Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Javier Chavez, Jr.

19, of Cutler, California.
Chavez died from wounds received as a result of an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Fallujah, Iraq. During OIF his unit is attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on February 9, 2006.

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"Remembering you every day, but especially on this Memorial Day. Rest easy Javier."
of California

"Hey Javi I know you taught me to be a better person but there is not a day that goes by that I see I could be so much more with you here. I miss you Javi."
Ruben of Dinuba

"I remember you every day and never forget the days we had . Your missed and will never be forgotten. There was never a more loyal friend . This life aint the same without you."
Jeremy of Selma, Ca

"Chavez, Hey buddy its Miller and I have just found this website. I miss you man and think about that day almost everyday. I wish that things would have gone different, I regret that whole deployment all together and feel that I let you down as well your family and I am truly sorry for that. You were a great Marine and brother and I will never forget you. I have done so much since that day and feel that you and Smitty have helped me through my stuggles, I love you man. I hope to meet your family and someday and answer any questions they may have, and let them know what a great son they raised."
Jeremy Miller of Houston, TX

"To the family of Pfc Javier Chavez Jr.:

Please know that your loved one was remembered individually by my family at the Memorial Day Services at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Lehighton PA.

We are so appreciative of your sacrifice and we pray that God bless you all always!"
The Aaron Family of Lehighton, PA

"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

"JAVIER WE WERE BESTFRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL!! IT TOOK ME ALL OF THESE YRS. TO EVEN RESEARCH WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO YOU. I HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES WITH U. U BOUGHT ME MY FIRST PAIR OF CHUCK TAYLORS AND YOU MADE SURE THEY WERE THE COLORS OF THE LAKERS BECAUSE I WAS SO IN LOVE WITH THEM AND KOBE. WE ALWAYS PROMISED WE WOULD BE BESTFRIENDS FOREVER. IF ONLY I COULD FEEL YOUR SWEET KISS ON MY FOREHEAD AGAIN, IT WOULD MAKE ME SO HAPPY. I MISS YOU. IM JOINING THE MILITARY SO PLEASE LOOK OVER ME AND I HOPE YOU FIGHT SIDE BY SIDE WITH ME. I LOVE YOU. YOU'RE STILL AND ALWAYS WILL BE MY BESTFRIEND."
LARICIA of San Diego, Ca

"javie i love you so much !!!!! you where the one person i looked up to the most. i learned so much from you! you where great!! I miss being loved by you i know how much you loved me!!!! And protected me everyday at school! I was so lucky to be your sister!! i miss you every day of my life! and i hate that you didnt get to see me at my first job or my first day of college 3 years ago. Or me breaking up with that guy which i knew you and jose both wanted!!!!! i love you so much!! Hermano !!"
Olga Chavez of Hanford Ca

"Veterans Day 2008
The sacrifice of Marine Pfc. Javier Chavez, Jr. will always be remembered."
Mike Menetto of Los Gatos, CA, US

"Thanks everyone for the comfort. i am Javi's brother, Jose. I miss him every day. and i hope to make my mom proud as much as he made my mom proud. as i write this i cant stop crying because it hurts to read about my little brother dead. I know he tried his best to stay alive when he Got hit. i know how my brother is. he doesn't give up quick. i know by wrestling him as kids. i miss my little brother. its hard to lose your best friend. he took a lot of my secrets with him to the grave. i miss having a brother to talk to."
Jose of Anaheim California

"Memorial Day, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Javier Chavez, Jr.:
Javier 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

"javier, there isn't a day that goes by without you in my thoughts. i'm so mad at myself for not remembering your aniversery, but i promise you that it wasn't intentional. javier, i miss you, and so do all the family and friends that you left behind. i cannot even start talking about the pain that your death has brought me because i know that the pain that your parents and siblings have is one million times greater than mine. you are a great man and i pray that there will be more as valient and honorable as you in the future. please, please look down on your beautiful little sister and help her through her tough times. i will always pray for you and i look foward to seeing you soon hermano."
josue g. of San Marcos, CA

"Javi, I'm sorry for how hard I was on you at the stumps. You turned out to be a much better marine than I ever was. You fell with honor and you will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my friend."
Ben of Wasatch

"To the family of:Javier Chavez, 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"

"Hey Javy,
I will never forget you man.You were a good friend and we spent countless hours of post together,in Iraq and in garrison. I'll never forget you man. You made the rest of our jobs easier to do just by your presence. February 9th, 2006 will always be remembered by myself,my family and by 2nd platoon I company forever. R.I.P bro"
Ford of Colorado Springs, CO

"Hey Javi,
Just want to let you know that you are still being missed! I remember all of us hanging out still! I remember that I met you in Police Academy! You and Olga took the class. I love Olga too! I was glad you came to my 15nera. Just remember that you will always be in our thoughts Javi, Please keep an eye on all of us!"
Jojo G of Hanford, CA

"Javier,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other Marine who was killed in that blast 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!"

"Our Hero "Javy" we love you and miss you so much over here in cutler...we'll never forget you javy...Karina and Carlitos are really big already, i bet you see them from way up there huh? You our hero were never going to forget you....R.I.P we LOve you!!"
Denise Zepeda of cutler Clifornia

"I did not know you, but I am still proud of what you have done as well as everybody who has laid their lives for our country. My prayers go out to you and your family."
Javier Chavez of El Paso, TX

"Javi... we all miss you and want you to know you did good. I think about what happened every day. You were a good Marine and will never be forgotten by any of us here in 2nd Platoon. We love you man...watch over us so the rest of us can go home. R.I.P brother."
"Doc"

"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.
Our nations HERO, Javier will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"May God bless you and your family. I am sorry for your loss, but am still thankful for your sacrifices."
anonymous

"Thank you Javier Chavez, 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 Pfc. Javier Chavez, 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 Javier 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. Javier Chavez, 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 Javier, 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