Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Peter J. Giannopoulos

22, of Inverness, Illinois.
Giannopoulos died as a result of enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Corps Reserve's 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Chicago, Illinois. Died on November 11, 2004.

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"We won't forget. Godspeed, Marine."
R.J. of Illinois

"Just saw your beautiful gravestone on a popular You Tube that honored you and all our other fallen service members. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice."
WJS of St Petersburg FL

"May Jesus Bless you and your family as you on your loved one's memories this upcoming holiday. Semper Fidelis USMC Vet"
Matthew of CORONA,CA

"Gino, hours turn into days, days to weeks, weeks to months and now years. I remember meeting you on the drill deck at WPNS, always a cool good hearted person and that never swayed. Even to your final day here with us you gave your all for those standing next to you! You will never be forgotten but I will see you again brother!"
"Tini"

"Yo g only met ya a few times, u were a kool cat bro i was with h&s comm, me and devine grew up together thats how we met. If it werent for u and ur mst team coming for us id b there with u now. Thank u, my children thank u. Ill never forget you brother"
Sgt. Lovera, nc of niles,ill US

"I miss you brother. You will never be forgotten. You were a true Marine that will always be missed."
Jason Crawford of Ames, IA

"I miss you bud. I'll see you again when my time comes."
Tony Robben of Des Moines, IA

"Thinking of you... You will never be forgotten Pete. /hug"
June of Stewartville, MN

"NOV. 10, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINE. YOUR SACRIFICE IS NEVER FORGOTTEN."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

"i wish i was able to meet you before i was adopted by my parents"
t.v.

"Cpl. Gino was a good friend and Marine, his death on Nov 11 will always be remembered in a special way for this is the day my son Ian was born. Gino gave his life and paid the ultimate price and my son lives in freedom. Thank you Gino , Semper Fi, Sgt. Mathouser USMC"
Matthew Mathouser of Omaha, Ne. USA

"Cpl. Gino was a good friend and Marine, his death on Nov 11 will always be remembered in a special way for this is the day my son Ian was born. Gino gave his life and paid the ultimate price and my son lives in freedom. Thank you Gino , Semper Fi, Sgt. Mathouser USMC"
Matthew Mathouaer of Omaha, Ne. USA

"I served with Gino during that deployment with 2/24 in 04/05. You are not forgotten brother Semper Fidelis. See you when we all regroup brother"
Javi Rodriguez of Des Moines, IA USA

"Peter - we're thinking of you often, but today especially."
Kris & Ken of Mt. Prospect, IL USA

"Pete ~ You will Never be forgotten and will Always be missed. I know how proud you were to be a marine but You don't know how proud we were of You. Thank you always. YOM"
June Larm of Rochester, MN

"I love you brother, not one day goes by.... SEMPER FIDELIS. I will not be able to visit you this November 2011. But, God willing, soon... here or there."
Juan M Arreola of SA, TX/ USA

"Miss you everyday, cousin."

"Pete, I think of you whenever I see the Memorial in Inverness, and I'm especially thinking of you and your family on Memorial Day 2011. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Tom P of Palatine, IL

"It's not only on holidays or special occasions that we think of you. I love you always everyday and miss you brother. See you soon."
Sonny of chicago

"It has been six years this day. And, though I only knew you for a moment, my memory of you still stands. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. God Bless you and all the fallen heroes of 2/24."
HM3 of Chicago

"Memorial Day 2010 - Rembering you my friend on this somber day. Wishing you were still here with us, yet remembering that your now onto bigger and better things. You and your family will always be in our prayers. Semper Fi my friend."
Sgt E. Blank WPNS Co. 2/24 MST - 3 / 81mm PLT of Yorkville, IL USA

"Semper Fi Brother! You will NEVER be forgotten."
of Omaha, NE

"Gino, May we meet again. The day I last saw you echos in my mind for an eternity. You will never be forgotton and always be missed. Semper Fi Brother ! God Bless !"
Sgt. Erik Blank (2/24 - MAP 3 / 81s PLT) of Plano, IL

"Am very sorry for your family's loss."
Peter C. Jeannopoulos of Hollywood, FL 33021

"November 11, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Peter J. Giannopoulos:
Peter 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

"11 NOV 2008"
Des Plaines Remembers You of Des Plaines

"In Des Plaines we still have a drink in your honor on days like today. You were a great kid , a great kid. I saw your name on a plaque at Brentwood for that award you won at the end of 5th grade. It really took me back. Wish you were still around."
Des Plaines Remembers You. of Des Plaines

"Godspeed, Marine."
R.J. Meehan 2/24 OIF II-2 of Plainfield, IL

"ITS APPROPRIATE THAT VETERANS DAY DAY WOULD ALSO BE THE DAY TO MARK YOUR PASSING.IT HAS BEEN 4 YEARS SINCE THAT DAY OF NOV 11TH, 2004 IN LUTAFIYAH.MST1 WAS QRF FOR THE AMBUSH.THE AFTERMATH IS
ETCHED IN MY MIND FOR ETERNITY. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THOSE WHO SERVED WITH YOU. HAPPY 233RD BIRTHDAY AND SEMPER FIDELIS!"
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"I played hockey with pete with the glenview stars, i was told about him by a fellow marine while i was with 1/9. Later i was on a ptad w/ 2/24 where i came across a pic on our wall, it was the first time i really understood what had happened. pete you were a great friend and im sure a better marine. semper fi, LCpl. Jost."
Jason Jost of Chicago, IL

"I WAS IN RECRUIT TRAINING WITH GIANNOPOULOS BACK IN 2000 I GOT TO KNOW HIM REAL WELL. HE WAS A GREAT GUY TO TALK TO, WHEN THE DRILL INSTRUCTORS WERE NOT AROUND OF COURSE. MY CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS."
CASEY JONES of VIRGINIA BEACH, VA/USA

"Semper Fi until we meet again Gino! You will never be forgotten. My prayers to your family on this 2nd anniversary of your sacrifice. Thank You Brother."
Sgt Faron Hembree 2/24 WPNS CO, MST 2 of Seneca Missouri

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Peter John Giannopoulos, Iíve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Pete, along with 49 other bulbs to represent soldiers that have been killed in Iraq. You will be remembered each year for your sacrifice. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

"It has been one year since Pete died and not a day goes by that I don't think of the Giannopoulos and Doktor family. I remember when Pete enlisted and how proud Nick was of him. We all were, it was so cool to have some kind of connection to someone who was a Marine. I never met Pete but I feel like I know him through my years of knowing Nick. I wish you all the best and I know that one day in heaven we will all meet Pete again."
Adam Sullivan of Gurnee, IL

"It'll be 1 year tomorrow since Pete was taken from this world. A day rarely goes by where I don't miss him and think about him. We were all blessed to have known him.

To his family: I cannot express the pain I still feel for you. Nothing will ever replace him, but I hope the healing has taken over and helped you cope without him.

I'll always love Pete, he was a true friend, and those are hard to find. I imagine he's up in heaven watching over every single one of us."
Casey Goff of Gibson City, IL

"MY sincerest condolences , from a total stranger in South Africa.

I came accross your late sons name when i did a search of my name.

May the lord be with him and those he has left behind."
Peter Giannopoulos of South Africa

"To the family of Peter J Giannopoulos, 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. Prayfully we will all meet in Heaven One day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need pray or someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church:Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington GA

"To the Family of Cpl. Giannopoulos:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Peter's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"I only knew Peter for a brief time, but in that time I knew that he was a good person. The world has suffered a great loss by losing one of it's finest."
sarah kanehl of lake villa, il

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

"I knew Pete as a student, a friend, and a loved one. He was the one that always had the strength to go on when everyone else was giving up. He healed so many wounds in people around him. He will never be forgotten. I will always love you, Pete.

For his family: You will always be in my prayers. Thank you for bringing him up in the way you did. He was a beautiful person."
Rachel of W. Lafayette, IN

"Gino,

You take care Marine. You willforever be missed and will always be in our hearts. It was an honor to know you,and serve with you my friend. You will always be a part of our platoon, and will always be in our hearts and prayers.

your friend,



Semper Fidelis"
Sgt. Rivas

"To Peter'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.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the family of Panagiotis,

Today he is everyone's son. Hellenic kai Ameriki. I am forever grateful for his sacrifice. Lipamai."
Ioanna N. of Raleigh, NC

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

"To Peter'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 the family and friends of Corporal Peter J. Giannopoulos,

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

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

"Thank you Peter Giannopoulos, 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 Cpl. Peter Giannopoulos:
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 Peter 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. Peter Giannopoulos:
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 Peter, 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