Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. William J. Leusink

21, of Maurice, Iowa.
Leusink died from wounds received while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on May 22, 2006.

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"To the family of:William J. Leusink
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""

"6/17/2011
I just want to let you know that you are not forgotten- you are missed and we are all so sorry for the loss.Rest in peace- remembering you."
sheila of nj

"May 13, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. William J. Leusink:
William 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 BJ Leusink,
I grew up in Sheldon Iowa and was shocked to find out that someone from home had lost their life. I've done two deployments to Iraq with the Army. Iowa becomes the most beautiful place on Earth when over there. BJ is with our Lord now. He will never know War again. His wait for home is over. While in Iraq I'd day dream about the cold Iowa air on those 130 degree days. I couldn't imagine anything more beautiful than home. BJ has found something far more beautiful than home. He's with our heavenly father. I hope the images of BJ with a smile on his face and joy in his heart will help ease your pain. All he knows from now and forever is joy. He knew Jesus in life, he was a Marine and a Christian. John 15:13...BJ lived this verse."
Ryan Hofstra of Ft. Riley, Kansas

"BJay, it has been a year. I think of you and your family constantly. I want to thank you and your family for all that they did and are still doing. I hope to one day fulfill my part. I miss you and God Bless you all!!"
Jessica Tubergen of Jackson Hole, Wyoming

"B.Jay - I guess I just wanted to say thank-you. I know it had been a while since we last spoke, but it's hard knowing I will never get to speak to you again. Miss you lots!!

~Ash"
Ashley Vonk-Kohls of Hutchinson, MN

"I never met Bjay, but I know he is special to many. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends always."
Tiffiney Kabutan of Hickam AFB, Hawaii

"hey bjay sorry it took me a while to write you its just still so hard. I just want to say thank you and tell you how much we miss you everyday. and you will always be in our hearts. I promise you I will always take care of mir. you both are so specail to us. we will come visit you. we are so blessed that we got to become friends and we will never forget all the wonderful memories we have with you. your family is so great and we are so blessed to have become a part of your family, we love them so much. Now we know why you always talked about home.we really miss you. we love you. THANK YOU"
valerie lane of beaufort SC

"I never knew BJ, but by tragedy I'm indirectly linked to him. I'm so sorry, my heart aches for all of these heroes... These brave men and women, these Americans who won't make it back to their families. I won't forget, and I'll make sure no one I know will EVER forget."
April of Toledo, Ohio USA

"hey brother, i really dont know what to say. it sucks here without you, sure we're used to you being gone but knowing that you arent coming back ever kills inside. its hard to do things that we used to do but i try doing them. i went to you the other day and saw something weird, after the funeral they put this huge rose thing ontop of you, there had been lots of wind and all but one had blown off, it was sitting there like nothin had been done. so now it sits on my tv with your medals. i dont know what else to say just im trying to do sumthing that makes it hurt less, idk if this will work but i thought its worth a try. ppl keep sayin that they pray for us, but i think they should be thankin us. idk it sounds stupid but thats just how i think. but i just want you to know that i miss you and love you, dont know if it will ever be the same but i love you and i know youll always be there,, o ya and joey got this sweet tattoo all for you im getting one just i cant think what would be good for you but ya love you"
Cody Leusink of maurice iowa

"Miranda, Leusink family & friends,

I am Valerie Lane’s mother. I send my deepest sympathy and my heart pours out to all of you in your loss of BJay. Even though I have never met him, I have heard so many wonderful things about him from Ryan & Valerie. I wish I would have had the opportunity of meeting this remarkable young man. I will not forget his ultimate sacrifice that he has done for this country.

I do pray that your faith in the Lord will sustain you in this difficult time in your lives and rest assure that our Lord is with you and that He is your comforter.

In His Love,"
Barb Welding of Pittsburgh, PA

"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.
Our nations HERO, William will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS.
May we never forget: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!"

"hey bjay,
hey there buddy i just wanted to say thank you for blessing us with your friendship i miss you man me and valerie met your family they the most caring family bjay they love you so much you should have seen your cerimony you would have loved it buddy and it was all for you because you are our hero bjay i regret not going with you guys me and tommy but just like you would always say everything happens for a reason i miss you so much bjay but i know you will always be with me mir is staying strong for you buddy and so is your family your wonderful family they excepted us as part of your family and let me tell you i have never felt more honored bjay i will come visit you as much as i can ok buddy i love you william and ill see you soon.....but not to soon ok hey do me a favor tell the rest of the guys i said hi thanks buddy i love you"
Cpl Ryan Lane of Beaufort S.C. USA

"So sorry for your loss. BJay was a wonderful person with a wonderful love for life, great smile and wonderful sense of humor! Thanks to all who serve in the Military/Marines/Navy for our country"
Andi of Sioux Falls South Dakota

"I am sorry for your loss, and thank you for this supreme sacrificee. Words cannot express my sorrow that so many military families are facing out of the spotlight. You loved one will never be forgotten. My father served in VietNam,and died years later due to complications of injuries from his service. He is with us. God bless you"
Kay Nelson of Bethesda, MD

"B Jay was a great guy. I've may live over 16 hours away from what i concider Home, i still feel that He was my favorite Cousin. B Jay and Dan, ( who is in the Navy) both make me so proud. I wish i could have joined them, but some things are more difficult for others. I will miss you a lot, and i'm so sorry Uncle Bill, Aunt Elaine, and mostly Cody. Being so close to your graduation Day. It may be so painful for you but belive me. He died beliving in the right thing. And I glad He is now with God."
David James Leusink of Charlevoix, Michigan

"I did not know this fallen Marine but I would like his family to know that his sacrifice will never be forgotten and, to quote Abraham Lincoln, to "the pride that must be yours to lay such a costly sacrifice at the altar of freedom" is now buried in pain over this fallen Marines being taken from the world much too soon. And even though I never met him or heard of him till tonight the pain of his loss is like I did in some small way. Please accept my condolences on the death of your son. I'm genuinely sorry for your loss. R.I.P. Marine.

To quote another Marine, R. Lee Ermey:

"But always remember this, Marines die, that's what we're here for, but the Marine Corps lives forever and that means you live forever""
Dan of Central Illinois

"Thanks, William J Leusink for what you gave our country and the cause of freedom. I am sincerely grateful to you and wish God's blessings on the family you have left behind."
Ron Koedam of Grand Rapids, MI

"To Miranda and Family,
I did not have the pleasure of meeting your husband/son while we were visiting Hawaii. I am Ryan Lane's mother. Ryan and Valerie always spoke of B Jay and what a terrific friend he and Miranda were. My deepest sympathy to you all. Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We would like to thank B Jay for serving and defending our country. I know my son, Ryan is thankful for having B Jay for a friend. Please take care.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Kathy & Jim Hanley"
Kathy Hanley of Pittsburgh, PA

"To the Leusink family,
We had the privilege of meeting your son/husband/brother last July in Hawaii. Our son, LCPL Nicholas Kirven was killed May 8, 2005 and we were there for his memorial service. We introduced ourselves to each of the young men who had served with Nicholas. Bill was a fine Marine and a good friend to our son. I am sure Nicholas was there to greet Bill at heaven's gates. We will honor our courageous sons the rest of our lives.
We hold you close to our hearts."
Beth, Michael, Pride, Nicholas in heaven, Joseph of Fairfax, VA

"Thank you William Leusink, 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. William Leusink:
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 William 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. William Leusink:
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 William, 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