Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Col. Theodore S. Westhusing

44, of Dallas, Texas.
Westhusing died in Baghdad, Iraq, from non-combat related injuries. He was serving with the Multi-national Security Transition Command-Iraq and was assigned to the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Died on June 5, 2005.

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"This great man was murdered by USIS"
John Brown of Harper's Ferry, VA

"Why is this man forgotten by the media, the government, and his own General Petraeus???
I will always remember ..... and remind!"
Scooter of Dallas, TX

"I served with Capt. Westhusing in D Co. 1/325 AIR from 1987 until 1989 when he was moved from the company. I was a specialist and he was a truly great leader. His actions always demanded respect from the men. He was fair but tough. I was truly shocked to hear about this incidence. My condolences go out to his family. Our world will be much less of a place without him. We loved it when he "took us to the dogs". He will be missed."
SGT. Jeffery C. Smith, 2ns plt., D Co. 1/325 of Port St. Lucie, Fl.

"Thank you for giving your life so that we can be free. I pray for Col. Westhusing's family to have peace and want them to know that he will not be forgotten. I did not know him but am inspired by his unwavering values and integrity."
Leslie Ponder of Atlanta, Ga

"God bless you and your family Colonel Westhusing. You will never be forgotten and you are our hero."
Patterson Family of West Point, NY

"God bless this fine man and his family on this time of Thanksgiving, we need more of this great man."
K Keriggan of San Diego, CA,

"Please come forward, I know you know the truth. A giving man, a soldier who gave all and that was a most precious gift, his life - Colonel Westhusing's life. For something he believed in...he gave his life for truth and our nation's honor. Honor can be restored for our country. Please come forward with the truth for Colonel Westhusing, so we can again honor his life and his gift. Thank you."
Honor Guard West Point of NY, NY.

"There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. We must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personal, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!

We need to banish the word 'struggle' from our attitude and our vocabulary as you said. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

Your path will be clear...."
Oraibi Arizona of Truth , Prophecy Rock, Arizona

"The streets of heaven are too crowded with heroes and good people like Colonel Westhusing. We need more here, where our streets are too empty of leadership, honesty, integrity and character. God please infuse those few still left, so that they can bring us the hope that Colonel Westhusing has inspired, so we can fulfill his destiny here on earth. God bless all."
P.E. Ace of Hometown, USA

"Please don't forget me and a dream for better things, a world of hope for good, a better mankind......a world where we all can live in peace and happiness....don't forget this dream

A million old soldiers will fade away
But a dream goes on forever
I'm left standing here, I've got nothing to say
All is silent within my dream

A thousand true loves will live and die
But a dream lives on forever
The days and the years will go streaking by
But the time has stopped in my dream

We all have our everyday hopes and fears
And you'll find no exception in me
But that doesn't get me through a sea of tears
Over life's biggest tragedy

You're so long ago and so far away
But my dream lives on forever
I guess I believe that I'll see you one day
For without it there is no dream

You're so far away and so long ago
But my dream goes on forever
And how much I loved you you'll never know
'Til you join me within my dream

Love each other, time is short, we are all we have,,...

TSW"
TSW of everytown, USA

"God bless you Colonel on this day of remembrance. You are not forgotten as we continue to further your voice, your mission. Believe, everyone, that the truth will be known and and it will make a difference....

Mama, take this badge off of me
I can't use it anymore.
It's gettin' dark, too dark for me to see
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door.

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door

Mama, put my guns in the ground
I can't shoot them anymore.
That long black cloud is comin' down
I feel like I'm knockin' on heaven's door.

Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door
Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door

Your voice will triumph........."
For Truth of United States of America

"Colonel Westhusing, we continue to work to expose what happened to you and the truth it will reveal. Your sacrifice will not be in vane and I ask everyone who care, to continue to fight for your truth, message and voice. God bless."
TruthForColonel Westhusing of New York, New York

"Greatness comes in many forms. Sometimes in sacrifice, which can be the loneliness form, but most noble. Principles only mean something when you stick by them at those times when they are most inconvenient. Greatness comes when there is nothing more to give but yourself. God bless you Colonel Westhusing for your embodiament of this spirit that inspires us daily and always will. You will not be forgotten....."
Brother in Truth and Justice of Tulsa, OK.

"June 5, 2009
To the family of Col. Theodore S. Westhusing:
Theodore 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

"MY CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY OF COL.WESTHUSING.WE SERVED TOGEATHER WITH 4/325 A.I.R.,HE WAS AN OUTSTANDING OFFICER ,AND WELL RESPECTED BY ALL."
Sgt. J. Derryberry of Chatt. Tn.

"In this time of transition in our government, I reflect back on what you gave with the message you left. Your life and passing, left a message that will endure, and time will tell.....and will justify your death and bring it even greater meaning for what is right and what you stood for. I am here in D.C. to represent your voice in this historic time......."
a proud AMERICAN of Washington D.C.

"Ted, one of the most inspirational people in my life, we use to listen to this song in high school, his room, driving in his car..one of his most favorites...he always had a distant look in his eyes when it came on........I know why now.......

Marvin Gaye:

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today - Ya

Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what's going on
What's going on
Ya, what's going on
Ah, what's going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on
Right on

Father, father, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
Ya, what's going on
Tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's going on - Uh
Right on baby
Right on baby"
a true friend forever.... of United States, the good states.

"Ted, one of the most inspirational people in my life, we use to listen to this song in high school, his room, driving in his car..one of his most favorites...he always had a distant look in his eyes when it came on........I know why now.......

Marvin Gaye:

Mother, mother
There's too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There's far too many of you dying
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today - Ya

Father, father
We don't need to escalate
You see, war is not the answer
For only love can conquer hate
You know we've got to find a way
To bring some lovin' here today

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me, so you can see
Oh, what's going on
What's going on
Ya, what's going on
Ah, what's going on

In the mean time
Right on, baby
Right on
Right on

Father, father, everybody thinks we're wrong
Oh, but who are they to judge us
Simply because our hair is long
Oh, you know we've got to find a way
To bring some understanding here today
Oh

Picket lines and picket signs
Don't punish me with brutality
Talk to me
So you can see
What's going on
Ya, what's going on
Tell me what's going on
I'll tell you what's going on - Uh
Right on baby
Right on baby"
a true friend forever.... of United States, the good states.

"In remembrance this July 4th for a true American Hero, friend and patriot.....Colonel Westhusing...I attended his memorial in Iraq and his voice still resonates in my ears.....

In early June, 2005 Colonel Ted Westhusing passed away. He was a Senior member of the CPATT Team, and the highest ranking officer to die in Iraq to date. His brothers and sisters in arms, gave the Colonel a deserving send off from this battlefield in Iraq.
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This is the roll call at the Colonels Memorial in Baghdad, Iraq.

Roll Call / Daylight Again
Monday, June 13, 2005, 04:35 AM - The World After September 11
"Roll Call," by MAJ Robert Bateman
We move around a lot in the military, as individuals and collectively. This presents a challenge, because with so many moving parts it is difficult to maintain an account. This is why we conduct roll calls. These are run by our Non-commissioned officers. Normally officers stand beyond the ranks, but under some circumstances they will stand in the ranks for accountability purposes. The command in which I serve has elements of all four services.

"Sergeant Stevens"

"Here Master Chief!"

"Staff Sergeant Michaels"

"Present Master Chief!"

"Chief's voice is booming, though he has not raised his voice. Even restrained it carries, as befits his six-foot three-inches and all-Navy frame. Traditionally the responses are returned at a slightly louder volume. I don't know why, that's just how we do it.

"Lieutenant Colonel Hale"

"Here Master Chief!"

"Colonel Westhusing."

No response.

There was a stiff breeze earlier, but it faded about an hour ago. Enough remains to roll the flag but not enough to make it snap. We broke 115 degrees at around 13:00. That was the temperature in the shade. It is now a little after 16:30. I am in the sun.

"Colonel Ted Westhusing!"

Chief's voice is now sharp, the voice of command. When conducting a roll call, one part of the sacred purview of the NCO corps, there is no quibbling. Even officers pipe up if they stand in the ranks for these formations. Sweat pours down my face. I am a little dehydrated, the sweat is salty and stings my eyes. I do not move. I am at the position of attention. The baked air carried by the light breeze brings no relief, though it carries away the scent. Not a few of us have been working longer hours than is usual, even for a combat zone. Sleep has been secondary. Laundry represented a distant place in anyone's mind. The breeze lifts and the flag rustles. I blink repeatedly.

"Colonel Theodore S. Westhusing."

Once insistent, Master Chief Korman's voice is now resigned. There is no response. There will be no response.

At the front of our formation a rifle, bayonet fixed, stands inverted. Dogtags bearing the name Theodore Westhusing, his blood type, Social Security number, and religious preference hang from the pistol grip. A helmet, with the eagle of a full Colonel on the front, balances atop the butt-stock.

I hear steps behind me. I cannot see them, but I know who is there. A seven man detail, with a single NCO giving direction. With commands given in a low voice the detail stops moving forward and begins to "mark time," marching in place. They come to a halt. Seven rifles charge at once, the spring in the stock driving forward the bolt carrier inside the rifle, and placing a single round of ammunition into the chamber of the weapon.

CRACK!

Lost in thought for a second, I am caught off-guard, even though I knew it was coming. Seven rifles discharged at once. The first volley. They charge again.

CRACK!

For an ad-hoc squad they do pretty well. Seven rifles crashing as one. It is not the Old Guard, but then this is not Arlington. We are in a combat zone, rendering honors to one of our own, as best we can.

CRACK!

Seven men. Three volleys. Twenty-one shots. Only the President of the United States of America receives the same number. Descartes had it wrong with, "Je pense, donc je suis." We are not human because we think. We are human because we remember.

I will remember Colonel Westhusing.

God Bless You and Your Family, you are an American Hero and your death will not go in vain.........."
M. Martin of Westchester, New York

"Colonel Westhusing, I think of you on this day and many others,...in your honor, General Lee during the end of his defeat at the end of the civil war, came across a group of union soldiers, many wounded who had taunted Lee in his previous war ending defeat. He saw one who was gravely wounded and got off his horse and knelt beside him and held the Union soldier's hand, told him that he wished him healing and that he get well soon, even as he had road up to them as a defeated leader. The Union soldier said he wept all night knowing that this leader, of his enemy truley cared about him and the good in all.....the innocent people on both sides, for rightiousness. I believe this embodies Colonel Ted's spirit and what he stood for and his legacy, god bless you and yours...... for freedom for all.......

A prayer for our beloved veterens....
if they could speak.......

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,
I was made weak, that I might obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things that I might enjoy life,
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing I asked for -
but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed."
Kevin Smith of Nevada

"To the family of:Theodore S.Westhusing 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"

"My dear friend Ted, I brought my family for the first time to your most hallowed ground, your burial site. We came from across the country. You don't know me, but you have impacted me and my family in such a rightous abd profound way in such tough and difficult times and have inspired all of us in so many ways for what you stood for. My family asked to come here with me, especially my eldest boy who wants to serve as you did, to correct the wrongs. To be honest with you, I wasn't sure how I would feel, coming here with my family, especially how convicted my son has become because of you. Your death and what you stood for so touched us and so many others in our town, so very much. Everyday, my family and I think of your sacrifice and especially what you stood for, which has impacted our lives and others in so many ways. I have myself tried as you have showed me to live my life again, the best I can for my family and for my country, as my son wants to do as well. I hope as I stand here at your side, with my family with the utmost honor and respect, to promise to give our best for the rest of my life and for our country as you did. And hopefully in your eyes, earn what you have given for my life and my family. I am a better man and father because of you. God bless you"
Cale of California

"It is now more than two years since the death of this honorable soldier and man and many questions remain. My son taught with Col. Westhusing at West Point and my son also served in Iraq. I can tell you that my son held Col. Westhusing in the highest esteem, they attended the same church together and both had three young children. My son still mourns the loss of this exemplary soldier. I extend to his wife, his children and the rest of his family my deepest condolences. It is my deepest prayer and hope that the things that he observed in Iraq and that he questioned will, someday, be fully investigated. May he not have died in vain and may every soldier who served with him or who was taught by him, hold the same high ethical standards for the military and in their personal lives."
Susan C Hartzband of Milford, Ohio

"What I believe is Colonel Westhusing's message:

I hope I am not saying this in vane. But I feel I have a responsibility, for those who depend on us... to those who expect us to deliver a honest and fair accounting.........
I feel a responsibility to speak the truth...
For those innocent victims who are powerless to speak it themselves.....

Beacause without the truth, integrity and honor.
We, ourselves become powerless...to make those changes..that we so desparately need.

I believe this is Ted's message, his silent voice that continues to resonate in all that is good and rightous and continues to inspire, god bless..."
a Texan, Iraq Vet of Houston, Texas

"Colonel Westhusing, your life will not be in vane. Time will show us what you truly accomplished giving such a special life to such a noble cause. Truth does find a way......YOU CAN WEAR THE MEDAL OF TRUTH, HONOR AND COUNTRY and be very proud."
Retired vietnam vet of Richmond, VA.

"Thank you for being a true patriot."
Dustin, E-3 of NM

"Ted, you will be known as a prophet, the things you were willing to sacrifice and stand up for are true and coming true, the evilness of this war, the corruption, the merciless killings, are all evident now. God bless you for your sacrifice, hopefully caring Americans will continue to rally around your profound message..your sacrifice...your word will continue to be heard and held high by good and true Americans. Thank you so much for your sacrifice. It will not be forgotten...."
a veteran, a family leader of LA, California

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Some people above gave links to newspaper articles about Colonel Westhusing, but those links no longer point to live articles. Here's a link that's not likely to go dead soon:

http://www.texasobserver.org/article.php?aid=2440

It's one of the best articles out there... Also, I started a Wikipedia page about the Colonel at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Theodore_S._Westhusing

Please, if you have a knack for writing and can explain the Colonel's life and death in a dispassionate way, go to that page and expand the article. It is likely to become the most visible and enduring article about him on the Internet.

Thanks, and thank you to all the men and women who have served and who now serve for our country and our way of life. Whether the battle is morally distinct and urgent as in WWII, The Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, or morally indistinct and questionable as in Vietnam and the current war in Iraq, thanks and honor are always due our servicepeople for answering the call of the President.

"
Jim Leeds of Hoboken, NJ

"Colonel Westhusing,

Your truth will ULTIMATELY be heard, you are a hero to us all for what you stood for, however you died. You gave all to show us a way and represent those that continue to believe in what the US stands for. God bless you...I know what you stood for...forever, you will stand tall. God bless you Ted. We need more like you.........soon."
californiavet of LA, CA,

"Captain Westhusing was my Philosophy professor at USMA and was instrumental in shaping my moral path as an infantry officer. I often thought about the lessons learned during yearling year philosophy and of my infantry professor, CPT Westhusing, when in periods of conflict on deployment. Even now, in a less structured profession, I find it even more important to reflect on the guidance CPT Westhusing provided. I was angered to learn of the circumstances surrounding the death of this great man and officer, and hope that justice is one day served. I doubt he knew the example he set for his cadets and soldiers, but he will live on through the moral actions of us all."
Mark, FBI Special Agent of Los Angeles, CA

"To a great men first and To a great serviceman,who would not find any other way out. my condolences are with his family. we know your feelings we have gone through the same experience.GOD bless and guide your family."
Robert of Los Angeles ,CA

"I have known Ted for many years, when we were friends at Jenks High School. He was a dear friend to me, even though he may have not known how important his friendship was to me and to others. We were not always the guys and girls that stood out in our school, or got the attention, like he did, from grades, sports or being popular. But Ted always made us feel like we were someone special, he always made us feel like he was our older brother, looking out for us and that in itself shaped my life as I know it did others. Just the other day, I talked to my children about how important it is to look out for others. When my son was being bullied by a group at school, I talked about Ted and how he cared and looked out for others. It really made an impact on my son. Thanks Ted amd god bless you and your family which I know you were so influenced by. Your deeds and examples still live on and that is your legacy. Here is a poem that touched me and made me think of Ted and his legacy and how we need to continue to live by the values and thoughtfulness he shared and is passed on, and still lives on in others, today and tomorrow.

The soldiers do not speak.
Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?
They have a silence that speaks for them at night
and when the clock counts.
They say: We were young. We were purposeful, yet We have died.
Remember us.
They say: We have done what we could
but until it is finished it is not done.
They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished
no one can know what our lives gave.
They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,
they will mean what you make them.
They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for,
peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say,
it is you who must say this.
We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
We are you and your future, they say. We have died; remember us.

Ted, you are and will always be an example to all of us, and whats great about our country. God Bless you.
Steve (Jenks, OK )"
Steve of Jenks Oklahoma

"Lord, thy sea is so great and my ship is so small. How unfortunate we are to lose such a good man as Colonel Westhusing. These few good men/women are the leaders that we cannot afford to lose; leaders like TED are only what seperates us from the devil and his works. God bless you, Ted and may god hold you and your family, close in his loving hands.......may your leadership and works towards the light of righteousness continue to shine on...and lead us out of these dark times."
A vet of New York

"After hearing briefly of Colonel Westhusings death and the circumstances surrounding it, I started researching much further, I had never heard of Colonel Westhusing until this horrible news was released.

When I began looking deeper into his life, I had no idea what I was in for that evening. Originally, I thought I would find like most times a little information of another sad loss of one of our great American Soldiers. Never did I imagine that I would end up not sleeping all night long reading about a true hero. I found an endless digital trail of praise, admiration and respect for this man, obviously one of the greatest leaders America has had the fortune to have.

Thanks to the Internet not only those that had the pleasure of knowing him, but millions of others that didn't get that honor will always be able to see what a great man he was and what a tremendous loss we've all suffered. Thanks to his leadership at West Point Military Academy and Iraq etc. His excellence, pride and great name will absolutely be honored for eternity. I feel so proud knowing that I too served in the greatest military in the world, called the greatest only thanks to men like him. I look forward to the day my little boy gets old enough so that I can tell him about great leaders like Colonel Westhusing.

I want to offer my deep condolences to his family members, as well as say thank you for your sacrifice, undoubtedly the many years of love and support you gave him enabled him to excel to the honorable title we reserve for rare individuals like Colonel Ted Westhusing and that is "American Hero"

Ron Holbrook
www.GeorgiaWeblog.com"
Ron of Georgia

"This is Ted's oldest brother. There is no intention here to advertise this book as a motive for profit, only for truth and justice for Ted and what he stood for, fought for. We, as a family, donot profit from it, but it is a book that will bring more information to light on Ted's inexplicable and tragic death and open many more questions and issues that will hopefully stimulate more interest in why he died and why it should be further investigated. And your interest, as US citizens, in seeing justice done. The title is "Blood Money" and it is a book by by LA Times Special Investigator T. Christian Miller (who wrote in the LA Times, front page, on Ted's death previously) and should be a summer blockbluster by the information it reveals. You can already find some general reviews on book websites but it won't be released until Aug 29th. Thanks.

God bless you Ted, I am so very proud of you and all you stood for. Its ironic, I am you older brother, but I always wanted to be like you, live so much like you.....I looked up to you and your values. You will never, ever be forgotten. What you stood for and what happended to you will be revealed....by all the good, caring people of this country you stood up for and care for you.......
twesthu@us.ibm.com"
Tim Westhusingh of Broken Arrow, OK.

"I am Ted's brother, Tim. I had the honor and privilege of being a guest at a Memorial Day, 2006 service at a base in Enid, OK., attended by the governor's office, state and local representatives, as well as our most honored, our Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard personnel, their families and friends, Americans from all walks of life, those families and friends there to honor our fallen, who cared, and for whom I was so privileged to meet and get to know for all their sacrifices. Many Veterans, their families, their children and friends who had sacrificed and given so very much, their own. WW2, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and the current Iraq War, among others, so many others who also cared so very much, who also gave all, those who supported them, at all costs. All gave their own, all that was so dear and precious to each and every one of them. God Bless them and their families and friends. At the service, they dedicated a native granite Oklahoma wall with the names of our heroes from Oklahoma, US, past and present. The Kiowa Native Indian Tribal Leadership led a prayer over all our familes and friends, our country, their native land, and particularly,those who had been lost, who sacrificed for all that they had given to us, especially their lives - for our freedom, our future. A very special moment. A moment I will never forget. The look in their eyes, reflected in everyone around us, showed what America's freedom, truely means to those that sacrified so much for us, their own...to live free, together, as one in a truley great land. You can't give much more than a piece of yourself. your family, your friend. It made me, among many others, again, appreciate, that we are, together, Americans, from all walks of life. We are so very fortunate, right or wrong, to have what we have and to cherish what we have, lost, and gave up to keep us free and together as one. Especially, what we stand for as a nation and what the world looks up to. All the sacrifices, today, tomorrow, for our future - is worth a peaceful journey for our children - our legacy, our country. God bless them all. God bless America and all that seek the best for all of us and especially the truth, fairness, now and for our future.
God bless you, who gave it all... you will never be forgotten.
Tim Westhusing"
Tim Westhusing of Broken Arrow, OK.

"Ted was one of the finest soldiers I ever served with. He was my company XO in Vicenza, Italy and Ft. Bragg in '85. Our country has lost a great leader and a truly good man."
Tom Renton, LTC (Ret.), U.S. Army of Eaton Rapids, Michigan

"To Ted's family:
He was one of the most respected & best loved soldiers of our time. I was his battalion XO at Ft Bragg in 4-325. However, none of us who served with him can understand fully your loss. You lost a member of your family and your reflections are like the rest of us who have suffered such a loss. Take heart, for he is safe with Christ. Your lives and your loved ones will endure the pain and see him again one day. Until then, God bless you and your family. Remember that Ted was a very caring man."
Al Rose, LTC (Ret) of Fayetteville, NC

"The whole story of this man and his death can be found here:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-colonel27nov27,0,6096413,full.story?coll=la-home-headlines"
James Hoerst of Prescott, AZ

"WASHINGTON — One hot, dusty day in June, Col. Ted Westhusing was found dead in a trailer at a military base near the Baghdad airport, a single gunshot wound to the head.

The Army would conclude that he committed suicide with his service pistol. At the time, he was the highest-ranking officer to die in Iraq.

The Army closed its case. But the questions surrounding Westhusing's death continue."
Pete of New York City

"Honor this courageous soldier with a proper investigation into the USIS civilian contractor who was the focus of Col. Westhusing's disgust and reports of wrongdoing.

A veteran"
Anne Gabriel of Baton Rouge, LA USA

"To the family of Col. Westhusing:

Please accept my condolences for your loss. I knew the Colonel as Captain Ted Westhusing when I was a Specialist in Delta Co. 1/325 A.I.R. reporting directly to Major (then Lt.) Andre Batson. I am very proud to have served with this team.

Capt. Westhusing was a fantastic role model. I was very young at that time and distinctly remember today the influence we felt from our Company Commander. Captain Westhusing led by example. Although separated by rank, I significantly benefited from this fine Patriot.

Again, my condolences and my appreciation for your family's sacrifice. God Bless.

Jonathan Blakelock
D. Co. 1/325 Abn Inf Reg
1987-1989
jonathan_blakelock@aigvalic.com"
Jonathan Blakelock of Kingwood, Texas

"Thank you for your service, my deepest condolences to all Family and Friends."
Reverend Colin of Mechanicville, NY USA

"Mr. Westhusing is a true American hero. May his legacy live on forever."
Luis Mon of Riverside, CA

"To the Theodore Westhusing Family:

I cannot begin to express my sadness, my total dismay, when I read about the loss of such an admirable man. His death is a loss to not only to his family and this country but to the world.

From what I read in the LA Times, Colonel Westhusing was intelligent, inquiring, decent, honorable, incorruptible, and very strong. Observing corruption first hand would dishearten, even dismay such a man, but would not destroy him.

Forgive me if this causes you any more pain, but his described character and the cause of death do not appear in any conceivable way compatible. I am hopeful a full, unbiased investigation occurs to assure the facts are disclosed, be they what has already been said or different. Colonel Westhusing and all those who loved and admired him deserve this. Our country diserves this.

You have my great sympathy, my love, and my willingness to help you in any way I can."
Selia Evans of Venice, California

"To the Westhusing Family,

COL Westhusing was my faculty mentor while he taught in the English department at USMA. He was the man that I thought of when I wondered what sort of Army officer I wanted to be. I saw then-MAJ Westhusing several times while we were stationed in Korea in 1997-1998, and I will never forget how naturally he moved from being an English teacher back to being a "real soldier" in the line Army. He was a great officer and leader, and he touched many lives both at West Point and in his regular units. Anyone that ever met Ted knows what a tremendous loss we've suffered. He was a true hero."
Sam Weller of Philadelphia, PA

"Ted, you were the finest LT I ever served with. Third Plt, B Co 4-325 was the best because of your leadership and wisdom."
Pete Stevens of Waterbury, Connecticut

"Dear Westhusing Family:

I had the honor and privilege to serve under Col. Westhusing in the G3/82nd Airborne Division. Col. Westhusing was a great leader that led by example. He always shared a genuine concern for his paratroopers. He was the epitome of being an American soldier.

God Bless, may he rest in peace."
Marc D. Kutter of Atlanta, GA

"Dear Westhusing family,
I served under Ted in Vicenza Italy 1984-85 as his RTO and team leader. It was an honour to know and serve with such a fine man and officer. I had only just contacted Ted briefly after he left for Iraq to tell him I was finishing my PhD in archaeology. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Airborne!
Sgt. Mike Burns Bco. 4/325th"
Dr. Mike Burns of Leeds, England

"Dear Westhusing Family,

As your old neighbor and a high school friend of Ted's, I just want to say how sorry I am to hear about Ted's death. I had lost track of the details of his life, but had heard that he had attended West Point. I am not at all surprised by his life's accomplishments at West Point and beyond. I remember playing basketball at your home with 'Kara Beautiful' (as she called herself - I think she was 5 years old at the time), Tim and Ted. Your family was always so amazing - lots of kids; all talented, personable and intelligent. I don't think you'll ever meet anyone with anything but positive things to say about Ted. To your family, Ted's wife and children, I just want to say how sorry I am for your loss. Ted was loved and respected by so many people from all aspects of life. I remember him as a quiet, yet funny person, who could relate to everyone on any level; never arrogant or intimidating. I am proud to have known Ted and all of your family. What an overwhelming loss!"
Kelly Fore Dixon of San Diego, California

"As a former Platoon Leader for (then) Captain Ted Westhusing, I'd like to offer my sincere condolences to the Westhusing family. I have nothing but fond memories of him, and the utmost of respect for him. He was one of the best officers I've had the pleasure of working with or for. Those days in the 82d Airborne Division (D/1-325 A.I.R.) were extremely adventurous and tremendously exciting. He set the standard for all to follow, and we tried to emulate him both mentally and physically. I stopped just short of wearing those funny looking padded bicycle shorts he'd wear riding his bike to and from work. I was tremendously moved when I heard the news of his untimely departure from this earth. I think about him often as I remain here in Iraq. May God bless the Westhusing family, and I hope that these words bring you some small comfort."
MAJ Andre D. Batson of FOB Danger - Tikrit, Iraq

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

"My sincerest sympathy to the family of COL Westhusing. I worked for him only briefly (about two weeks) when he came into 2BDE, 82nd ABN DIV as the new XO."
MAJ Kevin P. Kilburn of Ft. Bragg, NC

"First and foremost, I grieve for the Westhusing family and Americaís Army, who lost an incredible leader in COL Ted Westhusing. I donít know all of the details, as they remain under investigation, but do know we lost a great deal when we lost Ted.

I met Ted for the first time on my return from Americaís first year in Iraq, where I had the fortune of serving with the 325 Airborne Infantry Regiment (2/82d Airborne) as well as members of the 505th Parachute Infantry.

We made an instant connection as he was an alumni of these great organizations as well. He was a fellow Catholic, a humble and gracious leader with whom I developed a short but powerful friendship.

He stood out from his colleagues as someone who was genuinely interested in how he could make a difference in the classroom. He worked hard to empower future Army officers to lead on the battlefield. I enjoyed my discussions with him and the other combat arms officers in the department more than once!

However, this was not the first time I had heard of Ted. He was an exceptionally Godly and caring man. He understood the family and their concerns in war, something that eluded several of his counterparts. He understood the meaning of combat and the fear it instilled in soldiers and their families. Often my wife, who was a fellow officer in the department, would seek him and a few other fine cadre, Colonels Knotts, Hudley, Wilson, Smidt, and Carver out for solace and encouragement.

I simply say thank you to Tedís memory and admonish our officer and enlisted corps to be more like the leader we lost! God bless his family, his former cadets, and the United States Army.

LTC Mike Bozeman
Civil Affairs
CMO Planner, Combined Forces Command Korea"

"An outstanding officer and a man of enormous honor and integrity. He will be missed! Another life needlessly sacrificed for the personal glory of George W. Bush and his re-election. Col. Westhusing deserved better!"
James C. Bernstein of Minneapolis, MN

"Our paths crossed happily so many times over twenty years...somewhere, sometime they will cross again

Your journey ends
Your travels done
An end to songs
Never sung"
Maj George L. Reed IRR of Indianapolis, IN

"To the Westhusing family:
COL Westhusing (or MAJ Westhusing as I knew him) was one of the most tremendous officers I have ever met. He was my professor during my sophomore year at West Point. He is one of few that my friends and I regularly bring up in conversation, some 10 years after we first met him. He was as sharp as they come...a true professional with a great sense of humor that always kept us on our toes. We could tell then that he was a true Warrior; the type of officer we all hoped to be some day. My deepest condolences to the Westhusing family; and to COL Westhusing, your spirit lives on in all of us that you have touched."
CPT Matt Ashburn of Ft. Belvoir, VA

"ITS HARD FOR ME TO KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN WHEN IT COMES TO TED. UNFORTUNATELY I NEVER KNEW "COLONEL TED WESTHUSING" BUT WE WERE GOOD FRIENDS IN JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL. WHAT AN AMAZING INDIVIDUAL HE WAS EVEN BACK THEN. TED HAD UNLIMITED INTELLIGENCE AND PERSONAL QUALITIES SECOND TO NONE.
WHEN HE DECIDED TO MAKE THE MILITARY HIS CAREER IT DIDN'T SUPPRISE ME WHEN ALL THE ACCOLADES FOLLOWED. I FELT PRIDE FOR HIM WITH EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT. I BRAGGED TO ANYONE THAT WOULD LISTEN INCLUDING MY WIFE AND KIDS.
IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS SINCE I GOT THE NEWS FOND MEMORIES COME FLOODING BACK AND IT HAS HELPED EASE THE PAIN. I ALSO HAVE TO SAY THAT TED HAD AN AMAZING FAMILY GROWING UP. TO THIS DAY I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW HIS MOTHER(TERRI)
GOT THEM TO EVERY PRACTICE,GAME AND SCHOOL FUNCTIONS TO HELP THEM TO GROW UP TO BE SO SUCCESSFUL.
WHAT AN HONOR IT IS TO HAVE ONCE CALLED THIS GREAT AMERICAN MY BEST FRIEND. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY."
GREG GRIFFIN of BROKEN ARROW, OKLA

"To the family and friends of COL Theodore Westhusing, we express our deepest sympathies. We served with Ted in Italy in the Airborne Battalion Combat Team and at Fort Bragg, NC. We remember him as a superior leader and person. We spread the word through the 509th Association so others who also loved him could know of his passing. Ironically, a reunion of Airborne organizations was held the very weekend Ted passed and many of his former NCO's and officers were there speaking of him and how he had touched their lives so positively. His death, although sad and leaves us with more questions, is also an afformation that we owe so much to our sons and daughters who give their lives in the service of our country. Reading the messages here from those who also lost loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq reafirms that "No greater love hath no one than to lay down their life for another."
"Geronimo" "Let's GO!" "All The Way, Sir!""
LTC (Ret) Greg and Arlene d'Arbonne of Brookline, NH

"It's difficult for me to express my thoughts and feelings about Ted Westhusing in a short paragraph because he was such a rare, extraordinary, complex person. Ever since we became buddies at Jenks High School, I have admired and respected Ted for so many reasons. I've spoken to many of Ted's high school and West Point classmates in the past 2 weeks, and the prevailing quote (paraphrased)has been, "Ted was a GREAT guy and one of the most incredible individual's I've ever known". One of his fellow Army officer's acknowledged, "Ted was on a different level than the rest of us".
I had the privelege of attending Ted's funeral at West Point. Mike Hale and his wife, Patti Davis Hale attended as well. So did Coach Joe Holladay and his wife. It was a proud, awesome experience. There were 5 generals in the front row and most had tears in their eyes. The respect and admiration Ted had from his high school classmates was equalled and possibly exceeded by his military colleagues, which is an phenomenal achievement and compliment.
Ted has a great wife, Michelle, and 3 beautiful children, Sarah 14, Aaron 10, and Anthony 6. I encourage you to send them a card with a thought or memory of Ted. Contact me for their address.
ed.lenihan@rbcdain.com
I have shed many tears ( of sadness and pride) in the past 2 weeks but I am so thankful Ted was a part of my life. May God Bless the soul of my good friend and bring comfort his loving family.
Sincerely,"
Eddie Lenihan of Tulsa, OK

"I have known Ted since his sophomore year in high school. He and my son were good longtime friends.

Ted was such a smart, likeable, young man, who dedicated his life to the Army, and our country. Everyone who knew him liked him, he was just that kind of person. He accomplished a lot in his short life, and my prayers go out to all of his family... wife, children, parents, and siblings.

To know him was to truly love him. May he rest in peace."
Pat Lenihan of Tulsa, OK

"Ted was a colleague of mine in the Department of Philosophy at Emory University. His intelligence, discipline, and love for philosophy, his country and his family were recognized and respected by all who studied philosophy with him at Emory. I will miss him and I wish his family to receive my deepest sympathy for their untimely loss."
Philip Olson of Atlanta, GA

"To the Westhusing family: Ted was a significant presence at the Philosophy department at Emory where I teach. I knew he would be a fantastic teacher because, among other things, he was keenly aware of the need to set an example for others. Moreover, he was an excellent interlocutor because he knew who he was and what he stood for, but nonetheless was deeply interested in hearing from and engaging the ideas of others. I had many conversations with him, and learned much from his example. I remember thinking that our military was in great hands, if Ted was representative of the intellect and character to be found there. I am deeply saddened by his untimely death. He was a remarkable person and though we our poorer without him, his memory will always inspire us."
Michael Sullivan of Atlanta, Georgia

"To the Westhusing Family, I know that Col Westhusing was in Iraq for no other reason than he believed in the purpose of this country in Iraq. We grieve with you in awe of this patriot, intellectual, and true leader."
The James Wallis Family of Reno NV

"From the halls of high school to the battlefield of freedom, Ted was an inspiration to those around him.

May God's blessing be upon his family and his memory be forever."
Brook Hammond, LtCol (ret) of Granbury, Texas

"I grew up down the street from the Westhusing family in the late 60's and early 70's. I didn't know Ted well since he was younger and I can't remember last time I saw him but, from the little reading I did this week, it is obvious he really made something of himself.

I wished that Ted and people like him received more recognition for being the true heroes of our time. His life was given in service to allow the rest of us to live our lives peacefully and productively. The fact that Ted accomplished so much will never take away the pain over losing him in his prime but I wanted everyone to know that my family is thankful for Ted and his pursuit of excellence.

Kind regards,"
Robert P Brown of Los Angeles, California

"To Westhusing family. This is your first cousin James of Seattle, WA. Along with my family, Don and Margret and children, and Ken Westhusing of Portland, Oregon, among with other Westhusing relatives in the Pacific Northwest and California, we pray for you and wish we had gotten to know Ted better. He sounds like he was truly an outstanding Renaissance man.

God Bless


Jim"
James Westhusing of Seattle, WA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"To The Westhusing Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Soldier.."
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN 6/9/05

"Thank you so much for the kind thoughts expressed in these messages from across the country. Ted was a very special human being who we love and will miss very much.
I and my family thank you for your heartfelt support."
Tom Westhusing of Walla Walla, WA

"I got to know Ted Westhusing in high school and what a privilege it was to get to know him. He was special in many ways. I've never known anyone else like him. So down to earth, caring, intelligent, and HONORABLE. He led an inspiring, extraordinary life. I'm sure he never completely realized how many lives he touched. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."
Gayla Thompson Gibson of Oklahoma City, OK, USA

"I got to know Ted Westhusing in high school. He was special to me in many ways. He led an inspiring, extraordinary life. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."
Gayla Thompson Gibson of Oklahoma City, OK, USA

"COLONEL TO ME YOUR A GENERAL! A MAN WITH A GREAT MISSION THEN MOST AMERICAN'S. YOU ARE MORE THEN AN INDIVIDUAL. YOUR ARE A LEADER THAT GAVE GUIDANCE TO OUR FUTURE LEADERS IN THE UNITED STTAES ARMY. AN YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY: ALL THE YOUNG STUDENTS THAT ATTENDED WEST POINT, THOSE THOSE THAT BECAME MILITARY OFFICER'S SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ AND OTHER HOT ZONE'S IN THE WORLD. AN YOUR OFFICERS: THAT'S RIGHT THESE ARE YOUR OFFICER'S!!! THAT GAVE LEADERSHIP IT'S MEANING. THAT EACH OFFICER GAVE DIRECTION, TRAINING, UNDERSTANDING, KINDNESS, HOPE, LOVE, GUIDANCE TO OUR ENLISTED SOLDIER'S. WE LOST OUR SON SGT. GREGORY L. WAHL IN BALAD, IRAQ 05-03-04. I'M VERY THANKFUL TO YOU COLONEL. I KNOW THE DIFFERENCE YOUR TRAINING AND EDUCTING OUR MILITARY OFFICE'S HAS EFFECTED MY SON PERSONALLY. GREGORY WAS ONE WITH MANY OATS. AN YOU IN ALL YOUR EFFORTS, DIRECTED LEADERSHIP THAT YOUR OFFICER'S MAD A DIFFERENCE WITH MY SON. I AM SO GRATEFUL TO YOU AND YOUR OFFICER'S. YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE LIVE'S OF SO MANY. TRUELY, AMONG THOSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY OF DALLAS, WEST POINT AND EVERY ARMY BASE YOU BEEN STATIONED TOO! FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, MILITARY BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S AND YOUR LOVING FAMILY. YOU REALLY MUST BE A VERY SPECIAL PERSON AND SOLDIER'S. REQUESTING TO SERVE IN IRAQ. TO BE WITH YOUR OFFICER'S AQND SOLDIER'S. YOU HAVE MY UPMOST RESPECT. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN COLONEL. YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN NOW OR EVER!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To Ted's Family
We are truly sorry for your loss.
As Lieutenants, we served together in Vicenza Italy during the period 1984-86. Ted was a friend, mentor and a role model to all. We will greatly miss our fellow warrior."
LTC Steve Bonk and LTC Kevin Murphy of Ft Bragg NC

"My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family."
Scott Newland of Midland, TX USA

"To Theodore'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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' children. Our sons are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"To Theodore'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

"6/8/05 Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to Col. Westhusing's family and friends. We understand your tremendous sadness, yet a great sense of pride. Col. Westhusing is a true hero and will go down in history as a great man who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. May God give you strength to endure this most horrific painful loss.
John 15:13 Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends"
Webster and Ruth Reed (father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Baghdad on 1/28/05) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

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

"Thank you Theodore Westhusing, 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 Col. Theodore Westhusing:
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 Theodore 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 Col. Theodore Westhusing:
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 Theodore, 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