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June 13, 2016
Hey brother, I was bummed to hear about Nittany but then excited to think she's at your side again! Miss you both.
June 02, 2016
Was thinking of you all Memorial weekend. You Pens are making another run for the cup. Miss you man.
May 30, 2016
Thinking about you. Miss you buddy.
May 30, 2016
Thinking about you today, brother.
May 30, 2016
Thinking about you brother.
May 30, 2016
Thank you Bryan, for all you've done. Rest easy. Semper Fi
May 28, 2016
Thinking of you brother
February 19, 2016
Hard to believe it has been 10 years. I miss you buddy. Just know that you are loved and thought about often.
February 17, 2016
Bryan, I've been anticipating this date for some time. I invisioned a big event celebrating your life. You life was big. You are big. You will always be a huge deal to me. 15 years ago we were roomies in Corpus Christi. That feels like an eternity ago, but it also feels more recent since I have such clear memories with you. I had a cold one under the Yuma desert night sky for you man. I love you and wish so much you were still down here with me. This weekend I'm having a Black and Tan with your Guinness spoon. Love you man. Oh, do you remember my daughter shares this day with you? She's 1 today, 17 Feb 2016.
February 17, 2016
Here we are at the 10th anniversary of losing our loved ones and our hearts still broken. Thinking of you & your family today and praying for you all every day. We share this day of sorrow but also the joy when we all meet with them again. Hugs! Mary
February 17, 2016
Willy I can't believe it's been 10 long years. I find myself thinking about you often and remembering all the good times we had. I miss you buddy more and more each year.
February 17, 2016
Well Willy, another year has gone by since we have lost you. We have had some many conversations in the tree stand since then but I would give anything to have just one more conversation with you in person. I know someday that we will have that. I expect when that happens, you will be giving me a scouting report on where we will be hunting and what tree you have picked out for me. I miss you buddy.
November 11, 2015
Happy Veterans Day. Thinking about you all the time. I miss u buddy.
November 10, 2015
Happy birthday Marine! Miss u buudy....
October 24, 2015
Bryan, I was thinking about you on Aug 17th, but could not post a message from the ship. I thought of you a lot out there. The CH-53 guys were awesome. You would have loved this deployment. Miss you man. Always thinking about you, especially during football season.
August 17, 2015
Happy Birthday...
August 17, 2015
Happy Birthday, B....miss ya hoss!
August 17, 2015
We continue to pray for you today on your birthday and every day, Bryan.
Art & Pat Geisler
August 17, 2015
Happy Birthday. Miss you buddy.
July 04, 2015
Happy 4th Willy. Miss you buddy.
July 03, 2015
Happy 4th brother....miss u
June 21, 2015
Just wishing you could enjoy today like I did buddy....just not fair
May 25, 2015
Thinking about you bro....
May 25, 2015
Thinking about you today brother. Until Valhalla.
May 25, 2015
Thinking about you everyday but especially today. I miss you buddy.
May 24, 2015
Hey man. Thinking of you. You wouldn't believe when my daughter was born....February 17th of this year....9 years to the day after your crash. We named her Josephine....which has 9 letters. It didn't even occur to me until she was about 3 weeks old. Josephine, unexpectedly, came two weeks early. Funny how these things happen. And now my daughter shares a unique day with one of my best buddies. You are missed and thought of often my brother.
May 14, 2015
Hey buddy,
Just thinking of you even more with Memorial day approaching. Still hard to believe you are gone. Miss you!!!!!
February 20, 2015
Dawn, said to me the other day "today's the day willy passed nine yrs ago" I reflected a while and my attention got redirected elsewhere with all the craziness going on in a house full of kids. Decided to visit the guest book and there's ur pic...hit me like a ton of bricks. Have a magazine cut-out hanging on the fridge that shows ur head stone, I pass it every day and sometimes reflect. Last spring, dawn me and the kids went to the smithsonian and we tried to get over to see you but didn't seem to make it...still reflected on you though....but seeing ur pic here has a different was really cool knowing u willy...u got taken from us too early....u had a whole lot more good to spread around. Glad I got to experience it for the time we had. RIP
February 19, 2015
I can still hear your laugh and it's a pure gift.
February 18, 2015
Willy, you are truly missed! Steph and I often still find our selfs talking about your amazing laugh and infectious smile. You are a hero to me and my family and I'm proud to say a friend of mine. Miss you!
February 17, 2015
I can't believe it's been 9 long years. I miss you buddy
February 17, 2015
Remembering your sacrifice for all of us on this 9th anniversary. To your family & friends, {{{{{HUGS}}}}} and keeping you all in my prayers daily.
February 17, 2015
Another year has past without you in our lives but yet it still seems like yesterday when we were hunting some form of wild game. Miss you buddy...
February 06, 2015
Hey Brother...I was thinking about you today! Alex lettered in football & soccer this year. Miss ya Hoss!
November 11, 2014
Miss you Willy. Rest in Peace Brother.
November 11, 2014
Happy Veterans Day. Miss you Willy.
November 10, 2014
Thank you and all of our military who have served tomorrow on vet's day. Come see me in my tree stand brother...
August 18, 2014
Happy Birthday. Miss you Willy.
August 17, 2014
Happy Birthday Bryan! I know you'd be gearing up for the NFL season right about now. Miss you man.
August 17, 2014
Happy Birthday Buddy!
May 27, 2014
Miss you buddy! You're always in my thoughts.
May 26, 2014
Thinking of you Capt. Willard and your wonderful family today. Thank You!
May 26, 2014
Thinking of you and wishing I could tell you thanks in person. I miss you brother.
May 26, 2014
Miss you buddy!
May 26, 2014
I miss you brother. You have been thought about today and all weekend.
February 17, 2014
Hey willy!! Happy birthday! Think about u often as a pic of your stone is on the fridge. Had a wrestling tourney at ep the other weekend and took Alex over to ur memorial. He remembered u from last time we visited it. He is all about soldiers and wears camo every day. I was proud to tell him I knew u and the type of Man U were. Rest easy knowing that u were loved and constantly rembered by many.
February 17, 2014
Missing you all the time & smiling and laughing to all the fun times we had. Love ya, Alan
February 17, 2014
To Bryan "Drink a Beer" by Luke Bryan love ya
February 17, 2014
Miss you Buddy...
February 17, 2014
I can't believe it's been 8 long years. You are constantly in my thoughts. I miss you buddy.
February 16, 2014
Remembering you today Capt. Willard. Holding all your family & friends closely in our thoughts and prayers on the 8th anniversary of the loss of our loved ones. God Bless.
January 29, 2014
We would like to express our deepest condolences and to also let the Willard 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
December 10, 2013
Bryan, as a fellow warrior I thank you for your sacrifice. I found your obiturary when I was applying for your scholarship at BU. I'm sure you not aware of it but I thank you anyway. I was hurt in 2008 and I almost got to meet you personally, fortunately I survived and was able to see my beautuiful children grow. God Bless America!
November 11, 2013
Happy Veterans Day Miss you Willy
November 06, 2013
Hey Willy,
Just wanted to give you a happy Vet's day now because you know I will be in my tree on Monday. Without you and all of those who have served I know I could not enjoy my freedoms especially hunting. If you see all of my family members as well as all of those who have served please give them my thanks...semper fi
August 18, 2013
Happy Birthday

Miss you
August 17, 2013
Happy Birthday, Willy. Miss you.

Alan Cook
August 17, 2013
Happy birthday old man! I miss you Bryan.
August 16, 2013
Happy Birthday Buddy!
June 07, 2013
Hey Bryan I was thinking about you today. You will always be a hero to me and forever missed.
May 31, 2013
Miss you, my friend. Heidi & I just tucked our boys in bed. I wish they had the chance to meet a great man and friend of their dad in you. They will know you through my memories and learn the true meaning of friendship.
Love you buddy, Alan
May 27, 2013
Think about you often and especially today. Thanks for your service and sacrifice.
May 26, 2013
Hey Bryan. You're on my mind each week and especially this weekend. I had dinner with Kevin Hunter Friday. I haven't seen him since Pensacola. You were obviously talked about. Here's to you brother. Miss you man.
May 25, 2013

You are always in our thoughts, but especially on Memorial Day. When I parade with the Shriners, your flight helmet is always prominent on the back of the Z-4. Brad attended the Naval Academy graduation yesterday. Your missed daily.

Dad & Sherry
May 24, 2013
Hey Willy,
Giving you an early Memorial Day greeting since I will not be around any electronics. Please share with all the fallen heros with you my thanks for my freedom. Miss you buddy!
April 15, 2013
Can't believe Nittany is 10 years old today. Still the best dog ever :). Miss you.
February 23, 2013
To the family and friends of Capt. Bryan D. Willard:
Always remembering Bryan. "Some gave all."
February 18, 2013
I can't believe how long it's been. Miss you buddy.
February 17, 2013

Hey man. What I wouldn't give to kicking back and sharing a black and tan with you. I miss you man. Thanks for all the good times and laughs.
February 17, 2013
Remembering you today Capt. Willard. Holding all your family & friends closely in our thoughts and prayers on the 7th anniversary of the loss of our loved ones. God Bless.
February 17, 2013
Hey Willy,
Miss you buddy. Still thinking about all the good times we had in the woods and with our friends. Disappointed that we wont be able to make more memories. Atleast not in this life time.
February 16, 2013
Bryan: We face another Feb 17. Not a day goes by that you are out of our thoughts. Wish you could see my garage - filled with your memories; you are part of every antique car and wood working project. So much we would like to share with you. Gram still talks about you and misses you as well.

Dad & Sherry
December 31, 2012
I met Dimes Silvia tonight...we had a few good laughs swapping stories about you!

Miss ya Brother!
December 31, 2012
10 years. We should be having our party tonight. Glad we didn't waste any time. Miss you.
December 16, 2012
Thats BS Willy, I know you asked a favor for the boys to pull that win off....wish you were here watching with me...miss you buddy!
November 20, 2012
Heading to Enola for a 25th class reunion this weekend. I'm planning to stop by the high school to see your memorial.
November 14, 2012
Hey Willy,
Saw you at the memorial at the High School the other Day! Its a beautiful Memorial, for a beautiful Person! Miss you buddy! -Shep
November 12, 2012
Happy vet's day buddy...
November 12, 2012
Thinking of you always, especially today. Thank you for all you did. We all miss you.
November 11, 2012
Thinking of you today. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.
August 18, 2012
Happy bday brother...time to start getting the bow and getting ready for the first day.
August 17, 2012
Happy Birthday Willy. Miss ya, man.
August 17, 2012
Happy Birthday Willy. Miss you buddy.
July 04, 2012
Happy 4th Bryan! It doesn't seem like 11 years ago we spent the 4th with the gang in Corpus Christi. That seems like a different life. Miss ya man.
May 28, 2012
Hey Big Guy,
I've been thinking about you today! Alex and I were remembering stories from back in the Hood. I know you're looking down at us and laughing.

Miss ya Hoss!
May 28, 2012
Thinking of you Capt. Willard and your family today. Thank You! Mary
May 28, 2012
Miss you buddy... Thank you to all of you here that read this site that serve or have served.
May 28, 2012
You've been on my mind all weekend. From it being Memorial Day Weekend to the very Irish music you got for me for me that has popped up on my itunes several time this week, and everything in between. What was it, 12 years ago we were in DC with Hunter and ran into those Harrier guys in Georgetown, then went to Andrews AFB the next day to look at their jets? We also saw Air Force 1 at a distance. That seems like a long time ago. Was that this life time? God bless you Willy. I miss you bro.
May 25, 2012
Bryan and I went to 302 together. I didn't see him much after that due to being on opposite coasts. I remember how much fun he always had and his upbeat spirit. He will never be forgotten.
February 18, 2012
Dan and I still think of Bryan often. He will never be forgotten and we are grateful brave men like him. It's an honor to have known him. Praying blessings and comfort to all his loved ones.
February 17, 2012
I can't believe it's been six years. It feels like it was yesterday and like it has been decades. I miss you man. Your life is celebrated always. You are loved by so many. Here's to you Big Willy and your sacrifice. Semper Fi.
February 17, 2012
Still missing you. Still getting wonderful support from our friends and family. Hope you enjoyed your visitors today. Wished I was there too. Love always, sweet p.
February 17, 2012
Capt, well today is six years.. Wow I still can't believe this day is here already. I have been thinking about y'all and this day for the last week or so. My heart still feels the loss of my brothers from that day,... today. You are remembered and thought of all throughout the year, just know that you will not be forgotten my brother. Semper Fidelis.
February 17, 2012
It is so hard to believe we are at our 6th anniversary of the most painful day of our lives. Time hasn't eased the pain, I think we've just had to adjust to living with it. Our loved ones will always be treasures of our heart, but losing them was like losing a piece of our self. Yet, we must go on and carry them with us wherever we go and celebrate their life along the way. They will never be forgotten!

Please know your family and friends remain in our prayers and we will never forget Capt. Willard's sacrifice.

God Bless! Mary
February 17, 2012
Thinking about and praying for you and your family on this very sad day.
February 17, 2012
Thinking about you and your family. We all miss you
February 17, 2012
To the family and friends of Capt. Bryan D. Willard:
Please accept my remembrance of Bryan on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
February 15, 2012
Coming to see you Friday. I have a guiness ready for us.... see you soon.
February 01, 2012
October 18, 2011
Happy Anniversary ;)
Love, Sweet P
October 04, 2011
could you send that big buck my way again today. He and I didn't get to meet as close as I wanted. Thanks brother, see you in the stand...
October 03, 2011
Hard to believe 12 years ago today we joined the Marine Corps. Oct 3, 1999 was our first day at OCS. The first 24 hours was all admin...then the fun began on the 4th. I hope I never forget the good old sea-bag drag when we were turned over to our instructors. Since our platoons were next to each other in the barracks, I could always hear your sergeant instructor with the booming deep voice. It didn't seem like it then, but those were some good days. I miss you man. Happy 12 years of service.
September 11, 2011
Was thinking of you today.... craved a big flag in my yard, hope you can see it looking down
August 17, 2011
Happy Birthday Big Willy! I've been thinking of you a lot man. Miss you.
August 17, 2011
Happy Birthday, Willy.
Miss you
August 17, 2011
Happy Birthday Willy. We all miss you -Bob
August 16, 2011
Getting an early start for your bday tomorrow...Happy B-day Willy!
May 30, 2011
Thank you for you sacrifice. May God bless you.
May 02, 2011
Thinking of you as the county celebrates Osama's death. Love you.
April 06, 2011
just thinking about you tonight after a few Guinness's....miss you brother...trout fishin' with the kids has been great as you know....keep sendin the luck with turkeys.
April 04, 2011

SPC Bryan L Willard
United States ARMY
February 22, 2011
Semper Fidelis brother...
February 18, 2011
What can I say that you dont already know. I look foward to the day we hit the fields again.
February 17, 2011
To the family and friends of Capt. Bryan D. Willard:
Remembering Bryan on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
February 17, 2011
Bryan...I don't know what to say...but it's now been 5 years. It's hard to comprehend. It still doesn't feel real...kind of like we've lost touch. I miss you Willy. Thank you for your service and sacrificing what we all believe in, but never want to actually give up.
February 17, 2011
Hey Capt.. Again here we are looking over your pictures on this 5th anniversary. Not a day that we really look forward to, but as I wrote to Lt. it is not a day for mourning, but a day of remembering our friends and how they lived. We miss y'all and know that you will never be forgotten to us. Semper Fidelis.
February 17, 2011
Willy I can't believe it's been 5 years. Not a single day goes by that I don't think about you. I know your watching over all of us. I just wanted to say thank you and I miss you.

Love ya buddy,
February 17, 2011
Here we are at the 5th anniversary; an anniversary that none of us wanted to have. As our hearts continue to ache for our loved ones, we all have had to find our way through the grief and learn how to deal with the loss in our own way. For my family, it is our faith in God and knowing that He is in control and nothing surprises Him, that helps us through each day. The support of family, friends, community and the prayers of people we may never meet keeps us going. And through it all, we continue to celebrate Nic's life and he remains a part of our lives each and every day. My family continues to pray for you & your families and be assured we will never forget the sacrifice Capt. Willard made. God Bless!
Nic's Mom
February 06, 2011
Big Willy! What a big day this is! Your Steelers vs my Packers! Sorry Bro, I'm pulling for the Pack! It will be a close game I bet, but the Pack should come out on top. I've got my Packer shot glasses you gave me on your wedding night. I'll be having a shot during the game in your honor Bryan. Miss ya man. Kev
November 22, 2010
Willy, Heidi & I tok Dalton to Basspro to see the fish & who did I think of-You......and I smiled. Love ya, A.C.
October 18, 2010
A promise is a promise, even if it takes 7 years. Sorry it took so long. Sorry I couldn't stay longer. Happy anniversary. Love, Sweet P
September 08, 2010
Big Willy!
Just stumbled on this guest book again, I did not think it was still active. Many thoughts of you have gone thru my head in the past 4 years. It was a pleasure and honor to have you as a friend. Thank you for your sacrifice brother.
August 27, 2010
Hard to believe you walked into my life 10 years ago today. Even harder to believe you had to leave it so soon. Amazing how much one day can change a persons life. So glad you changed mine. Love, Sweet P
August 22, 2010
Just back from the beach you know I didn't forget....Happy B-Day brother!
August 17, 2010
Happy birthday Angel. Thanks for the rain today. Nittany doesn't miss it but I sure do. Love, Sweet P
August 17, 2010
Happy Birthday Willy! I miss you and think of you often.
August 17, 2010
Just thinking about you today on your birthday. Miss you - Bob
July 15, 2010
Just had a few funny thoughts from back in the day pop into my head. Wow, we did some fun things when we were kids. Glad I had lots of them with you buddy. Miss you! -Shep
July 14, 2010
Just thought about you today Bryan. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten.
May 31, 2010
Dear Willy, Just a Hello and Thank You for defending OUR Country. You made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest Easy my Friend. Say Hi to Clayton for me. Linda Latsha
May 06, 2010
Just thinking about you willy...
February 22, 2010
Our memories carry on. Your my hero buddy.
February 22, 2010
Big Willy Style,
I've been thinking about you so much as the 17th was approaching. It's hard to believe it's been 4 years. Seems like a lifetime ago. It also feels like yesterday. I miss you man. It feels like we've just lost contact vice you being in heaven. So much lately has reminded me of you vice just the 17th. I've heard Thistle and Shamrock on NPR almost every Sunday night and Lindsay and I drove from Meridian to Destin this weekend. I made that trip a few times to see you and others in Pensacola. Miss you brother.
February 17, 2010
My mom shared a strange coincidence with me today. We buried my dad 12 year ago today. I never made the connection.
4 long life changing years. How can it seem like a lifetime ago and also like just yesterday you were taken from us?
I miss you so much.

February 17, 2010
Capt, today is still a difficult day, despite being four years later. I have made my rounds with the boys and now its your turn. The words have come a little easier with everyone else, but you and Donnie I knew the longest and its more difficult. I miss messing with you in Maintenance Control and around the spaces. You were definitely a special person to have around, you knew how to have fun. So today I will have fun with someone and remember you. Semper Fidelis, my Brother...
February 17, 2010
It hurts as much today as it did 4 years ago. The world has been cheated of a good man and I a friend. I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you have made for me and my family as well as all of those fallen. I miss you buddy.
February 17, 2010
I can't believe it's been 4 years. We all miss you.
February 16, 2010
February 17, 2010
Four years have passed.....our hearts still ache. May our memories bring us comfort & joy as we remember our heroes. Thinking of you all and praying for your families as we share this day that forever changed our lives and brought us all together. Mary
December 26, 2009
Marry Christmas my friend!
December 01, 2009
Looks like you won that bet we made the day we met 9 years ago. I can't remember what we bet. I'm sure I'll be hearing abou tit from Pork though. Miss you!
November 11, 2009
Thinking about you today. Thank you for your service to our great country. I miss you, God Bless!
November 11, 2009
I was thinking about you this veterans day. Happy B-day Marine! Keep smiling down on us Willy! We miss you!
November 10, 2009
Happy bday Marine! Miss you bro, come hunt with me tomorrow....
November 09, 2009
SEMPER FI and HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINE! First drink at the ball will be for you.
September 15, 2009
Keep Smiling Bubble Gum!
September 14, 2009
August 18, 2009
A belated Happy Birthday, Bryan. We thought of you several times throughout the day yesterday.
August 17, 2009
Happy birthday!
August 17, 2009
Happy Birthday Angel. We keep getting older and you get to stay the same age. Next year I will be as old as you! Miss you.....

Love Sweet Pea
August 17, 2009
Happy Birthday Willy

We miss you
July 24, 2009
Still thinking of and missing you, Bryan.

May 26, 2009
Hey Willy,
watch over all those brave men and women as they follow in yours and many others footsteps to protect our nation. I miss you buddy! God Bless! -Shep
May 25, 2009
Thank you...You are missed by so many, today and always.
Much Love,
Sweet P
May 25, 2009
Miss ya buddy...Happy Memorial Day
May 02, 2009
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February 17, 2009
Hey Big Willy! I can't believe it's been 3 seems much longer than that. Thank you for your friendship, your service and your sacrifice. I just wish I could talk to you and share with you what's going on....take care my brother. Know I'm thinking of you and that your thought about and talked about often.
February 17, 2009
Thinking of you and your family today! Thank you for serving our country!

February 17, 2009
It is hard to believe that we are at the 3rd anniversary of losing our heroes. Our hearts still ache, their loss we feel always and their memory and sacrifice we will never forget. As we continue to celebrate their lives, may God bless our families and bring comfort to our broken hearts. You are in our prayers daily. Mary
February 17, 2009
I can't believe it's been 3 years. I often think about all the good times we shared over the years. Like the time we went to my brothers wedding together. What a great time we had. I miss my friend, my brother and can't wait to see you again someday. Bob
February 17, 2009
Hi Angel,
Thinking about you and the others who lost their lives 3 years ago today. I can't believe it has been that long. So much has changed, but so much remains the same. I still miss you, still love you and still think of you every day.

Love always, Sweet P and Nittany
February 17, 2009
Capt..Hey brother.. Its seems that I only get around here on the day, but that doesn't mean that you are not thought of on a regular basis. You could never be forgotten, because you are always on our minds and in our hearts. You are my last to visit today and again I would like to thank you for everything that you have done to enrich my life. Just knowing you has done so. In Iraq it seemed that you were just another pilot, because we had so many at the time. But after we got back and started to work with each other a little more and more it was evident that you could never be just another pilot, but someone that could not be forgotten. Semper Fi, my brother.
February 17, 2009
To the family of Capt. Bryan D. Willard:
Bryan 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"
February 16, 2009
My friend,
I write to you tonight because I wish tomorrows date would never come to remind me of the loss I have in my life. Keep scouting for the perfect buck for me for when our time to hunt together happens. I miss you my brother...Pork
January 04, 2009
happy new year
December 24, 2008
Merry Christmas Willy!
November 11, 2008
Thinking about you and all the others who made the ultimate sacrifice for Freedom! God Bless the people who preserve our way of life by risking thier own! Thank you to all my fellow Veterans.
November 10, 2008
I was just thinking tonight about how handsome you always looked in your dress blues....during the 3 Marine Corps Balls we went to together and especially at our wedding. Happy 233rd birthday.... I miss you.
November 10, 2008
Happy vet's day. You gave everything for us.
September 26, 2008
On this dedication day at East Pennsboro High School, I pray for Bryan and his family. He was a student and athlete that I had the honor to coach and teach at EP. While we morn his passing, we need to celebrate his life. He was an inspiration to us all at EP. I cherish the times that I worked with him as a coach and teacher.
May God bless you.
Mr. M.
August 18, 2008
I just wanted to say happy birthday and I miss you.
August 17, 2008
Happy Birthday Bryan! I hope you are able to celebrate your day, because it's still YOUR day! I think of you so much man. It's Sunday evening now. Do you remember our Sunday tradition in Corpus Christi? I know you would never forget us listening to Thistle and Shamrock on NPR while we would have Black and Tans, or just the good ol' Guinness. I miss you a lot Willy. I just feel like we're unable to hang out or talk. I do not feel like you are not in this life anymore. Well, I guess that means you get to show us the ropes when we join you. Know I'm thinking of you so often. Hey, I was down in P-Cola a few months ago and was at McGuire’s. I asked them for your mug, but they said I needed to know more than just your name, like what was on it. That will always be one of your places to me. Happy Birthday. Kev
August 17, 2008
Happy birthday bro!
August 04, 2008
To the family and friends of Capt. Willard,

I am so sorry for your loss.

My name is Maggie Selzer, and I am directing ‘Run for the Fallen 5K run/walk’ in Boalsburg, PA (just outside of State College) on August 24th, 2008. The event, held on the PA military Museum grounds, aims to keep alive the memory of all fallen soldiers, but particularly those from PA. All proceeds from the event will go to organizations that support the families of fallen soldiers and supports wounded soldiers.

I encourage you to learn more about the event at

The event is meant to keep alive the memories of brave men and women like Capt. Willard.

If you have any questions, or would like to send a memory of Capt. Willard to be included with the flag memorial that will be set up at this event, please contact me at (814) 571-8755 or
July 04, 2008
Hey Willy,
Just wanted to give you a Happy 4th shout out. Miss you man. I am going out to the front porch right now to enjoy a CAO American right now. Hope you can taste it to...Pork
July 04, 2008
Hi Angel, I guess heaven got another one today.... A really really good one. All the good ones end up where you are. I know John will be excited to meet you. My most recent memories are eating grouper with John at "The Fish House" In Key Largo. The same place we went there with my parents the night I ended up in the hospital with that gallbladdar attack right before you proposed......Happy 4th of July! You won't have to worry about the view this year. Luv- SweetP
June 23, 2008
You are thought of often and we all thank you for everything you gave up for our country.
May 26, 2008
Thinking of you today, Bryan!
May 26, 2008
God Bless America and all those who Volunteer to Keep her The land of the Free and the home of the Brave!

Hey Willy,
I was just talking to a guy about motorcycles and Riding someone elses bike. I was telling him the story about you lending me yours! Man that really sucked! Anyway, I was thinking of you and I know you were pretty upset about it cause it was your first bike and all. You handled it like a true Gentleman though. I know it took a little time to get it fixed, but I got it done as quick as I could. I can chuckle about it now but I felt so bad then. LOL. Its amazing all the things that can happen during our relatively short time here. Thanks for being a real Friend. That means alot! I miss ya! -Shep
May 25, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Capt Willard!
May 23, 2008
To you and all of your fallen Brothers. Happy Memorial Day...
April 03, 2008
Hey Sir, I am about 1 1/12 monthsn from graduating....2nd Lt....i will dedicate my commissioning to you! Just wants to say thanks for the inspiration...One of kind!
March 23, 2008
Big Willy Style,

Not many days go by without me thinking or talking about you. I heard for the first time in a while "Thistle and Shamrock" on NPR. I shared with my wife, Lindsay, how that was part of our weekly tradition while we were in Corpus Christi. We had our Guinness and or black and tans, listen to that program, and watch the TX, sunset. Those were great times and a great way to start the week of work. I'm sitting with my parents and Lindsay right now and we were talking about you. I miss you and keep you with me all the time. I still feel like we have just been apart for a while vice what reality is. The great think is that we will be together again some day in heaven. Happy Easter Bryan.
February 29, 2008
Capt, I was thinking about everyone these past weeks and just couldn't really bring myself to look at any sites or pages. I often think about you and the guys and wish y'all still here. I do miss everyone and you will always be remembered in my prayers. Thank you for letting me know you these past years. Semper Fidelis
February 18, 2008
Hey Willy,
Just was thinking about you and wanted to say hello. I miss ya!Shannon, Brad and Mr. Willard, My thoughts and prayers are with you and I hope all is well with you. God Bless.
February 17, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and all your family & friends as we share this 2nd anniversary. We will never forget their service and sacrifice. Mary (Mom of Lcpl. Nicholas Sovie 7/28/85 - 2/17/06)
February 17, 2008
i miss you brother...tonight a little johnny blue and a cigar
December 31, 2007
Happy New Years Bro,
If you had any part in sending that 11pt. my way this year thanks. Hope you got to watch the action unfold. First shot is to you tonight...Pork
November 22, 2007
Hi Angel,
Happy Thanksgiving. Can't believe this will be the second one without you already but I bet you get the good stuff every day.
Just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for EVERYTHING that we had together, everything you showed me, and just for being you. I am so thankful just to have been a part of your life. I miss you but I know you are never truly far. So Happy Turkey Day Sweetheart. I know the mashed potatoes will be just right for you. You are still loved deeply by many back here, especially one little blue tick hound with a cow belly that goes by the name of Nittany. Don't forget to start with dessert first just to be sure you will have room for it. Love you Sweetheart.
November 13, 2007
Happy Vets Day Willy. Jess and I are thinking about you.
November 12, 2007
Hey Willy,
Just wanted to give a happy vet's day shout out and a happy 232nd bday salute. You know Shep did start it....
November 10, 2007
Happy Birthday Marine! It's hard to believe we were in P-cola 7 years ago and helping out with the 225th ball for MATSG. Well, it's been quite a trip out here. I've been thinking of you so much. I always do. There are not many days that go by where you are not on my mind. I had the pleasure of spending 4 days in Djibouti, Africa. It's hard to believe that I got to walk in some of the last places you walked, got to see the tents that you called your squadron, and eat at the same chow hall you used to eat at. It was an honor being there Bryan. As silly for a reason as it was for me to be there, it was great. I'm trying to get back to my ship, and I still am! I was in Qatar doing some planning and the ship had to move somewhere else, so now I'm chasing it down. We're about 3 1/2 months into this deployment, which it always seems longer at this point. Just know you have been on my mind so much in the past week. Especially today as we honor our brothers on this special day. There are only 6 Marines on this ship and we had a mini ceremony as we should have. It was nice and informal, but meaningful. You are missed my man. Happy 232nd birthday Marine!
November 07, 2007
Hey Willy!
I just wanted to let you know that Me, Bake, and Woody took a road trip up to Lawheads house acouple weeks ago! Greg asked me to bring the old football videos along. We watched the Lower Dauphin game cause Greg wanted to see the "fight". Remember that? I REALLY didnt cause that fight! Anyway, we were watching and Guess who had a sweet interseption? Thats right YOU did! Man that was pretty sweet how you just stepped right in front of that bad boy! Anyway, the point is, you're in our thoughts, and on the TV! It was just nice to be with other friends and be able to share that video with them and see our buddy! Man we miss you! I am glad my mom taped those game for me. You dont realize when your in High School how valuble something like that will be to you in the future. I never would have thought that would be the only place that I would be able to see my bud in action. Atleast I have those videos. Man are they valuble to me. The way things change when you "GROW UP". Well Buddy I just wanted to let you know that We miss you, and we were thinking about you when were there together. By the way, We went to the Penn State vs. Iowa Game. PSU got the win Baby! They're having a decent season , but it could be better! Lots of young talent so the future looks bright! Im sure you have the best seats in the house. Next time your watching the game, look for me in the stands. I'll be looking for you in the clouds!
Love ya buddy!

Willy, By the way!
November 07, 2007
10 Nov 1775 - 10 Nov 2007

Happy birthday from one Marine to another...

Semper Fidelis
November 06, 2007
Dear relatives of Bryan, my son SSGT Russell J. Verdugo is buried in Arlington National Cemetery along with your hero. I took some photos last Memorial Day Week-end 2007 and have a photo of your Bryan’s grave site and marker. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please let me know. I know we are so very proud of our fallen heroes, but we miss them so. I loved the story of Nittany and the "deadly" balloon and the photo!
In loving remembrance of our heroes!
Gold Star Mother,
September 16, 2007
We have always intended to try and make contact with someone in your family and sitting here on this day, Sept. 16th, for some reason it hit me to google your name Bryan. I don't know why it hit me just now or why at that moment I was thinking of you, except that I had passed your old place today. We are back in Corpus Christi and Steve is an instructor at VT-31. I went to a birthday party with the kids(we have added two more since we last saw you) and it was at a park by the apartments where you lived. I had to laugh because it reminded me of when you would let us sign your name as your guests so we could use your pool. You came out to swim with Luke(who was 3 1/2 at the time--nearly 10 now) and I was 7 months pregnant with Brock. You said, "Oh my god! Is it twins!?" I remember chasing you around the pool trying to throw you in. Steve has such fond memories of his days with you, Kevin and Niku. Ya'll were our single friends but didn't seem to ever mind having us and Luke tagging along to stuff. You were always so wonderful with Luke and he really loved you. Steve is on the road right now but I want you to know the deep sadness we felt when we heard about your death, and the pain all those who loved you were feeling. We were in Okinawa then and felt so out of touch and wish we could've contacted your family. We truly hope that your family has been able begin healing and we want you to know that anytime we even hear the name Bryan, we can't help feel our hearts tug in our chests. God Bless.

The Pacheco's
Steve, Angela, Luke, Brock & Jude
August 17, 2007
Happy Birthday SweetHeart. Yet another birthday when we should be out doing something fun, instead I am writing to you on this site. I decided Nittany and I would have a go at a little fun today instead. We went to the park for a little picnic. Let me tell you, it is as you said of your last 3 deployments, "Africa Hot" here right now. Of course, the perfect dog (in her scared-of-the-world way) manages to be perfect yet again. I wanted to get a picture of us but the park was nearly vacant b/c school has just started. I went to set the camera on a bench with the timer then I went to go set Nittany up in front of the camera along with helium balloons I brought to the park. She somehow managed to get her leash tangled around the ribbon of the balloons and she freaked out. The balloons were attached to her and she took off like lightning doing laps around this park so fast. She looked like one of those dogs at the track! At first I was scared that she was gonna lose it and run away. One by one the latex balloons started popping when they hit the grass which just spurred her to run faster and further. After all the latex balloons finally popped and there was only one mylar balloon attached to her, I was finally able to get her to slow down and eventaully stop long enough to get her untangled. I was so hot and sweaty and scared and relieved all at the same time and then I just thought about what a laugh you would have got out of all that and what a wonderful laugh you had and before you know it I was smiling. I don't think Nittany was though. She still didn't want much to do with that last balloon. Happy Birthday. We miss you! Love, SweetP
August 15, 2007
There is nothing that I can say or do to take away the pain or bring you peace in your time of sorrow, but I will offer you and your family my heart felt condolences. I also offer you my prayers that in time the pain will easy and the memories of your HERO will carry you through each day and night. I want to thank your HERO, for his/her selfless act of becoming a member of the armed forces, his/her willingness to defend the United States of America, all that we hold sacred and for the sacrifice that will forever be etched in the memories of all those who knew him/her. Though tears can never bring him/her back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that he/she made and our sorrow at his/her passing. I believe for every fallen HERO there is a star shining brightly up above to remind us of the precious gift we were given.

Your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GOD’s Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before.

I made a special promise to LE RON A. WILSON, a dear family friend who joined the Army with three other friends, one of whom is my son (Le Ron was killed in action on 07/06/07 at the age of 18) on the day he was laid to rest as I touched his coffin, that I would never forget him nor would I forget those that gave their lives for our country before him, with him and after him and so when I came across, I thought what a great way to keep my promise to Le Ron, so I will continue to leave tributes in each guest book until the day there is no longer the need to leave these tributes to a FALLEN HERO.


Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 26, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Capt Willard and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 25, 2007
May 28, 2007
You were my best friend,
You had the most beautiful smile.
You were my best friend,
And that made it all worthwhile.

You were my Prince Charming,
Romantic, gentle and kind.
You were my Prince Charming,
Chivalrous, thoughtful and genuine.

You were my husband,
You showed me love was true.
You were my husband,
Love was all we knew.

You are my hero,
Stong, courageous and brave.
You are my hero,
A Marine all the way to the grave.

Now you are an Angel,
All the above is still true.
You will always be my Angel,
Looking down from skies of blue.

Thinking of you today and every day, along with all the brave men and women that gave so unselfishly of themselves. You are all missed, loved and remembered.
May 28, 2007
In memoery of you and all of our fallen heroes on this memorial day weekend...thank you! I can speak for many when I say we miss you.
Your deer head looks on proudly among mine. Shannon will never understand the beauty she gave up but I will treasure as I did our friendship. We will do a shot to it as our first shot as long as it hangs in the man room.
May 25, 2007
Capt. Willard, Sgt Poust here...going to OCS in a few weeks...would not be here without your motivation...your influence...good served proudly...I am more than honoured to cary on the Marine Corps tradition in your name...
April 04, 2007
To the Willard family; I previously signed Bryan's guest book; I visit ANC three to five days a week. Each time I am there I visit/honor Bryan. From the most inner part of my heart I am so sorry Bryan was taken from you. Bryan it has been a year since you were taken. Please know sir that you are my hero and that you will NEVER be forgotten.
February 27, 2007
Hey Willy,
It was good seeing you last week. I hope you enjoyed the cigar and beer. Well I had another go at the Johnny Walker Blue label. Not sure what my take on it is yet but by the time we sip it together I should have a taste for it. If you have any pull up there can help push this baby along, chris is driving me crazy. Miss ya man...
February 25, 2007
Bryan, I had my bachelor party on the 17th and thought of you so much that night. I know you would not have missed it. Believe me, you were there with me. I shared your story with the guys and celebrated you that night as well Willy. You have a spot as a groomsman on April 7th when I get married. My groomsmen list has had 6 guys on it way before I met the woman I am marrying, and you were always one. Nothing changes with that. You are missed so much and are thought of always.
February 18, 2007
Hey Willy,
Shep here! I was just burning all of our high school football videos to DVD and I found myself spending alot of time watching and remembering all of the great times we had playing football together! All the way back to pee wee's when we had the smallest guy on the team at center! can you believe it? you were a center! That's pretty funny! By high school you were a DB and Pork was the Center! All was as it should be!
If things could only stay that simple. Life never lets us off that easy and along the journey we lose prescious gifts that we take for granted while they're here. I will be the first to admit that when you left us, I found myself regreting that I didn't keep in touch as much as I should have. Life happens so fast that sometimes I find myself caught in the daily "routine" and before I know it months have gone by! It is really scarey how fast time goes by!
It seems like a couple of weeks ago that I heard the news of the accident. I cant tell you how it broke my heart! I know I lost touch with you over the last couple of years before the accident, but it brings back all of the childhood memories and all of the fun we actually had together! We are so blessed to have the group of friends that we have grown up with! They are a part of you and you are a part of us. The hole that was left with your passing is still there! That's the thing about the friends you grow up with, The effects that they have had on your life are forever! You are a permanent part of us "your friends". You have affected our lives as we grew together into men! You happened to be one of the exceptional Men that came out of the group of our friends. Thank you for being a part of our lives, and making us better men! You are the example for all of us to follow!
Shannon, You are always in our thoughts and prayers!
Brad, and Mr. Willard, Thank you for sharing your brother and son with us, his friends. He made our live more fun! You too are in our thoughts and prayers.
February 17, 2007
A whole year without you,
I guess I made it through.
It took friends and family,
And all the love we knew.

So many mornings the sun rose,
Even when I thought it shouldn't.
I pulled myself out of bed,
Even when I thought I couldn't.

Reality was a place,
I didn't want to be.
Fantasy was better,
Just you, puppy and me.

Winter turned to Spring,
Along with it coming a return date.
But you weren't returning home,
It was tiime to accept your fate.

In matters of the heart,
The heart seems to always win.
It could convince my brain 2 believe,
You were still out on the mission.

Spring turned to Summer,
Life kept moving on.
It was time for me to do the same,
But it was so hard with you gone.

A new house in a familiar place,
A place I once did love.
We shared a few memories there,
Now you can look down from above.

As Summer turned to Fall,
I started to recognize the old me.
I began to smile at our memories,
Instead of cry uncontrolably.

Fall turned into Winter,
And now it's been a year.
I've spent every holiday without u,
I've shed a million tears.

As wonderful as it was,
I stopped longing for our past.
Heaven is your home now,
And this I learned at last:

I shouldn't cry because it's over,
I should smile because it happened.
You will always be remembered and loved on this earth by many.
Love Sweet P and Nittany
February 17, 2007
On this year anniversary I just want to say thank you for your service and will never be forgotten. I know the pain in the hearts of those you left behind and it forever links our hearts together. We will always share this anniversary date that forever changed our lives, broke our hearts and altered the path of our lives. To all the family and friends of Capt. Willard, please know that we pray for you all each and everyday.
{{{{{HUGS}}}}} Mary (Mom of Lcpl. Nicholas Sovie 7/28/85 - 2/17/06)
February 17, 2007
It is an honor to pay tribute to Capt. Bryan D. Willard, on the first anniversary of the day, he gave his life for our Country, with a Multitude of Thanks, for his Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

Rest Safely Capt. Willard, in God's Loving Care and may the Peace of God continue to be with the Willard family.
Those who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, my brother among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967.

"I will lift up my eyes to the hills-
from whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth."
~ Psalm 121:1-2 ~

I am sincerely hoping that you continue to feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you each day, as this Country Remembers Someone Very Precious to you, who is a Hero to all of us.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your loss.
February 16, 2007
I love you and miss you so very much....
February 07, 2007
Peyton finally won the big game. You knew he would, we knew he would. Was expecting better commercials though. I am sure you had good seats :)
October 18, 2006
Happy 3rd Anniversary Sweetheart! Can't believe I haven't seen you since before our second one. Wow. I rememeber how forward we were looking to finally being able to spend an anniversary together. We never did quite decide what we were going to do. I think we decided it didn't matter as long as we were incredibly intuitive that was of us.
As this October 18th approached I kept thinking about the day and how I would spend it and what it would be like. I finally came to realize it is like all the other days. I didn't love you any more on our anniversarry when you were alive then I loved you any other day. I don't love you any less on days that are not our anniversary now that you are gone.
You made a promise to spend this 3rd anniversary with me, and a Marine always keeps his promise. Back on August 24, 2004 you wrote me in an instant message from Iraq. Among many many other things it said that you know I will always have you in my heart. Those are the most important words anyone has ever written to me. By those words we have never missed so much as a moment together and I know you will always be with me in journey though life and I can't really ask for more than that. Thank you for being so wonderful. I love you.
October 04, 2006
Shannon is wearing a Steelrs shirt now...
August 31, 2006
Hey Willy,
Just got done building my new bar in the man room and was looking at pic's of you holding your first book w/ a bow and the last pic taken here at the camp fire so I decided to write you. Man, you should see the buck in the back yard this year. You would be licking your chops.So far I have seen a 12-14pt., 2 8pts., a 5pt. and a bunch of doe. A good crop of deer this year. Sept 30 is the first day of archery this year so be ready to be in the stand all day. School starts MOnday so expect me to be rubbing the hell out of the squadron coin you gave me. It usually helps keep my senses. Thrusady night Steelers vs. Dolphins. Not sure after the huge loss in the PSU vs FSU game that Shannon wants to bet me. Of course she has been wearing that PSU hat maybe the next bet should be a steeler shirt. Well buddy I hope to see you soon in my dreams or at least I will see you beside my in the tree....see you when I see you
August 17, 2006
Happy Birthday Sweetheart. Hard to believe you would turn 34 today. Even harder to believe you have been gone for 6 months today. Seems cruel for you to be taken on your half birthday. I can remember how you celebrated your 28th birthday. I didn’t know you then. I wouldn’t meet you for another week. All I would hear about is this crazy guy that went out drinking and then went swimming in the freezing cold ocean in the middle of the night. What a nut I thought to myself. Who knew I would end up falling head over heels for that nut and marry him 3 years later. 28 years old. You were the same age when we met that I was when you died. We didn’t get to spend very many of your birthdays together. I remember spending your 30th birthday together. A quiet evening at home alone…….only after we had gone down to the rifle range to shoot your new rifle….my first time shooting. Those were some of my favorite nights. The nights when it was just you and me - home alone. And then there was your 31st birthday. Another quiet one at home but a very special one. We made a very special addition to our family that weekend. Nittany Willard. Even without having you here to ask I know she was your favorite birthday present. But I think she was more of a present to each other.
I still can’t believe you are another year older. I still can’t believe you are gone. In my eyes you will always be 33.
This week has been tough with your birthday and the 6 month anniversary of the accident. As sad and as hard as it is, I would rather choose to celebrate your life. A life and person as wonderful as you deserve celebrating. You made this world a better place just for being you, not to mention your heroic sacrifices for our appreciative Country. I heard an old country song about a month ago that explains it perfectly: “You made my whole life worthwhile with your smile”. And that is the truth. Remembering all of your one-dimpled smiles is what gets me through each day and makes me remember what a truly lucky person I was to be the one you chose to spend your life with, even if your life was ended far too soon.
August 17th won’t be about a day without you, a year without you, or even a life without you. It is about the day a hero was born, the day a younger brother was born, the day a son was born, the day a best friend to many was born, the day my true love was born. I miss you so much, not just today, but every day….In my dreams
I'll always see you soar
Above the sky
In my heart
There always be a place
For you for all my life
I'll keep a part
Of you with me
And everywhere I am
There you'll be
Happy Birthday Angel – Love Forever, Sweet P and Nittany
June 04, 2006
I know not of your son's life other then being a Marine and having earned that little one inch photo of the fallen in the Marine times. I am sorry for your loss and want to thank you for raising such a warrior. He was willing to make a sacrifice as was I when I served. I honor him and you for recognizing the need for having such warriors--without them we would surely be speaking a different language.
Semper Fidelis
May 01, 2006
March 22, 2006

It is hard to believe it has been over a month now. Since I am deployed and have missed all the services, it has almost seemed like it has not happened. As I sail closer to home, it becomes more real. Today it seems more real as I am anchored just a few miles from the crash site. I am flying with in the next few hours, which is dedicated to you friend. All flights while I am out here are for you. As I stood on top of my ship today and looked out over this country and its waters, I realized what this place is and means to me now. It will be a place I will always consider yours. A place where I can stand alone, look out over the waters and know you are here. You will always be with your family and friends in sprit. A person like you has that effect on people. Not everyone is blessed with that, but you are. This, and all flights here are for you Bryan. These are your waters and I thankful I am able to be here in your honor. I love you bro and miss you more now than ever.
March 18, 2006
To the Willard Family:

My brother the airman Staff Sgt. Luis Meléndez Sánchez from Puerto Rico lost his life in the same accident. My family prayers and condolences thoughts are with all of them to rest in peace…
March 16, 2006
We are so sorry for your loss and thank you for your sacrifice.
Rest in peace Captain Willard.
Semper Fidelis!

Michael & Deborah Miles
Proud Marine Parents of
Sgt. Sean H. Miles
KIA 24 January 2006
Al Karmah, Iraq
March 07, 2006
Dear Capt. Willards Family,
I only knew your son through Jimmy, my boyfriend. He was flying with your son that night. He talked very well of your son, he always said he was a good pilot and liked flying with him. I am very confident that if anything could have been done to avoid that accident your son would have done it. I am so sorry for your loss. I know Jimmy and your son are looking down on us and protecting us. You are all in my prayers.
March 07, 2006
This is my last goodbye that I say to you my friend. For now on I will say "hey Willy" when we talk. You know as well as I do we have many conversations to come. You will never be gone in my mind or heart. You were a true friend.

Mr. Willard,
You have raised and outstanding young man. As a father, you accomplished what you were supposed to do. Willy always was kind, caring , and respectful. He modeled you.

Bryan was always proud when he said you were his big brother. He looked up to you.

I feel shelfish when I call Willy my best friend. You were his best friend with out a doubt. I may have known him longer but in his heart you were his closet friend. His love. As I have told before, once you married him you married me. I will always be here for you as your friend. Never hesitate to call when you need me.
March 06, 2006
We will remember. God Bless you, and your family.
March 06, 2006
Shannon, I know this has been extrememly hard for you to handle. I do want to tell you that Brian was one of the luckiest people I knew. He was surrounded by wonderful people like yourself who all loved him very much. And though it was way sooner than anyone would have expected, he died doing what he loved doing; flying, serving his country, and knowing that you where in his life. If ever you ask a Marine how they would want to go, it think the answer would be the same accross the board. I thank God he didn't suffer and I also thank God for giving me the opportunity to have met him. He has touched so many lives in so many ways...and for that we are all lucky. Take care and if you need anything please call anytime (813)967-2286
March 06, 2006

Sorry to hear about your terrible loss. The Marine Corps is a small community. I have lost a few friends and Marines who served with me and each one had a huge impact. I did not know Bryan that well but I was in OCS with him (Charlie, Co 3rd plt) and I remember him as having a great sense of humor and a great guy to be around. Once again, my heart goes out to you and your family. God bless all of you.

Capt Jimmy Lane
March 06, 2006

Sorry to hear about your terrible loss. The Marine Corps is a small community. I have lost a few friends and Marines who served with me and each one had a huge impact. I did not know Bryan that well but I was in OCS with him (Charlie, Co 3rd plt) and I remember him as having a great sense of humor and a great guy to be around. Once again, my heart goes out to you and your family. God bless all of you.

Capt Jimmy Lane
March 05, 2006
To the Willard family: I previously signed this guest book, but today while I was at Arlington National Cemetery I stopped and prayed for Bryan and his family.
March 05, 2006
We heard someone say recently that "death ends a life, not a relationship" and we think this is the case with Bryan and his loving wife and family. Your relationship with him will always live in your hearts and for Bryan, in his spirit in Heaven.
March 05, 2006
To The Ones who Loved Bryan Willard,

With deepest sympathy we send this message. We had never met Byron, but knowing his mother, Bonita Lewis, we know that all that has been said before was true. It was a dastardly crime that death took this youth too soon, but your memories will sustain you through the years. May they always be happy ones.

The Rosy Chapeaux-z Chapter of the Red Hatters.
March 05, 2006
To Shannon, David, Brad, Margaret, and Bonita:

We have been touched tremendously by hearing the stories, over the past few days, about the life of Capt. Bryan Willard. He is a true American hero. We will hold the memory of his love and sacrifice in our hearts as long as we live. May the peace of God and the comfort of loved-ones be with you, and uplift you, in this time of loss.

Gary and Cindy Paxton
March 05, 2006
Willard Family,

My family and I truly feel for the loss of your Marine. We are a fellow Marine Family and we actually heard about this site through our friends the Booths. There is nothing we can say or do to console your feelings of loss but know that your family is in our prayers. Respectfully and Semper Fi, The Pleak Corps
March 04, 2006
Dear Bonita.
Our deepest Sympathy
March 04, 2006
Dear Bonita.
Our deepest Sympathy
March 04, 2006
Thank you for sharing your beautiful letter to Bryan with all of us. The love you and Bryan share is truly an inspiration. Bryan brought you into the Marine Corps family , a very special family and we will always be here for you.
Jim and I wish you peace and blessings.
Love...Eileen and Jim
March 04, 2006
March 04, 2006
My beloved husband,
Today was the hardest day of my life saying good-bye to you. But it's less of a "good-bye" and more of an "until we meet again". You still owe me at least 50 more years of good times, memories and dreams. I'll just have to take a rain check. Today at the service when the Pastor said something along the lines of years being measured by the number of lives touched, I calculated your age to be somewhere around 947. I have already said my "until we meet agains" and while I could go on forever about how wonderful you are, it is evident that everyone already knew that. So instead I will post my final letter to you which will be on it's way to heaven shortly. Always know, I am evrything I am today because YOU loved me.

I remember the day, just over 3 years ago that Bryan called and told me he was going to be deployed to Iraq in support of what was the eon-set of the war which we now call "enduring Iraqi Freedom". We had just gotten engaged and were supposed to be planning our wedding, not for him to deploy to Iraq. That is when I began my deployment ritual of writing him a letter every night before I went to bed. I tried to play it off like it was all for him and I wanted to make sure he had at the very least 1 letter at every mail call, but the truth was, it was more for me. It was hard enough to go to sleep each night without hearing his voice, let alone sharing my day with him and telling him how much I loved him. And so began my deployment ritual of crawling into bed every night to write him a card or letter about anything and everything, just so long as I got to say "I love you" to him. I would always number the cards in the lower right hand corner corresponding with what day in the deployment he was gone so he would know what order to open them in and I would know how close he was to coming home. So what I am about to read is my final "deployment letter" The lower right hand corner would say #137 b/c that's how many days he would have been deployed as of yesterday. he only difference is instead of mailing it to
Capt Bryan d Willard
HMH 464 DET b
APO 09363
I will drop it in the mail to Capt Bryan D Willard heaven. That is a much shorter address and nothing sent there will require one of those pesky customs forms.

;My dearest Honey,

It's hard to believe you have been gone for 12 days already. It seems as if it has been one continuous day since I was given the news. I was so mad, sad and bitter. Bitter for all the time we were shorted together. Then sad when I thought of all the plans we had made which will never happen, and sad for the family we had planned which will never be. But then I started putting together collages and slide shows of your time here on earth and I found such comfort in them. We did so much in the little time that we had together. I have so many photos and memories to remember you and them by. And then I started getting e-mails from the people that loved and cared for you so much, and I read on the legacy web-site of so many wonderful memories and times you had before I was lucky enough to have you in my life. And then there were the constant phone calls, cards, food and flowers that poured in from friend, family and even people we didn't know that wanted to thank you for all you sacrificed for this wonderful country of ours. And I couldn't help but think how lucky we were to have such wonderful people in our lives.
After the memorial service yesterday in Jacksonville I got to hear even more wonderful stories about you. But it wasn't the stories that stick in my mind as much as it is the consistency of what people say about you. It is almost as if they rehearsed it. No matter what relationship you had with someone, near or close, military or civilian, family or friend, they all said the same things about you. It was your sense of humor, your infectious laugh, coolness under pressure (especially in the cockpit), always having an encouraging word for someone and of course, that you were a stellar Marine. And I can't help but be amazed that even though your life here on earth ended so early, you touched more lives in your 33 years than most will touch if they live to be 100.
As for you and I, I wouldn't change a thing. I don't think Webster makes a word to express how broken my heart is right now but you gave me the best 5 1/2 years of my life, and that makes up for the worst heartbreak ever. You were my first love. You taught me how to fall in love and how to let someone fall in love with me. Even though I am still the severe Klutz you married a couple of years ago; I know you were laughing when I was paying respects to your memorial yesterday and I accidentally knocked your picture down on the alter in front of the whole church. You probably had something to do with it just so my brothers would have something to laugh at. But aside from that, I am such a better person for knowing you. Still a klutz and still fiercely competitive, you have given me a constant and huge challenge and you know I don't back down from a challenge. To live a life as good and pure as you did so that one day I will be upstairs with you for eternity. Until that day I will hold all of our happy memories and love in my heart and feel blessed to have had the time we had instead of bitter for the time we didn't.
I remember when we first started dating. You used to keep this book beside your bed "the medal of honor recipients". Occasionally you would read me the story of one of those brave men. I will always remember the pride in your voice as you read to me. I know you were honored to die for this wonderful country of ours so that all those you love can walk free b/c that is the type of person you are. I just wish it didn't happen so soon. You were the bravest man I even knew, a fearless marine, a wonderful daddy to Nittany and the best husband any wife could hope for.
3 days after your death I received a card in the mail from you. On the back it said "Open on the 14th" Although receiving that card produced yet another river of tears, I knew it was your sign to me that you were happily at you final resting spot. I know which month you meant for me to open it but that day has already passed. It may be March 14th before I can open it, or 6 months from now before I can open the card which holds the last physical words I'll ever have written from you; but that's okay b/c I don't need anything physical to keep you in my heart and soul forever. Nittany and I will miss you and love you forever.

Love always, and I do mean always,
sweet p and nittany.
March 03, 2006
Dear Mr. Willard, Brad, & Shannon,

Mr. Willard,
Thank you for being such a wonderfull father and role model to Willy. You helped Willy become the best he could be, which is the Best Man I have ever known.

Thank you for being such a Great brother to Willy, He looked up to you & admired you. Your Love to your brother reflected how he treated his friends.

Thank you for the way you Love Willy. You brought a glow to him that stuck with him 24 hours a day. The Love you gave each other showed me that Love does exist & it helped me find Love. I Thank you. You will forever be in my Heart

Shannon, Mr Willard & Brad,
You are some of the most amazing people I have ever met, I will forever hold you close to my heart. I will always be there for you if you ever need me, please don't hesitate to call upon me.

You are an American Hero. You are everything we should strive to be. Someday, if someone says I was 1/2 the man Willy was, I would be honored and too lucky. I'll see you again, my friend.
I Love you all, Alan
March 03, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Bryan.
March 03, 2006
To the Willard Family,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family in this time of great loss. I was also honored to know and love Bryan throughout our time at East Penn. May your family find comfort in knowing how many people loved and respected Bryan. He was a wonderful person, friend and true hero and he will be sorely missed. God Bless You!
March 03, 2006
I went to school and graduated with Willy and have such fond memories of him. I can still see that picture he posed for at graduation...the one where he dressed like he did when he was young with his tube socks pulled up to his knees! Always the funny guy!
My oldest son is about to turn 13 and he hangs out with a group of kids that reminds me a lot of the group of us that all hung out! I only wish that I had seen him recently to know him as an adult.

You will be sadly missed!!! You were one of my best friends growing up...I am blessed to have known you!

To the Willard family,
I am praying for you all! May God comfort you in this time of sorrow!

Kim and Matt Balko
March 03, 2006
i met brian in 1993 through his friends.he was an awesome person to be around and to talk with.he was always in good spirit which made him the person that he was. god bless him for everything he did.
March 03, 2006
Last Flight Out
A Tribute to Bryan Willard

The world has lost a great one
An extraordinary man
Causing all to question
Just what is God's plan?

An inspiration to us all, a great role model
A husband and friend like many aspire to be
A son and a brother, their pride you can see
A soldier defending our right to be free

He touched each of us and we'll never forget
The difference that he has made
His sacrifice the ultimate
His life he gave

Willy's mission has changed
Now he joins a corps of angels
Still guarding and protecting
Each one of our souls

God has a purpose
We may not understand
He called our soldier home
Now we mourn that fine man

Let not our hearts be troubled
He's in a wonderful place
Flying ever higher
With God's amazing grace

We will miss you. This whole experience has changed us. Rest assured that the lessons learned will continue with us for the rest of our lives.

Shannon and the Willard family
May God bless you and provide you with the peace of which only he is capable.
March 03, 2006
To the Family of Bryan Willard:
Words will never convey my feelings, but as the Mother of a Marine, I can only imagine what you are going through. We are all grateful and proud of him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
March 03, 2006
Bonita Lewis,

As his mother, I know you worried more about his safety from the time he enlisted until now.
Now he is surrounded and resting in the soft wings of angels.
No need to worry any longer.

May you find peace in your heart. And comfort from your loving family and friends.

Having 3 boys in the US services & 2 brothers during war time, and
several close calls.
Thank GOD they all made it home. But a mother's prayers and fears can become very intense, because you just don't know if they will make it home.

Knowing what a wonderful person you are it doesn't surprise me that you had the wonderful son that he was. In reading about him, I see his family and friends are very proud.

"Blessed are the Peace Makers for they shall be called sons of GOD".

My heartfelt sympathy to all of his family, friends, and community.

Please keep praying for PEACE because it will come.
March 03, 2006
How can simple words express the loss of such a great man? I graduated with Bryan from East Pennsboro in 1990, and had the absolute pleasure of knowing him. As I read the many tributes written about Bryan, I am comforted by the many memories I and other high school classmates had of him. Time passes very quickly, and yet it seems like yesterday that we all graduated as young people ready to take on the world. Even then, Bryan had that special something that made you want to spend more time in his presence. His ready and genuine smile and his silliness were some of his most endearing qualities, yet he did have a serious side and you just knew that he was destined for bigger and better things than some of us had ever dared to dream! It is extremely sad to see someone we all grow up with pass on at such a young age. It is great to know we have people like Bryan serving and supporting our country and I am honored to say that I knew him. I am proud of his career choice and proud of him. Bryan gave his life for one of the most noble and honorable of causes - freedom. Thank you Bryan for being the wonderful person you were to so many. You will always be remembered for your sacrifice.
March 03, 2006
Will & Family,

My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of Bryan's friends and family. My mother just called and gave me the news and the first thing I said was “Wow, he was such an awesome guy.” Judging by the tremendous outpouring of support, Bryan obviously had the same effect on everyone he knew. I only wish we had more Bryan Willard’s; this world would be a much better place. Thank you for your time and service. You were and continue to be a positive force in the lives of all who knew you.

March 02, 2006
Dear Willard Family,
We wish to offer our deepest condolences today and always. Our daughter loved Marine Lance Corporal Jason Lee Frye,19, who was killed in action on October 6, 2005.
Our lives have changed. Memories of Jason are so fresh and strong. We feel the greatest gratitude for those who serve and deeply grieve for the families who lose a loved one. May God Bless you with the comfort of knowing so many care and pray for Bryan and your family.
With admiration and great respect,
March 02, 2006
I graduated with Bryan and I remember him just like everyone else that signed this guest book he was so kind and sweet to everyone. He was a great guy!! He will be greatly missed!!!
March 02, 2006
To the Willard Family

I had the pleasure of attending High School and graduating with Bryan. He was a great person to talk to and laugh. He will be fondly remembered.
March 02, 2006
My family did not know Capt. Willard, but we know someone close to him and there was nothing but kind words spoken of him and his family. We (my wife and I ) would like to take this time to Thank - You , the family for allowing Capt Willard to serve his country and defend us in such a honorable manner. We are so proud of him and he can only be smiling on all of us today.
March 02, 2006
I just want you to know that you and Brian’s family have been in my thoughts and prayers this past week. My deepest sympathies.
March 02, 2006
There are too many thoughts and emotions running through my head to accurately convey how I feel. Willy was always the good guy, nice, easy to talk to and never cruel to others. He always had a smile on his face and through all the years I can’t remember a time where he was truly upset.

I think I’m a better person for knowing Willy and my love and sympathy go out to his family. He’ll be missed.

March 02, 2006
Dear Willard Family,
We are truly sorry for the loss of Bryan and most certainly he will be missed. May God and loved ones comfort you in your time of sorrow. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

To Bryan,
We will miss you, dear friend, but we will cherish the great memories of you that we have. As time teaches us all, life is not easy. But in this time of sorrow and sadness for those who know you, we will remember and reflect on the blessing you were and will continue to be in our own lives.

Your kind heart and contagous "belly laugh" could fill a room with cheer, and we will always remember your gracious, humble spirit.

Your courage and honor are evident to all, and your willingness to serve(and lead) our country where others might fear to tread will encourage us all to stand firm and be true to our ideas and the people we love.

You died a hero, and may you be honored and remembered as such. We will miss you.

In loving memory,
Ryan Gainor and the class of 1990
March 02, 2006
I went to school with Bryan and he was a very nice person.I am sorry that you had to leave us so soon.My thoughts and prayers are with his family.Thanks for your bravery Bryan you will not be forgotten..
March 02, 2006
Wow, what a rush of feelings this has brought, not to just his family, but to all of us who were so lucky to have Bryan in our lives. Bryan and I spent a lot of time together growing up. I still have fond memories our childhood mischief while my mom babysat us in our early childhood years. What a fun times we had in all our school years. We shared many smiles and even some tears. Bryan grew to be a young man we can all only be proud of. And as others have mentioned, not a negative spirit in him, always polite and always good spirited. A marine, someone with the courage to fight for our daily lives and the things we take for granted. It was an honor to share in Bryan's life.

My heart and prayers are with his family and friends.
March 01, 2006
My deepest sympathy to the family of this Hero. I did not know Bryan but my youngest daughter was a member of his class. Bryan gave his today so that my family will have a tomorrow. May you be at peace in knowing that God calls us to him when he is in need.

God Bless you all

An old veteran
March 01, 2006
Just by reading all of the entries in this book about Bryan, you can see how much his life has affected every one of us. I am a fellow 1990 East Pennsboro High School graduate. My heart goes out to all of Bryan's family and friends. Bryan was one of the sweetest guys I have ever met. Bryan gave the ultimate sacrifice by protecting our country so that we may be free. Free everyday to do as we please because of true American heroes like Capt. Bryan D. Willard. God Bless you my friend. I know in my heart that when Bryan entered the kingdom of Heaven----GOD smiled at him and thanked him for a job well done!!!
March 01, 2006

I am sorry, what else can I say. I have known you since we were 6 and never in all the years did I see that sparkle in your eyes except when you spoke of him. There is nothing I can put into words to describe how my heart aches for your loss. I never got to meet Bryan, but from all the wonderful things people have written he sounded like not only a true friend and all around great person, but a highly respected Marine. He made his country proud and those who love him more proud. Think of him often.

March 01, 2006
To the Willard family,

Although I didn't know Bryan personally, I graduated from the same high school and continue to proudly wear the same uniform as he. It's quite apparent that Bryan made such a positive impact on so many. He was obviously a great man and a great friend. Be proud of him. He served his country with honor, upholding the highest traditions and Corps values that make the United States Marine Corps the elite force in readiness it is today. Bryan is a true American hero.

CWO4 Corey M. Mayberry
U.S. Marine Corps
March 01, 2006
We are so proud to have known Bryan, a true hero. Take comfort in knowing that he spent his time doing what he loved....protecting our freedom. I'm sure he's looking down on us all now saying "What's all this fuss about?!" May he rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Willard Family.
March 01, 2006
I did not know Capt. Willard. However, I am the mother of a U.S. Marine and want to extend my deepest sympathy to your family during this time of bereavement. Thank you for your son's sacrifice for our country. God Bless
March 01, 2006
To The Willard family, my heart goes out to all of you, on the lost
of your loved one. It is so hard to give up someone so dear to us. I know because on January 5th, I lost my fiancee Sgt. Johnny Joe Peralez Jr. in Iraq. No words can ever make the hurt go away, but know that you all are in my prayers. God bless Capt. Bryan D. Willard and all of you.
March 01, 2006
March 01, 2006
To the family of Bryan Willard,
My heart saddens at the news of yet another fallen hero...someone that the world would have been better off having around for a little while longer. As an East Penn classmate of Bryan's, I honor his memory and bravery. As a former Navy wife, I honor and appreciate your sacrifice. While I recognize no words will ease your pain, my thoughts and prayers have been and will continue to be with you. May you, in your own time, find peace. God Bless!
Shelly (Milbrand) Paul
March 01, 2006
Our deepest sympathy to the Willard family.
Wendy, Marie, Paul, Michael, Tammy, Patty, Kitty, and Linda Macut. God Bless
March 01, 2006
To the entire Willard Family:
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Bryan was more than a friend he was my family. We have known each other our entire lives and have remained close over the years. Bryan made me a better person. I will miss him more than I can express.
My heart goes out to all his friends and family.
March 01, 2006
Bryan and I began our military career, and flight school together. I had the honor to have him as a roommate in Corpus Christi, and even more honored to call him a friend. Bryan was one of the most kindest, thoughtful persons I knew. He valued his wife, family, and friends above himself. It pains me very much to be deployed during this time. I would like nothing more than to be with the family during this difficult time. I have so many great memories with Bryan and Shannon. What is great about the Marine Corps is its small size. Many I am deployed with know Bryan and have only great things to say about him. He touched so many people’s lives in a positive way. He treated others as he liked to be treated. He was a true gentleman, and a true Marine. Life will not be the same with out Bryan around. I will continue to pray for Willard's. My heart and mind is with you all, especially during the days of his services. God bless you all, and trust in the Lord. I do not always understand His ways, but we must find comfort through Him. God bless you Bryan. You will always be one of my best friends, and will continue to be with me throughout this life.
February 28, 2006

How can we ever thank you enough for all you gave, taught, sacrificed, and loved? Where will we find the words to comfort the loved ones left behind - blessed by ever second of every day they had with you? How do you fill a void only someone of your stature can create? You don't, I guess. Instead we go on, take a deep breath, remember, smile, and thank God you are with Him, looking down on each of us and experiencing that "Peace that transcends all understanding".

Arlington. A perfect place for your human remains to rest. Rows upon rows of crisp white cross-shaped reminders of the sacrifices that allow sport, religion, free speech, music, celebration and every common and uncommon detail of an average persons life. Honor, courage, bravery and sacrifice... these are the traits we'll do our best to teach our son on a future day when we walk those pristine rows and point to the hallowed piece of ground that holds the Hero we were blessed to know personally.

Thank you for always looking for the best in people and bringing it out of them without trying. Thank you for seeing in us what we couldn't see ourselves.

Just as in life, you leave us with yet another lesson... love each other, stay in touch, believe in your self, have faith, be brave and above all... be thankful for every moment we live!

God Bless you and keep you Bryan.

With Love and Admiration
~Chris, Jennifer, and Braydon Gilbert
February 28, 2006
My deepest sympathy goes out to the Willard family. Bryan was a wonderful person whose time on Earth was spent making other people happy. He was a great roomate and role model for anyone to look up to. He lived life the way life is supposed to be lived. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten. God Bless You
John Pellock AXP 95'
February 28, 2006
To The Willard Family,
While Bryan was studying to become a funeral director at Northhampton, he served his internship with us here at the R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. in Skippack, PA. Though Bryan was just a kid at the time, he had the manners, sensitivity, and respect of a man twice his age. I will never forget Bryan not only as a hero for our country, but for being a true gentleman.
February 28, 2006
As an educator and wrestling coach for 31 years I have come in contact with a wide array of young men. Few are of the quality one would take time to mention as having a positive impression on other people and providing a smile with almost every glance. Captain Bryan Willard is one of those few. I have known Bryan since his younger boyhood years and have come to respect him more and more as he grew into adulthood. Yes I did know this was a fine young man as he attended the East Pennsboro School System and he loved to enjoy life in a fun loving, respectful manner. What I didn't realize during those years was the grit this young man was made of. He certainly embodied the character, strength and mental fortitude within the best of men.

The following is my tribute to an outstang young man.


Sure looked like an ordinary Boy.
Had an ordinary Walk
with an ordinary Bounce.
Frolicked the ordinary Way.
Schooled with an ordinary Brain.
Studied to do ordinary Work.
Used sports for life's ordinary Balance.
Graduated with an ordinary Wish.
Pursued a career with ordinary Briskness.
Changed direction for an ordinary Want.
Became a Marine with no ordinary Bravado.
Didn't possess ordinary Worth.
Just wasn't the ordinary Breed
and wasn't created with ordinary Wit.
Admirably performed above the ordinary Brave
in what isn't an ordinary War.

Capt. Bryan Willard, USMC

An extraordinary Hero.
On an extraordinary mission.
To protect us ordinary folks.

Thank you for your extraordinary valor.
May the eternal peace of God be with you.

Sincerely, Jay E. Gainor, Teacher, Wrestling Coach and proud to have known Bryan.
February 28, 2006
To the Willard Family,

You've been in my thoughts and prayers every morning and night since Bryan's passing. What a kind and beautiful person he was. I'm so thankful to have known him. He was such a proud Marine, I know because we hung out awhile at one of our home football games. We caught up on some old times, remembered friends from high school and just laughed. May you find comfort in all of your memories and know that he's always smiling and watching over you.

God Bless you always,
Jill Smith (Mayberry)
February 28, 2006
for the Willard family

I was a high school classmate of Bryan's father.
I have a daughter and son-in-law in the Air Force. My daughter just completed a tour in Iraq.
I know you are extemely proud of Bryan serving his country. Without his service, we would not be a free country. My sympathies go out to the whole family.
February 28, 2006
Dear Family and Friends,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your husband,son and friend. Although I did not know him personally, he is part of our family--my husband is also stationed here at New River. He will always be in our Marine Family! May God Bless you with strength and peace.
February 28, 2006
I am still in shock from the first time I saw the 6 o'clock news and your face popped up on the screen. You are a true hero in my eyes and I am glad that I had the pleasure to be your fraternity brother at LHU. My sympathy goes out to the family as Bryan was such a great person to send away so early in life. God bless!
February 28, 2006

Even though we haven't seen each other in years, I still look up to you and am so proud of all that you've done for your friends, your family and your country. You grew up to become the person we all strive to be.
February 28, 2006
You are the true American hero who loved serving our country. You did it for all the right reasons. Your dedication, determination, discipline, and desire to serve our country has not gone unnoticed. You are the kind of guy that made me want to be a better man for my family. I know you will continue to watch over all of us. I'm pleased to know that you are in your true home with the rest of the angels in heaven. It was a honor and a privilege to have you in my family's life. We will continue to remember the times we spent with you. Please visit us often and I'm glad my family has you as our guardian angel.

God Bless you,
February 28, 2006
Dear Willard Family:
My memories of Bryan through our high school years were nothing but fond. Bryan was a great person and didn't have a mean bone in his body, he was a ball of positive energy. I am so proud of Bryan for serving our country, he is a true true hero. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May Bryan rest in complete peace knowing how much he is loved and will be missed.
February 28, 2006
Shannon, I can't begin to tell you how sorry I am that you are having to go thru this. I only met Bryan once, but felt like I knew him very well just from the things you talked about. You are & will remain in my thoughts & prayers. I love you.
February 28, 2006
Brad, Kris and the Willard Family,

Our family is truly saddened by your loss. It's hard to know the right thing to say when someone so young is taken from us. Take comfort in the knowledge that he served his country well and with great honor. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
February 28, 2006
To The Willard Family,

I was sadden to hear of Bryan's passing and my condolences go out to you and your entire family.

It was not that long ago that Bryan and I shared driving responsibilites to and from Northhampton, studying for Funeral Directing. Together we all laughed, smiled and studied ferverishly to outdue one another, we became friends and practiced our trade. We also shared in the responsibility of each serving a term as Past President of the Dauphin County Funeral Directors Association, we will all miss him and remember him as our friend and colleague.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Angela M. Ulen, Funeral Director
Hooper Memorial Home, Inc.,
Harrisburg, PA
February 28, 2006
I was fortunate enough to spend 11 years in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, serving half of that time with the Marines. Altough I did not know Bryan during our time in the Military, I did know him in our younger days and I have no doubt that he has done the Marine Corps and his family proud
Fair winds and Following Seas, Bryan. You will be missed by many.
February 28, 2006
I am shocked and saddened to learn of Byan's passing. I had the honor of serving with Bryan overseas. He embodied the virtues and values of a Marine, devoted husband, and a great friend. I am proud to have known him and called him brother. My deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers go out to his family. God Bless and Semper Fidelis.
February 27, 2006
When we met Bryan about 17 years ago, he was a young man in high school. He came to our house with my niece and some of her other friends and attended some of our family picnics. The one thing I remember about Bryan is how mature and respectful he was for his age. You couldn't help but to like him instantly. May God Bless his entire family and know that there are a lot of people praying for all of you.
February 27, 2006
To the family of Capt. Bryan D. Willard,

Please accept the heartfelt condolences of our family in the death of your son Capt. Willard. Bryan now stands with those heros who have, for over 200 years, purchased and paid for freedom in America and around the world with their blood. His life will be honored in every place a flag flies over a country where democracy reigns.

We are a Marine Corps family and your family will be added to our prayers. Know that, in your time of grief, God will care for you and hold you close to His heart.

With our most sincere condolences,
February 27, 2006
Whoa, this is hard. I have a son there now and one that was there last year. I just know that I can walk where you are walking at any moment and it's heart rending. Heartfelt thanks for your sacrifice to help us live in a free and great country.
Our prayers are with you,
Jan, Randy & Family
Proud Mom to 2 of the Few the Proud the Marines.
February 27, 2006
So sorry to read about your loss. God Bless!
February 27, 2006
February 27, 2006
We fondly remember Bryan from our high school days, having fun, running around, and enjoying life. We are so honored to have shared a part of his life. We are thankful for his dedication to our country and we are blessed by soliders like Bryan who continue to defend our freedom. He was a true hero.
To Bryan's family, may warm memories take the place of your tears and may you find comfort in knowing that others are praying for you. God Bless.
Scott and Kelli (Keckler) Sullivan
February 27, 2006
To the Family of Capt Willard

I start to write this and realize that it's so easy to just block my feelings and not acknowledge how special he must have been and why I am writing this. With it being this hard for me I know I can't fathom the pain you must be feeling. No words can take that away. I guess what I feel would help, at least some, is the knowledge that people do care and that my loved one would not be forgotten. The sacrifice all of you have given to protect our homeland and freedoms is appreciated and will not be taken for granted. My heart goes out to you.

Mother of Navy Veteran/Julie Street
Wife of retired Army/Nam Vet Bob Street
February 27, 2006
Dear Dave and the Willard Family,

I am truly heartbroken about Bryan. I knew Bryan when he was young and in high school and friends with my boys, Scott and Matthew and their friends. He was a wonderful boy and after reading what all the other guests wrote it confirms that I knew he would become a wonderful man. He is now walking with the angels and the Lord and you and the rest of his family and friends are left to pick up the pieces and go on with your lives. I know exactly how that feels. My Kelly Christine is one of the angels walking with Bryan and probably wanting to know all about her brothers. There is nothing that I can say to make it better. Burying a child first when it is supposed to be the other way around is one of the hardest things that you will ever have to do. The only thing that I can tell you to do is to count your blessings and ask the Lord to help. The pain does get easier to live with in time and if you or your family ever need to talk to someone who understands your pain, please don't hesitate to call me.

February 27, 2006
Brad, Kris, Mr. Willard and Family:

My prayers, sympathy, and love to your family at this time. I remember Bryan as Brad's younger brother. Bryan was always so nice, sweet and a gentleman just like his big brother. My thoughts are with you. Brad and Kris, your friendship means the world to me.

February 27, 2006
To the Family of Capt. Bryan D. Willard--I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace in the Lord. Thank you for serving.We are Land of the free because of the brave. You are now at your final post in heaven.
The Proud Mom of a 172 Stryker Soldier
Dianne Werner
February 27, 2006
For the precious family of Captain Bryan D. Willard, our love, thoughts and prayers are with you. Our hearts are heavy as we hear of another loss of one of America's finest.
For Bryan, I did not know you, sir, on this earth. I look forward to shaking your hand, giving you a hug and saluting you when my Mission is over. From my family to you, mere 'thank you' is not enough, but for now, it's what we can say. I am so very proud of each and every one of our Heroes who proudly said YES when America called.
Rest well my Brother. Job well done. Mission accomplished.
Semper Fi

Lynn Price and family
Silver Star Families of America
February 26, 2006
Thinking Of You During This Time Of Sorrow
Words Cannot truly express the deep sorrow
that is felt by so many people.
Thoughts are with you today and always.
You will never know how much we appreciate
the sacrifices made by this young man and
his family to keep America free.
Our deepest condolences.
VFW/LA Post 1843, Glencoe OK.
February 26, 2006
Our most heartfelt condolences are being sent to the Willard family. Words cannot express the sadness we feel for all who knew and loved Bryan. God bless Bryan for his service to our country. Your family is in our prayers.
February 26, 2006
Even though I have not spoken to Bryan in years,I think of him often. He brings many fond memories to mind. He is and will always be a truely great friend. Bryan will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Willard family.
February 26, 2006
Words cannot begin to explain the loss of such a wonderful human being.You made the ultimate scrifice to your country and for that, I am eternally grateful. I had the pleasure of getting to know you your last couple years at LHU and it is a privelege to call you my brother and friend. God Bless you Willy, you will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved you.
February 26, 2006
To a true american hero - I am thankful to have known you and to call you a friend. I am proud of the man you had become and all your accomplishments, and I will never forget the boy that I loved.
God Bless,
February 26, 2006
I never had the honor of knowing Capt. Willard, nor his family. I am a Soldiers Angel and a Patriot Guard Rider from Pennsylvania and I was made aware of the falling of our local American Hero through news casts and paper articles.
Please accept my condolences on behalf of both of my organizations, our thoughts and prayers are with the family as they lead Capt. Willard to his final resting place and beyond.

God Bless
February 26, 2006
As a former crew chief who served with HML-167 during the Vietnam War and an adjunct professor with Boston University's Military Program in North Carolona, I want to express my sincerest condolances to Bryan's family.

Semper Fidelis
February 25, 2006
Willy. I am so glad I had the pleasure of becoming your friend beginning with our days together at Lock Haven. Our friendship grew when we were rejoined in Harrisburg. You exemplified the definition of a great friend and I will always remember you for having a positive outlook, being humble, and always willing to lend a hand. I honor you for what you did, accomplished, and stood for. You will always be a true hero to me.
February 25, 2006
Wow I would never have thought I'd be writing to you and your family like this. Man so many great memories go through our minds of you. After I got the news we had to dig out some old college pictures to see your happy smile and remember all the good times. Back in Clearfield that little hole in the wall town we met. We did some growing up together that year and I'm grateful to have done it with you. I can not even start to say all the things I want to. Thanks for being my friend, thanks for being a servant to us all by putting country and others above you and your family, and thanks for all the great memories. Missy and I will miss you brother.
February 25, 2006

I am very blessed and proud to have known you. You are a wonderful person and a "Gentleman" to say the least. I will always remember your caring ways and your beautiful smile and I want to thank you for being a very special friend to my son, Alan. We will miss you, but we will never forget you.

Shannon and the Willard Family,

My sincere sympathy to all of you.

May you know the peace and comfort this heartfelt thought imparts - The ones we love are never gone, they live within our hearts.

Sharon Cook
February 25, 2006
Dearest Bryan,

I am so very proud and greatly honored to be able to call you a close friend. Our time spent together will forever be treasured. Your values and spirit as a solider, a husband, and a friend are those I will always recall, aim for, and attempt to teach my son. You are a hero, and the day will come when we can pick up where we left off. Until then, you will always be in my heart and in my prayers.

Your Friend,
February 25, 2006
Your work here on earth is done. Rest in peace. Sympathy to the Williard Family, from a grateful American.
February 25, 2006
Dave and family,
I knew Bryan as a little tyke in Lemoyne and what a young man he grew up to be, you can be so proud of him and what he accomplished and how he defended his country so we could have the land of the free. My heart and prayers go out to you, your family and to Bryan's wife. "God gave us our memories so we would have Roses in December." And surely there will be many roses in that beautiful bouquet. May God Bless and be with you during this very difficult time. Deanna, Sherri and Missi
February 25, 2006
Rest in peace at your last post in paradise.
February 25, 2006

Like so many others here, I have spent the past week reflecting on the influence you had on me and everyone who met you. As a young man and athlete, I looked up to you. You were a leader by example. I will always remember your positive words of encouragement - win or lose.
Since I first learned you became a pilot,I looked forward to meeting up with you some day, now as Marines, and sharing our experiences. Sadly, that conversation must wait until another time. Until then, we'll all be down here, still looking up...

Semper Fidelis
February 24, 2006
February 24, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Shannon & Willard families with the loss of CPT Bryan Willard. Bryan will remain forever young as we move along in life. As a veteran of the Vietnam War and having worked in Army aviation I understand how fast and sudden accidents can take away the best and brightest of our country. Bryan's supreme sacrifice and honor to our country will not be forgotten by his family, friends and community. Respectfully, Bill Comrey, Jr.
February 24, 2006
To the Willard family, I send my deepest sympathy to you. I had the joy of knowing Bryan in high school.He was an all around nice guy.I will always remember his happiness he shared with everyone. May He Rest In Peace.
February 24, 2006
words can`t express my feelings God bless you Dave and Sherry and the whole family
February 24, 2006
Dave, Sherry, Shannon and other family members whom I've not yet had the privilege of meeting yet: My deepest, most heartfelt sympathy to all of you on the loss of this wonderful young man who so bravely laid down his life for this great nation of ours. Thank you Bryan from the bottom of my heart for your service to your country and for protecting us all. You will forever be a hero in my book. You have made your country and your family very proud. We all love you for it.

Through my own tragic loss of my son I can truly relate to the innermost thoughts and feelings that are taking place in your lives right now. These are not easy things to handle because it is out of the natural order of things in life. The child is not supposed to leave this earth before the parents. It just totally boggles one's mind when this happens. Life is and will never be the same again.

I want to say to all of you that the only thing to do now is to lean on God for strength and courage to get through this time. Keep your eyes on Jesus and do not look to the left, right or down. My faith in God is what gave me strength to go on when it seemed like my world had ended.

I am here for you and if I can help in "ANY" way, please do not hesitate to ask. I am more than willing to help.

I love you all and again Bryan, rest in peace and fly as on eagle's wings and soar. You are free now.

Love, Prayers & Hugs,
Bonney, Ralph and family-sons Kevin and SPC Adrian Ennett, US Army
February 24, 2006
Dear Willard Family and Friends,
I was not as blessed as some of you to have known Bryan well. I did however, know his wife, Shannon. She was a good friend of mine who helped me out more than you can imagine as I tried to adjust to being a "Marine Wife". Through Shannon, I felt as if I knew Bryan. She talked about him a lot. I know that Bryan was an honorable man, loyal to his Marine Corps, and a steller Marine and pilot. He was a wonderful provider for his wife, and the future, which was to begin at the end of this last deployment, only held brighter days for the two of them. I know he will be missed and I am sorry that I never had the chance to get to know Bryan the person a little better. Bryan was lucky to have had a wife, so patient, and so involved with what he loved, the Marine Corps. May you rest in peace, Bryan and know that you will remain close to the hearts you left behind, forever.
Simper Fidelis My Friend.
Ally Paulson
February 24, 2006
Thank you Bryan for making the ultimate sacrafice for your friends, family and country, it will never be forgotten. Also a thank you to the Willard family for shaping Bryan into the man that I'm proud to say was a friend.
February 24, 2006

February 24, 2006
I went to high school with Bryan. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. I am sorry for your loss, and our families prayers will continue for your family as you work your way through this very difficult time. What an honor to have known someone with Bryan's character.
Cori (crum) Messimer and Family
February 24, 2006
willy, You are the real american hero. You left shannon,family, and friends 50 years too soon. I will miss you everyday ,but your friendship will never end! I Think i speak for anyone who had a chance to meet you, i'm i better person for having doing so. Willy
you will be greatly missed, but forgotten. love chad baker and family
February 24, 2006
Dear Kris and Brad,
I send my sincerest sympathy to you both and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you that you will be comforted in this time of sorrow. I know we've not talked in so long but I always think of you and enjoy your Annual Christmas Letter. Please know that I'm so very saddened for the loss of such a good young man, a heroe. All my love and compassion to you, Greg, Jody, Dalton and Dylan
February 24, 2006
Mr. Willard And Family,I send my very deepest condolences to all.Bryan was a dear friend of our family and a man to be very proud of.I will keep all in my prayers, during this very difficult time.May your faith give you all comfort now and in the time to come.
February 24, 2006
Our heart goes out to the Willard family and to all those who knew and loved Bryan. Semper Fi.
February 24, 2006
I've spent the last week remembering willy. Football, wrestling, hanging out, school, etc. and I came to a realization that, I never knew him to be mad, angry, mean, unthoughtful, frowning, unpleasant or even a little bit negative (I really tried hard, thinking that I was just me being emotional-but not one instance).

I have made many friends in my 33 years. None like Willy. He was special, a true gift to us all. A role model, friend, devoted husband, couragios hero. I am proud to say that you were my friend willy.

My sympathies go out to all those who knew and loved him. It is said that, "A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ~Charles H. Spurgeon. Rest now willy, you've accomplished just that.
February 24, 2006
Watching Bryan (my nephew) grow from birth, he was always one to take on challenges; always stepping outside the box! He loved excitement, and having a good time.

As my close association with him was renewed six years ago, I am glad that I had the opportunity to rekindle our relationship and know him for the valiant young man he had become.

It is a tragic loss and Bryan will be greatly missed by his loving family (Bonita Lewis, Mother; Harry & Edna Jones, Maternal Grandparents; Beverly Daum and sons Jared, Juile & Jacob Daum, Cousins; and Sharon Bodgon, Aunt).

Warm and loving wishes to his brother Bradley and his wife Shannon.

With all our love,
February 24, 2006
My Dear Bryan,
It seems like a life ago, and yet I remember it as if it were yesterday. I went to visit you in Quanitco, VA on the weekend while you were in OCS. You took me to Arlington Cemetery. It was a beautiful day. And as we walked through the cemetery, you talked so much about the Marine Corps, the heros, what your place was in your new endeavor. I knew you had made the right decision for yourself, joining the Marine Corps. You were so proud and honored. But the thing that sticks out most in my mind is before leaving, you looked back and said what an honor it would be to die for your country like the men and women in that cemetery. I am so glad that we took that walk, Bryan. As well as many other walks we took in life. You are an incredible man. An unforgettable man. I am so proudof you and to have been part of your life. Thank you.
February 24, 2006
Our Deepest Sympathy,
February 24, 2006
I was in Bryan's class at East Penn. I am sorry about your lost..He was a very nice person.
February 24, 2006
Bryan will be deeply missed. I am proud to have him as a brother and a friend. You will always be in my heart.
February 24, 2006
My sincere sympathy goes out to Willy and his entire family. Your are a true inspiration and hero to us all. I look back on our Lock Haven days with fond memories and know there will always be a void in the hearts of PHI MU CHI. God speed, my friend. We'll miss you.

February 24, 2006
I will never forget the time we spent together on the field,in the field and off the field. You were always there as my friend when I needed I you. You were my hero, hunting buddy and best friend. I love you and I'll see you on the other side.....
February 24, 2006
Dear Family,

Our hearts and prayers are with you and your family. He did well for our country and we know that he will be missed by all.
Jim and Patricia Davis
February 23, 2006

On Friday, we lost a friend, a brother, and a hero. In my time on this Earth, you are one of the most good-hearted people that I have ever known. I am going to miss talking to you about life. I am going to miss how positive and caring you always were. I will always cherish the memories that we had in life, especially rooming together in college. Mr. Willard, Shannon, Brad, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Willy, I will never forget you. Until we meet again, I love you brother. See you on the other side.
February 23, 2006
Dear Willard Family,
Even though we have never met I feel as if we are part of a “family”. My daughter’s fiancee was killed by an IED in Iraq in Oct. 3, 2005. It is my prayer that God will hold you as close to His heart as He has held my family these past months. May you feel His love and comfort as you pass through these difficult days.
God bless our Marines,
February 23, 2006
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the families of all of those that perished that day. Bryan's love for his family, and his country, will forever be remembered. It is with all of our hearts that we wish you comfort during this difficult time.
February 23, 2006
We extend our prayers to your family in this time of need. Though our pain is still fresh, as we lost our son in Iraq Feb. 7, we much appreciated hearing from parents of other fallen heros. Let their memories comfort us and their sacrifice live in our hearts forever.
February 23, 2006
Sweetheart, our hearts go out to you, as well as to Bryan’s parents. We were so blessed to have the opportunity to witness the love and joy that you and Bryan brought to each others lives, a blessing we will always cherish. Bryan’s love of family, country and his beloved Marine Corps was self evident in all of his actions. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers. We love you.
February 23, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shannon and the Willard Family. Bryan's cause was just and his heroism will never be forgotten. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and we are all greatly indebted to him. Bryan is in the company of our Lord now and we look forward to the day we can join him. With all our love, Kenton and Diane Linn
February 23, 2006
To Bryan's family and friends-
My family and I are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. We send our deepest empathy as we lost our Marine on 11/30/05 in Fallujah. We are comforted to know that our Marines are serving their country with such honor and bravery. We are so proud of our Marines and all of our other service men and women for all that they have done and continue to do to keep us safe and to give us the freedom we have that so many take for granted.
They are true Heroes and need to always be remembered for their selflessness and sacrifice to better our world. We will forever be united in the loss of our heros. We are so sorry for your loss and hope our words will ease some of the pain, and maybe fill some of your emptiness.
Yesterday, Today, Forever – Semper Fi - Marines!
Our sincerest gratitude for their bravery-
The family of Cpl. William "Billy" Taylor
2/6 WPNS
KIA outside of Fallujah 11/30/05
February 23, 2006
Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

This is a verse that I have found to be comforting to me during my husbands death. Remember that when it seems that no one else is round, God is still there with you! And he will be your rock!

My daughter,McKaLyne, and I send our heartfelt sympathy for your loss! God Bless this warrior, God Bless those whom serve freedom's cause! They are our true HERO's!!!!

If you need anything, please feel free to contact me!!!

Wife & Daughter of the Late
Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford
KIA May 23, 2005
February 23, 2006
Willy, (Bubblegum)
I have never had a more proud feeling in my heart than the moment you told me you were leaving home to be a Marine Corp Pilot. I felt like I swallowed my heart. The only equivallent I have felt since, have been the births of my two wonderfull daughters. I have never been more proud of a friend than at that moment. I want to thank you for defending our country, our families, our homes and our way of life. Without people like you this country surely would not survive.
Thanks for being the understanding, and always forgiving friend. I will always cherish our childhood memories of playing sports, and just tooling around in the woods behind your house. I wish that I would have told you some of these things while you were here. I guess I will have to do it in my prayers. I want everyone to know that you inspire me everyday to be a better person, father, husband, friend and citizen. I thank you for your friendship, and for being the person you were. I am so proud to call a true american hero my friend. I LOVE YOU! Rest in Peace.
February 23, 2006
Please accept our deepest sympathy. We did not know Cap't Willard except through Art Geisler, but he was a true hero. We salute his selflessness and courage.
February 23, 2006

Thank You for everything you have ever done for me & everything you will always mean to me. True friend, Great friend, Wondefull man, & American Hero. I Love You. Thank you for the endless amount of memories that I will cherrish in my heart forever. I beleive we all now have an Angel on our side to help guide us through the tough paths of life. Willy, I miss you and always will. I thank God for the time he allowed me to have you as a part of my life. We've done alot of crazy things that might not have been the best decision to make at those times, but looking back, I wouldn't have changed a single thing. Someday, we will see each other again & kick back and talk about life and the great times.

Thank you for protecting my freedom, Thank you for the warmth I have in my heart because of you, Thank you for You, my friend.

Friend forever with Love, Alan
February 23, 2006
My sincere sympathy to the family.
February 23, 2006
My best wishes go out to you Shannon!! I am so sorry about what has happened, but meeting you guys was such an honor.
February 23, 2006
Our sincerest sympathy to the Willard Family. Thank You Capt. Bryan Willard for giving Your life for this Country.
Betty Ann Zangla Priscak & Family
February 23, 2006
We wish to extend to the family of Capt. Bryan Willard our deepest sympathy. To give one's life for their country and family is the greatest sacrifice one can make. As a veteran, I know one of the fears is that such will happen to you as you serve your country. But with that fear, Bryan continued to do his job with honor. Ruth and I wish to thank you and ur family for the sacrifice you made to maintain the freedom and country we love. God bless you and keep you.
February 23, 2006
Heartfelt sympathy to the Willard family.

Still with you are so many memories to help you through every tomorrow and so many people who share in your loss and sorrow.
February 23, 2006
Although we never had the opportunity to meet Captain Willard, we honor him and his service to our country. Our thoughts are with his entire family at this time.
February 23, 2006
You'll forever be my friend,
You'll forever be my brother,
You'll forever be in my heart...
Thank you for all of the memories we've shared and helping to make me the person I am today. You are a true angel who entered Heaven as a hero to all who knew you. Until we meet again, I love you. Shannon, Mr. Willard, Brad, and all of your family...I'm always here if you need anything. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of this extraodinary person's life. My thoughts, prayers, and heartfelt thanks are with you now and always. Love, Traci

Matt, Devin, and Logan love you and will miss you, too! Thank you for being their real American hero!
February 23, 2006
I was very lucky and proud to call Bryan my friend. I shared many great experiences with him growing up. He was a thoughtful and classy man. He will be remembered for his love of life and his truthful spirit. God bless you Willy.
February 23, 2006
This is hard for me to write, as another close friend has passed. To Bryan's family, please accept our most heartfelt condolences. There are no words to adequately express our sympathy and loss. Please know we are thinking of you and praying for you every minute. Bryan left behind the memory of a charming and great man and friend. I have often thought with great affection and pleasure of those wonderful days of young men partying it up in Enola and Camp Hill...good times that will never be forgotten. Willie...I'll miss your great laughter and smile. Now an older former sailor, my military brethern, I'm so proud and honored for your sacrifice and service to the Marines and this Nation. You are a hero, Bryan. Fair winds and following seas, we love and miss you...Semper Fi. -Frank and Susie Anderson.
February 23, 2006
To the Family of Captain Bryan D. Willard,

We offer our deepest sympathy for your loss. We hope that the love and prayers of your family and friends will sustain you during this very difficult time. All of us are so fortunate to have brave soldiers like Captain Willard protecting us and trying to make the world a better place. You are in our thoughts and prayers,

Ray West and Ruth McKinney
February 23, 2006
Brian was so excited to arrive in Djibouti last week, the first thing he said he was going to do was track down Bryan and catch up. Shannon, we are here for you if you need anything. Bryan will surely be missed by those who knew him, and also by those who weren't lucky enough to meet him but will hear how wonderful he was.

Brian and McKenzie Laurence
February 23, 2006
I met Bryan when I was in college, right when he began to fall in love with Shannon. I was able to witness the years of their growing love, committment, and strength they provided each other. I know that he will live on in each of the hearts of the people that knew him as a hero. Shannon, I love you with all of my heart and I am here if you need anything at all.
February 23, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Shannon and all of the Willard family and dear friends. While I never met Bryan I have known Shannon since her birth and know how happy she was to be married to such a great guy. Her pride in him and his service to his country was always evident in everything she said.
Though an extremely sad time for all who knew this young man and his family, how lucky we are as Americans to have such courageous, generous and patriotic individuals and families who are willing to sacrific so that we all may live free!
Go with God Bryan. Fly high and free forever.
February 23, 2006
Dear Willard family,
I work with Kirk Swanson who has told me what a wonderful person Bryan was personally, and as a Marine. I am the daughter of a U.S. Marine. My dad recently past away at the age of 85. I am very sorry that your son, your husband, and your friend was taken so young. The fact that he was serving his country may not give you comfort right now, but I trust in time, it will. My prayers are with you. I know that my dad was at the gates of heaven to greet his fellow Marine.
God bless you and give you peace.
February 23, 2006
I have celebrated Mass for him. My sincere sympathy.
February 23, 2006
Sincere sympathy. I have celebrated Mass for him.
February 23, 2006
I didn't have much time to get to know Bryan, but from the time I had with him I know he was a great person. No one will be able to replace his abscense in this world. One more great hero has fallen and America's hearts cry. God bless the family of Capt Bryan D. Willard. May he always live on in your hearts and rest assurred that he passed as a great hero and is greatly appriciated by God and country.
Shannon- Hang in there. I love you and you know my number if you need anything at all.
February 23, 2006
Bryan was a member of our extended family and a dear friend. We honor him for his valor and his comitment to his country, and we pray that God has taken him into His loving presence. Our sympathy and our love are extended to Shannon, Dave, Sherry, Brad, Kris and the rest of his family. We shall miss you ,Bryan! Love, Art and Pat Geisler
February 23, 2006

I am proud to say I had the deep honor of knowing a true American hero-Bryan Willard. Courageous, passionate, loving, loyal, true to himself, his family and friends, and his country. Brought into my life by of his loving wife, I will forever be a richer man. Always with a smile and a firm handshake, Bryan would do anything for anyone. Your spirit and gifts will live on forever in all who were touched by your light, my friend. We will always feel your presence.

Love, Kirk, Holly, and Ryan
February 22, 2006
I'll miss him.

Some day I'll see him again... To give him a hug and joke with him about Pap's electric fence. Those of us who are family, know what I'm typing about! Those who don't, we're first cousins.

And, also to thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice to allow American freedom.

Love, Brian
February 22, 2006
My heart goes out to all the family and friends of Cpt Bryan Willard. I am very grateful that we have amazing people out there willing to risk everything! I am truly appreciative! Shannon- we are here for you if you need anything!
February 21, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Willard family in the loss of Bryan. I did not know Bryan, ( I lived in the Easton/Bangor PA area 52 years) but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
February 21, 2006
God Bless his family and friends..

He will be sadly missed and never forgotten.. Land of the free,because of the brave..

(Jamie,Navy wife)

February 21, 2006
To the Family of Capt. Bryan D. Willard:
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courgeous young man who gave his life so selflessly. We lost our son 12/1/05.
I know first hand there are no words right now that will bring you the comfort and peace you need. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you mourn this loss. We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away. God Bless this courageous soldier and his family.
Pam Adams (SFC Brent Adams, KIA 12/1/05 Ramadi, Iraq)
(Millersville, PA )
February 20, 2006
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