Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Joseph P. Bier

22, of Centralia, Washington.
Bier died from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on December 7, 2005.

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"To all, I knew Joseph Bier. He and I served together in Ramadi. It was a first tour for both of us. Joe and I were part of a bible study group and were very close. He had the best relationship with God than anyone I have ever known, and I know in my heart that the Lord could use a Marine at his side with Joseph Bier's dedication and strength. Joe will be at the Lord's side forever. A "favorite son" amongst men."
Sgt. Nathan Jones 3/7 Lima Co of Nipomo. CA

"I served with Bier at MCSFCO Bangor, My prayers are with your family. Im speechless."
Cpl Reber (ret) of Boise Idaho

"To the family of:Joseph P. Bier
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""

"I am saddened by your loss and wish to Invite you to be in honor at our First annual veterans day Parade in winlock"
april pennington Farey of Winlcok Wa

"I graduated boot camp with Joseph on November 8, 2002. It is an honor to have served beside him for the little time I did. "Gone but not forgotten.""
Anthony Cruitt of Carbondale, Illinois

"April 23, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Joseph P. Bier:
Joseph gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I never met Joseph, but as I scrolled through the names of those brave souls lost to us, his name jumped out at me. My mothers maiden name was Bier, so it's possible we were related. Whether thats the case or not, I am keeping your family in my prayers. Semper Fi, Brother... Rest well and be at peace."
Matthew G Votaw of Linden, TN

"Remembering you on Veteran's Day, brother."
John Giacoma (3rd Plt, MCSFCo.) of Gilbert, AZ

"To the family of Joseph Bier,

I commute to work on my bicycle along Indian School Road in Albuquerque. On the lawn of a public school, Joseph's name and age was written on a paper ribbon and hung on a tree branch by the students. I took the liberty of removing Joseph's ribbon a few months ago and it hangs in a place I see often. When I see it, I say a prayer of thanks for Joseph, for those other men and women fighting for freedom, and and a prayer for you, his loved ones."
Andy Lee of Albuquerque, NM

"I have not seen this site until now, but I would again like to offer my heartfelt feelings at the loss of Joseph Bier. Cpl Bier was my team leader during that deployment, and though we had our extreme differences, I will always pray for him to live in paradise. I for a while couldn't forgive myself for being alive and him not, but recently I have come to terms with my own guilt and thank you again for being so understanding of a family. You are one of the most well held together and well respected, in my mind, families I have ever met. You truely are blessed with the graces of God. That night on the 7th....Nothing good be said about it, other than at least God got one of the good ones up there now, one of the faithful regaurdless of others opinions of his faith. Again I pray for your family Bier and hope that I see you in the end. To all the families whom have lost their sons and daughters to this conflict, trust in this one fact: We fight the good fight, not from orders nor some greater goal for Iraq. We fight for each other, for we are brothers closer than anyone could understand. We fight for the man to the right and left of us, and Bier did that like no finer Marine I have yet to serve with. God Bless.

-LCPL Loomis 3rd battalion 7th marines Lima Company"
LCPL J.G. Loomis of California

"Dear Mr and Mrs Bier:
My name is Marilyn Kelly. I am a medic in the US Army. I am from a National Guard unit in Allentown PA and I was one of the medics who was with your son on the night of 07DEC05. I am so very sorry for your loss. I wish I had had the opportunity to have meet him under other circumstances. He seemed like such a kind and thoughtful young man. Please accept my condolences and know that his memory will always be alive in me.
SPC Kelly, Marilyn D of Bethlehem, PA

"I can't tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain of loosing a child. I have a son-in-law who is also a Marine, he spent 1 year in Falujah and is now returning for a second tour to Iraq. I am writing because I was given change the other day and on the back of a $5.00 bill there was a message regarding your son. I will keep this for you. I can be reached at 480-694-7475 or at pkaypaul@yahoo.com

God Bless you!!

Kay Paul"
Kay Paul of Scottsdale, Arizona

"Semper fidelis, Marine!

May you rest in peace."
A grateful American of Western New York

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

"Thank you Joseph Bier, 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 Cpl. Joseph Bier:
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 Joseph 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 Cpl. Joseph Bier:
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 Joseph, 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