Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molina-Bautista

37, of Rialto, California.
Molina-Bautista died as a result of hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaisance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 23, 2004.

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"May 30, 2019
Was thinking about Staff Sergeant today. He was the first person to speak to me when I joined the unit in Kuwait two weeks before the invasion. He asked me if I watched football and I lied and said yes. He asked me who my favorite team was and again I lied and pulled Oakland out of my * because it was the first team to come to mind. I couldn’t have been luckier when he showed me his Raiders tattoo.
He got me in trouble once by ordering me to ask the 1st Sgt if it was true his wife called him “Fluffy” in front of the company.
I miss you and your shenanigans, Staff Sergeant."
Tristan Skerritt of Portland, Oregon

"To all who may read this. I heard of SSgt Molina's passing years ago on a local news report. I was not sure if I caught the information properly. Now and then I would look for verification of this news. Sadly, it is now confirmed for me. I met Jorge in high school. I went into the Corps right out of high school, Huntington Park High, and got out after my four year term. Reading may of the comments is moving. The man you all depict here is the Jorge I know as a young high school kid. He was a good friend back in high school. A fun loving guy, positive attitude...extremely open and caring friend. I recall he, along with his brother and sister picking me up to catch a movie years ago, while still in high school. I recall them coming up to the kitchen window and startling my mother. I recall the movie. Semper Fi my brother. Though we did not keep in touch much after high school, I've many memories of a good friend, a good man! And as expressed by the comments here, a good Marine."
Xavier Gutierrez of Chino Hills Ca

"Love you my friend, always and forever.
Warriors. GLADIATORS!!"
Cpl Shaffor. Keith Charlie Company 1st LAR BN. of Rucksack

"Molina, we can argue about AT placement another day, 94-97 West Pac.
Sgt Jackson"
D Jackson of Harrisonburg VA

"Hello SSgt Jorge Molina Familia, It is Memorial Day 2014 and I am remembering you and the other brothers that were deployed together in Iraq 03' and 04'. Rest in Peace, may the Lord watch over your family, always. I am riding in a memorial ride tomorrow to remember. Always a brother. May 25 2014"
Andres "Andy" Garcia of San Marcos, CA

"Hello Molina-Bautista Family, I am Andres Garcia (USMC Ret / MGySgt) I was in Iraq with your Marine during this same timeframe. I ate breakfast and lunches with him and we would speak about life, familia and a host of other things. I would like to meet your family and give my condolences, I live in the San Diego County area and it would be my honor to visit you. garcia64@hotmail.com. I finally found his info and had my moment this USMC birthday and Veterans Day. Semper Fidelis - Always Faithful to honor your family"
Andres Garcia of San Marcos, CA

"Jorge died nine years ago yesterday. He was a good Marine and a good man. He is not forgotten - I and many others will remember him often, and particularly on every 23 May. Semper Fi"
Ben Connable of Arlington VA

"I was with Ssgt Bautista..the moring before. Its been in my head for so long now. Sitting beside him as we shared photos of our families. He was so proud of his, the look and the huge smile he displayed as he talked about them. Pls contact me. 903-722-5875"
Brad Adams of Henderson, Tx rusk 75652

"SSGT Molina, You brought me into the Corps and helped me get promoted long after I was in. You kept my head straight when my Dad died and you always talked to me like a man. I will not let you be forgotten. If your family ever needs anything (813) 340 5647"
SGT King of Tampa, FL

It has been 8 years since we lost you that day. You are right down the road from me now, and I stop by at least once a year to say hello. You were there for us everyday, and looked out for our welfare. I ask God to aswage the grief your family suffers, and hope to Him that I am keeping your memory alive with Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
Semper Fi,
Ryan Logan, USMC Moreno Valley, Ca

To your family,
If you need anything, please feel free to call me, 909-520-3583, God bless you."
Ryan Logan of Moreno Valley, Ca


My brown brother, I remember back in the day when we were both lance-criminals w/ 2nd LAI Bn... before the Corps made us put our names/branch on tags, I admired you then & was jealous of you when your family came to pick you up after "work." You left an impression on me then many years ago, and now w/ your sacrafice. I love you brother."
Sgt. Wilfred J. Nabahe, 2nd Force Recon Co. (8652/8541/0321) of Lone Pine, CA... formerly Camp Lejeune, NC

"Semper Fi Ssgt. Molina,

The recruiter with a heart of gold, you spoke from the soul and will be missed. I would not have joined and neither would Joe if it wasn't for you. I will never forget our last run and how you talked excitedly of returning to the fleet.

RIP Warrior

LCpl Garrett P. Anderson A 1/3 USMC 2003-2007"
Garrett of Portland Or USA

"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

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

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"May 14, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molina-Bautista:
Jorge 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"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"The Five year anniversary of your death is coming up fast and I find myself thinking of you more and more….. I remember the night before you gave your life, sitting outside MPCo near the Euphrates River talking about our kids and how much we missed them… I remember the smile on your face when you talked about your wife... you were so understanding and for me you were a break from the madness and life of being in Iraq that I needed. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of you or the morning I learned that you had been killed. You are greatly missed by your fellow Marines!!!!"
Sgt. Starr Baxter of Joshua Tree, CA

"Anyone who knew this man was honored by that alone."
N Murphy of Calgary, Canada

"I just learned of your passing tonight from Martinez. I cry not because you are gone, but because I can't wait to serve along side you again. I know heaven is one squared away place now that you are up there. Try not to haze Saint Peter too much!

You were 'high speed, low drag', devil dog. I will make sure that your memory is high speed, low drag also. A friend of mine has a dragster with 870 devil dogs names on it who have fallen in the war on terror. This hot rod would make you proud. You will never be forgotten bro, as long as I draw a breath on this Earth.

Semper Fidelis and I looking forward to patrolling the streets of heaven with you one day!

Cpl. Tommy Chandler
Bravo Co. 1st LAR Bn
1st MarDiv, Camp Pendleton, CA
'91 - '97"
Chandler of San Diego, CA

"The deepest regrets to you and yours. Seems like only yesterday when you had a joining room with me and cpl. Morgan. But I will never forget westpac 96 hanging out with you and working on your LAV mortor. Never forget you devil dog. Sgt. C. Hand 1st LAR BN. Co C. 95-98. Contact (Beutjc@aol.com)"
C. Hand of Philadelphia PA

"Jorge, I miss the good times Bro! I'll never forget you.Semper Fi!
Sgt. Sears, 1st LAR Charlie company 1996-2003. If any family or friends wish to contact me,you may email me at sempersears@aol.com"
Gregory Sears of Yucaipa ,Ca,US

"Big Dog,
Semper Fi, You were the best Staff NCO I have ever met. You took Care of all of us Divison Jump Marines, and made sure we were alright. I am saddened by you lose, you were a great Marine.
Semper Fi,
Robert Ryan Logan, USMC"
Ryan Logan of San Bernardino, Ca

"I remember Molina as a good friend. We met in infantry school. My name is Monroe, so we were next to each other alphabetically. We ran together in LAR school and I got to meet Mrs. Molina and he met my grandma in LA. I will remember him as a fun, honest, generous guy. My sympathies to his family."
Robert A. Monroe of Lafayette, LA/USA

"Mo, SEMPER FI My friend.
Jason Escalera
Sergeant 1st LAR Bn. 1st MARDIV
'94 - '96
Riverside CA. 951-545-5010"
Jason Escalera of Riverside CA. USA

"Hey "Big Dogg", We all miss you...It was a pleasure to know you as a Marine and a friend. We always said Molina would give the shirt off his back to help out a fellow Marine. You have done more than any of us wish you would have. We miss you and until we meet again...Take care "Big Dogg""
GySgt Lukus, A.J. of 29 Palms, CA

"Hey Jorge this is Tony Torres for Young Marines back in the day...i was very sad to hear about your father...i would like to get back into contact with you and see how you are doing and talk with you seeing as how i lost my father around the same time...my email is devildogspup1@yahoo.com PLZ GET BACK TO ME JORGE."
Tony Torres of California

"hi im jorge a molina son of staff sgt. jorge a molina bautisa and i would like to thank all of you for ur simpothy and i know that my father is watching over us all ."
jorge a molina of menifee,ca.,usa

"I am Jorge's older sister Connie Molina-Bautista and have just come across this website. On behalf of Jorge's and all family members we thank you for your words of sympathy and support for our beloved Jorge. To all the Moms and families that have lost a Hero like we have, our hearts and sympathy go out to you."
Connie Molina-Bautista of San Bernardino, CA

"To the family of:Jorge A. Molina- Bautista 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


My friend, if I knew that the last time that I spoke to you in '97 would be my last it still would not make our goodbyes any less meaningful. You were a good man, a wonderful friend, and a Marine's Marine. I come to learn of your death a year later. I am so sorry my friend. We will meet again my friend, in the meantime keep God's angel's squared away! Hoorah!"
Stephen Martinez of Miami, Florida

"When I was told yesterday of your death it almost brought tears to my eyes. You were my recruiter and also my friend. You showed me what it is to be a marine and because of your life I am greatful. I am so sorry for the serviving memebers of your family. I have no idea what my family would do without me. You will never be forgotten big dogg."
Sgt. Christian Barrett of Okinawa Japan

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Sergeant Molina-Bautista, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"Semper Fi: My heart goes out to the family, friends and brother Marines of Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molina-Bautista. My son was killed on May 3rd, 2004 in Al Anbar Province also. He was Gunnery Sgt. Ronald E. Baum..his brother; Staff Sgt. Brian Baum was serving in Iraq at the same time..30 miles from his brother. He was his brothers "special escort" home. My sons were 18 year career Marines..and they loved the corps. As a Marine Mom..it is so very hard. My son and I talked before he left w/ his brother for Iraq..he told me that I had to promise him to "be strong"..I did..I just didnt realize how strong I would have to be. My sincere prayers are with you all. One day at a time. OOOOORAH!! Semper Fi. They were Marines..and now we all need to continue the code of pride and honor in their memory. Trust me, I do not know the politics of war...I know the loss. My sons and your son, Jorge...our boys..they now Guard the Streets of Heaven..and watch over us all.

God's peace and blessings to you all
Ron and Brian's Mom,
Connie Hilling OOORAH!!!!"
Connie Hilling of Williamsburg, Pa

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

"To Jorge'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. Que el Señor los bendiga a todos!

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

Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Jorge A. Molina-Bautista,

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 USA

"To Jorge'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

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Jorge, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Jorge Molina-Bautista, 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 Staff Sgt. Jorge Molina-Bautista:
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 Jorge 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 Staff Sgt. Jorge Molina-Bautista:
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 Jorge, 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