Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Theodore S. Holder II

27, of Littleton, Colorado.
Holder died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 11, 2004.

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"I love you and miss you everyday! Please help my son to grow up to be amazing man like you. You are so loved."
T. Lente of Albuquerque, NM

"Theodore was a great Marine and had a lot of ambition to be the best. A very well educated and disciplined individual. I served with him in Prague, Czech Republic and had a lot of good times out there. He will be missed."

"I love you. I will never forget."

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"If your reading this its probably becuse you knew SSGT Holder. But i just want to get off my chest a few of my memorys of him. I rember when you first came to are unit larger than life you looked like a Marine right out of a poseter a super hero and you were. Hard as stell yet a compationate leader. At the time not one of us could imagen just how blessed we were to have you come to the War Pigs. You represent the heart and dedication to duty that every Marine should seek to imulate. You will always be in my heart and memorys. I know its by GODS grace that you helped so many of us get out of there alive.

Thank You.
Semper Fi."

"Sam, will never forget the first day you arrived in Prague. We took u out on the town and didn't get back until right before curfew. I always called you Samantha just to get under your skin. It never worked. Thats because you were the hardest SOB I had ever met! Miss u brother!"
SSgt Kevin Palmisano of Livermore, CA, USA


"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,750 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
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Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"Ssgt Holder, There is not a day that goes by I dont sit and reflect on the fight we put up against those bastards. You are a hero. I miss you brother and I drop in on you at the cemetary from time to time. Know that we are carrying on your memory and sacrafice and wont let anyone tarnish that. I will see you again some day brother. Semper Fi."
Pauly of Tucson, Az

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Theodore S. Holder, II:
Theodore 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

"Sam, I still miss you brother. From our debates about Marylin Manson vs. Trent Reznor to our petty disagreements about which dip tasted best, I think about you every day. I only wish I could have done more."

"The Holder surname is actuallu british and can be found in the carolinas due to the fact Barbadians whites settled their in the late 1800s. Thus the name came from white british settlers who migrated to the US. My name is Kammie M Holder and I share the grief and sacrifice of your son Sammie.

Kammie of Barbados

"to the family theodore died with minutes of my friend Kyle Burns I have visited both of the graves and told your son thanks for being with kyle to the end"
Dylan Reeve of Laramie Wyoming

"I was very interested in finding this web page whilst searching for history of my grandfarther.
His name was Jack Holder who served with the Royal Marines during the 1st world war. Is there a connection?"
Fred Fuller of Surrey, England

"I knew Sam while were both serving at the US Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic. I will always remember him as a strong, confident man who had a great sense of humor and who could light up a room when he entered. I had the honor of meeting his parents, Mary and Sam, and his sister and brother-in-law two weeks ago at Sam's grave in Fort Logan National Military Cemetery in Colorado. We shared laughs and some tears when talking about Sam. His life was important and he is greatly missed. I will always remember his smile and his laugh - thanks Sam for the time I knew you."
Jo Ann York of Centennial, Colorado

"To the family of Staff Sgt Holder:
Sam made many friends in Cyprus while serving there in the U.S. Embassy's Marine Security Guard Detachment. Some of them asked me to remember him in my speech as guest of honor at our Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Nicosia on November 5, only six days short of his tragic death last Veteran's Day. I arrived in Cyprus only a few months ago and did not know Sam, but as we celebrate the 230th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, I will join his friends and fellow Marines in cherishing his memory, and honoring his sacrifice for our country and the cause of freedom."
Jane B. Zimmerman of U.S. Embassy, Nicosia, Cyprus

"To the family of Theodore S.Holder11,I am so sorry for the loss of your love one.He died a hero defending freedom. May the peace and understanding that only comes from God be with you. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or talk with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church, Rev John B Pearrell 11677 Browm Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga. U S A

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

"My mom grew up with Theodore (AKA Sammie) they were cousins so Aunt Marie and Uncle Sam We love you all!
Love always and forever Cheri, Joey, Glen, and Hailey Grimm!!"
Hailey Grimm of Soldotna, AK

"To the Family of SSG. Holder II,
We are deeply saddened by the loss of your son. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and know that we are praying for your family. From the "Family of 1"...Our family members are serving in Iraq with the 1st Infantry Division."
Sharon S. (Army Mom-son is serving in Iraq) of Florida

"To Theodore'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.


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

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

"To Theodore'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."

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Theodore S. Holder II,

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

"Thank you Theodore Holder II, 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. Theodore Holder II:
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 Theodore 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. Theodore Holder II:
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 Theodore, 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