes too. Everyone knows that I hate to admit it but he looks so much like you. When we were at the cemetary on your birthday all your friends took turns playing with him. I know they will take care of him the way you would have. It's funny that a 2 year old has so many "unofficial" body guards, and I know that any of them would do anything for him. If there is a silver lining in this, it's your friends and family. They have all accepted him with open arms and never denied him. Your real family will always be there for him, just as you would have wanted. We'll be up there over the 4th to see everyone. Watch over our baby for me!!!"
Toni of Mattoon, IL

"Damian,
Melissa and i miss you so much. I have been going down to Illinois to see my Mom and your little boy Josh quite often. He is so attached to me. I have a pic of you in my truck and he is always trying to take it and he hugs it. My Mom is alway bringing up how she remembers you fixing her washer for her. Thanks so much for doing that for her. Wish we could give you one more hug and tell you again how much we love you. I go out to your grave 3 times a week just to talk. Josh put a picture of himself out there with a fathers day card. Im going up north to see grandma and grandpa mac. I will be sure to give them a hug for you. Love and miss you very much son. Your second mom, Vicki"
Vicki of Waterford Mi

"Hey Damian. God, we miss you SO MUCH! Derek and I came by on your birthday, practically everyone from Clutch was there. Josh is such a little angel, he looks so much like you! Toni has done good by him for you. None of us could get over him that day. I wish you were still here, and I think of you everyday. I know you are watching over my little angel for me, too. Derek misses you, too. Happy belated birthday and early Fathers Day. Well, until we meet again, stay safe, bro!"
Renee Freese-Rivera of Waterford, MI

"My Brave Son PFC Damian Bushart. The 27th we celebrated your 23rd Birthday by your grave. About 45 of your friends and family showed up. Today was Memorial Day and Vicki and I stopped by your grave today to tell you how much we love and miss you. Your little boy down in Illinois is getting so big and he looks so much like you. Josh even gave you a little angel for your birthday and set down a piece of cake for you. Thank you Damian for Joshua and all the memories. Vicki and I love and miss you so much."
Your Mom Pat and Vicki of Waterford Michigan

"In memory of my Dear Son PFC Damian S. Bushart. I have opened up a free will trust fund for Damian's 2 year old son Joshua Arthur. He lives with his mother Toni Arthur in Illinois. Im putting this money away in Joshua's account for him when he gets older. This is something that his Daddy would have wanted me to do. If you have any questions please email me. Joshua did not receive anything of his father's. Feel free to email me at starkeeper265@aol.com. I continue to pray for our other soldiers and there families. We miss you Son."
Pat mother of PFC Damian Bushart of Waterford MI

"Damian, you are my hero and always will be. I will never forget the calls we shared when you were over in Iraq. I think of our last conversation every day, and I'm so sorry. I forgot to tell you to be safe, and only one week later you were gone. I guess we all took for granted the gift you were to us. Your son is so beautiful, and he looks so much like you! I thank God for you, I truly feel that if it weren't for your sacrifice I wouldn't be here. Also, all the stuff we were talking about last time went okay, and I saw you when it was over, like you promised. I'm sorry I never sent you those camels, but I promise I will bring some to you. Oh, Steve left you a Zippo, and you should have seen all the people who returned the ones they bummed from you! We are asking Eric to be in the wedding in your place, and we are making him walk with Stina and Muscles. I'm sure he won't mind a bit, though! We love you, be safe bro!"
Renee of Waterford, MI

"Damian you were like a brother to me and to all of us we will miss u always and forever. One day we will all be together laughing like we used to."
Tony Kukula of macomb MI

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

"Hey D. Had a rough day today (Easter). Didn't get to see the family and cried for part of the day. Miss you bro. Ricky."
Ofc. Richard McLatcher (D's cousin) of Detroit, Michigan

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

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

"Thank you Damian Bushart, 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

"Damian, It seems like just yesterday we were talking on the phone about what was going to go on when you got home. I know that you are watching over everyone that you love and care for. I miss you so much.. To be honest with you, you were the brother that I always wished for and never had. You stood behind me 110% no matter what the circumstances were. You will always be remembered as the sweet, caring, warm hearted person that you always were..
I love you and I miss you so much !!
Keep lookin down on us as we always look up to you !"
Courtney Weis of Waterford, Michigan USA

"To the Parents and Loved ones of Damian S. Bushart: I knew your son while I was a Military Police Officer stationed in Germany. He was in the same unit as my husband and the same troop. I will always remember him as a wonderful, sweet, and caring man. My prayers and sympathy go out you all of you who held him so dear to your hearts"
Milagros Dye of Monterey, Ca

"My dear son PFC Damian Scott Bushart my heart is still breaking but i am and always will be so very proud of you. I will do everything in my power to make sure your 2 year old son down in Illinois gets everything he needs. I will make sure that Joshua will know what a Brave and Wonderful Father he had. I love you son and always will. You are my Angel that will always watch over Vicki, Missy Eric, Joshua and me. Love always, Mom"
Patricia McLatcher of Waterford, MI

"With the holidays near I have been fortunate enough to spend time with my loved ones.I, like all Americans, am able to do this because of your son and the other troops risking their lives for our freedoms and securities.I am forever grateful.He will always be remembered & appreciated.My thoughts & prayers are with you during your time of loss."
Patty Harkonen of Pinellas Park, FL/USA!!

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Damian Bushart:
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 Damian for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Damian Bushart:
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 Damian, 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