Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Justin B. Carter

21, of Mansfield, Missouri.
Carter died in Forward Operating Base McKenzie, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on February 16, 2005.

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"Never met you, but met your step father and heard wonderful stories of you. I was also an Army Soldier deployed to Iraq and I've seen first hand how ones life is quickly taken awayin such tragic times. I pray that your family finds peace these 10+ years after and that your family understands that a warrior like yourself is in a better place. Rest Easy Brother. It is an honor that many of us will never experience but you yourself gets too. RIP in Valhalla brother."
Bird

"Wow... 10 years and almost 2 months, and it feels like just yesterday you and I were exchanging emails because you just made it over there....I still think of you often, and miss you a lot! The goals that you told me you wanted to accomplish I am seeing to it that one of us does! Your loss is still so hard on everyone I talk to, but the pain just gets easier to handle. I don't know if I will every fully heal, but at least I know you are happy shining down on us all. I miss having you to talk to when I couldn't trust anyone else because there is so much going on that I would love to sit and tell you about. I love you and miss you dearly. Can't wait to see you on the other side! <3"
S of Mansfield

"Today I woke up.. You on my mind.. Its been ten years.. I still miss u jus as much.. Life is hard and the times are getting rough.. The thought of you gives me strength.. I can still hear the words you used to speak., the way u always assured me things will work out and be ok.. I laugh at some of the memories we shared and I will be forever blessed to have those moments of happiness and fun to look back on.. Till we meet again I will never forget.. Wuv from us all.. Miss u Carter"
K of Mansfield mo

"Justin, you are missed so much. So many hearts still hurting from your absence.Tears in moments of sorrow for what we lost that day. See you on the other side."
Aunt Lindy of Thayer, MO USA

"Youre on my mind a lot lately! Woke up missing you this morning. After 9 years, I still sometimes feel like I could wake up and call you. I was behind a little red toyota the other day and couldnt help but think about CRAZY roadtrips, you pulling in to pick me up from work, the adventure with Austin to get your tattoo, sitting in my moms driveway for hours, and mostly how it felt when I would have to go north out of Memphis, and watch you go the other way. Its amazing how vivid those memories and feelings are after all these years. I still miss you, like Crazy, but I know each day that passes, is one day closer to you. Ill see you on the other side my dear. <3"
D of marshfield

"Not a day goes by that I dont think of you! Some days bring stronger emotions than others. As did today when I hung the flag. Ill be out to visit this weekend! I still say prayers for your sweet mama! I loved you then, I love you still, always have, always will. Till next time babe!!"
D of marshfield

"Missing you today. :)"
Your cousin

"I miss you like CrAzY. Your family and friends have been on my mind a lot. Thanks for those dreams that simply make me wake up and pray. I know that you are watching over them all. Keeping my Faith. Love you!"
Boo

"I miss you, man. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. You were such a great influence in my life, and I'll never forget everything you've done for me. I can't wait for the day to see you again. Until then, here's to some of the best years of my life"
T.H. of MO

"It has been 8 years.... I got my last email from you 8 years and 4 days ago! I miss you every day, and hope that one day I may be able to see your beautiful soul again! Miss you <3"
Stacey of Pax River, MD

"Happy Birthday! Thinking of you today, and every day, as usual. So much has happened since you have been gone. I wish you were here to meet our Lola.

Here's to another year and the next! The big 3-0 is right around the corner you old man! Love you, love you, love you always."
Your cousin

"Memorial Day 2012, Justin. Matt and I will lift a glass to you and the others today. Know that you're not forgotten and always loved."
Jeff of Gainesville, FL

"It feels like just yesterday you were calling me about visiting you because you were about to go on deployment. I miss your face and your silly grin. I miss spending time with you and the feeling that time just stood still. I can't wait to see you again on the other side, but for now I am trying to live it up down here, and trying not to cause too much trouble. It's that time again that I am going back to visit where home once was, and I hate that you won't be there <3 My love and heart goes out to your family, and friends. I still can't believe that you are gone. Love and Miss you ALWAYS! and FOREVER!"
...

"I can't believe you've been gone 7yrs...almost a decade of things that I wished you would have been here for has gone. Every day I get up, look in the mirror and wonder where you would be if you were still here. What you would be doing, whose lives would you be making better...or causing trouble in haha. Well I think I finally found a direction in life that would make you proud of me. So I guess I follow that road and see where it takes me.
Until next time dude."

"Justin... I have always loved you and I know that we had talked about what might happen after you got out of the Army... I pray that your looking over me everyday! I have missed you very dearly! Love YOU! :*/"
...

"you were amazing i miss you every day of my life."
Amanda of Republic, MO

"Well Memorial Weekend just passed, and I can't stop thinking about you. Just wanted to say I love you, and I miss you everyday!"
of Missouri

"Love you. And miss you. Every day."
Your cousin

"Has it really been 6 years? Sometimes I still don't believe it. When I'm at school, I wonder about how life would be like if you were here. Where would you live? What would you be doing? I like to think that you would end up around here and we would meet for lunch some days. Then, I suddenly miss memories we never even got to have together. Everyday I try to think of all the memories we were lucky enough to have with you and it is reassuring to know that I can still remember your face, your laugh, and your voice. The way you talked, even the way you drove. Those memories will never go away. There is never a day that goes by that I don't think of you. We all miss you so very much but are thankful for all the ways you seem to pop up to let us know that you are with us. I love you, and miss you, but know you are always here with me."
Your cousin

"Wow dude, its been 6 years...I don't really know what to say. I really wish you could have been there to tell me all the ins and outs, and all the dos and do nots. I sure have some crazy stories that I wanna tell you sometime lol. Anyways...where ever you are, GL bro."

"I will start off by saying that I miss you so much. I haven't been to see you in awhile. Not since I took Lewis while he was staying at Ft. Wood. I can't believe its been almost 6 yrs. I think about you almost everyday, and I hope that you will visit me in my dreams, but its been awhile. I'll meet you there sometime soon. :) Love you Carter!!"
Brittany Akers of Seymour, MO

"Hello cousin! It has been a while and I apologize... life has been crazy- but you knew that didn't you? I can't believe I have been married for 2 whole months! Who would've thought? I missed you at the wedding; some moments were harder then others. I was so thankful that your mom and dad could both be there, it made it so special.

Can you believe how big the boys are?! Good grief! I bet you and Heis just laugh and laugh when they knock me down, don't you all? We really miss Heisman. Good thing that Trophy is just as big of a * as he was! :) That makes me happy.

Well, your birthday is coming up, isn't it? We will swing by sometime that week to celebrate! Love you and miss you!"
Your cousin

"Hi Justin,

So, what can I say? It is time to say goodbye to Heisman. I try to tell myself that it will be okay, he will be with you, and Rascal, and Papaw. I know that he is hurting and it breaks my heart to see. I want to be selfish and keep him forever. Sometimes I think that he stayed with us for a reason, so we could have puppies. I just feel like my heart is being ripped open, all over again. I know I must be strong, for Scott, but it is hard. I will need some strength from you.

Please watch over my Heisman; he has been so brave so far. Please tell him to not be scared and not to miss us. I know that you will take care of him.

I miss you so much Justin. I know that time passes, but it never stops hurting. I never stop missing you, or thinking about you. It seems odd that life goes on, but certain moments of time seem to be frozen, or stuck.

Love you so much and miss you too. Thank for for watching over Heis. He likes sticks. And hot dogs. And belly rubs. Make sure he practices his "touchdown!" for the next time we shall see him. And you.

Love you."
Your Cousin

"Hey I started thinking about you again the other and and today well it just was more on my mind. We are coming up on our 10 year reunion, its kinda crazy. Tonight we had a get together for the girls in our class. It was nice to just get out and talk to people we havn't seen in forever. I am thinking about going to see you in the next couple of weeks when I get the car back."
class of 2002 member of missouri

"Hey there!! Did you know that if my son was born in the states and not in Italy he would have been born on your birthday?? Its great thou, and am kinda glad. Well I know that you are watching us all!! Everyone loves and misses you and I just wish that I could come by more often. I just live so far away!! Keep your watch on us and I love you and Miss you dearly.."
Stacey of MD

"Oh hello old fart. Happy Birthday! How was this one for you? Laci, Mom, and I went to visit you the other day. Did you like your balloons? You could see them from the road! I knew you would like that. And Laci brought some pumpkins and such, and we saw that someone else had too, probably Aunt Martha? I'm sorry we didn't have our usual get together; it was very strange to not do it. As usual, the weather was icky, sorry we didn't stay too long. Too cold!

Thanks for hearing me about Mammaw, I know that you were there with her. And she got to go home on your birthday! Thanks for being there.

Ah, what else to say? I miss you. I am missing you alot thinking about the wedding. I think about what you might have said, what you would have looked like. I will miss you that day. But I wont think about that yet. Wish you were here. Can you believe how well Heisman is doing? And Cricket too, of course.

Love you so much!"
Your cousin

"Happy birthday Justin. It feels like its been awhile. Just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you, as I'm sure everyone else is too. Lots of love coming up to you in heaven."
your cousin

"Justin you are greatly missed right after your accident death my mom and dad had the bar in mansfield and we set up a place for you that stayed there for a while, your always going to be in all of our hearts you touched us all and we will miss you. There is a lot that has changed but there is still the same, this town is still small and boring,We finnaly have a new gym that is finnished and it is real nice."
Jessica of Mansfield, Missouri

"Hi Justin. I'm sure you have heard about Heisman by now. I just do not understand why. Why him? It feels like I just went through this with Rascal. I thought we had more time. But weeks? How is this fair? I have been telling myself that it will be okay. He will be with you and Rascal. I just wish that you were here right now. I can not bear the thought of standing next to Scott while he takes his last breath. I'm just confused and angry and heartbroken. And once again, I find that life is cruel to those who are good. Our poor Heisman. I know that you are here with me now. Justin I need you more than ever. I know that I have to be the strong one, for Scott. But I just don't think I can do that. I need all the strength you have to give me to get through this, and get Scott through this. I know I can count on you.

So I find myself awake at 4am. I can't sleep. I just keep replaying this afternoon at the vet over and over again in my head. How can something so digusting be taking our dog's life and we not even know? Not even have a clue? Does life really work like that? I am not strong enough to be Scott's rock. Weeks are maybe all that we have with him. I need you to help me through all of it, starting now. I love you so much and miss you too."
Your cousin

"Even after all this time, this is hard Justin. There isn't a day that goes by or a time when I talk to Matt that we don't talk about you or Nap, or Sgt. Ruth or Hux. We'll never, ever...forget. I swear on my life we won't."
Jeff of Gainesville,,FL

"Hello Justin... just thinking of you on this Memorial Day. I love you and miss you alot..."
Your cousin

"To the family of Justin B Carter, my condolence goes out to you. My son Shane Yost served with justin, he lost some close buddies, he made it back but changed forever, he went through some difficult times got out and after almost 3 yrs felt a need to go back in the army, work was hard to find in civilian life, he was having lots of issues dealing with things, I havn't been able to get close to my son since he returned from Iraq he doesn't have much to say,he has distanced himself from his brother and sisters and most of all his niece who he adored before leaving for Iraq, she has not got over how he ignored her and pushed her aside when she waited so long to see him again, I tell them all it is not his fault, he came back broken and scarred for life, I believe he went back in and now he feels he has a purpose, he is training troops to get them ready for when they deploy, it frustrates him when they don't take their training seriously, he knows all too well what can happen.
Our thoughts are with you, Carter will never be forgotten, when they suffer we all suffer,we are all family in this war."
lyn yost of orlando, florida

"Hello Cousin. I can't believe its been 4 years since your accident. Still is hard for me to believe that you are gone. It still isnt fair, I'm still angry about it. I can't really say that it gets better, or easier to deal with as the years go by. But I think that my life is better, I'm in a better place now and somehow that helps to get through the hard days. I still miss you like crazy every day and I think about you all the time. Wish I could call you on the phone some days, I miss that. Just miss you, but you know that.

Thinking of you today, how much we all miss you so very much and wish for just one more hug or conversation with you. I love you and miss you... see you on the other side...."
Your Cousin

"Hey Carter!! Your Birthday came and went, you would have been 25... I miss you and think of you at least once a day and sometimes more... I miss you so much and it sucks now that I am out of the military and home, I keep seeing things that remind me of you, your friends and I drive by your house on my way to Ava sometimes, and places where we would meet to talk and you always gave me a hard time about keeping my Toyota clean.. You always told me it should be dirty! I traded in my truck for a new suv, and I miss it so much b/c it reminded me of you! Anyways, just thought I would stop by to say hi! I miss you and keep watching out for me, I know you have a few times... Love and miss you always!"
S.W of Mansfield, MO

"Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! And what a beautiful day it is. Can you believe its supposed to be 50 tomorrow? We really lucked out today. I'm pretty excited to hopefully roast some hot dogs today. Actually, this is your first birthday that we have had super nice weather- what a treat! Your balloons will go on and on! Enjoy your day old fart! Can't wait to celebrate later today!

I love you and miss you!"
Your cousin

"Im sorry that you died. Have a great life in heaven keep your head up bro."
Justin Carter of Chile

"Hi Carter,
Its been a really long time since I have wrote to you, but that doesn't mean that I still dont' think about you. You cross my mind at least once a day. I had a lil boy. His name is Hayden. He's almost 7 months old. I wish everyday that you would have gotten the chance to meet him. I plan on taking him to see you on your birthday. Well I love and miss you Carter.

Love Always"
Brittany Akers of Seymour Missouri

"Hi Justin, how are you? Still miss you everyday. I'm doing ok... can you believe how big the puppy is getting? Monsterous! I know that you would have liked her. Fourth of July has come and gone. Wasn't the same without you; it never is. I did buy some bottle rockets to shoot off though, which brings me back to some good- and scary- memories of us when we were younger. You missed out on homemade ice cream, it was really good!

I miss you a lot. But you know that.

Love you so much!"
Your cousin

"Justin - thinking of you on Memorial Day"
Don B. of Janesville, WI

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Spc. Justin B. Carter:
Justin 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

"hey justin no one here probly knows me but i have the same name and wish to be a marine and i think it is cool that you had all these people care for you. i don't know what happened but i am greatly sorry about it and wish your family the best. i am not joking either."
cadet amn. Justin C. Carter of delaware ohio

"Hi Justin... was just thinking of you today, which isn't different from any other day I guess. I'm doing ok these days, as I'm sure you can see. I still miss you more than ever and just wish that I could pick up the phone and call, or email. It feels odd, growing up without you to talk to. And I think about all the times I'm really going to need you to be here for me. But then again, you're always here, aren't you? Thank you for that. And I think that this year, I'm going to be ok. It's going to be ok. Love you so much... see you!"
Your cousin

"Dear Family of Justin Carter:

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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.

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Sincerely;
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J.Gragg of Lee's Summit, Mo

"Hey CRAZY!! I miss you still..that will never go away, I still think about you everyday. I know that you are watching over so many people that you have held near and dear to you. Everyone misses you and we will see you one day...Love you and missing you!!"
of Missouri...around

"Happy Early Birthday Justin! You are SO old, haha. Just kidding... Im not too far behind you on that one. Just wanted to wish you a good birthday! I miss you and love you SO much!"
Your cousin

"Hi Justin, how are you? I have been missing you a lot lately. But I think its because I can feel you with me. And everything I have asked you to help me with, you have. And the other night- at Laci's- I knew that was you up in the sky, because my wish came true, and you did that. Your birthday is fast approaching so I hope to make it up to see you before then. I love you so much, and while days get easier to bear I still falter with my strength at times. I miss you more than words could ever say, and I know that you can hear me, no matter what does, or doesn't, come out in audible speech.

Anyways, I just wanted to say hi, love you, miss you. And I hope you noticed that I put that picture up of us at Mamaw's when we were dancing to the radio outside. I love that picture. One of my many favorites. It made me feel like home, in my new home. Thanks for being here, every day. Love you, miss you, see you!"
Your cousin

"Its been so long since I have been to this page, its like a dream that will someday end. I miss you so much. Everyone does, I can't wait to take my new little one to see you when I come home to visit. Its already been two years today. and believe me its not a day I am very fond of, I am at work right now, but I still feel like I could cry today. I just really miss hearing your voice, or riding around with you in your truck, seeing it when I am home always made my time off work more worth it. i know you are watching over me sometimes, i can feel you around me, you just always gave off an ora. i will be seeing you someday, on the other side. Love you Carter!! :)"
of Around.......

"Well, here we are, another year. I have so many things to tell you. So many things to say although you already know everything. You already know how much I miss you and how much I love you. How much everyone loves and misses you like crazy. I wonder a lot these days when we will see each other again. I wonder if you're around us all, all the time. Our family is so special. And I know you're taking care of us, like you did when you were here. It just hurts, this hole that I have in my heart. Sometimes I just hurt so much, I didn't even think it was possible. I try to find the strength to stay strong but it seems like days like this I falter. But then I can feel you close to me. Its like a wave of warmth. I wonder if that's how other people can tell you're with them. Its a wonderful feeling. Like having a huge boulder being lifted off my heart and I cant help but smile and think of the good times. We all love you and miss you. Every day I try to understand why things happen to families like ours. My thoughts so far have been that sometimes bad things happen to good families, because maybe we are the kind of family that wont crumble. We are the kind of family that gets stronger and closer. And you are helping us to stay that way. I can't wait to come and visit you today, its been nearly 2 months now hasn't it? Too long. I had another thought earlier today. You know, not many people get to know their hero. I am so lucky to have had that chance. Love you.

Forever missed, never forgotten."
Your cousin

"Time goes by but it really doesn't get any easier. Why is that? I guess it's true, that it will hurt for the rest of your life. I just wish it wouldn't. I know that you lived life to the fullest, that people loved you, and that you were truely loved; I don't know why it hurts so bad still. Maybe it's just selfishness, that WE want you here and that WE miss you. Selfish or not, it still sucks."
Cousin of Missouri

"Hey Justin. Just wanted to swing by and say Happy Birthday to you!!! Did you see our balloon show today? Lovely wasnt it? So, I'm going out to celebrate your 23rd and I am telling you right now I am not taking any shots of whiskey. No matter how funny you might think that is, haha. We know how that story always turns out. I was looking at our pictures from prom, and thinking about that night made me laugh. Remember going to sonic and then going to the movies? I don't remember much of the movie... haha! And we heard scottish music playing from that car? Good times. Anyways! Happy Birthday cousin!!! I love you so much and miss you more with every passing day!"
Your cousin

"Carter your presence is with me daily. I can't thank you enough for continuing to support me through these rocky times. I'll love and miss you forever until we see each other again! Happy Birthday Crazy!"
Boo

"You have been on my mind most of the night. Probably because of the dream I had of you yesterday. That was one crazy dream Carter. You still cross my mind everyday. When I think of you it just brings a smile to my face. I miss you! Love ya!"
of Missouri

"Missing you tonight, Justin. What else can I say? Every time I go out, I just wish so hard that you were there. With me, just hanging out. Like old times. No one else fills the void that's there. And it seems like every time that I go to the bar, everyone plays that one song that really gets to me and makes me start thinking about how things should have been. Or they sing is, which is way worse! (Haha) Sometimes I catch myself scrolling down through my cell list, looking for someone to talk to, and I just want so bad to stop at your name and call you. I know that you were there the other night, I heard you say my name. Freaked me out, I'm not going to lie. I just feel so alone sometimes and would give anything to talk to you, even though I know you can always hear me. I know that I asked you to "point me in the right direction" and you did. But now what? You helped me to find him, but look whats happened! I'm leaving! I know you would have liked him, too. It's like everything is against us, but I know you're for it. I can't thank you enough. Even being somewhere else, you've still managed to come through for me Justin. I know that you would never fail me. I just don't understand it. Never will, I guess. We should be here for each other. So, I just have a bad feeling about all of this. I just feel like I know what's going to happen. And I want to be excited but I feel like I'm already doomed. I feel like it's already written. And our family can't take that again. I mean, come one, we know my luck, its not that great! Its like, I'm being suffacated with this feeling that I can't shake. I already know. Or maybe, in a strange way, its already happened. I feel bad for anyone else who is reading this, because they have no idea what we are talking about (haha) Just for next time, don't freak me out like that. I couldn't sleep with the lights off, teehee. I just miss you cousin... you know that. Most of the time I can play strong. Nights like this, not a chance. Sometimes I think that there is some one behind me, and I look around, and there isn't anyone. But then, I think again, and I know that it was you. We will get through this somehow, I just know it. Hell, I need someone who has been there, done that. I miss you terribly. Every day. It hasn't gotten any better. But it hasn't gotten any worse. Just... same o, same o. I guess. At MEPS, you were there. I knew that you had taken the oath in that same room. And stood in the same places that I had. It was strange. It really hit me hard that we had made the same commitment. Everyone probably thought I was hard core into the Air Force when I almost started crying while taking the oath. Haha. Our little secret. I just hate this! I just want to call you up and talk to you!!! I wish that we could be normal again. I think of all the times I should've called you, and I didn't because I thought we had all the time in the world to talk about things. What am I supposed to do if I ever get married? Haha, yet another joke! Because you need to be there when it happens because no one is going to believe it!!! Justin, I know that you are here, you've done what you can, and I appreciate it. I just need the strength to go through it all."
Love, your Cousin

""How long will the pain last?" a brokenhearted mourner asked. "For the rest of your life," I answered truthfully. One never quite forgets no matter how many years, we remember. The loss of a loved one is alot like a major operation, a part of us is removed leaving a scar for the rest of our lives.
This does not mean the pain continues at the same intensity. At first there is a short while when we hardly believe it; like cutting our hand, we see the blood but the pain not quite set in yet. When we are bereaved, there is a short while before the pain hits us. When it does, its effects are massive. Grief is shattering.
Then the wound begins to heal. Kind of like going through a dark tunnel. Occasionally we catch a glimpse of light ahead, lose sight of it awhile, see it again and one day merge into the light. We are able to laugh, to care, to live. The wound healed, so to speak, stitches removed bringing us somewhat whole again.
But not quite. The scar is still there, the scar tissue too..Years pass, we manage. Things to do, people to care for and tasks requiring our full attention. Not far below the surface the pain is still there. A face that looks familiar, a voice that has echoes, a photograph in someone's album, a landscape once saw together, its as though the knife were in the wound again. But not quite so painful and mixed with joy too. Remembering a happy time is not all sorrow; it brings back happiness with it
How long will the pain last? For the rest of your life. The thing to remember is t hat not only the pain will last, but the blessed memories as well. Tears are proof of life. The more love, the more tears. If this be true, how could we ever ask the pain cease altogether. For then the memory of love would go with it. The pain of grief is the price we pay for love.

I love you and miss you so much Carter!"
of Missouri

"To the family of:Justin B. Carter 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"

"I was on FOB Mckenzie the day it happened. I used to work in the office where it happened. That day will forever be etched in my mind. My best to his family and all his loved ones."
JL of USA

"Justin,
Here we are, once again. It has now been a little over a year since your accident. I still think of you everyday and how much we all miss you. It still is hard to believe. I went to the cemetary when I came back to visit. Its even hard for me to go there because it just isn't right. Everytime I go, I sit in the car and pull myself together... take a few deep breaths, and open the gate. Walk to where you are and all I can do is just stand there, numb. And all these thoughts are running through my mind like "what are we doing here?" and "why is this still so hard?" I don't know what I expected I guess. I don't know if it ever gets better or if things get easier. Sometimes I think that maybe I am just one day, supposed to wake up, and be at peace with everything. Some days are alright. I think of you and all the really good times that we shared together and I laugh at some of the things that we did. Other days are the worst of days, when I just can't seem to start being ok with this. I am still just so baffled, still dumbstruck. I treasure your jacket, the one your mom let me keep for awhile. It is real, something that you wore. I touch it and my heart just swells with pride and gratitude for you. I miss you so much, you know that, of course. I know that one day we will see each other again and I always feel like you are always at my side when I need you the most. Its you that has kept me strong through all of this. I love you so very much Justin!"
Your cousin

"Please accept our deepest Condolence. We are very sorry that you have lost your Son. We know all his Family and Friends will never forget him. My Husband worked with your Son and knew your Son very well. Everyone from 1/15 will remember your Son and their friend, they all miss SPC CARTER very much and i know he will always be part of them and they will never forget him. Noone can take the Pain of losing a very loved one, please know you are in our Prayers and Toughts. Spc Carter will always remain in Memories, Stories and in everyone's Heart."
J & Y of Fort Benning, Ga

"Its really been a year. It just does not seem like it has been. It just doesn't seem possible sometimes that you are really gone. I wish I could hear your laugh or see your smile. I miss you Carter.
Love Always"
Brittany of Seymour, Missouri

"Wow, its been a year and I still can't belive your actually gone. I think of you almost every day. You still are one of the biggest influences in my life. When I'm having troubles or any kind of problems. I think to my self what would Carter do? And the anwser always brings a smile to my face, cause I know it would probably get me into trouble. I will miss you always; but fear not, my image of you shall never fade and you will never be forgotten.
Until we meet again."
Cousin

"Carter,
I know we were not that close when you were taken away, but I want you to know that I always did and always will consider you my friend. I know if things would have been different between me and a certain other, you and I still would have been friends like we were before. I will never forget the times we shared together and the times I wish we could have shared together. I think of you almost daily and wish things would have been better between us...It makes me realize that we should always say the things that need to be said because you never know what is going to happen.
Thank you for all the memories I have of you.
Until we meet again on the other side
I love you Carter"
of Mansfield, MO

"Justin:
Thank you for serving our country first of all. You wouldn't believe how much I really appreciate it. Time sure goes by fast. You were an awesome person. You will be gratelly missed."
Jessica of Hampton, Va

"Sometimes I feel like I am losing you all over again
I try to picture your face
It is a little fuzzy now
As if it is being erased

I wish I would of had more time with you
The memories I have I treasure
They make me laugh now
And will hold a place in my heart forever

There are so many things I wanted to say to you
But I was to scared to try
Now I am left with regret
And I have to say goodbye"

"Here I am again, only this time so far away from everything in Italy...I miss you so much, and know that everyone else does as well..its been 10mths today and I still don't believe myself. I still want to go home on leave and expect to see your smilling face there...There is not a day that goes by that i don't think about you. I can't imagine how hard this must be for your family, I just wish them the best, and pray for them. You are in My Prayers:) I miss you a lot..."
Stacey Wright of Sigonella, Sicilly, Italy

"Hey Justin i miss you alot i wish you where here to see my baby now. we had alot of great times down at the cabin Every time i see the guys im happy but im sad when i think about you. Evey time i go bye your house i have look hopping that i might see you standing there."
Jessica Willimas of Mansfield,Mo

"Justin,
Its me again. Today is your b-day. This year has gone by so fast it seems. Its just so unreal. I never got the chance to spend any of your b-days with you. I wish I could of been there with you and the guys last year for your 21st in Atlanta. Although the stories you told me about that night are very memoriable. I still think about you most days. Some days are better than others. My heart goes out to your family today. I know how much I miss you. I can't imagine how they must feel. Its true when people say you were one of a kind. I know that I will never meet someone as special as you were. Love Always,(Britt)"
Brittany Terrill of Seymour, MO

"Justin, tomorrow is your birthday. I know I am not alone in thanking GOD for every day that you bless are lives, with your own special sunshine. Some people live a long life and never understand that it isn't about doing that or this but how you make people feel. You had that down pat!So who ever reads this today, please pass on Justin's gift (of caring about people) to someone else."
Aunt Lindy of MT

"Also I would like to add my heart felt thanks and prayers to Justin and his family. Recently the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project honored Justin with a shipment of items needed by the hospitialized military to Landstuhl Hospital Chaplains Office. My family and the Hospital Care Project members want Justins family to know that all our thoughts and prayers are still with his family.
militarymom34543@yahoo.com"
Karen Grimord of Stafford, VA

"Bro i'm sorry i could not be there for you i had to be home to watch my son be born. I was just getting ready to leave to meet up with you and i got stoped by moss and he told me the news. I was so shocked to hear what had happen. I tried to stay back to atleast be in benning for your service but they said no. So i tried to hurry and get to Iraq but it took me about 30 days to get there. We are so sad for what has happen. You know that you was the life of the company. If we was haveing a bad day you always made us laugh. Even when you was haveing a bad day you never showed it. You was always there for anyone if they needed someone to talk to. I remember that last thing i said to you man. I told you all to be safe and as soon as my son was born i will be there with you all. I'm sorry to see that you had to go. Just remember you will always be in all of are hearts and YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
Mcfarland ( Mac ) of Fob Mckenzie, Iraq

"Once again, missing you Justin. Although not a day goes by that I don't think of you and miss you, there are times that something happens: a song on the radio, a memory, just something pops up that makes me realize just what has happened. It hasn't gotten any easier, although I never expected it to. I am so proud to read what all your friends have said about you. Everyone thought so highly of you, including me. I still have trouble with all of it. I still expect to see you or hear you call. Thanksgiving is coming up... this time last year was the last time that I ever saw you. I wish so hard that I would have said so many different things that night. I wish so hard to take back that night. But we did have a good time, and it is a good memory. I just still can't believe that this has happened. I am still so mad but at who I do not know. Frustrating really... because you deserve to be right here with me. I don't know why this happened to our family, why it was you and not me, or someone else. You have to help me understand. My mom gave me a framed picture of you and me-I'm sure you have seen it. It was of us, fixing the headlight in the Stratus. I was so touched by that gift. You just had "that look" on your face. The one I can't explain but it always makes me smile.

I miss you more than words can say, Justin. I miss all the good times that were yet to come for all of us. I can tell when you are with me, at those moments I need you the most. You have helped me get through some tough times and I can't thank you enough for that. Thanksgiving will be hard, I know, and coming home to visit everyone will be bittersweet. I am sorry that I had to leave you because you know I didn't want to.... glad you find your way to Madison every now and then! I hope to make you proud very soon, although I'm sure you are laughing at me right now, haha. I never did thank you for doing what you did for all of us, going over there- so thank you. I miss you alot, like everyone else does, and wish for just another day with you. Love you so much."
I'll be seeing you- Your Cousin

"Carter,
Here I am writing again. For some reason it sort of puts me at ease. I wish I could say that as the days have past things are easier, but there not. I still have to remind myself somedays that you are gone. Its just crazy to think that I won't be seeing you here in a couple of months. I wish everyday that I could. I only talk to Garris now. He seems to be doing pretty good. I hope to see him when he comes to Missouri. You are missed so much Justin. I have one star that I look at each night, and I think of you. I miss you more and more each day. Come and visit me in my dreams as often as you want to. I'll be seeing you again one day Justin Blake Carter until then I know that you will be watching over us all.
Love Always,
Brittany"
Brittany Terrill of Seymour Missouri

"Dearest Justin,
As your step grandmother I cannot take credit for your beautiful face, your wonderful smile or even for that captive personality that held the attention of anyone who was engaged in conversation with you. As your step grandmother all I did was enjoy your happy demure and thank God that I was priviliged to be included in seeing you grow into the wonderful person that you were becoming.
I know you touched many lives and I know you were not perfect (potato gun, blown up kitchen, etc) but I just want you to know that my love for you was unconditional just like God loves me.
I am thanking HIM for you and for allowing you to bless my life here on earth and praising HIS name that I will see you again. Sometimes near the end of night when the dim stars shine brightest and doubts invade my mind, I close my eyes and wait for the peace of dawn and the weight upon my heart to be lifted, I see your face and know how happy you are to be in HIS presence and HIS care. Then that peace invades my being and because of HIM I am able to arise and know HIS loving arms will hold me close as I know HE holds you, my precious step grandson.
Step is an earthly term and does not give true value to my love for you - God knows but I want you to know - you were and always will be my oldest Grandson (no step included).
My pleasant trip in memory remembers what joy you gave to our family, you truly were one of our treasures.
Winter changes to springtime, then quickly a soft summer day fades to autumn, then follows winter again with snowflakes at play, all God's gifts to us but you, Justin, were a special gift to this family, a miracle loaned from above. You were the one God chose to be planted in our family and to it your special place was carved into our beings.
It is very difficult at times to face grief with a smile but then I remember "life is what you make it" and then I remember you.
There is a peace amid this hurricane of war - a quiet peace that "passeth all understanding", a peace down deep within, a rock on which to lean in time of storm, the peace that you now fully understand.
Justin, my precious Grandson, I can only imagine!
Love you Forever"
Grandma of Walnut Grove MO

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

"Every day that passes is never easier than the one that came before it, but it gives me hope that in due time I will be reunited with that Crazy Carter laugh. He always had a way with the ladies and he holds a piece of my heart forever. He sent me a gift for Valentine's Day right before he left us and with it was attached a note telling me to "be true to" myself. I know that he wants all who he has left behind here on earth to remain true to ourselves. He will never truly be gone because if you ask for him to he will come back to you in your dreams and in funny things that make you laugh...don't forget he still has a sense of humor even if from another realm. He is a better soldier now because he can protect us all. He is there just put your hand on your heart and feel it beat. When it beats let it remind you that he is there too. Carter had amazing faith in himself, God, his family and friends please keep that faith for yourself. Becky and Brett always remember how much I love you both. And Carter I'll forever be your Boo."
BeckyBoo of Hartville

"As I was looking through my things as I pack getting ready to transfer to Italy, I ran across one of the letters that you had written me while you where in Korea, I couldn't help to just break down in tears. It seems that we almost always took leave together, and didn't know about it until we saw each other in town, I was always so excited when I would see that red toyota sitting at the gas station or driving past me...when I found out what happened, I was just getting off work, and was still in uniform, and wouldn't believe the voice on the other end of the phone. So as more information came to me, I made arrangements to drive home, so I worked for 10 hours and made that 14 hour drive home as soon as I got off work Thursday, when I arrived on Friday morning, as soon as I got home I had to get ready to go to the funeral, in uniform for you, and by my surprise was not the least bit tired, but as soon as I stepped out of my truck, I had a reporter asking me questions, and I remember just bursting into tears and walking away, and the tears didn't seem to stop for a long while.
I had a dream about you the other night, so I knew that you were/are looking over me. I just can't express how I feel about what had happened, it is still to this day very hard for me, at 4 1/2 mths since this tragety, and your name still runs through my mind at least once a day, something always reminds me of you. anyways, I just hope the best for your family, and all the friends all over the world that you have managed to make, you have always tended to attract people with your charming personality and smooth shell. God Bless everyone."
Stacey Wright of Mansfield Mo...residing Corpus Christi TX (only 3 more weeks)

"Carter,

You Will Never be forgotten. God Bless You man."
Doc of West Point, NY

"Wow, I never even knew this site existed!
Carter/Crazy J, it's easy to see how much you're missed. A day hasn't gone by where I havn't thought about you and I'm sure Chevy feels the same way.
The day of the incident I was numb, lost, broken. When I told Chevy he was in complete denile, but when he looked into my eyes he knew. At the memorial here in Iraq you should have heard him! Chevy made us all proud by the way he talked about you and how you used to chase squirels around the barracks.
I'm just rambling now but believe me J, we'll never forget about you and I know you'll be with us till the day we join you. I can see you now with your glass of jack and coke (99% jack, thimble of coke) waving it around roaring to have fun.
The cruise will go on and I know you'll be there.
Love you like a brother.

-Shane"
Shane Yost of Fob Mackenzie, Iraq

"Justin,
Here I am again. Tonight I was told more news about the accident. I don't have to tell you how angry it made me to hear everything. How can this be fair? How can there be nothing else that we can do? Most days I am so angry; I want to be angry at someone. I just don't know who. I miss you so much, but you already know that. I have tried to be "ok" with what happened but I just can't seem to get to that point. We just weren't ready for this, were we? I wish for so many things, as does everyone else. I am just hurting a lot, everyday. I know that you have been by my side everyday, helping me to try and understand. Without you, I don't know where I would be.

I missed you so much on my birthday. What I would have given to have heard my phone ring and hear, "This is Carter..." wishing me a happy birthday. But you were there, really, taking shots of whiskey right along side me. And, after I got sick, you still stuck with me- haha. You know how lucky I am to have you!!! I love you so very, very much. Please keep a watchful eye over him, I know he is having a tough time. I worry about him. Let him know that he isn't alone. I love him so much, you have to help him Justin. I know that it is hard for him.

Love you Justin, I'll be seeing you."
Your Cousin

"there will never be another like you in thins world! I think about you all the time out of all the guys you introduced me to you and chevy were my fav. You know the funny thing i still have you number saved on my phone and all the houndreds of text you sent me! But earlier this week (6/6-6/10) you name kept popping up on my phone, it was this guy name chris and he was dailing the wrong number. but that he had been iraq for quite some time and he had just returned home! It kinda freaked out by the whole thing and i just quit answering the phone! Well alot of strange stuff was going on around my house and Tiffany kept telling me it was you trying to tell me that you were sorry for the way you left things between us when you left and you never really got to say that you were sorry, So she calls you number back to ask that guy why he kept callin my phone and he said that he only called it once by accident, but there were like 10 missed calls and recived calles from that number. Its strange how thing in this world work and how you can let people comeinto your life only to be taken away when you least expect it. I could beleive the way we met ME and some friends at wal-mart trying to get some beer! Consideriing im not usually outspoken enoough to just walk up and talk to someone like i did that night you tought me to all ways be that way because you will never no what is out there unless you go out and me new people no matter the situation, there is always time to met new friends."
Lindsey Holland of Salem Alabama USA

"Carter,
Well a week from today is the first time we met a year ago. Kurt introduced me to you, but for some reason I kept calling Dave Carter instead of you and he never corrected me until you finally told me that you were Carter. I remember I was complaining how my shoes were hurting my feet. So you looked down and told me that I had (nice shoes). You and Austin were talking back and forth on the walkie talkies well you guys called them the ( beep beep). I would walk past you and you would ask me "Hey where ya going." You were such a smooth talker that I did give you my # by the end of the night. Until about a month later I did not even know your name was Justin. Because of the simple fact that you told me it was Carter. When people at the cabin would say where is Justin at. I did not know who the were talking about. But then I later found out.
I saw where your mom put my angel statue that I got her. Its looking over you. That truly meant the world to me. I would have been tickled pink if she had just put it in her yard. But where it is now is the best place it could ever be.
I have talked to all the boys at Makenize. They all miss you so much, and talk about all the fun, and crazy times they had with you. They mention the trip to Atlanta the most. I still can't believe you guys took that bar stool. I'll never forget you and Garris trying to tell me the story in my kitchen at my apartment. I could not stop laughing.
There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about u. There is always something that reminds me of you, and my nephews name is Carter. So when everyone is yelling at him for something u pop in my mind. I have so many great memories of you. I am so glad that I went to Mississippi to see you with Austin. Even though you yelled at me and Austin for having a pillow fight and running around the room like crazy people. We were getting kinda out of hand. I miss texting eachother for hours and hours. My phone bill was outragous! I miss seeing you run around with the your hat on the you stole from a korean. Or the 100's of glowsticks you brought with you. We were always prepared if we did not have any light or could not see. I wish I would have come and saw you last October. And I really wish that you would have gotten the letters I wrote you. I was never really good at expressing myself to you. I cared about you more than I let on. I cared about you so much.
My favorite memory is 4th of July. I went to your house and met alot of your family. Then at the lake I got the nickname that the guys still call me to this day. They never say my real name. But its ok.
I miss your more than I could ever say or write down or type on this website. There are no words that could express it. You will always be in my heart Carter."
Brittany Terrill of Semour,Mo

"Hey there Mrs. Becky I want to say that it was a wonderful time that i spent with Justin the three weeks that i knew him we the best i have ever had! I could of gottin it to more trouble during that breif period of time than i couuld during my whole life! I honestly Felt a strong Love for Justin and he will always hold a specail place in my heart! If any one wants to talk or just drop a few lines to me my email is IXI88girlIXI@aol.com Lindsey Holland I love you guys!!!"
Lindsey Holland of Beulah Alabama USA

"I knew Carter pretty much the whole time he was "On The Hill". We spent everyday together. I got to know the most interseting and complex young man i've ever met. Carter always lived life to the fullest. He loved the Army even though he'd sit there and tell you different. But he always missed home more than anything in the world. He would always tell me about his best friend Austin and all the crazy things they used to do. I even talked to Austin a few times and Carter's mother. Carter and I dated almost 10 months and I fell in love with him as did he. But we broke up right before our deployment but still stayed the best of friends. That was one thing about him that I loved, he was always there for me when I needed him. He would stop what he was doing and come to my "rescue" so to speak. I would always do the same for him. 0200 hrs i would get a knock at my door and it would be him just needing to talk. Carter was such a great man with so much ambition. All of our friends that we have in Ft. Benning will always remember the good times we shared. The one thing that I wish I could change would be spending more time with him while we were in Kuwait. We wrote each other letters and notes telling one another how much we missed each other and planning a place to meet so we could actually have a sit down and catch up. But we never got it. We would see each other at the laundry or at the Burger King but always with people around us. And anyone who knew Carter knew he didn't like to air his business. But I would give anything to have our talk so I could look into his beautiful eyes and tell him one last time how much I really do love him. To Carter, I wrote you one last letter and I will deliver it upon my return to the states. I have talked to the guys, most are on the up-n-up but Garris isn't doing so well. We all know how you 2 were close. I told you before that there's an opening to be my guardian angel, if you still want the job it's yours. I can't listen to Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" anymore, it makes me think of you too much and all the good times we had. I never wanted to say this but I have to now. Good Bye Justin Blake Carter. Look in on me from time to time and visit me in my dreams. I love you a million times over and miss you twice as much. Love Always, Case"
Casey Rowell of FOB Warhorse, Iraq

"Justin the last thing you said to me before I walked out the door was I LOVE YOU, since your untimely death the only thing I can think about is that moment. I would like to have that back. I guess I was embaressed to say that to a male cousin. So now I will tell every one who reads this message.
I LOVE YOU, and you will never be forgotten...................."
Eric

"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 Missouriís fallen soldiers is a matter of open record, we had to go beyond the name, rank and serial number Ė we needed to share information on the fallen soldiers from the familyís perspective and present a tribute that each of the soldiers would have approved of. This was a day for honoring Missouriís 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

"Justin,
I was just missing you today, although I miss you everyday. Somehow this gives me comfort. I found a CD that you had made me when we were seniors. I remember you made me listen to it everytime we drove around when you came to visit in Wisconsin. And then I remembered when you boys went camping in the big "state park" and it made me laugh to think of that night. I'm so glad that we always had a good time! Then I thought back to my graduation night and I took you to a friend's party and you just blew everyone away with your personality. Of course, I was worried because I lost you and Austin amongst my friends for awhile. But I found you guys, just hanging out with my friends just like they were your own. These days old memories just seem to pop up in my mind, like when we went to go see some ninja movie when we were really young... and when you kind of got the 4 wheeler stuck in the pond out in Fordland. And I remember running like crazy at a party (or at least away from a party!) in Mansfield- you remember the one?- how could we forget?! That was a good time. Somehow I find strength in these memories. It helps that they are all so awesome that it always makes me smile to think of them. Thanks for always making me smile, Justin. I keep smiling because I know you would want me and everyone else to. We all love you so very much and miss you everyday. Love you Justin."
Your Cousin

"Carter,
Our last conversation we had keeps replaying in my mind. There are so many things that I wish I would have said to you. I had your christmas lights all ready to go. I was going to send them to you on the 18th. Now they sit in my room. I wrote you two letters on V-day. You never got them though. This is all just so unreal. I look at your picture in my room, and it just seems like a bad dream. Everyone misses you so much. I ask myself everyday why did this have to happen. You were a great guy. The best! You are in my thoughts and my dreams. I will see you on the other side."
We will always have Memphis

"Justin, today as I was pulling out on the highway going to work, I saw the three geese flying together overhead. It was your way of reaching me and letting me know you are there at home with your mom and dad. You will be forever in our hearts and "Forever Young!"
Aunt Lindy of Havre, MT

"Carter,
I sit here at work at stare at the computer screen hoping that it will say oospiffy is now online, but I know that will not happen. I took a shot for you on my 21st b-day but it still was not the same. I did not get to tell you all about it, but I know that in some way you were probably there.

When I was at the cabin last week it was strange you not being there, but then I looked up and saw I glow stick hanging for the ceiling and I smiled. You always had glow sticks with you no matter what. I think about you often, and all the good times that I got to share with you. Because of you I got the chance to meet alot of people that I would have never met if it was not for you. I miss you more and more everyday. I know you are watching over everyone."
Brittany

"Justin, it still doesn't seem real yet, still seems like a bad dream. I know deep down inside that you are never coming back, but I know that you are always with me. I am greatful for all the good times we have had; I don't have a single bad memory of you. I wear my ribbon with pride and also because it makes me feel like you are always at my side. I know that you knew how much I loved you and how much I admired you. And I knew that you loved me. What a blessing, for us to have been so close!

I've been out to the cabin a few times. It feels so strange to be there and you're not. I always expect you to come through the door. The guys have made sure that I am ok... we are all doing ok. Thank goodness our family is so close that we have all managed to get through one more day. I know that you have been looking over our shoulders, giving us the encouraging words we need to hear. Thanks for standing with me at the service, I felt much more brave with you by my side. Come visit whenever you want- you know someone's 21st is coming up and I'll be sure to pour a shot for the both of us. I love you Justin."
Your cousin

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

"I miss you already. I am sure that you heard Becca speak, she knows you too well, doesn't she? Cullen misses you too. All my love- your cousin"

"Dear Carter Family:
My husband is also stations at FOB Mckensie. We are keeping you in our prayers. He is a HERO. I am very sorry for your loss."
The Sholes Family of West Plains, MO

"Dear Carter Family,

Please accept our deepest condolences for the great loss of your son. Please know that we are praying for you and your family, as well as our soilders, each and every day. I pray that God wraps his arms around you and gives you the strength and courage for the days ahead. Thank you for Justin, a true hero, who paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country to keep America safe and free. God Bless You and your family, for God has truly blessed our country with Justin and men like him."
The Edward Todd Family of Springfield, GA USA

"I have known Justin since we where in 8th grade when he first started going to school in mansfield...i am now a fellow service member and was shook to hear about one of my frineds and fellow miilitary members..God Bless everyone over there and the family and friends of Justin...I remember what a good man and friend he was, and in high school i can remember him being so excited to serve his country..i just hope that others are so excited...I am so sorry for everyones loss, I am right here if anyone needs me..."
Stacey Wright of Mansfield Missouri....now Corpus Christi TX

"Thank you brave american Soldier.
Thank you for save the freedom of the whole world.
Thank you from Germany
You are my Hero
Thank you from Ute of Ramstein/Germany"

"I can only imagine your pain and suffering for the loss of Justin. May God bless you and heal your suffering and sadness. We are all so thankful for your brave Justin. He is in the highest land of the free with the lord, now. His pain will be no more!! Praise God for him! We love you all!"
Aubrey Emerson of Oklahoma

"To Justin's family - we are truly sorry for your loss. They tell us that someday our pain will be easier to bear. But Justin is not in pain, he is in the arms of our Lord. Take comfort in this and trust in Jesus. We can't manage without this truth."
Webster and Ruth Reed (Parents of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Iraq on January 28, 2005) of Krotz Springs, LA

"It was a great honor to give final tribute to a brave solider recently in Balad, Iraq. Serving as part of the Patriot Detail and slowing raising that crisp salute to this brave man is something I will always remember. He performed the ultimate sacrice as a solider and his committment to duty will be remembered for fighting the good fight. My hugs and love goes out to the family."
Richard S. Neubauer of Raleigh, North Carolina

"To the Family and Friends of Justin B. Carter, May the memories you have Justin be a source of comfort to you at this time. Justin's commitment towards excellence is something to be recognized with high esteem, I know we'll remember his commitment to FREEDOM, Honor,Country, and most of all - FAMILY. We also have a son in Iraq with the 1/15th out of Ft. Benning who is praying for your family. May the comfort of the Lord always be your strength. Prayerfully Yours, The Sibert Family"
Kathleen Sibert of Torrance, California

"Dear Family and Friends of Spc. Justin B. Carter. God be with all of you, including Spc Carter, we hold him at great esteem. His patriotism, courage and valor, his service in the U.S. Army are all reasons for you to be proud of him. He is a hero, and you will see him again. God Bless you all. Mother of Sgt. Justin G. Carter, 3rd ID, Kelly Hill, Ft. Benning, GA."
Barbara Christ of Hamilton, Montana

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

"Your son was our nation's hero. He will be missed and never forgotten."
Erin of Fort Benning, GA

"I just want to say that I am very sorry for your loss and that I can only imagine the pain you are dealing with. I have a husband there that would have been proud to be friends with your son becasue they were all fighting the same cause. Please know that he is missed and that we are all praying for you."
Crystal of Ft Benning GA

"Mrs. Becky and other friends and family of Justin, I just want to say that Mrs. Becky you raised a fine young man. I don't believe that poeple get any better than Justin was. I cared deeply for him and want you to know that you are in my prayers at all times. I hope to hear from you soon."
Tabitha Faulk of Columbus, GA-Phenix City, AL

"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 19 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 Justin is in my prayers."
Ann Gastler (anngastler@charter.net) 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 19 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 Justin is in my prayers."
Ann Gastler (anngastler@charter.net) of St. Peters, MO

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

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

"To the family and friends of Spc. Justin Carter:
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 Justin, 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