Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Lyndon A. Marcus, Jr.

21, of Long Beach, California.
Marcus died in Balad, Iraq, when his military vehicle left the road and flipped over in a canal. He was assigned to the 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany. Died on May 3, 2004.

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"It's been 13 years, but sometimes it feels like it was yesterday. Rest in Paradise."
Nikki of Los Angeles, Ca

"It's been 11 years and not a Memorial day goes by that we do not think of you and the wonderful friend of our family you were. You are so missed, and never forgotten!"
Josh Kulzer of Minneapolis, MN

"Hey bro its your 9th year anniversary since you joined our heavenly father. We really missed you but you are never forgotten. I always have you name tattooed on my arm forever cause you were a good friend in high school, and you inspired me to go from guard to active duty and keep defending the american freedom and we fpught for the freedom of the iraqi people. We love tou and miss you. Until we meet again."
Sgt. Abellera, Christian D. of Fort Hood, Texas

"I miss you. I miss your ur laugh your voice the way you held me close. The way you looked at me for years and years. I wish I would have seen what was in front of me sooner.I wish I could take back everything and never let you leave. Remembering you always makes me upset.I see you in my dreams hearing you sing. If in getting ready I feel you behind me looking at me like you did. In the shower. In the rain. I love and loved you. Be there when I cross reach your hand to me and hold me the way you did. This isn't goodbye"
kyleen ginther of long beach ca

"Lyndon was one of my best friends in the Army...whenever we were training near each other he would always ask me "can a kick ya a tune?"...and he would sing me some of the best music that I have ever heard. I love you man and I hope you are smiling down at me and your other brothers!"
SPC Ball, James Andrew, Striker PLT of Nampa, Idaho

"Over 7 years have gone by and it still seems like yesterday! I hope your looking down on all of is Marcus! Wish we could have made more music...
Just finished my 3rd deployment last nov. would have been fun to have you by my side man..."
SPC Hudelson, Jesse of Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, GA USA

"i was looking on facebook when i came across this article about Anson I couldn!t beleive what I was reading. I remmeber the last time I seen him he was almost 3 years old the same age as my son I remmeber them playing together Im so sorry"
Rosalyn Keith of Durham, N.C.

"Lyndon we met a lil bit before you had to leave to Iraq and I just found our pictures again today and I started reminiscing about the great times we had together, time was just to short. I miss you deeply!"
Doris (shegotabadattitude@yahoo.com) of Germany

""I share the Family Thoughts in Thanking You All for such wonderful messages you have shared. It was an Honor for me to travel with PFC Lyndon A. Marcus to his final Resting place in Long Beach, California. God provided me this utmost responsiblity to escort him and meet his wonderful parents. You can only imagine the pain they feel. Meeting them under these circumstances signified the bravery and love for our Great Nation PFC Marcus has. I can tell you first hand there are few that are Braver and Finer caliber of Soldier than PFC Marcus. Those of you know that everything he did he did with perfection. Wether it was music or being a Soldier...perfection. May God continue to Bless his Dear and Loving Family.""
Cecil D. Moore (SFC Ret) of Germany

"Dear Lyndon,
I did not know you but I got to know about you today when a friend of mine came across some of your memorial items she found in a storage unit this is her story: My Amazing Veteran's Day experience!! Please Read! = )
by Jennifer Lynn Garcia on Thursday, November 11, 2010 at 5:47pm
I had the most unbelievable experience today! I had been online on facebook this morning posting tributes to our beloved servicemen. It made me think about my Son's father who had been a Marine back in the late 70's, early 80's. I got up and went to retrieve an old box that had photos and letters of him that I have been saving away to give to my Son someday. As I pulled the box off the shelf, a smaller box fell off the top of it and I caught it. I immediately recognized this box. I had found this box in a public storage unit that I had bought at an auction several years ago. I opened the box and inside was a book from a memorial service that had signatures of all the people who had attended. Underneath the book there were at least eight condolence cards to the family of the deceased. On the front cover of this book, it had a picture of an American flag and the name: Army PFC Lyndon A. Marcus Jr. It also stated that he was interred at the Riverside National Cemetery here in Riverside Calif. Which also happens to be where my Son's Father is interred.
I realized that I had been saving this book with the intention of someday finding his next of kin and returning it to them. There was no way that I would ever throw it away. As I held it in my hands I realized that with this being Veteran's Day, it would be the perfect day to take it to the Riverside National Cemetery and go into the office and see if they could help me return it to his family. So I hopped in the shower, got my little girl ready and headed over there. When we arrived, we pulled over to buy some flowers to put on my Son's Dads grave. We then headed over to the cemetery office. When we went inside we were greeted by a very nice gentleman that was sitting behind a desk. I set the box down in front of him, opened it up and told how it had come into my possession. I then asked him if there was any way he could help me get it back to family where it belongs. He checked his computer and told me that he found one person who was listed as his next of kin. It was his Father, Lyndon A. Marcus Sr..He told me that he was not allowed to give out any other information, which was very understandable, so I left the book with him and he assured me that he would do everything he could to try and contact Lyndon's father. I thanked him and my Daughter and I walked out to our car to leave. As we walked, I had the urge to turn and go back inside the office and ask if they could tell me where his grave was.
It was then that my 8 year old Daughter, Virginia, told me that we should find out where Lyndon was so we could take him flowers. We went back inside the office and the sweet man behind the desk gave me a map and explained where we could find him. So we headed out and went to buy another bouquet of flowers.
We then followed the map and found the very large section of the cemetery in which he was laid to rest. There were hundreds, maybe thousands of plaques all lined in row after row. We walked and walked for about 20 minutes, trying to find him. I was starting to feel like it would be impossible to find him. I asked out loud, "Lyndon, where are you?" It may just be a coincidence but right them I heard a loud whistle coming from off to the right of where I was standing. It could have easily been someone else in the cemetery but the timing was perfect. I decided I was going to walk toward that direction, I was going to find him no matter what. We walked and lo and behold I saw the numbers going down. I was looking for 213 and I was finally almost to the 200's. I finally found space 201 and to the left of it was 202 and so I kept walking down the row. About 8 plaques up, I noticed a gentleman sitting on the ground, putting flowers on a grave. I thought to myself..."There is no way...oh my gosh!" Sure enough We found 213 and it is where this gentleman was sitting!
At first I was afraid to disturb him but he looked up at me and I told him that we were looking for Lyndon. He asked if I had known him and I said no and proceeded to tel him about the book, where I'd gotten it and that it was left in the office in the hopes that his Father could be contacted and the book could be given to him. I looked at the man and he told me that Lyndon was his Son. He told me that he was Lyndon A. Marcus Sr. He then reached out him hand and we shook hands. He asked me what my name was and I told him. He asked again if I had known his Son. He seemed surprised that I didn't. I told him "No" and that I wish I had known him. He shook my hand again and told me thank you for returning the book. He said that he lived in Long Beach and it was neat how we just happened to come on the same day at the same time. I looked at his Son's plaque and realized that he had received several medals of Valor including a Purple Heart. I could see the pride in his Fathers eyes...I could also see the pain which broke my heart. He had lost his Son in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I shook his hand again, told him thank you, God bless You, handed him the flowers and we said goodbye to each other.
As my Daughter and I walked away I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. I wish I had said more to his Dad. I wish I had told him thank You for the sacrifice your Son made. I wish I had told him what an honor it was to meet him...the Father of a Hero. I am hoping that he knows.
I think it was divine intervention of some kind that led me to come across that book and decide to bring it to the cemetery after all these years, decide to find his grave and actually find his Dad. A lot of coincidences in one day, led me to him on the right day at the right time. Amazing isn't it?I know that from now on, when I visit this cemetery, I will always take the time to stop and visit Lyndon as well.

Rest in Peace ~ Army PFC Lyndon A. Marcus Jr. age: 21"
Suzie Berg of Riverton, UT

"Lyndon, just wanted to let you know that you haven't been forgotten. You are missed greatly. Your probably singing in heaven with the angels. I can still see your warm smile. I'll see you at the other side, I hope your there to show me the way."
B.A of Long Beach, Ca

"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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"HEY THERE SWEETIE...IT'S ALMOST THANKSGIVING...IT'S RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER...MAN HOW TIME FLIES...I KNOW UR HERE IN SPIRIT AND WATCHING OVER ALL OF US U CONSIDERED FRIENDS...BUT ME & U WERE MORE LIKE FAMILY =) I LOVE U MAN & IF I DON'T GET A CHANCE TO GET BACK ON BY THANKSGIVING, HAVE A GOOD ONE UP THERE...PIG OUT UP THERE, CUZ I WILL BE DOING THE SAME....HAPPY HOLIDAYS LYNDON...I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY ♥...MISSING U ALWAYS....

UR LOVING FRIEND,"
ANA R. ORTIZ of LONG BEACH, CA

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Project Compassion, Kenna of Manti,Utah USA

"HEY THERE BUDDY...IT'S SEP 14, 2009...I TRIED TO GET ON HERE ON SEP 11TH...BUT JUST GOT A LIL TO BUSY...BUT I WANT U TO KNOW THAT U ARE ONE OF THE MOST REMEMBERED FALLEN SERVICEMEN THAT I KNOW & LOVE!!! I MISS U SO MUCH LYNDON...I HAVE YOUR PIC ON MY MYSPACE & I GLANCE AT IT ALL DA TIME...I JUST WISH I CAN TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME AND BRING U BACK TO UR FAMILY...I KNOW THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE, BUT IT'S JUST WISHFUL THINKING I GUESS...I LOVE YOU MAN...AND WHEN THAT DAY COMES, I HOPE YOUR THERE WAITING FOR ME AT THE PEARLY GATES WITH OPEN ARMS!!!! ♥ UR BFF"
ANA R, ORTIZ of LONG BEACH, CA

"Hey there Lyndon.. Its me ur play sister Talia.. I was just thinking of all the times you, Josh, and I would always hang out at my house and just play around on the computer, watch movies, and play video games.. and I started crying knowing that would never happen again...Just know that u are ALWAYS in my heart and that you will ALWAYS be there.. R.I.P."
Talia Valencia of Hawaii

"Lyndon,
I remember seeing you at the motorpool on Warhorse right before you rolled out the gate that morning. You were talking about getting a record contract and being able to use some of us in some of your music videos. You said you wanted me in your music videos. you were fun as hell to hang with brother. I miss the jokes and the * we put you through over your poster man butin the end it was all worth it. Your an inspiration to my life and your name never leaves my wrist. I love you brother. Hit Me UP!"
SGT James Taylor, F Troop 4th CAV of Bryan, Texas

"Lydon on this Memorial Day the entire Kulzer family is remembering you and celebrating the wonderful memories we have of you. We also keep your family in our hearts.
Love, David, Debbie, Di, Josh, Karen & Tom"
Debbie of Anaheim, CA

"April 28, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Lyndon A. Marcus, Jr.:
Lyndon 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

"HEY LYNDON....I KNOW IM A COUPLE WEEKS LATE...BUT I STILL HAD TO STOP BY THIS PAGE AND WISH U A MERRY LATE CHRISTMAS & A BLESSED NEW YEAR!!! I KNOW YOUR UP THERE IN HEAVEN CELEBRATING...I MISS YOU HONEY...TAKE CARE...LOVE YOU! ~MWA~"
ANA ORTIZ of LONG BEACH, CA

"WELL HELLO THERE MY LOVE...TODAY IS ONE IMPORTANT DAY, SO HERE I AM WISHING U A "HAPPY THANKSGIVING"!!! I KNOW THAT UR LOOKING DOWN ON ME & TAKING CARE OF ME...AND WHEN I THINK OF U, ALL I CAN DO IS SMILE =) I LOVE U LYNDON...TAKE CARE...MISS U DEARLY..."
ANA ORTIZ of LONG BEACH, CA

"Hey Brother, I think about you alot. I remember hearing about the accident it blew me away. I remember you singing all the time during basic. It's so crazy how things in life turn out, maybe one day we will find a reason for your untimely passing. Take it easy."
Josiah of Hawaii

"Anson. Its me your little brother, your little big brother and i know that your looking down on me. You would be proud of me bro, im in college now and im doing good. I miss you like no other and i think about you everyday. I talked to keil today and i want to let you we both miss you so much. YOur my hero bro know that anson, know that! i love you with every ounce of me everything i have in me EVERYTHING anson is becuase of you. I am me because of you i am good at sports because of you...i love you man please dont forget that i love you and i will never forget you! i miss you..."
Adonis Marcus of Victorville CA

"TO MY EVER SO DEAREST LYNDON....I KNOW IM WRITING THIS MESSAGE YEARS LATER... BUT I JUST FOUND THIS SITE...WoW...WHAT CAN I SAY...I MISS U SO DEARLY...I STILL PASS BY UR OLD HOUSE & THINK OF HOW MUCH FUN WE USED TO HAVE TOGETHER...I START TO THINK BACK AND REMEMBER ALL THE CONVERSATIONS WE USED TO HAVE ABOUT UR FUTURE IN MUSIC...AND THE LONG WALKS WE WOULD TAKE TO GET HOME...I ALWAYS TOLD U TO FOLLOW UR HEART AND DO WHAT IT IS U LOVE TO DO...AND WHEN U TOLD ME U WERE GOING OFF TO THE SERVICE, I TRULY WAS SAD...BUT I KNOW IT WAS A DECISION THAT U THOUGHT HARD & STRONG ABOUT, SO I RESPECTED IT....THE NEWS OF UR PASSING HIT ME HARD...AND THE WAY I FOUND OUT, WAS EVEN WORSE...I WAS WORKING ONE DAY, AND I TOOK A BREAK, AND I SEEN A LIL GIRL POINTING TO A NEWSPAPER, TELLING HER MOMMY THAT A GIRL WAS CRYING FOR HER BROTHER...WHEN I PICKED UP THE NEWSPAPER, MY HEART DROPPED!!!!! I BOUGHT THE NEWSPAPER, WENT HOME & CRIED...IT HURT SO BAD, TO KNOW THAT I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO LOOK INTO UR BEAUTIFUL EYES AGAIN & TELL U HOW MUCH I LOVED YOU, AND HOW MUCH I VALUED OUR FRIENDSHIP...I STILL HAVE THE LETTERS U WROTE ME WHEN U WENT AWAY OUT OF STATE...I MISS EVERYTHING ABOUT U...FROM THE WAY YOU SMILED WHEN I WOULD TELL U I LOVE YOU, TO THE WAY YOU MADE ME FEEL WITH JUST A SIMPLE HUG =( I KNOW UR AN ANGEL IN HEAVEN LOOKING DOWN...AND I HOPE THAT U HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN ABOUT ME...BECAUSE THERE'S NO WAY THAT I WILL EVER EVER FORGET U...U WERE & WILL ALWAYS BE MY LIL LYNDON =) JUST KNOW THAT U R FOREVER IN MY HEART, AND WHEN MY DAY COMES, I HOPE UR AT THE PEARLY GATES WAITING FOR ME TO LEAD ME IN!!! LOVE YOU BOO....ALWAYS & FOREVER UR GIRL...ANA...BETTER KNOWN TO U AS "UR LIL GREEN EYES""
ANA ORTIZ of LONG BEACH, CA

"I know this is 4 years late... but I try not to think of him as gone! Lyndon was such an amazing person! He could make you smile even if you didn't want to. He was a senior at Jordan my Freshman year... but I felt like I have known him forever! When I found out he had passed... I was crushed! I enjoyed his company and his craziness! We were in several plays together! He always put on such a great show! My grandmother loved him so much, and she really didnt know him too well. I didnt attend his funeral because I didnt want that to be the last image of him in my mind and heart! My Grandmother and Boyfriend went and told me everything. I cried...HARD! I couldnt stand the fact of knowing that he was actually gone.!!!
To his family... May god continue to bless you for many many more years to come and know that you truly have an angel watching over you!

I pray for all the STRONG men and women fighting out there for our country! thank you for all that you do!
With much love and Respect"
Tiffany Shillers of Long Beach, CA class of 2004

"I would like to thank you all again for your kind words and praise for our son, Lyndon Anson Marcus Jr. He has really touched alot of lives and changed alot of lives forever. I truly miss him and his infectious smile. I love the way he would just sing anything at the drop of a hat, I love the way he called me dad. I enjoyed watching him perform. I think of him everyday, There is nothing that I do where he is not in my thoughts. Yes, I miss him too, but he is looking over all of us who loved him and as long as we keep him alive in our hearts, he will never go away. I love you son, and I know that you are in a much better place than we are. Luv you always. Dad"

"I know you don't want me to cry,
but here I am 4 years later and
I still don't understand why you had to die.

Meeting you in Kuwait,
your charm and friendliness.
sleeping in the HUMVEEs outside.
Off to Iraq!
Talking about dreams
we had for after the army,
you noticing the Country Time Lemonade
in my ammo pouch.
The time you snuck up behind me
in the little shoppette on our f.o.b.
When you told me you spent a few days
trying to find my connex, looking for me!
Gate and tower guard, your love for singing.
Me sticking up for you.
That silly writing all over your desert boots!
Your connex being blown up by a mortar and
you only making jokes
about the food being destroyed.
Was that a sign?
You telling me about your friend that had passed.
WEST Gate, the suspicious yellow bus,
walkie talkies.
You coming to my room
and recording me with your video camera!!
With that bright ol' light!
The few hours before you passed,
seeing you that one last time,
and asking you for a copy of your cd.
My heart just dropped when I heard the news,
hurt so bad when I found out it was you.
The memorial in Iraq, your boots, M16 rifle,
your kevlar, and that framed picture of you.
Roll Call,
that Horrible
Silence and Sadness after Your Name.



Love You and Miss You, My Friend.

You Live On In My Heart, Always and Forever."
AW

"I just wanted to tell you that I miss talking Harry Potter with you. :) I still have your book 5. I wish that I could discuss the last two books with you! It's been almost four years. You will never, never be forgotten."
Renee "V" Vandenberg of Illinois

"i still have some of the stuff you gave me in basic marcus.. the triple 5 soul hat and one of the pairs of shorts u had and i thought were cool.. u gave it to me cause your mom had packed to much clothes for you and you needed extra room.. and you told me to remember where i got them from.. and i do and i still wear it and people have offered to buy it.. i dont think i could ever sell it my man .. its your style being lived through me is how i see it..
the picture of our platoon in basic is hanging at the top of the stairs.. everytime i run up it i think of the people we have lost in that band of brothers.. we all miss you and i can only hope when i get to heaven i hear your singing.."
joe

"Lyndon, Lyndon, Lyndon.
I remember you, hanging out with you, joking around....
You wanted to ask me out when you got back from Iraq, remember?
Well, since you're gone, I'll see you in the afterlife... Hope you are well."
Crystal of Long Beach, California, United States

"I miss you so much i wanna cry...I miss you singing me to sleep every night... your voice so soft and heart so strong...can't believe both of my bestfriends are gone... I Love you Dearly...

I miss you LYNDON i still cant believe your gone. I know if you were here you'll know what to do. I also know your with me and you won't let anything happen to me. LOVE YOU MUCH"
KIMMIE-mspeaches830 of Long beach,CA

"Lyndon. Where do I start? I have so much to say. I cant believe that your gone. I was just searching for you so I could get to know you all over again. It hurts me to hear of your death. I didn’t even know you were in the military. The last time I talked to you, I was just telling you I had just had a baby. Even though you wanted to lecture me, you told me congrats and you hoped I was happy. You were my first love. You gave me my first real kiss. I know that one day we will be together again. I’m so sorry it took me so long to even look for you. I don’t know why or how we lost touch with each other but that doesn’t matter now. You will be in my heart, my dreams, and my prayers. I will forever have your name imprinted on my heart."
a of ca

"I was recently doing a people search trying to see if I could find Lyndon. When the search turned up that he was in Victorville, I was so excitied. I remember someone making a joke about "Googling" someone. I tried it and came across a web site with his name on it. I never thought in a million years I would see his name on a memorial. I knew for sure at a young age that he was going to be someone. Ive known him since 6th grade. He was my first love. I will never forget you Lyndon. I love you always. I will see you when I get to heaven. You will forever be in my heart. My prayers go out to the Marcus family."
Asia Archie of Rancho Cucamonga, CA

"I remember you from Highschool. you were an amazing person and I will always remember your bravery. May you rest in peace."
cf of long beach

"I remember the first time I meet you in Vilseck, Germany you had such a great smile..Your CO dropped off a CD of your music video...it was awesome!! You are truely missed!!! My condolences to your family...Rest in Peace."
Jean of Fort Iriwn, CA

"At the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember them.

At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.

At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring,
We remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer,
We remember them.

At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn,
We remember them.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make,
We remember them

When we have achievements that are based on theirs,
We remember them.

As long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are a part of us, as we remember them."
Nadja Sprayberry, Widow of Marvin R. Sprayberry III. of Milton, FL

"Whats up Lyndon. You know who this is, its your best friend Roger. Sorry it took so long for me to leave a message but its the first time I ever seen this memorial. This is October 2006 and I just had my first son last month. I already knew his name even before he was even thought of. LYNDON Altamirano was born on september 8, 2006. Sorry i lost contact with all of
the family but anybody can reach me at rogertrec@yahoo.com"
roger altamirano of long beach, ca

"DEAR LYNDON,
IT HAS BEEN A YEAR SINCE I POSTED A MESSAGE ON THIS PAGE....ITS WEIRD, I JUST KEPT THINKING OF U THIS MORNING. I WAS THINKING ABOUT HOW FAST TIME JUST FLIES...AND I THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH WE'VE ALL GROWN AND I WISH YOU WERE HERE. WHERE EVER YOU ARE, I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT U WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND U ARE TRULY MISSED.
LOVE YA ALWAYS
LIZ"
ELIZABETH CAMARENA of COMPTON, CALIFORNIA

"Marcus, you would of made it far in life, I wish I could of done more to help, It was an honor to be your Platoon Sergeant you made everyone proud of you."
SFC Peter L. Millington of Pottersville New York

"Happy Valentine's Day my sweet valentine. Let the voice that is so sweet within you sing a joyful song unto the Lord. Love you always and a day."
Kimmie of mspeaches830@yahoo.com

"Lyndon, My Lyndon, I wish this was one bad nightmare instead of reality. I can't believe I have to live without the one person who gave me a reason to smile & to get up in the morning. I know God is the one who gets me up but you were the reason why i got up. Remember we use to sit on the phone all night while you sing to me as i cry about the recent "drama" in my life. You were the perfect friend no one could ever ask for a better guy in their life. I hope you know how wonderdful you were and will always be. Keep me in your heart as you are always in mine. I will love you forever and a day. i can't wait to see you again. Until that great day. " i will always love you" Remember that."
Kimmie of San Bernardino, Ca

"My name is Kim Rattler. I use to be good friends with lyndon. he would sing me to sleep when i was having A hard time. We would stay on the phone all night. I really miss him. I'm sorry for your lost."
Kim Rattler of San Bernardino, Ca

"It’s been a long time. You are gone but not forgotten Lyndon, Not by me or sleep. You are in my car when I drive, and not a day goes by that I do not remember your sacrifice. I promise you I will get those responsible. I know it was an accident but the reason you were there in the first place. I promise to you and your family that as long as there is breath in my body I will not let your death go in vein. I will carry on the battle you and I started. I promise as long as I am able to move I will fight until nothing is left of me. You Lyndon are my hero; I am just following in your path. From Grunt to scout I love you my brother. To Lyndon's parents and family, Lyndon touched me spiritually and the way he left me so abruptly was horrifying to me I could not believe it. I can recall the days when he would pop into my room just singing his heart out and it made me smile. There was still good in people. I have long since reclassed to one of the baldest jobs in the army to bring the fight to them and "avenge" his death. I promise I will fight this war they are gone or I am gone, and I will always have his name in my mind forever. I promise I will soldier on for Lyndon. That I swear."
Just a Grunt of Fort Bragg, NC

"After Marcus left us, all I wanted to do was cry. Its amazing how quickly people touch our hearts. Well, the only way I could see why God would take him out of our world is to sing with the angels. Marcus had the most AMAZING voice! I guess God wanted to hear more of it."
Laci of FOB WARHORSE

"Lyndon was and is one of the most beautiful people I have ever met in my entire life. I was deeply saddened when I heard the news of his departure from our lives, but everyday I remind myself that Heaven has been blessed with his presence. I love Lyndon and I will never go a day without remembering his beautiful smile, his warm heart, or his great presence. There are many things in life that make you think, "What if?", but there is definitly a devine plan for each of us and Lyndon served his purpose by bringing joy and love to the many lives he touched. He will forever be in my heart."
Cheyenne of Long Beach, CA

"TO THE MARCUS FAMILY, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I KNEW LYNDON SINCE THE 7TH GRADE. HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND, AND ALWAYS HAD A SMILE ON HIS FACE. TO HIS SISTER KEIL, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. MY BROTHER IS ALSO IN THE U.S. ARMY, STATIONED IN FORT HOOD, TX. HE WILL BE DEPLOYED SOMETIME NEXT YEAR AND I JUST WANT KEIL TO KNOW THAT I KNOW HOW SHE FEELS. I WANT THE FAMILY TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE IN MY PRAYERS ALWAYS, AND THAT ONE DAY WE WILL SEE LYNDON AGAIN WHEN WE MEET WITH OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
GOD BLESS.
LIZCPT@YAHOO.COM"
ELIZABETH CAMARENA of COMPTON, CALIFORNIA

"I can remember seeing you off at the Nurnberg airport, your last words to me were "pray for me SGT Choy", my heart was broken to hear of your fate. see you in the next life brother."
SGT Choy of oakland, ca

"To the family of Lyndon A. Marcus, 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. Prayfully 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 at Gateway Community Church:Rev John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington, Ga 30016 phone 770-787-1015. YOur friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"On behalf of our family, we want to say thank you for all your kind words, thoughts and prayers."
Lyndon & Carla Marcus of Victorville, CA

"My deepest condolences to the Marcus family on the loss of Pfc. Lyndon A. Marcus, Jr. I just found out recently from a friend about his death in Iraq and was deeply saddened of the news. I knew him briefly during my years at Jordan High school since we graduated in the same class. He was such a sweet and genuine person with so much talent and potential. I wasn't surprised to learn after visiting Jordan that Lyndon had landed a recording contract and was well on his way to a promising music career ahead. I'm proud to have known this brave soldier who served our country, putting aside his dreams to answer the call of duty. Lyndon, though you've left this earth, your presence is still in our hearts and minds. Thanks for the memories!"
Virlen S. Barrera (David Starr Jordan High School Class of 2001) of Long Beach, CA

"To Lyndon's family, we send our love and prayers. Our daughter Amelia was so devistated when she found out that Lyndon was killed in Iraq. Her heart truly broke. She still talks about him as much as she did before his passing. You already know how special he was and will always be."
Tfhe Olbera family of Long Beach, CA

"Lyndon, it has just been over a year since you went to be with God. I know I should be happy that you are in a better place, but it is so hard not to cry. I was proud to be your co-star in FAME. It was a pleasure. I was blessed to know you and you will never be forgotten. My prayers and good wishes to your special family now and always."
Amelia Olbera JHS Class if 2004 of Long Beach, CA

"TO THE MARCUS FAMILY FROM MR. WAHL. HARD TO BELIEVE IT'S A YEAR. AN I THINK OF LYNDON, MARVIN, CHRISTOPHER AND GREGORY ALL THE TIME. I CAN TELL BY THE MESSAGE'S AND CONTACT WITH THOSE THAT SERVED WITH HIM. LYNDON WAS BLESSED WITH MUCH TALENT. AN HE HAS TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF MANY. THOSE IN HIS COMMUNITY, FRIENDS, HIS MILITARY FAMILY OF BROTHERS & SISTERS AND THE ENTIRE MARCUS FAMILY. LYNDON WILL NOT HAVE GIVEN HIS LIFE IN VIAN. FOR HE HAD TOUCHED THE HEARTS WITH ALL THOSE IN IRAQ. AN YEARS AWAY THOSE WILL REMEMBER LYNDON AND ALL THOSE THAT FALLEN WITH HIM. TO GIVE THEM THE FREEDOM WE ENJOY. MAY 1ST MY CHURCH HAVING A MASS FOR LYNDON, MARVIN, CHRISTOPHER AND LYNDON. SO THANKFUL; ALL HAD ONE ANOTHER ON THAT DAY."
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I JUST WANNA SAY ALITTLE SOMETHING I ACTUALLY KNEW LINDEN REAL GOOD SINCE THE 7TH GRADE WE WERE GOOD FRIENDS ESPECIALLY ME AND HIS SISTER KIEL MARCUS I JUST REMEMBER US THREE WALKING HOME AFTER SCHOOL WHEN THEY USE TO LIVE ON BRAYTON STREET AND WE USE TO SING ALL THE WAY HOME WE LOVED TO SINGS SONGS LIKE "WHERE THE SPIRIT IS" U KNOW KIRK FRANKLIN SONG AND THEN WE GOT OLDER AND WE SANG IN TOGETHER IN HIGH SCHOOL IN A GROUP CALLED GAP MEANING GUYS ALWAYS PROSPER IN THE GROUP WAS A KAT NAMED JAMES, CLINT, LYNDON, AND ME AND WE ALSO SANG AT THE CHRISTMAS SHOW WE HAD AT JORDAN WE HAD SUNG A SONG FROM TEMPTATIONS CALLED "GIVE LOVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY" OUR DRAMA TEACHER MR. BROWNING WHO NO LONGER WORKS THERE HAS A COPY OF THE VIDEO TAPE OF US SINGING. MR. ROBERT BROWNING NOW WORK AT THE PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL OF LONG BEACH, DOWNTOWN
BUT THATS JUST A LITTLE STORY OF LYNDON I CAN REMEMBER. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HE'S GONE CAUSE WE EVEN USE TO MEET UP AT HOUGHTON PARK EVERY SATURDAY FOR THIS VOCAL CLASS WE USE TO TAKE THERE. HE WAS A GOOD FRIEND OF MINE AND MY DEEPEST LOVE GOES OUT TO HIS SISTER KIEL I LOVE YOU GIRL STAY UP AND TO HIS FAMILY. LYNDON IS SURELY MISSED.

WILLIAM TALIAOA LEVU
willy_yumm@yahoo.com


WILL_YUMM"
WILLIAM of LONG BEACH

"Marcus I miss you and think of you everday. It hurts so bad sometimes a little bit more than others. I know you are in a better place now. I miss how hard you would have me laughing all alone in my tower downrange-how ud sound so serious on the radio. I MISS U!!!U R MY HERO!!"
A of GE

"Lyndon,
I miss you everyday of my life, i miss that no matter how bad a day i was having you would always cheer me up, there is not a day in the BRT were we dont talk about you
rest in peace my brother"
steve of BRT

"I remember back in the 6th grade when I first meet Lyndon. He was in the 7th grade and he was a T.A. for Ms. Dunn's class. He asked to see my collection of comic cards and I let him see them. After lookin thru my cards, I notice one of my cards was missing and I blamed him. In fact, I found out later one of my other "friends" stold my card. I never got to say sorry for pointin the finger at him. I had him for a Algebra class at Jordan but I was pretty reserved and never really talked to him, but I do remember how he'll get wild in class which made things a lot more comfortable for all the students. Serveral years later I seen him working at Mr. Rags in the Lakewood Mall, he was doing fine telling me how his album dropped and he was happy. I was surprized he even approached me and told me that he remembered me, since I always been a nobody. That was the last time I seen him. Much respect Lyndon R.I.P"
JL of LB

"Uso, much love from Keneti Pese and the entire Pese family to yours. I would like to send my deepest condolences to the family of a close friend who I have lost. I have had the pleasure in the past to have known this wonderful human-being. Even though it was an extremely short time here on earth, I saw him grow into a respectful, polite, passionate individual. Nothing is taking away in his passing, due to the fact that he will "always" be remembered. I ask that the good Lord bless you and your family in this most difficult time. Yours truly a friend!"
Keneti Pese of Long Beach, CA

"Lyndon, I will never forget the day you left us. I still have a hard time beleving you are gone. I will miss you, your voice the way you lifted my spirits when I was down. I know your up there watching over us. I still dont know why God took away such an innocent life. I would give anything to take your place. My deepest Condolences to the Marcus family. God bless you all. On behalf of Glover, Degross, Jones, Roul, and HHC 3rd Brigade we wish you the best."
SPC Abbott of FOB WarHorse

"The Marcus Family,

Your son was a great friend and a great soldier. I was the first person in Germany to show him around Amberg, Weiden, Nurnberg, and many other places. It was a great loss to F Troop, 4th Cavalry. And I bigger loss to me as a person. We use to sit and talk all the time about music and what he was going to do when he got out. I wish your family the best. Also if you want any pictures or songs he did email me at David.w.MacDonald@us.army.mil"
SGT MacDonald of FOB Warhorse

""To Marcus' Family"

My deepest sympathy for the loss of your son. I met Marcus and I knew we would become really good friends since I got to the troop. I still can't believe he's gone, He was like my brother and I always loved him... I know his watching over the whole troop, we missed you. Siempre te recordare y en donde quiera que yo vaya siempre te llevo en mi corazon. Algun dia nos encontraremo de nuevo..."
PFC Calderon - F Troop 4th CAV of FOB WARHORSE, IRAQ

"Dear Marcus Family,
I live in Tooele,Utah and we had a Soldiers Field to remember all of the people who have given their life for our country and all of the flags had a yellow ribbon with a name attatched.Well,I am a Southern California native and felt compelled to choose someone from that area.The flag that I display in my front yard has the name Lyndon A. Marcus Jr. on it and I wanted to thank you for raising such a wonderful young man who gave the ultimate sacrifice and may God bless you all."
Brandy Tauai of Tooele,Utah USA

"Marcus, I knew you ever since I arrived in Vilseck to HHC 3BCT. We connected almost instantly due to our love for music. We only did a few tracks and I tought you alot about musical prduction, but it wasn't enough. It wasn't enough time spent. You will never be forgotten. All the soldiers here in Iraq who knew you the best, who you served with, miss you so very much. We have no way to repay you for the sacrifice you have given to better your family, your unit, and your country. My heart goes out to Marcus's family and friends. I am VERY close to him and will have him in my heart forever. He is with you too!
Let him not be forgotten."
PFC Hudelson,Jesse of Baqubah, IRAQ (OIF FOB WARHORSE)

"TO THE MARCUS FAMILY PLEASE CONTACT ME AT THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL. MARCUS HAS TOUCHED SGT. GREGORY WAHL WIFE MARICELA DEEPLY. lwahl1@SEARS.COM thank you"
Leonard T Wahl of valley stream ny

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

"Lyndon was an outstanding performer. He played the lead role in the Long Beach Jordan High production of Fame The Musical and numerous other shows.
He was my student for four years. His bright smile, charm and talent will be missed. I am praying for his family. A scholarship fund has been established in his honor.
Send contributions to The Lyndon Marcus Memorial Scholarship Fund, Long Beach Jordan High School c/o Sammye Myers (banker), 6500 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, Ca 90805. Contact Robert Browning at rbrowning@lbusd.k12.ca.us for additional information."
Robert Browning of Long Beach, California, Los Angeles

"To Lyndon's family, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

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

"from the entire WAHL family to the entire Marcus family. It's extremely, diffucult to find words in any condolences. More so that Lyndon was close to Sgt. Gregory L. Wahl. Greg's wife Maricela, knew him well! She is thankful that Lyndon was not alone! That all had one another! Lyndon will not be forgotten by the Wahl family. One day I hope to tell my grand daughter all about the heroes that served with her father. Lyndon thank you for serving our country, for being a hero, and a good friend to Greg. To the Marcus family. All our sons now serving in a better place. All four watching over us now!"
leonard wahl of valley stream, ny usa

"To Lyndon's family and dearest friends,
My heart broke when I saw Lyndon's photo and read about him in last Saturday's PT. Though I left Jordan High two years ago, I taught there for a long time and I remember Lyndon so well! He was a bright light and one student I always looked forward to seeing in the Mini Library. Lyndon loved to read Harry Potter books and would pester me until I got the next one in the series for him. Once he even picked me up in a giant bear hug because he was so happy to get to read another 700 page Harry Potter! I also remember Lyndon's warm, engaging smile, his zest for life, his fabulous voice, and his confidence that he would "make it" in the music industry. I loved seeing him in Mr. Browning's musicals--he was a star. I remember the day he came back to Jordan with T-shirts showcasing his new recording contract-- he was so happy and so were we! He was a talented young man on his way to conquer the entertainment world. Tragically, Lyndon's life was shorter than we expected, but he made a huge and long lasting impression during his years on earth. Like so many others, I will never forget him and how he made me smile. Some people spread light and some spread darkness. Lyndon epitomized LIGHT. I know he is with God and he is singing up a storm in heaven. May God bless and comfort you . . . you are in my prayers. With love . . ."
Judy DeCoudres, JHS teacher 1983-2002 of Los Alamitos, CA

"Although we did not know Lyndon very long we did know him for a summer. Not only was he granted the sweetest voice but he loved to sing for us.Just his presence made the summer brighter than ever. God bless him for when he was on the earth he made the people he did know very happy.We give our condolences to his family, and our hearts are with them."
Tesherian Ellis and Sarah Phillips of Fort Irwin, California

"I want to give my condolences to Lyndon A. Marcus's family. It's been a honor and pleasure to grow up and work with Lyndon all 4 years of high school. Lyndon we will miss your smile and uplifting spirit. You will never be forgotten. The moments we had together will always be charised. You will always be with us in our hearts. You are a true shining STAR in the sky. P.S. Tell Paul we haven't forgot him and tell him i said hi....."
Armando Macias of STAGE CREW, CLASS of 2001

"To Keil, If you read this message, I just wanted you to know that I love you very much, and I hope that we remain friends forever. I am praying for you stay strong."
Lakesha Cox of Long Beach Calif.

"To Asen's Family, I thank you for being such a special group of People and to Keil, Suzette, and Don, I will Love you always. Keep your heads up. Love You"
Lakesha Cox

"I just wanted to say Lyndon's memorial was beautifully done. I'm praying for the family and the other soliders. I'm going to miss Lyndon, truly! He always found a way to put a smile on my face."
c/o 2001 Patrice Morris of Long Beach, Cali

"God Bless you Lyndon. As I did not know you, but was stationed with my husband in Vilseck germany. You are a american hero, you will always be remembered as a freedom fighter."
Cara and Spc. Chevis Musselman of Florida/ Iraq

"To the family of Lyndon A. Marcus I'm so sorry to hear about the death of him. I was a close friend of his in High school we were good friends and it hurts to hear this news knowing how sweet of a person he was so I'll be praying for you guys. And just know that he is in a better place sing his beautiful heart out."
Christal Lindsay of Long Beach ,Ca

"To the family of Lyndon Marcus,
My condolences to you all,
My nephew Casey Sheehan was killed in Bagdad on 04/04/04. I live in Bellflower. If there is anything I can do for your family or you just need someone else who understands what you are going through contact me,,TIGGERLOLI@aol.com"
Dede Miller of Bellflower Ca

"My condolences and prayers to the Marcus family. My son PFC Jesse Davis served in the same platoon with Lyndon and was there when the accident occurred. May God be with you during this most difficult and trying time.

Sidney Davis
HM1 USN RET"
Sidney Davis of Boston, MA

"To Lyndon'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 his bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX"

"To Lyndon'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

"Much sorrow and many tears are shed in the memory of Lyndon A. Marcus. You had a light in you that distinquished you from others. So optimistic, kind, curious, and outgoing. Thank you for the good memories and the many smiles. I miss you so much. God has given you your angel wings, now fly, and do what you love best, SING!"
Angelina Wiger of Baquobah, Iraq

"Thank you Lyndon Marcus, Jr., 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. Lyndon Marcus, Jr.:
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 Lyndon 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. Lyndon Marcus, Jr.:
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 Lyndon, 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