Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Chad E. Bales


20, of Coahoma, Texas
Killed in a non-hostile vehicle accident during convoy operations east of Ash Shahin, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Force Service Support Group, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 3, 2003.

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"Never met you brother. War is hell. You were in my company. I'll always remember your name. You were the first of many. Much love and respect my brother. 2016, still thinking about you."

"Pfc Bales was one of my recruits. i don't remember our PLT #, and i don't remember the dates i had him. but i'll never forget his face. i know i wore him out on numerous occasions, because of that unforgettable smile of his. it was for his own good tho. i was brutal on everyone, especially him.....but he never quit. many others did. i remember after graduation, he came back to visit the depot and myself in particular. i was out on the pt field with another platoon, and this crazy kid with that crazy smile of his, breaks ranks and walks into our platoon pt formation in his civilian attire. i just about had a brain aneurysm right then and there, but i didn't say a word about it. i pulled him off to the side and talked to him briefly. i wish i could remember what we talked about. i would've loved to have spent more time with him, but i was knee-deep in another platoon push. i know he was gonna be a great Marine, and by the talk of everyone in here, i was right. i keep a picture of him in my laptop, and every memorial day, i look at him. out of the 8 platoons i pushed thru from 2000-2003, (well over 600+ recruits) he stands out as the only face i remember. i've retired now, after 21 years of service....and i'm drinking tonight and looking at his picture again, and 13 other pictures of Great men that are no longer with us. God Bless you all, and Semper Fi, gents.

(2313 30 May 2016)"
GySgt Eric Miranda of Texas

"Hard to believe it's been 13 years ago today that we lost you. I trust that you greeted my brother, Justin, at the pearly gates in 2010 & it's a comfort knowing my family and I have you fellas watching over us. S/F"
Brian Splitt of Arlington Heights, IL

"I was riding in the vehicle he struck when the accident happened and we lost him. We were driving down some nameless road in a convoy, my platoon and I were in a seven ton truck, I was riding near the back. The road was narrow and too small to handle the two way traffic of the vehicles we were driving. We were gaining speed to maintain the convoy and not get separated, dust started kicking up from both sides, again from a narrow paved road. Maintaining that speed was dangerous and with limited visibility difficult to navigate as well as oncoming seven ton transport trucks coming in the opposite direction, which came within inches of colliding with us head on. The driver of my truck pulled off to the side unable to see with the amount of dirt kicking up and as I turned around, looking around as the dirt engulfed us I saw Chad. I saw him hit us, It happened so fast but I can still remember his face. I don't think he even knew what was happening until it was too late. I never met him before and didn't know him personally as some of the people on this wall may have, but in the twelve years since that time I remember him and continue to remember him as a hero in the service to his country."
Henry Soria of Ontario, CA

"Chad was the driver of my truck prior to this accident! He was a man with a heart of gold and endless drive! I was one of his Sgt's, and he will always be remembered for his sacrifice and patriotism! RIP LCpl Bales, may you guard the gates of Heaven with the same smile you had when I last saw you!"
GySgt Tim Kuhlenbeck of Havelock, NC

"To my battle buddy. I think of you often. I wish to this day that I could have done more to return you safely to your family. I pray and know that you are in the arms of the angels. I will remember to honour you until we are standing guard together once again."
Doc D. of San Diego, Ca.

"4-3-15: It was my honor to have served with you. I remember that convoy, that day, and the following ones. I also apologize for calling you and Frank, "Beans and Franks" but it was funny at the time.
To the family: I remember Chad everyday. Since my discharge I have had the honor of wearing a KIA bracelet with Chad's name. I have traveled and worked across the nation, telling all who asks about him. Words cannot express your loss but be proud that even to this day Chad is being remembered for the outstanding Marine he is.
Semper Fi"
Cpl. Isaac Silvernail (270-205-7655) of Paducah, KY

"Pfc Chad Bales will be remembered and honored this evening (10/9/14) at the City of College Station Council meeting."
Ben Roper of College Station, Texas

"I'll never forget you brother, rest easy Semper Fi"
Chris Burger (Sgt USMC) of NC

"Thinking of Chad on this Memorial Day 2013. I served with him in CSSB-10 and remember the convoy on that day. RIP Marine."
E. C. McDonald of San Diego! CA

"Thinking about you brother."
Brian Splitt of Wheeling, IL

"Chad, I know you are up there and enjoying your guard duty at the pearly gates!! I think about you a lot, from the days you were part of the refuelers platoon to the days we lost you I will neve be able to say how much you impacted my life. Chad you saved my life a couple times driving me home from the bar, I thank you for that I wish I could have done something to save your life!!! Thank you for your dedication to the corps without people like you our motto semper fi would mean nothing!! I enjoyed serving with you!!"
Cpl Bowar Douglas d of Perris ca

"Chad, I was even more of a new guy to that unit than you were, I still think back to the days at Camp Matilda playing cards and doing push-ups with you and Lt.Lozar. I've been to your grave site in Dallas on a few occasions you'd be very pleased with the cemetery its very nice and squared away. I still wonder if I've measured up as a man to what you have and would have. I remind myself that you're in better company now days, but it still hits me when April rolls around. I wrote your mother a letter after this went down and I hope my words helped comfort her. I've got photos of TS DET "CSSB-10" paying their respects to you and I want you to know that we all thought of you and still think of you to this day. I'll carry your memory with me until my time is up my brother.

"Sgt" Aaron D. Ball USMC
SEMPER FIDELIS
getsome!!!"
Aaron D. Ball of Fort Worth, TEXAS

"I will never forget that day Chad! It was a horrifying day for all of us! I was in that convoy that day, and its something I will never forget! Chad and I were in the same unit together. You will be deeply missed and let god be with you. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of PFC Chad Bales! Home of the "red patchers" God bless! Cpl Paul Helget/USMC"
CPL PAUL HELGET of MINNEAPOLIS, MN/USA

"I'm honored to be called the sister of Chad Eric Bales.
I've never been more proud of anyone. I miss you soooo much and I hope to be in heaven with you some day. I love you."
Bailey Bales (Sister) of Muleshoe, TX

"RIP My brother, my prayers to you and all of your FAMILY...SEMPER FI.."
JOHN 3rd RECON MARINE of Ocala, FL

"Its amazing that it has been this long since you left our lives. i can never listen to Robert Earl Keen, or Rodney Carrington without laughing and thinking of your smiling face. I will always remember your dedication to the Marines and to your family!"
of Lubbock

"Chad, You are MY hero.
I will always hold you in my heart.
God Bless you and all Marines.
Love to your Dad."
Patti of Lubbock, Tx

"Hey Bales, it's been too long! I served with Chad from motor-t school to CSSB 10. He a person who always had a smile on his face, and he inspired everyone he came in contact with. It been 7 years and I still remember the day of the accident. It was terrible. We all lost a brother and friend that day. But you taught me to look at the bright side. When a day is hard, I think of you and that smile you always had on, and remember what you told me in the truck at Camp Matilda. Thank you for everything. You are a great Marine!"
CPL Cassandra Forrest of Holland, MI

"Hey bro its been a long time...I will never forget the day my mom showed up on base and you had just cut your hand playing with your knife...thats the day my mom met you and we talk about it every chance we get...RIP Bales, you are always in our hearts nungaray.j@gmail.com"
SGT. Nungaray of San Diego, CA

"It's 2011 now, I don't even know you but yesterday i received a dollar bill with a message to your memorial...this dollar will go in my bible with your memory.Thank you for serving our counrty..someone in Milwwaukee..GOD BLESS"
a mother of an USAF son of Milwaukee

"Hey Brother,
I still sit and think about our final game of spades not ten minutes before we lost you. If I had only known then what was about to happen, there would've been so much more I would have said while we sat and shot the $hit together. But it does comfort me to know that you can hear what I'm saying to you in my prayers and that we'll play again one day."
Splitt of Wheeling, IL USA

"Man its been a long time and now I am answering this messege. First of all my condolences to LCpl Bales family. A day before the accident in which was my birthday, I talked to you, and you were more motivated and more proud than any other marine in what you were doing. You said you didn't see yourself anywhere else and that you loved being a Marine.It was under that camo netting next to your five ton that we talked. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was amaze that even in the horrific events we went through you were still able to stay motivated. Your words motivated me as well, thanks for that. I know your the motivator up there in the pearly gates. Once again thank you cause I know that you probably prevented a lot of our squad members to die that day, including me who was in back of your truck. God bless you man. RIP"
Sgt. Olivo USMC of Toa Baja, P. R.

"I'm sitting here on a sandy beach, drinking a corona, Chad... and I'm increasingly grateful to you for the sacrifice that you made for me, and this great country... it's been 7 years...and I think about you a lot...

Semper Fi, Marine,

Kevin W. Carlan
SSgt of Marines"
Kevin of Sandston, VA

"a nother year passes and i still feel pain for you. neal haufe cpl 254-768-3250"
neal of colorado springs

"Chad..i was just thinking of you today and remembered a song we danced to , and i couldn't even dance bc you were making me laugh so hard... i saw a picture of that moment...it was so funny.. we love and miss you...both in Muleshoe and wherever are hearts travel..you will ALWAYS be remembered!"
Roxann (garcia) Jenkins of Atlanta Georgia USA

"God bless you and your family. Semper Fi. I served along side PFC Bales on CSSB-10."
Sgt. Alvin Lugo of Las Vegas, NV

"Thank you MARINE for your service and your ultimate sacrifice.It was a true HONOR to have met you and have your presence in our home while stationed at Camp Pendleton.Your are a true HERO! The Cunnyngham family will NEVER FORGET you. You are a TRUE VET.
Semper Fi
Mitch Cunnyngham & Family"
Mitch, Dee Dee, Kristy & Amy of Poway, Calif/USA

"Hey, Bales. I served with you in bootcamp. We were in the same platoon and we were good friends then. Both hanging out in the wiskey locker and joking about getting apartments when we got out. Hahaha. Then I went to com school where I met your cousin Chad Little. Him and I became best frineds and I didnt even know he was your cousin until years later talking about you. Funny little world. God Bless you man! We had some good times and I think we were the only ones laughing in bootcamp."
Sgt Josh Feddersen of Houston/ TX

"God bless you and your family. Semper Fi"
Sgt. Alvin Lugo of Las Vegas, NV

"You will Always be in my family's thoughts and prayers!"
Cpl Ramirez of CSSB10

"I cant believe its been five years. I will never forget. Thank you chad for your courage. I believe you have graduated to angel status and you are watching over all of us now.I pray that i can go to heaven when i pass so i can see you again and say thanks."
Daniel R. The phone ghy. of San Diego CA, USA

"Hey bud. I was with CSSB-10 during the invasion. I remember how motivated you were. Especially when some Gunner came over and gave you the eye out of a guided missle, when we were dropping off tanks for shooting practice. You died protecting those that didn't have either the means...or the courage to do what we did. I miss ya, God bless."
Sgt. Steinbach of Indianapolis, IN

"hey bubba its your sis. i cant believe its goin on 5 years in just a few weeks. i miss you so much i wish you were here for me when i need someone to talk to. but i know one day i'll get to see you again and we'll get to catch up on so many things. i love you so much. i'll be in dallas to see you in a few weeks. love you bro."
your little sis ginni of big spring, tx

"CHAD I REMEMBER THAT DAY, I WAS IN THE CONVOY WITH YOU. REST IN PEACE DEVIL DOG."
CPL WAVERLY B MORTON of PITTSBURGH PA.

"My dad served 20 years in the navy and I know how hard it is to see someone go over seas. Right now i'm 14 and thinking about enlisting into the U.S. Marine Corps. My dad is now retired and all of our thoughts and prayers go out to Chad E. Bales family And friends. Hoorah!!!!! I think about all of our fallen heros and I think yall very much for your service .... Daniel H. Glassco Albertville, AL"
Daniel Glassco of Albertville, AL/ United States

"December 30, 2007
To the family of Pfc. Chad E. Bales:
Chad 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

"I was in CSSB-10 and I had the pleasure to meet one of the biggest motivated Marines Chad Bales. I also know Gary and Sam Lovitt from Cahoma that new Chad personally. I am from Graham, TX and I would like to say god bless Chad and his family. Our country owes you everything.

Sgt Todd Gilmore
Graham, TX"
Todd Gilmore of North Richland Hills, TX

"I served with PFC Bales during the invasion of Iraq. He will remembered and respected... Semper Fi Marine..."
SSgt Kevin W. Carlan of Athens, GA

"Hey Chad i will remembr always and for ever. thank u for everything!!!!"
Shannon of coahoma tx

"I will see you at the gates of Heaven Chad, I was there that day.

Cpl Cassedy"
Sean Cassedy of Kentucky

"oh chad, i miss you more and more everyday. I will always remember you smile so big and your heart even bigger. You were one of the best friends i ever had, and the big brother you knew i always needed! everyday i will think of you and everyday i will remember that you are watching me from heaven and i will smile! I will never forget you Chad!!"
Erin of Texas

"I was in boot camp with Chad and will never forget our cookouts we had at the beach when we went to MCT. Good times brother! Semper Fi brother."
Sgt Anthony R. White of Granbury, Texas

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

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"To lose a fellow Marine is a hard thing to accept. But when you're the Squad Leader of that Marine and you couldn't be there to say, "GOODBYE" it's even harder to swallow...
I had been evacuated a week before Chad left us of my own vehicle accident. I heard of this unfortunate
incident the day I got back to the States. To see how close to home things happen, it makes you stop and pray and Thank God.
Chad was one of my Marines, a Friend, and a Brother! Sleep Peacefully my Brother 'til we meet again. You are a True Hero. Sempre Fi!!!"
Cpl Scot E Unterkoefler CSSB-10 of Philadelphia, Pa

"My sincere regards to your family. PFC Bales, Gave all for what most people take for granted. Semper Fi Marine!"
GySgt Bryan Boyd, BSHS Class of 88. of Camp Lejeune NC

"I was with CSSB 10. It was a sad sad day when Bales died. May God take care of him"
sgt filbeck of ga

"I just wanted to pay my respects to PFC Chad Bales. I served with him in CSSB-10. Chad was a great guy and it's a great loss to all of us. RIP PFC Bales"
Terelle Thomas (Cpl) of Chugiak, Alaska

"My sister dated Chad for some time before he joined the Marines and through her I had the opportunity to meet Chad. I was attending Texas Tech University when I met Chad, and through him I learned many things, the most important do what you love and love with all of your heart. Chad lead by example, he loved his job as a Marine. I remember the first time he spoke about becoming a Marine, he had an overwhelming amount of pride and honor in his every word. We miss you! May God Bless your family as they continue to mourn and may you rest in peace."
Bonnie of Texas

"Man Chad, it's been long time since the last time I talked to you. You were one of the greatest guys and Marines I had the pleasure of serving with. I remember the day I was told that I would have to escort you back to Kuwait. I will never forget you and to your family, Chad was an amazing man. I think about him everyday of my life."
Ken Tarple (Cpl) of Willard, Ohio

"I didn't know Chad as well as some of you did, but he impacted my life by proving that there are still people who care enough to sacrifice everything for the freedom that we all hold dear.
I will never forget that day, at his funeral, hearing the words to the song "If I die before you wake, I pray the world will take a good look at what God's given us". It still makes me tear up every time that I think about it.
I am proud to have know him.
Thank you everyone who is serving us, in any branch of the military. You don't know just how much that it really means to us.
God Bless."
Sarah Barrington of Texas

"I served with Chad in CSSB-10 and to this day I remember his Honor, Corage and Committment to his country and Marine brothers! I will never forget him!"
Brandan Wade of Bethlehem, PA

"Chad was an amazing young man. I have known his family for as long as I can remember. My Dad used to preach once a month at the church Chads' family attends. He was my hero from the day he joined the Marines and he always will be. The last time I saw him was at church about ten months before he was killed. He looked so good in uniform and I thought to myself "Wow! This guy is awesome!" May God continue to comfort his family and may God bless America and all those who serve in the military to protect our freedom!"
Shanna Faries of Lubbock, Texas

"Semper Fidelis, brother"
PFC Ryan Peeples of MAG 46/MWCS 48/3rd MAW

"I did not know about this site until a friend had emailed it to me. I want to THANK each and everyone that has left a heart warming message. I am the Mother of our Fallen Marine, Chad Bales(Metcalf). It is coming up on 2 years and it doesn't get any easier. We have been through 2 birthdays and the holidays and there is always a void. There always will be. We miss him but know that he is with God and we will be reunited again. Thank each of again and may God Bless your life through what Chad was fighting to accomplish. FREEDOM!!!!!! Anyone wishing to send an email please do so at gkm79511@email.com"
Ginger Metcalf of Coahoma, Texas

"God Bless you, Chad. I heard about you on CBS and I was nearly moved to tears. RIP"
Tim of Cranford, NJ

"Thank God for people like Chad who served so that we can keep our freedoms. Our daily lives are so blessed and we easily forget that a price is paid for us to go about each day. Chad's mom is a childhood friend and we reconnected after his death. I know where his strength, commitment and pride come from - she has always been strong and in this loss she has kept her strength. My love & prayers to the family."
Linda Mulkey of Shallowater, TX

"Chad and I met while he was stationed in California. We went dancing with friends and four-wheeling in Big Bear Mountain. His memory often makes me smile and cry, but how could you not? he was great. He talked of his family fondly and constantly. He sang while we danced to make me laugh. He was a good cook and had some serious Texas pride. Two days before he was set to leave he was singing along with the radio, a song honoring those who give the ultimate sacrafice. He was so proud of what and who he was...as he should have been. But I couldn't help but silently pray that God take care of him while he was away from home. I didn't know this website existed or I would have written earlier. I am so sorry for his family's loss, for that of his friends, and all the people that should have known him...they would have been better people for it. Thank you Chad. As always, you will remain in my heart with a smile."
Aly of California

"I remember Chad when we were in Cub scouts together and Junior High. He was a good person and he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. My prayers go out to the family. Semper Fi, Marine. God Bless."
Cpl Justin Belew Motor T Instructor of Ft. Leonard Wood , MO

"My name is daniel J. Rodriguez. In the year 2002 I worked in the AT&T Wireless store in carlsbad next to camp pendleton. I had the honor of meeting and talking with PFC. Chad bales.He made an indelible impression on me. I rember how we talked about boxing,I remeber how he told me sparring hurts, I have never forgotten how he told me to watch out for a southpaw. I have never forgotten this person.He taught me you can meet someone once and become friends.He is eleven years younger than me but he taught me about dicipline, honor and courage.I will Never forget you brother.See you in Heaven. DJR"
Daniel J. Rodriguez of San Diego, Ca USA

"To the friends and family of Chad E. Bales:
One day we will all be reunited in heaven. I lost my husband to the war in Iraq on June 4, 2004. I am sorry that you too have had to bare the pain of grief. Your loved ones sacrifice will never be forgotten and he will live on forever in your hearts. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

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

"Bales... you are still and always will be, one of my Marines. "Thank-you" for all that you had done for me, TS Company, CSSB-10 and our country, because of heros like you... we enjoy the freedoms that too many take for granted. To Mom & Dad, I am a father of four, I can not begin to feel your pain but... Thank-you for a brave young Marine! HE LOVED HIS GOD... COUNTRY... AND CORPS."
SSgt Scott V. Miller of Twentynine Palms Ca

"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.

"I only met him once or twice, while I was visting my cousins (Muleshoe), but he wasnt somebody that you forget. I remember riding around with Chad after he got that old yellow truck of his. This was something he really wanted to do, I am just grateful he died doing what he loved. I send out all my condolences to the Bales family."
Tiffany Robinson of Arlington, TX

"I am a 7th grade student going to a school in western New York. My teacter saw this web site and thought it would be nice to honor the friends and family of Chad. I wanted to tell you that I am so sorry that Chad passed away. I would be interested to find out more about Chad so I would know what kind of a person he was. I am typing this letter to thank Chad and all of the other men and women in the force fighiting for our freedom. I WILL NEVER FOGET YOU CHAD"
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"I am a 7th grade student going to a school in western New York. My teacter saw this web site and thought it would be nice to honor the friends and family of Chad. I wanted to tell you that I am so sorry that Chad passed away. I would be interested to find out more about Chad so I would know what kind of a person he was. I am typing this letter to thank Chad and all of the other men and women in the force fighiting for our freedom. I WILL NEVER FOGET YOU CHAD"
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"For Chad and his family so sorry for your loss.Chad is a true hero and will be remembered by all.God bless you all"
Susan Kelly of Northern Ireland

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

"To the Family of Pfc. Bales,

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words to you and other family members of Marines who have fallen. I come from a long family line of Marines; I too am a Marine Corps veteran. His service to his Country and his Corps will live forever in the minds of his fellow Marines all over this country.

While I never personally met this Marine, every Marine is my brother and it is with love and respect to his family that I say to them the words of retired GySgt Ermey, "The Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever."

God Bless and Semper Fidelis"
Rob of Iowa

"Chad, I love you, I miss you. Hard to believe, its been one year. It has been a hard year for us, but all those memories of you, and knowing that someday we will be united once again, has kept me going. Semper Fi
MARINE !!!!!"
Dad of Muleshoe, Texas

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine!! SEMPER FI!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/3/04)

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

"I was there. It was a bad day. We medivaced a lot of Marines April 3rd. I look at the American flag that I carried throughout the war everyday, and I think of him. I will unfold it come April 3rd, and fly it again every year on that day. Sometimes I think about what I could have done to save him. I get pissed off, the circumstances and all. He was a great man. I am truly sorry for you losses."
Sergeant of Marines

"Our hearts go out to your family. He is a true heroe."
K. Valdez of San Antonio, Texas

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you all! We will NEVER FORGET! SEMPER FI!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"My sincere sympathy on the loss of your loved one; for I know that had it not been for the birth of my daughter, I would have been fighting along side your son. I know that when we joined the military, we do not ever think there will be war during our time of duty, and yet every moment our parents worry. I now know that worry, for my own daughter even though she is only two. I thank God for her, His intervention in my life-that I am not yet through here, I was not meant for overseas combat. Your son was brave, braver than I or anyone else. I fear being re-called for duty. I know the love a mother has for her child. God bless you and your family.....and thank you for Chad-Your son and our Angel--who fought for us from afar, so that my daughter may enjoy the same freedom in her generation that we enjoy today. Peace be with you, he is in the Lord's hands now."
L. A. Garza, 24 of Lubbock, TX / USA

"Thank you Chad Bales, 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

"I served with him since boot camp ....he was an outstanding Marine"
Cpl Orrick

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace."
Amanda K Casas of San Diego, Texas

"I had an uncle who was only 24 when he died. So I can imagine how you must feel to lose a son so young. But he died for a noble cause and his honor and memory will never be disgraced or forgotten."
Sarah of Arkansas

"I was with the same Battalion your son served with during Operation Iraqi Freedom. It was the saddest day when I learned of your sons accident. He will be in my prayers."
Cpl. Ruel A. Dasalla of Staten Island, NY, USA

"To the family of Private First Class Chad E. Bales:

Ladies and Gentlemen, I recently stumbled into this website and I seen the many faces of men and women. My heart gets an urged to write something to each of the families, but it seems impossible to find the words. Im a United States Marine. In less than a month Ill be going home and starting my new life with my family. You may ask yourself, Why is he starting a new life? You see I joined the service right after high school and left home I never knew that life outside high school. On June 18, 2003 Ill be going back to my family and transition into a life that I left behind. After four years of absence I take my uniform off and I may never wear it ever again. For PFC Bales that is not the case. He paid the ultimate price in a war that some people protest about. His family will never get to see him, wont get to hold him, hug him or tell him how proud they are of this return. The only comfort they have is memories!

To the mom of Chad E. Bales, Im sorry maam please take some comfort in knowing that the Marines have this motto and we strongly believe in it that we are a Band of Brothers. Therefore think of me as your son! A son that mourns the loss of his brother and undoubtedly a great man!

dtd Sunday, June 01, 2003
Corporal Juan A. Alvarez, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, WRR
USMC"
CPL J. A. ALVAREZ of San Diego, CA

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrafice will never be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To a Hero:

Thank you so much...God Bless your family and friends!"
sarah of forestport newyork

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Chad Bales:
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 Chad 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. Chad Bales:
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 Chad, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Thank you Chad for your brave service to our country. May God bless your family during these sad times."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"Rest in Peace Marine.....Thank you for your sacrifice"
The Taylors of NC

"Thank you for allowing your hero to protect our freedoms!"
Holly of Ch'ville, VA

"Thank you for your sacrifice"
Ginger Smith & Family of Hillsboro, In

"Thank you Chad for your sacrifice so that my family and I may live in a better world. You will NEVER be forgotton."
Natasha of Ft. Campbell, KY

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