Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Bryan J. Opskar

32, of Princeton, Minnesota.
Opskar died when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on July 23, 2005.

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"Still not forgotten brother. - Jan 2017"
CWO Josh Nebelsiek (ret)

"The 4th of July just isn't the same without you. It was one of the times you would come home while you were in the Marines."
Mom of Pelican Rapids, MN

"You will always be remembered. Team team, damn team."
D. Harvala. of WI

"Miss you so much. It is hard to believe that it has been ten years since they came to tell us that you were gone. 2/14/73-7/23/05."
Mom of Pelican Rapids, MN

"To the Opskar family. I went to Concordia with Bryan. We spent many mornings in the duck blind (when we should have been in class). Today was hockey day in Minnesota so my wife, kids, and I spent many hours watching. The kids were especially interested in all the attention our service men and women received during the games. I then spent time telling them about Oppy. I showed him the website for his tourney. Told them how heroes like Bryan help keep them safe.
I just wanted you to know that the last time I saw him was when I left Moorhead in 1995 but his friendship and service will never be forgotten.
Thank you
Box"
Erik Boxmeyer of Hugo, MN

"Thank you to all who post and remember Bryan. He loved being a Marine."
Betty Opskar of Pelican Rapids, MN

"Thinking of you today and grateful for the memories and proud of your dedicated service! Miss you Oppy!"
Angie (Cook) Bentley of Star Prairie, WI

"Think about you always. You are a great role model!"
Ron Russell of Missouri

"It is one day now before we host another memorial Tournament in memory of Bryan at Princeton Ice Arena.
This year is very special to me as my son will be playing in this great tournament. Every year I have been a part of it but this year is very different for me. My parents help start it the first year and it has been going strong each year. Bryan you are missed each day by all of us in the hockey family. Every time I walk in the doors of the arena I look up at you memorial case and say thank you."
Nikki Cook Elton of Princeton, Mn

"Miss you every day, Your Mom 1/2/2014"
Betty Opskar of Pelican Rapids, MN

"Still thinking of you Oppy"
Bob McIntyre of Boise, Idaho

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day 2013. I remember watching you shoot the puck in the net with a big slap shot from center ice, we had a guy off-sides. You didn't get the goal, but you got a fan. Many of us think about you when we walk into the ice arena. Thank you Bryan. I will never forget."
Younger Hockey Player of Princeton, MN

"10/9/12 Today is your brothers birthday. We all miss you. Went to a Gold Star family retreat this week-end. There are a lot of families missing their sons and daughters killed in Iraq."
Betty Opskar of Pelican Rapids, MN

"Sgt Opskar, I had the occasion to meet your dad while on a motorcycle trip in Yellowstone National park. His bike was tricked out in your memory and it looked quite inspiring. Your dad is proud of your service to our nation and is keeping your memory alive via a scholarship foundation. Thank you for your service to our Corps and nation. Semper Fi."
Lt Col S. Randall ret of El Toro, Ca.

"Sad to hear today that another Marine from Minnesota is now with you. He also was just married a few months. 6/15/12"
Mom of Pelican Rapids, MN

"Remembering you to day. Always in my heart I miss you.Mom"
Betty Opskar of Pelican Rapids, MN

"To the family of:Bryan J. Opskar
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""

"Bryan,

You would be proud to see what a great job the folks in Princeton did with the tournament. I had a chance to meet your father. Before the championship game, he came into the locker room to inspire our kids. He shared with them the story of the day you died. Very powerful moment. He also gave me a memorial coin that I will carry in your honor.

So many people in our community were moved by the story, our local paper published an article about it.

http://ecmpostreview.com/2012/01/25/nb-c-squirts-learning-more-than-the-game-of-hockey/

In the locker room, after the question and answer session with your father, Zach 'Diesel' raised his hand to gain your father's attention. When your dad asked what was his question... Diesel said "I just want to say thank you for your son"

Semper Fi"
Paul Edoff of North Branch, MN

"Brian,

We've never met. My C Squirt hockey team will be proudly participating in a memorial tournament held in your honor.

Just wanted to remind you that your home town and the entire hockey community are proud of you.

Thank you for your service.
Thank you for your sacrifice.

Semper Fi"
Paul Edoff (SSgt, USMC) of North Branch MN

"Thinking of you and your family today. Semper Fi!"
SSgt Evans of Jacksonville, FL

"Bryan,

My friend. You are missed. The years we spent together in Delta company won’t be forgotten and neither will you.

CWO Josh Nebelsiek, USMC"
(Formerly Sgt, 2d Plt, Delta Co, 3d Lar) of Washington, D.C.

"Oppie, I will forever remember the times in 29. Thank you for being a great friend and leader to my husband. Every time I make my salsa, I think of how much you liked it and it makes me smile. Thank you."
Jayme Boos of Andover, MN

"My deapest sympathy to the Opskar family.
I will never forget Sgt. Opskar, the living image engrained in my mind. I was in the "L" providing security when we took him back to Camp Korean Village. Gny Tooman and LCPL Thompson, had an American flag in the back that we put over him for the trip. A very sad day. I wish his return could've been otherwise. I am sorry for your loss. The Opskar family was blood to him, and anyone who served with him was a brother. He will be remebered."
Cpl. Shawn Schiffelbein of Spokane, Wa

"Merry Christmas Bryan, love and miss you very much."
Your Godmother Mary of Fargo,ND

"Happy 234th Birthday, Marine!"
SSgt Shane Evans of Jacksonville, Florida

"Dear Opskar family,
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Bryan. There are flowers in our church in remembrance of Bryan at Christmas and Easter. He was my son, Curt, dear friend - playing hockey and football with him in their high school years. We enjoyed Bryan and his infectious smile for many years. Please know that you, your family and Bryan are in our thoughts and prayers today and always. Thank you, Bryan, for making the ultimate sacrifice and for being In Iraq at the same time as curt and helping to protect him and others. Your sacrifice will always be remembered by our family."
Don and Myla Tolmie of Milaca, MN/USA

"July 23, 2009
Dear Opskar Family,
Hardly a day goes by that I don't think of Bryan and the Family. For four years now I have been trying to come up with the words to express my feelings and gratitude, but I just never knew what to say. I remember in 2003, a Marine LAR Division came into support us 25 Seabees outside of Ad Diwaniyah. I didn't know it at the time, but after talking to Bryan on July 4th 2003, I found out that we were in the same place at the same time. I don't know if we would have made it out from there if it wasn't for them. What an honor it was to be there with Bryan. It was also an honor to be there for the dedication of the Bryan Opskar "Unsung Hero" Award and also to be able to announce the first recipient of the award. We miss you and we thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. You are a Hero and we are forever grateful! God Bless!

CECN Curt Wilson
NMCB25 I MEF 2003
US Navy Seabees"
of Zimmerman, MN

"Dear Ssgt Opskar and family. My name is Lcpl Ramirez, Anthony. I was there with Ssgt Opskar on July 23, 2005. I was reassiged to blue platoon from red platoon. I am to blame for his death. I dream of that day every time i close my eyes. That day will never leave me and no matter how hard i try I can never change those events. I have been living with this for 4 years now. I tried to tell you once before but could not get it out so you would understand. If your family wants to know what happend that day please contact me. I can be reached by phone or by email 253 592 1222 or ajax240@yahoo.com
I just hope that after what i tell you i might have redemed myself even if a little in your eyes."
LCPL Ramirez, Anthony of Puyallup, WA

"Thank You Bryan for all you did for America, we are all going to miss you. I know God Is proud of you. Why don't you ask him for yourself?"
Carly of Princeton MN

"The holidays aren't the same without you. You are missed daily and especially during the holidays, what we wouldn't give for one more hug...... We all miss you Bryan... your sis in law, Bec"

"Family, Friends, and Fellow Marines of Bryan -

My condolences to each and every one of you...

Bryan will always hold a special place in my heart.

I'm also from Princeton, MN.

Semper Fidelis,"
SSgt Shane Evans USMC Ret of Mainz, Germany

"I just learned from a fellow Concordia College hockey team member of Bryan's passing. My deepest and most sincere condolences to his family. Bryan was a great guy with a permanent smile and an infectious laugh. I was fortunate to be able to call him a teammate and a friend. Oppie, we'll miss you."
Eric Christensen of Stoughton, WI

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Bryan J. Opskar:
Bryan 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

"I will never forget you my friend,
pushing me forward until the end,
suttle but stern,
you knew i'd learn,
and forever i am in your debt........


God Bless you Bryan we miss you"
Cpl. Daniel Vader of Lansing, MI

"I think of that day often, and how it easily could have been me or one of my Marines. I never knew you, but I'm forever grateful. I took my son to the veterans cemetery today for the Memorial Day observance. You were on my mind, along with too many others. Semper Fi, brother, and thank you."
RS of Boise, ID

"HI BRYAN SONNY
ALWAYS IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER LOVED
MOUNTAIN MAMA AND PINECONE DADDY"
LAURA DOUGHERTY of MISSOULA MT

"Hey baby! I am so glad you were born today 35 years ago! I am sorry you are not here to celebrate with me but I had a caramel machiato in your honor today!

still celebrating you every day!

Love, Ya Ya"
Leandra Opskar

"I love you Bryan and miss you more everyday. Especially, now that is is February Valentines Day is very special because that was the day you were born! Happy Birthday"
Godmother Mary of Fargo,ND

"To Opskar
I remember the day when I was doing some homework for a research paper at school. I ran across a site that had the names of fallen Marines. My mouth dropped and I was in total shock. I felt that the world was standing still, but yet I felt to helpless. I want to thank you for your ultimate sacrifice that you made for us at home. I know you are in a better place now.
I served with Brian when he was stationed at 29 Palms. In fact he was the best roommate and friend I ever had in the service. His laughter and upbeat spirit would always make you feel better, no matter what mood you were in! Thank you for being such a great friend Brian. Till I see you again ol' friend!"
Josh Amos of Grand Junction, Co

"Earl, Betty and Chris,
I want to let you know that I still think about you guys all the time. I still remember seeing Bryan at S.O.I. Seeing him around all the young bucks. If you guys need anything let me know. My email is slapshot0351@yahoo.com. To Bryan Semper Fi, God Speed, Fair Winds and Following Seas."
Ssgt. Morisset (BEAR) of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I LOVE YOU BYRAN AND MISS YOU EVERYDAY. IT'S BEEN TWO YEARS AND THE HEARTACHE IS STILL THERE. OUR FAMILY HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE YOU LEFT US, BUT SOMEDAY WE WILL ALL BE TOGETHER AGAIN. YOUR MOM, DAD, CHRIS, REBECCA, RYDER, UNCLE STAN, HEATHER, HOLLIE AND YOUR AUNT MARY LOVED YOU VERY MUCH. I KNOW GOD IS TAKING CARE OF YOU."
AUNT MARY of FARGO,ND

"Opskar Family

I played hockey with Bryan at Concordia and we were defence partners on the blue line. Bryan and I used to hang out sometimes and the one thing that stands out most for me is the way he laughed. It was like he couldn't get the laugh out fast enough or hard enough....and whenever he started to really laugh...the sound level would go up by 100. The more he laughed the more I laughed at his laugh... and we would just sit there looking at each other laughing not even remembering what we were laughing at originally. He was awesome. When he walked into a room, the room became a better place to be...he was one of those guys you never forget.

I will always remember him in my prayers and I thank God I was able to meet him."
Jason Kerr of Medicine Hat, Alberta- Canada

"Last year at this time we were all in a fog waiting for you to come home. It has been a hard road but we have had some very happy detours. You would adore your nephew and vice versa. He will know you even though you aren't physically here. I really missed you on Saturday July 22nd when we went on a bike run for Princeton Schools on your deluxe. We went to Jack and Jim's and the Hi-Way Inn and I remember being there with you and where we all sat. I just miss you being around. Your brother will never be the same. He misses you so much. He is doing better. I think your bike has helped him do that. Leandra has been so strong. She also will never be the same. But none of us will without you. We are blessed to have had you in our lives for the time you were. " Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.""
Rebecca of Brooklyn Park, MN USA

"I find myself thinking of Bryan often, especially now when the anniversary of his death is approaching. We are working on planning our 15 year class reunion and I was reading through the responses to the questionnaires that we sent out for our 10 year. When asked what Bryan believed his greatest accomplishment to be, he replied "Being a U.S. Marine". I know that he would still feel that way. He was a great friend and is missed dearly. We love you Bry!"
Shannon (Hall) Madden of New Brighton, MN

"Opskar Family,
I served under Sgt. Bryan Opskar in 3rd LAR Bn. He will be missed. Rest In Peace, Sergeant."
Corporal Gomez of Dekalb, IL

"You will always be my special Valentine. I miss and love you more everyday."
Mom

"Happy Birthday Bryan! I love you and miss you very much."
Aunt Mary

"The tears
On the shoulders of loved ones
Burn through to the heart
For the man, for the marine
Who is now only a beloved memory"

"O the wonderful cross, bids me to come and die and find that I may truly live."

"We hold you close within our hearts
And there you will remain
To walk with us throughout out lives
Until we meet again
WE love you "Uncle" Bryan
February 2006"

"Dear Opskar family, My name is Zachary Nutzman, or as Bryan would have known me "Lcpl Nutzman". I found out about your son's death while watching the evening news on channel 11. When I saw the picture of Bryan I wasn't sure if it was him. I rushed to my closet to grab my Marine pictures and sure enough it was Oppy. I had the honor of serving with Opskar in The Stumps (29 palms) or the hottest place on earth. He was a great man and a great friend. He was a Cpl at the time, and was always there to answer questions and drink a beer with. I will miss him greatly. I will make sure my 2 year old son knows what a great man Bryan was. Semper Fi, I'll miss you Oppy! Oorah."
Zachary Nutzman of Anoka, MN

"To the Opskar family,
I served with brian on his first tour to Iraq. I just found out today about his passing. Almost 4 months after. It is very hard for me to write this letter right now. I loved him like a brother and we had known each other for a very long time. I have some pictures of us from things we have done in the past and I look at them all the time. Bryan was one of the best Marines I have ever served with and I will always remember him."
SSgt John S Deering of Rapid City, SD

"Sgt Opskar took my place as HQ plt Sgt before I left for recruiting duty. I only knew him for a few weeks but from what I saw, he was a good Marine and an asset to 2nd LAR. God rest his soul."
SSgt Jones of Brunswick, GA

"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on rippened grain,
I am the gentle autumn's rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there I did not die.

--Unknown

May God remember and keep each of you in his care. We all feel the loss, and our prayers to those who must carry on. Semper Fi"
SSgt C. Just of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I was born 4 days after Bryan in the same small-town Princeton hospital, which was where my parents met his. I grew up with Bryan going through school, playing football and Hockey, and graduating together in the class of 1991. I enlisted in the USAF in 1992, and saw Bryan after coming home on leave on occasion, I was very proud to have another classmate choose to serve his country, albeit I knew the Marines would be a tough crowd, but it was what he always wanted. Few in our class, or society in general, know what hardships military members go through, and even being a USAF Vet, I know Bryan endured more. I never stepped foot in the sandbox, but am proud to have served, and in my tear-filled eyes, proudly proclaim that Sgt. Bryan Opskar was my Hero, brother in arms, my compatriot, but most of all, he was my friend and I shall miss him dearly for the rest of my life. Semper Fi Bryan! At ease! Your work here is done. My condolences go out to Erling, Betty, Leandra, and the rest of us that were blessed to have known a person and man of Bryans caliber. We should all feel so lucky to have had the time we did with Bryan."
Kelly Puffer, SrA, USAF of Princeton, MN, USA

"To the Opskar family,
May the Angels surround you as you try to heal from the loss of your beloved BRYAN. We extend our thoughts and prayers to you.
BRYAN - Thank you for your courage and bravery and for the ulitmate sacrifice. We will not forget you. You are truly an American Hero. God's Speed young Marine.
From a grateful family of a US Army Soldier, stationed in Iraq. 101st AVN Regt, Ft. Campbell. 10-20-05"
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"I was there when he was killed. Semper Fi and rest in peace."
RS of Boise, Id

"We miss you everyday."

"To the family f Opskar,
It was a honor in meeting SGT Opskar. I met OPskar at Master Gunner School (class 04-04).
He was very active, motivated, and dedicated to his work and studies. I will never forget him.
Sorry for your loss! God Bless!!!!!"
SSG MUNIZ, O of Fort Benning, GA

"Dear Family of Bryan Opskar: I lost my son, Marine LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of Marine LCpl Chad Maynard and Marine Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Rest in Peace Devil Dog"
J and T USMC NC

"To the family of Bryan Opskar:
My family and I are are deeply sorry for your loss of your son Bryan. We lost our Marine son and brother LCPL John Mattek, Jr. on June 13, 2005 from an IED explosion. We send our deepest condolences. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers everyday. We are so thankful for amazing people like Bryan and Johnny. Men who stand proud for their country, who are willing to take their life to save the lives of others. Their are only a select few who can look death in the eye without fear. Because of them we can hold our heads high and stand proud.
We are "The land of the free" we thank you Bryan Opskar for all you have done! Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with your family always.
The Mattek Family.

Also, Bryan Romans was the Marine in charge of my brother's funeral. He did an amazing job comforting and standing by our family. You are very lucky to have him standing at your side. We heard about the church that is threatening Bryan's funeral. They did that to my brother's funeral as well, however THEY WERE ALL TALK and no bite. Thankfully they did not show up and I pray they are smart enough to stay away from Bryan's funeral also."
Jill Mattek of Antigo, WI

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Bryan J. Opskar,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"For the Opskar Family, my prayer are with you. I can only say he is and always will be a hero for a country who needed him. From the wife of a fellow 2nd Lar Marine"
Katherine Henry of Camp Lejuene, NC USA

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You.""
Tom Balstad of West Warwick, RI

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, OHio

"To the Opskar Family, I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences. Your Bryan is truly an American Hero. Bryan will always be remembered and honored. We will be praying for you all. May God Bless you and God Bless Bryan."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Take comfort in that now he is safe from harm. Bless you."
kevin of saskatoon, canada

"To the Family and Friends of Bryan Opskar: Please accept the humble offering of my heart and tears from one Military Family to another. We share our boys with the world and our hearts with one another. Words are never enough..., but we know. May your hearts find peace, may the selfless, unconditional love of your soldier light the darkness of your grief, and may God hold you in the palm of His hand."
E. DeKoster of Crosslake, MN

"TO THE OPSTAR FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. WE ARE DEEPLY SADDEN BY THE LOST OF BRYAN. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH HIM TODAY AND YOUR FAMILY. BRYAN IS A VERY SPECIAL MAN, FAMILY MAN, SOLDIER AND THE ELITE OF AMERICAN'S. HE HAS ANSWERED THE CALLING TO SERVE HIS COUNTRY. MILLIONS OF AMERICAN'S AND IT'S A HAND FULL LIKE BRYAN ANSWERING THE CALL. BRYAN HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. AMONG THOSE IN HIS COMMUNITY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, HIS MILITARY FAMILY OF SISTER'S, BROTHER'S, THOSE IN IRAQ AND HIS EVERLASTING LOVING FAMILY. BRYAN ALL THOSE YOU HAVE TOUCHED. HOLD MANY MANY FOND MEMORIES YOU SHARED WITH EACH OF THEM. AN BRYAN YOU BECAME A MAN, BY ALL THOSE IN YOUR LIFE. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR. WE UNDERSTAND THE HURT AND THE PAIN. BUT, THE COMFORT I HAVE IS TO KNOW. THAT GREGORY AND YOU HAD EACH OTHER'S BACK COVERED. NOT KNOWING ONE ANOTHER PERSONALLY! SERVING TWO DIFFERENT BRANCHES OF SERVE. WITH A MISSION SISTERHOOD AND BROTHERHOOD HOLD AMERICA SOLDIER'S AS ONE! FIGHTING TERRORISM AND TO GIVE OTHERS IN THE WORLD FREEDOM AND LIBERTY. SINCE. 911 AMERICA HAS BEEN SAFE! BRYAN YOU ARE ONE MAN THAT HELPED. AN ALL THOSE SERVICING OUR COUNTRY COULDN'T OF DID IT WITHOUT YOU. ALL THOSE YOU SERVED WITH THAT KNEW YOU BRYAN. SUFFER NOT HAVING YOU WITH THEM. YET, ALL HAVE YOU IN HIS OR HER HEART EVERYDAY. BRYAN YOU NOT JUST A SOLDIER, YOUR A LEADER. ONE THAT GAVE GUIDANCE, KINDNESS, UNDERSTANDING AND AT TIME BE HARD ON THEM. YOU MADE A DIFFERNECE ON THE GROUND AND TRAINING OUR SOLDIERS. ALL TO BE A BETTER PERSON AND SOLDIER! I HAVE TEARS FOR GREGORY, AS I DO FOR YOU FRIEND AND ALL THOSE THAT GAVE HIS OR HER LIFE FOR OUR COUNTRY. BRYAN..................WE MUST ALWAYS HONOR YOU AS WE DO TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER AND EVER. NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN BRYAN NEVER! GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

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

"Thank you Bryan Opskar, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Bryan Opskar:
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 Bryan for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Bryan Opskar:
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 Bryan, 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