Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pvt. Scott M. Tyrrell

21, of Sterling, Illinois.
Tyrrell died at Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds received on November 14 in Tikrit, Iraq. Tyrrell was at an ammunition point when it caught on fire. He was assigned to C Company, 299th Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Hood, Texas. Died on November 20, 2003.

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"2024 Memorial Day- Thinking of you brother. It's been 21 years. You may have retired by now, or you probably would've gotten out. Either way, I think of you and our fellow fallen and wounded military family a lot.

Life good. America has been a little lost for some years but I'm hopeful we'll turn things around.

God bless you brother. I'm reach out yo your family as I've reread this thread after a few years.

Never forgotten.
2002-2005 16th Engineer Battalion SSG Salazar"
Mike of North Idaho

"Scotty and I were pretty good friends we pulled extra duty in Iraq together for a little bit and I remember him telling me they are gonna let him go back out to the ASP to do missions. When people said that he was in the fire ball I couldnt believe it because I just talked to him that morning. His memories are not forgotten and he remains in my prayers."
SGT Peterson, Shawn F. of FT Hood TX

"To Peanut's Family,
I just found this page as I finished thanking your son on facebook...and well it had me in tears...Scotty and I were friends in Germany and we actually got to spend some time together before we left for Iraq...Your son/brother helped me change my life FOREVER...he helped me in some of my darkest days and everyday I see my children I am reminded of who helped me realize what was important in life. Your son was one of the best friends I have ever had and I miss him so much!!! I want to say thanks to his parents for raising such a wonderful young man. I am going to dig through my pictures and see if I cant find any of our boy!!! my email is john.armstrong35@yahoo.com"
John Armstrong of Charlottesville, VA

"still thinking about you brother know you will never be forgotten you gave all and sacrificed your life for the saftey of all americans we love you brother"
dennis hubbard of longview tx

"I'm at a loss for words even though it's been so many years ago. The names I read on this page flash the faces of the bravest hero's this country has ever known, as if they were right here. Ray, SSG Salazar, SSG Uribe, SSG McEunn, PVT Tyrrell. Scott, we all loved you man and you'll live forever in our memories. To the family of Scott, I was honored to have served with your son in Cco 299 ENBN 1BCT 4ID Tikrit Iraq. He and Ray were relentless in their effort to keep the old grumpy mechanic on his toes and motivated. Steadfast and Loyal. SAPPER"
SGT. Forrest F. Batson (RET) of Chester S.C.

"Always in my families hearts and prayers. Scott you are missed every day."
2LT McEunn of Fort Sill, OK

"Dear Phil Ray...it would really mean a lot to me if I could get a copy of that pic. Please send me an email so we can hook it up (zitelmanzoo@yahoo.com). It's always great to hear storys of my bro when he was away from us...he was always such a caracter and it nice to know he touched so many lives. Thanks, Kelly (his older sis)"
Kelly of Dixon, IL

"Scott was my best friend in Iraq. He was more than that, he was my brother. We always seem to pull guard duty together and he made the time go by faster by telling me stories and jokes. He always had a big smile on his face no matter what and he was proud to be serving his country. My platoon sergeant and I were the ones who rescued him after the accident and got him on the chopper. I never thought that would be the last time that I saw him. I got a picture of him that I look at every day so I wont forget him and honor his memory. I am proud of Scott and each man that I served with. They were all heroes as far as I am concerned. I miss you, Scott my friend, my brother."
Phil Ray of Texas

"I am Scott's older sister and would like to thank all the wonderful people who have taken the time to send thier sympathys and share there memories. He has been gone just over 6 years and I still think of him every day! I sat down tonight and read through this whole page. I even tried to email most of you that left your address, though almost all were sent back. So, I would like to encourage anyone to email me directly at zitelmanzoo@yahoo.com if you have wonderful memories to share, especially if you have visited this site already and have changed your information. Thanks again!"
Kelly Zitelman (Scott's Sister) of Dixon, IL

"Scott was my best friend, my brother. I will always remember him with love cause he was family just like everyone in our platoon. My plt. sgt. and me were the ones that rescued Scott got him medvac. I thought he was going to be ok but when I got the news it tore me up. But then I remembered the good times and smiled again just like Scott always did. His parents need to know that he was always the professional though goofy soldier and he saved my life therefore I will make sure that my children will know who he was."

"September 2009
We still think of you Scott!!!!
Still miss you..."
Isabella of Germany

"We still think of you Scott!!!!
Still miss you..."
Isabella of Germany

"To Scott's family:
First Baptist Church of Orlando honored your son along with all of our fallen heroes from our currrent conflicts Memorial Day thru July 4 this year.
My family and I have prayed for you and want you to know how much we appreciate your son's service and sacrifice.
Jesus said "greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends". Scott laid down his life for his family. friends, and country. Please know that my family appreciates your sacrifice and has asked God to keep your memories of Scott filled with both Scott's love and God's love for you."
Gary of Davenport, FL

"November 23, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Scott M. Tyrrell:
Scott 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 am part of a project titled The American Soldier Memorial Project. The mission of this group is to show support to the fallen service men and women of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom by giving a cross-stitched memorial to their family. These memorials are hand-stitched by volunteer members of this group and are provided at no charge to the families. We would be pleased to provide a memorial to the family of Pvt 1st Class Scott M. Tyrrell, but do not have a current address of his family or next of kin. If you see this message and can provide us with an address, please email either me (Sue) at suzyr@tbcnet.com or Pam at pmlaea@hotmail.com. Thank you"
Sue Rozycki of Sycamore Illinois USA

"I have never meet Scott, but I live in Forreston and saw his photo today in the Rockford Register Star. I wanted to tell you that your family is in our prayers and we all are very proud of the commitment and sacrifice Scott made for all of us. I have a son in the Marines. He just arrived on March 15th in Kandahar Afganistan and will be deployed their for 7 months. God Bless You."
Tom Grant of Forreston, IL. 61030

"To Scott's Parents: I met Scott while he was stationed in Germany and we were good Friends. He was a great person and he always made me smile. I still think of him a lot. I am married to a Soldier who is going to Iraq again in May for the second time.
Scott gave me his Army Ring while he was in Germany and I always wanted to find out how to get in touch with someone of his Family because I felt like I should offer to give it to you. I dont know who gave it to him but maybe it would mean a lot to some of you. My email address is steffiesnipes@aol.com"
Stephanie Snipes-Schoeneman of Bamberg Germany and soon Avon Indiana

"Scott, you're not forgotten. I'm back in Iraq, third tour. Headed to FT Bragg soon. I'll hit some German cafe on leave and have a beer in your honor bro."
SSG Salazar, Michael of Khadamiyah/Iraq

"Hello my name is Nadja I am Scott`s girlfrind from germany. I wil only say I Happily is to be had known him ujnd I never forget the time with him! And i wil say to his mom sue and his famaly thank you for the time whit you!!! I will always love you"
Nadja Kulmann of Kassel Germany

"I miss my cuz - no matter how much we fought each other growing up! I know he is watching over Joe, and my husband in Iraq."
Abby of Fort Hood, TX

"Peanut, bro, it's been nearly four year since that tragic day, You are missed by many and I'm one of them, I know you are up there doing the same thing things you ussed to do down here, you sure knew how to make the long hours of guard go by quick, you were caring,a hard worker, a team player, but most of all my friend, I hope you know that you are in my prayers all the time. To the Tyrrell family, I know it's been a while since this cite is been running, it took me a while to finally get in and search for fallen comrades, and now here it is, I had the pleasure to work with Scott in C Co 299th Eng Fort Hood TX. He was one of my Soldiers, and I must let you know that Scott was an exemplar troop i couldn't ask for a better Soldier, he always carried himself professionaly at all times, and was always willing to learn the engineer trade, I wa pretty devastated the day it happened, he was a great friend, always ready to take on a days work. my condolences to the Tyrrell family and friends, if you would like to contact me, it would be a pleasure, my e-mail is jorge.u.uribe@us.army.mil and to Joe, keep on hanging there, he's watching over you every single day like the caring person that he is. and Scott "God bless you and you are not forgotten""
SSG Uribe, Jorge of 2D BSTB Fort Drum NY (currently in Iraq)

"I read these messages regarding Scott.... I smile. I know he would too. I remember talking to him before he got on the bus, I remember him saying how much he loved me and one day we will get it...... he said he will be back and never came back to me! I love him still. so weird how i read of these lives he touched and how her was a great friend... but he was my sole mate and i miss him and i can still hear his voice and feel his arms. I thank everyone who has left messages and left their moments with ours..... a few weeks ago i went to the 4th id memorial and cried because i saw that scotty had no flag and he so deserved one. I still love him and I always will............ "I see YOU!!!""
lori of Houston, Texas

"Once again, Memorial Day is upon us. I have lost more friends since losing Peanut, but my heart still aches for my dear, young friend and his family. I have thought of him often over the past few years, and I miss the sunshine that exuded from him. You're in my thoughts, Sweet Pea. I miss you, your relentless dancing and carefree spirit."
SGT Amy McLaughlin of Killeen, Tx

"It has taken me a long time to finally write a message on here. Scott was not only my soldier in Iraq when he lost his life but he was a great friend. Every morning he woke up he started the day off on a good note and was always happy. I don't believe he ever stopped smiling. I think about Scott almost everyday and I pray for him and his family very often. I'm now a Army Recruiter and people walk up and shake my hand and tell me I'm a hero. I turn down that compliment and I always mention Scott and I make sure they know who are the real heros in this country, they are people that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. To scott and his family: You will always be in my heart and prayers and I will never forget you. To scott's parents: if you would like to contact me I will be honored to talk to you. You can email me at michael.mceunn@us.army.mil. "REMEMBER THEM""
SSG Michael McEunn of Dumas, TX

"To the family of:Scott M. Tyrrell 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"

"dear tyrrell family. i am writing you from giessen germany. my name is shawana tomlin, and i am married to a solier, who is in iraq for the 2nd time now. just like 3 years ago, when i heard that peanut died. he was a good friend of mine. it happens a lot that we sitt in our favourit bar, at our favourit table drinking our favourit drink and just think of him and talk about him. when we found out what happened, wich was also in this bar, our lives came to a stand still. we just couldn't belive it, and i didn't till i read his name in the stars and stripes news paper. he was such a great person. like so many have wrote already he always had the biggest smile on his face and always knew how to make you smile eaven when you had a very bad day. the way he always bounced around jumping and dancing and singing, i can still hear him in my mind. he was so wonderfull, and it was tough on us when he went back to the states, cause this very happy and energetic person in our middle was missing. and than hearing about his death... i just want you to know, that 3 years later we are still thinking about him. and that we will always remember, love and miss him."
Shawana Tomlin of Giessen Germany

"First of all, wasn't it SPC ??? I remember hearing Peanut had fallen. He'd left the 16th and we (A CO) arrived in April 2003. Never thought I'd hear from him again. I was in country for some time when I heard the news from SSG Church. No one, I mean, no one close to me got it. Peanut and I hung out. I have a bunch of pics.. somewhere. Unfortunately I now know more fallen heros. Tyrell Family, please know that it was NOT all in vain. My mother pleads that I leave the service but my life is fulfilling and nothing in the civilian life can relate. God bless the Tyrell family and God bless us all. With luck all this madness will end."
SSG Salazar, Michael of California

"I remember hearing Peanut had fallen. He'd left the 16th and we (A CO) arrived in April 2003. Never thought I'd hear from him again. I was in country for some time when I heard the news from SSG Church. No one, I mean, no one close to me got it. Peanut and I hung out. I have a bunch of pics.. somewhere. Unfortunately I now know more fallen heros. Tyrell Family, please know that it was NOT all in vain. My mother pleads that I leave the service but my life is fulfilling and nothing in the civilian life can relate. God bless the Tyrell family and God bless us all. With luck all this madness will end."
SSG Salazar, Michael of California

"To the soldier that made my heart smile. To the soldier that flew on my Blackhawk. To the soldier that will always be an inspiration and a significant loss to me. To the soldier that gave his life for my freedom. To this soldier...thank you. To this soldier.. I will never forget you."
The flight medic that tried to do more. Retired Billie Michalek of Colorado Springs. CO, USA

"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

"Hello my name is Jessica Tyrrell and i'm scotts sister inlaw. I myself never had the chance to meet scott but wish i had. Ever day of my life since i married his brother Joseph its been a blessing. I just wish that scott could see how happy his brother is he graudated basic training in feb 2006. But till this day he still says he will never be the hero his brother was. Some days it hard for him others it not. He wishes everyday that i could have met him. I myself i'm proud of scott and i thank him for keeping us safe everyday he could. scott even though we didn't get to meet you are in my heart."
Jessica Tyrrell of Forreston, Il

"I was thinking about Scott, like I usually do, and came back to this site. It is so amazing on how many lives he touched! He was a great guy. I laugh to my self from time to time when I think about little things he said, the way he goofed, and how he would make that sad face to get his way. And yep I would cave in and could not be mad at him. Ha! Ha! I also sent pictures to him aunt to send to his mother. I hope they got there safely and you enjoy them everyday.
Recently his unit went back to Iraq and the day they left I knew he was already with them. He is watching over those guys, because that is who he was. He was a SOLDIER. And some how on that morning that those brave group of guys left this time around I some how found myself at the 4th ID Memorial for the fallen soldiers of Iraq at Fort Hood, smack dab infront of his name. I go there from time to time to say HI, but that morning was different because I really can't tell you how I got there. All I know is that I was there. I will continue to go there, not only because he was a great soldier but he was a special person in my life and I want him to know no matter what I will always think about him and always keep him in my memory and in my heart. Because like he said, "'Cause I'm so Hellafly!". See silly things like that can always make you smile. I will miss him always and keep that special place for him in my heart!!!
I was also wanting to go and visit his final resting place so if someone could please contact me and give me information to where it is, I would TRUELY appriciate it. My email address is mommy.bear2006@yahoo.com."
Lori of Killeen, TX

"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

"To the loving family of Scott,
I am very sorry about you lose. Scott was a great soldier and an even better friend. I served with peanut in the 16th en. bn. The lose of a true friend like scott has been hard to accept. I keep thinking I am going to look up and see him smiling or laughing. Your son was an amazing person and a great soldier. You should feel proud of the fine job you as parents have done. You son was an amazing person and I am honored to say that I served with him.
and to Scott,
You are a great freind. I miss you bro you and your family are in my prayers. I know you are watching over all of us and i just wanted to say thank you, and to let you know brother you are my Hero. I love you man take care of our soldiers. See you soon enough bro.
Sgt. Daniel B. Harris"
Sgt. Harris, Daniel B. of Fort Carson, Co

"I am so glad I found this site, and here is why:
In our community of Westminster, CO, every year, for 1 week, they errect what we call The Healing Field. There is a flag put up for each person lost on 9/11 and also for those military personel lost in Iraq since then. As each flag is placed, a name is read from the list. This also includes flags of those from other nations. At the end of the week citizens can purchase these flags to help pay for the following years Field. We purchased one of these flags and requested one in honor of a military person. The one we received is in honor of Pvt. Scott Tyrrell. I wanted the family to know that his flag now flies day and night in our yard in honor of his bravery and dedication in keeping our great country free and safe. Please know he did not die in vain and his memory will wave long and strong in this flag. Please accept my families hearfelt condolences and know you are all in our prayers.
Each time I see Scott's flag, I say a silent 'thank-you and God bless you Pvt. Scott Matthew Tyrrell!' May he rest in peace. God bless the Tyrrell family and help bring peace to their hearts.
If you wish to reach us by email, you are welcome to. The address is: djgrammy2@yahoo.com"
Hope Roberson of Westminster, CO USA

"I was with Scott (or "Peanut" as he requested) in Germany in 16th Engineers. I was in Iraq when I heard the news of his death. I fell down. Oh, God, I miss him so much!
The people that we knew together in Germany are scattered about, and I have lost touch. I have not had anyone to talk to about how wonderful he was, how much I miss him, and how my world turned dark when he died. He was a bright light in my life during a very dark time, and his smile is burned in my memory. I have never met anyone like him before, and will probably never meet someone of his calibur again. He was the first person I met in the Army that could dance all day , dance all night, then wake up and dance all day while working and smiling. There was always a song playing that only he could hear, and his feet, hands, and body would be moving to the "invisible music." He used to come to my room upstairs, drag me to his room two floors down, and play all his wonderful music for me... just because I was alone and feeling low. I would sit there, watching him dance, and all my troubles would melt away. He had that profound effect on people. Even when he was not having such a great day, his smile was never ceasing. I did not know this site was here, or I would have written sooner. I have always wanted to tell his parents that they raised a beautiful, compassionate, kind, silly, wonderful person in Scott, and to thank them for (indirectly) allowing me the privilege of knowing and loving their son. He was a wonderful friend, and I still think of him too often. My pain is great, and I cannot fathom the magnitude of the pain his family must feel. I am so sorry for your loss. Words just do not seem enough. amy.mclaughlin@us.army.mil"
Amy McLaughlin of Chester, Virginia

"To the Family of PVT Scott Tyrrell:

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 Scott'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. Also, since I found the address of Scott's mother, Sue Tyrrell, on the fallenheroesmemorial website, I will send her this notice by regular mail.

"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

"Dear Tyrrell Family, I wear a remberance bracelet with Scott's name on it. Memorial Day, I visited the Vietnam War memorial in New Mexico, where many prayers of thanks were offered for your soldier's sacrifice. God Bless you, and know that you too continue to be in our prayers."
Matthew Griffin of Amarillo,TX U.S.A.

"I too am overwhelemed by the wonderfull things being said about Scott. Since I have last visited this website, I went on leave back to Sterling in January 2005. I made a promise to myself and a silent prayer to Scott that I would visit his resting place once I returned. I did not break that promise, even after canceled flights, bad weather and not knowing where Scott was laid to rest. I researched microfilm after microfilm at the local library to find out where Scott was and to fulfill the promise I made to Scott and to myself. I was able to visit his grave and pay my respects for which he deserves so much from regular citizens, his friends, family and the military. I put red, white and blue silk flowers in his vase and attached a teddy bear with wings onto the vase as well. I saluted Scott for his courage and sacrafice for the freedom of the United States and other nations. The band of brothers' in arms do not forget who we lost or what they did, and we will help the families of those lost until the day we too meet the Lord. God bless you Scott and God bless his family. andrew.bonjour@misawa.af.mil"
SSgt Andrew Bonjour of Misawa Air Base, Japan

"I met Scott a little bit before they had to go to Iraq. We got really close. There has not been a day that goes by that he is not in my thoughts! He was a silly guy & he will be missed. I have tons of pictures of him that I would be glad to share with his family. They where mostly right before he left to Iraq. That is how I will always remember him, he was/is something special!!!"
Lori of Killeen, Texas

"I read the story of Shawn Bahnke on the Net. Shawn was killed in Irak weeks after his son was born. The story broke my heart because, in large measure, it is also my story.
My father was killed in the Algerian war two months before I was born. I grew up in France with all the attendent issues of a young boy without a father - poverty, lack of mentoring, etc.
The lord has been generous to me and my family. I have three healthy sons who will not experience anything like my childhood.
I would like to do something for Shawn's son. I would appreciate some help in contacting his family and seek their permission and blessing.
Please call me (312 493 0688)"
Pierre of River Forest, IL

""I am Scott Tyrrell's Aunt Ann, and am wondering if any of you out there have any photos of Scott taken while he was in Germany or Iraq, or even Fort Hood. There seems to be a gap in our memories and photos would help so much. If you can help, please contact me at icdocean@bellsouth.net."
Ann Savage of Nashville, TN"
Ann Savage of Nashville

"My name is Rikki and I live in South Africa. Recently I looked through the list of casualties on the washingtonpost website and something about Scott just caught my eye. There was a glow around him and a sense of pride. It made me sad to see that he had died nearly a year ago. It makes me feel so selfish that i have bn totally ignorant of the problem going on in the world these days. I have just finished reading the messages from friends and family members and i have just cried my eyes out...Its really sad to hear about such a great person that u have never met and will never meet. I would really like send my belated condolences to his family and pray that the Lord keeps u safe and blesses u all! All of my Love Rikki."
Rikki of Durban, South Africa

"Billie, Craig, and Elisha, I am Scott's mother and would like to contact you by mail. If you read this, please send your address to: Sue Tyrrell, 605 S. 2nd Ave. , Forreston, IL 61030. I continue to be in awe of the kindness shown by people like you that take the time to send messages to us. God bless and be with you."
Sue Tyrrell of Forreston, Il

"To the family of Scott...I am the flight medic that picked up your son. The impact that he left on me is uncomparable. I am very proud that I was the one that received that call. I followed his status to BAMC. After learning of his passing, I took the memorial from the newspaper and put it in my flight gear. I used his strength to motivate other soldiers, both injured as well as uninjured. I continued to receive missions, however I feel that I was not alone. The newspaper clipping was with me for 53 more missions of injured soldiers. I would love to send you the clipping, as I am certain his memory will live on. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
SGT Billie Michalek of Ft Hood, Texas

"To Scott's family,
My name is Craig Horstman. Scott was a very good friend on mine while I was in Germany. Unfortunately after I left, I didn't keep in touch with him. If I wouldn't have run into a mutual friend of ours while in Kuwait, I wouldnt even have known. I wish every day that I could have just one more chance to talk to him, but I know that one day I will see him again. I just want you to know, as I'm sure you already do, what a great person he was and how thankful I am that you brought him onto this earth. I think and pray for you all everyday."
SGT Craig Horstman of 326 Engineer Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell

"To Scotts parents,
my name is Elisha Pahnke,wife of fallen soldier PFC Shawn Pahnke. I met you 6/19 at the memorial wall dedication. Please know that Scott will never be forgotten and everytime my family and I go to the wall we will honor your son."
Elisha Pahnke of Shelbyville,IN

"to Scott Tyrrell's family and friends: i am a student at a school and for national day of prayer i got assigned your son to pray for. along with your fallen son, i will pray for you and for all who knew scott. i am deeply sorry for your lost and i will keep you in my prayer today. i know i never knew him or you but i mourn your loss and any other family who has lost a family member to this war...may God Bless you. 5/6/04"
Jessi of Miami, Fl, USA

"To Mrs: Tyrrell, I am so sorry for you're loss. You were my 4th grade teacher at Nancy Hill in Aurora. I have never forgotten you. I am proud of Scott even though I didn't know him. I lost my father four years ago. I know that the circumstances are not even close to yours, but I grieve with you. I hope that you can find peace in knowing that Scott is proud of you and proud of his country."
Sarah Lawley of Aurora, IL 60506

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

"We all loved you Scott, you will be greatly missed. We are so very proud of you! You will always be in our thoughts, in our hearts and the family will be in our prayers. This is for you Scott.
We thought of you with love
But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday.
And days before that too.
We think of you in silence.
We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories.
And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake.
With which we'll never part.
God has you in his keeping.
We have you in our hearts.

May God be with all the families that have or have not lost loved ones during this time of fighting for our beloved freedom. I am Scott's aunt and I speak for his cousins as well and all other family members."
Pat Johnson of Salem, Missouri

"I love my brother and miss him greatly but know that he is watching over us from the best place of all. I'm just thankful for the time I had with him, and look forward to spending eternity with him. I promised him that I would do everything in my power to end up where he is, and I will. I am also thankful for all the support that my family has gotten from family, friends, and "strangers". I put strangers in " " because none of us are really strangers, just friends that havent met yet. I also want to express my sincere appreciation to my brother and all the other soldiers who have died just doing what they do, to give my children and myself everything we have. I thank you all again, and thank Scott for being himself and loving me! Forever, Kelly"
Kelly Zitelman of Dixon, Il 61021

"I am Keith Grommes, Scott's Cousin. I also serve our country (U.S. Navy). I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Scott's death. Scott and his family lived across from my family in Aurora, Illinois. One of the things I've always remembered about my little cousin's are their beautiful smiles and their eyes.

You could sit for the longest time and simply stare at these children as they were so beautiful. They just glowed.

My prayer is for all of us who are left here on earth who mourn those we've lost. It is so hard to imagine harm coming to our immediate families because God has placed eternity in our hearts. Most of us couldn't fathom passing away and leaving our loved ones. It's hard for us to imagine death coming to ourselves or our family members. So, when death does come upon those we love, it overwhelms us, it can consume us. We must realize, however, the life we live here on earth is but a short pre-curser to the life we will live with our heavenly father.

Scott is now happy and wishes for all of us to be as well. I'm sure of it.

I haven't seen the Tyrell's since leaving in 1994 for duty in Japan but I want to convey how much I love your family and will pray for each of you.

Please feel free to contact me and give me your address, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers; I'd love to hear from you. My e-mail address is mailto:keith.grommes@navy.mil

I love you Scotty - I will forever miss you little buddy.

Your cousin,
Keith Grommes, IT1(SW), USN"

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

""OUR very own special chosen words since day one of finding this site last year...have always been......REST IN PEACE BRAVE SOLDIERS/MARINES/WARRIORS We love you and MAY GOD BLESS you each. Your loved ones are in a beautiful place called Heaven now....When you look up to the sky at night and see the brightest star...it's your hero..shining down on you"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"My name is Andrew Bonjour, and I am a Senior Airman in the Air Force. I had the great privilege of going to High School with Scott, working with him at the local grocery store as a bagger and laughing with him. Scott would always keep the slow nights at the store alive and well by racing grocery carts in the parking lot, playing foorball with loaves of bread and playing paintball in the back room garbage shoot with cups of yogurt. I laughed to the point of pain. Thank you Scott for the wonderfull times. The last time I saw Scott, he had graduated from SHS, while I was on my way to enrolling as a senior for the next school year. I was bagging groceries at Eagle Country Market and Scott walked in after he had returned home from Basic training. His voice was gravely and low pitched due to BMT. He had this military elequence that stood out in front of him. He looked like the next guard at the DMZ, full of strength and determination. He came in to pick up a celebratory cake from the bakery as a congratulations for completing Basic Training. Scott knew I would be joining the Air Force in the next year and wished me good luck and great success in the future. I couldn't have asked for such a great friend with so much care to give. Scott could laugh at a scratch but become serious and caring if it hurt. That's what I love the most about Scott, care. I never met his family, mother or father, but I know that they are certainly lucky and blessed to have such an angel to guide them every day. May god bless Scott's family and may God bless you Scott. We miss you dearly."
Andrew Bonjour of Misawa Air Base, Japan

"My husband is also in 299 Eng C company and considered Scott a good friend. I'd never heard my husband so upset as the day he called me and told me about what had happened to Scott, so I know he was a great guy. My heart and prayers go out to Scott's family for their tremendous loss. Every time I think of him or look at the pic I printed of Scott my heart aches for you.. and my appreciation goes to him.. for what he lost protecting us."
Casey Taylor of Michigan

"Dear Mrs Tyrrell, my name is Ela and I was a realy good friend of Scott in Germany .To hear that hes fallen in Iraq was a real big shok for me. but I know he will be always in my heart.I will always remember him.I know its a hard time for you and your familie! But as long we think about him and have a place in our heart, he will be alive for us!!! PEANUT I will love you always!Miss you."
Daniela Herklotz of Marburg Germany

"Scott will be forever in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. His ultimate sacrafice will never be forgotten.

Fellow ARMY parents and friends,
Mike and Linda Connelly of Oregon, IL"

"Hello, I am Scott's younger brother Joseph. I took this tragity hard. My brother was not just a brother. He is my friend, brother, and most of all hero. I will always love and miss him. I know that in the future he will be looking down on my every move, because I too have be come part of our great Army.

Pvt. Joseph I. Tyrrell of Forreston, IL

"Thank you Scott Tyrrell, 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'm Scott's mom, Sue, and want you all to know what a comfort your words of support have been to our family. Scott was proud to be a soldier, in fact we believe he did not live until he became a soldier. He loved his job and knew he was doing what is right for the country regardless of the political backlash. You all realize this. I am overwhelmed with your kindness. What a great circle of friends we have come to know. We are grateful for your kindness. Always remember those still protecting our freedoms and pray with us for their safe return."
Susan Tyrrell of Forreston, IL

"I had the privilege of meeting Scott and talking to him after he visited his mother's 6th grade class at Etnyre Middles School in Oregon, IL. I was quite impressed with him and what he was telling the class. He was on leave from Afghanstan at that time and as you know, more recently was in Iraq. I attended a benefit for Scott on Dec. 20th where I was able to talk to his mom. I was amazed at her (outer) strength. The friend I was with said that 'Sue is a comforter' and I found that to be true. I was standing there, crying, while she was talking about all the cards she has received from people all across the country. If you wrote to her, you can bet that Sue will respond to you. Sue said that she is not angry about Scott's death...'he was doing what he wanted to do'. She has another son, Joe, who is going in the Army on April 14th - keep her in prayer. I am proud to be able to say that I was able to meet Scott, shake his hand and tell him how proud of him, I was that he was serving God and our country."
Donna Enyart of Chana, IL

"I am heartbroken to see these names adding to this list. My 19 year old son is in Iraq too. I can't even imagine the pain you are going through. Just know that many of us are worrying and praying for you and for our soldiers left to fight the battle. God Bless you and them."
Melissa Deel of Virginia

"Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers."
Connie of Cynthiana, KY

"To the family and friends of Pvt. Scott Tyrrell:
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 Scott 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 Pvt. Scott Tyrrell:
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 Scott, 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