Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Brad A. Wentz

21, of Gladwin, Michigan.
Wentz died on a main supply route in Iraq when his convoy came under attack by enemy forces. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 180th Transportation Company, Muskegon, Michigan. Died on May 20, 2005.

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"Hero and Soldier

A young son of Michigan went marching off to war,
Protecting Flag and Country he served them from afar.
His wife and sweetheart Tami was always on his mind,
With his girl baby Jersye that he had left behind.

Far from the town of Gladwin young Sergeant Wentz did serve,
Protecting law and order democracy, preserve.
Amidst the desert harshness he faced the silent foe,
That only fought through terror with face they dared not show.

While driving in a convoy a hail of death did pour,
From blue skies over mountains as many times before.
Now dear young Brad lies buried in his own native land,
His family and country have lost a hero grand.

May our actions be worthy in honour of his name,
When bringing peace and freedom while ending terrors shame.
The spirit of this soldier lives on in memory,
In loving wife and daughter, who thankfully are free.

For laying down your young life by answering the call,
We salute you Sergeant Wentz in Gladwin You Stand Tall.

Authors Note:
When on a poetry site many years ago I became aware of the death of Sgt Brad Wentz in Iraq. I decided to commemorate his death in this poem.

© Ed P Buckley"
Ed Buckley of Co Cork Ireland

"Can't believe it's been 17 years already. Miss you buddy. Think about you every day."
Tyler Jones of Peoria, il, USA

"Brad; thinking of you this eve of the 20th of May 2015;"
Kobienia of USA

"I did this for you. <3
Semper Fi, Brad."
allie of USMC

"Brad, as another Veterans day approaches I once again am reminded of your kindness and friendship. I know you are still with us. Till we meet again brother.
Quincy J. Kasper of Wausau WI

"Brad, I think of you daily. I keep re-reading your kind words you wrote in my keepsake book before we left FT. Lee.. I was so proud of your achievements during your young life, how much you loved your girlfriend who eventually became your wife, to you naming your baby girl Jerzey. Such a wonderful young man, who I miss, who I remember daily. My gosl this year is to go see you and have a cold beverage by your graveside. I love you and miss you."
SSG Connie Troche of Waterloo, IA

"Brad..its hard to believe it's been so long, it feels like yesterday. I speak to your wife on Facebook often and always have you and your family in my heart. You were taken from all of us too soon..not being able to see your daughter grow. Those who think of you often know you are looking down on us smiling. Someday we will ser you again but until then just remember you have and never will be forgotten. We love you!"
Laura Lavack of Rapid City, Michigan

"Brad Monday is Memorial Day Bud. Every Time that day comes every year I remember you. I know you can read this from where you are bud. I remember you and me and that talk we had before you left. Remember what we talked about? I know you do. We were both were going to get my family and yours together and go camping up there and we were going to have our women and kids with us. You had your child round the same time i had mine. You sacrificed your life for the safety of our country and our wives and kids. Since i last talked to you i have been overseas two times once to Iraq and now Afganistan. Its really hard to leave our families bud and even harder for them at home I think. Your a great man i will never forget you Sgt.Wentz Brad A. I love ya Brother i'll see ya again when we meet again."
Sgt. Dotson David M. of Vassar, Michigan

"To the family of:Brad A.Wentz
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""

"Brad was one of my best friends growing up in Gladwin. He is the funniest guy I had ever met! :) We parted ways when i moved from Gladwin as i did with a lot of my close friends:( 1 thing I will always remember is one night we were out past curfew runnin from the cops on our bikes and brad hops off his bike into the bushes by the church on silverleaf st. Lol miss u brad much love 2 u & ur family bro"
Chris Holtz of 'Hometown Gladwin' Mt. Morris michigan

"I recently found a bracelet that has Brad's name on it... honoring Brad. Trying to find the owner. 989-239-9712"

"I'd rather be in your place. I miss you man. You deserve this life more than I do."
Fallujah Devil of Lost Veteran USMC

"Brad was my very first friend I made when I came to the unit 180th detachment, I was thankful he came to me with such friendliness and welcoming. Its hard to start a new unit (just after basic) and meet new friends, but he was there. Our Euchre games and lunch breaks will never be forgotten. I remember, like it was just an hour ago, when he and I and a few others were standing around in the motorpool of the 180th main unit, just before we left for overseas...we all stood in that circle and looked around and tried to imagine who MAY not return home with us. NEVER once did I imagine it would be my best bud! We called each other "wifey" because we would make coffee for each other and we took it the same way :) Thats how it started with the nick-name anyhow, and then it just stuck. When we left out of Kuwait in separate missions, we all were excited to see each other when the next run came in. We had made out first mission into "theater"! I remember seeing Brad when my run came in and he ran to me open arms, smile on his face and hugged me. That is a memory I'll never let go. We had made it into what later became a devastation for us all. I was not on the mission that took Brad away from us but I was one who had gotten wind, early on-ish that someone had been killed last night, and that it was heard to be one of my best friends. I chose to not believe it could be him, there was no way. Then the briefing, the agony my heart felt and the tears I cried are countless. I was there the day his body was flown back to the US... I said my last good-bye's and saluted my last salute. He forever then was in my heart and mind. My deepest sympathy goes out to Brad's family and friends that I may have never met. I as well as many others share your sorrow, but are also thankful to have had the pleasure of gracing Brad's presence. In my heart and mind forever-- RIP WIFEY!!! xoxo <3"
Melissa Talbot "Plunkey" of Dallas, GA USA

"Hey brad...seems so weird to leave u a message one here...it seems like just yesterday when I came home for the summer all big and pregnant and we were all at the family reunion...so many years have passed but u r still loved..happy birthday cuz..."
hollie taylor of belle fourche south dakota

"I saw your name today on someone's car. I realized that tomorrow is your birthday. I thought this was interesting and decided to wish you Happy Birthday. Rest In Peace Brad. <3"
JMae of Seminole FL

"I have no idea of who you are, but, thank you for your service to the United States of America. I have read the posts here and my heart just breaks for you and your family. The whole reason I even looked up your name is, I saw your name on Nancy Grace on HLN as a fallen hero.... and I share the same last name as you. I have no idea if we are related, but, my late husband also served his country, his name was Kip K. Wentz and he passed away on July 21, 2004. So, I too know the loss of a loved one. As I read some of the posts here, tears just streamed down my face. Today is an emotional day for all of America....9/11/10. Thank you again for your sevice. Rip and peace to your friends and family~"
Cindy Wentz of Crescent City,CA,USA

"Hey Brad, 5 years since the day and it still seems like it was yesterday. I wonted to tell you that I got a daughter of my own now her name is Londan she is 20 months old. We all miss ya bro but all know that your is a better place now looking down on your family. To Tammy and Jersey I wont to say that you two are in my heart and I pray that when times get hard for you two that god lets you now that everything is ok. I'll see ya later Brad"
SGT Chad Pomeroy of Kentwood, MI

"Brad I Thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, with which I'll never part. God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart.(in memory of my handsome husband! Sgt. Brad Wentz) We miss you. Jerzey is getting so big. she is the luckiest girl in the world to have you as her father. We made a beautiful baby. OXOXOXOXOXO
Your loving Wife,"
Tami Wentz of Ft. Campbell, KY

"I've never met you personally but my brother knew you[Jason begley] he said you guys were really good friends
he got your name tattooed on his back so did my sister in law Sarah i came across this page and i thought i'd leave something"
logan begley of fuquay varina, nc

"Brad you crossed my mind today.... Like you tend to do both Dave & me. Dave & I have been married for 4 months today and we owe this to you! If you wouldn't have ever said anything to me about Dave asking me out Dave may never have had the courage himself. Dave & I miss you & we know you are watching over all of us & playing your usual pranks on us still!!"
The Osminski's of MI

"Brad, I thought of you today. Not many days go by that I don't I guess. Everytime I see Tami, or Jerzey, or any of your extended family I guess, I think about you. This town sure is missing something great without you here. I thought of Jerzey's birthday, and I prayed to God that she would have a good one, and that you were watching over her, which I'm sure you are everyday. I'm sure you're watching over all of us. We love you, Brad."
of Gladwin, MI

"I LOVE AND MISS YOU ALOT BRAD!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo. you will be remembered."
allie parsons of fairview, mi

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Brad A. Wentz:
Brad 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

"Brad....I miss you man...thanks for moving into our house that Suzie and I got....Veterans Day. 08. We enjoy your company very much. I love you man. I'm trying hard to get through these hard times of life. I wish my May 20th's would come in rewind. I love you bro. I miss you tons.
Fallujah.Devil of Midland, Michigan USA

"anyone that is reading these messages has to realize there are no dates. some of these messages are very old and many a things have changed. if you believe to not judge the situation then please do not leave comments that are judgemental. yes, we are all grieving and in different ways, but like I said many of these messages are very old and things are different now. until you are in this situation please do not try and understand what the family has gone through.
we all honor Brad and any fallen soldier. Brad has so many friends and everyone is going through hard times w/ his loss along w/ his family. Brad has touched many a people's lives and all we can say is "Thank you" for God letting him be in our lives. I do not mean this message to be rude, truely I do not, I just know that w/out having the dates on these messages you don't realize they are from years ago and many of these people have changed."
of Michigan

"I want to start off by saying that not a day goes by that Brad is not thought of in my household. His death was devistating to my husband and I. My husband Jeff, served with Brad in Iraq...they were best friends and roomates, they were family. In turn, I had the pleasure of spending a lot of time with Tami, Jerzey, Sherri, Brandy, and the rest of Brads family and friends. I was not there when Brad's life was lost, but I relive it everyday looking in my husbands eyes. The events of that night will leave us unchanged forever. I had the honor of being there with Tami, Jerzey, and Brad's family through the hardest days of their lives, and the love that is for Brad will keep his memory alive. I know I wouldn't have the life I do now if it weren't for him. Brad had such an impact on my husband. He taught him the importance of love and family, and to live everyday as if it was his last. I am forever grateful for the friend and person Brad has been to us.

I didnt know about this website until someone brought it to my attention, and I have to say it saddens and angers me the way some people are misusing something that was meant to remember and honor a fallen soldier. I cannot fathom how someone can come on here and write such hurtful and negative things. Although, I do not completely agree with the decisions that were made after Brad's death, I realize that I cannot judge. I think about how just as easily it could have been my husband whos life was taken, and I don't know what I would do. Unless we are put in that situation, you can't know how you would react. What I do know is that Brad would be saddened by the way his family and friends are treating eachother. I pray that when Jerzey is old enough, to read this, her memory of her Daddy Brad (which I know is very strong) is not tainted by the arguing and negetivity of some peoples' words. I hope that everyone can get past the pettiness, and look at the bigger picture. Let's honor Brad's life and death with memories, and the knowledge that we will soon see eachother again.

I miss you everday, and I know your smile is making heaven just a little bit brighter. We love you forever Weniss!

Love Jeff, Steph(prego), and BRADy Petrimoulx"
Stephanie Petrimoulx of Bay City, MI

"Brad, there is not a day that goes by where you are not remembered. The shock of your passing still has yet to pass and I will never forget what a truely amazing friend you were. You could always bring a smile to our faces and you still do. WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU!!!
After we got back I gotta say man I wanted revenge so I went active duty and ended up doing another tour to Afghanistan. Still active and livin every moment to the fullest because I know thats what you wanted all of us to do so even though at times I get upset at the idea of you being gone I remember everyday to celebrate the life you lived and the legacy you left with all those you met."
SGT Quincy Kasper of Fort Leonard Wood MO

I have been thinking a lot about you. As I always have. We have that big picture of you and Jerzey up in our living room. I sleep with that big tiger blanket you got me every night. I dream about you almost every night. You are always on my mind. God I miss you so much. Your beautiful smile. The way you kissed me. The butterflies I still got when you came through that door May of 2005. You surprised me! And that surprise was the best surprise ever. I never wanted to let you go. But you told me to stay strong for your and Jerzey's sake. You didn't want me to cry in front of you, you left on that plane,and because you said "there's nothing to worry about I will be home soon." So I held it in and held you so tight and said my last good-byes. I even sat in the airport parking lot and watched as your plane disappeared in the sky. Then I cried the whole way home. I do miss you and always will, no matter what. Jerzey and I pray every night and we tell God to tell you we said hi and we love you. I am sure you get your messages. We love you babe.
And to all your friends I do not judge. I just wish all could have been different. Love you forever, your wife Tami"
Tami Wentz of Clarksville, TN

You should be glad to hear that I made it another trip. I passed 59A a bunch of times and I ran that night through my head every time. In fact, there wasn't a trip or leg of a mission that I didn't think about what had happened. I even say the barrier that has your memorial again. It sure didn't feel like two years had passed. It didn't feel like a week had passed. I just miss that we didn't get to finish the mission.
I really want to let you know that I've been carrying a lot of hate in my heart from what went down that night as well as what went down in the following months. I just want to say that I'm sorry for not being a better friend and for thinking what I did about Tami. I should have been a better friend to you and her when I got back, but I wasn't. I should have done a lot of thing differently, but I didn't. I'm sorry Brad. I'm sorry Tami."
SGT Varner of Columbus, OH

"Hey my boy I miss you so much. Everyday feels like a year. I can talk about you now and smile. Its been a long hard time for me. The loss of you tore my world apart, as im sure it did for everyone who knew you. I look through the pictures and my heart fills with pride. Im so glad that you are my little boy. I think I miss your smile the most, it could light up the darkness in my heart, wish I could see it now. You should see your sister, she is so pretty. Shes doing ok, I know she misses you to. Shes a good mom and talks about you often. I love the fact she named Bradly after you. I see her and the grand babies often, there what keep me going. Hey I spent sometime with Jerzy, she is you to the T. I see so much of you in her. She knows who you are. She loves and misses you. Im going for now talk to you soon. I love you buddy"

"its hard to say i miss you cuz it just makes it that much harder. it still feels like its not real n i really wish it wasnt. well my dad signed the paper so i can change my last name so pretty soon my names gunna be allie mercer. i cant wait. i miss you so much why cant u come back. love you."
allie of fairview, mi

"also brad it still doesnt feel real its like your gunna just walk in the door or call and say im home i miss you all. adn be your old self."
allie parsons of fairview, MI

"brad i miss you. we all do. jerzey is adorable but i cant help feeling really bad for the fact that another guy is raising her and that she will grow up thinking that its her dad. i wish you were still here as you know. i wish jerzey could of spent as much time with you as rest of us got to. everyone knows how much you love her. im sorry brad but i think tami isnt raising her right because shes letting her think that the other guy is her dad adn by having another kid thats not by you so soon after you left us. i know that you just want us all to be happy and that you want tami to be happy but... i just cant help it cuz so many people love you and she goes and does that. well i love you as you know."
allie parsons of fairview, MI

"brad, youve been gone forever now. i think about u all the time. i miss you. you are/were the most amazing person ever. i cant wait to see you again. we are all doing pretty good. but we all miss you liek crazy. love you."
allie parsons of fairview,mi

"Hey babe
It just turned to the new year of 2008. That means almost three years that you have been taken from us. I remember New years Eve 2004. When your plane lifted off headed for the war lands. I remember you having to celebrate the new year in the sky. That night was the last time we spent together. I have thought about you every second that you were gone. And I still have all the love letters that we wrote each other. There are so many. And I plan to make them into a book of our secrets. They make me cry everytime I read them. A happy cry though. Because I know how lucky I was to have been with you. And to have shared those special feelings with you. I gave a toast to you last night of our love and happiness. And the beauty that we created. I will cherish you and her forever. Happy new Year three years past. Love always
Your loving wife
Tami Wentz"
Tami Lynn Wentz of Gladwin

"Brad, you didnít know me when you were alive, but Iím sure you know me now. I wish I would have been able to personally meet you. At least Iíd be able to put your famous smile to all the stories I hear! Yes, Bill and Michelle love telling me about all the trouble you and Chris used to get into. Chris and his family miss you so much! God Bless!"
Melissa Valeck of Freeland, MI

"Brad, We miss you very much. This has been a terrible war. A war that has not only taken you from us but also your daughter has been unavailable to our family. The only time we see her has been through your Dad and Mom letting us know when they have her.
We know you must know what is going on and therefore it is futile to air untruths in this forum. Your and friends and family are still grieving not only for losing you but for all the young men and women we have lost and will lose before this war is over.
Christmas is coming soon and this year the Hisey family Christmas is at Grandpa and Grandma Hisey's. Christmas Eve as always. Hope to see the whole family. We know you will be here with us. We love and miss you! To all who have lost loved ones May God's peace be with you."
Grandpa and Grandma Hisey of Beaverton, Michigan USA

"But I must say that pete must have second thoughts on the way he acted. I hope its for the better. I love you babe."
Tami Wentz of Gladwin

"Hey Babe,
I miss you so much. I have been struggling with somethings. Your family as you can see are being butt heads. I am trying and trying to give our daughter the best life she could possibly have. And I know that I am doing that. Her new dad is taking very good care of her. But why am I telling you this, you already know. These people though are driving me nuts. The Hisey side has made no contact. Your dad is to busy to see Jerzey as much as they should. And your brother is not talking to me. Which really hurts. And your friend Pete has just desacrated your family. Me and Jerzey. The disrespect that he has shown you me and Jerzey has really shown me alot. you should have seen his my space. I'm sure you knew what it said and were not happy with it. I love you with all my heart. And I don't care what anyone says about me or to me. You and I know what is true. And I figured you best friend would have known that to. I have proven my love to you over and over again. And I will never stop loving you. No matter what they say I LOVE YOU!!! This money means nothing to me. I consider it blood money. And I would gladly throw it back at the armys face to get you back for even a second to give you that last kiss. I have no regets though. I showed you my love. I took care of you and you took care of me. ANd with that I will take care of your daughter 110%. She is you and I hold her close everyday. You are my angel and you carry me. Let everyone know they are wrong for what they say and I will pray they find their way. I love you and I will talk to you soon. Love always your wife."
Tami Wentz of Gladwin

"hey brad we all love adn miss u lots. grandpa mercer is up there with u now adn i kno it. we cant wait to see u again we all miss u. quinns being his normal stupid self."
allie parsons of fairview, MI

"Oh hey Brad,
As you know Happy Late birthday....I spent your birthday watching Fran and eating MREs here in Fallujah...I enjoyed talking to you on post and also the "situation" that happened that night...thank God you were there to help keep me safe...oh....I'll be getting out of the Marines this year...I'm calling it quits cause I just want to be with my family and be the father and husband I always dream about....I love you man...talk to you tonight.."
Cpl. Pete Mattice of Fallujah, Iraq

Here I am over here again...I think about you all the time...of course you know that...things this time have been harder than ever...Heather and Liberty are hanging in there for me, and us. I can't wait to get home...after you had your daughter...I was so anxious to be a father and a husband like you, so that way we can have our families grow up together...this tour has really made me realize alot more things in life...Of course I speak to you everyday over here...Mikes doing good, I make sure to take care of him...hopefully I'll be making it big in life within the next 5 years...I miss you tons, I'm glad your always around....I love you bro..Wish I could actually have you here to chill with...but I'll take what I can get...I can't wait to visit with you when I get home...I'll make sure you drag Mike up there in May...I love you man...."
Cpl. Pete Mattice of Fallujah, Iraq

"We love you, Brad!! Can't believe that it happened to you..its so unbelievable we miss you sooooooooooo much. I have a wall dedicated to you and only you. I salute you every night before I go to bed. We can't wait to see you again. We love you Brad."
allie Parsons of Fairview, MI,U.S

"Brad, sure do miss you here at home Brad, but yet, it is as if you are still here horsing around, your spirit is everywhere. I think of you all the time, and mostly when I think of Pete over in Iraq fighting to stay alive. You and he were very close indeed, and some of the antics you two used to pull were really off the wall, but you were always there while he was gone the first time over to Iraq. I remember so many times picking up the phone and calling you, you would be right here to help me out doing the things that Pete would do for me. I was suppose to take you out for your 21st birthday at the Wooden Shoe bar here, we never made it, you can rest assure though, I will be there this year, and I am hoping that Pete will be with me as well as his wife, and some of your relatives. I remember how you laughed so hard at Pete and I while we "attempted" to play pool. The crown royal worked on me, as well as all the junk Pete had pumped into him. Thank you so much for being in our lives. I love you dearly as my own son. And yes, Brad, you are still grounded from my fire place. Love ya
Mom Mattice"
Maureen Mattice of Gladwin,MIchigan USA

"I knew Brad. He was great. Always laughing and smiling. If you knew him you know how he always smiled and never stopped. There was not one moment when he was not smiling. To all his family members sorry Brad died. We all miss him very much. We all love you, Brad."
Allie Parsons of Fairview, MI of Fairview,MI

"Well, we had our little girl, Liberty Marie. She was born on May18th 2006. Ill be heading back to Iraq soon. So I wont be around. I miss you lots man."
Cpl. Pete Mattice of Gladwin, Mi 48624

"Brad. I know we didn't know each other that well But I want to thank you for be nice to me when i first moved here you were one of the nicest ones. i just wish it didn't have to be like this. Tami i just want to let you know just how much Brad truely love you he'd always remind us everyday on the bus just how much he did I can remember him saying "I'll marry that girl someday" and he did you guys were and forever will be the great couple I wish you and Jerzey the best and take care."
Candi of Gladwin

"to the family and friends of Brad i'm very sorry for your lost i too have lost a friend over in iraq but never got to attend his funeral. i have heard awesome stories bout brad through his brother justin and his best friend pete. i wish i would have gotten the chance to meet him. i often go to brads grave to feel close to my freind and to pay respects to american hero. may god bless his family and friends and keep them safe."
Teresa of gladwin

"Hey Brad, I know we weren't super close and didn't know eachother too well, but you were a great person. I will always remember hanging out at Bob and Becky's. Your death really hit home for me, I still can't believe it. I was on Mackinac Island when I got the news...I didn't make it home before the funeral, sorry. I think more then anything I was scared, scared to find out it was true that you were gone. Your the closest person I know to pass away for me, wish you were still here having fun and hanging out. I hope Jerzey realizes how great you are when she is older and embraces your characteristics. We all wish we could see her more, but due to conflicts of sorts I don't think it will happen. We all miss you and love you Brad, and will forever be in our memories!!"
Strawberry of Gladwin

"Well Brad, We came up with the name Liberty Marie Mattice....Grandpa Bill thinks I should try to do that Red Wing Alumni thing...I went and got the form today and will start it tomorrow....I'm hoping I get to actually be one of the top 15....so I can play the whole game...Things are okay here at home as you know....Ill be heading back to Iraq in June...the expected due date is 06/06/06 for the kid....Mike and I hardly ever hang out...he always puts me off...I think he kind of gave up on our friendship and puts everything into his relationship with my sister...so I just stay away cause I feel like I am invading their space....I miss you alot me...your family misses you....I haven't had an actual ice time that was as great as it was when we played together...drop-ins are alot better than they used to be....but alot of people keep stickin me and I just get tired of it...they say that they will show and never do...you know how it always is...then it takes the dedication we have towards something we love away from us....is it sad to say that I can't wait to meet up with you again? I mean hell....your the only person that fit the shoes of someone who was a man of their words and dedicated to a friendship like me....what can I say...the band house has some changes....you'd like it alot....well Brad...I hope I get to talk to you soon....things are still hard around here without you....I miss you bro....love always,
your best friend and brother
Lcpl. Pete Mattice of Gladwin, Michigan USA

"Well Brad, I found out today that Heather and I are having a girl! Too bad your not here, cause then it would be your turn to be in the shoes I was in when you found out about your lil' one. I'll be visiting Iraq again in June 2006. I miss you and can't wait to talk to you again....Hockey season isn't even close to what it used to be now that your gone....Your birthday....well I'm pretty sure that you were there when we were celebrating it for you....I miss you and love ya bro.
Best Friends for life. And Brother for eternity....."
Lcpl. Pete Mattice of Gladwin, Michigan / USA


Rachelle Hannah of Gladwin, Mi.USA


I am so glad I knew you. Whoever, met you always remembered your gorgeous smile. It had been awhile since we talked. But I always remembered the stupid things we did as kids. God you were such an a$$ sometimes, but you always were in a way to make everyone laugh. I see your daughter sometimes she looks like you so much. She is so beautiful. I am sure you are so proud. I don't see Tami as much as I would like. She's a great person I wish her and I could hang out sometime. I have your picture on my car I just can't seem to take it off. I think of you almost every day and what you did for our country. Thank You!!!!!:)Thank you for the love of our country you are a true American!!! I will never forget you!! WE ALL MISS YOUR SMILE!!! R.I.P."
Rachelle Hannah of Gladwin, Mi.USA

"To the family of SGT Brad Wentz. I had the pleasure of knowing Brad. I was assigned to the 180th after they were already in Iraq. Brad was able to keep everyone laughing no matter what the situation was. I will always remember our mission to Speicher. It was one of the best and we had alot of fun. I will forever miss Brad."
SSG John Grundman of Ft. Hood, Texas

As days go by without you it gets harder and harder. I didnt get to see you when you were home on your two week leave and that really bothers me. I feel so horrible. I feel like a horrible person. I wish I could have saw you. You will always be a brother to me and I will never ever forget you. I really miss you and your beautiful smile that made me smile when I was having a bad day. The jokes you told me when I was having a bad day. We may not be brother and sister by blood but we will be brother and sister forever and always. I just wish I could've saw you one last time. I go to ur grave often to talk to you. I know you can hear me. I will always love and remember you Brad!!
Love Always,
Rita Mattice"
Rita of Gladiwn, MI USA

My dearest love. I miss you babe with all my heart. I know that I may look unorganized. Well I am. This is something that I never imagined to happen to me, and especially you. You have the most gorgeous smile. You are my everything. We bought a new house I picked one like you described to me, hope you love it. Your daughter is doing good, She is hitting her terrible TWO's. She looks just like you and acts like you too. I see you in her everyday and I miss you more and more. I will live on with your memories, and hold these dog tags close to my heart. I know you are here watching us. I just wish I could hear what you are thinking. Tears will never stop coming. I am not whole without you. Please comfort me in my sleep. I come and comfort you in yours. I hope you like your bed(grave). Where I have decorated in honor of a hero. You are my hero. I love you babe. OXOXOXOXOOXOXOOXOXO"
Tami Wentz of Gladwin, MI

"Brad. Here I am out in Colorado. Wishing you were here physically. I miss you so much bro. There are so many things that go through my mind everyday. Im pretty sure you hear every word and thought that I have. I miss you. I love you. Everyone always asks how I am doing? Why do I lie and tell them good? Is it to get them off my back? I wish I could have honestly known what the hell went on over there at the time of the incident. What really happened? you know? Why do some tell lies and others avoid telling the reality? Well, seeming as though I am out here in Colorado, we havent been able to talk or have lunch like we have been when I come and visit where you lay. I miss you man. More than words can say. You know how I feel, so I leave those words through thoughts. I love you bro."
Pete of Gladwin, Michigan USA

"To the Wentz Family, I wish to offer my sincere condolences to you. Brad is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"God damn I miss your a$$ Wentz. I'll never forget that night. Until we meet again buddy."
PFC Garrett Hebert of (Iraq) Grand Rapids MI

"Our Unique Friendship
We used to always be together.
We were always considered brothers.
Some decisions could have been better.
Same sisters and brothers, fathers and mothers.
All the way up the family tree.
We had no clue where we would be.
Hockey is where we would start.
To fighting for Freedom and what we loved.
Kicking back cold ones after a long day.
We both fought for what was right.
Going through long activations, day and night.
Telling each other we would be alright.
He brought a beautiful baby into this world.
Which started a family he loved more than words can explain.
His second activation he was going alone.
Leaving me behind to care for family and friends at home.
He returned shortly to say his final goodbyes.
I had a feeling he knew he wasn't coming back.
He would soon do his last convoy in Iraq.
I still can't get over this happenin'.
Just months ago him and I were drinkin and laughin'.
His soul still lives on, and also our best friendship.
Now, how I feel about how it has happened,
I'll just pray to him and bite my lip...
He knows I'll always love him
And he'll always be my brother.
I'll just tip every beer to you Brad
One after another...
I love you bro,
Pete (Brad's Best Friend) Lcpl. Mattice USMCR Bravo 1/24 Saginaw, Michigan of Gladwin, Michigan USA

My nephew, I miss you. I miss that big cheesy smile you always had. No matter what the situation you always had a smile.
I have a lot of regrets.........every time you were in town, I was always working. "I will see you next time you are in town", I am so sorry about that. I just thought there will always be time... I am angry at myself, now you are gone. I promise I will help your wife and daughter, if they are ever in need. My wife and I promise you, we will be there for them. You are a hero.....I miss and love you.
Your Uncle Steve"
Steve Schoenberg of Lake Orion, MI

"I am glad I had the opportunity of meeting you among other great people you serve with as my husband too serves with your unit. Standing for what you believe in and your loved ones is something that will run through all our hearts. I would like to offer my sympathys but also my gratitude to your family and fellow troops who travel this journey with you. Thankyou for leading the way for so many, and the memories you give us. Your spirit will always remain with us. You are a true inspiration to those who see you as a great soldier and as a great person. May god always look over you and your family."
Veronica Angevine of Sydney, Australia

"Thank you Brad Wentz for your heroism. May you now know the peace you so rightly deserve. God will keep you safe at last. My heart aches with your family for their loss."
Melissa Macchi, (cousin of PFC Mark Barbret from Shelby Twp., MI, killed 10/14/04,) of Roseville, MI

"I know alot of people in this unit and am very close to people who have lost brad. I did not know brad personaily, but i have heard stories and in my eyes he is a hero. I will not forget what he did for me and our country. He will never be forgotten! I am keeping the family and friends of brad in my prayers."
Nichole of MI

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

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
The family of LCpl. Branden Ramey, KIA 11/8/04 Iraq of Madera, CA


"Thank you Brad Wentz, 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 Sgt. Brad Wentz:
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 Brad 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 Sgt. Brad Wentz:
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 Brad, 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