Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Anthony L. Goodwin

33, of Mount Holly, New Jersey.
Goodwin died from enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Al Qaim, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 9, 2005.

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"May Jesus Bless you and your homes with love and laughter as you recall his fond memories.. May your joy be restored and laughter too but your smile after all as you think of your loved one and MARINE. Semper Fidelis USMC Vet."
Matthew of CORONA,CA

"I'm sorry Tony! I am glad to have known you, and will always respect you!"
Mike Hughes of Raleigh, NC

"Rest in peace brother. Your sacrifice is never forgotten. Even in death, you continue to inspire and motivate your fellow Marines. Your legacy is ensured in the hearts and minds of those with whom you led and served alongside. Semper Fi,
CWO3 DP"
David of Quantico, Va

"To the family of:Anthony L. Goodwin
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""

"The blood of the fallen is the seed to freedoms tree. (Thomas Campbell) Proud to have once served with Tony. RIP Brother. We know your guarding heavens streets. Semper Fi"
Daren Klitzsch of Bluffton, SC

"It saddens my heart to hear of any fellow marine that perishes in combat not not more than some I know. Anthony Goodwin was a good friend of many that I served with during the first Gulf War. I pray that his family is well and that we will all see him again when the time is right. RIP in Gods hands my Friend."
Sgt. Joaquin H. Berrios of San Antonio, TX.

"SSgt Goodwin, Tony, was a great leader. He showed me a lot that I emmulate and that I will always pass on to my troops in the future. He was a great man and I will always remember him and the lessons learned. Semper Fidelis"
Sgt Gregorio I. Padilla of Cheraw, SC USA

"I met goodwin what seems like a long time ago....I was married to one of his Marines. I met him during one of the "bonding" get togethers before that deployment...and he was so motivating and such a hardcore Marine...i was in awe...he truly was one of the few and proud. not to mention an avid tequila drinker,lol...oorah!"
Brandi Padilla of Myrtle Beach,SC

"I proudly served with Anthony Goodwin. As I sit here tonight with my children and post this message, I am honored to share with them the memories I have of him. They will grow up knowing that men like him are the reason they enjoy freedom."
Jeff Forbes of Brandon, Mississippi

"If I had known I wouldn't see you again I would have said goodbye. You can measure a man by the impression he makes, and Tony, you were everything a Marine should be. As long as I breathe your memory will live forever. Thanks for everything."
Russ of Baghdad

"To Tony's family,

I am truly sorry for your loss. I just found out about Tony through another Marine we served with. I served with Tony in the Gulf in 90-91. We arrived at Dragons 1/6 at the same time.
I can even remember walking Fire Watch with him. His loss is truly a tragedy, but he died doing what he loved, being a Marine."
Jim Kelley of Old Saybrook, CT

"To the family of Anthony Goodwin,
I served with Tony during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He was assigned to 1st Bn, 6th Marines right before we deployed for Japan in '89. He was assigned to Dragons Platoon and right away fit right in. Even as a "Boot" he was a hard chargin' motivated Devil Dog. I lost touch with him after I discharged in '92. I was perusing USMC pics online and came across a pic of Tony, only to find out he was KIA. It was very disheartening to say the least. I quickly dug through some old pics and found 2 with a very young lookin Tony in them. I'd like to share those pics with his family, I can be reached by e-mail @ dvldog911@aol.com...R.I.P. Tony and Semper Fi"
Rick Munoz of Toms River, NJ

"I served with Anthony at 8th Marines in 90-93 and just recently found out about his loss. He was and will always be an outstanding Marine. Semper Fi!"
MSgt William E. Hetrick Jr. of MCB Quantico, VA

"January 29, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Anthony L. Goodwin:
Anthony 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

"Rest in peace fellow Warrior,

You are not forgotten and I still tell stories of the finest infantrymen I served with in combat. God bless your family until you all see each other again.

Semper Fi"
Warrant Officer D. Pedraza of Jacksonville, NC

"Staff Sergeant Goodwin, was an instructor of mine at Marine Combat School, out of all the instructors who seemed to hate being there and doing their job, SSgt Goodwin took the time needed to make sure that we all knew what we were doing, and did it well, I ran in to him from time to time around Lejeune a few years later, he always left saying "if you ever need help with anything let me know" He was that kind of guy, the hard core Marine immage and attitude would have you fooled but he had the best interest of his past and present Marines always in mind. I will miss you friend!


edmcevoy@yahoo.com"
Sgt, Ed McEvoy of Glassboro NJ

"I served with Tony in Nasariyah during our firt tour in Iraq. He was a true warrior who always put others welfare before his own right until the end. He pushed on and continued to fight after a stroke that might have forced him out of the Marine Corps, which is how he approached everything that he did. There were no large obstacles to this man. Tony, we will truly miss you brother, and I will drink much beer in your honor. Semper Fi."
Gunnery Sergeant Dylan Goldman of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

"I served with Anthony on the USS Guam in Yugoslavia and in 1st Battalion 6th Marines. I want to say he was and is definitely a true Marine. To his family, he loved you and spoke of you often when I spent about 3 years with him from 1990-1993. Your family is in my prayers and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or his kids. My email is greenejo@earthlink.net. God bless you all! Anthony, Rest in Peace, my brother! Semper Fi!"
Sgt. Todd Greene USMC of Wilson, NC

"I will always remember you as the first friendly face I saw when I got to Iraq. Do you remember when I bumped into you at Camp Ripper? We were sittin' there BSing about things and I told you that I wanted to be a Marine and leader more like you. You said "Man, you don't wanna be a Staff Sergeant like me." I knew exactly what you meant; that there aren't many Marines around like you who put their Marines first above all else - even their career.

Well, Tony, I was gonna have some beers with you when we came home. When I found out I'd been selected, you were the one I wanted to pin my rockers on me. Turns out that you won't be coming home, but I know you did it because you wanted all of your boys to.

And I've got some good news for ya: now I have the chance be a little more like you. I'll be thinking of you every day, and I will not let you or my Marines down."
SSgt Jared Dugger of 2d Marine Division

"It was an honor to serve with SSgt Goodwin in Iraq. He was a manifestation of everything that Marines respect about the Marine Corp. He was hard as steel and had a true warriors spirit. I am a better Marine for having known him."
LCpl Timothy Bos of Jacksonville NC

"I knew Ssgt Goodwin when I was at Lejuene,My first impression of him, he was hard dog always tough on the Marines and he believed in his work he wanted to train those men right. He thought about them not being train enough, I remember one thing that really caught my eye, it was when he restored a abandoned slave cememtary with a help from a few people, he brought a possitive influence to a community so they would not be forgetten as well, he was a true Marine."
Ssgt Whitman of Quantico Va

"To all who knew Anthony, You knew what type of man he was. The Best damn friend a person could know. I grew up with Anthony in High School- San Antonio, TX is where we meet. NJROTC. He was a Marine through and through, even in High School. I've put together a video clip in his memory. You can visit my website, where I've posted pictures in his memory.
http://www.infoline1.com Just follow the links for anthony"
Joe Dale of Temple, TX

"To a true warrior, hero and friend, you shall never be forgoten, your memory will always be with us, we were brothers in arms and brothers in life, we rode scooters, drank much beer, and had some wild times and the memories will be held in our souls forever, you truly will be missed BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN, I will fly your flag with pride every year I make the run to the wall and drink much beer in your honor, and yes I will get PAYBACK.
"Semper Fi" my brother"
GySgt Jim Boutin of 2d Bn 6th Marines

"Staff sgt. Anthony L. Goodwin my father was a great marine it was what he loved to do. I feel i've lost a piece of me that i just gained. I'll never know what it's like to hug him, or to say dad i love you, or spend father daughter bonding and i'll forever feel lost, but i will still always think of what it would be like. And i have this whole new family that i will cherish and keep close. Dad you're loved and i know you know it we'll never forget you ever."
Stephanie Brenner of Lumberton, NJ

"If SSgt "Of Marines" Goodwin were to chose his fate, he would have chosen to die in the heat of the battle, hookin' and a jabbin' along side his Marines. Over 100 insurgents paid with their lives that night, and if Anthony were here to tell us, he got at least 99 of them! When I spoke with him shortly before he left for what would be his final mission, he said "Killer, I wish you were here with me... because even though you are a girl, you are the only one I would take to the battlefield with me".
Each day that passes I feel the emptiness of not having my Best Friend to call upon. He always knew what to say and what to do. Whether I liked it or not, I would follow him blindly, because if no one else, I knew he would never steer me wrong.
He was my hero in life and a legend in death... I love you SSgt Goodwin and I am honored to have you for my brother. Semper Fidelis! Your Reet"
SSgt Rita Atkinson of Jacksonville, NC

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

"To The Goodwin Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"I AM ONE OF ANTHONY'S BEST FRIENDS..WE MET UNDER FIRE IN AN NASIRIYAH WHILE IN IRAQ..THIS MAN WAS SUCH A MARINES MARINE AND TRULY FOUGHT TO STAY IN AFTER HAVING A STROKE AND RECOVERING..ALL HE WANTED TO DO IS FIGHT FOR WHAT HE BELIEVED IN AND FOR THE FREEDOM OF HIS FAMILY...HE WAS TRULY THE BEST FRIEND A PERSON COULD WISH FOR..WE RODE ROLING THUNDER LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR WE GATHERED AND RODE IN HONOR OF TONY WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN HIS 34TH BIRTHDAY ON SATURDAY..GOING TO HIS BURIAL SITE STILL DOES NOT SEEM REAL BUT THIS IS THE WAY HE WANTED TO DO THINGS.HE IS AMERICA'S HERO AND FOR MY BROTHER UP IN HEAVEN, WHO I KNOW IS WATCHING OVER ME AND ALL OF US, "BROTHER, MY LIFE AND CAREER AS A MARINE IS BETTER BECAUSE OF KNOWING YOU..I MISS YOU EVERY DAY AND I WILL SEEK REVENGE ON ALL TERRORIST BASTARDS IN YOUR NAME..YOU CAN COUNT ON THAT..SEMPER FIDELIS BROTHER""
GUNNY SCHIELEIN of WTBN, QUANTICO, VA

"To the family of Anthony L. Gordon. We are so full of sorrow for this fallen hero. Our son is part of Anthony's platoon and we will add you to our prayer's."
Peter and Maureen Greco of Denver, CO

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From the family of LCpl Branden P. Ramey, KIA 11/8/04"
Sandy of CA

"Greg and Aunt Brenda,
I am so sorry to hear about Tony. He and I lost touch back in 1993 while he was in North Carolina and Greg was stationed in Germany. I would occasionally check via the internet to see if I could reconnect with Tony, always unsuccessfully. I ran this check this morning and checked with Bea to see if it really was Tony. I am so sorry. Please feel free to email me. shannon.kein@navy.mil
All my love,
Your cousin,
Shannon (Stirk)Kein
ET1 USN"
Shannon Kein nee Stirk of Jacksonville, Fl

"Greg and Aunt Brenda,
I am so sorry to hear about Tony. He and I lost touch back in 1993 while he was in North Carolina and Greg was stationed in Germany. I would occasionally check via the internet to see if I could reconnect with Tony, always unsuccessfully. I ran this check this morning and checked with Bea to see if it really was Tony. I am so sorry. Please feel free to email me. All my love,
Your cousin,
Shannon (Stirk)Kein
ET1 USN"
Shannon Kein nee Stirk of Jacksonville, Fl

"TO GREG GOODWIN AND HIS FAMILY, I'M SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. THE SACRIFICE THAT YOU HAVE MADE, AND CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU THROUGH ALL OF YOUR PAIN AND SUFFERING. I KNOW THE PAIN YOU'RE ENDURING, AND WISH YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO. PLEASE TAKE CARE"
SAMANTHA HATFIELD of PEMBERTON,NJ/BURLINGTON

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Anthony L. Goodwin,

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

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

"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 and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Thank you Anthony Goodwin, 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. Anthony Goodwin:
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 Anthony 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. Anthony Goodwin:
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 Anthony, 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