Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Barton R. Humlhanz

23, of Hellertown, Pennsylvania.
Humlhanz died from injuries received due to enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Expeditionary Unit Service Support Group 24, 24th MEU, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on August 26, 2004.

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We didnít keep in touch after high school, so imagine my shock when I moved back to PA and tried to look you up and I learned you gave your life for us. I miss you man. Today, like every Memorial Day, I take a moment to remember you and the good times we had trying to become rock stars. As long as I live, you will not be forgotten. Thank you. Rest easy brother."
Adam Strobel of North Wales, PA

"Miss you, Bart. Thankful for our relationship, and I couldn't be more proud of your service. You have given, in the words of Pres. Abraham Lincoln, "the last full measure of devotion." God be with you. I know He is. Peace."
Rev. Tim of Carlisle PA

"I barely knew you during our deployment, but I will never forget you. I signed your name on the antenna of the Freedom Tower while on a special tour before it opened. You will always have a place above NYC, continuing to watch over the nation. Semper Fi."
Colonel Ross Meglathery of Fairfax Station, Va.

"Our family will always remember you. Bart was a friend of our son."
Todd Graham of Flowery Branch, GA

"Cpl Humlhanz you will never be forgotten. Tonight at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball you will be remember and we will raise our classes in your honor"
MajGen Coglianese of Washington DC

"Today I am in silence, in memory of Barton and his inherent deep loving spirit. He never had the opportunity to fully express his deepest love for all in this life, but he served fully, and his service continues in the teaching he offers to others... forever and ever. With gratitude for your deepest intentions Barton, of making this world a better place."
Beth of Doylestown, PA

"Bart it's Cortinas. I just wanted you to know I'm thinking about you today on Memorial Day. I miss you and think of you all the time.

Ian Cortinas of Puyallup, WA

"Another year has gone by, but I want you to know that Bart is still very much a part of his fellow Marines. My son served with Bart in '04 in Iraq. He will always be remembered by his brothers. I hope you have a peaceful heart and that your mind is filled with only beautiful memories of this special young man. Peace be with you all. Cindy Smith Marine Mom from 24th MEU MSSG24 Iraq 04"
Cindy Smith of Pompton Lakes NJ

"It's been 7 years, buddie, and I don't miss you any less:(. I still can not thank you and your family enough for the sacrifice you all made for our country. I wish you were still here. You are one of the most beautiful, kind souls I have ever known and I know you are at peace."
Shannon Hays of Bedminster, PA

"Thinking of you today. May God grant your family the peace that passeth all understanding, now and forever. With gratitude....8/26/11"
The Stebulis family of Ivyland, PA. USA

"To the family of Cpl Barton R Humlhanz,

Please know that your loved one was remembered individually by my family at the Memorial Day Services at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Lehighton PA.

We are so appreciative of your sacrifice and we pray that God bless you all always!"
The Aaron Family of Lehighton, PA

"To the family of:Barton R.Humlhanz
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"3-18-11"

"Semper Fi!! Proud to have served with you. Never Forget!!!"
Josh Houghton of Lakewood, CO

"6 years later and your friends all feel the pain as if it were yesterday. I never got to meet you but you served alongside my husband, Lenny Manginelli, and he loved and respected you so much. I'm so sorry that I never got to meet you, but you should know that the guys and gals who knew you think of you often...daily. They all miss you very much. God Bless You."
Tracy of West Islip, NY


We are all still hurtin' brother and we miss you. I will never forget the night before how the few of us were just sittin' and jammin' in that bunker, playin' music and just crackin' up. Good times brother!!! Some of us from "super G" (haha) are making arrangements to come and see you this memorial day. Hopefully we can get in touch with someone in your family that can bring us to where you rest. See you soon brother...."
Lenny Manginelli of Long Island, NY

"Bart, its been 5 years and its still like yesterday that we were jamming out on the acoustic in the bunker. Thank you again for being my friend and sharing something we had in common, music. I will never forget the songs we played in that bunker!"
Martin of Mesquite, TX

"Bart, I can't believe it's been 5 years since my world was devistated by your death. I miss you so much still, my son. Don took off work with me today and took me out to breakfast to help brighten my day. Fitting to my mood today it was cloudy and rained a lot here in Florida. In PA, Niki took Isaiah to your grave today and she created her own floral arrangement for you from all of us. It's beautiful from the pictures she sent me. Your nephew is 18 months old today, born on your birthday, and I know you watch over him as his guardian angel. They both stopped at MomMom & PopPop's house and saw Lauren and Thor today too. I still get to talk to a few of your friends occasionally, Norm has even visited us in Florida. Your former commanding officer calls us about every week still, as he does with all of his fallen Marines' families. He has also visited us a few times in Florida which was very nice. Remember...I love you, I miss you and I am so very proud of you. ALWAYS & FOREVER A PROUD MARINE MOM!"
Love, Mom (Michele Carey) of Oldsmar, FL


It's been 5 years today. Still feels like everything just happened. Not one day has gone by since that day that I have not thought about you. I love you Humlhanz... R.I.P. Marine. Semper Fi."

Just saying your names reminds me of how much of a hero you are. I miss you so much. I will never forget running and jumping into your arms, seeing my favorite cousin. I have grown and changed lots from the last time i was in your arms, but i grew older with you in my heart and mind. I am now 14, almost 15. I love you so much and miss you along with everyone else. May you rest in peice and i will always always have you in my heart."
April (cousin) of Chalf. PA

As of the last time I posted, I was going to reenlist in the corps. I have since been turned down. My injuries were too extensive to return to duty. I'm still keeping my promise in the civilian world, but now I am pursuing my education. I will receive my AA this summer and on the 5th anniversary of our getting hit, I will be sitting in my genetics class at the University of Tennessee. I still see you in my thoughts on a daily basis and I remember all the good times: the hockey in the parking lot at Lejeune and the muffins on the convoy that day. I can't believe that it's been nearly five years. Your face is so vivid in my eyes. I miss you. I love you. You are the reason I have pushed myself to excel since I got out of the Corps. I know you see what I am doing and I hope you guide me through the hard times. I just hope I can live up to your expectiations. I haven't forgotten. I hope many others haven't as well."
John Pontiff of Jacksonville, FL

"Hi Bart. I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you today. I do that often, just so you know. You are never forgotten. NEVER."

"Barton "Hanz",
I never met you but I do here alot about you. I suppose I would knowing three of your marine brothers who were with you overseas, actually living with two. You meant alot to all of them and everytime they talk about you goodtimes and bad I just always wish I got to meet you. They have many ways they carry with them everyday to remember you especially my guy. It's hard for them to talk about it, on the anniversary of the day this year[2008] when I got to hear a big chunk of that day it almost made me cry to see how hard and how much it is still on his mind.It's still Hard for him or any of them to talk about it. Sometimes I wish I was there to have been there for them to know how the familys close to you felt and feel. I'm thankful to be able to hear about you and back when, it's amazing how a group of people who knew you and were there by your side when this tradgedy happened, how their memories can light up a room and almost fill you with their emotions, You are a hero to your family, friends, and people like me that you don't even know. I can only hope your family is well, and to let you know you are missed greatly and have made a difference in peoples lives. I know you are watching over those who will always remember.

"Every Exit is an Entry Somewhere"
-Tom Stoppard"
Sarah of Kaneohe

Man I remember Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. We were all miserable, no action, doing lame convoy security trips. Little did we know the action that awaited in OIF 2. I remember the night we were standing outside at camp Fox, if my memory serves correctly we were standing guard for vehicles or something. Regardless, I really got to know you that night. Though we were separate companies we were a part of the same battalion. You seemed like you were one of those "do anything for anyone" type of guys and I really respected that about you. It pained me to hear you passed. You won't be forgotten and I know Heaven has a hell of an MP up there!"
Don Kershaw Former Sergeant United States Marine Corps 2nd MP Battalion of Gainesville, FL

I remember some pretty good times in that old desert just sitting outside the tents smoking ciggarettes talking about what we were going to do when we got home. Who would have thought that you were talking about heaven and not the states. Not a single veterans day or thanksgiving goes by that I don't mention your name to my family, and remind them that if it weren't for men like you I wouldn't be here today. Love you man save a smoke and a story for me."
Rob Connelly, CPL USMC of Allendale, Michigan


Well old friend I never got a chance to say thanks for the shampoo you brought me the morning you left us. I think about you all the time, and wanted to say thank you. I know we'll meet again on another recovery operation. Keep the blue force tracker up. We miss you brother"
David of Canton/GA

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Barton R. Humlhanz:
Barton gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

I googled your name because yet again someone I was close to died over in Iraq and you were the first person I thought of. It's weird, you were just visiting me at Bloomsburg University the summer of 03, we were goofing around with maria and having a blast, and a year later, you're gone. It wasnt long ago we were visiting Brandon at the Critical acclaim, taking pics of your tats. I miss you so much. Dad has your pic up online. We talk about you alot when it comes to the "military" talk. I'm going down to Jacksonville in a few weeks, and I will be thinking of you greatly while I'm down there... Even thought of moving down there. I wish i got the chance to say goodbye. I wish that our relationship didnt just drift. We were close; you, me and rocky... But i guess I cant live in the past- I have to look to the future, and that states i WILL be seeing you again. I miss and love you lots."
Tara of Allentown, PA

"Dear Bart,
I have been sitting here trying to think of the best words to put down. What I've realized is it is difficult to find the words that really describe how
I feel. I made a promise to your Mom that we would raise you,Niki and Ben to the best of our ability. Our decisions were always based on what we felt would be best for you guys. I know some you all would undestand, yet others would leave the three of you saying "WHAT". I will always remember telling you three I do not like the word TRY. I would always say "try to lift your arm" you either do it or not. I would also tell you guys if you are going to pursue something in life then you must give it your all. Look at Niki and how well she did in volleyball, becoming Captain of her team at Northampton. And Ben, I always told him when he made up his mind to win he would do so. A National Champion in skating and doing so with his condition. As for you, your outstanding service was not by accident. One does not receive two meritorious promotions and receive Marine of the Quarter just by "trying". All three of you have made us most proud.
Since you gave the ultimate sacrifice it has been difficult for us. You left behind so many who love you and miss you. Others will eventually move on with their lives perhaps still remembering you in their own special way. For your Mom, Niki, Ben, and Me, we will forever carry the pain of losing you. Niki and Ben can't go get another Brother. Your Mom and I can't go get another Son. We all carry you with us through each day and we will always honor your memory. I designed my tat and after having it done your Mom said "I thought you said you would never have anyones name on your body. Well, I guess there are always exceptions.
We are not the only ones who miss you. Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, Friends and your Grandparents do as well. Mom Mom and Pop Pop Groman and Grandpop Carey too. We will all see you when it is our time to be called home. When it is my time to be called I will be proud because I know my Son is one of the Marines guarding the gates of Heaven.
I know I have not put my feelings into words very well but I know you understand. As with all your mail when we would write and when we would end our phone conversations I want to say what your Mom and I would always say.
We Love You
We Miss You
We're So Proud Of You
Love, Your Dad, Don"

"Bart - I'm sorry I wasn't there to say goodbye. You are my hero. You were such a good person you made those around you better people. I miss you."
John of Warminster

"Dear Bart,
Shonda and me were fooling around on the computer and decided to google your name and this is the first web site we clicked on..how could i not know this site existed? everyone has wrote you but me...shonda and i came to see you tonight and i still miss you more than words can ever say...it gets hard sometimes to keep going on everyday not having you to talk to..we could always talk about anything and we had a mutual understanding..we went through everything together...in the end it was always you and me...growning up together and taking care of eachother..you have no idea how grateful i am to have the memory of your last visit home. it meant so much to me that you were able to see me walk down the aisle to graduate..im sorry you never got that chance- until you became a Marine. There will never be enough words to describe the person you were. I feel i am the luckiest person to be able to say that i was your sister. and i no you loved me from day one of my life. no doubt in my mind you were a man at 5 saying how you wanted to beat your daddy up for hitting me when i was a baby. you were always there watching out for me and to protect me and i know that you will never stop, even when we are together one day i know you will be right there by my side looking after me..i just constantly wish for one more day..but since we were stuck together all the time- you dragging me everywhere with you just so you could go and hang out with your friends- i no i have more days with you to be grateful for than anyone else..its almost ironic that we had to spend so much time together growing up bc now those memories are all i have left...i love you so much...and i miss you...all i wanted to ever tell you was thank you for being the best big brother and friend anyone could ever ask for..and thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice.
Love your favorite one and only sister
im really sorry about loosing the necklace..i hope you understand it was an accident...love you always"
Niki Humlhanz (sister) of Hellertown, Pa

"Dear Bart,

It's been a while since your death, but do you realize how much you are missed each and everyday. I ask God why he had to take you that day and the answer is always the same...thats what he wanted to do. I truly miss you and think about you each and everyday. Social studies class is difficult because all we do sometimes is talk about the war. Today we watched a movie about land mines and shrapnel. All I could imagine was the way they took you...the last breath you had...the last words from your mouth...man i miss you and would give anything just to see you one more time.
Love you! You are a true HERO and will always be one!"


Here we are. It's been almost three years since we were on our way to Fallujah. You were maybe six inches away from me that day. Every day since I have asked God why it was you and not me. You are the best damn Marine I know. I've struggled with the memory of the last few moments of your life, and trying to regain those memories that the blast knocked out of me. I remember seeing them take you to the bird on the stretcher and remember your hand hanging off the stretcher. I remember feeling them lift your weight off my body after the blast and the pile that it left. Worst of all I remember how guilty and sad I felt when me you and JR were in Bagdhad and I asked how you were doing. They told me you were gone. I cried for two months, and sometimes I still cry, in my own place that no one can see me, because I'm too proud to break down. Most importantly, I remember I vowed to be the Marine that you were. Initially, my body wouldn't allow me to continue in the Corps, but I've worked as hard as I could for the past two years to regain the strength to be a Marine, both physically and mentally. Here I stand, at the door of opportunity, on my way to re-enlist. All I want to say is I never have forgotten the promise I silently made to you that day. Not to worry my brother, I won't let you down, and I'll see you on the other side. I'm sure the pearly gates are well guarded with you on post. Semper Fi Devil Dog!
Your brother in blood
040826 - a moment in time that I will never forget"
Lcpl John T Pontiff of Jacksonville, FL (MSSG-24 combat wounded Aug 26, 2004)

"dear comrade
i just found out about your fate by watching a Mujahideen Video where they are showing off your name tag...
i dont know how they got it but they even taqke pride in what they do! I cannot tell how much it affected me when i saw an actual nametag in a Mujahideen Video!
if somebody wants to contact me about it or wants to take a direct look at it either write to gaspersm@jfcbs.nato.int or watch the video and look at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e4492_4507 @ 5 m 21s
with all respect to your dedication to the nation and to your family
CPL Gaspers"
Gaspers of Ramstein AFB

"i knew bart well, i took him home for christmas 2003... i saw him once more after that. i'm sorry i never saw him again. your a great man, an awesome leader, and a brilliant soul."
Cpl Lang C.M. of hatboro P.a.

"Bart, You will always live in my memory as a hero, a musician, a comic, and a poet, but most of all a friend. Thank you for everything, you taught me more than you realize. Love Always, Andy"
Andrea Ambler of Warminster, PA.

"well Hanz,
its been a while since ive gotten on here.. boy it seems like yesterday when we first met in the sandbox and taught me everything u knew... most importantly how a real Cpl of Marines was to act and how to treat Marines( RISKE AND WASHINGTON "do u feel like a cpl now") lol.. i just wish u were around still to see how u have changed my life and the others that were with u on that meu det.. I have taught ur knowlage to the Marines that i have now left, but boy not one day or one complement would go by without me thinking what would have hanz done!!! You are turuly a HERO and there isnt a doubt in my mind that you in a great place waiting on the rest of us.. Keep that Corona cool for us and see you on the "flip side".... Oh and the night before we left for the desert what did u tell us!!! we were WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE... boy we were messed up.... Wish u could have watched the video..."

"I served with Bart from the early days of the invasion. I was not a MP, I was just an augment. I didn't know any one there (2D MP BN) but Bart made me feel like I belonged. Even in the Marines, that is a rare quality sometimes. We spent any down time we had (all of us) crammed in the back of our HMMWV'S or "HUMM-V's" just trying to stay warm and reminiscing about home, friends, girls, and most important our Families. He took me in with a few others (Tirado, Marqxou, Lipe, ect.) You see my real job (thanks to my recruiter) was "Warehouse" and I never felt like a real Marine (in the fleet) until then. It's hard to stand up in a vehicle behind a HUGE gun, in ANY weather, for an average of 15 hours a day. But I loved it. And when I left the MP's to kick boxes again, Bart stopped me and took the MP Brassard off of his arm, handed it to me and said, ďI want you have this, because you ARE a MP. And no one can say different!Ē I couldnít believe it, this fellow Marine IS my brother, and believe it or not, most Marines arenít that welcoming. We all made plans to hang out once we got back, but like so many other plans we dream of while deployed, we never did. I seen him around base and we would talk a little, and exchange contact info, but nothing came of it. It was of course our intentions to, but ÖI wish so bad that I would have. He was a good man. I think of you often Bart. When Tirado told me I had just received my orders to the 22 MEU CE, I didnít believe it. I think thatís why I didnít cry at first. But Iím crying now. Thank you.

Anthony S. Gutierrez of Murrieta, California, US

I will always remember the day that you proved to be the best big brother anyone could ask for. I was working at Warminster Amb when we were dispatched for a child pedestrian struck at 1060 Greeley Avenue, I just knew it would be a kid I knew. When I arrived you were rubbing Nikki's arms and checking her head and asking the driver of the car "how could you not have seen my sister". You were about 13 years old and acted as though you were a grown adult. You comforted Nikki and then called your mom at work and assured her that nikki was fine. I always looked at you as Bart, the kid that hung out at the firehouse, played with Ernie C, Damien G and your cousin, with not a worry in the world. You moved on to being a man that would protect us all from more than we could ever imagine. We thank you for that. We will all meet again on the flip side, til then I know you are still keeping us safe. M,D&N we love you and miss you!!"
Jeryl DeGideo of Ivyland, PA 18974

"To The Humlhanz Family on this the 2nd anniversary of Barts Passing. My own son served with Bart in Iraq at that time. We have the Memorial Service paperwork from Barts service in Iraq, I keep that paperwork safely in my book case. I look at it often and I am always deeply saddened. I want you to know that not a week goes by that I dont think of him, even though I never met him myself. I know he will live on forever in the hearts and minds of his fellow Marines, especially those who were in Iraq with him. I will always say a prayer for him and for you as I have done for the past 2 years.
Semper Fi, Peace Be with you all
Gone and never ever forgotten.
Cindy Smith
Proud Mom of Marine"
Cindy Smith of Bloomingdale NJ

"To The Humlhanz Family on this the 2nd anniversary of Barts Passing. My own son served with Bart in Iraq at that time. We have the Memorial Service paperwork from Barts service in Iraq, I keep that paperwork safely in my book case. I look at it often and I am always deeply saddened. I want you to know that not a week goes by that I dont think of him, even though I never met him myself. I know he will live on forever in the hearts and minds of his fellow Marines, especially those who were in Iraq with him. I will always say a prayer for him and for you as I have done for the past 2 years.
Semper Fi, Peace Be with you all
Gone and never ever forgotten.
Cindy Smith
Proud Mom of Marine"
Cindy Smith of Bloomingdale NJ

"To Bart's family.
I went to the Middle East Memorial wall in Marseilles, IL. and took a photo and made a rubbing of Bart's name. I know you have moved from an entry in the Sgt.Grit newsletter and I am not aware of your new location.Please contact me at cflamingo@rocketmail.com if you would allow me to send the photo and rubbing.
My son served with yours and spoke very highly of what an excellent Marine Bart was. Thank you for your son's service. My heart aches for you and always will.
Mother of Lt.Bergstrom"
Cathy Bergstrom of Seneca,IL

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of Bart and all he gave up for us. Not one day.

I can't thank you enough, Bart. I'll keep you in my heart, my thoughts, my prayers, always."
Laurie (cousin) of Horsham, A

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I will always remember bart as being the older cousin that I always looked up to. I can remember when ever there was a family gathering I would alway ask if bart was there. I thought of bart as the cool cousin, Now i think of him as a hero who protected me and my whole family while fighting for his country as well. I will always remember you bart. See you soon

from your loving cousin
Max dillon (barts cousin) of horsham, PA

"Bart we love you and miss you so much we will never be the same without you.You were an amazing young man with so much potential. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you, you are forever in my heart and in my soul. Love you "Angel" Aunt chrys"
chrystal hilker of Doylestown,PA/USA

"Bart there will always be a spot for you in my heart because i miss you soo much. I am havin a hard time gettin over the fact that my cousin YOU died at war. Its hard for everyone You are always on my mind and in my heart."
Jackie(barts cousin) of Chalfont Pa

"Semper Fi Corporal Humlhanz. A superb Marine. He is missed and will never be forgotten."
Capt Joe P. Riley (MP) of Camp Lejeune

"I knew bart when i was in the sister company he served in. i took him home for christmas just before the war in iraq started. he was great kind of guy, happy with a smile always on his face. i will miss you bart, semper fi marine. keep heaven safe!"
Cpl. Lang of Philadelphia, PA

"Bart, I wish I could have seen you over 4th of July, 2004 at your Mom-Mom's house. I missed you as well as Kenny and Steve. I saw the picture of the three of you, all heroes, and it's forever saved in my in-box. I haven't seen you in probably over 3 years or so. You never got to meet your 3rd cousin Jessica. She would have loved your contagious smile. You will always be remembered by me as my sweet little cousin Bart. The cammo wearing, Army loving, Policeman wanna-be who many times practiced reading me my rights. Do you remember that? It's still makes me smile. We were really close when we were little. I know we only grew apart because of our ages, how far apart we lived and because girls and boys don't have much in common after the age of tea parties and G.I. Joe wars passes by. But I will continue to think of you each and every time I see an American Flag, or a man in uniform, or on any patriotic holiday. I am SO PROUD of you for defending our country and my freedom. Mine and Nathan's and Jessica's too. You gave your life so that we can sleep at night. I love you, I miss you, and I can't wait to see you again someday up there beyond the big blue sky. For now, we will try to go on. We will try not to be angry. We will try not to cry. We will try to be half the man you were. Love ya. Jaime
PS - I pray for your Mom and Nikki all the time, that their hearts may heal and their smiles become wider."
Jaime Kepler Cordero

"Dear Mrs Humlhanz,

It is Barton's friend Dave Coutcher from MCT and Boot Camp I met you at his MCT Graduation. When we got to MP school me and him were inseperable. He was like my little brother. I am so sorry for your loss and he will be sincerely missed by all including me."
Lcpl David Coutcher of Quantico VA 22134

"Dear Bart,
I think of you often and miss you very much. This world will never be the same without you. You truly were a wonderful and kind person. I will never forget you.

"My old friend, I recall
The times we had are hanging on my wall
I wouldn't trade them for gold
Cause they laugh and they cry me
Somehow sanctify me
They're woven in the stories I have told
And tell again

My old friend, I apologize
For the years that have passed
Since the last time you and I
Dusted off those memories
But the running and the races
The people and the places
There's always somewhere else I had to be
Time gets thin, my old friend

My old friend, this song's for you
Cause a few simple verses
Was the least that I could do
To tell the world that you were here
Cause the love and the laughter
Will live long after
All of the sadness and the tears
We'll meet again, my old friend""
Laura Atkinson (Pavlichko) of Brooklyn, MI

"Dear Bart,
I will miss you always. I will never forget your kindness, your courage, your sensitivity, your humour, your loyalty and most of all your smile. You were one of the best people I've ever known. You will always be in my heart."
Shannon of Doylestown, PA

It has been a long time since I have last seen you... probably about 10 years or so. Hearing about your passing made me think back to 7th grade English class when you and I used to pass notes to each other all the time (by the way, I really missed you when you moved). I am so proud of you, for you, and all of our soldiers are the bravest of heroes, and we owe all of you our most sincere gratitude. You will never be forgotten, and I hope that your loved ones have found the strength to carry on. God bless."
Lori of Warminster, PA

"to the family of Cpl Humlhanz,
i served with Bart, and he was one of the greatest Marines that i have ever had the pleasure of serving with. we had some good times together. and he is greatly missed. there is not a day that goes by that i do not think of him. always in my prayers. i have some pictures if you would like them. mlipe5811@gmail.com"
mike lipe "Lippy" of highland, illinois

"Dear Bart,
I developed pictures today and found one of you.Every time I drive by your house I look to see if your sitting on the porch. I miss you and your letters. You will always be my hero.Because of you my daughter can sleep safely at night.Thank you. The world just isn't the same without you."
mandy of Hellertown,Pa

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Barton, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"To the family and friends of Corporal Barton R. Humlhanz,

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

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

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

"To Barton'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

"To Barton'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

"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 forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

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

"Thank you Barton Humlhanz, 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 Cpl. Barton Humlhanz:
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 Barton 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 Cpl. Barton Humlhanz:
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 Barton, 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