Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Kyle J. Grimes

21, of Northampton, Pennsylvania.
Grimes died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"Kyle, you know that we have a plaque honoring your service to our country in the lobby of Liberty High School. I was honored the day you came back to let me see you in your uniform. You were a proud Marine. I will never forget you."
Joyce Bogusky of Bethlehem, PA

"I never met you Kyle, but I know how much you were loved and are missed by your family. Thank you for serving our country!"
CP of Bethlehem

Much love and respect from your Liberty High School family. We will not forget you and your family."
RJ of Bethlehem, PA

"Thank you. Liberty still cares for what you fought and died for."
Class of 2013 of Bethlehem Pa USA

"Your honor, courage and commitment will never be forgotten at Liberty High School. Thank you for your sacrifice."
US History 3 Block 1 of Bethlehem Pa USA

"Hey man,
Its your old boy Sean Ryan, A co. 1/3. In my mind today you and I are gonna go work out at Semper fit on K-bay today. Seems like god always takes the best. Thought about you today.

Semper Fi

- Sean"
Sean of New York

"It's been a while since I posted here. I'm thinking of you today for some reason. I miss our creative writing class at Liberty High School, the "cookie dough" party we had...I miss you. I know you're in heaven, and I can't wait to get there someday and see you. It will be quite a reunion."
Megan Faver (Hackenbrack) of Phoenix, AZ

"It has been a long time since Kyle sat in my Social Studies class at Liberty High School. I still remember his contagious laugh. He touched my life. He was a good human being and I will miss and remember him forever."
Mr. Dunton of Bethlehem, Pa.

"Kyle grimes was an exceptional man he was and will always be my best friend, his name is tattooed on my left bicep, we went to hell and back together we did everything together i loved him. He was my brother and my hero and i will never forget him"
john dugan of new york city

"January 17, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Kyle J. Grimes:
Kyle 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

"Hi, Kyle you probably don't really remember me. but i'm sure you knew my mom. i found old pictures of you,katie david and i easter egg hunting when were we little. and then i seached for you and this came up. i wish i would have gotten to know you better everyone in the family made you sound so awesome and amazing. i remember everyone being heart broken when they found you left, and how it was hard to tell kayla. i don't really see that family that much any more but you guys were always like my other family. i still have your picture in my wallet and whenever conversation comes up i tell people all the stories your dad [bob] told me. i know my mom still thinks about you alot, and we always wonder how things would be if you were still here,but sometimes it feels like you not gone. we miss you terribly and i know one day all of us will be together again.<3"
julianna of bethlehem

"You are deeply missed I rember haning with you in wreslting practice in High School. And seeing you a year later all dressed in you Marine Uniform."
SSgt Kevin T Emerich 386ECS

"Kyle there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you,the westside lost a true friend!I'll keep the promise I made to you to the best I can and keep your sister safe and your niece and nephew.I miss you brother."
PFC William Goble United States Army of Camp Casey ,South Korea

"Grime dog, I can't believe it has been almost six years since we were in boot camp and SOI together and we came to my home in Memphis. I still haven't found someone that can compete with you at beer pong! Semper Fi brother... I'll see you when I get there. Oliver"
Paul Oliver of Memphis TN USA

"We Love and Miss you Kyle. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of you."
Your Loving Cousin of Bethlehem

"Gone from my touch, but never my mind. Gone from my sight but never my heart. Kyle it's almost been 3 years since you left me and it has taken me this long to even get enough courage to leave a message. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you and the last phone call you made. I keep trying to make sense of everything in my head but I just keep going around in circles. If I could do it all over again I would tell you how much I loved you instead of waiting until you came back home like we said we would. I have fallen in love with your entire family and am blessed to have them in my life. You were and will always be my HERO. I will love you forever Cpl Kyle "Danger" Grimes"
Chandra Steenhoek of Sacramento, CA

"dont think of kyle died..think of him right next to us walking with us a prtecting us from any danger would cousld be in...i just want to thank Kyle for being her with me. Thank you!

kyle's cousin"
Katie of Beth, Pa

"Kyle we miss you brother Semper Fi and God Bless Your Family,
Bethlehem, Pa
Justin Machain (Cpl. Machain 1st Mar. Div. 5th Mar. Reg. Hooooooorah!)
I Love You And Miss You,
Justin Machain of Bethlehem, Pa. 18018

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"I had the pleasure of serving with Lcpl Grimes during his first deployment with C co 1/3. He Always made everyone laugh and was the first to crack a joke. I regret His familys loss and hope that they can find some comfort in knowing that he made others happy even when things were at there worst."
Sgt. rocco of quantico ,va

"I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. Prayfullly 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 at Gateway Communily Church,11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 Phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"What can I say...Kyle, I love you. Never met you, but you are my family. Thank you for being a hero and a true American. I love all of our soldiers! Proud American!"
Tracy Malone of Pittsburgh/Chicago-USA

"To the family of Kyle,

My greatest sympathy to you on your loss. I know the depth of what you feel as my son, Cpl. Timothy M. Gibson, was on that helicopter. I know they are still together in heaven.

May God bless you and hold you in the palm of His hand."
Elaine Gibson of Merrimack, NH

"I am so sorry for your loss for I am feeling it also. I am the father of Lcpl Brian Hopper, who was on the helicopter with Kyle. May our memories never fade."
Rob Hopper, rob.hopper@pbsgc.com of Wynne, AR

"My name is Lauren. I was Kyle's second cousin. I never met him in person but he is a true hero. I go to Parkville Middle School and we did a Fallen Heros project. We painted portraits of fallen heros. I first started painting a portrait of James L. Pettaway Jr.
In the middle of my portrait i found out Kyle had died. So my V.G.A teacher decided that she would help me paint a portrait of Kyle as soon as i was done painting my protrait of James L. Pettaway. My school was in the SUN paper and on CNN because of this powerful display. We all truly honor these soldiers and im sorry for their families loss. Rest in Peace Kyle J. Grimes and James L. Pettaway."
Lauren of Baltimore, MD

"Kyle will be remebered in our prayers and hearts. Thank You for fighting for this country. Kyle you are a hero. You will not be forgotten."
Jon Winklepleck , Uncle of Cpl. Nathan Schubert of Sioux Falls SD

Thank you Kyle and all the brave marines who were aboard that chopper. All that you and your brother marines have done for us, we deeply appreciate it. You are true American hero's and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you all! From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw Family of Pasadena, Maryland

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on the helicopter with Kyle. My condolences to his family, as I share in the loss of one so loved. We are forever united through the sacrifices these young men made. Thank you and God Bless"
Sally Rapp of Westlake, Ohio

"My son, Richard Gilbert, Jr., perished with Kyle and 29 other heroes on that helicopter. I do remember Richard mentioning your son's name a few times when we talked. May God ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"My brother Cpl. Richard Gilbert, Jr. was with Kyle that tragic day. My condolences to his family."
Melissa Rader of Dayton,Ohio

"Thank you."
of Bethlehem PA

David Brown of Dayton, OH

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kyle. I have also shared in a similar loss. My fiancee Spc Shawn Davies died in July in Iraq. May you find comfort in all your memories with Kyle. Please know many thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless and take Care."
Autum Shingler ashingler09@yahoo.com of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

"Kyle and I had grown up together in Bethlehem, Pa and had went to school with eachother since the first grade. It is a horrible tradgedy that his life was taken while serving his country during an unnecessary time in this world. Kyle will always be remembered for his kind heart and his bravery to defend freedom."
Randy TenEyck of Bethlehem, Pa USA

"To the family and friends of Corporal Kyle J. Grimes,

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."
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"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

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

"To the family and friends of Kyle ,my deepest sympathest go out to you. Kyle will always be remembered and he truly is a hero."
Mike Rose of King wood NJ

"To Kyle's Mom: My name is Connie, I am the mother of Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Baum USMC, killed in action May 3rd, 2004 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Please, please know that my prayers are with you. If you need to talk at any time, please email me at connincrew@aol.com and I will contact you immediately. If possible, I would like to know what arrangements are being made for Kyle's return. My son would want me to honor his fallen "brother" and to be there for his mom. My heart aches for you and am so saddened by your loss.
Semper Fi, OOOORAH. Stay strong, lean on others BIG TIME and take care of Kyle's mom!!
Only a mother knows another mother's broken heart. This does not mean that the suffering of others is less than ours, at all, just that one mom knows the heart of another angel Marine's mom. God's strength and grace.
Gunny Baum's Mom..."
Connie Hilling of Williamsburg, Pa

"Thank you Kyle Grimes, 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. Kyle Grimes:
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 Kyle 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. Kyle Grimes:
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 Kyle, 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