Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Tyler R. Fey

22, of Eden Prarie, Minnesota.
Fey died due to injuries received from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 4, 2004.

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"We will never forget you and your sacrifice."
Peggy Ramthun of Indian Beach, NC

"We'll always have Hollywood and the beach with the fantastic 3 (Fey, Muskin, Leach), the boys of USMC Summer rallies. Think of you often, especially today. You'll always be missed, but never forgotten bro. Semper Fi"
Rory Muskin of Prescott, AZ

"I still think of you quite often brother."
Price, Casey of Morgan Hill, California

It's been a long time bro. But a day doesn't go by that I don't think of you. I wish we could've opened that restaurant together that we talked so much about on ship.
You are my best friend, always will be. I miss you so much. We will see each other again one day and it will be epic. Love you bro."
Adam Vanderbol of Galena, KS

"Ty, my little buddy. 10 years ago God called you home. You passed doing what you were called to do.... and though many may feel robbed of the memories they never got to make with you, I feel blessed to have had you in my life at all. We were always "too cool for school", even if we were the only ones who believed it at the time. I will never forget 4/4/04 as long as I live. Cheers mate, I'll see you on the other side. XOXO"
Annie S. of Minneapolis

"Cpl Fey has not been forgotten."

"To the family of:Tyler R. Fey
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" 1-9-11"

"On this Memorial Day weekend my thoughts are with you and your family. You are missed and thought of often. I will never forget you, my friend."
Jean E. Johnson of Howard Lake, MN

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Kenna Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Tyler R. Fey:
Tyler 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

"Tyler, I know its been a long time since the hallways of holy angels. I need your guidance as I go for my first tour in a few months. You are now with God, ask that he may watch over me and my unit as well. Thank you for your sacrifice, we will not let you down."
Sgt. Springsted of 945th Forward Surgical Team, Mpls, MN

"I'll miss you buddy. Look out for the others from above.."
Doc Hut of Atsugi, Japan

"To the Fey family,
My husband (Sgt. Tommy Langlais) served with Tyler. He considered him his best friend over in Iraq. Not a day goes by when my husband doesn't think of him. I just wanted you to know what an impact he made on our family. I want you to know that our nephew was named Tyler after your son. We all hope he will be half the man your son was. He is missed and loved. You all will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Karen Langlais"
Karen Langlais of Trenton, MI

"There are no words to compose how much you mean to me but I will. I have always been a better person around you and now that you are looking down upon us, I know that you will always keep me in my place! Thanks for always being there. To a soldier, a friend and a hero, I miss you. Rest in Peace"
Jeff Lahr of Eden Prairie

"Mr and Mrs Fey,

First, I need to say that I am very sorry for your loss of a son. I have a son about the same age and I can't fathom how it would feel to lose him.

I recently toured the War Memorials in Washington DC and I took two pictures of a bronze frieze of a fallen solder. I believe he was from Eden Prairie and Tyler is the only casualty that I have been able to find via web searches whose hometown was Eden Prairie. When I took the pictures, the name of the soldier on a plate below the frieze was obscured by sunlight or flash and I have no other record of who it was.

If you would like to review these photos to see if this is your son, please contact me at 612.281.5940. I would be honored to share them with you.

Al Lawson of St Paul MN

"To the family of Tyler R. Fey, I never met the young man, have never been to Minnesota, & have never been a Marine. I felt inclined to donate to the Herobracelets fund with all that is going on in the world and after an old friend was killed in Iraq. In return I received several bracelets and the one I chose was Tylers. I did some research and read up on what a standup sort of guy, son, and friend he was. At only 22 years young he touched a lot of people and had so much ahead of him. I am saddened for your loss and now face the reality of this war myself. My baby brother is soon to be heading to Iraq via Camp Pendleton with a Marine Corp Regement. I pray for his safety and his family's safety while he is away. God Bless the United States Marine Corp."
Mike Masaitis of Mt. Dora, Florida

"To the family of Tyler R. Fey:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Thank You for everything..."
ADM of Virginia Beach

"A day didn't go by that Tyler didn't pass me in the hall of AHA and smile and say hello. It always makes a teacher's day when a student notices. Thanks Tyler for then and for now. Be at peace and smile down on us."
Gregg Sawyer of St. Paul, Mn

"Thank you Tyler for so proudly defending the freedoms that we all cherish. To your family, your brave marine will be remembered each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi Marine. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland


Never did I think I would be writting this. I remember the last time I saw you. You had just returned from the six month pump with Tim. We hung out in Anahiem, and drank beer in the barracks. I didn't think that would be the last time I would ever see you. I think of you often, and I picture you standing post beside the big guy himself, allowing no one to pass without his authority.

I'll get some for you shortly buddy.


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

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

"I was in Army Basic Training when I found out - I am so sorry for your loss - I went to school with Tyler at Holy Angels - I wish you comfort and peace in your future."
Rozlynn of Bloomington, MN

"Hi Tyler,

All your old cafe buddies will miss you and thank you for your bravery and dedication to our country. You will be remembered"
Christina of Bloomington

""RIP Marine! You will never be forgotten, by your family, your friends, and even your extended Marine Corps Family. I deceided to leave the Marines in 98' but even to this day when I hear that a Marine has past away to guard the gates of heaven, it's hard not to keep from weeping. I want to send my regards to you in your time of great loss. SEMPER FI!""
Rick Rugless (rughopper@hotmail.com) of St Paul, MN

"To the family and friends of Corporal Tyler R. Fey,

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

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. 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. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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

"I am a neighbor of Tyler and his family. I grew up just a few houses down and always had a wherabouts of what he was up to now etc. he was a great person and a good friend. after he transferred from ep to holy angels we didn't talk to to much but i always thought of him driving by when i was home visiting and i just want his family to know my heart and thoughts are with you."
Heather Stiles of Eden Prairie, MN

"My heart goes out to the family and friends of Tyler. I have never met him, but my husband is also a 22 year old marine fighting in Iraq right now. You have faced the worst news imaginable. You have my deepest sympathy and honor for surving such a horrible event. Tyler was a great man and you should be very proud, he was a Marine, and from others words a wonderful friend. You are in my heart and my prayers during this time. I honor you for your courage during this, I do not know if I have it in me. Tyler will be in my heart forever, he would have stood up for my friends and family and they for him. He is a brother to all marines, and therefor touched the hearts and minds of the entire world. Be proud, and remeber the good times. May God bless you and may our prayers and thoughts offer some type of condolence during this horrible time for you. With love, and many tears, Jessie"
Jessie of st. louis park, MN

"I found out about Tyler about a week ago. He was a good friend of my fiance. I had the great privlege of meeting him on a trip to California. He was such a wonderful man. From everyone that I talk to, they say he was the one of the nicest men they've ever met and I agree. I am so sorry for your loss. He touched my fiances life as well as mine. I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless you."
Jessica Lane of Joplin, MO

"To Tyler's Family:
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. May God bless you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss, the same pain. Our prayers go out to you and we thank you and your son for making the ultimate sacrifice.
the Family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas of San Antonio, TX
KIA, Iraq 12/28/03"
Gloria Caldas of San Antonio, TX

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden. Semper Fi
The Taylors, USMC, NC"

"Portrait Freedom is a group of scroll saw artists who have united to honor every fallen soldier of Operation Freedom. We would like to make a custom wood portrait for the family of Cpl. Tyler R. Fey, free of charge. Our hope is that this small gift from the heart will be welcomed by the family as we stand with sympathy in the shadows of their sorrow. To learn more about this project and request a portrait, please visit the Portrait Freedom website.
Gary Browning of Scroll Saw Portraits

"Thank you Tyler Fey, 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

"My name is Jan Lang and I am the founder of the Marine Comfort Quilts. Please accept my family's and our group's deepest sympathy on the loss of Tyler Fey. A quilt is being made for your family in honor of Tyler. While we started out as a group of Marine Moms, we are now a group of Military parents, Veterans, as well as the caring public, wanting to bring comfort to all of our Military families. Please go to www.marinecomfortquilts.us and register so that we may send this quilt to you."
Jan Lang of Valley Park, Missouri

"We would like to donate a canvas portrait to the family (first next of kin) of Cpl. Tyler Fey. Our portraits have been well received. I have been donating these portraits to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom because they last forever and no one will be forgotten. You can see what our donation portraits look like at http://lionheartcreations.net/honorfallen.htm. The portrait includes an American flag in the background, an eagle, and a poem I wrote called Fallen, along with name, rank, and branch of service. We will ship the portrait to your home. This will cost you nothing. This is our way to serve and honor our fallen. Please let us serve you. You can email us to make arrangements for your portrait and this can all be done over the Internet or U.S. mail. Making the portraits takes only a day or so. Please see that the family gets this message. Our email address is on our website or you can email carlosshelter@aol.com Thank you and God bless"
Carlos, Kathy & Ashley Jones of Middletown, Ohio

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Tyler Fey:
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 Tyler 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. Tyler Fey:
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 Tyler, 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