Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Capt. Paul C. Alaniz

32, of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Alaniz died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. Died on January 26, 2005.

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Bessie T. Watts of Tecumseh, MI

"You have a great life here on earth, Paul C. Alaniz! https://diyhomeideas.net"
Bessie T. Watts of Tecumseh, MI

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Stanislav Riley of Massachusetts

"Damn bro I still cant forget the times we had during our deployment in 2001. You made the times go by smooth with fun times and plenty of laughter...man Korea and Guam was the greatest time ever. you are missed!!!"
MSgt Steven Vigo of San Diego California

"Hello, my name is Jaymen and im in AFJROTC at my school. My class is doing reports on fallen soldiers from Texas and I was given Mr.Paul C. Alaniz I'd like to know when he was born. I have found two seperate dates but I dont know which one it is which. It would be really helpful if I could get that information and if you like I could send you a copy of the project when it is done. Email me at Arcantheus@gmail.com Thankyou"
Jaymen Affonso of Cedar Park, Texas

"I think of you often & remember fondly our times together at Miramar :)"
Angela of Cali

"Happy birthday!"
of Houston

"I must first give my deepest condolences to Mr. Alaniz's family. I remember him as Mr. Alaniz since he was my substitute teacher in several classes at Miller.I was in awe when I found out he had passed away. I always remebered him as being a cool sub and being very respectful. We had lots of great conversations and always thought about him over the years. Now he will not only be considered to me as just a substitute I remember but also a Hero."
Anabel of Corpus Christi

"Thank you Chris for your sacrifice. I have fond memories of you, bud."
Travis Schickedanz of Amarillo, TX

"I also was a member of the graduation class platoon 2126 G Co.Blood,Sweat,and Tears.I served with Paul Alaniz,along with Williams,Allen,Howell,who posted their messages here. I along with other Marines from plt. 2126 also had the priveledge to serve with him in the School of Infantry,this is where Paul and I really bounded,this is where he mentored me to become the Marine I was and the man I am today. We shared some time together in Houston in 1997, when 1st bat/23rd marines were sent to Houston to search for a missing girl. He was in charlie company(Corpus Christi Tx) and I was in weapons co.(Austin Tx). That was right before he finished O.C.S. Little did I know that this would be the last time I would see him. I found out about his passing,by reading the newspaper. To read your name among the other fallen hero's was a shock but I knew all those Marines that were with Capt. Alaniz were in great hands. I have waited a long time to thank you Paul for making me the Marine I was and the man I am today. To Thelma and Lourdes, I also would like to thank you for sharing your loving husband with all who served with him. May God Bless you and your family. To the Marines who I served with,to the Marines who are still serving..God Bless and Semper Fi...

Here is my email for any of you who would like to contact me..spino22@hotmail.com"
Cpl.Eric Espinosa of San Antonio,Texas,USA

"You are "Always" with us...
All Our Love...7 years...30 years...never ending...it will last forever."

Im late i am now 11 and even though i dont remeber you you are in my heart and i love you i wish that you could come back so that i can know more about you and understand you more. I wish you were back in our lives."
Trinity Pizano of San Antonio, Tx

"Happy Birthday My Darling...you are always in our hearts. We hope you got the balloons! Our Heart, Our Love, Our everlasting devotion to you...LB & HB"
of San Diego

"Ten yrs ago today, events took place which forever changed the world as we knew it. Destiny took it's course, and the end result was you making the ultimate sacrifice. You are the hero I think about who lost his life as a result of those terrorist attacks, although your life was not lost that day. You are missed and remembered always, but I especially thought of you today. Thank you."
ANM of Houston, TX

"From being my baseball coach when I was a kid at Miller High School, to running in to each other at Pensacola and again on duty at the Boxer, 29 Palms, or Iraq you were always someone I looked up to as a big brother figure and the kind of man I hope I have become today Sir. God Bless."
Chris F. of Cedar Creek, TX

"Paul, I think of you brother all the time. You were a geniune dude and a very pleasant person to be around. I miss you man. God Bless You and your family."
Jacques Rogers of San Diego

"Today marks one more reason why all should "remember" and never forget your sacrifice. This is one night that I can say I will sleep in peace and finally feel one step closer to the closure I never got since losing you...5-2-2011 OBL...DEAD!"
Ladybug of SAN DIEGO, CA

It's hard to believe it's been 6 years. So much has happened. You are very missed and loved. You live on in our hearts and memories."
aleka of Houston, TX

You would be so proud! Our daughter is so amazing. Thank you for giving me the best part of you to continue Loving for the rest of my life...
Always...Always...in our heart...
LB & HB"
of San Diego, CA.

"Remembrance of the Sun Shining Brightly"
Monica Langley of San Antonio TX

"Can't believe it has been 6 years today. We miss you and will always keep you in our hearts!"
Chayo of NM

"Happy birthday. Miss you. Mean it."
of texas

Remembering you today as always."
me of HTX

"This is NO day to think of as everyday IT IS my FRIEND!!!! You left life and love that WE hope to KNOW!!!! Siempre en el CORAZON~~"
Joe Rubio 4153176770 of Miramar, CA

"Paul, thanks for being a friend to Meredith and I in flight school. I remember working with you in the LEAD platoon at Pensacola. You set a fine example for the Marines there. Whenever I enjoy peace and freedom, I know you had a part in making that real for me and my family. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for everything."
Rob Randazzo of NC

"Memorial Day doesn't come just once a year...for me it is everyday...Te extrano Principe..."

"5 years. I miss you."

"I never forget this day. Happy Birthday, Christopher. You are missed by all whose lives you touched. I miss you so much."
anm of Houston

"Thank you for your sacrifice. I miss you!"
ANM of Houston, TX

"Today was our special day. It was the beginning of "us"...Smile...I know I am."

"You are everywhere..."


"Thank you for your sacrifice. I miss you."
Aleka of Houston, TX

"I miss you, your in my thoughts everyday."
Nina of Dumas,TX

"During these days, a few years ago, your family came together waiting for your return. And when you came, you weren't really there. Your table is up, as it is every year. Closer to you now."
of JBB, Iraq

Tomorrow is 4 years since you left us. Every day, your friends and family, all who loved you, think of you and miss you. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. We will always love you and miss you."
Aleka of Houston, TX

"I knew Chris all through High School and I can remember him telling me all through School that he was going to fly in the military. I believed him and I believed in him. He used to read every book I could find on pilots in the military and I liked his enthusiasm when he talked about it. I had not seen him since high school but I can remember the day that I heard that he had been killed. I had deep sadness and joy at very moment. Sadness knowing that there was not going to be a truly special person walking this earth any longer. But joy knowing that he was going to be one of the few in the world that actually died doing what he loved.

Steve David
Dumas High School 1990"
Steve David of Brownfield, Texas

"Happy birthday. I miss you."
aleka of Houston

"Remembering you this Veteran's Day, as always. I miss you."
Alexandra of Houston, TX

"To the family and friends of Paul Christopher Alaniz,
Please accept my belated deepest sympathy for your loss. I apologies for my very late delivery of my regards, being it is close to 4 years since his passing. Chris was a very dear friend of mine during our High School years. There was not a day from the ages of 16 to 18 that we did not spend time together doing what young boys do at that age. I feel very comfortable saying Chris was more than just a friend at this age, but my very best friend. Chris was a very loyal friend and could be counted to be there when you needed him. I can honestly say some of the very best times in my life were spending time with Chris. My heart goes out to his family and especially to Thelma, Yvette, and his mother Maria. May you find peace.

Respectfully yours,

Scott Diercks
18713 Providence Dr.
Big Lake, MN 55309
Scott Diercks of Big Lake, Minnesota

"I was thinking of you today. Just dropped by to say we miss you dearly."

"PCA, it's today again. 9/11. I miss you today, as always."
ANM of Houston, TX

"I miss you.
jordan. of san antonio.

"this 4th is bittersweet...thank you for everything"

"I got the message. Thank you."
Me of Texas

"Remembering what you gave for this country, for us. I think of you always."
Alex of Houston

"only because the day is what it is
and because the sun shines solid and ever
because the breeze is wet with hope
the rain reliable with renewal
and only because you were here once and because you touched me
because your words were poetic and enduring
because your presence gave way to mine
only because you were
am i
only because you are
do i

with gratitude for your gifts..."

"Miss you, mean it!"
Aleka of Houston, TX

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Capt. Paul C. Alaniz:
Paul 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 of Carson City, NV

"I was given the sad news today. I went to bootcamp with him in platoon 2126. We barely knew each other but I remember him being extremely motivated and willing to help other recruits. I wish I would have gotten to know him better but after reading the messages, I feel that I really know him. He is still a warrior and I feel honored to have served with him. I know that he is standing post in heaven and is looking down on all of you! Semper Fi and God bless."
former Sgt. Aaron Howell of McKinney,TX

"que no daria yo por contemplarte
aunque fuera un solo instante..."

"To All Heart-broken Mourners…of the late Christopher Alaniz

It never seizes to amaze me that everyday there is a new revelation of the life that Christopher led and legacy that he left behind. We are all privileged to have known this beautiful gentle soul. One who lived and loved and had faults as we all do. And because of his sacrifice we all have the freedom to express ourselves. All who express their feelings and mourn Christopher’s death have every right to do so, however, I do not see how the posting of this latest message is honoring him and the life that he led while he was alive. This latest message is not memorializing him, it is a blog of self expression to fulfill a selfish need and cry for attention. Since this latest message reveals more about Christopher and the man who he was I will begin this response to this heart broken mourner in honor of my late husband.

Today, I apologize to every woman or person he lied to. I apologize to every heartbreak or sadness he brought upon their life. I am saddened that you were not the one to get to say the final I Love You or feel your heart in anguish the moment he died before anyone was ever informed of the accident. I am sorry that you all are not the ones who have to explain to his child that daddy can’t come home from heaven and will not be there to be a part of her life. I am saddened that it was not you who had to make the funeral arrangements and make the final decisions before he was lowered into the ground. I am sorry that it is not you who goes to his gravesite and cleans the overgrown weeds or replaces his plot with flowers and cleans the dirt off his headstone. I am deeply sorry that you don’t have to look into his daughter’s eyes every time she cries because her daddy can’t pick her up from school or read to her at night.

Yes, Christopher was a multifaceted and multidimensional individual who touched many lives. If we are to love him and honor him, then honor the family he left behind by using this website as a tribute to memorialize a man who sacrificed his life for our freedom. Love him and deal with your grief in your own way that will not affect the family he left behind. Have some dignity and respect for the child that is still a part of him.

Yes, we know who he was. I, his wife, his mother, sister, aunts, uncles, brothers, cousins, everyone in his immediate family know who he was, that he struggled and we grieve every single day. We do not need the comments of strangers to remind us how to grieve or who to respect in the grieving process. We continue to love him and accept him for all that he was and continues to be “(ALL OF HIM not just the bits and pieces of him that we are comfortable with or that represent the version of the life we want remembered) “.

Honoring him is not out of obligation, nor should it be that we “must” honor each person that is grieving for his loss. If there are any unresolved issues that you feel need to be discussed, I extend an open invitation to contact me and communicate. Be open enough to leave a name and not hide your existence if you are so damaged by this tragic loss.
I “know” who I married and what he carried with him. I accepted him as he was and shared the precious life and time that God permitted. I am sorry that the others who did share a part of their life with him never got to have the life and the love that I had with him. I honor him today, tomorrow and for the rest of my life…for those who hold on to a memory of Christopher I suggest you hold it true to your heart but do not dwell on the sadness that will not allow you to move forward in life. Be grateful that he touched your hearts and minds.

Yes, there is the heartache of missing him. There will always be heartache, but don’t misconstrue past experiences with Christopher to prevent you from finding peace and happiness without his physical presence. Everyone has the right to truth and personal sentiment, however if it is utilized in a manner of disrespect and disregard for my daughter, and Christopher’s family (my family) it will not be considered justifiable in my eyes or anyone else’s regardless of what merit is believed to hold truth.
Lastly, Christopher was very much a man of words…so much so that he "explicitly" expressed how he wanted life to continue should anything ever happen to him. His wishes are respected and held true to those who “he held true and valued most in his life”…AND THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS in this life."
Thelma I. Alaniz

"Even If I Could

Except for the little girl
making faces behind me, and the rainbow
behind her, and the school and the truck,
the only thing between you
and infinity
is me. Which is why you cover your ears
when I speak and why
you're always oozing around the edges,
clinging, trying
to go by me.

And except for my eyes and the back
of my skull, and then my hair,
the wall, the concrete
and the fire-cloud, except for them
you would see
God. And that's why rage howls in your arms
like a baby, and why i can't move -
because of the thunder and the shadows
merging like oil and the smile gleaming
through the petals.

Let me tell you how sick with loneliness
I am. What can I do while the distance
throbs on my back like a hump,
or say, with stars stinging me
through the wheel? You are before me,
behind me things rattle their deaths out
like paper. The angels ride
in their soft saddles:
except for them, I would come closer
and go.

-CK Williams"
AGL of Houston

I think of you everyday. I tell the young CC's about you and how we had grown up together. I think how we would talk about our family's & friends. How the day we did CAL's and DID not land ha-ha. I miss you bro, I wish i was their for you Bro in your time of need. As we have done many of times you and me. You are my Hero for you made a sacrifice for Family and country. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU BROTHER. GOD BLESS!"
SSgt Gosney, C.D. of HMT-302

"Tomorrow is 3 years. I still can't believe it. I miss you."
Aleka of Houston


"Happy Birthday, PCA. I miss you."
Aleka of Houston, TX

"I had the honor of attending high school with a hero, Chris. At the time Chris passed my brother Joe was also in Iraq and I can not imagine the hurt of losing a family member. I thank you Chris for the freedom that I have that you fought for. I wish I had the chance to thank you in person."
Lydia Montoya-Cruz of Amarillo, Texas

"This day always makes me think of you. I had a dream about you last night. I miss you."

"Miss you... mean it..."
ANM of Houston, TX

"My name is Jawaad Williams. I went to bootcamp and SOI (School Of Infantry) with Alaniz. He was always dedicated to what he was doing, whatever the task may be. A hard worker, and motivated. My thoughts go out to his family and the loved ones he left behind. His new duty station is to guard the gates of Heaven for us, and I know he will do a awesome job.You will be missed brother. Gone..but not forgotten. Semper Fi."
Jawaad Williams (Sgt USMC) of Oceanside,CA

"My name is Mario Ronquillo Jr. I met Chris when I was growing up in Dumas , Tx he was my nieghbor for a long time I do know his family starting with Cynthia his mom Yvette,Chris,Marcos,Jolee I'm sorry that it had to be that way, but a dedicated man like Mr. Alaniz will be thanked and also missed for his pride and dedication with all my respects. God Bless You and Rest In Peace. An Old School friend that gives 100% respect to a well dedicated man. C/s If Marc u read this message give me a call at 1-712-263-8723 before 1:30p.m laterz, Mario R. Dumas, TX."
Mario Ronquillo Jr. of Dumas, Texas- Moore

"You were in my dreams last night dear cousin and you gave me a big hug. Just wanted to say we all love you and miss you so. You will always be remembered!"
Your Cuz Chayo of Clovis, New Mexico

"My name is Susan House, mother of Fallen Heroe John D. House who was killed with Paul. I would love to hear from his family and maybe meet you! my Email is dochousemom@yahoo.com. Thank you so much for your kind message on John's memorial page"
Susan L. House of Simi Valley, California

"Thinking of you and the great sacrifice you made for us. You are missed."
Alexandra of Houston, TX

This Memorial Day we think of you and everyone who has made the ultimate sacrifice. We hold you in our hearts. We miss you dearly and know that you are always with us. All our Love,
Your Girls,
Ladybug and Hummingbird"
Thelma & Lourdes Alaniz of San Diego, CA.

"Thelma 5/20/07
Am on terminal leave and had a chance to read the kind thoughts that many wrote about Chris. A good man but also an extraordinary husband, father and friend to many. Best wishes and prayers to you and that beautiful angel of yours."
J McKeon of San Diego

"About 15 years ago my x husband put a a gun to my head.I can only say I can somewhat, understand. However I my heart and soul go's out to all that have been affected.I was shocked by what I saw on CNN yesterday,the tears started to fall.I don't know any of the people or students at VT.I feal for you all.I hope you can learn to forgive and move on.I know it's easy to say but the pain never leaves.My heart and soul go out to all.Please look out for one another,and love those around you.I pray for you all."
P eggy L of WINNIPEG

"AGL of Houston... Anid Gonzales..."

"~ 'Almost as though by some miracle of premonition, your words caressed my soul, yet another time, and the speed and heat of your mind, simply sends me reeling' PCA

Your lullabies, your departing song, this site...the greatest validations of who I was for you. Rumi, Bocelli, Harry, Arjona, Sanz, Klimt. I am the source of these. And you left traces of them with everyone you encountered. Thank you for your respectful, selfless love and your tremendously generous listening...and for your sweet affirmations from beyond. I hear you, still. Loud and clear. And you were right, I am very happy."
AGL of Houston

"Face that lights my face
you spin intelligence into these particles I am.
Your wind shivers my tree.
My mouth tastes sweet with your name
in it. You make my dance daring
enough to finish.
No more Timidity!
Let fruit fall and wind turn my roots up in the air, done with patient waiting.

"I can't believe it's been 2 years. I think of you constantly, and your family. I miss you."
Aleka of Houston, TX

"Two years ago tonight, I recieved that late night phone call and made that drive to Dumas. Two years ago our world was shook by such a great loss and so much has happened since then. We miss you so much."
J Allen

"Happy B-Day Brother. I miss you.

The Champion

You ran the race with all your heart
Some may say you have lost
But the torch was past on

You continue to thrive in hearts of survivors
Your loss was not in vain
But made it possible for us to continue

It was your struggle, your blessings that brought me here
And it is the memory of you that takes me further
Before you left you whispered your dream into my heart
I will carry the torch and light the fire"
J Allen of San Antonio, TX

"Happy Birthday"

"It's the Marine Corps Birthday today.
I miss you..."
of TX

"Dear T' of San Antonio,
You are a living HERO for all wives (including my self) of those who defend others and put their own lives on the line everyday to make this world a better place. I admire you for the strength, love and courage you have for your beautiful little girl. Chris would be so proud of you, he was truely lucky to have been loved by such a wonderful person. You and Lourdes will always hold a special place in my heart.

Love, hugs, and prayers from Odessa

"Every day I look into our daughter's eyes I see yours. Thank you for leaving a piece of you with me always.
Todo mi Amor,"
T' of San Antonio, Texas

"Thinking of you today..."
Me of Texas

"Semper Fi, Sir."
Cpl Placito Miceli of (fmr) 31st MEU(SOC), III MEF and 1st SRIG, I MEF

"To the Alaniz Family,
Deepest sympathy...my prayers are with you all. Chris was a great guy and I am really proud of him."
Lety Lara of Cactus, TX.

"I knew Chris since grade school. We always took the same classes in junior high and high school. Chris and I were also football teammates. Although we had many a rough game Chris never put his down, you could count on him. He was always a dedicated individual in every endevour that he took. We ran together in high school during our junior and senior years. Chris was one of most like guys at my school. He never had a bad day and always gave it his all. Although we went to same college, we rarely saw each other but even then when we did it was just like old times. I know that Chris is missed by Scott, Ben and me. I plan on starting a scholarship in Dumas in his honor and would also like to start a fund for his daughter. If anyone from the class of 1990 Dumas High School reads this please foward your email address to me so we may get this under way for our fallen hero. God bless you and may he bring peace to your family. I have always considered you one of my best friends. I wish we could play one more game of freeze out or make just one more run to Amarillo together.
Larry Pirkle
Larry Pirkle of Ovilla, TX

""We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies." -Moina Michael-
Missing you, brother"
of SA, TX

"I don't know your son, husband, friend, or whatever Paul C. Alaniz was to you, but I just want to say that I'm proud to be an American and I'm proud of his bravery and courage. God bless you all."
Tiffany of Lafayette, California, America

"Thanks Captain. I'm sorry you had to leave us before the mission is complete. I have confidence that your fellow Marines will avenge you. Semper Fi."
James of California

"I have just received a memorial bracelet with Captain Alaniz on it. I went to look up this leader of Marines and found this site. My condolences go to the family. From what I have read here so far from posts and such he was an amazing Marine. I am a Marine Corps Scholarship Midshipman at The Military College of Vermont and it is a honor to wear the bracelt of Capt. Alaniz. Semper Fi!"
MIDN 3/C Brian Pastore of Northfield, VT

"I served with "Chris" through flight school in Corpus Christi, Pensacola, and at HMT-302 at New River. He was always so ready with a smile and a hand shake. I could never remember his first name when I first met him and he took it personally, I think. I asked him if I could just call him "Sneaky", his current nickname among the student pilots. He said, "You can call me anything, as long as it isn't Dirt Bag." Later, in New River, he talked me through some rough times when I broke up with my fiance and was having a hard time with flight school. He said "You can either give it 110% and pass, or you can go find something else to do that you are better at." I stayed the course and passed. I was always amazed at Chris' ease with people. He just seemed to make friends wherever he went and had no fear of strangers whatsoever. He tried to teach me how to approach girls and talk to them, but I don't think I was a very good student. I had been trying to get in touch with him for the past year or so when I heard the news that he was in the 53 that crashed. I didn't believe it, at first.
My deepest condolenses go out to Chris' friends and family. He was a great Marine, a great American, and a good friend. I will miss him and regret that I won't be able to see or talk to him again."
Captain Jaysen "Slingblade" Warner of TQ, Iraq

"Thank you to a true hero... Semper Fi!!!"
Nicole of Ft. Worth

"Semper Fidelis, Sir!"
SSgt Richard "Rocky" Hernandez Jr., MWSS-373, Miramar of ; Corpus Christi, TX. (Miller H.S. Bucaneer)

"Reading of the many who knew you makes me extra proud to support the M.E.F. i'm a contractor here who hauls supplies for the Marines expiditionary force out of TQ, and AL-ASAD. with much respect i offer my heart felt condolance to your family. GOD BLESS"
Charles Chapman of GALVESTON.TX. U.S.A

"Thelma, you should know how much Christopher meant to me, Ryan, Andy, and all the rest of the boys! I have a flag that I placed in the windshield on numerous flights in Iraq so Chris could be there with us. I cant think of anyone who deserves it more than you. Please contact me at 760 310 6402. PCA RIP"
Captain D.B. "Bling Bling" Shealy of MCRD Parris Island, SC

"To Capt Alaniz and his family, I met Capt Alaniz on a few occasions while stationed in Miramar, through his wife. They were a very loving, and devoted couple, with a beautiful daughter. I will never forget the looks on their faces the day after their baby was born. You could see the love, the commitment and the joy they both had. I will never forget seeing Capt Alaniz holding the baby. He was a proud father and husband and you could definitley see it. I am now here in Iraq serving the same purpose. I may not be flying missions as he did or on the ground fighting like the MEU Marines, but we are here supporting both sides in OIF. Being here has given me more of a sense of purpose as a person, a mother, a wife and a Marine. Being here is the real deal. I offer my condolences and sympathy again to all those who have lost their lives and to their families for supporting them while they served. Please do not give up hope and keep the troops on your prayer lists. Semper Fidelis!"
Sgt Christie L. Hale, USMC of Al Asad Air Base, Iraq

"I thank you all for your thoughts, words, and prayers. May peace and blessings be with each of you."
Yvette N Alaniz-Musick of Lubbock, TX USA

"I knew Chris well when we were kids. He was my best friend. I'll never forget how hard it was when he and his wonderful family moved back to Texas. I always said I would go and visit. I never did. I had not seen Chris in 20 years. Now I will never get the chance. My love to the family. Stay strong."
Scott Ramey of Marietta Ga.

"Chris was a loved man. He died for an honorable cause, and he will not be forgotten. Because of his ultimate sacrifice, I cherish every day I have more than before. I will make everyday more precious than before. I will not take my life for granted.

You are not alone Chris. I will go back to Iraq, and fight for what you were fighting for - because it is worth my life as well - God help me."
Capt Patrick Lindstrom of San Diego, CA

"To the family of Paul C Alaniz,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington Ga. U S A

"I was friends with Christopher when he was stationed in Pensacola, FL. He was a dedicated Marine and a loyal friend. He will be missed."
Dawn Brayman of Pensacola, FL

"Capt Alaniz was a leader, and a friend. He was my OIC, and that night he was my wingman. I'll always compare all officers to Captain Alaniz, because he is what a Marine Officer should be. We miss you boss. The boys of HMH-361 Flightline all miss you. We got the rest of them home safe for you sir, you can rest at ease...God Bless."
SSgt Tym Bunnell HMH-361 Flightline

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke, Jr. was with Paul on the helicopter. My condolences to Paul's family. We are all united through these young men's sacrifices. Thank you! God Bless"
Sally Rapp of Westlake, Ohio

"My condolences to the family of Paul Alaniz. My son, Richard Gilbert, Jr., was also killed while on that same helicopter. May God ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"Christopher was one of my best friends. I am so proud of him, and at the same time, heartbroken that I will never see him or talk to him again. He gave everything. I will miss you, Puckah."
Alekita of Houston, TX

"I first met Capt. "Chris" Alaniz about three years ago when he was a 1st Lt. I had the privilage of working with him on a daily basis for almost two years. Chris had a very easygoing attitude but was very professional as a Captain of Marines and looked after Marines. I am grateful to have known Chris and proud to call him friend. He will be missed and my heart goes out to his family."
Douglas Ponyah of Tuba City, Arizona

"Paul was a Marine I went to TBS with back in 1997-1998 and we were in the same platoon and section together. At TBS, I kind of clashed with just about everyone in the platoon but Paul always treating me with respect when others didn’t. I always thought this was strange because he had kind of that tough-guy exterior and you would expect him to be abrasive but he wasn’t; he always had a greeting for me even when the others wouldn’t talk to me. I always remembered and appreciated that.

In 18 years as a Marine, he is the first friend I've lost to combat and the pain and sadness you hear about is not exaggerated.

My prayers go to Paul's family and please know that Paul was a Warrior of Freedom, worthy of his place in Heaven.

Jason Grose of Fredericksburg, VA

"Although I haven't seen or talked to Chris in years, I knew him at Texas Tech. The pictures I've seen in the last few days show the same shy, magnetic, mischievous grin he flashed back then, except maybe a little larger.

The messages I've read in the last few days tell me that he was living his dreams, or at least what he dreamed of way back then. I'm saddened to see such a gentle, dedicated person leave this world.

I believe that Chris knew that his service was special and important. God bless."
Jennifer of Alvin, Texas

"I served with Captian Alaniz on the 13th MEU where he was in present operations doing schedule writing. Everyday I would meet with Chris to give crew chief inputs. No matter how bad of a day I was having Chris would put a smile on my face. We would talk for a short time about day to day activities and our families back home before I headed back to work. Chris whole heartedly cared about his Marines and his job. I will always remember him as a great person and a friend."
James Johnston "Skeeter" of Massachusetts

"Dear family of Capt. Paul C. Alaniz:
I served in the Marine Corps with Alaniz back in 1996. We were in the same platoon in boot camp...Platoon 2126. We were very close but we had some differences as we were both squad leaders for several weeks in our platoon. He and I, as well as about 85 other recruits, all endured the toughest of times together in San Diego and Camp Pendleton. I am very saddened to hear that he was one of the Marines killed in support of Iraqi Freedom. I knew him personally and he is the first warrior I have known personally to be killed in action. He is a hero along with the other 1400+ soldiers, sailors and marines killed in the War on Terror. I served in the Marine Corps Reserve for seven years until I enlisted/transferred into the US Army Reserve in Nov. of 2002. I received my commission in Nov. of 2003 and I am currently a second lieutenant in the Military Police Corps of the US Army Reserve now. I will never forget where I began my military career. I am proud and honored to have served with Paul...He is a hero and I will always remember the time we spent together in the toughest boot camp the US Military has to offer. My family and I are praying for his family as well as the many other families affected by this new war. SEMPER FIDELIS, PAUL!"
2LT Curtis J. Allen of Three Rivers, MI, USA

"I would like to Thank everyone with my sincerest gratitude for all the wonderful messages, support and sympathies sent for my husband Capt. Paul Christopher Alaniz. Those who knew him were fortunate to share a part of their life with someone so wonderful. Though nothing will ever bring my husband back I take comfort in your kind words and for just taking the time out of your day to take a second and write something for my husband. He was proud of what he was doing out there and I know that he was in peace his final moments of life. He knew that he was doing something to defend our country, family and friends and most of all bring change to this world of chaos that we now live in. I am blessed with a beautiful daughter and a wonderful caring family on my husband's behalf and I just pray for those who are still out there or have yet to go, that they all return home safe. Thank You...Thank You...Thank You..for keeping my husband and family in your prayers and for honoring my husband who in reality was my true Hero."
Thelma I. Alaniz of San Diego, CA.

"You are an angel, thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

You have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of a foreign country that will never know you. The majority of Iraqis understand and appreciate exactly what you stood for. You have fulfilled your commitment to the world as an American and as a United States Marine. Your family and friends can stand proudly every time they hear our Star Spangled Banner. As a fellow Marine, I thank you and your family for their sacrifice.
"Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever""
Alan H Barbour of Marshall, VA

"To the loved ones of Capt Alaniz.I want you to know your loss is felt by many.My deepest sorrows go out to you.He will always be a hero.Stay strong and cherish the memories he gave you."
Mike of New Jersey

"To the family and friends of Captain Paul C. Alaniz,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"To Paul'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 prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your hero's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.


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

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Paul , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Chris was a very special person.He will never be forgotten.Even though I never seen him since High school graduation I remember what a great friend he was to me and everyone in our class.God Bless"
Tommy Gabehart of Dumas Tx USA

"In gathering information put out about my brother, I came across this page and I was touched by the kind words. I will setting up a power point display in memory of my brother during his services and I would like you to know that your kind words will be displayed for all of his family to see. Thank you"
Marc of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Capt. Alaniz for leading our young Marines and defending the freedoms we all cherish. You are a true hero and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi, God Bless you and may He grant peace to your loved ones. From a very grateful American family."
Jim & Margie Shaw of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Paul Alaniz, 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 Capt. Paul Alaniz:
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 Paul 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 Capt. Paul Alaniz:
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 Paul, 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