Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Roger W. Deeds

24, of Biloxi, Mississippi.
Deeds died as a result of enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces during Operation Steel Curtain in Ubaydi, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 16, 2005.

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"I visited You today at your gravesite at the National Cemetery in Biloxi. May the Good Lord Bless You forever."
Anonymous of Ocean Springs, Mississippi

"Roger,
It's been almost 10 years now. I'm glad to have called you a brother. I miss you dearly my friend. I think about you all the time. I wish we would have stayed in contact. Thank you for everything you have done for us Marine."
Dustin Bronkema of Sherman, TX

"Your last moments will stay with me forever. I think about you often, and keep your family in my thoughts."
Brian Grass 2/1 Weapons of CA

"November 16, 2010....Remembering especially today. 5 years. You live within the hearts of your brothers who served beside you."
Ron Krum, father of Lcpl Adam Krum, 2/1 Weapons CAAT Red of Palmyra, PA

"Hey Rog,"

I sure miss you, shortly we will be arriving at the five year mark of when you gave your all, for your Brothers in Arms. Thank you for being willing to stand for those who could not stand for themselves. Thank you for laying down your life for those around you and for those who counted on you to do your very best. Rest easy Marine,your tour has been served in full. My Son, My Friend, Our Marine.

Semper Fi Marine, "Your Old Man"
Scott A. Deeds of Colorado Springs Colorado

"I am my brother's keeper....Semper Fidelis."
Chesty of Mississippi

"Running the Marine Corps Marathon tomorrow, my first marathon. I will run mile 22 in honor of Lcpl Roger Deeds service and sacrifice. I knew Roger and am honored to remember him during that mile."
Alice Huffman of Gulfport, MS

"November 9, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Roger W. Deeds:
Roger 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

"Roger,
This weekend, we honor our heros. Please know that you are remembered each and every day. My son speaks highly of you and cherishes a momento he has to remember you by. Most of 2/1 Weapons Co. has gone their seperate ways but all remember you.

You are our hero.

Respectfully,
G Ferata
Father of F Ferrata 2/1 Wpns. Co
Houston, Tx.
Memorial Day 2008"
G Ferrata of Houston, Texas

"Tonight I remember the sacrifice of Lcpl Roger Deeds. Two years ago today my son lost a good friend. I will always honor him giving all his tomorrows for me."
Ron Krum, Father of Lcpl Adam Krum 2/1 Weapons Co. of Palmyra PA

"John 15:13
Roger never got to see his infant son. He chose to save the lives of his friends that day when he left his machine gus position to run forward into fire and help get our wounded guys back to safety."
Lcpl Jason Fry, Fox 2/1 of camp pendleton, ca

"To the family of:Roger W. Deeds 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"

"Roger,
I will never forget all the fond memories that you left me with. From the first day that we met when you came to Iraq as a CRC in OIF II as a young kid until the last day when you were leading Marines through the hells of combat in OIF III and you gallantly gave your life so that your brothers could live. I think of you, your wife, your son, and your daughter often and ya'll will always be in my prayers. You will never be forgotten!"
Scott Bittner of Amarillo, Tx

"I was in basic with Deeds. He was a great guy and a good friend through those fun times. I still have a picture of us after graduation hanging in my computer room. My condolences to his family."
Cpl Eric D. Rosencrantz of MCAS Cherry Point, NC

"To the Deeds Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our prayers. You Roger are a true American Hero. Thank you for keeping us safe and all you have done. May God bless all of you."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"May the angels keep you till morning.
May they guide you through the night.
May they comfort all your sorrows.
May they help you win the fight.

May they keep watch on your soul.
May they show you better ways.
May they guard you while you’re sleeping.
May they see you through your days.

May they show you new hopes.
May they still your every doubt.
May they calm your every fear.
May they hear you when you shout.

May the angels keep you till morning.
More that this I cannot pray.
And if the angels ever fail you.
Then may God be there that day.


Gone – but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your marine with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex
Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"Roger,
I would like to say thank you to you and the four other Marines from your unit(2/1) who were killed for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Roger W. Deeds,

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. If you're not certain that your loved one's next of kin is registered, please use our link and register them for a quilt so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"I never knew your son. And I'm not sure if this will be of comfort to you, however, I lost one of my best friends on Oct. 23rd to the marines. He loved what he did as I am sure your son did. I appreciate everything he has done for our country. I am proud to have had him serve our country. May the new year bring you better days. Thank you for raising such an amazing son. God Bless!"
Melissa of Pensacola, Florida

"There will never be enough thanks for people like Roger. Selfless is the word to describe them. And for his family, may God truly bless you!"
Kelly Mims Broadhead of Baton Rouge, LA

"We feel we only knew you for what seemed to be a short time. A good young man, full of life, family friend, brother in Christ. Learning today of your death brought back many memories - a good friend to our son, Dustin - football and motorcycles - you were the one that led our son to Christ. You were there when he was baptized. We never forgot you. How awsome is it for one teenager to bring another to Christ. It would be easy to say you were one of his best friends in High School. It was hard to watch you and your family move away. We shared the news of your passing with Dustin today - he was shocked and cried for the loss of a friend that time had caused him to lose touch with.
We are comforted to know you are in heaven with your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are very proud of the young man you became - We were so blessed to know you and your family. Be proud of your son, brother, husband and father. He was always one that gave of himself for others. Roger will forever be in our hearts and you, his family in our prayers."
John and Tammy Bronkema of Alamogordo, NM

"THE FINAL INSPECTION

The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell.""
Sgt. Ross of Mississippi

"ROGER THANKS FOR YOU UNSELFISHNESS BY SERVING OUR GREAT COUNTRY. IT IS TRUELY, AMAZING YO ARE THE ELITE OF ALL AMERICAN'S. TWO HUNDRED AND NINETY MILLION AMERICANS, AN YOU ANSWER THE CALL. RISKING EVERYTHING FOR ALL AMERICAN'S AND TO GIVE OTHERS IN THE WORLD HOPE! AMERICA HAS BEEN ALOT SAFER THANK TO YOU. AN YES, YOUR ONE MAN; STILL YOUR EFFORT ARE ONE WITH THE COMBINATION. OF HELL FROM EVRY BRANCH OF SERVICE SERVING ALONG SIDE OF YOU. WITH NO INDIFEERENCE JUST DOING YOU JOB FOR ALL AMERICAN'S. UNITED WITH YOUR MILITARY BROTHER'S AND SISTER'S. TO PROTECT AND WATCH OVER ONE ANOTHER TO ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION. ROGER MEN LIKE YOU BEEN A COMFORT TO ME. NOT TO WORRY ABOUT OUR SON SERVING ALONG SIDE WITH YOU. NOW FOR ALL TO UNDERSTAND, YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN! YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO! AN MANY MANY IN IRAQ FEEL THE SAME WAY. YOU HELPED RELEASE THEM FROM SADDAM! NOW WE MUST GRIP THE AMERICA MEDIA AND ALL AMERICAN'S. TO ALWAYS SUPPORT OUR TROOPS. WE AS FALLEN FAMILIES CAN NOT ALLOW THE AMERICAN MEDIA AND AMERICAN'S DO TO OUR SOLDIERS SERVING IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ AND HOT ZONE'S. AS IT DID TO OUR VIETNAM VETERANS. ROGER YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND YOU ARE SOMEONE TO OUR FAMILY. MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. NOT A DAY SINCE NEWS OF OUR SON DID I STOP SHEDDING TEARS. OTHER THEN A MOMENT TO TEAR FOR YOU AND ALL OUR FALLEN. WE ALL DEAL WITH OUR LOST VERY DIFFERENTLY. HEALING IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HAS A TIME. IT'S ALL HOW? WE MANAGE OUR LOST PERSONALLY. IT'S EXTREMELY HARD FOR ME. FOE EVERY SOLDIER THAT FALLS IT LIKE I LOST ANOTHER SON AND OR DAUGHTER. SO I URGE YOUR FAMILY TODAY!!!!!!!! TO REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED IN THE HONOUR OF ROGER. HE SERVED HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE AND COUNTRY. AN WE MUST AS FALLEN FAMILIES KEEP OUR FALLEN FRESH IN THE COMMUNITY EYE'S. WE CAN NEVER EVER LET THEM BE FORGOTTEN. GOD BLESS! FATHER OF FALLEN DRAGON SOLDIER SGT GREGORY L. WAHL KIA 05-03-04 BALAD, IRAQ"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"you'll never be forgotten..thanks for your service. we truly appreciate it"
chris of usa

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

"Thank you Roger Deeds, 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. Roger Deeds:
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 Roger 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. Roger Deeds:
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 Roger, 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