Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Mark A. Evnin


21, of Burlington, Vermont
Killed in action during a firefight in Central Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on April 3, 2003.

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"Thinking of you today, Mark. Remembering your sacrifice always."
Cyndy Melnyk of Alta Loma, CA

"11 and a half years later and still a week doesn't go by that I don't think about you and how much I miss you. I'll never forget that day and, believe it or not, it still hurts just as much as it always did. Every year, on the anniversary of that day, my friends and I all go out and keep a seat open just for you, with your own drink and everything. I make sure everyone knows who you are.

But I still try to remember the good times too. Like meeting you for the first time in Okinawa after "the incident." I still tell people that story and it always makes them laugh. After talking to you only for 5 minutes back then, I remember thinking, "This is a solid dude. We're gonna be friends."

Until we meet again, brother."
Eric Melnyk, 3rd Bn/4th Marines of West Covina, CA

"11/11/2014 I remember this young man from his high school days. I was proud to be a part of the tribute his home town and high school paid him upon his ultimate sacrifice. Thank you, Mark. Never forgotten..."
Debbie DeCarli of Goshen, MA

"Mark,
Today I remember you and the day in Al Kut. I hope whereever you are you are having a beer and doing something fun. Those of us the made it do our best to keep your memory alive. We do our best to keep in touch with Mindy. I am sorry you are not here and I am sorry there was not more that we could have done in Al Kut. You are missed.
Semper Fidelis,
Blue 1"
Edward of Alaska

"Mark I witnessed your bravery and sacrifice on military history. May my Father in Heaven Bless you and your family for your ultimate sacrifice. Rest In Peace !!!"
Bob Stagner of Battlefield Missouri

"As one of your litter bearers on that fateful day, I will never forget you and how hard I know you fought. Until we meet on the other side."
Jason of Lancaster, PA

"Cpl. Evnin,
I was watching a documentary on the Military Channel recently about the drive to Baghdad in 2003 and learned of your sacrifice and how you stayed in the fight with your fellow Marines. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I served in the USMC back in the 80's and fortunately never saw combat but I'm proud as hell to be able to say that I am part of an organization that has men like you in it.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Mark you are the strength that's keeps us together as warriors. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I love you and your family. May you rest In Peace.
SemperFi ........Morrissey"
Daniel of New york

"Mark,
you will always be remembered."
Cpl Robert Renaud of Winder Ga.

"Hey brother, 9 years it has been, such a long time but does not feel that way. I remember the last time i saw you, we got to BS for a little and then headed back out but did not ever think that was going to be the last time i got to see or speak to you again. Miss you brother..."
Billy of Hoboken, NJ.

"Proudly, you served and served well.

Sadly, you gave all and are gone now.

You contributions are valuable and memorable. For your family we all owe you in ways that can never be properly re-paid."
A citizen of Oswego, NY

"Mark,
It has been way too long. The war in Iraq has ever so quietly come to an interesting conclusion, but you are not forgotten. Your mom is coming to visit us again, and it is amazing what type of spirit she has. I am on here (been awhile, I get it) because I am putting together a research project about Iraq and Afghanistan, for my middle school students. Part of the assignment has them researching a service member that gave their all. As I piece it together, I cannot stop thinking of you and how crazy it all is. It is amazing how many things are on the internet about you, and I hope one of my kids picks you to research. They would really get a glimpse of a really great guy. A guy who would most definitely be changing the world today..."
Josh Martin of Toledo, Ohio

"June 25, 2011. You are missed and never forgotten, Mark. You are an American hero and friend to our son, Eric. It still hurts. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Psalm 30:5. Your morning came too early, Mark, to our way of thinking but we have the hope of Christ that we will see you at the east gate, as Eric has said. God be with and bless your family, especially your mom."
Cyndy Melnyk of Alta Loma, CA

"June 23 2011~
To let you know that you are remembered and missed.
never forgotten"
sheila of nj

"You are missed. To the family, I am sorry there is no words that can ever be stated that will fill the void left by the death of Cpl Evnin. I served with him in Kilo for a year or so. I will always remember that he gave his life for the greater good. God Bless , Doc Snodgrass Kilo 2001-2004"
Russell Snodgrass of Lubbock TX/US

"Thanks to all for remembering"
Mindy Evnin of Vermont

"Cpl. Mark Evnin
I never had the honor of meeting you, but I have heard nothing but great things about you. May you rest in peace. You are a true hero.
To the family of Cpl. Mark Evnin our thoughts and prayers are always with you."
The Dovico Family of Warwick, NY

"Mark I can't belive in 2 days it has been 8 years since that day. Just want to say i miss you brother, I think about that day over and over again every day of my life and always try and figure out why we didnt get called to go up there. We were not far behind you at all. I guess ill be asking my self that for the rest of my life. Miss you brother. We will meet again. Semper Fi"
Billy of Hoboken NJ

"Dear Mark,
You're a very brave Marine. And will always be the Fallen,not the forgoten. Hopefully someday i can be a Marine too and have just as much courage as you. Rest in peace, No matter where you are. I hope u can see this."
Shivam Patel of Parsippany NJ

"Dear Mark,
You're a very brave Marine. And will always be the Fallen,not the forgoten. Hopefully someday i can be a Marine too and have just as much courage as you. Rest in peace, No matter where you are. I hope u can see this."
Shivam Patel of Parsippany NJ

"Never forgotten.
rest in peace- you are missed.
09-10-2010"

"May G-d rest his soul and bless his memory."
Pam Miller of Valencia, CA

"Thank you, Mark. We will never forget you, and your sacrifice for our country and freedom. You don't know how proud we are of you and your friendship with Eric."
Cyndy Melnyk of Alta Loma, CA/U.S.A.

"Hello, I remember the first time I met you. I really mis the dry wit and your easy going personality. Thank you for all you did for 3/4. I hope that you are safe and happy."
Sgt Sherwood/ 3/4 Kilo Company 2nd PLT 2000-2004 of Suffolk,VA

"Hello, I remember the first time I met you. I really mis the dry wit and your easy going personality. Thank you for all you did for 3/4. I hope that you are safe and happy."
Sgt Sherwood/ 3/4 Kilo Company 2nd PLT 2000-2004 of Suffolk,VA

"May his memory be for a blessing.
May he be bound up in eternal life.
Rest in peace Mark."

"Dear Evnin, family i recall this marine when he first came to 29 palms CA. he was in my squad in 3/4 kilo company. When he first came he was very egger. i think of his altimate sacrafice and his bravery. God be with his family and i will never forget him and his gun who attitude. god bless"
CPL Oyola of lake placid fl. US

"Dear Evnin, family i recall this marine when he first came to 29 palms CA. he was in my squad in 3/4 kilo company. When he first came he is missed. i think of his altimate sacrafice and his bravery. God be with his famil and i will never forget him and his gun who attitude. god bless"
CPL Oyola of lake placid fl. US

"dear Mark
I didn't know you that well, we only spoke a few times but i still remember you like we were best friends. I remember seeing you say your goodbyes that last night before we left, and i was right there about 20 feet from where you were hit. It's been over six years now and i still remember it all in detail like it was yesterday. There is not one night that goes by that i don't think about you and your sacrifice, rest in peace brother you will never be forgotten"
Cpl. Marku, R 3\4 wpns co caat plt

"Remembering you as I always do, on this, your day, Memorial Day. I miss you brother. The pain recedes, but is never fully gone. I'll drink one to you tonight. Semper Fidelis. -Former Cpl. Timothy B. Smith (Smitty) Devildawg92@hotmail.com"
Tim Smith of Lansing, MI

"You are ALWAYS in my thoughts & prayers and you will never be forgotten. Your kind eyes, sweet smile, & friendly demeanor warm my heart, every time I think of you. To your mom Mindy & the rest of your family, God Bless you; you are also in my thoughts & prayers, not just on Memorial Day, but throughout the year."
Monique Jules Lebron of Murrieta, California

"I first read about you in Gunnery Sergeant Jack Coughlin's book. I was incredibly moved by your story. Everytime I look at the book I for some reason think of you. I stumbled upon this while looking for information on Captain Eric B. Das who was one of the few Air Force pilots who was killed in Iraq. I just happened to click on another picture and yours came up. I immediatly recodnized it and was brought to tears. I never knew you but I can't help crying like I knew you. Thank you for your sacrifice. God Bless and Sempher Fi Marine! HOORAH!"
Nolan Wright of Brownsburg, Indiana

"That was such a beautiful note left- please know you are remembered. My deepest sympathy to your family and friends. You will not be forgotten."
sheryl

"I was one of the Marines who gathered your personal articles and identification before we flew you back to Kuwait for departure to the U.S. and your final resting place. I did not know you personally, but it's going on almost 6 years and I think about you all of the time. I pray to God that you are in Heaven and well taken care of. I pray for you and our other fallen brethren every day. I want you to know that whenever I hear the word "hero", I immediately think of you. I hope to be able to shake your hand someday, Mark. I'll never forget you as long as I live."
Fmr. Cpl. Hans Comprix, USMC of Columbus, OH

"I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even put myself there. My husband got out of Iraq in 2003, just a few months difference. I'm lucky to have him. He can't walk well but we are still lucky. I wish you and all of your family and friends all the best, God Bless."
Rachel McDonald of Vista,CA. USA

"I visited Collegiate Marble Church in Manhattan the other day and picked a random name out of basket on the altar..You pick a name a promise to pray for that person ...I figured I'd also find out about him.maybe send him a Card..I just found this page and now know that Mark is one of those who as we say in NY "Gave All" ...I hope it comforts you to know that your sons sacrifice won't be forgotten...I will pray for him and his family ..and wish you all as much peace and comfort as you desrve ...I am sure your son was some kind of special....I hope somewhere he knows that his gift of freedom to this country ..is cherished by someone who is grateful for it!"
John F Vetter of Rockaway Beach , Ny

"Dear Marc; I'll never forget our last conversation and the circumstances we were in when we had it. I'm in Afghanistan with the Army now, but it sure is hell ain't our beloved Corps. I know i speak for every marine that ever had the honor of having you grace their lives in conversation or in knowledge when i say that you will forever and ever be missed, and that all of us dumb Jarheads are looking to you for help and protection. Good Bye brother, Semper FI! !
SPC O'Leary US Army
formerly CPL O'Leary USMC
thomas.j.oleary@us.army.mil"
Thomas O'Leary of Morgan City, UT/ Currently in Afghanistan

"To the family of:Mark A. Evnin 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"

"Thinking of you - and mourning your departure.
Rest in peace. You will not be forgotten."

"Today is April 20,2008. Painful to think how long you have been gone. You are remembered always, with gratitude."

"December 30, 2007
To the family of Cpl. Mark A. Evnin:
Mark 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

"I served with Evnin in 3/4. Though I barely knew him, having only spoken with him a few times, I was saddened by his loss. Gunny Coughlin did you good in his book bro. Wish I had been there. Semper Fi."
Cameron Hayden, Lcpl 3/4 I Co Wpns Plt Mortars Section 1998-2002 of Cape Carteret, NC

"Rest in Peace Cpl.I always admire all of you Marines in 3/4 wich is why I decide to leave the Navy and become a Marine. I will never forget any of you Marines for as long as I live."
PFC Santos *Formerly HM3 "Doc Santos 3/4 Kilo Company 2nd Plt of MCT Camp Pendleton Ca

"Rest in Peace Cpl."
PFC Santos *Formerly "Doc Santos of 3/4 Kilo Company 2nd Plt of Camp Pendleton Ca

"I met Mark in our hooch at camp Ripper only one time. Lcpl Sherwood introduced me to him. We talked for a while and my first impretion was what a cool guy. "Blessed are the peace keepers, for they are the son's of God" Semper-FI. Justin Fetzer. jjfetzer@hotmail.com"
Justin Fetzer of Westfield Wisconsin

"Cpl Evnin,

We never knew each other, but we grew up in VT, and both ended up in infantry battalions in the Palms. I don't know if there is any more diametrically opposed environments in the world.
Your sacrifice, and that of your family will never be forgotten.
Semper Fidelis"
SSgt Erik Hart of Virginia Beach, VA

"cpl evnin (and family),
i do not know you personally but learned about you through "shooter..." i just wanted to say how grateful i am and how grateful american should be for you paying the ultimate price for our freedom.
semper fi devil dog!!! oorah!"
leon of arkansas

"God rest your soul my brother, our son and hero. Semper Fi"
Fmr Hvy Haulr of Twin Lakes, WI / USA

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

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"To let you know you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace."
sheila

"Well Mark, I am getting married this summer. Been too long without you and I really could use you as my best man, you know...Not a day goes past where some memory of us in Cali doesn't pop up. Life is going by so fast since Iraq although it seems to be in slow motion as everything falls into place (for the most part). Still missing you and hoping to see you again someday."
Josh Martin Lcpl Kilo 3/4 of Toledo, Ohio

"To The Evnin Family, I have had Mark's card along with the information of his sacrifice he gave for our nation. I had this card in my bible since 2003, and have been using a different bible, and recently i found Mark's card. I want to express my thankfullness from myself and family for the sacrifice you have given on the loss of Mark. On this past Memorial Day it is apparent how this day is so significant to the freedom of our country. My prayers are with your family and I want to express how thankfull I am for Marines such as Mark. semper fi."
Raul Yzquierdo of Houston, Texas, USA

"THIS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS WHY I JOIN THE MARINES BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE HIM WE ARE FREE IN THIS LAND I START IN APRIL
YOU AND ALL THE REST OF MARINES WILL BE ON MY MIND WHEN IM IN BOOTCAMP SO THAT WAY I WILL THANK THIS HONORABLE MAN BY GRADUATING OUT OF BOOTCAMP WITH THE MOST HONORS THAT I CAN
SEMPER FI TO ALL THE MARINES"
JUAN GOMEZ of worcester Ma

"Hey Mark,
I remember meeting you at 29 Palms. We were the only Jewish Marines on Base. I will be going to Iraq in less than a month with RCT 7. I will carry your picture with me when I go there.
I talked to your mom a few times and I got some pictures of you. I have them at home on the wall.
Watch out for me over there while you guard the streets of Heaven.
Semper Fi Mark -
I will never forget you.
Sgt. Monroe F. Seigle
USMC"
Monroe Seigle of Oceanside, Ca

"Mark, it's been almost 2 years now. Every day I think of you and all of the times we had in Cali, Kuwait, and Iraq. College is rolling along and I finally know for sure where to go with my life. It would be so much better to still hang out with you, but obviously... I have done a few presentations about Iraq for high schools, junior highs, and elementary schools--even did a couple at college. I make sure every one at least hears your name and how you were doing what you loved. I miss you and Semper Fi."
Josh Martin Lcpl Kilo 3/4 of Toledo, Ohio

"I remember running all over Okinawa in the middle of the night as PIGS and patrolling for weeks on end on our way to becoming Snipers. No matter what the circumstances you always came through and never quit. I think about you every day and have your picture on my desk at work and tell everyone about you. I am finishing up my degree in Paramedicine and just bought a condo and your picture will be the first thing that I bring in and hange up when I move in. All those sleepless, cold, hungry, lonely nights out in the middle of no where are over and I know you are enjoying it, and that you are watching over us. Take it easy Mark, it is an Honor having known you."
Doug Carrington (frm.S/S SGT 3/4) of Sacramento, CA

"I STILL REMEMBER THAT DAY...IT SEEMS LIKE IT JUST HAPPENED YESTERDAY...STILL FRESH..TEARS FALL EVERYTIME I REMEMBER...I WAS HIS CORPSMAN........REST IN PEACE MARK..."
DOC BACTAD of SAN DIEGO,CA

"I knew Evnin when he first came to us at 3/4 out in the Stumps. His fire team leader at the time was my best friend Cpl. Zimmerman. I remember the time when we all went and terrorized Magic Mountain for a day. We all miss you brother. I hope I see you if I can convince them to let me into heaven, keep the back gate open for me. Fmr Cpl. Garza, Joaquin D 3/4 Lima co. 2nd Plt. 10/98-05/02"
Joaquin Garza of Texas

"May God hold you in his arms as you guard your family below. God Bless you."
Recklies Family of Vancouver, WA

"Brother, we pray for you and your family and all those who have fallen. You guard the gates to heaven now with Erik H. Silva my nephew who departed with you on the very sameday. You might have been miles apart that day but together forever in heaven. Semper Fi Never Forgotten......... Det. 1171"
S. Hernandez of Holtville, CA/USA

"I did not know Mark Evnin but I will never forget his handsome face and he and his family will always be in my prayers. My son is a soldier serving in Iraq. God bless you."
Cindy Vargo of Gibsonia, PA USA

"Hillel would be proud."
Mike Smith of Marietta, Ga.

"Hi Mark. I hope everything is going well. It's taken me almost two years to write this, and I still don't know what to say. I miss the good times we had together on the ski team in high school at South Burlington. THe snowball fights, you pretending to propose to me on the bus with an ugly skeleton ring, you shoving my brother into a locker and pouring water on him (which I am still mad at you for!). Anyway Mark, I hope Heaven is just as exciting for you as it was here on Earth. If you see Nick be sure to tell him I say "Hi" as well. I'm proud of you and I will never forget our great friendship. Take Care."
Erin Ferland Steciak of Burlington, Vt.

"Cpl Evnin was a brave man...my prayers go out to the family...may your hearts and minds be healed."
Cpl Rahim of Silver Spring, MD

"Mark we loved you and always will. I hope you have a better life in heaven. You are my hero. Mindy it was a loss to be remembered for ever and ever. I will remember you for life. I still think aboout you Mark and talk about you. R.I.P. Mark A. Evnin"
Marty Clark of New Jersey

"Mark,
dude what the f... man everyday in kuwait before crossing the border when i saw you, we always shook hands. only it was me thinking im not coming home! bro, it sucked coming back to the stumps and not hanging out on the weekends anymore...i think about you everday man. well im a freshmen at college now.. not like we had planned but non-the-less. man some great memories of Soutern Cali though.. i finally met your mom and cousins. for spring break this year i m planning on going to check out your stomping grounds in vermont.. its gonna suck without you there..but hey im a civilian again and you are right there with me..remember,i dont think hazing is allowed in heaven... heeb! oh yeah by the way we got that bastard!"
josh martin Kilo 3/4 of BGSU, ohio

"To the friends and family of Mark A. Evnin:
One day we will all be together in heaven. My husband was KIA June 4, 2004 in Iraq, and I wish so many of us didn't have to bare this horrible pain. Mark will never be forgotten. I pray for the families of these soldiers every day. Stay strong!"
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"We will forever honor you Cpl. Mark A. Evnin! We are humbled by the sacrifice that you and your family have made for us and our country! God bless your soul!"
SSG Nathan Henderson and Michelle Henderson of Essex Junction, VT USA

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"It's times like these when we cherish those individuals that are true heroes. I thank god there are people as brave and courageous as our American heroes to fight for the innocent citezens of our nation. And these pure hearted soldiers have not fallen, only risen to a better place where they can watch over the love of thier lives, their nation and families.
*Rest in Peace Mark*"
Raman Deol of Tracy CA, USA

"I am in seventh garde student in a small village in WNY. We were working on a project for school on the people who have served for our country in the war. When i had seen your son for some reason i wanted to do my project on him. It must be really hard for you and it's hard for me knowing what has happen to evryone in his life. I know we all wish that our loved ones could come back, but they can't . I guess the only thing to do is remember what he did for us. I give you all my heart and soul!"
Kasey of Barker, Ny

"Just incase you are wondering who I am, I am a seventh grade student at Barker Central School. I was on the internet looking at the people who have passed away and I came upon your loved one and I thought to myself he is so young. He was just growing up and he won't be able to grow up with you. I really do feel for you and I am hoping that everything for you will work out now that he is no longer here. Good luck with everything!"
Kasey of Barker, Ny

"I came across an old picture, tucked into the book I was reading while I was out in California visiting you in May of 2002. It's one of thoses photo booth ones, we had it taken at the Zoo. You wanted to rip it up, because you thought you were making a silly face, but I didn't let you. So I hid it in the book. When I got home I had thought I lost it, or you had gotten hold of it. I forgot my hiding place. I came across this past March, almost a year after your death, and now it is framed on top of my TV...when friends ask "who's that?" I enjoy telling them about my friend and what a wonderful person he was, and how he died serving this great country of ours. Mark...You are missed, and we'll never forget!
Carolyn"
PFC Holcomb, Carolyn of Ft Sam Houston TX

"I want to join the USA Marine. box 5929.ACCRA/North.yogidogyxl@yahool.com"
Emmanuel Acheampong of Ghana

"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. Your HERO, Mark, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Send Strength and Love. Every Day."

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine!! SEMPER FI!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/3/04)

"Tomorrow it will be a year since we lost Mark. SBHS students and staff are wearing a ribbon in memory of Mark. Even though I did not know him personally, we share/d the same High School and town, and miss him a lot. My thoughts are with you."
Tamara of South Burlington, VT

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

"I know this probably wont mean much, but I was with mark that day. I saw the whole thing unfold. Mark is and will be missed. Thank you -Chad"
Chad Ward of 29 Palms Ca USA

"Although I never personally met Mark Evnin my heart breaks just thinking about your loss. We miss you, rest in peace."
Lindsay of South Burlington Vermont

"Mark...
You were one of the sweetest, kindest and most loving people I have ever known, even though your time here was short, your friends and family will always remember you, and what you sacrificed for this country. I'm so glad I had the chance to know you.
Carolyn Holcomb US Army"
PFC Holcomb of San Antonio TX

"to the family of cpl evnin our south burlington school misses mark alot"
chris rougier of vt

"We miss you, Mark. You were an awesome friend and a good Marine. I'll see you at the East Gate, buddy.

Corporal Melnyk / 3-4 S-2"
Cpl. Eric Melnyk of Alta Loma, CA

"Thank you Mark Evnin, 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 Evnin family:


I'm deeply sorry for your loss. Your son was such a brave man and he defended his country to the end. Words can not express how much the troops in Iraq and the American people in general will miss Mark. He, along with the others, will always be our brave, American heroes. May the G-d of Israel bless you and all those who mourn for Zion."
Dr. Cynthia Goldstein, MD of Providence, Rhode Island

"At Thanksgiving time, I feel it's appropriate to thank the soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice to our country to help preserve freedom in the U.S. for future generations.

I visited Cpl Evnin's gravesite today for a short prayer of thanks for his young life and sacrifice and to pray for his family. May you be proud of your Marine and I know he will be in your hearts forever."
Donna Papariello of Winooski, Vermont

"As your next door neighbours, we Canadians get to hear about everything that is happening, but we can never understand what it is to lose someone like Mark. I am sure that he is looking out for his loved ones and is surrounded by God's love. Please accept my sincerest condolences and may God bless you."
Michelle of Montreal, Canada

"To the Family of Cpl. Evnin:
Know that he joined a long and distinguished hall of heroes and legends. He has now taken his place there. He will never be forgotten for the sacrifices he made for this country. We will always miss him...in the infamous Marine Corps movie "Full Metal Jacket" R. Lee Ermey says it best ..."But always remember this, Marines die, thats what we're here for, But the Marine Corps lives forever. And that means you live forever." Semper Fidelis Corporal. You did your part. Welcome home.
Cpl. Webb
USMC"
Cpl Webb of Vt

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrafice will never be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"I am so sorry for the loss of Cpl. Mark Evnin. My heart goes out to his family and friends. May God's love be with you. I will remember this young man as a true American hero."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"Dear family and friends,

I'm very sorry for your loss. For I have lost another great hero too, my uncle, Staff Sgt. James W. Cawley. He was also killed in a friendly firefight too. Both of them will never be forgotten."
Lindsey Seamons of Allyn, Washington

"YOU ARE ALWAYS ON MY MIND

We hope that you are in a better world
we miss you"

"As a Vermonter (South Burlington) & Army wife I wish to express my deepest sympathies to the family of Cpl. Envin."
Laurie Carwile of Ft Benning, Ga

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Mark Evnin:
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 Mark 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. Mark Evnin:
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 Mark, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Our Community misses you and Thanks You for all that you have done. Missing someone from your town and school hurts deeply. You will always be in our hearts with all the rest. R.I.P."
Tamara of South Burlington, Vermont

"Thank you Marine. Rest in peace brave warrior"
The Taylors, USMC of North Carolina

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