Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Chad W. Lake

26, of Ocala, Florida.
Lake died in Balad, Iraq, when the vehicle he was riding in overturned. He was assigned to the Army's 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry, 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on February 13, 2005.

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"I had the honor of serving with sgt chad lake. From basic training at fort sill ok to fort bliss tx then to Germany. He was a great man and a great soilder. He help me out as much as he can. I will never forget you sgt lake. My thoughts and prayers to your family. Rest in peace hero. Stand down you did an outstanding job down here n now your up there protecting the gates. Rip sgt chad lake."
Somtay of Carson city nv USA

"On Saturday we will be celebrating Chad Lake Day, our annual event to honor Chads memory. What a special day for our family that everyone comes over to remember our son, brother, uncle, friend and soldier. Chad we miss you everyday and know that we will see you again one day. Love you so much, Mom"
Debbie Farr of Ocala, Fl

"On Sept. 21st, 2014 I will be running in the "Run for the Fallen" in Tampa Florida. Sgt. Chad W. Lake is the Soldier on my running bib. I will give it my all just like he gave his all. I thank you for your service and your sacrifice for this great country of ours."
Mailissa Cavanaugh of Lutz, Florida

"Chad ... I know you are in Heaven standing beside our son Robert ... Guarding the gates for our Lord!!

It's Memorial Day soon ... Our son was killed on May 25th ... Close to that holiday ... It's about freedom not celebrating a day off from work! Thank you for your service!"
Mrs. Blair of Belfry, Montana

"Todays that day. My mom just called and told me that her, my dad, and brother were on the way to church. They told me they were Praying for you tonight. Rememeber the great times i do! One year ill make it down there mrs. Farr. I promise."
mike steffler of lapeer michigan

"To the family. I served in Iraq and when I got back home I had made an order for Ranger Joes or some other store and out of the blue I aked to purchase a braclet with who evers name on it and I recieved it in the mail with Chad W. Lake on it. If I remember right all the proceeds went out to the families. It has been some years now and I have that braclet sitting on a shelf with all my military metals and stuff and I just want you to know that he will always be remembered. He was one of my brothers in arms! I served with the 1ST Infantry Division 04-05 OIF. God bless your family and know that he is in good hands with GOD now."
Davis of Winona, MN. United we Stand

"To the family of:Chad W.Lake
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"I promise your family that your memory will live on for generations to come in Marion County. You bravery will NOT go unheard. You are my hero. Your work is done soldier, rest with God."
Libby Rawson of Anthony, Fla.

"Chad, we will be celebrating your life tomorrow and I always feel short on words. You would be proud of your family. They have dealt with this tragedy like real heroes. You are never forgotten. You are loved daily. You are celebrated by those who have had the privelage to know you and that love is passed on through generations to come."
Nathan, Elizabeth, Kaley & Aliya of Ocala, FL

"Chad, its still hard to believe you have been gone for 6 years, but you are still in our hearts and loved and missed very much. We will be celebrating your memory with friends and family on Feb. 26th and you just wouldn't believe how much everyone looks forward to this day. You are very missed and loved by all. Love you, MOM"
Debbie Farr of Ocala, FL

"To a soldier I have never met, the healing mother I had a chance encounter with, and a sister who I have known for a long time. I always think of you on this day and make sure that my children give you some love especially around this time. The kids and I send our love to you and all the service members that were around Chad."
Heather, Athena, and Xander Stine of Ocala, FL

"your still on my mind and in my heart chad. never forget. love seein your picture!"
MIKE STEFFLER of lapeer MICHIGAN

"I served with SGT Lake from 2000 to 2003 after the ground war with the 3rd Infantry Division. He was a good man and Soldier. SSG Timothy Roberts"
Timothy J. Roberts of Fort Lee, VA

"I walked in the Lakeland Florida Warrior Walk today and the soldier who I honored was your son. It was so good to come home and learn more about him and what a great person he was. I am the mother of an 18 year old boy and can only imagine the depth of your loss. I am so sorry. I was very proud to honor his memory today. May his memory live on forever."
Linda Knight of Fort Meade, Florida

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"WELL CHAD, I THOUGHT OF YOU THIS MORNING CUTTING BANANAS FOR MY 1 YR OLD DAUGHTER, AND JUMPED ON THIS PAGE TO SAY HI TO YOU AND ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I THINK OF YOU ALL THE TIME! ITS JUST NOT FAIR CHAD. HEY CHAD, MEMBER WHEN MY CAR BROKE DOWN AND I CALLED U EARLY ONE MORNING AND U DROVE 5 HRS ONE WAY TO COME GET ME SO ID MAKE IT FOR FORMATION THE NEXT MORN? U DIDNT EVEN HESITATE... THATS THE KIND OF FRIEND AND LEADER U WERE. THANKS BUDDY! LOVE YOU MAN!"
MIKE STEFFLER of LAPEER MICH

"Just want everyone to know that I appreciate all the messages that you leave for Chad and it means so much that you keep his memory alive. We will be having our 5th annual Chad Lake Day at our house on Feb. 20, 2010 and you all are more than welcome. I love meeting all of the friends that Chad had and loved. contact me at lakefarr@embarqmail.com for details."
Debbie Farr (Chad's Mom) of Ocala, Fl

"Hey chad.....just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgot the sacrifice that you gave to your nation and the ultimate price you paid. I wanted you to know that everyday I have you in my heart and kieran my son talks of you even though he only met you once when he was 4. Claudia and I will never forget you brother....Scouts Out see you at Fiddlers Green"
SFC Stack of Ft. Hood, TX

"To Debbie ,Kenny ,and Courtney... When I heard the news on t.v. that Chad had left to meet the LORD I was shocked to the core, tears filled my eyes and my heart ached for your sorrow.I immediately remembered all the Christmas Eves we would spend at your home,and me and Chad playing ball.I am so sorry for your loss.He will live 4ever with all who knew him"
DAVID STONE of OCALA,FLORIDA

"I miss you my friend"
Michael Cash

"It has been awhile since I have been on here, and I love seeing the new messages. I think of you EVERY single day, but for some reason you are really on my mind today. I thought by now, dealing with you being gone would be easier, but it is till so tough. I feel like you have missed out on so much, the kids growing up. Austin reminds me of you so much, especially now that he is getting older. It makes me laugh because he will go sit in his truck with the music "booming", just like you used to do! He doesn't talk that much until you get him talking about the Gators (yea, just like you!). Chad, I love you so much and miss you that much more. I wish so bad that I could take these last few years back and change what has happened. Things are not the same without you and I wish you were here. We love you so much bubby."
Courtney, Melvin, Austin, Madison & Trey of Ocala, FL

"chad lake dad is so good so he had to be great himself you made people proud of you.you is great i wish i was at the first chad lake day"
kentrai of reddick,florida

"Chad, I still remember when you stayed at our house while your Dad was up north giving one of his kideys to save his sister, that is what you and your family are about. I knew the day I saw you and Courtney at the ball park in Anthony playing catch with Michael and Courtney doing cartwheels with Ashlea that you would play an important part in my life. I watched you grow up into a wonderful man. I am so proud that you became part of my family, they say blood is thicker than water but I can't imagine us being any closer than if you had been my blood. Keith and I think of you often and it is wonderful to hear all of Michael and Ashlea's kids see someone in uniform and say hey he reminds me of Uncle Chad. We will be there tomorrow to celebrate your life on Chad Lake day. We love you Chad and the plants that you help me plant some many many years ago are still alive and strong just like our love for you. Love Keith,Pam, Michael,Tammy, Tristan, Taylor, Ashlea, Chris, Leon, Leilah"
Pam and Keith of Ocala, Florida

"I think of you on a daily basis on my way to work chad. All the good times and bad. I remember like it was yesterday the day you got to the middle east and I knew you were coming soon. I can remember the hug I gave you and I will never forget that! Your family is in my prayers this evening and I will celebrate tomorrow in my own way. Lake family, I regret that i will not make it this year but look so forward to the day that I can come to share this day with you. God bless Lakedaddy! ADA 4 life"
mike steffler of lapeer, michigan

"February 2, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Chad W. Lake:
Chad 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

"February 21, 2009 we will be celebrating out 4th annual SSG Chad Lake Day and welcome any former soldiers that served with Chad. The event is held at Chad's moms house in Ocala, Fl and we have lots of friends and families that come together to remember Chad and celebrate his life. There is always lots of good food and fond memories on that day. Thanks to all that continue to come and we would love to meet others that knew Chad. Contact me at lakefarr@embarqmail.com for details."
Debbie Farr (Chad's Mom) of Ocala, Fl

"I sit here today as a civilian thinking of my air defense brothers that gave their life for our country. I can't help but feel guilty for making it home. Sgt Lake, Spc Gooding, I am proud to say that I served with the both of you. ***Mike Steffler, get in touch with me. It's Aaron Stowers 317-965-7639***"
Aaron Stowers of Indianapolis, In

"I still remember the first time I met you, standing on my front porch at 6 am. I was wondering who you were until you told me who you were with. (Gotta love drunk friends, eh?) I knew you for such a short time before you were deployed and there is so much I wish we had done. I wish I knew you better, and I'm sad we never got that chance. I wear the bracelet with your name on it and tell everyone who asks me about it why I wear it.
To the family, God bless you. He was a good man."
J of Laughlin, NV

"Today is a day when we remember the veterens who gave the ultimate sacrifice and proved thier selfless service to us and our country. We all thank you SSG. Lake for your dedication and will never forget you and the others on a special day like this. My flag is flying high today. God bless all you fallen heroes! Until next time......."
mike steffler of lapeer, michigan

"your on my mind all day today, really no differant than any other day but today as we all know is dfferant. To Mrs Lake... I am looking forward to coming down there, not this year but as many as I can in the future. Please keep that day as Sgt. Lake day. My family and I will plan our future family vacations around that time so i can make it. Chad was such a great friend of mind that words can't describe and i would love to stay in touch with his family. May god be with all Chad's family and friends on this day and all the rest. Know that NOONE has earned my respect more than your chad. Chad... i feel like you can read these messages so I'll never forget any of the many times we shared. I love you and always will and my sons will know about you...trust me buddy. gotta go, but i'll talk to you later lakedaddy. GO GATORS!!!!!!!!"
mike steffler of lapeer, michigan

"To all of Chad's wonderful friends, it makes me so proud everytime I open this website and see that someone else has wrote about Chad. It makes me smile that he made an impression on so many fine young men and women. We are approaching our 3rd year without Chad and it is so difficult however these messages are always comforting to us. We will be celebrating our annual SSG Chad Lake Day on February 23rd with lots of bar-b-q, family, friends and fellow soldiers that we are in contact with. Thanks so much for sharing your memories of my son and keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers. It is very hard, however we remember all the good times we had and what a wonderful son he was. We miss him very much."
Debbie Farr - MOM of Ocala, FL

"I dont know what to say right now. i just found this webpage on you lakedaddy, and one of the first things i read was my name. I think of you everyday and the fun memories we had at ft. stewert and all the weekend trips to florida to see your family and the gators. I had to get a tatoo of your initials with the C in orange and L in blue to represent the gators. it was a shock to hear about you but i know that you died proud. chad i will never forget you as long as i live and the good things you brought to my life."
mike steffler of lapeer, michigan

"Chad i will never forget the first day i meet you i was a 18 year old pvt sitting in kuwait me u and dykes and steffler sitting outside the tents bs'in you always had some good advice for me and helped me out i found a picture the other day of when u were my avenger wingmate in OIF I seems like forever ago u will always be missed thanks for letting me know how much one NCO can make a difference"
SGT. Little CLinton RED2G/Red sniper of Denison,TX

"Hey Chad,

It seems like yesterday we were in Germany with SGT Colin Closs at Crazy Feet night club. I met you as a Private fresh to the Army way of life. Between you and Colin you made me feel like a brother, it didn't matter what the color of my skin was. After you left for the states we met up again at Ft. Stewart. It was like we picked up from where we left off. We made if throught OIF I with lots of memories and with a renewed look on life. Just as we were just getting use to being back home it was time to pack it up and go again. We all didn't want to leave, but it is our loyalty to our family and country that put us on that plane. Being in the Ruff Rider Platoon with you was the best of brotherhood bonds I will never forget. Our whole platoon was like a well tuned engine firing on all cylinders. BLUE Platoon was a home away from home. As the senior scout in the platoon you made sure that all of us stayed in high sprits with your humors personality. As the second anniversary comes tomorrow I just wanted to say I miss you brother. Some nights when I close my eyes I can see you face as I pulled you from the Hummvee. I wish I could have done more for my friends and brothers that morning. I just wish it would have never went down the way it did. I love you man, see you when we meet in the sky.

To the family of Chad my heart has a special place for you. I know how you feel because I feel it everyday. I miss my brother, but I know he would want us to continue being strong.

Chad (BLUE 2) I will always remember you bro, BLUE 2, "THIS IS BLUE 5, I WILL CONTINUE MISSION, BLUE 5, OUT."

RUFF RIDER, LET'S RIDE

patrick.hagood@us.army.mil"
SSG Hagood, Patrick (BLUE 5) of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC

"To the Lake Family,was just going through some pictures the other day,and came across one of Chad and I at a gunnery at Fort Stewart.I will never forget him."
SSG MAHALICK(RETIRED) of 150 VALLEY VIEW DRIVE DALLAS PA 18612

"Freedom Quilts is sending you a quilt to honor your son. You pain we can never understand unless we walk your shoes. They say time heals but for a parent it really doesn't you just keep it all hiding so others don't see your pain. The quilt is for those day that you just can't hide it anymore and you need to let it out. Wrap yourself in your quilt and know that the rest of us care and want to comfort you with this quilt. We hope you received it and if you like to contact us and know of others that have lost a love one and wishes to receive a quilt whether it be a parent or spouse please have them contact me so I can send them a quilt. The quilts are free for those that gave us heroes this is our way of honoring them by honoring the family. My website is www.freedomquilts.net and my email is debeniel@ncn.net if you need to contact me or if anyone else needs to contact me to receive a quilt. God bless and take care and please know you will always be in our prayers so God will continue to give you strength and courage to keep going."
Betty Nielsen of Fonda, IA

"Chad,
Wow! What a beautiful page and memorial. You truly were a great friend to all of us. I will never forget "born on the 4th of July" - the birthday party we threw you at that park in Germany with the Christina Aguilera cake I made you.....you coming into the barracks singing "OOps I did it again" and your crazy little dance. Wendy says she misses her little "last resort dance partner"! LOL! The memories are endless. Everyone who knew you hurts for this loss. You will always be remembered."
Tonda (Toni) of Columbia, SC

"Chad, I miss ya brother!!! We were stationed together in Germany and we went to PLDC and got promoted together. One of the best friends a guy could ever have! Thanks for the memories. You will NEVER be forgotten! Go GATORS!"
Colin Closs of OHIO

"Today, we are celebrating SSG. Chad W. Lake Day. They say time heals, but it hasn't yet. I think its harder to deal with now then when we got the news of your death. As time goes by it's that much more that I miss you. I think of you every single day and miss you even more every day. By the support of your friends both here and in the Army, it shows just how much you were loved and respected not just by us your family, but also your friends and co-workers. This country lost one of the finest men it had, when we lost you. It makes me proud that I am your sister. Forever greatful to you Chad. Forever missed. Forever loved.
Love, Courtney"
Courtney of Ocala, FL

"TO OUR FAMILY;
TODAY A YEAR LATER, YOU ARE STILL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, CHAD WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON ,IN EVERYONE'S HEART . PLEASE KNOW THAT HE WAS LOVED BY MANY AND WILL BE MISSED FOREVER
FEBUARY 13,2006"
Rockman & Dorie of Ocala,Florida

"Oh Chad, I was so sad to hear what happened. It has been nearly a year, but I am just now learning of your sacrifice. To your family I extend my prayers. Chad was a wonderful young man. I remember him well in Highschool as a kind-hearted and gentle boy. I always knew he would do great things. Know that even now as the anniversary of his passing quickly approaches, memories of your son are embedded in the hearts of his old friends. He will always be remembered for the wonderful person he was. God Bless you all, and may you rest in peace Chad."
An old friend of North Carolina

"To the Lake Family,
I was SGT Lake's Battery Commander prior to OIF. He was a great soldier, leader, and NCO. I and my family thank him for his sacrafice as well as the sacrafice of his family. He will always be remembered."
MAJ Clay Goff of Fort Leavenworth, KS

"To the family of Chad Lake:
This message is a late addition to the list because we live in Illinois now and just happened to learn of Chad's death on a Memorial Day weekend list of Fallen Heroes. It was a shock to hear of your loss, and I can't tell you how sorry we all are. In memory, we were transported back to the days of the MCYFL Colts and those good times. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you. Chad was a good kid and is indeed a Fallen Hero."
The Forsythe family: Dennis, Deborah, Larissa, Meghan, and Travis of Belleville, IL

"To my SON, my HERO...
A part of me also died when I heard the news, and I still feel it must be a bad dream. No words can express how much I love you and miss you. You are a HERO and I am proud to be your mom. Rest in peace, dear son. You will never be forgotten.
Love you so much, MOM"
Debbie Farr of Ocala, FL

"To my SON, my HERO...
A part of me also died when I heard the news, and I still feel it must be a bad dream. No words can express how much I love you and miss you. You are a HERO and I am proud to be your mom. Rest in peace, dear son. You will never be forgotten.
Love you so much, MOM"
Debbie Farr of Ocala, FL

"To my hero, my brother, my best friend, Lately I have been at a loss for words. You were, are, and always will be our hero. We have all had such a hard time accepting this. I'm still waiting for you to call and tell me your OK. We all miss you so much. My kids will always remeber you and honor you. Austin absolutly adored you and looked up to you and really really misses you. Madison is a fighter and tries not to let it bother her, but talks about you often. Trey hasn't had much time with you and is too little to understand, but I promise you, he will know who his Bubby is. I keep a locket with your picture in it around my neck and every day he asks me to open it so he can say Hi to Bubby. I am so glad we got those bracelets for each other for Christmas, I wear it every day and we let Austin have yours, and he does not take it off. It breaks my heart that you are gone, but I am so proud of you and the rest of the brave soldiers defending our country. May you rest in peace. I love you."
Your sister, Courtney of Ocala, Florida

"To the family of SGT Chad Lake:
SGT Lake worked for me when he camed to Germany as a brand new Private in the U.S. Army. This soldier was as fine a young man as I have met. He truly was as sharp as a soldier that I have had the pleasure to serve with in my 21 years of service. My heart and my prayers go out to the entire family of SGT Chad W. Lake."
Master Sergeant Mark Hall of U.S. Army

"I am so sorry to hear what happened to Chad. I lived next door to him and Misty for a year while I was at Fort Stewart and was shocked to read this had happened. Please accept my condolences and if there is anything I can do please feel free to contact me at my email address: flblue05@aol.com
Very Respectfully, LTC Rich Stalbaum"
Richard of Alexandria, VA

"You are a hero to myself and an example to us all. Support our troops and remember our veterans."
Kenny Schubel of Anthony, FL

"TO KNOW HIS NAME IS AN HONOR. BUT TO HAVE EMBRASSED HIS FRIENDSHIP AND HIS LOVE IS TRULEY UNBELIVABLE. EVERY NIGHT I TUCK MY KIDS IN I SAY THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PLAYED A PART IN HIS LIFE. NEVER HAVE A MET A MAN WHO HAS A BIGGER HEART OR WHO BELIVED IN ME AS HE DID. CHAD W. LAKE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN MY HEART AND IN MEMORYS AND IN STORIES TO STILL BE TOLD.
A PIECE OF ME DIED THE DAY I HEARD THE NEWS. STILL SEARCHING FOR PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING, BUT LOVE WILL ALWAYS BE FOUND, THANKS TO CHAD! (THANK YOU)"
SOMEONE WHO CARES of OCALA , FL

"MAN CHAD IT SUCKS, YOURE GONE. I CANT BELEIVE IT, IT SEEMS JUST LIKE YESTERDAY WE TALKED. IM NOT GONNA FORGET ABOUT YOU DUDE. I TELL MY FAMILY OF YOU AND HUNG YOUR PICTURES ON MY WALL. THANKS FOR BEING A GREAT FRIEND AND SOLDIER. THANKS DUDE."
SGT NICHOLAS PUMFREY of FT. STEWART, GA

"We will keep you in our prayers and are honored to have known Chad. May God bless your family during this time."
Sra Nathan Gladdin & family of Yokota AB, Japan

"Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for serving our wonderful country. Men like you are what keeps America great."
Gordon & Cindy Keeton of Pensacola, Florida

"Chad, I want you to know that you were my bestfriend. I will miss you forever and will never forget you. You were not just a solider but you were a brother to me as well.We went through alot together and I will carry every memory of you with me forever. I am still over here definding our country insake of my family, country and you. As my daughter gets older I will tell her about my best friend and hero. You will always be in my heart. Thankyou for what you did for our county. May you rest in peace, Your friend SGT Jonathan and my wife Crystal Dykes"
Jonathan and Crystal Dykes of Ft. Stewart, Georgia

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

"To my friend and brother,
I have a hard time expressing the way that I feel about what has happend.We have been through so much in the last 19 or 20 years. I have never met a man that had so many people that loved and cared for him,I only wish others knew. To Debbie and Kenny,thank you for having such a good friend, brother and son.I would also like to thank the eight other soldiers who gave there life or nearly died tring to save there fellow soldiers.

Living in my heart forever,
Michael"
of Ocala, Florida

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Lake family. I lost my son in Iraq on 1/26/05. All those that have lost their lives in service to their country will always be heroes. May God bless you and ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"Words cannot express the feelings, the feelings I have each time I hear of an american hero losing his life. I am so sorry for your loss, and the reason I chose to write, is becasue I was just visiting my inlaws (The Villages) and even though we live hunreds of miles away (Plymouth, MA.) I just feel a part of your pain. Beleive me, nobody knows more than you, the pain it must give, and I just wanted you to know that you'r not alone, there are alot of people here supporting you, and the hero's we've sent to Iraq. And each one of them is a HERO, becasue it takes alot of guts, and character to volenteer to serve your country. I hope this message helps in some small way, Just because I never knew Chad, I've read about him, and so has alot of people, and we're all here to support you. 26 is too young, and just know that this whole country thanks you, and your son, very much. A heartfelt thank you, from Plymouth, MA."
Rick Boretti of Plymouth, MA.

""To our family and friends:
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of our hero,a nephew, a son, and a brother. He will never be forgotten, God bless him and his fellow fallen soliders.He will continue to live in our hearts."
Rocky & Dorie of Liberty, S. C.

"Sgt. Lake, thank you for your service to your country and the gift of freedom. To Worthy, Debbie, Ken, Courtney and the rest of the family and friends, thank you for your sacrifice and the gift of your son, brother and friend. He has made a difference in this world by helping others to know freedom."
Steve Montgomery of Ocala, FL

"Thank you Chad Lake, 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. Chad Lake:
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 Chad 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. Chad Lake:
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 Chad, 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