Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Bryan P. Kelly

21, of Klamath Falls, Oregon.
Kelly died due to injuries received from enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on July 16, 2004.

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Kenna- Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"Pat and joani, this is Lane, I just found this site, I am so happy to see all these nice things writen about bryan. Its true what they all say; bryan was a great man, friend, and brother in arms. I am forever in his debt and he has opened my eyes to the sacrifices that have been made in the wars of our past and even those that will be made in the future. I am thankful everyday of my life that I was able to be part of his life for a short time and that I was able to meet his amazing family who has nothing but love for their country and its warriors who sacrifice all. I love you Kelly family thank you for a best friend and brother forever."
Sergeant Lane Elmer of Portland Oregon

"Pat & Joani, please know that your son will never be forgotten as long as I am alive. I never had the pleasure of meeting Bryan, but I think of him often. I have given to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and The Marines Memorial Association in his memory, and will continue to do so. Semper Fi and God Bless."
Chris Bailey of Klamath Falls, OR

"I AM VERY HONORED TO HAVE GOTTEN TO GROW UP WITH BOO. I am very sorry for your loss. Bryan is a hero and we are all very proud to have known him."
cabel adams of port townsend, wa

"June 15, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Bryan P. Kelly:
Bryan 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

"i cant believe is going to be 4 years since that tragic incident, and i still remember like it was yesterday. How doc was giving you cpr and trying to make you come back to life... YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!
ZAMBRANO, CARLOS of New York, New York

"God bless you all.. My heart goes out to you!!"
Ashley Pedersen of Auburn, wa

"I can't believe it's been three years. I barely remember the first two after Bryan was killed. It's like a big line was drawn in our lives. Life before Bryan died and life after Bryan died. He is missed, remembered, and appreciated along with all of our men and women who understood the importance of making a stand, and gave their lives for what they believed in. There can't be world peace as long as there is even one bully left on the planet. How do you deal with a culture who values death, when you value life?Thank God for men like Bryan who were willing to place themselves in mortal danger for the rest of us. If we don't let them finish the job they started then the ones who have died, died in vain."
Donna Huntsman of Keno, Oregon

"Killer Kelly of Klamath, i miss the hell outta you. Thank you for being my friend and a great marine. you always tried to do the right thing and always looked at the bright side of things. You passed that on to me. In the worst of times I could look over and you would find a reason to smile. I will never forget you. Semper fi Marine."
Cpl Michael Paredes

"Oddly enough, I was turning around in the cul-de-sac at the end of my street and seen a Memorial sticker in the back of a vehicle with Mr. Kelly's name on it. Just wanted to look him up and say how strange it is that the vehicle and I live on the same street. I say strange because my husband was killed on Nov 8th, 2004. I'm sorry to hear about your loss and wanted to say how appreciative I am to have seen the support you have for him! I have stickers on the back of my vehicles also, a flag pole in his name in our yard, and most of the time a banner hung above the porch (accept the wind keeps blowing it down) May Bryan's memory be forever alive in your hearts and the souls of the lives he's touched. Thank you for Mr. Kelly's bravery and willingness to support and fight for our country! Amanda Ries, Widow of SSgt David G Ries"
of Vancouver, WA

"Pat&Joani..My heart goes out to you today, as it does everyday...there are so many times that my thoughts turn to you and Bryan...I miss you all so very much. I love you!"
CEKlassen@yahoo.com of (now) Covington, WA

"Dear Kelly Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Bryan was a very caring person, with a huge heart. He won't be forgotten."
Annie "Mercedes" Adams of La Grande, Oregon

"I will never forget the debt of gratitude I have for Bryan and the the rest of the United States Marine Corp. (including all branches of the armed forces). The sacrifice and professionalism these young men and women exhibit is truly exceptional."
Will Perkinson of Arlington Heights, IL/USA

"My name is Bobbie, from Charlotte, NC. I'm creating a project for school on Iraq war heroes, and I've made a poster all about Bryan P. Kelly, his life and the impact he made in the Marines. I leave my condolences for his family and friends. He was a brave man, and his death will never be forgotten. I support everything the military is doing over in Iraq, and appreciate the fact that there are men, such as Bryan Patrick Kelly, who are willing to risk their lives for us. His family will be in my prayers always.

Sincerely, Bobbie P."
Bobbie P. of Charlotte, NC

"God Bless Bryan..."
Brian Kelly of Livingston, NJ

"Thank you is barely enough for the sacrifices of you and your family. But my heartfilled appreciation goes beyond that as I live in a free democratic society here in the USA because of you and your fellow soldiers. Bless you."
Debbi Burnett of Clinton, MA

"I am from Klamath Falls. I was in the Army, and was wounded twice myself in action in Iraq. I don't know if the cause of this war is just or not. But I do know that the soldiers fighting over there should be receiving our utmost respect and honor. Thank you Bryan for your sacrifice. Pat & Joani, if you ever need anything that I can help with, or just want to chat. Please don't hesitate to call. (253)651-1212"
Joseph Cordle

"Our sympathy to the Kelly family. We are sorry for your loss. My name Is Lynne, I am working for the art project faces of the fallen. I was assigned Cpl Kelly. I would like to paint the nicest possible portrait of Bryan for the Kelly family and Kate. I have a nice photo , but it is a little blurry . If they would prefer a different one please contact me right away. I would love to have thier input on this .We only have a few weeks to complete the portraits. Someone could e-mail a favorite military or home photo very soon, as I have very limited time.
Please feel free to contact me at
Lynne of Waverly NY

"To the family of Brian,
My name is Gregg Thompson. And all though I did not personaly know nad serve with Brian I do want to send my deepest sympathy. If you did not know we did dedicate a building to him over in Iraq. It isn't much and it won't make up for him being gone. I do have pictures of the wall with his name on it. Please conatact me if you would like the picture. gk_thompson@yahoo.com"
Gregg of lexington, nc

"Thank you all for the messages of hope and love that you have left on this web site. My name is Pat Kelly and I am Bryans Father. I do not know how many more people will read this site and I do not know how long it will be available to look at. I do know that the words written here have touched my heart. I know that some people in this country think that this war is wrong and that we have gotten into something better left alone. I honor you for believing what you believe, but ask you where would this country be if someone (France) hadn't sent their young men far across the sea to fight for our freedom. Freedom is a gift given to us by each and every man and woman who has given their lives, in its defense, no matter what country they come from. No nation on this earth will ever be free until every nation on this earth is free. It only takes one Tyrant to end freedom for us all. Jesus told a story in the Bible about a man who was a neighbor to a stranger from another country. This man stopped and helped this stranger when he found him beaten and robbed by the road. My son was doing exactly what that story talks about, as are all of our service men and women in Iraq and Afganastan. Again thank you all, and May God Bless the U.S.A.

Bryans Parents"
Patrick & Joani. Kelly of Klamath Falls Oregon

"Thank you brave Marine for taking the fight to those cowards who wish our country harm. My family will remember you Bryan each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi! God Bless you and may He bring comfort to your loved ones. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"" To the family of Bryan,
I was fortunate enough to get to be roomates with Bryan at engineer school. Not only did I look up to him as a Marine, but also as a person. Im sorry for your loss. I havent had a better friend since then. If you contact me I can mail you some pics of bryan. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ghargrove1@yahoo"
Joshua Hargrove of Kokomo, In

"Ireland is thinking of you...."
Brian P Kelly of N.Ireland

"To Bryan, his family, and fiance & family,
You are a brave hero and gave the world your life in the fight for freedom. I am sorrowful to hear of your death and I honor you deeply for your brave walk in life. I know your grandmother Ruby through my mother, and although I have never met you I feel very proud of who you are. As a mother of a fellow Marine I feel like you are a fellow son. I send my prayers to your family and fiance and it is prayers of comfort, for I know they love you and miss you much. I am so sorry to have lost you, and you truly are a hero for the fight of freedom. As Daniel Ungar's father once said, "it is not the lawyers or the politians who give us our freedom, but the soldier". He lost his son in Iraq, as well. As we enjoy freedom- I shall never forget you. God bless you and your family. You did much for this world.
Josanne Sonnier- Grant"
Josanne Sonnier-Grant of Fresno, Ca

"I thank you for your brave work, however, this should not have happen to you. To the family I hope that the country will realize what our governments decisions on a global scale affects everyone. I'm sorry for you loss, his memory will continue on with pride"
MARIE F. EXANTUS of Coral Springs, FL

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

"To the family of Bryan P. Kelly. I do not know you but we share something in common. We lost our Marine in April and I just want you to know that our whole family is praying for all of those who are going through this. The only thing that helps is we know where they are now and they are safe. Our prayers are with you. God Bless"
Jesika Jewell of Lovington New Mexico USA

"Thank you, Thank you, to the kind souls who have left these wonderful messages for Bryan. My daughter, Kate, was engaged to Bryan. Their wedding would have been this November. Your kind words have really touched me. It is still so hard to beleive he is gone. We could not have wished for a finer son-in-law. He asked our blessing first,telling us of his great love for Katie, and how his love had matured for her since he first saw her when she was 11. He got down on one knee in front of the entire family last Thanksgiving to propose to her. He was a Godly man with a heart of gold and a desire to serve people and save lives. Thank you again and I am going to make sure his family knows of this website. God Bless you all."
Donna Huntsman skater3@earthlink.net of Keno, Oregon

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Bryan P. Kelly,

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, California

"To Bryan'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 loved one's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Brian Kelly. May God bless this brave patriot who chose to fight for our freedom."
The Starr family of Glenshaw Pa USA

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

"My family knows the deep pain of your great loss. We lost our son on April 17, 2004 in the same area. We want you to know we care and understand. Your son will always be known as a brave hero who gave it all for his Country. God Bless your family as you go through the most difficult time of your life. My prayer is also that you have a faith in the Lord, because for me that is the only thing that has sustained me through these dark days. God bless you and your precious family."
Terri Bowman of Las Vegas, Nevada USA

"To Bryan'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

Anne Hans of Albany, Or (Linn)

"Thank you Bryan Kelly, 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. Bryan Kelly:
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 Bryan 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. Bryan Kelly:
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 Bryan, 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