Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Eric A. Ayon

26, of Arleta, California.
Ayon died from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 9, 2004.

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"Eric,
I escorted you home to your resting place. God bless you and your family. Always remembered, never forgotten!"
GySgt (retired) Paul Hurst of Oceanside, Ca

"I was a teacher at Mid-Valley CDS IN 2002-2003. During that period of time, I had the privilege of working with Eric. He was a just a wonderful young man, who's only wish was to join the U.S. Marine Corps. Just days before he left for Iraq, he visited both myself and my co-teacher, Bea Echaveste at New Directions School, just across the street from Mid Valley. We asked him to be careful and to please, not to try to be a hero. But that was not in his nature. He was a natural leader and incredibly brave. I just can't believe it's been ten years since he gave his life for the country he so dearly loved. I think of him often; most certainly, every April 9th. May GOD always bless him and keep him, as well as his wonderful and loving family."
Mike Graber of Northridge, Ca and Cabo Frio, Brazil

"Damn brother, it seems like it was just the other day when you, Molis and I were living it up in San Diego. I will never forget the great times we had and I had a dogtag made with your name on it that I wear every day to remind me of your sacrifice and the bond we built in such a short time. I love you brother and will never forget you. R.I.P. and Semper Fi"
Cpl. Jay Hill of Denver, Colorado

"Erick, wow bro its been almost 6 years since you left us... I remember still till this day playing army men on salem st in glendale and havong hugo and angel chasing us down the street and having cynthia run after us.. We lost touch for many years and got back in touch when I found out you moved to arleta a block away from us..bro there is not a day that passes bye that I don't think of our good times as kids and having henry chase us looking for wee weee...I miss u please keep my brother mike in your heart as he fights for us as well in iraq and let u be his guide threw it all I miss u erick and one day bro we all will see each other again....love u erick your friend jose aguayo salem block glendle ca"
jose aguayo of arleta ca

"Erick, wow bro its been almost 6 years since you left us... I remember still till this day playing army men on salem st in glendale and havong hugo and angel chasing us down the street and having cynthia run after us.. We lost touch for many years and got back in touch when I found out you moved to arleta a block away from us..bro there is not a day that passes bye that I don't think of our good times as kids and having henry chase us looking for wee weee...I miss u please keep my brother mike in your heart as he fights for us as well in iraq and let u be his guide threw it all I miss u erick and one day bro we all will see each other again....love u erick your friend jose aguayo salem block glendle ca"
jose aguayo of arleta ca

"almost 6 years later...we still think of you and your family....You will never be forgotten!
Lionel and Rosa Escajeda"
Rosa Escajeda of Eagle Rock, CA

""To the family of Eric A.Ayon ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know 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 pray with you or talk to 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""

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"WHATS UP BRO, I MISS YOU. I WORK EXTRA HARD OUT THERE, CUZ I KNOW U HAVE BY BACK, I KNOW YOU WATCH OVER ME. I MISS YOU DEARLY BRO....."
MANUEL PERALLON of PICO RIVERA

"April 2008
Lance Corporal Eric A. Ayon, USMC

We happened upon your memorial in Glendale a few weeks ago. A young lady was laying flowers and we asked if she was your sister. She replied: "I am his wife." It didn't hit us until an hour later: She said, "I AM his wife."

Love like that is Eternal.

I know you are proud of her, and I honor your love.

"Semper Fi"
An old Marine of Los Angeles, California

"October 23, 2008

Eric,
aahhh! where can I start. I know you can see me, hear me & feel me. So, you know what's going on with me missing you. Besides, it's just for now... I will see you one day.

I was just going thru some of our pictures and found the ones we took when you came to my mom's house all dressed-up with your uniform and Steve took some pictures with you and Josh (by the way... he's awesome, I'll call him tomorrow to see how's he doing). I remember us playing monopoly that day with Carlos & Gabriel, and how you wouldn't trust me with my monopoly deals to you. That's cool... we'll play again soon.

Now that these holidays are coming, I think of what a great time we shared. I remember you and Angie hooking me up with a place to sleep for a while. What are cousins for! by the way... thanks again for letting me borrow your 2Pac cd's.

I'll be back in Glendale hopefully within 2 to 3 months so... I'll try to ball-it-up like you use to. Since you swore that you had Kobe's moves. I think yours were better.

I will check in with you from time to time, but for now I'll just say "till next time Bro"... I love you forever.

Your cousin"
George Vasquez of Greenwood, MS

"What up knuckle head. It's your brother in law and old devil dog brother. I sure you've heard but were having another baby. Im freaking excited bro. We really miss you but we know that you are watching upon us everyday Eric. OORAH"
Sgt Efrain Chacon of Arleta, California

"TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AYON MY NAME IS SGT. TELINDA AND I WAS THERE ON THE DAY, AND YOUR SON IS A VERY BRAVE MAN AND I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU AND STAY STRONG.YOUR SON IS ONE OF THE REASONS IM STILL IN TODAY! SGT. TELINDA 2/4 ECHO CO. 1ST. PLT. (2001-2004) SEMPER FI AND THANK YOU AYON!!!!!!"
BRIAN TELINDA JR of CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA

"To the family Of Eric Ayon...a true HERO. Its been 4 years today and he lives forever in our hearts! You paid the ultimate price for us to be able to say "Thank you" Hero Eric!~

Proud Marine mom to Cpl Erik"
Lisa of Rancho Cucamonga Ca, SB County

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Eric A. Ayon:
Eric 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

"am missing you eric a ayon"
veronica v galicia of los angleas ca

"I am so sorry for your loss. Your loss is my loss. I am proud of him, I cannot begin to express how much. I was born and raised in Arleta. I have lost a brother. Eric is truely my HERO !!"
Don Ross of Forest Grove,Oregon

"miss you!!!!!"
vanessa of glendale,ca

"Im very sorry for your loss everyone, I served in iraq 2 tems. I served with HQBN 1ST Marine Division, I knew PfC Eric A. Ayon, he was in my unit. He was a great man, if I could trade placees with Eric I would. He was always looking at the brighter side of everything. He was always trying to make people smile even though we were in hell. I will never forget him, he will be in my heart forever. I tell people about Eric all the time. My best reguards to his family and loved ones, Im sorry, the world will never be the same with Eric."
Daniel G. Ray of Portland Oregon

"WHATS UP AYON,ITS BEEN AWHILE MAN, BUT I REMEMBER THE TIMES IN BMP IN SAN DIEGO LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY. I WAS IN THIALAND, WHEN I HEARD THE NEWS AND IT KILLED ME MAN.I GOT HURT IN IRAQ RECENTLY AND HAVE A BRAIN INJURY, BUT THINGS WILL GET BETTER OVER TIME. IM HAVING A SON IN FEBUARY THAT'S COOL MAN, IM GONNA BE THE BEST DAD LIKE YOU WERE. AND TO YOUR FAMILY IM SURE THEY KNOWS BUT YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST HORARABE MARINES AND FATHER'S I MEET IN THE PAST AND WILL SEE IN THE FUTURE. THANKS FOR THE GUIDENCE IN BMP AND IN LIFE SEE YA IN A FEW BRO, MORN YA TILL I'LL JOIN YA, TELL MY GRANDPA HI UP THERE."
JOSEPH MOLIS of GALVESTON,TEXAS

"Angie, Josh, and the entire Ayon Family,

I have been looking for you all for nearly three years, without sucess, until now. I have been recently informaed that these guestbooks exist and the you sometimes check them.

My name is Steven Carl "Dawg Gone" Long. I am a retied U.S. Marine, from Southern California, who served with your Son in the second platoon of Truck Company.

It was my greatest honor to know and serve with Eric. I hope to one day talk with you, and/or meet with you to express what he means to me in person.

Walker93268@yahoo.com

He lives in my heart, yours, those of our Marines, and those of our family, friends, and children. His story is told often by those of us who loved him.


~Sincerely,

Dawg Gone Long"
Steven Long of Taft, California 93268-4105 (U.S.A.)

"To the family of Eric Ayon,

My name is David Lloyd. I served with Eric Ayon in iraq. The night that i was shot your son was the driver of the truck. I was the machine gunner. I was shot in the knee and your son helped me out of the truck and then shot cover fire so the doc could fix my leg and save my life. with out your son i would not be here today. i never got the chance to thank him and i will never forget what he did. i dont know if you ever heard how he recived his medal or not so i thought that you would like to know from the man he saved. if you would like to contact me you can at ynggunz04@hotmail.com"
david lloyd of cartersville ga

"HEY WIWI,
I JUST WANTED 2 TELL YOU THAT I MISS YOU SO MUCH AND 2 TELL YOU THAT IM HAVING A BABY BOY!!!!! EFRAIN,LESLIE, MOM,DAD,CINDY,JOSH,KIMMY AND CHRIS ARE SO HAPPY.WE ARE GOING 2 NAME HIM ERIC ALBERTO CHACON-AYON. YES WIWI YOU ARE GOING 2 BE AN UNCLE FOR THE THIRD TIME.IM ALWAYS GOING 2 TALK TO LESLIE AND ERIC ABOUT YOU. YOU ARE OUR HERO.

I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH!!!!!


YOUR BABY SISTER
JAZMINE"
JAZMINE of ARLETA, CALIFORNIA

"Our Hearts with Gods blessing goes out to Eric and your family. Your loss will never be forgotten.

The Juarez Family"
Robert Juarez of Trabuco Canyon, California

"Serving with you was an honor, I did not know you very long, you got to our platoon right before we deployed, but I swear the times I saw you, it seemed like you had more experience than me. You were a great marine, I still to this day can't believe your gone.You were truly a hero, you saved those two other marines lives right before that tragic day happened.The marines from 2nd platoon truck co. hq battalion miss you, but like my good friend Tanni said god missed you more, so he called you over. You are sadly missed."
R. Guillen of Fort Worth, Tx

"I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE GONE I WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU ERIC THANK YOU FOR BEING A GOOD FRIEND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE FOREVER MY HERO.
WITH LOVE AND RESPECT,"
ERIKA BECERRA of ARLETA,CA

"To the Family and Friends of Lanc Cpl.Eric Ayon:
The Mt.Soledad Memorial Association, in coordinated efforts with American Legion Post 275 of La Jolla, California, is conducting a Honor Ceremony on August 26th,2006 to recognize the dedicated service of Marine Lance Cpl.Eric Ayon and the other 20 Marines that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Post 275 has sponsored the manufacture of 2 granite plaques to be placed at the Mt.Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, CA.
For additional information and photos of our memorial please log onto www.soledadmemorial.com
We would be deeply honored if ALL interested in attending the ceremony could call Joanie at 858-459-2314 or Steve Marrietti at 858-705-2214.
THANK YOU and GOD BLESS!"
Joanie Miyashiro-Brennan of San Diego,CA/USA

"To the family of Eric Ayon,
I did not know Eric but feel that somehow we're related. The Ayon family is fairly small. People like Eric make this country what it is today and shape the future for the rest of us. I have an admiration for people that serve our country and Eric sacrificed his life for our freedom and values. God bless Eric and his family for the ultimate sacrifice."
Arsenio Ayon of Morgan HIll, CA

"Thank you so much for your ultimate sacrifice..The price you have paid will never be forgotten..."
Nicole Warren of Ft. Worth, TX

"Serving with you in combat was one of my many achievements in our beloved Corps. The Peace and Serenity i saw on your face on that fateful day of 9th april 2004, will forever remain in my memory. you are truly missed by us. But we know that God missed you more and so he called you over. Thank you for your service. To your family i extend my most heartfelt condolences, and God's might."
AP Tanni of Chicago IL,

"This Sunday Oct 23, 2005 will be 23 years when My Marine recon team was part of Graneda Invasion. I proudly say to Eric's family, he may have fallen. But to this old Marine he will never be forgotten. I stop by his grave and place little American flag and speak words to him. I let him know that he do his country, Corps and family Honor.
Many young men died 23 years ago on a little Island, but like Eric it was for country. Not for dollars, not to make the news or fame. For love of Country.
God Bless Eric and all my fallen brothers and sisters. Semper Fi Eric."
ROBERT JUAREZ of BURBANK, CA USA

"My name is Mark Crowley
On April 6,2004
My eighteen year old son LCPL Kyle Crowley was killed in Ramadi Iraq, along with eleven other marines and one Navy Corpsman, from what I understand from reports of those who servived that day under this ambush, Eric was riding in my Sons Humvee,and was the only one who was able to jump out and lay down serpressive fire and helped others put down these insurgents, who had killed his comrades and friends, The picture of Eric behind the peppered windshield of a humvee is where my son Kyle was at the time of this attack,Eric is a symbol of great courage and Honor among those who have Fallen in the name of Freedom,and like so many in my heart and mind He will never be forgotten for his sacrifice and courage as a USMC American who gave all to his country,

To Erics family Thankyou for raising a great young man and Thankyou for your sacrifice as well,There is no greater pain then the loss of our children to War,

We those of us who are now called Gold Star Parents and familys, have lost the greatest gift God has given us, Nothing smells the same our taste the same anymore,our will it ever, but our Lives do go on, untill the Day we are called will we be united again,

Semper Fi
2/4 Marine Echo Company
Mark Crowley (San Ramon, CA )
crowre4@aol.com"

"Hi Love,

It has been hard for me & Josh, and I know we have everyone's support. But sometimes that's not enough. Everyday I look into our son's eyes, it reminds me of when you looked into my eyes. It's actually funny to me how, Gordito came out to be exactly like you, eating cereal right before bed, the way he walks, and all his facial expressions are exactly like yours. I tell people I did not loose my husband, he lives on through our son, but for Josh you can't ever be replaced.

There are times when I could calm him down; but then there are times when I am so lost, and I can't find the words to comfort him or myself. All he and I have now is each other, and all the meaningful & sacred times we shared with you. Our son loves to hear of how we met, how we fell in love, how we shared our vows, and of course how we had him, and raised him.

WIWI, there is not a day that goes by that Josh and I don't think of you, you will forever be in our thoughts, in our hearts, and in our prayers!

Some days it feels like it gets harder, and some days it feels like it gets easier. I guess, it is hard for anyone to understand the pain a wife and a child go through. When they have not experienced it themselves. The obstacles and challenges that GOD has put in front of us seem at times too hard to overcome. But with the strength YOU give me I know I can succeed.


Wiwi, I will always remind our son of what a wonderful father, husband, and marine you were. And he will never forget you. We spent the most memorable moments together as a family. The birth of our child, the family KLISS (not miss spelled) that Josh will never let me forget, and of course the time we spent together before you got deployed.


Your Proud Marine Wife (Gordita)
Angelina A Ayon
&
Proud Marine Son
Joshua Eric Ayon"
Proud Marine Wife of Glendale ,CA

"To the family of PFC Eric A. Ayon
Eric was a good Marine, and a good man. i was his roommate during MOS school in Fort Lenardwood, Missouri. he was always talking late on the phone to his son. it was very tragic when i heard of his death. i remember talking to him a week before he left for Iraq. he was a good friend and he will be missed."
LCPL Taylor Bailey of camp fuji japan

"July 27, 2005
The the Family of Eric Ayon;
I did not know Eric, but saw the picture in the paper of him retrieving a vehicle 3 days before he was killed. I was so taken with the look in his eyes, I saved that photo on my computer desk top and several times per week, I open it and say a little prayer for him. My son, Lcpl Joshua Doyle, was critically injured in July 2003, he also has a print out of Eric in his room. Just know that even strangers feel your loss. Eric is truly a hero! God Bless him and his family, he will be in my heart and mind forever."
Sue Russell of Corona, CA

"The the Family of Eric Ayon;
I did not know Eric, but saw the picture in the paper of him retrieving a vehicle 3 days before he was killed. I was so taken with the look in his eyes, I saved that photo on my computer desk top and several times per week, I open it and say a little prayer for him. My son, Lcpl Joshua Doyle, was critically injured in July 2003, he also has a print out of Eric in his room. Just know that even strangers feel your loss. Eric is truly a hero! God Bless him and his family, he will be in my heart and mind forever."
Sue Russell of Corona, CA

"I didn't know you but my sister did a little bit. She ended up marring your cousin Dario, so now he's my brother-in-law. I'm glad that you wanted to fight for your country. Rest in peace. I'm only 11 years old, and I know all about these horrors that you and all of the people that are in the war face. I hope that someday soon this war ends. I know you are in a better place now.
Briana P. (LA, CA )"

"March 30, 2005
Thank you for your commitment and for your sacrifice.
gary cox (portales, NM )

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March 27, 2005
To a homie that was part of our lives,My familia misses you.When you past away a part of our heart was torn away.You we're like a brother to us,You we're somebody special.Lil Ray Ray misses you too .Some day we will all be together.Familia Ayon God bless you.We all sympothize with you .Love you eric your Perro Raymond.:)
Raymond Gardea (Fontana, CA )

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March 27, 2005
GOD Bless and Keep you. Thank you for your sacrifice. America is great because of people like you.
Richard Walsh (Centerville, OH )

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March 26, 2005
Please take comfort in the fact that eric is home with our lord. GOD bless you and keep you.
Charles D. Perry Jr., Command Sergeant Major, Army, United States, Retired.
charles perry (lawton, OK )

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March 25, 2005
Thank you for your sacrifice, no amount of patriotic thoughts could possibly fill your void, but rest assured, this country would not be the place it is without people like Eric. You are blessed.
Alex Rodriguez (Philadelphia, PA )

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March 23, 2005
You will never be forgotten.
Sheila Grable (Elkridge, MD )

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March 12, 2005
happy birthday eric we all miss you lots
vanessa ortega (gledale, CA )

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March 2, 2005
i always think of you buddy, the lord has you in his arms now. see you soon.
armando cardenas (arleta, CA )

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February 17, 2005
To achieve his dreams, Ayon drew strength from his religion and his family. Every day, he thanked the Virgin Mary for his high school sweetheart and wife Angelina and their son.
Marine remembered for bravery under fire
Submitted by: 1st Marine Division
Story Identification #: 200441474113
Story by Cpl. Paula M. Fitzgerald


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February 17, 2005
"Ray Rangel/ For doing your job as an American and as a FireDawg !
We will press on in your memory!
A job well done.
Ray !"
Air Force FireDawgs of All over the world"

"I can't believe that Eric is gone, it's been a little over a year and I just found out on April 26th.I lost touch with him a couple months before he left to Iraq and wanted to catch up with him and see how he was doing when his father told me I was shocked. I used to work with him and he was a kind, funny sweet guy. My heart goes out to the family. I'm really proud of Eric, and I'll miss him.
Teri Rodriguez (Pomona, CA )
Terir81@yahoo.com

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April 26, 2005
With my greatest respect for your courage and bravery, plus deepest sympathy for your ultimate sacrafice, you are indeed among the greatest of all Americans!

May you rest in eternal peace!

John Nevins, USN
Submarine Service 1983-1988
John Nevins (New Milford, CT )
jnevins@cravath.com

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April 12, 2005
Last year, around these days a whole lot of us found ourselves lost, flooded with questions, and no answers. We only knew that we would never see you again. Never share a laugh, a hug, a memory with you. The price you paid, to fulfill your main purpose in life; to make this world a better place. The day you were born, made the world a better place. For those who knew you well and knew of your dreams, must say that they believe in Destiny. Remembering back on one of the many heart-to-heart conversations we had, you and I both know that this was your Destiny. You felt it, and you weren't afraid to show it. That didn't stop you from joining the Corps. It inspired you, motivated you. It ran through your veins, and there was no way anyone would change your mind. You had the courage that many of us lack. Your family, friends, your son, and even those who did not have the honor of knowing you will be better people because of you. You always pushed me to be a better person, a better mother, a better daughter, a better sister. Before I took great effort to do this, know I think of you and it comes natural. Eric, I can't thank you enough for it all. A year later, and I stand here proud. You've always been my angel. Now you are home, God decided that your work on earth was complete. Now heaven is a better place because of you. Today I learned the meaning of a new word "AGAPE" : it means love in Greek. Not love as in boy meets girl love or homie love, but real love. The kind of love that God had for mankind when he gave his life for us on the cross. What kind of man would do such a thing? Only one like yourself. You gave your life in exchange for the happiness of others. I will always be true and forever faithful to your memory. I hold our life accomplishments, goals, laughs and tears close to my heart. You have showed me the true meaning of the word SEMPER FIDELIS. This will always describe your commitment to those you left behind. I wait patiently for the day that we see each other again, in a better world.
Debbie Gil (Huntington Park, CA )
debzalwaysfaithful@yahoo.com

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April 11, 2005
My deepest condolences to your family. I never had the honor of meeting Pfc Ayon, however my brother was his shadow in Motor T in Missouri LCpl Marquez. I have heard what a wonderful man he was and only wish I had the honor of meeting him. Your family is in our prayers. Melissa Aguirre and the Marquez Family
Melissa Aguirre (El Paso, TX )
proudsis2003@yahoo.com

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April 11, 2005
Eric,
Itís hard for me to truly understand the impact you left on all the lives that you touched. When I met your sister, you were already stationed across the sea, so I was never able to meet you. However, your family has done a wonderful job in sharing your legacy with me. I want you to be aware of the love I have for your sister, and the promises I will keep for her. I want to forever be the ďman of her dreamsĒ. And I can only hope that you would give me your blessings, as your ENTIRE family has given to me so far. I thank all of you for that. So Eric, my future brother-in-law, rest easy in knowing I will always be there for Cyn. You & I will meet someday. :)
Chris B (Santa Clarita, CA )

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April 9, 2005
I never knew lcpl. Ayon but he is my brother because all marines are brothers and I feel for his family. I miss him because he's part of the marine corps and every man counts. Rest in peace lcpl. Ayon. OORAH, SEMPER FI!!
Pfc. Martin Corona (San Jose, CA )
coronausmc@yahoo.com

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April 5, 2005

Cash Molski (Presque Isle, MI )"

"There are no words to describe on what we go through everyday without Eric by our side, but the memories of him within ourselves gets us through.

Honey, you left us with a little you in us. It didnít matter if we were family, your childhood past, your high school history or your future ambition.
Anyone who crossed your path was well aware of your character, your loving ways and your heroism.
--And for those who didnít know Eric at all, those who talk or read of him, you felt as if you did.

For the past two years, Iíve become part of your life to know how loving, devoted and most of all strong Ė minded you were in what you do. And for many, you became an inspirational leader to those who needed advice or just someone to talk to. Youíve opened peopleís eyes to those in need to know from right and wrong and we hoped for the best they took your advice.

Months have passed and itís been hard for me without you, but I manage with the help of your family and our friends, together, we stay strong.

Our memories shared together, the kids, our families, and our vows to each other will always be with me.
--And that will always be sacred."

"I MET ERICK AT ONE OF LITTLE OMARS BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND SINCE THEN HE HAS LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION.I'M SURE THAT WE'LL ALL MISS HIS SMILE AND JOKES.YOU WILL FOREVER BE A HERO TO ME...ERICK GOD HAVE YOU IN HIS GLORY AND MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY.I MISS YOU."
AA of NH,CA,USA

"Eric, I visited your resting place at Forest Lawn today by chance. I noticed the beautiful flowers and balloons loved ones had left for you. I believe you celebrated your 27th birthday a few days ago. I never had the honor and privalage of meeting you but I just wanted to thank you for your courage and ultimate sacrafice that you made for me, my family and our country. I was moved beyond words at visiting your resting place today. The loss of our soldiers really hit home for me today, I pray for all who have died and those that continue to fight for our interests in Iraq and around the world. My deepest condolances go out to your family and loved ones. I will never forget visiting you today Eric. May you rest in peace."
Richard Lee of Yorba Linda, CA USA

"Ray Rangel/ For doing your job as an American and as a FireDawg !
We will press on in your memory!
A job well done Ray !"
Air Force FireDawgs of All over the world

"i never had the chance to meet such an awesome person,along with all the 1000's that have passed on due to this war, you are my hero. i am the good friend of your friend jose piedra , just like you he's a great person, he forever talks about how great you were. Que dios te Bendiga Siempre Y en descanses."
Marie Vargas of Anaheim, Ca ( The OC)

"I Hope God Has you In his Glory. I met Eric in MiraMar Air show he was so nice. And he gave me advise on how to become a Good MARINE"
Leonela of hawaiian gardens, CA

"I Hope God Has you In his Glory. I met Eric in MiraMar Air show he was so nice. And he gave me advise on how to become a Good MARINE"
Leonela of hawaiian gardens, CA

"Thank you Eric for fighting for our freedom. I will forever be grateful to you and for the service you did for our country. We all miss you and I will always remember you as a good friend who sacrificed for all of us. God Bless you.
Rebecca Rivas (Glendora, CA )"

"I watched the videos that David taped of Eric.....such a loss. God Bless you and your family in these difficult times.
Thank you for Eric and his courage. His courage and honor speak well for those that brought him into this world.
God Bless the other soldiers like Eric who are still in harms way. Lynda and family.
Lynda Miller (Lexington, KY )"

"To The Family of Eric Ayon, I offer my sincere condolences for the lost of your son and brother. I am a 10 yr USAF Special Operations Veteran who spent 36 of those months on a Joint NATO Task Force during the first gulf war. I just read about Echo Company in the Philadelphia Daily News. Everyday I feel the lost of a commrade in arms to this terrible war in Iraq. I have read about each and everyone of Eric's brother Marines who were ambushed that terrible day.

Sincerely,
Kenneth Forbes
Kenneth Forbes (Pittsburgh, PA )"

"November 17, 2004
To Mrs. Angie Ayon, Josh and The Ayon Family,

My husband, Chris Gutierrez first met Eric in boot camp and quickly they became inseparable.

My husband is now serving in Iraq and is glad to have the chance to be a part of what Eric started.

My husband prays that one day he will see Eric again and takes satisfaction in serving in Eric's memory.

To his wife Angie, Chris talked about the many times Eric missed you and waited for graduation day to see his wife again after such a long separation in boot camp. We knew you and Josh were the loves of his life from the great excitement and anticipation he had in seeing you (while Erica and Chris ate their long awaited Big Macs and rice crispy treats).

Eric was a truely dedicated marine, husband, and father. May God Bless his family and give them strength.
Eric will forever be in our hearts and prayers.

Proud Marine Wife,
K Gutierrez (Chino, CA )"

"Eric,
Thank you for your sacrifice. Your safe in heaven now, you will see your family again.
D Mitchell (West Palm Beach, FL )"

"August 15, 2004
To Eric's Family,

Our heart goes out to you. We have never met, yet, we share the same bond.

We have shared the pride in our sons, the concern for their well being and the tears when they passed.

May Our Lord give you the comfort you need in the days to come.

'Que Nuestro Padre Santo los cubra con el manto del consuelo'

Sandra Aceves
(Doc Mendez' mom)
Sandra (CA )"

"August 15, 2004
God's peace to this family. Your son is a hero to this country and the people of Iraq.
Jay & Jennifer Johnson (Lexington, KY )"

"August 16, 2004
I'm an old Vietnam, 3rd Marine Division Veteran that just wanted to say "GOD BLESS".

All members of the Marine Corps brotherhood, phrase Eric's service and honor his sacrifice.

Simper Fidelis
From Fort Collins, Colorado
Steven Totten (Fort Collins, CO )"

"James Evans (Lexington, KY )

August 16, 2004"

"Rest in peace young man. Thank you for your service.
Mitch Roggenbuck (Roseau, MN )"

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My Son is serving in the Air Force here in MO, and I couldnt even begin to imagine the pain you feel from this loss. I Pray that God will give you Peace throughout the coming days.Our Hero's are the young men/women serving our country. There is no greater sacrifice than the loss of life. Please know that I will keep you all in my prayers. Sincerely;
Verla Crahan (Carthage, MO )"

"I am a sister of an army soldier serving in Iraq. I support all the soldiers there and take each loss of a soldier to heart. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family during this really rough time. I do not know any of you personally, however, when a soldier is lost, it is loss that is felt by many of us. I will always cherish the soldiers who go and fight for us. They are truly strong and wonderful people.
Anabell Cavazos (Wichita, KS )"

"May God Bless and Keep your family safe. Eric and his family have paid the ultimate price. There is no loss and hurt as great as the loss of your Child. Prayers and Love,
Sky King
Sky King (AR )"

"God bless your family. May Jesus hold you safe in his arms. We will have a moment of silence at our next meeting for your son. On behalf of the Forgotten Eagles of Michigan you will be in our prayers
carole potter (grand haven, MI )"

"On behalf of the Forgotten Eagles of Michigan, we will hold a moment of silence to honor your son. You are in our prayers. May god be with you.
carole potter (grand haven, MI )"

"Dear Hommie,
Where ever you're at, I know you are very close to us... you're helping us through this very though time. We cant find the right answers to our many questions of why you... God must of known you were an angel He had to bring back to heaven... But what should we do now with out you... Eric I miss you! But Hommie I know your here by ourside helping us thru. Love ya
Candy Rangel (North Hollywood, CA )"

"As a former Marine, it hurts me deeply every time I hear about another U.S. service member who lost their life. People like Eric are the TRUE heroes of this country and the reason we still have a country. I would like nothing more then to be with my brothers in arms. Every former Marine from 19 to 90 feel this way. Rest easy Eric, you did your part.
Pete Lanteri (Bayshore, NY )"

"To the Ayon family, I am so sorry for your loss. I read Eric's biography. He was a wonderful son, brother and friend. I hope you can take some comfort, even pride in knowing that he died serving his country. God bless him and you.
Ned Badgett (Columbia, SC )"

"I am incredibly saddened by your loss. I never met your son, but I him: strong, proud and devoted. Thank you for your sacrifice. Your family will be in my prayers.
Jose Ferrer (Miami, FL )"

"My deepest sympathies on the loss of your son. He seems to be a fine young man - who was kind and did good things with his life. May perpetual light shine on his Soul.
F. Maitland Cuthbertson, formerly 65th Advisory Team, Sadec, Vietnam, 1967-1968
F. Maitland Cuthbertson (Monterey, CA )"

"It's Septmber 2, almost five months months from when you left us. It is so hard to say good bye! I'll always miss you and I will always remember what a great man you were. Eric you are my hero and I know one day we'll meet up again. :``}
Crystal (Glendale, CA )"

"never knew your son, but as an old Vietnam Marine, it hurts me deeply everytime I hear about a Marine down. My daughter is a Marine now serving in Iraq. May God bless you and give you strength. My love and prayers are with you.
Roger Villarreal (Houston, TX )"

"September 11, 2004
My heartfelt condolences to your family. Even though I did not know your son, he is still a hero to me. He fought for what he felt to be right. He will live on in your hearts and memories. Mr. Ayon, Thank You! God Bless you.
Alice Zastoupil (Aberdeen, SD )"

"September 23, 2004
My condolences to the family, I salute you PFC Eric Ayon may God bless you and your family.
Semper Fi Ese
Fred Sanchez USMC Ret.
Teacher/Coach HISD
Fred Sanchez USMC Ret. (San Antonio, TX )"

"September 25, 2004
To Eric's family and to Angie -

I was very touched to read about Echo Company's brave service in Iraq and deeply saddened to read about Eric's death. He is a hero who gave his life protecting his fellow Marines.

I will keep Eric and your family in my prayers. I only hope that time will help to somewhat ease the pain and burden of your loss, and that the good memories of Eric will come to be much stronger than the pain of his loss.

God bless each of you.
Nancy Koets (Minneapolis, MN )"

"God Bless Eric for his time serving in the USMC. A special man no doubt. His legacy will live on throughout the generations to all that knew him.
for the family of Eric Ayon, Be strong and of good coureage, for the Lord is with you.
Misty Cheesman (Georgetown, IL )"

"Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.
Semper Fi !
Jim Yates (Hot Springs, AR )"

"Thank you so much. I am forever greatful to you and the others who serve/served for the USA. Thank-you
Tamie Smith (Bainbridge, GA )"

"To Angie and Josh,

I was so troubled to hear of the loss of Eric. He was truly a wonderful father and friend.

When I heard of his passing I remembered the times we shared and I was glad to know that I will always have those memories of him.

I know that the loss of Eric is a difficult one but I believe that the lord will guide you and your son through these tough times.

Eric will always be with us we will always be able to see him in the face of his beautiful son Joshua.

My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.

Your Friend,
Ray
Ray Combs (Carlsbad, CA )"

"October 26, 2004
Don't grieve for me now for I am free. I'm following the path GOD laid for me. I took HIS hand when I heard his call. I turned my back and left it all. I could not stay another day to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way. I've found that peace, at the close of the day. If my parting has left a void, thein fill it with....remembered joy. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss, Ah,yes these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with time of sorrow. I wish you sunshine for tomorrow. My life's been full, I've shared much. Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch, an extroadinary family....My wonderful wife and son.... Perhaps my time seemed much to brief, Don't lengthen it with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now.... He has set me free......

I'ts been six month's now since the loss of our hero. I feel the pain as if it were moments ago that I learned about Eric's tragic death. You can't compare my pain to what his parents or his sisters. Especially not to what Angie & Josh are going through. Eric's great strength and courage obviously rubbed on his wife and son. I ask Eric everyday to give me the strength that he gives these two. I know Eric and the last thing he would want is for us to dwell on his parting. Angie, thanks for allowing Vanessa and I to be a part of Joshua's life. Eric and I shared a promise together that we would always be there for each other. Now I give this promise to you and Josh.

SEMPER FI,
Debz
Debbie Gil (Glendale, CA )"

"Eric, I never met you. However I say your loss weighs heavy in my heart. For as an older Marine brother, I will never forget your name.
I know that our fallen brother in
Beirut Lebanon (1983), waited for you to arrive in heaven. As stated in our Marine Corps Hym, Look Upon Heaven scenes and you will see the streets are guarded by United States Marines. To all who read this, know that our nation is free, because of brave men and women like Eric. That put love of country before all else. Semper Fi Devil Dog.
ROBERT JUAREZ (BURBANK, CA )
RJUSMC82@AOL.COM"

"Thank you to every one that has helped us so far (Family, Friends...)and the rest of the people that have signed this guest book!!!
The Ayon Family
Ayon Family (Arleta)"

"Hey Wiwi
Thankyou for every thing you showed me!!!! . Mom,Dad,Cindy,Kim,Josh and me love you and miss you so much!!!
You will always be our hero and as for my mom and dad the best son God could have ever gave them,Cynthia and me the best big brother ever,Kim the best uncle and as for Josh the best dad in the whole world.
We have lost you but we have gained an angel and a hero. I love you and I miss you Your Baby sister
Jazmine Ayon
(AKA Champen)"
Jazmine Ayon of (Arleta, CA )

"Eric, thank you for being such a caring and loving guy. You will be missed by all.In my eyes, you will always be the greatest hero ever.I admire your bravery and that is what gives me the strength to want to join either the Marine Corps or the Air Force. Thank you for all the good times you shared with all the ones who love you. When ever i'm upset or just having a bad day, i just think of what you once said to me " are you in trouble with the law" and we were actually referring to my mom. Thank u for making me laugh and for being such a great brother to my best friend Jazmine, to Cynthia, a great son to ur parents, a great husband and a great father to Josh, but most importantly, thank you for being such a great friend, you really showed people you cared about them and i respect that. You will always be missed but you will never be forgotten. My parents my sister and i will trully miss you."
Sandra of Glendale, CA

"It's because of you I met the love of my life. Angie and I were pregnant at the same time. My water broke on your sons baby shower. You gave me advise when I was having bad times.You came to Louie's birthday parties, you always made me laugh.You said that you will always be my friend no matter what.Now that you are gone, It will never be the same.I will never forget you. I will always love you. We will always love you. You will never be forgotten.

To all the guests who have left a message I would like to thank you on the behalf of Eric's friends and family we appreciate all the messages that are being left of Eric's Guest book.This is a tribute in Eric's Honor and they will be passed on to his lovely wife Angie and his proud son Joshua in his loving memory.

~Forever and Always~
~The Piedra Family~
Baby (Glendale, CA )"
The Piedra Family of Glendale, California

"I picked up the sunday paper this morning and there was a big picture of Eric Ayon in battle, and at the end of the article it said he died 3 days after the picture was taken. To his family, I am so sorry and grateful for Eric's sacrifice. that story of Eric touched me deeply. He looked so brave. Our family will be praying for you all."
G. Cunningham of Charlotte, NC

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

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

"Hi....I just felt the need to express my sincere condolences. My brother passed away on May 3rd and I completely understand the pain you are going thru. It is a very hard time but we can be so proud of them and what they stood for. Semper Fi!!
My email is
bwalady@yahoo.com if anyone would like to just talk or whatever.
"God Bless to everyone in your family."
Kelley_sister of Gunnery Sergeant Ronald E. Baum of Altoona Pa.

"WE WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU,REMEMBER YOU AND LOVE YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU. YOU WERE ALWAYS ON TOP IN LIFE #1. CYNYHIA AND I LAUGH ABOUT IT. YOU ARE STILL ON TOP #1."
VANESSA of GLENDALE,CA,USA

"Foe Eric and his family so sorry to hear of your loss.Your son is a true hero and will not be forgotten."
Susan Kelly of Northern Ireland

"Eric, You will always have a special place in my heart for being the wonderful person you we're with me. I will always miss you My Guardian Angel !"
Mari ! of Los angeles, CA

"Missing you everyday. You we're such a wonderful person. You will always be in my heart for being so good to me."
Mari ! of Los angeles, CA

"Eric...I know you are looking down and watching over us. Thank You! We love you and thank you for all the great memories. YOU ARE OUR HERO!!!"
Martha LaVere (Cousin) of Glendale, CA, USA

"To The Family of Eric Ayon: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He is a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, ERIC! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
Tina Rexroad, sister-in-law of Peter Enos, who was also KIA on 4/09/04 of WV

"To the family of PFC Eric A. Ayon:
Please accept my most heartfelt condolences for the loss of your most beloved. He was a hero who bravely disregarded his safety and sacrificed his own life while saving two of his wounded comrades. May America long remember his sacrifice and forever cherish his memory as we enjoy our liberties and freedom, both today and in the future. Semper fidelis and may God bless you all."
Fred Childs of Houston, Texas USA

"Semper Fi, to a Marine, a peace keeper and a young man whose life was to short. May God send Angels to comfort your loved ones."
SSgt Wingate of Mays Landing, NJ

"To Eric's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for you at the loss of your great hero. May God bless you and watch over you!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"From one Marine family to another
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Eric will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"God, please keep Eric and his family under your wings, protect him and those who he has left behind. The smiles, and the love he shared will never be forgotten."
Lidia Ramos of Covina, CA

"To the family and friends of PFC Eric A. Ayon

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. 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 se! nd a
quilt to the next of kin. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

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

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Rest in Peace Brave Soldier. We are forever thankful to you and what you did for our country. May God Bless your family"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To Eric's Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"There are none greater than those who choose to serve. Thank you Eric for helping to make this world a better place for me and my children. God bless those you leave behind."
Shannon L Deese of MCAS New River, NC

"Dear Eric,
You are a great hero. Thank you for protecting me and other Americans by fighting for us in Iraq. Your courage has undoubtedly made the world a safer place. Godspeed."
mark reif of Winchester, VA

"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. Your HERO, Eric, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Eric Ayon, 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. Eric Ayon:
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 Eric 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. Eric Ayon:
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 Eric, 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