Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Dustin V. Birch

22, of Saint Anthony, Idaho.
Birch died as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations with the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Haqlaniyah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Boise, Idaho. Died on June 9, 2005.

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"I've been thinking about you alot lately and I am so thankful for your service and sacrifice so we have our freedom. I miss you and am proud to call you my brother. I look forward to seeing again on the other side."
Terik of Rexburg, ID

"I ran for you today. A 5k Run for the fallen. Your memory lives on. We will never forget. I am so sorry to your loved ones who are without you. Thank you for defending my freedom and our great country. God bless you"
Susan of NAS Jacksonville FL

"I miss your smile and your love for you brothers. You were a good man, steadfast in your love for Christ and to your duty to your country. Thinking of you. Keep watch over us from the gates of Heaven.
SSgt Cecil Compton
Memorial Day 2015"
of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Happy Memorial Day Birch... Thought of you a lot today...."
Jonathan Shaffer of Gainesville, Georgia

"Dustin,
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice so the rest of can enjoy our freedoms. My heart goes out to your family and all the service men and women who make me proud to be an American. I send loving wishes and prayers to all our vetrans on this Memorial day."
Denise Costa of Hayward, CA. USA

"Remembering Dustin on this Memorial Day 2013. Freedom is not free."
Devon's mom

"Memorial Day 2013 You are ALWAYS in my heart and you are missed.... We remember and will always love you!!!"
db of Saint Anthony, Idaho, USA

""This too shall pass.""
TJ of Boise

"06-09-2012
Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear... (This was on a picture of a headstone that was sent to me-I thought of you when I read it)

I must love to cry because I watched the movie "Taking Chance" and your brother got the movie "Act of Valor" and showed it to us. All I can say is WOW!!!

It doesn't take much to get me thinking of all the reasons I am THANKFUL to ALL of the members of the military and their loved ones at home. Freedom isn't FREE and I promise that I will always REMEMBER this fact and I will ALWAYS treasure the gift of FREEDOM.

You are thought of often and ALWAYS LOVED and REMEMBERED.

The Little things that mean so much like a walk on the greenbelt, a conversation about LIFE, a hug, a "I'll see you Later" Your smile and laugh. I treasure the moments and the example. You RETURNED WITH HONOR!!!

I LOVE YOU!!!!"
db of St. Anthony, Idaho, USA

"Semper Fi Brother. 7 Years later and you are still alive in our memories and our daily thoughts. You will never be forgotten"
thomas of 29 palms

"Dustin, Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you on this Memorial Day. Your sacrifice is not forgotten. Thank you for your shining example."
SSG Nathan Siebach of Eagan, MN

"2/16/12 Dustin, Thank you. Your life was a brilliant example of love and sacrifice. Someday soon I will come see you, I was with you when we left, but I missed you on your way home."
GySgt Matthew Crockett C Co 4TH TK BN (1995-2008) of Nampa, ID

"Semper Fi Brother. Not a day has passed since June 9th 2005 I have not thought of you and your brave sacrafice. You were the warmest and kindest man I have ever met. My continued condolences to your family."
Thomas of 29 Palms

"I'm thinking of Dustin today. May the Birch family be met with peace, healing, and happiness. I'll never forget Dustin's service and sacrifice. Semper Fi."
Afton Carlson, Cpl., USMC of Moscow, ID

"06-09-2011 We sure miss you and love you with all our hearts. You have no idea how one life touches the lives of those around you. We will always remember you and always treasure our time here on earth with you."
db of Saint Anthony, Idaho, USA

"Happy Veterans Day Birchy Boy"
Jonathan Shaffer of Grayson, Ga.

"Happy Birthday!!! I am so grateful for the day you came into this world and it is a day worth celebrating. You touched those who love you in many ways that far out reach the time you were here with us. I will love you forever and always."
db of Saint Anthony, Idaho, USA

"Thinking of you today. It's been 5 years. All Gave Some, Some Gave All. God Bless you and your family."
Janet Seymour - Devon's Mom

"We remember and love you."
db of St. Anthony, Idaho

"6/9/2010
Paul, Debbie and family,
This day we honor Dustin and remember him. I want to thank him for his service to his country. How grateful I am to enjoy my life and freedoms because there are men and women willing to fight for these rights.

I know you are missing your son and I hope you can have happy memories today. I have enjoyed reading all the memories and thoughts of others on this site. It is amazing how many lives one life can affect. My thoughts are with you and your family as we remember and honor Dustin this day."
Kathy Jo Poole of Menan, ID

"I want to leave a message on this page because I want Dustin’s close friends and family to know that there are a lot of us who are thinking of him and are proud and thankful for his sacrifice. I went to school with Dustin from the 7th grade thru graduation. I have always respected Dustin for his consistency and moral courage. He has the type of personality that you can set your watch to. He never tried to be someone that he wasn’t and somehow seemed to remain constant as the rest of us wove in and out of teen and early adulthood emotional confusion. I wish I was a better friend to him and that I was able to get to know him better. I met him at church one day sometime after his mission and before getting deployed. I had made plans in my mind for my wife and I to get to know him and his girlfriend better. I’m sorry that we didn’t get the chance.

I think about Dustin often as I work with Navy and Marine servicemen each day for my job. I respect that Dustin was able to stick to his morals in a group that tends to be pretty wild and crazy.

It’s hard to not think of all the “what might have been’s” and wish that Dustin was still here. However, I believe that Dustin lives on apart from us and that we will meet him again. I also believe that God is just and that he will mercifully make up to us that which we have lost. For now we can use Dustin’s good example and be better people.

I know there is nothing that I can write or any length of time that will pass that will take the pain away, but I think that it helps to know that Dustin is remembered and that if I am thinking of him, there are many others who are also. Be strong and my prayers go out to you as Memorial Day and June 9th approaches."
Jeff Shaw of Port Orchard, Wa

"Hey Birch... I was at work today at the prison and I was assigned to bring the flags down with four other officers. (Georgia State Flag, POW-MIA Flag, and The American Flag) I only knew you briefly on our missions, but you jumped into my mind and I thought I would stop in to let you know your sacrifice is not forgotten..."
Jonathan Shaffer of Grayson, GA. USA

"Debbie, You and your family are always in our thoughts and prayers. When Devon was growing up I would tell him that if I could pick any son in the world I would pick him. I know you felt the same about Dustin. Our sons were very special and though it hurts to be without them, we will see them again in Heaven. Until then...know that we care!"
Janet Seymour of St.Louisville, Ohio USA

"Today is June 9th, 2009 and it has been four years since we got a knock on the door. I still can't believe it and yet it is real. Dustin you made the world a better place because you made a difference in the lives of those you met. We are better for knowing you and I promise you that you are in my thoughts daily. Your family loves you and misses you. You will always be remembered. We love you forever and always."
db of Saint Anthony, Id./USA

"I miss you!!!"
db

"Dear Dustin today is 5-18-09 and I was thinking about you. Yes I do that daily but today I wanted to tell you how thankful I am to have been able to know you. You made the world a better place and I sure do miss you. I can see your smile and hear your laugh in my minds eye. Thank you for making me realize just how special FREEDOM really is and each time I see an American Flag I remember that FREEDOM is not free. "All gave some but some gave all" Thank you again and I promise I will always remember!!!!"
db of St. Anthony, ID

"Dear Dustin I was just thinking of you and wanted to post a note. I sure do miss you!!! You touched more people then you would ever have imagined. I love you!"
db of Idaho

"I'm sorry I didn't get to know you before we deployed. Your name and Purple Heart adorn the training room at Charlie Company as a reminder to all of your sacrifice. Semper Fi, brother, and thank you."
RS of Boise, ID

"April 23, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Dustin V. Birch:
Dustin 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'm truly sorry for the loss that you're family has suffered...I was reading The military press mag. stars and stripes, and Saw Elder Birch's name. He has helped my Aunt out in a very big manner in the time he spent in Fairfield, he made a big impact on her life. He has made the ultimate sacrifice that not every man is willing, it was a selfless, brave decision, and he will be remembered for that.
~MASR Wilkinson"
Justin Wilkinson of Suisun City, CA/ Rota, Spain

"To the family of:Dustin V. Birch 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"

"Just thinking of you little cousin...I miss you very much."
Brooke of Long Beach, CA

"Hey Bro! I just found a book you gave me when we served our mission together. It had your testimony in it and it really helped me with something that I am going through right now! Even after this life you are still changing peoples lives! Your a great friend and I miss you very much. Love ya bro"
Daniel Knudsen of Provo, Utah

"Dustin, I don't know you, but you made a sacrifice for the freedom of my family, myself, and the Iraqi people. I thank you for my safety.

I have had the opportunity of teaching your kid brother and wanted you to know that you can be proud of him. Dallen is shy, but as I came to know him, I recognized him as the great young man he is. Your influence will continue to stretch throughout the eternities."
Maralyn Hulkovich of BYUI

"Birch,
On this day, the one year anniversery of your death, I miss you my dear friend and tanker buddy. I remember the day I met you, it was May, 29 2001-the day we went to bootcamp. We rode the plane to San Diego together, we were in the same training platoon during our stay at the recruit depot. I remember out days in Tank School at Ft Knox KY-we had some good laughs. When we returned from Tk School you stayed at my house a few days while we checked in to out reserve station. Looking back that was truly an honor. The day you died over there my heart sank, i was somewhere else in Iraq and i felt helpless. But also, with the news i have never felt so much anger and rage in my life. i wanted to kill every Iraqi I saw-as if that would some how bring you back. You always were positive, and had a smile on your face. I miss you my friend, and i pray for you and your loved ones everyday. I take comfort that will see you again soon my friend in the next life. You are a Hero!"
Lcpl. Chris O'Grady USMC of Boise, ID/USA

"Thank you Birch family for the gift of your son. Thank you Dustin, and many others, that I may continue to live freely and that others may soon experience freedom."
BML of Hamilton, OH

"To the family Dustin Birch left behind: I am the ID State Coordinator for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. It is our group's goal to make a memorial quilt for each fallen soldier from Idaho. We are a group of volunteers that are part of a nationwide organization of volunteers who are making Civil War Reproduction Quilts for the families of Fallen Soldiers. Our hope is that the quilt we are making for your family will be a small token of our deep appreciation for your ultimate sacrifice and serve as some comfort in the many years to come. Please contact me at czelus@hotmail.com.""
Cheryl Zelus of Home of the Brave-ID State Coordinator

"Dear Birch Family - Dustin was my Zone Leader while up in Eureka CA, and I took his spot in Fairfield when he completed his mission and went home. What a great man he is. His excitement for the work made me want to work just as hard. Always coming up with different and unique ways to spread the word of God. being able to work with some of the people that he did, i can assure you that he had more influence on people then he knew, and I'm sure that all of the Fairfield 5th ward sends there love to you and your family. His life long goals inspired me to also serve my country, and it was while I was at Ft Jackson SC recieving my basic training for the army that i heard about the terrible news. I wept right there in my barracks in front of the drill sergeants and all. I pray that the knowledge of the gospel is bringing comfort into your lifes, and may God bless you all for raising a great man."
PFC Nathan Siebach (Elder Siebach) of Orem, Utah

"Dustin is a great friend to all who know him. He is valiant and always ready to serve. What a great example I have had to look up to. As I recieved the news about Dustin, I could feel and know that his example and legacy goes on. Here in Germany as a missionary, I can feel his support. He was a great missionary, and he still is. He was a great soldier and he still is. Dustin has affected my life and lives of so many others. How grateful I am to have met and grown up with such a person."
Sheena Siddoway of Weimar, Thürigen, Germany

"We received a letter today from you today regarding Elder Birch. It stated that our dear Elder lost his life in Iraq. I stood there at the mailbox and could not believe what I was reading. It was not all that long ago, that this young man entered our home with his companion and taught my husband the discussions. My husband was baptized and I know that Elder Birch played a big part in that. My husband, family and I thought very highly of Elder Birch. He had such a good heart and sincere character. He will be missed by all those who knew him.
I am so sorry for you loss. We all are. I am just trying to focus on the fact that he is home now. He is lucky enough to be with Heavenly Father. He is happy and watching out for all of us.
We were lucky enough to receive a few letters from him while in Iraq. We will cherish those forever.

Love in Christs Name,

Andrew, Alexis, Zachary, Ian and Ariana Miller

"Thank you, Elder Birch for your sacrifice."
Alexis Miller of Suisun City, California

"I served with Elder Birch in Fairfield California on an LDS church mission. He was one of my favorite comps, and always worked his and my butt off! I love ya Birchy baby and I always will! I'll miss ya a ton but I know I'll see ya soon
Love you tons"
Daniel Knudsen of Orem Utah

"To the Birch Family- I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Dustin that well, he was a year or two ahead of me in High School. I remember going to Seminary, and the Brother's would always talk highly of him. I attended his memorial service while I was home on leave from Iraq, and I couldn't imagine how you could be feeling at that time. My mom always told me that God only gives you what he knows you can handle, and you handled it well. You are all in my prayers, and may God be with you. PFC Mallorie Staley, 145th SPT BN, Kirkuk, Iraq"
Mallorie Staley of Saint Anthony, Idaho, USA

"It was a shock when I saw Dustin’s name on the causality list, we thought it must be some other Dustin Birch. A call home confirmed our greatest fear. The Birch family knows how I feel about Dustin this letter is for the rest of you. He was, is and will always be a Marine. A true Hero who gave of himself unselfishly. Who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. He was not alone then and is not alone now. He stands looking over us walking beside us. He is in the hearts of everyone who knew him and the face of every young Marine who wears the uniform with Honor and Courage. We will not forget.
Thank you Dustin. Thank you Paul and Debbie.
Forever in your debt. SSgt James Walker
C Btry 1-148 FA
Iraq."
James Walker of St Anthony, Idaho

"To the Birch Family, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to you. What a fine young man you raised. Dustin is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"I just found this site. I'm Lcpl. Devon Seymour's mother. Devon died with your son, Lcpl. Chavez, Lcpl. Keeling and Cpl. Brad Squires. I want you to know you're in our prayers. All five men were honored at our son's service. They were good men who were doing what they could to protect our country. Though the pain of losing Devon is almost unbearable at times, it helps to realize that no one lives forever. These five men took the lives that they had, did the best they could and our now safe in the hands of the Lord. What more could you ask of them? God Bless You!"
Janet Seymour of St. Louisville, Ohio USA

"Already left my message, but wanted to share this poem my mom wrote:
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To Melissa and Dustin
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In the wee hours of the mornings,
A bedside telephone rings,
And our dear Melissa’s heart sings
At the love a tender voice brings. . .

This noble son of God
Who holds tightly the iron rod. . .
Melissa saw the pure gold
And joyfully, his heart did hold.

We will weep for this true love
That came blessed from Heaven above. . .
Would that Dustin could be here
And pray his presence lingers near.

These two precious souls found each other
And knew their love would last forever.
Please bless Melissa’s aching heart
And always of Dustin, let her be a part.

June 22, 2005: by karen v. s. taylor"
Becky of Lodi, CA

"To the family and friends of Dustin Birch: your son died with my friend Brad and I am truly grateful for the boys having the courage and bravery to keep me free. God bless your family. Dustin, Brad and all the boys/girls serving are heros and will be forever remembered."

"I have an assurance of immortality of the human soul. There's no question in my mind we'll go on living after we leave here. I don't dwell on it a lot. I just accept it and move forward. Work, work, work is the best antidote for loneliness, incapacity or any other thing that happens to impede your progress. That's the only antidote I know. It's work that has saved me and has been an offset to the sorrow and loneliness I have felt. -President Gordon B. Hinckley"
A fellow soldier of Salt Lake City, Utah

"Dustin - your own words state your loyalty, honor and valor. Your own thoughts and life echoes each sentiment:

"You know, they kill more Iraqis than Americans. I believe I heard a figure of about 8,000 Iraqi's have died since the new government took power. So sad, this thing we call war, and it is so sad that we have to put our best minds at work developing weapons instead of ways to feed the world. Well, we have the millennium to look forward to. What a nice day that shall be. I see a little bit more clearly what it means to trust in the Lord. All in all, I am glad to be me and am very glad for the Lord's help. I can live with that. I still have a long way to go but I am grateful for the opportunity in this life and the next to pursue our goal of perfection. We still need to do all we can to help these people get a break from these punks. It is a great challenge. Through it all, I realize how precious life is - each life."

Semper Fi, Dustin. You've returned home with honor. That will never be forgotten. We will live so that the same may be one day said of us.

2 Timothy 4:7 "I have a fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.""
Aunt Paulette of Taylorsville, Utah

""Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." God bless those brave souls who lay down their lives for a cause they deem greater than themselves. They are truly symbols of the Redeemer and Savior of the world who gave His life so that others might be free. Thank you Dustin! And may the peace and assurance that can only come through a knowledge of the great Plan of Salvation rest forever upon those who have been left to carry on without you. Your selfless sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Melissa Myler of Orem, Utah

"To the family of Dustin Birch: May the peace of God be with you as you face this most difficult time. You are in the prayers of many. Tonya & Jeff Behm"
Tonya Behm of Newport Beach, CA

"Once there was a boy from the kingdom of Rexburg and a boy from the kingdom of St. Anthony. The two boys were very good freinds despite geographic diffrences. They worked together for years, at scout camp where they became very close. They would run stations for the scouts by switching off each word and trying to complete eachother's thoughts, and they laughed about this much. They pretended to be from Scotland or England, knowing that they were indeed NOT acting thier age, but loving every minute of it anyway. They made movies together, sang songs together, and had many frends and many more glorious summer memories. The St. Anthony boy introduced and persuaded the Rexburg boy to become invoved with Order of the Arrow, which to this day is an intricate part of the Rexburg boys make-up and character. The boys continued to make memories (even appearing on the local TV news together) all the way up to thier missions. Both boys served in the great state of California, one sent to the south, te other to the north. They wrote often and shared stories both silly and sacred. They talked a little after thier missions, and the St. Anthony boy went far away to defend a righteous cause. The Rexburg boy didn't fully understand this but knew that his freind was a good man for the job. Soon the Rexburg boy learned that his friend had been killed in his duty. The Rexburg boy cried much, and stepped outside to play Amazin Grace on his bagpipe, for he knew that the St. Anthony boy was very fond of the bagpipe. The Rexburg boy, though living with his new little family in the far away kingdom of Michigan, knew some how that where ever the St. Anthony boy was, he would here the sad sweet music of the pipes, and life would become more barable for all. This thought made the Rexurg boy smile a little.

My condolences to the Birch family. Dustin was a gret man, and a dear friend. I had hoped to attend the funral, but was unable to. Perhaps you might be able to here the pipes on the wind as it carries the sound across this wonderful country that our Dustin fought to protect. God be with you all, as he is with Dustin."
Zachary Briggs of Niles, MI

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Dustin V. Birch,

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

"Birchy boy was one of my comps in Vacaville. He is a great man and was an awsome missionary. He touched many lives in Cali including mine and that I am indebted to him. We had lots of good memorys and lots of laughs. Thanks for everything Birchy boy. We will play again soon!"
Mike Stoddard of N. Ogden, Utah

""Elder Birch was my zone leader, he was a great example of leadership, commitment, and patience. I am forever indebted to him."
Jonathan Shaffer of Grayson, Georgia

"The picture was the first thing I saw as I was standing in line at the grocery store.
"Man" was in the headline followed by "killed"
I looked again at the picture and suddenly there was confusion inside of me.
I remember times in the blue summer months when we, as boys, would laugh and talk.
Our dreams filled the sky.
But now they call him man.
I remember late night monopoly games. Sneaking out of tents at camp.
I remember long boring meetings with the camp director because we were the ones in charge.
We would walk out of those meetings together, laughing.
I recall meeting ghosts together in a desert in Idaho and working together for four wonderful years.
You were, in fact, the first friend I made at that camp.
We met as we both, be it an act of fate or God, were working on the wrong project; but we worked together.
And now as I walk out of the store, your picture before me a cloud of shock behind.
I look up at that sky that held our dreams and realize it is now a little smaller.
Now they call you "man", when I remember two boys working, laughing together.
Now they call you hero - When you were a hero before you left.
May your rest be sweet and may God pour out His love on your family."
Derik Robertson of Rexburg, Idaho

"Dustin was one of my best friends. I remember well meeting him at Treasure Mountain scout camp when we were twelve. I spent most of my summers and most of time in scouting and debate hanging out with Dustin. We worked closely in OA, and at Krupp Scout Hollow. He was such a great example to me as we grew up together during our teenage years. He was always thinking of helping others, and how we could make things better. Just last Wednesday I was reading a letter he sent me while I was on my mission. I got it when I was struggling and his testimony and advice helped me more than he will ever know. I'll never forgot him, nor the impact he has left on my life. He was the best man I ever knew."
Will Empey of Salt Lake City, UT, USA

"May God Bless the Birch family,and may God Bless the soldier.....Dustin who died fighting for our freedom, and our country!!! Dustin is a HERO!!!"
The Coate family of SanJose, ca USA

"We had the honor and priveledge of serving in the Santa Rosa California Mission with Elder Birch. He was a joyful missionary who could be trusted in any area, with any companion and served valiantly and faithfully his entire mission. I have informed all of his companions of this tragic accident and they all knew of his passing before me. That is a sign of true friendship that carried on beyond his call to serve. Next time you sing that missionary anthem, "Called to Serve" will you think of Elder Birch and of his serving in two of "God's Armies". He is quite an example of duty, honor and country and God! President and Sister Steven K. Knudson"
Pres. Steven K. Knudson of Salt Lake City, Utah

"Birch family,
I can remember our senior year of high school, when he told me that he is signing up to be a marine. I could not believe it, but I knew that he would make it and be very successful. He set such a great example to me, and helped me get ordained as a priest. I will truly miss him, it was a honor and priviledge to call him my friend."
Scott Dayton of St. Anthony, ID. USA

"I never met Dustin in person, but I have seen his beautiful face in pictures, heard his wonderful voice on the phone, read his words in a letter to my sister & have felt through her love for him, what a precious soul he is. I had looked forward to having him as a brother-in-law. My sister, Melissa, loves him so much. I will now look forward to meeting him on the other side & am glad to know that my little sister has such a beautiful friend waiting for her & looking out for her."
Becky Heard of Lodi, CA

"To our family the Birches:
We are so proud of your son, brother,grandson,nephew,cousin & sweetheart.
What a great choice he made in his life(tho hard for us) to serve his country and to love what he was doing.Dustin was a great example to those around him.What a great tribute to his parents!
To Dustin parents, our dear friends, and family
We are truly sorry for the pain and sorrow you feel,and for the pain we see in your eyes & hear in your voices.Your son is a true heroe.
His actions in Iraq helped to give the people there a small taste of the freedoms we enjoy in our country everyday and sometimes take for granted.
To the love of Dustins life, what great strength you have.This pain will lessen in time.You will always remember that wonderful relationship you and Dustin enjoyed.Our prayers are with you and what a great honor it is to know you.You're awesome!We see why Dustin was loved you so.
Dustin you ARE the "STORMIN MORMON" you will always be in our hearts!You lived and died in honor.
Thank you for he sacrifice you've made for the example of courage/valor.
you have made the world a better place by your actions and examples.
THANK_YOU Dustin & ALL MILITARY MEN and WOMEN for protecting the country we love.
Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our loved one and those that served with him.Our prayers are with their families as well."
We love you Sabrina and Kevin Birch of Idaho Falls Idaho, USA

"We'll hang our flags until we're dead
But never will we hang our heads
Although we might just shed a tear or two
We'd rather live as those still free
Defending lady liberty
Than hide in fear as evil cowards do
And if we're called to take our place
To defend freedom's shining grace
We’ll gladly do the things that we must do
But above all else one thing be taught
To those whose freedom our lives have bought
That their hearts must not just beet
But bleed like ours
Red, White, and Blue"
Uncle Dave of Fresno, CA

"I worked with dustin at scout camp. he was an exellent example of a positive attitude and he was also one of the hardest workers i know. Dustin was an example to us all and i'm sure he continued to be a shining example of an exemplary citizen everywhere he went. His sacrifice will not be forgotten by his friends. his easy going nature will be long remembered. three cheers for a shining example to all."
Jonathan of Idaho Falls

"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

"I'm sorry I wasn't there fighting with him. I was part of his unit"
Cpl Hancock of Rexburg, Idaho

"RIP Devil Dog....

J and T USMC"

"Dustin, we will forever be in debt to you and all of the soldiers that protect our great country. You will be missed greatly, by friends and family, but never forgotten. We love you, and pray for peace in the hearts of the rest of the family, your cousins, Traci Jake Olivia and Ryker Johnson"
Traci Johnson of Shelley, Id

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

"DUSTIN YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, OLD HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS, YOUR MILITARY FAMILY OF BROTHER'S, SISTER'S AND YOUR LOVING FAMILY. YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN DUSTIN. NOT MANY AMERICAN'S HAVE THE MILITARY CALLING. YOU DID, AN ALL OF AMERICA ARE THANKFUL TOO! ESPECIALLY, THOSE THAT TAKE FREEDOM AND LIBERTY FOR GRANTED. YOUR A HERO NOT JUST TO AMERICAN'S, BUT TO THOSE IN IRAQ! SINCE 911, WE BEEN ALOT SAFER DUSTIN FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR. AN ALTHOUGH, YOUR BOTH SERVED TWO DIFFERENT BRANCHES. I AM EXTREMELY, GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL YOU BOTH BECAME MILITARY BROTHER'S. TO WACTH OVER ONE ANOTHER AND EACH OTHERS UNIT'S. DUSTIN YOU ARE WHY? AMERICA IS THE MOST POWERFUL MILITARY IN THE WORLD. AN THE WORLD RESPECT US! MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU DUSTIN AND YOUR FAMILY. TEARS ARE TEARS, FOR MY SON, YOU OR FOR ALL OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN DUSTIN, EVER!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Dustin, you will forever be in our hearts, and we miss you. Thank you for being our hero. Your cousins, Brooke, Mike and Taylor Anson."
Brooke Anson of Long Beach, CA, USA

"I am so sorry for your loss. This Marine gave his all for his country and we appreciate him so much. I am crying for you."
Sharon Stanger of Idaho Falls, ID USA

"To The Birch Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN 6/10/05

"Marine Lance Cpl Dustin V. Birch, "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

"Thank you Dustin Birch, 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. Dustin Birch:
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 Dustin 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. Dustin Birch:
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 Dustin, 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