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On his last visit home about a month ago, 1st Lt. Phillip Neel prayed for his enemies and cried at the dinner table for the souls of his soldiers.

He took Mac, the family's year-old yellow Labrador retriever, to the small waterfall on their Fredericksburg ranch and watched the dog dive in after a stick. He did a lot of the things he'd been doing since childhood before heading back to Iraq, family members said.

Neel was killed Sunday in Balad, about 50 miles north of Baghdad, after attackers hurled grenades at his squad, according to the Department of Defense.

"All of us are very tight," Neel's sister Kelly Foster said Tuesday. "With Phil gone, there's just going to be this huge, gaping hole that can't be filled."

The oldest boy among six children, Neel, 27, graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1998. The family was not surprised when he enlisted in the Army and became a paratrooper. His father, Leroy, is a retired Army colonel.

"Phil loved jumping out of planes," Foster said.

She said her brother was too complicated to sum up in a few words. In childhood spats, Neel was the calm one who would end arguments among the siblings with sage advice. He was honest, she said, even when that meant telling her she'd looked better.

He was a lanky 6-foot-2, with brown hair and brown eyes, "and he was always in control of himself."

He wanted to someday get married, become a lawyer and practice in a small town, Foster said.

After his first tour of duty, Neel enrolled at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. There, his sister says, he worried that he would be kicked out early in his first year for too roughly pinning, hogtying and choking another cadet during a wrestling exercise. The other cadet lacked Neel's combat training.

His sister said Neel was a good student who earned no demerits. He was usually quiet and rarely the center of attention.

The day before graduation, at a practice formation, Neel decided to lighten the mood. He replaced the tall black plumes of his uniform's hat with a big fake crow and marched with it for half an hour, deadpan.

"Just motivating the troops, sir," Neel explained when an instructor questioned him afterward.

After graduation, Neel joined Fort Hood's 1st Cavalry Division, whose roughly 20,000 soldiers are serving in Baghdad.

Foster said her brother rarely talked about the war or the dangers he faced. On that last visit, his reserve crumbled, and he cried at the dinner table.

He told his family, "I pray every day for the souls of my men, because I know where I'm going, and I'm not sure they do."

Neel's last e-mail home was typical of the encouragement he offered his siblings:

"I hope you are all staying strong, because I know you are all being challenged by the things of this world. But it's how you deal with stuff that makes you who you are. Take care!

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 11, 2007.
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May 23, 2013
Thank you for your mentorship when I needed it most. Thank you for the example you set. We always remember you, but especially think of you this weekend.
May 28, 2012
We salute you today, knowing that when laid down your life in Iraq it was the valiant act of an honorable man. May God comfort the family that misses you so much.
May 27, 2012
Heard tonight on CBS about this amazing man. I thank-you for his service and for your sacrifice.

May the Lord comfort you. I look forward to meeting Phillip one day soon in Eternity.
Joy Berends
November 6, 2011
Thank You Lieutenant Phillip Neel.
Mike N
August 5, 2011
As my son completes the Neel Challenge this weekend up at West Point, I was moved to seek out information about Lt. Neel. I read these eulogies with a great sense of sadness at your loss. Your son must have been a wonderful person and you, wonderful parents. His impact on others who knew him was immense. And, now, there are 1200+ new cadets at West Point who will know him through this crucial test and challenge named after him.

Thank you for your service.
Rob C.
May 30, 2011
Please know that I think of Phillip often. We were in the same youth group in Fredericksburg and went to high school together. I will always remember he was the same each time you saw him. His witness in praying for the enemy stays with me, that fact represents the kind of young man he was. We will meet again. I know Phillip is walking with Jesus.
Marsha Black
May 16, 2011
To the family of 1st Lt. Phillip I. Neel:
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
April 19, 2011
April 8, 2011
To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Phillip I. Neel:
Please accept my remembrance of Phillip on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
Peggy Childers
April 9, 2010
To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Phillip I. Neel:
Remembering Phillip 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 11, 2009
To the family of 1st Lt. Phillip I. Neel:
Phillip 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
February 4, 2009
We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families. War does not discriminate – It breaks my heart to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,300 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at or go to If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Kenna Larra
June 23, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you 1st Lt Neel!
April 8, 2008
Safely Home
Thinking and praying for you on the 1st anniversary of your passing into eternal glory. May God hold you in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends", John 15:13.
Michael Iezzi
March 24, 2008
To Phillip's Family and Friends,
I'm so sorry to hear about Phillip through his special Chaplain friend. Thanks for letting him serve his country for us, keep our freedom and others. His story touched my heart and Phillip sounded like such a special person.
Take care-
October 13, 2007
You are cordially invited to attend the “Celebration of Life” Event as we honor and recognize the lives of Our Community Members and Fallen Soldiers we have lost during 2006-2007.
The program includes, a DVD Pictorial Memorial Tribute, Music, Candle lighting, Balloon Release, and Refreshments. Each family receives a personalized ornament to place on a Christmas tree as a remembrance of their loved one.
Families who have experienced loss find this event a wonderful time of remembrance and healing. We would love your family to be apart of this event as our Community joins together to recognize and honor your loved one during this Holiday Season.
We will be honoring all the Fallen Soldiers that were assigned to Fort Hood Texas. If you are not able to attend and would like to send a favorite photo, please feel free to do so.
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August 27, 2007
I was Phil's parachute team coach at USMA. I arrived there as Phil was a sophomore and his skills as a parachutist were noted right away. He was a leader and motivator on the team. He performed well under pressure at the Collegiate Championships and I know he performed above and beyond when leading his troops. I think of him often as I remember my time at West Point. He is greatly missed.
Eric Heinsheimer
August 15, 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)
August 13, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by 1st Lt Neel and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 24, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss. Phillip is an American hero who will not be forgotten for fighting for our freedom. My son-in-law was also fighting this battle when he was killed in Mosul, Iraq on January 22, 2007. Spec. Nicholas Brown was in 2/7 Cav and loved being a soldier. He left behind a young wife and newborn son. Please accept our prayers and sympathy during this hard time. Remember that God gave His Son so that we could see ours again. Thank you,
Bert Holler
July 8, 2007
Please accept our condolences for your loss. May God ease your pain and give you strength in this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers, that you find comfort in God’s love and joy in the memory of your Soldier.
June 16, 2007
I had the pleasure of serving with Phil during early 2006 in Ranger School. I remember him as an energetic, positive, light hearted classmate. During the short amount of time I spent with Phil I gained a lot of respect for him and thought he was a terrific guy. I send my deepest condolences to his family. You should know your son was the kind of person who made a positive impact on the lives of those around him. God Bless Phil, he will be missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have known with him.
Alexander Carey
June 12, 2007
Please accept our condolences in the loss of your loved one.
May God bless you with comfort and peace. Thank you for your sacrifice.

In loving memory of our nephew
Spec Philip Cody Ford
C Co 3rd/509th Geronimos
Ft Richardson AK.
KIA Baghdad 10-Dec-2006
Ron and Kim Baker
May 22, 2007

ROBYN Garside
May 21, 2007
God bless the family and friends of Phillip. You will all be in our prayers.
Thank you Phillip for being such a brave hero.

(In remembrance of Cpl. Joey Cantrell 4-4-07)
Ronn Massie
May 5, 2007
Written to Honor the Service of Our Fallen Soldiers

Soldiers write history…they pay the price
Many miles distant, you live the life
Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still

We hope and pray that all will find peace
In God, in the flag, in memories of valor
Gone now, our pride and courage you see
“An Army of One” our motto forever

Willing to risk all for love of our Brothers
We’re still Your Soldiers…and we showed the way
Our Lives too short, now pray for the others
Lived free died Heroes in lands far away

Deep within souls all cherished our Service
We’ll always have what some never know
Courage and Honor, our names forever
Lived life with purpose…just our time to go

We march in the Heavens with Honor and Glory
Missions accomplished we fought the Good Fight
Many years from now…we’ll tell the full story
Until that Day we will live in the Light

Our lives we laid down in a land far away
Still watching o’er you this night and by day
No need to talk…just know we are with you
There in your hearts and we hear what you pray

Yes we are your soldiers
Our lives we laid down
Still We guard o’er you
Still Duty bound

Entered the Battle of our own free will
Out of Duty for Country, and we’d do it still
We’ll always have what some never know
Lived life with purpose…it was our time to go
April 29, 2007
April 25, 2007
thank you for making sure my little brother got home alive
robert cornford
April 25, 2007
Thank you, Phillip, for showing us how to live in accord with God's word. May we be worthy of your sacrifice. Thank you, Neel family, for putting God first in your lives. --Stan Mathews and Karon Houghton Mathews
Karon Houghton Mathews
April 25, 2007
My heartfelt sympathy to the Neel family in the loss of Phillip. I did not know Phillip, 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. Phillip 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

"To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza
April 23, 2007
To your Family:
I am truly sorry for your loss. There are no words that can express the appreciation I feel for your family.
Sue Tomlinson
April 23, 2007
No words can take away your pain, but remember that a life that touched others was never lived in vain. I feel that all the young men and women lost in the wars over there are all our children and we have lost someone special. Someone who was willing to give their life that we may be free. My prayers are with your family at this sad time.
Anne Wetzork
April 22, 2007
Thank you. You are an American hero.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there... I do not sleep.
I am the thousand winds that blow...
I am the diamond glints on snow...
I am the sunlight on ripened grain...
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you waken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of gentle birds in circling flight...
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry-
I am not there... I did not die...
shawnee (Austin, TX)
April 21, 2007
I am so sorry for the loss of your"Hero" Thank you Phillip for protecting us. You will not be forgotton nor the rest who are serving our country!!
lynn whitten
April 20, 2007
I had the privilege of Phillip's friendship while in high school. Phillip was a well-spoken man of few words, whose life embodied the Fruits of the Spirit. His leadership by example left a life-changing impact on my life for which I will always be grateful.

God speed my friend. Thank you for your life and ultimate sacrifice. You will forever be my hero.

Patrick King
April 19, 2007
I first met Phil in August of 2005. I was in his platoon in IOBC. We spent 4 months in Ranger School together. I briefly met his family at his Ranger School graduation. I left Fort Benning for Fort Carson and deployed to Iraq with 4th ID. I was typing a report on my computer at our FOB in Iraq and I felt a tap on my shoulder in October of 2006. It was Phil! His unit was there to replace our unit. We spent the next 3 weeks catching up and talking about his deployment. I am deeply sadden to hear that he was killed in action. If you knew Phil for only a minute you would know exactly where he is right now. I hope the Neel family is finding solice in that fact.
1LT Jason Dickinson
April 19, 2007
I'm very sorry for your loss. Phil was a squad leader when I was a plebe at West Point. Most of plebe year didn't make sense to me at the time, and I was quite overwhelmed, but Phil always had a way of explaining why we had to know certain things, or why it was important to read the newspaper every morning. Of all the people that ever made corrections on my behavior or uniform during that year, Phil was the one I respected most.
Gus Boschert
April 18, 2007
I am sorry for your loss I just lost my nephew in Iraq. I hope as time passes somehow you will feel better. I am sorry. Carla Waugh aunt of Ryan Dallam
carla waugh
April 18, 2007
May God bless you and your family. Please know Phillip is in God's Army ... and his life will leave us a legacy to remember. It is very important to remember what he did with his life. There are words ... but how do you express the hole in your heart? May God wrap His arms around your family and keep you strong.

With much love and sympathy.
Andy's Aunt Sharon
Sharon Houghton Grasshoff
April 16, 2007
Dear Neighbors,
We still can't find words to express our feelings and sorrow. When I think of all the times I saw Phillip walking home from the bus, or getting the younger ones on the four-wheeler, it just doesn't seem real. Garrett, and lots of Phillip's classmates will miss him. Please do let us know if there is anything we can do to help. May Christ's peace be with you.
Jonathan and Carol Baethge
April 14, 2007
Prayers and more prayers from South Korea, from former neighbors MSgt. Rick Obermite, retired, and family.
Rick and Mary Obermite
April 14, 2007
I am sadden to learn that another American Hero has fallen. I pray that God will give you strength and courage to face the days ahead and that soon you will be able to reflect back on many wonderful memories of Phillip. God Bless.
Linda Clifton
April 14, 2007
Know in your heart that Phillip is a true hero and will never be forgotten. All gave some, some gave all. Rest in peace Phillip. You will be missed by everyone’s life you have touched.

To Phillip's family, as the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family, friends, and all Americans for the sacrifice of one of your family members for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in the loving embrace of our Heavenly Father.
Carol Cline
April 14, 2007
My sympathy to the family of Phillip. One thing that will help you get through this situation is God's word the Bible. And there he assures us: "Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart and those who are crushed in spirit he saves. The Bible gives you hope of seeing Phillip again right here on a paradise earth in the very near future. It also promise us that our enemy death will be no more. May these words give you a measure of comfort and strength to endure in this time of such deep sorrow.
Gwen Parker
April 13, 2007
Father we entrust our brother Phillip to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Phillip in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathy.
Michael Iezzi
April 13, 2007
"Thank you so very much Phillip. You sound so grounded and rooted in your faith in God! Thank you for being so brave and giving the ultimate sacrifice. May God continue to bless this family during this difficult time."
angela mason
April 12, 2007
April 12, 2007
I would like to send my condolensences to the Neel family during this tought time. LT Neel was a firstie in my company plebe year, and was a remarkable leader and person.
Melissa Garza
April 11, 2007
I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the Neel family. We are all so sorry for your loss. We are all further blessed because of your son, and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

USMA Class of 1975
John Mode
April 11, 2007
We are so sorry for your loss. My husband and I both served during the first Gulf War. We cannot even begin to imagine what you are going through, but our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Melissa Carter
April 11, 2007
To a brave and much loved hero!! We love you Phillip and know you are very happy where you are now!! Although you leave so many loved ones behind, God will help us get through it and show us that you are no longer suffering and are in a much better place now!! You were so loved by so many who don't even know you!! You are a hero to everyone and have touched so many lives. Today we honor your bravery and your life! You did what you loved best, and we thank you for giving your life for us!! Although we miss you dearly, we are rejoicing the fact that you are now in the arms of God! Your family is so very strong, and I have faith they will get through it together! I get an overwhelming I think about how you are smiling down on us today! Thank you for all you have done for our country! We can't express to you how much your bravery means to all of America!May you rest peacefully forever in the presence of God!! Today.. we honor you!! We will NEVER forget you!!! We love you Phillip!!!!

Much love,
The Bruce Ward family
Alex Ward
April 11, 2007
Nancy and I had the honor of meeting Phil at the deployment party held for one of his class mates that was scheduled to deploy with Phil last fall. It was an honor to meet him. We had heard many good things about Phil from our son, who was not only another classmate of his, but was also Phil's roommate for awhile at West Point. Our sympathy's and prayers are with the Neel family.
Jim & Nancy Nelson
April 11, 2007
Please know how sorry I am for the loss of your beloved son & brother. Even though I don't know your family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless You.
Connie Hanks
April 11, 2007
I don't know your son, I just wanted to give thanks. For raising a man who fought for our freedom. May God give you strength during this time. When you think of him remember he's before our God and walking on streets of gold. May you find peace and comfort. Revelation 21
American who appreciates all soldiers Peace be with you & your family
April 11, 2007
Although I did not know your son, I want to say Thank you to your son for giving me my freedom in this country. I pray for you and your family for strength and healing. He is in God's hands now.
anonymous anonymous
April 11, 2007
Another Fallen Hero – I understand what you are experiencing and feeling. I know firsthand there are not words of comfort at this time. We lost our only son on 9-3-2004, at the age of 19. Know that you are not alone. Just know that there are families across the USA who is experiencing your loss and pain.

My deepest condolences, sympathy and prayers go out to the entire family. May God grant you peace, strength and comfort.

Phillip, we are thankful for the Service, Courage, Bravery and Determination from you, my son and all the others in our armed forces. May you rest in peace! You all will not be forgotten.

I still fly my Marine flag, and use my Marine stickers on my vehicle because I'm proud of my children. I also have a Marine daughter and Marine son in law. Thank you!!!!!!

Once a Marine, Always a Marine!
Yesterday, Today, Forever – Semper Fi - Marines!

Proud Mom of a USMC, American Hero
(LCpl. Nicholas S. Perez – KIA 9-3-04 – Al Anbar Province, Iraq)
Yolanda Valdez
April 11, 2007
so sorry for your honorable man whose soul will rest with god..he knew what should be done and he did it for everyone. thank you, phillip
robin greenley
April 11, 2007
As the mother of a son (my only child) who is enlisted in the Army, I want to send my condolences.
Sandy Bonesteel
April 10, 2007
To the Family and Friends of this Soldier:
I will stand in grief with this soldier's family to honor him. For every fallen HERO there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us of the cherished gift we were given – even if for too short a time.
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courageous 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, but I promised Brent that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.
We lost our son SFC Brent A. Adams on 12/1/05 and it seems like yesterday. I wish so badly there were things I could say to you right now to make the pain you are feeling go away, but I know first hand there simply are no words that will bring you the comfort and peace your heart aches for. Just know that you are not alone. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you go through this tragedy moment by moment and 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 as our hearts both burst with pride and pain together.
I am sorry that I never knew your soldier personally. While they can never be replaced, neither will they ever be forgotten. You must trust that sometime, someday the loving memories you have will help to sustain you and help you go on. This courageous soldier will forever 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. The one thing that cannot be taken from you is your wonderful memories that now will mean more than ever.
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 soldier and family who gave all and God Bless for setting up this site where families can so quickly share their condolences and prayers with others like themselves.
Proud Parents of SFC Brent A. Adams, KIA, 12/1/05, Ramadi, Iraq
Pam and Bill Adams, Lancaster, PA
April 10, 2007
We are saddened at the loss of this fine young soldier, a hero. May God embrace and comfort you as only He can. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
In loving memory of our nephew
Lance Cpl James R. Davenport KIA 11/22/06
Dennis (USMC - Viet Nam) & Pam Robertson
April 10, 2007
Please accept my Deepest and most heartfelt sympathy regarding the loss of 1st Lt. Phillip I. Neel.
The price this Brave Young Soldier and his family have paid for this country and for freedom, Will Never Be Forgotten.
There is so much thanks to be given, to these young heroes, for their Courage, Dedication and Service.

May Phillip rest safely in God's Care and may God's Loving Grace Bless the Neel family.
I am the sister of such a young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam, many years ago.

"Wait on the Lord, be of good courage
and He shall strengthen your heart"
~ Psalm 27:14 ~

May the Peace of God and your memories of Phillip, remain in your heart always.
May this give you comfort and strength through the difficult days ahead.
~ Softly and slowly, time heals.~
Garnet Jenkins
April 9, 2007
you are my hero
may god keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
April 9, 2007
It is with the deepest sadness that I ask the family and friends of this brave young Soldier to accept the offer of my most sincere and heart felt condolences. I hope that you know that your loss is shared and mourned by millions of Americans. Most of whom you don’t know and in all probability will never meet. We sincerely appreciate the sacrifices made by your patriot.

Freedom is not free; it is paid for by our heroes, and for those who fight for it, Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know! This soldier made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

I know the pain parents feel when they loose a child. I lost a son 19 years ago. It is a pain that defies description. It is a pain that never goes away. It is a pain that will never end. It is a pain that is all consuming.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

May God Bless and keep you today, tomorrow and forever!

Rest in Peace brave soldier; you did your duty with great honor, dedication, distinction and in the highest traditions of our great country.

Semper Fidelis
April 9, 2007
I am so sorry to hear about another fallen! I know there are no words that I can say to ease your pain! The loss of a child is something that is the most difficult thing to bare. We can only pray that one day we will be together again. I was told that if you stretch a piece of string a mile long and line that string with beads, the beads would resemble eternity. Life here on earth is equal to “only one bead”. We have only a short time here compared to the time we will spend in eternity with our loved ones. The only thing I can say is let faith keep you grounded in your life and hold on to your loved ones! This will help you through! This is what helps me get through my days, I too have lost. My son entered into the Heavens to be with our Lord!
God Bless Your Family!

In Loving Memory of Lcpl. Anthony C. Melia USMC~ Ramadi, Iraq 1/27/2007
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