Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert

27, of Williams Township, Pennsylvania.
Killed in a grenade attack while sleeping in a tent at Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait. He was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. Died on March 22, 2003.

An avid soldier who spent his college years training with the ROTC, Seifert died when another U.S. soldier reportedly lobbed hand grenades into his tent. He leaves behind a wife and a 4-month-old son.

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek

Pictured with his wife Terri.

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"Streams of bright light cast bowing shadows across the ground; the rising sun has crested over the horizon and has illuminated another day where our Heros are remembered and our fallen are immortalized. Days like this are never easy... nor are they all that difficult...

It's the memories that drain us.

The memories of 12-mile ruck marches and 10-mile shop runs' that blistered our feet but bolstered our esprit de corps still flood my memories. There are the field exercises where we were tested and finely sharpened into steely-eyed Warriors. We trained together, we ate together, smiled, and laughed; we became a well-oiled intel producing machine and there was nothing that could stop our rendezvous with destiny.

It's the memories that remind us.

I remember the heat the most; the heat and the sand were close allies and could easily bring the strongest soldier to their knees. Hot sand whipping around like grainy lava as an industrial-sized mega hairdryer melts your eyes and blisters your throat; choking sandstorms that could easily swallow an entire army, turned the desert red with rage; this was our new home. We ate huddled together, our sand-filled meals served on trays strewn across wobbly sand-covered tables. We trained for hours and then trained some more. Every avenue of approach was maliciously planned and replanned as orders from Higher changed with the blink of an eye.

It's the memories that haunt us.

After a three-week desert steep, caterpillar mustaches began to creep upon our lips making smiles seem brighter and the roar of laughter seem louder. An anxious excitement flowed through us as we learned our time was near; War was calling us and it was time to do what soldiers do. We tried to sleep but knowing that in the next 48 hours we were finally going to unleash hell on the enemy we’ve been training to defeat for so long.

Chaos erupted with a furious pace and sent every minute spent training out the window.

We were never trained for what happened that morning…

It’s the memories that teach us.

As the 20 year anniversary is just about two and a half years away, I am reminded of how fragile memories can be. They fade in and out as time ticks by, sometimes as fast as a blink of an eye, and sometimes those stories go untold. I don’t want that for us.

I would like to start compiling stories and interviews for a possible documentary that recounts 1st BCT’s trek across the Iraqi desert in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I am looking for photos, videos, stories…anything that you are willing to share. Eventually, I plan to get interviews of every major player that has input on the BCT’s story, especially the morning of the grenade attack, the trial, the culmination of the BCT’s deployment. Understandably, I know that some of these stories may be difficult to tell, but from what I have learned, the best way to deal with that pain is for it to be seen and heard so that it can be understood but not forgotten.

Our story should be told and should be told by the ones that were there; our stories could help heal some others that are continuing to struggle with the loss of loved ones. If anyone is interested in contributing to this project, please email me at:


I look forward to hearing from everyone interested and I hope today isn’t too difficult; I know how the sound of certain bugle song can draw tears along with painful memories. Let me help get those memories on video and tell the Brigade’s story of overcoming tragedy and becoming an essential unit that liberated and reconstituted Iraq as a free country. Help me pay tribute to the soldiers that lost their lives and/or were wounded during the year-long deployment that would kick off almost two decades of American presence in Iraq.

Life is short and crazy, filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, beauty and the ugliest of ugly, and during this new normal, I hope that everyone finds peace today and is able to spend the day with loved ones close by or in our minds. Lastly, let us pay tribute to our fallen brothers and sisters today by living life to the fullest and not letting it waste on by. Hold up a beer, cocktail, coke, or bottle of water and let us salute the memories of our fallen warriors. Stand tall and proud and remember that I got your back, battle buddy…

Balls of the Eagle, Bastogne, and Air Assault!

SSG(Ret). Christopher J. Estes - Bastogne 2Delta Out."
Christopher J. Estes of Bowling Green, Ky

"Rest Easy Chris. I am proud to have served with you."
Gary Pool

"My family and I appreciate your service brother."
Harold of Pittsburgh

"Thinking of that night that your son, a fellow Officer came into our EMT."
Armynurse. of Ft Bragg, NC

"It was an honor to serve with Lt. Seifert in Baumholder, Germany. Rest well Sir!"
Leo Veynberg of San Francisco, CA

"Dear Mrs. Seifert and Family,

You do not know me really. I was the OIC of the Honor Guard from Ft. Dix, NJ that had the distinct honor of providing a final salute to your Husband. I did not know CPT Seifert, but I do recall that day every so often, and I do sometimes speak of him to folks who happen to ask me what I've done over the course of my military career. My capacity as an OIC for an Honor Guard was a double edged sort of honor that both made me feel humbled to be able to say a final "Thank You" and "Goodbye" to our Nation's finest - yet it always was surrounded by a air of melancholy for having to do so because the loss of any American Service Member grieves us all and certainly grieves me.

Anyway, there is a coincidence in that I too attended Moravian College back in the 1980s - and in fact have a brother who graduated from there. I was also a History Major, and I recall reading about Prof. Stinson's comments about Chris some time ago. I remember Prof Stinson.

I happened to transit through Bethlehem this past weekend (12/2012) and stopped by at Moravian and downtown, as it was Christmas Weekend and this was "Christmas City". I thought I might see if any of the old "landmarks" were there - the OBT, etc. Doing so brought many memories to mind - including thoughts of CPT Seifert. I suppose I wanted to you all to know that he is remembered by those who did not even know him really - not to bring up hard memories, but to reinforce that he is not forgotten.

I hope your son is well and growing strong - I guess he would be about 10 now? I have a memory of you holding him that day - it broke my heart, as it did all of us on the Honor Guard. I also hope that the pain of your loss has eased over the years.

God Bless you and your Family."
LTC Dana M. Breen of Ft. Dix, NJ

"Terri, I thought of you and your family today. I was driving on FT Huachuca and seen a building named after CPT. Seifert. My heart was very heavy as soon as I seen it. Made me think of your husband, and your self. How you continued to support our unit, how you would continue to bring baked treats and your beautiful son to the S2 shop after we returned. What a strong woman you are to face that. Thank you both for your service, and know he is always with us."
SFC Rosado

"It's been a long time, but I reached for a coffee cup this morning, and realized that this soldier, with a smile that always brightened the room (even when he was being a brat) had given it to me. A simple token of his appreciation for being his instructor at the 35E course at FHAZ. I remember him with fondest thoughts."
Patricia A. Tucker of Tampa, Florida/USA


It was an honor to have served with you in TF 1-6 IN. You were an excellent officer and professional soldier, and a good friend. You and your family are in my prayers this Memorial Day, and always.

The West Point Alma Mater ends with the line: "And when our work is done, our course on earth is run, may it be said- Well Done! Be Thou at Peace."

Well Done Chris. Be Thou at Peace.

Regulars! Conquerors!"
Mike Mitchell of Scottsdale, AZ

"It is March 25, 2010 and It's been 7 years since we lost Chris. He was certainly a great friend of mine. While at 1BDE, 101st ABN DIV, He was the Assistant S2 Officer and I was an Assistance S3. We saw each other everday and joked around on a daily basis while in the 1BDE HQ at Ft. Campbell. I still think about him all of the time. I really miss him. The night of the incident, I remember tending to him and helping to get him on a litter and then, along with three of our fellow Soldiers, carried him to an awaiting Field ambulance. I'll never forget that night and I'll never forget Chris. He was a great officer and a great man that loved his wife Terri with all his heart and he had so much love for his son."
Michael Sabatini of Atlanta, GA

"There are days like today that I sit back and think of the great Soldiers that I had a chance to serve with, CPT Seifert is one of those Soldiers. I remember him as a very likeable and pretty funny person. I still miss him.

He is a great person, Soldier, Husband and Father. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
SSG Bryce Syverson of Fort Sill (Drill Sergeant)

"I am the ssg who treated cpt seifert that night. hardly a day goes by that i do not think about it. i only knew him briefly before we deployed but we liked cycling and monty python. i will miss him always, i put flowers on the memorial every march 23d at 1st bde. i missed 2006 as i was in ramadi iraq! rltw. msg (r) david m. phillips"
david m. phillips of woodlawn tn

"To the Siefert Family,
There have been alot of years that have passed since the incident at Camp Pennsylvania. The memories of that night will be with me forever. I was there and tried to help you husband, son, loved one. Many soldiers were injured and needed medical assistance that could not be provided until the unknown enemy was found or at least pushed out of our compound. A handful of NCO's including myself were tasked with the duty of clearing the immediate area and evacuate the wounded. I have carried with me since that night the guilt that maybe Cpt Siefert and Maj Stone would have survived if we could have moved faster in our clearing of the compound. Looking back there was no way to move faster than we did. It was such a huge area and only a few of us conducting the clearing. There were only two of us initially (Myself and SSG Fields) as no one else would move. The fear of the unknown enemy kept them down on the ground. I had spoken to Cpt Siefert the afternoon before the attack. There was a phone in the S-3 shop that could be used to call home. I walked in and saw him waiting for the start of the briefing and since someone was on the phone took up a conversation with him. We talked a short while about this and that. I asked him how his new baby was and if he was able to find the time to call home. He said yes, a few times. You could see the happiness on his face as he thought about his family so far away. We all were under a great deal of pressure in preparation for the move into Iraq. We all had our own demons to deal with in trying to find the words to tell our families. I still remember trying to figure out what to say and if it would be the last time they heard my voice. The night of the attack I was woke up by loud explosions. We reacted as we were taught and moved to the bunkers that surrounded the compound. Someone came to my bunker and asked if there were any medics. I said no but we have a combat life saver. They said send them to the front of the tents we have wounded soldiers up there. I grabbed up my combat lifesaver (PFC Troy) and eased up to the front of the tents. I walked by SFC Butler who grabbed me by the arm pulling me to the ground and told me the enemy was still shooting at us and were in the compound. As I jumped to the ground and looked to my left it was then that I saw Cpt Siefert being shielded by another an NCO. The NCO was appliying direct pressure to his gunshot wound in his back and was doing everything he could to keep him safe. I motioned for PFC Troy to move and help CPT Siefert. The 1SG yelled we need to clear the area to get the wounded out. Everyone began looking around as if to find someone to go, not them. I was the only one to get up and say I will do it. I said to those around me in my immediate area, I need at least one other person to go with me as I cannot do it by myself. SSG Fields said I will go with you. Me and SSG Fields began the painstaking task of clearing the area. I would be later joined by SFC Butler and SFC Burns. Four NCO's taking the responsibility for the clearing and eventual evacuation of the wounded. I assisted in the air evacuation (dust off) of the most seriously wounded. It was very cold and very dark and I could not see the faces of the wounded. As the aircraft came in for a landing the rotor wash began blowing the blankets off the wounded. I tried to place the blanket back on one of the soliders and tuck it in so it would not blow off again. We picked them up and put him in the aircraft and they flew away. I went back to the compound and linked up with SFC Burns, SFC Butler and the three of us eventually captured SGT Ackbar hiding in a bunker. He had been wounded in the leg by shrapnel. We detained him until the Military Police arrived. I have remembered Cpt Siefert just about everyday since then. It is the hardest for me around the holidays. He was a good solidier who loved his new family and had his whole life and career ahead of him. He was taken from us way to soon. I will always beat myself up and wish I could have done more that night. To the Siefert family, I am so sorry! May he rest in peace. My name is SSG (Ret) John R. Fleming. I was a proud member of the best. "The Bastonge Brigade"."
SSG (Ret.) John R. Fleming of White House, TN

"Dear the Seifert family,
I was not a friend of your son but I would have loved to be. My recruiter SGT Eric Gallup was there that night and he told me about it. Christopher was a great soldier and Captain. He served his country well, and I am truly sorry for your loss.
Goodbye and best of wishes,
Matt Bourdon"
Matt Bourdon of Ravenna, Michigan

"To the Seifert Family,

I cannot be more proud to graduate from the Lehigh Valley ROTC (2007)program after learning what a great soldier Chris Seifert was. We discussed his death every year during our ROTC classes and although my class did not know him personally, we still felt a strong connection and sense of sorrow knowing he was a member of the ROTC battalion and sat in the same classroom as we did. His name is engraved in the hallway there and he will always be remembered. God Bless."
2LT Michael Berdela of Vilseck, Germany

"The 5th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament for Captain Seifert will be held on April 20th, 2008 at Southmoore Golf Course in Bath, Pennsylvania.

For anyone that may have known Chris or wants to help remember him, we would love if you could attend the event, either to golf or in any capacity.

To date, the tournament has been a great success by not only remembering Chris, but also by raising money for his son, Benjamin's future. There are still openings for golfers and if you cannot attend donations are also greatly appreciated. The cost is $80 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, food, golf cart and prizes!

If you know anyone that would be interested or if you need more information please go to www.CPTCHRISSEIFERT.org

Lastly, Terri and Benjamin Seifert will be in attendance so even if you would just like to stop by or volunteer, that would greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!"
Todd James of New York, NY

"Terri and Ben,
It has been years since I first learned of Chris's passing. I grew up with Chris in William's Township and often think of playing baseball and football with him. He had a heart of gold and I know above all that your son Ben will be his greatest tribute and legacy. I know that Chris is smiling down from above and thankful that you were and still are a part of his soul. May he rest in peace and the assurance that you will all be together in the blink of an eye. If your family ever needs anything feel free to call on our family. jim@etrafficjams.com"
James Brett of Tampa, FL


I am not sure if you remember me. I was Captain Seifert's assistant in Baumholder when he was in S-1. This is the first time I have ever been able to do this but I cannot begin to tell you how horrible it was to hear about what had happened that day. It has been over 4 years and I still think about when I use to work for him. I just wanted to say that I am sorry for your loss and I hope that God watches over you. Bless you."
Matthew Belue of Colorado Springs, CO

"Remembering with you the life of someone so dear."
Shirley Billingsley of Huntsville, AL

"Mrs. Seifert & Ben;

It has been years since Chris's death. I wanted you to know that many of us who served with him still carry him in our hearts. He was a good officer and a great man.

I served with him in 1-6 IN in Baumholder. Knowing he was to transfer into the MI Corps, he spent as much time as he could get out of the S1 office in my and Ted Preister's office trying to learn as much as he could.

I recall him not only accomplishing tough missions while at Graf or CMTC, but his clowning with his soldiers during the downtimes, making sure that morale remained high.

I remember him in Albania, in the mud and rain.

I know the loss many of us feel and how it can barely compare to yours."
SFC Paul Matuszak of Kirkuk, Iraq

"Greetings to the Seifert family,

I’d like to offer my sincere condolences for your loss. I came across this site by accident and needed to leave a message to you. I remember hearing of your loss in the news. I particularly remember this because my last name is Seifert and I am a Captain in the Marine Corps. I have been across similar ground as Capt Chris Seifert, but did not know him. I am certain he was a fine person and soldier. I am from Maryland originally and stationed in North Carolina, currently serving in the Anbar Provence in Iraq.

Best wishes and I am sincerely sorry for your loss.

E. T. Seifert
E. Troy Seifert of Anbar Province Iraq

"I was so sorry to hear about Christopher - i just sat down and cryed I'm sorry I didn't get to know him i knew his Grandfather and father"
William E Seifert of Joes CO. USA

"May 22, 2007
To the family of Christopher Scott Seifert. Christopher 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

"The 4th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament for Captain Seifert will be held April 22nd, 2007 at Southmoore Golf Course in Bath, Pennsylvania.

For anyone that may have known Chris or wants to help remember him, we would love if you could attend the event, either to golf or in any capacity.

To date, the tournament has been a great success by not only remembering Chris, but also by raising money for his son, Benjamin's future. There are still openings for golfers and if you cannot attend donations are also greatly appreciated. The cost is $80 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, food, golf cart and prizes!

If you know anyone that would be interested or if you need more information please send me an e-mail at todd.r.james@gmail.com.

Lastly, Terri and Benjamin Seifert will be in attendance so even if you would just like to stop by or volunteer, that would greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!"
Todd James of New York, NY

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

"Terri & Ben,
I’ve had the picture of Chris and I on my wall for about 6 years now from when we were on the way to Albania. I wish I could articulate how much I respect that man. I was shocked to hear of his death when we hit Baghdad and got an old Stars and Stripes. I am truly honored to have had an opportunity to serve with him and to learn from him. I have no doubt in my mind that lessons I learned from Chris have enriched my life and helped keep my soldiers and myself alive. I owe a debt of gratitude that I can never repay. Thank you Chris for being a mentor and a friend, I’ll see you when I get there. Thank you Terri and Ben for honoring a true hero. God bless you.

SSG Chris J. Bowman"
SSG Christopher J. Bowman of Camp Jackson, Korea

"Sir, I felt nothing that day. Everyday after I felt anger and sorrow. I hope I see you again some day. -Bastogne Legal. If you knew him, and want to talk: flucero219@msn.com"
Fernando Lucero of Denver, CO

"Capt. Seifert,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy."
Mike Casey of El Paso, TX

"For anyone that may have known Chris or wants to help remember him while supporting his son Ben's future education, the 3rd Annual Memorial Golf Tournament will be held April 30th, 2006 at Southmoore Golf Course in Bath, Pennsylvania.

To date, we have raised nearly $20,000 with a goal of $120,000. We still need plenty of golfers and donators to reach this goal, so if anyone knows someone that would be interested PLEASE e-mail me at stgnm02@moravian.edu or call me at 267-304-1586. The cost is $80 per golfer, which included 18 holes, food, golf cart and prizes!

Terri Seifert and Ben will be in attendance so even if you would just like to stop by or volunteer, that would greatly appreciated as well.

Thank you."
Gerry McGlinn of Bethlehem, PA

"sorry to hear about your beloved i'm finding it hard to understand why another soldier would be so mean and do what he did. and what happened to the evil person that did this to your beloved. looking from his pictures he seemed a gentle man"
karen scott of england

""To the wife and family of CPT Christopher Seifert:
I did not have the honor of working with CPT Seifert but the day his life was stolen is one I will never forget. I served in the Bastogne Brigade S-2 in 98-00 and still have friends who serve there. I love the Bastogne Brigade and always keep track of what they are doing. I was stationed at Ft Meade, MD on March 23rd, 2003 and on that night I was out with friends. I noticed a TV that had a breaking news report and the 1st Brigade Commander was on it. I recognized him and started paying attention to it despite not being able to hear it. Just then the image of people being carried on litters startled me and I almost passed out. It was not until later that night I found out what happen. By then I had a number of phone calls from friends who served in the Bastogne Brigade with me. Since then I have spoken to a number of friends who knew CPT Seifert very well. One friend told me how CPT Seifert gave up his Air Assault school slot to one of his Soldiers prior to deploying. He was definitely a true Leader. I honor CPT Seifert by wearing a black KIA memorial bracelet everyday. I am not sure why I never noticed before but I realized that on March 23rd, 2006 we will remember CPT Seifert on the day he was lost. On that same day I will be celebrating the first birthday of my son. My son was born on March 23rd, 2005. I myself missed majority of my son’s life so far because I was deployed to Iraq and just returned home. I am so sorry for your loss and wish I was able to know CPT Seifert. His loss was a true tragedy and I hope justice will be served soon. BASTOGNE!!!"
SSG Michael Frazier of Baltimore, Maryland

"To the wife and family of Cpt. Christopher Seifert:

For several years I had the honor of working with Cpt. Seifert in Baumholder, Germany. He was an outstanding leader and a truly honorable man. Cpt. Seifert was exceptional soldier who more than earned the respect and admiration of all those he led and worked with. It has been a few years since I left the service but I recall that our motto in 1-6 infantry was "Regulars by God." There was nothing regular about Christopher Seifert. I know that my words cannot do him justice, but I wanted to share with you the respect I hold for Cpt. Seifert. The army has lost a great soldier, but I know that you've lost much more. Having lost my own father as a child, I understand the pain this must have caused you. I also know that there is little or nothing anyone can say to ease that pain. Perhaps that's why I've waited so long to offer my condolences, and for that I must apologize. I just wanted to tell you that it was an honor and a privileged to have known and worked for Cpt. Seifert.
God bless you."
Joshua Edgemon, (former SSG, A Co. 1-6 Inf. of Ithaca, NY

This day, November 11, 2005 is the first time I can express what I am feeling; we were friends...both a little anxious, both working hard together at Camp PA...I remember seeing pictures of your new baby, I remember lauging at the S2 and S3 together, I remember being the first one to hold you after you had been shot, I remember gathering your gear the next day...know that after that night, I was shaped by what happened...An Najaf, Mosul...my men gained from your sacrifice...I will never forget and maybe someday I will have the courage to talk with your wife and baby...rest my brother, for you and your family are in my prayers everyday...lest we forget..."
Kevin Williams, Bastogne 3A, Bulldog 6 of B/3-327th In, Bastogne, Battle Force


It's been two and a half years since you left us, and I'm just now getting the chance to pick up the torch. I'll never forget going through the Basic Course with you, the times we spent hanging out together while recovering from our injuries (yours in IOBC, mine in Ranger School); the laughter, the good-natured ribbing... most of all, the shared desire to be the best platoon leaders we could be once it was all done. Time passed, we didn't stay in touch, we became those platoon leaders, then XOs, and then captains. I got to command two companies; you didn't live to get the chance. But your spirit lives on. Hope your family is doing well, and I look forward to seeing you again... hopefully not for a while, though."
Josh of Camp Shelby, MS

"I went to school with Chris from pre school at St. Peters until we graduated in 1993. There are no words which can express the depth of his passing. He was one of the nicest, most positive people I have ever known. I think of him everyday; what a smile. He is not only missed in "the Township", but at my home in NC."
Jim Mazzarese of Concord, NC/USA

"I just found out about Chris and what happened. I would like to say that I honor his desire to fight for America. I would like to see Chris given the highest medal of honor for what he went through. I send my deepest condolences to his family. Even tho Chris was taken by a murderer, we can be blessed to know men like Chris gave his all for our country. He is a hero!!!"
Betty of Norfolk, VA

"I didn't know Chris. I can't even imagine the pain felt by his Family and friends. I am only an unknown American. I deeply regret the loss felt by his loved ones. I want to say thank you for the service of him and his family to the United States and I'm sorry that you and him had to pay so dearly to give me, my family and friends the way of life that we enjoy and hold so dear. May God bless you with peace. THANK YOU!"
An American of Mobile, AL

"I am doing family history on the Seiferts of Wisconsin. Does anyone know of a link?
I'm distressed by Christopher's death."
Gary Goetzman of Texas

"Chris and I were in the same class from fifth through twelfth grades. By the time we graduated from high school, he was one of my closest friends. His red pickup truck, his saxophone, his duct-tape
theater tech geek wallet, his passion for social
studies, his thoughtful examination of the world,
his caring, and his integrity stayed with me even as
we moved into our own worlds. Chris was a good
man. His death was a shocking loss to all who
loved him.

There is little comfort in the conviction of his killer, but there is hope in his memory. At one point,
Chris wanted to become a teacher. I ended up
taking that path instead. I have told all of my
classes (3rd and now 1st and 2nd grades) about
Chris, this real and wonderful man, who died in
service to his country. I deeply oppose our
involvement in Iraq, but Chris, as he always did in
high school, continues to remind me that it's bigger
than politics. My thoughts are with Terry and
Benjamin and Chris' parents today. God bring you
Susanna Dreisbach Williams of Seattle, WA (formerly of Easton, PA) WAHS class of '93

"To the Seifert family,
I'm from Easton, Pa. and am serving in the U.S. Navy. I came across this site by accident, but felt the need to respone. Don't dwell on your loss, it's hard and I don't know how I would take it myself, but I find it doesn't do the memory of your husband justice. Looking back on his life and what you shared with him is the most important thing you could pass on to your son, not how he died, it's how he lived."
Michael Hall of London, England

"Terri, I have never met you, but I knew Chris way back in Wilson High School. We were in the Wilson Band together and my thoughts of him were always seeing him playing his sax. He was a wonderful guy and funny also. Everytime I listen to the song "Letters from War" I think of him and his sacrifice to this counrty. I also think of my little boy who is now 5yrs. old. And I also think about your little boy. Even though I may never understand why things happen the way they do God has a plan. I live by that ever day. Your husband was a great guy and someone no one will forget. I pray for you and your family and Chris's family. I hope that knowing Chris is in heaven looking down upon you and your son will give you some peace. We will all be reunited that day God calls us home to be with him, what a wonderful day that will be!!!"
Michelle Parent (Flory) of Bethlehem, PA

"Isaiah 57:1

....devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.

I am sorry for the loss of your beloved. I don't understand it (this loss) but the GOD loves your cherished and even knows the numbers of hairs on your head. He cares for you."
Dr. Darrell D. Barnes of Southaven, MS/USA

"Mrs. Seifert, I will miss your husband as many soldiers who got to know him will. I ran the D.A.R.E program in Baumholder. As busy as Chris was in 1/6 he always had time to help make D.A.R.E certificates and volunteer his time. I know one day his child will know how special his father was, as do the soldiers who knew him."
SSG. Bailey of California

"I only knew of Capt. Chris Seifert through an e-mail mistake on the AKO sight. I never knew of anyone who shared my name in the Army. I was shocked as were some friends and family. I had the news on the time of the announcement of him being a casulty.

I never knew him but wanted to meet him if I ws to be deployed ot Kuwait/Iraq. Just to get a picture of two Seifert(s) so to say in the desert. I would hope ask him and maybe he would smile and laugh at the similarity in name.

It sad that he lost his life so young and to have a family. I have stumbled across this sight today far to long after his passing.

For his family you have my deepest sympathies on his passing. He served his country with honor and dedication that is to be admired. Yes this from someone who never met him and only knew about him by an e-mail mistake."
SSG Chris John Seifert of Santa Ana California

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

"I wish to provide some comfort to the family of Capt. Seifert. For many years, I lived in Palmer Twp., just a skip away from Williams Twp. I'm so sorry for your loss, and so proud of Scott for his service to our great nation."
Captain Kirby Reber of Traverse City, Michigan

"To the family of Christopher Scott Seifert: I am so sorry for your tragic loss, but I can say I understand. My husband, Spc Justin W. Linden also died in Iraq on June 4, 2004. I pray for all the families of the fallen soldiers and the soldiers who are still over there fighting every day. Your loved ones sacrifice will never be forgoten and he will live on forever in your hearts. For Christophers wife, I am sorry that you have a child that now has to be raised without a father. But just remember now you will always have a part of him. I wish Justin and I had a child together. God bless you all!"
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR

"May god bless the Seifert family and friends."
brother of Hernan Brizuela, high school firend of Chris', and the rest of the Stamets family of Wilson, PA

"i christopher scott honour Christopher Scott Seifert"
Christopher scott

"Today was a special day in the life of CPT Chris Seifert. Amongst his wife, son, loving parents, and many guests, a School-Age Services facility was named after him in his honor. It was a touching and memoriable event that I will never forget nor should anyone that was there.

His son was running around with a Garfield stuffed animal without a care in the world not knowing really why he was there in Fort Huachuca, AZ. He was robbed of his life with Daddy because of a stupid act that an American Soldier did to him. If the Soldier that threw the grenade in the tent could have seen what I saw, a young innocent blonde haired boy, laughing and crying, would he have done what he did. I sure hope not.

His wife was a pillar of strength for CPT Seifert's mother,father, and his close friends from the 101st Airborne Div and the rest of us that attend. She seemed so couragous and proud,
holding her emotions in and her head held high. She is going to make it through the pain and heart ache and raise their son to best she can.

I wanted to say something to her, but the words would not come out. What do you say to someone that they life was ripped apart in a flash? I said a prayer for instead to help her through the rough days and be strong for herself and their wonderful child they share.

It was an honor sharing this moment with you all. I know CPT Seifert is beaming with joy watching down from above knowing that his love for children will go on forever through the youth center.

God Bless you Terri and Benjamin!"
SFC Peter Johnson of Ft Huachuca, AZ

"Terry, I have watched you from a distance, and your strength amazes me. I am so proud to call you a sister in the Army. You are couragous, kind, and the greatest mother I have ever seen. Your husband will never be forgotten. You, Your beautiful boy, and your future, will follow in my prayers for as long as I live."
A Military Wife of Fort Campbell

"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.

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

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Christopher will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"The manner in which this young man was taken from his family is vile. He was a courageous hero to be where he was...giving freely of himself to defend our country and the people of Iraq against terrorists. I am saying a prayer for his family (I can't fathome the pain) and friends. I am at Ft Campbell, KY also, and will think of him each day as I enter those gates from now on...
God Bless, SSG Rikki Hurston, LA Army National Guard"

"Captain Seifert, you were one of the good ones. Your men, your country, and I are all proud of you. You gave all. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Thank you so much. You're my hero. You will not be forgotten..."
Jared FRANK Greenier of Oakley, MI/USA

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

"Thank you CPT Seifert. Your courage and bravery go beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice in service to our country. To his loved ones, my deepest condolences on your loss. I wanted to share the words of my boyfriend, who served with CPT Seifert at Fort Benning in April 1998:

'It is not Chris's death I mourn but his patriotism and determination I celebrate. I do not regret that his life has ended, but honor the fact that he met an end we all accepted as the potential price of having the honor to call ourselves infantry officers. I do not lament his passing, for he still marches with us, on the road that started at Lexington and now winds through Baghdad. As far as I am concerned, Chris is not gone - he just went ahead with the quartering party to secure the assembly area where we will rest tonight.'

God bless CPT Seifert, those he left behind, and all American soldiers for their service in the name of freedom. You will never be forgotten."
Kelly Spencer of Bryan, Texas

"Thank you Christopher Seifert, 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

"Dearest loved ones of "Seifey"- I was in Chris's ROTC class. He was one of the greatest guys I have ever met. The last time I saw Seifey, it was on his wedding day. Amidst all of the craziness and rushing around of that day, he made time to attend Lehigh's ROTC Comissioning ceremony that morning. I think about that and I feel that it speaks volumes about what kind of man Seifey was. He was a man of great integrity, valor and pride. My heart broke when I heard that he had fallen. Whenever I hear the song "Love me when I'm gone" from 3 Doors Down, I think of Seifey. And my second thought after that is of his wife and son. I can't imagine the sheer pain of your loss. But Theresa, always know that we will not forget Seifey. We will forever be grateful to him and to you, Theresa for the price you had to pay- and will for ever pay for. We are grateful to you for our Freedom. May God watch over your family until you join with him again in Heaven."
Amey (Schrack) Parkins of Okinawa, Japan

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"My brother is a fellow solidier serving in Iraq he also is stationed out of Fort Campbell, to your family my thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. Thanks to your husband who made the ultimate sacrifice my daughter will live in a safer world. Keep on living and remember the whole nation grieves along side of you."
Christina McIntyre of Oldtown Maine

"To the family and friends of Capt. Christopher Seifert:
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 Christopher 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 Capt. Christopher Seifert:
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 Christopher, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"May you rest easy and may your family find peace.
Your son shall always be proud that his father served.
God bless."
The Curtis Wolf Family of Reading, PA USA

"My only brother died in Vietnam in a similar fashion to Chris. At that time the Army wasn't too willing to give us any information. Eventually we did get the court martial transcripts but only in the last few years have I found out what really happened that night so long ago and in his death my brother acted with the same honor he had always lived with. The sense of peace that brought me after over 30 years, well lets hope that it is easier for you and know that I will add Chris to my memorial day list of special rememberances."
Keo R. Gathman of Beloit, Wisconsin

"Look God:
I have never spoken to You,
But now I want to say,
"How do You do."

You see God,
they told me You did not exist;
And, like a fool,
I believed all of this.

Last night from a shell hole
I saw Your sky;
I figured right then
they had told me a lie.
Had I taken the time
to see the things You made,
I would know they weren't calling
a spade a spade.

I wonder, God,
if You would shake my hand;
Somehow, I feel
that You will understand.
Strange, I had to come
to this hellish place
Before I had time to see Your face.

Well, I guess there isn't
much more to say,
But I am sure glad, God,
I met You today.

I guess the zero hour
will soon be here,
But I am not afraid
since I know You are near.

The signal - well, God,
I will have to go;
I love you lots,
this I want you to know.
Looks like this will be
a horrible fight;
Who knows, I may come
to your house tonight.

Though I wasn't friendly
with you before,
I wonder, God,
if you would wait at the door.

Look, I am crying,
me shedding tears!
I wish I had known you
these many years.

Well, I will have to go now, God.
Strange, since I met you,
I am not afraid to die."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

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