Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. William C. Eckhart

25, of Rocksprings, Texas.
Eckhart died in Baqubah, Iraq when he was on an anti-mortar mission and there was an explosion of unknown origin. He was assigned to 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on April 10, 2004.

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God bless brother. It hurts my heart to find out you are gone but you will never be forgotten. One of my fondest memories involves you and a turret screw driver. Thinking about it makes me smile now. Love you brother and take care of those above us. See you at the green."
Brian Scott of F trp 2/3 ACR (1999-2002)

"Still miss you brother."

"I will always remember the good times we had. You were my best friend. Until we meet again Cody. Godspeed my friend"
Biff Maroon of lake city,fl

"SGT Eckhart,
Today, Memorial Day 2013, and the first person I thought of when I woke is you. It was an honor to serve with you in the BRT. It is clear by reading these posts that you are well loved and remembered by so many--as it should be. Rest in Peace Cody. Save a drink for all of us in Fiddler's Green."
1SG (Ret) Brian Bennett of San Diego, formerly F/4 Cav

"Hey Cody, i will never forgot our last met...it was a thursday night at yesterdays a few days befor you left...i just see your smile :) we had a great night...you are never forgotten....RIP"
Sibylle of Hahnbach, Germany

"Damn sgt cant beleive your gone. It was a blessing working with you while i was there brother, I still remember that day when we went to Munich with PFC Folkers lol one hell of a night man, It saddens me to see your name as a casualty of this senseless war. God bless you brother you will be missed."
SPC Guirola of Ma.

"I share the Family Thoughts in Thanking You All for such wonderful messages you have shared. It was an Honor for me to travel with SGT Eckhart to his final Resting place in Rocksprings, Texas. God provided me this utmost responsiblity to escort him and meet his wonderful parents. Meeting them under these circumstances signified the bravery and love for our Great Nation SGT Eckhart has. I can tell you first hand there are few that are Braver and Finer Soldier than SGT. William Cody Eckhart. May God continue to Bless his Dear and Loving Family."
Cecil D. Moore (SFC, Retired) of Germany

"To the family of:William C. Eckhart
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" 1-2-11"

"SGT Eckhart,

I never knew you, I lived in Rocksprings when I was younger. I still have family there, right now I am in Iraq I have fond memories of Rocksprings. When I saw your name it sadden me that you were one of our fallen warriors. It gives me great pride in knowing that you were one of many hometown boys from Rocksprings to serve with distinction in Iraq. Seems to me you were quite a man and I writing these words to honor your memory. I know we'll meet when its my time."
SGT Calderon of Camp Cropper, Iraq

Hey I can't believe how long it has been since I have been on here to leave you a message. Today is January 1st 2010, can't believe a decade has passed since the good ol days at Cowboys, and Rodeo's. I miss you so much, but your mom sent me a bunch of pics and I posted them on my myspace. I try and keep in touch with your sisters, they are wonderful! Christmas was good, santa was good to the kids and things have been going good for me. Just working and living day to day. Just wanted you to know your not forgotten, today, tomorrow, yesterday or anyday. I miss you so much! It does get better, finally. I never thought it would. I still have your blanket though. I think I will die with that thing, I will bring it to the green with me. lol... It will keep you warm. =) I miss and love you Cody! Keep doing such a great job of watching over all of us. I am so proud of you, my hero! Just can't believe it will be 6 years this year. Seems like yesterday sometimes, but I know you are here. I just can't see you. I will when it is my time. Love you! XOXO 3rd ACR misses u!"
Michelle of Colorado

"Hey buddy just wanted to say hello on Veterans Day. I will always remember you on this day and the great times we had, especially the time at NTC when we snuck out in our civilian clothes and went to "Club" where we were the only two white guys in the place but you made it fun. Peace to you brother, we will meet again at Fiddler's Green."
SPC PYDE 2/3 ACR of Colorado

"hey cody
miss you man. you and your family will always be in my heart. one day we'll meet again. you are a true hero.You will never be forgotten!"
Patrick O'Connor of F trp 2/3 ACR

"Cody , its your Aunt Patricia and found this web page today at work... I loved reading all the wonderful things everyone had to say about you.. I remember babysitting you and Grandma saying it was good experience for me. All I could think is what kind of mess you were going to get into today like painting Grandmas car with barn paint and her yelling to high heaven and running out and cleaning it off with cold cream.. it worked you really got her moving that day... but to really see you grow-up into a mature man that would serve our country was a real honor and we all are proud of you.. even at a young age I knew you would serve our country. Legos were your best friend and you would build tanker trucks and loved to play war.. I loved babysitting you now that I look back and am thankful to Grandma for making me watch you.. I miss you lots and will always remember you your cousin Clay age 10 now wrote a paper in honor of you . I will bring him to this web page so he can read all the wonderful things that were written in your honor.. Love you Aunt Patricia"
Aunt Patricia of Sonoita, Az

"Hey brother,
It's taken me a long time to find a place where I can leave you a lasting message. Somewhere that I could let you know how much I miss you. We've been a lot of places together me and you. We walked the German streets together, hit the bars, saw movies and drank beer better than most. I miss talking with you about Texas, and chilling with you at the Goose or Yesterdays. You were one of the good ones, one of the best. That fateful day, that April 10th, is burned into my memory forever. So many of us were hurt that day but you were the only one we lost. God had a reason for such a loss, but I have yet to understand this loss. You will be missed everyday of my life and I have my own ways of dealing with every April 10th after. You are not forgotten and your family will forever be in my prayers. Thank you for everything you've done for me. You are a hero to all of F Troop. I Love you Brother."
SGT James Taylor of Bryan, Texas

"Hi Cody - over 5 yrs now...Your still in my heart and I think of you every single day!
Love and miss you!"
Tanja of Germany

"Hi Cody!
It has been many years since you left us and I will never forget that call in the middle of the night! It still brings tears to my eyes! I still have your shirt in my closet! My husband is in Afghanistan right now, please watch over him and bring him home safely! Please know that you will never be forgotten and I miss you every day! Fields of Honor is coming to Fayetteville this month and one of those flags will be flying in your honor. Love,"
Dana of Fort Bragg, NC

"5 Years and still feels like yesterday...Miss you bro"
Dave F Troop 4th, CAV of Everywhere

"I can't believe it's almost 5 years Cody! Jason and I have a little boy now, and a new baby on the way in just a few weeks. I will always tell them that you are my hero and share all our stories with them. You would have been a great Dad. It's just not fair and I hope you get a second chance. I still think of you every single day. I miss you.

I saw you at Fiddler's Green, running late, lacing up your boots as fast as you could...tucking in your shirt and joining the line of the Fallen Heroes. Grinning."
Melissa of Austin, TX

"Cody, it took me a long time to finally find you. You have been on my mind for a long time, and you should know that you are remembered. I admired a lot of things about you, and I have always considered you a good friend. Be at peace my brother, and know that there is a soldier who carries your name and memory in his heart."
Andrew Swilling of Dalton, Georgia

"Well it is obvious that you are not forgotten, that you really touched so many people so deeply. I am sorry I did not know you but reading their beautiful posts give me a clear feeling about you. I pray you know how much you were/are loved and missed, and may you rest in peace. 1/30/2009"

"Cody, hey. Well its a week before halloween. I love halloween, i'll never forget the time goose dressed up as a priest. Man he was such a trip. I miss those days. I enjoy the trips down memory lane. It seems to be getting better everyday. Your mom, shes the best. I am so happy when i see a email from her. I decorated the yard for halloween. It just stinks because i am having surgery on halloween. I know you will be with me though. I know your with me i just cant see you. I miss you so much. But time heals all pain. And my pain is getting better. Because i know your with me. Love n miss you lots. Xoxo"
Michelle of Colorado springs

"Cody, hey. Well its a week before halloween. I love halloween, i'll never forget the time goose dressed up as a priest. Man he was such a trip. I miss those days. I enjoy the trips down memory lane. It seems to be getting better everyday. Your mom, shes the best. I am so happy when i see a email from her. I decorated the yard for halloween. It just stinks because i am having surgery on halloween. I know you will be with me though. I know your with me i just cant see you. I miss you so much. But time heals all pain. And my pain is getting better. Because i know your with me. Love n miss you lots. Xoxo"
Michelle of Colorado springs

"Cody, still cant sleep. All day i kept reading the lyrics from who you'd be today. Oh how that song is you. "sunny days seem to hurt the most. Wear the pain like a heavy coat. I feel you everywhere i go. I see your smile, i see your face. I hear you laughing in the rain. Still can't believe you're gone. It ain't fair you died too young. Like a story that had just begun. The death tore the pages all away. God knows how i miss you. All the hell that i've been through. Just knowing no one could take your place. Sometimes i wonder who you'd be today. The only thing that gives me hope is i know i'll see you again someday." i love that song, it sums up so much. How you are missed by so many. But i will see you when my time here is done. Until then my friend! You will never be forgotten! I love and miss you. Always..."
Michelle of Colorado springs colorado ~wish you were here

"Cody, its 3am and i cant sleep. I toss and turn. Thinking of your folks. The hurricane right now. I know they are safe as you are with them. Today was another rough day. I feel as i take two steps forward something reminds me of you and i take three back. Your mom, i love her, she reminds me your not gone. I try cody i do but i keep taking these trips down memory lane and it kills me. I want to wake up and be told it was just a bad dream. I know you wouldn't want this. To see me cry the way i do. I just miss you so much. We all miss you! 4 years and my heart still hurts. I love and miss you so my friend."
Michelle of Colorado springs colorado

"Cody, hey u. Gosh september already. Today is the 13th. The past 2 days have been so hard 4 me. 1 being 9~11 and 2 jordans bday was yest. I know u 2 are watching over me. Probably laughin at all the silly things i do. But i just couldnt be there yesterday with everybody. Celebrating a birthday of a life like yours. Cut 2 short. I gave money for flowers signed the card. But couldnt go. Am i wrong? Its hard enough dealing with the pain. But going where he took his last breath. I cant. It would mean reliving that night all over again and i cant. I know you 2 are saying ya ya. But i miss you both. Equally. But the love i have for you is different. You were my friend, still are. Jordan he kept me alive. Your death. Sigh.. It still takes a toll on me. I was feeding carson last night and he always stares at the wall and smiles. I know its you. Watching over him. Hes almost 5 m old now. Time flys. Oh and thanks for keeping me on track. The words he said. Ahh! They cut like a knife. But you cody. Your the best."
Michelle of C~s co

"Cody, well my friend another day comes to a end. Today is aug 30. I talked to your folks a few times. Wow! They are wonderful. Your mom. What a amazing woman. And you cody, thank you. I got your pennies. 1 today and one the other day. Thx for today. You saved me from making a dumb decision. I still have a hard time. But its getting better daily. Miss and love u lots. Always."
Michelle~wish u were here. of Ft. Carson co :-(

"Cody, hey my friend. After much persuading i tried to contact your parents. Not even sure if i have the right number. I dont even know where to begin. I just want them to know how much u did and still mean to me. I dont want to upset them though either. I miss you so! 2day is 8~24~08. i am going 2 leave my email in hopes they will contact me. I love and miss u so. Soldiergirl42078@aol.com scouts out. Till my next posting."
Michelle~wish u were here of Ft. Riley. Kansas

"Cody,hey today has been another rough day. I watched the movie stop loss. It made me think of you. These soldiers were from tx. In the movie. So many things they did we all used to do. About 6 days and a wake up till 4th id goes back to iraq. My husband goes in oct. Please watch over him. I looked up your folks number so badly i wanted to call. Tell them how great a friend you were. But i couldn't. I didn't want to reopen old wounds. I am sure they know. Heck they raised you. Man i miss you! Fallen never forgotten. Hoah! See ya at the green."
Michelle~wish u were here of Ft. Riley

"Hey cody, well today is the 15th of august 2008. I am back in colorado visiting and have to go to carson. I have run out of excuses on why not to go. But its just so hard. Anthony turned 10 last week, you would be shocked how tall he is. Hes not my baby anymore. I am sure your up there watching and laughing. You were great with him and you would have been a great dad. God i miss you! They say time heals all. But when does it start? I know its been 4 years but it hurts so bad. Seems like yesterday we were all hangin out. Good ol 3rd acr. Carson isnt the same since the cav left. No more problem kids as the mp's looked at the cav. I think of your family often. I always wonder how they are. If they know alot of us still miss you so! I will check in with you later. Love and miss you always. See ya at the green."
Michelle of Ft. Riley, ks

"Cody, today is july 6 2008. Wanted to wish u and ur family a happy 4th but i got busy. A day still doesnt pass when u dont cross my mind. They say it gets easier but i am starting to lose faith. I miss u so much. I long everyday to pick up the phone and talk 2 u. I wish i could, but i cant. I know ur w me even though i cant see u. Another deployment is near. Bring them home cody. I know u will. Well until next time my friend. Love u! Scouts out. 3rd acr! Miss u so. :-("
~if ur reading this,tim mcgraw~ of Ft. Riley ks

"Cody, today is 6-8-08, another day has come and gone and i still think of you. We are finally leaving ft. Carson. Going to ft. Riley then my hubby is going to afghanistan for another year. I drove past the barracks the other day and i swear i saw you. I broke down right there. I know you are watching over them. Those young soldiers getting ready to deploy. It seems like yesterday when you went to bosnia. Now its 2008 and its iraq, for some the third tour. Cody watch over them, bring them home safe. God i wish you were here. I finally got my tattoo finished. It says never forgotten then angel wings and flames below the flames it says heroes live forever. I wish you could see it. I am sure you can though. Its my way to remember all of my friends and loved ones who i will never forget. Well i am rambling so i will go. Miss n love u so my friend. Till god calls me home, you will always be in my thoughts and your family in my prayers. See you when i get there. Always ur friend michelle"
Wish you were here of Ft. Carson co, usa

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Sgt. William C. Eckhart:
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

Well my brother, it has been more than four years since then. It stills plays in my mind like it was just a day ago. I offen think of the moments in the sand box that I never took the time to just slow down and talk like we did all those times in Germany. I look back now at that regret and thank the lord everyday that you and the others watched over your brothers in arms to carry on the sabre against our enemy's. Your dedication to your country and your fellow soldiers will never be forgotten by those of us who's lives you touched so deeply. I step forward each day knowing when I take my last, you will be waiting for me up there with that big Texas Grin and a cold Coors Light.Sempiternus Libertas , and I love and miss you,"
Shane Wood of Newark, OH

"Hey brother, I miss you and wish you were still here man. Iam sorry i can't come to the reunion on the 4th of this year but I promise ill be there in spirit. I love you man and hope i get to say hi when i get up there. Be good brother miss ya."
Sgt. Taylor of Fort Meade Md.

"Cody, for some reason i keep coming to this site. its friday night,our usual night at cowboys but as each day passes the harder and longer they seem. I miss u so much! Your friendship meant alot to me. Cowboys just isnt the same w/o you. These girls in germany who knew u,they never knew u like i did. You were everyones friend. You were an outstanding soldier,friend and dance partner. Not a day goes by where i dont look at pictures from the good ol days and just cry. Everytime i hear the dance or if your reading this i break down. Cody, i have changed so much. Chasing my dreams. I work in a e.r now, thinking of goin to med school. I did the army thing for far to long. I miss the army and my friends, but most of all i miss you. I know the day will come when we are all standing at heavens gate, some of us at parade rest (lol). And you will be there in your jeans and tshirt. But until that day comes, i know you will be watching over me. I miss u my friend! U are fallen but never 4gotten! Michelle ~colorado~"
Michelle of Wish u were here~ft. Carson

"Cody, as i sit here with tears streaming down my face i try to remember you and your smile. 4 years has gone by and not a moment passes that you dont cross my mind. I will never 4get the day i meet u. 1999, fort carson. The bond of friendship we shared,i will never 4get you! All the dances we shared at cowboys. All the nights you would stay over just to be away from the b's. I still have the comforter you slept on. So much has changed since you left fort carson, but one thing will never change! The way i miss u! A piece of me died the day i found out that god called u home. But know i am proud to say i knew you. Cody~tex u will always be in my heart. I could have missed the pain but i would have had to miss the dance~garth brooks. I would do it all again cody just to have the dance. Until we meet again my friend, may you watch over us here in colorado. My thoughts and prayers to your family! I miss and love u so! I"ll see you when i get home. Love all your friends from fort carson,co. And cowboys...michelle"
Michelle of Fort carson, colorado,usa

"Hey Cody
I know its been a long time and i miss you everyday. Your jacked is still hanging in my closet. I still see you smile. I miss you very much. You will be never forgotton and you always have a place in my heart."
Sandy of vilseck germany

"Sgt. Eckhart,
I never really got to know you before you, my husband, and the rest of the BRT left for Iraq. But I remember that smile of yours! I was sitting in the bleachers of the gym before the buses came to take you all away and Danielsen had just gotten news of Abby's severe illness. He was freaking because he could not go to her and you where there right by his side laughing and joking with him, trying to put his mind at ease. I remember watching you and thinking to myself what a contagious laugh you had.

Cody, not a day goes by that neither I nor my husband, Jamie don't think of you. Even the Loy kids all know you and remember. The pain is still immense and we struggle daily trying to find some peace and God's plan.

I never really knew you, but you have changed my life forever. Be at peace Cody, and we hope to see you in heaven in the arms of our Lord."
Kelly Loy of Clarksville, TN



"Hey Cody,
Been a very long time buddy, and I am sorry we lost touch after I left Fox troop. There is a picture of you on the wall in my room here at school, from when we were in Bosnia. I remember all those nights over there we would stay up so late talking and playing scrable and drinking gallons of coffee cause there wasn't a beer in sight. I miss you and the guys from fourth platoon, everyday. I tell my friend here at school all the stories you told me, like the one about a horse named Calichi and how he only understood Spainish.
You were a good soldier, a great friend. When everything looked like a cloud of crap was coming down on us you had a joke and a smoke and a silly grin that got us through it all. You were the one that was always up for a good time, and if we could not find one, you could make one on the spot.
I will tell me grandchildren all your stories, and I will never forget you my friend.
Till we meet again on Fiddlers Green"
Chris "ChrisChris" Christopher, Spc. Fox Troop 2/3 ACR of West Michigan

"Hey Cody, sorry it took me a while but is not easy. I only knew you for a short period of time but the impact you left on me was so much that I would never forget you. Thanks for the good memories we shared. Know that your death wasn't in vain...

See you in another life brother.

Scouts Out"
G. Calderon - F/4CAV Outlaw 1D of Phoenix, AZ

"SGT Eckhart, you will never know how much of an impact you made on me the short time that i worked with you. You are my hero. Every day that I remain an NCO is one more day I try to be like you. You were the go-to SGT for anything Army related, one of the best shooters in our troop, and from the stories I've heard a damn good friend.I saw everything happen that day and everytime I see your name I cry and get pissed again. Your death wasnt in vain..."
CPL(p) Stephen Daniel Lewis of F TRP 4th CAV BRT 3BDE 1ID / Bravo TRP 4-9 CAV 1CD , FORT HOOD,TX

"i never knew you Sgt Eckhart but i grew up in the 2nd ACR as a 17 yr old kid back in the 70s.i werked with the cav in iraq.you;ll do well young trooper,and never shall you be forgotten"
an old trooper of orygun

"It is hard to grasp the concept that we are no longer here on earth with each other Brother Cody, and I watched as you were removed from the battlefield. I remember receiving a hernia from moving your stuff out of our old room and into your new one, back when you were promoted to Sgt. (I have the scar to remind me each and every day that passes). I could probably write a small paperback about you Cody, but will just send you a peice of my heart and keep you in mine for the rest of my time. Everyone that you served with knows how much of a great person you truly were, and until we meet again my friend..."
Curtis Gentry of Tyler, Tx

I think of you often and i smile when I know that you are where you are supposed to be. You mean so much to me and the rest of the country. I miss you dearly. I love you"
Courtney Kahla

"Cody rest in pease my friend it was a pleasure to be a soldier with you in F Troop,"
SFC Peter L. Millington of Pottersville New York

"Hey Cody sorry it took so long. I still think of the thing we did and the storyís you told and smile. You were a good part of my life and I will miss you."
SSG Scott Darling F TRP 4th CAV

"SGT Eckhart,

You was one one of my scouts when I was the Senior Scout for 3rd Platoon Fox Troop 2/3 ACR. I would always tease you about being from TX. I still remember being in San Louis Obispo,Ca and reading in USA Today that you had been killed in action. I'm now in Iraq and wear a bracelet with your name in honor of having you as one of my Soldiers years ago. There is not a day that goes by without me thinking about your service to our great nation. I will see you one day on the high ground in Fiddlers Green."
1SG Roy Stoehr of Mosul ,Iraq

"Well Cody, Im still thinking of you and the time we spend together! I finally met your family in Texas! I had a great time there! Thank YOU! You will always be in my heart!
Tanja of Germany

"I want to extend my sympathies to the Eckhart family, and to all of the people that knew William. I was stationed at Fox Troop with William, and his personality and spirit always stood out. Everyone in the troop knew him, and considered him a friend.
God Bless Sgt. Eckhart and his family."
Robert Bigsby (Formerly Sgt. Bigs) of Worcester, MA

"Well Cody, its hard to believe you're not with us anymore. None of us will ever forget April 10 and none of us will ever forget you and we know that you are actually still with us in spirit. Your humor, great leadership, great friendship, and exemplary character will remain in our hearts forever. See ya at Fiddlers Green"
Spc Nathan L. Watson of F/4 CAV


Sorry it took me so long to write a goodbye,but here it goes.
I know you will never read this but i want to thank you for the little time we shared and you were a really good friend you will be always in my heart."
sandra of Germany

""Cody it has been a long time since you left us.We all think about you every day and wonder what it is like up there in Heaven .
We miss you deeply and Love you.
And till we meet again remember that we love you very much and you will always be our hero !!""
Sandra of Germany

"Cody, When we first met in F troop i thought you had to be one of the craziest people i had ever met. I will never forget all the crazy times we had from bosnia, kosovo and iraq. i will miss you very much and i will never forget you, i will take your memories with me always I miss you R.I.P I will see you again."
SSG Mccartney of 2\63 Scouts Vilseck Germany

You were a great soldier and an even beter friend,I think of you every day the lessions you tought and the times we had, like that on mission were every thing that could have wen wrong went wrong and we ended up falling in the mud like 60 times i miss you as long as the hole BRT, lost but never forgotton

Outlaw 25"
Steve of Germany

I know you are watching the war and watching the people. You are probabaly looking over me telling this to my class. I only got a flag with your name and i looked it up and there you were. I never let my flag drop in honer of you"
kimberly corson of Dallas Tx

"i am so sorry about the death of William. Although i didn't know William i bet you alot he was a great man. He was willing to go out to that war to risk his life for the people of the U.S.A"
kimberly corson of dallas tx

"Dear Cody,

You will always have a place in my heart buddy. When struggling through basic training in Echo Troop to freezing our tails off in Fox Troop. From the times we spent talking our way through boring late nights at Camp McGovern in Bosnia, to the fun times shooting pool at the B-Bar and listening to songs by the Texas Tornadoes on the Juke Box, you were always there to may us laugh and feel like it was all OK. It has been two and a half years since our paths parted and yet hardly a day goes by that you don't still make me laugh. You were a good soldier, and a better friend. We love you buddy and I look forward to when our paths cross again. May God bless you and your family in this time of need.

Your friend, Tommy"
Tommy Bunce (former Spc. Bunce 2/3 ACR) of Haviland, KS

"Dear Ronnie, Terry, Staci, and Erin,

Itís been a while, but I know that you will be having a tough day coming up. I know the 4th of July was always a huge holiday in your family. Ever since I learned the news, I have been torn up inside. Itís been hard being here without anyone else to talk to who knew him.

To know him was to love him, and itís just so hard to put that into words for the people I know here. Texas feels like a dream sometimes, especially the time that I spent with Cody and your family. I have so many happy memories. He was every girlís dream boyfriend and a best friend always.

I loved him for twenty years and Iím sure I will miss him for longer than that. You are a wonderful family, and I hope that you get to be together during this time of loss. Light some fireworks for Cody!

Melissa of San Diego, CA

"Just an example of how great Cody was: my now husband was stationed at Fort Carson with Cody. We always went to a bar called "Cowboys". It fit Cody perfectly, he was always willing to dance with the girls whose boyfriends had two left feet. If you didn't know how to two step he was patient and kind, and if you did he would take you across the dancefloor like a breeze. He was always smiling and made others feel wonderful, no matter how you knew him, he was one of a kind. We are sorry for your loss and ours, as Cody was one of the wonderful soldiers that serve us all every day."
Mrs. Susan Salsgiver of Twinsburg, Ohio

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

my brother and best friend. we all love and miss you. i know you are watching over all of us, thank you."
jimmy jack of fob warhorse iraq

"We just wanted to express our condolences at your loss of Cody. Your loss is also our loss. Our son Brian, was stationed in Iraq with Cody. They were very good friends, and I know Brian loved him like a brother. If there is anything the Peterson family can do for you, just let us know. ppeterson@washoe.k12.nv.us"
Pat & Russ Peterson of Silver Springs, Nv

Cody your brothers in the BRT will never forget you. Every day its harder to push on without you here. I am so proud to have known you for the short year that I did, but the impression you left in my heart is everlasting. As my next door neighboor in the barracks I learned so much about you. Your stories and humor made my day or night. You are missed deeply, to put this into words is impossible. In my mind I can always hear you unmistakable laugh. Goodbye my brother...."
SGT Brian R. Peterson of F TRP 4TH CAV FOB Warhorse, Baqubah Iraq

"Servus Cody,
I want you to know that I had a great time with you and Iīm sure you enjoyed it the same! Thank you for all the wonderful weeks we spent together before you left!
I didnīt get the chance to tell you, that I really love you,thought we will have more time!
Cody, you will always be in my heart,always.. I miss you so much!!
Thank you for all!
Tanja Kaun of Stallwang,Germany

"I just wanted to express my condolences to your family. I am very sorry for your loss. I was room-mates with Cody while he was stationed in Ft. Carson Colorado. He was a good man and a great friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
William Edmundson of Charlotte, NC

"To Terry, Ronney, Stai, and Erin, you should be proud of Cody just like the rest of us are. He is a Hero and always will be. From all the stories I have heard about him. He is a good, wonderful, and brave man. My grandad(Bill Seale) liked Cody alot. I would like to tell Cody that he did right serving his country!! He is the one that is letin us be FREE.. My prayers go to yall everyday. Take Care and God Bless!! Love,
Kelli Ann DeHoyos (Seale)"
Kelli Ann of Ozona, TX


I know it has been a long time, but once I heard the news I just could not help myself. Cody was a great person. I just wanted to send all of my prayers to Mr. and Mrs. Eckhart, and also Staci. I cannot express how sad this is. Let me know if there is anything I can do. MitaBustos79@aol.com."
Mita Patel Bustos of Dallas

"I have made a quilt block with William that will be included in the KIA Memorial Quilt (www.kiamemorialquilt.com)

We are an internet quilt qroup that want to show our sympathies in the best way we know how.

You are in our thoughts and prayers."
Kristie Jones of Houston, TX

"Hi Cody, I want you to know that I love you with all of my heart! You were a great, fun, and strong cousin. I will always remember you and the time we spent together. I miss you so much..And so does everyone else. Thank you for making the sacrifes that some of us would be afraid to. We have lost many wonderful solidiers and you were one of them. May God Bless You and all of our family. I know everyone remembers the laughs you gave them and the great times you spent with everyone. I love you! Love always Alana"
Lana of Sa

"Hi Cody, i want u to know that i love u show much! u were a great, fun, and strong cousin. I will always remember you and the time we spent together. I miss u so much..I'm sorry this had to happen but i know u were doing what u loved. And i want to let everyone know that the UNITED STATES lost a great solider and this war needs to stop."
Lana of Sa

"To Cody's family and friends:
He was a great man who fought for our freedom, God be with him. We had a great time together and I will never forget him! May God help his family and friends through this hard time. I will always love you, my heart belongs to you sweety!"
Christine Herbst of Linz, Austria

"My Brother "BIG SARG", SGT Eckhart,
As I sit at Fort Gordon, I think of all the wonderful things you have done for all of our family and friends in Rocksprings. But the one thing that stays on my mind is the FREEDOM that you have given everyone in a small hill country town. You will always be a hero to me. I will always be proud to say that you "ARE" my military brother. You will be missed everyday, but I know you are in a better place now and I know that you will keep an eye on us. God be with you. You will always be remembered as a "MAN AMONGST MEN". Miss and love you."
SSG Federico DeLeon of Rocksprings TX, but stationed at Fort Gordon, GA

"On behalf of Sul Ross State University, the university which William C. Eckart's sisters attend, I want to extend our hearts and prayers to this young man's family. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and for that, he shall never be forgotten. We will pray for the Eckhart Family; may God reign blessings on this family and never let them out of this warm embrace."
Monica of Alpine, Texas

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

"Thank you William Eckhart, 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 Sgt. William Eckhart:
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 Sgt. William Eckhart:
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