Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. John M. Longoria

21, of Nixon, Texas.
Longoria died of wounds sustained from small arms fire while conducting combat operations against enemy forces during Operation Steel Curtain in New Ubaydi, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 14, 2005.

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"10 years my brother. I will never forget you and as long there is a breath in my body you will forever be loved."
Turner of NOLA

"Honoring you this Memorial Day. Never forgotten! Xo"
Feather Latimer of Livermore

"Thinking of you and your brothers"
Feather of Livermore

"John its been a few years since that day in Iraq when the LORD took you into his arms, and every time since that day at the stampede I pay you due respect when they salute the fallen, remember all those times there? lol I'll never forget those days, thanks for being the only friend I had in the platoon. I've come from Ca. to visit you today, I know its long over due but I'm here at long last, I miss you bro!
George Hruby (2/1 SSP-2005)"
George Hruby of Temecula Ca

"Was just thinking of the time we fit you into a ruck sack. haha. Miss ya holmie."
HM1 Phil Alexanian

""The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."
General Douglas MacArthur"
SSgt Joel Miller of 29Palms Ca.

"thinking of you today a little more than most. i love you and miss you."
leslie amaya of seguin tx

"Thinking of you always Longie! RIP See you again one day"
Feather Latimer(Lat's wife & Smethursts cousin) of Livermore,CA.

"November 14, 2010....Tonight I remember John Longoria. You are not forgotten and you live on in the hearts of those that served with you that day."
Ron Krum, father of Lcpl Adam Krum, 2/1 Weapons CAAT Red 2004-2007 of Palmyra, PA

"you where my old neighbor and a fellow Marine. you are knowwhere near forgotten brother."
pete perez of corus christi, texas

"John I am sadden to hear about your passing...you and I shared many wonderful memories that I will ALWAYS charish in my Heart...I just wished we could have spoken one last time...Love ya John"
Nicole of San Antonio, TX

"John, I will keep up the fight for us. Thank you my brother for your sacrifice and our freedom!"
Isaiah Longoria, L.A. County Firefighter of Los Angeles, CA.

"john was my Brother i loved him very much. Thank you 4 all ur support"
Derak Lee longoria of Austin, Tx, USA

"I remember the day you got to my platoon. I remember the day that i made you right the paper on why you wanted to be in a sniper platoon platoon. You said you felt like our platoon was a family, and to me you were like a son. you called my wife Mom and both the platoon and my real family loved you. We will all miss you"
SSgt Joel Miller 2/1 SSP of 29 palms Ca

"November 14, 2008
To the family of Cpl. John M. Longoria:
John 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

"see you soon man"
eric

"i recieved a fallen warriors card and i hope for the best for him and all family and friends."
Mitchell Berninger of Williamsport, Pa

"hey bro i miss you dawg, there isnt a day that goes by that i dont think of you man. you'v taught me that respect has to be earned,and i have always stayed tru to that.im standing stong fighting our cause.we will meet again my brother
2/1 wpns co. SSP"
TL GR 1 Sgt. Rios J of camp pendlton CA.

"To the family, friends and loved ones of John M. Longoria:

May you find the strength to carry on and keep John close to your hearts. My deepest condolences to all of you. Please know that all John's hard work, efforts and sacrifices will not be forgotten. Keep him alive within your hearts and souls and know that he will now be looking down at you from heaven. He is a true hero and will not be forgotten.

God bless all of you."
Corinne LoGiudice of Emerson, NJ

"To the family of:John M. Longoria 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"

"John I hope that you know how much you ment to me and how much all the others did as well. I know that i was hard on you all. I just wish it did some good. See you when my time is up.
Sgt. Ethan Place
Scout/Sniper TL GR40"
Ethan Place of St. Louis MO

"John Longoria was one of the best people I have ever met, and an exceptional example of a Marine. I had the extreme Honor of serving with him, and of spending time with him, and will always be thankful for that. May the light he brought into this world never diminish, but spread to it's every corner as those whose life he touched follow his example, and try to make the world a better place."
LCpl Ryan Bauman, 2/1 of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I wish to send my deepest condolences to Johns family.My name is lcpl Joseph Salas and it was an honor to have served with John since we graduated boot camp together in september of 03'.we were both assigned to the same platoon in soi where we quickly became friends.then we both went to 2/1 hs company where we were under command of then capt.mendoza.we were"neighbors"in camp baharia in fallujah for our first deployments as well.this deployment,my platoon was in another city than the battallion.we were about to go on a mission when news came about john and major mendoza.it felt like a punch to my chest.every time i was around john it was hard to keep a smile off my face.his personality and contagious grin will be missed.till we meet again,john.semper fi."
joseph salas of burleson,tx

"To John's Family, I am so sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers. To John, you sir are a true American Hero. What a fine Marine you are. Thank you for all you have done in Iraq and in keeping us safe at home. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"John, I remember the day that I picked you up from SOI and brought you to the Bn. You impressed me alot with your determination and dedication. I will always miss your smile and respect that you always gave to me and everyone else. You will be missed Marine. You are deffinately one of Gods blessings and one of the few to call a friend. You now look down at us from above, we will see eachother again....

Semper Fi.."
Sgt Joseph Wolfgeher of 2/1 CAAT

"To the loved ones of Cpl. John Matthew Longoria. I'm LCpl. Michael J. Henderson. I served alongside John as the rifleman in his fireteam, and fought with him until the end. He was a great friend, and his loss was felt by us all. Especially myself and the others who were with him on a daily basis. I must appologize that was unable to save him. The events on the 14th on Nov. replay constantly in my memory. I wish that there would have been something that I could have done. I tried numerous times to get to him to help him, but constantly found myself under heavy fire. I'm very sorry."
LCpl. Michael J. Henderson, USMC of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I felt an angel near today,
Though one I couldnít see.
I felt an angel, Oh-So-Close,
Sent to comfort me.

I felt an angelís gentle kiss,
Soft upon my cheek.
An oh, without a single word,
Of caring it did speak.

I fel and angelís loving touch,
Soft upon my heart.
And with that Tough, I felt the Pain,
And Hurt within depart.

I felt An Angelís tepid tears,
Fall softly next to mine.
And knew that as those tears did dry,
A new day would be mine.

I felt and angelís silken wings,
Enfold me with Pure Love.
And felt a strength within me grow,
A strength sent from above

I felt an angel, Oh-So-Close,
Though one I couldnít see.
I felt an angel near today,
Sent to comfort me.


Gone Ė but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your marine with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.
Proud mom of Lcpl Alex
Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"John,
I would like to say thank you to you and the other Marine from your unit(2/1) who killed for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"i am truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. john was a dear friend of mine sinced i was a kid. i met him in elementary school. i want you to know this to me is a extream personal expieriance.for i to am a member of the united states marine. i met him when i was attending rose shaw elemenry i met him when i attended rose shaw elementry and was not aware of his passing until christmas leave.i deploy in two weeks and i will have vengance. once agaun i am sorry for his loss, he was a good person, i would really like to get a hold of his brother timmothy if you know how. he as well as you can email me at groundpoundingfool@yahoo.com. on behave of 1/4 bravo company first plt. sorry for the loss."
pedro "pete" perez of 753 post ave. 78405

"To the family and friends of Corporal John M. Longoria,

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. If you're not certain that your loved one's next of kin is registered, please use our link and register them for a quilt so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"To John'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 as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons. Our boys are truly heroes!

By His Grace,

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
gloria.caldas@sbcglobal.net"

"JOHN THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. YOU HAVE NOT DIED VAIN! YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO! FIGHTING OFF TERRORISM AND THOSE IN IRAQ! YOU HAVE PLAYED A KEY ROLE TO MAKING EVERYONE ALOT SAFER; JOHN! YOU ARE SOMOEONE'S SOMEONE AND SOMEONE TO OUR FAMILY. LOSING A SON AND OR DAUGHTER IS VERY DIFFUCULT. WE ALL DEAL WITH IT VERY DIFFERENTLY! SO PLEASE REMEMBER THE LOVE THAT CREATED YOUR FAMILY. ALWAYS BE SUPPORTIVE TO ONE ANOTHER. OFFER GUIDANCE, UNDERSTANDING, KINDNESS AND LOVE. JOHN WOULDN'T WANT ANYONE UNHAPPY! HE IS ALWAYS WITH YOU. SURE, NOT THE WAY WE WOULD LIKE. GOD, I DO ANYTHING TO HAVE MY GREGORY, JOHN AND ALL OUR FALLEN. IT HURTS! AN MY HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU. HEALING IS NOT AN EASY PROCESS. SOME HEAL SOONER THEN OTHERS, SOME LONGER AND SOME JUST NEVER! BOTTOM LINE YOU ALL LOVE JOHN. HE HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE HEARTS HE TOUCHED. ALL SHAREDMANY FOND PRECIOUS TIME'S WITH HIM. THESE ARE THOSE REFLECTIONS WE REMEMBER THAT ARE IMPORTANT OF OUR LOVE FOR JOHN. I DIDN'T KNOW YOU SON. I KNOW THIS OF HIM. HE HAS MY RESPECT NOT FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY, FOR FIGHTING ALONG SIDE OUR SON. THAT BOTH HADN'T KNOWN EACH OTHER. YET, BOTH ARE RE-UNITED NOW. THIS IS ONE THING I DO, THAT ENABLE'S ME TO DEAL WITH MY LOST. I JUST DON'T WANT AMERICAN'S TO EVER TREAT OUR FALLEN LIKE AMERICANS MISTREATED OUR VIETNAM VETERANS. OUR FALLEN SON'S AND DAUGHTER'S DESERVE R E S P E C T! I URGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO YOUR POLITICAL LEADERS AND YOUR COMMUNITY TODAY. REQUEST A STREET BE NAMED AFTER JOHN. FOR JOHN SERVED HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE AND COUNTRY. WE NEED TO KEEP OUE FALLEN FRESH IN THE MINDS OF ALL. GOD BLESS, JOHN!"
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"I am truly sorry for your loss, and the loss of another brave Texan. May you find comfort and strength in God to face the days ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad, 24 April 2005"

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

"Thank you John Longoria, 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 Cpl. John Longoria:
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 John 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 Cpl. John Longoria:
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 John, 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