Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Eric A. Fifer

22, of Knoxville, Tennessee.
Fifer died of injuries sustained in Haqlaniyah, Iraq, when his dismounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on October 7, 2005.

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"I miss my friend, I miss our days in high school. I wish I could have been there as your battle buddy. You will never be forgotten, you showed us the definition of hero. Hooah."
Adam Gillenwater of Greenville SC

"Eric, I know I didn't know you as well as the rest of our Black Sheep brothers from your previous deployments after only getting to C. Co a year or so before our deployment to Iraq. But that first month there with the loss of you, Greer, Baez, Vanderbosch, and Large has changed me forever as man. I often contemplate those days, the bonds we all shared, and the sh** times we all went through that brought us together despite our backgrounds and differences. Yes, even you Whaa! Seeing some of the guys posts from here and the faces it brings back to my memory is something I can't describe. With it being the 10 year anniversary coming up next year, I would like all of the black sheep who see this to email me so we can get a 10 year reunion together at Fifer's grave in Knoxville in october 2015. I'm calling Charlie Co. out for this. If you see this and were in C Co., or 3/504 and new Eric, or family/friends who stay in touch with guys from our unit: email me to get this going. Jharris222@gmail.com. 10/7/2015 this is going down..."
Jeff Harris of San Francisco, CA

"Eric...I still think of you often...especially the night we just ordered pizza and vegged out right before you left. Miss you buddy..m"
Ashley of Now...Washington:)

"Your much missed by your family. You touch my life through your Aunt Claudia who loves you much. She is still my number. Miss your Mom, little brother, cousins and Aunt Patty. However, it will never be as much as they miss you! Wish you could be here for them now not just in spirit. Peace be with you now!"
Steven of New York

"Thank you Eric for your sacrifice... From a former combat Marine to an All American!"
Tim Houts of St. John, IN.

"Happy birthday Eric, I still love you and miss you everyday."

"Happy Birthday Eric! I love you very much!"
Sarah of tn

"It's been years since that day and I still remember every detail. I didn't know you as well as others did, but when I was around you I always felt like I belong. You taught me a lot about being a soldier but more importantly you taught me about being a paratrooper."
SSG Starbird, Christian of Fort Bragg, NC

"Eric, I have never left a post on this page because I have never known what to say. There are so many fond memories I have of you. I knew you as a soldier before I was an NCO. Then I had the pleasure of serving with you as a Squad Leader and got to see you grow as an NCO everyday. I will never forget October Eric, as it is a horrible month for me remembering the last day we walked side by side. I miss you Eric, you drove me crazy but my best friends often do. I will never forget the ceremony and roll call, the soldiers fending off their sorrow as not to dishonor that proud event. I will remember the day I met your family Eric and the way that they embraced me, It is no doubt as to why you turned out the way you did. I will never forget you Eric as you probably taught me more than I ever taught you. I wear your name on my shoulder brother as a token of my appreciation towards the time we spent together. I feel humbled by the pain that I still feel but am no longer ashamed. I am in the 3-73 CAV now which is in the old 3-504 BN HQ, the plaque still stands and I have never nor will ever stop standing by it for a second and just remembering you or telling my soldiers that I had the honor and distinction of serving with you. You never knew it Eric but I was always so proud of you guys and especially you. Thanks for all that you gave your country and most importantly me. God Bless!!"
SFC Jake Wilbur Davis of Fort Bragg, NC

"Its been a couple of years now dude. I think of you often, as I know all the men of the Blacksheep do. You will live on forever in our hearts brother. Stike Hold! Airborne All The Way!!!"
1SG Kyle NeSmith of Ft Knox, KY

"A couple of weeks before we lost Eric, he told me, "you know what Herdliska, your a good guy." But he was the good guy. He was awesome, and I wish he was still here."
SSG Herdliska of Los Angeles, CA

"Eric, not a day goes by that I do not remember the events of 6 October 2005 along the orchards in Bahni Dahir, Iraq. We served 1 tour in Afghanistan and 2 tours in Iraq together, the whole time being a part of 2nd Platoon, C Co, 3-504th PIR "Blacksheep". It was an honor to give your Eulogy in Al Asad, not only as a fellow paratrooper but as your friend. Saying goodbye was the hardest thing to do. Now I am a part of the Big Red One and gearing up to head to Afghanistan again. No matter where I go, I know you are always looking over my shoulder, keeping your feet and knees in the breeze. I will see you on the DZ again someday buddy!"
SSG Christopher T. Schneider of C Co. 1-26 INF RGT, 3rd BDE, 1st ID, Fort Knox, KY.

"To Eric's Dad:
I am in Knoxville and trying to locate Eric's gravesite. Could you please give the location/address. I served with Eric. Jon Wardell"
Jonathan A.Wardell of Atlanta, GA

"Eric, I noticed your dad had left a message just below mine I wish I had the opportunity to meet him and tell him what a remarkable soldier and comrade you were. It's 2009 already the time has gone by rather quickly I can still remember our parachutes tangling as we hit the ground being drug half away across the drop zone together as if it happened yesterday You never see that on the recruiting commercials lol. All the field exercises and the laughs we shared. I just wanted you to know you are deeply missed and forever in my thoughts. I appreciate everything that you've done for me. Thank you and God Bless!"
Sgt Hamel, Matt of Bethel Park, PA

"To the family and friends of Eric that left messages here, thank you. I am Eric's dad and your words are comforting as I sit here on Father's Day 2009. For those of you that may have pictures, I would appreciate if you would send a copy to me at brucef77@yahoo.com

Thank you all.

Eric, I love you and miss you every day."
Bruce Fifer of Ninety Six, SC

"I will always remember the times we shared in Knoxville. I am extremely proud of you. I promise to visit the memorial as soon as I return to Knoxville. God Bless."
SSG James R. Wade of Knoxville, TN (Currently Germany)

"Eric,

I found some old pictures of you the other day and it is still so hard to know you aren't here anymore. Sometimes I go back and read your letters and I can go back. The guy who wrote the comment before this one talked about the flood, I remember when that happened. You called me the next time you could to tell me about! Well, I miss you and I still love you so much that it hurts. <3 ~ Pretty Lady"

"Eric,

Well, it's been a little over three years now and I still miss you just as much as that day. It was one of the greatest things in the world coming up in the army with you. I still find pictures of us from back in the day in Dave Smith's Blacksheep. We were some hell raisers back then haha! Thank you for watching over me on this last trip to Afghanistan. Man, that place has changed since the first time we were there. We even went back up north and stayed in that same place we got caught up in that flood! I can't wait to see you again and to drink another beer with you. I'm sorry I broke our promise to you brother. Until then, have a safe jump, I'll see you on the DZ."
Tyler "Sponge Bob" Grogan of Montgomery, Alabama

"SGT Fifer you are never forgotten..."
SSG Hanes of Fort Bragg

"Eric, I read these comments often and I think you never really know the effect that you have on people. I think of you every day. When I see things or hear things that make me think of you I laugh because I know you are right there laughing with me. I miss you more everyday and I know you are watching all of us and taking care of all of us. God knows our family needs all the help it can get...see I know you are laughing right now. I cant wait to see you again and tell you what an amazing impact you made on some many peoples life and what a true HERO you are. You've changed my life. I will forever be grateful to share the same blood as you but mostly to have know you and loved you. I LOVE YOU!"
of knoxville, tn

"I had the honor and the privelage of knowing and serving with Eric. I remember him as being a lighthearted good humored guy. I think of him often and miss him always. "Blue skys and soft landings Eric" Strike Hold"
SGT Adam DeRoche

"August 30, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Eric A. Fifer:
Eric 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

"eric , i think about you often, zach is on his 14th month in iraq, his humvee got torn in half on my birthday ; hes doing ok , hope to see him soon , wish you guys could have gotten together, zach is an mp , airborne air assult out of fort bragg , anyway eric i feel like your in a beter place , know that you are thought of often , wayne"
wayne patterson of maryville tn

"I went to school with Eric and remember him always having a smile and cheering me up when I was down. He is a true hero to me. I can't wait for all of our family and friends that are deployed to come home. You will never be forgotton Eric. I promise to visit your memorial at the school whenever I get back to Knoxville. See you on the other side my friend."
Joseph Miller of WAAF WTU - Wiesbaden, Hessen/ Germany

"Sgt. Fifer we will always remember you. God bless you and your family. Lorenzo Gonzalez & Sons."
Lorenzo Gonzalez Jr. of P O Box 2305 Laredo, Tx 78044

"It was the worst day of my life when Eric was shot. Over 2 years later I still think about that day and It reminds me how fragile life is. Eric was a rare breed able to keep a positive attitude in any environment. My Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and loved ones. As Americans we should never forget the agony and sacrifice our infantry soldiers enure while we live our lives of comfort here stateside."
David Gerhardt former medic 2nd Plt. Cco 3/504 "Blacksheep". of Sarasota, FL

"Eric man I will miss all the times shared memories you were a person you could always count on. Nevertheless, its time to rejoice for the life you lived. My prayers go out to your family."
SGT. Ashford of Fort Bragg, NC USA

"Fif, I remember the last conversation we had walkin to the dfac in ar ramadi while on the gac enroute to al asad.... you will be missed but never forgotten.... paratroopers don't die they merely slip away god bless... Cyr"
Sgt Cyr of david.cyr2@usarec.army.mil

"There isnt a day that goes by that I dont think about all of you. I knew you the best and always enjoyed playing cards with you. I can only say that I am proud and honored to have served with you. You will NEVER be forgotten. Rest In Peace"
SGT Adam Guest of Redding Ca

"As i sit here with tears in my eyes just as i did the day we had your ceremony at Al Asad, I can only imagine the smile on your face. The last I saw you was the night before Operation River Gate. Your exact words were "Sgt I still did not learn the NCO Creed" we both laughed.
I had the honor of serving with Fifer in first Iraq as his squad leader and then i sent him to C CO after he made his E-5. Deep down in my heart is a place reserved for Fifer and he will never be forgotten. God bless your soul as you look down on us with that smile. Say hello to Van, Baez, Large and Greer. This storied battalion(3-504 now 1-508) will forever live on because of these brave souls. As we continue to fight in Afghanistan, your souls and sacrifice keeps us going. To the Fifier family, thank you for your son and may God bless you."
SFC Agyarko of FT Bragg, NC

"Two trips and he always had a smile. Can't wait to see you on the DZ brother"
SSG Mike Imrich of mike_imrich@yahoo.com

"I just came across this page. After reading the other messages I saw a bunch of names I know. I was a medic in 3-504PIR and went to Afghanistan. May god bless all of our past, present, and future veterans. It is like the song says..."all gave some, some gave all." The families of our fallen soldiers should know, they did not die in vain and they will not be forgotten."
Ben Pinault of NC

"Hey Eric,
I had the honor of watching your little brother Shaun getting married on Sunday at the Citadel. He has really turned into a fine man and officer, I know you would be proud. I know you are. They lit a candle for you at the wedding. I just wanted to drop a line and let you know that we still think of you daily and will never forget what you have done for us. Thank you for my freedom. I'll see you on the other side, when its time for my sun to set. Oh, and your dad glows like you used to when you smiled. Bruce really reminds me of you each time I see him."
SPC Greg Brown of Greenwood, SC

"Hey Eric. Its Beauchemin. We had some fun times, and I still cant believe you're gone. Im sorry I wasnt there. Ill get my green light someday, and Ill meet you at the swinging chemlight."
Ben Beauchemin of Deerfield NH USA

"eric,
it's farrell. i'm sorry i wasn't there. i'm a victim of recruiting, da select. i would of been there if i could. but i still see your face and all the boyz of 2nd plt "black sheep". i miss you guys."

"To the family of:Eric A. Fifer 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"

"Eric. I was thinking about you today. You are in my thoughts often. I was proud to be by your side. But you already know that. I have to ask you a favor man. Watch over our brothers who went back to Afghanistan. Thanks again for everything.
Dave"
SSG Lynn C Co of Fort Meade, MD

"Eric A Fifer you were a hero you are a hero you are always with us, forever,and ever,god bless the Fifer Familly. god bless our us troops in iraq and afghanistan and all over the world and back home, veteran day is today, and my dog tag is with our us soldiers in iraq, and letters that i have from them is an honnor for me eric you are indeed ahero and will remain a hero, i would like to be on air so all the world will remember Eric A Fifer and will thank him and all the us troops for being true heros and true patriots. sincerlly yours tirdad those islamic terrorist will be brought to justice."
tirdad gharib

"I can't believe it's been a year. It seems like only yesterday we stood on that roof in Bani Dahir laughing at the men holding hands."

"IT'LL BE A YEAR TOMORROW THAT WE LOST YOU. THE WORLD HAS YET TO FEEL THE SAME. I MISS YOU SO BAD BABY, AND WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE GIVEN ME."

"blue skies and soft landings"
c co 3-325

"To the Fifer family:

Eric was a great man. I'm glad I had the chance to know him in his life. He was always laughing and joking around. He is someone you could never forget and I know I never will. He had a great impact on my life and others. He will always be loved and will always be missed"
Rose of hope mills,nc

"To ERIC'S FAMILY,
I am Spc Mungers Mother n Law we lost him on Nov 2, he had served with Fifer also prior to pcs to Ft. Campbell.
When Josh reinlisted there were photos taken and well YOUR ERIC was ONE of the PROUD MEN HOLDING THE FLAG I know as we are looking for any and ALL photo's of Josh so we can keep them for his son Colton, its important to see that part of the soldiers life. I would like to extend to you a Copy of this photo to who ever wants one. I can email it or I can make copies. Please let me know if you would like this photo.
Thanks and God Bless you Eric and Your Family.
Spc Joshua James Munger was in the ..i hope i get this correct.. 82nd 3rd Battalion 504 and there was HHC in there somewhere.PRIOR to his pcs to Campbell to the 101st God Bless FIF... ask Josh would say"
momwithwings1963@yahoo.com of missouri

"Eric I met you on my 2nd tour in Afghanistan back in 2003.I met you along with other soldiers from your unit at FOB Orgune.I know that your fellow soldiers miss you each day and that its not the same without you there. My condolences to the parents of Eric.He was a good soldier.That unit has the best damn infantry soldiers on earth that Ive ever worked with.You're in my thoughts and prayers each day.He may be gone but his spirit still exists and he will never be forgotten.He died doing something he loved.My deepest sympathy to you.Stay strong and know that your son in a hero .
From one paratrooper to another.
HHC 1/82ND AVN BDE
ATTACK RECONAISSANCE BN
82ND AIRBORNE DIVISION
FORT BRAGG NC (ORIGINALY FROM MN)
AIRBORNE ALL THE WAY!!"

"I proudly served with Sgt Fifer and can remember no one that smiled more than he did. No matter what the situation Sgt Fifer would lift the spirits of all those around him. I first met and got to know Eric Fifer when he was in HHC 3/504. He was then moved to C Company where I was assigned as the C Company senior medic. I am grateful for the time that I knew him and all those that didnt know him lost out on knowing a great individual. The world and Charlie Company 3/504 is a lesser place without him. Sgt Eric Fifer is truly missed."
Sgt. David Buchholz of Pembroke Pines Fl

"I have never had the privilege to meet Eric. But, from the way his father talked about him during class I know what type of man he was. CPT Fifer talked about his son with such pride. My prayers are with all of Eric's Family."
2LT Strange of Leavenworth, KS

"FOURTH OF JULY IN GATLINBURG TENNESSEE A MIDNIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS. I ALONG WITH OTHER FALLEN FAMNILIES WILL BE ATTENDING. TO ENTER A FLOAT TO HONOUR OUR FALLEN AND TO "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! ERIC YOU ARE REMEMEBERED AND NEVER EVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN! father of fallen soldier US Army Sgt Gregory L. Wahl KIA Balad, Iraq 05-03-04 GOD BLESS!"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Spring Texas

"Sgt Fifer was a great guy and an even better soldier. I was lucky to get to know him, and serve with him at C co. You have my heartfelt sympathy, and god bless your family over your loss."
Kenneth Mark Falconer(C/3/504 vet) of carson city, nv, USA

"Dear Shaun, Sandee, Bruce, family and friends
Shaun and family I love you with all my heart and I promise all of you I will never let Ericís memory fade. I will tell our children about their Uncle Eric, a brother, our best friend, but most of all a HERO. Eric I love you and I miss you but I know you are always with us. You have all been through so much but you have remained strong as a family. I will always be here to listen and hold your hands.
With Love"
Ashley Locklair of Charleston Sc

"Eric,
I'll miss you brother. I know we didn't serve together for very long, but you were a good friend to me. As soon as I got to C co we just kind of clicked. The genuine smile you always had on your face has always intrigued me. Even when the situation was bad, you somehow found it humurous how bad it was. I always appriciated that. I have to tell you Eric, I litteraly think of you everyday. I wasn't in the company any more when you died due to a decision that I made. I'd be lying if I said guilt and grief don't keep me up nights. But most of all I just miss you man. Eric, you where a great man, and a great friend. You were one of the most unselfish people I have ever met. You will never be forgotten. Your spirit lives on through all the people that you touched with that giant smile of yours. Rest in Peace my friend. I'll see you agian soon."

"I still think of you everyday. I'll love you forever and you'll always be my dearest friend. You always knew exactly what to say to get me to giggle and I miss that deeply.
Love always,
Jo-Nanaer"
Joanna Cummings of Knoxville, TN

"my name is Cassidy and i am a volunteer for the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. We are a group of people that have built a memorial wall in Marsielles Illinois for all the fallen soldiers in Mideast conflicts since Beriut. Your loved one's name will be permenently added to this wall. For any further information visit our website www.ilfreedomrun.org please e-mail me at me1196@aol.com to let me know that you have recived this message. If you decide to come to this memorial on June 19th, 2006, you will recieve VIP seating and treatment for the cermonies that day. ALL OUR WELCOMING TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS
**Cassidy"
Cassidy of Brookfield/ILL/red,white,blue

"Eric,
Somebody wrote this about you, so I figured I'd share it with you. You will always be a reminder of the price of freedom and a true example of what a paratrooper is and always will be.
John 15:13
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.""
An old paratrooper from C CO. of Baltimore, MD

"Dear Eric,
You have always made me proud. You have always made me laugh. You have always given, and will continue to give, meaning to my life. You were my reason for being. I miss you and love you and look forward to seeing you again. Until then, I will hold you in my heart.
Love, Mom"
Nancy Mellen of Knoxville, TN

"To the Fifer family,
I just wanted to say your son was a great man who was well respected. He never said an unkind word to me. His passing has been hard for me. I was inspired by your strenght in sending that letter and package to us. Eric you will never be forgotten."
c.co soldier

"To the Fifer Family,
My name is Ashley and I was Eric's insurance agent and friend. I was always pleased to see Eric and Eugene walk into my office I was 22 and worked in an office with all older people so they always made me smile and laugh when they came in. I became friends with them when they asked me if I wanted to go to dinner with them and I had a blast. I was surprised at how happy he always was and how he always tried to put you in a good mood. You truly raised a beautiful person inside and out. Eugene comes back tommorow and I wish eric was with him but I know he is in a better place....He will be thought of everyday. I hope you know that."
ashley bourdase of Fayetteville, NC 9105513389

"My condolences and prayers go out to Eric's family and friends. My son is with Eric's company, and although I know he will be missed by many, he will never be forgotten. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and there are no words that can express our appreciation and support for all that he did. He is a true American hero."
Patty Harris of San Ramon, CA

"My prayers go out to Eric and His family. My husband is in 3/504. Thank you for your service...you will never be forgotton."
of Ft. Bragg, NC

"eric i still think of you everyday. i still cry for you, but i feel you everywhere and in every aspect of my life. that helps me continue. i know in my heart how much you loved me, through everything. i love you, and will always. no one will ever compare to you."

"TO ERIC'S FAMILY,
I am send my condolences for your loss Eric was a true hero and a great friend. He will be missed by all who knew him and espc by those of us who had the honor of standing with him on the battlefront. My sympathy goes out to y'all."
sgt. michael maxwell 3/504pir 99-05 of Taji, Iraq

"To the family of Eric Fifer,
My condoleces on the loss of your son. Eric and I served in HHC, 3/504 together and had adjoining wall lockers. Every morning after PT, he would greet each other as we got ready for the work day. Eric was always cheerful, no matter what monotonous task we were assigned for the day. He was one of best men I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I mourn his loss. My prayers are with you."
Blake Callens (Former SGT, 3/504) of Fayetteville/NC/USA

"Eric I'm gonna miss you buddy. We go a long way all the way from C 2-58 to 504 we were there together my heart sank as I saw your name in the army times and I was stuck at Bliss unable to do anything but write or call and then I didn't know who to call since all I had was your cell#. Enjoy heaven buddy you earned it."
SGT Scott Leenerts of A Co 2-12 CAV Ft. Bliss, tx

"eric was the kind of person whose love was overwhelming and i am so glad i was touched by it. i am so greatful to his family for sharing him. i will always love you baby"

"eric was the best kind of person, and i loved him deeply. i'm so sorry for his family's tremendous loss"

"I never had the honor of meeting Eric, but I know the metal that makes up men like him. As a former member of the 504th PIR, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you. I am proud of all the members of the 504th and I'm saddened by the loss of one of her soldiers. Your son lives on in the hearts of all the paratroopers of the regiment and he'll forever be one of those "devils in baggy pants." May he reside with all those who went before him to the kingdom of God and may St. Michael protect him. We will all meet again and it will be then that I will shake his hand and thank him for his service to his country and his regiment."
Rudy Schulz, LTC, US Army (RET) of Falls Church, VA

"I never met Eric I only saw his picture in the paper. Out of all the faces I only saw his. He made my heart break and then He made me brave. He made me cry and pray for you and the ones I love so far from me now. There is such hope in a life that was beautifully lived. God bless you. I am praying for you."
Danielle of Cameron, NC

"i really need help from Sgt. Eric A. Fifer's friends or family, i gotta make sure he is my friend i mean i have a friend in iraq named Eric and he's 22 but i don't know his family name so i wanna make sure if he is the one, can i please get his picture or at leaset tell me how he looks? this is my e-mail: lights_hayes@hotmail.com

thank you."
Anna

"To Eric, our entire family thanks you for your service and committment, and the ultimate sacrifice you have given for our freedom and others.
To the Fifer Family and multitude of friends who now mourn your loss, please find strength in the love Eric gave you and the memories you have. Continue on for the soldiers and friends Eric has left behind to complete this mission.
Know always you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are with you during this very difficult time.
The children Kenneth A. Bell -
Teri Bell-MCann, Marysville, Washington
Toni Bell-Skeen, Fort Mojave, Arizona
Tim Bell, Paramount, California
Tom Bell, Long Beach, California
Todd Bell, Camarillo, California"
Teri McCann of Marysville, WA

"Eric, as I sit here typing this, I am fighting back the tears. The last time I saw you, we were at PLDC together joking around (as usual) about how silly area maintenance was becoming. I miss teasing you about showing up every where I go. I didn't find out about your loss until yesterday and I couldn't believe it. "Not Sgt. Fifer. That's my buddy!" I miss you. To your parents. You raised a good man. A genuinely good man. Thank you for bringing him into this world. I just wish I could speak to him ONE MORE TIME. Just so I could say "Goodbye." Goodbye Eric. I will never forget you. Thanks for being yourself. Hey, I'm still buying that Rigger hat with your rank on it. Just for you. See you later Brother!"
Cpl Ellsworth Cupid of Fort Bragg, NC

"To the Fifer family:

Thank you for Eric. Thank you for helping make Eric the man he became. Please accept for Eric our gratitude for his service, admiration for his courage, and our deepest sympathy for your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that his sacrifice, and yours, has ensured the defeat of evil and assures the safety of the world.

God bless Eric A. Fifer. Amen.

From the family of soldier in the 82nd in Iraq."
Paul Brasher of Albuquerque, New Mexico

"God Bless You Eric for your bravery and courage to defend us all. My son Dan Boring and I are VERY PROUD of you. You will be missed but not forgotten. To Eric's family - God Bless You for a wonderful son and a true hero. May God keep you close to his heart during this difficult time and always. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
Barb Newberger of Kalamazoo, MI

"To Eric and his family, first to Eric thank you for your sacrifice and devotion to the country and fellow 504 paratroopers.you will be missed. to Erics family i worked with your son in afghanistan and in iraq the 1st time his loyalty to charlie rock, his family and the army will never be forgotten.thank you for raising such a great american. strike hold ,all the way"
SSG.Boring, Daniel of Waukegan,IL

"To Eric and his family, first to Eric thank you for your sacrifice and devotion to the country and fellow 504 paratroopers.you will be missed. to Erics family i worked with your son in afghanistan and in iraq the 1st time his loyalty to charlie rock, his family and the army will never be forgotten.thank you for raising such a great american. strike hold ,all the way"
SSG.Boring, Daniel of Waukegan,IL

"To all Eric's family. I hope you well. eric was a great guy..very fun to be around. I will never forget him. You are all in my prayers"
Denise of Maryville,Tn

"To the Fifer family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please know that your beloved ERIC is an American Hero. We celebrate his life with you and he will Not Be Forgotten.

May you find strength to heal from your loss and may the Angel Surround you and comfort you.

Thank you ERIC for your service and may God Bless and Keep You.

From a grateful family of an American Soldier, stationed at Ft. Campbell 101st Avn Regt, now serving in Iraq."
Craig & Sharon Erwin of Oregon, United States of America

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

"To the Fifer family, I can't express how much of a feeling of sorrow for the loss of my friend, and your son, Eric. We will all miss him. He really makes me proud to be an American, and more importantly, I am proud to wear the same uniform that he wore so proudly. If yall ever need anything, you know where to find me."
Greg of Greenwood, SC

"TO THE FIFER FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN OF THE NEWS. MY TEARS NEVER STOPPED FLOWING WITH OUR SON GREGORY. WE LOST HIM LAST YEAR IN BALAD,IRAQ.(2004)! OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH eRIC AND YOUR FAMILY. ERIC THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND BEING A MILITARY BROTHERS TO OUR SON. YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN ERIC, NO WAY! YOU ARE A REAL AMERICAN HERO! WORDS ARE DIFFUCULT IN THESE TIMES. WE ALL DEAL WITH OUR LOST VERY DIFFERNETLY! i WILL URGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN HONOR OF ERIC! IT IS THE VERY LEAST THE COMMUNITY AND THE POLITICAL LEADER CAN DO FOR ERIC! wE AS FALLEN PARENTS MUST SEE OUR SON'S AND DAUGHTERS ARE HONORED TODAY. TOMORROW IS A DAY TO LATE! WE ARE ONLY HONORING WWI, WWII, KOREAN, DESERT STORM AND OTHER CONFLICT TODAY. GOD BLESS!"
leonard t. wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Futch.. I can't tell you how sorry I am.. I'm at a loss for words.. but the storm in my heart echoes the intense sorrow that I feel for you and your family. If you ever need anything.. I'll be here for you. Please give my condolences to your family.. and know that your brothers at The Citadel will be here for you when you are ready."
Alex of Charleston, SC

"To Eric's Family and Friends:

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

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne 504th PIR
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gloria.caldas@sbcglobal.net"

"Thank you Eric Fifer, 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 Sgt. Eric Fifer:
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 Eric 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 Sgt. Eric Fifer:
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 Eric, 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