Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Eric R. Lueken

23, of Dubois, Indiana.
Lueken died 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, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on April 22, 2006.

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"Eric Lueken, was one of my Marines and a friend. Not a day goes by I don't wish he was still here. Sometimes I wonder if I was there with him if I could have changed the outcome. It's difficult and everyday is a challenge. I miss you brother. You guard those gates and one day we will be on duty together again. Semper Fidelis!!

-GySgt Edwards"
Paul Edwards of MCAS Miramar

"I miss you you brother. I think of you daily. Your kind upbeat ways, your smile and your dream of being a professional sport fisherman. Rest in Peace."
HM2 (FMF/NAC) Wright of Pensacola, FL

"To the family of:Eric R. Lueken
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""

"As Memorial day approaches I cant help but to think of you and my heart is heavy. As a SSgt my 1 regret is not bringing back all my boys. Forgive me..."
SSgt. Williams of Hawaii

"You are missed and I think of you often. You will always live on in our thoughts and hearts my brother."
Gunner Veach of New Orleans LA

"i still think about you all the time bro.it hurts.years later...im sorry."
WPNS CO. 3/3

"I still think about that talk we had brother. You are missed..."
Marine

"Thank you Eric you will not be forgotten."
Dan Lueken of Albion, Nebraska

"Still thinking of you often and the sacrifice you made for our country. Thank you, God Bless and you are still living on in our hearts."
Archer Family of USA

"Radio, I wish I could of seen the turkey farm that you always talked about during our patrols in J-Bad. I know you are well taken care of now. Love Bro"
Barros of CT

"I know you're up there guarding the gates of heaven."
SSgt. Fredd Williams of MCBH

"I did not have the privilege of knowing Eric; however my nephew served with him in Afghanistan and Iraq. I have had a photo of the two of them as my wallpaper from that first tour of duty. Two handsome, young Marines, looking so cool in sunglasses, it is hard to believe they were in danger. The photo reminds me daily to thank God for the service our military provides to our country, and for the life Eric gave for us all. I also say a prayer for Eric's family, I hope there is some comfort in knowing the difference Eric made to others. Then I ask God to guide my nephew in a life that would honor Eric's memory. I am thankful their lives crossed."
Roni Stiger of Trout Run PA

"April 15, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Eric R. Lueken:
Eric 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

"Cpl Lueken,

Thank you for your service and your selfless sacrifice. Although we never met, I lived in Camp Lueken for my 7 month tour in Baghdadi, Iraq, where I advised the Iraqi Police. I saw your name every single day when I came back inside the wire. Your memory lives on in the hearts and minds of every Marine who served in that area.

Semper Fi Marine."
David Lee of Baton Rouge, LA

"SEMPER FI Marine."
N.J. Stenftenagel of ALL POINTS BUT FROM N.E DUBOIS HIGH SCHOOL

"Eric,
Its been 2 years and i still hurt just thinking about that day. i try not to think about it but everytime i do man it just hurts. you know your always in my heart. keep watching over us."
Moreo of MCBH, K-bay, HAWAII

"I know it's been a while since everything, but I wanted whoever reads this to know that I knew Eric. We served together in Afghanistan. He was one the best guys I knew. I just got back from Iraq 3 days ago and I wanted everybody to know that Eric will never be forgotten.

Radio I will never forget you man. You were always there for me and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it dude! I love ya man."
Isaac of Kaneohe Bay MCBH, HI, USA

"Eric your were good person. I LOV YOU YOUR COUSIN."
JJ of Huntingburg

"I miss you so much brother. I was there with you and you will always be in my heart"
Michael Martin of San Antonio, TX

"I Miss you Bro."
Kyle Barrozo of K-bay, HI

"Radio... you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care brother. I'm glad I was lucky enough to know you in Wpns. Co. 3/3."
Sgt. Paul Szoldra of Camp Pendleton, CA

"May you at last find eternal peace, my Brother, in the Legions of Our Father's Crusaders. It was truly an honor to stand for you. We all salute you for your service, and sacrifice to our great Country, and pledge to forever keep you in our hearts. May God Bless the Lueken Family and Friends, and ease the pain of their great loss. You will remain in our prayers.

Semper Fi...................."
Joe Lorey of Jasper, IN

"Cpl Eric Lueken,

Though we never met, I am a friend of your cousin John Marks of Celestine, Indiana. I want thank you for joining the Marine Corps and serving us so well in your duty. I want to thank your family, friends and fellow Marines for loving and supporting you, as that made you stronger and created the person you were. Watch over your family and keep them safe. God bless you for your work and your time here."
Mollie Nunn, (former Huntingburg, Indiana resident) of Mililani, Oahu, Hawaii, USA

"Cpl. Eric R. Lueken. You are and forever will be in our prayers. You will never be forgotten. God Bless You
SEMPER FI"
Shelton Voelkel of Dubois Indiana

"I extend my deepest sympathy to Cpl Lueken's family. May you find some comfort knowing that your loved one is now living in the peace of Christ. All of you continue to be in my heart and prayers."
Cathy Funkhouser of Mount Vernon, IN/USA

""E" DOG ... MAN DO I MISS YOU ... I HAD NO CLUE THIS HAPPENED UNTIL TODAY I WAS GETTING ONLINE TO SEE IF YOUR UNIT HAD A DEFINITE DATE OF ARRIVAL SO WE COULD PLAN A PARTY AND I FIND OUT YOUR ALREADY HOME ... HOME IN THE STATES HOME IN GLORY!!! YOU ARE A REMARKABLE HERO AND SINCE THERE IS NOW A "CAMP LUEKEN" IN IRAQ YOU TOUCHED MORE THAN JUST ME WITH YOUR SERVICE. BRO YOUR DEATH IS NOT IN VAIN AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED!!! "THE MORE YOU SWEAT IN TRAINING THE LESS YOU BLEED IN WAR" -SGT PITTMAN RANDY D"
Sgt Pittman Randy D of Birmingham, AL USA

"Eric was a great friend, cousin,boyfriend, and son. He will be in our memories forever. IN LOVING MEMORY OF CPL.ERIC R. LUEKEN!"
Brittany & Mekenna & Kendall of Dubois, IN

"Lueken, My former roommate. You was the coolest person i know thats in the Marines. Dog im going to try to finish writing this because im starting to tear up. I know that you are up there protecting the gates of heaven, but you also are protecting us. i miss you man. you know. We lost 2 others before you and i just feel like breaking down but i know that you would tell me dont worry you'll get through it. but i miss you man. your parents raised the coolest Marine in 3/3. continue to watch over us and keep us safe. i miss you"
Moreo Usmc of MCBH kaneohe bay HI

"The memory of Eric will live on in all of our hearts forever."
The Archer's of New Salisbury, IN USA

"Though I was unable to attend this hero's funeral, as I was in attendance at Sgt. Proctor's service, his family and community will continue to be in my prayers. You will all be reunited someday in a much better place, in the meantime, his spirit lives on with all of you and with the troops he served with. He will not be forgotton. God comfort you all and Rest in Peace Eric R. Lueken."
Judy of Anderson

"Cpl Eric Lueken- You reported to duty April 22,06 on assignment to the "Pearly Gates" as a radio field operator for God. Watch over us as we watch over your family.
I was really waiting for the time you come back home so I could run with you. My running career will go on along with the memory of you.
Semper Fi
Cousin John Marks- Celestine, In"
John Marks of Celestine, Ind-USA

"Eric is finally home, but his mission is not over. He will continue on with another mission,protecting us in a much better place. Eric everything about you will be missed. We will take care of Jake, Linda,Brent & Ericka for ya. Brent & Ericka are one of the "Boys & Girls" and that is our job. We all think about you everyday. Keep sending signs to us so we know you are here with us in spirit. You are and will forever be our Hometown Hero.
Love You Forever,
Your "Boys & Girls""
Eric's Friends of Dubois, IN

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

"Please accept our condolences in the loss of you brave young Marine. May God bless you and you loved ones during this difficult time. Thank you Eric for fighting for our freedom."
Nancy & Phil Parker of Carmel, In.

"Jake and Linda, I know there isn't anything to take away the pain, just remember Eric is in a safer and better place."
Duane and Sue Knight of Dubois, IN USA

"Thank you Eric Lueken, 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. Eric Lueken:
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 Eric 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. Eric Lueken:
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 Eric, 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