Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Nathaniel T. Hammond

24, of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Hammond died as a result of enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Corps Reserve, Chicago, Illinois. Died on November 8, 2004.

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"12 years today and not forgotten. We miss you Nate."
Deckard Family of MO

"Thanks be to you and the brave men who served by your side. God bless and be with all of you.
Memorial Day 2016."
Jared & family of MO

"MEMORIAL DAY 2016- YOUR SACRIFICE IS NEVER FORGOTTEN. SEMPER FIDELIS."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"ANOTHER YEAR,AND YOUR MEMORY NEVER FADES.NOVEMBER SUCKS.NEVER FORGOTTEN BROTHER."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"Tomorrow will be 11yrs since you have passed. Sometimes I close my eyes and it feels like just yesterday we were sitting in your parents living room playing Mario Go Kart with Katie. There is so much about you that I miss. So many memories I cherish and so many moments I wish I hadn't taken for granted. You were my first love and my best friend. I am thankful for the time we had together. I have to believe God had bigger plans for you. You will always remain in my heart and will forever be missed. Until we meet again......"
Alicia Sharpe of Tulsa, Ok

"Memorial Day 2015. We miss you as much as ever. Thank you for your sacrifice to our nation."
Jared and family. of Brighton, MO

"MEMORIAL DAY 2015-YOUR MEMORY AND SACRIFICE LIVE ON EVERYDAY.ALWAYS FAITHFUL."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

"10 years. I had the honor to meet several of your marine brothers over the weekend. You are certainly still missed and left an incredible impression on everyone who was blessed enough to know you. May God continue to bless you and all our military veterans. We love you Nate."
Jared and family. of Brighton

"NOV.8TH 2014-10 YEARS AND THE MEMORY NEVER FADES.SEMPER FIDELIS BROTHER."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO.ILLINOIS

"Remembrance.....
10yrs. Rest easy Devil."
Anonomyous

"I helped train Nathan at DHL Worldwide Express when he got hired there in Tulsa back in the late 1990s. We rode together for a while and loaded the cargo plane together most nights. I remember his unfailing ethics, genuine love of God and his family (he talked about friends, home (Missouri)and his family all the time), and matter-of-fact sense of duty to his country. Even at that young age, the man was fearless, but never in an off-putting way.
Because of our work hours, we only got Thanksgiving Day off; this kept Nathan from going home that weekend. I invited him over, and had the pleasure to share Thanksgiving dinner with Nathan, my wife, my two sons, and other family. He was a truly great man and rare individual, and my family and I are blessed to have known him even a little.
My thoughts and prayers to his many friends, fellow Marines and family, you should be forever proud.
To Nathan, I (like many) still miss and think about you my friend. Your ultimate personal sacrifice, while seeming terribly unfair, is not forgotten. Rest in peace."
James Russell ( lionsden88888@yahoo.com ) of Tulsa, OK

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day. Wishing my boys could have met you, but happy to tell them stories about you."
Jared & family of Springfield, MO

"Hammond family keeping you all in our prayers as we remember and honor Nate."
Donna T of Marshfield MO

"Wow, It has been almost 10 years since you've left...I Didn't know you that well because I was so young but your presence still lingers. I wish I had gotten to know you better but you're in a much better place. I think about you a lot and keep you in my prayers.Love you cousin. You are a true hero. Semper Fi"
C. Boakes of Texas

"9 years passed and I think of you all the time
I love you brother and you will never be forgotten!"
Katie of missouri

"9 years and we miss you as much as ever."
Jared Deckard of Brighton, MO

"NOV 8 ,2013....NINE YEARS. NEVER FORGOTTEN. SEMPER FIDELIS!"
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"Today marks 9 years! You are wrapped in gods arms and in a safe and beautiful place now. Richard misses you so much and still after 9 years is having a really hard time with you'r loss. I keep telling him that you are better off where you are wrapped in the lords arms. We know he gave you a special set of wings for all you did for our country. So many people love and miss you each and every day of the year. I feel that you are at rest Nate and continue to watch over all of your family, Marines, and Doc. You are loved and missed. Rest in peace Cpl. Nathaniel T. Hammond KIA 8 Nov 2004!"
Barb Kasper of Asheboro, North Carolina

"You are gone but never forgotten. I had the privilege to serve as your squad leader for a few months in Broken Arrow Ok before my service time was up. You were a good man, a good Marine, and I was proud to serve alongside you and the rest of the Marines from the Broken Arrow Reserves. I came across an old picture a few years ago of you and I getting ready to climb up a rock bluff when we went to Mountain Warfare training in Bridge Port Cal for our two week deployment back in year 2000 (or year 2001 or 2002) I believe. Every Memorial day I make sure to post it to serve as a reminder to all of the eminence sacrifices many of our service members (and their family) make to keep our freedom alive. Semper Fi my Marine brother."
Dustin Ross of Frisco, TX

"I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE CONTACT WITH ANY FAMILY MEMBERS.

MAURY WAY
803 DORMAN ST.
SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS 72762
PHONE 479- 225-1487"
MAURY WAY of SPRINGDALE,ARKANSAS

"INDEPENDENCE DAY 2013.YOU WERE IN MY THOUGHTS.RIP BROTHER."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO, IL

"Memorial Day 2013. I lowered the flags with honor thinking of you Nate."
Jared Deckard of Brighton, MO

"2013 MEMORIAL DAY.NEVER FORGOTTEN."
LON COGLEY of CHICAGO

"We found a commemorative bracelet in Bloomington, IN. It's black and made of metal. It was outside a gunshop. If anyone knows who this may belong to, call (812) 333-4867 ask for Gary. Thank you"
Gary of Bloomington, IN USA

"In honor of you and your family on Veterans Day, thank you."
Tim Hammond of Richland, WA

"Another year has passed but not without a thought about you. Sorry I did not post yesterday. We lowered the flag for you as always. you will always be with us in our hearts and thoughts. People will ask who is that guy in that picture and before I can respond my youngest says "that's my Uncle Nate, he is with god now" Semper Fi and God Bless you and your family. We all love and Miss you Nate but we know you are happy and smiling down on everyone!"
Barb of Asheboro, NC

"I am here again today, honoring my friend."
Todd Sukany of Pleasant Hope, MO

"Today we are reminded of how precious life is. Eight years ago today I lost my best friend Nate. I am thankful my wife got to know Nathan and his quirks. He was a hilarious guy with a big heart. He often checked in on Shannon while I was deployed to Iraq and he was still home, and I talked with him a time or two while I was deployed and he made sure I was staying faithful to her. I returned from war a few weeks before Nate left. Very glad I had the opportunity to spend some fun times before he left and Iím thankful I was able to tell him goodbye. We miss you dearly Nate."
Jared & Shannon Deckard of Brighton, MO

"NOV. 8th, 2012. YOUR SACRIFICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. THE WOUNDS NEVER HEAL. 8 YEARS HAS PASSED AND EVERY NOVEMBER IT FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY. RIP BROTHER. SEMPER FIDELIS."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

"2012- MEMORIAL DAY- YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. FRANK HAZELWOOD HAS JOINED YOU.YOU ARE BOTH MISSED. RIP."
LON COGLEY of CHICAGO

"We live in freedom because of men you like, you are in my prayers."
Max Hammond of Baku Azerbaijan

"Happy Memorial Day Nate! Happy Memorial Day to all of your family and friends from the ground we stand on to the clouds you float on. You are a true American Hero and I thank you for all you have did for my family. You are special and truly loved. Semper Fi Nate"
Barb Kasper of Asheboro, NC

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day 2012. Thank you for your sacrifice and may God bless you."
Jared Deckard of Brighton, MO

"To the family of:Nathaniel T.Hammonds
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""

"8 Nov 2011, love this web site, to see all those that Nathan made an impact on. Hard to believe its been 7 years. Thanks for giving me so many fun stories to tell my son. I miss you Nate."
Jared Deckard of Brighton, MO

"My flag was lowered this morning.
Today marks 7 years that god called upon another angel. He needed someone who met special criteria someone who was remarkable. Heaven needed an angel one who is a son, a brother, a friend, a WARRIOR and a HERO! CPL. Nathaniel Hammond answered that call of duty as he answered all the calls of duty all the days before. May you know you have never and will never be forgotten. You are always strong in our hearts! SEMPER FI Nate!"
Barb Kasper of Asheboro, NC

"Always on my mind..,Forever in my heart. It's hard to believe it's been 7 years."
Cheryl hammond of Tahlequah, OK

"8 Nov 2011 - My brother, My friend, My Marine you will never be forgotten. I think about the good times we had but yet can not get that horrific day out of my head. You are with me every day from the smile on my face to the tears running down my face. You are truely one of the strong, the proud, a United States Marine. Semper Fi."
Richard Kasper (DOC) of Asheboro

"NOVEMBER 8TH, 2011. YOU MEMORY HAS NOT FADED.YOUR SACRIFICE HAS NOT BEEN FORGOTTEN."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO,ILLINOIS

"10/06/11 Nathaniel I was to only know you for a few months. I can still remember that rainy day on the days leading up to your passing on a vehicle checkpoint. You were my VC that day I just remember how much we all laughed in the truck. So when I think of you it's always your smiling face and I'm thankful that we had crossed paths in life. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and in my heart you will always be remembered.
Semper Fi"
Cpl. Ryan J Anderson Wpns. co. 2/24 of Joliet, Illinois

"Memorial Day 2011. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Your name is now on the new Veterans Memorial Wall in Pleasant Hope Missouri. We miss you. Had some great laughs with your brother the other day sharing some stories from our childhood. God Bless you Nathan and thank you for your service."
Jared Deckard of Brighton, MO

"MEMORIAL DAY 2011.YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.2/24 PAID A HEAVY PRICE AT THE ALTER OF FREEDOM.YOUR SACRIFICE LIVES ON IN THE HEARTS AND MINDS OF THOSE THAT HAVE SURVIVED COMBAT."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

"Even though I never knew you, I think about you from time to time...what you gave up for country. I am proud to be related to a fallen hero."
Tim Hammond of Richland WA

"Wow, it's hard to believe you have been gone for 6 years. We still think of you everyday. Your memory, your presence, your sacrifice, your life will forever be etched in our hearts. I miss you Nathan."
Cheryl Hammond of Tahlequah, Oklahoma

"NOVEMBER 10, 2010. MARINE CORPS 235TH BIRTHDAY .HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATE.
YOUR NAME LIVES FOREVER IN THE CORPS."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"IT HAS BEEN SIX YEARS TO THE DAY OF YOUR SACRIFICE.YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.SEMPER FIDELIS BROTHER."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"Gone 6 years today. Shannon and I miss you dearly."
Jared Deckard of Brighton, Mo

"WOW! You have so many wonuderful things said about you. Sgt. Cogley sure was fond of you as well as my husbnad. Your memory Nate will never be forgotten. My kids are becoming more and more knowledgeable of what kind of Marine you chose to be. You will always be in our hearts Nate and with us forever. Semper Fi."
Barb Kasper (militarywife) of Asheboro, NC

"I did not know Nathan, I came across this page by accident. But he clearly was a heck of a Marine and a solid young man. His loss, and the loss of our other young heroes, haunts me & many like me. Condolences. RIP, Nathan."
Chris of Sacramento, Ca

"Memorial Day 2010 - Remembering you my brother on this somber day. Wishing you were still here with us yet remembering that you have passed on to bigger and better things. Semper Fi my friend. You will never be forgotten !"
Sgt E. Blank WPNS Co. 2/24 MST - 3 / 81mm PLT of Yorkville, IL USA

"Even though we were only family for just over a year, that time you showed me what a true brother is like. I may not be the best of people in some eyes but I feel that I am a better man because of knowing you. You will always be remembered as MY BROTHER!
Memorial Day 2010"
George Finn of Rogersville, MO

"Still think of you almost daily. All the hype of the holiday weekend many loose touch with what Memorial Day is for. Because of you I will never. I cherish the crazy memories of growing up with you and around your family, and I am grateful I was able to know you so well. I miss you Nathan."
Jared Deckard of Missouri

"MEMORIAL DAY 2010.YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.SOME WOUNDS OF THE WARRIOR NEVER HEAL.THANK YOU, CPL.HAMMOND.
SEMPER FIDELIS."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO,ILLINOIS

"you are not forgotten."
c hammond

"Nathan, I remember the times we had together when i visited you in Missouri, you were a wonderful cousin to me and a brave Marine, I always looked up to you and even still do, you are the reason i am what i am today. I am a Marine in remembrance of you."
Cpl. Keith C. Goethe of Coleman, WI

"NOVEMBER 8TH, 2009. 5 YEARS TO THE DAY YOU SACRIFICED YOURSELF TO SAVE OTHERS.YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"MAY 25TH, 2009.
TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY. WHILE OTHERS FIND IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE, I AM LEFT FEELING THE PAIN OF LOSS.I HAVE TRIED TO HEAL THE EMOTIONAL WOUNDS OF COMBAT,BUT HAVE CONCLUDED THAT THEY WILL NEVER HEAL AND HAVE EMBRACED THEM INSTEAD.YOUR SACRIFICE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND AFTERMATH ARE FOREVER WITH ME AND ALL OF US WHO SERVED WITH YOU. GOD BLESS YOU.
SGT. LON C COGLEY
WPNS 2/24. MST 1, OIF II-2"
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"Hello,

So sorry to hear of Nathaniel's sad end as a courageous young man.

I only became aware of him as some stupoid kid on Facebook is using his name to abuse people. The current name of this person is Ryan Hennessey. I don't believe what some people will do.

Commiserations, late, for your loss."
Paul Davis of Sydney

"November 11, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Nathaniel T. Hammond:
Nathaniel 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

"NOVEMBER 8,2008. 4 YEARS TO THE DAY. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.I CAN STILL HEAR THE BLAST AND SEE THE PLUME OF SMOKE AND HEAR THE RADIO TRANSMISSION FROM SGT.JENSEN.I STILL FEEL THE COLD CHILL OF KNOWING WE LOST ONE OF OUR OWN. IT NEVER LEAVES ME.I AM SURE ALL OF MST 1 FEELS THE SAME THING ON THIS DAY."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"You are never forgotten.... Word's can't express how much you are missed... Today it has been 4 years since you laid down your life for us (your Brothers) and for this greatful Nation... Here is a Salute to you Brother and thank you"
Cpl Dustin Butler of Oklahoma

"Missin ya Nate. It's been almost 4 years since you died and I don't think a day goes by that you don't cross my mind. You were definately one of a kind. Love you man."
JRandal of Springfield, MO

"On this Fourth of July, I want to remember my friend and hero Nate T. Hammond. I spent this week in Springfield, and I think of you daily. Your joie d'vive, your smile, your sacrifice are not forgotten. Miss you, lil' brother..."
te oliver of tulsa

"CPL.HAMMOND. TODAY IS MEMORIAL DAY 2008. I THOUGHT TODAY AS EVERYDAY ABOUT YOUR SACRIFICE.TAKE CARE, BROTHER, YOU ARE IN GOOD COMPANY WITH THE OTHERS WHO WOULD LAY THEIR LIFE DOWN ON THE ALTER OF FREEDOM. GOD BLEES."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO

"I did not get to meet you my Brother in Christ, but I know your sister seed and brother seed, they flow of your love and devotion to your causes... Thank you and I miss that in which i did not get to meet in the flesh... Tell them all I said Hi up there, see you later, Peace with us all here... Clay and T-Dogg from the Healing Springs in Arkansas"
White Owl of Eureka Springs AR

"Nathan, growing up with you was a great example of faith everything you said you wanted you achieved you never lost. congradulations on graduating to a new playing field. Id imagine your a very high ranking officer in Heaven. I am very proud of you , Your brother Joshua Andrew Hammond"
jammon77@yahoo.com of Springfield,MO

"Even though I never met you, your brother & the rest of your family has told me so much about you that I feel like your my friend and I wish so much I had gotten to know you. But your spirit & name has carry on with our little boy and Jonathan Brett Nathaniel Hammond will always know his Uncle Nathan. Thank you, Nathan!!"
Your Sister in law-Mandy Hammond of Springfield, Mo. US

"I know of you due to my brother. He loves you like the brother he never had. I want to thank you for the love you brought to my brothers life. Thank you"
Vicki Ymata of La sVegas Nevada

"NATE,

I AM SORRY I COULD NOT BE THERE FOR YOU, YOUR DOG TAG STILL HANGS AROUND MY NECK EVERY DAY SINCE WE EXCHANGED THEM IN CALIFORNIA. YOU ARE STILL A GOOD FRIEND TO ME AND ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. I FEEL YOU IN EVERY BREEZE THAT PASSES MY FACE OR WHISPERS IN MY EAR. YOU ARE ON MY MIND ALL THE TIME, FROM THE NIGHTS WE USE TO STAY UP IN CALIFORNIA, TO THE BATS WE CHASED AROUND IN YUSIFYAH. SGT JENSEN SHOULD REMEMBER THAT NIGHT WELL. ANYWAY BROTHER, I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH, CHECK POINT 8 TOOK A LITTLE BIT OF US ALL. I LOVE YOU NATE."
SGT ENGLAND,DENNY J of 2/24

"In the Spring of 2003, I met Nate in an informal work environment. Mutual friend C.E.Cole had told me about Nate
and i thought he might be an interesting guy to know.
That he was! We worked together several hours a day for six months, so i got to know Nate pretty well. Nate was a
bright, ambitious, vibrant, happy, young buzzsaw.
He spoke often of his parents, and his brothers and sister. He was proud of his family, and his girlfriend, and of his choice to be a Marine.
Nate told me he wanted to move back and live in Missouri, near his family.
Nate and I discussed Iraq and Afghanistan. I spoke of fear for our soldiers, as my father had served and died in Vietnam. Later, I mentioned that a close friend/marine was in Beirut when the barracks were bombed.
But Nate would smile and say he was a marine and he had no fear of a callup.
Nate wanted to serve his country and become a more 'expert' pilot.
I so admired his optimism and upbeat aura. He was always smiling and making us laugh.
After working with many young people for the last twenty years, I promise that none are as special or as memorable as Nathan T. Hammond.
To his parents, siblings and loved ones-'A', your Nate is loved by many, make that all, who knew him. Nate and
his precocious smile are missed, and are not forgotten. God Bless You Lil' Brother...."
teoliver of tulsa

"CPL.HAMMOND.NOV.8TH,2007
TODAY FATE BROUGHT ME BACK TO THIS PLACE AND REMEMBER THAT TODAY IS THE DAY YOU LEFT US.I STILL FEEL THE COLD CHILL THAT CAME OVER ME WHEN I REALIZED WE HAD LOST ANOTHER BROTHER. I HAVE A MEMORIAL FOR ALL TO WITNESS.THE REMINDER OF THAT COST OF FREEDOM IS VERY PERSONAL AND AT A VERY HIGH PRICE. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.
SGT.LON C COGLEY(0331)USMC, MST 1, RED 1, WPNS CO 2/24. 1MEF, 24TH MEU.NORTH BABIL PROVINCE,IRAQ."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO ILLINOIS

"I cant believe its been 3 years since you were taken by the angels. I still think of you every day. I still have your picture in my angel cabinet where it will always stay. You made a huge impact on everyone's life you touched. You have so many good things written about you. I was looking thru drawers yesterday and I found a post card you sent from California before you shipped out. My heart sank. You said how much you loved us and alicia. It has been a tough 3 years but through our stregnth in God we have gotten thru it. Your father is with you now and Im sure you are comforted to have him there. I bet he's standing right by your side. Where he has always been. I pray for your family for the loss of you both in such a short time. Bless you all who write and keep him in your heart. It helps to read the good things that otheres have to say."
Cheryl Hammond of Tahlequah

"My name is Barb and I am the wife to the corpman who was there with Nate during this attack. I am trying to get in touch with his family so if anyone knows how I can reach them please let me know at corpmanswife@hotmail.com
CPL Nathaniel Hammond is on my husbands my space page. Nates death has taken one hell of a toll on my husband and he never forgets him and on the anniversary of it all it is hard on him and we do something ever year special. SEMPER FI HAMMOND"
Barb Kasper of Stacy MN United States

"Nate was a great guy. I had the pleasure of befriending him during my days at TU. He dated a classmate of mine. We engaged in several throught provoking and wonderful conversations. I was saddened to hear of his loss in the war. Sure wish we had the opportunity to have one more chat and I'll certainly cherish our last! God bless Nate and his family and many thanks for his service to our country!"
Todd Bowman of Tulsa, OK USA

"I have heard many stories from Tony (roomate in Tulsa) about you. You have touched more lives than the people you knew. You were put on this earth for the short time for a reason. Tony S. Ymata misses you and so do I."
Suzanne Johnson of Salinas, CA

""Semper Fi Brother, It's been over two years since you left us to go guard the gates of heaven and not one day goes by that I havent thought about you, your family and the sacrifice that you made so that we can live in peace the rest of our days... Now that I have returned overseas I truly realize how much I miss you, Brother! Till we meet again, Semper fi"

Dustin Butler 2/24 Marines
Tahlequah, Ok"

"Condolences to your immediate family..
Your dad and I grew up and played together. My son hunted and got this first deer from the same blind you hunted. Now he has your grandpa's rifle. We feel your spirit sitting there with us."
c hammond of michigan

"Nathan, your photo is on my wall with the rest of my family. My son who is 11 months will know your name and the kind of man you were. Our friendship started in a squad bay in San Diego and will continue on forever. I'm sorry I didn't return your call before our units shipped out. I've said it before and I will say it again. You are a better man than I am and a better friend.
Blessed be the LORD my rock who trains my hands for war. Pslm 144:1

Sgt Dikeman
Wpns Co 1/23
cpldikeman@hotmail.com"
C. Dikeman of Phoenix Arizona

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY(231ST), NATHAN. SEMPER FIDELIS! YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN."
SGT. LON C COGLEY of MST 1 WPNS CO 2/24 OIF II,CHICAGO ILLINOIS

"I will never forget you and the sacrifice you gave to us. You are in my thoughts daily. Semper Fi until we meet again."
Sgt. Faron Hembree MST 2 WPNS CO 2/24 of Seneca, Missouri

"I was looking through the casualty list and found his name. We went to bootcamp together. I remember some conversations we had back then, not really alot of detail, I just remember we became friends pretty quick. I hate that we didn't keep in touch. We were both in Fallujah in November 04 and I didn't even know it. My heart sank when I read his name today, it's close to midnight and I still can't sleep thinking about him. My prayers go out to his family. Platoon 2065 Fox Co. 04"
CPL Benn of Houston, TX

"NATHAN, ITS MEMORIAL DAY. YOU ARE NOT AND WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.YOUR SACRIFICE NEVER LEAVES MY MIND.
SGT.COGLEY,MST 1,WPNS 2/24."
LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO,ILLINOIS

"We miss and love you so much!"
Jennifer and Preston of Brighton, MO

"Semper Fidelis Nathan, not a day goes by that I dont think about you or remember the times we had together. It was truly an honor to serve with you and to be your friend. Until we meet again nate watch over us and semper fidelis"
Cpl Jeremiah Thomas of Tulsa Ok

"February 8, 2006

As a veteran and a citizen of this great country of ours, I share in your loss and pray that God is helping you through it day by day.

It is men and women like Nathan that make me very proud to be both a vet and an American. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for a just and noble cause. For this, I salute this fine young man!"
Rick Rose [rickrose@hotmail.com] of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"Nathan you were loved by so very many of us. I remember when I saw you last you told me that you were not afraid to go to war that you were ready to defend your country. You loved being a marine so much. You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life. I wasnt home when you called me from california before you left but I will always remember the message you left " Hi Mom! it's Nathan, I just wanted to say bye and that I love you, Ron, Kirsten and ALICIA. I have a curio cabinet that is full of angels and the picture of you and Alicia taken at the Marines ball is in there with the angels. Just as you are today. I will always think of you as my future son in law and I will always carry you in my heart. No one will ever compare to you. My love and prayers go out to all of your family and friends. We all love you!"
Cheryl Hammond & Family of Tahlequah, Oklahoma

"Nathan has been gone 1 year today and he is terribly missed. He will forever be our HERO and always be in our hearts. There isn't a day that goes by that we don't appreciate the sacrifice he made for all of us. We love you Nathan."
Kendrick Family of Broken Arrow, OK

"Nate, you are truly one of a kind. We miss you greatly. I am very proud of you and can't wait to see you again. I'm sure you'll have lots of stories about the angels up there. Jared and I shed tears for you often, but know that you died as a warrior and were proud to do so. We enjoy the comfort of your family and lean on them as they lean on us. We love you."
Shannon Deckard of Missouri

"Semper Fi Brother!"
Cpl Hunter Hustead Fox Company 1999 of Phoenix, AZ

"Nathan was one of the best men I have ever had the privilege in my life to meet. He was very dear to my heart, and I will always miss and love him. It breaks my heart that one of the things he wanted most in the world, love and a family of his own, he didn't get to enjoy in this world. However, I KNOW he watches over us, and blesses us. It is our obligation to him to honor his life and memory with more love and happiness. His legacy is one of love. I am forever grateful that I was able to call him 'friend'."
Dani L. Farris of Tulsa, OK, USA

"NO GREATER LOVE THAN THIS....I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU AND REMEMEMBER YOUR SACRIFICE BROTHER.YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE ON THE ALTER OF FREEDOM."WE FEW ,WE HAPPY FEW, WE BAND OF BROTHERS"
SGT.COGLEY, RED ONE
MOBILE STRIKE TEAM ONE"
SGT.LON C COGLEY of CHICAGO,ILLINOIS

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

""To The Family and Friends of Corporal Nathaniel T. Hammond"
No words could help ease the pain that your feeling. I had the oppurtunity to meet Nathaniel prior to his deployment and I know that he is a true Armerican HERO!!! He was my brother's(Sgt. Faron Hembree)friend. I hope and pray that God will bless you in everyway for the sacrifice that Nathaniel and you have made. Nathaniel gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country and I salute him for his work. Nathaniel--THANK YOU ARE A TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!!"
Seth Hembree of Joplin, MO/USA

"RIP Tuefelhunden...USMC NC..The Taylors"

"To the family and friends of Corporal Nathaniel T. Hammond,

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, Ca

"To the family of Nathaniel;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Nathaniel is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

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

"To Nathaniel'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.

Sincerely,

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

"Freedom is always worth defending and I pray that my life should be so well spent as Nathaniel's in the fight against true Evil. "Greater Love has no man, than to lay his life down for another..." John 15:13"
Rod Gregory of Saugus, CA

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Nathaniel T. Hammond."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the friends and family of Cpl. Nathaniel Hammond,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Respectfully,"
Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To Nathaniel'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

"Thank you Nathaniel Hammond, 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. Nathaniel Hammond:
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 Nathaniel 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. Nathaniel Hammond:
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 Nathaniel, 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