Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Gunnar D. Becker

19, of Forestburg, South Dakota.
Becker died in Mosul, Iraq, of non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany. Died on January 13, 2005.

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"18 years....forever 19....Love, Gunnar's Mom.....
Debey Senska of Forestburg, SD

"Yesterday marked 16yrs since we lost Gunner. I still remember recieving the news, and will never forget the memorial service we had for him at FOB Scunion.
Watched a video this morning of him eating a giant fly for 20 bucks... was a good light hearted, animated moment.
Myself and his brothers from 2-63 will never forget his memory"
CW4R Michael Hendrickson of Macomb, Michigan

"Always & forever, I'm proud, to be Gunnar's Mom......love always & forever....
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A

"Memorial Day 2016
I love you with every beat of my heart.
always & forever,
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A

"Thinking of you today Becker, 11 years..."
Andrew Myers of Washington, DC

"no words....11 years
love you, Gunnar!
debey of forestburg, sd, usa

"Happy Easter, 2015.....
D'Jo, Luke, Colt and me....
Silver Creek Cemetery....today....
Love you, Gunnar!
Gunnar's Mom of Forestburg S.D. USA

"There is always a face before me
A voice I would love to hear
A smile I will always remember
Of a brother. son and friend we loved so dear
Deep In my heart lies a picture
More precious than silver or gold
It's a picture of my brother, son and friend
Whose memory will never grow old.
love you all,
debey of Forestburg S.D. USA

"love you, Gunnar......
debey of SD

"My interaction with Gunnar was minimal. Basically guard duty and chow times were when we talked. Its so hard to believe its been nearly a decade since he left, but I know he's in a better place. Every time I hear Pink Floyd's VVish you were here, I can just see all the Teamsters singing that song loud enough for you to hear them! R I P"
John Counts of Decatur, Ga

"Becker and I were on the same tank for most of our time in Iraq. I still think about him all of the time. He was an amazing guy. All my best to his family I'm so very sorry that he is gone."
SGT Andrew Myers, 2/63 AR of Washington, DC

"I wish you were here today
even for just a little while
so I could say Happy Birthday, Son
and see your beautiful smile.

The only gifts today will be
the gifts you left behind;
The laughter, joy and happiness...
precious memories...the best kind.

love always & forever....
Debey of Forestburg S.D. USA

""What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." ~Pericles"
Amber of IN

"Every day: we love you
Every day: we speak of you
Every day: we miss you
3285 days.
Debey of Forestburg S.D. USA

"I wore your dog tags, to the Veteran's Day Program at Sanborn Central, this morning. The program was very nice. I sat with one of your other moms........shed a few tears (made some of the teachers/staff cry), and found some laughter, too......
Always & forever, I'm proud, to be Gunnar's Mom...........
Veteran's Day 2013"
Debey of Forestburg S.D. USA

"i will never forget!!!!"
jacob sponsel of springfild mo

"its been a long time love you all and miss you gunnar love jacob sponsel"
jacob sponsel of springfild mo

"Another year has come
and your still so far away
You're always in my heart
each and every day.
I love you with every beat of my heart.
Debey of Forstburg, SD USA

"Hope they let you set off a couple of sparkler bombs, in heaven. Aim a couple of them over Sanborn County, if they are accompanied with rain. Happy 4th of July.
love you, with every beat of my heart.
Always & forever
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A.

"Remembering & Honoring our Brave.
~Memorial Day 2012"
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A.

"Happy Easter in Heaven!(2012)
Always missing you.........
I love you with every beat of my heart,
always & forever,
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A.

Here's to you, kiddo. On this day, in '04 you guys were "deployed"
I love you, with every beat of my heart.
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A.

"Birthdays In Heaven

Are there birthdays in Heaven?
Does the angel blow his horn?
Announcing to everybody
That this is the day you were born?

Can the stars be your balloons
And angel food your cake?
Presents wrapped in moonbeams
All the angels helped to make.

So I'll whisper a little prayer today
Asking everyone up above
To sing you a Happy Birthday song
And give you all my love.
~ Author unknown~
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A.

"Gunnar I miss you everyday. Today I looked up the meaning of your name and found out that it means bold warrior I knew right away that the name Gunnar was meant for. I love you Gunnar."
Shayna Loken of Cottonwood MN

"the wind that whispers through the trees, the brightest star at night,
a rainbow on a dismal day, a shaft of golden light,
All these are signs you send to me, a message from above,
that even death can't break the bonds of Son and Mother Love...
~ ♥ ~
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A.

"Quietly I'm remembering you
in the silence of my heart.
Each thought of you, a treasure
while we are now apart.

Merry Christmas, in Heaven!
♥ always & forever,
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A.

"To the family of:Gunnar D.Becker
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."

"Veterans Day 2011:
As always, Gunnar, your friends take good care of me. Just as you said. We miss you, still. Many people hold your memories, close to their heart....Mom, included.
I love you, with every beat of my heart,
forever & always,
Debey Senska of Forestburg S.D. U.S.A.

"Dear Gunnar and Debey,
You are especially on my mind tonight. What a horrific loss to your friends and family. You were a dear and special young man and soldier. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

God bless you and your family,
Tom of Germany

"Its been to long since we have seen your face,
our hearts are so broken we feel out of place.

Everything has changed since you went away,
Your smile, & laugh are missing everyday.
Debey of Forestburg SD

"From every mountain side
Let Freedom ring.
Debey Senska of Forestburg, SD

"Remembering & Honoring our Brave.
~Memorial Day 2011"
Debey Senska of Forestburg, SD

"May he rest in peace."
SFC Robert Donnell, HHC 2-63AR of New Orleans, Louisiana

Becker I just wanted you to know and your family know you are loved and missed sincerely. I still remember playing spades together before mission and sweating our buts off in all that gear, these memories I will keep with me to the day I pass on, the memories we all shared with you will never be replaced, thinking of you. Your Friend Joshua Goddard"
Joshua Goddard of House Springs, MO

On the day that you were born the angels got together, And decided to create a dream come true, So they sprinkled moondust in your hair ...
Happy Birthday, in Heaven, Gunnar. I love you, with every beat of my heart. ~Mom"
Debey Senska of Forestburg, SD

"Hey Gunnar,

I will remember this day forever. This is the day I found out that you were gone. I miss you man."
Kenneth Shapton of Salinas, CA

"your life was a blessing,
your memory a treasure.
You are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure.
Debey Senska of Forestburg, SD

"Christmas 2010.
Missing you, Gunnar.....
love, Mom"
Debey Senska of Forestburg, SD

"Thank you for your sacrifice and service."
She'ri Smith of Brackenridge Pa

"Memorial Day, 2010"
Debey Senska of Forestburg, SD

"My Son,
My Soldier,
My Hero.
My love, nor pride, shall never fade. Happy Easter, with Jesus, Gunnar.
I love you, with every beat of my heart,
Debey of Forestburg, SD

"Praying for your family, today and every day. Remembering Gunnar and the lives he touched."
Amber of Evansville, IN

"Dear family, & Friends.........
Suddenly you fell silent
Once again your eyes welled red
And as if by chance you spoke out loud:
"I still love you," is what you said

I can feel the pain that haunts you
And I know you try to understand
But your questions have no answers
At least none that you could comprehend

What keeps hurting you the most, I know:
You need to realize I am still O.K.
Please be strong and keep the Faith
We will all be together again someday

Keep me close at heart and pray for me
Throughout the years to follow
And turn those frowns upside down
I want to bring you happiness, not sorrow

Learn to listen with your heart
And rely less upon your ears
Only then will you recognize my voice
Behind those speical feelings we still share....

Debey Senska/Gunnar's Mom of Forestburg, SD, USA

""Some day soon we all will be together-if the fates allow. Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow. So, have yourself a merry little Christmas now."
Miss you, Gunnar! You would be lovin this blizzard, Christmas, 09!
Debey Senska of Forestburg, SD, USA

"I love you big bro. We miss you more and more everyday. It's been really hard. I love you so much!"
April Byrd of South Dakota

"You are remembered. Today, and always."
Amber of Indiana

"So I just left a message on your other page man. So I'll leave this one short. We miss you everyday man, and this memorial is for you."
Dereck of Task Force Attack, OEF 09-10

"Nov 11, 2008~~Veteran's Day
Dear Gunnar,
I will always remember how proud you were, to be serving in the Army, and that you would always be a Veteran.
I miss you,(even more) today, Son.
I love you, with every beat of my heart,
Debey Senska of Forestburg, SD

"April 22, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Gunnar D. Becker:
Gunnar 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

"Gunnar's sister wrote this about her brother, on the 3rd anniversary of his death. I quote........."For those of you who do not know anything about Gunnar I will describe his character with the best of my abilities. Gunnar was not a star athlete. Also, he was by no means an honor student. Popularity was not something that was a necessity in his life. But he was real. He always believed in who he was as a person and where he was going to get himself. He was true to his friends and honest with his family.''
Because his little sister (honestly) knew Gunnar, better, than anyone else, in this world, I feel compelled, to share her thoughts.
Gunnar's Mom

"Just wanted to say that I am thinking of you today, Gunnar. I think of you on other days as well, but this one especially. You've touched a lot of people...and somehow I think you know that. So thanks for inspiring me and reminding me not to take one minute for granted. P.S. Your mom is a pretty awesome lady."
Amber G of Evansville, IN

"I lite the candle, on your grave, last night(Christmas Eve), and kneeled there, in the snow, remembering your phone home for Christmas plan, from Iraq, for Christmas 04. I will always remember the feeling of Pride, when people told me you'd called them, for Christmas, too. Thank you, Gunnar, for the memories, and all of the Good times, we has together, in your life. , always, and forever, you are my baby boy
I miss you, and I love you, with every beat of my heart. love, Mom"
debey senska of Forerstburg SD, USA

"This is a little prayer that I like man.

Brave Warriors,
should fate find us in battle,
May our cause be just,
May our leaders have clear vision,
May our courage not falter.
May we be triumphant and earn victory,
as we show mercy to our enemies,
May our efforts bring lasting peace,
May our sacrifice be always,
appreciated by those we serve,
May we return to our loved ones unharmed,
Should we be harmed may our wounds heal,
Should we perish in the struggle,
may God embrace us and find for us,
a place in His Kingdom.

That is my prayer anyone out there is more then welcome to share it with me. I miss you man."
Dereck Parce of Ft Campbell Kentucky

"Hey Gunnar, sorry it has been so long man. I am gonna be home in a few weeks don't worry man I will stop out and check the situation out. Might have to bring some of the friends and have a drink with ya. Well just know I still think about you all the time and u will forever be in my heart. I love you man and miss you all the time. See you in a couple weeks"
Dereck Parce of Ft Campbell Kentucky

"Yo Gunnar just letting ya know I'm thinking of you, and all of your friends are. I know your watching over us, and I want you to keep a special eye on Danny while he is over seas, and thanks for keepin that eye on Dereck. Deb I want you to be strong and know that we all think of you as well. Will see ya next time im up there Deb. And for you gunnar next time i'm home, I'm ganna attempt the 27 second shot, just for you."
Paul Ackman of Sioux Falls SD

"Memories, memories, memories! Just having that after dinner cig - and I thought of the day I took a pack of cigs from Gunnar's book bag - he was "hiding them from Mom so she'd quit" and the next thing I knew we were ligthing up outside the gym "'cuz I'm 18 now and legal ya know!". Next it was off to basics and going to drive a tank (Might as well as he drove everything like it was a tank). Days spent fishing, hooding, blizzard days, and just hanging out. His last R & R when the doorbell rang - there he was smiling. The day I heard tires squealing and a red camaro outside with music blaring. The e-mail at 5:00 am with the dreaded news - the tears shed. Wondering how best to comfort his family and bros. Now it's a trip to the north and thoughts of what if????

The calendar may be turning quickly - but the memories don't seem to fade.
God speed my friend until another day!"
Mary of Letcher, SD, USA

Dearest Gunnar,
Well, it's here, again...Pheasent season opened,Saturday.. today is hunting day #3! Thanks for watching down, on the guys....there were a few ''pranks'' in the clubhouse, i couldn't help but feel your presence, when the supersoaker watergun escapades started!!miss you, and love you!
always & 4ever,
Debey Senska, Forestburg, South Dakota of Forestburg S Dak USA

"am seeking an L.R.Contreras from Huron I believe was in the navy with him in New Iberia, La. in 1961 he was a good buddy and I lost track of him any help would be appreciated thank you ken palmer"
ken palmer of NY

"reminder....Gunnars Websight is
occasionally i still find a link that tryes to go back to the bandits sight...just wanted to remind/update...
just renewed for 2 years 2 wwww.pfcgunnarbecker.com"
debey/gunnar's mom of forestburg s dak usa

"Gunnar, I never met you, but we both fought for our country, thanks for the service, it will never be forgotten. I have lost many friends in this war, and im sure Gunnar was the same way, in that, i know none of my friends wouldnt have it any other way. If I go out, I want it to be something i love doing. As most people know, the marines are a tight bunch. If I go down, at least it was doing what i love, and that is protecting our freedom. Semper FI Gunnar, see u on the flip side."
Sgt Herman of parris island, sc

Happy Easter, my Gunnar child
debey/gunnar's mom of Forestburg,S.D. USA

"The Jelly Bean Prayer

A bag full of jelly beans
Colorful and Sweet
It's a prayer - it's a promise
It's a loved ones treat.

Red is for the blood He gave
Green is for the grass He gave
Yellow is for the sun so bright
Orange is for the edge of night

Black is for the sin we made
White is for the grace He gave
Purple is for the hour of sorrow
Pink is for our new tomorrow

May today there be peace within you.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

Gunnar's favorite Easter candy was always starburst jelly beans!"
debey of Forestburg,S.D. USA

growing up...(it gets harder for me, every day!)

As we grow up, we learn that even the
one person that wasn't supposed to ever
let you down probably will. You will have
your heart broken probably more than once
and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too,
so remember how it felt when yours was broken.
You'll fight with your best friend..You'll blame a new
love for things an old one did.You'll cry because time
is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone
you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much,
and love like you've never been hurt ...
because every sixty seconds you spend upset,
is a minute of happiness you'll never get back........
sure do miss you,Gunnar!
debey of Forestburg,S.D. USA

"Today is Doug, Di Jo and Grandma B Birthday..we know you are celebrating with them.
This is a verse I want to share. I feel this is what Gunnar would say.

Don't weep for me, as I am not dead
For death of this body is nothing.
I have moved on to greater life eternal
A richer fuller life with my Heavenly Father.

I am not really gone away from you
Just invisible now but still with you.
I am with you each and every day
Forever in your hear I'll ever stay.

Remember I still love and cherish you.
So if and when you should think of me
Think only good and fond thoughts.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears.

I won't be far away for life is not gone
I have just moved to a new demension.
Though you cannot see or touch
I am still with you for you life goes on.

While on this ole earth I gave you love.
In return you gave to me much happiness.
I thank you for the love you've shown
Now remember you are not alone.

But now is the time for me to travel on
As my Father has now welcomed me home.
One day you must make this journey
I'll great you with a smile and say
"Welcome Home"

Missing You!"
Grandpa and Grandma Senska of South Dakota

"If I knew
If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance to say our
"Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

Author: Unknown

miss you, Gunnar!!love, Mom

Debey & Doug Senska of Forestburg,S.D. USA

"Hey mamma Deb it Melissa..Do you have any picture I may use for FCCLA?? If so may I use then. The title is Tears of War...Love ya much"
Melissa of Doland

"How do I begin to thank you all?Soldier's Angels, Marine Comfort Quilts group, the Military ''Guys''--you know who you are!--friends, family, neighbors,..and the 30 ''kids'' that were at the cemetary, Friday night....you all have a special place, in my heart...and, somehow, someday, i'll find the right words, to tell each of you, how much your friendship means, to me...love, debey
debey senska of forestburg,S.D. USA

"Gunnar I miss you very much and I would just like to say that you are a very brave man in my eyes. You were everything that a friend could ever ask for. The thing that stands out to me the most is how you would do anything could do to help out in time of need. I know you are looking down on us all and making sure dereck is well. You will always be in my heart gunnar. We really miss you buddy"
Kelvin Peterson of Mitchell SDakota

"December 25
Christmas Day, 2005

From Heaven

I still hear the songs
I still see the lights
I still feel your love
on cold wintery nights

I still share your hopes
and all of your cares
I'll even remind you
to please say your prayers

I just want to tell you
you still make me proud
You stand head and shoulders
above all the crowd

Keep trying each moment
to stay in His grace
I came here before you
to help set your place

You don't have to be
perfect all of the time
He forgives you the slip
If you continue the climb

To my family and friends
please be thankful today
I'm still close beside you
In a new special way

I love you all dearly
now don't shed a tear
Cause I'm spending my
Christmas with Jesus this year

love, always & 4ever,
debey/gunnar's mom of forestburg,sdak,USA

call home, my son, we need 2 talk...i love you...go back to the other sight
and read my message, there....
debey/gunnar's mom of forestburg,sdak,USA

"Gunnar man I miss you to this day I was looking through some old pics and found one of us doing the wrong thing but it was a good time that is what I miss the most about you man is some of the stupid stuff that we did and never got into trouble or hurt. You are missed by more people then you would ever know man and your mom is my hero for handling everything the way she did I just wanted you to know that you were lucky in your short time with us. Well man I will see you on the other side someday I miss you man."
Dereck Parce of Kalsu Iraq

mom Deb it's dink I just want to say am doing a FCCLA talk on the war and I start out with Gunnar I will send the talk to you after I get the whole thing done and perfect. But love ya much!!!"
Melissa of Doland, SD, USA

Thank you for sharing that awesome poem from your son Gunnar. I copied it and shared it with a group of Marine moms and wives that make Condolence Books for the families of Fallen Marines. Gunnar's words truly impacted us all.

Thank you everyone here for sharing Gunnar with the world. Our family and friends represent ALL of the US military services, and two of our sons serve with the US Marines... one having recently returned from Iraq. It's a tough time... but it came time for us to quit putting our heads in the sand and hope it would all go away. I am SO grateful for young men like yours who were willing to step up to the plate & serve the cause of Freedom in this world.

GOD bless you, all of the friends and loved ones of Gunnar Becker.

I'd like to share this from my heart...

On the Tides of Time and Sorrow

What can be said to someone who has lost so much?
"I'm sorry"?
When my sorrow cannot bear to linger at such depths as yours?
Do I say, "Be comforted"?
When there is none but God and time that could bring such Comfort here?
No, mute I stand looking on and see hearts and souls pierced with grief...
I see strength that ebbs and flows like tides
except no sun or moon lords such tides...
these are tides which ebb with doubt and heartbreak,
but they flow,
yes… they flow too
with Hope...
and with Faith, in the Love that sustains us.

And our Love for those lost to this life will cause us
to grasp more tightly to our Faith,
more tightly to our Hope
~ tho' now as only thru a glass darkly ~
our Faith and our Hope are no longer needed
for our Faith becomes Sight
and that which we Love is restored to us once more.
There will be no more tears or sighing
but only Joy
to those who Love the Lord
whose Faith is made greater than their Doubt
and their Hope, greater than their Grief
on those tides of Time and Sorrow.

May you go with God.
Laura Temple
Semper Fi Momx2
Marine Moms Online in Action
Laura Temple of Eagle River, Alaska

"Life Passes You By
The end has always been near
Its just closer the next day
Than it was the last
Better say goodbye---
Say your farewells
Before its too late
Tomorrow could be your last day
On this heaven/hell earth
Every day is a new birth
Into a day filled with more sorrow
And doom than the last
It all happens too fast

I wrote this and it reminded me of all the people that have died trying to save our country...it all happens to fast..."
Destinie of Doland

"There is a tile in memory of Gunnar on the "Leave a Legacy" wall at EPCOT in Disney World in FL. The tile location on the wall is East-3-C-9-7-15. We left this memorial on the day of Gunnar's 20th birthday and the day of his funeral. If any of you get a chance to go, please stop by and say "hey". Gunnar can go anywhere he wants now and he just might join you."
Marcy Barrett of Baxter Mn

"To the family of Gunnar D. Becker:
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.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

You've left me
With a hole in my heart
And tears in my eyes.
You've left me without
A backward glance.
Where have you gone?
To a peaceful place.
Where you're never coming back from.
I know you're safe,
Yet, still I am sad.
I think of the memories
We shared together.
The happy and the sad,
The silly and the mad.
I know you're gone,
Yet, I can still feel your presence,
So I will finally
Let you go,
Let you leave and
Go to the peaceful place,
The place with rainbows and butterflies.
I'll let you go be with the angels.
I place these flowers
Upon your grave,
As I say my last Good-Bye
And I let you go,
Goodbye Gunnar"
Destinie of Aberdeen

"gunnar wrote a letter to his mom that ended up in my mailbox in california! gunnars' angels at work no doubt!!..........with love, respect and pride gunnar from our home to yours.....God bless you and Thankyou for your service:)
love, the jerge's: dee:), ned, matt, kari and kaden:)"
dee jerge of san diego, california

TO:ALL of Gunnar's Family, his Bandit Brothers, Hometown & High School Friends, and the WORLD...I found this short poem, in Gunnar's personnal property, that was returned to me, from Iraq.In my heart of hearts, I debated...and decided that TODAY is the Appropriate Day, to share this, with all of you.
UNTITLED/not dated

"IF something would happen to me
HAPPY, is what I'd want you to be!
Because my death would be for something GREAT,fighting terrorism...(still, tempting my fate)

I fight for the freedom,granted to my friends
It's caused the lives, of many Brave Soldiers, to come to ABRUPT ends.
I fight for YOU, I fight for ME
I know IF the WORST comes,
end of poem
So....on Easter, I've decided to share this, with all of you.Please join me, in REJOICING in our belief, that there is life, after death, and take a little time, today, to say a prayer, for ALL the brave men & women, who've given their lives, for our wonderful FREEDOM, from the time of the Revolutionary War on.
love,and peace,Mom"
Debey Senska of Forestburg,SD,USA

"Hey Gunnar! We all miss you down here and we are having a tough time. I wish that i wan't you but i guess that god needed you for a special reason so he took you.
At your funeral there were a lot of tears shed, because of the loss of you, because you meant a lot to us. But I guess I am really lucky to have had such a cool cousin that can drive an army tank. WE MISS YOU TERRIBLY! I just can't wait to see you again!
Your Cousin Andrew Loken of Cottonwood MN USA

Your were my enemy, bully, protector, best friend, and brother...it all just depended on the day. We have been through a lot together, but not enough. I never thought the day would come where the only way I could see your crazy ways, watch you scare the crap out of Mo, hear your laugh, listen to you call me D'Jo , coach your dressing style and everything else would have to be done through memories alone. The way we treated each other, nobody but us couldve ever known how much we actually cared for each other. Your memories will live within me forever. I love you and miss you."
Dijo Becker of Howard, SD

"I will never forget the times we spent together Gunnar, you are always an amazing friend. I don't know what I would have done without you in my life, you always knew how to make me laugh, cry and everything in between. Thank you for all the wonderful memories...I will never forget them or you, you are always here in my heart. Thanks Gunnar for serving our country, I love you."
Destinie Harford of Doland

"Words come very hard as Gunnar was a son to Lee and I. We watched him grow into a young man. We had some great talks on the way home from the melon field. The fall of his senior year, I told him how proud I was of him and how he had grown over the past year..also knowing he had a ways to go. I told him that there was a big world out there and to take every opportunity to experience it. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. With Gunnar, it took a country. I will always be proud of him. Especially, his love for this country which we tend to take for granted. Now, I have a son to raise. I hope I do as well. Gunnar, you will always be in my heart. Farewell, my son until we meet again."
Janet of Forestburg, SD

"I was Becker's roommate down in Iraq. To me he was like a little brother. He's told me so many stories of his family and friends. It feels like i know all of you. We miss you Becker. The platoon just isn't the same without you. We laughed together, sweat together, bled together, even killed together. I miss you terribly bro and love you even more. White 8 Delta this is White 6 Delta, you were a hell of a tanker. -Rodriguez-"
Rodriguez, Chris of Germany.

"Thanks for defending our country for all of us"
Tyler Spangler of Brainerd MN

"Thank's for being my bud."
Dain Barrett of Baxter MN

"Having grow up with Gunnar, and getting to know him, sometimes I wish he would have disappeared when we were picking melons or helping my dad on our farm because he just knew how to push my buttons, but now I realize that was the beauty of Gunnar. One day I would want to punch him and the next minute I was glad he was there and had my back. He became part of my family working as my dad's hired hand, and I knew Gunnar knew that, because my dad treated him just as he treated my brother and I. In some ways I was jealous of Gunnar because he got that treatment, but I learned to respect that and accept it. Now that he has felt us I just hope that next time we meet, he pushes my buttons that same old way. Going home will really never be the same, not until I am your next door neighbor in heaven. Watch over us and thank you Gunnar!"
Jessica Hinker of next door neighbor, Forestburg SD, USA

"To the family of PFC Gunnar Becker
I wish to extend my condolences for your loss. I can remember hearing Gunnar's name in the news just before my brother lost his life in Iraq, and for some reason his name has always stuck with me. Maybe I knew in my heart that your family was going to need us, just as much as I feel we need the families who have also lost a loved one in this war. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless Gunnar!"
Elizabeth Householder, sister of CPL. Nathan Schubert of Whittemore, IA USA

"To the family of PFC Gunnar Becker thanks for the messages of concern that you have sent our family. I didn't know PFC Becker but it sounds like he was a great young man. We will never forget Gunnar. Your family will be in our prayers. Thanks again."
Jon Winklepleck uncle of CPL. Nathan Schubert of Sioux FAlls SD USA

"My heartfelt prayers go out to you Debey,Doug & the whole family. Gunnar will be missed, but always remembered. God Bless you all."
Angela G. of Huron, SD

"Dear Family of PFC. Gunnar Becker: Words can't express how sorry our family is for your loss. Please know that all of you are in our prayers. Thank you for your kind support thorough these difficult times."
Matt Schubert , brother of CPL. Nathan Schubert of Spencer, Iowa

"To the family and friends of PFC Becker,
To my knowledge I never met Gunnar, but after reading about him, I would have liked to serve with him. As an Army Officer, the news of a brother/sister falling is something that wounds you so very deeply, more when it's someone from home. No words can express your loss. Thank you for building such great moral fiber into one so young. For Gunnar understood that freedom is not free. May God bless you and keep you in his arms always."
MAJ Brad Bechen of 3rd Army, Atlanta,Kuwait, Iraq, Afghenistan

You are being missed down here on earth...But there is no doubt that you are in a better place waiting for us....You are a brave man....I feel for you family....Ryan and I miss you dearly..We cant wait to see you agian!"
Melissa of Mitchell SD USA

"To Gunnars family:Its always hard to figure out what to say in times like this. I'm sorry. People say that it will get better, but what has helped me through the tough times the most is believing that it might not get better, but it will get easier. Gunnar was a great guy and no matter the mood he could always make me smile. Remember those times and treasure them. Even during this time I always seem to have a little smile that shines through the tears when I think of Gunnar. He definatly made an impact on my life and on many others. God Bless You."
Chelly Oehlerking of Mitchell SD

"Deb,Doug,Dianne,Dean and all family members of Gunner. My heart goes out so deeply to all of you. It is so hard to say the right words to help ease your grief...only know "It takes the brightest stars to light the sky". Gunner obviously is up there with the best of them looking down over you."
Lori Nielsen Dorris (just another Forestburg hometowner) of Woonsocket, SD

"It's been a long time, but I never forgot, the fun we had back in the day, Sorry. . ."
Kevin Kurtz of Huron/RapidCity S.D

"I didn't know Gunnar personally, nor do I know any of his family. But, I came across this page and I realize how special this guy was. I am 19 years old also and to see someone my age who was so brave amazes me. I'm so sorry for your loss, but you should be very proud. God Bless you all and know that Gunnar and his family are in my prayers and heart always."
Kathleen Schulte of Louisville, Ky

"Hey Gunnar, We all miss you. I remember when I met you and you laughed at my push ups. Miguel misses you so much and he hasn't accepted that you are gone. But we know you are in heaven and please tell us about it some day. Thank you for all you have done. You are truly an inspiration. Everyone Misses you. Why Gunnar, Lord?"
Autumn Miller of Wessington Springs, Sout Dakota, USA

"i guess i didn't know gunnar as well as some other people did but i knew him well enough. he was awesome and definitely had an affect on my life. i can't help but smile when thinking about him. it's still so hard to believe he's gone. it kinda feels like the world is just standing still...it's not moving just yet. i'm sorry debey and dijo for your loss. i hope you're well. there's many people around you willing to help. my prayers are with you. just know gunnar probably has his arms around you when you least expect it. =)"
Kyla Jarabek of Mitchell, South Dakota, USA

"Deb and Doug, Duane, Dean and Diane,
There are never the right words to say about how we all feel. I suspect that Gunnar hadn't realized how proud everybody in our whole community was of him and what he was doing. I know that he knows now, and is smiling. My prayers are with you."
Don Schwemle of Forestburg

"Just a short note to Gunnar- I thank you for all you did for me and our country by giving your life. My husband was in Iraq for a year and everyday was a day of worry for me. I wish for everyone to come home. I pray for you tonight as you make your way to Heaven. God Bless you."
Nicole Peterson of Huron, South Dakota

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUNNAR..we had a very nice party for you today. I am so sorry you could not be there, only in spirit. But we felt you there among the tears. We miss you so. You would have been proud. Grandpa Dean made you a wooden cross just like others he made and we put there for you tonight.
Gunnar we loved you so and an are hearts are really hurting ..Love"
Dianna & Dean Senska..grandparents of Woonsocket, SD

"I would like to let people know they can go to this site and see the Memorial for Gunnar www.b263bandits.com"
Dianna Senska--Grandmother of Woonsocket SD

"I'm the Kindergarten Teacher at Sanborn Central and I got to know Gunnar while he was invloved in the House project at Artesian-Letcher. That's right, Gunnar helped build my house that is now in rural Artesian. There are still markings that say "Gunnar was Here". For some reason or another we have left it there. Now I tell my two young children that those words were made by a HERO who was serving our country.
To the family - I'm truly sorry for your loss and may God help you during this difficult time."
Cheryl Schmit of Artesian, SD

"Dear PFC. Becker
TO all of becke and his family,,
becker was like a brother to,me,
and i love him,,and yes he is a hero,
in all eyes,,,i known,,i work wiht him,
becker,i miss u,we all do,in the PLT,man,its hard here with out u,,man,,
i miss u,,"

"To Gunnar's family-Because I work at both the school and the Pumper, I got to know Gunnar well. I knew him in and out of school-he always talked to me and was very friendly. These last days have been hard for everyone but I'm sure nothing can compare with your family's grief. Please know that I was glad to know Gunnar in both my places of work. May God keep him and your family in his care. Sheryl Ischen"
Sheryl Ischen of Artesian, SD USA

"Our Sincere Sympathy to all the members of Gunner's family! May God Bless you and His Love sustain you now and in the day's ahead!Gunner's memory will live for ever in our hearts,and the hearts of all our family members who share the pain & loss of the dedicated young men who have died serving their country.May their souls rest in Peace!"
Sylvester & Millie Lang of Truman, Mn

"Our hearts go out to you, Deb and Doug, and family in the loss of your brave hero, Gunnar. There are not words that will help ease your pain but we do want you to know that we share in your pain as fellow parents. He has made us proud to say that he was from Forestburg!"
Susan Johannsen of Artesian SD

"I didn't know Gunnar but I share in the loss the rest of the family feels. I can only hope that the people you loved and who love you find some comfort knowing so many hold them in our thoughts and prayers. God speed."
Brenda (Peterson) Mooring of Phoenix, AZ

"I barely remember Gunnar, but am touched by the loving tributes that I read. Gunnar made the ultimate sacrifice and is much too young to have left us. May his courage sustain those who love and miss him."
Carol Schade of Phoenix, AZ


"The family of Gunnar your in our thoughts and prayers...we are so proud of you for serving your country...... You will always be a Hero!!!
Gods blessings......."
Uncle RIchard and Michelle Moore of Welcome , Mn/USA

"A Tribute to Gunnar:
Twenty years ago God lent Gunnar to us. Now on his birthday we must give him back,along with most of the love he generated among us.
We shall each cherish a small spark of this love and rekindle it in our hearts to share with others.
We have been very proud of Gunnar. Now in the coming days and years, we must each strive to make Gunnar very proud of us.
Good-bye and Godspeed Gunnar
We love You!!!"
Grandpa and Grandma Huber of Doland, South Dakota USA

"Dear Gunnar we will miss you so much,you have touch our lives in a special way and our love for you will live in our hearts forever. I wish we had more times to make more memories ,but the memories we do have will always make us smile. Andrew's friends have it all set up for the whole Lakeview School to wear red,white, and blue tommorrow in your honor and to our other fallen heros. Andrew and Shayna are so glad to have had such a special cousin who was cool enough to drive an army tank. You will be in our thoughts and prayers always , God Bless you We wish all the happiness and peace that you deserve.All our love today,tommorrow and always."
Uncle Eugene, Aunt Cathy ,Andrew and Shayna Loken of Cottonwood,Minnesota USA

"To Gunnar'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

"Dear Gunnar; We will miss you for the rest of our lives!!! We will always remember your smiling face. I will personally think of you everytime I see a little kid with a Teenage mutant ninja turtle. Who would have known they'd still be popular after all these years! You must have had good taste in toys! I remember fondly the Christmas's you'd put your order in {after I asked, of course} and I'd go hunt down the "new" turtle thing. With your moms blessing, we are going to go ahead with our Disney world trip! We will be thinking of you the entire time and will help celebrate your birhtday. I will save a spot beside me on the ride at space mountain. Please join me.
We love you Gunnar. Please watch over us now, especially the little kids in our family. They will never forget you. You are a hero to them!!!!!! They were proud that you were in the Army. We'll see you agin someday and until then, we'll think of you daily.
Love, Aunt Marcy Uncle Dan Dain and Madison"
Marcy Barrett of Brainerd MN USA

"to my son,PFC.Gunnar D. Becker....I miss you, so much,you are my pride and joy. I continue to pray for your return, home....the flags are at half-mast @ the new school..i love you, with every beat of my heart, now and forever,momxxxooo!"
Debey Senska of Foresatburg, SD, USA

"OH MY LORD! How very, very sad. Oh, this is heart-wrenching, Connie. I will say prayers for your cousin, and for the repose of his soul. That is simply way to young! I am truly saddened for her (and for all your relatives). It's just not right....."
Patti of Spring, TX

"becker jesus will always watch out for your family"
shawn of idaho

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

"To the Becker family from the Wahl family. Our family is deeply sadden my your lost. An our heart and prays are with gunnar and your family. Gunnar was an amazing soldier, individual, friend and family man. He has touched many many lives lives. An all who knew him will never forget him. Although, I didn't know Gunnar. I suffer your lost as I did with my son. An oddly, both assigned to Veslick. I realize neither may of known of one another. One thing my son told me. Dad, the Army and my family are my happiness. An I enjoy my job with the Army. Somehow, I got to believe Gunnar felt the same way. For he is the elite of all AMERICANS. To risk his life for ua all. God Bless!"
Leonard Wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"Thank you Gunnar for defending the freedoms we all cherish. You are our hero and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace at this time. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family if Pasdena, Maryland

"Thank you Gunnar Becker, 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 Pfc. Gunnar Becker:
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 Gunnar 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 Pfc. Gunnar Becker:
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 Gunnar, 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