Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Roger D. Castleberry, Jr.

26, of Austin, Texas.
Castleberry died as a result of enemy small-arms fire while conducting dismounted operations outside Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, San Antonio, Texas. Died on August 1, 2005.

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It was an honor to serve with you. You were never scared of anything- and all you went through. You are one whitty, tough,and loyal Marine. I am sorry for your sacrifice but we as a country are forever indebted- not that you would ever want the gratitude. To the Castleberry family no words will ever bring Roger back; but please understand his wonderful memory is never forgotten. God Bless."
Ryan of Cleveland OH

May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

Roger D. Castleberry, Jr. 8/1/05
"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy." - Psalm 126:2 (Laughter)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"My name is Michael Coggins, I served in Iraq with LCpl Castleberry. Today I am running in his memory as part of the Memorial 100 for Wounded Warriors. LCpl Castleberry is a hero and embodies the pillars of the Marine Corps. He lives forever as a Marine in all of us present and past."
Michael Coggins of Northport NY

"To all the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Roger D. Castleberry Jr, I want to let you know I keep you in my heart and prayers. My son was one of the six that were KIA that date, Aug 1, 2005"
Anita Coullard Dziedzic of East Hartford, CT

"I knew Castleberry only for about 3 weeks prior to his death, but that personality was something else. My group of Marines were in the town of Hit, east of Al Asad and we got to know him well over those three weeks. He was going through some personal issues at the time and as Marines, we were there for him in a lot of ways. He had a kind heart and still remember the day it all happened. I send my condolences to his family. Feel free to contact me, d.thomas028@gmail.com

Semper Fi,

David Thomas of Oceanside, CA

"Family of Roger. I'm a medically retired Marine who was in Iraq at the same time and my best friend was killed the same day. My deepest condolences. Do not hesitate to contact will41tennessee@live.com. I'd like to know what his MOS was. I'm a 2862."
William Clark of Phoenix, AZ

"Dale i just wanted too let you know how much i love you and miss you. I really wish you were here to meet carson. I know you would be a great uncle to him because you were an amazing uncle to me. i love you"


"dear roger's fam, our son benjamin reid was with roger in iraq. we have a flag for him in our memorial garden in saginaw,texas. in christ,pam danny reid"
pam danny reid of saginaw

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,550 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,550 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna / Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"Oct 5 2008
Castleberry, the next push is coming towards Afganistan, look over us all. If any one can provide me contact information to Roger's father i would appreciate it. I still have Castleberry's watch that id like to give to his father. my email is susej3343@aol.com, thank you."
Sgt. Rojas of Ramadi, Iraq

"Dale, It's three years ago today....I still miss you and always will. My heart will always have a hole in it where you belong. We met when you started 2nd grade with Jeremy. From then on, you were my "quiet" son. You were the yin to Jeremy's yang. Thank you for being a part of our lives. Knowing you has been a honor, for Jeremy, Rob, Grandmo and me. All the camo clothes, the fort ya'll built in our backyard, the "lurking" around our house you and Jeremy did, was a sign of who you were to become. You told me as a child you wanted to be a marine ....and you never waivered from that dream.

Jeremy's son was born the day after you were ambushed. He feels he is his "little Dale." We will love you forever...."
Paula Sharpe of Fort Worth, TX.

"May 25, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Roger D. Castleberry, Jr.:
Roger 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

"Castleberry was an excellent Marine. i worked with him almost everyday in Hit. i think of him often, how he volunteered. he was avery smart Marine often time brewing ideas that rivaled many officers.its been almost 3 years for me to find him remembered. im currently serving in Ramadi Iraq and would love to talk to his father and return the watch roger gave me in Hit before he made his way up to Haditha. i wrote his father a letter about a year after his passing, if some one could please help me. my email: susej3343@aol.com. roger thank you for guiding me at the start of my young career, i will always remember you and think of you often"
Cpl Rojas N.V of sac, Ca

I would like to say thank you to you and the other five Marines who were also killed in that ambush 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!"

"Only receintly have I learned of your sons death. After reading what I could about him, I have a better understanding of your loss. Truly losing a son must be one of the worst pains in life. I love my two boys and cannot imagine losing them at such an early age. Please know of our thoughts and prayers for you and your family, that God will grant you peace and understanding and allow you to forgive.

May the God of peace and comfort reign in your hearts through the blood of HIS son who gave his life so others might live."
Layne Heitz of Durant, OK

"Dale's mom was like a daughter to us. WE loved them both so very much; it was very hard to lose them, but we feel they are at last happy together in Heaven. God bless and keep them."
Dodie Pollard of Kingsville, TX

"To the family of:Roger D. Castleberry,Jr 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"

"To the family of Roger Castleberry. I am so sorry for your loss. But he will live on in your hearts forever.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I know how you feel. My Son died that same day.
Please contact me if you would.
Anita Coullard
SGT Coullard's mother"
Anita Coullard of East Hartford,CT

"Dale,jr., our brave Marine- we miss you . You are in my prayers every nightalong with prayers for your mom.I am so proud of you for your dedication to this country. I think of the little boy who insisted on going to sleep on "Uncle Son's" chest when you came to visit us.You were always a fine young man. Son, Delaine, Dana, Deedee and I will keep you in our hearts forever.May God forever bless and keep you close to Him."
Gwen "Dodie" Pollard of Kingsville, Texas.U.S.A.

"Thank you for your sacrafice.May the family of this hero know that his life made a positive diference to the world.Thank you for his service and may he rest in peace."
Carol Bishop of Greenwood, SC

"I remember Dale as a youngster, he was quite, well mannered, and a loving young man. Dale was always ready to defend and help anyone that he though needed help. He was a man with a big heart...one of the most caring young men I have had the privelege to know. He walked the walk, every a defender of America...brave, loyal and true. His last message told his family not to worry about him...that was the way Dale was. He was loved by all who came in contact with him, he served his counrty well, and now is serving in God Army of Salvation with his Mom who went to Heaven ahead of him. His Father, grandparents have much to be proud about. We miss you Dale!"
Darlene Pollard of Kingsville, Texas 78363

"See you in Hell buddy... and Laurie if you ever need anything well be here."
Sgt Weiss of Okinawa

"It was a pleasure to know Dale during the years that we went to school together. He was a great person and I'm sure he was an outstanding Marine. My condolences go out to Laurie and the rest of Dale's family."
HM2(FMF) J.C. McLinko, USN (Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center) of Coleville, CA

"Laurie darlin,
When you fell in love with Dale Jr. in high school and were together for the first five years,we fell in love with him too. When you married him 5 1/2 years ago he became part of our family, a wonderful son in law, our son. I know you loved him so very much and I know his death has left a huge space in your heart that will always belong to Dale Jr.
I want you to know I am always here and I know we grieve differently all of us. I cannot imagine loosing your daddy after the 30 years we have been married. I feel your pain and so want to help you get through this desperatley lonely time, however long it takes until time leaves his death a bittersweet memory. Remember your daddy and your sister and I are there for you, just ask, just tell us what we can do to help ease your pain, "Brighteyes". He loved you with all his heart.
infinitely my love, your mama
Dale Jr. you were part of our close knit family ten years and will always remain part of our family in our hearts and our memories. First we know you loved our daughter so much and you were such a wonderful son in law/son to Mike and I and a very special friend and brother to Mandy. We are so proud of you in too numerous ways to list. We will see you again honey. We miss you so much, so much. I know God is looking out for you now. Mike and Mandy and I and of course your Laurie are desperately pained but ever so proud sweetie.
Rest in peace
Love Ali/mom"
Mrs. Michael B. Goyne of Austin, Texas 78728

"to my cousins Dale & Debbie
Gary and & I are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and love are with you
Gary & Carolynn
Oceanside Ca."

"To my cousin Dale. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts & heart. I love you!"
Jerri Ikuta of Orange, CA

To the Durant parents and relatives of LCPL Roger D. Castleberry we offer our heartfelt condolences. Roger's name (and the city of Durant) has been added to Oklahoma's traveling "Wall of Honor". Because Roger's parents are residents of Oklahoma, makes Roger one of Oklahoma's Fallen Heroes. This "Wall of Honor" travels throughout Oklahoma cities and will end the year in the Veterans Day Parade in Dallas TX on 11 November 2005. We will not let people forget our heroes! For more information: (405) 672-7728"
Bob Lambert of Oklahoma City, Okla.

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Roger D. Castleberry, Jr.,

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

"I know your Mom greeted you when you arrived at the gates of heaven. The rest of us cherish your memory as our families hero! Dale, you did it! You are a great marine!"
Laura Fieldhouse of Midland, Tx

"Laurie, remember these words: I can only imagine what it will be like walk by your side. You know what it's like to walk by Dale's side and I know that one day we will all be able to do that with you. I will never forget the boy that became the man that has lost his life doing what he wanted to do the most. Call me 771-0360 if you need anything. God be with you till we meet again!"
Melissa Garner of Round Rock, TX, USA

"Dale, I love you man. You are one of the greatest men I have ever had the chance to know. You will forever be missed and I look forward to seeing you when my time comes. I'll do what I can to take care of Laurie and tell her as much as possible of your love for her. You are my hero."
Dave of Salt Lake City, UT

"7 AUG 2005
MARINE LANCE CPL ROGER D. CASTLEBERRY, JR. - 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 Roger and may memroies comfort you always during this difficult time and always.

"Dear Family of Roger Castleberry: 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

"To Roger'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

"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

""To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Roger Castleberry, Jr.: I offer my prayers and condolences for the loss of Roger. He will not be forgotten. Semper Fidelis- be with God.


Mark Cruz, former Marine of 4th Recon Bn. (SATX)"
Mark Cruz of Los Angeles, CA

"To the family of Roger Castleberry,
Our prayers are with you."
The Prewitt family--a marine family of Buna, Texas

"To Roger'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 as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons. Our boys are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas

"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

"i know there are no words for this,i am so sorry for the loss of your son Roger.i hope you find strength in family and friends..mom of a lcpl"
Bonnie Sponable of Parish,NY

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

"I am truly sorry for your loss. May God bless you with strength and comfort during this time.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 Apr 2005"

"To the Castleberry Family, I wish to offer you my deepest condolences. Your Roger is a true American Hero. Roger will always be remembered and honored as one. We are praying for you all. May God bless you all and God Bless Roger."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Thank you Roger Castleberry, Jr., 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. Roger Castleberry, Jr.:
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 Roger 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. Roger Castleberry, Jr.:
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 Roger, 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