Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Norman Darling

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

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"Norman, after all these years I still miss you.
Saturday was your birthday, I wish I could just hear your voice"
Vanda King of Maryland

"D I miss your smile and your awesome attitude no matter what was going on! You are sincerely missed. I visited your grave a few years ago on Memorial Day I must have just missed your daughter. Id love to meet her and let her know how much of an outstanding soldier you were! You will never be forgotten you've made such a positive and lasting impact on so many."
SGT P of NYC

"I miss your smile & will never forget it!"
Heatha

"My Dear Normy, Today its years later but I still miss you .....still wish I could just hear your voice.....I loved you yesterday when you were here, I love you now and I will love you forever"
Van King-Jenkins of Tampa, FL

"Hey Norman, thinking of you today (much like I do everyday) and wishing you were here in the flesh.. I'd love to go to lunch and shopping then home to watch a movie and chat! the good old days. we talk about you all the time and still keep your memory alive with our family. love you so much"
Missy of braintree MA

"Darling, I can't get you off my mind today. I want to remember every moment I had with you so vividly...I hate how time starts to take that away. But there is so much I will never forget. You were 10 times the soldier I could have ever hoped to be. While I was sitting there complaining about shining my boots and pressing my uniform, you were doing it with pride. I never heard you complain. You were so proud to be a soldier and set such a good example, I feel honored to know you. You made me want to be better. I loved hearing you talk about Camryn and how she used to talk and say "big bird". Cutest thing ever to see a dad so in love with his little girl. There was always something about you and your presence that made everyone around you respect you and look up to you. You were special to all of us and you still are. I feel like it's always the good ones that get taken from us. I don't understand it but I do know that you impacted so many lives while you were here. And, we had some good times while we were all in AIT, we definitely made the most of it. I always felt safe with you, thank you for that. Thank you for your honesty and love. I learned so much from you that I will always treasure."
SPC Anna Dold of Golden, Colorado

"Hey Norm! i think about you all the time and miss you so much. I had a very vivid flash back today when I drove past a gas station we used to stop at on the way home from work. I remember the exact conversation and what each of us was wearing and our movements etc so weird. Seems like it happened yesterday. cant beleive in two days it'll be 8 years since you left us. love you so much."
Missy T of Braintree, MA

"Hey Darling,
Today is veterans day and I thought it would be appropriate to take a moment and thank you for your great bravery! I come on here and read peoples comments and see your bright smile. I wish it wasn't you, I tell my daughters all that I know about you and my husband and I still talk about you. You are still with us in our home. I sit here and think about all of these lives you have touched, weather someone like us who knew you a short period of time or for you entire time on earth with us you have touched everyone in a special way. I see your daughter sees you as a Super Hero and you are!!! I remember you talking about her so proudly and showing off her picture. There have been a lot of tears shed for you because you were so loving. We will keep your stories going forever until we meet again."
Katie of Brighton,Co

"PFC. Darling,
I was doing some searching and came across this web page. My husband went to AIT with you in Ft Sam. And I had the privilege to meet you. We had a lot of fun going to the movies and just hanging out back then. I will never forget watching the news when we were stationed in Germany and they were paying respects to new fallen soldiers and your name came up. My husband was deployed at the same time just different unit. However we were still in contact with Chris Brown who also went to AIT with you guys and he was in your unit. Chris and a few of your other comrades got tattoos in memory of you. I think of you all the time and yet all these years later I'm sitting here crying as I write this. You were a very special gentleman and still are missed. Thank you for your bravery and protecting us, may you rest in peace and I hope your family has had time to heal. My husband SPC. Dean and I will never be forgotten PFC. Darling!!! I will go through our pictures and see if we have anything if so I will post them or try and send them to family. I miss the AIT guys(you,Brown,Temot,and Farmer. Thank all of you guys for your service. Great Medics in my opinion."
Katie of Denver, Co

"Norman, I miss you alot although you and my sister Melissa (missy) were best buds I met you quite a few times ,your such a gentleman and a great father!!!! Ur daughter is beautiful!!!! Ill never 4get my sister calling me (the dreadful call)It was horrible, but I want 2 thank you for fighting for our country and "We are home of the free Because of the Brave" (YOU)!!! I just got that sign in my house on the wall!!!! Always think of you & wish you were here, For now, May U rest in Peace and Fly with the angels!!!!! <3"
Stephanie K of Taunton Ma

"I have not forgotten you PFC Norman Darling in the seven years since your passing. I think of that fateful day over and over in my mind. I will never forget. You impacted the lives of so many in such a positive way. I keep your memory and the memory of the other men who "gave all" in my heart and mind forever. May God bless your family."
SGT Chris Flinn of Cincinnati, OH

"I did not know Norman Darling, however i was given his name today to wear durring the Fallen Hero Run in Baghdad Iraq. After reading what everyone has writen about him, I felt it was a real honor to run with his name today! Racer bib 472 , May 22, 2011"
Nick Mikos of Nome, Alaska

"Norman I never saw you after AIT you went your way and I went mine I was so sorry to see that you were taken from us but tonite we got him! You didn't die in vain. I miss you bro.-- PVT Zakk Durham D-2/47 Ft. Benning Georgia, 2002"

"HEY LILBRO SORRY FOR TAKING SO LONG TO GET BACK TO YOU ,I HAVE NO REAL REASON OTHER THAN I GO TO A VERY SAD PLACE WHEN I THINK OF YOU MAN.........I FIND MYSELF CRYING TODAY THINKING BOUT YA, MAN IT HURTS , YOUR NEPHEW (MUNCH) ASKS ABOUT YOU OFTEN HE IS THE YOUNGRST BUT MOST CURIOUS ,I TELL MY SONS ABOUT YOU AND THEY SEE MY TEARS...I MISS YOU LIL BRO ...WISH YOU WERE HERE."
JAMES DARLING of BAHAMAS

"To the family of:Norman Darling
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""

"Hey Darling, its SFC Cooper. I just happened upon this page searching for you and the correct spelling of your name. I am doing a tribute to fallen Soldier and you are it. I have ran for you cried for you. Remembered you. Thank you for helpin me make it through my runs I imagine that you carried me with your wings. You were an angel on earth and I am glad that I had the opportunity to have met you. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!!!

Just want to say hello to the family and thank you for sharing this very special person with the universe. God Bless you."
SFC Karren Cooper-Stubbs of NYC, NY/USA

"PFC Darling,
Thank you for being a "Great Soldier." The love and compassion that you brought into 1st Platoon, Bravo Company 232nd Medcial Battalion made it easy for everyone to focus on giving 100%.

To your family: your son, your brother, your husband, and Dad was a great warrior he touched many Soldier's lives including mine.

Father of Eternity, we come to you in your greatness; we look to you for strenght in protection in this time of overwhelming need. Grant us the power to accept and to stand up to all tasks. Give us the wisdom to plan with a clear mind and an understanding heart. Beyond our sense of power may we have the spirit of righteousness and love while we honor PFC Darling's service to our country.

Respectfully,
DS COTTON
"1st Platoon were the best 100% and nothing less.""
Alan Cotton (Retired MSG)

"I was just looking at a lot of the memories I had with my son and I told him about Norman. Norman was a big boy! :) he got me into wanting to bodybuild. I will be doing my first show next year and I will dedicate that all to him. I rememeber he would show me all kinds of different lifts inside that old beat up tent we used to lift weights in at the "FOB". (yall remember) : ) I stuck close to him and tried to gain as much advice as I could. You know God puts people in your life for a reason and I believe that Norman's advice and talks gave me greater perspective of my life. For Norm and his family, I appreciate that! You raised and loved a good man! A man who lives forever through people you dont even know like myself. I am sorry for your loss and this worlds loss.... From a fellow 4-27 brother with love and gratitude......."
Terry Metters Jr of Clovis CA, USA

"I Love U and always will!!!!"
Cindy of Nassau, Bahamas

"Norm, I can't believe it's already been 6 years ago. I miss you like crazy and I wish you were here with us. I know you're always with us, but I wish we could hang out. We love you and could never thank you enough for fighting for our freedom and being such a great person and a great daddy to Camryn.
We miss you more than words can say Darling. I love you"
Missy and fam of Braintree MA

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

"About 6 years ago today, I remember seeing you in Germany and we were both happy as hell and surprised that we got sent to the same unit after our medic training at Ft. Sam. I saw a video of your little girl receiving your flag and medals on Veteran's Day '09. It was a real tear jerker and a very proud moment to see how strong she was. Obviously she takes after her hero dad. Miss you everyday brother."
TSGT Clint Emmons of Corvallis, Or

"Hi gorgeous! Im thinking of you all day on your special birthday! I love you so much and I wish you could be hear on earth to spend it with me and the babies. I love you so much and cherish every lucky moment I was able to have with you.
I miss you more than words"
Missy of Braintree

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Thank You for your service. We all strive to be brave and you were the one thatmade us all proud to be americans"
Rich of Upton, MA usa

"I still cant believe it.You still live in my heart.I wish you met Nick.He knows of you and sometimes talks of you as if you've met.He knows his uncle Norm.
Cindy"
CINDY DARLING of Nassau,Bahamas

"I still cant believe it.You still live in my heart.I wish you met Nick.He knows of you and sometimes talks of you as if you've met.He knows his uncle Norm.
Cindy"
CINDY DARLING of Nassau,Bahamas

"After 5 years, it is still unreal. We miss and love you more and more each day."
Spud of Middleboro, Ma

"There is discipline in this Soldier
you can see it when he walks,
There is honor in this Soldier
you hear it when he talks.
There is courage in this Soldier
you can see it in his eyes,
There is loyalty in this Soldier
that he will not compromise.
There is something in this Soldier
that makes him stand apart,
There is strength in this Soldier
that beats from his heart.

A Soldier's job isn't finished after
an 8 hour day or a 40 hour week,
A Soldier is always A Soldier
even while he sleeps.
A Soldier serves his country first
and his life is left behind,
And this Soldier has to sacrifice what
comes first in a civilian's mind.
If you are civilian -
I am saying this to you.....
next time you see A Soldier
remember what they do.
A Soldier is the reason our land
is 'Home of the free',
A Soldier is the one that is brave
protecting you and me.
If you are A Soldier -
I am saying this to you.....
Thank God for EVERY SOLDIER
Thank God for what YOU do"
leo vargas of ft lauderdale beach florida

"Norm, I am still missing you"
Vanda King of Tampa

"I was going through some pictures recently of AIT in Ft. Sam Houston, TX. I had a few pictures of when we were doing carries and I found a few of you... LOL! I wish i could be sharing those with you right now... I miss our breakfast conversations... You'll always be in my memories and prayers."
SGT Tai Cabrera of Fairfield, CT

"I was at Bourne National Cemetary today to leave flowers for Norman. We love and miss you! Thinking about you on this day, Dec. 10.
cmccarey21@yahoo.com"
Spud McCarey of Middleboro, MA

"its been over 4 years my brother and i still think about u , im out here all alone , just me and my daughter....i know u see her and shes getting so big right..i have my uniform hanging on the wall as a reminder of what u and i and 4-27 has done over there . theres not a day that goes by man where i dont think about u . i miss u. cant wait to see u ....4-27 FA HHB"
LEO VARGAS of 954-696-6625 WPB FLORIDA

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Norman Darling:
Norman 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

"Norman, I love you and miss you"
Vanda King of Tampa, FL

"Norman we never met and yet I learned so much from you. It's been 4 years ago today that I received the phone call saying I had to knock on the door and tell you loved ones you died. After talking with all of your friends I knew I had been blessed with an HONORABLE mission to represent a great man, soldier, father. I use the experience to teach other soldiers of the difficulties of preforming CAO duties. When I explain who you are I use the saying that your brother used at your funeral " THE GREAT WARRIOR NORMAN DARLING" has moved on to a greater battle. To Norman's family and friends god bless you on this day I think of you often and speak of you as the best soldier I have never met that taught me so much about life.

SFC John Lebherz"
SFC Lebherz of Weymouth, MA

"To the family of Norman Darling. I was Norman's NCOIC for the medical section in 4/27 FA BN. Norman was an honorable soldier, high speed medic, and is the ONLY guy to outwit ME in smart * comments LOL. I think about him and SPC Holland all the time. April and December (when Holland passed) are hard months for me. But their commitment to excellence and love for their jobs and the soldiers they cared for always bring a smile to my face. I can honestly tell you they were great soldiers and believed in what they were doing. I teach at the Academy of Health Sciences and now teach Physical Therapy technicians in San Antonio, Texas and mention them when I talk about Iraq. Norman and Christopher were highly respected and always gave 100% in training and treating soldiers. Any one who ever knew them in 4/27 will tell you the same thing and be speaking from the heart."
Robert Floran of San Antonio, Tx, USA

"To SPC Darling family, my name is Tim Smith I served in Iraq with Norman in 03-04 in Iraq. I was a cook in the unit and Doc was always getting his gatorade packets from the D-fac. Doc was a great a man and cared for his family very much. A day before the tragic accident I remember Doc was all happy about getting his cell phone from a market place. He always talked about his family and how much he cared and loved them. My email address is timothy.smith78@hotmail.com if there is ever anything I can do. To the boys of 4-27 FA Iron Thunder and good luck."
Timothy Smith of St.Louis MO

"It's been awhile. I wear a bracelet in your honor daily. When we deployed again after your passing, I didn't worry a bit...you were with me every patrol and every minute off the streets. I brag about you everytime anyone sees my wrist and asks me what is that. I simply respond...thats my hero that gave his life so I can be here to say his name! You mean alot to me and one day we will meet again brother!"
SSGT Clint Emmons of Klamath Falls, OR

"Big Brother today is your Birthday. I wish you were here, but still I know your in a better place. Where you are I know you are happy,even though I'd rather give you a big hug or swing on those thick arms of yours I can feel yor presence with me while I remember you on this day. Happy Birthday!
Cindy
(sister)"
Cindy Darling of Nassau, Bahamas

"I miss you so much! Your birthday is coming up, I wish I could hug you again! I want to see your big beautiful smile, your funny laugh, the way you said things. I really miss you like Crazy My Darling!"
Missy of MA

"We msis you Norm!"
Missy of ma

"miss you man"
SGT david haugh 68WM6 of Ft, Gordon, GA

"Hi Norm, How are you?!!
I see you everywhere, I miss you like crazy!! I know you're celebrating with Cammy tonight!!!!
We miss you like crazy!!!!
Love you tons"
Missy of braintree

"Hi Norman!! Just thinking of you today and everyday really:)
We talk about you all the time to D., he knows you through our hearts.
I miss you like crazy!! I love you and thank you for everything always!!
Love Missy"
Missy of braintree

"D, We will never be able to thank you for the joy you brought into our lives. You will never be forgotten."
SGT Gaddy of Ft Huachuca, AZ

"to darling and and his family...
my brother , from the first day we met in iraq i knew you were one of us , we joked lauphed and we spoke about our lil girls, you were always talking about your lil girl and how you wanted to take her back home to the bahamas..i am so sorry that we couldnt be together to have a drink , to give each other a welcome back hug , to share a moment with our gorgeous lil girls...my wife one day called me "darling" and i broke out it tears...im all choked up because we were on that task together when u got hit...i had just speken with you half hour before , ..damn it , why , ...it wasnt supposed to go down like that , im sorry man...we lost a great soldier , leader , friend ...i lost a brother ... i lost a good brother...but heaven gained an angel...i miss u man...i miss u so damn much...no one knows my struggles , promblems and obstacles i go through ..only the "brotherhood" could understand....you are that brotherhood and will always be...i miss u bro....
to his family , my condolences...he will be missed and never forgotten...as long as i am still alive and the flag is still waving he will be alive"
leo vargas (spc. vargas) hhb 4-27 fa (leonard.vargas@yahoo.com) of ft.lauderdale florida

"Its been nearly three years now and I still think of PFC Darling. I went through AIT with him at Fort Sam Houston. We were on profile together and he kept me going on our very last p.t. test so we could graduate with our class... I was in Iraq when I learned about him. I have never quite believed it - I just wanted to believe it was another Darling. Seeing this sight just makes it a reality. Darling was an amazing soldier and friend and I would not be where I am today without his friendship and his motivation during our P.T. tests... My heart goes out to the families and I want to thank your for your sacrifice and his. You are missed very much Darling!!"
Lara Ketchie of Salisbury, NC, USA!

"Hey Norm! You are in all of our hearts and the memories you have given to us all will never be forgotten. I know you are with us all, watching, laughing and forever protecting."
Love, Martina of Middleboro, MA

"Still missing you big brother. You are an irreplaceable and unforgetable, never dying soul in my life.We still feel the pinch of your absence.Yet, you are always near.Love you continuously.
Cindy"
Cindy Darling of Nassau,Bahamas

"Hi Norman, we love you and miss you so much!We are thinking of you today, much like everyday.
xoxo"
Missy Steve Domi of MA

"Hi Norman!! I was just cleaning and found a bunch of pics of Cam that Amy sent me.. She is so gorgous and looks so much like you!Then I found all the newspaper articles about you , it's so sad and still makes me cry like a baby!
I love you so much and wish you could be here to meet our baby boy. Like I always say I know you're watching from your new home. .I just wish you were here to hug!
We miss you so sososososos much and I hope you are happy!
Love missy"
steve missy dominic tocic of MA

"Amy you were kind enough to call and console me when we lost our loved ones just over two years ago. I thank you for your kindness. In return, I've been to the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, IL. I've done a rubbing for Camryn and also taken photos. I've since lost your address and phone number, but would love to send them to her to remember the HERO her father is, so if you could e-mail me, I'd be happy to get them to you ASAP. Mother of Spc. Justin B. Schmidt"
Lenore Roberts (Lightningmom01@Aol.com) of Bagley, MN

"Hi Norm, I miss you so much. I have a friend that reminds me so much of you and I almost cried talking to him yesterday~~ I just flashed back and thought it was you.
I was thinking of all of our dinners and shopping trips, you were worse than a girl with your clothes and shoes.
I wish you were here to take me to the gym, and to make me laugh with your funny stories... All your crazy "friends" -you are always going to be irreplaceable and one of a kind.
You touched my heart in such a way, you havea very deep soul and deep caring heart for other people.
I love you and miss my friend like crazy!!! You would be laughing right now if you saw how big I am.. Dominic is due in 28 days.
I can't believe it! You'd be such a proud uncle to him!
I miss you and love you, see you again!
xoxoxoxoxo"
Missy & Steve of Brockton, MA US

"Always in my heart NJD. You help give me strength and courage. Not a day goes by, that I don't think of you."
Spud of Middleboro, MA

"Two years and two days ago. Still can't get over it. Trying to be strong but even the bravest person cries. You are still alive to me. It's just that I can't see you.I can hear you, I can sense your presence. You are in the wind, in my mind and forever in my heart. You are a flag from the castle in my heart.
You are not a memory because I don't forget you.
Love you always.
Cindy and Nicholas"
Cindy Darling of Nassau,Bahamas

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

"This is really late, but I just found this site. I met "Darlin" at Fort Sam Houston. What can I say? He was an awesome man and touched many lives. Ironically, I was standing at ground zero in New York when I received the call telling me he died. He was a hero in so many ways. The world was a better place with him in it. My prayers are with his family."
Jasso of Baton Rouge, LA

"Family of PFC Darling,
My name is Alicia Reed. My husband PFC Ryan Reed was also KIA on 29 Apr,for the same cause. Not a day passes that I do not think of him. I have never gotten the pleasure of meeting your family member, but I will never forget the sacrafice he made for this country and me. He is a hero."
Alicia Reed of Colorado Springs, CO

"Norman Joshua Darling I miss you so much!
We were just looking through your pics last night. I love the pics that you are holding Camryn, she is your pride and joy and she knows it.
We will never let her forget it!
We love you and miss you and pray everyday for Cammy."
Missy of brockton

"norman, you are very very missed by all.. even though i didnt know you well, you still were a very special person and joy to have in me and my sister(missys)life.... may you rest in peace, and you did the right thing fighting for your country..... i love you. and will see you in heaven someday..... god bless... r.i.p..."
stephanie of brockton mass

"Happy Birthday Norman!
We think of you everyday and pray for your family! I know everyone is missing you extra on your special day!
No matter what I do I cannot escape your big beautiful smile! You are deeply and sadly missed, but never forgotten of course! We miss you and love you tons xoxo"
Missy & Steve Tocci of Bridgewater, MA

"happy birthday daddy i miss you"

"At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
I am running aways behind that is why this message is so late, i just found this site. I knew D from training at ft Sam, I remember most his smile. there were many times I wanted to simply quit and he wouldn't let me, he would change the subject and make me laugh and encourage me. it seems like it has been a lifetime since the last time I heard your voice, and to this day i still cry that you are gone, but I know you are in Heaven watching down on your family and all your soldier medics. Love you D and thank you for everything man! all my love to your family as well"
SPC Kim Rogers of 27th BSB, Ft. Bliss, TX

"At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
I am running aways behind that is why this message is so late, i just found this site. I knew D from training at ft Sam, I remember most his smile. there were many times I wanted to simply quit and he wouldn't let me, he would change the subject and make me laugh and encourage me. it seems like it has been a lifetime since the last time I heard your voice, and to this day i still cry that you are gone, but I know you are in Heaven watching down on your family and all your soldier medics. Love you D and thank you for everything man! all my love to your family as well"
SPC Kim Rogers of 27th BSB, Ft. Bliss, TX

"Norm, today is Cammy's bday and I know you are watching her in heaven.
Amy sent me a bunch of pictures, she is beautiful and a clone of you.
She looks happy in all of the pictures, she knows you are with her.
I love you and miss you babe!"
Missy of Tocci

"Rest well brave soldier, you will not be forgotten.
AMERICA SALUTES ARMY PFC NORMAN DARLING"
D. BURT of PORTSMOUTH, RI

"D-bo

It has been about a year and a quarter since you've been gone. the time goes by. But not a day goes by where i don't think about you and the things you've done. It still doesn't seem real, you were larger than life and so much like a super-hero. You seem, if anyone, like you would be invinceable. Unfortunately I was wrong and now you are gone. You touched the lives of your fellow medics and anyone else who you worked with. I, for one will miss your sense of humor and how you always took the "Hulk" jokes in stride. Farewell friend and be well in Heaven"
SGT Raymond H Smith of Formerly Baumholder Germany, Now Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"I am so lucky to have known Norman. He was a beautiful man with a constant smile and kind word. He was so proud to be a Dad. I remember before Cammy was even born, he was showing me pictures of the ultra sound. He couldn't wait and I remember the joy on his face whenever Cammy was in the room. He was a great Dad, a great friend and a great person. He is sorely missed."
Sheryl of Quincy, MA

"MY HEART GOES OUT TO THOSE OF YOU WHO KNEW THIS MAN, I ONLY KNOW HIM AS THE HERO WHO LIES NEXT TO MY SON LCPL JEFF BURGESS KIA 3-25-04 USMC-MILITARY POLICE. PLEASE KNOW THAT WITH EVERY VISIT I MAKE TO BOURNE NATIONAL A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS IS PLACED FOR NORMAN AS IS FOR MY SON. NORMAN IS ONE OF MY LOST BOYS NOW. I WILL FOREVER MAKE SURE HE GETS FLOWERS AND HONORED WITH JEFF EACH TIME I VISIT. LOVE TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY... HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."
MICHELLE SHEA of Sagamore Beach, MA USA

"D, even if we only knew each other for a short time i still admire you for everything that you were, yourself and Sgt wittig taught me alot about what it truly is to be a medic. you were there with me on the bloodiest day of my life and i still remember opening up the rear door of the M109 that had contained the days trauma, i looked at the blood soaked floor and then looked at you and said "D!, Get the hell out of there, you don't need to be stewing in this bloody mess!" and then you proceeded to tell me that You didn't mind being amidst of all the gore. Two weeks later I was called to the scene of a horrible tragedy, I worried to myself where you were as we tried to find living soldiers. We just kept hoping you would pop up from a ditch and start working with us, as we resigned ourselves to searching for the expectant I came upon you and immedeatly recognized you by the tattoo on your right arm, I called wittig over and we both prayed for you right there. I wish I would have known what was going to happen that day, I'd give anything to bring back those 8 soldiers who left our graces that day, D you will be missed and honored for the rest of our mortal lives, Just know that you will NEVER be forgotten by us and that you will always have a place in our hearts"
SPC David "Leprachaun" Haugh of Germany

"Norman, I miss you so much. Life is so unfair. I wis you could be here in person, not just spirit and heart.
I love you and miss you like crazy..
I heard our Mario song the other day and I just cried. I miss going shopping and out to eat.. And Bridgies horrible cooking (lol) I miss you big eyes and your HUGE smile. I miss seing you in your tux and bow tie.. I miss all of our lunches at Quizzno's. I miss watching Camryn's face light up as she saw you.
I miss everything about you, I could go on and on but it won't bring you back.
I cannot wait until I can hug you can cry and hold you and smell you cologne again.
I love Norman Darling.
Thank you"
Missy Tocci of Bridgewater MA

"Hey D, I am at a total loss for words. I think of you often, and the times we hung out together talking about our daughters and the lives we wanted for them and our reasons for chosing the path in life that we have. I talk to my daughter about you as a hero but most importantly as a true friend. You are now and always will be an inspiration and a true friend and your memory in all our hearts will live forever. Miss Ya Bro!!"
Sgt Richard Cleverdon of Ft Bragg, North Carolina

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

"Darling, you were an awesome guy. For the short time I knew you in 91W training I could see you had a great heart. May you rest in peace.....I will never forget what you did for our country. Even though I am no longer in the Army I still get teary eyed when I watch the news and hear of the injured soldiers......you and all of them give some much. God bless you!!!"
Isa of NY

"I miss you so mych Norman, I can't believe it's already been a year.
A long and sad year. I hope and know you are smiling at all of us now.. I swear to god Norman, you are all over my house and my family. so many things have happened that I said "It's Norman"
Or "thats my sweet angel."
I love you more than words can say and I miss you more everyday...
I can't wait to see you again.
I love you"
Missy & Stephen Tocci of Brigewater, MA

"I knew Darling from 91W training in Fort Sam, Texas. He was a great man who always brought out the best in everyone. You could never me mad at such a kind and loving man. He attended my wedding in Texas on November 15,2003. That day has more meaning to us knowing that Norman was there to share it with us. He will always be remembered in our lives. He is truly a hero to all of us military and civilian. We love you Norman D"
Shonna and Cisco Sagrero of Fort Lewis, Wa

"I can't believe it's been a year since that knock at the door. It's still so hard to understand. We are all so proud of you and thankful for your heroism. I'm sure your watching over your best girl, I pray everyday that you are. She is getting so tall and she is so beautiful..looks just like you! I remind her of you alot, she tells people that her father was a superhero.. I tell her she's right..
We will always remember you Norman."
Amy and Camryn

"As I write this tears fill my eyes as the thought of this day, one year ago. I pray for your family, and think of you and all of your fellow soldiers. You will never be forgotten. Thanks for everything you did for us. 2nd Plt Bco 153 Engineers"
Mark Francisco of Estellin SD

"D, I think of you often. I still remember your words. Your strength and courage is immeasurable. You will always be in my heart. God bless you and your family."
Jen of Oregon

"I just wanna tell you that I miss you so much...especially today...I wish I could see your smile again. Miss you D"
A.S of Germany

"I only wish it was a year ago today!!!"

"I can't believe it's almost a year Norman. This has been a very sad and long year. I hope you are resting in heaven looking at Cam and you feel happy.
I miss you so much and love you"
Missy Tocci of Brockton,MA

"Hey there 'D'. I know it's takin me along time to write something on this memorial site, but that doesn't mean I forgot about you. I tell our new medics about you all the time and strive to have the courage and strength you had. Our small group of medics will never be the same without you. I hope these messages help your daughter and family know how much you meant to the world around you, and can hold their heads up high knowing that you had such a huge impact on everyones lives. I only knew you for the short time we were in Ft. Sam, and of course being in the same unit in germany, but you were like a brother. I'll never forget you."
SPC Clinton Emmons of 4/27FA Baumholder, Germany

"Merry Christmas hunny bunny. Steph and I were talking about you today, it's been so hard with your birthday and the holidays. Nothing will ever be the same as it was with you. I know this is part of life and a choice you made to provide better for Cam, and I know you never thought things would end up the way they did. I'm still in shock it seems.. I just keep waiting for a mistaken identity or a call or something that isn't likely to happen.
I know you're in heaven watching us morn all of the time and saying "worrying changes nothing" but it's hard not to miss one of the best people Ive ever know that has touched so soso many.
I love you Norm, and Cammy... I miss you guys"
Missy of Brockton

"D, It is Christmas day. Another day that I feel I let you down. If I had known, I wouldn't have sent you out there. I would have gone myself. As I told you many times you had so much to offer the world. You were a naturally charismatic leader. People were drawn to you and you never left them wanting. You never failed to show kindness and compassion. Whether you were treating a sick or injured child or just helping a buddy with a task. Your heart was in everything you do. I know it was my job to train you, but I also learned from you.
All the medics still miss you. Thank you for being one of us. I hope your daughter learns as she gets older what a wonderful person her father was. I hope your parents know what an outstanding son they raised. We won't ever forget you."
SGT Ed O'Keeffe of Medical NCOIC 4/27 FA

"Hey bro I miss you alot I remember training you, lifting weights out there and trying to have some sort of a good time in Iraq, you always wanted to go on patrols with me and see how this medic reacts. My confidence and respect grew more as I seen use the medical skill for the first time during that incident you were calm and collective you handled the pressure and made those life saving decisions. Like I told you and you prove it to me I do not care what rank yoiu are and your medical knowledge book smarts is ok you can be a doctor but if you cant click into gear and switch that part in your brain to save a life you are a useless medic to me. You and I got along quick we had so many similarities with each other it was scary, I know we made plans when we got back you come chill in Hawaii with me with the folks, we chase the women down there and have fun like 2 goofy brothers. Please forgive for the decisions I made with you guys I put on the patrol I was on the otherside of the road when it happened I'd seen the vehicle and felt a shudder I knew what was in and wished you and I still had to radios so we could talk to each other that is still on my mind this day. If I could trade my life for yours I would of I would of done it without a second though. You are the best MEDIC/SOLDIER/FRIEND/FATHER I will ever know. My prayers go out to your loved ones and you please watch over me and guide me in my life.

MAHALO from the Asian Guy"
SGT Edward "DOC" Wittig Jr. of Baumholder Ge

"My sweet Darling... Tomorrow is your birthday and we will be celebrating you. I know you are here, just not the way I want you to be.
Your gorgous eyes and smile are literally forever eched in my memory as clear as day. Everything still seems so unreal sometimes.
When I think about all the things we 've been through... I want to pick up the phone and hear you say Hey hunny bunny... or I want one of your huge bear hugs and Cammy's sweet little hugs.
Iknow it's bad to dwell, but it's so hard not to. Everything makes me sad then happy then sad then happy... I just miss you so much Norman. Im so lucky to have known you, I really am.
We will see each other soon, until then its just memories.. I wish we could build more though .. Love ya
your "bossy chick""
Missy Leonardo of Brockton, MA

"I never knew Norman, I only saw his name in the newspaper. But as a fellow Darling, I wanted to pass along my wishes to his family."
Tim Darling of Rockville, MD

"ON BEHALF OF C.I. GIBSON'S CLASS OF 1992 ESPECIALLY ELLAKA, HOWARD, DORIN, TONY AND MONICA WHAT CAN WE SAY?, BUT GONE TO SOON. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THOSE GOOD OLD SCHOOL DAYS CHICKEN AND TART FROM MS JOHNSON AND ORANGE DRINK. YOU WERE ALWAYS THE LIFE OF THE PARTY NEVER SAD ALWAYS FULL OF LIFE. WE HAD A MEMORIAL PARTY IN YOUR MEMORY, I KNOW YOU MUST HAVE BEEN WATCHING AND OH SO PROUD, AND BOY WE DID CRY.EVERYONE HAD SUCH FOND MEMORIES OF YOU AS WE SPOKE OF OUR TEEN DAYS AND SO MY FRIEND UNTIL WE MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE, SLEEP ON MY BROTHER TAKE YOUR REST UNTIL WE MET AGAIN. WITH TEARS IN MY EYES THANK GOD FOR BLESSING ME WITH A FRIEND SO HUMBLE, CARING AND KIND LIKE YOU TO YOUR FAMILY ESPECIALLY YOUR WIFE AND DAUGHTER WHO I HAVE NOT MET, GOD BLESS AND I HOPE TO MEET YOU ONE DAY, TO YOUR PARENTS AND LIL SISTERS AS YOU WOULD REFER TO THEM AND RODNEY, MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU. I LOVE YOU ALL"
ELLAKA BARRY of NASSAU BAHAMAS

"I sat down to write a paper, but didn't get very far. You've been on my mind all day. Monday would have been our one year aniversary. I still remember everything about that night. And the 6 months that followed. I regret I couldn't attend your funeral, but I think you know why...I was the last to hear the news. But I was with you Memorial Day weekend...and I'll visit you again soon. You are in my heart, and I will honor your memory here at Ft. Lewis. I love you."
Jen of Lebanon, OR

"I think of you often, how could I not..I see you everyday in Camryn. She looks more and more like you everyday. She just had her 4th birthday party at the ice cream shoppe..I hope you saw it. She can write her name now and is starting to read...I hope you can see. You would be so proud. We talk of you often and she knows what you sacrificed for her and all of us and we thank you and love you always!! Please watch over her and keep her safe."
Amy and Camryn Darling of davenport, florida

"In a training company that began at around 400 people, Darling always stood out because of his smiles and kindness. You are sorely missed."
Wollen of San Antonio TX

"I miss you Norman. There isn't a day that goes by that you are not on my mind. You were and still are another big brother for me. I miss you so much. When Marty and I are together, you're all we talk about. You're still everywhere to us and always will be. No one will ever take your place in my heart. You are my true hero. I love you."
Spud of Middleboro, MA

"You are my hero, thank you for your service to our country. We didn't deserve you."
Pete Daniels of Kansas

"Hey Norm, Tomorrow will be a really sad FOUR months without you. Although you are still here, it's not the way I wish.
I was going through some pictures today and found the copies of the pics I gave you of when you and Cam were very little at my place in Brockton, and one is you holding her up like she is flying and you're kissing her, the other is her sweet little face -the one from the my "little Darling frame" I really miss you alot Normy.
Im glad you were and will always be a part of me and my life.
I will love you dearly until the day we meet again.
I can just imagine how big Cammy is now, I know you were at her party watching her- and that fills my heart with a little joy.
I love you and miss you."
Missy & Steve of Brockton

"Its been over three months since I've been able to talk to you and tell you about my day, laugh with you, cry with you and tell you that I love you and how proud of you I am. Words can't describe the emptiness I feel in my heart. I miss you and think of you everyday and often I close my eyes, see your beautiful smile and it helps me get through my day. I miss our conversations about our lives, friends and families and all your stories. I could tell you anything. Sometimes now I find myself talking to you and I can hear your big belly laugh and it makes me laugh out loud. I also miss Holiday time we used to spend together. My family misses you and we speak of you often. Your pictures are everywhere-you are still with us. I know you are out of harms way now and like Cammy said dancing with the angels and eating cotten candy but I can't help but wish you were here. I love you Norm and I miss you, I miss us and I miss my friend."
Martina (Miss Daisy) of 58 Short St. Middleboro, MA

"Hey Norm, it is with regret that I thank you for your time in the military, that helps provide us with the freedom that we celebrate today on the 4th. I love you and miss you dearly. I think of you atleast a few times everyday. I love you"
Missy of Brockton

"It's been two months since I've heard from you, but you are in my heart everyday. I love you."
Jen of Lebanon, OR

"Darling was always on top of things the type of soldier I wanted to be in training he was one of my role models he was a great person I never saw him lose his temper never seen him not keep a favor or promise he was a great friend and an even better soldier. My the lord be with you as you were there for me."
SPC Dominguez, Richard of Ft. Irwin, Barstow,CA

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

"PFC Darling,

We all remember you well. I was one of your Drill Sergeants at Ft Sam Houston currently serving in Iraq. I remember a few of our conversations in the barracks. DS Villarreal and DS Mullen notified me of this tragedy. My god be with you and your family always.

"Bravos Best-Soldier Medic-Warrior Spirit""
SFC Shawn Romero of Operation Iraqi Freedom

"Hi!It's me again just like your best friend my aunt said welcome'home my budddy!We all miss you and will never forget you and you'll always be in my heart! i love you always and will!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox"
Briana of Bridgewater , Ma

"Norman...what can I say.
Norman has impacted so many lives and those of us who got a chance to know him personally would all say that you could not find a more loving, gentle sincere person that was always so full of life. Norman was like a breath of fresh air when things were going wrong.
I will miss his laughter, his sense of humor. I remember one day I had a pimple on my face and i have dimples in my cheeks and he made up a special name for me...BUMPLES. (How I miss the humor)
I know he's now in a safe place and will miss him greatly.
To the family that I know so well, such humble people, so loving...may you find the strength and solace to continue.
God Bless You All..."
Jeanette Richardson of Nassau, Bahamas

"Norman, this is a sad memorial day... I know you are looking down from heaven and reading these and knowing how much we miss you. We love you and thank you for all the joy and memories you brought. We will never forget you Darling"
Missy & Stephen of Brockton, MA

"I only knew Darling for about 5 weeks when we were in 91W training at Ft. Sam. He was such a sweetheart. He was always so positive and motivating. I just came across his name and I am so shocked. This is truly the biggest shock I have ever had. I pray for Norman and his family. God bless all of you and my prayers go out to you!"
PFC Barela-Christou of Walter Reed AMC Washington D.C.

"To the Family & Friends of PFC Norman Darling

May God Bless and keep Norman close to his heart as we all share in your loss. My son, Spc. Justin B. Schmidt, was with Norman on 4/29/04, may we always remember their laughter, joy and love that they brought to our lives."
Lenore C. Roberts, mother of Spc. Justin B. Schmidt of Bagley, MN

"i always looked up to darling...he was a great leader, soldier, and friend. prayer: lord, please watch over darling...he is with you now."
pfc depakakibo of ft lewis, wa

"To my Dearest Norman, I miss you already, I can't even put it in words. I will never forget the times we spent together, your smile, and your kind words of wisdom/love. You made the ultimate sacrifice and we will all honor you and your memory. I send my regards to your family, your beautiful baby girl Cammy and friends. I will cherish every last memory I have of you. I will catch up with you later. I LOVE YOU NORMAN AND ALWAYS WILL!!!"
Becky of Attleboro

"A permanent tribute to this fallen Bahamian Hero may be found at www.samanacollege.com/normandarling.html"
Webmaster of New York, NY

"norman i love you you,you will aways be with us,you is apart of our soul.
you is my brother \flesh and blood our souls will unit one day,you will never be alone..."
christopher darling of nassau bahamas

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

"I would just like to say even though I only knew PFC Darling through combat medic training in Texas, he was the sweetest man. Always motivated, always smiling, always positive. He was very, very proud of his daughter and showed everyone pictures of her- what a beautiful little girl! I remember the drill sergeants loved to call him daaaarlin' and sweetheart and they'd mess with him of course, and all Darling would do would smile and laugh. Friends and family of PFC Darling, you are in my prayers."
PV2 Susan Edwards of Ft Lewis, WA USA

"To Norman'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 (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com

"I only knew Norman a short 8 months, but I can honestly say he has impacted the rest of my life. He has been in my thoughts daily and I pray that God is watching over him and his family. Norman, I love you. Thank you for being my companion these last 6 months. I will never forget you. Thank you Laura for your guidance. Your kind words helped to answer so many questions. Please know that I am here for you also."
Jen Fleishman of Lebanon, OR

"TO THE FAMILY OF PFC.DARLING,
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. I KNEW DARLING ONLY FOR A SHORT TIME DURING OUR COMBAT MEDIC TRAINING AT FORT SAM HOUSTON BUT 16 WEEKS WAS LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT HE WAS A GOOD GUY. ALWAYS SMILING, ALWAYS HELPING. JUST KNOW THAT HE WAS A BRAVE MAN. EVEN WHEN HE HURT HE WOULD DO WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE. EVEN WHEN HE DID NOT HAVE TO. DURING TRAINING, WE WERE LEARNING CERTAIN CARRIES WHERE WE WOULD HAVE TO PICK UP A CAUSALTY WHILE CARRYING OUR WEAPONS AND RUN,WELL,OF COURSE OUR DARLING WOULD PILE US ON WHILE OF COURSE SMILING. I AM GOING TO MISS HIM, WE ALL WILL MISS HIM. MAY GOD BLESS"
PFC. WHITE of FT.LEWIS,TX

"To say that I will miss Norman would be a tremendous understatement. His huge smile, warm heart and strong, yet gentle presence will live in my mind forever. You were a loving father and a true friend. The world was a better place with you in it."
Christian of Quincy, MA/USA

"I ONLY KNEW NORMAN FOR A SHORT TIME WHILE HE WORKED AT BFDS. BUT I KNEW HE WAS A GREAT GUY AND A WONDERFUL FATHER. HE LOVED HIS DAUGHTHER WITH ALL HIS HEART AND I KNOW SHE WILL MISS HIM GREATLY. I KNOW HE HAD A GREAT PERSONALITY AND GOT ALONG WITH EVERYBODY, HE WILL BE MISSED. MY SINCERE APOLOGIES TO HIS FAMILY."
JANIS DIONNE of QUINCY MA USA

"hi norman god will bless your peace and sould just may everyone god bless you and have a fun time cuz your safe at home now and your having a holly time love briana to norman"
Briana of bridgewtaer MA

"NORMAN, YU GAVE YOUR LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY TO NOT ONLY MAKE A SAFER LIFE FOR US! BUT THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR YOUR DAUGHTERS WELL BEING AS WELL. WE WILL WATCH OVER HER FOR YU AND MAKE SURE SHE IS SAFE & KNOWS YU WILL ALWAYS BE WATCHING OVER HER FROM UP ABOVE! ALTHOUGH I KNEW YU BRIEFLY BUT I KNEW YU WERE A GOOD HEARTED MAN & FATHER! WE WILL ALL MISS YU GREATLY! IF THE FAMILY NEEDS ANYTHING PLEASE DONT HESITATE TO LET ME OR MISSY KNOW , ANYTHING WITH LOVE, CYNTHIA & CHARLES GONCALVES!"
CYNTHIA GONCALVES of BROCKTON MA. USA.

"God knew that everyone needs
companionship and cheer,
he knew that people need someone whose thoughts are always near, He knew they needed someone Kind, to lend a helping hand, Someone to gladly take the time to care and Understand,, God Knew that you Needed someone to share each happy day.. To be a source of Courage, when troubles came your way,, Someone to be true to you, weather near or Far apart, Someone whose love You'll always hold and Treasure in Your heart.. Thats why God gave you Norman. TO Our Daughter Laura Weigold:"
Debbie Mitchell of Bridgewater, Ma.

"You will be sadly missed by family, and friends from all over the world. You brightened up everyone's day! You always had a Smile on your face! We thankyou from the bottom of our hearts,for what you have done for our country. And thankyou so much for being part of my Daughters Wedding. You will never ever be forgotten. God Bless you, and keep on Smiling.
Love Always"
Debbie Mitchell of Bridgewater, Ma.

"hi norman its me again i want to write another letter because you will always be with me no matter what !!!!!!!!!! love bri"
Briana of bridgewater

"HI NORMAN ITS BRIANA i miss you very much and you were always in my heart you were like a family member to me and now and then you are a part of my family. i miss you a lot norman and your still with me"
briana of bridgewaterma

"Norman is my bestest friend in the whole wide world.He is now an angel whom will watch over all the people who loved him.I will not say goodbye,but see you later my friend......you are now home. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU."
Laura Weigold of Taunton, MA.

"Everyone that knows Norm loves Norm. That really coudln't be more true. Norman had a heart of pure gold. He was a gentle giant... He was a great Father, friend, protector to his loved ones. We will never forget you Norman, and we will do everything we can to look over Camryn and keep your memories and spirit alive with her. You will always be my Darling. I love you and I am so blessed that I was able to be a part of your life, and you of mine.
I love you Norman."
Missy & Stephen Tocci of Brockton, MA

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

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

"Thank you Norman Darling, 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 Pfc. Norman Darling:
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 Norman for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Norman Darling:
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 Norman, 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