Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Ryan M. Campbell

25, of Kirksville, Missouri.
Campbell died in Baghdad, Iraq, when a vehicle approached his unit and the driver detonated a bomb. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany. Died on April 29, 2004.

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"To my dear friend watching over all of us today from heaven above. I still to this day get lost in your letters when going through my boxes of memories. Everytime I hear the song "Here Without You" I catch myself back on the day I got my first phone call from you from Iraq. You will always have a piece of my heart and I think of you often. One day we will meet again."
Melissa of Kirksville MO

"I knew you for a little bit when we were children and lost touch over the years. As your cousin, I didn't know that you were in the Army or in Iraq until Uncle Phil told me you were gone. I have such anger for not knowing as I drove by that day right after it happened and didn't know who it was. I served that fateful year in Baghdad and 1st Cav came in to let you guys go home, but not this way. I drive by arlington every day and through the courage I've had in life and in Baghdad, I still find it failing everytime I think of driving in and finding you as well as others that I've lost. I will be there soon in body but I'm there in spirit everyday. I'm sorry Aunt Mary Ann and Brooke."
Justin Eller of Washington, DC

"My daughter told me about Ryan and how he died in Iraq. I was living in Northern Virginia and she and I went to Arlington and visited his grave. I thought to myself at the time that Ryan was one of the first men to be buired there in Secton 60 and now there are so many young men and woman there.
My son is named Ryan as well and served 14 years in the Army and had two tours of duty in Iraq. Everytime I thank a young man for his service, I always think of Ryan Campbell and thank him for his service to our country. May God Bless you and your family...always."
Laurel Poffenroth of Spokane WA

"You are not forgotten, Friend. We'll see you on the other side."
Jenni Fansler of Forsyth, MO

"i have a boyfriend named ryan and when i think of losing him i want to rip my heart out. but then he is always there when i come back to reality. i can't imagine what it must be like to lose him forever. i love my ryan and even though i never meet him i love ryan campbell as well. like a brother."
Carly Arnold 13 years old of whitestown, in

"ryan campbell doesn't wear a cape and mask. he wears army green and that is the colour of a super hero. he's not batman or mr. invisible. he is much better. he was an army man."
Carly Arnold 13 years old of whitestown, in

"i get to do a report on Sgt Ryan. at first i thought it was just another assignment but then i read about him and i relize that he was and still is a great man. MARY ANN MCCOMBINE YOU DID A GREAT JOB AS A MOTHER. THANK YOU."
Carly Arnold 13 years old of whitestown, in

"To the family of Ryan. My brother James Becktrand was in Ryans unit when Ryan was taken from you and James was taken from us. We think of Jim always along with Ryan and the other 6 soldiers, Justin, Norman, Jeffrey, Jeremy, Esau and Ryan R.We always smile knowing that the 8 of these amazing men are around us 24/7 for their job of protecting us has now gone from the war but to eternity. God Bless your family"
Lucy Mejia of Anaheim, Ca/USA

"I don't know what to say except that I am truely sorry Sgt. Campbell. Please,may God be with your family? Amen."
James Michael Campbell of Huntsville Texas

"It has been so long but not a day goes by that I don't think of SGT Campbell. He was the type of NCO I wanted to emulate. When my Stripes where pinned on in Iraq on my 2nd tour he came to mind. I wasn't in his unit I was in Service Battery but whenever he saw me he always greeted me with a smile. The first time I met him was in Iraq in the Weights Tent, if you know me you know that I wasn't there for the Work Out. I was there on Duty, he was alone which usually he is there with SPC Schmidt (also a wicked cool guy) and he asked me to spot him....I was taken aback but ever since then we always had a warm welcome for one another. On the day it happened I was on Radio Watch in the CP (Command Post) that we shared with Charlie Battery. When it came over the NET its like time stopped and then after about 30 seconds all HELL Broke lose. I wanted sooo bad to grab a Truck and go out into sector but I had to stay. The Tent was clear and I was left there alone with another PVT as we just looked at each other and our eyes became heavy with tears. SGT Campbell will always be in my thoughts!!! He wasn't afraid to Listen to Britany Spears either."
SGT De Leon of SVC BTRY, 4-27 FA

"Goodness, this is deeply tragic. I googled "Ryan Campbell", hoping to find a picture of a famous person. But I think I'd much rather share the name of someone who gave his life fighting for freedom."
Ryan P. Campbell of Mesa, Arizona

"It has taken me a long time to write this. I also was at the scene when we lost another good man and soldier. My thoughts and prays every day since has been with you and yours. I am so sorry for our loss. MSG (Ret)J.M. Thompson 1st Armored Division"
Jan Thompson of Ft. Sill, Oklahoma

"I find myself once again at the site of tribute to my fallen brother. Each time I try to write a message, I am overwhelmed with tears as my mind takes me back to that day. Daily, I re-live the incident. Yes I was there when Ryan was taken. I didn't know him all that well. We only went on a few missions together. I think I know him a little better than most of the other soldiers we lost that day, probably because we were both from Missouri. I was an Engineer,a Sapper. Sgt Ryan Campbell was among the 52 men that supported our 12 man team, I was the team leader. It was our job to disarm roadside bombs (IEDs), and eliminated them, among other things. It was his job to make sure no one stopped us from our mission. I would give anything to change places with Ryan, knowing he gave his live for me and my comrades overwealms me to this day, especially when I feel that he served his tour and should have been back home. I try to live a better live, in part to Ryan's lesson in unsolicited love for the country and fellow battle budies. For him to give his life so willingly for his fellow soldiers is so sobering, so soreal, it is I know hard for the family and friends to understand the bond and love we share. I think he was about 25. If it is any solice at all, we did eliminate many hundreds of IEDs, and even captured a couple carbombs thanks to Ryan and his participation. Ryan was directly responsible for saving many soldier and civilian lives. April 29 2004 will forever be foremost in my mind. There are many times that I can't remember in Iraq, I guess I blocked them out or something, but that day I cannot forget. I know the sacrafice he gave to me and my team will not be forgottin. I was hit by a mortar about a month and a half after that day, and I still suffer from it. I don't know what I can offer the loved ones except that maybe you will accept my appologies for not writing sooner. I hope this will help you find some comfort in the fact that he IS a hero to me and my team from that day onward, and maybe this will help me heal mentally a little also. There were WMDs found and used (against us) in Iraq, they just never made to news for some reason. About 3 weeks after Ryan's sacrafice, we lost 2 MPs due to Sarin gas (May 17, 2004). Ryan assisted in eliminating several of these devises, probably with out even knowing it, which makes him even more special in my book. Remember, there is a love of country and fellow brother that exist without the Gonernment. To love and protect the country is not the same thing as loving the president. I know it is almost impossible at times not to blame GW. I have my issues also,( moreso with Rumsfelt) but I think my hero Sgt Ryan Campbell volunteered to serve his country out of true patriotism which includes Love, Honour and Sacrafice to his country and fellow man regardless of the president in power."
Dennis of Park Hills, Mo

"May 24, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Ryan M. Campbell:
Ryan 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

"Dear Family of Ryan Campbell;

To honor the Missouri soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the "Grateful hearts project" are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.

For more information, please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net

Sincerely;
The Artists of grateful hearts"
J.Gragg of Lee's Summit,MO

"When you came into my life November 7, 1978 you made me smile. When you left my life April 29, 2004, I cried. I still cry for you, Ryan. I smile for the 25 plus years when you lit up my life. Now I live in the shadow of what might have, could have, been. I miss you soooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!"
Moms of Kirksville, MO

"Most nights when I sit here at my computer I glance up at a note I attached to the shelf of my computer several yrs ago.It reads # 832 Sgt Ryan M Campbell.To this day I think about all the family and friends who miss him.The slip of paper will stay there in memory till I leave this earth in memory of him.A 78 yr old Vet."
Andrew J Curlewski of Lemont, IL

"Ryan was one of 10 soldiers from my Battalion to perish in Iraq. I can not comfort the family in anyway. I do not know how they feel, nor do I ever hope that I will. I only pray to God that those men didn't die in vain. A former post said that good things did happen in Iraq. Well, OK, I was there. Yes some good came from it I guess. We were trying to help those poor people, sure. Sadam's reign of terror defintely needed to come to an end, although that's not why we were told we were there, even though it should have been, and contrary to popular belief some Iraqi's are actually thankful for what we did. I had a grown Iraqi man fall to my feet crying thanking me for freeing them. I heard the horror stories from locals describing how Uday Hussien would kidnap their daughters, rape them, and feed them to his lions. Yes the lions were real, we continued to feed and keep them after the occupation of Baghdad. So I try my damnedest to think of the positive. I only have one problem. If we just pull out of Iraq and democracy fails there, then didn't those men die for nothing? Or does it even make a differnce? Right now I don't know, I just know I lost 10 brothers. I am hurt, confused, worried, and about a billlion other emotions all rolled into one. I guess only time will tell."
Blake of St. Louis, MO, USA

"Three years ago today,.. we all still miss you like it was yesterday. Watch over us please"
Jill

"To the family of:Ryan M. Campbell 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"

"Happy Birthday... we still miss you everyday
Jilly"
Jill of TN

"SGT Campbell! We got promoted on the same day standing next to each other in the Hot blazing sun in Baghdad. Saw you again in Kuwait as I redeployed with my 2nd unit and you were coming back from R&R telling me you were almost out of there. The words we exchanged and time we shared is something unforgettable. You are a supertrooper and lead by example all the time. Lets not forget the time we had gate guard together in Baumholder, staying across from the gym, and seeing you hanging like a monkey from the 2 by 4's on the ceiling doing upside down situps with a ruck sack! Be proud of everything you accomplished HERO! ITS and HONOR to fight for our country!"
SGT Sevie Sarabia (honorably discharged) of Laredo, TX

"My name is Sean Gilfillan and I was in C Battery with Ryan as his Fire Direction Officer. He was such a good person and a good soldier...we lost a few on that very same day...and we continue to lose good men and women...people who have the resolve to join an organization that has no terms...just a blank space to sign your name...and what does it mean to "make the ultimate sacrifice"??...I often wonder that myself...and who makes it? The family certaintly makes a sacrifice...the unit certaintly feels the pain of losing a great, young leader...and of course...the soldier that is now no longer with us...he certainly feels the pain...and after each death you HAVE to ask yourself...is this all worth it?...Can "for the greater good" be a reason that satisfies our craving for answers and meaning??...and after all this time...and all these loses....I just don't know...and I can only look at this cause...the reason we are there...and see that it must not be THAT important to the American people...because why are they not signing up to fight in droves???...like WWII...Anyway, these questions are in my mind daily...and we have the responsibility to elect good leaders...that will make sound decisions and use ANY MEANS NECESSARY to avoid a war in which young soldiers like Ryan are "sacrificed for the greater good"...those are hard words to swallow for me...nevermind his family...but I will leave the family with this...and I hope it helps...Ryan died for the soldiers on his left and right...that is who we fight for...he died so someone else that would have taken his spot could live on...and that, in itself, is a worthy cause...as I would have gladly done it for him while I was there...Ryan will forever be in my memories...he was such a great person...a really good kid...and I will miss him as long as I live...Thank you so much for letting me get to know him...and Ryan, I will never forget you my brother....

Thank You."
Sean Gilfillan of Providence, RI

"I want to thank everyone for their postings on this, Ryan's page, over the past two years, their well-wishes to my daughter and me and their reminisces of my son. And a special thanks to Tim Rivera for creating this website; it has enabled many of us to be in touch when we otherwise would not have had the opportunity. To Nick of Unionville and Dan and Paul, guys who have left contact information, I have called or e-mailed each of you but had no luck. My e-mail address is marrimacc@yahoo.com. I wish everyone godspeed and love. I am returning to Missouri within 2 weeks. And for those of you who will be visiting Arlington, Ryan's gravesite is 60-7979."
Mary Ann MacCombie of Atlanta, GA, USA

"Two years now brother....still in my mind...everyday....thinking of you down here...watchin us from up there...memory's gonna be always in my heart. Thanks again."
SGT Francisco of Vermillion SD

"Family of Sgt. Campbell,
My name is Alicia Reed. My husband PFC Ryan Reed was also KIA the same day as your loved one. I wanted to say that I am thankful for the sacrafice your family member has made. When I start to think about all of the bad in the world, I think about your soldier and how he gave his life fighting against the bad. He is a hero, to the world and I could never repay him."
Alicia Reed of Colorado Springs, CO

"Soldier Ryan M. Campbell is a hero, as is each member of the US military, supporting the freedom of our fellow man. My condolences to his family for your loss. Rest in the knowledge he gave his all for the human rights of others. Our military fights not for gain, but for humanity."
Ryan S. Campbell of Fort Worth, TX

"to Ryans friends and family- I am very sorry for your loss and he will be in my heart always fighting for this country"
nick of o'fallon MO

"Loved ones of the finest NCO, drummer and freind a man could ever have:
I met Ryan in 2002 when I was a young 2nd Lieutenant doing things my own way. He and I became quick freinds as we formed our band. We played music together, laughed together. In Iraq I was a Platoon Leader in a different unit, but towards the end I had the opportunity to see him and even jam some rock and roll in the sand motorpool of the Baghdad International Airport with him.
To Ryan's Mother - Your son reminded me of a dream I had a long time ago. Everytime I pickup my bass I wish I could chase this dream with him. I have a VHS tape of our band from before Iraq playing in the attic of the barracks. It is poor quality and we were not very good, but I would be happy to send you a copy. I also have 4-track recordings of some of the songs we wrote. I can be reached at d_cohen427@yahoo.com. I loved him like a brother and to this day and forever Ryan will remain in my prayers that I may see him again after this lifetime.
My last note - I have recently honorably separated from the military at the rank of Captain. I know I can never offer enough condolences or make the case that the war is worth the cost. I do not know If what we have done there makes American's safer. I do pray that our nation's Sons and Daughters continue to fight in righteousness, regardless of why they are there. Good things have happened in Iraq at a great price of blood. My Soldiers and I fought - I don't know why, but I know it was in the name of good that we fought and not evil. I can only hope these words offer some consolation. Please contact me if I can help you in any way."
CPT Dan Cohen (now discharged) d_cohen427@yahoo.com of Syracuse, NY

"To Ryan's friends and family: I was there with him on the fateful day I will never forget April 29th 2004. He was a great guy and served his country well. We served together in Germany and Iraq and I always wanted to contact his family and tell them that I wish I could have stopped it. I waited to contact because I have been trying to forget everything that happened over there. Ryan was a good friend. If the family wants to contact me my email is pbl94@yahoo.com"
Paul Lamon of Three Lakes, Wi

"i still have a picture of you and i ryan...we are standing side by side in baghdad barracks, flexing our muscles, showing off our same tatoo...SUPERMAN. and that's how i will always remember you. I wish his family would give me a call if they are reading this. 910-309-3317, nick kimmel of unionville, missouri. Fellow soldier in baumholder, germany 4/27 fa b battery."
nick of Ft. Bragg, NC, USA ARMY

"Your loved one was remembered on 27 May 2005 in Bicentennial Memorial Chapel General Protestant Worship Service in Fort Gordon, GA. His life and your sacrifice are not forgotten. Thank you. We are praying for you.
Chaplain (Major) Alva Ray Bennett"

"we are very sorry that this happened!"
donna spause of norristown, pa

"St. Charles Democratic Alliance held a Tribute & Memorial to the 20 fallen soldiers from Missouri on 3/19/2005, the 2nd anniversary of the War in Iraq. Four families of the fallen attended the event, and nine families shared messages that were read during the tribute by Connie Greene, sister of fallen soldier Jamie Huggins. The event aired on all four local newscasts (Fox KTVI, KPLR, KSDK, KMOV.) Biographies of each of the fallen soldiers were read while photos of the soldiers were displayed. The event also included Bible readings, songs, keynotes speeches by Rev. Jason Samuel and Viet Nam Veteran Ken Peters, and a fellowship in the church hall immediately following the tribute. Our organization was sensitive to the fact that even though information on Missouri’s fallen soldiers is a matter of open record, we had to go beyond the name, rank and serial number – we needed to share information on the fallen soldiers from the family’s perspective and present a tribute that each of the soldiers would have approved of. This was a day for honoring Missouri’s finest, as well as the sacrifice the families made, and continue to make every day. Special thanks to the Burkhardt, Gottfried, Huggins and Spink families for traveling long distances to Transfiguration Church in Lake St. Louis to participate in this community tribute. (anngastler@charter.net)"
Ann Gastler of St. Charles Democratic Alliance of St. Peters, MO

"I am organizing a 3/19/2005 Tribute & Memorial Service Honoring Missouri's Fallen Soldiers, hosted by St. Charles Democratic Alliance. We plan to have a spiritual memorial tribute planned to honor the 18 fallen Missouri soldiers who died in Iraq. We wanted to let you know your beloved isn't forgotten and invite you to this tribute. If you're not able to be in Lake St. Louis on 3/19/05 but would like to send a message or letter that we could read on behalf of your family, again, we'd be honored. Again, my deepest sympathy and please know that Ryan is in my prayers."
Ann Gastler (anngastler@charter.net) of St. Peters, MO

"To SGT. Ryan M. Campbell's Family
My heart goes out to you and your family. I have Ryan's bracelet from the Fallen Heroes I didn't know Ryan but I will carry him with me where ever I go.
God Bless You and Yours"
Laura A. Smith of Vacaville, CA. USA

"I Danced With My Son
By Mary Ann MacCombie

I marched with my son, ‘round and ‘round the living room to the strains of John Phillip Sousa. “Be kind to your web-footed friends” I sang, hoping I could speed up the birth process. A day later, my son arrived with the rhythm of a different drum.

I slept with my son, his tiny body curled beneath my breasts, his knees tucked to his chest. He was not a baby for rocking to sleep, so curious, so lively.

I danced with my son on his wedding day. “It was no accident, me finding you. Heaven had a hand in it long before we ever knew.” He pulled me close to his chest, wrapped his arms around me. Would the music had never stopped.

I wept with my son the day he learned his pregnant wife had lost their baby.

I celebrated with my son the day he graduated from college. Champagne, smiling photos and laughter, together at the Armory.

I screamed and clung on for dear life with my son riding the Zipper at the county fair. We defied gravity together.

I moaned and groaned running the 5K with my son who ran backwards circles around me encouraging me to go on yet telling me it was OK if I wanted to quit. We finished the race together.

I quietly held hands with my son when he was home on leave, not wanting to return to Iraq, knowing that he would and that I would be the one to drive him to the airport on Friday the 13th.

I went to Arlington to be with my son. Killed in action in the spring of the year. Lifted up “On Eagles’ Wings.”

Moms’ Memories of Ryan Montgomery Campbell November 7, 1978-April 29, 2004, Arlington National Cemetery 60-7979"
Mary Ann MacCombie aka Moms of Atlanta, GA

"To Whom it May Concern
By Brooke M. Campbell
t r u t h o u t | Letter

Friday 03 September 2004



Sgt. Campbell requested that, if something happened to him, his family place this photo on his coffin.
(Photo: Family Collection)

To Whom it May Concern,

I found out that my brother, Sergeant Ryan M. Campbell, was dead during a graduate seminar at Emory University on April 29, 2004. Immediately after a uniformed officer knocked at my mother's door to deliver the message that broke her heart, she called me on my cell phone. She could say nothing but "He's gone." I could say nothing but "No." Over and over again we chanted this refrain to each other over the phone as I made my way across the country to hold her as she wept.

I had made the very same trip in February, cutting classes to spend my brother's two weeks' leave from Baghdad with him. Little did I know then that the next time I saw him would be at Arlington National Cemetery. During those days in February, my brother shared with me his fear, his disillusionment, and his anger. "We had all been led to believe that Iraq posed a serious threat to America as well as its surrounding nations," he said. "We invaded expecting to find weapons of mass destruction and a much more prepared and well-trained Republican Guard waiting for us. It is now a year later, and alas, no weapons of mass destruction or any other real threat, for that matter."

Ryan was scheduled to complete his one-year assignment to Iraq on April 25. But on April 11, he emailed me to let me know not to expect him in Atlanta for a May visit, because his tour of duty had been involuntarily extended. "Just do me one big favor, ok?" he wrote. "Don't vote for Bush. No. Just don't do it. I would not be happy with you."

Last night, I listened to George W. Bush's live, televised speech at the Republican National Convention. He spoke to me and my family when he announced, "I have met with parents and wives and husbands who have received a folded flag, and said a final goodbye to a soldier they loved. I am awed that so many have used those meetings to say that I am in their prayers and to offer encouragement to me. Where does strength like that come from? How can people so burdened with sorrow also feel such pride? It is because they know their loved one was last seen doing good. Because they know that liberty was precious to the one they lost. And in those military families, I have seen the character of a great nation: decent, and idealistic, and strong."

This is my reply: Mr. President, I know that you probably still "don't do body counts," so you may not know that almost one thousand U.S. troops have died doing what you told them they had to do to protect America. Ryan was Number 832. Liberty was, indeed, precious to the one I lost - so precious that he would rather have gone to prison than back to Iraq in February. Like you, I don't know where the strength for "such pride" on the part of people "so burdened with sorrow" comes from; maybe I spent it all holding my mother as she wept. I last saw my loved one at the Kansas City airport, staring after me as I walked away. I could see April 29 written on his sad, sand-chapped and sunburned face. I could see that he desperately wanted to believe that if he died, it would be while "doing good," as you put it. He wanted us to be able to be proud of him. Mr. President, you gave me and my mother a folded flag instead of the beautiful boy who called us "Moms" and "Brookster." But worse than that, you sold my little brother a bill of goods. Not only did you cheat him of a long meaningful life, but you cheated him of a meaningful death. You are in my prayers, Mr. President, because I think that you need them more than anyone on the face of the planet. But you will never get my vote.

So to whom it may concern: Don't vote for Bush. No. Just don't do it. I would not be happy with you.

Sincerely,"
Brooke M. Campbell (Ryan's Sister) of Atlanta, GA

"I wish you nothing but strength during this trying time. Brooke, your work in your brother's name is inspiring. The ad said volumes as did your letter you sent to the Truman Index."
Julie of Kirksville, MO

"Thanks Ryan for your sacrifice. YOU ARE A HERO. May God bless the family of a fallen hero and heal their broken hearts."
Alicia Bilby of Nevada, Missouri

"To Brook, brother of Ryan Campbell.

I am in Nottingham, England. A friend in Tennessee emailed me your letter to the President today. I was very moved by your love and by your anger and inspired by your courage and your mother's courage. Thank you for posting the photo of Ryan: he was clearly a lovely guy. We all need to see the overwhelming loss, the real, flesh and blood people, that Mr Bush and Mr Blair have sent into this senseless War. With all my heart, I wish you Peace and confort."
Philip of United Kingdom

"To the mother of Sgt Ryan Campbell from the mother of Spc Justin Schmidt. We hold them in our hearts for all eternity and will never let them be forgotten. I'm encloing my e-mail address, the sheriff's dept. got your phone # wrong. God Bless and keep you"
Lenore Roberts Lightningmom01@aol.com of Bagley, MN

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

"To Ryan`s family,

our heartfelt sympathies and condolances go out to you during this
difficult time.
Learning the news of Ryan`s death made us completely shocked. We met him the
first time in August 2002 and got to know him better the following time as a pleasant and warmhearted young man.
We enjoyed each time he spent with our
family. There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss.Its`s just painful. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. You had a great son and brother and we will
keep him in our hearts always.

Sincerely"
Hans, Brigitte, Tim und Nele Kummerfeldt of Hauptstr. 272, 55743 Idar-Oberstein, Germany

"To the family and friends of SGT. Ryan M. Campbell, I know your pain and grief as my son SPC Justin B. Schmidt died alongside your son. May we always remember their laughter and love. May God Bless and keep you always."
Lenore C. Roberts, mother of SPC Justin B. Schmidt of Bagley, MN

""I'm truly saddened by your loss, though i did not know your Ryan. I was there on site once it happened, it makes you feel like you knew him. I was completely shocked. Everyday i think of those soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice, and then i think of you. Even though we maybe be strangers you're in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless mfrancis@usd.edu""
Spc. Mark Francisco of Estelline SD

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

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

"Thank you Ryan Campbell, 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 Sgt. Ryan Campbell:
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 Ryan 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 Sgt. Ryan Campbell:
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 Ryan, 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