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Updated: 2018-03-20T01:32:33.585-07:00

 



To the family and friends of Tommy. Thank you for...

2011-04-02T03:39:23.987-07:00

To the family and friends of Tommy. Thank you for this beautiful memory. I stumbled on it this afternoon as I was doing some research. I just want to say that I am grateful for the sacrifices you and your children have made for the cause of freedom...my prayers are with you as you continue to live your lives without Tommy.

CPT Raja Kandanada
Battalion Chaplain
TF Thunderbolts
MNB Tarin Kowt
Afghanistan



I am Mykel's cousin and a close friend of Tommy's....

2006-06-14T09:11:00.000-07:00

I am Mykel's cousin and a close friend of Tommy's. I wanted to say Thank You for writing such a beautiful story. Reading it was like being there all over again! It was very moving and you captured everything so well, just reading the words made my eyes swell up with tears. We all miss Tommy very much! It is comforting to know that there are people in this world who do appreciate the sacrifices that our troops make. They all need our love and support. Freedom isn't Free!

Alexis Foreman
Wife of Spc. Kolt Foreman
U.S. Army
4th ID



Dear SSM,God bless your family and Noah.I was also...

2006-03-06T19:47:00.000-08:00

Dear SSM,
God bless your family and Noah.
I was also at Tommy"s funeral, and you described it perfectly.
To see the honor gaurds, and the flag draped high in the air by the fire trucks was an awesome sight. It was a beautiful tribute for a beautiful person.
Although I have never gotten to know Mykel very well, My heart breaks for her and Tommy's family.
Mike and Julia Byrd are very close friends of mine and my husbands, and we see the pain they must endure every day.
Mikey,Tommy's brother, rides with me and my son to school every day, and we talk often of Tommy and re-visit Mikey's precious memories of his brother.
Mikey is very proud of Tommy, and he truly wants to make Tommy proud of him.
Tommy was into sports, and Mikey is also following in those footsteps.(Mikey is currently taking on the track team, and is very fast!) Tommy would be extremely proud of who Mikey is becoming.
The loss and the greaf are unbearable for Mike and Julia on most days, and I pray to God every night for the strength to help this family who is in so much pain.
No one should have to loose a child, but God blessed them with Tommy, and he died doing what he loved.
We had a welcome home party for Tommy on a break he had from Iraq, and he told me that just seeing the small relief and smiles on the kids faces in Iraq made everything worth while. "They were safe for a moment".
He was a true hero in every way.
God Bless you Tommy, Mykel, Mike, Julia and Mikey Byrd.
Tommy makes us all proud, and it is an honor to have gotten to know him.
I love you my friends,
Dawn



thank you for this entry, and all your entries. i ...

2005-12-21T22:02:00.000-08:00

thank you for this entry, and all your entries. i really love your son, he has helped me through a lot. i miss tommy everyday, and i will never stop loving him, and for anyone who thinks my husband died for nothing, you know nothing....your freedom isnt free, and i lost my husband...what have you lost.......



This is an absolutely beautiful description fo the...

2005-12-18T15:43:00.000-08:00

This is an absolutely beautiful description fo the funeral and an wonderful tribute to Tommy. I am one of Mykel's best friends. We've been through a lot in the past 8 years, but nothing could be harder than this. I met your son that day- he is a good guy- quite enthusiastic too. I hope you don't mind, but I am going to copy this an put it into a memory book that I am creating for Myke. It's just so beautiful that I don't think she should be without it. Thank you so much.



My wife is a friend of Mykel, and I just want to s...

2005-11-19T05:34:00.000-08:00

My wife is a friend of Mykel, and I just want to say how sorry I am for the loss. Words just aren't enough at a time like this. I've recently lost one of my friends around the same time Tommy was killed, SGT Michael Robertson, a medic who worked for me here in Iraq. We are also from 3rd Brigade, along with Tommy's unit. He wasn't just a co-worker, but a true friend. They will both be missed.
Go with God Tommy, and be at peace. You did your time in hell. Even though we never met, I will still miss you.



Like Rebekah, I am friends with Mykel. I did not ...

2005-11-18T21:39:00.000-08:00

Like Rebekah, I am friends with Mykel. I did not have the honor of meeting Tommy though. I'm sorry for that. I cannot bear the thought of someone so close to my heart in such pain. Thank you for writing such a beautiful post. It really does him justice and paints a vivid picture for all of us not able to attend.



Thank you so much for posting this. My husband and...

2005-11-18T11:06:00.000-08:00

Thank you so much for posting this. My husband and I were the Byrds' next-door neighbors when they lived on-post at Fort Benning. They are a wonderful couple, and my heart is broken for Mykel's loss. I attended the memorial service here in Georgia, but I wish I could have paid my last respects at the funeral as well. Thank you for painting such a vivid picture of it.

Rebekah Nicodemus



Let this not bring tears to your hearts and souls,...

2005-11-18T04:46:00.000-08:00

Let this not bring tears to your hearts and souls, but be proud, stand tall and know that
FREEDOM is not FREE and we shall overcome and these soldiers will never ever be forgotten, to the family..I SALUTE you
for your courage and strength and THANK YOU for sharing with the world your loving husband, friend and honorable AMERICAN..! GODSPEED!
CPL.PIZZA 1/5cav 1 cd



This is so very touching; so moving; so incredibly...

2005-11-17T20:57:00.000-08:00

This is so very touching; so moving; so incredibly heart breaking...My heart goes out to you and your family and to Tommy's wife and mother and all his family....Thank you for allowing people like myself to feel so much grief along with all of you, for the tragic loss of this very very young man; your son's dear friend. May Tommy rest in peace...



Is it possible to miss someone you never knew? Th...

2005-11-17T10:20:00.000-08:00

Is it possible to miss someone you never knew? The world is surely a bit darker without Tommy in it. SSM - thanks for the moving tribute and God Bless you, Tommy's family and friends, and Noah.

-Rebecca



This would be easier to type if I could see my key...

2005-11-17T09:35:00.000-08:00

This would be easier to type if I could see my keyboard clearly. The tears keep getting in the way. Freedom isn't free and some of us, almost invariably our best, pay the highest price to purchase it for the rest of us. Thank God that we have produced people willing to make that kind of sacrifice and may He guide us as a country to become far more worthy of it.



Very Descriptive!Noah and Tommy, and the rest of t...

2005-11-17T09:13:00.000-08:00

Very Descriptive!
Noah and Tommy, and the rest of those guys have my admiration!
God Bless him!



Just.....DAMN!! My heart is broken, my mind reels ...

2005-11-17T09:02:00.000-08:00

Just.....DAMN!! My heart is broken, my mind reels while it trys to grasp the awful price for Freedom that has been paid here! Words are pitifully inadequate, expressions of sorrow and condolence ring hollow. I can only say.....THANK YOU,THANK YOU,THANK YOU, THANK YOU.....I owe a debt I can never repay. My 18 month old son is the lucky reciepient of this terrible sacrifice. I will raise him up to know about and emulate men like Tommy. God's blessing on this family, our warriors and their families, and our Nation.



SSM, you helped those of us who weren't there to s...

2005-11-17T02:53:00.000-08:00

SSM, you helped those of us who weren't there to say goodbye to Tommy feel as though we WERE. The story is hearbreaking, but as I said on my blog when I linked back to this post, it's one that needs to be told--in honor of Tommy, and all who have fallen so that people like Anonymous have the freedom to continue to talk out of their a$$. Thank you.




2005-11-17T02:51:00.000-08:00

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Anonymous, This is not the time, the place or foru...

2005-11-16T23:09:00.000-08:00

Anonymous, This is not the time, the place or forum for your empty musings



for nothing

2005-11-16T21:56:00.000-08:00

for nothing



Thank you Tommy.......

2005-11-16T19:49:00.000-08:00

Thank you Tommy.......



Thank you for this beautiful and moving tribute to...

2005-11-16T12:00:00.000-08:00

Thank you for this beautiful and moving tribute to a young man I never had the pleasure to know, though I will forever be in his debt.

Doug Barber



God Speed Tommy!Thank you SSM. It has been a long ...

2005-11-15T20:55:00.000-08:00

God Speed Tommy!

Thank you SSM. It has been a long year at that!

Thoughts & Prayers
God Bless
JHD



I read your post with a heavy heart... Thank you f...

2005-11-15T20:47:00.000-08:00

I read your post with a heavy heart... Thank you for sharing.

God Speed Tommy. God Bless you SSM and your son.



Yes, it has been a very long year. And I too hope ...

2005-11-15T16:11:00.000-08:00

Yes, it has been a very long year. And I too hope that it does not get any longer, I will keep you and your son in my prayers. What a great young man you have raised.

Barb



A hard read for we who are now among "the protecte...

2005-11-15T13:24:00.000-08:00

A hard read for we who are now among "the
protected."
Condolences to his wife, both families and all of the protectors.
V/R JWest



What a moving, beautiful tribute to SPC Tommy Byrd...

2005-11-15T12:38:00.000-08:00

What a moving, beautiful tribute to SPC Tommy Byrd...may God grant him peace and peace be with his family and yours. Thanks to all those who are preserving our freedom.