Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Paul T. Nakamura


21, of Santa Fe Springs, California.
Nakamura was part of an ambulance crew transporting an injured soldier when the vehicle was hit by an RPG in Al Iskandariyah, Iraq. He was assigned to 437th Medical Company, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Died on June 19, 2003.

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"Paul, you are missed every single day! Even though you've been gone now longer than I was blessed to know you, I think of you often. A part of my heart is always sad that you aren't here to experience all the milestones that we have reached as we have grown over the years. I know that you celebrate with us all from afar but I hate so much that you can't be here with us. Your memory will never be forgotten because you still mean so much to so many. Love you, Paulywog!"
Stephanie Zamora of Whittier, CA

"Paul will never be forgotten, 12 years later, i found myself still thinking about my time with Paul at CSC Scania. How even when we were watching a movie, every conversation turned towards your own well being. Also think about the day he left for the mission on june 19th exchanging greetings before he left the base. I still miss you brother and thinking of you everyday."
Timothy Mortensen of Korea/hibbing, mn

"Paul, thank you for your service and sacrifice to our great nation. I remember when you asked to attach to our hospital, 47th Combat Support Hospital, until you could join your unit forward in Iraq. You helped transport the wounded from the helipad to our operating rooms. It was with a heavy heart when I learned of your passing in Iraq, soon after you left us. Just know the dedication and commitment you displayed allowed others to return home to their families. God Bless You!!"
Kevin D Palk, MSG (Ret) of Rochester, WA/USA

"Paul-
It has been almost 12 years since I first met you at CSC Scania. I will never forget your kindness nor your smiling face. You made the transition to Iraq bearable. I will not forget, nor will I let others forget you or the others who gave all over there. Memorial Day 2015"
Greg Dubin former Army of Muskogee, OK

"Memorial weekend 2015..... Im married to Pauls sister Miki.... We still think, honor, miss and will alwaus love Paul Toku Nakamura."
Martin Morales of Whitter, CA

"I just found this site. I was NCOIC of a convoy going towards the ambush site. I saw the back doors of the ambulance you were in were open and increased our posture to RED. I had over 200 Soldiers in 5 ton trucks. I know just by passing you, you saved many of my Soldiers"
1SG Ron Bruce of FT Sill, OK

"Paul,
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."
Mike C. of El Paso, Texas

"Paul I can't believe it's been almost 10 years! Just want to say Thank you on this Memorial Day. I still think of you all the time. We miss you!"
Linsey Hansen of Los Alamitos, Ca.

"Just at work and for some unknown reason I thought of Paul. Never forgotten."
Tom Walsh of Lacey Wa

"To the family and all those who loved Paul: I went to a church service at the Veteran's Center in Maricopa, AZ today. I saw a picture of Paul sitting on a shelf, with the dates of his life. As I looked at that picture, I said to myself; this looks like a fine young man, and I must learn a little of who he was. Well, I searched, and I found this site and have read every message. I now know I have truly missed knowing one of the finest men this world has known. I have been brought to tears reading this, and realizing he was a much better man than myself, and he is gone, leaving me behind. I think of his family, Crystal, and those who were the closest, and I think how hard it must be to go on with the great void in their lives. May God bless each of you. I believe the great day of judgement is coming for all, and I believe for Paul, it will be so much better than so many of us. May his life, as shown here, be an inspiration to us all to live it for the best. God bless."
R. Roberts of Casa Grande, AZ

"On this, the 11th Anniversary of 9-11-01, I remember on that day, showing up at the Aquatic Center, not having listened to any news that morning and hearing of the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. I was the only one who went swimming that day, but I went ahead since there was nothing I could do at that moment. Later, in the spa, I talked to Paul. He told me he was in the Army reserves and understood what that meant. I really liked Paul. He was a great young man with good direction and values. I thought he and Crystal made a great couple. I regret that his life was cut short as he showed so much promise. He died as he lived, a medic helping others. I have not forgotten. RIP, Paul."
Richard Rollo of Montebello, California

"Paul, I never met you but spent an abundant time with your unit. It was the culmination of the prep for your memorial service that I realized I missed out on knowing a person that was gift from God. You are never far from my thoughts. May the God of Grace bless your family and your comrades."
Kent high of Cedar rapids formally of boston ma.

"Thinking of you and your family on this Memorial Day. RIP."
LTC Jess Edwards (Ret) of Fairport, NY

"Dear Paul, we were in the same 63rd RSC back before you deployed. When news came that one of the fallen was from our own, it hit us hard. You were so young. You will not be forgotten."
Dennis of Los Angeles, CA

"Paul R.I.P, you were a kind man a brave soldier it was an honor serving with you. I just wish I could have been on that mission with you, maybe things would have been different."
SSG Ret. DelPriore of Killeen, TX

"I think of Paul everyday and the sacrifice that he gave for our country. The postings of fellow members of the 437th show the impact that Paul had on so many people and how he is not forgotten."
CW2 Tim Emerson of Topeka, KS

"Not a single day goes by where I do not give thanks for having had the opportunity of knowing Paul and his family. I honor them and will always respect Paul and his family."
SSG ELLIOTT, USAR, RETIRED of MOUNT VERNON, WASHINGTON

"We love you and will never forget you Toku. You inspire me to be a better person."
Sarah of La Mirada, CA

"My Pauly Wog...you will forever be missed and never forgotten, and always remain in my heart."
Vennessa Morick of Huntington Beach, Ca

"Paul (my love), For years its been too hard for me to write things like this for you, let alone read what other people have written about you with out breaking down. Paul was an amazing person. The most loving, giving and unselfish person i have ever known!! (and still to this day). He still is my motivation and inspiration. He's the one that still tells me to this day that everything will be ok and that i can do anything and achieve anything i set my heart on. Thats how he was. He cared so much for those he was close to, and even those he just met. I was lucky enough to meet him when i was young. My brother was in cubscouts with him. Then we became good friends my freshman year in highschool (his sophmore year). We were in swimming and water polo together. We became really good friends then became boyfriend & girlfriend. We were attached at the hip. We did everything together! We spent like 20 hours of everyday together. Yes thats alot but we were so passionately in love and he was my Best Friend above all else. Our families were close which was awsome. THOSE WERE THE BEST 6 YEARS OF MY LIFE!!!!! I never thought it would only be 6 years and not the rest of my life. I still have his beloved 65 el camino which im still working on to get it how he wanted it. Its amazing how many lives he has touched. He just had that way about him. He was truely unique and special. Thank you Everyone who has shared their memories with him. It makes me smile to hear a lil bit about him that touched peoples lives. He loved his family, friends, his trucks, the ocean, music and having fun! and his surfboards! which im taking very good care of!:) I Love You babe and always will! You were my first love and still have my heart."
Crystal of sfs,ca and hacienda heights, ca

"You are still missed everyday Paul. I only wish everyone in this world would have had the chance to get to know you. If they did, they would always keep a special place in their heart for you, just as I do. - Killa T"
Laura Lee Thompson of Ontario, CA

"Thinking of you every day, and today more than most. RIP."
With Deep Respect. of Western NY

"PAUL , I AM HONORING YOU ON THIS DAY OF MEMORIAL AND ALSO REMEMBERING THE GOOD TIMES .........MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT"
FRED "BIG BROOM" EARL of SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA./ USA

"Hello, I was just looking at all the military deaths to help realize how bad war is. My grandfather, who fought against Japan and in WWII, always reminds me that life should be spent helping others not harming others and only causing more sorrow. I really see the horror of war when a person like you who helps others is killed. Rest In Peace."
Isaac Oh

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Project Compassion Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Paul, thank you for being such a sweet and caring person. We all miss you and we will never forget."
Sarah

"I've never met you, but by reading the messages of all the people who loved you, I don't think I will ever forget you. Knowing that someone like you exists, has made a big impact on me. Thank you for being you."
Rena Ogino

"Paul.. my gosh has it really been over 6 years since we lost you? Time really has just flown right by.. I was thinking of you tonight and decided to write. I won't ever forget you. You were good to my cousin.. she loved you dearly I know. And what an honor it was to have you as part of my family for so many years. Your memory lives on in my heart Paul.."
Serena Schad of Simi Valley, California

"nakamura family
I served with paul in iraq. I knew him for only alittle time, but we grew to be friends. He always spoke of his family while we eat. I was never ever able to pay my last respect to him, due to mission in Iraq. I would like to pay my respects to him. If you could please email at . Del9911@yahoo.com"
SSG DelPriore of killeen, TX

"To Paul's Family;
6 yrs ago we lost Paul in Iraq... we miss and love him, he died to young but he was doing what he loved. We feel so honored to have known him and to have been his friend since he was a youngster. Paul, you will be dearly missed. ** Paul, Yoko and Pearl.... we am so sincerely sorry for your loss. A parent should never have to bury their child. God Bless you all. All our Love, Pat & Jesse Ramos"
Pat Ramos of Phoenix, AZ

"i can t beleive it has been 6 years since you have been gone. you are still missed"
Jason of Santa Fe Springs,CA USA

"Paul,

You have been on my mind tonight, so I decided to write. You are thought of often.. never forgotten Paul. Love you very much.."
Serena of Simi Valley, CA

"To Paul's Family--
I stumbled across this site by accident. I was looking for Camp Nakamura to show a fellow veteran where I was in Iraq, and this page showed up. I had just finished telling him when I arrived to my unit, 300th MP CO, my first few days were restricted to, at that time CSC Scania, the camp. It was much smaller and very limited on any ameneties. Paul saw me, and I guess he knew I was new in Iraq. He took me around and showed me the areas like to mini-px, the aid station, phone and internet tent. He was always smiling and you could not help but be in a better mood just being around him. He was never down, always upbeat and positive. I think of him often, especially when people ask me about Iraq. Paul is a true American Hero."
Greg Dubin of Muskogee, OK

"I will never forget your kind spirit. Paul was a Genuinely kind soul, a rare true beacon of light."
Anonymous

"Iam sorry for your loss. I never met Paul. He is one of our many heroes and he will join the special place in my heart with the others."
Sherry Bickford of Aliso Viejo Ca

"To the parents of SGT Paul T Nakamura. I did not personally know Paul, as I was deployed as a member of the 804th Medical Brigade. Paul's ambulance unit was one of our subordinate units. I am sure that the 5 years since his passing have not eased the pain of your losing a son. He is remembered by those that served with him and we also mourn his loss. On this 5th anniversary since his death, we take some solace in the knowledge that he died doing what he loved to do.... taking care of patients and fellow soldiers. RIP SGT Nakamura"
COL Les McKechnie of Freedom, NH

"My Dad, Art Chan, would come home from the aquatic center after some nice conversations with Paul. I would hear of Paul when I lived in England. Art is still is swimming & he will always fondly remember your courageous son, Paul."
Doris Chan of Dana Point, CA USA

"As the days fade away and the years pass by, your memory lives on. We think about you each and every day.

You are missed and will never be forgotten."
Darci Carranza of CA

"To the Nakamura Family:
Paul will always be remembered fondly in our hearts. I enjoyed watching him and Pearl swim at the at the Aquatic Center and also at the High School with our children. He was always cracking jokes and always smiling. He will be missed but never forgotten. Paul paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Lets not have him die in vain. God Bless you Paul, until we meet again."
Pat & Jesse Ramos of Phoenix, AZ (formally of Santa Fe Springs, CA)

"I was assigned with Paul at Scania in Iraq. While I was many years older and grow up on the other side of the country, I always enjoyed talking with the sufer dude. He will be missed."
Tom Walsh of Lacey, Washington

"February 8, 2008
To the family of Spc. Paul T. Nakamura:
Paul 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

"Paul Nakamura was this bring light that radiated for miles and miles. He was everyone's friend. There was that time when he got in trouble with Cory when they laid on top of the ambulances to tan. Of course, Paul snuck back up there when no one was looking. Words cannot describe the big personality that Paul had. We told dumb jokes, shared care packages, and chat about what we would do when we got back. Although we were no where near a beach, Paul was always in his red board shorts. You are dearly missed, my friend.
Hang ten."
Victoria Nguyen of San Diego, CA

"Paul,
I would 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. After reading all the reflections left here for you from your family members, friends, and fellow soldiers, All I can say is that I wish that I had had the honor of serving with you when I was in the Military."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I was Paul's NCO at APOD, Kuwait with the 437th Med Co. Not a day goes by that I don't Thank you for your service brother. Though I was your NCO, being in the same unit, we were all family. I'm back in Iraq, and I serve to honor you and others who have given the ultimate sacrifice. You are a great man that made a great soldier to serve with. Thank you for the laughs and memories. I am honored to have served with you, my Brother."
SSG Valles, Jason of Fallujah, Iraq

"** continued from below ** flying all over the place. And I believe that my memory of Paul best describes the amazing person that he was. He didn't care what he had to give or do to make others happy he would do it without a thought. Paul as time goes by you will not be forgotten and the amazing impression you left will always be me."
jerod ozmon of california

"** continued from below ** outside our tents shooting the breeze. Well actually I'm not sure there was a breeze it was pretty hot and we were really bored. I remember saying to Paul "You know we need some music or something" Paul Doesn't say anything for a minute then disappears. He comes back with his lap top computer that he has music downloaded on. I remember thinking to my self "I wouldn't want my laptop out here in this weather and sand"
jerod ozmon of California

"I was deployed with Paul and he was a friend of mine. I would like to tell of my most fondest memory of him. Throughout our deployment together and our unit consisted of about 70 people so you know everybody almost like family me and Paul were at separate camps. I have a vivid memory though of one occasion where we were at the same camp, Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. We were both sitting"
jerod ozmon of California

"Dear Nakamura family

I just wanted to say hello to Paul and all of you. I don't know if you remember me, but I was an Army recruiter for his high School. I have wanted to write something for a long time, but never had the courage. Your son was a great man and I am so sorry for yours and his sacrifice. I think of him often and you all are in my thoughts often. I was serving in Iraq during the time of his death and was very much saddened to hear the news of Pauls passing. Happy Memorial Day Paul."
SFC Nathan Abraham of Colorado Springs, Colorado

"hey toku i just wanted to say i miss ya and i look back in my life when im having a bad day and when i think of the time we hung out and all the fun stuff we did it puts a smile on my face miss you alot and you live with me every day love ya bro"
scott of sfs

"I knew Paul from BCT and AIT from Jan00-July07 and it was long enough to know him and know that the world has lost a very special son. I thank you Paul for all you have done and your memory will echo through time."
Jack of Tallahassee Florida

"I had the opportunity to help train the 437th Medical Company (GA) while they were at the Fort Carson mobilization station. Paul had a special energy that made him stand out. I didn't get a chance to know him personally but his sacrifice and the sacrifice of his family is with me every day. America sleeps well at night because of men like Paul Nakamura."
LTC Jess Edwards, MSC, USAR of Fairport, NY

"I just saw a segment on TV about your son and felt compelled to search for his name on the internet. I could see in his face and hear in his voice that he was a good person with a kind heart. I am so sorry for your loss and can only imagine the grief you must feel. I too have a son in the Air Force Reserves. I can only imagine what your loss must feel like as I think of my own son and all the time and hours I spent with him in raising him to adulthood. To have that association and closeness snatched away in an instant is very hard to imagine. However, I try to remember that all we will take with us from this life is the memory of our loved ones and the closeness we felt for them. No matter what happens, that memory can't be taken away. I hope your son's sacrifice will not be in vain and that someday we will prevail in eliminating the breeding grounds of these hateful governments that perpetuate and spread terror and death across this planet. God Bless"
Charles Campbell of Carriere, MS USA

"although i never met him, my father who served with SPC Nakamura reminds us all of his good nature and sacrifice."
of Chicago

"I spent alot of time escorting Paul in the weeks before his death. He was an incredible person and I had alot of respect for him. The day we lost Paul was one of my hardest in Iraq. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't remember him. He had an incredible sence of humor, and was a genuinely good person. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN PAUL!"
SGT Kelly Tessendorf of Davis Junction, Il

"Paul was an outstanding individual who I have the utmost respect for. I saw his picture and heard the news while I was watching CNN one day; it was incredibly surreal. When I read of how he died I was not surprised. Paul was an extremely brave and compassionate person. I've known him since we were young because I was in the same grade as his sister. I also wrestled with him and played video games with him at TCH. He always had a smile on his face and a joke or a funny comment ready to tell. In addition to his charasmatic exterior, Paul was very sincere and genuinely kind. He was the bravest of all who knew him and for those who did not, this guy was a true hero in every sense of the word. I'll miss you Paul. May God bless you and all the troops who are fighting for our freedom and the freedom of others who you did not even know."
David Morfin of Santa Fe Springs, CA

"Paul, thank you for your service to our country and community. I'm sorry that it was the ultimate sacrafice. Your name lives on in our community and you are a frequent reminder of bravery and service. I think of you whenever I hear of Iraq, Memorial Days, Flag Salutes, and whenever I see a soldier. You are an inspiration to me. You are our local boy. God Bless all of our soldiers."
Gary Mendez of Santa Fe Springs, CA

"I promised your mom that I was never going to forget you Paul, well, needless to say... not one day goes by that I don't think of you bro. You are my strength and my motivation. I got out but, I know that you would have understood. Don't worry, we'll paddle out someday and catch that perfect set. I miss you."
Cesar (CB) of Rialto

"Dear Nakamura Family,

Though it may have been years ago, the loss still resonates. Paul was a pure spirit who could light up a room just by walking in. I went to school with Paul for many years and he was a good friend. I was also in the middle-east at that time and word spread fast. When I heard, I was devastated. I'm sorry for your loss, as it was a loss to me as well. I wish your family the best, god bless you."
SGT Michael L. Castillo of Santa Fe Springs, CA., USA

"I never met SGT Nakamura. He was a soldier of a subordinate unit of my assigned unit, 804th Medical Brigade Headquarters. I redeployed to CONUS on 19JUN2003, the day of his supreme sacrifice in defense and care of his wounded soldier-patient. He is honored and recognized in my public presentations of my OIF experience. I wish I'd had the honor of knowing him."
LTC John Fraser, MC, USAR of Houston, TX

"I used to be the captaian of the wrestling team, when paul showed up the first time i remember seeing this 5 foot tall little buff asian like the guy who always beats up sean claude vann damme in all the movies. I thought this kid will be good, all chest and arms attached to this tiny torso. Everyone who knows paul knows what im talking about. What i remember about paul was his smile and heart. Always smiling and always full of heart. You gave your life so that some stranger on the other side of the world can expierience freedom, god bless you for that brother. God bless all of our brothers that have died for the same cause. we will miss you paul."
Dave Soza of Downey, CA USA

"Sorry for your loss of a true Hero. I have never meet Paul and recently purchase a bracelet to honor the fallen and i am proud to be honoring your son daily on my wrist. Thank you for his service.

*for more info (inourhearts.org)Beerm345@yahoo.com"
Mike Beer of PA

"To the family of:Paul T. Nakamura, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"paul i never meet you but we were in Iraq at the same time and both were part of the 63rd RSC. you will always be remembered as a hero by me. thank you for your service."
spc rigney of so cal

"paul i never meet you but we were in Iraq at the same time and both were part of the 63rd RSC. you will always be remembered as a hero my me. thank you for your service."
spc rigney of so cal

"I can't believe that it has been 2 years Paul. I know you and my grandma are probably living it up in heaven. I miss you lots."
Serena of Simi Valley, CA

"I didn't know him, but I recently had the EXTREME honor of meeting the family of SPC Paul Nakamura. I was awestruck because never before have I ever seen someone as proud of their son as Paul's parents and sister were of him. Paul has made an impact on so many, including those who didn't know him. Thank you and God Bless.

SGT Paul Dayes
Operation Iraqi Freedom 1 & 2"

"2 years and it just seems like yesterday me and you and ronnie where running around the city and working out miss you man"
scott of santa fe springs

"you will never be forgetten. miss you and love u veary much."
scott

"Paul,

I'll never forget the last time we all hung out. We had a great time at dinner and at the mall! You are without a doubt the bravest person I know. You are deeply missed by me and the rest of the family. God Bless you always."
Serena of Simi Valley, CA

"To Paul & his family, thank you. We have never met, but I wear a bracelet that bares your name to remind me what my freedom cost. You will not be forgotten."
Nancy Tower of Olympia, WA USA

"I knew Paul when he was younger. I was good friends with his sister, Pearl, growing up. All I remember about Paul, is his never ending jokes. He was always saying something to make you laugh. He was a great guy for doing what he did. I am proud to say that I knew him and his memory with live on forever. To the Nakamura Family, I wish you well. Our Prayers are with you always."
Brandy Gonzalez of Santa Fe Springs, Ca

"I knew Paul when he was very little. He was always full of energy. His older sister Pearl and I were friends since elementary school. My last memory of Paul was of him at the Aquatic center doing a work out. This was also when he told me that he had enlisted. I told him he was crazy, but that's what he felt he needed to do. He joked, I laughed! Thank you Paul! May the Lord bless the Nakamura family with understanding and patience."
Abril Perez of Santa Fe Springs, Ca

"hey paul i just wants 2 say hi and say i miss ya and now you have sum company my grandma loves you and now she can make u hambergers and help u out if u need anything"
scott bobadilla of santa fe springs

"hey paul, i wish you see me now. both of us are soldiers fighting for the same thing. i was very sad when i heard the news about you. i knew when this happen i had to go fight. im going to afghanistan for a year. now i have to come home and get married and see my child be born. wish u were here! will never forget the days of counter-strike....your friend and fellow soldier. ~Jere"
pfc jeremiah johnson of santa fe springs, ca

"no words or anything worldy can express the gratitude you deserve."
randy wright of las vegas nevada

"To The Family of Paul Nakamura...
My name is Staff Sergeant Chris Wirth. I was the escort for the ambulance on the day that Paul was killed. Not a day goes by that I don't think about Paul and the bravery that he showed day in and day out. I got to know Paul with visits and talks in the mess area and in the TMC. Paul was a very good kid and an excellent soldier. Myself and the rest of my team were touched very deeply when they dedicated the new camp in his honor. May god bless you and know that your son's memory and spirit is with me everyday."
SSG Chris Wirth of Moline, IL

"I never met Paul but I served at the camp named in his memory. I have not, nor will I ever forget the sacrafice he made."
Spc. Joshua N. Motsinger of D-1-152nd INF, Washington Indiana

""... for HERO'S have the whole earth for their tomb." -inscription at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier; Athens, Greece.
YOUR MY HERO PAUL."
George of Garden Grove, CA

"happy 23rd birthday paul dont drink to much and have a corona 4 me miss you and love u alot 9/17/1981"
scott of santa fe springs ca

"God's blessings for SPC Paul Nakamura, his family, and friends. He has made the lives of all Americans, most importantly our children, safer and our future more secure.

May he continue to smile down on us."
Gary Brickler, LTC USAR of Olympia, WA

"i am glad i have gotten to know paul over the past 20 years together we learned about life by living life there was never a dull moment as we passed the day away. ill never forget all the days from trying to figure out old we were when we first met (we were told like around 2) to the turmoils and happniess oh not to mentions all the fights until that one day. toko (paul) is thee def. of a real friend."
ronnie garcia of santa fe springs, ca

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

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

"1 year and it dosent seen like you are gone at all. i do miss you and i hope to see you 1 day and, u will always be missed you r like my brother and u always knew that and i love you with all my heart and god speed lil brother.
6/19/03-6/19/04 rip"
scott of santa fe springs

"Paul was an excellent soldier, but more importantly, he was a great person, a person who made life worth living for himself and those around him. In his memory, we named our base camp in Iraq for him in November 2003 -- Camp Nakamura. We painted a sign and hung his picture for everyone who passes that way to see. We regret it was only a small tribute to such an exceptional person. Paul, you will not be forgotten."
Majo John G. Voorhees, Jr. of The Pentagon, Washington, DC

"Paul and I went to the same elementary and high school. Even though we never really talked, I remembered playing kick ball and dodge with him in elementary school every day. The one thing that I remember about him was that he was always smiling and always the kidder. It's such a great loss to have someone so young have his life taken away from him. My heart goes out to his family and all those who knew him."
Christine Dang of Santa Fe Springs, CA

"Paul and I were in the same platoon in C co 3rd BN 47 INF during basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia in the beginning of 2000. I was shocked today while looking at a memorial for fallen soldiers and seeing his face. It has been over four years since basic training ended, but when I saw his face, it was like it was yesterday. I remember the him being a genuinely good person and an outstanding soldier. He was the smallest soldier in our platoon, but there was nothing small about him. I have a picture standing with him the day we graduated basic training, we were so happy, not knowing what lie in the future. While our paths crossed only briefly, the harsh reality of the war touched me with his death. I send my condolences to Paul’s family. Your son was a outstanding soldier with a pure soul. May he rest in peace."
Justin Tabayoyon of Vacaville CA

"even though you are gone, i know you are still with me.you help me threw choices everyday.when i got to see you resting so peacefull i could not beleave it was you. but as i touch your hair. a gasped in pain and tears. cause i knew it was you. how could life end so short of a young man like your slef.most people did not know you aswell as i do. and to this day whne people see my dog tag around my neck and they asked who has passes i dont not say just a friend. i say my brother because thats how close we where. when we where lil kids runnign around santa fe springs playing or going to swim practace, or town center to go play vidoe games we where always to gether. i remember when my grandmother use to make us lunch as lil kids and we would play pool in the back room. rememer ther where 3 of us, the 3 musatrees and your mom and my grandmother called us. even though it is now only two u will always be there in sprit. paul if u can read this or see this. can you please help ronnie please. of all people he is taking it the hardest. if u can just show him you are around and that you care you dont understand how that would change him. you have helped me with alot of things in life and now it is my turn to try and help ronnie threw his hard time but just knowing you r with me makes it a lil easyier and i know when ever it is my time and ronnies time to pass on we will be together again. and we can talk and laught and joke around like alway cause the 3 muskatres will be together again. i miss you i love you and u will never be for gotten"
scott bobadill of santa fe springs

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

"I saw Paul for the very first time when he came to the unit. I went up to him and introduced myself, ever since then we became really good friends. He always looked after me and we shared everything, but our girls :) Well, Paul really changed my life he taught me how to relax and just have fun and not stress out all the time. He was a good guy always friendly and always putting others before himself. Paul is really a true friend, and was my first real bestfriend. A few fellow soldiers and I were the first to go CSC Scania, after a few months Paul and few other guys came up to replace us. I never thought that would be the last time I ever see you. I love you Bro thanks for being in my life and thanks for being such a good friend and taking care of me all the time."
James of Riverside, Ca

"I had the honor of going to high school with Paul. Unfortunately we never really talked, but friends of mine were close with him, and his loss was very shocking to me. I was surprised to hear that Santa Fe Spring's own Paul Nakamura had passed in combat. I am glad to say that I went to school with a young man as courageous as him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."
Wendy Hernandez of Santa Fe Springs, CA.

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

"They say you where brave
Making mission everyday
Knowing you
You did what’s best for the troops
Encourings words
Just to make do
Bet you here scared
Threw in threw
But that’s what made you
The light in your eyes
Is what made you shine
With a loins roar
Standing at 5 foot 4
What a man I exclaim
As you faced your unfit fame
Purple heart was your reward
But your legacy is evermore"
ronnie garcia and scott bobadilla of santa fe springs ca

"I lost a cousin a couple of months before Mr. Nakamura died. What hurts more is that he was a resident of my city, Santa Fe Springs, a small suburban area of Los Angeles. I believe he also attended the same high school I did. Though I never knew him personally it is tough to have both cities I consider my home, Norwalk and Santa Fe Springs, lose a resident. I remember seeing his parents at a function held in conjunction with the 4th of July in LA that was held by Lt. Governor Bustamante. They had just buried their son days earlier, it was hard to know that they were just going through the hardest part of losing a family member. My family prays for all brave soldiers serving overseas and their families. Losing someone, although at first surreal, only makes a family stronger, prouder, and makes them realize that they are not alone. Thank you for everyone who has left kind words for families of deceased soldiers."
Jose Balderas of Santa Fe Springs, CA

"I am an Air Force medic that served in Kuwait during the war. I had the priviledge of serving with Spc Nakamura. I wish I can turn back time and shake his hand and tell him that he was doing a good job. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends."
SSgt Victor Estrada (433 AES) of San Antonio, Tx

"I will forever miss you Paul. I will forever have our memories in boy scouts, and remember that it was you who made me who iam. I love you and you will never be forgotten."
David Vasquez of Downey, CA.

"I am a former Army medic and am now married to an Army artilleryman. I am deeply saddened to hear of the demise of a fellow soldier-medic. Rest in peace, Paul. I will never forget."
Terra C. of Fort Drum, NY

"To Spc. Nakamura's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Paul was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts. (1/27/04)"
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

"I only knew Spc Nakamura on a proffessional basis. He was the "young medic" that gave the "old sarge" the motrin when I made it down to CSC Scania. Paul was a good kid and it was such a wate when he died. The last thing I remember seeing of him was when he filled my empty motrin bottle with the horse pills that the Army uses. He was giving an I.V. to a local national that was dehydrated. Later that day I learned what happened. To Paul's family please except my deepest sympathy. You can be very proud of him. The main living area of CSC Scania is named after Paul. Camp Nakamura will be around a long time. To Paul, Thanks for the "Ranger Candy" kid. Godspeed."
Sgt Fred Salber of CSC Scania(Camp Nakamura) Iraq

"Thank you Paul Nakamura, 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

"All Japanese-Americans are with you !
All from America and Japan, honor him!"
Koki Andrew Yamamoto of Tokyo Japan

"THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE WHEN OUR COUNTRY NEEDED YOU MOST. MY BOYFRIEND KNEW YOU IN BOOTCAMP. HE IS SPC. ANGEL RODRIGUEZ. HE LOVES YOU AND WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. YOU ARE OUR HERO. GOD BLESS."
Lupi of Pacifica, CA

"I WAS A REALLY CLOSE FRIEND OF PAULS. WE KNEW EACH OTHER SINCE WE WERE 5 YRS OLD AND WERE IN KINDERGARDEN TOGETHER. I DEEPLY MISS HIM. WE WERE REALLY CLOSE UNTIL THE DAY HE LEFT. HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY AND HIS FAMILY WITH ALL OF HIS HEART."
JASON LOPEZ of SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA, USA

"I served with Paul Nakamura from 2001-2002. He was a special person. He was always there to help anyone. He will truely be missed."
SPC Clasina Roberts of Ft Eustis, VA

"I didn't know Paul, but my sister served with him in the states. We lost my nephew in July--Jason A. Tetrault. My heart is with his family and all the other families that have lost loved ones.angel62866@aol.com"
Nancy Thornton of Umatilla, FL

"paul was my best friend and i hope he memory will live on for ever and he is my strenght from which i get up every morning cause i know that this may be that last. paul was a funny kid and a true friend and i will always love him like a brother and i will miss him dearly paul nakamura rip and happy birthday brodie in october"
scott bobadilla of santa fe springs ca

"To the family and friends of Spc. Paul Nakamura:
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 Paul 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 Spc. Paul Nakamura:
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 Paul, 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