Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Todd J. Godwin

21, of Muskingum County, Ohio.
Godwin died due to injuries received from enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on July 20, 2004.

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"Thinking or you and your Mother....... "That time of the year" is approaching again.......😔"
Karen Latham of Trenton, Fl

"Jesus loved your son and he loves you. May You and your homes be filled with peace of mind and contentment .. May your memories be good and joyful as you reflect this holiday season. Bless you."
Matthew of CORONA,CA

"It has been to long, and Todd is still missed greatly. True best friend. There are so many good memories from this guy they continue to leave a smile even though he is not with us today! Gone but never forgotten!"
Adam e riggle of Blacklick, ohio

"It has been 8 yrs today that the Marine Corps lost a great Marine. I was Toddís recruiter. He wanted to be a Marine more than anyone I had ever seen. Todd had tremendous potential to excel and was a polite and professional young man even before joining. Knowing that I enlisted has put a feeling of guilt on me, but he didnít want to do anything else other than be a Marine. I think of him daily and wish we could serve side by side. Bill and Kathy, I am so sorry.
CWO3 Jason Thornton
jarheadjason@yahoo.com"

"Todd, I think of you often. You were a good friend and classmate. I was looking forward to having you as my brother-in-law. You were and are my brother in my heart. I'll never forget your sense of humor :). You were a good man, and I am proud to have been part of your life. My prayers are with your family and friends left behind."
Carolyn Mendenhall of Columbus, Ohio

"To the family of:Todd J. Godwin
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"2-21-11"

"I wanted to tell you Happy Birthday to the Corps."
Erica Wills of Petersburg Va

"Kathy, you have been on my heart for several days now. The "another year" mark is upon us again. The other morning I woke up and thought of Todd, I remember the day Ricky called me and shared as much as he could with me. My heart broke for you that day, but I had no idea of the pain that you were feeling. I only thought I knew....barely a month later I lost Ricky. As we know there is no pain like losing a child. I pray for you as the day draws closer and the pain seems to be more intense than usual. Our Sons will never be forgotten.......they live on in so many hearts....."
Karen Latham -mother of Sgt. Richard Lord of Fanning Springs, Fl

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"http://www.runforthefallen.org/

This is an awesome thing some people are doing on this website. I believe Cpl. Godwin's parents and friends would appreciate this"
Wes Clark of Zanesville, Ohio/St. Cloud, MN

"Many thanks to those who have continued to think of Todd and left messages to let us know what you thought of him and that your thoughts are with us also. We check his sites from time to time. To the Meier family of Michigan; we lived near Grand Rapids when Todd was quite young. He enjoyed living there, playing in his neighborhood, sledding in the winter, and playing with his friends. We have many fond memories of our time in Michigan, raising Todd and our other children there. Thank you for taking the time to let us know that others are doing things to remember our fallen."
Kathy Godwn of Zanesville, Ohio

"Memorial Day 2009 -- this weekend my family and I were at the Perry Victory and International Peace Memorial, where they were having a special memorial day ceremony. We were invited to take a card with the name of a Ohio servicemember who had lost his or life in service to our country. Cpl. Godwin's name was on ours. He and his family have been in our thoughts all weekend."
The Meier Family of Ann Arbor, MI

"Mr. & Mrs. Godwin: my son served with your son and my prayers go out to you. Jayson will be remembering Todd on this Memorial Day."
Annette Hares of New Castle, KY

"Dear Mr and Mrs Godwin

We read a story of your hero son in a newspaper in the Netherlands. We like to let you know we think about you in this difficult times and that we will not forget your son, who we consider to be an American hero."
Mr and Mrs Van der Salm of Netherlands (EU)

"June 9, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Todd J. Godwin:
Todd 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

"I was in 3rd plt with Cpl Godwin before he went to sniper platoon. We became very good friends..He was a picture perfect Marine. I just want everyone to know that he will never be forgotten. He was a good son, a good fiance, and a good Marine. Miss you Godwin. Rest in Peace brother.. Semper Fi!"
Cpl Penaceballos 1/8 A.co 3rdplt 2001-2005 of Anaheim, CA

"I was todd's first team leader in 1/8. He was extrememly smart, and i only had to tell him once and the assignment, what ever it was, was completed. He told me of his family and his fiance at home. He was happy, full of strength, and optimism. He was and is an excellant Marine. When i was contacted by one of my fellow Marines of his passing i was so heart broken... i am blessed to have served alongside of an excellant man. Thank you to the parents of Todd Godwin."
Cpl Gilbert S. Chavez of Phoenix, AZ. Maricopa

"I had many memories with todd, growing up with him through elementary school and high school. We had many fond memories together, Todd was best friend, a guy a could always count on, a guy who was always there for me when I needed someone the most. He will always be in my heart! And to his family , I love you all, and I miss seeing you, God Bless, and know that His death was not in vane as is every service member who has died for what they believed in!!!"
Adam Riggle- a best friend who will never forget of Zanesville, Ohio

"Hi Family and Friends of Cpl. Godwin. My husband fought with Todd in Iraq, and I vivdly remember getting the news of his death. He will forever be honored for his bravery and sacrifice. I also wanted to post that I just bought a book by Gary Livingston called "Fallujah, with Honor" It is about 1/8 's role in Operation Phantom Fury. There is a picture of Todd in the book. The very first picture of the Marines that were lost. Here is the infomation in case any of you wanted to have a copy. You can write to
Caisson Press
P.O. Box 505, North Topsail Beach, NC 28460, or you can email to: caissonpress@yahoo.com.
God Bless you all,
Danielle Davila
Wife of Sgt. Juan Davila USMC"
Danielle Davila of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Kathy, I would love for you to email me again and keep my email address if you like. Michael mourned Todds death and you sent me an email but I did not get to read it. it came to me in my bulk and I deleted it before I saw your name and tried to retrieve it and realized what I had done and I would sincerely love to keep in touch with you. Our sons were tight, as they put it and I mourn for Todd as well as Michael and I feel for your family and pray for you all. Sincerely, Jacqueline Mikkelson at, jacquelinemikkelson@yahoo.com"
Jacqueline Mikkelson of Glendale, AZ

"I am doing a project on Todd in history class i will make sure it will come out nice i will do my best on it!!!"
Kelsey of Blackstone MAss.

"I am wearing Todd's Hero Bracelet and I am thinking about him alot today...my prayers are with his family on the anniversary of his death..."
Keith Lamberg of chicago, Il

"Thanks for your service and sacrifice. We are all very blessed to have had such an outstanding man protecting us."
Carolyn of Sunnyvale, CA

"There is not much to say about this outside of Semper Fi Devil Dog, Nothing breaks the heart of a nation more than to lose one of its finest and truly that has occured. I pray that Tod's family and friends will find peace and solice in the Lord and trust that the country will never forget this young man who understood the meaning of selflessness. God bless you Tod, God bless your family and God bless America"
Preston Lange, U.S.M.C. Ret of Houston, Texas

"I served alongside him for a few years. He was a good Marine. God bless his family and the family's of all the soldiers serving our country."
W. Heath of Taunton, Mass

"to my beloved fiance, i will miss you forever. your life was my life your story was my story. i will always love and miss you with all of my heart. i saw more of you than anyone and i will always have a part of you that no one else will."
todds fiance andrea of wilmington north carolina

"to my beloved fiance, i will miss you forever. your life was my life your story was my story. i will always love and miss you with all of my heart. i saw more of you than anyone and i will always have a part of you that no one else will."
todds fiance andrea of wilmington north carolina

"I just received my Hero's bracelet with Todd's name on it. My prayers are with his family and friends. I will not let anyone forget him, and will not take off this bracelet till our troops are home..."
Keith Lamberg of Chicago, Il

"Dear Todd,
Thank you for your Service, and your Sacrifice. Thank you for the courage to stand for freedom and the conviction to fight for those who cannot. I pray for your family and friends. I thank God for making Marines like you. We honor you and your family. Semper FI
SSGT Kammerer 1/6 Marines."
SSGT Kammerer of North Carolina

"Im very sorry to hear about your sons' loss. I was with 1/8 A. company with your sons platoon. I was his corpsman for his first deployment before I got transferred to a different battalion. I was deeply saddened after I heard about todd. There's is nothing i can say to replace the love for your child. I just wanted to apologize for not being there for him."
doc mendez of houston, tx/usa

"I know your pain seems unbearable but know that you are in our thoughts. Thank you Todd for helping to make our homes safer."
Mrs. Arthur's 4th grade class of Nelsonville, Ohio

"I'm so sorry for your loss. My son Michael J. Halal served with Todd. I can vividly remember Mike writing home telling me about the loss of your son and how it upset him. That message home instilled the fear that I may lose my eldest son. My worst fears have been confirmed as we put Michael to rest today. I grieve for the loss of every life lost in Iraq and pray for the dedicated soldiers that remain behind to fight for freedom."
Kenneth M. Halal (proud father of LCPL Michael J. Halal 1/8 A Co.) of Phoenix, AZ USA

"i think my son was your sons LT.".. HIS NAME IS LT. BRANDON H. TURNER.. if he was or not my heart goes out to you and yours. my god bless all of you"
tricia turner of newton, nc

"God bless Cpl Todd Godwin and the Godwin Family..my husband is a former member of 1/8 and he knew Todd...we are deeply saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you....Todd is a true hero and will never be forgotten."
The Family of Sgt. Christopher Calhoun of Quantico,VA/USA

"Kathy and family....
We Will NEVER FORGET !"
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones
in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Todd, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge Montana "

"For each of you to take the time to write a word of sympathy regarding the loss of my son Todd moves me deeply as it does help to know that people care. Thank you so much for caring. It does help ease the pain some and you don't feel so alone with this horrific loss of a great and wonderful young man and son. Thank you so much."
Kathy Godwin of Zanesville, Ohio

"To the family and friends of Corporal Todd J. Godwin,

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, California

"To the Godwin Family,
My prayers are with you during this tragic time. I was a member of 1/8 until recently and although I didn't know Todd personally, I too feel your pain. You lost a son, we lost a brother.He will live on forever in the memories of all those who loved him. He will also live on forever in the Marine Corps, because his leadership and courage will live on in the form of the Marines he trained and inspired. Thank you Cpl Godwin, God Bless you brother."
Cpl Dennis Medina of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

"Todd is a hero in all of our hearts. My love goes to Kathy, Bill, Anna, Aaron, Sarah, and Andrea. He will truely be missed. Many are thankful for his duties. No one can say the right thing at a time like this."
Kallie Seniff of Frederick, MD

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

"Our son Nicholaus was killed on May 30, 2004 in Kufa Iraq, We share your sorrow may you find peace in the memories of him. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
Lisa and Gino Zimmer of Columbus, Ohio

"To the parents and family of Cpl Todd Godwin:
I send my prayers and my condolences to you as you bear the sorrow of losing your son. My son knows Todd because he is there and was fighting alongside him. I pray for God to give you strength at this time. Please know that we all stand with you and salute the mighty and brave Marine named Cpl Todd J. Godwin and know that in our hearts, He will never be forgotten!
God bless you all."
Dawn Copenhaver of Santee, CA/USA

"To Todd'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 Todd'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 loved one's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of need and sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen of arizona

"Thank you Todd Godwin, 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. Todd Godwin:
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 Todd 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. Todd Godwin:
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 Todd, 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