Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Holly J. McGeogh

19, of Taylor, Michigan.
McGeogh died when her vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during convoy operations in Kirkuk, Iraq. She was assigned to Company A, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Hood, Texas. Died on January 31, 2004.

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"Dear McGeoph Family
On this anniversary of the loss of your heroic daughter, I offer my prayers for Holly, her family and friends.
I have visited Holly's memorial at Taylor City Hall for five or six years on Jan 31 since I realized where it is and who it is for.
God bless you
God bless our troops
God bless us all

Jim Martin of Wayne, MI

"it's been years now, but seems like yesterday...."
MSG Steudtel (Ret) of Farmington Hills, MI

"It's been 10 years ago today you where taken from us I miss you so much you will never be forgotten love you sis I want to say thanks every 1 on her nice to read all this feel free to email me at magoos10@yahoo.com or 3134773926"
Robert mcgeogh of Taylor mi Wayne

"We honor you, citizen-soldier, for your service to our country and to freedom. Your name will be read in a school chapel next week as an everyday person who gave the ultimate sacrifice."
Rich Harper of Los Angeles, CA

"To me Holly was more than just the girl next door, and her family was more than just neighbors. We were family. Holly is the sister I never had and a friend everyone needed. From the late night talks to the early morning smiles. From the thrown penny's at her window to the knocks on mine. She was always there when i needed her. She will always be apart of me as I have some scares to prove it. You'll never be gone because your always with me. Thanks sis"
Joe Szwed of Taylor, MI. USA

"Holly, It's been almost 8 years this month since you have been gone. I remember the trip back to Kuwait we took in the Bob-tail trk. You were so happy to go with me and Howie. I know you are looking in on us allways and i'll never forget you. Rest in peace sister."
SFC(R) Darrell Patton of Fletcher, OK

"Holly, You were a beautiful girl and i will never forget you! I still think about you all the time and will never forget what you did for our country! To all of your family, i wish you all the best during this holiday season. Holly was a beautiful girl, inside and out!"
Amanda P. of Taylor, Mi

"Still not forgotten.. and forever missed. The love still grows and the memories remain. 9/30/11"
Michigan Military Moms of Taylor, MI


I miss our long talks by the clamshell during your visits to Kirkuk. It seemed that every time you visited, we ran into each other and just talked. Two, four, even six hours. Well, you talked, and I listened. I'm honored that you trusted me to help you carry your burdens, give you career advice and be an occasional shoulder to cry on. I can't believe it's been over 7 years that you've left us. You're are still in my thoughts - and always will be. You positively touched the lives of those who knew you - including me. Thank you for that. Miss you."
TSgt. Jeffrey S. Williams of Maplewood, Minnesota

"To Holly's family,

I did not have the privelage of knowing your daughter, but I remember the day she died. I am not sure if anyone told you how special our young women and men were (and are), so I would like to share my observations with you.

I am a 48 year old Army Reservists, and I was stationed in Tikrit (03-04), and made several trips to Kirkuk. I know the area where Holly was and the type of people she served with.

The summer of 2003 was one of the hottest the region had seen in several years. Temperatures were typically between 110 - 125 through the summer and into the fall. Living conditions were primitive, and Soldiers were happy to have something as simple as a hand rigged porta john.

Please do not take my statement as being harsh or heartless. I wanted you to know a little about the living conditions so that you can also understand how special your daughter and her friends were (and still are).

Even with harsh living conditions and operations still taking place around the clock. I was so amazed and proud of how our young Soldiers served. In spite of everything they were going through...they served with pride and honor that made them as good as any of those who served before them. I would go out on patrols with these young people and they were proud to be doing their part in keeping our country safe.

I know the news stations never tell the whole truth, but your daughter and others were proud to be there and proud to be part of making the world a better place.

I have now completed 3 tours in Iraq, and have seen how the lives of the Iraqi population has improved greatly since 2003. This is a direct result of the service and sacrifice of people like Holly.

I know you miss your daughter, but her service made a dffierence in the lives of young Iraqi children in the area who are now going to school and wearing clean clothes. Their parents are now able to provide a better life for their families and can afford to provide them better food and cleaner water.

I wish our young people did not have to make sacrifices...but their pride, honor and concern places them in positions to protect others. I would hate to think about a world that did not have people like Holly.

Even though I did not know her, I still miss her.

Dave Casper
Dave of Garden City, MI

"To the family of:Holly J. McGeogh
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. She died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

I miss you. You were the best. 7 years in january you all have been gone. I remember when you eyes went strait!!!!!! "Cpl Theiss, look my eyes are strait. I'm beautiful again" We were in the crap hole shelter thing before the b-day palace remember?. you were so happy. I am happy for you holly. I miss you.
thanks for the memories.
gone but never forgoten
24 sep 10"
Peter Theiss (Sgt) of Corpus Christi, tx

"dear fallen comrade we have never met and unforunatly your situation in iraq was worse than mine you paid the ultimate sacrifice as i am living with mine deepest sympathy to the family you left behind fallen but never forgotten"
(R) spc. Gary Bethel of Cadiz, ohio

"Holly, you were a Soldier I never met but one I will never forget. I helped lay you to rest when you came home to Michigan that final time. I will always remember how hard it was to read your Purple Heart citation standing there beside your family and friends. Every time I think of that day it brings tears to my eyes, a lump in my throat; just as it did that winter's day in 2004 and I remember. I remember you and all those who love you, I will never forget.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them."

I will always remember you PFC Holly McGeogh, the Soldier I never met but will never forget."
Major Jonathan R. Holland of Fort Leavenworth, KS

"A good memory that I have from Holly, was January 28, when we got the news to redeploy back to US, she was telling me her goal to study psychology and we got to a deep conversation. We were exited to pack up and have a good time. One thing that always blew my mind from her was her mindset. Her, Cabral and Mier were inseparables. How many times Cabral looked after me while I was pulling guard. And Holly with SFC LaCompte trying to always hook us up. Almost 6 years and their names are embedded in my life. I always make sure that these heroes that gave up their time and constitutional rights are remembered. Thanks for bringing to this world such an amazing human being, that six years later, my kids will know her.
A co FSB Ft Hood TX

Luis W Hernandez of Oviedo, Fl

"Hi Paula,
I wanted to let you and your family know that as these Holiday season's pass your daughter is in our thought's and her memory lives on in our heart's. We are so very blessed and thankful for the sacrifice that you have given to me and my children. May God be with you during the Holiday's."
Amanda Mier of Hopkinsville, Ky

"Mrs Paula, I still have and will always have the magnet of Holly on my fridge. God Bless
SFC Steven Helton of Still Fort Hood

"While I did not know Holly, I did have the honor of receiving her remains at Dover AFB in February 2004. She was the first of many people who I did not know in person but feel in spirit. I will never forget her service to our nation. Thank you Holly."
Air Force MSgt of Sacramento, CA

"Five years.... another sleepless night after the dreams."
MSG Steudtel (Ret) of Farmington Hills, MI

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Holly J. McGeogh:
Holly 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

"Paula and Family,
I felt compelled to right you this message. The time has come again where all of us are dreading reliving that terriable day in January. I just wanted to let you know that there is not a day that goes by that you guys are not on my mind. I pray for you nightly and I miss your daughter, Juan, and Abi like crazy. I just still cant believe thier gone. I guess God really does take the best first. I pray Heavenly Father will give you strength in the upcoming months as we all relive this time of year and know that our heroes our never forgotten."
Amanda Mier Widow of Sgt Miersandoval of Hopkinsville, Ky Usa

"SFC LeCompte, thank for helping close that loop... one of many unanswered questions of that day. My sincere apologies to you as well for not bringing them home."
MSG Steudtel (Ret) of Farmington Hills, MI

"Its been along time coming, I am sending this to you and your family at a time i remember her the best. I remember putting on the Santa Claus suit and walking around the TFSA. Which was featured in the Letters from Home by Time magazine. I remembring the smile and warmth of doing this to a few and the one that stood out was SPC McGoegh. She was part of my section that I took over and a major part of the section. It is hard not remember the little things without her always coming up. At time very shy but mostly the first person to be ready for anything that came up. My story in 1-22In, Aco 4SB will never be complete for I am the one the agreed to send you out on that day in Jan. For that I am so sorry for the lost that was dealt to you and your family. It is hard knowing that the true family in the milatary was the ones that deployed with her and I was just an outsider looking in at times. My pain will never be calmed until that day I see her again probally on patrol or be a mechanic for the one above. "DEEDS NOT WORD"
Forever in my thoughts."
SFC(r) Billy LeCompte of Killeen,Texas

"Hello Paula and Michael I just wanted to say hi and wish you all a happy holiday I read your story about Holly and the fish. My wife just had to take our little Holly to the hospital for getting into the cupboard under the sink, she's a crazy little girl. We met you at the Memorial Service for Arm Forces Day. We named our daughter Holly in honor of your daughter. Can't wait to see you both again. Sincerely John and Dawn Fife 11/29/08"
John Fife of Taylor MI

"Not a day goes by Holly.....Not one.
Miss and Love you very much!!!
Justin McKellar of Taylor

"I read Holly's story for the first time today on the internet and it saddens me deeply. I wish I could hug each and every member of her family and tell them how sorry I am for their loss. God bless them, and God bless Holly."
Ken of Denver, Colorado


"Dear Holly 4 years have passed and the only memory I had of you was the documentary from HBO,but now I've at least found a site now where I can express my love and gratitude and I will do this until we meet again only a few more months and it would have been over.When you passed and I heard the news I ran and ran and ran some more It was the only thing I could do this is hard for me to do my hands shake writing this message no one understands the pain of losing a friend to such evil.If only I could meet your parents,embrace them and tell of the great memories. Its hard for me to express my feelings because no one listens,I lost many friends to this war sometimes I wish it could have been me instead of them.To Holly's family she told me great stories all the time.A couple of weeks before we shipped out on the that summer day in april we drank peppermint snops,played a couple games of spades and this was after we met only hours earlier what can I say she was and will always be my best friend.She would travel to Bayji Iraq from time to time and she always had a smile on her face everytime she understood me and I loved her for that.I would Travel to Tikrit Iraq and she had the same smile.Why did they take my friend away?Sometimes I find it hard to go on she was so young.Well the reason I haven't mentioned my name until now is because I made it back and she didn't so I feel the least I can do is show my friend the respect she deserves.To Holly's parents I hope to one day meet you and I want you to know Holly will never be forgotten.My name is Michael Hattaway and I would love to hear from you And I want you to know Holly is with me everyday,thank you for creating an angel may she rest in peace.My email is Milton83@clearwire.net if you ever come come across this message I would love to hear from you thanks god bless you all."
Michael Hattaway of Killeen TX USA

"Holly I miss you so much! I whis things were different.. Joe misses you too! I cant wait for that day we all meet again then everyone will be happy! anyhow i know you cant read this but im sure your family does.. all i can say is there is not a day that goes by that i dont think of you.. RIP HoLlY <3"
*Jess* of Taylor, Michigan

"Like it was yesterday... another sleepless night...wondering if there was anything different that we could have done."
MSG Steudtel (Ret) of Farmington Hills, MI

"Happy 24th Birthday WIlly,
I miss you so very much and I love you with all my heart. I hope you have a Great Birthday with all your fellow fallen comrades.
Love, Mom"
Paula Zasadny of Taylor, MI

It's me again, I was going through some items at hime and came across some pictures of us in AIT. I miss you, but I know that you're ok and in a better place. Thank you for what you've done for my children. I could not have done it by myself.
Delta 05

Travonia-McClain-McClellan of Brussels,Belgium

Even though I didn't know you, I had to do research on you for school. I want to say thank you for giving your life for the freedom and protection of our country"
Chelsey of Bridgeport, Michigan

"Hi Paula,
i am so sorry for your loss. as a nam vet. i salute both you and your husband and especially Holly ( Willy) i know you all miss her so very much. yes she was a very brave soldier. may you know now she is with god but still watching over all of you. and that she loves you all very much.
William Links
William Links of 641 South Main St. #7 Fond Du Lac, Wi. 54935

"To The Families Of all our Fallen Heroes.
May God bless you all as a daughter of a vet.and the mother and aunt af soldiers.My heart breaks for you as an American I very proud of all our men and women.God Bless You All"
Peggy Ross of Mount Olive,NC/USA

"Paula and Family,

Want you all to know, I feel your pain. I know the 31st was hard but remember God is always near and so is Holly. I will be praying you through, I ask for the same. Know we are thinking of you ."
Amanda Mier

"Dear Holly,

It has been a while since I have been on your homepage. I still remember the good times in BCT and AIT. I will never forget you. Fallen but never forgotten!!!!"
Travonia McClain-McClellan of Brussels, Belgium

"Holly was an awesome girl. I met her at basic training B.co 2/60th Fort Jackson SC in 2002. She always had a smile on her face even durring basic. I don't think I ever heard her say a mean thing to anyone. She was usualy the butt of someone's joke about her thick glasses or just her last name but she didn't mind as long as she could make someone laugh or smile. Holly will be missed."
Spc. Marc Kiefer of Grayling Mi/Fort Bragg NC

"Holly, the sacrifice you have made through your selfless acts of courage and service will never be forgotten. Countless lives have been forever changed because of your strength and calling. Thank you for inspiring others through your actions and memory. You and your family shall always be in my prayers. GOD BLESS YOU!"
MMC(Sel) Wilson of FT Worth, TX

"Tisztelt Mcgeogh Family!
Fogadják öszinte részvétem a lányuk elvesztése miatt. Kár hogy ilyen fiatalon elhunyt. Isten áldja önöket.
Zoltan Török Hungary Europe"
Zoltan of Kaposvar, Hungary

I cannot begin to tell you how very much I miss you. I wake up every morning thinking about you and I go to bed every evening thinking about you. I am so very proud of you baby, I could never be more proud. Your 23rd Birthday is approaching and I am very sad that you are not here with me to celebrate one of the best days of my life, the day you were born. I love you with all my heart sweetie and I will miss you until the day that I die when we will be together again. I am trying very hard to make sure that you are NOT FORGOTTEN !!! I now carry you in my heart where ever I go. I Love you Willy and I want you to know that I would give anything for just one more hug, one more I love you, one more minute to touch your smiling face. Missing You."
Your Very Proud Mom of Taylor, MI.

"Holly, I really do not know what words could express my empathy for your family and friends. You were dedicated to the service even in high school. Those are memories I myself will not forget. You are true and honorable person. Brave, courageous, and dedicated. God Bless You and all those like you."
Jennifer O'Shay of Taylor, MI USA

"during this time i was a soldier of the US ARMY 4TH ID, B Co. 4TH SB. I didn't know your daughter all that well and i know it was a long time ago but I want you to know that we all still miss her very much and isnt a day go by we dont htink about her"
pfc lynch

"Dear Holly, family and loved ones

Let me start by saying that I never served in the US armed forces. However, I have always held military members in the highest esteem. I work at Detroit Metro Airport and see uniformed soldiers roaming the concourse regularly. When I can, I make a point of saying "Thank you for your service" to the soldiers I happen upon. I would like to believe that I am doing the honorable thing and supporting my nation and troops.
My actions cannot compare to the actions of America's true HEROES like US Army SPC Holly McGeogh. For here was a young woman, not yet 20 years old, that gave the GREATEST gift anyone can give to their fellow citizens and nation. Holly gave the final measure, she gave her life, like many before her, to help ensure that the rest of us may live in freedom and safety.
Words on paper cannot begin to explain my gratitude to Holly and ALL other members of the US military. Nor can words ever begin to heal the hole in the heart that Holly's family and loved ones must feel.
I caanot imagine such a loss and cannot fully understand the grief that Holly's family suffers. While I cannot feel the unimaginable grief of losing a daughter, do know that my thoughts, prayers and feelings of gratitude extend to Holly and her family.
To Holly's parents, While I did not know your daughter, I can say that you raised a young woman to be proud of. Her choice of proffessions, that of defending the USA and making the world safer and more free for the rest of us, is one of the MOST HONORABLE deeds any of us could ever aspire to.
Holly, your lose saddens me, for it is true heroes like you, that make this world a better place for people like me. I respect you and honor you Holly, and you will NEVER be FORGOTTEN.
May God hold you and your family in a special place."
Tom Fisher of Southgate, MI

"Dear Holly,
I was once in the military and was very proud to serve my country. I will never forget the powerful feeling of patriotism I felt while serving. I'm sure you must have felt the same way. Now, you are an angel watching over us. I thank you for your courage and your sacrifice. Reading all the letters written before mine has brought you closer. I pray for you and your family. You will not be forgotten. God Bless America! God Bless you, Holly!"
Bridget of Canton, Michigan

"I never really "knew" you Holly, but I knew you. We shared the same palace compound in Tikrit, I was in Cco 1/22 INF. We said hi and made small talk on occassion. I helped secure the site and gather information on your attackers. I was at your Memorial Service at the Birthday Palace. These were sad days. My heart goes out to your family and loved ones."
Jim Carpenter of St. Cloud, Fl

"Thank you for your service to our country. May your memory live on forever. God bless you. Rest in peace."
~ an anonymous paratrooper of the US


"To the family of Holly:

I am sorry to hear what happen to your little soldier. I myself was in the military until I married a service member. I went to AIT with McGeogh. She was a sweet and loving person. Great to be around and always making me laugh. We had some ggod times In Fort Jackson back in 2003- 2004. I still have pictures of her and our other friend Castillo and I together on our weekends off post. I am sorry that this had to happen to you and your family. I just got back from Iraq with the 115th Sig Bn.I am deeply sorry for your lost. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers always. DELTA MADDOGS 05

My six year old son has to do a project for school for 100 days that they have been in it. It will be 100 soldiers that will never be forgotten . Holly name will be at the top with an gold star!!! I would love to you a picture of it. If you would like that you can e-mail me at travonia.mcclain@us.army.mil"
Travonia McClain-McClellan of Brussel,Belgium

"Paula, Again I would just like to say that you and you're family are still in my prayers. I hope life has gotten a little better for you. My son will soon be deployed to Iraq or Afganistan in Feburary and like Holly, He believe's 100% in what he is doing for our country and our people. Paula I wish you the very best and will continue to have you in my prayers."
Vince Mapes of Huron township, USA

"Holly i still remeber the first day i met you in 9th grade in homeroom i was new to truman and you were just so nice to me. I remeber all the times when our lockers were next to eachother when i was upset about something u always made me laugh i miss that and i miss u, u were so brave and i will never forget you. To a very brave soldier you are missed"
Tiffany of new boston/taylor



"Though I never met you, I feel somehow connected to you. May you rest in peace, and may peace be to your family.

No se desanime. No esta olvidado."
Kirk of Michigan

"Rest In Peace Holly
Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you made for all of us.
God Bless Your Family"
Karen Wilson of Upper Lake CA

"God bless you holly! I just heard of the ultimate sacrifrice you made for our country.I remember you since FT. Jackson with that funny looking smile. Class 05 B Delta Dogs LEAD THE WAY!God Bless the ones you left behind.You will never be forgotten Girl."
SGT. Luis Avendano 1-143 Field Artillery 40th ID of Sacramento CA

"Holly I remember you as a little girl. When I watched you while your mom was at work. I remember the fun we had and the countless peanut butter and banana sandwiches I had to make you. YOU WILL FOREVER BE IN MY HEART. Paula I hope you can stay strong. Love Cindy
Cindy Manetta of Taylor, Mich.

"Hello - I just want to leave a message for Holly's family, and friends.

Six months ago I was given a bracelet - a hero bracelet. The soldier on the bracelet is Holly. When I received the bracelet - all of the sudden - it truly came over me, this one bracelet represented just one soldier who had lost her life. It was a sorrowful feeling, to know how young she was, how full of life, energy and spirit. I am grateful that her family and friends raised a young woman full of life and courage. I wear her name every day as a reminder how fortunate I am for those that have put their lives on the line for me - and our Country.

Holly - and those close to her are in my thoughts and prayers today - and everyday.

Thinking of you,
Sheila Elizabeth of Chicago, IL

"Holly, you were are a truely brave soldier and i want to say thank you for all you did for us and that i have the outmost respect for you. I only wish that it didnt have to end this way for you, you had a lot going for you. we will all miss you and we all love you. your a hero to me and to everyone who knew you. miss you girl"
Tiffany of Taylor,MI


"God bless you Holly, we all miss you and love you very much! Paula I know George told you already that you and your family are in our hearts. I hope to get up there soon to see you."
Jessica Douglas of Southgate, Mi

"Dear Private First Class McGeogh,
First of all, I want to thank you for the sacrifices you have made for your country, family, friends and unit. I want to tell you that your death was not in vain. Because of you, the 4th SB and the 4th ID have implemented a completely new type of training to deal with the threat of IED's. I am currently assigned to Aco. 4th Support Battalion as you were. As we get nearer to our redeployment to Iraq, we go there with more training and knowledge on all subjects. For that, I especially want to thank you. I have one of the most dangerous jobs in the unit. I am the Battalion's 6 Delta. I am glad that I had the opportunity to recieve the training,that if it were'nt for you, would never have happened. Please know that most of your NCO's are still here and mention you often. You will forever be remembered here at the Packhorse. "PACKHORSE SUPPORT""
PFC Barbuch PH6D of Aco.4SB,4ID Ft.Hood,TX

"Dear Holly,
In my 8th grade class, right before veterans day, one of my teachers wrote about 40 names of fallen vetarans on the board. He then told us to pick one and write a letter to them as if they were still alive. I do not know why but for some reason something told me to pick you. I may not know you but I really appreciate what you have done for me and America. I know it must have been very hard for you to go to Iraq at only 19, and for for that, I respect you. I'm very sorry it had to end the way it did and I wish that I could actually send this to you. I am very sorry for your friends and family but I know you will always be in thier hearts. You did a great deal for this country and I thank you for that. Many other females at 19 probably havn't dreamed of getting into the Armed Forces. You are very brave to me."
Brandon G. of Jacksonville, Florida

"I am very thankful for your service and the gift of freedom which you gave your life for, Holly J. McGeogh. Its ashame that I never got to meet you and share in the world that you lived. I wish the best for all your family and close friends."
Bill of New Orleans

"God bless you child. May you rest in quiet peace with the rest of the fallen heros."
Mike of Michigan

"I am reading George G. Sheldon's book "THEIR LAST WORDS: A Tribute to Soldiers Who Lost Their Lives in Iraq" and read the story of Private Holly McGeogh. What a brave young soul. We are so proud of her and all of our defenders and fully support their mission. Holly will be part of history that makes our nation proud and safer.

We have a 19 year old daughter named Molly who I can't imagine doing what Private McGeogh has done. Holly's family must be so proud of her and so are we. I just can't imagine your grief. We, as Americans, thank you for Private McGeogh's sacrifice and yours. God bless you."
Debby Henderson of Pittsburg, Tx

"To The Family Of Holly
We just wanted to tell you how very sorry we are about you lost
that day will never be forgotten as we got the news of my brother Sgt. Mier
i know that they did thier very best and that there is not a day that gose by with out thinking about them
we are very sorry about your lost
may god bless you always
you and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers
Holly you've made the biggest sacrifice for us
you are our hero
Ruth Vallejo
(younger sister of SGT. Mier)
ruth vallejo of pomona CA

"To the Family and Friends of PFC Holly J McGeogh,
A few months ago I purchased a memorial bracelt with the name of a fallen soldier on it... This was the name I received. I want to let all of you know that I greatly appreciate the sacrafices that Holly and her friends and family made for our country. So, thank you.
Krista of Mesa, AZ

"Holly I am so proud of you I meant to write that in my last message you are the greatest person I know or will ever know. Americas Hero Thank you for being so strong."
Lena of Michigan

"Hey Holly I miss you so much it has been 1 year 3 months and 2 days since you died. There is not a day that goes by that I dont think about you. I still get very angry that you left me even though it isnt your fault. I just wanted to have Army stories with you. Hell i wouldnt be here if it wasnt for you. I still wonder how I am going to make it without you. I still cry, not as much but I do. You where my best friend and I was yours. No one has ever cared for me as much as you did. I just miss talking to you so much. I miss all our crazy adventures we use to go on trying to find Frank and Shane and all the guts you use to have that I didnt. I miss the fact that you was never scared to make Frank mad, and how you use to think I was dumb for careing what Shane thought. I miss you so much you made me a strong person.I thank you so much for all you have given me. I wish you were here. I will see you soon. I remember all the days we skipped school to do nothing we really didnt even have a reason to skip we just did. I miss you and love you so much Holly No one here knows how much!"
Helena (Hollys Best Friend) of Babenhausen, Germany and Taylor, MI

"Holly, I was just doing some online english for school and you popped in my head. You seem to do that EVERYDAY. I love you and you are my hero. You are always gonna be missed and thought of everyday. I still dont believe this happened to such a beautiful lady. You are something special babe. Paula you are my cousin and you have made this family proud. Holly will always be with us."
Justin McKellar of Taylor,Mi. United States

"I did not know your daughter,but like many others was very saddened to hear of her death,it is hard to read about all the young people coming back from Iraq or Afghanistan to be buried by their families.I know that she is at peace now,and I want to thank her family for raising such a brave little girl,she will forever live on in your hearts,and her sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Grant of Raleigh,NC

"Happy Valentines Day Holly :)"
Ashley of Michigan

"To Hollys Family,
TO all of you i just wanted to let you guys know that there is not a day that goes by that i dont think and remember your daughter, sister, and grandaughter. I met all of you for the very first time after Holly had alreaddy past and i will never forget you guys. Each and every one of you are in my prayers nightly and i want to let you guys know that i am there with you in missing her and hearing storys about her from my husband. take care and godbless amanda mier"
Amanda Mier of Harker Heights, Tx Usa

"To the Zasadny/Mcgeogh Family,
I was the second senior ranking person on the convoy that took your daughter's life. Since that fatefull day in January, not a single day has gone by that I do not think of SPC Mcgeogh, SGT Cabral, and SGT Sandoval and I always second guess if there was anything we could have done to prevent what happened. When I picked up the pictures that Holly always carried with her I could not help but be overcome with emotion on how proud a family Holly belonged. From the pictures I could tell that you not only supported your daughter but you supported what she was doing, and that is rare in these ages, I commend you for you patriotage. I thank you for raising such a brave and dedicated young woman. Since the day I met her, 4 weeks before the convoy, you could tell that she prided herself on accomplishing her mission and helping her fellow soldiers. Ma'am words cannot begin to express the sorrow I feel for you and your family; I am proud to have served with your daughter.
John Lopez of Killeen, Tx

you were the greatest girl ive ever met. you always pushed me to do my best in JROTC. if not for you i dont think that i would have come as far as i have. i mean, you gave me my first push ups. i miss you so much thank you for every thing that you have done. your one of the bravest people i know. your family will always be in my prayers. and to paula and mike you guys did an awesome job raising your daughter god bless you"
Nikki Campbell of Taylor, Mi

"I will always remember Holly as being very energitic and outgoing. We had a lot of great times together..Since the day that i met her she had her mind set on going into the Military..i remember in the 9th grade we said we would go into the airforce together on the buddy system.She was always very honest,loyal to her friends,caring,strong,and very giving, I guess that is what made her such a great soilder.I just wish I would of had the chance to tell her that I was sorry...i really hope that she knows that now...Paula and Mike thank you for raising such a great person and my thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family everyday.There will never be a day that goes by that im not thinking of her..."Shorty" I love you and Im sorry and hopefully one day when its time I will be able to tell you that"
Sara of Taylor

"To MeGeogh's family,

I went through basic with her, and never knew her first name. Hearing of her death made me think about life. McGeogh was just an aquaintance in basic. It makes you think if you find a nice person you should keep in touch with them. She was an amazing person and I am honored to have had the chance to know such a wonderful soldier."
Miranda Holtan of Savage, MN

"Holly, I promise you that I will do everything in my power to support your fellow warfighters in Iraq and around the world, and I will do it in your honor."
Scott Hofacker of Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (US Army Civil Service)

"To the family of Holly McGeogh:
I was in Tikrit with your daughter. I remember taking her on a mission with us. It was so hot and I was in my vehicle, miserable wuth all the flies and sand around me- but I could hear Holly's laughter in the very next vehicle enjoying just talking with one of our soldiers. It was infectious. She was such a happy girl and will be missed. God bless you all."
SGT LeAndra Pedersen of Woodland Hills, CA

"Hi, I did not know Holly, but I just got finished watching a documentary on HBO about "Last Letters to their Families, Fallen Heros", and I was so touched with the stories. When Holly's picture and DOB and DOD came on the screen, I saw that her birthday was on August 29th. That is the same birthday as mine. And even though I did not know her, I will say a prayer for her and her family on our birthdays and wish her a "happy birthday", everytime I blow out the candles, every year, forever. I'm so sorry that you guys, family and friends, lost such a wonderful person. My prayers will be with you.
Camille of Philadelphia, PA

"The Family of Holly J. McGeogh
I'm sure you won't remember me, but your family's faces have forever been imbeded in my mind. I waited on you at the Paddle Inn Restaurant in Mio, MI and I remember looking down and seeing that black bracelet that had your daughters name, and at that particular moment my heart sunk, because I knew what that bracelet meant. I lost a friend in the war last December, and I have been forever changed. Since that day your family has been in my prayers, and I will contine to pray for you. God Bless, and Thank You for everything Holly."
Krystle Brown of Saginaw, MI

"First of all, Holly I am so sorry that we never had that lunch before you left for bootcamp, and I am sorry I missed that phone call before you were deployed to Iraq. Second of all thank you, for all of my childhood memories, there isn't one without you. From re-runs of coke, to ju-ju bee's at the hotel, to New Kids on The Block in concert. We had some great times. I am so proud of everything you did. I miss you so much. I wish that we would have stayed close throughout high school. Thank You for everything, I love and miss you so much, I always will! Paula, Mike, and Robby I love you guys! Holly you truly are a brave soldier and but you'll live on in my heart the little girl with long curly hair and coke bottle glasses."
Christina of Taylor,Mi

"McGeogh Family, I used to live down the street from you and me and holly were the same age and we went to renton together and we were friends until you moved. I was reading my Glamour magazine and found the article about her. My heart dropped and I didnt even know she joined the service and then I read this. My heart dropped it doest seem real. Mrs. McGeogh, can you please contact me. I want to know some things. I havent seen her in years and now i miss her. god bless you!!! god bless you too, Holly. Ill miss you and your beautiful and strong personality. YOU TRULEY ARE A HERO!!! I love you!!! Mija8008@aol.com (my email)"
Patricia Selbmann of Lincoln Park Michigan

"holly i am so proud of you and grateful for what you have done for us. but i miss you more and more every day. this pain i feel for you is never going to go away. one day we will be back together again i love you holly"
jessica of riverview mi

"God Bless you Holly"
David Henry of Winnipeg, Canada

"Paula, you humble me with your strength and dignity. You give us Military Moms inspiration and courage. Holly is very proud of you. God bless Holly."
Nancy Pursley - Proud Air Force Mom of Allen Park, MI

"To all of you, Thank You For you Support. We Miss our Brave Little Soldier very much and we are very proud of her for the sacrafice she has made for this great nation. Please remeber all of our Brave Soldiers fighting for our freedom and the freedom of others around the world and Please never forget our fallen Hero's. My family and I would not be getting through this very difficult time if it weren't for all of you and your continued support. God Bless !"
Paula Zasadny, Proud Mother of Fallen SPC Holly McGeogh of Taylor, MI.

You were my best friend. We had a lot of great times together, and we will again, once I embrace heaven in my own time. I know that you are looking down on us and giving us strength in every way that you can. I miss you so much. You are my hero, and always will be. I hope to one day have half the strength that you had. I love you, and I'll see you later."
Amy of Taylor, MI

"Today in Tucson, Arizona I took part in a photographer's project to honor our fallen soldiers in Iraq. I was the one to represent Holly J. McGeogh in this Memorial day ceremony. A wristband with her name, 2004-01-31, and Taylor, Michigan was taped to my wrist as I entered the event. We were each handed a large American flag and asked to gather in a beautiful grassy field. The photographer arranged participants in rows. For the first photo we stood with flags held high hanging down over our bodies. The second pose was of us sitting covered with the flag. The third pose was taken of us lying down covered with our flag. I believe the different poses were symbolic of three phases our fallen soldiers had gone through. Active, wounded and slain. My hope is for Holly's friends and family to have the pain lifted from their hearts. My sincerest condolences to them for our great loss."
Lee Ellen Ashley of Tucson, Arizona

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

I know that you are in a much better place and that you are in God's grace now. I would like to thank you for your sacrafice, the ultimate sacrifice. My brother is a soldier in the US Army and is scheduled to leave for Iraq in the summer, so I know the risks. I am just praying for him and the rest of the men and women serving us. I know that in the time we went to school together I never had the blessing to really get to know you, but I am forever thankful for the person that you were and the unselfish deed you did to serve. I think everyday that I walk across my campus at school how much I am thankful for that opportunity and since you have fallen how much I wish you had the opportunity too. But remember, you did not die in vain, and may God be forever with you. Forever in my prayers,"
Brandi Boswell of Taylor MI

Even though I never knew you , I can honestly say your sacrifice was not in vain - the life you lived and gave was so that we can live in a world of Freedom - I thank you Holly for watching over us and your family for raising a woman born with the spirit of true Liberty that will never be broken."
Patrick P. of Ann Arbor,MI/USA

"I pass by this house everyday and see the framed photo of Holly on the front porch, and sign encouraging us to support our troops....it breaks my heart everytime I drive by, I'm so sorry for your loss."
Valerie Swystun of Dearborn Heights, MI

"holly i love you and i miss you very much and i am so thankful for every thing you have done for our country i love you"
jessica king of riverview mi 48192

""Our Brave Little Soldier"
Off to serve our country No matter what it takes Fighting for this thing called freedom With a regime full of hate..."Our Brave Little Soldier" was happy To live her life out in that sand;And fought with fire for each of us To save our promised land...Danger around each corner But willing to stand at guard time "Our Brave Little Soldier"was with the 4th I.D. The troops who captured saddam (hooray) Wanting to be in this convoy Just like missions in the past "Our Brave Little Soldier" put her life on the line...Not knowing this could be the last. God now has our special angel "Our Brave Little Soldier" let's say To stand at guard for each of us...Still serving her United States! With numbers of soldiers missing And hundreds we have lost Is this price for freedom Worth what it has cost..........IN HONOR & LOVING MEMORY OF SPC.HOLLY.J.MCGEOGH"

"To The McGeogh Family.
I cannot tell you how much this bothers me. I wish this would just end right now before we loose another "great american" like PFC McGeogh. I am a retired soldier and I do understand the sacrifice she made but it still bothers me. I hope her memories will always be their to keep you and confort you. She sounds like a great soldier."
LTC (Retired) D.M. Belmont of Raleigh, Nc

"Holly and I grew up togther. She was a great person always happy and joking around. She was so fun to be around. I am so proud of everything that she has done. She is one of the bravest people I know. We are lucky to have people like her surving our country. Holly is and will forever be my hero. Holly I love you and will forever miss you."
Miranda of Novi, Mi

"I met Holly in JROTC. She was a good person, even though she yelled at the cadets all the time for not doing what we were suppose to.The last time I seen Holly was at military ball were she went with my best friend Keith Agee who is serving in Iraq. Holly and her family will always have a speacial place in my heart. Holly I miss you and someday I will see you again. I LOVE YOU!!!!"
Nicole Bowman of Taylor, Michigan


"my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time... may god hold you close to his heart always...god bless you "our brave little soldier""
vikki hood of taylor,mi

"Today I found this webpage. And eventhough we live on the other side of this planet, it grieves me to see how people at such a young age have to die to make this world a safer place. Let the loss of this young life not be in vain. May God give strength to the family and friend of this wonderful person."
Van Springel Stefan of Belgium

"holly will always have a very special place in my heart. I meant holly through her dad rob mcgeogh.holly was a very kind and loving person. she will be missed dearly. my prayers go out to her parents paula & rob her stepdad mike and her brother robbie."
terry helms of westland mi

"We share your loss. Our beloved Ernesto Blanco was also killed on December 28th by an IED in Fallujah. We will keep Holly and all of our fallen heroes in our prayers. God Bless!"
Joan Maymi of Sandy, Utah

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

"Holly, You touched so many lives in your young life. We thank you for serving our country and JROTC. We will miss you and will pray for you and your family."
John and Sue Zaucha of Romulus,MI U.S.A.

You will never be forgotten. You were a good friend to my girls in JROTC at Truman. Are prayers go out to Holly's family. And best wishes.
Rest in peace and thank you for being so brave."
The Evans Family of Taylor, Michigan

We will always remember the sacrifice that you have given in the name of our country. I will always remember you dear friend. Your life was not lost in vain, but in the hope that we will all live in peace and harmony in this world once more. Thank you for everything that you have done for our country, and may God welcome you to eternal life with open arms and open hearts. Thank you and God Bless."
Heather Taylor of Romulus, MI USA

"Dear Holly,
Thank you for serving our country and being brave. Once a soldier always a soldier, May you rest in peace. We will never forget you."
Jackie of Livonia,MI


"Dear Holly J McGeoph
I don't know to begin. I remember you walking throught the halls of Truman High School and in class with me as if were yesterday. Then we both join the United States Army, you as a mech. and me as a Military Police Officer.
which takes alot to do. Especially to go to wr and defend the world from terrorism. plus i can remember the last time i saw you at the chow hall in Tikrit Iraq. Seeing you smiling and joking with me about our time a Truman High School and how our lives were going in the Army. I will never forget you as a brave soldier and as a friend in school. Rest In Peace and God Bless your family through this hard time.
Peace, Love, and Respect
Your friend and Fellow Soldier
PFC Anthony L. Boike Truman c/o 2002"
PFC Anthony L. Boike of Taylor MI, depolyed in Tikrit Iraq

"Rest in peace brave soldier!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Holly McGeogh, 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 Pfc. Holly McGeogh:
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 Holly for the sacrifice she has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Holly McGeogh:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. She 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 Holly, 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