Ssg Brian Thomas Craig
SSG BRIAN THOMAS CRAIG, 27, born April 2, 1975 in Greenville County, South Carolina. SSG Craig was killed April 15, 2002, during hostile military action in kandahar, Afghanistan. He is survived by his parents, Rev. Arthur and Barbara Craig of Houston, Texas, a sister, Mrs. Elaine Hurtado and husband, John of Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, and a brother Kevin Craig of Houston, Texas, two nephews and a niece, grandparents, Mrs. Estelle Craig of Inman, South Carolina, Mrs. Christine Boyette of Houston, Texas and Mr. Gene Boyette, Warner Robins, Georgia. Brian graduated from Klein Forest High School in 1993. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in the fall of the same year. He served in Anchorage, Alaska as an Airborne Infantry soldier. Upon reenlistment, SSG. Craig served in an elite Explosive Ordinance Disposal Group; 710 th E.O.D. Detachment, 3rd Ordinance Battalion, 520 th Ordinance Group, San Diego, California. SSG Craig served in a variety of E.O.D. missions in support of the United States and N.A.T.O. including service in Bosnia/Kosovo and The Republic of North Korea. And most recently was deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom to Kandahar, Afghanistan, November, 2001. A memorial service for SSG Craig will be held at Houston's First Baptist Church, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston,TX officiated by Rev. Duane Miller on Friday, April 19, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. A memorial service is also planned in Inman, South Carolina at a later date. SSG Craig will be buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia and will be recognized for his selfless service to God and country by the Secretary of the Army. SSG Craig received numerous military awards and honors throughout his career in the Army.
Published by Houston Chronicle from Apr. 18 to Apr. 19, 2002.
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April 15, 2019
You're on my mind and in my heart. It's been 17 years now, and it seems like it was just yesterday.
Those memories of you, Maugins, Galwenski, and Romero are so precious. Going to Ft Logan to see Romero

I'll always remember, you are not forgotten ❤
Pat Fraser
April 15, 2019
Words seem inadequate to express my gratitude for a young man who not only served, but gave his life so that others could live in freedom.
As I read through the entries in this book, I can see how SSG Brian T. Craig was a great son, sibling, relative, friend, and brother-in-arms.
His memory lives on.
Mark McCurry
June 5, 2018
To the Family of Ssg. Brian Craig,
I participated in the Cpl. Christopher G. Scherer Memorial Run on Saturday May 27th in Northport, NY. I ran in honor of Ssg. Brian Craig service to our country. The words "Thank You" certainly feel inadequate for a man who made the ultimate sacrifice. I wanted you to know he is still remembered and how deeply sorry I am for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Caren Alessio
East Northport, NY
June 3, 2017
Still on my mind and heart. I will never forget the 4 of you. Rest easy....
Pat Fraser
April 15, 2017
Thought of Brian, Justin and Jamie a lot this weekend. Never forgotten.
The U.S. Army Reserve Armory in Watkins CO is being named after SFC Romero this Sunday, 24 April 2016 at 1000hrs.
The address is 5049 Front Range Pkwy, Watkins CO 80137.
I will be attending to talk with the Romero family and attendees about the amazing EOD guys that were taken with Daniel that tragic day.
Time doesn't make it easier cope, but the great memories of working with these three fantastic EOD soldiers helps.
Charles Lee Coomes
April 19, 2016
Thinking of you, Maugins, Galwenski and Romero today. Going to Ft Logan.
I miss you guys, you all were the best!! Glass raised in your honor.

I will never forget you.....
Pat LaGuardia
April 15, 2016
Today I participated in the "I DId the Grid," Memorial Day race in East Northport. On our running bibs each runner was given the name of four fallen soldiers to run in memory of. Brian was one of the soldiers I ran in memory of. Thank you on his behalf for his sacrifice so that my family could live in freedom.
Maureen Edwards
May 23, 2015
May your sacrifices never be forgotten.
Mike Molson
April 15, 2015
I worked with Craig, Maugans, and Galewski. Now I work daily with a guy (Steve) that worked with Romero. Small word full of amazing people. Steve and I visited the guys together in Arlington, we miss you all.
C Lee Coomes
April 20, 2014
Thinking of you, Romero, Maugans, and Galewski. You are not forgotten.....
Pat LaGuardia
April 15, 2014
Hey, Buddy! Remembering you and the others today. Empty plate at the table, I raise a toast in your honor. I'll never forget......
Pat LaGuardia
April 15, 2013
Remebering you today and everyday.
October 14, 2012
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Brian T. Craig:
Always remembering Brian. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
April 15, 2012
Brian, I remember celebrating your birthday with you in the AO :) Brother, I think of you every year since.... My last words to Brian were, "here's a hug from your mom, here's a hug from your dad, and here's a hug from me. A few days later, they told me what happened :( You will always be remembered little Brother......
Pat LaGuardia
April 8, 2012
I miss you. I thank you for your courage, support of our country, but most of all that you gave your life for me! I love you, Tricia
September 22, 2011
Hope to make it out there next year Bri. It's been too long. EOD just wasn't the same without you
Aaron Morland
September 21, 2011
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Brian T. Craig:
Please accept my remembrance of Brian on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
Peggy Childers
April 15, 2011
To the family of Staff Sgt. Brian T. Craig:
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
March 17, 2011
I came to see you today. 1st time I've been able to. Still miss you buddy.
Charles Wyatt
September 23, 2010
Thank you so much for your service to this country. We are sad for your loss and hope you know that we will never forget you. You served in honor and in grace to protect our great country. May you find peace and comfort. Thank-you so much for my freedom.
Pamela Wiscombe
August 21, 2010
I just happen to come up on this when i was looking for something on Missy. I cant belive that it has been eight years in the passing of Brian he is in my thoughts often when i hear about something about war. I pray for the family in god we still trust. God Bless Sherrie Perry Belk
sherrie belk
July 7, 2010
To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Brian T. Craig:
Remembering Brian 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 15, 2010
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April 7, 2010
Craig family,

Brian will always be missed.
I worked with Brian in San Diego for several years. We deployed to Bosnia together and he later joined me at the SERE DEST course.
I respected Brian, he was extremely tough and a true professional.

He is in my prayers and always in my thoughts.
C. Lee Coomes, EOD Ret.
November 25, 2009
Dear Family of Brian Craig: I pray that you can move on and do good works in Brian's name. I believe with all my heart that Brian is in a better place where he is free and happy. Those that are left behind still have work to do here in the physical. From Maria Craig (whose son is also named Brian Thomas Craig, born 7-5-1977). God Bless!
Maria Craig
September 30, 2009
Gone, never forgotten. Rest In Peace
May 26, 2009
To Pastor Craig & Barbara,
Because of Brian, I can live a life of freedom in this beautiful "United States of America." May you always feel the comfort of our Lord knowing that Brian is in heaven praising God in a way that we can only dream of, but one day we will join Brian in those same heavenly praises. Until then, know that you are surrounded by people that lift you up in prayer and genuinely love you for giving us such a precious gift, Sgt. Brian T. Craig.
Tina Jimenez
May 25, 2009
To let your family know, you are not forgotten.
May 24, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Brian T. Craig:
Brian 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 15, 2009
Gone, but not forgotten!
Rest in Peace!
Diana B.
November 4, 2008
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 Brian, 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)


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

The Other Side

Please contact me and I will email you back a copy of my
Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
May 3, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Staff Sgt Craig!
November 8, 2007
To the family and friends of Ssg Brian Thomas Craig: Please accept my heartfelt sympathy upon the loss of your son. Words seem so useless at a time like this. There is no way I can ease your pain except to say that I care and I will continue to pray for your family now and for the days to come. My son is also a soldier, Spc. Crockett Fowler Butler, currently stationed at Ft. Sill, Ok. I would appreciate you including him in your prayers. GOD BLESS BRIAN THOMAS CRAIG AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Libby Fowler
October 10, 2007
If this person can stand in battle to ensure my freedom, then I will stand in grief with his/her family to honor him/her. 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 guest book for the rest of my life, but I promised LE RON A. WILSON (a dear friend KIA 7/6/07, 18yrs old) that neither he nor any like him would be forgotten and so I will continue until the day there is no longer the need.

Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 1, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Staff Sgt. Craig and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
July 5, 2007
what a great son the U.S.A. for he fought and he gave everything a person can give his courage his strenght his life for the freedom we share be with the lord my fallen heroe for I know you will be miss but know you are in the presence of royalty your in your father kingdom you can rest my beloved soldier the burden is no longer on your shoulders but thank you very much for carrying it for so long dance in your fathers house be merry and sing with the angels love Liz
Elizabeth Rawlins
May 24, 2007
February 27, 2007
Paying tribute to this Fine Hero, Ssg. Brian Thomas Craig,with a Great Amount of Thanks for his Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom.
May Brian rest, in the Loving Care of God and know that he Truly is an American Hero.
May God's Grace and Comfort continue to be with the Craig family.
Those who Made this Ultimate Sacrifice, So Many and So Young, shall NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
My brother among them. KIA-Vietnam 1967.

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

May the Peace of God and
the memories of Brian,
remain in your heart always.
I am so sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
October 1, 2006
Aother son of Texas knocked on the heavenly portals seeking rest.The answer came,rest in peace here on your last post in paradise.
Henryk Zaleski (USN-Ret)
July 25, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Craig family in the loss of Brian. I did not know Brian, 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. Brian, April 15th will be 4 years since you were taken. 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
March 17, 2006
Wanda Cobb & Family
August 10, 2005
Rick Raper
April 5, 2005
Dear Arthur and Barbara,
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Brian's passing to be with our Lord Jesus. I even had my mother fax me the obituary and newspaper articles. I remember so fondly when I started attending your ministry when it was still at First Baptist Church when I was a young teen and just learning sign language. Brian was such a wonderful child and grew, from what I am seeing, to be a wonderful, loving and unselfish young man who always put God and his family first in his life. I shall always remember him as I knew him in those days. You were blessed with a wonderful family, and my prayers will be with you. I pray to God daily to give all of you strength in this time of loss. On October 16, 1996, I lost my father to a tragic automobile/ motorcycle accident on Tomball Parkway and Gessner. It was so sudden and tragic, that I can entirely emphasize with what your family is going through. Mom and I lost her father not even a year before Daddy.

May the Lord continue to give you strength. You have given all of us strength in the past, and now its our turn (the deaf community and others alike) to ask God to give you strength in return. My favorite Bible Verse holds true here: "I am the way, the truth, and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me" John 14:6

LeAnn Cayer, Oklahoma City, OK (and in Houston during the summer and Holidays)
LeAnn Cayer
May 8, 2002
Courtney Barton
May 7, 2002
Dear Arthur and Barbara,

George and I were deeply saddened by the news of Brian's death. We don't watch television often and didn't learn of the accident until yesterday. George was teaching ASL at the academy and was informed by one of the students. Needless to say, we were both shocked.

The loss of any family member is always painful, but the loss of a child often seems unbearable. I lost my only son in 1986 and although I know that God still urges me forward, never does a day go by that I don't think of him and miss him. My daughter, my faith in God's love and His constant presence in my life sustained me through the most difficult times as I know He will sustain you.

Arthur, I've not forgotten the comfort I received from you and your church family during the Christmas play when my mother was dying in December. Although it was very difficult to talk at the time, I truly appreciated the extra bit of strength I received from your prayers. It was strength I sorely needed to get through those last moments. I thank you.

As a pastor and a pastor's wife you deal with death often and are intimately aware of God's promises to guide and sustain us in difficult times. However, you're also parents who know the powerful love that comes with bearing children and no words can ever be strong enough to ease the pain that comes with that kind of loss. My prayer for you now is that God will surround and envelope you in his love and comfort you in the days ahead. And while we may never understand why God calls our children home so young, His love will bring acceptance through His wisdom. My heart grieves for you, but I also know that Brian will live on with you and through you.

George has asked that I convey his condolences and let you know that he is so terribly sorry for your loss. We both wish we'd known sooner.

Our prayers are with you and your family.

Sue Trackwell and George Daum
Houston, TX

Sue Trackwell
May 7, 2002
I sat here for 1/2 an hour thinking what I should write. With such a loss as this, it comes hard. It was truly an honor to know Brian. He was one of the most thoughtful, generous, caring, honest men I have ever known. And with the blessing of getting to know his family, I see where all this came from. Brian taught me that family is one of the most important things. Mr. and Mrs. Craig, he often shared with his friends the love he has for you. We all admired Brian for his strength, and now we will cherish him for giving us our freedom.

With all my love and prayers,
Megan Asbury
May 6, 2002
Hi. My name is Janice Orange Cass. My sister is Kathy Orange Martinez. Kathy has been keeping me informed of Bryan's death. We were very sorry to hear this and our prayers are with you all. Good bless and keep you through time and we know He will.
Janice Orange, Cass
April 26, 2002
Although I do not know your son personally, but I wanted to give you my deepest sympathy of your loss of your obviously great son of yours. God bless you.
Joe Martin, Fred Settgast, Lori Lawson, Dalton Martin and Zachary Martin.
Joe Martin
April 26, 2002
Arthur and Barabra and families,

I wanted you all to know that you are in my prayers and that I wish I could be there in Houston with you. I remember Brian when I used to go to Woodhaven Baptist Church before moving up here in Maryland. My beloved mother, who passed away two years ago, always told me that she loved you both (Arthur and Barabra) when I was a teenager, she knew that I was in a good church because of you, the way you cared and showed God's love in your smiling eyes. From what other people said about Brian, I could tell that he got it from you both. Stay the same way, I love you all - Tiffany Petty
Tiffany Richardson (Petty)
April 25, 2002
Words cannot describe the pain who are experiencing. Please know you are in our prayers asking for God's grace and guidance.

Ellen and Larry Remmert
Sister of Kathy Orange Martinez
Ellen Remmert
April 25, 2002
We are sorry about your loss, We are praying and thought with you always in our Heart. Kathy's family are praying for you and your family. God be with you always.

God bless you, Rudy, Kathy, Ryan and Kevin Martinez
Rudy & Kathy Martinez
April 25, 2002
Dear Craigs,

I told our Deaf, at Tri-City Baptist Deaf Mission, about Brian's "graduation" to Heaven on April 15th. Even though they do not know you or him they were glad I told them, especially when I told them of your many years of service to our Lord in Deaf ministry. We are praying that the God of ALL comfort will sustain you all during these days of sorrow.
From the many entries to this guestbook that I've read it appears that Brian was a SUPERB Christian witness for Jesus everywhere he went. I'm sure this gives you great comfort and solace knowing that he was used of our Lord to be a great influence in the eyes of many who did know him.
Please be assured of our love and prayers for your family. If we can be of any help to you PLEASE let me know.

"And WE know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to HIS purpose" Romans 8:28

In Christian Love,

Your Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Tri-City Baptist Deaf Mission of Conover, North Carolina

P.S.-- As God the Father gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to offer us freedom from sin and hell, THANK YOU for allowing your son to help us keep our freedoms as Americans!
Pastor Cliff Tolosa
April 25, 2002
To the familiy of SSG Craig,
I had the pleasure of working with Brian for around a year in San Diego, and then saw him again when he went to BNCOC. Although we did not stay in close contact, I remember him well. He had some very strong convictions and had deep family values. You should be very proud of your son. If there is anything that I can do for your family, please feel free to contact me and I will give you a call.

God Bless,

SSG Joe Steinberger
Joe Steinberger
April 24, 2002
Pastor and Mrs. Craig...
My heart grieves for your loss of your beloved son, Brian, It was an honor of mine that I have gotten to know Brian while a member of your church in the past. May God Bless you!...........

R. Myers
April 24, 2002
AC, BC, Kevin,& Elaine,

Brian is an "Angel from above" now with our Heavenly Father, He will always remain with you.
Brian has made such an impact on lot of lives while he was out there doing his God Called "DUTY"!
My prayers and my support are with you during the loss of Brian being here on Earth with us....
You all have my Support and Prayers daily ...
May the Legacy that Brian started live on....

With lots of love and prayers,
Tim, Trudy & Todd Hunter
Trudy Hunter
April 22, 2002
I have been so saddened to learn of Brian’s tragic incident. My heart aches for you. I know you are strong in faith. Somehow there will be a blessing from this tragedy. I hope you will remember that Brian was doing what he wanted to do and by all accounts he was one of the best.

I can’t help but remember countless other soldiers who have preceded Brian. Today, many of us are searching our genealogies, some of us pointing with considerable pride when we find them on the “rolls”. These men are cherished for the sacrifices they and their families made in order to maintain “freedom” for the rest of us. Brian has joined that elite cadre of men.

During one of my trials with my daughter, Brian was in the office at Woodhaven; I was terribly upset and stressed. Brian was so cool. His calmness helped me to stop a minute, take a deep breath and then take a somewhat calmer - not much, but a little - approach.

Arthur has seen me through several "tough" times with my daughter, Sherie. Our wish is that you will walk through this with the Love and Strength of God. Sherie Good and I extend you our warmest sympathy.

Betty Morris
April 22, 2002
Kevin & Family-

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Brian was a true blessing to everyone he came in contact with.

God Bless you and your family.
Keri Altieri
April 22, 2002
kevin & family
i am so sorry for your prayers are with you.
meri altieri sellers
April 21, 2002
Dear Aruther and Barabara,

I was surprised, and saddened about your loss, I believe he is on good hand of lord, Our deepest Sympathy and Condelsense to you and your family. God will be with you all the way through as very excatly as you told me when I loss mine, George Allen, PJ and Melissa Shaver., Now, I am married to military officers in Fort Belvoir, VA. I strong believe, your son will be in high though and honors of our military area.. My though and prayer will be with you and your family...Love, Ginnie Graham ( ex- Houston, TX ) Fort Belvoir, VA
Ginnie Graham
April 21, 2002
Larry Gillett
April 19, 2002
Arthur and Barbara:

I think of the time that David lost his child and eventhough your son was an adult, I know the feelings are the same. I am a father and grandfather and am very close to them as you were to your son. It is so difficult to know why even for us preachers why God would allow my son to be killed by such people but God knows and I trust that is some help and the fact that so many are praying for you. Deaf and Hearing.

Just met you once but through somehow I greive with you (Please don't ask how that could be but I do.


In Christ,

Les Belt
Lester Belt
April 19, 2002
Rev. & Mrs Craig and Family:


All my thoughts and prayers.

E Brock
E J Brock
April 19, 2002
Your son is and will always be a HERO hold on to all the sweet memories you cherished with him for his death was not in vain!! You will forever be in my prayers.

Angie King
Houston, Tx
April 19, 2002
Arthur & Barbara,

My heart aches and is saddened for you two in this time of Brian's home-going. I have prayed for God's strength and guidance for you two since learning of the accident. I saw Arthur's interviews on several of the TV stations. As tough as I know those were, it gave me joy to see you allowing God to minister through you even during such a struggling time!

How joyous it will be when we all get to Heaven and see our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and at that time are reunited with our loved ones who have gone on before us! I love you both. May God bless you and keep you in his care and love!

Ken Thompson
April 19, 2002
Arthur, Barbara and family,
Although I don't know you, my husband (Lester Belt) knows Arthur, and we have a mutual friend, Roy Bennett. I just want you all to know that we have been in prayer for you all ever since hearing the news about Brian. I can't even imagine the pain you are going through. I hope you can take comfort in the fact the he is now with our Lord and we know that we'll see him someday, too. May God offer you an extra measure of the sweet comfort that only He can give. God bless you all.
Willie Belt
April 19, 2002
Dear Arthur, Barbara and Family,
I am member of Faith Baptist Chapel for the Deaf in Austin, I might not know you well but know Barbara since in Retreat in past. I am truely sorry for your lost son, but he is very brave to go and he is with God's hand. I knew he want to do for his country. Hope I can meet you and Barbara also your family someday. God always be with you and your family. Take care..

Bless you, Barbara Duve

Barbara Duve
April 19, 2002
Arthur, Barbara and Family;

On behalf of my mother, Larue Clifton, my sister, Betty Dean Family, and my 2 brothers' families, our deepest sympathy and condelesence to you and your family. I was saddened when I heard about your son, Brian. My heart goes to you and your family. Brian joined two other beloved individuals, whom we lost recently, in a land of safe, peace and the Lord. Your family will be in my thought and daily prayer. If there is something I can do for your family or your church, please don't hesitate to let me know. God will be with you all the way through.


Jack Clifton
Jack Clifton
April 19, 2002
Mr. and Mrs. Craig,

Although none of our unit members knew your son personally, because he wore the same badge that we wear proudly everyday, he was one of our brothers. Please accept our condolences for your loss. We honor the memory of your Son and all of our fallen brothers everyday when we put on our uniforms.

MSgt Patrick S. Covington
MSgt Robert A. Gearhart
MSgt Bradley H. Schuster
TSgt Chad J. Berard
SSgt Steven P. Erb

147th Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Ellington Field
Texas Air National Guard

Patrick Covington
April 19, 2002
We're terribly sorry for your loss & we will keep you in our prayers. We attended Northwest Academy with Brian & remember him well. We're very proud of his service to this nation.
God Bless You
Dane & Dee Ann Byers
April 19, 2002
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Craig,

Even though I do not know your family, I want to express my deepest sympathies on your loss. Your son was a brave person who unselfishly dedicated his life to serving God and this nation. I do quite a bit of writing and listening to Christian music, and there is a song by Stephen Curtis Chapman titled "When You Are A Soldier" and it speaks of our Lord, Jesus Christ who was, is and always will be a soldier for us all. I am confident that your son is now with him but now wears his wings as an angel to protect you and all of those he loves from harm. With heartfelt sympathies
Scott Frederic
April 19, 2002
Arthur, Barbara, and Family:

I was so sorry to hear about your loss. Unfortunately I never got to meet Brian, but from everything I have heard about him indicated he was a very special person, had great strength and Christian character, and his purpose in life was to do what the Lord wanted him to do. That is a unique trait and a real gift, I'm sure, to everyone who was around him. We can all take comfort that we "know that we know" he is now home with the Lord.
God bless all of you and our church family. ILY, Joanie
Joanie Murdoch
April 19, 2002
Our love and prayers are with your family. Our children are John, Krista and Katie Madison
MC and Linda Warters
April 19, 2002
Arthur and Barbara,
Brian was a very special person to all of us. He was a wonderful example of what we all should strive to be. I really consider it an honor to have had him as a cousin and a friend. He will always be with us and we will always love him. God bless you and the other soldiers who are still there so we can live peacefully here ! Love, Missy
Missy Jamerson
April 19, 2002
I never actually met your son in person; however, we attend your Church and know you. You are a wonderful blessing to my family. You have so much compassion. Thus, in saying this I know your son carried the same special gifts that you do. The apple does not fall far from the tree. I know this is a very difficult time for you, and you will be in my prayers. Thank you for having a son who willingly stood up to protect the millions of people he never met. God bless you and your family now and always.
Christy Martinez
April 19, 2002
Thank you and Brian for the supreme sacrifice you've given to our country and indeed the world. May God and his angels surround you and give you strength at this most difficult time, yet a time of celebration of Brian's meeting his Lord face to face.
Mary Dopico
April 19, 2002
Dear Arthur and Barbara,
Our family grieves for you. For many years your prayers sustained us. I pray now that our prayers will somehow find their way to bring you solace and comfort.

In God's love, Virginia Brooks, Richard and Evan Myers
Virginia Brooks
April 18, 2002
Dear Arthur & Barbara,

God has blessed you with such a brave son that loved the Lord Jesus. May you and your family be full of peace and joy knowing that Brian is now in heaven with Him (JESUS) You and your family are forever in our prayers. We love you all.
Henry & Bernadette Crawford
April 18, 2002
May God be with you at this time. Know that I will keep you in my prayers everyday. I am a military wife and pray daily that god will be with the soldiers.
Annissa Summers
April 18, 2002
Mr. and Mrs. Craig,

I am so sorry for your loss. I was Brian's Squad Leader here in Alaska when he was assigned to the 501st. Brian was more than one of my soldiers, though, he was also a friend. He was an outstanding paratrooper, and made myself and the other soldiers around him better. The news of his death touched the lives of many soldiers and former soldiers from coast to coast. He will be missed very much by those that knew him here in Alaska, and I believe that is a testament to his character.
Chris Simmons
April 18, 2002
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this valley. I know that Brian was a strong Christian witness to all he came in contact with during his military service and there is no telling how many people he brought to the Lord. Praise God for men like him! He will be remembered with honor and respect.
In His Glory,
Jennifer and Andrew Cousin
Jennifer & Andrew Cousin
April 18, 2002
Arthur and Barbara,
We are thankful for young men like Brian who are willing to serve their country and their Lord. His service and sacrifice was not in vain. God bless you both. Our prayers go out to you.
Ralph & Judy Bolstad
April 18, 2002
I don't understand the reasons for things such as losing a child. We can only trust the Lord and keep our faith. Our prayers are with you at this time.
Glenda & Leah Ilic
April 18, 2002
May God bless your family in this time of loss. The Bible states "greater love have no man; than he lay down his life for his friends" Your Son laid down his life for the Love of God and Country. We and all Americans are
thankful for men like Thomas willing to go into harms way to protect our freedoms.
John and Debra Bowman
April 18, 2002
We wish to express our condolences during this sad time in your lives.
We are very sorry for your loss. May the promise of our lord Jesus be of comfort to you. God bless....
Rick $ Kristine Rose
April 18, 2002
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tina Lewis
April 18, 2002
Arthur & Barbara -
Our hearts break for you. You are in our prayers. You are loved.
By God's grace and for His glory,
Dave & Peggy C.
Peggy & David Carpenter
April 18, 2002
My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time.
JoAnn V Torres
April 18, 2002
my heart goes out to your family.
i am very sorry for the loss of brian. i will remember him for the rest of my life.
Jason Beck
April 18, 2002
To the Craig's family:
Our condolences to the family and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Jimmy/Kathy French
April 18, 2002
Dear Mr. & Mrs Craig,

I am the mother of an Army soldier. My heart is broken for you. I am so sorry for your loss and hold you and your family in my constant prayers. I am so grateful to your son for his service to my country in this extremely important time. May God bless you and keep you.


Donna Forristal
Donna Forristal
April 18, 2002
May the Lord comfort the family of Brian Craig in this most difficult time of mourning. Remember Brian Craig is on a permanent vacation with Jesus and we will always loved him.
Shelly J Long
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Shelly Long
April 18, 2002
Robert & Juanita Lynch
April 18, 2002
God bless the Craig family
Jeff Farley
April 18, 2002
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