Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Shane C. Swanberg

24, of Kirkland, Washington.
Swanberg died from an explosion resulting from indirect fire at Forward Operating Base, Camp Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on September 15, 2005.

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"Shane my dear friend and old roommate. I know it has taken me all these years to finally say something and im sorry it has taken so long. You and I only know the truth of what happened and what we went through with our platoon. We got dealt a bad hand my friend. I remember the conversations we shared and the times we laughed together and the times we cried. I just wish I would have been by your side if only to stand with you against the people that apposed us. Things should never of happened the way they did it is a grave injustice and it angers me to this day. Rest well brother I will always remember you and think of you. I will never forget the day we met and the instant friendship we had. I just wish things would have went differently for us. Unlike the so called men in our platoon you were an honest stand up marine with values and morales that many around us lacked. We did the right thing and only you know what I mean. I'm just so angry at the ones that are to blame! I hope those responsible are living in a life of pain and agony! To you who know who you are I hope the rest of your days are dark and I hope the pain of what you did eats you alive. Shane you truly are a hero! we stood up for those that could not stand up for themselves. I know that God is watching over you and I know that you are in a much better place with good people around you. My dear friend I will see you again some day and we will laugh again and share times of joy. Rest well brother. Your friend and brother in arms PFC Jerome."
PFC Jerome of United States of America

"I was 12 when Shane died. 24 seemed somewhat old back then. I am now 21. I know now that Shane was just getting started. It is hard when someone so young passes away. I am saddened by my cousins death. I love and miss you Shane."
Rachel Swanberg of Spokane, WA

"I did not know Shane personally but I was there the day he passed.
I was one of the first people on scene. I grieve all the great people we lost while in Ramadi.
Shane will never be forgotten.

To Shane's family.
My prayers continue to be with you.

R.I.P. Shane. You have earned your Peace.

Sgt. Ball ( Ret.)
B. Co. 876 Eng. BN.
Ramadi 05-06"
Harold Ball of Warwick, Rhode Island

"Shane was one of my best friends while growing up. After eight years, not a week goes by that I don't think about him. I look forward to the day that I get to laugh with him again in heaven."
Officer Bettis of Bothell, Wa

"My name is Angela King. I am in second grade at Seoul American Elemetary School. I have choosen you as my fallen hero for our March for Heroes on May 24, 2012. You are a hero!"
Ms. Lundy's Class of Seoul, Korea

"I shed many tears every year for you buddy. Many tears. I'm soo soo sorry for you and I miss you so much. I'll never forget you Shane, never... Semper Fi"
Jason Stewart

"Just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you today...well actually this whole week has been filled with you. I think of you daily. I have so many memories of you and miss you so much. So so much. I have a picture of you on every site of mine with all of those memories of you under it. It is a long gorgeous story. For the two years we were friends and everything else we were I loved you so much. I remember the first night and then day we met because we sat outside and talked for ten hours straight about our families and lives back home. I remember you said you loved my place because it felt like home to you. And you always have a place in my home with the couple pics I've gotten off the internet. But for the lack of pics I have so many memories that do so much more justice to the amazing man you were. I miss you and really love you. XOXO"
Kelly of Middlebury, In.

"I awoke that weekend to the sound of Brian's voice on NPR, and froze in disbelief. I never knew Shane, but I'm sure he had his dad's enviable self-assurance, his love for our country, and his mom's good humor and caring nature. And after all this time, I still have no words. All I am really certain of today is that neither I nor this world are worthy of such a brave and selfless hero as Marine Lance Coporal Shane Clanin Swanberg."
J. Hill of Olympia, Washington

"To All Who Have Posted...I wanted to visit this site to see who has posted since I visited last and have been able to live through some of those wonderful times you all have posted...and seen some wonderful memories my son has made in so many lives. Thank all of you so much for allowing me glimpses of Shane through all of you...They mean so much...The year's have passed, but the memories don't fade. I reach for them often to help me fill the emptiness...In life, as many of you know, Shane was Larger than Life.....I miss him..but wanted to thank you all for these postings that bring him back to life. It has been almost 4 1/2 years since that day..That is so hard for me to believe....Linda Swanberg aka Mom of Shane, Kirkland, Wa....Feb. 13, 2010"
Linda Clanin-Swanberg of Kirkland, WA

"RIP i dont know u but my friend / ex passed away 8 months ago. its horrible. RIP HERO"
SANDRA RENTERIA of DOWNEY, CA,

"I am wearing a bracelet with your name brother. You rest in peace. I told all my friends we have adopted someone else and that is you bro...."
Patrick of Renton, WA

"It doesn't even seem like its been this long, but you'll never be forgotten bro. Just like Doc D, I can't think about him without thinking hitching boat rides for beer, or the time he ran his buddies boat ashore. You're always in our prays."
Sgt Sean Barner of NROTC Atlanta Region, Atlanta, GA. Former 1st Tank BN

"I can't believe it's been a few years, it seems like just the other day we were in the motor pool messing around with the hummers. i miss you bro!
Cpl Kelly-Douglas
MCAS Pendleton ARFF
Former 1st Tanks MT"
Tyler Kelly-Douglas of Orting,Wa/Camp Pendleton

"Today is Memorial Day 2009,and want all to know that the memory of Shane Swanberg is not,and will not be forgotten.Our detachment was there that day and among the first to arrive at that scene.I'll take that to my grave.To the family of Shane,despite what you may hear contrary by our politicians,Shane did NOT die for an unjust cause.May God Bless you all.
Respectfully,
HM1(FMF)DeGroot
D Co. 2/14"

"Hey bro its been while but you will never leave my heart and mind, and when i tell people about the good times i had in 29 palms i always mention you"
Welton DOC Davis of groton,ct usa

"its been over three years now buddy, still nobody can take your place in our lives. love you man."
Sgt. Carl J. Franklin aka CJ of San Diego, California

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Shane C. Swanberg:
Shane 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

"To the Swanberg family,
Hey guys, you all will be life long friends of mine. Thank you so much for the sacrifice you all have made for our country. Linda and Nicole you both have been such an influence on my life and i want to thank you for your love and support you mean the world to me. I miss you guys please shoot me an email if you can. crydercc@lpd8.navy.mil"
USN SN Christopher Cryderman of USS Dubuque

"I never knew Shane, but I remember that day. I was at Camp Ramadi, and I remember learning that a Marine from 3/7 was killed when we got hit that time. Almost 3 years removed, it occurs to me daily that it could have been any of us there, and was one of too many. On Memorial Day and every day, my heartfelt thanks to LCpl Swanberg and his family for their sacrifice to our country. I won't forget. Semper Fi, brother."
RS of Boise, ID

"Miss you buddy. Like Doc D said, we'll always remember Havasu, along with all the other good times we had. Thanks for everything. I know you're in a better place."
Turner of New York by way of 29 Palms

"To the family of:Shane C. Swanberg I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief. He died a hero defending freedom and we are so grateful for anyone defending our freedom.
Know that I am praying for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding for you and that one day we will all meet in Heaven where we will rest in the arms of Jesus.
If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with please call my Pastor at Gateway Community Church, Reverand John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770- 787- 1015 (fax)770-787-8215.Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"God Bless you Shane. I remember we us to hang out in the gym pumping weights at JHS. God bless you I will always remember what you did for this country."
Pej of Kirkland

"To Shane's family,
Thank you for raising such a unique and strong young man. Boy what a smile he had. I can not imagine how you must feel without Shane. I love him too.
And this is to Shane; remember standing on line in boot camp looking at each other with our belly's out and in those ridiculous white underwear things they made us wear; full because we were sneaking extra food after a long day out there? What about when we came back after that one long weekend as we were stuck awaiting word at Camp Margarita when first realized that we might be headed out to OIF One. Laughing at the things we knew that no one else in the formation knew. Shane, brother, we couldn't even look at each other without laughing uncontrollably as if we were children and not Marines getting ready for war. I visit and speak here because I was not at your funeral and I dont have the means to visit you now. Tears are present with me now as I wish you were here to just smile again with that smile of yours. Quad Tre! Do you remember that? (platoon code in basic) We were so proud as we walked away that day in Diego. To this day I state to my junior Marines that the most fun I had in the Marines, though we are not in the business to have fun, was with you guys at SOI. Im sorry brother. Im so sorry that Im here still and your not. It's hard for me to talk about you because I feel so guilty at times. I dont understand Gods reason for these things. But through you and others that fell out there I understand how delicate and pure life is. You live in me brother and you always will. I'll see you again and tell you what I did with my life. Until then, relax and rest and please greet me when Jesus brings me home also. I'll see you later Shane."
Sgt Jason Stewart of Vista, Ca

"I knew Shane for many years through school, while we were not the closest of friends I remember hanging out in the halls and finding trouble on the weekends from time to time, he gave his life doing his job, I have all the respect in the world for him and those who are still out there. I hope that you have found peace where ever you are now Shane"
Matt of Seattle

"My deepest dedication to you and your family for your service. I also am a Marine bearing the name Shane. Semper Fidelis brother.....Full trust in knowing that I am thinking of you this weekend with high intentions of your remembrance......."
Shane of Phila PA USA

"I went to school with Shane, I didn't know him well, but when I heard about him my first thought was, "That guy was always smiling." That's what I remember, I don't remember much about him, but I will never forget his wonderful smile."
Sara R of Kirkland, WA

"thinking of you today bro and that time we went to havasu and we tried to get on almost every boat carrying beer around everywhere save me a seat up there"
Doc Davis of twentynine palms, ca

"Linda, Travis, Nicole and Brian,

Thinking of you today and knowing the numbness of the past year and the reality of Shane's loss to your family. Wishing you a peace that passes all understanding"
Shellie Starr of Snohomish, Washington

"Hey, I'm so sorry for your lost. When I was a marine in 29palms I've played texas hold'em with him and remembered he was a fun guy to be around. The whole game was video taped in his room so you might see me in the tape if you guys have it. If its possible can I get a copy of the tape? email me @ brooklynson at gmail.com"
Zhou of brooklyn, ny

"Dear Swanberg Family,
Today is May 18th and I just found out about Shane's passing. I met Shane on a plane delay flight to Florida the summer of 2004 when he was visiting his grandparents. We kept in touch for a while and he was a wonderful man and had a caring soul about his family and those around him. I feel very blessed to have met Shane and spend the time that I did. My thoughts and prayers will be with you always and God bless your family and friends."
Lacey Morin of Melbourne, FL

"Dear Swanbergs,
The date today is March 16, 2006. Shane was a very good friend of mine during my stay at 1st Tank Battalion in 29 Palms. About two days ago I learned of the falling of my friend, and to tell you the truth I am deeply saddened. I will always remember Shane's free spirit and how he always made the best out of any situation. Thank both of you for what I can only describe as a friendship I will NEVER forget. Semper Fidelis, and may God bless you."
Pete Aranda III of Phoenix, Arizona The United States of America

"Dear Swandbergs,
Your son was a HERO at war and at home. He touched the lives of many people throughout his time. He made positive change, not only which behooved himself, but those of us who were around him. Spending much of my life with Shane was a blessing. We spent our juvenility together, teaching each other some valuable life skills. Best friends never forget their times spent together. Shane saved my life once and I wish I could have been there to return the favor. Now that Shane has passed on to heaven I know he looks out for us just like he used to when we were teenagers. WE ALL will never forget Shane's icon personality which was taken during this event, where he was just doing the right thing for those around him – serving his country."
Paul Lee of Kirkland, WA

"Dear Swanberg Family,
I do not know if you remember me, but was Shane's first grade teacher. He was one of my very first students. I have very fond memories of Shane, what a great and fun kid he was. I remember how supportive the both of you were during my first years of teaching. I am so sorry and sad about Shane. When I received a phone call from a friend, I was stund. Shane sounds like he turned out to be such a neat young man. I am sure you are both proud of him. I am proud of him as well. When I think about Shane in my class, I smile. Please know that your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Barb Bow (Irwin)
thebows@gvtc.com"
Barb Bow of Boerne, Tx/USA

"my name is corey vera I at the time am dating shanes sister nicole swanberg I have known nicole a few months before shane passed away. I have been with nicole since she found out about shane literaly she was at my house when she found out. I have seen the sadness in all of shanes family threw the past 3 months and I want all of you to know that the letters and the words really do help them. I as well had the honors of meeting shane when he was here in august he is a very kind harted guy it was a pleasure to be able to meet him. We all miss him deeply. thank you everyone for everything and all your support. sincerly corey vera. 12-5-05"
corey vera of kirkland,wa USA

"Brian,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Shane sounds like a wonderful son, brother, friend, Marine. If he was anything like you were at the same age he must have been a lot of fun too. My heart goes out to you."
Gary McGill of Seattle, Washington USA

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden...
J and T Taylor USMC
Sister of a Fallen Marine"

"My name is Brian Swanberg. As the father of Shane and on behalf of the family I wish to thank all who have emailed, writtten letters and called. Shane is a HERO, as my first born we experienced and learned together all that comes with it. I loved him dearly. I lack the depth of vocabulary needed to express the love and respect and the loss I will feel for the rest of my life.
May God bless his brothers and sister in arms.

Your messages have helped.

Thank you."
Brian Swanberg of Tacoma, WA. USA

"Shane was a friend of mine during my enlistment in 1st Tank Battalion. I remember his easy-going spirit and kind nature. I am deeply saddened by his loss, and my deepest sympathy goes out to you. He will never be forgotten."
Cpl. Cameron S. White of Moorhead, MN

"To the Swanberg Family,
My very deepest sympathy to your loss, Shane was a very good friend to me and was there for me at the end of my enlistment. Your family will be in my prayers all the time. Shane and I's mutual friend should have some pictures on his computer, as soon as I get them I will post them to this site. Please know that this news was just given to me via an email because I no longer live in this country. Shane was a blessing to have as a friend and I promise you I will never forget him and all my friends that are no longer with us. God Bless you and I know that no words will ever be a comfort for the loss. If you ever want to get ahold of me for anything just go to http://www.myspace.com/zephaniahs_whisper"
Greg of Australia

"To the Swanbergs,
I dont know if you remeber me but I used to hang out with Trvis and Shane when I was younger, I used to live next store to you guys in kirkland me and Travis used to call each other"Bud". I am too in the military in the USAF doing combat supplies and cargo I have met people who have died and I am stationed at Dover Air Force Base Delaware it is actually home of the DOD mortuary so I see the flag draped coffins on a daily basis. I am truly sorry for your loss I am going to Iraq this coming May I will think of him while I am there.
Airman !st class Timothy A. Etringer Jr.
P.S. If you ever need anything at all look up my parents they live in Mount Vernon Washington now and they will give you my number."
Timothy A. Etringer Jr. of Dover AFB Delaware

"Hi Linda. As I grieve for the loss of your son, Shane, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. He was a United States Marine, the highest calling when it comes to serving his country. He believed in the Lord - the highest calling, period.

May God bless you and comfort you in this time of your loss.

Be proud - I know Shane was!

Chuck Mitchell
Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
1966-1968"
Chuck Mitchell of Seattle, WA

"I will remember Shane from school. I used to help him with his schoolwork. This is such a bittersweet for me because I fell out of contact with him, but I always thought about him. He was so sweet and smart and just wanted everyone to have the very best out of life. Shane, I know you are looking down on all of us right now and keeping us under your wing...thank you. To Shane's family, I bow my head and pray for your strength in this time of need. Your son was an angel and now he is home! If there is ANYTHING I can do, please let me know. alakey@hotmail.com"
Angela Lakey of Kirkland, WA. USA

"All of you are in our prayers. What ever God is saying to your hearts to comfort you at this time, that is what I also wish I could say. However, instead, I'll just say this: I got these quotes off Rich Liljenberg's frig. yesterday. He's a WW2 (D-Day) vet from church. "THE WILL OF GOD IN MY LIFE: Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else." & "God is too loving to be unkind, And too wise to make a mistake!" - I'll see you at the memorial tomorrow. - Mark Robertson, CPT, USMC Ret, one of many people from Northshore Baptist Church who love you guys."
Mark Robertson of 11812 - NE 159th St, Bothell, WA 98011

"I want to proudly lift my head to honor your loving Shane. Thank you Shane for giving your life for others and thank you family for a great young man. God be with you in this time and may He give you blessings to comfort you now and forever.Thank you!!!"
Roberta of Graham, Wa. (Pierce)

"I was truly saddened to hear of the loss of such a special and unique individual. And tough we may have lost touch over the years, I could never forget the times I shared with my friend Shane. My condolences go out to the Swanberg family."
Roberto Hoyos of Redmond, WA

"Brian:
My deepest heartfelt sympathy and condolences on the loss of your son. I know from the stories you shared how much Shane meant in your life and the depth of your love for him. I pray that God support you during this time of mourning, as the grief of this loss will never pass."
Ted Hunter of Seattle

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.
---President Ronald Reagan 1985

My SHARP hand-salute to you, Marine!"
Fred Christie, Sgt of Marines '66-'72 of Goffstown, NH

"Linda, I remember working with you and talking about our sons who were in the military at the time and how proud you are of Shane. We spent many moments sharing stories of our sons together, and I remember the shine in your eyes whenever you talked about Shane. My deepest sympathies and condolences to you and your family. Linda you can always count on me to be there for you."
Barry Nilson F/F of Redmond, WA

"Shane will be missed. I'm so glad I got the chance, with my family, to watch Shane grow into such a proud young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

With Love"
Jenny Hughes of Kirkland/Pasco, WA/USA

"Linda, You are in my daily prayers and I am here for you anytime you need me. Your son will never be forgotten.
God Bless,"
Lisa of Everett, WA

"Linda, I just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I can only begin to feel your pain and desperation.My heart aches knowing what you are having to go through. I know that there is nothing that I could say to make your sorrow go away but I want you to know that I have not stopped thinking about you. Daven wants you to know that himself and his unit are thinking of you and praying for you.We are so sorry. WE PROMISE THAT WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!! NEVER"
Kimberly Callaghan and Family of Boise Idaho and Kirkuk, Iraq

"Shane,

I knew you through your Mom who was my coworker at the Redmond Fire Department. Many times I passed her desk and spoke with her, your picture and that of your brother and sister were always over her shoulder. The love and dedication your Mom showed toward you was humbling. A woman with her integrity no doubt raised a son and Marine of the same caliber. Thank you for your sacrifice. You will not be forgotten. Semper Fi"
Skip Boylan of Redmond, Washington

"To Shane, his family, and all those who loved him:
You will be dearly missed in the hearts of everyone that knew you. You always had a way of touching those who didn't even know you. You are truly a gift to the world and to mankind. Your memory will live on forever. You will be remembered as a hero, a soldier and an all around great person. My condolences go out to your family and friends. Rest in Peace my friend!"
David Canter of Kirkland, WA

"To Shane and his family... I knew Shane in High School, from Church and he was good friends with my brother. I served in Iraq during the same time as Shane and I know how proud he and anyone there would be to give their life in the name of freedom. I'm proud to have known him, and although I'm saddened by his death I know he is in a far far better place and in peace. Our prayers are with his family members and friends left behind. God Bless."
Jay Voigt of Bothell, WA

"To the Swanberg family,
I had the pleasure of serving with Shane while he was with 1st Tank Bn. Heck we even shared a bathroom together. Your son was a great friend and person. I am deeply saddened by his loss, and my prayers are with you. God Bless"
David Dieter of 29 Palms, Ca

"Shane you will be missed greatly and from now you will remain in our hearts! I send out my greatest sympathy to Shane’s family for they lost a hero that is now an angel!
~God Bless~"
Cassie Polhamus of Kirkland, WA

"From: Sgt Karl Clark Lippard’s book about Marines and the USMC:

“…reflect with me a moment on a statement made by the exiled Spartan King Demaratus to the Persian kind Xerxes before the battle of Thermopyle in 480 B.C. describing his beloved Spartans.

“When the Spartans fight singly they are as brave as any man, but when they fight together they are supreme above all. For though they are free men, they are not free in all respects; law is the master whom they fear, a great deal more than your subjects fear you. They do what the law commands and its command is always the same, not to flee in battle whatever the number of the enemy, but to stand and win, or die.”

To you the fallen Marine, you’ve given your life to a great and noble cause. You know hold a special place in the Marine Corp and history. Marine you have sacrificed for the greatest cause of all, Freedom. An entire country is now free for the first time in living memory and your name will forever be remembered in Marine Corp history. In the years to follow as other countries in the Middle East start to follow the great freedom principle, it’ll be men like you will stand above and look down on a safer and more secure and peaceful world.
Thank you.
Cpl. M USMC 84-88"
SM of New York

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Shane C. Swanberg,

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

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

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

"There are no words at a time like this that can comfort or ease the pain. But know that true heroes like Shane will be remembered far beyond anything we can anticipate. There is nothing nobler than service to your country, thank you Shane. Remember that there are other gold star families that are there for you, we are all linked together through grief and hope."
Hillary, gold star sister of Snohomish, WA

"To the Swanberg Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Shane is a true American Hero who will always be rememberd and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Shane."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"I'm so sorry for your loss. Words can't touch the pain and sorrow the family and friends are feeling at this time. God bless Lc Cpl Swanberg for serving his country in it's time of need, and my thoughts and prayers are with you."
Christine of Rome, GA

"TO THE SWANBERG FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH SHANE AND YOUR FAMILY! SHANE THANK YOU, FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. MORE IMPORTANTLY; FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. WITH DISREGARD., TO BRANCH OF SERVICE. TO WATCH OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER IN THE MOST OF SERIOUS SITUATIONS. YOU HAVE SHANE, TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. THOSE YOU HAVE TOUCHED. HOLD THE DEEPEST MEMORIES SHARED WITH YOU. YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN. YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY, AS A PERSON, OF A VERY LOVING FAMILY, SOMEONE SPECIAL TO HIS COUNTRY, AND HIS MILITARY BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S. SHANE AN WITHOUT QUESTION: AN AMERICAN HERO! ONE THAT IS APART OF IQARI, AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY. TO HELP THOSE IN COUNTRIES SUFFERING MANY CRIMES AGAINST THEM, TO FIGHT OFF TERRORISM WORLDWIDE. SINCE, 911 SHANE YOU BEEN ON A MISSION. TO MAKE AMERICA ALOT SAFER. NOW ALL YOUR HARD WROK. ALONG WITH ALL YOUR MILITARY BROTHERS AND SISTER'S. OUR GOVERNMENT NEED TO STOP! AN UNITIFY AS A COUNTRY TO ENFORCE HOMELAND SECURITY. FOR NOT ALL SHANE AND OTHER HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WILL BE FOR NOTHING. ONE DAY AND SOON OUR POLITICAL LEADERS WILL GET THE MESSAGE. SHANE SADLY, YOU ARE NOW WITH OUR SON AND ALL OUR FALLEN SOLDIER'S. AN IN AWAY A COMFORT. AT LEAST IN MY HEART. HE IS NOT ALONE; NOR ARE YOU AND OUR OTHER FALLEN. TO YOUR LOVING FAMILY SHANE: SUGGESTION REACH OUT TO YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. REQUEST HAVING A STREET NAMED AFTER SHANE. ALL AMERICANS NEED TO REMEMBER OUR FALLEN! TODAY NOT TOMORROW, PEOPLE FORGET, OUR FALLEN CAN NOT BE FORGOTTEN! OFTEN AFTER ENDLESS YEARS OF A CONFLICT AND WAR. HONORING THE FALLEN OF PASSED CONFLICTS AND WAR. DOESN'T COME THAT EASILY! TODAY WE ARE JUST HONORING THOSE FROM OTHER WARS. SHANE IS OUR HERO! TODAY HE DEMANDS TO BE HONORED! MY TEARS FOR MY SON NEVER HAVE GONE AWAY. TEARS FLOW DOWN MY CHEEK FOR SHANE AAND ALL OUR FALLEN. LOSING SOMEONE SO YOUNG WITH A LIFE, HE COULDN'T ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH. AN SHANE WAS MORE GIVEN TO US ALL! HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS AMERICANS IN AMERICA TODAY. THOSE THAT SERVE THE PERCENTAGE IS VERY LOW. SHANE THAT INDICATE'S THE PERSON YOU BECAME. I PRAY FOR YOU TODAY AND YOUR FAMILY. GO BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I am sorry to hear of your loss. I know to well the grief you are feeling. Our family will be praying for your family. MY son Mike (44th Eng. 2 BCT 2ID) was killed in Ramadi March 7, 05. Our family will never forget."
Tina Franklin, Mike's Mom of Coudersport, PA, USA

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

"Thank you Shane Swanberg, 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 Lance Cpl. Shane Swanberg:
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 Shane 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 Lance Cpl. Shane Swanberg:
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 Shane, 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