Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army CWO William I. Brennan

36, of Bethlehem, Connecticut.
Brennan died in Baghdad, Iraq, when his OH-58D helicopter apparently collided with another OH-58D helicopter and crashed. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 25th Aviation, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Wheeler Army Air Field, Hawaii. Died on October 16, 2004.

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"RIP, my long lost hero, its been nearly 20 years since your passing"
Gunner of confidential

"Will, Iíll never forget the sacrifice you made for the greater good. Remembering you on Memorial Day brother."
CW4 Pat McGurk (Ret) of Mt Airy, MD, USA

"Hey Brother!!! Gone but Never ever forgotten!!!! Miss your craziness and military/personal life talks.... I know Kathy and the girls miss you dearly, and so are we, the ol' Soldiers that had the honor of serving with you! Cheesebox!!!!! Rest easy brother..... Til the next Formation! MSG Ret. George Figueroa, 1-10AVN, Fort Drum, NY"

"Hey son It's been 12 years since you went to be with our Lord and savior. We miss you and you are still in our thoughts and prayers, we miss you.

Nana and Papa"
Leo of San Antonio, Texas

"I will always honor your ultimate sacrifice CWO4 Wiiliam I Brennan. Your life you gave to all Americans so we could live in freedom should never never be forgotten. Your visits while you were based out of Bradley as a pilot in training were special. One day I was hanging out laundry and an Army Bell Scout flew over really low I waved and jumped up and down I am sure it was you! I still wave at the Army copters in memory of you!
Amy Ruzbasan"
Amy Ruzbasan of Suffield Ct

"Hey Will I did not forget your Birthday, I did sent you flowers, I sent them to your brothers house. I'm Sorry that I have not posted anything on your board. I have been forgetting a lot of things lately , I forget where I leave things and my hearing is getting worse. Well my son got to go I'll write to you later, love you."
Nana and Papa of San Antonio, Texas

Let me first say I am very sorry for your loss. My name is Mark McDonald the Cub Master of Pack 231 in Wolcott. This year we will be honoring fallen soldiers by having their names and home town on a float we are creating. It would be our honor if you have a small picture we can attach to your son's name. If you can send a picture it would help to have a face with your son's name. Once again I am very sorry for your loss.
Thank you
Mark McDonald
Pack 231
102 Cancellaro Drive
Wolcott CT 06176"
Mark McDonald of Wolcott CT

"Today - May 8th - is the Norwegian Veteranīs day (and WW2 liberation day). On this occation I would like to pay my tribute to Will (whom I met while serving with SFOR in Bosnia in 1998-99 as a PIO at the HQ in Sarajevo). We stayed in touch after Bosnia (occasional e-mails). It was with great sorrow I found out he had died in the service of his country in Iraq. I will not forget you. God bless you, Will."
Oystein Paulsen of Norway

"Hey Will....Not a day passes that I don't think about the laughs we shared and joking about racing our Explorers down the airfield at Wheeler. Every year that passes, my heart aches for so many because we lost a friend/brother. I hope for the best and pray that your family continues to do well and stays strong. Your friends, family, fellow pilots and crew-chiefs love & miss you dearly. One day we will meet again and share stories of times past. God Bless my friend!!!! (26Dec2013)"
Anthony of Lawton, Oklahoma

"Sorry my son, I forgot about you. It will not happen again. We still think of you and you are not forgotten.

Love Nana and Papa."
Leo Martinez of San Antonio, Texas

"Will, so many days have gone by since you have past. Know that you are never forgotten. I miss you, my friend. "Soldier On!""
Capt. Michael Keib of Wallingford, CT

"Memorial day weekend once again. Thankyou for your sacrifice. We as Americans will be honoring you today along with all your fellow service men and woman that paid for all the freedoms of the world, with your ultimate sacrifice.My flag will be flying proudly as it does every day. Miss you Will, God bless you"
Patrick Brennan of Corpus Christi Tx

"Hey Will, Happy Birthday! I know its late but I wasnt doing to well last weekend. Miss you lots !"

"FRIENDS OF WILL CAN NOW CHECK OUT HIS PERSONAL WEBSITE.AT legacy.com memorials, print in William Brennan"

"Hey Will, it's Jim Stidfole. I saw your picture on a flyer posted in a store here in Trumball. I guess they are honoring you for your service this memorial day. I'm here for the Army at the Sikorsky plant for a couple of days. It brought back a flood of memories of you. Remember that time we flew right over the Drum ASP. You were on the controls and I said, "oh crap, we are flying over the restricted area." You banked the aircraft over to what appeared to be a 90 degree AOB and flew us out of it. Fun times. I also remember having you and your girlfriend at the time over at our place for a party. You brought such joy to us then. In my sorrow, I cling to those memories. Take care my friend, take care."
Jim of Fort Eustis, VA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Jesus Christ has Risen today!!
Happy Easter Will"


"October 16,2009

I was that which others did not want to be.
I went where others feared to go, and did what others failed to do.
I asked for nothing from those who gave nothing, and reluctantly accepted thought of eternal loneliness.... should I fail.
I have seen the face of terror; felt the stinging cold of fear; and enjoyed the sweet taste of a moments love.
I have cried pained and hoped...but most of all,
I have lived times others would say were best forgotten.
At least some day I will be able to say that I was proud of what was ......A Soldier
author unknown

I have this poem on a plaque of Will made by a friend of mine and wanted to share it with all of you .Thankyou for your prayers for William . God Bless you CWO 3 William I. Brennan
Patrick Brennan of Corpus Christi, tx

High above the clouds of white
hovers our soldier just out of sight.
Watching all he loved on earth
who watched him since his day of birth.
Protecting, guarding just out of sight,
our Guardian Angel wears boots of white.

"Friends of William Brennan can now visit a website created just for him.
Briana of ct

"Thank you for freeedom. You are not forgotten"
Mark of Hawaii

""Happy Memorial Day", The only holiday I really practice any more. Had a nice service at the church tonight.Father Hann always does a great memorial day mass for the troops and reminds everyone not to forget those who gave all so we may be Free. God bless you William .We all love you. You have many friends that still talk about you. You are very missed and not forgotten. Love your brother Pat"
Patrick Brennan of Corpus Christi, Texas

"HI Will- Well here we are again. Another Memorial Day. People always think about anniversaries, birthdays and holidays as so hard to get through when you've lost a loved one. But I can't handle Memorial Day. It used to be a day for remembering dad's and Uncles and grandparents, old soldiers who have gone before us. Not for remembering and honoring your little brother. Every year I want to make a float, with music and signs, Remember Will; Honor the Fallen, but May rolls around and I cant do it. I lose energy, like something has drained me. I should plan it for April and have everything all done before May. Then maybe it will happen. But I dont need parades or picnics. I will never forget. Until we meet again. Anne"

"HI Will- I've been thinking alot about going to O'Cains for Thanksgiving dinner and what fun memories. After most of us were grown you would still call Aunt Mary and invite you and mom.How I wish I had always gone with you.

"Hi Will- It's such a gloomy day today. How fitting. It would be hard to find any beauty in autumns leaves today. October 16th will never again be anything more but what it is today. Grey, dreary, slow & sad. Love you,miss you. Anne"

"I am happy I found this site and smiled once again at Will's ability to make friends and generally make people happy. I think about you a lot Willy, I have told my children all about you and the fun we had growing up. They honor you in their nightime prayers and I am honored to have known you."
RJ Buckingham of Watertown, CT


"May 2, 2008
To the family of CWO William I. Brennan:
William 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

"still thinking about you and capt johnson. it hurts everyday. I still remember not wanting to let go of your dogtags that were hanging from your weapon during the memorial service. you were one of the only pilots I respected while I was in the army. I miss you guys. you were a good friend. I wish your family the best."
matt of alaska

"Will...You have been added to our prayer list in our Patriot Guard Unit. I forgot to mention that...but we are looking to find Patrick again and see if he would allow a patch to be drafted in your honor maybe this year for our vest?...Hoping they read this and contact me...truckpro5864@yahoo.com

it wont be an "official patch" endorsed by the PGR, but I never was one to follow all of the rules...you know that.

Your tribute decal lasted three days It was chrome..and was real darn cool...didnt even get a picture of it because I was waiting for the weather to clear up and get the truck detailed.. and then on monday morning 4/10 I had a car come across the median and well...took the 3-month old Kenworth into the ravine and rolled in Alabama at the state line. the car did a u-turn and left me there in the wreckage man......million dollar freight claim...but I walked away from it unharmed...and thought of that song..private malone...not a scratch Will...not a scratch...the truck was totalled. 130K and 50K for the trailer and a million dollar claim on the cargo...but not a scratch...Mom told me there was an Angel there that day...dont suppose you were hanging out in Alabama that day were you?...well...if so...I owe you one AGAIN Pal...good thing you were never one to keep score on that stuff...anyways...Mom died from the cancer a week after I married my Princess in june 07 and then Dad...well, I think he just died from a broken heart 3 months later. Fell over dead on the back porch where he loved to watch the birds and squirrels with Mom...had a massive heart attack and went to heaven to see Mom..tell them I said Hi. They probably already looked you up...they were proud that I knew you....Peace Man!"
Bill McNamee USMC of Christopher, IL USA

"I still think of you often Will..every time I see a Kiowa flying over the highway..everytime I go thru Kiowa, Oklahoma...every time I see a military helicopter...I remember you, my Army friend...who was only about doing for others and never himself...you've set the bar high long ago...and I continue to strive to reach it...in your honor.
Rest in Peace...and I am so glad we didnt get caught on the helo deck with the camera...even then you were all about getting that picture for my kids back in Illinois...even risking a really huge "chewing" from the command...you did it for the kids....
Semper Fi..from your Marine Pal....
My Deepest Heartfelt condolences to the entire family..someday I will come to Connecticut and visit Will's Gravesite. It would be an honor to stand and salute him...I remember when I saluted him last...he laughed and said "knock it off"...and then punched me in the arm when I had to leave Ft. Rucker. I still have the postcard from Santa in Bosnia in the minefield...proudly displayed on my Marine Wall at home with Will's picture and his Kiowa. My Children will keep these pictures alive when I pass them on to them as part of our family history."
Bill McNamee USMC of Christopher, IL USA

"Hey Will , Can't believe it has been 3 years , although sometimes it feels like eternity.Kids are getting bigger Kate is getting smarter and just as you always said I am getting fatter and balder.Miss you funny wit and quick smile, God Bless you Will, Love Patrick"
Patrick Brennan of Corpus Christi Tx

"Well my son, where have the years gone. It has been three years and it only seems like yesterday. Friday is my birthday and for this past three years it really has not been happy for me. The girls are keeping me happy, they are at the age when the fight with each other and do things that are not lady like. Cassidy is already at that point where she does not want to do her kindergarden home work. Katelyn is getting bigger and pertty with her long hair. The girls are good with the computer, they play games and other stuff with the computer. The moment they get to the house they want to go in to the computer. If we don't say anything they will be in the computer for hours. Well my son I have to go but you will all way be with us until the end of time."
Papa of San Antonio, Texas

"Hi Will- I can't believe it will be 3 years tomorrow. Its been weighing so heavy on my heart. I will keep your memory alive forever, I'm still trying to come up with a good idea. Maybe someday you can give me a sign. I know when things get me down I can see you with that tight lipped smile you used to give me . Shaking your head at me like "you're so dizzy." Remember that song? You liked to tease me about it. I miss a lot of things about you. But I guess mostly, just you. Yesterday, today and forever. Love and miss you. Anne"

"Today, 9/22/07, there was a Dr. Dunne Scholarship Fundraising event that was actually a family reunion. Your physical presence was missed but we know you were there in spirit along with all our loved ones who are with you on the other side. Give Grandma Horvay a kiss for us.
We send our love to all of Will's family here and far. To "Papa", thanks for caring enough to leave messages that keep us informed about Kathy and the girls. It means so much to us to know how much you loved such a special guy. Hi Patrick - wished you could have been here today. This will be an annual event - probably this same next weekend next year. Be there!
In celebration of Will's life,
Sue & Jerry; Mary & Cassandra; Ruthann & Paul, Ryan & Maggie, Lisa, Raegan and Graden William (4 mos.)"
of Winsted, CT

"Happy Birthday my son. I still think of you. I just wish that I could have taken your place. You will always be remembered for the father and soldier that you were. The kids are getting big and Cassidy started kindergarden this year. The kids stay with us every weekend and Katelyn and Cassidy all ways have something new to say. Katelyn just can't wait to be a teenager and Cassidy is just Cassidy. Katelyn is a very careing person, she is kind and gentle. Cassidy is a strong and a little of a risk taker. Cassidy will try just about anything and kately will not do that. My son we all miss you and I hope that you and the rest of your commrades will be remembered.

Leo Martinez (Papa) SFC Ret. of San Antonio, Tx.

""Happy Birthday Will "
Love you, Patrick"
Pat Brennan of Corpus Christi Tx

"To the family of:William I Brennan 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"

"Big sign at today's Memorial Day Parade here in town that we will not forget. For sure we will not. Our losses hang heavy around our hearts for those who gave and are giving their very lives for us. Thank you Will. God bless your family."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"Hey Will , Had a dream about you last night. You looked so good , I usually have a nightmares , but this time you were your healthy funny self. Lasted all night we laughed and had a great time as usual when we were together.I asked a serious question, and all of a sudden you were in your dress greens, proud Army Officer.Thats when I realized it was only a dream. You didn't answer my question in so many words ,but you showed me the way .I actually woke up happy this morning because of you,even though I now have tears in my eyes as I write this.God Bless you William I miss you very much. Patrick"
Patrick Brennan of Corpus Christi , Tx

"Just found out what happened. Wow, this is a shock to me and I don't really know what to say. But I feel like I lost a friend that I shared a life with for a long time. Rest in peace buddy, you will always be in my prayers.

-Ramon A. Bostic"
Ramon A. Bostic of San Francisco, Ca

"My son I still think about just about every day. Things are going good with Kathy and the girls. Katelyn is getting big and she is very smart just like her daddy. Cassidy is getting big and she is very funny. Sometime I wonder whats going on in washington. I support our troops, they are the best that America has. When I see them on TV, those young kids going from house to house, it brings a tear to my eyes. Only God knows why and I don't question him. My son We miss you and one day we will all be together. You made this country what it is today, safe and free for those Democrates so they can sleep at night."
Papa of San Antonio, Texas

"William, you have paid the ultimate price for the freedom of the people of this nation and the middle east. Men like you make the world a better place. I promise you that I will do all I can to make sure that your life was not lost in vain. The flags of all states must fly at half staff in honor of you and all other who have fallen defending all 50 stars of our flag.
God Bless you soul,"
joel gonzalez of bridgeport

"God look down favorable upon your family and bless them abundantly with peace and love. Thinking of you."

"Sometimes it seems like yesterday-other times it seems like so long ago. One thing that never changes is the heart ache. Love you and Miss you. Anne"


"Happy 4th of July Will. You've got the best seat for the fireworks. Enjoy-they're for you. Miss ya."
Anne of Woodbury

"I was stationed with the HHC 1-10 AVN Regiment in Fort Drum, NY with Mr. Brennan. We were in different companies but we would see each other in coming and going. He was a very sweet and kind person. I knew Kathy (his wife) as well and I was very saddened to hear of her loss (as well as his families loss). Everytime we'd see him there was a smile on his face. My fondest memory of him would be the year he dressed up like Santa Claus for our Holiday Party in the MWR Building back in 1998. I still have the picture where a few of us sat on his lap to tell him what we wanted for Christmas. He was such a good sport about everything. It took me a while to email my condolences to Kathy because I know that she was hurting a great deal. My heart goes out the entire family and as you've all said we've lost a great person but we are only on this earth temporarily. Our true home is in Heaven with GOD."
Arcadia Brown of Jacksonville, FL USA


I miss you buddy. You know I take credit for getting you and Kathy together. I remember pulling duty with her and we (she) talked about this cute WO Brennan. I remember you were shy about meeting her. God is good for uniting you and Kathy and allowing you two to bring two wonderful kids into the world. I remember when Katelyn was born how very proud you were. I can still see that "sideways" smile of yours as you talked about your baby girl.

Will, I remember you being a wonderful person. Aside from being a professional, you were (and still are) a wonderful friend. I remember stressful days at Ft Drum when you would come by the office and brighten things up. I learned from you that things aren't as bad as they seem. I admired that "happy-go-lucky" spirit you carried and I still strive today to be that person. I remember our precious time spent together in Bosnia having late-night conversations about our wives, kids and the future. Who knew Will?

Only the good die young partner and that means we should have lost you long ago because you are a good person, wonderful man. I will forever cherish my interactions with you and never ever forget what you meant (and still mean) to me.

Here is the last email I got from you:
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2004 01:09:34 EDT

: One Nation Under God

One Nation Under God

A college professor, an avowed Atheist, was teaching his class. He shocked
several of his students when he flatly stated that there is no God,
the expression, "One Nation Under God", was unconstitutional, and further, he
was going to prove there is no God. Addressing the ceiling he shouted:
"God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I'll
give you 15 minutes!"

The lecture room fell silent. You could have heard a pin fall. Ten minutes
went by. Again he taunted God, saying, "Here I am, God. I'm
still waiting."

His countdown got down to the last couple of minutes when an Army Warrant Officer just
released from active duty and newly registered in the class walked up to
the professor, hit him full force in the face, and sent him * over teacups
from his lofty platform. The professor was out cold! At first the students
were shocked and babbled in confusion. The Warrant Officer took a seat in the
front row and sat silent. The class fell silent...waiting.

Eventually, the professor came to, shaken. He looked at the Warrant Officer in
the front row. When he regained his senses and could speak he yelled,
"What's the matter with you? Why did you do that?"

"God was busy. He sent me."

Love You Will!!!!!!!!!!"
SFC Vincent Bright of Ft Bragg, NC

"I went to the Memorial Day Parade yesterday and I saw a huge sign with your name and dates. I yelled out, "We will not forget!". Thinking of you today, Will. Appreciating your service but feeling sad that our men and women have to die for our country. I so wish there were another way. Thank you Will. God bless your family."
Bela Beaupre of Woodbury, CT

"Today may officailly be Memorial Day Will, but everyday is memorial day for those who miss you. You will be honored and remembered always. Anne"

"Will, I'm so very proud to have you fly in 958 while I was with you at Drum. I'm doing what I can to ensure that what happened to you will not have to happen to another family."
SGT Anthony D. Turner (IRR) of Chandler, AZ

"My son it's been a while since we last had a conversation. The girls are getting bigger and pertty. Katelyn is getting bigger and she is very smart. She is doing cheerleading and she is good at it. Cassidy is just Cassidy, she likes to mess with Katelyn. Cassidy will not let Katelyn get close to her Nana. They come to stay with us just about every weekend. Katelyn likes to eat Mexican breakfast and want me to make it for her. Cassidy says she only eats pancakes at Nana and Papa's house. My son the kids they still ask for you and I am sure they will never forget you. Kathy is doing real good, she is a good mother the both Kately and Cassidy. The 173rd Airborne gave Kately and Cassidy a $250 savings bond each. Kately lost one of her teeth and was crying because she did not want to loose any more. My son I still miss you and James. My son you will never be forgotten we still love you and think of you."
Papa (Leo) of San Antonio, Texas

Over a year siince your loss, and you are still sorely missed. Though all of the old Bandits parted ways in 2003, and made our separate ways to the war, we still all share that common bond. We had a great team, and you always kept us laughing. Thanks for all of the good times, you made every life you touched a little better. Rest in Peace.
CW3 Mike Cavaco of Ft Drum, NY

"You will be deeply missed and loved. God must have needed you more. I am glad that you made it home safely. Please watch over us. I miss you and love you."
of USA

"Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us re-consecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.Ē
--Dwight D. Eisenhower"

""Buck, it's been so long. Each day I cry for you. I hope someday, you'll wait for me in heaven.""
Megan Brennan of corpus christi Tx

"My son, a year has come and gone. We as soldiers knew what our job was and we did it with with honor and pride. We did not question why, we only followed our orders to the best of our ability. In my years in the Army I saw wars and I was in wars. My only regret is that I could not be there to take your place. We as soldiers are a brotherhood, we live not knowing when we will be called to go to a far of place to protect our country. We do it because no one else will do it and we do it because we love our country. I love my country and our soldiers serving our country just like you loved your country. I have lost two sons in my life time and the time will come when we will all see each other again and be together. We all miss you so much my son and we love you very much."
Your Papa, Leo of San Antonio, Texas

"Dear Annie, I hear your grief and know how you feel. I lost my nephew, Sgt. Felix Del Greco, on April 9,2004 (Good Friday...hard to say good). I still grieve. Some days, I collapse on the stairs or when I'm on the computer and pour out tears like it was the day it happened. It still hurts. I think about my nephew every single day. I think about my family (his parents and sister) and how much they hurt and it hurts me even more. I think about all the families who lose their loved ones, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, uncles, aunts, cousins, brother, sisters, etc., and it hurts. I don't know when it will stop. Maybe never. Is this something we will live with for the rest of our lives. I think so and that makes me sad too. I have to think about my nephew and how much he loved his country and people. I think about how happy he always was and what a tremendous person he was and how much he affected my life and how much happiness and love he gave me. That helps me to get through even when the tears come and the heart wrenching sobs. This has been the hardest thing to live through. You probably feel the same way. I'm so sorry we have to go through this. If you ever want to get together and commiserate, I'm right here in town. Call me. Also, check out my nephews web site. Maybe there is something there that can help you. I've been doing a bit of writing to get me through. Take care of yourself. After you cry, try to smile for Willie. Fondly,"
Bela Beaupre of Woodbury, CT

"Wiliam I know by now your looking down at me and saying get over it. Its been a year and time to move beyond the grief. Its just so wrong that this had happened to you and I dont think any amount of time will change my mind on that. Some people were meant to change the world for the better and one of them was you, God knew this so I guess maybe He's not to sure either if His best can do much to help the world now. I think what really kills me is that there are so many worthless people who dont deserve your sacrifice, and yet you served knowing this. You certainly were one of a kind.You always looked beyond the faults and found a reason to forgive. Missing you still. Forever in our hearts."

"Thinking of you, Willie, and of your family. You are remembered and honored on this day and on all days yet to come. You are a true hero, a brave heart, a courageous man, who loved his country and his family. Thank you for caring about the rest of the world. Glory and honor are yours forever in eternity with almighty God, the Father."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"Wow. Its already been a year. You are still in all of our hearts. your little girls are doing fine and so is the rest of your familt. keep flying up there for us. Oct 16,2005"
of Connecticut.

"Dear Brennan family, the road we are left to travel on is, indeed, a difficult one. Know that you are thought of and that prayers are spoken to God for your comfort and peace. Willie is not forgotten...I am proud to be an American. If there is anything I can do for you, let me know. I see your name (Brianna) on pages for our precious soldiers. I know our hearts go out to each and every one of our own that we lose. This has been a difficult time. Our soldiers die day after day and on top of all this, there is so much devastation in the world. I am beginning to wonder when this will end. My email is burkabee@aol.com if you ever want to contact me. We're in the same town. Would love to get together for coffee at Ayla's. Just know I'm here if you need a listening ear, a kindred heart, just someone who cares...Oct 10,2005"
Bela Beaupre of Woodbury, CT

"My son I still miss you very much, you are still very much with me all the times. I never met a men like you in all my life. If every one in this world was like you, this world would be a better place to live in but, your in a better place now.
I will always love you my son."
Your Papa (Leo) of San Antonio, Tx.

It has been almost a year now since you have left us. You as well as your family are still in our thoughts and prayers. People like you are very few and far between. I don't think I have met anyone as genuine or as giving as you "Cheesebox". I'll always remember the tactics phase of BCS, our car trip back home from Rucker to N.Y., but most of all, when I got to Taji and we hadn't seen each other in a while and it was like we picked up where we left off. Anyone that had Will in their life was truly lucky. He was a great friend, a great pilot, and great soldier. Will, you will not be forgotten. Untill we meet again....."
CW3 Pat McGurk of Fort Hood, Texas

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY. It almost been a year. Wow. We miss you.
of USA

"It's been a while since your passing that night over foriegn skies. I too was just north of you completing my tour waiting to return home when I heard the news. Almost one year later it's still difficult to believe that our paths will not cross again. You and your wife were great friends.
Two tour together with the 10th and one active war...We've been to hell and back...climb to glory.
May you rest in peace on Fiddlers Green.

Carl Boler, MMS, DRS Technologies
Ft. Drum, NY"
Carl Boler of Watertown, NY, USA

"Happy Birthday William! Catch your balloon!! This is the second birthday you spent away from your loved ones.(36 in Iraq, should've come back,37 in Heaven ,just isn't right.)
May you be seated at the right hand of the Lord in peace.' You cannot lose what you hold in your heart', This is what I try to keep in mind every day. Some times it helps and some days it doesn't. Your memory will out live us all, this is my present to you today.
Big hugs and angel kisses. Love Annie."
B.Wall of Woodbury,Ct

"Hello Brennan Family, Thinking of you today and everyday. Megan, your poem is beautiful. I copied it and sent it to some soldiers I know. Keep writing. Nurture your gift from God. Warmly,"
Bela Beaupre of Woodbury, CT

"Life does go on but we will never forget. I think of you and your family often. Your wife, beautiful daughters, and your brothers and sisters that I had the honor of meeting. God be with you and bless you all each and every day. 07/01/05"
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"My son it has been 7 months since we laid you to rest. You are still very much in our daily lifes. When Katelyn and Cassidy come to the house they see your pictures just about everywhere in the house and they say thats my daddy. My son I miss you very much and I just wish it could have been me in your place. My son some people don't beleive in what you and your buddies died for and I bet some of them never served a day in the military. I can't beleive what some of our people in Washington are saying about our troops. Just want to say that you and the rest of our heroes that have given all will never be forgotten. One day they will all say, this was all worth it becasue you all made it possible for us to live in a great country."
Your Papa of San Antonio, Texas

"We miss you William. The greatest man to walk this earth. You fought in what you belived in.
Love Always"
of connecticut

james matteson of celoron,n.y.

"to will
I never had the chance to meet you but you have showed me so much. i am in schofield bks, moving to ft hood. i would give my life to see you back with kathy and your girls, i am a friend of kathy, i was with here in ft. campbell. my father use to tell me "wonderful people like your self never leave us they are allways there. following us through life as are gaurding angle". your girls will grow up never forgetting you and what u did for them. i am there for u and your family, to will's family i am here for you even know we have never met. will you are my hero, some day i hope to have a family that loves me as much as your loves you.

sgt. andrew l shope hhb divarty, schofield bks,"
sgt. andrew shope of schofield bks hi. andy_kat11@yahoo.com


When I met you, you were smiling. The day you left us, I remember you smiling. I donít think you ever stopped. I miss you and think of you all the time. You gave me hope when there was none. You always put things in a positive light. You were a happy man. When you left us, I watched a video of you dancing around the room in your underwear (worn tastefully over your pants) and I thought. There was a happy man. Will, we miss you Gods speed and God Bless. Aloha my brother"
Chunk of Hawaii

"Dear William,
As I stood by my husband's side and held my new daughter close I thanked you for not only preserving my freedom but the attempt to gift it to others. We often neglect to realize that humanity as a whole derserves freedom not just Americans. I never met you but from the mouthes of your loved ones a great man was described. Your children will know you like I came to know you. The people who loved you tell all. I thought how sad to lose such a great man but God must need your spirit for a greater battle. Thank You."
Melissa Danaher of Woodbury, CT

"Thank a Soldier
By Megan Brennan (age 14)

In Memory of my Godfather William I. Brennan

Fighting on a battlefield
The gunshots never seem to yield
Bullets whizzing by their heads
Some left wounded others dead
Fighting in this war
They canít forget what they are fighting for
So thank a soldier
For always being there
For fighting in the middle of nowhere
Thank a soldier
For always standing strong
For their home is where they long
Thank a soldier
For keeping this land free
For protecting you and me
Thank a soldier
It is never too late
For their sacrifice is great
So thank a soldier
Thank the next one that you see
Just thank a soldier
Because theyíre the bravest of the free
So I thank the soldiers
Here and over seas
I thank the soldiers
From you and me

Thank you"
Megan Brennan of Corpus Christi, TX

"William my brother, how I miss you so.I have a hole in my heart that will never heal.How often I wished I could have traded places with you, just to get you home. But that was never going to happen,God has other plans for you. You were too special.I think He gave you an extra kiss when you were born.Such a loving husband and father.Wonderful son,brother,uncle ,nephew ,cousin, grandson , friend to so many others.And what a remarkable soldier,fearless with such a passion for flying , and justice for others.A true American hero, a Freedom Fighter.You had enough hope for all the oppressed people of Iraq,I just pray that they do something positive with that hope.Now you have been welcomed to the table of our Lord,where you fly with the Angels.Don't worry little brother, your girls will surely know you.You grew up to be such a great man,and you will always be my wonderful little brother.I am so proud of you.Love you Willie...Patrick"
Patrick Brennan of Corpus Christi Texas

"To the friends and family of CW3 Brennan
I returned from Iraq about two weeks ago where I was stationed with the 45th Med. Co., MEDEVAC at Taji, Iraq. I had only met Mr. Brennan a few times and can honestly say from those few meetings,"what a great guy". I wish I could have gotten to know him more. I am truely sorry for your loss. I specifically remember that Saturday when the call for MEDEVAC came over our radios. All they said was acft crash and I remember thinking, not again. I was saddened when I found out it was Mr. Brennan. I was not specifically involved with MR. Brennan's crash, however I was the flight medic that responded a few months earlier when two of MR. Brennan's fellow pilot's crashed north of Taji and were partially submerged under water. I remember pulling them from the acft and water, and treating them in-flight to the CSH in Baghdad. I did not get a chance to get there names. I have heard they are both doing well though. All I know is that one of them was a CW3 and the other a 1LT. I cannot count how many times the 58D guys got us,(MEDEVAC) out of some tough situations over there by providing security and clearing the HOT LZ's for us to land and get the wounded. I know first hand all that you sacrificed for our Country CW3 Brennan! You are a true hero. Sir, you will be missed!

V/R SSG Kent"
SSG Chris Kent of Katterbach, Germany

"My son how I miss you very much and how I miss you calling me PaPa. Their was still so much that we still had to do and talk about. I have your pictures in my office and I am very proud to tell the people that you are my son in law. My son, you will never be forgotten, my grandaughters will know who you were and I will make sure that they will never forget you. I sometimes wonder if all this will be remembered and will we remember out fallen soldiers. My wars were different from yours but the only thing that is the same, soldiers die. Some remember Viet Nam, some don't even know about Grenada or Panama. I thank God for the good times we all had together and the pranks you would pull on NaNa, those I will never forget. My son I wish I could have taken your place in that war so many times, you needed to be with my daughter and granddaughters. I always thought that you would bury me but instead I buried. My son we all miss you very much and we will always love and may my God have you in his arms.

Love you and miss you, PaPa"
Leo Martinez of San Antonio, Texas


"My deepest sympathy to this wonderful family. May God grant you strength, comfort, and peace. Willie is a true hero and will never be forgotten."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

"'Inclina, Domine, aurem tuam ad preces nostras, quibus misericordiam tuam supplices deprecamur: ut animam famuli tui, William I. Brennan, quam de hoc saeculo migrare jussisti, in pacis ac lucis regione constituas, et Sanctorum tuorum jubeas esse consortem. Per Dominum.'

Incline Thine ear, O Lord, to our prayers, with which we supplicate Thy mercy that Thou set the soul of Thy servant, William I. Brennan, which Thou hast commanded to pass from this world, in a region of peace and light, and order that it be of the fellowship of the saints. Through our Lord."
Paul of Connecticut -- A fellow Roman Catholic

"One of the soldiers lost on October 16th, 2004 was my brother in law Willaim Brennan. His death has affected me like no other. Not only do I live with the grief my husband feels due to the loss of a wonderful brother who was the youngest of 7, but my own grief for a young man who always made me feel more then just a sister-in-law. To him I was his friend, his sister, an aunt to his beautiful daughters and a part of his family.

Will has a beautiful family of three sisters, three brothers, many nieces and nephews, a beautiful wife and two wonderful daughters. All of which are feeling this pain. I don't want this pain we are feeling to go un-noticed by those who can do something about it. These men and women are dying for our freedom in a war that should have been over long ago. We went to make a point and that point was made. Too many people have lost their beautiful sons and daughters, too many children lost fathers and to many wives cry at night for the loss of their partner. They will raise their children to be proud Americans knowing being one took a precious life.

I am so saddened by William's death that I can't breathe without feeling the pain. I will miss this man more then I can express, I want to hear his voice, I want to hear his laughter, I want to hear him make fun of my cooking. I can't do these things because he died keeping me free and safe. I feel guilty for that somehow but also very proud knowing that he loved his family and his country strong enough to do just that.

Proud Sister-in-law of Chief Warrant Officer William I. Brennan"
Margie Brennan of Maryland/USA

"There's not much that I can say about William that anyone who knew him doesn't already know.

When I got married to Margie, whom William affectionately called Aunt Banana (they were wrestling around once and she made the comment that she brused easily) he was my Best Man and he honored me with a wonderful toast. After he was finished I said someday I would say something wonderful about him.

Each day I wake, dress, wash up and put on a pot of coffee, then I walk across the room and as I gaze across the Chesapeake Bay I play the answering machine that sits on a table nearby. "What Cha Doin?" it asks. It's William and it's been there since March. He phoned us from a pay phone somewhere in Baghdad just to say hi, ask what we'd been up to, catch up on NASCAR, etc. After we hung up Margie and I said to each other that only Willie could find a working pay phone in Baghdad. I play it everyday and everyday I answer it even though I don't have to anymore. He knows.

We all know he was a great brother, loving husband and father, a friend to all he knew, a good Catholic, a scholar, a practical joker, a collector, a corrageous and honorable soldier. But to me he'll always, also, be my best man.

I'm not going to say goodbye but rather save us a place. We all love you, we all miss you and so until we meet again may God bless you and be with you.
Love, Neil.
P.S. As William's brother I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to write such wonderful memorials to my brother."
Neil Brennan of Maryland/USA

"Low Flight"

Dedicated to William I. Brennan

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,

And Hovered out of Ground Effect on Semi-Ridgid Blades.

Earthward I've Auto'ed, and met the Rising Brush of Non-Paved Terrain;

And done a thousand things you would never care to.

Skidded and Dropped and Flared Low in the Heat Soaked Roar.

Confined there, I've chased the Earthbound Traffic

And Lost the race due to Insignificant Headwinds.

Forward and up a Little in Ground Effect,

I've Topped the Admirals hedge with drooping turns,

Where never SkyHawk nor even Tomcat Flew.

Shaking and Pulling Collective, I've Lumberd

The Low untresspassed Halls of Victor Airways;

Put out my Hand, and Touched a Tree.

Today William you Fly with Angels. Thank you for your Dedication and Sacrifice. "Godspeed Chief..."
Dennis B. Dray MAJ (R) AZ ARNG of Tucson, AZ

"I heard that GOD was assigning these really neat Brilliant White Kiowas to His BEST PILOTS...and Wil Brennan was first in line and first on GOD'S list for the new birds....I wonder how they handle over the treetops in HEAVEN.
Wil, you be careful up there....Your Trucker Friend down here looks forward to seeing you again when I check in for dispatch up in the Kingdom of Heaven someday. You fly the Kiowas, I'll drive the Peterbilts...We will meet again someday friend! billmac1964@yahoo.com"
2LT Bill McNamee, Civil Air Patrol, Williamson County Composite Squadron And Former US Marine NCO of Marion, Illinois

"To the family of CWO Brennan:
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for your loss. Your brave young son will always be revered as a hero and a champion of freedom in my family, your sacrifice so great. You and CWO Brennan will always be in my prayers. God Bless You"
Jim of Farmington, CT

"Warrant Officer Brennan, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"About a week after Chief Brennan's Kiowa Warrior went down I was wondering what his new job was. After all, he's been transferred to a "new unit." I was thinking he also has a new Commander. But the more I heard about him, and the more I learned just how much he cared for others, I came to know he ALWAYS had one Commander in particular. Now, Will just reports to Him a little more directly. There aren't many words that bring comfort to loved ones at times like this, but when Reville blows in the heavens, Will now falls into formation before God the Almighty. In heaven, God gives to each a job to rule and reign over the heavenlies, the whole time bringing glory to God. Chief Brennan, I salute you in memoriam, I pray that God be with your family, I thank you for the fine example of a soldier and human being you were to us, and I hope to one day be honored to fall-in beside you before the Lord.


PS: One question we all want to know--Do they have Gummi Worms and Snickers up there? You're not the only one who likes them."
Capt. Brian E. Kiernan, Civil Air Patrol, NER-CT 06062 of Torrington, CT, USA

"To William's Family and Friends:

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


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"William I. Brennan gave his life in hopes that the people of Iraq may have the opportunity for the gift of freedom that many in the world are also blessed to have. He was a true servant of peace, fighting the seeds of terror right where they have been sown. The front line gates of hell, a place where only special angels of God are sent. When William was lifted from the sky to heaven, it was a sign that God's love will care for all who have the willingness to help others who are terrorized by evil.

Angels are messengers of God. The messages are sent in many forms, awareness is the key to interpreting them. Here is what I believe is a message sent through William for us to know.
William's middle initial was "I" and Martin Luther taught us that "faith is believing in what we cannot see." This message is what I believe William
would want us to know.

"I, William from Bethlehem
sacrificed my human life so that all who work for Him will continue to reveal the truth and be able to give God's gift of freedom to all want to receive it."

Let us remember to pray, show love to others, especially his wife and daughters and brothers and sisters.
His spirit lives in all of us and when he speaks to you, remember to thank him and honor him by caring for others.
Amy Ruzbasan"
Amy Ruzbasan of Suffield , CT USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forevere rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

""Low Flight"

Dedicated to William I. Brennan

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth,

And Hovered out of Ground Effect on Semi-Ridgid Blades.

Earthward I've Auto'ed, and met the Rising Brush of Non-Paved Terrain;

And done a thousand things you would never care to.

Skidded and Dropped and Flared Low in the Heat Soaked Roar.

Confined there, I've chased the Earthbound Traffic

And Lost the race due to Insignificant Headwinds.

Forward and up a Little in Ground Effect,

I've Topped the Admirals hedge with drooping turns,

Where never SkyHawk nor even Tomcat Flew.

Shaking and Pulling Collective, I've Lumberd

The Low untresspassed Halls of Victor Airways;

Put out my Hand, and Touched a Tree.

Today William you Fly with the Angels. Thank you for your Dedication and Sacrifice. "Godspeed Chief...""
Dennis B. Dray Major (R) AZARNG of Tucson, AZ

"To the family of William;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. William is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To the Brennan Family our family the Wahl's are deeply sadden by your lost. William was truely more then a soldier. An he has touched many lives. To his friends, those he served with and his family. Unfortunately, I never knew him. However, I realize he is a hero in my eye's. The percentage of American serving our country are low. Making William, our son, and all those serving our country today so special. For defending our country, fight against terrorism and help those in Iraq. Losting someone to all this is hard and diffucult. An our family hearts and prays are with you and all those that suffered a lost to his daughter, son mother and father, we lost our son Gregory.......So you lost is our family lost. It's not easy with each one. William now serving us all in abetter place. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"Hey Cheeze Box, those of us with you during flight school and OH-58A/C tactics will never forget your wit, and your absolute fearlessness in the face of what we thought were terrifying flight instructors, and complicated lessons. You gave us all a reason to laugh and keep studying. Farewell brother, and here's wishing you clear blue and 22. Paddy, Jabes and B-Squared.

For Will's family, although you'll miss him so much, know that he brought so much joy and fun into this world, more than God usually gives to only one man. He was a wonderful man of whom all of us mere mortals should be proud."
Patrick B Quinn of Washington, DC

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

"To the Brennan family. Words can never express the sorrow we feel for your family at this time. We also have lost our nephew in this war so we know first hand the pain your family is going through. Just know we all thank your son for being who he was,a brave soldier protecting what we take for granted every day. Our prayers are with you all."
The Kelly Family of Pleasant Mount.Pa.

"To William'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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO William I. Brennan."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"Thank you William Brennan, 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 CWO. William Brennan:
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 William 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 CWO. William Brennan:
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 William, 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