Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. John T. Byrd II

23, of Fairview, West Virginia.
Byrd died due enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on October 30, 2004.

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"message from David Apple 11/13/12"

"oh the pain and tears, will it ever stop? byrd was my point man in the squad and he will be my point man in heaven, folks he was under my charge and I can assure you he was a hero in every sense of the word.. he will always be my hero and I love him..."
David Apple of Stigler, Oklahoma

"Miss you Tommy."
JR of Hoboken, NJ

"To the family of:John T.Byrd
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""

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"First of all, let me offer my sincere condolences of the loss of John. I am co-coordinator for the state of WV program called Home of the Brave Quilts Project. Our aim is to provide quilts to the families of the fallen heroes from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict. I need to contact John wife or mother if anyone reading this would email me address I would appreciate it.
Diana Williams of Teays Valley, WV

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. John T. Byrd, II:
John 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

"sorry about your lose but he is in a better place he did what he had to do here but he is in all of our hearts"
cameron and sherick family of phila pa

"To everyone that has left messages here, thank you and bless you. I am Tommy's cousin and I miss him with all of my soul. I think about him almost everyday and carry incredible guilt at not having said "goodbye" and the wealth of other things I guess everyone wishes they had told their passed loved ones. I was searching the internet, just wanting to see his face again, and I found this website. I'm so touched by everyone's words and appreciation. It's helped me to get through this night as I sit here remembering Tommy. Thank you Bryson for honoring him in the way you did. He was a good man and I love him. Remember him and all our soldiers always. Thank you."
Mary Prescott of Chattanooga, TN

"To: Bryson Byrd
From: Nan Byrd, Tommy's mom
Date: 7/29/2006

Dear Bryson,

I owe you an apology, as I have just received your message on Tommy's board. I'm going to attempt to e-mail you, since I have your address. I am honored that you choose to speak on behalf of our son, and I'm sure that Tommy would be also. When Tommy was young, he was always getting into "adventures" with other kids of our neighborhood...They hung out in the woods a lot, building club houses, daming up a small creek, swing from grapevines, climbing trees. All of his life Tommy prepared to step into the role of a Marine. He was usually the leader of the younger kids in the neighborhood, and kept them all busy, having fun, and out of trouble. I use to come home from work, and there would be 4 or 5 boys in the house. I use to tell him, I don't mind who you have here, just don't let them tear up the house, and let me know where you are when you go somewhere. Tommy was always trustworthy, and I never had any trouble with the young people who visited our home. I'm sure that you and him would have been great friends.

October is coming up again; it will be two years. I can honestly tell you as a mom, that it does not get better, at least it hasn't for me, or Tommy's dad and his sister. We still wait for him to come home, as odd as that sounds. I know that he can't, or he would be here, so in my heart and mind, I've begun to anticipate the time, when I can go and find him. As a mom you always do your best to protect your children while they're growing up; and it's difficult to release that role, even when they're adults...much bigger than you, much stronger, and much more confident in handling the world. Tommy turned into a powerful confident person. Even though, that...I will always be his mom...

Once again, thank you for your kindness in honoring Tommy. Please contact me; I would love to hear your speech, and am very impressed that you could present it in front of a group of people.


Nan Byrd
Lance Corp John T. Byrd's mom"
Nan Byrd of Fairview, WV/USA

"Nan Byrd I have left a message on here once before, I am the young man who wrote a speech about your son. I would love to email you a copy of the speech as well as speak to you more directly. I have tried using the email address jomtomb@netzero.net but it failed to work. If you could contact me I would appreciate it. My email is bryson10@houston.rr.com thank you ma'am and God Bless"
Bryson Byrd of Lake Jackson Tx.

"Nan Byrd I have left a message on here once before, I am the young man who wrote a speech about your son. I would love to email you a copy of the speech as well as speak to you more directly. I have tried using the email address jomtom@netzero.com but it failed to work. If you could contact me I would appreciate it. My email is bryson10@houston.rr.com thank you ma'am and God Bless"
Bryson Byrd of Lake Jackson Tx.

"To the family of John T Byrd II,
I'm not sure if you ever met me but i was in the delayed entery program with your son. I knew him through Jackie Starrit-Kleber.Back then everyone knew me as Rube. I cant say that i ever worked with him in my time in the corps, but i can tell you this from the times i did know him as a civilian. John was a damn good man, i was in town on leave back around christmas time and went to visit North Marion High School and as I was on my way in i saw a picture of him in rememberance hanging on the wall. I was in shock and very taken back by this. Ive lost quite a few friends out here in iraq but none that were so close to home. Recently i lost a good friend named Salem Bachar, his family posted on this web site as well. Because of this site i can say to you, I am deeply sorry for your loss. He will always be with us.

Semper Fi"
Sgt Ruben M Pena Jr of Marine Corps Regimental Combat Team 5 Camp Fallujah Iraq (Fairmont West Va)

"To John's family,

I didn't know John but have been moved by his death when I just came across an NPR story some time ago.

I live in Massachusetts and our community has been relatively unscathed by the war. When I have traveled in the South, I notice, in airports, the great number of men and women who serve and sacrifice. I want to thank them and their communities for their contributions.

What I would like to do is to gather some of my friends from my community and somehow show our deep appreciation and offer condolences for the loss of John's life. I have no political, religious or any kind of agenda here. I just feel it's important that different communities reach out to each other at this time.

I know that the anniversary of John's death is in October and I'm wondering if it would be appropriate if I gathered some Northampton, Massachusetts residents and came down for a memorial service or perhaps even to create kind of memorial to John.

I hope this does not seem inappropriate in any way and I don't want to intrude on your grief.

Thank you.

You may reach me at 413-584-8560 or at
dcaraher@oit.umass.edu or at
21 Belmont Av.
Northampton, Ma. 01060

Dennis Caraher"
Dennis Caraher of Northampton, Ma

"John thank you for your service to our country. You have not died in vain! Today, I invit your family to take part in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. At the annual midnight parade anad fireworks. I along with other fallen families will be attending. we are enetering the parade with a float. To honour our Fallen and to Support Our Troops. Please forward this message to other fallen families. We are attempting to generate as many families to be with us. I can be contacted at leonard_wahl@hotmail.com. father of fallen soldier US Army Sgt Gregory L. wahl KIA Balad Iraq 05-03-04"
Leonard Wahl of Spring texas

"Stand at attention!
I salute you John T. Byrd
You finally heard God's word
He called you home
Yes, your family is sad
Hearts are felt with sorrow
There will be no more tommorrow
But remember John is looking down at you
His smile and memories will last forever
He is by God's Side
I know he is enjoying the ride"

"To the Byrd Family,

Where does one start when thanking a family for the loss of a loved one? I am an Air Force brat. My dad served
22+ years and served one year in Vietnam. I was young but I understood what was happening. Thank GOD my dad
came home. Your family member, John did not. And I am so sorry, but very proud to know there are MEN like John
who when asked said YES.

My son, Bryson, came to me last year and told me about his debate assignment to write about his hero. It was
to be used in his High School debate competition. He did research and found out about John T. Byrd. There was something
about John and my son that made him research more than just a High School assignment. Bryson puts his soul into his
speeches about John, and several judges have had tears in their eyes when he is finished. I tell you this because I
want you and the family to know that your husband, son, friend, and family member "John T. Byrd II" is not forgotten.
My son is a neat kid and I love him so very much. He will be seventeen next month and I know he thinks about John
a lot and will continue to let people know about John for a long time.

From one Byrd family to another, we send our best wishes,"
Randy Byrd of Lake Jackson, Texas, USA

"John T. Byrd is a great man and he will always be in my heart. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Hawaii and being his roomate. I watched the love blossom between him and Jessica. If it wasn't for him we wouldn't have lasted long in Hawaii. I'll miss you always!
Thank you for being my hero on so many different levels!"
Chrystal Sullivan of Lakewood, NJ

"To the family and friends of John T. Byrd:
I send my greatest condolences. I am 15 years of age and am in highschool in a small town in Texas. I have never met him before, but I am planning on writing a speech about my hero in life and decided that I would do it on someone who was in the military and so I searched the database and found him. Although I have never met him before I am grateful for what he has done for me, for he has never met me either yet he gave his life to make sure that I would live freely for all of my days. For this reason I would like to inform you that this man, Lance Cpl. John T. Byrd is my hero!!"
Bryson Byrd of Lake Jackson, Tx./Brazoria County

"To the family and frends of John T. Byrd

I would like to send my deepest sorrow to you for the loss of your loved one, he was with one on my best friends LCpl Andrew Riedel on the 30th. They are together watching down on us. And we too will soon be with them. I'm sorry for your loss."
Tiffany Pendleton of Federal Heights, CO

"Dear Mrs. Byrd and the Entire Family,
We would like to express our sorrow about the loss of your loved one. We can understand that terrible pain. We go through on the same nightmare just like you. Our son, John Lukac was on your husband'side, when this tragedy happend. They are together now in Heaven surrounded by Angels. Our prayers are with you. God Bless you all."
Helena Lukac of Las Vegas, Nevada

"Your pain is my pain, your tears, my tears; My son LCpl Andrew Riedel died with your son on Oct 30th. May we always remember the strength and courage our son's had and draw on that and Gods love to get us through the coming years.
In Christian Love
pmm of LCpl Andrew riedel"
Sherri Busch of Northglenn,co

"Hi everyone. I'm Tommy's mom, Nan Byrd. I've just discovered this web-site. I would like to express appreciation from my family and myself for your kind and encouraging words.

To Ms. Fox:

If you would like to communicate with either me or Jessie (Tommy's wife) please e-mail at jomtomb@netzero.net I don't know if you have my phone number or not. If you e-mail, I'll send it to you.


Nan Byrd"
Nan Byrd of Fairview, WV 26570

"John T "Tommy" Byrd was my grandson who enlised in the Marines after 9/11. He was a special young man. He leaves his parents, John and Nancy Byrd, a sister, Holly Byrd, 2 grandmothers and his widow who is expecting their first child in Jan."
Matha Byrd of WV

"Good By Clp. Byrd. You are in Heaven with our son Spc. Shawn Davies who died in Iraq July 8 2004. You are our HEROES!!! God Bless Your Family and God Bless America!"
The Family of Spc. Shawn Davies of Aliquippa,(Hopewell Tws.) Pa. USA

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

"To the family of John;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. John is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
V of Tucson, AZ

"To the Family and Friends of John T. Byrd II:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I did not know him but my husband died with him, LCpl Travis Fox.
My thoughts are especially with his wife, I know exactly what you are going through. Keep your eye on the Lord, He will get us through.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

Casie Fox of Greer, SC

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

"RIP Tufelhunden...Semper Fi
The Taylors in NC USMC"

"To the Family of John T. Byrd II: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. He was a hero, whose bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. A salute to a fallen soldier- THANK YOU, John! May you rest peacefully in Heaven."
Tina Rexroad of Moorefield, WV

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO John T. Byrd II."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the family of LCpl John Byrd, thank you for sharing your loved one with our country. We know that you hurt and are in pain. We too share that pain, and send our heartfelt prayers and love to you. Freedom is not free. These brave young men gave their all for freedom. We must honor them and remember the gift they have given to us. Proud Grandparents of LCpl Juston T.Thacker, 21 KIA in Naray, Afghanistan on 6/24/04, Bluefield. Our family may be contacted at lcpljustontthacker.com."
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal John T. Byrd 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. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

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

"On behalf of the Chidlers family, our thoughts and prayers are with you."
The Family of Lt T.S. Childers, USMC Co. A 1/5 2nd Plt.,KIA 3/21/03 of Powell Wyoming

"To the friends and family of Lance Cpl. John Byrd,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To John's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To John's Family:
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

"Our thoughts are with the Byrd family at this time."
The Family of Lt T.S. Childers, KIA 3/21/03 of Powell Wyoming

"Thank you John Byrd 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 Lance Cpl. John Byrd 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 John 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 Lance Cpl. John Byrd 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 John, 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