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Published in The Washington Post on May 23, 2006.
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June 3, 2018
Thinking of you today love you
Melisha Hutchens
April 13, 2018
38 candles for you today

May 17, 2017
Missing you today, and everyday brother. Always beside us...
May 17, 2017
May 22, 2015
I would like to thank David Hardin and each person who has wrote on Lee's guest book. Thank you for letting us know that his death is respected and what it stands for. My heartfelt condonlences to anyone out there or on here that has lost a loved one. He can't hide that they are gone however we can always try to keep their memory alive. Memories no one can take that.

Jan Deal
May 21, 2015
It has been 9 years, but we will never forget your sacrifice and work to save the Marines around you.
God bless Doc Deal the Deal family
David Hardin
May 26, 2014
Visted you yesterday and thinking of you today missing you wish you were here to hang out.

Jan Deal
May 18, 2014
I am praying for The Deal family this weekend. It has been 8 years, but Lee's sacrifice will not be forgotten. With love,
David Hardin and family
David Hardin
May 17, 2014
As an eight (8) year remembrance, I dedicate this to you on the day you became eternal. Thank you for your sacrifices.

"Freedom Is Not Free"

I watched the flag pass by one day.

It fluttered in the breeze.

A young Marine saluted it,

And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform

So young, so tall, so proud,

With hair cut square and eyes alert,

He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him

Had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign soil?

How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?

How many died at sea?

How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?

No, freedom is not free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,

When everything was still.

I listened to the bugler play

And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times

That Taps had meant "Amen,"

When a flag had draped a coffin

Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,

Of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and husbands

With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard

At the bottom of the sea,

Of unmarked graves in Arlington.

No, freedom is not free.

Though feelings of sadness approach today, we ALWAYS treasure the memories of times gone by and await the ULTIMATE reunion. We know you have the "watch". ALSO remembering ALL military personnel and their families on this day!!

Jan Deal & Family
April 14, 2014

My family and I visited you today, and in our hearts you will always stay,

I did not bring flowers today, had I'd done so, they would have only be taken away,

In our world today, you are only a star away.

May you know that no words can ever take away the sadness that is brought on this day, that you were not here with us today.

Your loving memory, smiles and ways will always be remembered and stay in our hearts forever day by day.

We all said today as we turned to walk away, remember: "WE LOVE YOU AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY"!!

Jan & family
May 21, 2013
I will forever remember the actions and sacrifice of HM3 Deal. God bless the Deal family. My prayers continue to be with you during this time.
David Hardin
May 20, 2013
May 17th 2006 doesn't seem like seven years ago we lost Lee. Still seems fresh and I guess in time it won't. I want to thank all of you who remember him and all the other individuals we have lost. My expression of sympathy to everyone out there for all of your losses. I guess you never really get over losing a child (stepchild). Our close parents/siblings. However in today's crazy world maybe one is better off. Please continue to have the will and the moral to believe in what we are suppose to stand for in America. Always remembering our men and women who have and continue to help us to be free at some point. Again as always many thanks to each who has signed this guest book and forgive me for not signing any of yours. I honestly don't do email and don't do facebook at all and very seldom on the computer. May you have a blessed day and find some peace.

Jan Deal
May 17, 2013
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal:
It has truly been my honor to sign Lee's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Lee will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
November 12, 2012
To all our Veterns/Families military men/women and their families you are remembered today. To our Veterns for your great sacrifices our military men/women for your great sacrifices and families for the lost of your loved ones. I thank you Soldiers and todays soldiers for fighting for me so that I may have freedom. Everyone who is still a God Fearing American should be thankful too! To all of you who have forgotten or doesn't care that there are great indivduals who lost their lives for you and are fighting today really need to wake up before you end up losing your freedom!

Jan Deal
November 12, 2012
Today I visited you and like always it seems that only yesterday you were here and now your gone. Today and ever day,holiday,birthday and death day I think of you. You were known to your brothers/military family as "DOC" known to others as Lee the happy guy who always smiled and laughed took bad situations and made the best out of them. One situation you didn't beat and because of that you will always be remembered for your courage,patriotism,supreme sacrifice,self sacrifice and much more. Today I as well as many others thank you. I miss you my friend/stepson.

Jan Deal
November 12, 2012
In Loving Memory

On every soldier's tombstone
should be a message of honor, respect and love:
"In loving memory
of one who loved his country,
who fought against evil
to preserve what is right and true and good.
In loving memory
of one who is a cut above the rest of us,
who had the surpassing courage,
the uncommon strength,
to do whatever had to be done,
persevering through hardship and pain.
In loving memory
of one who was brave enough
to give his life, his all,
so that those he cared about
would remain safe and free.
In loving memory
of a unique and treasured soldier
who will never be forgotten."

Jan Deal
November 2, 2012
We will forever be grateful for your military service to this Nation.
May 19, 2012
Ms. Childers,
Thank you for your message and remembering Lee.
May 19, 2012
May 17, 2012

To marks the sixth year you have been gone. As always it still seems so fresh. Thinking of you today May 20, 2012 in honor of Armed Forces Day. You and all of our brothers and sisters in the Military or who has lost their lives are thought of. Just remember eveyone

"No person was ever honored for what he/she recived. Honor has been the reward for what he/she gave.

Please continue to pray for those serving and remember the ones we have lost.

Love and miss you Lee
May 17, 2012
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal:
Always remembering Lee. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
November 20, 2011
Mr. Hibdon
Thank you very much for your entry. Your right the VETS don't get much praise for their service. I for one do greatly appreciate all our vets and pray for them as well. Without them to begin with we may not be living in a free world. Although today our world is or should I say the bad people in it making it a living hell don't give our VETS much of anything. If you are a VET I want to thank you and all our vets for your service. Thank you for thinking of my stepson and others.

Jan Deal
November 11, 2011
Thinking of you today and everyday as the Vets get a fraction of the praise they are entitled to. Thank you Lee! God Bless your family. We pray for them often.
M Hibdon
July 5, 2011
Mr. Hardin,
Thank you so much for your message! Lee loved all of his brother/sisters in arms. We all miss him so much. Prayers are with you if any of your family or members are gone. Best of luck to you in whatever you are doing. Do you have a contact number, email or something? Have a nice day.

Jan Deal
June 2, 2011
Dear Deal Family,
It has been five years, but I will never forget the sacrifice Doc Deal made for his country and his Marine brethren. I was at Abu Ghraib in May 2005. Lee was a hero and his Marines loved him like a brother.
God bless Lee and his family.
David Hardin MAJ MC US Army
Ft Bragg, NC
David Hardin
May 30, 2011
Today...we remember. For your bravery and sacrifice Lee, we will always be thankful beyond words. You will live on in the hearts of so many! From the sister whose who's brother got to make the last trip home, I humbly say Thank you! You are a hero!

To the Deal family, please know that you're still on our minds and in our prayers.


M. Hibdon
May 18, 2011
I would once again like to thank each an every one of you who sign Lees' guest book. Thank you for remembering his passing. It still seems like yesterday he left us. Not a day goes by that he is not thought of. All of your heart felt messages, pomes and comments are greatly appreciated. For everyone who has lost someone this is a good way to keep their memory alive. Remember that anyone Military, law enforcement or others who put their lives on the lines everyday are HEROS. May each of you know that my prayers are with each of you or anyone that has lost a loved one. I'm very sorry that I have not written or commented on anyone else’s guest book. May everyone find some peace or closure for the loss of your loved one.
Jan Deal
May 18, 2011
Lee H. Deal
If tears could build a stairway and memories build a lane, I'd go up to heaven and bring you home again. Five years ago today the lord called your name "Lee H. Deal" (DOC) and things here on this earth haven’t been the same. Getting through day by day remembering you for all your ways. Your smile, your laugh, your jokes it still seems fresh as yesterday. We salute you for your bravery, sacrifice, courage and dedication. You will always remain in our hearts as our hero. We miss you so much and love you just as deeply as we did when you were here with us. Until we meet again I love you my stepson and friend.

Your Stepmother/friend
May 17, 2011
5 years to the day brother!.. You were a great Recon Corpsman and a better friend.. I'll never forget you brother or the sacrifices you made that night!.. I miss you Lee and your sacrifice will never go unnoticed..until we meet again.. Aarugha snake-eater!.. Love,
A Recon brother
Chris Piekos
May 17, 2011
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal:
Please accept my remembrance of Lee on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
May 17, 2010
To the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal:
Remembering Lee 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
April 7, 2010
November 11, 2009
November 11, 2009
This entry is for all the Brave Men and Women of the Armed Forces today and in the past who sacrificed and gave all they had to serve and protect us and our country. My prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families from Fort Hood. As we take this day to remember all of are loved ones lets not forget that their memories will forever live with-in us.

To my loving Stepson:

Today is another day to be reminded of your great courage,sacrifice and dedication to the Armed Forces, your country and family. You are forever remembered and loved Lee. As U visited you a couple of weeks ago I could see you smiling through and saying everything is alright. Thank you for all you did in the very short time you were serving. I love and miss you.

Your Stepmother

Janet Deal

May this poem help some of you or those who still have a hard time dealing with your loss.


Don't stand by my grave and weep

For I'm not there. I do not sleep

Iam a thousand winds that blow

Iam the diamonds glint on snow

Iam the sunlight on ripened grain

Iam the gentle Autumn's rain

When you awaken in morning's hush

Iam the swift uplifting rush

Of quiet birds in circle flight

Iam the soft stars that shine at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry

Iam not there, I did not die.
Lee Deal
July 3, 2009
Just remembering Lee and praying for all our soldiers! I met lee at Margaret at golds gym in wilmington NC, my husband set them up with our personal trainers. The both of them were so sweet and I always looked forward to them coming in to the gym.

I recently loss a close family friend in Iraq, National Gaurdsman, Sgt 1st class Edward Kramer of Wilmington. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

It is so nice to see that these guys are never forgotton. That they may live on through our memories and the support of the american people.
Stacy Pullen
May 25, 2009
My Dearest Lee/Stepson,

Remembering you on this day and the great sacrifice you gave. I miss you so much and today like each day seems like yesterday that we lost you. I said a prayer for you today. You and many others who gave their lives so that we may continue to live in freedom will never be fotgotten. Today is a memorial day to remember but tomorrow 5-26-09 just brings back a sad memory the day you were laid to rest. I know you are safe now but it doesn't make it any better. I think of you and others as I pray for those your brothers and siters each day that they may return home. I know we will reunite agian in the home above one day. Until then down on this earth I will have to keep your memory alive for your alive in my heart all the time. May you know you are thought of today. I love an miss you my friend/stepson.

To all the families/individuals who signed this book my deepest thanks to you and any love ones you may have lost or who is still serving. My heart goes out to you and as hard as it is to sit and write in this book as well as read each and every entry I will try to respond. The tears fall so hard and it is so difficult to continue on. Please know I'm here for each and everyone. Thank you so much for remembering and sending your thoughts on the behalf of my stepson. He as well as his other brothers and sisters are all our heros. May we always keep their memories alive and know we are here because of them. May you be blessed.

Stepmother of Lee Deal
Janet Deal
May 18, 2009
To the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal:
Lee 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
April 14, 2009
Happy Birthday Lee, i know that it was yesterday... but well, hey.. i'm having a tough time tonight, its been almost three years, but i still remember, God i remember. I found some old photos today, and notes... i miss you.
April 10, 2009
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Kenna Larra
May 29, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Petty Officer 3rd Class Deal!
May 20, 2008
Its been 2 years and i still think about you all the time... i miss you so much! so many things i never got to say... you always knew how to make me smile... thank you for being GREAT!!
May 17, 2008
In Memory of Lee ~ (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 Lee, 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

Visit this link to hear the song.

The Other Side –


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Please contact me and I will email you back a copy of my
Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
August 19, 2007
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.


Currently stationed in Germany
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
July 31, 2007
To All Parents
“I’ll lend you for a little time a child of Mine,” He said.
“For you to love the While he lives and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years, or 22 or three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief.
You’ll have his lovely memories as solace and relief.
“I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are some lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to take him back again?”
For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may
And for the happiness we’ve known forever grateful stay;
But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we’ve planned.
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand.”

I share in your loss; Proud Mother of Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Adam McSween EODMU-11; IKA near Kirkuk, Iraq on 04-06-07
Florence McSween-Elkins
July 28, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Petty Officer 3rd Class Deal and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
May 16, 2007
Please know how Deeply Sorry I was to learn of the loss of Petty Officer 3rd Class Lee Hamilton Deal, one year ago.
The price your Brave Young Hero and this family have paid for this country and for freedom, Will Never Be Forgotten.

May Lee rest safely in God's Loving Care and know that he is a True American Hero that will Never Be Forgotten.
I pray that the Grace and Comfort of the Lord will continue to be with the Deal family.
There will Never be Enough Ways to Humbly Thank these Young Heroes for their Sacrifices, my brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee." ~ Psalm 55:22 ~

May the Peace of God and your precious memories of Lee, remain in your heart always.
May this give you comfort and strength through the difficult days.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Garnet Jenkins
April 14, 2007

April 13th a special day because a wonderful stepson was born but has been taken away. When I awoke today I lite a candle to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Don’t think I do not feel;
because you see no tears.
A river rages deep inside
of grief, and loss, and fears.
Just because I do not cry
don’t think my heart’s not broken inside.
I keep inside the misery and pain
because I don't won't to ruin your day. I will bake a cake and I will sing Happy Birthday to show just what I mean. Until we reunite one day I will never forget this is your special day. I love you my stepson and friend.

sadly missed, this message is sealed with a kiss.

With love
Your stepmother and friend

Jan Deal
January 9, 2007
To the Deal family,

I am also a Navy Corpsman (HM3) and I went to both Naval Hospital Corps School with Deal (I think he graduated a few weeks ahead of me in June 2003) and I also went to Field Medical Service School from Jan 04 2004 to Feb 25 2004 (Deal was in 1st plt and I was in 2nd plt). I knew your son quite well and he was a very smart guy and a great Doc. A bit of a wise crack, but good guy. I didn't hear about his death until I was getting my annual physical and just happen to pick up a military magazine. I saw his picture and looked at the name, but didn't make the connection until I went home and did some intenet research and saw that it was in fact someone so close to home (classmates/fellow corpsman). I am deeply sorry for your loss and I still cannot believe that it happened. I offer my deepest sympathies. May he rest in peace.
Nicole McCree
November 10, 2006
I just wanted to say that i went to the special operations medic course at FT Bragg with Lee Deal and sat next to him for a large part of the course. If you could say there was a class comedian it was between Lee and one of the Navy boat guys. They put him in charge of handing out class T-shirts and sweatshirts which gave him plenty of opportunities to crack jokes to the whole class. Lee also pushed himself hard whenever we did anything physical. He was usually right up front with the strongest guys. He was fun to be around and my heart sank when i found out that his life had been cut short in Iraq. I am a U.S. Army Ranger assigned to 1/75 Ranger Regiment. I was shot Christmas day 2005 in Baghdad and almost died. My heart truly goes out to those who make the ultimate sacrifice but especially to their loved ones. Those of us who serve, choose to and it's our hope that those who knew us carry on with their chin's up and live their lives to the fullest. I know that's what Lee would want. That's the kind of person he was. God Bless America!
Matthew Fey
October 17, 2006
My name is Leann Hafley I am the proud girlfriend of Ben Thornton, and I can't express how much Ben talked about Deal. That was his best friend and will be forever. I met Deal and Margie on the last trip I took down to NC to see Ben. He was such a nice guy and always made everyone feel welcome in his home. He was always there to give Ben advice and help him out in difficult situations. He will always be remembered as a hero.
Leann Hafley
October 12, 2006
From the sister of a marine who was with your son, I send you my love and want you to know how much my little brother thought of Lee. Because of Lee, my little brother smiled. Because of Lee, my little brother laughed. Because of Lee, my little brother is coming home... There are not enough words to express my deepest gratitude to you and your family. Our prayers continually go up for you. Thank you for wonderful man that Lee Deal was and will forever be.
Meg Thornton-Hibdon
October 1, 2006
This message is for everyone that has been apart of this site and to all who have written in memory of My stepson Lee Hamilton Deal. Please accept my deepest sympathy for not expressing my thoughts for the loss of your family member. For those of you who hasn't lost someone thank you for your caring thoughts.

My name is Janet Deal. I'm the proud stepmother of Petty Officer Third Class Lee Hamilton Deal. I have so much that I would like to share with you about my stepson. However, at this time it is still a little difficult for me to write anything. Evertime, I start to write and think about him and all the good memories we shared I have to stop. I do hope you understand. I will write later and let you know just what a wonderful young man Lee was and all that he did so, that you and I may have freedom. Most of all, I would like to thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart for all the nice messages and poems you wrote. For all the cards and things you sent to me and our family. I'm praying for each of you that has lost someone just like we lost Lee. Just know in time that we will all soon be reunited. Please continue to check this site so, when I'm ready to write you can learn just what a wonderful person Lee was. May god bless each of you. Thank you again for your messages, prayers and thoughts.

Janet Deal
Janet Deal
September 28, 2006
My brother is a Navy Corpsman, and this is just to close to home. Please have my heart felt sympathies and prayers. God Bless.
Gale Owens
September 28, 2006
I just wanted to share something I wrote for all of the men and women who have lost their lives defending freedom. It was inspired by HM3 Deal and is dedicated to his family.

A Prayer Before Dying.....

You led me thru the fight, Dear Lord.
And helped to curb my fear.
But now I lie here on the ground,
My last breath drawing near.

My mind is taken back, Dear Lord,
To all my family and friends.
Please don't let 'em cry for me,
As my fight comes to an end.

I pray I've made you proud,
With this life I've led.
Please help this country remember,
For them our blood was shed.

Dying doesn't scare me, Father,
My heart is feeling no fear.
I'm proud to lay down my life,
For this country I love so dear.

My eyes are getting heavy, Father,
But soon we'll speak again.
Please take me in your loving arms,
In Jesus' name.....Amen.
HM2 Robert Owens
September 21, 2006
Janet Deal
June 26, 2006
I met Lee Deal at Camp Pendleton CA, he actually introduced me to my husband. He was a good person and will be missed. God rest his soul.
Elizabeth Ragusa-Escobar
June 16, 2006
My sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class Deal.
I did not know him, but share in your sorrow for the loss of another fine young man.
I will honor his memory and keep him in my prayers.
My flag flies in his honor.
Mom of 2 Marines and widow of VietNam Army Ranger.
Linda Flannery
June 5, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Deal family in the loss of Lee. I did not know Lee, 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. Lee 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"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
June 1, 2006
Your loss breaks my heart. You have my deepest sympathy.
Ann Ashworth
June 1, 2006
Melanie, I am so sorry to hear about Lee. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Pam Campbell
May 26, 2006
My condolences to the Deal family.
Lee may you rest in peace. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. You have earned your golden halo and wings. May you continue to soar in the heavenly clouds up above.
Pat Canfall
May 26, 2006
To the Deal Family,
I am very sorry for the loss of your son. A great Doc doesn't just come into this world, he is made. His loss has saddened many Navy and Marine Corps families across this great nation; this nation that he died defending. My prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Having been raised so close to him in Columbia, LA, it reminds me of just how fragile our lives are. Though not there in body, you know he will never leave your hearts. Thank you for having raised another proud American Hero. God bless. HM2 Robert L. Owens
Robert Owens
May 24, 2006
Dear Deal Family,
I am sorry to hear of Lee's death, but I wish to express my gratitude for his efforts in the Navy. He began serving America and sacrificing for each one of us long before he was called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice. He is worthy of our honor and continued appreciation. Thank you for sharing him with us.
From a Navy "brat"
Lane Pietrylo
May 24, 2006
Janet and I are deeply saddened by your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Bill Dearman
May 24, 2006

May 24, 2006
All our love goes out to you during this dark time. Please know that we love you and keep you in our hearts. There isn't much I can do but I can cry with you. Call if you need to get away. Call if you just need to talk. Call if you just need to cry or rant.

All my love and deepest sympathies

Tammy Shows
Tammy Shows
May 24, 2006
Melanie, I'm so sorry the hear about Lee. My prayers are with you and your family.
Mary Dry
May 24, 2006
God Bless his family and friends..

Land of the free,because of the brave..Our heros will never be forgotten..

~Navy wife~
Jamie Graves
May 24, 2006
To the Deal Family, I wish to offer you my deepest condolenes. Your Lee is a true American Hero. He will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Lee.
Mary Ghaney
May 24, 2006
Thank You for giving your life so that we will all be safe. God Bless You sweet boy.

A Friend in Christ
May 23, 2006
To the Family of Petty Officer Third Class Lee Hamilton Deal;
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courgeous young soldier who gave their life so selflessly. I wish I never found myself in a position to have to sign another guestbook for the rest of my life. We lost a son 12/1/05.
I know first hand there are no words right now that will bring you the comfort and peace you need. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you mourn this loss. We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so saddened at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with. I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally, but none of these courageous men and women will be forgotten. They will never be able to be replaced, but sometime, someday your loving memories will help to sustain you. This courageous soldier will forever now be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well. To his family and friends in pain, I offer this comfort. When you find yourself in that dark sorrowful place, think not only of how you will miss him, but instead recall the years, days, hours and minutes gifted to you by his presence. If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away and would love for you to tell me more about your Hero. God Bless this courageous soldier and family.
Pam Adams (SFC Brent Adams, KIA 12/1/05 Ramadi, Iraq)
(Millersville, PA )
May 23, 2006
to the family of lee,me and my family send to you our condolences.we are very proud of lee and all our soldiers who fought to keep us safe.he will always be remembered in our hearts and he will always be a hero. god bless you and with the help of our savior and lord will you to finds peace in all of now soldier may you find the peace you fought for.
linda munoz
May 23, 2006
To the family of Lee:
Although I never met Lee, I was looking forward to meeting him this fall. I feel like I've already met him and I share in your grief. He is a hero in my eyes for his service in Iraq. You are all in my prayers, as is he.
Anne Sromek
May 23, 2006
God Bless your brave heart. Men like you and my cousin, Sgt. 1st Class James Ochsner whose lives were sacraficed for every American is not forgotten and will always be remembered with honor.
Laura Matook
May 23, 2006
" No greater love hath any man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend " John 15:13

Semper Fi
USMC 83-87
Randal Kramer
May 23, 2006
Rest in peace shipmate,the port of paradise is yours forever.
Henryk Zaleski (USN-Ret)
May 23, 2006
To the family of Lee.
We are so sorry for your loss and we pray that God may bless you and keep you in his comforting arms during this time of extreme loss and horrible grief. Lee is a hero and will not be forgotten for his sacrfice.
God bless you.

Proud parents of
HN Robert Nathaniel Martens (FMF), USN
1st platoon,India company, 3/6, IIMarDiv
Killed in Al Qaim, Iraq
September 06, 2005
Rob & Maria Martens
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