Thank you to a young fallen soldier!

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Today is a sad day for Carol Stream residents and students and staff of Bartlett High School. Lenny

 An announcement was made at school today that Lenny (Leonard) Gulczynski was killed in the line of duty in Iraq.  Lenny is a 2007 Graduate of Bartlett High School and joined the Army at 17.  He followed in the footsteps of his father and others in his family fighting for our Country. 

Bartlett High School will have their flag at half-mast in honor of this fallen soldier Friday September 19, 2007. They will also have a photo and wreath at the flagpole for any community members who would like to pay their respects, or leave memorials in honor of Lenny and his bravery.

I did not know Lenny well however, I remember when he played football with my son.  Thank you Lenny for your service and fighting for our Country and our Freedom! 


Added 9/19/09

Thank you to everyone who has read this post and offered their condolences and prayers for Lenny and his family.  I have not heard any details of a service yet.  I will post when I learn more.  I am looking for anyone from the Patriot Guards and will also recruit Rescue Riders to ride with Lenny in honor of his service.  Please contact me to arrange the details.

Comments (33)

Scott Mazza
Stewart Title of California - Ventura, CA

Hi Kim, we will lift him up in prayer tonight in church. Thank you for posting this.

Sep 19, 2008 01:14 AM
Yvette Smith
LONG & FOSTER - Williamsburg, VA
Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale

LENNY's sacrifice for our nation will not have been in vain.  My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who knew and loved him. 


Sep 19, 2008 02:36 AM
Tony Wangrycht
OneAmerica - Seminole, FL - Seminole, FL

My heart goes out to this young man's family and friends as well as others who have lost loved ones, helping to keep our homefront free of terrorist. God Bless all of our troops. 

Sep 19, 2008 02:55 AM
Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

We just got word of 3 killed from the DFW area. 

Prayers for all of our troops and their families!!

Sep 19, 2008 03:09 AM
Leti Lozano-RE/MAX Access

Truly sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Sep 19, 2008 03:25 AM
Brett Tousley
Keller Williams Realty - Richland, WA
Tri Cities Real Estate | (509) 420-0013

We heard of Lenny's passing last night on the news here.  We've lost a lot of good men and women from Fort Lewis in this conflict.  Because of men and women like Lenny, we all have the freedom and opportunity to live our lives in peace and safety.

God speed Lenny Gulczynski.

Sep 19, 2008 03:42 AM
Peter Mann
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue, WA
Peter Mann Seattle-Bellevue Real Estate Agent

As unfortunate as it is, war will always be a part of life. It is sad to see so many of our young men and women sent to their death over a pointless (and costly) war. I still don't understand why we even invaded Iraq in the first place. Oh, thats right... weapons of mass destruction which they still haven't found to this day! What a joke. Every soldiers death is a continuous reminder for us all and it makes me feel ashamed to be an American citizen.

My prayers go out to Lenny and his family!

Sep 19, 2008 04:15 AM
Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

Kim, Thank you for paying tribute to such a young is so unfortunate that we are losing our brave men and women...we should ALWAYS remember that someone is out there fighting for OUR freedom...every single day...God Bless You Lenard Gulczynski!!!

Sep 19, 2008 04:31 AM
Gail Alexander
Setting the Stage, LLC - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Stager

My thoughts and prayers are with Lenny and his family, as with all the brave military personnel and their families.  Living in Washington, we have many military bases and have a strong support system to help those who make the sacrifices to keep our country free.  You can get involved by going to  There are chapters all over the U.S. and our mission is to support our troops, the families they leave behind during deployment and our wounded warriors when they return.  It is an all volunteer organization and every chapter needs good volunteers.  You can donate as much or as little time as you can.  and I can tell you 1st hand, having participated in several events for the military, how very much they appreciate everything that's done for them. 

Please let's not turn this blog into a place to make political comments but keep it as a wonderful way to remember Lenny and others who give the ultimate sacrifice.


Sep 19, 2008 05:04 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

My heart goes out to Lenny's family and friends.  We must celebrate life every day and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrafice for the freedoms we hold so dear.

Sep 19, 2008 05:05 AM
Julie Dumaine-Russell
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT

Carol - I feel such sorrow and sadness every time I read or hear of the passing of a fallen soldier who has been killed in the line of duty.  As the mother of a soldier who has been deployed four times in the past 6 years, I can't even imagine as a parent the pain and sadness of losing a son.  My thoughts and prayers are with Lenny's family and friends.  God Bless America and all those who have served for our freedom.

Sep 19, 2008 05:28 AM
Shannon Elizabeth McInerney
DesigningReality - Dumfries, VA

Each and every one of these stories saddens me even more. My 23 year old brother will be leaving next week for his first tour in Iraq as a Marine. It will be 7 months of he11 for me awaiting his safe return!

Sep 19, 2008 08:05 AM
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Kim - It is always a sad moment when you hear a soldier has been killed. My thoughts and prayers goes out to his families and friends and to those who served before and serve after. Thank you for sharing.

Sep 19, 2008 09:27 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

What a sad and tragic loss - too many of our sons and daughters have lost their lives for a senseless war. My heart and prayers go out to Lenny's family and loved ones. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all our brave soldiers. God Bless our Soldiers and God Bless America.

Sep 19, 2008 10:08 AM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Kim~ What a sad time for this family and all of their friends.  I pray the Lord gives them extra strength to deal with the tremendous loss of this young man's life. 

Sep 19, 2008 10:43 AM
Daisy Montano
The Saavedra Team - Phoenix, AZ

My prayers to his family. I am also in the guard and I could imagine what my family would do if anything ever happened to me.  

Sep 19, 2008 12:06 PM
Luke Rummell
A1 Realty.Com - Newport, OR

 I salute the man that gave his life for us"Was Bush And Cheney Their or Rice? oR mcAIN? I want the family to know that I appreaciate the fact that he served for a war that is like vietnam senseless.

Sep 19, 2008 12:20 PM
Barbara Flannery
USA Realty,Inc. - London, KY
"Homes for Everyone In London Kentucky"

My Heart goes out to this Family, I have a son in the National Guard and he has served 1 term in Iraq and is due to serve another.  Our Prayers will be with this family, May God give them "Peace that passes all understanding" in their time of Loss. He is truly a HERO. May God Bless Gulczynski Family and May God Bless AMERICA

Sep 19, 2008 01:33 PM
Jeanette Calvello

My sister just informed me of the death of Lenny Gulzinski. I did not have the opportunity to know Lenny but I grew up 2 doors away from his father Michael and his grandparents Charolette and Leonard. I remember them as very kind loving people and I am sure that Lenny coming from such a fine family was of the same values. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Sep 26, 2008 12:54 PM

thank u for pertecting our country and freedo, u wont be forgoten i also will be entering the army at 17 this summer for BT    rest in peace young soilder an im sorry to the family its got to be the hardest thing to do > the kids r sopose to live one an parents past

Nov 12, 2011 12:45 PM