Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Donald Samuel Oaks, Jr.

20, of Harborcreek, Pennsylvania.
Killed in action in Iraq. Assigned to C Battery, 3rd Battalion, 13th Field Artillery Regiment (Multiple Launch Rocket System), Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Died on April 3, 2003.

Oaks was promoted to Sergeant on the same day he was killed in action.

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"Don u will always be remembered in my heart. 3/13"
Pvt.McClarity of Atlanta Georgia

Nicholas Royer of JBMDL

"still on the watch D... gone fishing today for you ... took a shower too... GODSPEED BROTHER!!!"""""
Nicholas Royer of JBMDL

"Hey Don,
Still fresh in all of our memories! I sent Amber your Snickers costume pic from what 3rd or 4th grade! Those were the days! I am a CO in a prison now, a lot are vets....and every story I hear I can not help but think of you!"
JB of Harrisburg, PA

"I know heaven is having a great celebration in honor of your 35th birthday. We here are all thinking of you and singing "sto lat". Aunt Medis and Uncle Charlie and the entire family have you in their thoughts today."

"Never far from our thoughts. 2017"
Medis and Charlie

"Please post to Donny's page freely. There has never been, nor ever will be anyone from whom you need approval."

"donnie,april 3rd 2003 was a bad day for all who loved you .we will never forget you .you had your whole life ahead of you. we love you and miss you. papa and gram."
papa sam of erie ,pa . usa.

"I am suppossed to contact donnie oaks dad about getting my daughters name in honor at the fallen heroes picnic but I lost his number if he could email me at sharonlore@gmail.com my daughter is SCPO candy robischeau who died June 9, 2008 while serving in the navy for 19 1/2 years. thank you"
sharon Lore

TSgt Nicholas Alan Royer USAF of Ramstien Germany

"hey buddy 2014 and another year without you.we miss you so much. we loveyou with all our hearts. papa & gram"
sam of erie, pa.

"Christmas 2013"

"Another Christmas without you...Missing you."

"We will never forget. You are embedded in our hearts and souls. Your laughter and smile carries on through ours. You dreams in life continue on with ours. You will never be forgotten because you were never fully gone. Your spirit lives within us.

Forever loving you,
Friends and Family of Donny O."

"How do you say Happy Birthday when it is not happy for those of us you left behind. I am remembering you this day and reflecting on the day you were born. I'll never forget just how happy your Papa Mike was and how he could hardly wait to see you. You changed the life of everyone in our family in the best possible way. And then our lives in many ways came to an end 10 years ago. I am so honored that you are my nephew. Thank you for all the sweet memories that I will hold in my heart, wrapped in love, until I take my final breath. I love you the whole sky . . ."
Lily of Erie

"The month of April is your month Donnie forever and always."
Wayne of B.G. Ky.

"Specialist Oaks, I still remember the day we turned over armories on the day you were leaving for Kuwait, and remember saying see you later. Thank you for your sacrifice and those of the other 2 Red Dragons. I will always be thankful and your memory will live on."
Capt Hernandez, Jose A USMC of MCAS Cherry Point, NC

"It was a profoundly emotional moment when we approached the Sgt. Donald Oaks Jr. Memorial Bridge and saw the nearly 150 flags waving in the wind. Words cannot express how grateful we are to Mr. Boyd for his deed. He truly represented the meaning of Memorial Day. While others enjoyed their day he labored on a bridge to honor a Proud American Soldier. Donald Oaks Jr. died serving his country. Mr. Boyd made it his personal mission to honor him with the display of American Flags on a bridge that will forever honor his sacrifice. It is truly an amazing sight to behold. Again, thank you so much Mr. Boyd, for your selfless deed.

Aunts of Sgt. Donald Oaks Jr.
Lily Lachowski Ohmer
Medis Lachowski Kent"

"missing you every day .happy birthday.it,s been nine years.we miss you and love you.papa and gram"

"Deeply missing you 9 years later and everyday in between. I miss you more than words could ever express. I will always carry you with me in my heart. Please continue to protect us with your angel wings. Forever loving you, me."

"Donny oaks was one of my cousin's. we used to hang together. and he would always take me places to just chill. it was devistating when i heard he wasnt coming home. its been 9 yrs since his death. i wish he was with me. but he is in my heart and in my mind. i will never forget a fallen brother. an awesome cousin. R.I.P Donnny I miss you."
Steve Loringer

"I cried all day today knowing what happened 10 years ago today set off events that ended your life in Iraq. Today not only impacts the families of all the people who died in New York, Shanksville and Washington but also all the familes who have lost loved ones fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
These memorials are vivid reminders of our loss also. You are missed every day"

"10 years ago my life changed forever. I just wish I would have known how much it was going to back then. I love you and miss you dearly. Thank you for making me who I am today. I will never forget..."

SSgt Nicholas A. Royer USAF of Okinawa, Japan

"You where a friend, battle buddy, and fellow soldier. After I wrecked my truck that day I was going to take your spot and you were going to go back into your launcher. When my truck started the next day I didnt know it was your last day. I tried my hardest and did my best but no matter how hard I yelled at the medics they just wouldnt move any faster. In his last minutes I asked what his faith was and he said protestant. I told him to keep his faith and we said a prayer. I tried Oaks I promise I tried. Never Forgotten Ever."
SPC.Noel Rivera C-Btry 3rd 13th FA 13m MLRS 2003 of Las Cruces NM

"My husband considered you to be his best friend so I've heard many stories about you though we never had the chance to meet. I know Gibby wishes you would have had the chance to meet his son and thinks about you often. Sometimes he wakes me up in the middle of the night to tell me he had a dream about you. You are someone that he thinks of often, speaks of with pride, and holds in high esteem. The 1st Annual Donny Oaks Memorial Picnic was today and there were so many people there to show their love and support. You were loved by so many! Thank you for your service and for paying the ultimate price for our freedom."
Chrissy of Erie, PA

"When the security of our land is threatened,
We call on our soldier's might,
To go wherever they're needed,
To defend us day and night.

They leave their loves ones behind,
A great price our soldiers must pay.
Let us salute their courage and bravery,
May we remember them each time we pray.

Each time we spot "Old Glory"
Waving for all to see,
Let's think of all the soldiers that have
Kept it flying proud and free.

This great country is tolerant
Of cultures from other lands,
But, when they attack our precious freedom
We will punish with a heavy hand.

Our soldiers are tried and true,
Tempered like carbon steel,
Born of American Spirit;
Raised with American will.

Remember our fallen heroes that died,
So freedom may grow,
To nations around the world,
Wherever our warriors may go.

Author Unknown

Thank You Donald for the
ultimate sacrifice and for protecting and maintaining our freedom for us"
Pam Chandler of Des Moines, Iowa

"To Donald and family: Words cannot express my appreciation and my sorrow for your sacrifice. A life lost to war, so that our children may have peace is the greatest gift of all."
Wanda Yates of Fairfield, CA

"Your family must be so proud of you. They can take some comfort that you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all you have done to keep us free. I am just sorry you had to pay the ultimate sacrifice. You would have been a fine young man to have in this world today."
Joy Kiser of Pensacola, Florida

"I just wanted to say Thank you for your service and fighting for our freedom. We are very grateful and sorry for those who have lost their lives. God bless you and your family."
Patricia Carthy of Phoenix, AZ

"I thank you, Donald, for giving your life for your country."
Sally of State College, PA

"Thank you for your brave service. May your family be comforted by the gratitude expressed by a grateful nation."
Debbie Holoquist of Florida

"I don't think any of us with reason will ever understand war or why people must die....however, I do understand that sense of service and duty for ones country, for our freedoms...and for that, I say that I'm sorry for your loss and yet grateful for his service. It's the hero such as him, that at the moment of loss, they are taken to ever lasting glory with our Lord."
JB Maberry of Jacksonville, Florida

"i dream of you often... i smile ...i cry"

"You have, and always will be my best friend. i talk to my son landon and wife Chrissy about you all the time. I hope my boy grows to be as strong as you are donnie oaks tree... We love and miss you so much! thankyou"

"We got the SOB Donnie...!!!"
Wayne of B.G. Ky. USA

"Thinking of you on your "29" Birthday...Miss you everyday
April 26, 2011"

"Deeply missing you 8 years later and everyday in between. Forever loving you."

"April 3rd 2011"

"I have not forgotten you."

"Don Oaks is the main reason i joined the army and a hero of mine. i wear his KIA bracelet everyday in his memory. My prayers and thoughts are with everyone especially my friend amber."
SGT Andrew Jacobs of Harborcreek, PA

"April 26, 2010"

"I wish you could have lived to enjoy this day... your 28th birthday."

"No memory made can ever be forgotten by those whose lives you touched....Miss you everyday"

"I always remember back to the little boy who laughed so easily from the heart and who always said "I love you the whole sky". Hearing those things made me happy to be alive and have you in my life."
Aunt Lily of Erie

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Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I think of you often,wish I could have known you better."
Wayne of B.G.Ky.

"as long as his memory lives the hart of this army can never be broken"
private. nick carl bennett of UK

"November 11, 2009"

"Don, I thought of you all day today as I watched all the memorial services for so many that served and were killed in the line of duty. I will never forget you. The memories I have of you will stay with me forever.."

"you never forget the ones who made you whole. Donny O was the best, and until the day we see each other again nothing will be the best. I love you Donny O and thank you for helping me realize that i can only be who i am through you. Yessur"
SGT Morris B. Harris Jr. of Killeen. TX

"You are remembered today and always. Forever loving you."

"April 3 2009"

"I stand on tiptoe gazing interminably into the distance, down the road that had taken you. I will miss you forever...."

"I never met Donald, but I was lucky enough to be Amber's roommate for a short time in college. It was evident how close they were and it breaks my heart to run across this while searching for an old friend. To one of the sweetest and most kind-hearted people I've ever met in my life, God bless you and your family. It's been such a long time, I hope our paths cross again."
Kristin Goldstrom of Sewickley, PA

"We need heroes because they draw us on to become better versions of ourselves.
Remembering you Don this New Year Day 2009"

"Obama will pull the troops out and stop this silly war in Iraq but we (American Legion) will not forget you."
Gerald Borkowski of Mt Clemens michigan

"I'll never forget that we traded places. I think of it every day. You were a good guy who had a lot to live for and it's a damn tragedy that this happened. I'm sorry for your family's loss and for the loss of the world at large."

"I'll never forget that we traded places. I think of it every day. You were a good guy who had a lot to live for and it's a damn tragedy that this happened. I'm sorry for your family's loss and for the loss of the world at large."

"To the family of Sgt Donald Oaks, as Veteran's Day nears, know that your military HERO will be remembered for his service to the freedoms we all have in this great country. Having grown up in Harbor Creek (just East of town on Buffalo Rd)and having spent 40 years working for the DOD/NSA, Donnie has a special place on my list of "military HERO'S to be proud of". So very sorry for your loss....."
Jim "Rike" Reichard of Sugar Grove WV

"Out of the mist of those wonderful years
We see your baby smile
Days when we kissed you and dried your tears
For such a little while;
Hearing the words we taught you to say,
Watch you at childish play
For always in dreams, you're with us it seems,
Just as you'll be some day."

"I am still missing you every day of my life. I was so privileged to have known such a beautiful soul."
Aunt Lily

"u and your family will b in my prayers always!!!!! it was an honor 2 serve with u, sfc rehn, and sgt robbins. words can not describe how we all feel"
matthew snipas of dorrance pa

"December 30, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Donald Samuel Oaks, Jr.:
Donald 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

"Don Jr., it is wonderful that you have such a devoted father to both you and your sister. It is easy to see that his love for you only grows. No one could ever replace you in his life and I know that you loved him not only as a father, but as your friend too. He gave you the most valuable gift of his time and his unconditional love. I am sure that the presence he feels today is really you. And I can clearly understand now how you so appreciated and depended on his love for you to get you through the most difficult times in your life."

"Dear Son ;I would have loved to tell you this in person, and someday i will . But for now just let me start by saying ;that day you went to heaven was one of the hardest days of my life. No words can express the feelings ive had since that day. Just know that i will never forget your smile;laugh; and your loving ways.when you pasted a part of me died also ;Sometimes i feel your presents or; maybe its just wishful thinking but i love it . I always think about all the great times we had fishing and hunting it does my spirit well. To have a son of such quality and wisdom beyond your years what a blessing you are still to this day.Im so glad we spent alot of time together before you went to Iraq ;that is one thing i will cherish the rest of my life . Also thank you for defending our country and being all that you could be.just know you and your sister are the best things that ever happen to me on this fine earth. And one glorious day all of us will be reunited again. Until then we will give your memory all the honor it deserves.I thank God everyday for the time that we had together , and will always cherish all the blessings that God gives me from now till my time is up on earth"
Donald S Oaks Sr of erie , pa usa

"Miss you! Forever Loving You! XXOO Me"

I would like to say thank you to you and the two other soldiers who were also killed in that attack for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Without Fear, Favor Or The Hope Of Reward"
13th FA Motto"

"Donny, you're missed everyday. Keep our other friends safe. RIP.

P.S. Thanks for giving me a ride to Steve's"
Beej of Erie, PA

"Don I was one of the Medics that took care of you that dreadful morning at 3am I think about you often brother, I will remember your name forever! thank you for your service and to your family I am so sorry for your loss."
Spc. Jeffrey Scott of Hartford Illinois

"Donnie Boy,
Not a day goes by that I dont think about you. I wear a KIA bracelet in your honor. I tell your story to my soldiers and let them know what a great American you were. I will never forget....I miss you buddy."
SSG Mark Yoho of Ft. Sill, OK

You were a stranger in a strange land. You left your life there,but your spirit will live on with us forever.
We miss you deeply.
Papa,Gram,Dad,Amber,Aunt Medis,Uncle Charlie"
Papa Sam of Erie,Pa. U.S.A.

"The Bridge

An old man going a long, high way,
Came, at the evening cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and wide and steep,
With water rolling cold and deep.
The old man crossed in the twilight dim,
The sullen stream had no fears for him,
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim near,
"You are wasting your strength with building here,
Your journey will end with the ending day,
You never again will pass this way,
You've crossed the chasm deep and wide,
Why build you this bridge at eventide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head,
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today,
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
The chasm that was as naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be,
He, too, must cross in twilight dim,
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him."
Author: Will Allen Dromgoole

Don, I will never lose sight of the fact that this page is about YOU!"
Aunt Lily

"Donny, I honored your memory on your birthday the best way I knew how. I wrote a check to your scholarship fund with the money your quilt won being named "Best of Show" and "Viewer's Choice". But you knew already because the lady in charge of keeping watch over your quilt during the show told me she sensed you there. Hundreds of people got to see your wonderful face in the days leading up to your birthday. I love you."
Aunt Ruth of Michigan

Remembering you with all our love on your 24th birthday.We miss you. We love you eternaly.
Papa,Dad,Gram,Sissy,Char,Aunt Medis & Uncle Charlie"
Papa of Erie,Pa. _U.S.A.

"To the family of Spc Donald Samuel Oaks Jr., Today is the thrid anniversary of your great loss. I just want you to know that I have not forgotten your son. It was during a special service in our church in 2003 that I retrieved Donald's picture from a bulletin board and taped it inside of my Bible. It is because of young men like your Donald that we each enjoy the freedoms we so take for granted. My family and I owe you a great debt which we can never pay. We promise to remember and pray for each of you. Thank you Sam for taking time to speak to me today by phone. God Bless You."
Rev. Michael Wakefield of 1942 a Laurel St. ne, Valdese, N.C. 28690


A light has gone out in our lives. The brightness has gone. Every day is pain, but we will go on as you would want us to.Until we meet again. You are greatly missed and deeply loved. Papa-Gram-Dad-Amber"
Papa Sam of Erie,Pa.-U.S.A

"Donny, as you already know, your quilt is done. I still can't thank you enough for all the inspiration you gave me. Can't wait until your Mom gets to see it in person instead of just in photographs. If not for you whispering in my ear and showing me the way, it could never have gotten this far. You are never forgotten... especially since we're not done with the other quilt yet. LOL! I am keeping you busy aren't I? Love you."
Aunt Ruth of Michigan

"To the family of: Donald Samuel Oaks,JR. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"You were my neighbor that I didn't no that much but you knew me. After this situation I asked alot who u were and what you did. They said you use to play with me when I was young and supported are country. Now I can truley say I have a friend that supports are country."
Steven of pennsylvania

"I wish there were words to say how special a person like Donnie really is he has such a grown up attitude towards anything but to do what he has done will never be forgotten.I grew up with Donnie sr and Mary and Sam have been a part of our family since i was little and they still are to this day along with donnie sr I will say the world was truly blessed to give us such a wonderful family. I will always love you with every ounce of my soul and heart. Donnie thank you for keeping us safe and you had to move on to the Lord."
Joyce Loringer of Erie P.A U.S.A

"Donny "O", time stands still when a part of you is taken away. So everyday i lose a bit of myself since you are gone now. You helped me find who I am today and love you for it. Though I was very close to coming home with you, I will live my life the way you would want me too. This is to you Donny "O". I love you man"
SGT Morris "Speedy" Harris of Baltimore, MD

"Dear Donny,
I remember you as a child. One afternoon we spent chasing turkey vultures in the woods. You were so inquisitive and thoughtful. My little garden helper. You must have made a great soldier because you were a wonderful child. I sadly miss you. Your neighbor,"
Janice Montie of Erie, PA

Being that I enlisted a year before you and talked to you about how great the Army is, I can't help but feel partly responsible for this tragedy. The news of your untimely passing has haunted me to this day. Please know that you are not forgotten, and I think of the better times we had back at Harborcreek High. Your friend eternally,"
Army Sergeant Matthew J. Anderson of Harborcreek, PA (Suwon AB, Republic of Korea)

"To the family of SPC Oaks. I am not sure if you have received your invitation. Fort Sill has built a Memorium for those Soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. My name is 1LT Garcia and I am leaving this message to inquire if you are coming to the Dedication Ceremony and to see if you have any issues with the casualty assistance office. If you do you may contact me at work at (580) 442-4192 or at home, after 6 p.m. (central), at (580) 351-1953. You have my condolences on the loss of your loved one."
1LT Andy Garcia of Fort Sill, OK/USA

"Remembering you on your 23rd birthday.The happiness is gone now. We look forward to being together again .Till then............Papa,Gram,Dad,Amber"

"Still thinking of you!!! you'll never be forgotten. Always my hero and the reason why...............
from one soldier to another"
Lindsay Cimino

"You are not forgotten! Two years gone by and you are still thought about daily. My prayers and thoughts continue as your family continues to live on treasuring your memory. Thank you Sgt. Donald Samuel Oaks Jr."
Amber of Kentucky

"Hi Buddy,
Well today is two years. It seems like only yesterday we kissed you goodbye at the airport. We keep expecting to see you walk in the front door, but thanks to the U.S.Air Force that will never happen.We love you and miss you with all our hearts.I will keep trying to make it right."
Papa of Erie, Pa. U.S.A.

"We know you only in the remembrance that your aunt gives to us... she has made a bridge for you and our son in eternity.. may you be friends and share yourselves with each other. My son is so very special to me... and you are so very special to her.. be friends. Sean, please meet Medis Kent -- she is a unique person"
Mom of Youngsville,PA

"SGT Oaks, I sit here trying to hold back the tears that come to me constantly. You see, I was that 'Army Recruiter' that talked to you about joining. I so often wish that I had never come over to your house that day for the appointment! Maybe you would still be here today? That day at your funeral, I tried to hold back my tears as my wife wept. I only wish that it was me there instead of you.! I will never forget you or your family. I will always remember being invited to your graduation party and the DJ playing "Slim Shady." Your Mom is a very strong woman. She loves you very much and still to this day supports the troops. I just wanted you to know that I now have 3 children and was promoted to SFC/E-7 in 2002. I have to go now, but rest assured you will always be in my memory. All of my Love"
SFC Eric Hawes of Erie, PA/USA

"Dear Amber and family from Kentucky. Thank you for your thoughtfulness in remembering our dearly loved and only son and grandson Donnie. We deeply appreciate it. Thank you from the Oaks family."
Papa Sam of Erie ,Pa. U>S>A>

""To the family of Spc Donald Samuel Oaks Jr., My prayers go to you and your family. God bless you and thank you for the sacrifice your family has made. Your son is not forgotten....it gives me great honor to wear your sons name on my wrist daily, I received your sons name on a bracelet from HeroBracelet.com. I didn't want to forget our heros, so he is with me daily as you and your family are. You and your family will be in my prayers daily....again thank you. Thank You Spc Donald Samuel Oaks Jr. you are my hero...God Bless You""
Amber Druen and Family of Kentucky

"Donny "O". We had some great times at Fort Hood together and with the fellas. You were an insperation for all. I still play that song of yours and I'll never forget the trips to Austin in the Explorer. You were a good friend and will be always missed. Thanks for the impact on my life that you gave. You are my Hero. God Bless the loved ones you left behind. America and the world lost an amazing man."
SGT Michaelis, Preston of Dallas, Texas

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Donald, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest"
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"Hi Big Guy,
Just wanted to say hi and let you know that we think of you,and talk about you daily.Dad and sissy miss you terribly,as
do the whole family.We talk to aunt Medis often.She and uncle Charlie miss you terribly.Char stops in when she gets a break.We love her as you did.We hope she stays in our lives forever.I keep trying to make things right but it is a tough task.I won't give up.
We love you and miss you.

"I miss you day in and day out. I will always love you baby."

"To the friends and family of Donald Oaks - words cannot express the deep sorrow I hold for you or the pain I feel for you. I am in the 214th Brigade, under which 3-13th is assigned. I arrived to Kuwait to join the rest of the unit two days before the tragedy that struck the 3-13th FA. It hits so close to home to lose someone from your own unit. Your pain was felt by the entire brigade, and Don's, Todd's, and Randall's memories will live on in our hearts. On Memorial Day I placed pictures of the three soldiers throughout the halls of every barracks and workplace within the brigade. I know it can in no way bring him the recognition he deserves, but he is remembered, and many of the pictures are still there, 4 months later. He has made the Red Dragons proud. May God be with you always until you get to see your hero again."
SPC Jenna Williams of Fort Sill, OK, 214th FAB - "Leaders"

"To the friends and family of Donald Samuel Oaks, Jr.:
My deepest condolences for your tragic loss. My husband Spc Justin W. Linden, was KIA June 4, 2004 in Iraq. It hurts so much to get on here and see how many of us have had to go through this pain. I know that there are so many great Americans who deeply appreciate the sacrifice our soldiers made. They stood strong and brave never giving up, and for that they will never be forgotten. God bless!"
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"When I heard the news I thought my ears were deceiving me. At 20 years old you were much to young to die. But the bomb went off and it took your life...now you've got wings and the gift of flight. We know you are watching, we know you still care, but none of us can stop asking, "Why was it you lying there?" Donny my friend, please have no fears, as family and friends will still hold you near. Sparkle bright our star, give off your light, we'll need you to guide us through the darkest of nights. We miss you Donny!!!
R.I.P. Donald Samuel Oaks, April 26, 1982-April 3, 2003
You are always in our thoughts."
Amber Landis of Harborcreek, PA 16510

"When I heard the news I thought my ears were deceiving me. At 20 years old you were much to young to die. But the bomb went off and it took your life...now you've got wings and the gift of flight. We know you are watching, we know you still care, but none of us can stop asking, "Why was it you lying there?" Donny my friend, please have no fears, as family and friends will still hold you near. Sparkle bright our star, give off your light, we'll need you to guide us through the darkest of nights. We miss you Donny!!!
R.I.P. Donald Samuel Oaks, April 26, 1982-April 3, 2003
You are always in our thoughts."
Amber Landis of Erie, PA 16510

"Donny, I know we haven't talked much while we were in high school. But I just wanted to let you know that you will always be considered my friend. You are such a wonderful person and you were so full of life. We miss you and all the fun and crazy times we had when we were younger. Now you are in Heaven watching over all your loved ones. I just wanted to let you know that you are a hero. And I wanted to thank you for all the laughs and for fighting for freedom. You are in my heart and always in my prayers as well as your family. We love you. Rest in Peace."
Amber Landis of HarborCreek, PA USA

EVen though I did not know you personally, I will forever remember you. I am a local vet in Erie. I was recently discharged due to medical reasons. I lost 4 good friends over there Donald. I consider you and the rest of the men and women that served or are still serving, brothers and sisters of mine. My heart and sincere blessings go to your family and friends. I hope you all are doing as best as can be expected. May you rest in peace unforgotten Donald.
SPC Darrell P. Locke
US Army Vet - 173rd Airborne Infantry BDE. Vicenza, Italy."
Darrell Locke of Erie, Pa. USA

"Donny was a true spirit and a great person. Both my husband and I had the privilege of becoming friends with him back at Fort Hood. After that, they were sent to Ft Sill around the same time. He was a great person and had such a wonderful heart. We spent a lot of time with Donny prior to his departure to Iraq. I know I speak for my husband and myself when I say how much we both loved him and miss him now that he is gone. At the time of the memorial service, I got to meet the Oaks family for the first time. As I thought in my head of all the stories we had been told of the Oaks family, I couldn't even begin to think of what the right words were to express our feelings for Donny or offer condolences to his family and loved ones. I remember the countless nights we sat around playing spades and telling stories about our family and friends back home. Although I never met the Oaks family before that day, I felt as if I had known them for years. Donny had a great sense of humor and was always willing to offer his help to his friends. For those of you who did not have the chance to know Donny, I am truly sorry. For Donny's family and friends back home, know that Donny touched many lives, and that his memory is with us always. We think about him often and we miss him very much. I cannot express to the Oaks family how sorry I am for your loss. I hope and pray that you all find the strength you need to get through this. We are so proud of Donny. He will always be in our hearts and our memories."
Kristen Bennett

"And if I go, while you're still here...
Know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
- behind a thin veil you cannot see through.
You will not see me,
so you must have faith.
I wait the time when we can soar together again,
-both aware of each other.
Until then, live your life to its fullest.
And when you need me,
just whisper my name in your heart,
...I will be there."

"Dear Donny: Thank you for the dream last night... you've got such a great sense of humor! I would never have imagined you to find such a funny way to say hello to me. But you know how much I love to laugh and, leave it to you, to give me such a giggle. No wonder God wanted you to come back home! He must have missed you terribly while you were here. I'll always leave my dream door open to you."
Aunt Ruth of Michigan

"I am a young student from a school in Western New York. I learned about your son from a project in our middle school. I feel terribly sorry for your loss of such a great person. May his killers be punished for their actions. I hope that you are able to get through this loss."
7th grade student of Emmit Belknap

"Outstanding courage through and through.
Amazing actions fighting for his country.
Kind, loving heart that shows that he cares.
Saving our country from all the bad sins."
7th grade student of Emmit Belknap

"Your voice will live on, never to die now because you are with our Father! Let my son Michael know how he is missed, and thank him for the courage he is sharing with us. Forever I will honor you and all the others for your sacrafice you each gave. Your Aunt Ruth misses you and I send her love from Flint. You see I am the Mother of Sgt. Michael Pedersen killed the day before you, as you were dying I was being told. Thank you for all you gave."
Lila Lipscomb of Flint, Michigan USA

"At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of the leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

Forever in my heart,"
Aunt Lily of Erie, PA

We are missing you, and thinking of you on your twenty second birthday.
All our love.Papa& Gram"
Papa of Erie, Pa. U. S. A.

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

"To Donnie and family,

It has been a year since you have left us and I want you to know that our town cares so much for you, I was able to take leave to pay my respects to a fellow class mate as well as a fellow comrade and see how much love our town had for someone they did not even have the oppurtunity to have met and know personally like I did. Being a military soldier myself it really hit the heart hard when I heard of what had happen, I thought that could have been me, and I know that if it was Donnie would have paid the same respect to me as well as the whole town. My prayers and thoughts are always of Donnie and his family. Donnie you are so loved by ones that never even met you and will continue to be loved as you have given your life to keep us and so many others a live and you will always be a friend, a fellow comrade and my most respected hero for all eternity."
SrA Abby Marie Gelotte of Erie, Pa Stationed Osan AB, South Korea

"Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond’s gift of snow

I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the autumn’s gentle rain
When you awaken in the morning’s huh
I am the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there
I did not die"

"Unlike others here, I didn't have the opportunity to know you. Even so, there aren't enough words to thank you for putting your life on the line for our freedom. We will never forget the sacrifices you made to make your country a better one. My love and prayers go out to your family and friends during their loss of a loved one. Erie, as well as the nation will never forget the loss of a hero. Thank you for being so brave."
Elizabeth of Erie, Pa USA

"dear donnie,
it:s been a year since you were taken from us. that fateful day will never be forgotten.it left us with an emptiness in our hearts that can never be replaced. you had so many hopes and dreams. now we can only wonder what if. the only joy we have, is knowing that your strong faith in Jesus will be the bond that will reunite us.
all our love ,papa, gram, dad, amber ,char. xoxo"
papa sam

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"My Prayers go out to the Oaks family. Donny your a true hero and your hard work and sacrafice will never be forgotten. May God Bless You and your family!!!!"
Lindsay Cimino of Erie, Pa, USA all the way

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

"Oaks Family,
I graduated a year ahead of Don. We never knew each other very well, but I always thought very highly of him. One of the first stops I made after returning to Erie for my leave was to visit him, and pay my respects to another fallen comrade who allowed so many others to come home safely. Your family will always remain in my thought and prayers.
God Bless"
Sgt. David T. Kelley of Ft. Bragg, NC

"It was a sad day when Erie lost one of it's own. It brought war to our backyard. You will always be remembered."
Christine of Erie, PA

"To Donald, our fallen hero, You are a great guy, I wish I could have got to know u better. We had some fun times together. May you rest in peace and know that my heart is with you and ur family. Thank u for all you've done for our country. God Bless!"
Julie of Harbor Creek, PA

"Thank you Donald Oaks, Jr., 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

"dear donny
we love you and miss you with all our hearts. our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,but asgod calls us one by one, the chain will link again. love papa&grama"
sam oaks of erie, pa. u.s.a.

"Donnie, you will always be in our hearts, and will never be forgotten. Nobody can ever take your place. You were such a wonderful person and hopefully everyone has a chance in their lifetime to meet someone as special as you. We were truly blessed to be a part of your life. You are our hero. We love and miss you. XOXO"
Joe and Andrea of Erie, PA

"Donnie, I will always remember you as the best person I could ever have in my life. We had a lot of fun times when we were little. I thank you each and everyday for being apart of my life and making everyone so happy! You were always full of energy and life. No one will ever forget you. What you did for America is truly amazing and I'm sorry you had to go but you know that you are in a better place up in Heaven looking down on those you love. Someday your loved ones will be with you again! But for now, keep watching over us and keep us safe as you always did! I love you and will always remember you as a person, great friend and hero!"
Courtney Landis of Erie, Pennsylvania

"Hey, Donald, it's LaKisha from Austin. I just found out today that you passed away. I still have your pictures and I hate that the last time we talked it was kinda brief. I enjoyed the time that we had together while you were stationed at Fort Hood and the enormous long distance bill I had :) but you still made time on the weekends to see me. I hope your enjoying heaven and I'll always remember you, blue eyes."
LaKisha Thigpen of Austin, TX

I will never forget all the fun times we had when we were kids. You never realize how much someone means to you until they are gone. Thank you for being a part of my life and may you rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family always."
Jenny of Erie, PA

"My husband and I met Donald at Fort Hood. He always called him his "ranger buddy" so it was awhile before I actually knew Donald's name. Donald was always polite and respectful. I always enjoyed teasing him and my husband when they would play video games for hours on end, that one day I was going to have to cut their "umbilical cord". I am glad I was able to meet him and I know my husband misses his "ranger buddy"."
Catherine Pillow of Athens, Al

"You are now even closer to me. We walk and talk in the cool of the morning. All I have to do is say your name and you are here. Tell Grandpa Mietek we love him. I guess he's still showing you around the heavens. I look forward to our reunion."
Aunt Ruth of Michigan

"What we do for ourselves alone dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains, and is, immortal. How lucky I am to have known someone who was so hard to say goodbye to."
Aunt Lily of Erie, PA

"I didnt get to meet you in Person but you use to work with my Husband,i couldnt believe what happend when i heard about it! I just wanted to say you are in our prayers."
Sandra and Franklin Campbell of Fort Sill Oklahoma, USA

"Don, our son Todd Robbins died with you. I pray that both of you are together and are waiting for your loved ones to come home too! I have spoke to your mon many times, what a wonderful mom. She loved you so much. We are so proud of the 3 of you who died together. May God give you peace and happiness. You heroes gave your all for so many people that the angels and saints glorify you too! You had to be so very special to go with Todd as he was one of the best sons,father,brother,friend and husband god created. Love Anne and Dale Robbins P.S. Todd's pet name was DUCK!"
Dale and Anne Robbins of Pentwater Mich.49449

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrafice will never be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"everyday im thinking of you"

"God put your soul to peaceful rest. Thank You."
Tim of Erie, PA USA

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

"To the family and friends of Spc. Donald Oaks, Jr.:
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 Donald, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking;
Dream of battlefields no more
Days of danger, nights of waking."
Walter Scott
We will always remember you"
Aunt and Uncle of Erie, Pennsylvania

"My prayers and thoughts are with his family. I thank him for defening our country! God Bless Your Soul!"
H Harding of Stockbridge, GA, USA

"RIP Brave Soldier. We shall never forget you."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on