Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Samuel M. Boswell

20, of Elkridge, Maryland.
Boswell died in Al Taji, Iraq while conducting convoy operations and an 18-wheel tractor trailer accidentally struck the rear of his HMWWV, starting a fire and causing ammunition to detonate. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 243rd Engineer Company, Baltimore, Maryland. Died on October 14, 2005.

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"It has been almost 10 years since I last saw your smile. It's Memorial Day weekend and my thoughts are on you. We met at mob station in Indiana and I took a shine to you because you reminded me so much of my son who was the same age, to this day I can still envision you when I look at him. The smile and personality is uncanny. I have not, nor will you ever be forgotten as long as I am alive. Even now I still have tears flowing...RIP peace young soldier you have given the ultimate sacrifice, I thank you and salute you. Till we meet again."
Linda Ervin, SFC, Retired of Tuscaloosa, Alabama

"I woke up this morning thinking of Sam. I only met him a few times when my son was with him in Indiana, preparing to go to Iraq. Sam & my son, Ron, became good friends. Sam died on Ron's 22nd birthday. Ron has never gotten over it and probably will never have a birthday that Sam's death doesn't play into. Over the years since his return home, Ron speaks to me about Sam and the grief he feels is still fresh. I remember Sam as a smiling, happy and probably mischievious young man who loved life and was robbed of his way too soon. I lived in fear I would get the visit his family did. I was fortunate enough to get my son back but he's very different from the boy that went away. I've never found a place to post my thoughts about Sam until this morning when I saw this website on the News. I want his family to know their "Sam" has not been forgotten by a family in Alabama, nor will he ever be."
Sue Turner of Lake View, AL USA

"I think of you often."
Linda Shock (Kelley) of Dover, Delaware

"Hey Sammy I can't believe it has been six years. It certainly doesn't feel like it. So we are doing this hero paper for my English class and I am writing it on you. I promised Uncle Tony that he could have a copy of it when it is finished. Hopefully it is as good as I hope it will be. Just even doing the research right now is making me cry. It beings up so many happy memories that I can't even count them all. There are always the days that the grief is more than others but the happy memories always override the grief eventually."
Hannah of Marriottsville MD

"I went to high school with Sam. We weren't particularly close, but we were both in a senior practicum for engineering together, as well as an earlier class on electric engineering. I remember when we went to war in Afghanistan, how passionately he wanted to support the troops. I was and am extremely liberal, and he was pretty conserative...I remember debating our country's entry into both wars with him, and even though we never agreed I respected his passion and his commitment. I remember when I learned he was serving overseas that all I could feel was admiration for someone with his convictions and courage.

I also remember having a day where we could listen to music during class if we had a Walkman (remember those?) and headphones. He was sick of all the music he'd brought, and I was sick of mine. I lent him the Olivia Tremor Control's first album, and he gave me one by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. We both enjoyed each other's music, and I remember talking about how good music was to listen to.

Sam was a stand-up guy and a gentleman. I can't remember him ever doing something mean to anyone, and often remember how kind he was. It hurt to learn, several years ago, that he had died. I have nothing but respect for his sacrifice, and fond memories of attending school with him."
of Columbia, MD

"I'm teaching now! I am about to teach a lesson about Memorial Day and all I can think about is you. I had my little sister go and give you some flowers yesterday since I couldn't be there myself. I can't believe it has almost been five years. I think of you everyday but you know that. My students and I are going to have a moment of silence for you today. I just hope they understand the kind of person you were and what a difference you made in my life and everyone elses. I love you and miss you!"
Jordan of Highland, MD/Greensboro, NC

"Memorial Day is a special day of reflection and memory of those special Soldiers who we served with, that gave their lives and paid the ultimate price for freedom. Boswell, Ceo, Connor and McMullen were all sons to me and will live in my memory forever and are in my thoughts and prayers each and every day. I look forward to the time when we can all get back together and once again be a united family. I am honored to have served shoulder to shoulder with these fine men and can tell you they all were quality soldiers.I miss them all more than mere words can describe. God bless Them, their Families and all of the Veterans who walked the walk and know the true price that is paid for Freedom. As well as, those whom are next to fight the fight... Respectfully..."
1SG Paul Mirabile of Street, Maryland, USA

"No words can describe the things you tough me in High school & how much you yelled at me to not be so sensitive! By the way I still haven't learned.

I still sleep with the picture of you, Aj, josh & I next to my bed(our last night together) at the hunt club. I look at it every morning & laugh because we always had a great time, no matter what.

The world was better with you in it & we all will miss you for the rest of our days.

I write on here alot, but I know you see it & hear me. It's never alot b/c there is never enough words to descirbe our sammy."
Casey of Highland, MD/Greensboro NC

"Wow, this feels weird. A lot of people are hurting about another Howard County boy who died this weekend, and it made me think of how bad it's hurt every day since you left us. I googled you, and this is what came up. I could write forever about all the sadness, the regrets, the trying to call your phone months after your died. But that's not what you would want, and Russell reminds me of that when I'm at my worst about all this. You were so full of life, it doesn't seem possible for one person to be that happy, loving, caring, sweet, and hilarious and AMAZING. But you were, every day. Like others, I just wish there was one more day to hug you and tell you everything I should have told you all along - One More Day kills me, it reminds me so much of you and spending time in the trailer. But I know you are my guardian angel, and I talk to you every day and I know you hear me, because you've taken care of me these past four years. Even though I'm in a completely different place today, you are still such a part of me. Maybe my fondest memory of you is the first day we met, well actually the second as you reminded me often. That was a good night. And then you came and visited me at Kendalls and it was great, I was so awkward. And you singing at the top of your lungs in the car. So many good times in such a short period of time. Keep watching over us, me and Russell and AJ, and all of us. I should go, I'm sitting here at work and trying not to cry, I've been doing okay so far but AJ's posts make me fall apart. You wouldn't want any of us to cry anyway. Having your emails is the best memory, I love that you were such an open and honest person. It is the greatest comfort to know that you are waiting for me and everyone else in Heaven. It takes the fear out of death. <3 always and forever."
Jill of Clarksville, MD/ Greensboro, NC

"I love you."

"It is the anniversary of one of the most saddest days of my life. Doesn't seem to get easier. Your nieces are so big and they still talk about you. Hope you are watching over them knowing how proud they are of you."
Jackie Boswell of Hampstead, MD

"Heyy Sammie, I officially found out what happens when you google your name. You find this website and start crying when you read all the messages. I miss you so much, Sam. I've never met a happier person then you, and I've never met a person who could brighten the day of people around them by just smiling other then you. Did you know I want to be a writer? I'm trying to write a novel before High School is out. Guess what Sammie, one's named after you. They are strong, brave, confident, happy, and they love to help others. Just like you. Going up to cumberland just isn't the same as when you were up there. I always think of my strongest memories up there and the two best are with you. I always remember playing spit, and never even reallly being able to see your hands. Then i rmember the day that we went up to the lake. I look back and remember how I use to swim and tackle you no problem in the water. It's hard to beleive that I'm afraid to go swimming in open water now remembering that. Everytime a friend wants me to go swimming with them in the river I alway remember that day and how safe I felt with you there and I jump in. I miss you so much Sammie, and wouldn't you believe it? I'm still that short little girl you always knew. I can't seem to make it over 5 foot. I know you're laughing at me too. I'll see you when my time comes. R.I.P."
Meghan Clower of pasadena

"Hey Brother, I'm here again. Can't help but think about you today. It's Memorial Day and I'm in Taji. How's that for a fine how you do. Love you and miss you."
Michael Boswell of Al Taji, Iraq

"I miss you everyday brother! Things would be so different if you were still around! Happy Thanksgiving"
AJ of Highland, MD

"Its november 7th, I am a student at sumner high school in sumner washington and we were having a vetrans day assembly where your name came about and i would just like to thank you for giving your life to protect our freedoms and let you know that your life has not been forgotten"
Robert Stone of Sumner, Washington

"Hey Baby, Yesterday made it 3 years, I can't believe I haven't seen your smiling face in over 3 years. I couldn't leave you a message yesterday it hurt a lot, reliving the moments in my head. So here it is today, I miss you, I wish you were here to see everyone that loves you, your nieces are growing so fast. They need you hopefully you and mom are watching over them. We heare the song Lay Me Down, and it makes us cry in the car. Please watch over us, we love you and miss you every day."
Jackie Boswell of Hampstead, MD

"Hey Sam. Like Aunt Raine said, yesterday was your birthday and everybody missed you terribly. I thought about you all day. I miss you very much. And love you always. I will see you when it's my time."
Amanda of Hedgesville, WV

"Hey Sam, Your Birthday was yesterday and I wished you were here to give a big hug and kiss too! Of course, I listened to "Simple Man" and cried and listened to "Who
You'd Be Today" and cried. MIssing you soooooo much! Love you little brother!"
Raine of Highland, Maryland

"I have been thinking about you alot lately buddy, especially yesterday. I wanted to thank you again for skipping outta high school and rushing me home seven years ago to check on my daddy. You're the greatest friend I ever had."

"Hey Boswell. I was just thinking about that last night before you guys left LSAA...Dilley and I were going to the internet cafe, and you yelled my name. I turned around, and you waved and smiled, and that's how I always remember you. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you, Ceo, Conner, and McMullen. I will never forget!"
SPC Margie Brooks (243rd Eng Co) of Arlington, VA

"07/26/08-Hey Sam, I thought I would drop in here and leave a message. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. What I really wanted to tell you though is that this week I went to M.A.S.H.(Mobile Army Spiritual Hospital) this week. It was a lot of fun. Mainly when I was there though it made me realize something. People need GOD in their lives. A lot of people these days are giving up on the Christian values in this world. I realized that I wanted to be one of the people who step up to the plate and follow through with GOD and not be ashamed of it. Tell Grandmom I love her and I miss VERY much. I miss you lots too and wish you were still with us. Keep warm spots up there for the family and we will see you when we get there.

Love your neice, ~*Amanda*~"
Amanda Boswell of Hedgesville, WV

"Sammy - I know you are with mom today - 5/19/2008 - I am missing you both a lot today and man am I in a grouchy mood. I am sitting here at my desk at work - eating soup for lunch wondering how I am going to behave for the rest of the day. Memorial Day weekend is this weekend and man we are going to miss you. Your sister Annette is getting married to her new man today too. He is very good for her. I MISS you SAM! We all do so much, wrap your arms around us will ya! Love Your big sis -Michelle"
Michelle Beahm of Millersville, MD

"April 29, 2008
To the family of Spc. Samuel M. Boswell:
Samuel 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

"I miss you so much man! :,("
AJ of Highland MD

"Hey Bos Well its been awhile since that night.I think of you and the time we spent togeather on that convoy.I miss you guys so much and think of you guys every day and night.I look at our pictures when we were mobing and how crazy it was.Our plane ride over and that cheesey pic I took of you in the airport.I think god I have one great memory of each of you from that convoy.And now here I sit getting ready to go again soldiering up to do the new jobs ahead of me.You guys will always be with me.I miss you so much.Your family is always in my thoughts and prayers... Spc Cassie Settle"
cassie settle of 16214 e richmond fort polk la 71459

"Hey Sam, how is life up there?? down here it is good, i guess...Everyday i think about all the memories we had together and wish there was more we could make, like lauren said whenever i go up to cumberland, it's always fun but not as fun as it was when you were there, i ecspecially loved the 4th of july night of 2005...sometimes it seems like just yesterday me, you, lauren, and shawna would be at grandad's and gettin into trouble. I also remember when we were living there and me n shawna would have woken up early and we would come upstairs just to see talk to and hang out with you b4 u left for school... i just found this website and wanted to leave a message to tell you that I'm proud of you and that you are my biggest hero and am always thinking of you. R.I.P. and we all love you very much"
Amanda Boswell of Hedgesville, WV

Love you. Still missing you.
Love, Raine"

"Hey Sam,
It's October 14, 2007, its been 2 years since you made it to see our father.. i still think about you alot. I actually did a project and said a few things about you.. Gaither is back from bootcamp, althought its from the marines but hey he'll relaize what he's missing.. well i have school tomorrow.. i miss you sam, i love you. We all do.."
Amanda Betz of Highland, Md

"My name is Dale Boswell, I don't believe I am related to Samuel, but I have a tribute to our "namesake". Please go to my website and listen to my latest release, "My Soldier Prayer". It is a song I wrote and recorded with my band. It is a powerful song dedicated to the fallen soldier. The song is recieving airplay all over. If you have'nt heard it, I would be honored if you would listen to it. My website is www.strokindixie.net. Thank you all, and God Bless Our Troops, Dale."
Dale Boswell /My Soldier Prayer of Phenix City, Ala. / Russell Co.

"I'll never forget the great times I had with you. I'll never forget how much * I gave you for being in the Army while I was in the Marines. I'll never forget how much respect I had for you for all that you did and have done. I'll never forget how many people love you, and how sad we all were that day. And most of all, I'll never forget that goofy * smile!!! It's been a few years but I still stop and think about you all the time buddy. God bless your family and the cause you faught for."
Cpl Johnny Miller of Highland, MD

"Hey BOZ,
I cant belive it hads been almost 2 years since you left us man I miss you the boys are over there now I know you will keep an eye on them I know that you will you always watch thier backs and mine the weddind wasnt the same with out you there in body but we know you where ther in other ways thanks bro"
Spc.Anthony Ambrose of Baltimore Maryland

"It's been almost two years since we lost you and I still think about your love and spirit everyday. I love you buddy and I will always think about you."

You are truly a hero. I will always remember that smile and kind nature. Joe and I will always remember you
Love, Vicki Brown and Joe Starling"
Vcki Brown and Joe Starling of Sykesville, MD USA

"Don't weep for me
O' land of the free
When it was my time to fall
'Twas for my country's call
'Twas for the land that I loved
That I gave my all,
And for the land that I loved
I did freely give,
And in her freedom and her courage
I'll continue to live."
Mike of Maryland

"I think about you everyday and return to this sight often and read the same messages over and over. You were the best. I love you and miss you."

"To the family of:Samuel M. Boswell 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"

I try to read all of the new messages as often as possible, most of them i laugh at, about the memories. Others i cry at. I know i shouldn't be leaving these messages, because i only met you a few times, but i feel like i owe you something. I have heard many stories about your parties with the the beer in a hidden hole in the ground, and how you wanted a huge party when you come back, but i just wish i could've spent me time with my greatest hero. I carry you every where i go. Because i have your picture on the front screen of my phone. I know its stupid but i just want everyone to know that everythough i wont see you for a long time (hopefully) that you are still in my heart, I love you Sam, and so does everybody else down here.

I wrote your name in the sky,

but the wind blew it away.

I wrote your name in the sand,

but the waves washed it away.

I wrote your name in my heart,

and forever it will stay.

So i know we would all throw another party for you, if you just come and visit. If not me, then please your big sis, because i know she really misses you, as do we all. Well you'll hear from me again soon. Love ya!!"
Amanda Betz of Highland, Md.

"Hey Sammy,
Well, It's been over a year now and the pain feels as if it was yesterday. We had your BIG BIRTHDAY BASH, just like you wanted with moon bounce and all. We even had party crashers which I know you were probably getting a real kick out of. The bonfire was the biggest we ever had. Annette was soooo funny, dragging hoses down there. She was so scared we were going to burn the place down. I had no worries though, I knew you were keeping things under control. Over the last year, I have been reading the messages everyone has written and cry my eyes out every time. I still fall to pieces. I know you are in a better place and we will all be together someday, but man it is hard keeping up the daily routine. It's funny, I stole Josh's Lynard Skynard CD and I play Simple Man every day. I pretty much know it word for word now. You would be proud. I sing it at the top of my lungs and laugh at myself and
cry at the same time. And I know you are laughing your butt off at me too!! Believe it or not, it is very comforting to me. I could write a book if I wrote everything that comes to mind. All the memories come flooding back. Like the year I coached yours, Joey's and Brandon's basketball team. We didn't win one game, but we sure had fun trying! All the times we had camping, fishing and all the game nights. You and Balderdash are a hilarious mix. All the fun the kids, you and I had in 4-H and the Howard County Fairs. The list could go on forever and ever. I miss your smile, your jokes, your hugs, your coming over and devouring any dinner that I had left over. I just miss everything. It is soooo hard knowing that nothing will ever be the same. I came across this saying the other day and thought of you and how true it is.....
Your Life was a Blessing,
Your memory a treasure,
You are loved beyond words
and missed beyond measure.
Sammy, you are not just a little brother
you are like a son to me and you were such a good friend.
I love you and miss you soooo much,
Your Big Sister"
Lorraine of Highland, MD USA

"Sammy - I'm sorry I wasnt able to make it up today to visit you. . .I just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts more than I could have imagined. . .

I'll see you again, i'm sure of it."
of USA

"whats up buddy... just wanted to say i missed you, your birthday party was just as you wanted, plenty of drinking, singin, drinking, and good people. played a couple songs on the ole guitar like we did at ntc and on drill weekends.
i love you buddy.

be good up there and keep an eye on us."
Phillip Machado of Baltimore

"Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes. He stays up for days on end.

You take a warm shower to help you wake up. He goes days or weeks without running water.

You complain of a "headache", and call in sick. He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.

You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends. He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.

You make sure your cell phone is in your pocket. He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.

You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you. He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.

You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls. He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.

You complain about how hot it is. He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.

You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong. He doesn't get to eat today.

Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes. He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.

You go to the mall and get your hair redone. He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.

You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over. He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.

You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight. He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.

You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday. He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.

You roll your eyes as a baby cries. He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet

You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything. He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers why he is fighting.

You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him. He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.

You see only what the media wants you to see He sees the broken bodies lying around him.

You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't. He does exactly what he is told.

You stay at home and watch TV. He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.

You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable. He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by gunfire.

You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place because of men like him. If only there were more men like him!"

"Hey Sammy!
Sorry I couldn't make it to your birthday party, but you were in my thoughts and prayers, you always are. I am about to graduate, and I think about my last graduation and our high school years. I know you are in a better place smiling down on all of us, look out for AJ a little extra, he misses you a whole lot."
Caitlin of Highland

"hey sam, i miss sooo much and i am crying as i am typing this now. Life just isnt the same w/ out, its always fun going to cumberland w/ everyone but not as much fun as it was when you were there. You taught me alot of things and took me everywhere w/ you and i had so much fun. I look back on all the good times we had and i wish i could go back to those days where we all played hide n go seek and capture the flag at your house. You were always there for me and i was able to talk to you about anything.
I'll be getting my lisence soon, which brings me back to the memory of the time you took me driveing w/ amanda in the back seat lol and when i got scared you would calm me down and say im doing fine n ill be alright. I know youd be proud of me as i am of you. I will also be graduating this year and i miss you comeing into school visiting me and everyone else durning lunch. I know you will be watching during graduation and i only wish i was able to hug you.
amanda,jess and I still talk about all the goofy things you did and were always makeing us laugh, we all love and miss you very much.
R.I.P...luv ya!!"
lauren oliver of maryland

"Sam I miss you so much. I still can't believe your gone. I miss your great big smile, your sense of humor, and the way kids just flocked to you. I'll never forget the time you came up behind in the Giant parking lot at night and said give me all your money. I almost died. When I realized it was you I said what are you trying to do kill an old lady. You just kept laughing. I wish you could do that all over again. I miss you Sam and think about you all the time. I miss you flirting with me. Shhhh don't tell Steve. Love you Sam will always miss you and always think of you!"
Dale Mckenzie (friend of the family) of Clarksville Md

Its been almost 8 months now that you have been gone.....Yea, 8 months! We just had the annual float trip that you were always captain on and for the first time I was. It wasnt the same without you there to piss me off and I think it was my last. Life slowed down after you left me. I dont talk to people as frequent as I would want to, espceially your family. I come see you everytime Im home and tell everyone who asks about my tattoo about you. I met a new girl. I know you would love her. I met her because of you. Theres not to much I want to say Sammy, but that our 21st B day bash is coming up and as excited as I was it just wont be the 21st B day that I know you nor me would want. I miss ya buddy.
Your best freind AJ"

"Hey Sammy, days are getting warmer and the family keeps getting together. It is so nice for us all to get together. I even went to the mountains over Memorial Day weekend!!! Kay & E had so much fun. All I could think about was you and how much fun you would have been having with all your nieces, cousins and siblings. God, everyone misses you. I am so proud of you but it just isn't fair, just wish we had a little more time. I can't even go by BWI airport because that was the last time I saw you and hugged you. Just one more hug?! I know I have to wait, until then I will make a life with your brother and take care of your nieces. Every once in awhile you and mom look in on us, when things are rough, we need your guidance and love."
Jackie Boswell of Maryland

"Hi every one this is Sgt Conners daughter and i was just stoppin in to show respect to Mr boswell and his family! My grand mother would like to see you all and so does the army support group. if you would like please contact me at evsdiva@comcast.net love you all!"
Adriana of baltimore

"To the family of Samuel Boswell,

My daugthers attended River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland with Sam, but in different class years.

I wanted to pass on my condolences to you and that he and all of the graduates of RHHS who are serving our country, are in our thoughts and prayers.

Best regards,"
Mary of Columbia, Maryland

"Sam- just wanted to let you know that i'm going to ride in DC during the "Rolling Thunder Motorcycle ride" this weekend in memory of you and all the soldiers lost. I really miss that big bright white smile of yours. The whole family is doing the usual trip to Cumberland of course and i'm sure they all wish you were there, especially when the girls want to sit and play cards under the pavilion. Well, gotta get back to work. luv ya 'lil brah. your big sis, xxoo"
Annette Boswell of Fulton, MD

"Hey Sam! I know it's been awhile and we weren't on the best of terms when you left, but I just wanted to tell you that I do miss you. I pray for you and your family every night. This should not have happened to you. You had so much going for you in life. You are my hero. XoXo!"
Jen Gribben of Glen Burnie, MD

As i'm sitting here typing this i'm crying of the thought of you, but laughing at the stupid jokes you told that i always laughed at, and you brillant ideas, and your great sense of humor, you made people laugh when they wanted to cry, i miss you so much Sam, but the only reason i can coop with the pain is because i know i will see you again someday soon. I love you Sam!!"
Amanda B. of Highland Md

Even though i had only met you a few times, i still cry everynight, whit you picture by my bed, you are one of my many heros, i love you and miss you very much, so does larauen O. see ya again one day in Arligton."
of Maryland

I think of you daily. Itís impossible not to. You made more of an impact on my life then I think you ever knew. I could never be prouder of a little brother. Even though I am older I looked up to you in many ways. Other then when mom passed I canít think of a single time I saw up mad or upset. You often tried to act mean or mad but we all saw right through you. Not like it was hard, you would always start smiling before you could finish threatening act. You would always act like a complete fool and I miss that. Nothing I do is quite the same without the clown around. I am working at NTC now. I'm involved in the war scenarios and training you did before deploying to Iraq. I wish I had the opportunity to talk to you about your experience here and in the Middle East. It would be nice to talk with someone that has been there. Hell, it would be nice to talk to you about anything. I miss you. I am proud of you and I love you.


Where did the time go my brother, did we walk today?
In my spirit, in my mind, you're not far away.

Where did the time go my brother, did we share today?
Fond memories live in my heart, you'll be here always.

Where did the time go my brother, did we softly speak?
We'll share our joys and our pain, even while you sleep.

Where did the time go my brother, with teardrops in my eyes?
I will miss you everyday until the day I die."
Michael Boswell of Fort Irwin ( NTC ) California

"Our hearts and prayers are with your entire family during this time. We recieved a donation in the memory of Samuel Boswell and wanted to thank you and those who have contributed in his name to make every soilder's time here a little easier.

God Bless You and your family!"
MWR Zone 6 of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait


You will be sorely missed. Your cheerful smile and positive attitude was an inspiration to many of us who served and knew you. We are better people for having known you and our hearts are sadden for the loss of such a kind and gentle soul. The soldiers of the 243rd Engineer Company here in Kuwait will never forget you or your family. May your memory live on for all to remember in this memorial."
SFC Dwight D. Hollenbach of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

"I knew Sammy because of my sister and even though i didn't know him i still miss him. I remember him being really nice and funny, and just the fact that he is gone just makes me sad. I am so greatful that he died surving our country"
Jamie Williams of Highland, MD

"Sam. There is not a day that goes by that I dont think about you. Everyday I wake up and I hope that I can call you and hear your voice again, that maybe this is just all a dream. Im so very proud of you for what you have done for for your country. I will never forget you and that big smile that you had on your face, even though times were hard. To the family of Sammy, know that you are in my heart and in my prayers everyday, and just remember that Sam is watching over us in every step that we take. Love you all!"
Christine of Dayton, Md

"To Samuel Boswell's family,
I am writing to you as a member of the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. The motorcycle community in Illinois has built a wall to honor the fallen heroes in the Middle East from 1979 till today. Samuel's name has been engraved on this wall and the Freedom Run staff; family and friends would like to extend a VIP invitation to your family to join us for a memorial service on June 17, 2006 to honor Samuel and all the others who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Please, if you have time look at our website (www.ilfreedomrun.org). We all truly appreciate everything Samuel and all the other service men and women have done for us and this is our way of honoring them. Also please feel free to contact me via email at anytime if you would like more information. Again thank you and god bless.
Sara Brown of Alsip, IL

"Hey Mr Boswell and Family this is Sgt Brian Conners daughter i wnted to stop in and say stay strong for i know what your going through! M y dad was in the same truck as him on Oct 14, and i know where crying and sobbing and wishing they were still here but guess what they are probally up there smiling down and laughing so hard at us! So stay STRONG! and remember God loves you all and i love you all too.!!!!"
Adriana of Baltimore Md

I've been thinking about you a lot lately buddy. I miss you so much. Just as I know everyone else does, I wish everyday you were here. I love you Sam..."
Gina of Highland

"Sam...i remember the day before you left for iraq the day u came back and surprised youre dad he was sooo happy! me and my dad and mom and jackie n tony n the kids all came down and i remember when they went to the houses and when they drove me and you would walk and talk about stuff and we actually found them and we had great times especially when we went into the last house and you were like "this is my party house, this is were when i get back were gonna have a party and youre gonna be invited" and i said ok. we had some great times that day and evan when i saw you during dinners at youre dads or any where we had great times! i am going to miss you teribally and i can not believe it had to happen to someone like you!! i miss you and love you lots! xoxo"
Jaimie Cordery of Manchester M.D

It's been a long time coming. Ever since your funeral I haven't known what to say to you. Every day I look at your picture and still think that nothing has happened. I lie awake sometimes wandering what would have been and how many other great things we would have done together. You were truly my best freind and were there for me everytime I needed you. I wrote that paper about you in High School and never let you read it, I told you you would when it came time for you to write your speech, since you were going to my best-man in my wedding one day, you could. I should have let you read it. I scroll through my phone and still see you name in it wishing I could call you and leave you a message telling you how much I miss you, and what I have been doing. Sam the man. I wish you could come over and have some of my mom's meatloaf then just bull * over the stupidist things. I remeber the time we stayed up half the night at my house drinkning and when we got up you could have gone home but instead you stayed and helped me dump load after load of rock on our driveway, what hell that was. But it didnt stop us from drinkning that night either. Those Tuesday nights playing poker will be remembered to the fullest.Getting there early and playing with throwing knives calling people up to come play. Then waiting till everyone had left to clean up and just sit and talk and finish off the beer. Sammy, you always knew how far to push my buttons, especially on the float trip where there was no one else around. Sitting there just you and I on that canoe loaded to the brim with beer listening to the wilderness and the water flowing was absolutley amazing. I remeber the first time I went and you, Tony, Russel, and I stayed up all night drinkning beer and talking about life, boy were we hung over the next morning but onece again it didnt stop us from drinkning. The things that we had dreamed about doing for our 21st man. You beter be there drinkning a cold one with me, and I will definately get a 6er of Woodchuck just for you. Sammy I just dont know sometimes. I wish you were here man. You will always hold a special place in my heart along with your family. When I get married you will have a place in the wedding, that I will promise. I love you Sammy, and I will continue to do what you would have wanted me too. Sam-my best freind."
AJ Leishear of Earth


Words cant express the feeling of loss that is instilled within my heart. You were always a friend when I first came to River Hill, when others turned their back on me. Your smile is what will be missed most as well as knowing that no matter how bad a day could be...your personality could make it so much better. I will never forget you singing Smooth Criminal at the top of your lungs in the lunch room. I know now that you are looking down on us from above and not a day goes back that Im thankful for the memories in which we shared. You will be missed Sammy but your name will live on forever. Thank you for dedicating your life to protect OUR freedom. May God watch over your soul."
Nathan Sistare of Columbia, Maryland


There are so many things that I want to say to you. We had some good times togather. From the party's to the saturdays we spent at the friendly inn playing david alan coe over and over on the jukebox. You will be missed truly, as a friend, and never forgotten. Miss ya bud."
Finney Allen of Highland, MD

"Sammy...every time I about you I miss you greatly. More that anyone really knows; Maybe not because we were so close, but how you touched everyone in your life. Yeah, we may not have been the best of friends but I know we had each others support. I can tell you talking with you on AJ and Iís birthday when you called made my night and even that wacky phone call from India when you guys were messing with me for like an hour. I can say you will be greatly missed by the ones you touched and even the ones you didnítÖ. ďI miss you, miss you so bad
I don't forget you, oh it's so sad
I hope you can hear me
I remember it clearly
The day you slipped away
Was the day I found it won't be the same
I didn't get around to kiss you
Goodbye on the hand
I wish that I could see you again
I know that I can't
I hope you can hear me cause I remember it clearly
The day you slipped away
Was the day I found it won't be the sameĒ"
Jessi James of Clarksville, MD

"Sammy - it's always hard to lose someone who was always there for you for anything that you needed help with, and it's always hard when you lose a good friend that you had soo much fun with. I will always remember the paintball games we played, and i will always never forget that grin on your face... and i will never forget you my friend. keep watch over all of us. we will all be together once again."
Wes Dimig of Highland, MD

"Sam I miss the days back at the hill with robb's English class to Schleseners weights class. We had some good times, and good talks. I will miss you soldier, i know i will see you again one day. thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for this great country. Sleep well buddy - J"
Joe Buchta of Columbia, MD

"Sammy, I'm not sure where to begin, but you are truely and sorely missed. You have seen me at the worst of times, and you were one of the only ones that could lend the helpful word, and be someone who I can honestly trust with my life. I know i didn't see you the day you left, but I meant the "I love you and see you later" phone call as you were getting on the plane. And the Lord knows that as the others have said on this page, if everyone wasn't smiling when you were with that huge grin, something was wrong. But here's to you buddy, we shall all see you again soon, just keep that watchful eye over us and we'll have the memories to tide us over until then. Love ya man."
Josh Burchick of Clarksville, MD

"May you rest in peace Sam.
You're with the angels and one day we will all be joined with you."
of Maryland

"Sammy, from the frst time I met you and ever since then you have always been kind, straight forward and a person that i could look up to. I remeber me telling myself "man I wish I could be like that". Just someone who could change the mood of the whole enviroment with one word, comment, or just to see that big smile. You taught me so much like how to catfish and how to be a better person and much more. I'll never forget you Sammy. R.I.P"
John Hnarakis of Fulton, Maryland USA

"Sammy, there are no words...you were a great brother, son, uncle, comrad, and most of all a great friend to anyone. I can't think of many times I ever really saw you and didnt see your amazing smile. You could make anyones day better with a flash of those pearly whites. I think about you everyday, and wish that we had more time with you, but I know you are watching over all of us.
We are all so angry that we lost you so soon, which I know you would hate. Its just so hard to think that someone so amazing could be taken from us so fast. I don't know anyone who won't shead a tear when they speak of you today, but then laugh about all the goodtimes they had with you. So many people love you Sam, I dont even think you ever realized the number of people you made an impact on and it really was SO many people.
I miss you Sammy...I'll see you again someday."
Gina Harriss of Highland, MD

"Rest in peace, Sam"
of United States

"Sammy you were one of the greatest people I ever had the privledge of meeting and your were a great friend to me. I will never forget all the times you drove me home from school because you knew how I hated the bus. My favorite memory is sitting in broc's bronco or your truck and singing nitty gritty dirt band's fishing in the dark because you were so hilarious that I couldn't even sing the song with you because I was laughing so hard. There are so many memories that I will hold onto forever. Your smile could light up a whole room.
It is an honor for to say that I knew sammy and he was one of the greatest people to call a friend. I will never forget his perfect smile."
Casey Runkle of Highland MD

"SAMMYYY I MISS YOU!!! we were able to share so many memories at the Olivers. playing horeshooes, pool, or whatever drinking game. && all i had to do was walk home! i wish we got the chance to hang out more after we all graduated. love you && we will see you later on in life!!"
Melissa Keese of Highland, MD

"I only knew him a short while here in Kuwait (I'm with the 243rd) but between me him and my buddy Dove we hung out all the time. Between playing Halo 2 or chess or just going out and getting something to eat we always kept each other busy. He was always smiling and making me laugh because he had my sense of humor. He was inbound to the FOB we were at when the accident happened and they sent us home and I didn't really know how to react. I have been wondering when I would be able to finally write about it without getting too emotional. He was an amazing soldier and one of the few that lived to see others happy. He will be sorely missed and oft-remembered around here in Kuwait."
Spc Nathan E. Werner of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait


You will never be forgotten. I see you every where I go. I saw you at the haunted hike with that big smile on your face, having a great time. I see you every time I look at your brothers and sisters. I see you in the mountains teaching my children how to play spades and swimming in the lake with them and I see the love they both have for you. I know I will see you at Dawn and Alan's wedding and on the day your brother, Mike, comes home from Iraq. I know I will see you all the rest of my days. You will be greatly missed but never forgotten."
Amiee Poe of Silver Spring, MD


I hope you look down on us every day, the only comfort that I have is that you are watching over me and the girls. Kayla, Elayna and Tessa miss you so much and so do the rest of us. Things are supposed to get easier but quite frankly they are not. I am struggling every day it seems like. Everything I do I think of you. God, I wish things were different. My heart aches, I love you Sam and miss you
Jackie Boswell (Sam's Sister-in-law) of Baltimore, MD

"Sam, I love and miss you buddy! I heard this song on the radio ... and it makes me think of you. I can still see you singing and dancing to the radio during a family Sunday brunch in your mom's kitchen!

Sunny days seem to hurt the most. I wear the pain like a heavy coat. I feel you everywhere I go. I see your smile, I see your face, I hear you laughin' in the rain. I still can't believe you're gone.

It ain't fair: you died too young, like the story that had just begun, but death tore the pages all away. God knows how I miss you. All the hell we've been through, just knowin' no-one can take your place. And sometimes I wonder ... Would you see the world? Would you chase your dreams? Settle down with a family? I wonder what would you'd name your babies?

Some days the sky's so blue, I feel like I can talk to you, And I know it might sound crazy. And sometimes I wonder, Who you'd be today? The only thing that gives me hope, is I know I'll see you again some day.

We are so proud of you, Sam and we feel honored to have such a man as a brother - who served his country well. Thank you!"
Angela Boswell (Sam's sister-in-law) of Ellicott City, MD

"I leave today, to head back to the place that has stolen my brother from me. I take comfort knowing that I now have two people watching my back at all times. I can't say I am excited about going back but I can say I know that Sam is with me. I hope to see the guys Sam served with and spoke so highly off. I know they are all family to him and that makes them family to me. We are all brothers."
Michael Boswell of Al Taheer, Iraq. ( Baghdad )

"My prayers are with the Boswell family. Boswell was a great man, one of my closest friends. It is a shame that somebody so young and full of potential, steals away before we can truly get to know them. He was like a little brother to me, and yet he taught me so much. He prided himself on being able to "analyze situations" as soon as they took form (something he said that I wasn't very good at). He was even tempered and loved the outdoors. He carried himself very well and I had faith that he would "have my back" in any situation. Always willing to voulnteer, he took some of the worst details and everybody respected his willingness to serve. He was a good example for the people below and above him (in rank). He will be sorely missed...I hope to see him again some day."
Sgt Jason C. Orem of Baltimore, MD

"I really do not know where to start but I guess the best would be at the beging I had just got to the unit it was my first drill and we were trying to figure something to do besides site around the armory so Ssg Kohjada both the now sgt orems jackson fabala bosewell and my self went on a light ruck march threw patapsco park and threw the whole thing boeswell made sure that i was ok considering the fact i was wearing tanker boots and havent done anything like that in 12 years he was and is a great person and a good friend and of course sitting I cant help but think of my first at down at the hill when it was just a handfull of us from 2nd plt and the daily ritual of boswell asking ssg k. to smoke him in one strang way or another and always with a smile bose you will be missed but i know you are still with us in you own way i dont think any of us will ever hear black betty again with out first getting a little misty and then smiling"
Spec.Anthony Ambrose of 2nd Plt.Aco 121st en cbt m

"To me, Boswell was quite simply one of the happiest people I have ever met, and at the time when one is in a bad mood or simply grouchy its seemed to pester me, but in retrospect it has become just one more of the many reasons why I admire Sammy. In a mixture of emotions I have found myself, a grown man, crying my eyes out yet for some reason a girlish giggle or even a full laugh comes around, thats when I know Boswell is with us. I think of the time where he quoted the worst movie of all time Napoleon Dynomite: "Weve been in the Army for over two weeks now I guess you could say being a soldier is gettin pretty serious" I could try to imitate his voice but I would do it no justice. No matter how happy or goofy he was or how jokingly he looked to be doing things, he always completed his missions, and when completed they were completed quickly effeciently and more importantly correctly. Boswell loved being a soldier and soldiers love Boswell. I have been trying to think of
a particular story that I loved about Boswell, but I cant, I love Boswell, all aspects of him. There where days when I wanted to punch him for having the worst military bearing, but somehow you just couldnt get mad at him. He even found a way of making SSG. Kohajda lighten up a bit at NTC... when drive the deuce which he loved, Sammy got him to do a hill billy sing along, and when I instinctivly made fun of them both, Bozzy just smiled his cheesy smile and somehow knew that no one could really stay mad at him for long... HAHA as I am typing this I remembered one of my favorite Boswell stories, APC PMCS at the Hill, and i know everyone knows what i am talking about where then PFC Boswell forgot his kevlar...AGAIN!!! and while we all tried to keep a strait face Boswell walked around the motor pool screaming, I WILL NOT FORGET MY KEVLAAAAAAAR (insert the Bozzy accent where needed!! Boswell considered himself a lifer, we all knew it... and now it is no different, Boswell will always be in my eyes and in the eyes of his 2nd FAMILY 121st Eng. Btn A co 2nd Plt one of the best soldiers and best men we have ever met, and i know that he is in this situation right now, i know he will do fine if he remembers his kevlar....
The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass,
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and
said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod,
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

We love you Samuel, I love you, you will be extremely missed... by me and many, I have dealt with extreme anger knowing your not coming back, but then i smile because i was lucky enough to have known/to know you.... like i said no one can stay mad at you for long.

SPC Phillip Machado
1 of 4 founding fathers of Bozzy's Team ELITE
121st Eng. Bn (CBT) ellicott city md."
Phillip Machado of Ellicott City, Maryland

"SPC Sam Boswell will be sorely missed. He was like a kid brother to me. His smile was never ending and his personality was one of a kind. Nothing could break Boswellís spirit. He was a wonderful friend...

SPC Boswell will never be forgotten.

SSG James Lentscher
121st Engineer Battalion (C) (M)"
James Lentscher of Laurel, MD

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

leonard t wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I have so many memories of Boswell I don't know where to start. Well we were at NTC Ft. Irwin and sitting in the duce(2 1/2 Truck) and it was one of those times we were sitting there waiting for our personal count to be corrected. Well me and Boswell were talking and since I knew he could remember every country song word for word I asked him to sing "Thank God I'm a Country Boy".So he started to sing as loud as he could and I said what the heck I'll sing too, and I'm not the type of person to just sing without being drunk. I think we sang the whole way to the site, I think I even heard the guys in the back of the duce along. Boswell could make you happy when ever he was around you. He was one of the best soldiers I know and let me tell you when it came time for me and SSG Lentsher to divide the Platoon into squads I made sure Boswell was in my squad. I will never forget him and miss him greatly."
Dennis Kohajda of Balto. Md USA

"This is where I stand and what I am moving forward with from now and until this becomes an entity of itself.

Currently I want everyone in this email and all others who we can find and is willing to help us to think about the various stories of Sam Boswell both in his personal life and his military life. I want stories about who he was, what he did, the type of person he became and was becoming, likes, loves, everything. Pictures both digital and non digital sent to me thru either email or postal my address will be below this message.

The first plan (my wife's, which is one of the many reasons I married her) is to construct a book detailing all of these stories, pictures and everything we can find about him. I will put this book together and have it published in hard back for all who want a version. It will be a lasting memory so that in the years to come no one will be unable to understand the type of person boswell was both to us and to his family. You mission is to give me these stories and pictures that each of you have.

The second will be a personal transferable award. No expense spared in the creation, the idea is to identify the traits and requirements of someone who deserve to display and carry the award for all to see for a certain period of time, until someone else is nominated to receive the award. The award will be transferred with a log of events about each's person character and achievements that gives them the honor of holding and displaying the award. Your mission is to help me figure out what this award should stand for and the type of person who should receive it. I will follow this and manage this award thru my career and expect each of you to do the same.

The third is to address the issues that have brought our inadequacies to light. A true and robust Family Support Program for the company will be instituted and put in place. The ability to immediately identify all family members and situations so that we can immediately make a difference once able. The ability to know exactly who to contact for help and to find the necessary information. Not sift and sort trying to find the information that we should already have about our families. This is my fault within our platoon, and I take full responsibility for it.

The program will include a large budget of donated and earned money that will be used to manage the program and help the family's needs of our company's. Only the best type of program will do and I will research tirelessly with my wife, all those who have run this program and taken on the additional duties (drakes wife) and others who wish to help to create a model program. This fund will also manage family get togethers, family days, and programs to help all soldiers families to know each other and find friends and support. This time more than ever before we need to be a large family, not in name but in deeds.

This plan in no way takes away from the tireless work of those who have done anything in their power to run family support, that work is truly appreciated and my thanks to them. I just want to make it something special and great now and not let the work fall on too few shoulders. I want an entity that will take over itself and propagate into something truly great.

With this in mind, once the research and accounts are figured out and put in place, I will be donating 3,000 dollars to the fund to start it up, at the same time I will be actively searching for donations and grants, fund raisers and volunteers to increase the operating budget and size of the family support group. I hope that each of you will also donate something significant to you also (either money or time or both) to help with this when we start to build it. If I am able I will also name this foundation type fund in Boswell's name.

These ideas are what I have and people may shut some of them down and change them, I don't know the true reach and power we can create but I think each of these needs to be created and explored and development to the maximum extent possible. We wont give up, we don't give up.

So with that I will start with a story that I remember about boswell not too long before he deployed to Iraq.

We were at AP Hill and it was one of the many times that we were training for our NTC rotation, I believe we were there for the MOUNT training and had just completed our STX at the combat village. As usual he had volunteered to be the SAW gunner and was rocking and rolling with blanks in the chamber running across the open areas and setting up suppressive fire at will. A silly grin on his face like he always had, in fact I can only name two or three times when that smile was not present. He had gotten the saw completely dirty and tons of gunpowder in the barrel and chambers.

We all know that the SAW is a bear to clean, especially since few of us know the weapon like we know the M16, when we got back we were all tired and beat from the days training, and he was happily taking about the weapon and starting to clean it. The thing about it though and this is typical, he kept doing things to Lentscher and I all that evening to mess with us. Things like tricking us into shaking his hand with oil and gunpowder that he had smeared all over it. Moving crap around on us and just trying to get a rise out of us so that we would start messing with him back. He seemed to treat us like older brothers and really enjoyed doing things to make us laugh and mess with him back. His hilarious accents he would use to speak and love of country music, causing him to wail and screech whatever song it was that he was trying to sing. These are some of the things that I remember about him to start out.

This is the start of my stories give me yours.

Tom Daniel

10 Llandaff Rd

Havertown, PA 19083

SFC Tom Daniel of Ellicott City MD

"Thank you Samuel Boswell, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Spc. Samuel Boswell:
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 Samuel for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Spc. Samuel Boswell:
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 Samuel, 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