Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Spc. Christopher D. Gelineau

23, of Portland, Maine.
Gelineau died in Mosul, Iraq, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion, Gardiner, Maine. Died on April 20, 2004.

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"from all the members of Amvets post 2 yarmouth maine bless you"
tom campobasso of yarmouth maine

"4-19-14---Hi Chris and Lavi. I wanted to touch base quickly. It will 10 yrs tomorrow 4-20-14. To This day I look at your picture and hold you close to my Heart .
You are always there. I miss you and Lavi.
Tomorrow will be Easter Sunday and i will be with some friends and A candle will be burning for you. I Love you Chris. I Miss you Chris. You make my Heart Stronger and Help me understand and see things a little clearer.We All Love You. Love Uncle Ty & Aunt Cheryl, Cousin Tyler James and 4 yr old cousin Connor and New cousin Carter, Scratch,"Dog" and MS Maybe the kitty"
Tyler E. Andersen of Colchester VT

"Hi Buddy, I wanted to share to everyone, hoping to get a hold of you parents and lavi's mother. I am holding a gathering for you here at USM on Fri April 18th @ 1130-1p in Portland Maine and again at Evergreen cemetery in Portland on the 20th.If anyone of your friends, family or just anyone wants to come, please feel free to email me at: sanpao@rocketmail.com Thank. It will be a celebration of life"
san pao of Portland, ME

"I never knew Christopher,but as a fellow mainer,it deeply saddened me,when I learned of your passing and then your beautiful wife,I cannot even to begin to know how it feels for both families,of your Loss, I remembered Chris on Veterans day and always,thank you for what you did for our country,rest in peace,together,with the loving arms of Jesus,you will never ever be forgtton,god bless"
Gary of Old Orchard beach,Maine, USA

"I didn't know Chris personally but my son served with Chris in the 133rd. I went to Arlington National Cemetery 12/15/2012 to lay wreaths with the Wreaths Across America convoy. I thought of Chris and remembered how much my son thought of him and his wife. Peace to your family. Chris will not be forgotten."
Gale Pillsbury of Windham, Maine

"Hi Chris and Lavi,today is 4-22-12. I am two days late but could not let you Think That you both were not Thought of Physically Missed and are Loved Very Much.You are Missed Dearly both of You.The Main thing though is You And Lavi are together Forever and Ever.Your Aunt Cheryl miss's you and constantly reminds me of When She was there with you for Your Graduation day at Fort Jackson.She was so Proud of You!! I can still See you the Night you came home from Basic and AIT with John and Knocked on my Kitchen Door late at night in N. Ferrisburgh,That Smile and Hug,felt so Good. We are All Proud of You.Please give Pa ,Grammy Phil,and Cousin Phillip "Flipper",Hugs for all of US. I Miss You Chris.
Love Uncle Ty"
Tyler E. Andersen of Colchester VT

"Its been 8 years today Chris. I still remember sitting with you at breakfast that morning. You told me that both you and wife had a bad feeling about the convoy. Wish i went in your place."
Greg F. of Naples,Maine

"I am son sad to heard that you pass away i was trying to keep in touch since the last time you wrote me a message after september 11, when you tell me you , almost died with your wife and you also tell me something about your life, may be you mom and dad remember me and that is why i am sending this messages for them, he was a very nice boy and i always keep you in my heart you were my first love when you study on baltimore high school Curly. i will take every time to read this page made for him, i think you life was taking away for another reason and it was for your country the reason that keep us away. love you"
maria of ecuador south america

"Chris and Lavinia,
Please know that you will not be forgotten here on Earth. Please remember us in Heaven, and I hope to see you there one day."
Matthew Delk of Baghdad, Iraq

"To the family of:Christopher D. Gelineau
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" 1-1-11"

"Well Chris it will be 6 years now this 4-20-10 that all of your family and friends and commrade's have not been able to physically touch,hold you and laugh with you.Trust me though we laugh with you,share our thoughts and feel you every day.I hope you and Lavi are able to share your spritual life with Pa and Grandma Phil.We are all so proud of you and not a day goes by I personally do not Honor you in some way.I wear a set of Dog Tags with you on them along with my Tags every day.
Your Aunt Cheryl and I are Living in Pa's house and renovating it. You hold special presance there.We miss you Chris and Celebrate your life ever day.We Love you and Lavi.Peace my Nephew.
Proud Uncle,of a United State's Soldier
Love
Tyler,Aunt Cheryl,
cousin TylerJames and your new 2nd cuz Connor Morris Andersen,
Your Mom Vicki, Dad Jessie
Your Entire Family 3-17-10"
Tyler E. Andersen of Colchester Vt

"May God Bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss."
Leila Shipman of Texas

"Chris and Lavinia I still miss you very much and think of you often.I try to visit your grave every time I go by.RIP to you both.GMAS!"
Judy Dix of Bar Mills, Maine

"Chris, it is coming up on 5 years since that IED took you away, and I found myself thinking of you here in Kuwait. Although I didn't know you well I was with you at the end, and every day I wish I could have done more for you. Out of this regret comes a resolve to do everything that I can to ensure that the current bunch of bright young men and women going into Iraq with me won't have to go through the pain that you and your family did. May God bless your family and may you and Lavinia rest in peace."
SGT Paul Musa of Baghdad, Iraq

"Chris Gelineau, it is coming up on the 5th anniversary of that IED, and I couldn't help but to think of you. I was with you at the end, and now I have a brand new group of bright young men and women going into Iraq with me. Although I barely knew you, your life and death have shaped my resolve to do everything humanly possible to protect this new bunch of youngsters. May God bless your family and may you and Lavinia rest in peace."
SGT Paul Musa of Baghdad, Iraq

"January 12, 2009
To the family of Spc. Christopher D. Gelineau:
Christopher 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

"You are always in my thoughts, more so on days like today."
Franz

"08/13/08 Over 4 years now.. Still think of you.. I brought that picture that I mentioned before with me back to Iraq."
J. Coffin of Tallil, Iraq

"dear Chris-It has been 2 weeks since we laid Pa to rest. He is there with you and Lavi now.We miss you all so much. There is never a day that you are not thought of in one way or another.These four years have flown by.But, we are all much diferent than we were before you and Lavi died.The pain never goes away. You are so missed.
love
aunt cheryl and uncle tyler"
cheryl and tyler andersen of florence,sc

"We will always remember you and what you did for us..I will forever miss you and Lavy..Until we meet again !!!!!!HSC 133d"
Judy dix of Bar Mills ,Me

"Thank you for serving our State AND Country AND the people of Iraq and the USA. Your name and dedication live on in the 133rd. Though we are now the 262 Crhris Gelineau is FOREVER etched in the history of the Maine Army National Guard and in the hearts of all of it's soldiers. Though I didn't have the pleasure of meeting you or serving with you, your name is uttered on the lips of the soldiers I do serve with and there is pride and reverence when they speak your name. Thank you to you and your family for serving with distinction, pride, and honor and thank you for laying down your life so others may live. "To The Last Man"!
Honor,Courage,Loyalty, Valor"
Spc. Michael A. Merrill MEARNG 262 Engr. Bn. Cmb Hv Westbrook, Maine of Portland Maine USA

"Chris, it's been over three years since we lost you, and I'm ashamed to say that I've forgotten when exactly it was I last saw you face-to-face. I'd like to think it was at Grandma & Grandpa's house at Thanksgiving '03.

Whether it was or not, I'll always cherish those holidays with everyone gathered in that tiny living room, 80 degrees, Jesse parked at the table, football in the street... it's just not the same without you still.

Every time I drive through Winooski, I think of growing up and riding bikes everywhere with you, playing Sega or whatever the heck it was, listening to The Cars, Queen, Yes, all the music nobody else liked.

I remember the day my dad told me you were lost in Iraq. For some reason, I kind of shoved it aside. I think I was too shocked and too much in denial to grieve. I was running late for a date with a girl I liked, and I had to pick her up before our movie started in Williston. Halfway there, it hit me that you were gone. I kind of zoned out, kept my foot on the gas, and tuned her out, whatever she was talking about. Next thing I know, I see blue lights in the rear view mirror, and I get a ticket for going 87 in a 65. I was that far out of it, I couldn't believe my cousin - no, one of my very best friends - was gone. He had a young wife, a month left before graduation, and an insanely bright future ahead of him.

And it was all gone.

I remember your funeral, and later Lavi's, and I remember thinking how unfair all of this was for your mom, my aunt, my mother's best friend, Vicki. I was hurting, but I wondered how she could continue to live, or how she could even want to. But I know that it's because she's strong, and she had the best years of her life with you, something she can always hold on to. You touched so many people, Chris.

We all love you."
Justin St. Louis of Jericho, VT, USA

"Hey Chris Miss ya buddy."
Michael Lundin of Gorham, Maine

"My Darling Chris,
It's 1/15/07 and your Mom just sent me the photos you saved on your lap top for me sometime prior to 4/20/04.
I absolutely love you!
Thank you so much for being a part of my life here on earth.
Give my love to Lavi.
My Angels, Chris and Lavi, words cannot express my gratitude to you for watching out over Jesse and Vicky from heaven.
Love,
Sue"
Susan Holman of Merrimack, NH (USA)

"Chris and Lavinia - you are the face of this war. I weep for you and the thousands of others whose lives have been cut short."
Tony Nazar of Wilton, ME

"I remember taking turns holding the Gideon at final formations at drill. I took the photo off the wall that was taken on the very first Chamberlains charge during AT 2000. I keep it in my locker at work. Every time I look at it I think of that day, I also think of the day you passed away. I miss you."
SPC Jerrad Coffin of Gorham, ME

"To the famly of Chris D. Gelineau -
I'm a soldier from Fort Drum, NY who had just come back from Iraq when I met some of the soldiers of the 133rd before they left for their tour. I was proud to have served with your son and even though I did not meet him personally, being from Maine as well, I will always remember and honor my fellow soldier and my fellow statesman. He will NOT be forgotten."
SGT Benjamin Ames of Westbrook, Maine

"Tomorrow is Memorial Day and a reminder to never ever forget those who have given their lives. I only knew of Christopher and Lavinia through the newspaper articles but want their families to know they will be remembered always."
Martha of So. Portland

"Chris, Honey, I love you and always will. You taught me so much as you were growing up. Jesse and I know you are around us still. You were my best friend. You are an angel, now, helping other soldiers find their way. Lavi and you will be together forever, and when it is our time, Jesse and I will be with you again.
Love, Mom"
Vicky Chicoine of Starksboro, VT

"To the family of Chris: The sacrifice your son has made will not be forgotten. I can not begin to know your pain. I wear a bracelet I got from herobracelet.org that bears his name. I will not remove it from my arm until we are completely out of Iraq as a reminder of the sacrifice he and so many others have made. It is my way to honor him and every one of our troops. Whenever people ask about the bracelet I let them know about him and what he has done for us."
Anna of Dunedin, FL

"Chris, thanks for installing Battlefield 1942 on my laptop computer! Those winter nights at Fort Drum playing that dumb game were a great distraction! I grew tired of the game ages ago,but every time I go to uninstall it I think of how you were the one to put it on for me, and I keep it instead. I think my odd software "memorial" to you is fitting. You and your wife will always be in my memory. "To the Last Man"."
Sergeant Dan Landers of HSC 133rd Engineer Battalion

"Chris, We miss you and will always love you. I don't know if I can do it but I will try to keep your legassy alive forever."
-Love Aunt Sandy of Lake Dunmore, Vermont

"May the families of Chris and Lavinia find peace in the fact that they are together again."
Nina Elizabeth Gelineau Knapp of Shapleigh, Maine, USA

"~May their spiritual reunion be swift and complete as God reunites them in the sky~"
Mark Miller of New Gloucester, Maine

"To Chris and Lavinia: I never had the honor of meeting either of you. I sure wish I had. Your passing has touched me so. I just know that you 2 are together and will be forever and ever. You were meant for each other. I hope someday to see you both. God Bless!"
Michael Bodnar of Pittsburgh, PA

"No greater love had they...Now they are together once again in a more peaceful and loving home. God bless this wonderful couple."
Judy Katz of Mentor, Ohio

"Chris,
Your wife is a wonderful,kind-hearted soul. I am still in shock that she was taken from us here.....but I know that you met Lavinia with your beautiful smile and her heart is now complete with your love again. Lavinia, I will always remember you and your beautiful, gentle spirit. I love you sweetie...
Lavinia "signed" all her emails like this:

Wherever YOU go/Whatever YOU do
I will be right here/Waiting for YOU
Whatever it takes/Or how my heart breaks
I will be right here/Waiting for YOU
L & C FOREVER
CHRIS'& LAVI'S SONG"
Deborah of Lavinia's friend

"My prayers are with your family today, and always. I am saddened to hear of another life cut tragically short. You are together again, and paradise has called. Piece be with you and may God watch over your family."
Kevin Pillsbury of Windham, ME.

"Chris, I am convinced you are now cradling Lavi in your arms. Peace be with you both, now together in Heaven forever.

Sara Clark
Proud Wife of GySgt Michael Clark
KIA 20Jul2005, Falluja, Iraq"

"Dear Chris and Lavinia,
It grieves me to learn that you are both gone. May you be in God's arms together, never to be apart again."
We love you of Portland, Maine

"My thoughts and prayers will be forever with Chris and his family. Chris was to graduate will my brother from USM, though I never knew him personally his death saddens me beyond belief. My thoughts are with you and your family Chris. You truely are a hero and know you didn't die in vain, you will never be forgotten."
Megan Leary of Standish ME

"Chris, we miss you buddy. Think about you a lot. Our Freshman year at college was awesome. I'm glad I met you and got to know you. Thanks for helping me with all my computer problems. God bless you and your family."
Michae Lundin of Gorham, Maine

"I'm sorry to learn of your loss. I'm positive he was and will always be remembered as a great american."
Marc Gelineau of New York City

"My heart goes out to Chris family and wife..."
Marc Gelineau of Ottawa Canada

"I think of all the people who have died in this war every day. I will never forget Chris Gelineau's name and his sacrifice. My deepest sympathies to his wife, his parents, and all of his family and friends."
Christine Gelineau of Windsor, NY

"My heart goes out to Chris`family and wife Lavinia. Words can`t even begin to express how saddened I was to hear of his death. I was Chris`Supply Sergeant for a time and I will always remember him as the (usually) cheery young man from the Admin office."
SFC Brower of Readfield, ME, USA

"You will be missed for all that you were. You were my friend every weekend. I pray for your family everyday. Until we meet again."
Kevin Pillsbury of Windham, Me

"i did not know chris but he has touched my life - i will keep him in my prayers."
S. of usa

"Chris you gave your life so others could carry on and I can't help but wonder why it had to be you. You had so much going for you and you wife Lavinia. I know she misses you so much and the wife and I will keep in touch with her through all of this no matter how long it takes. I am glad you are home now my friend and will greet you when I return home as well. We all miss you so much here from the palace and of the soldiers from the 133 Engineer Battalion. Take care my friend and we will cross paths some day and we will meet again...."
SSG Harold Fitch of Mosul, Iraq

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

"Dearest Chris, Matt and I miss you so much. Lavi's heart has been broken and you always worried about her. We are here to take care of her, and while none of us can give her what she wants more than anything, please know that she will always be loved and cared for until her day comes when she will join you in God's embrace.

Rest in peace our friend."
Stephanie of Polebrook, UK

"May he rest in peace.THANK YOU for defending our country.I would to express my condolences to his family too. From one Vermonter to another. God bless you ."
Pam Johnson of Dummerston,VT

"Criss man I miss you buddy. I miss having breakfast with you. I will make sure your remembered. I will keep you alive in our hearts here in Mousl. i feel so bad for your wife as well. My wife and I will keep in touch with her."
Spc Fiory of The Palace Mosul Iraq

""REST IN PEACE HERO
THE TAYLORS USMC NC"

"To Christopher'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

"Dear Christopher,
Thank you for giving your life for all of America so that we may live in Freedom and safe from Terror. Your courage and valor are something all of us can look to and be inspired by. Thank you so much for defending us."
mark reif of winchester, VA

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

"To Christopher's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send you our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Christopher Gelineau, 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 Spc. Christopher Gelineau:
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 Christopher 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 Spc. Christopher Gelineau:
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 Christopher, 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