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September 20, 2014
My brother I miss you
June 05, 2014
Thank-you again for Eric's service and I pray the Lord continues to comfort you until you are reunited again in Eternity.
May 27, 2014
Gone, but NEVER forgotten.
Semper Fidelis brother!
July 08, 2013
my husband served in afghanistan in a fob. i am in awe (and tears) for the many brave men and women who fight for our freedom. i never had the honor of meeting you; however, you are now in my heart. thank you eric. blessings to your family
April 15, 2013
I just today saw this post. I want to express my gratitude for Captain Terhune's service and sorrow for his sacrifice. I thank God for such men of courage.
April 10, 2013
Everyday I think of you..but then again you know this brother. I miss you so much.
April 09, 2013
Remembering you today brother.
November 12, 2012
Thinking of you today, and everyday. Thank you for your service and for being such a great inspiration to us all.
June 25, 2012
Thank-you again for Captain Terhune's gifts of service and sacrifice to our country. I look forward to meeting him one day in Eternity.
June 24, 2012
June 19, 2012
To the family and friends of Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune:
Always remembering Eric. "Some gave all."
June 03, 2012
I miss you everyday brother, everyday.
May 30, 2012
Thank you for your ultimate sacrafice. I am very proud of all our military - past and present and am not afraid to let everyone know about it.
May 28, 2012
I'm filled with gratitude for the sacrifice made by families and the service of wonderful men like Captain Terhune.

May the Lord grant you His peace till you are reunited with Eric.
May 27, 2012
I served with Eric in Kandahar Afghanistan April/May 2008, kind, sincere and utmost dedicated Marine. You are missed!

LCDR Bensch
U.S. Navy
June 20, 2011
What an honorable young man. I look forward to meeting Captain Terhune in Heaven one day.

I thank-you for his service and sacrifice. May the Lord comfort you.
June 19, 2011
To the family and friends of Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune:
Please accept my remembrance of Eric on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
June 19, 2011
I am sorry about your lost
April 25, 2011
"Never Forgotten" are not just words. They are a promise.

Rest in peace, sir.

Semper Fidelis
April 08, 2011
I first met Eric in the late 90's at Officer Candidates School, Quantico Va. We immediately became good friends. Eric was the type of guy everyone liked. He was easy to get along with and was a very down to earth guy. I know that he's in a better place and I think of him often. I had the pleasure of running into Eric all throughout our time in the Marine Corps, OCS, flight school, OIF, and finally TACP school. We would occasionally correspond through email and or phone call to see how each other were doing, I miss this. I had the pleasure of buying him dinner on the vacation he took before his last deployment to OEF. I will always remember him and feel priviledged to have known him in this life. God bless you brother, Semper Fi.
March 09, 2011
If the Army and the Navy Ever look on Heaven’s scenes; They will find the streets are guarded By United States Marines.
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February 12, 2011
Eric,

We knew of each other growing up! Our dad's serve in the Marine Corps together and always keep in touch! You left me to early in life and I am not happy about that!! Now, your dad is sick and is going to met you in heaven!!! I am glad you and your dad will be back together but it is unfair that you both left us. I may sound selfish but I rather have you here with me!!! LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER!!!
February 12, 2011
Eric, we grew up together and our fathers served in the Marine Corps together!! Your dad is now sick and about to meet you in heaven!! I miss you and hate that you left me so early!!! Now, I have to let go of your dad and it is killing me!!!! Love you always
February 11, 2011
Don and Joy,
I served with Eric in 2nd platoon Bravo Co. 1st Battalion 6th Marines. When I met Eric he was one of the "Salty" Lance Corporals in my platoon. Eric was one of those older Marines that would take us boots and really get to know us. He was a very hard working Marine. I will always remember my friendship with him. When I heard of his death, I called another Marine (Mike Luther) that also was in our platoon, and we made immediate arrangement to be at his funeral. We were there with you and your family. We both wanted to say something to you both but we had no idea what to say. It had not sank in that we lost our brother until at the Cemetary when taps was played that I looked to Mike and realized that we were both crying. He was really gone. To this day I have Eric's obituary hanging in my locker at work so that everyday I open it, I look at his pic and am reminded to carry on. Eric was and will always be a driving force in my day to day life. God bless you
February 04, 2011
Our country and its citizens owes your family more than we could every pay for all that you gave to support our freedoms.We pray for you and those like you everyday. Thankyou
February 03, 2011
Sweet hero. I didn't know you, but I know your family deserves my thanks for their sacrifice and yours.
January 22, 2011
Our country wouldn't be what it is today without you. Thank you for being our hero!
January 11, 2011
Thinking of you today Eric
January 09, 2011
November 03, 2010
Thank you, Eric.
August 03, 2010
To to family of Eric Terhune,
I never knew this man you loved so much and must ache without. I saw a tribute to him on the Enjoying The Small Things blog and was so moved. So while I never knew your Eric, please except my heartfelt sympathy for your family. I sob as I write this and look at the flag flying near by and am overcome with gratitude for the freedom I have because of service men and women just like Eric. I am a momma who never lets my children forgot our troops and their families in our prayers; teaches them to salute and honor the flag; to walk up to every soldier they see in our military town and say thank you. So from a mother in Utah who sleeps safe with her family because of soldiers like Eric ... I am deeply sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers. God bless.
June 21, 2010
Semper Fi, Sir. I would have been proud to serve under you.

LCpl Laurel Wade, USMC
June 19, 2010
To the family and friends of Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune:
Remembering Eric on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
April 02, 2010
I served briefly with Capt. Terhune aboard the USS Denver in 2007. He taught me and other Marine grunts Close Air Support while enroute to Iraq. I can safely say his heart was in the right place. He was committed to looking after his guys, and teaching us as much as he could to better our success. He even gave a friend of mine, a boot LCpl, a couple small pieces of gear that he didn't need. Those that know the way of life we had, that was uncommon to say the least for a Capt. outside of his chain of command to go out of his way to help like that. I'm a bit of a nerd and he gladly spent extra time with me to comprehend the entirety of his class. I didn't know him personally but I had nothing but respect for him. I'm truly sad he is gone. I'm tired of war and I'm tired of good people dying. I was a Cpl with 3/1 India, 0311 rifleman.
September 06, 2009
Deepest sympathies go out to the family of Captain Eric Terhune from my wife and me. I know that this may be a late entry, but we just learned of his death. He truly did give all. Semper Fi, Eric. I wish I had known you in person.

Skip Burns, Capt, USMCRet
Mignon Burns
August 07, 2009
I attended Aviation Preflight Indoctrination with Eric in Pensacola in 2002. I remember going SCUBA diving with him a couple of times when we weren't studying. He was a hardworking and genuine person who I admired. I am honored to have had the opportunity to know him. He will be missed.
July 17, 2009
Semper Fi brother, good serving with you back in the day, we owe you for making the ultimate sacrifice and keeping us free.
June 19, 2009
To the family of Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune:
Eric 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
May 25, 2009
you did not die in vain.
April 07, 2009
I read of Capt Terhune's death last year and was impressed with his Godly testimony and his beautiful smile. I pray the Lord's comfort for his family and I look forward someday to meeting him in eternity. Thank-you for raising a a son who was willing to serve our country.
February 22, 2009
I am deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Eric. I was one of his flight instructors at HT-18. The last two flights I flew as an instructor were with Eric. The last one was a safe-for-solo check ride. He was a very good flight student and I remember he earned an Above Average grade for his solo check flight. He had a good attitude and solid pilot skills. He was one Student Naval Aviator I knew would not have difficulty getting his wings of gold.

Semper Fi,
Eric

CDR David D. Diamond, USN-Ret.
January 15, 2009
I am very saddened to hear of Eric's passing. I went to Boot Camp with Eric in June of 1993. We were also together at M.C.T and S.O.I at Camp Geiger, N.C. After graduating, we both ended up with 1st BN 6th Marines Bravo Co, where he went on to be a Scout Swimmer. Rest in Peace Eric. You gave your life, so all of us could live ours. You will be greatly missed.
Sgt. Jason Washell
January 04, 2009
I am so sorry to hear that Eric lost his life. He always had a special place in my heart, and I am grateful to have known him.
December 18, 2008
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November 28, 2008
to the terhune family,

Eric's death has impacted my life very hard. From the first time we met he became my mentor and I could only strive to try and become half the man eric was. Through the marines eric has always been there for me to tell me keep going, you're doing great, and one of the last things he told me is how proud of me he was..
The truth is eric is like a father to me..

My condolences to you and your family..

SEMPER FI ERIC...
November 04, 2008
It was an honor to be a part of his memorial at Mt. Soledad. D-Ring could always find the best in the worst of situations. He always kept us laughing.
October 28, 2008
We learned of Captain Terhune's passing from our daughter, Meg Gill. We met Eric through the MSU Rifle Team and were impressed with his integrity, intelligence and kindness. The world has lost a special individual and will be the poorer for this loss.

Please accept our condolences.
October 28, 2008
I did not know Capt. Terhune very well, but some Marines I was close with did, and they had very high opinions of him. One thing I did know about him is that he would never ask someone to do something that he was not willing to do. That is the kind of leadership, the kind of Marine that the Corps needs. RIP
October 27, 2008
I just learned of Eric's passing through the MSU Alumni Newsletter. I was on the MSU Rifle Team with Eric and remember him as a positive force of nature, with a quick laugh, a love of good music (he always borrowed my Ramones CD on trips), and a heart of gold that shone so brilliantly you couldn’t miss it. I am so deeply saddened to think of a world without Eric and will remember him for the hero that he his.

My heartfelt condolences to his family.

"Be courageous and be brave and in my heart you will remain forever young."
October 06, 2008
I definitely would like to express my condolences to the Terhune family. I had the pleasure of working and flying with 1stLt and then Capt Terhune at HMH-466. He was definitely a Marine's Marine, and Officer, and most importantly...a gentleman. After his head injury he definitely made the quickest comeback possibly in human history and was running a full PFT shortly thereafter (in the amazement of all the Marines)! Most importantly (to me at least) is that he always took the time to see how the Marines were doing and what he could do for them. That showed just how genuine of a person and leader he really was! I would feel better with him in the cockpit, but I am content knowing that he is always watching over us and our flight paths! Semper Fidelis! --SSgt Humphries
September 11, 2008
I am thankful for the bravery of men like Eric. My heart is saddened when I think about your loss. The freedom I enjoy daily is a result of the sacrifice he and heroes like him made.
I Praise God for the faith we share. Though I never met Eric here on earth, I will one day share eternity with him because of Jesus Christ. God bless you, his loved ones, with peace as you grieve your loss. I pray you are comforted in your memories and also rejoice in the promise of eternity.
My son is a graduate of Wheaton Academy and also a marine serving his fourth year. (He was compelled to enlist because of this day 9/11/01). God bless America and your family. <><
"The Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end." Isaiah 60:20
"Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" 1 Corinthians 15:57
September 09, 2008
Eric is missed by all of us. He was an unbelievably unselfish friend and Marine Officer.
September 04, 2008
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy upon the loss of your son Captain Eric D. Terhune. How my heart aches each time I hear of another lost soldier. Please know that I will keep Eric and your family in my thoughts and prayers now and for the days to come. Please keep my son, Sgt. Crockett Fowler Butler, close to your heart as he is deployed with the U.S. Army. God Bless America and God Bless Captain Eric D. Terhune!
September 02, 2008
Dear Paul and Carleen,

It was with shock and sadness that I learned of your loss in the recent issue of Farragut's REVEILLE publication.

Paul, knowing you from Farragut, I am not surprised to learn of Eric's accomplishments and dedication to duty. You raised a fine young man and patriot. Trust me, his service to this great nation will not be in vain. As one who is acutely aware of the threat to the United States in these troubled times, I sincerely appreciate his valiant efforts to keep us safe now and in the future.

My most sincere condolences and gratitude.
August 27, 2008
I served with Eric at The Basic School though we were in different platoons. Eric was one of the handful of officers that stands out in my memories as the most professional and willing to share his experience with the younger guys fresh out of college. I'll never forget the way he grinned with that massive wad of chewing tobacco. Terhune was one of a kind, and now he's in good company with many of our other fallen classmates and brothers.
Semper Fi Eric!
August 26, 2008
Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune
you are my hero
may god keep you in his arms forever
August 25, 2008
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,
I am very saddened to hear of the loss of Eric in Afghanistan. Eric and I were in the same boot camp platoon (1077) at Parris Island in 1993, and later were both CH-53E pilots based out of Miramar, although in different squadrons. He was a great man! Some things that I remember from boot camp was that he was an excellent shot with the rifle, always had the shiniest boots out of all of us, and was always willing to get "quarterdecked" along with anyone else who was getting extra incentive physical training from the Drill Instructors. Crossed paths with him again several years later out in Iraq, when we discovered that we both had become CH-53E pilots and his squadron was turning over with mine at Al Asad. The injury that took him off flight status did not dampen his personality a bit, he was looking forward to serving the Corps as a FAC until he could get back flying again. I can only echo what many others have already said, that he was a tough, fun-loving, and devout man, and I will miss him.
August 21, 2008
I NEVER MET CAPTAIN TERHUNE BUT MY HEART GOES TO HIS GRANDPARENTS WHOM I MET JUST TODAY. FROM WHAT I HAVE READ HERE AND IN CONVERSATION WITH MRS TERHUNE HE WAS A HERO. THIS COUNTRY OWES A GREAT DEAL OF GRADITUDE TO SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES LIKE THESE THAT HAVE KEPT US A FREE NATION !
August 21, 2008
My name is Debra Brittain. I live in Corpus Christi, Texas. I did not know Eric. I simply want to thank him and his family for his service to our country. I am so very sorry for your loss.
August 19, 2008
I am sorry for the great loss that the Terhune family has had to endure. Your son was a true patriot.

I served with Capt Terhune in Iraq with HMH-466 and was immediately impressed with his ability to effectively lead and mentor his junior Marines. He was first and foremost an Officer and secondly a pilot. There was never a day when I didn't see a smile on his face or hear him laughing when he entered the Operations Department. His sacrifice for our great country will never be forgotten. He is an American hero and a true patriot. I only wish that others in our society had his sense of loyalty and love for his God, country, and family. Rest in peace Sir, you will never be forgotten. Semper Fi.

SSgt Galaway
August 04, 2008
Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen
August 04, 2008
I cant say how sorry I am for the loss of such a stand up guy.I was with Eric from MCT '93 TO 1/6 '97.
He was a good friend....my deepest condolences to the family.
August 04, 2008
To the Terhune Family,

I was informed by my son Capt. Shawn Roinson of your loss.

My son and your's severed together in Iraq (466,Wolf Pack)and were roomates for a time. Your son was a friend to my son through thick and thin.

Your son is a Hero. On behalf of myself and our Country we owe him the highest honor. My son and I grive for your loss.

With all due respect,

Lt Col David Robinson (USAF Ret)
August 03, 2008
I can't say anything about Eric that you all don't all ready know. I served with him in HMH 466. He is a great Marine. I can remember rooming with him in Yuma Arizona and waking up to him doing free standing hand stand push ups in the middle of the room. I was like Eric what are you doing. When I got divorced he was over my apartment everyday helping me move. He would do anything for his friends. I remember he went to an air show and he bought me a dicast metal model of a CH-53. He was like I don't know anyone who likes this helicopter more than you so I want you to have it. I was blown away. I had lunch with Eric at BK two days before I left for Japan. He had only been back from his previous deployment for a couple of weeks. I was still in Japan when Eric was killed. He will be missed greatly. I know that he is doing all he can right now to watch over the rest of us left behind on this earth. God speed Eric we will see you soon.

To Eric's family, I can't pretend to know what you are going through, but for what it's worth Eric was loved by all who knew him.
July 29, 2008
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”


I did not know Eric, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
www.donconoscenti.com
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008


The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
http://tinyurl.com/3o8gol



Sincerely,

Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB

Remembering The Fallen – Blog
http://tinyurl.com/3z8p55

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
http://tinyurl.com/6gey8b
July 28, 2008
My heart goes out to the Terhune family. Capt Terhune will be dearly missed. He was our air officer for 3/1.
July 26, 2008
I am deeply saddened to hear about Capt Terhune. I was privelidged enough to experience my first flight in a CH-53E with him as my pilot in HMH-466. And, again serve with him on the 13th MEU. You will be missed Sir, rest in peace.
July 22, 2008
My heartfelt sympathy to the Terhune family and friends in the loss of Eric. I did not know Eric, 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. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Eric you are my 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
Tom

"TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS
OF THOSE YOU LEAVE BEHIND
IS NEVER TO DIE"
~Robert Orr~
July 20, 2008
To the family of Eric. My deepest sympathies. Eric was a great man of God and a dear friend of mine. I know that he would rebuke me for crying at his death because he is with our Lord right now. That is how I will always remember him; one who was always ready to see Jesus. To him, to live was Christ and to die was gain. Your family is in my prayers. your sister in the Lord, mingy
July 16, 2008
I was saddened to hear about the loss of Capt. Terhune. He was a great officer. I had the honor of serving with him in Iraq with the 13th MEU and he was attached with us in 3/1 Kilo Company. He will be greatly missed.

HM2(FMF) Griffis, Larry D
Camp Pendleton, Ca
July 16, 2008
Eric and I served together in STA 1/6. He was a fine young warrior. My deepest sympathies. Semper Fidelis.
July 16, 2008
Eric and I went through flight school together, I remember reviewing start up procedures for the CH-53E together at HMT-302. We had a bible study together on Friday mornings before he left 302 to join his fleet squadron. Eric was a kind warrior who was dedicated to the Lord. He cared deeply for his friends and the Marines he served with. I look forward to seeing him again someday.

Grace and Peace
Capt Shawn M. Campbell
July 15, 2008
I only Met Eric a few times, and that was when I was a young boy hanging out at Dr. and Mrs. Terhunes house. But I can say that the personality of Eric, is one that makes you never forget him. He was a good man, and I know he will be missed by many. He will never be forgotten.
July 13, 2008
I want to extend my deepest sympathies for your great loss. I had the privilege of serving with Eric in the Wolfpack for two years. I will always remember Eric for his strength of character and positive influence on everyone he encountered. It was truly an inspiration to witness the energy and dedication Eric brought to every single day regardless of the circumstances. He will be remembered fondly.
Sincerely,
Alex Galifianakis
LT MC(FS) USN
July 13, 2008
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Capt Terhune and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 13, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Capt Terhune!
July 13, 2008
Paul and Carleen, I only knew Eric through your eyes. I know he was a wonderful son and outstanding Marine. I also know how much you loved him. May he have eternal peace/rest. Semper Fi, M J
July 11, 2008
Last night I was notified of Eric's passing, and even as I type this, it is difficult to hold back the tears and pain I feel. We met back in high school, at Wheaton Christian and quickly became best of friends. My parents took Eric in as a host student, and he quickly became part of our immediate family. Eric and I formed a close bond, and today I still think of him as my brother. I remember him as a dedicated, caring, and both physically and spiritually strong person who I could only strive to emulate. As young teens, we went camping in the Canadian Wilderness one summer where I sustained a severe injury to my leg. Although we were days away from civilization, Eric tended to my wounds, carried me, our packs, and a canoe on his back until I could get to an emergency room for treatment. This is just a one example Eric's character and the type of person that would become one of finest men I have ever had the privilege to know.

To Eric: I love you brother, I miss you, and will never forget you or your sacrifice. I honor you as my hero, and brother in arms. Until we meet again - Semper FI.

To Dan, Joy, Paul, Dave & family:
My heart bleeds as I mourn your loss. I don't know what words I could say other than to say thank you for giving me the opportunity, privilege, and honor to have known Eric and be a part of your lives.
July 11, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Terhune Family.
July 10, 2008
Eric was a brother to me among my biological brothers. He came to live with us during his High School years while attending Wheaton Academy. I seem to recall my oldest brother (8 years older) David bringing him home to ask my parents if we could keep him. My parents thankfully said yes and he stayed with us. We turned our basement of our townhouse on blackburn st. into his bedroom. Both Eric and my brother did wrestling at the Academy while they were there. Both him and Dave seemed inseparable. What I do remember best though is when Eric joined the Marines and left our home. He went through basic training in South Carolina at Paris Island. My family took a trip out to see him at his graduation. I recall his drill instructor (DI) commenting that of all his men, he could not break Eric. normally they would break the men down just to build them back up, but not Eric. Eric played mind games back with his DI, including games he himself didn't know before. Eric would often vollunteer for the punishments of his fellow men to the point the DI would refuse to let Eric do them, but instead would choose the man standing next to him and make him do the push ups. It appears that Erics vollunteering had no ends. From vollunteering to clean my plate as a picky eater 11 years younger then him, to his antics during basic training, to vollunteering for others on the battlefield. He truly was a Kaphale (Greek - military head), he as a soldier knew this well as he served Christ the head of the church. It was my fond hope to reconnect with my long lost brother upon my ordination at the Seminary here in IN. where he would be able to meet his niece and nephew Dylan and Evie, and my lovly wife Jennifer. Unfortunately he has been stolen away for a time being as he rests folded as a dear lamb to the breast of Christ. As a seminary student you write and preach at times, and this past Sunday I was able to preach my first sermon on Matthew 11:25-30. It would appear that the Lord was at work in preaching to myself as well as I think upon Eric and his death. I had only wished I had been able to get in touch with him and Paul sooner. Eric has come into the fold of Christ, and is no longer a Prisoner of hope as Zechariah would say, but now sees our dear Lord Face to Face. I will surely miss Eric, I only wish he knew how much I miss him and continued to think of him through the years after he left our home in Wheaton IL.
July 10, 2008
Eric and I went to high school together. He was a wonderful person and had a great passion for God and the Marines. He will be missed.
July 09, 2008
It was an honor to serve with such a great person. I served with Capt. Terhune in the HMH-466 Flightline. He was always so willing to understand what his Marines' responsibilities were. He wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty. I don't know if it was his background as a grunt or if it was more just his personality, but he was one of the most dedicated Marines that I served with in my five years. God bless you Sir and your family.
July 09, 2008
My deepest sympathy to you for your great loss the pain,grief and the feelings of helpness can seem unbearable that why we need to look to God's word for comfort at 2Corinthians 1:3,4 say Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus,the father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our tribulation,that we may be able to comfort those in any sort of tribulation through the comfort with which we ourselves are being comforted by God.May these words comfort you at this time and the memories you hold so dear bring you much joy.
July 09, 2008
I never knew Eric, but I realized what an important part he was in the Terhune family when I went to Summer & Oliver's wedding. We all signed cards to encourage him, and as a fellow Serviceman and Christian, I recognized the isolation he must have been feeling at that moment. It surely has seemed clear that he knew this world was not his home, and he understood what real commitment, responsibility, honor, and Service were. I salute his well-invested life, pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit for all the family, and trust he's had a better Homecoming parade than we could ever have provided.
July 09, 2008
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 www.legacy.com, 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.

REST IN PEACE, HERO, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!

I would also like to tell you about a website, http://groups.msn.com/SSPSoldierPor
traits/homepage,
where some wonderful people will make wood portraits of your fallen Hero for free for the immediate family. I became aware of this site when I wanted to do something special for Le Ron’s mother.

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett (Queens, NY)
July 09, 2008
Dan, Joy and Family, We just found out and our hearts are so,so saddened.Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.We got to know Eric thru Brooke,and I will say he was one of the nicest young men we have known,we were so impressed with him,his manners,goals,concern for others,praying before meals (which is awesome in a world that is trying to omit that). Our hearts go out to you all and we want to say ,you have brought up such a wonderful young man. Also we want to thank you so much for Eric defending our country. We miss him and are proud to have known him. May God watch over you all and help you at this sad sad time. Salute to you Eric, thank you so so much. Bonnie and John McCann
July 09, 2008
Dear Eric,
I love you! I now understand why you walked away. You thought I deserved more than what you could give me. But Eric how could I have ever asked for more than your love! That last day I saw you I tried to be so brave and not let any emotions show. How many times I wished I had ran after you to tell you and show you how much I loved you. I will always regret that, but I will always cherish your love and all the memories of our years together. I was so blessed and honored to be loved by you and to love you in return. I will never love another the way I love you. It breaks my heart to have to live in a world that you are no longer a part of. I am so proud of you! I love you Eric and will always. I'll never forget you.
Yours now and forever,
Brooke
July 09, 2008
Our deepest sympathies go to the Terhune family. We could never repay his sacrifice.
The Greathouse Family
Stonewall Residence
July 09, 2008
Eric was a student of mine in Anatomy and Physiology and he also was a student in my Winter Ecology class in Wisconsin. The second trip to Wisconsin he was my assistant, I saw leadership skills that exceeded all my expectations! He was an outstanding leader. I am also privilaged to have had him in my home for meals and just relax in fellowship. I will miss his winsome smile and easy conversation.
July 08, 2008
I had the privilege of meeting Eric at Pensacola NAS where my parents are the Officer's Christian Fellowship Regional Directors. I haven't seen Eric in a long time but he left an indelible impact on me. I instantly liked Eric and his unparalleled patriotism was immediately without doubt. I am so grateful for Eric's sacrifice and am so happy to know that Eric is now with his heavenly father.
July 08, 2008
Mr Paul, thank you for Eric's sacrifice and service to his country. Please accept my deepest sympathy and may God be with you and your family.
July 07, 2008
I was Eric's high school Principal and had the privilege of taking him on Guys campouts. Boy, did he love his knives and the outdoors. I knew he was going to make a great patriot. He was a little rough around the edges back then, but you knew he had a good heart. I am eternally thankful he got right with God. We will look forward to thanking him for his sacrifice when we meet again in heaven.
July 07, 2008
My Deepest Sympathies to your family on the loss of a great Marine, friend and a member of your family. I knew Capt Terhune when he was the FAC for 3/1 and myself I was the Battalion Comm Chief. He was always very down to earth and could make my day brighter with a quick smile or comment. He'll be missed but never forgotten. Semper Fi D-Ring!!
July 07, 2008
My deepest sympathies go out to the family of Daniel. I am just so sorry for your loss. May God comfort and bless you. Rest In Peace American Hero.

In Loving Memory of my Grandson
Pfc. Aaron J. Ward
KIA 5/6/08
July 07, 2008
Although I did not know Eric, I feel connected. My son, Caleb, also a graduate of Wheaton Academy (2005), leaves for LDAC at Fort Lewis next week. He will graduate from Olivet Nazarene University in May, 2009, get commissioned a Second LT in the U.S. Army, and hopefully head out for additional training as a helicopter pilot. As you see, we are connected in several ways. Most importantly, my son is also a believer like Eric (the best connection). I look forward to thanking Eric for his service, his sacrifice, and his testimony when I meet him on the other side.
You are loved,
Stephen Stewart
July 07, 2008
My deepest sympathies go out to the Terhune family. May God comfort and bless you. Thank you, Eric, for the heroic sacrifice you made. May you rest in the arms of Jesus now.
July 06, 2008
Tehune Family,

Eric was our fellow student at Wheaton Academy. We remember him as a courageous, strong young man with exceptional leadership capabilities. We are glad to know that he realized his potential in the military--a goal he esteemed highly even as a high schooler. God be with you in this difficult time.

Tim & Jessica Hockett
July 06, 2008
It was a tremendous honor to serve with Eric during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His perseverance in studying and learning the intricate nature of flying a CH-53E was only a side-effect of his sincere character. He was as real as a man can get, as selfless as a Marine can be, and as Faithful as a Christian should be. I served with Eric in HMH-466; I prayed for him after he was flown to Germany when he hit the gate in Iraq; I saw how he treated people as equals in every respect. He was one of the good ones, he will be missed. He has gone ahead of us now to help prepare our way, and it would be my privilege and duty to someday tell all four of my children who he was...and why their father is a better man for having known him.
-Sincerely, Dave Womack, Captain, USMC and Family
July 06, 2008
I knew Eric in high school. He was in my Spanish class. I was saddened by the news of his passing, but so glad to hear that he was still following the Lord! I rejoice in that along with you and pray that God will be your strength in the days ahead.
July 05, 2008
We do not know Eric, but a friend of ours let us know of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Our son is currently serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne (Army) and with every soldier who loses their life preserving ours, our hearts bleed with sadness, and even more with somber gratefulness.

May God always give you the strength to move forward one day at a time, and may God give you many angels to help you through this difficult time. Our love, prayers and support to you. Thank you, Eric, you are definitely a hero in our eyes.
July 04, 2008
Dear Family and Friends of Capt. Terhune, My son, Capt. Michael Hlad , just called me yesterday to tell me of his friend's loss. He went to TBS and OCS and then reconnected with him in Afghanistan. As a mother of a Marine every time I hear of a loss my heart breaks. May you know how you were a special part of this well-lived life filled with happy memories. I want to tell you thank you and how proud I am of your son's courage, commitment and unselfishness in helping those who cannot help themselves. On this July 4th I will see the stars and stripes and know one of those stars is for your son. May God wrap his arms around you as he has your son when he was welcomed to heaven as a hero in our hearts. Please know how very sorry I am. I know I cannot take away the pain but I can listen if you need to talk about it. With sympathy, Jane Hlad
July 04, 2008
I spent time with Eric in Kentucky as we were preparing to attend OCS. I clearly remember his ability to run me into the ground during our training events, but after he finished first he would always come back and get me to the finish line, he was an excellent leader and a solid Marine Officer. After spending time at OCS and at TBS together I further gained respect for him as a friend and as a leader. We lossed touch as the fleet spreads us to the winds as he headed off to flight school and I to communications school. Our paths linked up again here in Afghanistan and we spent time together, even smoked a cigar under our solar shade catching up, before he pushed out with 2/7. Eric did not have to be here but chose to be here as he knew he could aid Marines in this theatre and assist with the mission here. He did that and more and everyone who knew him should be very proud, he was an excellent warrior, leader, and dedicated friend. My deepest sympathies and heartfelt sorrow to his family who I knew only through pictures but plan to visit once I return to our beloved Kentucky which he talked about often. On this Independence day I honor my friend Eric, who laid down his life on the altar of freedom, so that others may be free and so his Marines would return home safe. I mourn his loss with his family and will miss him but celebrate his life and friendship. I know he is still watching out for us from the pearly gates, that’s how he is.
- Semper Fidelis –
July 03, 2008
Joy and Dan, I was shocked and saddened at you're great loss, I know you are very proud and overwhelmed............you're brick mason, Mark
July 03, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008
http://www.ruthann1.com

July 03, 2008
Larry and I are sincerely grateful and wish to express our deepest condolences. Our hearts are with all of your family. Know that we will keep you in our prayers. Eric was a devoted soldier and will always be remembered.
July 03, 2008
Dear Terhune family (Grandparents),

Thank you for Captain Terhune's service to our beloved country. You have raised a fine grandson and his example of sacrifice and focused dedication set the bar for all of us to follow. My sincere condolences to your family. He was indeed a true Marine and patriot. Semper Fidelis.
July 02, 2008
Dear Terhune Family,
I was stunned and deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Please know that we will be on our knees before God's throne, lifting you up and asking The Lord to surround you in His peace during this dark walk in the valley. How blessed I feel to have had the opportunity to meet Eric at Summer and Oliver's wedding. After reading all the other entries, I only wish I could have known him better...it sounds as if he was an incredible man, soldier and Christian. God wanted him close to him in heaven. Special prayers for Nanna and Pappa.
Our deepest sympathies.
The Sugiyamas
July 02, 2008
Dear Eric, I want to thank you for your service to our country, rest easy soldier you will never be forgotten. to the family of Eric, we do not know each other but share a great loss, my nephew Pfc Aaron J Ward at age 19 was also added to the long list of American hero's who gave their lives for the freedom of our great country, may God bless all of us and protect the many other soldiers still fighting. Rest in Peace Eric America loves and thanks you.
July 02, 2008
To the best friend a guy could have. We became warriors together. From 13 year-olds to the 6th Marines we lived for the day that we would stand in the footprints of heroes. Today, you are my hero.

To Dan and Joy: Thank you for allowing me to be a part of Eric's life...If not for him and you I could not be where I am today. Your testimony, generosity, and kindness will never be forgotten.

Eric, now I know for sure that the streets are truly "guarded by United States Marines" ... May I live as you...I'll never forget you.

Your Blood Brother,

Seth
July 02, 2008
As a widow of a Marine my heart goes out to the family. Eric was my current partner's cousin, Hank Terhune. Our hearts and prayers are with you always
July 02, 2008
I did not know you or your family, but my family will be eternally grateful for the sacrifice you made for our freedom and the freedom of others. You will never be forgotten and your family will always be in our prayers.
July 02, 2008
I was his Apt. Manager for a couple of years. He was always very nice, funny, and a dedicated Marine!!! He was definately one of the best Marines, neighbor, and tenant!!! He was always sooo excited to get a package in the mail...he didn't care who it was from just happy to get one!!! I will miss him deeply especially since he was only 5 months younger than myself!!! I will miss you always Eric...you did the Marine Corps PROUD!!!
July 01, 2008
When I learned of Eric's passing I had a sudden rush of all these memories I hadn't thought about in years. Eric and I were really good friends at Stonewall for a couple of years, and I always wondered where he went. How did I know he would end up in the military - he was so very structured, regimented and by-the-book - upstanding by anyone's standards, even in elementary school. I remember Eric being a true confidant back then. It saddens me to think of us as kids, then to hear of his family's loss, and of America's sacrifice. It is good that he will be remembered fondly by so many, a true hero.
June 30, 2008
It was a complete honor to serve with you Sir. i remeber the good times in the back of the 7-tons, and the classes you use to teach. Even got to throw one back while we were there. A true Hero. Thanks for everything you believed in and served for. You are what makes this country what it is. Semper Fi.
June 30, 2008
I was a neighbor of the Terhunes in St. Joe to Dottie and Dave. I am so very sorry for your great loss. Although I never met Eric, having known the Terhunes, I feel great sympathy and compassion for their loss.

I am ever thankful to our troops who are the first to suffer the horrors of war.

Please accept my condolences.
June 30, 2008
Rest in peace.....
June 30, 2008
My name is Steve Hall (former 2nd platoon B 1/6 Marine, 95-99) I had the distinct honor of attending Eric's funeral services and I have to say they were very fitting of an excellent Marine. I was accompanied by another of Myself and Eric's 1/6 brothers Mike Luther, (also 2nd platoon B 1/6). Know that the two of us were only a small representation of our many brothers that could not be there. Though it has been a few years since I last spoken to or saw Eric, I was moved to tears by the oustanding services presented for my fraternal brother. It was very uplifting to hear from his uncle and friend from New york and to learn that Eric was not only a great frined to his Marines, but also an enlightening person to be with /around in everyday life as well. Thank you once again for bringing up such a fine man. Without your love and devotion to Eric, I would not have had the fortunte pleasure to serve with him. When TAPS was played, 21 shots were fired and the F-18's flew by, we knew our brother was truly gone, but only in body. His spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of all that he touched in life. I know he will in mine. On behalf of myself and my family, God bless you and watch over you. Our thaughts and prayers are with you and your family in what I know is a very difficult time.

Semper Fidelis,
Sgt. Steven C. Hall
2nd platoon Bravo Co.
1st Btln 6th Marines 95-99 (former)
June 30, 2008
I met Eric at Morehead, we were on the rifle team together. He was a dear friend who could always make you laugh, support you when you were down, and help you make the hardes desicions in life. My prayers go out to his famly and dear firends. He touched all of our lives, I for one will mourn his loss for a long time. Rest in peace Eric
June 30, 2008
Growing up in Tates Creek Presbyterian Church the times I had a chance to see Eric on Sunday mornings I always looked forward to his stories and general conversations. Along with the hand full of times we had a chance to hang out outside of services I always looked up to him. He was truly a man I looked up too. Thank you Eric for all you did here, I look forward to seeing you one day.
June 30, 2008
My heart is hurting as I think of your grief. My son was killed at age twenty. We hurt because we love. I can take the hurt because I experienced the love and as long as we have our sweet memories, our loved ones will never be gone. Captain Terhune gave his life for our freedom. He paid the ultimate price and we could never repay him for his gift to us. May you take great pride in him and his service to our country. God Bless You!
June 30, 2008
It was an honor to serve side by side with you. I'll never forget the 7-ton rides and conversations that we've had. God be with you and your family. Semper Fi SIR!
June 30, 2008
I am sorry for your loss. Capt. Terhune was a wonderful Marine. I served with him with the 13th MEU and spent countless days on a vehicle in our initial mission into no man's land. I can tell you that just being around him brought motivation to the Marines of India co 3/1. We have lost some one special.
June 30, 2008
I know there are no words to say,
except how sorry I am for your loss.
May you hold Eric's memory in your heart and please remember he shall never be forgotten.

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

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

Mark A. Drennen Sr.
A Proud Uncle
Sgt. William R. Howdeshell
KIA 07/26/07
June 29, 2008
In recognition of Captain Eric Dainel Terhune's Honorable Service in the United States Marine Corps, the Tri-Cities Tennessee, Detachment Number 969 of the Marine Corps League would like to extend our appreciation and gratitude for his service to God, Country and Corps as well as our sincere condolences to his family.

SEMPER FIDELIS

Don Elseroad
Junior Vice Commandant
MCL Detachment #969
June 29, 2008
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. - Unknown

Though I never met Eric, I am forever grateful for his sacrifice. I am so sorry for your loss.
June 29, 2008
To the Terhune family,

I know there are no words to say, except how sorry I am for your loss. May you hold Daniels' memory in your heart and please remember he shall never be forgotten.

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

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

Suzanne MacDaniel
A Proud Aunt
Sgt. David M.Fisher
KIA 12/1/04
June 29, 2008
dear eric.now enjoying jesus,sitting at HIS feet.
June 28, 2008
Sweet Terhune Family~
I was thankful to the Lord for how HE was honored and glorified and lifted up at Eric's funeral today. What a legacy to leave behind-one that clearly pointed ALL men from ALL his walks of life to truly know the saving grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I was encouraged and challenged to leave the same kind of legacy. May many come to faith through Eric's lasting legacy. Thank you for training up- this child- in the way he should go, because as he became "old", he did not depart from it. Much love to all you Terhunes!!
June 28, 2008
I never met Capt. Terhune, but I've flown with his dad both in the military and in civilian life. We've shared many stories about our marine sons (mine was a Lcpl with 1/5) and their dedication to duty, honor and country. I cannot imagine a greater chore than saying goodbye to a good son and a good Marine. I know Eric believed in what he was doing and felt he was in the right place at the right time in history. The fact that he gave his life for his beliefs is not hard to imagine......after all he was his father's son. Semper Fi, Eric.

Capt. Nick Johnson USNR (Ret)
June 28, 2008
Dear Dan, and Joy, and family
My heart is touched to learn about this beautiful soul that is the same age as me. Ashley Hansgen was telling me about how cool Eric was once - and we were talking about having a 2nd cousin reunion for all of us that were born around 1974. I read a lot about him on the internet and I am moved touched and inspired by what a fun loving courageous man he was.
Much love, prayer, and blessings to you and all of the family.
June 28, 2008
REST IN PEACE CAPT. TERHUNE, TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS MAY THE MEMORIES OF THIS WONDERFUL SOLDIERS LIFE FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES
GOD BLESS YOU
June 27, 2008
Eric was on the same MEU to Iraq last year as my son and was a great example of a Godly man and spiritual mentor as well as a friend. He and his Grandfather befriended my husband on the Tiger cruise also. The brief meeting I had with them made me feel like I've always known them. Eric touched so many in such a positive way; just how Jesus would have him to. He is now in eternity in the glory of his Lord and Savior. May you his family find peace in knowing that.
June 27, 2008
I served alongside Eric on the last combat tour of my career with the 13th MEU in 2007. He motivated me as a leader, encouraged me as a friend and guided me as a brother.

I'll not forget his compassion and his strength. It is a blessing and an honor to have served and fellowshipped with him. I, too, look forward to seeing him again when my time on this earth ends.

My heart goes out to his family and friends. I pray for peace and comfort as you mourn. I also give thanks to Jesus for giving Eric grace and love to share with those who knew him.


Enclosed is a link to a worship song that is sung at my Church. I hope it can help comfort and encourage his loved ones as it has me.


http://www.marshillchurch.org/audio/AllMyTears_ExNihilo_070909AM11.mp3
June 27, 2008
Dear Dan & Joy and Family,
We know that all of Camp Nathanael staff and teens from this week of camp have been lovingly upholding all of you in prayer. Eric has brought great honor to all of you, but, more than anyone, he has honored our loving God, who, for reasons we do not know at the moment, has chosen to call His beloved servant HOME. Without question, we KNOW that you WILL see God's glory in this even through the pain. Eric's testimony will be on going for a long time, touching the lives of many. "God is our refuge and our strength, our ever present help in the time of need." Psalm 46:1
June 27, 2008
I met Eric and his "dad" Daniel onboard USS Denver last fall on a San Diego bound Tiger Cruise. He was truly a man of God who considered others better than himself. I am so glad that he was a mentor for my Marine son, TJ, and his legacy will live on in him and many others he poured his life into. I am proud to say I knew this man of valour and integrity and a man who clearly lived out his faith in his Lord and Savior Jesus. You are missed! Can't wait to see you again soon in heaven, Eric!
June 27, 2008
My sincerest condolences. May God bless you and keep you! Love
June 27, 2008
I was very saddened to hear that such a good person has left us. Know that my wife, Marie and I have Eric and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
June 27, 2008
I was saddened to hear of your loss. I had you for Children's Lit class at UK, Mrs. Terhune, and I just wanted to let you know that my prayers are with you. Your grandson made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, and for that you should be forever proud.
June 27, 2008
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Eric was a friend and fellow pilot. I served and flew with Eric in HMH-466 on a previous Iraq deployment. Your son was a great guy to be around and to have in the squadron (and Marine Corps). He will be missed. Eric was just an all around first-class guy, always willing to pitch in and lend a hand- even when the things we had to do were less than fun. He always wanted to be involved. I am saddened that he is gone, but I know he was doing what he loved to do. Thank you both for sharing your son with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Eric.
Very Respectfully,
Maj Tom Esposito
June 27, 2008
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN HE WHO GIVES HIS LIFE FOR A FRIEND. FREEDOM WAS YOUR GIFT TO US SIR, THANKS FOR THE GIFT ERIC.

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

CSM W.H.WILLIAMSON
June 27, 2008
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY
June 27, 2008
May God Bring You Peace at this heartbreaking time.
My son is with 2/7 Golf Co. and told me of the tragic event. Capt. Terhune is our HERO and touched many lives.
God Bless You,
Vicki
Proud Marine Mom
June 27, 2008
Eric was my Best Friend and my Brother, ....to his family my heart is with you more than you will ever know. I wish I could be there for his wake and his funeral to see my brother one last time, but I am deploying to Mojave Viper and then returning to Iraq shortly after. When I return I want to visit with you and see where my brother lies. I was told last night by others who knew him well, and they were careful abotu telling me how and when, because they knew how close we were. I don't know if Eric ever talked about me to you, but he and I were closer than anything I have ever had in life in the way of family. From him serving in my Sniper Team at 1/6, his birthday party I gave him swimming across New River to Town Point and back (just a memory) to keeping in touch through the years, I wanted to see him just once more and I was glad I got to speak to him each and every time the day he would deploy. If there is anything I can ever do for you, please let me know, I will leave my contact information for while I am still in the USA and I will check the email as much as possible. To his Father, he used to talk to me all the time about you being a pilot Sir and how that was what he wanted to do so greatly. I am glad he got live his dream even if not in the capacity he wanted. He was and always will be the best friend I have ever had and the brother I always wanted.

Scott Gary Guise
Gunnery Sergeant
126 Broadleaf DR
Jacksonville, NC 28546
(828) 243-4118 (call anytime)
June 27, 2008
Eric was an extraordinary guy, sent directly from God to touch us all in so many ways. He comes from a very special family, and I love you all -- much more than words can say.
June 27, 2008
I am deeply sorry for your lose. I was friends with Eric in school at Morehead St. We had many good refreshing talks about the Lord and our faith as I tried to work out with him. I will miss cutting up with him and his big heart that he had. He will missed and will always be in our hearts. You all will constantly be in my prayers.
June 27, 2008
Terhune Family,
On two occasions I had the unique pleasure of serving with your son. Once in 1/6 Bravo Co. and a second time in HMH-466. I had the privilege of working with him as a young enlisted leader and then again as a commissioned officer. In both cases, his ability to effectively lead Marines was clearly evident. Eric's love of God, Country and Corps was ever steady. He truly loved being a Marine and serving his country. I admired him greatly and always will. I am sorry for your loss.
June 26, 2008
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,

I was deeply sadened to hear of your loss. Eric and I served together in Iraq on his last deployment with the 13th MEU. We were together on many occasions as we prepared for our deployment and throughout the entire 7 months we were deployed. He loved being a Marine and serving his country. He was genuine and cared deeply about his fellow Marines and the work he did. I will never forget his kind heartedness and lighthearted personality as he was referred to as D-Ring, always with a mouthful of chewing tobacco D-Ring was willing and ready with all his gear to take on any task asked of him. He had a big heart regardless of his stature. It was obvious to anyone who had ever met him that he was a genuine soul. My heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your family in this terrible hour. I know in my heart he is in a better place and I wanted to thank you for being given the opportunity of knowing him.

With deepest sympathies,

Capt Brett "Sugar" Winslow
June 26, 2008
My condolences to the family and friends of Eric. I didn't know him or his family, but I know of friends of theirs and they mean very much to me. I am so sorry for the loss of this fine young man. If it wasn't for brave men and women serving our armed forces, we would not live in with the freedom we take for granted all too often. God bless these HEROES.
June 26, 2008
To a great friend and the epitome of a Marine. I am honored to know you and I will miss you terribly!
June 26, 2008
Capt Terhune, rest in God's arms my son. THANK YOU for your love for me and my family. Thank you Terhune family for sharing Eric with all of us.

From one Marine family to another Marine family....my love and prayers for all of you at this time.

Mom Gale
June 26, 2008
My son, Adam Brookshire and Eric
were very good friends in grade
school. Adam has been in Iraq since
2004. He is currently stationed in
Washington now. Eric and Adam used
to play baseball together. Adam heard about Eric and I told him that
I would contact you and express
both of our sorrow and to let you know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Joe and Adam Brookshire
June 26, 2008
I was just looking and found your son Picture and saw were he was kill the same day as Lance Cpl Andrew Whitacre was kill in Afghanistan. Whitacre was killed 2008,June,19 during combat operations in Farah Province of Afaghanistan.
He was from Bryant,Jay County,Indiana (USA)

Thay are no words that can help in time like this and may God Bless you all.
From Portland,Indiana
June 26, 2008
I served with Erik in Bravo Comany 1/6 in the mid 90's. thank you for bringing up such a fine man. I will forever be reminded of the hard work and dedication Eric showed while training and taking the Scout/Sniper indoc. He was a Marine all of us younger Marines could look to for answers. I can sum it up in a few words, an awsome Marine that lived by our belief of Semper Fi. Eric you will be missed and forever respected for your steadfast devotion to God, country and Corps. I stand and salute you for your sacrifice for me and this great Country we call home. Your deployment is over now brother, rest high on that mountain for your work on earth is done.
Semper Fidelis.
SALUTE
June 26, 2008
This is Carin's daughter Sydney. I am glad Eric and other soldiers could serve in the army to keep us safe. He had the braveness to go in the war. He helped serve the country. Thanks a lot for doing that. I love you. Your friend, Sydney.
June 26, 2008
You don't know me but I am Carin's daughter, Savannah. I just found out I was named after Eric's Grandma Joy. My middle name is joy. I was telling my mom about how happy I am about soldiers going into the war and sacrificing their lives for adults and children.I also told my mom that those soldiers are like Jesus, Jesus sacrificed his life for everyone in the entire world. So thank you, Eric.
June 26, 2008
Eric is remembered well by many friends at Camp-of-the-Woods. He was a gentleman and a follower of Christ. We have had prayer for the family in our auditorium and will miss him greatly.
June 26, 2008
Dear Dave and Dottie, While you don't know me, I feel as though I've known you through my sister-in-law, Kris. Over the years she shared descriptions of fun times your families spent together. How my heart aches for you now. What a blessing your son was to so many, and even today, to me. I was deeply touched by the writing of his college roommate--the brownies from Grandma, the father and son phone conversations. Thank you for being wonderful, encouraging parents. Thank you for raising a hero. Much love to your family. May God bring special comfort. Love and prayers,
June 26, 2008
You will be missed deeply brother. I will never forget all of the good times and the adventures we shared .
See you on the other side.
Semper Fi."LOU"
June 26, 2008
I did not know this great man! wish we could have. I heard of his passing at the KCQ 98 country fest ins saginaw Mi. we had a moment of silence and a tribute song for his memory and service to our country. Then I learned that a dear friend I work with knew him. Our service Men deserve our highest respect and honor. And to know he was doing what he loved and loved the Lord our God is even more special.
How proud we all should be to have such an honorable man serve our country. Love and prayers go out to each family memember and friend he knew. You will be Missed.
June 26, 2008
I'm so sorry for your loss. Your son's spirit will live forever.
June 26, 2008
What a brave, wonderful American solider. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you Captain Eric Terhune, for your sacrifice for our country.
June 26, 2008
Thank you very much. Your actions will not be forgotten.
June 26, 2008
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
I know how you feel losing a "HERO",Becoming a "Gold Star" Mother myself on 25 March.. The sacrafice our sons and daughters are making on a daily basis should tell us all..These young HEROS knew full well what they were doing and did it proudly When you hug your loved ones tonight.... Remember... We also hugged ours and they were protecting you..We.. as Americans need to make the "Ultimate Sacrafice" by supporting all our military(HEROS)...the Proud Mom of SGT. Jason W. Swiger
5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne,Fort Bragg, N.C. KIA 3/25/007
June 26, 2008
Joy and Dan,
We remember Eric from our swimming car pool many years ago. His sense of humor added to the many trips all over town to various pools. Our thoughts are with you as you go through this difficult time.
June 26, 2008
Joy and Dan,

We remember Eric from our swimming car pool many years ago. Eric's dry sense of humor added to the miles to practice and also at the meets. Our hearts go out to you as you mourn the loss of a special young man. We are in Seattle with our family and won't be able to attend either service for Eric. We are sending prayers your way.
June 26, 2008
With deepest respect and gratitude for your service to our country. In serving to bring peace and calm to those whom you were trying to help, may you now experience the peace and calm of Christ's presence forever.
Rick and Barbara Warner
June 26, 2008
To the Terhune family,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Though it was long ago, I have some wonderful memories being with Eric. He will be missed. I feel proud to have known him and incredibly grateful for his service and sacrifice. On behalf of me and my family I want to express my deepest sympathies during this time. God bless him and your family.
June 26, 2008
I cried for Eric today and for your loss, for the pain you must be feeling. Eric is a hero, and I owe my freedom--my ability to be home with my baby, safe and secure from the world's evils--to him and those that fight for us. Thinking of you today and praying for you. My memories of all of you are so precious.
June 26, 2008
Well done my good and faithful servant, well done.
Be Blessed
June 26, 2008
Holding you all in my heart and in my prayers. Love you all.
June 26, 2008
The Final Salute

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

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Eric. And to Eric it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made in combat while serving the Corps and his country. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Eric, you are a brave Marine Warrior, a true Patriot and a national Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,385 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Eric’s family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
June 26, 2008
My day was just darkened with learning of Eric's death. Many years ago, he was a playmate of my son, Christopher and he is part of an incredible family of faith and patriotism. My prayers are with his family. This Champion of good and God, who pursued peace and fought for freedom is finally free in heaven today. May God's comfort be poured out upon his family and may Peace finally prevail in this world of woe and war.
June 26, 2008
As a mother of a Soldier; I'm grieving with the family of Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune. May they know that there are many, many people grieving with them and that care very deeply for them.
June 26, 2008
I last saw Eric 21 years ago at Jessie Clark Junior High. I grew up with Eric at Stonewall Elementary and he was always one of the nicest persons that someone could meet. He always had a smile on his face, and you could guarantee that he would be up for a sports challenge. I remember playing kickball with him trying to out kick him........oh those were the days. I hate to hear that the country lost such a great person. Thanks so much Captian Terhune for risking your life for our country. You are a true hero.
June 26, 2008
These words of endearment from everyone are incredible. I met Eric when he was a LCpl in the Marine Corps and my new bride (His cousin Kim) were stationed at New River and lived at Camp Lejeune. He came over all of the time. When his enlistment ended, he went to college and OCS and we were stationed now at Quantico, VA. We would see him when he had liberty, and I would take him flying, a love passed down to him from his father and other relatives.
He went to flight school and I was able to visit him and give him some pointers to make his education easier. It was an experience that was wonderful to share. Eric was a great Marine, but more importantly, he was a strong Christian. He is in a better place and he is waiting to assist us all when we next see him. He lived life to the fullest and is a great example for everyone to emulate. I was blessed to know him and share moments here on earth with him. I look forward to our next meeting!
In Christ,
Chuck
June 26, 2008
I did not know your son- but it doesn't matter. What your son gave for our country- mere mortal words can not express. Your son is the very greatest among us all. May all of us strive each day to be better people- in honor of your son. May God's grace shine on all of you- you are forever in my heart.
June 26, 2008
Father we entrust our brother Eric to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Eric in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathies.
June 26, 2008
I can't believe he is gone. Eric was one of my closest friends. I last talked to him on the phone right before he was shipping out again. He was doing what he loved. He was serving God and Country and glad to do it. Eric was a rare breed. He was extremely tough, a natural leader, and he was a Christian.
Eric and I were college roommates. My best memories of him were evenings back at Mays Hall coming back from a run that Eric usually tried to destroy me on. He was always in incredible shape. We would have microwave Lasagna, one of Eric's favorite dishes followed up with some of Grandma's brownies that she sent us. I would be working on my homework and almost every night Eric would be on the phone with his Dad. To this day I will never forget "The 3 most useless things to a pilot" and "What is best in Life."
Eric's life was a life of service. Everyone that ever met him was soon considered his friend. I am glad to say he was my friend and I might not be where I am today without his help and guidance.
Until we meet again. GOD SPEED Brother.
June 25, 2008
Eric, God bless you soldier and thank you for your brave and honorable service to a grateful nation and for paying the ultimate price for our freedom.. You are now in great company with God and so many other fallen hero's before and after you. On 5/6/08 my nephew PFC Aaron J. Ward was killed in action in Iraq and my final promise to him was to never forget him and our fallen hero’s, we will never forget their commitment and sacrifice. Terhune family, words cannot express the pain we now share, but our families will forever have a bond and we will be thinking of Eric and your family and will keep you in our thoughts & prayers. Please accept my heart felt condolences and my prayer that god help you cope with this tragic loss and may the memories of your HERO carry you through each day. From one Gold Star family to another!
June 25, 2008
I've handled hundreds of medical claims for Nationwide Insurance and while there are simply too many to remember, some are never forgotten. Joy, I remember you handling the medical claim with me for Eric from his auto accident. He was just leaving for his duty. I very clearly remember you describing him and his readiness to walk through the gates of heaven if his time came and his concern for the soldiers who didn't know God. You were very proud of him and it showed. God bless you and your family. He has served our country proud and my heart goes out to you and your family.
June 25, 2008
Just know your son's heroics and bravery did not go unnoticed nor unappreciated. Thank you for raising a man who helps keep our country safe. May God Bless him and your family.
June 25, 2008
May God be with you and your family. I too have lost a family member who was a member of the military.
June 25, 2008
To the Family, I would like to express sincere sympathy to you in your great loss. Captain Terhune I hope somehow you will know how thankful as a nation enjoying the freedom we are so blessed to have that we THANK YOU. The ultimate sacrifice has been given to this country. I did not know you but as you faithfully protected us I pray you are now protected in Jesus arms and May you rest in peace.
June 25, 2008
Had the pleasure of serving with "D" ring in Iraq with 13th meu as his company gunny and on the USS Denver. Sorry for your loss of a great marine and a hell of a guy. Gysgt Dunlap
June 25, 2008
From our military family to yours, we would like to thank CPT Eric Terhune for his service and sacrifice to this great country, as well as send our deepest condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
June 25, 2008
I did not know Eric, yet he died for our freedom. Your son is a hero. I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray God gives you comfort in the days and years to come. Thank you for his sacrafice.
June 25, 2008
Prayers for the family.
God Bless,
Semper Fi
June 25, 2008
I am writing to offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family over the loss of your HERO Capt Eric Daniel Terhune. I lost my son in Iraq on May 6/2007, so I can well understand your pain of losing a loved one so dear.

I pray you will be guided by a higher power to give you peace, comfort and strength in this time.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
GOD Bless you and your family. Your soldier was a true American Hero and we are all very proud of his service. He will not be forgotten!

Gale Poindexter
(Proud mother of Sgt Joel W. Lewis, 5/20, 3-2 SBCT /Ft Lewis
KIA 5/6/07, Baqubah, Iraq)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXAX__FZYg4
June 25, 2008
To the family and parents of Eric I want you to know that you are not alone in the grief you are feeling. I too know what you are going through and what you will go through in the coming weeks and months ahead. You will have many questions as to why? You will have many things to get ready or go through and that should be done in time. Sometimes it just can’t be faced and that’s ok, for you will know when the time is right for you. There is no right or wrong way to grieve it’s an individual journey that unfortunately we now have to take. I ask that God give the comfort, strength and courage that you are going to need. When and if the time is right for you please contact me. You can cry, vent, or just talk as only another person who has been where you are can really know what you are going through. May God continue to be with you and heal you.

In memory of my son
Spc Harry (Buck) Winkler III
KIA 11/12/06 Samarra, Iraq
82nd Airborne 2-505th PIR
June 25, 2008
June 25, 2008
May the family and friends of this fine Marine gain comfort from one another, and may they be surrounded by love and care as they begin life without his presence.
Rest in Peace Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune - your Service to your country is honored and will be remembered.
Semper Fi Marine - Rest in Peace.
June 25, 2008
We're praying that the God of all comfort will minister His mercy and grace to you. We're deeply saddened by Eric's death and are concerned for you. May the Lord be your strength and shield.
June 25, 2008
The price Capt. Eric Daniel Terhune and his family have paid for this Country and for Freedom, Will Never Be Forgotten. Please know how Deeply Sorry I am to learn of the loss of this Brave Young Marine.

May Eric rest safely now, in the Loving Care of God and may the Peace of God be with the Terhune family.
There will Never Be Enough Ways to Humbly Thank these Young Heroes for their Sacrifices, my brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

"I consider that our present sufferings.
are not worth comparing with the glory
that shall be revealed in us."
~ Romans 8:18 ~

May you find Peace in knowing the love and memories you have, will remain in your heart forever and that this Grateful Country Will Not Forget Eric's Sacrifice.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
June 25, 2008
To the Terhune Family: I am very sorry about your loss. Eric was very dedicated to this country and seeing it become an even safer place to live. I know this must be a difficult time for you but I hope you can find comfort in Gods promise to bring an end to war and death.

Isaiah 2:4 “…Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore.”

Rev 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will
mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”
June 25, 2008
You and your family are in my prayers. Words cannot express my deep sorrow in your loss. Know that you are not alone, and God is holding each of you in His arms as you grieve.
June 25, 2008
Words will never express the deep sorrow I feel for your loss and the gratitude for knowing that we have such outstanding, dedicated men as your son obviously was. Please know that the entire nation mourns with you. Thank you for raising such an outstanding young man.
June 25, 2008
Dearest Paul and Carleen
We are so sorry to hear that Eric left us. We will keep praying for him and both of you. Remember we love you both.
Christi and RuthAnn Leigh
June 25, 2008
Dear Paul & Carleen; Uncle Dan & Aunt Joy & Dave, Dotti & family

We wish to express our deepest condolences, love, and heartfelt prayer for you as you all grieve the loss of your son, stepson, grandson and nephew. Although geographical distances became a burden for all of us in Eric's last few years...our love, loyalty, and support of such a great son, grandson, cousin, Christian, Marine, and all around 'really neat guy', knew no boundaries in the Terhune family and this support easily transcended the miles between us. Although Eric will be greatly missed, we have the hope of eternity and therefore Eric will remain forever close to our hearts and in our memories until me meet him again. Praise God that we all have this hope and the only burden we have left to bear is making the transition from hugging him in person to memorilizing him in our hearts.
We love you all dearly and are praying for you during this difficult time, but rest assured we are there in spirit.
Love Always,
Sharon (Terhune) Aitken & husband Drew Aitken, & from the "little cousins" of Sierra, Toria, Brianna & Noah.
June 25, 2008
My deepest sympathy to your family for your loss. May God Bless your family and give you the strength needed in the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
June 25, 2008
My prayers are with you.
June 25, 2008
To Eric's Family,
I am so appreciative for the sacrifice your son "Eric" has made so that I can lay down at night and sleep knowing someone like your Son is looking out for me and my Family. Words can never ease the pain of losing a child so...God Bless you for the wonderful child you have raised.
June 25, 2008
May God Bless this Hero and his loving family.
June 25, 2008
My condolances to all the family and my sincere appreciation for Eric's service to our country.
June 25, 2008
Dan & Joy,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand and give you the peace that surpasses all human understanding. We love you and Eric for his sacrifice. Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another.
I look forward to meeting Eric one day in our home above and thanking him personally for protecting our country.
God bless you now and always!
June 25, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Hero, and my sincerest gratitude for his service. May God grant your family peace and strength. Semper Fi Eric.

The Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

Proud aunt of a Hero
PFC Chase Edwards, USMC
KIA 06Apr2006
June 25, 2008
Terhune Family,

Though we knew Eric only through the words of endearment and pride expressed by Dave and Dotti as well as through the love that God provided as we prayed for Eric, our hearts our heavy with your loss. We will remember and honor the many accomplishments in service and character of your godly young man. May you rest in God's strength each day.
Grace and peace,
June 25, 2008
Mr. & Mrs. Terhune, thank you for your son, because of your guidance, he became a fine young man. He gave his life for something he loved, his country. For his and your sacrifice, my children will grow up free, thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God watch over you and give you piece of mind. May your son's soul sit in heaven with the angels. Thank you once again.
June 25, 2008
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
June 25, 2008
Thanks to Captain Terhune for the ultimate sacrifice, people like me are free. My thoughts and prayers are with this fine Marine's family. GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Sincerely,
June 25, 2008
Eric Terhune, we will miss you... Thanks for being there for us. We had some great flights at HMH-466. My thoughts are with your family tonight.
June 25, 2008
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,
We are truly saddened to learn of Eric's death. He was an incredibly determined, passionate, respectful, dilligent, and honorable man. He lived his short life with great purpose and excellence. We are blessed to have shared some of that life with him; he will live on forever in our hearts. Please know that we share your grief and our prayers are with you and your family.
Respectfully,
Cary Hisle Cox and family (J. R. and Joy Hisle, Jared and Emily Hisle)
June 25, 2008
May God Bless You all. Thank You for the Freedom and Liberty We all enjoy.
June 24, 2008
Although I do not know Eric or your family, I wish to send my condolences. I am so greatful that young people, such as Eric, are willing to serve and sacrifice to protect and defend our country and our freedom.

I know that his death leaves a painful void in your heart and your lives, but I hope that it helps to know that there are those who are so grateful and proud of him.

May God lay His healing hand upon your family so that you may know the peace that passeth all understanding. And, may He hold Eric in His loving arms as he enters the Kingdom of Heaven and may Eric be rewarded many times over for each act of kindness and love he did here on Earth.

Lisa Hopkins
June 24, 2008
Dear Terhune Family,

My sincerest condolences on the loss of this most fine Marine. I pray that God comforts you throughout this difficult time.

Psalms 116:15
June 24, 2008
Joy, Dan -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you. . .
June 24, 2008
Dan and Joy, The Slabaugh family was very saddened to hear about Eric's death in Afghanistan last week. We remember Eric very well and know that he was a brave soldier and was doing what he always wanted to do, serving his country in the Marines. We still remember him as a 3 and 4 year old always playing soldier. We were at a wedding this weekend with a number of his classmates at the Lexington school who all had fond memories of Eric. We wish you well and hope that your faith will see you though a very difficult time. We would like to talk with you when you feel it is appropriate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Tom and Sugar Slabaugh, Tommy and Susie.
June 24, 2008
Dear Mr and Mrs Terhune,
I had the honor of serving with your son in 1st Bn, 6th Marines as his platoon commander. He was an outstanding Marine and a caring, compassionate, devout man. I had not seen Eric for years and then ran into him at the PX in Al Asad, Iraq and saw that he had become an officer and a naval aviator to boot! I can't describe the pride I felt seeing how far he had come in the Marine Corps. God bless you and your national treasure of a son.
June 24, 2008
Terhune Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Eric. What a great guy! I met Eric through my older brother Aaron Reed who went to Morehead with him. Eric would always come out to Shelbyville, Ky were our parents lived to hang out. He always had a good story to tell and was just an amazing person to be around. I last saw Eric last summer when we all went out to an all you can eat seafood buffet down in San Diego. We ate like kings! We have lost an amazing person. He was a very dear friend to my family, and I am very grateful to have know Eric. He will never be forgotten.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. -Revelation 21:4

*Hannah Reed
June 24, 2008
To the Terhune Family,

I had the honor of having Capt Terhune as my oficer in charge during our deployment to Iraq. He was an outstanding Marine, always taking care of his troops. He taught me many things and his guidance will always be valued. All who knew him will miss him and his leadership. Semper Fi
June 24, 2008
June 24, 2008
May God Bless you and your family at this time of sorrow.God has called your precious Angel home ,to be a a special guard at his special place.Peace be with all and remember that he has a perfect place for all of us.Thank you (Eric)for protecting and honoring our country.God has called your speial soldier home.God Blessyou all.
June 24, 2008
Dear friends,
It is difficult to percieve that God's love for Eric surpasses that of family and friends, but we know it to be true. Eric is home! We are experiencing a void that will
never be filled during our earthly journey, but Eric will be there waiting to welcome us into God's kingdom. His faith permitted him to serve his family and his country without fear. As much as you love him, please know that we love you. Prayerfully,
Ivan and Susan
June 24, 2008
I worked with Eric for a short time at the MAG 11 headquarters. A true patriot and an all around good guy. When he left to go back to the battalion he still kept in touch with me and I appreciated his humor. His desire to serve his country no matter what he might be doing was commendable and his family should all be proud of what he did. I was glad to know him and am deeply saddened by his passing. From one Echo pilot to another, keep your turns up brother. Rest in peace D-ring.
June 24, 2008
I met your son 2 years ago in California. He took us out to dinner and took care of the bill. I was impressed because I barely knew him and he seemed to have such a big heart. God bless you and your family in this time of need
June 24, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune, I was given the privilege of serving with Eric during his time in HMH-466 and during our deployment to Iraq in 2005. He served with a fierce loyalty and pride in being a Marine. He would go out of his way to help anyone who asked. He was a tried and true American Warrior who embodied the spirit of 'Semper Fi' - Always Faithful. He was always faithful to God, his family and his friends. I am exetremely proud to have known him and express my deepest sympathy at his passing. He is with God now and will always be with you.
Very Respectfully,
June 24, 2008
To the Terhune Family,
Sorry for your loss,I am sure that Eric was an asset to the unit he served in and be deeply missed, My thoughts and prays are with you during this time. i personally did not know him but he is part of my military family . I served in Iraq in 2005 and only wish I had the pleasure if knowing and serving with Eric. God Bless you and your family
June 24, 2008
To the Terhune Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Eric is an American Hero and he will never be forgotten.
June 24, 2008
I work for Dr. David Terhune, and I was shocked and saddened to hear this news. I am so sorry for their loss. I know Dr. Terhune is very proud of his nephew, as he spoke of him often.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.
June 24, 2008
To the Terhune Family,
Know that you are in our thoughts during this troubling time. We wish to pass along our deepest sympathy for the loss of Eric. He was a great friend and a great Marine.
June 24, 2008
Dear Joy and Dan and family,

I'm sorry we never had the pleasure of meeting Eric, but I know he was a wonderful man, Marine, son and child of our wonderful God. May God keep Eric and you in His love.

Your neighbors, Jack and Kay
June 24, 2008
You have my deepest sympathies in Eric’s passing. He was a good, kind and decent person. Eric’s personality was always reflected in his smile and the way he carried himself at work and off the job. He went out of his way to mentor and guide young Marines, and everyone he served with knew Eric was loyal and dependable. It was a personal honor and privilege to know and serve with him in Iraq. I will miss him, and think of him often.
June 24, 2008
Semper Fi Brother
June 24, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhue I had the pleasure to serve with your son as my Officer in Charge for almost a year. He was one of the best officers and Marines I have served with. You raised a good man and all who knew Capt. Terhune are saddened by your loss.
June 24, 2008
Terhune Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Eric will truly be missed.
June 24, 2008
I went to school with Eric in Morehead. I had a great respect for him for his dedication to his country. He was role model for us all and his loss will be felt by all that knew him.
June 24, 2008
Dearest Dan and Joy, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. We love you and can only hope that your faith and love for one another will comfort your family. Thinking of you with all our hearts... Mickey and Howard Settle; Bobbie and Dave Anderson; Debbie and Dale Anderson; Eric Anderson, and Cheryl (Anderson) Coover... The Levy Family
June 24, 2008
Eric and I have been friends for a long time, and there are just too many great stories through flight school and the fleet to talk about. It will be difficult to find a person more generous than him in this world. Second to his love for the Lord, was his love for the Corps. He loved being a Marine more than anything and I am proud to have had opportunity to serve with him. I am going to miss you Eric "D-Ring".
June 24, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,

My heart goes out to your family. Eric was not only a role model but also a great friend to my son while they were both stationed at Camp Pendleton. He will always be a hero and forever in our prayers.
June 24, 2008
I thank God that he has you safe, and pray that your family will have peace. Semper Fi from a former corpsman (doc) with Lexington 1st MP, HQ.
June 24, 2008
May light perpetual shine upon him.
June 24, 2008
Semper Fi to one of my brothers.
June 24, 2008
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:13
June 24, 2008
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our niece and husband are neighbors of Eric's grandparents, and have spoken so highly of the family. Eric gave the ultimate gift - sacrificing his life for others.
June 24, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune, we were so sorry to hear of Eric's death. My parents, Pete and Edna Lowery of Princeton, have often talked about what great neighbors you were. Our prayers are with you.
June 24, 2008
Eric I told my platoon about you. We all pray for your journey of peace after living a life of Honor and Courage. Its been 20 years and I can still hear your laughter. Farewell Brother.
June 24, 2008
I am the dad of Marine assigned to 2/7 who is a colleague of your son. I met Eric when I was helping my son with pre-deployment packing. We chatted about our experiences as enlisted grunts. To have met this gentlemen was an enriching experience for me. The loss of this gallant Captain diminishes the Corps, the nation, his family and all of us who knew him, however briefly. I hope God's grace and the fullness of time will ease the sharp pain of your grief.
June 23, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Eric was such a wonderful person. The following poem has help us, maybe it will help you.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight;
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die.
June 23, 2008
Dear Terhune Family,
I don't know Eric but heard much about him a few years ago at Oliver and Summer's wedding, I heard the pride and love that his family had for him as some spoke of him and as his letter was read concerning him not being able to be at the wedding because he was deployed at the time. I am sorry for the huge loss that your family is suffering right now. He is not lost forever though you will see him again in heaven, Christ loses none of His own. May Christ comfort you in this time of sorrow.
June 23, 2008
Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your Son.
June 23, 2008
Dear Terhune Family,
Words cannot express our deepest sympathy. In the last 3 years we were friends with Eric and had alot of good times. Eric was a man of integrity. His dedication to the Lord and his country were a fine example for all of us. We will greatly miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
June 23, 2008
Dearest Dan and Joy,
My thought and prayers go out to you and your family as you go though the valley of the shadow of Eric's death.Thanks be to God who is your shepherd and will caring you through. I love and miss you both.
Love Kimberly Bailey( the New Mexican that has become a Kentuckian=0)
June 23, 2008
Dear Dan, Joy, and Terhune family,

Please know we are praying that the peace and love of the Lord fill you while you grieve Eric's sacrifice. Though I do not know Eric, I am nearly in tears as I think of him and the love he poured out, just as his Savior poured it out for many. Truly Eric understood what it meant to love both God and his neighbor.
Much love and prayers,
Bekea and Dan Dedrick
June 23, 2008
Mr. & Mrs. Terhune,
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Eric was a wonderful man and a dedicated Marine. My husband served with Eric at Miramar for a short period before we both moved home. We are both deeply saddened as we both cared for and had a deep respect for Eric.
June 23, 2008
Dear Dan and Joy,
Please accept my deepest condolences on Eric's death. He was a great man and Marine. I have thought often over the years since he returned to active duty with the Corps of the many conversations we had during his college years about our military service, and the great desire he had to give a gift of himself in any way he could. I take my comfort in knowing that he is now with our Lord, and is enjoying his eternal reward for good and faithful service to his Lord and Saviour. My prayers are for you and all your family, asking the Lord to provide you with comfort and joy for the wonderful years He allowed Eric to spend with us.
June 23, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,
It is with great sadness to hear of Eric's passing. My husband, Jason, and Eric were the closest of friends. Jason had just spent time with Eric in Afghanistan before being they were sent to different regions. Numerous times Eric would volunteer for duties or assignments so Jason could spend time with our children. He was truly selfless. He will be missed greatly by our family and our country. We loved him deeply and will continue to honor him in all we do.
Semper Fi,
Heather (Capt. Jason Dale) Dale and family
June 23, 2008
June 23, 2008
Dear Paul & Family,

We at Continental Airlines are so sorry to hear of your great loss. We are proud of Eric and his service to our Country. We pray that God will comfort you as only He can do and be with all of you during this difficult time.
June 23, 2008
To the family of Eric Terhune,
I was Eric’s OSO and had the distinct honor and privilege to work with Eric through his officer training. I remember being impressed on Eric’s commissioning day with his large support network of family and friends and how much respect they all had for him. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. He was a great man, a fine Marine, and his passing comes far too early.

Semper fidelis
June 23, 2008
Dearest Joy and Dan, though we have not known you long, we love you and we are 'one' in Christ Jesus. We sorrow with you and we are proud of Eric's incredible love of life, love for his family and service to his country.
"the ransomed of the Lord will return, and come with joyful shouting to Zion; And everlasting joy will be on their heads, they will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." (Ish. 51:11).
We know that our Lord and Savior is holding you close.
In His love, always, Ken and Marie
June 23, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,
I had the honor and the priviledge of serving under your son with HMH-466 in Iraq. He was a great leader who loved the Marine Corps and always looked out for his Marines. To hear of his passing brings great sadness to my heart. He was a great leader, great Marine, but most of all he was a great man. His smile could always make our days bright. He will truly be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.

With much sadness and respect,
June 23, 2008
My thoughts and deepest prayers are with Eric's family. Eric was one of those classmates that I will never forget. He was a wonderful friend and it was an honor to know him. Thank you for your service. God Bless.
June 23, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune, we do not know you and did not know Eric; however, we have a son who is a Marine pilot and who served in Iraq. I cannot imagine how heartbroken you are, but I know how we would feel if we lost our son. We, as we know you are, are proud of our Marines and other military who make the ultimate sacrifices for our country. I just wish I knew how to express what I feel. May God Bless You. Kenneth and Barbara, parents of Lt. Col. Todd S. Taylor, U.S. Marine FA-18 Pilot stationed in Beaufort, SC
June 23, 2008
I am a friend of Becca's and I just wanted to let you know how very sorry I am for your loss. I know a little through Becca the great man that Eric was. I am praying that God somehow teaches you to breathe again after this great loss. My prayers are with you and the rest of your family. Thank you so much for raising Eric up to be the Godly man that he was.
June 23, 2008
To Paul and the Terhune family, all of us at Continental grieve your loss, and thank you for his honored service and ultimate sacrifice.
June 23, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008
http://www.ruthann1.com

June 23, 2008
Dear Dan and Joy, There are no words that can express how sorry we are for your loss, for we knew how proud you were of Eric. And even though it does not make it any easier to bear, I have always believed that even though someone is no longer with us, it is only the vessel that is gone and their spirit will live in the hearts of all those ever touched by them.

My God bless you and keep you strong in knowing how much Eric was loved and appreciated for his service and sacrifices to keep us safe. He was truely special.
June 23, 2008
To the Terhune Family:

My prayers and condolences go out to you and your family. Eric and I went to MSU together. He is an incredible individual, and the most patriotic person I've ever met.
June 23, 2008
We had folded and put away our USMC flag when our son mustered out of the Corps several years ago. It is flying today along with the Stars and Stripes and will continue to fly in Eric's honor. It's a small gesture on Longwood Road to symbolize that you are in our hearts and minds. May you find comfort in knowing that this fine son of yours was proud of his country and died in honorable service to it.
June 23, 2008
June 22, 2008
I didn't know your son, but was saddened by the news of his death. I am deeply moved by what those that knew him said about his faith and life. Please know that your neighbors are surrounding you with their love and prayers. The Holy Spirit shall comfort you as no one else can. As a parent it is the worst nightmare, but knowing he is with Our God in heaven: it is the greatest victory. God's peace be with you, In Jesus name we pray. Stonewall neighbors
June 23, 2008
It was a real shock to hear that a fellow Marine from the Wolfpack (HMH-466) has passed. Having served with the Captain, it is a great loss for his family as well as his Marine family and he will be truly missed.

My family and I are praying for you as you go through this time of mourning. May God keep you close and comfort you.
June 23, 2008
It is with sadness, sorrow, and deepest sympathy that I send the Terhune Family my condolenses. Your family will be in my prayers...
June 23, 2008
Joy and Dan,
My heart has been so heavy for you. I know Eric is with Jesus, but we always want our loved ones with us a little while longer. I'm so glad I had the opportunity for a brief greeting to Eric at Spindletop several months ago. You all are always such special people to me. I'm praying for God's loving arms to enfold you.

With love, Leah
June 23, 2008
Dan & Joy & the extended Terhune Family,

Our family and nation extend our deepest condolences to you as you mourn the loss of Eric. From what Summer and Oliver say about Eric, and from what I know of the Marines I served with in Afghanistan the last 10 months, Eric typified greatness in his faithful service to our country. Know that his ultimate sacrifice inspires his fellow service members to persevere in fighting and defeating our nation's enemies in order to preserve our freedom and way of life. We pray that you'll have comfort in the God of all comfort, and know that He is "Semper Fidelis" and will provide everything you stand in need of.

In Christ,
June 22, 2008
I am so sorry to hear about your very personal loss but also a loss to all Kentuckians and Americans. I didn't know your son but as an American and a native Kentuckian I am very sorry. May God hold you close to him during this time.
June 22, 2008
To the Terhune family,
Eric has always inspired and motivated me. He would always push and give me great advise. I will miss him dearly. I know he is in heaven now and watching over all of us. He is a Marine for the lord now and he will protect us. And he will always be in our hearts.
June 22, 2008
Mr. and Mrs Terhune,

Although I knew your son briefly, as the Maintenance Chief of his Squadron, I got to know him somewhat well. As a young pilot for the Wolf Pack, he always had a ready smile, a get-it-done attitude, and a positive, motivating outlook. He always looked out for his Marines. In over 25 years service, I can't remember a finer man, a better officer, or a gentler human soul than the Captain I once knew. He had a passion for what he was, what he did, and who he led, and I'm sure the men who followed him that day will mourn him forever, as I will...
A true Marine, a fine young man, and someone I would have been proud to have had as a friend in our later days...
May God bless you, bless him, and may He see you through your sacrifice.

Always Faithful, as a Marine, and to your son's memory,
June 22, 2008
To The Terhunes,

There really are no words to express my sadness for your loss. You lost a wonderful son who loved his family very much. I lost a best friend.

Eric was one of the most amazing men I have ever met. He was a true gentleman, had a huge heart and was a wonderful Christian. Sometimes I don't think he understood how really special he was. He has so many friends who will miss him dearly.

We are so proud of his committment to his job. He once told me that if he lost his life it just meant that he would be with the Lord sooner than the rest of us. Fortunately for him, unfortunately for those of us who loved him, he was right. I believe that God must have an important mission for him in Heaven.
June 22, 2008
We only know of Eric as "Summer's cousin" and have never met him. But, we know Summer, and by extension know something of Eric and are touched by your loss. We are so honored in this country to have young men with the courage and conviction to serve in our armed forces in such challenging times. Be assured that there are prayers for Eric's family arising from across this nation and around the world. May God be with you until you see him again.
June 22, 2008
I am a friend of Summer and she talked so highly of her cousin, Eric. We were so saddened to hear about your loss. Cling to God and He will give you the comfort that only He can give. He can turn this time of saddness into such a beautiful blessing.

My family and I are praying for each one of you as you go through this time of mourning.
June 22, 2008
I'll always have quite fond memories of the fun we had in Mrs. Whalen's class at Jessie Clark Jr. High, my friend. My condolensces to your family. Thank you for your service.
June 22, 2008
Dear Mr, and Mrs. Terhune ,
When my husband told me of Eric's ultimate sacrifice I was moved to tears and wanted to let you know even though we do not know you, that you will be in our prayers. I was so encouraged when I read more about him to find that he had a relationship with His Creator, through Jesus and that you all will be re-united one day in heaven! It sounds like you have raised an exceptional young man and this family of eight will be proud to wave our flag in his neighborhood to honor our hero. We are grieving with you.
June 22, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,
Though we never met Eric in person, we enjoyed hearing where he was stationed and what he was doing from you when you visited us at work. We felt as if we did know him personally. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of your family at this time of loss.
June 22, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you.
June 22, 2008
Respectfully quiet, humble, calm, purposeful, sincere, intentional, hardworking. That sounds like CPT Terhune throughout his life. What makes a man become like him? I believe that he drew from a larger and higher source, the God he served, Jesus Christ. That makes Eric Terhune a hero. May God comfort the Terhune family.
June 22, 2008
May God bless and comfort you as you mourn the loss of Eric. "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted" Psalm 34:18
June 22, 2008
Eric was a wonderful guy. I was so glad he was one of my husband's friends. It has really upset me to hear this news. What a huge loss for everyone who knew him! We prayed for your family in church today. May God comfort you.
June 22, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,
We were so sorry to hear about your grandson Eric. Mom and Dad spoke so highly of him. We will be thinking about you and praying that God will give you comfort in your time of loss.
June 22, 2008
Dan and Joy,
We are deeply sorry for your loss. We thought that Eric was a fine young man. You will be in our thoughts and prayers and if you need us for anything, please call.
June 22, 2008
Dan & Joy,
So very sorry and humbled for our loss. Eric was and is a great American and human being. Eric made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us safe. May God bless you for the love you gave and bless Eric for his dedication in God's service.
June 22, 2008
Dear Terhune Family,

We grieve for you in the loss of your beloved son. How thankful we are that there are fine young men and women who are prepared to give their all. We will pray daily for God to wrap His arms of comfort around you all and get you through this difficult time. God Bless You.

Joan and Bill Dampier
Stonewall
June 22, 2008
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead. We carpooled with you to swim practice and remember what a wonderful young man Eric was.
June 22, 2008
Mr and Mrs Terhune:

I learned through facebook about this sad news. I knew Eric well in elementary and junior high school, we would always compete in doing push ups and we both liked to stay in shape, so we had a lot to talk about. He was a great guy and well respected. Even at that very young age, he left an impression on me. I am sorry for your loss, you raised an honorable and respectable human being. He will be in my prayers.
June 22, 2008
Joy and Dan - My prayers are with you and your family. Words cannot express the sympathy felt at the loss of your grandson.

Eric is in the Lord's presence and some day will greet you with open arms.
June 22, 2008
SO SORRY TO HEAR OF YOUR SON'S PASSING, WE DID NOT KNOW HIM BUT GREATLY APPRECIATE HE AND ALL THE OTHERS PROTECTING OUR FREEDOM. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME. WE WILL KEEP YOU IN OUR THOUGHT'S AND PRAYER'S.
June 22, 2008
Our prayers are with you Dan and Joy.

2 Thessalonians 3:16: "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you."
June 22, 2008
Our Deepest Sympathy to the entire Terhune Family. We enjoyed the times we met Eric. His dedication and sacrifice to the United States and to the Marines are lessons for all of us. He will be greatly missed.
June 22, 2008
I have looked for Eric on various websites for years. The last time I saw him was at Jessie Clark..he was a very dear friend. I have never forgot him in the 17 years I haven't seen him. I hate to hear of this sad sad news
June 22, 2008
Dearest Family,
I was born and raised in Lexington and now reside in Port Orange,Fla.because of the willingness of our great sons to protect our rights here at home. Thank you for sharing your son,and along with him in some way,paying the ultimate sacrafice. God Bless and keep you and hold you extra gently in his arms at this time of need.
Betty Dunn Burge
June 22, 2008
Eric was very sweet. I remember in Junior High School he wanted to be in the millitary. I will miss him.
June 21, 2008
I'm so sorry for your loss.Thank you hero. May you have a great time in Heaven.
June 21, 2008
Dear Dan, Joy and those closest to Eric,
I count it a privilege to have briefly known Eric and the times we lifted him up in prayer as a group on Friday Mornings. It would be imposible to offer any kind words if I was not absolutely certain that God was in control and heard our prayers. I will carry Eric's willingness to serve the Lord in such dangerous, but necessary work as a reminder of how to approach any task He calls us to. Today I read in Acts Ch 21 vs. 10-15 about Paul's willingness to serve out his calling, knowing the dangers, but certain of his own place in God's plan. Eric's willingness to go and serve struck me as so similar. I wish I could be there with you all physically, but will continue to pray for you all as well as his troop still in danger's way.
With much love and sympathy,
Lynne Brooks
June 21, 2008
Times like this are very hard to put into words the unbelievable loss, grief and pain everyone who has had the privilege to know Eric is enduring.

Paul, Dan & Joy, Pat and my hearts go out to you. This is a great loss to me and my family also! I'm writing this looking at the Iraq flag that flew over his unit head quarters. A flag Eric gave me at the last Breakfast He, Dan and I sat down together. Eric called me from California the day before his unit shipped out for Afghanistan. He was full of spirit and adventure and looking forward to doing his job to the best of his ability.

I met Eric on a bright sunny day when Dan brought Eric to my flight school. This bubbling, inquisitive little 12 year old wanted to fly and I had the good fortune to be chosen to teach Eric how to fly. He and I spent many fun filled hours in a Cessna trainer! He was a natural sponge on anything aviation, a natural Aviator. He loved the sky but he also loved being a mud Marine!

I have never known a finer young man or better Christian. Eric you are a brave Son of America and you will always be remembered. You gave your life for our freedom and for that I will always be grateful!

Eric is going to a better place, may your flight be speedy, your winds all be tail winds and the ball centered!
June 21, 2008
Eric,
it seems like only yesterday we were hanging out in the ready room at HMT-302, and then blazing across the skies of Iraq. When Doug told me of your passing yesterday it was like a kick to the chest. Semper Fi, and rest in peace my friend.
To your family, nothing can replace your loss, Eric was a fine Marine, a great friend and a wonderful person and he will be missed by all.
June 21, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with the Terhune family. I am so sorry for your loss.
June 21, 2008
Dear Terhune Family - Our deepest condolences on the sacrifice and loss of Eric, a true American Hero. From one Marine family to another.
June 21, 2008
Mr and Mrs Terhune: I am very sorry for your loss. I got to meet him while doing his paperwork on a vehicle he purchased before leaving. He was very smart and I was very impressed with him. When is all this fighting going to end? This is terrible. Again I am very sorry for Americas loss.
June 21, 2008
Thank you for doing what so many would not by serving this country and our Lord.
You'll be missed in Stonewall. My prayers are going out to you and your family. We will add your family to the pray list at Southern Heights Baptist Church.
God Bless you and the USA.
June 21, 2008
We take comfort in knowing that you are now safe in God's loving arms.
June 21, 2008
The last time I talked to Eric, he was filled with excitement about his opportunity to do another FAC tour. For Eric, being a Marine was Heaven on Earth. We now know he is in Heaven Above.
June 21, 2008
Mr. & Mrs. Terhune,

My deepest sympathy to you for the loss of your son in war! I will pray for you and will have Eric's name listed on our prayer list at Tates Creek Christian Church.
June 21, 2008
As a Mother of a young Marine in Afghanistan, my heart aches for your loss.
Your son had my sons back when the Lord reach down and called him back, your son had to go as the Lord told him so, but in your hearts and in my sons thoughts, he will stay forever!
June 21, 2008
My dear brother....

You will never be forgotten, you will never be far from my heart.

Your love for your family, for your god and your country will never be forgotten. We will draw strength from you, because I know you are empowering us with your strength and courage. We will share memories, laughing, because you were always smiling, making us laugh, but crying because you will be missed so much.

I am so proud of you for what you stood for and what you believed. Thank you.

I was the lucky one to have called you my brother, and please know that you always will be my brother.

Always and forever my love to you....Christa
June 21, 2008
Dear Paul, Dan, Joy, David & family.
There are no words to ease your pain at this time. Winston & I have known all of you since Eric was nine years old and there will not be a better son, grandson, and friend. Eric was a man who honored his God, his family, and his country. We will aways cherish the memories of Eric being at the lake with us and the good times he and his cousins had swimming in our pool. He was a joy to have in our home. He will always be a hero to us-he gave his life for others and greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another. He is not dead-he only went to see his Lord.

God bless you and God Bless America.

Annette & Winston Smith
June 21, 2008
Joy and Dan, Eric will be missed, he was a fine man, a good friend and a great soldier who served proudly. But most importantly, he was a brother in Christ. He won't be forgotten. God Bless
June 21, 2008
I read the names and stories of of fallen warrirors, my son also being a Marine. I am deeply saddened by your loss, and cannot imagine the anguish you feel. I pray that the Lord would assuage your pain.
June 21, 2008
Mr. and Mrs. Terhune,
We will miss Eric terribly. He was a true American hero. Without men like Eric, the U.S. would not be the country it is today. We pray that you find comfort in Eric's belief in his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Semper Fidelis.
June 21, 2008
Sorry for your loss, our hearts with your family. Know that you should be very proud of your son. It is a testament to your family that he was a Marine. See you at the gate Devil Dog.

Semper Fi,
Gunny Insko
June 21, 2008
What a handsome young man.
I don't know the family, but I do know your son gave the ultimate price and he is a hero in my eyes. He gave all he had for those of us that live in a free country might continue to do so.
May your family find peace and comfort during this time.
I will be praying for you.
God only takes the best!!
June 21, 2008
Your pain and pride are shared by the many people who know and love Eric--I hope you find comfort in this fact. He was irresistable from day one with me. I am so sorry that I was unaware that he was still actively serving our country. You'll be in my prayers.
June 21, 2008
We thank God for Eric, and all our brave men and women, who are willing to pay the supreme sacrifice for our country. We will remembewr the family in our prayers.
June 21, 2008
Friends: Sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Condolences to you!

Ed Maggard
June 21, 2008
You are in my thoughts and prayers for your loss. I am indebted to your son, although I don't know him, because he has made the supreme sacrifice to serve our country. God bless each of you. Through your grief please don't lose sight of his bravery and pride in his country - He is truly a hero -
June 21, 2008
Lágrimas y una oración por ti desde España.

Sin equipaje:
viaje interminable
a ningún sitio

With love, Carlos
June 21, 2008
Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
To all Marines, both night and day,
The courage, honor, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfill
Be thou the shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.

Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
Through the great spaces in the sky.
Be with them always in the air,
In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
For those in peril in the air!

Aloft in solitudes of space,
Uphold them with Thy saving grace.
Thou Who supports with tender might
The balanced birds in all their flight.
Lord, if the tempered winds be near,
That, having Thee, they know no fear.

-assigned with 3d Marine Air Wing, Al Asad Air Base, Iraq
June 21, 2008
My condolences are with you. May God wrap you in his love and comfort in this time of sorrow. My prayers go out to you that your pain will be eased a little.
I have known Eric and what a great guy he was. He was my husband's roommate in Iraq. The last time I saw him, he was so excited about the opportunity to do another ground tour. He truly loved his job and was dedicated to what he did. Eric, you are a true hero! You will not be forgotten and you will be forever in my prayers.
June 21, 2008
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.
June 21, 2008
Semper Fidelis
June 20, 2008
I went to school with Eric while he was at Morehead State University. He was a dear friend, and will be missed.
June 20, 2008
Eric~ I did not know you but I do know that you are an American hero. May you rest in peace with your brave brothers and sisters who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones and may their many fond memories that they have of you help to ease their pain in the future. You will be missed by many people that you never met. Again, rest in peace Eric.
June 20, 2008
God Bless You. And, thank you to your family for giving America another hero.
June 20, 2008
I know the family doesn't know me but I Just want them to know that my heart goes out to them, I know that nothing that me or anyone else can say will ever take away your pain of losing your precious child. I think he is a brave man to go and fight for our country and I know you are very proud of him for that, I hope that you see comfort from God and pray that someday that you can meet him in again in heaven...May God bless you and your family, and especially your son.
June 20, 2008
thank you for protecting my children Jackson and Elizabeth
June 20, 2008
I served with Eric in Iraq with HMH-466. He is one of the best guys I've known. Great personality, and always a straight shooter. I want his family to know just how much he was loved and respected by his peers, leaders, and subordinates. God bless you. He will be truelly missed.
June 20, 2008
God Bless you Eric. May you rest in the arms of God.
June 20, 2008
Dear Paul,Carleen,Aunt Joy and Uncle Dan,Dave and Dottie,

We are grieving with you. With love and prayers we are holding you all.
June 20, 2008
I'm sorry for your loss. Even though we have never met; nor do we know each other, my son is deployed in Afghanistan 2/7 Golf, so I guess that makes us all FAMILY. Again, I am sorry for your loss.....
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