Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Christopher T. Heflin

26, of Paducah, Kentucky.
Heflin died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 16, 2004.

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"Coondog I remember when you came to 3/1 kilo I remember the day you left us. You stepped into a position that was hard for any man. You earned your respect amongst a very tight unit. You were our brother you were our friend. I always wanted you to get that fourwheeler lol I miss you brother and love you. You never faltered in the clashing of spears you were the definition of killer kilo. Spartins for life I will never forget our times together.
Sgt Francis w wolf killer kilo 3rd plt 3 rd batt 1 st marines. I have had the honor to serve with men like this the greatest of there generation love you brother"
Hank of Louisville ky

"Heflin, you may be gone but never forgotten. I will always remember and our time together in 2nd FAST. It was a pleasure to have worked along side you. May God bless you and your family on this Memorial Day 2014."
MSgt Johnny Vasquez of Ft Dix, NJ

"Thank you"
Bud of Calgary. Canada

"Sgt Heflin, country boy I miss you brother.. I still can not believe that you are gone... god bless you brother... save me a place up there . ."
JOSE SANCHEZ of HOUSTON TX

"Sgt Heflin, country boy I miss you brother.. I still can not believe that you are gone... god bless you brother... save me a place up there . ."
JOSE SANCHEZ of HOUSTON TX

"Thanks Sgt Heflin, I will never forget you Sgt. I remember when you first arrived at the mansion in Fallujah, Kilo Co's mansion. Briefs before patrols always take when I reminisce of us. It truly saddens me that you are not here Sgt but I am blessed and honored to have served under you in 3rd BTN 1st Mar Div Kilo Co 3rd Plt. Thundering Third"
LCpl Briones of Ca

"To the family of:Christopher T.Heflin
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""

"Thank you for fighting for us Chris! I miss you & think about you all the time!"
Mandy (Carrigan) O'brien of Barlow, KY

"Semper Fi, Marine."

"It was a pleasure to have you on my fire team. I could always count on you. You always motivated those you came in contact with. It was my honor to have known you and served with you in on FAST. You will always be remembered."
Charles Larrimore of Trappe MD

"It was a pleasure to have you on my fire team. I could always count on you. You always motivated those you came in contact with. It was my honor to have known you. You will always be remembered."
Charles Larrimore SGT. 2nd FAST of Trappe MD

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Christopher T. Heflin:
Christopher 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

"Chris,
I miss you more and more every day buddy. You were my best friend for 8 years, and I've thought about you ever since that day I got a call from your brother at that restaurant in Jackson.
It's been hard, but I've made it. Pops is good....so is momma bear.
I'm glad Bart stopped by...I always wondered about him.
Thanks to everyone that stops by, or has stopped by...It makes me feel great to know people are still looking and missing you, like I do.

I miss you my friend."
Rich Brown of St. Louis, MO

"Although I was born and raised in Paducah KY I don't remember ever meetinig him, don't remember which Heflin he came from, but I do know this..... I WILL NEVER forget his face, his name, his sacrifice, his rank, and the day he died. A distant cousin from Paducah, KY I consider it MY loss for never knowing him. Thank you ALL for remembering a person that I never knew, but was part of my family."
Tammy HEFLIN Rogers of San Antonio, TX

"I can remember the day Chris first came to 2nd FAST Company. It was an immense pleasure watching him grow and mature as a man and Marine during my time serving with him. I will do my best to honor you this memorial weekend."
Russ Akers of Erie, PA

"It's been nearly four years and his picture still sits on my desk along with the name plate from his high school football locker. Everyday I look at that and am inspired to be the man that he expects me to be. He was truly a special person that touched the lives of everyone he met and I am honored to call him family. I will always miss my big brother."
Larry of Knoxville, TN

"I miss you K194"
Henderson of NH

"On this Memorial Day I hoist a Miller Lite to your honor and to those others who have gone before me.

Hef immediately became my friend once we realized how much we were both fanatics about hockey. I couldn't have been more excited when he checked in to Co. K, 3/25 to work for me on the I&I Staff in Moundsville, WV - I finally had someone who was just as stupid as me when it came to getting crazy at Nailers' games. The consumate professional, he was able to differentiate between work and play, and had civilians impressed with our professionalism toward each other...even when we didn't quite abide by the UCMJ concerning the Rivermen or the Royals or anyone else in the ECHL for that matter.

You make Memorial Day the hardest day in the year for me to get through. What makes it even worse is having to drink your nasty Miller Lite.

I'm sure you're happy my Red Wings got eliminated and Chris Pronger is playing for the Cup this year. One day St. Louis may be there too...and I'm sure you'll be on right wing.

We'll swill some more and go watch some Original Six games once I get my butt up to Valhalla with you. Semper Fi my friend."
Maj Bart A. Buckel of Monterey, CA

"Wrote this yesterday at 730pm est....

3441

Numbers have been used for many centuries. They can be used to represent may things, weight, age, height, binary code, and millions more uses for them. In my opinion, these four numbers (3441) are very meaning full to me than any other numbers in my almost 31 years on this earth. As of 730 pm eastern standard time Friday evening, That is the number of valiant brave men and women we have lost since the Iraq war begun.
It was Oct or Nov of last year that I truly realized how lucky I was to be alive, and breathing. I was watching the world news on ABC and they were flashing pictures of men and women that have died fighting for this great country. On name truly gave me a smack on my face. A Christopher Heflin lost his life fighting in the Iraq war. I was stunned, I felt like I had died. The emotions that came over me were so overwhelming I truly felt lost and broken. It made me realize how lucky I was to make it to the age of 30. The other Christopher Heflin, only made to his twenties. I felt for his family, and there loss. I wanted to give the parents of this brave solider a hug, and try and hold some burden on my shoulders for them. I felt extremely proud to have such a young hero die for me . But one thing Iím sure of Christopher Heflin died for what I believe we all have in our hearths, and that is Love and Peace.
3441 to me is a number that I know will only get bigger. I do understand the reasons why the number must grow. I would like everyone to please, please, please. Remember the 3441 valiant brave men and women who will be truly missed forever by there friends, family, and loved ones forever. You donít have to know them personally, you just have know freedom, and courage, One this country will all ways representÖÖÖ. C.L.H out!!!!"
Christopher L Heflin of ft myers fla

"I saw the documentary of Lima company and I can only say thanks to you and the great men and women that help keep this country free. We moan and complain and groan and then we see families like this who have a lifetime of suffering. Thanks for your service to our country and my thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and loved ones. May God grant his GRACE and MERCY on everyone who knew you.""
keith of paducah, kentucky

"Chris, I miss you brother. We met at 2nd FAST company in Yorktown VA and from the first time I met you, you stood out as a leader. I miss playing hockey with you behind the barracks and puttin down a few beers in the countries we went to. Its now over 2yrs since you passed and every marine I talk to from FAST always brings up your name about what a hero you are. You will never be forgotten."
Sgt Thomas Rilling...civilian now of Manorville, NY

"My condolences to your family and friends."
A hockey friend of Gilbertsville, PA

"Thank you for giving your life for ours. Rest In Peace."
RR fan of Wernersville, pa

"Chris, I remember our first meeting while in 2nd FAST company back in 1998, and I remember our last meeting in Fallujah Iraq. You were the only one who took me out when I turned 21, and now 27, I remember you and your love of life, and dedication to your country. I told my son all about you, and what memorial day really means. I honor you my old time friend, God bless your life, and God bless your family, for I feel like one of your brothers."
SGT. Daniel Lewis, official civilian now of Reisterstown, Md USA

"HEF,
It's been a while now and your still in our thoughts. Susan and I were just talking about the lobster tails under you pillow and you holding our MC ball pictures hostage. We all miss you! Semper Fi"
HM1 John C. Platt of Buffalo, NY

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Christopher Todd Heflin, Iíve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"You haven't been forgotten. Miss ya Chris."

"HEF- I can't believe it has been a year already. It is so hard to go to Finnigan's without you runnin up to me with a big hug. You were always there for me, in good times and bad. You made everyone laugh, and you were the biggest flirt. You had such great words of advice, and you listened to every word I had to say. Watchin you play roller hockey, sittin on your tail gate watchin softball, Jamboree in the Hills, air guitar and chubby leprachauns at the bar, playing that screen game over and over so many late nights there too. All the phone calls, no matter what time of day or night, I could always count on you. Dammit Hef you were supposed to be back for my wedding :-( It was so hard to invite any of the gang, because the life of the party wasn't there. Nephew Hammer showed up in his dress blues and I wanted to cry, because you should have been right beside him in yours! It's still so hard to go to the bar. It was unusual for you not to be there. Always with a smile, with a dance, with a song. You were so silly. It's definately not the same without you. I miss you, the nephews miss you, we all miss you. You were a true Marine, you loved your country, you were excited and so anxious to do for your country. I am glad I did get to say good bye, but who would have thought it would have been like this. I know you are playing your air guitar and dancing away amongst the angels. We will never forget you. This November 16th, Christopher Heflin, I drink the chubby leprachaun for YOU! OohRah! Love Carrie Carebear a.k.a. Aunt Carrie
-to the family and friends of Hef, y'all have been in my prayers and I think of y'all often"
Carrie Laase-Whitehead of Wheeling, WV, USA

"My prayers go out to you."
Chris Heflin of West Virginia

"Chris Heflin was my friend. From the first time I met him while at Yorktown I knew he was true to himself,his friends and his way of life. I will never forget him and I am proud to have served with him. Semper Fidelis my friend."
Keven Standley of Denver, Colorado/USA

"To Chris's Friends and family.
You are all in my prayers. Chris and I were good friends in school and I was very sad of not hearing the news until four months later. He will be missed dearly. He is my hero!"
Mandy of Charlestown, In

"03/10/05
Thank you Christopher for all you did for the rest of us.
Because of your brave service, people in the middle east are demanding freedom, they are voting, giving up their weapons of mass destruction, and turning in the murderers to face justice. You are our hero and we will remember you daily as we raise our flag in the front yard. God Bless you and may He grant your family peace until you are all together again. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

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

"We will never forget the sacrifice that Chris made to fight for freedom, and democracy. May God comfort his family, and give them a sense of peace in knowing that their son is truly a Hero."
Tami Davis of Missouri

"To Christopher'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

"To Christopher'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"

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Christopher T. Heflin,

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

"Thank you Christopher Heflin, 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 Sgt. Christopher Heflin:
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 Christopher 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 Sgt. Christopher Heflin:
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 Christopher, 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