Michael Schafer
(1979-2005)
Memorial website in the memory of your loved one
Tributes and Condolences
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Never Forgotten!  / Misty (Sister of Cpl. Rusty Washam KIA 2/14/06 )


Thinking of you and your family on Veteran's Day!
Michael I Wish I'd Met Ye'  / Randall Norris (None)
I found Michael's tribute on-line and I was moved to write this tribute. My computer crashed and it disappeared forever, only to be ressurected in an email from a woman I had never met. I knew then it needed to find a proper home. I think this should be its final home.

For His Family and Friends:

I never had the opportunity to meet Michael Schafer. But because of the way he lived his life, the absolute joy he seemed to bring to friends and family, his selfless act even at the moment of his death, and because he did more in his twenty six years than most men do in a lifetime, I can only say that I wish I had met him, and I can't say that about many men. I salute you Michael, not for the way you died, but because of the way you lived.
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> Dr. Randall Norris, Ph.D.
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you / Scott Potter (brothers in arms )
Well bro.
Here i sit in my office thinking about the old days and when we used to cause some trouble.  Mike i know we did not grow up as home town buddies or even friends from school but we grew as men in our short time of two very long and very demanding years.  We jumped from perfectly good airplanes together,we became an awesome gun team, bat champs baby, we climbed mountains,and endured the same fears.  but bro I never for one moment wanted to endure a life without my good friend.  even though we left to persue other lives and opportunities we always kept in touch as much as we could.

Bro I miss you very much and you will always hold a place in my heart and soul.......BROTHERS.........POR VIDA

LOVE YOU
SCOTT

R.I.P
Kosovo mourns  / Fatos Rexhaj (none)
...we are very sorry to hear what happened to your son. if this means anything we just want you to know that Kosovo mourns with you over your loss. we are very sad to hear that such brave men that brought peace to our country are no longer with us. michael may god be with you wherever you are.
Kindred Spirit  / Lavette Curry (stranger)
This is strange reading this page my brother was 1st Sgt Michael S. Curry and he too was one of the first paratroopers to invade Iraq back in 03, he too was with 173rd Airborne Brigade 503 Infantry out of Vincenza, Italy. Michael was on his final tour before he was to retire, sadly he was killed in Afghanistan on 7/23/07. A soldier isn't gone until he is Forgotten. We will never forget them. God Bless You
thank you  / Rena Gonzales (none)
HI I AM IN MONROE AND WANT TO SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY LIL COUSIN IS UP IN HEAVEN WITH YOU SO CAN YOU WATCH OVER HIM. b HE WAS KILLED IN A CAR WRECK 4-13-2005.  WE MISS HIM.  BUT AGAIN THANK U AND MAY U NEVER BE FORGOTTEN
Serving Soldier  / Liam Guatella (non)
Dear friends

I am a current serving soldier in the British Army and stumbled on this web site by accident.

I read the tribute to this soldier and thought I would leave this message to state that I have worked with the US Forces on several occasions, and they are a professional unit and have brave men and woman such as Michael assisting us in our battle against enemy forces.

My deepest sympathy to the family

Brothers in arms

Liam Guatella
British Army
sorry for your loss  / Linda Hall (no relation )
Whlle reading your memorial to Michael i felt i had to write and pass on my condolences.  His memories will live on in you all forever and they help you get through each day. He sounded like a wonderful young man. All of you take care.
Sorrow / Brandon Hyatt (Fellow Soldier )
Michael,

Thank you for doing one of the best jobs in this country. I don't know you personally but we are brothers in arms and every time a brother goes down it tears my heart up. Thank you for being the best and know that we will never forget you! Thank you for being a hero!
Another angel taken  / Melissa Bither (Someone in the world who says Thank You )
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free!
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all.

I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.

Tasks left undone, must stay that way,
I found peace at close of day.

If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy!
A love shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes! These things I too will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savoured much
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now, he set me free.
IM SORRY FOR YOU'R LOSS  / Kendra Evans (A THANKFUL AMERICAN )
MY CONDOLENCES ON THE SON OF MICHAEL, A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. MY COUSIN LANCE CORPORAL SHAYNE CABINO ( DOB 2/15/86-10-6-05) WAS KILLED BY A ROAD SIDE BOMB IN KIA AL KARMAH, IRAQ. SO MICHAELS DEATH IS TRULY IN MY HEART. I SET A SITE FOR SHAYNE AS WELL AS MY MOTHER WHO PASSED AWAY JULY 26 OF LIVER CANCER ALL OF THEIR DEATHS SEEM SURREAL. I LIT A CANDLE FOR HIM, ITS THE LEAST I CAN DO. MY COUSIN WAS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART AND OTHER HONORS AS WELL AS A BRIDGE IN OUR HOME TOWN OF FRANKLIN MA. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
Thank you for your service Michael.  / Tammy Quetot (No relation )
Michael, 
Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. I am a military wife of 23 years and my heart aches each time I hear that we have lost another soldier. May you send strength to your wonderful family. To your family I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Please know you are being thought of across the miles at Ft. Knox, KY. God Bless You!
When you're gone  / Your Other Half
Avril Lavigne When You're Gone Lyrics


I always needed time on my own
I never thought I'd need you there when I cry
And the days feel like years when I'm alone
And the bed where you lie
is made up on your side

When you walk away
I count the steps that you take
Do you see how much I need you right now?

When you're gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you're gone
The face I came to know is missing too
When you're gone
The words I need to hear to always get me through the day
And make it OK
I miss you

THIS ONE-->
I never felt this way before
EVERYTHING that I do
reminds me of you
And the clothes you left
THEY on the floor
And they smell just like you
I love the things that you do

When you walk away
I count the steps that you take



Do you see how much I need you right now?

When you're gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you're gone
The face I came to know is missing too
When you're gone
The words I need to hear WILL always get me through the day
And make it OK
I miss you

We were made for each other
out here forever
I know we were
Yeah Yeah

All I ever wanted was for you to know
Everything I do I give my heart and soul
I can hardly breathe I need to feel you here with me
Yeah

When you're gone
The pieces of my heart are missing you
When you're gone
The face I came to know is missing too
And When you're gone
The words I need to hear WILL always get me through the day
And make it OK
I miss you



There is nothing more I really can say! I miss you and always will! Your smile, your laugh, you hugs, your touch! I love you!
Miss You Man  / CJ Coker (Brother In Arms )
Hey Bro.  Want to wish you a happy birthday (2 days after mine) been over 2 years since we went in that village together yet it seems like yesterday.  I still remember those words you said to me... "I'll see you on the flipside Doc".  It was an honor to have met and served with you in Afghanistan.  You will never be forgotten. DEUS VOLT.
A lovely mate  / Tim Fergosun (Co-worker)
He was a lovely mate and brave boy....
I'm very sorry  / Pinco Pallino (None)
I'm very sorry for your loss.
hi my angel michael god bless you and your family hugs xoxo  / Deborah Sr Savio/josephine (friend)
2 Years...  / Your Honored Wife
seems as only yesterday. The pain and the sadness have never seemed to cease. Today, I walked among your brother's in arms at Arlington. Thousands of men and women lay there in rest and as a symbol of courage and valor. As I watched the changing of the guard there next to me were two Army soldiers, one from the 82nd and I thought of you and the beginning of our life together, the hopes, the dreams, and our love. I think of how unfair it is that you are gone, ripped from the lives of the people who love you the most. I am so grateful to have the memories of our life together. I feel so blessed to have had you in my life. To watch you grow from a guy into a man. In one of the museums at Arlington there was a quote from Robert E. Lee's wife and it spoke to my heart:
   
    "God knows the best time for us to leave this world and we must never question His love or wisdom. This is my comfort in my great sorrow, to know that had my husband lived a thousand years he could not have died more honored and lamented even had he accomplished all we desired and hoped."

The words jumped off the page as if they were my own. You lived for you country and you died for your country, you were born to be a soldier and fight for those who could not. You will forever be remembered and memorialized for generations to come. Even at 5, and with little understanding of exactly who you were and what you did, Devin admires you and is proud to say his Dad was in the Army. Time will continue to pass and life will change more but our love shall never diminish and I will always be your wife. As you look down upon us everyday, know that you are thought of, talked about, loved, missed, and honored. I love you, babe...Always&Forever!
2 years  / Aunt Denise
My sweet, sweet angel.  2 years have now passed since you left us. It is still so hard to accept.  I wish it were just a horrible dream and you would come in and say "Here I am".  You are always on my mind and in my heart.  I miss you so much.  It is a comfort knowing you are watching over all of us.  Please watch over Grandpa Schafer these next few weeks.  He is going to need you.  Until we meet again, angel.  XOXOXOXOXO
Love and Miss You  / Lori Burke (Aunt)
Hi Michael, I can't believe it has been 2 years.  Everyday goes by and I keep thinking that it's all a bad dream.  We all miss you so very much.  Watch over grandpa the next couple of weeks.  He really needs it this time.  Love and miss you.  Aunt Lori
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