Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel

29, of New York, New York.
Gavriel died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on November 19, 2004.

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"αληθινή αγάπη ποτέ δεν πεθαίνει
thinking of you today, and always."
gina of fremont, nh

"Aksios."
Alexandros of Athens , Greece

""ΑΝΔΡΩΝ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΩΝ, ΠΑΣΑ ΓΗ ΤΑΦΟΣ" (ΘΟΥΚΙΔΙΔΗΣ)

"THE WHOLE EARTH IS THE SEPULCHER OF DISTINGUISHED MEN" (THUCYDIDES)"
MICHAIL of ATHENS

"Once again has been proven
The heroes are fight like Greeks.
You die for the alliance,time to fight for your country by our side.
Guide us to Victory"
James of Hellas(Greece),Kalamata

"The song is called "Sun God" and it's from Vasilis Skoulas


That's a small effort to translate the song.

I'm leaving, I'm flying away like the cloud
I am a friend with the God of Sun
I'm getting drunk with the nectar of the air
I am hugging the earth and the sky

And without the wings I am not afraid
The blue (of the sea) is a warm hug
I will be sleeping in the glorious mountains
In Aegean I will be giving kisses.

I am looking for freedom in the air
I am no longer a mortal
I am going up and I m loving
Without a body, a golden eagle"
Γεώργιος of Nea Aghialos-Volos

"Your new and your old country equally paying respect. Aksios!"
Panagiotis of Athens, Greece

"I don't know you, but I am proud of you."
Ef. of Thessaloniki, Greece

"aksios"
panos of france

"We are proud of you and your family. Rest in peace."
Kostas Attias of Greece

"Back in the fall of 2004, my four year old daughter's Sunday School class (Nativity of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Plymouth, Michigan) helped put together a care package to send to Dimitri. We never met him, but my daughter Bridget painted him a picture. The church received a lengthy letter of appreciation from Dimitri and the P.S. in the letter says, "Tell Bridget Sophia I loved her painting." By the time the letter reached the church, Dimitri's life had been cut short. I still have a copy of the letter. My family will be remembering Dimitri this Saturday at Nativity's Saturday of Souls service.

Bridget is now 11 years old and her sister Brooke Agathoniki is nine. They both love to dance (tap, jazz, ballet & of course Greek) and they play piano. Both girls were selected to go to an academically talented school here in Livonia.

Dimitri will always hold a special place in all of our hearts."
Mary Stempien of Livonia, Michigan

"i miss you."
gina of nh

"I miss you, Meech...I think about you all the time. I love you."
Your sis of Menifee, CA

"This friday, Nov. 19, 2010, Frank and I will be saying a prayer in your honor, dear Dimitri. We think of you often and thank you for all you did to protect us!"
Linda Hall of Neptune, NJ

"We will be thinking of you tomorrow, July 31st, and will celebrate your birthday in our hearts!"
Linda Hall of Neptune, NJ, USA

"my dearest dimmy,
thinking of you on this lonely saturday night and wondering about what could have been. i miss you so much. you have my deepest love and adoration. i miss you so."
gina of fremont nh

"Five years ago I heard of Dimitrios' death on the radio. I didn't know Dimitrios, but I was moved by a man that was so successful and so smart and risked so much. I pray that his friends and family find peace."
Tom A. of Whitinsville, MA

"To the Gavriel Family,

You may not remember me, but I was the Corporal that your son carried off the track after he was wounded the first time. I wish I had had all of the answers for you during the memorial service, but unfortunately I still do not have them.

Your son was a strong, respected and honorable man. I was never able to thank him for what he did for me. That small but selfless act despite his own pain and worry, defined who he was to all of us, and will be how I will forever remember him.

Thank you for giving us a selfless and dedicated comrade. He will not be forgotten."
SSgt. Kyle Mastropasqua of deployed

"hey bud.. I couldn't sleep and i just sat down and started thinking about our memories. I was laughing to myself because I can still here burleigh calling you zorba.I was always so proud that we were in the same fireteam.I was 19 and you were the oldest lcpl in the world. You were the mentor that I needed and I just want to thank you for making me the person that I am today. 5 years and it still feels like yesterday. I miss you bro"
christian dominguez of east meadow, ny

"my dearest dimmy,
almost at the 5 year mark. another 5 days and i don't feel any less pain than i did then. i miss you so much with everything i have. i'm so sorry i never told you things. i wish you would come back to me like you said you would. remember? you said you weren't going anywhere. it still hurts so much and i am a fraction of the person that i was meant to be. my beloved, i love you so and I pray for the day that we are to be together again. please come back. i miss you so much."
g* of fremont nh

"November 12, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel:
Dimitrios 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

"Hey old man, How you doing ?, I missed you brother.
I never got to that victory cigar i intented to torch up, it's all good tho, that cigar wouldn't have meant jack without you in the cypher.
I never got a chance to thank you for what a great inspiration you were to me, and to our entire squad/platoon. The day Miller went away, I would of never lasted if weren't for you, and the emergency re-up on the cancer sticks.
All those times that I contiuously got in trouble for acting dumb, you kept my head up, and told me I was a proficient operator despite the little mistakes along the way, that meant the world to me.
I will never forget the talks, the lessons, the wisdom that you left for me and all of us in 1st squad.

I raise my glass to you, True Hero and mentor. Miss you Bro."
Kam, Hung C (1/8 Bravo 1st PLT) of Rochester, Ny

"my dearest dimmy,

well, it's been yet another tough year to bear without you. it's funny; i stop and think occasionally about how rarely i used to see you--and it angers me to no end that i never put you on the spot about us. i still go round and round with whether or not there even was an 'us'. i had a dream the other night and told you everything; how much i love you, how much i long for you, and how i was waiting for you to return from iraq in february so i could finally just put it on the table, whether you liked it or not. how i thought that our kids would have been beautiful, instead of telling you i didn't want kids before. what the HELL was i thinking there. and in my dream, you listened and finally understood. and then i woke up. what torture. maybe i didn't deserve you to begin with. maybe that's why i'm in stuck in purgatory.

i don't know why i'm even writing here--i guess it's a sick and twisted outlet since there is no other. praying hasn't worked, you only visit in my dreams on rare occasion, and at that, in most of them, you turn and walk away from me. sometimes you don't even acknowledge me. it's a sick joke that even in sleep i can't rest. i will say that every now and then i feel like you show yourself and it makes me smile--so if it's really you, thanks for that. i miss you SO much, and i wish that God would cut the crap and just pull my number already. the muffin could keep the rents company. my dearest, i love you with everything i am. take care of your sister please. and your parents for that matter."
gina* of the sticks, nh

"Meech,

I hate looking up this page, it's just another of the endless reminders...but here I am anyways. Maybe you'll at least be proud to know I'm carrying on the sloth tradition, it's what i do best. i even adopted a stray little sloth cat...all he does is eat and sleep. I named him kitty--because i'm creative and awesome--he's such a weirdo. Sometimes out of no where he'll spazz out and start howling. yeah, i have a sloth cat named kitty who howls and is fat. I dont know why i'm writing all this, i figured you'd get a kick out of it.

i see a lot of familiar names on here, i'm sure you know how much we all miss you. it's a love-hate thing wearing this uniform everyday, one day i'm happy and proud, and the next day i never want to see digital cammies ever again. today i saw a bunch of grunts on a hump down the main road on base and all i could think of is how many times you had to do stuff like that. i wish i knew so much more about you. i sit here at my desk at the squadron and i think of how different your days were, how tiring your training was, and how my days are nothing like that. everyone's all impressed by me and it's so aggravating because i havent done *. i dont know...i'm rambling.

anyways, i'm sure you know i picked up Cpl. how...why...i have no idea, just good timing i guess. *, i miss you.

alright, enough wallowing. you're probably thinking i'm gay for writing this, and as usual you'd be right. i guess i just wanted to write you a little something and say thanks to those who haven't forgotten you.

i'm leaving my email for any of the familiar names and faces who wondered what the hell happened to Dimmy's sister, if anyone wants to drop a hello

christina.gavriel@usmc.mil"
Dr. Christina Gavriel, PharmD. Corporal, USMC (pretty nice, eh? figured you'd like that :) of HMM(T)-164, MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA

"Dimitrios,
I would say thank you to you and the other Marine who was also killed in that ambush for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I saw the CNN documentary about your unit-Bravo 1/8 in Fallujah and how you gave up your job as a stockbroker and joined the Marines after 9/11-like Pat Tillman, you gave up a comfortable lifestlye and well paying job to serve your Country-that says more about you then anything else. I served in the USMC in the 80's and fortunately it was peacetime but I feel honored to be able to say that I was a member of an organization that has brave men like you and your fellow Bravo Company Marines in it.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow Marine;former member of Bravo 1/8 '85-'89"

"To the family and friends,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies. Losing a loved on is the hardest thing in life. I am writing to not only express my sorrow for you but to let you know about a memorial I am working on. I am creating a quilt to honor the fallen soldiers from the New York City Area. Each soldier will have a panel created. I am inviting the friends and families to get involved. If you are interested or would like some more information please contact me at nycfallensoldiers@yahoo.com"
Esther Kabalkin of Staten Island, NY

"Dim - not a day passes where I don't think about you. More so now than ever, as time passes. I cannot see a military tribute without bawling my eyes out. Life is unfair; we all know and realize this, and it hits home it many different ways. As I grow older and wiser and look back at my life, it's pretty easy at this point to figure out who my genuine friends have been. The memories of you and your sacrifice have me striving not just to be a better American, but a better person in general. I think back to the times in NYC, hanging and goofing around with you and the fellas. Man - I'd give just about anything for another 24 hours of that.

Anyways, I've been looking for an outlet for a long time now, and stumbled into this. I miss you, man. More than that, I love you. I hope your family is doing well, and trust that Christina is continuing on in her life as strong as she has always been.

Love you all - Kingman"
Mark Kingman of Medford, MA

"To Dimi's Family,

I will always remember Dimi as one of the most sincere and unassuming people I have ever met. I played football with Dimi and to be honest I remember as a freshman that from afar it was easy to find Dimi…... well….. more then a little intimidating. However the second you spoke with him, saw him smile or just watched how he would interact with the people around him that thought would immediately disappear. Unless of course, you were on the other side of the football field or wrestling mat. Which thankfully, I never was. :)

I know both Dimi and Christina and when I think back to high school - when I knew them both pretty well - I have similar memories of the two of them in terms of the way they treated people, their smiles, and just their general attitude towards life. However, to be fair, I never found Christina to be intimidating in the least. :)

What I am really trying to say here is that you did a tremendous job raising all your children to be amazing people who have had a positive influence on the lives of everyone they've known, even those of us who haven’t spoken to them in years.

I was talking to a mutual friend of Dimi’s and mine a couple months ago about him. It's obvious in hearing about what Dimi has done in his life - since the time I knew him well - that those same attributes never wavered.

I hope you can find some comfort in knowing that although Dimi is no longer with us, people like myself, who haven’t seen or spoken with him in years, can think back to when we knew him well and not only be saddened by the loss of such an amazing person but also smile at the memories we have of him and learn from the lessons of his life. So in that sense Dimi lives on, not only through his family, not only through our memories of him, but also through the effect he had, and continues to have on the lives of everyone he knew.

I wish you all the best. Please send my best to Christina as well should she not be reading this.

Sincerely,

Chris Mello"
Chris Mello of Atlanta, GA

"hey buddy i hope everything is going good for you up there, you deserve it. You and I have been through so much together and i feel priveledged to have been in your fireteam for those 7 months. I remember all those long posts we used to stand playing the name game, or I would ask you questions about the world because you knew everything about everything."what the heck is a rainbow?" you knew that somehow to. I miss your humour and everything about you. I have always looked up to you. Your my brother i never had, my idol and my hero."
christian dominguez of long island, ny

"05/28/2007
Remembering your dear son and the sacrifice he made for our country. Love and prayers to all of you."
Debbi Bell of Martinsburg, WV

"To the family of:Dimitrios Gavriel 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"

"Dear Dimitri.
We have never met in this life, however we will meet soon. You are my brother in arms that has made the ultimate sacrifice. You, and all the other fallen Devil Dogs are the true heroes. My sincere condolences go out to your family and all the other families that have endured the ultimate pain.
SEMPER FIDELIS.
leontakd@yahoo.com"
SGT. Dimitrios Leontakianakos USMC 3/23 Fox Co. Weapons PLT. (1990/98) of Las Vegas, NV. USA

"Lcpl Dimi Gavriel, Thank you so much for your service. One of my best friends was with you in Iraq, and I know Sgt Richard Lord is looking out for you even now, as he always did his junior marines. I am here doing what i do at Parris Island because of that man. And i had the GREAT priviledge to meet and help train your sister as she just went through rifle week in boot camp. She talked alot about you, but im sure you already know she cares for you VERY VERY much. again Dimi, thank you for your sacrifice, for it is the greatest that can be given. tell Ricky i said hello, and to take that damn copenhagen out of his mouth, its bad for him.
to the parents of Dimitrios, I would be very honored if I could meet you on family day when you come to your daughters graduation. and if you need ANYTHING while you are here, please dont hesitate to ask. I have an open door and an open heart. maybe we could go out for dinner while you all are here. oh, incase you were wondering, your daughter made it past the rifle range today. she is a very great person and i am glad i had the chance to get to meet her. she will make a very fine marine."
PMI Sgt Herman, Todd A of Parris Island, SC

"My deepest condolences to the family...family is all we have to hold each other together. Yassas"
Matheos Gavriel of Lowell. MA

"Hello,

My name is Greg Lazeren and I was a wrestler at concord high school. As you may or may not remember, Dimi and I wrestled together all over the country and the world. I roomed with him at the junior national tournament in Minnesotta and In Greece. He was a great friend and confident and my heart was very heavy for many months after I learned of his death. What a wonderful friend and man.

All my prayers,

Greg"
Greg Lazeren of Boston, Ma

"To Christina Gavriel:

Christina, you are in our thoughts these days. Traci and I read your messages about Nate which you write with such heart and such love and we find comfort in your tender words.

Your story, your connection with Nate through Dimitrios, your heartbreaking discovery of Nate's death in Fallujah after your own brother's death there, your sorrow, the things you say which honor Nate's memory, stay with us in quiet and very personal places within our hearts.

We have such sadness because the friendship between our two brothers was cut so short. We have such sadness over all that we will never have with Nate, only the tender memory of what a beloved person he was to us all and to his friends. The sound of his laughter and his big warm hugs.

We want you to know that we carry the memory of Dimitrios Gavriel in that tender place in our hearts as well. Without a doubt a beautiful brother and companion in life for you. These days that have now come and gone since the milestone, the one year passing of these two brothers, have been difficult for both families, we want you to know that you, your brother and your family are in our prayers. Everything you have experienced in this long, or short, one year, we have experienced it with you.

God Bless you and Thank You, Christina."
E. Cook, in loving memory of Corporal Nathan R. Anderson of Howard, Ohio

"To Chris and Penelope,
I never had the pleasure of meeting Dimitri,but know he was the best of the best,like all of our fallen soldiers. I know you're coming into rough times,but hope each day gets better for you.
We are so proud of him!"
Barbara O'Neill(Cindergirl911@aol.com) of Haverhill,Mass.

"I was in Dimi's platoon at boot camp and the School of Infantry- not a day goes by that I don't think about him. I only knew Dimi for six months before he went to his unit, but I feel like I've known him my whole life. He had that effect on people.

I know he was and continues to be an inspiration to all the marines who had the pleasure to serve beside him."
Bilge Tanyeri - LCpl of New York, NY

"Dimitri, you and your family will always be in my prayers. I tell stories often of the fun we had while I lived in NYC. In todays world, people are always looking for role models and individuals to emulate. You are a true hero!"
Noel of Austin, TX

"well today is the day i've been dreading. July, 31, 2005. meech's birthday...tough to think about.

I cant give you a present this year...I miss you so much.
i'm sorry i couldnt visit you today but i will be there soon.

i hope you know how much i love you and i hope you'll forgive me for being such a crying sissy, but you already knew that, so i'm assuming you're not surprised, hoping you're not mad.

so....you dodged 30, typical stinker, tsk..... :\

god, i miss hearing your voice and hearing you laugh. i hope its not too long until i get to hear them again.

I love you, meech. happy birthday."
your sis

"To Dimi's Family & Friends,
High School would never have been the same without Dimi. Such fond memories of him play again and again in my mind. Please know he will never be forgotten and remains in my thoughts and prayers. He will forever be a hero."
Meghan of Haverhill, MA

"To the loving family of Dimitrios Gavriel,
My son, L CPL Daniel T. Bell, graduated boot camp with your son. We were all there the same day at Parris Island, tears streaming down our faces with the pride we have in these 2 wonderful young men. Please accept the sympathy of our entire family over the loss of your dear son in battle, while at the same time our thanks for the greatest sacrifice he could have made for this great country. We learned of your son's death the night Daniel got home from Iraq. He got a call on his cell phone that he was gone. Please don't feel your son will be forgotten. After Daniel came back from Iraq, he got 2 more tattoos. On the one, he has a cross, with "Christ died for your sins, let me die for your freedom" above and below it. TO the right of the cross is a Marine in desert cammis. To the left it says "R.I.P." Hanson, Brooks, Gavriel and Morgan" Your wonderful, patriotic, brave young Marine will never be forgotten and your family remains in my prayers. God bless and keep you."
Debbi Bell Marine Mom of Martinsburg, WV

"My Dearest Dimmy,

Whatever reasons I chose in our past for holding back words of affection, I now apologize. Why did I listen to you when you said you weren't going anywhere? Why did I rest on knowing that you 'just knew' how i felt instead of telling you how absolutely in love with you I was? It has done me no good! Why did I have to respect you so much that instead of telling you I didn't think I could bear waiting another 4 years for you, I just sat there and listened to your plan to join the marines? I have always dreamed of a life with you (at least since prom!), and will continue to do so until the time comes for me to see you again. I wish I had the chance to prove to you that I would have been a worthy wife; trash mouth, hearts and all. Thank you for the relationship you've given me with your sister; I adore her greatly and am blessed to be close to her, as she is so much a part of you. And I know you did that. I think of you everyday and hope that you can still make your toes talk to each other in heaven, and hope you still get a kick out of yourself as much as you used to.

To all that fought with Dim, my heart bleeds for you, too, as you have a weight to bear for some time to come. Seeing you at the memorial said that quite clearly. I hope that one day you can all rest easily again."
gina of fremont, nh

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

"I wanted to share the following thoughts with you and at the same time take the opportunity to thank all for your kind words for my son and for your support to my family during this period of immense grief:
"In Dimitri, both his Mom and I were blessed to watch a smart, restive boy grow into a man of substance, a disciplined goal-setter, a loving son, a brother, a friend, an accomplished athlete, an occasional prankster, a lover of life and challenges, a poet, a dreamer, an intellectual, an idealist, a leader, a principled patriot. He was accomplished. From an honor student and stellar athlete to an Ivy League education and Division I wrestling, to the best in Wall Street, and finally the honor of the Marines and service to our country, volunteered unselfishly in the midst of two wars, he was forging his legacy.

As a first generation American, he wanted to give back to our country for the blessings he and his family received. In his own words in a letter to friends, who received it after his death, he wrote “…..“I moved to a small apartment next to Central Park in New York City and began the long hours of the “grind” of Wall Street. I remember those years as some of the best of my life, surrounded by close friends and good times. So how, after all this, did a guy like me end up in Iraq? The answer is pretty simple when I look to the young Marines at my right and left. I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to do something, no, give something, to deserve all the good things we, as Americans, enjoy and sometimes take for granted as we move through the years of the good lives we lead under the safety and freedom of our flag. Everyone lost something on that terrible day of 9/11. I lost my close friends, brothers you might say. Guys I grew up with, team mates, pals, mentors, and confidants. I watched the towers fall, helpless, from a block away in the streets of New York and made a promise before God that I would do all I could to keep something like this from happening again. I left a job I loved, said goodbye to a circle of close friends and joined the Marines, the perfect place for a guy who wants a front row seat to the sweeping changes the world is currently experiencing. No man can know just exactly how much his effort has changed the world out here, but together we have chased much evil away from power and have shown those who, for one reason or another, hate our way of life, that we are a nation of people who refuse to live under the threat of terror. We are out here for the things we miss most, green grass, football games, flowers, and the fresh cool breeze of home. Most importantly, we are out here for you, the people who make our land so special. Semper Fidelis, Dimitri Gavriel, 11/2/04”

He became a marine's marine, upholding his courage, honor, and valor; he will be missed by many who he touched in body and in spirit. Great honor was bestowed upon him by our country, for he proudly served us all and made the ultimate sacrifice. He gave the greatest gift that can be given by any man for another. He challenged us all by his deeds to transcend our selfishness and uphold higher values."

Thank you"
Chris Gavriel of Haverhill, Massachusetts

"Just know that we're with you"
A Marine Corps Sister of New York, NY

"Christina,
Let me begin by saying how sorry I am for the loss of your brother and friend. I was and am, Cpl. Nathan Anderson's sister. I thank you so much for the letter you wrote to Nathan and for the kind words you wrote for my family.

Nathan was the baby of our family and we miss him deeply. There are good days and bad ones, and the realization that he will not be coming back is overwhelming. I never thought we would get that visit from the Marines, I just didn't think it could happen to my family. Nathan was such a good boy and so full of life...I just can't believe he is gone.
I will add your family in my prayers and hope for God to somehow ease your pain.

May God bless and comfort you,
Traci Shaw, sister of Cpl. Nathan Anderson"
Traci Shaw of Columbus, Ohio

"To the Family and Friends of Lcpl Gavriel,

Upon reading Dimitrios' mother's note posted in Lt. Brian D Smith's section, we were struck with the amazing similarities between Dimitrios and our friend Brian. Both of these brave men left comfortable, professional careers with bright futures to serve their country and to make a difference in the world. Both men are to be honored and forever remembered by a grateful nation. While no words or human action can take away your grief, we hope that you can take some solace in knowing that you raised Dimitrios well, and that he grew up to be a man to be admired. May God bless and keep you."
Brian & Pam Martin of Leander, TX

"Meech,

My big brother, my hero, my angel, I'm so proud of you. I've never been more proud to be "Dimitri's Sister". I always knew you were beyond me, in all you ever were and everything you did. I adored you more than you could possibly know, but I'm sure you know now.

I feel like a big part of me died with you, but I promise I will do my best to take care of mom and dad, and to try to not be miserable forever. I know you did what you had to do, and I dont want you to always have to see me this broken down. I cant help how much I cry for you, how much I wish I could see you and hug you just one more time. I feel lost without you. I will try to be strong so I can make you proud of me for once.

I know Uncle Taki is taking good care of you, I know you are in a better place, but I miss you so much. So many people miss you, but you have made us all proud.

I love you always, you stinker.

Your little sis,
Tina"
Christina of NY, NY

"Thank you Dimitrios for so bravely defending the freedoms we all cherish. You are a true hero and will be thought of each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Simper Fi Marine. God Bless you. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"To Dimitrios' 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 the family and friends of Lance Corporal Dimitrios Gavriel,

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 our "Love Stitched Together."

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

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

"Thank you Dimitrios Gavriel, 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. Dimitrios Gavriel:
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 Dimitrios 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. Dimitrios Gavriel:
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 Dimitrios, 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