Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Devin J. Grella

21, of Medina, Ohio.
Grella died in Iraq after an improvised explosive device exploded near his convoy vehicle. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 706th Transportation Company from Mansfield, Ohio. Died on September 6, 2004.

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"I trained with Devin in El Paso before we flew out to Iraq. Although I knew him for a very short while, he left a lasting impression. He was a funny guy and made others and myself laugh with his sense of humor."
Jaime Rivera of Chicago Illinois

"I still think of Devin everyday I didn't know him that long but I served with him overseas I was in a different convoy that night but that night changed all of us he is truly missed and from the short time I was lucky enough to have known him I knew he was blessed and special may you Rest In Peace Brother you are always in our prayers"
Angel Ramirez of Chicago, IL USA

"To the family of:Devin J.Grella
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""

"Devin,
I told your folks i would look after you. Who know that we would get hit on the same convoy. You are an inspiration for all service members. Giving when you did not have to. I miss you Brother."
Steve of Strum, WI/USA

"Devin,
Not a day goes by that i dont think of you. I think of all the good times we had. That is the way i like to remember you. The good memories are the best! Like the one time me and Ashley stayed the night and you and Drew had bunkbeds at the time, I had heard a noise in the closet and you and Drew told me it was the cookie monster and i cried! That is one of my favorites! I miss you so much! It has been hard without you but i know you are always with me. I cant express the feeling of you really being gone but i can express how much i love you and miss you! You were an amazing cousin and i am so proud of you! I will see you again one day and until that day comes you will be in my heart and thought of all the time!
Love you,"
Cortney Tedford of Vermilion, OH

"I wanted to remember and once again say thank you to Pfc. Devin Grella on this Memorial Day. Devin, I promised your family that you will never be forgotten. Believe me, you are thought of with love and appreciation every single day. You are missed but those who were lucky enough to meet you carry your name on through beautiful memories. God Bless you and your family."
A former Medina resident and friend now of Olmsted Falls, OH

"Remembering Devin this memorial day. Glad to have him as a friend through basic training, proud to have served with him."
Trevor of Michigan

"Hey Hero! Burris is now a Sgt. and stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. He came home from your tour and changed MOS to infantry! we remember you and your family everyday Devin. Godspeed!"
Jeanne Burris of Brazil, Indiana

"I only knew you for a couple years and we only hung out once on our road trip to New York to see Katie, but you were easily my closest friend during that time and I'll always remember you as one of my best friends. I still talk to you sometimes when I'm alone. I miss you a lot bro. Your love for the Gospel, country, your family, and friends was unparalleled. You're my hero, Devin. I can't wait to see you again."
Tyler Nielsen of Dublin, OH

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"Devin,
I will never forget the notes we passed in class, or all the goofy songs we used to sing, our dances, so many memories..You were always there for me, and I will always have you in my heart!"
Nicole Stewart of Medina,oh

"Hey Devin,

Just here at home and you popped in my head! So wanted to send you a little message, Miss you, Love you..take care old friend!"
Fabian Lieb of Los Angeles, California

"To the family of Devin J. Grella,

May your family be comforted by the support of all those who care and honor the memory of your loved one.
Devin's service will never be forgotten. May God Bless You"
June M. LaParo-Flyntz of New Jersey

"August 3, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Devin J. Grella:
Devin 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

"nice kid very quiet ,nice smile I was in 1st platoon he was in 2nd platoon .he will always be remembered"
claudia of HALEDON,NJ,USA

"I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Devin a couple of times before he left for basic training. I served with the 706 and was deployed with the 656 in January 03'. I was there with my friends from the 706 at Devins memorial. I have spent years wondering why some die and others dont, and my conclusion is God sometimes needs his Angels to work in heaven instead of earth. Devin's memory will forever live on, we will all be united again."
Spc. Robert Goodall of Barberton, Ohio

"Hey buddy its Lieb again, just wanted to stop by and let you know that you'll never be forgotten! miss you!"
Fabian Lieb of San Dimas, CA

"Devin,

Hey battle, I still remember the day you were pissed off at me in Texas when we hit the fence with our truck and our sergeant took away our passes! We were scrubbin rocks while everyone else was out drinkin and partying it up! Remember when we'd go out on those night missions and we would talk about all the fun we were going to have when we got back home! Remember when you and Jones were teasin me because I got my orders to go to Iraq and I wasnt even out of training yet! HA yeah well I think about all the good times we had in basic and AIT. I think about how we both joined for the same reasons, I think about how both of us did everything together while we were in training! I didn't want to believe when I heard you were gone, but soon ill be up there with you! We are all here temporarily, we are all just stopping by! There is not a single day that passes when I dont think about you! But yeah I'm all grown up now, I have a beautiful son named Elijah and he means everything to me. You better be rockin out in heaven! I remember you used to sing your rock songs when we would go out on those missions! Well I miss you brother and your missed very much! Your family has my condolences, I wish to be contacted by your friends and family for info on your resting site, E-Mail me with any info @ dask909@hotmail.com, thank you"
Fabian Lieb of San Dimas, California

"i can not express my undieing gratitude. thank you form the bottom of my hart"

"Devin

I still don't know why it has taken me so long to write you a note. I have started writing several times but always stopped for some reason.
Your family was always very good to me when we were growing up, and I enjoyed getting to know you and Drew.
I just want to say that I'm making my way into the military as a doc and that you have given me alot of inspiration to serve.
I'll continue sending my prayers your way.

Until we meet again,
Eddie"
Eddie Schmitt of Medina, Ohio

"Dear Grella Family and friends of Devin,
In light of Memorial Day let my simple words help your pain in the loss of such a wonderful life. I did not know Devin but one thing that I had in common with him was that we were both in the 706th Trans. Co. My time in the military ended just before we went to War in Iraq and I cannot express my gratitude for brave soldiers like Devin who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this great country we live in. Although I did not know him i can read what everyone says and it is obvious to me that he had a very kind heart. He is truly a hero to me and his service will not be forgotten by me. If there is anything else that I could do to help ease the pain of your loss please let me know. God Bless the USA and young soldiers like Devin who do more than just defend our Country in times of peace.... He has left his home, family and friends, without hesitation to do what he knew in his heart was what he was called to do...Serve his Country. He has served his country with honor and pride and will be in my thoughts forever. Thank You Devin!"
jmathias722@sbcglobal.net of Toledo, Ohio

"Devin,
I will never ever forget you and the smile you always brought to my face. I remember the first day i saw you at EFY and was instantly crushing on you. You've always been a great friend to me. I remember hanging out with you the day before you left. We had lots of fun taking pictures with your phone and just hanging out. I remember the kiss goodbye you gave me and how much i truley cared about you and told you that i would miss you and was scared for you to go. I feared the moment i'd never get to see you again. I just wanted you to stay home so i could get the chance to be with you. We knew each other for a few years and now everytime i hear our song that you dedicated to me "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith i get chills and begin to cry but remember how happy you always were and you always made me. You'll always be a hero in my heart and i can't wait to see you again in heaven. I miss you. My love goes out to you and your family. If you guys ever need anything please tell me AFNSYNCGRL@hotmail.com.

I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While youíre far away dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure

Donít want to close my eyes
I donít want to fall asleep
Cause Iíd miss you baby
And I donít want to miss a thing
Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream will never do
Iíd still miss you baby
And I donít want to miss a thing

Lying close to you feeling your heart beating
And Iím wondering what youíre dreaming
Wondering if itís me youíre seeing
Then I kiss your eyes
And thank God weíre together
I just want to stay with you in this moment forever
Forever and ever

Donít want to close my eyes
I donít want to fall asleep
Cause Iíd miss you baby
And I donít want to miss a thing
Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream will never do
Iíd still miss you baby
And I donít want to miss a thing

I donít want to miss one smile
I donít want to miss one kiss
I just want to be with you
Right here with you, just like this
I just want to hold you close
Feel your heart so close to mine
And just stay here in this moment
For all the rest of time

Donít want to close my eyes
I donít want to fall asleep
Cause Iíd miss you baby
And I donít want to miss a thing
Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream will never do
Iíd still miss you baby
And I donít want to miss a thing

Donít want to close my eyes
I donít want to fall asleep
I donít want to miss a thing

Kimbralee Winslow -- RIP Devin Grella"
Kimbralee of Gahanna, Oh

"To Darrin and Family
I came across the news of your brother's death while searching the internet. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that your all doing well and I will continue to keep you all in my prayers. God bless you and your family!!"
Chrissy Barone (college friend of Darrin's) of Zanesville Ohio Email: chrissy1nla@hotmail.com

"Dear Family
I had the pleasure of meeting you all in St. Augustine Florida in May of 2004. Devin along with his brothers would meet us by the pool to play a quick hand of Euchre. I saw Devins picture when his mother was on TV. I couldn't believe my eyes. Devin and I talked about his plans. I remember asking him "are you sure you want to do this?" He said, without a doubt. I just played back the video tape of us playing cards. He was laughing and having such a good time. How blessed I was to have met a hero.
May God hold you close to him."
Jaime Copeland of Wabash IN

"To the Grella Family, My husband served in Iraq with Devin and although it has been over a year now, we wanted to extend our sorrow for the loss of your son. He was a great soldier and my husband has the highest respect for him and your family. We had the honor of meeting your other son, Dustin, last New's Years and he gave us the strength we much needed to get through our own ordeal. We were blessed that my husband was able to come home from Iraq yet there is not a day that goes by that Devin is not in our hearts and our thoughts as we continue to pray for the soldiers overseas that give us our freedom everyday. Your son is our "HERO"."
Tasha Covell of vcovell@yahoo.com

"Devin and I went to basic training together. We were lucky to be in the same platoon and squad. He reminded me a lot of myself. Always making us laugh. There was one time when the Drill Sergeant couldn't help but to laugh also. I'll always remember the good time we had together. We shall meet again. 2 Fingers!!!"
SPC Ferguson, Anthony of Pittsburgh, PA

"Some time has passed and I still can not mentally leave Iraq. I try to ignore the news, the gratitude from fellow Americans, and the questions from curious acquaintances, but my year spent with the 706 TC stays with me. I even distance myself from the Army Reserves and try to live my life. But then today I decided to look up your son, Devin, and another soldier from my unit by the name of David Hartman and I became emotional. I can hardly describe to you the impact that your son's fate has had on me and probably all others who were with us in the Taji "prison". Despite our differences we were truly a family. Any one of us could have lost our lives that day, and for reasons unknown to us God chose Devin. I am deeply sorry for your loss, and I hope that someday I can repay him for what he has freely given."
D.J. Cram of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

"I remember meeting you for the first time in 3rd grade on the basketball court. We became the best of friends shortly there after and our days of watching the Bulls and Cavs games together are days I will never forget. Our unhealthy but fun obsessions with Mark Price and Michael Jordan will last a lifetime. The memories we shared will never be forgotten. I never thought June 3rd would be the last day I would see you again, but I do remember the last thing I said you. I told you how proud I was of you, and how much I loved you, and that you could tell me all about it when you get back. That day will not come anytime soon. Just know I think about you all the time. Anytime I pick up a ball or step on the football field, it is for you. In my heart is where I keep you friend. One love for eternity, and I'll see you when I get there. Prayers to the family and friends as we shall now remember the legacy Devin has left behind."
Adam Feeks of Medina, Ohio

"I went to basic training with Devin, I had the privilege of being his friend for those 9 weeks. I wrote in his "yearbook" from basic, never thinking I wouldn't see him again. He always talked about that big screen tv he was going to buy when he got home, about his family, and how much he loved his brother. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family and friends back home, Devin is someone I'll never forget."
Trevor of Afghanistan

"Devin Grella went to my school and we had a assembaly and had people , his parents , talk about him. i wish i could have meet him. he seems like a real nice guy.i learned that he played soccer like me. we even have a plague about him."
jackie gaydar of medina ohio usa

"Dear Devin, You will always be remembered by the loved ones you left behind, we will always be greatful for your service and for the love you left in our hearts"
Greg Boyes of Medina, OH

"dear mr. mrs. grella and family:
thankyou for bringing such a great kid into the world. obviously he had different plans for his future than you had expected. i am currently in the arng unit out of walbridge ohio. 1483rd transportation company. I am a truck driver and have been since 20aug03. i only met devin a few times outside of school and knew him through others, but i am glad i knew him at all. he made reality hit for me. i was at a.i.t. learning about herringbones, ied, uxo's, etc. when he passed away. it was in a letter my mom sent to me. it means a lot to me he did what he did. i kept him in my prayers as i still do for you all. i am sorry for your loss as is the rest of the us. we have no idea what you are going through and what you will go through forever, but i hope you will find the stregnth to keep on. i want to say thankyou for raising an extraordinary son who helped out the nation for as long as he did. thankyou and god bless. i will do the best i can as devin has been a true inspiration to me."
tanya m. sypolt, pfc of medina, ohio, usa

"Devin you are a hero.........I can't believe I talked to you a couple days before you left, I told you that we would hang out when you got back. And you told me you were scarred not of dying but of going over there. Your a sweetheart but obviously God had a bigger plan for you. I will see you in heaven and then we can hang out like we planned. Your an inspiration.........Love you and Miss you LOTS!"
Jessica Isabell of Medina,OH, USA

"Hey Devin, I hope everything is going well, your soo awesome, I still think about you all the time. Remember thoose waves on the Lake when there was tornado warnings? Now, that was fun.

Love, Cousin Eric"

"My second son Devin Deuce Kehoe born on 10/14/04 has your son's name and nickname.I was just browsing the internet and found out a little about your son. Very sorry about his passing.Being from Ohio Devin Deuce will live on.I will tell my son when he's older about his bravery and heroism."
Tom Kehoe of Parma/OH U.S.A.

"I did not know devin well. He was one of my brothers friends in high school. Devin and my brother traveld tothe state meet to wath the girls run. Devin of course drove as he loves to drive. Devin drove along the sholder of the rode on the tracks that are ment to warn a driver that they are too close to the shulder the entire trip. I found out that Devin had died when my history teacher who had tought Devin had writen on the board "God Bless Devin Grella" the moment he said that Devin had been killed in Iraq was shocking. We hadent had contact with my brother, who is also in the service and served in Operation: Iraqi Freedom on an aircraft carrier, scence he called monthes ago from Missisipi the day he left. I knew my brother had not known Devin joind the Army, he asumed Devin was going to go on a mison trip like he always wanted to, when my brother got leeve for thanksgiving before he had to go to his next base, he could say nothing after being told of Devins death. I know Devin would have canged many peoples lives if he had gone on a mission trip. May God bless devin and all of the souls he touched."
of Medina Ohio

"Having moved to North Carolina from Medina last winter it was not until this morning, December 26th, I learned of Devin's death. His selflessness in giving his life to defend our country is extremely admirable.

Although I did not know him personally, during the thirteen years we resided in Medina your family was a presence in our lives from the start - from our first renting one of your apartments for a few weeks waiting for our house to be ready, through all the sporting and music events we all attended over the years raising our families; I always enjoyed exchanging kind words between us. I cannot know your grief but definitely feel your pain, my heart goes out to you.

I will keep you all in my prayers."
Mary Boyer of Charlotte, NC

"To PFC. Devin J Grella: Devin you were an amazing person and I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to have you be a part of my life. I always knew you had big things in your future. Thank you for the millions of times you made me laugh, your friendship, and the sacrifice you gave for our freedom. You are a HERO! I'll never forget you! Your family is always in my prayers!"
Kelly Grieve of Medina, Ohio

"Dear Grella Family,
Thank you for raising one of my best friends and heros you did a awesome job and your son will not be forgotten and Devin next time we meet we will be eating oat meal cream pies i love you devin, drew, darrin, dustin, mom (mrs grella) and mr grella"
Danny of Copley, Ohio

"To Devins family, I was one of many who felt the kindness of Grella.I fought beside him and had the pleasure of him being a friend. To a great fallen soldier God bless him and the USA Spc Joseph Coffey Roaddoggs for life!"
Spc Joseph Coffey of Jackson Center Oh

"Devin, a few years ago we were beating each other in cross country races, playing the same lacrosse positions... never did i ever think that night you had the going away party, was the last night i would see you. thank you for your service, wouldnt expect anything less from you... HERO!

wearing deuce, for you!"
Jansen Wehrley of Medina, Ohio

"Dear the Grella Family,
I was truly blessed to have known Devin. He was an awesome person and always brough a smile to my face. THank you for raising such a wonderful young man. And thank Heavenly Father that we were all lucky enough to have had the chance to have him in our lives"
Love, Angela Fechter of Medina, Ohio

"To the family of Pfc Grella...My nephew Spc Shawn Kibler is in the same Transportation company "706" out of Mansfield Ohio also.Hes based at *undisclosed*..My heart and prayers go to you and your family..I pray every day for the safety of the 706 TC.and all our soldiers in Iraq..God Bless you..know how much my heart is with you in your loss.We all lost a friend."
Susan Kibler of Dallas,Texas USA

"Dear Grella Family,
Our hearts go out to you and your family during this tragic time. Just know that even for people who did not know Devin, he was a hero to all of us! May he rest in peace."
The Grella Family of Bethlehem, Pa

"TO Devins Family,

Know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Even though we didnt have the chance to meet We are proud to have a hero in our Army Family. Devin died a true hero to my family and friends. I wish that I had the chance to meet Devin. From what I have heard from others he was a delightful young man and a very caring young man."
Lisa Smith wife of Sgt Robert Smith of Chippewa Lake, Ohio

"The Grella family
It still seems like yesterday playing football and basketball with Devin in your back yard, riding the bus and just hanging out. the last time I say him was when he had just enlisted at the recruiting station. I wished him good luck and said see you next time I come home. I'm glad that i had a chance to meet your son. He made the good come out in everybody. Ben and I will never forget him."
Lance Corpral Matthew W. O'Donnell of New Bern, North Carolina

"Know that your loss was not in vain. Devin died so that our world would be a better place. Thank you Devin."
Mrs. Arthur's 4th grade class of Nelsonville, Ohio

"Dear the Grella Family,
I knew devin from church youth activities. And he seemed to always have a smile on his face, and always wanting to make other people happy. My happiest memory of him was at a Youth Conferance a couple years ago, He was in my group, and I was sad I had to be leave me best friend. And I sat beside him, and he asked what was wrong and i told him, and he told me not to worry, cause is it now his duty to make me have fun.lol. And I really got to know him and see the kind person he was. I remember on the ride home, I had this huge grin just thinking of devin. He will always have a place in my heart. And I love him so much as a brother.
If you ever want to talk, email me at Baby_Gurl_41187@yahoo.com

Love Megan

p.s RIP Devin...."
Megan Juhasz of Akron Ohio

"To the Grella Family,
I am a new AGR soldier to the 706th and on my first day I was informed of your sons death. I never had the opportunity to meet Devin or be touch by any of the things that made him special to you. I am sadden that a part of your heart is no longer with you, but know your family is in the prayers of the United States Army and their families. Your family has suffered a terrible lost and many of us wish we could endure the pain for you. I would be lying if I said I know how you feel, but know that the 706th Transportation Company is here for you."
Sgt, Jackson of 706th Transportation Company

"Dear Grella Family, I knew your son, though not as well as I wish I did. We played volleyball a few times together, here in Iraq. Please accept my condolences."
SPC Tenney Steven A of Toledo, OH

"To the family of Devin Grellas,
My family would like to extend our toughts and pryaers with you this time. My husband was with your son at the time of your loss and he has deep feelings of this loss. God Bless You.
The family of SPC Michel Jordan"
Michelle Jordan of Marion, Ohio

"Dear The Grellas'
To the family of Devin, our prayers go out to you everyday. God is with you always. To Devin, we met you in Ft. Bliss, Texas, before you left for Iraq. My brother is also in ****** with ******. His name is P.F.C Burris. We will remember you always.
God Bless! @~~>~~ The Burris'"
Sonni Burris & Family of Brazil, Indiana

"To the Family of PFC Grella, we send our deppest sorrows for you at this time. May god bless you and always know that your son was a HERO!! HE will be in our Prayers!"
Crystal Boyle Wife of SGT Boyle of the 706th Trans. Co. of Kenton, OH

"DEAR DEVIN,I COULD NOT BE AT YOUR SERVICE BUT MY HEART WAS,AND ALWAYS WILL BE.THERE WILL BE A CANDLE LIT IN MY HOME EVERY SUNDAY IN YOUR HONNOR.
GOD WILL STAY WITH YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR UNIT FAMILY THE 706TH TRANSPORTATION CO..UNTIL WE ALL SEE YOU AGAIN.GINGER JOHNSON,SSG.'S WIFE"
gingerjohnson@neo.rr.com of MANSFIELD,OHIO

"PFC.DEVIN J. GRELLA,YOU WILL BE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER,YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.WE WILL HAVE A CANDLE LIT EVERY SUNDAY UNTIL WE SEE YOU AGAIN.
GOD IS WITH YOU AND GOD WILL BE WITH
YOUR FAMILY AND GOD WILL BE WITH YOUR
UNIT AND FELLOW BROTHERS FROM THE 706TH
TRANSPORTATION CO.AT CAMP TAJI,IRAQ.
I SALLUTE YOU TILL WE ARE A FAMILY AGAIN.SSG.ROBERT O.JOHNSON JR."
SSG.ROBERT O.JOHNSON JR. of CAMP TAJI,IRAQ

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

"to the family of pfc. Devin J. Grella
I to share in your pain and grief of losing a son in Iraq. May you find comfort and peace in the days ahead. My sincere thoughts and prayers for the family. May no one forget the lives of our young sons, and the sacrifice they made."
marlyon garmback of Brookpark,Ohio

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

"To Devin'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.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Devin, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the family of Devin,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Devin is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To the family and friends of Devin: I was so sorry to read of your loss in the Plain Dealer. Devin was a hero and will always be remembered. Our family has also suffered the loss of a loved one, soldier, and hero, my brother SPC Shawn Davies on July 8. Always keep Devin in your hearts and memories until you shall see him again. He was needed at this time for more important work in a better place. May God be with you and comfort you at this time and until you meet again."
Toni Peters of Concord, OH

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

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

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Devin Grella:
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 Devin, 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