In Loving Memory

Army Spc. Thomas J. Wilwerth


 Mastic, New York.

In Loving Memory- You will never be forgotten and you will always be missed.

Who made the Supreme Sacrifice for Love of Country, was killed in Samarra Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley Fighting Vehicle. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on February 23, 2006.

Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Service Ribbon


9 Responses to “In Loving Memory”

  1. michelle Says:

    Happy Birthday TJ.We miss you.
    Love the

  2. olotliny Says:

    We’ll never forget you Tom.

    “Remember Our Fallen Heroes”

    If you look in the hearts of our heroes
    You’ll see tears swelled with pride
    Yet underneath there’s a shadow of sadness
    For the Soldier no longer at their side.

    Side by Side they served with honor
    To God’s arms they go one by one
    From the hearts of a grateful Nation
    We remember our Daughters, our Sons.

    Their selfless deeds have been many.
    Blood’s been spilled in the sand for liberty.
    Without hesitation they guarded our freedom
    Over land, in the skies, on the sea.

    They answered the cries of the hungry
    Liberated those whom where suppressed.
    Courageously they safeguarded our glory
    With a loyalty that ceases to rest.

    With love we pay homage to the fallen
    These patriots, our heroes, our friends.
    Who’ve paid the ultimate price for freedom
    and the flag they chose to defend.

    Their Service must never be forgotten
    Their deaths won’t ever be in vain
    We vow to look after their families
    and hope our love will ease their pain.

    This flag is to honor the fallen
    As a reminder Freedom is not Free
    These heroes gave their lives for their Country
    They gave their lives for you and for me.

    © 2005 Kevin R. Eberly Jr

  3. olotliny Says:

    Dear Tom,
    You are forever etched into our souls. We will never forget you. It feels like it was all just yesterday. An Irish blessing for you and your precious family:
    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there… I do not sleep.
    I am the thousand winds that blow…
    I am the diamond glints on snow…
    I am the sunlight on ripened grain…
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you waken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of gentle birds in circling flight…
    I am the soft star that shines at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry—
    I am not there… I did not die…
    You will always live in our hearts, mind and soul.

  4. olotliny Says:
    This is the link to sign the guest book at for Thomas.

  5. olotliny Says:

    In Time of Sorrow
    May you see God’s light on the path ahead
    When the road you walk is dark.
    May you always hear,
    Even in your hour of sorrow,
    The gentle singing of the lark.
    When times are hard may hardness
    Not turn your heart to stone,
    And may you always remember
    You do not walk alone.

  6. olotliny Says:

    Memorial Gathering For Thomas Wilwerth

    Friday, February 23, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at the plaque for Thomas on Montauk Hwy. Mastic (across from Ice Cream Cottage and Davin’s Funeral Home)

    We gather together on this day, to remember Tom’s life and his sacrifice.

    We gather here tonight as a community in memory of Thomas J. Wilwerth and to honor him for his ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty to the United States of America. We would like to express our deepest compassion , respect, and support to Mr. and Mrs. Wilwerth and daughter Kerry and all of Tom’s family and friends. There is a member of this community missing for the past year but…He has been made part of a new community… it is called Heaven.

    We come together tonight not only to mourn the loss of our fallen hero but also…to remember him in life and…to celebrate that life. All who knew TJ were blessed with his radiant, smile, a smile that was warm, loving, and genuine . And that memory will remain …never to be forgotten and always with pride.

    Because of Tom’s service to his homeland and the continuing service of those who come behind him…We, as a nation…sleep peacefully each night, secure in the fact that men like Tom, are there for us each and every one…whether we are family or stranger. every minute they are needed. Tom did not question, he willingly defended, served, persevered and when the time came…He paid the price we prayed would NEVER befall him.

    It is our turn now to be brave, be strong, and honor him for his courage and sacrifice. Shirley and the Mastics has a new hero for our children and grandchildren to emulate now… THANK YOU Thomas Wilwerth…may you rest in peace for all eternity…..

  7. olotliny Says:


    has artist who will paint an oil paint portrait free of charge for the families of those who have given all in service to our country.
    The above link will take you to a video showing Kaziah Hancock of Utah painting a portrait of an American son or daughter who has been killed while serving our country. The video shows the gift of an artist paintbrush that flows from her heart to reach out to the families left behind. (I needed tissues:)

  8. olotliny Says:

    Sunday, October 28th, 2007 at 11:00 am
    Corner of Mastic Road and Main St

    In honor of Tom Wilwerth, the town will be putting up a sign in honor of Tom. The sign will be placed under the street name. It will read T.J. Wilwerth Blvd but Main Ave will still be the official name.

    The Dedication will begin at 11 am and will be followed by a lunch reception at the Mastic fire house.

    Kerry hopes that all can make it on such short notice!

  9. olotliny Says:
    Street renamed for Long Island soldier killed in Iraq

    PLAY THE VIDEO Play the video
    (10/28/07) MASTIC – A Mastic family remembered its soldier son Sunday at the dedication of a street named in his honor.

    A roadside bomb killed Thomas Wilwerth in February 2006 in Iraq. His relatives and friends gathered at the corner of Mastic Road and Main Street for a dedication ceremony on what would have been the soldier’s 23rd birthday.

    Wilwerth’s father, mother and sister accepted a copy of the street sign that now bears his name. They said they found comfort in knowing the jokester and patriotic man’s memory lives on, but say he wouldn’t have liked all the attention.

    “I think it’s wonderful that this town is actually doing something for him,” said friend Justine Conners. “I think he’s happy that we’re … remembering him and saying thank you because none of us are over there – none of us did that.”

    A picnic area at a park is also named after Wilwerth.

    Related information:
    Emotional farewell for soldier from Mastic killed in Iraq

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