Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Daniel N. Deyarmin, Jr.

22, of Tallmadge, Ohio.
Deyarmin died as a result of enemy small-arms fire while conducting dismounted operations outside Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Brookpark, Ohio. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, all were attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on August 1, 2005.

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May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

Daniel N. Deyarmin, Jr. 8/1/05
"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever protects their master will be honored. As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart." - Proverbs 27:17-19 (Friendship)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"To the family of:Daniel N. Deyarmin, 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""

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,550 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna - Project Compasion of Manti, Utah USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,550 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna - Project Compasion of Manti, Utah USA

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Daniel N. Deyarmin, Jr.
Daniel gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sysmpathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"The Deyarmin family are still in our prayers. You have not been forgotten."
The Davis' of Tallmadge, OH

"I love you nate and miss you so much... We all miss you and everytyme i go four-wheeling i think of you... you truly are and amazing person and i miss you... love you...."
Alexa Colegrove of Akron, Ohio

"Deyarmin family.
wow i can't believe this happen. we all love you and we love nate. I always loved being around him.. i will always remember him.."
West of Tallmadge

I would like to say thank you to you and the other five Marines who were also killed in that ambush for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, loved ones, and fellow Marines from 3/25, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Nate's my cousin... my brother.

Miss him so much.

Im currently PFC Hughes, in SOI.. following in his footsteps as a Grunt. He went Mortar, im 0311.

I know he's watching over me, keeping me safe. He's my Guardian angel."
PFC Evan Hughes of Brookpark, Oh.

"My dear Edie, Oh how honored I was to make your quilt. Oh how I can't wait for you to see it and see what all we did to try and make sure and make it reflect your son our heroe. I also service my country but that was back in the 70's and I also was from Ohio. I want to make sure that all families that lost their son, daughter, or spouse would contact me and let me know so I can make sure and make them all a quilt to honor their son. Please help me spread the word so those that still have not received a quilt will be able to receive one. In the mean time you take care and please know your pain has been heard and we will continue to pray for you and others that have given this country so much. God bless you and your family. My email so you can spread it out to others is debeniel@ncn.net and my website is www.freedomquilts.net"
Betty Nielsen of Fonda, Ia

"Hello my name is Brandi Deyarmin.. i am trying to find my family.. my dad was Stanley Deyarmin, he is deceased as of aug.89.. i seen this and had alot of thoughts.. if you can get back to me at :brandi_deyarmin@yahoo.com .. i would greatly appreciate it.. thanx and im sry about your lose."
Brandi of Medina,NY,14103

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

"Thank You, Nate! Thank You, 3/25! I will forever be grateful for such a wonderful group of young men who fought for our freedom.
Tina of Tallmadge, OH

"I didnt really know nate to much. I talked to him in school a few times. I am truely sorry for your loss. Everytime I think about nate I cry. And i worry."
Pam of Ohio

"To the family of Lance Cpl. Deyarmin, Jr.

May God bless you with encouragement and strengh to endure your loss. Thank you for raising such a courageous unselfish son who would make the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of our Country."
A Proud Marine Mother of Aurora, Ohio

"God bless you for your ultimate sacrifice in pursuing our nation’s security. My children are safer, much safer, because a billionaire madman no longer controls the world’s 4th largest military. We will pray for you. Rest easy in heaven. – John Norton and Family"
John Norton of Michigan

"Nate, this is the hardest thing i think i have ever had to face. I never thought that saying goodbye to you when you left to fight for our freedom would be the last thing I was able to remember, the last time i saw you. One week before nate was to arrive home, I talked with him online...on eddie's old screen name, which threw me off at first but anyways you and me had plans to do things when you came home and i got so excited, and you never came home. i've learned to deal with the fact that your memory is everywhere, and as much as it hurts to see these things everyday I thank god that you fought for me...and i thank god for giving me the privelage of knowing you, and being able to laugh with you, getting picked on by you everytime i was around...i now think about the advice you use to give me and i would blow off, it means something to me now, all the things you said...the flicking me in the head stuff, i wont ever forget it. to nates family you know my sister amanda very well and from her i've heard of what great people you are, and i really beleive it. you know how to get ahold of me if you need anything...and i'll always be thankful for your son nate deyarmin, someone who made a difference."
Vanessa Frame of Akron, OH

"We are so proud of Nate and his sacrifice. Tallmadge mourns a hero. We remember him from Tallmadge Youth Football. We will never forget the part he has played in keeping us "the land of the free and home of the brave". God Bless you."
The Loughrys of Tallmadge, OH

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Daniel N. Deyarmin, Jr.,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

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

"May the arms of a merciful God hold your son close to Him until that time when you will be together again in Paradise. May God Bless you, now and always. And may Perpetual Light shine upon your son for all eternity.
With deepest sympathies.
Kenneth M. Costigan, Sr, LCDR, USN (Ret.)"
Kenneth Costigan of Virginia Beach, VA

"May you find comfort in the open arms of God."
The Lee Family of Akron

"Deyarmin Family,
I never knew Nate,but as a resident of Tallmadge I want to express my deepest sympathy to your family.I would like to thank him for giving his life so my kids can live in freedom. I would like to thank you for raising him to do what he felt was right. I do know that Nate was a real HERO and he paid the ultimate price. May you know that Nate is now your guardian angel and is watching over all of you forever and always until you see each other again. THANK YOU NATE. THANK YOU DEYARMIN FAMILY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL."
stephanie waddell of tallmadge, ohio USA

"Hi my name is Lcpl Franklin R Smith III I was in Deyarmin's Platoon in boot camp at Paris Island. We shared a rack together for a little while. We were pretty close and always talked to each other at night. It hurts me bad to hear of the loss of not only a great person but a fellow Marine. My heart goes out to the family and friends of Deyarmin. If there is anything i can do to help please feel free to give me a call at 910-4514973 or 919-2696616. I am now at 8th Comm Bn SVC Co EM platoon stationd at Camp Lejeune NC. I know the fear of what its like my brother is over in Iraq. And I will pray for your family and the troops over there right now.

Sincerely Lcpl Franklin R. Smith III
Simper Fi and God bless."
Lcpl Franklin R. Smith III of Camp Lejeune NC

"Thank you Lance Cpl Daniel N. Deyarmin, Jr. and his family and friends for your sacrafice. You are the reason my children can lay in a bed at night with safety in my heart.

God Bless You and all of our soldiers their family and friends. May our heros return home safely."
Dawn of Akron, Ohio

"My heart and prayers go out to the family, friends and comrades of Daniel. May God bless you and give you comfort."
Marine Mom 3/25/4th of Western NY

"7 AUG 2005
MARINE LANCE CPL DANIEL N. DEYARMIN, JR. - You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Daniel and may memories comfort you throught this difficult time and always.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to the Deyarmin family and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
Peggy Whitcomb & Family of 3/25 Wife Wpns Akron OH

of Brook Park

"Dear Family of Daniel Deyarmin: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Rest In Peace Tuefelhunden.
J and T USMC NC"

"The Salute

To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Lance Cpl Deyarmin. You will never be forgotten."
Proud Sister of a 3/25 Marine based in Akron, Ohio

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio


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 judgement 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."

~Author Unknown~"

"my heart goes out to you and your family for your son Daniel.i know the worries of a son in iraq.i hope you find strength in your family and friends"
Bonnie Sponable of Parish,NY

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

"To the Deyarmin Family, I wish to offer you my most sincere condolences. You have raised a fine young Marine, who is now an American Hero. Your Daniel will always be remembered and honored. We are praying for you all. May God bless you all and God Bless Daniel."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Thank you Daniel Deyarmin, 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 Lance Cpl. Daniel Deyarmin, 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 Daniel for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

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

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