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September 04, 2010
To the family and friends of Pvt. Edwin A. Andino:
Remembering Edwin on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
May 14, 2010
I have tried to write here before, but it never went through. I was the girlfriend of EJ at the time he was killed. I just want you to know EJ, you are still missed every single day and you still live in my heart. 2 years after you were killed, I got our tattoo on my back with PREVAIL written at the top. Hard to believe it has almost been 4 years since you left us. I never thought I would be ok without you. I have married Shawn now, and I know you would approve, y'all always got along so well when we all hung out!

Don't ever forget we ALL Love you and Thank You for the ultimate sacrifice you gave us All
March 16, 2009
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 you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,450 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!
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,
Kenna
January 13, 2009
My name to Dino is SGT Waters. I was one of his instructors at Fort Knox during Basic. Between the rest of the instructors at Knox and myself, we had all remembered him and his drive. He made an impression that way, by action.

I also went with him to Germany in 2006. I ran into him and the others from his training unit in Schweinfurt. We ended up in the same battalion, 1-77, though different companies. I remember seeing him around in garrison and talking to him if only for a brief time. I remember just before he left for Iraq talking to him about his home and family. He had just been promoted and was asking about what to do to keep advancing.

When I was in Kuwait, he was up in Baghdad with SGT Merrill and A Company. Soon after we arrived in Kuwait was when we (Groves, Edd, Hudgens, Warford and myself) heard what had happened. Between those guys, all from that same basic training unit, and myself, we had a hard moment. Our brother who charged first was gone.

There was a fine memorial in Kuwait for him, I can still remember it vivdly. I still to this day have the memorial brochure, and would like to pass it to the family if they would want it. To me, he was a little brother, a student, and a fine man. It is all I knew of him, the Soldier. A fine one he is still.

"Halfway down the trail to Hell,
In a shady meadow green
Are the Souls of all dead troopers camped,
Near a good old-time canteen.
And this eternal resting place
Is known as Fiddlers' Green.

Marching past, straight through to Hell
The Infantry are seen.
Accompanied by the Engineers,
Artillery and Marines,
For none but the shades of Cavalrymen
Dismount at Fiddlers' Green.

Though some go curving down the trail
To seek a warmer scene.
No trooper ever gets to Hell
Ere he's emptied his canteen.
And so rides back to drink again
With friends at Fiddlers' Green..."

- Fiddlers' Green, A Cavalryman's Poem

See you there, little brother.
December 13, 2008
Dino,
This is way past due, That dark day will shadow the MADDAWGS forever.
You were a true soldier and hero, Soon we will sit at the same table and tip some back. Youll never be forgotten
- Dawg 8 out
November 29, 2008
Dino,
This is long overdue brother. It was an honor and privilege to serve next to you. That day was a sad and dark day for the Mad Dawg platoon. I want you to know that you are missed greatly and will never be forgotten. Like I told Jason, we’ll meet up again and have that drink.
September 03, 2008
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.


The Wind on The Downs

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

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

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

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


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

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

The Other Side

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



Sincerely,

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

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

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
http://tinyurl.com/6gey8b
August 09, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Edwin A. Andino:
Edwin gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
June 01, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Pvt Andino!
May 06, 2008
To the family and friends of Pvt. Edwin A. Andino, our thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. What he has done for our freedom will not be forgotten. May God comfort and bless your family.

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Tank Crew Left to Right: Warford, Groves and Andino.  Schweinfurt Germany in January 2006 In Memory of Edwin  ~ (Debra Estep)
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