Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Christopher S. Perez

30, of Hutchinson, Kansas.
Perez died from wounds received as a result of an indirect fire attack while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 23, 2005.

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"SGT Perez, Hard to believe that it has been 11 years ago on May 23rd 2005. Not a day goes by that I am not thinking of you and wonder what rank you would be holding by now. I still feel guilty about that night because if MGYSGT Smalls would have talked to me for another 15 seconds, I would have been directly under the impact area of that rocket. You and I were about the same distance apart but in opposite directions. The Marine Corps lost a GREAT Marine that night and a GREAT Leader and Teacher. I still dream about that night and how screwed up it was but I only wish that you and I could have changed places that night. I miss you as a friend and I miss you as a great leader and teacher to other Marines. One day soon, I will make my way to your home town and pay my respect to you and maybe also see your family when I do. I do not have any bad memories of you but all good memories. Miss you and one day soon we shall meet again. Semper Fi!!!"
SSGT Wright, Timothy L (RET) of Pahoa, HI

"If only I could hug, kiss, and talk to you again... I love you so very much and cherish all the memories we shared."
Cherise of Hutchinson, Kansas

"Chris I think about you all the time, Until I see you again. S/F Brother

Anyone that know him and wants to talk you can call me at 704 728 7880, or find me on facebook.

Ever look on Heavenís scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPHWecAelHY"
Taylor Peugh of charlotte, nc

"It's been a long time and I know you are never missed by a lot of people. I am Christopher cousin and I want to thank everyone that has not forgot him and his family. God bless you all"
Donna Ranzau of Hutchinson kansas

"I just wanted you to know that I still miss you and think about you every day Chris. I put your dog tag around my next that day over 10 years ago and it has not moved. I feel that in some way that with your tag around my neck, your memory and loves continues on and shall not be forgotten. I still miss my mentor, my squad leader, my teacher, and my friend. I will continue to carry you with wherever I may go."
Bollinger Sean M Critical Care Paramedic of Poquoson, VA

"SGT Perez, its been 10 years ago today and it still seems like it was yesterday. Not a day go byes that I do wish we could have traded places. Miss you a lot Marine. Semper Fi"
SSGT Wright, Timothy L (RET)) of Hilo, Hawaii

"It's been a long time my friend you are a marine of marines. Still remember that day like it was yesterday."
Cary andrson of Uae

"Sgt Perez, just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you on your day of rest. 9 years is a long time, but I still remember you and your dedication to the Corps and Your Country. Thank you for your sacrifice. Rest well, Bother."
Sgt Sammie Meade ('02-'06) of Lebanon, TN

"Come Friday it would have been 9 years since we were last together. Still not a day that does not go by that I don't think of my friend. Me, guess old age is catching up on me, lol. Have been having some medical problems lately especially on my left side. I will be seeing the VA next month so hopefully that will go well. Anyways, just wanted to post so you know that I have not forgotten you. Semper Fi!!!"
SSGT Timothy Wright (RET) of Hilo, Hawaii

"SGT Perez, just want to say thank you for everything that you have done. You saved many and I want people to know that. Your training saved lives."
SSGT Wright, Timothy L (RET) of Hilo, Hawaii

"Hey Sgt Perez, Looks like I will be going back to Tripler AMC again pretty soon for depression and suicidal thoughts. Actually caught the wife cheating on me and that was something that I didnt think would happen to me. The signs were all their but I guess when you love someone you sometimes look past those signs. She told me thatnshe was pregnant on May 21st and I told her to show me the paperwork since we havent maade love in over a year. She shows me the paperwork saying she is pregnant on May 21st. The nest day she sees her baby doctor who tells her that she has had a miscarriage. May 23rd 2005 is always on my mind. That was the toughest week for me this month. I bet that if she was able to have that baby, she would have claimed it as mine. Now, Im going to Tripler pretty soon so that I can clear the mind up some and start making the right decisions about staying with her or go ahead and divorce her. Trust is all gone with her so its kinda hard to even love her right now. Im afraid that if I stay with her and she gets pregnant again, who will be the daddy. Me, I will have a blood test and have divorce papers ready within a week of that birth. Thats what been going on with me and I wish you were here to have someone to talk to about this mess. Not a day gos by that I do not think of the best Marine that the Marine Corps had. Wish I could tell you some good news for a change but it seems like God wants me to walk this earth in hell for some reason. Hopefully I will have some good news to send you sooner or later.
Miss you Chris. I know you would have been SgtMaj by now if still in. Talk to you again soon. I hope you are watching over your family and at times looking over me. Think you did on May 6th when I caught the cheating and I didnt kill anyone. I actually felt like I was in Iraq again. Talk to you soon and God bless you and your family."
SSGT Timothy L Wright (RET) of Hilo, Hawaii

"Sgt Perez, Its been 8 years ago today that you, MGYSGT Smalls and myself were all together that dreadful night and it still seems as if it happened yesterday. There is not a day that passes that I wish that we could have changed places that night. The Marine Corps lost a GREAT MARINE that day but at least your memory still goes on. God how I wish we could have changed places that night because I live with guilt every single day. Miss you Sgt Perez. I am still proud to call you my friend!!!!"
SSgt Timothy L Wright (RET) of Hilo, Hawaii

"I still miss my friend, i want you that chris. Not a day goes that i dont think about you and i wish i could have been there for you Sgt Perez

Bollinger Sean M NREMT-P"
of Poquoson Virginia

"Hey Sgt Perez (Chris), its now going into the Holiday season again (Halloween, Thanksgiving, X-Mas and even New Years all coming up fast. I know it must still be hard for your family during this time because I sure know its hard for me because I still think of you and I think about your family and wonder how they are doing. I hope one day soon to meet your family (Mom, brothers/sisters, kids) and other family members and let them know that you were always thinking about the welfare of other Marines even if they were not even in your immediate chain of command. I do know that your kids should be proud of you and I pray that they will carry on your trait of thinking of others before themselfs first. Just wanted to say that I have been thinking of you lately and I guess this is my way of saying hey to you.
Talk to you soon."
SSGT Wright, Timothy L of Hilo Hawaii

"Wow dad, I was jus thinking about you today. And counted the years have flown by so quick. Feels like just last year I was with the family...and all. 7 years man. That's a long time."
Austin D of wichita\ks\usa

"Sorry I didnt leave a message on 23May2012 but was not around a computer to let you know that I am still thinking of you and that their is not a day that goes bye that I do not think of you. Saying that I miss you isnt really isnt saying everything. Its been 7 years and time doesnt make things better from what people say it does. I miss calling you my friend but I think you know that anyways. I swear to God I wish I could have switch places with you that night and I still feel quilty that it was you and not me that night. I would like to get in touch with your family sooner or later and see how they are doing and tell them how you thought of others before yourself and that you cared for your Marines and even the Marines not in your command/charge. Miss you man and like always I will keep on thinking of you!!!"
SSgt Wright, Timothy L of Hilo, Hawaii

"Not a moment goes by that you arent on my mind. You know that... We had something special & unexplainable. First true loves with so many memories. There will always be that wish I wouldve handled things differently. Maybe then? I think back to the night you & Eddie snuck out & came over. That was such a wonderful surprise, but not worth the consequences when you got caught. I will never forget the sound of your mamas voice that night or what ended up happening to us. You were my one true love. There will always be that empty spot that could only be filled by you. You were the greatest man I ever knew besides my dad. I thank the good Lord for the time and memories I had with you. I look forward to seeing you at heavens gates. Love you forever Christopher Shawn Perez!"
Cherise of Hutchinson, KS

"Sgt Perez, its been 6 years today when you and I were last together and you will always be in my thoughts. Just wish I could turn back the hand of time and switch places with you. Miss you allot."
SSgt Wright, Timothy L of Hilo, Hawaii

"Christopher,

I will never forget the times we spent together at Blue Diamond. You will always be missed my friend and every May 23rd my wife and two children fly our flag at half mast. Miss you Chris - always will!!!"
Tony Molnar AKA "Chinook" of Kandahar, Afghanistan - now

"Sgt Perez, just wanted you to know that I am still thinking of you and there will not be a day that goes by without me doing so. Many Marines are still alive today due to the fact that you trained them. You were and still are a outstanding Marine. There are many of us here that wish you were here but in time we will all be able to see you again. That night has changed the lifes of many including MGYSGT Smalls and myself. Anyways, just wanted to say that I miss you and a lot of others miss you also. Be seeing you soon. Semper-Fi Sgt. Perez"
SSgt Wright, T.L of Hawaii

"Coming up on five years brother, we miss your service and your friendship!
Semper Fi and rest peacefully...
Swanny"
Maj Shawn M. Swanson of Buffalo, NY

"As my own little boy turned one, it was a bittersweet day. I knew the next day would be a tough one for all of us. You birthday....and two weeks from now even tougher, your anniversary. Five years. I keep an 8x10 picture your mom gave me of you in my son's room so you can always watch over him. All my love and hugs and kisses all the way to heaven. xoxo until we meet again. A perfect day, a perfect us, in a perfect world. Love u stupid"
Lauren

"I still miss you Sgt. Perez. Not a day goes by that I dont miss you, or think about you. The good times, the bad times, endless field day at the barracks on Monday nights. I just miss you man, and it hurts me. The day Gunnery Sergeant Chambers handed me your dog tag I cried, then I put you around my neck. And I still have not taken it off, I can't let you go, its too hard. I'm so sorry I could not be there with you. The pain is still very real and hasn't gone away, never will. The only thing I can do is take your dog tag and kiss it once in a while. I carry the pain, I carry the burden, and I do it proudly. I still hear your voice, your laugh, and I still see your face. One of my fondest memories of my time at Camp LeJeune was you. I love you Sgt. Perez, I just want you to know that."
Bollinger, Sean M 0311 USMC of Poquoson, Virginia

"I THANK EVER BODY OUT THERE FOR REMBER MY SON SGT CHRISTOPHER S PEREZ. I TURLY MISS HIM. IT VERY ITS HARD FOR STILL. I LOVE YOU ALLWAYS SON MOM ."
MARY OLIVER of WICHITA KS

"Sgt.Perez, Miss you man.
I dont have anyone here to look after my 6 now with the family.
Miss you more then I can say into words."
SSgt Wright of Hawaii

"Hey Dad. Just Writting now that i found this website again thanks to mi tio (Eddie). I want you to know. no matter what happends is that i love you and miss you. I wish you was at the BBQ last week. I stare at your picture in my room and just think about my child hood with you. I just want you to know that I love you and miss you. I'm proud to say that your my Dad. I will never forget the memories i have with you.
orale. soy voy a la cama ahora. buenas noches y se me olvida y te amo mucho.

hablar con usted más tarde"
Austin Peréz of Wichita KS/USA

"Hi my brother its been along time now, but i havent forgot you i will never forget you, i wish you was here to guide me through some things to kick me in the * and tell me wht im doing wrong even at this age i feel i still need tht to get mu head right, ive been talking to your son AUSTIN who always ask about you i always tell him the story about when we snuck out one time and mom was waiting for us at the window and how you told me to go first and you would take the as whooping we were about to get and you took the blame for it all like you have always done for me man i appreciate any and everything you have done for me in are times together its like sometimes i feel you real close when im down and out it was hard this time to get on this site to say anything about you cus i always break down when i talk about the brother tht i loved and dearly adored you and always couldnt just wait for you to come home it was like winning the lottery anytime tht you sd im coming home for a bit to visit man i was so happy i canceled everything to make sure i seen you one time my work was like no because you just started and i could not take the day off so guess wht i called in sick i just knew tht you never know when i get to see you again i just didnt think it would end up like this my heart knows your here watching over me but my mind thinks you are still in IRAQ fighting with your MARINE BUDDIES who loved you dearly i know someday tht i will be right there with you at least i know i will be in good company when my time is up, i got to tell you i have a new baby boy his name is "GINO VALENTINO SEAN RODRIGUEZ" had to put your middle name in there my brother he looks just like me he smiles and laughs man he is so precious and my other son now is 4 yrs old now he was born a little before you left to IRAQ i remember you called me the week before you left it was so good to hear your voice and you telling me tht you was going my heart stopped a little bit i remember i sd dnt go tht i will call you early in the morning to talk to you and you sd tht i wouldnt understand why you must go tht civilains dnt understand i do understand tht your MARINES were your family to tht you wasnt going to let them down like you didnt let us down, you were always the strongest one in are family tht is why are family is shaky right now because you were tht stone tht kept things making sense and kept us strong you were are foundation im sorry to say tht we are struggling as a family because of issues tht have all surfaced and it is sad tht it took you to not be here to see tht, it is hard knowing tht we havent been the same we have taken a blow to are family circle some days i stare at your picture for hours and tears drop one by one cause i miss you so dame much its like i wish tht you would come out of tht picture and say everything "will be okay brother" i wish tht alotand when i see you in my dreams i get lost in the moment i forget to ask you those things ive always wnt to ask, i just need those answered for closure but then im afarid of the answer as well. i miss you alot my brother and i know we will meet again in the after life! i still drink one for you all the time its hard sometimes though when your not across tht table talking crap to me lol! well got to go for now love you and miss you!!!!!!!!! 5/27/2009 p.s. MR.WRIGHT pls call me at 316-993-0517 im here for you as well my brother and i much alike"
EDDIE a,k.a Little Brother of HUTCHINSON,KS.67501

"May 20, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Christopher S. Perez:
Christopher 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 am trying to locate a current phone number or email address for family members of Christopher Perez. I belong to a group that makes memorials for fallen soldiers. If someone would leave a phone number or email me I would appreciate it. lacey.robertson@gmail.com"
Lacey Robertson of Hutchinson, KS

"hi chris its almost been 4 years just wanted to let you know. the family hasnt forgotten about you and never will. we love you and still mess you. your cousin Donna Ferguson 03/20/2009"
Donna Ferguson of Hutchinson, KS/Reno

"I can't believe it has been this long since you departed. I owe so much to you. You had so much pateince with me and understood my harsh past and still you stuck by to get me into the Corps that you deeply loved. You helped me get away from the wrong path I was going and when everyone gave up on me, you were there for me. For that I am so grateful. You showed me that there were still people out there that care. Not once did you lie or sugarcoat it for me what I had in stored but it was the best life changing experience for me. I owe you so much. You always called to see how I was doing, when you left for Iraq you called. You are a great Marine and I am sad knowing that you are not here leading other Marines to greatness but the Lord needed you for another special mission. I remember the day I found out that you died it hurt my heart so bad, it's one of those rare pains you feel like your heart has been stabbed. I was at my next MOS school and I was just stuck with this disbelief look on my face like "No, no, this can't be true" and as hard as I tried not to cry I couldn't hold it. You taught me to always be brave not matter what but I couldn't hold it. When I got out the Marine Corps a part of me felt like I disgraced you because I didn't go all the way but I will be pre-med this summer, one day helping those soldiers and Marines come back home. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you have made and I will always keep you and your family in my prays.
(504)710-9270"
Sgt Karen Bolden (Salinas) of Brooklyn, NY

"To the family of:Christopher S. Perez 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"

"It has been 3 years ago since I lost the only good friend I had while working in 2nd MarDiv G3 lost his life.
For all that reads this, I just wanted to say that if the Marine Corps had a good Marine he was it.
He did teach Marines before we got deployed to Iraq and he was still training Marines when he was off duty.
I was his SSgt on the same shift and same job in which we both hated doing.
We went to Iraq to do the job we were trained for but we were assigned a duty we both did not want and that was security for this one building in which all the high ranking officers worked out of.
Me and Sgt Perez wanted to be working with the Marines we have worked with before and do the job we were trained for but instead we got a job we never trained for and both hated.
I hated the fact we were friends and he lost a rank and now Im his boss.
Their was friction between us both.
We both just wanted to do the job we were trained for and not some BS job that was not needed.
Security of the HQ which was located in the middle of the Camp and our security of the building was 8 Marines.
We both hated it knowing it was a waste of time.
Guess it made the Generals feel better knowing their was security at each 4 entrance of the building. If their was a breach and the front gate or any other gate of the compond could they could have repel a attack.
Our jobs, mine and Chris was meaningless.
We wanted to be with our Marines but not allowed to.
Before I go any further, I will start fo our flight to Iraq till that day.
We fley out of Cherr Point Air Staition on the 13th or 14th of Feb and get to Iraq I think on the 15th.
My back goes out due to prior back surgery on April 15th and I was unable to work for almost 2 months.
I tried walking further each day because I was unable to walk for like 4 days when my back went out.
Anyways, I wanted to walk further and saw Perez grab some gear at 8:30PM IRAQ time and asked what are you doing.
He said that him and MGYSGT Smalls are setting up a training area so that Marines can go thru some kind of course that may be outside of our walls.
I went with them because I wanted to do something even if I could not walk good at the time.
At about 9:15PM Iraq time a sand storm came in and we could not even see 5 feet from each other.
Our MGYSGT tells me to go back to the barracks and tell everyone not to come down to help set up and we will do it the next night.
MGYSGT Smalls and Sgt Perez were putting away some building tools into vehicles so that the tools dont get lost in the sand storm.
I walk past the impact area maybe 15 seconds before the rocket hit so we were the same distance apart but in differant dirrections when the rocket hit.
I heard it coming in like it was a frieght train/jet engine both combined and before you know it I am on the ground scared and shacking looking for cover.
I get behind a wall, did a body count on myself which seemed to take forever.
Im counting my fingers, looking at my boots act to see if Im hit.
I waited a few more seconds and remembered that Smalls and Perez are the last ones i saw so I called out their name, (Perez, Perez, MasterGuns, MasterGuns).
MSGYSGT Smlls answers and says Perez is hit.
I get to them and see and thei are like 5 other people with him now who worked for KBR trying to hlp.
I saw the injury and I knew he was hit in his lung.
I can not say anymore else here.
I think Chris could still be alive but their was no trauma team Drs in that Camp.
I feel I should have died that night and am still mad because I was directly underneith the impact area not more then 15 seconds earlier.
Their was alot I know about Chris but most important thing was that he did his job and he did train Marines and those who he trained did come back home.
SSgt Wright, Timothy L (Retired).
808-854-9878"
SSgt Wright, T.L of Hawaii

"Aahhh......Almost 3 yrs....three years on Friday....Funny all the mystery that surrounds that night.....We sit, your mother and I trying to figure it all out......what went wrong? WE miss you sooo much.....and we pray for you daily. You know your mama has a candle lit for you 365 days a year? Finally got your tombstone up. I heard your brothers decorated it with 33 balloons on your birthday....The military messed up bigtime with restitution but I help out much as I can every month. Your nieces and nephews are big and are inspired very much by you. We love you and miss you sweetie.... I hope my kisses and hugs make it all the way to heaven.
lauren.blanchette@psychogenics.com"
Lauren-Nicole of NY

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J. Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"Sgt Perez,
You will never be forgotten. You know how much I think about you on an almost daily. I hope that your family has found peace knowing that you gave your life for the freedom we all enjoy. As you know you saved my life and Mettlen life that night. We would have been right next to you had you not sent us home early. I often think about how life works and I remember on that days leading up to it we where doing sandbag and you would walk out and help us. We talked about you family and your love for them; I wonder if that was so I could post it here to remind them about your love for them. As I type this I was thinking about how you and your wife where friends as kids and the worked it out. I know you will be there when I cross over. Youíre the reason I reenlisted to give the Lord a chance to let me give the same gift you did. Thanks for everything and I wish all. Friends and Family the best of luck and know he will NEVER BE FORGOTEN
Peughwt@11meu.usmc.mil"
Lcpl Peugh of 11th MEU

"TOO MY BROTHER HAPPY 4TH OF JULY i SEE YOUR NAME EVERY WHERE ON THIS DAY,A SIGN OF DEEP RESPECT FOR UR ULTIMATE SACRFICE,AS I SEE OTHER SOLIDERS THAT MADE THAT SAME SACRFICE IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT THERE RANK WAS BUT THAT THERE OTHER FAMILIES THAT HAS A SON OR DAUGTHER THAT IS NOT COMING HOME,its like u feel the same pain as what there feeling,a time too relize that life is very precious and we all take it for granted,the soliders who knew the sacrfice when going too war had a choice ,they wanted too make a difference in the world helping strangers that they are liked or unliked they all wanted too make a difference i feel this anger sometimes against the enemys at times wishing i could just wipe out the freaking IRAQ,BUT I RELIZED THAT NONE OF THE SOLIDERS died in vain they were there to try to make a change and be apart of something big and it is felt around the world,I have had people out of the blue cry in front of me and even the vets.for the loss of my brother it is a great feeling to me,because i know that my brother and all the other soliders will never be forgotten just by looking at distress that i see in there eyes,that the deaths of are soliders will always remain in everyones heart,that they have a impact in the world.And they still have a voice in the world.Well im signing off and I LOVE MY BROTHER AND TILL WE MEET AGAIN U WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART AND DREAMS AND I HAVE BEEN KEEPING UP WITH YOUR KIDS AND REMINDING THEM WHAT A GREAT DAD AND FRIEND AND SOLIDER U WERE I KNOW U ARE WATCHING ME AND HELPING ME WITH ALL THE TOUGH TIMES AND UR KIDS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND GROWING I WILL ALWAYS LOVE U AND U WILL ALWAYS STILL BE MY BIG BROTHER,I HAVE NOT EVER FORGOT ABOUT U.A.KA. UR little brother SEMPER FI. OOH RAH!"
EDDIE RODRIGUEZ aka. little brother of WICHITA,Ks.

"Today is my brothers birthday i dnt know how well im going too do 5-5-07,so i wanted too write a msg. too everynbody out there who reads this site,i used to be able too contact my some how to wish him happy birth day,an dhim laugh and joke about when we were younger and how he said "Son im not getting old im getting WISER,YOUR GETTING OLD " TODAY I KNOW WHAT HE MEANT when he said those words,just because u get old doesnt mean u cant still be a kid at heart an dstill be a grown MAN and still people will respect you,its really how you carry yourself and love and treat your kids,and show them the right path of how too block out all the dumb crap,live for you and your kids and make sure that you left some mark in there hearts that you loved them no matter what kind of obstacles there may be.To me even if act like akid towards your kids it shows them you were actually a kid at one time too but they still respect you,i know im going off track its just when my brother came to my house to visit me and my kids he love to play around never ever serious when he played with his niece and nehew,he wanted to enjoy life like they were at that age,its almost like he could read there minds,they just loved him,man it is hard too watch like a film of memorys in my head with him gone it kills me,because when he was getting deployed to IRAG ,my fianc'e was having little boy ,that is what really kills me that he called me before he left and he said congrats. on my nephew i will see him when i get back ,that never happened,dnt worry though i will let him know when he gets old enough i will let him know what a great person and brother and uncle and MARINE he was,i will tell him everyday about my brother that i love and truly,truly miss,WELL HAPPY 32ND BIRTHDAY MY BROTHER I WISH THAT YOU WERE HERE,BUT GOD PROBABLLY HAS AMAZING PLANS FOR YOU,HE ALWAYS DOES FOR THE GREAT PEOPLE IN LIFE AND IN SOUL,AND IF ANYONE NEEDS TOO GET A HOLD OF ME PLEASE CALL ME @316-390-6189,OKAY SGGT WRIGHT OR SGGT. SMALLS IM STILL MISSING THAT LAST CHAPTER OF MY BROTHERS LIFE,i just have constant dreams that he was all alone that day and i wasnt there for him,like he has always been there for me,it just kills me inside.IM SIGNING OFF TOO REMMEBER MY BROTHER ON HIS BIRTHDAY,TOO ALL THE MARINES,GOD SPEED AND MUCH RESPECT TOO WHOMEVER FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OR THERE CLOSE TOO KIN OR FRIEND WHEN EVER IN NEED.A.K.A LITTLE BROTHER 5-05-07"
EDDIE RODRIGUEZ of WICIHTA,KS

"This is just so amazingly touching to read all that has been written about him. I didn't know him but I feel so sorry for all who are missing him. He sure was a great man."

"I just wanted to say a couple of things about my uncle Chris Perez.I had already seen that my dad wrote something so I decided to. I rarely ever got to see my uncle,but when he died....I cried so hard at his funeral. Before I started crying I looked over at the soldiers and I could see that they both had been crying to. When I saw that, I realized how much all the soldiers respected Chris and that the soldiers must have been good friends with him. I was thinking that there were people in the world who didn't even know my uncle,they cried for him to because they respect the soldiers that fight to make our country a better place for everyone. Even though Chris may have had enemies, that didn't stop him from going to war. He just wanted to make life better for EVERYONE.I loved my uncle very much and I respect him,but I just hate that he had to die, for me,for my family,for everyone. I think about my uncle all the time and I look up pictures of him just so I can see him again. I miss him sooooo much,ya know? He died with honor though,just remember that. He died when I was eleven and now I am twelve. And I have been trying to find a place where I can let all my feelings about him and now,I have finally found it. I love my Uncle Chris very much."
(Chris's niece) Feliciana Rodriguez of Mesa,Arizona

"Chris,
I am divorced now and the baby that I was expecting never did happen.
Its funny, If it was a boy it would be called Chris and a girl, the middle name being Perez.
I miss the hell out of you and I pray to God everyday that you are save and teaching the Angels a thing or two.
Remember our hymmn.
Gates are Guardes by US Marines.
You are guarding the gates of heaven.
Miss you and see you soon.
Tim"
SSgt Timothy L Wright of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Lauren and Eddie!
Please contact me at (910)238-9362
I was with Chris when hell came and changed my live for good and also changed Chris friends for good.
Please call, I need to talk to someone soon.
I miss the hell out of him and I need to talk to someone before I do something.
I feel guilty of not dying and it should have been me.
910-238-9362"
Timothy Wright of Camp Lejeune

"Chris, I need your help now!
God does not see what he has put me thru so I need you to take care of me now as your Marines.
Im losing it and I miss you brother."
ssgt of nc

"Chris, Just wish you were with me right now.
What happened that night has changed me forever and that is something that will always stay with me.
Everytime I hear Arti firing here on base at Camp Lejeune now, I hit the ground.
Still a year later Im doing that.
I still don't understand why you got hit when you were 80-100 yards away and still their when I was under the impact zone just 10-15 seconds before.
I should be lucky that MGYSGT didnt talk to me for a extra 15 seconds or I would have been right under the impact zone.
Chris, This whole damn thing has messed me up wondering why you and not me.
I have night-mares and I hate the sounds of jets and trains.
It should have been me instead of you.
I miss the hell out of you.
Semper-Fi
I will see you soon,
SSgt Timothy L. Wright
Tim"
SSgt Wright, Timothy L of Camp Lejeune, NC

"One year later you are not forgotten and have been in my prayers everyday for a year. My prayers today are for you, your family, and for everyone who ever knew you. You told me numerous occassions that you loved me and that I was your best friend and I am sure you knew how I felt. I dream of chris all the time and even in death he still manages to be there for me when I need him. God blessed all of the people who knew chris."
Lauren Blanchette of nanuet,ny,usa

"Chris (Sgt Perez),
Just wanted to say I miss the hell out of you.
My marriage isn't working out but again, if your in G3 then whos marriage works?
MGYSGT Smalls is now retired.
I am waiting for back surgery which I will never see now due to my wife.
Yeah, Im getting divorced soon.
Chambers made it to Gunny which is good and is now with a differant unit.
Chris, Me and MGYSGT can not forget what happened that night and we both are taking it hard.
The main thing is that you DID train the Marines who you had control of and they all did come back and that is the main thing.
I miss the hell out of you and you know that.
You have alot of Marines here that miss you and they miss you because you kept them alive for them to say that.
Semper-Fi."
SSgt Wright, Timothy L of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Chris (Sgt Perez),
Just wanted to say I miss the hell out of you.
My marriage isn't working out but again, if your in G3 then whos marriage works?
MGYSGT Smalls is now retired.
I am waiting for back surgery which I will never see now due to my wife.
Yeah, Im getting divorced soon.
Chambers made it to Gunny which is good and is now with a differant unit.
Chris, Me and MGYSGT can not forget what happened that night and we both are taking it hard.
The main thing is that you DID train the Marines who you had control of and they all did come back and that is the main thing.
I miss the hell out of you and you know that.
You have alot of Marines here that miss you and they miss you because you kept them alive for them to say that.
Semper-Fi."
SSgt Wright, Timothy L of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Hey my brother its been almost a year since the saddest day of my life came too reality I see every day something about you,at least everybody that I've read they knew what kind of person you were that as a brother could know I have to admit I just can't let go of are childhood years and are manhood years together it's the hardest thing ever too forget someone that raised me and took me by the hand to take time out of your life too show me how too talk to someone and dress and walk and think like we were on top of the world and i never thougth that GOD would let that be broken but I understand that you were worried about your fellow MARINES AND THAT IS HONOR AN RESPECT the too words of life and the path of destiny through GOD I miss my BROTHER AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU CAUSE I KNOW SOMEDAY WE WILL MEET AGAIN. I HEAR you WHEN I'M ASLEEP AND WHEN I'M AWAKE I WILL LIVE ARE LIFETIME DREAM.WITHYOU BY MYSIDE.YOURS TRULY EDDIE A.RODRIGUEZ A.K.A LITTLE BROTHER SEMPER FI;OOH RAHH!(620)6635233 PLEASE CALL SSGT WRIGHT L TIMOTHY if you need anything my brother has taught me never leave a friend of any family member behind.4/17/06"
E.RODRIGUEZ of HUTCHINSON,KS U.S

"Chris, I miss the hell out of you and I dont know how to express myself anymore.
Me and MGYSGT Smalls are getting out soon (retiring), but we both miss the hell out of you!
We will meet again soon but this time we will be us walking along with God and Jesus.
I miss you and I still dont know why you and not me.
I think you know what I am talking about.
Ill find out when I meet God I guess!
The Marines you knew from G3 all came back save and sound so you did your job and thats the main thing.
I just wish you were here.
See you soon.
SSgt Wright, Timothy L"
SSgt Timothy L Wright of Camp Lejeune, NC

"They are our heros"
nereyda of houston

"TO the family, and friends of Chris:
I have known chris for 4 years. He tried to recruit me when i was 16 and we became very close afterwards and always maintaied a close friendship. I spoke to him the day he left to Iraq where he promised myself and my mfaily he would return to us. I lvoed him dearly as he often heard me say and i could not ask for a better friend. He was there for me whenever i needed him and even drove from N.C to New York a few times when he felt i was in need. I will miss him dearly. My condolences to the family. PLease feel free to contact me at 845- 536 -1226"
Lauren Blanchette of Nanuet, New York

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

"To the Perez Family,
I was with Christopher the night that the incident happened. There is not a day that goes by and think and ask (Why him and not me)? Sgt Perez deeply loved what he was doing here and he definately knew his job when it came to taking care of other Marines. He was a strong beleiver in training and making sure that his Marines were equiped to get the job done.
I knew Sgt Perez for the past two years and he became a very close friend to me especially here.
There is not a single word that I can say of how I feel but I and most Marines who knew him here definately do miss him. Semper Fi Sgt.Perez"
SSgt Wright, Timothy L of Ramadi, Iraq

"TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF SGT CHRISTOPHER PEREZ: FOR ALL THOSE WHO KNEW HIM ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, WE WAS TRULY SOMEONE SPECIAL. HE WOULD SACRIFICE ALL FOR WHAT HE BELIEVED IN AND NEVER GAVE UP TRYING UNTIL HE OVERCAME. I AM A VERY CLOSE FRIEND AND A SPECIAL PART OF HIM FOR A BRIEF PERIOD WHICH SEEMED LIKE FOREVER AND I WILL CARRY A PIECE OF HIM FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. CHRISTOPHER LOVED THE MARINE CORPS AND DIDN'T GIVE HIS LIFE IN VAIN. I BELIEVED HE DIED BRAVELY AND HONORABLY AS I KNOWN HIM TO BE. TO HIS FAMILY, I LOVE YOU ALL AND YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS."
MELODY HEYWARD of SPRING VALLEY, NY

"To The Perez Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Christopher S. Perez,

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

"6/3/05 To the family of Christopher Perez,
We know your profound sorrow and wish that we could offer you some solace in these difficult times. Freedom is not free - your son is truly a hero and has given his life for all of us - many who take their freedom for granted so much of the time. Christopher's bravery and willingness to serve will never be forgotten. Please know that there are so many of us now who share a kinship - those who have lost sons and daughters in war - and you are in our prayers every day. May God give you strength and blessings.
John 15:13 Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends."
Webster and Ruth Reed (Father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Iraq on January 28, 2005) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"christopher thanks for protecting those in Iraq. To finally have the opportunity toward freedom. An especially, for protecting AMERICA against terrorism. You have touched the hearts of so many. You my son, have not given your life in vain. I will remeber you on Memorial Day. I will be with my son and your military brother. Losing a son is very hard on the family. An we all deal with that lost differently. Christopher..........I appreciate all you did for our COUNTRY. An for being an elite AMERICAN. You the reason, I appreciate all our son has accomplished in the military. He served with you, although you both had not known one another. As military brothers you watched over one another to accomplish the same goal. TO ALWAYS KEEP AMERICA FREE!"
Leonard Wahll of Valley Stream NY

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

"Thank you Christopher Perez, 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 Sgt. Christopher Perez:
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 Christopher 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 Sgt. Christopher Perez:
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 Christopher, 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