Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Swisher


26, of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Swisher was on patrol in Baghdad, Iraq when his unit was ambushed by individuals using small arms fire and rocket propelled grenades. He was assigned to 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Polk, Louisiana. Died on October 9, 2003.

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"I will never forget you brother. I still feel your loss like it was yesterday. I know your in a better place, but i'm still a bit upset with god. Why did he have to take one of the best people i've ever met? I pray god has looked out for your family, and eased the loss and smoothed their path over these years. I know nothing can replace you in there lives, but i hope they have found the strength to live on as you would have wanted with happiness and direction, unencumbered by your loss."
Eric of Fort Bragg, NC

"To Chris Swisher family even though almost 11 years have past you are always in my thoughts and heart. Bonnie Keever 402-314-1826"
Bonnie Keever of Nelson,Nebraska U.S.A.

"I served with Chris at Ft. Knox where we referred to him as GI Joe. He was so army I think he slept on a cot at home. We dove across Ky to pick up an old army trailer he later painted up. Than he hauled it around with a White Kia SUV. I still laugh when I think about it. 3rd Platoon, Delta 1/16 Cav."
Ssg Michael Fritsche of Salinas, Ca

"Today we as we remember Pvt. Sean Silva, we take the time to remember Chris as well. Hard to believe that 10 years ago these brave young men paid te ultimate price! They will never be forgotten!
10/9/13"
Toni Kneeshaw of Fremont, CA

"It has taken me 9 years to be able to post this message that was given to me by a neighbor. It says so much about my son-in-law and his devotion. Thank each and every one of you who leave a post.

Who is the soldier that gives his life keeps us safe and protects our choice?
he is a man of integrity, bravery & valor with a mother, child, siblings a wife.

Over my life, I've watched it from Vietnam to Iraq Cronkite to Rather.
Never does it get easier to hear the count of those who have fallen
from bullets or bombings.

But this time it's a home town boy from the house of the baseball fan
flying the American Flag across the street.
It's closer to home than ever before not to a person
I know at all but someone I still admire.
the courage it took to serve his country leave his family
knowing he may not be back.

My heart was touched when I heard the news a sadness I'm sure
cannot compare to yours each day I walk out and see the flags
I pray for you all to have comfort when the pain & sadness rush in.
But joy in the goodness and fun memories of the days you shared.
This time it's a home town boy from the house of the baseball fan
flying the American Flag across the street.

Bruce T. Anderson, Lincoln, NE"
Bruce T. Anderson of Lincoln, NE

"I'm sorry if I missed this page somehow! I think I saw it a long time ago but couldn't really bring myself to come back and kind of forgot about it. If anyone wants to get in contact with me, my email is krisa828@yahoo.com I am also on Facebook as well! Thanks to all of you who have left messages. Although a person's life might cease here on earth, the memory and spirit of them will live on in their friends and family!"
Kristen Swisher of Cortland, NE

"Kristen,

I was Chris's platoon Leader for the first 6 months over there. "Blue 2" was my platoons senior scout, which meant he was the lead truck. He and I spent a lot of long nights on watch together talking about deep topics and dreams. For whatever reason, he had something that he wanted to get for you. He wanted to get you a carving of a mother elephant with a baby elephant holding on to its tail. I don't think that he ever did get that to you as one of the gifts he sent home. When I returned from deployment, I came accross elephant carvings and got this for you from Chris. I have had it almost 8 years now in the hopes that one day I would come accross you.

If you are up for it and somehow get this message, I would like to give the carving to you. chriswellsphoto@mac.com."
Chris Wells of Hood River, Oregon

"It is hard to believe you have been gone so long. You lived and died an American Hero, Chris. I pray your family is doing well and that the pain of your young death has been replaced with wonderful memories of the wonderful person you were. I will never forget you. Rest in Peace and God Bless your family and friends and Keep them Safe."

"To Chris' family, it was truly an honor to know him, let alone serve with him. A great NCO in every sense of the word. He is the reason we can be proud to be Americans.

Never forgotten."
Brian Glasshof of Moncks Corner, SC

"My prayers go out to your family this Memorial Day Weekend. I know that you had a great impact on my brothers life and that he thinks about you every day, and your legacy lives on through him. God Bless You and your family."
Sara Kruppa of Humble, TX

"I was in 2nd plt with Eagle troop, (with Kruppa and Evans) and I've never stopped thinking about that day and I've never taken off my bracelet in your honor. And though it's coming up on 7 years now I am still Proud to say I had the honor of serving with you and with Eagle troop. You'll always be missed brother and always be remembered. Sgt Trey Cate"
Sgt Trey Cate of Daytona Beach, FL

"You were one of the best men Ive ever known I will never forgive myself for not being there and I will never forget everything you did for me."
MSG Fulford

"For each and every day I live as a free citizen of this great nation, I am forever reminded of the sacrifices that such brave Soldiers as yourself have made; and for this I am forever grateful. On behalf of a grateful nation, I want to express my sincere gratitude for all that you have done. God bless."
DV of CO

"Thank you Swisher!! You are in my family's hearts forever for actions that you have done. It is because of you and your commrades that my daddy is here with us today. Thank you soo much, I cann't say that enough!!
P.S. My father is SGM Maggard, previously 1SG Maggard"
Gina Maggard of Fort Jackson, South Carolina

"Swisher, We miss you and think about you all the time. Thank you for your sacrifice. I was stationed with Swisher at Fort Knox Ky before he left for Polk. He was a true soldier (even when not at work) I thank him for the leadership he provided."
SPC Jason M Heilig of Anchorage, AK

"To the family and friends of Christopher W. Swisher, on this Memorial Day and everyday; we remember Christopher for the sacrifice he made for his country but even more for the love he shared while he was here.

“To live in the hearts of those we leave behind is not to die.” –Thomas Campbell"
Julie Shayne of Grand Junction, Colorado

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Christopher W. Swisher:
Christopher 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 family of Christopher Swisher,
On 25 November 2008 at 11:00 AM the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment and the 2d Cavalry Association will gather in Vilseck, Germany, to commemorate a monument to our fallen brothers from Operation Iraqi Freedom. SSG Christopher Swisher will be honored on that day. His name will be engraved on the face of a permanent black marble monument along with his fallen comrades. The monument will be located in a park of 50 trees which will form a living memorial to these fine young Soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
On that date and at that ceremony we will also honor the families of these Soldiers. We truly hope that the families can participate in the ceremony. It is the wish of the 2d Cavalry Association and the 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment to place a personalized flag case and flag for each of these fallen heroes in the hands of a family member.
We are requesting that these families contact us via email at deddygetty1@comcast.net to learn more about the ceremony and how they can participate.
Toujours Pret!
Dave Gettman
2d Cavalry Association"
"Tacoma Dave" of Washington

"Kristen, I want you to know how sorry I am for you and your family. I remember having dinner with you and Chris at Fort Knox, KY, and will always remember what a great guy he was and how much he loved you. He talked about you so much before you moved to Fort Knox to be with him."
Shelly (Dodson) Hartung of Fort Polk, LA

"I remember SSG. Swisher Waking up spc John Lovitt with some amonia from a first aid kit back when we first got to Camp Marlboro in Baghdad!"
Nicholas McGraw of Vicenza, Italy

"ssg swisher was a good man i served with him he was my section sgt he rode my butt and i respected him he tought me alot i looked up to him like he was a big bother we were all family over there i will never forget you ssg swisher"
spc john lovitt of bixby ok

"Swish,

I knew you long before you were a Soldier. I remember you asking me about my boots in gym class. Little did I know that I would be your best friend from that moment on. When I got the news that you were dead, my heart broke. I don't remember you as a Soldier, Hero, or Patriot. I only remember you as this goofy little kid that used to eat MRE's for fun, and wanted to be in the Army more than anything.

I carry with me every day the small flat that was given to me at your funeral, and will do so until the day I die.

I love you man.

besides next time I see you we will have a Swisher Sweet, and talk about the old times."
Dameyon Beaman of Lancaster, Ky

"well chris, i can't believe it's been 4 years. seems like yesterday. i remember holding you in my arms in the middle of the street almost back to camp. i still miss you man and i know we will meet again on the high ground."
chris kruppa of palacios, tx

"Hey Chris and Kristen,
I was thinking of you guys yesterday. I was remembering all the times Chris and I spent together. All the raquetball games we played and the extra PT we did during lunchtime.
I remember when you guys got married and we went out to dinner and Chris ordered a salad with chicken and he got half way through it when he realized there was no chicken in it. I think Susie's hamburger was half raw.
I think about Chris quite often and wonder where he would be right now. I wish I had the chance to serve with him again but I am very thankful I got to serve with him at all. He was a proffessional first and a friend and companion second. I have a great respect for him and what he embarked on. He died doing what he loved to do and that was being a soldier and a leader.
I miss you,
SSG Kenneth D. McGill (RET)"
Kenny of Big Clifty, KY

"October 9th, 2007.

I wear a bracelet with your name on it every day. I take it with me when I go to West Point for the Army football games. In some way I'm hoping all the good vibes reach you, and know that strangers are thinking about you and thanking God for you. God Bless You, and your family!"
Bridget Flannery of Orange County, NY

"SSG. Swisher, you are one of the best NCO's that I have had the chance to train under. I regret not being able to deploy with you. I will never make another mistake like that again. Until the day we meet again.
I love you, and my prayers go out to your family."
Pvt. Kim (Steven Kim) of Baltimore, MD

"SSG. Swisher, you are one of the best NCO's that I have had the chance to train under. I regret not being able to deploy with you. I will never make another mistake like that again. Until the day we meet again.
I love you, and my prayers go out to your family."
Pvt. Kim (Steven Kim) of Baltimore, MD

"Christopher,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other soldier from your unit(2nd ACR) who was also killed in that attack for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Tojours Pret"(Always Ready)
2ND ACR Motto"

"A coincedence, I think not. I am the mother of another Christopher Swisher. My son is 19 and has just left for basic training. Armoured division. I am sorry for your loss, but am very proud and grateful to your son.
J.D. Swisher"
Julie Swisher of Muncie, IN, USA

"To the family of:Christopher W. Swisher 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"

"REMEBERING CHRIS EACH TIME I VIST THIS FALLEN HEROES SITE.. ESPECIALLY AS THIS ANNIVERSARY APPROACHES."
KAREN SCHMITZ of FT. BENNING, GA

"SSG. Swisher,
You were one of the best NCO's that I ever had the pleasure of surving under. I heard your last words that night in Sadir city; it shook me, and every one that heard it, to the core. I'll always remember you teaching anyone and everyone about radios. To the people that come here to pay their respects to this great man, please dont forget the veterans either; SSG. Swisher's fellow troopers that had to watch him die. I will remember that sight for as long as I shall live. We who saw it will re-visit it almost everyday."
Nicholas McGraw of Vicenza, Italy

"July 4, 2006...Chris, remembering you in a big way today. Thank you for your strong part in defending our countries freedon. We all miss you."
Angie Faircloth of Colorado Springs, CO

"Kristen,
As you know Chris was a big part of my life and not a day goes by that I don't think about him. I miss him dearly and know that one day I will see him again. I love you and know my prays are always with you!"
SSG Chad Turner of Ft Bliss, El Paso TX

"I am a Swisher from California and want to thank Chris for serving so well. Thank you to the family for providing this website."
Marianne Swisher-Lancaster of Eureka, CA

"Swisher,
I served with you at Knox. I will miss you. I will remember the good times bro."
Barker of Shallotte, Nc

"I wanted to send my deepest condolences to chris's family. We went through basic training and were stationed at Ft. Knox together for years. Swisher was just one of the nicest, honest and hardworking people I have ever met. It is rare that you meet truely good people in this world and he was one of them. Getting out of the Cavalary years ago everything overseas seemed pretty disconnected until I heard about Chris. Now it all seems too real now. I have to say he always struck me as a Patriotic hero in the making. It would be very hard to describe to anyone that didn't know him. Stepping into his G'vmt houseing at Ft. Knox you would have a hard time not tripping over all his military models!!! And I have to agree that he truely was bad at darts. I wish the best for all of Christopher's family especially his children. May god bless you all.
Jason Sutton (Ret SPC)"
Jay Sutton suttonj01@msn.com of Springfield, Ma

"As a former member of the 2nd ACR, I offer my condolences to the family of SSG Swisher. Based on the comments here he sounds like a brave soldier and good human being.

I now run a foundation devoted to helping the families of fallen cavalrymen. If the family of PVT Silva would like to contact me in order to set up a scholarship etc., my e-mail is scott_c_pierce@yahoo.com and our foundation website is www.2nddragoons.org"
Scott C. Pierce of Raleigh, NC

"SHARON,LISA AND TERRY,
I NEVER MET ANY OF YOU ALTHOUGH I HOPE TO SOME DAY. UPON APPROACHING THIS ANNIVERSARY OF CHRISTOPHER I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS AND LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TOUCHED MY LIFE. SHARON FIRST TOLD ME OF THIS SITE AND I HAVE KEPT IT AND VISITED IT MANY TIMES EACH WEEK SINCE SHE FIRST TOLD ME OF IT. YOU JUST REALLY NEVER KNOW WHAT TO "SAY" TO THE
FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND AS THERE JUST ARE NO APPROPRIATE WORDS....IT IS JUST A "FEELING" YOU GET AND TRY AND CONVEY AS BEST YOU CAN. I HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL AND HOPE THAT THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES OF CHRIS BRING SMILES TO YOU ALL, OFTEN...AND THAT YOU "SEE" A PART OF HIM IN HIS DAUGHTER....THINKING OF YOU TODAY AND OFTEN. TAKE CARE."
KAREN SCHMITZ of FT.BENNING,GEORGIA

"well swish, it's almost 2 years now since you left. man how time flies. i have since left the military behind but i still carry the memories with me to this day and will continue to do so until we meet again. i think of you often and your family as well. i hope they know what a great soldier and friend you were to all who had the pleasure of serving with you." see you on the high ground!""
Chris Kruppa of Humble, Tx

"I DID NOT KNOW CHRISTOPHER, I AM A SWISHER FROM NORTH CAROLINA, I HAVE A BROTHER CHRISTOPHER IN NEW YORK, I SEND WELL WISHES TO YOU OF SUPPORT AND PRAYER. THANK YOU CHRISTOPHER FOR YOUR SERVICES"
LOUISE SWISHER of MOORESVILLE NORTH CAROLINA

"To the family of Chris Swisher:
Today my family visited the display of "Eyes Wide Open" in which a pair of boots for every fallen hero is displayed. My daughter went to high school with Chris' fellow soldier Sean Silva. Upon finding the boots, my heart ached for your loss and tears welled up in my eyes. The display is just one more way of illustrating this terrible loss. EVERY one of our soldiers is a hero in my heart. Chris is not forgotten."
Chris Wimmer of Pinole California

"swisher, it was a pleasure and a honor for me to serve with you in blue. You have taught me so much, and I'll never forget you. I hope that I am half the NCO that you were. You will always be blue 2."
SSG Gardner of blue 5

"I was not fortunate to have known Chris but I recently purchased a fallen soldier bracelet which has Chris' name embossed on it. I will wear it with pride and much thankfulness to Chris for his sacrifice."
Cindy Leaver of Mt. Juliet, TN

"To the family of Sgt. Christopher Swisher,

I saw and heard the story on TV of the death of SGT. Swisher. I heard the comments his mother made how that if any thing happened to him that he had said that he was doing what he wanted to do. I would like to tell her that Sgt. Swisher is a hero he lived and died as a hero defending freedom, nrt only the freedom of the United States but also that of the Iraqi people and the hopes of freedom of all the people in the world that long to be out from under the hold of dictators and supressive governments all over the world. I for one salute him and his fallen commrades for their courage and strength if the fight to spread freedom through out the world."
Mark Bearden of Shreveport., LA

"SSG Swisher, my hero. Few days have gone by when I haven't thought about you. You are my hero, and I am a better person for knowing you."
Denny Vigil of Germany

"I WOULD LIKE TO SEND MY CONDOLENCES TO CHRIS'S FAMILY. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS! YOU WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS.

TERRY, I AM SO VERY SORRY THAT YOU LOST YOUR BROTHER I KNOW YOU TWO WERE CLOSE. I KNOW IT'S BEEN ALONG TIME BUT IF YOU NEED ANYTHING EVEN SOMEONE TO TALK TO LET ME KNOW.

KIMBERLY LEICHTY (KJMILLS02@YAHOO.COM)"
KIMBERLY LEICHTY of ALTHA, FL

"Sharon, Terry, and Lisa you are forever in my thoughts. I has been a year since your endless night when you were told of Chris. He was a great guy and a good friend. He is deeply missed."
Julie of Nebraska

"It has been almost a year since my beloved younger son was taken from our family. I want to thank everyone who contributed to his website and thank all of you for your prayers and support during this past year. As a mother I am very proud of Chris and his accomplishments, but also now I carry a big hole in my heart from the loss of my son. Chris has been described by many as a hero and yes he is a hero but not because of his death. Chris is a hero because of his life and his dedication to all of his friends and family. Chris did everything with gusto and love. I have heard it said that Angels walk amoung us. If that is true Chris was one of those angels. He had a ready laugh, and no one he met was a stranger only a friend he had not been introduced to. He was truely a friend and family to everyone he met. I know Chris is missed by many many people and someday I hope I will be able to finally accept in my heart that he is truely gone and never coming home again. Thank you all from his family. Chris is truely OUR HERO."
Sharon Swisher (mother of Chris) of Lincoln NE

"I unfortunately did not know you Christopher, and yet I am a Swisher from Virginia and a mother of three so I wish to send my condolences and many blessings to your family. To a great hero."
Karen Swisher Castanes of Lynchburg, Virginia

"swish, i'll never forget the night you left us. we tried our best to get you back but God wanted you more. your face is forever burned in my memory and i am so proud to say that we served together in eagle troop. i'll never forget you buddy and your memory will live forever. until we meet again."
Sgt. Chris Kruppa of fort polk, la

"I served in SSG Swisher's Troop and I went out to pick the ambushed convey, (Blue), up. He layed next to my truck as he was worked on. And I saw him clearly and couldn't tell he was dead. I wish we would have gotten there faster, but just know other people still grieve just as I'm sure you do too. I don't know you but, I have a small incling into what you must feel. I'm sorry."
Spc Evans of Fort Polk

"Please accept the sincere thanks of a grateful nation and the prayers of one who can only imagine the degree of your sacrifice for America.

http://www.carolinaclassical.com/poetry/fallen_hero.html"
Charles K. Moss of Sumter, South Carolina

"It is hard to believe you are gone from this world. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Thank You for protecting us. We miss you."
Deb of Lincoln, NE

"To you and your family in this hard time in life, may GOD watch over him and you! My families prayers are with you.."
Sgt Wes Campbell USMC 3/2 of decatur alabama

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

"God bless you and your family in this difficult time. I want you to know that although people think American's tend to forget, I never will. I did not know Chris personally but as a fellow soldier (I was in the Army as well), I know how hard it can be to be seperated from your family but yet to still be doing it for them. Chris died trying to protect you and all the rest of us as well and I am sure he is smiling down on you now knowing that the mission was accomplished and Sadaam can never hurt anyone again. Because of your son's bravery so many men, women and children are free from the wrath of the evil Husseins'. You'll never know how much my heart goes out to you and how very badly I wish I could bring Chris back for you but I do know I cant. I can tell you this though, someday he will meet you at the gates of heaven and you'll be together again and won't have to worry about being seperated anymore...God bless you and your American Hero."
Tiff4USARMY@yahoo.com of Statesboro, GA

"Kristen you are forever in my thoughts and I do hope you know that you can always call on me. I saw you stand tall and proud when I know I would have surely crumbled. I admire you. Chris is a Hero to all of us. He truly loved you dearly (I saw that the day he almost strangled Snickers for putting her tooth in your arm). Please know that you bound us for life with that one phone call and I am forever honored that you called on me, but if I had just one wish I wish that you would not have had to make the call in the first place."
Tami of Ft. Polk, LA

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

"To Staff Sgt Swisher's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Chris was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts."
With Love....Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida (2/9/04)

"Very sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and Chris for your sacrifices.

William C. Swisher (U.S.N. 1962-1966)"
William C. Swisher of Spring Valley, Illinois U.S.A.

"Thank you Christopher Swisher, 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

"I felt I needed to share some news with your family. My Son is serving in Iraq with 2nd ACR, Ghost Troop. We received a phone call this morning from Bo and he informed us that 2nd ACR has apprehended those responsible for the attack on Chris. I am deeply sorrowed for your loss and pray daily for all the troops protecting our freedom. God Bless Your Family."
Sam West of Alda, NE.

"It's so hard to believe that Chris is gone. He had such a way with making those he cared about feel so incredibly special. Chris was doing what he loved and he died protecting those he cared about.

Terry, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. Please let me know if there's anything that I can do.

Chris...you will be missed."
Angie Faircloth of Lincoln, NE

""Our deepest sympathies go out to the Swisher and extended families of Sgt. Christoper Swisher. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, always""
Denise Schaffer & Jim Janousek of Lincoln, NE USA

"We are so terribly sorry for your loss! There are no words to convey our thoughts. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers."
Jim and Terri Catlett of Shreveport, Louisiana

"To the Swisher family my husband brent was in Korea with Chris, he was a good friend and will be greatly missed. Your family will always be in our prayers and our hearts."
michelle&brent rhoades of Ft. Lewis, wa

"this is for the family and friends of christopher.may got be with you thru all of this yourson and friend was a brave soldier like god he gave his life so we may be safew and free you will be in our prays god bless you all . marie"
marie of boaz alaabama

"TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF STAFF SGT CHRIS SWISHER. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU DURING THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU ALL. FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE, BUT IT IS VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND WHY SOME HAVE TO PAY SUCH A HIGH PRICE. MAY YOU BE VERY PROUD OF CHRISTOPHER. AND MAY GOD BE WITH HIM ALWAYS"
MgySgt Don Sharpless, USMC Ret. of Berwyn, Pennsylvania

"I would like to thank all of you who have sent a message on this page. My name is Terrence L Swisher (Former USMC Lance Cpl). Please understand this is something that is very hard for me to do and seeing pictures of my little brother on this was something I never thought I would do. My brother was a good man and a great soilder. He was a perfectionist in everything he did. He was a great husband and a wonderful father as well as being the best brother one could ask for. He sucked at darts but he couldnt be good at everthing. I just wish I could give him that rematch one more time. My brother will be greatly missed by many, and I hope that his death was not in vain. He loved what he was doing and it was what he wanted to do all his life. He defied all odds and got to where he was honorably and with valor, and for that I am very proud of him. I wish I could say that he lived his life but he really hadnt and that is so very tragic. Once again I would like to thank all of you who have sent your messages to this site for my brother and my family.Thank you all"
Terry Swisher of Lincoln, Ne USA

"I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU. MY DAUGHTER IS STATIONED AT FT. POLK."
BEVERLY ARNOLD of CYNTHIANA,KY

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Christopher Swisher:
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 Christopher 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 Staff Sgt. Christopher Swisher:
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 Christopher, 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