Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Brian M. Romines

20, of Simpson, Illinois.
Romines died in Baghdad, Iraq, where an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery, Milan, Illinois. Died on June 6, 2005.

Romines was posthumously promoted to Sergeant, effective June 6, 2005.

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"To your family that is left to continue...During my time as pastor of the Anna FCOG Brian was going through boot camp, we prayed. When we learned that he was going to Iraq, we prayed and when he left we prayed over him individually and as the Church. When we received word of his death oh how much we prayed....I still ask myself this question....WHY GOD??? I will never know till we meet again.

To this day Brian is still making an impact on my life as an individual and as a pastor and as an American. I make sure that every Church I pastor knows who Brian Romines is.

Until then I must do as Ephesians 6:13 says, Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will be standing firm.

I read some of the letters that Brian wrote home during boot camp and use his insight in my life and it is possible will be good for you too.


Until we all meet Brian again....
Stand Firm
Pastor Gayle"
Gayle D Stone of West Frankfort IL

"Brian, I never knew you personally, but have become friends with your sister Tera over the past few years. In this time I have seen the impact you've made on her life and have learned how much you're respected and loved. I wish I could have met you in person. You are truly a hero Brian, in whose shadow I'm unworthy to even stand."
K Robinson of Ava, Illinois

"9 Years Later And It Seems Like Just Yesterday That We Joking Around Smoking. We Miss You Lil Brother. Gone Never Forgotten. We Will Meet Again Bro, Until Then Keep Watch Over Our Guys"
Sfc Shawn Cannamore of carbondale IL

"9 Years later. Seems like yesterday. Your brothers have not forgotten the traffic on Facebook about you proves it. Miss you young man."
Arthur Fager, US Army Retired of Maryville, IL

"Thank you Brian. Words cannot express what you have meant to us. You were a Hero before you left and will always be remembered."
The Wohlwends of Anna, IL

"You are always remembered Sgt. Romines!"
Jody Suarez of Bronx, NY

"You are always remembered Sgt. Romines!"
Jody Suarez of Bronx, NY

"It's hard to believe that you have been gone almost 8 years now. It's memorial day and my sons 15th b-day. There isn't a day goes by that I don't think of you and the times we shared in Ft. Sux itelf NJ! I miss you bro and there isn't anthing that will replace you."
Ssg Hummel of Galesburg, IL

It's been almost 8 years since the last time I saw you. Longer in fact..I miss you so much. I miss seeing you at church, you picking me up and saying you would take me home forever. You were like the brother I never had...I was just to young to realize that there could be a chance you could be gone..it didn't hit me till I heard those bagpipes. I can't listen to American solider without sobbing. I'm 14 now and going to high school in a few months. One day, one day I will see you again. And never have to worry about losing you again...I love you! <3
-Jordan E"
Jordan of Anna, IL

I spoke with you for the first time today. Thank you for letting me share my feelings with you. Your son and all his loved ones will remain in my prayers today and always. I was there at that fateful moment. Brian is missed..."
MSG Mike Kent of Massachusetts

"SGT Romines,

Soon to be 7 years. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and what we lost when you were taken from us. I have kept your family in my prayers. I know every Soldier who ever served with you at home or abroad has to feel the same way. You were a great Soldier, Man, and Friend to everyone you touched."
MAJ Arthur Fager of Champaign IL

Even though we never met, I wake up every day to honor your memory and live life with passion as you did. Thank You.
To them thats here, To them thats gone, To them we'll see again~ Run For the Fallen"
Mike Rettig- C Co. 2/123 FA of East Moline, IL

"Almost 7yrs, and still it was like yesterday!! I think of you often Brian, especially on days when Im looking for a smile. Miss ya!"
T. Dura of Athens, IL

"I was there that day and I remember it quite often. Although I have'nt gotten to know you like most of your friends and comrades, we've been on quite a few convoy's together and we've spoken many times especially about cars out by the chalk, at the D-fac or in the Recreational area. BTW, I got that Cadillac when I got home and I still have it. I thought of you when I got it because you mentioned something about the color bluish grey so I got it in Stealth grey. I often think of you and I will never forget you. Thank you for your service and selfless sacrifice. God bless you Brian!"
J. Suarez of Bronx, NY

"Hey buddy Your dad has been on my mind lately and I have lost track of him again. It just blows my mind how well you and your dad got along and how well you made him feel when things were realy dragging him down. I know a day don,t go by where he doesn,t shed a tear or your mem touches him. Never forget you and him sitting on the back roll of Donny Cohlsens church and both of ya praying with your heads down. Jesus had a purpose for your life then and you forfilled it, because of your sacrifice some parent has there child or some child has a parent and now they are standing in front of some missionary and hearing the word of God and a whole generation will be changed for your sacrifice and love for him. And keep a eye out for old dad and send him rainbow every once in awhile just to let him know your waiting for him there. And if you don,t mind tell my sis I said hi and my other best friend hi and will see ya all soon. Amen and thanks Brian and thanks for the sacrifice So Others May Be Free charles"
charles norman of Marion Ill

"6 years Brian! 6 whole years! Think about you quite often and miss yah dearly! Wish things were different but I know we will see each other again. Maybe you can be my Heavens Liaison to show me around up there. Love yah man!"
Jeremy Duty of Anna, IL

"Sgt Romines and family
Five years later, and the men who were with him in those last moments still take a moment to contact one another and honor Brian, no matter where they each are, on the anniversary of his passing. They will never forget that day as long as they live."
A wife of a national guardsman of Massachusetts

""To the family of Brian M. Romines ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"Thinking aboout you today. Miss ya."
SSG Rider of Quincy, IL

"Brian, The pain is never-ending, but so is the pride we have for you. It never ceases to amaze me just how many lives you touched in your short lifetime. We all know how special you are to us, but it's comforting to read the stories and know that everyone that knew you misses you terribly. Deeply loved, undeniably missed, forever respected and honored you'll be."
Mom XOXO of Anna, IL

"June 6, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Brian M. Romines:
Brian 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 was there that dark day on that convoy as one of the medics. Every 06JUN takes me back to that moment. I got to know Brian and his brothers by talking to them before the convoy brief every morning. God Bless you SGT."
SSG Marcus Olger of 1-119 FA, Michigan Army National Guard

"I remember that convoy from Balad to Abu Ghraib.I will never forget Sgt.Romines or Ssg.McNaughton.I am humbled,proud, and thankful to have known these heroes!"
of Bronx,NY

"i was just sitting here realizing its almost veterans day when i looked at the bracelet i wear for SGT Romines. I deployed with Brian and wanted him and his family to know we remember him daily and we all wear the bracelet in rememberance of him. Thank you Sgt Romines"
of Moline, IL

"Brian you are now my brother in law and I hate that we never met. I think about you every day and I wish that I could have met the person that played one of the largest roles in Randalls life. Randall just left for Ft. Bragg and then he is going to A-stan so please watch over him for me and bring him home safe. I am so proud to be apart of your family and I take the Romines' name with great honor. Everyone misses you and I know that Randall has been thinking a lot about you so just watch out for him. I love you Brian even though I never got to know you."
Jessica Romines of Anna, IL

"hey bud its zach.I miss u every day man. i just wanted u 2 know i named my son after you. your still my hero and i just want u 2 know that alot of the old crew is going to afghanistan now. im gonna take u with me. one more trip over the ocean.i miss you man"
spc. zachary carr of herrin illinois

"It's the third anniversary of your death bud and it is unbelievable to think it has been that long since we lost you. I will never forgot you out int FOB Tigger joking around in that frozen hell hole. You could always make us laugh even after the longest days. When they split us up all over in Iraq I hated not seing you all the time. I took the group from my platoon down to your memorial and it was one of the worst days of my life. You will never be forgotten and are sorely missed. I love you brother and miss you everyday."
SSG Ryan Hummel of Galesburg, IL

"What a long 3 years. Thinking of you everyday that passes and wishing you could be here. We had so much left to do. We'll get to it eventually. Love you and missing you terribly! Forever and ever your best friend!"
Erin of Clarksville, TN

"Brian, I have been thinking about you lately and wanted to tell you how much i love you. Your in my thoughts and my heart. Before, now and always. You are still very much missed and loved by many. We were all blessed to have known you! lots of love"
of Vienna

"Just wanted to say I've been thinking about you a lot lately. Joseph is deployed again, this time for up to 15 months. Please watch over him as best you can. I love you B!"
Erin of Clarksville, TN

"Hey baby. I've never really got over you. I'm pretty sure that you were the one for me, and no one will ever fill that hole. My family and I appreciate what you did to ensure our freedom and safety. You will always be in my heart. XOXOXO"
Sarah Smith of Pawnee, IL

It's been a while since i thought about you and me playing basketball in kuwait.. The times we had together in that tent city! lol I'l never forget that day you took me to the airport so i could go home for leave. You were so happy and cheerful and glad to see me after so long.. When i left everything was fine until i got back to Iraq and found out that you had been killed the day after i left to go home! I blamed myself for wut happend for so long! I just couldnt get over the fact that you were gone! Since then i have forgiven myself and moved on with my life and now im happily married and expecting my first child this May! But i'll always miss you Brian and i'll always remember you buddy!!"
Sgt. Jesus R Ramos of Independence, Missouri (USA)

"thank you so much brian for what you have done for this country. and for us. everyday i get stronger because you inspire me to live life and love living it. i love you. its kinda funny because you are my cousin, and i hardly ever saw you, but when i did, i loved it. i miss you dearly. thank you for everyting you have done for us."
tyler romines of Herrin, Illinois

"I was just thinking about you tonight bro. Love ya. Still living my life in your name.

SGT Adam Rider"
Adam Rider of Quincy, IL

"Dear Brian Last time we were together was on christmas eve 05 at ashleys house we had a pratty good time. You will always be remembered. I think about you and others all the time. Thank you Brian."
Spc. Bohannon E of Vienna IL./ Darmstadt

"Brian, It's Memorial Day 2007, and it's almost been 2 yrs, since you left this earth. There's not a day go by, I don't think of you, miss you and wish you were here. The way you smiled and laughed. When you and your dad came into my life May '99, I was blessed with a son. We filled a void in both of our hearts and souls. I remember your tears of sorrow and rejection, and I was blessed to be the one, who's shoulder you cried on and who was there for you. My tears come and go, but the continuous hurt and emptiness never leave. I love and miss you so much and I will see you again "Someday" Love always Rhonk (mom)"
Rhonda(step mom) of Simpson, IL/USA

"i love you so much and i miss you terribly. it's still so shocking and i just can't make myself believe it! I LOVE YOU B!! you are and always will be my very best friend. remember, 'best friends last a lifetime'"
erin of anna, il

"Brian, I watched you grow from a skinny pain in the butt to a tall proud young man. I still look out my door and expect to see you running for my door (in one out the other) as you ran for the bus stop. Freezing to the bone but replying I'm a man when I asked were is your coat? I miss you Brian. I see you in my minds eye most every day. I never got to tell you how proud I was and still am of you. You did good son. We miss you."
Mary & Thomas of Simpson, Ill

"Brian, I think of you every drill weekend when I walk by the park bench with the plaque with your name on it in front of the armory. I'll always remember smoking out on the balcony at Camp Falcon, you'd go through half a pack talking to me while I finished a cigar. It was never the same again after that. I was glad for the brief time I got to serve with you."
SGT Doug Osinga of Murphysboro, IL

"Your Brothers from up in the Milan Armory put together a Memorial that is in the Main entry way. You have a brother from the Korean War on the right and SFC Wherly on the left who fell with Bravo 6 months after you. Each of your pictures hang under a sign that says "Never Forget" we never will and all see the memorial never will. It was an honor to serve with you."
MAJ Arthur Fager of Milan, Armory

"I knew Brian Romines many years ago, not well, but I was lucky enough to spend some time with. There were a couple of times I really needed someone to talk to about things in my life and he was there, he listened. I never understood how he could give the insight and advice he did on relationships being as young as he was even then. But looking back I see he truly was wise beyond his years. His brother Randall used to tell so many stories about the two of them and it always made Randall smile. I know Randall was so very proud when Brian joined the service too. I was very proud to know the man Brian was growing up to be. Very few young men take on the responsibility he chose. My heart broke when I got the message from Randall that Brian had died serving his country. In all of the pictures I have seen of Brian while in the service he had never looked as happy as he did in those. So, we all know that although he is gone he loved what he was doing. I envy that. I envy his braveness and dedication. To the Romines family, you are in my prayers and I think of you still on a regular basis. To Brian, I never had the chance to tell you how much our talks meant to me and how you made me smile when you made fun of you know who for making me hurt. I wish I had known you better. Our young neighbor went into the service this summer after graduating high school and he left last week to be sent overseas so please watch over him and send him safely home to his mother and sister- I know you'll do your best. GOD BLESS."
Jamie Saunders of Arizona- jsaunders10@hotmail.com

"Hey B-- can't believe its been over a year. a lot of things have changed since the day you were taken away from us. although your body is gone, you still remain a part of my life. i think about you everyday and miss you so much. i keep thinking that maybe, just maybe, this will get easier. but it just doesn't seem like it. i dont cry nearly as much as i used to, but there is still an almost constant ache i feel inside. its so hard losing a best friend, a pain i do not wish upon anybody. i remember that dreadful night that your mom gave me and my family the awful news. it seems like just yesterday. it was a terrible terrible day. but the memories of you and the times we shared together are what helps me though the days. i check on your mom often and keep in touch with your dad. i dont visit him nearly as much as i think i should, but when we do spend time together, it is great. little brennan is adorable. last time i was out there, he just broke my heart. i was sitting in your bedroom floor playing with him and his hotwheels and his farm. he stopped what he was doing and looked at my bracelet, pointed to your face, and said "thats uncle brian." it was so hard not to just lose it, but i just smiled and said "yes it is." i was at a loss for words. i know you were there with us. he is such a cutie, i see a lot of you in him. brian, i love you and i miss you so much! i know i've told you this so many time but you are the BEST bst friend anybody could ever ask for!Thanks for all the memories! You are a true hero B and i can't wait till the day we meet again. Until then, i'll keep you in my heart. take care of us down here. we need you sometimes (all the time actually, just sometimes more than others)."
Erin of Anna, IL

"I used to play baseball with Brian when we were younger. He was always a great friend and I always asked about him when my dad told me he deployed to Iraq. He was a hero to our country. He was the second person I have known that was killed in Iraq. I think about him alot. I am on my second deployment to Iraq and he has been on my mind even more lately. The other day I was getting ready to go out on a mission and I realized the truck we were using was from his unit when they were in Baghdad. I couldnt help but think that he is watching out for me on my time in Iraq. You and your family will always be in my heart and prayers. You are gone, but will never be forgotten."
Kyle Houseright kyle.houseright1@us.army.mil of Ft. Hood, Tx

"I've been dreading the 1 year mark. It's hard to imagine that you've been gone that long. The boys were just talking about the mud wrestling match that you and Randall started at their Birthday Party. To remember it seems like yesterday, but I know it was a lot longer away than that. I just wanted you to know that instead of crying all day and worrying about what your last days were like we are gonna spend some quality time together as a family. I will keep your family in my prayers as I keep my family close and enjoy how big my kids are now. They think of you everytime they pick up a basketball or play in the mud! Maybe one day soon Randall can come over and play with us all again. I'll be thinking of the whole Romines Family this week. Especially you neighbor Dad! Take care and keep safe."
Carren Barnes of Vienna, IL

"I am Tera Romines, Brian's sister. I miss him SO much & I think about him everyday. My son, Brennan, will always know who his Uncle Brian is and what he did for our country and our freedom. It's still hard for me to accept that you are gone. Me and Ben went to see you yesterday at the cemetary, I left some flowers and Ben left one his medals he received. We both miss you VERY, VERY much. Brian, you were, and still are, an inspiration to many, and so many people love you and miss you. You will NEVER be forgotten. Brennan knows his Uncle Brian loves him very much, he gets to see your pictures everyday. The next couple of weeks are going to be rough with it coming up on a year since you have been gone...but we will all get through this together. Brian, you were such an amazing person, a great brother, and a loving uncle...you are forever in our hearts."
Tera Romines (teraromines@hotmail.com) of Herrin, IL

"To the family of Brian Romines,
I never knew Brian, but from my future daughter in law Meg Clary talking about him, I wish I would have. He seemed like a wonderful young man. My son was in the Air Force overseas and I know how terrified I was daily. I can only tell you how very, very proud we are of you Brian and are very, very thankful that you were willing to sacrifice your life for our freedom. You paid the ultimate sacrifice and we will never be able to thank you enough. Your family has my deepest sympathy and they will be forever in our hearts and prayers. We will do our very best to take care of your cousin Meg. Mark and Meg talk of you often so it seems like I knew you. I know God has blessed us with another angel to look over us. Until we meet Brian, God Bless You and your family and this wonderful country You sacrificed your life to protect."
Gail Hammer of Jonesboro, IL

"Brian, I have been thinking about you here latley, thinkin about that wonderful smile, I want you to know that you are missed not only by me but by so many, This memorial day is for You Brian, your name is honored, I am so proud of you and your courage, You are the one who makes Our American Flag Fly and i thank you for that Brian. I remember when we danced at the High school dance my junior year. I remember when you pulled up at the park and ate Mcdonalds with me in my car we shared some memories let me tell ya. Brian you have a special place in my heart and always will. I will be praying for your family these next couple months. "Greater Love hath No man than this, That he lay down his life For his Friends" God Bless you My Hero"
Jenny of Vienna Il United States

"To The Very Best Friend That ANYONE Could Ever Ask For:
I've told you many times just exactly how I feel about you and our relationship. You may even be tired of hearing it, but you know I'll never stop *wink*. I miss you more than ever and LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART. God truly blessed your family and myself when he brought you into our lives. You are a very special person to me. No words will ever be able to describe the way I feel about you. All I can say is I love you and Thank You for everything. I have so many memories and I will hold those dear to my heart for the rest of my life. You are an angel and my hero. I cannot wait till we meet again. I love you and I miss you so much. Take care of us down here. I know you will, but I just thought I'd tell you. And just as I said before, you are the best friend that anyone could ever ask for...BY FAR THE BEST FRIEND I WILL EVER HAVE! Forever in my heart and on my mind!
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!"
Erin of Anna, IL

"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

well time goes and still i miss you. it has been hard and will continue to be hard . always thinking about you and missing you more than ever.
SPC. Randall j Romines"

I love u always, I love u forever! I can't even begin to tell you how much i miss u. I often think back on the great times we had and the love we shared for each other. You are a great friend and always will be in my heart. I greatly appreciate how you helped me in my life. You are such a positive person and have such a love for your family, friend, brothers in uniform and your country and i love u for that. You did great things in the short time you were with us and i will always love and respect you for that. God Bless u Brian!"
of Illinois

"i want to thank all of the soldiers that are defending our country. I know what it feels like to loose a relative in the army. Thank you for everything you do for us"
tyler romines of johnston city illinois U>S>

Your fellow soldiers of the 123rd Bravo Battery arrived back to Illinois this past weekend, Alpha Battery will be home in a few weeks. We were all thinking of you as we welcomed the guys home. I hope you were watching over them from Heaven taking in their joy of coming home to friends and family. It's sad to me that your family was not able to welcome you home as well. Please know that you will not be forgotten and you will always be remembered as a brave soldier of the 123rd. Thank you for your service to the U.S.A and Iraq! My prayers will always be with your family and friends, I know you are deeply missed."
Naomi Ballard (wife of Sgt Jeff Ballard 2-123rd FA Milan Natl Guard) of East Moline, IL

"Every day I wake up with you in my heart and on my mind. I don't cry every day now. Just every time I watch my children go outside to play basketball and know that you can't play with them anymore. They still think about you every day and still they ask questions. Some I can answer and alot that I can't. I know that you are safe now and watching all of us. That's what I tell my boys when they want you here with us. I'm glad that I knew you."
Carren Barnes of Vienna, IL

Erin of Anna, IL

"Happy Veterans Day Babe! I'm thinking about you today (and every other day of course, but especially today). I miss you more than ever and I love you so much! You are the best!
Love, Your Bestest Friend in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD :) ~Erin~"
Erin of Anna, IL

"Sgt. Brian Romines,
I am so proud of you and wish I had known you. You were my second cousin. I knew your Mom and your Dad, Randy, was my cousin. God bless you for serving and God bless you for giving your life for our freedom. I am so glad to know that you will always be remembered as a hero. I am proud to be a Romines too. Rest High on that Mountain, Brian"
Terri Romines Woods of Astatula, Fl

"I fought with Brian in Iraq. He was a soldier that always made others smile. He could make the best of this place. When we would go on a mission he would alway take time to play with the local kids. We shared alot of stories and laughs out on the balcony. We talked about home everynight. He was one of the finest soldiers I have ever served with. He is a true American hero. Brian you are sorley missed by your brothers in arms and will never be forgotten. Love you Brother."
Sgt. Bryan Wyrich of Baghdad, Iraq

"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 as 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 Schilling of illinois

"Sgt Romines, it was great getting to know you since Ft. Dix. You were one we could all go for, for a laugh. You will always be remembered by us all. Thanks for all you have done. To Brian's Family, sorry about your loss. Brian was a great soldier. Everybody thought highly of him. He will always be remembered of his dedication to the service."
Sgt Paul Sereda of Baghdad, Iraq from Coal Valley, IL

Erin of Anna

"I never had the chance to meet Brian but I served with one of his platoons. He has visited our base many times and the guys all spoke highly of him. The fellas put up a memorial in the command room for him. I am very sorry for your loss."
Unknown Soldier of Baghdad Iraq

"My heart go's out to you for thh loss of your son he is a true hero for what he done .My prayers are with you god bless"

"Goodbye brave Soldier
Thank you,you are a true Hero"
Ute of Germany

"its been 2 months without you, and i must admit its been hard. everyone keeps telling us that it will get better with time, but i know i'm not the only one that feels like its only getting harder. i talk to you everyday, sometimes more than once, and i think of you all the time. it's still hard for me to accept the fact that this is not a dream. there was a day, that i had convinced myself you were coming back, but it turned out to be more of a disappointment than anything. i love you brian and i miss you like crazy. you are a true hero and my best friend. next month will be the time that you would have been here. we had plans, and i plan on keeping them (dinner, movie, and a night in the field). i know you'll be there. i can't say it enough, and i know that you know it, but i love you! one day i will have my chance to hug you, talk to you, hear you, and feel you again, but there are times i feel like i cannot wait any longer. i know you are here with us, i can feel your presence. god bless you brian. you are my best friend and always will be. until later. xoxo
forever yours
erin stute of anna, il

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

"To the Romines Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. Your Brian is a true American Hero. You did a great job raising him, all the tributes on this site to him are so beautiful. Brian will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Brian."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To the Family of SPC Brian Romines:

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 Brian's name on one of them.
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.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

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

"There are a million things I wish I could have said to Brian before this time, though I'm sure I'm in good company by thinking that. He was one of my best friends...since we were only 5 years old. He was always there for me, and went out of his way to help me out in any situation. There's no way I could ever express my gratitude, not in a million years. I feel very proud and honored to say that I was his friend. I will be praying constantly for your family and will keep you in my thoughts daily. Thank you for every thing, Brian."
Josh Ditto of Anna,IL USA

"To the Romines family
I never had the pleasure of knowing Brian, but I wish I had. He is a true hero. Megan talked about him all the time. She really loved him and missed him greatly. I want to express my deepest sympathy to the Romines family. I am in the Air Force and am in the Middle East right now. I know how hard it is for my family. He gave the ultimate sacrifice. Brian is a true hero to everyone. You are all in my prayers. Thank you Brian for all that you have done."
A1C Mark A Hammer of Manas AB, Bishkek Kyrgzystan

"To Randy, Tara And Randall,
Me and my family would like to give our deepest condolence to you all in your time of loss. There is a special place in heaven for those that gave thier lives for the cause of freedom. I want you guys to know that you are in our prayers, and may you find peace thru our Lord Jesus Christ."
Mr. Charles Norman and family, of Evansville Indiana

"Some people can walk into your lives for a brief moment, but leave an everlasting impression. Brian was one of those people. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with him on a few occasions, and feel very honored to have met him. He was a very unique young man who possessed a maturity and bravery beyond his years. No words, or cliches can make this any easier, but may you find some comfort in knowing just how many lives and hearts your son touched. And, Brian, thank-you for being so special and giving so much of yourself."
Robbie Furlong (Ashly Huckelberry-Johnson's aunt) of Carrier Mills, IL USA

"To Brian's Mother and Family,
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you and your Family on this day that will never be forgotten. Being the Mother of a Soldier myself, my heart bleeds for you and can only imagine the pain you suffer from the loss of Brian. There is not an hour that has passed since hearing the news of Brian, that I have not thought and prayed for you and your family. My son, who knew Brian, as they were both based out of the Marion Unit has, as well, kept you in his prayers. I pray that God gives you strength to always hold the blessing that he bestowed upon you, when giving birth to Brian and the Love that you shared with him while he was here on earth. Rest assured, that when you meet again in heaven, all this pain will be washed away and you will be cleasned with the feeling of "Joy" for spending eternity with your Son."
Missy Ledbetter of Anna, Illinois

Words can not express what I want to say except you were one of the greatest friends I had and my hero! I will never forget our memories. To his loved ones, you had a son with a heart of gold who was always their for me and my husband esp. while my husband was gone to basic. Remember his love forever,you raised a wonderful son & grandson. God Bless!"
Tyler, Ashly & Landon Johnson of Fort Lewis,WA USA

No words spoken or any written on paper can express the feeling of loss that you are going through at this time I just want to say close your eyes and look deep into your memory of BRIAN and he will never be lost.
So young and yet a boy grown into a man among men, He is standing with the mighty now all who have gave their all and best for One GOD and COUNTRY and for all people to free from fear of those who terrorize and kill for a false belief.
May the Lord God and his Son Jesus Christ open their loving arms and welcome him home."
Robert F C Kieper of Carrier Mills, Illinois USA

"Brian, You will forever have a place in our hearts. You brought much joy and laughter to our house. We will always, always love you. To your family, We are so very sorry. He was a great person with such a presents about him. He will always be remembered and honored in our home. Randy,myself and our kids loved him as if he was a part of our family. We will forever be grateful to him. To, Brian, We love you and we will miss you.
God Bless,
The Huckelberry Family"
Randy and Kellie Jo Huckelberry of Carrier Mills, Il

"Brian, this is your cousin, Meg. First of all I want to tell Uncle Randy, Aunt Mel, Granny, Pa, and Randall that I'm very sorry, I can't imagine how they feel. We all feel kinda the same though. You were such a caring person. And even I knew that you could ALWAYS make the BEST out of ANY situation. I always admired you for that. You always made sure that me and Kaci were taken care of just like the night before you left for Iraq. You were the brother I never had. And it meant so much to me that you did all that for me. I know that you knew how much I really did love you, how much I worried about you while you was over there, and damn it....I wanted you home soooo bad. But now I still love just as much and probably more. I/we are going to bring you home and there won't be no worrying cause your in heaven and thats better than here. I'm so proud of you! You are not only my cousin but your my soldier, and my hero. I want you to know that I love you dearly, I miss you but one day I'll see you, and until then please watch over me. I will never forget you, I will always love you, and I will miss you until I join you.
I love you, your cousin,
P.S. I want to thank Granny, Pa, and everybody for always having us together as a family."
Meg Clary of Anna, IL

"Words cannot express the gratitude that we have for your sacrifice to your country. My deepest condolences to Romines, the Clarys, and all who called him friend. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
Danny Heisner and family of Leeds, AL formerly from Anna, IL

"Brian...I will never forget you. You are my best friend. Your smile is contagious! I can't get the picture out of my mind the night I pulled you across the table when we were playing Spoons. The night we stayed out till after 2:30am, WOW...incredible...SO FUN! You were such a wonderful person in my life. We had so many plans for the future. I am so proud of you and all that you did! You are a true American Hero. You will never be forgotten. You will always be in my heart, on my mind, and in my life. You are the brother that I never had. I know you loved your job and wanted nothing more than to be a hero. You, Brian, are a hero. On our first day of kindergarten I knew we would be friends forever. Ever since that day, you have held a very special place in my heart. You will forever be missed. We will stay strong for you and I will let you live through me and my family. Joseph and I love you and we miss you terribly! Keep smiling and try to help us smile more and more each day. I can only imagine what you are doing up there in Heaven to get us to laugh. You always were a funny guy! I have so many memories of you and I, every single one of them is AMAZING! God bless you! I will never forget you!! I love you and I miss you! You are my best friend!"
Erin Stute of Anna, IL

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Rest in Peace Soldier...

J and T USMC NC"

"To The Romines Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Soldier.."
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN 6/9/05

"On behalf of the Port Byron Fire Department, Please know that the family, friends, and unit members of SPC Brian Romines are in our thoughts and prayers these days as you work your way thru the emotions of Brian's loss.

Trust when I say we truly do know the feelings that you must be going thru, as we too lost one of our dear friends serving in Iraq just over one year ago.

Please accept our sincere condolences in your time of grief, and God bless Brian and his family for his service to our country!"
Mike Poel, Fire Chief of Port Byron, Il

"Our small community is deeply saddened by the loss of our young soldier, Brian. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends and we wish to extend any help we can. Brian is a hero and a true example to all of us the unselfish giving he gave to our country. I hope Brian will always know how proud his father is of him. I spoke with his father the day he left for duty and saw the pride, sadness, concern, but most of all love in his eyes. I hope you may all find peace and know your loss is shared in our hearts."
Kim Ecker REAL Rehab Physical Therapy of Vienna, IL USA

"i will remember you forever brian, for all the laughs you gave us, all the water fights you started, for the look on your face when you smiled over something...you touched alot of lives while you were here and those who knew you will miss you. my thoughts and prayers go out to your family and loved ones. may you rest in peace"
Shannon of Alto pass Illinois

"Dear Romines Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time."
Rhoades Family of Horn Lake, MS


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

"To the family of Brian; his mother Malinda and her mother and dad, Sue and Jim Clarey, Mark and Todd his uncles, also that of Brian's father and his brother Randall... Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Ruth Brasel Larson - Union Co., IL -"
Ruth Larson of Florence, TX

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

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

"To the family and friends of Spc. Brian Romines:
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 Brian, 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