Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline, Jr.


21, of Sparks, Nevada.
Killed in action. Cline was engaged in operations on the outskirts of An Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

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"Thank you again for your sacrifice to keep our homeland strong. Bless your family always."
Sandy of Ohio

"It was platon3090 I served with you donald cline you will never be forgotton"
Garen

"I served in the same platoon in boot camp 3092 lima company for the short time I know him he had more will and determination then Any one there he will never be forgotton"
garren of Madera ca

"Hey John, what's up buddy? Here we are again, March 23, 2016. I bet your boys are getting big. I'll tell you this much, these messages are supposed to be getting easier as time goes by, but they seem to be getting harder. I'm going to drink to your name tonight old friend, and I'll pour one for you too. Love you brother. Fair winds and following seas."
Ryan Steiger of Kabul, Afghanistan

"Thinking of you after all these years. (3/23/03). You are a hero and recognized this Memorial Day 2015. Blessings to your family"
Sandy O of Worthington OH

"I just found some sort of memorial card in an old coat of mine with Donald's name on it so I looked you up. So young to have left this earth and your family. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice. With deep condolences to your family and loved ones."
Linda N. of Bismarck, ND

"I worked with you for a few months in Guam. You would drive me crazy playing the same Linkin Park cd over and over. I was heartbroken to hear you were gone. Now every time I hear Linkin Park I think of you. You were funny and full of life. You would light up when you spoke of your wife and baby. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace"
of Guam

"After so many years let me remember you. Thank you for your sacrifice. Bless your family."
Sandy O of Columbus, OHIO

"I heard your song the other day and couldn't help the tears filling my eyes. I miss you and wish I had more time with you. Until we meet again! I love you baby boy."
Cynthia Wyatt of SM, CA USA

"Hey cousin. Its been over ten years now and I still think about you. I never got to meet you but I have heard a lot about you and the people that did know you were among the luckiest people alive. I know you were a great , loving, compassionate friend, father, husband, son, man, and soldier. That's what makes you my hero. I will never forget what you did , how you gave everything protecting people who could not protect them self's. I am reminded of you every time I see a flag, a star, a soldier, and the memories tattoo i got on my arm after I had found out. I know you and every other fallen soldier are looking down on not only this country but also the world and protecting the people who need your protection. You will not be forgotten but you will be missed. I love you cousin and thanks to not only you but also to Tina and your two sons for sacrificing so much. PS. TINA. I would love to learn more about john and get to know you and the boys. I am now living in NY but I have a Facebook . Justin Vallerio. Jack and Kay Vallerio's oldest son."
Justin Vallerio of Syracuse, NY

"Another year remembering you and your courage, honor and commitment. Blessings and best to your family"
Sandy of Ohio

"My sons Dakota and Dylan and myself want to thank everyone that continue to carry the memory of our love, Donald john cline. Our boys are getting older Dakota now 13, Dylan now 11. They are in a heavy search of memories of their father. Its bitter sweet. Past 10 years I've tried to save everything for them. John was all about our boys. I will forever continue on keeping our sons happy and keep johns memory alive. Which isn't hard to do, I see john I hear him in our sons daily. Which is a blessing! 333."
Tina Cline of sparks NV

"Cline,
You were a great friend and marine, thank you for all you've done. I never will forget the times we spent together on working parties and such. I pray for your family. This country may forget, but those of us who were there will never forget. Thank you."
Anonymous of Ohio

"As Memorial Day 2013 comes to a close, I am forever grateful for all those who have served and given the fullest measure, the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. I am blessed to know John's parents here in Bullhead City and I can only imagine that based on the great people they are, John must have been one hell of a young man. As one military vet to another, may your soul live forever and your memory among those you left behind remain cradled in love until you all meet again."
US Navy, Naval Air Intel & Recon 1999-2003 Michele Bogue of Bullhead City, AZ

"Ten years remembering. Blessings to your family. Blessings in heaven. Still wearing your braclet. Semper Fi"
Sandy O of Worthington, OH

"Hey John, I just want you to know I'm still over here. I know I'm a day early, but I am beyond angry at myself that I can't attend the 10th year memorial being held. I am a wreck about all this, thinking about everything. It came out of no where, but you should know that I think about you and your family often. I should be there, I wish I could be. I will never forget you, and while I don't talk about it much, when I do I am as I am now. I wish you were still among us. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Your friend Steiger of Baghdad

"may God bless him and keep him in his broaden paradise as we pray for god to those who sacrifice thier lives for humanity. iam from Nassiriyah in iraq and will remember him as a heroe forever."
hussein hadi of nassiriyah

"I wear a bracelet in memory of Cline every day. My niece and a co worker asked me recently why I never take it off , I told them about him and how brave he was for his country. I will never forget
HM2 (FMF) Hough Ret."
Doc Hough of San Diego CA

"I will be riding in Rolling Thunder tomorrow in Washington,D.C. As I did last year , I will be wearing my KIA bracelet with Donald's name on it, riding in his memory."
Joe of Little Britain, PA

"Thank you once again for your ultimate sacrifice. Another year ahead and I continue to pray your family. Hoo-rah."
Sandy of Worthington, OH

"well my son i miss you so much,not a day goes by with out you on my mind.wish we had more time together.i love you my son.till we meet again.love you your lil mama"
cindy cline fulton of bullhead city az

"John, another year is nearly here. March 23, 2012 is 5 days away. I'm still in Iraq. Can you believe it? 9 years. Anyhow, I just want you to know, you are not forgotten. I still have the plaque with your name on it. Miss you bro."
Ryan Steiger of Baghdad

"Semper Fi November 10, 2011 You are not forgot. Bless you and your family. Always a Marine."
Sandy of Worthngton, OH

"Just thinking about you bro, I wish it was me that went that day and not you. You are my hero and I have kept your name and life alive with my kids. They know all about you man. Semper Fi bro and I'll see you up there one day."
Stephen Root of Union, SC

"I will be riding in Washington D.C. tommorow (5/29/11) at The Rolling Thunder ride. I am wearing my bracelet with Donald's name on it. I will be riding in Donald's memory. God Bless."
Joe of Little Britain, Pa.

"John, I love you and miss you so much. Wish you were here."
Cousin Sandra of Sierra Madre, CA

"My son i miss you so much my heart breaks on this day.miss your smile and your laugh.tell we meet again love you so much lil mama"
mom of bullhead city az

"Remembering you today 3/23/2011! (Long pause.) Prayers to your family. Semper Fi."
Sandy of Columbus, Ohio

"Cpl. Cline was not only my brother in arms but my friend. I loved him with all my heart. We were in boot camp, SOI, and the fleet together and I miss him every day I'm still alive. I have never known a man as good as him. He was a kind and humble man who could always make you laugh. Tomorrow marks the 8 year anniversary of the Naz and we ALL will be remembering him and thanking him for what he did. I lie awake at night and cry and wish that it could have been me and not him. I am anxious for the day when I get to meet back up with him in Heaven.

TO THE CLINE FAMILY: If you need anything at all please contact me. (stephen.root@yahoo.com)
TINA: I dont know if you remember but you and my wife talked for like 2-3 hours before we left for Iraq at a pre-deployment brief. Please contact me. I am planning a trip to California and would like to see you and the kids. I also want to pay my respect to his grave site. You all are in my heart and prayers ALWAYS."
Sgt. Stephen Root of Union, South Carolina

"Was wondering if there was any memorial services in honor of Donald tomorrow in the Reno/Sparks area. And would like to also know where he was laid to rest. Would like to pay my respects as I served with him."
LCpl Brandon Zunie of Fernley, Nevada

"It's now February of 2011 and I wanted to let the family know I haven't forgotten Donnie. I didn't know him, but did go visit at the mortuary. His and your sacrifice will always be remembered and appreciated."
Debra of Reno NV

"Wishing all your family a very happy holiday season and blessed new year. You are not forgot. Thank you for your service. Semper Fi"
Sandy of Worthington, Ohio

"I wear a KIA bracelet when I ride my bike. Donald's name is on it. I never knew him, but I am honored to wear his name on my wrist.God bless his family."
Joe of Little Britain, Pa.

"Not a day goes by I dont try and honor Don's memory. He and I spent time together in high school before joining the corps. He and I ended up in the same regement during the invasion. I pray the best for wife and family."
Sgt. Andrew Stone of Detroit, MI

"hey evelyn just read what you said about my son.i live in bullhead city az about 1hour from you,if you ever say another bad thing about my son,i will hunt you down.get it cindy cline fulton"
mom of bullhead city az

"MY SON ANOTHER YEAR WITH OUT YOU,TODAY I WILL GO PAY MY RESPECT TO YOU.I MISS YOU SO MUCH.YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY SON MY HERO. LOVE YOU ALWAYS YOUR LIL MAMA"
MOM of BULLHEAD CITY AZ

"John, another Memorial Day is here and we still miss and love you. Thank you for everything you did for our country. You will never be forgotten."
Helen B of Sunland, CA

"I wasn't able to meet John. I was there for the horrifying aftermath of a devistated family. Evelyn, how dare you. You should be ashamed of yourself, and I hope when you look in the mirror and fall alseep at night you think of that very empty spot in your chest where a heart should be. John, was a warrior for this country. He LOVED his family. Your picture isn't to be seen, but I will tell YOU right now....you are the most hidious, ugly, unattractive, stomach turning individual I will EVER meet. I promise. Rot in your tiny, pathetic life...and may you be haunted with every soldier, with every individual, and WITH EVERY PERSON YOU LOVE. John was beautiful, his family, his life...BEAUTIFUL. Your life...pathetic. Now go cry, and pray that someday you might have love like he had. I love you Tina, Dylan, and Dakota. I am with you always."
Lisa S. of Reno, NV

"matter in a fact Miss evelyn lets post a picture of you on the internet see the judgement you get. ME nor my family wanted this my husband was serving to make this a better world for our future for our children, but out of a kind soul made this site for my best friend and husband and the father of my children. And dont u know, what u put on the net is forever, my boys lost their father at a very young age soon they will see this... its bull crap. Seriously.... get a life."
Tina CLINE of Reno

"Seriously why do you have be so rude he is ugly, who the hell are you to judge. NO NEED TO FEEL SORRY, ME his WIFE HIS children feel sorry for you thinking the sick way u think and maybe some prayers is what is needed for your way. Tonight MY SONS and I will be praying for you! DONT BE SORRY FOR US!"
TINA CLINE of RENO NV

"im very sorry for him i wish he lives in HEAVEN FOREVER!!!"
TASMINE AND EDWIN of LAS VEGAS,NV,USA

"he is so ugly but im sorry for him"
evelyn of las vegas,nv,usa

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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Johnny Boy,
Remembering you on your anniversary. Its been seven years now. You are gone but you are NOT forgotten. Semper Fi.
I will pray a Rosary for you."

chuckhernandez@att.net"
Chuck Hernandez of Temple City, CA

"miss you so much.you will never be forgotten . son my hero love mom"
mom

"Hello Family and Friends of LCPL Donald J. Cline, Jr. My thoughts and prayers are with you on this day - 7 years my goodness! Blessings to each of you. Thank you Donald for your courage and committment. Semper Fi."
Sandy O. of Worthington, OH

"HAPPY B-DAY SON .WE ALL MISS YOU ALOT,BUT WE WILL NEVER FORGET LOVE YOUR LIL MOM"
MOM of BULLHEAD CITY AZ

"he had his wifes name (tina)on his arm.thank you for all you did.love johns lil mom"
mom of bullhead city az

"can anyone tell me if Cline had a tattoo of a cross on his arm? I think I was one of his corpsman over there. The memory of that night stays with me. I am so sorry for your loss. Semper Fi
Doc Hough"
HM2 (FMF) Hough (Ret.) of San Diego

"To the family of Donald Cline. I just wanted to say that i kiss my bracelet with Donalds name on it still everyday for you. Although i didn't know him he will forever be in my prayers along with all of our other soldiers. Thank you for again for him serving our country. God bless you all. Debbie Galchefski. Plymouth, Pa."
Debbie of Plymouth, Pa. USA

"my son my hero ,i miss you so .i am so proud of what you did.i will never forget.love you always and forever.love lil mom"
mom of bullhead city az

"Memorial Day Weekend 2009.
Bless you and bless your family...Semper Fi."
Sandy of Worthington, OHIO

"3/23/09 - It's been 6 years and I miss you the same. I love you John."
Sandra of Arcadia, CA

"will miss you tell the day we meet love my son your lil mom xoxoxoox"
mom of bullhead city az

"Not forgotten. March 23, 2009 - 6 years!
Bless you. Thank you. Prayers for your family continue."
Sandy of Worthington, OH

"hey brother its matthews i think about you and your family everyday.I will never forget you.none of us will.I will always pray for your wife and children. love matthews"
matthews of georgia

"My name is Josie, and I used to live at Camp Lejeune, Nc. I meet Mrs. Cline, Tina, one night when she visited my neighbor, Jody. She had a memorial video of her husband and used my computer to play it at a memorial service for him. I have thought about her and that night all three of us were talking for years. My husband and my neighbor's husband were in Iraq at the time and I remembered how strong Tina was and I prayed I would be that strong if this were to happen to my family. I know you probably son't remember me but I wanted to let you know I do think about you and your husband, and that I am just one more person out here keeping our service members memories alive.
I wish you all the best."
Majosie T. of Montgomery, AL

"Thinking of you alot today. I miss you! Love you always ( Nefl )"
Aunt Hilda <3 of Sierra Madre, CA

"This Christmas our families have taken time to thank you and all our men and women of the Armed Forces for your service and sacrifice. We want you to know how much you are still thought of and appreciated.
Merry Christmas to the families.
December 25, 2008"
Murray and Walker Families of Sparks, Nevada

"happy b-day son, miss you so wish i could hold you just one more time. love you always and forever .love you your lil mom xoxoxoxoxox"
cindy aka johns mom of bullhead city az

"Well today is gold star mothers day.It has been hard day.I love you so son love lil mom xoxoxooxoxoxo"
cindy aka johns mom of bullhead city az

"I just wanted to leave a message to the family of Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline, Jr. to let you know that he is not forgotton. When he went missing I wore his MIA bracelet and downloaded a picture of him holding his two boys so that I had a face to go with his name so I could see it in my mind when I prayed for his safe return. I'm so very sorry that he never made it home. I still have the bracelet and I still think of him whenever I see it. My boy is also a Marine and due to deploy to Afghanistan soon and while I pray he displays the same courage under fire as John, I pray with all my heart and soul that he not be forced to make the same sacrifice. God bless you Tina, Dakota, Dylan, Cindy, and the rest of your family."
Trish of Landstuhl, Germany

"Dear John, I miss you so much son.You are always on my mind.I love you and miss you so much. love you lil mom"
mom of bullhead city az

"dear Cline,

Well its been a little over 5 years and today will be the first time I will talk to you since our day. I have thought about you thousands of times. I know you were with us on that tour and and also my second go around. Thank you so very much for having are backs fighting against hell. You and your family will always be in my heart.You will always be my first team leader in the fleet. Semper fidelis Brother !!!!!!!!!"
Eric Allen Killeen of Lexington, N.C, USA

"Well its mothers day again , the day i dont like. i miss you so son. i just want you to know how much i love you and miss you.will love you for always and for ever love you lil mom"
mom of bullhead city az

"First I would like to thank all the people who have left a message .It means alot to me to know You all still think of my son.Dear John There is not a day that goes by with out me thinking of you. and missing you.you are always in my heart. miss you so my son my hero. love you lil mom"
mom of bullhead city az

"Tomorrow is five years. You and your family remain in my thoughts every day. I wear a braclet with your name too and dedicate March 23rd to you each year. Bless your family. Bless you."
Sandy of Columbus, Ohio

"I proudly wear a bracelet with the name of Donald John Cline, USMC.I honor you, Mrs.Cline, and your 2 sons, and his ultimate gift that allows all of us to be free.
I think of your husband each time I look at the bracelet I wear that bears his name."
Alyson L. of Plano, TX

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow.
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
but don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
(Author Unknown)
America has been built on the blood of Brave Men of Honor. Heros who answered the call to defend all of our Freedoms. A fellow Veteran pays tribute to this heros commitment to duty and the ultimate sacrifice that he has made for all of us.... Thank you. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brave soldier, and may peace come to your family and loved ones for the sacrifice they have also made."
William D. Taylor of Bonita Springs, Florida

"Remembering with you the life of someone so dear."
Shirley Billingsley of Huntsville, AL

"my love, here I am looking at all the sites with your name and reading all these caring people writing. To all that have wrote, as Johns Wife, Thank you. Your prayers and thoughts mean alot to us. thank you once again,
to my love "john" it seems these internet wires get to you. its like a personal email to heaven to you. Many would think after 4 years things would be better but... I am on my bottom. I need you. I cant live without you. YOU were my first love, I was your first love. You were the first I ever trusted, I was your first you ever trusted and I was your last you were my first... I miss you like I miss my life my air, I once had... I love and miss you my love."
Tina Cline of Reno NV USA

"May 30, 2007
To the family of Donald J. Cline, Jr. Donald 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 knew Cline,He was an outstanding member of 1/2 .An example to all,I still shed tears for my fallen BROTHERS.
If I had the opertunity I would had traded places with this great HERO."
Carlos Henriquez of El Monte Ca

"Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice, in remembrance Memorial Day 2007. God Bless you and your family. Semper Fi. Hoo Rah!"
Sandy of in Ohio

"God Bless you Devil Dog! We will never forget your sacrifice!"
Pastor Dave, USMC, 1982-86 of Chino Hills, CA

"thankyouforyourservicetoourcountrygodblessyou"
johnclinejr of wausauwi

"Four years and you are remembered. God Bless you and your family."
Sandy of Worthington, OH

"My Dearest John,
It is Jan 07 and still seems like yesterday we lost you. Not a day goes by where we don't miss you or think about you. You John have touched so many lives and with you gone there is a hole that will never be filled. Every time any thing special comes up bithdays, holidays or just something knew the boys do I wished you were here to see it and enjoy it with the family. Dakota always says you are here and I believe him because I know how much you love your boys and it comforts him and me as well. I love you so much John and the pride I feel just to be a part of your life know matter how short it was makes me feel so blessed."
Tamme Mother In-law of Reno, NV

"P.S. Reading all your messages I stand corrected. I want to acknowledge you as John. I have a son John and he was in Iraq with the 24 MEU when you were. Your braclet is with me every day. Semper Fi."
Sandy of Columbus, OH

"For your family I wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. You remain in my daily prayers. God Bless your service Donald. You are remembered. December 2006"
Sandy of Columbus, OH

"Dear Family. I am so very sorry for your loss. I just want to tell you that i wear a bracelet with Donald's name on it and will never take it off. God bless you one and all."
Debbie Galchefski of Plymouth, Pa.

"DEAR JOHN , ITS ME AND YOU . I MISS YOU SO MUCH . YOU ARE ALL THAT KEEPS ME GOING. LOVE YOU MOM"

"Donald,
I would like to say thank you to you and all the other Marines from 2nd MEB who were killed that day in An Nasiriyah for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Good Morning and Good morning to your family. You are missed by those who loved you and by those who have come to know you. Blessings to you and your family."
Sandy of Columbus OH

"DEAR SON I MISSS YOU AND ONE DAY WE WILL BE TOGETHER. LOVE MOM"
CINDYCLINEFULTON of bullhead city az

"hi son, you are one of gods fighters. but you will always be my son. today i look out over the measas , and think of you.i read a story today about you . and i must say it was great . you were such a hero. my god . it so hard here with out you . i am your mom so i known you did what you had to do . but i still miss you so much.i have read the books and talk to some of the guys . but that does not help me . i just miss you soo much. i think of you all the time. till we meet. mom"
CINDYCLINEFULTON of bullhead city az

"DEAR SON, AS I LOOK OUT OVER THE MESA MTN I THINK OF YOU , AND NOT A DAY GOES BY WITH OUT YOU ON MY MIND. I MISS YOU SO LOVE YOU MOM"
CINDYCLINEFULTON of BULLHEADCITY AZ

"Thankyou......Speachless"
Sgt Spoto ,USMC of NY

"On today, 23 March 2006, the anniversary of your death, the tears still come. I remember so vividly - hearing on the news that you were missing and reading the newspapers for days after, praying that you were alright - only to learn of your tragic death and those in your unit as well. I have always rememebered your name because of the beautiful photo with you, your wife and your children. I never met you or your family but it matters not for I am a U. S. Marine as well. We have not forgotten you!!! To Mrs. Cline - I pray for your continued strength and offer my best wishes as you raise your sons to be as awesome a gentleman as your husband was. Semper Fidelis!!"
A fellow Marine of Jacksonville, NC

"3 Years today. Remembering you and your family. God Bless each of you.
Semper Fi."
sandy of Columbus, Ohio USA

"Semper Fi Brother.
Guard those streets of Heaven and someday I'll meet you there. You will live on in your children and in the spirit of our Corps.
In awed respect."
A Former Marine of Connecticut / Pennsylvania

"I have made a website in honor of John, my husband, my best friend. please check it out http://john-cline.memory-of.com"
Tina of Reno Nv

"I guess it's been a little over two years now. I try not to think about it to much. I still remember sitting in the tent at Camp Schoop asking you if you were scared at all, because I was. "No", you replied without the slightest hesitation. I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember you showing me you new born's little shoe that you kept in your locker on the U.S.S. Ponce. I still don't know what happened to you. Where did you go? I miss you man. Wish you could be here. With Thanks Giving and X-mas rolling around that is. God Bless, Marine; God Bless."
Ryan Steiger

"Happy Birthday Johncline, Johncline! Just like the rest of the family. I wish I could see your face just one last time. But I know I will see you again in Heaven. I think of you everyday! I love you so much. We are going to the wall today. Maybe you could send us a sign. Nothing big..maybe something like lightening? That would be cool!! I am sure you can see it, but I'll tell you anyway...your boys are growing up absolutely beautiful and Tina is fine. Doing fine and looks fine! Boy oh boy! We remember you everyday. Luf!"
Cousin Cynthia of Sierra Madre, CA

"Happy Birthday to my brother, my cousin, my John....I miss you so much. Did you hear us this morning as Robert, Natty and I sang to you? John, I wish I could call you up and tell you to come home or make a plan to come see you. I miss you so much, I cry as I write this because the love that I have for you is so great and my heart remains broken because you are not here. John, thank you for doing "your job" - I love you, I love you and there is not a day that goes by when I don't think about you. You are always in our conversation one way or another. I love to feel you at home. Thank you for visiting me as I will always be sensitive to you. 11/1/05

Love,
"Your sister, your cousin"
Sandra of Sierra Madre, CA

"I REMEBER THE DAY YOU WERE BORN; ON THIS DAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY NEFFUL. I MISS YOU SO MUCH I DONT THINK A TEAR HAS GONE BY WITHOUT ME WISHING IF ONLY ONE MORE TIME JUST TO SMELL YOU, TO PUT MY ARMS AROUND YOU, TO TOUCH YOUR EARS MY LOVE HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY JOHN . JUST ONE MORE DAY WITH YOU IS ALL I WANT. LOVE AUNT HILDA"
AUNT HILDA of SIERRA MADRE CALIF

"Johnnie Boy",
I'm your second cousin. I remember your father (Donny) coming over on a motorcycle. your mother and i grew up like brothers and sisters, i remember seeing you when you were very young, so you'll understand why your sacrifice will remain forever embedded in my heart and mind. I have donned a tattoo in your memory "Devil Dog". Being an ex serviceman I know that our nation will always be grateful for your unselfish service. God Bless and keep you."
Chuck Hernandez of Temple City, CA

"SON YOUR B-DAY IS COMING UP. I MISS YOU SO MUCH.EVERYDAY I THINK OF YOU AND MISS YOU MORE. I KNOW YOU ARE MY ANGLE,AND YOU ARE LOOKING AFTER ME.I FEEL YOU SO DEEP IN MY HEART.YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.YOUR FAMILY TALKES ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME.EVEN THE YOUNG KIDS WHO NEVER MEET YOU ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THERE COUSIN JOHN. YOU ARE MY HERO MY SON. LOVE FOR EVER MOM XOXOXO"
CINDY CLINE FULTON of SIERRA MADRE CALIF

"To Cindy, Tina, Dakota, and Dylan: LCPL Cline was a true American hero, helping to keep us free and safe and trying to make others free and safe, too. Neither we, nor they, will ever forget that. Cindy and Tina, I know that you will always preserve the memories of Donald for his sons. He will truly live on through them. Dylan and Dakota, always remember that daddy will always love you and is always watching over you. Be good boys for him. Semper Fi."
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois

"Thank you Brave Marine
You are my Hero.God bless your Family"
Ute of Ramstein Germany

"Dear Tina, Dakota, and Dylan,
Remembering you on this special day, March 23, 2005...dedicated to you and LCLP. Donald J. Cline, Jr. I am glad that there is a plaque placed by the Marina to honor your husband and dad. May you carry forward today in peace. (P.S.I know Sparks because my folks lived off Prater.) Semper Fi."
Sandy O. of Worthington, Ohio

"Dearest Tina,
My name is Karen, I spoke with you regarding the portait that I did of your dear Donald. I wanted you to know that the panels have arrived and I will get to work soon on the second portrait. I do not have an email for you so you can email me at the college if you like, my thoughts are with you and dear Dakota and Dylan, today and always,
March 23, 2005"
Karen Pratt of Kentfield, CA

"DEAR SON , ITS 2 YEARS SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN GONE. AND I MISS YOU SO MUCH. I WISH I COULD GIVE YOU A XOXO. I MISS YOUR SMILE AND YOUR EYES. YOU ARE MY HERO SON . LOVE YOU MOM"
CINDY CLINE FULTON of SIERRA MADRE CALIF

"Every day you are in may prayers. I wear your braclet. My son (USMC) was in Iraq too (March 2003). When he came home, we visited your barricks at Camp LeJeune and said a prayer. Each March 23 I dedicate to you and your family. You are not forgotten. Semper Fi."
Sandy of Worthington, OH USA

"this is to my one and only son . FIRST I REALLY MISS YOU. YOU DEVIL DOG . I AM SO PROUD OF YOU . YOU WANTED TO BE THE BEST OF THE BEST. AND YOU DID IT. I STILL MISS YOU SON . I WISH I COULD PUT MY ARMS AROUND YOU AND GIVE YOU A XOXOXOXOXO.YOU ARE A TRUE HERO . YOU ARE MY HERO .AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO MY SON. LOVE MOM"
CINDYCLINEFULTON of SIERRAMADRECALIF

"Hello,

I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost a loved one to this war.
We have formed a group for those of us who have experienced
the ultimate sacrifice. Gold Star Families for Peace.
www.gsfp.org.
Love and Peace to you,"
Dede Miller of Bellflower,Ca

"There will be an art exibit of portraits in an art show named "Faces of the Fallen - To Never Forget" at the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA. The show opens Nov 22 and the reception will be December 2nd from 5-8pm Students and faculty have participated in a project spearheaded by Chester Arnold. I am an artist as well and am secretary to the Art Department here at College of Marin. These portraits are done from the thumbnail photos posted in the NY Times. Chester gave me one of the little photos and that is how I came to know Donald Cline Jr. I came to know his face intimately and cried alot while drawing his face. He had the most amazing eyes. My heart aches and I feel so close to him. He is one of our angels now and I just know he will watch over his family. If you would like to have the portrait, I would be happy to send it to you. You can contact me by email at the College of Marin.
I offer my condolences and my prayers to all of Donald's loved ones."
Karen Pratt of Kentfield, CA USA

"Baby cousin,
Well, we just celebrated what would have been your 23rd birthday. I was in school, but Sandra called me and we sang happy birthday to you at the top of our lungs. It hasn't gotten any easier after 20 months of you being gone. Our lives, our world, is just not the same without you. We miss you so much John. We will never forget and will always keep you close in our hearts and in everything we do. Joseph and Madison do school projects about you whenever they have the opportunity. I love you baby boy and miss you so bad. I pray every night that you'll come to my dreams so that I could see your beautiful face. 11/4/04.
Love forever."
Cynthia Wyatt of Chino, CA

"After being a paul berer at LCpl Cline's funeral the thought that he looked familiar took affect but the reality didn't hit home until I found him in my high school year books. Semper Fi Marine. you are missed."
LCpl Zambrano, Joshua T. of Det. 4th Force Recon Co. Reno NV

"Tina, Your hubby now is in heaven with the soldiers who died before him and with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Cindy Fleury of Lynn, Ma U.S.

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

"To the family of LCPL Cline,
No words can express the sorrow felt to lose another brother so far away. And never will he be forgotten by us all that knew how great of a person he was. I'll never forget the times I spent with him myself. We both worked at Port of Subs in Sparks while in high school. He was always very friendly, almost to the point you wanted to pull your hair out! But that's what made him great. I'll never forget hanging out at midnight in the Alamo for midnight breakfest specials with him, just having a good time. I don't know how it's going to feel when I return home myself from Iraq without him there. I'll also never forget the last day I saw him, at the rodeo with the Marines and their pullup bar. I was with my girlfriend now wife on the last day before I shipped off for the Army. We both were extactic aboout serving for our country and wished each other luck. And with that, went our seperate ways. Looking back I wish I could have stopped him, but I know deep down there was no stopping his devotion to country, as with me. As I see it, John hasn't left the walking path of life, he's simply waiting at the end of it for the rest of us with that same smile on his face. So with this I leave you the fragment of time I got to spend with a good friend, a fellow serviceman, a fallen hero, a Patriot."
SGT Christopher Luthi of Sparks Nevada currently serving in the Army's 1st Stryker Brigade, Mosul Iraq.

"My Dearest John,
It is now 15 months that you have been gone and it seems like yesterday. You have touched our lives in so many ways. The missing you doesn't get any less and never will. I wished this was all just a bad dream and we would just wake up and have things back to normal. I miss your smile and that unforgetable laugh, Coming home and finding dented soup cans that you and Cory loved to use to see who had the stronger head. John, from the look of the cans I would say it was a tie. :)I could go on forever naming the things I miss about you sweetie but when you add it all up I simply miss you John,my Son Inlaw and seeing you with my daughter and two beautiful Grandchildren and all being the loving family that you were."
Tamme (Mother Inlaw) of Sparks, NV.

"this is my cousion in wich I would like to say I am very much proud of and no other words can say how very much he is missed here. One thing I can say his I am glad he was a part of my life and I miss him so. I am proud of him."
chelsie of Bismarck,ND, USA

"To the Family of LCpl. Cline Jr.,

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words to you and other family members of Marines who have fallen. I come from a long family line of Marines; I too am a Marine Corps veteran. His service to his Country and his Corps will live forever in the minds of his fellow Marines all over this country.

While I never personally met this Marine, every Marine is my brother and it is with love and respect to his family that I say to them the words of retired GySgt Ermey, "The Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever."

God Bless and Semper Fidelis"
Rob of Iowa

"my love, my angel, my hero...John I love and miss you so dearly, the pain of losing you will never leave me. Thank you for all you have shown and gave me, our sons...my tears that am cring at this moment says it all. I love you forever my love."
Tina of reno nv USA

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine!! SEMPER FI!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"John, I will never forget the ultimate price you Paid on 23 March while evacuating the other wounded marines of C Co 1/2. You are a HERO Lcpl Cline. You will never be forgotten and are greatly missed. "our 9 man Squad....bros forever" Semper fi brother"
Sgt John Maloney of C. co. 1/2 3rd plt 1st sqd

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
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, Donald, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you, Mr. Cline (and thank you to all your comrades) - you help keep this country safe, and make your families proud."
Kathy Cline of Phoenix, AZ

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

"John, where do i begin? first off, let me say You are not forgotten, not a day goes by without a vision or thought of you in my mind, You are a true hero to me, to your family, to your Country, The sacrifice made will NOT go Unnoticed, this i guarentee!
You will be truly missed , BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN, much Love. Mark Gallegos."
Mark Gallegos. (a family relative) of Grants Pass, Oregon

"Thank you for making my world more free. I pray for your soul God grant you Peace for your unselfish gift of your life. God Bless Your Family."
Shirley Netznik of Camp Hill Pa.USA

"RIP Marine"
The Taylors/USMC of NC

"Semper Fidelis, Marine. The gates of heaven are blessed with yet another hero! Prayers to your family."
MSgt Mark A. Schallow, USMC (Ret.) of Jacksonville, NC

"I can not say enough about lcpl cline. He was an awesome friend and I love him very much. I miss ya brother and always thinkin about you forever."
Cpl Jerre K Thompson of 1st bn 2nd marines

"I was in the same platoon and Don...3090 Lima, and I wanted to say he was a hell of a guy and my sympathy goes out to the family for their loss."
Nick Denittis of Lansing, Michigan

"I was in the same platoon and Dave...3090 Lima, and I wanted to say he was a hell of a guy and my sympathy goes out to the family for their loss."
Nick Denittis of Lansing, Michigan

"I thank you, Donald J. Cline, for your service as a Marine and for all you have given. Although I did not know you, I am in awe of you. You have my utmost respect. You will forever be in my thoughts. Wherever you are, please watch over your fellow Marines over there. I wish your loved ones courage, and, above all else, peace. I hope their cherished memories of you will comfort them in this most difficult time and will enable them to smile through their tears. Always, in gratitude..."
SSgt Dominique Atkins of Offutt AFB, NE

"Thank you Donald Cline, 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

"LIVE ON DEVILDOG"
CPL COZ of NAPERVILLE IL USA

"To the wife and children of Lcpl Donald J. Cline, Jr.**** There are so many words that should be said but just don't seem to be right. As a fellow USMC wife I can only say "THANK YOU" Because if it was not for you the family this brave marine would not have been here to preserve our freedom and share his pride with us all! Semper Fidelis and our love and prayers are with you all."
Mrs. Sgt. Edwin L. Muck Jr. of Reno, Nevada

"Our son, Will, served with "John" and was with him on the day he died. He is a hero and will always be remembered by us. Semper Fi!"
William and Francine Bachmann of Belvidere, NJ

"Thanks for helping and fighting for our country. i miss you cuz!!!!!"
his cusin of reno

"To the Family of Lance Cpl. Donald J. Cline, Jr,

May your memories of your son be a source of strength and comfort to you at this time. It's because of the BRAVE acts like that of your son's, we can truly say we live in the land of the FREE. Your son is a Man of Honor!

Respectfully Yours,
Proud Military Family in Southern California"
Sibert Family of Redondo Beach, California

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Donald Cline, 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 Donald 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. Donald Cline, 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 Donald, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"It is so terribly sad to see the ages of so many young people that have died.Yet I feel incredibly proud of a generation that has sacrificed so much during these last weeks. Each and every name I see on this list makes me feel a personal connection. To Donald and his family there are just not enough words to express the emotions I feel. God bless you all."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"My heart breaks with every fallen soldier and the loved ones they leave behind. Please know you are loved and appreciated, and that we are eternally grateful to you for your bravery and sacrifice. You will be missed but NEVER forgotten. God bless you !"
Cindy of CA

"Our thoughts & Prayers go out to you and your family at this time."
Brian & Nancy of Las Vegas

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on