Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Michael A. Estrella

20, of Hemet, California.
Estrella died while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on June 14, 2006.

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"Estrella, Memorial Day always makes me think of you and what an awsome Marine you are (still a Marine in Heavan). My 1 regret as a SSgt is not bringing back all my boys. Thank you for being you."
SSgt. Fredd Williams of Hawaii

"I can’t believe it has already been five years since you passed away. As strong as I try to make myself believe I am, I only realize how I can’t stop the hurting inside, how I miss you so much. The day you passed away a piece of me died too. The days go on and I just wish it wasn't real. The heart breaking memories of the day life tore you from my side, A Day I will never forget, the day that shattered my life…. Although now I have only been left with memories of you, I will never stop thanking God for the blessing he gave me the day he brought you in my life. Never could have imagined life without you, yet today its my reality. So full of life, so full of kindness, your laughter, your voice, your personality, now only a memory..... Michael... you are always going to be my Marine... my Hero. I will forever love you and miss you."
Norma A. Buitron of Hemet, CA

"It has been 5 years today, I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. Hear the gunfire, the shouts through the compound, the calls for QRF, and those horrible moments when we learned someone was hit. Remember the pain, remember the feeling of wishing I was out on that patrol, that I should have been there, feeling there was something I could have done to save you. They tell me that there wasn't anything I could have done, but I can't make myself believe that. I know you continued to watch over us and keep us safe the rest of our time out there. You are still sorely missed. You are gone but never forgotten brother."
HM2 (FMF) Michael P Danis 3/3, India Co. Corpsman 2005-2006 of Fort Belvoir, Virginia

"Michael,

Brother it's been awhile but my family and I think about you often Brandon remembers you and talks about you often.

To the Estrella's Michael is one of those who touched everyone he had contact with, we lost a very special person here on earth but heaven gained him.

And as much as we miss him, He will always have a place of honor within our hearts and in that he will live on through us all that he touched, I had the honor of serving with him in Afghanistan Nov 04 to June 05 and I remember when he came to 3/3 and was attached to India company, I knew then that he was a special person and I relied on him for a lot, I know that you are very proud of him. It was my honor to have served with him and my family and I miss him dearly. He put the needs of other before himself.

He was one of the Few, The Proud, The Marines And he Was Always there for you and he will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I think of him everyday..

May the Good Lord Bless you and Keep You and may he look after you All.


God Bless
The Goods
Harry, Crystal, Brandon and Ashley Good

You can contact us at harryandcrystal@yahoo.com"
SGT. GOOD & Family of N.C. US

"Hey Mike,
It's been a while since those years in ROTC at Hemet High. You were always such a great person and wonderful friend.
You made the ultimate sacrifice for this country and for that, I am always grateful for what you did for all of us.
Today is Memorial Day 2010 and I keep you in my heart today and always.
Thanks for everything you have done for this great nation."
Megan Lemerande of Hemet, CA

"RIP thank you so much for everything you did for this country"

"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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"There is not a day I dont think of you, its been 3 years now and it still feels like we got just got done with another patrol. Thank you for watching over us."
SSgt Sakowski of Champaign IL

"Cpl Estrella..
Today is May 25, 2009, Memorial Day.

You are a hero. You were my personal barber...always giving me haircuts when I needed them..and at times when I couldn't afford a haircut you were there to give me a high and tight..You had a great personality..always laughing joking puttin a smile on not only your face but others around you. You were the loud one. I will always remember you brother! God bless you and our other two friends/Marines."
Truong Huynh (Chopstix) of Plano Texas

"to the family of michael a. estrella , i'm just an american who is very grateful for the job micheal has done for the rest of us americans. i'm very sorry for your lose. i too have lost someone in war but the war of gangs here in america.i just want to say my family is really grateful for micheal's bravery and service for our country. thank you for raising a good giving brave man."
tina estrella-esquibell of pittsburg,calif. usa

"Hello,

I'm not sure if I knew you when I lived in Hemet, but I am proud of the sacrifice you have given our nation."
Greg Ward of San Bernardino, CA

"Micheal,
Hay brother
There isn't a day that gose by with out you on my mind. I truly wish that I was not pulled off that patrol. You are in my heart and your memory will never die. You will live forever brother and we will someday meet back up until then you will be apart of my life forever Semper Fi brother. 3/3 will always remember."
SSGT Shawn D Garrett of K-bay Hi

"Playa Playa,

Dog i miss you man. i go day to day and try to forget that day when i was on radio watch. i cried right there on the spot. you know that all of us in the comm shop became more and more close after afghanistan. we all was like brothers. it just hard that sometimes when im at work or when im even driving i think about Aguilar, Lueken and you, and i just brake down and just cry. keep watch over us."
Moreo Latta of MCBH Hawaii

"I miss you punk ::Tears:: This is just so you know I still think about you all the time"
Rachie Rach of Kaneohe, Hawaii

"To the family of:Michael A. Estrella 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"

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Michael A. Estrella:
Michael 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

"Michael,

Words cannot express my sense of honor knowing that you and I are from the same hometown. Being here in Iraq has truly shown me the wonderful and hard work it is the Marines do everyday. Thank you for the sacrifice of service and may God Bless you."
DCC(SW/FMF) Jason Nofsker of Hemet, Ca.

"Scratchy, man its been over a year but everyday I think about you. You'll be in our hearts and mind forever. Semper Fi man and we all appreciate you looking over us while we finished the rest of the deployment."
Cpl Timothy Davis of Norfolk, Va USA

"Michael,
Thank you for always being a true friend. You were always there for me and helped me through alot. You are a true hero in my eyes and you will never be forgotten. Thank you for serving for our great nation"
Bobby of NAFB, Las Vegas Nevada

"mike, how are you brother. it seems like just two minutes we were talking together on the prr. and one minute ago that i was watching helpless as you were shot. no words can ever express how much of a friend you were to me. you are the best marine that i know, and will ever know. your mom tells me that you visit her often, which lets me know that you are okay. mike i miss you! im sorry."
brian of mcbh hi us

"Good Morning Estrella,
I was just thinking about the time I paid you twenty dollars for the hair cut outside your hooch and about the times we had post toghether in Afghanistan. I want to say I miss you and you are a true hero. I will always look up to you brother. You are one of the best Marines I have ever known."
PFC Schumacher of Portland, ME

"no greater american than the ones who battle and fight on the other side of earth to defend all that we have on earth is greater than them. the stars ligt up a night sky but the memorys of michael are brighter than day and night togather. the memorys of michael in high school going from class to class or on fridays nights and so many great days under the sun for michael and from his time to the time before him to the times long after him.i just wanted to say much love to all his family and friends who had the best seat in the house for so long..leace out michael for all time buddy."
eric flores of blizzardflroes@aol.com

"Scratchy, I just wanted to take this time and thank you for being the Angel that Protected us while we were still out there. We are all missing you and will never forget the Sacrifice that you and your family have made. We Love you."
Doc Timme of 3/3 MCBH K-Bay

"Scratchy, I just wanted to take this time and thank you for being the Angel that Protected us while we were still out there. We are all missing you and will never forget the Sacrifice that you and your family have made. We Love you."
Doc Timme of 3/3 MCBH K-Bay

"Hey You it's me again. I've been thinking about you alot lately & I turn to this website to reach out to you. I guess in hopes that you can see/read all of this. I miss you lots & thank god that your not in this hell hole with the rest of us. Well I can't wait to kick it with you again & I will remember the memories till the day we meet. I LOVE YOU! Muah¢¾"
Rachel of Kaneohe, HI

"mike wassup...well i just wanted to say i miss ya so much...and you will always be remembered where ever i go...we had so much memorys...and to your familia i'm sorry and godbless...everybody misses you...i will see you soon...love you homey..."
Francesca of Kaneohe,HI/US

"Hey Punk!!!..I miss you very much!..I have so many good memories of you & I can't help but cry when I think of them..You are always in my heart & my sympathy goes out to your family cus your love was truely one in a million..I just wanted to let you know that we think about you all the time & Angie really misses you too..Well I promise you will always be remembered & I will see you soon..I love you punk!..lol..MUAH!..Rest In Peace"
Rachel of Kaneohe, Hawaii

"Michael,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Yo Estrella, its me Moreo. Man we still here in iraq and not a day that dont goes by that im not thinking about you. Dong i miss you man. We been though school together and made it to the fleet together. Yo for you im going to get a tattoo with a picture with me and you on it. remember the one from the ball. dog man i miss you. I'm going to be at the club in heaven with you dog. Keep doing what you are doing and continue to watch over us."
Moreo USMC of MCBH Kaneohe Bay HI

"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, Michael will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!
"

"Thank you Michael Estrella, 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 Cpl. Michael Estrella:
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 Michael 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 Cpl. Michael Estrella:
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 Michael, 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