22 Mar 2003
Mike Spann is a
hero who epitomizes the ideal of selfless service to America;
an ideal that I hope to live up to in my life. I have been
truly inspired by the life of Mike Spann, and by his love and
devotion to his family and his country. The United States of
America is the great and powerful nation that it is today
because of talented and brave men like Mike Spann.
12 Mar 2003
Mike is my second cousin. My grandmother and Gayle are sisters. I am a bit younger than Mike but remember the family get-togethers in Florida, as well as times Tanya, Tammy and Mike visited Texas. I watch Fox News religiously and I cannot begin to explain what a wake up call it was for me, personally, to see Mike's picture on every major network. Ironically enough, it not only brings great sadness to our family but great pride as well. I feel honored to share the same blood with Mike Spann. I have chosen to add Auburn University as a potential graduate school choice in public administration on behalf of Mike Spann. I will continue to make this family proud as he did. He has set an unbelievably high standard and I thank him for setting it - he has renewed a lifelong ambition in public service.
Ashley Neil Farris
12 Mar 2003
Having lost a few friends as a law enforcement
veteran, I am touched by what I saw here. Too many Americans have no idea as to the caliber of men we send into harm's way. The nation owes Mike Spann and his family
God bless you,
Date: 09 Mar 2003
The life of Johnny "Mike" Spann should be a model of the life all Americans should lead. Love for family, love for God, love for country, and love for justice. In this day in age when us young people do not have many people to look up to I am safe to say that I have found my role model. May God bless him and his family.
Date: 06 Mar 2003
To the Spann Family,
I am proud to be from a country that produces such fine young men as your Mike. I'm sure it doesn't get any easier with time, and I want you to know that, like many Americans, I have
thought about and prayed for Mike and your family these past 15 months. Now we are an the verge of the next phase of this same war. A step that is necessary, and a mission that will be accomplished. Unfortunately, some American soldiers will be lost. May their families take strength in your courage and patriotism.
God bless you.
Date: 08 Feb 2003
I think one of the best photos of Mike is the one where's he on the horse in Afghanistan.
I'd like you to post that if possible on the website, and make it available in a JPEG format.
It's one I'd like to post around the world. It's something that the "Bad Guys" would understand.
That we're versatile, mobile, dedicated, and may just ride up to their door at zero-dark-thirty, on a horse!
My best to you and yours.
Date: 06 Feb 2003
Mike Spann was the XO of my first unit in the Marine
Corps. He was a great leader and source of confidence to the Marines of Lima. I remember him specifically for a "breach of radio
procedure" when we were in Fuji. I know he put up one hell of a fight, that's the type of guy he was.
-0861 L 3/12 '94-'95
Date: 04 Feb 2003
There are those of us you will never know who are deeply grateful for the ultimate sacrifice Mr. Spann made for his fellow citizens. We honor him by remembering him, and all those who have died in service to their country.
Date: 01 Feb 2003
As a former soldier, who never faced combat, I hold deep admiration and respect for those who have. And I am profoundly
disgusted by people like Lindh who turn against the country that gave them so much and against all the brave heroes who shed their own blood to ensure the freedom of Americans. In the world of wishy-washy liberals where there is no right or wrong, no black and white only shades of
grey, the death of this hero along with the capture of a traitor, presents an indisputable portrait of loyalty vs. betrayal, dishonesty vs. truth and dishonor vs. integrity, valor and patriotism. Because of brave men like Mike Spann I didn't have to go to war. Although, from what I've seen and read of him, it would have been an honor to have served beside him. To his parents: Thank you for your priceless sacrifice for our country.
May God bless you all.
- Dave Cowart
11 Jan 2003
John Walker Lindh does not deserve to be mentioned in the same
breath as Mike Spann. It is people like Mike Spann that allow
the rest of us to enjoy all the freedoms that come with being
American. Thank you to Mike Spann....WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
03 Jan 2003
This comment is to Mrs. Spann. You don't know me and you
will probably never read this but I want to speak my peace on
this issue. All i have really ever wanted to do in life
was join the CIA i never told anyone this except my mother and
grandmother until now. I want to be just like Mike Spann
one day everything he did in the CIA is what i dream to do one
day. I try to look things up about mike and what he did
and his past training etc, etc., but there is not much of it
as everyone knows. I know this means nothing to you but
i have many clippings on this issue and one that i have is of
you at the funeral holding your new born next to director
tenet. It is one of the few things in life now that
makes me sad, but i also see in your face that you are a
warrior just like Mike... I only hope one day to be
blessed with his spirit and yours to guide me threw to his job
in the CIA.. If you ever read this know that someone out
there wants to be just like Mike... and i mean Mike Spann..!
Dusten Lassiter 21, 3/505 Ft. Bragg NC.
.... May God and the CIA show me the light.......
01 Jan 2003
I recently applied to the CIA for a position in the
Directorate of Operations. Yes, 9-11 certainly played a
role in my decision to do so. I wrote my personal
statement in my application before finding your site. It
is uncanny how Mike Spann's personal statement mirrored my own
thoughts on what it means to be a good, proactive person of
high ethical standards, one ready to lead when others cower.
Don't think that many American's don't care about what
happened to Mike Spann. It's been written on your site
many times, but I'll write it here again: he selflessly
gave his life for his nation -- a true hero.
15 Dec 2002
Hello, your husband was a great man. Ever since,
he was killed I have became interested in his career and
basically his life story. Please, do not think I am
crazy. It is amazing how somebody so young and at a
stage where we are supposedly not thinking about tomorrow.
However, your husband lived his dream. Lots of people
can not say that. Reading about him and your family is
just remarkable. Please, Mrs. Spann know that there are
people out there who would have done anything to do what your
husband did. Make sure your kids live everyday and never
let a day go by they regret. Again if I could turn back
the clock instead of worshipping athletes I would have
worshipped true heroes like your husband. I am an atheist,
however I do care. My heart goes out to the Spann family
and the your kids. They are going to be very strong
human beings after all of these tragic events. Be proud
09 Dec 2002
Hello, what your husband did was truly heroic. He was a
true hero. If I could go back and turn the clock I would
be like him. He really made something of his life.
Unfortunately, God failed me and lead me to the path your
husband chose, in fact God has failed lots of times. I
am so sorry about your husband and what happened. I know
how you must feel let down in a way by God because you could
have trusted him to protect Mike. However, he failed,
just like he did me so many times. It is sad that good
like your husband are taken from us so early. I am going
through a time in my life where God let me down. I hope
that your kids and yourself and Mike's family are proud of
your what he became. He could home and say to his family
that I am doing something right, and that he was successful in
his mission. I can only come home to my family, and
admit I am nothing than a complete failure. Mike died a
hero, be proud of him. Sorry God let you down!
*Note from WebAdmin: You are in our thoughts as you go
through your own personal conflict. Stay well.
05 Dec 2002
I went to school with Mike, only briefly. My family
owned the Sonic there in town. Mike was a wonderful
person. Mike and I were friends from the first time I met
him. He was always there when there was a "major
crisis" in my life. Now looking back, the "major
crisis" aren't remembered, but the friendship was.
Mike will always be in my heart and my prayers and thoughts
are always with the family. Mike you will never be
forgotten, but will be missed by all.
26 Nov 2002
A year has past, but not forgotten. I will never let the
memory disappear and my children will know of his courage and
honor. It is an honor to know that I grew up with
someone of his character and heroism. May God Bless!
Hal Holland - Vestavia Hills, AL
21 Nov 2002
You and your family should be proud of the impact Mike's life
had on his countrymen. While some people still don't
understand the nature of the enemy we now face, and concoct
lies about Mike's actions in Afghanistan (see the Oct 29, 2002
posting), the mass of us are grateful for his service.
As for Mr. Walker Lindh and his ilk, we will never forget what
you did and you will pay for your treachery in this life or
the next. Count on it.
21 Nov 2002
Mike Spann's memory, story and inspiration live on. I just
returned from Afghanistan, and what a difference a year makes.
Thanks for starting it, Mike. You are now a legend.
20 Nov 2002
RIP you're dead hero.
From a friendly Englishman.
15 Nov 2002
To the Spann Family,
My name is Jeffery Hearn, and like Mike is am a Marine.
I went through the Basic School a year prior to Mike and was
an Infantry Officer. I'm out now and have kept up, for
obvious reasons, on world events. I just wanted to say
that although everyday must be hard to face without Mike, and
nothing will ever fill the void. I hope that you all take solace
in the fact that there are people like Mike willing to face
the challenges he faced. He is a hero and I wanted you
all to know that his country thanks him for his service.
11 Nov 2002
I am a fourteen-year-old who attends a very liberal
intellectual school in Boston, and I remember that last fall,
as the war in Afghanistan was beginning, most people my age
were either opposed to the war in Afghanistan and could not
quite explain why or were entirely ignorant of it. Most
of them oppose the military, the government, and ost anything
respectable, and look towards entertainment figures as role
models. I was probably like them too, to a certain
extent, until I began to read the newspapers regularly at the
time of the Qala-i-Jangi prison rising, when Micheal Spann
died. His death changed me entirely. I can think
now of no person whom I respect and admire more than Micheal Spann, for his commitment to his country and government, and I
aspire to follow a career in intelligence as he did.
10 Nov 2002
Thank you for sharing Mike's incredible life with us. As
a former Marine, I am proud to walk among brothers of such
dedication to family and country. His work is not yet
done . . . he will continue to inspire the vast many whose
lives he has touched; we will carry on the fight for
righteousness and freedom with his memory embedded in our
Semper fidelis. - A Marine.
04 Oct 2002
Growing up in Winfield
has been one of the biggest blessings of my life. Knowing the
Spann family has been another. Watching Mike grow into a
terrific young man has left me with some outstanding memories
etched into my mind and heart. I hope people hold Mike up as an
example to their children and friends. Small town Christian
values produce heroes for the real world.
May God bless you all.
Former Winfield resident
Former United States Marine
Current American Airlines Employee
27 Sep 2002
I knew Mike through our
high school days. Even though he was a few years younger than me
,I felt like, he look up to me and my friends. I
have been in the military for over 16 years and was proud to
hear Mike had join the military. I was even more proud to
hear that he was in the CIA. I was deeply saddened to hear
that he had been killed in the latest conflict. Now I find
myself looking up to him. Even the sacrifices that my
family and I has been through, I will continue to to serve my
country and to follow the oath, that I have taken. But ,I have a
big problem ,with the out-come ,of one of the people( Walker
Lynn) that took my friend's life. We need to back our
people because, our people are backing us.
Joel Dillard , USCG
27 Sep 2002
Mr. Lindh, was giving
his blessing ,to a 16 or 17 year old boy, to seek his own morals
and faith; while we were still raising our kids. Mr. and Mrs.
Lindh are responsible for this traitor, and should be jailed,
also. I went to school with Johnny Spann, and my children went
to school with Mike. We taught our children to love God, family
and courage, and I am so proud of each one. My son, Joel, serves
our county in the USCG and we honor him for his services. Johnny
and Gail love and honored Mike, and has suffered beyond words.
The Spanns' gave everything ,and our government let them down. A
traitor, is a traitor! Johnny Spann should get to speak at the,
so called, sentencing!
18 Sep 2002
It's September and it's been a year since the attacks and I
still feel what little meaning my life is, compared to what
changes those who lost loved ones on 9-11 and to the Spann
family for loosing someone I can say, "I admire". It
is coming close to November a year marking Mike Spann's death.
My heart and gratitude to him and all who serve our country
& especially to his wife, Shannon, will always be with me.
In some ways I know the Spann's will know how we feel, either
through these readings or through our strong love for country
05 Sep 2002
I didn't know Mike personally, but his acts of heroism make me
so proud to be from Winfield! May God bless Mike's family.
05 Sep 2002
May God continue to bless you and your family! Mike Spann
represents the best of this country-someone who was willing to
pay the ultimate price because he wanted to serve his country
and do what others would not do, go where others would not go in
order to keep us free. His spirit lives on though he is
gone from this earth. Even though I can't tell him in person, I
still want to say, "Thank you for your sacrifice, Mike.
I will always appreciate my freedom because of people like
04 Sep 2002
I'm proud your Mike was an "Alabama boy." Thank
you for sharing him with us. Your memorial to him is a beautiful
thin and I believe it serves the purpose you meant it to.
I pray God continues to give you the strength to continue to
shoulder the terrible burden you have been dealing with and our
country the strength to face the terrible things we must deal
04 Sep 2002
Mike was a friend and a true American hero. Actually, he
was a WORLD hero! I will never forget him and will never
let my friends forget him either. There is a lot to be
said for growing up in a small town like Winfield, Alabama with
the ethical and moral values that can be instilled into the
lives of our heroes. May God bless Mike's family.
Dr. Bobby Roberson ("Doc")
04 Sep 2002
I hope your grief can somehow be alleviated knowing that Mike
Spann is a hero to us all. He gave it all for God and
country and I, for one, will be eternally grateful.
If I could wish one thing for my children and grandchildren is
that they would have the courage and integrity of Mike Spann.
03 Sep 2002
Mike Spann is a patriot who gave his life in the name of
freedom. As a 16 year-old, many of my peers look towards sports
figures and actors for heroes. I look no further than to people
like Mike Spann. His dedication and commitment America and our
way of life are a source of great inspiration to me.