Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Christopher D. Winchester

23, of Flomaton, Alabama.
Winchester died when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Trebil, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on July 14, 2005.

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"I miss you.
I miss you.
I miss you.
You were the best of us and not a day goes by that I do not hear you in my head telling me the better way."
John H of Brewton,AL

"Hey Winchester I just wanted you to know that not a day goes by that I don't think about you and the impact you had on me as a junior Marine. I really miss the story's you would tell and all the jokes but also the care you took with all of the junior enlisted Marines such as my self. I can still hear that funny cat squeal you would make when walking by the posts in Iraq but most importantly I remember that day as if it were yesterday and calling in the sit rep will for ever burn those memories in my mind and I promise for the rest of my life I will never forget you the Marine you are and the sacrifice you made! I will carry you with me in my mind and soul and spirit until that day comes that I get to see you again and leave behind the pain and sorrow and enjoy a new day a new kilo reunion where we are all made whole again! God bless you and your family. Semper Fi"
Lcpl Oquinn AKA Oldman of Lumberton Texas

"I can't believe its already been this long without you. Seems like yesterday I was clinging to you and you were holding me by my feet swinging me around. Not a day goes by without me thinking of you an how great of a person you were. I never really understood why you or why so soon. I'd love to hear you call me princess just one more time. Even though I'm 17 now I'll always be your princess no matter how old I am. I miss you Uncle Chris and I can't wait to see you again. One day I hope I can be as strong and fearless as you were. Love your little princess."
Madison Winchester of Brewton, AL

"Chris, you've been on my mind a lot through the years.The last time I saw you, was when we all brought in the New Year together of 2005 at SteveO's place..We sat around a fire as you told me of your life in the military and how it changed you and how you were a new person because of it. You told me about the children over there and how it warmed your heart of the immense gratitude they possessed from something as simple as a chocolate bar. I have to admit I was surprised, the last time I had seen you was right after graduation and we were still cutting up like always with no regards of anyone or anything but our own amusement, typical teenagers you know, but the more We talked of your duties as a Marine and shared stories of different scouting missions you were apart of. I remember being awestruck, thinking of how much you had changed in the course of 5 years, from a mere highschool graduate in 2000, to this full grown man with all of this integrity and these major responsibilities,..I remember admiring you so much that night. You spoke with experiences as a man twice your age, and I was genuinely interested in everything you were saying. Even though it was only a brief moment in that night of celebrating that we got to catch up on a real note,.. I do remember a bit of apprehension mixed in with pride when you let us all know that after your leave or furlow you were on at the moment, that you were going to Iraq. I couldn't help but ask how you did it, how did u function without being terrified of what could happen over there and the words you told me next, I would never forget.. you said to me "Tiff,I am prepared. I've got a relationship with God now. I know we're all Christians here and we always have been, but it's different when you're aware of his presence and feel it,..man sometimes He's the only one you have to talk to out there, but until you have complete faith that no matter what happens he's got you, until then you'll never know what it's like to live without fear. It's like I wasn't even really living before."...These words have stuck with me throughout the years, especially after your passing. At the time I didn't appreciated those words as much as I do now.I guess in the midst of ringing in the New Year and us being half intoxicated,I made a remark along the lines of " Whoa man that's deep"..but I could see the conviction in your eyes and feel the seriousness in your voice, and I was envious of your confidence. It's been over 10 years since that night and I still haven't accomplished that kind of beautiful fearless confidence..I guess buddy what I'm trying to say is thank you, not only for your service to our country, but the personal heroism exhibited on our last encounter, I wish I would have embraced you longer and thanked you more then buddy. I wish I would have told you more how proud I was of your unwavering faith, but at 22years of age I was unaware then how important that night was going to be to me. Now that I have 3 sons of my own, I proudly tell them of my childhood classmate and longtime friend who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and of my last time shared with him and how I discovered true heroism at it's finest."
Tiffany Quebedeaux of Brewton AL

"Hey buddy. Took a trip with the family a few weeks ago to Panama City so I figured while I was down there I'd come see you. No words can describe what I felt when I got there. All I can say is I really miss you. Until we meet again brother."
Brandon McAphee of Winston Salem North Carolina

"Thinking about you today Chris...on Memorial Day. Thanks for your service.See you in Heaven. We miss you."
Gary Stuckey of Brewton,AL

"My family and I have you in our thoughts and prayers brother. I miss you."
Jason Krollpfeiffer of Miami , Fl

"Chris we miss you."
Aunt Martha W Hyde Strain of Pear River, LA

"Chris I missed today I was being so mean to my family and I wish I didn't I heard a song called so long good by and it made me think of you and I swear I could hear hear you sing it :.(

(Soooo long... This is good bye may we meet again in another life like strangers passing by may we see clearly in a different life) :.("
Tyler Murphy your nephew of Brewton Alabama

"Miss you bro. Thinking of the good times tonight. Thinking about how fast 7 years goes fast....we haven't had you around for a minute. Its tough thinking about that, you are missed and I love you.
-Doc"
steve of philadelphia

"Hello I came across your name on a different hero's page. She was a medic tryin to save you. Bless you both. You are not forgotten."
sgt rachel stiver of milwaukee wi

"Hey you :)
I have been finding it hard again to sleep and wake up thinking you are at my door. I know its not like I just heard the news yesterday but I truly dont know what is making me get to this point again. I miss you terribly and think everyday what you are up to? I wish you could be here too meet my little girls- Most of all I miss your hugs!! Your silly jokes, how you would sing to me and I would try to convince you you had a Gary Allen voice!! How looking into your eyes made things ok again. You're truly a beautiful person and I thank god everyday for letting me have the time I did with you. I know you are watching over and taking care of everyone :) I miss you so much- ill be seeing you again:) xoxo"
Joles of North Carolina

"Chris and I weren't that close...but it didn't take much for him to leave a mark on you...I remember he was always joking around...a night or two out ...the mark he left will always be a void now...even now I remember him often...Seller..."
anon of n street

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

"I was stationed with cpl Winchester in trabil iraq my name is army sgt philip bennett in 2004 i was also stuck with a IED in Baghdad when Winchester was hit i relized how lucky i was to live now today medicly ret. i still think of him every day the games and jokes are nice memorys to his family he was a hero and a insperation god bless"
philip bennett of oak hills ca

"Well another Marine Birthday has come and gone. I thought of and said a prayer for you and Mounce today, flew my flag that we flew in KV and today and tomorrow, I honor you, Mounce and SSgt Apineru. I think of, miss, and love all you guys. Happy Birthday Marine and Semper FI. I know I will you see you one day again guarding the streets of Heaven."
CWO2 Larry Earl of Camp Lejeune, NC

"To the family of:Christopher D. Winchester 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"

"Thank you so much Chris for all you gave...you will never be forgotten.
You were a beautiful soul!"
Brandi Moore of Tuscaloosa,Alabama

"To The Family of Chris Winchester:
Chris was a wonderful person. I look back and think of all those crazy times @ McCall School those basketball games were always the BEST! He is a HERO! He will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! I can still hear his voice and that CRAZY little laugh that he had. It was always the deepest voice over the phone when he would call even in like the fifth grade, that was one thing my dad always said about him, "How old is that boy calling you?" Well, Chris now you are in HEAVEN with my daddy and I know you did, but please give him my LOVE. To the family my HEART & PRAYERS will be with you forever!!!
IN LOVING MEMORY!!!
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART!!!"
Hillary Findley of Brewton, AL

"July, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Christopher D. Winchester:
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

"Chester, I miss you and think about you every day. Thank you. i charish the time that we spent in Lejeune and iraq. you will forever be a hero in my heart. Lost but NEVER forgotten. RIP"
CPL Shawn A. McPherson of Middletown PA

"I thought of you yesterday, I don't remember why, I saw something on TV that reminded me of you and I just felt a little sad and hollow, it's been a while since I've thought of you and Mounce.
I'm going into law enforcement, I imagine you might've done that when you got out of the Marines. You were always such a hard charger. I miss you and Mounce."
Doc Hale of Roy, Utah

"To the family..please reach me at mccloskey0007@yahoo.com"
stephen of pa

"Thinking of you brother! I just got back from Fallujah...a whole year! Anyways, I need to holler at your family cause I am coming down for July. Man, miss you..hey guess I should tell you I know you watched my back this whole year..so what..I owe you a few beers in Heaven now? LOL! Anyways, ok..fine..its on me man! Hey, just watch out for your momma and the family and I will be down there in a few months! Love you brother!! Doc McCloskey"
stephen of philly,pa,usa

"Thank you Chris for fighting for our freedom!! Take your rest now in that wonderful place called Heaven."
Heath Wilson of Brewton, Alabama

"Well, we are past the 2 year mark since you left us July 14, 2005. Jake and Amy came this year, Stephen is back in Iraq and Danny didn't have any leave time. I miss you all the time but this week seemed harder.We are all fine and Mama, well you would be proud of her!! She stands strong. Eric lost one of his front teeth and now looks even more like you when you were 4 yrs. old. He looks at photos and even thinks the ones of you are him! My boys are a dear reminder of me and you, when I was about 17. I'm letting Tyler drive sitting beside me, and Eric, he is full of mischief. Loves nagging and playing jokes. I love you and look forward to our future reunion.
Love Sis"
Allison of Brewton,AL

"God bless your family. I feel blessed that our nation has young men and women who risk their lives for us all. I support President Bush, and I know that the sacrifices are sometimes too much to bear. It is so inspiring to know how much your son loved the Marines and his country. I pray you find comfort in your loss."
Linda Tucker of Arlington, TX, USA

"Dear Chris, Gail, and family,
I will forever remember Chris. He made an impact on everyone he was ever around. I have very fond memories of him growing up. My husband was also serving in the military when we learned of Chris's death. We were shocked and grief shricken. No one could have ever prepared any of us for such a tragic loss, however I find it very comforting that he believed in what he was doing and that his death didnt come in vain. When I think about the last time I saw Chris, (When he had just came home from basic training) I feel at ease. We were all very lucky to have him in our lives!"
Robin Godwin of Brewton, AL

"I am a USAF Vietnam Veteran, and father of two US Marines who served America in 1987-93.

The sacrifice and service of your son as a US Marine has touched my heart deeply, and your letter to our President was moving.

Please know that my prayers are with you in your time of greif and loss, and I am so very greatful to all of our young men and women who have paid the ultimate and full measure in defending this great Nation, under God!"
Dr. Ronald E. Frazier of Evansville, IN - USA

"Dear Mrs. Williams -- I appreciate greatly your contribution to the President -- You spoke words for soo many of us
I feel we need to Pray for our Nation to get God Back where He has always been As Father of our Nation
I would like to think you will share these responces with Our President Thank you for speaking Up"
Della Brimble of Milton , Fl. Santa Rosa Co

"May God comfort you in the loss of your son with the ease that he walks with angels on streets of gold."
Daniels Family of Robertsdale, Alabama

"Dear Ms.Williams,
Thank you for giving this world another son who so willingly and unselfishly gave his life for the freedom and protection of all of us. His sacrifice certainly proves that the greatest gift anyone can give is his life for another. Please hold on to the saying that "He who abides in me and I in Him shall live forever." May God be with as you endure the years ahead without your son, but please remember that you will not be alone."
Mary Katherine of Mobile, Alabama

"God Bless you and your family. Thank you for service and ultimate sacrifice. I am comforted knowing you are standing guard in Heaven"
Van M Fayard Jr of Mobile, Al. USA

"Up and at Ďem bright and early, Iím all business in my suit
Yeah Iím dressed up for success, from my head down to my boots
I donít do it for money, thereís bills I that I canít pay
I donít do it for the glory, I just do it anyway
Providing for our futureís, my responsibility
Yeah Iím real good under pressure, being all that I can be
And I canít call in sick on Mondays when the weekendís been too strong
I just work straight through the holidays, and sometimes all night long
You can bet that I stand ready, when the wolf growls at the door
Hey Iím solid, hey Iím steady, hey Iím true down to the core.

And I will always do my duty no matter what the price
Iíve counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice
Oh and I donít want to die for you, but if dyinís asked of me
Iíll bear that cross with honor, cause freedom donít come free.

Iím an American Soldier an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters, I will proudly take a stand
When libertyís in jeopardy, I will always do whatís right

Iím out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight
American Soldier, Iím and American, Soldier.

An American Soldier an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters, I will proudly take a stand
When libertyís in jeopardy, I will always do whatís right
Iím out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight
American Soldier, Iím and American, an American, an American, Soldier."

"To the Family of Christopher Winchester:

I read of your loss in our local newspaper. Being from Alabama it caught my eye a little more than usual. For 12 years I was in a Montgomery Reserve unit and at first I thought he may have been someone I knew. But I guess I have too many years on him. I read of his story and was touched, as he was obviously a good man and a good Marine. Serving at that level is a high calling and it takes a lot of effort. I know you must be very proud. Thank you for pouring into him that which is most needed in our youth.

Semper Fi"
WJ Cotton, Jr. of Troy, AL

"I will never forget you Chris and all the great things you did for this country. Because of your bravery and sacrifice you are honored by the entire nation. If only the whole nation had the chance to know you like we did here at Flomaton High School. I miss you and I know everyone else does. Mrs. Gail, my heart goes out to you and your family. I am truely sorry for your loss. I will never forget those days on the trade school bus, poor Mrs. Byrd, I know she loved us to put up with all of us. Anyway I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and everytime I see something on the news or in the papers about another bombing or a helicopter crash I think about you Chris but I know that your already in a much better place and we dont have to worry about you anymore. We love you Chris!!"
Dawn (Findley) Watson of Flomaton-Brewton, AL

"Chester, Well it has been a year and a half and it will be a lifetime to ever forget you. Just want you to know, you and your family (Mama Gail) feel like part of my family and I just miss you and Blake. Still can't stop thinking of that day that knocked the life out of me. I miss yall. Keep guarding those gates of heaven and you will always be in my thoughts. Kilo is not the same without you. Semper Fi

Gunny Earl"
Larry Earl of 3/10 Camp Lejeune

"hey buddy! things are goin pretty ok here right now. i was just telling someone about the time i puked on the nub...always a classic..thanks for that one you ^&*909! hahah! yeah, its funny! miss you man! just wanted to say thanks for all the good things that came my way this year so far. i know that i alone couldnt have gotten it all...so i want to say i appreciate the help!!! man, i wish u were here bro! your mama is doin ok..!i know this would be a big concern of yours! i need to do a better job of comm with your family! i know bro..im on it!yo, i met this navy corpsman chick recently and you gotta watch me on it! for real..big time! hahaha! all im asking is for a bro to watch a brother! ok.?hahah! im goin back to that shithole soon too so hook it up..A--iiiIGHT?! hey for real on all the hook ups! thanks man! love you..doc mccloskey"
stephen of philly

"DEAR GAIL,
IT HAS BEEN SINCE THE FUNERAL THAT I HAVE SEEN YOU..WHEN I GOT THE WORD THAT CHRIS GOT HIT OUT THERE MY STOMACH DROPPED.. BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT DIDNT SEEM REAL.. I REMEBER GETTING TO THE HIGH SCHOOL AND SEEING HIS TRUCK PULL UP... MY HEART DROPPED AND FOR A SECOND I THOUGHT HE WAS STILL WITH US.. THEN I SAW YOU GET OUT OF THE PASSENGER SEAT.. I MUST HAVE BEEN 50 PLUS FEET FROM YOU BUT WE CONNECTED EYES.. I BEGAN TO WALK OVER TO YOU TRYING TO BE STRONG FOR YOU AND SAID "IM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS MAAM" OR AT LEAST THATS WHAT I TRYED TO SAY.. AT THAT POINT I THINK I BROKE DOWN.. I KNOW YOU HAVE READ A THOUSAND LETTERS FROM PEOPLE THAT WERE TRUELY TOUCHED BY CHRIS BUT I CAN NOT GET ONE TENTH OF HOW HIGHLY I THOUGHT OF HIM IN WORDS.. YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB ON THIS MAN.. HE WAS COMPASSIONATE, HARD, AND JUST A LAID BACK COOL GUY TO SIT BACK WITH AND SHOOT THE BREEZE OVER A COLD BEER WITH... I HAVE NEVER MET ANYONE IN ALL OF MY LIFE THAT DIDNT HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH ANYONE.. CHRIS WAS THAT GUY...IT TOOK ME A WHILE TO WRITE THIS BECAUSE I AM AT WORK AND I DONT WANT TRY START CRYING IN FRONT OF ALL OF MY MARINES.. "IVE TAKEN ABOUT 5 BATHROOM BREAKS IN THE LAST TEN MINUTES TO CALM DOWN"... ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU FOR SUCH AN AMAZING PERSON LIKE CHRIS..HE WILL STAY WITH ME FOR LIFE!.. GOD BLESS...."
SGT. JASON KROLLPFEIFFER of JACKSONVILLE, NC. USA

"I only knew Chris for a short time, but he had a great impact on my life. When I remeber him I remember his smile and laugh. I'm sure you know this, but it can't hurt to say that even in th short time I knew him it was abundantly clear that his mother was the most important part of his life. I am terribly sorry for your loss.
erin_gakle@yahoo.com"
Erin Gakle of La Porte, IN

"Thank you for your service and God bring comfort to your family."
Stephanie Thorn-Harris of Alabaster, AL

"Chester and your family, You have all been in our thoughts and prayers since that fateful day. Yesterday was Memorial day and I flew my flag that was flown in combat for you and Cpl Mounce. That flag is only flown on special days and will be flown every Memorial just for you and Mounce every year, because we all miss you buddy. Semper FI Marine you are GREATLY missed.

Gunny Earl and Family"
Larry of Hubert Nc

"To the family of CPL Winchester
My name is HM3 Hale, I was the corpsman with Winchester's squad when he was hit. He was one of the best Marines I knew, he would do anything for his Marines. He was always one to lighten a room with a joke, he was a friend to everyone he knew.
I wish so very much that I had been able to save him. I'm so sorry for your loss."
HM3 (FMF) Hale, Jared J of 2d LAR, Camp Lejuene

"My name is Clay and I am writing this message as a thank-you to Cpl. Winchester. Some time back I made a donation to a org. named Herobracelet.org they sent me a memorial bracelet with Christopher's name on it. Since receiving the bracelet I have been working to find out what kind of a person Christopher was. I have to say in these past months I have read a great deal about him from different searches I have done. I can say to me Christopher is a true American Hero. I can now wear the memorial bracelet I have with his on it with even greater pride. I leave my thanks to him here and my prayers for his friends, family and fellow service persons. Again thank-you Cpl. Christopher Winchester for your service and your help for keeping mine and America's freedom free.
Clay H.
Indianpride82471@aol.com"
Clay H. of Pontiac, Mi. USA

"TO THE FAMILY WE ARE TRULY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. WE KNOW NOTHING WE SAY WILL BRING CONSOLIDATION BUT PLEASE KNOW WE ALL LOVED CHIRS VERY MUCH.
CHESTER U WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED AND MISSED, YOU WERE ALWAYS A PERSON WHO COULD B COUNTED ON. WE OFTEN SIT AROUND N TALK ABOUT ALL THE FUN WE HAD IN OKINAWA, FUJI AND THAILAND, AND ALL THE CRAZY THINGS WE DID BACK HERE IN THE STATES. YOU ARE TRULY MISSED."
THE BOYS OF KILO BATTERY (MIKE, RICH, MAC, CUTT, LOU, SYKES, ETC. of NY,MI,MD,NC,AL,TN..ETC

"Chris, This Thanksgiving I will be thinking of you especially. I will be thankful for your sacrifice and thankful that I got the chance to know you. You were a friend of mine and a good friend of my husband{Dwain}. I just wish that we could have had alittle time to spend with you before you left us. All the memories I have of you are wonderful ones. Thank you friend from the bottom of my heart."
Kristy of EAST BREWTON AL

"To the Family and Friends of Lance Corporal Winchester,

Most you probably dont know my name or even remember me. Me and Chris were good friends in McCall and High School. I left Flomaton in my 11th Grade year. I joined the Army in 11th grade. Graduated high school and left for basic. The day I left Chris came and said good-bye to me. I returned the favor the same. When he left I told him good-bye. Most of the kids will remember me Matt, Matthew, John-David, Geri, Carrie B, Carrie M. Russell, and the rest of the gang from McCall.
My name is Spc. Douglas Kelley, United States Army. I have served two tours in Iraq and one In Afghanistan. I thought after I saw Chris leave I would never see him again. Until the day I trained him to go "over there". He came up to me from behind, and said "Do some push-ups". Being the comabt vet that I was. It told the LCPL to shut his mouth and push. Then I realized who I was talking to. I turned and tears came to my eyes. It was not a friend, but a buddy from home. Many nights after I talked to Chris. He would ask me about Over there. and I would tell him. Mind you he was the first person that I could talk to like this. I have seen many of my own go from over there. I have held them while they took their last breath, and caught thier last memories. I have delivered the sad news to many moms and dads, brother and sisters, aunts and uncles. The day I heard about Chris I was at home and brewton with my family. I know why know. I was there when his casket passed by, and when he was lowered into the ground. I was there way after everyone left talking to Chris. I have eyesight in one eye and hearing in my left ear, and carry scars that most will dodge. But Chris made all that better the day that he talked to me.

My email is douglas.kelley@us.army.mil
my phone is 253-576-8747
please feel free to call or contact me. Esp. anyone from the crew from McCall"
Spc. Douglas M. Kelley of Ft. lewis, Washington 98433

"To the Winchester family,
Our heartfelt condolences to you over the loss of your beloved CHRISTOPHER. We hope you find some comfort in knowing he is an American Hero.
CHRISTOPHER - thank you for your bravery and service to our country. We celebrate your life and honor your memory. May the Angels surround your family as they try to heal. Gods Speed, young warrior.
From a grateful family of an American Soldier, Ft. Campbell 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq, 10-20-05"
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"i remember thinking about how great it was gonna be seeing you when the buses pulled up in j-ville in sept. man, i think about you and all the good times we've had since i came to kilo! even in iraq you always made me laugh! im so grateful that i got to be friends with you and although our reunion will be delayed, i now look forward to seeing you whenever it is that i pull into heaven. miss you buddy!"
mccloskey of philadelphia,pa

"I just want to say how terribly sorry I am for your loss. My son was stationed with yours in Iraq, Lcpl. Timothy Maguire, and came home with serious injuries. I can feel the depth of your sorry and pray for your peace each day."
Marie Wingron of Festus, MO

"Dear Gail,
I am so sorry about the loss of your son. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love,
Linda Hutchins"
Linda Hutchins of Brewton Alabama

"Dear Family of Christopher Winchester: I lost my son, Marine LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of Marine LCpl Chad Maynard and Marine Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Cpl Winchester, I didn't know you but was honored to meet your USMC brothers who had accompanied you home when they were in Montgomery and I just wanted to say thank you for all that you were and everything you gave. You were well loved and will be missed. I know that things will never be the same for those who loved you most but I hope that as time passes they will find a measure of peace and will be able to smile through their tears when they think of you. Watch over your USMC brothers...they need your strength. Always in gratitude,"
2Lt Dominique Ross of Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

"What a brave and honorable thing your son was doing for us. What a terrible loss this has been for all of our families...My cousin Sgt.Tricia Jameson was a medic that day (July 14th) and was called upon in her ambulance to help a wounded Marine whose vehicle was hit by an IED in Trebil. While enroute to help him, her ambulance also was struck by the secondary IED while she was tending to his wounds outside the ambulance. Two hero's lost at once...It was my cousin Sgt. Tricia L. Jameson from the 313th Medical company that was sent as an Angel of God to help your Angel...Both of these wonderful people unfortunately were taken away too soon from us, I just want you to know our family feels your pain as well. Tricia and Christopher will be linked together in these last few moments of their life as the true heroes they were. Pray for our Tricia who tried to go to the aid of your Christopher, as I am praying for your family...God Bless and our family will have you all in our thoughts and prayers...
Keri Craig-Tricia's 1st cousin"
Keri Craig of LaVista, Nebraska

"To the Family of Chris Winchester:

My deepest sympathies for your loss. I
went to elementary and middle school
with Chris. I was saddened to hear of
his sacrifice for my country and fellow
citizens. My thoughts are with you."
S. Hicks of Brewton, AL

"I emailed Chris this quote the day before this happened. At that time, I thought of the war as the solemn occasion, but now it takes on an even more profound meaning, and the solemn occasion being the tragic loss of my hero.
'It is my earnest hope - indeed the hope of all mankind - that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past, a world found upon faith and understanding, a world dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance and justice.'
- General Douglas Macarthur
In Loving Memory of
Cpl. Christopher L. David Winchester"
Kathryn Barnette of Brewton, AL

"To The Family Of Christopher Winchester: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I personally didn't know Chris, but my husband Rusty and his children Rocky & Melissa did, and said how nice of a guy he was.May GOD be with you and guide you thru this terrible time. Remember that he is in a better place. GOD BLESS YOU!!"
Rusty & Sharon Madden of Brewton(Appleton), Alabama

"MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND COMFORT YOU DURING THIS TIME OF GREAT LOSS AND CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU STRENGTH AND PEACE TO CARRY ON. THANK YOU CHRIS FOR A JOB WELL DONE. THANK YOU FOR MY FREEDOM IN THE USA. JAGGARS FAMILY ALABAMA"
JAGGARS of SKIPPERVILLE,AL

"Rest in Peace Devil Dog
J and T USMC NC"

"MS. GAIL, YOU AND AL HAD A GREAT YOUNG MAN. HE WAS KNOWEN BY BOTH OUR CHILDREN BOBBY RAY AND ALLISON FRANKLIN. HE ATTENDED SCHOOL WITH THEM AT McCALL, EVEN THOW THEY WERE SOMEWHAT YOUNGER THEN CHRIS, THEY, STILL KNEW THAT NAME CHRIS WINCHESTER, SO THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NAME THAT ALOT OF YOUNG CHILDREN KNEW,IT MUST HAVE BEEN THAT GREAT SENCE OF HUMOR HE HAD...

MS. GAIL AND GREG WILLIAMS, AND ALLISON, YOU ARE VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE TO WADE AND I. I JUST THANK YOU, MS. GAIL AND ALLISON FOR LETTING CHRIS WORK AT THE SHOP WITH WADE, WADE AND HE HAD LOTS OF GOOD OLE' TIMES TOGATHER, WADE TELLS ME STORIES ABOUT WHAT ALL THEY HAD DONE. PLAYING AROUND, LAUGHING, AND ABOUT HOW SILLY THEY ALL WAS JOKING AND HAVING FUN AT WORK.(REALLY,at play time)HE WAS SO PREICOUS TO WADE AND I BEING SO YOUNG AND TOOK ON A GREAT DUTY.
BY WHAT HAS BEEN SAID HERE CHRIS HAS TOUCHED MANY,OF PEOPLE AND YOU SHOULD KNOW YOU AND HE BOTH ARE IN MANY THANKS AND PRAYERS BEING OUR HOME TOWN HERO. NOBODY MAY EVER KNOW THE REASON BUT YOU REST ASSURE THE HE IS IN GOD'S HANDS, NO MORE WORRY ARE SORROW. CHRIS IS YOU ALLS ANGEL NOW.
PRAYING FOR YOU DAILY,
WADE AND JANE HOLCOMBE OF FLOMATON AL.
BOBBY RAY AND ALLISON FRANKLIN OF FLOMATON AL."
JANE AND WADE HOLCOMBE AND ALLISON AND BOBBY RAY FRANKIN of FLOMATON ,ALABAMA

"DEAR GAIL AND FAMILY, MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. IM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. CHRIS WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. I WISHED I COULD TAKE THE HURT AWAY. CHRIS DIED DOING WHAT HE LOVED, FIGHTING FOR HIS COUNTRY. HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THE BEST"
BECKY FRYE AND FAMILY of MONROEVILLE,ALABAMA

"To the family and friends of Corporal Christopher D. Winchester,

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

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

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

"To the family of Chris Winchester
I do not know you or your family, but I do know that Chris is in a better place. Please know that I am praying for you all everyday. I hope that you are comforted by the thought that our precious Lord Jesus is holding him now. No More Tears. God Bless you all."
Misty M. Chavers of Brewton, AL

"Chris,
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends, and I share in their sorrow and heartache for the loss of you, my friend. You were so special to me and to many others, and I will miss your physical presence for the rest of my life here on earth. It is hard to grasp why this has happened, though I know that one day it will all make sense. When I am alone, filled with grief and dismay, I can feel your spirit within me and your warmth around me. Your laugh rings in my ears and precious memories of you help to ease the pain. I am blessed to have had you in my life. Your compassion for others gives me strength, and I will always adore the wonderful person that you had become. I came to know you very well through Lauren, who loves you with every depth of her heart. I cherish all of the stories that she told of you, for hearing them gave me an even greater sense of how special you are. I promise to keep memories of you alive, and to reminisce on all of the great times we had with you. I cherish your life, and will hold you close to my heart forever. I know that you are safe now, and I can feel you with us. Stay close by our side. We all love you so much."
Kathryn Barnette of Brewton, AL

"Chris was so special in so many ways. He was so great to all of us, and whenever you were near him, there was never a dull moment. He kept everyone laughing with his funny little card games, jokes, and great sense of humor. Chris was one the best people one could ever meet. I will never ever forget his beautiful smile and his goofy laugh. He may be gone, but he left behind some of the greatest memories that all of his friends will have forever. I'm so thankful that I knew Chris as well as I did...everytime I think about all the fun times, I can't cry, but smile instead. I will miss him greatly, but I'm so thankful that my memories will never be taken away"
Angel Nelson of Brewton, AL

"Ms. Gail I am truely sorry for your loss. I remeber when I rode the bus with Greg and Allison to go to North Brewton and Neal. It seems like only yesterday when Chris had his first day at school and Greg and Allison watching over him. After I left from school I lost contact with Allison and Greg, but I have always thought about them especially when I saw in church on sundays. There are no true words that can be said to ease the hurt of losing a loved one. So just remember that he is with Jesus now and is watching over all of you now. You are in my prayers and I know God will keep you close through this time of sorrow. God Bless"
Leslie Jerkins Mallory of (Brewton) Huntsville, al

"Ms.Gail and Family,
I am going to miss Chris so much. I can remember growing up with Chris and the gang( Nick, Trevor, Brent, Dwain)over in East Brewton. I will never forget those days with him. I am truly grateful for Chris and will truly miss him."
Whitney James of Brewton, AL

"To the family of Cpl. Winchester,
We are sorry to hear about the loss of Cpl Winchester. He was like a brother to all of us who worked and served with him. I served with Cpl. Winchester in Trebil, Iraq. He was someone that no matter who you were or where you were from you got along with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the family."
Cpl Daniel and wife Amber Barron of Jacksonville, NC

"To the family of Cpl. Winchester,
We are very sorry to hear your loss. I am a Marine that worked with your son, and served with him over in Iraq. Cpl. Winchester was a great Marine and leader. He had a great laugh that lifted everyone's spirits when they were down. He was not only a fellow Marine, but a great person and friend. I considered him my brother. It was very hard to hear of his loss. I felt like I had lost a great friend. Please know that you are all in our prayers everynight. God Bless. The world will be a lesser place without him. He was a PERFECT example for other Marines to follow."
LCPL Timothy Maguire of Jacksonville, NC/Bethesda,MD

"To the family of Chrisopher Winchester,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. May God Bless and keep you in His arms at this time."
Cathy McCurdy of East Brewton,AL

"TO THE FAMILY OF CHRIS WINCHESTER,
I AM TRULY SORRY AND I AM PRAYING FOR YOU ALL. I USE TO HANG OUT WITH CHRIS ON OCCASIONS. HE WAS A GREAT GUY AND I BET AN EVEN BETTER MARINE . THANKS CPL CHRIS WINCHESTER FOR YOUR BRAVERY AND DEDICATION TO YOU COUNTRY"
PETTY OFICER MICHAEL MORRIS (USN) of NAWS CHINA LAKE , CA

"Chris, We are going to miss you so very much. Our Family will never be the same without You and "Little" Bryant. I know you are in Heaven and we will see you again. Until then there will be a big void in our family. You are truly our hero. We Love you. Aunt Martha"
Martha Winchester Hyde of Pearl River, LA

"Being a Vietnam Vet myself, I know the pain and suffering you feel loseing Chris, May the good lord take him in his open arms and give him peace. God stands behind all who serve with his hand apon them. God Bless Chris and God bless America"
Jimmy Ronald Gibson of Lynn, MA, and Brewton, Al

"Thank you Christopher Winchester for your bravery and the great sacrfice you paid for our country and freedom. My dad is a Marine in Iraq right now. Christopher's name and bravery will never be forgotten. God bless you Cpl Christopher Winchester. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family"
Jamie Mackey of Cantonment, Fla

"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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the dear family and friends of Christopher Winchester: May God's abundant grace and peace comfort you as none other can during this time. You are very much in our thoughts and prayers. My best friend lost her son on June 8, 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom and we also knew Blake. Never do we as much realize the meaning of "freedom" and "patriotism" as when we are faced with the death of a brave soldier. "Thank you" are such inadequate words for someone who makes the ultimate sacrifice for this great United States of America. Your son will forever be an American Hero! God bless you."
Jim and Christi Littlejohn and Family of Pontotoc, Mississippi USA

"Gail,Al and family,

I pray God's mercy and blessing on each of you to help you through this difficult time."
Paula Megginson of Brewton, Alabama

"TO THE FAMILY OF CHRIS ITS HARD TO KNOWN WHAT TO SAY AT A TIME LIKE THIS. DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOUR FAMILY. OUR SON CHAD AN WIFE LATINA (LAWS) STEELE GRADUATED WITH CHRIS AT FLOMATON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2000 CHRIS WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN HE IS OUR FLOMATON HERO."
RANDY AND JUDY STEELE of FLOMATON AL

"Dear Gail and family,
It's hard to know what to say at a time like this. Chris was loved so much by our family. It seems like only yesterday the boys were playing and laughin without a care in the world. We have such fond memories of Chris, his great sense of humor, the one who was always willing to be the first to try something new, he was truly a one of a kind young man. I know your hearts are heavy but I pray that God will flood it with all the love, and precious memories you shared and made with Chris to help ease the sorrow you feel. Chris is truly a hero. He enlisted knowing the danger he would face and he faced it with courage and dignity. You are so blessed to have been chosen by God to be his mother. Remember we love ya'll and we are here to help in any way."
Barbara and Treavor Smith of E. Brewton, Al

"To the family of Chris,
I never really got to know Chris but I have been told that when I was little he was around because he hung out with my cousins. They both thought so much of Chris and from what I have read and been told Chris was a great guy. I know many people in all military branches,and Chris has become a hero. We all appreciate the things Chris and all other soldiers have done for us. He will never be forgotten."
Jessica W. of Brewton, AL

"GAIL,I KNEW CHRIS FROM MC CALL SCHOOL.
I ALWAYS THOUGHT A LOT OF HIM. HE WAS SO NICE AND POLITE. PLEASE KNOW YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS."
LETITIA BELL of BREWTON

"In memory of Chris and to his family...
Seems like just days ago Chris was in our front yard telling us goodbye. He was to leave for Iraq in one week. So we were catching up on good times. Rolling houses during homecoming, cold mornings hunting, and crazy high school moments. We just want the family to know that we love Chris and enjoyed every moment we were blessed to have with him. We have read all the nice emails and news letters that have been written. Every thing that was said about Chris was the truth. He was the nicest person, and had a heart of gold, and we will miss his distinctive little laugh. We can't wait to see you in heaven don't catch to many fish. We love you with all our heart.
"ROLL TIDE ROLL"
Love,"
Matt and Carrie Lambeth of Brewton, AL. 36426

"In memory of Chris and to his family...
Seems like just days ago Chris was in our front yard telling us goodbye. He was to leave for Iraq in one week. So we were catching up on good times. Rolling houses during homecoming, cold mornings hunting, and crazy high school moments. We just want the family to know that we love Chris and enjoyed every moment we were blessed to have with him. We have read all the nice emails and news letters that have been written. Every thing that was said about Chris was the truth. He was the nicest person, and had a heart of gold, and we will miss his distinctive little laugh. We can't wait to see you in heaven don't catch to many fish. We love you with all our heart.
"ROLL TIDE ROLL"
Love,"
Matt and Carrie Lambeth of Brewton, AL. 36426

"It grieves my heart to read the names of our fallen hereos,may God send his peace to each and every one who has lost a dear love one.I have a nephew in Iraq and as we make plans to see him again there is the reality that it could not happen if he to were to be called upon to give the ultimate sacrifice.But we,as well as you know that the reward of freedom is sometimes more than we think should be paid.These heroes have kept us safe and will continue to by standing guard over us and guiding us in strength and the knowledge that they would surely do it again ,Protect the Red White and Blue.To the Winchester family and those who loved Chris remember,He would surely do it again!"
Geri of Brewton,Al.

"Deepest sympathy to your family from a transplanted Pollard/Flomaton native. I first heard of your loss on the evening news and have read it online from the Brewton Standard. I also graduated from Flomaton High School, although it was in 1961 and moved to Mississippi in 1967. (Before that I attended Pollard-McCall school.)
It is always sad hear of a family's loss but it seems especially so when it knocks so close to our own door.
I pray God's peace and comfort will surround you and be ever present during this most difficult time. Please know that there are people who grieve with you and who really, really do appreciate the sacrifices our military men and women (and their families) make for the benefit of us all.
God bless you.
Russdink@aol.com"
Dinkey (Odom) Johnson of Moss Point, MS

"Chris was a great friend to many. We love him and will miss him dearly. Thinking back from the Brooks and Dunn concert to the little blue bear we will never forget Chris. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. He is truley our hero. Now we know that there is one more angel looking out for us. Gail, Al, Greg, and Allison our prayers are with each one of you every day. The boy you raised turned into a wonderful young man that touched the hearts of many young and old to a great friend to a wonderful hero. Thank you!"
JAMIE WILSON EMMONS AND TOMEKA BEASLEY COOLEY of BREWTON, AL

"CHRISTOPHER YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY IN YOUR LIFE. WITH THOSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, CHURCH, MILITARY SISTER'S, BROTHER'S AND YOU LOVING WINCHESTER FAMILY. ALTHOUGH, YOU SERVED WITH THE MARINE'S. AN HAD NOT KNOWN OUR SO GREGORY. GEE, HOW COULD YOU WITH HIM SERVING IN THE ARMY. STILL YOU ARE MILITARY BROTHER'S. BOTH OF YOU ARE TOGETHER NOW. NEITHER OF YOU HAVE GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. YOUR THE SECOND WINCHESTER, WE LOST A NEIGHBOR 1ST LT RONALD WINCHESTER. CHRISTOPHER AMERICA IS SAFE THANKS TO YOU; YOU ARE A HERO!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Chris,I know that you are up there smiling down on all of us, You will always be in my heart because me and you spent alot of time together growing up and some of my greatest memories are me and you at grandma's building huts, bug hunting, cutting each others hair(whatever piece was sticking out of the stocking),twirling around in grandma's front yard after catching fireflies in a mayonaise jar. I wish we could have gone back to that time and known what we know now. I would have told you not to go. I truly feel in my heart that it was not your time to go. I want you
to tell someone hello for me, I know he's probably been wanting to play. Tell my little Bryant hello and I will see you both soon. You are truly our hero. I am glad that we got to talk in the midst of the storm. I could sense a worry,now I know why there was a nervousness in your voice,you had a mission to complete. Your mission on Earth became complete. No more lonely nights in the middle of a desert,dreaming of Flomaton. I will be thinking of you until we meet again."
Love Sarah, Matt, And Reece of Brewton, AL

"Gail, Greg and Allison,

Any words I type will not come close to expressing my sorrow. May God bless the family!"
Tony of Montgomery

"Thank you for your sacrifice. And God be with you, Gail and Al, in your loss."
Victoria Capps Thornton of North Alabama

"To the family of Chris.... Chris was a great guy. He cared deeply for everyone of you. I remember being with him before he left to go to Iraq and all he talked about was his family and how much he was going to miss you guys. I can truely say that I knew and loved a hero personally. My thoughts and prayers are with you. We love you Chris and we all miss you very much!"
Lauren of Brewton, Al

"Gail, Greg and Allison, my heart was saddened by the news of Chris,I saw his picture in the Brewton standard,I must tell I now know what a HERO looks like.Gail may the peace of God,surround you and your family. We have been praying for all of you. God bless you."
Barbara J Burnham of Opelika, Alabama

"thank you cristopher for your service of the usa. we cannot thank you enough i know your grandparents."
marie wilson lord of gulf breeze florida

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Chris. My family has many fond memories of Chris. He was a childhood friend of our son Jonathon and will always be remembered as a fine young man and an excellent baseball player. I know this is the ultimate sacrifice, but I pray that God will somehow give you strength to go on with your lives."
David, Sharon and Jonathon Blair of Brewton, Alabama

"to the family of Chris Winchester......
Chris has been a very dear friend to my two girls, Jamie and Melanie , all of their lives..from
McCall basketball, the Brooks and Dunn concert, all the way down to graduation day from Flomaton high school. The closing of the newspaper article said that Chris was looking forward to coming home and fishing. Be assured that he is already "HOME" and ya'll will never have to worry about him again. I just look forward to us all seeing him again. Gail, we appreciate the gift of freedom that Chris has helped to give all of us. God bless you all!!! love James David and Susan Wilson and family"
Susan Wilson of Brewton, Al

"I'm sorry to hear that the tri-city area has lost one of their very on. I went to school with Chris at Neal Ele. and new him as a friend he was the nicest guy you could know!"
John Wright of Brewton,Alabama

"Neighbors,my heart became heavy as I learned of the greatest sacrifice made for the cause of our freedom. I do no have adequate words to express my hearfelt sympathy to the family and friends in their loss. I'm grateful & I honor Chris today for the sacrifice he made for my freedom. May family be comforted in knowing that God cares for you and that earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. God bless & keep you is my prayer."
Lillie McKenzie & Family of Brewton, AL, USA

"THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRAFICE.YOU ARE A TRUE HERO. MY HUSBAND "IRWIN" TOLD ME YOU WERE "ONE OF THE BEST DAMN MARINES OUT THERE" AND I KNOW HE IS HONORED TO HAVE SERVED WITH YOU. I REMEMBER HE WAS SO HAPPY TO MEET ANOTHER PERSON FROM ALABAMA UP IN NC AND HE REALLY WAS HONORED TO KNOW YOU AND SERVE WITH YOU. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS TIME AND FOREVER. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SACRIFICE AND SHOWING ME AND MY HUSBAND THE "QUICKER" WAY HOME TO ALABAMA."
KATHRYN of CAMP LEJEUNE, NC

"THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRAFICE.YOU ARE A TRUE HERO. MY HUSBAND "IRWIN" TOLD ME YOU WERE "ONE OF THE BEST DAMN MARINES OUT THERE" AND I KNOW HE IS HONORED TO HAVE SERVED WITH YOU. I REMEMBER HE WAS SO HAPPY TO MEET ANOTHER PERSON FROM ALABAMA UP IN NC AND HE REALLY WAS HONORED TO KNOW YOU AND SERVE WITH YOU. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY DURING THIS TIME AND FOREVER. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SACRIFICE AND SHOWING ME AND MY HUSBAND THE "QUICKER" WAY HOME TO ALABAMA."
KATHRYN of CAMP LEJEUNE, NC

"My heart aces over the loss suffered by all family & friends of fallen solders. I hurt especially for the family of Chris Winchester because this strikes especially close to home. My thoughts are with the family of Chris right now during this difficult time. Iím finding it hard to think of any words that could be, even remotely, consoling.
Even though I only knew Chris for a short period of time I felt that he was a very special person. I know he loved his friends and family dearly.
Hopefully his family and friends can find some comfort from knowing that he was loved and admired by so many people. He is and will always be one of my heroes."
A Friend of Brewton, AL

"Thank you Christopher Winchester, 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 Cpl. Christopher Winchester:
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 Cpl. Christopher Winchester:
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