Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Maj. Paul R. Syverson III

32, of Lake Zurich, Illinois.
Syverson died in Balad, Iraq, during a mortar attack when mortar rounds hit his camp. He was assigned to 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on June 16, 2004.

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"Sir,

I never knew you personally but I was deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq when the mortar attack occured. I wish you and your family best wishes.
Rest in peace."
SSgt Jason E. Cherry, USAF veteran of Arnold, MD

"Sir,

On June 16 it will be 10 years to the date that I had the honor of treating you for your mortal wounds received on 16 June 2014. I still see and relive alot of moments from that day and often wonder if we could have done more to save your life that day. I can clearly see and feel my ambulace and the emptiness and doubt that was left behind when we transferred your care to the CSH. Thank you for your Honorable Service and you will always be in my thoughts..."
SSG Reyes, Juan of Naugatuck, CT

"I left Balad Nov 2 2011, after roaming around for 8 years at Anaconda/JBB, i remember that day clearly, and ...when i went to the PX the last time before it closed it's door forgood last year i walked to the wall next to the entrance where paint and plaster cover the scars in the concrete and stood there for a bit. Anaconda was a wild place after the 4th of July of 04 and the following years and similar events occured but i was supposed to stand in that same line waiting for the doors to the PX to open up and spend money on things i really didn't need. Shopping at that PX became a way to break away for a few minutes and pretend we're somewhere else..but that last time in November all i paid there was respect..."
Paul Van Willigenburg of San Antonio, Texas

"Paul, you will never be forgotten. Your outstanding leadership and your kindness have made a lasting impression on my life and career. One of my fondest memories is from February, 1991. VMI Corporal Syverson had all of us Band co Rats lined up on the parade deck and was imparting some wisdom when he paused and asked "Rats...are you afraid of me, who is afraid of me?" He was putting on his best intimidating Cadre voice, but not a soul raised their hand. Respect him? YOU BET, Paul was second to none. Fear him? How could you, he was the kindest man you'll ever meet. Paul's ability to lead by example, get the job done, but still show compassion has shaped the officer, and man that I am. I often tell my children of your exploits at the I. You are not forgotten!"
LtCol P of Lynchburg, Va.

"Paul was a great roomate & friend and an outstanding VMI Alumnus"
Eddie Antoine of Blacksburg, VA, USA

"Our prayers and blessings to you and your loved ones! I have a bracelet that I wore for the longest time with Maj. Paul R. Syverson III name on it. I have held onto it because I never saw or heard what happened to him. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one, husband, father, son, uncle, etc. We would love to send this bracelet to Major Paul's family. It's the old type- the metal one. We will mail it to you, hopefully for his son, wife, daughter, mother. Please advise. We just want to say thank you and God Bless You to Paul for defending & honoring us all. My husband & I lost quite a few people in the September 11th 2001 massacre at the World Trade Center. Our best friends included. God Bless all of Paul's family. Please advise us of where to mail this bracelet...he is always in our prayers, as well as his family!
God Bless!
Marianne & Eric Vetter West Babylon, NY"
Eric & Marianne Vetter of 24 Nassau Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704

"June 16, 2009
To the family of Maj. Paul R. Syverson, III:
Paul 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

"Paul I miss you none knew you better than I. You was my commander my friend the guy who stuck his neck out for me so many times. I remember the flight back to iraq with you we were talking about your kids you was talking mostly about your youngest son. I was returning to iraq cause of the birth of my second son. The fact you were just coming over to tie up some loose ends before you moved on to HQ from delta company. I remember you telling me that you only had to be there for 2 weeks and i kept asking you couldnt have done this through email or on phone or fax. You and Cox always made me come in and tell you guys one joke a day and no matter what mood you was in you let me tell my stupid jokes. The worse thing I hate about knowing you Paul is that God took a man as good you as you away from this world. Cause i know ill never meet anyone in my life as kind as you. I remeber when I was in trouble and i was getting an article 15 you was suppose to sign it but you never did you always gave me the smile and ask me if i still had all our guns still secured. You were the most fair person i know. I cant wait till its my time cause i got a joke im dying to tell you. Im writing this in tears knowing that a better man than me was taken off this earth. I cried for along time after we did your last roll call I never had a chance to tell your wife im sorry but you wouldnt have wanted me too. I still smile when i think of you version of the special forces prayer you told at Biap. I miss you Paul the Army and the world were lucky to have you. I tell people of your story from the accident in afghan to the what happened in balad for yours is a story to be told."
of evansville in

"27apr09

Jackie, I doubt you remember me but I was stationed w/Paul @ Ft. Stewart. I was assigned as his driver from the time he arrived at 3/41 until he was accepted S.F. During that time I came to know him very well (my wife and I sat at your table during one of the military balls),as well as serving together when the 2 of you were married. He was so anxious to take your hand in marriage, it was funny. He would get so excited every time he spoke of you and he would just start glowing. We spent many days/nights together in that vehicle. One thing is for sure, he was an excellent man and soldier . I learned of the '01 incedent and was relieved to hear that he recovered. Today, I thought I would look you two up and I was saddened to stumble across this. Please dont hold resentment towards the military, for it was his calling; It's what he did, and he was damn good at it! I hope all is well for you and the children. I just wanted to let you know first hand everywhere he went he touched someones heart. If you or the children ever need anything feel free to contact me directly @ peck1974@embarqmail.com . I was truly blessed to have served with Paul. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers always."
David McBride II of 13643 22nd st dade city, fl 33525

"To the family of Major Syverson,
I have thought about all of you and your loss often. My sincere condolences. Even though I never knew him, we had a connection, we share the same name. Presently my cousin's son Capt. Marcus Syverson is serving in Iraq in the Army. My son 1Lt. Peter Syverson leaves shortly for Baghdad with the 25th ID. My son recently advised me that they named the camp in Balad "Camp Syverson". A fitting tribute to your fallen loved one. I am sure that you are proud of Paul's service, I know we are. All our best to you and yours. Sy212@comcast.net"
Paul D. Syverson of Schaumburg, IL

"Paul,

I came to see you this time last year; it warmed my heart to see that I was not the only one. Though years have passed since our LT days at Ft Stewart, and even more since our days in CAP, your sacrifice and your family’s loss are not forgotten. You were a good and honorable man; you are missed."
mike rafferty of maryland, usa

"I'd love to hear how ya'll are doing. I forgot to give you my email.
The4yates@aol.com"
Julie of Ft. Hood Texas

"Jackie,
I never did get in touch with you but I want you to know that I still think of ya'll. It's hard to believe its been 10 years since Emily and "little Paul" was born. Its been a while but I want you to know that I still think of ya'll."
Julie of Ft. Hood, Texas

"I knew Paul back at VMI and heard about what happened during my tour in Iraq. Paul is good man and I was honored to know him."
CPT Dupras of Kodiak, Alaksa

"Jackie,Paul,& Amy

I just wanted you all to know that you are in our thoughts today. You are doing a wonderful job raising Paul and Amy and I know your husband Paul would be so proud of the way you hold your head up high and continue to live your lives the best you know how each day without him. I know that he is looking down on you and will always be your guardian angel. He was a wonderful man, husband and father and a true American Hero!! We are always here for your family. We love you!!!"
Tanya,Josh,Vanessa & Leilei of Pinebluff, NC

"I just watched the HGTV show a second time and felt compelled to see if there was something more to learn about this amazing family. After googling & seeing several articles, I also found this. My husband is a veteran and while I don't know all the right things to say, your story touched me deeply. I appreciate all Paul and our other soldiers do and have done. He is truly a special person and how I marvel at the glorious attitue Jackie portrays and the wonderful way she is raising their children. She is making him proud as she should be of herself. I said a prayer for Jackie, the kids, his parents and all the other extended family and friends-it was a fitting time to rerun the show on Memorial Day. I will continue to have you on my prayer list and God bless you all."
Jayne Ann Johnson of Owensboro, KY

"To the family of:Paul R. Syverson 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"

"Jackie, I have known about Paul for a while but have not known how to get in touch with you. I remember meeting Paul and your son on Onslow Beach-what handsome men! My family and I just love you so much and are so sorry. Write me if you get this and let me know where you are. kim.britton@gmail.com"
Kim Brinson of Marietta, GA

"MAJ Syverson rests in a peaceful section of Arlington Cemetery. With him are his Brother Rat, CPT Lowell Miller '93 and several other fine VMI men who made the ultimate sacrifice. I go there from time to time to visit.

On a wall somewhere, it is inscribed "Honor was theirs who knew the path to honor."

MAJ Syverson knew that path."
A VMI Alumnus and OIF Veteran of FBNC

"Jackie,
I attended fourth grade with you at Ft. Bragg, NC. Several years back in 1997 I heard from a classmate, Adam Frederick, that you had married into the military. Well I just saw the HGTV show and am sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You have two beautiful children and I wish you wonderful blessings in the years to come. May God continue to strengthen you and bless you."
Shannon (Troy) Ervin of Fort Riley, KS

"Maj Syverson-
Sir, I didn't know you very well when stationed at Camp Anaconda in Balad, but some of the people in my unit had breakfast with you the morning of June 16th. I do remember saluting you in the early afternoon of June 16th 2004, just before entering the Balad BX about 10 seconds before the rocket hit near where you were standing. I have never been more proud to have saluted anyone since throughout my military career. You were an honorable man and Army Major, and I can only aspire to live my life with the honor and integrity that you lived yours.

God be with you,

Capt Lee Miller - Ciatdel Class of '01
Math Department
united States Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO"
Capt Lee Miller of United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

"I was just watching HGTV when I saw your story. It really touched my heart and my prayers are with you and your family. God bless! And yes, "Home is where the heart is.""
Ashley of Maryland

"Dear Jackie, I saw you and your family on HGTV. I'm a military wife and I can't tell you enough how much your story touched my heart!!! It brought many tears to my eyes!!! I hope you and your little ones can be very happy in your beautiful new home! May Heavenly Father bless and protect the three of you now and forever!!!!"
Méssia Fromm of Spokane, WA / USA

"Dear Jackie, I can't believe I was sitting up late tonight and saw you and your babies on tv! You look exactly like I remember you from Albritton. I am so sorry to hear about Paul. Kevin just got back from there and you are living my greatest fear. I would love to get in touch with you. My prayers are with you.
abnpa@coastalnow.net"
Kim Collinsworth Wemyss of Fort Stewart, GA

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"I learned of your family while watching a home decorating program on TV which featured your new home. My heart goes out to you and your children at the terrible loss of husband and father. My son just came back from his second tour in Iraq but his safe return does not let me forget those who have lost loved ones over there. I know you are proud of your husband's service and I'm glad a TV decorating program brought your story to millions. God bless."
Rita Richardson of Sebastian, FL

"Jackie,
You are and will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I have thought about you and your little guys so often since you left us. I hope things are beginning to turn around for you. We miss you. Saint Thomas Hospital F-pod"
Kathy Adams R.N. of Nashville, TN

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"It has been many years since I last saw Paul and I have struggled with the right words to express my gratitude to
him and his family. By blood, Paul was my second cousin. As a young boy, I remember Paul (P.R. as I knew him) as warm and kind with
a maturity beyond his years. It seems so very long ago. We lost contact over 20 years ago and our lives took very different paths.
Seeing the pictures of little Paul certainly brought back memories. If the pictures were of big Paul, I would say he hadn't changed
a bit. The resemblance is remarkable. During this period, I sometimes wondered what became of the boy that I knew was destined to
serve his country. Since I was informed
of his untimely death, I have watched and read the stories that have been posted that seem to capture P.R.'s spirit. It's quite easy
to see by the outpouring of sympathy and regrets that Paul was a very special person. Let me first say to his family
that I am deeply saddened by your loss. Although we have never met, I pray for Jackie, little Paul and Amy often. May the strength and courage that
made Paul a great soldier be passed along to you during this very difficult time. And to Paul, though I can never repay
you for your service or sacrafice, I can say without reservation that I am proud to have known you. You are my hero. May your spirit
find the peace that you so greatly
deserve. God bless."
Bill Borowick of Bristol, RI

"I served with MAJ Syverson in Iraq. He was such a great guy. He embodied all finest attributes of the American soldier. I'll never forget the encouragement he gave me as a new augmentee to the unit. He was simply one of the best. None of us that worked with MAJ Syverson will ever forget him."
1LT Mike Foley of Chicago, IL

"A fellow VMI grad, Paul was well into my fourth Arabic lesson when he was killed. He had not been there long when he found me at the compound next door. With my supply of Starbucks coffee, Paul visited(mooched) every day...no problem, I did get some valuable Arabic lessons out of him as well as a book on Uzbekistan. The PX at Balad that day was very hot and crowded...in passing at the door just outside it, he stopped me and said (in joking secrecy) that his unit's intel folks were indicating the future construction of a Burger King and that he wanted in. After explaining the details of limited partnerships and how AAFES wasn't about to let him into theirs, Paul decided to hang onto his $1000..."for a rainy day." Understand that his unit named their compound after him....very fitting. The group also performed an outstanding memorial for Paul at the Anaconda theater...last respects for a superb soldier and a credit to the corps."
Tripp '87 of Va

"Then I heard the voice of the Lord say, "Who shall I send and who will go for us?" And I answered,
"Here I am, send me."

Isaiah 6:8"
De Oppresso Liber

"To the Family of MAJ Paul Syverson:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Paul's name on one of them. If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"My deepest condolences goes to the Syverson family. Major Syverson was one of the greatest officers I have ever met. What a great loss to the Special Operations Community and the US Army. He went the extra mile to take care of the soldiers under his command. While I was one of the NCOs in the motorpool section of D CO 3/5th SFG Major Syverson went the extra mile when i lost my grandfather. I remember he came to give me the news to my barracks room on a Sunday. Not only he wanted to give me the news personnally but he also had my emergency leave papers in hand ready to let me go to Puerto Rico to the funeral. Seeing him taking care of me like that impacted my life in a great way. He also helped me tremendously when I approached him about becoming an Army aviator. With his help I was able to turn my application in on time for the Aviator Selection Board. Today im a US Army AH64D Pilot serving in Iraq. I can say that he touched my life and help me accomplish my goal. The Army would be a much better place if everyone dedicated themselves to the job like he did. He will be missed very much. My prayers go to his family and friends."
CW2 Hector M Torres of Camp Taji, Iraq

"I didn't know this site existed. I've been thinking about Paul ever since I came back from Iraq and I found this page. Paul was my company commander and he impressed me as a leader. I don't meet too many officers that do that. I wanted to thank him for making an impression in my life. Three weeks before he died we spoke of linking up and catching up on old times. I still can't believe he's gone. To his family, I offer sincere condolences and many blessings. Take care,"
Steve Bracero of Fort Campbell, KY

"I served with your husband in Kosovo. He was the second SF team that my unit worked with. I remember how professional he was. I used to visit him at his small operations center at Camp Bondsteel and discuss operations, family, and life in general. He was very charismatic fellow. I met Jackie and little Paul just once. It was at a ceremony at FCKY. I didn"t see Paul that day and had never met Jackie. But I knew who she was...the little Paul Syverson gave it away. I was amazed at how much little Paul resembled his father. So much so, that I chuckled when I saw the little guy parading along behind his mother. That was just a little prior to Sept 11. From there we both deployed to Afghanistan. I learned that he was wounded and earned the purple heart. I didn't know Paul extremely well, but I knew him well enough to say he was committed. God bless."
Pete of FBNC

"Last year I was stationed with Paul at Balad Air Base, while I was attached to 5th Special Forces Group. I am sure many people have told you about Paul's last days, so you probably have a good idea about many of the details. However, I thought I would share one story that Paul and I know and I hope it brings a smile to your faces. I did not know Paul well, that is to say I knew who he was and we worked together swinging hammers as many of us worked to build our workspaces - picture that, officers trying to build walls! While 5th Group was getting settled into Balad, the availability of email was not very good. The day Paul was killed, he and I were sitting at computer terminals, both checking emails from home. We exchanged greetings and had a laugh about checking emails from wives and girlfriends. It wasn't more than maybe one or two hours after that when Paul was killed. The reason I share this with you is I thought you might like to know that Paul was thinking of you, of his family. To the Syverson family, my deepest condolences go out to you, and I wish you well."
Robert W. Fields III of Prescott, Arizona, USA

"Paul,

I was thinking about you today (2/22/05) wondering if we would ever cross paths again. Then I saw the article that you had been killed in action when I looked up your name on internet. I always admired you when we were stationed together as lieutenants at Ft. Stewart in 3-41 FA. I will always cherish your friendship to me. I will always remember how you drove from Savannah to Cleveland right after a field exercise to come to my wedding. I guess our paths will not cross again, at least not this side of heaven.

Jackie I'm sorry my wife Debbie and I never got to know you better. You, little Paul, and Amy will be in our prayers.

Eternal rest give unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen."
Brian Pessaro of Tallahassee, Florida

"Paul, I was just getting to know you better when you gave your life for our country and to free Iraq. You were and always will be a hero to your wife my niece Jackie, your son Paul...who looks just like you, and your newest addition Amy. You were also a hero to me and the rest of the Bachman family. You will be missed but always remembered in our thoughts and prayers. I promise to do my part to help Jackie raise your son and daughter to be proud Americans just like yourself. God bless you and all of your fellow soldiers who have given your lives for freedom. "De Oppresso Liber""
Rick Bachman of Wichita, Ks. USA

"Paul, I was just getting to know you better when you gave your life for our country and to free Iraq. You were and always will be a hero to your wife my niece Jackie, your son Paul...who looks just like you, and your newest addition Amy. You were also a hero to me and the rest of the Bachman family. You will be missed but always remembered in our thoughts and prayers. I promise to do my part to help Jackie raise your son and daughter to be proud Americans just like yourself. God bless you and all of your fellow soldiers who have given your lives for freedom. "De Oppresso Liber""
Rick Bachman of Wichita, Ks. USA

"Paul, I was just getting to know you better when you gave your life for our country and to free Iraq. You were and always will be a hero to your wife my niece Jackie, your son Paul...who looks just like you, and your newest addition Amy. You were also a hero to me and the rest of the Bachman family. You will be missed but always remembered in our thoughts and prayers. I promise to do my part to help Jackie raise your son and daughter to be proud Americans just like yourself. God bless you and all of your fellow soldiers who have given your lives for freedom. "De Oppresso Liber""
Rick Bachman of Wichita, Ks. USA

"Paul, my family will never forget what you have done for us... I remember you from school and will remember you forever.

My deepest condolences to Paul's family.

Most Sincerely,
Michelle (Broy) Konieczny
JHHS class of 1990"
Michelle K. of Denver, CO/USA

"To the Syverson family. I'm sorry for your loss. May you have strength in the days ahead. God Bless you."
John Spratt of Island Lake, IL

"Jackie~!
I am still thinking of you and your family is these hard times. It is a pleasure knowing your family and knowing how close you are and what a difference your smiling faces make in other peoples lives. Hang in there, Big Paul is there with you and Little Paul and your new little baby girl as well. He is a hero that will never be forgotten.
Shelly Hansen formerly at Ft. Campbell"
The Hansen Family of Fort Wainwright, Alaska

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. "In the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels." God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in arizona

"It was an honor to serve with you,sir. I never will forget being the first soldier you ever reenlisted when you where a 2nd LT at Fort Stewart. You will be greatly missed."
SGT Matthew J Moody of Fort Polk, LA

"I did not know Mr. Syverson, I do know his father, and I felt I knew him through his father. His dad was very proud of his son,as was I.Our prayers go out to his wife,children, and his parents.There are not many people that your kids could use as a role model. I have a 14 year old son, he is amazed at the stories I have shared with him, that Mr. Syverson's father shared with me. I hope that my son's interest in this special person, carries on,helps
him be a better person.How many young people do you know that would make the ultimate sacrifice, so we all can be free. Our prayers are with the family, and all the other fallen soldiers,and their families.
Thank You for protecting us and helping keep our freedom."
Mike,Donna, & Wesley Floyd of Winston-Salem, NC

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

"To Paul'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 the Syerson family from the Wahl family. Very sorry for your lost. Words in these times are very diffucult to express with comfort. Paul is more then a hero! Sure he has touched many lives in his life. That the many many will miss him dearly. An our prays are with your family. From another fallen family to another."
leonard t. wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

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

"To Paul'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 (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you Paul Syverson 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 Maj. Paul Syverson 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 Paul 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 Maj. Paul Syverson 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 Paul, 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