Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Christopher S. Cash

36, of Winterville, North Carolina.
Cash died in Baqubah, Iraq when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle came under attack by enemy forces using small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry, Jacksonville, North Carolina. Died on June 24, 2004.


Many thanks to all of you who have taken the time to remember my son, Chris. We would like to just say thanks for all of your kind words, they do help. He was a truly wonderful son, father and husband; and we will never forget what he did for all of us.

Thanks,
His loving Dad, Bob and Pam Cash

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"We just had Veterans day.....and I am thinking of the ultimate sacrifice you made for all to be free. Keep watching over all of us. RIP my buddy."
CJ of Greenville NC

"Memorial Day weekend of 2016......gone but not forgotten."
CJ of Greenville, NC

"Capt. Cash, you and your family will always be considered a HERO in my eyes. May GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I was attached to the Big Red One stationed at Camp Caldwell just east of WarHorse. I was on QRF at the time of this tradegy that attended the ambush. I will NEVER FORGET and will always have your family in my thoughts and prayers . He was a Brave man and an Amazing Leader for his squad. TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!!!!"
Derek Allen of Charlotte, NC

"We miss you Bro! You were a wonderful friend....and we miss you on the soccer pitch! Thank you for our FREEDOM!"
CJ of Greenvlle NC

"Brother, You are not forgotten! I was just telling someone a story about you and I at Fort Benning during Infantry Officers Advanced Course, and Matt Stapleton's name came to mind as well, you two were friends that are still in thoughts and stories so you will never be forgotten. God Bless Brothers."
Don S of Fayetteville, NC

"9 years sir. Rest in Peace.... Not forgotten."
MB

"RIP Sir.

I have worn your bracelet, and that of SPC Desens, every day since we got them back in '04. You sir, are a hero."
MB of Ft. Benning, GA

"I was just thinking about you bro! Are you watching us from above? We miss you man! Soccer....swimming laps at ViQuest....those were the days!"
CJ (Chris Johnson) of Greenville NC

"I took command of CPT Cash's Company hours after he was killed. My name is Ty Johnson and I was Chris' brother commander from The Big Red One at Camp Warhorse, Baqubah, Iraq. I had known Chris briefly and got along well with him. I was angered at the news. I had commanded a Bradey Company previously and the Brigade Commander asked me to do this and lead the Wolverines back into battle....I did. I commanded A Company for approx. 24-36 hours. I would like to honor Chris as a fellow Infantryman. I was at the time, in command of a Cavalry Troop who were the best men I ever have known. A Company was of the same caliber. I had lost my own XO a few weeks earlier as well as many other men. It was an honor as a native Georgian to lead fellow Southerners into battle. I will never forget it. I later bought a home in Fayetteville (while stationed at Ft. Bragg) which I still own and rent out. I would love to see some of the men I briefly led into battle. I come to NC about 4 times a year to check on my property. May God bless his family.

Ty Johnson"
Ty Johnson of Ft Lauderdale, FL

"7 years sir. The 120th has not forgotten."
M B of North Carolina

"It's Memorial Day 2011 and I'm thinking of my old soccer buddy, 'CASH'. I had so much fun playing with him..... he will always be remembered! Miss you bro!"
CJ (Chris Johnson) of Greenville, NC

"To the family of:Christopher S. Cash
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"1-30-11"

"Chris and I went to OCS together and IOBC at Ft Benning. We were Pugil Stick partners and beat the crap out of each other. I found out he was killed when I was back at Ft Benning preparing to Mobilize and head to Iraq. Chris was a good man and a great Soldier. I always think of him when I see a 30th IN BDE patch. On days like today, I remember him especially. Freedom aint free, but there are those of us that stand in line to pay the toll. Take care my brother."
MAJ JD Collie of Locust Grove, GA

"I met Capt. Cash several years prior to deploying to Iraq when I served with HHC 230TH in Raleigh, NC. He was a well liked and admired man by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was a soldier and a good man. He cared for his troops and his family. (The one he served with and the one at home.) When I learned of his death I was heart broken. A fellow soldier told me of the loss and he too was shaken. He and Chris had been friends for many years.
To his wife and family I send my deepest regard and sympathy. To his troops I also extend this sentiment. Losing a person of his caliber leaves a deep scar that takes a lifetime to heal. God's love will ease the pain but even then the absence is always felt until the reunion on the streets of gold. I know in my heart he walks them with our Lord.
It has taken me this long to find the words and I pray they are well received by the ones that were closest to him. May God shelter and keep you in His grace and love."
Spec. M. "Bulldog" Bullis (Ret) of Siler City NC

"Sir you and your mens valor that day will NEVER be forgotten."
ssg john morgan jr. ncarng ret. of winston salem nc

"Its been Five years today and you have not left our hearts or our minds.
SFC Don Baker
A Co. 1/120 OIF II 2004"
SFC Don Baker of Durham NC

"I was just driving down route 1 in Saco, Maine and noticed a bumper sticker on a vehicle about the 5K run in Old Orchard Beach in memory of your son. I am currently working toward being able to run once again as while in the Air Force I was a distance runner. Due to some health reasons I've been out of that network for sometime now. I would like to say that I have visited the website and it has given me even more motivation to get myself geared up to be able to run this race next year. It's nice to see our fallen servicemembers remembered in such positive and productive ways. God be with your family."
Meg of Portland, Maine USA

"As our state's 30th BCT prepares to return to Iraq for it's second tour, I am reminded of the courageous leader my brigade had in Chris Cash.

I deployed with the 30th Bridade to Iraq in '04, with 1/252 AR, and while I never knew Capt Cash personally, his & SPC Desens passing deeply affected every one of us the day we got word. Not long afterward, we would all learn how much of a brave leader he was, and how greatly he would be missed.

What we can look forward to in the years to come, is a prophecy in Scripture as described in Isaiah 2v4:

"He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."

We can pray that our Almighty Creator speed that day.

Warmest regards,"
Tom W of Raleigh, NC

"CHRIS:AS 5 YRS APPROACH;IT IS STILL SURREAL.I WILL BE 40/OUR BIRTHDAY,CHRIS.YOU'D BE 42.I THOUGHT WE'D GOOF,YOU CAN BE 40 TWO.[ALSO]MISS YOU UNBELIEVEABLE...."
STACEY,sister of HOLLLYWOOD,FL.

"Chris coached my soccer team at Parrott Academy in Kinston, NC in 97 or 98. He was a great, fun coach. I remember seeing him running around the school with a pack on as the sun came up one morning. To me, it's funny, he was like an action figure or superhero.

He had every reason to be arrogant, but he always seemed so grounded and well rounded. He was definitely someone that made an impact on my life as a role model.

To his wife and children, I never met you, but I'll pray for you tonight.

Thank You Coach Cash"
Anonymous of Anonymous

"28 September 2008
I can remember many things about this man and how tough he was. Chris was a hard charger and gave the best as did all under his command. A Co. was the standard that all others looked up to and if you were part of it he expecting nothing less than what he was from you. As tough as he was he was a family man and we were his family over there. Two nights before June 24 I can remember sitting in his tent and talking about his wife and sons and the things they gave him and sent him that he used to keep with him and what they did at home. I was out there with him and Danny on June 24, 2004. To his family just know we got em, every one of em and he died saving his men from harm as did Danny. The hardest part of it all was having to see both families suffering from such losses, but I want both families to know they were true soldiers to be looked up to and I wish both families the best.

My deepest condolences."
Sgt. Lanier of Belmont, NC

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Capt. Christopher S. Cash:
Christopher 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

"GOD BLESS YOU DAWN. I'M CHARLES CARROW NOW OF GREENVILLE. I SERVED WITH HHC 120TH TWO MONTHS AFTER YOUR HUSBAND WAS KILLED. I GOT STATIONED AT FOB BERNSTEIN IN AUGUST OF 04. I CAN'T TELL YOU ABOUT ALL THE STORIES I HEARD ABOUT HIM. I MADE IT HOME WITHOUT A SCRATCH ON JANUARY 6TH OF 05. THEN I TRANSFERRED INTO THE ACTIVE ARMY FOR AN ADDITIONAL TWO YEARS. BUT I NEVER FORGOT THE STORIES OF THAT MAN. HE'S MY INSPIRATION NOW AS A FATHER, ESPECIALLY SINCE I HAVE TWO KIDS,ONE FROM A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE. BUT I ALSO VISIT HIS GRAVE TWICE A WEEK USUALLY. MY WIFE AND I SPENT TWO HOURS THAT FIRST DAY LOOKING FOR HIM. WE FINALLY FOUND HIM CLOSE TO THE ROAD.. I NEVER GOT TO MEET HIM BUT I PRAY ONE DAY I COULD HAVE THE HONOR OF HEARING ABOUT HIM FROM YOU AND SO DOES MY FAMILY. AND IN EXCHANGE I CAN TELL YOU ABOUT WHAT HE MEANT TO ME AND HOW HIS SPIRIT HELPED ME SERVE MY COUNTRY DURING 2004.. miliexman17@yahoo.com-252-670-1534 SPC CHARLES CARROW"
CHARLES CARROW of GREENVILLE, NC, USA

"A website in memory of CPT Chris Cash.

http://www.mainesecurity.com/IMO/IMO_CPT_Cash.htm"
Veteran of Maine

"Chris and I were class mates and Co-Captains of our High Shool track team in OOB. I never saw Chris again after we graduated HS but I will never forget the day I heard his name mentioned on the radio as it reported of "Another Soldier from Maine killed in Iraq." I never knew that Chris was an Army Ranger and because of this I was shocked to hear that he was killed. I always knew that Chris would grow to be succesful in whatever he attempted. I never imagined that he would touch the lives of so many in his success. Since his death I have tried to read everything I could get my hands on about Chris. I am happy to know that he lived his dreams serving our Country proud. It seems like everybody could not say enough about how wonderful, strong, loving, caring and courageous Chris was. One thing is clear, he touched the lives of many. I am not surprised of the person he became respected leader, loving husband, proud father and caring brother. I am touched deeply by his loss. If I could only have said "Thank You" to him personally for faithfully serving our Country and helping to provide the freedom we all enjoy. He truly paid the ultimate price for our freedom. For this I will never forget you. I can not imagine the loss his family, friends, co-workers and fellow soldiers are feeling. You are all blessed to have known the man Captain Christopher Scott Cash. My memories of Chris (while distant in time, are fresh in my mind) are of us growing up in the beach resort town of OOB, our HS sports, gym class and the innocense of just being kids. I regret not to have had the chance to know the man that Chris grew into. My prayers go out to his wife & his children, Mother & Father his sisters (old friends and classmates) Jodi and Staci. If you are reading this it was great to see you all at the 1st "Race for Cash" in OOB. Everytime I drive by your home I can't help but think of what life is like without your Brother & Son. We can all be proud to know that Chris has touched the lives of so many people from our small home town in Maine, to the many soldiers serving around the world and everybody that can say "Chris Cash was my friend". We will never forget you Chris Cash.
Love in Christ
Your Friend,

Craig A. Geaumont
craigthelandman@yahoo.com
Limington, Maine"

"I love you uncle chris. you were always there for me. i will never forget you."
DJ BIGGINZ of CCJ

"I never knew Chris, his family or friends, but I too am brought to tears just reading about him. I am a Cash, my family is originally from Arkansas and Oklahoma but we have lived in California for all my life and then some. I have two son's Michael and Landon, Landon dreams of joining the forces as he believes in the cause! I pray for you, I pray for peace. God bless you all, Chris was, and lives on in all of you, a wonderful person, I know this only by reading the words, not by personal experience. I pray for your strength. Always, with love."
Donella Cash of Hemet, California, USA

"CPT Cash. It was two years ago today and I can't forget that day. I'm sorry that I didn't know you better but all the 120th misses you. RIP."
Matthew of North Carolina, 120th Infantry

"I met Cash when he was a Sergeant in Co. A, 1-119th Infantry in Wilson. I knew immediately that I liked Ranger Cash, and that he was a natural leader and a superior soldier. We parted ways for a while, and the next time I saw him, he was a Lieutenant, and deservedly so. I will always remember him as hard-charging but good natured. A leader his men respected and admired."
MAJ (ret) Keith Starner of Benson, NC

"There is not a day that goes by when I don't think of CPT Cash. We were platoon leaders in the 1/119th. I transfered to a JAG unit and he stayed with his love...the infantry. I was in Iraq when I read in Stars and Stripes he had fallen. To date, that day is one of the worst days of my life. I will never forget the loss I felt. I currently am serving at Fort Bragg and I went to the NCMA Hall of Fame and I prayed in front of his picture. God bless Chris. He still is an inspiration.

David

P.S. Would someone please email me and let me know how I can help his boys? Is there a college fund set up?
david.green20@us.army.mil"
CPT David Green of Little Rock, AR

"To the Cash family, we read about Capt.Cash in the brochure for the "Let Freedom Ride" that was held in Bluefield, WV this past year. I have not been able to write , after I read it. It was so meaningful. Our grandson was killed on the same day in Afghanistan. He was honored at the bike run that weekend. He was our daughters only child. They are our heroes and gave all for our FREEDOM. May we never forget what they did. Our prayers are with all of you and may his children grow up proud of their hero father. God Bless you. Proud grandparents of L. Cpl Juston Thacker, 21, KIA 6/24/04 Bari Khout, Afghanistan. We may be contacted at justontthacker@sunlitsurf.com"
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"I am Chris's younger sister,Stace,WE SHARED THE SAME BIRTHDAY...10-2- A DEATH THAT WASN'T MEANT TO BE.................................CHRIS should be here"
stace of hollywood

"Chris,
A part of me died when I found out you were gone. I thought of you then, I think of you now. You will never be forgotten.
David Tran
OC-37"
David Tran of Yokosuka, Japan

"My family and I send our deepest sympathies and prayers. I knew Chris for a short time in 1998, while working with him at Pulse Fitness Club. I just recently learned of his sacrifice after moving back to the Greenville area near the Reserve Building that holds his name. He was a truely genuine and honest, hard-working man. May God be your strength and guiding light."
Jason Coggins of Ayden, NC

"T o the Cash Family, first off, I would like to send my condolences to you for your personal loss, and this Countries huge loss, in the death of Chris. I didn't know him persoanlly, as I was just coming into The Family Support Coordinator's position in June of '03. I know he was in Alpha, and I'm HHC, to listen of all the guys talk about Chris, and the powerful eulogy, and the strength of his family really says alot about him as an individual. He will be greatly missed. Thank you Chris for being so noble, strong willed, but yet sensitive and humorous. The guys miss you. God Bless"
Kelly of Wilmington, North Carolina

"Chris was one of the most positive people I have ever met. Always a joy to be around, always inspiring you to go for your best. I had the pleasure of working and knowing him at two points in my life and I am forever better because of it. The world lost a great man, and an incredible human being, but we gained a beautiful angel."
Lisa Tyndall of Greenville, NC

"To all of Chris' family on Veterans Day 2005:

We have been vacationing at Old Orchard Beach for a number of years and this past June at the OOB Post Office, we picked up the flyer announcing "The First Annual Memorial 2.5 Mile Walk and 5K Run" to benefit the Captain Christopher Scott Cash Scholarship Fund. We have corresponded with Nancy and followed the news and articles on the event and on Chris in the local newpaper to which we subscribe.

On this day especially, we thank all the Veterans for their service and sacrifices that have kept us safe and free. And our thoughts and prayers are with all of Chris' family and those of you that knew and loved him. We wish we could have known him.

May God bless you all!"
Paul & Norma Niemi of Fitzwilliam, NH

"Chris was my "little" brother. We laughed, we cried, we ganged up on our sister Stacey, we shared beautiful memories. He lives inside of me and is always in my thoughts. Chris, you are my hero and I love you and miss you."
Jodie (Cash) Olivo of North Providence, RI

"It was my honor to be part of the crew that took Chris on the first leg of his trip home. The ceremony in Kuwait City was conducted with great respect and professionalism and is something I will remember forever. My condolences to the family of a true hero."
Maj Bart Cavendish, West Virginia Air National Guard of Charleston, West Virginia

"Chris...
You knew this.... "a soldier who dies in combat never really dies, but becomes the life of the effort... the soul in those who have lost their fear." To your family and friends the sacrafice is not worth it, but to the soldier, we understand. The world is a lesser place without you, but now we truely know the value your life gave to us. May we look past death to enjoy life as you did. You and I served together many years ago and spent many an hour in Bragg. A soldiers memories are fond, even if bittersweet. Our creed does not believe in sacafice --- but in fighting to win. And if we don't win, at least go down swinging. Sometimes that's enough to know.
You won't be forgotten, you will be missed. But you will always be remembered by your soldiers as a young, inspiring leader of men. Leading from the front, first in, last out. God bless."
GAR of Kingston NY

"As a son of an Air Force Sergeant, a tail gunner in a B-17 in WW2, and who personally served ten years on active duty with the U.S. Army I can appreciate the sacrifice and decication. As a parent who has lost a child I can apprecite the loss. Time will fade the accolades and apparent appreciation of the loss but time will not dim the sacrifice for veterans. Take heart in that."
Mike Yeksavich of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"WOLVERINES LEAD THE WAY SIR!!! YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!"
SSG SIMMONS of ROANOKE RAPIDS

"To Mrs Dawn Cash and Family

"Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause..." Abraham Lincoln

Dawn, May you take comfort in the love you shared with Chris- The wonderful years you had together and the memories that will forever live in your heart.
Chris touched the lives of so many people that through them his memory will live on.
You and Chris shared something not many people have- you were truley soulmates and anyone who knew the two of you knew you were ment for each other. You were the light in his eyes and he in yours. Even though you are apart- he is still with you- everytime the wind brushes your face or you find that penny on the ground- remeber "pennys from heaven" Those are precious moments.
Thank you for all Chris gave to this great nation of ours- words can not truley express your sacrifice and the heartfelt love that goes out to you and the boys.

God Bless you all-"
of Winterville NC

"To Dawn and all the members of Christopher's family...I lost my nephew,Sgt.Rodney A.Murray from Ayden,NC in May of this year.I know Christopher was from the same area and that you and Rodney's wife Amanda have become good friends and I am so thankful for that.My prayers and love go out to you all cause losing Rodney was like losing my own child.I've never had something hurt me as much as this and like you I am getting counseling too and I don't know when the tears will ever stop.I couldn't see why Rodney wanted to go,but like Christopher he believed in what they were doing in Iraq and he knew the risks but accepted them anyway.I got to see Rodney one last time last Christmas,I hadn't seen him in 3 yrs and never dreamed this would be the last time I'd ever see him again.If you ever want to talk you can always e-mail me at lighthouse27587@yahoo.com.I am so sorry for your loss."
Lois Kearney of Franklinton,North Carolina

"To Everyone: On behalf of my entire family and Chris and My two sons, Christopher and Mathew, thank you for your kind words and acts of kindness. The boys and our entire family love and miss him so much. As you all know Chris was a great guy, great father, great soldier and great friend. All of your messages/and or stories the boys would love to hear. viezur@msn.com will reach the boys and I. Thank you."
Samantha Cheatham(Christopher & Mathews mom) of Rocky Mount, NC

"Dear Cash Family,
I was working at Camp Warhorse in Baquba, Iraq and I met Chris on the morning of June 24th. He had come into my office to sign up for the July 4th 5K run and we talked briefly as he gathered his troops. He seemed good, polite, respected and he was loved by his troops. I will never forget that morning or those 36 hours. We also lost Dan that day too."
Tim G. of Chicago, Illinois, USA

"Dear Cash Family,
I was working at Camp Warhorse in Baquba, Iraq and I met Chris on the morning of June 24th. He had come into to sign up for the July 4th 5K run and we talked briefly as he gathered his troops. He seemed good, polite, respected and he was loved by his troops. I will never forget that morning or those 36 hours. We also lost Dan that day too."
Tim G. of Chicago, Illinois, USA

"To the Cash family, I would like to say, that the strength, courage and braveness Capt. Christopher Cash was known to exhibit remains in the family. I go to school with Capt. Cash's two son and his oldest, Chris, who is in my class,remains strong and still grins after time you look at him, and by the way many people describe Capt. Christopher Cash, his sons are just like him. His youngest son, Matthew, make sure we remember Capt. Cash; Tuesday, he passed out bracelets to people that requested them. On them: Capt. Christopher S. Cash, NC Army, Iraqi Freedom 24 Jun 04 KIA. His memory will remain in this town, anytime you see a silver braclet. God Bless Capt. Christopher S. Cash and his family, Chris and Matthew."
anonymous of Rocky Mount, NC

"...To: Cpt.Cash's Family and Friends

I am deeply sorry for your loss, I had the honor to serve with Chris during my time in the N.C.N.G. in the 119th Infantry Brigade. We both went thru our Bradly training together and during that time Chris always imposed a leadership role to myself as well as others. As a soilder and a man Chris was a stunning example of leadership and always had time to assist others reguardless of their rank and/or stature. Whether we were at Ft.Pickett Camp Shelby or Ft.Bragg he was always on top of his game and was just one of the guys....From all of us in the 119th Infantry Brigade we salute you and admire your contibutions to our development as men and soilders. You will be missed and to his family if we can help you in any way please feel free to contact us...he was a friend.... the Old Hickory has truly lost a rising star"
John Ed. Kurian Jr. and Family of Kitty Hawk N.C.

"To Mrs. Dawn Cash and family:
On June 24th our family at the National Guard Armory in Jacksonville,NC lost two GREAT MEN. The sacrifice that Capt.Cash made will never be forgotten by those men who served with him and their families.My husband said he was honored to serve with him and that he was a good man.He will forever be a hero in my book because he died to make my home a safer place to live.To Dawn on a personal note my heart goes out to you and you are in my thoughts often."
Tammi Kinsman of Hubert, North Carolina

"To the Cash family,

I wanted to write and let you know how much I apprciate the sacrifice you have made as a family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Chris and his unit replaced me in Iraq in March '04. I was very impressed with his motivation and determination to accomplish the mission and do what was right. I was happy that such a strong leader and a good man was replacing me and I was confident they would succeed.

In the short time I spent with him, I became fully aware how much he loved his family. He showed me pictures of his kids, and I could tell how proud he was of them.

My sincerest best wishes to his entire family."
Andy Roberts of San Diego, CA

"I sat with CPT Chris Cash at a meeting three weeks or so before he lost his life. He stood out because he was mentioned by name in a staff meeting as one of the finest company commanders in the brigade. I mentioned this to him and that it was a pleasure to meet him in person; he shrugged it off.

He stood tall along side his fellow company commanders in Iraq and it was my privilege to serve with them.

I have thought of him many times since I returned home and the same smile seen in the memorial photos is the one I remember from Diyala. He was a true American hero and a fine soldier. I am honored to have known him by acquaintance and I promise that he will never be forgotten nor his name unheard amongst the people with whom I speak of Iraq.

His efforts helped protect us all and are part of the foundation of the liberation and freedom of a people who have longed for it for many years. Chris was a true patriot and Son of Liberty.

God Bless."
LTC Todd Fredricks of KFOR 6A

"your hero also died along side mine, and i would like to say that i am sharing your grief, and just continue to be strong and i am forever grateful to Christopher Cash, right along with my cousin, Daniel Desens. thank you and God Bless!"
Daniel's cousin, Kim of Colorado Springs, CO

"To the Cash family,

My name is Lt Colonel Todd Hackett. I'm an active duty Air Force officer and former class mate of Chris. Although we were a few grades apart, we were on the track and cross country teams together. I recall that Chris was an incredible competitor, full of spirit and enthusiasm. I'm certain he carried these attributes with him into his adult life and career as an Army officer. Just wanted to offer his family my condolences and let you know that my family's thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
Todd Hackett of Scott AFB Illinois

"Cash Family, I did not know Chris but I am so appreciative of his sacrafice. Because of his bravery and dedication my children have a chance to live in freedom. May Gods love watch over and protect you until you are reunited with Chris. Joel Cash"
Joel Cash of St. George, Utah

"Cash Family, I did not know Chris but I am so appreciative of his sacrafice. Because of his bravery and dedication my children have a chance to leave in freedom. May gods love watch over and protect you until you are reunited with Chris. Joel Cash"
Joel Cash of St. George, Utah

"Dear Chris, my sweet son, if you were here by my side I would read this poem to you, its by Mattie Stapanek, he passed away two days before you, its called: BRAVERY PRAYER
Dear God, Help us to always be able To use the feelings of Hope and fear together, In one great force... Bravery. Bravery is extremely Necessary in life. If we are able To have bravery, We will be able to achieve Many goals in life. AMEN
You will always be a loving son, wonderful father and one of the bravest soldiers I have ever known, I love you forever my son, MOM ( Nancy Kelley) God Bless America"
Nancy Kelley of Old Orchard Beach Maine

"To the Cash family;
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. My nephew Spc. Daniel Desens, Jr. died with Christopher. Both of these men are true American heros and will always be remembered for their bravery and sacrifice they gave to our country. May God bless your family."
The McClain family--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"I write this letter in hopes I can reach Dawn or a friend of Chris'. I sit here in a daze in Atlanta Georgia to find out that a personal friend of mine has given his life for all of us. I use to live in Greenville North Carolina for 10 years. I first met Chris at Viquest and its been history since. We became very close and he pushed me during my workouts. We had the same drive in our lives. He pushed me hard when he made me sign up for his class at Viquest, "Basic Training". With Chris nothing was basic. I loved him for what he was able to share with me. I had to compete in Surviving the Holidays for a radio show in December 2001. He gathered a bunch of Viquest employees (friends) and headed down to The Pulse Fitness center to cheer me on. Along with many others Chris helped me celebrate my 30th birthday. It was at that time that I realized I was surrounded by such wonderfull people and my life was GREAT. He always was at Viquest with a smile. I had the privledge to go to Chris and Dawns reception. They cant forget me, cause I made my way into most of the pictures. I always wondered what Chris and Dawn thought when they finally got those pictures back. My heart aches for Dawn, his children, and family. I love you, Chris.

I just want to reach out to his wife, Dawn, to let her know even though I am so far away I have oftened thought of them. More so often now. Please if anyone from Viquest, Greenville Nc, or family and friends of Chris and Dawns, please give them this phone number.

I will give the name they knew me as. I have since goten remarried.

Rosie (Everette) St.Clair
770-441-0342 ext..457/458
Monday-Friday 8-4:30"
Rosie of Atlanata , Georgia

"i didnt realise that a Cash had been sacrificed his life in Iraq , as it waSnt reported in England , well names werent given out of american service personnel , i found this by chance when i typed in Daniel Cash(my son of 4 days) in Google , please accept my heart felt sympathy for your loss"
STEVE CASH of KNUTSFORD CHESHIRE ENGLAND

"I would like to thank the family of Chris Cash for so bravely accepting the loss of your loved one for the freedom of others, even those who may not yet appreciate it. I understand your loss, a good friend of mine Daniel Desens was killed with Chris. One of the things that bothered me the most was that I wanted everyone to know what had happend and to make these heroes known by name. I am deeply ashamed to say that before June 24, 2004 I would pick up the paper, magazines or whatever literature was around and while reading I would see the headlines telling of the soldiers killed in action or of those wounded during battle and I would occasionally read them but not always. The feeling of loss never really sunk in and the thought of how many people and how much the family of this loved one would be affected never got hold of me. After the death of Chris and Danny, any time I read about the death of another Amierican soldier,the pain washes over me again and all the feelings of loss take over. I now find myself crying over the loss of heros I have never known and now will never have the chance to know. I wish that every American would read an article when it speaks about the death of one of our beloved soldiers, to picture one of thier loved ones husband, father, son in that situation and thank god every day for the hero that died preserving the freedom they have always known.
prencessa16@hotmail.com"
Danielle Ray of Jacksonville, NC

"Remembering Your Hero and knowing your grief and pain. Your Hero was with My Hero, Spec. Daniel Desens, when they died. Keep your faith and prayers strong."
Daniel's Grama of Tucson, AZ

"Remembering Your Hero and knowing your grief and pain. Your Hero was with My Hero, Spec. Daniel Desens, when they died. Keep your faith and prayers strong."
Daniel's Grama of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in arizona

"To Chris' wife, sons, and family:
I extend my deepest sympathy for your loss. Chris was a truly wonderful person, a hero in every sense of the word. He never knew a stranger, never lost his million-dollar smile, and had the hugest heart of anyone I know. He was so giving and caring, so humble and yet so strong and brave. The world has lost a great citizen, our country has lost a hero, and for the ones who knew him best, they are left with an emptiness. May God bless you, give you strength to face each day, and the blessed assurance that Chris is by his side with that huge smile on his face. We have all been honored to have known him."
S. Phillips of Greenville, NC

"Christopher Cash is a true human hero. Chris is a hero for giving his life to protect his men, and our country. That is not all. Chris is a hero for welcoming the timid soul on the sidelines to our game of soccer. Chris is a hero for being an excellent husband and father. Chris is a hero for not kicking my shins in our countless soccer matches. Chris was my friend. Yes, Christopher Cash will forever be a true human hero."
CJ of Greenville, N.C.

"To the Cash Family - We express our deepest sympathy and condolences to you for your loss. We know your pain as Capt. Cash was with our nephew, Spc. Daniel Desens, when their Bradley was ambushed. Their reward is in Heaven, but their legacy will remain as true American heros. May God bless your family and bring you strength and peace."
The Williams Family of Virginia Beach, VA

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

"TO THE CASH FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY.OUR HEARTS AND PRAY ARE WITH YOU.CHRISTOPHER IS MORE THEN A HERO! HE HAS TOUCHED MANY LIVES. AN ALL WILL MISS HIM DEARLY!"
Leonard T Wahl of valley stream ny

"To the Family and Friends of Chris Cash, please accept our heart-felt sympathy and our undying gratitude for your loss and ultimate sacrifice. There are no words to console at this time, but please know we, as a small part of a grateful nation, will never forget your HERO. God Bless you!"
Kim, Chelsea, and Cody Loveland (extended family of A.J. Vandayburg, KIA, Barez, Iraq 4/9/04) of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, USA

"Cash, You remain BOLD, DYNAMIC, and AGGRESSIVE!!!!!!!!! Thank you!
OCS, CLASS 37"
Workman of DC

"To Christoper's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the family of Christopher Cash, our hearts and deep sympathy go out to you and may you find some peace in your memories. We lost our son in April 2004, in Bayji, Iraq, so we do understand your loss."
Gerald and Deborah Enos of Dartmouth, MA.

"To Christopher'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

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

"Thank you Christopher Cash, 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 Capt. Christopher Cash:
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 Christopher 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 Capt. Christopher Cash:
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 Christopher, 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