Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns

22, of Vancouver, Washington.
Bruns died in a non-hostile vehicle accident in Kuwait when the pick-up truck that he was driving was struck on the driver's side by a logistics vehicle system. He was a reservist assigned to the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Eugene, Oregon. Died on May 9, 2003.

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"I still miss ya after all these years. We had some really good times. Snarly Tuskers."
Robert of Vancouver

"Rest in peace lcpl bruns . It been yrs since your accident. Your memory will always live with me. I was the last person to see you and not a day goes bye I feel I should of stop you from leaving. But im glad I met you andYou were a great friend and marine."
Cpl.Tejada ,Edward of Glendale, Az

"He was a awesome kid, he would always talk about the "dynamic elbow" and to this day I tell people I will use the dynamic elbow as well. Him and I served in the same security duty in Kuwait. I wish I could've done more to prevent this accident. Great dude this man was, RIP man!!"
Ty Gilliard of Tyler Texas

It has been 10 years since your death but you are still honored and remembered. I would just 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.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I was stationed with Cedric in Kuwait and we became close friends real quick. He was an honorable Marine and a great friend."
Jessica of Hazel Park

"my name is eric bruns,cidrics brother. i am making a shadow box to honor my fallen brother. contact me at 206 225 8956 or my wife robin at 206 617 6719. i need to get contact information on people he served with. also i am needing items such as ribbions and medals and patches. i really need the white hat and the dress uniform top. the web site to order from is medals of america .com i want to have it done for memorial day. so hope to get some help with this its for a man that went with honor to valhalla and should be honored as such. thx"
eric william bruns of seattle wa

"My name is Casey McNicholas and I am trying to make a memorial at Prairie High School for those that were killed in combat. If someone could help me out by letting me know Cedric's graduation year and his birthday that would be great. Also, if anyone knows about any other PHS students that were killed, please let me know so Prairie High School can honor them. Thank you and God bless."
Casey McNicholas of Vancouver, Washington/United States of America

"just wanted to say that i love you baby brother and i miss you.your brother"
eric bruns of seattle wa

"I remember our days as boots. The craziness of Boot Camp, the challenges of Marine Combat Training in the mountains of Pendleton. Ohn and of course, freezing at Engineer School in North Carolina What I most remember were the trips we took off base as new Marines. You were always the funny guy and of course the smart one as well. I think about how we each went our seperate ways after NC, I went to Japan while many fellow Engineers stayed state-side. Thanks for the great memories and the great laughs, I know it is heroes like you that continue the overwatch from above for Marines like myself who are still in the fight. I know that your family and friends will never forget you and that you will always live in our hearts. Semper Fi Marine."
SSgt Juan N. Guillen of Camp Pendleton, Ca.

"I will never eat a yellow banana pepper without thinking of you. Too bad our subway trip when you returned, never came about. I went by myself. You are Loved Cedric."
Amber Ballard of Kelso, WA

""To the family of Cedric E. Bruns ,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero.May you know 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 pray with you or talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church,Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015""

"I have worn Cedric's HeroBracelet for many years and think of him every time I look at my wrist. I just wanted his family to know."
Jon of Traverse City, Mich.

"I Went down to fry beach the other day and chased the cows... It wasnt the same without you ... Semper fidelis buddy.. I Miss you.."
Kelly B of Vancouver,wa

"You will always be loved and missed by your family and friends. You were always there for me when I needed you, you were my "big brother" and you made sure that everyone knew that, and for that I thank you. You had a smile and a laugh that lit up a room and that is how you will be remembered."
Amber Lee of Vancouver, WA

"I was one of the first Medical Vehicles to arrive attached to the 4th Med BN FSSG Shock Trauma Platoon. We all began praying when we found out that it was one of our Marines and to this day I still continue to pray for Cedric E. Bruns. My prayers also go out to his family and friends and may he always stay in our hearts and mind."
CPL Delaney, John M. of Beaumont, CA/ USA

"January 12, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Cedric E. Bruns:
Cedric 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

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.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"To the family;

You are often in our thoughts, and always in our prayers."
McClaffertys of Battle Ground, WA

"Cedric I love you so much and so sorry i never got your ear necklace!!!!! love you and will never forget"
Jamie of Lewis

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Cedric Eugene Bruns, Iíve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the country as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils will come up each Spring, and, like your spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 22, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Cedric, along with 50 more bulbs to represent other soldiers that have been killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View, California


"I first met Cedric Bruns on a bus heading to Pleasant Valley Primary, and with much thought, I believe this had have to taken place in 1987.

Me, a nerdy semi-timid kid, was immediately drawn to him. Anybody who knew Cedric will understand what I'm talking about; he just had that "IT" factor, that charismatic personality that everyone was drawn to.

For such a young kid, he was so beyond his years. He use to perform comedy bits on the school bus every morning, and looking back I see his comedy was more than just a silly little kid sketch, he was genius - like a mini Eddie Murphy.

He'd do anything to get the Harkins' girls & me to laugh. I still cannot look at carmel without laughing and thinking of him. Don't ask...it's an inside joke, a joke that I will always hold dear to my heart.

For the last two years, I take walks almost nightly. I still live down the street from his childhood house. I can honestly say, there is never a time that I walk past his street and don't think of him, and look up into the sky and say hi to him.

He was a wonderful person, who came from wonderful people. I miss him..."
Tasia Stogianis of Vancouver, Washington.

"To Cedric Bruns' parents: I am the WA state coordinator for the Home of the Brave Quilt Project. It the goal of our group to make a memorial quilt for the family of each fallen soldier listing a WA town as their "Hometown". Please contact me: we would be honored to make a quilt honoring Cedric. My email is barbnlamont@comcast.net"
Barb Shillinger of Aberdeen, WA

"Hi Cedric. I wanted to leave you a message so that the whole world can know what a great friend you were to me and what a wonderful boyfriend you were to Shanna. I consider you one of my closest friends and a true blessing in Shanna's life. I truly cherish all the memories, stories and pictures I have of you and "the gang" hanging out. We all had so much fun. And we're deeply saddened that you're gone. But we'll never forget you. Thank you for your courage and strength to fight for what so many Americans take for granted every day. I will never forget the men and women like you who sacrificed so much for people like me. I love you and miss you Cedric. We all do. But I'll see you again."
Jenna B. Hafner of Vancouver, WA

"We received our hero bracelet today. It is enscribed... Lance Cpl Cedric E Bruns ~ Vancouver, WA ~ Marine ~ 5/9/03. My daughter is wearing it proudly to represent the memory of Cedric, and all of the other brave soldiers who have fallen while serving our country, and it will always be treasured by our family. Our thanks, prayers and hearts go out to Cedric and his family."
The Hair Family (Mike, Jen, Nicole and Lauren) of Huntington Beach, California USA

"To the parents and brother of Cedric: Thank you for your assistance during our difficulty, as only you can know and give. God bless you and the service your son gave to our country in the name of freedom. You have been and continue to be in our prayers. Much love and deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Cedric was truly a hero in every sense of the word."
Dean and Suzanne Dibble of Vancouver, WA

"I love you Cedric and always will! You are my hero!"
kristen johns of vancouver , wa

"Cedric Bruns was a beautiful person inside and out. For months He went out of his way to pick me up on the way to school when my car was broken down. When I offered him money he would not accept it. Cedric being so full of life and spirit could always put a smile on my face no matter what type of mood I was in. He was a proud man with strong morals and somebody I looked up to. I love you Cedric and I will never forget you. Thank you for serving our country with pride and honor. You have made a difference!"
Kristin Scott of Brush Prairie, Washington

"To the Bruns Family & friends:
I knew Cedric. Not a whole long time before he went to Iraq, but I knew him enough to love him as a person. He was a great guy is missed so much by so many people. I never thought this could happen to someone so close and now I know that it can. Its terrible, but he is in such a better place now. I am very grateful for what he has done for us. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. There will be a brighter day when everyone is reunited again! I miss you Cedric. Love and prayers."
Danyel of Longview, Wa

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"I went to Prairie High School with Cedric, I graduated a year before him, we had a couple of classes together and out of all the people I went to school with Cedric was somebody that will never be forgotten, him and his family will always be in my thoughts and prayers. He could always make a person smile with the things he would say, he had the kind of personality that you would always remember and could never forget. He was always kind to everybody.I will never forget Cedric, my families heart and prayers are with his family. I'm thankful for having classes for him in school and in my eyes he is a HERO. I'm sorry about the loss of such a great person. He will be missed and always remembered. God Bless."
Stephanie of Vancouver, WA

"I went to Prairie High School with Cedric, but we were never formal friends. I did know his girlfriend, and they were both known as great people. I am now in college, about to leave for Marine Corps OCS and on my way to claim the title that Cedric held; United States Marine. Every Marine will fight forever with the memory of all Marines, including Cedric always on our mind. Semper Fi Marine, you will never be forgotten."
Semper Fi of Pullman, WA

"Hello. I saw Cedric in "People" magazine. I was delighted they paid tribute to the soldier's that parished, instead of the usual star gossip.

I just want to thank Cedric for his bravery and say to his loved ones that I am so very sorry for your loss. He was a handsome brave young man indeed!

Cedric is in paradise now. God pick's his roses!

I know he is deeply missed, however hold him in your <3 until you all meet again!

God Bless! <3"
Colleen Marie of Pittsburgh , PA

"MY heart goes out to you, I wish that words could express my sympathy to you, to EACH family who has lost a special someone, a special son or daughter! We will never understand the reasonings behind these horrid fatalities, but I pray to the Lord of us all that He will comfort you in this time of horrible saddness! I wish I could be there to hold your hand, to help you in any way! I want you to know that, I, too, have a son who may be called to this battle as well. So, although I do not understand your grief, I do understand your lonliness! God Bless you today and always! I am thankful for men (and women) who are serving their country! They are truly HEROS!!!!!!"
Nancy LaVenture of River Falls, WI USA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Cedric, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the parents of Cedric "Hollywood" Bruns i am deeply sorry for your loss. I served with Hollywood for most of the time i was overseas and was aboard Camp Coyote when the accident occured. I want you to know that he was sent home with love and respect from the time the accident happened until he arrived stateside. My prayers are with you and my heart goes out to all of the family and friends. "Once a Marine always a Marine." Semper Fi."
Lcpl. Webb of MCB Camp Pendleton, California

"To the Family of LCpl. Bruns,

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words to you and other family members of Marines who have fallen. I come from a long family line of Marines; I too am a Marine Corps veteran. His service to his Country and his Corps will live forever in the minds of his fellow Marines all over this country.

While I never personally met this Marine, every Marine is my brother and it is with love and respect to his family that I say to them the words of retired GySgt Ermey, "The Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever."

God Bless and Semper Fidelis"
Rob of Iowa

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

"Such a loss to his family and to our country. His aunt is my sister-in-law and our prayers are with the whole family. Stay strong Steph!"
Ann of Greer, SC

"My name is Cathie Longstreth and I was the grandmother to Duane E. Longstreth, killed in Baghdad on August 7, 2003. I am also a member of the "Bridge People" of Outpost 122. The members of the Bridge Team rally at Outpost 122 (the exit 122 off I 5) every Saturday in an effort to support the troops of Ft. Lewis, McCord AFB and Camp Murray (Washington State National Guard). We have the honor of greeting hundreds of military members and their families every week. The response from the troops is heart warming and welcomed .

I am writing this message to the other families in Washington State that have also lost a family member while serving our country, since September 11, 2001. My family would like to display a picture of the fallen hero, with the name and possibly the date of death, on the bridge while we are rallying. It is intended to honor them for the sacrifice they made but will not be used by us as a personal political statement. We hesitated to replicate the pictures we find on the many web sites without the express permission of the surviving family, as we have had our own experience with the media attempting to use our loss to support their political position.

If you do not object to us using your loved ones picture, please email me with your permission at one of the email addresses below. If you have a special picture that you like us to use please email that as well, otherwise we will be using one of the pictures already posted on the web.

Cathie Longstreth of Tacoma, Wa.

"Thank you Cedric Bruns, 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 Mr. and Mrs. Bruns: I'm deeply sorry for your loss. I was one of the Marines at his funeral, and I just wanted to say that he would have been proud to see how much he was loved by everyone."
Lcpl. Jeff Lloyd of Medford, OR

"I did not have the privilege of knowing Cedric, but as a veteran my heart goes out to his family. Please know that he died doing what his country demanded of him and that he died with honor. We who understand the sacrifices Americans make in these sad times must work to insure that never again will America send itís youth to die for lies and money. I pray that Cedricís family is as proud of him as we veterans are and that the memory of Cedric will remain alive and active in the hearts of the people of Vancouver."
Robert Tice of Vancouver, Washington USA

"I went to school with Cedric. We went to the same primary, middle, and high school together. He was even on my 3rd grade basketball team. We spoke to each other very little at Prairie High School. But, saw him every now and then. I heard about his unfortunate passing 3 days after it happened via e-mail. I am serving in Saudi Arabia myself, and sadend when I heard of the news. My prayers go out to his family and friends. He's a good kid and one heck of a Marine. My condolences of his passing."
Airman 1st Class Brandon J. Saludares of Serving: Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia. Home: Vancouver, Washington

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Cedric Bruns:
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 Cedric for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"I'll never forget what freedom you gave us by giving your life. Your smile, your loving ways will always be remembered by your family! I love you Cedric and Uncle Peter and Aunt Debbie. I love you and wish I could be there with you. I love you guys, Amy"
Amy of Bangor, Maine

"We thank you for the sacrafice Cedric made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier!"
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Our Prayers and our Love go to Cedric's
family. All the Leeman family"
Mike & Nancy,Hallie & Karen, Joan & Tony of Bangor,Maine USA

"Our Hearts and our Love and Prayers go out to the Bruns Family"
Nina & Harold of Bangor, Maine

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Cedric Bruns:
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 Cedric, 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