Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Byron Wayne Norwood

25, of Pflugerville, Texas.
Norwood died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 13, 2004.

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"Thinking of the lasting impact Norwood left on my life, I only knew him as a young girl but think of him every day.
Memorial Day 2021"
Danielle Laney of Texas

"I am remembering Sgt. Byron Norwood's family in prayer this Memorial Day 2017. I continue to ask that God would be your comfort and strength in these days since your loved one's homegoing. I had the privilege of praying for Sgt. Norwood through the Presidential Prayer Team's Adopt a Troop program during the Gulf War. My heart was saddened when I watched President Bush's speech to Congress in 2004 and realized your son, brother and grandson would not be coming home to you. I cannot imagine the profound grief of losing a son, brother or grandson. So am asking God to uphold you by His strength moment by moment and give you His peace. Isaiah 41:10, John 14:27 I am so thankful as well for Christ's great sacrifice on the cross for our sins so that we who trust in Him can know we have eternal life and can anticipate a joyful reunion with those saints who have gone home before us. I Thessalonians 4:15-18 A grateful nation thanks you for Sgt. Norwood's last measure of devotion and your great sacrifice for our cherished freedom."
Anneliese M Lynch of Warsaw, NY, USA

"Remembering Byron and his family this Memoral Day 2016."
Karan O'Neill of Wimberley, Tx

"Remembering Byron's sacrifice and heroism this Memorial Day 2015."
Jim and Kari of TX

"Remembering Byron and his family on this Memorial Day 2014. He'll never be forgotten. Thank God for Byron and all of those who serve to protect us."
Kari and Jim of Round Rock, TX

"I remember the first time I met Byron when I came back to 3/1 and we were out at a restaurant with Big Knip, Big Pete, Starr, Artie the One Man Party, and some other guys an Byron was in the bathroom and they were prepping me to meet you because my tact button is normally broken. And he came back and he was the epitome of "Texas" all the way down to the southern twang. Me being from NY I laughed so hard when he said, "Hi, I'm Byron." I actually worked for Norwood for about 8 or 9 months and it was hell mostly because I'm stubborn and I didn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. But after all the ups and the downs I'm still proud to have served with one of the most genuine and literally the nicest Marine I've ever met. Javelin Platoon Fo Life!"
Ron Sampson of Everywhere from NY to HI

"Remembering my Aggie friend from highschool band and brother-in-arms on this Memorial Day. God bless"
David Pepper Pierce of Austin, TX

"Remembering Byron on this Memorial Day 2013. So thankful for his life, his honor, and his commitment."
Jim and Kari of Round Rock, TX

"To any of Byron's friends and fellow Marines who may visit this site - We would love to hear from you or see any pictures you might have of him. So many of the photos we have were taked by him so he is not in them. We can be contacted by email at janet@norwood7.org

I am so grateful for all of the messages that have been posted here. It is comforting to know how many lives our son touched in his 25 years on earth. After over 8 years, we still miss him beyond comprehension, but we are so very proud of him.

Janet Aston Norwood"
Janet Norwood of Pflugerville, TX

"Happy Birthday, Byron. 10 Nov 2012.
It's been 8 yrs and you are not forgotten, nor will you be.
Semper Fidelis"
Trevor Self (Byron's first Plt. Sgt. - Wpns Co., 1/23) of Oxford, England

"Not a day goes by I don't remember my friends and their impact on my life. To the family I hope the years since I have seen you last have been good. We will always miss your son and my friend."
Wyatt Smith of Tx

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

"I see your name on my forearm everyday, so everyday is memorial day."
mitch hailey of bremerton, WA

"We are remembering Byron on this day. Memorial Day 2011. May God bless and keep you in His care."
Jim and Kari of Texas

"Happy 235th Birthday Brother. I love you and miss you. Take care of us and keep us safe. We shall march together again someday.. Semper Fi.. GySgt JG Armentrout.. Friend and brother for life"
Jody of Jacksonville NC

"Byron Wayne Norwoods story has been moving to read, and I would like to express my thanks to his family for raising such a fine young man.
And thanks to the many persons who has given evidence about Byron lived.
I am currently considering to post a danish translation of many of the tributes on my Google Blog, as well as a translation of Byrons story as it can be found on the Pflugerville War Memorial. With approiate links of course.
God bless you

Heine Stromdahl
Heine Strømdahl of Copenhagen Denmark

"I am a friend of Byron's from bootcamp (platoon 1099). I would really appreciate it if I could get in contact with his mom and dad. Please have them email me at mitchhailey@hotmail.com. Thank you very much."
Mitchell Hailey III of Bremerton, WA

"Memorial Day 2010. God bless the Norwood Family. We are forever grateful for Byron's unselfish sacrificial service to bring freedom to the people of Iraq and for standing strong on behalf of our country."
JIm and Kari Bergamo of Round Rock, TX

"I had the pleasure to meet the Norwoods this past weekend at a Hope for the warriors function in Katy Texas. Unknowing to me the entire morning was spent listening to this couple talking with a Sargent Major about some Marines and he had commanded in Iraq while we were escorting 4 wounded warriors as they shot skeet at this benefit. These fearless men were enjoying the the chance to get out and have some fun with their brothers in arms, some with disabilities in wheelchairs, some shot out of their chairs, and some shot from the back of the golf carts, These brave soldiers were better shots than alot of the supporters that did not have any disabilities. At the conclusion of the shoot everyone was gathered and the Norwoods and this brave Sargent Major were introduced and I suddenly realized who these people were and what they have done for the men coming home and the ones still fighting for our freedom overseas and I can say with all my heart that there were many tears in the eyes of the people present at the event. Please support the Hope for the Warriors and other outfits that help our service men and women that give so much that we can have the freedom and liberties here at home"
John Caffey of Corpus Christi Tx

"Thank you for your sacrifice, Byron. You will never be forgotten."
Jennifer of Cedar Park, TX

"My condolences to the Norwood family....I have never left a message like this before, but felt I needed too! There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about my best friend. I am saddened for your loss and also everyone who knew Byron. He was a one of a kind friend that can never be replaced. I miss him very much and wish all the Norwoods the best and am glad to have known you all. Byron, you are missed very much! Your friend(always), Ssgt. Lucio,Bryant (8th MCD, and former 3/1 Kilo Co. grunt!)"
Ssgt. Lucio, Bryant C. of Pfugerville,Tx/Travis

"We wanted you to know we are always thinking of you guys...my husband constantly does and not a day goes by that I dont look at our youngest son Byron and think of him...it is such an honor to have been able to name our son after yours...thank you for that...we feel very blessed to have been able to be a part of Byrons life...even tho I have never met him, i have been blessed thro my husband knowing him!!! I hope you have a great year and hopefully sometime we can bring our son to meet all of you and show him where Byron lived and grew up and tell him why he was named after such a respected individual. I cant wait until the day he understands that. He is only 1 now but i hope he will someday feel blessed to be named after such a hero!!! Thank you for letting us name him after your son!!!"
Monica Schmidt of Westport, Oregon

"Another Memorial Day- we gratefully acknowledge your sacrifice so that we could go about our lives in safety another year. Thank the Lord for you and all of our brave men and women who served and sacrificed for us."
Kari & Jim of Texas

"I had the honor to meet and speak with Mrs. Janet Norwood several times during the week of the 2005 State of the Union Address,. Janet is the mother of Sgt. Bryon W. Norwood, who was serving as a squad leader with the Weapons Co., 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (3/1), when he was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004.

I had returned from Iraq myself, that same year, having completed a temporary assignment in Baghdad. I served in various locations and traveled extensively throughout Baghdad, before the initial elections. It was a very dangerous time in the history of Iraq. I met numerous people serving with the US military and found my time in Iraq to be professionally rewarding. I was not working for the US military when I was serving in Iraq, but I am a former US Marine. I was released from active service in 1998 and still currently work for Uncle Sam.

I was working in Washington DC, during 2005 State of the Union Address, when I approached and met Janet and her family. During the President's speech, Byron has honored for his bravery in Falluja. Safia Taleb al-Suhail and Janet Norwood hugged, during what many would consider the (emotional) climax of the President's speech. Additional info - (Safia's father was assassinated by Saddam's intelligence service, several years prior to the War on Terror. Three days prior in Baghdad, Safia voted in their first free elections. Safia's story is a very complicated one, I'll leave it at that.) After their embrace, people began openly weeping (there wasn't a dry eye for most of those who was watching the speech on TV or in person). Both these women had never met before this night. This wasn't a staged event and it was a very emotional moment.

I spoke with Janet multiple times, over the next few days, while she and her family were in Washington DC. We hugged, we cried and we talked for hours. She is a very warm, friendly and charming lady. She told me about her son Bryon and we exchanged stories about the Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, Iraq and our family's in Texas. We definitely connected and I am very happy we had the opportunity to meet. Bryon is/was a very lucky man and has an amazing family. I was very saddened for the Norwood Family's loss.

Before our last conversation, I gave Janet my business card, telling her, “if you need anything during your stay in Washington D.C., please don't hesitate to call me.” The primary reason I did this, is because I discovered that Janet and her family had purchased their own airline tickets, were paying for their own cabs, they had not been provided an escort (it was their first time to Washington DC) and additional they had paid for their own hotel rooms.

I found this disturbing new, because she and her family were “invited guests” to the State of the Union Address. The Marine Corps and our government had apparently failed to provide Janet and her family any assistance for their visit. The Norwood's were very grateful, did very much enjoy her invitations and access to the various State of the Union events in Washington DC, but unfortunately they weren't provided the courtesy of a guide or any assistance for travel or accommodations during their stay. I'm not really sure who in Washington DC / USMC HQ dropped the ball on this one, but this information saddened me. Someone should have ensured that the Norwood family had been taken care of. Simple as that.

I told Janet, if she ever returned to DC, I would be her family's tour guide and would take them all to dinner. I'm planning to follow through with that promise in a couple years, when I return again from overseas.

I occasionally still receive a Christmas or Veteran's Day Card from the Norwood's. Janet, her family and Bryon are still in my thoughts, especially during days like today..... Memorial Day 2009. God Bless you Sgt. Bryon Norwood, your loving family and God Bless America. “Freedom is never Free”."
Semper Fi

"Dear Family,
An engraved paver with Byron's name has been donated to our Veterans Courtyard. If you woud like, please email Friends2@Westtbanklibrary.com so we may tell you about it. With our sympathy , Pamela Gilliam"
Pamela Gilliam of Austin, TX 78746

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Byron Wayne Norwood:
Byron gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I miss you brother"
Doc Saffell of Ankeny, IA

"And Jabez called on the god of Isreal saying,"Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me,and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause any pain."
So God granted him what he requestd.
Byron was so blessed in life, now reap the rewards of a faithful servant.
Missing you man, for real."
Cpl barazzo of Wpns Co 1/3 Dragon Plt

"To the Norwood family, my sincere condolences, as I read about the kind of man Sgt. Norwood was I can only think how great a man he was before he joined the Corps. His passing is a sad thing, but the people he touched will be better for it and maybe just maybe will try to live up to that touch.
We are bothers Sgt Norwood and I'm sorry I never got to know you.
Be Blessed."
Sgt Bryant / 1st Bn Wes-27 Tafds Mcas, Cherry Point of Kill Devil Hills,NC.

"On this Memorial Day, we remember Byron and give thanks for his service and sacrifice."
Jim and Kari of Texas

"That day will never leave even until this day. It has been over 3 years since then, and I haven't found a way to get that memory out of my mind. I held you in my arms asking GOD to bring you back. The LORD knows how many nights I have wept for you. I loved you like a brother, and will honor your valor. You're a true friend who i will miss dearly."
Chris Lopez of 3/1 Wpns Co CAAT PLT

"thank you for your service, from an old nam soldier , wars all all the same , the differance is the men who fought and died . texans always seem to give it up for there country, as my father did in ww ll. god bless you sir. and god bless your family."
sgt. dan of lincoln ne. usa


Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I miss your smiling face and gentle nature. You were always looking for the perfect girl. I still have a shot of Jack every now and then for you...
Love always"
Cynthia Castorina of Austin, Texas USA

"Well, what can I say Norwood, man, we had some good times, and I definitely miss you man, you were a good man and great Marine. I know you are in a better place now, that I know for sure.You gave me encouragement when no else did, that I will never ever forget. God bless you brother, and Semper Fi."
Michael J Gonzales of Sherman Oaks, CA


"Byron your always there with me when ever I go on deployment and I will never leave without you. I miss you Brother Gaurd the Gates and Keep the peace.. GOD SPEED!! Love you BRO"

"Today I was looking for a KIA/WIA in Fort Bragg NC, I was going there to purchase a bracelet w/ my friend's name SSG Britt who died this week in Iraq. When I was there, they had a bracelet w/ Byron's name on it as the example. I was amazed, I told the lady at the shop that I went to school w/ Byron and was in band w/ him. She said that his is a popular bracelet. That to me show's that he is a hero to us soldiers that still serve, if people that have never even met him are wearing a bracelet w/ his name on it.
I still remember breaking into tears watching the presidential state of the union adress. I will never forget those words, when Byron's mom said she wanted to protect Byron and he said it was his time to protect her. I also remember the hug given to her by an Iraqi woman, it was one of the saddest things I've ever seen but so beautiful.
Byron was one of the reasons I joined. I saw that there were too many good men dying and I wanted to help.
From a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division."
Jon Dunbar of Ft Bragg NC

"Byron served with my husband. He wasn't just another Marine to us. He was a great friend and part of our family. Byron was over for our family get togethers at my parents, he was there when my husband popped the question to me, he was there for many great times. We miss Byron very much! I have some pictures of him that I hold dear to my heart...

Rest in Peace Byron. You are a true hero to so many! We love you!"
Sadie of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Mrs. Norwood,
I write this on mother's day knowing the renewed grief you must be feeling today. God Bless you and your family, and thank you for raising such an honorable son as Byron"
Vincent of Taylor, TX

I miss you Brother and I am very thankful you have looked out for me now and the past. Fair winds and calm Sea's Byron. Your always in my heart and I miss you Sgt Norwood. I miss you alot. Jack Daniels hasn't been the same without you. I know with you up there heavens gates will always be secure!!!
Love GySgt Pappalardo
3rd bn, 1st Marines"
GySgt Pasquale and Jessica Pappalardo of Camp Pendleton, Ca.

"Byron, we have not forgotten you. I am sure you know how much you are missed and how often you are in our thoughts and prayers."
Celeste Morgan Soto of Austin, TX

"Many people will probably get offended by this message, but it needs to be said. The fact of the matter, is that some people are going to heaven, and some aren't. It's as simple as that. I'm writing this because Norwood and I would fellowship in Christ while we served together. I guess I just don't like when people try and fool you saying "oh your son is in heaven," just because it's a nice thing to say. Well I'm saying it about Norwood today, that HE IS INDEED IN HEAVEN. Most of us know, there's only one way to get there, and thats by the Lord Jesus Christ. Norwood was a man not only of honor, courage, and commitment, but above all that, a man of faith in Christ Jesus. I sure can't wait to die, I'm so eager to see him again in heaven with our Father.

I remember the love he had so much, just like Christ loves us. When everyone else was drinking or messing with prostitues overseas, Byron and I were on the ship fellowshiping and sharing the Word of God. I looked up to him not only as a leader, but as a big brother in Christ.

John 15:13 - Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

I hope that his fleshly death will be a message to those not saved. Guess what everyone, there's only one way to heaven, that's through Christ! No man can ever EVER work his way into heaven, not even the Marines. Follow Norwood's example, and especialy, follow Christ. May you all find the peace of the Lord as Bryon Norwood has."
CPL Larry Bishop, WPNS Co. 3/1, 81s PLT of El Paso, TX

"I went to Bootcamp with Byron...He was a great American Hero. He LOVED being a Marine and would write me letters and send photos from Texas after we graduated bootcamp. I never saw him in person as he lived in TX and I was stationed in Camp Pendleton, but maybe one day I will be lucky enough to meet him again as I walk through those gates..."
Mitch Hailey of Bremerton, WA


Well i really have a lost for words just thinking about the subject, but i know you will be reading this so..Stand tall my friend for one day i will join you at the gates of heaven and releive you of duty. Until that day comes i will share the words about a true friend, a Marine. You will always be remembered."
Sgt. Brian Hayden of Huntington Beach, Ca

"Dear Norwood Family-
Byron has not been forgotten. We are thinking of you and praying for your family. May the Lord bless you."
Kari & Jim of Round Rock, TX

"Nothing I can say but thank you and your son."
Cale of Atlanta GA

"Mr. and Mrs. Norwood,
I am truly saddened by your loss, as I am for everyone who suffers loss for Liberty's sake. I didn't know Byron, but I do know Marines. For So many Marines to love and respect your son is a tribute few can fathom.
How proud you must be! as are we all of your son. Not only did he understand the cost of freedom, but thru your diligent and caring upbringing was willing to pay it for my family and his country.
How proud he must be of you! for the lessons you taught him and the way you honor his memory by showing love and compassion.
Late at night I can look in on my beautiful daughters, sleeping peacefully and know that they do so because of men like your son.
My family has spoken his name and send healing prayers to you family. Byron is on higher mission now but, you can still see his face in everything that is good.
God bless you and your family.
R.I.P. Sgt. Norwood, stand easy.
Semper Fi !"
Sgt. Stanley A.Slubowski III of Northford CT,06472

"For The Parents of Sgt.Byron W. Norwood
As a former Marine, i would like to express that we all share in your sorrow of losing Byron. I read of your sons story in a book for the battle for Fallujah. Recently i read a poem in Leatherneck magazine honoring him. I could not stop my tears. What an honorable man. From an attribute family. God Bless all of Sgt. Byrons Family and loved ones. Semper Fi...until we all meet in Heaven.
Jeff Hahn (USMC 1982-1986)"
Jeff Hahn of Lomita, CA

"Mr. and Mrs. Norwood,
I want to extend heart felt prayers to you and your family. Also thank you for allowing me an opportunity to know and serve with your son. A picture of us hangs on my wall in my home for all to see. Thank you for allowing me to participate in Byron's home going service.
Sgt Howard, Keith A."
Sgt Howard, Keith A. of Manor, Texas

"Those of us who have had the privilege of serving in the Marine Corps value our experience as the most precious of our lives. Sgt Norwood was proud of our Corps and believed it to be second to none. He will forever be remembered as a true Hero who will always have his own page in Marine Corps history. From the last verse of the Marines Hymn..."If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines." Semper Fi, Brother."
Robert Stephenson, Former Corporal, USMC of Orange County, CA

""I was fortunate to be able to talk to some marines recently who were in Fallujah about Bryon and they told me of the great selflessness and bravery he displayed; it was very moving(men like Byron make you proud to be from a small Texas town like P-ville). Byron has set an example of what it is to be a hero and raised the bar to being a great American. I am glad to hear that Byron and the Norwood name will forever be memoralized in the heart of the town I know he must have loved. God Bless you and your family Byron; we will never forget!" (8/9/2005)"
Joshua Reynolds of San Diego, CA

"Thanks for everything, Byron. You were an angel right here on earth, always putting others before yourself. Now you have gone to a place where you can be a guardian angel to us all.
Thanks for all of the good times. I love you and miss you."
Valerie Stites Schwarz of Austin, TX

"Semper Fi Bro, Looking foward to seeing you again further down the line, so does Wyatt."
Jimmy Clack of Houston, Tx

"There are precious few people in the world that can make a lasting impression just for the twinkle in their eye. Almost ten years after sharing a locker next to him in high school I still think about his contagious smile when the day just seems to be too much. I can’t imagine the beauty and joy he brought into the lives of those fortunate enough to know him well. Thank you, Byron for your bravery and your sacrifice so that we might continue to enjoy the freedoms that we hold so dear."
Georgia Nixon of Arlington, VA (formerly of Austin, TX)

"Thank you for showing us ture heroism and strength. Words can't explain how great of a man we have lost. Miss that little smile and hearing Megan go on and on about you! You are beyond missed EVERYWHERE! We love and miss you! You are always in my thoughts and prayers!!

Mr. & Mrs. Norwood-
Mr. Norwood it was a pleasure meeting you the other day in Sportsman Finest, you truly raise an a wonderful man that will never be forgotten!!! God bless you and your family."
Vanessa of Austin, TX

"My dearest little brother, Byron - I miss you so much every day and my heart aches without you. Our lives have been changed forever, but as difficult as this is for us, I know that you would have made the same sacrifice again if given the chance. I am so proud of the man you grew to be and of your dedication to this great nation and your Marines. You will be in my heart forever and I can't wait to be with you again one day - I know you will be waiting with open arms. I love you always.
Your big sister, Kristen"
Kristen Norwood Hullum of Pflugerville, TX

"Sweet Byron (Preacher),
Four months today you sacraficed your life and paid the ultimate price for our country. You are a true hero. You have made a difference and you will always be remembered. Thank you for the precious, priceless gift of freedom. Words can't express how proud I am of you, and how much I truly miss you & your friendship. Memories of you continually live withing my heart. I can still hear your cute chuckle, and beautiful voice singing karaoke. The songs "Amazed" and "Baby got back" will always bring tears, laughter and great memories shared w/you Byron :)
To Bill & Janet Norwood, watching you at the State Union left me speechless. I have never felt more proud to be an American. I pray every night that God comforts you and your family. Byron spoke very highly of you, & I wanted to thank you for raising such a good-hearted man. I intend on flying to Pflugerville, TX to visit Byron's grave, and it would be a great honor if I could meet you. (ShaunaMarie83@aol.com).
Byron Wayne Norwood - It's not goodbye, It's "I'll see you later"...at the gates of Heaven :) Until than, continue to smile down on all your loved one's from Heaven. I wuv you, RIP Preacher. To great memories: "It's 5'o Clock Somehwere!!!""
Shauna Marie of Hilmar, CA

"We will be forever grateful to Byron for protecting us. He was a valiant American and a man of honor and excellence. We honor his sacrifice by remembering him and cherishing our freedom he fought to protect. May the Lord bless his family."
Kari and Jim Bergamo of Round Rock, TX

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

"Dear Mr Mrs Norwood, I too lost a son in Operation Iraqi Freedom. SPC Andrew Ehrlich. My heart was truly touched when I saw you on the State of the Union Address. I feel you represented the Mom's who have lost our children there, wheather it be Army, Marine, etc. No one can truly understand our pain, except another Mother. God Bless You. Thanks again for representing all of us. We will see them again some day."
Jan Ehrlich of Mesa, AZ

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Norwood,
I wanted to say thank you for showing us true heroism and strength. I'm very sorry for your loss. Please know many grieve with you. Thank you Byron for your sacrifice to keep my children and our country safe."
Jennifer Mohre of Orlando, Fl. USA

"I want to express to you as Byron's parents my sincere and deep feelings of sorrow to you for the loss of your loving son. I too have a son in the service (just joined). As I watched you at the service in Washington DC tonight at the State of the Union address, and as you hugged the lady from Iraq, the tears involuntarily flowed down my face. I cannot imagine how this loss has affected you, especially as a parent. I am saying special prayers for you and for special strength now and as time goes on. I know how dear and close a son is to a mom, and I ache as I see my own son go into harms way also. "Thank you" sounds so hollow and useless. I just wish there was a way I could comfort you.

Lorna Lee in Oregon (molleenme@aol.com)"
Lorna Lee of Woodburn, Oregon

"I met Byron through two of my best friends, BC and Ryan, about two years ago. He was nicknamed "Preacher" because he was always looking out for his friends, and offering advice. Byron could always put a smile on my face. He was always there for his friends, and he will be missed dearly. I miss seeing his smile, and rocking out to country music with him in his pick up truck. He was a great guy whose curiosity and love for the marine corps and for life never ceased. My heart and prayers go out to his family."
Lauren Alford of San Diego, California

"To the precious family of our Hero,

Jesus said" There is no greater love than a man lay down his life for a friend" and that is what he did. I have never been so moved as to see his precious mother hugging the beautiful,greatful Iraqi woman for whom he gave his life. I thank him for his true unselfish giving of his life and I thank you for the giving of your precious son. Words can never explain our gratitiude.
William and Cheryl Durrant"
Cheryl Durrant of Ridgedale, Missouri

"Norwood. Keep an eye on Oliveira."
Ivan Lamptey of Sacramento, Ca

"I'll never forget you Byron. You took me to my senior prom and you were always there for me when I needed a shoulder to cry on. We miss you."
Elli of Austin, TX

"To the family of Byron
I went to school with Byron at Westview Middle School and for one year at Pflugerville High until I moved away to New Mexico. I remember him clearly because he was my bestfriends boyfriend for about 1 week ( about as long as it lasted in middle school) It broke my heart to hear of his death because My family and I know exactly what you are going through we lost my husbands cousin Lance Corporal Aaron C. Austin on April 26th of this year. The only thing that gives us peace is that he is home now and he died fighting until the very end doing what he loved. It sounds like Byron was the same way and I am so proud to know that we have men and women just like the very ones that we have lost still over their fighting so my 2 year old son can sleep in a warm bed and wake up in the morning and watch cartoons. So thank you for your son and his bravery and you will always and forever be in mine and my families prayers. God Bless You"
Jesika (Kerby) Jewell of Lovington New Mexico USA

"Hello Friends,
Just letting you know that we lost a soldier (cousin) to a different war, and it is so hard at times why !!!! He was also a Marine in the Korean War. So please stand proud Mom & Dad, cause your son served his country with Honor & Pride.
We will keep him in our prayers, we know we already left a message, but we wanted you to know that you will be in our hearts."
Annie & Charlie of North Plainfield, NJ.

"I was deeply touched to see you at the State of the Union. I wish you the best. Most of all I hope your sons sacrifice will help bring our troops home."
Karen of Kansas City KS

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of you brother. I take the opportunity every time it presents itself to tell your story to my soldiers. You are a true American hero and I thank you for your sacrifice. I'll see you again brother but in the meantime, I have to carry on the torch which you so reluctantly passed on. Semper Fi and Rangers Lead the Way."
1LT Brian Payne of Camp Stanley, Korea

"Twenty-five years ago, my sister honored me by giving her son my name. Words can never express how proud I am of that honor. Byron, you will forever be an inspiration to your family and friends. The sacrifice that you and your fellow service men and women have made for us will never be forgotten. May God bless you in heaven."
Randall Byron Aston of Scottsdale, AZ

I miss you so much. You were the best big brother anyone could ever ask for. You taught me so much of what I know and you will always be in my heart. Words can't express how proud I am of you."
Your Little Brother - Colin of Pflugerville, TX

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Norwood: My deepest condolences on the loss of your son. We are all so grateful for his life and the world is so much better for having had this young Marine among us."
Barbara Harris of St. Louis, Missouri

"One of my favorite memories I have of you, Byron, was when you picked up Grayson and I from a basketball game before we knew how to drive. We were all three singing along to the radio together on the way home. I can still hear your voice and see your smile. I have known your family for many years and will be best friends with your LITTLE sister forever. ;) You were like a big brother to me. I think of you everyday and will never forget you or the sacrifices you made for us and the Iraqi people. You are my hero and will forever remain in my heart."
Desi Mokri of Austin, TX

"Thank you for the gift of your son."
A Mother of Austin, Texas

"Your son died doing what he knew was the righteous thing in this time of war. God Bless your family and God bless Byron."
Andrea MacNeil of Houston, TX USA

"Thank you Norwoods for making us other Marine parents so proud of your understanding of and courage for your son's service. You are soldiers too."
Susan of Houston, TX

"Bill and Janet,

I knew your son throughout highschool and he was a great person. I have a brother that has been to iraq twice and i myself am in the Air Force. I could not imagine losing him. The last time I saw Byron was some time ago at Omid's house. Byron's passing has brought up many emotions that I was not prepared for. You will be in my prayers."
Joseph Warren of Austin, Texas

"Dear Bill and Janet,

As the father of two young boys I can only begin to imagine the loss you have suffered. I was touched beyond words by your presence at the State of the Union and your embrace of Safia. You have the eternal respect and admiration of my family.

God bless you,
Bob Gronlund"
Bob Gronlund of Fort Collins, CO

"Dear Bill and Janet,
As the parent of a young Marine, I was deeply touched by last night's events. In a single moment, you have come to represent not only a symbol of a parent's love for their child, but the icon of compassion of great Americans. I can only guess at the number of prayers said last night for your son, for the two of you and your family. May God's grace comfort you.
Each day when I depart for work, I look at the sign on my door that says "my son, my marine, my hero". I will now also think about Byron as another Marine hero to include in my prayers."
Steve Pennington of St. Charles, MO

"I don't have many memories of Byron, I was a little girl then. Byron used to babysit me and my younger brothers and sister. My mom always said he was the best babysitter; he would play games and watch television and make mac and cheese with us. I would think of him every now and then since the last time I saw him, about 10 years ago. I'm all grown up and in college and fully admire the love he had for his country and for me, to make that sacrifice. He was a good guy. God bless."
Ashley James of (Grew up in) Austin, TX

Our prayers will be with you and your family....May God be with you ."
Annie & Charlie of North Plainfield, NJ.

"Dear ones, As a veteran I am proud and honored by your ultimate sacrifice. As a veteran's daughter and sister , I mourn with your family. As a mother, I feel unconditional pride and anguish at the same time. May God fill the empty place in your heart with peace and serenity. My prayers are with you. In His love, Gloria"
Gloria Clark of Olathe, KS,USA

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Norwood,
Thank you for graciously representing all of the parents and families of both our fallen heroes as well as those still serving our country in the valiant cause of freedom. Mrs. Norwood, your hug of Miss. al Sadif and her's to you was from all of us. Byron's words to his Mom are the epitath of a true hero.
May God's grace sustain you in your grief."
Lorry Sutherland of Maple Glen, PA, USA

"Dear Bill & Janet,
May God bless and comfort your family for the sacrifice you all have made and Byron has made to defend the freedom of our country and help others experience that same freedom. We’re grateful to have known your son Byron while living in Austin…he will be greatly missed."
David & Jackie Boak of Rowlett, TX/USA

"To Byron's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Please know that our prayers are with you in this very difficult time. And thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


Gloria Caldas
Proud Mom of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. "Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne HHC 1/504
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003


"We miss you Byron. We were proud to hear your name honored last night. You will always be in our thoughts."
The Ghorashi Family of Austin, TX

It was such an honor to see you, Bill and Janet, on the State of the Union last night. I couldn't help but feel incredibly proud of Byron and the sacrifice he gave for our freedom and the Iraqi's to have a chance at freedom.

I had the priviledge to grow up with Byron and to have him as my dear friend and I will treasure those years for the rest of my life.

I know he would be amazed at the impact he has had now on so many millions of lives. It is incredible!!!

I hope your family will find solace in the magnificant life of Byron Norwood. We love him and will miss him always.

With Love,

Lisa Norwood Haley"
Lisa Norwood Haley of Round Rock, TX (Formerly Pflugerville, TX)

"Thank you Marine. Byron you always be a hero."
Mike of New Jersey

"Dear Mr. & Mrs. Norwood,

I mourn the loss of your son, Marine Sgt. Byron Wayne Norwood. Yet, I do so not with reservation or regret, but with pride. Frankly, in my eyes SGT Norwood is truly an American Hero. He was protecting his family, his country, and the right of freedom for all nations in the Global War on Terrorism.

After all, God has to call up reinforcements, too, and sometimes he needs the best!

R.I.P. Byron Wayne Norwood, SGT USMC"
Cary James Barrett, 1LT USAR Nurse Corps [SGT USMC Vet] of Buda, TX

"Hearing your name on last night's State of The Union Address was quite a shock, but a welcomed one. Now the whole nation knows of your courageous actions and bravery. You earned that Medal of Honor... wear it proud and smile down on us every once in a while."
Cory Westfall of Austin, TX

"Family, is God's gift to all His creation.
All believers share this common bond, Family, with God as our father.
Thank you Byron and all your fellow troops.
Thank you for the freedoms you gave your life to protect.
God bless your family."
The Hudson family of Roswell, NM, US

"Byron was a great man and a better friend. Byron you will never be frogotten."
Chris Wylie of Cedar Park, TX

"Dear Mr.and Mrs. Norwood,
Thank you so much for your son; we all our freedom to Byron and his fellow soldiers. My heart truly goes out to you and your family. I feel a connection to your son through the loss of my dear friend LCPL Abraham Simpson who was also killed the Al Anbar province serving alongside Byron. Both were a part assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, I am sure they must have been friends. Abe wrote once that the men he was serving with were the closest band of brothers...so thank you for Byron...thanks for giving my friend, Abe a brother in the midst of war. Again, my heart and prayers go out to you. Thank you.
God Bless...you're in my prayers."
Cassie of So.CA, USA

"To Byron,
You are a shining example of what people want to be in their lives. Your sense of humor, your devotion to your country, and most importantly your love for your friends and family. You and your families sacrifices will not be forgotten. Thank you for being a great friend and watching all of our backs. All my love bro. Semper Fi...."
Nick Winfrey of Phoenix, AZ

"Although I never met Byron, I feel a certain connection to him via a small coincidence. My brother Eric is a Marine, and some family friends "adopted" him while he was in Iraq, sending him packages and warm wishes from home. When Eric arrived safely from Iraq, these friends adopted a "new" Marine-- Byron Norwood. I was struck, because what happened to the Norwoods could have been the fate of my family. I am so grateful to have my brother home, and at the same time I am deeply saddened by the loss of Byron. May God Bless him, his family, and all those who so tirelessly support our troops abroad. And God Bless America."
Kimberly Salley of New York City, NY

"Mr. & Mrs Norwood,
Never in my life have I been so moved. Your particiption in President Bushs inaugration message to the Nation last evening, convinced me, that your Sons Death although tragic, was not in vain. God Bless America, and your family. May his Blessings be bestowed upon you both. I shall offer my prayers for you, and Byron"
Brian Collins of Boston, MA

"Dear Mr and Mrs Norwood,
On behalf of my family, I want to thank your son Byron for giving his life to the cause of freedom, liberty and hope. As I look at my six year old son William, and my one year old daughter Chloe, I will never forget the sacrifice Byron gave to protect their lives, freedom, and liberty. God Bless Byron."
Steve Wallace & Family of San Antonio, Tx.

"As the parents of a 24-year old Marine infantry sergeant who is presently serving near Fallujah, we find tears streaming from our eyes each time we watch President Bush’s tribute to you and to your son during his State of the Union speech. Not only do we honor the service, personal courage and sacrifice of your son, Sgt. Byron Norwood, we also admire and appreciate the quiet dignity and pride with which you represent the thousands of us who have sons and daughters voluntarily serving in harm’s way. God Bless you and your family."
Chris and Sandy McRae of Madison, AL

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Norwood,

I needed to write to you after I saw you appear at The State of the Union Address to represent your son and all families who have lost a loved one. I pray that God blesses you and your family and continues to heal your broken heart.
What an inspiration it was to see you represent the families of the fallen. I wept when I saw your faces as President Bush told your story. It touched me even more to see you hug the Iraqi lady and it was unbelievable to see you give her Byron's dog tags. What a moment to remember for years to come. I have a soft heart but when I looked at my husband and saw the tears in his eyes, it was a moment of great compassion that had to affect millions.
Your strength was admirable. We will remember Byron Norwood, and others who have given the ultimate sacrifice, forever. My son in law, returned from Iraq in September and is a father of two small children, yet, he is willing to return to Iraq because the cause is just. Your son did not die in vain. Byron died defending his country, to bringing freedom to the oppressed and defend the Iraqi people for their chance at liberty.
I personally thank your son Byron for his courage and you and your husband for raising such a admirable young man. God belss you all."
Charyl Vlasblom of Palm Harbor, Florida

"Byron, you are a true, absolute hero. We wlll always remember your sacrifice and your family's sacrifice. With the deepest love and admiration of our family, thank you."
The O'Briens of Austin, Texas

"Thank you with all my heart Byron. Your sacrifice will always be remembered. Say hi to Erik and Chesty up there.

Semper Fi."
Jack Ryan of Oceanside, CA USA

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Norwood.

God bless you and your family. The strength you showed today at the State of the Union Address on behalf of your son will live in American History and will become an American Icon. You have honored the sacrifice your Son gave and you are an inspiration to me as a Father and to America and the World.

I know words cannot ever soften the loss of your Son but if they could I would give you every one on behalf of all Americans and the World.

Bless you and your Honored Son.

John Hasbrook Monmouth, Oregon"
John Hasbrook of Monmouth, Oregon

"Dear Bill and Janet:
Several years ago I gave your son the nickname "Young Byron" when I lived in Pflugerville with my wife, Natalie. Tonight, driving down the highway listening on the radio to the President's State of the Union address, I was startled and overcome when he spoke of your boy. I couldn’t see the TV images being described by the commentator, but I knew it must be the same young man I once went home teaching with. Tears flowed freely as the commentator described the woman from Iraq embracing Janet. My heartfelt condolences to you both and to all your family for your loss. My deepest debt of gratitude to Byron for defending his country and bringing freedom to an oppressed people. I will tell my small children of a boy I once knew who grew to be a man and volunteered to defend their liberty. Thank you for raising such a young man.

Best regards,"
Bart Skalla of Rockwall, TX

"To the parents of a Marine:
Thank you for your son's sacrifice. It was good to see you do such an honorable thing tonight, on TV that way--to hold the Iraqi woman and give her your son's dog tags. Like you, I am missing someone a great deal tonight. My son, LCpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, also gave that ultimate sacrifice in Fallujah on April 26, 2004. Although I live in Lovington, NM and he went to Junior High and High School here, he has always loved Texas. He was born there, raised there a while, and is now buried in Amarillo, Texas. I appreciate the courage and strength that it must have taken you at this time, to support our sons' Commander-in-Chief that way and to give a message to all of us, by still loving, sharing. It's no wonder that you raised a Marine. It's easy to see that he was given that Semper Fidelis spirit long ago. God bless you and your family as you heal, all the days of your life, and until we meet them again. Semper Fi,"
De'on Miller, Proud Mom of L.Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington, NM

"I was so very touched by this State of the Union address as I watched the President talk about SGT Norwood. Seeing you, his parents, continues to remind me of the families and friends of those that give the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and fight in defense of our Country. We in America owe all of our Military a debt of gratitude. May God Bless your family, our Military and our Nation. Rest in Peace SGT Norwood, Semper Fi."
Lorene of Chicago, IL

"Byron Norwood is an American hero that has been cemented in our nation's history for many years as a result of the 2005 State of the Union address. I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Norwood for appearing before the American people to show the great sacrifice that so many are making on behalf of the American people. I will never forget what your son did for my country. I am only 22, but recognize that his sacrifice secures the safety of not only myself and my family today, but my children and their children in the years to come. God bless you.

Chris Byrne
100 Aspen Avenue
Sinking Spring, PA 19608"
Chris Byrne of Reading, Pennsylvania

"My Condolences to the Norwood family,since i was watching the State Of The Union Address and the President mentioned him it made me cry,all i have to say is that Byron, i knew him as Cpl. Norwood, what he did was expected of him he was like the rest of us, we all would sacrifce our lifes for one another.i heard a story about him since i got out of the Marines right after the first time we went to iraq. i heard that he was in HQs company and he requested he got put back into his old platoon Javelins 0351's so that he could be with his marines. byron you are going to be greatly missed man, my time hasn't come yet but i'll see you at the gates of heaven when it's my time to report in. "SEMPER FI" PFC Raul A. Lucas 81's PLT Weapons co. (Dominican LUC)"
Raul Lucas of Miami Fl.

"To Mrs. and Mr Norwood. There were no words the President said in his State of the Union that had as much meaning as what you did.... it was all about our country's legislative assembly, who are chosen by our votes to represent all our people, standing and clapping to honor your son- and thanking you for the greatest gift you gave to our country. And when Ms. al Sadif gave you her embrace, it was a message of gratitude for what your son gave to her, and all the Iraq people...the gift of his life for the right of people to have a chance at a free government, a democracy. Our soldiers leave a great legacy. We do not know the end of this story but we do know we must say thank you, Byron, you have made a difference and we must make sure it is never forgotten."
Christy Walter of West Chester, Ohio

"My Condolences to the Norwood family,all i have to say is that Byron, i knew him as Cpl. Norwood, what he did was expected of him he was like the rest of us, we all would sacrifce our lifes for one another.i heard a story about him since i got out of the Marines right after the first time we went to iraq. i heard that he was in HQs company and he requested he got put back into his old platoon Javelins 0351's so that he could be with his marines. byron you are going to be greatly missed man, my time hasn't come yet but i'll see you at the gates of heaven when it's my time to report in. "SEMPER FI" PFC Raul A. Lucas 81's PLT Weapons co. (Dominican LUC)"
Raul Lucas of Miami Fl.

""To the family and friends of Sgt. Byron Norwood:

Words cannot express my gratitude for your son's ultimate sacrifice. He is truly a hero and should be lifted up as so. May God be with you now and always. Please know that Byron will not be forgotten, only loved and cherished for his beliefs and values.
You and your family are forever in our prayers and thoughts.
God Bless You."
The Gray Family of Evans, CO

"God Bless Byron, his family and all the military fighting for peace in this world..It takes a strong person, an unselfish person to do what he and many others have done for this country and the world...to live in peace..and have hopes that future generations will never have to look over their shoulders..Thank you and God Bless Byron.."
Johnson Family of Marlton, New Jersey

""Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13
Semper Fi, my friend."
Chaplain Philip Partain, USNR of Ozark, MO

What a brave thing you did Byron, going to aid of your fellows Marines knowing you would be in grave danger. You knew that those pinned down Marines would do the same for you. We are deeply grateful for what you did for our country and we will not forget you. Semper Fi Sgt. Norwood. To your loved ones, take comfort in knowing that one day you will again embrace your Byron. God Bless you and may He grant your loved ones peace. From a very grateful American family."
Jim & Margie Shaw of Pasadena, Maryland

"Mr.& Mrs. Norwood, I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for men like your son. Thank you Byron Norwood, for allowing me the freedoms I enjoy today. You are a HERO and will always be remembered. God bless you and your family."
Brian Champion of Dallas, Ga. USA

"I just watched the State of the Union address and was so proud and touched to hear the President say Byron's name and to see his parents honored. That was the most impactful moment I think I have ever seen when the woman from Iraq hugged Mr. and Mrs. Norwood, and I've never felt more sure that Byron's sacrifice (along with his fellow soldiers) is going to change the lives of so many. Byron is a hero and will always be remembered."
Lori Paul of Pflugerville, TX

"To the Family of Byron Norwood,
Your loss is felt by many people, your Son is a Hero, I will hold him up in my prayers and he will be remembered by me and my family.
My daughters are 8 and 6 and they will also know of his sacrifice. There is nothing I can say to make your pain and loss subside. Please know I am thankful to you for raising the kind of man who would lay down his life for what he believes. For those he loves and those he doesn't know... greater love has no man than to give his life for another. I am proud of your son. Please know that Byron will not be forgotten... ever. You are in my prayers, my thoughts and my heart."
Johnny Mannion of Chula Vista, Ca, USA

"Thank you for teaching your son about freedom and thank you for your sacrifice. This country loves you for it!"
Chuck Studebaker of Lilburn, GA USA

"To Byron's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To all who knew this fine young Marine,
please remember:

He was called to a more important mission in another world.

We will all be together again in the universal service of Our Creator.

To SGT Norwood: THANKS, Semper Fi and Sua Sponte! See you THERE, Troop!

Kent Morrison
1/75th Rangers, 79-81"
Kent Morrison of Steamboat Springs, CO USA

"To Byron and his family: I did not know Byron, I only knew of him, but please know this: Byron has my most sincere respect and gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice he made on that November day. I keep a picture of him on my desk to serve as a constant reminder of his selflessness and love of his fellow Marines. I have heard of the type of Marine and person that he was, and that gives me nothing but inspiration to better myself and become a Marine so respected, revered, and loved like Byron. To the Norwood family: You are all in my prayers, and may God Bless all of you through these difficult times.

With greatest gratitude and appreciation, SEMPER FI!"
LT. Jonathan Reed, USMC of Pensacola, Florida

"I miss you Byron. We all miss you. Our family will always be with the Norwood family. I cracked up everytime your e-mails would end with "Ain't Ready to be Marine Yet" - A.R.M.Y. Sometimes it seems like I see you in a crowd, and I want to call out to you. It's such a helpless feeling. I think about you everyday and I won't ever forget; and I won't let others forget."
Yari Mokri of Austin, TX - USA

"My Big Brother Byron,
I miss you every second of every day. I'm so proud of the person you grew to be, and I will live the rest of my life trying to live up to the example you have set. I love you deeply. Your little sister,"
Grayson Norwood of Austin, TX


"Byron, I love you and miss you more than I could have ever imagined. You will always be a hero in my eyes and I am so proud of you. It has been one of my life's greatest blessings to be your Mother and watch you grow into the kind of man you became - willing to lay down your life to protect your fellow Marines.

All my love,
Janet of Pflugerville, TX

"When I was a private in 2001. Sgt Norwood was my team leader. He got me through a year of training.Later when I was more experienced after the first time in iraq I got to know him personally. I cant remember ever meeting a better person in the corps. Byron was a good man and a better marine. He died going to the aid of fellow marines that were pinned down in a building. He sacrificed so that others could live. He has my utmost respect forever."Leave no man behind, errr" 3/1 wpns co. CAAT/Javelins
Miss you brother."
Sgt.Collins T.R. of South Lyon/Michigan

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

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

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

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Byron Norwood:
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 Byron, 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