Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Lance T. Graham

26, of San Antonio, Texas.
Graham died from explosions as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment, 4th Division, San Antonio, Texas. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on May 7, 2005.

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"On this Memorial Day, I am mindful of Lance Cpl. Lance Graham's sacrifice. Condolences to his family."
mary alice rich of dallas, TX

"I think of Lance often and our entire family miss him. We have a picture on our refrigerator where he is dressed as Santa Claus at a fire department Christmas party. My daughters truly loved and still love him. I can still see them hanging from his arms as if he were a jungle gym. Love you Lance. You will never be forgotten."
Selma Fire Chief Scott Lee, retired of Schertz, Texas

"I HAVE YOUR PICTURE UP AT MY FIRE STATION.
CLASS 98B.
selma 354"
Capt.Mario Troncoso of Selma Fire Dept. Selma TX

"Memorial Day 2010. Thinking about Lance today. I went through the Fire Academy with him, class 98B, and fought fire with him while he was with Selma. To all of us he was known simply as "Cornfed". Miss ya man."
LT Robert Gardner Cibolo Fire Department. of Cibolo, TX.

"October 13, 2009
To the Family:
Lance was a blessing to all that knew him....and if you knew him, then you absolutely loved him! He will carry on in our hearts and memories.
My prayers go out to his family for their deep felt sorrow."
Michele L. Rode of Coatesville, PA

"Dear Graham Family, Lance will not be forgotten. You are in our prayers. In Christ,"
Pam Danny Reid of Saginaw, Tx.

"Lance,
I miss you. We played softball together for a few years of Sundays before you went off to war. I still wish you hadn't gone, but I know that to be selfish. You were buried the day my daughter was born. I still wear your "Die Strong" wristband on my daughters birthday. You were so young. We miss you playing at 1st base. You were so big when you went into your stretch you could tag them out at 2nd while still getting the force at 1st. I hope you have found peace. God bless you and your family."
Daniel "Hippie" Sandbach of San Antonio, TX

"I and three other Marines carried Lance from his place of death to the back of an amtrac four years ago today. He will always be remembered for the good days and the bad. Die Strong was his moto and I hope to live up to his example."
Jason of Ohio

"May 1, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Lance T. Graham:
Lance 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 did not know Lance. I read his "Last Letter" in Newsweek. He asked that "one of you travel, see the world, do the things I never got to do". I was very touched by the letter and has remained in my mind. I will forever appreciate his contribution to freedom. I have a surplus of frequent flier miles and would like to make that happen for one of his siblings. Please contact me canaan@aol.com. Best, Canaan."
Canaan Rubin of Venice, CA

"To the family of:Lance T. Graham 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"

"My condolences go out to the family. I knew Lance well through Middle and High School in San Antonio and he was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
Mark DeBree of Dallas, Texas

"I had the privilege of meeting Lance through my dad. He truly was a great person and is greatly missed. I'll never forget him."
Sabrina of SA, TX

"To the young man he called his closest brother. Ashley Hildebrand, although they were not brothers by blood, I know your pain and grief is overwhelming. Know that he spoke of you and your parents often and loved all of you deeply."
John of Ohio

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
You gave your all for us and our country."
Rick Graham of Poplarville, Mississippio

"I had the honor of earning the title with Lance. Amazingly on my way out of Iraq I ran into him after years of not seeing each other. I'm really glad I had that chance to say good bye to a great Marine and man. My prayers are with Lance's family."
Lcpl. Aldape, Bernie of Austin, Tx

"I'll never forget you, brother. It was an honor to serve with you..."
Sgt JNH of San Antonio, TX, United States of America

"Were a star quenched on high, For ages would its light, Still travelling downward from the sky, Shine on our mortal sight.
So when a great man dies, For years beyond our ken. The light he leaves behind him lies Upon the paths of men.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
I have also lost a close sibling and will always be very touched in my heart to Lance. He gave his life to our country and to our freedom. He had more strength, courage, and wisdom than most individuals. He gave his life for humanity!!"
Christine Grunewald of San Antonio, Tx/United States

"To the Family of Lance T. Graham,

Your son was our Hero for the Day 8 Aug. 2005 at the Multi-National Corps Iraq evening brief. We put his picture up for a moment of silence."
Chaplain J. MIchael Hakanson, CHC, USN of Baghdad, Iraq

"To the Family and Friends of LCpl. Lance Graham, I was saddened to hear of your loss and would just like you to know that our Thoughts and Prayers are with you daily. May your Son's memory, his friendship, his sacrifice be remembered always... God Bless."
The Lynch Family of Glen Allen, VA

"Lance, you will stay in my heart forever. you are truly my Guarian Angel and while you are shining down on all of your family, friends, and soldiers, just remember you will never be forgotton. I love you big guy! :-)"
Jennifer of Pleasanton, Tx

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

"I feel very honored to have met Lance through my BIL, Jeremiah. The last time I saw him, was at his going-a-way party. He was such a wonderful friend and person to my sister and family. I still think of him daily and hope the family is doing okay. Thank you, Lance for keeping us safe. We will NEVER EVER forget you."
Angela Gonzalez of Selma, Texas

"To The Graham 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

"To the family of LCpl Graham,
Your son paid the ultimate sacrafice. I am so honored to have been his rackmate at MCT and our MOS school in North Carolina. God Bless him and your family. He was a great friend and Marine."
LCpl Gabe Galbraith of Arlington, VA

"I am so sorry!! God bless you. Lance was a wonderful man. I will always remember him, as a little boy fishing with his brothers. Swimming in the river, he never did show any fear, but he always had a warm smile! Jennifer Perkis"
Jennifer Perkis of Chicago

"I worked with Lance long ago at the Rolling Oaks Movie Theater. I was one of his supervisors. He was a handful and pushed my limits at times (to say the least). I just recently learned of his service and death. I am proud to say that I knew him, and his service and courage do not surprise me. He lived his life in a big and exciting way and I am thankful that he was willing to fight for me and my family. I am sorry for you loss. I hope that knowing that there are those like me that carry fun memories of Lance will help ease your pain slightly."
Katy (Roberts) Carroll of Mesa, AZ

"Lance was a great friend to me and many others. I would like to tell the family that i am deeply sorry for the loss of Lance. I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with him several times on his duty away and wanted to let you know an important question I asked him. I asked if he regreted being over there and his response was so like him. He said not for a minute. He was proud to be over there. I miss him very much and I am praying for your family everyday. You will always be in my thoughts. With all my love and deep sympathy,"
Jessica Koranek of San Antonio, TX

"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

"For Cliff,Sherry,Ryan,&Kyle,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
We also know the sorrow and hurt you are feeling. But be assured our Father in Heaven does not over look your son's bravery and the honor he gave for our great nation.
Be assured our prayers are with you all."
Don, Sherry,&Matt , Mitch&Tonya,Brian&Barb DeYoung, &JoLynn & Scott Baily of St. Anne,Ill., Bourbonnais,Ill,Crest Hill,Ill, & Albuquerque,NM.

"To The Family of Cliff,Sherry and kids,
We are sorry for your loss, you and your family are in our prayers.May god be with you at these times,and Lance was a great person, he was brave and strong!
GOD BLESS YOU!"
The Family of Laurie Fieleke, Schnepp of Lafayette,Indiana

"this is crystal jarrell(fieleke) i wanted to say im so sorry. we all have you in our prayers. we love you and are so so sorry for our and your loss."
crystal fieleke of laf, indiana

"this is crystal jarrell(fieleke) i wanted to say im so sorry. we all have you in our prayers. we love you and are so so sorry for our and your lose."
crystal fieleke of laf, indiana

"To the family of Lance Graham.
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I knew Lance throught out middle and high school, having some classes and friends together. My thoughts and prays go out to you. God bless."
Eric Allen Mueth of San Antonio

"Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten. God Bless Hero!"
3/25 Sister of Massillon, Ohio

"To Ciff, Sherry, Ryan, and Kyle,
My love and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. I will never forget Lance for his bravery and the way he fought for my freedom. It takes a special person to do the things that he did and he will never be forgotten. I hope that you find peace and comfort in the fact that you will see him again. This was not the end but the beginning of his eternal life with his heavenly father. I am so blessed to have known him and be a part small part of his life.Thank You for raising such a wonderful man. God Bless you all!"
A cousin and friend, Tammy Earsley (De Young) of Bradley, Il

"My heart and prayers go out to the family of such a fine young man .You have everything to be proud of in his ultimate gift to us all.He died fighting for his beliefs in our country and our way of life. He was great young man who was loved by many and will be missed by many more. God be with you all in this time of sorrow. on behalf of myself and my shipmates from the US NAVY."
MACM SW/AW Lee v. Mckinney of NTTC LACKLAND San Antonio TEXAS USA

"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

"You were a ray of sunshine, a gentle giant, a big warm teddy bear and one of the greatest joys in our lives. While the grief is almost unbearable, we are so grateful that you graced our lives. We appreciate your parents, Sherry and Joe and brothers, Ryan & Kyle for sharing you with us."
Suzanne & Ray Hildebrand of San Antonio, Tx, USA

"To the family of Lance Graham:

We too are experiencing the pain you are going through. We lost my brother Cpl Gary Walters 4/24/05. My prayers are with you. Lance will always be remembered as a Hero. I will never forget the sacrifices made by our fine soldiers. May God give you all strength these next couple of weeks, they are very tough."
Heather Walters- Brown of Victoria, Texas

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Lance T. Graham,

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

"Marine Lance Cpl. Lance T. Graham, "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

"To Lance'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 as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' children. Our sons are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern", 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"My heart goes out to Lance's family and friends."
Marine MOM 3/25/4th of western NY

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

"Thank you Lance Graham, 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 Lance Cpl. Lance Graham:
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 Lance 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 Lance Cpl. Lance Graham:
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 Lance, 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