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Army Specialist David Stelmat, 27, was killed March 22, 2008.
Published in Dayton Daily News from Mar. 22 to Mar. 27, 2008.
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October 30, 2018
Hello,
We realize that we are very late to express our deepest condolences, but we wanted to let your family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to deployed troops this holiday season and several of these will be dedicated to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and hometown of David S. Stelmat US Army Specialist.

We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community, their families and friends and others who support our mission.

We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you safe and strong.

Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of our US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
April 18, 2016
We never know when it's time,but DJ did his very best, all the time.we miss you buddy,love auntie sue❤
May 28, 2013
Sue Shaw
November 15, 2012
We love you and thinking of you always...
Sur Shaw
November 11, 2012
From one soldier to another, gods speed. Take a rest, we will carry on for you.
Robert Plavney
July 8, 2012
Thinking of you DJ and your sacrifice that you made..I love you my nephew ..
Sue Shaw
July 2, 2012
A 237th Mom, thinking of you and all you and your family gave! May you always hold a place in our hearts, A soldier remembered never dies!
Audrey Musso
May 12, 2012
Last night my family and I saw Rusted Root in Plymouth, and I thought of DJ as they played 'Send Me On My Way.' Nancy Cuddihy
March 22, 2012
To the family and friends of Spc. David S. Stelmat:
Always remembering David. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
March 22, 2012
Thinking of Stelmat's family, friends and fellow Soldiers!!! You will never be forgotten!!
237th Mom
December 4, 2011
not only was he he born on my bd he weighed a whopping 10 pounds and when mare walked in to g+g house asked me if I wanted to hold D.J. being a week old,I was thrilledI was proud to say he was my nephew...love Aunty Sue OX
debbie shaw
August 21, 2011
I came upon a plaque today honoring you on the bridge spanning the Ammonoosuk River in Littleton, NH. Although I never knew you, thank you for serving our Great Country. Your planque will stand tall with the other local war fallen forever looking upon the beautiful river.

Thank you for your service.
Robert Burke
March 29, 2011
DJ training IP's
March 23, 2011
Hey Deej. See you every day in the mountains. I appreciate what you make me see.
Gareth Slattery
March 22, 2011
To the family and friends of Spc. David S. Stelmat:
Please accept my remembrance of David on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
March 22, 2011
Remembering Sgt Stelmat and the sacrifice he made three years ago today! You will forever be in our hearts and our minds. Prayers to your family, friends and fellow Soldiers. We will never forget you!
237th Mom
March 14, 2011
To the family of Spc. David S. Stelmat:
Please know that just as your loved one remains in your hearts and minds; his sacrifice, and that of your family, remains with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his bravery and selflessness, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God bless and keep you always.
L Neal
June 1, 2010
May 30, 2010
As I Honor our fallen with a simple wreath being laid at our Veterans Memorial Park in Tamworth New Hampshire today my tears are for one of Americas best. God bless you & and your family, Blood and extended. "DJ" you are my inspiration. Rich
Richard Colcord
March 22, 2010
SPC David Stelmat was an amazing man and a hero to our nation. His memory and those of his fallen brothers are not forgotten; they live on everyday in the hearts of his brothers and sisters in arms. I am proud to have served with this brave American.

LTC John V Bogdan
Commander, TF 95 MP
John Bogdan
March 22, 2010
SPC David Stelmat was an amazing man and a hero to our nation. His memory and those of his fallen brothers are not forgotten; they live on everyday in the hearts of his brothers and sisters in arms. I am proud to have served with this brave American.

LTC John V Bogdan
Commander, TF 95 MP
March 22, 2010
A lot of people are thinking of you and your family today! You will always be in our minds and in our hearts. Bless your family, friends and fellow Soldiers!
237th Mom
March 22, 2010
To the family and friends of Spc. David S. Stelmat:
Remembering David 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
Peggy Childers
February 19, 2010
Dear DJ,

Hey, I hope that this letter finds you in peace and happiness.

I am not sure of wether or not I knew you had other siblings until I found out you were gone. It was great to meet your sister...In fact she had little Scarlett about a month before I had Lizzy. I can't help but believe that Scarlett will have a big piece of you inside of her...I have seen pictures of her and she is absolutley beautiful...However, I cannot be objective because I think all babies are so cute you could pinch their little cheeks right off their faces. lol.

I wanted to take a moment and say thank you. You are a good man and have touched so many lives. To see so many people support what you did amazes me. You have got to be one of the strongest people I've met and you get that from your mom.

I can't really bring myself to say good-bye...It just seems so permanant and distant...I know that you are here watching over your family.

Thanks for being such a good person.

To the whole family...SO many people have spoken and written their deepest sorrows to you. I've done that and so I would just like to let you know I pray that you wake up and see that he is still here...I am not sure if that is hurtful or helpful...I hope helpful. You are all remarkable people who in life and loss seem to always teach. Maryanne...I have read some of what you have written and though I know it is hard...DJ would not want you to stop believing in GOD...If anything...He wants you to lean on him more...I've been told that God doesn't give us anything we can't handle...I know this is easier said considering I've not been in your shoes...You are so strong I just know that you'll pull through this...You were always the one to say something to inspire me and here I am trying to find the perfect words to inspire you. Remember how I used to write in my journal all the time...I was thinking about turning it into my own short little story...As much as you want to give up sometimes and don't want to have to rely on the memories sometimes its those memories that keep us going.

When you start writing you'd be amazed at the relief you feel when four years from that entry you look back and see how far you've come. I hope that someday I come to see you guys...I know I have left you out of the loop sense his passing but I am just so afraid I am going to say the wrong thing and with other situations I felt it was not the appropriate time to let you know...I felt you needed space and your immediate family...However, I do pray for you every morning and night as well as the rest of DJ's family.

Lots of Love,

Tammy Keefe (Le Cuyer)
Tammy Keefe-LeCuyer
October 16, 2009
DJ WE MISS YOU,BUT i WANT TO SAY THANKYOU FOR PROTECTING US AND OUR COUNTRY........YOU ARE SO MISSED LOVE AUNT SUE AND UNCLE TERRY AND FAMILY...
October 13, 2009
To Sgt Stelmat's Family,

Although it's been over a year and a half, DJ is still in the hearts and minds of so many people. My son is with the 237th and he still wears a bracelet in rememberance of DJ, it never comes off. A lot of the Soldier also still wear the bracelet in rememberance.
God bless you all and know that he will never be forgotten.
237th Mom
September 15, 2009
I think of you every day , with all our fallen ! Rest in peace !
Sgt John Boudreau
July 17, 2009
To the family of Stella it is hard to believe that so much time has passed sence this happened but it will never be forgotten. Good luck to the family and friends of Stella he was a wonderful person and friend.
Matthew Pipkin
May 19, 2009
Taken from the 16th MP BD Fallen Soldier Memorial. FT Bragg, NC
It is hard to believe we have passed the year mark. I still think of our fallen brothers daily, my flag and the memorial "T-wall" sit on my desk serving as a constant reminder. I wish all the family well. GODSPEED.
Gregg Dorn
May 10, 2009
A permanent Memorial has been established on Canticle of Christ Minsitry website for David and other soldiers who died in Baghdad area in 2008
Fr. Hector Trevino
March 26, 2009
To my son...it has been one year and now another soldier has joined you on the exact day of your demise. He too was 28 and his birthday is May 25, 1980...
I miss you terribly...your mom
March 23, 2009
I wont ever forget.
Isaiah Whitman
March 23, 2009
To the family of Spc. David S. Stelmat:
David 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
Peggy Childers
January 24, 2009
Well son..you now have a trail on Cannon Mtn named in your honor. It was standing room only..just another tribute to what a beautiful boy you are..Now when I pass through Franconia Notch I'll send your "office" a kiss...with ALL my love, mom
mom Rennell
January 18, 2009
The admiration, honor and respect of a soldier will never be forgotten.
Thank you for all that you do for all of us.
N Daniels
January 16, 2009
I offer my deepest condolences for your loss
T Starman
December 31, 2008
thanks for always being there for me in iraq. i miss you buddy.
michael herke
November 25, 2008
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Kenna Larra
July 9, 2008
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Spc Stelmat and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 9, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Spc Stelmat!
June 11, 2008
Spc. Stelmat's family

I wanted to share my condolences with your family. i know what you guys are going through. My brother Sgt. Williams was with your loved one. My heart goes out to you guys and you will always continue to be in my thoughts and in my heart.



Proud Sister of Sgt. David B. Williams
KIA 3-22-08
Mary Beth Williams
June 3, 2008
Deej
It has taken me a long time to be able to read these words and then write my own. I hired you at Cannon as a kid and wondered if you would be able to do the job. You proved early that you were a rare person and I was lucky to have you enter my life. I watched and learned from you on how to carry myself as a man. It was suppose to be the other way around. You were to be a lifetime friend, which are not easy to find these days. I thought all of that ended on March 22, 2008 but I was wrong. You are teaching me every day and your friendship means more now then ever. I will always think of you as my brother and give thanks every day for time we spent together. I still look at the spot in my house where you stood the day before you left and am thankful we hugged one last time before you were gone. I wish you could still be with the men and women in Taji as they need you and deserve you. I will never stop thinking of you, RIP. We Love you, We Thank You, We Miss You
Gareth
May 21, 2008
to this fine young mans family. my heart goes out to you for your loss. it is a loss we all feel when one of our millitary members dies fighting for us. god bless you all
valerie abner
May 17, 2008
To the Stelmat family: I could never imagine the pain and heartache you must be experiencing. Especially Maryann - there can be nothing that compares to the emptiness of a mother losing a son. These soldiers of ours are a very special breed of human beings - they care; they are patriotic; they love their country and are willing to fight for it and even give up their lives for it - for US. Let us remember how brave and how unique this quality is in this day and age where many are about only themselves. David is now a soldier of the Lord and rests peacefully watching over his entire family. He will never leave you as long as he is alive in your hearts. I thank your son, and all of you - his family, for his sacrifice and service to the United States. May God bless all of you with His comfort and Peace.
With heartfelt Compassion, Blue Star Mother
Joanne Gillespie
May 16, 2008
Dear David JR.,
Words cannot express our sorrow to your Dad, David SR. your Mom and to all the Family.

You have a special place in Heaven with your Great Grandparents John (WW1 Vet) and Stella Stelmat.

God Speed and Bless David JR. With our many prayers.

Rich (US Army Retired) and Gladys Stelmat
Richard & Gladys Stelmat
May 16, 2008
I just heard and am sadden by this loss. While I have never met him I feel a very deep sense of pride knowing, as a Stelmat, he died protecting our way of life by caring for and saving our men and women of our armed forces.

To his family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. I am sure he was as fine a son, brother or grandson as he was a soldier.
Mike Stelmat
May 12, 2008
DJ, I listened to your favorite PCD artist, and the one song that I heard, helped me feel a little better knowing that, though you are not physical, you very much are a live and you've never felt so much alive, now that you are with GOD. I know that you are watching over us....being our Guardian Angel. I love you so....and you will never be forgotten. ~Peach and Love~ "MARAMING MAHALKITA"
Joanna Fekay
April 28, 2008
My Prayers, are with you and your family.May the Good Lord continue to direct your path. Someone who cares.
April 20, 2008
I am so deeply touched by all the most heartfelt comments from so many of you that I have not had the pleasure of meeting. Please know that YOU TOO, will be in my thoughts and prayers.
PLEASE do not let my son be forgotten...time is supposed to heal wounds of the soul...this is going to take eons...I am dying inside son, I miss you so....
Maryanne Rennell
April 13, 2008
To the family,
My name is Dana Pearson. I am the wife of Lee Pearson, the commander of the 1132nd MP Company. DJ Stelmat will forever be remember in our home. The Pearson family is grateful for the soldiers that serve and do a job that few are willing to do. Thank you. May God protect and comfort you.
Love in Christ,
Dana Pearson
Dana Pearson
April 13, 2008
To the Stelmat family:

I am proud to say that I knew SPC Stelmat while he served in Iraq. I was a platoon leader for an awesome group of Soldiers that fell under attack on 17 December 2007. SPC Stelmat was in the convoy that responded to the attack. One of my Soldiers almost lost his leg that day, but SPC Stelmat jumped in the vehicle with him and provided medical aid, giving him the option to keep it. No one knew his name, but after the incident, I made a point to seek out the medic that did so much for my Soldier. I found him at the Aid Station, stuck my hand out, and thanked him for what he did. As we both tried not to cry, he shook my hand and said that he was just doing his job. What an awesome display of service to his fellow Soldiers! Every time I saw him after that, he would inquire on the status of my Soldier, wishing that he could have done more. My Soldier eventually lost his leg, but he could have lost his life had it not been for SPC Stelmat. The loss of SPC Stelmat is tragic, but what he did for my Soldier will never be forgotten. His name is brought up with smiles on faces and an extreme sense of gratefulness. Please accept my condolences for the loss of such a good man.
LT Larissa Seward
April 13, 2008
To the Selmat family:

I am proud to say that I knew SPC Stelmat while he served in Iraq. I was a platoon leader for an awesome group of Soldiers that fell under attack on 17 December 2007. SPC Stelmat was in the convoy that responded to the attack. One of my Soldiers almost lost his leg that day, but SPC Stelmat jumped in the vehicle with him and provided medical aid, giving him the option to keep it. No one knew his name, but after the incident, I made a point to seek out the medic that did so much for my Soldier. I found him at the Aid Station, stuck my hand out, and thanked him for what he did. As we both tried not to cry, he shook my hand and said that he was just doing his job. What an awesome display of service to his fellow Soldiers! Every time I saw him after that, he would inquire on the status of my Soldier, wishing that he could have done more. My Soldier eventually lost his leg, but he could have lost his life had it not been for SPC Stelmat. The loss of SPC Stelmat is tragic, but what he did for my Soldier will never be forgotten. His name is brought up with smiles on faces and an extreme sense of gratefulness. Please accept my condolences for the loss of such a good man.
LT Larissa Seward
April 8, 2008
My heartfelt sympathy to the Stelmat family and friends in the loss of David. I did not know David, 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. David 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
Tom

"To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
April 7, 2008
DJ's High School Picture
April 5, 2008
Dear Family,
I was so saddened to hear of the loss of DJ. I can not imagine losing a child. I knew DJ from NHTI. We had a few classes together and never failed to compete with eachother. He was such a unique individual with a big heart. If there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to contact me. The world's loss is great.
Mandy Tillotson
April 4, 2008
Dave, Tess, Eric and Steph:
In the short time I was fortunate enough to spend around DJ it was easy to see where all these wonderful comments came from. He touched as many if not more lives than im sure he saved doing what he did for our country and our freedom. The world has lost a beloved soldier, friend, big brother and son and there are no words to compensate for that loss. I hope that the 27 years of memories and good times will help to get you all through this tough time. If me or my dad can ever do anything at all, we are always here.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Eddie Harkins
Eddie Harkins
April 2, 2008
When I'm Gone

When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
and remember only the smile

Forget unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I've had loads of fun

Forget that I've stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day

Then forget to grieve for my going
I would not have you sad for a day
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay

And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best

Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire
Bruce & Karen Thurston
April 1, 2008
DJ, Yesterday when you were awarded the Bronze and the Purple Heart, my heart cried of joy for you because I was so Proud of you. Reading all the comments of the people that you've touched weather civilian or military, is comforting because they describe the DJ that I've always known and believed in. You truly are a beautiful person. I will miss you terribly and can't wait to be with you by your side once again. I love You DJ...I will never forget how wonderful you really are and how grateful and thankful I am to have been you're lady. Rest In Peace my love...till we meet again.
Joanna Fekay
April 1, 2008
To DJ's family - my heart is broken for you.

I remember a great kid that could make somebody start laughing and not be able to stop. He was one of those people with a spark in their eyes; the ones that you knew could set their mind to anything and then achieve it.

He came from a great family - and it's obvious that all of you raised him into a great man.

Thank you for DJ, and thank you for sharing him with those of us that got to know him, even a little.

God bless you, and God bless your son and your brother.
Ian Tenney
April 1, 2008
Thanks for serving our country. Jesus loves you and my family is praying for your family.
Kim Webb
April 1, 2008
Dear Maryanne, what a tremendous spirit you brought into this world: open, clever, beautiful, sensitive and strong. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I treasure the visits I had with DJ, when I'd walk to his place on my lunch breaks from work and we'd chat. He was a wonderfully witty gem of a classmate too, but I feel most fortunate to have known him as Carisa's best friend and beloved brother, "Deeg." Watching you, sister and brother, I was enchanted by your closeness and the effortless way you brought joy to one another; always joking and laughing with brilliant chemistry. DJ is such a bright light to us all. May you have peace.
Maria Emmighausen
April 1, 2008
We are deeply sorry for your loss. Such a fine young man who has given so much and touched so many lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your faith, family, friends, and memories help you through difficult times in the days ahead.
Bob and Lillie Hendrickson
March 31, 2008
My name is John Metcalf I'm very sorry for your loss. He lost his life alongside my brother-in law Sgt Thomas Ray they are HEROES they fought and died for each other and all of us. David will always hold A place of HONOR in my heart and will always be in my prayers. If any family member ever needs someone to talk to please contact me David watched Thomas back so it would be an HONOR to do anything I can for his family in your time of need. God bless and THANK YOU.
John Metcalf
March 31, 2008
To the Stelmat family, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers:

I will keep you in my prayers through this difficult time, It will be so hard to move on but he is in a better place watching down over all of you, he truely is an American hero, God bless you all, I'll be praying..

Alyson Jevne
Fiance` of Cpl. Mark Griffin (237th Company)
Alyson Jevne
March 31, 2008
Our sons left together and served together at Rustamiyah. I met DJ during the departure ceremony and was taken by his sincerity. He was to serve as my son's medic. It gave me comfort to learn about him. Today I felt honored to attend his service. My heart aches for you all and cannot comprehend the level of grief you are feeling. I continue to learn more about D.J and will always remember him as the hero he truly was. Please accept my condolences and prayers for your family and David's friends.
Bill Castelot
Bill Castelot
March 31, 2008
To All of DJ's Family,

My heart and soul goes out to you at this time of intense sorrow and loss. My son Daniel was also a Medic and his life was lost June 4th 2006. Only God in his infinite wisdom knows why these lives had to be taken so soon. It helps me to believe that they were just too good for this world. I hope you will be comforted knowing I will remember DJ for as long as I remember my son. May God bless you and give you strength to complete your missions here on earth until He calls you home for that glorious reunion.

DJ: Thank you for a life well lived, for serving our great nation and your comrades. May God hold you in the palm of His hands. Until we all meet again, Rest in Peace Soldier. Your mission is accomplished.
Denise Gionet
March 31, 2008
Maryann, Dave, Rebecca, Carisa, Ben, Jane, My heart aches for you today.
Bev
March 31, 2008
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight."Old Testament, Proverbs 3; 5 & 6.

Thank you, sir, for serving in the National Guard and taking the risks you did. Thank you for making a difference.

The Siggins Family
Barbara Siggins
March 31, 2008
We extend our prayer to you and your family at this time. We are grateful that your love one thought enough of us, to serve and protect us. Doing so, the ultimate price was paid. And for this, we say, "THANK YOU, WARRIOR. We will forever be grateful. We may not remember all the names one by one, but we will remember the warriors. All that paid the price, that we, could be free.
The Cobbs
March 31, 2008
Stelmat (DOC):

I miss you brother. I miss the level of professionalism you exhibited while caring for your troops. You always went on mission refusing to take a day off simply because you wanted to be there to care for the guys should something happen. We had to trick you in order to get you from going out on mission forcing you to take a day off. You were a special person Dave. I will miss asking you medical questions. I will miss your devilish smile as we talked about stupid things we did when we were younger. I will miss you for the man that you were. You were my best medic and I told you this time and time again. There will be no one like you my friend, no one. The guys here are still struggling with this brother. At every turn I expect to see you come walking by with your aid bag that was as big as you. It was an honor to serve with you and having you assigned to 1st Platoon. Words cannot express all that I feel because I am struggling to accept this as reality. I miss you brother. I miss you.

Love always,
Your Platoon Leader
1LT Robert J Santiago
Detachment Commander
1st Platoon, Camp Taji, Baghdad, Iraq
1LT Robert Santiago
March 30, 2008
To the Stelmat Family with our Love,
We are also a Gold Star Family. We lost our beloved son, SPC. Justin A. Rollins on March 5th, 2007. Reach out to us, we are there to support you through this horrible tragedy. We have been where you are now, and the Gold Star Mothers Group has helped us tremendously! I know you come from Littleton which is the same size as Newport, and I know you will receive the same love and support that we did. Your community, friends, family and the Military will be your guiding light....please contact us anytime...Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this most difficult time...Be so Proud of Your HERO!
With our Deepest Symapthy and Love,
Skip and Rhonda Rollins-Newport, NH
Rhonda & Skip Rollins
March 30, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers out to the STELMAT family .Knowing now what they have always known is one of the many reasons that our HERO[S] shall NEVER be forgotten.Rest well brother as prommissed and in your honor that star spangled banner shall FOREVER wave.Your name stamped in steel is FOREVER clutched in the tallons as your spirit FOREVER soars high in the skies in the symbol of our greatfull nation...THANK..YOU.......All Hard Chargers...If you are wonded I will carry you**If you are captured I will come for you**If you are K.I.A. I will FOREVER reamber you..We have one and all COME by NORTH**COME by SOUTH**COME by EAST**COME by WEST..We were all gathered and united on that great day as strangers.As we stood and upon those last [4] spoken words we are..........FOREVER..BROTHERS...............SEMPER..FI...............B.V.C.....
Debbie , Kenny Coffey
March 30, 2008
Dave, You'll never guess what happened the other day.. I stopped at the store to get gas and as I was leaving I saw your picture on the front page of the paper. I knew why you were there but it took me until today to read the story. I dont know why really. I will tell you, that as good a guy you are i had no idea your 'stellar' influence could reach as far as this guest book leads me to believe... I'll never forget you man. To the family of the man, I dont think theres a joe in this mans army that I could possibly be more sorry that I'll not run into again until its my time. Though I 'knew' DJ for about two years I can count the days I spent with him on two hands. I dont have very many stories, only a few laughs and a hundred or so I.V. sessions, and the time we went from littleton to manchester for our SRP and on the return, while having quite a conversation, drove clear to the ocean before we realized we were going the wrong way...ahh the days gone by... that was the last time i saw dave... may 29, 2007... I didnt pray for him, I wasnt sad to see him go, I wasn't shocked to learn he voluteered to go back over or of how hard he fought to actually make it happen. I wasn't worried he wouldn't come home... I'm not surprised people all over the country miss him. He was the best man for the job.
Philip McDanolds 237MP
March 30, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
PV2 Cory Blancato - 237th MP Co. NH Army National Guard and Family
March 30, 2008
Son, You should see the outpouring of love, prayers and admiration from all over... I AM BURSTING WITH PRIDE. Ya know how every mother says their son is terrific....well this is an affirmation to you that you were terrific to THOUSANDS...
Stand by me tomorrow son, and hold me up like you have done so many times...a huge piece of me has died with you.my faith is being duly tested...but I know with God's help I shall be placed back on the correct road to Heaven and you....
God be with you my son....
Maryanne Rennell
March 30, 2008
I am a member of 2nd squad, 1st platoon, 1132nd MP CO now serving in Iraq. In my squad, I was the primary aid vehicle so on the days "Doc" rolled out with our squad, he rode in my truck along with SPC Evelyn Rodriguez (driver), and SGT Mike Daniels (gunner). "Doc" constantly sacrificed his own personal time for our welfare. He made rounds to our rooms everynight to heal our aching pains and sickness. I gained great respect for him because he always stood up for what was right and he would hold his ground against any rank if necessary. "Doc" was loved by everyone. I pray for the family, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. GOODSPEED brother David.

"SEE VICTORY NOT BATTLE"
SSG Gregory Dorn
US Army, Iraq
Gregg Dorn
March 29, 2008
SPC Stelmat you served with Duty and with Honor for our grateful Country. You have given us more in your much too short lifetime than many could ever achieve. Your sacrifice displays to us the great length of character and degree of selfless service typical of men and women serving in our Military Forces. With full gratitude I thank you and your fellow servicemen and women for your efforts in keeping the evils of terrorism from reaching our shore. May the wings of angels help speed your way to the heavenly gates you so valiantly have earned. God Bless
Bill Graziano
March 29, 2008
I did not know this young man or his family. That said, we are family. I served in the Army, my Dad served in WW 2 with the First Inf, my nephew served in Iraq and my son is now deployed to a SeaBee unit in Kuwait, and on May 6, the bonds that make us family, it will be 38 years my Brother, Gary was KIA in Cambodia. Then as now no one wanted us in Cambodia, nor do many want us in Iraq. Freedom doesn't come without cost. The people and Men that David treated as a Medic will recall the good he did. His name will be passed on from Father to son, to grandson, he will live on.

No greater love does a man have then to lay down his life for another. My thoughts and prayers from my family to this family.
Ron McKiddy
March 29, 2008
Today we completed a transaction with the purchase of your car but the highlight of my day was sharing with you the sympathies and the loss of your son. May God bless you and your family.
Paulo, Atlantic Beach
Paulo Dosdoglirian
March 29, 2008
May your warmest thoughts of David always stay within you.He gave his love and we shall aways show ours for him. He is one of our greatist heros that walked this earth. A man that gave his love to all and a great deal more. Peace be with you David.
Daniel Musso sr
March 29, 2008
Dave

Janis and I are deeply saddened by your loss. We hope and trust the knowledge that your son's service to his fellow soldiers and his country will provide some solace.
Tom Williams
March 29, 2008
To the family of David, I wanted to send you my sympathies for loss. I want you to know that if there is anything I can do for you please let me know. I truely regret your loss, but I will never forget him.

GOD SPEED
Sgt Carrroll, Shannon
Shannon Carroll
March 29, 2008
I am a member of second squad, 1st platoon in the 1132nd MP CO. In my squad, on missions, my truck was the primary aid vehicle, so when "Doc" rolled out with our squad, he was always in my truck along with SGT Mike Daniels (gunner), SPC Evelyn Rodriguez (driver) and I. We, as did everyone, formed a very deep and loving friendship with "Doc." One thing that sticks out in my mind that I will never forget about "Doc" was that he was so witty. "Doc" was always polite, yet if standing for an issue he belived in, he was very steadfast and 100% always right in the end. In the evenings, "Doc" went to each soldier to check on them, always sacrificing his personal time for our welfare. I saw "Doc" spring into action back in December as we responded to help a squad that was hit. There is no word that can describe his bravery and heroism. On that day, he contributed to saving a soldiers life. "Doc" is by far, the best medic I have seen in my 10 years of military experience. From the common cold, to a major injury, he had the knowledge and skills to fix it. We laughed, we cried, and we loved. Before our missions, in my truck, we would read Psalms 91 and we all found comfort in that. GODSPEED my great friend.

"SEE VICTORY NOT BATTLE"
SSG Dorn, Gregory
US ARMY Iraq
Gregory Dorn
March 29, 2008
Please accept our condolences and heartfelt thanks. You and your family made the ultimate sacrifice. We are indebted to you and all of our dear soldiers.
Libby Brown
March 29, 2008
A SOUL TAKES FLIGHT
We watched you grow
from a boy to a man,
never suspecting at all
God would need you for his plan.
As we stand here now greeting everyone
they're saying kind things about
This Grandson,This Brother,
This friend ,Our Son.
God gave this mission alot of thought
for only an angel
with large wings would do.
To protect and carry
His children to Him,
the soldier He picked was you !
Our void is big
and we have heavy hearts,
but we know that truly
we are never apart.
We feel your presence ,
but mostly your love ,
as you fly past us briefly
with another child for above !

May the words of my poem console you in your intense time of grief .God Bless your family !
Respecfully and Sincerely
Terry Clang
Terry Clang
March 29, 2008
Our prayers and sympathy are with you. We appreciate his sacrifice and regret your loss.
David Blalack
March 29, 2008
Dear Stelmat Family,

Words will probably never descibe the time you have gone through and will go through, but I just wanted to let you know that we as part of the 237th MP Co still in Iraq mourn with you. David was an amazing person who always had a smile on his face. I never heard him complain once and he always went the extra mile to help those around him.
I knew David less than a year, but within that time he became someone that you want to know all your life. He gave life and happiness a whole new meaning to everyone he ever met.
My heart and prayers goes with your family now and always.
Sgt Jered Maguire
March 28, 2008
My husband was deployed the same day as David. He also is with the 237th.Daniel will miss him,as I'm sure the rest of both units. We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless the Family. GODSPEED DAVID
SGT Daniel & Luane Dunlap
March 28, 2008
Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Our freedom comes at a cost that so many of our sons and daughters are paying with their lives. We pray for all the military who are still in Iraq and other places and we pray for God to lead DJ into the kingdom of heaven where all soldiers walk tall in His name. May God give you the strength to endure your pain and the knowledge that your son was, is and always will be a hero in the eyes of a greatful nation and especially in the eyes of family and friends. We Love You your cousin Kay and Larry Hopkins
Kay and Larry Hopkins
March 28, 2008
My heart goes out to the family, friends, & the rest of the 1132nd. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Pamela Sumner (girlfriend to MSG Rod McNEil of the 1132nd)
March 28, 2008
I just returned from the Honorable Transfer in Manchester. (Honor Guard Team Member) I will be serving during the service on Monday also. It is my pleasure and honor to to pay respect to him in this way.
Lance Emond
March 28, 2008
Well liked by all ; respectfull of other soldiers, with a good military bearing, and a gentle spirit. You are missed brother... Rest in peace...
David Carriker
March 28, 2008
DJ... I'm very proud of you. Thank-you for your fine service for our country. You are among the best of all of us. You will not be forgotten, and you will be sorely missed.

Uncle Ted
Ted Stelmat
March 28, 2008
Ralph Smith
March 28, 2008
Maryanne, Jeff and the entire Stelmat family,
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr said "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
DJ faced challenge with honor, integrity, kindness and compassion. We will carry him in our hearts always.
Our deepest sympathies to you and all of DJ's friends,
Ann, Nicholas, Peter and Adriane Apicelli
March 28, 2008
SPC Stelmat served valiantly and made a difference here. Family and friends, rest assured, your soldier made a great impact and will never be forgotten. I'm sorry for your loss
Jeff
March 28, 2008
Our hearts ache with the loss of this fine young man, a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for our the values we hold so dear in this country. To the family...may precious memories comfort you in your time of sadness. Our thoughts are with you.
Jim & Sue Olliso
March 28, 2008
I hadn't seen my cousin in more than 15 years, but the news is no less devastating. I ache for this loss for all of you who were blessed to have him actively in your lives.
Natalie Jacobus Damschroder
March 28, 2008
DJ with Auntie and sisters
March 28, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. David is a HERO to all.
Rest in peace Soldier.
Kelley Lacasse
Mom of a medic, US Army, serving in Iraq
Kelley Lacasse
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