Major Tad T. Hervas
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January 16, 1961-October 6, 2009 Coon Rapids, MN Beloved son, brother, grandson, uncle, cousin, and friend died too soon as a casualty of war. Major Hervas began his military career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth when he joined the Air Force ROTC. After college he became a lieutenant in the Air Force as a navigation office and served in the First Gulf War. When his commission ended he returned to civilian life, working at Fireside Hearth & Home. After the 9/11 attacks Tad felt compelled to join the Minnesota National Guard out of love of country. He was deployed in 2004 to Iraq as Commander of the 216th Air Defense Artillery Echo Battery. In 2009 he was redeployed as a member of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division as a military intelligence officer. A well decorated officer, Maj. Hervas received the Bronze Star medal in 2005, as well as the Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, AF Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserved Medal with M Device, and Iraq Campaign Medal. Known for his smile, sense of humor, and the ability to make anyone laugh-Tad would offer the shirt of his back and expect nothing in return. He was well respected as an officer by his troops for his ability to put his rank aside and relate to all soldiers at all levels. It was his honor to serve in the military to protect his country and secure our freedoms. Tad's passions were family, friends, cooking, making others happy, sports, his dogs and standing in a river fly fishing. He always said it's never a bad day when you're on the river. Preceded in death by grandfathers Melvin Melby, Leonard Hervas, and beloved dog Rocky. Survived by grandmothers Bertha Melby and Clara Hervas, loving parents Ned and Barb Hervas, brothers Todd (Lynn), Kurt, Cory, and Kevin and sister Julie (Brian) Steege; nieces and nephews Tanya (Joe) Del Vecchio, Tara, Tyler, Nick, Caleb, Brock and CJ and beloved dog Peanut. Also survived by his fly fishing team, which included his brother Kurt, Roger Funk, Bob Kiner and Todd Guelle. Best friends Paul Guelle and Dan Sjoquist and his fraternal brothers (and Shelly Martin) of the UMD Dirty Dozen. Visitation Friday, Oct. 16, 4-8 pm at Washburn-McReavy (Coon Rapids Chapel, 763-767-1000), 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd. Celebration of life service Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:00 am, with visitation prior to service from 9-10 am, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 4th Ave S, Anoka. Following a luncheon, interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to MN Military Family Foundation; Trout Unlimited; or Petfinder.com Foundation. Salute Major Hervas Salute.




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Tad was a man who cared for those he served alongside. Be encouraged. God is more gracious and capable than our circumstances would have us believe.

-Chaplain Mike Lotzer...
(Deployed with Tad and pray for his family regularly).
July 30, 2014
To Tad's family
Tad was my roomate while we were deployed in Basra. He made me laugh and he made us all laugh and that may be enough in war zone. Not a day goes by that I do not have at least one thought of Tad. I can not explain that so I simply accept it. He is not forgotten.
Mark Wilson
May 26, 2014

To the family of Maj. Tad T. Hervas:

As you may know, the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation has honored your loved one at its Memorial Day Sunday worship service (each year in May) … since the time of your fallen hero's ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to pay tribute to our nation's veterans … lest we ever forget!

Now we would like to honor you … as the next-of-kin … who have also paid a great price on the altar of liberty. On Sunday 29 September at 11:00 a.m. we will host a Gold Star Family Sunday.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship … as we pay tribute to your sacrifice. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “By Dying, We Live.” The special music will be the husband/wife vocal/piano — Wickman Duo. Following the worship experience, your family is invited to attend a social time in our Fellowship Hall … with some light refreshments.

As this historic chapel has limited seating, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
Leila Campbell
August 16, 2013
In memory & honor of Major Tad Hervas. We will always be grateful to him for his devoted service to our country. He was a good man who made the ultimate sacrifice.
June 23, 2013
To the family of Maj. Tad T. Hervas:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2013. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served in the United States Armed Forces and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each 8-foot cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Freedom:Free, but Costly.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and there place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel. The Memorial Garden will remain until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 May (Memorial Day).

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/286-7296) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/286-7296) or email the office ([email protected]) and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 25 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday, 26 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
Leila Campbell
May 4, 2013
Barb and Family,
This may be years later, but I was thinking about Tad and found this memorial for him. I served with Tad in Basrah and we were going to get together when he got back. I heard about his death that morning. I continue to miss him and his huge smile. He always had good things to say and never a bad word. I know your hearts are heavy as this holiday season continues without Tad and Ned but know they are together in a far better place. I will always keep you all in my prayers and never forget Tad.
Hanz
Hanz Lehrke
December 28, 2012
To the family of Maj. Tad T. Hervas:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Christian Memorial Day Remembrance worship service at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday 27 May 2012. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the bordering states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 300 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars of our nation's history and give honor to all who have served the United States and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of America's conflicts.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “Lest We Forget Freedom's Cost.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of the Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the Memorial Garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans' name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office, and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Saturday 26 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sunday 27 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one's cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 20, 2012
To the family and friends of Maj. Tad T. Hervas:
Please accept my remembrance of Tad on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
October 6, 2011
To the family of MAJ Tad Hervas: I've uploaded a picture of Tad receiving recognition from the First ROK Army Commanding General at the conclusion of Exercise KEY RESOLVE 2008. I only met Tad at that exercise, but worked closely with him each day for two weeks. He was a truly professional and gifted officer. I remember him today, on the anniversary of his passing. I was proud to have stood in this line with him
Martin Apprich
October 6, 2011
Thoughts goin out to all the hervas family and everyone else touched by tad we all miss u man
nolan funk
October 5, 2011
To the family of Maj Tad T Hervas:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May 2011. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with some 200 white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one. The Memorial Garden’s perimeter will be manned by members of the Patriot Guard and a honor guard from AMVETS Post #1 of Mendota will be posted at the entrance.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses representing all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today. Wreaths will be placed at the foot of each cross bearing the number of U.S. Service Members killed in each of our nation’s wars.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled, “A Believer’s Look at War.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. A Memorial Rifle Squad of Fort Snelling National Cemetery will fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception (weather permitting) outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (651/456-4410) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (651/456-4410) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 28 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 29 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
May 11, 2011
Blessed are the peacemakers.
Jennifer Gibbs
October 8, 2010
To the family and friends of Maj. Tad T. Hervas:
Remembering Tad 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 6, 2010
Always giving thanks for your service to our country and fellow man.
May you rest in peace.
God Bless You.
Heidi
June 3, 2010
Honoring you this Memorial Day, Maj Tad Hervas.
Jennifer Gibbs
May 28, 2010
Your legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew you and shared in your struggle to protect our country and the ultimate sacrifice you gave so that we can be grateful for what we have. Your family, friends, loved ones and fellow soldiers will stay in my thoughts and prayers.
A Proud Military Mom.
Elizabeth Raab
May 7, 2010
Jennifer Gibbs
April 29, 2010
Jennifer Gibbs
April 29, 2010
To the family of Maj. Tad T. Hervas:
The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 30 May 2010. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

The Memorial Garden will be encircled with larger white crosses to represent all of the wars in United States history and give honor to all who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain Col. Kenneth L. Beale, Jr., will preach a message entitled “A Day of Remembrance.” At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played. Following your visit to the memorial garden, your family is invited to attend an informal reception; weather permitting will be outside of the Chapel.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. For more information about the Foundation or driving directions to the historic chapel at Fort Snelling, visit our website at: www.fortsnellingmcf.org Special rates for nearby hotels will be available. For more information call (612/970-7866) or email ([email protected]) the office and leave your name and contact information.

Also, beginning at dusk (8:30 p.m.) on Sat 29 May through dawn (6:30 a.m.) on Sun 30 May, a “Prayer Vigil for Peace” will be held in the sanctuary of the Chapel. You are invited to stop by, light a candle and place it at the foot of your loved one’s cross in the Memorial Garden … and then enter the Chapel for prayer.

If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Respectfully,
Leila Campbell
Office Manager
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
email:[email protected]
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org
April 28, 2010
Major Hervas,
My foreign policy seminar is putting together a biography of soldiers who fought and died in Iraq. We did the same earlier for Vietnam Vets who did not come back from the war.
I'm writing about you because you, like me, are a UMD Bulldog and lived in my state. You re-entered the Armed Forces after 9/11 which I find brave and heroic.
I hope that you have found peace wherever you are now.
Lauren Farden
April 1, 2010
Miss you brother.

I pray that you have found peace and mercy.

May God grant the same to your loved ones.

Gusto
Sean Gustafson
January 23, 2010
Thank you, Major Hervas, my thanks and respect to your family, friends and colleagues.
Sara Ewing Engelstad
January 16, 2010
On this day and with each day that we enjoy our freedom, I would like to give thanks and let you know that I do not take our troops for granted. May you experience God when you feel your loss.
Donna Gillette
November 26, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy to the Hervas family and friends in the loss of Tad. I did not have the honor or privilege of knowing Tad,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. Tad you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

"TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS
OF THOSE YOU LEAVE BEHIND
IS NEVER TO DIE"
Tom Gugliuzza
November 23, 2009
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November 20, 2009
Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen
Stephanie Rafoss
November 14, 2009
My condolences to all of Tad's family and friends. I was incredibly saddened to hear of Tad's passing. I remember a lot of good times on the ski team at CRSH. Although I haven't talked to Tad in a lot of years, I was not surprised to hear of his committment to such an honorable cause. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks Tad for keeping us all safe.
Tim Thompson
November 10, 2009
I thank this soldier for his bravery and honor in fighting for our country and our freedom. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. God bless and keep him. Only two defining forces have ever OFFERED to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.
November 5, 2009
Ned, Barb and Hervas family,
I am so saddened to learn of Tad's passing... I will never forget the wonderful times we had at UMD and at the Hervas cabin...Tad had a truly remarkable spirit and I will never forget him.
Bless his memory,
Scott Porter
October 30, 2009
I went to college with Thad in 1979-1980. I have an incedible snap shot of all the fun times we shared with Thad and 'dozens' of good friends back then up at UMD.

Thad was always a fantastic part of the many months of enjoying college life. There was not a weekend where we were not having a blast. I remember being in Thads room when the USA hockey team won the gold. Rice beer from Wisconsin runs and skiing at Spirit Mountain. A time forever remembered in my heart.

Though years have passed - I still smile hard when I think of the fun Thad appreciated everyday and his energy and sincere smile.

Bless his memory and bless his family. Praise the Lord in all things and never forget the fallen.

Mike Soderlund USMC
Mike Soderlund
October 23, 2009
FREEDOM IS NOT FREE !!!
Know that your loved one will not be forgotten as he served his country.
May you enjoy the many memories he left
He will always remain a HERO forever
Gods blessings to ALL the family.
THANK YOU Maj Tad T Hervas
Thankful American
October 20, 2009
From George West, Texas, please accept my condolences. Thank you to Major Hervas for his supreme sacrifice so that my children can live in freedome. God bless. ~Janet Rannefeld~
October 20, 2009
I served under him in E Battery out of Cloquet. Upon deployment I was a part of the group that was broken off and sent to Saudi Arabia so, I guess I didn't get the chance to truly see him as a Commander. What I did witness of him, however, was that her very much so was able to relate to us low ranking troops on our level. He didn't lord his rank over us and didn't see his rank as permission to disrespect us. He seemed to be a truly and genuinely warm hearted man. I didn't have to get to know him too well to know that he will be missed.
Philip Lang
October 19, 2009
To the family of Maj. Tad T. Hervas:
Tad 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 19, 2009
Dear Hervas family,

The last time I spoke with Tad was 10 years ago at our 20th class reunion as always he made me laugh.

Our prayers go out to you all.
Mike Medcalf, class of 1979.
Mike Medcalf
October 19, 2009
Thank you Tad for being a friend in high school and for serving our country. May your family find peace in their memories of you. Ann Hassan, class of 1979.
October 18, 2009
Ned and Barb,
You are amazing people and have raised a family of heros. Tad was among the best there ever was. I pray for strength and peace for all of you during this difficult time. We sure enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know Tad and your family over the years.
God bless you,
Steve & Jacki Backes
October 17, 2009
Many prayers go out to the family in the days to come. He will not be forgotten.
Specialist Jacob Fairbanks
Aunt
October 17, 2009
To THe Family Of Major Hervas,
Thank you to Major Tad for the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I did not and do not know the family but my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the family and friends comfort you also. The love of God grant you peace. With deepest sympathy to all of you. Rest in Peace Major Tad and again Thank You for keeping us safe here in USA.
Bonnie
October 17, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find peace during your time of grieving. All gave some and Some gave it all to those we owe everything!
Diane Everett
October 16, 2009
Thank you Tad, for the CRHS football memories and for your service to our country.

Amy Matison, CRHS Class of '79
October 16, 2009
Tad ~ Rest in Peace and many thanks for your great service to our USA. My deepest sympathy to the entire Hervas Clan.

Sincerely,

Jenny Ragner
Jennifer Ragner
October 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hervas Family during this time. I went to elementary, junior high and high school with Tad. I'm proud to hear of his accomplishments. May all your good memories hold you through this time.
Sandy Arntson
October 16, 2009
Tad and Family
Tad was a friend all through high school, someone everyone enjoyed being around. I have had very little contact in 30 years with Tad, but I enjoyed reading all the notes on Tad. I am not at all suprised at the Man he became.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
God is in control.
Brad Larson
October 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hervas family. Thanks to Tad and his family for the ultimate sacrifice for our country / freedom.
NEVER FORGET
Bob Brown and family Coon Rapids MN (CLASS of 79)
Bob Brown
October 16, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hervas family at this very sad time. I never met Tad in person but had the honor of sending him care packages during his first tour in Iraq. We traded emails and photos and I considered him a friend. My heart is breaking for your family as you go through this most difficult time.

Dear Tad,
Rest in peace. You are a true Hero and will be greatly missed.
Diane Rudesill
October 16, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
joel & lori packard romano
October 16, 2009
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
Elden and Esther Carlson
October 16, 2009
I came to know Tad through his dealings with the company where I work.
He was one good guy and though I did not know him well he showed himself as one anyone would be proud to know. We were all shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. The last time I saw Tad he was sitting in my bosses office talking with him and as I passed by I stuck my head in and said Thank you to him. I am so glad I had the chance
Bonnie (Brownstone Distributing)
Bonnie Brock
October 16, 2009
Our condolences to the Hervas family
Helen Duchanski, Henry Kelly
October 16, 2009
Ken and I pray that the gracious love of God lightens your heart, eases your suffering and gives you courage during this difficult time.
May you find peace and strength with the support of your family and friends. God Bless your entire family.
Ken and Sandra Benson
October 16, 2009
I know there are no words to say at this time, except how sorry that I am. I truly feel your loss and pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. Tad will never be forgotten.

For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

For those missing in action;
for those who didn’t make it home.
I know you’re in God’s presence you are not alone.
For every neatly folded flag;
for every shattered family
I will do the only thing I know to dignify your memory.

I salute you, allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
my humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.

I salute you .

A Proud Aunt
Suzanne MacDaniel
SGT. David M. Fisher
KIA 12/1/04 - Iraq
Suzanne MacDaniel
October 16, 2009
Deepest sympathies to the entire Hervas family for your great loss. God bless Tad and many thanks for his service to our country....
October 15, 2009
To Tad’s family and friends,
Our sympathies go out to all of you during this extremely difficult time. We had the pleasure of knowing Tad's sense of humor and seeing first hand his smile that spread like a wild fire over his face and to others.
Bob and he had a lot of fun fishing. We got to hear some of those stories. I grew up hearing about the dirty dozen and knowing what a great friendship they had together. Tad was very outgoing and could talk to anyone. He was a vital part of some diverse brotherhoods that shall be honored with his memory. We salute the man for taking on the mission that took him to far away lands to fight for what makes our country grand.
Hopefully you will find some comfort knowing others are grieving with you.
Jenny (Kiner) and Pat Wells
Jenny Wells
October 15, 2009
My deepest sympathy goes out to Tad's family in this difficult hour. I wasn't lucky enough to know Tad very well in high school. I wish I had had the chance to know him better...
Lawrence Winship
October 15, 2009
To the family of Major Tad Hervas,
God Bless all of you for your sacrafice of one of the strongest and bravest men on this Earth.
Susan, Alexandria
October 15, 2009
For your family Tad,

Your son was the best; I will always remember him with great fondness. Our trip to Europe in the 80's will stay with me. He was a real pro. Tad made the long tanker days bearable as he safely navigated our way around the world! I raise my beer to you ol' buddy.
Chris O'Grady
October 15, 2009
MAJ Hervas: It was a pleasure working side-by-side with you last year in Korea. I was impressed by your dedication and tenacity. Your positive attitude helped keep me going those long hours in the FROKA Bunker. I was proud to be in the company of professionals once again. A tragic loss to all: Family, Red Bulls, and a grateful nation.
ATTACK!
LTC Martin Apprich
October 15, 2009
To the Family of Major Tad Hervas

I am so sorry for your loss. We appreciate your scrafice. Tad gave up so much to keep our country safe. I am so sorry that it had to happen. My father, mother and brother were all in the Marines. Sorry that Tad was not able to come home to have a chance at a family. You are in our prayers!!
Sue
October 15, 2009
To the Family of Major Tad Hervas,
Please know that many are thinking of you at this time.
Thank you Major Hervas for your service and the ultimate sacrifice for our country. You will not be forgotten!

Deb & Jeff Good
Deb Good
October 15, 2009
My sincerest condolences to Tad's family and friends. Thank you Tad for protecting us civilians and for your service!
Grateful in Lakeville
October 15, 2009
Snake! (as I recall, Tad got that nickname for laying in front of the TV a lot)

When I think of Tad, he has a smile and always seems on the verge of playing some prank. He laughed alot and it was usually a high-pitched giggle/laugh.

The bonds we built at CRSH and after mark Tad as a brother I will always love.

Tad was good people.

Jay & Lolly Esmay; Donald, Collin, Brinkman and Lisa

"Here's a toast, to the host, of those who love the vastness of the sky. To a friend, we send, a message of our brothers, men who fly. We drink, to those, who gave their all of old. Then down we roar to score the rainbow's pot of gold. Here's a toast, to the host of those who boast the U.S. Air Force.

Off we go, into the wild blue yonder. Keep the wings level and true. If you live to be a gray-haired wonder, keep the nose, out of the blue. Fighting men, guarding our nation's border, we'll be there followed by more. In echelon, we carry on, Hey! nothing can stop the U.S. Air Force."
Jay Esmay
October 15, 2009
Hervas Family,
I am truley saddened at this time. My heart and prayers go out to your whole family at this time and from here out. It is my honor and priviledge to support your family during your loss.

May God comfort and guide you,
CH (CPT) Mark Thompson, MNARNG
Mark Thompson
October 15, 2009
Thank you.
October 15, 2009
Thank you Major. May the God of all comfort and His precious Son The Lord Jesus Christ comfort your family during the days, months and years ahead. God Bless the USA.
Pam Gall
October 15, 2009
For Cory - and Tad's family,

Please accept my deepest sympathies. It has been so many years since I've seen you, but not so long ago since I spoke with Tad - and he talked so much about you, and Dewey; and the fun times we all had at "the wheel". So many will miss Tad's smile, his kindness and his laughter. Peace be with you.
Denise
Denise Stodolka
October 15, 2009
Words cannot express the loss of this great man. I knew he was honorable when I worked with him and will miss the life experience stories he could tell. He gave his life for this coutry which we will never forget.To his family, you can be so proud of Tad as he was the"BEST OF THE BEST"!!
Dennis & Cheryl Olesen
October 15, 2009
We are so thankful and blessed with the freedom that Major Hervas has protected for us. May the Lord's love and promise of paradise bring you peace and comfort during this most difficult time.
Parents of a Naval Officer
October 15, 2009
Thank you Major and God Bless you. My deepest sympathies to your family.

Diane - A grateful American, NC
October 15, 2009
Thank you for protecting us. My sincere condolences to your family.
October 15, 2009
Julie and Hervas Family,

Words will never be able to express how sorry I am for your loss. Tad was and always will be a hero. His actions make freedom possible for countless people and keep us safe at home. We salute you, Major Hervas!

While you grieve, please know you not only have friends who love you, but a grateful nation offering their prayers and support that God will grant you strength and comfort. Veterans are heroes, but so are their families who sacrifice so much as well.

Godspeed,
Doug Addison
October 14, 2009
To the family of yet another fallen hero.
Know that your loved one served his country well and protected all of us with his love for FREEDOM.
We will be forever grateful for this.

God's peace
Another Gold Star Family
October 14, 2009
Thank you.
October 14, 2009
Our deepest condolences to Tads family. Tad was a good friend of ours and he will be deeply missed. I'll never forget each time I seen him he would say to me "Lynn...where's Steve! A big piece of our hearts are broken.
Lynn, Steve & Meagan Mahowald
October 14, 2009
To the family and friends of Major. Hervas. From my Husband who served with Tad in Basrah and our family. We give our love and consideration to all during this hard time. May he rest in peace.
Love,
LtCol. Dave Smith (Basrah) Erin Smith and the kids.
(Brooklyn Park,MN)
Erin Smith
October 14, 2009
I am so very thankful for Tad's service to our country. My most sincere condolences.
October 14, 2009
Major Hervas, Thank you for protecting our country, where I am free.

God bless you and your family and friends.
Kay
October 14, 2009
To Tad's family, it's with heavy hearts that we heard about Tad last week-the same week that we had our 30 year class reunion from Coon Rapids High School. Remember Tad's smile and sense of humor when you remember him because that is how a lot of us remember Tad! I am so proud that there are people out there like Tad that will give everything for others above themselves! Be proud of the person Tad was and feel blessed that you were a part of his life! May peace settle in your hearts knowing how many people are praying for you! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Cindi, Johnathan and Hannah Miller
Cindi Miller
October 14, 2009
God Bless Family and Friends of yet another unselfish Man and Soldier. Please keep his memory alive in Honor of His sacrifice for us.
Another American
October 14, 2009
Dear Tad,
I have loved you since the day you were born, and am so proud to be your Aunt. Thank you for serving our country so bravely, and for being a wonderful son to my brother and sister in law. You will always be in my heart. Hug Trisha for me. Love, Aunt Kathy
October 14, 2009
God Bless you my Friend. Peace to Family and Friends. Thank you for genuinely being one of the kindest persons I've ever had the Joy of knowing.
Mauria "Mo" Ellenson
October 14, 2009
There are no words that convey true despair... Tad gave his life in service of his country, with great courage and honor. I show my children Tad's picture and they know he is a true American Hero. The sacrifice of Tad, the Hervas family and his dear friends will never be forgotten. Never. Blessings and peace to you all.
Linda Dahl Rooney (CRSH '78)
October 14, 2009
God Bless you Major. Thank you for your service. Its because of men and women that serve that we can live in this wonderful country. Thank you and may you find peace.

A very appreciative american
D Sontag
October 14, 2009
Dear Uncle Ned, Antie Barb, and Family,
I know this is a difficult time for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember when Tad served in the first gulf War. I was in 6th grade. My class sent him letters thanking him for his service. I was then and alway will be so very proud to call Tad my cousin. I know how much you will miss Tad. What a wonderful brave man. Draw on your strength and the strengh of your family. Know that I am here for you. I love all of you and if you need anything, please do not hesitate. May god bless you and your family in this time and always! With Love,
Leah DeCosse
October 14, 2009
Hervas Family-

I am sorry to hear about your loss. I graduated with Tad some 30 years ago and cannot believe where the time has gone.

I am deaply grateful for the work Tad and our Military has done serving the needs of our great country. You are a true patriot fighting for our freedom and national security. Let's not forget all those who have served and died for this cause.

Memories of Tad will never be forgotten. May God Bless and comfort all of you during this tough period of time.
Steve Sporre
October 14, 2009
Thank you Tad for defending our country! I graduated with Kurt and also knew Tad in school. I am so sorry for your loss-sounds like he was a wonderful person!
Cathy (Olson) Sanders
October 14, 2009
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
David (Hap) Patrow
October 14, 2009
THANK YOU
MAJOR
GOD BLESS YOU
October 14, 2009
Ned, Barb and Hervas family -

I was shocked and truly saddened when I heard about Tad and of the loss to your family.

Having grown up with Tad I will always remember his endless generosity, quit wit and brilliant smile.

His spirit will forever hold a place in my heart.
Tim Luke
October 14, 2009
To the family and loved ones of Major Tad Hervas:
"When you have come to the edge of all the light you know, and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen: there will be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught to fly." May peace come to your hearts, you have shared your life with a great man in every sense of the word. Thanks from all of us,
Jeanne
October 14, 2009
To the Family,
My prayers and condolences to you at this time. Thank you for Tad's heroic service and sacrifice.
LtCol George Sweeney USMC (Ret.)
October 14, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with your family as you suffer this great loss. Please know that major Hervas' selfless acts will not be forgotten.
Greatful American
October 14, 2009
To the Hervas Family-
You all are in our thoughts and prayers. What a brave young man Major Hervas was & always will be. Thank you and God Bless you all. God Bless America!
The Kuhn's
October 14, 2009
I am so thankful for him and his service to our country and the world. God Bless you Major and your family.
Liz
October 14, 2009
I am saddened by this news, and share my sympathy with your family. I send my thanks for Tad's service to our country, and my hope for patience and peace for you all.
October 14, 2009
May our soldier be blessed in eternity surrounded by peaceful heavenly waters.

Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Major Hervas.

A grateful citizen,
Marine on St. Croix, MN
October 14, 2009
To the Family,
We all owe you for this terrible sacrfice. Thank you.
Maura Kolars
October 14, 2009
Thank you for honoring our country with your service Major Hervas.God Bless America.
A Forest Lake resident
October 14, 2009
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
October 14, 2009
Thank God for people like Major Hervas who dedicate themselves to our country. God bless your family!
October 14, 2009
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