Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns
Lance Cpl. Cedric Bruns, 22, of Vancouver, Wash., was a Prairie High School graduate who arrived in Kuwait in January for his first tour of duty overseas. The Marine reservist died May 9, 2003, when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a logistics support vehicle, similar to a flatbed truck. Bruns was a combat engineer in a unit trained to do "anything from demolition to building," said Gunnery Sgt. Rick Nelson.
Published by The Columbian on Jan. 28, 2005.
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We realize that we are very late to express our deepest condolences, but we wanted to let your family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to deployed troops this week and several of these will be dedicated to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and hometown of Cedric E. Bruns US Marine Lance Corporal.

We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible by thousands of like-minded individuals from across the American youth hockey community, their families and friends and others who support our mission.

We will not forget. May God Bless you and keep you safe and strong.

Charlie Gili & Family
On Behalf of our US Hockey Players Support Our Troops Campaign
Charlie Gili
January 11, 2020
Guard well those pearly gates devil dog...Semper Fi
35-31 "Motor-T"
H&S Co 6th ESB 4th FSSG
Portland, OR
Cpl Hildebrant, B
September 9, 2014
In memory & honor of Cedric Bruns. We remain grateful for his service to this country.
June 30, 2013
Missing you a little extra tonight, little Cedric is sick with the flu and keeps pointing to your picture on the wall in between being sick... When a kid is sick he wants the people he loves and love him, you guys never met but no doubt in my mind you know and love each other!
June 26, 2013
May 9, 2013
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns:
It has truly been my honor to sign Cedric's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Cedric will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy
Peggy Childers
May 11, 2013
Tomorrow is 10 years since you have been gone, it is still as heartbreaking to wake up remembering you are not here as it was 10 years ago.... I love you and wish you had more time in this life.
Jamie Lewis
May 8, 2013
Happy birthday Cedric! It has now been 10 years since I have celebrated a birthday with you and it never gets easier. I love you and we will be celebrating you, your life, your friendship, and your memory today. You are celebrated and remembered everyday but even more today.... The day you came into this world, you did so much in your short life and have made a difference even after death in ways that people will never get. I love you and little Cedric and I will be blowing kisses to heaven today.
jamie lewis
April 22, 2013
Brought in the new year wishing it were possible to have just a little more time with you:( Love ya Cedric!
Jamie Lewis
January 1, 2013
Had a dream that you were here, woke up to the reality that you aren't. ... it's bittersweet. Love you and cherish the dreams because that's all I have....
Jamie Lewis
December 13, 2012
Missing my friend, love you Cedric but sad and mad that you are not here for me to talk to, you were there for me always and now all I have is a website to talk to instead of my best friend. I want more than anything for you to be here right now, devasted that I can't wrap my arms around you and have the best hug in the world, I miss that most of all. I always thought you would be here with me, I feel you with me and my little Cedric everyday but would give anything in the world to be able to hug you, hear your voice, see you, hear one of your obnoxious jokes, watch a stupid movie with you, or just to have my best friend for a few more minutes. I love that your family is in mine and my sons life but nothing takes your place. I love you and miss you more than anyone can ever know.
Jamie Lewis
November 24, 2012
Happy Veterans Day Cedric, you ultimate sacrifice gives us the freedom we get everyday. So thankful for your life, friendship, and every minute we had with you. I love you Cedric, give Henry a kiss for me. Miss you everyday
Jamie Lewis
November 11, 2012
Yet another day passes that we dont have you here, missing you my friend. You always said you would be there for my kids and teach them what I couldnt now my heart is breaking that my son Henry is not with me, my only comfort is that he is now with you in Heaven with you and you are keeping your promise. I love and miss you, give my boy a hug and kiss from his mama. Love you as much as always
Jamie Lewis
October 29, 2012
4th of July as the country is celebrating, it amazes me how many people I have come across that think today is about bbq's, fireworks, swimming and hanging out with loved ones. Those things are great but to me today represents the freedom I enjoy everyday because of the brave soldiers that have fought and sacrificed so much. My family ia honoring you today Cedric, I hate having another day pass that I dont have you here but me and my family have remembered and honored you today. Thank you my friend, I love you as I do everyday and thank you for giving your life for what you believed so deeply in! Miss and love you more everyday!
Jamie Lewis
July 4, 2012
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns:
Always remembering Cedric. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
May 9, 2012
9 years ago you left this world and my life changed forever. I thank you for your friendship and love, I am who I am because of you, you have taught me to be a better person. I love you and am so grateful for ever second I had you by my side
Jamie Lewis
May 9, 2012
My son has been reaching up in the air like he wants to be picked up when nobody is there then going to your picture hanging on the wall, smiling and just staring at it... Thank you Cedric for always being here like you promised, even though I can not see you I feel you here and my little Cedric obviously knows you are here and loves you just as the rest of us do. He has a big name to live up to, and I thank God that he ha$ you watching over him. Love you always my friend!
Jamie Lewis
May 5, 2012
Cedric, today the 10th anniversary of 9/11... I remember that day waking you ip telling you what had happened and your response... I want to go fight for my country, this isn't ok. I hope they deploy me. I hoped for the opposit and was devestated when it happened but your commitment and integrity are some of the things I loved about you are also the things that made you a great soldier and I never got a chance to tell you how proud I was, and still am of you. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and I miss you as much as I respect you. I love you bro!
jamie lewis
September 11, 2011
Cedric, tonight I smelled your cologne... I thought I had forgotten what you smelled like. Thank you for your subtle reminders at just the right times. I know you are around and watching over me and my wonderful little Cedric... LOL and I was sad that when he was born that he wouldnt know you! RIP my dear friend!
jamie lewis
August 4, 2011
You are remembered today friend... Sitting at home today talking about some of the good times we had... Just wishing we had had longer to make memories. I love ya buddy and you will live on forever...
Jamie Lewis
July 2, 2011
To the family of Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns:
Please know that just as your loved one remains in your hearts and minds; his sacrifice, and that of your family, remains with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his bravery and selflessness, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God bless and keep you always.
L Neal
May 27, 2011
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns:
Please accept my remembrance of Cedric on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
May 9, 2011
Cedric... just sitting thinking about our early morning talks... well lectures about the choices i was making... i use to get so mad at u but would give anything in the world to have that back. Wishing u had the chance to meet my son he is named after u and even at 3 months old i am seeing parts of u in him and i pray he will grow up to be the kind of man and friend you were. Loving and missing you today just a little more than normal...
jamie lewis
April 10, 2011
Dear Cedric, this message was sent on behalf of all those people whom hearts you had touched. You ultimate sacrificed will forever lived in our hearts. God, please let this message, together with all other entries reached Lance Cpl Cedric. He was one of the bravest warriors you had sent to protect the people.
pris geneve
May 17, 2010
Cedric, 7 years ago today you left a hole in so many of our hearts, we remember you and love you more than anyone will ever know,I feel like your not really gone, your in the hearts of minds everyday of all of us that love you RIP My friend
jamie lewis
May 9, 2010
To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns:
Remembering Cedric on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
May 9, 2010
”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,000 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at [email protected] or go to . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
March 20, 2010
Jamie Lewis
July 16, 2009

I miss you today more than yesterday, I love you!
jamie lewis
May 29, 2009
When I breath in I smell your cologne. When I close my eyes I see yours.
When I feel alone or sad I am comforted by the memory of being in your arms....I'll never let that go or the memory I have of you... I Love You and miss as always. Watch over me as I know you do. ?
Lizette (Ploetz) Araque
May 12, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns:
Cedric gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
May 10, 2009
It doesn't seem like it's been 6 years already, I feel like time has stood still since the day I found out that you wouldn't be coming home. I miss you and love you today just as much as I did on that day 6 years ago. RIP
Jamie Lewis
May 9, 2009
Happy Birthday Cedric, I am remembering your last birthday that we spent together and am celebrating for you today. Love you always
jamie lewis
April 22, 2009
"You only meet your once in a lifetime friend... once in a lifetime."
~ from Little Rascals

Read this today and of course thought of you Cedric, you were my "once in a lifetime Friend" Thank you, you have done so much for me, even after you were gone. I love you and miss you always
Jamie Lewis
February 22, 2009
Just thinking of you during everyday life as I always do....Today, I just miss you a little more than yesterday. I close my eyes and remember of moments shared when you were standing in front of me. I Love You, I miss You....I think of you, always.
Lizette (Ploetz) Araque
January 29, 2009
Cedric, again last night you came to me in a dream, just to mess with me I'm sure, somethings never change. I love you and miss you everyday but I find comfort knowing you are watching over me. Always remembering..........
jamie Lewis
January 23, 2009
Another Vetrans Day where I wish you were here to be honored, but I think of you and miss you today just as I have everyday since you left. Thank you for you sacrifice Cedric. Love always Jamie
Jamie Lewis
November 11, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Bruns,
Please know that just as your loved one will remain in your hearts and minds, his sacrifice and that of your family, will remain with the people he died defending. Words cannot express the gratitude we feel for his bravery and selflessness, or the heartache we feel for your loss. God grant you the peace that passes all understanding.
The Neal family
May 15, 2008
Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.

The Wind on The Downs

“I like to think of you as brown and tall,
As strong and living as you used to be,
In khaki tunic, Sam Brown belt and all,
And standing there and laughing down at me.
Because they tell me, dear, that you are dead,
Because I can no longer see your face,
You have not died, it is not true, instead
You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe;
I hear you laughing as you used to do,
Yet loving all the things I think of you;
And knowing you are happy, should I grieve?
You follow and are watchful where I go.”

(Written by Marian Allen during World War l )

Two lines that I wish you to keep near your heart…….

“You seek adventure in some other place.
That you are round about me, I believe”

I did not know Cedric, but I am remembering
his service. He is my hero. !

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The Other Side

i'm over on the other side
where life and death softly divide.
left my skin and bones behind
now i'm over on the other side.

can you feel me there with you?
my breath is gone but i'm not through.
loved you then and i still do
from over on the other side.

i can fly. really fly.
below the earth ... all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

it's good here on the other side.
the sweetest songs...the bluest skies.
thank you for the tears you cried
but it's good here on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth...all through the sky.
tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side

the world is smaller than a needle's eye.
where life and death softly divide.
when you leave your skin and bones behind
i'll be waiting on the other side.

i can fly. really fly. below the earth ... all through the sky.
go tell em all i did not die.
i'm just over on the other side.

Song lyrics by Don Conoscenti
C Desert Muse/SESAC
(Used with permission)

“I hope it brings great comfort to any and all.
Peace on you. DonCon” 4-2008

Visit this link to hear the song.

The Other Side –


Deb Estep ~ Ohio
Proud Air Force Mom and MIL

Remembering The Fallen – Blog

Please contact me and I will email you back a copy of my
Angel and soldier drawing I have shared here.
May 12, 2008
I can't believe it's been five years already, it feels like you were just here yesterday. I wish I could go back in time sometimes and see you one more time, but you are in my heart forever. I love you and miss you always.
Jamie Lewis
May 10, 2008
Cedric- 45 mins away...the day God thought it would be best that you sit with him. I miss you like it was yesterday. Though I think of you all year long, no matter what, this day is hardest for me. I know you are up there watch over all of us that miss you and know just how much we ALL Love you. We are forever indebted to you and your comrades. I Love and Miss I will Forever until I see you again. RIP Love.
Lizette Araque (Ploetz)
May 8, 2008
friend, buddy and pal. I look back on us from way back from primary school to high school and the times we hung out in the cave in the canyon by your house. The daily school bus rides we took as we managed to find a little trouble with the bus driver and your mom getting on the bus to give us a lecture, haha.. I will never forget the times we had growing up together. You gave the ultimate gift and sacrafice to your friends and country. thank you buddy, youll not be forgotten
Keith Johnson
April 22, 2008

Still miss you and think of you often. smiling about El salvador antics and the last time I saw you.
SGT. Rowley
January 31, 2008
You are remembered and respected. Thank you Lance Cpl Bruns!
November 15, 2007
Today, as every day, I thought of you. Wishing for one more day.
Lizette A
August 6, 2007
Thank you for your willingness to defend the United States of America and all that we hold sacred. Though tears can never bring you back, we hope that our tears express our gratitude for the sacrifice that you made and our sorrow at your passing. You are truly a hero and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your mission on earth is complete. Stand down brave warrior and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the heroes who have passed before.
August 4, 2007
Thank you for the sacrifice made by Lance Cpl Bruns and the sacrifice made by everyone who loves and misses him! May God bless all of you!!
Aunt of a Lance Cpl Marine
July 6, 2007
Thoughts of you are a needed like I need air. They pass through my mind daily. My heart does not skip a beat while still Loving you. I wish you were still here. I'll see you in my dreams, carry you in my heart, and look forward to seeing you that day in the sky. Love you and miss you Cedric. Thank-you for all that you did and all that you taught me. Love Always, Lizette
Lizette Araque (Ploetz)
May 27, 2007
We all miss you so much Cedric, I love you and always remember
jamie lewis
May 9, 2007
May Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns, Rest Safely, in God's Loving Care and may the Peace of God continue to be with the Bruns family.
It is an honor to pay tribute to this Brave Young Marine, with a Multitude of Thanks, for his Courage, Dedication and Service to our Country and for Freedom.

Those who Made these Sacrifices, So Many and So Young, shall Never Be Forgotten, my brother among them. Killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

May the Peace of God and your precious memories of Cedric, remain in your heart always.
I am So Deeply Sorry for your loss.
Garnet Jenkins
May 9, 2007
Still remembering....Miss & Love you.
Lizette Araque (Ploetz)
February 1, 2007
“Paid in Full”
To Honor The Service of Fallen and Injured Marines

Marines through and through, they paid the price
Six thousand miles away, we live the life
For which they paid with their blood, spirits and bodies
We will never forget what they paid in full

We hope and we pray that somehow their loved ones find comfort
In God, in the flag, in the memory of their loved ones’ bravery
They’re gone now but we see them still…proud, strong, willing
Covering each other’s backs… courageous, moving forward

What kind of love did they have for us to be willing
To give it all for the Black, White, Jew, Christian, Muslim?
We don’t comprehend but we honor you now and forever
You are Our Marines…some living…some not
Forever in our hearts we will cherish your lives

Lives too short yet immortal they’ll be
Highest brotherhood of the Few, the Proud
They stand at attention, and we gaze with awe
Some know their names not, but our admiration for them
Flows limitless within us, between us

They sacrificed their limbs or their lives
Freedom still rings, a soft sound across the miles
It tolls slowly; all of creation takes note
Of the lives that were lost for people unknown

Out of sight but not lost; forever among us
The starched blues marching straight
Toward the place where we will meet them
Many years from now…how we loved them…
Well done beloved Brothers and Sisters…You’ve paid it in full
Always Faithful Marines, You Have Paid it in Full
January 24, 2007
You will always be missed and loved. Your memory will never leave any of us. Love you!
Jamie Lewis
September 15, 2006
To the family and friends

I have only just begun this journey and may not have known your loved one personally.

I extend to you my deepest condolences. No words will ever express the grief those close to this lost treasure are feeling. I can only say that I can share this grief as I too lost a loved one July 8, 2006. I will continue to pray for the safety of our soldiers and especially the family and friends of our lost hero’s. I only hope the memories will carry us through. I will continue pray that you also will believe and know that our heavenly father will not give us more than we can handle.

As always I read (and cry) through the memorials of our lost hero’s, So many people have already expressed the things I would also say. I am amazed and take comfort that so many people care. I can only thank you for the sacrifice you and especially Cedric have made to protect our country. As others have said “I am only an email away.” I would be honored if you so choose to share about this fine hero.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Laura Cameron
(CPL Joseph P Micks KIA 7/8/2006 Ramadi, Iraq)
Laura Cameron
September 10, 2006
My heartfelt sympathy to the Gruns family in the loss of Cedric. I did not know Cedric, 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. Cedric 3 years ago today you were taken. 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

To live in the hearts
of those you leave behind
is never to die"
~Robert Orr~
Tom Gugliuzza-Smith
May 9, 2006
We understand your lost, for our son Sgt Travis Arndt USA was also killed in Iraq on Sept 21, 2005 Our sincere condolences go out to you and your family.We have 2 great soldiers looking over us now.
Dino Torres
May 8, 2006
i am deeply sorry for your loss maay gos be with you and your family im so sory my greatest condolences and apologies to you
jordan hoskins
March 21, 2006
nate ruddell
March 10, 2006
Thank You.

Your are in God's Loving Arms.

Semper Fi
(Mandi Ries' Mom)
Debbie Hutter
November 10, 2005
September 10, 2005
September 10, 2005
Wanda Cobb & Family
August 8, 2005
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