Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Melvin L. Blazer

38, of Moore, Oklahoma.
Blazer died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Died on December 12, 2004.

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"It seems like yesterday that I was having conversations on the phone with SGT Blazer. I was was a young hopeful athlete living in the southern Oklahoma area when Sgt. Blazer would call my parents house trying to convience me to join the Marine Corp.when he finally realized that there was no chance in me joining ( because I received althletic scholarships to college and I was from an army family) he would call or come by just to talk about baseball. I can't say that we were friends but I can definatly say he was an influence on my life because of his death. It was 1 and a half years after my last conversation with Sgt. Blazer when I was standing outside of the deans office at college ( I can't remember what for but sure it was because I had a female in my room after hours) but when I turned to face the wall of fallen that was posted soon after the invasion and throughout my enrollment, I saw the name of Melvin Blazer. Until that point I had never really paid attention to the war because it seemed so far away but that day for some reason when I faced the wall, Sgt. Blazer's name was right in my face.. At first I didn't think he was the same person but after it sank in I realized that the war had just hit home. I can't tell you why I had to see the dean that day or how the conversation went but I can tell you that I will never forget that moment outside the office. As this was nearly 10 years ago, I still have never forgot the way that I felt when I saw his name on the wall and I can't explain how much I respect and appreciate the sacrifice that Sgt. Blazer and his his family has made to protect my freedom. RIP Melvin Blazer"
Oklahoma kid 2001 of Houston TX

"It seems like yesterday that I was having conversations on the phone with SGT Blazer. I was was a young hopeful athlete living in the southern Oklahoma area when Sgt. Blazer would call my parents house trying to convience me to join the Marine Corp.when he finally realized that their was no chance in me joining ( because I recieved althletic scholarships to college) he would call or come by just to talk about baseball. I can't say that we were friends but I can definatly say he was an influence on my life because of his death. It was 1 and a half years after my last conversation with Sgt. Blazer when I was standing outside of the deans office at college ( I can't remember what for but sure it was because I had a female in my room after hours) but when I turned to face the wall of fallen that was posted soon after the invasion and throughout my enrollment, I saw the name of Melvin Blazer. Until that point I had never really paid attention to the war because it seemed so far away but that day for some reason when I faced the wall, Sgt. Blazer's name was right in my face.. At first I didn't think he was the same person but after it sank in I realized that the war had just hit home. I can't tell you why I had to see the dean that day or how the conversation went but I can tell you that I will never forget that moment outside the office. As this was nearly 10 years ago, I still have never forgot the way that I felt when I saw his name on the wall and I can't explain how much I respect and appreciate the sacrifice that Sgt. Blazer and his his family has made to protect my freedom. RIP Melvin Blazer"
Oklahoma kid 2001 of Houston TX

"Wish i could leave a pic. I got his name embroidered on my vest. Now he can always ride with me."
stew of adelanto,CA

"Ms. Dana, I have your husband in my prayers. I remember him that day."
Stew of Adelanto, Ca/USA

"I was just thinking today was the the day Melvin was the greatist Marine I ever met."
Jeff Barnes of Vancouver Wa

"To the family of:Melvin L.Blazer
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""

"Dana and kids,
Melvin was a gift from God and a light in the darkness. He had a way to remind you of what was important in this life and we miss him. When we were neighbors on Camp Pendleton, I always enjoyed those special times hanging out with him and barbecueing in the back yard, that man could tell some funny stories. He was an inspiration to many and an honor to your family name. Kori and I think about you and pray for you to have courage and strength. Can you send a note to catch up? ssjpsangel@aol.com"
James Pablo, GySgt (ret.) and Kori Pablo of Washington state

"Blazer and I were on Recruiting Duty together. He in McAlester and me in Norman. We recruited during tough times. I have many fond memories of SSgt Blazer. I got out in 2003 and switched to the Reserves in OKC. I had both the misfortune and privledge of being on Blazer's funeral detail. Of the scores of funeral detail I did over the years, his was one of my hardest.

SSgt Blazer you were a good man and I will not forget you.

Michael W Davis
1stSgt(Ret)"
Michael Davis of Oklahoma City

"I went to the coaches course and worked with SSGT Blazer on Starlight range at Parris Island. He was an excellent Marine and a good friend. I hadnt thought of him in many years and just recently learned of his passing while reading a book. It is sad to know such an excellent Marine and father was taken from this earth so early. Semper Fi Melvin. You are not forgotten"
Johnie Ogden of Wichita, Ks

"SSgt Blazer was an amazing Marine he and my squad of 0351 worked with a seal team clearing houses he took care of all of his marines to the very end every year i celebrate his life and try to move forward with mine he was a great man that never stop taking time to raise morale"
Guy Wall of Springfield, Illinois

"I had many good conversations with SSgt Blazer on the way to the range and back and overseas he was always there to set me straight. He was a true leader. I miss this Man. I'm glad I found this page."
Devin Morris 3/5 2003-2007 of San Clemente/ Ca

"Every time i come here to find the words im feeling, i find it hard. Its been almost six years now... But you live on in the heart of so many. Thank you Uncle Jr for everything you did - for our country, for your family, and most of all for the world. I put flowers on your grave again this year, and it never gets an easier. You are missed, loved, and admired. Peace be with you Uncle Jr."
Elizabeth Keyser Black of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"Dana and children,
it's been almost six years since i saw you last at Melvin's funeral. I still think of you and how cold the day was. I think of Melvin, when he was the recuiter at McAlester. I pray that the heartache you and the children have has eased somewhat. Melvin was a true American "HERO", a MARINES MARINE."
Nick Frazier of Grants, New Mexico

"“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever lead us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me to my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”
- General George S. Patton


On this day, I ask that you take a moment to remember our Fallen Warriors. Remember their families, for this day must be especially hard for them. Pray that they may have comfort and peace in their hearts.

Semper Fidelis
Sergeant Jason Arellano
3/5 Get Some"
Sergeant Jason Arellano, jason@resolutiongear.com of Springfield, MO

"I served with Mel Blazer during the 1st Gulf War. We were with 1/5 STA Platoon. What a great guy he was, as well as an outstanding Marine, and a good friend. I see some familiar names that have left messages and it brings back quite a few memories. I remember being with Cpl. Blazer on the same team through Panama, RIMPAC 90 and the Gulf War. Mel was a true Patriot with a heart of Gold. Most of STA 1/5 got out of the Marines after the Gulf War, but Mel was one who stuck around. It is because of true Patriots like Mel, who gave the ultimate sacrifice, that we Americans can live in freedom and enjoy the best country in the world. Never take that freedom for granted and always remember the fallen, because these are the Patriots that make this freedom happen. Freeedom is not free. It is paid for with the blood of our brothers and sisters in arms, who are fighting around the world for our security here at home.
I talked to him about a few months before he was killed, and we talked about the old times and reminisced. I will miss Mel. My condolences go out to the Blazer family and wish you the very best."
Steve Wiggand of Washington D.C.

"sorry for my improper grammar i was ecstatic when i found a whole page dedicated to him as i said before thank you all very much for the respect and honor you all show towards him"
Erik Blazer

"I am the son of Staff Sargent Melvin L. Blazer Jr. I stubled apon this sight and i appreciate the things yall have said it means a lot to now that people do care about a fallen hero i hope you all have a wonder full time with your family .....Simper FI"
Erik Blazer of Moore, Oklahoma/US

"Melvin was a 7th grade math student of mine at Highland East Jr. High in Moore, Oklahoma. That was back in the 70's. He was the epitame of what every teacher wanted in a student. Of all his features, his smile was not only contagious, it was perpetual. To this day, I can't see him without that smile. You couldn't help but like him. It was obvious that Melvin Blazer would one day make a difference in the world that we live in today. Thank you Melvin, and thank you Blazer family for his service to our Country and to Moore, Oklahoma."
Jimmy Carter, Melvin's 7th grade math teacher of OKC, Oklahoma(Moore schools)

"April 23, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Melvin L. Blazer:
Melvin 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 family of SSGT Melvin Blazer. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I served with Mel in 1990 & 1991 in the gulf war. Mel was always a character to be around. He had the ability to make us laugh when many of us could not find much to laugh about. I remember when we went to Okinawa and mel went from STA Platoon to work in CO's office in H&S Company. He was liked by all and very highly thought of. When he got promoted to Corporal, he gained the respect and admiration of his peers and fellow Marines. Your loss of a family member is felt by all of the Marines that knew mel. I hope that many of the Marines that served with mel through the years will tell others how great mel was, by how he lived life everyday."
Joe Cottrell - Sgt USMC 1988-1994 of Vancouver, WA.

"I miss SSgt Blazer very much he always took care orf everyone he could he could make you laugh by telling us a story that happened when we were still in grade school he loved Okhaloma things he got right before his passing to his wife and children he thought about you guys all the time . He will alwasys be remembered as the hero he was"
Guy Wall of Springfield ,Il 3/5 wpns plt

"There isn't a day I do not think obout Melvin. He is the greatest man I ever met. I miss him."
SSgt Barnes of Billings Mt

"I don't think I would have made it through some of the rough times if it wasn't for SSGT Blazer. He always did the right thing even if it meant getting in trouble for us."
SGT Lanning James J of 3rd TRAX

"Best memory i have of ssgt blazer was when we were in iraq on thanksgiving he came to our track with a lil toy turkey on his kevlar. that right there made my day. you will be missed.

contreras
3rd tracks"
brian contreras of salinas, ca

"For SSgt Blazer's wife and children.
Your Husband was my recruiter in September of 2003. if it wasn’t for the dedication of this man I would be on the road to nowhere fast instead of the Marine Corps. I have no way to even comprehend your loss but I send my sincere condolences to you and your children."
Cpl Humphress of Camp pendelton, CA

"For Sgt. Blazer's family,
As Memorial Day approaches, please know that his service and your sacrifice has not been forgotten. Your family continues to be in our thoughts and prayers."
Kaye of OK

"To a mighty fine Marine that I had grown to love. He was always cheerful, friendly, smiling...no matter the circumstance. He had a way to make us laugh. That's how I remember Mel. I served with Mel back in the first Gulf War '90-'91 with 1st Bn, 5th Mar. I'm very sad to see him go. Go in peace with God, my good friend."
Brian Thomas of Topeka, KS

"Dear Blazer family,
I like so many Americans are humbled by the selfless sacrifices that men like Melvin have made throughout our nations history. Men like Melvin Blazer have earned the right to be called an American Hero.I pray that your family will be strengthed by the knowledge that Melvin made a difference in this world."
Jim Blazer, TSgt USAF, NV Air National Guard of Reno, NV

"I remember giving Sgt. Blazer a hard time one night about "hound-dogging" my son and his friend. For a while, every time I turned around, there was Sgt. Blazer trying to talk my son, Brad, and his friend, Spencer, into joining the Marines. He waited at school, he waited at the football field, he waited at Brad's job. Eventually, Spencer joined but Brad continued to waiver. Sgt. Blazer joined us on graduation night as we watched our boys receive their diplomas. He later joined our families for a celebratory dinner. Well, Sgt. Blazer would be proud to know that Spencer is still a Marine and Brad is in the US Army, currently serving in Baghdad. Sgt. Blazer will be missed by many."
Kaye of Eufaula, OK

"Will the family please contact me; we are cousins and I gather and write books about family members, and would like to include Melvin and family in future writing. I share your loss and grief over another of our fallen heroes. Contact at hblazer1126@bellsouth.net"
John A. Blazer of Savannah, GA

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

"SSGT BLAZER IS A WARRIOR. I REMEMBER HIM FROM THE FIRST GULF WAR WITH THE FIRST BATTALION FIFTH MARINES STA PLATOON. HE WAS FEARLESS. HE WAS THE FIRST TO VOLUNTEER FOR DUTY. HE KEPT HIS FELLOW MARINES MOTIVATED WITH A COMBINATION OF HUMOR, KNOWLEDGE OF LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND WORLD EVENTS, AND HISTORY. HE LISTENED TO PAUL HARVEY. HE KEPT HIMSELF IN THE BEST OF CONDITION. HE NEVER GOT TIRED. HE WAS PROUD OF HIS COUNTRY. A STATUE OR A SHIP SHOULD BE COMMISSSIONED IN HIS NAME. BECAUSE HE ALWAYS THOUGHT OF OTHERS AHEAD OF HIMSELF."
THOR C JOHNSON of DETROIT,MICHIGAN

"To the family of SSgt Melvin Blazer, my condolences to you and your family. I served with Melvin when he was in Hawaii, with 2nd bn 3rd marines in Hawaii. He was one of my best friends. We worked together in Camp Hansen rifle range, in okinawa, Japan. The last time i saw him, was just before he went to the east coast as a PMI, and I last spoke to him, at Camp Pendleton, just before i went to Iraq. I didn't even know he was killed in action. At that time I was operating at Abugharib prison,near Fallujah, with the 11th Marine Expetionary Unit. He was like my brother. Im going to missed him. To His kids, your dad was one of a kind, he was a true American hero, when you grow up and read about Operation Iraqi Freedom in youre text book, you can say that youre dad did not die in vain, that he made a difference,He help liberate and free the people of Iraq. you will be pround him and I know you are right now. My heart goes to you all. May God Bless Melvin and the family. " HE WAS ONE OF THE FEW THE PROUD " A MARINE. SEMPER FIDELIS.

GySgt Buenafe Larry
Bravo 1/4
Camp Pendleton, California, 92054"

"He will be forever remembered on the Woodring Wall of Honor. Memorial Day, May 30th 2005
Oklahoma's only living tribute to past and present servicemembers."
Elaine W. Johns of Enid Oklahoma

"Dana and Children - I never had the honor of meeting your husband and father, but since I've met you I know that he must have been a wonderful man. His love for his family is a testament of his love for his country and the belief that we all have the right to live freely. Iraq is a safer place for my son because of the sacrafice your loved one made for freedom to reign! Remember "America is the land of the free, because of the Brave"."
Kathy McMillan of Moore, OK USA

"1/26/05
Thank you Sgt. Blazer for leading our brave Marines and defending our great country. Your family should know that a stranger out here deeply appreciates what you have done for us and prays for your loved ones. Semper Fi Marine and God Bless you."
Jim of Pasadena, Maryland

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

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Melvin L. Blazer,

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

"Thank you Melvin Blazer, 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 Staff Sgt. Melvin Blazer:
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 Melvin 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 Staff Sgt. Melvin Blazer:
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 Melvin, 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