Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Dexter S. Kimble

30, of Houston, Texas.
Kimble died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"DaWanna there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about my great friend! Tomorrow is a day that has saddened me for years. But I remain lifted up knowing how many people my brother touched in such a short time. He's looked over you and the kids and you have done am amazing job raising them. May God give you peace and comfort as we celebrate his life. May God also heal you as you recover from your illness. I love you all!!"
Sgt Anthony Price of Chicago, Illinois

"Kimble and I first met in 2001 during workups for the 13th MEU Deployment. After returning from deployment we had a family cookout at my home in Sun City CA. We always stayed connected and the day I found out we had lost him. I knew the world had lost a great man. Now ten years later I find myself thinking of you and hoping that your family is doing great. One day we shall meet again my Brother.
MSgt Nero (ret)
SEMPER FI!"
Kenny Nero of Magnolia, TX

"My friend, it's been so long since we hung out in Maintenance Control just talking. You were an aviation fan from the very beginning and I was so fortunate to have been able to serve with you. You were one of the best Crew Chiefs I've ever served with, I never questioned a bird you worked on and I was always glad to fly with you. When we lost you that night, it was and still is one of the worst nights of my life. How do you explain to people who weren't there or who didn't serve with you, how much all of you meant to us. You were a Tiger through and through. I don't have the words, brother. Go easy. Semper Fidelis."
Feeler of Daphne, AL

"SSgt Kimble, You will always be remembered for making junior Marines into better Marines and for making young men into MUCH better men. Thank you,"
Cpl Mike Mungavin, HMM-165 ('99-'04) of New York

"Dexter,

I know it's been a long time bro. I think of you constantly. It's been quite a few years since you and I shared a meal on the mess deck. Man, you could eat like nobodies business. I'm retired now. I couldn't take it anymore. I miss you so much. I wish i could've been with you. I don't know. I made it to 24 years. I made it to MSgt. But, for some reason, it just wasn't the same without you around. I'm so sorry that your wife and kids can't enjoy you being there. I hate it more than anything. I'm sure nobody will ever know how much I miss you. I love you bro. I think about you all the time. You were such a good friend. I'm sorry I picked on you about how much you would eat at chow time. I know it was because you worked so hard. You gave so much and asked so little. You never complained. You would always just laugh it off...no matter the challenge or how bad it got. You were an inspiration to me and to your marines. You were my friend. I will always love you and I will always carry our memories with me every day for the rest of my life. God bless you Dexter."
Jeff of Grayson, GA

"SSgt Kimble you are a man that touched many lives. I remember I was having a hard time adjusting to the new unit you showed me the lighter side. I remember cracking a joke about how kids were evil, and then you told "Kids are the best you'll have in life" :) Miss You Brother!!!!"
Sgt Bullock, Steven of Seattle, Wa

"To the Kimble Family,
I find myself back in Afghanistan now, still in the Marine Corps, doing my fourth tour overseas. I hope the years since I brought Dexter home have been good to you and the kids. If I can do anything, let me know. MrJamesRobinson@gmail.com. I think of him all the time, and how hard it was to bring him home to you that day on the tarmac in Houston, in the rain. Semper Fidelis, Always Faithful; Jim"
Major Jim Robinson, USMC of Camp Leatherneck Aghanistan

"I Served with Dexter while at MCAS Miramar, CA (HMH-462), he and I traveled to work in the van-pool. Dexter and I also served together on a deployment to Kuwait. I often think about him, expecially when I hear of fallen service members.
Parish Morris, SSgt USMC Retired. I can be reached at: shred@documentsecuritysolutions.net"
Parish Morris, USMC Retired of Menifee, CA

"I had the pleasure of serving with SSGT Kimble at HMH 462. He was a great man and an inspiration to many especialy runnin his pft in his boots!

sincerly CPL Loren Clemens HMH 462 flightline"
of Kingman, Az

"I knew Dexter in 1998. I worked with him in the phase crew at HMH462. He was an outstanding Marine and an all around great person to know. I am deeply affected by his loss. My thoughts go with you and your family. I will always remember him as he was."
Geoff Mangus of hollister, ca/usa

"January 17, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Dexter S. Kimble:
Dexter 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

"To the Family of Staff Sergeant Kimble,
I am the Marine Officer that brought home Dexter's body to you. I have been, and still am deeply troubled from the experience in that I worry about the family. If there is anything I can do, if the Marine Corps has stalwarted you in anyway, or if you just need to talk, please give me a call at 703 944 1176 or james.robinson1@usmc.mil. I hope you are doing well. I remember inspecting Dex's uniform that night in Texas, tightening his Dress Blues, and ensuring the arrangements for his funeral were made. From our trip at Dover Delaware, until our trip to Texas, it was the most memorable time in my Marine Corps career. Please let me know if you are doing okay, and if I can do anything for you.

Semper Fidelis,

Jim Robinson, Major, USMC"
Major Jim Robinson, USMC of Washington DC/USA

"DEX,
Brother their is a day that goes by that i do not think about you. How everyday was a easy day for you. How you motoed us with a laugh. But most of all my last flight with you. How we busted are butts and we keeped each other going through that night till that moring. I tell all the young CC's about you and the flights that we had together. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BROTHER."
SSgt Gosney, C.D. of HMT-302

"SSGT Dexter Kimble was a great man. He always knew how to lift people up and saw the positive side in everything. I still miss him and he is thought of often. His thoughtful and calm demeanor made you want to be a better person. I had the honor of serving with Dexter at MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA in HMM-165 aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD-6 and HMH-462 from 2001 to 2003. Dexter was the Best this country and the Marine Corps had to offer. If I can help out in any way, please let me know.

Respectfully,
Mike(SSGT)Spencer

Aviation Safety Inspector
Federal Aviation Administration
Fort Lauderdale FSDO-19
michael.j.spencer@faa.gov


SSGT Spencer"
Mike Spencer of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

"SSGT Kimble was a great man and I am happy to say that I had the honor to work with him."
HM2 James S. Williams of Chesapeake, VA

"Dawanna,
Still thinking of you and the kids...I hope you are doing well. If you need anything, please let me know."
Captain Jim Robinson, USMC of Monterey, California

"you are everything that history writes about that is great. God bless your soul and i will see you soon brother."
sgt. n.d. barnes of bessemer city,nc

"I would like to extend to you my thoughts and prayers. I read this today 11/6/06 while doing a search of family tree. I know this time of year especially will be hard as we near the holdays. I just wanted to let you know that I and my family are thinking of you. Dexter was a marine one of the few and the proud that speaks volumes and from other messages that were posted he was a very special man to know... I wish your family all the best and my prayers are with you."
Jackie Kimble Sneed/nocook2004@yahoo.com of Mitchell IN

"I had the Honor of knowing Dexter while we were both assigned to HMH 462 at Tustin. Ill never forget how easy he was to get along with.. id get mad and hed calm me down.. put his arm around me and say " yo Man.. dont let them get to ya". We had alot of fun!!! the last time i saw him was 1997, but i still Miss him!!!! SEMPER FI

Cpl Ronald L Raymond "Rainman""
Ron Raymond of Des Moines Iowa USA

"SSgt Kimble it was an honor serving with you. the things you taught me shall forever be with me. You were the epitome of a Marine. Semper Fi, SSgt Kimble, you have been relieved of your post!"
Cpl Ramiro Arras, USMC of San Diego, CA

"Dawanna,
I can't get out of my mind the day I got off the plane in Houston in the rain and brought Dexter home to you. I hope you are doing well. Please let me know if you need anything.

Semper Fi,
Captain Jim Robinson, USMC
jmrobins@nps.edu"
Captain James Robinson, USMC of Monterey California

"Dawanna,
I can't get out of my mind the day I got off the plane in Houston in the rain and brought Dexter home to you. I hope you are doing well. Please let me know if you need anything.

Semper Fi,
Captain Jim Robinson, USMC
robinsjm@nps.edu"
Captain James Robinson, USMC of Monterey California

"To The Parents, Wife, Baby Girl and all Family members...
There's so much I want to say but I don't know where to start. My son served with SSgt Kimble. He touched so many lives in such a positive way. I know it easier said than done, but please just stay strong in your faith and we will all make it.

Forever loved,
Mother of a fallen Marine."
Linda Chambers of Miami, Fl

"My deepiest sympathy over the lost of Dexter. I learned of him while watching the news and wonder if we might be related."
Michael A. Kimble of Dillwyn, Virginia

"Words cannot express the sadness that I feel at the loss of this man. Dexter you are a God send and you have influenced me in way that I never thanked you for and for this I am sorry, I am sorry for all of the times we were mad at each other for no reason even though we were roommates. But I am happy for all of the times that we shared especially driving back from Camp Pen and Riverside you know as well as I do that you are a joy to be around. Until that glorious day we meet again your friend
Fmr Sgt Nigel D Brown
678-200-9120. To his lovely wife Dawanna call if you are ever in need of anything and you know this much is true. To his Mother and Father I never got to meet you but I believe that we spoke over the phone maybe once or twice while we were in Tustin he was my brother and friend and likewise if you are in need of anything that I can provide please call"
Nigel D Brown of Atlanta, GA. USA

"To the family of SSGT Kimble,

I had the privilege of working with Dex for a little while when he was part of HMH-462. I know I speak for all my fellow Marines of 462 that knew SSGT Kimble when I say that we were blessed to work with such an outstanding Marine and such a caring person. Nothing can heal the wounds his loss caused, but he will always remain in our hearts and represent the best of the U.S. Marine Corps and HMH-462."
Former USMC Sgt. Scott Blackwill of Windsor, Colorado

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

"DX was the guy who never had a bad day. Everyday was a new adventure for Dex. My favorite memory of Dex was of the night I walked outside to find him staring at the moon. He pointed up and said he had never seen a halo so big before. I looked up and sure enough, there was a huge ring around the moon that was just amazing. He looked at me and said it was like god was watching us through a peephole.

God bless you Dex. We could all use that hope now. Are you watching us through that peephole now?"
SSgt Bunnell HMH-361 FLightline

""On behalf of The United States Marine Corps and I, We Solute You.

Our Deepest Sympathy and Respect to your family and those that will miss you.

Thank You and God Bless""
Cpt. Jay, Bernard USMC of Arlington, VA

"A fund has been set up to help the family and children of SSgt Dexter Kimble. If anyone would like to help here is how they can. Contact the Point Loma Credit Union Phone # 888-495-3400
Thank you."
JB of CA

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on the helicopter with Dexter. My condolences to his family, as I share in the pain of losing one so loved. We are forever united through the sacrfices our young men were willing to make. Thank you and God Bless"
Sally Rapp of Westlake, Ohio

"There were 31 heroes that died together while on board the helicopter. My son, Richard Gilbert, Jr., was also among them. May God bless you and ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"On behalf of the Rutter and Roth family, it was a honor to know Dexter Kimble. You all are like our own family and we all send our condolences to the entire family. We will continue to pray for God to confort your hearts and to help you all get through this difficult time. Remember Jesus is with you at all times, call on him and he will help you all get through this time. We love you and we will miss Dexter deeply."
Rutter and Roth family of Pearland, Texas, Brazoria

"I share your pain like like many other Marine families.I didnt know Dexter but I know he was a hero and he has my gratitude.Stay strong."
M.R. of NJ

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Dexter S. Kimble,

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

"It was an honor for me to relay
e mail letters from Dexter to his
family, I worked with his dad knew his mom, My warmest and heartfelt sympathy go out to the Kimble family, may the Lord truly bring comfort to your hearts in this time of sorrow....."
John A. Nix of Pearland, Texas

"To Dexter'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 hero's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.

Sincerely,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern"
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"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

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

"Thank you Dexter Kimble, 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. Dexter Kimble:
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 Dexter 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. Dexter Kimble:
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 Dexter, 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