Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Spencer T. Karol

20, of Woodruff, Arizona.
Karol was on a mission to observe enemy activity when a command detonated device exploded. His vehicle was overturned from the force of the explosion and he was fatally injured. Karol was assigned to the 165th Military Intelligence, V Corps, Darmstadt, Germany. Died on October 6, 2003.

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We did not know each other in this life, but we stomped the same ground and served in the same unit and platoon. You came in 12 years after I left. I hope your family knows that you will never be forgotten by your old LRS brothers, the LRS brothers you served with and the future LRS brothers. You were the last to pay the ultimate sacrifice in our unit, for they disbanded and likely will never be activated again. God bless to you and your family."
Johnson, Eco 51st Inf (ABN) (LRS) 2nd Platoon team 2-6 of Cypress, TX, US

"Thank You for Your service to our country. Yup,! G-G =////======> RIP"
Gottlieb Goltz of Butte, Montana USA

"Dearest Spencer,
Oh how I love you even more today. Your buddies Eric and Travis take care of me and check up on me. I'm so greaful for your friends who served with you. IT reminds me of when Jesus was on the cross and He said to his beloved deciple, " Here is your mother" and he wanted his mother taken care of. I KNOw how much you love Lord Jesus.I'm so proud of your service and how you chose to sacrifice for us, for our country , Our Beautiful America. I know you are near me always and I'm greatful for you . I'm standing for righteousness just as you did. I'm doing my best to fight the wickedness you fought against and standing for your brothers and sisters in arms who have been left behind in Afganistan! America stands with you my sweet Hero son! Thank you isn't enough for what You did. How you helped me raise your beautiful little brothers and helped me on our Ranch. There's no one like you Spencer. I love you so and miss you dearly. 💖"
Bridget Madison ( Mother)

"Hay, Brother its hard to believe its been 17 years an not a day goes by I don't think of you. My son Spencer, your name sake is now 12 and want to be a Paratrooper like us. I came by your grave a few years back and saw you and your mom on your anniversary. We swapped stories and I gave her some pictures of you I had found. I miss you Bro. Till Valhalla."
SFC Derrick Milburn of Ft. Benning, GEORGIA

"Hay, Brother its hard to believe its been 17 years an not a day goes by I don't think of you. My son Spencer, your name sake is now 12 and want to be a Paratrooper like us. I came by your grave a few years back and saw you mom on your anniversary. We swapped stories and I gave her some pictures of you I had found. I miss you Bro. Till Valhalla."
SFC Derrick Milburn of Ft. Benning, GEORGIA

"Found out about you on the Findagrave Walk of Honor. It is an honor for me that I have learned about your son today. In prayers and memory to the family."
Nancy of Ohio

"It has been over 15 years now, yet I still think of you every day my son. You were stolen from me so long ago."
T. of WI

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Ernest of Singapore

"Saw this while reading about one of my favorites--your grandfather. Our condolences to the family. And what a loving mother you have to work so hard to keep your memory and other special young peoples' memories alive. I have military members in my family, and fortunately they have all come home. I have not experienced your grief, but I pray for peace for you all."
Shirley of Sugar Grove, il

"While I was reading about your grandad , I came across you Spencer my prayers I send . I was in Iraq 2003 serving with British Airborne along side our American brothers . God bless you spencer and God bless America . UTRINQUE PARATUS"
Sgt M Powell of Sunderland England UK

"So very sorry for the loss of this incredible & beautiful young man. His patriotic roots & kind & compassionate nature ran deep. Whenever I see Spencer's Grampa as the young, handsome sailor in "Since You Went Away" I will think of Spencer & others wbo have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country & fellow human beings. We will never forget."
Wife of a Veteran of Grand Island, NY

"Seems like a life time ago, till Asgard and the halls of Valhalla, my brother."

"13 years. I love and miss you everyday"
Marque of Olympia Washington

I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, Texas

"We are future memories. When our flesh is dust and our dreams faded we will be ghosts living in a land of legends, made real only by the memories of others. What we take with us into that realm of the dead, what we are remembered for, that will be the truth of our lives.

13 years, brother. You are remembered. Ever day."

"Tomorrow marks 13 years since you were called to a Higher mission. I still think about you and the type of man you would have been all the time. I strive to live my life in a way that shows honor to you and my other brothers who gave all.

Until Valhalla!"
Robert Blair of Puyallup, WA

"You will never be forgotten Karol. Miss you so much! RIP!"
Adones Flores of Colorado Springs, Co

"Thanks Spencer, I didn't know you, but just shed a tear for you. Sometimes a stranger can mean a lot to another stranger, I didn't know that till now. I found you looking for Guy. Tell him hello for me. And thank you Bridget."
Les Krantz of Lake Geneva WI, USA

"Happy Birthday Spencer, you're 33 today."

"Just happened on a movie and thought what a handsome young man playing the part of a soldier, and wondered whatever happened to him. Next thing, I'm teared up thanking God there's been men like Guy and Spencer in America. Thank you for sharing their story."
John Powell of Aubrey, Texas/USA

"Having another tough day here. Thinking of you and what you might be doing if circumstances were different. Miss you Bro"

"I still remember you Karol."
Joe Worker of Carlyle, IL

"God bless you for this tribute to your son, and the one for your father. i am a guy madison fan, and i know your pain in losing a son, i lost my oldest son when he was 25, my youngest is now 34. i thank you again."
david clinard of ogden, ut/USA

"RIP Soldier your duty is done"
paul zertuche of san antonio, texas

"I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.

I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between shadow and the soul.

I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.

I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way
because I don't know any other way of loving
but this, in which there is no I nor you,
so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep
it is your eyes that close."
Marque of Lacey, Washington

"Still missing you little buddy, but a little closer to the reunion."
Eric Pazz of Grafenwöhr, Germany

"Buddy. It's been a long time. You're still with us, ALL your Eco Brothers, and we miss the * out of you. Keep that patrol base secure, we'll link up eventually. Thank you for your sacrifice, Spence."
Anthony M of LC, NM

"Your life ended 11 years ago today. I think about you every day. Time does not heal all wounds. I miss you, your nephew wishes he could have met you. Your sister, Simone"
simone karol of Surprise, AZ

"I think about you every day son."
T. of WI

"I'm so sorry for such a tremendous loss..That your son had to give his life so my grandchildren can continue to live in a free country..we will always and forever be thankful for his scrafice with prayers and hope."
Lee Hartel Feld of Yorktown Hghts., NY

"Broken heart. Very sorry for your loss. There are just not enough or right words to say. May God Bless all of you."
Daniel J. Lovaglio of Saratoga Springs, New York

"Hey, brother. Thinking about you a lot. Sorry it's been so long since I stopped by. I miss you little bro. Everyday."

"In honor of you, in memory of Guy Madison whom I remember all these decades later, I add my name to this sweet tribute."
Karen F Scott of Seattle, WA USA

"I saw the memorial truck today in Prescott, AZ. I was so touched by it and it reminded me to pray for our troops. I am so thankful for the service of this country's soldiers. God Bless them all. But for the family and friends of this much-loved soldier, my heart just really goes out to you. You, too, are in my prayers."
J. Granger of Prescott, AZ

"Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave
How can I love when I'm afraid
To fall
But watching you stand alone
All of my doubt
Suddenly goes away somehow

One step closer

I have died every day
waiting for you
Darlin' don't be afraid
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more

Time stands still
beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything
Take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath,
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

I have died every day
Waiting for you
Darlin' don't be afraid
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more

And all along I believed
I would find you
Time has brought
Your heart to me
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

I have died every day
Waiting for you
Darlin' don't be afraid,
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more

And all along I believed
I would find you
Time has brought
Your heart to me
I have loved you for a
Thousand years
I'll love you for a
Thousand more"

"I instantly shed tears when I saw a tribute to you on a truck today in Palm desert. I don't know if it was mom driving, but that pic of you in your uniform, you were just a kid. It broke my heart. Thank you for your sacrifice and god bless you."

"Thank you for your sacrifice and GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY."
Brandy of USA

"I came across this site while looking for info on Guy Madison. My father is a Col. in the Air Force - retired. I would like to thank you and your wonderful son. Without men and women like your son and my father we would not enjoyed the freedoms and privileges we have today. They sacrifice all. God bless your son, you, and your loved ones. May God hold you in the palm of his hand and give you comfort and peace."
Christiane Walker of Brazil, IN, USA

"karol, not a day goes by that i dont think of you. the memory of the day you left us and went to heaven from al asad , iraq. i will see you soon my little baby boy"
1SG Quijas, Jose of Honolulu, Hawaii

"You're missed man. It wasn't your choice to leave us; may your spirit stay with us."

"miss you bro."
coach of ND

"I can't believe it's been ten years. Your and your family's sacrifice will never be forgotten."
CW2 Dave Bruce of Crestview, FL

"Can not believe it has been 10 years! Miss you little brother!"
Roy & Kat Burkhalter of Fort McCoy, WI

"10 years went by so quickly. I still cant believe your gone. I remember this day so well it feels like it was yesterday. The shock, the anger, the denial, the sadness....all of these emotions are still as strong as they were then. I miss you everyday, and I still love you with all of my heart."
Marque of Chandler, Az

"Dear Spencer,
Today is the 10 year anniversary of your death. I think about you often. I wonder, what would you be like now? Would you have a family? What would you be doing for a living? Would you be happy? have PTSD? So many questions that will never be answered. Your nephew is getting so grown up! You guys would have loved each other, he is such a special boy. I love you, and wish we could have gotten to know each other as adults. Your Sister,"
Simone Karol of Surprise, AZ

"I am a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, my ancestors fought the Revolutionary War, and I thank you and your family and your wonderful son, Spencer, for stepping up to protect and promote the American Constitution and the Freedom we enjoy every day. Please, may God bless you and your family, and hold your son forever, for doing your part to further the American Revolution to which we owe so much. So many benefit from his courage and conduct."
James Richards of Grand Rapids, MI

"I came across Spencer's page in the process of looking up some triva about his grandfather Guy Madison and want to express our sincere sympathies to you and your family for his service and sacrifice. Spencer's story brought tears to my eyes. May God bless you and him."
David Brown of Monroe, Michigan

"Spencer, I still have troubles because I remember October 6th all too well even though I didnt know the specific date until just looking it up.

Its funny that for something that I re-live daily, I didnt know the date.

I wanted you to know that today I finally took the first step in recovery by seeking help.

I know that I will never forget, but hopefully I will move on"

"I cannot be more thankful for his sacrifice keeping me and my family safe. I came to the site to post something nice about his grandfather and saw this page. I'm sure he was a beautiful person like his grandpa! Bless you."
Joan of Tunkhannock Pa

"Thank you for your service to our country. You're a hero and your family is blessed to have had you in their lives. God bless you & your famiy"
Nancy of Ramona CA

"You would have been 30 years old today. Happy Birthday sweetheart. I love you."
Marque of Chandler, Az

"I salute Spencer and all those who have given their all for our country and those wounded, and those who have served and made it home safely.

-Vietnam Vet"
Rev. Dr. G. R. Diehl of Redding, CA

"Spencer, thank you seems so inadequate. To your mother Bridget and your family, if it were only possible, I would wrap my arms around you."
Melanie of Martin, TN

"Thinking about you Brother"
SFC (Retired) Robert Blair of Puyallup, WA

"Hey little brother. Saw Ray's post yesterday. Still hard to believe that it has been nine years. Still hurts like it was yesterday. I know you are up there with Billy watching over the rest of us. Adopted two boys earlier this year and I am sitting here showing them ur picture and telling them about you and what an amazing young man you were. My youngest one wants to grow up and be like us. I hope he is a lot like you! To your brothers, your sister, and your Mom; Spencer will always be in our hearts and our memories. Spencer was one hell of a brave young man! Rest in peace little brother, you WILL NEVER be forgotten!"
Roy & Kathleen Burkhalter of Lawton, Oklahoma

"Dear Spencer, thank you for everything you have done for me in my life, I only wish we could have had more time together as adults. Your nephew is growing into a very handsome young man. I wish you were here. Your sister."
simone karol of phoenix, az

"9 years ago today my sweet, I can't believe its been this long already. I still think of you everyday I doubt that will ever change. I love you Spencer, I always will."
Marque of Chandler, Az

"9 years, my friend. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. We miss you, little brother. Rest well."
Ray of Brandon, FL

"A great memorial site which keeps the memory alive. I too was a combat soldier and we won't forget your sacrifice."
Michael McGraw of Troy, Ohio

"As a teen I grew up falling in love with your grandfather on T.V. each week as Wild Bill Hickok and just watched one of his westerns when I run across this website in looking for info on him. You inherited his good looks and courage to step forward for our country. I will always remember you now with repect and thanks both for you and your family. And to your mother I know the everyday worry when they are deployed and the waiting for them to return safely.My 2 grandsons did make it back from Iraq and I am so sorry your precious Spencer didn't, I can't fathom your pain but know I will visit this page often, to remember and look at that beautiful face. May you find peace in knowing he is with his grandfather once again. My love and prayers."
Elizabeth of Williamsport, Ohio

"We owe a debt of gratitude to these young heros that have given so much and even given all, no words I can say are adequate to express our gratitude. I am so sorry for the loss of your fine young son and brother, thank you Spencer, we will never be able to repay you"
Tom of Biloxi, MS

"What words can one say to the ones lost in our world,and it's turmoils.What is left behind are broken hearts when a loved one passes on.Spencer was a mirror image of his Grandfather,and I'm sure you all are very proud of the life they both lived:)"
Valerie Gerke of Ohio

"Spencer, May you rest in peace. Your grand father would be proud. Not many people know this, but your grand father was Guy Madison (Wild Bill Hickok), and a Navy man..."
John Villanueva of Port Richey, Fl. USA

"June 1, 2012 - I display a flag dedicated to Spencer that was part of America's Healing Field display held here in Lynchburg in 2006. I purchased this flag, along with 2 others, and proudly display them every Veteran's Day, Independance Day, and Memorial Day. May they never be forgotten."
Alan Faircloth of Lynchburg, VA

"After 20 years, five months and 23 days, Spencer's life on Earth came to an end. Now may God hold him in Heaven, as we hold him in our hearts."
Paul Schuck of McDonough, Georgia

"So many years have past since Spencer gave his life for our country.I have grieved for this young man as if he had been my own son.My son Arthur Fanning was a friend of spencer`s and grieved tremendesly for the loss of his friend.He to was involved in a road side bomb,but He was spared. Many times in the years ,I have done tributes to spencer at my church in Texas.many times I wanted to share the tributes with family but thought I never would.Tonight years later while reading over some of the e-mails my son sent me while in Iraq i found he had sent me this site! The pain I feel for the lose of this young man is nothing in comparison to what his Mom went through and is still going through.Proud of Spencer and proud of his Mom.may God Bless Miss Bridget and family.It has been hard on my son as he thinks and sometimes he shares some about his friendship with Spencer. Rest in peace.Thanks for giving your life for our country.."
MS Terry Fanning of Kingsville,Tx U.S.A.

"You are a hero in my eyes and in the eyes of a grateful nation! May your memory be eternal!"
Steve Kirman of Florida

"You would have been 29 today. Happy Birthday Spencer. I love you."
Marque of Chandler, Az

"Spencer, along with his fallen mates served their country with honour and dignity, GOD bless every one of you."
Danny of Sydney, NSW Australia

"We thank you and your family everyday for your service. You will never be forgotten."
Ije Otue of Arizona

"Hey buddy, just thinking about you. Still miss you everyday."
Ray of Brandon, FL

"We cherish and honor your service and we will be forever grateful to you Spencer.
God Bless our troops."
Louis of Rockville, MD

"Merry Christmas Spence! I haven't seen you in 8 years. I miss you dearly. Your brothers follow in your footsteps. They are grown and strong.I know you watch over us and our love will be forever.
Bridget of Long Beach. CA/U.S.A.

"How soon we pass from this life! Too many do so at a ripe old age with little accomplished - whereas you have achieved more in your brief stay here than most others. I pray that God keeps you close to Him and protect your surviving family members."
JACK HONIG, flakjacketbooks.com of Lake Mary, Florida

"You were a brave soldier and you served your country well. A real patriot. God bless you."
Kat of Fredericksburg, VA

"Miss ya man."

"8 years ago today I said goodbye to my best friend. I think about you everyday and it still hurts to think that it will still be so long before I get to see you again. You touched my life in a way I could never explain. The love you had for me was unmeasurable, I never knew I could be loved so much by someone. I am so proud and honored to say that I was loved by such a wonderful person. I will never forget what you sacrificed for me and this country. I love you Spencer, I always will."
Marque of Tempe, Az

"Hey little brother, we think about you every day. Hard to believe it has been this long. Keep Billy out of trouble. We miss you still"
Ray of Brandon, Fl

"Spencer...some day we will meet in heaven...Thank you so much for your service and my freedom....I will not forget what you have done for me...I am eternally grateful to you...God Bless...<3"
Sue Moore of Anaheim, CA

"Still taken it a day at a time. Miss you little brother..."
Mike Records of Spring, TX

"As far as I know spencer is still the only 165 mi bn (now defunct) soldier to be killed in action. 165 was part of the intial iraq invasion and then later spent 13 months in afghanistan. Spencer was our only loss rip"
brian of nj

"Dear Spencer, When we first met, you were such a bright kid with so much possibility. When you became a man and joined the army you made me so proud. To see your mom, Bridget, your sister and brothers, all looked up to you and were so proud of what you were doing. We love you, we miss you, you will always be a part of us. Now, my son Sean, who has had the privelege of knowing you, has followed your footsteps and has joined the army. I look at the skatepark every day and I still see you there. HooRaw"
Bobby Tyler of Holbrook, AZ

"Bridget, I wish I had something profound to say. I don't. I can't imagine what you feel or what you are going through. I guess all I can say is thank you for letting us know a little bit about Spencer. It sounds like he was something special. I would have liked to have known him."
Larry Giusti of Hitchcock, Texas

"Happy Birthday Spencer. I love you."
Marque of Tempe, Az

"You rode well Spencer, and I want to thank you for your service of Love and with grace for our country and flag. R.I.P."
H.S. Michael Bierman of Hannibal, Missouri USA

"Thank you Spencer for your love of our country."
Mary of Golden City Missouri, USA

"Hey buddy. I am drunk in Berlin. Its great! I wish we could have a beer together. Growing older is not fun, its even worse when you have to do it without great people like yourself. You were a great man and we all miss you. Saucy!!! and hunter sucks!"
Billy of Berlin

"We miss you just as much as ever and we will always remember you Karol. To Karol's mom: thank you for giving the world such an awesome person it was an honor to know him."
SSG Davis, Paul of Baghdad, Iraq

"Spencer, tho we have never met , it is an Honor to know you threw your mom.You are a true Hero and i will never forget what you did for me and my family.We are a free nation thanks to Heroes like you.Thank you so much."
Chris Branam of San Dimas Ca.

"It's been 7 years today Spencer God took you in His arms and welcomed you to Paradise. I feel you walk beside me sometimes. I know you watch over all of us. I love and miss you deeply. It is strange how hard it has rained all night and now. R.I.P. my son."
Mother, Bridget of Long Beach,CA

"I stare at the casket;
Draped with the nation's cloth.

I'm momentarily startled;
As the guns go off.

Another fallen soldier;
Being laid to rest.

I struggle to breathe;
For this tightness in my chest.

The bugler so smooth;
As he hits every note.

It is hard to swallow;
Because of this lump in my throat.

Tears fall like rain;
As I look to the sky.

No matter how many times I hear it;
Taps still makes me cry.

The bugle now silent;
As we pray for the dead.

I gather myself;
As I bow down my head.

Lord bless these heroes;
Who have given their lives.

Comfort their children;
Their husbands and wives.

Let us not forget;
They have given their all.

Let the bugle be silent;
Let no more soldiers fall."

"Seven years. There are still no words to describe the loss I still feel. The hole this day left in my heart, although smaller than it was still lingers. I miss you everyday. I thought by now this pain would just be a mere sting, but I still burst into tears. I still love you, I don't think time could ever take that away. Until next year, you are and will always be in my heart."
Marque Mcelhinney of Tempe Arizona

"Thinking of you today Spencer. Thank you."
Patty of Holbrook, AZ

"Miss you every day, man. I hope you are keeping my seat warm up there. I know you watch over us everyday and protect me when I am deployed. I can feel your presence when I need it, and think of you every time I go on missions. We will miss you until the day we join you."
Lucas "scrappy" Rapp of Bagram, Afghanistan

"Seven years. I still can't believe it. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. My wife and I are having a little boy, Logan Spencer. I totally mooched your name, but I don't think you'd mind. I miss you little brother."
Ray English of Brandon, FL


In fields draped of green stand knights in white, their armor faded to mark their time
As gentle breezes whisper names, of those whose armor
Stand so proud
Not for glory, nor for fame
We who are privileged to walk their grounds
Stand in awe of battles won
With hats removed and tears held back
We silently salute, those victorious sons

Those warriors dressed in white stone clad
King Arthur, himself would commend
Leaving family, youth
To answer call
With arms stretched outward from their sides
Staking this ground as their freedom claim
Placed within their armor stone
Each and every bold knight’s name

Those rows and rows of brazen kin
The ones who died in battles fight
Our gratitude bestowed to them
In the hallowed fields of knights in white

gerald tigchon of grand rapids, mi.

"Im sorry this message is so late, I was LRSD, Airborne Rangers, lead the way, I'm so sorry about Karol HOOOAAH!!!"
Dave Rabine of United States, Michigan

I found Spencer's site while looking up your father. When I was a very small girl, I remember thinking that he was the most handsome cowboy. Spencer has that same look in his pics, thank you for sharing them. A look of pride and honor. A sweet yet mischievous smile. He looks like a really good kid who became a really great man. I too lost my son. He died of a heart attack at the age of 24 in 2000. He would have been one of the first in line to go after the murderers of 9-11. As my only child, I'm afraid I was the reason he had not signed up before then. I had noone to blame for his death, but I do know how loss feels and my heart breaks for you. I know that if my son was still here, he would love that truck.
God bless us all."
Vickie of Nashville, Tennessee

"Rest in peace Ranger, your Grandpa is proud. But I'm sure he's already told you!"
Jim of Chicago

"I remember Karol being very energetic, and he was a good hearted kid. I still remember the day I heard what happened. I think of you often."
Sgt Worker of Afnorth, Brunssum, NL

"God Bless our Troops. I am so sorry about Spencer. He will always be in our thoughts. I pray for the safety of all our troops. May God let them come home safe"
Jim Robb of Scottsdale, AZ

"I am so sorry for your loss - Spencer was obviously so loved by his family and friends. My thanks and condolences."
Katy of Calif

""To the family of Spencer T. Karol ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Spencer you gave your life for this wonderful country and we are so honored to have brave young people like you. God Bless You and Your Family,"
Kenneth Williams of Washington DC

"Hey Spencer! your in my prayers! miss ya buddy! remember that time at the hauptbaunhof on the way to frankfurt! haha! Happy Veterans Day to you and your family!"
Collin Davis of College Station, TX!

"hey spence its veterans day and just wanted to thank ya and let ya know i miss ya and appreciate everything ya did. your not forgotten"
Bill Decker of DuQuoin Illinois

"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"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH

"you are still in my heart Spencer, and you always will be. After 6 years time hasn't managed to take away my love for you. We will meet again."


Your mom Bridget, your brothers and sisters, and all of us are very proud of you, yet sad because you had to leave us so early this day 6 years ago. Great pride and sadness and your presence will always fill our hearts as we shall always remember you."
Ernest Martinez 10/6/09 of Phoenix, Arizona

"I love you man! I miss you, but you already know that."
Billy Glass of Berkeley

"Hey kiddo, It's been awhile since I checked up on you...I know God and you are watching over us. Remember that we shall meet again at the ORP and we will have one last beer before the mission..."
SSG Osorio, A. (Shadow 5) of Basrah, Iraq

"Hey Spence,
I miss you so much. I know you are here watching over me. Sometimes I feel you walking next to me. You walked with me at the WALL. I love you and thank you for giving ALL for my freedom. You gave all when you were small and I will never forget how wonderful a child you were. You are a true blessing. If it wasn't for you I wouldn't know most of the people I have in my life now. Thank you and may God Please Bless you for all you still do. I love you baby.
Bridget Madison of Morongo Valley,CA

"Here we are again Spenc. I think of you everyday and I still don't want to believe your gone. You're always on our minds and in our hearts. I love you and I miss you Little Brother"

"Your memory lives on brother! Back here bringing the fight to those who took you from us way to soon! My prayers go out to your family on this day may they stay strong in your absence!"
Nick Williams of Iraq

"I can't believe that it's been 6yrs. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. Got a pic that we took before our last mission in my office. The good die young and the wicked live forever. I miss you lil bro"
SGT Michael Records of Houston, TX

"Obviously, patriotism runs in your family. God bless you, your son and the United States of America."
Gene Laufenberg of Plano, TX

"I am too proud of your son's life he gave to this country. I will honor his memory as I honor my own daughter both who lost their lives too early but left a spirt that will live on forever.
From Mother to Mother"
Patricia Sterling of Prosper, Tesas

"Like your grand-dad Guy Madison, An American Hero!!"
Josh of Houston, Texas

"Spencer Karol - Just two ordinary Americans who want to thank an extraordinary American for your service to our country. Blessing to you and your family for their sacrifice as well.
God Bless America"
Don and Vicky Patton of Mt Airy, Maryland

"To the family of Spencer Karol: It is wonderful to know that there are such men as Spencer who honor their country with their heroic service. We owe Spencer, and all our men and women in the military service, more than we could ever pay for all the freedom and liberty they allow. All freedom loving Americans honor Spencer's ultimate sacrifice and we all mourn his loss along with the family."
Chet Larson of Aliso Viejo, California

"Hi bridgie,
I had to visit this page, your son is a HERO.... I cannot imagine what you were/ did/ are going thru...... I miss going on missions ill try to get back into the mix......"
joe mcglaughlin (orphan25) of redlands, ca

"Still remember our last time we talked in front of that building two days before. Will always miss you my friend"
Sgt, Jesse hill

"From and old Tank Commander and your Friend.....I miss ya', buddy. I keep thinking that, I could have done some good there....maybe even saving a few lives..... but the Army says i'm too old now. You are forever in my heart and I will see you again. We'll sit down and talk and just enjoy each others company again, like two old "Battle Brothers" should. Love you, Man."
William "Bill" McCurtis of Marana, AZ.

"whsts up fellas i give u all my support..."
Moises Daboub of El Salvador

"I am so glad that I was able to see the person that fought for this country and it's ideals. I am honored that I can see the making of a hero, son, brother, soldier. I will remember you thanks to your mom. My condolences to your family. Words fail compared to your sacrifice. I humbly Thank you"
Deborah H of Fleming Island, Fl

"Thank you for a son willing to serve."
Bill G of Springfield, Missouri

"To the family of Spc. Spencer Karol: Our deepest sympathy for your terrible loss. We are forever grateful for the bravery and sacrifices of our young American soldiers. Spencer will never be forgotten. God bless you all."
Harper Family of Mason, Ohio

Remembering you and all you gave this Memorial Day Weekend. RIP brother."
Dave Bruce of Tikrit, Iraq

Hey Bud, It's been nearly 6 years I still remember everything like it was yesterday. We didn't get to many chances to hang out since I came to Echo and than deployed. The thing I did know about you is that you were a great person and a outstanding solider. I think about your sacrifice often and am proud to have served with you. You will always be in my thoughts brother “IN ORBE TERRUM NON VISI”"
Matt "Ziggy" Zadroga of Newark, Delaware

Hey Bud, It's been nearly 9 years I still remember everything like it was yesterday. We didn't get to many chances to hang out since I came to Echo and than deployed. The thing I did know about you is that you were a great person and a outstanding solider. I think about your sacrifice often and am proud to have served with you. You will always be in my thoughts brother “IN ORBE TERRUM NON VISI”"
Matt "Ziggy" Zadroga of Newark, Delaware

Hey Bud, It's been nearly 9 years I still remember everything like it was yesterday. We didn't get to many chances to hang out since I came to Echo and than deployed. The thing I did know about you is that you were a great person and a outstanding solider. I think about your sacrifice often and am proud to have served with you. You will always be in my thoughts brother “IN ORBE TERRUM NON VISI”"
Matt "Ziggy" Zadroga of Newark, Delaware

"Sup Karol,

Still missing you!"
Anthony Pink of Al Asad Iraq

"Thank you for your service to this Nation Mr. Karol, I'm glad our security is in the hands of fine young men and women who are willing to give their lives to make this world a better place. God bless you and your family.

"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God" Matthew 5:9"
D. Johnson of Kennebunkport Maine USA

"My Dad is a huge fan of Mr. Karol's grandfather, Hollywood actor Guy Madison. I entered a website dedicated to Guy Madison in his grandson's memory and found out about Spencer's death. Rest in peace, Spencer. God bless you."
Victoria of North York, Ontario. Canada

"Happy Birthday Spencer. You would be 26 today. I Love you."
Marque of Gilbert

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about you... You will always be the Model Soldier. - SHADOW 7"
1SG Kevin Ricks of Kunar, Afghanistan

"Bridget, My name is Rich Needham, the same one you knew in San Diego. I'm so sorry to hear about Spencer. You must be very proud of his sacrifice. I am. Should you like to get in touch with me I can be reached at rneed1@cox.com. I would like to hear from you and find out what's happened in the almost 30 years since we met.

Rich Needham"
Rich Needham of Omaha, Nebraska/USA

"in orbe terrum non visi"
erik selig of sycamore IL

"yep karol, im drunk once again:) and still miss you. really wish you were here. my brother just got a job in CA near your mom. im going to have him come see your grave hopefully if he can make it. i also found a war memorial here for whats going on in the middle east, i didnt see your name. but if its not on there im going to see of getting it put on there. RIP bud!!!"
Erik Selig of sycamore IL

"I always took care of my soldiers as a LRP Medic. I never let another outside medic or medical personnel touch my people unless i okay'd it. We take care of US. So I check the site routinely Bro. It's my way of making sure you are okay. So,...Merry Christmas Bro. I will check on you later. See you at formation Bro. "In Orbe Terrum Non Visi.""
SSG (Doc) Worlds of Florida

"Hey Spencer,
This is Caitlin Harris. I am one of your step-cousins. Mike Harris is my uncle. You probaly don't rember me alot but Chirstina misses you a whole lot.
We all love and miss you
Caitlin of Woodruff AZ.

"hey there lil buddy, i was just thinkin about you and thought id come on here to write you. i hope all is going well up there for you, and im sure you know that we are all thinkin about you. take care and you never know i may see you soon"
Erik Selig of Sycamore, IL

"Spencer. I know you are watching over us old Vets down here. I apologize for not forcefully making more time to talk with you. I was so Proud when Bridgett said you had joined the Army and I thought to myself that "He is going to be one HELL of an N.C.O." The shock of hearing that you were gone was almost too much. Sheryl cried and cried for your passing. It was like loosing our Own Son. I wish to GOD I could still get you on a horse and we could just take off into the Mountains. Just two "Old Soldiers" sharing the Brotherhood. You and Sheridan ARE like our own sons. I miss you, Ranger. I thank GOD he granted me the HONOR and Priviledge of having you in our lives. You have my word as an Old Tanker and a Buffalo Soldier; I will look after Bridgett and Spencer as long as these old bones still draw breath, so don't worry. You are part of my heart and I love you, "Son". You would really be proud of Spencer. He'll be a man to Recon with, soon. Save a place for me, will ya'Brother? When I get there, we'll "down a few" at Fiddler's Green with the old Buffalo Soldiers.I miss you and love you. Rest Easy Brother."
"Bill" McCurtis; SGT., "C" 2/64, 3rd I.D. Tanker (1965-1968) of Marana, AZ

"words fail me, reading your mum's messages and the sadness is overwhelming...i honour you young man,
i really do, roger in london."
roger aves of london england

"words fail me, reading your mum's messages and the sadness is overwhelming...i honour you young man,
i really do, roger in london."
roger aves of london england

"Thinking about you man. I'm getting ready to head back over. I'll be driving by our LRS house in Al Asaid every day and it will only keep your memory alive that much more. Had some good times - bad times there. The good times are hazy, but the bad times never slip away."
N ~ H o g u e of FBNC

"11 Nov 2008
May you rest in peace, for you will always be remembered
SFC Siercks Bill E/51 TM 2-4 of Ft Benning

"May You're "Heavenly-Harley" never break down or run out of Oil & Gas..!
Damn Wars...! G-G {snoopindaweb@gmail.com}"
Gottlieb Goltz of Deer Lodge, S/W Montana

"Its amazing how fast time goes by. It still hurts like it was yesterday. I still have days where I break down, begging to know why your not here. I still have days the pain is so unbareable I dont think I can go on. I thought I would be fine, I thought all I needed was a little time to heal. I know now that time doesnt heal all wounds. Maybe its my punishment. I still love you, time was not able to take that from me. I love you now as much as I always have, and I miss you everyday. I hope you think about me. To your family, simone and bridget if you read this forgive me for not keeping intouch these years. I miss having you in my life. Please contact me My email is marque.girl@gmail.com. I love you guys and I hope to hear from you."
marque of gilbert, Az

"Spencer, it has been 5 years today, I miss you every day. I want to thank you so much for putting in a good word for me with the man up stairs, you must have because my life has been so different, and I know you are looking out for me. thank you so much, I love you."
simone karol of glendale, arizona

"Oscar Wilde said "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." You lived. I have lived just by knowing you. I will always remember you. You are a true hero little brother, and I miss you more than I can say. You are in my heart and my mind always."
Ray English of Florida

"September 30, 2008
To the family of Spc. Spencer T. Karol:
Spencer 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 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 nothing from those who gave nothing,
and reluctantly accepted the 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 someday I will be able to say
that I was proud of what I was.....

Spenc, you are what every soldier should strive to be. If I could have taken your place that night I would have. I always say that I have no regrets, thats not true. I regret that it was your team and not mine. I miss you bro."

"Hi Bridget,
Just finished a note to you on your Dad's site. This site is a wonderful tribute to Spencer! The pictures are
wonderful. You give families joy, love and hope. God bless you and yours. Spencer is sure proud of his Mama."
Donna Matern of Atlanta GA

"July31, 08
First let me just say that I'm sorry for your loss!

I was one of the first PSG (Commo) when Eco activated in 1986. During the activation ceremonies at Wiesbaden, they uncased the Regimental Colors ( E Co “held” the colors because we were the lowest lettered company, there being only E Co and F Co in the 51st infantry regiment.) Anyway, I remember they uncased the colors and I instantly felt connected to ALL of the past soldiers that had ever served in the regiment. I felt this strong, unseen, never ending power behind me that would lifted me up. It still sends chills through my body to remember that day! And as they uncased “our” colors everyone else had to dip theirs! To see the MI BDE colors/guide-ons have to dip was impressive! Not because their flags or guide-ons were MI or somehow less, but there it was, waving in the breeze, with all of her battle streamers, hanging there to let everyone know that THIS FLAG, THIS SET OF COLORS represented ALL of the men who had ever served under it, and the many who had died!

Unfortunately I understand that E Co has been deactivated but that the colors may still be flying at Ft. Bragg.
For a few years I was apart of that flag and I hope what I did there will always make me a part of those colors but Spencer will always be that unseen force that never ending power and he will continue to give strength to all who see the Regimental Colors and know what the battle streamers and the point of the spear at the tip of the staff stand for."
Jeff of Irvine, CA

"it's been awhile bro, just wanted you to know that your always in my heart brother! your memory carries on with me and my family. It was a honor to have been your friend, fellow soldier; and brother. Keep a look out for us bro"
Rob Contreras

"Hey Spencer,
I know your in heaven and free of this world. I miss you so much. I went to a funeral yesterday. It was your brother's friend Dylan and his middle name is Spencer. He was only 15. He collapsed on the football field when he was playing with the team. You must have been looking down on Sky as he was something to be very proud of. So many flash backs of you when Dylan's Mom spoke. Not a dry eye in the church. I wish and hope you saw Sky. I was so very proud of him. Like I am of you. I needed to write you. I wish you were here. I wish you could see little Bobby. But maybe you do. I love you so much Spence.
Bridget Madison of Morongo Vally, CA

"thanks for your service and sacrifice. "in orbe terrum non visi" bro. May God hold you and keep you. I will see you at formation when He calls me bro. RLTW"
(Doc) Worlds formerly of E 52 IN (LRS) (ABN) Ft. Hood, TX of Florida

"Happy 25th birthday Spencer, I am so sorry you are not here. I feel like you were robbed of your chance at happiness.
I love you, and so does little Bobby."
Simone of Glendale, Arizona

"I recall those in my own life who like your Son died while in service to their country. Your Son is special and the family that he grew up in is special. How can we ever thank you. There is no way of course, but we will always remember and we will thank God every day for giving us such brave men. Thank You God and look out for their families please."
John Phillips of Iowa City, Iowa USA

"R.I.P. young Hero... another war, another generation, its just so sad........"
dee of philadelphia, pa

I just want you to know you will never be forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. "All gave some...some gave all!" I was part of Eco Co 51st INF for only five months, before being sent to Walter Reed Army medical center for a bad parachute jump. Fare well! Retired PFC Bryce Turner"
Bryce of Merced CA United States

I just want you to know you will never be forgotten. You gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. "All gave some...some gave all!" I was part of Eco Co 51st INF for only five months, before being sent to Walter Reed Army medical center for a bad parachute jump. Fare well! Retired PFC Bryce Turner"
Bryce of Merced CA United States

"hey i served with eco in our 2nd oif tour. never met spencer but his sprit lived on in the his brothers. thank you"
libby of anywhere

"To the family of Spencer T. Karol

I am so sorry for your loss. It is because of sons and daughters like yours, who put their lives on the line, that we enjoy a freedom not known outside of the United States and sometimes, I am sorry to say, not well appreciated even here. I wish there was something more or better to say to help you in what must be a terrible pain and sadness. But there is not. Your son, your brother, your nephew, Spencer T. Karol, is a patriot and gave his life in the noblest way known to man. And, you, his family, of course, have given up even more by giving him to us.

Wishing you the best and all the tranquility you deserve."
A. A.. Esteban of San Francisco, California

"Miss you miss alot of LRS WORLD WILL try my best at life for you and live it like you would, Wish it was like the time we went biking in the woods i felt young and had no cares then."
MIchael Diehn of Mabel MN

"Hey bro may your soul live on in every one that knew you. May you rest in peace."

Derrick of iraq

"Hey buddy, wow, I miss you. I am out of the army now. (thank god) Everything is going well for me. You should be proud of your mom. She is doing great things in your memory, I have been meaning to go visit her but between school and work i have no time at all. One day I promise. Rest in peace

hunter sucks!"
Billy of San Diego

"Hey Spence,
I still think about you many times through out the day. it doesnt get any easier. I really wish you could have met your nephew, he is wonderful.I love you."

"hey spencer it has been a while i finally found this web sight. i miss the hell out of ya, and tell my little ones about you. i carry you with me all the time, and i hope that you can watch over all our other brothers out there, you are a real soldier. love you kid,

ill talk to you later"
matthew shepherd of crown point, indiana

"I am truely touched. Thank you"
Julia of Florida

"I am sorry for your loose. I am also, so glad you have this tribute to your son and all the fallen young men and women fighting this war. I Thank Them All for there Brave Service and willingness to Defend Against Good and Evil. God Bless your son and all that are still in the Battle Field Fighting today."
John Rush of Keizer,Or. U.S.A.

"I thank you and my family thanks you so much for giving up your life to protect our great country. Please rest in peace Spencer, God bless you and God bless the USA."
Steve "Hillbilly" Kalmikov of Hemet, California

"I can hardly beleive that four years have come and gone so quickly. I still love you as much as i always have. I think about you all the time, and i miss you so much. You were the most perfect thing in my life, how will i ever find someone who will love me as much as you did? Your in my heart spencer. I love you."
Marque of Winslow az

"Hey Buddy,

Thinking of you a lot lately, especially today. You are always here with us. I miss you Little Brother and I will never forget."
Ray of Florida

"I can't put what I'd like to say into words. For all of you who were blessed enough to have known Spencer, I'm sure you would agree. Spencer, though you've passed, your memory lives on. I love you like a brother and will never forget you. Nor the rest of you from E Co. 51. I'm sorry that I wasn’t able to express my condolences sooner, but Mike just turned me on to this. In orbe de terrum. I’ll see you on the other side.

Get well Faulkenberry!"
Perry Gilliam, SPC E Co 51st IN Abn (LRS), Team 2-2 of Sacramento, CA

All I can say is thank you...and it's still not enough."
Valerie of NewMexico

"Spencer; it was good times hanging out in Georgia. Last time I saw you you were leaving for Germany. Love ya bro."
Dave Perdue of Fremont, CA

"Just wanted you to know that we are taking care of your mom for you. She is a remarkable soul and I am honored to call her my friend. She misses you with all of her heart and is very proud of you, as we all are. We know you are smiling down on us and that you too, are very proud of your mother for all the great support and love she gives to the Gold Star Families.
Much love......Cookie"
Cookie Harris of CHino, Calif

"Bridget, we had met you last Thursday in Poway, as a rider of the Patriot Guard. Having met you I wanted to meet your son, and I feel like I have reading all the comments below. I just want you to know that Spencer will not be forgotten, and I know if he is looking down he is so proud of you.

Joyce Orrell"
Joyce Orrell of Valley Center, Ca

"It still hurt's alot to know your gone and I'm not you took my place that night Love you man."
Michael Diehn of Mabel MN

"Hey brother...may you rest in peace! Your a real F**kin Ranger! not no punk Corps LRS show dogs!!! Just recently i bumped into a 82nd LRS show dog (E-6)with all the high speed badges but he had nothing to say when i told him that we did what we did! and he knew what Echo did thats why he didn't say S*it.
From the men of E Co., We love you and will never forget you!
Doc Harbort (Vincent) of las vegas, nv

"To all of the wonderful people who left messages on this site. I am Spencer's Mom , Bridget. I have a tribute page to him on my site
Please come and visit it. I am now giving back to the fallen troops as I ride with The Patriot Guard Riders.I beleive Spencer sent me on this new mission. It has really helped me in my life."
Bridget Madison of Morongo Valley, CA

"Hi Spencer. We never met, but I was on the Honor Guard for your service. Later I was assigned to Darmstadt and knew some of the guys from your unit. Rendering honors to you and other brothers in arms was the most proud and painful thing I ever did. God bless you and your family."
Lee of Alabama

"Dear Family,

I go to First Baptist Church of Orlando. On Sunday May 27th, in honor of our fallen soldiers, our church put their names on mini flags that were passed out amoung the concregation and placed on church grounds for everyone passing by to see. I was honored to have your son's name on the flag that was given to me. Thank you so much. Your son is a blessing and I am proud to say I am free because of him! Maybe someday, hopefully, I will be able to thank him personally in heaven. I will keep him and your family in my prayers. I would love to stay in contact if you wish. My email is SDMutschler@aol.com."
Samantha Mutschler of Orlando, FL, Orange

"Buddy, its Memorial Day so I figured now is as good a time as any to say "whats up fool". I talk about you almost everyday. I miss you little brother. Hopefully one day I will know why everything happened the way it did. I guess its true that only the good die young. You always were the best out of us all. Just keep the Hot Pockets stocked up, I will steal some from you again one day. You are always in my mind and heart Spenc. We won't ever forget you."
Ray English of St. Pete, Florida

"To Spencer T. Karol and all of the other service men and women who have given their lives in the service of our country, you have my profound thanks. Your families have paid the supreme price. I have a son who is just now being deployed to Iraq as well. As a 1st Lt. in the Army, he too loves his job and is firmly committed to keeping his men safe. My fervent prayer is that this war ends soon so no more brave men and women have to sacrifice their lives."
Colete Morlock of Troy, Michigan, USA

"Brave Soldier"
Men like you, are the true wealth of a Nation. We are forever in your debt.

" Your duty here is done now,
as ours will someday be.
So go with Him now,
to places only Heros ever see."

God Bless you and
Rest in Peace, my Brother
USAF 66-70"
Malcolm Kirby of Pasadena California


Brother we never meet but for me to say Thank You for your Sacrifice is small compared to the sacifice you gave to this Country.

Your Honor and Courage against the Evils of this World has given me and my loved one's the Freedoms we enjoy today. Saying Thank You for your Serve is only a small token to what this Country owes to you and Your Family.

I Meet your Mother at a parade on Sat, in Riverside to Honor Veterans.

Your Mom is an amazing Woman and her Love for you shows as she shares your life with everyone she meets. I feel I have seen you through your Mom and can't wait for the day I will be with you and all my Brothers who have gone before me.

I know they Welcomed you Home and I hope you all will Welcome me Home when my time is here.

Spencer there will be a day soon that I will have a chance to meet you and on that day I know I will be with you in the place God has put aside for Hero's.

Until then may God's abundant Love and Glory shine through you to your Family left behind. Until that day Brother May you soar with Eagles and Angels God has giving to you.

Your Brother Eternity,

Roland "Pegleg"
U.S.M.C. Vietnam Vet. 1967-68 RVN"
Roland of Corona, Ca

"Dearest Spencer, I never had the opportunity to personally meet you but have gotten to know you through your wonderful Mom, Bridget. You were so young and such a brave HERO! Your memory will always be etched in my heart. I look forward to hugging and kissing you in Paradise one day and personally thanking you for your great sacrifice that allows our family to live the American life! May the Holy Angels surround you with their sweetest prayers and may our Blessed Mother cover you with her Mantle of Love til we meet in God's heaven."
Margrit Morin of Cabot, Arkansas

"you would be 24 today. i thought i would wish you a happy birthday. i love you."
Marque of winslow az

"Spencer, I remember you at ten,
A gentle boy of manners, charm, and grace,
Your were special, it was clear, even then
A credit to your parents, and the human race.
Rest well, sweet prince."
Sue Rhodes Calhoun of Morongo Valley, CA,, USA

"Hey man just wanted to say hi again it's been a little while. Wanted you to know that you are not forgetten. I still think about you all the time man. I'm going back over again do me a favor and give the man up there a good word for me. Talk to you later bro."
Paul Davis of Ft Stewart GA

""From basic training, Airborne school,RIP holdover and Echo; you've always been an awesome soldier; but better yet; a person and friend. You are always thought of and your name well be with me forever. I carry you on my wrist everyday brother. Thank you for being a part of my life. Someday I hope I could be the man you are....until we meet again."
Robert Contreras of Paso Robles,California/US of A

"Spencer i miss u so much. you were a great brother to me and thank you for everything u did for me and all the stuff u taught me. I miss u very much and thank you for everything. love ur brother sean"
Sean Karol of Irvine

"Hey Spencer, its hard to believe its been three years. There isnt a day that goes by that you arent thought of or missed deeply. Thanks for watching over us and we WILL see one another again. We miss you brother!"
Roy & Kathleen Burkhalter of Titusville, Florida

"I think about you everyday little brother."
Mike Records of Deer Park, TX

"Hey little brother, Its seems so much longer then 3 years almost 10. Just wanted to let you know we all miss you man and think of you often. Remember your 2nd PLT little brother and with that you will never be forgtten. Take care and rest in peace man. We will all see you again someday."
Luke Collins of Knoxville Tn

"Three years today my love. I still think about you everyday. I am so proud of you. If you only knew how much i still love you. You are the greatest thing that ever happend to me. I will always carry you in my heart Spencer. I know that someday we will meet again. Thank you for all that you have done and know that you are loved and thought of often. Until we meet again my love."
Marque of Tempe AZ

"Hey buddy, its been three years today. I think about you all the time. I know you are watching all of us. We will never forget I promise. You will always be in my mind and in my heart. Love you little brother. Oh and by the way when we all meet again be sure to ask Matt for a cup of sugar."
Ray English of Pinellas Park, Fl

"Hey Buddy, I will always remember that night as being the saddest of my life. Thanks for keeping an eye out for us during our last deployment. Keep a chemlight up in the patrol base for the rest of us. We´ll be with you soon enough"
Billy Glass of Germany

"SPC Karol, your steadfast dedication to your country in the face of harrowing danger is an example for us all. I hope that one day I'll be half the soldier and man that you've proven to be. Thank you for looking out for us."
SPC Andrew Dobson Co. A, 2-30th INF BN of Kandahar, Afghanistan

"Hey, I wish I knew you Karol, I've heard good things about you. You will be missed, but not forgotten."
SPC Adam Bradshaw

"Well brother it's been almost three years. Not only will you never be forgotten but you will be remembered with honor and pride. Thanks for keeping an eye on all of us, and take care"
SSG Matthew Davis of Kandahar, Afghanistan

"Hey dude I was looking around on the internet and I stumbled on to your site. I couldn't just not say hi. We all miss you man."
Sgt Davis Paul 1-509th of Ft. Polk ,La

"im very close to spencer's mom,bridget,and i've known spencer when he was just born..and what i know in my heart is he is with the lord...and in the company...(now)..with angels...love to the family...god bless all the troops...sherry"
sherry dunn of virginia

"I served in Eco. 51st,3rd plt, team 5,from 89-92,I'm sorry for ur lose,GOD BLESS YOU!"
scott mohr of houston texas

"I found a KIA bracelet of a soldier in the bottom of a pool where I conducted military training. I retreived the bracelet and put it in a safe place for over a year. I forgot it was there. I recently just came upon that bracelet again. It states "SPC Spencer Timothy Karol - ARMY, E CO 51st INF LRS 6 OCT 2003 Hit, Iraq "IN ORBE TERRUM VISI". I don't know why I never thought about it again. Like some Americans we thoughtlessly don't notice important things in our lives. When I pulled it out, something came over me. I ran to my computer and I put in his name. Spencer Timothy Karol. I have read the remarks and I have felt the love, friendship and appreciation that this soldier so obviously deserved. That KIA bracelet will never be forgotten again. I am a stranger and I am an American and I will always remember this man and wear him to show how proud I am of him, our soldiers and what he and the rest of them sacrifice and fight for everyday. His unselfish acts will always be remembered. Thank you to his family for making him the man he was and his comrades for being there to guide him through his trials. To me, he will live on. Thank you Spencer for your incredible sacrifice."

"served with spc karol i could only dream that my kids will grow up to be a man such as he. spc karol will be missed"

"Thank You for paying the ultimate price for my freedom! I will always remember you Spencer. From when I first met you when were a little kid up until the day when you grew up and then payed the ultimate price. Thank You Spencer.
Always, Jimmie "Jimbo" Perkins"
Jimmie A. Perkins of Winslow, Az, USA

"Nobody could ever forget you Spencer, I know you are looking down on us all now, thank you for all of the memories."
Mike Sullivan of Phoenix, AZ

"hey karol, omg i still think of you all the time. i went on that snowboard trip to Colorado that we were supposed to do. i thought of u the whole time. it kinda felt like you were there with me. it was odd. but it was even better just to have that feeling that you were there too. hopefully i can go visit your family next summer. miss you buddy."
Erik Selig of Dekalb, IL

"i never had the oppurtunity to meet you, but i am great friends with your brother sean. i just chanced upon this website and i want to express my undying gratitude for your sacrifice. its people like you that allow people like me the priveleged and free life that we live.

thanks and god bless"
nate of irvine CA

"Echo 51. My brother in arms. I hope you are in peace. Carry on!"
Brian B. of Caifornia

"In the last two years not a day went by that i didnt think of you. I still love you so much. I am so proud of you Spencer and the sacrifice you made for this country. If only I could hold you one more time, look into your brown eyes. I can still hear your voice in my dreams, at least i can still find you there. I dont think my heart will ever fully heal after loosing you. I will always carry you in my heart Spencer, and I will always love you."
Marque of Tempe Az

"It has been to years now and not a day goes by without remebering you bubby. I think I came speak for everyone that had the privilege to not only be with you there but those that have ever known you in saying we miss you and we love you brother."
Joshua Schmidt of Fort Worth,Texas

"well, 2 years have gone by, and i still think about you every day. i miss my little brother so much. thank you again to all the people that loved spencer so much. any of the soldiers that served with spencer can contact me at simone_karol@hotmail.com"
Simone Karol of phoenix, AZ

"Whats up man! Its been two years now and our thoughts of you have not lessend. I dont think a day goes by that you dont enter our minds. I dont think in terms that you left us, you just went on ahead to pull "eyes on" some where else and you took a pice of all of us with you.
To the Karol family,
I dont think there is as word or combination of words that could truly convey how we feel for you son, and how deeply sorry we are for the loss of your son. He was truly a good man, and it was our honor to sand beside him. His was truly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."
Scott Perry of Athens, Greece

"Its been two years Little Brother. Doesnt even feel like your gone. Hell in my mind you arent. Never will be. To Spenc's family again you have my deepest condolances. Spenc We love ya buddy."
Ray of Florida

"Hey Buddy, I just wanted to say hi to you and your family on this day. Your always in my mind and I will see you again one day. To the family anything you need I will always be there."
Nicholas Williams10-06-05 of fayetteville,nc

"Spencer...thank you for paying the ultimate price for my freedom and rights. I'm carrying the fight on for you."
Spc. Teddy Julien of Baghdad Iraq

"Spencer, I never had the pleasure of knowing you, but I had a chance encounter with your mom, Bridget, today. She miraculously appeared in my life during a time when I needed some help. Before she shared her loss with me, I have already dubbed her "the Angel of Morongo Valley." It seems as if she wasn't the only angel in the family. Thank you for your bravery and for doing what so many are grateful for--defending freedeom. I will remember you each night in my prayers and a candle will be lit for you every sixth of October from now on."
Nora Nunez of Joshua Tree, CA USA

"Hey Buddy, Its been about a year since I last wrote you, but I talk to you all the time( I'm sure you already knew that though ) I miss you Bro, a lot, I kept my promise to you, I brought you back to Florida with me. Not physically but in my mind and heart. You will be here with me always. You know you still you still make me laugh every time i remember when you went and asked Matt to borrow that cup of sugar. Keep some hot pockets in your freezer little brother I will come and steal 'em from you one day. Love ya Spence"
Ray English of E co 51st INF

"My love Spencer. You were always there for me, your Brothers Sean, Sky and your buddy Sheridan and sister Simone. You filled a Mans shoes before you were ten years old. My heart aches for you, if I could just see you again, or hear your voice, to hug you one more time, to hear you say " I love you Mom" one more time..." . I look in Sean's brown eyes and see such a familiar look, as if it were a part of you. I am so thankful Willie and Dominik and Records and Erik were there for you at your last hour. I will cherrish them as my own son's. You are my Hero and you are your siblings Hero too.I am so proud of you and find solice in knowing you loved what you were doing and did it well.God blessed me with 20 years of your life and now he must have bigger and better things for you to do.I love you and think of you every day. So many families are going through the same.My heart is with them also. You are loved and missed beyond words. I love you baby.
Bridget Madison of Morongo Valley, Ca

"Karol was a kind soul. Who you could ask for anything. He made the ladies look twice with that cute face. He was our brother and he soldiered well. He covered my back countless times. Even 2 years later I think of that messed up night and wish it would have been different."
Lukus Collins of Eco 51st INF

"To Karol’s family. I’m sorry for the loss of your son. There is nothing that I can say to ease your grief. He did his job until the end and was very brave. Spencer was liked by everyone in the Company, and its guys like Spencer that made E Co. 51st a better unit then any other. To Spencer I will never forget the week we worked together in Manheim, Germany before we got sent to IRAQ. I still have the CD you gave me, and I will always keep it. I would give anything I have to have been there that night in Iraq. Go EZ bro, and I’ll see on the Drop Zone."
SPC James Encalada, E Co 51st INF, 1st Platoon, Team 1-2, SSO. of Medford, MA. Iraq Vet

"I went to basic training with Spc. Karol in 2001. I was just looking through all of the soldiers killed and saw him. It took me by surprise. My sympathy goes to his family and friends."
Spc. Michael Davido of Ridgway, PA

"To the family of Spencer I am so sorry for the loss of your son, I know that there is nothing any of us can say to lessen your grief. I would like you to know that Spencer is thought of and missed by all of us, his comrades, and that not a day goes by that I do not think of Spencer's smiling face. He was an outstanding soldier which was only shadowed by his ability to make all of us smile and laugh no matter how bad things got. To Spenc we miss you brother and I will never forget that day in Iraq.. keep a chemlight lit in the patrol base for all of us and we will be there soon little brother... Rangers lead the way"
Sgt. Eric Pazz of 2nd Platoon E co. 51st (LRS)(ABN)

"Hey Spencer.. im sorry it took me so long to find this site. I miss you bud. Ill always rememeber scooping you off the floor in Ramadi and helping you to your bed. Thanks for letting me use your M4 on missions and teaching me about LRS, and for just being the funny guy when everything sucked. We all really miss you..Rest in Peace brother!
p.s. hunter sucks!"
Billy Glass of Eco, Darmstadt, Germany

"Spencer had one of the gentlest souls I've ever come to know. I will always remember the way he welcomed me into his family with open arms and friendship. I really wish I could have had the opportunity to see Spencer turn into the great man he would have become. He was very easy to love. Thank you Simone for telling me about this website."
Heidi Karol of Irvine, CA

"Thank you Spencer for the gift of freedom we all cherish. Your loved ones can take solice in knowing that when they close their eyes for the last time, standing before them with open arms will be their Spencer. God Bless you young soldier. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"I would like to express my graditude to all of you who have left these messages, I miss my brother so very much,more than words can express, it makes it easier to know how many people love him, I'm very proud of him."
Simone Karol of Phoenix, AZ

"I joined Spencer's team two months before we went to iraq, he was a really good young soldier, but better than that he was a great young man.In iraq his smile always helped the mood of everyone around him. To Spencer's Family, I was with him on that final mission and I,m truly sorry for your loss. He is a Hero in my book and I will never forget him..RIP KAROL.."
Sgt. Nicholas Williams of Darmstadt, Germany

""hey buddy, its hard to believe its been a year already. sorry i didn't find out about this web site sooner. I still don't believe you are really gone. we thought about you a lot the other day. I miss you little brother and i think of you all the time. i know God has a plan for you and someday i will know what that is. I love you bro. You are gone but i promise with all my heart you will never be forgotten.""
Spc. Raymond English of E co 51st INF

"It's amazing to me that a year has passed, but it still feels like i lost you yesterday. I still love you so much, and i think about you every day. your in my heart and thats where i keep you safe my love."
marque of Tempe Az

"i will remember that night for the rest of my life, after i came too, all i could think about is where you were. i know know you are in a greater place. you are in my thoughts everyday and i will always consider my little brother. i will see you there."
sgt michael t. records of e/co 51st

"I would like to tell Spencers mom how sorry I am for her loss. Spencer was an excellent soldier and person. He always had a smile on his face and he had the ability to make others laugh when we were down. Spencer is still missed very much. He will always be missed by us. Spencer was a very good friend of mine and as long I and the other members of 2nd Platoon, E. Co. 51st INF (ABN)(LRS) are still alive, Spencer will live also. Spencer we love you and we miss you very much. We will meet again one day. Our love to you brother."
SGT. Roy Burkhalter of E. Co. 51st INF, 165th MI Bn, Darmstadt, Germany

"hey karol, even though you died 9 months ago, the day you died still feels like yesterday... i think about you everyday, you were a great friend, my best fried, rest in peace buddy, ill visit your grave as soon as possible, hell ill even bring you a beer, for the last one we could never drink together. and to his family and saddly ex fiance - im sorry about your loss, remember im always there if you ever wanna talk, you know how to get a hold of me."
Erik Selig of Sycamore, IL

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God grant your family comfort and peace in this time of sorrow. Thank you again."
A grateful citizen in Arizona

"He was nice, caring and a great army man. I would like to bless Spencer and his family. All my thoughts are with you people."
7th grade student of Barker midlle school

"I am a 7th grader in Barker school. I did not know Spencer but when I read these messages on the fallen heros website. He seemed like a nice person and family member. I could tell by the messages."
7th grade student of Barker middle school

"To the family of Spencer Karol....I didn't know him, but I know his natural father Tim S. and I am the godchild of his natural paternal grandmother Lois S. (Im leaving out last name of these people because I believe this condolence is being made public on internet, and to protect their privacy). I also live in Arizona (prev of Chicago area) and was shocked to hear of his death. I am also a military veteran (USAF). I know you were proud of him, and even though I never met him (I did know of his existence since his birth), I am proud of him as a soldier and his ultimate sacrifice for freedom. But to you, his family, I am sending my condolences to your family. He will be missed."
Sue Winkler of Phoenix, Az

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

"thanks to my cousin spencer for doing what i sould have done"
justin of los angeles, ca

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

"To Spc Karol's Family:
Though we are strangers, we want you to know how sorry we are your Spencer was taken from you. There is no doubt his thoughts were of you as he served with the Army in Iraq. We will never forget. You are in our hearts (1/27/04)"
Carol & Larry Miller of Tampa, Florida

"To the family of Specialist Karol. We wish to express our sincere condolences on the death of Spencer. He died too young in service to his country. He will not be forgotten. May memories of happier times sustain you and may you know he was an honor to his uniform and a hero to his countrymen."
Chief Bruce and Sandra Whitehouse of Corona de Tucson Fire Department, Corona, AZ

"Thank you Spencer Karol, 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 my second cousin Spencer. I am truly saddened by your death. I anguish over the fact that I came home from the war and another one of my family members did not. May you sleep with the angels my cousin, my comrade in arms. -Jerry"
SSgt. Loughlin, Jerry P. of March Arb, Ca.

"To the loved ones of Spencer Karol, Words cannot express the saddness I feel for your loss. I commend the bravery of Spencer and have faith that he is in a better place. May God help you through this time of loss."
Laurie Robinson of Evansville, Indiana

"hey baby, I love you so much and i am so proud of you. I will always remember our love and the time we spent together. I wish i could hold you again in my arms and look into your beautiful brown eyes. i know we will meet again and be together. i love you with all of my heart Spencer. i miss you!
your loving fiance Markie"
markie of Holbrook Az

"hey karol, i met you in darmstadt about one year ago. although i did not know you really well, you are a nice and fun person. i'm so shocked about what happened... i feel so sorry and i cant believe it. i wish the best to your friends who are still there, to your other friends, to your family and to everybody else who could enjoy to meet you. rest in peace and take care. Nadia"
Nadia of Germany

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

"To the family and friends of Spc. Spencer Karol:
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 Spencer, 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