Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Ray M. Fuhrmann II

28, of Novato, California.
Fuhrmann died in Samarra, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV following a mine assessing mission. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on August 18, 2005.

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"We were on bivouac in Ft. Stewart between my 1st and 2nd Tour with 3ID, when I accidentally slept in a brush pile with something I didn't agree with. I went to Doc Fuhrmann with a head to toe rash on Monday morning in absolute misery. He walked me straight through to a physician for shots and medicine and I was better by the next day. I don't think I've ever experienced the same level of concern from anyone in military medicine. I'll never forget him, and think of him often."
Jeff P of Tampa

"Was in DC visiting the office of Senator Cornyn, TX today and he had a book of profiles of those Medical Service personnel who had given their last full measure in the war. I found Ray's story in the book and it brought back so many memories of that day and his actions the months prior. That day was a very difficult day for the battalion. I can't find words to describe the loss of Ray and the effects on the Scout and Medical Platoons. May the Lord continue to bless his family and those who served with him!"
Quint Arnold of BELTON, Tx

"10 years since you passed, and 14 years since I last saw you, yet your face and your voice are just as fresh and alive. I only knew the Ray that was trying to find himself while working as a painter in Novato in the Spring of 2001. We shared so many laughs and really cool moments going to Johnson's beach, Six Flags Vallejo, Petaluma, hiking around Marin/Sonoma, drinking lost of beer and some cheap wine. Man, I remember giving you a copy of one of my favorite books (The Pilgrimage) for a reading to help you get through a cold night in the woods at Annadel State Park(and woke up with a puzzled Mom and a Kid staring at you in the morning, haha). Then, there was that night going to Bear Republic when a truck flipped in front of us, and you jumped out of the car and crossed the other side of the 101 freeway to help the driver (the turned out to be just fine). I realized then that you were special, and that was a preview of the Ray that everyone here got to know later in the military. Our time together was quiet, more innocent, and just fun. I'm thankful for that. God Bless!"
Denn of Santa Clarita, CA

"I didn't know Ray as well as many of you but im glad to say he was my friend. What I remember about ray is he would help anyone who asked even if he didn't like them he was very professional and like to teach if yad listen. He was a heck of a shot with a pistol and not bad at all with the rifle.I miss drinkin alil Jack n coke with him. So ill drink one for ya n Ill always make ya one on aug 18th. Miss ya n well be seen ya soon brother!"
davidson of hohenwald Tn

"There are many people that can honestly make the claim that Ray was their best friend. I am 1 of them. He was the epitome of integrity, honor, selfless service, and too many other attributes to mention. I am a better man for knowing Ray. I love him like a brother and miss him very much."
Darrin Seamster of Columbia, SC

"To my brother Ray, his family, and our friends;

Not a single day goes by where I don't stop and think about you. I was led here by reading the report that CSM Wilson wrote about that day. It really struck a cord with me. It was one of the landmark days of my life. Unfortunately, not all landmarks are positive.

We followed through with the promise to give you the "Ray Fuhrmann Memorial Shitter" just like you asked. I don't remember whether I was just pushy about it or everybody else just felt that raw and couldn't do it, but I was give the distinct honor of being the one to present that plaque to our bar, McDoughnus. Aside from the birth of my son, it was the most profound moment of my life. I love you, brother.

To anyone who might be reading this, the words of praise everybody has said thus far about Ray are not empty word about an idealized man. They are accurate and on point. If a person were to have only known him socially, they'd probably see a great man with a big old heart. He was that. He had a sense of humor that was genuine and good natured. Not a mean spirited bone in his whole body. But that is not only who he was. He was indomitable in spirit. He will likely be the bravest man I ever know. He was insightful in a way that you just don't see in people any more. To call him a competent medic would be an understatement. I strongly suspect that he was so big because a smaller body wouldn't be able to contain that large of a soul.

I was not his best friend, nor he mine... but to this day he is one of my favorite people, and I am proud to have been his friend. I am a better person for having known him. Most people who knew him would agree. I deeply mourn his loss, even years after the fact. The world is a significantly darker place without his light shining in it.

Vitesse et Puissance,"
Josh Storment of Kansas City, Missouri

"Ray, Family and Friends,
Today marks nine years since that awful day. It seems like just yesterday that I was standing right there next to you in the forward aid station. I held your hand, spoke words of encouragement and tapped your boot on my way out to get Jeremy, Nathan and Tim. There’s not a day in my life that I don’t think of that moment nine years ago. Sometimes it’s just a quick thought, or maybe a few seconds of reflection, and on the worst times I’m immersed in a trance of the scene.
Of note, one of my daughters enlisted in the US Army as a 68W, Combat Medic! Can you believe it; I couldn’t! I got to be the guest speaker for class's graduation at Fort Sam Houston. It felt good to walk some of the same ground you may have during you time there. Your story of Duty and Sacrifice was the theme of my speech to nearly 350 graduating Combat Medics.
You, Jeremy, and Tim are always on my mind and in my heart. I’m honored to have served with all of you and will always live in tribute of your Duty and tell of your Sacrifice as long as I have breath.
Rest in Peace Ray. God bless you, your Family, and this Great Nation!
Miles"
Miles Wilson of Fort Benning, GA

"He was my cousin. He was very much loved by all. My mom is the only remaining member of the Fuhrmann family."
Brandon Goss of Iowa

"To my fallen brother. Ray was very hard on us new medics, but he taught me more than anyone else on our field training before Iraq in 05. I probably wouldn't have been half the medic i was if not for his teaching. I told myself I wouldn't cry at his funeral but I couldn't help but shed tears for someone I looked up too. I wonder how many lives Ray saved between OIF1 and 3. What I do know is the Army is down one great medic. Rest in Peace Brother"
SPC Justin Mason of Hollywood,FL

"Doc volunteered at the last moment to roll on his last mission... He actually bumped my 1SG out of the vehicle and died in his place... we thought that a medic with his bag was more valuable outside the wire than my 1SG was as an observer...him rolling with us that day saved anothers life."
SSG Tarvin, Michael C EOD Team Leader(Retired) of Lawton, Ok USA

"HEY Fuhrmann, I want to let you know i think of you often...My mom and I still talk about the time when we got back from OIF1 and we went to Tony Roma's and you and her had Heinkens and threw back shots of Jack Daniels... I gotta tell ya man your are a great man...I looked after your sign in Mcd's over the years... ensuring it had a Light bulb ect. Big Mike has taken good care of you "shitter"..."
John Cupples of Atlanta, Ga

"I serverd with Ray briefly in Samarra. During that time he proved himself a soldier worthy of hero status, a caring, compasionate medic who gave the best care possible to anyone sick or hurt and a man with a love for his country and fellow soldiers. You inspired me and set a standard that was a model I tried to follow. Your sacrafice was far greater than most were required to give but it was not in vain. To your family, from my heart Ray was a man who was loved and respected. Your loss is tremendous and can not be repaid but the nation gained an inspirational and heroic patriot worthy of honor."
Charles Speed, PA, MAJ, Retired of Monahans, Texas

"Even though I never met Ray, I have his picture posted inside a cabinet door at work. I also have Doyle, Bouchard and Seamans' pictures from the day they deployed in Jan 05. I am reminded every day of their sacrifice. To Ray's family you have my deepest sympathy. It has been 6 years already since they were taken."
Isaac Toomer's Mom of CO

"To Ray, his family, and all my old friends;
It has been a little over five and a half years since. I think of Ray daily since I received the email from some of the scouts. I still have trouble thinking of that day. I will never forget all the time I spent with Ray, ever since we were privates together shortly before OIF I. Ray kept me going with his sense of humor. I still will never forget the day, when Charles Dean showed up to the unit mid tour. Ray was one of the first to greet him, and informed him he was the FNG, and that he didn't want to bother to learn his name...That kept me laughing for days, and the name stuck with Dean through the whole deployment. That was the Ray I knew, the cavalier, strong and courageous man. I dodged bullets with Ray in OIF I, and that man was unshakeable, to me, his calling was in battle. He was strong, both of will and stature. I will sorely miss Ray. Even after that fateful day, Ray was still able to make me laugh. I will never forget the night at McDounaughs in downtown Savannah. It was late in the evening, and somehow we got onto the topic of dying, in classic Ray, he stated "If I die, I want the bathroom here named after me!" Well a few years back I got the chance to go back to that bar, and there it was the "Ray Fuhrmann restroom." That sight about floored me, but it was a piece of Ray, and I felt like we were still sitting there laughing and carrying on.
-Miss you every day Ray"
Nathan Smith of Afganistan

"Doc and Family,

Yesterday was 5 long years since that day. I spent many hours yesterday looking at pictures and stories of you, Nate, Jeremy and Tim. I'm back in Iraq again, but still have never forgotten you and that day. Those memories stay with me every day and not a day goes by that I don't think of the four of you that gave so much. I miss you guys. God bless you and your Family."
CSM Miles S. WIlson of COB Adder, Iraq

"It's been 5 years, man. There are too many memories for a sister to share and many of them are private. But I want everyone who knew and served with you that we will always remember, that nothing could fill the hole you left behind.

Even though I didn't want you to go then and miss you now (and always), I am proud of you. I know that you are one of the good ones and that you died in the mission of something greater than yourself, of being the best for the people who counted on you.

There are so many times when I wish you were here, so I could pass along a joke or tell you something awesome that the boys did. They're 11 and 13 now and I wish (more than ever) that their uncle was here to guide them through the rough spots of adolescence. You'd be proud of Aidan's moves in football and of Liam kicking behind in his Sea Cadets basic training. Yeah, he may be Navy through and through, but I know where he got his courage and willingness to serve.

There are so many things I'd like to tell you, but that'll have to wait until we have the chance to catch up and talk story. If there is a Heaven, I know you're there, watching over us.

We love you always...."
Layla Rogers of Alameda, CA

"I agree With Miles S. Davis Ray was a great Person to be around What a great loss."
W. Singleton of Jax, Florida

"Doc,
I thought about you this morning as I think about all of you ever day. You've never left my mind but I've done my best thus far to let you go, as your time here was done and I must accept that.

Scouts out"
Horton of Newport Beach, CA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"All I can say is that I miss this guy! When I heard what happened, I felt sick...I could not believe that he had passed. Ray had to be one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing...man, he was funny! You are still missed. God bless you and yours, brother."
Rob Velez of Charlotte, NC

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Can anybody tell me more about his Novato connection? From what I've heard, he was only staying with a friend here. I am a reporter for the Marin Independent Journal and I'd like to understand this Marin connection more clearly. Thanks. bainsworth(at)marinij(dot)com"
Brent Ainsworth of Novato CA

"To all those who served with my dear friend Ray,

Thank you for your kind words and stories of Ray. He was a brave, caring, kind and funny guy who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. I rode the bus to high school with him every day and got to enjoy his humor, his characteristic antics, and his occasional insights, daily. It was a shock to hear that he had died, but it was no surprise to me how he died. He was doing what he loved, helping people in need. I still miss him dearly after these years.

Today is Memorial Day and I always get tears in my eyes thinking about Ray. Every year, I come to this page and each year it brings tears to my eyes to read your stories of serving with him. For those who did your best to save him, all I can say is thank you for your bravery. Thank you for doing your best. It was all he would have ever asked for.

Like some of you, I have tried to visit his family, especially his father to give them my respects. But each time I go to do so, I just cannot bring myself to face the pain of losing him.

You will always be remembered, Ray."
Ed of Hilo, Hawaii

"Ray,
I was watching Combat Zone on the Military Channel and learned of your bravery during that ambush at Lake Thar Thar that you were awarded the Silver Star for and how five months later, you were killed in action. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. You are the epitome of what a combat medic should be-you didn't hesitate to put your life on the line to treat your fellow human beings and did everything in your power to defend them as well."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"Ray Ray! Think about you every day. you will always be in my heart you are my brother, and always will be. I still remember you bringing me beer when we where in Ireland coming home from OIF I. we will meet again someday, SPEED AND POWER!"
Sgt. Nkrumah Alladin of Ft. Lewis, Wa

"On 18 Aug 05, I had just got back from PB Olson when I arrived at the BAS at Brassfield-Mora. All of the medics had this look on their face and asked me had I heard. When they told me I felt this sick feeling in my gut. I still feel it today. Ray was my brother. Even though I out ranked him I still looked up to him. The P.A.'s P.A. is what we called him. I miss you dearly."
SGT D. Malachi, 3/69 AR Medic Plt of FSGA

"I was Ray's First Sergeant on 18 August 2005. I will never forget the sacrifice the he, Jeremy, Nathan and Tim gave that day. I remember trying to comfort Ray at patrol base Razor as his very dear friends and fellow medics painfully worked to save his life. Unfortunately, that was not to be. The Army lost a damn fine medic, but we lost a gentle Warrior that day. It is now exactly 3 years later here in Baghdad as I type this. Not a day has passed the last three years that I don't think of these Warriors. I miss them all very much and I WILL NEVER FORGET and I WILL NEVER STOP telling their story. I am very proud and humbled to have served along side such great Americans. To all Ray's family, I pray God's blessings on you. To all Ray's Scout and Medic Platoon Brothers-in-Arms from 3-69 Armor, We will all meet again and drink from the cool waters at Fiddler's Green!!"
Miles S. Wilson of Baghdad, Iraq

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Spc. Ray M. Fuhrmann, II
Ray 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

"To everyone who knew and Loved Ray,

Its been over 2 years and I have tried to write something about Ray but haven't been able to. It's been hard for me to deal with things. I was Ray's Medical Platoon sergerant and friend. We had a bond that only someone else from Hawaii could understand... I visited my family in Oahu last year and wanted to pay my respects to Ray's family on the Big Island, but I couldn't and I don't know why... I am sorry!
I was with him on that day and I tried everything I could to save him. I comforted him and held him in my arms and talked to him and told him "It's me, I will take care of you". He was so brave and strong. I cried while I treated him because I knew his injuries were going to take him, but he remained so damn calm and strong... He was more worried about me than himself!!! I am not a very emotional person normally, but when I think of Ray "Haole Boy", I get choked up because of the person he was and could have been. I am crying right now and its taking me forever to write this. Everyone (Medics)that served with him knows that because of Ray, no one else had to worry about taking the dangerous missions because Ray would demand that he goes so no one else would get hurt!!! He will always continue to be Loved and Missed.
If Ray's family or friends have ANY questions about that day that have gone un-answered, you can call or write me at anytime.
915 346-3367 or christopher.caulk@us.army.mil

Hey McCloud, I hope you are doing well"
Chris "The other Hapa Haole" of San Antonio, Tx

"To the friends and family of "Doc" Fuhrmann...

What can I say? I didn't know him personally, but Captain Rowald saw my picture in a casting book, and picked me to play Ray for the Military Channel show "Combat Zone."

I hope that I carried his memory with honor and did him justice in his heroic actions at Lake Thar-thar. My heart goes out to his loved ones and to all those who have lost love ones in service of our country."
Matthew A. Collins of Los Angeles, CA

"TO THE FAMILY OF RAY FUHRMANN II: I AM SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF SUCH A WONDERFUL PERSON AND AN EXCELLENT SOLDIER. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SERVING RIGHT ALONG THE SIDE OF RAY DURING OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, RAY TOUCHED THE LIVES OF EVERYONE HE CAME IN CONTACT WITH ON AND OFF THE BATTLE FIELD. HE HAD A HEART OF GOLD AND WOULD HELP ANYONE THAT NEEDED IT WITHOUT EXPECTING ANYTHING IN RETURN. I WISH THAT EVERYONE HAD THE CHANCE TO GET KNOW RAY AND SEE HOW GREAT HE WAS LIKE I DID. RAY YOU ARE MY HERO AND WE WILL MEET AGAIN ONE DAY. I MISS YOU RAY"
SGT ANTHONY MCLEOD of LUCEDALE MS

"To the family of:Ray M. Fuhrmann 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"

"I posted a message before but I'd like to add something here.
I see that Ray is always associated with Novato, CA. He was actually from Volcano, HI. I like to think that one of the reasons for the Novato reference, since I'm not aware of other people he knew there, is because he would spend a lot of time at my place when I lived there and he got a job as a painter around the same area.
The spring of 2001 was one of the best times of my life because I met him at a concert and we became GREAT friends immediately!
He was the dream buddy!
I feel blessed and very proud to have known him.
Well, I wasn't with him in Iraq but I saw his bravery here at home when a truck flipped over in front of us on the freeway and Ray jumped out of the car(ignoring the other cars still coming at full speed) to go help out the driver. I imagine that not many people would have done the same, and the WAY he did it just showed me that he wanted to help people under any circumstances and every minute of his life.
That was his purpose here.
Yesterday morning I realized it was August so I lid a candle and prayed for him like I've done many times before but, to my surprise, last night (for the first time ever!), he appeared to me in my dreams wearing his army clothes and just being the same great Ray saying he was OK.

How do you think I feel today?

Ray, my dearest friend -From the bottom of my heart, I can say that we will never forget you! You will always be loved and missed by me, your father, wife, and many friends."
Denilson Dias of Los Angeles, CA

"In the Army, it is not uncommon to go months at a time without hearing from a buddy. This is especially true during deployments. I had figured that Ray had PCS'd by now and had looked for him online months ago, and only found out about what happened today as I walked through the Memorial. I can't say how much I wish I had the oppurtunity to express what his friendship meant to me; even though we were in different brigades, etc. He was one of those big-hearted guys that; when they die, the unfairness of the world is made more apparent. Ray; Ive been missing you, and now I guess that feeling will be permanent. Yit g'dal, v'yit kadash...
love ya..."
Sgt. Brad Stuckey of FSGA USA

""Doc"... thats what we all called him. He was the medic assigned to our Scout platoon. He was a damn good medic, and brave beyond the call of duty. When we got engaged by suspected Al-qaeda forces at Lake Thar Thar , Iraq on March 22 ,2005, Ray was right there, slinging bullets back at the enemy while treating patients. He went through all his m-16 ammo, all his 9mm, and proceeded to take ak-47's and the Russian SVD sniper rifle off of dead Iraqi Commandos to shoot once he depleted his ammo supply.
He was always ready to roll. He was also always ready to crack a joke or laugh at one of yours. Or even keep a straight face and tell you it was a stupid joke.
I'll always remember him and the other 3 guys that were killed that day (Ssgt Jeremy Doyle, Sgt. Nathan Bouchard, PFC. Tim Seamans)."
Spc J. Bradley Horton(cavalry scout, 3-69 AR) of Ft Stewart, GA

"Ray was a GREAT friend and I'll never forget the good times we had together.

God Bless his Soul!!!


I wish I had only one more chance to tell him how much he meant to me!"
Denilson of Los Angeles, CA

"Ray was a GREAT friend and I'll never forget the good times we had together.

God Bless his Soul!!!


I wish I had only one more chance to tell him how much he meant to me!"
Denilson of Loas Angeles, CA

"I only recently became aware of this trajedy. I worked with Ray several years ago at TIFFE in Hilo, Hawaii. He was so good to needy teens, very humble, and liked by all.He is a hero, and will be missed by many. My heart goes out to all family members. I will miss Ray. God Bless, Gary"
Gary Lenowitz of Hilo, Hawaii, USA

""To the Family of Ray Fuhrmann,
We are saddened by your lost. Our prayers are with you all. Ray is in Heaven with our other brave soldiers.

God Bless you,
Sheldon and Loretta Bridges
Proud Parents of SSGT Steven H Bridges
8/22/1970-12/8/2003
Iraq""
Sheldon & Loretta of Tracy, CA USA

"TO THE FURHRMANN FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. RAY THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND ALONG SIDE OUR SON. I REALIZE YOU TWO HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. YET, AS MILITARY BROTHER'S YOU WATCHED OVER ONE ANOTHERS BACKS AND UNITS. AN THE COMFORT I HAD WITH OUR SON SERVING. WAS HE HAD RAY M. FURMANN AND THOUSAND OTHER AMAZING AMERICAN'S. DOING A MISSION MANY AMERICAN'S SHOULD BE DOING; BUT DON'T. RAY YOU HAVE MADE AMERICA SAFER SINCE 911! AN YOU HELPED TO GIVE THOSE IN IRAQ A NEW BEGINNING. SO YOU MY FRIEND ARE APART OF WORLD AND AMERICAN HISTORY. AN YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE YOU TOUCHED. ALL WILL HAVE MANY MANY FOND MEMORIES YOU SHARED WITH THEM TO REMEMBER YOU BY. SO YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN NOW OR EVER. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"TO THE FURHRMANN FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. RAY THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND ALONG SIDE OUR SON. I REALIZE YOU TWO HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. YET, AS MILITARY BROTHER'S YOU WATCHED OVER ONE ANOTHERS BACKS AND UNITS. AN THE COMFORT I HAD WITH OUR SON SERVING. WAS HE HAD RAY M. FURMANN AND THOUSAND OTHER AMAZING AMERICAN'S. DOING A MISSION MANY AMERICAN'S SHOULD BE DOING; BUT DON'T. RAY YOU HAVE MADE AMERICA SAFER SINCE 911! AN YOU HELPED TO GIVE THOSE IN IRAQ A NEW BEGINNING. SO YOU MY FRIEND ARE APART OF WORLD AND AMERICAN HISTORY. AN YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE YOU TOUCHED. ALL WILL HAVE MANY MANY FOND MEMORIES YOU SHARED WITH THEM TO REMEMBER YOU BY. SO YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN NOW OR EVER. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon,Ohio

"I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God give you the courage and the strength to deal with the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 APR 05"

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

"Thank you Ray Fuhrmann II, 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. Ray Fuhrmann II:
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 Ray 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. Ray Fuhrmann II:
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 Ray, 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