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November 05, 2014
Hey. My name is Allie Gilmer.I am in 12th grade at Winfield City High School in Winfield, Al. We are taking a Government class and are studying Veteran's Day. We were given an assignment to find somebody in the militarty that has fallen with the same,or close to the same, name as we have. My middle name is Alexandria, relatively close to SGT. Alexander's name. Because of SGT. Alexander's sacrifices he and his family made, I am allowed to do and enjoy the things I love to do. I play softball and basketball. I am so thankful I can play the games I love. I am blessed I am able to come to school and not be scared. All because of SGT. Alexander's time spent fighting for our country, we have the freedom to do everything we want. If you want to contact me, you can email my Government teacher at to let me know you received my message.

Thank you again,
Allie Gilmer
May 12, 2014
I met SSG Povilaitis when he was a SPC stationed in NM just prior to a promotion he was to receive. Today five years later I can still say he is perhaps one of the most well rounded men I have had the pleasure of knowing. He was the first person to ever encourage me to try to do something more challenging in the military. Consequently he was the first inspiration I can recall to attend selection for the Special Forces. Now, years later, I have succeed in that and it brings me great sorrow to see that Alexander Povilaitis is no longer with us. He is directly responsible for the path I have chosen and for that I will always be thankful to have met him. You will not be forgotten Alex.
January 21, 2014
To the family and loved ones of SSgt. Povilaitis, from a fellow American (and of Lithuanian descent as well), thank you for your sacrifices for our country--I will never forget what he did for us, even though I have never known him. He is a hero. Thank you to my friend, Q Madp for the profile of Ssgt. Povilaitis on the website. So many names, so many heroes. If you wish to submit a photo or story about him, please visit the page and send Q an email. He will gladly add any stories or photos to his profile!
April 20, 2013
We would like to express our deepest condolences and also let the Povilaitis Family know that we recently sent Care Packages to American troops in the war zones. Each box carried a dedication sheet that includes the name, service information and a photo of your loved one. We recognize that this is a humble tribute, but we wanted you to know that it is heartfelt and made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals in the youth hockey community and beyond. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you strong.
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
March 11, 2013
SSG P. That's what we called him. He changed my life and I only got to know him for a few months. I think about him every day and i'm sorry i couldn't do more for him.
October 08, 2012
Alex was my first love. He enlisted in the Army when we were dating in 1984. They say you never forget your first love and I know that to be true. It was a sweet, innocent love that I cherished then and think of now as I watch my daughter begin to date. I hope my girls will date boys who are as respectful as Alex was with me. I stumbled upon the news of his passing tonight. My heart goes out to his family and friends. God bless you all as you grieve your loss. You will be in my prayers. Mary (Williamson) Donovan
August 28, 2012
My husband,best friend,lover and heart is broken that we can touch no longer, but I draw strength from what we had. So many seek for such a love that we shared. I will forever be thankful for our five and half years together, tho it was short. I miss you in everything that I do and everywhere I go, because we shared everything. Your in perfect peace now, and that brings me peace too. I only cry cause I miss you so much. "Oh don't you see that lonesome dove sitting on an ivy tree..shes weeping for her own true love as I shall weep for mine. Fare thee well my own true love." Your Kimmy.
July 06, 2012
As I look thru the picture on this page and even into the faceboook/twitter world, I can't even imagine he is not down the street, just around the corner. I think back to the days of writing a love note. I received one from alex in my 8th grade year, his 9th. He was the first boy I loved.
I have it here, SWAK, for my memories forever.
We don't choose when we come into this world or when we go, we just take those people who grace our life's everyday, with the knowledge that this could be our forever.
Never stop loving, living or trying to survive. You my long lost love of 8th grade will forever be a shining star on my heart. Thank you for knowing and loving me. PFP
June 30, 2012
I am a corporate pilot who flew into PDK the morning that Staff Sgt. Alexander G. Povilaitis was flown home. There are no words to describe the pain that I saw that day in Atlanta. There are also no words to describe how grateful and thankful I am to Staff Sgt. Povilaitis for laying down his life so that we may enjoy our freedoms as Americans. To his family: Thank you for the ultimate sacrafice. I was with you there the day that he was flown home and it has changed my life forever. May God bless you.
June 27, 2012
There aren't enough words to express how grateful we as a nation are for this brave soldier's service and ultimate sacrifice. May God comfort his family and friends at this very sad time. Jim and Pat Hughes (Acworth, GA)
June 27, 2012
It is with deepest sympathy to the Povilaitis Jr. family during your time of grief. Alexander was a Great friend, soldier and Husbans. My deepest condolances.
June 27, 2012
June 24, 2012
with caring memories and love
June 23, 2012
With deepest sympathy to the Povilaitis Jr. family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
June 20, 2012
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers ( is an organization with groups throughout the country who strive to send handmade prayer shawls and/ or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one in service to our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church in Mechanicsburg, PA would like to honor your son and husband's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a shawl which we will mail to you. If you are interested, please contact me at with the names and addresses and what they would like to receive. We will send them as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved one who died serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address, as our organization can no longer get family contacts through the military. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
June 19, 2012
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Alexander will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I'm home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I'm only a civilian
And I don't even know if it's allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn't make it home.
I know you're in God's presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

I Salute You.

Suzanne MacDaniel - A Proud Aunt
Colonie, NY
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
June 18, 2012
May you rest in peace.You and your family are in our prayers.
June 17, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. It was a very nice service and I was glad I was there to see it and be a part of it.
Love, Squeaki
June 16, 2012
Condolences to your family. Alexander will live on forever in your hearts.
June 16, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Roger and I both grew up in Drew Valley and remember Alex's heart. He always went out of his way to speak to my mom.
Kacey Hastings Lewis and Roger Kennedy
June 16, 2012
God bless you, Alex, for your service and sacrifice. Praying for peace for your family.
June 16, 2012
Like the words spoken today…Staff Sgt. Alexander G. Povilaitis…touched my Life many years ago…as a young man he was happy, energetic, and full of Life…He always made me Laugh… 2 weeks ago he reached out and touched me again and it made me cry…I remember him well as a true sportsman…in whom I have always had the upmost respect…
A Fallen Hero…
Seems to me God may have a Plan... that we cannot yet understand...He takes the ones He needs the most, the Greatest, sometimes the Youngest, in order to help us all continue to live ...the ones whom have lived there life in this manner...whom have put their lives on the line For all of the line of Serve and Protect …We should look at it like this… God Is Building His Plan…and Constructing a Great Army of Men, Women and Children to serve Him in these last days…we must all be strong and realize… we know some of these People their our Family …our Friends …our Mothers… our Fathers …our Sons And Daughters …it could be us … when He Calls …I tell you now I will Go and Stand beside my God for each and every one of you!
We should say “Stand Tall and not Wavier.” Rather than Rest in Peace …Have Faith and Hope In the Love of Our Saviors…cause they have Never Rested In their Lives to Protect Us!... … … … AMEN.
Timothy Michael Finley
June 16, 2012
Wings of Angels wrapped all around your family. Peace and Blessings ~~~
June 16, 2012
Alex, thank you for your service to your Country. We will pray for you and your family. May peace be with them.
June 16, 2012
All gave some, some gave all. R.I.P. Alex you will not be forgotten. "Cookie", I am so sorry, just heard this morning and really made me cry. May the God of all comfort be with you at this time.
June 16, 2012
We will always remember Alex's smile and cheerful attitude. Our prayers are with his family.
June 16, 2012
Staff Sgt. Alex Povilaitis, God Bless You and May You Rest in Peace. Your Service & Sacrifice for our Country will never be forgotten or lost from our Hearts.

Cookie and Family, I am very sorry and sad for your loss. I will offer My Prayers to your Family. God Bless You. I Love you folks.
June 16, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. What a brave and honorable man; I know the family is so proud of him. God bless you and keep you strong.
Laurie Hull Rowe
June 16, 2012
Alex may you go today and be with your mom ( Marty )and your brother ( Bobby )up in HEAVEN.May Cookie,Darlene and your family have Peace today as they send you off to a better life in ( HEAVEN ) R.I.P ALEX
June 16, 2012
My heart breaks for you, Cookie, and your family in the loss of your beloved son. May God bless you all, hold you in the palm of His hand, and give you strength to go through the sadness and emptiness of the days ahead. I know you must be very proud of Alex in his commendable service to our country. I thank him from the bottom of my heart.
With Love,
June 16, 2012
Thank you for your service to our country. May God be your family today as they say their final goodbyes.
June 16, 2012
Offering sympathy during this sad time of grief.
June 16, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Alex's family and friends. May you be comforted during this rough time and embrace your wonderful memories of him.
June 15, 2012
I can say Alex was a good man, known him for 16 yrs. He was my neighbor/security & looked after me. While he was away in Mexico my house sold & he rented his home to me. We had lot of GREAT TIMES in that cul de sac it was never quiet (LOL).
There are no words I can offer that will make this any easier, but hopefully just knowing that people care will allow you to lay some of the burdens on us.

Knowing that he died while serving his country is supposed to bring you a little bit of comfort, and I hope it does. We know that Alex loved being in the Army, and that he was proud of what he was doing. While no armed services member wants to die in the line of duty, they all know it's a possibility, and it's a risk they're willing to take.
That said, it's never easy on the ones they leave behind.

To my lil brothers Danny & Blaine: He was a awesome FATHER, I know & this loss will leave a great hole in your life I'm sure. All I can say is that you're perfectly entitled to whatever you're feeling, and you will help yourself if you feel all those emotions instead of trying to bury them. That's the only way you can truly begin to heal. It will get easier with time & you both know that I am here for you, no matter what you might need. (R.I.P Alex) U will Always be Loved & NEVER Forgotten.

I know he would expect you guys to be strong & continue with your life.
June 15, 2012
"Stand down and Rest in Peace SSG Povilaitis, your mission is now complete, Soldier. Although a mere 'Thank you' is pitifully weak in lieu of your sacrifice, We, along with a grateful nation, mourn your sacrifice and pray for comfort and solace for those you have left behind."

May God bless all of the Povilitis Family and especially his Dad, Cookie, whom loved Alex so. May God be with each one of you during this trying time and find comfort that we will see Alex again on those Beautiful Streets of Gold. "Alex, You Gave it All for our Freedom" and you can now RIP for a "Job Well Done!!" HOOAH...
June 15, 2012
Thank you seems so inadequate for the ultimate sacrifice you made Alex to protect us, our rights and our freedoms. I vividly remember your sense of humor in high school and I'm sure you gave your comrades many good laughs. Alex was truly a great American hero. I'm praying for God's comfort for all of his family.
June 15, 2012
The Povilaitis family was there throughout my childhood -- at Skyland, Cross Keys, the ballfield, Briarwood. Everyone loved you all. Heartfelt condolences from a former Drew Valley neighbor.
June 14, 2012
I have known Alex for over 40 years.He lived in the same neighborhood as i did.We use to play football on the corner all the time. He will be truly missed. RIP
June 14, 2012
My Heart Goes Out to the POVILAITIS Family ...know that you all Are in my Prayers...What a Hero..What a Man ...Alex You will never be Forgotten ... He will Live on within you all FOREVER!...
June 14, 2012
Good bye my old friend.....

God bless you !
June 14, 2012
I'm proud to say he was a friend. I will forever remember his 110% contribution, support, attitude and sportsmanship in HS Football and Wrestling. He will be truly missed but not forgotten. Thank you Alex for your service and sacrifice to our country may you rest in peace. God Bless your family and God Bless America for true Heroes like you. All give some, some give all. Love ya Brother.
June 14, 2012
June 14, 2012
Rest in peace my friend...guys like you built this country, and I am proud to have known you. Breaks my heart to have seen your life cut so short. Semper Fi my old friend...
June 14, 2012
My condolences of the family and friends of Alexander. I am so sorry of your loss. I remember Alex from High School it was fun to be in his class. He would always talk about what was going on in the world that day.
June 14, 2012
Cookie, My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.
June 14, 2012
My condolences to the family and friends of Alexander. I am so sorry for your loss. My memories are only of a young boy growing up in the neighborhood and attending Skyland and Cross Keys with my own sons. How proud you must be of his life and service.
June 14, 2012
Danny and Blaine, we are sorry to hear about your dad, we know how much he will be missed.Always remember he loved you guys lots and lots,and he will always be with you.Be proud of what he did for you and his country he was a brave man to be where he was.One day you'll all be together again,but until then he is in Gods Hands and there is no better place then that.Please always remember what your dad would want you to be and stay on that path.Our prayers are with you guys.AND to ALEX YOU were ONE OF A KIND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Darlene & clif
June 14, 2012
Cookie, we are so sorry for your loss. He certainly served his country well! Praying for you.
June 13, 2012
Thank you Alex! Peace be with your family.
June 13, 2012
June 13, 2012
God Bless Sgt. Povilaitis and his family.
May God uphold you in his rightous right hand. Wendy, South Carolina
June 11, 2012
I want to give my sincere sympathy and prayers to the family of S.Sgt. Povilaitis. He had already served his country, yet he came back as a reservist to serve again. My son is currently a reservist at a Combat Outpost near where Sgt. Povilaitis died, and though I cannot know the sorrow you are feeling now, I understand the concerns you felt daily during his deployment. Hopefully the knowledge that many people honor his commitment and patriotism will be some comfort during this very difficult time for you.
June 11, 2012
I wish to offer my deepest sympathies to the Family of Staff Sergeant Povilaitis. SSG P was one of the finest Noncommissioned Officers I have had the pleasure of serving with. He was fearless and absolutely dedicated to the mission and the welfare of his Soldiers. We are all better for having known him and I feel privileged to have served with such a fine Warrior in combat. He will be missed because he will never be forgotten.
June 10, 2012
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June 10, 2012
Thank you Staff Sgt. Alex Povilaitis for your military service to this nation. I offer my sorrow to his family and friends.
June 10, 2012
My wife Angela and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family of Staff Sgt. Alexander Polivlaitis. While his tour of duty on earth has ended, he has been promoted to the eternal army of angels that watches over those of us that have been left behind.

"Far winds and following seas."
June 09, 2012
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June 08, 2012
To my little cousin I love you dearly and you will be in my Heart forever,,I'm going to miss you so so much
June 08, 2012
June 08, 2012
Battle, you was a great man, mentor, friend, and brother in arms. I cried for you bcuz u was a great friend. I will always remember the times u come to the motorpool begging for a It was great knowing u battle. I will never forget u or Kim she is beautiful and strong. I'm only sorry that this happen to such a great couple so in love. Walk in Beauty my friend
June 07, 2012
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June 06, 2012
Alex, Thank you for your sacrifice that you gave so willingfully for us all. I remember the day you re-enlisted. You were pretty stoked. You were always there for everyone. Take care until we meet again my friend.
June 06, 2012
Rest in peace Alexander,covered with a blanket of honor provided by the grateful people of the nation you loved, served and gave your all.
June 06, 2012
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to our Brother-in-Arms, S/SGT Alexander G. Povilaitis, U.S. Army. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Alexander. And to Alexander it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country while opposing enemy forces in Afghanistan. Alexander you gave the last full measure of devotion for what you believed in and fought for. No greater love and patriotism are shown than when a man lays down his life in service to his country. Alexander, you are a brave American Warrior, a true Patriot and a national Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Alexander's family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
June 05, 2012
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
Mahatma Gandhi
~~~~~ with all my love and appreciation for the ultimate sacrifice~~~~~ may you be in the arms of the angels <3<3<3 sandi
June 05, 2012
You were and will always be a hero. And left a great legacy of honor and respect. You made the ultimate sacrifice.And your bravery will never be forgotten.
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