Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Carman

20, of Jefferson, Iowa.
Carman died due to hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 6, 2004.

Lance Cpl. Carman's rank was incorrectly reported by the DoD as Private First Class. Carman had been promoted to Lance Corporal in November, 2003.

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"The Ben Carman Family: My thoughts always remember Ben whenever I see our American flag. He was always so nice to me and always said HI at church all of us attended.( Assembly of God - Jefferson Iowa) He will always be in my heart and your family. He will be greatly remembered now more than ever as I read he passed on the same day as my dear Mom did just 3 years ago. So 2 angels I know will be walking with our LORD and we will see them again. All my love Teresa Lyons."
Teresa Lyons of Farragut, Iowa

"The Been Carman Family: My thoughts always remember Ben whenever I see our American flag. He was always so nice to me and always said HI at church all of us attended.( Assembly of God - Jefferson Iowa) He will always be in my heart and your family. He will be greatly remembered now more than ever as I read he passed on the same day as my dear Mom did just 3 years ago. So 2 angels I know will be walking with our LORD and we will see them again. All my love Teresa Lyons."
Teresa Lyons of Farragut, Iowa

"Nelson, Marie and family, I just wanted you to know I think of Ben often. I still grieve for Ben though we never met. It's hard to believe as kin (albeit distant kin), we lived so close to each other in Iowa, yet never met or knew the other existed. Please know that as a fellow Marine, I thank you for Ben. His sacrifice for our nation was not in vain. Despite whatever may happen know that. He displayed a courage and dedication to our nation that represents the best of who we are as Americans, Iowans, and the Carman family. God Bless."
Steven Carman, Gysgt/USMC Ret of Chesapeake, VA

"To Ben's Family: My son and I have been putting up or taking down flags at The Healing Fields in Cathedral City, CA for 2 or 3 years now. He is a cub scout and does it as part of his volunteer service. We came across the flag placed for Ben and noticed that our last name is the same. I grew up in and around Winterset, with grandparents in Cromwell / Creston and Orient. Every card I read touched me, but seeing my home state and last name really set me back. I even started wondering how we could possibly not be related. His sacrifice is remembered and appreciated by people even outside of your immediate family, friends, and community circle. We'll be visiting The Healing Field today and working again Saturday. I hope you can find some peace in knowing the ripple of memory his service is still making across our country. Anthony"
Anthony Carman of Indio, CA

"Well here its been nine years and i started thinking about you today and kinda got lost in the memories of riding our bikes to the gravel pit and going fishing for the day or talking bout camping or spending the weekend hiking the river to find the good catfish holes.. ive had alot of friends come and go in my life and to this say i think you are still the one that hurts the most! I miss you and i truly feel blessed to have ever had the chance to call you my friend and you will always be a hero to me and im proud tell the story of one of the bravest marines and men ive ever met! God bless you Ben and rest in peace!!!"
Anthony Arbuckle of Rippey, Ia

"He was my uncle we always had fun when we would played together right before he left he built a treehouse for me and we painted it camo it was awesome meet you in hevean!"
caden wilson (his nephew) of jefferson Iowa

"Ben I always loved you. You were the best. You always were when ever anyone needed you. You were one of my brothers best friends. I miss you and not a day goes by that i don't think of you and your wonder smile. I remember all the times we used to hang out and we always had fun. I love you with my heart and soul wish you were still here. God bless you Ben!"
Cheryl Hartman of Jefferson, Iowa

"Ben buddy, a day doesnt go by that your not on our minds. Hope your guarding those gates with all of our other buddies. You were a fantastic marine and are greatly missed. An they caught that haji osama. An you played a roll in that. Ill see you on the other side brother. Love ya man"
Lcpl chris macintosh E 2/4 of plymouth, MA

"A true Warrior... I served as his Company Gunny and I have the utmost respect for him and the example that he set for our nation. Semper Fidelis and rest in peace."
SgtMaj Bernard C Coleman of Cherry Point NC

"To the family of:Benjamin R. Carman
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" 1-1-11"

"To Bens Family ,
Just want to let you know that everyday i think about Ben , i still to this day wear a copy of his dog-tags that Corporal Dexter gave to our squad . Ben will forever be missed , and never forgotten.He is a true hero , and i wish your whole family the best .

Semper Fi
Echo 2/4"
Miguel Martinez of Simi Valley ,Ca / USA

"Ben I miss you brother its been a while and i wanted you to know I have been thinking of you. I was looking through some pictures from California and came across us. What a rogue bunch we were, you are in my thoughts I miss you brother"
Richard Myatt/USMC of Effingham, IL

"September 11, 2008,
To Ben's family,
My husband and I participated in a memorial ride today. We were given the names of three fallen heroes to remember and honor on this ride. I wanted to know more about these brave warriors. Thank you for sharing the information on this website. I want you to know that we will never forget the sacrifice that Ben made for our freedom. We will continue to lift your family up in our prayers. God Bless you."
Linda and Jeff Baier of Williamsport, PA/USA

"To the family of ben, I was with ben in school of infantry myself and tarik sabankaya were close to him. He was one of the most genuinely nice people i have ever met, his convictions and commitment ran deep to his family,country, and to the Corps. My thoughts are with everyone who knew him and I can say that I am honored to have had him as a friend."
Myatt, Richard K USMC of Effingham, IL

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Benjamin R. Carman:
Benjamin 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

"well today is the anniversery of ben's death kinda hard to believe he's gone seems like I just saw him yesterday but i will get to walk and hunt with him again one day. I know he watches us every time we play paintball and laugh at us when we do something stupid but it is fun knowing he loved to hunt. we miss you dover see u soon."
Andrew Woodley of Jefferson Iowa

"Hi I am so very sorry for your loss, and am extremely appreciative for Benjamin serving our country. God Allows us a freedom, and there is a high cost to that, so thank you.
Im also curious if Benjamin was related in anyway to Dorothy, Or Benjamin-Frank Carman- Maybe Lilly or Donald as well.
I am Nicholas Carman, and I have been doing a kinda of search for my "family tree"
If so please let me know nicholascarman@hotmail.com"
Nicholas Carman of Fullerton, California

"I remeber Benjamin in our church he was so nice to people he didn't even know and I always saw a smile on his face so honored to be a man of God I could see in his face. God Bless his parents for doing a great service as he did in military to raise a great man of God. On the battlefields of a forgein country I believe he lead many people to Christ. He was a great young man. God bless the Carman Family and all thee other families of fallen soldiers. Will never forget the ones who gave all of us the greatest gift their lives to protect ours. Please never forget them all."
Teresa of Jefferson Iowa USA

"The Mt.Soledad Memorial Association, in coordinated efforts with American Legion Post 275 of La Jolla, California, is conducting a Honor Ceremony on August 26th,2006 to recognize the dedicated service of LCpl.Benjamin Carman and the other 20 Marines that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Post 275 has sponsored the manufacture of 2 granite plaques to be placed at the Mt.Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, CA.

We are deeply saddened by this tragedy; our Memorial will honor these brave Marines and the memory of Echo Co.2/4.
For additional information and photos of our memorial please log onto www.soledadmemorial.com
We would be deeply appreciative if ALL interested in attending the ceremony could call Joanie at 858-459-2314 or Steve Marrietti at 858-705-2214.
Joanie Miyashiro-Brennan of San Diego,CA/USA

"My husband was stationed at Camp Pendleton with Lance Cpl. Carman before he broke his feet and later joined the Iowa Army Nat'l Guard. When he died, my husband cut out the newspaper article from the Cedar Rapids Gazette and hung it in our kitchen. He wishes he could have been there alongside his comrades. He is now serving in Iraq with the 2168 Trans Co out of Cedar Rapids. God bless Benjamin and all of the soldiers who give so freely of themselves for the benefit of everyone else. He will never be forgotten in my heart."
Nicole Rae Smith, wife of Spc. TJ Smith of Cedar Rapids, IA

"To the family of Benjamin R. Carman:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"As a former member of the First Assembly of God Youth Group, may God bless the Carman family. Ben is looking down on you all. It has been a year as of today that he has been in heaven and I know that he is watching over all of those he loved. God Bless You All during this time."
Jenna Hutzel of Ames, Iowa, United States

"I of course did not know L/Cpl Carman, but my son was his roommate before he left for Iraq, L/Cpl Gross. My son spoke of Benjamin often, he will be missed. You can contact me at shekey3@yahoo.com. God Bless."
Michael Gross, USMC 83-87 Saepius Exertus, Semper Fidelis, Frater Intinitas of Beaverton, OR/USA

"To a true Hero, Benjamin is an inspiration to all. Semper Fidelis."
Adam Wayne of Richmond, VA

"my name is Catherine Wilson, Ben Carman is my little brother and on behalf of my family i thank you for you input. It is comforting to know that you thought as much of Ben as we did. Lcpl Bauman could you please send your email address to cadensadie@yahoo.com"
Catherine Wilson of Jefferson,IA U.S.A.

"my name is Ctherine Wilson, Ben Carman is my little brother and on behalf of my family i thank you for you input. It is comforting to know that you thought as much of Ben as we did. Lcpl Bauman could you please send your email address to cadensadie@yahoo.com"
Catherine Wilson of Jefferson,IA U.S.A.

"L/Cpl Carman will never be forgotten, at least by myself. i personally carry his name around on my wrist everyday, in and out of uniform. the bracelet i reiceved that bears his name will never come off my wrist, i will take his name to my grave if that's what it takes for his memory to live on. Semper Fi
Midshipman 4th Class Dabkowski (USMC ROTC) of Norwich University, The Military College Of Vermont

"Ben was my cousin whom I met during his training in california. I was most impressed by his warm heart and kind personality. I had the honor of seeing him for the last time before they shipped out. I told him to be careful and that I would see him when he got back but, I now see why God wanted such a sweet, innocent soul to be with him instead of in the war.Ben, I LOVE YOU and you will always be in my heart. May God bless my family in Iowa, I too feel their great loss and pain."
Vanessa of Laguna Beach CA

"I didn't get to meet Ben or his family. I kinda wish I did. My demo team started a project back in January of 2004 and it will end in September of 2004. We never got to ask for permission from Ben's family to put his name on the cars but trust me nobody in the state of IOWA can forget them 15 brave souls. May they Rest in Peace and God be with their families."
Ana Farrier, T.C.B. Demo of Washington, Iowa

"Ben is from a family that above all proclaims the name of Jesus our Lord and Saviour. Through Ben's death God is being glorified and the Gospel is being spread. Praise God for such an awesome soldier willing to lay down his life for his country and for the furtherance of the Word he so faithfully believed in. God Bless his family; you are amazing servants of God."
Todd Mason of Humboldt, IA USA

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

"This site says "leave a Message for this solider" He was no solider, He was a Marine and a damn good one at that, I had the honor of going through boot camp with Carman and I remember that he was not only a good Marine but a good friend aswell. I know that Carman has gone to a better place and to his family I am sorry for what has happend I can asure you that He will be missed not only by his famlies and friends but by the Marine Corps aswell He was a Grunt, As am I and people like us Fight we fight long and Hard And we know what might happen and when it does we feel proud as should the Famlies and friends be proud honor him and semper Fi"
Lcpl. Bauman of Okinawa Japan

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

"On behalf of SSG Edward W. Carman's family and friends, we extend our deepest sympathies and share in your loss. Ed is my brother, and, even a month later, his death is surreal. I expect him to still come home in December. :*( May we all find peace and may love and compassion carry us through... I know my brother is watching out for your loved one, as I'm sure your loved one is watching out for my brother...Love forever..."
Joanna May Carman of Painesville, OH

"god bless the ben carmen family as well as their son died my son christopher cobb died that day april 6th they are our angels guarding the gates of heaven now god bless the carmen family"
sheila cobb of bradenton fla

"I"m proud of our troops (past and present)and i try to live my life in a way that honors their sacrifice. We can never take freedom for granted. Freedom Is Not free. We will always be called upon to defend it at home and abroad. the man in the moon weeps as their souls go by, Mother earth growns as our young go to war and die memories of youth and loss make us strong to cry God bless all life.My son lcpl kyle d crowley also died in ramadi iraq april sixth with the 2/4 echo com. he was the youngest lcpl in his battalion aslo he was promoted to fire squad leader before his death i also am very proud of him at the same time i miss him with all my heart and soul and the pain of his absense is oh so very heavy."
mark crowley of San Ramon CA.94583

"God Bless you Benjamin. Thank you for your sacrifice for all of us."
of San Ramon, Ca

"PFC Carman was a good Marine, but on top of that he was an outstanding Human being. I served with PFC Carman for a short time in SOI at Camp Pendleton. We were in the same Machine-gunner/weapons platoon. His Bunk was directly to the left of mine. I saw PFC Benjamin R. Carman on nightline last night and I couldn't belive it. My hart goes out to PFC Carman, and My prayers to his family. He was a great Marine, and a even better human. Please feel free to E-mail me at FourX4inSC@aol.com
Semper FI, LCPL Sabankaya, Tarik"
Lance Corporal Sabankaya, Tarik of Santa Cruz, Ca. USA

"To Benjamins family.. My father is very into the history of our family, my name is Marieka Carman, and on www.carman.net we found the name of your son. I would like to share my sincere concern for your whole family and friends at this time. I am not sure if we are related in any way but I am very sorry for your grief at this terrible time."
Marieka Carman of Hudson Falls, NY

"From one Marine family to another
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Benjamin will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"To the family and friends of PFC Benjamin R. Carman,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort
in love's everlasting connection.

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. 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. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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

"To Benjamin's Family:
There aren't words to express the grief we all feel for your loss. May God bless you and watch over you."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for your child's bravery & sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Pfc. Benjamin R. Carmen for all you did. You (and the rest of the Marine Corps) are my hero. I have wanted to be a marine since the first time I heard about the Corps. I want to just thank you for fighting for our country and for our freedom as well as the Iraqis freedom they diserve it as much as we do."
Amanda of Memphis, Tn USA

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden,Semper Fi
The Taylors

"Thank you Benjamin Carman, 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 Pfc. Benjamin Carman:
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 Benjamin 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 Pfc. Benjamin Carman:
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 Benjamin, 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