Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Army Spc. Robert J. Cook

24, of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Cook died west of Ghazni, Afghanistan, when a weapons cache prematurely exploded. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Died on January 29, 2004.

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"On this Memorial Day, We so Few, Remember the Ultimate sacrifice You Gave So that the rest of us May live with the Freedoms we enjoy! Although Most of America has Forgotten what You have done for us, I Never Will Brother!
Rest In Peace Brother,
Until We Ride Again!"

"Well, it’s been 20 years brother. I still miss you. Sadly, not as much as I used to. I guess I’ve become accustomed to not having you around. I’m not as sad about your loss anymore. I focus on the fun stuff we did and the crazy crap we pulled. I’ve told my daughter about you, shared stories about how stupid we were and how much I cared for you. I sure wish you could’ve met. That will happen one day for sure. I do still have a cry on this day every year. I miss you and that will never end. Please know that I am so very proud of you and your sacrifice for our country and the people you loved. You were a great American and I do my best to keep your memory alive. I love you like a brother."
Dan Bush of Akin, Illinois

"From This Day, Till The Ending Of The World, We In It Shall Be Remembered, We Lucky Few, We Band Of Brothers. For He Who Sheds His Blood With Me, Shall Be My Brother.---Shakespeare's Henry V---- We Shared so much and loss so much on that deployment, but we'll meet again my Brother, for that I am sure.... Rest In Peace My Brother, Your Tour has been served."

"On this Veterans Day of 2023 We Thank You for Your Service. This is a day for remembering all those who have given of themselves for our country...A time to reflect on the Blessing of our Liberty and the Sacrifices Demanded to Keep it...A time to Give Special Thanks to Veterans Like You! You will never be forgotten and we Honor you not only on this Veterans Day But every day for what you did for Our Country. May you continue to Rest In Peace."

"This Memorial Day of 2023, We Honor You Cookie and all of the others who rode an Angel Flight Home! May you Rest In Peace! Never Forgotten!!"

"After 19 Years and Everything that has gone on, I'm sure with troops out of harm's way now people are starting to forget the Ultimate cost of our Freedom. I, for one will Never take that for Granted. I'll make this promise to you my Brother, until my last breath, I'll Never Forget your sacrifice and the day you took your last. Until We Ride Again My Brother, May You Rest In Peace..."

"Another year has passed and it still seems just like yesterday! I remember exactly the time, the place, the smells and the crazy chaos of that event of which I will never forget and it will be forever etched in my heart, soul and mind. May You RIP Cookie! You are now one of those Beautiful Stars we see shining bright at night in the sky looking and watching over all of us!"

"18 Years, It doesn't seem like it could be that long. I still remember that day like it was yesterday, for better or worse it's burnt in my memory. Although as horrible as that day was, I have to look back on the days before that fateful day. Many Great Memories were created. I knew after that day, the world would be different, different because you didn't come home with us. I know without a doubt, that you would have changed the world, you had that kind of strength and determination. I miss you to this day Brother, in this fast life everyone lives take time to pullover and Remember the Fallen.
Rest In Peace Brother."

"Today as I walked among the more than 7400 Flags of Valor, I stopped at the flag honoring your son and said a prayer for your family and the thousands of other families who have made such a sacrifice."
Mary of St. Louis, MO

"As everyone sits down for their lunches & Dinner's with families for this Holiday, take a moment to Remember that Brave Young Man or Young Woman who paid that toll our Great Nation asked of them. Thank them for they are the true Heroes of this Great Nation we so Freely enjoy everyday. Also, Thank those Gold Star Families, as no one else knows the High Price that our Freedom costs, than a Gold Star Family!"

"17 years and i still think about you i think you would be 41 today both your brothers got married this last year and i keep plodding along love you and miss you"
doug cook of Verona wi

"As another year has passed I sit and think of your sacrifice. I know we all raised our hand and pledged and oath to defend our nation and give our life if need be. You my Brother in arms, that made that sacrifice, and your family made that sacrifice as well. Many people forget about the families back home, most people will never understand or unfortunately care to understand what your sacrifice meant to this nation, but one thing is for sure they will NEVER forget your service to this nation Brother. R.I.P. I'll see you on the other side!"

"Here we are at Veteran's Day 2020--So much has happened and changed in this crazy world, but one thing that hasn't changed and NEVER WILL CHANGE is the HONOR we pay TRIBUTE to you--for YOU gave the Ultimate Sacrifices and that is one I WILL NEVER FORGET. RIP BROTHER!!"

"On this day, with all the loss we have suffered, all the loss that's so fresh in our minds of loved ones and friends passing. Let us not forget the ones who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice in Defense of our Freedoms that we Love so much. Many Fathers, Brothers, Sons, Uncles, Nephews, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Aunts, Nieces left it all on the field of battle for you, for me, for everyone in this nation. So on this day, if you enjoy your freedoms, Thank a Veteran, even if you don't know one personally, find one. A simple Thank You means the world, I know I Thank Robert J. Cook everyday for his sacrifice for our nation. Rest in Peace Brother!"

"Here we are again my brother, another year has passed. It's hard to believe that 16 of them have gone by when the memory is still so fresh in my mind. I can still remember our conversation as you were the last man climbing on the truck and we shook hands. I often ask myself of the master plan, why? Why were you taken so early when you had so much more to offer the world. That fateful day the Army lost one of it's own, but more importantly we lost a Brother, a Brother that until my dying breath, it will be my duty to remember your HONOR, COURAGE, AND SACRIFICE and make sure that your memory will NEVER be another name on a sheet of paper, but that it will live on as the Brother and True Friend that you are!
May you Rest Easy Brother, your watch is over."

"Veterans Day 2019--- time has gone by so fast, but yet at times so very slow. We will never forget you or the Sacrifices you made for us and our country. The memories are still there just like it was yesterday but it isn't. RIP Brother--See ya on the other Side."

"Memorial Day 2019---What can you say to a person who looked deep inside their being and so selflessly made the choice to give their last breath? What can you say to a loved one full well knowing that may be the last time he may ever see them? What can you say to that Soldier who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice and left everything he loved behind for You and I to enjoy so much what we love and enjoy and take for granted everyday? Most people don't know the cost, or stare into space looking blindly past the toll that MUST be paid to live in these United States that we Love so much. So the question has been ask--What can you say??? YOU STAND TALL BEFORE THAT HEADSTONE--SALUTE AND SAY THANK YOU!!!!! THANK YOU COOKIE YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN."

"15 Years Brother. Where has time gone? It still feels like that cold day in January of 04 was yesterday. I think about our time in the service often. I wish there were things I could have changed, I wish I wasn't pulled for that mission. I don't understand why somethings happen the way that they do, even as I sit here typing this I still have so many unanswered questions floating around in my mind. I hope one day we'll fall into formation together again and share memories of better days. Until that day, rest easy brother and know your sacrifice for your nation and for your fellow brothers is one the will never be forgotten!!"

"sorry I haven't been to visit you lately my health hasn't let me - I still think and miss you love dad"
doug cook of verona

"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day in 2018 and on this day My Brother we Honor You and Say THANK YOU for your Service---I will see you on the other side. RIP Brother"

"It's crazy that yet another year has passed brother. Another year since that cold day in Ghazni. You've always been in my thoughts and I remember the significance of your sacrifice every single day I wake up. Stay safe and keep your shot group tight brother."

"I miss you Robert."
Candy of Delavan, Wi


"RIP My Brother. Thirteen long years since we all lost a great buddy & friend. I still remember that day often and still have many memories of you. Your tour of duty is over but your presence is never going to be forgotten. May you always RIP Cookie and know you are Missed!"

"13 years - still remember it like yesterday love dad"
doug of verona wi

"Today on this Memorial Day my thoughts are filled with memories of you and all the good times we had. I think of you often and wish things were different but they can't be changed. With Honor I'm proud to call you my friend. RIP Cookie I'll meet you first on the other side."

"Thinking of you on this 2016 Memorial Day. I miss you so much Robert."
Candy (mom) of Delavan,WI

"its harder for me to visit your grave. but I think and miss you often love dad HAPPY BIRTHDAT"

"Rob I know you're looking down on all of us and I wonder what it'd be like if you were still walking along us. I've always had nothing but good times with you and I do miss that. I can't say thank you enough for your sacrifice. RIP and until we meet again I'll be looking at the heavens and smiling for you."
R of Sun Prairie, WI

"Yet another year has passed my brother. I still think of you, and if not for your ultimate sacrifice, what you would have done these past 12 years. I'm not sure if I've ever said, but Thank You, Thank You for giving your life so that my family and my children may run free and do so as they please. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest easy my brother, your tour is over."

"12 years it seems like yesterday ill never forget love dad"
doug of verona

"Today on this Veterans Day of 2015 I want you to know we will never forget the sacrifices you gave to your country. RIP Brother. We Honor YOU!"
L. B.

"Thank You for your Service to our Country. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and you will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Brother"
Luke B.

"From This Day,
Till The End Of The World,
We In It Shall Be Remembered,
We Lucky Few,
For He Who Today Sheds His Blood With Me
Shall Be My Brother.
(Shakespeare's Henry V)

I miss you brother and on day we'll meet again."

"Your missed everyday Brother, RIP. Thank you for your service to our country--you will never be forgotten. See you on the other side!"
Luke B.

"im roberts dad verdc@tds.net"
doug cook of verona wi

"10 Years.....How does one describe the feelings they've held for that long, how does one reflect on a day, a decade ago. I have thought about you for the past 10 years and I will visit you one day to pay my respects for the sacrifice you made for your fellow brother's, so that they may continue the fight. Often I feel as though I need to write certain things here, things I guess to make up for a brother lost in a time of war, but those things I will keep with me until I can tell you in person, that's one of the burdens I will bear.

Forever My Friend,
Forever My Brother,
Always in this life,
And when the day comes,
I'll join you in Another.
Trust in this my Brother, you will NEVER be forgotten, I assure you...
R.I.P. Cookie"
Lucas B.

"Memories came flooding back the other day with a phone call from an old friend. We talked about old times... and your funeral. With the memories came saddness. I miss you so much! Thinking about you..."
Missing You of Home

"Trace Adkins song-- Arlington says it all. Cookie you are one of the Chosen Ones and a Very Special One. May you RIP Brother, I will never forget you and the Ultimate Sacrifice you made for us all. I think about you everyday and I know that someday we will meet again."
Lucas B.

"You are remembered everyday brother!"

"I think of you everyday. My heart has been broken for almost 10 years now. I still keep trying to move on with my life but I stop all the time and just think of you and cry. I can't move on fully. Will never be able to. I will never feel whole. I miss you! I keep my memories close to my heart and continue my life hoping that someday we shall meet again."
Missing you of Home

"For most people today is another day off, a reason to go to a BBQ, an excuse to put off something till tomorrow. For me today is the day I remember my best friend who did not get the chance to sit and laugh on the plane ride back from Afghanistan. He took my place on the field of battle and gave his life to a country who honestly didn't know he was there, or didn't care, but make know mistake about, those of us who stood at his side, those of us that saluted that rifle and boots and cried will always remember. Today is your day, a warrior's day, you will always be in my heart for you were one of my best friends and one of my brothers, we all bare the burden of your fall, we will carry it until we meet again, This much I promise you. Rest In Peace Robert J. Cook."
Luke B

"I think about you often Brother--R.I.P."
Luke B.

"Still on my Mind Brother--RIP"
Luke B.

"RIP Bro-- Still thinking about you"
L S.. Buller of N. N. Ks

"Robert I wear your name proudly on a memorial bracelet on my right wrist and have for the past 7 years.... You will never be forgotten"
Brian Santa of Harfford, CT

"Thinkin about the good times in Eygpt Brother"
Lucas Buller of Newton, Kansas

"Luke, I know Rob's mom would love to hear from one of his old friends he served with...She is still going thru a tough time with it all. Blessings to you and welcome home soldier. We will never forget the sacrifices so many of our men and women have made."
Candy of Poynette WI

"7 years my brother.... 7 years have passed yet I still remember that day like it was yesterday, peace be with you, till we meet again"
Luke Buller of Newton Ks

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"I still think about ya everyday bro, I try not to think about that day too much, but know matter how hard I try it's still in my mind. you'll always be in my thoughts and I know one day we'll meet again. I'LL NEVER FORGET YOUR SACRAFICE!"
Lucas S. Buller of Newton, Ks

"You are still thought of my friend,and will never be forgotten."
Jody Dean of Tuscaloosa, AL.

"Your spirit Lives.. You are not fotgotten!!"
Robert James Cook of New Jersey

"four years - enough time for the goverment - what are we doing no parent should lose a child like this. SUPPORT the troops your dad"
doug cook of verona, wi

"Cookie!!! I can't belive it's been 4 years to the day bro...I remeber that day like it happend yesterday. Your in my thoughts everyday, and even though the public has pretty much forggoten about the "stan" i'll NEVER forget the sacrafice you made for your brothers in arms and for OUR country!

R.I.P. bro!"
Lucas S. Buller of Newton Ks

"Cook, I miss you brother and still think of you every day."
Jody Dean of Tuscaloosa AL.

"November 19, 2007
To the family of Spc. Robert J. Cook:
Robert 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Hey Robert,
I miss you so much. I will visit your grave soon. Much love, your half brother"
Kyle of Madison, WI

It has been just over 3 years....Some days tt still seems like only yesterday.
I miss you, your smile, your laugh. I wonder would could have been. Just want you to know you are never far from my heart."
C of Wisconsin

"Hey cookie, Just wanted to let you know still thinking about you all of the time. About when you came to Albany and spiced up our world... you were amazing soldier and an awesome friend....love ya"
Briana Markle of Albany, N.Y. 12208

"Bro, just got back from tour #2. Thanks for having my back in Ramadi. My son, Eamonn Cook Brady, was born while I was gone. Thank You for that. I miss you Bro."
SSG Brehan F. Brady of 101st ABN DIV

"Hey Cook, I know this is really stupid but in a way it seems like you are still there. I am on my way back bro, To the sandbox for my 3rd tour. Never would have thought it would go this long. I just wanted to say that you are still on my mind. I still wear that black bracelet with your name on it. My CSM even lets me wear it in uniform. Its real political now. I just wanna go do my job... i guess some will never understand the costs until they have been there beside us. Well I gtg ... glad youre watching bro. Its like I got my own angel or something. PS Wife still has pic on fridge...."
Ortman of Kuwait

"Still thinking about ya bro!"
Lucas Buller of Newton KS

"Thanks for giving ut your best!!!"
Merrill the weyerhauser of south st paul mn

"Rob you were always there for us. You will
forever be remembered and never forgotten.

SSgt Derek Heinzelman of Sun Prairie, WI"

"Rob "Cookie", I remember when you first arrived to Drum as a "cherry" private, you were kicked over to another squad because i chose another kid to be in my squad just days before you arrived, i still remember how sorry i was that i did not get you as one of my guys, you were by far the most squared away newbie that i saw, next to me of course. I will always remember the nites out to the bar in those last couple of months that i was in right after Egypt. RIP Rob. Right after your death i was driving over to the Dells and passing the exit ramp for Sun Prarie and decided that i would get off and drive through just incase your family had a memorial set up and i might be able to track them down and tell them in person how sorry i was for their loss, your son was a great a guy and a hell of a soldier."
Sean Langley of Racine, WI

"* man........

I wish I was there instead of you. I am trying to go back and finish this deal..."
Brendan McCoy of OKC

WUZZUP Bro? I know it has been to long. I just finished my second tour, this time to Iraq. The day I made it home from Astan, I went to get something outta the fridge and there was a pic of you and me...my wife taped it there with several other pics not realizing....i just stared at it and then..well...anyways, think of that day all the time...remembering and wondering. I am glad to have been on a team with you bro! "Climb To Glory!" HOOAH!""
SPC A. Ortman of Fort Drum, NY

I would like to say thank you to you and the 7 other soldiers who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Vires Montesque Vincimus"
(We Conquer Power And Mountains)
87th Inf. Motto"

"To the family of:Robert J Cook I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"I just realized tonight that you were the one who had the codes."

"May God Be Forever With you, I will always remember the Sacrifice you gave for our Freedom As well as others who have lost their lives"
Jeff Rutherford (Veteran) of Eugene, Or U.S.A.

"I cried for you, just as I promised.
Bagram Air Base-'03-'04"
Mark W Billings of Guam

"if anyone would like pictures of rob email me at boomer.purser@us.army.mil"
Sgt. Adam Purser of Ft. Polk La

Sorry it took me unitl now to write this cookie. You where a good friend, I felt safe when i knew you had my back sorry i wasn't there to have yours. You'll always be remembered and loved god bless you and your family, and i'll always remeber RANCH gos on anything. see ya on the high ground"
Adam Purser of Fort Polk La, U.S.A.

Forgiving one's self starts the healing process. Rob is in a much greater place than we are. We all miss him, we all wish we had done something different. We can't change what has happened, we can only look forward to seeing him again. Oh yes, he is watching over us...no doubt about it.
He has forgiven and has been forgiven. Come and visit the family some time. You carry some of Rob's spirit within you."
Candy of Poynette, WI

"Cookie, it's been over a year, I still can't find the words to describe the way I felt when we lost you, I know your looking down on us, and I thank you for giving your life for the U.S. I will always remember your sacrafice and everyday I put my bracelet on and take a moment of my time to reflect on what you gave for us. I miss ya bro, but damn, why did you have to tell me "nothing ever happens here" before you left the gate that day? I still feel bad about that day, and I don't know if i'll ever come to terms with it, but i'm trying. Thanks, and we'll toss back some more when I see you again!

P.S. Dale has your last can, you should go get it back from him....."
Lucas S. Buller of Newton, Kansas

Thank you for your (((BIG))) hug in my dream last night. It brought great peace knowing you are ok. I will always miss you."
of Wisconsin

"Rob, what can I say you are one of the greatest people that I've known. You stuck up for the weak and were an all around wonderful man. The army was lucky to of had you. I think about you all the time. I remember all the good times we all had when we were in high school and after. It is hard to believe you are gone. I remember all the times that I went and watched you and the guys playing football and sat around talking and laughing. You got along with everybody. Inside I still think you are with us. I've prayed for your family and kept them in my thoughts. I know your in a wonderful place watching over us all. Thank you for everything you have done for us and also your country. Your memory will stay with me forver."
A friend of Sun Prairie, WI

"To the Family of Robert Cook:
I came across this web site last night when I put in my son's name (Adam Kinser). He was killed along with your son, Robert. What can I say? Not a day goes by and not too many moments, either, when I don't think about our sons and those who died with them. What has gotten us through this horrendous time has been our faith in God. You see, we do not mourn like those who have no faith. Our hope is in Jesus and we know that Adam is in Heaven at this moment. He gave his heart to God when he was but a boy and he lived his faith until the very end. I know that on that horrible day when our world was torn apart, Adam was hearing the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant." That is what keeps us going and I pray that your faith will do the same for you. I am sure Adam and his fellow soliders are doing something wonderful in heaven and they are looking forward eagerly to the time that we can join them. In the meantime, we have to live each day for Christ. Paul said, "To live is Christ, but to die is gain." Our boys already have that gain and we will too someday when we put our faith in Christ. You are in our prayers, as are the families of all of the other brave men and women that have been killed to maintain our freedom. God bless you all.

P.S. Adam's son, Adam Noah Adyn Kinser, was born on March 12, 2004, just three days after the 304th PsyOps unit came home. Our e-mail address is pauledwardkinser@msn.com. I'd love to hear from you."
Terri Kinser of Rio Vista, CA

"We think we have more than you because we continue our lives.
I hope the life you gave gives and keeps the lives of hundreds more.
In a number of years at the time of our own peaceful deaths, I suppose you will draw even with us.
But the future generations of those lives that you saved and protected, will hold you in the highest esteem, will honor you, long after the rest of us are forgotten.
You will be far ahead."
Kevin Kilkenny of Wisconsin

A day never goes by that I don't think of you. I miss you so much. Tears still fall so easily. You had grown into such a fine young man and would have gone far. I was looking forward to being your first patient. I'm proud to call you my second son. Know that my heart is with you and your family is going to be ok."
Your other Mom of Poynette, WI

"im sorry we didnt have enough time"
your dad

"To the family,
I would want to send my thanks to you and your loved one who was lost in the war in Iraq. I have to lost my brother on Dec. 24th, 2003 in Iraq. Sgt. Benjamin Biskie.
I want to say that I appreaciate the sacrifice he has made for the freedom of us all in this country. They are all hero's. God Bless you through the holiday season and all times!"
Darlene of Tucson, AZ


Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, remember all those crazy times. You were one of the best soldiers it has been my privilage to serve with. I'll keep your memory alive and I promise that I won't let all that you did be forgotten. See you on the last objective. Climb to Glory!"
SGT Brehan F. Brady of 101st Airborne Div.

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"


"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"Dear Robert,
Thank you for your part in my freedom! My son is part of "Iraqi Freedom". My heartache has just begun. My sympathy goes out to the family you left behind. You will never be forgotten by your family or me! God bless your family!"
D. Sandusky of West Mineral, Ks.

"I haven't seen Rob in probably 10 years. It's a shame I never will again.

Rest in Peace, Rob."
Chris of Wisconsin

"I will miss Rob Cook for the rest of my life. He and I got to Drum at the same time and were room mates and best friends. To his family, I am sorry for your loss and I hope you know that it was not in vain. God Bless."
SSG Dan Bush of Fort Drum, NY


"To Robbie, and all the soldiers that have given their lives, so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today. My heart goes out to you and all the families that have suffered such loss.....I miss you buddy...."
Chris, one of Rob's best friends of Sun Prairie, WI

"Thank you for all that you did for us....we love you!!!"
monique of wa

"Robert, family and friends,
Be proud, stand tall, and know what HERO really means. Never to be forgotten!! "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened""
Mrs. Marcie Biskie-widow of Sgt Benjamin Biskie Sr of Missouri

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

"Hair of blonde
Eyes of Green
A little boy named Robert

Forever charming
Forever sweet
Always loving
Compassionate and neat

When he grew up
He went to war
To fight for our freedom
To settle the score

One cold Thursday night
In January of 04
Some men came to tell us
Our son won't be home any more

They said he died a hero
He was brave and strong
Not afraid of what he was doing
He always knew right from wrong

We miss you Robert
We wish you were here
We want to hold you
We want you near

We want to hear your laughter
Just one more time
We want to see your smile
To let us know you are fine

Each morning we see you in the sunrise
In the evening it's the stars
We know that God is with you
We never have to look too far"
of Wisconsin

"To the family and friends of Shawn Clemens,
We can only but pray that we will have the pleasure of meeting such a wonderful soldier as Shawn in that golden city. He along with our son Justin Scott and six other soldiers paid the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom even of those who do not realize this. These men are now soldiers of a higher commander. They are now waiting for us to get ourselves right so that someday we’ll be together again. Than shall we know how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
All our love and prayers to the family and friends of this wonderful brave soldier, your son, our soldier. Please feel free to contact us at blscott@fuse.net"
Wm & Lisa Scott of Bellevue, Ky

"To Robert's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"Greater love hath no man than this,that he lay down his life for his friends. God bless you Robert"
Sarah of ky


Scouts Out Brother!"
A7R of Bagram, Afghanistan

"My family sends its thanks and respect to so good and noble a family that could raise a fine man like Robert. Thank you and thank God, that our country had men like him, when needed."
The Estes Family of Phoenix, AZ

"Dear Cook Family,
We feel your pain and heartbreak also as we too have lost a son and brother in the same explosion(SSG Shawn Clemens). They made us all very proud and will always be our heroes. Please contact us. God bless you."
Candace Clemens(mother) of Allegany, N.Y.

"Be proud of Robert. Be sure to fly your American flag in his honor and keep his memory alive. My prayers are with you at this time of need. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace. God bless!"
Jean Moran- Ben Gilman's sister of Wethersfield, CT

"Dear Cook Family: My condolences go out to you. I knew Adam Kinser who was also killed in this explosion. I will never forget what your son did so that we could all live in freedom. He is a true hero. My heart goes out to you during your time of sorrow. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless."
Jessica of Isleton, CA

"I just wanted to send my heart felt condolences to the Cook family. My son Sgt. Benjamin Gilman died along with Spc. Cook in this explosion. I pray everyday that God helps us thruough this. They are our heroes. I just wanted to let you know i was thinking of you and am praying for you. God bless you all."
Edith Gilman of Meriden, CT

"Sandy, Robert and Jennifer,
Robert will always live on in our hearts. His smile and laughter will be remembered. I feel you loss and the overwhelming sadness. But I know he isn't far. Know I love you all and will always be here for you.
I wonder if they have little plastic swimming pools in heaven?"
Candy of Poynette, Wi

"Robert is my nephew, and though we feel he was taken too early from his family, we know that his strength and courage is now serving God.

Robert gave his life for US.

As you go on with your daily lives, please take a moment to remember those who are abroad living their daily lives in danger, away from their families; the tired, war-worn, lonely, scared and exhausted. From teenager to middle aged, they steadfastly give of themselves so that we may enjoy freedom. Freedom is not a right, but rather a privilege given to us by those who sacrifice in many different ways.

Even if you do not personally know anyone who is directly involved in Operation Enduring Freedom, your life IS affected by all of the unseen faces who are fighting for YOU. They cannot see your face either, but they haven't forgotten you and they need to know that they are thought of, appreciated, loved.

When you think you are having a bad day, consider what having a bad day could mean to a soldier.

When your job is the cause of a hectic life for you, consider how the jobs of our soldiers are the cause of a hectic life for them. Which would you rather have?

When you lay your head on your pillow tonight, say a prayer for a soldier who lays his head upon foreign soil, away from his family, in eminent danger, and then thank him for your freedom."
Karen of Maryland

"Thank You for everyones support. My brother was a great man and a wonderful hero. I'm very proud of what he has done in his life. His Sister. Any one can conact me or my family at my email: jencook422@hotmail.com"
Jennifer R Cook of Sun Prairie, WI 53590

""RIP Brave Solider. You are now the beautiful star we see shining bright at night in the sky.""
The Taylors USMC of NC

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Robert Cook, 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. Robert Cook:
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 Robert 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 Spc. Robert Cook:
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 Robert, 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