Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Jeffrey A. Boskovitch

25, of North Royalton, Ohio.
Boskovitch died as a result of enemy small-arms fire while conducting dismounted operations outside Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Brookpark, Ohio. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, all were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on August 1, 2005.

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"Jeff,we miss You very much,You are always in our thoughts and Prayers.Thank You for Your service to Protect Your Family and loved ones.

Rest In Peace, And know the Country Thanks You for Patriotic Service.

We miss Your smiling face Jeff and all of Your good deeds."
Grandpa Boskovitch of Brunswick, Ohio

"Jeff, you will always be missed and never forgotten. Thank you for serving your country and your ultimate sacrafice."
Stefanie Lange of Parma, Ohio

"Thank you for serving our country and giving us the peace of freeedom to know that we will be protected always, here's to you and your brothers and sisters who have fallen and who are still serving to keep us safe. Ask not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country!!!"
Christy Bell of Cleveland, OH

"hello,i am from serbia,my english is not so good,i make one story about serbian in us army...when i saw surname boskowitch its look like serbian surname,i have a question does jeffrey was serb and how many serbs is in iraq in us army....
if you know something about that plese sign to me...

thank you

R.I.P. Jeffrey A Boskovitch"
petar of belgrade serbia

"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

"Was Jeffrey A. Boskovitch with Serbian origin? If he was, it is a real prove that orthodox people are the bravest people in the world."
marko of Balkan

"Jeff , your bravery will not be forgotten. Prayers to your loved ones at home. Ka kite !"
Kristoff Te Atairangikaahu of Milford Sound Aotearoa New Zealand

"To the Boskovitch family,
years have passed since the terrible news came, but everytime i put on my boots, everytime i pick up my rifle, everytime i put on my dogtags your family is my heart. i go to iraq for my first time next month and believe me jeffrey will be in my heart. he is a true hero and the reason im here right now. he's my motovation and my strength. i hope he is watching down over me when im in country. semper fi."
PFC Loychik, Christopher of Seven Hills, OH

"Semper Fi Brother"
G.Perez of Los Angeles, CA

"TO KATHY AND ALL OF JEFFS FAMILY.
I SEND THIS MESSAGE TO SAY THAT JEFF IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN AMERICAN HERO.
I FEEL IT TO BE A TRUE HONOR TO BE INVITED TO THE GOLF OUTING ON THE 26TH OF JULY 08'.
AND AS WELL TO OFFER A PORTRAIT OF JEFF TO YOUR FAMILY AT THAT TIME.
IT IS MY HOPE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE A SAFE AND JOYOUS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION.
THE OHIOS HEROES MEMORIAL ART PROJECT
www.ohiosheroes.com"
MR.BRYAN YANKULOV of MOUNT VERNON, OHIO.

"April 27, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Jeffrey A. Boskovitch:
Jeffrey gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgoten. 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 send my condolences to the family. I pray for the soul of this service member who went beyond the call of duty. May God be with all of our soldiers. And may no one ever be left behind again."
Candace Reed of Miramar, FL.

"God rest you JB. Semper Fi Marine."
Marc A. USMC HMM-163 MAG-16 '79-'83 of LA HABRA,CA

"As a good friend of Doug Boskovitch it hurts me to even know the pain the boskovitch family had to go through. i remember being on the football team and holding our helmets in the air for the parade of his death. Seeing all the family members faces crying made me join the marines and im now 9 days away from bootcamp. He was a hero to many and will always be remembered. Jeff we all miss you and when im over there fighting you will be in my thoughts and help me get through. SEMPER FI. OOHRAH"
Christopher Loychik of Seven Hills, Ohio

"As A former classmate of Jeff's, thru HJH & NHS, it was sad to see our classmates leavin us at such a young age. Bein able to see everything in his procession, and seeing the rest of his group return, has shown me all they are doing for our country. It isn't fair, but they do it to give us the freedom we have today. Thank you for all you did Jeff, and to your family, My heart is with you everyday. He did a wonderful thing for us and our country."
Lisa Rocco of Whitehouse, OH

"I was visiting a teacher from Normandy that had passed several years ago and in searching for him I found Jeff. My husband was in the Marines with the AAV's from Jacksonville, NC so finding this really hit me hard. I didn't know Jeff personally, but I did know him through school. I told my husband I found him so we left a coin and a USMC flag the other day. Even though he didn't know him, we still want to show our support. The time Ronnie spent in Iraq he lost a number of friends and we just want to let the family know we appreciate everything they sacrificed."
Ronnie and Mary Tucker of Parma Heights, OH/USA

"Jeff, Aaron Stevens, and I joined the marines the same day. There isn't a day that goes by that I wish I wasn't there for my brother. May you never be forgotten. you arent just a hero to america, you are my hero. i love you bro.

Semper Fi"
LCpl Nikolaos S. Hazinakis of Parma, Ohio/U.S.A.

"LEST WE FORGET.
even the fallen bear us along with them.
Till We Meet"
mario letoni of london, U.K

"Jeffrey,
I was watching the documentary on A&E about your unit and that's how I learned about what happened to you. I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow team members for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Your not forgotten...All your friends were at the blind pig last nite in memory of you... We celebrated your life, and drank a lot of Jack Daniels... We miss you"
Justin of Cleveland, Ohio

"To the family of:Jeffery A. Boskovitch 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 remember the time we spent together PTAD. Remember the gun show we went to? We had fun together then. You will be missed by many"
LCpl Long of MCAS Miramar, CA

"My heart goes out to the love ones left behind.Like we say in the Army, the family serves too. Members of the silent rank."
Proud Army wife, Sherry of Alabama

"To the family, freinds and fellow Devil Dogs of Cpl Jeffery A. Boskovich,
May God be with you. Cpl Boskovitch was and is a true American Hero. Thank-you for all you have given. Gods Speed."
Captain Thomas N. Carter USMC 1983-1991 of Pennsylvania USA

"Jeff-
You are an amazing marine and an even better friend. Just like Jim said, we got our wish when we got to Iraq and were put out doing what we love. You made things fun over there and I will always remember the times we spent together. Until we meet again, semper fi bud."
LCpl Andrews of 3/25 STA Plt.

"To Jeffs Family,

I am deaply sorry for your loss. I remember Jeff from the Sea Cadets when we were teenagers and always remembered he always made me laugh. I am proud to say I knew him, he was a good guy and I know he is deeply missed. Again I am sorry."
Lee Patouhas of Willoughby, OH

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

"To the family of Cpl. Jeffrey Boskovitch,

May you find peace and comfort in knowing that your loss is America's loss and that Jeffrey is a hero to all of us."
A Proud Marine Mother of Aurora, Ohio

"We, keep you and your family, in our prayers everyday , and my heart breaks, for the family, but Jeff is in a beautiful place, somewhere , we will all be someday, I'm sure he is smiling down on his love ones."
Doc Alunni's Mom & Dad of Northfield Center, Oh

"Bosko. We were the SCC man, the sniper controllers, until we set foot in country and they split us up. We both wanted to be in the teams, we both got our wish. I wish it ended different, just know, my injuries came from my full willingness to go out and find you, and I would not change what I did for a second. I'll miss you brother, see you on the other side."
Doc of Cleveland, Ohio

"To the family and friends of Corporal Jeffrey A. Boskovitch,

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

"My uncle Jonny and my uncle Robbie always played with Jeff when he was little and they went to Dag with him. They also went to NHS together. And everyone was so sad when they heard what had happend."
Allie of Parma, Ohio USA

"Even though you are not with us anymore


Your spirit and love will be kept forever in our hearts"
Meghan of Parma,OH

"Although I didn't know Jeff I think, because he is a patriot and a hero, he would appreciate this poem.

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. John Stuart Mill

Semper Fi brother Marine."
Bob Colombo of Northfield, Ohio

"I had met Jeff a few times, he was really good friends with my neighbor. He always had a smile on his face and was always acting goofy. He seemed to always make us laugh.

To the family, the healing road is going to be long, and the journey will be tough. The pain will never go away, but i have learned from my loss, that if you open your heart and mind and just listen to what is going on around you, Jeff will be there to comfort you.

Lance Cpl. Jeffery A. Boskovitch, you will forever be remembered as a loving son, brother, and friend, but most importantly as a HERO. You have touched so many lives. Thank you for being so brave and strong. Semper Fi"
of Parma, Ohio

"My heart and prayers go out to the family, friends and comrades of Jeffrey. May God bless you and give you comfort."
Marine Mom 3/25/4th of Western NY

"Jeff was 8 years younger than me yet I looked up to him. I had the pleasure to attend Police Academy with Jeff, work with him at the Geauga County Sheriff's Office and call him a friend.
Not only have we lost a dedicated Marine, but we have lost a great future Police Officer."
Tim Ellis of Sagamore Hills, OH

"JAMES MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN. YOU ARE MANY MANY THINGS TO ALL THOSE YOU HAVE TOUCHED WITH YOU HEART. THE COMFORT FOR ME, THAT YOU SERVED ALONG SIDE OUR SON. ALTHOUGH, YOU BOTH HAD NOT KNOWN ONE ANOTHER. YOU PROTECTED ONE ANOTHER, EACH OTHERS UNIT AND WITH NO DIFFERNCE TO BRANCH OF SERVICE! YOU ARE ONCE AGAIN TOGETHER. WE LOST GREGORY LAST YEAR. THANKS WILLIAM FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Kim, I am sorry to hear about your brother. We will never forget the sacrifice Jeff has made. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
David of North Royalton, Ohio

"To the Boskowitz Family. God bless Jeffrey and the family he left behind. Please know that you are all in my prayers. Jeffrey was a true hero."
Carolyn Mahon of North Olmsted, Ohio

"To the family of Cpl Boskovitch, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I'm a fellow Marine from North Royalton serving in Iraq, and I felt it only appropriate I should send my deepest condolences. It's always hard when a brother falls; moreso when it's someone from the same community. I can't imagine how hard it must be, but all I can say is we'll do our best to ensure Jeff didn't die in vain."
First Lieutenant Kevin Claybon of North Royalton, OH

"we will never forget the sacrifice you have made. wars will go on but the memories of the fallen soldiers will never Die."
Mike of Brunswick, Oh

"GOD BLESS YOUR SON. HE IS A TRUE HERO. GOD LET HIM REST IN PEACE."
marie of brunswick oh, medina

"Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends through this time. Semper Fi"
Ssgt Ron & Peggy Whitcomb of 3/25 Wpns Akron OH

"Jim and Vicki, The loss of Jeff puts a hole in all our hearts. He is a true hero and we are proud to have met him, if only briefly. He will be remembered always, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
Mike and Janet of Medina, Ohio

"Marine Cpl. Jeffrey A. Boskovitch, "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

"I never knew Jeff, but i beleive my brother went to School with him at Royalton, I am sorry to hear about the loss. Keep your heads up and be strong. Remeber that your son died being a hero, and will always be remembered along with the other troops who lost their lives. Hearing the news bout this touches my heart, being we are neighbors. They are American, American Soldiers, something to be proud of and u are the proud parents of an honorable marine. GOD BLESS"
Rachel of North Royalton, OH

"MANY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY OUR HEARTS BREAK WITH YOU...Jeff IS A TRUE AMERICAN HERO..""
of brook park ohio

"Marine Cpl Jeffrey A. Boskovitch: 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 Jeffrey and may memories comfort you during this very difficult time and always."
DOROTHY E. BURT of PORTSMOUTH, RI

"Dear Family of Jeffrey Boskovitch: 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

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

"The Salute


To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"I was just watching CNN and saw Mr. Boskovitch talk about his son. I would like to send out my heartfelt sympothy. My husband was a Marine and then transfered to the Army. Our company was deployed to Iraq last year, we lost six. Please know that your are in the thoughts and prayers of many."
military wife of ft. hood, tx

"My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Cpl Boskovitch. We will never forget you hero!"
Proud Sister of a 3/25 Marine based in Akron, Ohio

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgement of his God.
"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."



~Author Unknown~"

"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

"as a marine mom,my heart goes out to your family.i am so sorry that this had to happen.."
Bonnie Sponable of Parish,NY

"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, Jeffrey 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 friends, comrades and family of Jeffrey. May God give you strength as you grieve the loss of him and his comrades."
Marine Mom 3/25/4th of Western NY

"To the Bostovitch Family, I wish to extend to you my most sincere condolences. Your Jeffrey is truly an American Hero. Jeffrey has helped to prevent another 9/11. Jeffrey will always be remembered and honored by all. May God Bless you all and God Bless Jeffrey."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Thank you Jeffrey Boskovitch, 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. Jeffrey Boskovitch:
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 Jeffrey 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. Jeffrey Boskovitch:
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 Jeffrey, 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