Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Army Staff Sgt. Andrew R. Pokorny

30, of Naperville, Illinois.
On the way back from patrol, Pokorny's M113 armored personnel carrier threw a track causing the vehicle to roll over in Al Asad, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Air Defense Artillery, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on June 13, 2003.

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"Veteran's Day 2021. You know the rest."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Well, they say it is over. They’ve brought the folks back from Afghanistan finally but I am sure you already got word of that from the new folks that sadly came your way as it all came to an end. It is so strange as I sit here on September 12TH, twenty years from when the towers came down and those folks over Pennsylvania made their decision.
By 4 October I was already at Bliss trying to figure out how to get back to an Infantry unit. In a matter of days, you and Hubbard would arrive, and we all seemed a little baffled by the cards life had dealt us. But Air Defense was evolving on the SHORAD side more in line with what we knew and yes we were extremely cocky.
I have learned to despise the fall season every year. While you went in the summer, a lot of my guys went in the fall. I remember Mike catching me in the breezeway to tell me of your passing during the middle of the duty day. Surrounded by the bustle of daily activities and Soldiers he asked if I’d be “okay?”
What would sadly become a routine that carried out my career until the end, I was always in that situation where the news hit me in the middle of doing my duties and never getting to take that knee and absorb the moment. It wasn’t until Flack died and I was able to be there start to finish that during the final salute with my buddy Knox, all of you came rushing back and I barely managed to keep it together.
So after twenty years where the news talks about the kids who now serve or heard the “call” to be something larger than themselves because of 9/11. I find myself saddened by the fact that they forget the many who had served through Grenada, Panama, Gulf, Mogadishu, and now these two newly passed conflicts. Fathers, Grandfathers, Sons, Daughters, Mothers… More than a generation or two…
Leaving me here, with my thoughts and memories. Thinking of the others and the Brother that was you."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Every year at this time I reflect on all those brave souls that I d been privileged to know. You were among the best soldiers that I’ve known. Miss you brother. One day we will meet again. Now you’ll have to call the room to attention instead of us kids going to parade rest! Rest easy man."
CW3 Scott Willey of Naperville, IL

"Every year on Memorial Day I spend some time praying for you, the friends and family of this hero. My little brother was friends with Andrew and was injured in the incident that took his life. Know that we remember the sacrifice and continue to ask God to protect and provide for you all. God Bless."
Robbie Funderburk of Greenville, SC

"You of course know that there is little time between thinking about you and well thinking about you. Mark Kleppe is down here visiting his Daughter and grand baby from Iowa. I hope he moves down here so there is that connection I lost when you passed, and my deployment pretty much ended the bond between the last of our group from Bliss.

Kleppe and Milligan ran the Circle H at the schoolhouse but of course you know that and Scott was with you until the end and I think a big part of him went with you that day. After 4/5 a lot of the guys just went their own way after so much ugliness. We (Heather and I) talked about who gets to choose who lives and dies with the pandemic, the state of health care as I have been getting sicker.

I smiled I guess. She was caught off guard because it was pretty grim the discussion. But all I could think of was, you got to decide. Selflessly. And in the way everybody that knew/knows you can just shrugged off and say ‘That’s Andy.”

So yeah, on Memorial Day of 2021 you are greatly missed. Thought of adoringly and loved immensely."
William Peterson of El Paso, TX

"I'll keep this one short and simple Brother. Thinking about you and others today. Just one of those days where you are all on my mind. Watch over yours. Later."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"It’s been one of those goofy, “Off” weeks this week Andy. You kind of wonder what makes us sign-up to go, “marching on” as the little flag card says on the page here. When mankind has been doing this war and killing things far longer than your and my contributions to an ideal ever could impact.

Heather my wife, I know you haven’t met her but you would have got a laugh out of her and she is from your home state. Had surgery so I have been driving her around and I was able to cruise the base this week. I am sure that is what has me in this funk. The base has expanded greatly which I am sure you can see from your vantage point. And is slowly slipping away from the area we bunked, messed around on and trained in.

The paint is peeling away and the concrete underneath is of poor quality and showing its age. The area you, Mike and I used to walk in the parking lot is pretty much empty these days and in need of repair. Our foot bridge has been locked for years now and it makes me think the bridge will one day come down and go away. Heather commented on how like us, those buildings will fade from anyone’s memory and simply be replaced by another someplace else on the base that one day will too… Fade away.

I used to hate those Vietnam protest songs like, “Where have all the flowers gone.” The melodies were always soothing and beautiful but the message was one that hits pretty hard when you sit and look back at friends gone. I would like to have thought we’d remain in touch. We did a pretty good job for a while there but war and seeing what you see, people tend to change. Mike is gone now, while very much alive he has no inkling of reaching out and communicating with any of us anymore.

I guess I just miss you and others. I finally started blocking people who only called to complain and cry (Literally) and come to me for some wise man on the mountain advice. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be available to help them. More than I lacked the expertise they required to get them on the right path and to be honest it was beating me down. Well, this is getting long. Thanks for listening of course, or reading this. Know there is much of a day that goes by that you or the others aren’t in my thoughts and in how I approach my day.

Watch over those under your charge. Thanks for being you and helping that young man live on the have his family, grow up and get wise. And most of all, thank you for being my Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Veteran's Day 2020. Wow time has flown past us. The X Box we used to play evolved into something that would blow your mind. That tree/bush we dropped your couch into on Bliss somehow is still alive. Most the people we used to hang out with have either left the military on their own or retired. I did two more tours after you passed away. So while we fly our flags and reflect on those who made impacts on our lives in the military and our past, "Glories." I swing by here to tell you Happy Veteran's Day Brother. I wish you were at a backyard BBQ enjoying those grandchildren and guiding your kids to be the best they could be. You were one of the good ones."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Here it is, 11 September, 2020. It is that date you wish had never become synonymous with anything other than being what history had bestowed upon it way back then. Yet without it, I wouldn’t have met you, and Mike and the others. You wouldn’t have become somebody that when down, and depressingly among the other 10 guys located in the alphabet here… Somebody I talk to on occasion. To think that by this time when they terrorist did their deeds we already had done enough time that by now we would all be retired and in the next chapters of our lives. Time, just isn’t that kind to those of us who always sought to do something larger than ourselves. What I would give to bring the kids back who perished and return the old Soldiers to their families to grow old and watch their children and their children’s’ children spread joy throughout our life. War is supposed to hurt they say. That way, one day, I guess far off in another lifetime? We’ll stop waging it. Well… I just wanted to say hey Superman, let you know you’re in my thoughts as you will be next month. I might even drive on to the base to take a look to see the spot where we attempted to burn off the scrub for crazy old Jackson. Later Andy, watch over those kids of yours. Love you Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"I never met you personally.. But long time ago I used to know your kids and Jeannie. The way they talk about you I felt like I did know you. But I just wanted to come and show my respects."
Yours truly of Colorado springs

"Trying again to message you. Sadly so many are on this list that the site often blocks me as SPAM. Sad isn't it? However I do my best to come here first. I only hope it'll post. As always, you are not forgotten. I just wish you were around so we could throw down for some spades or hit the music store looking for that off the wall little known song. Much love Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso

"As we approach another Memorial Day I can't help but think of SSG Pokorny. Unfortunately the list of guys I remember every Memorial Day continues to increase but SSG Pokorny is always first on the list. It's been 19 years since we served together at Ft. Sill in A/6-27 FA but I still think about you every year at Memorial Day.

To Andrew's family. Your husband/father was a hero. Great guy. Hard worker. We need more like him."
David Graves of Denver, CO

"I was one of the medics that tried to save your life that day. I want your family to know we worked very hard to save your life but the Good Lord wanted you for reasons known only to him. I took your wedding ring off and handed it to your 1st Sgt that day. That is something I will never forget."
Janet of California

"Just swinging in to say hello. Going to the baby shower for one of our Instructor's daughters and buddy of yours and Milligan. Hope this goes through, they don't do a very good job with this website anymore. Later Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Is not day I don't think about you I will always miss you I know you have Mom again I love you both and hope I make you guys proud I'm going to travel the country see everything you guys didn't get 2 I'm going to try to go to Fort Hood see your Memorial again if anyone ever wants to reach out to me please feel free my phone number will always be sent from 719-644-3948"
Kodi Pokorny of Colorado Springs

"Just a hello."
Pete of El Paso, TX

"It's been 15 years brother, and not a day goes by that you are not thought of. See you on the Green"
SGT Chapell

"Well Memorial Day has arrived again, this time in the year 2018. Can you believe it? So it has been on my mind for a while now and as the Air Defenders like to say, “On my radar.” I decided I would start writing this a day in advance to maybe try and keep the somberness of it all done to a dull murmur.
I can’t imagine what it is like for the families, as the day approaches and a lot of people get what it is about wrong, television shows cover how to make your Memorial Day Barbeque a success. Others get it while others are happy have a day off or are grumpy because they have to work.
It gets a little more overwhelming every year as my memory fades and my wife reminds me of things and helps me stay on track. None of you guys know her she is the model that replaced the broken one but of course you can see that from your vantage point. At least I hope you can?
Between Afghanistan and Iraq there are 10 of you guys scattered among the pages. I can only hope the transition from what happened to get you to where you are from where you were went without a hitch? I know it is odd to think about but I just want there to be some peace after all you committed to in the end.
Couple more went after returning home by mystery diseases and then of course those who decided on the ultimate and sadly final solution.
But to happier places.
I want you guys to know you’re always in our thoughts here in El Paso. It is good for my wife’s allergies, (I know don’t ask me?) and I get to wander the base and catch glimpses of some of us from past memories obtained there on Fort Bliss. Andy and I sure have a lot of them and Sergeant Blankenbecler I finished my ANCOC in a room created as a Memorial to you before the school moved to Fort Sill.
So not only were we neighbors for a short period you impacted my life through the NCOs you taught and in preparing me to finish out my career. I could literally talk about you guys for hours, from Fort Hood, to Iraq, North Little Rock and the National Guard base and their interpretation of what out BNCOC should look like to the party afterwards.
Then SGM McLochlin always sits staring back at me from my Basic Training and AIT graduation book from over 35+ years ago. I connect recently with one of the guys from the class we graduated with and he tried to connect me with DS Blackshire but I decided to leave that medium and just be me. Anyway, like I said I could go on forever. Just know that I wish things had turned out different for everyone, and I will do my best to swing in here all the time when I can. I am glad to have known you and served with most of you in one capacity or another.
Cheers fellas."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"So Heather and I stopped for a meal at the Airway Applebee’s just outside the gate of FT Bliss this afternoon. We sat only a booth away from where you, Mike and I had lunch. I am certain Heather thought me a bit daffy as I looked at the booth and window and smiled recalling our meal there 16 years ago. (Or was it 17? I know it was sunny but heck El Paso is always sunny)
I remember towards the end of the meal you had a slice of toast that came with your order that did look very appetizing and that you were saving towards the end of the meal and Mike was giving you no end of crap about it even taking it up off your plate as we ate and shaking it in your face.
You became quite protective of the bread item and threatened Mike not to hurt that piece of toast as you truly intended on consuming it. We had already eaten the Applebee’s combination platter (Which is sadly smaller now) and were enjoying our main course items when the adventure with the bread began. We put away a good portion of grub that day and Mike who has always been very fit decided that if he licked the bread you wouldn’t eat.
So Mike indeed drug his nasty tongue the length of your toast corner to corner and smiled relishing his victory over the unwarranted situation. I have to admit, it was kind of funny. You however stopped eating what you were eating and wiped you face with a napkin before taking the toast he had now dropped onto your plate and ate it, looking out the window towards the Franklin Mountain Range.
We were quite the crew the three of us and the adventures we had touch every inch of Old Fort Bliss. I smile daily and think about you often. Even when Clint Eastwood (The song) pops up in an advertisement on television I have to pause what I am doing and smile.
Sure miss you Brother."
Pete of El Paso, TX

"It is Christmas Eve 2017. Yeah I can’t believe it either. I stopped by a Brother’s grave yesterday and we placed a Christmas tree at the base of his stone in the military cemetery here at FT Bliss. It was a bare little tree, replacing one that another buddy and I used to place there but he forgot as did I to pick it up last year and it was claimed by the cemetery staff. Deadlines are funny like that…
If the tree is still there at the end of this week we’ll decorate it for next year. I am sure Steve holding the ground there will understand he was pretty practical. Andy I sure wish you were still around, I have been able to hook up with buddies from my first unit way back in 1986 and we eat together and chat on the phone and I am positive we would have stayed in touch.
Mike Hubbard went his own way and haven’t poke to him in ages. A lot of the 4/5 guys went their own way that rolled the routes others have their reunions and sell shirts, knives and other things and that isn’t what it was about to me at least. Well 2017 was a rough one and it is getting tougher to keep things straight for me. My mind is going, to many blows to the head and body and well I have to use a list to make my rounds here on the Memorial pages.
I just wanted you to know I will continue to do my best to keep that promise to be here. Say a few words, and do my best to remember the good times and never forget the pain that the news of the loss of a friend brought on. Anyway, you keep watching over that family Brother. Love you Andy, Merry Christmas."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Just swinging by to let you know you’re not forgotten this Memorial Day weekend 2017. It is hard to imagine after all these years that our world has changed so much and we didn’t have one another to bounce our opinions off of. The odd thing about those we lost in combat and in other tragic events and we trek through our careers or time in the armed services is how much more we stay in contact with the dead than we do the living.
Yes we say we’ll stay in touch or we’ll get together down here on Mother Earth but often as time goes by we just lose contact and let those friendships made slip away. I guess in a good many ways the time we did have was so wonderful that the memories are forever imprinted in our conscious and subconscious to the point we see things in the world around us that remind us of you or others. Or once in a blue moon a dream is shared where we can wake up and say thanks Brother.
Anyway I have gone long which as we know is the norm for me. I apologize but I guess is because I wish for the time it took to type this out and think of you I wish you could have been here to rib me one more time or just be that friend we were all that time ago. God Bless, and thank you…"
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Brother man I have to tell you. Andie is growing up to be a beautiful woman and things are looking alright in her neck of the woods. I mean I know you know better than I do but I just wanted you to know that every so often her picture pops up as a person I might know on Facebook.

What is Facebook? Well it is a social experiment run through computers and perhaps causes more harm for some than it should and brings families closer together and kind of covers our butts if we don’t get home as often as we should to see our folks but that is neither here nor there was is important my Brother…

Is that your daughter has enough of you in her to make it. I keep my distance I mean you know my crazy world but we all said we’d watch out for one another and well… You had to run off to Colorado when you could have gone to Hood with Mike and myself… So long distance has to do…

It is hard Andy, there is that thing in her I don’t know complexion or eyes heck I don’t know but it is alive like you use to be. So again; just watch over her. You always did and I know you are, so keep on keeping on and handle your business… I’ll do my part best I can… We should both be grateful she doesn’t walk like a gorilla like you did.

Every time I hear that Clint Eastwood song I think of you, laugh and just sit there recalling the days we had… Ya did good Superman, even with the little time you had. Love you Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Christmas, 2016 wow what an ugly year. Of course I am sure you’re wondering where all that talent is coming from that has been arriving since we let 2015 go. Guess God is about to put on one heck of a USO tour for you guys. Been an interesting year, would have loved to have you hear just to sit back and listen to and maybe laugh, share a beer or whatever.
Saw Andie’s post so I looked her up on Facebook and wow that is your little girl. Doubt she walks like a, “gorilla” but she seems very nice. Anyway, I wanted to swing in and say Merry Christmas. I get to see quite a few things around here that remind me of you, Hubbard and I like the hill I thought I could run up in 15 minutes, yeah not happening.

Anyway, Merry Christmas Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"So SSG Andrew r pokorny. 13 years it's been now and your not here to meet your first grandson. You would have loved him. Mom does! I miss you everyday and I live to honor you. To everyone who stops by this page every once in a while, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your stories and condolences. I'm 23 now. It's been a long time with out my dad. But he better be watching over us. Much love and thanks"

"It has been quite a while and I just wanted you and your family to know I still think of you, On occasion, I have a drink and remember when we were young, hard charging and invincible. Every day we came to work and loved it, you never faltered though I still remember the gallon of coffee it took keep you running. You were an incredible example and to this day I look for the NCO who will fill your shoes for the generations to come. I wish I still had you as a wingman and battle buddy. I guess I have stayed away because I have always felt I should have done more for one of the truest NCOs, friends, and best Fathers I have ever known. I hope your family reads this and knows that you have influenced every day of my life since I had the honor of serving with you. Thank you man"
James Fortner of Stuttgart, Germany

"13 years Brother and not a day goes by that I don't think about you. As you've probably already seen (and laughed at me while it was done), you have become part of my in progress back tattoo. I shared a copy of it with your "better half" and I am glad she like it. You may no longer be walking the ground we stand on, but brother, we shall have a drink again one day, just save a spot for me at the Ole Canteen down on the Green. Brave Rifles"
SGT, Chapell, Jason of Durham, NC

"Hard to believe it's been just about 13 years brother, I still think about you often. Until we meet again brother, behave at the green :)"
Jason Chapell of Durham, NC

"Started Permissive TDY yesterday… Will be out 21 August and tomorrow in Memorial Day. Hard to believe 15 years ago you and Hubbard and I along with a couple of strap hangars hooked up to become something larger than ourselves. Leading, training and always taking the welfare of our fellow Soldiers with a genuine seriousness normally reserved for family. I was going to start all this tomorrow but with sixteen names and one in the local cemetery I am not sure how much time there will be and I didn’t want to forget my promise to be here. Anyway Andy, thanks from this old warhorse to another. I wish we were here under better circumstance and that somehow we could have continued crossing paths but you know… I catch you later Brother."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Well here it is; Christmas 2015 and I am not sure how I feel about it all right now. I have been beating myself for not swinging by as often but this year was a tough one. There is this thing, this epidemic and I am sure where you are you are scratching your head as they arrive. Our folks killing themselves at the rate of one every 22 seconds. Been on the phone quite a bit as of late and talking some down, old buddies from the 1980s coming out of the woodwork and sat with Don down in Mississippi until I was sure he wasn’t going anywhere. So the holidays have just slipped on by. A lot of the guys are starting to have their biggest problems from the wars ten years later and on and well I and our buddies have been trying to stop it all, missed one and his former NCO is beating himself up pretty bad for not stopping him before he took his life. I’m still not retired but you know that of course. I just haven’t had the time to grieve or slow down enough for myself that I wanted to take the time to come here on the last couple holidays for fear the grief would catch up with me. You of course know you’re always in my thoughts, there are times I drive past places when I am on base and I see us all those years ago and flashback to when we were large and in charge and I don’t know if I smile but I think about your and Hub and Baker. Anyway I have sadly a whole lot of people I need to swing by here on these Blue pages with the stars running down the side but you are always my first stop. Merry Christmas Andy, I miss you Superman."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"I can distinctly remember sitting in the rows of chairs, seeing your rifle holding your kevlar on top of it. Then your name was called three times and still you didnt answer. It was hard losing such a good friend. Rest in peace buddy."
Sgt Jason Cooke of Ft Drum NY.

"12 years now dad. Thank you for watching over me. I think about you often. I try to express to others what an amazing person, father, soldier you were, but only a few know. I believe iv grown to be a lot like you, if you were here longer I could of been a much better person though, it's weird, but I try. On year 12 now. Im getting dog tags with your picture on it, from a donation. I know its no big deal, but I remember how many donations we would get within the first year you were gone. Still receiving letters from you, our kitchen full from top to bottom with gift baskets, so this very small thing 12 years later is heartwarming. Im rambling but I miss you. I'd talk forever to you. Your the very best thing in my whole life. Your missed but not gone."

"It's been 12 long years Andy. Rest in peace brother."

"Andy's is the very first face in my mind this time of year. I miss you, dude. You'd be a CSM now and I'd still be a SSG."
Matt Jones of Centerville, OH

"So this year I retire, it’s been a rough couple of years as the passage of time coupled with the hard life of Soldiering almost took me for good. I am not sure what pulled me through I would like to think it is you and the sadly many others Brothers tucked away alphabetically here on this site. So another Memorial Day is fast approaching and I will visit my buddies grave here in El Paso and slowly throughout the weekend I will begin saying hello to those lost and that you more than likely are getting to know up there. For some odd reason Uncle Sam has decided that FT Bliss, will be my last duty station and I have been here for some time now.
So we had a State of the Brigade in the building we all graduated from and as I waited for the briefing to begin the doors were open and all I could do was stare out at the tree where we all stood, you, Hubbard, Baker and others where we talked about staying in touch. Just down the road between my office building and the next row of buildings is our old barracks and where the big crest was now sits an artificial turf so bad I would love to hear your comments on the eye sore. We ate a lot of sandwiches on Bliss, we played a lot of video games, cards and I’ll never forget the good times we had. I wish you could have come with Mike and me to FT Hood but that of course would not have been a guarantee that things would have been any different.
Since I last saw you after you came down to Hood for training I’ve been to Iraq twice and Hubbard has been and since left the Army to become a Police Officer. I know right? Milligan has got out and he has been posting pictures of him with his daughter and he looks good. I never heard from Baker again which is no big deal. Well this has gone way longer than it should have but heck I have been catching up with guys I started my career with way back in 1987 so chatting with you should be as easy as if you were here with me. It goes without saying that you are missed, swing by and drop in Andie, give her a sign of some sort as she really just needs a reminder that you’re watching over them. I’ll be fine you don’t need to watch over me I can carry my own weight.
Say hello to the others and we’ll catch up a little later."
William L. Peterson Jr. of El Paso, TX

"It's been sometime since I visited this site. June 13th comes and goes every year; I feel like an * because I don't come here and pay my respects. Believe me when I say, Andy is always in my mind. He will forever be with me in one way or another."
Brandon Howard of Lynchburg, VA

"Well its been awhile since I wrote on here. But you do live on with your children. May God be with them everyday. Gone but not forgotten"
of colorado

"I miss you Brother! Please join us this year at Cavfest May 23rd 2015. I know you will be there with us in some way.
Brave Rifles!"
Cregg Terasa of Colo Spgs

"I'm 21 one now. I think about my dad everyday of my life. I wonder when it will get easier. It doesn't. I lost my pilot. Everything in my life changed. I hate that nobody around me can understand this pain I have in the middle of my heart. I try to function in this world now,you know. I can't say that I'm without my father, becouse he's there, waiting for his opportunities to save the day. I think he knows I need him. Everyday I struggle to be strong. So I guess this is the way to thank the people on this page. Thank you for having him in your hearts too. I love hearing storys about him. Thank you for remembering him."
Andie Pokorny of louisiana

"SSG Andrew Pokorny lived up to the accolade that was for the 3rd ACR. "Brave Rifles Veterans You have been baptized in fire and blood and have come out steel. SSG Pokorny we will see you again in Fiddlers Green. Brave Riffles"
SPC (R) Allen W. Garnes of Pueblo, Co.

"Eleven years ago this day the Superman I know was killed in a tragic rollover of his armored personnel carrier. It was a horrible incident in which another friend was injured badly as were others and in an area that I patrolled frequently the following year. In a final act that solidified his place in my world as Superman he not only stayed at his position but was able to grab one of his Soldiers with his size 10 hands and wrap him up and shield this man from the crushing effects of the vehicle over the top of them. You’re remembered this day, just wanted you to know."
William L. Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Rest in peace brother"
Bruce Butler of El Paso TX

"I find my self looking you up Andrew I have tried to block the day you past and the memories of it since it has happened but I cannot. I was driving the Bradley last in line in the convoy right behind the 113 you were riding on. I was the only one who saw the whole thing. I saw you get smashed by the vehicle. I saw you coragiously push soldiers back in and take the blow instead of them. I am forever scarred by your loss and accident. I remember eating breakfast with you right before the convoy. I was in shock afterwards and tried to believe it really did not happen. You are loved by many, you were a brave soldier and man. You were a great American. I hope your children can walk with there heads held high knowing that there father died as a hero and great man who put his life in front of others. To the Pakorny family I am truly sorry for your loss. Andrew will forever be in my mind and heart. I will see you on the other side. Thanks Paul Martinez."
Paul Martinez of Phoenix,AZ,USA.

"Brother I have been over that stretch of road in Baghdad I can’t tell you how many times. A few in 2004 and more in 2008-09 and every time I reflect on you and the times we had. It is funny that I will retire this next year a few buildings from where we stayed when we all became Air Defenders in 2001-02. That stupid crest was made into a artificial turf field and I can’t pass the barracks without thinking about you and Hubbard. I miss you Superman even if you did walk like a big old gorilla. Take care and watch over those kids, I wish you were here."
William Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Superman rest in perfet piece:"
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"Superman rest in perfet piece:"
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"I miss you brother. Its been 11 years since the day you left. I still think about it alot. You were my friend, my leader, and most of all my hero. The hardest thing I have ever done was carrying you to that chopper knowing there was nothing else I could do. Its taken me 11 years to let go and let god. I will meet you at fiddlers green, keep my seat warm and the beer cold. I love and miss you."
Spc. Nathaniel C. Johnson of Salina ks. 67401

"Prepair for the regimental accolade. prepare to sound off. Brave Rifles. Veterans! Blood and Steel! Ai Yee Ah."
of GB WI

"S/Sgt. Pokorny,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF but also for your service in Somalia as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the messages left for you all I can say is that I wish that I had had the honor of serving with you when I was in the Military.

Brave Rifles!"

"I love you Superman."

"10 years and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Today is the day that I celebrate you, my Superman, my HERO. I miss you very much and my heart goes out to all of your family. I hope they are all very proud of you, you're the bravest man I've ever known and I'm proud to have served next to you. Brave Rifles! AI-EE-YAH!!!!"
R. Funderburk of Greenwood, SC

"Andy you are now our angel in heaven and I thank you for our freedom everyday.You are truly missed old friend."
Tiffany Golis-Clemans of Chicago, IL

"Just swinging by to say hello Andy, sure miss you."
William L Peterson of El Paso, TX

"i miss you every day i love you dad"
lil sSSG. Pokorny

"Today we celebrate the Armed Services on Veteran’s Day honoring ALL American veterans, both living and dead on a day dedicated largely to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country. November 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans understood that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in the lives to keep our country free. This is not just for their service in time of war but for the dedicated service of the Nation’s veterans during peace time as an effective deterrent to those who may wish to do us harm.
There really is no way to express with any certainty what our Republic’s veterans carry with them but it should be fully understood that a simple thank often carries significantly more weight than any medal and that knowing the hardships were for not. Today at this moment where I reflect on the many years of dedicated service to God, country, our brothers and sisters I find myself humbled by the steadfast devotion to an ideal many see as slipping away. You are forever endeared and embedded in my every thought and emotion and I wish you the happiness you have earned. God Bless and Salute.

I wish you were here to sit with a perhaps BBQ buddy. I know this is not Memorial Day but you're forever alive in my heart. Miss you Brother."
William of Peterson

"How can it be 9 years? How can it be 9 years, but feel like it was just yesterday. I still wake up sometimes and feel like it was all just a bad dream, and sometimes I wake up because I'm right there again. There are images etched in my memory that will forever haunt me. I didn't get to know you as well as everyone else, but I know enough. I know enough to wish I could be half the man that you were. You weren't just my squad leader, you were my friend and brother. We had to put our trust in each other pretty quick, and even though we had some tense and sometimes scary situations I never had any doubt that things would be ok with you by my side. I have so many good memories and funny stories to tell, I just wish you were here to share them. Words just can't express how I feel. You are my hero and I miss you immensely. I have never talked in detail about that tragic day and not sure I ever will. I am so sorry that you had to pay that ultimate price. I know you are still looking over me and I thank you. To the family, I am so sorry for your loss, I'm sure you know how wonderful Andy was. Sergeant P, I miss you so much and thank about you each and every day. You are my hero, my Superman."
R. Funderburk (Funderkorny) of Greenwood, SC

"So today is Memorial Day, a day in which many again will fire up the Barbeques and fish or simply relax in their homes and amongst friends. Yes a couple of years ago I started a correspondence just like this and no I won’t go on a rant about how I feel the people of our nation don’t fully understand what our Republic stands for or used to. I will only release a sigh of a good many emotions for your sacrifice.
Would I rather have you all back in our lives and hoping to hear from you once again, certainly but I understand what your sacrifice meant and hope those for whom you gave it will carry the brilliant torch of an idea forward into that uncertain night. I am truly respectful of that sacrifice and am honored to have you as friends and colleagues and thank you for all you have given.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln or John Hays (White House Secretary)
“I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.”
God Bless."
William Peterson of El Paso, TX

"Hi babe, it's been 8 1/2 years and I still think about you hundreds of times everyday. I wonder what our lives would be like if you weren't taken from us. It's still so hard without you but I do my best. I hope you can see our babies and help them through their trials in life. They are all grown up now, can you believe they will be 19 and 20 this year! It goes by so fast! I had a rough couple years, I completely lost myself without you. I had to find myself again, you were my world. I remember the last hugs and goodbyes. Andie didn't want to let you go. You told her "it's ok, I will be back, we have done this before" and she cried "I was only a baby the last time". I hugged you so hard and told you "you better come back, this family doesn't work without you". Well it didn't for awhile and that's my fault. I changed and made alot of terrible decisions. I feel ashamed sometimes that I couldn't be stronger. I hope you can forgive me, I struggle with guilt everyday. Guilt for not doing my best. I have to remind myself everyday that it was a process that I had to go through to make me stronger some how. I miss you so much.

I have found happiness and joy in life again but its still a struggle at times. I hope that I have made you proud. I hope I get a chance to talk to my best friend again one day. I love you babe."
Jeannie Pokorny of Denver, Co

"Dad i never knew how much i am like you till i meet the greatest thing in my life and here name is annabel she is 11 months old and the the drive to make me work harder longer and better. im getting married soon and i wish you were still here i positive that it would make you proud to see me such a strong man that i am today and its all thanks to you and mom i all ways love you dad
strike fast kick a**
love you"
Kodi Pokorny of Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Well the president says it’s officially over now and everyone in Iraq can come home. So many people not touched by the 1% minus that fight our countries wars are voicing their concerns and opinions but that’s not how I work nor do allot of the old soldiers. I cannot begin to tell you the pride I have and how blessed I am to have known you. The media of course will talk about the uncertainty of Iraq’s future but as with every country that has weathered the upheaval of war Iraq will recover. You did what needed to be done so many times and this land of ours will never understand the sacrifice of those who donned the suit and carried the burden. I hope you can rest at ease and know to a good many of us your name will be on our every breath until we too pass on. God Bless Andy I miss you as do my kids."
William Peterson of FT Bliss, TX

"Not sure if this will still go through! I hope it does! I found out from Andy's older broter on fb before our 20 year reunion. Andy was a great frind in HS. Crazy sometimes too! We had fun! He will be greatly missed and from other posts sounds like he did awesome in the army also! Thank you for your service Andy! I teach my children when they see a military person they need to say Thank you for serving! That is why we continue to be free! Thanks and hope this gets through to you!"
Melynda (Peterson) McELmurry of Barron, WI

"To the family of this brave soldier I just recieved a memorial bracelet in honor of your family member, Thank you for the sacrifice your family gave to our country. I wear a memorial bracelet for a fallen soldier from NVN, 1968 for a soldier from Colorado( I am a native). I am thankful that my dad made it back from there. Thank you EVERYDAY from my family because of yours. You are always in my families praiers as is every soldier and thier family. Thank you for our FREEDOM!!"
Teresa L Matthies of Loveland Co USA

"So eight years today and I'm still thinking about you every day. Their happy memories now, and I just laugh about the great times that I miss so much. I'm beginning to remember so much more. Like the time Me, You, Kristen, and mabie Kodi too; were across the street at the house on turkey creek, and we were feeding the horses carrots and apples and stuff. You were messing with one horse and it was standing on its hind legs, stomping its feet right infront of you, so exiting but magical. Then a few minutes later the horses started running, in a herd, in a circle around us. Ive never felt such a magical moment in my life. The horses were shadowed figures infront of a beautiful setting sun. So beautiful! Just a moment that I had forgoten since.. You were the definition of a great man and I will honor you everyday and make you proud. We all miss you but nobody could miss you more then me. IloveYouDad!!"
Andie Pokorny

"Another Memorial Day, swinging by because I said I would."
William Peterson of FT Bliss, TX

"Had a little down time in the office before Staff Call. Don't know why I had to come here but I did. Staff Call; could you imagine the laugh we would have had all those years ago thinking about that? Missing you Brother."
William Peterson of FT Bliss, TX

"As the 3d ACR completes it's fourth, and final, tour in Iraq as part of Operation NEW DAWN - we honor those who have laid such a costly sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom... BRAVE RIFLES... God bless you and your family."
CSM Hunt XVIIIth RCSM 3d ACR of COS Kalsu, Iraq - 2011

"thank all of you that truly thought of my father as a great man and i know what kind of man i want to be in my life is just like him someone that truly cared of everyone and put everyones eles before the needs of himself. A man who lived as a hero and died as one.
i love you dad and i will allways miss you love your son kodi"
kodi pokorny ( kodip1152@live.com ) of Collbran Job Corps

"Merry Christmas Old Friend."
Pete of FT Bliss, TX

"Those who have sacrificed at home waiting for the return of loved ones only to get the men in uniforms, Western Unions or other notifications and on the battlefield; please accept my humble gratitude for your sacrifice so that I was able to become who I am and that my children will know the freedoms afforded them by you laying down your lives for a greater and often misunderstood good; God Bless you"
Bill Peterson of FT Bliss, TX

"Poko, It has been years since I laid eyes on you, without you I would not be the man I am today, you were the man who carried me through Basic training, AIT, and our first duty station in Germany. I have never in all the years that followed heard a Beatles song, and not thought of you. Now I am 37 years old and truly regret not having reached out to you sooner. In my heart you were and always will be my friend. I hope one day to meet up with you again, as in life very few people can be counted as true friends.

Jeannie, I have many fond memories of when you and Andy met and the fun we had. I feel so much for you and your children. You will always have a friend in NJ."
John Galifi of Lodi NJ USA

"Can you believe these Chuckleheads are going to promote me? Wish you were here, you would have made it years ago. Miss ya Bud."
Bill Peterson of FT BLiss, TX

"Its strange how this works out, I don't know why you have certain urges? I can't go home without having to stop by the cemetery to see my grandparents but I do, and when I am restless and confused and can't sleep well, I come here to see you. Anyway this is getting silly but your in my thoughts brother, I just sent the hard drive for an old X Box to Florida to try and recover your profile and a few others so I can look back and remember the times we had and the man I really cared about. Hope they can pull it off dude, I miss you. Oh Hubbard is a Cop now in Texas and Drill Sergeant Hubbard "Fat man can't run" is coming to my unit. Later Andy."
Bill Peterson of FT Bliss, TX

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,000 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
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

"Its almost Christmas Brother thought I would swing by and let you know you are thought of."
Bill Peterson of El Paso, TX

"It is on this day I remember you three the most SSG Andrew R. Pokorny, SSG Daniel A. Bader, and SPC Brian H. Penisten. Brothers, friends, heroes. You where our Superman SSG Pokorny and will always be in my heart. I will see you again one day at The Fiddler's Green."
Schank, Johnathon of Hendersonville, TN

"Sorry its been a while I know but I am coming to the end of another deployment in Northern Iraq. Wanted to stop by and just pay my respects buddy."
Peterson of FOB Paliwoda, Iraq

"I still remember some of the lessons you taught me when i was a pvt. in A 6/27 Fa
you will be sorely missed by all that had the honor of knowing you"
Benjamin A. Pearce formerly of A 6/27 F.a. of Albuquerque,nm

"Sure could use to just sit with you for a while and just be buddies. Over here again and thinking of you when times get tough, Keep watch Bro, Nice to read all these and see what an impact you made."
Bill Peterson of FOB Paliwoda, Iraq

"There are many things in my life that I regret but looking up to You will never fall in that category. I miss you Andy. I have done many bad things since you passed but i'm doing better now and I owe you everything.
To the Family, I'm sorry. May everyday be brighter than the last. I love you Kodi, Sissy Jeannie. Though bridges have been burned my memories of spending time with all will never be charred.
When i reminisce all i can remember is the smiles at my wedding. The laughs eating out. The pride in Andrew Pokorny's sacrifice. Thank you"
Bobby Martinez of Boise, Idaho

"And Kristen take care of your self"

"I know its been over 5 years since you passed but you will never be Forgotten. Your family is in my prayers. I will never forget what you did for me. And thank you for everything You are a True Hero in my eyes. And Andie you will never get over your fathers death. He was your world. Take care of yourself Andie Kodi and Jeannie."

"im happy that people are still thinking of you. trust me i will always appreciate the sacrifice and wont ever forget the outstanding fun that we have had together. i never talk about the accident to anyone, it still bothers me way to much, my eyes are tearing up just writing this message. people assume that after so many years have passed that im over it, but im not and probley wont be anytime soon. and nobody really understands what i go through everyday without you. but i just wanted to get that out and i love and miss you A LOT.

and for anyone else that still has trouble getting over the accident, well i understand more then anyone else what your going through<3 and i hope someday we could all just put this behind us and grieve his loss without tearing up while your writing a message on this page:)

i love you dad<333"
andie [youngest daughter] of colorado

"I went to high school with Andrew and he was amazingly kind. I just found out of his passing on accident in a google search, so this is all a bit of a shock. My condolences to his family. His death is truly a great loss. I hope the sacrifice he made will continue to be rememered through the legacy of his children..."
Jennifer of Naperville, IL

"Soon it will be 5 years Brother that you have been gone......... but I still think of you. I was not there with you In Country when it happened, but had already been evaced back to Germany for my first wounding. Every time though things get a bit rough, or something isn't exactly going the way I want, or Life in General just sucks, I think of what you would do. And when I finish whatever job I'm working on, I wonder to myself: "Do you think Andy would like it?" I've done my time for Uncle Sam, 24yrs a year ago February, so now my hairs a bit longer, and I'm growing that Fu Manchu I told you I would when I did retire. And soon my friend your Picture will adorn some new Ink that I will be getting. So even in your passing, you can still "Watch my Back".
Once again Good Journey my Friend, we will meet again on the other side in due time; respectfully SSG(Retired) Michael J. Baker..... michaelbaker480@msn.com"
Mike Baker of Chandler, Arizona

"Just a Hello Friend."
Peterson of Leaving again for Iraq

"You will never be forgotten friend...brother...comrade."
SFC Scott D. Askew of Fort Shafter, HI

"To Andrew's Family: Your Superman lives on in all of us.
To Andrew's Brothers & Sisters in Arms - While it may seem that your service and sacrifices are unappreciated, know that it is not lipservice when a total stranger says: Thank you. You have our gratitude and we cherish each and every one of you."
A friend of Andrew's brother Doug of Chicago, IL

"Just keeping that promise Brother. You are in my thoughts, always."
Peterson of El Paso, TX

"February 2, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Andrew R. Pokorny:
Andrew 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 still think about that day. I have been in for 12 years now and there are a select few people that I look up to and wanted to be like. He was one. Hell, everyone wanted to emulate him... Its just how he was. To his family.. if you would like to know anything about that day please feel free to email me at bruce_almighty31@yahoo.com . Best wishes."
SGT Bruce Butler of Ft Bragg, NC

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF, but also for your service in Somalia as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. You are a true hero-you pushed that soldier out of the way so he wouldn't be crushed by that APC-you are the epitome of what a soldier and NCO is supposed to be. I just wish that I had the honor to have served with you when I was in the Military.

"Brave Rifles""


if anyone from the old ada wants to write my email is jonathanbonnett@hotmail.com"
Bonnett of williamsburg, va

"Well I guess I'm a little late with this, I mean its been 3 years since it all happened, but I just want to say that there hasnt been a day that goes by that I dont think about him or what happened. When I close my eyes and I can still see that road, I still remember everything about that day. I really miss that guy, he was always there when you needed him. I know my life hasnt been the same since he left and it probably never will be but I hope that where ever he is now that he is doing well, he's happy, and he knows that I think about him and pray for him all the time. The army really needs more people like staff sergeant pokorny in it, it would be a much better place if there was. To his family, I'm sorry it took me so long to do this. Im so sorry that all this happened. I know that he loved you all so much and it made him so happy to talk about you guys. He was an amazing person and I will always remember him. God Bless Staff Sergeant Pokorny."
Sergeant Brandon Howard of Fort Wainwright, Alaska

"Just stopping by to say hello and that it has been a long four years, I miss you brother."
Bill Peterson

"Here I sit broken hearted on a rememberance trip of my fallen brother. I finished reading this page and was in tears, remembering what me and andy did together, thinking about his wonderful family that i miss and love. See i'm Spc Prescott, and Superman was my squad leader going into Iraq. He always insured me that everything would be ok and by god he fulfilled his promise. I was in the roll over with him on that very day and will never forget nor will i let anyone forget what happened on that day. I will never forget not being able to hold his hand on that chopper. Andy was my Squad Ldr, my Brother, and a phenomanal family man. My condolances go out to Jeannie,Kodi and Sissy yet again and hope you all are well...I miss and love you guys and hope to hear from you soon. Brave Rifles Brother. cali_soldier3226@yahoo.com"
Spc(P) Prescott, Joshua of Wiesbaden Germany

"Another memorial day, is upon us and I sit here watching the news and listening to the debates over withdrawing and I must admit I am confused by the rhetoric as I look down this long list of my friends who have sacrificed. Many of my friends have sent me this link which brings tears to my eyes anymore and I can’t watch. I have come to these pages so many times in the past months with a sense of guilt that I have so little to say anymore. The list grows as these fine men and women do their job, a job they volunteered for and feel horrible as I walk away with nothing to write.

These were my friends, are my friends and some won’t remember me and there is one here I know I know but can’t remember him which drives me crazy. Somebody sent me a “Happy Memorial Day” wish the other day. I was at first angry but now I know that each of these individuals brought something to my life in their own way, and helped me to be the soldier I am today. One was somebody from basic training who when I saw his name and picture I was shocked. One I knew in passing and the others I knew all to well. These are my brothers and sisters, men and women who lay it down daily and many who volunteered to do what brought them to the fatal finish that placed them here for you to view.

Please don’t believe all you see in the media as fact. There are so many things being done and accomplished everyday over there that these folks thought was important enough to bring them here. These are our brothers and sisters, our family outside the biological attachments and these are our friends. Even now as I scroll down the list of names I am humbled by what they accomplished and saddened for their families, but it wasn’t a waste. I will sit quietly on a hilltop someplace this weekend and I will think about each of these individuals, and I hope that you will not give up on us, give us a chance because we will never give up on you. God Bless and take care.


SSG William Peterson. of Ft Bliss, Texas

"thanks for everything ssg p."
annon. of annon.

"Andrew pokorny will always be a hero in my eyes... I wish his family the best... I know how hard it is to loose some one you love.. To Jeannie ,Kodi,and Andy you will always be in payers and have a safe and fun holidays take care of yourself dec 06"
of colorado

"I have read all the comments of my dads family and friends and I truly apriciate all of the kind words. My dad was the greatest man who ever lived and he will always be my superman.
Whenever I play Halo or any X-box game I remember how me and kristen would always team up on kodi and our dad. Ofcourse me and kristen always beat them in all of the games we played.
I will always remember the inside jokes we shared and how we would get into trouble with Mom becouse we were running through the house with water guns or anything else like that having the most fun in our lives.
My dad was a great person and always will be. Thankyou everyone for your support and blessings."
Andie Pokorny(youngest daughter) of colorado

"I can promise you I will never forget the man that was my friend. We shared emotional experiences leaning on one another during trying times or recollections of Somalia or the first Gulf War. There are times I stand on the balcony of the building across from the barracks we once stayed in and think about things that happened what seems a hundred years ago. Spades until all hours of the night in rotations winners against winners and losers against losers. The power naps over the lunch hours and sandwiches because we didn’t want to battle the lines at the mess hall. The X Box games until all hours of the night especially before Christmas because he didn’t want to be beaten by his kids over the holidays. I remember when he stabbed Hubbard in the shoulder with his little buck because Hubbard didn’t think it would go through his patch and stopping Drill Sergeant Williams on the walk over bridge to ask silly questions only we understood. Andy and Mike helped me learn to move into the year 2000 by changing the way I dressed, even if I didn’t want to change then paraded me around making idiots out of all three of us. They were some of the best times, times that I will cherish and never be able to recover. His characters are still on a broken down X Box that doesn’t read games anymore, but I can’t seem to part with it because if I did I would loose the last remaining memory I have of a dear old friend. The pictures from graduation never turned out of the four or five of us under a tree and I wish I had taken some when he and his guys came to hood a few years later. Kristen congratulations on your new born and thank you and your husband for naming him after a incredible human being who I miss each and every single day."
SSG William Peterson of El Paso, Texas

"This is the first time i've seen this site and I would like to thank you all for you blessings and comments. I had forgot his famous saying do you want 1 finger or 2. My dad was a great man to anybody he met and especially us kids. I too had a son and I also named him after my dad. Thank you all for remembering my dad"
Kristen (oldest daaughter)

"It has been over 3 years since Poko paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I will never forget, nor shall anyone who has ever served with him forget that he truly represents a NCO, SOLDIER, AMERICAN, HUSBAND, SON, AND FATHER. I am truly sorry about the loss, but just remember, the only way it can be considered a loss is if you forget. Poko will always be with us no matter where we are and what we do.


"It has been over 3 years since Poko paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I will never forget, nor shall anyone who has ever served with him forget that he truly represents a NCO, SOLDIER, AMERICAN, HUSBAND, SON, AND FATHER. I am truly sorry about the loss, but just remember, the only way it can be considered a loss is if you forget. Poko will always be with us no matter where we are and what we do.


"Congratulations on your new born, Andy was a brother and as an instructor at the 14J schoolhouse we do what are called “warrior ethos” stories. Every so often Andy’s story comes up and is read before the class. At first I had a hard time with it but now am honored to have known him. Knowing how he talked about his children, and how he treated mine when he came down to Ft Hood before deploying, and how gingerly he handled my pregnant wife in 2001/02 when she came to Bliss, I am positive he is looking down and smiling now at your new arrival. You take care and make sure when the baby grows up that what Daddy did a long time ago is never forgotten. God Bless both of you and take care."
SSG Peterson of Ft Bliss, Texas.




"To all,

On this weekend of road trips, barbeques and personal time with loved ones, please take just one moment of the time you have to yourself this weekend and think of those lost, those who did their best and those who completed their service to a country that has given so many opportunities and brought forth the minor accomplishments of mankind but set a precedence for how one should treat another in the pursuit of a better way of life for all. I myself feel especially humbled by the sacrifices of friends, family and those I never knew. I apologize if this sounds political but it came from the heart and I wish you and yours a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, God Bless.

Bill Peterson"
SSG William Peterson of Ft Bliss, Texas

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"Hey Jeanie, It's Paul Martinez I left colorado two years ago this june and I still catch my self thinking about andy and you guys. I wonder how you guys are and I think about how that could have happen to me. I don't know why things like this happen to good people. I think about all you guys I hope all is well.My e-mail address is Pjam123@msn.com please leave a message and say hi. I will never forget the day when I saw him pass. I am forever sorry for your losses he is one of the most unforgettable people I have ever met."
Paul Martinez of PHOENIX , AZ, US

"Hey Brother, I find myself here, from time-to-time and when you are in my thoughts. I spent a lot of time in the motorpool on Bliss this week and as I stood outside the bay I happened to look over at the bleachers outside the old Linebacker schoolhouse. I recalled how we used to space ourselves out so as each of us passed by the privates they would have to call "At ease" for each of us in fun. It is really hard being here now that we have all split up, so much reminds me of the stunts we used to pull and the things we did. With each person we meet, I would hope people take the best qualities of those individuals and absorb them into how they behave and treat others. I find myself amazed to this day how much I took away from the time I knew you, and I smile. I sincerely hope there is a better place that waits for us all and that when we all meet again, the suffering that we endured for the freedom and ideals of a people will no longer be a weight on our souls and I hope you are well where you are and as you can see by the tributes you were something quite special, I miss you a lot."
Peterson of Ft Bliss, Texas.

": To the family of:Andrew R. Pokorny 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 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 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"jeannie, it's me brad again. my email is ffbuddylee@hotmail.com i've got yours email now and will write soon. I hope you and the kids are doing well. talk to you soon. brad clark"
brad clark of mechanicsville, va

"hey mrs. pokorny. It's me Brad Clark. If you don't remember me, i was with andy for 4 years with A 6/27 at Ft. Sill. I just found this site today. I can't explain the sadness in my heart when I found out that the world lost andy the other year. I found out a few weeks after it happened. I wish I could've written to you sooner. I will always remember my time and memories with poko with a huge smile on my face. He was a great soldier and an even better person. feel free to contact me. look me up on military.com under bradford t clark. take care o.k. ? talk to you later"
Brad Clark of Mechanicsville, Va

"Mrs. Pokorny,
I was one of the medics that tryed to keep your husband on this earth. I just wanted to let you know that my team and I did our very best in keeping your husband alive. I will always remember your husband because I was the one that took your husbands wedding ring off his finger and handed it to his 1SG. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you."
Janet Flores of Los Angeles, CA

""NARRATIVE JUSTIFICATION, SOLDIER'S MEDAL, STAFF SERGEANT ANDREW R. POKORNY" Staff Sergeant Pokorny has proven himself through exceptionally meritorious service while serving as a Bradley Linebacker Commander and squad leader. The consumate professional, Staff Sergeant Pokorny's service was always in keeping with the highest standards of the NCO Corps. His personal commitment to his soldier's welfare and training has significantly enhanced the abilities of his squad, platoon and battery. His leadership and previous wartime experience has been instrumental in keeping his soldiers motivated, disciplined and well trained. Since arriving in theater, Staff Sergeant Pokorny has consistantly demonstrated his ability to lead and perform under intense pressure. He consistently placed the needs of his troops and the platoon above his own. On 13 June 2003 Staff Sergeant Pokorny made the ultimate sacrifice and he did so willingly and without hesitation. During a patrol in Western Iraq, Staff Sergeant Pokorny was preparing to lead his squad on a dismounted mission for which he volunteered. Enroute to this mission the M113 APC he was riding in broke track and skidded off the road and down an embankment. During the roll one of Staff Sergeant Pokorny's soldiers, Private First Class Funderburk, was nearly thrown from the vehicle. Staff Sergeant Pokorny was able to grab Private First Class Funderburk and keep him from exiting the vehicle but was not able to brace himself for impact. Staff Sergeant Pokorny continued to keep Private First Class Funderburk in his grasp shielding him from the crushing roll of the armored personnel carrier. SSG Pokorny was found with his arms and upper torso on top of PFC Funderburk. SSG Pokorny's death was a result of crushing wounds; however, PFC Funderburk escaped with less severe and non-life threatening injuries. Without SSG Pokorny grabbing PFC Funderburk as he was thrown into midair, PFC Funderburk would have been ejected directly into the path of the rolling vehicle. In this final act as a member of 2nd Platoon "Mavericks", SSG Pokorny was able to give his life for the life of his soldier."
Annonymous of USA

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"I word Andrew's name during a vigil held 10/29/05 for the 2,012 (to date) service members killed in Iraq. I looked up his name when I got home and saw that he had served at Ft. Carson, CO. That is where my husband was stationed when he returned from Vietnam in 1968, where he had served with the 1st Air Cavalry. He loved his time at Ft. Carson. I want to send my condolences to Andrew's family, and let them know that I will continue to pray for them, for those who are currently serving, for those who are home and trying to heal from physical and emotional wounds, and I will also continue to pray fervently for peace."
Debby Pattin of Olympia, WA

"Thank you again for remembering Andy. It may seem so trivial the words "thank you" but I can't express how much all your stories mean to me and our children. I still log on here from time to time and have read your tributes more times than I can count. Sometimes late at night when I can't sleep (like now) I'll read all your wonderful words. In every story I have either found myself crying, smiling, or even laughing out loud. I knew Andy so well that I can actually visualize some of the moments you have captured in your minds. To SFC Caskin, you literally made me laugh out loud when you spoke of the extension cords used to fix trucks. Andy new how to improvise didn't he. And I could just see him shaking his head and smiling at you for putting in the wrong fluid (For I have made that mistake before!) To SSG Peterson, although I never had the chance to meet you, oh lord did I hear about you enough. While he was transitioning I think you were the closest thing to family that he had while he was there. When we would talk on the phone he would tell me about all the amigos fun as u could say. Thank you for reminding me about the x-box. That was when it first came out and Andy wanted it so bad. I had to make him feel foolish about getting it cause I had already purchased it for x-mas. He did get alot of enjoyment out of it, as so did I and the kids. Many afternoons were spent with all of us playing halo (which im sure he didn't tell you how even I kicked his * sometimes!) SSG Askew, wow the spur ride, I remember how excited he was about that. He ate that kinda * up didn't he. I'm sure he would tell you that you woulda made it up that hill even without him. To Kelli Stice, thanks for making him chili and spaghetti (two of his favs!) That man would eat leftover spaghetti for days! To SPC Martinez, he loved you Bobby, always remember that. To Joshua McElroy, thank you, and you know he's loving it that you called him Superman! To SGT Butler, I'm sure that you influenced him too. To Matt Jones, yeah I remember you! Andy liked you alot, you gave him a hard time sometimes but he loved it. I remember plenty of times when the two of you worked on your truck or his car in the driveway. Or the times you came over and I quized both of you for the many boards you went to. He thought you were great! SFC Hinojos, he was your student huh, wow, im sure you had your hands full didn't you. Ronald Quock, now you know by saying that he had all the answers is going to make it very difficult on you when he can rub it in your face one day! SFC (R) Bogue, thank you for your kind words, and I remember when he finally got to attend air assualt school. He was excited to say the least. To CPT (P) Gambrell, thank you for your prayers and thoughts, im sure he would say "see you on the hight ground too sir, but don't make it anytime soon". John Liechty, I may be biased but decency, integrity, poise, and professional are definately qualities that I think made Andy stand out too. To CPT Rom, you said something Andy always used to say "I don't do it for the pay, fame, nor the medals" He really was a soldier thru and thru. I would also like to thank others for taking time to write their thoughts, thank you Mr. and Mrs. Pokorny, PFC Romero, Marty Preston, Monica, The Grogan family, Colleen Marie, Pat and Sandi Breckenridge, Bill, Leo Titus, Kim and Mary Milner and sons, Phil Bennet, Gracie, Rob Trisel, The Golinskis', Nadine Albrecht, Troy Metz, The Ford family, Tim Rivera, and to all the caring people who sent me cards, letters, and flowers. It does mean so much that even people who didn't know Andy made a place in their hearts for him. And to the little people who mean the world to me, my children, without them I surely would not be here today. I hear all the time how brave and strong I am. If you only knew how very little I am any of those things. Kristen, Kodi, and Andie, those are truely the bravest people ever. I am amased everyday with their bravery, their love, their compassion for others! They are great kids Andy, I know you see that, and I know your just as proud as I am of their strong character. Even though you were taken from them too soon, be proud, you taught them well!! I love you Superman, Later Babe! If anyone would like to contact me with more stories my children would love to hear them jeanniepokorny@yahoo.com"
Mrs. Andrew R. Pokorny of Fountain, Co

"This is the first time I've had the courage to read these moving tributes for my son Andrew. He's been gone for 2 1/2 years - it feels like it happened yesterday. Thank you for remembering him, for loving him & honoring him. I would love to personnally hear from anyone who was with him. mariepokorny717@msn.com"
Andy's mom, Marie of Naperville, IL

"What can you say about a man; a leader a NCO who accomplished the mission no matter what obstacles in the way and also cared for the soldiers who he led.
I served with SSG Pokorny while he was with A battery 6th bn 27th FA at Fort Sill and was impressed with him then and even more now. His handy work is still evident on many of the HEMMETT trucks he fixed using whatever he could get his hands on since parts were hard to get. There is still many orange extension cord parts on those trucks. But that is how he operated he didn't let the paperwork get in the way to fix a problem nor a platoon sergeant who puts the wrong fluid in the transmission. I will miss him and I send my best wishes to his family. May God bless you and help you heal. SFC Shawn Caskin A Btry 6th BN 27FA Aug 2000-OCT 2004"
SFC Shawn Caskin of Camp Casey, Korea

"I have no doubt the children of one of the greatest people I have ever known, know how much their father loved them, as I saw it on a regular basis, even when he could not be with them. I loved Andy like a brother and laughed with him and even teared up with him on occasion. On our down time so long ago, when we would fire up the X Box he would smile and light a room and talk about how his kids were getting so good he almost considered giving it up. He laughed and spoke fondly of them all the time. We sang, (Rather poorly) together like teenagers to limp bizkit and other songs and I teased him endlessly when he bought his beat up old SAAB. We argued my Batman versus his Superman but you didn't dare push the arguement to far or face the choice of, "One finger or two" and neither option was very much fun as he could maul you, (playfully) like a big bear. We were the 3 muskateers, or three amigos around FT Bliss, and he truelly cared for the men. If he was giving a soldier what they considered a, "hard time" it meant he cared and saw potential. More than a year later Andy out of the blue called me and said he was at Ft Hood for a simulated exercise and I drove up and picked him up and before you knew it, yes we were singing the same old songs and laughing over a video game. He brought his men down to get them out of the baylike barrcaks and we housed them for a weekend and BBQ'd and caught up on old times. I was crippled at the news later and didn't know what to do as Hubb from Bliss and I stood at the next mornings PT. Our family loved him so very much and as I sit here, once again at Ft Bliss 4 years later, in the same hall across from the room where we played pool together I have no words of comfort, I'm sorry, but I can tell you he loved you and we loved him. God Bless Superman and if ever you need anything Mrs Pokorny or your family and I can help, I will."
SSG William Peterson of Ft Bliss, Texas B Btry 2-6 ADA

"SSG Pokorny,
You made us all proud.
PFC Romero"
of Naperville IL

"To the Family of SSG Andrew Pokorny:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Andy's name on one of them. If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"His death hurt a LOT. A little story:

It was the day of the Spur Ride at Ft. Carson. I had made a name for myself at the beginning and the spur holders never let up the entire ride. Most usually, they called my name out of the bunch to do my own thing with our Battery Commander(my battle buddy during the ride). Well, the short of the story is that when we were to charge up one of the final hills to finish, I was so exhausted, I wanted to quit. Who was there? None other than SSG Andy Porkorny. He didn't and wouldn't allow me to quit. He literally drug my sorry rear all the way up the hill under barbed wire and overhead fire simulations. That's the kind of man this guy was, that's what I remember of SSG Pokorny. Mrs. Pokorny and kids, remember today, Memorial Day 2005, that your husband and father embodied all that was good about the United States Army. Mr. Pokorny, remember that your Son lived up to what you taught him. His dedication, motivation, selfless service will not go unnoticed or forgotten. Today, for him, SSG Daniel Bader and SPC Penisten, I proudly fly my flag."
SSG Scott D. Askew of Colorado Springs, CO

"I am so very proud to say I knew him. My fiance and I were at Ft Bliss and my fiance was transitioning to a 14 R with SSG Pokorny. He came over to my house a few times and I made Chili one time and Spaghetti the next. I remember him telling my about his family and how much he loved them. I am so sorry for what has happened. I am so proud to say that I knew him."
Kellie Stice of Maryland

"I miss my son every single day.The sadness is (there are no words that can desribe) I was proud of him and his commitment to his duty. When he spoke about people that were against the war.He said that they did not understand that it was about giving others the same freedom we all have." His mom will always remember him as a funny little kid.I will always remember him as the man that he became. dad [dougpokorny47@msn.com]"
Douglas Pokorny Sr. of Naperville,Illinois

"ssg pokorny was my first squad leader, he led me into iraq and promised me my safety. while i was in trouble, he looked out for me and made sure i received the punishment i deservered for my actions, but no more. he showed me that it was ok to be nervous about combat, like he was. he never let fear, pain, heartache, or death stop him from fulfilling his duty as not only a soldier, but a friend and a good person as well.he is my hero, i hope that i can make him proud, as a soldier, and as a person.
to his family, thank you for showing my family respect, i appreciate all you have done for me and my family."
spc martinez of ft carson,co

"SSG Pokorny I didnt know you personaly,but I do pay my respectst To you and your loveing family. What I have heard about you You were one of a kind a loveing husband and father. May you rest in peace and you will never be forgotten. You will always be one of our heros, and we do apreciate it. God Bless the usa and god bless you and your family"
Monica of Colorado springs

"thankyou all for remibering my dad and thanks for all the suport"
kodi pokorny (son) of foutain co. usa

"My name is Joshua McElroy, I like many others served with SSG Pokorny in Iraq with Predator Battery 1/3 ACR. So many things come to mind to say about this man.I think the thing that sticks out in my mind is his love of family and his country. He will always be missed. My thoughts and prayers to his family.

"Fallen, But Never Forgotten"

My you rest in peace for ever Superman."
Joshua McElroy of El Paso, Tx

"My name is bruce butler. i served with andy in iraq. I was present when he passed. I am quite sure that there is nothing I can say to lessen your pain. But please know that I have never in nine years of service seen one man influence so many. He will never be forgotten."
SGT Bruce Butler , ADA 1/3 acr, 2nd plt of ft carson , CO. usa

"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

"Hello. I saw Andrew in a issue of "People" magazine. I was delighted that the magazine paid tribute to the parished soldier's, instead of the usual star gossip.

I just want to thank Andrew for his bravery and courage. I also want to say I am so sorry for his family's loss!

God pick's his roses.

Andrew is in paradise now!

God Bless! <3 <3 <3"
Colleen Marie of Pittsburgh, PA

"SSG Pokorny was my shop foreman while i was stationed with A battery, 6/27 at Fort Sill. He instilled in me what it truly means to be a Non-Commissioned officer. I recognized that even as a young private, and built upon the pride he instilled in wearing the uniform of the United States Army. He was a great person, an inspiring leader, and an even better friend.

To his family:
I grieve for your loss, and I hope you know what a wonderful soldier he was to serve with. I learned of this through round about internet means, and many memories of Andy flooded back to me of working on trucks with him in the sweltering Oklahoma heat. I hope this finds you all well, and know he will always be honored and remembered. He was that type of guy who would let you work on your ragged pickup in his driveway, and even buy the beer.

If you, or any of the fellow soldiers who served with us would like to reach me, my email address is Coonhoun@aol.com.

God bless!"
Matt Jones, SGT of Centerville, OH

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

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

"While I was searching for a different subject, I came across SSG Pokorny's name. It immediately caught my attention for I was his Primary Instructor during his transition phase as a 14 Romeo at Fort Bliss, Texas. I heard of what had happened right away for he was in the vehicle with two of my fellow instructors. I offer my deepest codolences to you and yours. He was truly an outstanding Noncommissioned Officer and Soldier who is and will continue to be missed."
SFC Francisco J. H. Hinojos of Fort Bliss, Texas

"To the family of SSgt. Pokorney,

I served with Sgt. Pokorney at A 6/27 FA, Fort Sill, Oklahoma from August 1998 to August 2000. He was a good soldier and a good man. At the time, he was our chief mechanic and whenever something went wrong with a vehicle he was the mechanic I always looked for to fix the problem because I knew he had the answers.
I know that there is nothing I can say or do or any amount of money you can receive that can take away the pain of losing someone special. But what I can promise is that Sgt. Pokorney will never be forgotten.
Ron Quock"
Ronald W. Quock of San Francisco, CA/USA

"Dear Family of Andrew R. Pokorny. My name is Joseph F. M. Pokorny from Philadelphia. I am a musician, songwriter and have written a song called "For The Heroes" If you'd like a copy of the lyrics you can locate them at http://www.ForTheHeroes.com If you'd like to listen to an MP3 clip it is available at this site as well. My heartfelt prayers and compassion are with you. If you'd like a copy of the music or a recording as a gift, please let me know, Joseph F. M. Pokorny at IMMUSICJFMP@aol.com"
Joseph F. M. Pokorny of Philadelphia, PA19124

"To a fellow fallen Non-Commissioned Officer:

SSG Pokorny was the icon of what the Army needs in the NCO Core. His leadership and selfless service are a model for all NCO's to claim. I had the honor of attending Air Assualt School with him in Alaska in the early 90's, and serving in a DS Artillery Battalion at Fort Wainwright. I also had the privelage of again serving with him at Fort Sill, OK. TO HIS FAMILY: Know that this Great American made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Know that you, his family, have also made this sacrifice. Please know that this fine NCO will never be forgotten."
SFC (R) David Bogue of London, Ky

"Thank you Andrew Pokorny, 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

"I am sadden by the loss of this great American, I was his Battalion Maintenance Officer in Ft Wainwright Alaska, and worked across the street from him at Ft Sill, it was not until I found this website that I was able to confirm my fears. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family. My memories of SSG Pokorny are always fond and he will be missed. See you on the high ground"
CPT(P) Glenn J. Gambrell of Ft Iriwin CA

"Dear my loving dad
Your the best person in the world i have lived with you for 10 years i LOVE you and I miss you dearly
Your daughter
Andie Pokorny[sissy]"
Andie Pokorny[sissy] of FountaiN Fort Carson

"I served with then-Sgt Pokorny in Alpha 6/27 when he was stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. I remember a man of decency and integrity who strived to help any soldier in need, and took great pride in making people better soldiers. He balanced professional relationships and personal ones from all ranks with poise, intelligence, and humor, and I am truly saddened to learn of his death. His courage and his heart touched us all, and he will be very missed, but never forgotten."
John Liechty of Boston, MA

"Thank you for remembering my dad. He was a careing father he was always there for me. We would go to the park and play tag all day. We would go to my dads motorpool and help him work then after that we would rollerblade around for awhile. I have more memories of me and my dad than someone with their dads there whole life. That is just the type of person my dad was. He was my superman."
Kodi Pokorny of Fountain, CO

"I am so deeply touched by all the kind words from all of you. You really don't know how much it means to me that others knew just how special of a person my wonderful husband was. The pain is undescribable but I am so thankful that I had him in mine and our childrens lives for 12 beautiful years. I know the overwhelming pride my husband felt everyday when he put on that uniform, and for that I am also filled with pride. He loved what he did and he was proud to be a soldier. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you Andy,you were always my hero."
Jeannie, Mrs. Andrew R. Pokorny of Fountain, CO

"I was shocked and deeply saddened to recently learn of the death of SSG Andrew Pokorny. We served together in Alpha battery, 6th battalion, 27th Field Artillery for about two years in the late 90's. When I was a brand new second lieutenant, I remember he was one of the few NCO's who tried to give me the benefit of the doubt and teach me the job instead of giving me a hard time. I remember he was always there with a kind word and a helping hand. One story that always makes me think of SSG Pokorny is that one time he and his wife got into an argument of some sort and he was pretty broken up about it. I told him to buy her a dozen roses and tell her he was sorry and he loved her. He told me he didnt have any money, so I lent him $20 to buy flowers and he was so greatful. He bought the roses as I suggested and his wife and he quickly patched things up. The remarkable thing was that he paid me back $1 or $2 a week as he could afford for the next 10 or twenty weeks until the debt was repaid. He was that kind of guy. His loss is such a shame. He was one of the most decent men I have ever met. I will miss him very much."
Andy Epstein of Louisville, Kentucky

"I was a classmate of Andy's at Neperville North HS, class of 90. Naively, I thought I was the only one from our large class that joined the service. I had not heard of his joining and only recently did I catch up with an old friend and was told of his passing. From one soldier to another, I honor your service not only to our country, but also the soldiers you led, and your dedication to freedom that stretched worldwide. We few of the military do not make it a career for the pay, the fame, nor the medals. We, each in our own way, make this nation stronger and more secure for the continuing freedom we pass down to our children and the generations that follow us. To Andy's family and loved ones, I am deeply sorry for your loss and promise to continue to uphold the beliefs and ideals he, like all us soldiers, kept close to him even when so far from home. His memory continues in all the soldiers he mentored and trained. The lives he touched are forever changed. God bless SSG Pokorny, fellow American, fellow soldier, fellow friend."
Captain William Rom, US Army, of Rock Hill, SC

"I have read of Staff Sgt. Pokorney's bravery on the internet. What he did for his men was selfless, and in our eyes he is truly a hero. To his wife and children and other family, we extend our sincere condolences. Our prayer is for God to comfort each of you in the days ahead. Kids, your dad was a very brave man. My family and I thank him for being such a HERO. I know Jesus welcomed him with open arms into heaven. May God give you peace and comfort. -- Philippians 4:13"
Kim and Mary Milner and Sons of Waynesville, NC/USA

"Thank you Andrew for the dedication you have for our beloved nation. You are a hero. May you rest in peace. God bless the Pokorny family. May God comfort you. You are in my prayers."
Phil Bennett

"And each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can. ~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning
We won't forget this Superman. May you find some comfort knowing Andrew's sacrifice has benefited so many. God Bless."
Gracie of Idaho

"I am so sorry for your loss. I am a friend of the brother of one of Andrew's fellow soldiers who was serverely injured. The sacrifice and work that these men made to protect us shall be felt by all for many years. Again, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you Andrew for your courageous service to our nation."
Rob Trisel of Piqua, Ohio

"Andy is a true American Hero. We will always remember him for the sacrafice he gave."
William and Noelle Golinski of Otego, NY

"To the family of SSG Pokorny,
God Bless you and keep you and know that our many prayers are with you. Thank to SSG Pokorny for watching over my brother who was one of his soldiers."
Nadine Albrecht of Fort Knox, KY USA

"To the Family of Army Staff Sgt. Andrew R. Pokorny. My mourning goes out to your family for such a heroic person.He died on my b-day and I feel so proud of him and all the soldiers that protected our country.GOD SPEED and GOD BLESS"
Troy Metz of Hicksville, Oh USA

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Andrew Pokorny:
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 Andrew 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 Staff Sgt. Andrew Pokorny:
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 Andrew, 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