Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Erik. S. McCrae

25, of Portland, Oregon.
McCrae died in Baghdad, Iraq, when individuals using improvised explosive devices and rocket-propelled grenades attacked his convoy. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry, Cottage Grove, Oregon. Died on June 4, 2004.

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"I've just been preparing a message for church tomorrow and run across a poem written by John McCrea, "In Flander's Field", during WWI and later put to music. It's beautiful. I was just wondering whether Erik was some how related to him.

Ron Van Vlack, 1SG, Rtrd"
Ron Van Vlack of Myrtle Point, OR

"Erik, I miss you from the day you left FEI to go to Iraq. Did not know you long enough as your life here on earth was cut short. As one vet to another (Navy 1970 - 1978) I appreciate your service even though I served in another war and was old enough to be your father when I knew you. I would have been proud to have called you son for your courage in serving in a very dangerous time. May I never forget your and your family."
Mike Fudge of Vernonia, OR

"LT McCrae,
I'm here to honor you on Memorial Day. You won't be soon forgotten in any of our minds. We all miss you more every day that goes by. I salute you Sir, as my respect for you. You are a hero to us all."
Kenny Bowman of Nashville, TN

"Where does America find such heroes? For our freedom, thank our heroes, they gave their lives for us."
Linda Farnsworth Campbell of Federal Way, WA

"LT McCrae,
Happy Veteran's Day... Thank you for being a great soldier. This nation can never repay you or your family enough for your sacrifices for our country.
You are still thought about daily and are still forever missed."
SGT Kenny Bowman of Kingman, AZ

"I was at the Toby Keith concert last night at the Clark County Ampitheater. I was very moved by the story Toby told of Erik and loved how he honored him and his family. I just wanted to thank the McCrae family for their sacrafice."
Lisa Jones of Camas, WA

"Still remembering your great sacrifice Erik. Jon Knapp mentioned you in his sermon this morning and you and your precious family were honored and remembered. Praying for all the family you left behind. It's Memorial Day weekend and a time to honor heroes like you who fought for and ultimately gave their all in sacrifice for our country. You left behind a grateful nation. Thank you."
Doreen of Portland, OR

"Dear Erik,
Your little cousin Jered here.I'm almost 20 years old now, getting older as all these years go by. Almost 8 years has gone by since I saw you last. You came by Grandmas to see my family because we just arrived from our trip from Wyoming. It was about the time you got that sweet Harley. I miss you Erik. All the times you took me and my brothers out on the green behind Grandpa and Grandmas to help us putt, or all the times we went to the beach house and played in the sand. You and Kelby are my 2 favorite cousins, and I loved coming to see you guys. I still look up to you to this day hoping that some of you bravery and courage might wipe off on me. At times I feel like I am so lost and weak, and then I think of you and how brave and couragous you are, and it feels like a weight is lifted off of me. Erik you have been nothing but a miracle in everyones lives that you have set foot in. You are a blessing to all of us. You are a great son, grandson, nephew, and cousin. I have a son of my own now, his name is Leland. Although he is just a baby, I am so proud when he is brave at the doctors getting his shots, I can't even imagine how proud I would be if he had done even half of what you have accomplished. Erik, you are loved and missed by many. But one day I know I will see you again. I am very proud of you and very thankful for what you have done for our family and our country. We all love you and miss you very much. Who knows we might play some golf or go clamming with Grandpa Roy when we meet again. You are always in our hearts! I Salute you Erik Scott McCrae!

I love you Aunt Terri and Uncle Scott, Kelby and Tanya and all the kiddos I cant wait to see you all!

With much love from Martin, Vicki, Kory and Daniel."
Jered Beck of Rock Springs, Wyoming

"Dear Scott & Terri:
Today is November 27, 2010, and it was only last night, while watching "Memories from Iraq", on the Military Channel, that I became aware of the loss of your precious son more than six years ago.
As soon as I saw the name, I felt a knife through my heart and knew that this was your son. I cannot tell you how deeply sorry I am for your loss, nor how privileged America is to have deserved such a supreme sacrifice."
Lyonel D Wisnewski, LTC (AR), Ret of Wausau, WI

"Erik, I never met you, but I think of you often. You replaced me as our unit deployed to Iraq and I went on to complete Officer Candidate School. I replaced you after you were killed. I am eternally greatful, and my heart hurts with the guilt of such. I hope I made you proud and contined your mission. All Gave Some! You Gave All!"
Captain Anthony Kennedy, USA, Disabled Retired of Hermitage PA

"Erik,I ran across some pictures the other day from when we (Kelby,Ellie, Lara, Erik, Erin, Colby, Jordan, Lee, Leland etc.) were young, and it just makes me hurt that we aren't kids anymore. I hate that we have be grown-ups sometimes. Just so you know, I think of you every day. I remember your silly little personality when we were children! Oh how you made us laugh! I also think of the plays and children's choir appearences we performed at Elgin Christian Church, and how we all would just giggle about our inside jokes when no one was watching!
I am so blessed to have known you, and more blessed that we are family. I praise God that you lived a moral, happy, Christian, family-based life, and that you fought for us--all of us.
We love you, miss you, and thank you for your sacrifice as well as your legacy. You will never, ever be forgotten.
I have two girls as you know, now 14 and 9, who wish they could look a true hero in the eyes...so I show them the pictures. I love you my little cousin. Thank you for everything my friend.

"When we ALL get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be, when we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory.""
Ellie (Scoubes) Peterson of Elgin,OR

"Brother, we only fought side by side for a short while. But Sir, words cannot express how deeply you will be missed by all those that knew you. Ooh-Rah!"
LCPL Patterson of Oak Hills, CA

"June 24, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Erik S. McCrae:
Erik 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

"It was an honor to know and serve with you sir. We miss you and our hearts go out to your family.

SCOUTS OUT

SPC Walter
C Co. 2/162 INF"
Chad Walter of Medford, OR

"Dear McCrae Family - please know that once again this Memorial Weekend our family thinks of you and the fact that Erik is no longer there in the flesh to hug you. What an incredible sacrifice Erik made for us all. I thank God that this is not the "end" but that you'll be reunited one day. Until then, please know you're in my family's thoughts and prayers at this special time of year that we honor the fallen heroes such as your wonderful son, Erik. God bless you. In Christ,"
Doreen of Tigard, OR

"I went to Tigard HS with Erik. He was truly a brilliant, special, and extraordinary person. He was a person with so much individual ability and potential, it is a genuine tragedy that we lost him. My most heartfelt condolences to his family. Back in HS it was very clear that he was loved by them and deeply loved them."
Mike Seibold of Hillsboro, OR

"LT-
You may not remember me but you are still thought of and shall never be forgotten. My sincere condolences to your family and friends. Time heals all wounds but some scars never fade."
SPC Andrew Ashpole Bco 1-186 IN (formally of Dco 2-162 IN) of Newport, OR

"LT McCrae,
The thoughts of you live with me daily. My heart broke on June 4th when i lost you. You were courageous to the end. You are deeply missed by everyone who knew you.
He cared about his guys and wanted to know how they were doing, even in his last mortal moments. He was truly a great leader and a caring individual.
We all miss you very much Sir.
Scouts Out!
Sgt Kenny Bowman
1st platoon Medic D CO 2-162 Inf
E Trp 82 Cav from 98-07"
Kenny Bowman of portland oregon

"Erik,

I never got to say goodbye. Because I know that God will have us meet again. And for this, I am thankful for.

I loved your smile as well, as your Mother stated earlier. I remember running on My Parent's Ranch, playing in the Creek, and playing Baskeball with your brother.

You are missed, but not forgotten. If I can ever meassure to being the man you were, I will have acheived greatness in my life. You are a very special person.

Till we meet again, love you, Mathew Ronald McCrae."
Mathew McCrae of Capitola, CA...via Wallowa, Oregon

"I served with 1LT Erik McCrae while going through OCS (officer candidate school) in the summer of 2001. He was my battle buddy during the month-long OCS phase 2 training at Ft. Meade, SD. Thus, I got to know him very well in that stressful environment. Erik was an exceptional soldier and person. I remember he was very talented, worked extremely well as a team member, and if ambitious, kept that to himself. I sensed he very much wanted to live up to the ideals and example that his father had set for him.
Erik and I even tied for the highest score (298) on the army physical fitness test in our OCS platoon (out of 42 officer candidates), and thus shared events during the phase 2 fitness 'olympics.'
In summary, there was nothing NOT to like about Erik. Unlike most of us, I perceived no vices in his actions or character. Yet, he carried himself as if to communicate a 'I'm no better than you are' attitude. I was truly saddened when hearing about his passing. We hear and read it often about soldiers and how exceptional they are. In Erik's case, I know this to be true.
I've been home almost one year now from returning from a year long deployment to Baghdad (Nov. '06). Like Erik, I served with an infantry battalion, the 2nd 137th IN BT out of Kansas, my home state, and carried out missions very similar to his unit's tasking.
It has been a privelege knowing Erik. I will never forget you, Leiutenant, or your example. Your legacy will far outlive your brief but noteworthy life. You will always be a hero to me. I have told others about you and the friendship and camaraderie we shared during officer school. Of all the soldiers who have given their lives defending our nation, I've never known anyone better than you. When I ponder your loss, sometimes I ask myself why God takes the best from us.
You are gone, but not forgotten."
Greg Zuercher of Wichita, Kansas

"To the family of:Eric S. McCrae 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"

"Even though I don't know who you are,Erik. I thank you for risking for life so protect this country. Everyone matters, and I hope everything is going well in Heaven, because that is the place for you, my friend. God Bless American, and God bless you, Erik."
Kate of California

"The tangible human form may be absent but loved ones will be for ever with us in spirit. Love endures all."
Torie of Clearwater, Fl

"To the family of Erik McCrae,
We are forever in your debt as you have made the ultimate sacrafice for this country and the world. Please take peace in knowing that your son's leadership and humanity has made a difference in the lives of millions. I fly my flag today in honor of Erik and all the Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen that have come before him and since."
A New Sailors Mom of Sacramento, CA

"What can anyone say about a sacrifice so great? A humble thank you for your service to country is all I have to offer other then prayers for the loved ones you left behind. Prayers for strength and courage found in treasured memories of Erik. God Bless you!"
PNM Robin McAlpine of Lake Elsinore, CA

"On this Memorial weekend we think of all who have sacrificed their life so we can live ours freely.
You are forever a hero.
Blessings to your family and may they be comforted knowing what you did is so appreciated by so many.
Blessings"
Lou (Beau's Mom) of Houston, TX

"Dear Family, May the ministry of the Holy Spirit to comfort and aid you at this time be yours. May the God of all heaven and earth wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace. Many, many thanks for the sacrifice of your son and the continuing service of your other son that we may continue to live in freedom. Our hearts go out to you on this anniversary, may you remember the wonderful times you had together and the blessing your son was to your life. Our son is third generation Navy and we come from military families also. Many hugs and special heartfelt condolences being sent your way from Pennsylvania. We all some day must "cross that veil," some before others. In the light of eternity what counts is that Jesus Christ is the Lord of our hearts and lives and when He is we will be together forever! Jon Bear's Mom from Navy Parents.com"
Carol Sanders of Pennsylvania

"Erik - as Memorial Day approaches, once again I think of you. The Word says the ultimate sacrifice is to lay down your life for someone else. You did that. When I think of all the things you missed, having kids, a home, a career, all the sunsets... You gave it all. Thank you.""
Doreen of Oregon

"I just came across Erik's senior picture while going through a box of things looking for pics for our 10 year highschool reunion-Elgin High. I went to grade school with Erik and have a lot of memories of him during his younger years. This picture has the American Flag behind him and all I can say is that I am so honored that he served for all of us Americans. I still get sad thinking of how he died and how scared he must have been but I know that he was brave and bravery is the only one that knows you are afraid."
Chandra Christenson-Seeliger of Tri-Cities, WA

"Hey everyone this is maddie,angie and sidney our cousin Erik McCrae was a good man and we hope, actually we know he will never be forgotten! R.I.P Erik We ALL love u!
love always your forever loving family"
Angie,Maddie,Sidney of Gresham Oregon! Proud to be an American

"Sir I had the honor of working for you for only a short time, but it is a time I will never forget. Thank you for taking in a jar-head from NEW YORK sir, SEMPER-FI sir."
J. Phillips (CLARK) of Franklinville, NY

"I had the pleasure of knowing Erik in high school. I still remember him from English class senior year at Tigard High. He was a very smart, very likable guy. The fact that he graduated from Linfield in 2.5 years shows how gifted he was. You couldn't have found someone in high school who didn't like Erik! War takes some of the best from us, but through his sacrifice, Erik has made the world a better place for those he left behind. A true hero!"
Capt Kass Larson, USAF of From Tigard, OR

"Scott and Terri - Thinking of you and your family this Veteran's Day weekend. Your son made the ultimate sacrifice and I want you to know his sacrifice (and yours) is not forgotten. Thank you to you too, Scott, for your fine service to our country for so many years. Love to you both,"
Doreen of Oregon

"I did not have the pleasure to know Erik but I know the pain your family has endured. You all are in my prayers.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on April 24, 2005"

"To Erik's Family-
You will be in my prayers today as this anniversary must be a tough one for you all. I just want you to know that in a small town in Maine, USA there is a woman that says Thank You every day to our military personel and their families for all the sacrifices that they have made for the citizens of our great country to be able to live our lives in a place of freedom.

May Peace be with you."
Robyn of Winthrop, Maine, USA

"Remembering you and your family today especially, in prayers."
Miriam of Peru, IN

"To Erik's family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

I'm a new Navy mom. Brian is graduating boot camp on June 30th. I'm proud and scared at the same time. You must have such strength and courage to withstand the grief and pain of Erik's passing. I commend and respect you so much, and send you my love in Jesus' name."
Susan Tawney of Easton, Maryland

"Dear Scott & Terri,
I simply wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you today as I know it will be hard! Please just remember that Erik is a hero to us all!
God Bless You,"
Casey of Rusk, TX

"Dear Scott & Terri,
I want you to know that I am with you in spirit today with many hugs and thoughts and prayers as this day isn't easy for you! Just know that I am here praying for you and that GOD will give you peace and comfort during this very difficult day! God bless you both!! Erik is our hero!!

Hugs & Prayers,"
Rhonda of PA

"Especially today, I wanted to again say a prayer and a thank you for the sacrifice Erik and your family have given to our country and its people. I can't imagine the bittersweet emotions you must have each day, such sorrow in missing Erik, and such pride in him and his willingness and bravery in his dedication to protect and honor our country. My prayers are with you today and every day. Thank you for your service Erik, I know you are loved and missed by many."
Bronwyn of Chgo, Il

"Terri and Scott, I was just at Winco grocery store when they observed 30 seconds of silence in honor of today, Memorial Day. The loudspeaker came on and a man announced.. "May I have your attention please. Winco Employees. Winco Shoppers. Ladies and Gentlemen... please join Winco management as we observe 30 seconds of silence in honor of this Memorial Day. 30 seconds of silence to honor the memory of those who have given their lives in service to our great country."

The place fell absolutely silent. No talking. No moving around. No cash registers. Absolute silence until he came back on after what seemed like far more than 30 seconds and said "Thank you for joining us in these 30 seconds of silence to honor those who have given their all for our country."

I'd like you to know that I took that time to think of your dear Erik and to pray for you and your family. Thank you again for your great sacrifice. You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
God bless you."
Doreen Laughlin of Tigard, Oregon

"As the mother or a new sailor I can only imagine the sorrow in your heart but also the pride in knowing that your son is a true hero of this country. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It is the ultimate sacrifice to give your life for the freedoms we all enjoy and too often take for granted. May his memory live with you always. Praying for an end to war."
Chris of Illinois

"Dear Scott and Terri,

I just wanted to let you know that I am here thinking of you and I wanted to let you know that Erik is not forgotten and his sacrifice to our Country will never be forgotten!! I am thinking of you all during this tough time and remember my thoughts and prayers are still with you and your family. Erik will always be a HERO!!!

In Christian Love,"
Rhonda

"As the mother of a new Sailor I pray for your family and mourn your loss. We love our sailors {and all our military who so bravely choose to serve}, each and every one of them as we pray for them and thier families as well.God Bless you all."
Camille of Speonk NY

"To the family of Erik McCrae, as someone once said ~ "Each life is a miracle that changes the world....and leaves it a better place than it was before." I am sure Erik was one such as this and his memory will never be forgotten. Grieving for your sacrifice ~ Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, A Navy Mom"
Julie Wren of Long Beach, CA

"Thank you for the sacrafice you made for our Country and freedom. You are a hero and may God bless you and your family!"
Kristin of Redondo Beach, CA/USA

"Thank You So Much for your sacrifice and commitment to our country and freedom Erik...You will forever be in my thoughts and prayers..Bless You and
your family....."
Sheridan of Canon City, Colorado

"To Erik's family and friends - Erik is a true American hero and is the reason I can sit here today at college. I truley appreciate him, and every single person in the military for giving us our freedom and protecting us. Thank you! And thank you, Erik."
Miranda of Columbus, Ohio

"In reading all the posts, it is obvious Erik was a happy and very well-liked young man - with a messy room! Enjoy remembering the good times you shared with him - it sounds like there were many! I am so sorry he was taken from you and our country; I'll give him a hug of appreciation when I meet him in heaven!"
Lori, Sailor Mom of Catoosa, OK

"To Eric and all our other fallen Heroes. God Bless You for your Sacrifice."
Mother of a Sailor-Cindy Summers of Memphis, Tennessee

"To the family of Erik McCrae, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your son was a brave man, God bless you. From the mother of a sailor."
c.jean of O'Fallon, Mo.

"To the family of Erik McCrae, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your son was a brave man, God bless you. From the mother of a sailor."
C.Sack of O'Fallon, Mo.

"Thank you is not enough. We will never forget. God bless you, Erik, and all the other men and women who have served our country."
The Reynolds Family of Clovis CA

"I'm so very grateful for your service and contribution to making our society a better and safer one. I thank your parents for raising a hero who shined his light for Jesus. I thank God for the life I live and my children's lives please know it will not take it for granted. I'm praying for the family that the Lord will continue to sustain them until they meet you again."
Diane Pierce of Bellflower, California

"Saying "thank you" for your family's sacrifice seems inadequate. You've given so much to defend our freedom, and I cannot imagine what that must feel like to you. Your son truely represents what America stands for. I didn't know him, but I will always be proud of what your family has given for our country. May God bless you."
HSR

"Dear Family of Erik S. McCrae...I want you will know that we are so proud of Erik for serving our country! My heart aches for you, and I am so sorry for you loss. My many thoughts and prayers go out to you and always remember Erik is our HERO!! He fought to give us FREEDOM!! God Bless each and everyone of you!! May God give you the added strength that you need each and everyday. Hugs and many thought and prayers."
Rhonda of PA

"I just wanted to say thank you for what you did for your country. You paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Thank you."
Kristen of South Carolina

"LT.
4th Platoon will never forget you, hashing out the minute details of plans with your Staff Sergeants, you were always fair, always open minded,We never could train you on throwing knives so intead we made lots of noise when they clanged to the ground and got yelled at by the platoon Sgt. Always could take my Cavalry jokes. You led us well sir. See you soon

Devil 43 OUT!
SSG V Chris Harrington
4th plt D Co. 2-162"
Chris Harrington of Corvallis, OR

"Although Erik is not able to be with us here today, his bravery and dedication to protecting our country will forever be remembered with the greatest admiration, gratitude, and thanks.
No one could ever hope to leave a finer, more honorable legacy.
Erik will never be forgotten."
Kevin McGrath of Franklin Square, New York

"Thank you for your sacrifice, Lt. Erik McCrae. My family is safer because of you and others like you who had the honor, courage and commitment to serve our country and to ultimately sacrifice all. I salute you! God bless you and the family you left behind. Some day you'll all be together. Until then.. may your family take at least some comfort in the fact that their sacrifice does NOT go unnoticed. Thank you McCrae family. Keep on keeping on.. you're in my prayers."
A Grateful Fellow American of Long Beach, CA

"ich will danke sagen zu familia McCrae fur alles er hat getan fur uns - danke"
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"To the Family of Eric~
Your son paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending our Country. He is a true HERO to us all. May the Lord give you strength in your time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Miriam of Peru, Indiana

"To the family of Soldier Erik S McCrae- Thank you for your sons service and sacrifice to our country, its people and your family. He is a hero in our eyes and I pray for peace for your family. I have my freedom, like many others because of your sons sacrifice, we will never be worthy of his sacrifice. God Bless your family and I pray for strength for you to continue to live each day without him."
Bronwyn of Chicago,Il

"Your son was a hero. God bless you and your family. My family is proud of your son and the many that serve."
Mary Mudd of chicago, Illinois

"To the family of Eric S.

As a mother of a son in the military, my heart grieves with you and your family. While Erik was fighting for our country, the lord is lookimg down on him saying "well done thy good and faithful servant" May the lord continue to comfort you as you begin each day. BE BLESSED!"
Cynthia Vaughn of North Carolina USA

"God Bless everyone in Erik's family.
I am so grateful that there are men and women like him who are willing to put themselves at risk to protect our country and our way of life.
May God bless you with peace.
He is a hero."
Lou Salazar of Houston, TX

"To the family of Erik S. McCrae, our son, Zach, has completed boot camp and is Washington. As a family new to the military there are no words to express our sorrow for your great loss. We hold all our military families so close and realize how blessed we are to have such wonderful children willing to serve and protect our country. Our entire family wants to thank you. Your son made the ultimate sacrifice for this great country of ours. May God watch over and bless your family. While Erik is at God's throne now, he'll always be remembered as a hero."
The Scheidecker Family of Conyers, Georgia

"Thank you Erik, for being among the special young people that are willing to step forward to serve and defend this country. Your and your families sacrifice will NEVER be forgotten by our family. May God bring peace to your family in their time of loss."
The Domino Family of Alabama

"Hi Sweetheart!

I miss you SO much!! I'm thankful for the pictures we've taken over the years, I look at them frequently. What a handsome guy you are! And the best thing about that is, you never noticed. I'll never forget that grin, it lit up a room! And I'll never forget your genuine kindness to everyone. I want to model myself after you (except for the messy bedroom)!

God has been so good to us over the years. Losing you has been the hardest situation we've ever had to deal with. We're learning and growing. Now we can truly empathize(sp?) with our fellow military or civilian families who have lost their loved one."
Terri McCrae of Oregon

"I did not know your Erik, but I am the mother of a son in the military and I grieve with you. You've made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country. May God bless and comfort you, take away your hurt and leave you with beautiful memories in its place."
Barbara Smith of Trussville, AL

"I recently heard of your loss. I am so sorry. My daughter recently joined the Navy and has just graduated. I'm humbled by each and every family that watches a child leave. The fear of not returning. God Bless your family. Your son is truly a hero."
Colette of St. Paul Minnesota

"I became friends with Eric at Linfield College. A friend told me he died in the war a year ago from today, on Veteran's Day. I was heartbroken and didn't know how respond. He was a great person and I'm sure he had a great family and a lovely wife. My thoughts are with you."
Juliet of Portland, OR

""All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." ~Edmund Burke

You gave everything for us, thank you for being our guardian angel. You make me proud to be an American and you will always be in my heart!"
Melissa Maag of Vale, OR USA

"Erik you will live in our hearts forever.
You were such a special, loving person."
Aunt Mary Ann of Wallowa, Ore

"You are at the throne of God, rejoicing and praising the Creator you loved on earth. But we are still here, mourning your absense, missing your laugh. I don't think of you as a soldier even though you were proud to serve, I remember you as a friend, a brother. I see you at a Christmas gathering, in the firelight of a campfire, I hear your voice when certain songs play on the radio and when scripture is read, I see your face among the comfort of cherished friends. I can't say goodbye. My heart will always ache until we meet again - Shalom my friend -Shalom."
Becky of Seattle, WA

"First of all I would like to thank everyone for there love and support. Erik I will never forget when you encouraged me to wear "Nike" shoes, and the many hours we spent playing sega in La Grande. I always looked up to you, and you are the one that taught me how to "tuck" my shoelaces, not tie them! You will never be forgotten!
~your lil cuz"
Ryan McCrae of Elgin, OR

"God bless you, McCrae family. Although we never met Erik, my family and I had the privilege of attending his funeral. The Lord was beautifully honored as was Erik's fine service to our country. It was a blessing to see so very many lives that Erik touched in such a short time. He obviously lived a much fuller life in his short time here than many people do who live much, much longer lives. God bless you in the loss of your son/husband/brother. Erik's (and your) sacrifice will NEVER be forgotten."
Doreen Laughlin of Tigard, OR

"You were a good friend in high school and you've left footprints in the hearts of those who have known you."
Sara of Lake Oswego

"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. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix AZ

"Lieutenant. Erik. S. McCrae

You are a true hero, and will be forever remembered in our hearts.
You are a fine young man who displayed honourable bravery when you fell that fateful day
Thank You, and may god bless you."
M. Giguere of Kingston, Ont Canada

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

"To Erik'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

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

"To Erik'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 (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you Erik. McCrae, 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 1st Lt. Erik. McCrae:
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 Erik. S. McCrae 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 1st Lt. Erik. McCrae:
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 Erik. S. McCrae, 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