S: In Memoriam - Carl Erik Hammar
BC: "We can rest in peace, 'cause we were the chosen ones, We made it to Arlington, yea, dust to dust Don't cry for us, we made it to Arlington."
FC: Carl Erik Hammar | In Memoriam
1: USMC | In loving memory Carl Erik Hammar 3 August 1987 - 14 July 2012 Our wonderful son, father, brother, fiancé and friend left us suddenly. Erik gave his life in the fight against tyranny and to make the world a safer place. We love you, Erik!
2: Your Family loves you!
3: Army core values: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor Integrity, Personal Courage
4: Chronology | Erik was born in Carmel, New York, 3 August 1987. At the age of 4 he moved with his family to Sweden where he grew up. At the age of 17, Erik moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ and enrolled in his senior year of high school. After completion he joined the US Army which he loved and thrived in. Erik was assigned to 1st BCT, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. He served two tours in Iraq in 2007 and 2009 and was promoted to Staff Sergeant. In September 2011, he was transferred to 4th BCT (Airborne), 25th ID at JBER Alaska and deployed to Afghanistan in December.. He received the Army Commendation medal twice while serving in Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals posthumously. He left behind a son Lux, 7, a daughter Valeria, 1, fiancé and family and friends.
8: Planted tree for Mom | Stockholm 2002 | Big diggers | Panning for gold with little brother | At seven | With little big brother | We love you! We miss you! | Little sister Julia | Family reunion at uncle's wedding | Moving from Fayetteville 2011
9: Brother visiting in Fayetteville | Mother's Day 2002 | Taking care of Julia | Julia again! | North Carolina 2011 | Always optimistic Erik | Erik loved his niece and nephews! | Broken arm but no broken spirit | At home in Sweden with family | At the Kolmarden zoo | Visiting Grandma in northern Sweden
11: To Erik, To think that you are no longer with us is unimaginable. For so long I have put aside my worries in a hidden room and it has been too painful to think about what could happen. Now, the worst happened. Maybe you don't see it that way. I know you were proud of your job and you were truly a soldier, but also a father, brother, son and for me and for many others, a friend. When I found out I looked at the pictures from when I visited you and stopped at some of them. One was a mural of a prostitute and it said "I justify what people think of me as whatever" and I could see that it meant something to you then, but I did not understand it. In recent times, I think I do, but I would say that you do not need it! I have such high regard for you and, as I look at your site, I am not alone. You gave so much of yourself, all you had was for anyone to enjoy. You always made me feel good after we talked. Such a positive soul who always had an encouraging word. A big part is missing in me even though we mostly knew each other while we lived on different continents. I also looked at the video from Queens when we got back at four in the morning and realized that your car was gone and I laughed so much. And then I cried. It hurts me that you have already left us. I miss you! The memories I have of you will always fill me with joy and I will always have a place in my heart for you. Yours forever, Emma
13: Brothers in arms. Carl with brother-in-law, Reece.
14: With fiancé Marianty Mavros | You made me believe in forever, in the immortality of love, and that we'd be together, and that was magical. You made me a part of your life, and I am so grateful. I don't know how to go on without you because I don't want to. Your smile and your eyes and your love are frozen in me and I will NEVER forget you. I love you Carl Hammar, so much and you know it and I know you love me too. Marianty
15: With daughter Valeria | With son Lux and big sister Lisa
16: 07/17/12 DoD: Army Casualty Identified Staff Sgt. Carl E. Hammar, 24, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died July 14, in Khost province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy small arms fire.
17: He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother. W Shakespeare
18: Carl was a wonderful man who loved life. His passion is what I will remember about him the most. Chase Berry My friend Carl Hammar died the day before yesterday in Afghanistan. He was one of the wittiest, funniest, most annoying and most caring guys I've ever had the privilege of knowing. My heart goes out to his family. He will be sorely missed by so many. Tina Wiman I am thankful for you being a good friend Carl. I know that you are in a better place. I hope you find peace. God be with you until we meet again. Dexter Thylin I've always prayed for all of our service members, but Carl Hammar was the only one I specifically asked God to keep safe. He was such a smart, funny, honorable and motivated man. Jarod Aguilar My brother, my best friend, I am so thankful for you and will always cherish the many good times we shared. Love you and miss you always. Johanna
20: We long to see you again! | Your forever family | Big sister Johanna | Erik age 24 and age 10
21: Little sister Julia | Big sister Lisa | HAMMAR CARL E. CH-JESUS-CH-LDS | HAMMAR CARL E. CH-JESUS-CH-LDS | How fun it was to see you at your house, Erik!
22: We bid you farewell, Erik, | until we meet again!
23: Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, 30 July 2012