Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. James R. Dillon, Jr.

19, of Grove City, Pennsylvania.
Dillon died in Kuwait of a non-combat related injury. He was assigned to the 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on March 13, 2003.

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"13 years my friend that you have been gone. Sorry I didn't post sooner."
Shawn of Winchester

"James,
Rest easy buddy."
Shawn Sullivan of Winchester

"Shawn, I would like to talk to you some time. I think about James everyday too."
Linda of Grove City, PA

"Im sorry James, Shaun and I could not help you. Rest now"
Mark A. Catabay of Santa Maria, CA

"Just about that time of the year again, almost 11 years have passed. RIP Dillon I am sorry there wasn't anything anyone could have done to help you. Wished you would have reached out...."
Shawn Sullivan of Winchester, CA

"Almost been 10 years since you been gone. I still remember the last day like it was last week. To the family of PFC Dillion my prayers go out to you."
Shawn Sullivan of Winchester, CA

"It has been a long while since my last post, I still think of PFC James Dillon, just about everyday of my life."
Shawn Sullivan of Winchester, California

"To the family of PFC Dillon,

My heartfelt condolences go out to you. As an alumni of Grove City High School, I knew of your son before I joined the Marine Corps. He was a friend of my older brothers, and I was told his story when discussing enlisting with the guidance counselor. I truly believe that the words of the Marines Corps Hymn are true "...Ever look on Heaven’s scenes; They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines."

Semper Fi."
Sgt Scott Moore of Alumni of Grove City High School

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"To the family of
Marine Pfc. James R. Dillon, Jr.
I apologize for taking so long to pay my respects.
I have only recently been introduced to James but I feel as if I know you.
I share your loss and grief. I am so sorry for the pain I know you are feeling.
I wish I knew words that could help make the pain go away, but in my own experience, words offer little comfort.
I pray you find Pease.
Tim R Brown Sr
Father of Pfc. Tim R Brown Jr"
Tim R Brown Sr of beaver falls, pa,usa

"I remember James, he was on my vehicle crew along with the first sgt of bravo company. I wished we would have talked more, I think about him alot, and I say a special prayer for him and his family every March 13."
Shawn Sullivan of winchester

"J its been so long sence i have seen your face, your smile. i miss your top ten's on the morning show at the highschool. you made everyone smile. we all miss you so much. just the other day a person that was a student with us a grove city asked me if i remembered you. how cant i? not a month goes by that i dont think of how it could have all been changed. i see that your friends your fellow soldiers have left you messages. i to was a soldier and lost many of friends and brothers. im sorry it has taken this long to leave you a memorial on this page. i have now just came up with what i would say and i feel it is time to leave my message. i am trying to move on from the loss of friends and brothers and i pray this will help me. I am also leaving messages on all 24 soldiers pages who i miss dearly. this last memorial day was the first time i have cried in a really long time. i will always speak aloud of your name and who you were as a person and a soldier. you WILL never be forgoten i promise you that."
joshua s bowser 10th mtn div, soldier, friend, classmate of Grove City PA

"I am so sorry that he died.My dad was in the Navy but he is out now and I was really scared for his life because i loved him so."
Jillian B. of York, PA

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow.
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
but don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
(Author Unknown)
America has been built on the blood of Brave Men of Honor. Heros who answered the call to defend all of our Freedoms. A fellow Veteran pays tribute to this heros commitment to duty and the ultimate sacrifice that he has made for all of us.... Thank you. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brave soldier, and may peace come to your family and loved ones for the sacrifice they have also made."
William D. Taylor of Bonita Springs, Fl.

"May 22, 2007
To the family of James R. Dillon, Jr. James 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 Carson City, NV

"Hey James,
I remember you in boot camp as a motovator. God bless you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers and all the other warriors from our boot camp platoon 2001.
Semper Fi Marine -
Sgt. Monroe F. Seigle"
Monroe F. Seigle of Camp Pendleton, Ca.

"James,
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 Devil Dog!"

"My deeplest condolences to the families of those who have fought bravely to bring democracy to Iraq. We will keep you forever in our prays"
SSGT GONZALEZ (Spanish Army) of SPAIN

"My condolences go out to you. My boyfriend lost his brother Steven Acosta on October 26, 2004. We dont know what happened to him and nobody is telling us anything. Id appreciate if you would contact me please. Id like to talk to you.
hope from hearing from you soon.
fallen_soldiers00@hotmail.com"
Melissa S of calexico CA

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry (Apollo,PA) on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace James, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest. You are not forgotten.... Thank you."
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"I have great memories of "Jamie", as I called him. He was a great kid with a tremendous sense of humor! I will ALWAYS remember him. He turned into a very strong, very brave young soilder. His memory will live in the hearts of all who knew him because he was unforgettable! I feel honored to have had the opportunity to know Pfc. James Dillon, Jr. Marine, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend.
P.S. I KNOW the angels led you in, Jamie! Until we meet again..I feel safer knowing you are guarding us from a better place..you are missed by all of us.
Also, may peace and comfort come into the hearts and souls of all who knew and loved you. I feel that you are being held in the arms of our Lord..God Bless all friends and family."
Carla Sasse of Mercer Co., PA

"To the family and friends,

Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your loved ones bravery and sacrifice. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. Your loved one is a hero. Greater love have no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13.

God bless you.

Home Front Ministries
Shepherd of the Hills Church
Porter Ranch, CA"

"Thanks for stepping forward when America needed you. To the family - Thank you for your contribution to our liberty and freedom. I'm sorry for your tremendous loss."
Ronald Carlson of Montrose, MN

"Semper Fi"
James M. Dillon of Virginia

"Private Dillon, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"I am in 8th grade and we were learing about how many people were dying in Iraq. He is included in our prayers."
student at emmet belknap of Lockport, NY

"Semper Fi and RIP brother!"
Mike (USMC) of Indianapolis Indiana

"They wear the uniform
Proud and true
They protect our Nation
For me and you.

They give of themselves
So unselfishly
They leave their homes
And their families

They are on foreign soil
In a foreign land
Our men and women
Who are taking a stand

They are on guard
Day and night
They are weary for sleep
But prepared to fight

They see death and destruction
In this war torn place
But its all worth the effort
When they see a smiling face

They remember why they are there
Through all the sadness and sorrow
Its to ensure for the children
A better tomorrow


May god keep and protect the men and women who have chosen to protect us and our nation...""
Sgt Wes Campbell USMC 3/2 of decatur alabama

"Semper Fi."
LCpl Lizarraga, Elizabeth of Kaneohe Bay, HI/USA

"Thank you James Dillon, 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 Pfc. James Dillon, 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 James 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 Pfc. James Dillon, 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 James, 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