Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Theodore Clark, Jr.

31, of Emporia, Virginia.
Clark died when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Gardez, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on August 4, 2005.

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"Another year has gone by and still not easy. Always thinking of you!"
Chris of Phoenix, AZ

"I knew Gunny Clark in 2004 and he was a man that treated me like a brother. Till this day I still pray that he is looking out for me. My condolences to his family and close friends."
Brandon Brown of San Diego

"Clark, my brother I will always continue to miss you. I think of you all the time and I will be visiting your resting site this year. I always remember the good times we had as LCpls in Okinawa, Japan and Camp Pendleton MSgt Denny I. retired."
MSgt Ian A. Denny of Stafford VA.

"8yrs...and it feels like just yesterday... You are in my thoughts every single day, it never gets any easier. I miss you and you will never be forgotten!!"
Chris ( Country) Loughridge of Phoenix, Az

"So very hard to believe that it will be eight(8)years this summer. The memory of your service and kindness will never fade from my memory."
MARK LEWANDOSKE, HM2/USN/RETIRED of Sage, CA

"7 years...not getting any easier. Miss ya man!"
Chris Loughridge of Phoenix, AZ

"To the family of:Theodore Clark,Jr.
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"GYSGT (DIDDY) CLARK

SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY WE WERE IN AFGHANISTAN TOGETHER, BUT IT HAS BEEN 5 YRS NOW SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR NEW MISSION. I THINK ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EVERYDAY AND WISH THINGS COULD HAVE DIFFERENT. MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS GO OUT THE FAMILY OF GYSGT CLARK AND FOREVER WILL."
CHRIS (BIG COUNTRY) LOUGHRIDGE of PHOENIX, AZ

"To the family of a wonderful marine in Gunnery Sergeant Theodore Clark, my heart goes out to you and I know he is deeply missed. I met Clark when his journey into the corps began in 1992 at Parris Island. We both served in platoon 1114 and graduated together in Dec. of that same year. He was a fine example then of what a marine is to be and I will always treasure my memory of him. God bless you!! Semper Fi!!"
Donald Webster of Montgomery, AL

"To the family of Marine Gunnery Sgt. Theodore Clark Jr. USMC
I now where this honorable and courageous man's memorial bracelet. There is no way I can express my sorrow, my respect, or my thanks for his ultimate sacrifice, for me, my family and the country that was blessed to have him.

Praise God, bless his soul, and I will never remove his memory from my wrist."
Fran Peterson of Norfolk VA 23508

"Rest in Peace Marine. I will never forget the many hours spent play spades when we were deployed.
Semper FI,
Cpl. Marty Hudaj
15 MEU MSSG-15 ENG. PLT."
Marty Hudaj of Milwaukee WI

"You will never be forgotten, God speed and Semper Fi.

MSgt Dominguez Retired"
Lazaro of Menifee Ca

"October 11, 2007
To the family of Gunnery Sgt. Theodore Clark, Jr:
Theodore 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"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org"
Peggy Childers of Nevada

"Gunnz, Seems like yesterday serving with you at Camp Fuji, Japan 2003. All the memmories I have of will be with me forever. You were the guy with the biggest TV I had ever seen in the barracks at Camp Fuji. God Bless you and your family. We will meet again brother..."
GySgt Michael C Labit of Murrieta, California

"Gunny Clark,

Rest in peace my friend. Your friends honor your sacrifice, not only on this Memorial Day but on every other day of the year. May your family and friends take comfort in the fact that you are resting in the loving arms of our Lord."
Colonel John J. Jackson, USMC (Ret) of Tampa, FL

"When I got to Afghanistan you were the first one there to greet me. When I first heard the news, I couldn't believe it. You were the coolest Gunny I ever knew and everyday after your death I think of you. Semper Fi!"
Sgt Bob of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Dear family members,
May God's grace be with you-for the sacrifice he made for our country! He was a hero! Another Marine has reported for duty in heaven! Your son is a Hero! We love our "Devil Dogs"."
Liz Romagosa of Lincolnton, NC

"I Cant Believe What I just Read. My Name Is Jason Jauregui And I Served With Gysgt Clark From 00-02 As A Part Of SOTG In Camp Pendleton. He Was The Marine I Looked Up To And A Man I Respected In And Out Of Uniform. Gysgt Clark Helped Me Through My Hardest Years In The Corps. I Cant Believe your Gone Man. We Lost Touch After He Went To Fuji And I Got Out, But I Never Stopped Wondering Where He Was. To His Family, Im Deeply Sorry For Your Loss. I Wasnt Expecting This When I Looked Him Up So Im Kinda Lost For Words. All I Can Say Is Theo Was A Great Marine And An Even Greater Friend. YO THEO I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AND THANK U FOR PROTECTING OUR NATION!! SEMPER FI DOG, WE WILL MEET AGAIN ONE DAY!!!!"
Jason Jauregui of Bethlehem Pa

"Gunny Clark,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Gunny!"

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Theodore Clark, Jr. You are loved by many. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom of so many other people who suffered under the rule of Sadaam. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Theodore's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston TX

"Having been privileged enough to be there to watch and photograph GySgt Clark get his stripes pinned on in early 2004, I can only read this with a great sense of loss and sadness. Gy Clark was well liked by all those who knew him and will definately be missed.

Semper Fi"
Bill Martens of Tokorozawa, Japan

"For my brother who I served with, even though we havent served together for almost 8 years , I knew we would see each other again. Now I know I will have to wait a little while longer but im sure youre guarding the gates of heaven, standing by for me when the time comes. I miss you homey, from the jokes , the gym, them big guns , the friendship.

Semper Fidelis"
SSgt Wayne Murray of 15th MEU Eng Det 95-97

"We the members of the Herbert J. Thomas Marine Corps League wish to express our sincer condolences to the Theodore Clark family. Another Marine has reported for duty in Heaven."
Chaplain Frank S. Armentrout of Charleston WV

"To Theodore's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our son returned safely from Afghanistan, only to lose his life in Iraq. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice. Our sons are true heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto "The Big Ern" Blanco-Caldas
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"To the Clark Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Your Theodore is a true American Hero. He will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Theodore."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"MARINE GUNNERY SGT THEODORE CLARK, JR. - You are a true American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Theodore and may memories comfort you during this most difficult time and always.
AMERICA SALUTES YOU GUNNERY SGT CLARK"
D. BURT of PORTSMOUTH RI

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Theodore will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless you ALWAYS.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Rest in Peace Devil Dog...

Semper Fi
J and T USMC-NC"

"Thank you Theodore Clark, Jr., you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Gunnery Sgt. Theodore Clark, Jr.:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Theodore for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Gunnery Sgt. Theodore Clark, Jr.:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Theodore, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on