Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Duane E. Longstreth


19, of Tacoma, Washington.
Longstreth died as a result of non-combat related injuries in Baghdad, Iraq. Longstreth was assigned to Company B, 307th Engineer Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Died on August 7, 2003.

Longstreth with his sisters, Anna and Vickie
Duane in Iraq

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"I never knew Duane Long streth, but I am grateful that he served our wonderful country with pride, dignity, and honor. My heartfelt sympathy to Duane's family at their loss, and may they be comforted daily in knowing that Duane did not give his life in vain, but that he passed away doing what he loved and believed in as a noble gesture to honor our beloved America, and Duane's soul and spirit are at rest with our Lord and Saviour JESUS, and it's my firm belief that Duane's spirit looks down with love and watches over his loved ones and family. May God be with Duane's family always and may they know Peace."
E M L'Herault of Hot Springs, Ark. US ofA

"Here we are again. Oh how I miss you. I have so much I want to share with you and then I remember you already know. You have been with me every step of the way. I love you as much now as I did then. I miss you every day. I still look through our pictures. I can't bring myself to visit your grave. It's just too much. You are never far from my thoughts. I love you..."
Chantel Shepherd of Bellingham Wa

"Hey brother sorry I haven't written you it was very hard loosing you. It's me your Ole Team Leader SGT Torres, well now it's Master Seargent Torres. I was there that dreadful day, rememberd we were on guard on that hot a** bridge just sweating and me yelling at you cause you kept taking your helmet off. Brother not a day goes by that I don't think about you and how you impacted my life. Just to let you know 2 months after your passing my son was born and his name is Samuel Gage, told you I was going to squeeze the name Gage in there and yes I know it's the name of the kid from Pet Sematary, but you have to admit it it's a cool name. And he's smart as hell I show him pics of us and he thinks we all look funny. Well I'll tell you I reclass and I'm now in PSYOP and I love it. Been everywhere with them and it's pretty cool the stuff we do.

Well brother I'll write to you from now on more frequently and remember you're always on my mind and in my heart, love you bro. Take care and Sappers Lead The Way."
MSG Julio C. Torres of FT Bragg, NC

"It's been 10 years and the tears still fall. I will always miss you... I love you Duane..."
Chantel shepherd of Bellingham wa

"Duane,
I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Sappers Up!"

"hey duane its "jimmy"havent talked to you in a while but i jus wanna let u know that you are not forgotten my brother...1st platoon BEAST Bco 307th eng 82nd abn"
Adrian Jimenez of Watsonville CA USA

"I shared an electral (that was our sleeping quarters) room with Longstreth and several others before he passed. He was a great neighbor; he was really easy to talk to, and even despite the uncertainty and unstable nature of an invasion, he still had a sunny disposition. /salute's Longstreth"
Daniel Hannon of Lawrence, Kansas

"Hey Brother,
On this Memorial Day, I honor you man. I miss you, and I wish I could pick up the phone and call you, I wish we could joke around like we used to. I just want you to know, you will always be missed

"All gave some - Some gave all"
"When one of us doesn't return, none of us really return.""
Eric Grimes of Colonial Heights, VA

"I went through Basic Training and AIT with PFC Longstreth with Alpha Company 35th. He and I were the only PFC's in our little room. I remember the hilarious exchanges he got in with another one of our roommates (Some kid with a British accent)... it really made the time go by fast.

-Take care buddy. We'll get back together one day..."
of Bakersfield, CA

"Missing you brother."
Doc Kerns

"Duane, How's it going? I know your there watching over us. I'm not sure if you remember me or not. My name is SFC George W. Bush Jr. I was in B Co 307th with you and later went to HHC. Back then I was a SPC. I remember calling you Longstretch a few times and you would correct me,LOL. Just a little history leading to this moment, At the time of your death I was deployed to Afghanistan when I learned the news. I remember it being a very sad day for all of us that new you. I got your Braclet as soon as it was available and wore it everyday until I PCSed to FT Campbell. I deployed again, that time to Baghdad and it hit home when I hit boots on ground. We lost 2 Soldiers (SSG Alicia A. Birchett and CPL Jason J. Beadles)in the company. Alicia was one of mine. After those moments and I got their Braclets, I had to start sharing my wrist with all of you. When I returned I PCSed to FT Lewis, WA your home and am now on my 3rd Deployment, this time to FOB Warhorse, Iraq. On 13 March just a few days ago I lost another one of my Soldiers. SPC Erin L. Mclyman and today we had her memorial Ceremony. It wasn't until that moment that it hit me when I was holding all of your braclets in my hand that I realized that you are from WA. I punched in your name and found this site. Man it is so good to see your face again. I read everyones postings, I remember DOC and Grimes. I want to tell you I miss you badly along with the rest of you guys. When I get back from this deployment, I would love to meet your family. To everyone who did not know Duane, I thank you for not letting Duane go forgotten. To your family Duane, I know it is hard with out him, I think of him everyday, his Braclet is part of my uniform. Thank you for your support to the troops and hold your head with honor to have Duane as a member of your family. I would like to hear from Duane's family in hope to meet you when I get back to FT Lewis. george.bush1@us.army.mil or gdoubcali78@yahoo.com

Duane, you take care. Now that I know where to find you, I'll be talking to you again. until next time, be good Bro."
SFC George W. Bush of Roy, WA (FOB Warhorse, Iraq)

"To Duane's family and friends,
I did not know your soldier but wanted to send my thoughts of extreeme thanks and gratitude for doing what they did. My name it Kelly (Tyrrell) Zitelman and my younger brother PFC Scott Tyrrell also died "from injuries sustained in Iraq during a non-combat related incident" in 2003. He was near an amunitions hold when it exploded on Nov. 14th and died from his injuries on Nov. 20th at Brooks Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
It has been just over 6 years for us...and I just wanted you to know that yours, as well as mine have not been forgotten. I want to thank you for the sacrifice that, not only your soldier, but all of you also gave! I hope that you are able to keep Duane's memory alive but have also learned to live with the pain of him being gone. Please know that I will be thinking of all of you and that if any of you ever need to talk with someone "that truely understands"...you can reach me at zitelmanzoo@yahoo.com
Kelly :)"
Kelly (sister to a fellow fallen soldier) of Dixon, IL

"Hey duane, It's getting close to christmas and i had you on my mind for a bit now. I talked to some of the guys from the platoon brought back a few memories.. some good some bad.. peace brother uncle sep"
Uncle Sep of worldwide

"I visited your grave today... Its still as hard today as it was the day we laid you to rest... The tears don't fall as long, but they still fall just as hard... I feel the pain burning in my belly every moment you pass through my thoughts... It doesn't go away with prayers or wishes no matter how often or hard I try... I believe it will never go away despite what everyone says...
I took My beautiful son Noah to visit your grave. This visit was the first visit that my son has questioned everything...

He said to me "Mommy why can't I see uncle Duane?" My response "Because Uncle Duane died a few years before you were born." Then He said "Mommy I would like to see him, can I please?" I said "I wish you could see him Noah, I would love for you two to meet, and I wish I could see him again too, but we just can't" he said "I promise I will eat all my dinner and put my toys away if you let me see him! Can't he just not be dead for one day?" and I began to cry which he saw and responsded with "I'm sorry mommy did I hurt your feelings?" after I shook my head no he said quietly with his head down " Did Uncle Duane died forever mommy?" I shook my head yes then composed myself and told him, that you may not be here for us to see, But you are still with us watching over us making sure we are safe. I told him that every time he wants to see you he can color you a picture and we will be sure to put it in a balloon and send it off to heaven for Uncle Duane to enjoy...

He doesn't yet understand the world.. and I truly hope he never has to understand what the loss of someone so important feels like... Your death was horrible for me.. and here I am with A pure minded little boy that asks about you... having to explain the unimaginable pieces of life and the traumatic events of my life... It just makes me miss you terribly. A lifetime is a long time to go without someone... But since I have no choice.. I will do it as best I can.. I miss you big brother... I love you with all my heart"
Brit of Tacoma, WA/USA

"i remember when i first met you, we were at squali and you were passing out fliers to a party at your house. i started hanging out with you and you got into my soul. i tracked you down when you moved to tacoma, and when you went to illinois and i followed you 3000 miles away to north carolina... i love you with every breath duane, i always have and i always will. i miss you so much and i wish you were here. you are my hero."
chantel of ferndale wa

"I met "Longstretch" when he first came to us at Fort Bragg. A squared away soldier who was popular with his fellow troops, and affectionately picked on by his 1st SGT. I enjoyed the four months I spent with him at Fort Bragg before I was transferred out of 307 ENG and to 82nd AVN. I stopped by from time to time to visit my friends, even after Duane's platoon deployed. I will never forget how rocked I was when I found out of his passing. He had a great sense of humor and a calm demeanor that was uncommon for his age. I think about him from time to time and look forward to laughing with him again one day. Sappers All The Way!"
Jason D. Roberts of Washingon, D.C.

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Duane E. Longstreth:
Duane 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

"well, it's getting close to june again, just another month or so. you would be turning 24. your were a wonderful person, my best friend. I will never forget you. I just want you to know that your still missed and you'll always be loved. you paid the greatest sacrifice for our freedom and there is not a day that goes by that I don't thank you for that. you are my hero."
c. r. russell of bellingham washington

"First my sincerest condolances to the Longstreth family. I do embroidered memorials for familys of our fallen soldiers. I'm signed up to do one for Duane but I don't know where to send it. I see his family posts here so could someone email me at CarolPost@aol.com with Duane's mom's address? Thank you

Carol
The group I belong to is
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NoSoldierLeftBehindMemorial/"
Carol Post of Luxemburg, Wis

"He was a very very handsome man. Im sure that even though his life was short, it was a full and happy life."
Stormy of Georgia

"To the family of SPC Longstreth.
First of all let me say that I am deeply sorry for your loss. I know that you don't know me but I slept in the bunk underneath Duane in basic training in Ft. L. Wood. He was one of my best friends and he helped me get through basic. I am a Staff Sergeant now, married with my third child on the way. I still think back to all the good times that Duane and I had together, I will always remember him."
J. A. Kelsall of Ft. Hood, TX

"hey brother, another memorial day comes and goes. i still have that day burned in my mind. i miss you brother and i think about you all the time. i talked to your sister awhile back and i let her know that i was there for you and i let her know i did all i could. i still miss you bro. you rest easy."
Doc Kerns of FT, DRUM NY

"duane
hey I miss you. i just had my third child, wow, so much has happened to me over the years, one thing i know is that no matter what happens to me in my life, i feel blessed to have known you and to have you share just a part of it with me. I'll always miss you and you'll always be in my heart. just like i promised."
c.r. russell of ferndale wa whatcom

"Hey big brother! Its been a long long time since I have left you a message. I've been married for two years on the 23rd of this month. I have a 6 month old baby boy now too. His name is Kenneth Douglas and he looks like you. I like to think that you going home was part of a big plan. I mean if I hadn't gone to your memorial ceremony I wouldn't have met Damon. If I hadn't met Damon I wouldn't have married him in April '05. Anyway, I want you to know that I am very proud of you big brother and I love you so much. Do me a favor and watch over Damon for me while he is deployed. I love him very much and he means the world to me. So bless him with your presence and keep him safe big brother. I miss you big brother and you will always be in my heart! I love you!"
Anna Ezell of Newport, WA

"duane, this is cody, i know i didnt know you that well but i did get to meet you once and im glad, im so very proud of you and i wouldve been right out there with you if i could have."
Cody West of Kettle Falls Washington

"Duane,
First off before I start rambling I'm SO very proud of you.

Well I'll never forget Dawn at Jack hyde park on ruston way :) When you called me out of know where to have my mom bring me up there so we could say good bye one last time. If I remember correctly you were moving up to Mt. Vernon. We both cried so much over that, it seemed like a world away... Mt. Vernon. Funny how that is when your a teen. Ever since that moring evening driving by that park brings back memories of you.
Well anyways I wanted to tell you thank you. For listening to me and giving advice the way you are. It's been almost a year since I found out, about 4 months ago I recieved a picture from a friend of us at the YMCA!!! I started laughing and crying all at once. It brought on such a flood of emotions.
Well this year Pandora kali Elise will be 5. Dante' Edward will be 4 on your birthday, He was born June 23, 2003. The baby is due around your birthday too!! Apparently my kids like your birthday, It must be one of the better time of year to be born. But seriously I hope at least some of your personality and traits came from your birthday, so my son might have them too. I'll be talking to you soon again Thank you for eveything.

*Duane's mom*

hi I'm sorry I forgot your name after all these years, but I just wanted to say if you would like a copy of the pic please email me at Irishfyre@gmail.com.
Take care"
Dawn Shave of Tacoma WA

"hey merry christmas brother. thinkin about you. still talk to some of the platoon and we still talk about you. just want to let you know you are still in our hearts and minds. talk to you later brother."
Doc Kerns of Ft Drum NY.

"I Love you Duane and I miss you so very much!"
Brittany of Tacoma Washington

"I still think of you everyday.. I miss you like crazy, I've been talking to you alot at night lately (of course you know this) when I cry myself to sleep.. I know I cant hear your thoughts for me but i feel them everyday! I havent sent you a message since i found out about my little boy.. I wish you could be here, especially the day he is born. I know you look down on us from time to time.. And i pray you will be looking down on me when he comes into my life! I wish he could have met his amazing uncle Duane.. but Alex and I (and of course everyone else) will make sure he knows you and how great you truly are! I miss you SO MUCH! I love you Duane... and I promise I will be coming out to your grave to visit you very soon!"
Brittany of Tacoma, Washington

"hey brother its me. well today is memorial day. i have been thinking about all of you guys that have payed the price you paid. i can't believe it has been almost 3 years. i still see it all in my head. i really miss you brother and i know everyone else does too. well i better be running for now. you rest easy brother."
"Doc" Michael Kerns of Ft. bragg nc

"although your tears have dried
the pain in your heart still burns
even though he is gone
something in you still yurns
for the laughter in his voice
the smile on his face
the way he held your hand
his loving warm embrace
for our soldiers who have died
in a cause so great
we all wish it would change
but alas it was his fate
he lost his life
so we could live on

honor his memory, for although he paid the ultimate price for our freedom, he went out doing what he loved, taking care of us... we love you Duane, you will always be in our hearts. I know your watching over us. Rest in Peace"
C.R.Russell of Blaine Washington

"MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF DUANE E. LONGSTRETH. i AM SGT MICHAEL ARONHALT PREVIOUSLY OF DELTA COMPANY 1\325 AIR. I WAS WITH DUANE THE LAST MONTH BEFORE HE PASSED, AS WELL AS THE DAY. WE HAD SPENT MANY A NIGHTS UP TALKING ABOUT EVERY THING AND EVERYONE PULLING SECURITY ON A BRIDGE IN AS SHOULA (BAHGDAD) IRAQ. UNTIL THIS DAY I WAS NOT SURE HOW I WOULD FEEL TELLING YOU HOW SORRY I AM FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO SAVE HIM. KNOW THAT I MISS HIM VERY MUCH AND REGRET THAT I COULD NOT BRING HIM HOME TO YOU SAFE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE DONT HESITATE TO CALL MY HOME. 1(812) 418 3872. I HAVE YET TO COME TO GRIP WITH THE FACT THAT HE IS GONE AND WILL NEVER MAKE ME LAUGH AGAIN. IN CLOSING I WOULD LIKE TO HIM "AIRBORNE, DUANE CARRY ON SOLIDER, CARRY ON"..."
SGT MICHAEL ARONHALT of COLUMBUS, IN

"I am hoping someone will see this on this webpage and be able to help me. I am trying to reach the family of this soldier so that I can mail a flag to them that was flown in this soldier's honor. I am forever grateful for the sacrifices that this family gave. Any assitance would be very helpful.
Thank you. emmylou9@hotmail.com"
Emmy of Charleston, SC

"When I was a little kid, I always thought that the army would be very scary and too hard of work to join, but I never thought once about how you must have felt fighting for your country. It must have fely very wonderful to be fighting for the ones you love. When I get older, I really want to help my country and join the fighting soldiers of our country. I bet your family is very sad of you leaving, but Ibet they're even prouder of you fight for everything and everyone in this wonderful country, I know I am. Thank you for showing me that you dont have to be a rich celebrity to help the world, you can be a soldier!"
Kristin Orren of Woodinville, WA,

"I know I have left a few messages but they never seem to say the things I want them to.... I miss you Duane more than anything... I wish more than anything that You could be here with us.. in 8 months (June 24, 2006) I will be walking down the isle.. an I wish you could be there to see your little sister get married... But I know you will be there in my heart and soul.. and I know you will be watching over me throughout my life. Im so gad that The person I have choosen to spend the rest of my life with, was approved by you.. that means the world to me! I just want you to know you will always be in my thoughts.

Rose, I just want you to know that the rumor you heard about him being engaged was true, but not at the time of his death. Congratulations on your marriage, and children. Just so you know, Duane did have a true love.. Danielle... even though they didnt end up together, she was and always will be his true love!"
Brittany of Tacoma, Washington

"well Duane it's been awhile, I still think of you often. I lost the ring you gave me, I'm still kicking myself for that. I am married now I have a beautiful 9 month Daughter named Shayla, I have a son on the way. His name is Thain, I wish you would have been able to have kids, they would have been beautiful, word on the grapevine is you were ingaged when you died, I don't know if that is true or not, if it was I feel for her, if not I feel for you for not finding your true love, I still have your pictures, I'll always miss our friendship, you were a great guy, I hope your looking down on us all, I know I'm always looking up to you,I'll see you when I get there.
Love
your rose"
Rose Russell of ferndale, Wa USA

"I never met you but you walked and ran my old stomping grounds (the ardennes) I feel pride for any soldiers who lay down their life for what they believe in, but you were 307th and i was 618th we came from the same battalion and i feel pain for you, but thank you for your sacrifice you are a true american hero!"
Tom Pettid of Santa Rosa, CA

"Duane, you were like a big brother to me when Ryan was not around, we had some fun times all of us. I will always remember that night we all went to sharies and to the dance it was a fun night for all of us. Remembering all these times brings me back to when we were little, back on gove street, hanging out by the church and running around. I'll never forget those days. The memories are forever and I miss you very much. I love you so very much!"
Amber Carlstrom of Tacoma, WA

"I miss you so very much, Duane. You photos are always near by, but my memories of you are constant. I still cry, when I'm alone, and when I'm holding the only physical things I have left of yours. You are the most wonderful son, soldier and hero I know. Thank you for being part of my life. I will treasure your memory until we meet again."
Duane's Mom of Tacoma, WA

"Its alomost another birthday! Happy 21st Birthday on thursday June 23rd. I can only imagine what you would have done for your 21st birthday.... I miss you so much.. I wish we could have celebrated your birthday with you! Every day I think about you, and i realize how much i didn't tell you that i loved you when i should have... I wish i could take it all back and start all over, I would tell you ever day how much you mean to me. I love you so much!"
Brittany of Tacoma Washington

"Hey duane, I miss you so much. I used to love spending the night over at your house, and then getting up at 5:30 to help you with your paper route. There are memories we have that i will carry on in my heart and my mind forever. I miss you, but you have cemented my desire to serve my country. I think you would be happy to know that i am enlisting in the corps in a year and a half. I will remember you.
I love you"
Kieran James of steilacoom, wa

"Kieran and I think of you often, Duane. We loved you so very much. Thank you for who you are and how you cared for all who were privileged to know you. Thank you for being in our lives. We WILL be with you again.
Our love and grief is with Mimi and Jennifer, with Brit and Adriane, with Jed, with Chris and Dana. This must continue to be very hard for all of you. Just know that we love Duane every day, and will see him again."
Terresa James of Steilacoom, Wa

"Duane we loved you so much you were like a son to me you are missed greatly. thank you for fighting for our country. you were a good person and cared for everybody. Thanks for being part of our lifes."
Debbie Carlstrom of Tacoma, Washington

"To the famuily of Duane E. Longstreth, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church Rev John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga U S A

"hey bro its Eric Grimes. I miss you man. I still have the picture of you on my wall. And I look at it everyday. You were there for me when the times got rough. And I wish I could have been there for you when they got rough for you. I miss you brother. And I will see you again soon."
Spc Eric T Grimes of FT. Bragg, NC

"It has been awhile since I have wrote something.... But it doesn't mean I don't think of you everyday.... I miss you more than anything.... and I look at pictures of you all the time... I have a favorite one of You and I hugging at christmas time.. when I was about 11 and you were about 15, it still even today makes me cry, I miss that so much.. I miss talking to you, I miss you telling me that boys are bad and to stay away, I miss you playing (not so funny then) Jokes on me, I even miss fighting with you. I miss the times I told on you about little things and you would get into big trouble with mimi, and I would sit an giggle in the other room, and later you would get me back. I don't visit your grave as often as I want and should... but that will change, soon I promise...I love you very much Duane."
Brittany of Tacoma, Washington

"To The Family of Duane E. Longstreth:
I received my bracelet today from herobracelet.org and Duane's name is on it. I will proudly wear this bracelet every day and think of your son and his sacrifice each and every time I look at it."
Jane Manning of Norridge, IL

"hey brother its doc again, well we've been back in the states for almost a year now. it still hurts like i lost you yesterday. the squad got those bracelets with your name on them. they never come off of our wrists. the platoon is almost all new people, you would have a field day with all these cherries. we think about you all the time brother and we miss you. i am glad to see that so many people have witten to duane "stretch". thank you all. well stretch i have gotta run. go easy brother."
"Doc" Kerns of Ft Bragg, NC.

"God bless the family and Loved one's of this young brave american soldier. Thank you Duane for being there to protect us. I know you are also one of God's angels there at his right hand still watching over and protecting us all."
Caring Citizen of Chesapeake, Va

"Duane, hey buddy, just wanted to say thankyou for being my best friend, we went through alot growing up but you were always there for me. When you died I lost A part of me, you werent just my best friend you were my brother,I cant explain how much I miss you.But thanks for being my best friend, I love you man."
Ryan Carlstrom of Mt.vernon Wa

"To the family of Pfc. Duane E. Longstreth..Though I did not know your son I want to say Thank You. After reading the message board I felt that it was my turn to express by gratitude for raising a wonderful patriot. I am from Rochester, Washington and a Army wife who has gone through the ups and downs of deployments, the fear that flows through your body when the phone rings and the tears of joy when my husband came home from OIF. Your family is in my prayers. Be strong, take comfort in knowing that there are so many people out there that are so grateful for the sacrafice that your son made. Because of your sons selfless service we continue to be the Land of the Free!
Aundrea Witt
Yongsan, Korea"

"This old paratrooper will never forget the brotherhood of the greatest division in the world. Although I never ran across Longstreth, my heart still hurts for my brother. May you rest in peace."
Anthony of Denver, CO

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..8/7/04

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Duane, hey brother this is Doc Kerns, you are missed greatly, the platoon isn't the same as before. I tried so hard to help, i was there for you brother. You are always in my thoughts and prayers. We all miss you Stretch"
Doc Kerns of Ft Bragg, Nc

"Thinking of you, Duane, and your family. One year already, and yet it seems like a lifetime. Never to be forgotten, Hero!! "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure""
Widow of OIF of USA

"One year ago today August 7, 2003 a young man was killed. He left behind a long life, and a family. He was not just a young man he was a solider, he was part of America's freedom. He gave his life for others to live theirs, he gave the most priceless gift to all America. And now all we can give him, is the respect he had earned, the honor he deserved, and the name Hero under his own because that is what he had become. Thank you Brave man, You in my eyes and in the eyes of my family our our hero. And to his family stand strong, for he is a world hero now, and will never be forgotten."
Your Supporter of Tacoma, Washington

"I was watching Niteline's tribute to our country's fallen in Iraq, curious to see if I would recognize someone I had served with during my enlistment in the USAF from 1989-97. I saw no one that was personally familiar during the broadcast, but with Duane having the same uncommon surname as myself, was deeply touched upon hearing about the loss of a distant relative.

Duane's service and ultimate sacrifice for his country and fellow soldiers is immeasurably appreciated. In spite of all the terrible things that are going on, his contribution will inspire others to do what is just and help make the world a safer place for us all.

And to the parents of Duane, thank you for bringing a true hero into the world."
Howard Longstreth of Strafford, Pennsylvania

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

"I love you so very much, Duane. And I miss you terribly. You were the most wonderful son a mother could have. You blessed so many people with your presence. I thank you for every day you were here with me. I still feel you all around me. Thank you!"
Jennifer L. West, Duane's mom of Fort Lewis, WA

"Happy 20th Birthday Duane ( JUNE 23, 2004)"
someone you know of Tacoma Washington

"This message is not for Duane's Family, or friends. It is for Duane.
Duane,
you are constantly in my thoughts, I miss you so much, I have alot of memories of us and I wanted you to Know that I will treasure them always. you were my best friend, I want you to know that you will always be loved by me and my family, I hope Heaven gives you a better life and I hope you are happy up there, may you rest in peace. I love you.
Love always
your Rose"
Rose of Ferndale Washington

"I'm Father David Noone, the pastor of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Albany, N.Y. Recently, we wrote the names of all those soldiers who have died in Operation Iraqui Freedom on Index Cards and passed the small baskets containing the names through the congregation at all the Masses on one weekend. Each parishioner was asked to take a card and to offer prayers for that soldier and his or her family, especially on Memorial Day. I happened to pick Duane's card. My thoughts and prayers are certainly with Duane's family, friends and all who loved him and who have been hurt by his loss. The condolence messages from those who did know him personally certainly indicate that though he lived a short life, he touched lives in a positive way. I'm confident he's in God's care."
David E. Noone of Albany New York

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

"wow, it had been quite a long time since i spoke to him, i didn't even know he was in the army. this has come as quite a shock, i pray that he is safe in god's arms, and i ask god to watch over his family in their time of need. it is said our soldiers pay the ultimate sacrifice, let us hope that their sacrifice is not in vain. god bless you Duane, you were always such a wonderful friend. i lost touch with you, now i wish i hadn't. you are greatly missed. i give you all my love..."
jessi powell of Bellingham, WA

"This is my second time posting on this site, The first one I let everyone know who Duane was to me, and this one is just to Thank everyone who has posted, I check this site out everyday,everytime I see a new letter it brings tears to my eyes, just seeing that he has touched so many people, Only if you all knew him as a person, he was an amazing guy. Thank you everyone for all the kind things you have said it, means the world."
Brittany ( Duane's cousin) of Tacoma, Wa

"We miss you so much. I love you and will never forget you. You are my best friend and nothiong will ever change that. You were there when I needed you thank you for that. love you always Ryan & Stacy Carlstrom"
Ryan & Stacy Carlstrom of Mount Vernon WA

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

"Thank you for your sacrifice. I too am 19 years old from Washington. The world is safer because of you and the thousands of other men and women fighting for our freedom. All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."
Keith Ligman of Kent, WA, USA

"Thank you Duane Longstreth, 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

"I went to high school with Duane at Squalicum High in Bellingham, Wa. We were good friends. I just recently heard of his death. it shocked me. He was such a loving and caring person. he will be missed greatly. we didn't keep in touch. although now i regret that we hadn't. God Bless Duane. May he rest in peace. God bless the soldiers who are still out there fighting. you are in my prayers. and God bless his family. may they find comfort in his memory. he is my hero."
Nikki Welch of Bellingham, Wa USA

"To the parents of Dauane, Although I did not know your son, I couldent help but feel sad while reading all the lovely notes left by family members. What a brave young man. I wish I could have had the chance to meet him. I attend Mt. San Jacinto college in Menifee California and I hear all the young men laughing and carring on about their day and I cant help but think what cowards they are. How can we go on about our day when we have our sons/daughters/ husbands/ wives/ sisters/bgrothers losing their lives everydsy for our freedom. If you ask me I dont think we give enough respect to our soilders who come home weather on foot or in a casket. Thank- you for giving birth to such a brave young man . Please find comfort in knowing your son touched many lives even a life in Lake Elsinore California.As pop said " why do the good die young." Thank you daune for being so dam brave!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Kristine of Lake Elsinore ,Calif US

"As written in our wedding day program: In loving memory of Pfc Duane Longstreth-West: Although Duane passed away in Iraq earlier this year and couldn't make it to our wedding, I know in my heart that he is here today and proudly objecting like he said he would. The tattoos on my shoulder and on my Maid of Honors shoulder were made in remembrance of his courageous life. Duane, you will always be my hero. I love you, Danielle"
Danielle Hall of Tacoma, Washington

"I thought if I waited long enough I could express my pride in you..whatever I say is not good enough.. I'm glad we had time together before you got your orders...you are special. God bless you. Why do the good die young.. Love you forever..."
Pops

"My cousin was more then my cousin, he was my brother. I grew up with him. I loved him more than I could ever express. I could of never imagine losing him. Thinking about him never coming home scares me to death, but it is now something I have to live with. I just want to Thank everyone who has been so supportive toward our family, your support helps us so much, and makes us feel good that people know and love our hero as much as we do! Thanks again, and for all those military family's out there, Hope for the best!"
Duane's couisn, Brittany of Tacoma, Washington

"I feel it is very important for everyone reading this memorial to know that there are still soldiers fighting for the freedom that my son died fighting for. We all need to make sure that they are in our prayers too. Please show your support for our troops in any way you can. All the men and women serving in the armed forces are our heros."
Duane's Mom, Jennifer West of Fort Lewis, WA

"I just wanted to say thank you for everything you have all done. I am Adriane and I was his cousin. We had grown up together like brother and sister. It is truly a hard loss for me. Thank you all.
RIP Duane"
Adriane of Tacoma, Washington

"I am the sister of Duane and I thank all those who have given their condolences. I loved my brother a lot and I still can't believe he is gone. I hope that every child in America grows up and is told about the great sacrifice many soldiers have given so that this country could be great! Remember this is the land of the free because of the brave! God bless all of the families for their sacrifes as well."
Anna West of Anderson, SC

"I want to thank everyone for the condolances they have given us. My name is Chantel. and I was his fiance. He is greatly missed. Duane I love you so much."
Chantel Shepherd of pendleton,SC USA

"I send my prayers and sympathies to the friends and family of PFC Longstreth....Here in Phoenix,AZ., a Patriotic parade was held on Sunday, Sept 7th. Over 7,000 motorcycles participated and each rider was given a wrist band to remember a fallen hero..My Hero was PFC Longstreth, and I thank him for doing his part to keep this place we call HOME, The land of the free..GOD BLESS AMERICA"
Joan Roberts of PHX AZ

"Thank you for sharing some of your memories of Duane with the media. It's important to know those who have sacrificed so much for this country. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you comfort. Your son will not be forgotten."
Kellie

"To the Family you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills,Florida

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Duane Longstreth:
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 Duane 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. Duane Longstreth:
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 Duane, 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