Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Tracy L. Laramore

30, of Okaloosa, Florida.
Laramore died in Baji, Iraq, of injuries sustained when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle went over an embankment and flipped over in the river. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, Schweinfurt, Germany. Died on March 17, 2004.

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"I served with Tracey back in 99. In Ft. Carson. He was a real nice guy. Taught me alot."
Jason Hernandez of Houston Texas

"Was nice seeing you my friend over Christmas, I often think of you, that young kid with the big "Texas smile".

First to Battle"
Doc K "Vangaurd 11" of Salado, Texas

"Holidays are hard to get through as that was the times you came home. I miss you so much, even after 9 years, the pain is still there. Never stops hurting. You are my hero, I love you so much. God had his plans for you, but maybe someday I can fully understand it all. You will always be with me. A bond between a mother and son is everlasting!"
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Happy Birthday to my amazing son who would be 40 today. He died 9 long hurtful years ago in Iraq. My heart aches for him each day. my only child,my best friend for so long. Mom loves n misses you so much. i dream of how your life would have been...."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of you Brother. I just came back from Afghanistan and I wore the bracelet your Mom gave me when I came to visit each day. I was in Helmand Province and on the wall there was the memorial of Robert Kassin, another Brother we knew in 1-8. I can't believe how much time has passed and sometimes it's tough to move forward when I think of you and all our buddies who are now at rest. I am proud of you Buddy and I will continue to honor your memory by doing my best. We all miss you Brother and we will see you soon."
Scott Murray SFC, INF of Fort Stewart, GA

"Tamiko: Please email me at faywestrc@att.net. I would love to talk to you."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"MS. West,
U don't know your family but i DO know your pain. No parent should bury their child but sometimes God has a greater plan. He needs the young, strong and brave to scatter in his garden along with the buds and blossoms that gives a big variety with his older blooms. It doesn't ease the pain much right now but one day maybe you will see the honor of yours being chosen. And in response to your earlier message that made me feel your pain tenfold.... You are strong enough to go on, the fact that your son was strong and brave and gave his life for all of us shows me the type of woman that raised him. Keep your head up, learn to smile that smile you always did when you looked at him in life because anytime you need him, he will be there, you will feel his strength. He lives on through you, his children, friends and the many lives that he touches each and every day, including mine this day 2012-06-02. Many prayers sent your way."
Tamiko of ft Hood, TX USA

"The day that our world stopped is approaching and although we have all learned to live without you, we have not learned not to cry for you and wish you were here. We all know that you are in God's loving arms...and your army up there is growing daily...but we miss you so much. Your mom, daughters, and granddaughter are doing fine as are the rest of your family in Central Texas. You are our hero....."
Aunt Pete of Killeen, Tx

"Hi dad!
how are things up there? I wish you were here to see all the things that are happening in my life. You would be very proud! your grand daughter is about to be 3 years old. She is so beautiful! Grandma came & got abby for the weekend and abby loved it! Wish you were here but i know your watching over us (:
I love you."
Kayla (his daughter) of irving , tx

"Tomorrow is Veterans Day Tracy and we will march in the parade in honor of your grandfather, your uncle, and of course you. Your memorial will be ever present on the van and your name will be on our lips all day. God keep you in His everlasting care...we miss you so much and our love is never ending. You were missed at Kelly and Melissa's wedding..you would have been proud of your cousin...he has a lovely wife..but you were not forgotten there either. Sand was poured for you in their sand vase by your mom and Aaron. Your grandparents sand is there also. Thank you for sending us all of your comrades ...we have met many new friends that also loved and respected you. See you on the other side someday..."
Aunt Pete of Killeen Tx

"Just got back from Austin,Texas where your cousin Kelly got married. He had a Pouring of the Sand ceremony for the special people in his and Melissa's life. Aaron n I poured Khaki green sand in your honor. I miss you so much Son....7 yrs and its like it was yesterday. I have been blessed to befriend more of your comrades in the military,you were special to so many.I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. lOVE YOU FOREVER! MOM"
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Fay & Pete,
I just ran across this today, 8/8/2011, but I want to offer my condolences and pray for the family that the burden of the loss will get lighter as the years pass. I can't imagine the loss of a child and the heaviness on the heart. It's been a lot of years since we had contact but I have thought of ya'll often. May God bless you and give you peace for the sacrifices your family has made. Love, Kathy Clawson Wray"
Kathy Wray of De Berry, Texas

"Thinking of you. Miss you."
Leanne of Chandler, AZ

"My dear Tracy, another year has passed. We are still meeting and hearing from your comrades. It is a wonderful family that is created by your service to your country. We love you and miss you so very much. May you love your new glorious life with God and forgive us for being selfish and wishing you were still here with us. You will never be forgotten Tracy or loved any less."
S. Brown of Killeen Tx

"Spc Tracy Laramore was born in Killeen, Texas. As his mother, I am honored that the city named a street after him as he was a hometown hero. May his memory and that of others always be in our hearts."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"I never met Spc.Laramore but as an Army retiree I'm honored to live on a street in Killeen named after him."
Noel Del Rosario of Killeen,TX

"Its Christmas and I wish you were here to share it with us. But you are here, in our hearts and I love you more than life. You were my all...Aaron loves and respects all that you did,he always talks about his big "brother". That's what you were to him. Aaron and Kelly will keep your memory alive. I love and miss you Son.."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Hey sweet child of mine. Every day that passes,i feel lost and neglected with out you.
You were my ROCK,my friend. You had so much to live for,so many things to finish. I ask God daily, WHY YOU When you had so much to do for God here on this earth, to take you so brutually from me. I pray to be with you . Miss you sooo much the pain in my heart is unbearable even after all these years, Please help me to understand the reason,why you, why then. I cry all the time for you,its hard...."
Fay West (mom) of Royse City Tx /fayw@hughes.net


"Hello sweet baby boy of mine....Momma misses you more and more every day.My heart aches every day without you in my life. I am miserably torn apart without my son,my friend,my hero....I thought I could conquer anything,but losing you has destroyed som much of me,pain is unbearAble,even after 6 years.NO PERSON CAN HURT AS BAD AS A MOTHER LOSING HER ONLY CHILD !!!!tHAT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN. Please God give me strength to keep going or put me with my son"
Fay West of Royse City TX

I know you probaly dont rememeber me, but we grew up together. I went to Shackleford and Lamar. We were in the same grade. (I moved in my sr year of high school) I just was told about what you done for me and all of the US. All I can say is thank you and you are a true hero."
Tracy of Chicago

"On this Memorial Day, we salute all service members and pray for their families.They are truly a special group of people and we must be thankful for them. We attended the service at the Veterans State Cemetery in Killeen Texas where they unveiled the 2009 memorial stone...we visited your stone Tracy, the second of the group. We sat as a family missing you and loving you and struggling to understand the reason for your death. So many have joined you in Heaven...what an army in the sky!
God Bless You.. gone but never forgotten."
Aunt Pete of Killeen Tx

"My thoughts and prayers go out to your family especially this Memorial Day weekend. You made the ultimate sacrifice so that we remain free."
Margie Laramore of Altha, Florida

"Happy Birthday Son,your granddaughter Abby is one year old. It's ironic she was born on your birthday. She is beautiful. I miss you so much...Please watch over family,friends and comrades. You are my HERO and I pray to you for guidance . all my love to you son on this day."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Happy Birthday dear Tracy. May 18th was always a special day and now your granddaughter shares this birthdate, too.
We miss you so much, sometimes we have some news to share and look to the stars at night to speak with you. We love you and will never forget you."
S.Brown of Killeen Tx

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

"Things are still hard for me as I miss you so much. My friend,my son,my hero..I try so hard to understand but I can't. So many of your friends have said so many good things on your behalf,how you were always there for them...that would be you. Your granddaugher,Abbey is beautiful. So are your daughters,Kayla and Mackenzie. Aaron idolizes you,each day we talk of one thing you did to brighten our hearts. Watch over our family here and all your comrades wherever in the world they may be. Love and Miss you SON..."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Another year without you. I could use some advice.. I see you everyday when I look into her eyes.. I miss you."
of Texas

"Since I got up this morning, you've been on my mind. It's not unusual, because there isn't a day that go by that I don't think of you or tell someone about you. I'll be paying tribute to you today at a monument bearing your name. Stop on by if you got a minute, brother :) I miss you alot and your family misses you too. Uncle Walter and Aunt Sheryl have done alot of great things to pay homage to you and continue to support our brothers in arms until this very day. Your mother is one fine lady too, staying busy with grand babies. I don't mean to prattle on, bro...just stopping by to drop you a line. Sometimes, I feel like this your very own email account in Heaven and it helps me feel just that much closer to you. I miss you and love ya', Tracy. See ya' on the high ground. P.G.B"
Adam of Ft Riley, KS

"Today, 12/21/09,Aaron and I are placing your Christmas tree next to you in Rockwall. Your Christmas blanket is there to keep you warm and cozy. This time of year is hard for me as that was our special time together. You are my hero,son. I miss you so much,the pain of losing you remains in my heart forever. I will light a candle for you on Christmas Eve. I love you son.We will be together soon.


Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"On Sat., Nov 28 at 10 am we will be laying a wreath (Wreaths Across America) on your memorial stone at the Veteran's Cemetery in Killeen, Tx. Tracy we miss you so much, especially on the holidays. Thank you for being a soldier and a hero. Love always, Aunt Pete and family"
S. Brown of Killeen, Tx

"Here it is another Thanksgiving...and you are not with us. This year is different,we are spending it with Brandi's parents,which makes me happy. Wish you were here,I need a good "taster".lol. I think about you all the time and remember little things we used to do and the times we would spend watching movies. Son, you are my everlasting hero,I will be with you soon enough. Just be there waiting for your mom. I love you and miss you so much."
Mother-Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Just thinking about you, brother."
Adam of Ft Benning, GA

"Son, I wake up each day hoping this was all a dream...you are and always will be my HERO. Through everything, I promise to keep your memory alive. You will never be forgotten. Julie of Schweinfurt,please contact me at fayw@hughes.net,I would love to hear from you. Patriot Paws of Royse City-Rockwall named their first service dog Spc Tracy West last year. I miss you,honey. Save a place for me,ok? I love you Trac....."
Fay West of Royse City,Tx

"Hey Tracy,You will not be forgotten, son.
In Killeen off of Stagecoach Road there is a new road named for you, Spc Laramore Drive. It is a wonderful tribute to your memory and we thank all of the builders and City officials that made this possible. You will never be forgotten. We love you so much."
Aunt Pete of Killeen, Texas

"Hey Tracy,
its been years but i will never forget.
you were a great friend and are surley missed...

Congrats to your Daughter Im sure hes always watching over you & your family"
Julie of Schweinfurt/Germany

"Hows my boy?? Well, your other daughter Mackenzie is here for a visit. We visit your grave a lot,eat lunch with you and talk about you. She does favor you but she looks more like Aunt Pete and I did when we were little. You would be proud of her also. She loves looking at your pictures of you and your friends,when you were growing up,etc. We will be going to visit Aunt Pete and your cousin Kelly before she has to go home. I am sorry you had to pass away before knowing her."
Fay West of Royse City,Tx

"hey dad.
i miss you like crazy.
i had a baby girl.
on your birthday! me and my mom think that you had something to do with that! my daughter also has your middle name! i have not forgotten you and i never will. i promise. you are my hero. my daughter will know everything that i knew about you. i miss you so much! i love you dad && i really wish you were here to see your grand daughter. she is beautiful! i love you. i'll see you around <3"
kayla rourke of irving , tx

"Thank you for defending me. Thank you for every sacrifice. Thank you Brother."
Sam Hatfield of Manassas, Va.

"Happy Birthday SON!!! I miss you terribly. Talked to Gabriel Lodoza,John Maldonado,several of your comrades today. They all miss you and wish you were here with them. You will be my Forever Hero. I will see that your memory lasts forever for all the good that you did. Mom loves you son"
Fay West of Royse City

"Happy Birthday Tracy. You were on my mind all week, knowing that your birthday was coming, the pain of your loss returns. You loved the army and your comrades so it isn't a life lost...your dream just ended at little too soon. I miss your hugs, your laugh, and your love. We thank you for your service to our country, Tracy, and thanks for loving us all( family and friends)"
Aunt Pete of Killeen, Tx

"We had a wonderful prayer tribute to you yesterday. Son, I miss you so much...I shall be with you soon and we will spend eternity together. I finally found Adam Ellsworth,I hope to meet him and his family soon. I hope Mackenzie gets to come this summer again,you would be proud of her. Kayla is still beautiful,she's growing up too fast. Watch over your daughters,please. Mom loves you."
Fay of Royse City,Texas

""It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
General George S. Patton June 7, 1945.
It has been five years since Tracy's untimely death. I will not forget him. I miss you Tracy, I think of you and your family everyday."
SSG Adam Ellsworth of Ft Bragg, NC

"Tracy, what a beautiful day it was today as your family gathered at the gravesite. We all love you and miss you so very much. I know that you have found peace and the love of our Lord. We saw the 4th ID return to Ft Hood and it reminded me that your unit replaced them on their first rotation...I could see you in the formation, waiting for friends and family to run to you...but that was not God's choice for you. You were a proud and honorable soldier. Your comrades miss you, too. There is so much to say..."
P of Killeen Tx

"I miss ya' brother. I look forward to seeing you on the other side. R.I.P, my friend. PGB."

"March 15, 2009
To the family of Spc. Tracy L. Laramore:
Tracy gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Well, here we are eleven days out from our favorite day and all I can do is think of you. I will use St Pat's to honor you. It will be a day of rememberence and reflection, but I will honor you, brother, with celebration. I know you are watching from above, smiling, and looking at the other angels knowing you did well on this Earth. I love you, brother.
of Boise, ID

"Son, I have to admit,you were special to a lot of people. I have met a lot of your comrades and they all are family. You had wonderful friends,Tracy,and Mom will help them any way she can. One special,Adam Bender,will always be in our hearts. They all cared for you. We will have a special prayer memorial for you on March 17.2009. It will be 5 years but a lifetime to me. Anyone interested,email me at fayw@hughes.net."
Mom - Fay West of Royse City,Tx

"Happy Valentines Day,SON!!! love and miss you terribly.
Mom will see you soon"
Fay West of Royse City,Tx

"I miss you, brother. I know you are resting comfortably in the Father's arms...You're Mother, Your aunt, Uncle, cousin...they've been so good to me. I have gained more family thanks to you. You had to leave behind alot of people who love you..it wasn't your choice and God was ready to count you amongst His angels. For our own selfish reasons we want you back. If it be God's will I will see you in Heaven, brother. I love you. Cheers,

"i love you & miss you dad."
kayla his daughter of irving tx

"Christmas was hard without you son...another year is passing. I miss you so much,my heart aches every day.Help me get through this hurt,a child is not to go before the parent."
Fay West (fayw@hughes.net) of Royse City,Texas

"In memory of Tracy Laramore. My brother Jason Ford was in the same unit as Tracy 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry and we lost Jason on March 13, 2004. I just read a note from Tracy's aunt - S. Brown on Jason's page (tears just flowed down my face because I know the pain you went through) and I just wanted to let Tracy's family know that they are in my prayer's. I didnt know Tracy but Jason mentioned him before. I wish each and everyone of you peace during the holidays and hope that your memories of Tracy keep you during the seasons.

Francine Harley"
Francine Harley of Washington, DC

"Happy Thanksgiving. sweetie!! Your other mother Carol and I enjoyed lunch with you yesterday. We also placed your Thanksgiving flowers on your grave. Wish you could be here for dinner,the WHOLE west clan is coming. I remember our last Thanksgiving together, you were helping cook,those were wonderful times then. We will say a prayer for you and all your friends today at dinner. I miss you baby...see you soon."
Fay West (mom) of Royse City,Texas

"On Veterans Day (2008) Kelly and Melissa placed beautiful white/red flowers and a flag. You are missed so much Son,its so hard for me to still accept that you are gone forever. I miss you so much,your smile,your hugs,but mostly your laugh. You will always be our special HERO. I still email and talk to some of your friends. We reminence over stories at other posts,etc. You were loved by many...I will be with you soon,my son.Just be waiting to walk with me."
Fay West (mother) of Royse City,Tx (fayw@hughes.net)

"On Veterans Day in a parade in Killeen, we saw your picture on your uncle's van. It reminded us of your honor and valor and that we lost you way too early. We miss you bro, and the good times...but Heaven waits for all of us and we will be together for another formation, PT run, mission, and Guiness.
Hoo-uhh Comrade."
of Ft Hood Texas

"Tracy you touched my heart,We miss you every day.Thank you for your sacrifice to keep America free and loving your country. Your Mother and I are so close.I Love you, Carol"
Carol Forrest(Your Step Mother) of Caldwell,Texas USA

"Hello SON!!! Tomorrow is Veterans Day and I will visit you,have lunch together. I will send emails to all your friends honoring them on this day also. You are my HERO!!!! I will see you soon baby boy."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"On Veterans Day we will celebrate all of the Veterans in our family...and we will especially celebrate your life. We love and miss you so much Tracy. We know how happy you were in the army and how much you liked and respected your comrades (your new family)."
Aunt Pete of Killeen Tx

"hi dad. its me kayla.
i miss you soo much. i am and have been dating a black guy for over a year now. he is great. his name is alex. he loves me and i love him. i really wish that you were here. i want him to meet you so bad but you left so i cant. i think about how my life would be different if you were here. i talk about you to him alot. he wishes he could've met you. he says you sound like you were a really great guy. and i miss you. i've changed alot dad. im a junior now. im 16. im in driving school. ive got my permit. ill have m liscense in march. i wish you were here to experience what im going through right now. i miss you so much. i wish you were still here. i love you dad.
i am you all over again with some extra stuff. i'll never ever forget you. you will always be my father and i'll always try to make you proud , even though i haven't been able to lately.
im sorry.
love always,

your daughter
Kayla Rourke (his daughter) of irving,tx

"Days,weeks,months and years pass,but the pain never seems to stop. My precious son who became a man who loved the military and served his country to the END. My best friend,only child,I,your mother will never be able to understand the why,how??You had so much to look forward to,a daughter (Mackenzie) you would be proud of. Kayla turns 16 soon. I miss you so much,I can't wait to be with you again. I miss all the good times we had together.Aaron worships you and has so many of your talents.Your legacy will live on thru him. See you soon, son...."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Love You Lucky! You are in my thoughts and in my heart daily."
Lisa of AZ

"On May 16-17 a Memorial Service honoring our military heroes will be held in Amarillo, Texas (www.AmericanSupportsYouTexas.org)
ALL FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO A CEREMONY IN KILLEEN, TX (TRACY'S BIRTHPLACE) HONORING ALL FALLEN SERVICE MEN & WOMEN FROM TEXAS ON MAY 25, 2008. Please email sherylb@hot.rr.com for additional information or to be placed on the special invitation list. Tracy will also be honored at this event and it would mean so much to have friends and family attend. Thank you."
Sheryl Brown of Killeen, Texas

"Dear Tracy, I write this with tears, I can barely see the screen. I have searched for you sicne we left basic trainning. I am so sad that I have only recently found you. I saw the video, and saw your name and am still messed up that you are gone. I was a Big Red One warrior and wish I could have been there with you. I will make a journey to visit your place of rest and pay my respects to you and your family."
John Maldonado of San Diego/Napa Ca.

"There is not a day that I goes by that I do not think aobut the time we spent in Germany and how much of a friend that Tracy was. All of us that knew him lost a very dear member of all of our families."
Jerry nixon of Wall, Nj

"Tracy, I made the trip to you again this year and arrived around 11:30 a.m, just as Adam Bender called to share their love and memories. You were so special that your friends and comrades remember and love you and are good enough to share their thoughts with us personally. We all miss you so very much...our lives are different because you touched us all and now because you are gone (sitting on the Lord's right side). I love you Tracy and I promise, you will never be forgotten."
Aunt Pete of Killeen, Texas

"Comin' up on St. Pats...I miss you, brother. I'll see you in Heaven.

"My dearest Tracy, another Christmas has come and gone! Somehow, the joy of the holiday is missing....you were the one that made Christmas magic for all. That seemed to be your favorite day and you bore gifts (no matter how small) for everyone and it was always evident that you enjoyed giving and sharing.
I thank you for sharing so much of your life with my family, your cousin Kelly still mourns for you. You have made us proud, Tracy, and we celebrate your life. We love you so much."
Aunt Pete of Killeen, Tx

"On Memorial Day 2007 a beautiful monument was dedicated in Killeen Texas at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery to honor service members that gave their lives for their country....Tracy is on the monument. It is a lovely memorial for our fallen servicemembers. You can view it at www.centexfallenheroes.com. Thank you to the Killeen Police Dept (Sgt Patrick Turck) and other organizations that contributed to this beautiful monument."
S. Brown of Killeen, Tx

"As you see I have another post. This post is to honour Army Corporal Ryan Daniel Collins, 20, of Vernon Tx. Who was tragically killed on May 18th 2007. Corporal Collins was killed in Iraq while on a mission to search for the three kidnapped soldiers. His body was returned "home" today in a procession that was accompanied by 100 patriot gaurd motorcylists all of whom carried an American Flag, patrol cars from the Vernon police dept, and the county Sheriff's dept. All along highway 287 from Wichita Falls to Vernon stood hundreds of people holding american flags , either standing by the roadside or on bridges as the procession passed by. Our town ( and local area residents) were there for support of this soldier's family and in loving remembrance of his life. As the processional to the cemetery drove down our citys' main street, many stood aside and held flags, men took off their hats and or saluted the family as they crossed. I for one am greatly saddened by this families' loss and also by the loss of other soldiers' who have died for our freedom, may they all be remembered and rest in peace. Let us Never Forget.

Each died to save

Memorial Day
Of every year
The little valiant
Flags appear
On every fallen
Soldier's grave--
Symbol of what
Each died to save.
And we who see
And still have breath--
Are we no wiser
For their death?---Unknown

I would also like to take time to honor my father who served in vietnam as a Marine Corp, MP. My father Eddie Rogers died on this date, May 29, 1991 (16 years ago today)Semper Fi, I Love You and will see you in my dreams."
melinda of Vernon, Texas

"This message is posted to remind the family of Tracy L. Lamore, that not only as an american, but as a grateful texan and daughter of a military man who passed away at age 40 after service spent in hawaii and vietnam, that we haven't forgotten you or your loved one and that there will always be people who will remember the sacrifice made by tracy and the family of tracy."
melinda of vernon,texas

"As we come up on memorial day, I can't help but think about you brother. So many of us here miss you. We tell our new friends about you and share our stories of good times that will never be forgotten. You, like other brave men, have made the ultimate sacrifice and I will forever bear your name on my soul. My children will know you, Tracy, and revere you as a hero. God blessed us with the time you had here on earth, now may He bless the memories. Cheers, brother, I love you. Pride, Glory, Brotherhood."
Adam of Columbus, Ga

"My dear Tracy, I still wait for you to appear at any moment and wrap those big arms around me. I can still see that half smile of yours and the little tilt of your head when you laughed. You are loved and will never be forgotten. Your friends are still in touch with us, sharing their moments with you.
You thought you would make a difference in the world, and you did.
Happy Birthday Tracy.....with love,
Aunt Pete"
S.Brown of Killeen, Tx

"Well,honey,tomorrow is your birthday(5.18.07). I hurt more and more w/o you.My only child,my life,my best friend GONE. I will visit you/honor you on this day,nothing can remove the pain. Your 2 daughters are beautiful and Aaron misses so much. Momma loves you...."
Fay West(fayw@hughes.net) of Royse City,Texas


"May God Bless You, Pat T. The banner you will carry to honor Tracy is indeed a precious one. Thank you for giving your time to honor our soldiers and heroes. As long as Tracy (and all of the many others) are remembered and honors...his life goes on. Again, heartfelt thanks. We will be thinking of you.
Tracy will also be honored on Saturday at a Sons of the American Legion of Texas meeting in Corsicana.
He truly lives on!"
S. Brown

"On March 17, 2007, family and friends will gather at the gravesite in ROCKWALL, TEXAS for prayer and celebration of our precious Tracy's life with the Lord. All are welcome to attend. We will bring messages to send in a balloon."
S. Brown of Killeen, Tx

"I am carrying a banner for your son, Tracy Laramore, in the Memorial Procession in Albany, the day after the third anniversary of his death in Iraq. I have three sons myself and can't imagine how you gave your only son for the country's service. I only hope that my life, and that of all of my family, will honor your sacrifice. May God continue to hold you in the comfort of his arms, as he welcomed your son to the gladness of his heart."
Pat Trutty-Coohill of Albany, New York

"The Central Texas Fallen Heroes Foundation will be erecting a Memorial at the Texas State Veteran's Cemetery in Killeen. Dedication is scheduled for May 2007. Tracy Laramore will be included in this gorgeous monument to all of the Brave Soldiers and Heroes.
Tracy you will forever live in the hearts of the American people because you and all of the other Fallen Heroes have given all that you had to give to this great country. We thank you."
of Killeen Texas

"This is for Dave Locks,I would appreciate it if you would contact me at either fayw@hughes.net or fay@aeroproductsinc.com. I am Tracy's mother and I would love to hear from you. I have talked/met a lot of his friends. I have a special dvd of Tracy for his friends."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"I have been here in Iraq for 8 months and I have seen too many of your brother and sister soldiers be wounded and killed.My hope is that all of these sacrifices will be honored forever in history, and not be for nothing.You are the hero of your family, always loved and honored. I miss you still and speak of you often. Love you always.Your father."
James Laramore of Tall Afar, Iraq

Dave Locks of everywhere, USA

"hey brother..I miss you and , from time to time, catch glimpses of you driving by, walking through the PX or out at some bar. I've had a hell of a time these past few months and wish to God you were here to talk to. I miss you, Tracy.
Your pal,

"We miss you baby... very much"
Karla of Germany

"I salute you Tracy, from one Vet to another. I understand the pride you must have felt as I did in serving our country! Others did not return with me but I will forever hold in high esteem the extreme sacrifice that you made for me as well as for the others in our country! I salute you!"
Joseph (Vietnam Vet) of Clovis, CA., USA

"Here it is July 4,2006 and things are still hard for me to understand and accept with you not here. I visit you all the time,I wish you were here with me. I recently went to Washington,D.C. for a tribute to the fallen heroes, your aunt Sheryl,cousin Kelly and your lil "brother" Aaron went. We went to Arlington Ntl Cemetery and visited all of the soldiers there. Upon our return, I was blessed to have your daughter,Kayla stay with us for 2 weeks. She is the spitting image of you Tracy, you live through her. We have a special bond,she and I. She is just as beautiful as you were. I miss you so much ,honey...We are having a statue built in your honor. We are so proud of you. I will love you forever....Mom"
Fay West of Royse City,Tx USA

"God Bless you and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. You will not be forgotten."
anon of Arizona

"everyday thinking and loving you!"
Karla of Germany

"My dear Tracy,
Another birthday without you...the time has not erased your memory. We love you and miss you very much. It is truly amazing how many lives you touched. We hear from your friends and comrades regularly; they share some wonderful memories with us.

May 18 1973 was one of the happiest days of my life, I was as excited as your parents when you were born! Watching you grow up was my privilege.
I thank you for letting me be such an integral part of your life. I miss those huge hugs that you gave so freely."
S. Brown (Aunt Pete) of Killeen Tx

"thinking of you...every single day
I love you and always will"
Karla of Germany

"Well son, I am in Iraq now. I had to come here and see for myself what it is that you and all the other's have had to pay such a high price. I have been to the place where your accident was and I understand better what happened that night. Of course I still have some questions. I still miss you every day and wish we could have had more time together. I am reminded of our time in Kosovo, especially when it rains. Love ya, the old man.....
Jim Laramore of Baghdad,Iraq

"my brother died in the same accident as tracy,and my heart goes out to all who loved him."
jimmy matthews of college station tx

"My dear Tracy,
Two years have passed without your physical presence, emotionally you are always with us. We all miss so many things (your strong hugs, your little chuckle, and even those quirks of yours) but have our memories to treasure.
In the Army, the fine respectable man that was inside you had finally emerged. You found what you were looking for and formed friendships that were everlasting. You were loved by so many.
We will never forget you."
Sheryl Brown of Killeen, Texas

"With all the love and respect that we have for our Killeen-born soldier, friend, and fellow Son of the American Legion, we honor you on the second anniversary of your death in Iraq.
We miss you, Tracy. SALUTE!!!!"
Gary Randall, SAL Sq 223 of Killeen, Texas

"My dearest son:
Friday,March 17 will be the second anniversary of your death. I am still in a state of shock as I still await your phone call and your knock at the door. I will be there to spend the day with you Friday. Always remember,you are my hero,my baby, my life and I will always love you with all my heart,son. You gave all to everyone to make things a better place for people to live. God Bless You!!!"
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Lest we forget any of them. Any of them!"
Anonymous of Baltimore, MD

"I am in Rio de Janeiro.. like always thinking about you/us missing u so much love always
Karla of rio de Janeiro

"I miss you and will love you forever..."
Karla of Germany

"You have not been in my dreams for a while.... I need to know you are still here. See you soon... Love -"

"This message is to Sean Diaz and any of the soldiers still in Germany that knew Tracy Laramore. I would love for you to email my sister Sheryl Brown or me. Our email addresses are listed on this website. My son was my life,my only child,my best friend. He was very special to so many. We would love to hear from you. Please! Tracy was born in TEXAS, raised in TEXAS, and his final resting place is in Rockwall,TEXAS. Tracy was a Texan with a heart just as big. I want to thank all of you who befriended him. He loved his military family. You will always be in our prayers. God Bless each of you!"
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Who needs help from Tracy...contact his family at
sherylb@hot.rr.com or
We are here to support you."
Sheryl Brown of Ft Hood, Tx

"I need your help Tracy...."

"Tracy has been memorialized on a beautiful Memorial in Wurzburg Germany as were other service members. Photos are available on some of his other websites.
We should remember all the good that Tracy stood for and the good that he did for all of us that he came in contact with. Those of us that truly love Tracy will continue to pass his love around amongst his friends and family, as he would have wished. There is no more honor than to have your legacy live on with honor, respect, and love, and precious memories. Those are the things Tracy left me with and those are the things that are to be shared. We continue to grieve for our loss but grieve with respect for Tracy and each other. God has embraced him and I pray that our Heavenly Father can reach out and touch all of our lives so that we may be enriched with His love and we may someday be able to understand why Tracy was called home.
Tracy our love for you is everlasting, as the effect you had on all of our lives. Your fellow soldiers are wonderful examples of the good friend you were to all and we thank them for their continued friendship in your honor."
S. Brown of Killeen, Tx

"To the family of Tracy L. Laramore, 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 will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you 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

"Hey Tracy,
Your dearly missed bro I thank you for all the good times and all the laughs. We think of you always and your love ones are in our prayers always. I'll see you one day brother, out on patrol. Your Bro MONGO"
Sean Diaz of Schweinfurt,GE

"to the family and friends of Tracy;
Tracy was a great man and a great soldier. I was lucky to be his friend and brother. I will always remember him, and always try to be a good a man as him. I deployed to Iraq the day he died, and it killed me when I found out. I remember when we went out and caused hell in new mexico for the Baton Death March with Linninger and Bender. Those are the days I will never forget. I will never forget the night we got in trouble in korea, just being brothers, we were living life to the fullest. He asked me to re-enlist for germany so we can still hang out, but I didn't, and I feel a little guilty about that. I wished I could get thar time back. If anybody could tell me where Tracy is buried, can you email me at; scottysland@msn.com
thank you,
i will see you again brother....God has a special place in His heart for a soldier, you are missed brother."
SSG Scott Murray of FT Hood, TX

"Our soldier is missed by his family and friends more than you can imagine. Shared memories and experiences from his friends is what we have left...please don't be afraid to share with us. We know he was a good friend and comrade to so many. We honor his memory by remembering him always."
W.Brown of Ft Hood, Texas

"There will be a memorial on March 17, 2005 at 2:00 pm;Resthaven Chapel,Resthaven Memorial Park,located in Rockwall,Texas in honor Tracy. Any special thoughts and prayers for him are appreciated as this will be a difficult time for us. He will always be my hero."
Fay West ( his mother) of Royse City,Texas USA

"We are closing in on the "day". I was wondering if anyone had any plans of what to do, or how to handle it. Kayla, I am sure, would love to be a part of anything that celebrated her dad. If anyone has anything planned, please contact us @ divrecca@yahoo.com. Thanks"
Emily of Irving, TX

""To the Loved Ones of Tracy L. Laramore,

My heart goes out to you for your loss.
I don't know if you've heard of the "Faces of the Fallen" painting project at the College of Marin (CA) that was shown on ABC News. The class painted the portraits of our fallen heroes and I had the good fortune to paint Tracy's portrait.
Though I never knew Tracy, I feel as if I got to know him a bit through this experience : I, too, feel saddenned by his absence on this earth. For now the actual painting will travel with the exhibit, but if you'd like to have a digital photograph of the painting, I'd be more than happy to email you a copy. Sending love and warm thoughts in a most difficult time. (Please feel free to contact me at the following email address: tstsark@aol.com""
Tami of San Francisco, California

"There is one more webite that is Honoring Tracy. www. OperationLaramore.com ....
Tracy, we miss you everyday and you are thought of all the time."
Leanne of Mesa, AZ USA

"This is the first message I've ever posted on any of the websites I've visited pertaining to Tracy. The right words never seem to come and I've offered my condloences to his family, especially Fay and Kayla. I would like to say to those who never had the chance to meet Tracy, you missed out. Tracy was a hell of man, father and soldier. Tracy, Jared, Rusty and I formed quite the wrecking crew when we were stationed together at Ft Carson. Later, we would reunite in Korea. There was a bond formed that would forever put us in each others thoughts, prayers and toasts. Our common toast was "Pride, Glory, Brotherhood". I feel it just as much today in the marrow of my bones as I did in 2000. I was proud to know and serve with you as a soldier and a brother, Tracy. I know Jared and Rusty were too. Look in on us from time to time from Heaven...we'll keep looking for you. Again to Fay and Kayla, God bless and hold you in the hollow of his hand. SSG Bender, US Army, Infantry"
SSG Bender (Adam) of Ft Irwin, California

"Especially for fay Tracy's mother Fay!
In loving memory of:
Army SPC Tracy L. Laramore

I live through you & through your love.
I watch over you from up above.
And one day soon I'll see your face,
and in your arms will be embraced!

Have HAPPY THOUGHTS MOTHER, please don't be sad!

Because, I live through you & through your love.
I watch over you from up above.
And one day soon I'll see your face,
and in MY arms YOU'LL be embraced!

So LOOK FOR ME in each sunshines' ray,
and remember together we'll be one day!
I look for you in Jesus' face
and peace I find in HIS embrace!

While we wait for you to come on home!
Be patient Dear, you're NOT alone!
For by our Saviour we have life!
And more abundantly! Just peace, no strife!

So wait for Jesus to come or call!
And meet me in His Holy Hall!
For God Himself will bring you home
when it's YOUR time! You are NOT alone!

One more thing Dear Mother Mine!
This is my early Valentine!
See I've heard through God that you are sad,
but DON'T be Mother, and DON'T feel bad.

For in the arms of Christ I REST,
remembering that "MY MOTHER IS BEST"!
Oh! One more thing that you should hear!
Don't be afraid! GOD LOVES YOU DEAR!"
Karla(www.the-hero-tracy-lee.com) of Germany

"You fought and lived hard!! For life is what you believed in and that we all shall cherish forever. your friendship will carry on! With all the the love in the world I will always smile when I think of you , thanks for the moments!"

"hello my name is tina settle ..sister of clint matthews.. i just want 2 let the family of tracy know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as well ..and that i got a message on my brothers website 2 get in touch with tracys family...my email is tina_s16635@yahoo.com.."
tinasettle of pa usa

"The Memorial Service for Tracy will be July 18 at 1 p.m. at the American Legion Post #223 Home, 208 S. Park Street, Killeen, Texas. Sponsored by Sons of the American Legion. Open to all. Food will be served. Please come"

"I would like to extend my condolences to Tracy's family, especially Kayla! Tracy was a good man & one that each of you should be proud of. Kayla, I'm sorry, honey! I can't imagine what you are going through. Reading this and several other websites for Tracy, I think, "why are these girls still trying to compete for Tracy's love?" Let him rest in peace as his mother & daughter have both asked of each of you!! To Faye, as a mother myself,I can't imagine the pain you are going through either! My prayers & thoughts are with each of you! And to Tracy, you are truly a HERO!!! Thank you!"
Lynnette Mayberry of Arlington, TX


I just wanted to let you know that we still think of you every day. And I wish we had the chance to complete things that should have been done years ago while you were still here to know."
Leanne of leanne@tracylaramore.com

"There will be a Memorial Service for Tracy Laramore on July 18, 2004 in Killeen, Texas. Those wishing to send messages to be shared at this service may send them c/o Sheryl Brown, 903 N 2nd Street, Killeen, Texas 76541 (His aunt) or email his mom, Oma1565@aol.com or his aunt, sherylb2@earthlink.com
We sincerely appreciate your love and honor. We miss Tracy so much and respect all of the fellow soldiers in this mission."
Sheryl Brown of Killeen, Texas USA

I am missing you each day more and more...
you still visit me in my dreams and that makes me very happy,
is just very very hard that I am not able to touch you...every time that I get to hear our
songs I start to cry, no matter where I am...
Thank you for you love..
I Love and miss you so much and will always do..."
your Karla of Milano

"Tracy: This is your mom,your mentor,the one you always relied on to tell you what the right thing to do was,what to do if things didnt go the right way. Just one thing mom always said to you, trust in your heart and god and it will lead you on the right path. All the women,but only one child,a beautiful daughter you gave me and we both cherished her; Kayla was that daughter and the love grew between you two more and more each time you were together, After all the hardships with women,Kayla was the light of your life. You even asked me to be sure she was WELL taken care of if any problem should arise,you knew I would as I had done the same for you. She will be taken care of as i gave everything to her. My need is you,i am waiting to be with my baby again soon,once I have Kayla set to be taken care of, i will be makinh my plans to be with you. I am lost without you. I await your phone calls and cant wait till thanksgiving or Christmas when you will be coming home to me,i will have every room decorated for you as i did before,even the bathrooms. i love you son,and i will see you soon. Noone will ever hurt you anymore.Your daughter Kayla lives through you,she looks like you to a :T:"
Fay West of Royse City,Tx 75189

"to doug of ft lewis, please email me Fay West, i am tracys mother at oma1565@aol.com. i would love to hear from you. please write me."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"I had a dream last night....you were in it. I know you are watching over us... Thank you...."

"tracey was like a big brother to me i had the honor of being his friend and roomate for 1yr while we where in korea if anyone can get in touch with me please do so or if anyone knows how i can get in touch with rusty linger tracey always consider him a brother contact me please"
doug of fort lewis


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

A million times I've needed you, a million times I've cried, if love alone could've saved you, you would have never died.
In life I loved you dearly, in death I love you still. In my heart you hold a place, no one else could ever fill.
It broke my heart to lose you, but you didn't go alone, part of me went with you, the day God took you home."
Karla of Germany

"My love
today is your Birthday
and I wish with all my soul
and heart you were alive...
I love and miss you so much...
It's unbeliavable....

I think of you in silence,
and often speak your name...
but all that's left to answer
is your picture in a frame...
if I could have one lifetime wish,
one dream that would come true,
I would pray to God with all my heart,
for yesterday and YOU.
If tears could build a stairway,
and heartaches make a lane,
I would walk our way to Heaven
To Be with YOU Again..."
Karla of Germany

"Happy Birthday !!"

""Tracy, it was an honor to have served with you. I will keep you in my memories always. To your family and friends I send my Love.""
Jason Stamper of Monroe, LA

"Hey guy, long time no see! Well, looking at all the messages you are definitely loved by every life you touched. It must be that Laramore-charm: ) You are missed by many and there are several little miracles I wish you were around to see. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers.
I love you!!"
Kristy Laramore(Tracy's sister) of Ponce de Leon, Fl

"Hi! My name is Karla, I was Tracy's girlfriend!... I am setting for him a Homepage, if you want to share some thoughts, moments you lived with him or some pics let me know... I would be happy to add this at his Homepage. Tracy was a wonderful person and I am missing him very much...
The Homepage address is www.the-hero-tracy-lee.com"
Karla of Germany

"Hello all.... This is more of a request than a message....Tracy had many wonderful friends and many many lasting memories with all. Kayla is going to have to mainly rely on her family and Tracy's friends to learn more about her dad. If any of you ever want to get together and share those with her, I would be indebted to you..... We all know how wonderful he was.... I want her to know too.... Thank you in advance for any help that I get. I hope to hear from you soon...."
Emily Rourke of Irving, Texas

"To the Family of Tracy Laramore:

I am sorry for your loss and am keeping you in my prayers. Tracy was a wonderful man and I feel lucky to have known him."
Natascha Brooks of Arlington, Texas


The love that once was born can not die, for it has become part of us, of our life, woven into the very texture of our being, each of us would wish to leave some part of ourselves, so here and now we bear witness to the one we knew in life, who now in death bequeaths a subtle part, precious and beloved, which will be with us in truth and beauty, in dignity and courage and love to the end of our days."
Karla of Germany

"Hi baby this is me.. thanks for have visited me in my dreams...It's so hard to be without you...I keep crying... you sure remember one of our song "Here Without You"...this song is so nice, sad and explain exactly what I am feeling right now... the only place, I can see you beautiful face and hear your wonderful voice, is in my dreams...I love you so much and I miss you so...I will call Betty this weekend and if she have time, I will meet her so that we can talk about you and Johnny, to remember the beautiful time we spent together.

“If you forget the one you love, then you never loved!"

I will always love and miss you Tracy..."
Karla of Germany

"It is so wonderful to see our old friends come together quietly and honor the friend that we all knew. Thank you Craig and John I am sorry of how I have to hear from you again ...but thank you for remembering our friendship with Tracy."

Just thought that I would let you know that Kayla is not following you or I.... she brought all of her grades up and has A's and B's..... She is definitely showing "your" sweet little temper...... It is like looking at you....you defintley left something unforgettable behind..... I'd like a little "guardian" help here...... Look for you soon..... Love and miss you..."

"Tracy, my friend, I miss you"
sam hatfield of manassas va.

"I knew Tracy from the neighborhood and remember all the fun we had running around. I am proud to have known him, and honored for what he has done for our country. Your family will be in our prayers."
Jon Hardwick USMC (1996-2000) of Arlington, Tx.

"I knew Tracy years ago. We lived in the same neighborhood and we went to junior high and high school together. Although we didn't always get along, I always thought of him as a friend.

I Just want to thank you for everything you have done for me and this great country. I'll never forget you!

To Tracy,s family,
I'm sorry about you're loss. You guys will be in my prayers. I know what it's like to serve this country and it takes a special kind person to do it. Tracy will be missed."
Craig Hungerford of Arlington, TX

"I am missing you...Words can't explain how much...I Wish you where here...
I Love you"
Karla of Germany

"you are missed more and more everyday i just wish i would have gotten to spend more time with you but now you have become our hero i love you"
stacie west of dallas tx

"Tracy is my true love....we spent many years as friends. My brother Lucas and he worked together this is how we met. When he came home from bootcamp we realized our friendship went much deeper. He asked me to be his wife and I now regret not following through with my promise. We had our differences though have remained friends through these past ten years. My brothers and I have loved him dearly and have been so proud of how he has become a man. I just wish he had returned so we could have all had one more beer. With this in mind I know he past awayed with no fear. He was the love of our lives....friends and people dear to him know this is a tribute to life not death...for Tracy did not fear nor shall i as a friend and lover but I will keep it clear the our love was true and the friendships developed through these years are real. As for everyone on this site. We know Tracy lived with love and delight so lets celebrate nothing but love and life. THANK YOU WE LOVE EVERYONE WHO LOVES TRACY....THE SWAIN FAMILY."
Shoshana Swain of Dallas, Texas

"Friendship is so deep that the powers to be always knew who we were to be....Tracy knew love and was loyal...always as a friend I would like to name us all as a group hope I include us all!!! Emily...man you hated me and now I love you and your daughter...Kayla you know that :) Emily you know you love me!! Paulie the cousin.....Lucas the brother man he had so many Shawna we love you!! Robert the dear friend with your beautiful family and Jace....man your a buddy to the end Matt, Dave, Sam, Jeff, and of course my own brothers we all loved Tracy dearly. We are so proud of how you managed to become a man and fight and love the way you did!!! We will love you forever!!!"

"The Bible
1 Corinthians 13

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not love,
I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains and have not love,
I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned and have not love,
it profith me nothing.
Love suffereth long and is kind.
Love envieth not.
Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doeth not behave itself unseemly.
Seeketh not her own.
Is not easily provoked.
Thinketh no evil.
Rejoiceth not in inequity, but rejoiceth in the truth.
Bareth all things.
Believeth all things.
Hopeth all things.
Endureth all things.
Love never fails.
But where there be propheses they shall fail,
whether there be tounges, they shall cease,
whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part,
but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child I spake as a child,
I understood as a child, I fought as a child,
but when I became a man I put away childish things.
For now we see though a glass dark plain, but then face to face.
Now I know in part, but then shall I know even also as I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, love - these three, but the greatest of these is love.

I love and miss you Tracy..."
April 14th... Karla of Germany

"HI Tracy, this is Betty!you were my best friend and i miss you so much... It´s unbelievable... But i know you are watching over us and take care! Fay, stay strong, we`ll get through this somehow and to tracy`s daughter: hey girl, be strong i know you are! Your daddy was a great person and he always said that you are his pride!!! I beg you are!
Well, there are no words that can explain the pain i feel
Just be safe and god bless you all!
He is here with us... He is a hero"
Betty of Würzburg/Germany

"HI Tracy, this is Betty!you were my best friend and i miss you so much... It´s unbelievable... But i know you are watching over us and take care! Fay, stay strong, we`ll get through this somehow and to tracy`s daughter: hey girl, be strong i know you are! Your daddy was a great person and he always said that you are his pride!!! I beg you are!
Well, there are no words that can explain the pain i feel
Just be safe and god bless you all!
He is here with us... He is a hero"
Betty of Würzburg/Germany

"T-Jack you were the man, with the ladies!!! God knows we had wonderful times together! Jumping off bridges, driving to the end of the earth and T-Jack you always made sure everone smiled!! T-Jack was the nick name Tracy had when he was in grade school he gave it to himself and used it as his pen name for his drawings. Many people have asked about what our life was like growing up....it was fun. He is honestly the greatest friend anyone could have asked for! Tracy was my brother and life long compainion. Anyone who is having a difficult time with this always remeber Tracy loved heros....Wolverine Superman and many other comic characters. He would not of wanted to die any other way. I ran into some friends from highschool last night and they were all very proud to here how brave and honorable he had gone. Tracy's true love was his mother and no other woman could measure up to her...funny that is why he always had a hard time maintaining a relationship. I love you Fay and Tracy....Kayla I will always be here for you!!! You are a star in your fathers eyes."
Kathy Hoffmann of Dallas, Texas

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path god laid for me,
I took his hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found that place at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
Don't lengthen it with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, He set me free
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain.
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am the morning hush.
I am the graceful rush
of beautiful birds in circling flight.
I am the star shine of the night.
I am the flowers that bloom.
I am in a quiet room.
I am the birds that sing.
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

I would like to dedicate this poesie in lovely memory of Tracy...

You will always be the light that shines deep in our hearts
We will always be a part of you, and you will always be a part of us......
though out of sight, you will forever be in our hearts and minds."
April 7th ...Karla Kellermann of Germany

"Tracy -
We will all dearly miss you. Thank you for fighting for your country and fighting for our freedom and what you believe in. You will never be forgotten. We know your presence will be with us forever.
We love you."
Brandi West - Sister in Law of North Richland Hills, TX

"To Tracy and his family.
I just want to send my sympathies to you all in this hard time. I often heard of Tracy from my husband and what a great guy he was. I never had the chance to meet him, which I now regret. I hope that God will ease your pain and you will start to remember only the good times you had with him. I thank him for all the sacrifices he made for this country and for our freedom. He is a TRUE hero."
Jenny Alvis of Springdale, AR


"Tracy, Mackenzie never got to meet you however she misses you so much She talks to you everyday. Last night she told me that she loves you that she was sad that her daddy died. She is very worried about you be taken care of and that you won't be alone. We have always kept that father daughter bond open just for you. And know you will not be coming home to meet your daughter. It is hard but we are both to fault in this and I will never forgive myself. Because I have taken away something that can never be replaced.We do love you and miss you."
Leanne Gough of Mesa, AZ USA

"Tracy, I never thought that this day would ever come but now it has and its sad to stop and really think my uncle-my best friend-my brother is gone welol you will never be forgotten in my heart i will always love you. you can neer be replaced
i love you always and forever
your neice"
stacie west of dallas tx

"This message is for the family of Tracy Laramore.

I want to express my deepest sympathies to your family. My brother Jason Ford was in the same unit as Tracy and died in Iraq on March 13, 2004. I would like to leave this poem for the family and friends of Tracy, Your family is in my prayers and thoughts:

A Fallen Limb

A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says,
"Grieve not for me."

Remember the best times, the laughter, the songs
The good of my life I lived while I was strong.

Continue my heritage. I'm counting on you.
Keep on smiling and surely,
The sun will shine through.

My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest,
Remembering all…how I was truly blessed.

Continue traditions, no matter how small,
Go on with your life,
Don't just stare at the wall.

I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin,
Until the day comes that we're together again."
Francine Harley, sister of fallen soldier -- Jason Ford of the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry based inSchweinfurt, Germany. of Washington, DC

"This message is for all the loved ones Tracy left behind. My cousin Clint R. Matthews, was in the Bradley fighting vehicle with Tracy and Clint passed away on March 19th. He was a wonderful man and died for our freedom. We miss him terribly and we feel your sorrow and pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless You."
Dawn Howsare of Bedford, PA

May God Bless your family and friends"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"Today marks the 2 week point of the worst day in my daughters life. If only there was understanding of the pain endured when first I broke the news to Kayla, and then later the Chaplain. Kayla was starting anew with her dad, and now all hopes of what was to come and anticipation of plans talked about was abruptly cut short. I understand that he made amazing marks in many peoples lives.... I am however BEGGING to all to remember that my 11 yr old daughter was JUST getting to know and understand her dad. The confusion of all that is being written and said on this and other websites is causing her pain. You do not lay with her every night as she cries herself to sleep...when she does sleep, and listen to her why's, what if's and the ultimate what now's.... I thank you in advance for your descretion. This is a mother's request.... Tracy would ask the same...Let him rest in peace, and let his daughter's remaing time be peaceful. Thank you."
Emily Rourke of Texas


Today are two weeks that you are gone and I still not believe on that .I miss you so much, we are missing you so much... Joe, Lenny, Nancy, Diana, all our friends, they are so sad. Joe and Lenny they cried so much too. We talk so much about you, all the things we all did together, we love you Tracy...The others friends, Elvis, Gabriel Paul, etc...They still in Iraq, they are all very sad as well. Gabriel wrote to me, he feel so bad,he so sad, he miss you too, and he is going to miss you much more, when he come back to Germany, because he will not more be able to share his room with so a wonderful person like you. I smile when I remenber how sweet you was, and, I start to cry when I thing that I will never see your worshipped face again. We know you are in a better place, but this does not take our pain away, we want you here with us. Last friday I was walking in the rain, thinking of you, and, I start to cry, is terrible to know you are not more here to share and enjoy with us all the beautiful things in life, special the love of your family, the love of all the people who loves you ...I will pray each day more for you, for your family and for all the others soldiers that are still fighting for the world freedom...Rest in peace my love, may the kindness and the love of God be with you forever..."
Karla of Germany

Words can not express the void in all of our lives. The Holidays will never be the same. Even though the times were short, it was always such a pleasure to have you home. I will miss so much, the wonderful meals you cooked for us, you walking across the field from your mom's and visiting with me. You were such a genuine person! Like everyone else, the image of your smile will be forever branded in my mind. I will always be here to help your mom make it through this difficult time. It will be difficult for her, but I will always be here for her. You were so very special to her, and all of us. You left me with a lot of great memories and you will never be forgotten. I love you."
Kim West ( Sister in Law) of Royse City, TX

"To all who leave a message in rememberance of this great man please be mindful of the fact that his young daughter reads this daily to see what the rest of the world thought of her beloved father.In reading these messages left by some she is increasingly growing confused and distraught. So I beg you for hers and her families sake please keep any unresolved issues you may have about him or the war he believed in and gave his life for between you,him,and God.The most important thing in all this is the life he lead the love he gave and the beautiful people he left behind.He touched many hearts and if he touched yours you would know he wants peace and happiness for his daughter Kayla and the rest of his family."
Michelle Saim of Arlington,Tx

"You were the kind of person that stood out, you lit up the room. Knowing you for the last 13 years has been the best "roller coaster" that I have ever rode on. Only you and I and a few others knew how we felt about each other.... no one else needed to know. I have the best memories of you and only have to close my eyes to see you smiling at me. You were my first love, my first true heartbreak and the father of my first child. You have left us sooner that any of us wanted. Life without you seems impossible...
I am blessed though, you and I have something special.....Kayla. I intend to raise her in your honor, not letting one day go by without reminding her of you, your love for her, my/her memories of you..... You gave me strength when I needed it most.... I need it again... I love you.... Please watch over Kayla, please watch over me...
My hero.....
All my love...."
Emily of Irving, Texas

"You were a son,a father,a soldier and a friend. I knew from the moment you were born you would be someone special.I loved you even before you were born.I knew you would touch the hearts of everyone you met. The hardest thing I have ever had to do is say good-bye to you the day we laid your body to rest.I only get comfort in knowing that your spirit lives on in your children,your mother, your aunt,uncle and cousin,your brothers and sisters, and all the many others you have touched throughout your short life. You will always be in my heart. I will miss you beyond words.I feel that I will never be the same without you in my life.My heart is deeply saddened.I will always remember you and love you. The things I remember the most will be your smile and your love of life. I will love you always,your Dad."
James Laramore of Crestview,Florida

My name is Leanne, I too love Tracy very much he is very special to me. He is also someone I will see everyday. In my duaghter Mackenzie.. Tracy and I meet in Ft. Carson before he went to Korea. Tracy never got to meet her. However due to the lateset turn of events Mackenzie has got to meet the rest of her family. Who have been very kind and she loves them very much. I will also be putting together a site www.tracylaramore-west.com and www.tracylaramore.com which will have some pictures. Kenzie loves you Grammy Fay"
Leanne Gough of Mesa, AZ USA

"I am Tracy's mother. Words cannot tell you how much I am hurting as God has taken my "baby". Tracy was my life,he was my best friend. I will never be able to have any normalacy in my life again. I couldn't wait for his phone calls to tell me all the things he was doing. He would tell me about all his friends. From Georgia to Colorado,Korea to Germany,he never met an enemy. Tracfy had a BIG heart,he would do anything for his friends. He would tell people if they ever came to Texas,go see his mom, she'll put you up for the night and feed you. I want to thank all of you that he touched for all that you do. He was my hero. He was my baby boy.Please believe in what you are doing to protect the USA,do it in his honor."
Fay West of Royse City,Texas

"Tracy had a Italian girlfriend in Germany whom he loved ! He meet Jennifer on his last visit to his parents,(Christmans 2004) and spent a few days with her, I know, as well, he knew Jennifer for years, but they were only friends. He told me he would marry her, would he? After only a few days spent together? I saw his girlfriend at his mass here in Germany, she was despaired, I am so sorry for her and Tracy´s Family, special for his daughter. He was a very nice guy,and now he is a Hero. He made mistakes like all of us in life do, but only God is judge above of us. The time is coming to let him rest in peace."
SSG William Ford of Schweinfurt Germany

"To the family, my husband had the honor of knowing Tracy. We send our love & prayers to all his loved ones & friends."
MSG John Hatley & Mrs. Kim Hatley of Schweinfurt, Germany

"Dear Tracy,
You fought for everyone at home and we will always be indebted to you because of this. You are a great hero for facing evil and refusing to back down. America will always owe you a massive debt for your actions. Thank you for fighting for us."
mark reif of winchester, VA

"My dear Tracy,
You have always been a very special part of my life...I have held you in my heart since the day you were born. You and I always shared a relationship and a love for one another that was unlike any other aunt-nephew had. We were soulmates. I understood you when no one else did. I felt whatever you felt. I know how much you love Kayla and of the plans you had for your future. I know that you loved your mom very much. Your life was on track and you were looking forward to a wonderful future...but you were a soldier, and you had a committment to our country and to your fellow soldiers. May they never forget you. I'm really proud of you...your grandfather would be so very proud, too. Our soldier, our hero.
Your smile will be etched in our minds forever. I will miss you very much. I love you. You are my hero."
Aunt Pete (Sheryl) of Killeen, Texas

"To all the Prayers and Love,
Hi I'm Marcie a friend to the Family and would like to Thank everyone for all they have done for our family. Losing a child is something a parent should never have to do.God will help us get throught this some how.Please remember us in your Prayers.Tracy was to be my new son. Tracy and Jennifer were to be married when he got home. He was going to be my grandbaby Paiges daddy , she was soo happy.I know he would be a perfect husband and father any one to be proud to call My Son. We have lost soo much. His Mom and Dad (Fay and Jim) Thank you all for everything you have done for Tracy and the Family . God Bless you all.
The West Family"
Marcie Campbell of Royse City,TX

"Hey Tracy

Your friends here in Germany are missing you so much, most of all we really miss seeing you with Karla. You are the only person who could make her as happy as you did. She misses you so much, I won't be able to take away her tears, but I hope I can give some comfort to her. You was one of the best person I ever meet, a sincerely sweet and loving person and good friend to all of us.
We're gonna miss you each day more and more!
Rest in peace Brave Warrior."
Lenny Skach of Nürnberg Germany

"The Final Inspection"

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?
"The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here,
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand.
" There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God,
"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Karla Kellermann of Germany

"To Tracy's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Tracy watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

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

"For Keyla Tracy's daughter "

All daddies are special in their own way.
Some daddies ride tractors and work on a farm.
Some daddies drive fire trucks and sound the alarm.
Some daddies are great chefs and can make dessert.
Some daddies play the bagpipes and wear a plaid skirt!
Daddies can do a lot of things.
Some daddies drive noisy tanks that growl and grumble.
Some daddies fly jet planes that roar and rumble.
Some daddies hike in forests that are dark and damp.
Some daddies march in boots that stomp and stamp.
These daddies wear green and are in the Army or Marines.
There are daddies in the Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force too.
They fly planes and sail across the oceans and skies of blue.
They all work hard keeping our great country safe and serene.
Daddies can do a lot of things.
Some daddies have to leave home and go far away.
That’s how they care for you, in their own special way.
If your daddy leaves and you have to say goodbye,
remember these words and try to dry the tears from your eyes.
When your daddy leaves and the two of you are apart
He places a tiny little picture of you in his heart.
Everyday no matter where he is,
His soul will whisper these words to the wind.
I will always love you no matter where I go.
I am part of you and you are part of me.
That’s something I'll always know.
Try not to worry, don't be sad.
You'll always be my baby And I'll always be your dad."
Karla Kellermann of Germany

"My love Tracy
You was my dream, now you're not more here to share my days and nights, my life is so incomplete without you, I really don't know how I will survive without you baby, because you are the 'oneness' of my heart, of my soul. I try to be strong but I can't , in my heart and in my thought you will be forever alive. I asked God to send angels to watch over you along the way you are making, you still the man who holds my heart in his hands. The one I wanted to spend my life with, the one with who I will always love.We started something before you died, one journey of completeness as two hearts and souls embrace, forever is what I wanted with you, and now you died, you died in a place where you should never have been,I only hope you didn’t die in vain. If I could I would walk across waters and climb the highest mountains, I would do everything to make you alive, is not fair, you made so many plans for your futur, was so much things that you wanted to do. I will never again be able to kiss your lips, to hear you voice calling my name, you voice telling me about the plans you made, I will never again see your pretty and worshipped face. I don't know how to explain my pain, it's so strong and is going to tear me apart... I love you baby and I am proud of you, for your boldness to serve in this terrible war, you are our hero. God will receive you with open arms and will keep your soul until we will be able to see each other again.
I will always miss and love you.... your love"

"Thank you Tracy Laramore, 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 Spc. Tracy Laramore:
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 Tracy 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. Tracy Laramore:
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 Tracy, 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