Always thinking of you...
Just stopping by to pay respects Zack. We still hope to be able to visit with your Mom sometime this year - what a gab fest that will be huh??
Your memory continues to shine brightly - you won't be forgotten. from Kim
For all who miss Zack's big presence in their lives. Zack - so many years have passed since your untimely death. So much has changed in the world you knew but some things remain shining bright - your courage, your service to your country, your unfailing support of your troops, the love you had for your family and friends - your life is defined by the manner in which you lived it, not by the circumstances of your passing. Pam, you're so very much in our thoughts today - so from Australia to the USA, love from Kim and Jim
It is the National Day of Remembrance. Always thinking of you...
Hi there Zack: nearly 29 September and getting towards the time of year that brings to mind, more than ever, the sacrifice you made in 2007. While we will always be saddened that you were not granted long years, we also remember to be grateful for all that you and so many others from so many countries have given for freedom loving people around the world.
Your life has been defined by the way you lived, not by the manner of your passing. God bless Zack - you're remembered. Pam, you're in our thoughts, always.
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you.
Zackary D Tellier is being honored today in the City of Hickory parade, along with 150 of his fallen conrads. We are grateful to be the couple today to carry his name.
To the family and friends of Sgt. Zachary Tellier:
Please accept my remembrance of Zachary on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Well Zack - here in Australia it is already September 29, and we're thinking of you, your Mom and brothers and your friends, all of whom miss you year round, but especially on this anniversary.
Sent with respect for your service, courage and sacrifice.
It is difficult to believe it has been four years since you slipped the finiate bounds of earth. The time has passed both quickly and slowly at equal rates. I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you, and miss you much my friend. I will never forget your true friendship or your ultimate sacrifice. Much love.
Thinking about you this time of year. Sad we cannot speak to you in person but so comforting to know you stand above us watching over..... Thanking you for your service, dedication and honor. You are one terrific person.
hey there Zack ... we'll be traveling and not likely to have computer access on the 29th of this month so I'm getting in now so that your Mom and all who know and love you can be assured that even over here, on the other side of the world, you are remembered.
Rest easy - honored always, from Kim & Jim - (we're home at last but our thoughts are often with those on the ground back in AFG and IRQ - may they be safe).
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
hey Zack - funny thing: I was sitting here listening to the helos taking off when the entry from Michael Greene popped up - is this your way of reminding everyone that you're still watching our backs?
Now I'm going to email your Mom.
I served with Zach in 4-73 Cavalry. I vividly remember the day he was killed. I heard over the radio a trooper in Charlie Troop was down- my immediate thought was "I hope it isn't Sergeant Tellier."
Be proud he stepped forward to serve. As long as America has people like him willing to serve we will be OK. God bless him.
Thinking about you on this most solemn day. Three years have passed since you gave your life to protect your soldiers and ALL of us at home. You are the epitome of honor and greatness.
How proud all of us are.
Thanks for your service.
Remembering you as a remarkable warrior.
Today I am thinking about the great Sgt Tellier. I was working here three years ago when he died and had just visited FB Wilderness a few days prior. There was quite a lot of activity in the JOC created by his death, I have never seen so many colonels and generals on the floor talking in low voices. I kept hearing the term "high gravity soldier," which made it obvious to even to me, an Air Force guy, that a very important leader had died. The concern was that the unit at FB Wilderness would not be able to function with the loss of such a leader. The CG quickly made plans to go right back to reassure the troops, even though he had just been there. When I heard it was Sgt Tellier who had been killed, I immediately remembered my visit to Wilderness how he took charge of the troops after the award ceremony was over. The soldiers jumped when he told them to fall in, and he seemed to enjoy his role as the respected leader of those troops. They knew he was the guy who was going to get them home safely.
Now I'm flying missions over Afghanistan now in the F-15E, and I'll make sure I do my best in supporting the troops on the ground and honoring the great Sgt Tellier. He made a lasting impact and will not be forgotten.
To the family and friends of Sgt. Zachary Tellier:
Remembering Zachary on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
29 September 2010.
Remembering Zack - a big man who left many big and wonderful memories to comfort those who love and miss him. Thinking of you all at this time especially, as well as througout the year. Zack's courage and sacrifice will be always be remembered. Sincerely, Kim and Jim, Doha, Qatar, GCC
Remembering Zachary, never, ever forgotten.
The NC Run for the Fallen will honor fallen troops from North Carolina at a Memorial Run on Saturday, May 29th, 8:30am, Ayden Grifton High School track, Hwy 11 S. Ayden NC. Each troop will be honored by a runner/walker who carries a flag in his memory for one mile. Please come join us in honoring our fallen troops. For more information contact Kathy Moore at 252-746-3435 after 5:00pm or email at email@example.com
Memorial Day is approaching. I can't put flowers on your grave, but I know your Mom will see this and tell you I would have. Your job protecting mine is almost over, as he will be home soon. His attachment to you is a buddy's bond and won't be broken. I think you are ok with the way things went down for him. Your Mom gave her blessings so I think he feels you would also. Rest in Peace.
I don't think they liked the entry I put it on St Patty's Day. But that's okay. We'll keep that one between you and me.
Today's my Birthday. The Family's having a party back in Boston for me. I remember in 99 you guys did that and videotaped it. Dad interviewed everyone and you said "Happy Birthday Jamie. We're having a lot of fun, I wish you were here."
And in writing this, I remember my 7th birthday in 1986. It was the first year we had a video camera and you and Dad went around interviewing all of my friends with the fake red Microphone we grew up with.
I think of so many movies I wish you could've seen. Beerfest, Transformers, and the latest, the Hangover.
I miss you man. You were such a good time.
P.S. There are some nice pictures on here that I don't have. If anyone has pictures of Zack in college, crazy nights in Macnhvegas, at Fort Bragg or in Afghanistan, please feel free to send them to me.
miss you pal. I think of you time to time and what you gave for my freedom. It will never be forgotten!
Hi Pam - looks like I'm not the only person who thinks that you're only 'pretending' that you have a direct pipeline to Zack. That pipeline is probably in your mental speed dial and it works. You gave birth to him and that's a bond that nothing can sever, break, bend or damage.
You are moving on in many ways, and I think that Zack would be proud of what you've managed to accomplish since his death - so keep talking to him, and thank you for allowing the rest of us to share in the magic that he was, and remains - a very special man. I'm so proud of you. with love from Kim
ps: Zack, don't listen to what your Mom said - you know how she goes off at a tangent sometimes?? this was one of those times !! She'll be fine tomorrow for sure.
Pam, I know that Zack and myself love to read your thoughts and prayers for Zack. I do feel the same that this is a direct pipeline to Zack. Zack is in my thoughts everyday and I'm so proud to spend as much time as I did with Zack and I will never forget him! I miss you very much buddy and I can't wait to see you again!
Best Regards Jon
Two years, four months since you died. I am pretty sure I am the only person left who pretends this is a direct pipeline to you, Zack. Since you were not fond of corresponding online, this will be my final entry to you here. I'm moving on in many ways -- you'd be proud -- and you and I will be together forever through our hearts and souls.
The 29th. Two years, three months. Christmas was too quiet. I was remembering the last one you were here. I gave you Grammy's engagement ring to present to Sara on New Year's Eve. You were so excited to propose!
Guess what? Julia and Carlos got engaged on Christmas night! On Labor Day when we were all together, Carlos asked Jamie and Danny for their permission to marry Julia, and somehow I know you bless their union too.
I love you and miss you,
Two years, two months. I'll be counting forever because you are gone forever.
Within the past month two fallen soldiers were buried near you. They were buddies and died in the same helicopter crash. Sara knew Kyle! She went to St. Anselm with him and his girlfriend.
In today's Boston Globe there is a story of a young artist named Matthew Mitchell who has painted 100 beautiful portraits of returning veterans of this war. He is so talented! He captures all the pain, sorrow, love and joy of each soldier.
They pose for the portraits and chat with the artist about their experiences if they choose to. I can see tears forming in the eyes of one.
Boston Globe readers can leave comments online, and as you can imagine, I'm a regular. Somebody had written something not very nice, so I had to tell him off. You'd be proud.
Even though we have photos of you, I wish Matthew Mitchell could paint a portrait of you.
I love you forever. Mom
Someday I'll stop writing here on the 29th of each month -- maybe next month or next year -- but not today.
A handsome soldier, 29 years old to be exact, whose parents live in Mashpee, passed away (you can't use the k-word on here or they don't put your entry in, even if you're The Mom) with his three buddies when their Vietnam-era helicopter went down (I don't think you can say the cr-word either) in Afghanistan three days ago.
I am sad and mad, but your brother Jamie knows every single thing about the history of these countries, so he reassured me that you and this soldier knew what you were doing and why you were there. I guess I already knew that.
I want you to know how much Jamie and Danny watch over me and take care of me, just like you asked them to.
I love you, Zack, forever and ever.
Mom, or HEY MA! as you used to call me ...
It is still difficult to believe it has been two years since your passing. In some respects it seems like it was just yesterday. In other respects it seems like it was forever ago.
Yesterday's weather was strikingly similar to the weather on September 29th 2007. What began as a cool drizzle with low-lying fog ended with warm sunshine. I kept hoping for a Monarch butterfly.
I visited your stone at the National Cemetary yesterday. I hope you like Gerber daisies since I brought you three. One red, one orange, and one yellow. I liked the vegan comic your mum left with you. It was quite fitting since I am a vegan and it made me laugh, which was good. You would have laughed as well.
I didn't stay long, but did tell you again how much I miss you, how proud of you I am and continue to be, and how thankful and honored I was to be your friend. You were always such a true, unselfish, and thoughtful friend. I didn't know, and still do not know, too many people (and friends) of your calibur. I do see traces of you though, in others, as you have touched so many of us. I can't speak for others, but I know I strive to be a better person, and a better friend to others because of you.
After I left, I decided to surprise your mum at work with a bouquet of flowers. I wanted to make sure she was Ok because I think of her often, and often worry. It was really nice to see her and to be able to spend a few moments with her.
Later that afternoon, back in Manchester, I met with Shawn, Karen, and Angie to help plant and mulch a row of rose bushes at the Manchester High School West Memorial Walkway. We also replaced the mum in the urn near your stone. There is another stone next to yours, Nicolous Broedeur. Coincidentally, he was born on 9/29 and you died on 9/29. Yesterday would have been his 30th birthday but he died on leave from Iraq.
To close the evening, Shawn and I had a drink and toasted at Milly's Tavern in your honor. We both had a beer, and then he downed a shot of Jack for you. I just looked on and cringed.
Anyway, I miss you so much, buddy, and think about you often. I promise you will forever live in my heart, I will always remember you, and I will always cherish our life-long friendship.
Thank you for everything.
Love Always, Jen
To the family of Sgt. Zachary Tellier:
Zachary 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."
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Hey Zack, Hard to believe it has been two years. Just got home from work. Still working midnights. I have a picture of you on my desk at work that your mom sent me. Sometimes when I am having a bad shift, I see the picture and it reminds me to stop complaining and just take care of what I have to do. By the way, Ashley and I had another kid a few months ago. Charles Zachary Finkelman was born on June 16th. No, the middle name is not a coincidence. I look forward to one day telling him about the person who he got his middle name from. I wish you could see my 3 kids, I know they would love you. Want to hear something crazy? I still have your number in my cell phone. I can't bring myself to erase it. Stupid, I know. Anyhow, I'm sure you are sitting up there in a big recliner right now, probably wearing a worn out flannel shirt and hiking boots, sipping on a Budweiser, laughing really hard at some stupid TV show like we used to do in college. We definitely had some good times. I really wish we could do that again. Miss ya, buddy. -Abe
Two years has gone by with the blink of an eye. Seems like just yesterday we were laughing our heads off together about who knows what. Seems like just yesterday we were back in our posse of rug rats driving our parents crazy. Seems like just yesterday you were still here.
We all miss you so much. The missing will never stop. It doesn't get better, it gets worse. I keep waiting for one of your phone calls, your unmistakable voice shouting "Yo, Jules!" before I could even say hello.
Life has kept going, but nothing is the same. I try to make you proud every day. You showed by example what a great man was. I will never forget a minute of my life with you in it.
I love you, Zack. I miss you always.
Yo, Zack, we're eating breakfast together tomorrow. Just bought us a bunch of mini chocolate chip muffins. We'll share 'em with the birds and squirrels. And here's something you'd think was pretty funny, but I think it'll be cool: Tonight I took your picture to Walmart for them to post on the "Wall of Honor" with other local soldiers.
Remember every time you came home from work and I would say, "How was work?" and you, in your good-natured fun way, would say, "Worky!" Every time. I loved that. I'll always love you the most, you know ... LOL See you bright and early! Love, Mom
As you probably know, another of Charlie Co. was killed this month. He was a FO, like Derek. Derek has been transferred to Bravo and struggled with the fact that Tyler went in his place. Thank you for watching over him and prayers to Tyler's family. I selfishly worry about Derek. God bless you and keep you in his arms.
Zack - I'm not sure that I will be near a computer and able to write on your site on the 29th so this is a bit early - while this is a sad time, I hope that those who love you best will still be able to smile, laugh and remember all the good memories that you left behind. Your time on earth was way too short but you packed so much into those years - I'm certain that you were doing just what you wanted to do, and that you were proud of what you achieved both in America and in a theatre of war - you remain an inspiration to all, even those of us not fortunate enough to know you in life. Pam, thank you for sharing your precious boy with us - Zack would be as proud of the way you've coped these many months as you are of him. God bless. Kim and Jim
The 29th again. Time is flying fast for us. Hope it is for you too, or else that you are in one heck of a wonderful place where you are laughing your joyous laugh.
I love you,
Your men deployed again. You may not be there by their side, but you will always be in their hearts.
I love you, I will visit you in a couple of weeks.
In one month, I am going to Cape Cod to see your mom and brothers - the first time I've been there since your funeral. You mom and I were talking about how excited we are to go visit you together at the cemetery. Then we laughed - who gets excited to go to a cemetery?! But I am! Even though I carry you with me every moment of every day, somehow I feel like I'm going to get to say a proper hello when I get to the Cape.
I'm also bringing Carlos. I wish you could meet him and fall in love with him like I have. The two of you sure would have had fun together. I'm going to show him the Swan Attack video. I think that will be a proper introduction to who you were and why it is that we spent our entire lives laughing together. I'd give anything to have one more laugh with you. I miss you so much.
Your cousin, as you called me,
Ah, the 29th of the month again, so I'm especially thinking of you. Another Cape Cod soldier was lost last Thursday in Afghanistan, and today he was returned to his family. I am sad that so many promising, intelligent, and successful soldiers are gone.
I just walked up Main Street from my office to the sandwich shop and went by the always lively Liam Maguire's. I think if I looked in, I might have seen you sitting on a barstool. But I kept looking straight ahead because I didn't want to be disappointed when you weren't there.
I will always miss you and love you. Mom
Zack - the strangest thing just happened. I was looking through some old emails and came across one from your Mom - and right then a new email arrived from this site - the entry was from your brother, and while it made me cry, it underlined the fact that when you live in the hearts of those who love you, you are never really gone.
Rest in Peace Zack, rest in peace.
I dig my toes into the sand, the ocean looks like a thousand diamonds strewn across a blue blanket. I lean against the wind, pretend that I am weightless, and in this moment I am happy. Happy.
I wish you were here.
I love you Zack.
Greater Love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
I did not know Sgt Tellier, but I did see him at FOB Wilderness a week before he died. I am an Air Force officer and was working in the CJTF-82 JOC as the night Chief of Ops at the time. I visited the FOB with BG Votel, who was there to pin on medals and meet the troops. I remember Sgt Tellier taking charge of troops men after the award ceremony. The conditions were miserable but morale seemed high and the men eagerly followed his orders. He certainly was presence to behold.
The following week I received word of the attack while I was in the JOC, and found out the Sgt Tellier had died. We had seen dozens of Soldiers die while I as there, but this event was significantly different. Several of the senior officers came down to the floor, speaking gravely about the fact that a "high gravity Soldier" had died at Wilderness. There was much concern about how this would impact the unit since he was such an important leader there. Despite the very recent GO visit, the CG went back out to the FOB to console the troops. He had much going on at the time but it was deemed that important. Shortly after that we renamed the FOB in honor of Sgt Tellier.
He epitomizes what I remember about the Army. A motivated, respected leader of a tight group of Soldiers, fighting for freedom in a remote outpost in a foreign land. Those men had nothing to rely on but themselves, and they all knew they could count on Sgt Tellier.
Three years ago today, at about this time of day, you and Sara got married at the beach. I have never seen two happier people in my life -- madly in love with each other -- neither of you could stop smiling the whole day. All of us who were there have so many wonderful memories of our few days in Carolina Beach.
Why do the three years since you and Sara got married seem so short, yet the time since you died seems so long? Maybe it has something to do with one being a joyous occasion and one being a horrible sad time.
I don't know, but I'm crying again and will be forever. Oh yes! Abe and Ashley had another baby last night, but I'll let him tell you about that.
I love you always. Mom
Zack, yesterday was your birthday. In your honor (and as I know you would have wanted), I drank lots of drinks, did a little dancing, and laughed more than I cried. I miss you more than I know how to say. All the time, every minute of every day.
In one of the letters you wrote me from boot camp you ended by saying how lucky you felt to have me as your cousin. I am the lucky one. You made my life better just by being in it.
Happy birthday. I love you so much.
Happy Birthday Zach,
I realize you and I have never met, but working with your mom and hearing so much about you, I feel as if I knew you and really wish I had.
Your bravery during your time in Afghanistan is more than amazing. You were the very best this country has sent out in our defense and just hearing about you makes me so proud, as if you were a friend or relative.
Happy 33rd Birthday, Dear Zachary. You never wanted your little brothers to pass you in height on our chart, so I'm certainly not going to let them get older than you!
All I ever wanted to be my whole life was a mother. At 6:59 p.m. May 29, 1976, which was Memorial Day weekend of the Bicentennial Year, our country's 200th birthday, my wish came true. I gave birth to the most beautiful baby in the world! We had a wonderful 31 years together, didn't we? (OK, mostly!) I wish we had been able to finish our mother/son time together, but I promise you I will finish with your brothers, which I know is important to you.
If you could read this, you would be making that sorta fed-up face some of us knew so well (the one like in the picture of you sitting on the train in Ireland), as if to say, "C'mon, Mom! Ya gotta put this stuff on the Internet?!" Yes, Zachary Daniel Tellier, I do.
Happy Birthday, Zack. I love you forever.
Hey Zach, miss the days of Monarch games with aiken. I think of you from time to time. That was a hard year for me. Mom died a few months before you. Say Hi to her and give her a hug for me. You would have loved her! Take care bud
Jen and I always remember you on the 29th, the day of the month you were born and the day of the month you died. That would probably make you yell at us, but I don't care. So there!
I love you.
Do you remember our neighbor Lewis? He lived in the little carriage house next door on Sagamore Street. Anyway, I was puttering about in the yard on Saturday when he came over with a package. He thanked me for the Christmas cookies I left him in December, handed me the package, and told me this was my belated Christmas gift. I opened the bag, and it was a package of chicken breasts. I said "Are you kidding?" (because I thought it may have been a joke). He said no. I then kindly reminded him that I was a vegan. Anyway, it was odd. I think perhaps he was just cleaning out his refrigerator and noticed the package of chicken breasts were going to expire? What an odd gift. It reminded me of the time that I came home and someone had thrown dozens of frozen hamburger patties all over the lawn. I thought you would like that story. I wish you could see the old yard and the apartment. Both look so pretty. I miss you so much!
I won't be able to forget about you if I try today...everywhere I look is St. Patty's Green, Guinness burgundy, and memories of the best trip I ever went on...
Here's to the best bacon I've ever had, falling asleep on a Irish train, watching you get caught in a turnstyle with a woman old enough to be your grandmother as she tried to use you to sneak into a bathroom, Gloucester, crashing HARD, watching you try on kilts, finding Dan Donnaly's petrified arm, and not enough pints of Guineess...
I know I'm not the only one pouring a pint for you today buddy.
I would like to express my sincere condolences to Zack's friends and relatives. I met him during his stay in Poland. He was a cool kid back then - playing drums and introducing me to the Smashing Pumpkins.
He grew up to be a hero.
The thing I remember the most are his "laughing" eyes. I imagine you must miss them a lot.
One summer night at our grandparents' house on Cape Cod when I was somewhere around 10 or 11 years old, Zack and I were brushing our teeth together in the upstairs bathroom. Zack had recently gotten back from one of his visits from Poland, where he had learned something new about dentistry. As I was finishing brushing, Zack stopped me and said, "No, Jules, you're supposed to brush your teeth for at LEAST two minutes, otherwise, it doesn't even count." I've never brushed my teeth for less than two minutes seconds ever since.
This morning while brushing my teeth, that memory popped into my head. I had kind of forgotten about it. Just one of the many things I learned from Zack. He also taught me how to drink Jack Daniels, how to throw a couch off the edge of a balcony without leaving even a scratch on it, how to have a rockin dance party while driving, and how to laugh -- how to REALLY laugh.
Thanks to everyone for the continued outpouring of love and support. We all miss Zack so much. This helps.
I just sent you a letter, I hope you got it. I just want to reiterate that I am so sorry about the loss of your son. I just read about it a few days ago. I wish I'd found out about it when it actually happened. I know your are still aching over this. This is something a prarent never gets over. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers. Take care and e-mail me any time. Renee' Armstead
Ah, the 29th of the month. The day Zack was born, the day Zack died. Now it has been 16 months, or 1 year, 4 months, or 69 weeks, or a gazillion days. I am constantly amazed at the support and messages we get from friends and friends-to-be, such as the most recent one from Connie Faulk on this website. I responded to Connie to thank her for her kind words and she wrote:
“My grandson Derek is 22 years old and served 15mo in Afghanistan, returning this past March. Your son is the only good thing that he brought away. I mean that he inspired him and his death hit him profoundly. He struggled with the good dying and the bad living, and just what was the purpose of life. He still tears up when mentioning him. To have that happen a year plus, is an absolute testimonial to Zachary, you and your family. Derek will go again in July, I ask for your prayers for him, as I remember your son in mine.”
Will you all please pray and think wonderful thoughts for Derek and his family? And thank you, Derek, for your long, hard service to our country. Zack and his family and friends are very proud of you.
To the family of Sgt. Zachary Tellier:
My grandson, Derek, served with Zachary Tellier and attended his memorial in Afghanistan. He wears a wristband in memory of him and never takes it off. His death affected him profoundly and he often speaks of him. This is not much consolation for losing a loved one, but a testament to the fine young man he was. My grandson grew up the day Zachary died. Through my grandson, I feel an affection for him and offer my sincere condolences.
Sarah, i saw your mom, she told me about Zach, I am so sorry! Stop by to see me some time. Donna (from Celebrations)
I thought of you yesterday (then again, I think of you every day). I was reading an essay by David Sedaris and at one point his brother entered the room and said "Ok, Hoss!". I remember at one point you used to call everyone "Hoss". You said it in this funny accent which always made me laugh. Then again, nearly everything you did or said made me laugh.
Anyway, I'm not sure how much you know about what goes on here on Earth, with you being in Heaven and all, but the National Honor Society students at West High posthumously inducted you into the National Honor Society during their annual induction meeting on December 3rd. You mum and Danny were there, and your mum was able to light your candle in your honor. It was so touching. One of the students relinquished their hard-earned NHS medal, had it engraved with your name, and gave it to your mum. Again, it was so touching. The fact that you have inspired these students who never new you brings a tear to my eye, but warms my heart. This was something that the students felt in their hearts the desire to do. Apparently it has only been done once or twice in U.S. history, and has never been done at WHS before. They had to obtain approval from the National headquarters in Washington DC, but also the Manchester WHS administration. They also donated a granite bench toward the larger "Memorial Walkway" effort. The love and support they have showed me and your family gives me the strength to go on in a sometimes lonely world without you.
While I was there that night, I was in the Principal's conference room. On the wall are the large class photos from each year (you know, the one the photographer takes from the second floor overlooking the patio). I have not seen this photo in nearly 15 years, and I took one glance at it and immediately found you among hundreds of students. It was if you called out to me to say "Hi". You looked so adorable. Then I found myself. My mother, who was also there, said "That is not you" as she didn't recognize me because I had black hair at the time. You would have laughed.
Anyway, this morning I went back to the school to dig your stone out from the first two feet of snow of the season. I unearthed the azaleas, the flags, and the urn. We bought you a little Alberta spruce Christmas tree that I was going to plant in the urn, but the urn was frozen solid. Instead, I planted it in the ground next to the stone. We also left a nice Christmas wreath with a red bow. I was sad to be there, but it looked lovely afterwards.
I just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and your family at Christmas and during the holidays. I miss you so much.
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It's the 29th of the month again. Zack has been gone for one year and two months. That is a short amount of time, but it seems like years have passed since that day. Sometimes I think so much has happened to all of us during this time; then I realize, maybe so, but we're all the same people, and Zack would want that for us.
Here's a funny story. Some of you know that I still play with dolls. I collect 16" fashion dolls (way taller than Barbies) and make awesome setups like The Girls eating breakfast, watching tv, working in offices, and playing poker. I take close-up pictures of them to document how darned creative I am. On the last day I ever saw Zack, he politely and kindly requested, "Oh Mom, while I'm in Afghanistan, could you please not send me any pictures of dolls?" Hope you're laughing -- I am!
Which is worse -- me sending him pictures of dolls or me babbling embarrassing stuff about him on the Internet? We miss you, Zack!
Love, Mom xoxo
The day before Sarah called me to tell me of Zach's passing I was in Lake Tahoe recharging for a day from my constant trade show schedule. On my way to the lake I rented a car with Sirius radio and found a coffee house station that played a song I never heard before from an artist I'm embarrassed to admit I didn't know, Tom Waits. As soon as I got to the lake, I downloaded a few of his songs, threw them into a mix and burned a CD that would keep me company the next day as I drove around the lake for a few hours. When I woke up, the sky was a perfect blue, the temperature was 65 degrees and I must have listened to that CD a dozen times. I felt refreshed, ready to take on the world, and I called my wife to tell her so. The next day I got Sarah's phone call and my world stopped. And yet, somehow I know "something" was preparing me for it. When I got in my car, the CD was still playing...and every single song spoke to me about Zach. I have always believed that music finds you, you don't find it. And this was no exception. From John Mayer's St. Patrick's Day reminding me of a spring break trip to John Lennon's Imagine reminding me of Zach's story from his childhood it was if something was trying to let me know before I got the call. I've wanted to share the Tom Waits "Shiver me Timbers" song with you for so long, but I couldn't find the right time. Maybe now is that time, I don't know. All I know is that I've listened to it thousands of times, and every time I see Zach.
I tired putting the lyrics of the song here, but Legacy.com informed me that I cannot include them due to copyright issues. The song is from the point of view of a man leaving with words of comfort, a sense of finality and understanding. It's really beautiful. If you want to here the song for free without having to download it, please go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op_JQLereMY
In college I wrote an article for the newspaper after having a conversation with Zach in which he talked about being on a fishing boat in Alaska. Maybe that's why the song resonates with me so strongly...or maybe its because there's a message in it of a goodbye I, like so many, never got.
All I do know right now is that we talk about Zach more then I ever thought we would in our house. We laugh some, cry some and mostly wish he was here. As some of you know, I lost Zach more then a few times, but always managed to find him again. I guess deep down, I'm still trying to convince myself I can do it again, even though I know better.
Every time I get an email from Legacy telling me that there's a new message I can't wait to read it. I don't know if this is a long love letter from all of us that is for Zach...or if it's the other way around, and the part of him inside each of us is connecting with all the others.
We miss ya buddy...
Love that Soldier
Love that soldier
Like a baby loves its bear
I said love that soldier
Like a baby loves its bear
Love to know that he is over there
Love to say to him
“Thanks for everything that you’ve done”.
This was from one of my students last year when I needed to come North for Zack's funeral. He gave this to me to make sure that I knew he cared about my well being, as well as Zack's family. I wanted to share this now, because I feel that Zack would love something like this that came from a ten year old boy. I was very touched by this when it was given to me upon my return to school. I hope that everyone will look at this and see the thought behind it, and the love a ten year old came have for anyone. If a ten year old boy can care this much about his teacher we can all care this much about each other. Zack did care about us all, and will continue to care about us all for as long as we will let him. Thank you for caring Zack. We all love you and miss you.
Sometimes I have an awful day at school, especially since I teach children with behavorial and emotional disabilities, but I look back and remember Zack's contagious smile and cannot help but smile for the rest of the day. My days are filled with many things ranging from calm reactions to absolute chaos and I laugh because to tell you the truth Zack I now have my own battlefield. When I look at my battlefield I always realize that Zack is there watching, smiling, and helping me. I love you man and this ones for you! And to you: The Tellier family, thank you for being in my life because you have changed it forever.
Everytime I hear Tim McGraw's song, "If You're Reading This," I think of you and Zack. I know this year has been very hard for you, but I am so proud of how brave you've been through this tragedy. I am positive that Zack is now your guardian angel, watching out for you always.
Love and Friendship, Marcey XOXO
Today marks the one-year anniversary that I received the dreaded phone call. I was at work and it was approximately 7:00am. My phone rang. I immediately wondered if something was wrong since I rarely receive a phone call before typical business hours. When I heard Amanda's voice on the other end of the line, I immediately knew something was wrong, since we hadn't talked in quite some time.
"Zack has died", she said. She saw it on the local morning news. I honestly don't even remember the remainder of the conversation. I just hung up the phone and started sobbing. I immediately ran three pods over to my colleague Steve, who had recently returned from Iraq. He knew my friend Zack was in Afghanistan, because I had talked to him about it. Steve gave me a big hug and tried to keep me from falling to the floor.
On Monday September 29th, I traveled to the MA National Cemetary, from my residence in NH. Since I left NH at a reasonable hour, I was making good time with little traffic. The sun was out when I departed, but became increasingly cloudy and overcast traveling south. I was doing OK, until about 15 minutes prior to reaching my destination. At this time, the figurative "floodgates" opened and I simply sobbed alone in my car. I honestly do not know how I made it to my destination alive, driving at a good highway clip with such clouded vision.
My arrival brought back vivid memories of the funeral procession, which was gut-wrenching. The two most disturbing images that I have ever witnessed was my maternal grandmother dying in my presence, and one of my best friends being placed into a hearse with a flag draped over his casket. The later image is even worse than the former. My stomach was in knots, and I felt quite ill. I thought I would have to pull the car over and vomit. At this point I wasn't even Confident I could proceed, since it was the first time I had visited the cemetary since Zack's funeral, and since his grave marker and ashes had been placed there.
I stumbled around section 45 for some time, looking for grave marker 54. I finally found it. For a moment, my emotions froze. A quiet and serene location, in the proximity to a wooded ravine. I believe Zack would have appreciated the solitude of the area.
I spent an hour alone with Zack, and attempted to approach our time together as if we were simply two friends who haven't seen eachother in a while, catching up over a pint of Guinness. This didn't work as well as I had wished, since I was there, and physically, he was not. I came with all of these things I wanted to tell him, and only managed to tell him a few. Who was I talking aloud to, anyhow? Could he really hear me, wherever he was? The sky was drizzling, and the grass was wet. I sat on the wet grass, and mostly cried my little heart out. In between sobs, I would unroll another few squares of toilet paper from the roll and wipe my eyes. I thanked him for the 16 wonderful years of friendship that he gave me. Not a day goes by where I do not think of him and appreciate what a wonderful friend he had always been. For that, I am and will always continue to be so grateful.
I ran my fingers over the etched granite stone, as if I could not really comprehend the finality of it; as if I were blind and was reading Braile. There was a small square patch of grass directly in front of the grave marker that differed slighly in appearance than the grass surrounding the area. I am speculating that this is where Zack's remains were buried. I put my hand on this location on the ground as if it was Zack and I wanted to feel a heartbeat. I dug my nails in. Mostly, I just wanted to keep digging. I wanted to unearth Zack, bring him from the depths of the earth below and onto the surface of the earth again. I wanted to breathe life back into him by giving him a giant hug. Instead, I left three sunflowers, kissed my fingers, and touched the ground. "I love you buddy", I said, and departed in tears.
Departing was more difficult than arriving, since I am unsure when I will be returning. I immediately called Pam, and Dan answered the phone. He passed the phone over to James. "Can I come over?" I asked. "Of course", he replied.
I spent some time at Pam's house with James, Dan, and Kendall, and soon David, Lauren, Hannah, and Sam arrived. We all then met Sara, Shawn, and Karen at Betsy's Diner for lunch.
To be honest, my head hurt from so many tears, and my stomach was still in knots, so I could barely choke down an English muffin. To his family, who embraced me with open arms, I apologize for barely being able to hold a conversation, but I do appreciate just being in your presence. It means the world to me.
After lunch, I drove back to NH, while the rest of the family visited the cemetary. I would have joined them, but felt completely emotionally drained. I also wanted to visit the memorial at our high school back home and I did just that. I left more sunflowers there, and planted some mums in a planter. Someone else had left a dozen roses with a note attached. It was so touching.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me throughout the last year, especially to Zack's family. I love you all from the bottom of my heart.
Zack- A year ago today, Taresh called me with the news that totally floored me. I think about you all the time and laugh a lot when I think about all the fun we had. Still hard to believe you're not here, even though you are always with us. I was just looking at the crown molding and the wall you put up in my house. Remember that visit? We walked home 3 miles on the highway from that sports bar where we had watched the Sox. Miss you buddy
Yesterday was one of the gloomiest, rainiest days we've had in Chicago in weeks. It was cold, hard rain -- the kind of weather that makes you want to stay on the couch. That coupled with the fact that my sister Betsy and I were so sad and so far away from our parents, our Auntie Pam, cousins Danny, Jamie, Sara, Kendall, Shawn, Karen -- everyone in the Zack Posse... made us want to stay on the couch. But, as I think Zack would have wanted, we headed to the bar. I forced Betsy against her will (as Zack had done to me so many times) to drink Jack Daniels in the middle of the day... we laughed, we talked. When we got home, I headed up to the rooftop of my building by myself. As soon as I got up there, the clouds parted and the sky was blue -- only over our building, and only for about three minutes. As I walked back inside, the clouds returned. I didn't see any butterflies, but I'd like to think that was Zack shining down on me, even just for a few minutes.
Today feels harder than yesterday. Maybe because it was a year ago today when we found out Zack was gone. Maybe because it's the start of year #2 without him. Maybe because with every passing milestone, I am forced to digest a little more that he won't be coming back... that he won't someday be at my wedding, that he won't be at the next family reunion... that I really was at his funeral.
Life has kept moving. And it is the love of family, friends, Zack's friends, his Army buddies, and perfect strangers (like the bartenders who joined my sister and me in raising our glasses yesterday afternoon and said, "To Zack!") who have helped us survive. I hope we can keep sticking together forever and ever.
Here's to Zack... Cheers.
Zack, you'll always be remembered. The ultimate sacrifice you paid will never be forgotten. You are our knight in gleaming armor. You are a true hero. Although we can't see you, we know you are there, steadfast, and guarding us all.
This is the saddest entry I’ve written on Legacy.com. I have started it over four times. Do I address it to Zack, as if wherever he is he has access to the Internet? He didn’t even like logging on when he was alive! Things are different now though. As far as I knew, he never was particularly fond of monarch butterflies, yet many of us believe Zack continues to exist in the form of one. We have had numerous sightings at strategic moments which give us a comforting sign that he’s doing fine. It’s almost like he’s bursting through the kitchen door again yelling, “HEY MA!”
Yep, I’ve mopped my eyes and blown my nose with three Bounty paper towels so far, so I can’t stay long. I just took one of those sound-asleep early evening naps on the couch just because I could, and when I woke up, it was hard to remember what day it is, where is everyone?, who am I?, and is Zack still gone? I sat down at the computer and Googled “time zones” and figured out that Afghanistan is 8 ½ hours ahead of us (I used to know that), so it is already the one-year anniversary of the day Zack was killed, September 29, 2007. I looked in my important papers file and discovered that there was no exact time listed on his death certificate. I guess they can’t really figure that out unless you die in a hospital. I’m getting morbid now …. If I were still a drinker, I’d be drunk now, for sure. Well, I am still a cryer and I’m sure crying.
So, no, I’m not going to address this to Zack tonight. I’m writing to all of you who have written here on this website. Your entries have meant so much to me. I read Ken Simeone’s latest entry last night, printed it out and passed it around to Sara, Kendall, James, and Dan, who were sitting a few feet away from me on my porch. I knew I wouldn’t have been able to read it aloud to them without crying. Beautifully written from your heart, Ken – thank you. Many of you, like Eunice Guerra, didn’t know Zack personally, but I am so honored that you hold a special place in your heart for him. Zack’s friends Amanda and Chris Dahl and their son Will came to stay with me for a late summer weekend, and it felt to me like Zack was here with us. A monarch butterfly fluttered above Zack’s gravestone that Sunday.
All of us – hundreds of us! maybe thousands! – made up the person Zack was. We all had a part in his life. Sometimes I think of all of us as a pie chart – go ahead, laugh! – and we all have a segment. Some of us have bigger segments than others, but we are all of equal importance. Even some cranky checkout chick at a supermarket in Charlotte, NC, has a slice of the pie! Without her, Zack wouldn’t have been the exact person he was: Caring, loving, kind, polite, smart as hell, frugal, funny, active, adventurous, daring, destined, handsome (that’s because of his dad and me – sorry, you folks had nothing to do with that!), proud, curious – all the best attributes a man can possess. Yet, let’s be realistic: He was a wicked grump sometimes, he tailgated when he drove, and on occasion he drank too much. We get to laugh now at Zack’s negative qualities, and they are slowly turning into fun stories we get to repeat.
Gazillions of people have helped me make it through the last year – way more than Julia Morse, Helene Morse, Jen Drociak, Liz Wilbur, Marcey Simon, Janet Fields, Craig Pennypacker, Wayne Chasson, David and Lauren Tellier, Randy and Beth Martin, Katie Walsh, Jay Hill, and all my loving neighbors. Thank you.
Late this afternoon I glanced out onto my porch and there sat Zack’s wife Sara, her sister Kendall, and my sons James and Dan. They were watching football, reading, doing Sudoku, eating nachos, talking and laughing. I couldn’t have come any closer to having Zack here with me. Each of them has a damned big slice of Zack’s pie. I felt like the luckiest person in the world. I think I am.
With love from Zack's Mom,
I've written in here several times in the past year, but today, I don't know what to say. There are no words.
Zack......... I miss you so much. I never knew you could miss someone this much. I couldn't have asked for a better man in my life. Nothing is the same without you. I love you, cuz. ROCK ON!
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 Zachary, 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
(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.
A lot has changed in a year and I am sure that you know that. The thing that hasn't changed is how much I miss you and how much I wish that you could be here to share a laugh or a beer or just some time. I haven't looked on this guest book in a long time but I see how much you are loved and how much everyone misses you. Zack you are and will forever be a true American hero. You are my hero. Whether you knew Zack for 32 years or 32 seconds you always knew that he was a person that could make changes. He is the kind of person that everyone hopes they find in their lives to show them the right thing to do. You never know what impact someone will have on your life and you never know how much you will miss them until they are gone. Zack's impact goes beyond what I can explain and I just wanted to say thank you for everything, and I miss you. I look foward to seeing you again.
"In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure."
Dear SGT Tellier
It's so hard to believe that it will be one year since I was coordinating combat support for CHAINSAW. I can still feel every emotion as if it were happening now. Time may have gone by, but your memory stays with me. On the one year mark, I will go a long run in your memory and the memory of my experiences in Afghanistan. Beginning in October, I will begin training for the Bataan Death March in White Sands, New Mexico; I will complete that in your memory as well. Maybe in some way you'll be there too. It's strange, to me, that someone I've never met has made such an impact in my life. I will be going to WLC very soon and I can only strive to be half the leader you were. I will always make conscious effort to remember the cause and my place in the military regardless of rank or position.
It is difficult to believe that our beloved friend Zack was prematurely taken from our lives 11 months ago today. I cannot say it has become any easier with the passing of time. In fact, in many ways it has become more difficult. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him, and while I am appreciative of his ultimate sacrifice, I certainly wish he was with us and that I could see his infectious smile and hear his infectious laugh again. These are things I'm sure we all carry deep within our hearts so we will never forget what was tangible. I visit the memorial at Manchester West High School often. For those of you who have not seen it yet, it is absoultely stunning. Yet being there in 1990 as a freshman, and leaving in 1994 as a senior, I would never have imaged I would be there in 2008 in front of a granite memorial honoring one of my best friends. Regardless, I leave a new flag, and while my heart is still burdened by sadness, I feel warmth when I look at the etched photo of Zack's smiling face looking back at me. Thank you for the life-long friendship and the wonderful memories you left me with, my dear friend.
I can't believe next month will be one year since we lost Zack. Time has flown, but not one minute has gone by without me thinking of Zack... not one decision made without me first asking myself, "What would Zack do?"... not one joyful moment passing without me wishing Zack was there to share it with me.
I miss you, Zack. I am so proud of who you were and what you accomplished. When I'm sad, I close my eyes and hear your laughter.
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Sgt Tellier!
Happy Fourth of July! We are celebrating the birth of our country, which seems a fitting time for me to write an entry at Zack’s legacy.com site. We have some great fireworks here in Falmouth, which I may watch from the beach at the end of my road (or not!). Early this afternoon I drove up to the Harley-Davidson store in Pocasset, but they weren’t open. (Which kind of confirms my ineligibility as a hot Harley chick since Harley people and I certainly do not keep the same hours.) So … I drove instead to the nearby Massachusetts Military Cemetery to visit Zack and his lovely little gravestone. (I’m adding a new photo of it tonight.)
I hadn’t gone there alone before, even though it is close to my house. I was happy to see quite a few people visiting their loved ones, some with lawnchairs and picnics. Many of the gravestones had small flags, but I hadn’t brought one for Zack. All I could share was my Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Coolatta, and I knew Zack would guzzle it with gusto. As soon as I arrived, I surprised myself by collapsing in tears next to his stone. I was sobbing uncontrollably for a good long time, and for the first time ever, I had no reason to stop.
As I looked around at the hundreds of identical stones, each honoring veterans of all ages, whether they were killed in wars or died of old age, I imagined what might go on around here when no live humans are present. Like something that would happen in a Tom & Jerry cartoon (Zack LOVED Tom & Jerry as a kid!), I decided the see-through ghosts of all these guys rise up and have one helluva party in the middle of the night.
I picture them all without legs, just one pointy mermaid-like limb which helps them push off or fly fast from area to area in the cemetery. They have access to a lot of booze in the middle of the night, and Zack has taught them every Irish drinking song there is. They love each other so much, they listen to each other’s stories over and over, and, like we are, they are proud to know each other.
So this was the imaginary tale to help me get through today. I called Jamie in Seattle on my cell phone, and I started it out with, “So, I’m sitting here with Zack …” At one point I put the phone upside down on Zack’s stone for Jamie to say something special to him. Jamie and I were both crying, but not so sadly anymore.
Maybe tonight after 9, Zack and his cemetery buddies will fly up high over the trees to watch the Falmouth Fireworks. Happy Fourth of July. I love you all.
First let me start by saying I am terribly sorry for the loss of Zachary. My name is SSG Owen Davis, I am a Medical Treatment NCO in 4-73 Cav. I spent 9 months at FOB Tellier with Chainsaw 4-73rd. I did not have the opportunity to get to know SGT Tellier very well before he passed away, but from first impression and just seeing how he conducted himself as a Paratrooper and Man, he is one of a kind and the paratroopers of C 4-73 are better for having him as a Team Leader. We will never forget SGT Tellier. I wear a bracelet in his honor. I still think of the quote written on the door of the B-Huts at Wilderness that said "Do it for TELLIER".. God Bless you all, and to the men of Chainsaw Troop, I love you all. - "Doc" Davis
FIRST OFF I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO THE WHOLE TELLIER FAMILY....I WAS ZACK'S DRIVER EVERYONE IN CHAINSAW SIMPLY KNOWS ME AS ROD WELL TODAY I WAS AWOKEN TO A FAMILIER VOICE, ONE THAT HASN'T BEEN HEARD IN MY HEAD FOR QUITE SOME TIME.....IT WAS ZACK'S AND I JUST WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW HE IS HERE WITH US HELPING US TO PUSH OURSELVES THAT EXTRA INCH AND I HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT IN ORDER TO HONOR HIM I HAVE TO OVERCOME THE EFFECT THAT DAY ON HILLTOP 2314 AND THE IMPACT IT HAS HAD IN MY LIFE..TO BE HONEST I HAVEN'T BEEN RIGHT SINCE THEN AND TODAY IS HIS BIRTHDAY SO TODAY IS THE DAY I PUSH MYSELF THE EXTRA MILE....I MISS U ZACK AND IT HURTS FOR ME TO BLOCK THE DAMAGE OF THAT DAY SO TODAY I REMEMBER U AND ME AND THE REST OF THE PLATOON AND ALL THE SMALL AND FUNNY THINGS SAID THAT TURNED US FROM FRIENDS TO BROTHERS SO TOAST BROTHER TODAY IS YOURS....
The bud light doesnt taste the same without you. I miss your friendship so much. Karen and I think about you everyday and will continue to do so until we are together again.
Happy 32nd Birthday to Zack. My dear cousin, one of my best friends, and the greatest hero I've ever known. I love you so much.
And to my wonderful, loving, thoughtful Auntie Pammie... Thank you for bringing Zack -- your first of three sons, the best men in my life -- into this world 32 years ago today. You helped to make Zack the man we all love and admire so much. He was lucky to have you as his mom, just as I am to have you as my auntie.
Love to you all. Let's celebrate Zack's life today just a little more than we do every other day.
Happy Birthday to Zack, born 32 years ago today, almost three weeks late. He weighed 9 pounds 4 ounces. It was Memorial Day Weekend of 1976, the Bicentennial year.
It feels like yesterday for me. I wish I could go back in time and raise him all over again. I wouldn't change a thing; I just want to savor every second, knowing what I know now. To all of you with children, please love and enjoy every moment you have with your children.
And thank you to all of you for supporting me with your love, kind thoughts, and prayers the past eight months.
Love, Zack's Mom
May 29, 2008
Happy Birthday Zack. I miss you.
Zach, I miss you every day. Occasionally, I see you walking down the way, with your driven, slightly goofy walk. You are the soldier, and man I wish I could learn to be. See you later, man.
You were born on May 29, 1976 in Carmel, New York. The United States of America was celebrating the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence that year. On the night you were born, one of our neighbors rode her bicycle around the condominium crying out – “It’s a boy!” Words cannot express the pride and joy I felt when I looked at you, my first born child.
When you learned to walk, you were looking at the world from a high rise apartment building on Roosevelt Island in NYC. You could see the twin towers of the World Trade Center in the distance and you loved to watch the helicopters and the boats in the East River, especially the tug boats with the big M on them. Even then it was obvious that you couldn’t wait to get out there and do something with your life.
You didn’t live in Duxbury, MA very long, but your kindergarten teacher chose you to represent your class at the annual kindergarten tree planting for the class of 1994. She knew you were a leader. That tree is alive and doing well at Duxbury High School in Massachusetts.
Growing up in Westford, Mass., you rode big wheels, played Star Wars and GI Joe with your friends and hated the recorder. It didn’t seem fair when we made you move from Westford, MA to Bedford, NH, but that is where you would leave the recorder behind and really got into music. Especially the drums.
By the time you graduated from West High School in Manchester, you had already made yourself a world traveler. You had no qualms about traveling to Poland or Denmark on your own. The world is a big place and you were in a hurry to see it all.
I remember one night at your apartment in Manchester when you told me how you wanted to travel to Tibet so you could make a documentary about the human tragedies there. It was as if you were hearing Ulysses’ sirens. A few years later you joined the Army.
Christmas 2007 you were home on leave and that was the last time we had you with us. It was a bittersweet time as I knew there was a real good chance that it would be the last. It was a wonderful Christmas and we all cried when it came time to say good-by.
You died on hill 2314 in Afghanistan on September 29, 2007. Your life was short, but it was full and it was good. You had lots of friends and a large family that loved you very much. You were a great leader that touched many lives and you brought out the best in people. Most Americans would say you were fighting for our freedom, I think you were more likely fighting for Afghanistan’s freedom. You have made the world a better place for all of us. Now it is time for all of us to move forward with our own lives.
You were a good son, Zack and you have made me proud!
May the force be with you!
Dear Eunice Guerra,
I hope you have heard from other readers of your entry in Zack's online Guest Book, because we have all read it and cried over it. It has been printed out and forwarded and will always be an important part of our collection of items about Zack's death that we will keep forever.
We are overwhelmed by your account of the situation. You gave it your all, exactly as Zack did. I cannot talk Army lingo, just MomSpeak. We love you. We want to meet you someday. Please stay in touch with us. Please tell your own parents that the mother of SGT Zachary Tellier loves you too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Pamela Morse (formerly Rodriguez)
When I pause to consider the realitiy that Zack should have returned home with his unit this month, I become terribly sad. However, when I think about the honor, courage, bravery, and camaraderie that Zack displayed, I am reminded how proud I am of his many accomplishements during his deployment in Afghanistan. Not a day goes by where I do not think of Zack and I am truly appreciative for his ultimate sacrifice. I miss my dear friend terribly, and wish nothing more than to be able to give him a big bear hug, but his laugh and friendship will remain embedded in my heart forever. Much love.
We've never met but for the six plus hours that you and your fellow soldiers at FOB Wilderness took enemy fire, I was at FOB Salerno coordinating direct support for you.
While you were fighting, I was sending Apache Longbows, deconflicting airspace for fire, deconflicting other fixed wing aircraft and UAV support and ultimately coordinating your MEDEVAC from miles away.
I skipped a meal and latrine breaks to see this mission through. I refused to let anyone take over my station because I wanted to make sure that I had complete situational awareness during this TIC. I didn't want to miss a single moment because I was working for you and the other soldiers of FOB Wilderness, which has since then been named after you.
Your name will remain with me forever and the day of your passing is always my first reminder of my tour in Afghanistan.
Please know that my Apache crews and MEDEVAC crews did all they could for CHAINSAW and would do it all over again, as would I.
I'd also like you to know that I met some of your buddies that next week. We sent them back to FOB Wilderness with boxes of coffee and snacks, and whatever else would fit in their vehicles. We took care of them for you.
May your family find peace in knowing that although we were complete strangers to each other, TF Deserthawk was a determined force in the direct support of FOB Wilderness.
I haven't written anything here in a while, partly because I have been in a deep state of mourning over the loss of my friend. I am thankful to have these entries to look back on, and the reminders of funny and touching stories that live on through all of us.
God, the world just isn't the same without Zack in it.
Zack - even though we never met, you've brought your Mom into our lives, and for this we're grateful. We have some good chats, and we talk about things that Moms talk about, and I know that you are missed terribly, but loved greatly.
On Wednesday March 26th, through the support of and generous donations from Zack's family, friends, and Manchester West High School alumni, I ordered a charcoal granite memorial in Zack's honor to be placed at the high school. It is truly beautiful and the dedication ceremony will be at the end of May. On Saturday, March 29th, the sad day marking 6 months of loss, many of Zack's friends in the area gathered at Sub Contractors in Manchester to share spirits and stories.
It is difficult to imagine that five months and approximately 150 days have passed since we have lost our beloved friend. One would think that time would heal and ease the pain, but it only becomes more difficult. We all miss you more than you can imagine Zack, and not a day goes by in which we are not thinking of you and honoring your memory and spirit.
Wanted to let you know that Sara has created a web page for the fund established in Zack's name at the Fisher House Foundation. Almost $18,000 has been raised in Zack's honor--AMAZING. Please share this link with others.
To Sarah and Zach’s family,
My most heartfelt sympathies go out to you and everyone that had the luck to have Zach in their life. I just found out about his death through an old AU friend, and even though I have seen or talk to him in about 10 years, my heart is so sadden to hear he is not with us anymore. Since we took many photo classes together at AU, I have a lot of great photos of Zach to collect and would like to share with everyone and I will post them soon. He was a great friend to me during the AU days. So incredibly kind and sweet. And his great booming laugh is something I will never forget. I think his platoon know how lucky they were to have him in his unit. I’m just grateful to have known him.
At exactly 12:00am on January 1, 2000 (New Year’s Eve/Day) I can’t recall who phoned who, but I do remember Zack and I making note of the fact that the Earth was still in-tact after the “Y2K” scare that had preceded the event. We both wished eachother well, and were both thankful that our watches and microwaves still worked. It is a fond memory.
Happy New Year Zack. Not a day goes by that you are not in my thoughts.
Love you my dear friend,
Zack's mom here. I check two or three times a day to see if any of you has written again on here. I love you all so much. As much as you all believe Zack is a part of you, I believe that you are a part of him. To know that you are out there is such a comfort to me, almost as if Zack is still here. I wish everyone a very happy new year, because, man, DID 2007 SUCK, OR WHAT??? Zack would've liked that I used that word on here, so there! Love, Pam
Zack, I think of you every single day... Missing you.
It's a funny thing, but as the year draws to a close it seems fitting for a time of reflection. I never would have thought to remember Zach in a forum like this, but after reading some posts tonight, it just seems fitting...like he's reading it too...
I'm sitting here watching Dick Vermeil talk about the loss of his friend Bill Walsh and as the tears form in the crows feet of his eyes, caused by a lifetime of smiles and memories, I couldn't help but think of Zach and my friendship...and how I always thought we'd be those old guys still fiends a lifetime from now.
We think of Zach often in our home. We take a quiet moment when we're reminded that he's gone. We tell our kids who the man in the photo is and what he means to mommy and daddy. Most of all, we laugh though...laugh about the good times (and there were a lot of good times) and the photos that document them.
So Zach, I don't know if you'll ever know the impact you had in my life and continue to have, but I want you to know that Meg and I miss you...and we'll never forget you. And as odd that it might sound, I'd like to think that you have something to do with my 2 year old's obsession with the Simpsons...I never introduced it to her...she just asked to watch it one day. And now I get to hear the second greatest laugh during every episode...
Our family and extended family is challenged every day to go on without Zack. This time of year, which I used to cherish, has now become painful, as the person who brought so much joy to our lives isn't here anymore. I've been thinking about it a lot and I want to say that what I'm most grateful for this holiday season is all of you.
To everyone who laughed with Zack, fought with him, drank with him, grew up with him, traveled with him, supported him, rocked out with him, loved him ... you all enriched Zack's life just by being in it, and now you're doing the same for our family, whether you know it or not.
I miss you very much Zack.
Sara, my son Dwight served under your husband. My family & I express our deepest sympathy to you and your loved ones. May you find peace in knowing he was truly a leader. God grant His Peace upon you. Love in Christ, Kelli Parsons (PVC Dwight Worden's Mom)
Hey Sgt Tellier,
This is Sgt Smith 10th Mountain Division I want you to know that myself and my family will always thank you for saving my brothers life. Stanson is going back now after five months of recovery. I will forever be grateful to you. Thank you my brother.
SGT Jason R Smith
10th Mountain Division
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
I want to express my condolences to the Tellier family. Sgt. Tellier was the type of NCO that every Platoon Leader wishes they could have. I am grateful for having meet Sgt. Tellier. He has made me a better person and a better leader. If every platoon had a Sgt. Tellier, this war on Terror may have already been won.
I would like to say that Sgt. Tellier will never be forgotten and the soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Charlie Troop continue to fight in his memory. Each day on patrol or on the FOB we are constantly reminded of the work Sgt. Tellier did for his fellow soldiers. Within our platoon we have our ways to remember him, which are slogan’s such as: “Do it for Tellier” or “2314” written somewhere.
We will never forget 29 September 2007, Hill 2314.
Simply put, Sgt. Tellier embodied everything that is good about the Army. I am a better person for having known him. My heart goes out to his wife and family.
I would first like to express my condolences to Sara and Zach's family. Zach was a great soldier and always was at the front of everything he could manage to be involved with. He was a great friend and always had the right words to say when others needed advice. He will never be forgotten by us here at Team Chainsaw. He built this place so everywhere we look there is a reminder of him.
My heartfelt sympathy to the Tellier family in the loss of Zachary. I did not know Zachary, 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. Zachary 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"
It has taken me many weeks to finally write in this guestbook so here I am. I knew Zack through my girlfriend Kendall,and I was always told how great of a person Zack was and I am glad that I was able to experience that first hand. I met Zack in June of 2006 and from that point on I realized why Sara loved Zack. He was one of the greatest people that I have ever met. He knew that he was a great person but never wanted to admit to it. Zack I proudly say that you are A GREAT AMERICAN HERO. You will be missed in our lives but I promise you everyday that I will be here to take care of Kendall and Sara. I was also able to see why Zack was such a great person after I had met his family, and his character was glowing through them. Pam, James, and Dan I am so glad that I was able to meet you and realize why Zack was a great person, and why he cared so much about others. I know that he will be missed by all, and I know that there is nothing I can do to replace him, but always remember I am here and I love all of you. I love you Zack and I miss you. I cant wait till we meet up again and we can sit down and have a beer together one more time.
Brushed back my tears and he said:
"Girl you have to soldier on. Yes girl even when you don't feel strong"
- Tori Amos from “Dark Side of the Sun”
Broken Silence; Heavy Heart
With every passing, September day
a gentle exhale in relief ~
the senescence of leaves
of the deciduous trees
near their peak.
Crests of crimson and gold
sharply contrast cerulean sky;
the time of your return approaches.
Instead, hope and silence
is shattered by
a three-gun salute.
Bagpipes and bugels sadly play
Amazing Grace and Taps,
31 American flags,
and the U.S. Airborne Infantry
Salute your honor.
I want to embrace you
as a child would ~
and thank you
for the whole of the piece of you
that you gave to me;
the friend that you were to me.
Yet I can’t even bring myself
to kneel by your side;
my heart too heavy with sorrow,
my soul too burdened by loss.
You remain more than a statistic
in a sometimes faceless war.
And I wonder ~
At the time, did you know your fate?
When you took your last breath
did you look up to the heavens?
Was the sky blue or grey?
October 12, 2007
I Miss You So Much My Dear Friend!
I have known Zack since June of 2006 when I arrived at Charlie Troop 4-73. He was the first person to have welcomed me to 2nd Platoon.
My first impression of Zack is beyond anything I can ever possibly say. He was a great soldier and a great leader. I have known him both in a personal and professional capacity. He is a very hardworking and extra-ordinary person, which can be exemplified by his ability to perform in Squad Leader (E6) position while holding a rank of a Specialist (E4)
Zack has more than proven to our eyes that he was a true leader and he loved what he did as an infantryman. He was always on top of things and I can speak for us all in 2nd platoon when I say that he was probably the best guy there was, and we miss him dearly.
The fight goes on, and we will insure that Zack's sacrafice won't go in vain.
My deepest sympathy is with you and all your family members. Zack will never be forgotten, and we will definitely pick up where he left off ... and continue to finish what he had worked so hard to achieve for his platoon, his country, and the U.S. Army.
Much love and respect,
SPC. James V. Babauta
2ND PLATOON, C 4-73 RECON
SGT Tellier was by far the best young NCO in 2nd Platoon. While I was in 1st Platoon, I regarded him with the utmost respect and confidence. His loss has had a tremendous impact on every paratrooper in Team Chainsaw and he will be sorely missed in our lives. His contributions to the Platoon and the Company never went unnoted and were always of significant importance. As we grieve his loss, his platoon has created a sign above the door to their hooch that reads, "Do It For Tellier!". As men exit daily to go out on patrol they touch in in loving remembrance of SGT Tellier's ultimate sacrifice. My heart reaches out to his family in this tough time and I offer my most sincere condolences.
MAY THE PEACE OF GOD BE WITH YOU WHILE GRIEVING THE LOSS OF YOU SON, ZACH.
MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.
SANDRA LEE PINSON BAILEY
SGT. MATTHEW EVANS HATFIELD
I am so sorry for your loss.
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My husband SFC Scarborough has taken over Zack’s platoon and has informed me that the camaraderie is very high since your husband, son and brothers passing. The troop has an additional reason to fight and that is so Zack will have not fallen in vain. If there is anything I can do, please ask. Angela Scarborough
To the family and friends of Sgt Tellier,
As I read through all the fine things people have written about Sgt. Tellier, tears just started rolling down my face. I am not sure the reason for these tears. Perhaps I cry because, I am a parent of four servicemen hoping I never get the “call”. Or are tears for this fallen Hero. May be these tears are for the loss of my son Guardian Angel. I really don’t know the reason for the tears. However, I like to share following with all.
I remember the day this past April when my son Jack called me, the first thing which I always asked him, was he OK. This time there was hesitation in his voice. As my heart dropped and I starting to cry, he said dad I am Ok, that his injuries were minor. Sgt. Tellier was there that day of that attack, and he may be the reason my son Jack is Ok.
I can not put in words how grateful I am for Sgt. Tellier being there in April 2007. So please just let me close, Thank you Sgt Tellier, I salute you and I share in your families pride and sorrow. God bless you all and may he keep you safe.
Stg. Tellier was one of the best NCOs I ever had he was a true friend. I will never forget that day and he will always be remebered.
Stg. Tellier was one of the best NCOs I ever had he was a true friend. I will never forget that day and he will always be remebered.
You don't know me. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. My Husband was killed on Sept 25. If you need to talk contact me anytime.
Sgt Tellier was one of the best guys i have ever known. Their isnt anything he wouldnt do for his fellow soliders. Sgt Tellier will be remberd forever through his famly and fellow soldiers and we all miss him very much and would do anything to have him back.
"He is my defender, I will not be defeated" (Psalm 62:6)!! This reminds me so much of Zach because I know he is watching over us every second of every day, sitting by the right hand of the Lord, enjoying his new found life, because Zach always enjoyed everything he did.
At Zach's memorial here at FB Wilderness, we all were paying our last respects to him as a Troop in whole, when a big gust of wind blew through the Fire Base and knocked the tent over and swept a big cloud of dust up into the air which disappeared. Some people may not know, but I know it was Zach, coming down to tell us to get back to work and quit sitting around talking about the hero he really was. Zach always had that attitude of getting his work done and never stopping until the last piece was finished.
Zach's family says it perfect when they say he didn't like to be called a hero, for all he wanted to be known at was the man that did what he was supposed to do to accomplish his job. The only thing is I have never seen anyone give 150% of everything they have, day in and day out like Zach did.
Zach was always a true friend and did everything he could to help. I remember one time when I flew back from leave, him and his wife let me take their car back to Fayetteville so I would have a way back from Charlotte, all because they couldn't be there to pick me up. He always had a way of showing he cared and he wanted to take care of everyone of his guys, and even the guys that weren't his. He never put anyone in harms way, and would be at the front of the line in any situation to protect his guys from anything that might effect them in a negative manner.
I had many memories with Zach, way too many to explain, one of which involved me riding home in the Tool Box of his truck. I met him when I first got to FT. Bragg back in March of 2006. I attending his wedding on the beach at Wilmington, NC and met his family and friends. I can honestly say Zach comes from a great background of amazing people and it is easy to see where he got his great personality. His work ethic was one of a kind and could never be duplicated by any man. Bumps, Bruises, Scrapes, Burns, he never forgot his purpose or mission and excelled at every aspect of his life.
I can't say that I have known Zach forever, but it sure feels that way. He was one of my best friends in the Troop and not a day that we had the chance to see each other did we let pass without stopping to share a laugh.
I was at FOB Gardez when Zach gave the ultimate sacrafice. It wasn't but 2 days before when he called me on the phone and we talked for about 15 minutes, laughing about everything like we always would. He always had a way of lightening the situation and mood in any circumstance. I was the only one for C Troop that was there. When I was informed I lost my brother in arms and one of my best friends, I couldn't move, I was frozen in place. I apologize to you Kendall because I couldn't be there with him to protect him and take care of him like you had asked me too!!
Zach was the ultimate warrior and leader. If we could clone him we would have this war won by now. He had an amazing outlook on life, a HUGE heart, a DEEP love for all his guys, and the best attitude I have ever come across.
I raise one final salute to you SGT Tellier!! Even though you feel you don't qualify, you are a HERO in all of our eyes. You will live forever in my heart and I will never forget you my BROTHER!! We are going to miss you and I am going to miss you, but you live on through all of us and we will carry on your memory with PRIDE!! I LOVE YOU BROTHER!! Gonna Miss Ya!!
i had just received the news today.and their is nothing that can be said enough about the kind of man he was. he made me aspire to be a better person.i have never said anything like this in my whole life(you could even ask sara) but right there. thats the man i want to be like.i only knew him for a few short years,but in the time i had spent with him i truly felt as though we had formed a great friendship.you could not imagine how relieved i was when sara had told me she was going to marry zach. he was the best any person could hope for. for i knew him well enough to know that my sister was safe with him. i just found out and i already miss him.once again cant say enough about him.but i leave with saying this, that among many faces i hope to see when it is my own day of judgement. i hope that he is among the first. i will bring the beers buddy! i love you man.
Today, I finally sat down and read each comment that has been made about Zack in this guestbook. I have to say, it takes my breath away how everyone can offer so much love and support to us, especially those of you who did not have the pleasure of meeting him. Thank you for taking the time to share your memories and your sorrows with us. It has been truely comforting. Although I am just his sister-in-law, he has been like my big brother since I was just 13 years old.
He is the most wonderful person I have ever known. I always told my boyfriends, my parents aren't the ones to look out for, it's Zack. If he doesn't like you, I'll see you later. I will never forget my first hockey game he took me to, or when Sara and Zack brought me to Kendall Square in Boston for my birthday, the knife fight we were almost invloved with in Adams Morgan in DC, being a fugitive in the back of his big green van, or the scavenger hunts where he wouldn't let me participate in half of the events because I was "too young".
There are too many memories of him to write down, but I know that each of us has our stories about Zack that will be treasured forever. Like many of you said, a piece of my heart is also missing now that he is gone. Zack is one in a million, though he would tell you he was just like anyone else, and that anything he did was no big deal... anyone would've done it. Well newsflash Zack, you're a hero.
Sgt Tellier was of the great man i have know and sevred with. I meet he when i came to the unit in may 06 he was always about doing thing and never stop move. i got to know more and more. he changed me i use to be very hot head but the was he look at the good side of everything charge me. On Apirl 25 07 we were drive back to the fob when our truck hit IED. He was shoot out of the truck and after the truck landed he pull Spray out of the burn truck he found me and my gunner with the the other dismount that we pull out. then he got all of us away from the truck and check to see how we were doing. then during the small arms fire he look at me sit by the truck smoking and he ask if i was ok. that is how he was always look out for everyone but himself and that is why i look up to Sgt tellier
I JUST WANT TO SAY I WAS IN SGT.TELLIER'S SQUAD AND WAS HIS DRIVER,I HAVE YET TO HAVE MET SOMEONE WHO CARED MORE ABOUT THEIR SOLDIERS..I AM HERE TO SAY I MISS AND LOVE HIM DEEPLY...
I am Zack's Mom. Today marks three weeks since Zack died in Afghanistan, and I thank everyone who has contributed to this online guestbook. (Special thanks to John McGlothlin for adding his wonderful photo of Zack!) All of your words about Zack and experiences you had with him mean so much to me, his Dad, his wife Sara, his brothers and sister, the rest of his family and friends, as well as to all the others who have written here. I cannot believe how many people we have heard from. We are equally touched by comments from people we know or don't know. While we will always grieve, we have our memories and the belief that Zack remains with us somehow. We take comfort in knowing Zack touched so many people in positive and loving ways. He died a true American hero - what more could a mother ask for, except for him not to die at all?
With much love to all,
I have know Sgt. Zachary Tellier for over a year. He was a great man, soldier, and husband. He loved everyone of his soldiers and was always there for us. I would not want anyone but him to be fighting by my side. He was one in a million. I loved him so very much. God bless.
To the Family and Friends of Zachary D. Tellier,
My deepest sympathies to the family and close friends of SGT. Tellier. I had the pleasure of serving with him during an extended operation while attached to his squadron. He was everything an infantry squad leader should be and so much more. He cared for his Troopers more then any mac I've ever worked with. A moment that stands out for me is during the operation I saw him spend a whole night watching over one of his Troopers who had fallen ill. During guard rotations he would take more shifts so that his Troopers would get rest, and despite me not being a member of the Troop, he treated me with the utmost courtesy and respect. He was disciplined, tough, but always maintained his sense of humor. For the three weeks we worked together, he made an impact on me as a Leader and taught more of what it takes to sacrafice yourself. I will never forget Zakk, and the example that he set. My best regards.
I just heard of Zack's death. I never met him, but I can imagine how much it hurts. My condolences to his family and friends.
As one veteran to another. Thank you for your service. My prayers go out to your family.
Our deepest sympathy in the profound loss of your Zach. He was a hero to us and will be sorely missed. Thank you for your sacrifice. We are free today because of soldiers like him.
Our prayers go out to Zach's family. We understand what it is to lose a son as our Dan was shot down in Afghanistan in 2005. It always pains me that another family will be suffering but the sadness you feel must be tempered by the pride in the man Zach was.
God Bless You
The Healy Family
May God Bless and comfort the family of this outstanding brave young man who gave his all for all of us. May our Lord Jesus give you all His perfect peace in this terrible time. Thank you for your sacrifice. As a person who watched the towers fall on 9/11 from my window, a million times thank you!!
Oh Pam, my heart is breaking for you, David, Jamie, Danny and Sara. I am thnking of best buddies, playing little cars, riding big wheels, Zack's Red Soxs jacket/Mark's Yankees jacket-and many more special memories too numerous to list. How proud you must be of the man Zach grew up to be. We are sending you our love. Sally and Peter, Mark, Laura and Anne
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Sgt Tellier and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
To the Family and Friends of this Soldier:
I will stand in grief with this soldier's family to honor him. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guestbook for the rest of my life, but I promised Brent that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.
We lost our son SFC Brent A. Adams on 12/1/05 and it seems like yesterday. I wish so badly there were things I could say to you right now to make the pain you are feeling go away, but I know first hand there simply are no words that will bring you the comfort and peace your heart aches for. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you go through this tragedy moment by moment and as you mourn this loss.
We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with as our hearts both burst with pride and pain together.
I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally. While they can never be replaced, neither will they ever be forgotten. You must trust that sometime, someday the loving memories you have will help to sustain you and help you go on. This courageous soldier will forever be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well.
To his family and friends in pain, I offer this comfort: When you find yourself in that dark sorrowful place, think not only of how you will miss him, but instead recall the years, days, hours and minutes gifted to you by his presence. The one thing that cannot be taken from you is your wonderful memories that now will mean more than ever.
If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away and would love for you to tell me more about your Hero.
God Bless this soldier and family who gave all and God Bless legacy.com for setting up this site where families can so quickly share their condolences and prayers with others like themselves.
Proud Parents of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA, 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq
Pam and Bill Adams, Lancaster, PA
Tellier and my husband fought side by side for the nine months Tellier served in Afghanistan. Before they left, Tellier was a frequent visitor at my house for dinner and my children adored him. He was a great friend to my husband and a hero to his country. We'll miss you Sgt. Tellier.
Good night sweet warrior; and good night to those who answered their country's call; may a flight of angles take thee to thy enternal rest.
To Zack's wife and family,
Zack had worked for me in Bedford for a couple of years. I have had alot of people work for me on and off over the years, and I will tell you that he was the hardest working and funniest person that I have had the pleasure to meet and work with. He was loved by many and will be missed by more. My condolences to you. I will never forget him.
I look at men like Sgt. Zachary D. Tellier and think of ALL of OUR AMERICAN HEROES who have made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the greatest country in the world toay!
He did what he felt he had to do in the service of his country and now, he has joined the other great and good heroes in a Band of Heavenly Brothers!
Heaven is well-protected tonight and a new guardian angel has been added to back up the Angels!
"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country," another war hero, President John F. Kennedy said it and Sgt, Tellier bravely believed it.
TO THE FAMILY OF ZACHARY TELLIER I AM DEEPLY SORRY ABOUT THE LOSS OF YOUR DEAR ONE MAY YOU HAVE GODS PEACE DURING YOUR TIME OF GRIEF BECAUSE HE DOES GIVE COMFORT TO THOSE WHO ARE SADDEN BY THE DEATH OF A LOVE ONE HE GIVES US HOPE THAT ONE DAY WE WILL SEE THESE ONE WHO DIE. DEEPEST SYMPATHY
Thank You and May your soul rest in Peace.
May God Grant your family Peace, Comfort and Serenity.
From One Solider to Another.
Although we have never met, we live on Cape Cod and are sharing your sorrow, Our hearts ache for you and your family at this time of sorrow.
May God help you through this difficult journey that lies ahead.
God bless you and yours,
Nancy and Walter Merlington
I want to start off by thanking everyone for the amazing words about my cousin. It has been such a comfort to my family this week.
Zack was my cousin, but moreso, he was my big brother. He protected me, laughed with me, and spent every minute of his life showing me what it means to be a man - what a man should be. Zack would be rolling his eyes at all this attention - he would especially hate being called a hero. It's just too damn bad because that's exactly what he is to us... Our hero.
We lost the heart of our family when we lost Zack, but we will forever hold onto his love, spirt, and laughter. Although his death is what stopped us in our tracks, Zack is what will keep us going. Now and always.
May you find comfort in knowing that one day God will do away with all sickness pain suffering and death.
I have struggled with what to write about Zach since first hearing of his passing last week. I must have started and erased 50 different things before today. There has been so much written about the things Zach did, but what made him special are all the times those who knew him shared. If you don't have a story about him that makes you laugh, even now, you never got to know him. I'm going to miss him. I'm going to miss his explosive laugh, even when no one else was laughing. I'm going to miss the way he we would just walk into a room, announcing himself with a short deep, boisterous, "Hey" to everyone and no one at the same time. I'm going to miss the way it felt to tell the same story to each other that we both knew and had talked about a hundred times...but it always felt brand new...and we always laughed like it was just happening. And I'm going to miss our reunions after months of not exchanging a phone call, email or conversation. Within the first second it would be as if no time had passed at all. Zach was one of my most favorite people in the world, and his passing as left a hole in my heart that I'm still trying to figure out how to fill. Thanks buddy. Thanks for being the only guy crazy enough to travel to Europe just to see some dead boxer's petrified arm. Thanks, for giving me the best trip of my life, even to this day. And thanks for making my life better just for being in it. I love ya and I'll never think of Ireland without thinking of you.
What a handsome young man. Although we have never met I am so proud to know that he was a member of my family. My deepest condolences to all his family. I can't imagine loosing a child. I only hope that his selflessness and bravery will sustain them in this time of grief. All my love to his stepmother Lauren and stepgrandmother Jacqui.
My thanks to all of you who have left loving and supportive comments here. I am reading them all, and they will bring me comfort for a long time to come.
We care and share your sorrow and pride.
Zack- I am grateful that I was able to call you my friend for 13 years. I miss you, and will never forget you. I have been thinking about all the fun times we had together, and will treasure those memories forever.
Your friend, Abe
Thank you.....you are OUR HERO! May God bless your wife and family today,tomorrow and always. Although we do not know you, we appreciate your bravery for keeping our family safe. Rest in peace dear one......Matt, DeLisa,Tiffany,Cami & Cody
You were a great guy with great dedication to help all of those around you. Your friends have some of the most amazing things to say about you! You will be terribly missed. My brother will miss your wise sense of humor, your intelligence and most of all your friendship! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of your loved ones. May your spirit live on in all of those who knew you.
God Bless this young hero for his "selfless" acts of courage and bravery. He and his family have made the ultimate sacrifice ~ Thank you just isn't adequate. A family grieves for their son, brother, husband ~ A nation grieves for a hero. Rest in Peace Sgt. Zachary Tellier
Im so proud to say i knew zach .He is hands down the most remarkable human being i have ever met . i will miss him so much and will think of him everyday.I cant wait to share with my 6 month old son how wonderful a person zach was! Thank you so much zach!!!!
god bless sgt. teller and his family. we thank god for men like sgt. teller who give us our freedom. thank you!
My thanks to Zachary and my deepest sympathy to his family!
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. SGT Zachary Tellier is a true american hero and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Thank you for serving our Country and Protecting us, May you rest in Peace and Bless your family for their loss, Your a Hero!
Today God welcome's another one of his heroes. I never met this young man or knew of him, but just to know of this great lost saddens me. May God ever bless and keep you. You are in my Thoughts and Prayers.
I would just like to say that Sgt. Tellier pulled my son out of a burning Humvee in April and saved his life! My Ex-wife and I told my son that when they came back from deployment we were coming to Bragg just to shake his hand. We are devastated at your loss, as he kept us from a funeral last spring! All our sympathies and prayers go out to the family.
To the family of a fallen soldier: I am so sorry for your loss. As I stood in the formation today to welcome Zachary home, I could not help but shed a few tears while rendering a slute to this HERO. Those of us who have served in the war on terror understand the grief you are experiencing. This soldier is a true HERO. He, as well as his family and loved ones, gave the ultimate sacrifice that we as soldiers are always prepared to give to protect our nation and our freedom. Thank you doesn't seem to be enough.
OIF II - Mar 04 - Mar 05 - Taji, Iraq
As a father of a Marine currently serving in Iraq, I know that the last seven months have been the darkest of my entire life. Now, your family has made the ultimate sacrifice, and I am so very, very sorry. I will be praying that God sees you through this dark time and brings you to a bright future of fond remembrances and memories. Again, I am so very sorry.
On behalf of AU Rugby alumni, we extend our condolences to Zach's family and our gratitude for Zach's heroism and sacrifice.
Zach and I went to high school together in Manchester. Although we were not the closest of friends, we shared a connection because we both were drummers as well as avid hikers. I recall what a great person Zach always was! I'm now realizing how much of an influence Zach made on me! When Zach couldn't do a performance with his band in high school, I filled in on drums for him. It was my first opportunity ever to perform a concert with a rock band! Now I'm a full-time musician! Thanks Zach! The last time I saw Zach we went on an awesome 25 mile backpacking trip in the White Mountains several years ago. What a great time we had on that adventurous trip! I am very lucky and honored to have been a friend of
Zach. I am very proud of him!
You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Heaven has another Hero.
Sgt Zachary Tellier, although I did not know you and never met you I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being one of America's HEROS and protecting our Country. Without people like you America would not be free. Thank you so much and may you RIP, you are in my thoughts
Dear Tellier Family,
We didn't know Zachary, but we did pray for him every day. He was one of our angels we felt protected us each day. How very grateful we are that he made such a difference in this world. We live every day in peace because of brave people. Thank you for the gift of your son, husband, brother, grandson, friend -he made the ultimate sacrifice. We will pray for all of you and look to our angel now deployed in heaven and know he will still protect from up above.
Thanks for your dedication and honoring your country with pride and true professionalism. We are proud of you. Even though we have never served together, we are fighting the same war. Thank you to Mr. Tellier's family for supporting your son to serve. I too am serving in the military, US Navy. You will never be forgotten.
Zach and I were in the same unit together, and we served in the same squad. He was an AWESOME friend, someone that I will NEVER forget and a true HERO. I'm gonna miss him,.......... he was my best friend. I'll never forget his smile, his laugh, and his go get it attitude. He was like a brother to me, and he'll never be forgotten. I love you bro, and I'm gonna miss you.
" Greater love hath no man than this, than to lay his life down for his friends. " John 15:13
To the Family of Zachary Tellier:
Thank you for your Gift of Zachary. He will be honored for having given all he had for his country and fellow man. May the Lord bless and keep you in this time of great grief.
To the family of Sgt. Tellier. Let me first give thanks to a great HERO. My husband (Retired Master Sgt. - US Air Force) and I just lost one of our sons on August 13, 2007 to this war. So I understand the pain you and your family are feeling at this time. It is a pain they say will heal with time. Let me tell you there is not enough time in this universe to heal our pain. Take sollace in knowing he was a great man. He gave his life so we can continue living as we do. May God Bless you and your family.
My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the family of Zachary Tellier. Thanks for your Soldier's Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and Freedom.
The price he and his family have paid, will never be forgotten.
In the days to come if you find yourself feeling like you can‘t go on , recall the years and days you were blessed by his presence, this is the one thing that cannot be taken away from you are your memories, may you find comfort there and may God’s Peace strengthen you through the difficult days ahead.
I am the Sister of a hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in 2005 in Taji, Iraq and time does make it hurt less.
Your on my heart,
Thank you Sgt. Tellier for your bravery and dedication and love for country, family and others. I honor you and extend my love and prayer support as time goes on to your wife, parents and friends who remain. Rest in peace now and we will see you when we get there later.
We are so very sorry on the loss of your Zach.
He was a HERO big-time, and that is more than many of us can say in our entire life.
A life well-lived.
He will NOT be forgotten.
Semper Fi Sgt. I'll be there at 1:00 to pay my respects.
Chris let me know what has happened. I can not express my sorrow for you. You and the family are in my prayers.
To Sara and family: I'm so very sorry for your loss. For the first time in my life I don't have any words to say to describe how I feel, so I will use the words that best describe Zach.
Until I met Zach I didn't really believe there were any truly giving, caring, overall good people left on this earth. He would give the shirt off his back, give you hand when you fell, saved you when you needed to be rescued, without ever wanting so much as a thank you in return. No matter how bad a mood you were in, he could walk in the room, flash his smile, say something funny and you would instantly forget why you were in a bad mood. He was a truly remarkable human being, one that everyone should strive to be. He is in one word a HERO.
You are in my prayers and hopefully you will take solace in knowing that he left this world the same way he came in: in God's hands.
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)
To the parents and family of Zachary, I want you to know that your grief in not alone. I know the pain your have and what you will face in the coming days and weeks ahead. As a Gold Star Mother I have been blessed in my healing and God has allowed me to reach out to other families who are now going through that very same loss. I want you to know that when and if you are ready I offer you emotional support and also a place in our hearts to help you in that healing process. There are many of us Gold Star Families who offer our support, love and help in healing. When and if you are ready please contact me. I ask God to bless and give you strength and heal the empitness in your heart.
In memory of my son
Spc Harry (Buck) Winkler III
KIA 11/12/06 Samarra, Iraq
Thank you for serving. My thoughts go out to the family.
Zachary is a true American Heroe. My son has just joined the Army on Sept 11th. These young men and women are brave beyond words. May you find peace in his sacrifice for his country. You son is a hero!
Sara let me first say I am deeply sorry for your lost. I will keep you and the family in my prayers. I am sure he was proud with NO REGRETS.
Thank you for serving our country. You were brave to do this for all of us. May peace be brought to your family in this time of sorrow.
They all must be so proud of you.
Zack is a hero and he will be remembered that way! My deepest condolences on your loss and gratitude to Zack for his ultimate sacrifice and service.
I attended a memorial service for Sgt Tellier. I am a retired New York State Police Investigator who is now assigned to the Sgt Tellier's Squadron as a Law Enforcement Professional. It was held at the small forward operating base where Sgt Tellier was stationed. The base, slightly larger than your average high school football stadium, is situated in the K-G Pass which is a strategic route high in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan.
The ceremony was attended by the Division Commanding General, the Brigade Commander and various Afghan military leaders who sat across a small dusty part of the base from the podium. Off to one side, flanked by two HUMVVs and the American and Squadron flags was a single stanchion. On it was a pair of combat boots and behind them was an inverted rifle topped by Sgt Tellier’s helmet from which hung his dog tags.
Lt Col David Woods, the Squadron CO was the first to speak and praised Sgt Tellier for his bravery, not only that night but of the time he had previously earned a Bronze Star for pulling two soldiers out of a burning truck under enemy fire. Ltc Woods described Sgt Tellier with a few simple words “He was a leader”. I first learned of Sgt Tellier’s death while on another patrol with the Squadron Sgt Major Michael Greene. The Sgt Major is a veteran paratrooper with 22 years of service and a tough, learned leader of men. He described Sgt Tellier as the kind of man that he hoped his daughter would someday meet. Then the Troop Commander and two of Sgt Tellier’s squad members spoke of his dedication to duty, to his family and to his men. They also spoke of his sense of humor and how, even back at Ft Bragg, he always looked out for those he served with.
Then came the hard part. The Troop First Sergeant called roll call. Two Troopers responded when he called out their names and then he called out “Tellier” – no answer. He called “Sgt Tellier” – again no answer. The 1st Sgt, another veteran paratrooper and a hardened soldier began to lightly sob as he called out “Sgt Zachery Tellier” to which there was no response. A squad of Troopers fired a three volley, 21 gun salute and a lone bugler played Taps. The sounds echoed thru the valley as no other noise could be heard.
A long line of soldiers formed. With the General in the lead, they approached the empty combat boots, rifle and helmet. In pairs, they gave a slow solemn salute and kneeled before the display. Some touched the dog tags, some left small mementos, a unit coin, next to the boots and then stood, gave one final slow salute and moved on. The procession took over twenty minutes and not a word was spoken.
I have been to scores of funerals for Troopers and other police officers killed in the line of duty during my 32 year career with the New York State Police. I also attended three memorial funerals for New York City firefighters killed at the collapse of the World Trade Center who were the brothers of fellow Troopers. This service was tiny in comparison but no less solemn or dignified. The striking difference was that so many of the attendees were so much younger. These men, mostly in their early to mid twenties, do not have the graying hair or lined faces of the veteran police officers and firefighters who I saw attend the other funerals. Their grief was more open and many of these soldiers could not hold back the tears.
The citizens of Carmel, NY, his birthplace, should be proud of one of their own. They should remember Sgt Zachary Tellier as a man of character, dedication and courage. He left a promising career and joined the Army at the age of 29 to do what he thought was the right thing to do. Serve his country in a time of need.
Know in your heart that you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. All gave some, some gave all. Rest in peace. You will be missed by everyone’s life you have touched.
To the family, 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, friends, and all Americans for the sacrifice of one of your family members for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
REST IN PEACE ZACHARY, TO YOUR FAMILY AND FREINDS MAY THE MEMORIES OF THIS WONDERFUL SOLDIERS LIFE FILL YOUR HEARTS WITH BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES
GOD BLESS YOU
Dear Tellier Family,
Our Nation has lost a true American hero. May you find peace in knowing that so many families grieve with you.
We will long remember Zachary for his courageous service and sacrifice in the call of duty.
May God bless you and provide you with the love and support of family and friends to see you through the days ahead.
Our prayers are with you,
Blue Star Mothers, MA Chapter 1
Zach, You are a great Man who did what most could never imagine doing and for that I Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you. You will live on in all our hearts and minds. Till we all meet again my friend God speed and God Bless. You are a True American Hero!!!
Father we entrust our brother Zachary 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 Zachary in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
As a mother of a fellow soldier in Zachary's unit, I am with you in spirit. You have my deepest sympathy. I wish you strength, courage and peace till you are reunited with Zachary to share eternity together.
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
The Home of the Brave Quilt Project would like to present Sara and Zachary's parents with a memorial quilt to honor his service. We would appreciate anyone knowing their addresses to please either contact me by email or pass my email address along to the family to make contact. We do not want this family to be left out of our quilt presentations, which now number 118 in North Carolina. We offer our condolences to the family. Carol Smith, North Carolina Coordinator, Home of the Brave Quilt Project
i am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one i hope the good memories you have will comfort you at this time also looking into the Bible can give you comfort Isaiah 2:4 says that God himself will bring an end to all wars then we will live in peace with our loved ones take care
I am so sorry that you must endure this pain. My son was KIA Apr 7, 07. I will pray for Zachary and your family. The road ahead is rough - remember his pride. God Bless You !
I would like to extend my sympathy to you and your family and want to thank Sgt. Tellier on behalf of America because I am sure that isn't something that is done enough...I will keep you in my prayers.
As the mother of a son who is deployed, I want to send my condolences. Please know that there are many, many people who grieve with you.
Our thoughts and prayers out to the TELLIER family,Knowing now what the Tellier family has always known is one of many reasons that our HEROS will NEVER be forgotten,Rest well brother Zachary that star spangled banner will FOREVER wave,Your name stamped in steel FOREVER clutched in the tallons,And your spirit will FOREVER soar high in the skies in the symbol of our great nation.COME by NORTH--COME by SOUTH--C0ME by EAST--COME by WEST, We were all gathered and united on that great day as strangers,And upon those last  words we are FOREVER BROTHERS......HU..RAH....SEMPER FI.............B.V.C.
God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called "The Children of God".
You will not be forgotten Sgt
Dearest Tellier Family,
I'm so very sorry for you loss.
My prayers and thoughts are with
Proud mother of a U.S. soldier
I can not express enough sorrow/gratitute because your husband put his life on the line for our freedom.. He gave his life because he believed in the right cause. No one can replace your loss, but as I shed a tear writing this, I wish you and your family all the best in this very trying time.
God bless America. God bless you and your family.
My family gives our deepest condolences to his family. Sgt. Tellier was a hero. My son is serving in the same brigade. It saddens me. We as family of 82nd Airborne lost a fellow brother, that my son honored to have served beside and fought with him the war on terrorism.
With the deepest regret, I have just learned of the death of Sergeant Tellier. As a Vietnam Veteran and the State Chaplain of the Georgia Society, Sons Of The American Revolution, I speak for our President, Charlie A. Newcomer, III and the more than 1,400 SAR members around the State of Georgia in humbly expressing the condolences of a grateful Society. Wrapped in the integrity of service to our nation and the inestimable values of duty, honor and country, your American hero stood on a wall of freedom for us all. His life and his love of country epitomized every attribute of patriotism the Sons Of The American Revolution hold dear. And, as Americans, we could never repay the debt we owe him ..!! Nor the debt we owe you… his family!!!
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved soldier. We share your grief, as we have just lost our own hometown hero, he will be laid to rest this Thursday 10/04/07. Our hearts are broken, but we have a Heavenly Father who bears our sorrow. I pray that God will give you comfort and mend your broken hearts, one day at a time.
Thank You, Sgt. Zachary Tellier, for your sacrifice.
Remembering SFC Matthew Dale Blaskowski
KIA 9/23/07 in Afghanistan
Our hearts grieve.
I am writing to offer my condolences to your family over the loss of your HERO Sgt Zachary Tellier. I also lost my son in Iraq on May 6/2007, so I can well understand your pain of losing a loved one so dear.
When things settle down, I recommend that you contact a man named Michael Reagan @
He will draw one portrait of the fallen soldier. He does this for free and will draw any picture of your choosing. He has drawn presidents and other celebrities. My husband and I got one and it has helped me with the healing process. Michael is a truly gifted artist that captures the very essence of the person he draws. I look at my picture everyday and it gives me a connection that I cannot explain.
I pray you will be guided by a higher power to give you peace, comfort and strength in this time.
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.
(Proud mother of Sgt Joel W. Lewis, 5/20, 3-2 SBCT /Ft Lewis-KIA May 6/07, Baqubah, Iraq)
May God rest your soul from your labors you paid the supreme sacrafice Thank You! Former USMC
My Deepest Sympathy to the family of this Brave Young Soldier, who has given his life for our Country. With so much gratitude for his Courage, and his Unselfish Dedication and his Service.
Rest In Peace now, Sgt. Zachary Tellier, in God's Loving Care and may the Peace of God be with the Tellier family.
Those who Make these Sacrifices, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, 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 ~
I am sincerely hoping that you can feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you today and in the difficult days ahead, as this Grateful Country morns with you, for someone very precious to you, who is a True American Hero to all of us.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your Loss.
Hi Sara, I'm so sorry about Zach. He was such a nice and wonderful person. My prayers are with you and his family. I hope that the memories that you and Zach shared can comfort you through the hard times.
Thank you for serving our country. My prayers are with your family.
To Sara and the Tellier family - I am so sorry for your loss. It brings pain to everyone, knowing he was there fighting for all of us. I know you are very proud of your soldier and his heroic, unselfish nature. His memory will live on in every person whose life he touched.
Thank you and I will pray for you and all our soldiers. Charlotte,nc
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!!
PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Currently stationed in Germany
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God send his Angels to comfort you and your family during this time. Please know that SGT Tellier will be remembered as a hero and a patriot.
SGT Tellier will surely be missed. As someone who was with him from the beginning when he decided to enlist in the Army, he was one the best people I ever had the chance to work with. He was a great soldier and destined for great things. I offer my sympathy to his wife and parents.
Sgt. Tellier represents the best America has to offer. He now belongs to the ages and Jesus. May God bless and comfort your family.
Thank You and God Bless You for serving to protect, and giving your life for, the freedom that our Nation enjoys every day.
"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom"--Abraham Lincoln
"For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know.”
Thanks for your service Zach, and family! May you rest in piece and find comfort in everyday.
Sgt. Tellier, we salute you sir for your service to this country. We most certainly appreciate what you have given, the ultimate sacrifice for something you belived very strongly in. Thank you to your family for such an awesome son, friend and husband and for what he means to you. God Bless and rest assured your brothers and sisters will take it from here. You are a true hero which will never be forgotten.
Proudly serving Those Who Defend Our Freedom And Their Families www.uso-nc.org
To the Tellier family,
I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of Sgt. Tellier, words cannot express the gratitude that I feel for his service and the ultimate sacrifice that he has made in the name of freedom and righteousness. It is men like him that make us the greatest country on the face of the earth. God bless you.
Our prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for our family and country.
May the Lord cradle you with His peace and solace during this time of sadness. Our deepest sympathy for the loss of an incredible young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sgt. Tellier exemplifies courage and honor. What a sad loss for our country.
May God rest his soul.
May God Bless You and Your Family during your time of need. We lost a true angel. Zachary completed his task. I know God said to him, "Well done my good and faithful son, its time to take your rest". Rejoice in his memory, speak often about his life accomplishments and shower others with his love. If there is anything that I can do please call me.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Rest in Peace, Sergeant Tellier, and thank you for defending our freedoms. God Bless you.
I am sorry for the loss of this brave man. Men like him make me proud to be an American.
I am humbly thank this great man and his family for service to our country; and commit you all to the God of all comfort.
Thank you for your courageous acts for this country and for freedom. May God bless your family.
Gig (Rock Hill,SC)
God Bless Sgt Tellier and his family. Your loss is certainly our loss.
Thank you Sgt. Tellier.
ALMIGHTY God, our heavenly Father, in whose hands are the living and the dead; We give thee thanks for all those thy servants who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant to them thy mercy and the light of thy presence, that the good work which thou hast begun in them may be perfected; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
To the family & friends of a great soldier and hero - I am sorry for your loss. I appreciate Sgt. Tellier for serving our country. Because of him, and brave men like him, we are the greatest country in the world. My thougts and prayers are with you.
Tellier family and friends,
As the sibling of two active duty servicemen in the middle east, my deepest sympathy to you and my profound appreciation to Zachary. May you take comfort in your precious memories of Zachary.
The term "hero" is used all too often but Zach was truely a hero anyone who would pull wounded from a burning vehicle and then return fire on the attackers is really what makes this country great. After the grief subsides, your family will remain proud of your service...God bless you and your family.
Sorry for your lost. My husband retired from the Army in 2004 and is serving his country as a civilian in Iraq and Kuwait. He and I will keep you in our prayers. "GOD BLESS".
God bless you for your ultimate sacrifice, for our nation and the freedoms we so take for granted. Rest in peace soldier.
A remarkable young man who should have stayed on this earth longer. God Bless.
Zachary is the very picture of one who is described by our Lord when He said "Greater love hath no man"....Mrs. Tellier and family, we pray for you, and do not take this sacrifice lightly - God bless you.
Sgt. Tellier was a hero. I heard about this 30 min's after it happened, his unit patrol's right around the same area as mine, it sadden's me deeply to lose a fellow comrade, but i'm honored to have served beside and fought with him the war on terrorism.
My deepest condolence's to his family.
May God continue to provide comfort to you during such a tragic loss. This is a loss not only to the family and community - but to the nation! We count our blessings every day for these individuals who give of themeselves unselfishly to allow millions of us to go about out daily lives so freely. God Bless America!
Sgt. Teller is a true hero. May God be with you all during this time. Men like him keep us free! May God Bless You All.
Sarah, David, Pamela, and family and friends of Zachary, this country mourns with you. We lost a true hero on Sat. Zach, rest easy Sgt, your job is done, THANK YOU and SEMPER FI, Jack
Sgt. Tellier, was a HERO in every way. My family offers our sincerest condolences to his family.