Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Frank B. Hernandez

21, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Hernandez died in Tal Afar, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. He was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Lewis, Washington. Died on February 17, 2005.

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"Omg miss and love you"
Susie

"Thinking of you. 😂"
Susie

"Happy Birthday"
Susie

"Jr.
Happy New Year brother"
Susie

"Jr.
I just want to wish. you a merry christmas and that i love you and think about you every second in my heart. Miss you brother"
Susie of Phx

"Happy Thanksgiving"
Susie

"Happy veterans day
Love u"
Susie of phx

"Thinking of you always!! I am really missing you and not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind! I miss you my friend! Love you dearly always and forever!!"
J of Phoenix,Az

"Love you miss you"
Susie of glendale az

"Frank, it's been ten years, and although I have accepted the situation, I still have not forgiven myself for that day - and the way it ultimately ended up.

To Frank's family, you don't know me and I am sorry. I am sorry we lost your son, brother, cousin, etc. Any apology I can offer will not make Frank's loss any less painful. Cristin, I am sorry. For everything. Just know his name is close to my heart and always on my mind - and through him I strive to live my life as a better man, better for knowing him."
Mat B. of DC Metro

"Sgt. Hernandez, remembering you and your family. I sent you a package through Anysoldier.com. Your short post had a touch of humor that caught my attention. Thank you for your service. You are always remembered and we are always grateful. God bless you and your family."
Donna of Los Osos, CA

"Love you and miss you so much😚"
sis of arizona

"Happy Easter brother. Luv u"
Sis

"Merry Christmas brother. Luv n miss u"
Susie (sis)

"Happy Thanksgiving bro. Love and miss u."
Sis of phx

"Frank, The Medical Platoon and I were just meeting up in San Antonio and I wanted you and your family to know we think about that day everyday and you are not forgotten and we wish we could have done something that day for you. Miis you Brother"
SFC (R) Keven Perkins 2/14 Cav 04-05 of Laurel, Maryland

"Susie, As the aunt of 5 active duty soldiers I pray for you everyday. I didn't know Frankie first hand but his childhood bestfriend Charles was like a nephew to me, and I've heard great things about him. May God Bless you and watch over your family. You are also one of America's heroes."
JS of AZ

"Happy 4th of july bro. Love and miss you"
Susie

"I am wearing a memorial bracelet this Memorial Day and going forward in honor of Sgt. Hernandez. I personally appreciate the sense of duty, valor, and sacrifice of this young soldier, and I pray for him and his remaining family. Thank you Sgt. Hernandez for your service."
David Shipp of Fort Mill, SC USA

"Miss you so much. You are always on my mind <3"
Sis

"Happy Birthday lil brother"
Susie (sis)

"9 years and its still unbelievable that your gone. I miss you and love you <3"
Susie (sis)

"My Frankie B,
Aiden and I returned yesterday from our 3rd snowball express trip and this time I hear you speaking to me loud and clear. I miss you terribly and always wish we had just a few more moments together... I love you Frankie. You will always be my hero, the most perfect and wonderful man in the world, I'm so honored to have been your wife. Thank you so much for your sacrifices and service, you really are a hero :) <3
Always loving Frankie B, Freedom isn't free..."
Cody C of Arizona

"Miss u so much <3"
sis

"To the Hernandez Family,

I did not know your son personally, but from what I read about him he was an incredible man. I came to know him through a chance "meeting" when I was at the VA and they were selling fallen soldier memorial bracelets to honor those of our heroes who have went home to our father in heaven. Something about Frank's memorial bracelet stuck out and I wanted to find out more about him, so I bought his memorial bracelet and found out he was part of the same unit I was in so many years before. I mourn a fellow brother and soldier and will proudly wear his memory on my wrist. His memory will never be forgotten. Thank you Sgt. Hernandez for your sacrifice, and my condolences and deepest sympathies to your family. I cannot imagine the pain you are going through every moment of your lives without him. May you find strength and healing through our lord Jesus Christ. Rest in Peace Soldier. I Salute You."
R.A. Miller of Boise, ID

"Missing you today more than others. 9 years since our perfect first date that started it all :) I love you so much Frankie B, thank you for all you've given and shared with us.
Always loving Frankie B, freedom isn't free..."
Your Cody C of AZ

"Thinking of you today Frankie.. I hope you and Butch are hanging out together up there in heaven. Please watch over Cristin and her family. We will never forget you... Elaine"
Elaine Eames of Laveen, AZ

"Jr. thinking of you and miss you so much. I know youre with me everyday in my heart. give me a sign that you are.
Love and Miss you"
Your Sis

"Miss and love you every day!!"
J of Glendale,Az.

"Happy Valentine's Day:) Love you!!"
J of Glendale,Az

"Happy New Year brother!! Love and miss you so much."
Jessica of Phoenix

"I love you."
Jessica Hernandez of Phoenix, AZ

"Happy Halloween <3"
Susie

"I miss you and am thinking of you everyday!! Thank you for the message:)"
J of Glendale,Az.

"Well brother, I'm one step closer to my dream. I'm getting my life on track and getting happier. Although, I miss you more and more, I know you're here enjoying it with me. I love you brother for always and ever."
Jessica of Phoenix

"Love you and thinking of you :)"
Susie

"I know I'm a little late but, happy 4th of July!!! Missed you sooo much yesterday. Love you tons <3."
Jessica of Phoenix

"Happy father's day! :) The older Aiden gets the more he understands and is so proud of you. You should see the pride in his eyes when he tells his friends who you were an what you did. He cries when he hears patriotic songs... It amazes me that an 8 year old can be so understanding and touched by your sacrifice. We love you so much Frankie B. Thank you for all you've done and given! Always loving Frankie B, freedom isn't free..."
Cristin

"To whoever is JB my brother would not want you to feel the way you do. Don't be sorry live for you and him and make your dreams come true for the both of you. That's the kind of person he was and wouldn't want anything bad for his friends and family. It will be alright :)"
Susie of Az

"My name is MSgt Frank Hernandez Jr., retired, Air Force. I came upon this site by mistake, but I am so glad I did. Sgt Frank B Hernandez was an amazing man. Reading and feeling the love that so many had for him brought me to tears. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers. God bless to all!"
Frank Hernandez Jr. of Orlando, Fl

"Frank, it burns me so often thinking about how much I failed you and your family. It has been over seven years now and I still find myself hating that I am here and you are not. To your family, I am so sorry. To you I am so sorry."
JB

"Hey brother! Missing you like crazy right now. My life is finally gonna get on track. Hope you can see it happen, I'm gonna be very very happy soon. Love you for always and ever <3."
Jessica of Phoenix

"Jr. Just wanted to wish u a great Easter. Miss you and always thinking of you. <3"
your sis

"Miss you and love you like crazy Frankie!!

Not Over you-Miranda Lambert

Weather man said it's gonna snow,
By now I should be used to the cold.
Mid-February shouldn't be so scary.
It was only December,
I still remember the presents,the tree, you and me.

But you went away,
How dare you?
I miss you.
They say I'll be okay,
But I'm not going to ever get over you.

Living alone, here in this place,
I think of you and I'm not afraid.
Your favorite records make me feel better,
[ From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/m/miranda-lambert-lyrics/over-you-lyrics.html ]
Cause you sing along with every song.

I know you didn't mean to give them to me.

But you went away,
How dare you?
I miss you.
They say I'll be okay,
But I'm not going to ever get over you.

It really sinks in, you know,
When I see it in stone

'Cause you went away
How dare you?
I miss you.
They say I'll be okay,
But I'm not going to ever get over you."

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you. <3 u and miss you."
Susie, Richard, Zoe <3

"Frank,

7 Years. I've been thinking about today all week. Thinking of you and all those you left behind..."

"Jr. Happy Valentine's Day <3 <3<3 <3"
Susie

"Jr. Happy Valentine's Day <3 <3<3 <3"
Susie

"Bro, well as you know i did it im the new director at work. It took me some time but i did it. So you better be by myside from know on. And let's kick butt. Lol love and miss you. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
."
Susie

"Merry Christmas brother missed you soooo much today! Love you for always and ever!!!"
Jessica of Phoenix

"Jr. Merry Christmas. Thinking of you u will always be with me. Miss you lots of love."
Susie

"Jr. Man oh man have i been thinking of you. I just hope that you see what is going on. I pray everynight that you will let me know why and how to handle it. Love you lots and miss you so much. Always in my heart and mind :)"
Susie

"My Frankie B,
I had a crazy dream about you last night and woke up crying... It was good in some ways and bad in others, it was so confusing and made me miss you so much. I hate missing you, it hurts and I just want it to go away. The worst part is knowing there's nothing I can do to change it. I can't call you when I miss you, can't hug you or kiss you. What am I supposed to do when it hurts? Sometimes I wonder why we all write to you on here, do we feel like this is the only way you'll hear us? I'm not sure but I know it makes me feel a little better. I miss you so much, I love you even more, I hope you're peaceful where you are and know there are endless amount of people missing you at all times.
I love you my Frankie B.,
Love Cody C."
Cristin of Arizona

"Jr. so i had a dream of you the other day. it was not pretty good. if i knew how to change that day for you i would have. im just glad i saw you and talked to you. miss you and lots of love."
Susie

"Hey brother just wanted to stop by and say hi! I miss and love you so much! <3."
Jessica of Phoenix

"Jr. ya ur sis is funny she sure is following Johnny footsteps both being hardheaded. hahahaha. any way just had to share that with you. miss you and love you."
Susie

"Wanted to stop by and say hi! I'm a collage student can you believe it, even if it's only two classes ;). Hopefully I can find something I want to do, I might just follow in Johnnys footsteps. I love you brother for always and ever <3. Miss you more each day."
Jessica of Phoenix

"Can you believe we were married 7 years ago today!? Wow! Sometimes I wonder where we would be now, how many kids we would have now, what would it be like. It's hard not to think of the what if's. Sometimes it feels like yesterday when we were last together, other times it feels like it wasn't even in this lifetime. I miss you a lot, mostly your singing and jokes. I miss your smile and the amazing way you loved us and showed it over and over, even from Iraq. You're an amazing man my Frankie B, this world could have used another person like you in it. Thank you for being you. I love you."
Cristin

"Hi Frankie...Butch arrived in Heaven four years ago today. I know you are together, watching over our families..we love and honor both of you everyday..I am so honored to have known you and to be your mother-in-law. Elaine"
Elaine Eames of Phoenix, Arizona

"Hey brother! Love and miss you so much, sorry I haven't written but so much is going on. I start classes soon so things are really moving for me. Love you and I'll see you in my dreams."
Jessica of Phoenix

"SGT Frank Hernandez, you will never be forgotten. I will never forget the day you paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I will miss the conversations we had about NM green chile and the little stories you wife would tell about your son and you would tell them back to us with great pride. It was an honor to have served and got to know you."
SGT Aaron Ulibarri of Grants,NM

"You are remembered every day Frankie...I wish we had all the years with you that the rest of your family had...you made my daughter so happy...I hope you are happy and at Peace. You are loved. Watch over all of us, and share a gin n juice and a Bud Lite with my Butchie for me...love always...your mother-in-law...Elaine"
Elaine Eames of Surprise, Az

"Love n miss u so much. Showing some love"
Susie

"Happy Easter brother. Love and miss u"
Susie,Richard,Zoe

"Frank,

That day is burned in the back of my memory. I'm sorry that I didn't do better for you. We should’ve just turned. Stopped, and turned. I just want you to know that not only do I think about you and all you suffered for us, but I also keep your family and son in my thoughts. You are not forgotten, brother."

"P.S Happy Birthday my Spankie!
XOXO"
Bernadette of Phoenix, AZ

"Frankie,
It has been a while since I have written on here, but as you know I am always thinking of you and stopping by to see you. I see that your family is doing good I'm glad to see that. Although its been 6 years there are times that it feels so much longer and then there are times that it feel like it was yesterday. I miss you terribly. There are movies that have seen that remind me of you and our friendship and at times it makes me smile and there are times that it makes me cry because it makes me realize that you are forever gone in person but forever in our hearts. I love and miss you and your family. I hope to see you again.
Love you! ;)"
Bernadette of Phoenix

"Happy Birthday to my lil bro. Love and miss you so much."
Susie,Richard,Zoe of Phx, Az

"Happy valentines to you. Miss you so much xoxoxoxoxoxoxo"
Susie of Phx,Az.

"Happy new year brother miss and love you tons!!!!!!!!!"
Jessica of Phoenix

"Jr. Fernie and I miss u so much. We love you. We think about u everyday. Love u little cousin. Fernie and Elia"
Fernie and Elia of Las Cruces, New Mexico

"well i tried but i couldnt take this long to write u. we love you and miss you so much, thinking bout you alot."
susie,richard,zoe of phx,az

"Hey Jr.
I can't thank you enough. I wish I could of spoken to you way back when. You were just a kid the last time I saw you. You are a true American Hero.
Remember why the sky is blue...
Your cousin,
Godfrey"
Godfrey Vigil of Albuquerque, NM

"jr.
i just saw a movie that reminded me of the times we had together, and how fast you were taken away from me. and i know now that you are in a better place. hopefully my message to u doesnt get erased like the other ones. know matter what i say someone takes it wrong. so now i talk to you at your grave sight and in my sleep. love you and miss you so much.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo"
Susie H. Alday of phx, Az.

"Hey brother just stoping by to say hi. Its been crazy around here, with tia moving and Zoe starting to walk. You should see her. Man when she smiles, it has to be one of the most beautiful things I'v ever seen. Love you and miss you!!"
Jessica of Phoenix

"Hey my Frankie B,
Thinking about you a lot and missing you. Wish you were still with us... just a few weeks until our 6th wedding anniversary, wow.... love you so much, thank you for all you've done."
Your Wife, Cristin of az

"Hey, Happy Fourth of July brother!!! Hope you are watching the fireworks tomorrow!!! Love you, miss you!!! See you again someday."
Jessica of Phoenix

"Hey brother,
I miss you so muuucchh!!!! Its rediculous,really, how much I do. I love you and I need your advice. Visit me brother and help me figure things out like you used too. Love you for always and ever."
Jessica of Phoenix

"My Frankie B,
Just wanted to let you know I love you so much and hold our memories close to my heart. There are so many things I wish I could tell you and share with you, I'll get to someday. Almost 6 years ago that we got married...can you believe it? I miss you so much Frankie... visit me in my dreams soon.
Your Cody C =)"
Cristin of AZ

"Hey Uncle,
i didn't know you too well. I was pretty young when you and aunt cody got married. But i do know that you were an amazing man. You made my aunt happy. happier than i had ever seen her. and you helped her start her family. Her familys beautiful. Aiden, he is so smart, not to mention funny. Ernie, he takes good care of them and he loves my aunt. which makes me happy. and zayah, boy is he a handful! the day we found out you were gone, i'll remember it forever it was one of the saddest days of this familys excistence. But i know that the memories of when you were here bring a smile to everyones face. We thank you for your service, and your love. You left your hand print in the heart of us all. R.I.P Frankie. OH! and tell my papa i said i miss him."
Bailey. of Surprise AZ

"Happy Easter brother!!! Hahaha I kicked your butt every year getting the most eggs. The family misses you dearly, all of us. We always speak of you and laugh and sometimes cry but, they are happy tears. We will see eachother again brother. Miss you and love you so much."
Jessica of Phoenix

"Jr.
well what can i say,Happy Birthday. It's not the same when your not here with us physically.and thats what bothers me the most.it would be nice to have gone for dinner like we use to,it would be nice to have a drink together on this special day. but u had to be takin from us who love you deeply. its just not the same, ya i had a drink with you today i drank mine, and i poured yours on your grave.thats not the way i wanted it. people took you flowers and balloons telling you happy birthday. but they would like to see your face reaction when you got them.maybe im being to hard on myself just wishing you were here. brother i love you so much and i miss you and theres no words how much i do. Happy 27th Birthday brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Susie H. Alday of Phoenix,Az

"Happy birthday my Frankie B!!! I love you :)"
Cristin of Arizona

"Happy birthday brother!!! Man that was fast, another birthday and we can't share your cake with you. Love you and miss you. Seen you again someday."
Jessica Hernandez of Phoenix

"It's been 5 years, but it seems like it was just yesterday that we got the visit. I will never forget that day never. I will never forget dads face when he told me or moms face when he told her. How Johnny sounded when I called him or Susie and how hard she took it. And now I look and Richard and all I see is you. He is so much like you. He is a little copy of you sometimes. Brother I need you, I miss you, but most of all I love you. Forever and always brother forever and always. See you again in heaven."
Jessica of Phoenix

"Oh man. Two weeks from now marks your 5th aniversary, that was way to fast. It still seems as if you just left yesterday. It hasn't gotten any easier, for any of us. The family misses you brother,look out for everyone. Love you with all my heart. I'll see you again brother."
Jessica of Phoenix, AZ

"Ugh the dreaded day is just less than 2 weeks away. I came on here today and read every post that's been left for you, you were so loved and adored. Man, it never gets easier huh? 5 years, can't believe it... I miss you Frankie B. I love you tons."
Cristin of Arizona

"It's hard to believe it's been almost five years Frankie B. Everyone who knew and loved you has felt every single second of it..you are such an unforgettable soul.
I am in Las Cruces..where you were born. A couple of weeks ago I was driving and a van pulled up next to me and it had a memorial on the window in honor of you. I know it was one of your family members. I wish I could have said hi to them and let them know how much this side of your family misses you too.
I will come see you again next time I am in Phoenix...until then, Rest in Peace Frankie, and you and Butch watch over all of us, and take care of each other."
Elaine Eames of Las Cruces, NM

"Jr.
wishin you a happy new year. cant believe its almost been 5years. it seems like it just happen. love and miss you."
susie h. alday of phoenix,az

"Jr.
Happy Thanksgiving. love u and miss u."
Susie H. Alday of phoenix,Az

"Jr.
well i just wanted to tell u thanks for what you did for this country.and you are never forgotten. Happy Veterans Day. i luv n miss u."
susie h. alday of phx, az

"Hey brother! I miss you so much! Richard is getting to be like you more and more. And Zoe well shes the little princess of the house. I love you brother more then anything. Hope you are looking out for the family. We miss you and you will never be forgotten. And thank you everyone for all you have said."
Jessica of Phoenix

"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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"Im just remembering our childhood. And if i knew u were goin 2 b taken from me believe me we would have done more things 2gether. Those were the days. Love n miss u so much."
Susie H.Alday of Phx AZ

"It's August 5th. Can you believe that we got married 5 years ago today? I wonder where we would be, where we would be living, how things would have turned out.... 5 years already. I was getting ready about this time, getting nervous. Looking at Aiden's cute little face.... I love it that you held him while we took our vows to each other. It was so funny that he burped during it :) It would have been a very happy anniversary for us... I love you and miss you, hope you're having a good time up there and are peaceful."
Cristin of Arizona

"Hey there Frankie B.
5 years ago tonight was a special night for us =) And 5 years ago tomorrow night was even better... I'll never forget that 4th of July. I had such a great time with you and everywhere we went that night. I remember every little thing...okay okay except for the name of that pub... ;) Anyway, just thinking about you a lot and wanted to say I miss you and love you. Thank you for giving me such a beautiful life. Happy 4th!"
Cristin

"Congrats ur a tio again. Zoe Alexiah Alday born June 26,2oo9. Wish u were here 2. Love u n miss u lots."
Susie of Phx,Az

"YAY!!!!!!!!!!! Your marker is finally in! We went yesterday to look at it, the cemetery said it had a chip in it and might have to send it out again. but you can hardly see it so I wanted it in. I asked to have it set by Memorial Day, they said it couldn't happen. They said it takes 7-10 days.... but I pleaded with them and they said they would try... I called just now and they said it's been set! I'm so excited! I Love you and miss you, we'll see you on Monday :)"
Cristin of Arizona

"Hey Frankie B.... It seems like it's always a fight with the cemetery, I don't know what they have going on over there but they can't get anything accomplished. VA says the newest (and hopefully correct) marker should be there, the cemetery says it't not. I don't know, I keep fighting with them, they are NO help. You would think they would have more respect. Man, after over 4 years of arguing and fighting, I'm just tired. I just want you to have your marker and rest. Just rest. Nothing else. I'm trying to get it to you. I love you a lot, miss you tons."
Cristin of Arizona

"Hey just showin some love. Miss u much and always thinkin about you."
Susie H. Alday of Phx,Az

"Jr. its a girl. Very happy i just wish u could b here. Love u lots n miss u."
Susie H. Alday of Phx,Az

"Jr. Well i know u were there wen richard made a grandslam. He was very happy 2day. Im so proud of him. I will write 2 u on tuesday 2 let u know if a boy or girl. Love u n Miss u."
Susie H. Alday of Phoenix, AZ

"Frankie B! I had a terrifying nightmare about you last night!!! It was so horrible. I have had very few dreams about you, and haven't had one in so long... and it was so bad. Please please please come see me in good dreams!!! I love you so much and I miss you. Maybe I haven't dealt with the grief head on yet. Maybe I haven't let go completely of our relationship yet. I don't really know, all I know is I never want to have a nightmare like that again. Please know you are always in my thoughts. I carry you with me constantly. I love you a lot, nothing can ever change that.

P.S. Still working on the headstone, with the reorder and all...."
Cristin

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRANKIE B!
Hey, I'm gonna try to make it down there today to see you, but with Isaiah just getting out of the hospital and now Aiden needing to go to the Dr, I'm not sure. If not, I'll be there as soon as I can. Just gotta get these kiddos well :( I'll see you soon, hope you have a good celebration :) Love you and miss you."
Cristin

"Jr.
Happy Valentines Day. Love you and miss you. Cristin is right this is the worst month. Thinking of you always"
Susie H. Alday of Phx, Az

"Hi Frankie B! Happy Valentine's Day!
Well I have some bad news... The VA put the dates wrong on your headstone so I had to send it back again... plus I'm having trouble with the cemetery contacting me when the headstone comes in to okay it...they never call, they just wait til I call them... Anyway, getting it ordered AGAIN...
Miss you and love you lots Frankie B!
P.S. Stop making me cry! I know I know, it's that time of year, February's suck! At least it's the shortest month of the year."
Cristin of Arizona

"February 2, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Frank B. Hernandez:
Frank 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

"Jr.
well as you know your going to be an uncle again. im due in the begining of july. i wish u were here for this one to. i miss you and love you so much always thinking of you. richard says hi and he loves you and misses you. until i write and see you again love lots."
Susie H. Alday of Phx, Az

"Hi Frankie B.
I was just thinking about our only Christmas together... well, not even together, you were in Iraq... anyway, was thinking about when I bought that dog and you were so mad :) It was Christmas morning when you called and I told you about him. Then the phones cut off and I was worried you hung up, and you were worried that I thought you hung up... it just puts a smile on my face when I think about stuff like that, or how you finally came around and couldn't wait to come home with our "rat" :) Those are all just distant memories now, but that's okay, I'll hold on to them forever.
I can't thank you enough for all you've done for me, for showing me the way, for giving me all I have now. My life would never have been complete if it weren't for you. I miss you, I love you, forever. :)"
CRISTIN HERNANDEZ of ARIZONA

"Hey there Frankie B..... When I went to see you and dad on Veteran's day I stopped by the front office.... still 4 or 5 months til your headstone is in..... love you and miss you. hope your holidays are happy."
Cristin

"Frankie B.,
Close call with Jon today, I'm sure you were watching over him and didn't let them take him like they did you. I bet he's glad he had your spurs with him... He's out of surgery and April says he's alright... Keep an eye on him til he gets home.... Love you and miss you"
Cristin

"Jr.
hey brother i just wanted to let you know that i miss you so much. i wish i could talk to you and see your face expressions. the only way i see you is when i close my eyes and think of you. i love you so much and miss like crazy. i will be visiting you this weekend. love you"
Susie H. Alday of phoenix, az

"Hey there! Happy 4th!! I can't help but think of the 4th that we went downtown... 4 years ago, can you believe it? I miss you, Thanks for all you've done for us and for our country. Love you!"
Cristin of Valencia, CA

"Hi Frankie B...Happy Father's Day to you up there in Heaven. The fact that you weren't Aiden's biological father had nothing to do with your love for him. The fact that you wanted to step in an do what needed to be done, love him and his mom, teach him to hit a ball, and golf..all the things that dads do..speaks volumes about the man you were. A HERO in EVERY sense of the word..You are greatly missed and loved. Rest peacefully Frankie...I hope you liked the roses I brought to you and Butch today. Thinking of you both everyday."
Elaine Eames of Phoenix, AZ

"Happy Father's Day! Even though you didn't get to be with Aiden for long, you were still a great daddy. We miss you so much and hope you're at peace. Love you lots Frankie B!"
Cristin of CA

"hey jr,
so i made, i graduated from the same school you and susie did. it still hasent hit me that i did but it was the most depressing day because you werent there to share it with me. i wore your senior necklace instead of your class ring like i wanted to but i dont know where its at. but i know you were there somewere watching me. oh and guess what i get to go to massachucets for about a week. johnny and everyone else pitched in and got me a ticket to go. im going soon i hope, mom is going too. but the sad part is when i got it i couldent stop thinking about when we went. when we were in the train and me you and johnny fell asleep on eachother and mom took the picture. i remember everything about you jr everything. i wont ever forget you. love you for always and ever. love you big bro :)"
Jessica Hernandez

"Dear Frankie B..I visit you and Butch often..I always leave yellow roses for you and red roses for my husband...I wrote a poem for him when I was there last..I am going to post it here because the "Hero" I write about is you..it tore him up that he was the last one to see you get on that bus..he had so much respect for you..he was a Marine you know..I know you and he are watching over all of us now...here is the poem..hope you like it. Love always, Elaine

I sit here on the soft green grass...
talking to you, it's a bright sunny day....my hand runs over our names written in brass..
the distance is eternity, and you're just six feet away.

I see you in my mind when I come to this place.. together forever, I too will lie in this space..
so close,yet so far..I really lost it today..
the distance is eternity and you're just six feet away.

Remembering when we stood here in tears for our Hero...I now have to go on until my days are at zero...
I brought roses for you and Frankie today...
the distance is eternity and you're just six feet away."
Elaine Eames of Phoenix , Arizona

"Hi Frankie...I want to honor you on this Memorial Day...as I honor you every single day of my life...I thank God for men like you and my dear husband Butch..you fought for your beliefs and your country..you are Heros in everyones eyes. I spoke with Cristin..your wife..yesterday and she was on the net ordering your new headstone..I am so sorry we had to remove the one with the picture of you and my beautiful daughter on it, but Butch needed a place to rest in peace, as you do, and he was so honored to know that he would be there with you. Life goes on my friend, but you and Butch are always on our minds and in our hearts. We miss you both...Love and Peace to all who knew you.
Your mother in law..Elaine"
Elaine Eames of Phoenix

"Frank,
I'm late in sending this, I didnt even know this site was here untill recently. We ate dinner together on 15 Feb 05. and i gave you a hard time about needing a hair cut. you told me that you didnt care what the sergeant major said, you aint cutting it... you win. God I miss you man I...The world is a darker place without you."
SSG "BB" Bidwell of Cav Country

"Hi Frankie B..
I came to visit you and Butch the other day...I left roses for you both. I am sure you know that he stopped to see you several times a week on his way to work.
When he got so sick and he knew his time was almost up, I told him he would be there with you and he smiled through his tears and gave me the "thumbs up"..he thought so highly of you and was honored to spend eternity there with you..I will be there too someday.
Memorial Day is coming up soon...it is going to be very hard on all of us. Know that we love and miss you both..you are forever our Men of Honor."
Elaine Eames of Phoenix, Arizona

"Hey there. I'm thinking about you a lot today, miss you a lot. Just thinking about the the time we spent together, how it wasn't enough. I love the memories I have of us, in Phoenix and in Washington.... Just missing you a lot, wanted to let you know. Sorry I still didn't get that marker, with the move it's been kinda hectic, I'll get on it when things settle a little more. Love you lots, My Frankie B."
Cristin Hernandez

"Today marks three years since you were taken from your friends and family Frankie...please know that I think of you every day,and I know you and my husband are looking after each other.You both patrol the halls of heaven where honorable warriors and wonderful men walk. I hope you and Butch are both resting peacefully and watching over all of us.
I love and miss you both."
Elaine of Eames

"I was looking up my father on the internet and it brought me to this site. I never knew you or your family however you share the same name as some one who is wise, honest, brave, and one of the most unselfish people I have ever known. I know that you were that person to many and that you will truly be missed. You are in my prayers and my my family welcome you in heaven."
Erica of Sacramento, CA

"Frankie B.
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, 2007 and I am thinking of you and all the people who love you...I know it is hard for all of us, but I am comforted in a small way by the knowledge that you and Butch are together...I know the two of you watch over all of us. As I sit here I am looking at pictures of both of you... you on your Stryker..you are so handsome and forever young..Butch is in his Marine dress blues...such a beautiful man... America was well protected while you and he served...
I will join you and Butch someday, until then I will leave flowers and my love at the place where you both lie.....Butch was so proud and honored to call you "Son-in-law"..I love and miss you both...look after each other.
Love Always, Elaine"
Elaine Eames of Surprise, Arizona

"I still think of the last patrol I did with you. I couldn't stop laughing as we were waiting to leave FOB Sykes and you guys wrestled one of the other guys down and were giving him a wedgie for his birthday. I always got a good laugh when I worked with you and the other guys in the platoon. I will keep your family in my prayers."
Chris of Seattle, WA

"Frankie B...my husband Butch now lies in honor next to you..what better place for him to be?....he was so proud of you. Please watch over him, as he will watch over you...show each other the way to heaven...and know that I love you both,and will miss you both eternally. Rest in Peace and Vaya con Dios. Love....Elaine"
Elaine Eames of Surprise, Arizona

"Frankie B,
As we share our stories and memories of you, we are so thankful for everything you've brought to our lives. We miss you and love you so much and hope you are resting peacefully.
Love,
Cristin and Ernie"
of Arizona

"Frankie,
As I think of you often I search your name all the time to see if I can find anything that I haven't seen already and of course there are just so many. You are truly loved by everyone that you had touched in so many ways. You were such an incredible man who I thought I knew but, it turns out that I was wrong. Throughout the couple of years that you have been gone I have learned so much about you that I never knew. I once thought that I knew everything there was to know about you but I was wrong. I guess when a person thinks that they know someone they better think again. Many people looked up to you and still are to this day and I just didn't realize how much you effected everyones everyday life like you did mine. I just want to say thank you for everything, I now see the true colors of Red, White and Blue in you. May you forever rest in peace. My prayer's and blessings to you and your family. God Bless!!"
Bernadette of Phoenix

"We are thinking of you this Memorial Day Frankie B. You are in our hearts forever.God bless you, and Rest in Peace."
Butch and Elaine Eames of Surprise, Arizona

"Dear Mrs. Hernandez,
I just want you to know I pray for you and your son. I never knew your husband, but I had sent him a letter and a package thru AnySoldier.com. His short message on the site had humor and strength in it, and I felt compelled to pick him. There are no good words to express my gratitude to your husband, and you. I am humbled by the sacrifice of our military and their families. We will never forget. God bless you, and I know there are extra angels watching over you and your son."
Donna Myers of Los Osos, CA, USA

"Feb. 17, 2007 marks the second year that we have had to endure without you Frankie B. It's a hard day for your entire family and even though our time with you was so brief, our love and respect for you will go on forever. Rest In Peace Frankie, and know that we will cherish your memory for the rest of our lives. Love Always. Butch and Elaine Eames"
Elaine Eames of Surprise, Arizona

"February 17, 2007 marks the sad anniversary of Sgt. Frank B. Hernandez passing in the line of duty, and on this day, I would like to say that we will never forget his name and his ultimate sacrifice. Although we have never met him personally, he is in our hearts and our prayers. Our best wishes go to his family."
Anna Pepera of Houston, Texas

"This is Frank B Hernandez's little sister i want to thank everyone for writing these messages for my big brother.You don't know how bad he would thank all of you for saying such words.My family and I would like to thank you once again.I hope no one has to feel the pain I have in knowing that they cant grow up with their older brother/sister or younger sister/brother. Thank you all again.i love you Jr for always and ever. Untill the day we meet again.Love you Superman!!!!"
Jessica Hernandez of Phoeinx,AZ

"I just watched "World Trade Center" yesterday, a fitting tribute to our heroes. I was struck by the contrast between our enemies and people like Frank. One of the wives of the officers trapped under the rubble reflects on her husband's carpentry projects. Our enemy can only destroy mindlessly; we build. Our enemy targets civilians; we go into deathtraps to rescue civilians.

Please accept this tribute. The video can be seen at http://www.keystonesoldiers.com/staticpages/index.php?page=20040523092412148 and can be downloaded for free at csoon0.tripod.com.

If I Fall
by Cliff Soon
Copyright Cliff Soon/Bearesheis Music 2003 (ASCAP)

if i fall on the field of battle
bringing hope to some distant land
to free a people living under tyranny
bring me home to my land of liberty
lay me down in this land i love

if i fall trying to save a stranger
some poor soul reaching for my hand
land or sea, flood or raging fire
oh my dears, you know I had to try

so if i fall on this day
don't be wond'ring if there could have been another way
so to my family and friends
if i fall, please forgive me if you can
though you know i would miss
your smile and your touch and your tender kiss
though i pray to return
my life is in the Father's hands
and you know i would do it again


because this is my call
to lay down
my life for one and all
who seek to know the meaning of
life, liberty and love

because this is my call
to lay down my life for one and all
so my family and friends
if i fall, please forgive me if you can
'cause you know i would do it again

Sincerely,
Cliff Soon"
Cliff Soon of Gaithersburg, MD, USA

"To the loved ones of Sgt. Hernandez: I was very affected by the letter published on National Review's website. Please accept my thanks for this sacrifice, and my sympathy for your loss. May God remember His departed servant, and may He be with you all, especially Sgt. Hernandez's wife and son."
C.H. Zakian of New York, NY, U.S.A.

"If not for this brave man Frank B Hernandez, our world would rot in totalitarian decay. His life will always be honored as the blood of the indomitable American spirit. His family has sacrificed so much for our freedom to live in peace that I am humbled just knowing the Hernandez name. I pray God bring comfort to the Hernandez family, loved ones and friends. For your precious gift I promise to always defend and honor his name."
Susan Nunnally of New York, NY

"Dear Daddy,
Happy Fathers Day and I miss you so much...MeMaw is typing this for me because I am only 2 years old and can't reach the keyboard. But I want you to know that I am looking at your picture everyday and throwing my arms out wide and saying "I wuv wu mit mutz" but I'm sure you know that. I wish you were here instead of heaven. I love you daddy! XXXOOOXXXX! Aiden"
Aiden Hernandez of Surprise Arizona

"To the family of:Frank B. Hernandez 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"

"Mrs. Hernandez;

I write with all of the respect that I can gather.
I was playing online. My new husband's name is Frank Hernandez and I ran across this website by chance. As I scrolled down the page the tears multiplied... I was sobbing by the end. (My brother currently serves in the Navy and I found it hard to "click" away...)
I know now more than ever that I am lucky to have my spouse. I also know you are a strong woman. I really believe that God would never put this on your shoulders if you could not handle it.
You are so incredibly blessed to have Frank's child. I only hope that some day my husband and I will be so blessed.
I also pray that your Frank will find a way from beyond to open your heart and allow another love in to help guide and care for you and his child, just as he would have.
I wish for you the best, and will never forget the story that I read tonight through your family/friend's postings. It was an honor.
Thank you. Nicole Hernandez"
Nicole Hernandez of Houston, Texas

"To our Dearest Frankie B.
Today is the second Memorial day we have endured without you. Butch and I just returned from putting flowers on your grave. It is decorated very beautifully, it's so obvious how much you are loved. I am filled with regret and sadness for all your loved ones, not just the ones in this family. I am filled with sadness for the life you and Cristin had planned that will never happen. I was so looking forward to knowing you better and watching you make Cristin and Aiden happy and we were hoping for more additions to the Hernandez family. I hope you are watching over them and your parents, brother and sisters, your nephew and friends and family. We miss and honor you today and everyday. Not a single day goes by that we don't think of you at least a million times. Please help guide Cristin's hand with Aiden and if you can, give her a sign that you are there for her. She will never get over losing you. You are in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace Frankie B.
Your loving mother-in-law. Elaine"
Elaine Eames of Surprise, Arizona

"just letting you know that im thinking of you and miss you terribly.
until we meet again,
your love and wife"
cristin

"Our Dearest Frankie B.,
The first anniversary of your leaving us just passed. We all so dreaded it, and as expected it was a very somber day. We all miss you so much and the pain of your loss is still mind numbing. The one thing that makes it bearable is the intense pride we have in you and your commitment to honor your country and family by protecting freedom where ever it was needed. There is a song written and sung by a former soldier called "When you've seen what I've seen" that I wish you could have heard. I hope you do hear it, I always think about you and can almost hear you and the other soldiers singing along with the radio. You are and will always be my personal hero. Not just for your service to this country, but for the way you stepped in and made Cristin and Aiden so happy.
Rest in peace Frankie B. We love and miss you now and forever.
Your loving Mother-in-Law"
Elaine Eames of Peoria, Arizona

"Hi baby! I just got home from your parent's house, it was your dad's birthday party. Aiden and Richard play together a lot, of course Richard gets mad at him sometimes. :) Aiden watches what Richard does and wants to copy him. We miss you a lot, I wish you were here. I know you still drop in and say hello, or do something to scare the crap out of me, but I hope you see that all is well. Everyone's doing good, it's better than it was. I miss you and love you so much my Frankie B!!! I'll see you in my dreams tonight...
Untill We Meet Again,
Your Wife,
Cody C"
Cristin Hernandez of Surprise, AZ

"I never got to know Frankie except through family: he was my sister-in-law's husband. I never heard an unkind word about him and I wish everyday that I'd been able to meet him at least once. He left a huge hole in this family that will never be totally filled. He will always be loved."
Mike of Mtn Home, Idaho

"HI sweetie. The holidays are finally over, never thought I'd make it thru without you. I hope you got to see Aiden on Christmas! :) We miss you so much honey. I love you.
Untill we meet again,
Your wife,
Critin, Cody C"
Cristin of Surprise, AZ

"To Cristin and the family and friends of Sgt. Frank B. Hernandez:

Like drops that fill up an ocean,
every small step taken goes a long way.

Even though I have never met you or your husband, I will always remember Frank Hernandez from now on. I was listening to the radio a few days ago, when they played “Christmas in America” by Pat Benatar and I started to think of the fallen troops and their families and how they will spend this Christmas. I decided to find one family that lost a loved one in the war and thank them for their enormous sacrifice. My son Benjamin was born February 17, 2005. I don’t know to express the sorrow I feel for your loss and I cannot even begin to imagine how hard the past 10 months must have been for you and your family. I am sure Frank is watching over you and your son Aiden.

And I hope that each step that your son takes through his life will bring you in the right direction.

I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and I hope you will find your way and peace!"
Conny of Fombell, Pennsylvania

"A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS POEM

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.

Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white, transforming the
yard to a winter delight. The sparkling lights in the tree I
believe, completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.

My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know,
Then the sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.

My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near. Standing out
in the cold and the dark of the night, a lone figure stood,
his face weary and tight.

A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve, You
should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"

For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light. Then he
sighed and he said "Its really all right, I'm out here by
choice. I'm here every night."

"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.

My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers.
"My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam', And now it is
my turn and so, here I am. I've not seen my own son in more
than a while, But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her
smile.

Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag, The red,
white, and blue... an American flag.

"I can live through the cold and the being alone, Away from my
family, my house and my home. I can stand at my post through
the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a foxhole with little
to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."

"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least, "Give you
money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?" It seems all too
little for all that you've done, For being away from your wife
and your son."

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone, To
stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come
home, either standing or dead, To know you remember we fought
and we bled. Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us.

WE ALL NEED TO PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY PERSONNEL EVERY NIGHT!"
Friend of Phoenix

"Hey baby. The guys got home this weekend and I can't even begin to describe the feelings I have towards it. I'm so glad they're home, but so very jealous. You and I are supposed to be hugging and loving on each other right now and preparing for forever together, just like we had planned. I'm still in shock, why aren't you here? How can I go up there next month without you? How can I face them without my Frankie B by my side? I still don't understand any of this, why or how. I hope one day you'll let me know. I miss you so much, life is hard without you. Aiden's growing up, he's getting big. He's learning to talk a lot, I still haven't decided if that's a good thing or not. :) I wish so bad that you were here with us, I know you watch over us and you visit sometimes, but, you know me, never satisfied unless I have exactly what I want. :) I wish I could see your face other than in pictures. I wish I could touch you, instead of touching the uniform on the wall. I wish I could hold you, but I only hold memories. I still don't know what to do without you, or how life goes on, but I try. I try for Aiden and for you, I know you wouldn't want it any other way. I miss you Frankie B. I love you so much. I hope you're resting peacefully and see everyone often. I hold on to the thought of the day I'll see you and hear your voice again... your beatiful voice. I loved it when you would sing, especially to me.:) I love you Frankie. Always have and always will.
Untill we meet again,
Your wife,
Cody C"
Cristin Hernandez of Surprise, AZ

"Hi honey,
I miss you so much baby, I don't even know what to do. The guys are coming home in the next week or so... I wish so bad that you were coming with them. I'm fyling up to Lewis to go to the ball and memorial, Aiden will be there too. He's always pointing to your pictures and uniform and saying "daddy, daddy!!" He misses you too. I love it when he's playing and he gets up on the shelves and gets your dog tags down to wear them, they're his favorite thing. It's really hard right now with the unit coming home, sometimes I still think it's all gonna go away and I'll see your smiling face get off that plane. I would give anything for that. Aiden and I need you so bad, life is so hard to go on with when you're not by my side. I get so angry when I think about you promising me you'd come home, but you know I could never stay mad at you for long :) I hope your resting is peaceful and you watch over me and Aiden often. I love you so much my Frankie B...
Until we meet again,
Cody C"
Cristin Hernandez of Surprise, AZ

"Frankie,
Well I would have never thought that I would be writing on one of these in memory or you. I remember the first time we were both deployed and we meant up at the chow hall in Camp Doha Kuwait before pushing forward for the beginning of the war. And than you ended up at Fort Lewis where I was located. I wish that we were able to meet up again but I was on my way back to the sand box and there you were following shortly behind. I remember checking my email and hearing that you didn't make it. It was a horrible feeling. In a medical unit we got so used to Soldier and Iraqis dying that it didn't phase us anymore. But the moment I heard about you I burst into tears. It is just different when you actually knew the person. My heart goes out to you new wife and son. I can't imagine what they might me feeling. In their hearts they must know what a hero you are. From a soldier to a soldier thank you for the ultimate sacrifice that you made for our country. Fallen Heros will never be forgotten."
SGT Carina Clark of Fort Sam Houston

"Hey there my Frankie B. Today is our one year anniversary of our marriage. I wish you were here to celebrate with me, but at least i know you're around. It's been hard without you, I'm sure you've seen. Still waiting for you to point me in the right direction, I guess you're taking your time :) I miss you so much Frankie, can't wait to see you in my dreams again. I love you, Happy Anniversay baby.

Until we meet again,
your wife,
cristin "cody c""
cristin hernandez of surprise, az

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

"Our Dearest Frankie B.,
The first Memorial Day since you left us has come and gone. It was very painful, but we are so very proud to honor you. We were all there, Butch and I took little Aiden to put a flag on your grave.He loves his daddy so much and smiles and talks to your picture. Dayna, Bailey and Zach were there too. They speak of their Uncle Frankie a lot, and your pictures are all over the house. Your mom and dad, sisters and brother and your little nephew all came to see you too.The only one not there was Cristin...she just could not go....it just hurts too much. She goes to your grave a lot, but always alone. She prefers to spend her time with you by herself. She loves you so much. We all love and miss you so much. We know we will see you again. You are and always will be our "American Soldier." You are a hero and we are honored to have known you. Although our time with you was so brief, our gratitude and love will endure forever. We love you.
See you on the other side."
Elaine Eames of Peoria, AZ

"frankie u where the best i was with cody at your chapel and i gave her something and she has never taken it off i was cody best i and loved u to"
mariah of peoria,az

"I would just like to say that there isn't a day that goes by that I dont think of Frankie. I cry when I see all the postings from people who care. And most of all when his family writes. It seems like just yesterday we were in high school joking around. I wish I would have kept in contact with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I honor and respect our fallen soldier. Gone but never ever forgotten."
Ema Cardenas of Phoenix, AZ USA

"My Frankie B... What can I say that you don't already know? We only had such a short time together and it was the best of both of our lives. I'm so thankful that we spent those last days together. The look in your eyes and the words you said when we took our vows keep running through my mind. I always thought "I'm so lucky to have this man", yet you always told me you were the lucky one. I talk to you everyday, I hope you hear me. Aiden's walking now, I'm sure with your help since he's always running and saying "dada". We miss you, I don't know exactly what to do or where to go from here. I know you will guide me in the right direction. Hope you see the tattoo I got, of course it's the superman logo that you always drew on my letters and said you wanted. Remember the day we went and you were going to get it? If only your friend hadn't got there first, huh? :) You've told me what you want for me and Aiden, (and for yourself) don't worry baby, it's all going to happen. I know what to do to make you proud, although it may take a while, consider it done. Frankie B, I can't believe you're gone. I feel you around sometimes, it helps me a lot. Everyone thinks you knew it was going to happen. I look back on some of the conversations we had and start to believe it too. I know you said you couldn't handle how it would hurt me if you passed and you'd hate yourself for it, don't. Remember when you were saying that and I told you "better to have loved and lost then nover loved at all"? I stand by it to this day. Even if I knew how things would end, I'd go through it all over again. I'm so thankful for the time we spent together. You gave me the rest of your life, you gave me your love. You gave Aiden a wonderful daddy and hero to look up to. I will make sure he grows up to be just like you. I'm sure you're already guiding him in that direction. I hold my head high knowing your love for me and that I am Mrs. Frank B. Hernandez, Jr. I wouldn't be the person I am today if it weren't for you, thank you. Thank you for all of our precious memories, even the ones when I called my daddy because you were chasing me with bugs. :) I cherish every moment Aiden and I had with you and always will. Especially the letter I got from you the day after you passed, it's beautiful and a gift from above. I love you Frankie B. You are my soldier, my hero, and that's the truth, not just some saying. "Always loving Frankie B... Freedom isn't free!"
Untill we meet again,
Your wife and son,
Cristin and Aiden Hernandez"
Cristin Hernandez of Arizona

"Frank B. Hernandez was my son-in-law. We loved him very much, but only a fraction compared to his widow, my daughter Cristin. They were made for each other and Frankie was a terrific father to Aiden, who is now one year old. He will always be our American Hero. Thanks so much to everyone who has called and sent prayers."
Elaine Eames of Peoria, AZ

"i never got to know you even though you married my niece by marriage but god bless you and thank you and your family for your sacrifice."
roseanne osby of PHOENIX ARIZONA

"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

"Dear Frankie.
I never got to know you even though you married my niece. I love you as much as any other of my relatives, which is all good. I know you're in heaven watching over Cristin and Aiden. I know you will always be there for them.
We all love you and will honor your memory forever. So much love to you."
Annette Coggins of Santa Rosa, CA

"Thank you brave american Soldier.
Thank you for save the freedom of the whole world.
Thank you from Germany
You are my Hero
Thank you from Ute of Ramstein/Germany"

"Frank is a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for Americans and Iraqis. You will sorely miss him, but he now belongs to a band of angels being cradled in the arms of our Lord. Trust in Jesus."
Webster and Ruth Reed, Parents of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Iraq on January 28, 2005 of Krotz Springs, LA

"Remember that Frank will always be in your heart. I really feel your saddness and pain, I lost my son in Baghdad on 4/4/04. There are no words or action that will ease your pain. He is good guy that will be missed. God Bless all of the family and friends of Frank Hernandez."
Cathy Baker of Atascadero, Ca.

"Family and Friends of Sgt. Frank B. Hernandez: Please know you are not alone, we respect and love you and Sgt. Hernandez for his unbelievable courage and patriotism. His memory will live forever. God Bless you all."
Barbara Christ of Hamilton, Montana

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

"God bless you Sgt Frank B. Hernandez, and his family and friends. My son also served at Fort Lewis until he went to the 101st, and my heart breaks for Sgt. Hernandez's family and friends. These soldiers are all so young and so very brave, I pray for all of you."
Nancy Mendenhall of Absarokee, Mt

"Thank you Frank Hernandez, 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. Frank Hernandez:
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 Frank 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. Frank Hernandez:
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 Frank, 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