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November 12, 2013
Paul was my little brother, although he certainly did not look like my LITTLE brother. He had a smile that would melt your heart, and I miss seeing that smile so much. It warms my heart to see all of these post, even from people who did not know my brother. God bless you all for thinking about him. Sometimes, I feel like I am living a dream, and maybe that is how I deal with the pain. The bad thing is that this is not just a dream. My heart breaks a little more each day from missing P.F.
November 11, 2013
Although I never met Paul in person, he and his family will forever in my heart. My family is and will always be eternally grateful for the sacrifice you made.
May 24, 2013
Though I only knew you briefly, I considered you my friend. I think about you often. You are not forgotten.
April 14, 2013
Thinking of you my frend!
May 23, 2012
May 22, 2012
Special rememberance in this month for SGT Paul Brooks. Never to be forgotten. May God be with his family. Thank you for your sacrifice,
May 21, 2012
To the family and friends of Sgt. Paul F. Brooks:
Always remembering Paul. "Some gave all."
April 06, 2012
It has been almost 3 years since Paul has been gone and I found myself thinking of him today when I heard a song he always loved I knew Paul for about 10 years. He was a good man and loved his kids so much. I haven't seen them in years but hope they are doing well. Just thought I would add a little something today when he came to mind. He is dearly missed
May 30, 2011
In memory of Paul on this Memorial Day. I trained with Paul Camp Shelby,Mississippi and was sent to Iraq with him where we then split our ways to different units. I have the fondest memories of him during my short time of knowing him. It was the greatest honor to call him my friend and fellow soldier. My prayers are with his family and friends.
May 21, 2011
To the family and friends of Sgt. Paul F. Brooks:
Please accept my remembrance of Paul on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
January 24, 2011
Even though I have never met you-you are a hero to me for serving our country. To his family-I am sorry for your loss but know that he is always with you.
January 23, 2011
I only met Paul once or twice but his mother has been part of my life for many years. I love you and pray for you all the time. He made a sacrafice for all of us and served this country proud and left behind many loved ones.
May 31, 2010
Never to be forgotten an American Hero. Thank You.
May 22, 2010
To the family and friends of Sgt. Paul F. Brooks:
Remembering Paul on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
May 07, 2010
To my son it seems like yesterday and then it seems like a lifetime You are so loved and missed. Continue to be our guardian angel Love Mom
March 26, 2010
I do not know your family. But I am so thankful for your husband's and father's work. Everyday my life is going to be different because I have encountered Paul's story. As a fellow Missouri resident, I can look upon the beautiful trees change color in the autumn and enjoy the white blankets of snow on the valley because of Paul and the other soldiers. Paul is a hero.
December 18, 2009
i did not know paul,but he made the untimate sacrifice for something he believed in. my heart goes out to his wife,and family,especially to the babies he leaves behind. may the lord bless and keep you all.
December 09, 2009
To the family of Paul, My sympathy for the pain you are going through I know your hearts are broken and the pain is one that unless we walk your shoes we have no idea. My name is Betty Nielsen the founder of Freedom Quilts I make quilts for fallen soldiers families for the parents and spouse we are sending you a quilt we just hope it will go to the right address. We thank you for bringing into this world a hero that has given his all to protect this country. Without heroes we would be like the third world country so thank you and God bless. My website is www.freedomquilts.net and if you wish to contact me my email is debeniel@ncn.net We are trying to make sure all our fallen soldiers are not forgotten. We Americans are very proud of your husband and pray every day for God to give you comfort and for our soldiers to all be safe.
December 03, 2009
On this day and with each day that we enjoy our freedom, I would like to give thanks and let you know that I do not take our troops for granted. May you experience God when you feel your loss.
November 19, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy to the Brooks family and friends in the loss of Paul. I did not know Paul, 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. Paul 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

November 11, 2009
”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
September 06, 2009
In My Pocket

I have memories in my pocket.
They rattle among the change.

My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.

They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole
They give me comfort when I think I am alone.

Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.

But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
August 22, 2009
Sgt Brooks Family:
My husband is in Iraq now with the NCARNG 30th HBCT...My deepest sympathy for your family...
I would like to share with you that the federal government has decided to pay for college education for each child who has a parent who died in the line of duty while on active duty, this became effective 8/2009. Please see "Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry" scholarship information...it is part of the GI Bill now....Hopefully, this will be of benefit to your children.
God Bless you and strengthen you, may he watch over you and your children.
July 16, 2009
the Brooks family,

My Name is SFC Rich Bojorquez-Davila, ( everyone called me 'sgt bo')I was Sgt Brooks platoon sgt through the train up at shelby and mcoy. I am very sorry for the way things worked out. if you could email me at r.bojorquezdavila@gmail.com I would lik to honor Paul by dedicating our Battalion Aid Station to him. I have the commanders approval and all my medics. Paul was my 1st squad, squad leader and he was my friend.

July 02, 2009
Sgt Brooks Family,

I just want to let you know that I am praying for each and every one of you. I did not know Sgt Brooks personally but have heard stories about him from my husband who was deployed with him. He was a great soldier and you guys should be proud. May God bless you and keep you in His hand. Thanks to you and Sgt Brooks for defending and protecting our Country. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
June 26, 2009
There are no words that are going to ease your pain. I lost my brother 4 years ago May 20th in Iraq. Just want you to know your family is in my thoughts.
June 24, 2009
Nicole and kids,

I am sorry I was not able to be there for you. Please know that you were in my prayers and the prayers of many of my friends. We love you guys and want to say "Thank you" for serving our country and paying the ultimate price for our freedom. We love you!

Aunt Beth and kids
June 16, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Paul F. Brooks:
Paul gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
June 14, 2009
Prayer for Peace

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

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

June 08, 2009
May peace come to you and your children. I to understand what everyday as a wife feels like. Kiss your children everyday once for you and once for Paul. It's what they want us to do.
June 07, 2009
My heart is breaking for you Nicole. Thank you and your husband for serving for our freedom. I am a soldiers wife and know that you too were serving.I will be praying for all of your family that God will help you get thru this hard time.May God bless you richly. Thank you Paul & Nicole for the ultimate sacrafice to serve and protect us!!! I will NEVER forget what your husband did for all Americans.
June 06, 2009
My heart goes out to you, Nicole and your babies. We love you sooo much and will be here for you always. Lylas XOXO Know that THEY will be watching over you!!!
June 04, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Paul Faris Brooks died preserving our freedom. He will always be a hero. I'm so sorry for your loss. May your broken hearts mend and be filled with beautiful memories of Paul. God will take care of him now.
June 04, 2009
May GOD keep you in His Arms and lessen the pain of your loss.
Being retired Army, I always knew the possibility of death was there. I was not so concerned about myself as I was for my family. I am sure Paul felt the same way.
Please let Our Lord help you in your loss.
June 04, 2009
Our condolences from John Lien, Jodi Hayward, Michelle Herrin, Amber Herrin, Jesse Haney & James Parker. Our entire family want to extend our hearts to you and to remind you that without men like Sgt. Brooks, our children would not understand the term "freedom". A hero he is, but even that word surely can not encompass all that he was to you and your famliy. While the pain feels unmeasureable right now, know that you are not alone. Live life as he would have wanted you too, and make everyday count. Gods Blessings to you and yours.
June 04, 2009
I'm so sorry for your loss Nicole, you and your family will be in our prayers. I didn't know your husband but I do know that he was a true hero to go over there and fight the war for our freedom. Thank you Paul!!! I know its hard right now but it will get easier, you have to be strong for your children. If you need anything let me know.
June 03, 2009
June 03, 2009
I didnt know Sgt Brooks but my husband Sgt Hayward did and I know from what my husband tells me he was a great person to know, My heart goes out to all of his family, They are in our prayers, I know personally if I lost my soldier the pain would be more than I could bare,Sgt Brooks is a true hero.
June 03, 2009
June 03, 2009
I did have the honor of meeting Sgt Brooks on a personal basis. I was in a school with him in WI just 1 month before he deployed. I too am on my way to Iraq for OIF and want everyone to know at least one thing. If you had the honor of meeting Paul, "SGT. Brooks" he made your life that much better. He touched everyone in a special way and was a type of soldier we all strive to be like. God be with those he left behind and may we all see him in heaven someday!
June 02, 2009
To the family and friends of Sgt. Paul F. Brooks. I offer my condolences to all of you. My brother-in-law SFC. Brian Naseman was the soldier that was brought back to the states with your beloved Paul. I know the grief that you are feeling at this time. I only hope that together we can heal our broken hearts.
June 01, 2009
May GOD Bless your family in your time of loss. Thanks to soldiers like Paul, our country can continue to enjoy the freedom we have. I didnt know Paul either but, I am a U.S. veteran and I very much appreciate the service that he and all other soldiers give to us.
June 01, 2009
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
June 01, 2009
May God bless you during your loss. Our sympathy and prayers are with your family.
June 01, 2009
My heart goes out to the family...I didnt know Paul but Im thankful to him and the others for fighting for my rights and my country! God Bless you all
June 01, 2009
Our deepest sympathy to the Brooks family.
The Guard families of the 35th Engineer Brigade, Fort Leonard Wood share in this loss.
June 01, 2009
To the parents and family, I offer my heartfelt sorrow for the death of your loved one. So many times we don’t understand why this has to happen to us but know that you aren’t alone. There are many who have also suffered the death of their loved ones and we know that you will get through the day one minute by minute. When my son was killed in action I thought the world would end but through connection with others who had gone through this terrible tragedy I found that I wasn’t alone. When and if you would like to reach out and talk, vent, cry or just know how to get through each minute of the day please contact me. You are now a Gold Star Family and as such you should know that many of us are here to help and listen. May God bless and comfort you each and every day.


In memory of my son
SPC Harry (Buck) Winkler III
KIA 11/12/2006 Samarra, Iraq
CO-A 2/505th PIR 82nd Airborne
May 31, 2009
To the Brooks Family,

I got to know paul over the past few years while working out at the YMCA gyms here in Joplin, MO. Paul always had a smile on his face which always put a smile on the face of others. He always talked about how lucky he was to have a great wife and kids that he loved and cared about. He will be missed and I wish the very best for the Brooks family. Rest in peace paul.

Kevin Woods(Joplin, MO)
May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009
The Final Salute

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

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

On behalf of the 1,309 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Paul’s family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
May 31, 2009
To the Brooks family,

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

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

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

Suzanne MacDaniel
A Proud Aunt
Sgt. David M.Fisher
KIA 12/1/04
May 30, 2009
My very deepest sympathies to Paul's family. He was one of my students at FT McCoy, WI recently, and he is amoung the best and finest medics I have known. He is a great soldier.
May 30, 2009
I have known Paul for 17+ years. As with all other friends, I lost touch after marriage and children of my own. I am truly sorry for your loss. The loss of a husband, father, son, friend is devistating. To his fiance: It seems that life has handed you a pretty tough deck of cards. God must think that you are really strong, huh? Stick in there. One day @ a time. One struggle @ a time. The tool is your bible, your weapon is your faith. May God Bless you and your family.
May 30, 2009
I met Paul recently at Fort McCoy Wisconsin where we were going through our Pre-depolyment Medic Training. In the short time that I got to know Paul it was easy to figure out that he was a high speed medic/soldier. It was just a few weeks ago that we were talking after the NREMT Test and speculating on how we did on the exam.

SGT Brooks is a hero- he was willing to put everything on the line for his country.

My condolences go out to the Brooks family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Be proud of Paul, a very special soldier- A Combat Medic.
May 29, 2009
I was also deployed with SGT Paul Brooks in Balad 06-07. Paul was always a joy to be around and could have the whole world against him and still have a smile. A man's man, I could always talk to him and get a straight opinion and as a Soldier's NCO I could always count on him to take care of us and keep us healthy. I will never forget his thick southern twang in his voice. It always made me smile. My condolences go to Nicole and the rest of the family. Paul, may you rest in peace and God bless you and your family.

Heroes are never forgotten.
May 29, 2009
I met Paul at Camp Shelby before we deployed to Iraq. He was a great guy. We talked about TVs and speakers mostly. He really knew alot about that kind of stuff. I won't forget about Paul and your family will be in my prayers.
May 29, 2009
Please accept my sincerest condolences for the loss of your hero, son, husband, brother, cousin, friend. I've been reading the entries here. And it's plain to see how much he's admired, liked, respected. And how much he'll be missed. It's impossible not to see the impact he made on so many people.

This is such a loss for you, for his family, children, wife, parents, siblings, for our country...I wish there was a way to take away your pain. But sadly, I don't know how.

The only thing I can offer is my hand to reach out. My ears to listen. My heart to share. I am now an AR Gold Star Mom, living in Springdale. If you ever want a shoulder to lean or someone who's been where you are, please don't hesitate to contact me. We also have a Facebok group called AR Gold Star Families. The AR Gold Star Families share your grief.

God Bless with you with strength and comfort in the days, months, and years ahead. Know that you are not alone. We will not forget Paul.

Kei Torres
Proud Mom of
Cpl Jason K LaFleur
KIA 8-4-07 Iraq.
May 29, 2009
I am writing to offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family over the loss of your HERO Sgt Paul F Brooks. I lost my son in Iraq on May 6/2007, so I can well understand your pain of losing a loved one so dear.

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

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

(Proud mother of Sgt Joel W. Lewis, 5/20, 3-2 SBCT /Ft Lewis
KIA 5/6/07, Baqubah, Iraq)
May 28, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Brooks family and friends. I didn't know Paul very long as he was only in country wih us for about 5 days. He had great passion for being a father, husband, and combat medic. He is greatly missed, and will never be forgotton.
May 28, 2009
May 28, 2009
My heart breaks, Im so sad to have lost this young man fighting for our freedom- my
God be with his family & comfort them,
Angela Caron with asoldierswishlist.org
May 28, 2009
I met Paul in 2004. We instantly became friends right off the bat. He could always bring a smile to my face. I have spent time remembering Paul these last few days, and with each story I recall it makes me laugh out loud. Paul was extremely gifted with charm and charisma.

Nicole, my heart is with you and the Brooks family. Anything I can help with don't hesitate to call.

In His Grip
May 27, 2009
I was working with Paul in 2004 the day he got the call to become active again. He and I were very close at the time. Paul was definitely one-of-a-kind and will be dearly missed. The world certainly is a lesser place without him. We have our fond memories of Paul and no one can take those away.

Prayers and condolences to Nicole, children and the Brooks family. Paul lives on in our hearts.

God-speed Paul.
May 27, 2009
We give them back to thee, dear Lord, who gavest them to us;
Yet as thou dost not lose them in giving, so we have not lost them by their return.
Not as the world giveth, givest thou, O Lover of Souls.
What thou gavest, thou takest not away,
For what is thine is ours also if we are thine.
And Life is eternal and Love is immortal, and death is only an horizon, and an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further;
Cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly;
Draw us closer to thyself so that we may know ourselves to be nearer to our loved ones who are with thee.
And while thou dost prepare a place for us, prepare us also for that happy place, that where thou art we may be also for evermore.

Prayer used by Fr Bede Jarrett, O.P.
May 27, 2009
My most hearfelt sympathies for the Brooks family. I humbly thank Sgt. Brooks for his ultimate sacrifice. I know it does not bring him back, but my prayers are with you all.
Aurora, asoldierswishlist.org volunteer in Florida
May 27, 2009
im Pauls sister from ohio. we were unfortunately never really close, and i never got the chance to get to know him...and it was my own fault. i could tell he was a good dad and a good husband, and i wish i could go back so badly and try to get to know each other. i'll always be sorry for that. i am however extremely proud of him. he gave his life so all of us could live ours in peace. thank you Paul R.I.P.
May 27, 2009
It was my honor to work with Paul last month here at Ft. McCoy. What a true professional and a gentleman. A soldier's soldier. He was an amazing individual and it was evident how many people's lives he has touched. My prayers and sorrow go out to his family and friends at this time. I know his life and sacrifice is an inspiration for myself and others. May God Bless you Paul.
May 27, 2009
I served with Paul and am very proud of his service and life. May love be found in this time of sorrow.
SSG Todd E Surma
May 27, 2009
To The Family and Friends, of SGT Brooks,
I had just met SGT Brooks during his short time in Iraq. He was quick to mention his wife and kids. A man that loved his family. I was on the patrol that sad day that I will never forget with SGT Brooks. SGT Brooks faught to the end. He is now in a better place. God had plans for SGT Brooks. He will be missed.
May 27, 2009
You are my Hero may god keep you in his arms forever.
May 26, 2009
I am Paul's wife and my heart is shattered. I have lost my husband, my best friend, and the father of my four beautiful babies. Words cannot express the pain and the heartache I feel now that he is gone. He will be missed, I am just thankful I see him daily in our children.
May 26, 2009
I am honored to meet SGT Brooks a second time. The first as a striving student and the second as a mentor and teach to the class as well as Instructors. He showed great passion for being a medic each day. We love and miss you. God bless and our prays of strength and mercy for the Brooks family.
May 26, 2009
Not only did we lose a soldier, a wife lost a husband, children have lost a father. I have lost a friend.
I had the distinction of serving with Paul during his first deployment to Iraq. I am deeply sadden with the news of this tragedy. To his family and closest friends; I share with you my condolences.
For Paul, living a soldier's life, a "Soldier Medic"; he subscribed to this belief daily for the betterment of his brothers in arms, his family and his country.
He and I spent our time during OIF 06-07 caring for the health and welfare of the unit. He was my "right-hand", an NCO to the core, a professional "Soldier Medic." Ever the optimist, Paul carried with him everyday a light hearted smile and a joke for the amusement of those who traversed our office door.
Our fallen will not walk that path alone. He will be remembered as an American Hero amongst Heroes . A soldier who willingly accepted his duty, gave his life trusting the soldiers to his left and right would pick up where he fell and accomplish the mission.
Paul will be loved, missed but never forgotten.
May 26, 2009
I had the honor of meeting SGT Brooks just last month, even though I only knew him for a short time the impact that he had on me and his passion for being a medic is something I will never forget. Thank you for your service SGT Brooks, your sacrifice will not be forgotten.
May 26, 2009
It was a pleasuere to serve with Paul during our deployment to Iraq in 2006-2007. He was a excellent Soldier and a great Medic. He always went out of his way to help others and contributed greatly to the success of our mission. We are all saddened by his loss. My heart goes out to his family that he spoke of so often and loved so much. We will never forget his smile or the joy that he brought us all. He will be missed.
May 26, 2009
I also worked with SGT Paul Brooks in Balad, Iraq, 06-07. Everyday working with him was an experience to never forget. He was passionate about his profession and treated everyone like family. Paul was more than just a peer, he was a brother.
May 26, 2009
I am also a Gold Star Father losing my son in 2005. I was born in Joplin but left when I was young and moved to Texas. My realitives still live in Joplin. You have my deepest Sympathy for your loss. Paul will always be a Hero forever.
May 26, 2009
Rest in peace.
May 26, 2009
I had the pleasure to serve with SGT Paul Brooks in Iraq during 2006 - 2007. He was an outstanding individual and soldier. My condolences to his family and friends, he will be missed.
May 26, 2009
I too had the honor of serving with SGT Brooks, I remember how happy he was when he was promoted while we were in Iraq in 06-07. I always will remember him in the medics office with that rubber chicken hanging from the ceiling, He was always passionate about his wife and children
and always listened to soldiers about medical issues. He gave his life doing what he loved and this will never be forgotten. I know all of us in the OSAA-OSACOM family will never forget his service. May God Keep his family safe.
May 26, 2009
I had the priviledge to serve with SGT Brooks in Iraq during 06-07. He was very passionate about been a Medic and always wanted to be in the field making things happen; I will always remember him as a true patriot, a great person and a good family man.
GOD Bless you Brooks
and GOD speed.
May 26, 2009
I had the honor to meet Sgt Brooks recently at Ft. McCoy, WI and he was certainly one of the best and had a tremendous impact on my view of life. Words cannot describe how this has shaken me to my core.

To his family, my deepest, heartfelt condolences. Sgt Brooks was definitely a HERO!

SSG Brian E. Olson
May 26, 2009
Paul and I were in Iraq together in 06-07. He was a very unique man, always stood his ground when he thought something wasn't right. He was a good NCO and will be missed deeply.

A few of us would go to his office and you would see him hanging photos of his wife, or drawings from his children. God Bless and my prayers are with his family, you will never be forgotten.
May 26, 2009
I had the honors of serving with SGT Brooks in Iraq during 2006-2007. He was a great man, always there when you needed him. He loved his family so much and talked about them all the time. He adored being a medic; loved being able to help people whenever they needed it. I am deeply sorry for your loss and he will be greatly missed.
May 25, 2009
Paul , God bless you soldier and thank you for your service to a grateful nation, forever we will mourn you and all of our fallen heroes both before and after you. On 5/6/08 my nephew PFC Aaron J. Ward was killed in action in Iraq while on a routine patrol. My promise to him was that I would never forget him but also those fallen before and after him. When I made that promise to him the day we laid him to his final resting place I did not realize how often I would need to make entries on Legacy and it just breaks my heart knowing that so many other families have and will continue to feel the pain that our family has endured. Since the loss of my nephew I have written on every single legacy page of every fallen soldier and included a photo of my nephew. I encourage you to do the same to Aaron's page. I have done this to honor my nephew but to let you know Paul is not alone and my nephew is with him and they are now in God's gracious hands waiting for us to join them one day. Brooks family from the bottom of my heart please except my sincere condolences and may the memories of your Hero carry you through each day for he will never be forgotten!

In Memory of my Nephew
PFC Aaron J. Ward (MP-US Army)
KIA 5/6/08 Al Anbar Province,Iraq
May 25, 2009
From our military family to yours, we would like to thank SGT Paul Brooks for his service and sacrifice to this grateful country, as well as send our deepest condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
May 25, 2009
Thank you Sgt. Paul F. Brooks for defending my Freedoms. It is because of great American patriots such as you that Americans continue to board airplanes with confidence and the people of this city can live without fear.

You will always be remembered with love and great pride by the grateful nation you served to protect.

Rest in peace.

Pat Shoukry - NYC (6 miles from "Ground Zero")
May 25, 2009
I was in 68W class in April with SGT Brooks, and he is the epitome of a hero. He was an NCO to his bones. Although he was a student, he taught us just as much as the instructors did. He will truly be missed by those of us in the Oregon National Guard.
May 25, 2009
Please know how Deeply Sorry I am to learn of the loss of Sgt. Paul F. Brooks, the Price this Brave Soldier and his family have paid for this country and for freedom, Will Never Be Forgotten.

May Paul, Rest Safely now, in the Loving Care of God and may God's Healing Grace be with the Brooks family.
There will Never Be Enough Ways to Humbly Thank these Young Heroes for their Sacrifices, my brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam, in 1967.

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

May the Peace of God and your treasured memories of Paul, remain in your heart always and give you comfort and strength through the difficult days ahead.
You are in my thoughts and my prayers.
May 25, 2009
In behalf of the family of Sgt Brooks, thank you for your sacrifice. May God give you the peace and comfort that you need at this time. I understand; I lost my grandson at 21 yrs old in Iraq Jan 28, 2006. They will always be remembered.
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