Antonio Sledd
SLEDD, Antonio James, 20 of Tampa died on October 8, 2002 in Kuwait. He is survived by his parents, Thomas D. Sledd and Norma Figueroa; a brother, Michael Sledd; and a grandfather, Antonio Figueroa. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday from 2 to 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Bay Pines National Cemetery, St Petersburg.
Published by TBO.com on Oct. 14, 2002.
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Cpl Sledd, you are remembered today and everyday for your service to our Nation resulting in your paying the Supreme Sacrifice. Rest assured that your sacrifice was not in vain, and that you are one of many who have sustained our freedom, and that of freedom loving peoples around the world, since our Nation was born.
Joseph Keary, LTC, USA (Ret)
May 26, 2019
Although I'm a day pass Memorial Day, I want Tony and his family to know their sacrifice is not forgotten. SemperFi Marine
Sharon Sunday
May 29, 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 week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of Antonio J. Sledd US Marine Lance Corporal. 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. We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you safe and strong.

Sincerely,
Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of the US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
November 13, 2017
My sweet Tony is 2017 and is time to come home as my grandson. You are miss every day of our life. I always remember you sense off humor your candid and your phrase " Honey Iam home"
So dear Tony come home we miss you a whole lot.
Norma Figueroa
October 8, 2017
Your watch is over, we have your back. Gone, but not forgotten. Slow hand salute while at attention. May God continue to watch over all who serve.Semper Fi Marine.
Fran Fusco
October 8, 2017
Semper Fi
T Sledd
January 7, 2017
And now it is 2017.
You are not forgotten.
Semper Fidelis.
Matt Huber
January 6, 2017
Tony 2016 is here and you are always in my mind, I hope you are having fun with your Conrad Marines guy by soaring, guarding and keeping safe the USA. Update with football our Colorado Broncos are going to the Super Bowl with the Panther just sprinkle your angel dust for good luck.. Your whole family miss you every day...so until we met again stay on your brother back so he can move on...he is an angel in earth as he is devote to help people with his job. May God bless all our tropes specially the MARINES.
Norma Figueroa
January 31, 2016
You are never forgotten brother, till this day I still think of you. RIP!!
joe salcido
January 8, 2016
Semper Fidelis Warrior.
Matt Huber
January 6, 2016
2015 Another year remembering your great sense of humor and your positive attitude about everything that life can bring. You are royally miss in planet earth although heaven gains a funny and caring angel. You are always in our mind as we cherish your love and keep your memories alive. Always love you and miss you every day of my life until we meet again. Norma
Norma Figueroa
July 14, 2015
SEMPER FI
JAMES SMITH
June 26, 2015
Always remembering you Bro. We ALL miss you like crazy....
Semper Fi
Alexander Antongiorgi
March 9, 2015
Norma Figueroa - I have been trying to reach you to talk about Tony and that day. Please email me at [email protected] I am down here in Florida on business until Sunday, April 14.
Joe Keary
April 10, 2013
I was on your float 10 years ago...I remeber your loss like yesterday. Semper Fi!
December 25, 2012
10+ years and still remembered,respected and honored.
November 29, 2012
Never forgotten Tony
Christopher Velchoff
November 22, 2012
"...they will find the streets are guarded, by United States Marines!"
LTC (Ret) Joseph Keary
October 9, 2012
Semper Fi, Marine. Thanks for your service to our Nation and to freedom in Iraq. I was there at Camp Doha, Kuwait when you died... running the MEDEVAC mission in our TOC. You are always in my memory and I pray for you and your family.
LTC (Ret) Joseph Keary
October 9, 2012
Hey Tony,
I'm out here in Afghanistan right now, with your KIA Bracelet on, and telling my Marines how great of a Marine you were/are. 10 years ago today we lost you but bro you definitely are not forgotten. I miss you bro. Stuff got crazy the other night out here bro but thanks for looking out for us. I really appreciate it. Tony, always know that we will always uphold you memory. We are a band of brothers. And to Mike and the entire Sledd family, if there is anything we can do just please let me know.
Semper Fidelis,
Sgt. Alexander Antongiorgi
United States Marine Corps
HMH-361 (Forward)
Camp Bastion, Afghanistan
October 8, 2012
Remembering Tony and his family today in prayer.
Marine Mom
October 8, 2012
SEMPER FIDELIS........ THANK YOU MARINE. LIMA WARRIOR
CPL MARINE
September 3, 2012
I hope to see the Stars and Stripes fly from your new flag pole at the first home game at Gaither.I regret that I didn't have the opportunity to meet you. yesterday 8 18 2012 I was at Parris Island on the 50th anniversery of my arriving at P.I.I got to watch Marines recieve their Eagle Globe and Anchor. You and many other Marines were there in spirit and I thanked you'll for your sacrifice.You'll will continue to be in my prayers for eever, along with your family and friends.God bless you'll. Semper Fidelis
Cpl. Jerry Mullis
August 19, 2012
I was the Executive Officer at the 405th Combat Support Hospital when LCpl Sledd was killed. I worked to coordinate his evacuation, and received the notification of his death, so we could route it up to the Pentagon to notify his family. Not a day passes that I dont remember him, and have talked about his loss to thousands of Soldiers during the years. I am retired, but her remains in my heart, especially so on Memorial Day. Semper Fi, Marine, and God Bless You.
LTC (Ret) Joseph Keary
May 28, 2012
Tony,
I just wanted to let you know that there are still a lot of Marines that look up to you. My Marines know what a great leader you were/are. It was an honor knowing you and you have been my motivator throughout my career. You are the reason I am a United States Marine. Thanks for looking out for us in whatever missions get thrown our way. Hey bro I talked to Mike about a month ago and he seems to be doing very well. I'm sure you're very rpoud of him. Take care of yourself up there.

Semper Fidelis,
Sgt Antongiorgi USMC
Alex Antongiorgi
March 15, 2012
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Antonio J. Sledd:
Please accept my remembrance of Antonio on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
October 8, 2011
The Price of Freedom is not Free. Semper Fi !
Gunny M
October 8, 2011
"http://www.educationfoundation.com/ Scholarship Spolight: Honoring Corporal Antonio James “Tony Sledd” - Big T
Antonio James Sledd joined the Marine Corps and was one of the first Marines kilIed in Operation Enduring Freedom. During that week, VA Hospital friends, families and co-workers collected monies and decided to open the Antonio J. Sledd scholarship trust fund. This money is used to award annual college scholarships to select Gaither High students. One of Tony’s goals was to go back to college. Thru this scholarship, students from Gaither High School will live and carry out Tony’s dream. Gaither High School also proudly displays the flag that flew for Tony at half-mast over the Capitol. From the classrooms and hallways of Gaither High, Tony dreamed about his future. Through this scholarship in his memory, I know he is smiling -- just knowing that other Gaither students will be helped to realize their dreams. Gaither High school honored Tony’s ultimate sacrifice by placing a plaque that was mounted on a beautiful rock remembering Tony at the football field. Once in a while, I hear my friends who have children attending Gaither High School, talk about the moment of silence honoring Tony Sledd prior to the start of football games.
It is comforting to know that Tony’s Marine Lima Company still thinks of Tony as a man with potential leadership skills and a great man who died defending our Country. As his mother, I know he was a very positive, goal-focused leader. I asked him many times to leave the Marines because I was so afraid he might get killed. He refused to leave and told me he was proud to be a Marine and he always thought highly about the Marines, and the fellow Marines with whom he so proudly served.
As his mother, I am representing all of his family and friends that still love and miss Tony – or “Big T” – that is how he signed his e-mails from overseas – “Big T.”
My husband and I always felt blessed by God for allowing us to have our precious gifts of life, our twins, “Tony and Mikey” – they have brought us such joy. Tony always told me he would make me a proud mother – but, we were always proud of them -- from the day they were born -- and of the men they became. My husband and I wanted to keep Tony’s Legacy alive so we agreed to pay the total amount for the endowment. I want to recognize the James A. Haley VA Hospital staff, friends, and co-workers for supporting this initiative by making contributions thru the CFC initially and now through the endowment using direct deposit.
During a Veterans Day parade in Hillsborough County, Tony Sledd and his family were honored. While at the parade, people were screaming, “Tony Sledd will live forever.” One of the local motorcycle clubs had embroidered patches with the following message, “Love BIG T.”
I know now my son did not die in vain and indeed he touched many lives. The Hillsborough School Board also honored 4 soldiers that died during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom….Tony was one of those soldiers. The Roy Haney Park where Tony grew up and attended summer camp and later volunteered and became an employee of the summer camp program honored our fallen Hero Tony Sleed by submitting a petition to the Commissioner of the Hillsborough park requesting that the baseball park where Tony played baseball while a little kid and became a coach, be called “Tony Sledd Baseball Park.” The ceremony took place on October 13, 2003. The local news presented a special report on Tony’s accomplishments at the park and during the ceremony, 21 balloons were released in honor of our Beloved Marine Tony Sledd who would have been 21 years old that year along with presentation of the plaque with “Tony Sledd Baseball Park” inscribed. During the ceremony and presentation of the colors, two of the 6 flags came down. All of Tony’s friend from childhood were there and they all looked at the Flags down on the ground and smiled, saying …”That is Tony” - he wanted to make sure we all knew that he was there with us in spirit and grateful for the honor. He always told me he could not wait until his 21st birthday so he could be old enough to make his own decisions. But I still think Tony had it all, lived his life doing what he thought was best, achieving across his earth time, both love and peace. It is very obvious to me as I look back and see his accomplishments in life and how he touched so many other lives in his short 20 years on earth.
Tony lives in our hearts. Never does a day go by without our family talking about him, feeling close to his soul, and remembering his sense of humor, his candid smile, his short sweet answers, his jokes and his typical greeting, “Honey, I’m home.” That is how I want our son to be remembered. It has been written:

To live in hearts,
We leave behind
Is not to die.

As twins, Tony and Mikey naturally thought they would share their futures together. Tony was known for saying he “had Mikey’s back covered” – meaning he was watching out for him. Tony always wanted to serve his country. So, first they were going to spend four years in the Marine Corps gaining life experience and protecting their country. Then they were going to attend the University of Arkansas to major in Criminology – next, enter the police academy to become police officers – and later, pursue careers with the FBI.
Tony, a self-determined and self-confident young man, became one of our fallen heroes dying prior to the war -- paying the ultimate price doing what he wanted to do -- protecting innocent people from ruthless terrorists. May God Bless America and all the young heroes behind the enemy line who are willing to pay the ultimate price, and like Tony were willing to die to protect their Country and our freedom. Please hold these heroes, their families, and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. As it has been said -- “Those who have died for their Country will never be forgotten. Their sacrifice will live on forever in the hearts of all who cherish freedom.”
On behalf of my husband, Tom, and son, Mikey, we wish to express our gratitude for remembering our son and for the donation to the Antonio J. Sledd Scholarship trust fund. Tony, always will be with us in spirit -- We will always love you “Big T.”"
Norma Figueroa of Tampa, Florida
N Figueroa
May 29, 2011
I am currently serving in KAF as an Air Force Nurse. I had the honor of running a 5K in honor of LCPL Sledd. He will never be forgotten! God Bless!
Corrine Sawyer
November 11, 2010
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Antonio J. Sledd:
Remembering Antonio 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
October 8, 2010
T SLEDD
September 3, 2010
Your Mustang still looking good.
T Sledd
September 3, 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 miss you brother.

3/1 India Co.
Michael Washum
January 2, 2010
November 11, 2009
WE miss Tony,he is in our thoughts,and prayers.The Zerby Family
David Zerby
November 11, 2009
As we remember all who have given all ... we keep you in our daily life. Praying for your eternal rest and to the Sledd family, he will not be forgotten.
Ricardo Guzman
November 11, 2009
hey bro, just want to say i miss you and will always keep you in memory. 3/1 forever. semper fi 1st plt Cpl Garcia
armando garcia
October 10, 2009
Tony,

Your memory lives on, and your sacrifice won't be forgotten. I talked with your brother and Pat today, and we shared some good stories from back in the day. Good times at the park, playing basketball. You are greatly missed but we will all see each other again one day. See you at the Crossroads my friend :)
Matt Egan
October 8, 2009
Eight years ago on October 8 everything changed. I will never forget that day nor the loss of your Marine Tony. So long as he is remembered, he is with us and we will always remember.
K. Simpson
October 7, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Antonio J. Sledd:
Antonio 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
October 4, 2009
To the Sledd fam.
I was just playing on the Internet when this poped up I have not read this since the last time I filled this out and that was around the time we all lost one thing in common our best friend I miss all the jokes and crazyness we all loved about Tony. I just wanted to thank you Norma the most even tho you lost Tony you still everyday do to work and help all the vertarans at the hospital. I mis Tony and think of him everyday but I try to rember the good times we all had togother. To miky I hope the rest of your life gets better even tho I'm not allways n Tampa like I want to be I'm only a phone call if you need anything you know that tho I love your whole fam and hope the best for everyone..love allways Nicole cosma
Nicole Cosma
July 21, 2009
To the family of Lance Corporal Sledd:
I am a father of three young children here in Tampa. On this Memorial Day, I just wanted to express my profound and deepest gratitude to you and LCpl Sledd. I know that the security and peace that I and my family enjoy are because of your sacrifice. I am honored to be a citizen of LCpl Sledd's hometown. Please know that he and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Brian Baggot
May 24, 2009
To let your family know that their son and soldier is not forgotten this Memorial day. If the soldier who left a message regarding his friend "Slay Ryder" on April 4, 2009 reads this, I am quite sure you also had gone above and beyond the call of duty.
May 24, 2009
Sledd aka "Slay Ryder", this is the call sign we gave him. I remember this day. It was so damn hot! I wish I could have done more for you that day Tony. I wish I knew then what I know now. Till this day I don't think I did enough and I want to apologize to Sledd's family and friends. It was my job to bring him back and I didn't, I'm so sorry!

R.I.P Lcpl Tony Sledd
aka "Slay Ryder"
"Phantom" USMC
April 4, 2009
Tony, several years have passed and no day goes by without me thinking of you and what happen that day at the island. Semper Fi
ricardo guzman
February 14, 2009
Tony, I've thought a lot about you through out the years. I remember coming home from high school and seeing your picture on Bay News 9. It hit me hard. You were my coach at Roy Hanes. I remember that summer! It was one of the best! Thanks to you. I remember your brother Mike and Patrick. Patrick used to beat all of us in Pool at the Rec Center. Those were some good times. Thanks to you! Its because of you that I joined the Corps. Thanks for being a great mentor that summer. Its a memory that I will carry for a long time! You will never be forgotten. In October it'll be 7 years but it stills feels like yesterday when I first heard about what happened! I'm stationed at Camp Pendleton just like you were. May you Rest In Peace Brother!
Semper Fidelis!
Cpl.Antongiorgi(USMC)
Alexander Antongiorgi
February 12, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Antonio J. Sledd:
Antonio 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
October 4, 2008
Sincere sympathy and love, Pat - R.N.
Patsy Jo Reed Sircy
August 15, 2007
I have returned to sign this guestbook after almost 5 years to remind the Sledd family that their Marine will never be forgotten. Crisp hand salute to L/Cpl Sledd.
I am a stranger but a brother none the less. I too have suffered a tremendous loss since my last entry and know well the anguish of grief that just never seems to go away.
Semper Fi
Howard T Grant
USMC 63/69
Howard Grant
August 5, 2007
It is hard to believe it has been 4 years when is this going to end. I remember Tony when he was just a small boy so cute and innocent. I hate that he was taken form us, his lovely mom and dad and brother. My prayers go out to you Norma everyday.
Suzy Scott
August 3, 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.

PROUD MOTHER OF A U.S. SOLDIER
Althea Barrett(Queens, NY)
August 2, 2007
To the Sledd family: I previously signed Antonio's guest book. It has been 4 years since you were taken. You are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
October 10, 2006
Remembering Lance Cpl. Antonio J. Sledd, with a Multitude of Thanks for his Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom.
May Antonio rest in God's Loving Care and know that he will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
May God's Grace and Comfort, continue to be with the Sledd family.
From the sister of a Fallen young hero, who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in Vietnam. KIA~1967

" What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose,
for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us"
~ Helen Keller ~

May the memories of your loved one, live in your heart always.
Garnet Jenkins
September 16, 2006
We only went to middle school together but you made a huge impact on my life when i heard you had passed. God bless you and your family.
Kyle Lash
August 29, 2006
To the family of this brave Marine:
I mourn the loss of your loved one as I did my own brother. My brother is Sgt Adam Cann. He was killed by a suicide bomber on 5 Jan of this year. If you need someone to talk to, please feel free to contact me as I've been through what you're going through right now. The truth is that it doesn't get any easier to deal with, but you just eventually learn to live with it and never forget. My prayers are with you. Antonio is watching over you now and he knows the pain you feel from the loss.
Sgt Justin Cann
June 26, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Sledd family in the loss of Antonio. I did not know Antonio, 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. Antonio it has been 41 months since you were taken. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten. My heart was touched by what is written about you.
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
March 17, 2006
Tony was a brave young man. He fought for what he believed to be the right thing as so many of our soldiers have done before him. We will all continue to miss his spirit on earth, but he is with us everyday in our memories. Love Suzy
Suzy Scott-Williams
September 13, 2005
Wanda Cobb & Family
September 11, 2005
To the Sledd family,
I'm sorry for your loss. Tony was a great guy. I went to school with him from seventh grade thru to HCC. He always had a smile on his face and a joke or something smart to say to put a smile on your face. I don't really know what to say, it's been over a year since he's died and it still doesn't seem real to me. I still expect to be able to run in to him at a store or pull up at a traffic light and him be there by some chance. I lost touch with him during the first year out of high school, and I regret it. I miss you Big T! You'll never be forgotten!
Nivea Guma
November 11, 2003
To the Sledd Family,
My families thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time in your life. We have never met nor may our paths in life ever cross but our stories and our pain is very similar. I too lost my 20 year old brother this past summer in a tragic US Marine accident-he too was a LCPL and served his country well. Unfortunately there are no words, actions or just not enough hugs to ease the pain you all are going through! Please hold close to your hearts all the fond memories of your son Tony because those will be what will help you get through some of the most difficult days ahead. Smile up to heaven often because that is where your Guardian Angel Tony will forever be watching over you from. Semper Fi!
Karyn (Orlando) Baldino
November 15, 2002
Tony and Mikey are our nephews and we love both of them very much. We are very proud of both boys and our hearts are broken to have lost one of them. I have written some thoughts down that came to me after Tony left us on this earth. I believe he is soaring high with the Eagles now. John, Joshua, Jeremy, and I, "Tootie", have lost a treasure that can never be found anywhere except in our hearts and memories where he will live forever.
The love a parent has for a child is everlasting. Deep within your heart and soul, you carry the love and admiration of the gift God has given you. To enjoy while you possess the body God gave you as an earthly vessell. Nothing lasts forever except the love and memories you acquire throughout your lifetime here on earth. As people pass over into heaven left behind are all the charished memories of time spent together with those we have loved in life. Eventhough we no longer have the person in their body, we always have their spirit in our hearts and souls. There are things that appear to us to represent loved ones who are no longer with us in body. Always around us in spirit appearing as a butterfly or another animal or other form. In the breeze that carresses our body as if the person were still here with us. God sends their spirit to us to comfort us and as a way to communicate with our loved ones. No material body to hold or talk to but always a spirit that hears our every thoughts and prayers. I believe we have them with us always as angels that watch over us until we can be united together in eternity. Everlasting love that never leaves us.
Tom, Norma, and Mikey,
We love you very much and you are all in our hearts and prayers forever. Tony we miss you and love you always see you in our dreams.
The Sledd Family in
Bauxite, Arkansas.
Eugenia Sledd
October 25, 2002
I dont know the family but my prayers are with them during this time of sorrow.May God Bless The Sledd family and God Bless America.
Keri Laurelli
October 22, 2002
To the Sledd Family,

No one can feel what you feel right now, but please know that you have many people thinking of you, and praying for you and your family. Our son, Mike Zerby has been with Tony since January of 2001 when they were in boot camp together, and they have been roommates ever since. We had the pleasure of having Tony in our home, when he flew up to us here in Pennsylvania to ride out to California with Mike to their new home in Camp Pendleton. You have many reasons to be proud of the fine young man you raised. He was the nicest young gentlemen Mike ever had at our home. He will always be in our hearts, and we know he will forever be in Mike's.
Dave & Deb Zerby
October 21, 2002
Family and Friends of Tony,

I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one. I know we have never met but I know the pain and heartache you are feeling. I lost my 20 year old brother and best friend, LCPL Peter Orlando, in a Marine training accident in July 2002. I wish there were words to ease the pain. They say that God only hands the toughest challenges to those who are stong enough to handle them. You may not feel so strong at this time but hold your heads high knowing that Tony was a brave hero and will be honored and remembered in our thoughts prayers each day. I am positive that Tony and Peter have become eternal friends and are watching and protecting all of us each day. Semper Fi.

Maria Orlando
October 19, 2002
Tony was loved and so loved by my best friend. I spent alot of time with them as a couple, and he always made her and everyone around him laugh. i will never forget him, and i am proud to say i knew him. i am so sorry for your loss.
Genevieve Hughes
October 19, 2002
We were so saddened to hear of Tony's death. Our Son is also a Marine at Camp Pendleton. He was in Afghanistan last winter. As a Marine Mom my heart breaks for the loss of you precious Marine Son. We are so very proud of the job your Tony was doing for our Country. Just wanted to let you know we shed many tears with you. May God watch over your family at this time of sadness.
Sincere sympathy to you all.
A Blue Star Mom Semper Fi
Lynn Webb
October 18, 2002
Norma, Thomas, and Mikey~
Tony meant so much to all of us and nothing will ever change that. Hold on to the wonderful memories you have of him because all those great times should never be forgotten. He was a loving son, brother, friend, and (to me) boyfriend. His bright smile and infectious laugh will be "Tony characteristics" that I will always remember and cherish. No words can help you, or any of us, get through this difficult time...but it might help to believe that he is watching down on us all from Heaven now. We will NEVER forget him because we all know he is an unforgettable person. Norma and Thomas, thank you for raising such an amazing son who had such a huge, incredible impact on my life. I will never forget him or stop loving him.
Megan Smith
October 17, 2002
Thank you for giving the your most precious gift to keep us free. My family and I thank you and pray for peace for your family. God Bless.
Lenda Buendia
October 17, 2002
To the Sledd Family,
We don't know one another but we share the same pain/loss. My deepest sympathy goes out to you all. I honor your son as a Marine; my brother was also a Marine whom we lost in July also 20 No words,tears or hugs can replace or heal the pain you feel. When I heard of this tragedy I needed to reach out to you and express my sympathies.It's not fair. TRust in your faith and know that Tony is in a safer place now. I hope Tony and my brother have connected with one another. God Bless and stay strong. Semper Fi.
Heidi Orlando
October 17, 2002
TO THE SLEDD FAMILY,
I SHARE THE PAIN YOUR FAMILY IS FEELING. WE LOST A BROTHER IN ARMS WHEN LCPL SLEDD MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRFICE TO PROTECT THIS NATION. I MAKE THIS SOLEMN VOW TO LEAD MY MARINES INTO THE WAR ON TERRORISM IN THE HONOR OF YOUR SON. ON BEHALF OF ALL THE MARINES AT 9TH E.S.B., MOTOR TRANSPORT PLATOON, OKINAWA, JAPAN. WE SEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY
SGT O'CONNOR THOMAS P.
October 17, 2002
To the Sledd Family,
We have never crossed your son's path, but were very saddened to hear of his passing. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God Bless You!
Pierre & Lizza Emmanuelli
October 16, 2002
Dear Norma, Tom, and Mikey,

You guys are like a second family to me. We will never forget Tony as long as we live. He had such a great impact on my life as well as many other lives. Be proud of who he is today, a hero, and what he was before, a prankster who could make anyone smile. You did a great job in raising your children and i have always seen that in the way they acted and carried themselves. Mikey, you may have lost a brother but when you came off that plane another brother was there to take you home. You know where to find me and what number to call me at. I have always took you in my home when you left yours, so nothing will ever change. I love you all and i am always here!

-Patrick VanTreese
Patrick VanTreese
October 16, 2002
Norma, Thomas and family: My heart goes out to you. I too, am a mother of a 20 year old LCPL U.S. Marine, who died in July 2002, in a live fire training exercise. I don't have the words to say, because I too am still grieving. No one accept yourselves can overcome the unbelievable pain in your hearts. Your love and memories of Antonio will live forever. Remember one thing, he served our country with Honor, Courage and Commitment.Once a Marine, Always a Marine. God Bless you all.You are in my prayers. Semper Fi from a Gold and a Blue Star MOM
Audrey Orlando
October 16, 2002
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and we pray that God give you comfort and strength as only He can. Thank you for raising such a wonderful son and Marine...he will be remembered forever in our hearts! As a mom of a Marine myself, my heart has broken into little pieces for your loss. To the family and friends who knew him and loved him...May God Bless you and keep you!
Debbie Smith
October 16, 2002
The Sledd Family,
We are greatly saddened by the loss of our "Tony". He became part of our family, and will never forget him....We sit and think of all the happy memories we have of him, and are amazed how someone we have only known for a short time can touch our lives in such a special way...He IS an exceptional person, someone I am PROUD to call a friend.....Tony living with us the past months has been a blessing for us both, and we know that we all have a new guardian ANGEL..Thank you for blessing us with such a great person, who we miss and love dearly.....We love you "cookie partner...!"
Love Always,
Laura & Nora
Laura Zeller
October 16, 2002
We will all miss you
Jocelyn Floyd
October 16, 2002
Thanks for being a good friend
Kalley Willis
October 16, 2002
SEMPER fi BRO. you are guarding heaven's gate now.
JAMES SHAURETTE
October 16, 2002
"It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our
country, in defense of us, in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick.
We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something
like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray haired. But most of them were
boys when they died, and they gave up two lives--the one they were living
and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their
chance
to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to
be revered old men. They gave up everything for our country, for us.
And all we can do is remember."

President Ronald Reagan
Remarks at the Veterans Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington
National Cemetery, November 11, l985

Nick Wiltse
October 16, 2002
To the Family of Lcpl Tony Sledd my condolences and may the Good lord ease your grief and pain during this time of your loss,he was a member of our Marine family! your profound loss is shared by many!
USMC 66-70 Rvn 68-69 S/F
james alexander
October 16, 2002
Dear Norma, Tom & Mike,

I have special memories of Tony & Mike ringing my doorbell in grade school & asking if my son Josh could play. They were both so sweet & well mannered. As a parent, my heart has ached for you ever since I heard of Tony's sacrifice to protect our freedom. My thoughts & prayers have been with you & will continue to be with you in the days that lie ahead. He truly was a hero & I am proud to have known him.
Debbie Dillon
October 15, 2002
Dear Norma, Tom and Mikey,
My heart is breaking for you. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel. I last saw Tony when he was just a small child what a lovely boy. Your family will always have a special place in my heart and I love you all.
Suzy Scott-Williams
October 15, 2002
We were saddened to hear about Tony. We send our deepest sympathy to his family and all of those who love him. Thank you for sending such a great young man to protect our country.
Lise Stubbs
October 15, 2002
My deepest condolences to your family, I have suffered personal loss in this fight against terrorism and know first hand the grievence felt as a result of such a tragedy. I will continue to pray for Tony and the rest of your family, may God be with you. Semper Fi.
Angela Simpson
October 15, 2002
"They shall never grow old as we grow old. Age shall not worry them but with
every morning sunrise we must always remember them."

Semper Fi...........you are in our hearts and will never be forgotten.
Marine Mom Online
Gigi Pilcher
October 15, 2002
Our sincere & deep heartfelt condolences go out to Lance Corporal Antonio J. Sledd's family & friends. May God give you peace.

God Bless & Semper Fidelis,
Mr. & Mrs. Corporal Kenneth K. Annan Family
Mr & Mrs. Kenneth K. Annan
October 15, 2002
Lance Corporal Antonio Sledd served proudly and anyone who has ever loved a Marine feels this loss.

To his family, I pray God will grant you strength in the coming days. Thank you for this wonderful man who wasn't afraid to stand up for what he believed in...

Lance Corporal Antonio Sledd, thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten. May you now rest in peace.
Santiana Montini
October 15, 2002
We know you, but we never met you. You gave us your son, your brother, your boyfriend and we lost him. Tony is now with the most elite of the world. Thank you for Tony. The Few, The Proud, The Marines.
Tom Brotherton
October 15, 2002
To the Family of LCPL Antonio Sledd, The sacrifice that you have given to this country can never be eased by words, a precious gift has been taken away from you and your family to soon..... As a mother of a Marine I pray that you will take great comfort in the son(s) you raised.... for it takes a special mom to raise Marines and allow them to choose to serve and protect our country.
We as a family of a Marine will never forget the sacrifice you have and still give, and we thank you for such a fine Marine.

Semper Fi
Terres Hall
October 15, 2002
Semper Fi, Brother. Guard Heavens Gates Devil Dog. May God bless you
Samuel Gutierrez
October 15, 2002
I would like to send my condolensces out to the family and friends of Lcpl. Sledd. My boyfriend is a Marine and just remember your son and every marine is a HERO! :O)
Liz
October 15, 2002
I would like to send my condolensces out to the family and friends of Lcpl. Sledd. No words can help express the tragic loss of your Marine. But know that you have a family with the Marine Corps. and the USMC supporters. My sincere apologies for what has happened... Semper Fidelis!
Kimberly Warren
October 15, 2002
Our sincere condolences on your loss. Not only do all who knew Antonio share you loss but every Marine, active,former,retired are with you in prayer.
Gene Foreman
October 14, 2002
My heart breaks for you. Knowing how
it feels to open the door at 2:30 in
the morning to find Active Marines
in full dress uniform. Never a
good feeling. To let me know
my baby Marine had passed away at
21, Justin was stationed at Camp Pendleton Ca. He graduated in 98
and enlisted in the Marines.
My son was in an accident & not
overseas. I am Blessed by God & have a son in high school. I know your heart feels like it is in a million pieces. I am praying for you & Michael's strength during
this time. I attend Compassionate Friends for parents that have lost a child. Know many Gold Star Moms everywhere are praying for you at this time.
Norma Ford Downes
October 14, 2002
to the family of cpl sledd, our thoughts and prayers are with you, we ache for you and with you. we wish there were some words that would ease your pain, we are a family of a Marine that was killed in beirut. we pray that God will be with you and give you strength as you face the days ahead. mary & robert gargano
robert gargano
October 14, 2002
My heartfelt condolences to Lcpl. Antonio's loved one's from another Marine mom. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God be with you and comfort you all.
Ione Smischney
October 14, 2002
Now the streets of heaven are guarded by yet another United States Marine. I cried upon hearing of your sacrifice to our country and Corps. When you pass the main gate look for my dad. He's an old Pelelieu vet and is probably having a beer with Chesty. They will be sad that you arrived so soon,but will accept and love you for eternity.
SemperFi
Howard T Grant
USMC 63/69
Howard Grant
October 14, 2002
To the Sledd family my heart goes out to you We also have a son in the Marines,They are brave young men willing to defend our country and agan may god bless you all,And I will keep you in my prayers.
Sharon King
October 14, 2002
MY heart and prayers go out to all of Antonio's family who mourn his loss. I am a mother of an Army Sgt. serving overseas at this time and I also lost a brother in Vietnam.
In sincere sympathy,
Pamela Rattee Kudriaszow
Pamela (Rattee) Kudriaszow
October 14, 2002
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