Letters pt. 5

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. 


If you would like to write us a letter, you will find our mailing address and an option to upload your letter Here.


If you would like to remain anonymous, you may sign your letter with X’s.




First I want to thank you for your friendship and all that you have done for me. You may not have known it but you taught me a lot, especially how to be a better person. You were a true leader. I miss you more and more every day but it comforts me to know that you are able to rest peacefully now. 


The hardest part about you being gone now is that I never got the chance to thank you for all that you did as a Marine. You are my hero Cpl. Chad Oligschlaeger. I love you.



Jackie Pena 


August 27, 2008

Thank you Chad for being my grandson’s brother, buddy, friend, mentor and angel…your death has not been in vain.


USMC GMa Beverly Davis


October 7, 2008

I love all of you for doing this!


Chad was a good friend of mine that I served with and came to be close to after the second tour to Ramadi.

He is always in my heart!


SGT Derek Cirilo USMC 


May 17, 2009

I met Chad in my first tour to Ramadi in 2005 and I got to really talk to him before our second tour back to Iraq. He had asked me if he didn’t find a job in Austin as a firefighter if he could stay with me in Las Vegas if I went to the Las Vegas PD and I had told him yes he could, but worst things worse, I withdrew from the Las Vegas academy because of stress. 


I got out of the Marines and now in the Dallas Police Academy about to graduate. To my good friend Cpl. Oligschlaeger you will never be forgotten.



Former Marine Cpl. Daniel Razo 

May 20, 2009

You can rest now Chad.


[Leslie Hester – June 16, 2008]

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