Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Shawn C. Edwards

20, of Bensenville, Illinois.
Edwards died in Samarra, Iraq, when his convoy vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 121st Signal Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Kitzingen, Germany. Died on April 23, 2004.

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"YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!! We love you and miss you every breathing moment"
Dennis and Norma Franco of JBLM, WA

"Hello to the family of Shawn Edwards. I posted years back about what Shawn's sacrifice meant to me and still to this day, 11 years later, it still holds me grounded to this world. I hope and pray your struggles each day are minimal as you know he is watching over all of us. God's plan for his life, as short as it was, was for the greater good for so many. He is now a soldier in God's Army and is fighting the good fight everyday. I one day hope to ride out to see his grave site to pay my respects. With love and Care."
SGT Brian J. Gibbs of Phoenix, AZ/Maricopa

"Hey bro, it's me. I struggle every day with what happened. You were a great soldier and a great friend. I am sorry it took so long to put something down for you but it has been hard. I just want your friends and family know that if I could have taken your place I would. I hope one day I can come visit you and talk about it. You are missed and will never be forgotten. B.R.O. For life Charlie rock. G6 out."
Spc Deller James A. of 410th C.A. Battalion El Paso Texas.

"Shawn,
How time seems to fly by at times; hard to grasp that its been 10 years. I thank you, on behalf of my entire family, for your service, bravery and sacrifice. You paid the ultimate price so that we may continue to live free and prosper. Thank you.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwards, Robin, & Family,
God bless you all. As a parent now, I can't even begin to imagine what you have felt over the past 10 years but hopefully, along with the pain and hurt, you can take solace in knowing Shawn's bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten and that he will bring great pride and honor to the Edwards family for eternity. I am sorry for your loss.

Respectfully,
Brian Bruce"
Brian Bruce of Seattle, WA

"11-21-13"
partipilo of elmhurst illinois

"Shawn its been over 9 years im sitting up late this dark cold night and for some reason youve been on my mind. Ive lost both my parents since going to high school with you. York dorks kid lol. We had so much fun in history class together but for some reason you never told me how deepley you felt about joing the army. Your my hero man. Thank you so much for giving me my freedom. I will never forget you I promise. Life is hard but when I think of how if you had just one more day you would make the most of it and thanks to you I do have 1 more day. You are a huge part of our town class of 2002 whooora. Say hi to my parents. I love you all and thank you for the chance to do something great."
partipilo of elmhurst illinois

"Still in my heart and mind bro, I guess I will never forget you and the price you paid for the people of America, the people of Iraq, and me."
SSG Weakley, Jesse. of Ft.Hood, TX USA

"Miss you man. You making the ultimate sacrifice has changed my life forever. You will forever be in my mind. To Shawn's family, I hope you are well. Miss you my friend."
Charles LeTourneau of Phoenix

"Happy birthday Shawnie - I know only those in Germany that used to hangout at our house know why today - "wait its the 6th? my head must be on upside down cause I thought it was a 9th" oh well cheers with a mudslide!!! - Happy Birthday - I miss you and your mushy pancakes....."
Norma Franco of JBLM WA

"Still haven't forgotten you bro."
Jesse Weakley of Killeen TX

"Shawn Christopher, you are near my Daughter at the cemetery, you and she are the same age, both April of 1984. She died at 19, you were soon after. I always touch your stone and wish you well, today I put some daisies on you your site. I hope you and Erica are smiling on us as we find our way in your light.Thank you for your service Shawn, for your love of country."
diane of oak park

"I miss you my friend I miss you very much"
Norma Franco of JBLM WA

"Its been a long time Bro but I still remember and will never forget! Just wish things could have turned out differently then they did. Since then nothing has been the same. You will always be in mind and never forgotten."
SGT(P) Weakley, Jesse A. of Rodriguez Range, Korea

"It's been over 7 years but I still remember you this Veterans Day."
Nick of Seoul, Korea

"To Family and Friends of Shawn C. Edwards; My uncle (Carlton Moree of New Orleans), posted something to ya'll. It is always a sad time to hear the news of a death. Ya'll are in my prayers every night. May God Bless Ya'll in this time of need. I pray that we won't have to hear about any more deaths before they send our troops home. God knows how much family will want them all home and safe. How many deaths do we have to suffer with before they start sending them home? Yes I thank God everday that my uncle was sent home. But it doesn't east the pain for all the other familes that lost their loved ones during time of war. Ya'll may send me a message through yahooo messenger my screen name is metalmom_80 MAY GOD BLESS YA'LL IN MANY WAYS. LOVE GOES OUT TO YA'LL ALSO."
Cheryl Branigan Booty of Bogalusa, LA/USA

"It's strange reading these listings because I see in every one, how much we all think and miss shawn, but for some reason I get this overwhelming burn inside like the words just don't convey the sincerity of what we all feel. Words just don't spell it!! We had plans man! I made him a metallica cd just before we left. Now I can't listen to metallica anymore!!! That's how it goes I guess. I don't know if anyone knows this but the convoys got moved up one because one of the chalks weren't ready in time. Irony huh... One man, who was it gonna be! love u bro. I sure hope all this afterlife stuff is for true! Ur first on my list homes!!

Sgt Moree Bco 121
carlmoree@hotmail.com

Hoowah"
Carlton Moree of New Orleans, La

"Miss you bro. I remember the good times drinking at the Night Rock in Kizingen. You were a good man and are dearly missed."
Sellman of Fort Huachuca, Az

"Happy Memorial Day, Shawn...you are never forgotten!!! "Bravo Blackhawks"

121 Sig BN 1st ID"
SGT Garon Page of Baltimore, Maryland

"Another memorial day, another day to remember a fine soldier. As he looks down on us we remember upon him that he gave his life for us. I was part of the convoy that Shawn was on. I didn't go that day due to an injury, but in some ways I wish I would have. Shawn's death has changed my life completely. I am now a servant of GOD because of him and pray for his family everyday. Shawn, you are not forgotten and will live in our hearts forever. Happy Memorial day and god bless"
SGT Gibbs, Brian of Surprise, Arizona/USA

"Happy Memorial Day.... Miss you Stool Pigeon!!!"
Trey Nixon of Poolside, Waikiki Hawaii

"Memorial Day 2010

I can't help but think of you and your family on this day and the ultimate sacrifice made for your country. You will always be remembered. I didnt know you all that well, but I did have the pleasure of hanging out with you in Germany on a few occasions. I was A co 121st Sig. God Bless you and Thank You."
Jonathan Drew of Webster, Ma

"Shawn was a friend and a battle buddy. There is not a day that goes by where I do not think of him fondly. Shawn was truly a great person and a great soldier. I hope that his family is doing well and it is important to let them know his battle buddies miss him too."
Casey Wyrembek of Portland, Oregon/US

""I was deployed with Shawn in 2004. I was part of his convoy and a week before his death I was injured and pulled off the convoy. I didn't know Shawn that well, but what I knew of him was that he was a great soldier. Over the years I reflect on his life and the loss of his life. It truly has pushed me forward in hard times and has kept me on my feet. Shawn was a great soldier and served his country with honor. I wish I would have gotten to know him better. I only wish sometimes that maybe if I had stayed in the convoy this loss wouldn't have happened. But who knows. God has a plan for everything. To Shawns family. I know it has been years. But Shawn's loss will always live within those that served in the 121st Signal Battalion and those that served with him. God Bless."
CPL Brian Gibbs of Fort Huachuca, AZ

"another 4th of july is here, and rightly so - it makes me think of you brother. it doesn't matter how much time goes by, you will always be in my heart. shawn's family be blessed, and know that your son is loved and missed by those who were fortunate to share in his life."
Joel Quiles of Harrisburg, PA

"Shawn, it's been almost five years now, and I'm still thinking about you, and still missing you. I just want you to know that I'm thankful for your love, and I want your family to know that I understand their sacrifice. Just know that with every day that passes, I never forget you, and I will always miss you."
L. A Co, 121 SIG of Kitzingen, GE

"To the family of:Shawn C. Edwards I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"Shawn,

4 years ago, where has the time gone?! Today is Veterans Day. And as I sit behind my desk, tears in my eyes, I think of you, "My Brother". Of our times in the motor pool, the months out in the field, our brotherhood, our unit, our family, our life. I seldom miss you for I know it is the thoughts and spirits of my fallen brothers that keeps my blood warm, but today, I'm cold and I miss you brother. Watch over us all and I'll see you when I get there! "No Mission to Difficult, No Sacrifice To Great" B. Company 121 Sig BN, Kitzingen Germany, Larson Bks..."BRAVO BLACKHAWKS" HOOAH!"
SGT Garon Page of Jessup, Maryland United States of America

"I was with Shawn at basic training and ait. I was recently looking through the basic training year book that I recieved and decided to check on some of my old friends. I was shocked when I found out about Shawn. I remember when Shawn had to have his mouth wired shut at ait from that basketball game and how good spirtited he was about it. Shawn thank you for your service and I'll never forget the memories I have of you. Rock of the Marne!"
Steven McCain of Cincinnati, OH (A 1/38 & E 447)

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Shawn C. Edwards:
Shawn 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

"I knew Shawn Edwards, from hanging out with him trying to pick up Turkish girls in downtown kitzingen, we talked alot about what we were gonna do like play paintball, too fixing up his Honda Accord, even in Iraq he would show off his car, I think about where you would have been 4yrs. from now, now that I have my own crew and missions,with three soldiers, returning back to Iraq was a big step for me, even the awkward smell stings my nose; we used to convoy with Charlie company to resupply, even with HHC, you had no fear.
that day, changed my life, knowing you gave up and sacrificed for the betterment of others, I respect that deeply, you will be missed brother
its been 4yrs. Much Alohas to the Family of Shawn, I got the chance to meet your mother and sister in the Motor Bay when they arrived, it was an honor Mr. and Mrs.Edwards
Formely Bravo Company 121 Sig
3rd Platoon
"WHEELS UP"
SGT.Luna Roque I."
SGT.Luna,Roque I. of BIAP, C 603 ASB, Baghdad Iraq

"i was in Shawn's unit when he passsed.I want you to know he was trully honored! i hope you recieved everything ok from germany. i just wanted to say thanks because of your sons courage i am alive today"
erica 121 sig of arizona

"We miss your smile, your silly jokes, your funny faces, your Zoolander impersonations and your mushy pancakes."
Dennis and Norma Franco of El Paso TX

"To absent comrades."
David C. of New Mexico

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Edwards,
My Name is Jesse Weakley I was also on your son's team in Iraq. He was an inspiration to me to watch a new private come int the army and see him grow into a soldier that our team was very proud of. There is not one day when I do not think of him, but mostly of the day he did not return from the convoy. Earlier that day I had received the video games I had ordered for him and I to play. When I was told Edwards was not coming back I didn't want to believe it and thought they meant he was going to another team. It didn't hit me until I went to his bunk to wait for him to play the new game I had recieved and that was when reality of life and death came like a punch in the stomach. I look at life much differently now. I try not to take anything for granted. Well my email is jesseweakley@hotmail.com if you would like to communicate I wish i had more to offer but this is all I have."
Jesse Weakley of honolulu, hawaii usa

"Mr & Mrs Smith
I am Trey Nixon I was with Shawn at AIT at fort gordon, I went to hawaii and he went to Germany. Shawn and I were inseperable while at AIT, we would take his white Mitsubishi Eclipse to Stool Pigeons (bar/rest) everynight, I used to make fun of him for his jaw being wired shut from that "basketball accident" I covered for him when he went to florida for the weekend with Taylor and totaled his car on the way home and was late to formation. I was in Kirkuk, Iraq when Shawn was hit, I had not talked to him in awhile, I remeber how much he used to talk to his dad, he said his dad was his best friend, I tried to contact you guys when we lost shawn, his unit did not know me, and would not give out his families info. I am back in Iraq, and have been here for 14 months this tour. I just wanted to let you know that not much time passes that I dont think about him. I am sorry he is gone, feel free to email me if you ever want to talk about him..Love & Peace
TREY"
Trey Nixon of Diyala Provence Iraq/ Schofield Barracks, HI

"The Edwards family would like to thank each of the individuals who have posted their messages regarding our son, Pfc. Shawn C. Edwards. We greatly appreciate the words of comfort, encouragement and memories you have shared with us of our son. There really aren't enough words to convey our deepest gratitude, we simply say "thank you" and on this Memorial Day weekend 2007, our family remembers all those who currently serve and have served our country so admirably, with pride and honor. Thank you."
Mr. and Mrs. Edwards of Il

"Shawn was one of the nicest guys I've ever met. We went to Jr. High together and ran cross country together. He was always there cheering me on! I'll miss him always...."
Ashley of Elmhurst, IL USA

"My name is SPC Chris Navarro I was in Alpha Co. Me and Shawn hung out before our deployment. I look back on those times with fondness and nostalgia. I miss him and I'll never forget him."
Chrsitopher of Darmstadt, HE, DE

"I can't believe it has been so long. It seems like I saw you just last week. How time flies. If I could change it I would. You are still greatly missed. I wish things would have been different. We love you and we miss you."
Johnson of Ft. Gordon, GA

"It's hard to believe it has been only 3 years without your smile. It feels like a million. I love you and miss you everyday. But I know you are looking down upon all of us, guiding us in our paths that lead back to you again. Be in peace."
Merissa (Morgan) Russell of Formerly 17th Signal Battalion, Kitzingen/ Miami, FL

"Shawn, I think of you a lot. I remember when you first got to Germany. They stuck you in the transition room with Gold and I. I took you downtown Killeen for the first time. You borrowed my CK turtleneck sweater to impress the girls. The day before we deployed to Iraq you told me you would return the sweater to me. I told you not to worry about it, I would get it when we got back home next year. that conversation still lingers with me to this day. I believe you knew, I saw it in your eyes. To Shawns family, he was like a younger brother to me. I remember him, and our time we spent together. Miss you man."
spc joel quiles of mt joy, pennsylvania

"To the family,
I never thought to leave my email when I first posted. Shawn and I were on the same team; I still think of him everyday. codell_turner77@yahoo.com if ever you would like to communicate."
Codell Turner of Sedalia, Missouri

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Edwards and Family,
This is Chad Bell. I will be leaving Germany soon and will be stationed in Fort Gordon, GA. I would love to meet with you. I have made a picture movie of convoy pictures and dedicated to Shawn. I would also love to show you that. My email is godzuki72@hotmail.com. I would like very much to hear from you."
Chad Bell of Germany-soon, Georgia

"this is for you liz, glen, and friends & family of shawn's.

More than roses (No greater the love)
(In memory of all of those dear friends and family whom have answered the call,
and made the ultimate sacrifice for sake of those who they, themselves loved.)

*opening spoken softly (whispered)*
I lay down these roses, upon your resting
In a land where winter seldom falls
Ohh…I wake up crying to nothing but silence
And in my heart the sorrow calls out
…You touched my soul, and changed my life
…You were the light that led my way
(…The truest light of my life)

No greater the love, than you show me now
So pure and so true, like a rose you laid down
No greater the love, that you still show me now
Everywhere the heavens show...
Anywhere the wind will blow…

I lay down these roses, upon your resting
On your cold gravesite, as winter falls all around
I wake up to silence, as teardrops all fall down
In my heart your love will always be found
...You touched my soul, and still change my life
…As the truest light of all

No greater the love, than to lay your life down
For the ones that you love, in the fires of the fight
No greater the love, than you still show me now
From the first time we met, to the day that your time finally ran out

You made me believe in, something so much greater
For the first time, in oh so very long
But then in a moment, the wine turned to water
Then falling like teardrops, from God on high
On the hard, cold winter’s day, through my tears I stand, proudly in praise!

No greater the love, than you show me now
You were everything that I cared for, and that I cared about
No greater the love, that you laid your life down
Anywhere the wind will blow…
Everywhere the heavens show…
…every time the heavens glow!
(…Like light in the darkest night)

*instrumental passage with dedications (to the fallen) dubbed over*

No greater the love, than you still show me now
You stand for everything I care for, and what I care about
Ohh…no greater this love, that you lay your life down
Everywhere the heavens show…
Anywhere the wind will blow…
No greater the love…
…you laid down…
…more than roses

Every time the heavens glow…
…you still show me…
And I’m still so very…proud…of you!

Humbly written this day,
12 May 2006
Marcus Dismas.
formerly of bravo co-121st signal bn...now deployed to iraq."
marcus dismas of schweinfurt, germany...now in iraq.

"To the family of My Hero,
My name is Sgt Chad Bell. I was on the convoy team with Shawn, I was the Driver of the truck. During the Memorial Service in Germany I was in School and did not find out about it until it was too late for me to get there. I would really like to meet and talk to y'all. I have had something done for Shawn and would like to give it to you. I think of Shawn everyday. I would like to get a hold of you somehow my email address is chadibell1973@yahoo.com. Please send me an email there is alot I would like to say."
Chad Bell of 57th Signal Co./Schweinfurt, Germany

"From baseball as kids....to the infamous Shawnputer....We miss you buddy, god bless you for what you gave and standing up for what you believe in."
Ron S. of Elmhurst, IL

"To the famley i hope you are all doing ok i met you in germany i know Shaown is in a better place and i pray for you all"
Sgt Edmonds of Fort bliss

"you are missed verry much and i will never for get you."
Sgt kenneth edmonds of Fort Bliss

"To Family and Friends

I was one of shawns roomates when he first got to germany, I didn't get to know him that well before I left but I did get to know well enough that he was proud to be in the army. I wear a KIA Bracelet bearing shawns name and information. Shawn may be gone from us but he is not forgotten."
SSG Whitley, James of HQ, 2ID G6

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"shawn...not sure what to say...162..jjs dots...god bless buddy"
jason g of elmhurst, il

"I really miss you Shawn, I know how much you loved working on the sen plt. I was in b co 121 with Shawn and served in Iraq with him. He was really into working out, and wanting to fix up cars. Miss you man"
SGT Dunlap, Amanda of el paso, tx us

"I stumbled across this website by accident and don't know Shawn or his family but wanted to thank you for the sacrifices you have made for our country. It is impossible for us who are not losing loved ones to fully comprehend the pain and sadness that you feel every day, but you are in the thoughts and prayers of Americans like myself who believe in and appreciate the freedoms we enjoy. Your son did not die in vein, and his legacy will be honored for generations to come...just like we honor and show gratitude to those who paved the way for us. I will be forever grateful for those who serve our country, and the spirit of your son lives on in this site, and perhaps compelled me to write these words of condolence and gratitude. God bless..."
Anonymous of Montana

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

"Shawn and I belonged to the same team- Foxtrot 73. Today is Veterans' Day 2005 and I am thinking of my fallen teammate. Edwards, you are a hero and you will forever be in my heart."
Codell Turner of Sedalia, MO

"Haifa, Ron and Robin, I just found out about Shawn from Alice. I am so sorry I was not at the Memorial Services, but heard it was beautiful. My love and prayers are with you all. Love Lori."
Loretta (Lori) of Corona , CA, USA

"Shawn,
I knew you from AIT at Fort Gordon. I was there when you broke your jaw playing basketball in the gym. I remember feeding you BOOST shakes and helping you out while you were hurt. I also remember your calm spirit and positive attitude. You are not forgotten brother. I miss you and think about you frequently. You went forth as a hero and no one asks for that. I'm proud to have known and served with you. You always did the right thing and had the shiniest boots I've ever seen to this day. Thanks for being a soldier. Your Boy-"
SGT Joseph R. Barker of A Co/ 72D SIG BN Mannheim, Germany

"I know Shawn from AIT at Fort Gordon.. He was initially part of my class; a decent guy and a good soldier. In Baghdad '04 I opened the Army Times, saw his picture listed and wished I'd known him better."
SPC Donald Freeman of B Co 57 Sig BN 3 Sig BDE, Fort Hood

"I didn't have the pleasure to know Shawn but from what I've heard from others, he was a remarkable young man. Shawn will never be forgotten; I am truly sorry for your loss.

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

"To the Family of PFC Edwards:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Shawn's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of PFC Shawn Edwards.
I want to offer my deepest condolences for the loss of your son.
You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the good lord will help you get through your loss one day at a time.

"Our Soldiers Our Heros""
Dee of Dallas, Texas

"i was a friend of shawn from germany. i remember him as the nicest guy i knew. i still cant believe that hes gone..."
Esther Joa of Kitzingen, Germany

"I worked with Shawn, his switch team was attached to ours, and I was also a member of the convoy team as well. That day was the hardest and saddest of my life, its been almost a year and I still remember like it was yesterday. He was a great guy, very charming. My condolences to his family, he will never be forgotten."
SGT Catron, Winema T of Larson Brks, Kitzingen, GE

"It has been almost a year now and we are going home. If I could go back and change everything I would. This wasn't supposed to happen, not to you, not to anyone. I didn't know you very well, but your eyes and your smile could light up the motorpool. You would have gone far and you still will, just in a different way. I would gladly trade my life so you could live again. You were too young. You will be in my mind and my heart always and forever"
J. of 121 Sig

"Early in the morning here in Iraq just as the sun begins to break through the darkness, there is a stillness in the air...it is that moment I take the time to think about our fallen soldiers, it is my serenity...the silent morning, my silent mourning, the eerie stillness and I can only wish this is a dream that we will all soon wake up from."
soldier of iraq

"I still can't believe your gone, I remember us taking summer school geometry,god you were so smart we aced that class because we stuck together,thats just the kind of guy you were making friends,you knew how to get along with people it was just your personality. You were an honest honorable man not too many of those around anymore thats why it hurts so much that your gone. Rest in peace old friend,till we meet again"
Farooq Shah of Elmhurst,IL USA

"I was a member of the convoy team with Pfc. Edwards. Its been several months since then and it still feels like yesterday. I offer my condolences to the Edwards family. I share your in your loss. I feel as though I lost my lil brother. Shawn, I will never forget you. You will always be my hero."
SGT Petty, Duwayne of 121 Sig Bn, Tikrit, Iraq

"I was a member of the convoy team with Pfc. Edwards. Its been severaly months since then and it still feels like yesterday. I offer my condolences to the Edwards family. I share your in your loss. I feel as though I lost my lil brother. Shawn, I will never forget you. You will always be my hero."
SGT Petty, Duwayne of 121 Sig Bn, Tikrit, Iraq

"Franco and I miss you Shawn very, very, much and love you like our son, still can't bring myself to contact your momma, and tell her about the bag of things you left behind at our house. I am sorry baby it just hurts so much, but I promised you that I would and I will; just please give me time and strength and I will call her and tell her about the talk with had and bring her your things and also how much we love you and what you mean to us.

Love you kiddo,
(your adopted parents in Germany)
SPC Dennis and Norma Franco
A Co 121st Sig BN"
Norma Franco of Kitzingen Germany

"Shawn it is getting closer to a year gone bye since you have left us. You were my best friend. We had so many fun times. I will never forget those nights of playing pool and then making a 3am taco bell run. I cant express how much I miss you. It has been so hard. If anyone has any imformation about shawn or any stories that they would like to tell email me at scanman614@aol.com. Your my best friend till the day I die."
Marc Scanio of Elmhurst IL

"For the family of Pfc. Shawn C. Edwards: I had a sterling silver bracelet made that is engraved with Shawn's name, age and other information about his death in Iraq. I am proud to wear it every day to honor his ultimate sacrifice. God bless you all."
Diane John-Smith of baptized@peoplepc.com

"I was very close to Shawn. Having gone thru training with him and living on the same post we saw each other everyday. I was the first person he regonized when he got here. I remember seeing him and hugging him. And I remember the moment my heart hit the floor as I read in the paper that he was no longer with us. I sincerely miss him and his radiant smile. Even when he had to have his jaw wired shut in AIT he still glowed of happiness whenever we spoke. He will be truly missed by all, and I have and will always have a special place in my heart for Shawn. I give my condolences to his mother and apologize for not making his memorial service. I have lit a candle every night for him."
PFC Morgan, Merissa of 17th Sig Bn, Kitzingen, Germany

"My nephew PFC Codell Turner is stationed in Iraq and was a very close friend of PFC Shawn Edwards. Cody spoke very highly of Edwards who he said had a great sense of humor and admired his outlook in life. Cody lost a friend, buddy and shares his grief with the family of PFC Shawn Edwards. Cody is the son of John & Ardyth Turner, Sedalia Mo."
Betty Morrison of Sedalia, MO

"To the family of Sawn Edwards
Shawn was a great soldier and a good friend. My heart goes out to you."
Spc. Craig Carter 121 sig bn of iraq

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

"shawn was a great friend to me. he was always there and never let me down. i am glad that i got to meet shawn and the time that i did get to spend with him was great. i will never forget my best friend. shawn i love you.i will miss you but i will see you again.until then my you rest in peace."
erin piraro of elmhurst,IL

"I went to high school with sean. He was always the person who could make us all laugh when no one else could. He was a great person. His sacrifice will never be forgoten. Sean will remain in our hearts forever."
A1C Zachary Pugh USAF of Lackland AFB / Elmhurst IL

"To the family of Shawn. I worked and lived with Shawn when he was stationed at Fort Gordon GA. We had some great times and I have fond memories of him. He will be sorely missed, but his memory reamins in the heart of all that knew him. To Shawn well bro we had some good times. We'll never forget you."
SPC Buttermore, Michael of Baghdad,Iraq 1st Cav

"REST IN PEACE HERO
THE TAYLORS USMC NC"

"To Shawn Edwards family I am so sorry to hear about your lost..Shawn will be a hero in the eyes of every American..Shawn will be looking down being your angel from the heavens above..God bless his soul..To Shawn thank you so much for serving our country.."
Stacey Spadaccini of Zephyrhills, Fl USA

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

"Dear Shawn,
Thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice to protect the USA and her allies. One thing will always be true : Good triumphs over Evil in the end, no matter what the situation. Your actions are on par with the greatest acts of courage. Thank you, soldier."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"To Shawns family, we lost our son April 9th in Barez, and know the pain and anger you are feeling. Please know that your family will be in our prayers. God bless you all. Parents of AJ Vandayburg"
Allen & Chantil Vandayburg of Mansfield, Ohio

"To Shawn'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

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

"I have friends in Iraq right now and I fear every day for them. I know the quality of person Shawn must have been because the military only accepts the best, the bravest and the brightest. I constantly pray for all the soldiers and their families. And I thank God for making men and women with such drive and character. And I know that you too had a hand in bring those qualities out in Shawn because you can not know and love a person without shaping him."
Laurie Nuck of King City CA

"Rest in Peace Brave Solider"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To the family of PFC. Shawn Edwards:
We will always remember Shawn playing baseball on Chris' team. He was a sweet kid who deserved to live a long life. I'm sure his friends and family are proud of him. I know we are. We are proud to have known him growing up and will always remember him in our prayers. He will always be our hero!!!"
John, Eileen, Julia and Christopher Olsen of Lake in the Hills, IL

"Thank you Shawn Edwards, 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. Shawn Edwards:
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 Shawn 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. Shawn Edwards:
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 Shawn, 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