Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Kirk J. Bosselmann

21, of Napa, California.
Bosselmann died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on November 27, 2004.

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"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day. Never forgotten."
Lauren of Chicago, IL

"Thanks for the memories and I am proud of what you have done. Miss you bro."
MSgt John Collins

"I've been telling my kids about Kirk as we discuss Memorial Day. He was a hero and so much more... His smile and energy were contagious. I knew him from his riding days... He was always one to kick on and never look back. Our country needs more like him. I am so grateful to his wonderful family for making and sharing such a fine man. He is missed by many."
Leslie of New Windsor, MD

"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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"I was Kirk's guidance counselor at Poolesville High School and a former Marine (70-72). It was a priviledge to have known such a fine young man and class act. Kirk always carried himself and acted with integrity. When Kirk served in Iraq I kept a steay supply of cigars coming his way. He is missed but will never be forgotten."
James Cappuccilli of Myersville, MD

"April 29, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Kirk J. Bosselmann:
Kirk 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

"Kirk,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. and to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I saw the CNN news program about your unit-1/8 in Fallujah and what you and your fellow Marines had to go through. I served in the USMC during the 80's and fortunately it was peacetime but I feel honored to be able to say that I was a member of an organization that has brave men like you and your fellow Marines from 1/8 in it.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow Marine;former member of 1/8"

"Kirk- i'll never forget when you hurt your eye and you forced me to look at it. i went to santa monica and put your name on a cross in remembrance. it's been several years and i still see your face on every fallen service member."

"Kirk..I just wanted to let you know I still think of you every day man. The good times, the old days...I'm sorry..."

"I never met my cousin Kirk, from what i know of him he was cut from the same piece of cloth as my brother and I. While we were busy enjoying the great outdoors of Australia, he was busy enjoying the great outdoors of north America and on that day when we do meet will be in a a even greater place.

Here is a few passages taken from 'The ode of remembrance' adopted by the Australian army to pay tribute to the fallen. Here it is dedicated to all our brothers in the U.S. Marine Corps.

'They went with songs to battle, they were young, straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end, against odds uncounted. They fell with their faces to the foe.'

'They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condem.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.'

CFN M.Bosselmann
RAEME Corps
5 RAR
Darwin Australia"

"I think about him a lot. He was a great friend and comrade. I feel a great sense of honor to have known such a great human being and one tough man. We served together in the 81's platoon with 1/8. I have nothing but good memories about Kirk. I still remember the last time I spoke to him in Rota, Spain. We were on our way back from 26MEU operations. I flew back early along with other senior marines because it was our time to get out of the service. I told him he was one of the most capable and dependable marines that I ever met and that I wish he enlisted sooner. I remember how mad he was that he was unable to go to Iraq the first time. This was due to logistical reasons.
Anyway, I can't wait to see you in heaven someday Kirk. May you rest in peace. In closing, the Marine Corps has one benefit that most experiences do not have, and that is you truly find brothers among those who were once strangers."
Cpl. Geoffrey Hunt of Seattle, Wa

"I am touched by the sentiments and the stories. I'd like to add ... Fellow Americans and Soldiers ... The Marine Corps Marathon is a great place to help keep the traditions and values that the fallen soldiers have died for alive. My heart goes out to this young Marine for his dedication and to his family for their son and loss. I am proud to serve the Marines as a corpman in the US Navy. Keep freedom alive and serve our beloved corps by participating in the Marine Corps Marathon.
"Semper Fi - Ooh Rah""
HMCS Tom A. Minto FMF/SW of USN - Washington

"Cpl Bosselmann (Kirk) was not originally from Napa, Ca. Rather he came to Napa to join the CDF, he had very high aspirations of becoming a Fireman, but missed the hiring of the CDF by only a couple of days. Running low on money, and not wanting to return to Maryland, he called me, the local Marine Corps Recruiter. After a few conversations with him I agreed to meet with him to see if he had what it took to serve in our ranks, he did! But wanting to leave to boot camp as soon as possible, he opted to join the infantry instead of holding out to get a Crash Fire Rescue MOS. He said that if he could not do Crash Fire Rescue, then he wanted to go Infantry, there was no other option. Since he could not go to boot camp right away, he came to live with me and my family for a couple of months till his date finally came up. He was really excited, and his only concern was that his personnel belonging got home to his folks. After a conversation or two with his folks, I got his gear in the mail to his folks. I got one letter from Kirk while he was in boot camp thanking me and my family for letting him stay with us, getting his gear home to his folks. I learned that he fell while I was fighting in An Najaf about the same time. I always think of him as I do all the young men and women that I recruited and hope that all are safe. I'm very proud of Kirk, he was the type of guy who set out to do something, and he followed through. My family and will always have fond memories of Kirk, and will never forget him as he became apart of my family, and the Marine Corps Family.

I'll see you when its my turn to report for duty at the Pearly Gates, I guess at that time I will be the New Bee, and be following your orders as you will be Cpl of the Guard and it will be my turn to stand post once again.

Semper Fi Young Warrior
GySgt Lopez"
of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"I served with your son and and attended bootcamp with him. I am very sorry for your loss, I will always remember him!!!
Semper Fidelis"
Robert Driotez of SLC, UT

"Kirk, It has been two years since you left us for a better world. I never got to tell you how much you meant to me. You were always there for me, and I cared about you deeply. I miss you, and I am thankful to have an angel on my side. I miss you! I also want your family to know what a wonderful son they rasied. Until we meet again.....Love always."
Robin Jones of Jacksonville, NC

"On Sunday September 17th, a silent vigil took place in New York City to remember, and honor those courageous individuals who have lost their lives in Iraq. This vigil was arranged by three NYU graduates (numberthedead.com) to ensure that those who died would be remembered. We held signs with the soldiers names, ages and hometown on them. Many who were not involved became involved, and many stopped to read the names of those fallen soldiers. I have the sign with Cpl. Bosselmann's name on it. I have been severely pained by the loss of lives, but Cpl. Bosselmann has now made this a personal experience for me. I would like to send the sign to you if you would like it...I can be reached at wolfpitamr@aol.com Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and support to all those who have touched the life of Cpl. Bosselmann, and all those whose lives that Cpl. Bosselmann has touched. I now count myself among them.
Most sincerely,"
Ann Romanello of Norwalk, CT

"Kirk, I never the chance to really thank you for introducing me to Joey!! I mean without you I would not have him as a husband or Josie as my daughter. We all miss you and think about you daily. You are my hero!!!"
Ali Watkins of Parris Island, South Carolina

"Everytime that I opened my emails, I wish so hard to see a new one from you. From what I know about you, I truly believe that you were a male version of myself. I will always continue to pray to you and I know that you will forever be beside me, making sure that I keep my promise to you."
Your outback cousin Kirsten of Australia

"Kirk,,i miss you bro,,you were a true friend and an awesome marine,,,it was an honor serving with you,,,until we meet again,,,,,,"
christian losito of wilmington delaware

"I never met Kirk. I've learned alot about him through his comrades, friends and family via internet posts and pages dedicated to him. I wear his name proudly around my wrist. I'm 26 and from NY and specifically requested Kirk's name because not only does today mark one year that Kirk has not been with us, but today is also my birthday. I want his family and friends to know that he is remembered every day and today I said a prayer for everyone who was touched by Kirk to continue to remain strong. I would love to learn more about Kirk, so anyone that would like to share more information, please feel free to contact me at purpledlphn1127@aol.com."
Cara of Brooklyn, NY

"Dear Beverly,
I am writing on behalf of my son, LCPL Christian Losito. He is currently in Iraq and called me today. He was a close friend of Kirk's and Christian asked me to try to get in touch with you. He wants you to know he is thinking of you today. He was with Kirk last year when he was killed. Christian got a tatoo on his chest when he returned in honor of Kirk. It reads:November 27, 2004 In memory of Kirk Bosselmann Gone but never Forgotten. He would really like to call you and/or visit you when he gets back in March. If you would like to send him an e-mail, his address is Chrislosito@yahoo.com I know it would mean an awful lot to him if he heard from you. Please know that you are in my prayers always, but especially on this difficult date. I will offer my mass for you and for Kirk tomorrow. May God give you strength and May Kirk rest in peace. Semper Fidelis
Elizabeth Losito"
eblosito3@aol.com of Wilmington, DE 19804

"Kirk, every since I was just a little girl I can remember lifting my chin so high just to look up at your face. I was in awe of how amazing you were, and how strong and inspiring you were just to be around. I love you, and miss you everyday and pray that this is all just a dream and that I will see you in that old stone house at chirstmas and you will there to play fight and make me smile. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you.I am so proud to be your little cousin."
Danielle of Georgetown ON

"My sincere thanks to all who have written to express their sympathy and support for our family, it does provide us with comfort. To honor Kirk and pay tribute to all who served and continue to serve in the military, Kirk's sister and I will be running, along with 22 other people, as Team Kirk, in the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 30 2005.
We will be raising funds for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. We are trying to follow Kirk's very fine example of reaching out to help his comrades in arms. With every step I take I will be thinking of Kirk and all of those who gave their lives for us. Their unconditional love is truly humbling. May God bless all of you."
Kirk's mother, Beverley of Dickerson, MD

"Thanks for your service and sacrifice. We are all very blessed to have had such an outstanding man protecting us."
Carolyn of Sunnyvale, CA

"To the family of Kirk J Bosselmann, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to talk to or someone to pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev. John B Pearrell 11677 Browm Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015, Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga. U S A

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

"Kirk it was an honor serving with you as your platoon Corpsman. You are the true definition of a MARINE. Thank you for all the great memories. You will always be in my thoughts and pryers. God bless and SEMPER FI."
HM2(FMF/SW) Oddy "Doc" of MCAS New River NC

"kirk. I have never met you. My older sister was in love with you. I had read some of the letters and emails the two of you sent each other while you were away. They were the cuteist things i had ever heard. Only hours before my family and I heard of your death I overheard my sister say to my mother that she thought you were "the one". I had never cryed for someone that I had never met before, but I cryed for you. I wish I had met you. You had to be a pretty great guy for my sister to fall in love with. Thank you for everything."
Joe

"My deepest regards to kirks family and friends.I was in bootcamp w/ kirk, it is no suprise to hear that he left us fighting.He is the first person that I have known to have lost his life in war.I will never forget "Bosselmann" and his dedicated service to the freedom of my family and myself."Im sure that he's still honoring his committment to the Corps at the pearly gates of heaven.HOORAH!"
carrillo of sacramento,ca.

"Kirk, you fought and lived along side my son Nick, you were friends, and in the same platoon. Nick, Todd and you are now together. All of you will be remembered by this father. Semper Fidelis"
Andrew Ziolkowski of Germantown, MD USA

"Kirk Bosselman I served at 1st Batalion 8th Marines with you as your platoon Corpsman "doc". I was deployed with you on our first deployment to Mosul,Iraq with the 26MEU we worked out together on ship and we partied and hung out together on land. Thank you for allowing me the chance to get to know you as a friend,brother,and comrade. I love you and I will miss you."
HM3 Pierre Thomas aka "Doc Thomas" of Jersey City,NJ USA

"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 Corporal Kirk J. Bosselmann,

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 for the gift of freedom Kirk, we will honor it everyday with a thought of you. Semper Fi Marine"
The Shaw Family 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, Kirk, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Kirk Bosselmann, 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. Kirk Bosselmann:
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 Kirk 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. Kirk Bosselmann:
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 Kirk, 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