Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Goodrich

32, of Allegheny, Pennsylvania.
Goodrich died from enemy indirect fire while conducting combat operations in Hit, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Moundsville, West Virginia. During Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit was attached to Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on July 10, 2005.

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May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

Joseph P. Goodrich 7/10/05
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will." - Romans 12:1-2 (Heart)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"Goody I miss you bro I wish like hell that I was still with the unit when they got you, at least I would have got to say good bye, dumb I sure as he'll am tired of having to tell the god dawn lie of where I was at and what I was doing when you got killed, I'm sick to death of the misinformation I hope you know some how that you changed my life, and that you were the best friend I ever had, if I ever get the chance or the courage I'll go pay my respects to your folks 27 miles bro, what a hell of a way to find out. Sorry I wasn't there for you, good bye my friend. Semper Fi"
nobody of somewheresville usa

"9 years..not a day goes by...Semper Fi bro..."
Mitch Jones of Gainesville, Ga

Goody, you are a constant reminder to me of how we all should live our lives. You not only told us the right way to live, you told us from you experience. I miss talking to you and hearing your stories. I feel privileged to have had to opportunity to know you and look forward to seeing you again....Semper Fi Joe!"
Kyle Ferkett, Ssgt USMC of Pittsburgh, PA

"It has been almost 7 years and I still have a hard time accepting.
Joe and I ran circles around Pittsburgh recruiting the best we could find and I enjoyed every crazy minute! I think of Joe daily! I bring his KIA bracelet to every climb and place. I remember the day one of our fellow Marines Renee Flora found me after some searching I am sure, to deliver the horrible news. It had been years since I had any contact with the old crew. I was driving home to 29 Palms, 9 hours on the road towing a motorcycle trailer and thinking of all of the great times Joe and had! I remember singing several songs with Joe over the years as we drove all over the South Hills. The Offspring was one of our daily office energizer bunny crazy day songs. At Christmas time we would always sing the Cheech and Chong magic dust for the reindeer song.
I also remember the day we needed Renee's Father's help. Lets just say my Official Government car needed some body work.
I owe a lot to Joe Goodrich! I am very sorry it has taken me this long to write on this board. I could never find the appropriate words, still haven't but on this Memorial Day in memory of my friend I tried.
RIP Brother and I will see you again!"
MSgt (retired) Mike Gomez of Afghanistan

"One of those days !!! Remembering the good times !! Like when we got stuck across the river in Iraq , all of vehicles went down and " Joe to the recue" lol. Wow. What a ride to Haditha 0200 and we stay up talking as we watch the hummer wheel fly in from of us !! Lmao. Can't ask for a
Better night !!"
Aguilera of Pitt

"One of the best Marines Ive ever served with."
SSgt J. Bauer of Dover, De

"To the Family of Joe Goodrich,

I only met Goodrich once or twice at the annual Marine Corp Ball in Moundsville. About the time Joe lived in Indiana PA. My husband served at Moundsville with him. My husband deeply regrets that he wasn't there with Joe. Even only meeting him those few times he made an imprint on our hearts that will last forever. Currently he is in Iraq serving as a combat firemen in Joe's honor. Goodrich will be forever in our memory as a HERO."
Tracey Morris of Hopewell PA 16650

"It was with great sadness that I found out about Joe's death. Like several others that have commented, I remember working with Joe at Kennywood. Joe was always there for his fellow officers in the KPPD, as I know he was there for his fellow Marines. God bless the Goodrich family, the Marine Corps, and the entire US military."
M. Kochosky of Vancouver, WA

C. Connor of Pittsburgh,Pa


I just had a wonderful memory of Goody the other day and wanted to share it here especially for those who knew Joe. It was one of those terribly hot days in the middle of summer. We just got done with a very long day at Kennywood Park where we served as Park Police Officers. A lot of us were out that night at "The Carroussel" bar, cooling off, from the heat and our tempers from a long hot day at work... when I went down to the main bar from the top bar where we were all hanging out... and there was Goody, in the middle of the main floor, during karaoke night, singing "The Dance," by Garth Brooks. And he sounded great! To see this tough, hard-core Marine/Police Officer belting out that song was amazing. That same song came on the other day and I thought of this and wanted to share it... Not all of us saw this softer-side of Goody, but it just goes to show again, the talent this wonderful man had, and the impact he had on us all. Thanks again Goody, for the wonderful memories, the great times at the bar and on the Florida trips, and always having our backs "on the job.""
J.R. Legin of Duquesne, PA

"I met Joe through several of my friends who were Marines serving with Joe in 3/25 Moundsville. Through them I got to know Joe very well and have very fond memories of him. When I heard of the news of Joes passing I was deeply saddened and shaken to the core at the thought of such a fine person, marine, husband, brother, son and friend being taken from this world at such a young age. My deepest sympathies go out to his family and fellow marines who are currently serving all over the world. It was once said that a man has two journeys in his life...One in this world and one in the next. So at the start of Joes new journey I wish you well Goody and long for the day when I will see you again. Semper Fidelis Marine."
Andrew Wehr of Philadelphia, PA

"June 12, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Goodrich:
Joseph 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Goody, Hey Brother its Krash. With Memorial Day coming upon us, I wanted to take the time and write you again. I want you to know that your memory has not been forgotten. Many a times I have stood at the foot of your final resting place and started to cry as I said my prayers for you and your family. Before the first tear could hit my face the memories of all our good times take over and brings a smile to me. I was blessed to have spent the time with you that I did. I think of you quite often and know that you are watching over us. THANK YOU for your service. "OOH-RAHH KILLER""
Shawn "Krash" Kosanovich of Pittsburgh, PA

"Joe, I never forgot. Even in middle school, You Sticking up for the little kids. You were a hero for them and you are a hero for all of us today...I remember those great on the street football games you came to when we were young. We had a great time. I miss and love you Joe. ST. Alberts (SOUTH SIDE CATHOLIC) are so proud of you and what you have done for all of us and your country. The Goodrich family was truly, Blessed to have a son like Joe Goodrich.
He is the Son, Father, Friend that everyone should have had an opportunity to meet. He changed many of lives for the better!!!!!"
Jeff O'Connor of Tampa Bay, Florida

"I was in Lima Company, we were there in Hit when SSgt Goodrich was hit, my squad spent three days looking for the mortar team. Thank you, SSgt Goodrich, for being a Marine. Semper Fi."
Sgt Sam Balla of Columbus, OH

"He and SSgt Gomez organized a poole function in South Park, PA. I wore sunglasses to my first formation, he quickly corrected me. It was from then on that I looked up to him for guidence. I hoped to be a Marine just like him from that moment on. He was charismatic-he personified snap and pop. His uniform looked sharp and he was always willing to help another Marine often volunteering his own personal time to assist. Although I didn't continue on with him to Moundsville, I have heard many of his Marines say this of him. That defines who he was and where he came from. I can promise you that even in his community he will never be forgotten. I knew his kind well enough to say that if he had to go he would want to go for one reason his country. Thank you to the Goodrich family for creating such a man and warrior, to his wife for suffering such a great loss, and to the Marines of Moundsville for loosing a great leader and friend. SSgt Joseph P. Goodrich, I am soo proud of you!"
Renee Flora , former SSgt of Marines of Pittsburgh, PA

"I only knew Joe for one year as I worked at Kennywood but he was the kind of person that you felt like you knew your whole life. I was deeply shocked when I first heard of his untimely death. I can even remember when he let me borrow his book from Parris Island to show to my dad who was a Navy Corpsman in Vietnam. Joe is a true role model for me. My heart goes out to his family and I will keep them in my prayers. Your a true hero Joe and won't be forgotten. Semper Fi."
Joshua Burda of Duquesne Pa, USA

"Joe - Goody - Man, I will never forget you or the sacrifice that you have made on behalf of all of us. I think about you all the time, remembering all the great times we had as Kennywood Park Police Officers, riding in the car, training the rookies, all the Florida trips, and your crazy driving skills! Seeing the messages of Krash, Frizz, and Moni just made me remember all the good times again. We will never forget your grin and infectious laugh. We honor your memory and the memories of all your fallen brothers and sisters in defense of freedom. We'll meet again one day, my brother."
William Johnson of Pittsburgh, PA

July 10th, 2005 is a day I will never forget. I remember the radio traffic and having the information to figure out who was KIA and it was you my good friend. I can remember when you checked in at Moundsville. WOW we spent a lot of good times together. My brother you will never be forgotten. I miss you! Your family is in my prayers. Semper Fi!!!!"
GySgt Julian E. Galford of Hepzibah, WV USA

"i had the privilage to serve with with joe as i called him sometimes while i was at moundsville on the i-i staff there from 96-00 joe helped me several times during drills and not at drills he was a dam good man whell miss you man. semper fi sgt j. baughman / motor-t"
jeremy baughman of hagerstown,md,wash

"To the family of: Joseph P Goodrich 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 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 Brown 11677 Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga"

"To the Goodrich family,
We extend our thoughts and prayers to you for the loss of your beloved JOSEPH. May God Bless you as your try to heal.
JOSEPH - thank you for your courage and service to our country. We celebrate your life and honor your memory. You Will Not Be Forgotten. May the Angels surround your family.
From a grateful family of a US ARMY Soldier, Ft. Campbell 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq, 10-20-05"
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"Goody, In September of 1994 you came to my high school in your dress "Chucks" and asked me what I wanted to do after I graduated. I told you that I wanted to be a Marine, you then looked at me and smiled and gave one of your world famous barks. From that moment you and I became friends. I want you to know that I looked up to you and still do. You helped me be the man that I am today and I thank you for that. When the time comes and we meet again you better have your coin ready because I will not forget mine. I miss ya Goody.
Shawn "Krash" Kosanovich of Pittsburgh, PA

"I just learned of Joe's passing. I graduated from Central Catholic with Joe in 1991. I will always remember Joe's quick wit and friendship. Thank you for protecting our freedom! God bless you and your family Joe."
Tom Kelly (TK) of O'Hara, PA

"I just wanted to take the time to tell you that I am sorry for your loss. I am a member of 3/25 and had the pleasure of serving with Joe. My billet at 3/25 is the Bn Ammo Chief. Every time we went to the field I worked with Joe. He was a very kind and mild tempered individual that will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family."
SSgt Michael Johnson of Seville, Ohio

"Dear Family of Joseph Goodrich: I lost my son, Marine LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of Marine LCpl Chad Maynard and Marine Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"My condolences to the family of SSGT Goodrich. May God be with you now and always. Myself and my soldiers had the pleasure of knowing SSGT Goodrich, as we were also part of the family in HIT. He was truly a great Marine, he will never be forgotten."
SSGT Roldan,M of San Antonio, Texas

"Rest in Peace Devil Dog
J and T USMC NC"

"I worked at the carrousel by Kennywood. I saw Joe come in with the guys and he was one of the nicest guys you'd ever wait on. Many fun times came out of that place , and alot of them were memories of Joe. Karaoke nights were made great by a fun loving guy like him. My prayers to his family. He was truly a great man."
Michelle Frizzi of Mckeesport

"To the Family and Loved Ones of Joseph Goodrich;

My deepest sympathies and sincerest condolenscences to you during this time. My prayers are with you. My younger brother, best friend, and personal hero USMC SGT Jesse Strong was killed on Jan. 25th, of this year and unfortunately I know what what you going through. Just know that I am praying for you and that your own "new normal" will happen slowly but surely. He did not make the ultimate sacrifice in vain and his life and impact on this world matters more than we can even comprehend in this lifetime.

May the Lord give you peace and strength every hour, every day, as you continue in this life without Joe.

Semper Fi!"
Matthew Strong of Wexford, PA

"I graduated from Central Catholic with Joe. He was well liked and treated everyone with respect. I pray his memory is honored forever. My condolences go out to the Goodrich family and friends for their loss.

Joe, thank you for your service."
John Minyo II of Pgh, PA

"Sgt. Goodrich represents the absolute best America can offer. Words cannot adequately express the debt all of us owe him and all the other American Heroes who have given their last full measure of devotion in defense of this great nation. While no possible condolence can assuage the grief and pain of Sgt. Goodrich's family, I can only hope that those who knew and loved him best can take solace from the sure and certain knowledge that his life and service command the ultimate respect to which any human being can ever be entitled."
Phil M. Kelley of Toledo, Ohio

"To The Family of Joseph Goodrich,

I know that there is very little any of us can say to help with your pain, but we wanted to let you know how thankful we are for people like Joseph. There is only one word that can describe a person that not only donned the proud uniform of the US Marines, but also committed himself to his community as a police officer. That word is HERO.

A hero is not a baseball player who hits a homerun, but a person who protects us as we sleep in our warm, comfortable beds. A true hero does not wear a costume like Batman or Spiderman, but the badge of a police officer and the uniform of a Marine. A hero does not hold a press conference to tout their achievements, but walks the dark streets of a far off place in the name of freedom. Hero’s do not look upon the phrases “To Protect and Serve” and “Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful)” as mere words, but as a solemn promises that can never be broken. A hero is a good husband, father, son, uncle and friend. An above all, a hero is a person who answers the call when no one else will.

Hero’s have names like Joseph, which in Hebrew means “God adds.” I am sure that Sgt. Joseph Goodrich added to the lives of everyone he touched. Tonight we will say a prayer for Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, his dear family, friends and fellow soldiers. God Bless You and Thank-you Joseph.

Jeff, Laura and Matthew Chidester"
Jeff Chidester of Dover, NH/USA

"Joe, I remember meeting you when we worked together at Foodland in Carrick. You were always smiling and always had a kind word about everyone you met. I have thought about you over the years and wondered how you were doing. I'm sorry that we lost touch as our lives took different directions. You were always such a good friend to me. I will forever be grateful for your service to our country and fighting for the freedoms that I hold so dear. Thank you for all that you've done! I pray for you and your family. You are home now. I hope to see you again someday. You are truly missed."
Melissa Clarke of Pittsburgh, PA

"I have fond memories of Joe's wonderful smile and fun-loving nature. It was exciting to watch him wrestle in high school--so full of energy and life! A small piece of my heart has dulled knowing that he is no longer in this world. My deepest condolences go out to Joe's family, friends, and fellow soldiers."
Leslie Green Guilbault of Pittsburgh, PA

"Then joy, inexpressible joy, filled heaven, and the heavenly choir sang a song of praise and adoration. They touched their harps and sang a note higher than they had done before, because of the great mercy and condescension of God in yielding up His dearly Beloved to die for a race of rebels. Then praise and adoration was poured forth for the self-denial and sacrifice of Jesus, in consenting to leave the bosom of His Father, and choosing a life of suffering and anguish, and an ignominious death, that He might give life to others. {Ellen White, Early Writings, 1882. Thank you Joseph P. Goodrich for your Sacrifice also."
Harry Golden of Dillsburg, Pa. USA

"The Marines stand boldly when others cower in fear and declare that they will protect us. Joseph is a hero by his willingness to serve. We pray that God will give comfort and strength to your family and that his memory will live on through the many lives that he touched."
Jerry & Leslie Gettler of St. Louis, Missouri

"Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, may God bless your family and as we say in the Navy Fair Winds and Following Seas. I will pray for the Goodrich family. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Ernie Ball of Westminster, CO.

"I have just gotten back from a visit to Pgh. and I had run into a mutual friend and Marine from Weapons Co. 3/25 in Moundsville. He informed me of the news and I am deeply saddened, Joe will be missed. My condolences to all his family and friends."
Frank DeGaray of Reston, VA

"My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Goodrich.

My heart aches for you and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the deep hurt you feel can be in some part eased by the feeling of great pride for Joseph’s valor and deep sense of patriotism. He will always be remembered and honored as an American Hero by my family.

To Joseph I would say, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and did so willingly and without hesitation. Thank you so very much for defending my freedom. It means so much to me, to the people of NYC and to the entire nation. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice in the service of the country that I love so very much.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Most Sincerely,
Pat Shoukry"
Pat Shoukry of New York City, N.Y. - USA

"With my deepest sympathies--may his sacrifice and his family's sacrifice always be honored."
Pamela Bates of Proud wife of a 3rd ID/3BCT Soldier Currently in Iraq

"To the Family of Joseph Goodrich.

You do not know me but I wish to convey my condolensces. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the members of our military and for Joseph to give up his life for me I am eternally grateful. I too lost a very important person this week. My mother-in-law. I will pray for you and for Joseph. Thank you Joseph for your ultimate sacrifice."
Dan Colgan of McSherrystown, PA

"Our deepest sympathy to Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodriches family and loved ones. You are in our thoughts and our prayers. We are deeply grateful for Josephs service and I know that he is cradled in Gods gentle hands now. His legacy will live on in the many lives he touched in the name of freedom."
Tunes2Troops Military Support Group of Pittsburgh, Pa.

"Joe, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I will always remember the times we spent together and never forget what an outstanding marine you are. I look forward to seeing you again some day.
Semper fi.
LT. Mark "nick" Nicholson. BLT 1/2 Alpha Co."
LT Mark Nicholson of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

"Goody, it has been a long time... I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye. My prayers and thoughts are with you, your family, and our brothers in Pittsburgh law enforcement. Semper Fi, my friend."
Capt Moni Laube, USMC, Battalion Landing Team 1/2 of Camp Lejeune, NC

"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 adn SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Joseph P. Goodrich,

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, Ca USA

"To Joseph's family, I wish to express my deepest condolence to you. May God be with you as I know that Joseph is now safe in heaven. God Bless You All."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Marine Staff Sgt.Joseph P. Goodrich, "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

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace and comfort in knowing that Staff Sgt. Goodrich will not be forgotten and will forever be a hero."
Elisa Gamache and sons Alex and Ian Urquhart of Akron, Ohio

"We will never forget your ultimate sacrifice. You are a true American Hero!"
Proud Sister of a 3/25 Marine of Massillon, Ohio

"Mrs Goodrich and Joe's family,
my deepest sympathies for your loss of Joe. He was a great Marine and man. God be with you all and help ease your pain.

SSGT, I mean Joe since you always asked why I didn't call you by your first name, I will miss you and I know your Marines will also. You were a great Platoon Sergeant, and always took care of me and your guys. We'll have that beer together someday. Rest easy, Joe."
Doc Sabo of Al Assad, Iraq

"We send our deepest condolences to the Goodrich family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this time. We are truly saddened by the loss of Ssgt Goodrich. Words cannot describe...."
Marine Wife of 3/25 Akron OH

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Joseph will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Joseph. God keep you in his care and give you strength to endure your loss."
Marine Mom 3/25/4th of western NY

"Thank you Joseph Goodrich, 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 Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich:
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 Joseph 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 Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich:
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 Joseph, 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