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Published in The Washington Post on Jun. 18, 2008.
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January 11, 2018
My name is Herman Peeler and I served in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. SFC Reed was my Preacher as I would attend Chapel services on Sunday. He would have made a great preacher and allowed me 5 minutes of speech time during services. He always had a smile on his face. As you can see, I still think about him. He was the Chaplain's assistant but always took control of the services and we all liked his delivery.
October 29, 2017
Today, I ran for a hero at the Run for the Fallen in Tampa. It was my honor to run to honor the sacrifice made by this young man. May he Rest In Peace and may his family know that he will be remembered as the race hero that he was.
Susie Lee
July 23, 2015
He was not only my boss but my Savior he show me the way I still today feel the pain of the loss of Gerard Reed. Brother in arms he fell but his legacy will live on thank you for what you have done for me I will always love and cherish you Steven Wright
steven wright
January 16, 2015
R.I.P ?
June 22, 2013
We are remembering Elder Reed this month. We love him and miss him. Continued prayer for his loving wife,Twona and son Isaiah.
June 10, 2013
What a beautiful man and Light from God. Thank you for your service, Sgt. Reed.
June 9, 2013
June 11, 2013
On the 5th anniversary of Sgt Gerard Reed's passing, we remain indebted to him for his service and sacrifice.
June 11, 2012
To the family and friends of Sgt. Gerard M. Reed:
Always remembering Gerard. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
June 13, 2011
It has been three years,you are still missed and love at The House of Praise.......
Latonya Hughes
June 11, 2011
To the family and friends of Sgt. Gerard M. Reed:
Please accept my remembrance of Gerard on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
May 24, 2011
To the family of Sgt. Gerald M. Reed, many thanks for sharing him with us. May the peace of God shower your hearts to bring comfort in this difficult time. Our prayers are with your family.
Bridget Wilson Hall
September 12, 2010
Continual Blessings and Love to my brother's family. Lisa and I are forever your friends.
Look up at night,
See a Star.
Look up at night,
See Gerard's Smile.
Love you Twona and Isaih.
Pastor TL Boyd and family
June 11, 2010
You will always be in our hearts, I miss you.

June 11, 2010
To the family and friends of Sgt. Gerard M. Reed:
Remembering Gerard on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
June 12, 2009
Remembered With Love. You are not forgotten. We will continue to pray for the Reed family. God is Elder Reed's new "jumpmaster"- A Ranger for the Lord! Stand tall and God Bless! WE Love you'all.
Larry Guien
June 11, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Gerard M. Reed:
Gerard 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"
Peggy Childers
June 11, 2009
It's been one year since you left us. We still miss you and will always love you.

March 9, 2009
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Clyde Bowden & family
January 9, 2009
I offer my deepest condolences for your loss.
T Starman
December 27, 2008
I served with SFC Reed in Iraq in 2005-06 when he was in 1-32 CAV as a S-1 platoon sergeant....I was a medic then and got out of the Army in 06 when we got back that time......he was a great guy and a good NCO......may God bless his family and those who knew him so prayers are with you all!
Brandon Elkins
December 18, 2008
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Kenna Larra
December 11, 2008
I too never knew Sgt Reed, but after hearing about him, decided to look him up here. That smile just connected with me. Please know that while I did not know him, I and many others feel the loss. He was obviously a great man. I am so sorry for the loss.
May he rest in peace eternal.
November 19, 2008
August 30, 2008
Sgt. Gerard M. Reed
you are my hero
may god keep you in his arms forever.
gary Allain
August 4, 2008
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.

Stephanie Rafoss
July 30, 2008
Sgt. Gerard M. Reed's face smiled out at me on the Washington Post's Faces of the Fallen website last weekend. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that you will find comfort in God's love for you and your wonderful husband, son, father, brother, uncle, and soldier. All love and blessings to Sgt. Reed's extended family.
Julia Dixon Eddy
July 29, 2008
Taralin Moore
July 29, 2008
In Memory of Gerard ~ (Debra Estep)
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 Gerard, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !

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

The Other Side

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)

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

The Other Side –
(To hear the song)


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

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
July 21, 2008
My heartfelt sympathy to the Reed family and friends in the loss of Gerard. I did not know Gerard, 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. Gerard 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

~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
July 13, 2008
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Sgt Reed and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 13, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Sgt Reed!
July 7, 2008
My sincere sympathies go out to the Reed family. May God bless and comfort you in your time of mourning. Thank you, Gerard, for your heroic sacrifice. May you rest in the arms of Jesus now.
Linda Cano, Soldiers' Angels
July 7, 2008
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, 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.


I would also like to tell you about a website,
where some wonderful people will make wood portraits of your fallen Hero for free for the immediate family. I became aware of this site when I wanted to do something special for Le Ron’s mother.

Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett (Queens, NY)
July 4, 2008
To the whole Reed family: I am deeply sorry for your loss. I knew and worked with SFC Reed in Fort Lewis and during the 05-06 Iraqi tour. He was a great guy that made everyone smile. I can't count the number of times he invited me to attend services with him. He will be truly missed. He was a true servant in every sense of the word.
CPT John Steward
June 30, 2008
"Behold how good and pleasant it is for Bretheren to dwell together in unit..." My Brother, the words can not express the void I feel at this time. As my eyes were opened so many years of the first faces that I seen was yours. Who knew that some 13 years later, our paths would once again cross, as I extended the right hand of fellowship to you as you embarked upon our FOB (Normandy). To say you won't be forgotten, is the understatement of our life time. God Bless you and your family you have left to travel this land.

As we meet, so shall we part. God Bless!

Right Step Lodge #636
Brother Secretary
June 29, 2008
To the Family,
I had a great tour in Iraq and Fort Campbell with SFC Reed. I am Chaplain Archie Durham, and I was with SFC Reed during the 05-06 tour. He preached almost every month for our small chapel at FOB Normandy. We had some very good times of worship together, and shed many tears together. My condolences go out to the family. I am in shock and tonight we sang a FOB Normandy song for SFC Reed, "I can only Imagine." He loved that song!!! He's getting a head start on us, I can't wait to see him again and talk about 'good times of worship together.'

CH (CPT) Archie N. Durham
HHB TF 4-27
FOB Hammer
APO AE 09308
Archie Durham
June 29, 2008
To the Reed family,

I know there are no words to say, except how sorry I am for your loss. May you hold Gerards' 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
Suzanne MacDaniel
June 28, 2008
I am here to express my condolences for SFC Reed. I served with him as my supervisor in 2003, deploying with him during OIF 1. I am deeply sorry for your loss. There is nothing that can be said to help the grieving process along other than time, this I know, as I have lost more friends this year than I can count on one hand. Feel free to contact me when you are ready and I can tell you about the good times and laughs we shared. He is a good man and will be sorely missed.
Christopher Ament
June 27, 2008
Just wanted to let the Family and Friends of Sgt. Gerard M. Reed know that there are Millions of Americans who you may never know , that are so sorry for your tragic loss. There are so many who will love and pray for you now and always!
Sharee Sorensen
June 27, 2008
You and your family are in my prayers.
I have know SFC Reed since 2003 traveling back and forth from Ft. Campbell to Iraq and back.
You have a place in all of the soldiers hearts. We are not just soldiers in the Army we are Soldiers working for GOD.
You are in another part of the world helping to prepare for us to join you.
You will not be forgotten.
You are a HERO in our eyes.
LaWanda Jones
June 27, 2008
I did not know Sgt Reed or anyone in your family. I rejoice in knowing that he was my brother in Christ. It makes me happy to know the Sgt Reed will get up when that first trumpet sounds and as the scripture says the dead in Christ shall rise first, then those who remain will be caught up in the air to meet him. WHAT A DAY!! WHAT A DAY!! To the family be encouraged and press on, don't give up in the fight. You are in my prayers.
June 26, 2008
To the family of SFC Reed,

I had the opportunity to serve with SFC Reed in 1st Brigade of the 101st when he was in 2/327th No Slack, and also when he later served in the 1/32nd Cav. My little brother was a specialist in the Cav and I knew SFC Reed would make sure I was kept aware of what was going on with him, because he knew I worried so much about him. He was a fine man and he always had that smile on his face whenever I saw him. I was truly shocked when I heard the news. I am so sorry for your loss. I know there are no words to say that will ease your pain and grief, but you should know that he was well thought of and he will be missed by anyone who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

CPT Michelle R. Wylie
June 26, 2008
RIP PFC Aaron J. Ward 5/6/08 (KIA)
Gerard, God bless you soldier and thank you for your brave and honorable service to a grateful nation and for paying the ultimate price for our freedom.. You are now in great company with God and so many other fallen hero's before and after you. On 5/6/08 my nephew PFC Aaron J. Ward was killed in action in Iraq and my final promise to him was to never forget him and our fallen hero’s, we will never forget their commitment and sacrifice. Reed family, words cannot express the pain we now share, but our families will forever have a bond and we will be thinking of Gerard and your family and will keep you in our thoughts & prayers. Please accept my heart felt condolences and my prayer that god help you cope with this tragic loss and may the memories of your HERO carry you through each day. From one Gold Star family to another!
Gary Tolle
June 25, 2008
To the family and friends of fallen hero SGT Reed....I am so sorry for your loss. May God bring you peace and comfort during this very difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. He will not be forgotten. God Bless You.
Janice Oswald
June 25, 2008
To the family and parents of Gerard I want you to know that you are not alone in the grief you are feeling. I too know what you are going through and what you will go through in the coming weeks and months ahead. You will have many questions as to why? You will have many things to get ready or go through and that should be done in time. Sometimes it just can’t be faced and that’s ok, for you will know when the time is right for you. There is no right or wrong way to grieve it’s an individual journey that unfortunately we now have to take. I ask that God give the comfort, strength and courage that you are going to need. When and if the time is right for you please contact me. You can cry, vent, or just talk as only another person who has been where you are can really know what you are going through. May God continue to be with you and heal you.

In memory of my son
Spc Harry (Buck) Winkler III
KIA 11/12/06 Samarra, Iraq
82nd Airborne 2-505th PIR
debbi rivers
June 25, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008

Beverly Montgomery
June 25, 2008
Though I did not know Gerard personally, he will always be a hero to me. Nothing I can say will take away the pain that you feel right now. Please accept my sincerest condolences and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Jeri Herrera
Proud sister of SFC Rocky H. Herrera
KIA 8/28/07 Jaji, Afghanistan
Jeri Herrera
June 24, 2008
Our hearts go out to you and your family at this time of loss. We served with Elder Reed and his family at the House of Praise and Ft. Campbell when we lived in Clarksville.

Elder Reed was not only a leader when in uniform but he was very genuine and easy to approach about any situation. Elder Reed would always tell me "Bro Harris it's All About Jesus" then give me that Elder Reed smile.

That's why it gives me so much joy to say that I know my Brother is now in the best place.

Having recently come home from theatre my soldiers instincts initially wanted to be angry with the enemy, any enemy. Then I soon remembered my brothers' favorite saying to me and knew only God has the power to take him out of this world.

You will truly be missed.
Tyrone & Angela Harris
June 23, 2008
You have a warming smile that will carry on forever. You will not be forgotten. God bless you and your family.
Bobbie Jones
June 23, 2008
I remember great times, vacations together, God's work together, Good Hope Church projects and programs, the Christmas, Easter plays, lots of smiles and jokes, many instances of fellowship in love and witnessing to the goodness of God and an overall, loving for life and his family and friends. A ture man of God. I will miss him. Truely a happy, saved and prosperous person. We love you & see you "up there". Our prayers & strength to the family... Sister Sandy & Deac Guien
Larry Guien
June 21, 2008
Gerard Reed was my friend and a true man of God. I offer my deepest heart felt condolensces to his beautiful wife T'Wona and loving Son Isaiah.
Angela Curington
June 21, 2008
Please accept my condolences family of SGT Gerard Reed , i pay tribute to your family for your selfless sacrifice , thank you for your service. May your love ones find comfort during this difficult time .Goldstar MOM.
Monica Brown
June 20, 2008
How the family and friends of Gerard will miss that amazing smile. It simply beams out from his photo and gives those of us not privileged to know him in life an idea of the joyful man he undoubtedly was.
I can only hope that love and support will surround his family at this time and in the months ahead and that they will be able to share and enjoy the precious memories of someone so special to them.
Rest in Peace Sgt. Gerard M. Reed.
Kim Straker
June 19, 2008
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
I know how you feel losing a "HERO",Becoming a "Gold Star" Mother myself on 25 March.. The sacrafice our sons and daughters are making on a daily basis should tell us all..These young HEROS knew full well what they were doing and did it proudly When you hug your loved ones tonight.... Remember... We also hugged ours and they were protecting you..We.. as Americans need to make the "Ultimate Sacrafice" by supporting all our military(HEROS)...the Proud Mom of SGT. Jason W. Swiger
5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne,Fort Bragg, N.C. KIA 3/25/007
June 19, 2008
June 19, 2008
I am a fellow servant in Christ with Elder Reed and Twona, the entire church family at House of Praise is grieving this tragic loss. We truly celebrate the life and the joy Elder Reed brought to so many of us especially to the children of House of Praise. He will be greatly missed and our prayers are constantly with the family.
Latonya Gentry
June 19, 2008
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 SGT Gerard M. Reed our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Gerard. And to Gerard it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made in combat while serving the U.S. Army and his country. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Gerard, you are a true Warrior, a brave Patriot and our 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 1,385 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Gerard’s family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
June 19, 2008
I am writing to offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family over the loss of your HERO Sgt Gerard M Reed. 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)
Gale Poindexter
June 19, 2008
As a mother of a Soldier; I'm grieving with you. Please know that there are many, many people who care deeply and are with you in heart and prayer.
Sandy Bonesteel
June 18, 2008
To Debbie And Bobbie Lee and family our thoughts and prayers go out to you in this difficult time. We know how much Gerard meant to you. We know the Lord will give you the strength to see you through this difficult time. Doreen & Clark Castle
Doreen Castle
June 18, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Twona was my son's teacher at preschool.. She is an outstanding woman which could only tell me he was as well. God's Speed be with you.
Cori Downs
June 18, 2008
From our military family to yours, we would like to thank SGT Gerard Reed for his service and sacrifice to this great country, as well as send our deepest condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Shelley H Blue Star Mother
June 18, 2008
In Humble Thanks, to this Brave Soldier, who has lost his life, in the Service of our Country and for Freedom, With so much gratitude for his Courage, and his Unselfish Dedication and Service.

Rest Safely now, Sgt. Gerard M. Reed, in the Hands of God and may the Peace of God be with the Reed family.
Those who Make these Sacrifices, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, my brother among them, Killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

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

I am sincerely hoping that you feel the thoughts of caring and support that surround you today and in the days ahead, as this Grateful Country morns with you, for someone very precious to you, who is a True American Hero to all of us.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your Loss.
Garnet Jenkins
June 18, 2008
To all the memories that are flooding me at this moment, only speaks of the way you impacted the life of me and my family. You are missed by all but know that you're in a far better place.
LaTonya Hughes
June 18, 2008
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