Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Dylan R. Paytas

20, of Freedom, Pennsylvania.
Paytas died in Baqubah, Iraq, from injuries sustained from multiple gunshot wounds. He was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia. Died on November 16, 2005.

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"To the family of:Dylan R. Paytas
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""

"Hey Dylan, just been thinkin about you lately.....just wanted to let you know that i miss and love you.... i miss your goofiness and of course your smile... i will never forgot our times together , walkin to the stop sign for a fight, you were never just the kid that lived down the street, we grew up together......our circle of friends miss and love you.......we know you are watching over all of us...!! miss and love you"
Robin Blank of Lewisburg,TN formely Freedom,Pa

"Hey Dylan this SFC Herbin i just wanted to let you know that i won the flag football TURKEY BOWEL tournment in Iraq in 2009-2010. I felt your's and Scott's present their. This championship is for you and Scott. what you would always say put me in coach I'm ready. My friend, my quarterback, and my cornerback forever. RIP My Brother IN ARMS. SFC Herbin"
sfc herbin dennis of junction city ks us

"Dylan lived next door to me at Fort Benning. It is rare to meet a person with such exuberance and life, but Dylan always had a smile on his face. He was a good friend, whose loss I have felt often since his passing. My prayers remain with his family. Please know that Dylan is sorely missed by those of us who served with him"
DeAnna Comstock of Eglin AFB, FL

"I'll always remember playing with you at the sky divers when we were little. We all miss you. <3"
Sara of PA

"wow..i can't believe it's going on 4 years since we kicked it man..you will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Brothers Forever!"
Mark Sornson of Manitowoc, WI

"Dylan, I dont know what my life would be like if u were not a part of it...We will never forget u and u will always be remembered by me and your lil nephew anthony"
Amanda of ambridge, pa

"Dylan, time has gone by so fast... But you have never left my heart. I will continue to miss you. I will think of you every step of my life, love you always and forever... Amber"
Amber Storey of Cranberry Twp, PA

"Dylan was one of my brother Zach's best friends. I looked up to him as if he were my bro. I even got a tattoo in his memory. I'll never forget you bro."
Dan Mihelic of New Sewickley Twp., PA

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Dylan R. Paytas:
Dylan 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

"Hi,
Im Rachel and I'm a friend of Jess. On her info there is a message that talks about how her cousin died in Iraq. Im very sorry for your loss. Even though I do not know your exact pain, I can imagine...I'm soooo sorry again..."
Rachel of PA

"Dylan,
He was such i great cousin.Dylan taught me not to be afraid of anything and don't ever take anything for granite.Also, that everyone has a meaning for life.
He will be greatly missed by me his younger cousin but will never be forgotten i love Dylan Paytas and don't ever forget that."
Jessica L of Pittsburgh

"Dylan, u were a good friend 2 me, ill never forget all the good times we've had. . .i miss u man. im at total loss for words right now being that its memorial day, i dont even know what 2 say, love n miss u man"
APRIL HARLEY of FREEDOM

"Dylan,
I miss you more than words can explain, and think about you everyday. Life would be so much easier with you by my side, we always did help eachother through the hard times.. I will always love you."
Melissa of transfer, pa

"Dylan Ryan,
You are missed more than someone can explain. You made many memories that will never be able to be forgotten from school and out. Kameron misses his Uncle Dylan and talks about you all the time. We love you and your family"
Misti Green of Freedom,PA

"Dylan
We were good friend through school you were and i will truely miss you and the world will not be the same. I also wanted to thank for serving our country GOD BLESS you and your family."
Johnny Murtha of New Sewickley Twp Pa

"To The Family, My name is SFC Steven J. Colbert a Soldier assigned To The 3D US Infantry (The Old Guard). I'm sorry to hear of your loss as a graduate of Aliquippa HS and Ex-Recruiter for the Freedom Area HS. This news has really hit me. Please accept my true sympathy for your loss. It's a tragedy to lose any Soldier. Take care and God bless you all"
SFC Steven J. Colbert of Fort Meyer, VA

"Dylan, you left a mark on all of us that no one could forget. I remember high school with you. It won't be the same without you man. You died for what you believed in, I salute you for that, Rest in Peace."
Zachary Monahan of Baden, PA

"Dylan, you will be greatly missed always. Thanks for always encouraging me. I am proud to have served with you. Rest In Peace. May God be with you."
SGT Harris, K of Columbus, GA

"Dylan, I worked with you at Long John Silvers and I knew you when we were kids. You always were a great guy. Kayla, Gracie, Diane and John, I love you all."
shauna of EVANS CITY, PENSYLVANIA

"To Dylan's Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. You Dylan are a true American Hero. You will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Dylan."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"As I prayed for you today

I asked the Lord to bless you
As I prayed for you today,
To guide you and protect you
As you go along your way...

His love is always with you
His promises are true,
And when we give Him all our faith
He's sure to see us through.

So when the road you're traveling on
Seems difficult at best...
Just remember I'm here praying
And God will do the rest.

We are never prepared for the loss of a loved one,
But God is always prepared to help us through that loss.
May his presence begin the healing in your heart and soul,
And may His love surround you with the comfort only He can give.

Gone but never forgotten.
Proud mother of USMC Lcpl Alex, currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"Dylan,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I don't have the words to let you know how sad I feel for you. Please take care."
Carolyn of Sacramento

"To the family and friends of Dylan, I am so sorry for your loss. Our family shares in your sorrow, we lost my brother SPC Shawn Davies on 7-8-04. Dylan is a true hero and will always be remembered. May God be with you."
Toni Peters (toniannp@sbcglobal.net of Concord, OH

"TO THE PAYTAS FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. DYLAN THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AN TO GIVE THOSE IN IRAQ HOPE. TO HOPEFULLY, ENJOY PEACE! SINCE, 911 DYLAN YOU HELPED TO KEEP AMERICA AND THE WORLD SAFE. SO YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN! AN AMERICAN HERO! ALL THIS IS VERY DIFFUCULT FOR YOUR FAMILY. DYLAN YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. AN THESE ARE THE VERY PEOPLE. THAT WILL ENABLE YOUR LOVE ONE'S TO REFLECT ON HOW? DYLAN HAS IMPACTED US ALL. YES YOU EVEN IMPACTED MY LIFE. LOSING MY SON, SHEDDED MANY MANY TEARS. AN TODAY THE SAME VERY TEARS CONTINUE'S TO FLOW FOR YOU DYLAN. FOR YOU TRUELY, HAVE BEEN A MILITARY BROTHER TO GREG AS GREG TO YOU! YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND CERTAINLY: SOMEONE TO OUR FAMILY. WITH THE HOLIDAYS MAKE'S THIS EVEN MORE DIFFUCULT. YOU ARE THE ELITE OF ALL AMERICAN'S. CONSIDER THE POPULATION 290,000,000 AND ONLY A LOW PERCENTAGE ANSWER THE CALLING TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. MEN SUCH AS YOURSELF. NOW THE FALLEN FAMILIES MUST KEEP OUR FALLEN FRESH IN THE MINDS OF AMERICAN;S. SO NO ONE NEVER EVER FORGET'S YOU. AMERICAN'S HURT THE VIETNAM VETERAN'S WITH VIETNAM. WE WILL NOT LET THAT HAPPEN THIS TIME. WE MUST HONOUR ALL OUR WOUNDED, FALLEN AND THOSE RETURNING HOME! 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.
Our nations HERO, Dylan will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"Thank you Dylan Paytas, 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 Pvt. Dylan Paytas:
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 Dylan 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 Pvt. Dylan Paytas:
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 Dylan, 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