Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Oscar A. Martinez

19, of North Lauderdale, Florida.
Martinez died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on October 12, 2004.

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"I still remember the day PFC Martinez left with me and 10 other Marines from Okinawa, Japan to deploy to OIF II in Iraq. I was on a convoy from Camp Victory Kuwait headed to his location in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq one day prior of him being KIA. I attended his memorial services at the base theater on Camp Fallujah, Iraq. He will never be forgotten and I still think about him daily to this day. Semper Fi"
SSgt Maciasz, Michael (Retired) of San Diego, Ca. USA

"To the family of Oscar Martinez, especially Morena, who I also knew in class at North Lauderdale Academy. I don't mind saying tears flow whenever I think of Oscar and the life he sacrificed for his country, for all of us. He was a great kid, earnest football player with the biggest heart. I am a better teacher, coach and man from knowing Oscar. Prayers are with Morena and the Martinez family."
Coach Snead of Pembroke Pines, FL

"Never forgotten."
Garrett of Orlando/North Lauderdale

"Will always remember you as my knight in shinning armor for rescuing my sandal from the canal. For all the crazy adventures we had as kids, and sneaking your go kart without your grandma knowing. Thank you for protecting me, my family & country...you are always in my heart! Love you!"
Nicole S. of Margate, FL

"Semper Fi Oscar, You are not forgotten"
SSgt Lewis, JP of Kissimmee, FL

"To the family of Oscar MArtinez,
My name is ssgt weed, I held your son the day as he took his last breath. I feel guilty every day that I could not save him and bring him home for u. But let me tell u he died doing his job as a hero to the American people."
ssgt weed of orlando fl

"my name is ricardo im oscars younger brother i want to thank all those who left a msg they have all touched my family its nice to know that still after all this time people still care thank you all and god bless ... its been almost 7 years and it still hurts as if i just found out its just a cut that will never heal... not only did i lose a brother and a mentor but i lost my bestfriend but i didnt lose the memories and motivation to better myself. me and my family have not lost faith we will continue to strive because thats what oscar would have wanted and we will continue to remember him. in loving memory of my big Brother oscar amilcar martinez we all love you and miss you. nov.1.1984 - oct.12.2004 i will never forget you"
ricardo martinez of port saint lucie florida

"To the family of Oscar MArtinez,
I was one of Oscar's NCO's in charge of him in Okinawa and in Iraq. I am so very sorry for your loss. Noone could have asked for a better person or Marine. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. He, as well as all of you, are in my heart and prayers! This world is at a loss without him."
CPL Otto of Redford, MI

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"im sorry i wasnt there for your family when this happen to you. my mother tells me you kept in real good touch with her even after i had moved away and lost touch with you. now all i have left is this little thing made out of color wire that spells out "Laura". do you remember giving that to me? it was a long time ago we were still in high school, even through the yrs i always kept it i could never find it in my heart to let it get lost. and now ill always keep it on me to remind me that your always with me. keep an eye on us down here Oscar.

i love you, and always have"
LAURA of Ft. Laudaredale, FL

"Hey Oscar, You are not forgotten.

RS"
Ssgt Lewis, John of Kissimmee, FL

"Hello To the Family of Oscar, I went to MOS school and went on to be stationed with him in Okinawa. He was a good friend and a brave Marineand I miss him I think of him alot. I just thank you for letting me Know and be friends with such a good guy!."
Ervin Beston of Billings, Montana

"September 27, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Oscar A. Martinez:
Oscar 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

"I trained Oscar to be a Marine. When I heard that he had passed on, I was in shock. I saw him as a civilian and I transformed him into an outstanding Marine. I am very sorry for your loss."
Daniel A. of Brooklyn, NY

"I was fortunate enough to be his friend through high school, and destiny has kept me close to his family,(specially his sister). We miss you and for some reason today I can't stop thinking about you!"
Johana of Coral Springs

"I was assigned to I MEF Headquarters Group Motor Transport for the duration of my 4 year enlistment, and I am ever regretful to never have gotten the chance to get to know Oscar on a personal basis, especially since I was out there with him towards the end of my deployment in September of 2004. All I can really say is between all the boys that knew Oscar at Motor Transport Platoon, he was well liked and will be missed. Thank you Oscar, for giving us the chance to come home to our families, and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. And to the families that mourn the departed hero, may God be with you always as my prayers be also, and to our brother PFC Oscar A. Martinez.

To all the boys at I MHG MT, Feel free to contact me at saul.guerra@yahoo.com"
Cpl. Saul Guerra of Everett, WA USA

"It's Memorial Day weekend, the time we remember and honor our fallen heroes. It is so hard for me....I cry a lot....because so many of our fallen were so young. My heart aches for you his family. Oscar will never be forgotten and will be forever honored and beloved to this nation. I know there are no words that will give your comfort for I too have lost a beloved child....but please carry in your hearts you dear Oscar will always be a hero to not only you, his family and friends, but to his nation."
Bobbie Sheranko of Houston, Texas

"To the family of:Oscar A. Martinez 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

"MAY GOD BLESS YOU PVT. I FIRST HEARD ABOUT YOU THE DAY YOU MADE HEADLINES. I WORRIED, WHY? MY BROTHER LIKE YOU HAS BEEN SERVING HIS COUNTRY AND HIS NAME IS ALSO OSCAR MARTINEZ.YOU ALONG SIDE THE MANY OTHERS WHO HAVE FALLEN, ARE MY HEROES. I MAY NOT KNOW WHAT YOUR FAMILY HAS GONE THROUGH BUT I DO KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE YOUR HEART SINK SO DEEPLY AS TO WHEN YOU HEAR THAT SOLDIER OSCAR MARTINEZ IS NO LONGER WITH US. MY HEART GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND I WILL NEVER FORGET A HEROE LIKE YOU."
EDITH MARTINEZ of LOS ANGELES C.A

"I recently found out about Oscar's death. Oscar was such an amazing, caring, and beautiful person. I can't believe he's gone. My condolences to Oscar's family and friends. It is so sad that such a great person was taken away so soon. Oscar, you are missed and will forever be remembered."
Andrea Ducas of Margate, FL

"Oscar A. Martinez, Its been a long time since Ive seen you. I just remember you being in my Band class through out middle school and I just remember turning around and seeing your sweet angel face with those cute dimples smiling back. I was very good friends with your sister Morena. My name is Lisa Meisenberg and I hope Morena reads this and contacts me right away. I was so shocked when I heard the news. Your in our hearts forever, Your in a better, happier place now. Morena please email me- Sweetz123@aol.com"
Lisa Meisenberg of Coral Springs, FL, USA

"I am one of Oscar's ex girlfriends & friend. I had just gotten home when i got the news. I broke down and couldnt believe it. I still cant believe it. He was such a wonderful human being to many many people. I think about him everyday & I will miss him alot. My heart goes out to his family and our friends. Godbless you Oscar!! We love you."
RC of Coral Springs

"Well it's Christmas and I'm thinking of you. I know that you're watching down on us. I know your with your mother right now and are happy. I just wanted to let you know I miss you and think about you everyday as you probally know."
tiffany of margate florida

"Well its me again.... As I sit here today on Nov. 25th 2004 and its Thanksgiving i break down and start to cry as i realize how some of are so lucky. I think bout you everyday and the warm smile u would always have on your face. I pray everyday that you are happy and you are with your mom and that you are happy. I miss you dearly. Happy Thanksgiving sweet heart you're in my thoughts everyday."
Tiffany of Margate,FL,USA

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

"Even though I spoke to you for a brief moment before you left. I still remember the quiet latino that seems to know how to make people smile. Even though you're not with us physically, you will always be in our hearts. If you're looking down on us; you see the hurt, pain, and days reminisce when you were here. Hey even MHG made T-shirts with your tribute on it! Friends and brothers you made in the Marine Corps truly miss you and hope you can watch over us as our Guardian Angel!"
Jameida W of Fallbrook, CA

"To Oscar'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 Jonathan'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 Oscar's Family, I am a reservist w/ 6th marines out of orlando, and a friend of PFC. Martinez. The thoughts of every Marine is with you, and I assure you he will be missed by the entire company. Oscar was special, there was something about him that made him shine brighter than anybody else in the room. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless."
Lcpl. Shalls of Orlando, FL

"To the family and friends of Private First Class Oscar A. Martinez,

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

""Family and Friend Of Oscar"
I'm sorry for your terrible loss
I went to North Lauderdale The year of His Graduation i really never got to know him but he was a cool person from what i did get to know and We Will Truly Miss Him But just Know he's in a better place and he is still with each and everyone of you If you all need anything Just email Me please @ Slykarlensgurl4sho@yahoo.com or Hottprincess2309@aol.com God Bless"
Shamika of Fort Lauderdale,FL

"To Oscar'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

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

"I went to grade school with Oscar Martinez. When I found out the horrible news, I just couldn't believe it. The only possible memory that immediately popped into my mind was of you playing your trumpet in band class at Margate Middle. You were always the one to make everyone laugh. It really makes me realize how close to home a tradegy could hit. You were only 19 years old and had the rest of your life to live. You will truely be remembered and loved in everyones hearts. RIP."
Ashley Shaw of Margate, FL

"R.I.P. Oscar Martinez. As I look back it seems like only yesterday we were in band class at Margate Middle and you were playing your trumpet.I looked foward to getting a different letter from you everyday and talking to you on the phone when i got home. We would be b/f and g/f and kept it a secret and noone knew. I remember one time we both were at Publix and I seen you and your little brother said is that your girlfriend? Lol. We spent hours with each other on the phone everyday and you would always be taking care of your little brother and sister. Since I lost contact with you and didnt think for one minute you'd even remeber who I was but then last year when a friend and I called you you said how can I forget you. That was the last time I talked to you however. I didnt even know you joined the Marines. We were going to hang out and never had the chance to. You were always there when anyone needed you. I will miss you and your in my heart. I know alot of people will always have you in their hearts and your legacy will live on. It's a shame you had to die fighting for your country. We love you."
Tiffany of Margate,Florida

"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 Oscar A. Martinez."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the family of pfc. Oscar A. Martinez, My sympathy goes out to you. Oscar will always be remeber as a true hero. Thank you for everything."
Joy Hall of Apollo, Pennsylvania/USA

"Thank you Oscar Martinez, 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. Oscar Martinez:
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 Oscar 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. Oscar Martinez:
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 Oscar, 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