Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Bradley G. Kritzer

19, of Irvona, Pennsylvania.
Kritzer died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. Died on May 5, 2004.

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"Hey Brad it's Tara... I have been thinking about you like crazy here lately so I just wanted you to know that I miss you so so much!! More than you could possibly imagine. I'd give anything to hug you one last time. You hold a special place in my heart. I know we didn't date for very long but I am glad we did. We had some amazing fun times together. We really made some awesome memories... I moved back to Oklahoma with my parents. Honestly I hated leaving Texas because that's where I met you. I never knew I could miss someone so much... Thinking about you always xoxo💕"
Tara of Oklahoma

"Here we are at 12 years since your death. Where has the time gone? We miss you so much. WE love you.
5/5/16"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona,pa

"We met your Mom and Dad, because of the things life has thrown at us. They have sacrificed so much, the memories we have sometimes just doesn't seem to be enough. We send prayers to your family, and friends. Thank you for all you have given to this world and accomplished in this life, we will meet you some day and we would like to shake your hand."
Larry and Cheryl Parks of Altoona Pa.

"I think of him often and helping at the firehall with his mom and dad it is an awful situation but God has him in his hands"
CAROLE KRUIS of COALPORT

"I get a tear in my eye every time I hear about this and it's been a while since I've seen anything about this fallen hero thoughts go to his mom and dad I didn't know your son I am a MoValley grad Iraq and Afganistan veteran and everytime I see anything about this young man it pulls at my heart Thank You Brad for your ultimate sacrifice for my freedom"
Brad Eckberg of Brisbin Pa

"Hi buddy, just thinking about you again. You are still missed so badly. It doesn't get better, it won't until we are all together again in Heaven. My husband is going hunting with my dad tomorrow. I know you would love to be out there with them. You are always on my mind and in my heart. Love and miss you, your cousin,"
Becca Parrish of Altoona PA

"Thank you Brad!"
Penny of Tonawanda, NY

"11 years-hard to believe. Loving and missing you always."
Aunt Yvonne of Berwinsdale,PA

"Missing you every day"

"Honored to be able to visit PFC Kritzer's site at Arlington National. I visit the cemetery each week and will check on his site from time-to-time. There are many Gold Star families who share such a loss, and Brad is in good company there in Section 60."
Eileen of Kensington MD

"Today May 29th ,2014 we buried your ashes at Arlington. What an honor to make that your final resting place. Ten years have passed since that fatal night. Rest in peace son. Love you Mom"
Sharon Kritzer

"10 years.Remembering Brad with love & respect.
Aunt Yvonne"
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA

"You are on my mind today, I miss you so!!! You will never be forgotten, my favorite pic of you and the fish are still on my frig and I smile every time I look at it. Love you always."
Aunt Yvonne of Berwinsdale,PA

"We all miss you Brad.. thoughts and prayers to your family.. hard to believe we've been out of school for over 10 years now.. seems like just yesterday..."
Christina Nicholson of Houtzdale, Pa

"Christmas Eve 2013, 10 years ago day you were home celebrating Christmas with the whole family. Little did we know it would be the last Christmas we would spend with you. We have such wonderful memories of you Brad. Missing you tonight. Merry Christmas son. We love you, Mom and Dad"
Sharon and Roger Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"I come to coalport a few times a year to visit family and fish, I have wondered about the name on that bridge for many years, now I know being a usmc vet from the golf war myself, I feel for the family."
Tom G of Pittsburgh,Pa

"Just thinking about you lately brad. We miss you every day. I wish you could meet my son Jackson. He is pretty amazing. And I love that our family is bigger than ever. We did a big family picture recently and I thought of you. You are missed in everything we do. I love you Brad."
Becca Parrish of Altoona Pa

"Thinking of this young man from the town where my mom and step-father live. My nephew is a US Marine who just finished a tour in Afghanistan. I think of Bradley when I am in his hometown and when I see the bridge that was named in his honor. All gave some, some gave all...thank you for serving your country Bradley."
Darla H. of Curwensville, PA/USA

"Brad, how we miss you. Even though it is nine years it seems like this just happened yesterday. Love you forever"
Sharon Kritzer (Mom) and Roger Kritzer (Dad) of Irvona, PA

"December 2012 - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year son. Miss you so much. Think of you everyday and wish you were here with us. Having great memories of you today and everyday. Love you"
Your Mom, Sharon of Irvona, PA

"05/05/2012 - Eight years, where has the time gone? Miss you more each and every day. Love you Mom"
Sharon Kritzer

"I recently wrote a short tribute to Brad on my blog. I'm a distant cousin through Brad's paternal grandmother Julia Marie Passmore.

http://rixxblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/pfc_bradley_kritzer/"
Rick Gleason of Seattle, WA

"01/11/2012- Happy 27th Birthday son. Missing you, love you. On this special day I wish for you the best birthday ever. I pray to God that you be blest on this special day. Love you, Mom"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"Miss you so much Brad - the holidays are hard."
Aunt Laurie of Altoona

"Miss you so much Brad - the holidays are hard."
Aunt Laurie of Altoona

"12/25/11 Merry Christmas Brad. Missing you very much. Wish you were here with us. Love Mom and Dad"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"11/24/11 Happy Thanksgiving Brad. Sure missing you today. Forever on our minds and in our hearts."
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"10 years since the horrid events of Sept. 2001 that were the catalyst for Brad joining the military. Hard to believe. Tears and hard memories all day long. Thanks to Brad for his service & sacrifice.To Sharon & Roger and all who lost loved ones, bless you.To all that have perished, we shall never forget."
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA

"Its been 7 years, and 6 days since you were taken from us so abruptly. I still miss you with everyday that goes by. I cried for you today, looking at your pictures. I miss you terribly. You are definately not forgotten. My heart still aches for you Bradley. I can't wait for the day i get to see you again. I love you."
Samantha of Etters, PA

"Sharon & Roger, Just thinking of you today. It is so hard to believe that 7 years have passed. Take care and I'll talk to you soon."
Carol Adams of Hollidaysburg, PA

"05/05/2011 - 7 years gone by, but you are not forgotten. Missing you today and everyday Brad. Love you, Mom and Dad"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"Just met your dad, he misses you and speaks of you every day. I thank you and your family for your service, we are free because you gave all. All my respect to you"
Ted Klark of DuBois, Pa

"2/28/11 Thinking about you a lot today! Wish you were here!"
Your sis of Altoona

"Happy Birthday Bradley... had a dream about you again last night. you told me not to worry that you were doing fine. i woke up crying. I miss you."
Samantha of Etters, PA

"Happy Birthday brother, you will never be forgotten. RIP"
Troy Thomas of Colorado Springs, CO

"Jan. 11, 2011 Happy 26th Birthday Brad. Missing you today and everyday. Love Mom and Dad"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"Christmas 2010 Here we are another Christmas without you son. Missing you. Love, Mom and Dad"
Sharon and Roger of Irvona, PA

"Brad you are missed... I actually had a dream the other night about you for the first time in years.... i hope you are at peace"
Courtney Dibble of Hastings PA

"I have left a message on here before. I wanted to leave another message because I still think about Kritzer. He was a great person and I am still proud to have served with him in Iraq."
Bryan Raines of estes park, co

"I never knew Brad or heard of him until just in the last few days. It turns out, in my Family History research, that he is my fifth cousin.

While distant he may be in relationship it grieves my soul for his loss.

I want his family to know how grateful I am for their son and brother's service and for their sacrifice.

I was born in Clearfield County and get back to the area every once-in-a-while. I would love the opportunity to someday meet Roger, Sharon and Jennifer and to pay my respects to the memory of their son whose influence will be felt for generations to come.

All the best to your family and loved ones."
Rick Gleason of Seattle, WA

"Its been 6 years, 4 months and 1 day, and i still miss you as much as i ever have. i had a dream about you the other night, and it felt so real. :("
Samantha of PA

"May 5, 2010 -Brad it has ben 6 years since you left us but it seems like it was just yesterday you were with us. We owe you a tremendous "Thank You" for your service, your heroism, your patriotism and your sacrifice. You will always be our HERO!!! Missing you.
Love, Mom, Dad and your sister Jen"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"Moshannon Valley Class of '03. Brad we miss you very much. Its hard to believe that it's been 6 years. You were a great friend and a wonderful classmate"
Renee Lingenfelter (Godown) of Dubois, Pa

"January 11, 2010 - Happy 25th Birthday to our son Brad. We went out and ate your favorite - shrimp - wish you were here to eat it with us. Miss you - Happy Birthday, Love Mom and Dad"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"Happy Birthday Brad....I often wonder where you would be at in your life right now. We share a birthday....but now I share your memory. I am sure that you are watching down on me...Will always love you."
Kimberly Bickford of Flinton, PA

"Brad, It's Christmas Eve 2009, We just came from Gram and Pap's. All the family was there. I wish you could be here with us. I miss you very much. Love Mom"
Mom of Irvona, PA

"What a beautiful Memorial Day - and what a wonderful tribute to your son at Grandview Cemetery. "The Ascent of Heroism" will enable people to see and remember the gift of life that we have all been given, and that Bradley gave up for each of us. Thank you for giving him life. Thank you for allowing him to serve America and the world in the fight for freedom. Our son is currently serving in a submarine in the Pacific. He is the same age as Brad. God bless you."
Eileen Bogel of Duncansville, PA

"Hello Sharon, It was very nice talking to you today. I can't wait to meet you and your family on Armed Forces Day. I know Bradley is watching you and smiling. Your family will be in my prayers."
Betsy Chilcote of Altoona Pa

"May 5, 2009
Brad it's five years already. Where has the time gone? We love you and miss you. Mom, Dad, Jen"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"May 2, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Bradley G. Kritzer:
Bradley 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

"Christmas 2008
Merry Christmas Brad. We will miss you this Christmas as we gather with the family. Just know that you are never forgotten and are forever in our hearts. We miss you more each day.
Love Mom and Dad"
Sharon & Roger Kritzer of Berwinsville, PA

"Dear Roger,
I forgot to put my email. please write to me i would really like to hear from you sbreslinsmile@aol.com or sonyeamarie@yahoo.com"
Sonyea of Tonawanda,New York

"Hi I am Sonyea I am in 5th grade and I am Brad's cousin. Although I never knew him I know that he was a better then good person. I have heard soo much about him.I even start to cry when I hear about how he was so young and how he died with a loving mother and father also a sister with a husbin and a child.If Brad was still here I know he would be a great uncle.Now i really do wish I could have a chance to have been able to know him. In loving memory PFC Bradly G. Kritzer"
Sonyea of Tonawanda,New York

"It has been many years, but I still wear the band we had made with Carballo's, Marhsall's, and Kritzer's names on them. I served with Kritzer in Iraq. He was an amazing person. I think about your loss everyday."
Bryan Raines (Sgt. Raines) of Oklahoma City, OK/USA

"Sharon, Roger and Jenn,
I read the posted messages and feel sad about Brads death. I can't believe it has been over 4 years now, however I'm sure you are very much aware every single day. In the post anniversary of 9/11, I recognized the importance of our soldiers and the commitment Brad made when he enlisted. Please know that we all have not forgotten his true couarge.
Love Sherry, Drew, and Owen Hipps"
Sherry of Clearfield, PA

"8/4/08. It's been many years since I've seen your family, 28 to be exact. I happened upon Brad's website, purely by accident. I was so saddened to hear of his death. My heart goes out to the entire family. I am extremely grateful for families who send and people like your son who go and are willing to fight for our freedom. Of course we know...freedom is never free! I pray that God will grant you His peace as you face each day. To be sure you have a wonderful son who I know you are very proud of! I was so pleased to see they named a bridge in his name in Coalport.

May God Bless you!"
Joan (Rink) Campbell of Formerly from Clearfield, PA (now Souderton, PA)

"Uncle Roger, Aunt Sharon and Jenny: Today is a day for remembering. Just know that I am so proud of Brad and his service to our country. The bravest of men and purest of souls. I am honored to say he is my family and that he served his country to keep my family safe. I will forever remember and honor his life. As parents you raised a wonderful son, I hope that Colt will carry some of the traits you instilled in Brad. You are in my thoughts in prayers."
Kimberly Bickford of Flinton, PA

"Brad, Today is 4 years that you have been gone. I miss you so much! I think about you all the time. I am so proud of you! Melissa is learning your name very quickly. Everytime I show her your picture and she says your name it brings a big smile to my face. Love you Brad!!"
Jennifer (Kritzer) of Altoona, PA

"Hi buddy. Today is 4 years since we lost you. I can't believe how fast time goes! I still miss you and think about you every day. I tell people your story all the time. I talk about you with pride, sadness, and lots of happy memories of us growing up together. You will NEVER be forgotten. I love you and rest with ease knowing that you are in Gods hands. Miss you buddy!"
Becca Frailey of Altoona Pa

"May 5, 2008 - Marks the 4th anniversary of Brad's death.Today we remember our son, PFC Bradley G. Kritzer with much love, gratitude, and respect for his courage, dedication and service to our country. Rest in God's care and know that you are a True American Hero, our HERO and you will never be forgotten. We miss you and love you. Mom & Dad"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"Roger,
My mother told me a story the other day. You must have been at the Clearfield hospital where she works. She saw you and saw the tattoo on your arm and asked you how you knew Brad. You said he was your son. Im the girl my mom told you about. What a small world. I hope you are doing alright.. I miss your son alot and think about him everyday!

Your family will always be in my prayers,
Shawna"
Shawna Lind of Houtzdale, PA

"I was a really good friend of Brad's. I miss him a lot, and I think about him all the time. I love you and miss you Brad..and the ice cream sticker you had on the console of your car <3"
Shawna Lind of Houtzdale, PA

"Hey buddy, just thinking about you today. I was telling some of the girls @ work about you again. You make me so proud. It's going to be spring soon, I LOVE warm weather. Wish you were here to enjoy it with us. I miss you and love you very much."
Becca Frailey of Altoona Pa

"January 11, 2008 - Birthday Remembrance
Happy 23rd Birthday son
Remembrance is a golden chain
Death tries to break, but all in vain.
To have, to love, and then to part
Is the greatest sorrow of one's heart.
The years may wipe out many things
But some they wipe out never.
Like memories of those happy times
When we were all together.
~author unknown~
We miss you on your birthday and every
day. Love you, Mom & Dad"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"thank you my friend for your sacrifice you will never be forgotten"
chris vaughn of curwensville

"Christmas 2007
Brad, Christmas will never be the same again. We miss having you here with us. We are sending our love to you with many hugs and kisses.
Love Mom and Dad"
Sharon & Roger Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"Another Christmas is approaching without you, we miss you and love you Brad. You are forever in my thoughts and always in my heart. We will continue to honor you and your memory. I hope that as a mother I can raise my son to be as brave and honorable as you are. God bless you and I know this Christmas you'll be with us in spirit. We love you Bradley."
Kim Bickfrod of Flinton, PA

"Brad, Here we are another Thanksgiving without you. We love you and miss you very much. Love Mom"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"It's coming up on 3 years now and still not a day goes by that Brad is not thought of. I proudly wear his name on my wrist everyday! I was moved last week when I saw my son Dave proudly wearing a T-shirt with a picture of Brad on the front and his unit on the back and explaining to people who Brad is and what he means to us all. I have never seen Dave talk about anyone as proudly as did of Brad. I truly believe that Brad is our guardian angel and he will live on forever in our hearts. We miss you Brad!"
Penny Kellner of Tonawanda, NY

"To the family of:Bradley G. Kritzer 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"

"Fiddler's Green

Half way down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green.
Are the souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old time canteen.
And this eternal resting place,
Is known as Fiddlers' Green.

Marching past straight through to Hell,
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by Engineers,
Artillery and Marines.
For none but shades of the Cavalrymen,
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.

Though some go curving down the trail,
To seek a warmer scene.
No Trooper ever gets to Hell,
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so goes back to drink again,
With friends again at Fiddlers' Green.

And so when man and horse go down,
Beneath a sabre keen.
Or in a roaring charge of feirce melee,
You stop a bullet clean.
And the hostiles come to get your scalp,
Just empty your canteen,
And put your pistol to your head,
And go to Fiddlers' Green."
Tom Kelly SSG (ret) of Aiken SC

"January 11, 2007 - Today you are 22 years old. How we wish you were here. We miss you, Happy Birthday.
Love, Mom & Dad"
Sharon Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"On this Thanksgiving day 2006 I give thanks for the nineteen years that we had with Brad,for the great memories of holidays past and for Melissa Kay (Brad's niece)who's birth has brought this family such joy.
Peace & Love,
Aunt Yvonne"
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA USA

"On this Thanksgiving day 2006 I give thanks for the nineteen years that we had with Brad,for the great memories of holidays past and for Melissa Kay (Brad's niece)who's birth has brought this family such joy.
Peace & Love,
Aunt Yvonne"
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA USA

"11-11-06 Today is Veterans Day, as I look back in history I'm thankful for all the Veterans that paid the price for freedom. Thank you to the soldiers now serving and thank you to the soldiers of 1/21st FA. As I watch the season's change trying to picture what if.... It is very hard to put my thoughts & feelings in writing. There is part of me gone, I miss Brad, I miss the times that only a Father and Son share. There are many memories that bring back joy & happiness. Many stories that I could tell but most of all I'm proud of Brad. Watching him grow, help raising him into a fine young man. Thank you Brad for being a great son and a fine soldier. Love Dad"
Roger Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"Mr. and Mrs. Kritzer, not a day goes by that I don't think about Brad. He was a fine young man, someone you could trust with your life. He was an excellent soldier, and I was proud to be by his side during numerous combat missions in Iraq. We must never forget Brad nor the rest of the brave men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. betojr76@yahoo.com"
Albert Gomez Jr. (SGT) of Reno, NV

"Mr and Mrs Kritzer. Just wanted you to know that not a day goes by that I do not think of the 3 Assassins we lost. I am "that guy" from the Christmas pictures that Roger recognised in the conference room when we had the dedication ceremony. I am retiring after 20 years this month. Feel free to give me a yell at kellyzoo29@msn.com God bless and good luck. Brad is in my thoughts and prayers everyday."
SSG Tom Kelly of Fort Hood

"Tyler of Austin ,TX
Hang in there,this search for(your)peace is a journey like no other,it takes time. It comes and goes. Tell the wise man that being at peace with the world is a wonderful idea but right now we're just gonna work on finding our own peace of mind and work our way up to the rest of the world after we figure this part out. I spend a lot of time outside just looking at the stars, watching the weather, digging in the dirt and I am thankful everyday for something no matter how small it may seem. These are the times that I feel Bradley's spirit with me and for the moment I find my peace. May you find your's my friend.
Aunt Yvonne"
Aunt Yvonne of Berwinsdale,PA USA

"10/13/06 The leaves are gorgeous, fall is in the air and you are on my mind once again kid. Time has gone by so quickly since you left us but time has not erased a single memory of our lives with you.
Love&Peace,
Aunt Yvonne
yekkyaw@yahoo.com"
Aunt Yvonne of Berwinsdale,PA USA

"I'm writing this message to 'Aunt Yvonne.' I don't remember meeting Brad while he was alive. I was a medic in his brigade and I happened to be in the hospital when he was hit. All I remember was trying to read the name off his vest. It was so mangled and soaked in blood, I couldn't read it. I didn't do anything for him. I went to try to save Marshall, but he wouldn't be saved either.

You say you've found a constructive outlet, but no matter what outlet I find, there is always too much to let out. How do I move on? Some say time heals wounds, but what if they fester? Some say I should talk of the pain, but the experts warn me it'll only bring more. A wise man said that we can't make peace until we are at peace with the world; how am I to be at peace?

http://www.myspace.com/homestylegravy"
Tyler of Austin, TX

"Brad I will never forget you. To the Kritzer family I am sorry for your loss Brad was such a good young man. I remember Driving him around Ft. Hood to pick up all his gear when he first got to the unit. I will always remember brad with joy and hapines."
Christopher M. Houle of Cloquet, Minnesota.

"Warrior
This morning my thoughts traveled along
To a place in my life where days have long since gone
Beholding an image of what I used to be
As visions were stirred, and God spoke to me


He showed me a Warrior, a soldier in place
Positioned by Heaven, yet I saw not the face
I watched as the Warrior fought enemies
That came from the darkness with destruction for me


I saw as the Warrior would dry away tears
As all of Heaven's Angels hovered so near
I saw many wounds on the Warrior's face
Yet weapons of warfare were firmly in place


I felt my heart weeping, my eyes held so much
As God let me feel the Warrior's prayer touched
I thought "how familiar" the words that were prayed
The prayers were like lightening that never would fade


I said to God "Please, the Warrior's name"
He gave no reply, He chose to refrain
I asked, "Lord, who is broken that they need such prayer?"
He showed me an image of myself standing there


Bound by confusion, lost and alone
I felt prayers of the Warrior carry me home
I asked "Please show me Lord, this Warrior so true"
I watched and I wept, for Father, the Warrior was you.

I hope this poem will give you some comfort. We grieve with you and your family as we know the same pain. We lost our grandson SPC Michael J. Wiesemann 29 May 2004 in Iraq. May God bless you and your family always.
buddystark@aol.com"
Shirley Stark of Huntingdon, Tn.

"Hi Sharon And Roger how are you doing? How is your daughter?By the way did you get thy letter from me yet?

Pleas right back"
Sonyea Breslin of Tonawanda NY United Stats

"To the The Kritzer Family,

As the Memorial Day Holiday passes into memory, I am still drawn to the thoughts of the many sacrifices that your son, Bradley, and many others like him, fine soldiers, sailors and airmen, have committed. It is their beliefs, dreams and commitments that make this country what it is today. I would like to thank you, Mr. and Mrs Kritzer for raising a fine young man and an American Hero. Someone our children can look up to. May the peace that your son fought for, find it's way into your hearts forever and forever. I will continue to wear his bracelet with all the respect he deserves...De Oppresso Liber"
SFC Thomas Loth (ret) of Baltimore, Maryland

"In loving memory and honor we are thinking of our son PFC Bradley G. Kritzer this day. It has been two years today that you were taken from us, but it feels like it was just yesterday. You are forever in our hearts and minds. We miss you son. All our love.
Mom and Dad
sharonkritzer@msn.com"
Sharon & Roger Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"I didn't know Brad but I am thankful just the same for him and soldiers like him brave enough to defend our country. Hugs to Brad's family who miss him very much. God bless!!!"
Chris B. of Elkhart, IN/USA

"Thank you so much for paying the ultimate price for Freedom. Being a retired soldiers daughter, I have never been more aware than in the past few years of all that a soldier does for those that love them and those that spit in their face. Praise God there are still those willing to stand and fight for what is right. I pray that God of all comfort be with you. That you know that it was not in vain. No words I can say will give you comfort so I will say God Bless you and America Bless God!"
Laura of Raleigh NC

"Thank you to Bradley for being willing to go and defend our freedom. He is a true American hero. Please know that his sacrifice will never be forgotten."
the Davidson's of Nashville, TN

"To the family, friends, and loved ones of Bradley G. Kritzer,
I want to let you know that I appreciate all that Bradley did to protect and serve his country. Because of him and other soliders like him my family is able to rest at night knowing that our soldiers will do anything and everything they can to keep America protected and to help others out in their time of need. I am sorry you lost your dear loved one. I pray the Lord will comfort you and bless you abundantly."
The Acosta Family of Georgia

"HAPPY 21ST BIRTHDAY THERE SOLDIER!!! I WISH YOU WERE HERE... EVERYDAY THERE IS A THOUGHT OF YOU!!! I MISS AND LOVE YOU ARMYBOY :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY..."
CRYSTAL of ALTOONA PA

"Wednesday, Jan.11, 2006 is your 21st birthday. How we wish you were here to celebrate it with us. We miss you so much. Happy 21st Birthday son. All our love. Mom & Dad"
sharonkritzer@msn.com of Irvona, PA

"Its been 1 year 7 months, and 25 days, and i still miss you as much as ever!!! Sharon and Roger i thank you for always bein there!! i love you guys very much!!"
Sammie of Clarion Iowa.... Formerly of Pa

"In Memory of Bradley G. Kritzer
You will never be forgotten
December 25, 2005

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,
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.



Just tell us you love us, and never forget!"
Mike Conner of Nicktown, PA, USA

"Thinking of you and your family, God Bless You all, from an old "one two one" soldier."
Sarge of Maryland

"To the Fallen Hero, and loved ones left behind.
Peace be within your soles, I am not about to preach and tell you that everything will be ok, because i cannot possibly place my feet in your shoes. my boyfriend is in the australian defence force (army) and i just hope and wish everyday that he will return back to base safe and sound. i am not religious but i pray everynight for the ones that serve our country both Australian and American soliders as they hold their heads high to protect not only us but the whole country. i wish the deepest thoughts within those who have lost a loved one and for those who are close to the heros that serve us. the very best wishes for those who serve us i hope you return to your friends and family safe, and a very big thankyou for those who have served overseas. i am proud of you all.
(sam69foxy@hotmail.com) <- email."
Samantha Ross of Liverpool, Sydney, N.S.W Australia

"You know i will always remember brad everyday. If by a poster or a face or a comment or a military soldier i meet. i simply pray and its ok. i miss my brother/friend very much. I keep my head up because he is with us and looking over our shoulders. It makes me feel very comfortable and safe that i have a Angel like that on my side."
Ryan Cornelius of Currently waterbury CT

"I was driving to work the other morning and one of the songs that was played at Brad's memorial service came on the radio. I took a deep breath and tried to hold back the tears, as I'm driving and thinking about Brad, this amazing shooting star flies across the sky. It was brilliant and went the whole length of the sky that I could see. The tears flowed but this time with a smile. It is the little things like this that let me know Brad is ok. He has his way of touching all of us and telling us it's ok. I still miss him, and at times it is so hard to imagine that he's gone. But his memories remain and I will honor and cherish those always. I love ya kiddo..."
Kimberly Bickford of Flinton, Pa, USA

"You're on my mind today ,kid.
Love ya,
Aunt Yvonne"
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA

"Bradley we miss you so much here at Moshannon Valley High. You was such a good kid.I am just glad u graduated from our school and did something good with your life. You are very muched missed from the school it self. And for Bradleys family i hope u guys are doing good we miss Brad."
Dustin Weld and Katie Prislac of Houtzdale,PA and Smithmill,PA

"i am just remembering your loving smile and those eyes as i see you flying around me and warm winds blowing in my hair and your love around me knows that you care.. so next year i can't wait to see you flying around me letting me know your there.. i will always have you in my thoughts as the wonderful days go by. i love you army boy and you will always be my hero,soldier,angel,my everything.. i'll always have you close to my heart brad.. miss you tons...

email(xxthecutie1619xx@verizon.net)"
crystal kenawell of altoona pa

"Dear Bradley,
Sat. 8-20-05 as I was tending my flower gardens the clouds rolled in, the wind picked up and the words spilled from my heart and mind to fill three and a half pages of paper. I talk to you a lot when I'm busy in my garden,your spirit seems to comfort me the most at those times. Thank you for the awesome inspiration that allows me to put this grief and sorrow to pen and paper so that I can free my mind a little to move on in life and come to terms with your absence among us. May we all find a constructive outlet for our grief and the strength to bear it when it all seems like too much. As for me; I'll talk to you next time I'm in my garden and as the song says "not a day goes by that I don't think of you". I'm so proud of you!!!
Love always,
Aunt Yvonne"
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA

"brad i keep thinking on you everyday of my life.its increible how everything happend so fast.i miss you man.i know GOD its proud to keep you in his heaven.please forgive me if i did anythig wrong.one day i will go and see you and we can be roomates again and play all the videos games u want.And talk about how ****off this world is.you in my head forever."
larry of colombia

"Dearest Bradley,
July 4th we celebrate independence day,thanks to you and countless others for that privilege. I think of you everyday and miss you terribly. You will always be my hero!!!
Love,
Aunt Yvonne"
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA

"Dear Bradley, Hey, I just found out the terrable news from Jody. I keep thinking about the last day I got to see you before you went to Iraq. It was on a Sunday afternoon the day before you left. I'll never forget the look in your eyes. I'm glad we became friends. I really miss you. You will never be forgotten. I miss all the good times we had together,watching movies at my house and going out. I'll never forget them. You were a special person to me and I hope to see you again one day. I'm sorry we really never got to say goodbye before you left, it was just too hard to say goodbye. You'll always be my hero. Well, I guess this is our last goodbye..."
Tara (HOLT) Landham of FTHOOD/KILLEEN

"As May 5th approaches my heart fills with many emotions. Anger, over the loss of such a young soul; Grief and sorrow over the loss of a family member; Hurt, over watching our family grieve; but somewhere in the midst of all these feelings I am trying to find the strength to be happy. Happy that Brad is with the Lord and he will forever be safe. I can only imagine what it's like to feel the joy, comfort, strength, and love that Brad is experiencing. To never know pain, anger, fear, hurt, grief...what must that be like? Bradley there isn't a day that doesn't go by that I don't think of you and miss you. I would love to see those blue eyes of yours and that big goofy grin again. I would love to spend an afternoon on Gram and Pap's boat with you, treasuring every moment again. Sharon, Roger, Jenny, Aaron, and all my family; may God grant us the strength that we need to get through the next few weeks. Let us turn to one another and be the strength for eachother. May 5th is going to be a hard day for the whole family...my heart aches at the thought of reliving that day. I am so blessed with such a wonderful family, so let us draw close now and hold on tight. For there are those of us who are going to need to be held up, and those who will do the holding up. Sharon and Roger, I want to say that I love you both, and pray every day that somehow you will find the comfort and the peace you need to carry on. When you can't be strong, let God carry you on....let your family lift you up. We will face each day together. Bradley will never be forgotten!"
Kimberly A. Bickford of Flinton, PA, USA

"04/04/05 SPC Timothy Fye, we got your message and we will be in touch with you. It is nice to know you live that close to us. Keep in touch."
Sharon & Roger Kritzer of Irvona, PA

"im sitting here looking down at the little memory bracelet that adorns my left wrist. brad's name is there. among others. i didnt know brad that well at all. barely in fact. i wasnt assigned to alpha until a few days after we lost him. and i had run into him only a few brief times before we deployed. but his family the Assassins (alpha Battery) they welcomed me with open arms the minute my foot was in the door. they took care of me. and i guess in the end somewhere along the way i even ended up being one of them. to which beleive me is an honor that few things in my life compare to. and that same family spirit that they welcomed me with id like to extend to the Kritzer family on behalf of all the other assassins. i figure since my home is so close to yours that if you ever needed anything id prolly be the handiest assassin to get a hold of to help out though. (well once im out of the service in October anyways) if you ever need Anything and i mean anything call and leave a message for me (814) 277 5533."
SPC Timothy Fye A 1-21st FA of Punxsutawney PA/ Ft Hood TX

"~ BRADLEY KRITZER ~
my fist love,i will remember when we first met,i'll remember when our lips touched,i'll remember your arms around me,i'll remember the laughs and tears we had,i'll remember the good and bad times we had,i'll remember those bright blue eyes,i'll remember that smile,i'll remember the first time we told eachother i love you.i'll remember everytime and everyday we talked for hours,most of all i will remember i love you and miss you very much and that your smiling down on me and my every step. i love you soldier and i will never for get you, you will always stay close to my heart.....
- my soldier -
my hero,my angel, my everything."
crystal kenawell of altoona pa

"Brad,
I miss you so much. There are days when something sends me off into tears,a song, a thought, a memory...There isn't a day that goes by that you aren't in my thoughts. As the days pass, know that your memory is carried on in so many ways. I am making sure that Colt and Megan know that they have a wonderful cousin who's truly a hero. We all love you Brad and I carry you close to my heart."
Kimberly A. Bickford of Flinton, Pa, USA

"Dear Brad,
As your fellow soldiers prepare for their long awaited homecoming I ask God's blessing on their journey and I pause to remind myself that you, Marshall and Carballo are home already and you are all forever free from want or worry, fear or hurt. God Bless you, our family and the countless others that struggle to cope with the loss of their loved ones. Your bravery and sacrifice will forever be remembered and honored.
Missing you,
Aunt Yvonne"
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA

"sorry previous e-mail is incorrect , corrected it is charlenehinojosa@yahoo.com"

"to the family of Bradley Kritzer, i have just recieved a hero bracelet with your sons' name on it if you would like it please contact me at
charlenehinojosa@hotmail.com. please refer to the bracelet...... thank you"
charlene of Corpus Christi, TX

"You are in my thoughts every day and the tears just keep flowing but I have felt your presence and I know that you are ok.
Love& Peace,
Aunt Yvonne"
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA

"to a man i never knew but someone i feel for. i am a marine from mountaindale, pennsylvania currently serving in iraq and am about to come home soon. brad you one of a few brave men who came here and served in this country and made your family proud. myself and other service men and women respect you and more importantly your parents.....semper fidelis and god bless america"
lcpl benjamin fishel of mountaindale, pennsylvania

"Dear Brad,
Today we had cake and icecream for you and Kim at Gram's house. We missed you greatly, but don't worry 'cause Colt helped blow out your candles for you. This is another one of those firsts that we have to get through, but we know you are watching down on us. I just wanted to say Happy Birthday, Brad. You will never be forgotten.Love you always, your cuz,"
Rachel Kester of Curwensville, PA/USA

"Happy Birthday has taking on a whole new meaning to me. I turned 27 on January 11th. I can't complain about turning another year older when the boy I shared my birthday with doesn't get that chance. Brad you would have turned 20 this year, but now we celebrate the 11th without you. I will cherish your memory on our birthday and each and every day."
Kimberly A. Bickford of Flinton, PA, USA

"January 11, 1985 God gave us a precious little boy named Bradley Gordon Kritzer, he would have been 20 years old today, January 11, 2005. God chose to take him home on May 5th, 2004. His memories are a keepsake to us, God has him in His keeping and we have him in our hearts. We miss you Brad. Love always"
Mom, Dad, Jen, Aaron and the rest of the family of Irvona, PA

"Just a message from one of the soldiers that served in Brad's battery. He was a great guy and I miss him a lot. There wasn't a nicer guy I ever knew. By the way thank you for all of your support Mr. and Mrs. Kritzer. We were overwhelmed by all the packages that were sent to us for Christmas. I plan on comming out at some point in time and seeing his memorial on the hill and meeting you guys. Again, thank you and just know that your loss is shared by us all."
PFC Drew Patterson of Currently still in Iraq

"Dearest Kritzer family- We will never forget your loved one's service and sacrifice for fellow man. We will continue to lift you up in our thoughts and prayers. We have heard about your continued support for your son's unit still serving in Iraq. May your strength be an example for all of us who have loves ones serving there.
Andy's mom"
K.K. of St. Marys, PA

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Bradley, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"Although I live in New York, my heart is in Pennsylvania. My family in Pa has always been very special to me. From the time I was little, I have always enjoyed my trips to see my family in the country. Brad is a part of that family. My sons enjoy comming to Pa as much as I do. I sank to the floor in tears when Vicky called with the news. There is not a day that goes by that Brad is not thought of in my home. There is a yellow ribbon on the tree out front with his name on it. There are angel wings with a garnet stone on my shoulder everyday. And Steven drives to school everyday in a very special car. Brad's memory will never die. I am so proud of him and his courage-as said before-Brad is a real American Hero. Sharon, Roger, and Jen, not a day goes by that you are not thought of too. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Bradley will always be with us-He has become our guardian angel. GOD BLESS US ALL"
Penny Kellner (Tetro) of Tonawanda, NY USA

"My maiden name is Kritzer..your sons name was in our local newspaper...just wanted to say how sorry I am for you and your family"
Evelyn Kritzer Ridall of Berwick, P.A Columbia county

"To our son we want to say we are proud of you. Your memory will live on forever. We will never forget. To our families and friends we want to say thank you for the messages you leave on this site. I read them over and over. Somehow, I feel they help with the healing process. Someone once wrote,"some die without having really lived, while others continue to live in spite of the fact that they have died." Well, Bradley is one of the ones that stills lives. He lives in everyones hearts and minds. His spirit is all around us. Bradley's life still goes on and is still touching other peoples lives. He was a special young man. As a mother, I will never forget his angelic blue eyes and beautiful smile. He could melt your heart with that smile. There are two web sites with pictures of Bradley. www.alpha1-21frg.com and www.geocities.com/kiko_christmas/bridge_for_brad/ We are doing many projects to make sure we remember Brad and all of the soldiers who serve this wonderful country. May we never forget them.
sharonkritzer@msn.com"
Sharon Kritzer (Brad's Mom) of Irvona, PA

"I'm not sure if Mr and Mrs Kritzer will read this, however I was a very close friend of Brad. I am working on a poem and something else for him currently where I am stationed, and I would like to be able to contact them. If anyone knows how I can pleae contact me. Tamara.Bodner@ramstein.af.mil
And to Brad,
Brad, you gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, for our families and our friends, you deserve the greatest respect and honor that we have to give, more than any badge, or medal can show... I love you Brad, and I miss you so much, I wish I could have told you that before. I know that you can hear and see me right now as I write this, still though the comfort is there, it isn't the same. I will see you again someday, I know that... and then, I hope to be able to know, that you knew how I felt."
Tamara Bodner of Ramstein AFB Germany

"Brad,
Everyday I think about you and how unfair it was that you were taken from us so quickly. I get on this website and the "bridge for brad" one and I cry. I cry for all the things I miss about you. The smiles, the laughs, the good times. I cry for all the things you didn't get to do. In the time that has gone by I still can't justify why this has happened? I get so angry that your gone. I've thought how unfair of god to take you from us. We weren't ready to lose such a wonderful person from our lives. Then I think...how unfair am I? You are in a place where there is no pain, no fear, no hurt, no anger. You are watching down on us from heaven. I think to myself...is he standing at God's side as he watches his family grieve. Is he sending his love and strength to pull us through? I then realize how wonderful things are for you. You may not be "at home" with us. But kiddo you are in such a better place. I am looking foward to the day when I can stand with you and rejoice that we are all home with you. Until that day, I will grieve, love, laugh, and remember all that you have taught us. You are sadly missed Bradley, and still loved so much. Keep shining down on me and our family. We need it to get through!"
Kimbery A Bickford of Flinton, PA, USA

"Dear Family,
I live in Los Angeles,California and was part of a memorial tribute to the fallen soldiers which took place on the beach in Santa Monica today, August 30th. There were crosses in the sand for all the fallen soldiers and I placed a flower next to Bradley's cross. I must tell you that my heart opened up and my tears fell for your loss. I have read all the messages on this site and have come to know Bradley through the eyes of friends and family, but today I became a part of the friends of Bradley Kritzer. I was drawn to Bradley's cross & name and feel blessed to connect to you. I have a son the same age and cannot even imagine the impact this war has made on your family. I picked Bradley's memorial site out of 996 other names and I will cherish his memory even though we did not meet. Every life is a precious gift. God Bless you. May Peace Prevail."
Michelle Galerkin of West Hollywood, California

"*sharon and roger
you probley don't remember me but i was the young lady who had gave u a letter and a rose or flower and told you i was very sorry and i loved your son very much, but what i am trying to say is i was very much in love with brad and was one of my best closes friends and as this day i still think of your son and its so hard to tell you this in these wonderful messages people wrote to tell you i'm so sorry and how i really felt about brad but if you could write to me at xxthecutie1619xx@yahoo.com and maybe could tell you more about how we met and how great it was that he came into my life. but the greatest thing was when we talked online after he left from visting home after christmas we would always talk and he called me his butterfly and one day i was talking to my mom about brad out of know where came a butterfly it flew along side my face then, i just sat there thinking and i knew that brad had called me his butterfly then i knew it was him,everytime i see one i think of brad. there is alot of things brad will become to let his loved ones know hes there, he don't even have to become anything he'll just be there with you and his loved ones.i wanted to write you a letter but i felt as i was doing something wrong but i think i will when the time is right. but i think about him everyday and every night.i wish i could tell u more about i how i feel i just don't know my self
but i would love to talk to you and share with you all of the great things and what made brad so specail to me. god bless you."
crystal kenawell of altoona pa

"Brad,
I have been missing you a lot lately. Every time I see another fallen soldier on the news it brings back the memory of the day, not so long ago, that we found out you wouldn't be coming back to us. I still can't justify what happened to you, but I am proud of you, proud to have known you, and proud to carry on good deeds in your name. You are a true American hero and a beloved family member. As the family reunion draws near, know that you are in our hearts and on our minds. We will miss you, but we know that you can rest peacefully now and look over us as we celebrate our family's past, present, and future. Thank you for protecting our freedom, bringing your sunshine to our lives (however brief it was), and for inspiring the good in all that we do from here on out. You will be forever in my heart. I'll never forget you, Bud. Love you always,"
Rachel E. Kester of Curwensville, PA/USA

"God Bless you Bradley ~ You are a true American Hero and we want to say thank you
for fighting to protect the country you loved."
The Redrow Family of Pine Hill, NJ

"Kritzer Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. My family is sorry for your loss. Jen I know I haven't seen you for along time but know that I am here for you if you need me. I'm just a call away."
jessica sell of pittsburgh pa

"Sharon And Roger,

My Thoughts Are With You As The Process Goes On, I Loved Your Son Very Much, He Was My Best Friend, And I Will Never Forget Him, I Know That This Time Is Very Hard For You, As You Know I Have Been Going Thru It, Not For One, But Two Of My Closest Family Members, And I Just Would Like To Tell You, That Things Get Easier, I Know It Doesnt Seem Like It Now, But I Promise It Will, Because Brad Has Never Left Our Sides, Hes Always Right Beside Us, In Every Decision We Make, And Every Turn We Go Around, I Would Just Like To Thank You Again For Bringing Brad Into My Life, He Made A Big Impact On Me.

Jen,

I Would Just Like To Tell You How Lucky You Were To Have Brad As Your Brother, Everytime I Talked To Him, He Was Always Talking About You, Your Brother Loved You Very Much.

If You Guys Ever Need Anyone To Talk To, Sharon You Have My Msn Name, Please Feel Free To Message Me At Any Time, My Computer Is Always On, And It Is Never Disconnected From The Net.

Thank You Again For Bringing The Best Friend A Person Could Have Into My Life."
Sammie of Etters Pa, Formerly Phillipsburg Pa

"To my family,
I wasn't going to leave another message, but I've felt compelled to share my feelings with everyone. It's so hard to believe that Brad has been gone from our lives now for a little over 2 months. Sometimes it just doesn't seem to be real. What I want to say to everyone is, that Brad may not be here in body, but he is here in spirit. He's the breeze blowing across your face, he's the rain drizzling down on us, he's the still quiet of the night. He is here....watching over us. This past week my family went out on the boat with Gram and Pap. When we first started motoring along, I had to really struggle to keep from crying. I could feel Brad's presence so strong with us. It was amazing. I am not one to catch to many fish. But that day on one of my first casts I caught a bass. I smiled, knowing Brad had a hand in that. Before I tossed the fish back in, I gave it a kiss, and thought of Brad. So I guess what I'm trying to say is,that in those moments of darkness, Brad is there with us. He touched our lives in so many ways before he passed on, and he will continue to touch our lives. So the next time you you see that something special, know that Brad is here watching over each and everyone of us. I love you Brad!"
Kimberly A Bickford of Flinton, Pa, USA

"To Bradley, you are a true hero and I am so very proud of you, thank you. To Roger, Sharon & Jen, I love you all, thank you for Bradley. He will always be a blessing to our family. I hold his memory in my heart and mind until the day that I take my last breath and then I will be seeing him again.We all have that to look forward to and until then may God give you mercy, peace and understanding.Love Ya."
Yvonne Westover of Berwinsdale,PA U.S.A.

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

"Mrs. Kritzer, if you get a chance and it is okay with you, could you email me and just let me know how you and your family are doing. I am sure the same as me and mine..rough, rough times. Just would like to know you are hanging in there. My email is connincrew@aol.com This past week has been so very hard and I dont think anyone but another mother can understand. Everyone is wonderful..yet it is so hard to explain. If you can, please write. Thank you, Connie, Ron's Mom..."
Connie Hilling of Williamsburg, Pa

"To My Family:

It is still so hard to understand, comprehend, and even justify what has happened. I know it is for me because there is so-so much that Brad had to look forwrd to. I know that he planned on buying a new car or truck when he returned home, and going to college. I imagined him finding that someone special, having a family, growing old, and taking his grandchildren fishing, among so many other things that I imagined my brother doing. Everyday I go to this website and his other website and read the comments and look at his pictures. Every time I look at the pictures and read what family members, friends, and complete strangers say it makes me cry. It is very true that my brother has brought our family together more. He has changed all of us in some way.
My Wedding was on June 5th, 2004 Exactly ONE Month after Brad died. We had a moment of silence during the ceremony. I could feel that he was there; it took everything that I had to try to keep the tears back but they just poured out. I was so moved, joyful, excited and happy to feel his presents there will us. I know that he is watching over me and all of us. Thank you Brad for being so brave to protect all the things that you loved, also for fighting for our country and our freedom. I love you!"
Jennifer Kauffman (Kritzer) of Altoona, PA

"To my family
I will never forget the day my phone rang at 8:11am. I was very angry that somebody had the nerve to call and wake me up. I work 2nd trick at a hospital, I sleep till noon. After several rings I got the call from my pap, telling me that Brad is dead. I screamed, dropped the phone and cried. I will never forget it. The last time I spoke to brad I told him to make sure he doesn't get "too friendly" with any of the local girls and we laughed about small talk. Before we hung up I told him I love you buddy, and he asked to keep praying for him. I promise brad, I did. Like all families sometimes we have our little tiffs, that at the time so so important and worth it. But through brads death our family has bonded and pulled together tighter than I can recall. So I want to say thank you brad...for fighting for our country and pulling our family together like never before. I miss you buddy, and you are loved so much."
Becca Frailey of Coalport Pa

"Hi, this is Ron's Mom...Gysgt Ronald Baum, Killed in Action 3 May 2004. Sometimes I just have to keep writing it to even semi-believe it. Tomorrow is Father's Day and thinking of Bradley's father is so hard. Stay strong for Bradley..it is so apparent you were close and respected each other. Many boys tomorrow will not even want to wish their father a happy Father's day..for good reason..or a simple slight that gets all out of proportion for whatever reason. You know that your son is cheering in heaven for his dad...and he is doing it with his heavenly father. Can you imagine the cheering in heaven..and the tears for your sorrow and loss. Know that Bradley loves you so and remember to laugh and love for him. He loved the out of doors..and many things I do not know of..but you do..so for Father's Day 2004..have a great time for Bradley!! May seem hard to do..Mother's day was real tough; but my son loved life as did Bradley .. so for Ron and for Bradley..laughter among the tears!! Blessings and Peace. Ron's Mom"
Connie Hilling of Williamsburg, Pa

"I looked at your picture a thousand times
There are no words to put it
No easy way to say it.
I sit and I wonder
Where life would of brought you
If it hadn't of end.
I didnt want this to happen
I wish it wasnt true.
Its hard to believe,
that this has happened to you
They say you cant have peace without war
Dont they know how many families they have tore apart
With the simple breaking of the heart
You were handed a task to do,
without any hesitation you knew this was your destination
You stood tall, didnt even wonder if you would fall
Now you only have one more call, its heaven that awaits you
Its heaven that needs you
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I heard the news today, it seemed as any ordinary day.
Another soldier, in battle that he could not fight
Another soldier lost in the night
It caught my eye; all I could do was sigh
I didnt know whom this soldier was that died
I"m sure his family must of cried
I"m sure they thought it was all a lie
I went about doing the normal things I do,
I didnt think about how much they miss you
I guess thats because I didnt know you
I heard the news today,
it seemed as any ordinary day
Another soldier, in battle that he could not fight
Another soldier lost in the night
It caught my eye, all I could do was cry
I knew this soldier whom had died
I thought it was all a lie
I didnt go about doing the normal things I do
I thought about how much I missed you!
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I wrote these poems for Brad, as soon as I found out about his death. I couldnt believe it, it took so long for me to come to my senses, and face the truth. I wasnt really good friends with Brad, my sister and him were. They hung out alot, and he came to my house a couple of times, and I would joke around with him, saying how, I'm stronger then he is, and that I'm taller, I guess Brad wasnt to convinced with that, maybe because he stood 6 inches taller then me. He was a very easy person to get along with, great personality and everything. I remember him calling here a few times for Tamara, because she came home on leave, to visit for a few weeks, and he called right after she left to go back to Germany, I sat on the phone and I talked to him for a little bit. His voice has changed so much from the time before he left to go in the Military, up til the time he was in. He sounded older. I wasnt very close friends with Brad like I have told you. But its crazy to lose someone with so much heart, and so young. Who had there life, in front of them, and had so much that they could do. Brad was brave, and I often think of him, throughout the days. There were so many times I sat and I watched the news, and saw a solider dying... I didnt give it a second thought, never thought it would be someone I knew, of course not. But how foolish I was, now each day is a passing day, that I think of the military people, and there families who have lost a loved one, and I keep them in my prayers, Just like I keep brad in my heart. Sharon and Roger, God bless your hearts, you have raised a very well respectable man, and who has a great heart, who has left a very big impact on everyones life that he knew. God bless, the families that have loved ones in the military, and for the people that are in the military, you are in my prayers!
For Brad, I miss you bud.. god bless you! Thank you so much for being brave, and protecting our country. I love you..."
Chelsea Bodner of Curwensville, orginally from Glendale

"Krizter Family,
Hello I am a Soldier serving in Iraq. I am sorry for your loss. I can tell you that I never met your son. However, I had the honor to fly with him from Iraq to Kuwait on his journey home. From what I have read and know of your son, I know that he was a great Soldier. I wish you strenth, your family is in my prayers. Your son will always have a place in my heart and mind. God Bless."
SGT. James Shockley of Baghadad, IRAQ

"Roger,Sharon, and Jen....the day I learned about Brads' death...it tore me apart . He was such a nice and sweet boy. He was also very considerate to his peers. My thought's were so mixed up and I didn't know what to do or think. Things in life are taking from you too soon and you don't think about it happening to you...and then it does. He didn't deserve what he got over there, and no man or woman does. He had his whole life ahead of him and it was taken to soon. We dated several times and from that several times I grew to really love him, and even though it never worked out we were still great friends and often talked about getting back together when he returned. The last time I talked to him was while he was in Texas, it was before he left for the war, and not thinking much of it, all I said was I'll see you when you get back, good luck and..I will always love and care about you, and it haunts me now because I never got to say goodbye, but it's ok because I know he is still in all of his loved one's heart and the memory of him will shine on forever, so in closing Thank you Brad for giving up your life to save ours and for our freedom, and to his family thank you for raising such a wonderful guy, and a wonderful soldier who will live in our hearts forever."
Brittany Bensky of Clearfield Pennsylvania

"Krizter Family,

You made a boy into a man. The military was a stepping stone in life. I dont think i could ever Thank you and your family enough. Your family gave me one of the greatest friend A Man could ever want. We helped each other through everything. Although sometimes Roger got us alittle scared and made us think twice about things. But thats being a teenager.I look to the sky and i see his face, I go fishing and i look at the bass and its like brad says kiss it you wimp or you wont have any luck! Its always the small things that make you remember a great friend that has past. I just want to Thank Your Family for giving me a life long friend and a Great Gaurdian angel to look over my shoulder. and to give me his hand at the golden gate of heaven. Thank you so much.
Best friend and AKA brother
Ryan Cornelius"
Ryan Cornelius of Coalport, PA/ USA

"To All who loved Bradley: This is so hard to write..he was so young and I recently had the honor of reading his name at the VA Hospital Memorial Day Services..and speaking with his mother and father. Some say that they cannot imagine how you feel..unfortunately I do know how you feel, my son, Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Baum was killed May 3rd in Iraq. Even writing that is so unreal. I just want to wake up from this nightmare and hear my son's laughter again. He was 38 years old..and a husband and father. Listening to so many speak of Bradley it is apparent that he would have been a wonderful husband and father. The anquish we all feel at the loss of such blessed men is overwhelming many many times!! My son..and yours, loved life..their laughter and joy was apparent to all who knew them..it is that joy of life that sustains me. Our sons would want us to smile and laugh each day...we know that the day will also include its share of tears!! May you always remember that Bradley was a boy of great spirit..and that spirit was apparent in the family and friends I saw at the VA Memorial Day Services. We are truly guarded by extraordianry angels!!! From Mom to Mom...may Bradley's love of life sustain you as Ron's sustains me!!"
Connie Hilling, Ron's MOM of Williamsburg, Pennsylvania

"To Bradley's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F. Smith of Pennsylvania

"Roger,Sharon,Jenny,and all my family,
January 11th 19 years ago I was 7. I can remember feeling so proud because I now had someone special to share my birthday with, Bradley. I will now celebrate my birthday without him here. But the feeling of being proud is stronger than ever. Brad left here last summer a teenager. But through all his training he became a strong, courageous man. I am proud to say he was my cousin. Proud to say that he gave his all and died for us and our country. I am proud of you, Sharon and Roger, for raising such a wonderful son. His time with us was short, but beautifull. He filled our lives with memories that we will never forget. His blue eye, goofy smile, and caring personality will live on forever in our minds and heart. Let us never forget the sacrifice he made for us. Bradley, I love you kiddo."
Kimberly A. Bickford of Flinton, Pennsylvania, USA

"To my family,
I will never forget the time that all of us grandkids were sled riding down through the horse pasture at Gram's and Brad fell off and cracked his head open. We all cried and ran to the house, carrying Brad, to get Gram to help. The point is, just as we kids came together that day to help Brad, Brad came into our lives to help us. He showed us what love was. He showed us how to smile. He made us laugh. He made us worry. He showed us bravery and he showed us what honor is. But most of all, Brad showed us what a family is...for it is he who brought us all together again. We are stronger now than ever before and although we will miss Brad, he will always be here with us. Every family reunion, every holiday, every happy or even sad event...Brad will be there watching over us and bringing us together. We will love you forever, Brad. Thanks for all the memories and I hope you are having fun up there fishin' with the Big Guy! Love always,"
Rachel E. Kester of Curwensville, PA USA

"Roger and Sharon,
God gave you the prescious gift of your son Bradley for nineteen years. Our children are not our own but just a gift for a season. You had a very brief but wonderful nineteen years with Bradley. Little did you realize when you gave birth to that beautiful baby boy nineteen years ago, that you were given the priviledge of training a life who would be a national hero.
First and foremost he was your beloved son, of whom you can be so very proud. He will live forever in your hearts. His spirit is very much alive and working today. Your memories of him will remain hidden in your heart forever.
God richly bless you as go forth on this new journey that has opened up to you.
Thank you for raising such a wonderful son, I shall always remember his beautiful smile.
I thank Bradley for giving the utimate sacrifice of his life for our country. He achieved so much in such a short time. We are so grateful for him and proud of him."
Fred and Irene Allen of Paradise Point Oklahoma

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

"To Roger, Sharon & Jen, Our deepest sympathy is extended to you and your family. Please know that our thoughts and prayers continue, and I hope that these words will bring comfort to you in this difficult time. May God's grace and comfort be with you. Bradley will never be forgotten."
Irvin & Sandy Gallaher & family of Irvona, PA

"Words cannot express the pain, sadness, and anger that came over me when I heard the horrifying news. All I could think about was, "Why Brad?" Everyone has their own theory of why Brad was taken that dreadful day. It took this very incident, to make me believe that God has a plan for each and every one of us. I now believe in Him and I also believe that Brad is in a much better place, watching over all of us. Brad truly is a hero and a guardian angel. Not just a friend to me, he was like family and not just a cousin to Joe,they were best frends. Although he won't be there, in person, for our wedding, Joe and I both know that Brad will be there, standing beside us and guiding us through everything. He was always there to help us and we loved him for that. Brad, we want you to know that you'll remain forever in our hearts and always on our minds. We Love You Brad!!! You'll never be forgotten."
Dana & Joe Kitchen of Bellwood, Pa. & Wichita, Ks

"OUR HEART GOES OUT TO THE KRITZER FAMILY IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW! KNOW THAT BRADLEY IS IN A BETTER PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A "WAR".... ALL THERE IS.....LOVE! A PART OF HIM STILL REMAINS WITH US! NEVER WILL HE BE FORGOTTEN! MUCH LOVE, SENT TO YA'LL!"
THE FAMILY OF PFC. ERNIE ROSALEZ of McALLEN,TX ( FT. HOOD )

"brad,
i will never for get u! i want u to know i love u and i will miss u so very much! i will remember when i first met u
that pertty smile u give me and that i had fallin for u once i saw u but most of all i will never for get the good and bad times we had,also scaring laughs and tears. most of all i will never for get u and i want u to know u remain in my heart and know one can replace that.i will miss everything about u and will never for get the first kiss i got from u and the emails i got from u and the phone calls they mean't alot but i am proud of u for serving our country and takin pride.. i love u bradley G. kritzer and i always will. as for brad's family let god be with u though this rough time and god bless u!"
crystal kenawell of altoona pa

"I'm so sorry about your loss. May God continue to give you strength in your time of sorrow."
The family of Spc. Derek Sherman A Batt. 1-21 FA of Copperas Cove, Tx.

"Brad was my husband's driver when he arrived at fort hood. I remember when I first met Brad his eyes looked so bright and he seemed like such a sweet boy. I'm so sorry for your loss."
Jennifer Gowdy wife of Sgt. Michael Gowdy of Lawrenceburg, IN

"Brad, I'll never forget you. All the times you and I shared in classes or homeroom. They didn't mean much then, but they mean the world to me now. Remember when you would always steal my pen or pencil then act like you had no idea where it was? I would get so frustrated. But I would give all my pens to have you back here now, as silly as that may sound. I want you to know that I love you, I miss you, but most of all, I am so unbelievably proud of you. You truly are my hero and I will never forget the sacrifice you made for your family, friends, and your country. You are one of a kind, and I will always think of you when I look up to the heavens. May you rest in peace."
Courtney Lazeration of Houtzdale, PA

"My sincerest Sympathy. God bless you
in your time of sorrow."
B.Byrd of Mart, Texas

"To Bradley'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 his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"

"To Bradley'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

"Thank you Bradley Kritzer, 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. Bradley Kritzer:
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 Bradley 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. Bradley Kritzer:
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 Bradley, 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