Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul D. Karpowich

30, of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania.
Karpowich died in Mosul, Iraq, when a suicide bomber entered his dining facility and detonated an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 2nd Battalion, 390th Infantry Regiment, Webster, New York. Died on December 21, 2004.

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"Happy Memorial Day Paul to you and your comrades that gave the ultimate sacrifice for Our country and freedom! Thank you,
Miss you, but know I always think of you!"
Samar A Kline of Reading, PA

"Dear Paul,
It is a beautiful Spring day. Sunday is Easter a day when Jesus is resurrected into heaven and given eternal life and died for our sin.

Beautiful Spring days remind me of renewal of life and the beautiful person you were. I know that
you spread that sunshine to all of us. You make us realize life is precious and we should
appreciate the life he has given us. Thank you everyday for fighting for our country.

I am sorry for your father’s passing, but know I am glad you are reunited with him in spirit.

You wouldn’t believe all the changes going on (Covid-19 and Ukraine and Russia war) but
my faith keeps me strong.

Love you and miss you everyday.

Happy Easter to you and your family.

God Bless,"
Samar A Kline of Reading, PA

"Happy Memorial Day Paul! Thank you for all you did for our country. Your service was greatly appreciated! Missing you more than you’ll ever know. Peace to you!"
Samar Kline of Reading, PA

"Thinking about you today MSG Karpowich!!! RIP thank you for everything!!!"
Erik Holt of Florissant, Colorado

"Dec 24, 2019. Merry Christmas Paul! Think of you often 17 years and will never forget. Thank you for your service and God Bless! ♥️"
Samar Skelding-Kline of Reading, Pa

"Happy Veterns day Paul! Thank you for your service and the ultimate sacrifice. Always in my heart. Miss and love you!"
Samar A Kline of Reading PA

"Dec 21, 2018 I sit here quietly reminiscing about you and the past! Christmas around the corner, so sending all my love."
Samar of Reading, PA USA

May The Owl Share His Keen Sight & Intuition To See Things That Are Hidden."
Remembering Always of Everywhere

"There is still not a day that goes by that I don't think about you! You are missed everyday!"
a friend

"11 and counting."
908 of Compound 1233

"Almost Christmas and still missing that loving fun free dedicated service man who always was there for everyone. So hard to believe 10 yrs... God Bless you Paul."
Samar A Kline of Rdg, PA USA

"The posts and visiting of the this page slowly dwindle down. It's what happens when 10years slide through the hour glass. The core remembers everyday, the rest on occasion. Things are well at the compound but there has been life regression for some outside it. Till the next, vigilant & ready.

Happy Birthday Brother!"
GF69D of OP 1233 Chestnut

"Paul D. You are missed"
Rogue 3 of hinterlands, PA

"9 years..... and onward we go!"
of Narvon Base Camp

"Happy Veterans Day Paul...Thanks for all you did for our Country. Miss you...God Bless..Till we meet again!"
Samar of Reading, PA

"Hey Bro..... Happy Birthday! 39 years old. Getting Old. HaHa. Miss you much but I've been blessed and so has my family. Met up with Amos on Facebook the other week and put him in contact with the family. Glad to have your family in my life, and I'll do whatever I can for them anytime, anywhere.
Left, Foot, Right Foot repeat.......Tilt the Rolling Rock to you!!!"
Roster #419 of NARVON

"Bless you Paul for the service, time, sweat, tears, dedication, your heart and soul, and most of all your life you put into serving our country. To this day it never goes unnoticed we all appreciate what you have done and did for this country. I miss you dearly...I will never forget all the good times all of us had together. Not one day goes by were I do not think of you and your family..God Bless."
Samar A Kline of Reading, PA

"Its been over 8yrs bro. So much has happened but it still seems like yesterday we were in IN. I will never forget the drive away from your hotel. You still inspire me. Know that you are honored, respected, admired , loved and especially missed. Rest in peace bro."
Paul Wilcock of Andover, NJ

"Dear Paul,
While today is Memorial Day, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers always!"
Don and Rosemarie Peterson of Amherst NY

"Paul and yet another year passes and it seems like yesterday...I still miss you so and all the good times we all had together. Wanting to wish you a Merry Christmas and that you will always be in my heart and never forgotten!"
Samar Kline of Reading, PA

"A real man will never let his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood. ”
¯ George S. Patton Jr."
81MM Mortman

"Karpo! I just found out what happened and I am heartbroken by this news. I have always referred to you as the best soldier I have ever known. I will Always Remember our friendship in the 82 nd. What a great time we had in Times Square for New Years Eve. Thank you for sacrifice and your friendships"
Brian Larissey of Columbus Ohio

"Paul: Miss You!"
Samar of Reading. PA

"Happy Birthday Bro. Wish you were here.... a pack of Reds would be waiting!!"

"7 years Paul!!! Really miss you today and everyday!!"

"7 years.......dont even know where the time goes. Still inspiration and motivation for a lot of people. Me included. One foot in front of the other...............and so on"

"Happy Birthday Bro"

"I know you already know Bro but we got that Son of * today. 01May11. Always remain vigilant!


"I miss you so much and you have made the utilmate sacrifice. Time goes by so fast and we take this life for granted. I do remember and I miss you terribly. It was like yesterday that I spoke to you. Merry Christmas Paul, Rest in Peace."
A friend

"6 years..........So much has changed in this world since then. Somethings have remained the same. If any us could be half the individual, what a different world we'd be livin' in.....Miss ya bro"
Kline of East Earl, Pa

"For those who love and remember Paul each and every day, may you find the peace that he would have wanted you to know. Amanda, my thoughts are with you always"
B of PA

"I think of you every day."
A friend of Philadelphia PA

"Happy Veteran's Day Brother"

"Still ,everyday you are an inspiration to me!!! We miss you, ALWAYS."

"I wanted to stop in and wish you a Happy Birthday, bro. I sometimes wonder where the time has gone or how I've come to be here when my memory leads me to believe it was only yesterday that we were sitting at Green Ramp smokin' a Malboro. I guess for us here things can be established by reading 2 Peter 3:8, while offering us a slight understanding of your position. Never forgotten, as one foot placed in front of another............
TWKII...... of Remote East Earl Living Room

"Happy Birthday!!!!!! Miss you still.
Much love xoxoxoxo"
Your A of Philly

I never knew you but you've touched so many people. Your memory and spirit lives on. My husband is constantly telling "Karp" stories from your times together. I know that Terry would love to have one more day to share with you. Your wife is one of the most precious women I think I've ever met! She's an Angel on Earth. If you could, keep a watch over my older brother, Capt. Michael S. Titus II. He deployed once again for the middle east and he should have landed earlier today in Afghanistan.
Blessings to your widow and your family,"
Stephanie - Mrs. Terry W. Kline II of Lancaster County, PA

Well I finally saw the pit, the pines, the craters and other places your boot prints hsve pressed. It was good and the company was perfect. A little sore, but worth it in name of tradition! So, a shot of Jack to those remembered not lost! TO TRADITIONS

of Top Of Mount Yeager

"To my cousin amanda I can't believe that its been 5 years since pauls passing. Its so hard to put into words my sympathy for your loss but after reading about your husband paul I find myself with a smile on my face since he was truly an american soldier and a hero above all else. I wish that I had the opportunity to have meet paul and got to know him. From one military vet to another let me say that I have the upmost honor and respect for paul and for you and the families. The next time that I am up to visit my dad your uncle butch in arlington I will be sure to stop by and salute your beloved husband and fellow soldier paul. Let's keep in touch."
Kevin Leshko of Cameron WI

"Dear Friend, Our hearts still ache for A and your family. Can't believe it is 5 yrs today. Tried to get to site this past weekend but couldn't, see you next weekend.
We will never forget you and will always treasure our memories of you. We are doing some things, in your honor, that we know would make you proud. Your sacrifice has made us sit up, take a stand and initiate action, to help those who are in dire need and just really need a hand. We miss you!!!"
N & E of Philly

"5 years today. Can't believe it. Miss you and love you! Dewars and Rolling Rock later."
"A" of Philadelphia

"Dearest Paul: 12-20-09

Today I left you flowers;
in such a beautiful place
I wish you were there to see them
so I could see you face.

Each day that goes by I shed a tear
It is hard to believe that tomorrow you will be gone, already 5 yrs.

So with that I say thank you for all that you done;
In return God gave you eternal life and now your work is done.

Your memory will always live on in my heart forever.

Merry Christmas to you Paul, Amanda and family.

Love Always,"
S. Kline of Rdg, Pa

20 miles "NO SWEAT" thanks for look out and down for that matter."

"Kid Karpo,
I called you my little brother. As I type this I am looking at the sign you painted for our office in the Sinai. You will always be missed. My best to your family."
Lieutenant Colonel Lance Curtis of Fairfax, Virginia

"The 5th Annual KARP MFM is fast approaching...is it that many years already?...it's hard to believe that life keeps plodding on without you in it. I love you Paul and forever will...
Wife of PA

"Happy Birthday!!! Missing you even more today.

Will cheers with a Dewars and Rolling Rock later :)

Love you!"
A of Philadelphia

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRO!!!! You're up there looking down and you're probably laughing at this crap going on down here. Do me a favor talk to the Man and ask him to shed a little mercy on me, the load is heavy. I wish you here to talk to, I miss you, we all do. Not a day goes by, you know the rest. Keep the feet and knees together!!!!!!!!

T. Kline of Reading, Pa

"Family of Paul, I found this sight by error but could not leave without responding. My heart goes out to you and may you always remember Pauls sacrifice, I will. I'm a 24 year Army Vet from Webster NY (Philips Village)714 Krieger Road 1985 and about to retire in May. Been there done that, just didn't pay the price Paul did for all of us.

Katterbach Germany"
SFC Ferg of Katterbach Germany

"Hey B,
Miss you as much as ever.
Love always!"
A of Philadelphia

I can still see you and Chuck wrestling all over the B Co. barracks. I see you everytime I think of the Sinai out on OP39, all those gummy bears and cigarrettes that came in your care packages. I can still hear the Scout Platoon NCO's asking "what about that Karp, what kind of trooper is he?". Now I sit with my two little sons looking at all the photos from my 82nd days and I tell them the same thing I told those NCOS, Karp is a STUD. The only word that will ever describe you. You were and will always be a soldiers-soldier. On behalf of my sons thank you for helping make this a better world for them. I thank God for giving me the honor of serving with you. Your always in my heart.
Amison of Apalachicola, FL

"December 13, 2008
To the family of Sgt. 1st Class Paul D. Karpowich:
Paul 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 symptahy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Hey paul this is Nate I know I haven't spoke to you in a while but I know your there watching over me as you know things have been crazy but Im slowly getting through it I miss you bro we all miss you and don't worry the "light" is ok getting big and smartter then ever. Well I got to go I love you bro"
Nate of Odenton Md

"KARP, I'm a day late and a dime short on wishing you a Happy Birthday bro. Not to worry I wished it to you though. My life is straight "F-ing" nuts. You already know that from where you're at but please guide me through these times because I need it. I know you will but I'm struggling. This is one of those times where you usually offered me your insight this time just guide me through it. We miss you and love you and not a day passes. Keep your feet and knees together.


"Dear Paul,

Thank you for your service to our Great Country. Because of you my children in the future will live in a Terror Free America. Because of you thousands upon thousands of terrorist have been killed in Iraq. Because of you the terrorist have been drawn to Iraq like flies to sugar. Because of you our Country has been safe. Because of you millions of people have been freed from a vicious murdering dictator who gassed them and murdered women and children on a daily basis. Because of you a country that was inhibited by evil that plotted and planned to attack Americans has been abolished.

God bless and I will always pray for your soul."
Andrea of drums, pa

"Think of you everyday and still missing you. <3 you."
"A" of Philadelphia

"My uncle and the person i looked up to most in this world Paul,
I sat there right after hearing of what had happened to you and not only you but to your family,your wife,and me your nephew.I could not say a word, i couldnt speak,all i could do was nothing. It makes me sick sometimes thinking about what happened to you and how it could happen to such a good person.I dont blame anyone for what happened,I just regret not speaking to you more or sending you a letter while you were away.I miss u uncle paul and u will always be with me.
Love your nephew"
Angelo III of Oak Island, NC

"Three years today...over 1000 days apart and I miss you more than ever...
My love forever-
Your wife,
Zoe & Romel too"
Amanda of PA

"Although I did not know Paul personally, I am close friends with his sister Kristen. My heartfelt prayers for Kris and the whole family. And God bless the spirit of this good man."
Robert P. Graham SGM (Ret) of Copperas Cove, TX

"Dear Amanda: I knew Paul quite well because I lived in Freeland from roughly 1987 through 1990 before leaving for college, and I think I was one year ahead of him at Bishop Hafey. We were actually pretty good friends - Paul and I rode skateboards, played tennis, hung out around town and the various other silly stuff you did as a broke young teenager in a little town in the late 80's (I don't recall either of us having a car, for example). My guess would be that we rode the bus together from Freeland to Hafey just about every schoolday for several years, though I'm not 100% sure on that one.

You may not know this, but during the early high-school years Paul actually (like myself) was kind of a skinny runt, full of energy, not that tall (as I recall), and always up to non-serious mischief with me and others in town and at school. We lost touch when I left for college and moved to Philadelphia, I am sorry to say.

I was shocked and moved to learn of Paul's sacrifice for this fantastic country. I read it in the paper here in Philadelphia when it happened (my God, almost 3 years ago...) but I only now just saw this website and the other stuff available online. One of my clients has a son who left Fallujah not long ago and I was looking up his information and came across this stuff.

Paul gave his life for our freedom and the freedom of others, and frankly I am astonished at the bravery and poise you show by keeping up his memorial and such. You yourself have sacrificed just as much for our country, and I am proud of you for doing so. While I don't remember you particularly (I graduated May, 1990) from school I am sure we must have come across each other one way or another and I honor the fact that you married your high-school sweetheart and stayed local(if we did know each other please accept my apologies - it has been a long time...(!))

Please accept my sincere best wishes and condolences as you make it through this 4th holiday season without your beloved husband, and thanks again from the bottom of my heart for what you and your family gave to this blessed land."
Jim Huggett - thehuggetts@comcast.net of Media, PA (US)

"Dear A & P: Looking for the "Karpwalk" site and found this. Sorry I can't be with you all today (10/6/07), but my heart is there, and my deepest respect and affection is with you both - always and forever."
Melissa of Philadelphia

"I miss you "B"..."
"A" of Philadelphia

"Stopping in to wish you a happy birthday bro. Another year has passed, but you are very much here in our minds and hearts and it will always be that way.

"Thank you for your service to our country, Paul. I am a friend of Kristen's. I didn't know you or your family, but still want to thank you for your (and your family's) ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace and God's Grace."
Erik L. of Corpus Christi, TX

Thank you for both of your messages-
I heard about the banner of Paul from his mom. I will be working in Harrisburg within the month and will definently be going to see it and I'm sure- cry in the street. I'm so glad you saw it and took the time. Thank you.
All my love - my best to you and your family...I miss seeing you- it's been too long.
Amanda of pa

"Amanda; I was reading the stories in the paper about a program called: Pennsylvania's Fallen Hero's; banners that will be on display in Harrisburg.
I was driving down second street and saw that they were up so I decided to look and see if there was one of Paul. It must have been fate because I looked up and there he was between State & South on Second across from the Belco Credit union. I am going down tomorrow to take some pictures and will email them to Bethany. I hope they come out because my mom usually sees Ruthie and Patsy so I will try to print it out for them.

Love Mike"
cousin Mike of Middletown

"There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and what could have been. I cherish the time we shared together, planning our life and our future fire team. Thank you for the qualities you have instilled in me ...I am a better and stronger person because of you and I will NEVER EVER forget you and the special love that we were so fortunate to be blessed with. I can only be patient now and anticipate the day when we will see each another and embrace once again...I love you Paul."
wife of Phila, PA

"Another year Amanda, hard to believe, even though I never met him knowing you picked him and when I read the messages left he was something special. I want to think we would have gotten along very well. I read your article concerning Bishop Hafey and your offer was very generous. Even though I didn't go there I know how it felt and still feels when the got rid of West Hazleton High. You just feel you lost a little of your youth, connection to the home town and the memorial to Paul at the school . Sorry to ramble.
Cousin Mike of Middletown, PA

"I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday bro! Not a day goes by that I don't think about you or something related to you. You're still a big inspiration to alot of people including me, Mase & Michele. We miss & love you bro.


"Dear "Blind Owl",
I keep thinking about the last day I saw you, outside of Aggie's, dancing with the Iraqi's, two days later you were gone, but I do know and still believe you were with us the whole entire way. I remember you taught me how to drive a "Waz", I never drove stick before. I'll never forget that crazy run from Al-kisik to Mosul, three days in Iraq and were in a stupid Waz hauling anus through the Iraqi country side leading the way, "Flyboy" driving, me TC'ing, and you, "Blind Owl" watching our backs. Every day walking past your room in the barn, it hurt so much pal, to see your name still up on the door and knowing you would never open it again, I miss you buddy. I have never met a more dedicated soldier in my whole entire carrer, you are a man to emulate and I cannot express how much meeting, living and serving with you meant to me, even though you thought I was a freak, cause I didnt have any "ink". Amanda, I cannot find the words to fill the space...I lived with Paul in Mosul, and I can only say I'm sorry, his spirit will live with me forever and he has touched my life tremendously. The "Blacksheep" miss him much."
SFC Robert "Badnews" Kluzinski of Middletown,CT

"It has been over a year now and all still miss you everyday!!! I just wanted to say that he was such an inspiration to me, the kind of person that brought out such determination and energy in everyone. You are missed everyday and you will be in my heart forever!! To all other families and friends who have experienced the loss of someone they cared about and loved I am so deeply sorry!! We will never forget you paul!"
A freind

"As a fellow DS in C 1/417th, I remember Paul everyday. Not a day goes by where I do not sit back and thank him for the inspiration and leadership he provided me. Without a doubt, Paul was the biggest influence on me to become a DS and serve in Iraq. I have never had a better role model in all of my years of Army service."
Drill Sergeant E of Baqubah, Iraq

"Amanda, Although paul is not physically with us however, his memory will live with us always. Please don't shed a tear when you think of paul, instead, put a smile on and that is what paul wants."
Ahmad of Baghdad, Iraq

"Although I did not know Paul personally I greatly appreciate his contribution. Hua......"
LTC Gerald Scott- Formerly of the 98th Division of Stowe, VT

"A non-profit organization was created in Paul's memory. It is at www.karpmfm.com"
friend of Pennsylvania

"Amanda, just a note, when you are sitting thinking you are alone and you miss Paul, We are there with you in our prayers.
the Pavlishins"
Pavlishins of West Hazleton, White Haven, Middletown, Tampa, Chicago

I will love you forever soul mate..."
wife of Bridgeport, Pa

"After I heard about what happened I was going through a photo album and found a picture of Paul, Kristen, myself and a few other kids that was taken in my bedroom when my brother was born. It was the only picture that I had with him in it. I thought back to running around Lobitz's in the Safari room and sliding down the banister at the grandparents on Christmas eve. I will never forget him, he was a wonderful cousin."
Toni Gorski of Richmond, VA

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

"To the family of Paul D. Karpowich,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you ar need to talk to someone 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. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew. of Covington Ga. U S A

"I met Paul several years ago when he was stationed with my ex-husband at Ft. Bragg. Paul was always there for his country, friends and family. I have always admired him for his passion of life, his courage and his honesty. Paul was a wonderful man and he will be deeply missed. My sympathy's go out to Amanda who is an Angel in her own right and to his family."
Colleen Uhrig of Kingston, OH


"To pauls family and friends. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. I lost my fiancee Spc Shawn Davies in Iraq in July. May you find comfort in your memories of paul. Thank you paul for being a hero and an american soldier. May God bless your family and friends. Take Care."
Autum Shingler ashingler09@yahoo.com of Aliquippa, Pa

"To the family friends of Paul,
We only knew Paul briefly, but knew he was a special person. He designed our optical store in Long Island. He told us it was his first complete job with Eyes Designs. I remember speaking to him almost every day for about a year while planning our business. He was always polite, professional, and friendly. He did a great job for us. He even traveled to our home to help us with the plans. We just found out about his fate on 1/25. Every day that I come to the store I think of him. You are always welcome to come to our store and see what a great job he did, we would be proud to meet you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Fischmans, Eyes for You Optical, 631-261-3900"
Marlene and Dan Fischman of Greenlawn, NY

"Our condolences to his family. His fight, sure, will not forgetted."
Alcides Roberto Soares da Silva of São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

"Our deepest sympathy to your family in this very sad time. WE also lost our nephew Sgt. Andy Brown in October. So we can relate the pain your family is in. May god bless you all. Paul is now added to our list of prayers."
Colleen Kelly of Pleasant Mount, Penna.

"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 Paul, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest."
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"Paul your sacrifice will always be remembered and you'll never be forgotten. To his wife and family, my heart reaches out to you..."
Someone who cares of Marlton New Jersey

Upon hearing of your demise, I was stricken with grief. In a state of surreal anguish, there was no accepting your death and the effect this tragedy would have on your beloved wife. You are the invulnerable one; the invincible soldier we know, love, and could always count on.
I've given in to sadness more than once recalling the instant your destiny was fulfilled. Your life, your love, your career, and commitment led you to that far off land. You prepared your whole life to be the soldier who made a difference, change the lives of people you hardly knew. Through your knowledge and wisdom you have made the world a better place. We will probably never know the impact you have made and the lives you have changed.
I cannot send any condolence, speak any words of kindness, or write any feeble epitaph that would console your family in this darkest of times. Just know that I will give my heart and soul to ease the pain and suffering of your loved ones in your absence. May they find peace and comfort in the memories of the happiness you have shared.
May the Lord bless thee and keep thee. May the Lord shine down His countenece upon thee. May you rest in peace, my brother in arms, Amen.
You will live on and your deeds will be handed down to my children and my children's children. We miss you."
SSG G. of Troop A 2-104 CAV (RSTA)

"I never met you Paul, but I wish I could have. I appreciate your service and the sacrifice you and your family gave for the freedom we all too often take for granted. God bless you Paul. We will all miss you."
Bob Mann of Abington, PA/USA

"I also had the opportunity to train with Paul in Indiana and Kuwait. He we always there to help a soldier out, even a crusty old Major. I was amazed by his positive attitude and always looking at the bright side of any situation. May we bless him with a simple prayer:

A Soldier’s Prayer

“God bless my men, who now lie dead. I know not what You have in mind, but when You judge, please be kind … when they come before you, they will be poorly dressed, but will walk proudly, for they have done their best. Their boots will be muddy and their clothes all torn .. but these clothes they have so proudly worn. Their hearts will be still and cold inside, for they have fought their best and did so with pride. So please take care of them as they pass Your way .. the price of freedom they’ve already paid.”

Author Unknown"
Major Dave Yasenchock of Baghdad, Iraq

"I had the opportunity to meet Paul through my son when they served together in the 82nd Airbourne at Fort Bragg, NC. I want to commend his family, Army, and church for molding a truly amazing man, who I eventually considered my son. He always found time for everyone. He never complained, never considered the glass half empty, not even considered the glass half full, but always considered the glass totally full. He set his standards high and as he accomplished each one he would set a new standard. He looked at life in the utmost way and give of himself completely. He lived his life to the fullest. My heart is so full of grief and I know Paul would not want it that way. Paul answered a higher calling. I want to thank god that he blessed me with the privilege/honor of knowing him. “No man ever dies until he is totally forgotten”. I know Paul will live on in the hearts of everyone he touched and even people who only heard about this wonderful man. Paul will live on in my heart forever and I will keep his wife and family in my prayers always.
Samar A. Kline of Reading, PA

"I cannot express enough my sincere condolences to "Karps" family, friends and comrades. Karp was a talented soldier who always strived to be the best and inspired others to do the same. I came to know him during training prior to deployment. Karp always had a bag of tricks to make something better or to make someone feel better about their situation. He was a true leader, he took his Senior NCO leadership responsibilities to heart and lived them daily. I am deeply sadened by his lost as are all his comrades. Words cannot describe the loss felt by those that only knew him for a short time during our predeployment training. My heart goes out to his wife Amanda who he spoke of often and his family. I know he is looking over us to insure "we got it together". A Brother in Arms that will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN !!"
SFC Norman A. Brown of Northern Iraq West of Mosul

"Dear family,
My heart aches with saddness for the loss of your son, husband, brother. Although we did not know him, we know your loss. We too lost our son in Iraq. There really are no words to express our sympathy. Please know that Paul will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers, as will you ...his loving family.From the family of Sgt. Andrew Brown,"
Bill & Lourdes Brown of Pleasant Mount, PA

"MSG Paul Karpowich was an inspiration to us all. I came to know him at Camp Atterbury. His enthusiasm and creativity made our days at Camp Atterbury seem more bearable. Paul was always trying to build a "better mouse trap." His magic bag of tricks never ceased to amaze me. Everyday he pulled a new piece of gear out his ruck or duffle. We often joked that he probably had a small nuclear device in his ruck. Even though I only knew him for a short time, I am very glad and honored to have served with him.
My deepest condolences to his family. The country has truly lost a Great American"
MAJ John A. Bivona of Western Iraq

"I was so saddened to read about the loss of Paul. We are so blessed to have great people like Paul protecting our freedom and our families. God bless you."
The Paris Family of Fleetwood, PA

"Today I watched the final end, in body, to someone I admired and respected. He had the quality of character that inspired others. If you knew Paul, you know what that means. What he didn't get in years, he made up for in volume when it came to his life. His spirit was strong and lives on! If no where else, it is in the hearts of those who loved him and will be there forever. Good bye friend, the void left behind will never be completly filled, nor would I want it to be."
A Friend

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

"Amanda: You and Paul's families are in our prayers. I will be in touch."
Jack and Donna M. Kennedy of Philadelphia, PA

"As the Governor of New Mexico said, "The thanks of the American people is dwarfed by the gift the Soldiers give."

There are no words..."
A grateful citizen of a free land; of Connecticut

"Paul and I grew up in the same small town of Freeland, PA and went to high school together. I cannot express the incredible sadness I feel at his passing. I had not seen him in years but have always considered him a friend. Anyone who knew Paul knows what an incredible sense of humor he had. I am proud to have known such a dedicated, brave soldier and wonderful human being. To Paul's wife, Amanda and Paul's family: It is difficult to express how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you always."
Kristen Dudinyak of Exton, PA

"“Karp” I remember meeting you back when you were an E-3 and I was an E-2. Even early on you set the standard for others to follow at Bragg. I could go on for days about field problems we had together and I’m sure other soldiers could as well and the common thread would be no matter the situation you wore your smile and it motivated all who saw it. Although I ended my carrier when I made my 5, I still roll modeled my civilian life in your likeness and I’m proud to say I’m a better person for knowing you. Those who were blessed to know you for 1 hour knew that there was something extraordinary about you. Everyone will have something personal to say about you because everything you touched, you effected in positive light whether in the Army or civilian life. I chose Amanda and you as Mason’s God Parents because I honestly believed just by making Amanda and you part of his life made us better parents. Anyone who reads these messages Paul will know there is truth in everyone. Each one is different, but everyone is exactly the same. You are loved, you will always will be missed. We will never forget you Paul and you will remain in our prayers always.
"Godspeed Karp"
Mortars Out

"To the family of Paul, I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Paul in high school and always liked him. I remember him as being extremely talented, funny and always smiling.

You will all remain in my thoughts and prayers."
Samantha Lockwood of Philadelphia, PA

"To the family, friends, and comrades of SFC (P) Karpowich. I am still in shock and like SFC Wilcock will have to write again later. SFC Karpowich trained within our Alpha Platoon at Camp Atterbury. I knew him for our six weeks and immediately understood that he was the pinnacle of spirit for our team. His creativity, cleverness and drive was superior. He was the one that always wanted to work harder and faster and could push others to do so. A soldiers soldier and the true definition of the perfect Senior NCO.
Along with his family and friends all must know that America, The United States Army, the 98th Division members are all wounded by the loss of Paul Karpowich. My sincere condolences to everyone associated with Paul. This is a difficult time for us all. I too will miss him terribly and he must know that his spirit is engraved within all of his teammates and he will never be forgotten."
LTC Malcolm S. Burr II of Western Iraq

"I dont know what to say ..... except that I am so overwhelmed with a sadness that has not left me. I am sure I will write again when I am thinking clearer. Paul, I will miss you more than you can imagine and I hope you "got me covered, Battle Budddy" while I am here. You are my Hero BRO! Amanda, I know of the love that Paul has for you. It is one of the great things that he and I shared. He is one of the few people that I could relate to about our feelings towards of wives. I will always be there for you Amanda. He would have been there for me. Thanx for watching over me Paul. I miss you. Congratulations on your Promotion Bro!"
Paul S. Wilcock of Fallujah, Iraq

"an american solider"

"To the family and friends of SFC Paul D. Karpowich,
My prayers and deep condolences in your loss. No words to express my sorrow hearing Paul's death. My husband was in Camp Atterbury with Paul and I was there during their ceremonial departure. Being with all the soldiers and their love ones, it felt like we were one big family.We feel your sorrow. May you find peace and comfort knowing you are not alone on this very sad time. Paul is our hero."
Emy Mercer of Cinnaminson, NJ

"Paul, I cannot put into words what an honor and a privelage it was to know you and train with you. I hope every night that you will wake me up and say "Akuna Matatta", "No worries Bro". I will miss you and never forget you! To Amanda and his family, I can't say how sorry I am for your loss. Paul was who I looked up to throughout our deployment. I wish I knew him longer. He was an outstanding person and a soldier."
SSG Cyr, Daniel of Northern Iraq

"I did not have the honor of knowing Paul, but many of my soldiers trained with him a Ft. Atterbury. They cannot say enough about his dedication and commitment to them and to the mission. Know that they are extremely saddened and that their thoughts and prayers are with you. I am truly sorry for your loss. May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead."
CSM Kathleen Velasquez of Rochester, NY

"My nephew Paul Wilcock trained with your Paul at Camp Atterbury in Indiana before they were shipped to Iraq. They were not given the opportunity to serve together in Iraq, but my Paul was full of admiration and respect for your Paul. I am so sorry for your loss and I pray for all of you."
Connie Cowell of Raleigh NC

"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 Paul. May God keep you safe now & may you experience the peace you so rightly deserve after sacrificing everything for us. My heart aches for your family's loss."
Melissa Macchi, cousin of PFC Mark Barbret, killed 10/14/04 of Roseville, MI

"To the family of Paul Karpowich; I had the distinct privelege to know Paul. He was a wonderful person and a soldier's soldier. If you have ever been in the military, you know what I mean. Many soldiers looked up to him and he was the type of person that would do anything for you, no matter what the cost. It was a very sad day when I found out that Paul had fallen. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God be with you and hold you close as you grieve the loss of a very special human being, but please know that Paul is now with God eternally and feels all your love forever."
A Fellow Soldier of Harrisburg PA

"Thank you Paul for the gift of freedom that we all enjoy. I will remember your name each day that I raise the flag in my front yard. God Bless you. A grateful American family."
The Shaw Family of Pasadena, Maryland

"To the family of Paul D. Karpowich: Our heartfelt condolences to all who loved and were loved by Paul D.Karpowich. Neither Paul's supreme sacrifice, nor his family's sorrow is being overlooked on this sad Christmas Day. There might be some comfort in the words of Walt Whitman "this dust was once the Man. Gentle, plain, just and resolute -- under whose cautious hand, Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age. Was saved the Union of These States." (words of requiem for Abraham Lincoln)"
Walter of Yonkers, NY, USA

"Thank you Paul Karpowich, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Karpowich:
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 Paul for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Karpowich:
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 Paul, 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