Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. William L. Evans

22, of Hallstead, Pennsylvania.
Evans died in Baghdad, Iraq, of injuries sustained earlier that day in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle during combat operations. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Died on September 19, 2005.

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"The last time I saw you was right before you left and I will never forget that day. You touched so many hearts while you were on this earth, an amazing young man. With memorial day being this weekend I had to play the song I listened to over and over again when you past; Five for Fighting, "The last great American" because you were a great American Billy and a great man. We are blessed to have men and woman like you willing to protect us and I thank you for that.

Forever missed and always in my heart is my friend since we were children Billy Evans."
Tiffany (5-24-2013) of Endicott, NY

"hey man, I haven't wrote in a long time. over here again, not iraq but the desert. thank you so much for helping along the way. first day I'm back, I'm visiting to give thanks. still seems like yesterday and i still cry to this day and i always will. you are and shall never be forgotten"
gary of kuwait

"Thinking of the family and friends of William ďBillyĒ Evans of Hallstead PA. who served in Ramadi Iraq with my son. Heaven has a rainbow of Skittles for Billy now and Supermanís cape can never be tugged up there. God Bless!"
Rick R.M. Harvey of Endwell, NY USA

"Billy, still not another day goes by that I don't miss you! your birthday is comming up on Thursday and the unfortunate day of 7 years you've been gone. ill be visiting you on Sunday :) love you"
-tiffany of montrose Pa

"Āö " American Soldiers don't fight because they hate what's in front of them...they fight because they love what's behind them !!!! " Āö UNKNOWN
God Bless the family of this Brave HERO!"
Jenny Stacy of BSG, Va. /USA

"Thank you for your service."
Larry of 21045

"yesterday was veteran's day & i couldn't help but think of you & what you did for our country. thank you so much sweetheart. not a day goes by that i don't think about you and how much i really do miss you and wish you were still here. i'll see you again someday. you rock me babe <3"
Jocelyn

"Hey Billy...last night I had the pleasure of seeing your cousin Bill Evans whom is dating a co-worker of mine...he reminded me of the day that we had gone to the Texas Roadhouse in Scranton, which I didn't remember seeing him. I still think about you all the time and visit you when I can, trying to keep myself busy. Everytime I hear the song Echo by Trapt I think about you and you driving my car everywhere in PA because I didn't know where I was going. Your mom has a myspace and I talk to her every once in a while. Miss you and I know we didn't know eachother for very long but you were so special and touched my soul that you could never be forgotten and will always have a place in my heart..."
Ashley of Johnson City, NY

"Billy..Your Bday was Sunday...and again I went to your grave and sang to you....God how I wish I could just call you on the phone and hear you laugh and say No Mom Stop..you really can't sing...but I can't call you can I...and now Sat marks 4 years that my heart has been broken so badly it still hasn't healed...and never will ...of that I am sure...God Billy I miss you so much....everyday is still a struggle....I have put in a request to go to Iraq and stand where you took your last breathe...I have to wait to see if the Army will aprove it...I just need to have some sort of closure on it....I have never heard what really happened that horrible day...none of your men have ever said a word to me...God Billy my heart aches...I want to hold you so badly and wipe away the pain you suffered..as a mom I should be able to do that for my children....but I can't for you anymore...it hurts to know that..I still cry everyday from the pain of losing you....God Bill how will I ever keep going....I keep my distance from most just so I don't have to relive the truth that you won't be back...Gary is home again thank God and I hope he never has to go back...Thanks for watching over him again and bringing him home safe to his wife and family...Billy I love you so much ..I miss you...more than anyone will ever know...Love Mom"
Judy of Chenango Forks, NY /USA

"Bill,
You are not forgotten. Happy 26th birthday hun. We all miss you."
Amy of Scranton, PA

"There's a guy here in Taji, who works at the chow hall, and who looks so much like you everytime I see him it damn near takes my breath away! He probably wonders why me and the girls stare at him... but it's kind of comforting, almost like having you in the room again.

Almost 4 years... you're not forgotten, and you're definitely still missed..."
Sierra of Taji, Iraq

"hey man its gary again. iv been having some rough times man. i cant sleep and im geting pissed at the dumb *. i thank you for watching over me, half way there man. help me get threw these times ahead until i am home with amber. i miss yea man and love yea"
gary of taji, iraq

"Brother Bill. Its been 3 years and change since the day you left. I am back in the * hole of Iraq with some good guys. We lost a brother to an attack last month already. It brought back bad memories of the day I heard about you. I am married now too. I love my wife Amber with all my heart and soul. When I was home, i took her to visit you. She is perfect for me. Bill watch over me while I am here and my guys. Help me get home to Amber, like you got me home last tour. I miss yea bro."
Spc. Gary Sienko of Taji, Iraq

""Billy its hard to believe that in 5 days it will be 3 years that you have been gone. i can still remember my mom telling me. i went to school like any other Monday everything just fine and honestly i wanna say that i didn't find out til Tuesday. either way no matter what day i found out that information is regardless. I was sitting in the hair zoo at my moms nail desk when she told me that you had passed. right then and there i just started bawling. i couldn't stop. i know that we didn't hang out often but you had an impact on me.I remember you were there the first year that i went to Kingdom Bound. Boy was that a fun year. I think about you and the impact you had on so many people just about everyday. you knew so many people as were you so many things to so many different people. i know that your parents along with Josh and Heather miss you very much, their being strong tho. Now a days there are people that think of you as our "SUPERMAN" which honestly if you think about it you are. you were always there when anyone needed something or someone to talk to. then you go and serve our country and people that didn't know you became proud of you. Billy i miss you and its always so hard realizing still to this day that you're not just gonna be seeing walking here or driving there. but we all know that you are watching over us and that comforts us. We all love and miss you Billy. please keep watching over all of us just as you have been." Happy Be-Lated Birthday
I meant to put 5 days not 4 and add a happy birthday to you, Billy."
Ashley Blewett of Great Bend, PA

"Billy its hard to believe that in 4 days it will be 3 years that you have been gone. i can still remember my mom telling me. i went to school like any other Monday everything just fine and honestly i wanna say that i didn't find out til Tuesday. either way no matter what day i found out that information is regardless. I was sitting in the hair zoo at my moms nail desk when she told me that you had passed. right then and there i just started bawling. i couldn't stop. i know that we didn't hang out often but you had an impact on me.I remember you were there the first year that i went to Kingdom Bound. Boy was that a fun year. I think about you and the impact you had on so many people just about everyday. you knew so many people as were you so many things to so many different people. i know that your parents along with Josh and Heather miss you very much, their being strong tho. Now a days there are people that think of you as our "SUPERMAN" which honestly if you think about it you are. you were always there when anyone needed something or someone to talk to. then you go and serve our country and people that didn't know you became proud of you. Billy i miss you and its always so hard realizing still to this day that you're not just gonna be seeing walking here or driving there. but we all know that you are watchin over us and that comforts us. We all love and miss you Billy. please keep watching over all of us just as you have been."
Ashley Blewett of Great Bend, PA

"August 3, 2008
To the family of Spc. William L. Evans:
William 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

"Bill,

It's been nearly 3 years since you were lost, but your friends still love you and think about you everyday. Me and everyone else that was deployed with you back then will forever keep your memory alive.

Rest in peace, you are never forgotten.

SPC Sierra Crane
Bravo Co., 228th BSB
Veteran of OIF O5-06"
Sierra Crane of Meshoppen

"Hi,

My name is David M. Chasse. I live in the beautiful state of NH. This past year I hiked a September 11th memorial hike that has been an annual event since that tragic day in 2001. The idea of the hike is to have a team hike all 48 peaks over 4000 feet in NH and fly old glory in honor of the fallen victims of 9/11/2001.

This year, I've thrown an idea to the organizers to also honor the those that have fallen for our freedom and those that continue that fight today. I came up with the idea while looking through the fallen at http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/iraq/. I occasionally will do this to remind myself of what it means to be able to live, breath and sleep in a free society. I came across Spc. William L. Evans. He died Sept 19th, 2005 from a roadside bomb near Ar Ramadi. I did not know this brave young man but he died on my 35th birthday. He was there fighting for me to have the ability to hug my children, laugh with my friends and spend a day in relaxation. He died for us, all of us, his friends, his parents, his loved ones, those he knew, those he didn't like me. I did not know this young man but I honor him and he will not be forgotten.

This years hike will be on September 6,7 or 13,14 depending on the weather. I will choose my teams peak early in the spring and once I make it to the top I will fly our nations flag and I will honor Spc William L. Evans by displaying his photo and anything else his family and friends would like to send me in his honor.

Thank You
David
nopepr@yahoo.com
http://www.weholdthesetruthsblog.com"
David M. Chasse of Barrington, NH 03825

"To the family of:William L. Evans 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"

"Bill Evans was a great soldier and a better person. Friend to everyone he knew. I met Bill while deploying with the 1/109th in Camp Shelby. We didnt know each other that well but i will always remeber him and the others that we lost in Iraq. I met Mrs. Evans at the Harford fair after we had returned home from Iraq and she had given me a KIA bracelet that bears the name of Bill, SSG Arnold, Sgt. Slebodnik, PFC. Brown, SSG Pugliese and Spc Wiegend. That was over 2 years ago and i have yet to take it off. I will remeber all of them as well as my close and dear friend and brother-in-arms Sgt Jan Argonish as i begin to deploy again to Afghanistan. I will always remember you all."
Spc Adam Rutkowski-3/103 In of Lake Ariel, PA USA

"Oh Billy, It has been 2 long years and the pain is still so fresh. There is never a time that I don't miss you. You are always on my mind. God how I long to hold you, how much I would love to sit and talk with you again. Billy how do I get through, How do I help Josh and your dad, and myself. You know Heather was here the other day; there was a storm and in her innocent autistic mind she said Mom, Billy is bowling in heaven right now! It was all I could do not to come apart. But you know Heather doesn't allow me to do that. Billy I need to hold you and tell you so much. God Billy my heart is heavy with pain and grief. I need to make everything alright again for you and for our family. But I can't do that. I feel you so much. When I am really upset you seem to put your hand on my shoulder to calm me. The dreams of you are becoming happier dreams and all I can say is thank you for that. Billy I am so proud of you but I was proud of you before this. I was proud of you following your dream without hesitation. You would have made a great photographer I am sure. But now you see the world in more beauty than any of us. I wonder what you think. Is it as beautiful as you had hoped? I need you Billy...I love you son and I will always long to tell you that one more time! Waiting to see you again face to face."
Mom of Chenango Forks NY

"Cowardice comes in many different forms. Usually we associate it with someone who ran from or avoided military service. I served in the military and never considered myself a coward until today. Today I parked next to the vehicle of a Gold Star Mother who lost her son, Spc. William "Bill" Evans on 19 September 2005 in Ramadi, Iraq . I saw the license plate that said "Gold Star Mother" and the sticker in the back that said "Honoring Bill Evans" I knew that he was from Hallstead, PA. I also knew that his unit lost six other heroes' in Ramadi that same September. That is because my son, who is a Marine, served along side them at the same place in Ramadi and assigned to the same combat unit command.

My son made it home safe; her son did not. I had a big celebration at the airport for his homecoming from Iraq. The Binghamton Press covered it with a front-page story. She had a funeral. She experienced what was my greatest fear for every single day that my son spent in Iraq. So there I was today, next to the vehicle of a Gold Star Mother whose son had served beside my son in Ramadi, Iraq. Ironically, my son has just returned safely from another yearlong combat tour. This time he was in Afghanistan. I was picking up sunglasses for a trip to see him in San Diego. I had no urgent place to be. So I waited for her, thinking about what I would say. What do you say to a mother or a father, who has suffered such a loss, when your son or daughter is home safe? More then the average reader, I know about the fear but still canít comprehend the loss. My son is an active duty Marine who spent two combat tours looking for I.E.D's and other explosives with his bomb-sniffing dog. Mostly he was on foot. Her son was in a tank. Why her son and not mine? Guilt crept over me. What do you say? That's when I became a coward and drove off.

I admit that I am a coward. Don't be like me. Never again elect politicians who were such cowards to have avoided service or to have dishonored those who have served. Never again submit to the fear they propagate that turns us into cowards. Question what is right and speak up. Honor our fallen heroes and their families."
Rick R.M. Harvey of Endwell, NY

"I never new William personally but I do know the freedom that we have as Americans because of soldiers like him. I attended a church service today at First Baptist Church Orlando and after the service we were all given flags with names of fallen soldiers and I received William's. I am so lucky for everything I have because of dedicated people like William. I will pray for his family left behind daily and thank him for the greatest sacrifice anyone can give. God Bless"
Otiga Ogubi of Orlando,FL

"Life is still hard Bill, alot of things hard to deal with, but we will be together some day and wont have to worry about anything. Lots of struggles and mountains to climb but the Good Lord insures me I can get over these hurdles. You are always on my mind and at times I feel your presence, and the reward of someday seeing each other again, is keeping me going. We are working on your stone now, and we want it to be special, as you diserve that and more. Alot of your life will be represented on this stone but the part we cant put there is the good memories you left me with.No stone is big enough for that and what you did for us. You are and always will be our hero and we will never forget you either, so dont ever worry about that . As long as I have anything to do about it, you will always be lifted high! ROCK ON Bill and we love you, Dad"
Dad of Hallstead, Pa. USA

"My heart is still broken and I still am having a ruff time trying to get thru life knowing you arent coming home. You meant so much to us here Bill, alot of sadness still around and even tho we know we will be together in heaven, its still hard dealing with your loss. Josh is still struggling too. He seems to be doing some better but who knows how anyone is handling this. We have been to alot of services to honor all you guys who are our heros, and its still hard to do. You will never be forgoten, ok and your bravery will always be appreciated by all. We love you and miss you terrible, enjoy your wings, Dad"
Bill Evans Sr. of Hallstead, Pa USA

"Mr. And Mrs. Evans. My name is SPC. Matthew Fath and I was Williams battle buddie in basic training. I was deployed to Iraq in June and just got here a month ago. I found out not to long ago what had happened. I want to send my condolences to you and your family.

I may have some pictures at home if you would like any from basic training. If you would you can email me at Matthew.James.Fath@us.army.mil"
SPC Matthew Fath of Baghdad, Iraq

"Well Bill, its been just past a year and I had to get away on the anniversary of your death, but it was the way to go. You are our true hero and always will be no matter what the date is! We love you so and miss you so and always will. Things have been ruff here but its a joy to know where you are there is no pain and at least we know you are doing ok and watching over us. Keep your wings high and cover us as we are still struggling, ok? Also watch over the other families of the guys and you know who I mean, they are struggling still also and they havent gotten past their 1 year anniv. Thanks for what you meant to all of us and the what you did when you were here. We will always lift you high now matter what the date. Take care of us and till we meet again, WE love you and miss you, your proud father, Dad"
Bill Evans of Hallstead, Pa

"I've never met you but the church I attend has created a "memorial" for you and the other fallen soldiers. Your name is on a cross in our front lawn. The ceremony was last night and I met your father. I was so moved during the ceremony. Tears flowed freely and I wanted to reach out and put my arm around him. He was sitting just a few feet away from me. As soon as the service was over, I went to talk with him--to find out about you and listen to what he had to say. He was presented with a picture of all the crosses in the front lawn and one of yours with your name on it. My heart went out to all the families that attended but your dad sat so close and was so open with his emotions and love for you. He is so very proud of you. I wish we would have had time to talk longer after the service. I did see him outside looking for your cross and talking. I am just grateful that I was able to talk to him.
Rest in peace Spc William Evans.
Mr. Evans--if you read this, my email address is: sha507@hotmail.com
Thank you again for attending the service."
Sharon of Carlisle, PA

"Hey Bud and my hero, well you did it, and saw to it all your men aare home now and your wings watching over them saw to it they made it here. We are all so proud of you and the rest of the fallen for fighting for your country, and the sacrifice you and the other 5 made is so great, we just cant tell you enough. We miss you terrible but I know the mission you are on now is more important and you are still looking out for us. Please watch over us thru these tuff times, and we will get thru them. I went to a service yest to honor you and all the fallen in this war and what a day that was. You will never be forgotten and that was the message of the service, "Freedom Isn't Free" and that sure hit home. I cant tell you how much I miss you but you know, and you will never be forgotten by any of us. All my love to you Bill a true American Hero"
Dad of Hallstead

"Well Billy, Your men are coming home! I am so happy about that and so happy for their families oh, but Billy, how much it reminds me of what I don't have.. I miss you so much Billy, but I am so happy that you make yourself known to me so much...Billy these men left as boys and will be returning as men...you will need to be their protector in the months and years ahead as so many have been through so much...I know that you understand their pain b/c you felt it when your buddy Bill B died and you never got over it....and Billy I will never get over losing you...but I know that you are now at peace and that you want me to be at peace to....you keep telling me to "Keep your door open Mom" and so I will...if any of your fellow soldiers need me Billy I will be here for them...help me Billy always to have the right words to say or to just know when to be quiet...my heart aches for you everyday but I have been able to laugh at some of the funny times you have had with your friends and with me....thank you for being the man that you were...so full of life and such an eye for the world around you....this world has lost a spectacular photographer....not many could see what you saw in the world around you...thanks for leaving some of that for us to see in the years to come.....I love you bud...you to mom....you too...."
Mom of Montrose PA

"Bill I will never forget you, or any of the many occassions you brought a smile to my face. You were one of the nicest, most genuine people I had ever met. Thank you for fighting for us and our country. I can't wait to see you again."
Shannon D. of Hallstead, PA

""Dear Billy, I still remember standing in the back of the old church (SNMBC) and you telling me how scared you were and I tried to make light of it and tell you, "just think Baby Dukes (Alexis) will be walking when you come home" and you turned and started talking to her and for just a minute we were able to pretend that you were not going into a hellish battle! Well Baby Dukes is running all over and starting to talk! What a treat she is, but I am sure that you know that cause you are watching us from above. I sometime feel such anger about what happened to you that I feel I will explode@! Kela misses you every day. Thank God, and God alone that we have hope....I loved you like my own kid!"
Missy A of Thompson, PA/USA

"Hey B. So as the days goes by I miss you more and more. We had so many laughs and good times plus our share of trouble. You would be proud though. I am still pimpin' just like you wanted. Now I am stuck with one goof ball watching over, Sienko making sure he doesn't do anything stupid. Which is a tough job but someone has to do it. I may need your help on that one. I love you."
Valissa Persing of Montrose

"Billy,
I cant believe this, im still in shock almost a year later. Wow. I guess what everyone says is right about god taking the best ones first. You were one of the most amazing people I knew and I miss you so much. You always knew how to make me smile, not everyone could do that, but you Spc. William Evans were different. I love you and miss you so much. Nothing but good memories with you and V. I hope your looking down on me cause right about now I can use one of those corny jokes to make me laugh. You always have a special place in my heart, ALWAYS."
Rachel Cutsogeorge of Montrose P.A./USA

"Bill, its been 6 hard months and alot has happened since you left, but we are all so proud of you and miss you terrible. After reading all the notes here there are alot of people missing you.You will always be remembered and always be our hero. I would've never believed you would leave before me but you are at peace now and with Billy Burchell and the rest of the guys from the 109th. We had our times and I know I was wrong at times but I want you to know I always loved you and always will.You are OUR HERO and you touched so many lives. Thank you for the short 22 years we had with you from the day I helped deliver you until the last time I saw you in Miss. I will never forget all the days. Some say a mother grieves worse than anyone but I dont think anyone can measure the pain I have been thru. We are all working on this and I know you are watching over us. Enjoy your wings and remember how special you will always be to me Love you bud, Dad"
Dad of Pa

"I'll never forget"
Andrew Thomas of Dalton, Pa

"Billy,
It has been 5 months since you left me...I still can't understand it all. I miss you so much bud. There isn't a day that I don't think about you. It still feels like you are coming back to me with the other boys. But I do know your not. But Billy I know that you would want us all to continue on and live life to the fullest and that is what I am trying to do. Just know Billy that I love you and that you will always be with me. You were a good man Billy. You have so many friends who need to know that your at peace. We all need to be able to heal through this loss of you. Billy I pray that somehow you can help us all to heal. I know that you understand the pain of lossing someone you love. And right now you are probably sitting on a cloud in heaven with Billy Burchell, Eric, George, Lee, Brown and Arnold thinking that we have all lost our minds here...that you are all ok and at peace....but we struggle to make sense of it all here until we see you again. Please give us a way to be at peace with all that has happened and a way to get through each day with such pain that invades us even during happy times. you all know the answers now to questions that we still have here. Help us Billy..I love you so very much. what I would give for 5 seconds to tell you that again. I always told you kids that life was short and that we need to take the time to tell people how we feel so there is never a doubt if something were to happen to us...but bud I never thought it would be you to leave this place first. I love you and I would do anything to be able to fix you and to make this all better for everyone that hurts right now. But I can't do that. It is so hard to admit as a mom that I can't fix this for anyone. 5 seconds to say I love you and to hold you one more time. But my time is up and your not here with me anymore. I love you...and still wish I could hear you say one more time...YOU TOO MOM..YOU TOO......Love Mom"
Mom of PA

"Bill,
i miss and love you buddy i still cry for you i know my tears can't bring you back, please watch over me and i pray for you everyday get that party ready buddy"
friend of The Land of the free thanks to you !

"YO BROTHER,
HEY BILL YOUR BRO GARY HERE. JUST DROPPIN IN TO SAY I MISS YEA AND IM STUCK AT A BASE UP NORTH CAUSE OF SOME * GOIN ON UP HERE. IT SUCKS, I WANNA GO GET ONE OR 2 FOR YOU AND THE GUYS. I KNOW ITS BEEN ALMOST 5 MONTHS SINCE YOU PASSED ON, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WE WHERE IN BINGHAMTON TOGETHER ROUNDIN UP THE HUNNIES. THE TIMES WE HAD JUST BEING US WILL ALWAYS LIVE WITH ME AND I KNOW YOUR WATCHING OVER MY GUYS AND ME WHEN WE GO OUT ON OUR 3 TO 5 DAY MISSONS TO FAR AWAY PLACES. I MISS YOU SO MUCH I COULD WELL, IF I DID YOU WOULD KICK MY * AND THATS WHY IM DOING WHAT I AM TO THE BEST I CAN. ILL BE THERE SOMEDAY. BROTHER TAKE IT EAZY. HAVE FUN WITH THE GUYS AND SAY HI FOR ME.

ROCK ON"
Spc. Gary Sienko of CANT TELL YEA

"as tupac once said "wars come and go but our soldiers are internal""
a friend of PA

"I'm sorry for your loss, he was one of the few guys i talked to at basic. He will live on in our memories. God bless"
2LT Charles DeKeyser of Reston VA

"I'm sorry for your loss, he was one of the few guys i talked to at basic. He will live on in our memories. God bless"
2LT Charles DeKeyser of Reston VA

"Billy,
Merry Christmas!"
friend

"Billy,

Thank you for serving our country and watching over gary. I miss you alot and Ill never forget you. I had a blast last year with you at the christmas party at Nancy's house it wont be the same without you there. But i know you'll be there in spirit. God Bless you and Rock on Bill and enjoy your wings ill see you again someday.

Joey Crook"
Joe Crook of Great Bend, Pennsylvania

"Bill, thank you for letting us into your life even if only for alittle while. We as a family will never forget you or the sacrifice you made for this country. Thank you for being such a friend to our nephew and cousin Gary. And thank you for watching over him while he is still defending this great country. Always in our hearts forever, The crooks"
Mike Crook and family of Great Bend

"Uncle Bill~No one pushes my Learning Band walker around and sings "walk along, walk along, take a step and sing a song" as good as you do. I'll tell my new brother/sister all about you. Thank you for your sacrifice to keep me free and keep watching over my Uncle Gary."
Hannah Gallagher of Hallstead, PA USA

"Brother Bill ~ I remember coming back home from Baltimore and seeing you on my parents couch so many times. You and my brother were inseparable. I thank you for the friendship you gave my little brother and so many others. I know you're watching over him while he's still serving in this war. You're missed everyday by so many people. Thank you for all you've done!"
Jamie Sienko of Baltimore, MD

"Bill,
I wish it wasn't how it was between us when you left. We've definitely had our ups and a lot of downs... A lot of things have changed since we've first met. I'll always remember ya. Especially when I hear that song
" underdog " by Audio A. =P
May the good times roll."
" lil " Amber of montrose pa

"R.I.P Spc. William "Bill" Evans Jr.
You will be missed but not forgotten, thank you for your sacrafices in keeping us safe, too be half the man and hero that you were would be a great honor....I give my graditude to you for laying down your life to keep us free...Thank You Bill."
Justin Resseguie of Hallstead,Pennsylvania,USA

"Dear Evans family,
I didn't know your Billy but he must have been a wonderful guy. I want to thank you for taking the time to come to our Billy's visitation. I still marvel at the strength you showed that night. I'm sure that your Billy is smiling down on you and saying with pride "That's my parents". Judy - if you ever feel like dropping me a note you can e-mail me at joyful_noise60@hotmail.com. Thank you again for your strength and compassion and for your wonderful son who will always be remembered along with my nephew as one of the best and bravest that the US had to offer.
God BLess You All"
Darci (Brown) Baird of Athens, Pa

""Bill, we've had so many memories together. You were a great person, and I am so blessed that I was able to be friends with you. You were friends to a lot of people, and you will always be missed. From the time we started dating, to when decided to break it off, and just be friends, we always stayed close to eachother. Everyone knows this is going to be hard to get over, but we will do it on way or another. You are forever with us, and we all will see you again. I never asked for a hero, but now I have one. I love you Bill, and I will never forget you. You will always be in my prayers, along with your mom, dad, brother, and sister. Rest In Peace Bill<3"
Brittany Welch of New Milford, Pennsylvania

"Billy, I am so happy that I got to know you and to know someone as special as you. You will never be forgotten and you will always be missed espically that crocked smile of yours and every mt. dew bottle i see i always smile and think of you. Thank you for everything you did for me and everybody. Watch over us all espically your mom and dad, they miss you so much."
Cass Bednarchik of New Milford, PA

"Mr and Mrs Evans, and Josh -

I won't forget."
Rhonda of Pittsburgh, PA

"I didn't know you well, but I knew how well you were loved. To say I'm sorry seems so... inadequate. When I saw your name at work, the war became very real, and too close to home. You and your family are in my prayers and the Army battalian here in Hawaii sends their sincere appreciation for the service you have provided for the United States military. God bless you and your family."
Krystal (Arnold) Chapa of NSGA Hawaii, USN

"Bill,
You were an amazing person who will never be forgot. I was truly blessed to know you and call you my friend. I only wish that we could have been closer through the years. My prayers are with your family who I know will keep your memory alive in Hallstead. Your faith was always enlightening and your personality was magnetic. It was my honor to have known such a great hero as you. Thanks for all you have done in our lives at Blue Ridge and in Hallstead. You will never be forgotten!<33"
Alicia Demer of Wilkes Barre, PA

"Bill,
Man we may not of known eachother too well but you are a hero in my eyes and heros dont die they live on forever, I just got back from a benfit show for you and Lee. I know you guys were rocking out with us..it was great to see that many people willing to donate money to let us place memorials to remeber both of your heroics....we will never forget you. Thank you for everything with out great heros like you this country wouldnt be what it is."
Dan Brenner of Great Bend PA

"Billy,
Although I only knew you a short time, I could tell what kind of person you were and you proved it by giving your life so that we could be free. And you so believed in what you were fighting for. I,for one, am so very proud to have known you. Your family holds a special place in my heart also. You are missed and will never be forgotten. Judy, Bill, Josh and Heather, You are in my prayers."
Suzy Delanoy of Kirkwood, NY

"Billy, you were a great guy and one hell of a soldier. I don't know what to do now that you are not here. You knew how to brighten up my day. You were more than a friend. Thank you for everything. You have left me with great memories, that are never to be forgotten. I know you are in my heart and thoughts. You were a great friend that is miss and love dearly. i love ya Billy...
Thanks again"
Sara Resseguie of Hallstead, PA USA

"Billy Jean,
I will never forget the first time we met . . . way back in 7th grade at WOL. I can't believe we knew each other that long. You were always an amazing friend to me even though the distance kept us apart on many occasions that I wish we could've been together! I wish I could have one more day with you to tell you how much I love you and the impact that you had on my life! You will forever be in my heart . . . and not a day will go by that I won't think of you! I love you and miss you terribly!"
Nikki Rohrer of Indianapolis, Indiana

"Bill and Judy, I am still in shock with all the recent deaths from our unit. I pray constantly that the rest of our boys will make it home safe. You are in my thoughts and prayers so often. I guess we can take some comfort in knowing that they are all together for eternity. They will always be our heroes... stay strong.
Billy, thank you so much for your sacrifice... I bet you guys are having a blast together... look in on my boys once in awhile, ok?"
Kim Arnold of Montrose, PA

"Billy, Oh how my heart aches for you...If only I could have one more moment with you to hold you and to tell you how much I love you..I am so proud of you and what you stood for...there was still so much in life you didn't get to experience yet you lived it to the fullest...I will forever yearn to have you back with me but I know that God is never wrong and that I have the reassurance of seeing you again when we meet in eternity...you will always be my bud....and I will always miss your words....when I would say..."Love you bud" and you would say "you too mom..you too"....oh to hear or see them again....I love you bud..."
Mom of Hallstead PA USA

"bil

since the day we first meet way back in the good old days of childhood. we were friends. we joined the army not but a few days apart. we became best friends from that moment on. the days of past and stories live forever in me. the nights we drove my civic and hit that chick in the rear bumper was a night we tought it was it. the nights we went out and just ofrgot about life and were young was jsut awsome. the random times we spent just doin whatever we wanted man was awsome. the day we heard we were goin was bad, but we made the best of it man. kuwaitt was the last we saw eachother. we stayed in contact on aim and email man. brother we were. that day i knew something was up, it felt bad when i woke up. then i heard you were gone. i wanted to go nuts. i still cry to this day and i will never be the same, but i knpw your there and always will be. you are bil my brother and will always be. i will carry yor memory with me forever. bil will be together agian man, in the mean time scope out the angels for me. i love you bil.

spc. gary sienko.

rip my guardening angel"
Gary J. Sienko of al asad, iraq/ hallstead pennsylvania

"Bil I will never forget the first time I met you, at NTC during our training to come here, Iraq...I knew you were one in a million...I will never forget the many nights we stayed up talking about anything and everything. Then we got here and we made a plan to get our purple hearts! I saw you everynight at midnight chow I only went to see you...we still go in your honor...I miss you greatly words can't express how much...the stories you would tell and the expressions on your face, priceless. The thing I will carry with me though is the fact you stood beside me when I couldn't even stand beside myself...I told you it felt like the world was going to come down on me. "It's not going to come down on you BO I won't let it!" You are the greatest friend in the world, and I will never forget you! You are my hero! I love you BIL!
To his family I want you to know you are in my prayers and thoughts always! God Bless you!"
Kierra aka BO of Muncie, IN

"I will never forget you Bill. I shared quite a few special memories with you and I still can't believe you're gone. You will forever be in my heart. You are a true hero."
Frani of Norfolk, VA

"Bill (Superman),
We've been best friends since we first met. Andrew, Ryan, and I have been with you through the good times and the bad times. I love you and am so proud of you. Words cant express my gratitude for your sacrafice. Mom and Dad (Bill and Judy), you're in our prayers. Bill, You'll be sorely missed but forever in our hearts. See you at the gates bro, and as you always said "Catch ya on tha Flipside!"

~Latzie"
Ryan Latz of New Milford, PA

"Bill
Although I never got to really know you, you were always a real nice guy. Sometimes just seeing how happy you were would brighten up my day back when I was in school. Thank you. You will be missed."
Amy of Hallstead, PA

"This is a short story of how Billy impacted me. When i was younger i was hanging out with the wrong crowd, and wanted to change. So I went to the Babtist church, most people ignored me, but Billy came up to me and started talking to me, and telling me he had faith in me, and that I could do anything I set my mind to. And now I have changed, and am a better person thanks to Bill. We love you, may you rest in peace!"
Cass Bednarchik of New Milford, PA

"Although I only knew Bill for a short time, I know he was a great guy who would do anything for a friend. Judging by how many people attended his wake and funeral, he will be sadly missed. I send my prayers to his family. I can't begin to imagine their pain. Bill was truly a hero."
Rachel of Pleasant Mount, PA

"Bill, we had some fun times at WOLBI. Thank you so much for your sacrifice. I am sad that you are gone but know that I will see you again on the other side. Rest in peace, my friend!"
Jacklyn of Schroon Lake, NY

"Bill-
Although we didn’t get to spend as much time together as we both hoped, your humor and kindness will never be forgotten. I will always remember and cherish those times that we were able to spend together. Know that you and all of your greatness will never be forgotten."
Heather of New York

"Billy,
Words can't explain how much we'll miss you. The last six years have been a ride. Thanks for all the memories. We will never forget you or the sacrafice you've made for our freedom.

*WITH HOPE*"
of hallstead, pa

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

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

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

"To the family and friends of Spc. William Evans:
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 William, 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