I remember Nathan as that sweet little baby with the orange fuzz on his head, and the stinker who would tease his sister. He was a busy boy and was always up to something that was probably going to get him in trouble. I remember he had a sign on his bedroom door that said "girls off limits" When Kyle spent the night with him, he came home wanting his own sign that said "girls off lemons". Nathan was his hero from day one. Everything Nathan did was amazing to Kyle. Kyle said when he grew up, he was going to be amazed. I thank Nathan for helping my amazing boy accomplish his goals. I remember him with such love. I think of him every day and he has been on my mind more lately. When I think of him, it makes me smile.
Remembering Nathan on this Memorial Day. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.
We love and miss you Nathan. You are always in ours thoughts and we are thankful for the wonderful memories we have of of you! Love today and always- The Olsons
Thinking of you, Remembering you, and Honoring you on this Memorial Day weekend
I still remember Nathan in my prayers and know today is the anniversary of his passing. I vividly recall going to Nathan's funeral in Kirkland and can't believe it has been 9 years already. God bless you Nathan. You will stay in my prayers.
Prayer Shawls 4 Fallen Soldiers (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an organization with groups throughout the country who work to send handmade prayer shawls and/or lap robes to families who have lost a loved one while serving our country. Members of Trindle Spring Lutheran Church would like to extend our sincere sympathy and to honor your love one's sacrifice and memory by sending our prayers and comfort through a prayer gift which will be mailed to you. If you are interested, please contact me at email@example.com with the names and addresses of those who would like to receive one and which gift they would like to receive. We will send our gift as soon as possible. Also, if you know of any other families who are grieving the loss of a loved on who died while serving our country, please pass along my e-mail address. May God bless you and comfort you in the days ahead. Sincerely, Lynne
Gone far too soon. Our family remains steadfast in our belief that Nathan's life was not in vane. We will perpetually be grateful for his service to the United States and Iraq.
Always in our thoughts and prayers. We miss you.
Thinking of you on this Veterans Day. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. You will always be a HERO.
To our dear sweet boy. You are greatly missed. I think of you every day. My heart goes out to your parents who still struggle. You will never be forgotten.
Today is the day you left us I still remember every minute that passed after hearing the news! I love and miss you everyday and I will forever! God speed Nathan!
I just wanted to say that you are being thought of on this Memorial Day weekend. My grandson was in the Marines with the 3/1.
My wish for this Memorial Day is that every American would take just a minuet or two and say al little prayer for our Military.
Please know that you will never be forgotten.
HEROES NEVER DIE. THEY LIVE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.
I truly do believe this.
with love and respect,.
Thinking about Nathan on this memorial day. I am happy to have met this proud and courageous soldier. My thoughts are with your family and friends Nathan.
THINKING ABOUT YOU TWO...
November 9, 2011
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Nathan R. Wood:
Please accept my remembrance of Nathan on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
It has been 7 years since we lost Nathan. I still think of him often and wonder what he would be doing today. He was such a special young man. My memories of him make me smile and feel sad at the same time.
He was a gift and will always be remembered with love.
My deepest prayers for his familty
It doesn't seem like that long ago when Nathan and Thylor were dancing and singing to the TLC song "Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls" in my living room. I think they used to argue about who was going to go out with T-Boz. What a couple of goofballs they were. You are in out thoughts this Memorial Day Nathan. We miss you.
Rob, Brenda, Thylor, Heather, Amber, Kaleena and Madison
Well, another year has gone by. I still think of Nathan everyday. I remember he ate my whole cheeseburger when he was just 2, while I babysat him when his sister was being born. I drove by the Cinema in Woodinville and it reminded me of him. I remember his fun sense of humor and the pranks he used to play with my kids. I remember he would smile when I called him Shubert. He loved my beef jerky and homemade jam. Wish he was still around.
Nathan~ you are always in our thoughts but more so during these last few months of the year. We all miss you and love you so very much. You will never be forgotten!
Love~ Robert, Brenda, Heather, Amber, Kaleena and Madison
Love you Nathan! Thinking of you today man. I'll never forget going into the Marine Corp with you and seeing you a couple days before we pushed into Fallujah. Thanks for your pride and honor and ultimate sacrifice. Semper Fi
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Nathan R. Wood:
Remembering Nathan on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Hey little man, you would have been 25 today. I sure wish I could have seen what kind of man you would turn out to be. I'm certain you would have been special. I think of you every day. You were loved.
Hey brother, Its me Doc Tovar. I cant belive its been five years sins our tour in the box. I still remeber that day you and Larson died. I am sorry, I am so sorry man. I wish..... I could of done something else to save you and Larson. But I could not. I have tried to do the best I could with my life to honor all those who died during that terrible months in that city. I just want to let you know that I still remeber you and all the Marines and Sailors that died in Fallujah. Stay cool brother I will see you soon.
Woods was a brave man and he will always be in my prayers.
Hey Devil Dog,
I just saw the movie "Taking Chance". I can see how and why this movie means so much to us. Both you, LCpl Chance, and all the others who didn't make it home, have touched the lives of others on your journey home. Thoughts and prayers are with you my friend. Nov 9th, Nov 10th and Nov 11th will always hold a special place in my heart. Semper Fi Marine.
Thinking of you today, Nathan. You are always in my thoughts. God bless you.
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hey buddy, ill be thinking of you this weekend while i get married this saturday bro. i love you man, if it wasnt for you i would of never met Emily. ill be making a toast for you man, love ya. your in all of our hearts! G
I AM DERICK'S "FRIEND" AMANDA AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. PLEASE KNOW THAT I THINK ABOUT HIM ALL THE TIME NOW THAT I AM WITH DERICK AND KNOW OF HIM AND HOW GREAT HE WAS. I ONLY HOPE THAT OTHER PEOPLE ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW GREAT HE WAS AND HELP TO LET HIS MEMORY LIVE ON....
Yesterday was once again that time of year to stop and take some time to remember. We never forget about you and you are always in our thoughts and hearts but life gets busy and we need to sometimes just stop and remember you. You were a very special young man- always helpful and always smiling. We miss you so very much Nathan and the joy you brought into our lives the short time we got to have you will never be taken away. Love always and forever-
Robert,Brenda,Kaleena and Madison Olson
Remembering Nathan on this Memorial Day. God bless you and keep you forever in his care. Thank you for serving your country. On behalf of a grateful nation.
To the loved ones of Lance CPL. Nathan Wood i just want to tell you how very sorry i am for your loss. My cousin served with your son and spoke very high of him. His service to this country will never be forgotten. God bless you all.
I think of Nathan everytime I fly into Iraq. He greatly impacted my life and he will always be remembered. I do want you to know that as I flew over Iraq yesterday I saw a country that was on it's way to freedom and a bright future. It has greatly improved since the day Nathan lost his life in Fallujah. I tell you this to let you know his life was not lost in vain. God bless nathan and your family.
When i was at the book store today i was browsing and found a book called we were one and started browsing throught it. Then there you were. So when i got home i watched your dvd. I took me by such a suprise. I miss you so much
My name is Jennifer and I did not know Nathan.
I have no family or friends in the armed forces and know no one serving in Iraq. For this I am grateful. I am lucky where so many others are not.
Out of respect for our fallen soldiers and the families and friends they left behind, I purchased a memorial bracelet.
Out of thousands of names I chose Lance Cpl. Nathan R. Wood.
I did not know him, but I wear his name in memorium everyday.
I have been asked by friends and by others I have met who also wear memorials for their fallen friends and family members why I would wear the name of someone I didn't know.
My answer is usually very simple...because he gave the ultimate sacrifice and because there are those out there who did know him.
I wear his memorial in pride and honor of a fallen soldier, for your son, your nephew, your cousin and your friend.
To the family of Lance Cpl. Nathan R. Wood:
Nathan 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"
November 19, 2008
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Wood,
I attended your Son's funeral service 4 years ago today. It was very touching, especially the pictures and video clips. I say a prayer for Nathan often and wanted you to know that he hasn't been forgotten.
Robert Crowley (Sammamish, WA)
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 Nathan, but I am remembering
his service and sacrifice. He is my hero. !
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
The Other Side
i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.
can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.
i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.
it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.
i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side
the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.
i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.
Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)
“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008
The Other Side –
(To hear the song)
Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom SSgt Vince – Lackland AFB
Proud Air Force MIL SrA Dana – Randolph AFB
Remembering The Fallen – Blog
Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
I miss you as much today as I did when you left us four years ago. It is so hard to believe it has been four years. The sadness of losing you is surpassed only by remembering the beautiful time you spent with us and by thinking of your mom, dad, sister and the rest of the family that keeps your memory alive.
Remembering you makes me want to be a better person. You are not forgotten. God speed.
Forget You Not, LCpl Wood. We salute our Veterans today and every day. Semper Fi
POEM I READ AT SEAN'S MEMORIAL
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there.I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there,I did not die.
Happy Birthday Devil Dog.
Once again, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Carry on LCpl Wood.
The Marines of Chehalis,WA
You may be gone from this earth but you are definitely not forgotten by the peolple who loved you or the people whose lives you touched. We keep your memory alive in our family daily. We talk to our kids about you all the time. Kaleena said the other day that we need to go see Nathan on Tuesday because it is Veterans Day. They did not know you well but they will never forget you or what you meant to us.
Our family cherishes the times we spent with you and will forever miss you. We know you were there watching over Thylor in Iraq and we thank you. I can't help but think about you and tear up whenever I hear certain songs play. The kids sang a song at the school the other day and I had tears in my eyes. I could only think of you and all that will be missed with you not here.
Rex, DeEtte and Gretchen- we love you and as always are here if you need a shoulder or an ear.
We love and miss you forever Nathan Raymond Wood!!
never forgotten...forever Loved.
It's hard to believe it has been 4 years since we lost Nathan. Still, he is in my thoughts all the time. I think of him when I see a funny movie he would have liked, or when I hear a song that describes him. I think of him everytime our family gets together and he is not there to celebrate with us. I see his face in every young man with strawberry blond hair and pale freckles. With fond memories I cry because I miss him. I cry because I see the pain in his parents' and sister's faces when I know they are thinking of him too. I cry because it doesn't make sense. I cry because it isn't fair. I pray for the troops that are still over there and that the war will end. I have hope that he made a difference and he didn't die in vain.
Semper fi little man. It was an honor to have known you for your short life. You will not be forgotten.
DeEtte, Rex, Gretchen...you are all in my thoughts and prayers especially these next few days....You know you are not alone in this walk...Love, Linda
My condolences to the family of this honorable man. I didn't know your son personally but whenever I see a fallen hero from family 'neck of the woods', my heart aches more.
I am a military widow myself and I'm honored to have come across your memorial page.
As for the parents, I'm not quite sure if you are aware of the WA state Time of Remembrance ceremony that is held annually or the Remembering the Brave Ceremony, but I would love to give you more details if you'd like.
RIP Marine. You've done your time in hell...
Gone but Never Forgotten..
Proud Widow of SPC David Ramsey
it seems like our family is doing ok all the beautiful new babiesthat are loved so much then we end up sad and lost nathan your my angel please tell all the angels and the bravest man i ever knew grandpa sy pray for our sweet elizebeth i believe its time to work some magic from upabove love to all of you amy
I read of Nathan's ultimate sacrifice in We Were One: Shoulder To Shoulder With The Marines Who Took Fallujah [O'Donnel, 2006] While I did not know him, I was impressed by his bravery and his selfless willingness to risk his own life for his brother Marines. Soldiers like Nathan are an example to us all. Please accept my respects and profound gratitude.
Thank you, Nathan.
I miss you so much! My prayers are with you , Gretchen ,DeEtte, and Rex.
Love you nathan. passed around the Ice house this weekend for you, with all the sticks. you were there with us, camping, enjoying the moment. love you brother, your forever in my heart.
Its so hard for me to belive your gone. but you are. i know your safe now and you are surrounded by loved ons our family has lost.You have left behind many people who loved and cared about you. but one day we will all see you again. i love you nathan.
your cousin Amber
its almost memorial day! i wish i could visit you. just like kenny chesneys song says . the sky is so blue somedays i swear i could talk to you there has been a lot of those days lately. I cant beleave amanda is ganna be a mommy i am so excited after all you 4 oldest always have a speacial place in my heart. even though im not there with the family in spirit i always am. i love you more then you will ever know.i will place extra flowers with grandma and grandpa for you!you and your parents are in my prayers thank you so much little cousin love amy
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Lance Cpl Wood!
i cant believe you have been gone 3 years already we saw your headstone when we were in washington and i felt all the saddness as we all felt that day you died i show everyone your video and talk about you often i miss your little smile and your and the sparkle you had in your eyes god speed baby cousin love and miss you so much
Rex and DeEtte-
I was thinking about Nathan today. I was at his funeral 3 years ago. I gave DeEtte the dogtag with Nathans picture on it.
I want you to know that we Marine Moms that were there, even though most(but not all) of our boys got home and are out of the Corps, we think of you and of Nathan and all the others often.
I'm thinking of you all. Mom, Dad, Sis. Nathan is a hero, something many of us rarely are.
Your former neighbor in Kinsgate.
You will never be forgotten Devil Dog.
Your Marines are all thinking of you.
You are missed by all of us each and every day but today we take a special moment to stop and think about about you and regret all that we did not get to share with you or you with us. We love you Nathan and think about about you every day--you will never be forgotten. We miss you dearly.
Love-- Brenda, Robert and & Family
I miss you today as much as I did three years ago. I think about you every single day. Your passing has impacted every aspect of my life. On days like today, the world seems so unfair. I know that everyone misses you very much. You are always in my prayers.
We are remembering Nathan today, on the day he gave his life serving his country three years ago.
May God's love tenderly heal your sorrow; May the comfort of your friends and family gently ease your hurting; May God's grace & peace softly replace your heartache with the precious memories of Nathan.
You're in our hearts and prayers on this very difficult day.
Thank you Lance Cpl. Nathan R. Wood and his family for making the ultimate sacrifice, but also for joining the marines and being a hero. You are an inspiration to us all.
We continue to keep Nathan and your family in our prayers. We have friends and family members who have, or are, serving our Country, as Nathan so courageously did. Alyssa recently read the letters you wrote to Nathan, and his email to you, as published in Operation Homecoming. We don't have the magical words to express how deeply touched we are by your outpouring of emotion and expression to him in your communication. His bright light lives on through you, and his friends and family that so deeply love and honor him. Alyssa has a special scrapbook page of those close to her that have been touched by this war, and Nathan holds a prominent place. Thank you for sharing your unconditional love for your son, and thank you for being a reminder to all of us what special holidays such as Memorial Day are truly about. God bless you.
Nathan is and always will be in my prayers. Gretchen, I hope you are doing great things and as well as your family.
"Godspeed little man, sweet dreams little man, oh my love will fly, to you each night on angel's wings. Godspeed. Sweet dreams."
--I will never forget that song or the slide show capturing so many wonderful moments of Nathan--
When soldiers dont get to come home,
Familys and friends left here all alone,
Fiances cry and strangers morn,
the fight you fought may somday be won,
but mothers and fathers cant get back their sons
real life hero dont have capes or powers,
true heros go without eating and sleeping and showers
real life heros dodge bullets and carry guns
a real life hero doesnt fight for fun
the lives they risk are all their own,
and they still go out fighting knowing they may never come home
you were a hero
your my hero
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
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
Mr and Mrs Wood, I just read your letters to Nathan in the book "Operation Homecoming". Tears are streaming down my face and words cannot express the sorrow I feel for you, and the appreciation I feel for heroes like Nathan. He represents the very finest of our nation. He will never be forgotten.
US Navy 71-73
Patriot Guard Rider
Father of a US Marine now serving in Iraq
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Lance Cpl Wood and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
Aunt of a Lance Cpl deploying soon
Nathen, you were more than a cousin to me, you were more than a friend, you were like a big brother. I grew up my whole life with you as the person I looked up to and wanted to be like when I got older. I remember the all time we spent having fun together. From running around in diapers in the park at family get togethers, to playing legos and teaching me to throw the frisbee, to talking about girls and parties and how our lives are going to be when we get older. I only wish your life could have turned out the way you had planned. You were one of the funniest people i ever knew. I grew up looking up to you and trying to be like you, and i know i would not be who i am today if it weren't for you. I miss you, and you will always be in my heart. God speed...
Memorial Day will never be the same now Nathan.
Warmest, warmest regards,
Leslie, Caldwell, Idaho
We are thinking of you and missing you as always, and honoring you today. There is not a day that goes by that you are not thought of and missed by all of us. We love you and miss you dearly. Keep an eye on Tylor for us. You are in our hearts forever.
Nathan, we are remembering and missing you on this Memorial day. You will always be in our hearts.
It seemed to me at the time:
That for five years, Nathan was the little freckle-faced Jack, and Gretchen was Jill. Easily thought of as the sweet and polite duo in the neighborhood performing good deeds and knitting our street together.
My family came home from WWII and from Viet Nam. It was my Viet Nam Vet husband that told me what had happened. I have no children to sacrifice but it feels now as though I have.
Rex, DeEtte, Gretchen. You are such a lovely family. Words fail me.
Nathan, we love you and miss you and there isn't a day that goes by where you are not in my thoughts. Please watch over Thylor while he is in Iraq and help keep him safe from harm. God bless you Nathan.
Rob and family.
Happy birthday, Nathan. I miss you very much. You will always be remembered.
Happy Birthday Nathan--We miss you more than words can say. We love you.
Robert, Brenda, Heather, Amber, Kaleena and Madison Olson
Dear Nathan, Today on this day you would be 23 years old. Oh, how we wish we could have known you. You have such a wonderful family which we met back in August in Monroe. Jeremiah thinks about you, he's very private about the time in Iraq, but he tells me he remembers that day so well. We Love You, Nathan and your Mom and Dad, and your beautiful sister! Mary Lou and Leon in Oregon City,Or.
I miss you SO much Nathan! Not a day goes by I don't think about you. You were so much more than a friend to me and I know that bond will bring us back together someday. I love you more than I ever got to tell you. Thanks for the memories. God Bless. xoxo
Nathan, It's been 2 years and still a day doesn't go by that you are not in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot express how much you are missed.
God Bless Young Hero.
Kelly, Duane and kids.
"forever in our thoughts
forever in our hearts"
we love you nathan
I miss you Nathan...we all do. We are always thinking of you. I love you-Heather Marie Cox
Rex, DeEtte, and family of Nathan,
Just want you to know that I am thinking of you this day.
Nathan, it is hard to believe that it has been two years since we lost you. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. We miss you so much it hurts. The world is just not the same without you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you.
Bill & Benjamin
You are in our thoughts and prayers everyday but today we are especially thinking of you and remembering how many lives you touched in your short life. We miss you very much. We love you Nathan.
Remembering Lance Cpl. Nathan R. Wood, on this second anniversary of the day he gave his life for our Country, with a Multitude of Thanks for his Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom.
May this fine young hero rest in God's Loving Care and know that he will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
May God's Grace and Comfort, continue to be with the Wood family.
From the sister of a 19 year young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam. KIA~1967.
Hoping you continue to feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you each day, as this Country remembers someone very precious to you, who is a Hero to all of us.
I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Dear Nathan...If only you knew the impact you had on so many people's lives. You were so loved. For me, so much more died that day. Thank you for brining us all together and what you brought to my life. I love you Nathan. I can still hear your laugh and see your smile.
To the family and friends
I have only just begun this journey and may not have known your loved one personally.
I extend to you my deepest condolences. No words will ever express the grief those close to this lost treasure are feeling. I can only say that I can share this grief as I too lost a loved one July 8, 2006. I will continue to pray for the safety of our soldiers and especially the family and friends of our lost hero’s. I only hope the memories will carry us through. I will continue pray that you also will believe and know that our heavenly father will not give us more than we can handle.
As always I read (and cry) through the memorials of our lost hero’s, So many people have already expressed the things I would also say. I am amazed and take comfort that so many people care. I can only thank you for the sacrifice you and especially Nathan have made to protect our country. As others have said “I am only an email away.” I would be honored if you so choose to share about this fine man.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
(CPL Joseph P Micks KIA 7/8/2006 Ramadi, Iraq)
LCpl Nathan Wood.
My heart and prayers go out to you, your family and friends. I just got back from Iraq and I'll be there again next year. Why did I make it home and others did not. I guess God will only know these answers. I know you are in a better place now. Semper Fi my brother, and I'll see you soon.
My condolences to Nathan's family. I used to live in the upland Green developement. I was there there visiting the neighborhood when I came accross the memorial. I didn't know Nathan but as a former Marine, I felt I did at that moment and will from now on. I continue to stop by from time to time to give my thanks and send my prayers. I'm both honored and humbled standing before that site. Thanks Lcl Wood.
We miss you Nathan, and you are in our thoughts and prayers every day...
Rob, Brenda and Kids
I miss you very much Nathan. You are in my thoughts and prayers every day.
My heartfelt sympathy to the Wood family in the loss of Nathan. I did not know Nathan, 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. Nathan it has been 16 months since you were taken. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
The Wood Family,
Not a day goes by that I don't think about Nathan. I miss him so much. My heart still hurts so bad and I still can't believe Nathan is not coming home. Although vistiting him helps it is not the same as seeing his face and that smile in person. I am making a scrapbook of all the fun times we had. I want to keep his memory alive and I hope to show it to you one day. DeEtte, I would love those pictures that you have from prom. If you ever have time, maybe I could get a copy. I really love those pictures. I am so grateful that Nathan took me to his prom and we have pictures from such a wonderful night. Nathan will always hold a very special place in my heart always and forever.
as i pulled up to nathans plaque in kirkland,it was raining so hard,i got out of my car and knelt there and took a towel and wiped off his plaque,with the tears flowing....i had a moment with my sons friend...i miss you nathan, your forever in our hearts your forever in our thoughts
Words can not explain how lost and sad we are without you.You where a great joy to be around. Our family loves you very much. I'm glad that you can to live with our family. You where like a second son to me.
Our world is for ever changed without you here.It's not fair that you where taked from us so soon.We love you and miss you very much, Nathan.
Remembering My Cousin, Nathan, On Memorial Day
M uscle man!
E asy going
M y cousin was a good wrestler
O ur family had Nathan stay with
us for one year
R emembering when we used to
I like to play 'Sorry' with Nathan
A lways doing chores for free
L iked to camp
D ecemeber was his birthday month
A lways remembering Nathan
Y oung - only 19 when he gave his
life for our country
By your Cousin Ben
Happy belated birthday Nathan and Merry Christmas. We miss you and are thinking of you this holiday season. As always you are in our thoughts and our prayers.
Happy belated birthday, Nathan. We all miss you very much.
DeEtte and Rex, Hi,this is Mary Lou and Leon Hansen. I know that today was Nathan's Birthday. We wished he could have been here today,but we know he is in our hearts. We think of you so often, Jeremiah is having a very hard time,dealing with the death's back in nov. 2004. Keep him and his wife in prayer's. We love you Guy's Mary Lou and Leon Hansen
We miss you, Wood. The guys are back over there and we think about you everyday. You have some great buddies. Happy Birthday, Marine. God speed. Semper Fi.
To the Wood family,
I met Nathan only briefly. His mannerisms and character I remember where warm and friendly. I enjoyed talking with Nathan and we talked a bit of his then future enlistment. He left me with his deep feelings of pride and love of our country and was proud to serve as a United States Marine.
I am so pleased to have met this young man. We all share a tremendous pain in our hearts for the lose of Nathan and my heart is heavy for the Woods' family and friends.
I will remember Nathan in most everything I do. The freedoms my family and I share are not taken lightly. Thank you Nathan.
nate you were my best friend you touched me like nobody else could . i will never forget you dude i cant believe youve been gone a whole year what happened to you becoming a fat old man with a big gut. i remember when you told me thats what you wanted to be. well i love you nate /stick
We Love You LCPL Nathan Wood. You are like our own. We had the privilege to know you. We have nice memories of you when you came over. You were always polite and just a nice guy to know. Your quiet mannerism, your laugh and your dry sense of humor always caught me off guard and made me laugh. My son loves you so much and misses you. You will always be in our hearts and minds. You layed your life down so that we may live in freedom. We honor you and respect you for your bravery. You were a strong, young men that fought for a good cause. You did an excellent job! You were the best of the best!
With all our love,
Patti & Ron and family
With a difficult year behind us, it is still hard to believe our boy is never coming home. I miss him terribly. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him and remember all the wonderful things about him. He was beautiful, and I am grateful he was ours for 19 years. Godspeed little man, you were loved.
It is hard to believe it has been a whole year. We miss you more than ever Nathan. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
We love you and miss you everyday Nathan. You are always in our thoughts and forever in our prayers.
I have been following the losses of our American heroes who are making the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of freedom. Although I didn't know Nathan, I want to say thank you. May God send His Holy Angels to comfort his family and friends through this difficult time.
God Bless You,
Dear Rex and DeEtte,
Please know that I am thinking about you and will forever remember Nathan. As this anniversary approaches, you are both in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Wood family: We want you to know that as the anniversary of Nathan's death approaches, you are in our prayers. Alyssa visits Nathan on a regular basis, and her friendship with him remains strong in her heart and memories. God bless you.
TO DEETE AND REX I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT NATHAN IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE IN MY HEART AND MY FAMILYS HEART AS YOU BOTH KNOW WE NAMED MY SON AFTER YOUR SON WHO MY NATHAN WILL GROW UP AND TELL HIS FRIENDS. AS I GO ON NOW TO DEPLOY AGAIN I FEEL LONLEY WITHOUT NATHAN AND I MISS HIM EVERY DAY MORE AND MORE BUT I KNOW ONE DAY I WILL SEE HIM AGAIN. I THANK YOU YOU BOTH AND THE REST OF WOODS FAMILY FOR SHERING TEARS AND LAUGHTS WITH ME AND I HOPE THIS IS NOT MY GOD BYE FOREVER BY FGOODBY FOR NOW TELL I RETURN. THANK YOU GUYS LOVE ALWAYS DERICK
Thank You Nathan Wood from a Vietnam Vet.
I hear and I understand
I see and I follow...
"Semper Fi" to a Great US Marine who gave his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom for the right to live free from tyranny. As a former Navy man I stand in gratitude of your heroic sacrifice, and salute your service. Nathan, we will not forget you. RP2 Bill Johnson Jr.
Nathan and I met in third grade and I spent the better part of my elementary school years following he, Tyler, Tony, and Sam (the BMX gang) around all over the neighborhood (we lived up the street). Many of my childhood memories have Nathan in them, whether it was because of we shared classes, walked home together from school, or that he was my first crush. I wanted you to know that he and your family have not left my prayers. You should feel so proud of such wonderful son and even though his time was short, he touched MANY lives and he will never be forgotten. God bless you all!
Love and prayers,
Nathan must have been an amazing young man because his parents are amazing as well. My thanks go out to Dette and Rex for raising such a son and for extending themselves in such a compassionate and caring way to our family in our time of sorrow. I will keep you in my prayers.
i am so sorry for your loss. i have quite a bit of family there also, and so far we have been lucky. good luck to you all and god bless.
I miss you soooo much nathan. theres not a day that goes by that i dont think about you. i cant belive your gone. it seems like i just starting to know you, the real you, the brave, caring, kind person you are. i miss you so much nathan i whis you were here
i wake up everyday thinking the same thing,i miss nate. in a way i get some comfort from knowing that he is watching over me, but it hurts to know that he cant be with us in life, all the things he is missing. i wish he could be here but i know he cant so all i can do is hang on to the great times we had. cody and i went to his grave last week and sat for 3 hours just talking about all the stuff we did and didnt do. remebering his usual lines like "hey stick", or the way we could make him laugh so hard. in a way im am not afraid of death now for when it comes i will see my best friend. nathan would want me to keep going and thats what im doing. hes in a better place now hes fishing on a river somewhere where the trout never stop biting and the sun always shines, he knows no sadness. cody and i had a dream where nate told us hes ok and not to worry about him. i now no longer worry i just miss him so much words cant describe. i will see you some day nate. well fish together in heaven on the river where the trout dont stop and all u can hear is the roar of the water. goodbye nate, i love you.
Nathan was a friend of our daughter, Alyssa's, and was a young man I remember chaperoning on elementary school field trips. We cannot fathom the loss of a child but reach out to you with our sympathy and prayers. Nathan was blessed in his time on earth to have such a loving and supportive family, and close friends. His memory will remain strong and live on through those that knew him and loved him. God bless you all. You have much to be proud of for such a fine son and we thank you that he supported and served our country.
God Bless the memory of your son. I did not know him but was deeply touched by visiting his website. Your son is very brave and stands amongst those that have given the most precious gift of all in the name of his country and fellow citizens. I appreciate his and your tremendous sacrifice and hope that these words are in some way comfort, to you, your family and friends. God Bless You.
I miss you Nathan. I will never forget you. I think about you every day. Some days, like today, I find it difficult to even function. I cannot believe you are gone. I don't think I will ever stop mourning.
I love you guys sooo much. I loved spending time with you on saturday. i love you rex even though you tease me alot i still love you. I love you to DEette. i know its been hard but every time i see you you always have a smile on your face which makes i better for me to be able to smile and have a good time.
Love :) Amber
I did not know Nathan. He is a friend of my step daughter. At the time of his passing, she was obviously saddened that this tragic situation hit so close to home and at the loss of a friend and classmate. She was very kind to share this web site with me. I too, was very touched, reading about your strong, brave son. I am certain that you are graced with pride knowing your son passed honoring his country. Let's pray that this situation comes to a close very soon, so no more of our beautiful young people have to go home before their time.
I just wanted to say that I have been praying for you all very much. Though Nathan and I weren't best friends, I still knew him shortly before we all shipped off to Boot Camp. I Wish I could have come home to see the funeral. I am a Lance Corporal in the Marines as well. I will miss you and honor him forever. For he is my brother in Christ and in the Corps. I know that he is far from the war now and he is in a better place. He was a good Man and Marine. I hope God gives you peace soon
Hey its me, i wanted to tell you guys your always in my heart. my mom is sending newspapers from montana and i'll make copies for you. OK well love you!!!
Dear Wood family;
We are so sorry for your loss. Only military parents/families can fully appreciate your sacrifices.
Our son Jeremiah is finally back in the U.S. and we find ourselves feeling guilty each time we pray for the family of another lost Marine. You see, we no longer have to wonder if we're praying for ourselves.
We do pray for you that Our Lord will grant you peace and fill you with His glorious hope for your eternal companionship with Nathan.
Leon & Mary Lou Hansen
i dont even know where to start. the loss of nathan took something from me, nathan wouldn't want me to be depressed, so i get up and do what i have to do somehow. i remember catching snakes and lizards in the woods behind our house with nate when we were just little kids. me nate and tony would ride everywhere with our bmx bikes, we thought we were pretty bad with our bikes. nathan was not just a bestfriend, but the brother i never had. he gave me comfort, smiles, and overall memories that can never be taken from me. i met nathan in 3rd grade at john muir from there on we were bestfriends. we did everything together. i remember the first day he got his car and he picked me up for school, we thought we were untouchable. i have so many great memories i could write forever. i just wanted to thank rex and DeEtte for giving birth to such a wonderful person. i feel blessed to have been such good friends with nate. when nathan was here the last time before he was shipped to iraq, we stood on the side of my house not knowing how to say goodbye to each other, when finally i looked nate in the eye and said nate i love you and he answered back i love you too tyler at this point, i see a tear in his eye, i had never seen nate cry in my life so at ,this point i had to cry too. i worried everyday about him and garrett, wondering if they were ok or not. it bugged me that i wasnt right next to them to fight with them through it all. i still see his cocky grin that somehow made it ok, i still hear his words. i will never have a friend like nate again, there was something about growing up together that shaped our friendship, we learned so much about eachother. i also wanted to appoligize to rex and DeEtte because me and nate were a little mischevious at times. My prayers go out to DeEtte, rex, and gretchin. i love you nate. i cant ever forget you.
Grief stinks. It is just not the way it is suppose to go. We are not meant to outlive our children.
I am so very sorry to learn of Nathan's death. When my own son Dakota died, I had many days that just seemed impossible to face. The only connect back to the world that made any sense for me was the connection with other bereaved parents who really understood that grief stinks AND that I was still someone's mom! They didn't take my parenthood away. They, to this day, 5+ years later, have let me remain Dakota's mommy and let me express my "different kind of parenthood" over the long term by remembering my son with me.
Please know that you are not alone in your grief, and you are not alone in continuing to be Nathan's parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle.
Though it can seem impossible to imagine living after our children die, please know that many of us are out here -- expressing grief which is a normal reaction to death, expressing our continued love which is a normal reaction when someone dies. You aren't alone -- even in the darkest moments.
Sending many supportive vibes to you all!
-Kara, Dakota's Mommy
Hello DeEtte, this is amber i dont think i could ever tell you ever how sorry i am for you. Im having a hard tim myself. i think of you and Rex every day. your always in my prayers. I love you two so much.
Love your niece Amber Jo
Rex and family. I can't imagine the loss of a child, but I know that God's grace is ever present and always there for those in need. Take care and God Bless....Ross
Rex & DeEtte:
I too have lost a son in his youth. As individuals, we are prepared, to some degree, for the loss of a parent or even a spouse. But the loss of a child is expecially painful.
The words of family and friends are of some comfort, but I know there will always be a void that will not be filled.
Of one thing you can be sure. Nathan gave his life for his country. We all owe our comfortable lives to those, like Nathan, who have been willing to serve our country, to go where they are asked, to take on challenges that put their lives at risk and to perservere until their missions are complete.
Thank God that this Nation has produced people like Nathan.
God bless the two of you.
There is nothing that can replace the loss or repair the pain of losing a child, but memories cannot be taken away and God can fill the heart and spirit with the good news that promises a future reunion. A hero's death is a no less difficult than any other death, but there is at least the praise, honor, and thanks tendered by those who can respect that he was willing to risk everything for his God and country. May God grant serenity to his family and his friends, and may there be some comfort in knowing that Nathan will be watching over you from Heaven.
Major James R Lemcke, RN, USAFR
Rex and Family My deepest sympathy, The regret I have is not knowing Nathan personally like many others, "Sons" are so special "they do" somewhere in life do grow up and become real MAN before we know it... Thank-you Thank-you for having a great son that gave his life for his Country and for us. God be with us and all. My prayers and love to you. Dorothy
Dear Rex, DeEtte, & Gretchen, just to let you know that we are thinking of you & all. It's a difficult time, but you have all the memories of Nathan that no one can take from you. you have our deepest sympathy. we will always remember Nathan. love, tom & judy
Rex and family.. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Lost but never forgotten. Peace be with all of you.. Scott and Lisa Maxwell
Our deepest sympathy and condolences in this hour of grief. We will be eternally grateful for the scarifice Nathan has made for us and all that is good in this world.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
As a previously-mobilized Naval Reservist, I offer my condolences to your family. More than these, however, I wish to remind you of the pride we in the military have in serving our country.
We do not serve for the money, awards, recognition or glory. We serve because we truly care about our brothers and sisters throughout the world. We serve because we believe that freedom comes from standing up for those who can not stand up for themselves. We serve because we believe we can make a difference.
As you mourn the loss of a very dear family member, please know that he was honored to serve you and he truly made a difference.
Men like Nathan are the unsung hero's that never quite make the pages of People magazine or Newsweek, but they have a more important place in our lives and that is the space they occupy in our hearts and memories. No amount of thanks could ease the pain of loss in their families hearts, but knowing they will see each other again in heaven is the promise we can cling to. Maybe I will be fortunate enough in Heaven to put my arms around him and thank him in person for his sacrifice and keeping all of our families safe. May God grant Rex, DeEtte and the rest of the family peace and hope as they greive and heal in the loss of a true Hero.
Dearest Rex and DeEtta, Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your son, Nathan. I have only one boy and can not imagine your grief. He is a hero. May God's peace that surpasses all understanding be with you both today and all the days to follow. Love to you, Yvette
Mr. & Mrs. Wood,
We send our heart felt condolences for the loss of your son. His sacrifice, protecting our country will never be forgotten. You are in our prayers.
We are so sorry to hear about Nathan's ultimate sacrafice for our country. You will all be in our prayers.
Ross and Vicki Marquis
So sorry to hear about the lose of your son. Our wishes and prayers are with your family.
Words cannot express the greif and sorrow that I feel for you and your family. I am sure Nathan made you proud for what he did for his country and the sacrifice he made. Know that he will not be forgotten and may his memories live on in your hearts forever and give you comfort and peace.
So sorry to hear of your loss. God Bless you and yours.
From the Halls of Montezuma .. to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles .. on the land as on the sea.
First to fight for right and freedom .. and to keep our honor clean,
We are proud to claim the title .. of United States Marines.
Our Flag's unfurled to every breeze .. from dawn to setting sun,
We have fought in every clime and place .. where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off Northern lands .. and in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job .. the United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to Our Corps .. which we are proud to serve,
In many a strife we've fought for life .. and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy .. ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded .. by United States Marines
DeEtte, Gretchen and my best friend, Rex. Words cannot express my sorrow for your loss. There are so many good memories of watching that little boy from Montana grow up into such a brave and patriotic man. Just seems like yesterday that Nathan, Rex and I were playing basketball by their house in Kirkland. How I long for those days. As I think of Nathan it brings to mind this poem. Hope you don't mind that I've included it.
by Roger W. Hancock.
A man we did not know,
Whose life had not yet begun.
Young, too young to experience,
The freedom for us he fought.
Our family member in liberty,
Young man’s loss we grieve.
Tears of pride and loss we shed,
In death this man still leads.
Procession of flag draped casket,
His family’s grief we join.
Sacrifice so great, he gave,
For those he knew, not known.
A son, a brother, soon a father;
Patriot youth, now home to rest.
Fallen hero our pride to carry.
Attention stand, tears down face,
For this man we did not know.
Mr. & Mrs. Wood,
On behalf of our family I want to extend our condolences to you and your family. Our youngest son, Josh, graduated with Nathan from Juanita. He said Nathan was a great guy and very well liked by his classmates. Our two oldest sons, who are in the Marine Corps, tell us that Nathan's unit performed magnificently in Fallujah. We will continue to pray for your family and look forward to that day when you and your wonderful son will be together again.
God Bless you.
Chris & Lori Dowell
I flew Nathan from Iraq to Germany but did not know where he was from. I returned yesterday and found out that Nathan went to Juanita H.S. as I did (Class of 86) I truly feel the loss of this strong soldier and as I saw at his memorial today a beloved friend to many. My family and I are praying for the Wood family.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Wood,
I attended your Son's memorial service today. It was very touching, especially the pictures and video clips. I don't know your family, but wanted to take the time to honor your son for giving his life for our country. The children and adults lining the road on the way out of the church parking lot was overwhelming. I will keep your son in my prayers for the rest of my life.
Rex, DeEtte and Gretchen,
Nathan was a wonderful man and will always be remembered for his bravery. He has paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country. We are so sorry for the pain and suffering you are going through. Nathan was a second child at our home for many years, we watched all of Ryan's friends grow up to become good men. May God keep them all safe and in our prayers. Nathan will be missed by all of us, we will keep him in our prayers. Joe, Anne and Ryan Hays
I pray that God comforts and holds you close at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family along with Garret and his family.
(Sister of Ryan Hays)
Mr.& Mrs. Wood and Gretchen,
Nathen was my TA his senior year. He was kind and giving and a prankster. He was always up to something with his friends. He was so excited when he joined the Marines. It was wonderful to see him last spring just before he left for Irac. He and Garret were ready to defend our country. I will miss his smile and carry a heartful of memories of this fine young man with me. Thank you for sharing your son with me.
Nathan was such a strong and friendly person and we have so many memories of him that will never be forgotten. He's one of those people who really made a difference in lives and made everyone smile. I'll miss having him around the group, he made a huge impact on everyone he met. To the parents, you raised a very special person who was loved by many; I'm so sorry for your loss.
Nathan you may be physically gone but your with us now throughout our daily lives, still protecting us. I miss you, and I pray for your family. You'll always remain a hero in all of our hearts.
I know the feeling of pride and fear when your child tells you he/she is joining the Marines, as my daughter did and as your wonderful, dedicated son did. I cannot even comprehend the pain of having your child pay the ultimate price for that dedication. My heart goes out to you.
Proud Marine Mom of a former female Marine
To the Family and Friends of
I can't begin to express the deep sadness I feel at the loss of another fine young man. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Please know I am grateful for Nathan's sacrifice and proud of his service to our county.
May God comfort you. May you treasure the memories of Nathan's life.
In Deepest Sympathy,
Proud Mother of 2 Marines
To The Parents & Family of LCpl N. Wood
I exend my sincere & heartfelt condolences. In support
you have given your son, brother, nephew, & friend for his bravery in protecting our homeland---thank you. From one Marine Family to Yours all my thoughts & prayers.
Debbie L. James
Proud Marine Mom to LCpl Rick Hilario
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Mr. & Mrs. Wood and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your son. It takes a heros heart to protect and to serve this country. Please know that the thoughts and prayers of Marine families everywhere are with you during this time. We will never forget Nathan and the sacrifice he gave so that we can be safe.
Proud Marine Mom of Cpl James
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rex, DeEtte and Gretchen, as well as his extended family and friends. Nathan was a kind, polite guy when he was at our house. He was a good friend to our son, Colin.
Nathan stopped by our house last spring when he was on leave. It is a great comfort to us to have Colin's friends come by. It does help to have friends stop by to remember and talk about our loved ones. They are always in our hearts and will never be forgotten.
...too slow for those who wait,
...too swift for those who fear,
...too long for those who grieve,
...too short for those who rejoice,
but for those who love...
Time is eternity.
November 9th would have been Colin's 20th birthday. The loss of Nathan on that day is so heartbreaking. May God's grace and peace be with you during this difficult time.
Love, Karma, Steve, Brock, Miles and Cody Chelini
Nathan, thanks for defending our country. You are truly a hero that paid the ultimate price while on earth. Your streets are now lined in gold, no pain, no worries just the peace that God gives.I pray for your parents that they will have that same peace and comfort that only God can give.Nathan we have never met but I wanted you to know that your courage and honor I will never forget. God Bless.
Rex, DeEtte -
I am very sorry for your loss. Nathan was a great person and I want you to know that I loved him very much and I will miss him with all my heart. I can't imagine what you are all going through right now but just know that you have my sincerest regards and sympathy. I am always here if you need anything.
Officer Michael Brewer
Kirkland PD Ret.
Juanita High SRO 2002-2003