Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Manuel A. Ceniceros

23, of Santa Ana, California.
Ceniceros died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Regimental Combat Team 1 Headquarters Company, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on June 26, 2004.

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"I didn't know "C" personally but got to know him and his huge heart and love of his family and the Corps through Cpl Jesse Atkinson - aka "Junkyard" - he misses you everyday and reminisces often about your adventures. This Memorial Day I am running in your honor at a race "Beyond the Battlefield" Honor the Fallen, Remember the Rest 5k/10K put on by Courage Beyond - a group that helps families and soldiers heal from PTSD, TBI's and many other injuries. Jesse speaks nothing but praise for you and the brotherhood you all shared. He misses you, Bowling and "Pickles" everyday. Semper Fi!"
Sharon Sloan of Saranac, NY

"Hey Manny, just stopping by to let you know you are not forgotten. I miss you buddy. I'm am honored I got to spend time with you in Iraq. I wish you were still here.
Jspurgeon83@yahoo.com"
Justin Spurgeon, Cpl (USMC) of Irving, Tx

"This is me your brother letting you that i miss you and your always in my heart love your bro mark ceniceros."
mark ceniceros. of costa mesa.

"On this Veterans Day, a time to remember our fallen heroes. They grant us our freedoms."
Randall Ceniceros of Fontana, Ca

"Remembering our home fallen. Happy Veteran's Day!"
Randall Ceniceros of Fontana, CA USA

"Hey brother, it's been 8 years now, I still have that movie mystic river that we made plans to watch, don't think I'll forget about that, so much has happen there is so much to talk about, I still think about you all the time, and today is always harder then the rest, all of us miss you and love you, your still one of the best men I've ever been lucky enough to have meet and get to know, the best I've ever shared a bunked with in our tin can of a room, I will never forget what you have shown me! And I hope I can be more like you!!!! Today I will drink one in your name!!!"
Samuel Lott of Oceanside, Ca

"Mi amigo el Manny!"
Dang dude...it's been 7 years... Bethany is now 11 and just the other day asked about Manny. That picture she has in her memory of when she was 6 months old and you held her. - It never gets old to tell her and her sister stories of our mischief when we were growing up and just enjoyed being kids.

Today I honor you Sir!
Thank you for your sacrifice; be in peace bro.

"We miss you still brother and are grateful to have had the opportunity to be friends."
Froy Araujo of Santa Ana, CA USA

"9-11-2011
To the family of Manuel A. Ceniceros,

In early 2004 the first Healing Field in the Southwest was started in Tempe Arizona. The first Field had almost 4000 American flags: approximately 3000 flags as part of the “9-11 Memorial Healing Field” (for those who perished on September 2001). There were also a 1000-flag “Soldiers Field” honoring those military personnel who had made, as President Lincoln referred, “the last full measure of devotion”.

We, who were present at the Healing Field Ceremony on 9-11-2004, were able to acquire a flag from the Healing Field or the Soldiers Field. I asked a young boy to bring me a flag of a United States Marine. He brought me the flag of Lance Cpt. Manuel A. Ceniceros. Every year on the anniversary of 9-11, his flag is displayed in my front yard reminding me and all CITIZENS that Manuel, and his family, and thousands like him, and their families have giving the last full measure of devotion for our FREEDOM.

Every November at our family reunion, Manuel's flag is displayed with honor along side the “Service Christmas Tree”. The tree is decorated with pictures of family members who have served or are serving in the United States Arm Services. Our family is proud to include Manuel as are own; after all we are family members of a great NATION and as a family we must protect, care for, and inspire one another.

I write this in grateful memory of United States Marine Lance Corporal Manuel A. Ceniceros, age 23, of Santa Monica, California. Who died on 6-26-2004 in Al Anbar Province while defending LIBERTY.

My father was a United States Marine, Second Marine Division in WWII. SEMPER FIDELIS"
Michael Vasquez of Phoenix, Arizona

"Manny, it's been 7 years since and I have no words to express the gratitude for your sacrifice. I remember the first day you came to the platoon! I know God has you pulling Fire Watch for the rest of us making our way there. I never got to say good bye on my way out of A Co. 2nd Plt. 1/1/1, I have and will never forget any of you! You are always remembered, kept alive in our hearts and on minds and in our prayers! Manny, we'll meet again one day! Semper Fidelis little brother, continue to guard those streets of gold... I'll see you soon Lcpl. Ceniceros!"
SSG Preston J. Fox "Animal Mother" of Fort Worth, Tx

"Hey Manny, It's your old roomie Jack. Just reminiscing about some good times tonight. You were the nicest dude I ever met. I dont know why you re-enlisted man. You shouldnt have been there. I wish I was there with you. Maybe I shouldve stayed in. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and I will never forget that."
Jack of AZ

"Manny we got him Osama Bin Laden is dead the president just came on the tv and told us we found him and killed him...you can rest in piece knowing MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!...i wish so much you were here to see all this i will put out our flags in the morning for you so you know we didnt forget...i love you and you will always be in my dreams and prayers."
elizabeth ceniceros of East L.a, Ca.

"Honey its me Dizzy your wife..its going on 7 years that I lost you...I still miss you and think about you everyday!...i am still so truly in love with you and will forever be yours i still have your apple i had packed you everyday for a week before you deployed since you promised to eat it I kept it in the fridge as a joke to show you when you got back...unfortunately you never came back alive to see the apple still waiting for you...over time the fridge has been cleaned and changed but I never had the heart to throw your apple away it stood looking fresh for like 3 years then it started to shrink a little and as it got smaller i would just imagine you were just taking little bites from heaven...i know u never used to like eating the fruits and veggies i would pack you for lunch and would just nibble on them....but Manny 7 years to eat an apple!...it has now turned black but i have it in a baggie...Ziploc is amazing you cant even smell it!..who knows when i will be ready to toss this apple that for so many years has had so much symbolism that your still around and being stubborn not to eat your fruits and veggies!....i want to thank all the people that leave messages it means alot...i hardly go on and Google his name because it hurts so much but when i do i realize how many people still remember and keep us in their prayers...when Manny deployed i made the mistake to ask the guys going with him to promise to "just bring him back to me safe and sound"...some of you guys still carry guilt..please don't...even though he didn't come back alive you guys made sure he came back...so i can give him a proper send off...you boys did keep your promise to me...you were all very young and did the best you could...so i am grateful to you guys that served with him. elizabethceniceros@hotmail.com"
Elizabeth Ceniceros of Los Angeles California

"To the family of:Manuel A. Ceniceros
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"1-29-11"

"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

"Lcpl Cisneros:

You will never be forgotten, for you mother and father and family and friends my prayers stay with you, as a Marine Mother I just not able to say more just know I am here to pay my respects and to be with all of you, it has been 5 years but I'll be here remembering you my dear Marine my dear Hero.

from all my Marines in MWSS 374"
Cruzita of Las vegas

"manny, what can i say? there are no words that can express how i feel about losing not just a friend but a brother. we went to bootcamp and served together with alpha company "Red Death". Manny i can hope to and strive to be as good and brave of a man as you. I will always miss you and you will always be in my thoughts. 1/1 "Red Death""
jacob carazolez of ventura, california

"Ceniceros, you might be gone but not forgotten "Devil Dog". My condolences to your family brother! I was his teamleader when he came to the "Fleet" he was real reserved and quiet always kept to himself. He was a good Marine and was always very respectful to me and the squad.You could'nt ask for a better Marine to have your back. We will meet again one day brother. God Bless R.I.P. Proud to have served with you in A Co.1/1 2nd.plt. "Mad Deuce" Semper Fi!"
Sgt.Anguiano U.S.M.C of Houston,Texas

"Manny, the last time I posted here there were only a handful of comments. Dude, if you were here you would have been proud of the way people are remembering and do care. So few understand why you guys do it. Sgt. Leonel Araujo is back in iraq for the 2nd time, and I have a hard time understanding why he volunteered for it. He says it's tacit knowledge that will keep brothers like you remembered and out of harms way - and says that's it's for his son and my daughters to enjoy freedom. Funny thing is...He's right. Anyway bro - we freaking miss you so much. Leo took your picture back to Iraq - I placed your pic. in Jer. 20:11 - Watch over him please and bring him back safe. I wish you knew whole-heartedly how much I remember you buddy. Bethany is 8 now and never forgets that special picture I have of you when you were carrying her (she was only about 6 months old bro).

See you when we get there.

friends & fam can contact me at: redorange122@gmail.com"
Froy Araujo-T of Santa Ana, CA, USA

"Memorial Day, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Manuel A. Ceniceros:
Manuel 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

"I served with Manuel or "C" as we knew him for 4 years. We both went through the same platoon in bootcamp and ended up getting stationed together at 1/1 A.Co 2nd Plt. He had to be one of the most humble and caring individuals I have ever met. Always there when you needed him, C was a great man and Marine. He will be missed dearly by all."
Sgt. Zebulon Moore of Granite City, IL

"please call the gold star family support center at fort hood texas.ths message is for manuels mom.
(254)287-6831"
mae lane of fort hood texas

"Hey buddy it has been around 3 years since you passed. I want to let you know that you are not forgotten. See you on the flip side.
mohlmasterrm@gmail.com"
Sgt Robert Mohlmaster of San Diego, CA

"Thank you Marine, you will not be forgotten.

Lcpl Mark A. Hernandez
1992-1996"
Mark Hernandez of Chicago IL

"I see Damien and Kevin also posted here from 1/1 A. we all loved "C" probably one of the most caring individuals I have ever met and ever will meet RIP C you'll be missed man."
Joe Hoelscher of Steeleville Illinois

"Cpl Ceniceros,
Manny you are not forgotten. Thank you for the sacrifices that you made. I enjoyed being around you so much. You made me smile each and every day. RIP"
Cpl. Justin Spurgeon, USMC of Irving, Tx

""C" as all of us in 1/1 A Co. used to call him was as kind, humble, and genuine of a person as you can know. He was the kind of guy that you really couldn't say anything bad about. I give my heartfelt support to all his friends and family. Rest in peace C."
Damien Tahbaz of Redondo Beach, CA

"Manny, you were a good Marine and a better man. Guard the gates of heaven well my friend."
Jason Bohrer of New York

"I am so sorry to hear about "Manny". He and my husband Shane Savage served in the same company. They both were on the Comstock with me in '01-02 deployment. I often wondered if he was ok. Whether he got out of the Marines or stayed in. I know my husband is going to be so upset when I tell him. Manny was a wonderful person. And I am truely sorry about your lose."
Olivia (Marshall) Savage of Norfolk, VA /USA

"We will remember your courage, your name will never be forgotten."
Randall Ceniceros of Fontana Ca. usa

"MANUEL,
REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
I WILL NEVER FORGET YOUR SMILE AND YOUR WONDERFUL HEART
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF MY LIFE
IM PROUD OF YOU AND I BET YOUR DAD IS REALLY PROUD TOO."
RUBY REYES of SANTA ANA , CA

"Wow, this page was just brought to my attention. Talk about stirring up emotion. I remember the second they told me like it happened yesterday. I remember yelling at the Navy docs tell them to * off i was your best friend and i was going to be the one to send you home as me and Justin (Spurgeon) Put you in the chopper. Opening the body bag refusing to say bye without seeing your face. Rest in peace. Your best friend."
Robert Mohlmaster of Buena Park, CA USA

"Cpl Ceniceros to me was the most humblest warrior amongst men I have had the pleasure of working with. His outcome in life, although was a tradegy, it brought inspiration amongst his fellow peers to strive for what is right in life. His dedication to his family and his fellow Marines will always be remembered until as long as we are brothers. Rest in peace Corporal C."
Corporal David E. Canto of Miami, FL

"Wow, I did not know There was a page for Cenicerous and its Cpl Cenicerous. I was in the same vehicle sitting right behind him during the whole ordeal. It should have been both of us buddy. All I have to say is that he was a good man. "A GOOD MAN IS NOT DEFINED BY HOW RICH HE IS AND THE THINGS HE HAS, ITS WHAT HE HAS ACCOMPLISHED IN LIFE, STAYED FAITHFUL TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT IN THIS WORLD, THAT MAKES YOU A GOOD MAN" this is what Cpl Cenicerous was. One of the most humble Human beings I ever had the pleasure to come in contact with. I would like to send my deepest apologies to the Family and Loved ones of Manuel. I cant even begin to imagine what you have been trough. Thank You for being so strong. Rest in peace buddy and to all our fallen warriors."
Jeffrey S. Garcia of 1st Marines Camp Pendleton CA

"semper fi devil dog r.i.p. my brother"
Sgt Gallegos of Denver,Co

"Peace, Brother."
Esteban Ceniceros of Prairie Grove, Arkansas

"I knew C for 4 years, shared a room with him for almost 2, when he was with 1/1 at Camp Pendelton. Manny was a very caring and gentle soul. Easily one of the nicest human beings i ever met. He would do anything for anyone. Manny was very proud of being a marine.My sincerest condolences to the wife he left behind and his family. Semper Fi, C"
Kevin Collins of Portland Oregon

"God bless you Manuel, and may He always bless and comfort your family. America grieves alongside them over your loss. You are a hero and will not be forgotten. To the Ceniceros family--my thoughts and prayers are with you. I pray that you find renewed strength with the dawning of each day."
Megan of Los Angeles, CA

"To the Family of Manual,

I was three trucks behind Manny when the bomb went off. I got to sit down with him at dinner that night and we talked about all sorts of things. Even though I only knew him for about 3 weeks, I view him as a very good friend. He is and will be missed by many people. He made a great sacrifice by going and staying over in Iraq. If any of his family would like to contact me, my e-mail address is alysons_dad@hotmail.com Thank you to eveyone for the continued support.

Manual,

SEMPER FI MARINE. REST IN PEACE."
Cpl. Stephen Enochs USMC of Perris, California

"My deepest sympathy to the Ceniceros family. My name is Clancy DeVries and I paint "Portraits of fallen Heroes" and work with Kazeah Hancock as a participating artist on "Project Compassion. Please go to web sight www.heropaintings.com and go to page 3 to see my paintings. I paint in oils and free of charge. It is important to me that Manuel be remembered as an American Hero and for the sacrifices he has made for all of us. My address and phone number is on the web sight. Please call me. God bless you."
Clancy DeVries of Newport Beach, CA.

"TO THE FAMILY OF CPL. MANUEL CENICEROS, WE OFFER OUR PRAYERS IN THIS TIME OF SADNESS AND SORROW. GOD BLESS THE CENICEROS FAMILY AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!"
MSG.RAYMOND M. CENICEROS, USAF, RET.& FAMILY of LAS VEGAS, NV

"TO MY HUMBLE WARRIOR, MY BEST FRIEND, AND MY HUSBAND I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU SO MUCH I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT IM PROUD OF YOU AND SO IS THE REST OF AMERICA MANNY YOU ALWAYS FELT NO ONE CARED AND NO ONE WAS PATRIOTIC WHEN YOU CAME BACK FROM AFGHANISTAN AND I PROMISED YOU THAT WHEN YOU CAME BACK FROM IRAQ PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER AMERICA WILL CARE AND PLACE YELLOW RIBBONS AND FLY THIER FLAGS HIGH WITH PRIDE. MANNY I KEPT MY PROMISE AMERICA WILL NEVER FORGET YOU FLAGS ARE FLYING HIGH AND RIBBONS ARE BEING WORN I HOPE YOUR SEEING THIS FROM HEAVAN AND KNOW HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATED YOUR SACRAFIC. I LOVE YOU MANNY ILL SEE YOU IN HEAVAN SOMEDAY.....IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT ME SWEETLIZV@HOTMAIL.COM"
ELIZABETH CENICEROS of LOS ANGELES,CALIFORNIA,USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in arizona

"We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones
in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Manuel, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Ceniceros and Gallegos Families - Manuel is not one that we're forgotten. I also have not forgotten that Manuel missed those yellow ribbons when he came home. It struck us hard, the selfishness that we sometimes have. Our home displays a yellow ribbon for our loved one serving in Bagdad, and now theres one for Cpl. Manuel Ceniceros also, and those who lost their lives. He is the hero we never knew and the one we will not forget."
The Bish Family of Cypress, California

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

"This is to you Manny,

Manny, I know you're out there and you are watching over us. Your wife, your mom and those you loved and cared for, myself included. You have touched so many lives, your sincere love for your country is something I always admired. I wish you were here to tell you thanks for fighting for us, thanks for putting you life on the line the way you did, so that my two daughters could enjoy a freedom not many have. Manny...my friend...I miss you so much....I know that you went the way you wanted. You went with your head held high, and with honor. Honor....that's someting many wont ever understand. I'll always remember those times we used to just kick it, thanks for being my friend.
One more thing...the guys say, "Thanks!and F*****-A" Only those that really knew you understand that. We'll miss you. Dile a tu papa que aqui estamos orgullosos de ti! (tell your dad that we're all proud of you here).

Your friend,

Froy Araujo-T."
Froy Araujo-T. of Santa Ana, Ca

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Manuel A. Ceniceros,

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

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

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

"To Manuel'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

"To Manuel'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 his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto Manuel Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"Thank you Manuel Ceniceros, 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. Manuel Ceniceros:
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 Manuel 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. Manuel Ceniceros:
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 Manuel, 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