Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Alan N. Bean, Jr.

22, of Bridport, Vermont.
Bean died in Forward Operating Base Kalsu (Iskandariyah, Iraq,) when their unit came under mortar attack. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 86th Field Artillery, based in Williston, Vermont. Died on May 25, 2004.

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"hey you are a real inspiration"
jasmine of New hampshire

"AJ.. Just wanted to let you know that evertime I wrote the date today you were in my thoughts. I don't believe that May 25, will ever be the same , but I don't believe that I want it to, that way I know that you will forever be remembered. Love ya very Much .. Miss Ya always

P.S. I'll be stopping by, so make sure your around :)"
Jordon Crandall of North Bangor, N.Y

"Happy Birthday Alan I miss you so much. You were a big impact in my life. I miss your laugh and smile and the good times we use to have love you always."
Hannah of Yarmouth Maine

"Its been awhile.... Where have you been.. I wish you were here right now.. I was thinking of you a few days ago when you passed..... I love you Alan and always will. I will see you in heaven"
Hannah Sanborn of Yarmouth Maine

"Today my daughter's facebook page is honoring you. Thank you for being there to protect her. I wear a bracelet with your name on it every day. Mother of SFC Jessamyn Sobecki-Engle"
Marybeth of Cloverdale, CA

"i miss u dad"
gabe bean of freeport me,

"Decide to clean your keepsake cabinet today. I got half way through before the tears started. Whoever said time heals all wounds never lost a child. The wounds are still there. Miss you so much and think about you every day. Love you Bean"
Dad of Bridport Vt

"Christmas Is coming and you are welcome to come and be with your friends and family I miss you Alan. I love you"
Hannah Sanborn of Yarmouth Maine

"Hey Bean! It's been awhile since I posted anything on here I just want you to know not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Every time the family gets together you can bet were gonna talk about something that you did that made us all laugh, and we all laugh again. You will always be with us. I often find myself thinking about you and all the stuff we did growing up, I cherish those memmories. I love you Bud, and you will always be my hero!"
Uncle Mo of Altona,NY

"Hey Alan I miss you so much back in school its been along time since we seen each other. I'v grown so much, a freshmen in high school maybe last time you seen me when I was 5 yrs old I miss you soooo much love you"
Hannah Sanborn of Yarmouth Maine

"Hey kid,
I really miss you so much. I went to a camp that talks about god and everytime at J.a.m and when I prayed I prayed that I wish you were still here. I'm glad you are in a happyer place love you xoxoxoxo Hannah"
hannah sanborn of yarmouth Maine

"Alan I was just little when u died. I miss the jokes and fun stuff we did. I wish you were still here I think of you everyday when I look at gabe I love and I miss you"
Hannah Sanborn of Yarmouth Maine

I got to thinking of you the other day, and pulled out your letter you wrote to me from basic. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to have that one letter that I can go back to and read and revisit the events of my wonderful friend. I also find myself singing "fishing in the dark" in my head sometimes. I miss you Alan! Until we meet again! Love and peace to you."
Jessi Greenia of Burlington, VT

"To the brave and wonderful family of Alan Bean Jr. I have had the honor of meeting and talking with you more then once. Tricia, you contacted me and we stayed in touch for some time while I was at the VT Veterans Affairs Office. I think of all of you quite often and hope you are doing well, though can't come close nor want to know how much you miss Alan. He is in my heart and thoughts as well."
Laura Curtiss Palmer of Barre VT

"Happy Birthday Little Brother!"


Today is one of those days. It's one of those days where you are all I can think of. One of those days where I could use a giant bear hug. One of those days where I would give anything to hear you laugh, see you smile, and be able to talk to you. It's been awhile since I have had "one of those days." Generally when I think of you these days (and I think of you and miss you everyday!), it's not with the tragic sense of loss, but rather with fond rememberance. Today, is one of those days though, where it feels just like the day that I lost you. My heart is beyond repair, there's a constant void in it where you belong. I miss my friend, I miss my team mate, I miss my confidant, I miss you little brother."
Tricia Tetreault of East Calais, VT

"Tricia, Matt, Briana, Alan Sr., Kim and Vinnie,

While it's true, so much time seems to have passed, a day does not go by withou thinking of you and the fun times you and Jamie shared, under the worst of circumstances at times. You two were more like brothers, especially in appearances and demeanor!!

My heart goes out to each and every one of you, as I know, it never gets any easier to deal with the loss and the what if's. Just know that we hope this memorail will make certain, that our boys will never be forgotten and that people can go and visit and remember them, always. Yesterday, as I attended the Military Appreciation Day in Waitsfield, Alan was on my mind, as so many things bring back the memories of our boys, that he would have really enjoyed seeing so many folks giving thanks for what we have, thanks to him and the 35 others, who have made that ultimate sacrifice and the sacrifices of their families.

May you fine some peace in memories of him and keeping him onall our minds, forever.

Love, Marion and Steve"
Steve and Marion Gray of East Calais, Vt.

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Project Compassion, Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To the family of Alan, my name is Luis Antonio Rodriguez, then SPC Rodriguez, under the 81BCT/A1-185AR in FOB Kalsu. I was the only soldier capable of taken care of our fallen soldiers, your brother, your son, your love one. As an registered embalmer, the limited conditions of the base, and with a broken hearth, I did everything possible to preserve Alan's remains, until better care was available. I did not seek honors, nor recognicion, as others profit out of our tragedy, I just wanted his family to be able to see him again, paying my respects, and my love for our fallen soldiers."
Luis A. Rodriguez of Palm Springs, CA

"Bean, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. There isn't a day that passes that I don't feel that emptiness in my life. I'm still so lost without you Bean. I keep thinking that time will heal the pain, but after 5 years, it's still there. It's still raw. I still miss you as much now as I did 5 years ago.

We took Briana to the cemetery yesterday to visit you. We tell her about you all the time. She has a picture of you that we framed in a snowglobe, she likes to carry it around with her, and look at your smiling face. I wish she was able to know you, and that you were able to know her. I know the two of you would have had a lot of fun together.

I love you little brother, and I miss you more than words could ever convey.

All my love, now and forever,
Tricia Tetreault of East Calais, VT

"Today I gave a Memorial Day speech in our little town. It was about our sweet daughter Jessamyn, a hometown girl, and the 2 men who gave their life for her on 5/25/2004, 5 years ago today. If anyone would like a copy, email pupmom@hotmail.com.
Thank you Alan."
Marybeth Sobecki of Cloverdale, CA

"I never met you Alan. I was there on May 25 2004. There is not a day I dont think about you. You are my brother and you will never be forgotten.

From your brother in Arms
Aco 185th INF/P"
of Livermore Ca

"Miss you every day, Bean. Thank you for being my big brother over there and for always protecting me. All my love."
SSG Jessamyn Sobecki-Engle of CA

"Hey aj,
It's been 4 years and a day dosent go by that I dont think about you. I went into hot topic finaly I will never forget your promise to bring me their when you got back now when ever I go in their I look up to the sky and think I miss you so much I will never forget the dream I had about you and I woke up and looked at the end of my bed and saw you standing their I can't and never will forget you."
Nik reynolds of westport,ny

"Skip and I visited your grave last month during a road trip through New England. We promised Jessamyn we would do it for her. It is a beautiful spot and we were glad you are near family. Jessamyn will always remember that day in Iraq. She was only 19. She gave us bracelets with your and Alan's name on it with the verse, "No greater love.." She also has the date and those words tattooed on her inner wrists. You are her hero and our hero.
the parents of SSG Jessamyn Sobecki-Engle"
Marybeth and Skip of Cloverdale, CA

I am sorry that I was late in coming this year. I know that you forgive me. You have a beautiful place.It was such a pretty day out. Fluffy clouds, a nice breeze, the sun shining. I must say that it felt like I had to walk a million miles to get to you. Next time I will wear flat shoes. That'll teach me, huh?! It was worth it. I know you saw me cry. I am sorry about that. I know, I know. I am not supposed to cry. I just knew that while I was looking at that sky, you were looking down from it. It was so overpowering. I promise that it was a good cry. It was nice to be around you again Bean! I will see you again soon!

Love and Peace,

Jessica Greenia (a friend of Alan's) of Burlington, VT USA

"Dear Bean Family,
It was a great honor to know your son Alan! I went to CVU with him and he was a dear friend of mine. The other day I found a letter that he had wrote to me when he was in basic and it made me cry. I listen to "Fishing in the Dark" not really to remember him, but to honor him. He was a sweet man and I miss him terribly. I vist him every year, so he knows I haven't forgotten. I loved Alan very much! I just wanted to send you all my love as well!

Love and Peace,"
Jessica Greenia (it was Savage back in high school) of Burlington, VT USA

"Hey Little Brother,
I know you are smiling down on me right now saying, "Sis, what the hell are you crying for?!?! Suck it up!" But as I sit here looking at your picture next to Briana's, it breaks my heart to think that she will never get to meet you. We brought her up to visit you at the cemetery on the 25th. As I stood there looking at the stone, watching as Gabe read your name to us, and holding my baby girl I couldn't help but break down. I miss you so much, and you are still such a huge part of my life. There isn't a moment that goes by that you aren't in my thoughts. There isn't a day that passes that I don't feel that emptiness in my life. I still can feel that initial pain that I felt in the moment that I learned that we had lost you. That pain doesn't go away.

Matt and I have vowed that Briana will know who you were, what you stood for, and that we will tell her all about you, and all the stories that we have about you (some of those will be censored until she is older!).

Gabe tells us that you talk to him through a hole in his ceiling... I'm glad that he feels a connection to you! You need to stop teaching him the "potty words" because he gets in trouble when he uses them! If you decide to talk to Briana then teach her nice words!!

I love you Bean!! I miss you more than words can explain!!

Love, Hobie"
Tricia Tetreault (Sister of Sgt Alan Bean Jr, KIA 5/25/04) of East Calais, VT

"beany its been four years and i think of you every time i go threw bridgeport and everyday i know it is bridport but the look on your face everytime i said it was priceless. to the bean family i hope you are all doing well god bless you all"
hody of johnson vt

I can't believe it's been 4 years on Saturday 5/25/08 we do a moment of silence every year at the pig roast for you.Wish you were here.I miss you cuz.
Love kari"
Kari of Plattsburgh NY

"April 22, 2008
To the family of Spc. Alan N. Bean, Jr.:
Alan 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 there bud just wanted to say happy birthday. I want you to know that we all love you and that you are with us every day. There isn't one week that goes by that I don't tell someone of your sacrifice for us, and what a hell of a guy you are. Love ya bud."
Uncle Mo of Altona,NewYork

"Thank you so much"
Eddie Bean-Laha of Arkadelphia, Arkansas

"Hi A.J.,
I still remember the morning you were due to leave. I called you to say "Goodbye" and you replied I know Aunt Debi I love all of you. I had no idea at the time it we be the "final" goodbye. It still is unbearable to think I will never see you again or hear your laughter. I happened upon a picture of you holding Bailee I had no idea I had it and I thought how lucky she is to have that. I wish I could dream about you, that I could see you there and feel your presence again. I will always remember that little curly redheaded little boy. I will love you and miss you forever."
Debi Lynch, A.J.'s Aunt. of Westport, NY

I know that it has been awhile since I've stoped in to see you, but I promise that I will make it back up there real soon. Damn man I miss you! Sometimes I have these dreams that are so real it's like your right here with me raising hell. The trouble is then I wake up and miss you even more. I know that time is supposed to heal all wounds, but I don't see it happening. It still hurts today as much as the day I got that phone call at work. Alex has almost worn out two of your shirts, I have to fight with her to wash them. She may have never gotten to meet you but she knows who you are and she loves you. Every day the pictures of that new years party scroll through my screen saver and she says theres daddy, and JJ. That's what she calls you. Bean I just want you know that I love you, and I promise you that my girls will never forget you and all that you have given, so that they may grow up in a country unafraid to go to sleep at night. You are my hero and I promise to bring some beer the next time I stop by, just like old times."
Morris Reynolds AJ's Uncle of Altona NY

"Dear Alan,

FOB Kalsu was my home for almost half my stay in Iraq. I saw you and Sheehan after Daniel passed away. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of that dreadful day. I made a promise that night as I sat before the three of you......I WILL NEVER FORGET!!"
SSGT Robert Poveromo of MENIFEE, CA

"are you we ashley is on the bin the boy
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kerry come is fishing books ashleys bikes cars com tv football"
ashley of craigs

"To all of those who have posted messages to my family, I want to thank you with all of my heart. It's very comforting to know that he touched the lives of so many people. For all of those that were with my brother in Iraq, my heart goes out to you and your families as well, for the great sacrifices that you all endured. Please feel free to e-mail me at anytime (briden31@yahoo.com). I would love to hear any stories that you have about Bean. He was a great man, my very best friend, and I miss him more than words could ever convey.

To my little brother: It's been nearly three years, and still not a day goes by in which you aren't in my thoughts. I miss you as much now as I did when we first lost you, I still find myself picking up the phone to call you, writing you letters, searching for an e-mail from you. I love you Bean, and always will."
Tricia Tetreault (Sister of Sgt Alan Bean Jr, KIA 5/25/04) of East Calais, VT

"To the family of:Alan N. Bean,Jr 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 Mr. and Mrs. Bean,

I am putting together a Christmas tribute to our Fallen Vermonters for my office. It has me thinking of you...Please know that you are in my heart and thoughts as we approach the Holidays and take pause to be grateful for all we have and to those that have given so that we may live in peace and prosperity."
1LT Veronica J. Saffo of St. Albans, VT

"I was there With Bean when He Died.
He ws a Visitor in our Camp on May 25, 2004. When in that bunker, at well-placed Mortar exploded at the entrance, killing Bean and Sgt. Sheehan. I waited for them at the Medical Station, and had to transport their Bodies from Hum-V's into our Medical Station. That was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. I will never forget that Day.
I think of that day each and every day of my life.
My Heart goes out to the Friends and Family of SPC. Bean.
-Boyd Young
Former Army National Guardsman
August 21st, 2006."
Boyd Young of San Francisco, Ca

"Spc. Bean gave his life protecting my daughter; Spc.(now Sgt.)Jessamyn Sobecki-Engle. Next month she will turn 22, Alan's age when he gave all he had for her. No father can repay a man for saving his child's life. It is a debt of honor between them that time cannot cause to fade. I will thank him in person when at last we meet. His family & mine are bound by an act of selflessness that few will understand, & hopefully, few will experience. May God's love & light fill the void his leaving has created. May we pick up his banner & carry it with the courage that he did. May I never forget his sacrifice. God Bless the Bean family & God Bless the United States of America."
Skip Engle of Cloverdale Ca

I was looking up pictures on the internet to make a memory video of you for your family but not sure I will be able to finish it. I did not know it would be so hard or that the tears would fall like they are even now after this long. I really miss you. Wish you were here so we could go camping again, we had so much fun. Miss you always."
Uncle John of Westport, N.Y.

"To the Bean Family:
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers today and everyday as we mark this day that turned all of our lives upside down."
Jill and Todd Graham of Londonderry, NH


It has been nearly two years now since you left us, and still not a day goes by that you aren't in my thoughts. Words could never express how much I miss you, and how much my life has changed without you here. So much has happened since you've been gone, so many milestones that I wish you had been here to share with me. I wish so much that Gabe had a chance to get to know you, you would be so proud of him. He's gotten so big, and looking at him is like looking at a little miniature version of you, especially when he first wakes up and his hair is ruffled. I miss you so much Bean, and I so wish that you were still here with me. I know that someday we will be together again, but I'm going to warn you, once we are together I'm never going to let you out of my sight again!

With all my love,
Your sister Hobie"
Tricia Tetreault (Sister of Sgt Alan Bean Jr, KIA 5/25/04) of East Calais, VT

"To the Bean Family.

This is Matt Cohen, you might remember me. I was a Co Worker and a friend to Allen at the Universty Mall Security Staff. I am still very sorry for your loss. I visit him time and time again at the Cemetary. take care"
Matt Cohen of Essex, VT

"AJ... things just aren't the same without you here, even though I know that your up there watching over us all. Sometimes life takes turns and we wonder why, but never question them, and this is definetly one of those times. As hard as it is to talk about we all still tell everyone how sincere and brave you were for going, and that we wish that we all had the same courage and bravery that you had.... we all miss you so much.... love you FOREVER.... Jordon and Family"
Jordon of Westport, NY

"to family of spc bean, my heart go out to you. he is truth hero. i got to work with his 1/86 fa on scania,iraq. god bless him and his family."
ssg ted lord nys national guard 127th armor bn of jamestown, n.y

"God bless you and thank you for the sacrifice of your beloved son and brother.
I am trying to speak with all the families who have wood carved "portraits" at Arlington National Cemetery in the Faces of the Fallen exhibit. SPC Bean, Jr. is among this group. My name is Rev. Liz Wold. My nephew PFC Owen D. Witt was killed in Iraq on 24 May 2004.Please contact me: lizdcw@earthlink.net or 203-661-1719. Thank you."
Reverend Liz Wold of Connecticut

"Dear Alan Sr, Kim, Vinnie and Tricia,

A year has passed and we were thinking of you especially last Wednesday. We know what a difficult day it must have been for you all. Just wanted to let you know that we have not forgotten him and that he will always be in our hearts. Also know that you have the love and support of lots of people all over the country. We will miss Alan, but he will NOT be forgotten."
Love, Steve, Marion, Sarah, Vicki, Hailey and Taylor of E. Calais, Vt

"AJ, it has been a year now sine you have left us, but it still feels like yesterday. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you, your jokes, or just the roughousing that we all used to do. I just wanted to let you know that we all love you and you will always be our hero. Some day we will be together again with some beers singing "Jounior's In Love", just like we used to, you can count on that. Bean you live in all of our hearts and souls, you will never be forgotten and you are with us everyday."
Morris Reynolds Jr AJ's Uncle of Altona, New York

"It's been almost an year since you left us. How often we think about you. You truley were a HERO. Thank you for all you did. I hope where ever you are, there is upside down pie."

"Happy Birthday Bean! How I wish we were together to celebrate. I still miss you everyday, and not a day goes by that I don't talk to you. I hope you are well Bean, and that you are happy. We all miss you so much! Gabe is a year old now, and acts more and more like you everytime that I see him. Don't you worry, as far as picking on me... he has picked up right where you left off. We tell him all about you, and I'm making every effort to make sure that he knows who his Daddy was, and what he stood for. I love you Bean! Happy Birthday Little Brother!

With Love Always,
Tricia Bean - Alan's Sister of East Calais, VT

"Dear Alan Sr, Kim, Tricia and Vinnie,

Today the boys who shared in Alan's life in Iraq will return to the US and be reuited with their families. Please know that we are thinking of you and fully believe that he will be with them as he has been every day since he gave his life for all of us. Part of his legacy to us will be the continued support of the boys coming home and those still there. It will be a difficult day and perhaps a good day, for healing, to see the guys he shared his life with over there and back here, to be honored and recognized and remembered always. We look forward to sharing the day of their return with you all and know what an impact Alan made on so many people's lives.
We will continue to remember Alan every day that we face without him and his fellow fallen soldiers.

Love Steve, Marion, Sarah, Vicki, Hailey, Taylor"
The Jamie Gray Family of East Calais, Vt

"It has been 7 long months since you left us and still you are on our minds and in our hearts each and every day. You will always be remembered for the ultimate sacrifice you made for this country, the people of Iraq and us. Your are our hero, ALWAYS. To the family, Tricia, Alan Sr, Kim and Vinnie, know that Alan is not forgotten, and lovingly remembered by folks from far and wide, especially us. We think of you and wish you peace in the new year and know that Alan will never be forgotten. He was a courageous, selfless man who gave us his all."
Marion, Steve, Sarah, Hailey and Vicki of Calais, Vt.

"I don't know if Alan was a relative or not but my heart goes out to his family! God Bless!

Madeline Bean Hughes"
Madeline Bean Hughes of Los Alamos, California USA

"It is hard to find the words because our family feels the heartache, along with pride, with you. Alan and Kevin will forever live in our hearts. They are the brightest stars in the heavens keeping guard over all of us. Happy Thoughts."
Kathi Stern, sister of Kevin Sheehan of Springfield, Vermont

"Dear Alan, Kim, Tricia, Matt, and Ernie

We have just discoverd this web site after all this time, to our pleasant surprise. We want all of you to know that there is not a day when Alan doesn't cross our minds and thank him and his family for the sacrifice he has made for our country and us, as well. He will never be forgotten and always loved by all who knew him. May you find some peace in knowing that so many people care for you and cared for him. He truly is an American hero."
Stephen and Marion Gray of E. Calais, Vermont

"Aj, you will never know how proud I am of you. You were always the one that I could go to when I needed a laugh. I think of you every hour of every day, and still can't belive that you are gone. I wanted so bad to give you a hug and tell you that I loved you this past new years, but being the big tough guy I guess that I just couldn't do it. Oh how now do I regret. Bean you will always be with me, Sierra is always talking about you she will never forget you."
Morris Reynolds Jr. Alan's Uncle of Altona Ny USA

"My beloved little brother, you have no idea how much I miss you. You are my hero, as much now as you have always been. My life feels so empty now without your smile to fill it. I hope that where ever you are now... that you are happy. You have touched the lives of so many people, you were more amazing than you ever knew. I hope you know how much I love you, and how very proud I am of you. With love always, your sister, Hobie."
Tricia Bean - Sister of Sgt. Alan N. Bean Jr. of Johnson, VT

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

"To the Bean Family:
May God Bless you, and provide you strength during the many days ahead. Please know that our family grieves with you in your loss, as we struggle with our own. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless our Green Mountain Boys."
Jill McGrotty and Todd Graham of New Hampshire

"We will forever honor you Spc. Alan N. Bean, Jr.! We are humbled by the sacrifice that you and your family have made for us and our country! God bless your soul!"
SSG Nathan Henderson and Michelle Henderson of Essex Junction, VT USA

"Alan Sr. and Kim,

God blessyou both for your kindness and generosity. Alan will never be forgotten. Redlegs forever!"
Heather Sheehan of Milton VT

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

"To the Bean family, Iam so sorry to hear about Alan he will alway be a hero to me. Your family will be in my thoughts forever."
Stacy Cadorette... SGT William Normandy's sister of East Barre, Vermont

"To Alan'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

"Dear Bean Family, Thank you for raising a son willing to serve his country and "lay down his life for his friends". We share your pain and lift you in prayer. Aunt of Pfc Bradley Kritzer, killed May 5, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq"
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

"To Alan's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the family and friends of Alan Bean Jr. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you for your great loss. May knowing that all Vermonters are grieving with you and feeling your loss too, give you strength during this most difficult time in your lives. We are proud of our "Green Mountain Boys". May Alan rest in peace!"
Donna Papariello of Winooski, Vt.

"To the Bean family from the Wahl family. Our hearts and prays are with your family in this sadden time. Words of condolences are diffucult. For Alan; I am very proud of him for his service to our country."
leonard Wahl of Valley Stream ny

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

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, ALAN, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Alan Bean, Jr., 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. Alan Bean, Jr.:
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 Alan 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. Alan Bean, Jr.:
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 Alan, 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