Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Doyle W. Bollinger, Jr.

21, of Poteau, Oklahoma.
Bollinger died in Iraq when a piece of unexploded ordnance accidentally detonated in the area he was working. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, Gulfport, Mississippi. Died on June 6, 2003.

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"sorry for your loss,I was deployed with him it was my second dessert deployment,and his first,and i am also from oklahoma,so we got to know each other very well.Sorry again, I wish it could have been different, i like to think god needed him for a higher purpose"
CM 2 (SCW) Jason Carpenter of McAlester, OKLAHOMA

"I was there when it happened. I think about Doyle very often. I miss you, buddy. Semper Fi, fair winds and following seas."
Johnny of TN

"I was talking to my students about the duties of a Seabee and my memory went to BU3 Doyle Bollinger, I only knew him briefly, He was in my squad for a week and was a hard worker, he did anything and everything I asked of him. When they selected him for a convoy I told him to be safe, I was very hurt when I heard the news I rushed to where they held is body and a HM told me he was gone I helped remove the sand from his body. RIP Seabee you will never be forgotten"
CE1(SCW/SW) Williams(ret) of Hinesville, GA USA

"To the Bollinger family. Sorry for you loss. You are thought of often. I was on communications when the call came in. All he thought of was everybody else. Always saying let's get ice and pop for all the guys. Everyday he put everybody in front of himself. If only all the kids these day were 1/10thr ad compassionate as him. You did great is raising your son."
UT1 Bayer Eric of Nrd ohio

"I went to the yellow ribbon ceremony in Washington, D.C. and I was assigned Mr. Bollinger. I am disappointed war always has death. I am 11 and I thank Mr. Bollinger for his service."
Jackie of Dallas, Texas, USA

"Almost 13 years... Wyvonne, I still tell my son about yours and always will.
We remember.
Anita Sullivan
wife of CE3 Sullivan and president of the Family Support Group for NMCB133 in 2002-2003"
Anita of Orange Park, FL

"Thinking of you on this upcoming Memorial Day brother. I'm glad I got the chance to know you. I was there that day nearly 13 years ago and I still think about it all the time. Cheers brother, know that you are missed and honored."
John of Illinois

"I am just a fellow American who was researching anyone who has given their all in the line of duty. I am from Leflore Co., and served in the Navy during the Gulf War. I now serve the Army in Japan, and find Doyle's story compelling and honorable. My heart goes out to those who knew him. Thank you Doyle"
Donald of Okinawa, Japan

"I knew it was there and told everyone to stay away but nobody listened. After what seen in Afghanistan 2001. The night before you talked to me about your truck. And your goals. Lived with this since then Sorry I could not save you."

"I was there that morning 11 years ago. On the scene seconds after the explosion. I do not know what to say, I have no words. Only this, rest assured that your son is not forgotten. Every June 6th I light a cigar, raise my glass and say a prayer for the families of the D-Day Fallen and for the family of Doyle Bollinger Jr"
N.W. Cates Sgt of Marines of TN

"To the family of Doyle Bollinger:
Yesterday I ran in the Red Dirt Run of Honor in Enid, OK. I was given dog tags with Doyle's name to honor his memory, and I wore them throughout the 13 mile run. I read about him before the race, and every time I wanted to quit, I pushed forward for him.
I may have never met him, but I will never forget him. I am so sorry for your loss and thankful for Doyle and those like him who selflessly served. He is still honored and never forgotten. If you would like to have the tags, I would be happy to send them to you. Contact me at lishadiane@yahoo.com."
Lisha of Moore, OK

"Love you brother. Still think of you all the time. It was an honor serving with you."
John Rose of San Diego

"Praying for your family today and this coming week especially. How could it possibly be ten years.... I continue to tell my son about him every year, and always will. My husband came home safe (CE3 Sullivan, NMCB 133) and after ten years its all almost a distant memory. But it all comes flooding back every year, and I remember.

Anita Sullivan
Anita Sullivan of Orange Park, FL

"I thought of you today because today marks the 10th anniversary of the day you and I moved into Iraq in 2003. You was a friend and a good person all around. I was asked to work on that job you were killed at that morning. I decided that I like working out in town better. When your body was loaded up on to that plane, I have never stood so strait and proper with my salute in my life. R.I.P BU3"
BU2 Morvant of New Orleans, La. US

"Wayne, I think of you everyday son. I miss you so much and wish I could hug n kiss your cheek one more time.To hold you in my arms like I did when you were a baby. I miss you so much. The hole in my heart has never healed and I guess never will.I will always love you.
Love Mom"
Wyvonne Wright of Talihina, Okla 74571

"My name is Hm2 (FMF) Sickman I was stationed with STP-9 I was on duty when the HMMV came rushing up to our hanger with Petty Officer Bollinger's body in the back. Myself and his fellow Seabee's helped carry him into our OR where I was tasked with preparing him for his final trip home, the young female Marine assigned to PO Bollinger's funeral care was over come with grief and could not compose herself long enough to process Petty Officer Bollinger, not to mention the blast injured his friend Petty Officer Green, my duty partner and close friend Petty Officer Murphy helped me clean up and suture up PO Green, and prepare him for his C-130 ride home, once Green was stable I started finger printing PO Bollinger and inventoried his personal belongings, which hit me hard due to the fact he had pictures of his family, and his ID card in his top pocket, the pictures looked nothing like the man that laid before me, I was intent on getting every last grain of sand off him because I did not want this American Warrior going home with not one grain of IRAQI sand on his body, I took great care and treated PO Bollinger like he was my own family because as far as Murphy and I were concerned he was, we finger printed him, cleaned off any and all debris, and after placing him within the body bag PO Green insisted on riding with his friend out to the C-130, I gathered 6 Sea Bees whom were in his unit with Bollinger and they carried him pallbearer style to the awaiting plane, right by his side was PO Green, we all saluted and said are individual good byes, and watched the plane climb into the heavens to take yet another fallen hero home to his family, as a corpsman I have done this more times then I would like to remember, But PO Bollinger stuck with me because of his age, his family pictures, and his child like face, I am glad that I was a part of saving PO Green, I just wish I could have been able to save PO Bollinger, No matter how much these things are out of your control you still feel like if you could have been a little faster, or if you could have been there to warn them of the un-exploded devices in the area of the airfield. My heart and prayers go out to the family of this fine sailor, I am sorry I could not do more for him. But I feel everyone present treated him with the respect and dignity he deserved."
Hm2 (FMF) SICKMAN of Philadelphia, PA USA

"Son your missed more and more every day. I am so thankful knowing where you are, in heaven at peace. I love you very much.
Love Mom"
Wyvonne of Talihina, Okla

"Its been awhile since I wrote to you son. I miss you very much. I am asking please please please dont anyone forget our fallen men and women. Love Mom"
wyvonne of Talihina

Wyvonne Wright of Talihina, Okla

"Well Son it does not seem like 9 years has passed. I miss you as much today as I did the day I found out I had lost you. I hurt today like I did then. You will never be forgotten as long as I am alive Son. You have many friends who will always keep your memory alive.I love you alot and always will son. I miss your sweet smile and the way you always cared for others.
Love mom"
Wyvonne of Talihina

"Thinking of you and your family today. The nine years since you have passed seem like just yesterday. You are missed very much and never forgotten."
Trent Burgess of Cumming, GA

"Well Son it will be 9 years 6/6/12. It is hard to believe it has been that long. I still miss you so much. You will always be in my heart and my memories of you growing up will always be precious to me. Your brothers sure do miss you more and more. I am truly greatful to you for joining the Navy and doing your part son. You are a true hero to me. Love Mom"
Wyvonne Wright of Talihina

"Also wanted to share something I wrote that includes your son... http://losingaustin.blogspot.com/2012/05/hope-far-and-wide.html?m=0"
Anita Sullivan of Orange Park, FL

"I honored a promise I made almost nine years ago to tell my son about yours today. My husband was in 133 and came home June 1, and we sat together at the memorial a few days later. Our first son was born a few weeks later and is about to turn 9- and today we again told him about Wayne. Please know he is remembered this Memorial Day."
Anita Sullivan of Orange Park, FL

"I've been thinking about you alot lately ,and just wanted to let you know how much I love and miss you!!! You are a Hero in my heart and always will be!!!"

"I should've looked for this a long time ago. But never the less I'm glad I found it. I remember that day like it was yesterday, you are in my thoughts often Doyle. I know you're in a better place but I wish you wer still here. If anyone would like to contact me my email is kevinwright422@yahoo.com"
Kevin Wright of Sacramento, California

"Son, we miss you more and more every day. Sure wish you were here.
Love Mom"
Wyvonne of Talihina

We went to Oklahoma City, for Christmas. We really miss you so much. A big part of our hearts are missing without you here. We love you and miss you more each day. We are so very proud of you and of the man you became.You are our true hero. You would have a blast with your nieces and nephew.
Love Mom"
Wyvonne Wright of Talihina

"i will always miss you uncle wayne!!!!"

"You will always be my brother.I love and miss you more than you will ever know.I miss your smile,humor and just that little bounce in your step."
Penny Lynch of Howe,Ok.

"I was there in Al Kut Iraq on June 6, 2003 and remember you every day. You will never be forgotten my friend. May you continue to rest in peace brother."
Michael Morse - Veteran of Raleigh, NC

"Every June 6, and other times throughout the year I remember what happened that day. He wont be forgotten because others who were there that day remember as well."
Marine of US

"Son, Mike and his family came down last weekend. You would just spoil his daughter. She is so cute. We miss you so very much and wish you could be here with us. If any of his friends who served with him either in Gulfport, Miss. or in Iraq, or any of the Marines who served with him in Iraq would want to contact me, please feel free too. My e-mail address is wyvonnewright4@gmail.com. would love to hear yall's stories about him please. He left behind a mother, 2 brothers (Clendon and Mike), a step-dad Robert, 4 nieces and a nephew who love him very, very much, and miss him greatly."
Wyvonne of Talihina, Okla

"Bollinger, why you bro, I recall the last time I saw you at our base in kuwait and you were building. I still recall saying and screwing around to you about you not coming back and I'm so sorry bro. I have the picture and look at it once in awhile were after I said that to you had given me the finger with a smile and mentioned how when we get back how wed all drink legally for the first time. I miss you coming into my place and playing nintendo 64, or us working on your truck bro. I also wanted to say thank you for being a great friend, and can still recall banks you and I flying to Rota in december 2000. I recall all the great times with you bro and really miss the five of us hanging out. Once again sorry for the last words I said and I still have the picture like I said with you giving me the finger, I wish we could've had that 21st birthday drink together when we would,ve got back it would've been cool bro. Sorry I didnt go to your funeral, its just that I want to recall you as being allive and the great memories. Its hard to know you arent there laughing or being a funny guy. God does have a special place for you I'm sure were your at and I do hope we will have that drink when I get there. Love and miss you man, it wasnt the same for gibby, johnson and I, your friend ship is missed but you'll never be forgotten man."
PO3 Jeffrey Laucus of orland park, Illinois

"We all love you and you will never be forgotten...your friend Banks NMCB133!!!"
Lisa of cleveland, oh

"Doyle, your gone from this world too early, but thats because god wanted you to go AP, and like the team player that you always were, you agreed to get started on prepping the place for so many others that will be joining you. This day dwells on my mind when ever I hear of a serviceman's passing, maybe its cause your the only flash of death that I have ever closely known, maybe its cause you will never be forgotten, either way Im always reminded of you. My prayers go out to your family, and to you. See you in a while doyle, save me a seat near the ac."
UT2 Kaminski, Matt of PWD Bahrain

"My heart weighs heavy today. You will never be forgotten. You're Seabee family misses you dearly. You're thought of often. Rest in Peace my friend."
BU1(SCW) Angela M. Boyd of Virginia Beach, Va.

"Doyle, you are gone but NEVER forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of your family and friends on this difficult day. Miss you bud."
Trent Burgess of Alpharetta, GA.

"Son it has been 8 years today since I found out you were gone. I miss you as much today as I did when I found out. We love and miss you so much honey. I know your ok."


I still think about you brother, its been a long time. We'll shot the bull again one day. I still think about the days in 133, when we hung out at the BLD 309. Miss ya Bro."

Your niece was born on 04/28/2011 @ 2058. Mike is a daddy now. She is beautiful. I know if you were here you would had already been spoiling her huh, and Kaleb, if only you could see him now. You would be so proud of him and of your brothers. We miss and love you more each day, honey.
Love Mom"
of Talihina

"Well honey, I just wanted to tell you that I miss you more today than I did when you went to be with the Lord. You would had been 29 today. Grandpa Lemmons would had been 90. Happy Birthday son. I love and miss you so much as your brothers do.
Mom & Robert of Talihina, Okla

Robert and I was in OKC this past weekend for a baby shower for your new soon to be niece Tara Jean. Her ultrasound pictures are so cute. Its funny your baby brother gonna be a Dad huh. He is so excited about this. He can't hardly wait for her arrival. Cheyene's family and us had a baby shower for them this past weekend. She got alot of neat nice stuff that was greatly needed.They appreciated it all. We sure missed you being there, but thought of you freq. and sure wished you could had been here. We also discussed how we would not be able to keep you away if you were. Mike even told Cheyene how they would lose the baby for a while if you were around because you would come and get her and keep her for a few hours. We truly love you."
Love Mom of Talihina, Okla

"Well Honey, the holidays have come and gone for another year. I truly missed you these holidays, but I miss you all the time. You will never be forgotten son. Even the boys miss you so much. We love you and you will always be in our hearts forever.
Mom of Talihina, Okla

"I was in Doyle's unit and with him in Iraq. I'll never forget his infectiously positive attitude even in such a harsh and difficult environment. You are truly missed buddy. Although its been 7 years, I still think of Doyle all the time and how much he has affected my life. Doyle is a big reason why I am in school to become an occupational therapist to work with wounded veterans.

Thank you, Doyle, for inspiring me and being a great friend.

Your friend,

John Rose"
John Rose of Chicago, IL

"Honey, it is another Veterns Day and we miss you as much today as we did when we found out you were never coming home. I know where you are son and that you are ok. I love you more everyday. I am so proud of what my three sons chose to do with their lives. You will always be honered and remembered son. I don't want anyone to ever forget what you and the other veterns have done, are doing or will ever do. We love you so much and miss you even more.

"Hi Honey,
We miss you so much. The boys are doing good. Clendon married a really good girl. Her name is Heather. She has 2 boys of her own. They are good kids. Clendon has grown so much you would never believe what a good man he has grown into. He has custody of Kaleb. He tells Kaleb about how you came to see him after he was born and how you just pushed him aside and went straight for the baby. He has a baby girl too. She is 3 years old, her name is Kenda. She is as cute as a button. So is Kaleb. He is such a good boy. Clendon is a good father and husband. He works hard to make sure Heather and Kaleb are taken care of. He misses Kenda, Sassy and Destiny alot. He hopes to get Kenda someday. I am so proud of him and I try to tell him so. I just wish he could truly know how much I love him and am very proud of the three of you boys. Well son I am going. I love and miss you so much. You would love Heather too. She is a really nice girl.
Mom of Talihina

Your baby brother got married last friday the 17th. he married a girl named Cheyenne. He is also gonna have a baby. He will be a great dad like Clendon is with Kaleb. Kaleb talks of you freq. Honey I miss you so much. The boys are fighting, hopefully they will get things worked out soon. We love and miss you son."

I miss you more everyday. I know your in a better place, but it doesn't make it any easier. We love you honey."
Mom of Talihina,Ok

"Wayne. Hi again this is Robert. I just wanted to let you know that what you stood for and those that have served with you and those that have served before you are finally getting some of the support they deserve. The state has made a flag just in honor of Fallen Heros which you are one of the finest. Oklahoma is also finally honoring our Fallen Heros and those in the Vietnam era. Your mother and Micheal and I went to a service in Coweta that honored all our Fallen Heros and those that are still POW/MIA's. The service was great and it just helped the many families that have suffered from the loss of a loved one. We think about you on a daily basis and love you very much. We know that you are in a better place and have Jeanie and grandma with you to keep you company. The Lord Jesus said He will comfort those that seek Him and be with them and son He has given both your mother and I lots of comfort through many different means. Son just know that we love you and miss you very much. It has been 7 yrs now but it is still like yesterday in our thoughts and heart. We miss you but we also know you are in a wonderful place and looking down on us everyday. We Love You Son."
Robert of Talihina, OK

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"Dear Bollinger family.
My name is Trent Burgess and I had the honor of serving with Doyle in Iraq before his tragic accident. NOT ONE day goes by that I don't think of him and the sacrifice he and your family made that June day. This is a wonderful website that we need to spread the word about for Doyle and the rest of our fallen heroes. Anybody who knows me please email me at tburgess81@live.com to help me spread the word about this website."
Trent Burgess of Alpharetta, GA

"Wayne, we never met but I am Robert. I feel like I have known you all my life. When we were at the house in poteau I was able to see some of your skills in carpentry. You are my son even if not in blood. I am proud of you and what you stood for and what you gave your life for. I honor you as best as I can in that I have made the bike a memorial to you and Buddy and the POW/MIA from the earlier wars especially Vietnam. Son I couldnt serve due to physical limitations from an accident I had when I was young. I am hoping that through all of the hardships that this has caused in heartbreak to your mother and to Clendon and Micheal that I can be of some help somehow. I love your mother and your brothers very much and I know that you love them and watch them all the time. Just know that I am trying to do everything I can to help your mother and brothers and also those that serve now and have served. You truly are a fallen hero and I am proud to be part of your family. Know that I love you for who you are."
Robert of Talihina

I have tried for 6 years to tell your brother you never thought any more about the incident between you two and that you loved him dearly and he does you. We truly miss you so much. I thank you so much for willing to serve your country and give the ultimate for it, your life. I love and miss you more q day. Your brothers are a blessing to me also, more than they can realize.
Mom of Talihina, Okla

"HEY bro,
i just found this.hey we had a fight before u went to war.I wanted to tell u this face to face ,but it didnt happen but i am very sorry and i love u know i feel better"

"Dear Bollinger family,

You don't know me, but I am truly, deeply sorry for your loss. After reading all the posts, seeing what everyone had to say about your son, it brings me comfort to know what a wonderful man we had serving our country. Mrs. Bollinger, reading your posts brought tears to my eyes. Losing someone is incredibly difficult, and I can't even put into words how strong and incredible I think you are. I will keep you and the rest of your family in my prayers every night."

"Saturday was the 6th year without you in our lives Honey and we sure felt it. I talked to your brothers, they sure miss you too. We love you and even though I know I talk to you as if your still here, you are in our hearts where you will live forever honey. We love and miss you and am still so proud of you.
Mom of Talihina, Okla

I wanted to tell you I love you and miss you very much. You will always be loved and missed by your family. The boys really miss you too. I almost have their quilt done of the pic. with you in the middle. I have Clendon's done and am now quilting Michaels. I am also embroiding. I'm keeping busy. Robert and I are going to have the property brush hogged this summer. Sure wish you were here. But of course your always here living in our hearts. I truly love and miss you son so much."

"Good Morning Honey,
I missed writing to you on your birthday the 2nd of April. I truly miss you so much. We all do. Your brothers miss you so much. I am making them each a quilt with your picture as the middle square. I know they will be proud of it because it honors you.
Love Mom"
Wyvonne Wright of Talihina, Okla

"Mrs. Wright.

I just found this site today, March 5, 2009. I was stationed with doyle in NMCB 133 initially i was his fire team leader, until i was reassigned to another part of the battalion. Not a day goes by that i dont think about doyle and the ultimate sacrafice that he made for our country, i just want to tell you what a truly wonderful young man doyle was, he always thought of everyone else before he thought of himself. I am truly sorry for the loss you and your family endured, as well as his extended family that was with him in Iraq, we are all better people for having known him."
BU2 Jeff Scalici of grand rapids michigan

"Well Son,
Here it is the 18th of Feburary, 2009. I miss you so much. I am making the boys a quilt with your photo in the middle of the quilt so they can have you with them always. You are always with us anyway in our Hearts. We love and miss you

"I am currently stationed in Kuwait and our camp erected a Seabee memorial earlier this year. Your sons photo is also part of this memorial."
YN2 of Kuwait

"I am currently stationed in Kuwait and our camp erected a Seabee memorial earlier this year. Your sons photo is also part of this memorial."
YN2 of Kuwait

"Hi Son,
Well it is the 16th of October. The leaves sure are turning pretty for the fall foilage. I sure miss you. Mike and kirsten came down yesterday from Norman. I had lasagna ready for them. We all miss and love you so much. I know your in Heaven with your big sister and grandparents. Just wanted everyone else to know that your family still supports the military men and women for all they do and are very proud of each and everyone. Also we don't want anyone to forget the Men & Women who paid the ultimate sacrifice because "THEY" and the ones still serving BELIEVE in what they are doing over in Iraq and Afghanstan.
Mom & Family"
wyvonne Wright of Talihina, Okla

"Well Honey,
I just wanted to let everyone know I love and miss you more everyday. I just want everyone to know to cont. to support our troops in what they are doing and remember the fallen heroes. You are truly a hero to me, but you were when you were born also. You came along after I lost your sister and it meant the world to me that God would give me you. You were a beautiful baby and had a beautiful heart when you died. I miss you so much son. I just wish we could go back and know what we know now, I would had spent more time with you and less time working. I tried son. It was hard being a single mother to 3 growing boys, but I wouldn't wanted it any other way, because you three boys turned out so well. I am proud of all of you. Mike is in Norman for Kirsten to go to OU. They are doing well. He sure misses you as well as Clendon. Clendon's family is doing well in Alabama. I love you son so much. I know you are in heaven with your sister and now your grandma, & grandpa Lemmons, your uncle Ronnie and great grandparents.
Mom of Talihina, Okla

"Well Son,
It is almost another anniversary of your death. It will be 5 years and I miss you as much today as I did then. I love you so much and miss you too.You will never be forgotten Son as long as I have anything to do with it. I am still so proud of you.
Love Mom"
Wyvonne Wright of Talihina, Okla

"Mrs. Wright,
I was in Iraq with Doyle. First off let me say I hope you are doing well. We all miss him greatly still at CBC Gulfport. His name is spoken often. I happen to come across a friend that had Doyle's weapon reciept card that he signed June 10 2002 with his handwriting.If you would like me to send it to you, you can email me your information @ saylorkyle@msn.com. I would be honored to give it to you.Thanks so much and thanks for YOUR sacrifice!
BU2 Saylor(Kyle) CBC Gulfport,MS"

"Hi Honey,
Well your 26th birthday came this week. Clendon called he and Mike sure do miss you as does Robert and myself. I really do miss hearing your voice and your laugh. My heart misses you so much. Your thoughtfullness, your generosity and your heart. I found a pic. of you when you were 10 on Santa's lap. You were such a sweet happy baby that grew up to be such a sweet happy man. I love you son and miss you so much.
Love Mom"
Wyvonne Wright of Talihina, Okla

"January 28, 2008
To the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Doyle W. Bollinger, Jr.:
Doyle 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

"Well Son, it is now time for a new year. This is the last day of 2007.January 2008 is just around the corner. It has been a hard year this year with Buddie's passing in Afghanastan. That was hard too. Mema, her family and the rest of us are so proud of you and Buddie for what you have done. We miss you so much every day. I love and am so proud of you Son."

"Hi honey,
Well this is the fourth Christmas without you here with us. We sure do miss you so much. I keep thinking of how when you were young you always wanted to sample everything. I sure miss you doing that now. I miss you and your brothers being young and around my feet. I keep thinking of when you were young and things you did. I am so proud of you for who you were and what you stood for. Your brothers miss you so much too. Kaleb says "That is my Uncle Wayne" when he sees your pictures. I love you and miss you so much."

"To the Bollinger Family ,
I did not know your son . But I served in the Navy Seabees for 12 years ,90-2002. I was a EO. I am writing not to say sorry but to say thank you for Raising a man that was wiling to sacrifice everything for his country . I did not serve with your son . But I did loose a fellow SEABEE BROTHER . The Seabees are a unique unit in a whole . For one we stick together for ever .We never forget our brothers in arms . As long as the seabees still "CAN DO " your sons spirit is always alive . My sincere condolences .
Doyle paid the ultimate price and sacrifice for FREEDOM . While others just reap the benefits.

There is nothing FREE about FREEDOM.
Sincerly ,
David Musto .
SEABEE 90-2002 Alpha Co."
David Musto of Maine / USA

"Ms. Bollinger,
We just wanted you to know that we thought of your son today. (Veterans Day)He truely was a hero. I thank you and him for his honorable service. Not a day goes by that my husband (BU2 Saylor)don't think of him. He is a part of our everyday lives now.He tells me so many great things about Bollinger. I hope you are doing well and you are at peace. Being a mother myself I'm amazed at how well you sound.(I read on here often) I bet Bollinger was just like you!:)If you would like to talk or need anything please email at saylorkyle@msn.com, again you and you family are always in our hearts and prayers. God Bless!"
Myranda Saylor of Gulfport, MS CBC

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you, all I can say is that I wish I had the honor of serving with you.

SeaBees-Can Do!"

"It is sad as we see a SeaBee enter his or her sunset. A sunset we shall all one day see. But we should smile knowing that Doyle entered into a NEW & BEAUTIFUL SUNRISE with the Lord Our God as his guide on. He served his country and family with great honor. Thank you is not enough. See you soon SeaBee, but not yet."
BU 2 Richard Gebing of North Port Fl.

"Hi Honey,
It will be 4 years tomorrow, yet it seems like just yesterday I got the news of your death. I miss you so much as do your brothers and Robert. I sure have been thinking of you alot lately. You have a nose art at Enid at the old airport there. Woolring and the wall of honor. Buddies name is there also on the wall it is on the stone over from you. Honey, I sure do miss you so much. I love and am very proud of you also. Your nephew and niece are both growing and getting so handsome and pretty. Kaleb asks about you each time I see him. He would have definetly had been Uncle Wayne's boy."
love Mom of Shady Point, Ok

"To the mother of Doyle Bollinger,

I had spoken to your son early in the morning on the day that he passed. He had given me his dirty laundry to wash. I'm not sure why, but I remember him handing me his laundry bag with a big smile on his face, and thanking me for washing his clothes.

I ended up washing all of his clothes later that day, folding them and putting them in a box to be sent to you. I just hope that you eventually got them."
UTCR, UTCA, UTCN, UT3, UT2 Di Giulio of Chicago, Il

"Hi Honey,
Boy, how I miss you Son. You were a good Son to me and I thank you for that. I am most proud of you for what you did ultimaley and that was giving your life for your country to protect us and all the others in the U.S.
I love you Son so much. You would have had a new niece. Her name is Kenda Nicole. She was born March 27,2007. She is beautiful. She weighed 7# 10 ozs. and was 19.6 inches long. I got to be in the room when she was born and hold her just right after she was born.She has long fingers and arms like you did when you were a baby. I know you would have enjoyed her too. Buddie's Baby is about 4 months old now. It has been a little over a month since Buddie was killed in Afghanstan. I love you Son. Love your mother"
Wyvonne Wright of Shady Point, Ok

"To my Aunt Wyvonne
Its been along time since I seen yall and Im sorry about Wayne and I want you to know that Ill see yall all soon. my email is misspriss_04us@yahoo.com. Love ya and tell everybody hi and I love and miss them all. especially Aunt Shelia and Uncle Elmer okay."
Amy (Jones) Nuss of Branson, Missouri

"Wayne was my cousin, and my friend and he will be truly missed by all."
Amy Nuss of Branson, Missouri

"i am in EO "A" school becoming an eguipment operator i would like to thank the men and women working beside me for the freedom of our country and the freedom of our families."
eocr tousley of ft.leonardwood, mo. usa

"Following is a letter sent to the local media in Albany, New York:

It has been brought to my attention that pre-event coverage may be provided for the PEACE Walk in Albany, NY on March 18th (http://www.RememberingTheFallen.org).
Your attention to this event in strongly commended – as are the organizers for their creative approach in giving the number 3200 visual and emotional impact.

I will be representing Navy PC Doyle W. Bollinger, Jr. who died in Iraq when a piece of unexploded ordnance accidentally detonated in the area he was working on June 6, 2003.
There are currently 73 postings on his website (http://www.fallenheroesmemorial.com/oif/profiles/bollingerjrdoylew.html) from states nation-wide, including Australia and London. Each expresses sorrow of loss and commemorations of life – as I’m sure do all 3187 other sites for the confirmed dead.

When I registered for PEACE Walk, I did not request a particular individual. My registration drew, at random, Doyle Bollinger’s name. As it happens, Doyle died on my son's (Sam) birthday. Doyle was one year older.

Since registering 2 weeks ago, I have personally received the names of 5 more soldiers that have died in Iraq. They have come from Chris, a friend of my daughter’s, now serving in Baghdad, who just walked away from a major incident last week in which the 21 year-old sitting next to him was killed.

What drove Doyle – or Chris - to enlist in this war and not Sam? What did we all loose in the ending of Doyle’s life and future while Chris’ has been spared for another moment and Sam’s entrance into medical is so eagerly anticipated? I strongly believe all were instilled with similar values and commitments to freedom and democracy.

I registered for this PEACE Walk because I could. I registered because life is full of unfairness and inequality – both across this country and abroad. I registered because war carries consequences whether or not we have the luxury of paying attention. I registered because every person in this war – both here and abroad – deserves, at the very least, our solemn attention.

Are there 5 more individuals willing to pay attention for one brief afternoon by carrying the names of Chris’ friends on March 18th? Will anyone pay attention to the lives and lost futures of these men?

We all share the loss and grief."
Bonnie Beard of Albany, NY

"I remember fueling up my vehicle at camp in Al Kut that day. We had just pulled in after a long day on the road and were preparing to depart with the rest of our trip when someone came up and said that BU3 Bollinger had died and we were to meet under the hanger bay. The entire convoy team ran to the hanger just as a LT began a run down of the events that day. I remember it seeming to be almost unreal as he spoke. As the tears came and the realization that we had lost a seabee came to light anger flushed my system. How unfair life is and how good of a person he was.
BU3 thought not of himself but of those around him.
I am an instructor now at BU "A" school and speak of Bollinger often. His story and the story of other heros lives on. He and his family made the ultimate sacrifice and we thank you and pray for you."
BU2 Self-Young of NCTC Gulfport, MS

"...it hit's as hard as if he were one of my son's. Thank you for giving him life, thank you Doyle Bollinger for laying it down..."
Doyle Pirtle of Elizabeth, Colorado USA

"Hello Wyvonne. My name is Christy, my mother is Brenda. I knew Wayne as such a young guy and he was always so awesome to have around. I found your page for Wayne when I was trying to help update the fallen soilders list for Oklahoma. I have been back and forth trying to figure out what to say or type to you. I have read so many of the nice comments about him and I had to go back and watch the home videos that I have from when he was younger. I feel very honored to have met and known such a special person and yet as a mother I feel so much grief for you and your family. I know that on my dark days, my losses seem so much larger than the joys that I have been blessed with. I will continue to pray for your family as I have since the day that my mother called and told me of your loss. I am going to try to have the video that I have of Wayne burnt to a DVD to send to you because it is a beautiful memory of a precious moment that I was fortunate enough to share with your son. My email is cdrahlf@yahoo.com and my special son has a web page www.christiansdigeorgepage.com
Many hugs and positives thoughts are sent your way. Your son was a blessing and a joy for all of us!"
Christy Ferguson of Norman, OK

"Hi Honey,
Whew, it has been so long. I just wanted to write to tell you how much you are loved and missed daily. I remember when you came home for Thanksgiving & Christmas 2002. I thank God for that time, and if I had known it was gonna be your last holidays at home I would had tried to figure out some way to take off of work & be there with you more Son. I miss and love you very much. I am so thankful for the Lord giving me Peace of where you are.We are going to have a new baby in the family. Clendon is adding a new baby girl (we think) to our family.Robert is doing good and good to me. You would had liked him.
Honey, I am trying to get the word out of our need as Americans to cont. to support our troops in Iraq as well as Afghanstan. It is very important that we don't give up on them now. They cont. to need our love and support. They are only doing what they think is right to do for their families as you did, and for America. I am so proud of you honey. Always have been and always will be. You are very much missed by your brothers, nephew and Robert & myself as well as a host of family & friends.
Love Mom"
wyvonne Wright of Shady Point, Ok

"Dear Wyvonne,
This is BU2(SCW) Angel M. Boyd(vass) please contact me at mustangie94@yahoo.com. I haven't talked with you in so long. I think of you and Doyle often. God Bless you. BU2"
BU2(SCW) Angela M. Boyd(vass) of Christiansburg, Va

"Wayne, You never met me but I am your mothers husband and I am so proud of your momma, she is such a beautiful woman and so full of love. But what I do want to say is how proud I am of you and what you stood for, your service to this country and your mother and family cant be put into words of appreciation. Mom and I just got done going to the moving wall for vietnam veterans and the same hurt that your mom feels from you loss is very evident in the people that visit the wall. Son I know that you are in a better place now with your sister and grandma and a loving God and Lord Jesus Christ and that brings both your mother and I comfort. Son they are doing to you what they did to the vietnam veteran, the media is making you out to be a ruthless aggressor and that the terrists that killed 3000+ in NYC as the victims. Son your mother and I are doing everything we can to support you and our troops world wide and also those coming home. Just know that we love you and miss you very much but are happy that you are now truly safe from this world and the way it is going. Your mommas birthday is tuesday and I want you to know I will do everything I can to make your momma a happy woman. I love her very deeply and thank you for letting me talk to you for a few minutes like this. You are my son even though I never got to see that wonderful smile or shake the hand of a man that loves his country and his family. Thank you for being the son you are and we are glad you are now Home. Love you."
Robert Wright of Shady Point, OK

"To the family of Petty Officer Bollinger,
I am a Marine with Kilo Company, 3/23. I was there that day. I cannot possibly fathom your grief, but please know that my prayers are with you, and the Lord has a plan for you.
Whenever someone learns for the first time that I served in Iraq, it's not unusual for me to hear the word "hero" alongside their thanks. While I'm intensely proud of my service overseas, I always recoil at being called such. In my mind I do not merit such a high accolade. Your son does, and I am humbled by his and your sacrifice. To me your son is truly a hero, and I will remember him and that day until I see him again.
To say simply "thank you" for your enormous sacrifice seems weak at best, but it's all I have to offer. Thank you, and God bless you.
Philippians 1:3
"I thank my God every time I remember you.""
Johnny "Nashville" Newbill of Memphis, TN

"Hi Honey,
Well it has been over 3 years now since you went to be with the Lord and I am finally able to put the names of all the friends you wanted me to get care packages for. I am posting them in case any of them visit your site they can see how much you cared for them and thought of them and why if you had this to do over again, you would want it to be the same again, and of your unselfishness. I love you and miss you tremendously, but would never want to take you from Heaven and back to this old world. My son wrote me a letter and told me about it over the phone approx. 10 days before he was killed in Al Kut, Iraq on June 6, 2003. I received this letter after he was killed. I am putting the list of names on this page in hopes they would contact me if they can @ Wyvonne Wright (married Jan. 27, 2006 after 13 years of being alone after the boys dad left us) 26403 US HIghway 59, Shady Point, Okla. 74956.
1.)SW2 Wright, 2.)SW3 Smith, 3.)BU2 Sperry, 4.)Eo2 Frank, 5.)IT2 Rieger, 6.)Bu3 Planetta, 7.)CE1 Frisancho, 8.)SW2 Rawlins, 9.)BU3 Blakeney, 10.)BU3 Fowlkes, 11.)CM 3 Knapp, 12.)Bu3 Ainsworth, 13.)BUCN Naylor, 14.)BU3 Rooney, 15.)BU3 Amos, 16.)BU3 Roberts, 17.)EO2 Bacon, 18.)BU3 McCorkle,19.)SW3 Talsma, 20.)SW1 Fields, 21.)BU2 Sommers, 22.)EO3 Daughtery, 23.)BU1 Bernard, 24.)SWCN Rowland, 25.)BUCN Morvant, 26.)SW2 Forsythe, 27.)BU3 Vass, 28.)GM2 Morse, 29.)EO1 Kirksey, 30.)Bu2 Staller, 31.)Sw3 Gibson, 32.)EOCN Arnold, 33.)Bu3 Lewis, 34.)BU3 Peppers, 35.)BUCN Burgess, 36.)BUCN Parm, 37.)BU3 Somsel, 38.)Sw3 Brown, 39.)BU2 Scalici, & 40.)Sw3 Fontaine. I want each and every man & woman here on this list to know how proud of you I am and that I am proud of my son for thinking of you all. He wrote all these names and I pray that because of it and the running of the names in a friends paper that you all got care packages. Please write to me when you all can. Sorry for taking up so much space on here, but I thought it was important that I let these men & women know that Wayne did this because he cared for them all.He also told me over the phone that he wrote his name in also. I told him "Wayne you always receive carepackages. He said, "I know but it doesn't hurt to try," and he just laughed. He was always a happy person, from a baby all the way to his death. I love and miss you son very much Love Mom"
Wyvonne (Bollinger) Wright of /Shady Point, Okla

"Mrs. Bollinger,
I was stationed in Iraq with I co 3/23. I was the corpsman that was first on scene with your son. While some 3 plus years later I can still remember that day very well. I want you to know that we did everything that we could for your son as well as the others that were wounded there. I hope it may offer you some comfort to know your son had no pain. I am sorry for your loss."
HM3 J.S. Lantz of Buckhannon, WV

"To the Bollonger Family You all have my deepest sorrows. I was stationed in Iraq when the accident happen. Not, a day goes by when I do not think of it. I had to wake up to the news on a hot morning of 100 degrees of Iraqi heat. Again I would like to give my sorrows to the Family and Friends of Doyle. Gone but not Forgotten homie."
Sgt. Steven Paschall U.S.A of Ft. Hood Army Base Fort Hood TX,

"I just found this web site. I was looking for 2 other names. Curious, I typed in my own last name (by marriage). Sadly, I came across your son's name and photo.
Thank you for raising a fine young man willing to serve his countrymen.
I too have a son. His name is Daniel. He loves to play army with his friends. I have often considered that some day in the not too distant future, my son may be a real soldier.
I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord richly bless and keep you.
In Christ, because of Christ,"
Jennifer Bollinger of Boise, Idaho

"May the Lord Jesus Christ be with you and comfort you in your time of sorrow. My Son is also in the Navy. I am so sorry for this fine boy!You be darn proud of him!"
Joe McDuffie of Uvalde,Texas

"I was president of NMCB 133's Family Support Group in 2003 when my husband and others, including Wayne, deployed. I was pregnant with our son and will never forget that time, because of how difficult it was, how fearful we were, how proud we were, and how happy I was when my husband returned. However, you never had that happy part. My husband returned home on June 1 because he was getting out of the Navy and I was only 2 weeks away from my due date, and life couldn't have been better. But, I vividly remember receiving the call about Wayne and the others, and receiving call after call from worried family members wondering it it was their loved one. I didn't know Wayne, and my husband did not know him well, but it still affected me deeply. We attended the memorial on base, and I wrote to you and said that I would tell my son about him. My son turns 3 in a few weeks, and the anniversary of Wayne's death is in just a few days, but I want you to know that we still remember. We celebrated Memorial Day in Gulfport and thought of him. I mailed a card to you today, but I don't know if the address is still the same, so when I found this site I thought I would write. I pray that your good memories outweigh the sorrow now."
Anita Sullivan of Jacksonville, FL

"I have a plaque with Doyles name on it sitting above my PC desk. It came with a flag I purchased in his honor at the memorial here in Portland, OR when hundreds of flags honering are heros were displayed and sold with the procedes going to a good cause. This site was visited by thousands."
Tony Monette of Portland, OR

"Well Son, It has been 3 years since you have been on earth to wish me Happy Mothers Day. I Love & miss you so much even now, but am very proud of you today as I was when you told me you signed up for the Navy in 1999. I am SO VERY PROUD OF YOU SON. AND SO BLESSED TO HAVE YOU AS MY SON, ALONG WITH YOUR BROTHERS."
His Mother, Wyvonne of Shady Point, Okla

"To the family of Doyle W. Bollinger, Jr:
My heart breaks as I sign yet another guestbook for another courageous soldier who gave his life so selflessly. I saw you signed our son Brent Adams' guestbook, which led me to your son's page. Please know that my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you. We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in our grief and loss. We have, unfortunately, joined a group none of us wanted to join, a large and growing group of families in this horrific situation. To be so sad and yet so proud of a loved one are two emotions hard to deal with at the same time. Please know that if you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away. redsandstuff@yahoo.com
I would love to hear more about your son. I promise you, he will not be forgotten.
God Bless this young man and his family."
Pam Adams of Pennsylvania

"I will keep you in my prayers. I hope God gives you comfort in your terrible time of loss. God bless you."
Judith of Birminham, Al

"Dear Mrs. Bollinger,

Im deeply sorry for your loss, I was in al kut when the accident happened, He was a great seabee the type that others look to when they needed a lift of their own. He always made me laugh. I think about what had happened over there and wish some how I could turn back the clock. Im not sure if you know this but 133 ended up naming a camp in honor of doyle, the camp was in zubidayia, a bridge across the euphrates river. doyle would have been proud of such an accomplishment. Once again all my sympathys to you and yours, Let doyle know, ski says hi"
UT2 Kaminski of now stationed in keflavik Iceland

"Oh Honey,
I miss you so much. I had a dream about you the other nignt. You were @ our table on stone ave. with your hands crossed.I miss you so much. I love you and always will. I know where you are and that I will see you someday."
Love your Mom of Poteau

"To the family of:Doyle W. Bollinger 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

"Hi Honey,
Well it is time for Christmas again. It is the 18th, one week from Christmas. We celebrated Christmas last night with your little brother Michael. He has grown up to be such a good kid, thanks to you son. He misses and loves you so much. Clendon misses and loves you too. They both are lonely without you here. I love and miss you so much, but am so proud of you and the many others who have given their all. I love you son. Mom & Robert"
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau

"Well Son,
Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, the only difference this year is that Grandma Lemmons is in Heaven with you. I know you have already seen her and this makes me happy. I love and miss you so much and have been thinking alot about you, but I would never want to bring you back to this old world again. I will come join you someday. They want to take Gods name out of everything and the Ten Commandments out too, things you stood for and served our country for. I am truly proud of you son and miss you. I love you so much.
Love your mom."
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau

"Dear Mom as he would call you Im in the navy as well Im a Ground Ponder Im so sorry for you lose I have been up for the last 36 hrs on watch at tinker arb but before I go to bed I want you to know I will be Praying for your family . Remember all the good things . He dose >........God Bless"
Am2 Key of ok / tx in the middle of new duty at the airport >>>>...

"To the Bollinger Family,
I served as a Marine in Al-kut with kilo company 3/23 during 2003. I was no more than 20 yards away when the incident that took Bollinger's life took place. Consequently, within seconds I was at the scene. I as well as others where tasked with covering him after the incident. I then drove him over to the aid station on the other side of the airfield. My close contact with this incident has stuck with me even two years since it took place. Once the moral hut was completed, Marines spent as much time as they could in it's air conditioned walls as it was the only bit of relief from the heat that any of us had known for months. I can assure that Dollinger's contribution effected every single Marine in my unit. I can specifically recall Marines returning from a long patrol or post and immediately heading for the building that he helped to construct. I thank you personally for your sacrifice as I and other Marines have benefited directly from his service."
Cpl Jeff Edwards of Memphis, TN

"i am soo sorry for your lost just takes my heart away. it is so hard to face that he is gone. i cry at everything, i see others in pain and sads my to think of the many more familys that lost their child.. my email is basemonkey@hotmail.com
love you and yours"
connie kerns of springfield mo

"hey mrs b this is rick . wayne was an awsome friend and i know its been a while since it happend but i just wanted you to know i love yall."
rick of poteau oklahoma

"Dear Bollinger,
I don't really know what to say. It has been a while. I still remember everything that happened. I guess at this point my memories will never go away. I know you are in heaven now and you are looking down on us all. I feel bad to know that you still would have had your whole life ahead of you. But I guess it is God's will that you be with him. I am sorry that it happened. Sorry for all four of us and those who saw it. It was the most tragic thing that I have ever gone through. But know that I am still thinking of you. You were a good friend and I can say for anyone who knew you that you were such a great person to be around. Your friend,"
BU3 Green, Chris of Gulfport, MS

I am a marine radio operator who was with 3/23 in Al Kut, Iraq back in 2003...
I am now with another unit
I remember that day when I heard the nervous Marine radio operator trying to get a MEDEVAC going...
I remember that day being on the radio and later seeing him...
I remember the looks of the face of those who were injured...
I remember seeing this one girl, who was a seebee also, so shaken up,
I remember assisting the Corpsmen with those whom Bollinger knew and loved,
I remember how everyone was so stunned,
when the sleeping bag came in on a stretcher,
faced covered...
i remember dropping the handset,
as it passed me by,
i was reminded yesterday, on july fourth,
at Santa Monica Pier, CA, when i saw rows of rows of crosses for those who died,
I never did learned his name,
till now,
but i remember the date,
and I remember his sacrifice...
alot of seabees later told me,
he was a nice and funny guy...

To his mom,
I can never know your grief,
But i trust God does,
That He would comfort you,

For as long as I am still with the marines,
He will not die in vain..."
CPL Li of Los Angeles, CA, USA

"Hi Honey,
Well Wayne another Mothers day has come. I know your in Heaven looking down wishing me a Happy Mothers Day. I love and miss you so much honey, your so special and have touched many lives. People still get in touch with me about you. I miss and love you honey so much, but would never bring you back to this world. Your brothers sure miss you. We all love you so much honey.Love MOM,Mike, Clendon and Robert"
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, OK

"Dear Son,
I wanted to tell you Happy Birthday. You would had been 23 today. I miss you so much, it hurts. I am so proud of you for what you did, going to Iraq and doing your part. You will never be forgotten nor will the others who have joined you. I am very proud of you and miss you so much.

Love Mom"

"Well Son,
It is Easter Sunday, but you already know that huh. Your with our Risen Saviour as I type this message. I miss you so much son, but the pain has lessened some and continues to daily. I still miss you so much, I just expect you to come through that door and give me a big hug and kiss. Then you tell me you love me like you always did. I am so proud of you and I continue to think when you were young and your bright smile and the way you made everyone laugh no matter what was going on you were always the most happiest person I ever knew. There is a place in my heart that is empty, but filled with love and thoughts of you. I know your with our Lord this morning and this is what keeps me going. I thank God for not letting you suffer. You are still in the navy, just a different one now. Your taking care of the streets of gold. I Love you so much son, and the boys miss you so much. Robert does too.
Love Mom"
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, OK

"All gave some...Some gave all
We will never forget
Woodring Wall of Honor
Memorial Day, May 30th, 2005"
Elaine W. Johns of Enid, Oklahoma

"To the Family of Doyle Bollinger:
Last night (3-4-05) I came across this web site because I had typed in my son's name (Adam Kinser) and it brought me to this web site. As I read all of the wonderful things people had written about my son, I came across your note, also. I am so sorry for your loss. Adam had just turned 21 two weeks before his death. What caught my eye in your note was your reference to your son's faith. Adam, too, was a Christian and I know without a shadow of a doubt that he is in Heaven with your son and many others like them who have given their lives for our freedom. Adam got married before he left for Afghanistan. He spent three months in Fort Bragg before he was shipped out, so his wife went and visited him before he left and guess what? She got pregnant. Adam came home on leave in December of 2003. Tiffany was six months pregnant and he got to see an ultrasound of his son. Adam Noah Adyn Kinser was born on March 12, 2004, three days after the 304th PsyOps came home from Afghanistan. He is an awesome blessing from God and every time I look at him I am reminded of his father. Thank you again for your son's selfless service to our country. Remember that compared to eternity, this life is but a breath, whether we live to 21 or 81. Our boys just got there before us! God bless you!"
Terri Kinser of Rio Vista, CA

"To the family of Petty Officer Bollinger,
I witnessed Petty officer Bollinger's death in Al-Kut Iraq. I was serving as the Battalion Watch Officer that morning and he and several others were outside buliding a small shack for the Marines to go for AC and to watch TV. I decided to go out and help them when my watch was up and stood up to see PO Bollinger using a Leatherman tool on something I could not see. Within seconds there was an explosion and he and several others were wounded. I ran out with several other Marines and Bollinger was on the ground. He took the bulk of the explosion which probably saved the lives of theose he was working with. My first thought was that we had been attacked until one of his fellow Seabees told us that he had been fidgeting with something he found. I knelt beside him and placed my hand on his chest and prayed for him. It was obvious that he would not survive. He did not speak and I feel certain that he did not suffer. Within minutes I assisted in placing his body on a truck for transport to the hospital. I later attended his memorial service at the air field in Al-Kut. The image of that young man has haunted me since that time. I saw other unspeakable sights in Iraq but this one has stuck with me. I think because he was so young. I have often thought it would be a comfort to his family for them to know that someone was with him when he died and that he most likely did not suffer. I am certain now that after nearly two years I will not forget what I saw that day. I can only pray that God took him home that day."
SSgt Shane Brown K/3/23 of Henderson, TN

"To the Bollinger family, I am very sorry for your loss, but honored at the same time for Petty Officer Bollinger. I am a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, and I am also a Poteau High School graduate, having graduated in 1987. I joined the Navy in 1988, from Poteau, really not knowing what I wanted to do. It has been my life and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Petty Officer Bollinger was doing his part making sure we all are safe and freedom rings loud and clear throughout the world, including small towns all over Leflore County. I honor your sons and my shipmates sacrifice in support of those who can't speak up for themselves. He was doing what was right by rebuilding Iraq, so children could grow up in Peace. His sacrifice will never be forgotten. I make sure his name is remembered every day when I speak to young Sailors about the Navy. His death hit home for me, knowing that a Sailor from small town SE Oklahoma gave the ultimate for his country. Please email me, as I would like to start a Scholarship, for High School seniors from Poteau, so his memory will live on for eternity. My email address is erikelindebak@juno.com. God Bless You!!!!"
SKC(SW) Erik E. Lindebak of Great Lakes, IL

"Well Son another new year has come in and we still miss and love you so much. We are still so proud of you, I know you are in Heaven and looking down at us all the time. We love and miss your smile, your humor, but most of all your love and joy you brought to us all. You will always remain in our hearts.
Love Mom, Robert, Mike, Clendon and Kaleb"
Wyvonne Bollinger of Poteau, Okla

"Thank you for the gift of freedom we all cherish. Your family must be so very proud of you. I know in my heart that when your family closes their eyes for the last time, that you will be the 1st thing that they see. Smooth sailing - God bless you"
The Shaw Family of Pasadena, Maryland


"Thank you for your message. My son Timothy is in the NAVY too. My youngest one Kenny was involved in the SeaBEES when he was in the Sea Cadet program. He is in the Marines now. Jeremy was in the Army (KIA IRAQ). My sons are all I have and now one is gone. I am so lost without him. I relieze that you are hurting too. NO mother should ever have to burry their child!! I understand your pain. It will not ever get any easier but in time, come to except it, I've been told. I don't understand why we had to loose them, they were only trying to help others and make their lives better. They were good. If you didn't know, there are sites that you can request items, quilts, angels, and other things in memory of your son. I have and they are such a blessing to receive. This shows me that my son did not die in vain and someone out there really does care. I have been trying to get care packages sent over to the soldiers that are still there and no intrest from anyone. Maybe you can get your town involved and help them. They are living over there in aweful conditions. I have been having stuff sent to them from people I work with. They have been great. I am about to ask for more to be sent over for X-mas. My son would be proud of me for doing this, Jeremy was a giving and caring young man. He would give everything he had to someone else if they needed it. I can give you the address I have been sending or you can send to your sons platoon in his honor or memory. They would appricate anything they get."
Debbie Drexler of Berryton KS (Topeka)

"I am so sorry for your loss , I feel your pain, My Son was KIA In Smarra Iraq on 4\11\04 ,Yes they are HERO'S and no one can take the pride and love we have for our SON'S not even this war! My prayer's are with your family today and everyday ! Thank You, Much Love Kathy Brown ( Brownie's Mom ) May they all rest In peace"
Kathy Brown of Glens Falls,NY

"Feel for you. The loss of a son, and brother is huge. Take care."
Tom of London

"To the family of PO3 Bollinger,
I felt I needed to leave a message extending a very heartfelt thank you to your son, on behalf of my family and husband who is from Wilburton, OK and currently serving in Iraq as well. He was so young but what a wonderful person for helping to protect our freedom. My children are 11yo, 9yo and 2yo. Although the 2yo does not understand, my two older ones are thankful every day for what the soldiers are doing over there. I cannot begin to understand what you are going through but I hope you find some comfort in a nation who is truly thankful to our brave heroes.

"To the Family of this Brave Soul.

Your Son is a True Seabee Hero and Will forever be. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Doyle gave all so that others may live in a safer world. We are proud of you and you are missed dearly. God Rest Your Soul Shipmate."
Ken Ewan of Corning, Ca USA

"Thank you so much for your letter that you posted for my family. Tell your sons that I feel their pain of loosing a brother. I am a mother and I don't know what I would do if I lost my daughter. The pain I feel is unbelievable. I know that God is with us and the rest of the families who have lost loved ones. I will keep you in my prayers and heart. Keep praying and keep your faith in the Lord and I am positive that he will keep his arms around you and your family."
Nikki of Memphis, TN. USA

"Dear Mrs. Bollinger:

Thank you so much for your kind words posted on my son's page. We truly share the same pain and the same loss. I know that you've just passed the 1-year point...we've reached the 6-month mark and I wonder if this is good as it gets. We have wonderful sons - I use the present tense because Ernie, my beautiful boy, will be alive in my heart as long as I have a breath in my body. We continue to pray for all the families and friends who have lost a loved one, for all those brave young men and women who remain in harm's way, and ask that you continue to pray for us.

Gloria Caldas
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco's Mom (KIA 12/28/03)
San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Wyvonne,
your message on my husband's (Oscar D. Medina) memorial page, made me feel that I'm not alone in my pain. I don't know how a mother feels... I just know how I feel as a wife. You had 21 years with your son ... I had 6 years with my husband. But the amount of years don't matter... it is the love that matters that you have for that person. I often think how it will be when I die... and I look forward to it, to be picked up by the love of my life. I was always scared of death... now no more. But I have to wait, so this can happen.
I'm proud of my husband and I know you are proud of your son... and I thank every soldier alive on earth or already in eternal life that they do their job dedicated to their believe in freedom."
Beate Medina of Wahiawa, HI

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

Thanks for your note. I hope you got through Memorial Day alright. I am so proud of all our fallen heroes and so glad that we remember to honor them. Your Wayne and my Heath died an honorable death serving their beloved country and securing our freedom. Please know you and your family are remembered as well. I know my sweetheart is with your Wayne in a place of everlasting peace and beauty. Their love for us is as strong as ever while they fiercly guard us from above.
One day our long-awaited reunions will come. We'll enjoy this life in the meantime, that's what they want for us.
Much love from Texas..."
Ursula Pirtle of Fort Hood


Thank you so much for spending time with me at the memorial service for our sons and the other sons and daughters who have given their lives. I am very proud of my son as I know you are of yours. They are true heroes and I know they are at peace in heaven."
Janet Petty of Harrah, OK

"i am sorry and our school is doing tributes"
taylor hunt of comanche,ok,usa

"Mrs. Bollinger,
I cannot imagine how a mother feels to lose her son. I'm sure you can easily recall the day he was born and how the past 22 years have flown by. He is still with you, heart and soul, everyday. I have two sons, 11 and 9, and a baby girl, 6 months. I hope to never outlive any of them.
Thank you for your lovely message for my husband, James Heath Pirtle. Heath is the love of my life. My children keep me going and my family gives me many blessings to count. It was his birthday yesterday, May 6. I called his mother and thanked her for having him 28 years ago. She recalls unwrapping him and counting his fingers and toes. She is having a very difficult time of it so I fly out every month so she can see his little girl, his flesh and blood, her granddaughter.
Soon the anniversary of your Wayne's untimely death will be here and I will pray for you and your family to make it through that day. Wayne is not forgotten, neither are you.
Love, hugs, and prayers from my family to yours."
Ursula Pirtle of Fort Hood, Texas


"May God Bless you young man and your family.
BU2 Richard L. Gebing MCB 4"
Ricahrd Gebing of Ft. Myers Fl.

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


Thank You for your service to our country and to your family."
John Basden of Odessa, Texas

"Petty Officer Bollinger, goodbye sailor and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"My condolenses to the family of Petty Officer Bollinger. I was one of the hospital corpsman assigned to 3rd Battlion 23 Marines when the explosion happened. He was helping to build our Morale tent. My prayers go out to him and his family. He was a great man."
Doc of San Diego, CA

"As a native of Gulfport and a Navy wife for many years, I would like to say thank you to Doyle Bollinger,Jr. for giving his all for our country. And to his family I share in the grief of your loss. Your son was so young and looked so sweet. your hero will not be forgotten and my prayers are with you."
Dana Husley of Mississippi

"I am so very sorry for your loss. I can only imagine the grief you must be feeling. My son, also a seabee stationed in Gulfport until last September, is on his way there now. I wonder if their paths ever crossed? I would like to think they did."
Cheri Catanese of Harpers Ferry, WV

"i am so sorry you have lost your son. i will be praying for you and your family. god bless!"

"As a native Oklahoman at heart I feel this loss closer to my heart. It really hurts to lose such young individuals when their adult lives are just beginning. This shows the selflessness these young people have. I am a proud Air Force wife stationed in Arizona at Luke Air Force Base. Thanks to Doyle's bravery my four children can truly enjoy their freedom. Thank you Doyle so much. I can only tell your mother I can feel her worry when you left as I do when my two boys turn 18. Once again thank you for being so brave for your country."
Joni Beratto of Luke AFB, Arizona USA

"As someone lucky enough to have known Wayne I can only say that he is so missed my family and friends. I remember him as a mischevious boy that loved to laugh. He had a heart as big as all outdoors and Wayne never met a stranger. He spent a long time searching for the right path in life for himself. Wayne found that place when he joined the Navy. Wayne gave his life for what he believed and for what he loved, his God, his country and his family. I was and will always be so very proud of you Wayne. I miss you."
Karen Cope of Poteau, Oklahoma

"Thank you Doyle Bollinger, 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 Bollinger Family,

I want to let you know that we are praying for you. I will be running the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC on Sunday, October 26. I will be running this marathon in honor of your son, Doyle Bollinger, Jr.
God bless you!"
Karl Ahlgren of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"To the Boyle family, I wish to send my sympathy for your loss and my gratitude for your son's service. As a mother of a Seabee still in Iraq with NMCB7, my heart breaks for you. He has given all, you have given so much. May God grant you peace in your grief."
Lori Olsen of Maple Grove MN

"As a former Sea Bee from US Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, I send my thoughts to the memory and family of Doyle W. Bollinger Jr.

Though I know no words can heal the loss of Doyle, no sentiment can be of solace to those who loved and knew him, who now endure the terrible pain of his loss, I offer my meager condolances and my profound gratitude for his courage.

The name Doyle W. Bollinger Jr. is a name of honour."
Timothy F Swinden of Melboure Australia

"There is often a lack of comforting words at a time like this. However, I hope you can find some peace in that your loved one, BU3 Doyle Wayne Bollinger Jr, was upholding the Seabee "CAN DO" tradition and the Seabee motto: "With compassion for others, we build - we fight, for peace with freedom.""
LCDR Michelle Breaux (NMCB 22) of Norman, OK

"My father, a retired Seabee, was stationed at Gulfport for many years. In March my brother, a Marine, was killed in action. I don't know exactly how you feel since every cirmumstance is different but I share your pain. God give you strength to get through this.
-Sandra Brown, wife of deployed soldier"
of Fort Hood, Tx

"To the family and friends of Petty Officer Third Class Doyle Bollinger, 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 Doyle 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 Petty Officer Third Class Doyle Bollinger, 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 Doyle, 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