Sunday, October 5, 2008

PFC Christopher "Bart" Bartkiewicz













On Sept 30th I lost one of my best friends here due to sniper fire. I was the medic that treated his injurys. Bart was a great man and a loving father and husband. He was one of our brothers and will be missed. I just wish you could have know him. Rest in peace brother.


14 comments:

Bart's mom said...

Chris was a wonderful son I was blessed to have him in my life. I loved him more than anyone will ever know. Chris was also a terrific brother to his 3 sisters who loved him without measure. We will miss Chris so very much for the rest of our lives. Thank you for all you did for Chris, I am glad you all got to know the loving man he was. Any thing ya'll would like to share please do so we would love to know. God Bless

Uncle Mike said...

Chris was a wonderful Son,Brother and Nephew as well as a great father to his 3 children. Chris was like the son I never had and a brother to my son even though they were Cousins.I can remember visiting Chris would always be the first to greet us, I did't even get the car door open and Chris would be there with a hug and a kiss He Loved His family and they all were important. Chris will forever Missed.

Theresa said...

I am Emily's Aunt Theresa and from the moment Chris moved to Illinois and joined our family we made an instant connection. We called ourselves the out-laws! He and I could sit and talk for hours and many times we did just that. I will forever miss those talks and his laughter. I was fortunate to have been able to talk to him the Friday before he passed. I made sure he always knew how much we loved him and how proud of him we were. He gave the extreme sacrifice for this country and we will be forever indebted to him. He was my HERO. I am proud to have known this incredible man. I will forever hold him in my heart, never to be forgotten. Stand down Chris, rest in peace in God's arms.

brwneyed23grl said...

I wish Chris knew how much everyone cared about him, and how much of an impact he made in his life. To lose Chris so early took a lot out of my heart, I remember the last thing he said before we hung up on our last convo. was "you better come up to IL on my leave and drink with me and I have to go but I love you and call you soon." I'm thankful he was able to be brothers to his close friends/soldiers over there. We love and will always miss him. Thanks Eric for making this tribute to him.

Christie Hemm said...

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bhatley said...

I am the mother of Chris' oldest daughter Casey Hatley, who never had the chance to meet him. She was deprived of knowing the wonderful man he was. I wish she would have had that chance. We know that he is looking down on all his children right now. We love you and we always will.

brwneyed23grl said...

brwneyed23grl is me Samantha, his sister-wanted to leave another message to say I truly miss Chris, we all do. I know in the future will get easier but will be with us every step we take. Come home safe soldiers-we'll be praying for yall.

piratelikesoatml said...

Im so sorry for your loss of a brother eric. And my love goes out to his family. Reading these comments made me teary eyed. Its so terrible. My heart goes out to everyone <33

Stay safe Eric. Love you.

Mary Lou said...

Bart sounds like a wonderful guy! What a terrible tragedy! My heart goes out to his wonderful family! I can't image how this terrible loss is affecting them!! Thank you for putting these pictures of him up for us all to see. He is looking down missing and loving you all!
Eric's Aunt Roo
XXXOOO

Bart's mom said...

Bart was laid to rest yesterday. It was hard to say goodbye to a wonderful son, super terrific brother. He will never be forgotten.
The Army did an awesome job at the funeral. God bless you all.

Bartkiewicz's sister Sam said...

Even driving back from Illinois today to North Carolina, and other family leaving there as well, it's the hardest thing knowing I won't ever be able to see him again. Seeing the whole town on the street yesterday with their hand over their hearts when riding by them to salute-the fire dept raising the biggest flag I've ever seen and much more being done in honor of this country and what Chris represented made me cry harder. We love you all and want yall home too. Take care.

KurtMartiNick said...

So sorry for your loss. What a fine man.

Bart's mom said...

We had Christopher's memorial service today in his home town in North Carolina. Chris's family including his daughter Casey, his friends and church members we all there to honor such a wonderful man and soldier. Our hearts are broken and will be forever, Chris will never be forgotten. Wish ya'll could have been there in person but ya'll were there in or thoughts and prayers. God bless each and everyone of you and keep you safe in His care. We all would like to say Thank you for all you are doing. Love you guys.

michaelkruschinsky said...

On September 30th, The Patriot Guard Riders will be Honoring Chris and his sacrifice. We will be riding into Dunfermline, Illinois and will stand vigil to him. Please know that we DO remember him and his sacrifice for us!