Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pvt. Noah L. Boye

21, of Grand Island, Nebraska.
Boye died from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 13, 2004.

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"I went to boot camp with Noah. He was only 17 and the youngest kid in our platoon. Although he was 17 he was so confident and charismatic. He would crack me up at night. Man I would laugh so hard with him. He left an impression on me where I still think of him randomly 23 years later. I guess I always will. I wanted to share this so his family and friends would know he had a lasting impression on someone who only briefly knew him."
Robert Ranum of Roseville, Ca

"I am one of the two Special Forces operators on the ground when Mongoose 33 went down near Fallujah. I can never repay you and promise to earn the sacrifice you made when you Leaned In and gave your last full measure...without ever knowing who I was. Brother...I will spend every day carrying and honoring what you have given to me and my family...my children and I will be a living legacy and testament to you. To your family, I hope I can be worthy of what Noah did for all of us and for the loss you have endured. De Oppresso Liber."
Adam Such of Phoenix, AZ

"All these years have passed and I still regret not staying with my marines and deploying with you all. I'm torn up to this day about it. I think about you a lot noah. words could never express how sorry I am for not being there with you and the rest of the guys on deployment. we would've really kicked * together bro. God bless and keep you and the rest of all the men and women who served honorably."
Ivan S Canne WPNS 1/5 (briefly) of Adelanto CA

"Sup, Dude. Miss you singing to us!!"
Sonny of 20FEB2016

"Hey buddy, I miss you dude, I'm always thinking about you. I know you're watching over us. little Noah is huge now and he knows who he's named after and what you did for us. I love and miss you bro."

"Sadness flies away on the wings of time. ~Jean de La Fontaine"
J. of Illinois

"Ten years, but feels like yesterday. We will always miss you Noah and our thoughts and prayers are with your family."
Whitey of Coatesville, PA

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"Dear Ms. Boye, You don't know me...my name is kate and I am Brandon Slack's mom. I just found this site and I have been trying to contact you. My son is no longer with us, he passed away last October. He loved your son and cherished their memories. My heart shares your grief and if you could contact me I would appreciate it. I am on facebook. Thank you"
Kate Slack of Florence, Montana

"july 5 2013...wow, it's been two years since i visited this page. it is so good to see visitors are still dropping by and sending you their love. we miss you noah lee...i still can't get any order in my life since you were taken. losing joseph didn't help much either. last night i stood outside and listened to the din of the fireworks. i love the sound of freedom. you and joseph fought for our security and freedom. you both have a special place in heaven. i love you and miss you every single day of my life!!!"
diana boye of grand island, ne USA

"We miss you much! You are continually in my thoughts and prayers."
Candice of Feasterville, Pennsylvania

"To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
~Thomas Campbell, Hallowed Ground"
J. of Illinois

"9 years. Where has the time gone. Noah, we miss you brother. You will never be forgotten."
Whitey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"miss you brother. still wish i could play guitar as well as you!! thank you for being my friend."
johnny ray of san diego, ca

"Noah is remembered today, on what would have been his 30th birthday, and every day. Never forgotten. RIP."
J. of Illinois

"When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal. -Author Unknown"
J. of Illinois

"Boye, I wont forget you. I remember belly laughing in the squadbay in bootcamp after lights out and it bringing the DI's out, and shooting the * at SOI cleaning weapons. You will never be forgotten. There have been years that have gone, but I still laugh with Ranum about those times that we both wont forget. Brothers Forever Boye, I will see you again."
Sgt Cody Ross of San Rafael, CA

"Noah, you are missed, and your sacrifice was not in vain. We grew up together. I remember when that one front tooth wouldn't grow in for 3 years. I remember the many nights we spent playing video games, me you and Joseph, who I also hope is resting in peace. Stumbling upon information like this has opened a floodgate in my heart. I miss you brother."
Joshua Colburn of Sacramento, CA USA

"Hey brother. You'll never be forgotten. 1/5"
Scott of California

""Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death." - Anonymous. Noah is always and forever remembered, always and forever missed."
J. of Illinois

You are missed always! May you always rest in peace. Thank you for giving your all and laying your life down for our country and all of us on this day 8 years ago. Your memory will never be forgotten<3 Rest In Peace Buddy!! 4-13-04"
D of Colorado Springs, CO

"I miss you. I miss your laugh the most. I miss the way you could laugh off just about anything. I miss watching the way people just gravitated to you. I miss my phone ringing the second I dropped you off, only to find you on the line. I miss your letters. I miss having you in my car singing along to every song. I miss the last memory I have of you looking at me while you sang and played your guitar. I miss always feeling safe around you. I miss the ignorance of living forever that I had before you were taken away. I miss not knowing what it was like to live with regrets and what-ifs. I miss you, Noah."
K of Il

""We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." ~Cynthia Ozick ... Noah is remembered on this Veterans Day and always."
J. of Illinois

"You are remembered today and everyday! Marine birthday was yesterday...SEMPER FI!! Vets day today...you will always be remembered and thank you for you gave all...for this beautiful country...for all of is to have freedom. Thank you Noah"




"Helped out a drunk old vet tonight brother. He was sitting on this bench looking down. I gave him a ear to vent and all I could think about was you. I miss you brother but I know you are watching. I'll see you brother and proubly vent to you how much I miss you. Ha my sleeve is almost done. The next part is for you. Right next to my heart playing your guitAr. Death is a door, time is just a window, we will be together again. I love you Noah. My best friend. Family"
Brandon slack of Ca

"Noah , brother you seem to cross my mind at the right time. I have a 3 year old now. Her name is Marley. I wish you could meet her. I proubly tell you that I more scared than anything else. But you would tell me everything is ok. I still keep your words with me everyday. The more and more I keep up with current events I wish you were hear , I would feel alot better. I'm drinking a man beer for you right now. Moose drool from mossula mt, and a full bag of redman chaw. You would love it. It's been so long and and yet your face and voice are still bran new in my mind. You are one of my biggest role models. And your mom is a amazing person. I love you Noah so very much. My brother I'm proud of being able to call you that. It helps to know I'll see you again. And I'll have a beer and a dip with more to talk about for you. Goodnight brother."
Brandon slack of Ca

"You are kept within my thoughts and prayers. You are an exceptional young man who has touch my heart in so many ways. You will never be forgotten."
Candice Paglaiccetti of Feasterville/PA

""There are stars whose light only reaches the Earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people whose rememberance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow." ~Talmudic quote"
J. of Illinois

it is the eve of memorial day. i haven't been here for over a year. noah, for the sake of you, your brother (my son) joseph, i keep my message out there! that you both looked into the eyes of the enemy and met them on their ground. you did your duty to God and your country. both of you are gone now...and i still live with the inability to reconcile it all. travis...you were/are a good friend to these guys. lean on them in your time of need. brandon...noah has to know that you are thinking of him and so he looks over you. ...they are there for a reason! comrades...you are all comrades. i sing high praises to you noah, joseph, and the men who served with you and visit this site. it is the eve of memorial day...it is your day and the day for those who went before you. i love you both, joseph and noah. i love your friends that keep you both in their hearts. but this mom misses you more than i am able to describe. i love you!"
diana boye of grand island, ne

"Whats going on Noah, Its hard to bélieve Its been over 7 years since you left us and the Pain is still fresh in my mind. Ive been thinking alot about you And joe in the last couple weeks. Im getting ready to deploy again but this time afghanistan instead of iraq and i keep wanting to talk to joe about it but then i remember he's in heaven with you. I remember funding out about his death when i was in iraq i had just come off of mission and saw i had a new,message. I was excited until i started reading it and relized my best friend was gone and that i couldnt do anything about it. Please take care of him for me and tell him that i love and miss him so,much. Man i wish i could have told you goodbye atleast. Make sure you two save me a good seat in heaven and keep,me up to date on what i missed semper fi brother."
Travis Sisson of Fort Carson, CO.

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave. -Elmer Davis"
J. of Illinois

"Bill of Houston... Noah was NOT a soldier! Pvt Boye was a United States Marine, something a mere soldier can never achieve! Pvt Boye, you are the reason the Marine Corps continues to live on to this day. I never knew you and never met you but can't help but crying over a fallen Marine. Nothing in this world can compare to the death of a fallen Marine in the call of his country. God must have needed a good Marine to guard a new street in Heaven in April. Congratulations you have drawn the best duty a Marine can earn."
Cpl Scott of Houston, Texas

"To the family of:Noah L. Boye
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" 1-1-11"

"Hey brother. Thanks for listening today. For some reason I hurd you talk to me. I'm loosing it I wish I was with you drinking a beer right now. Life is so lonley without you. You were the only one that really understood me. And still when I need to talk to you your still there. I'm keeping my promise. I love you boye. The closest thing to a brother or family member I ever had"
Brandon Slack of Santa Cruz ca

"My only answer as to why the Marines get the toughest jobs is because the average Leatherneck is a much better fighter. He has far more guts, courage, and better officers... These boys out here have a pride in the Marine Corps and will fight to the end no matter what the cost. -2nd Lt. Richard C. Kennard, Peleliu, World War II"
J. of Illinois

"He spake well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow"
J. of Illinois

"When love is lost, do not bow your head in sadness; instead keep your head up high and gaze into heaven for that is where your broken heart has been sent to heal. -Author Unknown"
J. of Illinois

how do i silence the sobbing in my mind? how do i dry the eyes that constantly weep? how do i come to terms with the loss i have to bear? it was so hard to say goodbye...and then...five years later i had to say goodbye to your brother joseph. how much is a mother to endure. i walk among people hiding my grief, afraid they may find my soft spot. if affronted by someone i resist the urge to shake them screaming..."leave me alone! i have enough on my plate"! i pray for strength and that God will assuage the pain that has become such a part of me. i want to smile and laugh and mean it. i want to wake up on a day off and jump into a project fully motivated. i want the empty caverns of my heart to be filled up with hope and faith. noah, i need the memories of you and joseph to get me there. i don't want to be a wasted life!"

"“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” -Arthur Ashe"
J. of Illinois

this day is for you...and all your fallen comrades through the ages. happy memorial day noah lee boye. i love you and i miss you every day!
your mommie dearest"
d of gi, ne

"Hey Noah. Out of every expriance I ever had the one that I remmeber most was when we were at the e club in Okinawa the night you sung Alberta Alberta on the stage. You looked at me and told me no matter what that you loved me I didn't sAY it but I should have I have never hurd that from a friend before i saw this look in your eye of so much love. Boye I know you see me right now I miss you I wish I could talk to you. You still owe me a can of dip buddy scoal frutty blend remmeber. I love you to brother no one saw me the way you did. Your always on my mind Noah"
Brandon slack of Ca, Felton

i wonder who you would be today. what your passions would be, what kind of man you would be..."

"I dropped a tear in the ocean. The day you find it is the day I will stop missing you. ~Author Unknown"
J. of Illinois

"The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. --George Elliot"
J. of Illinois

my dear noah
it is tuesday, april 13, 2010. on tuesday, april 13, 2004, while i slept, you were engaged with the enemy in the fallujah, iraq area. you...red cloud...fought them with courage. it was there you gave your life for your country. some remember, many don't know. you are a great american hero. i miss you and i love you with all my heart and soul.
love to you...your mommie dearest!"
diana boye of ne

"“There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people whose remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.” ~ The Talmud Quotes"
J. of Illinois

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln"
J. of Illinois

my dear noah...happy birthday. you are like a song in my heart. you are missed with every breathe i take.
semper fi
your mommie dearest"

"You were the embodiement of the Marine Corps spirit Noah."
Reid England

"Noah Today is Veterans day...and though we didnt know each other very well I to went and served in the Marines and am proud to call you my brother and think of you often. Today is more for those Veterans that can not be with us today. Your in my thoughts and I will surely raise a glass in you Honor and memory.

Semper Fi.

CPL. Reid England USMC"
Reid England of San Diego

"The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. -Benjamin Disraeli"
J. of Illinois

"I've want to write something on here for so long, but never knew what to say. No words ever seemed to really sum up what I felt and still don't. Every time I hear this song though I think of Noah and how much I miss him, and lately its been on the radio a lot.

Maybe in another life
I could find you there
Pulled away before your time
I can‘t deal it‘s so unfair

And it feels
And it feels like
Heaven‘s so far away
And it feels
Yeah it feels like
The world has grown cold
Now that you‘ve gone away
-The Offspring

Miss you Bro"
Michael Flinn (Cpl of 1/5) of Austin, TX

"Sometimes at night, I see their faces
I feel the traces they've left on my soul
But those are the memories that make me a wealthy soul
I tell you those are the memories that make me a wealthy soul -Travelin' Man by Bob Seger"
J. of Illinois

hey noah i think of your brother every single day! i have one comforting thought when i think of him being gone, and that is, that he is with you and you too are making beautiful music together! i loved joe so very much and am so glad he had someone as amazing as you to welcome him into heaven. you take care of my joe noah! i know you will!"
amanda of golden co

"Memorial day, 2009

So much time has passed, so many things have changed, and yet I still think of you daily and dream about you often. Its always the same dream...when my dream begins I am searching for you, I soon find you but you are surrounded by all these people and I can't quite get to you...I watch you from afar peaceful and content with just being able to see you one more time. In my dream I know what your fate is, but there is nothing I can do about it or say to you to change anything. I sometimes remember us playing when we were little kids and I can't help but think how innocent, how carefree we were....could either one of us ever imagined things would end up like this? Even Joe. I can't believe Joe is gone, too. I hope the two of you are together and at peace. Happy Memorial Day, Noah."

"No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you. ~Author Unknown"
J. of Illinois

"Noah hey bro, today is the five year anniversary of your death and bro it seems like just yesterday that we were all chilling together. Bro, I can't begin to describe to you how much I miss you and how bad I wish we had finished that day without losing you. I still cant believe you're gone, you were larger than life no body could * with you, you were Noah. But you know what I know that you're watching down on us keeping us all safe still being there like always and because of that, I sleep easy at night bro. Little Noah is getting big, he's a big whiner though hahaha I'm sure he'll outgrow it though. my wife is pregnant again so that'll be number four. Its another girl this time hahaha The Marine Corps made a big mistake too, they finally promoted me to SGT hahahaha so now I have a little more room to open my yapper hahaha well bro, I just wanted to let you know that though gone you will NEVER be forgotten! I miss you and look forward to the day that we will meet again.
P.S. Tell Timmy and Ski that I said whats up?"
Will "Dirty" McDermott of Tucson,AZ

"They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind.
-Tuscarora Indian proverb"
J. of Illinois


"Our brothers and sisters are there with us from the dawn of our personal stories to the inevitable dusk.
-Susan Scarf Merrell"
J. of Illinois

"As you have meet your brother up in our heavenly fathers lovely kingdom may you both surrond your family with your warmth and may GOD surrond your family with all the love, faith and strength during this time of yet another great loss!! May GOD bless and comfort the Boye Family! Thoughts and prayers are being said for them all!"

"Noah you will never be forgotten we miss you."
Mandy Chollar of Grand Island, Ne

"My sincere condolences to the family of this brave young man. I was reading a book called THE STRONGEST TRIBE by Bing West, and on page 33 Noah is mentioned. I got goose bumps after reading his name, and the author's account of what took place that day. Being a native of Grand Island, and having once honorbly served in the Marine Corps from 1984 to 1988, I felt a deep connection to this brave young man, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. While I didn't know Noah personally, I feel extremely indebted to him, and his family for his sacrifice.
Semper Fi
Do Or Die"
Roger Skorniak of Aurora Nebraska USA

"Boye I remember training at SOI together, you Pedro and me were having the best time of our lives. I remember back to those fun times and I miss those times greatly! I remember you started singing the Desperado movie theme song and I remember it was freezing because we had to stay out in the field that day, but we all started laughing together. We were young and had no idea what to expect in the next coming years. We were the three amigos! I know you’re in a better place right now, but the thought of losing you and Pedro in the war in Iraq haunts my days even today. I never understood how or why God never allowed me to go to Iraq and defend your honor even after I would volunteer year after year. After years of trying and God keeping me away I understand now you and Pedro had everything to do with it. I live in Woodbridge, VA now married with two beautiful children, and I want to thank you for always keeping me protected. One day we will meet again, but until that day I will do what I can to live out the dreams both of you would have wanted, because I know how important your guitar was to you and I know how important it was to Pedro to serve and protect as a Police Officer. I haven’t learned how to play guitar, sorry buddy, I’m not very good at it and Pedro I’m not a police officer but I am a graduate of a Bachelors degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and that’s for you big dawg! Ill never forget you and I want to thank you for always being there. Semper Fi!

Family and friends are welcome to join MySpace at olivergarcia20022003@yahoo.com"
Sgt Oliver Garcia of Woodbridge, VA USA

""As is a tale, so is life; not how long it is but how good it is, is what matters."
J. of Illinois


my dear noah

happy 26th birthday. i took you a single yellow rose. and now i am toasting to your birth.
there is a moment early in your life that i always reflect on when this day comes around. i don't know why the mind rewinds to moments in time with such great detail. you were no more than a month old. it was late in the night and all your brothers were sound asleep in their beds. your father and uncle fred were off in the kitchen conversating. and you and i were in the living room rocking. i was watching pbs and you were in my arms as cuddly as a bear. all felt right with the world.
the show on pbs was not an uplifting story but was a subject needing to be shared with the world. as i listened and watched, i can remember holding on so tight to you praying to God that my little baby...and his brothers remain safe all their lives.
it was one on one time with you and i am glad it has stayed with me all these years. the house was quiet, the wood burning stove gave us a cozy heat, and you and i were alone in the world for that glorious time!
i love you noah. you are one of the five most right things in my life.
your mommie dearest"
d boye of gi ne

thinking of you today...you seem to touch my heart when things are going bad!! i don't quite understand how you do it or how you know but... you do... you are so greatly missed and thanks for all of the support... i know its you.. pulling at me...at my heart... love and miss you so much!!!
isn't my fourth child beautiful? can you believe it? 4? wow!!
love ya and miss ya
stephanie trejo-gonzales"
stephanie trejo gonzales of omaha, ne

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."
-Author Unknown"
J. of Illinois

"Diana, I'm so sorry for your lost, I was a friend of Noah's. I spent three months driving back and forth from my home in pennsylvania to virginia beach to see your son. I drove down all most every weekend Your son is such an amazing young man. I only knew him for two days and invited him up to my house for thanksgiving. And he did. His free spirited,smile and laughter stay embedded in my memories and heart. Im married with kids know but i still think of him everyday. I feel in love with your son, and he still holds a dear place within my heart. If you would like I have great pictures of Noah in Virginia Beach 2001. Candice

Candice Paglaiccetti of feasterville, Pennsylvania

""To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die."
-Thomas Campbell, Hallowed Ground"
J. of Illinois

"Noah, I have always been scard to tell my feelings here. I can't hold them any longer. I miss you so much! I think of you daily. You are in my prayers. I know when I am having a bad day and need an angel you are there. You use to sit and listen and talk with me. I miss that. You never missed telling Makala hello. You always made sure she got a high five and that was so cool!! You will forever be in our hearts! I love you!"
Angela of Grand Island, NE

my dear noah
it has been quite a while since i have used this space to talk to you. but i have been deep in thought about the day you were lost to me and your family. with little to do these days with my time, i have no choice but to remember that i face this world without you. although it is still so hard, i do think of the strides that have been made in the war that took you. al anbar province has been turned over to the iraqi government this week. i had heard on the news awhile back that it was planned before this, but that circumstances postphoned it...that it will be at another time. WELL, that time has come...it has been turned over to the authorities of the iraqis. my interest lies in the simple fact that it is in al anbar that you gave your life in the service of our country! to hear of this SUCCESS gives me great comfort that your particular death will not be in vain!
i have read and i have heard polititians speak shortly after your loss that we have lost the war in iraq! although it cut me and angered me...i did not let it defeat me and lead me to believe that you gave your life for nothing!!! although the fate of al anbar is in the hands of it's own government now...it defies those words that the naysayers spoke...that being...you did not die in vain. the marines, the army, etc...you all took that bastion of insurgents down! what a magnificent warrior you were to participate!
nobody in their right mind wants war...although it is the fate of "man" to wage war against each other. although i was angered and fearful when the "rumor of war" was thick in the air, i knew i had to relent when i realized two of my sons would be at the tip of the spear. i cussed, i screamed, i pontificated...and then i realized it is the way of the world and i will not disparage anything my sons answered the call to do.
i am so proud of you AND your brother joseph...not for the gray hairs you gave me...but for your courage, your dedication to your service to country, AND your incredible bravery.
i love you my son...
your mommie dearest!!!"
diana boye of grand island nebraska


We were never friends but by circumstance ... Brothers in Arms ... Years have passed and not a week goes by without thoughts of you coming to the surface. There are nights when i awake to the sound of your guitar playing that song from Desperado. Your goofy "hitler" mustache still makes me laugh. You will NEVER be forgotten. To your family and anyone who reads this. You are a Hero you fought til the end and you have helped so many. Here I am years later and still i turn to you for strength and purpose. Keep that guitar strumming and shave that ridiculous mustache. Goodbye fellow war machine ... You made history ... A UNITED STATES MARINE

PVT Pope
OIF 03'"
Pvt Pope of (1/5)

""He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us more potent, nay, more present than the living man."
-Antoine de Saint Exupery

"I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks."
-William Shakespeare"
J. of Illinois

"April 29, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Noah L. Boye:
Noah 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

Not a day passes that your memory does not burn in my mind. You are a driving force in my life when I can't remember what is important, and what needs to be done. I appreciate your unselfish sacrifice and hold on to the dream of seeing you at the Gates of Heaven when God Calls for me to stand guard. You are not forgotten brother.

Red Cloud
Wolf 3"
Cpl. Wade J. Spann of Fairfax Virginia

""There is no death! the stars go down
To rise upon some other shore,
And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown,
They shine for ever more."
-John L. McCreery"
J. of Illinois

my dear noah
four years ago today we lost you. so many of us have missed you and held you in our hearts. and today friends and family converged on the house where you were raised to pay homage to you. i am blessed with the friends you surrounded yourself with for they have NEVER forgotten or forsaken you OR your family. for that i am eternally grateful.
i had some thoughts to impart on anyone who comes to this page, but events today changed that. i have a co worker, a neighbor, a good friend who has suffered today...of all days. her son took a fall early thursday morn and he never recovered. he died today. when all your friends left the house this evening i reflected on the day and the loss of your precious life...then my thoughts turned to julie and her young son, just in his early twenties. not but and hour later did i get a text that he had died.
not to diminish what fathers bring to theirs kids' lives, but we mothers are there from the moment of conception. we do not have babies only to bury them, but watch you grow and make us proud. why do these things happen? we will never know...it is the way of the world.
i love you sweet noah. my days are filled with the constant memory of you. i cannot escape you nor do i want to. it is what it is.
i see the moon in the night sky and i throw it a kiss for that is my luna...the son i gave birth to...the man you grew into. remember the story i told you...you were to be luna.
i love you...forever and always.
your mommie dearest..."
diana boye

"It has been four years....I always know the day without even having to check. I get this horrible feeling and I can't stop thinking about you and I know that the day must be April 13. I wonder if it will always be like this or if it will fade with time. I still cannot fully grasp the idea of death and it's finality. On an intellectual level, I get it. On a deeper level, I can't accept it. Your dad called me today. I didn't have the heart to mention what we both knew, that today was the day you died four years ago. I still miss you so much that just the mere mention of Iraq makes my stomach turn and my eyes swell. I will forever miss you and carry so many "what ifs" and "if onlys"."

""Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."
-quote by unknown source; included in a speech by former President Ronald Reagan, 1985"
J. of Illinois

"Noah was a great person. I went to school with him and he was full of life and was always nice to everyone. Noah always had a smile on my face whenever i saw him. He was a true person."
Kary of Omaha, NE

""For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.

Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom."
-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, D-Day Prayer"
J. of Illinois

"Hello there i did not Know Noah personally but have met friends of his and his brother in California. His friend Richard westwood was a marine with me before my discharge i hav eonly heard what a great marine noah was so i just want to say semper fi"
Pfc Nielsen , Ryan USMC of Lincoln, Ne USA

"First i just wanted to say thank you to Diane for making such a gifted and brave person in Noah, and to all others who make it possible for us to sleep in our warm beds at night. May NO ONE FORGET Noah, he was too good a person, too loyal a friend, and too damn good of a Marine. I wish we all could live our lives with the courage and kindness that you did Noah. You have left your mark on many lives, mine included, and i am forever grateful for everything you have done. SEMPER FI"
Jim Leach of Grand Island

to my fallen veteran. semper fi hero...it's veterans day. i love you.
your mommie dearest..."

"To the Boye family I would like to introduce myself I'm Ramon Hampton. I did not get the opprotunity to meet you, I'm the Marine that brought Noah home he was the first Marine who I escorted home but he wasn't the last. I just wanted to let you know that it was an Honor to bring Noah home. I heard a great deal about Grand Isle long before I had every been there one of my best friends happens to be from there and his parents still reside there his name is Troy Couron. God bless you all. "Semper Fi" Ramon Hampton Msgt/USMC Retired"
Ramon Hampton of Stafford Virginia USA

It's been a while since I have visited your page. I stumbled across the letter on the internet that your wrote to your mom not too long before you went home. I miss you so much. You were so loved by so many people. I know you are with us...I can't wait until my three children are old enough so that when I talk about you they will understand who you were and what a man you had become. I look at your pictures everyday and I tear up. I remember the last time I saw you...I remember all of the times we spent together, we love and miss you Noah and know that every day someone is always thinking of you....somewhere...you are always on someones mind....

Diana, I hope all is well...I dont make it to GI much and when I do it is always such a short trip. Please know that we still all think of you and love you also. Even if we dont get to stop as much as we did.

Love Always,
Stephanie Trejo-Gonzales
Stephanie Trejo-Gonzales of Omaha, NE USA


I can't tell you how often I still think of you and cry. It was so fun to have class with you and hang out with you after school. You were such a great person! You always put a smile on my face. After you came back after boot camp...I just looked into your eyes and melted. I knew that you would do anything that you could to keep people safe and give 110% all the way. When I got that phone call in the middle of the night, my heart broke. I thought it couldn't be true. You were too young and had too mnay things to do. Your funeral was beautiful, but so hard to be at. I barely made it in the door before breaking down. I still drive back a few times a year and bring you flowers and cry by your headstone. I want you to know that we may not have been the best of friends, but sure touched my life more than you might know. Until we meet again! I love you!"
Ann Vyhnalek (Cejauskas) of Omaha, Ne


my dear noah
you are always with me. this process is so hard...i struggle to find the comfort. you have been with me more so lately, so heavy in my psychi. i cry at my desk at work. i hope those around me can understand. it was four years ago, at this time, that you were home after your first deployment. the memories and your essence are so acute!!! how i long for that july 4th, 2003...when you were home and we embraced you! you are so missed!!! you are so loved!!!
i hear from the 1/5...glover, sgt p, mcdermott, henry, alcaraz, oliver garcia, flack, the most charming santiago,and also delinger and melgoza!
they all love you and miss you. your friends here in grand island still come by and i know they miss you as do your brothers; gary, joshua, joseph and marshall! our lives have been forever altered.
i still have moments when i feel "this can't be real"!!! omg...how i miss you and wish i could touch you and look into those deep brown eyes! what a beautiful face, what a beautiful soul.
i just want you to come home!!! but then, you are home.
your mommie dearest!!!"
diana boye of grand island ne usa

"To Diana,

We were so glad to hear about your extreme makeover especially for the reason behind it. I have just recently found this web site and was moved by all of the messages left in memory of Noah. I have never been prouder of anyone in my entire life. I am proud to say that I recruited him into the Marine Corps. Keep the faith and always remember for I will never forget."
MSgt Shawn, Lezley & Emilia Dellinger of Camp Lejeune, NC formerly of Grand Island, NE

"Diana and family,
Please know that Noah's service and sacrifice - and yours - will be honored and remembered forever.

"A pure love of my country and of the principles have often advocated before the people and 'the name of honor that I love more than I fear death' have called upon me, and I have obeyed."
-from letter of Maj. Sullivan Ballou (d. July 29, 1861), Rhode Island Volunteers, to his wife Sarah"
J. of Illinois

"PVT Boye:

It's been years since you were taken. It feels as though it was only Yesterday. Often, I walk through my life almost in a daze. America seems to have moved on, moved past Iraq. With little more than a Thirty second blurb in the news, every few days. But every day, every night that place is on my mind. I met you through, Ian Buxton, a mutual friend of ours. You were the kind of person, someone could meet once, and never forget. You had a carcastic sense of humor, that made even the darkest times bareable. We didn't lose one Marine from our company, on our first deployment. Everynight I wonder if I could have made a difference if I had stayed in, and gone back. Maybe you'd still be around. Who knows. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for making a difference in this world. Thanks for making it a little nicer. God Speed."
Cpl Timothy W. Mentz of Rohnert Park CA

It's been 3 years since you've given your life for our freedom. Not a day goes by where we aren't praying for you and thinking about you. We know you're still looking down on us as our protector. Thank you for everything you did for us. Your family will always love you. May God bless you and keep you forever, until we see you again.

Love Your Cousin,"
Tara of Anchorage, Alaska

"april 13, 2007
my dear noah...
three years today have gone by since your sacrifice to your country and to the iraqis who favor freedom. it is so hard to believe that we have lived with your loss for so long...but your voice lingers in my ear and your face is imprinted on my mind. these things will never be erased! i feel a sense of reflection at this moment and here i can share it with you and the world.
three years ago today, as i lay sleeping, you and red cloud were gathering for a pre-dawn mission. three years ago today, as i lay sleeping, you were gathering up your gear in a faraway country to do your mission. three years ago today, as i lay sleeping, you and red cloud came upon your target and began to execute your mission. three years ago today, as i lay sleeping, you and red cloud engaged the enemy...fighting bravely with no hesitation...as you awaited the completion of your mission. three years ago today, as i lay sleeping, you were mortally wounded but you and red cloud successfully executed your mission. three years ago today, as i lay sleeping, you laid down your life for your brothers. and three years ago today, as i lay sleeping, the marines were preparing to deliver the message to me that you gave your life for the mission.
we here left behind miss you so much. you are remembered every moment of every day!!! in some way, some where, someone is remembering you. remembering your valor, remembering your bravery, remembering how damn good looking you were!
today we are gathering to honor you and to spend time in deep remembrance of you. how precious our thoughts of you are...for that is all we have now...many thoughts and very many memories!
i love you my son. may the lord bless and keep you. semper fi...sweet noah...
your mommie dearest..."
diana boye of grand island nebraska

"You who never said no, you who were unwilling to contemplate failure, you who came as boys and left as men, with your youth as much a casualty of this conflict as any wound you may have received, I salute you. There are no words; we who came after your generation can ever say that will do justice to the deeds you performed. There is nothing we can say to fully express our gratitude for the legacy of freedom and hope you passed to us by your selfless deeds here. It is only for us to dedicate ourselves to the same devotion, the same kind of honour and the same kind of love of country that was and is your example. This is the only way we might in some small way demonstrate our thanks for what you have given us.
There will not soon be another group of men your equals. If there is any reason to shed a tear here today they should not be for the dead, for they have found their peace. Any tear here today should be for joy, for when the nation was most at risk and the odds against success the greatest, a generation was ready to shoulder the burden and march to the sounds of guns – and glory. God bless you all and thank you. Thank you for your courage, thank you for your honour, thank you for your commitment. Thank you so very much for all you did and for all you have given us.
Semper Fidelis
-from (ret.) Gen. Kelly's remarks given at the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Guadalcanal"
J. of Illinois

"I'm not exactly sure what to say about you, brother. We met when I was dropped into Weapons Co. Although I haven't written you since the incident, it doesn't mean that I have forgotten. We barely knew each other but for some reason your death rocked me, more so than any other event in my life. I looked at you as though you were my brother. I still don't know why, but I put you on a level closer to me than my real brother. I am crying as I write this. I have to stop and wipe my eyes in order to see the keys. What you stand for means more to me than any words I could ever write. I only wish I could have been there for you when it happened. Maybe I could have done something. There will never be a time when I let people forget about you and what you have done for us. I wish to Christ I could switch spots with you. You will never be forgotten, Noah!!! Semper Fi, brother. I'll see soon."
Striker, Weapons Co. 1/5

"Well little brother today its been 24 years since you came into our lives and almost 3 since it was time for you to leave. I miss you man!! Things just haven't been the same without you. I'm still playing my guitar and with any luck one day i may be as good as you were. I hope you understand how many people miss and love you and how many lives you blessed by just being a part of it. Well mom is having a birthday party for you today and I'm gonna try to get there after work to relive some unforgettable memories and shed a few tears in you honor. With all my love little brother "HAPPY BIRTHDAY"
Gary King of Kearney NE

my dear noah
it is 2007 and almost three years since we lost you.(041304) you are still so missed.
i went to san diego to spend christmas with your brother joshua but could not fulfill the mission. christmas "on the road" was much more pleasing to me given you were not among us anywhere on earth to enjoy it. one of these days i will...perhaps, be able to enjoy the "reason for the season". as i drove east on christmas eve day, i cried all the way to riverside feeling so sad...the tears subsided...but somehow worked their way back into my eyes later. you are so missed...words cannot explain.
your birthday is coming up...january 14...and again i will celebrate that wonderful moment when i gave birth to you. i will have your friends around me...hopefully your out of town brothers can make it. but like george malley in the movie phenomenon...there will always be a birthday party for you...and we will play "change the world" like when we danced to that song all night before you went back to pendleton july 03 after returning home from war the first time.
you are so loved...so missed...and you are the ultimate marine in my eyes. i am just so overwhelmed...still...by your loss! others will never understand...but i know many do. i love you sweet child of mine!!!
your mommie dearest!!!"
of grand island nebraska

"Hey bro.

Missin you much. I'm sure your watchin but i'm in the Air Force now. It's not to bad man. I hate the kids around here, I'm sure it'd be different if i had come in at 18.

Thanks for watchin over me and my family. I know you got my back if i should ever need you.

Diana - I'll be comin to see you in february. I should be home aroudn the first couple weeks or so hopefully."
Muhle - The muffinman of Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls Tx

"Diana, What can I possibly say to express how I feel? I thought it would get better with time, but I'm not sure it has. I still frequently have dreams about Noah. In my dreams I'm always so happy to see him, but in my dreams I know it won't last and I know I have to let him go soon. When I wake up I see his face all day long. I want him to come back now more than ever. I've replayed every memory a million times and fantasized about new ones. I can't eliminate the guilt of not telling him everything I wanted to. I can't forgive myself for being too much of a coward to take a chance. I would relive that fresh pain all over again if I could just rewind time and tell him everything I never could before. I hope you are okay, I think about you too. I start to feel sorry for myself because of how sad I feel then; I remind myself that you can't be doing any better. I graduated from college the other day and it made me sad. Noah will never get to know how that feels. I hate that fact."
Kaylea of Bremerton, WA

"Noah, It's October 2006 and I just found out. I remember you as such a beautiful and bright young boy - as good looking and dynamic as your big brother, Josh. I always thought you'd grow up and do something very important, and you did. I'm sorry I didn't get to know you as a young man, I'm sure you continued to be an incredible individual and that you were loved by all who knew you. Thank you so much for your incredible bravery and your ultimate sacrifice.

To Noah's family, especially Diana and Josh: I am deeply sorry for your loss. I think about you both now and then and keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for any of you, I'm at jluperton@gmail.com"
Jennylu Pearson of Moorpark, CA

"Hey Noah its me Mcdermott. I miss you bro. My wife had a baby boy on monday, he was 9lbs 1 ounce 20 inches long. We decided on a name and we named him after you bro. So now we have little Noah Lee McDermott. Well bro we love and miss you and I'll see you again someday."
Will McDermott of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"Aug 29, 2006
Hey Noah it's your big brother, Gary, I just want you to know that you are missed. I started a web site that is for the most part dedicated to you with severl pics of you in iraq and home, its www.jfjkingsthrone.msn.spaces.com/ i just wish i had more pics to put on there so all those who visit might get a glimpse of who you were and still are. If anyone out there may happen to have a pic with noah in it I would surely appriecate a copy of it, e-mail me at jfjking@hotmail.com, its just what i have elected to do as a way of making sure you, lil brother and your fallen comrads in arms are not forgotten. Love ya"
Gary King of Grand Island Ne

"to ugo...let me hear from you. when noah was a punk teen...from about 13 to before the marine corp...he shaved his head bald. when sgt p came to grand island after the battalion returned stateside in o4 he told me noah was so into his hair in fallujah. when going out on patrol...he would see noah using bottled water and a comb gliding through his locks. it surprised me that noah finally learned to appreciate his hair. talk to me with any and all stories you have of noah. God bless you for remembering him...and his quirky little ways dboye104@hotmail.com
thanks for the memories
diana boye
that crazy marine's mom!!!"
diana boye of grand island ne usa

"This is the only time that im able to talk to my best pal in the world. Noah I talk about you whenever I can. I dont think that i will ever get over the war. To the family of Noah, thanks for having such a great son...we will all miss you..especially your hair..lol. See you soon Noah."
UGO of Oceanside, Ca

"it's july fourth...2006...and it is not the same anymore. it is all about you...and all before you and all after you... that have made the sacrifice for your country and countrymen. it isn't about a paid day off or a reason to party. it is about the sacrifice of americans...for their country and the safe guarding of our way of life... that of life, liberty, and freedom. we are called infidels...how little those who damn us know...that we bleed and hurt and cry to the heavens for blessings to carry us thru the heaviest moments of our lives.
you are so missed...that beautiful face, that magnificent smile, and those broad shoulders. how i wish i could feel you embrace me again like you did when you came home in 03 from your first deployment to iraq.

i am haunted by the letter that came to me... after the marines came to my door april 13, 2004...where you wrote to me..."don't worry mom. i'm too good looking to die"...it shot right thru my heart. i now know what a broken heart feels like.

you are so missed by all of us you have left behind. at times it is unbearable...when we see your face in a picture...or hear your voice on a tape.
but know this my dear son...i will never hide away your face or silence your voice from the tapes i have. i gave birth to you...and i will make sure you live on here on this plane...but i so much want to see...hear...and touch you again! you magnificent and beautiful man.
i love you noah...you are what some men dream of being...a man true to himself...and be proud that you took the step...that great magnificent step to put yourself out there in the world!!!

i just love you too much...that it hurts. what a man...what a great man!!!"
your mommie dearest of grand island nebraska

"speech given at a toastmasters in grand island nebraska 041304 upon learning of noah's death. given by anita lewandowski and printed here with her permission. "what can one say about noah"?

Thoughts for today

First met my youngest son’s friend when he was about 16.
He had a shaved head (before popular to do so)
He was kind of a scrawny kid
Over years, watched him grow up – He grew into a muscular young man, with a quick wit.

As I got to know this kid more and more, I realized…
He could out arm wrestle or fight anyone (he was as strong as an ox)
He could outsmart anyone – street smarts
He could out drink any other kid J
All that – and he was respectful.

Not all kids are respectful. Noah was. That’s the one thing I remember most about him. “How are you doing today, Anita?” “Do you need help carrying that?” “ What’s new with you this week, Anita?” Offering to help clean up after a teenage unapproved “gathering” or apologizing for having it in the first place. Quieting down the other kids as they shot pool in the basement so I could go about my life upstairs and watch tv or listen to the radio.

Noah Boye is the young man who was killed in action Monday while serving his country in Iraq. A private in the USMC, Noah died a hero as he took enemy fire in battle near the troubled city of Fallujah.

Home of the Free
Because of the Brave

That’s what one friend said to me as I sat in shock yesterday.

Home of the Free
Because of the Brave.

I’ll have to admit I was not especially interested – or even concerned – about the war in Iraq these past several months.
Yes, I read the newspaper.
Yes, I watch the evening news.
But it wasn’t real. It was impersonal. People I didn’t know fighting for a cause I didn’t understand.

Now ... Now it’s personal.
Now I want to know more about what we’re doing, why we’re there.

No longer will I read the newspaper or watch evening news the same way. When I hear than 10, 20 or more of our military have died, I know that many, many more lives than that number quoted have been changed forever.
Noah’s life was sacrificed and it is personal now.

Home of the free
Because of the brave.

So what can we do about it?
Here are my thoughts…

Pray for our military.
Pray for their families.
Pray for the leaders of our country who are making the decisions that affect so many lives.

We can support our troops and their families.
If you personally know a service member, write to them. Call their family. Talk to them. Better yet LISTEN to them.
And if you don’t know someone in the military – I bet you just don’t know that you know someone. Over 45 employees here in our office have a loved one serving in the military. Many of our own employees, like Coral, serve in the Guards or Reserves.
One important note here – support our military personnel even if you don’t support the war. Taking the stand for peace does not mean you can’t support the troops serving.

There will be a “Support our troops” walk on Sunday, April 25 at 2pm. It will start at Pioneer Park and people will walk down to City Hall to hear speakers and a short program. Just this short 30 minutes or so would show your support for our service people.

Personalize it. Realize that when the news gives a number of service men and women who have died that they’re talking about real people. People like Noah.

We are blessed to live in a country where we have so many freedoms:
We are Free to say what we want
We are Free to believe what we want
We are Free to go and do and be whatever we want.

We have these freedoms because of men and women serving our country.

This United States of America
is The Home of the Free
Because of the Brave."
diana of grand island nebraska

"hey noah, i miss u so much it is not the same during the summer here in G.I. Its also not the same having partys at ur moms house w/ out u making us laught and having a GREAT time I love you
Alicia Clampitt of grand island,Ne/United States

you were in my heart along with the rest of your family this april. hope you are staying strong. your in my heart and prayers at all times. sure do miss ya babe. i'll give you a call next time i'm in town."
amanda of denver co

"noah...noah...noah!!! i can still see your face. i can still hear your voice...i can still feel you close. santiago came by and visited with me last sunday...may 7 of this year 2006. we had a good visit...felt like i had known him forever. i love you my son...and i continue to cry in your absence.
semper fi to the most beautiful marine

I miss you so much bro, this month marks the second year since you've been gone and its still hard to believe. I'm so sorry that it was you and not me bro...I keep thinking sometimes that maybe if I had just been a little better.....shot a little more, maybe you'd still be here. I extended with the batallion for another pump, and after this one I'm re-enlisting to go to division schools hopefully. You will always be my hero and I hope that I will never dissapoint you with anything that I say or do. I love you and miss you brother."
"Dirty" Will McDermott of Red Cloud Wpns 1/5

"Your memory lives on in all of our hearts Noah. We'll never forget you. God Bless you, and your family."
Tim Nelson of Bellingham, Wa

i'm sorry your father never knew the man you became. he was on a different path that seemed to bypass yours. parents get wayward too when their own are living their own lives. but know this noah...i was only a breathe away always there as you know.
i came across the rept from when you called and asked me to wire you $100 before you deployed. i was in a deep sleep but jumped and did it in minutes because my son needed me and you called me because you new i would take care of your needs.
the best son...the best marine.
semper fi my darling...
you're grieving mom
mommie dearest"
diana boye of grand island nebraska usa

two years today. it seems like just last week or even yesterday. how you are missed! i love you noah and nothing will ever fill this whole in my heart since losing you.

your mommie dearest

semper fi beloved hero"
diana boye of grand island nebraska usa

"Hey, baby nephew, it's coming up on 2 years, it's seems like forever. I look at those pictures of you and that head of curly hair and I expect you to still be that little. I love reading the messages from your friends. Boy, am I proud to have you as my nephew, you must have been one cool dude. I'll be in Grand Island at your Mom's on the 13th, we will all be there celebrating you and everything you have done for us. God Bless you 'little' guy, give Grandma a big, big, hug for me. Kisses and hugs. Love Aunt Kim"

"I am sorry it has taken me so long to do this. I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Noah after his first tour. What a great Marine. Younge in years,but seasoned as a warrior.I did not serve with Noah, but I did with his brother Josh.Sometimes we tend to be numb to things as Marines. It has taken me 2 years to do this. I am truly sorry for our loss of a son, brother, friend, and true American warrior. United States Marine. Just rest assured he passed a true hero, sending rounds down range.May god bless you all. Noah save a seat up there for me, and have your guitar warmed up Devil Dog.Ooh Ra!!!! Respectfully wrote."
Sgt Eddy Roberds 1/1 A. co RED DEATH of Decatur Tx USA

"I miss you noah, you were the last man i saw before you guys left for the second pump.i helped load your gear on the plane at march afb, and you came back in to get something.take care mikey you said.ill see you when u get back i saidmonths later when i heard the news i didnt know what to do or say for three days . so many memories flashed through my mind, the cardboard armor i built you in kuwait, the sgt major thought we were nuts.singing alberta with you and asking you to play that desperado song over and over. i loved it the whole platoon loved it . alberta was the only song the entire platoon knew word for word. i remember you crashing on my couch every nightu were one of my best friends im so sorry i wasnt there for you. maybe i couldnt have helped , but just to be there.it took me a few weeks to realize it was really over and i wasnt with you guys anymoreu were a great friend and a better marine. ill see you someday. i miss you 81's and i love you all. brothers forever, Mikey g-reck Wpns co 1\5 81's plt"
michael greck of ridge ny

"You will never be forgotten."
Marie J. of Illinois

"this january 14 2006 we had a birthday party for you...the second since losing you to the war. i know you know this because you were with each and everyone of us. i just want all family and your friends and buddies to know that until the day i die...there will always be a birthday party for you on january 14. anyone and everyone is invited! hope to see and meet somemore of your marine corp bros!!! take care my beloved hero!
your mommie dearest"
of grand island nebraska

"correction 23 years old, sorry"
Luis of Camp pendleton

"Boye, i can't believe you would have been 22 this last saturday. All of us here in weapons company wished you happy birthday and Alberta is still our platoon song. I miss singing Desperado with you and listening to you play the guitar. The memory of you always makes me cry to think i lost such a great friend. I one day hope to be half the man you were and have the strong moral character that you displayed day in and day out. I still look up to you as a man and hold you close to my heart like a brother. Thank you for the impact you had in my life.
Lcpl Luis Landeros
Weapons Company
1st battallion 5th marines"
LUIS of Camp pendleton

"Diana, Some of these stories are just so awesome. I don't think a Mother could be more proud. You have raised five awesome & handsome men. You should feel proud of all of them and mostly, of yourself, you have done a fine job raising them. I know there is always doubt if we (as mothers) are doing the right thing, but, there should be no doubt in your mind. Just look at those men you have raised and be proud. Thanks for being such support for me in my times of need. These trying times have brought us so close and I cherish our relationship. This Christmas had a special meaning this year with Mom up there with Jesus and Noah. It is comforting to know that. Well, Sis, you take care, keep your chin up and 2006 is the year of healing, if you know what I mean. I love you, God Bless. Semper Fi"
Kim of Columbus, NE

"Dear Noah, I'm sure you met Grandma at the gates. In her final days, she talked alot about going home to Jesus and being with her grandson Noah again. We all miss you both so very much that it hurts, but, it is comforting to know you two are together, it has a special feeling for all of us that keep you dear to our hearts that Grandma Beans is the first one on our side that you were able to greet. Your spirit will live on forever as will Grandma's. I just love hearing all the stories about you, it makes me feel so much closer to you for the lost years we had. You really had an awesome bunch of friends, something that we all would love to have. I love to read the stories your buddies write and how the girls use to go to the gym just to see if you were there working out without a shirt on. I hear you were quite the stud!! Well, my baby nephew, keep guarding those streets of Heaven and hug Grandma for me, I'm sure she has all you up there laughing. Love ya always, God Bless, & Semper Fi"
Aunt Kim of Columbus, NE

"Hello, Boye, its Oliver Garcia your bud, and GUIDE for our platoon in SOI 2001. We had a great time together after boot camp, I miss us all going to San Diego, in our slacks and Marine Corps issued back packs, "remember" trying to pick up girls...hehe boy was that fun. When I found about you entering heavens gates, It truly broke my heart, because our compadre, friend, was gone. You where the first of our pack, that took on another challenge in heaven. Pedro passed away two months after you, I havent seen the others but, Antonik is still with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company in Camp Pendleton. I am still in the Marine Corp currently stationed in Kailua Hawaii, with HQBN IPAC CUSTOMER SERVICE. Its tuff to lose my five best friends in one year, but I know its tuffer for your parents to have to go through this pain. I wish them the best, and hope they one day meet up with you again. Mrs. Boye, I truly admired the way boye, motivated us, with his singing and friendship, we are all missing him very much, and keep him in our thoughts and prayers. I am sorry for your loss. I hope one day, I get to say hello to you, and share stories with you about how he lived, the Marine Corps way of life. Boye was our friend, our brother and we all miss him very much. Semper Fi Boye, and save a spot for me up there, one day I go up and share times together once again. For the mean time I will continue marching on and playing Deperado for you singing your song. Take care
808-206-8349. USMC"

"Noah, we are gathering old pictures of you today...boy do we miss you!! You were not only a GREAT MAN, FRIEND AND SOLDIER, YOU WERE MY BROTHER...I know you went doing what you loved...I have always been proud of you and you would be happy to see my babis if you were here...their pretty cute...we actually were getting an ultrasound of my first one when Gabe called me...the kids are cute and we think of you often...Love you and Miss you...Diana if you see this please get ahold of me Gabe or Anna, we can get you some copies of pictures we took a while ago...

Rest is Pease Noah...

Love Ya,
Stephanie Trejo (Gonzales)
Stephanie Trejo (Gonzales) of Omaha, NE

"Dude, what's up? This is your little sniper friend, Sonny. Just thinking about you and the times in oki. singing karoke. Miss you and everytime I hear "Alberta or that spanish song" I think about you. E mail me sometime. ssmorgan681@yahoo.com
I am married now, no $h1t, with a little boy due in march. miss you brother and watch my back!!
love you"
sonny morgan of Washington, D.C.

"semperfi brother"

"semper fi my beloved son. today...veterans day...is YOUR day. you are the warrior you always wanted to be. you are revered, remembered and loved! you are a much beloved hero. rest...as you deserve it.
your mommie dearest..."
diana boye of grand island nebraska

"Noah has been my friends since boot camp all the way to 5th marines. I'll never forget you and the spanish songs you use to sing or the jokes you use to say. But, at least now you can be with your sister again. Love you man!!!"
Paul Valdez of Sylmar, CA

I never bid you my final good bye. One day, when my time has come, you will teach me the guitar like you said you would."
Cpl. Lo of WI, USA

"Diana, I wanted to say that I felt you wrote a very fitting answer to the message from the girl from Oslo. My Son also was in 1/5, and died doing exactly as he wanted........being a Marine. A lady from Poland wrote on our son's sight a few months ago I couldn't come up with the right words to write her back.
I came to your son's sight tonight because we normally watch America's Most Wanted and since it was not on because of a ball game I thought I would go on line and see who they may be looking for tonight. I saw the story of Noah's scholarship fund haveing been stolen. There are some pretty "low" people in this world. I am sure they will find her and she will be punished for what she has done. I know it doesn't help you or the rest of Noah's family as they stuggle to get through each day since his death. I may not have met or known Noah but I know for a fact he, the same as our son, would never have intentionaly put all we have had to deal with on the shoulders of his family. we know it isn't easy at times but hang in there, we are thinking of you."
Joe and Judy Childers (T. S. Childers KIA 3/21/03) of Powell Wyoming

"Dear Diana Boye, Noah's Mom, My name is Marc, I am a Veteran and an Artist from Illinois. Thank you for your Son's Service, your committment to his Legacy by opening your heart on these pages, and for sharing the American Values that we must all unite to protect! I found your Son's Memorial page while doing some research for a very important project that I thought you might want to know about. I just returned from Camp Pendleton where I visited the Commanding Officer of your Son Noah's Unit 1/5. I am preparing to sculpt a large monument specifically for the 5th Regiment and the Fallen Heroes in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Please e-mail me at dullart7@cs.com if you would like to contribute any input or feedback. I would be honored by your participation on behalf of Noah! Semper Fidelis, Maam and God Bless."
Marc Dull of Illinois

"don't ever apoligize for your opinion!!! everyone has a right to them. but i am particularlary curious about why you came to noah's page.
he was a hottie as his female friends would profess. and he was a good man. he went to war in 2003 and came back as a real man!!! he went to war a second time with no complaints because i raised my babys to be for the underdog. put politics aside...who will stand and fight for our cause but those noble heroes that put themselves in harms way. you are not of this country...but know this...how is a country to go on and endure unless we have men and women that go before us to ensure our way of life. granted...america is seen as an imperial society...consumer driven...and only out to secure oil. but i have to think back on 911 and my perspective changes. innocents were lost to a gutlass jihad that is so perverse...there is no way to explain there actions.
thank you for thinking of my noah. he is so missed. and just so you know...he loved being a marine...and he loved the combat. when his personal effects came home from iraq...there was a tape he made and he sounded great and ready for the enemy...he chuckled about his favorite mre and the coke he had between his legs. and when he had thousands of rounds under his feet...he said...someone is going to have a bad day in front of my gun!!!
i appreciate your thoughts and your recognition of my noah. and like i said...don't ever be sorry for your opinion. i guess we just have to take a moment and think about what these men and women believe in when they are at war. rest assured...noah was a gallant man...a supurb marine. just ask his comrades. and if i had to loose him...i wouldn't want to loose any other way because he was doing what he loved...that being a united states marine.
semper fi darling
it means...always faithful
diana boye
noah's mom

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diana boye of grand island ne usa

"Dear Noah's Family,

First off all - you have a beautiful son. You don't know who I am, but the faith of Noah and all of your family have touched me deeply.

I left a message earlier today, and I want to apologize if it sounded political. It was not meant that way at all. I have to repeat that I'm Norwegian, so hence bear over with my English. I just felt so strongly when I saw Noah's face. It touched me in a way it's hard to describe. He is the man I've always hoped to meet.

My parents are in New York at the time being, and they call me every day here in Oslo to hear that I'm fine. I love that. I love that my loved ones are around me, but when I scrolled down that page it was a shocking moment to me. So many young boys and girls - vanished. What happened to their thoughts, hopes and dreams?

They believed in their country and they did something the rest of us can only admire and be grateful of - they gave their lives to secure the lives of the rest of us. You should be so proud of Noah, but when I scroll down the page with so many names and young lives, I wonder: Why? Was it worth it?

Noah was 21. He should have been out there enjoying his youth now.

I do not think of politics when I see Noah's face. I think about his family. His parents or siblings. His grand parents. Maybe he had a girlfriend. His loved ones who cries at night and want him to come back. Everybody that doesn't view his life and death as a "casualty of war", but as the chorus line of the most beautiful song yoy will never hear again.

I'm so truly sorry for all of you. I think we are a whole world out there thinking about Noah and all the other young men and women that should have been amongst us now.

I will never forget Noah's face...

-Siri- (solglend@start.no)Dear Noah's Family,

First off all - you have a beautiful son. You don't know who I am, but the faith of Noah and all of your family have touched me deeply.

I left a message earlier today, and I want to apologize if it sounded political. It was not meant that way at all. I have to repeat that I'm Norwegian, so hence bear over with my English. I just felt so strongly when I saw Noah's face. It touched me in a way it's hard to describe. He is the man I hoped to meet.

My parents are in New York at the time being, and they call me every day here in Oslo to hear that I'm fine. I love that. I love that my loved ones are around me, but when I scrolled down that page it was a shocking moment to me. So many young boys and girls - vanished. What happened to their thoughts, hopes and dreams?

They believed in their country and they did something the rest of us can only admire and be grateful of - they gave their lives to secure the lives of the rest of us. You should be so proud of Noah, but when I scroll down the page with so many names and young lives, I wonder: Why? Was it worth it?

Noah was 21. He should have been out there enjoying his youth now.

I do not think of politics when I see Noah's face. I think about his family. His parents or siblings. His grand parents. Maybe he had a girlfriend. His loved ones who cries at night and want him to come back. Everybody that doesn't view his life and death as a "casualty of war", but as the chorus line of the most beautiful song yoy will never hear again.

I'm so truly sorry for all of you. I think we are a whole world out there thinking about Noah and all the other young men and women that should have been amongst us now.

I will never forget Noah's face...


Siri of Norway

"First of all, I'm so sorry for your loss. I saw Noah's face on a page dedicated to all the soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq. All my sympathy and thoughts are with his family. I am a Norwegian girl, so please excuse my English. To me his beatiful, beautiful face is the symbol of Americas sacrifice to his government's lies. I have just turned 30, and I feel young. Noah died at the age of 21 - because of... why? This beautiful, young, smart man - why did he have to go to another part of the world and die? His government had to admit they lied. But isn't it all words? Bush and his closest allies should be forced to at least hold the hand of each parent that has lost a child. They should be forced to listen to the words that transform all the yong women and men from being merely a number to be what they are - a human being that can never be replaced. Noah and his parents, siblings and friends deserve so much more. They have lost the one they love. My heart goes out to you all. Noah is the most beautiful man I have ever seen. He should have been here celebrating hos birthday every year. No war is worth this kind of loss. I think of you all."
Siri of Norway

"while many politicize and complain...they don't realize the energy they take from your loss. you are to be commended for the sacrifice you made...rhetoric and polictics be damned! you are loved and revered...sitting there next to God almighty!"
mom of gi ne

"Semper Fi"
of omaha

i miss you my darling son. there are so many who remember! you are NEVER forgotten!!! i love you!!!"
diana boye of grand island ne usa

"Noah, I wasn't as close to you as many of your friends, but trust me, you made a huge impact on many young Nebraska girls. Sisson and i are getting married on Sept.24th of 2005 and I know Travis wishes more than anything that you could come. We are also going to Tom Petty on Aug.30 and Travis has a picture of you and him dancing to Last Dance with Mary Jane and we will be thinking of you when we hear it. We are all so very proud to have known such a great person (even if your time here on earth was short). There's a lot of love down here for you!
Love ya"
Amanda of Lakewood Co

"To Noah and His Family,
You all know me well. I am sorry I'm so far away and I can't stop and see you as much as I would like. I think about Noah all the times he's in my thought and prayers everyday as well as you all. Diane I'm sorry for your loss and everything that has happened your son was a true hero and a true friend. I hope that times are getting better for you day by day.
Noah Semper Fi Marine...."
Sgt Colby J. Quaife of Camp Lejeune, NC

"To Noah's family,
I didn't think I knew Noah well enough to write a message to you when Noah died. After looking at his memorial page, I had to write something. I'm Colby's aunt Deb. My daughter Brooke is one year younger than Noah and Colby. Did you know Noah met Brooke and her friends when they would come visit Colby? Brooke and Noah "went together" for a weekend when they were in sixth grade. You know what going together means at that age. They said they liked each other. I was talking to Brooke tonight about Noah. She has said she will never forget him. I won't either. He was only a boy the few times I saw him, and I will always remember that spark he had. He was so full of life and energy.
I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child or brother. I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful Noah chose to serve our country and to help those who were not even citizens of the US.
Even those who only knew Noah briefly remember him and pray for your family."
Deb Brandt of Hastings, Nebraska

"I Remember Noah

A good-looking young boy with dark curly hair, a quick step, a ramrod straight back and a self assured look about him even in the fifth grade. He was a close friend of our grandson Colby. They spent many summer afternoons playing ball in our backyard (or Noah’s), or maybe Nintendo in our basement.

Noah sometimes stayed for supper with Colby and he always bowed his head while our family prayed. He had a good appetite, ate what was served and carried his empty plate from the table to be put in the dishwasher. Noah was always polite.

Occasionally Colby and Noah ran through the house from the front door out the back, with little brother Moose close behind. Big brothers Cody and Joe took part also, but no matter which brothers were together they ALL watched out for and included Moose! They were always patient with Moose.

I studied Noah’s photo in the newspaper and visualized his young face now grown up. This young handsome boy who I didn’t see much as he grew older, turned into a young marine of whom we can all be proud.

Yes, Hero Noah, there are many tears being shed for you and your young friends.

Colby & Cody’s Grandma,

Written for Diana and the Boye Family

With Deepest Sympathy"
Helen R. Brandt of Grand Island, NE

"I've read this page many times, but never left a message. Today I will. Noah- I didn't know you- but knowing everyone that loves you and being close with them makes me feel like I've known you forever. Diana- you know that I love you and pray for you everyday. I love your whole family with my entire being. Thank you for letting me be a part of that. Joe doesn't know this-but when we're having a bad day- i go to the cemetary and pray for him. Noah- look out for him and guide him. He misses you. Thank you for being everyones hero."
Ashley Larson of Grand Island, NE

Dearest Diana ……… we have never spoken or met, although I believe we were within a few feet of each other on Dec 7, 2004 at Camp Pendleton. We do so appreciate your thoughts and words on Kevin’s Memorial Page from Memorial Day. We too never think of that day with out thinking of Noah. It’s Fathers Day today and although it is “The Second One” I almost feel like it’s worse then the “1st” …. I know I don’t have to explain this to you, we both know. In March we went to the “Faces Of The Fallen” memorial at Arlington. Both Noah & Kevin had the same “artist’s rendition” . Enough said on that. I have Noah’s picture on my PC and know exactly what he truely looks like. We are also a family of Marines. My father was with 8th Tracks in WW2 & I was in Vietnam in 68/69. I will just close for now but needed to let you know we think of Noah in concert with Kevin, "constantly."
Tom Kolm of Hicksville, NY "kolmt@hoflink.com"

my sweet noah...your nana has gone. i hope you and your grandpa were there to greet her. i know she was proud of you although i did not make it a point to let her get to know you in the flesh. but she phoned me crying when we lost you. it brought so many memories back about your grandpa and all the years he gave to the usmc. when she left us... i told her to give you my love when she saw you as well as to your grandpa...because you marines would be the first to meet her. take good care of your nana...and give your grandpa a great hug and kiss from his daughter diana. i am so proud you followed in your bro joshua's footsteps and your grandpa's. who loves you baby???
none other but your mommie dearest!!!"
diana boye of grand island ne usa

"Dear Mrs. Boye,
I did not personally know your son Noah but after reading some of the tributes to him and being brought to tears I felt compelled to write you and express my sincerest sympathies. I have a little boy (9) and a daughter (7) and I will tell them the story of your brave son Marine Pvt. Noah L. Boye. We are so very sorry for your loss. May God bless you."
The Stewart's of Chicago, IL

"To Noah's mother,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. My school is doing research projects on fallen war heros. I believe that your son, Noah, was a hero. I have made a powerpoint presentation and a poster board in his honor. The only thing is that I needed a little bit more information and some pictures of when he was younger. I dont have to have them, but I think that it would benefit the poster. These projects are going to be presented at our school, so I will be telling all my classmates about your brave son Noah. I believe that you were a very good mother and raised a very brave and good man."
Andrea of North Carolina

i shouldn't take advantage of this web site...but my noah...i miss you so much! i stayed home today because i was overwhelmed with your loss. i pray to God to ease my pain. but i know you are right next to him. i love you my precious noah. we had so many grand times together. and when you left this world...you knew your mommie dearest was crazy about you!!!
semper fi
my handsome jarhead!!!
like i always signed my letters
your mommie dearest!"
diana boye of grand island nebraska usa

"Noah is well missed and I still remember the night I heard those dreaded words...I was at a loss...Noah was a great and honorable friend...He went out of his way for all he loved...He will always be in my heart...There was soo much love for him where ever he went..I miss him dearly"
Stephanie of San Clemente, CA

to my precious son...to my noah. today is one year since the war took you from me. you are so missed and so remembered by so many. you are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us. the flag is flying half staff for you today. i am honoring your memory by listening to your music...playing the tape you made in fallujah a year ago...hearing your voice...that laugh...comforts me, knowing that you were doing your job for your country but able to laugh and enjoy yourself at the same time. i love you my noah! i miss you! but i am so proud of you. gone but absolutely not forgotten. i pray i see you again someday. and i know you are right next to me always. i love you my precious noah!
your mommie dearest"
diana boye of grand island nebraska usa

"Noah, you will always be my hero. I love you and I feel like you took a piece of me with you. I remember when you were little and you always had a scrape somewhere on your face...you were always a little bruiser. I pray for you and the rest of our family everyday..may you rest in PEACE! Prayers and hugs!!"
Aunt Kim Schaefer (Grandma Beans too) of Columbus, Nebraska

"Noah, you will always be my hero. I love you and I feel like you took a piece of me with you. I remember when you were little and you always had a scrape somewhere on your face...you were always a little bruiser. I pray for you and the rest of our family everyday..may you rest in PEACE! Prayers and hugs!"
Aunt Kim Schaefer (Grandma Beans too) of Columbus, Nebraska

"I am sorry for your loss!!! It is very difficult losing someone you love.
I too am a Marine and my last name is also Boye. I came across the story of your son, brother, etc.in the Marine Times. It shocked me.....I dont know if him and I were related at all but I still feel sadness for my fellow Marine!!"
PFC Larry Boye II of Camp Lejuene, NC

"Little brother, you are my hero. I miss you very much. I miss the good times we had together here at home and in San Diego. Like the time we stood on the street corner in front of Joshes place singing to the traffic while you played your guitar. Brother you gave the untimate sacrifice for what you believed in and for that I will alway honor you and the life you led. Until we meet again your big brother."
Gary King of Grand Island Ne

"MY familys thought's and prayers are with Noah's parents,and Brothers.. and all those others who loved him..God bless all of you..."
Angel Wiser of Utica Nebraska

"To Noah's Family
I am wearing a Hero Bracelet with Noah's name on it. I so appreciate the service he did for his country. I have two brothers that were Marines but in the Korean War. I just wanted you to know that it is indeed an honor to wear his name, rank, and home town on my wrist for all to see."
Pat McCormick Davis of Houston Texas

"Thank you Noah for defending the freedoms we all cherish. Reading these pages I've learned what a wonderful, caring person you truly were. My family will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi Marine. God Bless you and your family. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"I close my eyes and see his big beautiful smile. That roaring laugh, and those soft gentle eyes. We love you and miss you Noah."
Lorena Pastor of San Diego, CA USA

"To Noah's mother.......I met your son Noah over a year ago....he was home on leave in the summer of 2003. Noah was catching a ride back to Camp Pendleton with a friend of mine.....He had made it to Lawrence a day early, and was going to find "some place" to stay the night....I had my friend make sure that Noah made it to my house in Shawnee.....Even though I only knew Noah for a few short hours, he made quite an impression on me. When he walked into the house the first thing I said was "Now there's a Marine"...Noah had such a wonderful smile and big strong shoulders, to me he looked like a Marine......He sat down in my living room and played with my two dogs, they were all over him.....animals are such great judges of character. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of Noah and the sacrifice that he made for us. Thank you for bringing such a wonderful person into the world."
Judi Rice of Shawnee, Kansas

"A friend sent me a link to view soldiers who lost their lives. Noah jumped out at me as I was scrolling through the pages. As I read the short message on him, I saw that he died on my birthday, April 13th. I searched on him and found him here. After reading all the wonderful things everyone has to say to this wonderful man I really wish I had the honor of knowing him. His loss is most definatley felt even by those who never were able to meet him. Thank you Noah for the amazing sacrafice that you have given me and thank you for the reminder of the horrors we dont see on this side of the world. Your my hero and like another visiter, I'll be printing you picture out as well."
Ellen Einkauf of Clovis, California

"My friends told me not to join. They said i'd be dead in six to eight months. I was scared. I've earned the title Marine. I am ready to die"

"I just forced myself to look at all of the photos of the soldiers who have died in Iraq because I'm so emotionally removed from all of it. For whatever reason, Noah's face grabbed me and I have now clipped his photo to keep on my desktop so that I don't forget for a single moment that while I go on about my daily routine, you all have suffered the loss of this beautiful child. My heart is with you."
Joan of Columbus, Ohio

"To the family of Noah, I am so very sorry for your loss. My husband is a Cpl. in Charlie CO. 1/5. He said of all the fallen Marines he knew Noah best. On story he told me was how in Japan before heading to Iraq Noah would run around playing the guitar and singing, making everyone laugh. I didn't get the honor of meeting Noah personally but from Jesse's stories he sounded like a wonderful person, and an outstanding Marine. I thank God every day that Jesse returned home to me, I only wish that every single Marine could have returned home to their families. Your son gave the ultimate sacrifice and he has my greatest appreciation and respect. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for his sacrifice. Thank you Noah. You are my hero."
Randi of Camp Pendleton, California

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"one word could never describe, how much of an impact noah has left on red cloud and the rest of the plt. we have loss someone great. noah i miss you buddy and i will never forget what you have taught me."
lcpl. tom lohman of 1/5 wpns. co. 81's plt. camp pendelton, ca

"one word could never describe, how much of an impact noah has left on red cloud and the rest of the plt. we have loss someone great. noah i miss you buddy and i will never forget what you have taught me."
lcpl. tom lohman of 1/5 wpns. co. 81's plt. camp pendelton, ca

"noah was more than a friend to many of us he was family his death has left a big hole in the hearts of many and has brought the reality of war a lot of us never knew home something that we will never forget I and many others miss him more now that he is gone forever knowing that we will never see him on this earth again and if i could talk to him just one more time i would say noah i love and miss you very much thank you for being my superman and i cant wait to see you again i and all of his family and friends would like to say thank you for all the support not only from grand island but the country and tell everyone that has loss someone close to them that we feel their pain"
Travis Sisson of Grand Island NE

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

"My Sweet Noah,
For all those who had the honor of knowing this amazing man you, like me, ache with his loss. Noah and I shared so many amazing times and I will hear his guitar and beautiful voice in my heart, my soul forever. Noah, I miss your face, your smile, your strength and your love for life. Knowing you made me a better person and I know I will see you again and you will always be the most handsome man I know.
To Diana, we have talked and cried together, thank you so much for giving me the honor of meeting an amazing man. He will never be forgotten.
A true American Hero.....sweet Noah.
Love always,
Tracey Kennedy of San Clemente, CA

"TO my "best good buddy": Noah Boye
Bro, we all miss you so much, you have no idea how bad it hurts every time we gear up and get ready to go on a qrf, or a raid and I look over at where you should be standing behind your saw and you aren't there. You were an outstanding marine and an even better man. I wish that it had been my truck that took the the hit that day instead of yours bro, they ambushed us good but we got alot of those bastards. You will never be forgotten. I love you like a brother, and I am priveleged to have had the honor to fight by your side to the end,and it has been my honor to call you my friend.
Your brother and friend
Lcpl Will McDermott of 1st BN 5TH MAR, RED CLOUD

"Our Fallen Soldier

A Son –
From the first day, until the very last,
Was a time that seemed to go much too fast.
But a mother’s love cannot ever die,
If you’re asking, “How is this?” here is why.
When she received her precious baby boy,
No other heart could have known so much joy.
She watched him grow and she raised him to be,
The best son a person could ever see.

A Brother –
Five young men, all with their own unique lives,
Yet in their heart, they all have the same ties.
Each holds a special place in their own heart,
For their brothers, which whom they’ll never part.
With their hearts so big, and words so sincere,
To them my heart goes, with every tear.
If you look in their eyes it’s clear to see,
Noah’s the best brother a man could be.
A Friend –
A kind soul always, to friends and to foes,
Smiles fill the room wherever he goes.
It’s great to see how many lives he touched,
And how everyone respects him so much.

There’s no hole, but an opening, you see,
To be filled with his love, eternally.
Ask any of his friends, you’ll surely see,
Noah was the best friend, a man could be.

A Hero –
Fighting ‘til the death, for me and for you,
He’s a soldier for the proud and the few.
Touching peoples’ hearts, even overseas,
Protecting us, while he’s saving countries.
No greater honor could have been bestowed,
He gave us his life, which he did not owe.
He joined the Marines, and was trained to be,
A great Hero, for all eternity.

- Alison Wit ~ May 2004 -"

"Freedom is never free
It always comes at some great fee

men and women die fighting
just for you and me

others try to take it away
but that will be the day

we will continue fighting
until everyone else is dead

until all that is left
is the great and powerful US"
Nate of Nampa, ID/USA

"I never knew Noah. But when I went with my fiancee and his brother I saw the impact that he had on them. In a moment he impacted my life as well. I thank him for giving his life for my freedom, somebody he didn't even know. I will always be truly grateful. I pray that his family stays as strong as they are."
Elizabeth Lindgren (Thorne) of Polk, Ne

"To the family of Pvt. Boye

As a fellow Marine and OIF vet myself, I cannot begin to tell you how so terribly much I'm sorry for your loss. Life is a very fragile thing that can be taken away from us in an instant. It is when you realize this that you truely appreciate life for all its splendor. I'm sure your son had realized, after being there the first time, the glory of God in every new day that he was able to wake up to before his death. I hope you have comfort in your trying times knowing that your son went out of this world fighting in true Marine fashion like a lion, but humbled like a lamb when he stepped through those pearly gates. May God give your family the strength and courage to move on and be happy for the memories that you have, and yet not be resentful of the cause that your son believed in so much that he gave his life for. Semper Fi Pvt Boye and keep a seat warm for me."
Jeremy J. Fanta/ SGT USMC of MCAS Cherry Point NC/formerly of Dannebrog Nebraska

"I am the Noah's cousin. Our family is very appreciative of all of the support we've had. It has helped our family through this terrible time we're enduring. Noah's loss has been a huge heartbreak to our family. We wish all the best to the troops still overseas and that they return home safely to their own families. God bless. Noah died for my freedom and yours...he will always be my biggest hero."
Tara McKinnon of Chugiak, Alaska

"To the family & friends of Noah L. Boye. I have a son-in-law that lived in Grand Island that just returned from Iraq in Dec. and now in Germany. 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 Noah for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us"
Linda Lalwer of Beatrice, Nebraska

"To the friends and family of Noah Boye:
Noah was probably the greatest friend I have ever had. He came into my life back in 1993 and has forever made his mark in my heart. To all of those who truly knew and loved Noah, I'm sure you all feel the same void that is now left in the hearts of all of us. I don't know how I will ever overcome my sadness from losing Noah, however, my only hope is in the comfort of knowing that I will see him again someday. I also know that Noah wouldn't want any of us to sit around crying all day. They say he died a hero, I believe he did. Knowing that won't bring him back, but it does make me so very proud of him. Diana, you raised the most beautiful man I have ever known and I thank you so much for him. Noah was so much more than just a friend to me and he always will be. I will forever miss him."
Kaylea of Silverdale, WA

"Noah was and is the greatest man I know. He is a hero to everyone who knew him and those who did not. He fought for something we all pray for, and gave the ultimate sacrifice. I was blessed to have known him and to have seen what a kind soul he is. He will be in our hearts always and everyone in America loves him for fighting for us. Love to his family and friends."
Ali Wit of Omaha, Nebraska


"To the family and friends of Noah. I didnt know Noah personally but I have heard great things about him. My friends here in Kearney knew him and wow he is truely going to be missed. My heart & prayers out to all of you. I have a boyfriend who is in the Army and currently over in Iraq. He also sends his prayers. Noah was truely a hero! God Bless you all and the Unites States..."
Stephanie Price of Kearney, Nebraska, USA

"To Noahs Mother Diana,
There are no words to express how sorry I am for you and your family at your time of loss. Noah was a wonderful person with a great heart who paid the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. I know how proud you must be of him as we all are. Noah will always be remembered as one of the true great heros of Grand Island Nebraska. You can't get any higher!!"
Lori Catlett of Grand Island, NE

"To all of Noah's loved ones, I pray that each one of you will take rest and comfort in the arms of The Heavenly Father during this terrible time of sorrow for you.

I've read alot about Noah on here and he was a true hero, dying so that we could be free from terrorism. They don't come any better than that.

I wish I had some great words of wisdom here, but I don't. I do offer my most sincere and heartfelt condolences and prayers."
Peggie of El Dorado, Arkansas, USA

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. We too have lost a loved one in the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines at Camp Pendleton. Our brother-in-law (William Harrell, aka "Billy") died on April 8, 2004 leaving a wife and son. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort. Remember our loved ones are true American Heroes who will always be in our hearts."
The Lanksbury Family of Yorba Linda, California

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

"To the family and friends of Private Noah L. Boye,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"From one Marine family to another.
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Noah will always be remembered! He was a true American."
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"To Noah's mom
I am so sorry for your loss. As a sister of a careerist Marine I know firsthand that your Noah was courageous beyond words. I thank you for his patriotism and bravery for his service to the United States of America and to the freedom of a liberated Iraq. As a mom of an army sgt in Iraq as I write this; your loss will be felt so strongly in the field. You are not alone; we grieve with you and trust that God will put grace all around you and sustain you in the coming months and years. Thank you for having a son so brave and committed to his country, his Marines, and to all of us who can't go; he went for us."
Family of Sgt Joel Smith USAR 1st CAV of Garland, TX USA

"Semper Fi, Marine. May God bless you and your family."
D.Spenn of Columbus, OH

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden....May God be with your family and friends. Semper Fi Marine"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To Noah's Family & Friends:

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

From the family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the family and friends of Private Noah L. Boye,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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

"Thank you Noah Boye, 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 Pvt. Noah Boye:
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 Noah 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 Pvt. Noah Boye:
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 Noah, 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