Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Allan Klein

34, of Clinton Township, Michigan.
Klein died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"To the family of:Allan Klein
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""

"I walk at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI where Allan is buried. Last night I discovered his grave and a picture of him on duty. It was sealed in plastic and put at the foot of his grave stone. While I never knew Allan, I mourned his loss nonetheless, said prayers for his family and plan to do that whenever I'm at Great Lakes. I'm so sorry for your loss."
Julia Zaher of Grand Blanc, MI

"I LOVE YOU AL...Theres not a day that goes by that i dont think of you.I thank God every day that we had the time we did have together.I want to tell Allan's parents thank you also your son will and forever be my HERO...Allan is with us in our memories always.I've always had a hard time with words I can remember staying up nights writing him with a dictionary so that I wouldnt look stupid.Because as all that knows allan knows hes a extreamly intellegent.Your son taught me so much.He also loved nature.He taught me how to look at this messed up world in a much different way.I lost everything in a house fire,but the memoerys will forever remain in my heart and sole forever.So I thank Al's mom and dad for raiseing and bringing Allan in this world for not only was he A Marine but he's a hero to us all.The years may pass,time may go by, but our HERO will live in us FOREVER!In our hearts,and soles, till I see you in heaven.THANK YOU...........My hero and all your brother Marines. I have and forever will love you.love nicole"

"Losing my brother was the worst thing to have happened in my life. The only thing I can take any comfort in is Al had become the person he always wanted to be, a U.S. Marine. My condolences to all who have lost someone in wartime and my deepest respects and honor go out to all who have served and to those still serving. God's speed."
Kurt Klein of Puerto de Santa Maria , Spain

"RIP Marine"
LCPL Cunningham USMC VET of 1st Bn 3rd Marines Bco

"January 17, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Allan Klein:
Allan 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 left from detroit michigan to paris island with klein, and i was put in the same training platoon, 1004, as him. after that the next time i saw him was over in Iraq on camp fallujah. i was shocked to hear that just a few days after i saw him, that him and his platoon were involved in a helo crash. I saw a picture of him today, Veterans day, on the campus of Wayne State University where a group organized fallen veterans from the metro detroit area. semper fi!"
matt hartley of westland michigan

"This message is for all who left words of comfort on this website in honor of my son, LCpl Allan Klein, USMC. Almost two years have passed since Allan was killed in Iraq in a helicopter crash that killed 30 Marines and a Navy Corpsman on January 26, 2005. I just found this website today, October 15, 2006, and read what people wrote probably many months ago. I want to thank all who took the time to write those words of comfort. I am honored and I know Al would be, too. I have received two quilts from organizations and I want you to know that they are precious beyond words to me. Nothing can be done to bring Al back to us, but it is good to know that other people appreciate what he did. To the other Marines who knew him and wrote, I thank you so much for your kind words."
Rae Oldaugh of Roseville, MI, USA

"I was Kleins Roomate in hawaii and we were also in the same platoon. it put a hole in my heart when i found out that the helicopter that crashed was my platoon. i was gonna extend one more year with them but i didnt think we were gonna go to iraq and as soon as i went home,3 months later they left to go there. it was truly a sad day for me and everyone else that was in that platoon. i really wished i was there with them. Klein went through more then anyone else that i know but he always kept his head up and his mind straight. he was really humble and a good person. im glad that i got to know him and help train him. my prayers go out to his family. Klein was never a quitter and from what i've been told he gave the insurgents HELL which im very proud of. i am really glad that i got a chance to meet a person like Klein."
Lcpl Palou of Salt lake city, Utah

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

eleanor a dachtler of lv, nv

"I am so sorry for your loss for I am feeling it also. I am the father of Lcpl Brian Hopper, who was on the helicopter with Allan. May our memories never fade."
Rob Hopper, rob.hopper@pbsgc.com of Wynne, AR

"Allen Klein was my cousin, and to Aunt Rae and Uncle Randi i am very, very for the loss of your son. May God be with you through the hard times."
Kristy Oldaugh of Michigan, USA

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

"My son, Richard Gilbert, Jr., spoke of Allan quite frequently. Richard told me of sitting with Allan's family at the airport and the meal they bought for him. They were very good friends while serving together. They also died together along with 29 other heroes. Now they will be forever brothers in arms. May God bless you."
Helen Gilbert (hrg715@aol.com) of Dayton, Ohio

"My brother, Cpl. Richard A. Gilbert, Jr., was killed along with Allan Klein. He talked highly of Allan. Because he was so much older than most they guys all called him "Daddy". Our family sends our condolences and prayers to Allan's family."
Melissa Rader of Dayton, Ohio

"To the family of Allan Klein. We flew or flad at half staff in his honor, Our hearts are with your family today & always. God Bless. From Michigan"
Joann of Michigan

"to the family and friends of Allan,stay strong,he was a true hero.Good Bye Marine"
Marine Dad of NJ

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Allan Klein,

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

"Thank You Allan. May you now know the peace you so rightly deserve. You are safe at last. My heart aches for your family's loss. God Bless all of you."
Melissa Macchi, cousin of PFC Mark Barbret, killed 10/14/04 of Roseville, MI

"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 Lanse Corporal Klein for serving our country and making us safe. I heard your mother on the radio saying that you were inspired by 911 and wanting to do more. To pass the rigorous Marine boot camp and get involved as you did says so much about your character and what you represented. God had bigger plans for you and I'm certain you are standing guard at the gates of heaven. I am so sorry you could not have seen the smiling faces of the Iraqis today at their elections and how you helped them to be free and inspired to vote. You will not be forgotten and we will pray for you and your family left behind. God bless you and your family. Semper fi"
Bill Sheridan and Family of Macomb Twp, Michigan

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

"Thank you Allan Klein, 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. Allan Klein:
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 Allan 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. Allan Klein:
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 Allan, 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