Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Edward G. Davis III

31, of Antioch, Illinois.
Davis died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 28, 2006.

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"I had the pleasure of working with your father today. You could tell both how proud he is of you, and how much he misses you when he speaks. Semper Fi Marine."
Christian of Kenosha, WI

"11/16/18. Davis, it's been so many years and I still think about you! I happen across this page every so often, mostly by accident somehow. I read the messages from so many and I read old messages I left. I miss you brother! Your laugh, your loyalty, your friendship! You are a great man and a legacy that must stay alive! To those that may be reading this, I started a non profit with two missions. 1. To remember our fallen and their sacrifice. 2. To empower our wounded and disabled vets through exercise. We often do events and workouts in honor of the fallen. I'd love to find a workout that embodies Davis. Www.backtobasictraining.org"
Kraig Kuchenbecker of Sun prairie


I worked with your father back in 1998, and considered him a brother.

We lost touch until today, December 30, 2016, when he called out of the blue.

I was extremely happy until he broke the news that your loved ones and our great nation, lost an American Hero.

I had to stop in my conversation and wipe my eyes, but I wish I could have shaken your hand and said, in all sincerity and respect, "Thank you, Marine!"

If you haven't met him yet, my father is Lyle Ellsworth. USMC, Pacific Theater, WWII. Look him up, great guy and let him know your dad, and his son, are brothers."
John Ellsworth of Casa Grande, AZ, USA


You are a Marine's Marine, the one I could always count on. You are a true hero to so many of us, you will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis my brother."
C of Pentagon

"Happy Memorial Day 2016 Brother. You are never forgotten. Semper Fi"
Sean Killian of St Charles, Mo

"I met your father today. Your sacrifice has allowed him to change my life. Thank you for that."
Dr Don Gundlach of Kenosha WI.

"God bless you and your family AMEN"
Georgette and Francisco Flares of Livermore CA 94550

"We were kids together and you left us 9 years ago...way too soon. You were my best friend when we were young and you turned into a heroic man. Thank you for protecting our country and your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten."
Casey Lasch of Antioch, IL USA

"I finally got to visit your grave today to say my goodbyes and share more memories. As fate would have it, I met your Dad for the first time and your grandpa. I know where you get your sense of devotion and loyalty.. It runs in your family!... Semper FI Marine!!"
Sgt. Kuchenbecker of Sun Prairie, WI

"This is his daughter priscilla.. Today is veterans day 2014 and I looked up his name just out of curiosity and I was surprised to find this website and all these messages... Seriously warms my heart. This is amazing I didn't even know this site existed. I would love to hear more about him. If would like to contact me or my mom for pictures or stories or anything my email is pssmith0921@outlook.com. I would love to hear back from any of you.. Happy Veterans Day and thank you for your service. (:"
Priscilla of California, CA

"I always keep you in my prayers Brother."
Paul Quesada of Camp Pendleton

"If anyone has information as to where his grave is located, I would love to visit him... 608-220-4648"
Kraig Kuchenbecker of Sun Prairie, WI

"Happy Birthday Marine!! Semper Fi!"
Sgt Kuch of Sun Prairie, WI

"To the family of Eddie, my email is wittaw@gmail.com. I would be honored to send more photos of him to them."
Andrew Witt, SSgt USMC of Canyon Country, CA/USA

"My name is Staff Sergeant Andrew W. Witt USMC. Eddie "the Davis" was a friend, brother, and mentor to me as a LCpl and Cpl in Support Company, AAS Bn, Camp Pendleton. Most memorial pages I've found online have a picture of him in cammies, with his Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal pinned to his chest holding his Ka-Bar plaque in front of the Colors. I actually took that picture on his last day at the Battalion before he went across the street to 3rd Tracks. I have more pictures that I would love to share with his family. My wife and I were there for his funeral on Camp Pendleton. I miss him terribly. I wanted to get a message to his family. My wife and I just had our third child on Aug 5th 2014, our first boy. We named our son Davis, after Edward G. Davis III. I've told my daughters about him and his legacy and his picture hangs on my wall. Someday I will tell my son all about his namesake... the "Big Guy" "The Davis" God bless you brother."
Andrew Witt, SSgt USMC of Canyon Country, CA/USA

"Sgt Davis was a good man and a hell of a Marine. Friends to many, inspiration to all. Semper Fi and YAT YAS."
SgtMaj Shawn Isaacson of Camp Pendleton

"I'm a Marine Mom who had the pleasure of meeting Sgt. Davis's father in the grocery store the other day. I will remember for the rest of my life how palpable and fresh his father's pain is. Looking into his father's eyes as we discussed Sgt. Davis's life was a moment in time that shook me deeply. I will always remember that chance encounter in the grocery store where I learned about Sgt. Edward G. Davis III. I will never forget that name!"
Heidi Trapp of Paddock Lake, WI

"Remembering you today brother, this Memorial Day 2014. Semper Fi Marine."
Sean Killian of St Charles, MO

"Davis... I know you are still looking after me even though many years have past! We were Marines, Friends, and Brothers! I miss you Brother! Thanks for visiting me today!"
Sgt. Kuchenbecker of Sun Prairie, WI

"Sgt Davis... I met your Dad today. You are remembered and missed. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice.
Semper Fi Warrior..."
Sgt. Hull of Mount Pleasant WI.

"Dear Davis Family,
I met "Little Eddie" and his sister Sara when he lived in Wisconsin. We went to school for a few years together until he moved back by his father. "Little Eddie" is what everybody called him hear to. I am so sorry for your loss. We lost contact over the years but I want you to know "Little Eddie" was such an amazing person who would light up the room with his beautiful smile and funny comments. My thoughts and prayers always."
Mellisa (Missy) of Prentice, WI

"Dear Davis family, I've never met your son. But I feel like I knew him all along. Thank you for giving your son for the freedom that we are enjoying. You can be very proud of him knowing that he did the right thing. May his Soul rest in peace. May the good Lord comfort you."
Johnson Oommen of Wadswoth, IL

"Uncle Eddie I miss you. This is your nephew Zach. I've grown up a lot ever since the last time you saw me. I think about you everyday. I always imagine what it would be like if you were still in my life. You would give me so much advice. I think about you every time I work out and wrestle. I'm never scared in a match because I know your up there cheering me on. I love you and I miss you
-Zach (saki)"
zach davis of illinoise

"Dear Mr. & Mrs. Davis, It was an honor to meet you today at Waukegan's Memorial Day Parade Ceremony (05-28-2012). My heart breaks for you and your family at the loss of your son. Though I never knew him or you until today, Eddie is a hero to me, and my eyes fill with tears knowing of his sacrifice. I have no doubt that our great nation is safer and better for his having served. His passing was not in vain. Thank you. May God continue to bless and look over you and your family."
Les Deffner of Waukegan, IL

"Dear Sir and family as I sit here at home. I wonder how many more we most lose before our feedom is safe. My heart goes out to all of you.I don't know if you remember me or not.But we talked a little a few days ago. I want to let you know I fill the pain your going though. For I to lost a love one. Her name is Michelle dawn.If there is any thing I can do pleas call. GOD BLESS"
CPL Dan R. Lusk of La Junta , Co. Otero

"To the family of:Edward G Davis
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" 1-1-11"


"Your dad was a friend of our family many years ago and although I didn't know you in this world, I hope to know you in the next. Thank you for the gift of your life for my freedom."
Carol V. Hall of Nashville, Tennessee

"Eddie will always be missed and not a day goes by that I dont remember serving with him and thank him for the sacrifices he made. A true Marine, a dedicated Warrior. Semper Fi, Brother."
SEan Killian of St Charles, Mo.

"Article 1/ Code of Conduct: I am an American fighting for the Armed Forces which guard my country and our way of life, I am prepared go give my life in thier defense. One of six that we live by, thank you... you have always been the type to give your shirt off your back to help someone. To your family and friends, sorry for your loss... he was a good Marine as well as a friend."
GySgt Flores, Gerald M. of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"Marine Corp Staff Sgt. Edward G. Davis III ~ My Son "Little Eddie". Eddie I think of you every day. Your loss is the worst pain that I've ever experienced in life. I tell stories about you when you were a kid and it brings a smile, laughter, and tears as I miss you so much my Son. You are the bravest person I've ever known. I'm so very proud of you Eddie. It was hard to get back to weight lifting as it so reminded me of the old days when we worked out together. I remember working out with you at the gym at Camp Pendelton. Remember that Marine who was looking at himself in the mirror and he fell on the tred mill and we both laughed (he wasn't hurt). We watched the recruits marching and bumping into each other, another funny moment. You were so humorous Eddie. I miss your smiling face and wish that I could talk to you again. Those were great memories as all the "Little Eddie" stories are great memories. "The Years may wipe out many things, but this they wipe out never, the Memories of those Happy Days when we were all together". I Love you Son & will miss you forever.........

Ed Davis Jr. of Kenosha, Wisconsin

"USMC Edward G Davis,III. Thank you for your selfless service to our great nation. Your father has attended several of our SEWI Chapter #2 Blue Star Mother's meetings and is so very proud of you. You are NOT forgotten. Godspeed, Sir."
Denise of SE Wisconsin

"Eddie, it's been a long time. We never got to know each other as men. But I remember our friendship as kids. You were my first friend when I moved to Antioch from Lake Villa in 4th grade. We played a lot of baseball together in the side lot by your house. But for league play we always got drafted to different teams. I remember your dresser full of shoe boxes filled with baseball cards, your Schwinn Predator, your huge dog Duchess, and your sisters. The summer of 1988 marked a big change. As children we threw a pretty damn big party, and when Rachel found you had friends scattered and passed out all over the house and the yard, it was obvious the innocent years were gone. 'Orange Juice.' vodka, beer . . .Only some of us were able to make the bike ride three blocks away to Stancil's and return. Later that summer we each moved from Channel Lake. That last summer of youth was finally gone.

I never knew you joined the service until I myself had returned home in late 2004. I keep our childhood friendship with me, and as a Soldier, I'm so proud we've been able to serve on the same big team.

-Joe (1LT Joseph C. Clark)"
Joe Clark of Charlottesville, VA / Spring Grove, IL

"Eddie, I met your dad on the phone when he was placing a parts order with Sears PartsDirect. Your dad is still heartbroken over losing you. Yet he is still thankful to have you as his son. That is a testimony to his deep love and your value to him as a cherished child. He is proud of the man you became and of your selfless service to our great country. He is coping and finding a way through his grief. I cried with him on the phone yesterday, even though I do not know you or your family. He mentioned this website, and I read through the messages from your friends and relatives. It is an interesting snapshot of you and your life. I smiled at your antics in their memories. I smiled at your kindness to your friends and how you went out of your way to help. My prayers are with your dad and the rest of your family. You are deeply, deeply missed. You made a difference while you were here. I thank you for your sacrifice for our country. May God bless your family and help comfort your Dad."
Peggy Sheffield of Grrand Bay, AL

"Ed, what can I say that hasn't already been said? I watched you go from a whacked out maniac when we worked at Coca-Cola together (you and I could have written a book together, no?) to COMPLETELY turning your life around and becoming an AMAZING man. I have soooo many memories of the years we were friends together before I joined the military. Remember Brit? Good times! Look, I will always keep those days close to my heart as I grow older, and I hope that I see you when my time is up.
You have my love, compassion for your wife and children, and most of all you have my respect.
This country is eternally in your debt.

Your partner in crime,
Joshua Brock of Camarillo, CA

"Our high school had an assembly to honor those who have given their lives for our freedom and upon entering this assembly everyone was given a slip of paper with the name of a fallen soldier. I got Sgt. Edward G. Davis III. I would like to say thank you to him and to every other soldier that has fought for our freedom, because freedom is not free! My thoughts go out to his family and friends. I would like them to know that I deeply appreciate this utlimate sacrifice for my freedom."
Eric Larson of Sumner, Washington

"A friend sent me this page. I did not know this soldier but I do wish to offer my condolences to his family. Thank you for raising this brave soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us."
Chris DelVecchio of New Jersey

"June 2, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Edward G. Davis, III:
Edward gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

""Eddie, it was an honor to live the rough years that we both went thru in the early 1990's. I'll miss you forever and you'll always have a place in my heart as one of my good friends. My biggest regret in life is I could never tell you how PROUD I was for what you did with your life. Thank you for the gift of freedom and we'll never forget your ultimate sacrifice. You'll always be cruising around on that forklift in that Park City warehouse in my mind. That kid with his bangs hanging in his eyes. I'm privileged to have been one of those who got to see the sparkle that was in your eyes. The way you could walk into a room and light up a day. The way you could command attention and you could always tell the best stories. Sadly it had a very tragic ending. Much love to his widow, 3 children and his immediate family. Lonny, much love and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.""
Chris Spice of Zion, IL

"Eddie, Watch over me. I think about you and Kevin everyday."
SSgt. Tyler Phillips of 3rd AAv Bn C Co. 2nd Plt. Iraq

"Eddie, it was a pleasure to have served with you. You and your family will always be in my prayers. YAT YAS....."
GySgt Michael C Labit of Murrieta, California

"little eddie...
a year ago on saturday, our lives forever changed. You were an enormous part of my life and it goes without saying that when this tragedy became a reality, a piece of me was killed as well.
The memories we had in our lives I will forever hold close to me b/c we were some crazy "davis's" ha and I laugh at some of the unbelievable things we did. but at the same time, my heart breaks b/c i wish there were more of those times.
Your one year anniversary of your death brought many tears and pain to those who miss you so.
The impact you made was indescribable. When I see you again... have a shot of jager for your sister waitin and it will be like old times again.
I love you and miss you.
And your nephew zach looks up to his uncle speghetti "eddie" eveyday as he plays with his g.i. joes and wants to be just like you. He hurts just as I b/c he knew how much you loved him.

I love you and miss you so."
danielle davis of kenosha, wisconsin

"To The Davis Family,
I attempted to call last night (4/28/07) but the number I had was disconnected. The “Kolm family” wants the “Davis family” to know that yesterday did NOT go by without reflection.
Semper Fi,"
Tom Kolm of Hicksville, NY

"Nothing feels right since you left. I know nobody is gonna wake me up with an * beating. I know that every Slayer or Gwar concert I go to will have one empty spot. You were the guy in AAS Bn. who not only became my older brother, but embodied it. You were the biggest * I met in the Corps, but I couldn't wait to go out with you on a Friday or Saturday night. That is the definition of an older brother. You were everything that I strived to be. Not only strong physically, but mentally as well.Whether it was inspecting my room on Field Day(and failing me)or kicking my * on my birthday every year you were the one person that I dreaded to let know that I had failed in one way or another, but the first to brag to about my achievements. I was mad at everything when I found out you died, because you were the one person that I could see as the definition of invincible. Still are as a matter of fact. For some reason, I can see you and Kevin laughing at me for writing this, but at thesame time I can see both of you watching my * on a daily basis. Some things never change. Save me a seat at the bar, and I got the next round

Eloy Saenz of Las Vegas NV

"wow i guess words can not express the pain and sadness that has entered my life now that you have gone away i miss you more and more everyday i know you went doing what you strongly believed in but you left behind alot of people that cared and loved you very much but i must say none of us are disapointed in you and i know you are guarding the pearly gates waitng for your family to arrive and i just want to say i love you very much and am so pround of you your little sis sara"
sara of waukegan il

""Little" - I think of you EVERY day. I think of the kool-aid drinking contests when we were kids, bagging at Jewel, laughing at that lady beating up a grocery cart, pizza and beer at Quonset, working at coke together, working at the steel plant together and of course the ever present weightlifting. My list could go on and on. I never would have thought middle age for my little brother would be 17. Little, I miss you with all my heart. I talk to you everyday. Even now almost a year later I still get up at night unable to sleep because the tears won't stop. I didn't know that the day before you left for Iraq would be the last time I would talk to you. I told you that you were my friend, my brother and that I loved you. I cried when I hung up the phone praying that you be home to your wife and children again. The day of your service was the hardest day of my life without question. I miss you little, you are a hero to me and more people then I think you knew. I know you are the "big guy" guarding the gates of heaven with your best friend Kevin. I will be thinking of you until I meet you at those gates. I love you."
Lonny Davis- Brother of Waukegan, IL USA

"I miss you brother, I will always remember our times in Japan and in Iraq. You were only wrong about one thing, I never went to prison. Semper Fi, mission complete."
Jim of 1st Platoon, AAV 3/3

"I just came across this website and looked up Eddie's name. I knew your dad from way back. I attended your memorial service at Cornerstone Church and saw your dad try so hard to hold it together. You could tell he was so proud of you Eddie. He raised a brave young man."
Barb (Burba) Obrien of Gurnee, Illinois

"To the Family of Sgt. Edward G. Davis III:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq. Our memorial includes, as of 8/28/06, 162 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Edward's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. A friend has put us up on his website so you can see the memorial here:

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.""
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"I can still see you pulling your brown Camaro into my parent's driveway, giving me yet another ride to high school, and I was always grateful not to have to take the school bus! I can remember getting to school late one day when no parking spots were left. You and some other guys lifted a scooter, which was taking up a parking spot, and put it into the bed of a nearby pick up truck! I can still see you in your Jewel uniform when we worked there together. I didn't get a chance to know you as a man, I wish I could have, but you were a good kid. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. It's a shame you had to leave our world early, but I'm glad to know you and others out there are willing to stand up and be brave for the rest of us. You're in a better place now. I can still see the brown Camaro though and it brings a smile to my face..."
Ann (Schneider) Penn of Lindenhurst, IL

"I was just looking at Kevin's (Kolm's) Fallen Hero's Memorial page to see who had left him a recent message and I noticed you had left him one Eddie. I'm not sure when you left it but I thought that was really meaningful. Miss you guys. We had some good times. YAT YAS"
Tyler Phillips of Camp Pendleton, California


I'll always remember you as the little boy with all of the candy sticks, asking his new aunt to dance at her wedding. You looked so grownup in your tuxedo!
I'll miss you very much, but I've always been proud to say that your my nephew and I'm your aunt.

Sherry Florian of Ingleside, IL USA

"Eddie, I can still picture you in your brown Camaro rolling up the street with your long hair, seems as it was yesterday. You will always have a place in my heart. I am so proud of you!!!"
Cory Wills of Old neigboorhood buddy

"Davis I still have a hard time believing all of this. 3 months ago you, me, Castro and Toone were doing the CRAWL. It was another crazy night as I will always remember. Rember pranking Grigs? Had alot of fun. Always pictured you as the portrait of a Marine. Japan was also Crazy. Hey man I think about you every day. When Kolm was KIA I thought the peralies were in trouble. Look Out God. Davis and Kolm back together again. Sorry I couldn't make your funeral. Honestly I tried. I know that your in great hands now. Give em Hell up there and save me a spot. See you soon. To The Davis family my deepest condolences. And thanks for letting Eddie go out to Cbad w/ me and Castro. If I can help at all contact Josh and ask for BMB#.
God Bless You All.
Davis your a hero of Mine."
BMB of Indianapolis, In

"It was fun growing up with you Eddie. Baseball card collecting was fun wasn't it? You never would trade me your Carlton Fisk. My Heart goes out to you and your family."
Chris Malec of Antioch, IL

"Today, my Priest at St Thomas Episcopal Church, asked us all to take a paper poppy from the basket in the Narthex and take it with us to the alter at Holy Communion. Edward's name was on one of the three poppies that I brought to the Lord's table with me. The popppies will remain there until Tuesday. I will continue to pray for Edward and his family."
Pam Storrer of Sunnyvale CA

"You Have Always Been a Hero In My Eyes Eddie. You made us laugh until it hurt. You loved to be the center of attenion and all was well in the world when Eddie was your friend. You are "The Davis" and have left behind the legacy that you fought to have all of your life. Now you can rest Eddie and know that you lived life to the fullest and loved with everything that you had.
We are so proud of your accomplishments that go far beyond what anyone ever knew.
You were the greatest husband. The best fun loving father. The most wonderful Friend. Im afraid that I didnt tell you that enough Eddie. I never worried about anything when you were here with us. All the times you yelled at me for not taking care of my car.....you always hated my car because the engine was so compact and your arms where so big . Now God is using your arms to help bring home all of our other fallen heros and that comforts me more then you know. I love you Eddie and your laughter, spark and catch phrases will live on in my heart forever. I love you "Big Guy!""
Your loving sister-in-law Gen Berenschot of Lynwood Ca , USA

"My "little" big brother, each day that goes by I miss your contagious laugh more and more. Your smile and character (both crazy and sincere) will be forever missed by all of your family. I never thought I would never see your smile again but in pictures. You lived a good life and were the most wonderful and funloving person I've ever met, I am so proud to have been your sister and your best friend. Your bravery and life celebration goes with me throughout my days every second. Words cannot express the pain in losing you, I'm so hollow from missing you yet admire you so for your bravery. I love you so much."
your little sister, Danielle Davis-Bahrs of Kenosha, Wisconsin

"To the Davis family: i hope all is well with you guys, edward was a friend of mine at AAS schools BN, good guy, made you laugh. take care of your self and the kids. i know its hard believe me i've lost more friends than i can count now. take care ok."
mike novellino of oceanside,ca, camp pendleton

"you were a big part of our lives -- we will never forget you or the courage that you have shown. We are very proud to have had known you.

E-honda lives on."
Lasch family of Spring Grove IL

"I miss you bro. Love you!!"
Rachael Rodriguez of Winthrop Harbor, IL/USA

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

"Thank you Edward Davis III, 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 Sgt. Edward Davis III:
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 Edward 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 Sgt. Edward Davis III:
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 Edward, 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