Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Maj. Gerald M. Bloomfield II

38, of Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Bloomfield died when his AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter crashed while flying in support of security and stabilization operations near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was with the Marine Light-Attack Helicopter Squadron 369, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II MEF (Forward). Died on November 2, 2005.

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"I first met Jerry ("Jer") back in 1998 at the Naval Postgraduate School. I was nervously sitting in Glasgow Hall waiting for orientation to begin. I was in the middle of the auditorium when this Marine Captain comes over and sits down next to me. He says, "Hey, Jerry Bloomfield." I stick out my hand and say, "Bryan Lopez." He replies, "Glad to me you. What are you here for?" "Electrical Engineering." He says, "Me too!" From then on we were fast friends, suffering through Calculus without the benefit of a refresher. I'm sure Professor Neta was irritated with our slow progress, but he was patient and we eventually got there. We had many classes together. Jerry's quick wit and sense of humor had me laughing out loud so often that sometimes it got us in trouble with the professors (and fellow students), who just glared at us over their horn rimmed glasses. Later, when his wife, Julie, and son, Ryan, joined him in Monterey, they became our neighbors at Fort Ord. Two years on, in June 2000, at our graduation commencement ceremony, by shear coincidence of the assigned seating, Jerry was sitting right beside me! I turned to him and said, "That first day back at Glasgow I didn't think I'd make it!" He replied, "Me neither!" We both had a good laugh. That may have been the last time I saw him. I don't think we even said goodbye. As is the military way, our families were busy packing up and heading for the next adventure. So, I lost track of Jerry, but figured our paths would cross again eventually as they often do among friends and colleagues. I thought of him from time to time and imagined him as a LtCol doing penance at MARCORSYSCOM and then later as a Col somewhere in the bowels of the Pentagon influencing Marine policy (or making coffee!). I didn't know he was gone until I saw our classmate Bryan Braswell's posting of his passing today. I share this story on Memorial Day in honor of a great friend, a classmate, a shipmate, a husband, a father, a pilot, a warrior and a Marine. Fair winds and following seas, Jer. Godspeed. We miss you."
CAPT (USN) Bryan Lopez of San Diego, CA

"I am saddened and embarrassed that it takes Veteran's Day for me to post here. I'd just like to take a moment to let Maj. Bloomfield (and his family) that he is not forgotten, nor will he ever be. I was a Crew Chief in Gunshot 65 on November 2, 2005 and that day changed me forever. RIP warrior. You deserve it."
GySgt Joly of Escondido, CA

"Like Sgt Hardy, I too served with him from 303 to 169. I was the Operations Cheif for HMLA-169 when I have my fondest memories of him and his son. I remeber holding his baby boy in my arms and seeing the (oh so familiar) smile that not only showed on his face but seemed to radiate from his soul. He always had a bounce in his step. Even now I can see his smile."
SSG Jason Marshall (PMI) of Camp Roberts, Ca.

"I thought of you today, Jer as I prepare to come visit you once again in Arlington. Shannon and I cannot thank you enough for the inspiration you provided us both in life, and in death. Our lives would truly not be what they are now without your sacrifice - and we are thankful every day for being able to get to know your beautiful Julie, and to become reaquainted with your wonderful family - especially Katy - in your honor as part of Team Beav. Just want you to know I'll be bringing all of their love with me on Sunday - and that your sacrifice will never be in vain because there are too many who remember you well, and love you to this day. RIP hero - see you in heaven!"
Bridget and Shannon of Tennesee

"Nov. 2nd again I'm sorry, you have my sympathy sincerely George"
George Love of Latrobe PA

"I am honored to have received a Handcrafted Rosary from Mr. Bloomfield through a friend Myrna Payton. I pray the Rosary regularly and remember Major Bloomfield and all our fallen heroes especially PFC Lentz 3/1 2-29-1968 KIA Vietnam who only ever saw one photo of his son before he died. With the utmost love and affection. George H. Love, Jr L/Cpl USMC 3/1 67-68"
George H. Love, Jr. of Latrobe PA 15650

"5 years ago today. The Gunfighters are doing well here in Afghanistan. We flew a flag in the AH-1W Cobra in your honor today. From your Gunfighter family you are still very much in our thoughts and prayers. GT66WWNF""
Captain Troy Rees of HMLA 369 Helmand Province, Afghanistan

"4 Years ago. You and your family always in my thoughts and prayers. Gunfighters Rule.
GT66WWNF"
Capt Rees of Carlsbad, CA

"Jerry was my classmate at Fowlerville HS, class of 1984. I didn't really know him that well. I was really surprised at our 10 year reunion to see him in an Marine Corps uniform. He would have been one of the last people I would have guessed would join the Corps. I was really sorry to hear about his death in Iraq. My prayers go out to his family. I helped chaperone my daughter's class to Wash DC this spring. While at Arlington, I made it a point to visit Jerry's grave. I was pleasantly surprised by the reverence a normally unrulely 5th grade class had for the cemetary. Later, I dragged my daughter and her two friends on a road march across the cemetary that would have made any Marine proud (due to time contraints). We said some prayers. I think it is important for all of us as citizens to never forget the sacrifices that Jerry and others have made for this country. It pains me the short attention span our country has. Watching TV you would never know that there are soldiers still in Iraq and Afghanistan putting it on the line - for us! Not a day goes by that I don't think about the sacrifices that Jerry and others still aboard are making for the price of freedom.
Jerry - Semper Fi and Godspeed!"
Major Jeff Gyolai, US Army of Milan, MI USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,450 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna"
Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Nov 2, 2008. I think about you everyday. We will never forget. God bless"
2nd Lt Palmer of Manassas, VA

"Nasty (Inside Joke),
I was with Ryan on his 16th birthday. He now has your Mameluke sword! I gave him a gag birthday card like you would have. Told him it was from you :-) As you know I did 14 months in Iraq. What you don't know is the extra two months were for you & Ryan. See you at heaven's gate...which we all know are guarded by United States Marines. God, Country, Corps.
Semper Fi-"
LtCol Thomas J. Baker of San Marcos, CA

"April 23, 2008
To the family of Maj. Gerald M. Bloomfield, II:
Gerald 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

"Beav, I'm praying for you right now and I hope you are at rest. Julie, I'm so sorry for your loss. Jerry was such a good man. His sense of humor helped me get through some very difficult times. Ryan, your dad was amazing. I miss you guys so much.

Semper Fi,
- Omar W. Rosales
Capt USMC 1997-2003"
Omar of Austin, Texas

"Oh yes... Sorry if I hurt your feelings that one time I told you in Iraq we didn't serve officers after 10AM in Maintenance Admin when you asked me to reset your password (although I did it anyway)I never got the chance to appologize sir. We'll see you in a little bit Sir, Gunfighters rule!!!"
Sgt. Zavala of Los Angeles, California

"My prayers are with you"
heather V of wyoming Mi.

"Rest In Peace, Sir. Gunfighters Rule!!!"
Sgt. James Zilligen of Oakland, Ca

"To the family of:Gerald M. Bloomfield 11 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"

"To Major Bloomfield's family my prayers and condolences go out to you. Not a day goes by that I don't think of that day in Ramadi. I wish your family the best. GS66WWNF"
Capt Rees of San Diego, CA

"To Beav's family; Michael Martino was my brother in law. I met Julie and Ryan briefly at services at Pendleton but do not know you. But you should know that the Martino family thinks about Mike and Jerry every day. Whenever we visit Arlington we always go to Jerry's site as well. I hope you are doing as well as possible."
Chuck Nelson of Warrenton, VA

"To the family of Maj Bloomfield,
I had the pleasure to have met some of you once at Mt Soledad for the memorial. My wife Kristen and I pray for your family and ask for you blessings. Capt Martino and Maj Bloomfield were great men and two of the finest Officers I have ever had the pleasure of serving under. This country will forever be in debt for their sacrifice. I will NEVER forget Gunshot 66!
"DO IT FOR BEAV AND MARTINI"
Cpl Jonathan S. Chavez of Beaufort, SC

"To Gerald's Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Gerald, you sir are a true American Hero. Words cannot begin to thank you for all you have done in Iraq and in your life. May God Bless you and God Bless your family."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Jer,

Thanks for all you have touched and all you have protected.

We know you continue to watch over those you love.

Know that you continue to inspire us to our best.

--"
Friends in Texas

"The Next Room
Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped
away into the next room. I am I, and you are you.
What ever we were to each other, that
we still are. Call me by my old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way which you
always used. Put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes
we enjoyed together. Pray, smile, think of me,
pray for me. Let my name be the household word
that it always was. Let it be spoken without effect,
without the trace of a shadow on it. Life means
all that it ever meant, It is the same as it ever was;
there is unbroken continuity, Why should I be
out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere
very near, just round the corner. All is well.
~by: Canon Henry Scott Holland~

Gone – but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your loved one with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex. Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"I served with you when you were a 1stLt at HMT-303 in S-3. Semper Fi, and my condolences to his family, he was a fine Marine."
Jack P. Hardy, Jr. (Sgt) of El Cajon, CA

"Jer,

You were a character & I'll never forget you my friend !"
Jeff of Classmate Class of 1984

"Without a doubt Jerry made it clear to us that he believed in the mission. He made those who had doubts, believers, and those who had fears, secure. His sense of pride in our country, for himself, his family and friends was evident in every conversation. His strong conviction for honor and truth was admirable.

I am honored to have known Jerry. He brought lots of smiles to our faces and created memories that can’t be erased. We have lost a great son, husband, father, grandson, brother, nephew and friend but we are better persons to have learned from someone like Jerry and the values he stood for. He undoubtedly will not be forgotten.

God Bless...you are all in my prayers and thoughts..."
Victoria Hollister of Michigan

"To A Fallen Hero Who Will Never Be Forgetten!

Jerry was a wonderful friend and classmate! Please know that he will never be forgetten ~ as he lives on in our hearts and minds every day. There are few words to express the sorrow I feel for you and your loved ones who are grieving for the loss of such a courageous person! May God Bless and keep each of you and may the light that shines so bright in Jerry's memory help you find your way back to him when the time is right.

With Love and Gratitude Always~
Amy Dare
Classmate of 1984"
Amy Dare Smith of Howell

"To the family and friends of Major Gerald M. Bloomfield II,

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. If you're not certain that your loved one's next of kin is registered, please use our link and register them for a quilt so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California USA

"Thank You Gerald Bloomfield for your Heroism. May you now know the peace you so rightly deserve, for you are truly safe at last. My heart aches with your family & friends for their loss."
Melissa Macchi (cousin of PFC Mark Barbret from Shelby Twp., MI, killed in Iraq on 10/14/04) of Roseville, MI

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

"To my friend, neighbor and hero. Your death will not go in vein. Your bravery and heroism will be in our thoughts and hearts forever. You will be terrible missed and you'll never know how much you meant to all of us, no matter how long its been or how far away you are!!!!!"
Tena of Idaho Falls, ID USA

"GERALD THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. AN FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON GREGORY. KIA IN BALAD, IRAQ LAST YEAR! MY TEARS NEVER STOP FLOWING FOR MY SON. YET, TODAY THOSE TEARS AREV FOR YOU. GERALD I DIDN'T KNOWN YOU OR MY SON. BUT, I DO KNOWN THE MAN YOU ARE! ONE THAT IS VERY UNSELFISH! RISKING EVRYTHING FOR ALL AMERICANS AND THE IRAQI PEOPLE! SO YOU CERTAINLY; HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN! YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO!. YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND STILL YOUR SOMEONE TO THE WAHL FAMILY. I HOPE YOUR FAMILY REACHES OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN GERALD'S HONOUR. FOR HE SERVED HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE AND COUNTRY. WE THE FALLEN FAMILIES NEED TO BE SURE. NO ONE EVER FORGETS OUR SON'S AND DAUGHTERS. GERALD MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Gerald Bloomfield II, 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 Maj. Gerald Bloomfield II:
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 Gerald 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 Maj. Gerald Bloomfield II:
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 Gerald, 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