Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Marvin R. Sprayberry III

24, of Tehachapi, California.
Sprayberry died in Balad, Iraq, when his military vehicle left the road and flipped over in a canal. He was assigned to the 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany. Died on May 3, 2004.

Sprayberry was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant.

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"We never met, but I am thinking of you and your family this Memorial Day, with gratitude and love."
Marika of Walnut creek

"Hello this is Keenan Smith Hankins I was in Sprayberry platton at Fort Sill, 1st Plt "TERMINATORS" we were among the short soldiers on the front row. I got Sprayberry smoked one day because i was screwing up lol, he swallowed a bug and requested permission to cough it up, he coughed up a fly yuckkkkkkk hahahahahahahaha. After that i just laughed when i saw Sprayberry. He was tough but short and never though he would fall in battle. Go could have changed that day but needed Sprayberry more than us. I WILL NEVER FORGET MARVIN SPRAYBERRY III. I am a Drill Sergeant and i tell every cycle about SPRAYBERRY and they all cry. My memorial Day wekkend is about MARVIN SPRAYBERRY III!!!!!!!!


DRILL SERGEANT KEENAN SMITH-HANKINS"
DS SMITH-HANKINS of FT JACKSON, SC

"Whenever I think about the Iraq war I always recall the evening in May when the good Sgt died. his death still haunts my memory and I will forever morn his death. His dedicated to the mission was 2nd to none. Sweaty and dirty, there was no quit is this fine NCO. I am proud to say that I knew him even if it was for a short time."
CW4R Michael Hendrickson of Sterling Heights, Mi

"SSG Sprayberry was an excellent Soldier and an incredible person. He beamed with personality and once he got to know you, he would do anything for you. You would have to hear about it the entire time but he would always help. A super person full of life and he will truly be missed."
Joey Deanda

"You'll be forever missed and loved. I'll never forget your selfless sevice."
Brent R. Baldwin of Colorado Springs, CO

"You would be so proud of the United States today. Osama Bin Laden was captured and killed yesterday. Hopefully we are a step closer to stopping this maddness."
Jodie Sprayberry of San Diego

"I went to Basic training with SSG Sprayberry in 1997 D 1/40 Ft. Sill, OK. We were some of the shortest guys in 1st Platoon but the Man had A Lot of HEART!!!!
I found out that Sprayberry got promoted in GOD's Army years after his passing so to me its just like I lost him. All I got was a hot summer with a really funny guy that was actually shorter than me and memories that will last a lifetime. A couple of months are much better than never meeting such an awesome MAN. SSG Sprayberry is in a platoon photo in my hall that i see EVERYDAY so he WILL NEVER be forgotten on this side of the Country. GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND SOLDIERS WHO LOST A BROTHER!!!!!!

HANK"
Drill Sergeant Keenan Smith Hankins of Norfolk, VA

"Merry Christmas my love"

"I leave this message almost 6-1/2 years after Marvin left us and only a few days after his 31st birthday. Two days ago his mission, Operation Iraqi Freedom ended. Very emotional for me. I hope his and everyone elses lives were worth what ever it was that we accomplished in that land. Very hard."
Mom

"Happy Birthday Marvin....miss and love you."
Nadja Sprayberry

"I'm leaving this message on my husbands page because there are three good friends of ours who left a message on Marvs memorial page and now they are with him in the arms of an Angel. All three wifes are left behind with their beautiful children. I'm glad we are still friends and I wanna let you know,I'm here for you girls just like you have been there for me when I needed you.
R.I.P SGT Felix "Gonzo" Gonzalez-Iraheta
(Wife, Janet with Children)
SSG Heathe Craig
(Judy and Children)
SSG Marc A. Arizmendez
(Wife, Barbara and Children)

You guys will be missed a lot but never forgotten. You'll live on with us in our hearts and minds.
God bless you.


A big Thank you to everyone of you people, friends and family for caring and supporting me in this difficult time."
Nadja Sprayberry of Parsberg/Germany

"The day of the sixth anniversary of SSGTs' passing also marks my twenty-third birthday. I conducted a personal moment of silence earlier as I said a prayer. I hope the family is doing well."
PFC Jonathan A. Sprayberry of Rome, GA. United States.

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Brandon Ellis just let me know. We all hung out in Germany at 2/2 inf. This is a great loss of a good soldier and a friend. Just retired from Naval Intelligence and every loss this country suffers will only bring greater retrobution."
Robert Klotz of Suffolk, VA

"Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Mothers and/or Fathers, of our heroes, please be aware that the Project Compassion sponsors will now help cover the costs of the portraits for you to have one - regardless if the spouse of the hero has one or not!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com. or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and bless you.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
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Project Compassion
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Project Compassion, Kenna of Manti,Utah USA

"My name is Jonathan Sprayberry, and I'm in the National Guard, I met an NCO who knew SSGT Sprayberry and we spoke about him at short length. I hope I can continue to build upon the Sprayberry name in the military.

Godspeed on the road to heaven."
Jonathan Sprayberry of Cartersville, GA

"Today as people stop to think about what happened 8 years ago on 9/11 I stopped to think about you. May we all take a moment each day to be thankful for our service members those who have fallen and those you are making a sacrifice...daily."
Jodie Sprayberry of San Diego

"Happy 30th Birthday my love"
Nadja of Germany

"Just saw you today Marv. I miss you so much, & love you!"
Mallory Eyraud of Bakersfield, CA

"Little brother, You hang quietly in my home and not a day goes by that I don't walk by your portrait and smile, laugh or shed a tear. I miss your phone calls, your smile and your infectious laugh! Those who were close to you could never get enough of 'Little Marv' and knew they had a friend for life. You and so many others gave the ultimate sacrifice and for that I am FOREVER grateful. Your absence is a constant reminder of how brave and selfless you are. You are my hero...forever and always. Until we meet again in God's glorious kingdom...Godspeed."
Johnna Sprayberry-Sister of Bakersfield, Ca/USA

"I am thinking of you today and everyday. Five years...You are missed and loved."
Jodie Sprayberry of San Diego

"It's been 5 years since you passed away Marv. I'll never forget about you. I'll always love you. I miss you Baby


A Poem for Our Soldiers

The soldier stood and faced his 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"
Nadja Sprayberry of Germany

"April 28, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Marvin R. Sprayberry, III:
Marvin gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"i served with marvin in germany and iraq. he was one of the first squad leaders i ever had and he tought me alot about not only the military but alot of different things. when we messed up none of us us wanted him to be the one in charge of the punishment cause we knew it would not be fun. i think he made a better person out of anyone who came in contace with him and that was just a quality of him. the day we found out he had died, shock was the only thing we all felt. nobody said to much, tears were shed and some of us just talked about the memories we had with him while smoking cigars under the iraq night. he is still missed to this day. spray, i knew you as a sgt but also as someone who never let me quit no matter how hard it got. peace to you, peace to you. see you again one day."
fellow veteran of ga

"I REMEMBER THE TIME MARVIN,MY BROTHER AND MYSELF WENT TO IDAHO TOGETHER AND MARVIN TRYED TO GET EVERY BIG RIG TO HONK AT HIM AS HE HANGED OUT THE WINDOW.WE ALL MISS YOU MARVIN!!"
PHIL KEITH of TEHACHAPI,CA/USA

"Happy Birthday Marvin"
Nadja Sprayberry of Neumarkt/Opf. Germany

"You are in my thoughts today and every single day. You are so missed."
Jodie of San Diego

"Thank you for your service. I'm a friend of your step mom in Tehachapi. This past summer I had the great honer to visit your resting place and teach my young son the sacrifice that soldiers family's make."
David of Tehachapi,ca,usa

"Hello Nadja,

You don't know me but my husband used to be stationed with Marvin in Vilseck quite a few years ago. He is currently in Iraq for the second time within a year.

I am so sorry for your loss. Marvin will never be forgotten.

I wish you all the strength to keep on going like you have. He was very lucky to have a loving wife like you."
Simone Seguin of Grafenwohr, GE

"Happy Birthday my Love....I love & Miss you."
Nadja Sprayberry of Milton, Florida/USA

"Happy Birthday, Marvin.

Nadja, ich schicke Dir ganz liebe Grüße zusammen mit dem Wunsch, dass du heute nicht nur traurige Gedanken hast. Alles Liebe"
Ana of Nuremberg/near Berg i.d.Opf./now D.C. area

"Our dear Little Marvin is remembered this Memorial Day weekend. Forever grateful for our freedom, forever saddened by the loss."
Charis Eyraud (Marvin's aunt) of Bakersfield, CA/USA

"Our dear Little Marvin is remembered this Memorial Day weekend. Forever grateful for our freedom, forever saddened by the loss."
Charis Eyraud (Marvin's aunt) of Bakersfield, CA/USA

"3 years passend by since I received the horrible and unbelievable bad news that my loving husband will never return back to me from Iraq. I think about you every day and miss you very much. I hope you like the flowers I sent to your grave. I remember when you said, "If something happens to me don't be to sad for to long but please don't forget about me". You will never be forgotten Marvin. I love you and you will be in my heart till the day I stop breathing."
Nadja Sprayberry of Milton, Florida/USA

"To the family of:Marvin R. Sprayberry lll 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"

"Merry X-Mas Baby. I love and miss you a lot."
Nadja of Milton, FL

"Sprayberry will be missed. Me and him were in Vilseck together and a very close friend. When I e-mail him on the ako, his wife told me he had died a few months back. My friend I'm very sorry to hear what happen to you and sad that it had to happen to a good man like you."
Courtney Minter of Ft. Benning, GA

"SSG Sprayberry,

I was privileged to serve with you and learn from you. I was honored when I was asked to bring you home. Thank you to you and Nadja for your service and your sacrifice. Know that Angie and I are deeply saddened by your passing. Fight the good fight always and I will see you on the hilltop.

Ramrod 8 (Ancient)"
Steven Tabat of San Diego, CA

"It was my honor to have know Marvin Sprayberry III. We were stationed together in Germany for a few years back in 1999. Marvin was like a brother to me. Brother, you gave the untimate sacrifice for our country and you will forever remain a hero in my book. I'm so sorry that this tradic incident ended your life so soon. You are missed my brother!!"
Brent Baldwin of Colorado Springs, CO

"I thought I saw your face today,
in the sparkle of the morning sun.
And then I heard the angel say,
"Their work on earth is done."

I thought I heard your voice today,
then laugh your hearty laugh.
And then I heard the angel say,
"There's peace dear one at last."

I thought I felt your touch today,
in the breeze that rustled by.
And then I heard the angel say,
"The spirit never dies."

I thought I saw my broken heart,
in the crescent of the moon.
And then I heard the angel say,
"The Lord is coming soon."

I thought that you had left me,
for the stars so far above.
And then I heard the angel say,
"They left you with their love."

I thought that I would miss you so,
and never find my way.
And then I heard the angel say,
"They're with you every day."
"The sun, the wind, the moon, the stars,
will forever be around,
reminding you of the love you shared,
and the peace they've finally found."
Nadja Sprayberry of Milton, FL

"I miss you Baby.....964 days without you."
Nadja Sprayberry of Milton, FL/USA

"Marv, You were a great teacher. You taught me everyhing i needed to know to become a great NCO. Miss you"
Akinwale Adeku of Newark, NJ

"MARVIN MAY 3RD WAS A LONG DAY. WAS BY GREGORY IN NATIONAL PINELAWN IN FARMINGDALE LONG ISLAND. THEN HEADED DOWN TO ARLINGTON TO BE WITH YOU AND CAPTAIN KENNY. ONLY WISH I COULD OF BEEN WITH MARCUS. TWO YEARS AND NOT ANY EASIER THEN THE DAY OF THE NEWS. TODAY, WORKING ON ANOTHER PROJECT. "SUPPORT THE TROOP RALLY" ENETRING A FLOAT TO GATLINBURG-TENNESSEE MIDNIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS. THEME: TO: HONOUR OUR WOUNDD AND FALLEN SOLDIERS. I CLICKED ON TO GOOGLE TYPED IN YOUR NAME. I WAS JUST BLOWN AWAY.MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY MARVIN. TEARS JUST ROLLING DOWN THE CHEEKS OF MY FACE. THEN I SAT DOWN CLICKED ON LONESTAR CONTY MUSIC. LISTENING TO THE SONG"SOMEBODY'S SOMEONE, COMFORT SET IN THAT DAD IS WITH YOU. TO YOUR LOVING FAMILY ANOTHER DIFFUCLUT TIME. ALWAYS BE SUPPORTIVE TOWARD ONE ANOTHER WITH LOVING UNDERSTANDING. REFLECT ON THOSE VERY PRECIOUS AND FOND MOMENTS YOU SHARED TOGETHER WITH MARVIN AND DAD. BOTH ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR HEART. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND THE ENTIRE SPARYBERRY FAMILY. leonard_wahl@hotmail.com"
SGT. WAHL'S dAD of SPRING TEXAS

"Just wanted to say that I had the privilage of knowing Sprayberry while I was stationed in Vilseck, GE. He was a great man, friend, and soldier. I share in your lost and send you my deepest sympathies. Double-Duece for life."
Ol' SGT Petey of Chicago, IL

"Marvin....I loved you so much. You were and still are my favorite cousin and I think about you all the time. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers and thank you for dying for our freedom. I love you."
Mallory Eyraud of Bakersfield,CA/USA

"I'm sorry to not have known sooner of Marvin's passing.Just found out from a friend today.My thoughts and prayers will always be with all of you and I will not forget his fight for our freedoms.Thank you!"
Holly of PC, Ohio

"WEDNESDAY MORNING AT 5 AM HEADING TO ARLINGTON WITH THREE OTHER FALLEN FAMILIES FROM LONG ISLAND. MISSION TO COMPLETE OUR CHRISTMAS WREATHS TO OUR FALLEN. LAST SUNDAY WE TOOK CARE OF NATIONAL PINELAWN IN FARMINGDALE AND CALVERTON ON LONG ISLAND. ANYWAY, WE WILL BE WITH MARVIN AND CAPT KENNY."
GREG'S DAD

"To the Family of SSG Marvin Sprayberry III-
I feel and share in your loss of Marvin. There are no "right" words that I can say that will heal your pain. I can tell you that he was a fine soldier and was an example to many. He was my mechanic while I served in 2-2 INF until Feb '02. Once again, I am sorry for your loss and the loss felt by everyone who served with and knew him."
SSG Gerald MacNeil and family of 3rd NCOA 154th RTI, Camp Shelby, Mississippi

"It has been over a year now and our thoughts and prayers are still Nadja and Marvins family. You are not forgotten."
Hanna of Vilseck, Germany

"NADJ TUESDAY BE WITH MARICELA AND ALEXIS. NOT JUST FOR OUR GREGORY, FOR MARVIN, LYNDON, CHRISTOPHER! IT IS VERY DIFFUCULT WITHOUT OUR LOVE ONE'S. I AM SO THANKFUL ALL FOUR HAD ONE ANOTHER ON THAT DAY. MARICELA AND ALEXIS BE MOVING IN JULY TO WATERTOWN BY FORT DRUM. SHE WANTS TO BE CLOSER TO GREGORY'S AND HER DREAMS. I THINK OF YOU, MARVIN'S FAMILY THE THE OTHERS. DROP A LINE ONCE IN AWHILE TO KEEP IN TOUCH. LWAHL1@SEARS.COM"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"TO NADJA AND FAMILY,IM SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOSS.I DONT KNOW YOU PERSONALLY BUT MY SON DID. HIS NAME IS JASON D WARD AND HE TALKED ABOUT MARVIN AND NADJA EVERYTIME I TALKED TO HIM.HE STILL TALKS ABOUT MARVIN TO THIS DAY. I KNOW JASON MISSES HIS FRIEND AND PAL VERY MUCH. I KNOW THAT MARVIN WAS A TRUE FRIEND TO JASON AS WELL A TERRIFIC SOLDIER. JASON WAS VERY BLESSED TO KNOW MARVIN AND NADJA. I WISH I COULD HELP AND HEAL THE HURT BUT ALL I CAN DO IS PRAY FOR HIS FAMILY. I WANT TO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR BEING A PART OF MY SONS LIFE."
KAREN WARD of MIDLAND,TX,USA

""To all that have lost a loved one, whether it be a brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, or friend. During these times it is hard to celebrate the Holidays knowing that your loved one is not physically with you, but be rest assured that their in a safer place, a peaceful place and that your heart and soul has a piece of them that will never go away. Think not of the loss of their companioship, but of the memories that you can't let fade. Let those memories continue to live within and not thoughts of pain and regret. They have not left us. I would like to take the opportunity to honor, if that is a worthy word, SSG Marvin Sprayberry. I have refused to allow myself to believe his loss is real for quite some time now and have not done the proper thing that any Soldier should do for a fellow friend and Soldier.

His smile and laughter will be eternal within my memories. His easy going attitude and irresistable urge to help others in need regardless of the situation always amazed me. A "simple" man that lived up to the reputation of a man, a man true to his word. His desire and drive to live still shines through in his photos, memories, and thoughts of him I share with others. I admired him for being so free and simple in his ways. God bless you Marvin.

I can honestly say that life is not about how much, how big, or how fast when I think about the Soldiers we have lost. I ask you all not to get complacent with your lives and remember that all you need is what we were born with. The ability to live, learn, understand and love.

To all the families of service members and those that surround me in Vilseck, I pray for a safe return of your loved ones. And for those who have lost loved ones, I pray that your loved ones are in peace.""
SGT Matthew Hicklin of Vilseck / Germany

"TO NADJA AND THE SPRAYBERRY FAMILY. HARD TO BELIEVE IT'S ALMOST A YEAR. BEEN VERY DIFFUCULT TIME FOR ALL OUR FAMILIES. JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW I THINK OF MARVIN. ESPECIALLY, UPON MY VISITS WITH GREGORY. HE WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND PRAYS AND THE ENTIRE SPRAYBERRY FAMILY."
leonard t. wahl of valley stream ny usa

"Marv, Im not sure what to say. It has almost been a year since your passing and I just learned by trying to track you. I am in shock but i believe in my heart you are in a better place that you and I know as Heaven. I miss the times we spent together in Vilseck but I know we will pal around again. I will keep you family in my prayers and will never forget you. I love you brother. Brian S. LaMarr"
Brian LaMarr of Bonne Terre, Missouri

"I will never forget what you gave...Thank you Marv."
Julia Young of Tehachapi, CA

"Marvin and Nadja were our old next door Neighbors, and our husbands had served together in early deployments. I am out of words, but hope that nobody will ever forget him! He was a great Person and fun to be arround.Even though we haven't see eachother in a while, we wont ever forget him and Nadja!!! Nadja hang in there !!!"
Judith, Heathe and Jonas Craig of Wiesbaden,Germany

"To the family and friends of Army SSG. Marvin Sprayberry III
We feel deeply honored to have known and worked with such a fine and special individual such as Marvin. We send our deepest condolences to his family and his wife Nadja, who we admire for her strength in this very difficult and painful time. She is not only a good friend of mine but a real close friend to my girlfriend Janet. It really hurt me to be informed of his death, Marvin and I hung out many of times and I considered him one of my closest friends. He will always have a special place in our hearts, Marvin we miss you and you are with out a doubt a True American Hero.

Sincerely SGT. Felix Gonzalez and Janet Alert, we hope to stay in contact with you Nadja we are here for you."
SGT Felix Gonzalez of Tikrit, Iraq

"To the family of SGT Marvin Sprayberry III, my name is SGT Cliff Washam (US ARMY). I am a fellow recruiter of SGT Sprayberry (USMC) in Charlottesville. I wanted to say that eventhough I did not know your son, he will forever be remembered for his dedication to the ARMY and his country. I know that my words can only ease that pain that the loss has caused. I can only hope that time will make this easier for the family. Just remember that Marvin will always be a HERO."
SGT Clifford E. Washam of Charlottesville, VA

"i did not know marvin but was touched deeply by the testimonies of his friends and family.especially poignant to me was the photograph of the bereaved family at his graveside.being a father of three myself,i cannot begin to imagine the sense of grief etched so deeply on their faces.that image will be in my memory for a long time to come.by all accounts,ssgt.sprayberry was an outstanding individual who touched in a positive way the lives of all who knew and loved him and in the end,what could be a better tribute to a fellow human being?i know his story has inspired me to strive to be a more compassionate and thoughtful person because when all is told,what matters more in this physical world than other people?i hope the passage of time eases his family and friends'sorrow over his passing and reinforces their pride in him as a giving human being.my last name is also sprayberry and i'm not sure if i'm related to marvin,but i'd sure like to think i am.God bless."
c.l.sprayberry of charlotte,n.c.

"to the sprayberry family like to chat with you. either by phone or e-mail. lwahl1@Sears.com Thanks Mr.Wahl"
Leonard T Wahl of valley stream ny

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

"Liebe Nadja...
nachdem ich diese liebevollen Worte von dir gelesen hab, muss ich einfach nochmal schreiben. Ich kenne dich nicht, aber ich möchte dir sehr sehr viel Kraft für diese schwere Zeit wünschen! Ich kannte Marvin von früher her und kann nur sagen: er war und bleibt immer ein ganz besonderer Mensch. Auch ich und einige meiner Freunde, die ihn kannten, werden ihn nie vergessen! Wir fühlen mit dir."
Simone (m. Freunden) of Weiden, Germany

"To A LOST LOVED ONE.....

I can let your body go,
but not the part of you
that lives in my heart.

My warm memories of you
will be with me
all the days of my life,
and I will cherish
every one of them.

They will give me
strength when I'm weak
and happiness
when I'm down.

I'll only have to
remember your smile,
and my hope will be renewed

I'll only have to
think about the way your eyes
touched something deep
inside of me,
and I'll remember
that love bonds
one soul to another eternally.

I can let your body go,
but never the love for you
I carry in my heart.

LOVE NEVER DIES!!!!
I love you my Baby Marvin Ross Sprayberry |||."
Nadja B. Sprayberry of Sulzbach-Rosenberg/bavaria/Germany

"Just found out what happened...I don´t know what to say, I´m deeply shocked!
I know Marvin from former times...always being a kind friend. We had a lot of fun together everytime we met.
I feel so sorry for his family and wife!
I´ll never forget him."
Simone of Weiden, Germany

"Little Marvin will always be remembered and never forgotten. He made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we so easily take for granted. He is missed so dearly."
Jodie Sprayberry of San Diego, CA

"To Marvin's family, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please realize that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F. Smith of Pennsylvania

"I will think of you all and keep you in my prayers everyday.Sorry for your loss."
R.H. of Paso Robles, Ca

"TO MY BEST FRIEND NADJA AND MARVIN'S FAMILY I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOST AND YOU AND THE WHOLE FAMILY & MARVIN WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS EVERYDAY! I DID NOT KNOW HIM MUCH BUT I KNOW HE WAS A VERY GOOD HUSBAND TO MY FRIEND AND MADE HER HAPPY!

NADJA,I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU NO MATTER WHAT AND I AM SO VERY SORRY ABOUT YOUR LOST !

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND MARVIN'S FAMILY"
JASMIN FERNANDEZ of ANNANDALE,VIRGINIA USA

"To Nadja Sprayberry and SSG Sprayberry's Family,
We want you to know how sorry We are for your loss! We were shocked when we found out! We sure it is a hard time, but in our memories he is gonna live on!
Nadja I want you to know that me and my Family are always there for you! I hope we still keep in touch for a long time!!
You are in our thoughts and Prayers!
God bless you!"
Marc, Barbara, Jennifer and Justin Arizmendez of Vilseck, Germany

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Marvin, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Please know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers. We only met you for a short time in Bakersfield. The news of your son has been on our minds and you have been at the top of our prayer list. We are so very sorry."
Gary & Patti Marino of Porterville, Ca.

"YOU ARE A HERO TO OUR COUNTRY, TO YOUR FAMILY AND TO THOSE THAT DIED WITH YOU IN IRAQ. FROM SGT. GREGORY L. WAHL'S FAMILY. HIS WIFE MARICELA, DAUGHTER ALEXIS, PARENTS OF GREGORY (LEONARD AND JANIS), BROTHERS JOSEPH AND EVAN. IT'S A COMFORT THAT HE WAS WITH YOU BESIDE HIM. OUR HEARTS AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY."
LEONARD WAHL of valley stream, ny. usa

"God Bless the family of Marvin. He will be remembered as american hero. My husband is stationed in Iraq right now and we are from Vilseck Germany also. Although we did not know him, im sure we ran into each other somewhere on base. God bless you and you will be remmebered as a american hero."
Cara and Sgt. Chevis Musselman of Florida

"Nadja, Marv Jr., Lynn, Caryn and family,
Please know how much I hurt for all of you in the loss of "Little Marv". He was one of a kind, not outdone by anyone. He was silly, he was sassy, and a pain in the neck at times. He gave one and all more than a few gray hairs. He was a loving husband, son, brother, nephew, grandson. He will be missed. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers as you travel to Virginia. Through the hurt, loss and pain, be proud of that young man. He served his country and fellow man well. Love to you all, Jo"
Aunt Jo

"To Nadja, Friends and Family of SSG Marvin Sprayberry III.
I put SSG because when the list of E-6 came out two days ago, it showed that Marvin was awarded his six. He was working very hard to get enough points to achieve the new rank. We are joyous that Marvin was able to achieve his goals but saddened by the fact he passed before finding out. My wife Ulla and I, along with a grateful nation send our love and support to his wife Nadja, his parents Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Sprayberry II, and to his family and friends. Marvin was like a son to us. We grieve as if we have lost a son of our own. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and with heavy hearts, we mourn his passing. We shall always be there for his family and friends. Nadja, you are like a daughter to us and we love you. Your strength during this terrible time has kept us going, thank you. Marvin will live on in our hearts and prayers forever. We are honored to be able to travel to Arlington to show our love and respect for a fallen Hero and a beloved friend. We know Marvin is in a better place looking down on us all.

The Family of SFC Gary Pelletier, Fox Co. 1-81 Armor Regiment, Ft. Knox Kentucky"

"God bless you and hold you in the palm of his hand as you mourn the loss of Marvin. He was a hero."
LGW of CCHS class of '72

"To Nadja Sprayberry, Family and Friends of Army Sgt. Marvin Sprayberry III.
On behalf of the Snow family, we send you our heart felt condolences. We are grieving Marvin’s loss along side you. With tears in our eyes and pain in our hearts we send our love. We will keep Marvin alive in our hearts and prayers. It is our honor to be attending his funeral in Arlington Cemetery. It is a fitting place, for an American Hero like Marvin, to be laid to rest. Marvin was a cherished friend of our family and a respected fellow soldier. His lighthearted persona along with his gigantic heart gave him a precious place, in our hearts. My wife Tammy, our children, Tabitha, Ronald III, Ryan, and myself. send our prayers and love to Marvin’s wife, Family and his many Friends. If wealth, were measured by the number of people who loved you, then Marvin would have been a very wealthy man. His wacky sense of humor, that unmistakable laugh, his loyalty to his family, friends and country will never be forgotten as long as I draw breath. May God bless you all, you are in our prayers.

Sincerely,

The family of SSG Ronald L. Snow JR, HHC, MANSCEN USA Maneuver Support Center, Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri."

"To Marvin's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"

"A MESSAGE TO A FALLEN COMMRADE.


ALLTHOUGH YOUR’RE GONE YOU WILL ALWAYS LIVE ON IN OUR HEARTS. YOUR SMILE, YOUR LAUGH, YOUR QUIRKY SENCE OF HUMOR WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. YOU WERE MORE THEN AN OUTSPOKEN N.C.O, YOU WERE A LOVING HUSBAND TO NADJA, A MENTOR FOR ME AND A GREAT FRIEND TO ALL. WORDS CAN’T EXPRESS HOW MUCH YOU ARE LOVED AND HOW MUCH YOU WILL BE MISSED BUT KNOW THIS YOUR MEMORY WILL LIVE ON IN ALL THAT WHO LOVED YOU."
Sgt Clifford Van Horn of A Co 3-7 INF FT STEWART GA U.S.A

"To Marvin's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Family and Friends of Army Sgt. Marvin Sprayberry III,
I want to thank you for letting your son, brother, nephew, friend service our country. I know when I write this it is thought by all that we are so very pround of him and will never forget him. Your sorrows are shared by so many people and will stay in my prayers always. As I was told that everyone now has a new guadian angel looking out for them."
Kristina (Weaver) Woolley of Tehachapi, Ca/ USA

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

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

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Marvin Sprayberry III:
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 Marvin, 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