Letters pt. 1

Our Letters to Veterans series is for people who want to send letters to their loved ones who have died in combat. We may not be able to send them physically but we hope this will reach them.

The contents of this page may be graphic. The following are actual letters we have received. 


Some names have been crossed out for privacy purposes, but otherwise the content has not been edited or censored in any way. 


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In loving memory of Cpl. Chad Eric Oligschlaeger, USMC
August 13, 1986 – May 17, 2008

It is hard to believe it has been seven years since God took you home. We still miss you so much that there are times the pain is almost unbearable. We miss that beautiful smile that lit up the room when you entered, the telephone calls telling us about Iraq and your plans after your services was up, and those wonderful hugs that made us feel like we were the only person you cared about. There is not a day that goes by that we don’t think of you and shed a tear. You will be in our hearts until the day we die.


With all our love,

Momma, Dad, and Christopher

May 17, 2015

My dearest Chad,


There will always be a place in my heart for you. I treasure all of the memories I have of your smiling face, young and older – but not as old as it should have been. I’m sure you are glowing in heaven and hooked up with grandpa. I thank you for all you did for the sake of all of our families, friends, and country. I wish you didn’t have to serve as you did and could have lived the life you deserved and dreamed about.



Aunt Heidi

June 28, 2008

To Chad-



We miss you! We love you and will honor you! You were a hero, and shall not be forgotten.

With Love,


Jimmy, Andrea, Logan, and Kate 

May 20, 2008

Chad Mo,


I needed to let you know there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about you. I will always cherish the memories of our time together good and bad. You were the child/son I never had and I am so grateful to have had 21 years to experience you. I will forever miss and love you.


Tamara Smith aka Aunt Tam 


August 7, 2008

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