Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Amanda Nicole Pinson

St Louis, Missouri

March 16, 2006

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Army Sgt

101st Military Intelligence Detachment, 501st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

 Killed in Tikrit, Iraq, on Mar. 16, when a mortar round detonated.

There is now a Memorial Scholarship, in Amanda's name, being headed up by the Hancock Alumni Association. To make a donation, please send by form of check or money order to be made to the: 

Hancock Alumni Association, Amanda Pinson Memorial Scholarship,

ATTN: Sue Weber

2191 Lemay Ferry Rd.

St. Louis, MO, 63125 

From Tony 08/15/06:

Amanda was added to the NSA's wall of fame she is the only female on the wall at this time and hopefully the last. She was the first female cryptologist in U.S. history to be K.I.A.
She is also the first female soldier from Missouri to be K.I.A. She was a great soldier and an even better person. I would give anything and everything I have to have her back again. We miss her so much she was and will always be daddy's little girl.
Thank you,
Tony Pinson

Sergeant Amanda N. Pinson
They Served in Silence
The Sacrifice of A Cryptologic Hero
Sergeant Amanda N. Pinson, USA

"I am an Army cryptologist. In time of peace my work can be done from garrison; but in time of war I take my skills and talents to the battlefront. Like the silent sentinels of the past who served the American nation in times of danger, I remain constantly on watch — always listening. My goal is to gather and protect critical information to secure victory and save lives. I am an Army cryptologist, and I am dedicated, even at the cost of my own life, to providing and protecting our nation’s most important communications."

From an early age Amanda Pinson was ambitious and eager to engage the world around her. A native of the “show me state,” she was raised in the shadow of Jefferson Barracks, an 18th-century military outpost located on the Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri. Before being closed in 1946, the post, named for Thomas Jefferson, would be home to a host of famous Americans including Ulysses S. Grant, Zachary Taylor, and William T. Sherman. Unlike Grant, Taylor, and Sherman, Amanda would never be elected president or achieve flag rank; but, like them, throughout her time on earth she would inspire others with her courage and leadership. As a child she excelled not only in academics and athletics, but also in motivating others to make the world a better place.

In 4th grade, she was among the award winners of the Greater St. Louis Science Fair. Later in her sophomore year at Hancock High School, she would, as the St. Louis Post Dispatch described it, “create, design and implement” the Hancock Environmental Leadership Program or HELP. The organization’s main goal was to protect, clean, and improve the environment. However, under Amanda’s leadership the group extended its mission to improve the lives of local senior citizens and underprivileged children. In addition to her philanthropic activities, Amanda also found time to excel on the basketball court and softball field for the Tigers of Hancock High. Most importantly, she was a dedicated student whose name was no stranger to the school’s honor role.

Amanda’s many accomplishments in high school seemed to point to a life of great potential and promise, but making one’s way in the world is never easy. After graduation, she briefly attended community college and worked at a local restaurant. She soon decided, however, that waiting tables “was not something I want to do for the rest of my life.” In 2003, she joined the U.S. Army with the intent to “become my own person.” After enlisting, Amanda would receive training in the art of electronic intelligence at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. It was there that she would learn the critical role cryptology could play in achieving victory on the battlefield and in saving lives.

In time Amanda would become part of the 101st Airborne Division, one of the U.S. Army’s most storied units. In WWII, the Screaming Eagles had distinguished themselves at Normandy and Bastogne. During Vietnam, they fought bravely at places like Ashau Valley and Ap Bia Mountain. In 2006, the division found itself on the front lines in Iraq. Amanda was a soldier, but she was also part of a highly skilled group of individuals who fought their battles not only on the sands of the desert, but in the electronic ether. Like so many dedicated cryptologists of the past who served our nation in time of war, Amanda’s role was to provide and protect essential communications that could make the difference between victory or defeat - life or death.

Cryptologic work is an intellectual exercise, but in time of war it must be performed not only from garrison but on the front lines. This means that in order to get the critical information needed, cryptanalysts must frequently place themselves in harm’s way. On 16 March 2006, Amanda and SPC Carlos Gonzalez lost their lives when Iraqi insurgents unleashed a mortar shell into their compound north of Baghdad. She would be the 2,315th member of the U.S. armed forces killed in Iraq since the war began.

The Irish poet James Joyce once wrote that it is “better to pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.” Amanda Pinson’s life was one of great potential that was cut short. But as Joyce noted, during her time on earth, whether at home, at school, or on the battlefront, Amanda lived her life with a glory and a passion that should inspire us all to hold firm to those principles that have allowed this nation, through triumph and tragedy, to endure. Through her selfless devotion to her family and country, she touched countless lives and made an incalculable contribution to the indelible goal of making America and the world a better and safer place to live for all people.

Sergeant Amanda N. Pinson
United States Army
31 July 1984 - 16 March 2006 
Words from family, friends & others

There are many things being said about Amanda across the internet and I thought I would try to compile all of them here. Hope this will give those who never had the opportunity to meet her an insight into an amazing person / soldier of the United States Army and our dear, sweet, selfless angel who is terribly missed and filled us with more pride than we had ever known.

Source: http://www.mem.com/display/biography.asp?ID=1284964

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY HOW PROUD I AM TO HAVE SUCH A BRAVE NIECE.SHE ALWAYS MADE ME FEEL LIKE SOMETHING IN THIS WORLD WAS WORTH IT.WE ARE STILL SO PROUD AND ALWAYS WILL BE.AMANDA YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WITH US AND WE LOVE YOU....."OUR HERO"!!!
- UNCLE DAVE

ALL MY LOVE, TO ONE OF THE SWEETEST YOUNG LADYS YOU WOULD EVER WANT TO MEET. A BRIGHT AND SHINING PERSONALITY, AND NOW A SHINING STAR IN GOD'S BEAUTIFUL HEAVEN.
- GRANDPA DOOD

SGT.PINSON,
JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU!!!
YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN SPEACIAL IN MANY WAYS. WHEN I HEARD YOU WERE GOING TO IRAC I WAS SCARED FOR YOU. IT'S HARD BEING OVER THERE AND WANTING TO COME HOME , BUT CAN'T. YOU KNOW THERE'S A JOB TO DO NOT JUST FOR YOURSELF BUT FOR YOUR COUNTRY. SGT. YOU HAVE NOW BECAME ONE OF THE WORLDS GREATEST AMERICAN HERO IN MY EYES AND MANY PEOPLE OF THE WORLD FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.I WANT YOU TO KNOW YOU'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN IN THIS FAMILY.I WANT YOU TO KNOW I WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND MISS YOU. SGT. AMANDA PINSON, I SLUTE YOU!!!!!!!!!
- UNCLE JEFF

I WISH I WOULD OF CHERISED THE TIMES SHE WAS AROUND MORE. I WISH I WOULD OF TOLD HER HOW PROUD I WAS OF HER, HOW BRAVE I KNEW SHE WAS, HOW COMPLETLEY UN-SELFISH IT WAS FOR HER TO STAND UP FOR ALL OF US HERE. BUT I CAN TRULEY SAY AMANDA YOU ARE THE ONLY HERO I HAVE EVER KNOWN, AND I AM SO THANKFUL THAT I WAS ABLE TO KNOW YOU, I CONSIDER MYSELF SO VERY LUCKY!! I GOT TO MEET AND KNOW A TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!!! THANK YOU AMANDA, I WILL ALWAYS LOVE AND WILL TRULEY MISS YOU FOR-EVER!!
- AUNT TAMMY

YOU ARE OUR HERO WITH WINGS AS YOUR SPIRT WILL FLY HIGH, YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL UP IN THE SKY..
- Shelly

Thank You for making this loving site. SGT. AMANDA N. PINSON was the bestest first cousin that I'd ever have. She was soooooooo awsome.There are so many good words for SGT.AMANDA N.PINSON that it would take all web sites to put it on. March 16th, 2006 will never be forgotten nor SGT.AMANDA N.PINSON will never be forgotten. I still love and charish her In my heart because she is still with us even though we cannot see her. Thank You SGT. AMANDA N. PINSON for all that you have done and You will be missed soooooooooooooooooooooo much.

We will see you again someday SGT. Amanda N. Pinson
^Love you My Cousin^ I know your watching.
Love and never Forgotten
- Andrew David Nickles

Dear mandy,
You have always been my best friend, and I want you to know that you always will be. I love you so much, and I am so proud of you. You are my hero, and now I know I have the best angel I could ever ask for. You will be missed very much. I only hope that I can make you as proud a friend to you that you have made me. I will never forget you, and who knows maybe someday we will meet again. We will have as much fun up there in heaven as we did here on earth. Love Ya Mandy!!
- Amy Hartke

Sgt. Amanda Pinson. Your mother was so proud of you always. We talked about you everyday at work. It felt as though I knew you so well. I met you a couple of different times and I knew that you were a wonderful person. Please watch down on us and be our angel, just like you did when you chose to go into the army. You will always be remembered and you are a hero that I am so happy to have met.
- Jen

You don't know me, but I saw Amanda's memorial and wanted to express my sympathy for your loss. A belated thank you to Amanda for serving her country. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
- Sandy Johnson - Rochester, Minnesota

Thank you young lady for your service to our great country. I know in my heart that you are now an Angel in God's Army and you are at peace. God Bless you and may he watch over your family.
- Joseph Smith, PGR

i send my condolences to her family . i feel their pain , cause i am sister of army SGT Matthew Torrelli of the 101st screaming eagles.
- Jennifer Fuchs(sister of Army Sgt Matt Torrelli)

Although, I'm unable to make the ride, my thought's and prayers are with the family and friends of such a great American hero. Truly we now have an Angel watching over us. As she guarded and protected us in life, she watches down upon us from the Throne of God in the loving arms of our Lord and Saviour. God Bless You Precious Hero Sgt. Amanda Pinson. My heart is especially close to parent's of a child in the military, as I too have a child serving in the Army, currently stationed in Iraq. God Bless all in this time of grief.
- Kevin Tate - Patriot Guard Member and Blue Star Dad

Dear Sgt. Amanda Pinson, You are a very special person and I will always remember you!!! Thank you for all that you did to help our country. I am truly grateful and I will never forget it, Love Always!
- Amy Morris
Sorry I never met you but, thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for serving your country proud. My condolences to your family. How proud they must be.
Marianne Freymoyer - Proud Army Mom of Jerry and Jeffery 101st Screaming Eagles

Dear Amanda,
It is ashame that everyone in the world did not have the opportunity to call you "friend". I consider myself extremely lucky that I could. More than a friend of my daughters, you were a true friend to me. During one of the hardest periods in my life you true friendship, love, and support was unwavering. I will never forget that day in the school cafeteria when you brought total sunshine to a very dark time with your words of encouragement, support, and Love. It meant more to me than you will ever know.
I know you now bring Joy and Happiness to God's days as you did to ours.

Farewell Sgt. Gone too young but never forgotten.
- Michael Ellebracht

I've been trying to write this for days and I just haven't been able to. You've been my best friend my whole life. Since we were little girls, we've been inseperable. You have always been there for me. I am so proud of you. You were such a wonderful little girl and I'm so proud of the woman that you became. I love you. When I get to heaven, I know you will be waiting for me with open arms, just as you always were here on earth. I love you, angel.
- Your cousin, Stacy

To a very sweet and loving girl.......you will be missed but never forgotten. I salute you Sgt. Amanda Pinson a born hero. Lots of love to you and your family.
- Amanda - past co-worker of Amanda's mother

Mandy,
I am looking at this picture of you and it is as if you are here with me. Even though you are gone, your smile still lights up the room. I miss you so much and I am so very proud of you. I cannot believe that I let our friendship slip through the cracks of my life. I hope that you know that I have always loved and admired you. From my first sleepover at you dad's, to our high school graduation, you were always a true friend. It breaks my heart that I let that fade away. I know we will meet again one day, but until then I love you so much. You will never be forgotten, ever. Goodbye, for now. XOXO
- Emilee Schaumann (Schmidt)

My Beautiful Baby Girl
Being your Father no one can love you any deeper then I do. I believe you were one of Gods angels when you were born. It was a time in mine and your Mothers life when we needed help from God. We had lost your brothers a year and a half before we found out you were on your way. We were still hurting and could not get over the grief,our life was so empty and then you came. You were so beautiful and smart you gave us a reason to live again. You filled my life with so much love. I knew you were special and God had given us a wonderful gift,but I didn't know he had given us one of his very own angels in till you were gone. As I was thinking back at our time with you,I thought of how beautiful you are and how full of life and love you are,how caring and giving you are. You were my HERO the day you were born you saved me and gave me life again. I was always so PROUD of you. I knew you wanted to help and love everybody that your life had touched. I knew the impact you had on my life. But I didn't know you had that much of an impact on so so many people. It was then I realized you were a real angel of Gods that he blessed us with. I cannot wait for the day when the Lord calls me home and I'm with you again. In till then you will be on my mind and in my heart every day for the rest of my days on this earth. I LOVE YOU SO DEEPLY.
- DADDY

hey sis,
I love you so much. I just wanted to post my Eulogy to you because i could not find my voice on the day of the service.

AMANDA IS NOT HERE TODAY, BUT IF EVERYONE HERE THINKS ABOUT HER ATLEAST ONCE A DAY SHE WILL LIVE ON IN OUR MEMORIES FOREVER. SHE IS NOT ONLY MY SISTER AND MY FRIEND,BUT SHES MY HERO. I CAN STAND HERE TODAY,NOT SAYING IM NOT UPSET, BUT I FORGIVE GOD. HE HAS GAVE AMANDA THE MOST PRECIOUS 21 YEARS THAT ANYONE COULD ASK FOR. MANY PEOPLE SPEND A FULL LIFE TIME TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR GOALS, IT ONLY TOOK AMANDA 21 YEARS. I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE BY SAYING I KNOW GOD TOOK HER FOR A REASON. IT JUST SO HAPPENS THE DAY SHE WAS KILLED WAS 3-16. WHICH IF YOU ARE FIMILAR WITH THE BIBLE
JOHN 3:16 STATES "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD, THAT HE GAVE
HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE"
- your lil brother, Bryan

Hi Mandy,
I love you lots. We had many good times and will have many to come. I know have another ANGEL to watch over me. I know you will be one of the best because you would not have it any other way. I dont remember if you remember this poem that went around in high school, but i found it the other day it goes like this: Written with a pen. Sealed with a kiss. If you are my FRIEND please answer this. Are we FRIENDS or are not. You told me once but I forgot. So tell me now and tell me true so I can say I am here for you. Of all the FRIENDS I've ever met. You're one I won't forget. And if I die before you do, I'll go to heaven and wait for you. We promised this so you better be waiting for all of us. It is not goodbye. It is see you later so I will see you soon. But until then I miss you sooooooo much and I love you. Love Always and Forever
- CONNIE

Pinson~
You will always be in our hearts and thoughts! We can't tell you enough how much we will all miss you! We were blessed to have you come into our lives as one of Steve's soldiers. I'll never forget the day when Steve came home on R&R. We were driving home when he says "I gotta do something or Pinson will kick my butt when I go back." I laughed and said uh oh, what do you have to do. On our way home we would have to pass your apartment. We are getting close as Steve slow's down...looks at the apartment, waves and says "Hi Pinson's apt. you mommy misses you." I just started laughing. I could just picture Amanda telling him, you better do that or else. =)
We love you Pinson!
- SSG Steve and Fern Collins

i never got the chance to meet Amanda, and i hardly know her brother, but i am deeply saddened by her death. I just want to say that you are a true inspiration to all the people in Lemay and at Hancock, and you are an angel sent by God.
- mehgan little

SGT Pinson...Mandy, I am glad to have served with you right by your side and also help you through some difficult times in our off time. I will always remember the way our friendship flourished in Germany and all the fun we had together. She was a summer's rain drop, a breath of fresh air in a person. Professional in her work and caring of her co-workers. To her family I wish the best, her immediate Army is taking time and healing as well. When the unit comes back, I will come by and visit.
Your Friend Always,
- SGT Mitchell


Source: http://www.legacy.com/Soldiers.asp?Page=FSStory&PersonID=17174942

I didn't know Amanda personally...which is truly my loss...but my daughter went to school with her. My daughter said she always looked up to Amanda. After seeing the number of family, friends and teachers honoring Amanda this past weekend, I can see she wasn't the only one.

I am so incredibly sorry for your family's loss. Amanda is truly a hero and always will be in our hearts, she will NOT be forgotten!
- Lynn Arngrimson

I didn't know Amanda very well...i do know that when i was a freshman she was a senior and i remember when i saw her in the hallways or anywhere she was always smiling...i do know her brother bryan. I am very sorry for ur loss i know she was a great sister and daughter.
- Brittany Clark

I met Amanda last year. We kept in touch through e-mails and she was truely one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. She loved her job and was good at it as well. Thanks Amanda, we will miss you.
- SFC Kenneth Garrett

I DID NOT KNOW AMANDA, BUT I WANT TO TELL THE FAMILY HOW SORRY I AM FOR THERE LOSS. THANK YOU AMANDA FOR BEING BRAVE AND SERVING OUR COUNTRY. YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO. GOD BLESS
- MARIE DIXON

You will NEVER be forgotten!! You were a BRAVE and COURAGEOUS young woman who served her country well. You are a true AMERICAN!

God Bless you Pinson Family!!!!!
- Amy Willers

Tony and family.
Your daughter is a true hero.She died doing something she truly beleived in.From what I have read and heard this was her passion.I didnt know her but yet I am proud for her.I truly feel she will make a difference.I pray God will be with you and the family thru this ordeal.GOD BLESS
- Sam New

My heartfelt sympathy to the Pinson family in the loss of Amanda. I did not know Amanda, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. Amanda my heart was touched by the many beautiful things written about you. You are a hero and you will never be forgotten.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace
Tom

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
- Tom Gugliuzza-Smith

Dear Pinson Family,
You do not know me but I am a friend. My mother,Karen, called me and informed me that your dearest Amanda had passed.I did not know Amanda but as soon as she told me that she served our country and died as a hero ,I began to cry just as i am writing you this message. I feel as though i have a lost a sister,even never having met Amanda.My heart goes out to the family and God bless all of you.And God Bless Amanda and the country she gave her life for. Yours Respectfully
- Staff Sargeant Nathan Krueger U.S.Air Force

My heart goes out to familys of fallin comrads. I salute you amanda for everthing you have done.
- Richard Wyatt

I always assumed, watching you grow up, that you would be around forever. That you, Stacy, Stephanie and I would end up having our family's traditional Christmas get-together in one of our homes. Our children getting married, having their own children; a new generation.
I never imagined you would be taken at such a young age. I just assumed, being the oldest grandchild, that I would go first. It goes to show one should never assume.
I am so proud of you. You have made a huge impact on this world, even after your passing. You reminded so many, including me, of what is truly important; what matters most.
When you came over here a few days before you departed you told me how sad it made you that you would miss Alexis walking for the first time. I just want you to know, that after we put you to rest yesterday; she walked for the very first time - multiple steps & she was so excited. It's almost as if she were waiting for you to come home. I was hoping you were watching; something tells me you were. :)
We love & miss you so much, Mandy. You'll never be forgotten. Never.
- Jennifer Shipley

As a mother of military sons, I would like to send my heartfelt sympathy to Tony, Regina, Bryan and the rest of Mandy's family who will miss her so very much. She will be forever in your heart; but now she is in Gods' hands. Karen Krueger, co-worker, and friend of Tony and Regina.
- Karen Krueger

Dear Chris,
My husband and I have not had the pleasure of getting to know you but your life was relected in your daughter. My husband, Paul worked with Tony for many years and so we have been friends for quite awhile. You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your daughter. I have two daughters and I can only say that I would be so proud to have as many compliments and testimonies of love from everyone as you have received in behalf of Amanda. May the Lord carry you through these trying days.
- Desiree Mesz

I didn't get the chance to know Amanda, but I know she died doing what she loved, protecting our country. For that I am very thankful. I want to say that I am truly sorry for the Pinson's loss. Thank you Amanda, you won't be forgotten.
- Simonne Flam

To the family of Amanda Pinson
I did not know Amanda really but I do know her brother. She was a true hero and for that she will never be forgotten. I am truly sorry for your loss.
- Kristy Latta

My deepest sympathy for your family, I wish there was something
I could say to ease your sorrow for your great loss. Amanda gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, I will always think of her as a hero.
- Kim Huebner

I did not know Amanda-but heard on the news of her passing. My heart goes out to her family, friends,and her fiance. Amanda passed while helping our country keep freedom here and abroad. RIP Amanda. God Bless America
- Elizabeth Meyer

I didn't have the opportunity to really get to know Amanda on a very personal level, but I was blessed with the opportunity to work with her. She was a senior my freshman year of High School. We were both members of Hi-Step and Amanda was always willing to help. She was so friendly and caring. She just had a heart of gold that made her stand out in a crowd.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Amanda will never be forgotten.
- Sara Treacy

I have no clue where to begin. When it come to Amanda you really can not put into words how amazing she really was and will still remain. Amanda Pinsons was a dear friend of mine. I first met her in third grade and from then on our relationship started to grow. Now being kids as kids are we did have our little tiffs here and there, but always managed to put all of it behind us. We had so much fun in High School. All of our get togethers, basketball games, softball games, trips with different groups at school. When I hear Amanda's name the first word that comes to my mind is smile. Amanda was always had a smile on her face. It would brighten anybodys day. She could be haveing the worst day ever and still would put that smile on her face. I can only wish we would have stayed closer to each other after high school. I do regret eveyday I did not talk to her. She has made me so proud. I am honored to be able to call her one of my BEST FRIENDS. To have the courage to do what she did takes a very strong and willing person. It shows the type of a woman she had become. I will miss her so much. She was a beautiful and smart girl. She was a wonderful friend and would do anything for anyone. To Mom and Dad (Chris and Tony) I love you both dearly and I am so sad for you, you loved her so very much and I know she loved you just as much. Byran, I know your sister was the world to you and you were her world to . I want you to remember she will always be with you looking down on you from the heavens above I will be there for you when ever you need me and I can say that for the rest of the girls also. If you need anything you can contact any one of us; that goes for Mom and Dad too.
LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER
- Connie Schuessel


I just wanted to let Tony and Regina know that my thoughts and prayers are with them at this time . I am a former co-worker of both .(EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.) THOUGH WE MAY NOT UNDERSTAND ; SHE WAS A BLESSING . BE STRONG FOR EACH OTHER . (LINDA THOMAS ALSO SENDS HER CONDOLENCES.)
- DIONNE STOUDEMIRE AND FAMILY

I am so sorry for your loss I remember Amanda from my niece Connie Schuessel an the rest of the group, they were such a fun loving group. My deepest sympathy to you.
- Diana Zaccaria

Tony,Jeannie,Chris and Bryan,
I was so shaken when I heard of Amanda's death. I am truly, truly
sorry. If my tears could take the
place of yours, I would gladly trade them. Please take care and
know that all of you have been and
will be in my thoughts.
- Sue Williford

We know Tony was so proud of Amanda. He talked a lot about her at work. Such a great loss. We will all miss her.
- Scott Millikan

I just want to express my sympathy for Amanda and her family. I can't remember a day that she didn't have a smile on her face. I found this scripture very helpful when I lost my aunt, First I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers
Romans 1:8-9
Vows of faithfulness
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death: jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
Song of Solomon 8:6
God Bless Amanda and her family, I thank her for being so brave. And I know she is an ANGEL in heaven with the Lord.
- Stephanie Braskey

Amanda was the first TRUE girl I ever have known. TRUE To Her Heart. She always spoke of the military. I have always admired Amanda from 6th grade and even now. I am so proud to have known her and had her as a dear dear friend. She was my brothers first love in elementary school. WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE A PIECE OF AMANDA IN OUR HEARTS, PRAYERS, AND THOUGHTS.
- Stephanie Petrovic

To the Pinson Family,
My deepest sympathy goes out to your family for the lost of Amanda. I didn't know her well but I worked at Hancock High School in the cafeteria when she was there. She was always full of smiles and laughs. She will be missed deeply in our hearts. I'm proud of her for doing what she did. She will always be my hero in my book too.
- Mary Gamble

To the Pinson family,
I send you my heart felt sympathy for your loss. My Amanda rest peacefully, since she passed doing what she thought was right. I am proud of her for doing what she was at the unfortanate time of her passing. I hope you all relize that she is a hero in my book.
- Matthew A. Lamb U.S. Coast Guard Retired

My heart goes out to Amanda's family,I remeber her as a child with her proud Dad, Tony.such a pretty girl girl growing up.always in good spirits and a smile on her face.her father and I worked together for years,and if you or the family needs any thing please call,love you guys
- Russell LaPlant

Dear Pinson Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved, Amanda. I know this is a difficult time for you but know that she was proud to be serving her country.
To you, Amanda, thank you for your sacrifice and for the many others like you. It is because of you and many, many others, that we have the rights and privileges in this great country of ours. You are a symbol of what is right about this country. You were and are a great and brave American. Heaven has a new angel!
My husband, Jack, who passed away last year, was a WWII veteran. He was very proud of his service and proud to be an American.
May God bless all of you and comfort you at this difficult time.
With heartfelt gratitude,
- Jerri Smith

My heart goes out to Amanda's family. My you find peace in knowing that your Earthly Angel is now an Angel sitting at the right hand of Our Lord and watching over all of you. She is a true hero in every sense of the word and will be missed by many. God Bless You.
- Lisa Dunn

To the Family of Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I pray you find peace and comfort in Jesus' loving arms. Thank you for your sacrifice Sgt. Pinson. America honors you.
A Proud 172 Stryker Mom
- Dianne Werner

We are so sad for your loss. As parents of a son in the 501st we share your grief and sorrow. I know what a sacrifice Amanda has made. God bless you all. Amanda will never be forgotten !
- Sterling & Ellen Deck

I never met Amanda. I saw her picture during a newscast here in Australia that records the brave sons and daughters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Her picture just leapt out at me...I knew that she must have been very special, and I see from the wonderful words spoken of her that she was indeed. To all her family and friends that mourn her loss, from across the oceans, my heartfelt condolences. May you find peace and know that God holds her in his gentle hands.
- Peter Glenn

The one thing that stands out in my mind is when I first started girl scouts when I was little. Amanda was the first one to make me feel like a part of the group. She was always happy and always smiling. My mom used to babysit Bryan and Amanda when we were in elementary school. Amanda would always help me with my homework if I needed it or if I wasn't sure of what to do. She was the kindest person I've ever known. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, Amanda. I hope that you find peace and live in our hearts forever.
Love ya.
- Nikki Miller

Dear Pinson Family,
I never knew your daughter, but I have only heard wonderful things from every single person who taught her or knew her at Hancock Place School District. I want to offer my complete sympathy to your entire family and her fiance at this time. Whenever you are having bad days and missing her tremendously, pray for comfort and trust in God to get you through this awful time. Prayer got me through and continues to help my pain from the loss of my Mother. One person told me this saying and it gets me through my bad days. TO LIVE IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE LEFT BEHIND...IS NOT TO DIE. God Bless you in your time of sorrow.
- Ginger Steinhauff

I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda when she was a bridesmaid at my daughter Jessi's wedding in September of last year.WhatI remember is her beautiful smile as she was getting dressed for the wedding and the love that all the girls felt for each other.My heart broke as if she were my own child when Jessi called me.Ihave a picture of that beautiful smile that will stay in my mind when I think of your precious daughter.Please know that the pride and pain that you feel is shared by all the families of her friends.She was loved well by all who met her.Your family will be in our thoughts.
- Becky Fields

We are all saddened by the death of Amanda. May she rest in peace and her spirit live within your hearts forever. We are all proud of her committment and sacrifice to our country.
- Ray, Carla, Tony (2001), Ryan (2004), Kelly (2005), Aaron & Luke Holman, Hancock District (Lemay, MO ) 

I never had the pleasure of meeting your daughter - however from the smile that is reflected on cnn.com -it appears that she was both beautiful and "Brave".
My heart goes out to all her family and friends.
You are in my prayers.
- David Hutchinson

Personally I did not know Amanda, except by her deeds. I remember, at her graduation ceremoney, hearing her name called out many times indicating her excellence at this or that. I can only offer to remember her in my prayers and extend my sympothy to her family and loved ones.
- Art Schomaker, President Hancock Board of Education

I knew Amanda when I taught 6th grade at Hancock Middle School. Amanda helped in my classroom as a tutor. Amanda took a lot of pride in developing relationships with my students and did anything that was asked of her to make my classroom a better place for learning. Amanda has given the ultimate sacrifice to her country and we should never forget this. I am sure there are many ways we can think of to honor Amanda's deication and bravery. I encourage everyone to do something in her honor. Personally, my wife and I will not only donate to her scholarship fund but we plan on sending a care package to a soldier still serving over seas in her memory. There are still a lot of soldiers serving PROUDLY everyday that need our support. I knew Amanda affected the lives of my students but I just realized how much she will have forever affected mine. Thank you for making a difference Amanda.
- Michael Dittrich

Bryan, Ms. Ehlen and Pinson Family,
This is for you Amanda! I can not explain to you how much you meant to so many different people for so many various reasons. Whether it was a smile in the hallway, a hi in the cafeteria, a five on the court or if we were lucky- a frienship. You are the type of person that made others happier by just being in their presence. You are considered as a member of so many of our different families: the Pinson family of course, but also your Hancock Tiger family, Lemay family, Army family, unit family, friends' families and so many others, because of the size of your heart and smile. You are our HERO! I know you are in heaven and proud of all of your accomplishments during your time with us, and we are proud of you as well and will think of you always and forever. Now you are making the transition to live with the Lord in peace. We love you Amanda! God Bless You!
Love always and forever,
- Thomas Dittrich, Jr.

To the family of a brave soldier: I knew Amanda in high school and she was always kind to me even though we weren't that close. Not many people would take the chances that she took. But at least she passed on doing something she loved. Rest in peace Amanda. God bless to all of the Pinson family. You were lucky to have such a brave young lady.
- Jeanine (Nikki) Wilson

I did not know Amanda, but Amanda placed herself in harms way to protect many that she did not know. Your families loss and sorrow is shared by all of us.
- Don Woodrick

My deepest sympathy to Amanda and her family. I never had the pleasure to meet her, however I would like to say that my thoughts and prayers are with her and the family. Thank you for your bravery.
- Tony Belosi

Amanda and I were engaged to be married. I love her so very much. She brought an everlasting light to my life. Mande will continue to live in my heart and in my soul until the day she and I are reunited in the heavens above. She kept telling me how much I was going to love her Mother. I'm still hoping that we can one day meet. My condolences to her family. Amanda will live forever in my heart.
- Thomas W. Adkins

Well what can I say that hasn't been already said by so many? All I can say is that.....I cannot say that Amanda and I were the best of friends or that I stayed in contact with her after she Graduated. I can and will say that I did have the pleasure of know Amanda Pinson and I can say that she was a very bright and vibrant girl who will be greatly missed by many. I had Mythology and Creative writing Amanda in her Senior Year with Mrs. Jones, and I now know that she will live on in the eternal memories of those who knew her and loved her, what am I saying, they will always know and love her. One day I pray that we will all meet her in the here after and I would like to thank her for giving something that is so priceless and thank her for the sacrifice to this country. I hope that wherever she is that she finds comfort in knowing that her sacrafice will never go unappriciated by this American. May God bless and keep Amanda Pinson!
- Zachary Ford

I'm not even sure where to begin. Anyone that knew Amanda, knew a brave, caring, beautiful and very intelligent woman. I will never forget her smile. She was always smiling! My prayers and sympathy go out to Amanda's family. We will all miss her, but she will never be forgotten. Thanks you Amanda for your bravery and fighting for our country! As for the Pinson family, I wish there was something I could say to make things better or change- I am truly sorry for your loss!! Just remember that she is watching over you all now and her love is still with you. R.I.P Sgt. Amanda Pinson
- Ashley Erhart

When I was a freshman, you were a senior. I was shy, quiet, and a terrible basketball player, but you didn't treat me like a lot of people did. You were kind and you took care of me. Thank you for all you did and for serving proudly. Rest in peace my friend. I love you girl.
- MIDN Diana Kopsas

i didn't really know amanda that well i had art class with her,but I knew her brother Brian real well. She was a very smart girl and very nice. I want to give my condolences to him,and her family. I had the pleasure of knowing her and she will be greatly missed. Along with every soldier that's has past.
- James Abernathy

I am very sorry for your loss. Trusting in God everyday to get you through this difficult time is the only way you will find peace. Although I didn't know her personally, my husband who serves with the 501st in Tikrit says she was a sweet girl who loved life. He had been asked to meet with SGT Thomas Adkins & Amanda for lunch on different occasions. God Bless you and Give you peace during your time of sorrow.
- SSG Greg &Susie Morris

I went to school with Amanda.I didn't know her real well, but I do know she was a sweet girl. My prayers are with her family. Amanda will be very missed.Thanks Amanda for helping serve our country.
- Shandi Pender

I would just like to say that my thoughts and prayers are with Amanda and her family. Amanda was such a good person. Smart,Funny,Nice, Beautiful.. I mean I know it's all been said before, but it can't be expressed enough. I'm sorry I didn't get to know her more, but everyone will miss her deeply. No more than her family and loved ones though, and again you all will be in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Amanda and God bless our troops.
- Dan Ochoa

I am truly sorry for your loss. I went to high school with Amanda and she always made everything around her brighter. The world is a darker place now that she is gone. My prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
- Cassandra Folkerts (Evans)

Amanda was a kind and hearted person to be around. She will truly be missed by me and my family. And my deepest sympathy goes out to her family and everyone she has touched. Amanda you will truly be missed.
- Nicole McNeely

To the Chris, Tony, Genie and Brian, and family and friends
I know that no words can ever express how sad that I feel or how sad that you must all feel. I cannot pretend to understand how any of you feel...or what your loss and feeling of emptiness must be . But I know one thing that your heart has to be full of the love that you had for Amanda, as Mothers and Father and Brother of the beautiful person that she was. I know everyone will miss her greatly. I wish the girls had stayed closer, it is only as they begin to grow into woman that they understand how magnificient those friendships are and were. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, in the great time of sorrow and loss. If there is anything....I can do to help..please let me know.
- Beverly Scott (Schmidt)

My daughter,McKaLyne, and I send our heartfelt sympathy for your loss! God Bless this warrior, God Bless those whom serve freedom's cause! They are our true HERO's!!!!
If you need anything, please feel free to contact me!!!
Wife & Daughter of the Late
Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford
KIA May 23, 2005
- Vangi & McKaLyne Lunsford

To the Family of Sgt. Amanda N. Pinson:
My heart breaks again as I sign yet another guest book of another courgeous young man who gave her life so selflessly. We lost our son 12/1/05.
I know first hand there are no words right now that will bring you the comfort and peace you need. Just know that you are not alone. Our heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you all as you mourn this loss. We don't know each other, will probably never meet, but will forever be united in the loss of our Heroes. We have, unfortunately joined a group none of us wanted to join, an ever-growing group of families in this horrible situation. May God grant you peace and strength to get through this and be able once again to smile at a memory rather than have only the tears that flow so easily now. To be so proud of your loved one and so sad and heartbroken at the same time is a mix of emotions very difficult to deal with. They will never be able to be replaced, but know they will NEVER be forgotten either - not by us, their commrades or by the thousands of people that sign these guestbooks and care about these fine men and women. Sometime, someday your memories will sustain you. This courageous soldier will forever now be your Angel watching over you all for the rest of your lives. It's what brings me some measure of peace and comfort and I hope it will you as well. If you ever want to talk, I'm only an e:mail away. God Bless this courageous soldier and her family.
- Bill and Pam Adams (Proud parents of SFC Brent Adams, KIA 12/1/05 Ramadi, Iraq)

Hi. my name is lizzie and i am 12 years old. i want to be in the military just like u were, amanda. U fulfilled your dreams, and i want to do the same to mine. i will join the marines when i'm 18. you are my idol amanda. i know ill see you in heaven. bye
- Lizzie Peterson

We care and share your sorrow.
- 7th Grade Louisburg Middle School (Louisburg, KS )

Amanda is one of my best friends and always will be. She is one of the most amazing women that I have ever met and she can always make me smile. I know she is in heaven looking down on us, still protecting us. I love you Amanda and I can not wait until we can see eachother again.
- Candice Boyer

I went to basic training with Pinson. She was always there to motivate the rest of us when we needed it. I am so sorry to hear of your loss, our loss because the army has lost a truly outstanding and selfless soldier. My prayers are with the family everyday as you go so such a tough time. 2nd Platoon, Wolfpack!
- SGT Valerie Forster (Vilseck, Germany)

Source: http://blog.simmins.org/index.php/2006/03/spc-amanda-pinson (and corresponding updates)

I went to high school with Amanda. She was a remarkable person who touched the lives of many and will definitely be missed.
- Anthony Buss 

hi i feel bad that she died and i didn't know her but i want to thank her for trying to same our country ok i hope she rests in peace in heaven
i also feel bad for her family
- amela

Thank You Sgt. Amanda Pinson for all that you have done for us. We love you..you're our hero! You will truly be missed!!!
- Amy Morris

I AM A FRIEND OF AMANDAS FATHER AND STEPMOTHER AND WAS AT THE FUNERAL.IT WAS A GREAT TO SEE THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY ALONG THE WAY TO J.B.CEMETARY.IT RESTORES MY FAITH THAT WE LIVE IN THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS AND THANK YOU TO THE TROOPS
- Frank Murphy

I was blessed with serving with SGT Amanda Pinson. She was much more than a soldier that I worked with, she was a little sister to me. She was, and always will be an angel. She could brighten anyones day with a quick "smile", or "we love you SGT Cook". I am definitely a better person for being able to work with her. May God bless her family and aid them through these times.
- V/R Billy Cook SFC, USA Intelligence Sergeant, 101st Airborne Division

I only went to school with Amanda for a year, but she was always nice to me and she was such a good person. My deepest sympathies to Amanda's family and friends. She is watching over all of you now and she is safe in Heaven. God Bless You all and Rest In Peace Amanda. Thank You for keeping us all safe and defending freedom. God Bless Our Troops.
- Dan Ochoa

our heart
our hero
our sweet SGT. AMANDA PINSON
i was going to tell you about just how special mande was but on sat. 3/25/2006 you all told me! she would of been so proud of you all for your patriotism and your love. i'm so bleesed to have had her in my life. her smile was always contiguous.my heart will always be so ful of pride for her not only for being SGT.AMANDA PINSON but for being the best person any one could ever have been or will be. she was my hero before she was SGT. AMANDA PINSON and will always be
i will always love you mandy pants
- aunt joyce

We are deeply saddened for the loss of SGT Amanda Pinson. We are all still in shock. Amanda was a great soldier and an even better person. We all know where Amanda must be now. Amanda was already an angel and loved by all who knew her. We who knew Amanda are all devastated and heartbroken and she will never be forgotten.
I knew Amanda personally. Amanda was a 98C Signals Intelligence Analyst. Although I am the Senior 98C working in the same unit Amanda did not work directly for me yet I still often spoke with her and she often came to me for advice on many different matters. Although all of our soldiers are precious to us Amanda was like a daughter to me and she will always be loved and remain in my thoughts, prayers, and in my heart. I will forever miss hearing Amanda calling me Old Man.
Amanda will always be loved and missed by those who knew her. Amanda was always funny, full of laughter, and quite the jokester too. She always made everyone's day a better day. Amanda set the example for all to live by. If only all people conducted themselves in this manner we would all be in a better place. We who knew Amanda are all truly blessed to have known her and all hope to one day be good enough to see her again.
I along with many other Rear Detachment soldiers from Amanda's unit went to St. Louis to meet Amanda's family, pay our respects, and attend her funeral. It was the saddest moment in my life yet the most rewarding. The attendence by those who loved and knew her and the support of the local community were truly amazing and emotional. I would like to thank Amanda's family for their hospitality and their graciousness that they showed us in their own time of mourning. They are truly wonderful loving people just like Amanda.
- V/R, Stuart K. Bailey, 101st ABN DIV

I too, along with the rest of the Rear G2 and the G2 soldiers still serving down range are deeply saddened by the loss of such a wonderful and touching person. It was a great honor to escort Amanda home to her family and loved ones. It was a difficult journey for reasons that only a G2 soldier who severed with her can understand. Many of us are still at a loss for words. I can truthfully say that she was escorted with the utmost of respect and dignity along her final journey. I know she was watching and I know she accepted all of the support her family received from the community and the military. On the day of the service it was quite chilly and cloudy, but if you noticed, when the lid was placed over the site, the clouds cleared and the sun came out and warmed up almost instantly. I took that as a sign from above that Amanda is okay and that she wanted to spread the warmth of her heart to all who attended.
- V/R, CW3 Jim Black, G2/ACE, 101st ABN DIV

I would like to just pass on some comments about this American Hero and Soldier. She was a kind person that everyone in this organization loved. She was always there to give me that first smile at shift change, ask how things were going, and ask how I was doing. She always shared pictures of loved ones back home and was so proud of her family. I will never forget her smile, her kindness, and love for her country. She made an everlasting impression on all soldiers she worked with. This everlasting impression is Army wide which is evident by all the individual calls and emails sent to express their sympathy. She was deeply concerned for soldiers' safety and news of soldiers that had been injured or worse only increased her energy for her job. She was inexhaustible in her work. She was an expert and I continually called on her to take on some of the hardest work due to her abilities and love for her job. Due to this Hero's skills and hard work, soldiers' lives were saved. Soldiers in this Division and the ones that worked with her will benefit from her work for a long time. I was glad to hear the soldiers from G2 at Fort Campbell were there to give SGT Pinson the respect and honor that everyone here was praying for. The family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. I will always remember SGT Pinson as a true friend, a superb leader, and most of all a Hero. She will never be forgotten.
- CW2 David Moreland, G2/ACE

Amanda Pinson was one of the nicest and sweetest people one could ever hope to meet. A person true of heart and of character who was very intelligent and touched a lot of people. I will always remember her fondly.
- Brandon Glaser

My name is Gina and I live in Lemay. I had the honor of observing Amanda's precession as it passed one last time through her home town to her final resting place. Thank you Amanda for all that you did for us and God Bless you and your family.
- Gina Overman

Sgt.Amanda Pinson played basketball with my sister Silvia. She went to school with my brother Jose. She was a great person. I'll miss her. R.I.P Sgt.Amanda Pinson
- Jessica

This touched me deeply. Yes, she is my daughter though I did not know her personally. It gets to my heart because I have two beautiful daughters that will be able to continue the freedoms they have. May Our Pewcious Angel Amanda Soar in Heaven and meet those that have gone before her.
- Janelle

It was an honor to be allowed to attend Amanda's services. From seat of a motorcycle, my prospective and respect for the love this community and family had of Amanda has grown with each minute that has passed since our ride for her. I met her family and each showed great courage. My respect for them has grown as well. This angel has touched me and I pray that someday, I will be able to meet her, shake her hand, give her a hug and say "Thanks Amanda.thank you!"
- Chris Brocksmith
This past Sat. I went to the funeral of Sgt. Amanda Pinson of the 101st Military Intelligence Detachment, 501st Specialists Troops battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). She was killed when hit by a mortar round in Tikrit on March 16th. After we pulled into the funeral parking area, her family came out to shake our hands, I wasn't with the group in time to meet them. While lined up along the driveway with the flags, a 2 Star General came out and shook my hand and told me thank you for being there. After the funeral the PGR was invited to line up behind the hearse and the family limo. There were well over a 100 motorcycles and several of us in cars, with flags a flying. Then everyone else that attended followed along behind us. I believe that the funeral procession to the military cemetery was 2 miles long. We paused in front of Amanda's home on the way to the cemetery. The streets of St. Louis were lined with people holding flags and signs in honor of Amanda. Little children holding their hands over their hearts in Salute. The fire dept. used their bucket truck to raise the largest flag I have ever seen across 2 lanes of traffic. More words of honor were said and Taps rang out across the rolling land at the cemetery before the flag was folded and handed to her parents. Taps and the 21 gun salute made most of us tear up.
It was amazing to me how many lives she touched in life and in her death. It was an HONOR to be there. She will not be forgotten.
Jennie
From KSDK TV5 03/25/06

Hundreds Gather To Honor Soldier Killed In Tikrit
created: 3/25/2006 7:23:14 PM

(KSDK) - Hundreds gathered Saturday to pay tribute to a soldier killed during a mortar attack in Tikrit, Iraq on March 16th. Sergeant Amanda Pinson of south St. Louis county was buried Saturday morning.

Old glory lined the streets of during the poignant occassion. Her funeral was a moment to reflect on the true meaning of the words liberty, freedom and pride. These are words embodied by both the American flag and a young soldier.

One mourner said with age comes more of her appreciation for what the military does to keep Americans free. Amanda Pinson paid the ultimate sacrifice for the United States and an Army she was proud to serve. Friends and strangers came out Saturday to simply say thank you.

"I think that whether you support the war or not, you should support the troops and this is my small way of doing that," said Debby Laubenthal who did not know the family.

Also joining the effort were more than one hundred bikers from Missouri and Illinois who are devoted to making sure heroes are honored in life and death. In a fitting tribute, the bikers escorted the fallen soldiers body to her final resting place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary.

With full military honors, Sgt. Pinson was welcomed to her final resting place among rows of war heroes. Sgt. Pinson was a graduate of Hancock High School.

A scholarship has been set up in the soldier's memory. Donations can be sent to:

Hancock Alumni Association
Amanda Pinson Memorial Scholarship
Attn: Sue Weber
2191 Lemay Ferry Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63125

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

When she was interviewed in 2003, Amanda N. Pinson told a reporter that she thought the Army would help her grow.

"I've never wanted to do girlie things," she said. "When I finish college, I want to be an FBI agent. I thought military service would help me excel -- help me to become my own person."

Pinson, 21, of St. Louis, was killed March 16 in Tikrit by a mortar round. She was assigned to Fort Campbell.

She was one of the top students in her high school class, winning several scholarships. She cheered with the pompon squad and played basketball and softball. Pinson graduated in 2002.

"After 31 years of teaching, there are certain children that come along that you see who already have purpose in their lives. She was one of those people," said retired teacher Gail Bowman.

Lt. Col. Lucinda Lane quoted Pinson's superiors describing her as a "model soldier" and "a breath of fresh air." Those who worked with Pinson counted on her bright smile and kind words, Lane said.

"She believed what she was doing was preventing another 9/11," said her father, Tony Pinson. "She's a hero."

She also is survived by her mother, Christina Ehlen, and stepmother, Regina Pinson.

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