Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Eric J. Bernholtz

23, of Grove City, Ohio.
Bernholtz died when his amphibious Assault Vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations south of Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on August 3, 2005.

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"Im from grove city your son saved my life thats all i can say"
Taylorcouturier@yahoo.com of na

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH

"I was touched by Eric's picture, in a newspaper, as he drove bravely in a bullet ridden Humvee. I could see the bravery in his eyes, he was fearless. I scanned the picture into my laptop, and that boys picture was with me for a very long time until i saw his story on A&E and where I learned that Eric now walks with the Lord. I never met him but i give thanks to his Mom and Dad and family, who gave life to this Marine and I thank them and Eric J. Bernholtz for his service."
alvin of Debary Florida

"Every time I watch the documentary of Eric's Squad I feel for him and his family. I just want to extend my deepest simpathy to his family and to say God Bless Eric, and his family, and God Bless America. Semper Fi"
of Virginia

"Eric was a great guy I wish I could Have met him, but I guess I will eventualy. God Bless Him, God Bless America. Semper Fi"
Matt Edwards of Virginia

"For school, i'm making a card about eric, and i wanted you to know he isn't forgotten."
Desiree of Shavertown

"April 23, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Eric J. Bernholtz:
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

"To the Bernholtz Family,

My husband Bradley Hewitt served with Eric in Iraq. He would call me from Iraq and tell be about his friend he called "Bernie Mac", and how much I would like him. I never got the honor to meet Eric but I feel like I know him. I am so sorry for your loss. We pray for your family often. God Bless!"
Ellen Hewitt of Columbus, Ohio

"I graduated from Grove City with Eric and I thought of him on this 4th anniversary. We barely spoke to each other but I always remembered his eyes. I remember them staring at me from the front page paper and I haven't forgotten since. He makes this war real to me, and my deepest sympathies to you and yours."
Amber Oxyer of Columbus, OH

"Dear Family
I am Lcpl During. I just found this web site today 12 Feb 07. I just wanted you to know that Eric and I were good friends in SOI togather, and that he was a good friend. We would go to church togather on Sunday, and hangout at the mall or movies. I still remember meeting him for the first time checking in at Camp Giger, NC. I didn't get to know him for 18 years; but the 2 to 3 mo. we had togather was real good. I just want to say that I am sorry for the loss of your loved one, and thank you for your sacrifice.
Sincerly,
Robert Durling"
Robert Durling of Pensacola, FL

"Eric,
I saw the documentary on A&E about your unit. I would just like to say thank you to you and the other Marines who were on that Track with you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, loved ones, and fellow Marines from Lima Company, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I dedicate this video to the memory of Eric. http://www.pcsuccess.us/yrg/farewell.html"
Sandy Shoemaker of Charlotte NC USA

"Dear Jim and Kathy,

It's been a year already, it feels like just yesterday that I got the call about Eric. Still today if I hear about marines or see a picture of one I get a tear. Eric payed a dear price for all of us and I will never forget him."
Sandy Shoemaker of Charlotte NC USA

"To the family of Eric Bernholtz; I know of no effective way to acknowledge the sense of loss you are feeling when you lost Eric. I found out about Eric when I read your kind letters written on this same site for my nephew Jeffrey Starr. Thank you for those words. Thank you for raising the kind of young man that Eric was. For raising a young man who was there very manifestation of what Marines are and what they stand for.

Indeed I suspect that losing a child is a greater sacrifice than losing one's own life. You, as parents, have made the ultimate sacrifice. I do not doubt for a moment that if you could, you would change places with Eric. For reasons we cannot understand Eric is no longer with us. But be assured, the world is a better place for our having him with us, even for such a short time.

God bless and keep you tightly in His hands. I know you will miss him until you are united in heaven, but I pray that the pain of separation will heal, even if only so slightly, with time."
Tim Lickness of San Diego, CA

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

"Semper Fi, Marine. I saw some video of you in Iraq while watching an A&E documentary about Lima Company. Thank you for serving our country."
James Carter of California

"I love you my dear cousin
with all my heart"
Naomi- 16

"Dear Bernholtz Family:
We were shocked to see Cathy on Nightline and to hear about Eric. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We all fondly remember those days on Kinloch Castle Court when all the boys were little. If we could only keep them safe and warm again. But they grow up into wonderful young men with minds of their own. We can only teach them our own values and to make good decisions. I am certain Eric was a fine soldier and I know you are all proud of him. I have read many of the messages here and many more accounts of Eric's career in the Military. Best wishes and sincere sympathy Cathy, Jim, Adam and family."
Barbara and Glen Lundgren of Hartstown, Pennyslvania

"Family of Bernholtz,
Eric I always Remember him when I met him and his Family Long time Ago. I never forget about Eric. I always Miss him. I didnt believe that and Shock me that Eric went to the Marnie. My Friend told me and Go look At Interent. I was broke my heart and Tear up myself. I wish I could talk him and His Family Again. I am So Sorry deepset with my Heart. I wish I giving you a Big Hugs From me. I have a Eric and Adam Picture Together as Bro and I still had it. I never forget about Eric and Adam. I Miss them very much.One of My friend Arron Reeds was Killed in Iraq Same with thing Eric Does. I always Miss Arron too.I hope your family doing well. I love you guys so much. always Remember each of your Family . Try Postive and be Strong and Be happy and I know you re Saddes alot and Diffcult for your Life Right now. U know Eric Always be there for you and he watch what you doing everday and He is Stand beside you and he was like a Heaven as Angel. He is Loves you and the Family very much and Brother Adam. Love From Leah Biechler"
Leah of 10935 Water St. Box 36, Clarksburg, Ohio 43115 and Of Ross Country.

"To the Bernholtz Family:
Our thoughts are prayers are with you!
Thank you to your brave marine for making the ultimate sacrifice for our FREEDOM! Eric is a TRUE HERO and will never be forgotten!
Rest in Peace Marine! Semper Fi!!"
The Grogans of TN..

"I cannot say anything that will make the pain disappear. But the Lord has his ways. I am currently at The Citadel, a military College in South Carolina. I purchased a Marine KIA bracelet off a website, and by chance I recieved Cpl. Bernholtz' name. God Bless"
hughesb1@citadel.edu of Charleston,SC

"Eric was a soldier for our country but more importantly for God. He is guarding the gates of heaven now. We mourn the loss of such an honorable young man but rejoice that he is in a far better place and we will see him soon. May god bless the family and friends left behind. I am honored to have known such an amazing man of faith and courage. He will NEVER be forgotten."
Jerrod "Butter" Watson of Newark, Ohio USA Land of the Free and Sacrificer of the Brave

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Eric J. Bernholtz,

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 one fine Marine, Eric you will always be one of us. One of the few and definately proud. You are never forgotten. Rest well Brother."
LCPL Brad Williard of Somewhere Still in Hell

"Eric Bernholtz, a fellow Marine, and a fellow Graduate of Class of 2000 at Grove City High School. To the family of Eric, I send my deepest condolences. Eric, even though I didn't know him well in school, I knew him enough to know he was a person who was loving to his family, friends, and dedicated to serving his Country, and the Corps. I still support Eric's unit (3/25) on a daily basis, as I look over them from above. The day of Aug 3rd 2005 will be forever etched in my mind. As we received the phone call in the early hours of the day on the reported attack of a roadside bomb. I had no idea how tragic the attack had been, until I seen it with my own eyes. It was not until three days later that I had learned that Eric was involved in this attack. Everyday now as we continue to support Eric's unit, we fly over the area of the attack, and it takes me back to that day. I am still serving in Iraq, and will be until the early part of Sept. When I get back from Iraq, and go on leave to get back to Grove City I will make it a point to visit the site where Eric was laid down to rest. To Eric's family and friends I would like to say once again, my prayers are with you. Eric, who lived the good life, fought the good fight, and made the ultimate sacrifice. May we never Forget."
Cpl Morris, Bret R, USMC of Camp Al Asad, Iraq morrisbr@acemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil

"Eric you are our hero, and will never forget what you gave for all of us. We will always remember you and look forward to someday seeing you again. It was an honor and privledge knowing you and playing sports with you. We will always love you."
Nicholas Gussler of Grove City, Ohio

"Eric, you will not be forgotten. As one of your teachers at Grove City High School I will remember you always. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your bravery and sacrifice for our freedom. To Mr. and Mrs. Bernholtz and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen and bless you all."
Jim Daggett of Grove City, Ohio

"Eric, you will not be forgotten. As one of your teachers at Grove City High School I will remember you always.
I want to express my deepest gratitude for your bravery and sacrifice for our freedom. To Mr. and Mrs. Bernholtz and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen and bless you all."
Jim Daggett of Grove City, Ohio

"Jim and Kathy - I was out of town and unaware that Eric was part of that tragic incident in Iraq on 8/3. I am praying that God will continue to send the right people into your lives at this difficult time. Eric will always be a hero to me and my family. I will be praying for God's peace at this most difficult time. Your family at GCCN loves you guys. God bless you all."
Nate Linn of Grove City, OH

"Bernholtz Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We thank Eric for his bravery and wish for you peace and comfort during this time."
Grant and Jessica Gordon of Kansas City

"With great sympathy, I am so saddened by your loss. Prayers have been lifted up for you and your family. God bless."
Leighann Strahan of Kansas City, MO USA

"Marine Lance Cpl. Eric J. Bernholtz,"thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time."
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"Marine Lance Cpl Eric J. Bernholtz - you are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Eric and may memories comfort you always. I am so very sorry."
DOROTHY E. BURT of PORTSMOUTH, RI

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Dear Family of Eric Bernholtz: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Dear Family of Timothy Bell: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of Lcpl Chad Maynard and Corporal Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Rest In Peace Tuefelhunden.
J and T USMC NC"

"To the Bernholtz Family:

We just want you to know that our hearts go out to you at this most difficult of times and please know that Eric will always be a hero to us. His ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotton. We understand completely what you are and will be going through in the days ahead and our thoughts are with you, as we too, lost a son, SSGT Jamie Gray in Iraq. You will have the love and support of family and strangers in the weeks and months to come and know you are not alone nor will your son be forgotten. Thank you for your sacrifice for this country."
Stephen and Marion Gray, parents of SSGT Jamie Gray of East Calais, Vt

"To the Bernholtz Family, I wish to offer you my deepest condolences. Your Eric is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Eric."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"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 ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"My heart and prayers go out to the family, friends and comrades of Eric. May God be with you and comfort you as you grieve."
Marine Mom 3/25/4th of western NY

"Thank you Eric Bernholtz, 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 Lance Cpl. Eric Bernholtz:
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 Lance Cpl. Eric Bernholtz:
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