Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Staff Sgt. Marion Flint, Jr.

29, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Flint died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle during combat patrol operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Fort Carson, Colorado. Died on May 15, 2006.

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"Rest in peace brother. It was an honor serving with you."
SGT Barnes of Green Bay, WI

"Marion Flint was a man of solid character. I knew him at Clarke Central HS in Athens, GA. I still remember his coming by the school after graduating from boot camp; he knew I wanted to see him in his uniform so he dropped by to see me and others. I was some kind of proud of him, and I told him so. Even now, 7+ years after his passing, I think of him often."
Keith Goodwin of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

"Flint you cross my mind this memorial day. Wishing I could turn back the hands of time and we were all back in Egypt playing dominos. Miss ya lots buddy."
Vernell Sample of Columbia, SC

"What up Big Hommie? I guess you've heard this War is finally over, and it still leaves me a messed up inside. I miss you dude, I really don't know what else to say!!!! Its hard to find friends/comrads like you, you'll never be replaced and or forgotten. Bore Brother Bore!!!!"
Carl A. Coates Jr of Fort Hood, Texas

"I wonder sometimes, if you were still here would you still love hip hop as much as we used to. You were like the only dude I knew with more cds than I had. It's 1999, me you and Fred are on our way to Nick's Fish market in your grey dodge stratus bumping Chronic 2001. We gotta go in at seperate times cause we are all using your id card. I'll never forget you...... I really wish I could have said more to you at that Flag football game. I love you big hommie......"
Carl A. Coates Jr. of Fort Hood, Texas

"Just had you on my mind."
Reginald A. Smith of Athens, Ga.

"Flint, I have to echo all the good things our brothers from Bco 1-21 have said about you. Good man, proffesional soldier and a knowledgable NCO. You are missed."
Robert Esquivel of Stockton, CA(Home of Record)

"What's up homey. Just wanted you to know that I miss you. Dog when I think about you tears still come to my eyes. Thinking about the times we had in our school days growing up together. All the things we got into(LOL). Just wanted you to know that I miss you and love you Bro. Your boy Big Dog.P.S. Keep looking over me."
Reginald A. Smith of Athens,Ga.

"To my big Homey Flint. When we first met in Hawaii i knew that you were a great guy and ever since then we stayed hanging out. I looked up to you as a big brother and a true friend. We shared so many laughs and times together. Many times i still sit back and laugh to myself of the times we all shared. I still cant believe that you're gone bro. Words cant even begin to express how i feel. It was so hard to be at your funeral, but i had to be there to salute a best friend,soldier and big brother i have ever had the pleasure of knowing! Miss you forever dude and i will never forget you!! B.co/Scouts 1/21 INF"
SFC Frederick E. Miller of Chicago,IL /Atlanta,Ga

"WHAT'S UP FLINT? YOU WERE THE FIRST TO SHOW ME HOW AN NCO IS SUPPOSED TO ACT WHEN I MET YOU IN B CO 1-21 HAWAII. I REMEMBER US PLAYING FLAG FOOTBALL AND THE FURNITURE YOU SOLD ME WHEN YOU MOVED INTO THE BARRACKS. I STILL GOT YOUR FOOTBALL MAN. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER MAN. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES! R.I.P. BROTHER!"
ANTHONY HAYES of FT BRAGG

"SSG Flint I was there the day you Left us at FOB Paliwoda. Sorry to Say the bongo truck got the best of you. You were definitely the biggest baddass out of the troops there. Just so sorry you couldn't make it back with the rest of us but I am sure I'll meet you again someday soon as I am redeploying over to Afghanistan in about a month or two so we shall see here in the near future!!!!"
Jeffrey A. Scotti of Moralez-frazier Kapisa Afghanistan

"Just thinking about you bro on veterans day..."
jeremy eagan of niagara falls, new york

"Hard to believe it's been over three years. He happened to be one of the only people I met from the same home town I'm from in Athens. He dropped by to see me just before he left for Iraq. It was a pleasure to know you in Hawaii my brother. God rest your soul."
John Miller of Phenix City, AL

"it's ya boy Thug Flo. From that 1-21. I had the honor to grow and learn from my boy flintmode- you will always be remembered. Say Hi to Damein Flores and Creekmore."
chris flores of honolulu hawaii

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Marion Flint, Jr.:
Marion 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

"Marion Flint was always a professional in everything he did. He worked hard and always thought and talked in a positive way. I had the pleasure of working with him and living in the same barracks as him while stationed in Bco 1/21 INF(L). To his family I send my condolences. We will all miss him deeply. Flint thank you for the opportunity to have known you and your loyalty to our Country. God Bless!"
Jeremy Eagan of Honolulu, Hawaii

"Marion was my assistant gunner when we served in Bco. 1-21 Inf., 25th ID (L) He is a great american and miss his crazy sense of humor.

R.I.P. Bro..."
SSG William EagleBlanket of Camp Shelby, MS USA

"To the Flint Family,
You guys have my deepest sympathy. I had the honor of serving with SSG Flint in Schofield Bks, HI, in the Sinai and I ran into him again two weeks prior to the incident in Iraq. It really hurt me to my heart when I found out the news a month later when I saw someone in his unit and asked about him. Marion will definitely be missed and always will have a place in my heart. I look forward to seeing you on the other side."
SGT Errick Wilson of Washington, D.C.

"To the family of:Marion Flint, Jr. I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"I want to express my sincere sorrow to the entire Flint Family. Marion (aka "Bud" or "Flint") was a very good friend of mine. We grew up together in Athens and being that it's Memorial Day Weekend, I think it's only fitting that I give not only a great soldier, but a great human being his just due. While I never had the honor of meeting Marion Flint, the soldier, I'll always remember Marion Flint, the friend, for being the voice of reasoning when others were doing dumb stuff. The man always had leadership qualities even as a lanky kid from Pauldoe. I miss you Flint."
Dedrick "Dec" Colbert of Washington, DC

"Thank you SSG "Big Flint". You were a great soldier and friend. You will never be forgotten. I appreciate you watching over the rest of us that are still here in Iraq. You are a great man. Thank you for all your service.

To the family of SSG Flint, I am really sorry for your loss. SSG Flint was a great NCO, and I really feel for your loss."
SGT Vanessa Whitney of Baqubah, Iraq

"The world has lost a great man, but heven has gained a wonderful soul. I served with him in hawaii and he was always making guys laugh. He was a great soldier and the define meaning of the word hero. R.I.P. my brother in arms. Terrell Renaker, Taji, Iraq"
Terrell Renaker of Dallas, Tx

"marion, bugg i called him was my folk and he will be very missed. r.i.p. u are my fallen hero!"
rere/aunt pat of athen ga

"It was an honor to serve with SSG Flint, he was a soldier foremost and I consider him a friend. I express my deepest sympathy to his family. He will be missed. From the soldiers of "No Slack", God Bless."
SFC Williamson of Kirkuk, Iraq

"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, Marion will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"It was a honor to get to know SSG Flint. I forst met him at Fort Carson. We met again from a best friend of mine, C-LO, in BNCOC at Fort benning, GA. He was a good, respectable man and he will never be forgotten. He had introduced me to his relatives that live in GA. We hung out a few times and joked around along with other friends and acquaintance. RIP buddy, and God Bless to all of Flint's family.
I salute to you SSG FLINT!"
OVI of Fort benning, GA

"I am sorry for your loss, and thank you for this supreme sacrificee. Words cannot express my sorrow that so many military families are facing out of the spotlight. You loved one will never be forgotten. My father served in VietNam,and died years later due to complications of injuries from his service. He is with us. God bless you"
Kay Nelson of Bethesda, MD

"My history goes deeper with Marion than high school,and the first duty station togather....Marion was a friend that you could depend on no matter what.He was unlike many others in life he was loyal, and unchanging.I'll morn you till I join you. My condolences to His widow,his son, and his family.I know how you feel.I just wish it didn't have to end this way!"
Carl A. Coates Jr A.K.A DOC Coates. of Baltimore,Md Usa

"SSG Flint was a team leader in my platoon in Hawaii. He was an upstanding soldier and friend, who will be missed. My condolences to his family and friends. And may you rest in peace Marion. You are with God now."
SGT Kevin Zedek of Frederick, MD

"My name is Jon Braswell, I was stationed with Flint in Hawaii at the 25th Infantry Division. He was a great guy. I am so sorry for your loss and I want to send my condolences to his family."
Jon Braswell of Sylacauga, Alabama

"Marion, was a great guy I had the honor to go to basic with and years later we met again in Hawaii. Rest In Peace, may GOD receive you with open arms. See you on the high ground bro till we met again."
SSG Jaramillo, Ricardo of Schofield BKS, Hawaii

"Thank you Marion Flint, Jr., you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Marion Flint, Jr.:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Marion 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 Staff Sgt. Marion Flint, Jr.:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Marion, 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