Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth

20, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Ellsworth died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Combat Service Support Battalion 1, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 13, 2004.

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"Hey Justin I can't believe it's been ten years... Remember when you taught me how to spin a basket ball on my index finger? Sarah misses you sometimes we all do. I'm 14 now and I'm planning in being a Navy SE.A.L. when I'm older. I've been active in sorts and I'm on varsity football as a freshman and even on jv I thought of you before every game and I played for you and my friend who died earlier this year. I miss you about"
you always called me "little man" of Mt.Pleasant

"Hey Justin, it has been almost 10 years... I Really miss you, and it sucks! Because I believe that you would have still hung out with my family after getting back. heck, I remember you telling me that when you got back I had to help mom cook you dinner and then you bubba and I would play monopoly... Well I'm 17 now, and still waiting on the game, but I know someday it will happen."
Becca of Texas

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"Every year that goes by doesn't dim the memories and I still wish we had gotten to hang out one more time before we both deployed...The day I got the news in Iraq I was shattered, You are constantly in my thoughts tweeter and I hope that the life I've had since I came home when you did not can some how measure up to the ideal you set. I miss you bro."
SGT Zachary Hamel of Newport OR via Benton Harbor MI

"Hey Tweeter!!(: It's Becca here, well im 15 and soon to be 16!! Woo Hoo getting to drive soon! I miss you bro soo much! well hopefully soon when dad says yes, im getting me a tatto in your memory! You was and is my original cowboy and brother, we may not be blood but we sure bonded! I LOVE YOU BRO!! i know you're watching over me i can feel your pressence and thank you! i don't know where I would be if i didnt stop and thank of what you would tell me! (: <3 <3"
Becca Grissom of Wolfforth, Texas/United States

"Hey Tweeter!!(: It's Becca here, well im 15 and soon to be 16!! Woo Hoo getting to drive soon! I miss you bro soo much! well hopefully soon when dad says yes, im getting me a tatto in your memory! You was and is my original cowboy and brother, we may not be blood but we sure bonded! I LOVE YOU BRO!! i know you're watching over me i can feel your pressence and thank you! i don't know where I would be if i didnt stop and thank of what you would tell me! (: <3 <3"
Becca Grissom of Wolfforth, Texas/United States

"Hey Justin.... I know u n i weren't great friends but i remember ur smile. I loved comin to hang with u n the other boys in urs Jonathans n Serranos platoon. U whooped my butt at halo lol. I just wanted to say i miss u n i think of u often. I pray ur family is well n knows how much u loved them. Can't wait to see u n Serrano again. I love u friend.. God bless"
Krystal Harper (Kennedy) of Diboll TxDiboll

It's hard to believe its been 7 years, not a day goes by that you don't enter my mind. I tried to send this on the anniversary of your death, but could not. I talk of you often, I will never forget the day I interviewed you in Iraq and the answers you gave me about the war and why you joined the Marines. I remember talking to the Company Commander and XO about how mature you were compared to your age and your peers. You were our go to guy, always coming back with major cache finds. You are a hero Justin, you saved numerous lives with the caches you were able to find and take out of enemies hands...
You are missed by all my friend, I want you to know you have some awesome Parents and siblings, actually you have an awesome family' that misses you beyond words. I miss you, your Marine Family misses you."
MGySgt Clemmons of Okinawa, Japan

hey brother its kyle. well i made Sergeant a couple of years ago and i have never forgotten what you did for me that fatefull day. I have a daughter now, her name is makayla. Tweeter, you gave all and more for me than i can ever repay. I some time think that if you hadn't told me to go call in EOD then I wouldn't be writing this and we would be sitten in heaven together drinking a couple of beers. You saved me that day and I will always Honor you.

Mom and Dad,
From that day on god has been with me and I know why. Justin is my guardian angel. i went back to Iraq 2 more time after Justin and I went and there were more then a couple of close calls, but some how I knew Justin was watching over me. Justin, is and always will be my Blood Brother and you are my family.

To those who defaced his monument,
that is my brother! you deface him, you deface me. Justin is my keeper and i am his. thats one thing about MARINES that most done understand, you dont mess with our Family!"
Sgt Kyle B. Blumenstock of Okinawa, Japan

"To the family of:Justin M.Ellsworth
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""

"Rest in peace marine; you are gone but never forgotten. May your family be blessed with a spirit of peace."
MSgt Tooke of Montgomery, AL

"Hey tweeter this is 2011 and i miss ya sooo much! I cant wait till i see u!! I really doo miss yea tweeter!! You were like my second uncle to me and i just found this sight!! :) every 4th of July and Veterans Day i think about you! Although i think about you everyday! I remember the last time i saw you! I think about that day all the time! I miss you soo much! I can remember everything! I love you tweeter and miss you soo much! I could never forget you!"
Jasmine R. of Illinios

"Hey tweeter this is 2011 and i miss ya sooo much! I cant wait till i see u!! I really doo miss yea tweeter!! You were like my second uncle to me and i just found this sight!! :) every 4th of July and Veterans Day i think about you! Although i think about you everyday! I remember the last time i saw you! I think about that day all the time! I miss you soo much! I can remember everything! I love you tweeter and miss you soo much! I could never forget you!"
Jasmine R. of Illinios

"Missing Justin, thanking him for his sacrifice, and praying for his Family. This world could use more Men like you Justin, you were AWESOME."
Linda ( Jared Meyer's mom of Idaho Springs, Colorado

"hey Justin, Its 2011 and i miss ya bud! You were like a big brother to me. I MISS YOU!!!!! I hope you are having an awsome everlasting life in heaven. I will NEVER forget you bubba!! I LOVE YOU!!!!"
Your little sister Rebecca Grissom

"hey Justin, Its 2011 and i miss ya bud! You were like a big brother to me. I MISS YOU!!!!! I hope you are having an awsome everlasting life in heaven. I will NEVER forget you bubba!! I LOVE YOU!!!!"
Your little sister Rebecca Grissom

"God Bless all of the fallen soldiers that have given their lives to preserve this great nation. Always remember the families that have lost loved ones and the men and women that now serve around the world. I have you all in my heart and prayers every day. Amen"
Mike Dean of Lexington, Ky/USA

"I can't believe it has been 6years today. It seems like yesterday is when I got the phone call to tell me what was going on. I know you are up there having fun and drinking as much Coors Light as you can and laughing at all of us. Miss you little brother. Love you lots and Jim misses you too."
Kelly Price of Mt.Pleasant MI.

"There is not a day that goes by that I donot think of you. I know you are guarding the gates of Heaven. You will Be forever in MY HEART and Soul"
GySgt McCloud of Rock Hill, SC

"I just wanted to say I miss Justin or tweeder as alot of us called him. He was like a little brother to me and I will never forget about him and all the crazy things we use to do. If I have kids they will know all about there Uncle Justin,Live up there high on your cloud and look down on us all Tweet Tweet and you better meet me at the gates when it is my turn to go. Love you little Brother its not the same without you here."
Kelly Price of Mt.Pleasant MI.

"Happy 26th Birthday little buddy, I miss you...
Love Dad"
John M. Ellsworth of Wixom, MI

"Like an earlier post mentioned, I came across your son's story in a business ethics class I am taking. My prayers are with you and your family. I am glad to see that you finally received the emails you were pursuing from Yahoo. It is a shame that it took so long."
SFC Long, Cody, United States Army of Vancouver, WA

"I cannot understand how the family of the fine and honorable Justin Ellsworth could bear his loss let alone the monstrous actions of the self-proclaimed "Reverend" Fred Phelps. My prayers have been said for the precious soul of Justin and for peace and justice for his family especially his father John."
Tom of Albany, NY


I read your article on CNN about the recent abominable court ruling involving that father whose son's funeral was attacked by those venomous and predatory Westboro Baptist "Church" members. I am relieved to see such fervency in opposition of this decision and I thank you for your outspoken defense of our servicemen and women. It is exceedingly noble of you to turn the emotions of your horrifying tragedy into a shield for those suffering equally. Thank you."
Anthony Robinson of Morristown, NJ

"John & Debb,

I'm a soldier doing a research paper on Ethic, after reading about your SON, "I call him a Super Hero", I started to cry. I cant imagine the burden you've gone thru. Just want to share with you this, As a Soldier/Marine/Sailor, we don't know what will happen when we are on combat zone, what I'm trying to say is, thank you because the next time i deploy I will make sure may spouse has my pass word, incase some happen to me. I pray, may the Lord be with you and the rest of your family. I'm very sorry about your loss. God bless."
Andy Neaman of Ft. Leavenworth, KS

"Justin , It's Christmas eve and I am wondering what you, Holli and Grandpa are doing right now, We miss you all and think about you daily.Tell Grandpa I got Grandmas Chocolate cover cherries for him. God Bless you Buddy, miss you daily and I love you. Merry Christmas. Love Aunt Jill"
Jill Elllsworth of Eaton Rapids, Mi

"It doesn't seem like it's been 5 years. Not a day has went by that i don't talk to u, or look to u for guidence. I miss you!"
Janelle Ross of Mount Pleasant, MI, USA

"We are remembering Justin Ellsworth this 5th anniversary of his Bravery for serving our Country and for fighting for FREEDOM! We will carry his memory in our minds & hearts forever. We are also
keeping our thoughts & prayers to Justin Ellsworths Parents, Family members & his MANY friends. God Bless You, Justin M. Ellsworth!"
M & R Sawade of LK. Isabella, MI.

"We are thinking of Justin on this Veterans Day and wishing that we could thank him for his service. Justin and his family are in our thoughts and prayers today and especially this weekend, the five year anniversary of his last gift to our country."
Larry and Marci of Wolverine Lake, MI

You have given the greatest measure of loyalty anyone man could ever do. I will miss you being in our ranks and remember that you gave without any return. may God bless your soul. From one veteran to another. be at peace and I will see you when I get there."
Tyson of Springfield, MO

"You are in the halls of Valhalla.Where the brave may live,Forever.
Rest in Peace Brother"
MIDN 3/C JONES of Annapolis, MD

"To the Family.
I am really sory for you lost. I'm sure words can not assist in healing your sorrow. In your time of need I offer you my Prayers. May God be with you and your family. Justin will be missed by all Marines, past and present."
GySgt of Marines of Defending our Country

"I'm from Mount Pleasant, and I remember seeing Justin in the halls being goofy! He always seemed like someone you want to be your friend. I went to Island Park all the time, and always stopped to remember and reflect. His life will inspire others to live to the fullest, with honor, and knowing that freedom isn't free. I also know how it feels to have someone you love in Iraq. Not knowing exactly where they are, what they're doing, how they are, all those questions. I'm sorry for your loss, some gave all."
heather of Fort Riley, Kansas

"Justin, Thinking of you and your service to our nation on this Memorial Day. Thinking also of your father and all he has done to see that those who serve or have served are honored and remembered."
Dennis Ulmer of Fort Lauderdale, FL


Though I never personally knew you, I consider you a hero! Thank you for your service, bravery and sacrifice! YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
Rest in peace brother of arms."
Sgt. Klay Northrup, Army Ranger of Kinston, North Carolina

"Justin...what can I say. This June it will have been 6 years since we graduated high school. You were one of my best friends all through out our school years and you were always happy and smiling about something. I'm proud to have called you friend. There isn't another like you, and I truly miss you."
Jeremy Thrush of Tulsa, OK

"Justin, I love you little buddy… and miss you very much. You would be 24 and your enlistment would be up by now. You would be home to your family, Maybe you would be married by now… maybe you would have made me a Grandpa by now… One will never know. I do want you to know that you are loved and missed by many… I miss you…
Love Daddy"
John M. Ellsworth, Proud Father of Justin

"To an old friend and brother....It has been 4 hard and long years, hard to believe but it is true. There isn't enough time in the day that I could use to say how much you are missed, particularly by me. Every single time I go fishing, I always dedicate my trip to "tweeder" because the fishing trips we had were some of the best memories I have ever had. That is just one of the many memories that I will always have. I do my best to keep strong but I know deep in my heart that there will be a day that we will meet again. Forever brothers. We all miss you."
Christopher King of Mt. Pleasant, MI

"November 9, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth:
Justin 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

"To Deb, John and Jess. After several failed attempts to hear your broadcast from Lansing today, we find ourselves, for the first time browsing Justin's website together. As we sit here we find ourselves in tears. We can never know the extent of your loss as we've not experienced such a loss ourselves, but we know it has to be one of the hardest most devastating experiences in life. Please know that we are very proud of what you do every day to preserve Justin's memory and support the continued efforts of the US Military. We are proud to call you our friends. With Much Love - Deb and Marty Riendl (Buddi too!)"
Riendl of Wixom, MI/USA

"To the family of Justin M. Ellsworth. I am currently researching this for an ethics class. My husband is also a soldier for our great country. He recently returned from a year tour in Afghanistan. We are now stationed in Ft. Rucker, Alabama. We have been married for 11 years and have two wonderful children Little James, 9 and Colby 7. I, too know how it feels to hang onto every word that is cooresponded thru email. I found myself reading the words over and over that were sent to me from my husband while he was deployed. It was what kept me going in times when I felt I could no longer go on. My grief goes out to you and the rest of your family. I was very fortunate as many others that my loved one returned from this war. I thank God every day for this and I never lay down at night without praying for those that are still deployed, for those that we lost and for all those family members that are affected by it all. God Bless you and Good Luck in your fight. Wife of SSGT James Montez, United States Army. Beth Montez"
Beth Montez of Ft. Rucker, Alabama

"To Justin Ellsworth's family: I am very sorry for your loss. Justin was a great man. I dated him for a few months our senior year. Justin opened my eyes up to a lot of things in life. He was full of life and I think of him often. I would like to say thank you to him for giving his life for our country. He was a very brave man and proud to serve his country and I will always remember him as the cowboy that he was. God bless you all."
Stephanie Johnson of Alma, MI

"Hey bro I will always miss you and remember the times we had on base and in Iraq. You were the best friend that everyone wanted and I was lucky to have you by my side in combat bro. I have you pic with me all the time when am on the street working... God Bless You bro. Love you Man..."
Sgt Christopher "TANK" Marron of Chicago IL

"To tweeder's family I would like to say that, You created an amazing man and soldier. I know that you are very proud of everything that he accomplished in his short life! I met justin in jr high, even then you knew he was going to be something great. I reconnected with him in 2003 after high school. I lived with him for about 3 months. Those were the most amazing months of my entire life. I was there on the day he left for boot camp, i even hauled all of his belonging to his dad. The day Kelly told me he was gone was a day of great sadness and joy! Sad because he was gone, but joyess because we new that he left his mark on the world. I thank him everyday when i wake up for all that he has taught me. I learned to be free and enjoy every bit of my life. I know that there have been more than a few days that he has been in the sky smiling down at me. There have also been days that he has saved me in more ways then one! I want to say thank you and Love you more than you can ever imagine! Please keep looking out for us!! I would also like to thank all of his brothers still serving and that will keep serving! I am proud of all of you!!!"
Kristina Trimble of Maple City, Mi, USA

"Brother Comrade in Arms,
I have never met you or knew of you 'til today. It is unfortunate that I will never have the honor to meet you to thank you for your gallant and selfless service to this great nation. Just know that you as well as others who have made the ultimate sacrifice and ALL others still serving in harms way are appreciated and honored. I wish to say posthumously (I hope I spelled that correctly)"Thank you for your service and may God bless you and keep you in eternal life.""
Michael Sommerfeld of Dallas, TX/USA

"I came upon Justin's story for a Business ethics class and wanted to pass on my condolences to his family. I am a 20 year retired AF Member, and was in Fallujah in 2006 as a Defense Contractor. Every military member is family and we are brothers & sisters to one another. Thank you for your service and your family has my deepest most sincere condolences. I will support our "family" for as long as we are deployed in the world."
Dave Kaleel of Atlanta, GA

"I am so sorry to hear about the memorial being vandalized. I hope the thiefs are caught."
Bri of Mt. Pleasant, MI

"The honor you left for your country will never be forgot. Your service and dedication shall never go underserved but only preserved in our hearts and memory...Love to you and your loved ones forever."
Julie M Tacia of Wolverine Lake, Michigan

"To the Ellsworth family, I'm sorry for the loss of your son. I can't imagine what you have endured. Mr. Ellsworth - As I read your final posting to your son I could not help but think of my best friend - my son and 'buddy', Lucas. It is clear from your correspondence with your son that you too were also best friends. I hope that you find comfort with the pleasant memories of camping and hunting with Justin. I can't wait to make the same memories with my young son. Your relationship with your son has inspired me to be a better Dad. Peace."
Kevin of Milford, Michigan

"To Tweeder's Mom And Dad.

Hello my name is Jym Lewis And I Was A very good friend of Tweeder's. In Fact I am The One Who Named Him Tweeder! He was the bestest friend a guy could ask for and he loved being called tweeder! He Totally took it to the limit and I Love Him For it. I will Always Remember Tweeder And I am very sad that he is gone.To the Siblings of Tweeder.. He Always Talked about you and loved you very much. He talked of bringing you all down the chippewa river for a getaway the last time he was home! So Always Remember that your brother loved you and never forgot about you!"
Jym aka Moxx of Mount Pleasant Mi

"My tribute to Justin M. Ellsworth,
My American Hero!
My hero is a person,
Special as he could be,
My hero is a leader,
He wants us to be free,
My hero is not famous,
Only in my heart,
In this war infested world,
My hero did his part,
My hero is much greater,
Than some people seem to see,
He was put on earth to defend us,
At least that's what I believe,
Most people do not know my hero,
Just how could this be?
My hero is my brother,
He died for you and me,
I thank him for his blessing,
I think of him every day,
And as I think about him I pray I'm this great one-day!
Written by Jessica Ellsworth, July 6, 2006 Age 11, Wixom, MI."
Jessica Ellsworth, Proud Sister of Justin of Wixom, MI.

"Sorry for your loss I am deployed also. His last name is Ellsworth he must be a great soldier. Every generation of mine has been in the Military. SSGT John E Ellsworth Jr USAF. Best wishes Mr. and Mrs Ellsworth"
SSgt John E Ellsworth Jr of Disclosed location

"God bless you Justin"
Tony of walled lake

"As we come upon another Memorial Day without our Beloved Justin, I want to Thank everyone that still thinks of him and has kept him in there heart. I have enjoyed reading all the messages left over the last year and a half, and have finally been able to bring myself to leave one. As I'm sure you can understand this has been very difficult, dealing with a loss of your child. But knowing that he isn't forgotten is a comfort.
I love you Honey. I miss you!!!
Very Proud Mother of our Fallen Marine
LCPl Justin M Ellsworth"
Tracy Loveberry-Ross of Fairplay, CO

"John and Debbie, just Sunday, May 21st I read an article in the Phila. Inquirer about a fallen Marine (not your son). At the end of the article was a website. www.pafamiliesunited.com.
The next day I logged onto the site and within a few minutes I had signed up. That is how I became aware of your loss; from the blog page. That, of course led me to Justin's Memorial site.
Within a couple minutes I was crying at my office desk, like a father who had lost his son, because I have also. Only others who have suffered the same loss know what it truly feels like. The only thing I would like to say is that each of us who loves freedom, and the other privilages we enjoy here in the United States, should be grateful every day for those men and women who would put themselves in harm's way so we can continue to enjoy them. The world needs more men and women like our sons. Richard Faunce- father of CPT Brian Faunce, U.S. Army."
Richard Faunce of Morrisville, PA

"Tweeder! we all miss ya. This is Jackie Meaders, Yeah Meader's wife now. I meet you a couple times but I felt like I knew you since Meaders spoke so highly about you. We are married now. You are a true hero we love and miss ya. We know that you are in a better place. Please protect all marines and service men, and my hubby Justin Meaders. Bring them all home safe and sound. We will see ya in Heaven.
Jackie Meaders"
Jackie Meadera of San Clemete, CA USA

"to the family of Justin "Tweeder" Ellsworth.
I just wanted to say I knew Justin he was like a little brother to me I looked out for him when he lived in Mt.Pleasant and I could not be more proud of such a young man like himself. I remember new years eve 2003 he was singing "she broke my heart in a trailor park" over and over again. He always made everyone smile.
you sit up there on your cloud little buddy and smile big. bye tweet tweet tweeter tweeter.
SEMPER FI love you little brother Gotta love the Marines!!!!"
Kelly Price of Mt.Pleasant MI,U.S.A.


"My son, Cpl Justin Meaders, served with Justin Ellsworth in Fallujah. He is in Iraq on his second tour, surely missing Ellsworth's company and humor. He was very much respected and loved by his brothers. My son and his wife have a photo of Ellsworth (in his cowboy hat, of course) on their living room wall, next to Serrano's photo. Be assured he is not forgotten, he is a true hero. We took the liberty of submitting his photo for the "Wall of Heroes" photo exhibit at the Marine Parents conference in Houston. God's blessings to his family, he was a blessing to our soldiers who will never forget him."
Kristen Meaders of Houston, TX

"John and Debbie Ellsworth - It was with great sorrow my wife and I learned of the loss of your son, Justin.

We are friends of Joe and Linda Ellsworth of Eaton Rapids, aunt and uncle of LCpl Justin Ellsworth. My wife Michele works with Linda.

We were fortunate to have met you [John and Debbie Ellsworth] at gatherings on a few occassions at Joe and Linda's house.

I don't recall meeting Justin, however would have been truly honored to have shook his hand.

It is with the highest admiration and respect that we honor your son Justin's memory - and that of all fallen soldiers - for their service to our country and all mankind through their unselfish bravery and dedication in ensuring freedom both here in the USA and abroad.

The sacrifice is unimaginable....but the courage and ideals that soldiers like Justin impart for freedoms' sake is the thread that binds our country together; allowing us all to enjoy the benefits that freedom brings.

We view Justin as the ultimate hero - and pray for your families' healing. It is obvious to us, that Justin's love of country and man is unsurpassed.

Thank you LCpl Justin M. Ellsworth for serving our country.

"Love one another as I have loved you. There is no greater love than a man laying down his life for his friends."

- John 15:12-13"
Todd Gill of Potterville, MI

"Found a couple bricks in Eaton Rapids, Michigan down on the Island while I was photographing the turn of the leaves. Posted three of the shots on my site at PBase.com for you. Yet another group of photos to honor and memorialize the commitment and courage of LCpl Justin Ellsworth. Semper Fidelis!"
SSgt Tony Lamson of MCAS Beaufort, SC

"To the Ellsworth family,im sorry for the loss of your son, my name is chelsie and i have a brother that just left to iraq. I dont know what to do without him here. but all i can say is that our son fought his hardest to surve are country he will trully be missed!"
chelsie of califorina

"I've been studing this case because of an ethics class. Your son was a hero who gave his life for this country. As a military myself, we appreciate his sacrifice. God bless your family and I'm sorry for your loss."
Windi Morgan of Harrison Twp, MI

"I was standing next to him when the bomb exploded. He saved my life and for that I will always be debted to him. he was my friend, my fellow marine, and my brother. Justin will always be missed but he will never be forgotten. Semper Fi

your brother
Lcpl Kyle B Blumenstock"

"Dear, mr and mrs ellsworth i am sendind this to you to say i am very sorry about your son and jessies brother i did'nt know him but my sister laura did she went to school with him and shes very sorry too."
Joshua Coon of Walled Lk. MI. USA

"To The Family of Lance Cpl. Justin M. Ellsworth

The last time I saw Justin was he was about 6 or 7. My how time flies.

I attended the Funeral and there wasn't a dry eye in the Church. My most memoriable moment was when Justin and his Mom, Tracy lived in the Apartment in Eaton Rapids. It was a ritual to have Ruffles potato chips and QD french onion dip either on Friday or Saturday nights and watch the traffic out the window.

Justin, you are a True Hero and I thank you for all you have done for us."
Beth of Lansing, Michigan

"Happy 21st birthday, Justin.
We all love and miss you so much but we know that you are with us... and will always be up there watching over us. Love you forever..."
Aunt Judy of Eaton Rapids

"John & Deb,

I am so sorry to hear about Justin. I remember baby sitting him when he was little and trying to convince him that being a firefighter was better than a police officer. I never could sway him. He looked up to his Dad too much. Just wanted you to know that you all are in my prayers and that I am very proud of Justin. He was a great kid. I have moved from Westland, but still work for the Dept.

Miss you,"
Chris Szpara of Allen Park, Michigan

"Justin is my cusion and I miss him alot. Although i didnt get to see him much i still have all the fun and loving memories of justin in my heart. He was a great marine and he will be missed. I LOVE YOU JUSTIN"
Evan Ellsworth of Eaton Rapids, MI

"Justin was a good friend and i think about him everyday. TO bad he was took from us."
Craig Bull of Dillon, CO. USA

"Thank you, Justin, from the bottom of my heart. My "adopted" Marine just returned home safely from Iraq, and I am convinced that you and the other Marines watching down from above played a big role in that safe return. I have always known that Marines take care of each other. My condolences to your family. I and they will never forget what you have done to preserve the freedom and safety of the greatest country on earth. And a thanks for having Yahoo see the light and make the right decision. Semper Fi!"
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois

"I would just like to say sorry to the family for their loss, and that Justin did die for a good cause. Thank you Justin for all you have done. I did not know you that well, or at all for that matter, but you are a known hero now, THANK YOU SO MUCH."
Vickie of Mt. Pleasant Michigan USA

"I didn't know Justin the very best, but I did get the chance to hang out with him quite a few times. He was a great guy, full of life and laughs. I was at the memorial in Mt. Pleasant and tried to make it to the memorials in lansing, but I never got to speak to Justins family, I would just just like to tell them how sorry I am for their loss and what a great guy they all raised. Many
of my close friends knew Justin much better than me, but I am happy I got to know him at all. In Loving memory of Tweeter, you in our prays forever,"
Jessie of Rosebush, MI

"I just found out that Lance Cpl. Eric S. Henderson, a friend of Justin's passed away in a one car accedent in January. He was Justin's roommate and a very special friend to me. I never knew his family so I dont know how to contact them. If anyone knows how I can get a hold of them or knows any more information can you please contact me at (989) 560-8998"
Andrea of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

"Veterans of Foriegn Wars # 3033 will be placing a Memorial Tribute Marker in the Towne Centre of Mt. Pleasant to Honor LCPL Justin Ellsworth for his Courage and Committment to Freedom. This will happen on Memorial Day 2005. If you wish to contribute or be present that day contact John Smith at 989-773-0067. Justin must always be remembered by those he loved and by those who loved him."
John W. Smith of 4611 S. Crawford Road - Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

I will never forget you. I love you and miss you. I am so honnerd to have knowen such a great solder and friend like you. All the great memorys we had will always be in my heart. I can never forget The great time Sara and I had in North Carolina and Califorina. Everytime I hear someone say "Hey Buddy" I can hear you saying it."
Andrea of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

"My deepest regards go out to Lcpl Justin Ellsworth's family. I was his squad leader in 1st PLT C Co. 7th ESB right before I got out of the Corps in July 04. I was deeply hurt to find out that he had died bravely in combat. He was a good man and a good Marine. One of the best times I had with him was at a Kenny Chesney concert down in San Diego last summer. He will never be forgotten."
John Tate of Havre, Montana

"I was assigned to CSSB-1 at Camp Fallujah from March to September of 2004. During my turnover with the incoming Marines that were to assume duties that we had been assigned over the previous months, I was chosen along with the Marines of 1st Plt, B Co, 2d MPBN, 2dFSSG, to do a two week training in various areas to the new arrivals. One afternoon as I was finishing my work day, I stepped out to the smoke pit and jaw jacked with a bunch of Marines that I had been with along with some of the new kids that just arrived. Had I put two and two together while I was standing there, I would have given this young Marine standing in front of me a big hug. You see, it wasn't until I arrived back stateside that I learned that LCpl Justin Ellsworth was the son of a classmate from High School, was the Marine that stood before me that day. John, Justin's father, reconnected soon after I returned home and continued to talk. I sent an email to a friend of mine that remained in Iraq with CSSB-1 to keep an eye on Justin for me as a special favor. Little did I know that my email arrived a day after Justin had been killed in action. I sat at home only days later when I received a call from another classmate of ours who bore me the news of Justin's death. I sat down hard on the floor crying at the loss of someone so young and someone whose family I had recently reconnected with. I will always remember the day when I had the honor and privilege of standing in that smoke pit at Camp Fallujah with a true Hero and an eternal Marine. Semper Fidelis Justin. Guard those streets well in heaven until I come there to relieve you. You are in my heart and will never be forgotten."
SSgt Tony Lamson, USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

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

"Hey John give me a call want to do something for justin when snow is gone thanks miss him lots (989) 621-6220"
Marc Brandeberry of Mt. Pleasant, MI.

"Justin, I just wanted to let you know that I love you and think about you often. Your sister Jessica cries often now and hugs her Marine bear when she is sad. She had her 10th birthday, her first with out her big brother. She misses you so much and it hurts me to see her that way and know I can't change a thing.
I got some of your C.D's back from the base, I have heard most of them before, but I have listened to a song that you liked very much and have learned a lot from it. I know it was one of your favorites but I never really paid attention to the words before. It's the one from Chris Ledoux called "The Ride".
After I listened to it, I realized that you lived your life that way.... and I am proud of you for doing that.
"Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high, keep your eyes fixed.. where the trail meets the sky,
Live like you aint afraid to die, don't be scared, just enjoy the ride"
Justin, I can't even imagine how I am going to survive living the rest of my life with out you, you were my "Little Buddy".. My "Boomer".... I miss you. I love you and I am proud to call you my son....Rest in Peace.... Love Daddy"
John M. Ellsworth - Proud Father of Justin of Wixom, MI.

"Dear Mr & Mrs Ellsworth,
Im so sorry about your loss I hope you can keep your son's email account and I hope yahoo can lead you to it.
When i Saw the story on the news i cried. i couldnt believe that a soldier that young was gone. god bless you and your family and god bless america"
Kevin Chin-Gibbons of Amherst Mass USA

"Yahoo stinks! Transfer the account!"
Adrian of germany

"I feel with you and understand your fight with yahoo but from the view of human rights I feel yahoo is right."
Olaf of Germany

"yahoo should burn"
steven of germany

"Dear John,

You have my full sympathy on your fight with Yahoo.

The only thing left is the memory left by your son in his mails! Fight on!"
Georg Wengert of Singen, Germany

"* the united states"
m of b

"Only the best humans are dying young. Always too young.
But better die while fighting for freedom than give up and live with oppression.
You will do it, good luck to you. Show the whole story of your son to the world, the truth about a hero in war. May god bless you and all of us (except Yahoo) and our freedom."
Dirk of Frankfurt, Germany

"My heart bleeds with every killed young soldier in Irak. Justin just started his job full of hope for a better world. You are not alone, we are all with You. God bless You."
Oscar of Heidelberg, Germany

"Dear John,
I'm sorry about the sad news you got.
I hope you can get the information to reach your sons e-mail.

God bless you and your family."
Joachim Kessel of Oberhausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

"God Bless America!"
Aline Lamaligne of Baton Rouge

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"Dear John,

I just read this "yahoo"-story in a German online magazine. And it make me feel so sad. Your son did not only protect the American Nation. He also protected us in Germany. As long as we have such soldiers as your son we are safe at home.

I hope you will be successfull against yahoo.

Good bless you Sir."
Armin Hermann of Germany, Baden-Wuerttemberg

"Dear John,
I am so happy that you have all these people supporting you. I found this site while trying to find how many signatures I need to get that account for you. I think that you should get this account, he was your son and you deserve it. Since I've lived next to you for my whole life, you've always been nice to me. Keep on fightin'!!"
Courtney Brouse of Wixom, MI

"God Bless you. I have pulled my e-mail account with Yahoo as I was heart broken by your story. May God bless your family through these hard times. For what it's worth... thank you. Thank you for allowing your son to protect the rest of us here at home."
Liz of Springfield, IL

"I am sorry that Yahoo! will not cooperate on giving the e-mail account to his family I am trying to find his e-mail account I just need more info."
Martin Guerrero of South Gate,CA

"I too heard of your son through the news. I cannot imagine your loss and I pray that you are comforted at this time. As others have suggested there are secret questions in his Yahoo account that you can answer to reset his password. If you haven't tried this already, it may be a good option. I would be glad to help as well. You may contact me at opheliar16@hotmail.com

May God comfort you all at this time. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. My condolences for your loss."
Christina of Jacksonville, FL

"I am Justin's cousin. I can honestly say I have never been more proud of anyone then I am of my cousin. This has been a very hard time for me and my family. Every message of support makes us feel a little bit better. I am lucky to have had Justin in my life. He was my cousin and my friend. I am grateful he always told me he loved me(most 20 year old guys don't do that) I will always treasure my memories of him. He believed in what he was doing so now that he's gone I believe in all our troops twice as much. They are fighting the "good fight" I pray for everyone's safety everyday. Thank you to all of you that have taken the time to send your messages. We appreciate it and god bless all of you and our troops."
Tara Ellsworth of Lansing, MI

"I just wanted to send my condolences on the death of your son Justin.My son Cpl. Christopher Ebert was KIA in Sept.I know the pain you are going through right now.I also read your story online.I pray you win your battle with Yahoo.We were fortunate for our sons fiance had his password and we were able to get mail that he left.Your son was a hero and will not be forgotten.Semper Fi and God bless you."
Shirley Ebert of Union Mills,N.C.

"God bless your Family, Semper Fi, once a Marine always a Marine"
Alana of Tucson, Az /USA

"Get the nation together to Boycott Yahoo. I hope you get his email."
Larry McLean of Seattle, wa

"God bless you Justin and God bless youre family I know you are there along with my son Shane guarding the gates of heaven.And to youre family i know what you are going through i just wan't you all to know you are not alone i have added you to my prayers. God bless you Justin you did a good job for youre country and you will not be forgotten. SEMPER FI MARINE."
George Goldman, Shanes Dad of ST.Croix Virgin Islands

"My best friend passed away earlier this year. The exact same situation happened with Yahoo and I contacted them. The gave the same response. With the family's help, I was able to get in to the email by answering 2 of the secret questions. I had to try several times, but I was able to RESET the password. FORGET trying to guess or having Yahoo reveal what it is, they will NEVER DO IT. They did tell me a court order or a search warrant would allow the password to be revealed, but answering the questions is an easier path. You will need the ZIP CODE when first signed up, then answer a personal question which they most likely will know. I know how frustrating it can be!

John Murphy of San Francisco, CA

"I just watched Justin's dad on CNN Headline News. I too hope that you can resolve the problem with yahoo. I am a Yahoo subscriber and think that the solutions that Justin's dad suggested to prevent future problems sound great. I hope that the family can resolve this with yahoo. I am proud that Justin was from Michigan and am sorry for your loss. Thank you to Justin for his service to the US."
Lisa Nofzinger of Lansing, MI USA

"to justins family.my condolances to you and your family.what yahoo is doing to you is totally wrong.id like to help you.if possible. you can email me at judybootie03@yahoo.com"
judy of michigan

"Just heard your Yahoo dilemna online on KLOVE Christian radio. My prayers are with you all and believing that God will open the doorway to gain access to Justin's email. We have lost many soldiers from Hawaii recently as well, and deeply share in your grief.

If you haven't already tried, I suggest you do what the other email contributor suggests by trying to answer the demographic and personal info questions to get a new password. If there is a link to the family's website, could someone share it. Blessings!"
Edlyn Carvalho of Kamuela, Hawaii


"I just finished reading about the Yahoo! mess. I am attempting to reach them at all lengths to let them know my two cents worth. I am sorry for your loss and for the trouble you are getting from Yahoo! God Bless your family and your son."

"First I'm sorry for your loss. I just read the Yahoo serious stuff too. They may have tried this but, tell them to go to yahoo.com, select mail, and then select Forgot your password? If they know his e-mail address, and all his demographics (they should) and can guess his password hint question on page two (shouldn't be hard for them or for close friends) they can get into his account when they give a new password for the correct information.

Does anyone know how to get this to them?"
Kevin of Kentucky

"To the Family of Justin Ellsworth:
I just read with great sadness that Yahoo! will not release your loved ones email's to you. I pray that they see the error of their ways and relent on the policy. I they don't, my wish is that you can find someone to break the system and get you into his email!
God Bless you and your son for sacrificing his life for those of us back home!"
Kami Happel of Cedar Rapids, Iowa

"Thank you all for your great loving and caring support. We all feel the same about the many whom have fallen for our freedom, may god bless all.I am only one voice from a family who has had their share of grief and sorrow, but I know my nephew maybe gone but he will never be forgotten. God bless you Justin and all the other soldiers whom have die defending our country and our freedom. Love you always,
Aunt Jill"
Jill Ellsworth of Eaton Rapids Mi

"To Ellsworth's Family.
Ellsworth was a great frend. Going to Bootcamp with him he would always be there to talk. We would always find time to sing country songs (even though nether of us could really carry a toon) and chat about are families back home. I had the great privlige to get to know him at bootcamp, hang out in North Carilina, and be stationed with him here in Camp Pendleton. I am sarry for your loss and Justin will never be forgotten.
Ellsworth Its going to be hard not having you around to go to the stampeed with, hang out with, and sing badly with. You were the best frend i could have asked for. You are greatly missed."
Lcpl Davenport, Kyler S. of Camp Pendleton CA

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

"To Justin's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To Justin's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank You for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"Justin, as a marine, it is hard to lose not only a brother, but a friend and someone i knew from school. you will be missed, but you and your actions will not be forgotten. i wish the best to the ellsworth family and my condolences are with you all.

Cpl Thomas, Roy
Echo Co 2nd batt. 4th Marines
1st marine division"
of Mount Pleasant, MI

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Justin M. Ellsworth,

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 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

"Thank you Justin Ellsworth, 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. Justin Ellsworth:
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 Justin 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. Justin Ellsworth:
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 Justin, 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