Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Brian Oliveira

22, of Raynham, Massachusetts.
Oliveira died from injuries received from enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on October, 2004.

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"When I think about this time, when I have trouble grasping the reality of some of those days.....I remember such amazing men. I have never seen such devotion and love for one another as I have with my Marines and fellow Corpsmen. There is so much we cannot ever plan for, and so many things we all may go through. I always think of you as the man your Marines told me you were, devoted, and a true leader. The years seem to get faster as I get older...but rest assured, we never forget. We hold each and every one of you, wherever we go. The world misses you Brian."
Doc Aragon 3/1 Kilo Co of Bremerton, Washington

"Hey Brian, Today really caught me off guard. My wife and daughter ran a road race in Raynham that started at the American Legion. They have a beautiful memorial for you there. It was a great opportunity for me to show the kids your memorial and tell them how you died..... A HERO. I told them how good friends we were and how you also had a son. Then later that day I found myself thinking how lucky I am, also thinking about Phoebe and Nathan and wondering how they are doing. My heart hurts for Nathan. Knowing that he'll never know the person you were. I got emotional. lol. Happens now and then, maybe due to parenthood. lol. I can just see you now with that synical smile laughing at me... Not a day goes by without me remembering you. miss you man. You were always there, especially when noone else was. Until we meet again"
Scott Peterson of Marshfield, ma

"Alot has happened since I last saw you and it really sucks that I wasn't able to hit you up. I still remember the last time I saw you like it was yesterday. You were coming out of Navy Fed in Oceanslide and you were telling me about how glad you were to be a "senior Marine" and having some guys to lead into Iraq. I promised that when you came back we would BBQ at my place with my family and you asked if I would send you guys a care package like I did when you guys were pushing to Baghdad. I told you that my field knowledge was depleated but that I would recoup and send you more. I never got a chance to send it because apparently wives frown on that sort of thing and then I got the terrible news from a random 3/1 Marine who was sent back early. Of all the Marines and Sailors who I knew that didn't make it back home your loss hit me the hardest. Even though you were in that nasty 81's Platoon you were like a kid brother to me. You thought I had some type of leadership and wisdom and you would always ask me questions in order to better yourself. I wish I had a chance to see the amazing man that you were destined to become. Brother you will never be forgotten and your time in the Corps was a special time for me personally. I hope your family is well and I hope one day in some random way we meet again. I still owe you a BBQ."
Ron Sampson of From NY to Hawaii

"Happy Veterans Day Brian. Miss you RIP"
Molly of Raynham MA

"Missing you and thinking of you always. I am late this year writing to you, Love you and miss you. Phoebe...everyone has different ways of coping with things. There is no right or wrong way to cope Stay strong. Hope you and your family are well. Brian was a very special person to many. He was my neighbor for many years growing up. He will always be remembered and loved. He is absolutely watching over all of us especially you and his son that he loves deeply. Take care. RIP Brian xoxo"
Molly Ouellette of Raynham, MA

"Hi to all! It is just a simple Thursday at home as a mom. I don't know what came over me today to google Brian's name but I did. I came across this page and read through all the messages for the first time. It's been 8 years now since Brian has passed. People cope differently, my form of coping was to continue life without acknowledging his death every single day. Let me tell you, it wasn't the best form of coping. I would reach my breaking days where a flood of tears will come out just from restraining the emotions. I always felt I had to wake up strong and fall asleep stronger. I felt as a mom I couldn't spend time feeling sorry for myself because it would just be counterproductive. Today was just another breaking day. I saw this site and felt the proud I felt when I was married to Brian all over again. I thought I would just write a quick note to SHOUT "THANK YOU EVERYONE" for thinking of Brian and bringing myself back to reality. Brian didn't choose to leave, he made a sacrifice for his family and his country. For that I will always be proud and grateful for him. And his son will continue with his legacy..."
Phoebe Oliveira of Glendale, Ca

"Thinking of you always xoxo
3/21/12"
Molly

"The 25th is always such a hard day, for a lot of us I'm sure. I can't believe it's been 7 years, when it plays it feels like yesterday. I hate that I only met you under such a horrible circumstance and never got the chance to just sit down and talk with you like I did with a lot of your Marines. There are so many people who miss you more than you can imagine, even those who never knew you. I think about you all everyday. You are remembered always Brian, for the man that you are and the impact you have made on so many of us. I know you are watching everyone from your post above."
Doc Aragon, Shaun M. of Okinawa, Japan

"Its been 7 years and you are always in my thoughts. I miss you and love you. RIP Brian"
Molly

"Shared your life with my students today. You always did, and always will, make an impact on the lives of others."
Ms.DeMello

"Always thinking of you xoxo"
Molly

"Brian, still today we have your picture on a shelf. We will never forget you. We think of your son and Pheobe and are hoping they are well today. Also your parents and siblings. Brian, you pop in my mind so often. That tells me that your spirit is with us all......you will never ever be forgotten......"
Joanne Peterson of Raynham Massachusetts

"To the family of:Brian Oliveira
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully 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: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"thanks so much for remembering my son brian oliveira,that means so much to me.
god bless you all."
Lillian Oliveira of fall river,mass

"~~~~VETERAN'S DAY 2010 ~~~~
As promised Brian, you are not forgotten this special day, or any other day throughout the year. God Bless you and your family always."
Dorothy Burt of Portsmouth, Ri

"My name is Crystal and I was a friend of Brian's from when he was just a little boy. I would spend time with him and his family and he was always such a great kid! I hope that his family will heal and hold all of the imprints Brian left on our hearts close! I love and miss you Brian!"
Crystal Lisi of Milford, MA

"On veterans day I spent a few minutes reading through everything that has been written here talking about what a great marine Brian was and I am not surprised. I had the privledge of being friends with Brian before he entered the service and he was every bit a hero then. He was a little older than me and I looked up to him. He went out of his was to keep me out of trouble even if it meant he was getting in deeper. He was a true example of a leader and displayed confidence in every possible way. I wish I didnt lose touch and could of seen what a great marine and person he had become but it is not hard at all to imagine it. I am sorry that his son will not get to know his father but I feel better knowing that his friends and family are keeping his memory alive and well. Dont ever stop. From all the people that never had to find out whether they could of dedicated there life for there country or risked it for someone else because of you and your brothers we thank you with all our hearts. Till we meet again."
Nick Smith of Raynham, Ma

"Brian, can't believe it has been 6 years...feels like yesterday we were jumpin on the trampoline and playing basketball! miss you so much...never forgotten...love you"
Molly Ouellette of Raynham

"To the Family of Brian Oliveira: I was watching the Huckabee show and saw his name on one of the race cars honoring our fallen servicemen. It made me even more aware of the sacrifice that he and all of the others have made for all of us. God bless you."
Kathleen Oliveira Fralick of Sparks, Nv USA

"Time sure has passed old friend, and things have changed. Every new event that happens in my life, i think "Just another moment that Oliveira won't be able to experience", and it breaks my heart. It sure took a while, but I think i finally understand true love now. True love is when someone gives their life for you. I'm sure everyone else feels the same way, that it would've been me instead of you. I won't let your sacrifice be in vain. I've finally learned to cherrish all those around me, and even put my life on the line for them. Something i don't think i would've done in the past to be honest. But like i said, as time passes, and everyday i think of you, i keep learning something from you."
Larry Bishop of Atlanta, GA

"Brian,

I miss you man. I feel guilty that I am here and you are not... I think about you all the time. It makes me glad to see that the rest of our brothers have left messages here for you and your family. So much to say, but I can't find the words. How about I love you man. I think that will work. Semper,"
Sgt Eddie Garcia II of Rush, N.Y.

"What's up Oliveira? It has been a long time since I seen you. Tomorrow is Memorial day (20090525) and I was reflecting and looking at an Iraqi flag that you signed " Drifter FO, Cpl "O", "Black Jack". I had everyone in 81's Plt sign it when we where heading home from OIF 1. I think about you and all the Marines from 81's all the time, and I know 81's is always thinking of you as well. Take care and rest easy Devil Dog. To the family and loved ones of Cpl Oliveira, you are all in my thoughts and prayers and I hope to someday meet you."
GySgt Stahl, Robert of Newport, RI

"Hey Brian........Sorry I haven't left a message sooner. I was actually just looking through some old photos and was reminded of the time in Djibouti when the 81's section attempted to light you, me and Captain Harriman on fire, and we thought we were damn sure glad they had extra illum to fire off instead of HE. I have to tell you man, you are still in my thoughts everyday. You and Norwood and several of my students who didn't make it back. I can still remember checking you and Garcia into battalion the day you two arrived. Anyhow.....Rest easy brother. You are missed, loved and remembered!

-Big Knip"
Bill Knipper of Las Vegas, NV

"Hey Brian! I am so Happy I found this site..a little late but hey better to find it late than to never find it at all right?!?!? There isn't a day that goes by that your not thought of...I'm always visiting you and this you already know!!! I miss you like Crazy..You were such a Fun Loving Friend and our memories I will NEVER forget :) See you when I get there!!!!"
Lindsay Thomas of Raynham, MA

"Hey man just wanted to say hi I was thinking about you today and I know that it has almost been four years but I still am thinking of you all the time."
Timothy Perea of Glendale,CA

"September 27, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Brian Oliveira:
Brian 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

"Brian,

It's been soo long since i've seen you. I remember the times that we shared together. We still take care of Febe and Nathan. I was just thinking about you and thought besides prayers this would reach you just as quick. Bud, i miss you so much. Myself and Moss just cheered to you the other the day. You made the ultimate sacifice to the corps any man come make to the corps. I praise you any day that would have been me instead of you. Forever in our hearts in minds to stand beside us.For one day all of 81'S will reunite as one and we will become one again. For now, ahhhhhhhh i miss you so much brother, we all do. God Speed and take care of us all. Go rest high on that mountain!"
Sgt. Brian Hayden of Everywhere

"...I can't believe it has been three years since you left us. We all miss you so much. Nothing has ever, or will ever, be the same without your smile. Thank you so much for leaving Phoebe and Nathan for us to love. I promise that we will cherish the amazing gift you left for us.

I will always love you."
Maryann

"I miss you Brian. I pray for you all the time and I know you watch over family and friends. Rest in Peace."
Molly Ouellette of Raynham, MA

"Happy Veterans Day Brian!!! Today is the day to honor men and women such as yourself. To thank them for the service the have done for their families and for their country. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and we can only pray that you left this world a better place. I know that you are watching over your family, friends and fellow comrades from your post in the gates of heaven. God Bless you brother and thank you for your friendship. Rest in Peace!!!"
Scotty Peterson of Dorchester, Ma. U.S.A.

"Brian,
We think of you so often. We will miss you forever.....never forget the last time you stopped by to see us. It was a special visit and I can't believe your no longer here.....but we know you sacraficed for our country and will be forever proud of you.......
Love Joanne and Paul Peterson
(Scotts mom)
Raynham Ma"
Joanne of Raynham Ma

"Brian, Things were never the same after you had gone, and I don't think they ever will be. I will never forget you and the great times we spent together as close brothers in the corps. You made me laugh, and you made me strive to be who I am today. I consider myself lucky to of had you as a close friend. The last conversation we had together was about a week before you died. You told me you were getting out of the Marine Corps to be the family man you wanted to be, and you asked me to stay in touch with you, you said we will always be good friends and that our families would hang together, just like we did before. No one ever said anything like that to me, I never new how close we were until that last conversation. I want you to know Olive, that I think you were a great Marine, One of the Best In 3/1, and I know you would have been a wonderful father. I will always pray for you and your family. And I promise I will keep your memory alive, in my heart, in my familys' hearts, and every Marine that is ever under my charge will know and remember who you were. Thank you for being my brother. Please rest in peace, you deserve to. I know we will see eachother again. I and my family love you Olive."
Sgt. Martinez II, Albert G. of Mililani, HI

"Brian was so motivating, I have nothing but good memories w/ him. When we were on ship (USS Bonhomme Richard) back in Jan 2003, he never let me feel depressed, he would always make me smile, go to church w/ me. When he left the ship we constantly wrote letters back and forth to keep each other motivated. He was such a good Marine. So sharp, it was hard not to admire and look up to him. I miss him so much. And to his family, he had you all on a Pedestal. Spoke so highly of you. He would speak so proud of his dad, I wanted to meet him. He said his sister was very similar to me, and that we would get along great. I'm really sorry that this happened :(. I would give up my life to give back to you such an outstanding Marine/Son. God bless your family."
Sgt Yenny M. Romero of Connecticut

"That guy sure was a dedicated! If it was anyone that gave me competition in 3/1 Weapons, it was Oliveira! I still remember, at the time, I was the only one that could spell his last name right, hah! He used to laugh about that. . .and you know what, even though we had our differences, we always would motivate eachother by competing in everything we did. Without him in 3/1, I really don't believe I would have made it so far. Seeing his dedication to the platoon and the Corps made me want to all the more dedicate myself. I miss you old friend!"
CPL Larry Bishop, WPNS 3/1, 81s of El Paso, TX

"2006 June 4
I had just came across this website that was brought to my attention from my mother-in-law. I am the wife of this fallen soldier. I thank those who have thought of Brian's family. It is deeply appreciated. An hour ago as I lay Brian's son for bedtime, I only see his father's face. I am comforted that his father died a hero and fought till the end. To Brian, it's hard to find words to say because I don't want to cry anymore but I miss you more than ever. I honestly do not know where to go from here and live each day with confusion. Thank you for this beautiful boy you gave me. I hope one day to see you again. Until then be our angel and care for us..."
Phoebe & Nathan Oliveira of Glendale, CA USA

"I miss you."
Trevor Parker, 81s of Portland, OR

"***MEMORIAL DAY 2006***
Brian, I just returned from your resting place at St. Columbia Cemetery in Middletown, RI to pay my respects and to let you know you are not forgotten, nor will you ever be. Your mother was there and she loves and misses you so much and our conversation was heartwarming for both of us. I pray that god bestows his peace and comfort upon your family. You are a Marine who laid down your life in the service of the people of this nation and you will never be forgotten. "To observe a Marine is inspirational, to be a Marine is exceptional." - Unknown - Semper Fidelis"
D. BURT of PORTSMOUTH, RI USA

"To the family of Brian,
Your son was a inspiration to the Corps. Brian always worked hard and never lets us down. He will always be remembered in our hearts and memories.
To me i will remember him as A MARINE.
God bless to you all that have suffered from his loss, one day he will open the gates to heaven for you, that's just the kind of person he was.
CPL. Brian Hayden
WPNS CO. 81S PLT"
of SEAL BEACH,CA

"WOW I CAN'T BELIEVE IT: My name is Colin Gaudreau I went to school with Brian at Bridgewater Raynham HS. I now too live in Fall River I remember seeing him right before he left for the Marines I saw him at the bus terminal I was so very happy to see one of my buddies in a city that I just got in He told me he was going to the Marines He was sooo excited he said He would catch up with me when he got home. I knew him very well he was a great kid he was so kind and willing to help anyone we use to always hang out at my house and play basketball at the court next to Laliberte Jr High..I am a little older than him I met him thru my good friends The Marvels I also had Art Class with his sister Carolyn..Like Her Brother she is a class act . TO THE FAMILY my words can not express my sympathy my prayers go out to you all you have a Great son,brother,cousin grandson, thats life was taken way to early I do not know enough words to say to about This MAN except to say if you were privledged to know him for a while and have a great time with him or if you just knew him for a little bit you know HOW GREAT OF A PERSON HE WAS I send all my love and wishes to the family..BRIAN (aka HORSEMAN) YOU WERE TAKEN WAY TO EARLY THE WORLD LOST ANOTHER GREAT PERSON I KNOW YOUR LOOKIN DOWN FROM HEAVEN ON ALL OF US. MY YOU LOOK AT US UP IN HEAVEN..THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT TIMES AND MEMORIES..I LOVE YA KID YOUR FRIEND FOREVER COLIN aka COOLIN"
COLIN GAUDREAU of FALL RIVER MA.

"AUG 12, 2005 - Second Message
MARINE CPL BRIAN OLIVEIRA
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for he today that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother". W. Shakespeare

Your message so well written HM2 Shaun M. Aragon - I'm sure Brian heard you, so glad you were there."
burtde@cox.net of Rhode Island

"It was one of the hardest things to meet your wife and baby boy when we got back. You didn't know me, and I didn't know you. I just ran up to help your Doc who is a very good friend of mine because you were the one in most need of urgent care. So Doc Thai and I worked as you did....with such heart and strength to never surrender it still to this day amazes me. We stayed with you, had to be over 25 minutes when they took you from us at Bravo Surgical. I sat outside with Doc Thai that night while he cried for his brother. It is an understatement to say that you are loved. I gave your wife a rose, as I did the other two families of the Marines I lost in my arms. It is hardest thing in this world to deal with the facts of life that we cannot ever help or change. I have gotten to know you through the stories of your Marines, through the stories of what your friends and family have posted. It has never been more true to me than when we returned that the best people in this world are usually taken from of because they are to good. I remember you all, along with those who returned with me, those I saw hug their families and kiss their children when I never thought they would again. There are no words for what you have done. Everynight I before I go to sleep I go to the candle that burns in all your memory in my living room. The only thing I can pray for is that the world will open it's eyes. Not for hate, or revenge, but for one another...everyday and not just the days when the children of this world must become it's knights in shinning armour. Thank you Brian, everyday...thank you. Semper Fi.

Doc Aragon
3/1 Kilo Co. 2nd Plt"
HM2 Shaun M. Aragon of San Diego, CA

"brian i miss you everday man i wont forget you always close but so far someday we will meet agian time passes but my scar will never fade to show that your always with me"
cpl perea

"THIS IS BRIAN'S MOM
I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRAYERS AND REMEMBERING BRIAN OLIVEIRA FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR THIS COUNTRY,I WILL MISS HIM FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE,THANK YOU ALL FOR NICE WORDS,ITS VERY HARD FOR ME TO BE HERE DOING THIS I HOPE YOU ALL UNDERSTAND WHAT I'M STILL GOING THROUGH,I JUST GOT IN THE COMP//AND SAW THIS //AGAIN THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. LILLIAN OLIVEIRA"
LILLIAN OLIVEIRA of FALL RIVER,MA

"To Brian, Hey Corporal I'm sorry we never got to go out and get some drinks in Boston. We'll have one when I see you later in Heaven. I miss you dude. Semper Fi - Lcpl.Mix (A.K.A.) Monkey -Butt"
Lcpl Mix of Framingham Massachusetts

"From one Oliveira Family to another. You are in our prayers. God bless you"
jeff oliveira of Merrillville, Indiana

"Oliveira. It's been a minute. Thanks for giving me a hand with the move. Tell Norwood "What's up"."
Ivan Lamptey of Sacramento, Ca

"To Brian, sorry I missed seeing you all off. I will regret that for the rest of my life. I hope you and Norwood are havin a beer up in heavin and talkin about old times in WPNS co.
Rest in peace brother.
"Wpns co. ERRRRRRR""
Sgt.Collins T.R. of South Lyon/Michigan

"This is a message for Brian's family members and friends. I am the chaplain for 3/1. My heart goes out to you all. We'll never forget him. We had a very touching memorial service for him here. I am so sorry for your loss."
Chaplain, Ron J. Kennedy of Fallujah, Iraq

"24 November 2004
I am so very proud of CPL Brian Oliveira. I've been to see his resting place three times, including today and left him a rose and a prayer. My condolences to his family. May memories of Brian comfort you. SEMPER FI Brian, I left that sticker on your resting place. There are no other words to express how I feel for you giving your life to your country, thank you just isn't enough. You will never be forgotten. May God bless you for always being faithful."
Dorothy Burt of Portsmouth RI USA

"From one Oliveira family to another, our thoughts and prayers are with you. My deepest, most sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one."
2LT Jeffrey D. Oliveira of Fort Knox, KY

"For Brian:
Semper Fi..from another fallen Marine Lcpl Jeff Burgess KIA 3/25/04 Fallujah Iraq defending our freedom and his brother/sister Marines.
It is with heavy heart that I write this message to your family as I know exactly what they are feeling. You will forever be remembered as our Hero.
To Brian's family:
Words will never express what we go through in a life event such as this. It is from the support and love of those around this beautiful country of ours that have given me the strength to carry on. I have walked your walk.
I know your pain, and have asked the same questions in my mind, and felt the enormous feeling of loss of control to have prevented this from happening from a parental sort.
Know in your hearts that Brian is a Hero and he will never be forgotten.
He stands tall guarding the streets of heaven with his fellow brother/sister Marines. My love to your family.
Proud Marine Mom of Lcpl Jeff Burgess"
Michelle Shea of Sagamore Beach, MA USA

"To the Family of Brian:

Our prayers are with you as you miss the great loss of your son. I pray that God will pour out his love, grace, and mercy upon your family. That he may give you a gift that will help you in understanding what a great hero that your son is. As a Marine Mom, I will never forget seeing my son when he completed his boot camp training in the USMC. I know that you have many great memories of your son, to hold and keep, until you are able to see him at the Gates of Heaven. May God bless you and keep you in his loving arms.
A Faithful (Prayer Warrior) Marine Mom
from Missouri"
T Davis of Missouri

"Thank you Brian Oliveira, 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 Cpl. Brian Oliveira:
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 Brian 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 Cpl. Brian Oliveira:
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 Brian, 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