Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Michelle M. Witmer

20, of New Berlin, Wisconsin.
Witmer died in Baghdad, Iraq, when she became involved in an improvised explosive device and small arms attack. She was assigned to the Army National Guard's 32nd Military Police Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Died on April 9, 2004.

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"RIP MP! Gone but by no stretch forgotten.

I was a Member of the 127th MP Company QuiNhon Vietnam (71-72)"
Robert Foreman of Waukesah, WI

"We will always remember Michelle's sacrifice and will hold her in our hearts forever."
Richard and Kathleen of Cape Cod

"Its been 11 years tomorrow since and I hope you know that she is thought of and remembered by friends who new her and Rachel back in the war. We miss her and we are forever greateful- Matt 5th SFG Camp Muleskinner 2003-2004"
Matt of Provo Utah

"Michelle and her family are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers."
Richard and Kathleen Banks of S Yarmouth MA

"Michelle, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your outstanding courage and ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom and country comes from the heart of a true hero. Thank You!"
Meghan Christie of St Francis, WI

"Michelle, I brought my grand daughter to you today who is 2, and there was a fine gentleman visiting you, he knew you very well since he was with you and told me about you. I told my grand daughter what a brave woman you are, and the gentleman told her too. It's people like you, the gentleman there visiting you that I want to surround her around while growing up in the country you protected for us. We placed flowers for you while we were there. Thank you for watching over my son-in-law last year. He is going once again and it will be his 9th deployment. May you continue to rest in peace sweet, sweet lady."
Diann of South Milwaukee

"Michelle and Family; I was in HHB 1-181 MLRS in Milwaukee. I did have a chance to meet Michelle at a parade we were all at at the VAMC near Miller Park Stadium. I remember how proud she was that she, her twin Charity and older sister were all in the National Guard. How proud you two as her parents were of all of them. I am proud to have been a NCO to give her guidence and proud of her bravey and service. There is a traveling wall that comes to Massachussetts, and I have gone to see her name. I have a picture of her name, and other soldiers lost in Iraq. I look at it everyday at my office here in the Massachussetts VAMC. I will always have prayers for her and her whole family."
SSGT. Terrance Russell of Springfield, Ma/ Milwaukee,Wi.

"Seems like so long ago... When OIF was declared closed, the first thought that came to mind were my friends in the MP Corps who made the ultimate sacrifice. I have not forgotten you, Mich. Nor have I forgotten the others. The TMC on Camp Liberty, named in your honor, treated numerous US troops who passed through. RIP sister, those of us with our boots still on the ground will continue mission: "ASSIST, PROTECT, DEFEND.""
Drew Hasson of New York City, NY, USA

"Today, we observed Veterans Day in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. There was a Memorial Wall at the ceremony. We used to live in New Berlin, Wisconsin so we looked for and found Michelle's name on the wall. We said a special prayer for Michelle and her family and thank them for their sacrifice."
Kathleen and Richard Banks of S. Yarmouth, MA

"Still think of you... Its been 8 years and you are missed always."
of 5th SFG

"Michelle, I went today and visited you and your fallen brothers around you. Your roses were almost laying flat on the ground, along with flag as well, so my step son and I straightened them up for you, it's the least we could do, and you are thought of and will never be forgotten! Please watch over my son in law who is on his 6th deployment, I don't think he could have a better angel watching over him. RIP brave warrior!"
Diann of South Milwaukee

"I was in Iraq in 2009-2010 and was treated at Witmer TMC several times for injuries and read the picture and how the TMC came to be named Witmer and was very moved. I am sorry for your loss and will always remember being there and the care that was given to me and others knowing that an Army Angel such as your daughter was still looking out for us!"
Sgt Darrell Huber of Ohio

"Today in my US History class at a Milwaukee area high school, we talked about your story, shared your family's sacrifice. Know that you remain in our hearts."
EM of Wauwatosa, WI

"I HAD THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SERVE IN IRAQ WITH THIS SPECIAL PERSON. HER SPIRIT SET THE STANDARD FOR POSITIVENESS AND SHE WAS ONE HELL OF A SOLDIER. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW YOU AND FOR MAKING ME A BETTER PERSON AND SOLDIER BECAUSE OF IT."
RAASCH of MILWAUKEE, WI

"To the Witmer Family,
Today I walked 5k in honor of your daughter in GTMO's annual "Run for the Fallen". Im so very sorry for your loss and want you to know your daughter and your family are in my thoughts and prayers."
Elisa Fugate of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

"To the Witmer family,
I see your family name and think of your daughter everyday, as our Troop Medical Clinic is named after her at Camp Liberty in Baghdad. Her story is centrally located for all Soldiers to read, and it has touched my heart forever. On this Memorial Day weekend, I would like to say your daughter will never be forgotten and I will wear a memory bracelet in her name."
CPT Attanasio of Camp Liberty, Iraq

"May God Bless You and Keep You. Thank you for your sacrifice"
Matthew Witmer of East Falmouth, MA USA

"To the Witmer family,
I salute your fallen daughter, her sisters and you as her parents. It might not mean much, but as a former MP I can only relate the words as they were once related to me: "MP's never really die, because every one of our brothers and sisters remember our name, where we came from and what we did. The why doesn't matter, it only matters that we did".

Your daughter and sister embodied everything an MP was born to do.

*lighting a candle and rendering a salute*"
RGraskey of Dallas, Texas

"Im sorry for your loss and I want you to know that I am doing a report on Ms. Witmer and I thank you for having such a heroiic daughter."
Anjanette Woods of Los Angeles,CA USA

"I was the flight engineer on the flight that brought your daughters from Baghdad to Kuwait on Michelles trip home. While I never met her, she has made an impact on my life forever. Thank you & best wishes to your family"
Wayne Grudnoske of Ellsworth Wi

"April 24, 2009
To the family of Spc. Michelle M. Witmer:
Michelle 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 name is Steve Blackwell and I have created a Profile on the Army Together We Served website for Michelle.

http://army.togetherweserved.com/profile/123678

If anyone has any information such as awards, ribbons, units, pictures, or anything else that I can post to Michelle's Fallen profile, please email me at atwsfallenmp @ gmail.com

Webmaster, the Military Police Homepage
http://www.militarypolice.com"
Steve Blackwell of Hampton, VA

"To a fallen sisters family, I know words can not ever replace the lost loved one. But just remember EGBAR...everything going be all right. I was there the same time as she was(but not in her unit).....sometimes a fellow veterans thinks what they could of done to make something like not happen. I hurt everday for our fallen...I wish I could trade places. May all the joys of life get better, and you are your in prayers of her brother ans sister of war. God bless."
David Presley of Springfiled Mo./USA

"Michelle,
Your memory lives on in our lives and will continue to do so with the birth of our niece today. Her middle name is Michelle, in your honor. We will never forget you!"
Mandie & Matt of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"My sincere sympathy, and prayers for your family. Michelle's strength and true compassion for others are mirrored by her sisters. She will always be remembered."
Debbie of Waukesha

"My sincere sympathy, and prayers for your family. Michelle's strength and true compassion for others are mirrored by her sisters. She will always be remembered."
Debbie of Waukesha

"Mr. & Mrs. Witmer, As the mother of three daughters I feel deeply for your family. To see the pictures of your beautiful perfect girls always smiling. Michelle is an angel now looking out for her sisters. I thank your girls. They are what true role models are. Michelle is a true hero. Words cannot express. I thank and pray for you and your wonderful girls."
Lori Libby of Wallingford, Ct.

"As I sit here listening to Michelle's parents reading one of her last letters home. Iam thankful to young americans who fought so hard to give freedom to our country. I look at my 2 daughters and realize that these individiuals gave their lives so my children will have a better tomorrow. Everytime I see the news I think of your courageoues daughter who lost her life. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your daughter Michelle is a true hero in my daughters eyes."
pam of beloit, wi ,usa

"I don't know why I feel like I have so much of a connection to Michelle. Maybe it's because I used to walk past the Michelle M. Witmer TMC every day to go to chow at Camp Liberty. Maybe it was because she was a Guardsman too. I wondered who she really was. Why was this TMC named after her? It's not until I saw a special on HBO called 'Last Letters' that I got a little bit more of an idea of who she was and what she meant to her family. God bless her and her family for their service and great loss."
Pete of Phoenix, AZ

"My name is SSG Hutchinson and I work in the Michelle Witmer TMC. Our clinic here in Iraq is know to be the best TMC in theater. The witmer name is known to all in this central area of Iraq. We have Witmer TMC Soldier and NCO of the month. Only the hardest working Soldiers and NCO's are bestowed this award. We have her story on our wall where every patient who walks by can see her picture and can learn of her and her story. Myself and my unit will always a part of the Witmer family after working here at the Witmer TMC. Don't think for one second that she is forgotten. Thousands upon thousands of service men and women in this area all know of Witmer TMC and the outstanding service it provides in honor of Michelle M. Witmer."
SSG Hutchinson of Baghdad, Iraq

"My name is Sgt. Stephen Clark and I went to Basic Training/AIT with Michelle. She was an outstanding soldier and everyone knew that she was bound for something special in her career. She was an inspiration to many in our company and I will never forget the day that Drill Sgt. Carver had her sing cadence as we marched back to our barracks one afternoon. She sang it so naturally and we all had smiles on our faces because she was just as good as most of the drill sgts and better than some. She always had a smile on her face and made you smile when you were around her. I knew that Michelle was a special person and When I learned from her sisters unit, a medic unit right across from the prison I worked at, that Michelle had been killed in action I was deeply saddened but in some strange way it made sense. She was meant for something more then she could give while she was alive on this earth. Her legacy and memory will live on and hopefully inspire and give great pride to her fellow MP's and soldiers. Speaking for myself as someone who knew Michelle, and as an MP I know that I will honor her memory and all that she stood for and never forget the ultimate sacrifice that she gave for her fellow American's and for the Iraqi people. Spc Michelle Witmer, you will be missed but you will never be forgotten."
Stephen Clark of FOB Prosperity, Iraq

"I am so sorry for the typo in the condolances I sent. She is a hero and I thank her for her service for this Country. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew"

"To the family of:Michelle M. Witmer 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"

"Hello,
I am sorry for the death of Michelle. Though I have not met her I often refer to her when I talk about my son Daniel Seip. He met her shortly before she was killed. I know it served him notice of mortality. Daniel was one of the gunners in her salute in Iraq. I have a sense of pride he was selected for this important, somber privilidge. I can not speak to the feelings you have regarding Michelle. I can say my prayers are with you and your family.

Respectfully I submit thathis opportunity to meet and salute her was an awakening experience he'll never forget.

Sincerely yours,
another dad of a soldier"
Daniel T. Seip III of Hillsborough, NC

"Thinking of Michelle and your family...

I drove to Michelle's funeral but do not know your family so did not attend. Instead said a prayer and drove home. Thought how difficult in some ways to have all the media there. In another way GREAT! Paying respect.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

I pray your family has peace.

It seems so very easy to live in this country and judge...how blessed are we to live here?

I have friends from around the world.

Still, I think, if for whatever reason you do not respect this country, ok leave.

I sat in O'Hare when my friends came home from Viet Nam. Another time, another war, right or wrong.

I wish I had the words to tell you how much I care.

Sandra"
Irishise@aol.com of Pewaukee, WI

"We remember Michelle and we pray that everyday you feel the hand of God healing you. We believe in the promise of eternal life when we are with God. She is OK. We understand and are grateful for the sacrifice of our soldiers. We can not repay them but we just show daily our most great respect and pray for them."
Patsy Soto of Hatillo, PR (USA)

"I am a Viet Nam vet Seabees 1969-1970 I sincerely appreciate your sacrifice and am sorry for your loss. We had a saying during those times, " for those who fight for it, life has a special flavor, the protected will never know""
Gerald Knott of Boynton Beach, Fl.

"I only hope she didn't die for nothing, and that the overwhelming success of Iraq can be shared by her family and others who have encouraged their loved ones to die for their country."
james of satre

"To the Family of SPC Michelle Witmer:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put SPC Witmer's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.

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

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

"To the family of Michelle M. Witmer:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:info@fortsnellingmcf.org
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Dear Witmer Family,
I am terribly sorry for your loss. I went to training with Michelle. She was such an amazing person. She will not be forgotten. May God be with you all."
SPC Stacey Franczak of Fort Gordon GA

"I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure it has been a terribly long year. Thank you for your daughter's service for our country. Never forgotten."
Christine of Rome, GA

"In loving Memory...It has been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them."

"dear witmier family. i was deeply sadend to hear of the lose of your daughter michelle. when my mother told me she was killed in action i was in shock.i never thought something like this could happen to someone who is related to you. michelle was a my cousin. i dont know if i have ever seen her. but she is in my thoughts and prayers everyday. god got a very great woman. he is very lucky to have her. to the family of michelle i am sure u are still saddende by her death me and my family pray for you each day. i am so gald to here taht the 2 girls get to stay stateside and do not have to go back to iraq. thank you for your serive to this country michelle u did a fine job . you knew the job was risky but u did it anyways. you were always there for everyone in your unit. may god and this greatful nation be with you and your family."
greg of new albany indiana

"I went OSUT with Rachel, and my family as well as myself was saddend by your loss."
Andrew Bean of Springfield, MO

"I know your name. I know your face. I know the beautiful,young,courageous young woman that you were. I know because I came here and read the testimonies to your spirit and your love for all the people of the world.
I know you because when I read those testimonies, I cry - for the life you led, for the life you chose and for the supreme sacrifice that you were willing to give for humankind.
I think that 'Bill of Houston,Tx' said it best - SPC Witmer,"Goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero""
Tricia Fabian of Dousman,Wisconsin

"Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay."
derek of Madison, WI

"I went through MP OSUT at Ft. Leonard Wood with Michelle. She was an amazing example to follow. She was so proud, it seemed like nothing could get her down. She was truly a shining star, and a good battle buddy. I will remember her always."
SPC Mindy O'Guin of Springfield, MO

"I am compeled to write to you and tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. I know that the words of a stranger may not mean much or help at all. but my heart gose out to you I will keep you in my prayers all of you. through pictures I have seen and hearing you read her letters I feel I am blessed simply by hearing her story. I feel I am blessed by knowing that a person like your daughter shared this earth with me and billions of others should feel the same. I would like to thank you for sharing what you did with the world she truly was a special person. once again I would like to share my deep sorrow at the loss of your daughter the world is a darker place with out her light"
Michael Cooper of Keizer, OR

"To the Family Of Michelle Witmer. I feel your loss, because of Spc. Micheal A. McGlothin, i know that Lori knows my father lewyellen, McGlothin. i want to give som e words of advice given to me by my favorite teacher, " You don't get over losing your loved one, you just get used to it." knowing that and knowing that it will take an eternity to get over what happened to both of these fine soldiers will help heal some what."
Crystal Rose McGlothin of Hartford, Wisconsin, US

"i am watching a HBO special "last letters" your daughter was so wonderful. You can see the love you have for her. I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray that God will comfort you..give you comfort and strenght. It really is tough.I lost my dad, and i know you are in shock for a while. then hurt, anger, etc sets in. God bless you. simone"
simone grogan of aspen co

"To the Witmer Family,
I went to basic training and ait with Michelle's sister Rachel. It hurt me to know that you lost your daughter and that we lost a fellow MP over there. She gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. From my family and on behalf of all the Military Policeman and Women, you have our deepest sympathies."
PFC. Andy Bean of Springfield, Missouri

""To the family"
I come from from a town that has lost 4 of are own in Iraq.So I along with all of San Angelo send you are simpithy
for lose but just remember Michelle would want you to look at the good in her sacrific that being she gave her life so that we can keep what to many take for grantted."
A fellow morner in lose of San Angelo,TX

"To the Witmer Family...Words can take away the pain you feel...but words can help heal. Michelle was a beautiful, brave, heroic young woman. I don't even know her personally, I just found out these things about her, through your family's website. Your family must be something special to have had three daughters serving in the war. They felt it was their duty to protect our country, and WE, as a country, thank you for that!! You must be very proud.
Michelle's memory will live on through your stories. She will be watching over your family, protecting you from harm. She is at peace now...GOD BLESS THE USA"
Jen of Boston, MA

"Dear Lori, John, Charity, Rachel, Mark and Tim

I still struggle with the loss of Michelle after being home for almost a month now. Eventhough we weren't close until after we deployed together, we had so many plans for when we got home. I wanted to get to know the civilian side of Michelle. I miss my Witmer so much, she was my best friend. And eventhough I am now safe at home, at times, I still feel lost without her. I guess my point is that you are not alone, and I will always be here for your family, to celebrate her life, remember good times, and tell you all the wonderful things she did for the Iraqi people and her fellow soldiers. I just found this website today, and I feel comforted by all the wonderful, thoughtful people who wrote to you. This website means a lot to me as well."
SPC Shizuko Jackson of Milwaukee, WI USA

"Dear the Witmer Family,

When we went to church my 8 year old daughter picked Michelle's name out of a basket that contained names of people who have lost their lives protecting our freedom. We will be keeping Michelle and your family in our prayers. Thank you for all you have done. We will always remember you."
The Draghia Family of Portland, OR

"Witmer Family,
On Fathers Day 2004 I was in Santa Monica With my 4 year old daughter Alayna. A Memorial is set up there on the beach called "Arlington West". My daughter was captured by this memorial and knelt down in front of a cross bearing Michelle's name. She said a prayer to god and then walked back to me and asked, "Daddy, why did all my friends have to die?" I was weeping by this time and I could only answer, "to keep us free" God bless you and your family and thank you Michelle for helping to keep us free."
Detective Daniel Leath of Huntington, NY/Henderson, NV/ USA

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

"My twin sister and I went to BCT with Michelle's twin, Charity Witmer. I remember we would always talk about Michelle...it's like we had an unspoken bond because we were all twins, serving in America's Army. No words can express my grief and heartache when I first read about Michelle's death. I am currently serving in Afghanistan and know what kind of sacrifice Michelle has made. But now I want to say a few words to the Witmer Family... Michelle-May your soul rest in PEACE. Thak You for your contribution to the Army and your country. You will NOT be forgotten. Charity-We haven't kept in touch lately, I want you to know that you are always in our thoughts. Yvette and I cannot even begin to imagine how you feel but want you to know that Yvette and I are here for you and you're always in our prayers. The Witmer family-May God Bless you and always keep all of you under his wing. All three of your girls have contributed greatly to this country and we are proud. You will remain in our prayers. Charity, hopefully we can keep in touch for now on my email is brigitte.tyson@us.army.mil, Yvette's email is yvette.tyson@us.army.mil. God Bless You All
Sincerely,"
SPC Brigitte Tyson of B/CO 519th MI BN, Ft Bragg

"My heartfeld condolences are sent as bit of comfort. I've not been able to make sense of the senseless losses we have suffered. Perhaps someday an answer will be revealed. Until then, we must hold tight to our memories and never forget the positives we experienced."
Jim of Decatur, GA, USA

"To the Witmer Family,
I am so sorry for the tragic loss of your Michelle. I can feel your pain as I lost my brother Jim from a roadside bomb in Iraq in January 04. The memories you have will always be with you. She is a hero and she will not be forgotten. God Bless"
Barb of Mundelein, IL USA

"Michelle,

Your time was cut so short. You believed in what you were doing and
loved your country. For that we love you as well. Our thoughts and prayers
go out to your family in their time of need and despair.

God Bless America the land that you
surely loved. God bless you and your
family as well. May he keep your sisters from harm if they choose to return.

Peace be with you"
Redrow Family of Pine Hill, NJ / USA

"Please accept my heartful sympathy on the loss of your daughter, Michele. I have had three co-workers who were in Iraq but are safely home with their families. I fully support your daughters' decision not to return to Iraq. May God be with you in your time of need, but have the comfort of knowing that many share your pain. We have the promise that there will be a time that we will all see each again. Until then I will keep your family with others in my prayers."
Sharon Ephraim of DeSoto, Texas, USA

"To the Witmer Family: When I learned of the death of Michelle while honorably serving our nation, I felt as if my own daughter had been killed in action. While words cannot adequately convey my sorrow at your loss, please accept my condolences and the fact that you have every right to be proud of her service to our nation and to the people of Iraq whom she tried to help."
Thomas Goodwin, G.G. of Las Vegas, Nevada

"To the family of Michelle Witmer:
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. She is a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, Michelle. May you rest in peace. To Charity and Rachel, THANK YOU, as well, and may God watch over you both."
Tina Rexroad, sister-in-law of Peter Enos, who also went to be with the Lord on 4/09/04 of Moorefield, WV

"To Michelle's Family:

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 during this difficult time and we thank you for your loved one's bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003."
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"SPC WITMER,
I didnt know you or didnt work with you ...Thank you for your sacrifice and may god greet you with open arms...to the Witmer family...stay strong for a Soldier like SPC Witmer would've want that from you all...To the sisters ..continue to move forward in life and continue the mission..."
SGT GOSS of Ft Hood,Tx

"My prayers are with Michelle's entire family. She is not truly lost, but rather found, because she waits for us when we join her in glory. I am thankful for her service. In her name, may we all serve our God and country well. Be blessed!"
Pastor Adam Briggs, Eckley Community Church of Eckley, CO

"To the family & friends of Heaven's newest beauty Michelle Witmer ~
Your baby girl,sister/twin, & friend still does what she does best: watches over her loved ones but now she does it from the most Holy, peaceful & glorious place ~ besides the Lord Jesus Christ. Your family, America, the world but especially the local Iraqi people have suffered a loss by Michelle's absence here on this earth. Her positive & loving attitude towards others will not end or fade away by her passing from our presence but will live on in all the lives she has touched whether directly or indirectly. For me an American, Christian woman she exemplifies how to have beauty, strength, brains & most importantly her God all in one together package. Michelle will not be forgotten. She has now joined the ranks of those heroes we remember every year who fought so valiantly to serve & protect this great nation & her people. Please take great comfort & strength in the knowing that although you suffer this loss she is enjoying a bountiful gain. She is alive in heaven in the direct presence of God himself & you will once again see her, walk with her, talk with her, & laugh with her but there will be no more tears in Heaven. May God strengthen you & hold you in His loving arms. May the Lord comfort you, lead you to lie down in green pastures & lay your head down upon Him beside the still waters. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. Rachel & Charity thank you so much for your service & if you return to Iraq may God set His angels all around you & protect you from any harm & deliver you safely back to your home here in the USA. You ladies are awesome & that goes for Michelle too. YOU ROCK!!! Thank you for blessing us with your lovely daughter & sister."
Camille (Cami) Fornabaio of Yonkers-NY/Raleigh-NC

"To the Family of Michelle M. Witmer...
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing to heaven your daughter, sister and friend. Michelle's dedication to God, her family and our Country was heads and shoulders above the rest and we Admire and Respect her greatly. Greater love hath no man/woman than to lay down their life for their fellow man/woman. May God Bless you All now and always and may all the Wonderful memories of your Michelle comfort you during this tough time. We shall NEVER forget the sacrifices that Michelle made for all of us and in the name of freeing the people of Iraq. She is DEFINATELY an Angel. With Love and Hugs,"
Heidi & Monica Narr of Pittsburgh, PA/USA

"The family of Michele Witmer,

Please accept our most heartfelt condolences for the loss of your brave and honorable daughter, Michele. May your grief be tempered by the knowledge that Michele gave her life protecting her fellow soldiers and all of us here in this great land. Her sacrifice shall never be forgotten. We are saddened by her loss, proud of her life, and calmed with the knowledge that God now has another fine Military Police Officer at His side.

May the grace of God comfort you during this terrible time and may we all thank God for giving us such brave and valiant soldiers as Michele and her sisters."

1SG (Ret) Robert Baker of Boston, MA"

"To the family of Michelle Witmer: I can't phathom the pain you are experiencing right now, but know that I am praying for each of you. Michelle will be remembered always as an American Hero. A brave young woman who paid the ultimate price by giving it all for the freedom of this great nation and making history in helping to free the people in Iraq. May God bring you a peace beyond comprehension in the days that lie ahead. I am so grateful to Michelle, her sisters and her parents. I love this country and the freedom Michelle laid down her life for. God bless and keep us all under His wings."
Tammy of Kalkaska MI USA

"Dear Witmer family,
I want you to know how much I hurt for your loss. I am very grateful for those who serve our Country so selflessly.
Please know that I am also happy to hear that the Military will not have your other two daughters go back to the MidEast. My daughter is finished with predeployment and I understand the anxiety of it all.
May God bless and continue to bring you comfort during these tough times."
Kimberly Cleveland of Michigan

"Your family is in my prayers. Michelle was a hero and died fighting for her country to keep our freedoms free and us safe. I sleep well at night knowing we have ones like her in our military protecting us. All those who have died for our country will never be forgotten and are our country's true heroes and role models. God Bless All Our Troops! God Bless Our Nation and Our President!
Semper Fi!
Love A Marine Spouse,"
Michele Teller of Phoenix, AZ

"DearFamily
I am so sorry from my heart for the loss of a great hero. I know that she is with God watching over you right now. May God comfort you and your family and i know that she will allways be remember and loved. I hope that her sisters can stay here with us in the USA. May God Bless You Wanda
wandarogers2000@yahoo.com"
Wanda Rogers of Manchester,Tenn USA

"To friends/family/and loved ones for Michelle Witmer: I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You're family will be in my prayers. Michelle fought for her country and I admire and respect that, she is a hero to me and this country."
Dawn of Madison, Alabama USA

"To the family and friends of SPC Michelle Witmer:
I heard about your loss, and want to express my most sincere condolences. My son is currently serving in Iraq, so although I don't share your pain, I understand your pain. Please know that Michelle is not only a hero, but also is truly one of the "Brave" you are reminded of every time our National Anthem is played. This IS the "land of the free and the home of the Brave" - and it is because of heros like Michelle that it is kept this way. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God will comfort you, and I hope, so will the knowledge that your daughter is in our hearts and minds forever as one of the truly great Americans."
Connie Novak of McHenry, IL/USA

"To the Witmer family:
I have been seeing your family's story on the news lately and I just wanted to send my deepest condolences to you all. I am so proud of your daughter, she is a hero in my eyes..and I will forever be grateful to her for her ultimate sacrifice. Please stay strong in these troubling times and remember that you are never alone in this family of ours. From a wife of a national guard soldier to a greiving family...you are in my prayers!
(armywifeschroer@aol.com)"
Tiffany and SPC Tommy Schroer of Louisville, KY

"to the Witmer family;
I read about your terrible loss in my local newspaper this morning. No parent should ever have to out-live their children. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your two wonderful daughters in this your time of trouble."
Fie Nielsen of Denmark

"To the Witmer family...
I am so sorry for your loss... All of you are American Heroes in my eyes.. I enjoy my freedoms today due to members of the military such as Michelle and her sisters.. May God Bless you all and the rest of our military families"
Heather of Charlotte, NC

"My deepest condolences to the family and friends Michelle M. Witner.

My heart aches for you, and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the deep hurt you feel can be in some part be eased by the feeling of great pride for Michelle’s valor and deep sense of patriotism.
Michelle, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and did so willingly and without hesitation. Thank you so very much for defending my freedom. It means so much to me, to the people of NYC and to the entire nation. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice in the service of the country that I love so very much. You will always be remembered as an American Hero.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Most Sincerely,
Pat"
Pat Shoukry of New York, N.Y. USA

"Rest in Peace...You are an angel in the sky looking over your family and friends now. May they find peace and comfort in the Lord"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"God's Blessings to the family of Michelle. The loss of your daughter is tragic. She will live on in your happy memories of her. To Michelle's sisters: God be with you in what ever your decision may be. You are true heros for serving our country. Thank you."
Candy Knutson of Poynette, WI

"I will forever remember your loss , when comes the glorious, blessed day, that no one shall live in terror. When the children that Michelle held at the orphanage need not worry about being blown to bits and can lead enjoyable lives. ~God Bless your family"
kountrywillow of Racine, Wisconsin

""Michelle"
Patriotism, courage, & selflessness we thank you. You will always be remembered as you live on in the hearts of your family and friends."
Cynthia of Pottsville, PA

"TO THE WITMER FAMILY,
MAY GOD COMFORT YOU, AND BE WITH YOU.
MICHELLE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A TRUE HERO!!! YOU NOW HAVE A PRECIOUS ANGEL IN HEAVEN TO LOOK OVER YOUR FAMILY. I'LL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS"
martha hope of fillmore, calif

"Thank you Michelle for making a difference in this world. May God bless those you leave behind and fill their hearts with comforting memories."
Shannon L Deese of NC

"To the Witmer Family. Our hearts are broken knowing that yet another soldier has fallen. Your family's loss is remembered by ours gratitude in knowing that Michelle helped keep us safe. We lost my nephew in Afghanistan back on January 29, 2004. SPC Robert Cook was from Sun Prairie. Wisconsin and our nation thanks you all. May God grant you understanding and wisdom during these trying times."
David & Karen Barden of Taneytown, Maryland

"May the Lord reign blessings upon the family of Michelle M. Witmer. I pray that Michelle's sisters will stay in the U.S.! God Bless!"
Monica of Alpine, Texas

"To Michelle's Family:
There are no words to express our sorrow for the loss of this fine soldier. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Michelle's Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for her bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Michelle will always be a hero in my book..I thank her for serving our country..I am so sorry to the family about yout lost..May god be with you.."
Stacey Spadaccini of Zephyrhills, Florida

"Michelle,
Thank You for serving Our country, you are a true Hero and your Bravery will never be forgotten. god will help Your Sisters make the right decision for them. You have served your country well, May god bless Your Family . You will make it through this diffcult time. Whatever the sisters do, thank You for your serving our Country."
The Woll Family of Auburn PA

"Dea Michelle,
Thank you for your bravery. All of America is indebted to you for your service. Our country and the rest of the world is much safer because of your actions against the cruel and evil terrorists in Iraq. The insurgents in Iraq must be fought hard and you did just that. Thank you for doing such a heroic and brave thing."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"Prayers your request to have your other 2 daughters stay state-side will be heard... Sandi Bee"

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

"It is hard to express how grateful we are for the tremendous sacriface given by Michelle and your family. We appreciate the courage of those who fight for our country's freedom and grieve for their loss. As time goes on I hope that your memories give you comfort. Time will not heal your sorrow but please know there are many people that are thinking of you all. I pray that your two daughters will remain safe. God Bless your family."
Sandi of Simi Valley, CA

"Thank you for your service. I saw your story on the World News. Such sacrifice and dedication is so greatly appreciated. May God be with you and your family in the days ahead."
Lauren of Dansville, NY

"Thank you Michelle Witmer, 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 Spc. Michelle Witmer:
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 Michelle for the sacrifice she has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Michelle Witmer:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Michelle, 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