Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Chad W. Powell

22, of West Monroe, Louisiana.
Powell died while traveling in a convoy that was attacked by a suicide, vehicle-borne, improvised explosive device in Fallujah, Iraq. He was assigned to 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on June 23, 2005.

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"Hey cousin, as I get older I think more and more of how I wish I had spent more time with you and your brothers growing up, we are all around the same age and we got along insanely well and hit it off the very first time we met!! I remember just acting goofy like young boys do and laughing like crazy! I got the invitation to Jesseís wedding and I told my wife, we have to go, in my mind for more reasons than I could say but I wanted to be there for a man who I felt like was my little brother! I love them and wish I could see them more but I know youíre watching over them! This Memorial Day youíve been on my mind a lot, taken from this world so early and with so much still left to do! I miss you, I love you and Iíll see you on the streets of gold!!❤️❤️❤️"
Jonathan Collie of Pilot Point, TX

"5/18/21 Hey daddy. Itís 1 am and itís one of those nights where I look at the picture of you on my wall, and my mind starts racing, so I wanted to collect my thoughts so I can look back on them one day. I donít show it often, and I try not to think about it often, but man I miss you. I feel wrong to miss you because I donít even remember you. All I have are hundreds of pictures and stories from momma and others that knew you. I just wonder what things would be like if you were still here. I wonder if weíd be close. I wonder if Iíd be an avid outdoorsman. I wonder if the version of me raised by you wouldíve been more loved and accepted by my peers growing up. I wonder what your voice sounded like. I wonder what weíd have in common, and what conversations we wouldíve had. I wonder how scared you were when you were overseas, and I wonder what words of encouragement youíd have for me right now. I have my first mma fight in 10 days. When I get nervous thinking about it, I just think about you, and I tell myself that nothing I experience in the cage is going to be nearly as tough as what you went through for your family and our country. I pray that you watch over me, and instill me with that same warrior spirit that you had when you were overseas. Preparing for any competition has been more difficult than I anticipated because I know that as much as Iíd love to look into the audience and see you there, proud and cheering me on, itís never going to happen. I will never experience the validation that a son needs from his dad. Casey is such a great man, role model and step dad to me, but growing up I pushed him away because he isnít you. I wish I didnít, but I did. Iím listening to if I donít make it back by Tracy Lawrence, crying more than Iíve ever cried in I donít even know how long. As life goes on I realize more and more how your absence has effected who I am, both positively and negatively, but I think the positives outweigh the negatives. Your sacrifice taught me how to deal with adversity for a young age, and how important it is to hold on to those you hold dear. Your sacrifice also made me a very angry, resentful person at times. I was so angry, for so long growing up. I always got into so much trouble. I used your death as an excuse when I made mistakes. I always say how I would be more of a man if I had you around to raise me, and that I would have more skills that a man should have. Though that may be true, Iíve always had Casey, and I always said no anytime he tried to fill that role. I have a million more things Iíd love to say or ask, but youíre not gonna hear it anyways. Hopefully we meet again one day daddy. Please watch over me and give me the strength that I need to accomplish my goals. ❤️ Freedom isnít free"
Elijah Powell of Sterlington, Louisiana

"My Sweet Chad,
Today is 1/6/2021. June will make 16 long years that you have been gone.
I wanted to leave a message for you here. I know it seems silly because YOU are not here, but it has always helped me to feel close to you.
I wanted you to know that you would be so proud of our son, Elijah. He is now 18, almost 19 years old. He is enrolled in college full-time and doing great (A's & B's). He is pursuing his passion for "fighting" and he has his first kickboxing match 1/23. I know you would be so proud of him, not only for what a kind, respectful, young man he is, but for how successful he is after surviving such a tragic loss so young. On his 18th Birthday he got your dog tags tattooed on his chest. We went together. It was another chapter in our book of grief. We talk about you often. He loves to hear stories about you. I think of you often. Wonder how things would be if you were still here with us. But I know that God has a plan and we trust that plan until we meet again. You continue to bless Elijah and me even in passing. His college is paid for 100% and Elijah also gets a living allowance which allows him to focus on school and not have to work. He also was able to pay cash for a new car. Not many 18 year old young men have that kind of discipline to save that kind of money. Please keep him safe. In every aspect of life. I worry so much about him. Losing you so young really did something to me. I don't know what I'd do if I ever lost him. I pray you always know how thankful I am to have had six wonderful years with you. Not a day goes by that you are not missed.
Forever Faithful"
Danielle of Sterlington, LA

"To our precious son, Our hearts are heavy today. We Love and miss you so much. Words can't express the gratitude for your sacrifice not only for our family but the Country. We pray for our sweet grandson Elijah every day. Hopefully he will come back to us one day. With all our LOVE SON. DAD and MOM!!!!!"
Brenda Powell of Eros

"The Ones Left Behind

5:37 a knock on my door. My whole world change, a child no more.
Left alone and broken-hearted. Our child of war left without a father.

A flag draped casket, a 21 gun goodbye. Thousands of people honoring you, two doves released in the sky.

The pain so great at times I prayed life would end. But God saved me from the lowest places I've been.

To watch your son long to see your face, to hear your voice, to know his last name.

Death has a sting that can cut you like a knife. In your loneliest hours and in the dark of the night.

We don't know why but I know one day we will. A Hero at only 22, very big shoes for our son to fill.

He talks about you often, he loves to hear your stories. He wonders how things would be if you were here to claim the glory.

But our God is a loving God and he gives to those who grieve.
In 2012 he sent me a loving husband and a wonderful Father Figure to E.

I tell your story, not for pity, not for fame or attention. But I want everyone to know the sacrifice made when your name is mentioned.

We are the survivors, the ones that bear the pain. My daddy always told me All A Man Has In Life Is His Last Name.

You left behind a legacy, a Heroes story to tell. A son to carry your last name, a name he carries well.

So if you're in our hometown and you pass the Powell, Barnes, and Deal memorial highway sign-
Stop and say a little prayer for the ones they've left behind.

In Loving Memory
Cpl. Chad W. Powell
Awarded The Purple Heart
1/30/83-KIA 6/23/05"
Danielle of Sterlington

"My sweet, sweet Chad. Never far from my mind and always in my heart. Another Memorial Day has passed. We were able to spend it smiling and having a nice day with family. But there's always something missing. We speak of you often. Elijah asks a lot of questions. I wish I had all the answers he desires. He always says he wonders how things would have been different. That's so hard to hear. He deserved different. He deserved you. Always says he wishes he had a sibling by you. Looking back, I wish we could've given him that. But we knew it wasn't in our finances. We can ask ourselves why over & over again, but we'll never know until the day we can ask God himself. I know you watch over us. Every time I see 4:20 on a clock. Every little reminder I see daily. Thank you for those. It reminds me that you lived. You were here. And you left your mark on so many people. Miss you my friend. Forever & Always."
Danielle of Sterlington

"Another Memorial Day. Most days I can busy myself enough to keep everything far, far in the back of my mind. Today, just like every year, everything comes flooding back. We miss you, my brother. It is said that a man dies twice. The day he leaves this world, and the day his name is spoken for the last time. You shall not be forgotten. We remember, Corporal Chad Wayne Powell."
Clay Clute of Fort Riley, KS

"Dear Chad, we will be thinking of you and your sacrifice this Veteran's Day!!!! We miss you every day and how our lives have changed without you here. We Love you son with all our heart. We look forward to our reunion in HEAVEN!!!!!!!"
mom of Eros, LA

"Cpl Powell,
I didn't know you that well but always remember talking to you next to your truck that day. You told me of your wife and kid and I could immediately tell how much you loved them. Well Marine, you will never be forgotten."
Sgt. Erik Sanderson of Dubois, WY


I miss you brother. You will never be forgotten."
SSG Douglas of Ft Riley, Ks

"Thinking about you today as I often do. Wonder who you'd be today & how things might have been. Elijah just turned 13. Crazy how time flies. He's the spitting image of you although he's very different too. Loves to play guitar and to sing. He gets that from me & his uncle Chris. He's growing up to be a fine young man but how could he not. He tests me a lot and sometimes it's hard. I know if you were here things would be different. We've been blessed to have Casey in our lives as my husband & as a father figure to him. He loves you as his own and that is a wonderful blessing. This June will mark 10 years since our world fell apart & sadly not much has changed. We are still at war and are still losing our soldiers every day. I will never forget you or the times we shared. But more than anything, I'll never forget your sacrifice. You not only gave your life, but ours together with our son. I still get angry, I still cry. I still ask myself why this happened to me and Elijah. But because of my faith I am taught that God's plan is bigger than mine and I just have to be patient because one day it will all make perfect sense. I haven't been on here in awhile but it's obvious that you touched so many people's lives just as you touched mine. I will always love you & treasure our memories. Please help me to be the best mom that I can be to our son and please help me guide him the way I know you would have. Rest In Peace."
Danielle of Calhoun, La

"HAPPY HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY SON!!! We will be celebrating your life and we know you are celebrating in HEAVEN with our GOD today!!! We LOVE and MISS you everyday!!! DAD & MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"thinking of you today son as always I love and miss you so much. MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"I just had you on my mind Chad Wayne..."
Aunt Nett of Eros, La.

"Bruce thank you for your prayers and please let your brother Andrew know that we thank him for his service and will keep him in our prayers as well. I would love to see the memorial via e-mail (jwbl5659@yahoo.com)if you get a chance."
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"Sheri S. thank you for your kind words we truly appreciate you."
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"Dear Chad, I'm so sorry this is late posting. Me, Dad, Chris, Jesse & Elijah just want to say Thank you for your sacrifice for our "FREEDOM". We LOVE & MISS you so much it hurts. We will "NEVER FORGET"."
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"I wanted you to know that Chad was in my families prayers today. My brother Andrew was involved in that terrible day that took Chad. They have built a memorial at home in rememberance. They will never let yor sons sacrifice be forgotten. God Bless"
Bruce of Hudson NH USA

"I traveled your highway yesterday. I was curious and looked it up. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Please know that, as the anniversary of your death is upon us, I will be praying for your family. Again, you are appreciated and never forgotten."
Sheri S of Bismarck, AR, USA

"Just thinking about you today....no reason just had you on my mind..."
Love always Aunt Nett... of Eros, la.

"Chad I really miss your questions. Rest easy young brother"
Sgt Jones of Oceanside

"To: Chad from Portland Oregon
From: Brenda Powell

Thank you for your Service to our Country. I truly appreciate your kind words about my son. you are welcome to contact us via e-mail jwbl5659@yahoo.com if you would like we would Love to hear any stories about Chad that you would like to share or if you have any photos to share. We Miss him so much. His son is almost 12 now and we see him often it helps to ease our pain. Thank you again for your comment. Semper Fi"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"To: Herman Fabela
From: Brenda Powell

Thank you for the kind words & Prayers we truly appreciate them."
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"Dear Powell family,
I am a marine who knew your son when we were served together in Haiti and chad definitely made situations better with his great attitude and humor I truly enjoyed spending those four months with him then he visited the sister Iraqi base where I lived in fallujah training the Iraqi army to take a look at the diesel Iraqi vehicles and He and I talked for a little over a hour catching up while I assisted him with the vehicles the next day is when we lost him and I'm telling you that even in the desert heat he still was same old cpl Powell awesome person and it is truly a loss for the entire world I have other marines who have past as well and it seems like it is always the greatest of people we had a connection too because my name is also chad it took awhile for us to figure that out because marines don't use their last names and he out ranked me but he never acted better than those underneath him he was truly a great NCO stern if he needed to be but approachable to all he will always be missed sorry for y'all loss"
Chad of Portland Oregon

"Dear Mr. & Mrs. Powell, I wish to extend my sincere condolences for your loss. I was informed by a wonderful man...Mr. Dan Chason, that Chad was a great hero. Please know that you and your entire family and our country are in my prayers everyday. I ask that you not hesitate to contact us if the need every arises in your family. Mr. Dan Chason knows how to get a hold of me. I ask our Lord God to place favor on your entire family and friends. Godspeed, Herman Fabela, USAF"
Herman Fabela of Buda, Texas

"Chad. Remembering you today with affection and gratitude."
Julie of Arkansas

"Hey Son, We Love and Miss you so much. Hard to believe it's been 8 yrs. since GOD called you HOME. Elijah is getting so BIG and he looks just like you. We are so BLESSED to have him. We LOVE you, MOM & DAD"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"Hey Son, We Love and Miss you so much. Hard to believe it's been 8 yrs. since GOD called you HOME. Elijah is getting so BIG and he looks just like you. We are so BLESSED to have him. We LOVE you, MOM & DAD"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"Thank you, James"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"To the parents of Cpl Powell. Your son was every thing a Marine should be he touched every one around him and was selfless. I'm honored to have known him."
James of Oceanside Ca

"Hey Son, Just remembering your Wedding day April 20, 2003 you looked so handsome in your Dress Blues. I can still see that BIG smile on your face. We LOVE and MISS you every DAY. We look forward to the day we meet again with our Heavenly Father. Until then we know you are watching over us. MOM & DAD"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Hey Son,

Lots to catch up on.January 30, 1983 I held you for the first time. I'll never forget that day. we all celebrated your life last nite Birthday Pie included. We will never forget what sacrifice you gave for all of us. We just have to continue on without you. Even though most days I wish GOD had taken me instead of you. Elijah has turned out to be such a sweet young boy. He looks so much like you. I don't think I could keep my sanity without him. Hope you had a great Birthday with Jesus. I know you were smiling down last night seeing all your family together. We will never ever forget you. We LOVE & MISS you every day. Dad, Mom, Chris, Jesse & Elijah"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"I can't believe your not here with us! You were taken away to soon from us and your son! The family got together last nite to have your 30th birthday!!! WOW time sure flies here on earth but it seems like yesterday you and your cousin Alison were playing together in the yard! I just wanted to share today that you are missed and I know as does the family what we have to do to get to see you again! Because of the Big God we serve we will see you again! love you Chad Wayne! Aunt Nett"
Aunt Nett of West Monroe, La.

"Dear Son,

Remembering your sacrifice for our "FREEDOM" today. We will never forget you. We keep you in our "HEARTS" & "MEMORIES" and no one can ever take that away. We do MISS your "SMILING FACE" & BIG HUGS. We look forward to the day we meet again. We LOVE you MOM & DAD"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Dear Son,

Your brother is returning from Afghanistan tommorrow its been a verrrrrry long year. Thank you for keeping him safe. I know you would be PROUD of him. We LOVE & MISS you so much. MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Remembering you June 23rd took on a special meaning as I got to spend the day with Elijah. He is your spitting image and reminds me so much of you, right down to his hamburger with ketchup, mustard and pickle ONLY. Couple of weeks ago, we took a road trip. It was just Elijah, your Dad and me. It was great! Took him to the Bassmaster's Elite tournament. Brought back a bunch of memories of when we traveled together to fish. He really enjoyed hanging out with the fishermen. We miss you and will keep our promise to give Elijah all the love you still have for you. We love you.....Pop"
Capt. Dan Chason of Rayville, LA

"Dear Son,

It's been 7 years since we lost you. We miss you so much. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. Watching your son Elijah grow up and looking just like you brings us some happiness. Knowing that one day we will all be reunited in HEAVEN is comforting. We LOVE and miss you. MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"I had the pleasure of meeting Chad and working with him as an Combat Engineer. He was a great man and amazing Marine. I hope on this day he is remembered as I will not forget his sacrifice. Semper Fidelis. 7th ESB 1st FSSG 1MLG"
Brian Wolff SSG of Clinton, WI

"Hey son, It's been a while so much has gone on in the last few months. April 20th was your 9 yr. Anniversary I'll never forget how handsome you were in your Dress Blues and your Beautiful SMILE. We just had your brothers wedding April 28, 2012 very emotional but he too was very handsome in his Dress Blues. Elijah was a Jr. Groomsman so good looking just like his Daddy. We LOVE & MISS you so much. We THINK of you every second, minute, hour, day, month,& yr. We stay strong with our GOD and knowing we will be reunited one day. I LOVE YOU MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros,LA 71238

"Chad Wayne its your Birthday!!! You'd b 29!!! I miss you much and I do still cry when I think about you and what price you paid for us to be free...Our family has a big hole in it without you...I know we will see you again and thats what we are waiting for...What a wonderful place Heaven must be...Happy Birthday Chad!"
Aunt Nett! of West monroe, La.

"Dear Son, I "REEEEAAAALLLLYYYY" miss you. Just thinkin of the "SACRIFICE" you made for me and the Country. How I would give anything just to hold you one more time. Think about you every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year. 24/7 365 days. I LOVE & MISS YOU SO MUCH. :( MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Dear Chad, Thank you for being such a GREAT son and for all the smiles and "HAPPY MEMORIES". Today I THANK YOU FOR MY FREEDOM."
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238


To my friends and family:

This is a music video on U-Tube by Jamey Johnson, called ďLead Me HomeĒ.
If you have not seen this video, you need to watch it. When you cast your votes this fall, remember that your power to vote is your voice of support for those who gave all and to those who will someday pay the ultimate price, whether in the military, police, fire services or any public service.

I dedicate my lifeís work and this day to the wonderful memory of my son in law, Cpl. Chad Wayne Powell, USMC who we lost on June 23, 2005 in Fallujah, Iraq. The pain is still there but the memories of a young man who gave his all is something I will never forget.

To Jerry, Brenda, Chris and Jessie. We love you and thank you for your dedication to this wonderful country. May God bless and keep Chris safe and comfort you each and every day.

To his wife, my beautiful daughter Danielle and to their son, my precious grandson Elijah, for your sacrifices that you still make to keep me and our country free. I am so very proud of you Danielle. I wish you all the happiness, love and support that I feel that you have finally found.

Lt. Dan Chason, ULM Police Dept of Monroe, LA USA

"Dear Chad, I need your HELP. Your brother has landed in Afghanistan for 1 yr. Deployment. PLEASE put your arms around him and keep him SAFE. I know you won't let me down. I LOVE & MISS you so much. MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Cpl Chad Powell, I love you man! there isnt a day that i dont think about how I should have been on that convoy instead of you! I am sorry that your beautiful son will not get the chance to see you again. I know it has been 6 years but it has taken me this long to come to grips with losing you! I miss you brother!"
Alex Koons of Jacksonville NC

"In the past month I have had the pleasure of meeting your wonderful family. I am a friend of your brother's fiance. I know you must have been one heck of a guy because you were raised by two amazing people, and you're brother is such a wonderful man. I knew Matthew Barnes and his family well. It was such an honor to finally meet one of the other families who had suffered such a great loss that year. Words truly not express how grateful I am to you for your service to this country. It is such an honor to know your family and hear the wonderful stories of you. I stood with your mom and dad as they waved your brother off to Afghanistan. I know you'll be watching over him. I just wanted to drop by and thank you for my freedom, and let you know that although you are gone your family has made sure that you will never be forgotten!"
Courtney Price of West Monroe, LA

""One day we will be able to thank Chad personally for the sacrifice that he made to extend freedom to so many. Although your loss of Chad is extremely difficult, I know how proud you must be of his bravery. May God bless you and surround you with the Holy Spirit. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.
"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18"
I am so proud of the work you did to make our country what it is today, thank you Chad for your sacafice! I love you ChadWayne, Aunt Nett"
Annette Powell of West Monroe

"Cpl Chad Powell, I was in 8th Marines with Chad at the time we deployed to Fallujah. I was in charge of vehicle maintenance for my shop and I got to see Chad's smiling face alot. What an outstanding Marine and man he was, always with a helping hand. I use to go over to his shop and hang out in dispatch with him.
When I came back off of leave Chad had just passed away and I remember sitting in the chow hall watching his wife and newborn on CNN and feeling a sudden rage. I was so mad that they were not leaving Chad's wife alone during such rough times. All Marines dislike the media.
Anyways, I was one of the Marines who carried out Chad's funeral aboard camp Fallujah, I carried Chad's dog tags to lay them before his boots. He is a friend that I will never forget, his face is forever seared within me.
Damn Chad its been six years since that day and everyone is on their way but in my heart you will always stay. Love ya bro"
Daniel Deer of Columbia, SC

"It's been 6 years since we lost you. Seems like yesterday when I had that knock on my door. Still feels like a nightmare and I can't wake up. I miss you so much. Your smiling face could light up a room. Til we meet again. I Love you son. RIP"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Another Memorial Day where our family will pause and thank God for the short time we had you. We love you Chad and we miss you terribly. And on this Memorial Day we again thank you for our freedoms. Semper Fi

Lt. Dan Chason of Rayville, LA

"Osama Bin Laden has been killed. God be with all the Families who have lost Loved ones due to this EVIL man. RIP my Son. I Love you so much."
Brenda Powell of Eros,LA 71238

"Cpl. Chad W. Powell, I never got the chance to know you. You don't know me however,I recently talked with your father-in-law and he told me to remember you. I took it upon myself to do that. Your sacrifice means a great deal to me and your country. And I will remember you. I recently got news that I too would be heading overseas and felt that I needed to write a little note saying how much I thank you for your service, you are a hero that died in the service of our country and i will remember you."
SPC Zachary N. Lapierre C co 1-143IN (Airborne) of RI, 02896

"Me, Elijah, Danielle & Chance came out and released ballons for your Birthday today. Happy Birthday my son I know you are looking down and smiling. We will never forget you. We miss you so much. It will never be the same without you. I know you are safe and Happy in GODS arms. I LOVE YOU, MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Me and Elijah had an awesome time in Dallas for the Snowball Express we are looking forward to this year. We went to the Nutcracker, Mesquite Rodeo, Gary Sineses gave us a private concert, We spent a day at Six Flags & a day at Southfork Ranch and ended with a magic show and concert they treated us like royalty. We enjoyed a great Christmas with the exception of having you here with us but you spent your Christmas with Jesus. We miss you so much. Its just not the same without you. Elijah is getting so big he'll be 9 in a few weeks. He looks so much like you. You would be so proud he just killed his first deer a big 7 point. I hope he grows up to love the outdoors as much as you did. Love always Mom"
Brenda Powell of Eros,LA 71238

"I brought you a beautiful new wreath for Marine Corp Birthday and Veteran's Day. We are also attending a Dedication for you this morning for a Highway Sign that our Senator approved a few months ago. About a 10 mile stretch of Highway is named after you and 2 other local Marines. What an honor plus no one will ever forget your sacrifice to our Country. We Love and miss you so much. Mom & Dad"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Hey Chad, we brought you fresh flowers and new flags Saturday. I hate it when you have faded flags or flowers but sometimes I slip. You always deserve the best. We enjoyed having your son with us over the weekend. We Love and miss you so much. Mom and Dad"
Brenda Powell of Eros,LA 71238

"Just missing you Chad. How I wish you were here today to take care of my little girl as only you could. You are missed! They finally got the sign up for the Memorial Highway for you, Deal and Barnes. What an honor but one that I would trade to just go deer hunting with you once more. You never knew how big of a mark you left on our family. Andy, Danielle, Elijah and I were blessed to call you son, friend, husband and Dad. We miss you buddy."
Lt. Dan Chason of Rayville, LA

"Dear Son,

We are taking Elijah to Washington, DC Thursday July 22,2010. He will be getting a Medal for the children of Fallen Heroes. We will also be having a special Dinner in your HONOR. And on Saturday we are taking him to Six Flags in Maryland for all the Fallen Heroes Families. I'm so glad we can keep you alive through your son. He's such a special child and reminds us of you so much. It will be a special time for all of us. We think of you every minute of every day. We Love you so much. MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros,LA

"My son's my only two served in Irag and afgan.they are my babbies I Don't understand why mine came home and your's did not. But I do know the sleepless night's you as a mother has had.my prayer's and love are with you."
valerie pearson of Greer,Sc

"No amount of Gratitude can be shown in a way to heal the wounds left by losing a son, brother, friend. All I can say from the bottom of my heart is Thank You Chad for keeping myself and my family safe.Rest in peace brother.
Sempa Fi."
Andrew Watson R.A.F Rtd of Bury, United Kingdom

"My beloved son,

I can't even begin to tell you how much we miss your smiling face. It's been 5 years since you were taken from us. Words can't even express our grief and heartache. Only our belief in GOD above gives us the strength to carry on each day. RIP son, THANK YOU FOR OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!"
Brenda Powell of Eros,LA

"Dear Son,

We all came to honor you on Memorial Day. Me, Dad, Chris, Jesse, Elijah, Raymond, Brandy, Troy, Grandpa Powell, and Grandma Powell. We brought you new flags and flowers. We are all so blessed to have had you 22 years. We can't wait til we are all together again. THANK YOU FOR OUR FREEDOM. We LOVE and MISS you every day but know you are in a much better place. MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"Dear Chad,
I missed your smile yesterday but I know in my heart you were with me. I Love and miss you so very much. Til we meet again. Love Mom"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Dear Chad,
7 years ago today was such a special day for you. You were married today. I remember it like it was yesterday. You were so happy. We Love and Miss your smiling face so much. Can't wait to see you again one day. Mom and Dad"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Me and Dad came to clean up and bring you new flowers for Easter. We miss you so much. Can' wait till we meet again one day in heaven. We Love You. Dad and Mom"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Dear Chad,

You have a new HERO joining you at the gates of HEAVEN. Corporal J.R. Searcy of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office was killed while on duty. I know you have already welcomed him HOME. We Love and miss you every day. MOM and DAD"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Dear Son,

Today was your Birthday me and dad brought you some beautiful flowers and a card. I know you were looking down from heaven and smiling. We Love and Miss you so much. Thank you for our FREEDOM!!!!!!!!"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"Dear Son,

Another Christmas without your beautiful smile, but I know even though we couldn't see it you were smiling down on us. I brought Elijah out and we put a small Christmas tree and Elijah wrote in a card for you. We Love and miss you so much. I can't wait to see you once again. Love Mom, Dad, & Elijah."
Brenda Powell of Eros, La

"I met you once Chad you were a bright eyed boy with thoughts of fishing and hunting flying through your head! you were a quiet shy boy full of manners and I knew the lord had special plans for you! at the time no one knew what they would be. you and Andy were so cute trying to get everything done so you could go fishing, it was so cute! I still pray for your family even though they didnt know me but they gave the ultimate sacrafice, their beautiful son! I hope that time has somewhat healed the wounds, but I do know the pain will never completely be gone away. May God bless your family"
Pam T kelly of missississippi

"Dear Son,
I wish I could tell you Happy Veterans Day in person but I know your looking down from heaven and can see how much we LOVE and Miss you. Thank you for the sacrifice you gave for our FREEDOM. We will never forget you. Love always, MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros,LA

"Happy Birthday Marine! Wish we could be sitting back today celebrating togather, but your always with me. Semper Fi brother!"
Sgt. Raymond A Downs of West Monroe, Louisiana

"Cant wait til the day comes where we can just sit back and have no worries...too much to worry bout these days..miss you bud. Got one more week til deer season..dont really have a place to go except out in luna so im gunna try my best to take what i can get and take down a big ole' deer for us...wish everyday you were here..man how thngs would be alot better if you were. well wish me luck on the hunt and life..haha..see ya bud.."

"I took Elijah dove hunting on Monday. Just like you, he isn't afraid of anything. He shot the 20 gauge and then the 12 gauge even before the big kids would try it. He is just like his Daddy! I see so much of you in him and know that your family will keep our promise we made to you and will keep your memory alive for him. He is a great kid and I thank you for the gift of my wonderful grandson. We miss you so much and think of you always, especially every time the family gathers. We look forward to the day when we can all get together as a complete family. We love you Chad."
dan chason of rayville, louisiana

"Jamaz you are more than welcome to contact us if you would like. E-mail is jwbl5659@yahoo.com, (H) 318-249-2288."
Brenda Powell of Eros,La

"We received an oil painting of you this week. Project Compassion in Ohio contacted me and Layne Brady an artist in Utah painted the portrait for us. It looks like you were there in front of him while he painted. Its amazing. We are so grateful. We Love and Miss your smiling face so much. Mom"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA

"I knew Chad talked to him 5minutes before it happened. My team brought them back. Rest in peace warrior."
Jamez of Camp Pendleton Ca

"I thank you for your service to a greater cause."
Travis of Tampa, FL

"Another 4th without you. We love and miss you so much. Thank you for the sacrifice to your country and all of us. Dad and Mom"
brenda powell of Eros, LA USA

"Missing you each and every day CPL...cant explain how much I look up to you, but know I am the proudest and most motivated soldier that anyone will ever know and I thank you for how I live my life today. Hooah brother!"
SGT POWELL of Eros, Louisiana

"Dear son, Today is a day we will never forget. One of the worst days of our life.Me and Dad brought you a dozen red roses this morning and just spent a few moments remembering what a Loving Son, Brother, Husband and Father you were and always will be. You are our AMERICAN HERO!!!!!!! Thinking of you always.WE LOVE YOU. DAD and MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA 71238

"June 23, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Chad W. Powell:
Chad 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Thinking of you always and missing you more than you'll ever know...with every day that passes, I miss you more and more and am more grateful for everything you did for us. We all continue to have freedom because of men and women like you. I am so proud of you and am so proud to tell you story to everyone around me. I promise to keep your memory alive through my words and through our son. You were an amazing father, husband, son, friend, and Marine. I was so proud to stand by your side!!! God Bless You and may you always rest in peace...love always and forever."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La

"dear son,

we spent the last few days remembering and honoring you. we are so grateful for your sacrifice which gives us the freedom that we all have. we love and miss you so much. mom and dad"
brenda powell of eros,la usa

"Chad, Like every Memorial Day I dedicate to you Marine. In the little time we knew each other you left an impression on me. You are my inspiration to be a better Father, friend and Marine. I will never forget your sacrifice to this country.

Semper Fi"
Friday Ellis of Monroe, La.

Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor, La

"Chad: We are cousins although we never really got to know each other. I remember when you were small and played with my older children, Jennifer and Brian at family reunions in Winnfield. I'm sorry I didn't get to know you better here on earth but am looking forward to loving on you in Heaven! You are safe now and in good company! Tell Grandma Powell hello for me and I miss and love her so much! Also, hug and kiss my Courtney too! She was taken prematurely just like you. We know, though, that the Lord has big plans for you both and your deaths are a blessing to us all here who remain. Love you dear cousin!"
Debbie Boone Kilgo of Ball, Louisiana

"Just thought I would leave you a message! I can't believe it has been almost 4 years since you left us! Your son is getting so big and resembles you in so many ways, I wish you were still here but you are in a far better place beyond the sun!"

"Dear Son, Today (4-20-2009),was your wedding anniversary we brought you a red rose & card. We think of you every day and always try to remember any special days. Its only been 4 years but,it seems like yesterday sometimes. We LOVE and miss you so much. Thank you for our FREEDOM and the sacrifice you have made for all of us. DAD & MOM"
Brenda Powell of Eros, LA USA

"Dear Chad,
January 30, 2009
You would have celebrated your 26th, Birthday today. I know you are in a much better place than we are. But we still miss you so much. Me , Dad, and Elijah spent some time together on your Birthday. We brought you some beautiful red roses and Elijah released a ballon up in the sky for you. We think of you every moment of the day. We will never forget you. Thank you for the sacrifice for your country and all of us. We Love You!!!!!! Mom, Dad, and Elijah"
Brenda Powell of Eros, La USA

"Big 26!! sry bro for some reason I said 25..well Happy bday, Hope you liked the cookie cake I got you...love you man"
SPC Powell of eros, la/ usa


"Just a note to say I LOVE and MISS YOU so much. I know in my heart you are with us, Looking down from HEAVEN. MOM"
brenda powell of eros,la

"Merry Christmas brother, another Christmas without you but I know in my heart that you are always with us in spirit. I think about you everyday and cant wait to see you again someday. Love you brother"
SPC Powell of Eros, La United States of America



PHIL 4:13
PROV 3:5-6


"Another Veteran's Day where we remember you and your fellow soldiers who have made so many sacrifices for us. We will miss you again this Thanksgiving and will continue to keep our promise to you and your fellow service members.....never forget that the price of freedom is not cheap.

We miss you Chad
Dan, Michele, Shaina and KK"
Dan Chason of Rayville, Louisiana

"Chad, Tomorrow is our beloved Marine Corps' Birthday. I never thoughy I would have a Marine Corps hero so close to my life. I have you, Matt, Lee and many others to thank for my freedom. There is so much I need to get off my chest that an internet site won't hold. This month the Marine Corps will hand over control of Fallujah to the Iraqi government. I think this is proof that you guys did what you needed to do and did not die in vain. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I get asked all the time about your name on my braclet and people say that it is so sad, but I am so proud that for a very short time in life I got to stand shoulder to shoulder with a true American and Marine Corps hero. I have what I have because of you man. I love you and if you could ask God to forgive me to the trouble I've(we've) gotten into and I'll see you soon.
Semper Fi and Happy Birthday Devil Dog."
Raymond Downs of Calhoun, Louisiana

"Monday will be the United States Marine Corp Birthday and Tuesday is Veterans Day. We will all be there to HONOR and SALUTE you my Son. We are so PROUD to have called you son. Now we call you our HERO. We miss you so much. Not one day goes by that we don't think of you and all you have done for all of us. Without you and all of our Veterans we would not have our FREEDOM. I'm so thankful for the time we had you and can't wait to see you again. I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! MOM"
brenda powell of eros, la

My name is Darren Mathews, my wife is Danelle. My wife grew up in West Monroe and I heard about a web site called HeroBracelets.org, so I paid for a bracelet and they were to send me one with a random name of a soilder that gave his life for our country. I don't know how many men from West Monroe have given their life in the war in Iraq but I'm sure it's not a large number. Well the package came and one of the two bracelets that came had cpl Chad W Powell 6/23/05. I and my wife are coming in town tonight to visit her parents for the weekend. I know it is short notice but I would like to meet you and possibly give the bracelet to your son. I have worn it for several months now and would be honored to give it to him. I saw your yahoo e-mail address and will send you a message there. Hope we are able to meet."
Darren and Danelle Mathews of Weatherford, Texas, USA

"My dear brother, Just want you to know that in my heart i stand here today very, very, proud and absolutely honored to have known you and for you guiding me to be the man I am today. It wasnt til a short time after we put you to rest that I decided to enlist into the Army National Guard. I know I made a promise to you before you left that I would not go into the Marine Corps and I do keep that promise. I have become a great soldier, now 3 years you have been gone I miss you and think of your bravery every minute of the day and tell your great story to every new soldier I meet. I know you would be very proud of me. I am active duty now and I am looking forward to making it a great career. You are my motivation and strength to do what I do and you know, when I get down or just have a bad day, all I have to do is think of you and all my worries go away. Im doing the best I can to make our family proud and keep our legacy alive. Such a tragedy we went through but yet we know that one day we will be together once more and be happy together again. I know you will be beside me when I go overseas and I look forward to seeing just a few things that you saw while protecting us and Im honored to have the opportunity to follow in yours and our families foot steps. I now know exactly what life is all about and that is.."not knowing what will become of us we'll never know, but how we train and perform as soldiers and keep the motivation up, then we will be just fine...live one day at a time and always be ready for the next..god will take care of the rest.." For the people that were there for my family and I when this happened to my brother..I thank you and I promise to all of you that I will do my best as a soldier and the motivation that I have will never fade...Thank You for the support of my decision and for those that dont well, I hope that one day you will understand that my love for this country means so much for me and my family and I am honored to serve for my country and I am honored to say that my brother fought for our freedom and gave his life for this great country...again Thank You all for the support to my family.

To my nephew Elijah..know that whatever you do in life, I will be there for you and your mother. I love you and know that your dad is a "HERO" and one day you will understand and you will be very proud and honored to say that CPL CHAD W POWELL was your dad..He loved you so much and he still does..just remember to stay motivated and know that you can be anything you want if you just put your mind to it, you can do it...Cant wait to watch you grow into such a great young man. I love you buddy.

To Danielle, knowing you has been great for me and I thank you so much for standing beside my brother during his military career. He loved you so much and I know you loved him too. Times have been hard but you are my motivation to get through tough times of my own. Thank you for being there for me and keeping my head up and not letting me fall. Thank you for the advice and Im proud to have you in our family. I love yall very much."

"Well here it is another Memorial Day Weekend without you. We think of you every second of the day. We miss your smile and big hugs every second of the day. We can't wait to see you once again at heavens gate. We know you're standing guard for JESUS!!!! You would have been so proud of your son "ELIJAH", he is doing so well in school. He graduated "K", Monday with all "A'S", citizenship award, and the principles award. We are so proud of him. We will honor you this Monday along with all of the "FALLEN HEROS", in our city and across the US. Anyone who knew Chad while serving can e-mail us if you want (jwbl5659@yahoo.com). I have read a few memorials that seem like you would like to contact us. We will try to help you if we can. Your Loving Mother Always Thank You for my "FREEDOM", CHAD"
Brenda Powell of Eros,LA

"The most beautiful day, the most memorable time-
The day I became yours and you became mine.
Our families and friends gathered around-
To watch us share our sacred vows.
You looked sharp in your dress blues-
I was nervous and thought I was going to puke.
But when I walked down the aisle and saw your face-
All I could see was forever and the sickness went away.
We moved away to a new town-
Made new friends and were amazed at what we found.
Wonderful people like you and me-
Good ol' country boys that liked to drink.
You worked hard so that we could have the things we wanted and needed-
We never went without, and you always succeeded.
I'll never forget the night before you and your friends left for Iraq-
We went bowling and you told me how you knew you weren't coming back.
It broke my heart and shook my soul-
I didn't understand how you could be so cold.
But now I know...God must have spoken to you before you left-
He must have told you to cherish those last moments because he needed you for the rest.
The rest of your life to spend guarding his precious gates-
Leaving us to mourn over your untimely fate.
A true hero, is what we all found in you-
A proud soldier for the red, white, and blue.
Even though you're gone...your legacy will always remain-
Just like the many before you that already came.
We miss your smile, we miss your laugh-
We miss your sarcasm, boy you definately had that.
But through it all, you were always true-
A good ol' country boy...that was you through and through.

Happy 5th Anniversary...to my true American Hero!!!"
Danielle of Calhoun, La

I think about you all the time and I am inspired by your courage whenever I think of you. I will never forget our times in Haiti when we were bringing hope to those people who were hurting and how you took charge and led our unit. I will never forget you or your courage, you were the best of all of us!"
Randall A. Pape Major USMC of Saudi Arabia

"Chad, even though I talk to you everyday, this just seems a lot harder. Im just doing what you would expect from me. I wouldnt be the man I am today if I never met you brother. I know your watching me so I wont let you down.

I served with Chad for 3 and a half years. He was the most honarable man I served with. A True hero

Danille im coming to LA soon. I really miss you two.

Love Jake"
SGT Jacob Hampu USMC of Tampa, FL

"Happy (what would be) your 5th anniversary."

"Well, let me start out by wishing Chad's family and friends all the best and I hope all is well. I am not only sorry for what has happened but I am sorry that it has taken me so long to look and see if there is some way out there to express how we feel about Chad. For those of you that do not know, I am a friend of Chad and Danielle's. I was in the Marine Corps with Chad. I will always remember the times Chad and Danielle would come over to my house or I would go over to their house. I know that it has been hard on us all, but I am having a real hard time with all of this. I was there when this happened and I cannot get it out of my head. It hurts so bad. Instead of trying to remember all of the good times that we had I am remembering what I last saw. That is why it is hurting me. Well, now that all of that is said, here is a poem that expresses how it feels for me:
Eternal Thoughts
Around the same time of year my body goes numb and my soul feels like it has just got up and crawled out of me. People all around me confused and weird.
Confused for they don't know the pain that is trampling on my every last memory. I try and block it out but it just pops back in like it is meant to be there.
They are weary because I'm cold, colder than a metal rod that has been out in a blizzard on a dreary winter night.
They try and open a door but I'm not letting them in...it's dead bolted and I have thrown away the key. No one would like to deal with the thoughts in my mind. It would take them an eternity. That is why I am piecing it together slowly like it is a puzzle waiting to be revealed.
As I'm piecing it together, I'm seeing the big picture and it is eating every last bit of kindness that I have.
I may be mean, I may be cold, but when the time is up, I'm pieced back together and set free.
All my thoughts have been seen over and over like a broken record. I've had enough of them and I have moved on with my life...yet I dread that same time of year next year."
Patrick Ray of Killeen/Ft Hood, Tx

"Well Chad another long night at work and I heard the Brad Paisley song, "When I get Where I'm Going" and it always reminds me of you. I thought of you Sunday while I was fishing with your best friend (my son Andy). I remember the good times we shared fishing and laughed out loud when I thought about the extremes that you and Andy would go through to catch a fish. You are thought of every time I go fishing or hunting and I feel robbed of the times we could have shared together. I am so proud of you and so dearly love your wife and my grandson. They are doing great and we talk about you often. Elijah really has grown and I see you in him every day. I miss you buddy and know that you are catching all you can tote in the waters of heaven. Look forward to seeing you there and catching up on all of our lost good times. Semper Fi"
Dan Chason of rayville, louisiana

"Well, January 30, came and went again. You would have been 25 and it's such a shame you never got to celebrate this young age. It should have been one of the greatest ages of you life...but you never got the chance. I am 22 now and I sometimes think...you were this age when you passed away...there's so much more that I want to see and do and the thought of not getting to do those things or not getting to see my family is terrifying. You will always remain a part of our lives and I pray that you're smiling down from heaven watching over all of us. We spend a lot of time with your family and I can't think of something to make you happier than that. We really enjoy being around them and love them so much. It really helps them and us too. I brought your mom some flowers today in hopes that I could somehow help her feel closer to you. She cried and I did to, but I know she felt you near. Well, until next time...peace be with you."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La 71225

"Hey Chad
Another deer season without you. I took Elijah deer hunting just like I promised. We had a great time. I showed him your stand and his face lit up. We talked about you and how much you loved to hunt. We saw some deer and he got to shoot at them with his BB gun. He misses you Chad as we all do. Danielle is doing great and is truly happy for the first time since you left us. You are in our thoughts and we will never forget you.

Semper Fi
Your father in law

P.S. If anyone served with Chad we would love to hear from you. Email me at ulmcop103@bellsouth.net"
Sgt. Dan Chason of Rayville, Louisiana


I miss you brother. You will never be forgotten, I dont think there has been a day gone by that I havent thought of you, Muy and Presley. Someday we will all be together again, like Clute said, when we stand post at the gates of heaven."
SSgt Montanaro of Baltimore, Md

"There is not a day that goes by that you and your family are not in my thoughts and prayers..."

"Today was a happy day for me, Chad. I got a call that I recieved my cosmetology license. I started school back in 2004, and was still attending when you left for Iraq. I was still in school when you passed away and it was very hard for me to finish once I moved back. But I did and with much strength and determination I graduated. Then I had a lot of things interfere with getting my license, but am so proud to say that I finally got them. I know that you're watching down over me from heaven and I see you in our son everyday. But I sure wish you could have been here to share this moment with me. I started this journey with you and it would have been nice to have you here to say I'm so proud of you, or great job!! Either way, I know your proud, just as I am of you. I hope you know there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I think of all of the things I wish I could or would have said. I never knew I wouldn't have had that chance again. I've been spending a lot of time with your family lately. It's important to me that Elijah be around them to learn and know you better. Your brother Chris is in the National Guard now and is supposed to be leaving in January or February...he says he wants to go and do his "duty"...but I pray that you will change his mind. There's no sense in another innocent life cut short over there. Thank you again Chad for all of the things you did and continue to do for me. You were a one of a kind and I was so proud to stand by your side...even if it was only for a short while...it seemed like forever to me."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La 71225

"Another June 23 has passed and again our thoughts go back to 2005. I will never get over the tragedy that our family has suffered. However, I will also never be fully able to express the sense of pride we have when it comes to our Marine. You are so badly missed, Chad. Your son Elijah is growing by leaps and bounds. He reminds me so much of you in his looks and mannerisms. I have to laugh sometimes when he gets that stubborn, determined look and won't accept defeat. Just like his Daddy...Your father in law misses you buddy and I am anxious to one day see you again and enjoy our eternal days spending time as a family again. Only then will we somehow understand why you have to leave so quickly in a place so far away from those who love you.

We love you Chad"
Dan Chason of rayville, louisiana

"I pulled up your page today and my heart was moved. My son was the first Marine killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2004. Through his death we met Holly Charette. Holly Charette's finance was one of my son's buddies and the one we gave our son's car to. We began to learn of what happen to Holly that faithful day. It wasn't until this past Memorial weekend that we learned about Chad. We had Holly's best friend and one of the girls that were sitting infront of Holly that day ....come to spend time with us this Memorial weekend. My heart broke when I heard the details. I hope you know your pain is shared by many who have gone through the same experiance. I am very proud of my boy and through reading this page, I feel your love and loss. Please know if you ever want to talk, please feel free to email a family in Florida who is honored to share your loss. We are so proud of our only son, and our your Chad.
Proud Momma of a fallen Marine-Cpl. Ron Payne Jr. 5-7-04
Aileen Payne- of Lakeland, Florida

"The BlueStar Moms of NE Louisiana will be honoring your fallen Hero, Cpl Chad W Powell, at a Memorial Day picnic, May 28th at Krioli Park in West Monroe at 11a.m.
Please come!"
Julie Stockton of Monroe, LA

"There's a place in my heart that I'll always have for you...
A place where you'll stay no matter what I do.

There's a whisper in my ear that I'll never forget...
A voice so comforting, so calming, and yet...with the blow of the wind it is gone again.

There's a touch of your hand in which the strength has faded...
There's an emptiness inside where your memory has envaded.

I am at peace now, but the sadness remains...
I just wish that I didn't have to break these binding shackles and chains.

But to move on to a clear new day...
I have to press on in every way.

I must leave behind the "whole" you...
I must only take with me the memories of you.

Memories I will forever cherish...
Memories that unlike all of us will never perish.

Here's to you, Chad, and all of the memories we shared together. May we all always remember."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La

"It's almost easter again; you know time just flies by. I think about you often and try to remember all of your ways. Your laughter, your jokes, the way you talked, the way you always made sure we had the things we needed. Elijah misses you a lot, and even though he's so young, he still remembers a lot about you. He looks more and more like you everyday and he is very sarcastic like you always were...ha. I just wish you didn't have to miss seeing him grow up. We signed him up for tball the other day and he will start playing soon. I can't help but wonder what the games would have been like if you could be there. I know there's a reason this happened and I have found peace in knowing that you are in a better place. Also, with the love and support of my family and friends I have come to terms with losing you, but you are never far from my mind or my heart. I miss you Chad, and love you still with every bit of my heart and soul."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La

"Elijah turned 5 on Monday. We had a party for him and took him to eat pizza. He is really growing Chad. He looks more and more like you every day. He is so respectful and well behaved. You would be so very proud of him. I see you in him so much and am so thankful for this wonderful gift I have in that precious grandson. I gave him a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas and he is coming over Sunday for some target practice. We miss you Chad and think of you every day. Rest easy and know you are still remembered and loved.

dan chason of rayville, louisiana


"We knew the price of freedom
Had a price that's always high
Little did we know when we saw you last
That you would pay that price and die.

I remember you as a young teen
Fishing with me and hunting deer
Little made you turn your back
Nothing I ever saw gave you fear.

Then you became my son-in-law
And what a Father you became
And that little boy that follows me around
Just like you he is the same.

I miss the way we'd sit and talk
And how you loved my daughter
How was I to know your future
And how you would face a cowardly slaughter.

I think of you every day
Whether at work or in the woods
I remember the times we shared afield
And how I'd change things if I could.

I think of what we'd do in the morning
Whether deer hunt or chase some ducks
But that won't happen and it is done
When in Fallujah you ran out of luck.

We don't know why and will never know
I curse the circumstances of fate
But I will see you again at my end of years
As you stand guard at heaven's gate.

Another Christmas has arrived
I promise we will remember you
In the field and in your son's eyes
And when I see the sun chase the morning dew.

I'll remember when I see those ducks
Or catch a really good bass
All these freedoms were paid for by you
And they were paid for with honor and class.

Merry Christmas Chad...we miss you

Dan and Michele"
Dan Chason of Rayville, Louisiana

"Thanksgiving is right around the corner and it's hard to believe that this is the second one we've had since you've been gone. We will miss having you around to share the holidays but I know you'll be spending your thanksgiving with the Lord. I am so thankful this thanksgiving for your sacrifice to us and your country. You will always be a hero and without you we'd have nothing. Until next time. We love you."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La

"Well Chad another deer season is here without having you here to share it. I never go to the woods without thinking of you. I'm working very hard to get a nice box stand together for Elijah to hunt with me. He's getting so very big and looks and acts like you more and more every day. I am so greatful for the gift that you gave our family in many ways. The gifts include the undying love you gave my daughter and the beautiful grandson I am so very proud of. Just as I a promised, we are picking up the slack and making sure he has everything he needs. I assure you he will be in the woods this year with his Pop and our conversation will be about the great man who is and always will be his Daddy.

Enjoy your rest. Your work is done here.

We love you Chad
Dan and Michele"
Dan Chason of Rayville, LA

"We all still miss you and think about you often. I've found comfort in my friends and family and with the help of my therapist...things are starting to look up for me. I'm trying to accept the things that I can not change, and trying to have the wisdom to know the difference. I know I will still have some hard times, but I know you're there to help me with my struggles. I miss you and love you."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La

"Running, running, scared to death-
Away from everything; everything that's left.

Emotions are flowing, my heart is pounding-
Listening for your voice that isn't sounding.

Please make this stop, stop it dead in it's tracks-
Stop this panic that runs down the front and back.

Life wasn't supposed to be this way; I wasn't meant to be left here without you-
Now I'm faced with my deapest fears, my nightmares have come true.

Lord give me the strength to move forward on days like this-
Days when I can't help but to cry and reminice.

Right now my heart is an empty shell-
My body is living an endless hell.

Running, running, scared to death-
Away from everything, everything that's left."

"They say that life is bitter sweet-
To enjoy every minute, whether it's a great win or a terrible defeat.

Instead we tread on this hallow ground-
Complaining about everyday life, while wearing a frown.

Never stopping to think of our purpose here on this earth-
Never stopping to measure what our lives are worth.

We assume tomorrow will come, just as it did today and the day before that-
But what if it didn't and the end was tomorrow as a matter of fact?

Would you be proud of what you'd done-
Or would you cry when your judgement day has come?

Our troops are fighting a constant battle everyday-
Not only with their own thoughts and morals, but with enemies that come there way.

I think as Americans we should stop and realize-
The troops have it so much worse, and we should sympathize.

So, today I am making a deal with myself-
To appreciate life, nothing less, nothing else.

The fact is we have nothing to complain about, but what is out of our control-
And those things are left up to our Heavenly Father who lives in our souls."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"My twenty first birthday...
Twenty first birthday, twenty one tears-
It has only been a little over a year.

Since the day that you left-
Left me here with all of this regret.

Years of birthdays to spend alone-
Years of pain to carry on my own.

Just another birthday to come and go-
With one wish that will never come true with the candles I blow.

A heavy heart with this birthday's year-
Wishing you were sharing it here.

Twenty first birthday, Twenty one tears-
That is where you'll find me dear."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"Ms. Danielle,
First, I would like to say I'm very sorry for your lost. And may God bless you and your family!! When you get the chance could you please e-mail me at: brandiluvslsu04@yahoo.com. I have something I would like to ask you. Thanks and GOD BLESS!
Brandi Ramagos"
Brandi Ramagos of Batchelor,La

"I opened my eyes and saw you here-
Your face was dirty and filled with tears.

You said not to worry that you did't go alone-
There were angels all around waiting to carry you home.

And when you got to the pearly white gates-
Our heavenly Father was there to tell you your fate.

He said, "Come my son, and take a seat"-
"You have done your time on those worn out feet."

And so he came through to the shining light-
And got what he was promised for living right.

The site was amazing; the angels were so carefree-
"No pain and sorrow here, my son, only the angels and me."

"You served your country, you did your best-
Eternally you are granted peace and rest."

"Your family will be sad, but they soon will understand-
For noone can control what is out of their hands."

"It was time for me to call you home-
You see I needed your help to guard my throne."

And now I'm in a better place-
I'm guarding our father's heavenly gates.

So you see my love, you musn't cry-
Afterall, I wasn't alone when I died."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell"""

"As I drove around today, I drove out to the new house I'm building...and as I pulled up, I thought to myself, none of this would be possible if it weren't for you. In our six years together we always had enough but now we have more than we could ever want...and the thing is, I'd give it back in a heartbeat. How lucky was I to love a man like you and get the same love in return, how lucky was I to share the blessing of a child with such a wonderful father as you, and how lucky was I to enjoy every second that I could wrapped up in your arms away from everything that I feared so much everyday that you were gone. I miss you so much and just wanted you to know that I was thinking about you. I heard a song today that made me think of you...It's called Tim McGraw and it goes something like this...when you hear Tim McGraw, I hope you think my favorite song, the one we danced to all night long, when you think happiness, I hope you think that little black dress, think of my head on your chest, when you hear Tim McGraw I hope you think of me...well, we danced to Tim McGraw at our wedding all night long and it was the most beautiful day of my life, and I had an outfit that you loved for me to wear and I know when you were gone and you thought of me you thought of me that way in that same outfit...and everytime I could get a second, I'd lay with my head on your chest because my heart would always beat to the same beat as yours...we weren't two, we were one...and even though they say you don't have feelings in heaven...I know you're thinking of me...just like I'm always thinking of you. I miss you and am so grateful to you."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"It's crazy how fast time flies by, but how strong the pain still is. I miss your smile, I miss your laugh, I miss your humor, I miss knowing you loved me without you even saying it. I miss all of the little things we used to do together, like hunting and fishing or just curling up on the couch watching a movie. And most of all, I miss the friendship we shared...the many long talks we shared about our future...where we were going to live, what schools we wanted Elijah to go to, but now he will start preschool on August 14, and I will be the one to send him off, hoping that he will one day be a successful young man. I know he will have many challenges to face growing up without you, but I hope that when he looks in the mirror, he realizes just how much of you he has in him...his looks, his attitude, his wit, and most of all his love for me. I miss you Chad, not just somtimes, but all of the time. It's not everyday that you find a love like ours and now that you're gone, I miss it more than anything, but I'm so glad I got the chance to have it, even if it only lasted a short while. Til' next time...I love you."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"My dearest Chad,
I finally went back to Lake Fork last week. The first time since we were there together. I wore the t-shirt with your picture on it and felt like you were right there with me. I couldn't help but laugh when I thought about the time you and Andy got stuck on the stump in Mark's boat and the picture I took of the two of you trying to get aloose. It is one of my fondest memories of you.

I spent the other evening with Elijah on a tractor. We cut grass and had a great time. I took him swimming and played Power Rangers with him. He really misses you Chad. We talk about you all the time. Danielle is doing good and is so very strong. Another deer season is coming up and this time we'll have some more memories in Arkansas where you hunted with me. Elijah and I will do our best to get a big one for you.

Michele and I went to the cemetery the other day. It was hard but we felt so close to you. I really thought that time would ease the pain of losing you. Even though its been over a year, I see you and think of you each and every day. I salute you every day at work when I volunteer for flag duty. It is my way of honoring you memory. Your family loves you son and we know you are in a better place.

As unfair as it all is we know you left this world doing your duty and we are proud of you. Rest in peace.

dan chason of rayville, la

"Wow, it's been a year now since you've been gone but the pain is still there. Your family and I gathered at your grave at the cemetary and said a prayer for you. We miss you so much but at the same time we know you're in a better place now. Things are looking up for your son and I. Fate has brought some changes in our lives that gives us hope and encouragement to look forward to the future. Thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for our wonderful memories. We love you and will never forget you."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"363 days. Each one of those days a thought of Chad and his family has crossed our minds. Each one of those days, a prayer has been sent to God's ears that your sacrifice has not been in vain, that your family's pain be eased, that you all know Chad is not forgotten.
Please know we are thinking of each and every one of you not only in the coming days, but every day. We are so thankful for Chad, for his service, and for all of you and your service in uselfishly giving your husband, father, and son to this great nation and her causes. Semper Fi"
Duncan Family of Cherry Point, NC

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden...You are an Angel in heaven now...alongside my brother Tommy...
Semper Fi
The sister of a fallen Marine
J and T in NC USMC"

"Danielle, I know we have lost touch over the past few months, but I often think of you and Elijah. While I was at the cemetary paying my respects, I came across the grave of a military veteran that died in 2003, my first thought was of Chad,you, and Elijah. It is still hard to believe... everything that has happened in the past year, I couldn't imagine what you have gone through. I was reading one of the last posts you wrote about you and Chad not spending an anniversary together... my heart goes out to you. I often think about you and Elijah. Danielle I just wanted you to know that I thought about you and Chad today, and I silently paid my respects to him, Thank you Chad for your ultimate sacrifice. May God Bless you Danielle and Elijah."
Kayla Newman of Mountain View, AR

"Danielle: I am so fortunate to have met you and Elijah. You are truly a courageous young lady and your son is an angel from Heaven. Through your memories and stories about Chad, I feel as though I know him. I thought about you and your family today. My prayers are with all of you daily. May God lift you up and cradle you in His Loving Arms. Thank you; Chad; for your sacrifice. It is because of you that I have the freedom that I have today. God bless Danielle and Elijah. Love, Kevin."
Kevin Bayles of West Monroe, Louisiana

"Today should be spent remembering a true American hero like Chad. You made the ultimate sacrifice and we'll NEVER forget you. Rest in peace Cpl Powell."
Ryan Luddy of CT

"I dreamed last night that you were here, but woke up to realize that it was just a dream.
The dream was real as real as could be, and when I awoke I was angry that it was only a dream.
It makes me mad because I have no control over when I will or won't see you in my dreams, but I guess that I should just be happy I get to see you sometimes.
Your youngest brother graduates this week on Thursday and he looks so much like you that it's painful.
I wish you could be here to see how much they've grown and changed.
I will be there for them, I promise, just like you would have.
The days seem to be getting a little easier to bear, but then, I realize that you're never coming back and I once again go back downhill from there.
Guess death is something we will just never understand.
Anyway, I love you and miss you emensely and so does your son."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, LA

"On April 20, 2006 we would have shared our three year anniversary together.
Instead I woke up to an empty bed, and a four old child wanting me to play with him.

Unfortunately, I just didn't feel like playing...I just wanted to lie in bed all day and cry.

I took our son to daycare and headed to Wal-Mart for flowers and a card to bring to the cemetary.

The radio seemed to play all of your favorite songs along the way...and once again I cried and cried.

Then, after searching for what seemed to be an hour, I found the right card.

When I approached the register to check out, would you believe that three Marines walked in, dressed in their Bravos? I couldn't help but tear up once more as I thought to myself...yeah Chad, I know you're here with me.

I left the store and headed to the cemetary feeling you all around me. The radio continued to play our favorite songs and I cried some more.

Once I reached the cemetary, I walked down to your grave and sat down on the side of your headstone. I started talking to you about how much I missed you and how much I loved you. Then, the emotions started flowing. I went from crying, to screaming, to laughing, and I even just lied on your headstone hoping to feel you wrap your arms around me...and you know what...you did. I felt you closer to me than I have felt you in a while. And still, I was so angry. Angry that we never got to share an anniversary together, angry that I will never see you again, angry that my son will never know the father that he loved so much, angry that you died so young...you never got a chance to be young...angry that we will never have another baby, angry that I have lost so much and knowing that I had no control over it...it just doesn't seem fair.

I stayed for at least an hour, and as much as I didn't want to, I had to leave. As I was walking away, I looked down at my shadow and for a split second, I saw yours too...I know you were with me that day and every other day too...I just wish you were really here to share days like that with me. Then again, I am thankful for the times like that we did share together. I do love you so much Chad...nothing and noone will ever replace you and I think that is why I still feel so emty inside. You were a one of a kind and as much as I hate to face this...I will never have you back...only in memories and the hope of one day joining you again...until that day...I will forever be yours."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, LA

"The sun is shining and I'm thinking of you-
The times we shared at the ocean so blue.

I see your face in a crowded room-
I hear your voice when I'm there too.

I hope you're proud of all that I've done-
A proud marine widow is what I've become.

I find myself telling complete strangers about your heroic name-
Tears seem to fill their eyes and mine the same.

I know you're happy now, no tears or pain-
Thank you for your courage and bravery; you're the reason we are where we are today.

I love you and miss your smile,your laugh, and your companionship."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, LA

"I sit here and read my daughter's words with tears streaming down my face. The memories of you are rekindled every time I hold your son, or remember the times we spent together. The pain is still there but I am comforted by the strength of Danielle and Elijah. They are doing good, Chad. She is so very strong and that little boy is your spitting image. How many times I have asked God why and think about the what ifs. All we can do is accept God's will and know you are in a better place. You would be so proud of Danielle. She finished school and has started her own business. Elijah is getting more and more like you every day and I assure you none of us have forgotten. Rest in peace my sweet boy. Your family misses and thinks of you each and every day.

I love you
Dan Chason of Rayville, Louisiana

"To the family of:Chad W. Powell 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"

"It has now been a year that you have been gone, and soon to be a year that you have been in heaven's gates. It's crazy how time has flown and it's crazy just how much I still miss you. It is true...time has managed to make our loss more bearable, but unfortunately time will never erase the pain. I just graduated cosmetology school last Friday and I went out to the cemetary to see you because you are the only reason I was able to start and finish. You have and always will be my inspiration. Although it is such a big accomplishment, I still wish you could have been here to share it with me. I can hear you now...you finally got er done...ha, ha. Man, I miss you and hope that you have found your peace on the far side of the sky. You will forever be in our hearts, our thoughts, and our memories. To you, I am forever grateful for the times we had together!! I love you baby..."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"I heard today that another Marine from our town lost his life the same way that Chad did. His name is Mattew Barns; he was 20, and was scheduled to come home later this month. As I read this in the paper and watched on the news, my heart ached for his family. It was like reliving the loss of Chad all over again, but I know that he, just like Chad are in a much better place now where there are no tears, no pain, and no suffering. I want to ask you to pray for this family, and ask the Lord to heal their pain. The pain will never go away, but in time will get a little easier to bear. God bless Matthew, (Matt) Barns and God Bless his family. He is and always will be remembered as a hero."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"They say that life is fleeting
I know that this is true
I left this world so quickly
With no goodbye to you.

I know how much you miss me
Your tears fall ever light
The pillow where you lay your head
Is wet with them at night.

I know your heart is hurting
The words we left, unsaid
I love youís, left unspoken
Are spinning in your head.

The strength that I have carried
That served to make you whole
Remains to make you stronger
Within your grieving soul.

For you see, while you were weeping
On the day I passed away
At the gravesite near the flowers
Where my loved ones knelt to pray.

An angel came to see me
She took me by the hand
She led me to a kingdom
In a very distant land.

As I look down from heaven
And see you standing there
Your heart so ever burdened
With more grief than it can bear.

I long to bring you comfort
I long to give you peace
I long to hold you closely
Cause all your tears to cease.

The joy Iíve found in heaven
Goes far beyond compare
The love thatís so elusive
Can be found here everywhere.

The light is softly shining
Thereís no storm clouds here or rain
Thereís no teardrops found in heaven
Thereís no suffering, thereís no pain.

You neednít be so troubled
Stay close to God and pray
That someday weíll be together
One bright and glorious day.

So my love, you shouldnít question
My dear you need not cry
Iíve gone to be with Jesus
I really didnít die.

Happy Valentines Day"

"To the family of this very brave soilder that will never be forgotten, I admire the stregnth that you show in the things that you have written about your lost loved one, and I know that this brave soilder will never be forgotten, he will always live in your hearts. I recently lost a grandchild a baby girl and I too have a very hard time with it, but I do know that she lives in my heart and I will see her again one day as you too will be with your beloved Chad. Keep him in your hearts and he will always bring smiles back to your face..We thank Chad and thank your family. God be with you!"

"To the Powell family,
To have someone taken from you so suddenly is a horrible, horrible thing. I was part of the "Some Gave All" gathering on the Tallulah overpass on July 4, 2005, to honor Chad as they brought him home. His sacrifice for a belief that one day we will ALL be free, was not a waste. I hope you all have found some comfort to help make this suffering a little easier to bear. I am so sorry for your loss, and even though I do not know your family, I think about him often. He will not be forgotten. God bless."
Maranath of Tallulah, LA

"Dear Danielle and Elijah,
We admire your strength and courage, and the magnitude of Chadís heroism. You remain in our thoughts and prayers."
Kimmie and Charles Paxton and family of LA, Japan & England

"To my beautiful daughter and grandson:

Danielle I am so very proud of you. Your strength and courage makes me proud of you every day. When I see Elijah and how so very much he reminds me of our dear Chad, I recommit to seeing that you are never without anything. I cannot replace what you have lost but I can strive to be your strength when the load is too heavy. Remember that even though we don't understand why, one day we will. Keep your chin up and know you are truly loved. I am so proud to be your Father.

Dad (Pop)"
dan chason of rayville, Louisiana

"Thanksgiving, and Christmas have came and gone-
Man it crazy how time has flown.

Your headstone has now been laid on the ground-
By the pond is where our hero can be found.

Your birthday is January 30, you would have been 23-
It's ashame you died so young, and it's still so hard for us to believe.

Elijah will be 4 on February 12, it just doesn't seem real-
In August he will start preschool; he's going to have big shoes to fill.

Now he is the man of the house and he's doing a great job-
Looking at him is like looking at you; spitting image, no smears or blobs.

He carries hiself a lot like you-
Takes honor and pride in everything he has to do.

He asks about you and when we visit your grave-
He kisses your picture and asks if that's okay.

I tell him it's fine, and that you can feel that kiss-
He says "I love you daddy" and tells you how much you've missed.

You see our life just isn't the same without you-
No sunshine in the sky, no sky of blue.

All we have is your memory, and a grave to visit-
But you know the six wonderful years we had, I wouldn't have dreamed of missing it."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"Powell family, during this Thanksgiving holiday, we would like you all to know, we are thankful for Chad, his family, and the men and women who like him have given the ultimate sacrifice. We think of Chad and each of you every day. May you have peace and comfort this holiday season, and all the year through. With warm thoughts and love,"
The Duncan Family of MCAS Cherry Point, NC

"Our thoughts are with you Danielle and Elijah and family on this Veterans Day and always. May God give you peace in your hearts, knowing that Chad is up above watching down upon you everyday. We love you!"
Angela & Eric Reeves of Raleigh, NC

My husband, Cpl. Chad W. Powell would have made 4 yrs. on November 12, 2005."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"Tomorrow, November 11, 2005 would have been 4 yrs that you honorably served your country in the USMC. Unfortunately, instead of having a party, with family and friends, your son and I will visit your grave, flowers in hand to show you our appreciation, gratitude, respect, honor, and committment to you, as you did your country. We will never forget you, nor will we forget your sacrifice. We are so proud of you for the wonderful husband and father that you were and the fine Marine you grew to be. God Bless America, our veterans, our fallen heros, and especially, our one and only Chad. I miss you and love you tramendously. May the angels wrap their loving arms around you and hold you as we grieve for you."
Your beloved wife, Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"Our Sweet Goodbye...

I dropped you off on a cold March day-
You told us goodbye and with tears in your eyes, you walked away.

We never knew that would be the last goodbye-
We never imagined that you would have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

You called sometimes and emailed too-
I'll forever remember those sweet words from you.

We talked about all of the close calls, and some of the good times you shared with your brother Marines-
The friendships you shared were some you had never even dreamed.

You touched everyones lives that you had the chance to meet-
They speak so highly in letters, emails, and phone calls we recieve.

You had a way of making everyone feel like they were your best friend-
You had everyones respect until the very end.

We don't know why this happened or why you had to leave us so soon-
All I know is that your now in heaven in a hero's platoon.

As for me and Elijah, we will forever remember that cold winter night-
For that was our last and final sweet goodbye."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"It's now been four months since our beloved Chad, our American hero passed away. We think of him everyday, and sometimes when everything is going wrong, I come to this site to remember just how much this country appreciates his sacrifice. The messages have touched my heart and brought many tears to my eyes. I have printed off everyone and put them in a book for our son. It's getting close to the holidays and I can't help but think about what they will be like without him. Deer season is now here and I know Chad would be getting ready for that. Instead there's an empty deer stand that many deer will pass by that would have been just waiting for him to shoot. So many people have expressed their sympathy and their appreciation and at the end of the day, it really makes a difference. Thank you all for your sweet, kind, caring, and heartfelt words. For you, me and my son are forever grateful. As you come to this site I would like for you to do one thing after leaving...turn to your loved ones and tell them how much you love them and how proud you are of them, don't ever let them leave without that last kiss or hug goodbye...we never did and I'll be forever thankful for those sweet memories we shared. I wouldn't trade those six wonderful years for anything. God Bless You All and to those still serving, thank you for mine and my son's freedom."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"To Mrs. Powell and family,
My husband is also assigned to 8th Marine Regiment HQ CO, and my husband spoke highly of Chad. He would tell me that no matter how bad the day, Chad would always brighten it. Thanks for the email you sent to SSGT Perkins, it was emailed to my husband than to me. My husband is still trying to find the time to write the kids a letter and let them know what a hero Daddy is. Our prayers are with you."
Robin and CPL Will Cole of Wilmington, NC

"I'm very sad to have learned of this news. I am a marine on reserve duty who knew Chad while I was on active duty at 8th Marines. I am so sorry for your loss, and I send all of you my deepest condolences."
Ryan Luddy of New Milford, CT USA

"Danielle, Elijah and family,

I was trying to find a way to get in touch with Danielle and came upon this site. Since reading it, it has brought tears to my eyes as my heart aches for your loss. I have had your family on my mind ever since the day I found out about your loss of such a wonderful man. I want you to know even though we only knew each other for a short time, it's like I've known you forever and I grieve for you and pray for you everyday! Danielle, I'm still here if you ever need to talk. The sacrafice that Chad made for his country was so great but yet, so welcomed. For him, we are able to live in this free country!!! May Elijah grow to know how GREAT his father was and the sacrafice that he made to make the country he lives in a better place. Eric and I love you and think about you all the time! God Bless you and keep you safe in His arms.

We love you,

Angie and Eric Reeves - Jacksonville, NC"
Angie and Eric Reeves of Jacksonville, NC

"Gone but never forgotten...thank you all for your love and support. It truly means the world to me and my son."
Danielle Powell of Monroe, La

"To the family of Corporal Powell: I've never known Chad nor served with him. However, while attending a military college, our commander gave a speech about true heroes and the cost of freedom to our nation. We were handed names of those who have fallen and I took it upon myself to learn more about a hero named Chad Powell. It is with great regret to know of your loss. May God bless your entire family and know that our prayers go out to you. Please know that hundreds of military troops are remembering such heroes and we fight in their honor. Though I'll never know Chad, I will always be touched by his memory, his sacrifice, and your family's enduring love."
Capt Cody Whittington, USAF of Nellis AFB Nevada

"Danielle, Elijah, Mr. & Mrs. Powell, family, and friends;

I visit this page often, but I am never able to find the words to express my family's deepest sympathies. We can only hope to show the same GRACE as you have shown, if we were to ever have to endure such a loss.
We are honored to be able to say that we know Chad and Danielle. We met Chad shortly after his arrival to Camp LeJeune. Raymond (CPL DOWNS) is a very good friend of ours and Chad came to our home with him. Chad sat and talked to my grandmother, who was visiting, like he had known her forever. She rememberes him, and asked about him nearly everytime I spoke to her. She even had him on her church prayer list in Virginia. I suppose that is just the carisma that Chad had. If you met him once, you just had a place for him in your heart. To know him was to love him. Our hearts ache for each of you. Please know, not a day goes by without a thought of him. Chad will never be forgotten by our family. His sacrifice will never go unappreciated by us, nor will your sacrifice.
Semper Fi"
The Duncan Family of MCAS Cherry Point, NC

"My Dearest Danielle:
My long lost best friend, my sister, the other pea to the pod

These words I give to you and maybe they will help you on those days where these words are nothing but the truth.

Anger and resentment can stop you in your tracks
That is what I know now
It needs nothing to burn, but the air and the life that it swallows and smothers
It is real though
the theory
even when it isn't
it can change you
turn you
mold you and shape you into someone you're not
the only upside to anger then, is the person you become
Hopefully someone that wakes up one day and realizes they're not afraid of it's journey
someone that knows that the truth is at best a partially told story
that anger like growth comes in spirts and fits and in it's wake leaves a new chance at acceptance
and the promise of calm

Hold on to your faith, Elijah, your family, Chad's family, and know that God has plans for the future, don't end up like me......forever wondering, I love you to much to ever see you go through that. I am a distance away, geographically, but never away from you, the thought of our friendship, and the commitment I have to you being a part of my life.

I love you."
Heidi Whitney of Jacksonville, NC

"It has taken me a long time to be able to build up the courage to come to your sites, for fear that I wouldn't be able to say anything that made sense. I cherished those 10 or 15 minute conversations when Danielle wasn't there and how you always knew she was in good hands with me. I wish I could have known you more in depth, but I always felt I did through Danielle. I am going to be seeing Danielle in about two days and she gave me the direct order of no tears and I don't think I will be able to keep that promise long enough. I feel cheated for her, what you two have only comes once in a lifetime, I am angry, scared to death every day that someone will knock on my door too. I love Danielle and Elijah so much and it pains me to look at her life and not see you physically in it. I know you are with her and you always will be. Look out for Neil for me, protect him and others as we embark on more time in Iraq and more and more lives will be sacrificed. I thank you for what you did for us, there is no greater sacrifice known to mankind. I know you are hunting, enjoying peace, being you, god bless you and your family.

love to the Powell family.
I love you."
Heidi Whitney of Jacksonville, NC

"I don't know you and you don't know me-
But you leave your messages for me to see.
I look at this website everday-
Your healing words take some of the pain away.
Your words so sweet and kind, your hearts so pure-
For grief is something we all know well, and for this there is no cure.
My eyes fill with tears and my heart with joy-
Everyday I read your messages to my sweet little boy.
Thank you for you support and your respect too-
My husband is smiling down from heaven watching over me and you.
Thank you all..."
Danielle Powell, widow of Cpl. Chad W. Powell of Calhoun, La

"Dear Family of Chad Powell: I lost my son, Marine LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news 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

"As a wife of a Corpsman who served in Iraq I cannot express enough how my heart aches for you. My husband became so bonded with the Marines he served. The Marine Corps were the best support group I could have ever had. I only was a neighbor of someone who knew your husband but the hurt in their voice chilled through me. I wish there was a way to help you and your son.I have no idea what you are feeling or dealing with I was fortunate and still I somehow feel guilty for saying that. As a military wife we all have one thing in common... we are left behind to hope, worry and pray our loved ones come home safe and there are so many of us. Thank you for your service as a fellow military spouse. And thank you Chad for serving our country. God Bless you and your family."
Tina of Cherry Point MCAS

"How beautiful a spirit-
How sweet his sound.
How smart a mind-
How rare a frown.
How brave a soul-
How honorable a man.
Never backing down-
From the enemies hand.
How pure a heart-
How exhuberating a laugh.
Never will be forgotten-
Only temporarily passed.
I love you baby..."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La

"Dear Danielle and Elijah, words can never express the sadness in my heart when I heard of your loss. I really appreciate that Chad was defending our freedom and making our homes a safer place to be.He is truly a hero and he will always be your guardian angel.I pray everyday for the service men that are still over there and mostly I pray for families like yours that have made the ultimate sacrifice. God Bless your family."
Pam of Mississippi

"It has been a month since you went away-
There are no words to describe the pain.
My heart longs to hear the beat of yours-
The tears from my eyes always seem to pour.
I visit your grave all the time-
I try to make sense of it, but there is no reason or rhyme.
Lonliness is something I've long understood-
But the sacrice you made has visibly done some good.
I feel you around all of the time-
My heart is yours and yours is mine.
Please wait for me, as I am for you-
You are my one true love, and that will forever be true.
I wear your locket, and hopefully your dog tags and wedding band one day soon-
I think of you when I stare at the stars and the moon.
You're gone, but to me you're still here-
I close my eyes and feel you near.
I long for your touch and listen for your voice-
This my love is my only choice.
To face the days I need you with me-
Your guiding light and your strong beliefs.
I will raise our son to know you more-
He always loved you, you were the one he truly adored.
Goodnight for now, but hello again soon-
Kiss the angels and tell them to take care of you.

**God broke the mold when he created you; until next time, rest in peace baby."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, LA

"Danielle and Elijah, there are no words to make this hard time any easier for you all I can say is that it will get easier over time. Chad was a wonderful person although we didn't know him very well we will always remember him. I hope that you will always remember us and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.AND TO YOU CHAD WE THANK YOU AND HONOR YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFCE. We love you and may God Bless you both. Josh Kayla and Elexie Newman"
Kayla Newman of Jacksonville, NC

"Alone in a desert far away-
This is no vacation, we weren't sent here to play.
Our jobs vary, but our strenth the same-
We will defend our country the American Way.
We don't work a nine to five, there are no days off-
Everyday twenty-four seven through the pukes and coughs.
Some say we have no reason for being here in Iraq-
But we put on our boots and desert cammies everyday never knowing if we'll make it back.
Some of us are young, but over here we're all men-
We have a brotherhood that comes from deep within.
Sometimes it gets tough being out here all alone-
Missing your wife, and kids, just wanting to go home.
Just when you think you have nothing left to give-
You look in your kevlar and see a picture of your wife and kids.
As we do this, our wives are doing the same, only staring in the faces of our kids as they play a nightime game.
She misses us as much as we miss her-
Us coming home is what she'd prefer.
But she knows this is the great sacrifice that must be made-
As a military wife, she knows the price that has to be paid.
This war is yet to be won, but we all know-
Iraq is going to get something we like to call an American Fireworks Show.
So, lets raise our flags and our glasses too-
We are the UNITED STATES, the RED, WHITE, and BLUE.
Ooooohhhhhrrraaaahhhh!! Semper Fidelas, Boys, God Bless!!"
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La

"To all of you who have contributed to this website...your words are so soothing, touching, inspirational, admirable, and sensational...thank you so much for helping my husbands memory live on...GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Don't forget to pray for the other armed forces over there, this is a battle not yet one, but with the support from us and this country, we will push forward and come back with the victory."
Danielle Powell of Calhoun, La

"To Danielle, Hope this comforts you some..It is a song by Diamond Rio and the words brought me strength in my time of sorrow. God Bless you

Every now and then soft as breath upon my skin
I feel you come back again
And itís like you havenít been gone a moment from my side
Like the tears were never cried
Like the hands of time are holding you and me
And with all my heart Iím sure weíre closer than we ever were
I donít have to hear or see, Iíve got all the proof I need
There are more than angels watching over me
I believe, I believe

That when you die your life goes on
It doesnít end here when youíre gone
Every soul is filled with light
It never ends and if Iím right
Our love can even reach across eternity
I believe, I believe

Forever, youíre a part of me
Forever, in the heart of me
And Iíll hold you even longer if I can
The people who donít see the most
Say that I believe in ghosts
And if that makes me crazy, then I am
ĎCause I believe

There are more than angels watching over me
I believe, I believe"
of louisiana

"Mr. Jerry, Mrs. Brenda, Chris, Jesse, Danielle and Elijah. First I want to thank you for letting me come home with Chad. You will never know how much that ment to me. I consider myself lucky to have had my life touched by such an awsome friend, brother and fellow Marine. The memories that Chad, Tommy, Gus and I have will never be forgotten and I am always thankful for those times. When I think of the heros in my life Chad has always been up there with them. Although i was the older one, and the first to join, I have always looked up to Chad. Spending time with you guys was great. Chris and I playing guitar togather and fishing with Elijah are new memories that I will hold dear to me. I know that Heaven holds a special place for Marines, and I look foward to the day that I can once again serve beside my brother. Again, my thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. Semper Fidelas
Raymond A. Downs CPL/USMC

It is the Marine, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. It is the Marine, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. It is the Marine, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the Marine who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag. "
Father Dennis Edward O'Brien"

"To the family and friends of Corporal Chad W. Powell,

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, California USA

"To the Marines from 8th MAR REGT MT:
I hope you are all reading this today. I can't tell you how hard it is for me to write this. Chad meant as much to you all as he did to all of us here. I appreciate the protection, the laughter, the friendship, the leadership, the respect, and the brotherhood that you all gave my husband while he was serving with you in harms way. Looking back at pictures that LCPL. John Payette brought to Chad's service here in Louisiana brought a tear to my eye, but a joy to my heart. It's so comforting knowing that he was happy, and he was surrounded by people that truly loved and cared about him. You are all heros to me and everyone back here in the U.S. Don't you think for a minute that you are over there for the wrong reasons. I want you to know that when we were bringing Chad back from Jackson Mississippi, we came through a town about 30 minutes from here and there were at least 100 people standing on the overpass waving American Flags, one family holding a sign that said, "SOME GAVE ALL". It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. I wish each of you can take that message and know in your heart that you are all giving it your all and none of you will ever be forgotten. You were all very near and dear to me as well as Chad. I will always love and respect you for the Marines that you are and the heros that you will be returning as. God Bless you ALL. SEMPER FI. OOOOhhhhhrrraaaaahhhhh. Please email me anytime at danigrl85@yahoo.com . I pray for you all daily. Take care."
Danielle Powell, wife of Cpl. Chad W. Powell of Calhoun, La

"Military Wife
I saw a white car pull up to my front doorway; holding back the tears I started to pray.
He was dressed in his nicest uniform, it reminded me of the first time I saw you in yours.
As I stood there hoping for the best, I had a feeling I knew what was coming next.
The words he spoke weren't very clear, but they shook my body like a bad nightmare.
I held our baby and fell to my knees, I could not find the words to speak.
But I felt an angel there with me: I knew it was you and I tried to see.
What I saw was a vision of you, standing proudly in your dress blues.
You gave the greatest sacrifice of all, never to tremble, only to eventually fall.
Life went on, but it was never the same, I longed for you to ease my pain.
Now, there I stand at this gate of white, I run to you and you run to me.
I knew this would be the end of my long hard ride, for you had always been waiting there for me, your MILITARY WIFE."
Written Three weeks before Chad died by: Danielle Powell, wife of Cpl. Chad W. Powell of Calhoun, La

"To my dearest husband and our family-
Although the tears are flowing and the emotions are overwhelming, this too will be easier in time. As we look back, we should always cherish the wonderful memories we have with our beloved husband, son, father, friend, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, and ofcourse, fellow Marine. He was such a wonderful person, a joy to be around, a breath of fresh air, the life of the party wherever he went. He was so proud to be so many things to so many. In his last few letters you could see his longing to come home and his hopes of sharing many more dreams and memories with all of us, unfortunately, he had a more important place in heaven. He will never be forgotten, nor has this country lost someone with this much honor, courage, and committment to his wife, his son, his family, his country and the Corp. I can live on knowing that I have all of your wonderful love and support. Also, by looking into our sons face, seeing Chad right before me living through him every day; it gives me a sense of peace I never could have thought possible. To Mr. Jerry, and Mrs. Brenda, I couldn't have ever asked for better in laws. You have been there for us anytime we needed you, through good times and bad. You will never replace Chad, nor will you ever fill that void, but with your faith, you family, your friends, and ofcourse Elijah and myself, we will see this through. And one day we will all meet again and have our TRUE WELCOME HOME; angels watching, the Lord smiling, and our husband, son, father, brother, and hero we will once again see. Today and everyday I promise to love, honor, and respect Chad as if he were still here.
*I miss you baby, you are and always will be my heart, my soul, my world, and with you, I found my everything. Like I always told you...It's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. I thank God for you and the life we had together every day. Rest in peace my heroic angel. I Love and always will love you."
Danielle Powell, wife of Cpl. Chad W. Powell of Calhoun, La

"'til we stand post together again, only next time we'll stand at the gates of heaven......"
Cpl Clayton Clute of RCT-8 Fallujah, Iraq

"Dear Chad's Family and Friends, I wish to extend my deepest condolences on the loss of your fine young Chad. By reading the letters left about him I feel as if I knew him. I pray that God will Bless you and keep you all in His care. Chad is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. Know that he is keeping an eye on you all from heaven. God Bless You."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"I just want to say to Mr. Jerry and Mrs. Brenda that I love you both so very much and I love Chad more than words will ever explain. Chad was one of the greatest kids I have ever been around, and I hope you both know it's all because of the way you two raised him. To Chris and Jesse, I love you two as well just as I love my own brother. Please know that I am always here for the two of you for whatever you need. You are in my thoughts every day that goes by. Daniele and Elijah I am here for you and love you two also, and I want you to know as well i'm here for the two of you. I promise you all that the pain WILL ease as time goes by. You will grow and all learn something different from this tragic experience. Through God anything is possible.
I have known Chad since he was very young. I had the honor to meet him through my brother, Tommy Hays. We loved for them to hang out together, because anytime Tommy was with Chad, we knew Tommy would not get into any trouble. Chad was honestly one of the best kids I have ever, to this day, been around. Chad was ALWAYS so well mannered, and very respectful. We loved Chad as if he were part of our family and still do. Which really explains the reason Chad died the way he did. For all his loved ones and everyone else.
You are in my prayers and my thoughts every day. I Love You all so very much."
Heather Shamblin of West Monroe, LA - USA

"Dear Jerry, Brenda and Family,

There are no words to express to you my deepest sorrow and heartache in your loss. I want you to know that I as an American citizen appreciate Chad's willingness to fight a war for freedom far away from home. He is a true hero who gave the ultimate sacrifice and for that our country should be truly grateful. You raised a fine young man who served with honor and pride in what he did. I pray that God's love and his touch will provide comfort for all of you. Our prayers will be with all of you continually.

God Bless,"
Sandra Chowns of West Monroe, LA

"I watched as you walked her down the aisle
And listened as you said ďI doĒ
I gave my daughter to you with pride
Even though the dangerous road ahead was new.
You were a dashing sight on that wedding day
Snappy dress bluesÖ.a dashing young Marine
To look at my daughterís face that day
Was a sight as it certainly did glow and gleam.

I remembered the many days we both spent
Fishing, hunting and doing my show
How much more would I have held you close
If I knew then what now we all so sadly know.
I remember the first time I met you
A kid of 15 years old
You shook my hand like a grown up man
And met my eyes as they stared at you so cold.

I watched my little girl fall in love with you
And there wasnít a thing I could do to stop the fall
Now I watch you through your little boy
As he follows me through the house and down the hall.

I saw you take on responsibility
Of a Marine, a husband and son
You always worked so very hard my boy
You never quit until the job was completely done.

I spent last fall with you in a deer stand
And took pride to see your face light up
Little did we know what life would hand you
As you drank from the soldierís bitter cup.

Now we are here to welcome you home
We are sad because you left in a hurry
But one thing dear Chad I want you to know
Of one thing there is no need for you to worry.

Iíll take my daughter back with pride and joy
And each day weíll see you in Elijahís brown eyes
He will fully understand your mission and why you left us
And he will grow to know why soldiers have to die.

But one thing you wonít have to worry about
And that is who will sit in your deer stand
My grandson and I will share that seat
And talk about our hero, his Dad, the man.

Iíll make sure he knows you love him
And Iíll hold Danielleís hand all the way
And again Iíll give her back to you
When we meet at heavenís gate one sweet day.

In honor of Cpl Chad Powell, my son in law
Killed in Action
Fallujah, Iraq June 23, 2005ÖÖ.rest in peace my sweet boyÖ we will NEVER forget.

I love you
Dan Chason of Holly Ridge, Louisiana USA


"Powell Family,
I cannot begin to understand how you feel right now, but just know that the Lord is holding you very close to his heart, and is weeping with you. Our prayer is that you will feel him more now than ever before. I am honored by what Chad has done for this great country. He will not be forgotten."
a WFR family of West Monroe, LA

"Danielle and Elijah,
As i sit here thinking of the times our family had spent together I am so sorry for the loss of Chad. I hope you can find comfort knowing that you have gained another angel for both of you. The ones we love never leave us but are in our hearts forever. I know Chad is in a much better place now with god. Remember him for the hero he truly is. It truly is an honor to be your friends. We love you."
Kristina Cordero, Sgt Richard Cordero, Thalia, and Xavier of Camp Lejeune, NC

"To my dearest 1st cousin Chad,

I send my deepest love to you in heaven and I can only think of the times we had as kids. We were always the closest of friends and I will miss you with every passing day. I promise to make sure your son knows you for the HERO that you are and that I will do everything in my power to take care of your wife. I will do my best to show Jesus Christ through my living to your two brothers and that I will always let them know the importance it is to make God the #1 in their lives.
I hope you can see everyone down here on earth remembering you and honoring you. I think you would be happy and suprised at how our community and the rest of the world is honoring your sacrifice. well with the longing to see you again in heaven I will release you to God and I want you to know that you are my HERO!!!
Alison Powell Hogan, 22 1st cousin of Calhoun, LA 71225

"'til we meet again.
Now your parents don't have to worry about you as you are in the arms of Jesus."
Kelly Thomas of West Monroe, LA

"We cannot even begin to imagine the pain of this loss, but desire to carry that pain with you ... as well as rejoice in the truth of where Chad is today! Glory to God! We are truly gratefel to Chad, ... but, cannot thank HIM for his choice to go to the front line to protect and defend the life we enjoy, ... so, ... we thank YOU, in his stead. Our hearts are turned to you ALL ... and we will continue to lift you, EACH with your specific needs, to the Throne of Grace ... where He IS willing and able to hold you in the palm of His hands (Isa. 26:3,4). We have all been blessed by the life of Chad Powell ... HE CHOSE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!! You are dearly loved!!"
Jenny Steffins Remsberg, Victoria, Benton, Olivia and Nathaniel of West Monroe, LA

"One day we will be able to thank Chad personally for the sacrifice that he made to extend freedom to so many. Although your loss of Chad is extremely difficult, I know how proud you must be of his bravery. May God bless you and surround you with the Holy Spirit. We will continue to keep you in our prayers.
"But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18"
Craig and Michele Hodge of West Monroe, La.

"Jerry, Brenda, Chris and Jessie,
We love you all dearly. May the Lord meet every need and bring the comfort that words cannot provide. You are in our prayers.
We appreciate the Christian example and faith that the Powell family is known for, and has shown us...and we appreciate deeply, the personal service of Chad, Jerry, Keith, and Tommy to our country and for our freedom.

In Christian love,
Gary, Pam, Daniel and Derek"
of Searcy, AR

"Dear Powell family,
Our heart aches at the loss of Chad, your husband, daddy, son, nephew and grandson. You are such a precious precious family. Please know how thankful, deeply thankful we are for Chad, for his life, and for his service to our country.

May you find sweet comfort in the tender loving arms of our heavenly Father and in the touch of your earthly "forever" family. We lift you up in prayer and are honored to be able to say we know and love you."
Jon and Cheryl Steffins of Irving, Texas

"Dear Powell Family, Danielle and Elijah:

I know you are all devastated. Mr. and Mrs. Powell, I am so sorry at your son leaving this earth and going to such a better place. People like myself, thank him for his bravery and honor, through his service to the United States of America. I cannot immagine what it is like to lose a child. I can ONLY immagine. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Danielle, I know your heart is absolutely broken. I cannot begin to imagine what it is like to lose the love of my life. Please stay strong, if for nothing else, your beautiful son! He is such a blessing to you and your entire family. Please know that we will always keep you and your son in our prayers. Elijah:
Always know that your father loved you so much. Always know that he will always be with you in your heart. Always know that YOUR FATHER will always go down in history as a "HERO." We are all so greatful to him and will NEVER forgot the ultimate sacrifice he has made for our country. We are so proud of him as we know you too one day will be. We will always remember you in our prayers and know that you have such a special life ahead of you!"
Brent Tippen of West Monroe, Louisiana

"The greatness of America is measured by heroic young men like Chad who served with dignity and honor in the defence of freedom, both for Iraq and the United States.

You folks, the Powell family, are "Salt of the the earth" people. It is families like yours, who give and live in devotion to Christ, your country, and your familly and friends.

I could hardly be more proud of Chad Powell if he were my own son. He exemplified what is right with the United States of America.

May God's peace and joy be yours."
Royce and Carol Ogle of Monroe, Louisiana

"Words cannot properly express our appreciation for Chad's dedication and commitment to protecting our family from the evil of terrorism. He made the ultimate sacrifice for our family and he will forever be in our heart. We appreciate every soldier that defends America and her way of life, but this is the first soldier we really knew well that lost his life and it brings home the reality of what our men and women go through in a whole new way. We will see Chad and others again one day, our faith tells us that, but we grieve with his family in this life. Thank you Powell family for raising a fine young, Christian man. Thanks also go out to his wife and child he leaves behind for loving him and giving him the motivation to defend us all. May God bless Chad's family and may God bless America."
Alan & Lisa Robertson of Calhoun, Louisiana

"Dear Bro. and Sis. Powell.
It is with deepest regret to learn of the death of your son. Only God can ease the pain but we truly understand what you are going through. We lost our daughter some years ago and we still feel pain.We are thankful, however, of the pleasant times that we had together. So may God Bless you
in this dark hour is our prayer.

I sent your son's picture to some ex-
marine buddies of mine. They also share your grief. Your son died a hero. Giving his life for freedom and
for the greatest nation on earth. I pray that all Americans will someday come to realize that freedom does not come cheap.

Please share this with his dear wife and and family.

Again, May God bless is our prayer"
J.D. & Katherine Bolden of Monroe, LA

"To the Powell family: Harriet and I send our love to each of you. Every day since Chad's death we have thought of him and of you and the agony you must be feeling. Today, we saw the letter Chad wrote to the WFR Church. He was surely a man of honor like so many of his family. We hurt with you all and send this testimony of our tears for you all. May God bless each of you, his wife and child.

Don & Harriet Yelton, Hendersonville, NC"
Don Yelton of Hendersonville, NC

"To Chad's Family: What a legacy this young soldier is leaving. His ultimate sacrifice will forever bless all of us who cherish and benefit from the freedoms in our country. It is because of Chad Powell and other valiant men and women like him, who are devoted, exceptionally courageous, and bravely sacrificial that we continue to experience the value of freedom and the absence of persecution. It is because of Chad that we can attend our churches and praise God and speak freely about our love for Jesus. We do not live in fear and we do not live with war raging in our neighborhoods. We live in peace because of what Chad was convicted to do. He was willing to do and he did whatever it took to make sure that that freedom was not taken away. We must not ever take that freedom or the sacrifice that Chad made for granted.
God bless all of you as you grieve this wonderful soldier, this husband, daddy, son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend and a brother in Christ.
We are so proud of him. We are so sad for all of you and for us at this great loss.
You are in our thoughts, our hearts, and most of all our prayers.
Randy and Joneal Kirby and family"
Randy and Joneal Kirby of West Monroe, Louisiana USA

"Before time began our heavenly Father knew Chads name and knew he too would give his life while fighting to save and protect others. But Chad was not only a soldier of this great country but even more importantly he was a soldier of the almighty God. Our hearts swell with pride with every thought of this brave young man. All those who knew and loved Chad will forever be grateful to have been able to watch him grow into the man he became. Chad was a blessing to all who knew him and we praise our heavenly Father for the legacy he followed as he walked in the giant footsteps, both military and spiritual, of his father and grandfather, Jerry and Tommy Powell. Jerry and Brenda, thank you for raising such a brave warrior. I know your hearts are broken. Allow the Holy Spirit to rain down on you and comfort you in your loss. We love you sweet family more than you know. Danielle, stand strong and lean on those who love you with all their hearts. Hold close to your little one and teach him of the love his father had for him and the love the heavenly Father has for you both. God bless Powell Clan!! WE LOVE YOU!!"
Paul and Kim Stephens of WFR Chruch, West Monroe, LA

"Our family is grieved over your loss and greatful for the sacrifice that Chad made for all of us. We are thankful to him for his love for God, his family and this country. We would not be the great Nation that we are without him and others like him. We will continue to keep your family and those serving this country in our prayers."
Blessings, Gary & Luanne Watts, WFR Church Family of West Monroe, LA

"I want to thank you all for what Chad was doing for this country and let you know just how grateful we are that there are men and women that are willing to risk their lives to make ours safer. We will be thinking of you and praying for your family often. We are truly sorry for your loss and owe you more gratitude than can ever be repaid for the sacrifice that your family has been willing to make. We are forever in your debt."
Vance and Debra Payne of Baton Rouge, LA

"Chad will be missed by his family and many friends, but never forgotten. I can remember Chad along with his brothers and my son running and playing together not many years ago. It seems unreal that something like this has happened. We all know what war brings, but this has brought it very close to all of our minds that knew Chad. Chad Powell will always be a HERO to our family as I know he is to his family. God bless each and every member of his family and our prayers are with you daily. America needs more young men like Chad. He is a "FALLEN HERO" to all America, but he stands victorious in Christ. We Love You, Chad & Family."
Larry & Kathy Keene of West Monroe, LA

"Dearest Friends,
Although we are out of town, please know that we have been continually lifting each of you in our prayers during this time of sorrow. We are deeply grateful for the sacrifice Chad has made for each of us through service to our country. We are so thankful for his service, sacrife, and most of all, his committment to his GOD. We will keep all of you in our prayers for months to come. May God grant you peace, and keep you in HIS care.

Daniel and Beverly Dobbs of Whites Ferry Church of Christ Family

"We pray God will continue to give you strength and that you will feel His presence in all you are going through. We are encouraged by Chad's committment to God and thank you for raising such a wonderful son."
Caldwell Family of WFR

"Although I did not know Chad personally, I know several members of his family, and my heart goes out to all of you. There is not much one can say at a time like this that might really make a difference, but please know that you are all loved. I appreciate so much our men and women who are fighting in this war to help preserve our freedom, and I am deeply indebted to those such as Chad who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that our great country might continue to be free. May God bless all of you who are Chad's family."
Scott Nelson of Monroe, LA

"Chad was a great hero to all of us and also a faithful Christian. Even though he is now in the arm of Jesus, he will forever be remembered and loved. Our prayers are with you. Keep the faith and everything will fall into place"
Samuel & Mia Williams of Monroe, Louisiana

"Chad will not be forgotten. He lost his life so that I (we) might keep mine (ours) and keep my (our) freedom. How could anyone like this be forgotten?"
of West Monroe, LA

"To the family of Chad Powell,

I was returning from a business trip in Raleigh, NC yesterday 6/29/05. I passed by some of Chad's family boarding the airplane. I noted their "in memory" t-shirts, and made a point to research Chad. THANK YOU CHAD and POWELL FAMILY!!! Your devotion to our country doesn't go without notice, even to a complete stranger. In irony, I sat behind another member of our Armed Forces from Asheville, NC returning to Iraq to finish his tour! I thanked him, and wished I could have thanked you after the flight, but didn't find you in the airport. Yesterday's "normal" business day, was anything but normal once I boarded that plane. It was a reminder of my freedom in life, unfortantely at Chad's expense. Thank you again! God Bless your family!"
John Finnegan of Atlanta, GA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Chad will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Two weeks ago we lost our dear nephew, Lance Corporal Dustin Birch in Iraq. In the New Testament there are the parables of the Lost Coin, the Lost Sheep and the Lost Son (the prodigal). I believe these writings were included to bring comfort to those who have lost someone/something in their lives also. To assure all that everything lost - everyone lost, including your Chad - will be found once again. In Luke the Savior tells us that He "came to save that which was lost." May these words bring comfort to you - along with the knowledge that all of our prayers - and gratitude for your family's sacrifice are lasting. ďThese are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we attain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article
as freedom should not be highly rated.Ē

by Thomas Paine, published December 19, 1776"
Drake & Paulette Kirkham of Salt Lake City, Utah

"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

"Our deepest condolences to the Powell family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Chad will not be forgotten. I lost my nephew in Iraq on April 29th and we are still dealing with the loss. Our lives have been changed forever, but these young men are heroes and now they are angels. They are protecting our freedoms and I cannot say enough for that. God Bless you and may God give you the strength to endure, to Endure for Chad and what he stood for."
Cheryl Ansell of Gerry, New York

"Thank you Chad Powell, 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 Cpl. Chad Powell:
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 Chad 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 Cpl. Chad Powell:
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 Chad, 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