Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Javier Obleas-Prado Pena

36, of Falls Church, Virginia.
Pena died at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from injuries received November 25, 2004, as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on December 1, 2004.

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"Well Brother Javi...the years pass and you're never forgotten. I am in Afghanistan now, and flew a flag in your honor today as it marked the 10th year anniversary since your were hit by a damned IED in Zaidon. It was Thanksgiving Day then, and truly nothing to be thankful for other than your selfless service, bravery and courage.

I will fly the flag once more on December 1 marking the 10th year anniversary since you made the ultimate sacrifice in Landstuhl. My Commander already signed a beautiful certificate as I will redeploy the following day.
Hopefully I will meet your Family in SA when I return.

Rest Peacefully Brother."
CPT Anselmetti of San Antonio, TX

"Hello Javi, it's been 9 years now, but we have not forgotten and keep praying for your safe journey. On December 2, 2013, at 2204 CST, as I was driving out of the San Antonio airport I saw a bright green shooting star/meteorite heading straight toward earth, I swore it was you coming back with more fire :-) We miss You, but I celebrate You every step of the way. Semper Fi"
CPT Anselmetti of San Antonio, TX

"Hello Javi, 8 years have passed since you closed your eyes, but you are no where near forgotten. We celebrate You + Your Family every single day. We keep fighting the fight in Memory of You. Peace be upon You Always. Semper Fi!"
1LT S. Anselmetti of San Antonio, TX

"Javi, I will always remember you and be grateful for your sacrifice that you made for our country. God Bless You and your family. Semper Fidelis"
Mark Cruz of Texas

"You are remembered and missed every day."

"Dearest Javi as I am remembering you my heroe, and all the fallen heroes in this Memorial Day ahead, the lives you gave and the love ones you left behind, in this world, for us to live and enjoy. We love YOU and YOU will never be forgoten."
silvestre of california

"Dearest Javi as I am listeing the President Obama my heart is more at peace I know you would be relived as well, because President OBAMA just mention that Osama Bin Laden is dead.
Today is an Historical day, thanks to your efforts, your sacriface your heroism,and giving your life for the freedom of the country you love. Please rest in Peace.
Love you and will never forget you"
Silvestre Obleas- Prado of San Juan Capistrano Ca. USA

"Javi: To day three Marines mounted in their horses enter to start the "Swallow's Day Parade" in San Juan Capistrano Ca.Immediately my thought was
in you,I just want you to know that I Love you,missed you,and you will never be forgatten. Your Uncle Silvestre."
Silvestre of San Juan Capistrano, Ca.

"I started thinking of you today Javier. You and Kim and Lina. I miss your quiet, comforting presence. You were a great friend to my son and our family. Probably the greatest friend my son ever had or ever will have. You are deeply missed."
Linda Swenson of San Antonio, Texas

"On Memorial Day 2010

We remember You Always GySgt Obleas-Prado Pena. Your bravery is exemplary. You are NEVER forgotten.

Your 4th Recon & Force Recon Assoc. Members & Brothers.

Semper Fi,"
2LT Anselmetti of Olympia, WA

"Javi, miss you brother. God bless you and your family.

S/F,

Cruzer"
Mark of Houston, TX

"Happy Birthday Brother!!"
Mike

"Vistiting 2d Reconnaissance Battalion on 090807 with a few Marines I served with, I was stunned to see your name on the Fallen Marines Monument outside the Battalion. GySgt Obleas was a silent, strong leader, always displaying sound decision and courtesy towards every one he served with. The type of man you never forget and always admire. You will be missed Javier. Thank you so much for your sacrifice and unselfishness. It was a great privilege to know you. I wish you could read all these wonderful comments on this page. I was lucky to serve you and your Marines as the S-4 Ammo Chief '98-02'."
Matt Bowlin of Oklahoma City, OKC

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Sincerely and Respectfully,
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Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"GySgt Pena, Let it be known that You and your family our in the thoughts of this RECON MARINE, especially on this Memorial Day Weekend. I will not forget your sacrifice."
Doogan of Chattanooga, TN

"December 7, 2008
To the family of Gunnery Sgt. Javier Obleas-Prado Pena:
Javier 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

"Javi,

Today is the 4 year anniversary of your passing. You and your family will always be in my thoughts and prayers. S/F, Mark"
Mark C. of Houston, TX

"i too will always remember this man....
Great men do what others say they can!!
Javier is a great man!

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away......
I thank the Lord for allowing me to have met and became a friend to this man.

He may not rememember me.....but I will never forget him!
and to have that effect on people is HERIOC!


mikelopez@basshays.com"
Mike Lopez of Dallas TX

"I served with Javier Obleas when he first came to the FMF in 87. We were in Weapons platoon together as Mortarmen. I remember Obleas as a Marines Marine, who would always step up to the plate for his fellow Marines. We had several good times and often talked about our favorite rock band (KISS) and compare notes about Mtv's headbangers ball.
My sons friend, and our neighbor (A Marine) lost his life in Iraq, I was looking at a list looking for his name when I came across the name of Javier Obleas-Prado Pena. I knew It was my old friend. I quickly got some old pictures of us from my scrap book, Ones where we are spy rigging together, and my favorite where he was e-tool qualifying when he first came to our unit (Bco. Weapons Plt. 1st Bn. 2nd Marines, 2nd. Mar Div.)
I researched Obleas and found not only was he a highly decorated Gunny, but he Left a Wife and Daughter.
Thank You Javier Obleas for proudly serving our great country, You gave your life so we all can live as a free Nation and have the freedoms and liberties so many take for granted.
I will never forget you and the sacrifice you made for us.
My heart goes out to your Wife Kim and your daughter. May god bless them and keep them safe,
Javier Obleas, It was a pleasure knowing you and serving with you.
SEMPER FI BROTHER. Lance
muskybuck@msn.com"
Lance Spitler of Chetek, Wisconsin USA

"Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas is enthusiastically recommended for the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device, POSTHUMOUSLY, for his heroic actions as Platoon Sergeant, 2d Platoon, Company A, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Marine Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September to December 2004. During this period, Gunnery Sergeant Obleas demonstrated exceptional bravery and gallant leadership during the conduct of over 22 combat patrols consisting of cache sweeps, cordon and searches, vehicle checkpoints, reconnaissance and surveillance and sniper operations. His tactical acumen in the employment of sniper assets and reconnaissance and surveillance teams proved invaluable. He was an example of consummate professionalism, courage, and undaunting leadership for all to emulate. Service member was receiving Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) during this period.

During September and October, Gunnery Sergeant Obleas' platoon conducted numerous cache sweeps, vehicle checkpoints, and cordon and knock/search operations within the Ziadon Region of central Iraq . During this time, his platoon was responsible for locating and destroying more than 32 separate cache sites consisting of: 400+ mortars (60mm, 120mm, 155mm), 30+ AK rifles, 21 wire-guided rockets, 6 anti-personnel landmines, 10 Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), 20 mortar sites, 9 sniper sites, and more than 10,000+ machine gun and small arms rounds. As the demolitions expert within the platoon, Gunnery Sergeant Obleas developed the demolition plan and spearheaded the detonation of each cache. During the conduct of more than 14 cordon and search operations, Gunnery Sergeant Obleas acted as the Assault Element Leader, entering, clearing and leading the detailed search
of each target building.

During Operation Phantom Fury, Gunnery Sergeant Obleas continued to be the consummate leader and mentor of the platoon. His decisiveness and courage under fire were a steady example for all to emulate. On the afternoon of 13 November 2004, a patrol was sent from the platoon's patrol base to conduct cache sweeps and establish a presence in the As Sadan region on the outskirts of Fallujah , Iraq . Upon their return, one of the engineers discovered an IED approximately 50 meters from the patrol base. Moments after the IED was uncovered, it was command detonated by the enemy. At the time of detonation there were seven Marines in the immediate vicinity of the blast. Gunnery Sergeant Obleas immediately began casualty evacuation procedures (CASEVAC), radioing to battalion the current situation and requesting the appropriate assets. He single-handedly managed the platoon, establishing an outer cordon of the area and directing the recovery and evacuation of the casualties. Upon arrival of the Battalion Quick Reaction Force, he immediately devised a plan for their tactical employment in support of the cordon and coordinated their efforts in conducting a ground casualty evacuation of the seriously wounded. He further coordinated the integration of aviation assets to provide armed reconnaissance of the surrounding area and evacuation route. Gunnery Sergeant Obleas' composure and ability to bring order to an extremely dynamic and chaotic situation ensured the security of the remainder of the platoon and saved the life of a Marine who was in the immediate vicinity of the detonation.

The following day on November 14, 2004, the platoon was tasked with a sniper operation on the Euphrates River in the vicinity of the Thar Thar and Nu'amiyah region of Iraq . Contrary to traditional sniper operations, Gunnery Sergeant Obleas had the foresight to employ a four-man sniper team equipped with a 240G and M249 machine gun. Shortly after they were set in position, the sniper team reported that three suspicious males were traveling rapidly across the river in a pontoon boat. The team was directed to detain the individuals for questioning. Only seconds after a two-man element from the sniper team exposed them and gave away their position, 15-20 Iraqi males began pointing and shouting at the sniper team from across the river. Moments later the sniper team came under heavy direct fire attack. As a result of their machine gun assets, the team immediately returned a high volume of suppressive fire. Gunnery Sergeant Obeas directed the remainder of the platoon, staged approximately one kilometer away, to conduct an emergency extract of the sniper team. He then dismounted his vehicle and led a four-man element, under fire across an open field, to the
sniper team's position. Once in position, he directed suppressive fire against the enemy enabling the sniper team to bound back to safely
withdrawal.

On 25 November 2004, the platoon was on patrol in the Zaidon region of Iraq . The five-vehicle convoy was moving to a patrol base when a command detonated IED exploded, destroying the vehicle in which Gunnery Sergeant Obleas was a passenger. Despite being mortally wounded, his first words once pulled from the vehicle were directing a team leader to set in security. He followed that order with sentiments of concern for the other wounded, ordering the platoon corpsman to help the other Marines first and directing him to provide a casualty report to higher headquarters. It was fitting and ironic that some of his last words were of concern for his men demonstrating his love for the Marines within his unit.

Gunnery Sergeant Obleas consistently distinguished himself in battle by maintaining a steadfast, calm demeanor that enabled him to make split-second decisions that have saved numerous lives. His experience, leadership, and confidence in every situation proved to be decisive on numerous occasions. His actions during this time period were nothing short of the finest examples of courageous leadership and selfless service. Gunnery Sergeant Obleas is deserving of the recognition commensurate with the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for his heroic achievement and service to his Marines and Sailor.

Recommended Citation:
For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as Platoon Sergeant, 2d Platoon, Company A, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Marine Division in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II from 1 September to 1 December 2004. Gunnery Sergeant Obleas' gallant leadership was instrumental during the conduct of 22 combat patrols that located and destroyed more than 10,506 pieces of enemy ordnance. On 13 November, his platoon was attacked by an improvised explosive device that claimed the lives of two Marines and injured four others. His calm and resolute leadership in the midst of the chaotic situation was critical as he maneuvered the platoon to establish a security cordon and directed the recovery and evacuation of the unit's casualties. On 14 November, an isolated sniper team came under direct fire attack by 15-20 insurgents. Leading a four-man element across 300 meters of exposed terrain under enemy fire to recover the team, he established a support by fire position and directed devastating fire on the enemy allowing the engaged team to safely extract. On 25 November, an improvised explosive device destroyed Gunnery Sergeant Obleas' vehicle. Though mortally wounded, he continued to direct Marines to establish security positions and refused medical treatment until all other casualties had received aid. In each engagement, his undaunting leadership and selfless dedication saved lives and directly led to the success of his unit. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions and exceptional dedication to duty Gunnery Sergeant Obleas reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

OBLEAS-PRADO PENA, JAVIER
GYSGT US MARINE CORPS
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: 12/07/1986 - 12/01/2004
DATE OF BIRTH: 11/04/1968
DATE OF DEATH: 12/01/2004
DATE OF INTERMENT: 12/09/2004
BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 8084
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 990

Offered February 21, 2005

Celebrating the life of Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena.

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Patron-- Sherwood

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WHEREAS, United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena died on December 1, 2004, from injuries he sustained while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom; and

WHEREAS, members of Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena's family are residents of Winchester ; and

WHEREAS, Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena joined the Marine Corps in December 1986 and served in Operation Desert Storm; and

WHEREAS, Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena served with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; and

WHEREAS, during his 18 years in the Marine Corps, Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena earned 26 medals, including the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbons, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medals, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbons; and

WHEREAS, Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena was deployed with his unit to Iraq in September 2004 and was mortally wounded by enemy fire on November 25, 2004, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq; and

WHEREAS, Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena's death is a reminder of the perils faced daily by thousands of Americans who serve in our armed forces overseas and whose devotion to duty places them in harm's way; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of a courageous and patriotic American, Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Gunnery Sergeant Javier Obleas-Prado Pena as an expression of the high regard in which his memory is held by the members of the General Assembly and the citizens of Virginia.

Your Brothers Forever
Force Recon Association
http://www.forcerecon.com/GySgt-Javier-Obleas.htm"
LCpl S. Anselmetti of Olympia, WA

"I never knew Jav, but have heard so much about him from his wife Kim. I also have spent a lot of time with their daughter, who is now 4 years old. Reading all of these tributes to him and his family is just so sad, knowing their young daughter will never know her daddy. His wife is a wonderful, generous giving person. She adores her daughter, and takes in stray animals, and helps everyone she can (more than she should sometimes) and is a good friend.

I am so sorry for your loss, even after all this time. I know you still feel the empty space he left, as you go on with your life. Bless you and your little one."
Lisa C. of Schertz, TX

"On 25 November 2004, the platoon was on patrol in the Zaidon region of Iraq. The five-vehicle convoy was moving to a patrol base when a command detonated IED exploded, destroying the vehicle in which Gunnery Sergeant Obleas was a passenger. Despite being mortally wounded, his first words once pulled from the vehicle were directing a team leader to set in security. He followed that order with sentiments of concern for the other wounded, ordering the platoon corpsman to help the other Marines first and directing him to provide a casualty report to higher headquarters. It was fitting and ironic that some of his last words were of concern for his men demonstrating his love for the Marines within his unit.

Gunnery Sergeant Obleas consistently distinguished himself in battle by maintaining a steadfast, calm demeanor that enabled him to make split-second decisions that have saved numerous lives. His experience, leadership, and confidence in every situation proved to be decisive on numerous occasions. His actions during this time period were nothing short of the finest examples of courageous leadership and selfless service. Gunnery Sergeant Obleas is deserving of the recognition commensurate with the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device for his heroic achievement and service to his Marines and Sailor.

In your Honor from 4th Recon Bn, SATX 1990-1993. Forever Grateful, Never Forgotten, Thank You for Your Dedicated Service."
LCpl Steven A Anselmetti of Olympia, WA

"Jav - you are not forgotten. Here's to the memories spoken and unspoken, to the times we stood back to back, and to the $$ side bets on the range."
Sean

"Semper Fi you will never be forgotten gods speed."
lcpl steven j stanley 2nd marine recon/sotg delta co of traverse city,michigan

"I went to BRC with, then Sgt Obleas. I still remember when I fell into a hole on patrol and he helped me out. I thought my leg was broken. He was amazed at how I didn't scream out in pain. He was a good swimmer and beat me on our timed fin. Obleas was a good man and a fine Marine. I had no idea that he was killed until last year. I am sorry for his friends and family. God has set a place at the table for him."
Scott G Foster of Austin, Texas

"Gunny Obleas,
I was reading an old copy of Leatherneck Magazine and read about your brothers and friends running the 2005 Marine Corps Marathon in honor of you and Kevin Dempsey. I just want to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Gunny!"

"There is a song that goes "Heaven was needing a Hero...somebody just like you...Brave enough to stand up for what you believe...and follow it through...when I try to make it make sense in my mind the only conclusion I come to is Heaven was needing a Hero like you"
Kim found this song...and we have cried to it many times. We miss you Jav, but are SO PROUD of what you stood for! A wonderful husband and father and the true meaning of Semper Fidelis.
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends." -John 15:13"
Carrie, George, and Avery of Schertz, Texas

"I miss you Jav... I am so proud of you!!!!! love you"
KIm Obleas of Schertz, Tx

"Peace,
I was the Catholic Priest at Bravo Surgical in Fallujah Iraq when Javier came into the trauma beds on the evening of Thanksgiving. He was alert and able to speak of his love for his wife Kim, and Lina his daughter. We prayed together and I anointed him. He was truly a spiritual and wonderful man. I feel blessed to have met him. My prayers and love go out to his family. I pray for him often at Mass.
You can reach me at RonMoses7@yahoo.com"
Father Ron Camarda of Jacksonville, FL

"Rest in peace Marine. My brother.

Semper Fi!"
Rumbles of The Comstock, Nevada

"HOLA SOY JOSE DE ESPAÑA SIENTO LA MUERTE DE MI PRIMO DESDE ESTE LADO DEL MAR ESPERO QUE SU MUERTE NO FUERA EN VALDE."
JOSE LUIS CENDAN CENDAN of Spain

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Javi's family and friends. I knew Javi when I was a Marine in SATX. We hung out together in Austin and San Marcos. He was a consumate professional, great listener, and had a warm smile and positive vibe. I just learned about his passing 5 minutes ago. I am very sad to hear about it. Juarez, pls. email me brother markccruz@gmail.com.

Semper Fidelis,

Mark Cruz
Marine 1988-1997"
Mark Cruz of Los Angeles, CA

"Javi,
You will always be remembered. You are my hero. You were a man of courage and honor. God Bless your wife and daughter. Your Friend Forever.

Marty and Marilou Looney"
Marty Looney of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Ever and always you taught me how to live my life by example. Your actions defined you as a good man, a true warrior, and above all an excellent father. I love you and I miss you, Jav."
Pablo of Virginia

"Javi-
You were a hell of a role model for us know-nothing junior Marines way back when. Thanks for all the patience, dedication and understanding, and for putting so many of us on the right path.
Semper Fidelis and God bless."
Capt Mike Anda of New York, NY

"A MARINE'S MARINE.
NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN!!!!"
MIGUEL of Winchester

"I met his wife the other day at my work. I was inspired by her strength. They have a beautiful daughter.... |I wish her and her Daughter peace. My heart goes out to her and his family. He is a HERO to me and my family..... I will never forget him or his wife and daughter. My son is a Marine and will be in Iraq soon. I hope all the families of the fallen know that all of the military families think and pray for them everyday and they will NOT be forgotten!"
Diane Adame (Ashley Furniture) of San Antonio, Texas

"Always remember-even when it hurts. And smile too. In the meanest times he smiled and did his duty. Our duty is to remember and to carry on. And when you are too sad to smile then look into her eyes and see his looking back And KNOW, that in the end, we will all be together again."

"Stay with me God. The night is dark
The night is cold: My little spark
Of courage dies. The night is long;
Be with me God, and make me strong

I love the game; I love a fight.
I hate the dark; I love the light.
I love my child; I love my wife.
I am no coward. I love life.

Life with its change of mood and shade.
I want to live. I'm not afraid,
But me and mine are hard to part;
Oh unknown God, lift up my heart.

You stilled the water at Dunkirk
And saved your servants.
All your work is wonderful, dear God. You strode
Before us down that dreadful road.

We were alone, and hope had fled;
We loved our country, and our dead.
And could not shame them; so we stayed
The course, and were not much afraid.

Dear God that nightmare road! And then
That sea! We got there-we were men.
My eyes were blind, my feet were torn,
My soul sang like a bird at dawn!

I knew that death is just a door.
I knew what we were fighting for:
Peace for the kids, our brothers freed,
A kinder world, a cleaner breed.

I'm but the son my mother bore,
A simple man and nothing more.
But-God of strength and gentleness,
Be pleased to make me nothing less

Help me, O God, when death is near
To mock the haggard face of fear,
That when I fall-If fall I must-
My soul may triumph in the dust."

"Jav,
Brother, you are forever in our thoughts. On this Memorial Day weekend know that we are thinking of you and miss you!!

Semper,

Mike"
of Virginia

"To the family of Javier Obleas-Prado Pena, 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. Hopefully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need someone to pray with you or to talk to you please call or write to my pastor at Gateway Community Church Rev John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30014 phone 770-787-1015, your friend in Christ Jesus."
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga. U S A

"Javi,

You will never be forgotten my man. Thanks for the late night laughs at our apartment in San Marcos and for all of the lessons learned."
Richard Juarez of Uvalde, Texas

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

"Thank you to Javier's Marine and Sailor brothers serving our Nation.
He lives on in you and will never be forgotten!!

Semper Fidelis Brother,

Mike"
of Fairfax, Va.

"We will never forget you Brother."
The Men of 1st Force Recon Company and I SOTG - Special Missions Branch of MCB Camp Pendleton, CA

"Thank you for all your kind words and support."
Wife of GySgt Javier Obleas of Schertz, Texas

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family and friends of Gunnery Sgt. Javier Obleas-Prado Pena,

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 use our link and 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

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

"Thank you Javier Obleas-Prado Pena, 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 Gunnery Sgt. Javier Obleas-Prado Pena:
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 Javier 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 Gunnery Sgt. Javier Obleas-Prado Pena:
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 Javier, 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