Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Chavez

20, of Seattle, Washington.
Chavez died as a result of an explosion while conducting combat operations with the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Haqlaniyah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on June 9, 2005.

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"LCpl Chavez, This weekend I ran to remember and honor the fallen. I didn't know you but I wore your name on my right shoulder. The sacrifice you made is something that even those who never knew you value and respect. This country is better for what you have given it.

Semper Fi. We won't forget."
Mike of Virginia

"Chivo, you're always on my mind, especially around this time. I miss the times you, me, Dasch, Baker, Campillo, Marlon, Oday and the rest of us had in the berthing and on the tank ramp in Haditha. I'll never forget that day. You went to soon. Your name tattooed on my arm next to Dustin's is a constant reminder that you paid the ultimate sacrifice. I will never forget you brother. Keep watch over us from the gates of Heaven."
SSgt Cecil Compton of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Remembering Daniel on this Memorial Day 2013. Freedom is not free."
Devon's mom

"On this Memorial Day 2013 I wanted to say THANK YOU and to let your family no that You are always remembered!!!"
db of Saint Anthony, Idaho, USA

"06-09-2012
You are remembered and your family is always in our thoughts and prayers. THANK YOU!!!"
db

"Semper Fi. You will always be remembered."
thomas of 29 palms

"Semper Fi Chavez. I hope you are gracing the pearly gates with the same huge smile we all miss dearly. My continued condolences to your family."
Thomas of 29 Palms

"06-09-2011 We are thinking of you and your family today. Thank you for being a friend to our son. You will always be remembered!!!"
db of Saint Anthony, Idaho, USA USA

"It's been 5 years. God Bless You Daniel, and your family. You will Never be forgotten."
Janet Seymour - Devon's Mom

"06-09-2010
We remember and keep your family in our hearts and prayers."
db of St. Anthony, Idaho

"June 9th, 2009 and it has been four years. Not a day goes by that we don't think of our heroes. Freedom is not free but I promise it is a treasure I will never take for granite. We will always remember you and your family. Thank you!!!"
db of Saint Anthony, Id./USA

"Today is June 7th 2009 and I wanted to leave a little note to tell you that on Tuesday the 9th your family will be in my thoughts (you are in my thoughts often but for sure on June 9th) You have know idea just how much you are loved and thought of. We do not know each other but we have a bond that will forever link us. May the Lord of us all keep you in His watchful eye and may you remember that your dear son Daniel is always treasured and remembered..."
Debbi Birch of Saint Anthony, Idaho/USA

"Dear Daniel Chavez and family I just wanted to tell you I was thinking about you. I promise you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I will remember...."
db of St. Anthony, ID

"MY NAME IS SGT SALINAS AND I WAS DEPLOYED WITH DANIEL CHAVEZ. I WAS THERE THE NIGHT EVERYTHING HAPPEND AND TILL THIS DAY I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT. DANIEL WAS A MARINE THAT YOU ALWAYS SAW WITH A SMILE. DANIEL WAS ALWAYS WORKING AND HELPING OTHER MARINES. I'AM HONORED TO HAVE SERVED WITH HIM AND HIS NAME WILL ALWAYS STAY IN MY HEART."
SGT SALINAS M.A.(FORMER ALPHA CO. MOTOR T.) of FT. LEONARD WOOD MO. (MOTOR T. INSTRUCTOR)

"To the Friends and Family of Lance Cpl. Daniel Chavez,
My name is Erin Frazier and I am a junior at Sumner High School. This year for our Veteran's Day assembly, each and every student recieved a piece of paper with the name of a soldier that gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the war against Iraq. I recieved the name of a soldier that lived in Seattle, not far from where I live, and who was only a few years older then myself when he died, Daniel Chavez. Even though I do not know Daniel myself, I am truly touched at the sacrifice he made for our country and how I can live today knowing I am free and safe because of people like him. My dad was a Marine like Daniel when I was younger and was in the Gulf War during his 16 years of service. Thankfully I still get the privilege of seeing my dad everyday when I know that others were not as fortunate. I wish this brave man's friends and family the best in life, and I will always remember Daniel's sacrifice.
To all the men and women who died fighting in the war in Iraq and others who are still fighting, God Bless and my thoughts are with you."
Erin Frazier of Sumner, WA

"Memorial Day, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Daniel Chavez:
Daniel 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

"To the family of:Daniel Chavez 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"

"i still feel a great pain to this day, you where a friend and my brother in arms, I will never forget all the great time we had in bootcamp, fort knox and in iraq. he is a real hero. i was in his platoon his wingtank and is bunk mate in iraq. Ill Never forget that day, it lives with me everyday, but it always ends with a pic in my head of you smiling and all the fun we had, like whe we went camping and where throwing our kabar knifes at a snowman we built LOL. im out now and moved to washigton. we said we would hang out all the time when we got out, and we still do. i visit him ever june 9th and have a beer with him and leave one for him. to the family of daniel your son and brother was a true american hero and he will never be forgot. my son was born oct 6 2005. the day after his b day, i named my sons middle name DANIEL so my son will always know of a hero that gave his life for his freedom. semper fi daniel. your buddy, russell dasch"
russell dasch of north bend wa

"Its has been one year since he has passed. From since the las time I saw him in Al Asad, I've missed him. Gonzo and I brought him chow. Gonzo came up with the idea of getting them ice cream because they would never get it over in Haditha. After bringing him chow, he was so appreciative. Not many appreciated things like that. He always portrayed a positive attitude to everyone around him, that gave him that certain glow. Don't worry brother you are never forgotten. Your name is etched in your best friends' heart. I'll see you one day Chivo."
Cpl Sann 1st Tank Bn (former A Co) of MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, CA, USA

"To the family of Daniel Chavez.
My name is Cpl Alexander Benally, and I am a tank mechanic with 1st Tank BN H&S Co. I knew Danny for a few years before his passing. Since Ft. Knox. I was in mechanics course while he was doing the tankers course. He was a good friend and I could always count on him. We miss him here in Tanks, and Im sorry I didnt go to the funeral. I myself lost my cousin in 2004 and I had to be his pallbearer. I know the grief and anguish that comes with the burial of a loved one. Daniel Chavez's name is painted in our BN wall in the Timmerman room to honor him and all those who gave their life fighting for our freedom. Sincerly, Cpl Alexander Benally"
CPl Alexander Benally of 29 Palms Ca, 1st Tank BN H&S CO

"I first met Daniel while he & my son Daniel Cabuco attended Ballard High together. Although I didn't know him at that well, he was truly one of the nicest boy's I have ever met. He was the type of person who would always take time to chat with me about anything and everything during every telephone call. Every house visit he made he would throw his arms around me and say "hi Dan's mom, how are ya?" with one of the warmest smiles I've ever seen. When he would come home on leave and show up in his cammies. He would not only look so proud but so young and handsome. You could just feel his honor in serving our country, as well as hear it in his voice as he spoke of boot camp. I remember our last email when he got so excited about the care package Daniel & were sending, he just typed his want list candy and all. That's when you could feel he was still such a young boy to far from home.
There hasn't been a day gone by that I don't think of this wonderful child and pray for his family to continue healing as well as everyone who knew Daniel. I know the good lord has a much better plan for him now, and that he is still with all of us. He truly was a wonderful child, a strong young man, and hero to all.
I wish his family well and continue to send my prayers to each of them, especially his mother who gave her son to this country, and to us all...
Daniel will truly be missed by the Cabuco family."
Tracy R. Cabuco of Seattle, WA

"I was there when Danny passed, he was an awesome marine and a awesome friend. The world is a better place because of him."
Bryce Armeni of 29 palms

"My name is LCpl. Matthew Sevald, 2nd Tank BN. I went to Tank School at Ft. Knox, KY with Dan. He was an outstanding young man, always quick to make a joke or to help you out with anything. I had heard about this incident shortly after it happened; but didn't learn that Dan was involved until yesterday. It shocks me to the core. I also was wounded in Iraq, and am now even more motivated to heal up and return to the fight. My condolences to the Chavez family. Semper Fi, brother. YATYAS"
LCpl. Matthew Sevald of Brooke Army Medical Center - San Antonio, TX

"My names is Denise Chavez, I am Daniel's younger sister. I just want to thank everyone of you who wrote in this website for him. I can still remember his smile, his laugh and his positive attitude. He never refused to help anyone. If you needed him he'd be there. Anythime i was down he'd cheer me up just by laughing. His smile is what everyone remembers because it seemed that it never left his face. Now i know my answer to the frequently asked question "Who is your Hero" Mines is MY brother Lcpl. Daniel Chavez. And those who passed along side of him. By keeping him and every soldier in your thoughts and prayers YOU are keeping them alive. They live in everyone who still thinks of them. Thank You all again for your messages of comfort to myself and my family. May God Bless You All.

And to Daniel, My Brother, My hero and my Angel I LOVE YOU with all my heart. And I miss you so much. Please keep watch over your family."
Denise Chavez of Seattle, WA

"To Daniel's Family, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to you. What a fine young Marine you raised, you should be very proud. Daniel is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"I am Lcpl Devon Seymour's mother. Devon died with your son, Lcpl Birch, Lcpl Keeling and Cpl Squires. I feel a great need to reach out to you. Our prayers are with you! All five men were honored at our sons service. They were standing tall and doing what they could to protect this country. Losing Devon was especially painful. I always told him that if I could line up all the boys on the earth and walk down the line to chose one, I would stop when I came to him. I know you felt the same way about your Daniel. Great kids, great men. I'm honored I was a part of his life! They're all safe with the Lord now. God Bless You!"
Janet Seymour of St. Louisville, Ohio USA

"To the family of Daniel Chavez, our prayers are with you, we remember you from childrens church in Odessa Texas. thank to our Lord that you knew him and praised him , now you are in the eternal joy where there is no pain no more tears, no more worries ,because God has prepared a special place for you in heaven God Bless You, Your friends brothers and sisters in Odessa Texas"
Hermanos Fierro of Odessa Texas

""To the family and friends of Daniel Chavez: your son died with my friend Brad and I am truly grateful for the boys having the courage and bravery to keep me free. God bless your family. Daniel, Brad and all the boys/girls serving are heros and will be forever remembered.""
of Ohio

"You are in my thoughts and prayers."
Judi Olson Ballard High School of Seattle WA

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Daniel Chavez,

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

"After Unloading Your Casket From The Jet You Came In On (Me Being a US Airways Gate Worker)... I cried...And Realized The Harsh Realities Of War And The Ultimate Price That Comes Along With It. And That Is Giving Your Life...Daniel Chavez, Even Tho I Do Not know You, I feel As If For that Brief Time I handled Your Casket, I was Attached...And That Attachment Was My Sister Being In The Armed Forces. She Is Currently In Iraq At the time, And I just Pary For Her Safety! God Bless You! And Thank You For Keeping Our Nation Free!"
beaman220@yahoo.com of Tacoma, WA

"SEMPER FIDELIS"
S. Reed of Seattle, Wa

"Danny was a student of mine at Hamilton Middle School. I had the pleasure of being his teacher for three wonderful years. I will always remember his kindness and warm smile."
Julia Leonas of Seattle, WA

"For the family of Daniel Chavez, our hearts are deeply saddened by the loss of your beloved Marine. There are no words to express the profound sorrow we feel for you."
The Starr family, vpp of Cpl Jeff Starr kia 5/30/05 of Snohomish, WA

"To Chavez, i will remember all the good times we had together in school, you were my best high school friend and will always be. I want you to know that i will never forget you and we will all miss you. love you man."
Daniel Cabuco of Seattle

"Mr Chavez, Thank you for the gift of freedom that you shared with my family,the people of Iraq that didnt know that the world cared in reguards to their suffering and for the great example you were to all who will come after you.You were brave and strong and you showed it in the ultimate sacrifice, your life.

My prayers are with family and friends of Daniel Chavez.I am sorry for the grief and pain that you feel.We feel it in our family also.As time goes on the grief and pain of our loss may diminsh, but we can never forget such a great act of service to the world and mankind.He is truly a heroe!"
SABRINA BIRCH, Aunt & friend of Marine Lance Corpral Dustin Birch of IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO,USA

"Dear Daniel,
I will always remember you as the young boy who used to play baseball with my own son while your sister watched my two younger children. My heart goes out to your family and to my son, Benton, who is destroyed by your loss. God be with us all."
Lauri Holmes of Seattle, WA

"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

"To The Chavez Family"

I would like to send all of you my condolences and prayers. Daniel was a hero and will always be remembered.

Proud Marine Mom of LCPL Jason Rosman
2/4 Golf Company"
Donna Padilla of North Bend, Washington

"RIP Devil Dog....

J and T USMC"

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

"DANIEL THANY YOU FOR SEVING OUR GREAT COUNTRY. MAN LIKE YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN DANIEL! YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN, EVER! VERY PROUD OF YOU AS A CITIZEN, VETERAN, AND A FATHER OF A FALLEN SOLDIER. YOU AND THOSE THAT BECOME SOLDIER'S ARE THE REAL DEAL. THAT THE WORLD RESPECTS AND FEARS OUR MILITARY. YOU AND ALL THOSE SERVING WITH YOU DANIEL. HAVE FOUGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, THAT HAS THEM RUNNING AND HIDING. YOU ARE APART OF HISTORY DANIEL. YOU HAVE GIVEN THOSE IN IRAQ A TASTE OF FREEDOM. SO YOU ARE MORE THEN A SOLDIER, A HERO TO THE MANY MILLIONS IN THIS WORLD. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To The Chavez Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN 6/10/05

"Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel Chavez, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time."
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"Thank you Daniel Chavez, 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. Daniel Chavez:
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 Daniel 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. Daniel Chavez:
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 Daniel, 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