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July 05, 2014
Thinking of you on this July 4th weekend. Love you and miss you.

Aunt Lynn
December 25, 2012
To the family of SGT. Michael D. Acklin, our condolence to the family and friends, we thank Almighty God for his love and patience. we can trust his word. Ttus 1:2 and John 5L\:28, 29.
November 18, 2012
November 15, 2012
To the family and friends of Sgt. Michael D. Acklin:
Always remembering Michael. "Some gave all."
July 17, 2012
With sincere condolences to the Acklin family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1 "God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times". May God (John 17:3) provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
May 22, 2012
January 29, 2012
May you rest in absolute peace, SGT Acklin... Our hearts go out to your family and friends. You made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our freedoms and for that you will be honored in our hearts forever.

God Bless!
November 21, 2011
I miss you Mikey, my best friend! Your sacrifice will never be forgotten, and neither will the friendship and memories we shared!
November 19, 2011
November 15, 2011
To the family and friends of Sgt. Michael D. Acklin:
Please accept my remembrance of Michael on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
August 30, 2011
Dear Acklin family,
Thank you for your sacrifice. RIP Mike...
June 26, 2011
I an so sorry for your loss. May SGT. MICHAEL D. ACKLIN rest in peace and you find comfort in knowing that he is. My thoughts and prayers are with MICHAEL amd your family. GOD bless~
June 20, 2011
God Bless You my friend,Thank You for giving the greatest sacrifice of all,"may the perpetual light shine upon you" and may you rest in peace
May 28, 2011
To The Acklin Family,
My prayers and condolences are with you and your loved ones. May you find comfort and strength in all the pleasant memories that you have in your times of grief. May the thoughts at Isa. 49:13, bring you comfort as well.

May 23, 2011
God Bless you and your family...I know it has been years...but my gratefulness for his and your sacrifice still touches me daily. I do not know you or your son, but as a veteran and the soon to Mom of a Marine...I truly believe that there is a special place in heaven for those that protect so many and expect nothing in return.
God Bless you and your family today and always.
March 19, 2011
My son was with the 101st Airborne Air Assault in Mosul in 2003. I don't know if my son knew SGT Acklin, but i do know that these were brave young men that scarificed their all for our freedom and that of others. My condolences to the family and may God bless. As a father of a soldier, I know what its like to wonder whats going on over there with your child. My son came home safe after three tours and I salute all of our brave soldiers for their sacrifices.

William C. Moulds Jr. (Dad of Staff Sgt WIlliam C. Moulds III).
January 14, 2011
Your legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew you and shared in your struggle to protect our country and the ultimate sacrifice you gave so that we can be grateful for what we have. Your family, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers will stay in my thoughts and prayers.
A Proud Military Mom.
December 01, 2010
Acklin, you are missed. Thanks for always loving people.
November 15, 2010
To the family and friends of Sgt. Michael D. Acklin:
Remembering Michael on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
July 22, 2010
To the family of Michael Acklin:

I never met SGT Acklin, but he was the best friend of my husband Michael, and until this every day I can see how SGT Acklin impacted my husband's life. I live here at Fort Polk and attend New Testament Christian church, and while we were at a banquet celebrating the Pastors anniversary there, SGT Acklin appeared in one of the pictures during a slide show that had been put together for the guests. Immediately that brought tears to my husbands eyes, and it was such a coincidence and surprise that SGT Acklin would be in one of those pictures. SGT Acklin is still loved and missed so dearly by my husband, because of his heart and the example of his life that he led through Jesus. I wish that I could of met him, but I do feel his presence, through the pain and love that my husband still carries for him until this very day, and because of that it is a true testimony that SGT Acklin lived with all his heart, mind, and soul for the King of Kings.SGT Acklin you are so very missed by my husband and to his family he touched my husband's life in a special way and still does.
February 25, 2010
To the family of Sgt Acklin:

I was deeply moved when I read his guest book and the bio of him. His Bishop stated it best. I thank God for the time that he allowed Michael to be with you.

We can never question God. Michael had a "heart" for Christ and his life reflected that. Michael was clearly a Soldier for Christ and I thank God that he no longer has to suffer. I am trusting God to heal the family's pain and to help you all to realize that "...weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning..."

I honor and salute Sgt Michael D. Acklin and will be forever greatful for his sacrifice(s)!

Our Troops are at the "heart" of what I do as a "gift of love" from Jesus Christ and me!
November 27, 2009
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
November 26, 2009
I visited your grave to thank you for all of your sacrifices for our freedom. Rest in peace, HERO!
November 18, 2009
6 years and I just seems like yesterday we were laughing together and talking. Mikie you are surely missed and greatly loved.
November 17, 2009
I just found out today about micheal. I was in basic training with him and his locker was across from mine. What a great guy is all I can think and got me through some rough times with his up beat personality and his soul big as his heart. Good Christian man he was. Rest in peace battle buddy you will NEVER be forgotten.
Dan Malcolm- Ft Sill Olkahoma
October 07, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
July 25, 2009
Our prayers are with you at this very sad time,God promise that he will wipe out every tear from our eyes,and death will be no more,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away.
June 13, 2009
So very deeply sorry for the loss. Pleaes know that he is not forgotten. May he rest in peace.
May 24, 2009
I knew Mike from Fort Campbell and he was an outstanding man. Loved God and could always be found at the church. I left for Germany and read his name in the list of those who died in Iraq, I mourn for him but I know that in heaven, Great is his Reward!
May 22, 2009
Well it's been a long time my friend, my brother, but you are not forgotten. You picture still hangs on the fridge, and I think of you often. I think of all the great times we had growing up and how blessed I am to have had you in my life, and just wanted to say thank you! Miss you Mickey!
November 15, 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 Michael, but I am remembering
his service and sacrifice. 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
(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)


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

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
October 11, 2008
To the family of Brave Sgt. Michael D. Acklin, 2'nd.,

When the call rings out the exceptional answer. I didn't know your son but I feel he was such a person. In a sense we all are his family because he died protecting us all. Please take heart in the fact that the young man you raised is admired by every one of us. Governments start wars and the exceptional stand up to do their duty. Brave Sgt. Acklin, may you rest in peace knowing you will be reunited with your beautiful family. They await the day when you will lead them into God's kingdom. Though we are sad at your passing, we celebrate one who was truly exceptional.
July 20, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Michael D. Acklin:
Michael 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"
July 09, 2008
I recently purchased a memory bracelet with the name of a fallen serviceman. I too serve in the US military, and looked up his name on the internet hoping to find more about this stranger's name engraved on the metal bracelet that i wear around my wrist. I was moved by everything that I read and I am proud to wear the name of this fallen soldier. I consider it a privelege to wear this bracelet, and in a way I feel as if SGT Acklin is a part of my life now.
May 29, 2008
We are so grateful for your service for our safety and freedom!
January 03, 2008
Mikey was my dude and my partner. We as kids battled together and played bball toghether. I remember when u was rapping and trying to make it that way first. You was like my brother when i think back at it. I know i will see u again. You are a Acklin forever.
November 11, 2007
To the family of Sgt. Michael D. Acklin:
Michael 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"
October 04, 2007
Thank you for rasing such an honorable young man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
October 03, 2007
To a hero:
THANK YOU so much for all that you have done. You were truly a angel on earth.My sympanthy to the whole family. And thank you for allowing us to contiune to have this freedom that we get to enjoy each and every day. For every fallen soldier there is a star in the heavens and I will countiune to bow my head and pray.
R.I.P Angel
August 24, 2007
I would like to share one good memory about this wonderful person Michael D.Acklin He once told me one day you can always turn a negative into a positive no matter how bad the situation is, because God will always be on your side you just dont know how much i miss you i remember our church days in ft.campbell the times you invited me and the times that i never refused because i knew that Michael Acklin always meant good to the society he is what i call a role model to society i know that you are in heaven right now cause a person like you always did the right thing words and tears cant express how much i miss you.
August 14, 2007
Sincere sympathy and love, Pat - R.N.
August 04, 2007
To All Parents
“I’ll lend you for a little time a child of Mine,” He said.
“For you to love the While he lives and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years, or 22 or three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief.
You’ll have his lovely memories as solace and relief.
“I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are some lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to take him back again?”
For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may
And for the happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay;
But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we’ve planned.
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.”

I share in your loss; Proud Mother of Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Adam McSween EODMU-11; IKA near Kirkuk, Iraq on 04-06-07
July 26, 2007
I want to thank you for your courage and bravery in standing up for what you believe in. May your soul rest in peace.
June 22, 2007
I would like to send out 0y condolences to your family. My heart goes out to you. God watch out over all of you.
May 02, 2007
We are sorry it took us so long to post an entry for your family member. We are trying to catch up after locating this website. God Bless for allowing us to honor these heros.

We can't imagine what you have been going through since being notified of the death of your young Warrior. The Military and families all over the USA and world are grieving with you and praying for you. What a very brave individual you have in your family that would give up a life for their homeland and its people so they can remain free. Your Freedom Fighter has served the Country above and beyond the call of duty, let no one ever tell you different. With the mission now completed your Warrior has been redeployed to Heaven to sit on the right hand of the Supreme Commander and Chief. The Father above has Michael in his arms and will give him peace as well as eventually easing your pain and suffering. God speed to you and Sgt. Michael D. Acklin, our HERO. We are so proud of them that are willing to sacrifice for this great Nation, THANK YOU.

Army Retired
April 29, 2007
Be Still

Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day
Be still like desert shrub.

Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.

If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.

March 15, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss.May God bless you with comfort and peace.

In loving memory of our nephew
Spec Philip Cody Ford
KIA Baghdad 10-Dec-2006
March 13, 2007
deepest expression of the family of sgt.michael acklin...i was his driver on that sad day from dover air force base to phily air be sent home.along with his escort sgt. winston allen..(WITH MUCH LOVEING CARE)..we put him on the plane ....robert slezak dover delaware ..( )
January 25, 2007
Jesus has one more soldier in heaven. Not only a soldier of the military, but a soldier for Christ. Thank you for your service.
January 14, 2007
I am so sorry for the loss of Michael Dwayne Acklin. If there are any brothers/sisters, please get in contact with me, I am the Founder of Gold Star Siblings, and I have something for you. God Bless.
January 11, 2007
I'm Sorry for your loss and can't even imagine what you might be going through, but i would just like to thank your son for his bravery and courage he has shown for us . I am also a soldier in the army and i am very grateful . May God Bless you and may everyone remember the brave thing your son did.
January 08, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Acklin family in the loss of Michael. I did not know Michael, 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. Michael it has been over 3 years since you were taken know that 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

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
December 11, 2006
I do not know you and you do not know me however we share a common thread...our sons died in Iraq in November of 2006...Mine on the 2nd..Paul Bridges...My pain like yours is just beginning but if you would like to share I am here to listen and talk back...we will see our babies again some day.
November 15, 2006
Paying tribute to this Fine Young Hero, Sgt. Michael D. Acklin, on this 3rd anniversary of the day he gave his life for our Country and for Freedom.
Rest Well Michael in the Hands of God.
You Will Never Be Forgotten.
You have Paid the Ultimate Price for So Many.
As with my brother, whom we lost in Vietnam, you will always be loved and missed by everyone whose life you touched.

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

May the memories of Michael, live in your heart always.
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
October 21, 2006
The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. Please know that we share your grief, and our prayers are with you. THANK YOU for serving our country, YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
October 13, 2006
micheal was my cousin and i miss him so much! i remember a month before he died he called my family to say hi and he promised that this would not be the last time i would talk to him.when my family got the call from my aunt janet i felt like god ripped my heart out and showed it to me, i was so hurt! but i know he is watching me right now as i type this message to him. micheal i love u and i will never forget me me a seat in heaven!
September 21, 2006
My name is Katy and I am 19 years old. I do not know you or your family in any way. I heard about this site on the radio and had to come and check it out. I'm signing your guestbook today to tell you 2 words. THANK YOU! You do not know how much I appreciate you fighting for this country and my freedom. You will always have a place in my heart and you will NEVER be forgotten. Again, THANK YOU!
September 13, 2006
Paying tribute to Sgt. Michael D. Acklin thank you for your service to our country and making the ultimate sacrifice so that we may continue living in a free country. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You will never be forgotten
God Bless you
Sherry Breeden
September 05, 2006
As you look down from above; please smile the sunshine of life over us. Although you seem distant at times; I still feel your presence. Angels of the Wind.
August 05, 2006
May God bless your family in their time of grief. My wife died in the world trade center and I feel a loss everytime I hear of a brave soldier losing their life to protect mine and my sons.
July 24, 2006
To the family of Michael D. Acklin from Bobbie L. Acklin Turner. I did not have the pleasure of knowing you but I know what you stood for because my husband is a Marine/Retire U.S. Soldier who served in Vietnam. My deepest sympathy to your family. You are remember in our hearts and mind.
June 24, 2006
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well-lived.
May 25, 2006
Michael's picture and profile will be placed on my dj booth on memorial day for all to know about him.
May 24, 2006
To the Acklin Family:
I don't know your family personally, and I don't have to, to know what kind of man you raised in Michael. My sincerest sympathies go to your family, my deepest gratitude to your brave and courageous son Michael. May he continue to watch over and protect your family, and always be remembered for the true hero and angel that he is.
May 17, 2006
I feel it is the responsibility of every American to at least read the names of the brave Americans that have made the ultimate of all sacrifices. Although not personally acquainted, I feel the loss. God Bless Steven Acosta and his family. God Bless the 1/320 FA 101st Airborne. God Bless the United States Army. Most of all, God Bless America.

Formerly with 2nd/11th FA, 25th ID.
May 12, 2006

Michael Dewayne, I love you and miss were always a great individual....please say hello to Apryl, my baby girl....since you both are in heaven.....hope to see you there....much love you both.

Aunt Lynn
May 12, 2006
michael was my cousin and my friend and i miss him so much michael i love you and i miss you!
April 22, 2006
mikey you were one of my favorite cousins even though we didnt hang out a lot cause we moved but you will always be remembered
April 20, 2006
To the family and friends of Michael Acklin, You have my deepest sympathy. It is because of warriors like Michael who pay the supreme sacrifice that you and I have the freedoms that we now enjoy. Michael is only gone from our sight for a little while sweet mother because the Lord said in his word that no greater love hath any man, than he that would lay down his life for a brother. I believe that is exactly what Michael has done. His Country, the USA, called him to duty and he served the USA with dignity and with honor. One of these days Momma your baby boy's just gonna begin to live!
In Christian Love,
Charlene Comer
April 09, 2006
My condolences to the Acklin family.
Michael may you rest in peace. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. You have earned your golden halo and wings. May you continue to soar in the heavenly clouds up above.
March 21, 2006
Im am truely sorry for the lost of your son. So may god bless and my all happinest be with you and may you live your life the best way you can.
March 21, 2006
I am so sorry for your loss. It is because of him my freedom in America still continues. All Americands are proud for the sacrifice he made.

Robyn Marsh
Forest Glen Middle school
coral springs,Fl
March 21, 2006
I am so sorry for your loss .It because of him that i my freedom is still living.He will always be a hero to me.
Shelby Ledbetter
forest Glen Middle school
Coral springs Fl
March 21, 2006
i am sorry for what happind to your fammily.
March 20, 2006
I am so sorry for your loss. It is because of him my freedom in America still continues.
February 24, 2006
To the family of Sgt. Michael Acklin,
I want to tell you how sad I was upon hearing about the loss of your loved one, Michael. God bless him. He is a true American hero. I will remember him and all his family in my prayers.
February 15, 2006
My heart goes out to your family. I am a fellow Sgt. in the KYANG. I am sorry for your loss.
December 22, 2005
Thank You! God Bless!
December 11, 2005
To the family of Michael Acklin,

I have very fond memories of your son. I remember once having a talk with him before the war when the rigors of garrison military life were weighing heavy on him. It seemed to cheer him up. He returned the favor ten-fold to me when he could see the hectic pace of the military doing the same to me. He always had such a big warm smile, and a compassionate, caring and unbiased ear for everyone else's weighty burdens. The continual gestures of generosity he bestowed on his fellow man are a precious momento of your sons essence that all of us that served with him will always carry inside of us.
December 08, 2005
Michael will be in my prayers.
December 05, 2005
I want to thank the family for having such a brave and wonderful son. My prayers will be with you daily. Remenber God is here for you to lean on in troubled times.
December 02, 2005
Michael and his family will be in our prayers.
October 30, 2005
The Wallum family
October 24, 2005
May Michael be comforted in the arms of our Lord forever.
September 20, 2005
Sorry for your lost,may God be with you.Because of him and many others we and alot of others have there freedom.My prayers go with mike and his family.
September 20, 2005
Thank you for allowing us to share your memories of Michael. Thank you for sharing your personal story. Although I had never met Michael, when his story was annouced last year, I felt a surge of pain just as if he were my own. I'm deeply sorry.

Always remember that GOD doesn't make mistakes. Michael's job on this earth was completed.

Your special angel named Mikey watches over you daily.

Peace and blessings to you and your family.
September 18, 2005
May god bless the family and friends of this true American Hero.
September 13, 2005
I had the honor of serving with SGT Acklin at Fort Campbell. He was a fine man, dedicated soldier, and exemplary Christian. He set a great example in his life for everyone. Our prayers are always with his family.
September 11, 2005
To the family and friends of Sgt. Michael D. Acklin. The definition of courage is not the absence of fear but in the face of fear to do it anyway. Your son had great courage and I look forward to the day, in heaven when I will meet this courageous man face to face. God bless you all as you deal with the terrible pain of losing such a fine young man.
August 07, 2005
August 06, 2005
My prayer is that God will carry you through this period. My son also is a "Warrior." God bless you.
August 05, 2005
August 03, 2005
Although your son was a stranger, my family is in his debt because he stood in harm's way for us. May God richly bless you as you carry on. We will not forget such sacrifice.
July 12, 2005
Sgt. Michael D. Acklin II your service to the United States of America and my freedoms is much appreciated. You are a hero for preserving my freedoms and the freedoms of the people of the world. GOD Bless and Thank You. My condolence goes out to the family of Michael ... may his duty of selflessness be honored for life times to come.
July 05, 2005
I want to say first of all how proud of this young man and I'm so very sorry for his families loss. I want the family to know that I am very proud of each and every person who fights for our rights here and gives us the freedom to live like we live. I have a brother right now serving in Kwait and I worry each and every day for him and everyone over there. I want to say that you have a very special place in my heart and thank you very much.
July 03, 2005
My sympathy goes out to Michael and his family. As we celebrate our independence tomorrow let us not forget our soldiers who are paying the ultimate price so that we here in America can ejoy this freedom. See you in heaven Michael.
June 27, 2005
Thank you Sgt. Acklin for your bravery and dedication to the belief that the world can be a better place.
June 12, 2005
God bless you Michael and thank you for making America safer.
June 12, 2005
My condolences to the family of Sgt Acklin. I am so very grateful for the brave men, like Michael, who voluntarily serve out country.
June 06, 2005
As a mother of a soldier, I know the pride you feel for your son. I can never express my great graduate for the gift of your beloved son to this great nation of ours. May God Bless you and all those that you love.
April 28, 2005
I am deeply sorry to hear about Michael. We all look forward to the time when death will be no more (Rev 21:4) I look forward to seeing Michael in the resurrections. May the God of comfort bring peace and comfort to your family during this time of need.
April 21, 2005
March 11, 2005
February 26, 2005
February 25, 2005
To my Marine brother; "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother." w.s.

"No greater love has a man than to lay down his life for another."

Thank you Sgt. Acklin

Sgt. Gary E. Best
USMC (inactive)
1962-1966 2/7 RVN
December 17, 2003
My condolences goes out to the Acklin family. Michael and I was in school together at Fort Campbell, Ky. The one thing I remember is his smile. Through the rough times in school you can always count on his smile to bring your spirits up. May God bless his family and friends.
December 16, 2003
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the parents and grandparents of Michael. I had not known Mike for that long. We met when we were in school together at Ft. Campbell to make Sgt. From the moment we met Mike and I became close friends. Up until the time we were both deployed to Iraq we remained in contact. To lose a good friend like Mike breaks my heart and I will miss so very much. He is in his rightful place with the angels.
My thoughts and prayers will always be with his family.
December 07, 2003
I just wanted to express my sincere sympathy to the family of Sgt. Michael Acklin. I worked with his grandfather at the truck plant before he retired and when I saw the pictures of Michael and Gene in the union paper, I was saddened even more to learn of this loss. I am also a Butler alum and was there at the Veterans Day program when Sgt. Acklin was remembered for his sacrifice. At that time, I didn't know that Michael was Gene's grandson. I know that it will be particularly difficult for all of you this holiday season, but I believe that Michael is now resting in our Father's arms.
May the the Lord comfort you now and always. I will continue to remember all of you in my prayers.
December 02, 2003
My deepest Sympathy are with the Acklin, Atkins, Williams, etc families. I did not know Michael personally but I do know some of his relatives. My prayers are with you all.
God Bless you & all of the families.
Necolle Banks & Family
November 29, 2003
my heart and prayers are with you,dottie,i'll be here for you always.
November 26, 2003
I wanted to express our deepest sympanthy to Mikey's family. My husband, Daniel, grew up with Mikey and considered him a brother. Words cannot express the love and appreciatation we have for him.

John 15:13
November 26, 2003
Words can never tell you how honored I am to be related to such a fine God loving Christian as Mikie. He was so well admired by all who knew him. A very special young man who gave his life for his family, friends, and country. As one who fought for our country in South Vietnam with the First Air Calvary Division. I salute his life, his sacrifice, and the love he had for our family and country.
November 26, 2003
My deepest sympathies go out to Mikey's family. Mikey was as honest and righteous as an individual could be and will be missed by many. I feel honored to have known him during his time on earth...

Shine on...
November 26, 2003
We didn't know your son,but we feel your pain.We have a son and a nephew in the service whom we worry and pray for daily and we know that God is the Master in control.We will continue to pray for your family.
November 26, 2003
My deepest sympathy to the family of this American hero.

Pamela J.B. Luce
1SG, U.S. Army (Retired)
Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
November 25, 2003
Dottie, I feel your pain I know how it hurts to lose someone we love. Just remember that Michael will receive his reward in heaven. I will keep your famiy in my prayers.

Sandra Edmonds
Christ Temple Apostolic Church
November 25, 2003
My heartfelt prayers go out to the family of such a fine young man. He was loved by so many family and friends. He gave his life to God and to our country. He is now an angel and will always watch over you.
November 25, 2003
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Michael from Butler High School. He was in my Homeroom class and I remember him being quiet a lot, except when he was making jokes. He was a sweet and funny person. My husband, Ryan Brooks, is in the 25th Infantry div. of the Army and about to go to IRAQ. When I found out that someone I knew had passed away, it hurt even more because I can imagine how I would feel if it happens to Ryan. Michael did not deserve what happened to him, but he is a Hero to me for serving his country. I am honored to have known Michael.
November 24, 2003
I am so sorry for your loss. I am originally from Louisville and read about Michael on-line. Though I did not know him personally, he is a hero to me and all for whom he sacrificed his life as a soldier fighting for our safety. My prayers to his family.
November 24, 2003
I did not know Michael, but I wanted to send you my deepest condolences, and my gratitude for his service to his country. My husband and daughter are in the military, and I can only imagine the heartache you are experiencing at this time. Please accept my sympathy as you go through this time of suffering. Be proud of Michael....he must have been a very special young man. He gave his all for his country. I would have been proud to have known him.
November 24, 2003
My heart aches for you and your family. I'm not able to be with you but you and your family are in my prayers daily. We love you dearly and want you to know you are with us at all times.
November 24, 2003
The Acklin story broke my heart - I cannot imagine the heartbreak of losing a child. My prayers and thoughts are with Michael and with his family. God bless you.
November 24, 2003
November 24, 2003
I would like to give my sympahty to the family of Mr.Michael Acklin. I never had the chance to meet him, but I honor him for what he died doing. I thank God for blessing your family with this brave man who was fighting and died for all of these people he didn't even know. Well, I am one of those people and I love you all and him for that. God rest his soul and I hope one day I will get to meet him in heaven. God Bless!!!
November 24, 2003
I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during your time of bereavement.

Thank you for the service Mr. Acklin gave to our country.

May God bless you and give you the strength you need in the days and weeks ahead.
November 24, 2003
Michael was a loveing and careing, young man,, dedicated to the service of his country,, I was Mike's barber at the old "Big A" shopping center when he was growing up and i remember him and his dad very well.. May god bless his soul..And Go bless the America he fought and died for
November 24, 2003
To the family of Michael Dwayne Acklins. Our prayers are with you all doing your time of sorrow. Know that the blessing of the lord is with you all doing this time of your loss. I know what you're going through. I remember back to the Gulf War and as I worked at the hospital at Fort Knox's to care for those troops where brought back to the state that was hurt doing that war. I have a sister and a brother in law that's station at Fort Hood in Texas and I pray each and everyday that neither of them will have to go back to War. Again my prayers are with you all. God bless and keep you safe in his loving arms.

Brenda Tillman
Chicago, Illinois
November 24, 2003
I didn't know your son but I want you to know that he IS a hero in every sense of the word. I have so much love and respect for all our boys that are fighting for the cause. They are ALL heroes. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family at this time. God Bless You.
November 24, 2003
I was a neighbor of Dorsey and Lillie Acklin for about 10 years. We appreciate the sacrifice your son and grandson made for our country. We ask that God will comfort you in your loss.
November 23, 2003
I did not know your loved one personally, but I have a son by a member of the Collier family. You have my condolences and will be in my prayers. He was one of many brave individuals who gave his all for our safety.
November 23, 2003
No words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear. Perhaps you may find comfort in knowing that others care.
We thank you for having such a wonderful son who served his country for the American people.
You do not know us ,but we wanted to tell you how proud we are of your son. Our prayers are with you and your family. God Bless You All........THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOMS OF OUR HEARTS ***MICHAEL DWAYNE ACKLIN*** Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one.
The Peek Family
November 23, 2003
To the Acklin Family, "when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I." I am so very sorry to hear of the tragic loss. I cannot find words to express my deepest sympathy for you.
November 23, 2003
Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Mike was in my senior high Sunday School class when he was a teen. He will always be remembered as a kind, genuine, impressive student who made you proud to know him.
November 23, 2003
Although I do not know you or your family, I would like to thank you for your son & the life he offered for our freedom. My heart aches when I see these young men on television who give their lives for those they will never meet.
My sincere condolences.
November 23, 2003
my condolences are with you and the rest of the family for the tradegy of your son.Its sad to see this happen to someone and I have family members in the service,but she is not over there but I can imagine how you are feeling. Best wishes to you and your family on this tradegy and may god look out for you.
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