Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. John Lukac

19, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lukac died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on October 30, 2004.

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"I can't believe that it has been almost 10 years... I served with John. I think of him often and the world is worse off without a man and friend like John. I will never forget him."

"We visited Arlington in August and saw your name on the quilt. We were obviously touched by the common surname. We just wanted to say "Thank you and God Bless"."
The Lukac Family of Pittsburgh PA

"You will never be forgotten, thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be free."
Marilyn Hunt of Columbus, Ms

"Semper Fi"
RCooper

"Jan and Helena, it was one such an honor and pleasure to drive you in the Veteran's Day parade. The crowds were so enthusiastic and appreciative for the sacrfice your family and John made. I would ask you to allow me to drive you every year!"
Carol Webster of Las Vegas, NV

"It was an honor last night to form a new VFW Post in Las Vegas called the "John Lukac Post 12093". The number of people who came and joined John's family in honoring his memory was wonderful."
Dottie Marsh, USN of Las Vegas, NV USA

"September 27, 2008
To the family of Pfc. John Lukac:
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

"Hy! Iīm your cousin from the far Slovakia.. we never met, but I miss you like everybody!"
AnnamŠria of Slovakia, Galanta

"Memorial Day. 2007.
Itís amazing that I have stumbled across his grave. His family really cared. I was motionless and the only thing I can say was that he is now in a better place. I couldnít hold back that tear. I had community service at that memorial park.... actually it was my first time in life I ever visit a memorial park. I am proud that I had my time to visit. It was coming to the end and I said to myself " I didnít cry" but I did when I said he's in a better place. On my own time w/o community service Iím going to pay a little visit again to Lukac's grave and the others as well, even if I really donít know them, I still will give my time. This day was the best day of my life. Iím glad that I had a chance to see this young Heroes grave. I'm glad that I was there. I met a brave marine that have never existed in mind. And I will never forget. I proudly say thank you to Lukac and to all the other Fallen, Past And Present.

And I love them all."
Ledonia Norrise of LV,Nevada

"I've known him since he was a baby, He was my parents' God Son. He was a good son, en excellent brother, and a good student. While He could have gone to virtually any college, He chose to join the Marines. We drifted apart when they moved to Las Vegas, so His passing was a great shock and a great heart break. He touched many lives in His short life.
We will all miss him...

10/9/06"
Peter of Santa Clarita, CA

"i did not know you, but i know of you.. i know how good of a man you were and in many peoples heart you are still that great man. i met you family for the first time ever, and it hurt me. i cried even though i did not know you, but what i heard of you i would have love to have known you. when i hugged your brother it made me cry more as if though i could feel his pain. i have seen many pictures of you and when i seen your brother it was like looking at you for the first time in person. i may have not known you but i miss the very thought of you. i wish we could have met. god bless you and your family for their loss and yours."
Myrtle of Las Vegas, NV

"john. happy belated birthday. *. we miss you."
saadat

"To the family of:John Lukac 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. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"Was googling the Lukac name and discovered the memorial to your son, John. Having numerous family by that name in Ohio, I felt your pain very deeply. Words cannot express my sorry for your loss. I am sure your son was a wonderful solider and person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and for your son's soul. God Bless."
Joe Lukac of Newburgh, Indiana

"""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

"To the Lukac family,
Thanks again for your sons service, I'm sorry I couldn't do more. Love Philip"
of Sioux City, IA

"To Johnny's Family: There is no words to how you are feeling right now. But we just want you to know we will always be here for you. John was part of are family and we all loved him so much. John is a HERO and will never be forgotten.
Samantha, Joey, Randi, & Joe Sr. Fico"
Fico Family of Las Vegas, NV

"We have spoken on the phone. I just wanted you to know that you are still in my thoughts and prayers. Draw on the strength and courage our son's had and the love of God and we will find our way through this
In Christion Love
pmm of Lcpl Andrew Riedel"
Sherri Busch of Norhglenn,co

"To The Family Of John Lukac

You do not know me although I know your pain, I too lost my son LCPL Christopher Ramos on April 5, 2004 in Iraq. They will always be our heroes and they will live in our hearts forever. May God Bless You and All Your Family. We will see them again!"
Viola of Mesa, Arizona

"John, you and the others in the armed forces are the bravest human being. You all are willing to put your lives at risk so others can enjoy freedom and for that we can never repay you. And to John's family, thank you for bringing John to this world. I am so sorry he had to go so soon, maybe he can live the rest of his life up in heaven."
Mitch Nguyen of Warren Michigan

"To the family of John Lukac,
Sorry for you loss. I know how you are feeling because my husband was with him on Oct 30th. Wish there was more I could say at this time but I am at loss for words."
Cindy Courtney of GA

"Helena, John (Sr.), Peter
Your Loss is AMERICA's Loss. John Fought for the FREEDOM's of People of Our Land, and those of a Suppressed Land.
John was Valient and A BRAVE HERO..
Peace Be With You in these trying time's"
Dale Osburn Sr. of Las Vegas, Nv.

"Dear Helena, John & Peter ~ Johnny was like another son in our family,
Danny's great buddy and school friend for many years. John will always live in our hearts, and we will always be there for you all.
Love from all of us. . . Felicite, Ashraf, Danny, Sarah, David and Andrew"
Felicite Imam of North Hollywood, CA

"To the family of John;
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. John is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"I know your pain having lost my grandson John "Tommy" Byrd the same time John was killed. They are indeed heroes and will never be forgotten. They leave an empty place in our hearts. But God will sustain us."
Matha Byrd of Fairmont WV

"I know your pain having lost my grandson John "Tommy" Byrd the same time John was killed. They are indeed heroes and will never be forgotten. They leave an empty place in our hearts. But God will sustain us."
Matha Byrd of Fairmont WV

"Private Lukac, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To the family of John Lukac:
I did not know him but my husband died with him, LCpl Travis Fox. They will never be forgotten!
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

FOREVER, PROUD MARINE WIFE! OOORAH!"
Casie Fox of Greer, SC

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

"RIP Tufelhunden...The Taylors in NC..USMC"

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO John Lukac."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To John's family:

I don't know you, and I never knew John, but my heart goes out to your family. We lost, Chris, my son, in April of this year in the same place in Iraq. We live locally and I really wanted to write some words to encourage and sympathize with you. The only thing that has sustained me is my faith, and I can't imagine going through such a time of pain without it. The promise to know he is in heaven waiting for us to arrive gives me peace. I hope you have this same peace. I am praying for your family and even the stages of grief that comes through time. It really helped me to buy some books on grieving when you lose someone you love. May God bless you all, and we can always be proud of them for their courage, strength, and belief that they were doing something great in Iraq."
Terri Bowman of Las Vegas, Nevada

"To John's Family:
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

"To the family and friends of Private First Class John Lukac,

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 register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

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

"Thank you John Lukac, 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 Pfc. John Lukac:
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 Pfc. John Lukac:
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