Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan R. Flores

18, of San Antonio, Texas.
Flores died when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, their unit was operating with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, which was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on June 15, 2005.

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"Jonathan- A Hero Remembered. June 15,2017"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"We Reflect-Honor-and Remember. Memorial Day 2017"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"I still think about you all the time. RIP John"
Angela of San Antonio

"Jonathan-Thinking of you and your family as another year goes by. June 15, 2016"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"Jonathan-Your sacrifice is forever etched in our souls. Memorial Day 2016"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"Remembering a hero in our hearts this day. June 15 2015"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"Remembering-Honoring. Memorial Day 2015"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"This past December 2014 I was invited out to San Antonio by a fellow Marine Corps veteran.

I asked him to take me to the National Cemetery out in Ft. Sam Houston and Jonathon's grave is one of several that we visited. Semper Fi Marine!"
Genaro Perez of Los Angeles, CA

"Thoughts today for the sacrifice you made and for those that love you. June 15, 2014"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"Memorial Day 2014- Honor and Remember."
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis Mo

"I miss you Animal.. You were my sweetest friend and such an awesome gentleman. I was so privileged to be your friend and you're remembered daily.. Ily always J.."
Porschia Q of Great Sa

"Jonathan- Some gave all - remembering your sacrifice. June15, 2013"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"On this memorial day we remember and salute all who have given the ultimate sacrifice from all conflicts. Texas has given her best."
Ortiz Fam. of San Antonio, Tx

"To the Flores family..
Im so sorry for your loss... I knew jonathan from john jay we were in JROTC the drill team....he was a great guy always happy and a smile in his face. I was really sad to hear about his loss as a fellow service member its always hard to hear about a fallen brother... my thoughts and prayer will always be with you and jonathan. Memorial day 2013.."
Mari of fort hood, TX

"Jonathan- Remembering your sacrifice and your family on Memorial Day 2013."
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"To the Flores family:
My name is Francisco Hernandez, first of all I want to give my condolences to your family for the loss of a hero. I had the honor of becoming a Marine along with Lcpl. Flores. Hotel company Plt 2011, Oct. 22, 2004. All through out boot camp your son kept me motivated and watched out for me when I would lose my cool with other individuals around us. He'd always stop me and tell me "hey bro just let it go" and "don't worry about it". I always felt as if he had my back and we quickly became brothers. After boot camp I know he went off to "SOI" and I didn't see him again until one day in Oceanside Ca, I ran into him and another friend Lcpl Cortez, who was a Marine we went to boot camp with as well, I guess they got stationed together. But I remember we ran into each other at a sunglass shop out side of the movie theater and talked for a little while. But one of the last things I remember us talking about was the fact that they where deploying to Iraq in two weeks, and this remarkable young man said one of the most influential things to me when I asked him how he felt about it, because I was set to deploy two months after and I was looking for advice because I looked up to Flores. He said "Man Iam scared to go to Iraq, I don't want to deploy but I'm going to because its what I signed up for". This was very humbling to me because as young Marines we all supposed to be gung ho for some action, knowing that it was only covering the fear we were hiding inside of us. But Flores wasn't afraid to show his true feelings, and that gave me strength knowing that we shared the same feelings. I want to thank his family for raising an incredible indivdual.
"Thank you Flores I appreciate everything you have done for me in the little time we knew each other."
Sgt. Hernandez."
francisco hernandez of ca

"Jonathan- Because of your sacrifice, June 15 will always be a day of reflection. Thank you for your service. Semper Fi 2012"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"Remembering a hero and his family. Memorial Day 2012"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"As long as we live, they shall live- they are part of us. Remember them- June 15, 2011 - Semper Fi"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"Jonathan- Remembering your sacrifice. God bless your family. Memorial Day 2011"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"Jonathan Flores-you are not forgotten. We remember. June 15,2010"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"We remember your family today, Memorial Day 2010. Prayers are with them."
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"Remembering the sacrifice made and prayers for Jonathan's family, June 15, 2009."
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"To Jonathan's family, Memorial Day 2009,

Remembering you on this day of service and sacrifice. Blessings to you."
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis Mo

"hay everyone this is koreena de la cruz and i would like to write about my family......let me just tell you we come from very strong family who never gives up we have come a very long way we are protected by god and angels 24/7.i dont know any other way to thank my hero's aka my brothers richard jesus and my brother-in-law phi.they all have done a big part in my life and it is carved there forever!!!!!!!!!!! lets just pray that everything stays the same and we get even more strong as time go's on even in my future....."
koreena de la cruz of menifee ca united states

"oh my god ok so its been 3 yrs and to this day i cry all the time just thinking about him jonathan was one of my best friends i loved him so much and well while he was in iraq i got pregnat he was suppost to the god father it was suppost to be a supprise for when he got home i had my son june/14/2005 and the next day i saw him on the news i couldt go to the funural or anything i still cant go see him it hurts to much i know he is always in my hart and with me and i know he is watching over his god son.... im sorry for your i was so proud of him i loved him more than any thing he was more than just a friend he was an older brother to me..."
brittany devillers of san antonio tx

"Mr & Mrs Flores, It was a real honor to meet you and you family. Adam and Sarah Alcoces are dear friends of ours. We thank Jonathan for his love and service to our country. God Bless."
Albert & Anabel Juarez of Lafayette, LA

"To Johnathan's family, we honor the sacrifice made by Johnathan for his country. We pray that you will have many good memories to carry you thru this time of remembrance. June 15, 2008"
Mark and Carla Myers and Lcpl. Joel Myers of Memphis, MO

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Jonathan R. Flores:
Jonathan 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

"To Jonathan's family- our thoughts are wth you on this Memorial Day 2008. Blessings to you."
Carla and Mark Myers of Memphis MO

"Jonathon,
It's hard to believe that you and others I know are gone. There are still mornings I wake up and wonder what you are all doing with your lives and then I remember. I remember finding out what happened in class at Jay and wanting to not believe it was true. Now, the fear grips me more than ever, as your friend, now my fiance is facing deployment. Jon your memory is not forgotten your friends and classmates still remember you and miss you. To his family, I still pray for you and hope each day eases the pain. Go Mustangs, Support our Troops, Jonathon - we will NEVER forget."
Nicole of San Antonio, JJHS alumnus

"please call the gold star family support center at (254)287-6831.we helps to unite gold star survivors."
mae lane of fort hood texas

"please call the gold star family support center at (254)287-6831.we helps to unite gold star survivors."
mae lane of fort hood texas

"please call the gold star family support center at (254)287-6831.we helps to unite gold star survivors."
mae lane of fort hood texas

"please call the gold star family support center at (254)287-6831.we helps to unite gold star survivors."
mae lane of fort hood texas

"To Jonathan's family, Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time as another year passes by."
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"I can't believe a year has gone by. I know this first year was the hardest to overcome for the family of this great marine. I didnt know Jonathan, but I remember always seeing him around with my husband while they were on leave February of 2004. They were both dressed up in their Charlie's visiting the neighboring schools trying to recruit fine men like themselves. He was so young and full of life, and the sacrifice that he made for our freedom is more than we can ask for. My prayers are still to this day with the family and friends of Jonathan. May you find peace in your heart just knowing that your son, brother, friend, made a difference in our lives. He's making history for our future children. God bless him on his one year mark since his passing.

The Villalobos Family"
Robert, Dulce and Little Robert of Camp Pendleton, CA

"My husband and I participated in the IL Motorcycle Freedom run on 6/17/06 and recieved Mr Flores' dog tag. We would like to pass this along to the family if you are interested in having it. If you aren't aware of the Memorial Wall in IL, please see www.ilfreedomrun.org. Please contact us at baldandblonde@earthlink.net. Very sorry for your loss."
Colette Andrjeski of Morris, IL

"On this day, June 15, we remember Jonathan. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. He will be in our hearts forever.

The Ramos Family (Raul Sr., Teresa, & Annamarie)"
Annamarie Ramos of San Antonio, TX

"To the family of Jonathan- We want you to know that we remember daily. We remembered on Memorial Day, we remember as 1/5 prepares to deploy again and we remember as June 15 approaches. We will remember with our son, Joel, as he is home on predeployment leave. I am glad that we can be with him during this time. He mentioned today that somehow he wants to honor his fallen friends on the anniversary date. Jonathan is not forgotten. We will continue to pray for your family as we are sure the tears and the laughter will flow at this time of many memories. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice made by your son. We will remember, we will not forget. 1/5 parents, Mark and Carla Myers"
Mark and Carla Myers of Memphis MO USA

"Flores Family,
I will never forget my chance encounter with LCpl Jonathan R. Flores. I was on leave in San Antonio to attend my brother's wedding, when on my way to pick up my niece from her mother's house a funeral precession was about to pass by. I got out of my car to show my respects and noticed up and down the street of Pinn Road everyone else had as well, from the school kids and teachers at Anson Jones to the staff at Meadow Cliff all waving American flags for our hero LCpl Flores. As a nine year veteran of the Marine Corps it sent chills through my body to see the support and love we have for our heros in San Antonio. On this Memorial Day 2006 at Camp Buehring Kuwait I remember LCpl Jonathan R. Flores as well as all our other fallens heros. From the Escalante Family our hearts and prayers go out to you.

SSgt Escalante J.A.
11th MEU/HMM-166 (REIN)

John Jay Class of '97
johnescalante14@hotmail.com"
John Escalante of San Diego, CA

"I don't even know Jonathan, but I bet he was a great guy. Anyone who volunteers to fight a war has my respect. I am an 18 year old college student - I can't believe kids my age are fighting and dying in Iraq. Even though I disagree with the presdient, I am in awe of the courage of guys like Jonathan. I am sorry you lost a great son."

"I only knew Lcpl Flores when he was Private Flores at MCRD San Diego Fox Company Platoon 2094. I was in his platoon and in my opinion he was the hardest working recruit I had every seen. He never gave up until the job was done. He was a Damn Fine Marine.
Semper Fi"
Lcpl Kelley of Houston, TX

"To the family of:Jonathan R. Flores I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covingotn,Ga

"Mr. and Mrs. Flores,
I feel for your loss. Today I was visiting a family member interned at Ft. Sam Houston. I couldn't help but notice your sons place of rest. Although I didn't know him, I paid him my respects. May God Bless you."
Paul Harrison of Moyock, NC

"Dear Flores Family,
My brother was Chad B Maynard and he was in the same vehicle as Jonathan. Although I don't know him, I am proud just the same. He and all the rest of those Marines in the humvee were very brave and honerable. May God give our souls peace as we share this burden together. My deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Jonathan R. Flores."
Breanne Maynard of (breanne_lanae@hotmail.com) Fresno, CA

"To the family of Jonathan Flores, We are deeply saddened by the loss of Jonathan, he is a true American hero and we will not forget the sacrifice that was made by him and your family. Our son Joel, served in Ramadi with Jonathan and considered him to be a very close friend who he misses deeply. I have had a picture of them together at the PX line on my desk for some time and am reminded daily of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time."
Carla and Mark Myers of Memphis MO

"To the family of Jonathan Flores
Mr. and Mrs. Flores you raised a great son. I remember I used to walk to school, J.B.Passmore, when he would see me in the mornings he would always pick on me. I grew up with Jason and Joshua and Ebony in elementary, we were the best friends. i will always remember how Joshua would tell me in ROTC how he was going to join the service to be like his brother. Jonathan was a role model and a great friend, Ill always remember how he looked in his Camoflauge when he went to Jay. He was so handsome and now when i look at jason and joshua i see him. He was a great person with a great heart. Ill never forget him.
I love you and your family and always will. My prayers go out to your entire family.
R.I.P
Jonathan R. Flores"
Maricella Moralez of San Antonio, Texas

"To Jonathan's Family, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to you. What a fine young Marine you raised. Jonathan is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"to my brother&sister-in-law, I think of you everyday and in my prayers, jonathan was great kid and soldier, He is in ours hearts everyday, and we thank him, for helping to keep,our country free,and safe. we love you all, hugs to everyone."
olga of manitowoc WI

"To Delia and Ruben Flores,
We've been neighbors for some time now and even if we don't know each other much. There are no words to express how our family feels about Jonathan's passing. We are deeply sorry for your loss. May God be with you as God is with Jonathan and just remember death leaves a heartache no one can heal but Love leaves a memory no one can steal. JONATHAN WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
The Soto Family of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Jonathan R. Flores,

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 use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California USA

"06/25/05
Thank you Jonathan for protecting the freedoms we all cherish. We are so proud of you and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi Marine, God bless you. From a very grateful American family."
Jim & Margie Shaw of Pasadena, Maryland

"To Jonathon our cousin:

Thank you for your service to our country, for sharing, with your brothers, the duty of protecting our freedom and for standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. There are not enough words in this world that could be said for your sacrifies. I know that you are missed by us all and will NEVER be forgotten no matter what happens. You have been loved and will continued to be loved by your family, friends and this country.

To Jonathon's Family: (our cousins)

We love you all and share in your sorrow. We are also proud of who Jonathon is and what he stood for and that he took the step forward to serve his country with honor. He will not be forgotten for his service and for his love for his family and country. I have forwarded his name to the Knights of Columbus here in Southern California so that he will be recognized for his service. We hope to be with you in the near future, but we are with you forever in spirit. Thank you for being a family of one so brave.

We Love you all"
The Dela Cruz Family, (Richard, Delia, Elizabeth, Jennie, Pvt Richard De La Cruz Jr. (USMC), Jesus, Adriana, Koreena, Michael and Anthony of Sun City, California, USA

"I thank the Flores family for their service to our country. I pray that our nation will have a long memory of this sacrifice."
Brad Messer of San Antonio, Texas USA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"I did not know him personally but, I seen him around school. He is a very handsome young man and will be remembered always by the people who knew him, of him and with a heart. He is with God now; home. God Bless his family and friends.
Fellow John Jay Graduate 2004"
Yvette Antoinette Martinez of San Antonio, TX USA

"your family is in our prayers. Your son is a true american hero.Johnathan died for his country and we are so greatful for him, God bless your family."
Dean and Crystal Davis of Ellijay, GA

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

"To Jonathan'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

"To Jonathan'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 as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' children. Our sons are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan R. Flores, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.""
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"Thank you Jonathan Flores, 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. Jonathan Flores:
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 Jonathan 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. Jonathan Flores:
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 Jonathan, 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