Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Samuel T. Castle

26, of Naples, Texas.
Castle died in Al Asad, Iraq, from injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device detonation. He was assigned to the 327th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, Fort Bragg. North Carolina. Died on May 11, 2005.

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"In memory of the first NCO I ever worked for. You are missed."
Steven Boyce of Sierra Vista, AZ

"It's almost a week since your 10 year anniversary into heaven. I think about you and Nicole and your family more often than I like to admit. As I struggle to find peace in my life, I pray that Nicole has found peace in hers. Still love and miss you Sam!!!"
JOSHUA RANDALL of Billings, MT

"Nicole and family, we are thinking of and praying for you this veterans day. Thank you again for your sacrifice to our nation."
Sam Updike of Lake Wales< FL

"Love and miss you Sam!"
Joshua Randall of Billings, MT

"My Love, you are missed daily by me and everyone who knew you- keep smiling and shining down on me and the family! I love you- more than you will ever know'"
Nicole Castle- Wife of New Bern, NC

"You are not forgotten Brother"
1SG Kirk Shriver of JBLM

"Still missing you Sam. I thank God for the days we had with you and know that you are keeping Him busy up there!"
Joshua Randall of Billings, Mt

"SSG Castle, still thinking of you and your family. You were the best NCO anyone could ask for. You encouraged me and never gave up on me. You are the reason why I cleaned up my act and became a solider. Thank you! You are truly missed!"
SGT Tender (Blosser) Lewis, USA, (Ret) of Waterloo, IL

"This is for you Sam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI-_wAX1tV8"
Joshua Randall of Billings, MT

"Thinking of you Sam"
Joshua Randall of Billings montana

"I have you on my calendar, to remember you and your family, in prayer, for the rest of my life, SSGT Castle. My son was with you, when you died. Thank you for all you did to keep him safe."
Sam Updike of Lake Wales, FL, USA

"I know you must have a big smile on your face in heaven watching your son playing football this year! I never had the honor to meet you but I do have the great honor of coaching your son in football. I can't even put into words how proud you would be of him. He is not only a great athlete he is an outstanding young man. I am very greatful for the sacrifice you made for our country and know that you will always be missed. Your family is a huge part of my team and i am incredibly lucky to have them with us. And I know your with them too! Rest In Peace Mr.Castle."
Coach.R of New Bern, Nc

"I love you Sam, I miss daily!"
SGT Kathy Carter (Jenkins), "the old lady" of Fayetteville, NC

"I remember you traveling to BAF to go to the promotion board and I had to get your packet ready. Then, we went to the MWR to play Madden. I can't remember who won the game, but I will never forget your competitive nature. I remember arguing with SGT Martin (Marty Mar) about who would win in basketball between HHC and Alpha. He would always say that you were the man on the team. We even played on the same team a couple of games in Iraq. I also remember being on the Joint Colorguard for NORAD-USNORTHCOM and I had the opportunity to present the colors at several functions. The one I remember most is The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in Colorado. The administrators for the traveling wall also had a memorial for Soldiers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan and I looked for and found your name. I made sure to take a picture in my Dress Blues with me pointing to your name. Ironically, I was vacationing in Miami, FL, and there was another memorial tribute on Miami Beach. I was staying in a hotel across the street from the beach and decided to check out the memorial and I found your name less than 100 steps from the hotel entrance. That was too much of a coincidence for me. Lastly, I remember a true Soldier and a great noncommissioned officer! You will be forever missed, but never forgotten!"
1LT Robinson, Tyran of El Paso, TX

"406 647 3156

joshua.m.randall@gmail.com

i love you sam"
joshua randall of billings, mt

"Everyday day since that tragic night you have been in my thoughts. You are dearly missed."
James Carter

"SSG Castle, your not forgotten. i was in 514th. My prayers continue for your loved ones left behind."
SSG GARCIA, CARLOS of anchorage, AK, US

"Still in my thoughts, Sarge."
Matt James of Washington DC

"Phone 406 530 4510"
joshua randall of billings, mt

"This is to all who remember Sam Castle for those that want to meet or have a phone tribute to a well loved and remembered friend and nco please contact me Joshua Randall 406-321-3042. We love you Sam"
Joshua Randall of Billings, MT

"Sam, not a day goes by that I don't think of my Madden buddy! You were the epitome of what a Soldier & a Non-commissioned officer was about. I will never forget the laughs, the fun, and the trash-talking (Madden football) we had during those years that we were stationed at Ft Bragg and during our deployment to Iraq together. I live my life knowing how important it is to make a difference in a person's life like you did for me. I will continue to spread your legacy to every Soldier as long as I live. Take care up there and I'll see you again when the time comes buddy!"
SSG Daniel L. Davis of Los Angeles, CA

"Sam i remember the days we were in fort stewart georgia warfighter playing grand theft auto I miss you so much man. I really wanna be the best for you I didnt mean for this to happen"
joshua randall of austin texas

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Castle's family and friends. I seen Castle around the motorpool back at Bragg many times but since we were in different companies I never got to talk to him. I was unfortunate enough to actually hang out with him in Iraq(Camp Victory) due to a mutual friend and he was definately someone I would've kept around me. He was killed in action for few weeks after. I met him once and I still took it hard. I can't even begin to explain the way people were taking the news and how some of us dealt with it. I still wear the bracelet to this day and vow to, until the last soldier comes home. Castle field is still here and I look over at it every time I drive by it. RIP Samuel T. Castle"
Gume Diaz D co/C co 327 Signal BN 35TH Signal Brigade of Baghad Iraq, VBC,Camp Stryker

"Not a day goes by where I don't wake up and remember Sam ironing his uniform and blowing the surge protector we shared. I still leaeve the skittles out for you big Sarge."
Ball, Brian C of Okinawa, Japan

"Della, Wanakee, and Skeeter, I think of Sam so very often, and I think of you and the lose you have had. When God took Sam, he took a little piece of all of us who knew and loved him. He will forever be our Hero and we will honor his memory always. I feel so honored to have known him and watch him grow to be such an amazing young man,"
Kelli Russell of Hughes Springs, Texas

"Hey brother, miss you like crazy still thinking of you all the time. Thank you for looking after me past, present, and future. Hold a place for me i love you"
Justin Kearse (brother in law) of Havelock, NC

"I never forget this day and never will until the day I pass on. You were an outstanding NCO and leader, SSG Castle. You are missed in our ranks."
SSG K. Chandler of Dryden, NY

"Still thinking of you, Sarge."
Matt James of Washington, DC

"My prayers goes out to this family. I didn't know of Sam, but I heard great things about him from Nita. I pray that god continue to hold that family together strong, and to keep Sam name living on."
Omari Smith of Dallas,tx

"Always thinking about you buddy. Sorry it had to be you. Love"
Cass Shaddix of Hughes Springs

"Feels like just yesterday we were outside the tent hanging out. Truely missed and always in my mind."
Obioma Iloka of Honduras

"Dearest Sam, I did not have the pleasure of meeting you before you went home. I have had the honor of meeting your father though, and can only imagine what kind of man you must have been. Seeing the comments left by your fellow HEROES only confirms what I surmise. I look forward to the day when we all stand before our Holy Father, and I can see the joy in your parent's eyes as they embrace you once again. Bask in the glory of heaven as you have earned the rest and peace."
Sara Taylor of Pittsburg, Texas - USA

"To the Family of SSG Castle. I knew Sam for quite some time and I really do miss him. He was a great friend, soldier, and brother. Rest on my brother you and your family are in my prayers. I was in Iraq at the time of the tragic day. I was in the same brigade as Sam and we were on the same flight going over to Iraq. If it is anything I can ever do please contact me at martin.bonner@us.army.mil"
CW2 Martin Bonner of Yongsan, Korea

"my name is coresha watson too"
coresha of arlington,texas/united states

"Still in my thoughts, Sarge. God Speed."
Matt James of Washington, DC

"Was just thinking about you man..That all. Miss you Big Homey"
Little of NC to Afghanistan

"To the family of:Samuel T. Castle 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"

"Mr. Castle, I am sure that you are aware as you you watch over him from above; but I just wanted to let you know, that your son is "top of his class." He is responsible, funny, extremly organized (must get it from you and Mom) and is a pure joy to teach and be around each day. I am blessed to have him in my class."
a blessed teacher of New Bern, NC

"Sam it seems like the other day we were messin around the old alpha company AO or playing ball... I miss you bro, I'll never forget!!!"
Nick S. of san antonio, TX

"SSG. CASTLE AND I WAS PLAYING BASKETBALL THE SAME NIGHT HE WAS TO GO ON CONVOY OUT OF AL ASAD. HE WAS A GREAT PERSON. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS."
SPC. BRANDON DUBOIS of ANNA, ILLINOIS

"Hello, My name is Darren Mathews, I live in Weatherford, Texas. Last week I was on he computer and came across a web site called herobracelets.org, and I gave a donation and paid for a bracelet, actually two, one for my wife and one for myself. Mine has Staff Sgt. Samuel T. Castle Army 5/11/05. I will wear it with pride and in his memory. I want to say I am truely sorry for your loss. At the same time I am honored that he gave his time and his life for our country. God Bless you all and your family."
Darren Mathews of Weatherford, Texas, USA

"Saw you the other day. man i miss you. i keep you in my thoughts and i know you look down at all of us with that one of a kind smile. talk to you later."
chris ringler of euless, texas

"You are a great person with a humble and caring heart some people never got to see that part of you, but I will never forget that. Who would have known 15 years ago that you would have made such an impact on my life tha way you did. Today is June 28, 2008 and i have never forgot about you. Just a few days ago you turn 30. I would mess with you about being like your uncle and you would tell me that you wanted to be a little bit better and you did that in more ways then one. I miss that smile that you would give everyone when they looked at you. I told you that you would always be part of my life we became great friends and we will always be. until I see you again rest in peace and watch over that family that you loved so much."
kitaria (Nicole) Lafayette of Daingerfield,TX

"We love you baby!! Me and lil Sam are doing fine. You just keep resting and shining down on me!!"
Nicole Castle (wife) of New Bern, NC

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Samuel T. Castle:
Samuel 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

"Miss you my son and I all the "meals" we enjoyed. I know you're watching over me and I will see you soon."
Theresa Kearse(mother in law) of Havelock, NC

"Sam, We will always love and miss you!! Lil Sam is continuing to grow with all the interests and looks of you. You would be so proud of wifey, she is definitely doing her thing. Rest my brother and leave a place for me."
LaKasha Wright(sis in law) of New Bern, NC

"Still thinking of you Sarge..."
Matthew James of East Coast

"Very sad to read that a proud solider has lose his life. Samuel T. Castle has sacrifice his life for our county. Thought and prayer are with you."
Geneva F. (Allen) Seitz of Apache Junction, Az

"Very sad to read that a proud solider has lose his life. Samuel T. Castle has sacrifice his life for our county. Thought and prayer are with you."
Geneva F. (Allen) Seitz of Apache Junction, Az

"The 2 year anniversary of your death has just passed, but I must reiterate that you will never ever be forgotten. I think about you, Nicole, and Lil Sammy quite often. Man, I still miss you so much. I hate we didn't keep in contact like we should have. If I heard you were home, I'd always say I'd catch you on the next go-round. No matter how long in between our visits, nothing changed. You were still the same Sam, and we were never strangers! But you've taught me a life lesson. Nothing in life is guaranteed. And I thank you for that, and for your legacy! Rest on, my brother...one day I will see you again."
Shenita Smith of Little Elm

"Whew it's been 2 years I still don't believe it. Me and Nicole was talkin about it's been that long but her and Sammie are doing well. You will always be missed and forever in our hearts"
Destiny Jeffries of Brunssum, The Netherlands

"Its been almost 2 years since your physical presence left us here. We now realize that you will ALWAYS live and dwell our spirits. The memories of YOU...the son, big brother, husband, dad and fallen hero are priceless to us. Your life and death have brought us closer and helped us learn to love daily and to live in the moment. We thank God for allowing us the time on earth that we spent with you. Rest in peace...son, big brother, husband, dad, fallen hero until we meet again."
Pam, Jasmine and Jade Castle of Mesquite, Texas

"I Love you know matter what"
coresha of Texas

"To my dearest brother and sister, the God Parents of our children we are deeply saddened by the lost of Sam. Our condolences to you and Sammie and the family. Sam we will be there for
Nicole and Sammie always. You will always be Loved and missed by the White family. My Soldier, Friend and brother in Christ Jesus. I Know you are watching over us as GOD has his arms wrapped around you. Rest my brother, rest until we see each other again."
Marlin and Yolanda White of Schweinfurt, Germany

"First, I'd like to say, Rest In peace to my friend/Brother/SGT/Quarter Back/Neighbors,and more. Sam Was that and more to me.
Secondly, I'd like to say to the family of Sam's, that i'm so sorry for your loss. Our loss. Nicole and family.
I say that because, When I found out about his passing, it was like my hearing about my Brother when he passed away, all over again.
So many memories of Sam. No matter on or off the Football field, he went hard at it. 150%, and it was all effortless. It seemed like it was easy to do what he did, and I admired that so much about him because he made me better in doing so.
My heart hurts whenever I think of the fact that he is no longer with us. That means, a heart ache per day since my knowledge of.
But I know he is watching us. Of this i'm sure. I know that he smiling down on me cause I still can't play Madden for nothing. I know. Before I end this, Sam always used to say to me. He said "It's not where you from. It's how you come". And Sam always came correct.

I miss you Boy"
Little of From N.Y. presently in Afganistan

"I used to work with SSG Castle in Aco 327th SIG last deployment and I am back over here in Iraq again with the 25th ID. I know he was a strong leader and I plan to stay one too. You will always be missed."
SGT Matthew P. Israel of Schofield Barracks, HI

"Today October the 29 2006 is when I found out about the pasting of a great friend. I enjoyed the time I spent in the military with Sam. He was a upright man who was there for me when nobody else was. And for that I will never forget about him. Nicole you have have my deepest condolencse. Until that day when Jesus breaks through the clouds of glory. I will see you in heaven my friend."
Billy Word of Roanoke, Va

"You are hard to forget, sarge..."
Matthew James of Virginia

"NICOLE I KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH SINCE THE DAY THAT SAM WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD. ME AND YOU HAVE HAD TALKS THAT ONLY WE CAN SHARE. I MISS SAM AND I KNOW THAT HE IS WATCHING OVER YOU AND SAMMIE. I WILL ALWAYS BE HERE FOR YOU THE SAME WAY THAT YOU HAVE BEEN THERE FOR ME. EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE NO LONGER IN THE ARMY YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY NCO MY LEADER AND I LOOK UP TO YOU AND ADMIRE YOU FOR BEING SO STRONG. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS AND KEEP YOU."
SGT DESTINY JEFFRIES of BRUNSSUM, NETHERLANDS

"Thanks To You All,
It's coming up on a year since Sam has passed. I think it is about time to let everyone know how the family is doing. Well, everyday is hard but everyday goes by. I'm priviledged to watch my son grow up everyday. He is definitely the split imagine of his father. He keeps me going, without him I really would be lost. Well, Dec 05' I got out of the military after seven years and I most say it was one of the hardest things I had to do. You see to me and Sam the military was our life. It brought me and him together. We were soldiers to the end. God has definitely played a big role in my healing. I appreciate all the prayers and love sent everyday. I leave this message for Sam's soldiers as well as mine. "Live life to the fullest and enjoy your family and friends because nothing is ever promised in life." Thank you everybody!!! We love you all!
Nicole Castle
kearse80@yahoo.com

To my dearest Sam,
I love you always and everyday!! I haven't forgotten our promise to each other. I'm raising our son to be the kind of man you wanted him to be. I know you are so very proud of him, I am! Rest baby!!! Continue to watch over me and the family. I love you-always, and forever!!!! Cole"
Nicole Castle of Havelock, NC

"Sam:
You and I went to high school together and were friends. You were a great person with a kind and humble heart. I don't know of one person who could say anything negative about you. You had such a sweet spirit and it is still with all who knew you. It still amazes me today....but know you're greatly missed.
To your family:
I am so sorry for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine. I will continue praying for you.(prayer doesn't just change things, it changes EVERYTHING) Seek God's face and He'll give you peace beyond your understanding. The kind messages left on his message board show that his being had such an impact on more than just the Hughes Springs community and I know you are proud...he touched MANY people all over the U.S. and his spirit continues to live on.

Your Friend"
Kiesha King of Hughes Springs, Tx.

"To the Family of Sam Castle:

I had the great privilege of knowing and coaching Sam. He is and was an inspiration to me in the way he lived his life. I am a better educator and person for being associated with Sam. However, the world lost a terrific person and the sun does not shine as bright as it once did. Your family and Sam are in mine, Perla, Rianne and Chynna's prayers. We thank God for heroes like Sam.

We wish you all well.

Coach Ronny Herron"
Ronny Herron of Pewitt Junior High

"To the Castle Family,
There are very few days that go by that I don't think of Sam and the sacrifice he made for each of us. He is truly an American hero and a Hughes Springs hero. My hope is that God gives you the comfort that only he can supply. Rest assured that Sam will not be forgotten in this small East Texas community. If not for committed individuals like Sam, where would our country and us as individuals be?
God Bless each of you."
Rick Ogden of Hughes Springs, Tx.

"To the entire Castle family:
WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN! I graduated high school w/ Sam, and now that our 10 year class reunion is approaching, I am remembering his spirit...and missing him. I want the family to know that you all are constantly in my prayers and though time has passed, Sam will absolutely never be forgotten, and neither will our love and support for the family. Here's to a "fallen soldier" that's w The Risen One. ;)"
Shenita Smith of Little Elm, TX

"Nicole and Samuel's Family,
Sam was one of my best friends and I had received an email from him the day he was killed. I loved Sam like a brother. We had been friends for about 9 years and he was one wonderful person inside and out. I am truly sorry as I know what it is like to lose a husband or fiance' as I have lost mine. My son and your son are 2 weeks apart and it tore me up when I got the news and I imagined what I would do in your situation. Well, I am feeling some of the same feelings as my fiance' died and was buried 1 month before my son turned 2. God bless you and yours. I pray that one day I will get the chance to meet Lil' Sam and tell him great things about his father. Love you all, Meshia. My email address: meshiatate@yahoo.com Please keep in touch. Take care Nicole."
Meshia Tate of Gilmer, TX now in Phoenix, AZ

"" There are not to many people whom I meet that make a good first impression on me, but Castle was one of em....Your character,respect for your fellow man, and above all, positive outlook on what one experiences through lifes journey is what i remeber about you. I could always catch you laughing, smiling, joking, just enjoying life. Ill miss that. But I'll enlighten people with your good spirit when i share my memmories of you. I'm sure they will feel it as i did. You'll always be alive as long as I'm alive. Rest in peace Brother and may God bless and watch over your family.""
David Abai of New York City, New York

"I am saddened that we have lost another brave Texan. I am sure he is in heaven with other Texans who valiantly gave their lives, to include my brother. May God bless your family during this trying time.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 April 2005"

"I am SPC Matthew James. I was the gunner of his vehicle when we we're hit by the detonation of the roadside bomb. He was a good leader and I will miss him sorely. Here's to you SSG Castle."
SPC Matthew James of Ft. Bragg, NC

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

"Dear Auntie Nicole,
I have been trying to get in touch with you ever since I heard the news of uncle Sam's death. I am very sorry for your loss. I thought so much of Sam. He was a great young black man. He was a proud husband and father. Before he deployed we were talking bout the old days when we all first met. I was young and he took me under his wing and taught me a lot about life and being a man. I am sorry I didn't take the chance to tell him when I had it. That is why I call him uncle to this day. If you need anything just let me know and I am there for you. Please you or anyone of his family members that see this e-mail me at duane.kidd@us.army.mil so i will know that you are alright. Hope to hear from you soon.

Your loving nephew"
Duane Kidd of Mims, FL

"To Sam's family:
I grew up with Sam in Hughes Springs and graduated with him. I always wondered about what he did after high school. I knew that he would do something great with his life. I feel that I am lucky to have known such a person as Sam. You are all in my thoughts and prayers."
Erica (Adams) Nolen of Fritch, TX/USA

"To the family and friends os Samuel Castle, May God continue to keep you and your family in peace. Remember that God will not give us anything that we can not handle. Just put all of your trust in God and He will give you peace. The kind of peace that no man on this earth can give you. My family and I are praying for you all daily. We love you."
Ronneka Cobb of Havelock,North Carolina

"MY HEART AND BLESSINGS GO OUT THE FAMILY OF SAMUEL T. CASTLE. YOU WERE ONE OF THE MANY WHO HAVE FALLEN,BUT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTON. YOUR CHILDREN WILL REMEMBER YOU AS WE DO, A HERO!!

YOU WERE A GOOD FRIEND TO MY BROTHER AND SISTER-IN-LAW DAVID AND NAKEISH LITTLE THANK YOU FOR YOUR BRAVERY"
TAMARA M. LITTLE of BROOKLYN, NY

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From the family of LCpl Branden P. Ramey, KIA 11/8/04"
Sandy of CA

"OUR MOST DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE ENTIRE CASTLE FAMILY. MY HUSBAND MICHAEL IS CURRENTLY OVER IN IRAQ SERVING WITH 327TH SIG BN. WE HAVE KNOWN SAMUEL & NICOLE SINCE WE CAME TO FORT BRAGG IN 2000. SAMUEL WAS DEFINETELY ONE OF THE NICEST GUYS & I ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS FACE WITH A BIG FRIENDLY SMILE. WE JUST CAN'T EXPRESS HOW COMPLETELY HEART BROKEN WE ARE THAT HE HAD TO LEAVE US IN THIS WAY, BUT HE IS A TRUE HERO, & WE WILL NEVER FORGET HIM. YOU ARE ALL ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS. GOD BLESS."
MICHAEL & NIKKI MICIOTTA & FAMILY of ATLANTIS, FL USA---- & IRAQ

"SSG Castle You Will most definitley be remembered by me and my husband because we were neighbors and and in the same unit on Ft. Bragg, NC God Bless your wife and child."
SPC David and Nakeish Little

"SAMUEL THANK YOU, FOR PROTECTING US AS AMERICAN'S FROM TERRORISM. AN TO BE SOMEONE THAT HAS NOT GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VAIN. TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. IT'S MEN AND WOMEN LIKE YOU. sO THANK YOU FROM ONE AMAERICAN THAT APPRECIATE'S YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY AND FOR ME PERSONALLY. wE LOST OUR SON LAST MAY. IT'S NICE THAT YOU BOTH HAD A COMMON BOND. MILITARY BROTHERS ENJOY SERVICE YOUR COUNTRY. GOD BLESS! MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU SAMUEL AND YOUR FAMILY."
LEONARD WAHL of valley stream ny usa

"Our hearts extend across the globe to embrace those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. SSG Castle will remain in the hearts and minds of our entire team forever. As we watch over each soldier, we pray that those who face danger will return unharmed. For those who do not return, our comfort is in knowing they will stand tall, as they did in life, and guard the gates of heaven. And when the trumpets sound, we will see them again."
610th Movement Control Team of Al Asad , Iraq

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

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon,Ohio

"To Samuel's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' children. Our sons are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"Thank you Samuel Castle, 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 Staff Sgt. Samuel Castle:
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 Samuel 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 Staff Sgt. Samuel Castle:
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 Samuel, 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