Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Victor R. Lu

22, of Los Angeles, California.
Lu died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 13, 2004.

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"We will always miss you bro. You were always a great friend and marine."
Cpl. Do James of Westminster, California

"You have not been forgotten~"
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"God bless you in heaven ,my brother"
YuKi of Chula vista

"It's been years brother since we last talked in person when I was EAS'ing out of the Corps.

I will never forget where I was when I first heard the sad news.

I was in a Philippines when I saw the un-censored news and saw Captain Chontosh giving a report of the incident to the news reporters. When they flashed your picture I broke down in tears.

Brother, I remember the few good times we had at Camp Pendleton, Ca and through OIF One laughing and bs'ing with Sgt Kim and LCpl Reyes at the back end of the hummer.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. You were supposed to be alive living life with your friends and family. I have never forgotten you till now.

You are a Marines, Marine. You always have been. You are never forgotten brother.

I know you are in a better place but the people you left an impression on are still talking about the good times we all had with you till now."
Alex Max of Sacramento, Ca

"I fought side by side with Big Lu in Fallujah, and was right there the day he made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. I couldn’t be more honored to know such a good man and good Marine. I promise to live my life to the fullest, and refuse to let your sacrifice be in vain. Much love and God bless"
Sewell

"I will never forget the times we had when we were in the polee program. We push each other to push harder, but i guess u pushed harder than i ever did. Love you homie..."
SGT Ha, Chung USMC of Los Angeles, ca

"BROTHER IT'S BEEN 6 YEARS SINCE YOU HAVE PASSED. NO ONE CAN FORGET AND NO ONE WILL FORGET. MAN I MISS YOU."
DOUGLAS LU of LOS ANGELES

"Semper fi brother!, your life and legacy will not be forgotten.

Conan C.
Usmc 0311/0302"

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

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Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Love you Lu. Your always there."
Cpl Talley of Lafayette, LA

"Lu, just wanted to let you know that you are not forgotten. You were a good man and a great Marine. Thinking of you these holidays."
A fellow L 3/5 Marine of Orange County, CA

"If you are a friend of Victor or served with him, please contact the Lu Family via email at mlu_770@yahoo.com, we would like communicate with you.

Victor's Sister, Nanci"
Nanci Lu of Los Angeles

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Victor R. Lu:
Victor 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

"Brother! as we come to this fourth year since you have left us you are always on my mind. my prayers go out to your family! Oh brother of mine you are missed and still loved. I will always remember you of how you fought and died for your country... for if any man that sheds his blood with me in battle will be my brother for all time. Rest in Peace"
Sgt. Keenan, Matthew of London, England

"I met Victor in middle school up until high school. There were two occasions that come to mind when I think of him. First was when he defended me in Middle School when a bunch of punks were shoving me around (he didn't really know me). Second was in high school when he had to run extra laps in gym class for playing a practical joke on one of his friends. He had the whole class cracking up, including the instructor that made him do the laps. Although he and I were not super close, I always remember him as the warm hearted guy with a great sense of humor. I didn't even know he lived a few houses down from my best friend. Victor was one of the very few genuine people I've ever met. My condolences go out to his family."
Jay of Los Angeles, CA

"I'll never forget you LU , you always had my back , good times . I remember shaking your hand before you got on the bus leaving the base , I piece of me died with you that day Lu . I'll never forget you bro . Semper Fi."
LCPL Williams of San Diego , CA

"i will never forget the first time i met Lu.... he was funny as hell. and right off the bat we were cool. i met Lu not very long before he passed. i was attached to his fire team as a combat eng. and a 249 gunner. but the impression Lu left on me is forever. he was an outstanding marine and person who cared so much for his team.i will never forget him or that day.i send my condolences to the family and Buddha your a great person man miss you...."
lcpl. cooper, preston of cincinati,oh

"hay big bro
i miss the feeling of having a big brother to watch over me. you always told me right from wrong you gave me hope "be what i can be just don't be a dumb *" i remember before you left. i really miss you man...it's so hard for me to not think about you.. everybody doesn't see what am going through deep down inside, all i do is hide it, and not to bring it up. cause everytime someone walks up to me and tells me they knew you it makes me speechless. one day big brother ill join you and see you again until that day i hope your watching after me making sure i don't do stupid things.. with love your lil brother......"
of Los angeles

"Three years ago today, my heart was broken when we were told you had gone to Heaven first before us. It has been really hard for the family to let you go and move on with our lives because you are still so much a part of our lives in so many ways. I think of you at my lowest and especially at my highest because I know you are with me there and then living life with me and letting me know that you are always there just a different way. I will see you in Heaven again little brother. You are our guardian angel, I love you."
Big Sis Nanci of LA

"Hey brother,

we will never forget you man. much love and respect will always be felt when you are remembered. you are the guy who picked up the slack on hikes in SOI and the guy who kept it real when we were boots in the fleet. not a harsh word would ever be spoken about your character and you will always be in our hearts. you went down like a warrior and your entire country is honored to have had a man like you serve in combat. i love you bro... big buddah... RIP"
Cpl. Michael Hibbert "TRIX" of Highland Village, TX

"ill miss big lu, i remember the day he bought pizza for everyone just because he wanted some pizza himself. he was a very nice kid, and i feel like i should have died that day in the house. many people might not know the story but, my team was suppose to take the house he went into but, lt. pervu changed the order right before we stepped off. and to this day i always feel like it should have been me. ill miss you brother. sgt arguelles"
keith arguelles of mcas miramar san diego, ca

"I was recruited with Vic out of RSS Pasadena. We were both overweight and struggling with our pullups. We used to run around the Rose Bowl and hike the trails in the San Gabriel Mountains. All we talked about was what we would do when we were Marines. Vic always talked about sending his money home while I talked about buying cars. I left for bootcamp in October 2002, a few months before Vic. The last time I saw him, I was at the MCRD San Diego chow hall wearing my dress shoes and cammies about to graduate. As we were leaving, I saw Vic in the green sweatshirt with unbloused trousers and go-fasters. I left our formation and hugged him. I told him we'd see eachother someday and I'd buy him a beer for helping me make it to bootcamp.

I found out a Marine that had been in my platoon was killed a couple months ago. I was looking for his name on a list of fallen Marines when I saw Vic's among the many. He died more than two years ago and I had no idea. I wish I could have been there with you brother. I'm so sorry...

You were a good friend Vic. I'll be seeing you one of these days - I still owe you that beer..."
Eli Dunne, USMC of North Hollywood, CA

"LCpl Lu,
Last time I saw you, it was when I was leaving Camp Pendleton. I was getting out of the Marines at that time. We were talking and laughing in the Barracks. Cpl Do, James was bullshitting with you and I. We were supposed to meet up when you got home. I was in Philippines when I found out the news. No one told me. I was in tears to learn that one of my close friends had been killed. You were a brave man, and a great friend. I miss you brother. Everyone does. You will never be forgotten by everyone that loves you. Atleast you are with the Lord Jesus now. Semper Fidelis and God Bless you and you're Family. You're friend and fellow Marine.

-Former USMC
Maxwell, Alex."
Maxwell, Alex of Sacramento, Ca USA

"I DID THE FIRST TOUR TO IRAQ WITH YOU ...DID THE SECOND TOUR TOO...MY THIRD WASNT SO DIFFERENT I FELT YOUR GUIDANCE AND YOU STILL WATCHED MY BACK.I GUESS YOU'RE ONE OF MY GUARDIAN ANGEL. TOUGH TIMES AND SACRIFICES.I MISS YOU MAN I WISH THAT I COULD HAVE TURNED EVERYTHING AROUND BUT GOD HAVE ANOTHER MISSION FOR YOU ,YOU GRUNT.SUCK IT UP MARINE ...ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT WE LOVE YOU ....TO THE FAMILY SORRY I'VE LOST CONTACTS WITH YOU I WANNA GET A HOLD OF YOU GUYS SO MUCH BUT I DONT KNOW WHERE ELSE TO LOOK MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS djcoy3@yahoo.com
SGT.COY"DJ"REYES LIMA 3/5 WPNS PLT."
SGT.REYES III of LOS ANGELES CA. USA

"it has been so long... time flys... the last time i went to visit u, i didnt even noe wut to say. All i cud do was stare, i just kept staring at your grave and at the tomb stone not realizing that i was standing just a few feets away from u. Sometimes, i still forget ur gone. i wish it wasnt so. i used to pray every nite, but since you've gone, i no longer do, because where was our miracle on the day you been takin away. i miss u so, and very much dearly."
Cyn of LA, CA

"Hey man... remember those times at the gym? I asked you if i can have those marine shirts and sweaters? You couldn't get it for me, but instead u bought it for me... thanks alot man... i didnt say much but i really appreciated it. Damn when i heard what happen.. damn man.. I went to ur viewing but it was a close casket. I left a flower on your name @ santa monica beach on april 12, 2005.. it was me.. you broke your promise...You promised me you would come back and i told u i dont wanna see you on tv man... u broke everyone's promise... damn... its ok... i know youre in a better place... -steve"
steven ha of Rosemead California United States

"To Victors family: I never had the pleasure to meet Victor but I know he was a great young man. He gave the ultimate sacrafice for us and his country! there are no words to describe how proud of him I am. My son is Corpal Jacob Hoard of 3/5 he was there in Iraq with him. I know Victor has touched his life forever. He has returned to Iraq this January 2006. I know Victor will be there with them watching over them and I thank him for this. No words can express the pain you all have been through but even though I have never met you I want you to know I consider you all part of my family. And I want you to know that you can feel free to get a hold of me at my e-mail address bjohnson9889@msn.com any time I would love to here from you or just be there for someone for you to talk to. my prayers and love continue to go out to you."
Brenda Johnson of Columbus,MT/USA

"To the family of Victor Lu. Your son was a great man. My name is Cpl keith e Blunk. I was in boot camp and MCT with Victor. He was a great person to be around. I am very sorry for your loss. He will never be forgotten!!!!!!!"
Keith Blunk of Fallujah, Iraq

"To the family of:Victor R. Lu 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

"I miss you so much Victor... both Douglas n I... the grief n pain will nvr go away. There is not a day we do not think of you. Forgive us for not visiting too often, not that we forgot about you, more of hating to face the you that past away, just so unreal. Every time i look up into the sky, and i see the millions of stars i always wonder which one is you. Finally when i spot the brightest one, i tell myself "Thats my soldier ryte dere, watching ryte over us" I miss you, n Doug misses you, and so do many others. Doug has done his best in helpin you watch over me, and i know you are watching right ovr us."
Cynthia Bang of Los Angeles, CA

"To the family of Victor Lu

I knew Victor in high school. He was always willing to help me out in computer class when I needed it. I am truly sorry for your lost. I am currently serving a tour in the middle east."
SrA Rhodelyn Palisoc

"My brother, my hereo! You will always be in my heart. I have so much respect and admiration for what you have done. You inspire me to be the best I can be. Take care, until we meet again. I will cherish our memories forever."
Christina of Los Angeles, CA

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

"I had the honor of serving with Lu in 3/5. He was more than just another Marine, He was my friend. I will always miss you Lu. Rest in peace."
LCpl Talley of Camp Pendleton, CA/USA

"Peace, joy, compassion, and love of Jesus.
I prayed with Victor Ronald Lu and felt his spirit go with God. I sang the Ave Maria as I held the medal of the Blessed Mother with him. I offer Masses in honor of Victor with his friends out here. God bless you in your sorrow. You are in my prayers and love and hope for a more peaceful world. My tears are with you, Victor's Family."
Father Ron Camarda, CHC, LCDR, USNR of Camp Fallujah/ Bravo Surgical

"To Victor's Lu Family,

For the brief time that I known your son at Century Club, he was a very likable and positive guy. He always had this upbeat attitude about life. Victor Lu will be missed dearly because of his courageous fighting to defend our Country. Victor Lu and the rest of the soldiers overseas are our true hero. They are the one that makes America a great place to live. I know that a lot of Victor's friends and the people he touched will agree with me on this. Wherever you are Victor, you have a lot of people who really cares about you, especially your family. To end this I want to say good bye to a good friend, an honorable soldier and a saviour for America's freedom. You will be missed."
Michael of Pasadena, Ca. USA

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

"To Victor'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.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To Victor'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 Lance Corporal Victor R. Lu,

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, Ca

"Thank you Victor Lu, 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. Victor Lu:
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 Victor 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. Victor Lu:
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 Victor, 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