Update on 875th Engineer Battalion

May 28, 2007

On March 25th, I posted a story called Clearing Routes… Saving Lives about the Soldier’s in the Arkansas National Guard 875th Engineer Battalion and the importance of their job in ensuring that roads were safe for other troops to travel. I just received word today, that one of the Soldier’s mentioned in the story, SPC Erich Smallwood, was killed by an IED on May 26th. Please keep the family and friends of SPC Smallwood in your thoughts and prayers.

Below is a link to the local story about SPC Smallwood.


85 Responses to “Update on 875th Engineer Battalion”

  1. CavMom on May 28th, 2007 4:40 pm

    My heart goes out to SPC Smallwood’s family.

  2. Tracy on May 28th, 2007 9:23 pm

    I will absolutely pray for SPC Smallwood’s family.

  3. Jennifer on May 28th, 2007 9:53 pm

    Just wanted to clarify…SPC Smallwood was killed on May 26, 2007.

  4. james on May 29th, 2007 3:23 am

    Eric Smallwood is burning in hell for his crimes. This war is against the law of God. You better pray to Jesus for forgiveness.

  5. Terri on May 29th, 2007 5:39 am

    Thanks for clarifying that Jennifer. I’ll make the correction in the story.

  6. Terri on May 29th, 2007 5:42 am

    James, you’re a very sick and twisted person. What gives you the right to determine whether something is against the law of God or not? Who appointed you judge and jury? The men and women in this particular platoon were doing a job that SAVES lives. Before you begin proclaiming things that you have no proof of, you would do well to educate yourself, pal.

  7. Flud on May 29th, 2007 6:57 am

    My God bless the Smallwood family. First of all James, Who are you to judge Eric Smallwood? The word says God is the judge not man. Even if hell was an option, why wood you be Disrespectful to his family. As christians we are the ones love not be rude or judge. God bless you and the Smallwood family.

  8. CavMom on May 29th, 2007 7:09 am

    I am sure your words were not meant for any reason but to cause anger and disgust.

    I had to stop myself from being baited in and posting my angry thoughts. James, if you truly believe in Heaven and Hell, you know what God thinks of your disdainful words.

    Alas, I think you know no God. You are merely wriggling in the muck of your words, hoping others will jump in and play. What a sad sad man.

  9. Marty on May 29th, 2007 7:22 am

    Alright James, you piece of shit, self-righteous bastard. In The Bible,John 8:1-11 says “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” I guess then that means that you are going on other peoples sites starting shit in JESUS’ Name? That’s against the words of the very GOD that you claim to believe in.

    I guess your faith just isn’t really that strong now is it? Or perhaps you think you are greater than him since you choose to defy his very word.

    From 1775 to 1783 the same individuals that you self righteously condem fought a war to give you the very right to not only practice your freedom of religion but to have a voice in goverenment, and yet on Memorial Day, the day we sould be honoring those who gave there lives so that we can practice our religion as we see fit, because you are too yellow to fight for your own GOD, your own beliefs; you choose to judge us, the American fighting men and women. Matthew 7:1 says, “Judge not that ye be not judged.”

    Go talk to a Priest or read your Bible and get your head on straight before you get so high and mighty that GOD knocks you off the soapbox you are standing on.

    Oh, by the way, I’m a Pagan and I apparently know more about your Bible than you do. Pretty damn sad…

  10. Chad on May 29th, 2007 10:24 am

    Screw you James. People like you can lick the sweat off my nutsack. You and your friend Cindy Sheehan can both fuck off for all I care. RIP SPC Smallwood

  11. VTSharon on May 29th, 2007 10:48 am

    Interesting. You all criticize James for a comment that was probably uncalled for, yet you all rally around Anthony when he goes on a “fag” rant. Am I witnessing a little hypocrisy here?

  12. Terri on May 29th, 2007 10:52 am

    Sharon…. BITE ME! Anthony commented on what OneUtah is tending to focus on lately. I sure as hell didn’t see any comments one way or another and if you will open your eyes, Anthony apologized. That’s much more than what James did. If you don’t like what we have to say, you’re very welcome to go the hell somewhere else.

  13. hogart on May 29th, 2007 10:53 am

    Eric Smalldick is now Eric Nodick.. worm food.. That’s what you get being a fascist child killer in a fascist army

  14. Terri on May 29th, 2007 11:04 am

    hogart, you must think you’re a really tough guy for being able to come onto a site such as this and defame the name of a person who is ten times the person you’ll ever be. What have YOU done for our country, other than sit behind your computer screen, suck up welfare and spew your filth?

  15. ChrisG on May 29th, 2007 11:16 am

    He should read the definition of “fascist”. A Fascist is in complete opposition to what we are doing in Iraq and elsewhere. Actually, the national Socialist Ba’ath party of Iraq was, by their own definition, fascist.

    And, yet again. I am a soldier. I have never performed an abortion, nor have I ever even moved to even raise a weapon at a child. I defend children and have stepped in front of the true evils of the world with other US Soldiers and protected said children.

    The terrorists, Islamicfascists, and their morbid masters (who preach jihad, but never put the vests on) are the ones who blow up markets, slaughter schools full of little girls, behead “infidels”, and very vocally call for our complete submission and/or death. I doubt the pathetic trolls are capable of seeing the difference.

    Aside from spewing hate and lies, what have the trolls done?

  16. CommanderMom on May 29th, 2007 12:34 pm

    Bless SPC Eric Smallwood. Thoughts and prayers be with his family.

  17. danny bivens on May 29th, 2007 5:35 pm

    James, why are you even on this site? To try to hurt someone who’s already hurt? CavMom said it best, you truly are a sad, sad man. If you’re trying to live by God’s beliefs quit hurting people and try helping people, it is more rewarding.Instead of sitting in front of a computer looking for a chance to anger someone, why are aren’t you out witnessing and doing the Lord’s work? Probably because you are a fake to begin with.
    ps: Hogart, I hope I never run into you, then you will see how I’ve judged your comments.

  18. ChrisG on May 29th, 2007 6:47 pm

    The trolls could care. All they know is hate and the lies they are fed. It is like watching a sad, but predictable movie over and over. We know the lines. We know the ‘playbook’. We know the futility of trying to reason with the brainwashed left.

    Yet we try anyways on the off chance one of them has brains enough to question their masters.

  19. VTSharon on May 29th, 2007 7:22 pm

    Gosh, Chris, I am starting to think that it is you who is filled with hate. I haven’t seen a comment from you in weeks where you don’t yourself spew a vile brand of hatred and lies and misrepresentations, etc., etc.

    If your position is so danged obvious, why is it that the majority of Americans (and the rest of the world for that matter) so strongly disagree with you? There is more to life than being so ardently pro-war.

  20. brat on May 29th, 2007 8:46 pm

    God Bless, SPC Eric Smallwood. RIP.

    And even though there is so much filth and disrespect pouring out of some people here, I am not going to go there, instead choosing to quietly pay my respects to SPC Smallwood and his family and comrades in arms.

    As Marty said: Judge not, lest you be judged.

  21. jacksondave on May 30th, 2007 2:06 am

    True patriots, not the chickenhawks who run this blog, have no remorse for the cowards who fight in this illegal war. Anyone who fights in this illegal war deserves what comes of them. These Halliburton mercenaries deserve what they get. The Iraqi people are bravely defending their land from a foreign occupier. If any foreign army came and occupied my land in Arizona, I’d fight them to the finish too. If George Washington were alive today, the chickenhawks on this blog, would call him a terrorist for resisting a foreign occupier. The insurgents are Iraqi Minutemen. Mercenaries like Eric Smallwood are the Redcoats.

  22. sue on May 30th, 2007 2:37 am

    Wow, I spent a day with my guys and look what I missed!! First, HI MARTY!!!! Hope you’re having fun!! Second, God Bless Eric Smallwood and his family and may he find a peaceful place in Heaven to rest.

    As for James, Hogwart and Jacksondave, if you actually had a clue about what is going on, you might have a place in the world other than being the scum on the bottom of a garbage can.

    Sharon, as always, get a life. You too, haven’t a clue. All you ever do is try to stir up trouble like the other trolls. Nothing of substance to add, no point other than spewing hatred. And if you cannot understand Anthony’s disgust and disdain, then you need to be finding another planet to live on cause this one isn’t working for you. Your arguments have been dispelled time and time again and yet you still cling to the stupidity of it all. Grow up!! Time for Peter Pan to be put in the box. It is still a mystery to me why you bother coming here. All any one has to do is read the trash and filth that you and your fellow OU buddies write , and your little waves of fear blog too, to know that you do not co-exist on the same planet as the rest of us. Why don’t you go beam yourself up. They miss you up there. Oh, and take Cliff and Glen with you why don’t you!!

  23. Biggie on May 30th, 2007 4:17 am

    Hey JAMES,HOGART,AND JACKSONDAVE…….Yall are some real SONS OF BITCHES. SPS Eric Smallwood was a real good friend of mine and I wont ever get to throw a baseball or share a beer with him ever again…You talk so much mad shit about are soldiers fighting for us…If you dont like this kinda stuff are soldiers have to do just so we can live everyday in freedom then it sounds like you should get the hell out of the UNITED STATES and move to IRAQ you HATEFUL PIECE OF SHIT!!!

  24. Biggie on May 30th, 2007 4:19 am


  25. ChrisG on May 30th, 2007 4:49 am

    For the 1,000th time, the “insurgents” in Iraq are NOT IRAQIS!!! They are not ‘fighting a foreign occupier”, they ARE the foreign occupier and Iraq is fighting them. They are fighting these Iranian, Syrian, Saudi, Yemmeni, etc terrorists along side our forces.

    When Saddam was in power, he actively supported these terror groups, much to the shame and pain of Iraqi People. These People are now standing with us and fighting back against these terrorists who are the ones slaughtering the Iraqi People. The US Armed Forces are not mercenaries and are DEFENDING the Iraqi People, just as we had to defend the Germans after WWII. The Iraqis are fighting along side us and their strength is increasing.

    What I “spew” is not hate. I am frustrated by the idiocy of the left and their continued position as the new “American Bund”. It is the left who is sending funds to these terror groups by their own admission. It is the left who are the ones waving signs saying “Death to the USA and Israel”. It is the left who piss on our Soldiers graves and will piss on Anthony and mine if we to perish. If you want hate, look left. Look at them joining hands with morons like Stormfront and Hamas groups in America. Look at them and see hate and disgusting acts. Then realize that THEY are who controls the left wing, not you. But then, I doubt your BDS lets you care about that.

    Chickenhawks? Please, that reeks of ignorance and even VT cannot project that much. I just returned from Iraq. I, along with many others who support the milbloggers state the truth of what is happening daily. Maybe you leftists should ask yourselves why the media shills for the terrorists. Maybe you should ask yourselves why you still believe their lies even after they are disproved time and again.

  26. Terri on May 30th, 2007 6:18 am

    Biggie, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sorry that you had to read the filth that those people have written here.

  27. brat on May 30th, 2007 7:05 am

    First of all: Biggie, please know how sorry I am for your loss. The asses who come on here and spew their ignorance are NOT typical of most Americans (those who can read and listen anyways). The rest of us (including the foreigners who can read and think for ourselves) appreciate everything you ALL do.

    And Chris? I’m thinking maybe a “Dummies (or Dhimmis) Guide to Iraq” might be in order. But then, the dummies might have to actually sit down and educate themselves.

    The give away line to me always is “Invaded Iraq”. Uhuh. Whateverrrrrrrrr!

    Thank you ALL for your service to the Iraqi people (yep - the ones who want us there, ie the majority) and to the cause for freedom.

    I stand with you!

  28. Tracy on May 30th, 2007 7:36 am

    Biggie~I’m sorry you had to read that filth. I am sorry for your loss.

  29. Mike on May 30th, 2007 8:00 am

    May peace be with our fallens soldiers and their families.

    To those that spew hate. 1 day I hope to meet you cowards in person.
    Then we will see if are willing to spew your crap in person.

    Bet you cowards won’t say a word unless you have the law protecting you.

  30. sue on May 30th, 2007 8:08 am

    Biggie, I’m so sorry for your loss. I would love to talk to you about Eric to have him profiled on They Have Names. If you are interested in talking please have Terri or Anthony contact me. Please take a small measure of comfort in knowing that while there are filthy pigs like those who have desecrated this post, the majority of us do have deep appreciation for the sacrifices that are made for us. Again, I’m sorry for your loss.

  31. Anthony on May 30th, 2007 8:49 am

    Jeez, I leave for a couple days and look what happens. We have been suffering from some seriously disgusting trolls lately.

  32. Terri on May 30th, 2007 8:53 am

    You’ve got that right Anthony. The trolls we’ve had lately are the most vile and disgusting low-lifes I’ve seen in a long time.

  33. CavMom on May 30th, 2007 8:58 am

    Biggie ~ Hugs out to you. We are truly sorry for the loss of your friend. Those who post disgusting crap would never pick up a gun to serve. I think it is their personal turmoil that leads them to attack our Warriors.

  34. Sandra on May 30th, 2007 9:49 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of SPC Eric Smallwood. And also to the Soldiers of the 875th who continue to bravely put themselves in harms way everday, for us! I never forget that I am free to sit here and type this today because of Soldiers like Eric.

  35. CommanderMom on May 30th, 2007 11:25 am

    Yeh, guess Memorial Day brings the little disgusting turds out from under their pathetic little rocks! Geeez, why can’t they ever just respectfully debate their opinion, in the proper place? Why are they sooo disgusting,hate filled, and ignorant? Why is their glass always half empty? Why do they dare call themselves peace lovers? Why,… why & why? It’s sad. Well, I know, the good folks here, know the answers.

    And Hey Anthony, thought I’d catch ya here, and say thanks for the heads up on the A&E Gene Simmmons,and Sophie(goes to Pendelton) Watched it, it was good!!!!

  36. military girl on May 30th, 2007 12:40 pm

    I am in Iraq right now as I type. I am in Erich(yes, that is actually how you spell it, with an “h” at the end) Smallwood’s Battalion right now. Thank all of you brave people for defending Erich’s honor, and for defending what the military does here. Erich does not deserve to be used as a scapegoat for some ignorant, unpatriotic American. The irony in all of this is that none of these people defiling his memory are intelligent enough to understand that we are here for them as well. We also fight for them to be able to have freedom of speech, even when it degrades the very memory of Erich. You all are the reason we do what we do. So, go on, and say what you want, but at the end of the day, you look at yourself and realize you are too cowardly to stand up for what you believe in. Erich, and I, are not. Live with that.

  37. Anthony on May 30th, 2007 1:05 pm

    mil girl,

    Thanks for your opinions and your service. Also, thanks for the correction to Erich’s name. I will make the changes immediately.

  38. CommanderMom on May 30th, 2007 1:05 pm

    Amen Military Girl!!
    I’d like to make the proper correction on my comment, Bless Erich Smallwood. Prayers and thoughts be with his family.
    And also to you Military Girl, and all Brethren In Arms. Thank you, take care and Godspeed~

  39. CavMom on May 30th, 2007 1:14 pm

    Miltary Girl ~ Thank you for your service. We’ve got your back here on the home front. Take care and God speed.

    “Erich” will remain in our hearts. His sacrifice will be honored and his memory will not fade.

  40. sue on May 30th, 2007 5:20 pm

    Military Girl, Thanks for your service and for being strong enough to do what you do, and stand up for your convictions. We appreciate you very much and you and Erich will always have a warm cozy place in our hearts. Erich will be honored for the man that he was.

    Many thanks, and you have our prayers and good thoughts always. God Bless!!

  41. BillThomas on May 30th, 2007 11:20 pm

    I knew Erich too, before he was deployed. He was very kind and a funny and passionate man. I remember on cold nights we used to chat for hours about our childhoods; we both had been athletes. We sometimes used to go swimming or we would wrestle together. We used to josh around a lot. He once took my towel and took a photo of me in my birthday suit. One time I pulled my back out. He deeply rubbed lotion all over my sore shoulders, it took the tension right out. I remember him sharing his feelings with me about life and death as he helped by injury. A feeling just washed over us both as we giggled like schoolboys. Those who haven’t been in the military will not understand the connection two men can feel toward one another. I’ll see you again Erich, richy boy. I will miss our late night chats.

  42. Al Johnson, USN (ret) on May 31st, 2007 6:33 am

    My sincere condolences to the Smallwood family for the loss of their HERO.Spc.Smallwood’s passing is truly felt by many of us who served in wartime.He is my Brother-in-Arms.I will be there to honor him for my freedom.This may be out of place but to the idiot who dishonored Spc.Smallwood’s name and service,please show up at the services and let yourself be known. I would love to discuss this with you.

  43. hogart on May 31st, 2007 6:56 am

    “Erich”? Is that the fag spelling of Eric? Smalldick indeed.

  44. ChrisG on May 31st, 2007 8:21 am

    So now the leftists are anti-gay? It seems so with all the homoerotic attacks on this Soldier. Yet one more example of the vile and disgusting nature of these moron trolls.

    These useless idiots only prove that they are pathetic and kept safe by better people than themselves. People these trolls will gladly piss on when we are down and stab in the back as we stand in front; between them and the very real threats of our enemies.

  45. VTSharon on May 31st, 2007 9:39 am

    I can asure you, Chris, the leftists (as you refer) are not anti-gay.

  46. trluver on May 31st, 2007 10:38 am

    I can only harken back to Anthony’s rant about the “other” website…who’s homophobic? Who’s xenophobic? Take a look in the mirror folks….

  47. Anthony on May 31st, 2007 10:57 am

    Take your bs elsewhere trluver. I think there is a big difference in me calling actual gay people gay and what that disgusting person hogart has done.

    Oh, and I am not homophobic, I don’t not find myself fearing queers. I do find homosexuals completely disgusting and morally wrong however.

  48. Anthony on May 31st, 2007 11:01 am

    Oh yes, one last thing. If you plan to comment on this thread and disrespect SPC Smallwood in any way or refer to anything other than SPC Smallwood’s memory or the 875th Engineer Battalion, I will ban you from accessing this site permanently. I will not allow the memory of a fellow Soldier be dirtied by your disgusting comments. This serves as a warning, I do not wish to ban anyone, but after this comment I will.

  49. Al Johnson, USN (ret) on May 31st, 2007 11:08 am

    To those who are patriots — Please don’t use foul language in your comments where SPC Smallwood is concerned.That only goes to cheapen his name and service. To those who choose to use this sad occasion to dishonor SPC Smallwood — “Tis better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. “Riding in Honor of the 1st EOD company, United States Marine Corp.”

  50. Anthony on May 31st, 2007 11:09 am

    Thanks Al.

  51. sue on May 31st, 2007 11:52 am

    Anthony you have the patience of a saint for putting up with all of this. Probably a good thing I don’t have a blog of my own!! I’m sure it would be very unlady like at times!!

    To people like hogwart and trluver and even Sharon (you should know better that to make a comment like that on this post). Go find another post to filthy up. One honoring the memory of a fallen hero is not the time or the place no matter what you think. There is a time for decency and respect and the memory and honor of a fallen Soldier is one of them. Thanks Al for your service. Anthony, Bless you!! I will pray for strength for you!!

  52. Gigi on May 31st, 2007 2:06 pm

    [Comments removed by Admin. User banned for inappropriate conversation.]

  53. sue on May 31st, 2007 2:13 pm

    Well Gigi, isn’t it great that Patriots like Anthony don the uniform of this country to protect your right to say that?? What a lucky little girl you are!! Hogwart on the other hand needs some manners. But thanks for expressing your opinion that Anthony makes sure you have the right to.

  54. sue on May 31st, 2007 2:18 pm

    And Gigi, perhaps you need to be reading a little more before you come and talk about people you don’t know. Sounds like you belong over at OU. God rest Erich. Leave this poor mans post alone would you?? Go play somewhere else.

  55. sue on May 31st, 2007 2:49 pm

    Well thank your brother for serving his country. But, you DO NOT know Anthony!! And this topic has nothing to do with who is, was or will be gay. And I think that was the point. So jump down off your soap box and go find some where else to push your agenda and spew YOUR hatred and racism. It doesn’t belong here. And I will be happy to point out to you that we BOTH live in America. It isn’t two different places. You are being so very judgmental of someone you know nothing about.

  56. unclejim on May 31st, 2007 3:28 pm

    I was with Erich’s friend, eating lunch when we got the news about his death. Erich’s brother is in the same unit and he also needs your prayers as he has a long journey back home. He goes by JT.

  57. sue on May 31st, 2007 6:29 pm

    Prayers for JT too Uncle Jim!! I’m sorry for your loss.

  58. Al Johnson, USN (ret) on May 31st, 2007 8:04 pm

    I am under the assumption that most of you who choose to disrespect those who gladly serve in uniform know nothing of war. Yes– we put ourselves in harms way for our Country, God and our(as well as YOUR) families but most of all we share a bond that will last a thousand lifetimes. So, it is for our fellow men/women who stand beside us that we would gladly give our life so they may live.I pray that none of you who defile us never have to stand beside us in a time of war because evidently you don’t know how to stand tall—only crawl! Good people of Trumann, can you hear the Harley’s yet? God bless ALL of you. “Riding in Honor of the 1st EOD Company,USMC,Camp Pendleton,CA”–Al

  59. sue on May 31st, 2007 8:43 pm

    Al, I apologize I was not trying to be disrespectful at all. Merely trying to ask that that kind of stuff be taken elsewhere. Please forgive me. No disrespect intended.

  60. Al Johnson, USN (ret) on June 1st, 2007 6:26 am

    Sue– my comments were not directed toward you so no apology is in order.It was meant for those who remain cloistered in the ignorance of selfishness or are just plain ignorant.”Ignorance can be fixed,Stupidity is forever!” Our Military is a microcosm of this Great Country.White,Black,Red,Yellow,Gay,Straight,Young,Senior,Rich,Poor–ALL SERVE.Their reasons are varied but their hearts are exactly the same.They know Freedom is not free and are willing to pay to have this way of life continue,whatever the price.And they pay for you and me.I served for 22+years (1959-1981)and have tried to get to Iraq so I could be with them again.No,I am not a war monger.I pray most of you young people never know the horrors of war that stay with you for life but please give a little respect to those who carry YOUR load so you may continue to live in the best Country this world has to offer.Al– “Riding in Honor of the 1st EOD Company, USMC.

  61. sue on June 1st, 2007 7:23 am

    “Stupidity is forever!” Wow Al, you got that so right. And we are ONE Nation, UNDER GOD!!! There is no YOUR America and MY America. We all live free in AMERICA because of men like you and Erich, and Anthony and all the others who serve. Al, thanks for serving when you did, because you allowed me to grow up free with out fear or worry. You fought for a long time for such an ungrateful nation and I am so sorry. Your service was not lost on me, I did appreciate you back then, and still do now. You’re the best. Thanks.

  62. CommanderMom on June 1st, 2007 8:20 am

    Amen, Sue and Al, ditto that for me, and my family! Well, actually, and my friends, and my neighbors, and my community, too! (I know I can speak for them, here!)

  63. CommanderMom on June 1st, 2007 8:25 am

    ps, to be more correct, I know I can speak for the vast and huge majority of my community and neighbors.

  64. Al Johnson, USN (ret) on June 1st, 2007 11:50 am

    Thanks anyway Sue, but the real appreciation goes to those who gave the last full measure in the hills,rice patties,jungles and rivers of South East Asia during my time.NEVER FORGET those before us in Korea/WWII–etc.,or the MIA/POWS whose fate is known only to God.The young men/women who stand between us and terriorists who decapitate rather than negotiate are,for my money,the backbone of this Country.”Riding in Honor of the 1st EOD Company,USMC.”–Al

  65. brat on June 1st, 2007 1:10 pm

    Thank you Al….Thank you. Two little words which say it all for me.

  66. Al Johnson, USN (ret) on June 1st, 2007 4:50 pm

    Thanks goes to the men/women now serving in the “sandbox.” These are the ones I admire.Remember–”A Nation who forgets it’s defenders,will itself be forgoten.”"Riding to Honor the 1stEOD Company,USMC. –Al

  67. Rhonda on June 1st, 2007 10:32 pm

    Eric Smallwood is my cousin, and I just wanted to thank everyone for the warm wishes and thoughts. Eric made us all very proud. He stood for justice and integrity. He was a great young man. We will all miss him. Thank You

  68. sue on June 2nd, 2007 12:52 am

    Rhonda, I’m so sorry for your loss. Eric and your family are in our prayers and good thoughts. We’re glad you came by.

  69. sabertooth on June 2nd, 2007 2:16 am

    Anthony is a bigot. He is NOT a patriot. He can’t even honor those of a different sexual orientation who have given their service. And now he censors posts that call him out on his bigotry.I have know those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, like Erich. Not all were straight, Anthony. Grow up.

  70. sabertooth on June 2nd, 2007 2:19 am

    Rhonda, you will pull through.

  71. Terri on June 2nd, 2007 4:15 am

    sabertooth, you know nothing of Anthony or anything else, or what HE does for our Country. We rarely censor posts here but when they become derogatory, we will without hesitation.

  72. Al Johnson, USN (ret) on June 2nd, 2007 6:36 am

    Rhonda— Please convey to Erich Smallwood’s family my most sincere condolences for their loss. Erich now stands guard for all of us with many more heros who gave the last measure of love for us ALL. Try and disregard the vile and denegrating comments some are making on this blog.They have my pity, my anger is reserved for those who would see our way of life extinguished.God’s grace and love is with you and the family,as well as Erich’s. –Al–

  73. Linz on June 4th, 2007 11:18 pm

    God tells us that the greatest commandment is to Love the Lord your god with all your heart, soul, and spirit. And the second is like in unto it. Love your neighbor as yourself. I wish everyone on here could realize how much Erich loved you. Whether he knew your or not he loved you. That’s who Erich was. He loved you James!! And he died so you wouldn’t have to. I will pray that you recieve that love and try to love others as yourself. Erich was apart of my life for a very long time and I knew him inside and out. He will never be forgotten and when everybody else in the world goes on with their lives and forgets about Erich Scott Smallwood, Trumann, AR will always remember Erich as our HERO. I will always remember Erich Scott as my HERO. His love for us is what keeps us strong. Thank you to all of you that understand his cause and support him. On behalf of Erich, Thank you. He loved you, HE DIED FOR YOU.

  74. CommanderMom on June 5th, 2007 10:00 am

    Linz~Thank you and I want you to know that Erich will NOT be forgotten. It’s because of great Men and Women like him, that we are able to go on with the freedoms in life that we are so fortunate to have, and will not take for granted. We grieve the loss. Thoughts and prayers.

  75. JoAnn on July 11th, 2007 6:44 pm

    I am Erich’s grandmother and thought I would read all of the nice things people had to say about him. I was shocked at what James wrote and can tell you all that if you could have known Erich you would know he is NOT in hell. He liked to laugh and tried to make sad situations funny with his jokes to make others feel better. he is probably laughing at James right now and thinking, “What a fool”.He is not only a fool but a cruel fool.

  76. Terri on July 11th, 2007 7:33 pm

    JoAnn I am SO sorry that you had to read the horrible things that James said. We consider your grandson a HERO and we mourn your loss. Please accept our condolences to you and your family. Erich was truly a special HERO.

  77. sue on July 11th, 2007 8:57 pm

    Terri, please give JoAnn my contact info for They Have Names. I would love to speak with her. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  78. SealPatriot on July 11th, 2007 11:49 pm

    To everybody here has served with Eric and his unit. I am sorry for your loss. My condolences go to you, his family, and friends. I wish you all the best of luck and hope those of you still deployed come home safely.

    As for those who are calling Eric a “Fascist”, just to let you know; the hate your spewing out is “Fascist”. It just happens to be your own Basterdized version of the demented and twisted ideology. I hope your happy because that’s about as proud of yourself you are going to get.

  79. Terri on July 12th, 2007 4:53 am

    Sue I sent her your contact info.

  80. SealPatriot on July 12th, 2007 8:16 am

    You know Hogart, your name isn’t exactly nice either. Where did you come up with that name? It sounds like a pathetic failed attempt to spell Harry Potter’s school. At the same time, if you talk like this outside of the blogsphere then you might want to be careful since someone around you might be gay. You might be in for a surprise and find somebody in your family is gay since homosexuals tend to hide it from family members. So just ought to let you know, just because you can say something or go off on a rant, doesn’t mean you don’t sound like a complete MORON. You should also think about what you say too, afterall I am sure half the gay people that you’ll come in contact with could kick your butt and this includes the lesbians. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for coming, have a great one.

  81. SealPatriot on July 12th, 2007 8:30 am

    Another thing Hogart, you kind of sound like your from the WestBoro Baptist Church. Trust me, you don’t want any affiliation with those people.

  82. Terri on July 12th, 2007 8:45 am

    I addressed these types of people in my latest post. Comments like that will go into moderation and I won’t allow them to post.

  83. Whit on September 23rd, 2007 11:04 pm

    Its been almost four months since we lost Erich but now the 875th BN is coming home and I am so thankful for them and Erich. I have known him for many years and I will never forget him, neither will our town. We Love you Erich.. Also JT and Terah( Erichs sister)

  84. Terri on September 24th, 2007 4:56 am

    We will never forget him as well Whit. Please know that we keep him and all our Troops in our thoughts and prayers.

  85. Andrea on March 17th, 2008 10:52 am

    Erich was in my kindergarten class and we were good friends, I have so many memories of him. Erich wasnt like anyone else I knew…he could truly brighten your day, just by seeing his smile or him walk into a room. Im not gonna say anything to those that were bashing him, saying the awful things they did b/c I do know Erich, he wouldnt let those things bother him..he would just laugh and forget it..you wouldnt bring him down..thats just ignorant ppl trying to stir up problems. I was just looking at things under his name and ran upon this website..

    I miss you Erich! RIP my friend.

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