Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Richard A. Perez, Jr.

19, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Perez died as a result of non-hostile vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 6th Motor Transport Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Las Vegas, Nevada. Died on February 10, 2005.

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"I served with Perez, Jr. during that deployment. We were in the same company, and I often hung out with him at the motor pool and the "barracks". He is still to this days one of the most energetic, positive, full of life people that I've ever met. Wee would joke for hours. My best memory of him was when he put on this oversized sunglasses and walked around telling everyone that he was "the real American Idol". He was always laughing and smiling, and was a source of cheer through a hard time. He was an inspiration to all of us who served with him. I want to thank him, his family, and his friends for their service and sacrifice. God bless you all."
Sgt. Matthew Prince of Vernon, CT

"To the family of:Richard A.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""

"To Richard Jr.
I was a teamate of your father as well as a classmate in good ol' highland park. I am sure you were well liked and respected like him. Thanks for your service to our country and of course to all of those who take the pride and courage to represent what our flag and our declarations stand for."
Jim "Gonzo" Gonzales of monrovia, ca,usa

"While on vacation in Las Vegas recently I meet Richard Perez Sr who shared his son's life with me. I know he is like his father and a SPECIAL person. I thank Richard Jr for his service to us all. My BEST WISHES to all his family and friends."
David Doxtator of Albuquerque, NM

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

"Semper-Fi Marine Go with God your not forgotten."
Gunny J.M. Gaidowski of Kenbridge, Va

"February 4, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Richard A. Perez, Jr.:
Richard 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

"This is a message for Rheanne. We new each other when you lived in Broomfield. CO. Just found out about Richard, Jr. when looking you up online. I'm sooooo sorry!!! Get in touch with me!!

bellabellabella@comcast.net"
Juanita of Broomfield, CO

"Hello Rich (Beaver),

Just found out your son, Richard Jr. had passed away and I am very sorry. Hope you are doing well. It's been almost 27 years since I've seen you. Hope you remember me (Red Fernandez)from Franklin HS Class of 82. Web address - www.koleysfunjump.com"
Kelly Fernandez, AKA Red of Santa Clarita, CA

"What a great tribute to what appears to be a wonderful young man. I pray for his family and those he left behind. I praise Richard, Jr. for his service to our wonderful country, and for all of those who gave their lives, and those who are still fighting, for my freedom. I pray God's blessings on all of you."
Anita Napier of Trinity, NC

"My prayers go out to the Perez family, may the peace that passes all understanding be with you. I am proud of all of our troops, God bless them. America is a better place because of there sacrifice. Lest we forget."
Stephen Napier of Trinity NC USA

"Hello Richard and Rosemary and girls,
It's Francine, your cousin. It's just after Memorial Day 2008 and something triggered a visit here...and what a blessing it is. I read just about all of the tributes to Pookie...so many!
They are such a somber reminder of your precious loss, yet at the same time so many beautiful,loving, honorable, respectful remembrances...he is not forgotten! His fellow soldiers' tributes give such an incredible insight to the kind of man he became. He will forever be in a place of glory in our minds and In Glory in Heaven.
May God's peace always be with you.
With love,"
Francine Acuna of Gilbert, AZ

"hey pookie, its me angela you are heavy on my mind on this sunny and windy friday 5-16-08 so i thought i'd send you a hello and an i love you. well take care and i cant wait til we meet again.."
your cousin Angela of ontario,ca..USA

"Thank You to all who have such great words for my son...LCpl Richard A. Perez Jr. Thanks for the Prayers and great notes here. Im Proud of Rich and I know he lives!

Richard A. Perez Sr.
rperez@nationwidesports.org"
Richard Perez of Las Vegas, NV/USA

"This past July 4th our church put flags in a field representing fallen service men and women. The flags remained there through Memorial Day, when they were gathered and church members were asked to take a flag home and pray for that service man or woman. I took Richard A. Perez, Jr.'s flag. He passed away the day before my birthday. I am very thankful for him, even though I have never met him. May God bless his family."
Marylou Matthews of Orlando, FL

"Oraah Perez, I always recollect the good times. It was a pleasure knowing and working with you. I know your in heaven smiling down. No worries friend... Your memories lives on... Semper Fi!"
Sgt Ison of New York, NY

"hey everyone thanks for everything ! you have done... im risa his little sister and i appreacite everything yu have done and pooky i really miss him and eventhough i was only ten at the time (when it happended)i cant believe its been a little over 2 years and i miss him alot and i cant wait to see him again.. rich really inspired me people say we look alot alike and im proud of that and i am so happy we got the street name after him and all of my friends think its really cool!! i love you pookie!!!"
<333 risa perez of las vegas nv

"RICH JR: YOU and the many,did not die in
VAIN or of ANY Gov/corp backfire, you are the best that this country has had to carry on what we all already KNOW!
I Thank You Sir.

God Bless The Perez Family"
Brian Gifford of San Antonio TX

"You were my first love, Richard. You and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers. I know you watch over us.... I miss you so much."
Kaedee of Las Vegas, NV

"Semper Fidelis Marine."
GB of TX

"HEY RICHARD!!! I KNOW YOUR UP THERE AND WATCHING ALL OF US OVER HERE MAN DOWN RANGE MAN. I KNOW I HAVENT TALKED TO YOU IN A WHILE BUT JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT I HOPE YOU DOING GOOD AND THAT YOUVE BEEN A GREAT FREIND. WATCH OVER EVERYONE UP THERE AND I KNOW MARY AND THE WHOLE CREW WILL BE HAPPY TO SEE YOU AGAIN. TAKE CARE BRO. MUCH LOVE TO YOU AND I HAVE YOU IN MY PRAYERS."
SGT D of IRAQ

"It took me a while to come to terms with this, but I just wanted to pay my respects. Now that I'm out of the Corps I see it clearly. We knew one another for a brief time, but I remember Perez being one of the few that I could count on. I couldn't understand why he volunteered to go to the desert, but I do now. Maybe I was just too hard headed to try to understand...or too bitter at the whole situation to try to make sense of it. I get it now, no matter what you think of this war, every man needs to make this war his own...I'm glad he had the guts to do that. He showed more selfless duty to his country and family at 19 than I do now at 24. I'm glad he had the guts to go there and make his own experience out of it. I can't say that for myself. I served in Iraq, but was there against my own will. Perez gave his life volunteering to do what so many of us were afraid to, and were forced to do. My hat is off to him and his family."
Cpl J Alcantara of Las Vegas, NV

"To the parents of Richard A. Perez Jr.,
I was with your son from the time the accident happened to when the helicopter came. I think about it often. I was there many nights before with coffee, food, and a warm fire pit for the convoys that would come to deliver our supplies. I knew your son's face, we would chat about how cold it was at night, how fast they drove down the center of the road, and how many days we had left. My heart goes out to you and know that all Marines feel the grief when a fellow brother is lost. Semper Fi"
SSgt Salmon of Nampa, Id

"Hey buddy. It has been a while now since we have been back but it seems like only yesterday we were in Iraq talkin about the things we were going to do when we got home. I remember that night you wouldn't let me sleep because you kept showing me all these pictures of home and kept telling me I have to meet all these people or the times I would come in from a mission and find a DVD or two missing that you had "borrowed". I miss you buddy you were a good person and a good Marine. Take care I'll see you again someday save me a spot up there. Semper Fi"
Cpl. Busby, Travis of Las Vegas NV

"Rich, I trained you well in Las Vegas and to this day I am still proud of you. Yes you have made the journey to glory and leave us to rejoyce in your precious life. I thank you and your family for being the special family that you are. Rest on my little brother we will see you on the other side of Heaven."
GySgt William J Dixon of Marine Barracks Washington 8th&I

"Hey Buddy! It's been a little over a year now since we got home...I'm getting ready to go back in a couple of months. I want you to know that I appreciated you always making us laugh last time. You were the break from the stress we all needed. All of us that served as your brothers and sisters will be hard pressed to ever find someone quite like you. Your family will remain in my prayers and I hope that when you look down on us, you still have that goofy-a** grin from ear to ear. Take care dog, we love ya."
LCpl Smith, MB, USMC of Texas

"richard was my friend ilooked up yo him lik a role model i went to jail for 2years and all i thought is that richard allwayz look at me as a smart kid and i can stop all that dumb stuff he was a great FRIEND and a great HERO luv u richard R.I.P BRO me carlos and rene still think about u nothing but luv for u and all the other kids we have lost in henderson and the world"
leo paz of henderson nv

"Well rich, the time has come. I leave for bootcamp in less than 2 weeks an Im kind of nervous! I cant believe its already been a year! I still remember the day I heard the news..... it was from Omar, now Lance Cpl. Corral. I never got to really meet you in person, but damn! I wish I could of..... you impacted Omar alot, and from all the great things that guy has to say about you, I guess you've impacted me. This country needs more unselfish people, an Im glad you were there to help protect my freedom along with every other American! So when Im gone to bootcamp and I think I cant push any futher, I will think about how you've made the ultimate sacrafice an any obstcale thats holding me back isnt anything I cant overcome. Thank you Rich! From reading these prior post I just think to myself, if you were still here now, how would you of affected the world in the future? Crazy, I know. But, it seems like you were really on the right path to make a difference in the world. But instead, you've made a difference in your friends, family and people who you dont even know. It must be rewarding to say that I knew Richard Perez Jr. and he made an impression on Las Vegas, NV. forever......."
Andrew Jr. of Las Vegas, NV

"We could always tell if something went wrong on the nights mission by the way the trucks slowly rolled in and the hushed tones of the Marines as they dismounted their gear and returned their weapons. Later, Woody asked me, "Why is it always the good ones?". I still don't know the answer to that question. Rest in peace my fellow warrior. You will never be forgotten."
Travis Godbeer, Sgt., USMC of Texas

"Geez, it's been a year already, still hard to beleive you've been gone from us!,it feels like yesterday
I've just met you through Aurora,I've been keeping up with all the pictures & reading all the messages from this site and myspace. One day I hope to go to the grave site to pay my respect to you. And to the Perez family you are still in my prayers! My oldest daughter
Deanna & her Husband Leif is now station in Las Vegas for School & work
her husband is still in the Army National Guard he came home from Iraq
on Nov 1, 2005."
Emi Sipin of Carson City, NV

"It was about a year ago that you left us. I remember that day and the days after it happened. Didn't really know how I felt about it. When we had the service for you overseas is when it really hit me. In the slideshow there was a picture of you and me getting the trucks ready for a convoy and we were both smiling. That picture is what made it real for me. You made a difference in all our lives. Your memory will be honored as long as I live. See you on the other side brother. Semper Fi."
Cpl. Matt Judd of San Antonio, Texas

"hi Im rheannes little sister, and thanks for everything you guys do. It's almost been a year..but i miss him the same i did the second i found out. He was the BEST brother,he's my hero and he was my number one fan in all that i did. Im now 17, i was 16 when it happened. 17 days before my 17 birthday is when it happened.. but i just wanted to say its people like you that keep my family motivated and to do things everyday to let him not be forgotten. I love him and i miss him and thank you so much everyone."
rheanne perez of las vegas nv

"Previous messsage: He is referring to DUTY (Mr.Nuesi) as Rich Jr hung out with DUTY and considered Rich a son as well and called him DUTY JR...I was not fortunate to be in the military."
Rich Perez Sr. of Las Vegas, NV.

"To the Parents of Lance Cpl. Perez, I was fortunate enough to meet Jr. and Sr. at Camp TQ in Iraq. I am a Convoy Commander with KBR who also does convoys with GS Co. and Motor T as well as Gunny Orton. These men always went above and beyond what was required of them. I have been in Iraq since Dec. 04 and It is my Honor to Have met and worked along side father and son. You will always be rememberd, THANK YOU both for your service and your sacrafices."
Randall C. Huggins, Jr of B6 Al Taqaddum, Iraq

"hey there little cousin "POOKIE" you will be 20 in two days HAPPY BIRTHDAY! we know that you are still present. thank you for being the soldier that you have become God Bless you, American Soldier. LANCE CORPRAL RICHARD ANTHONY PEREZ JR " POOKIE " I have never been any more proud than i am of you. I love you always"
ANGELA JEANETTE RENDON & bobby daniel raelyna desirae, YOUR PROUD COUSINS of west covina,CA

"hey there little cousin "POOKIE" you will be 20 in two days HAPPY BIRTHDAY! we know that you are still present. thank you for being the soldier that you have become God Bless you, American Soldier. LANCE CORPRAL RICHARD ANTHONY PEREZ JR " POOKIE " I have never been any more proud than i am of you. I love you always"
ANGELA JEANETTE RENDON, YOUR PROUD COUSIN of west covina,CA

"To the Perez Family:
I was fortunate to meet "Perez,Jr." at Camp Pendleton when he was assigned to my platoon. From Day 1 he stood out, always smiling, the ever present boost we needed when things were tough. I knew that no matter how miserable things could be in Iraq, Richard would always be there with his grin, a joke or a fuuny anecdote. The one time I needed to reprimand him, his candor and honest-in your face- too good to be true answer had me laughing so hard I told him to just go away for the time being. Plain and simple "hot *". He was transfered out of my platoon in December. Although he was in a different platoon, he would always stop by to see us. He will be missed but will always be in our best memories and in our prayers. Semper Fi"
GySgt Orton of Rhode Island

"Rich Jr. is Simply the Best!"
Richard Perez Sr. of Las Vegas, NV/USA

"I never called Ricard by his name. I've always known him as Pookie. He was a cousin and a friend to me, but he was also like a brother. I'll never forget the memories that I've shared with him and I'll continue to think about him daily. Words cannot explain what a great person he was and how much he was loved by those he knew, including myself. I remember once when we used to go to school together (I was 7 and he was 10), a kid was being mean to me and Pookie defended me. His courage and strength grew and he joined the USMC. The worst has happened since and we'll never forget him. Although he's not here with us, I know he's with God watching us. And I'll be looking forward to the day that I can be with my cousin Pookie again."
stephanie campbell of west covina, california

"Richard, man i miss you so much. Its been a few months since the accident and im still puzzled.I cant seem to find why this happend to such a strong and kind spirited person.I miss you so much.I dont have pictures to look back on.But i do have our high school memories at Foothill Hs.We used to eat lunch together and talk and hang out.Those days have been gone for a while, but deeply cherished.They were the good days filled without drama and hate..Just pure joy and laughs!"
Monica Dunham of Henderson NV usa

"Richard you were in my class and i remember graduating with you. We went our seperate ways, you with the Marines and me with the Navy, but i will never forget you. God bless you Richard and your family."
Kori Prough of Las Vegas NV now stationed in Great Lakes IL

"People come into your life for a Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime. When you know which one it is for a person, you will know what to do for that person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support, to aid you physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a Godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrong doing on your part, or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Some times they act up and force you to take a stand.

What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered, and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons: things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Thank you for being a part of my life!"
Emi Sipin of Carson City, Nv

"I was one of Jr's friend over in Iraq. To the people who didnt know him, you would of loved him. He was such a great guy. He loved his family and his girlfriend to the fullest. We did a lot of things together, from wacthing movies to doing convoys on the roads of Iraq. We were also together on his last breaths as i held him in my arms. I just can't belive he's not here anymore. my heart goes out to his parents as they lost a son, and I a brother. May his soul rest and his life live on. Semper Fi Jr"
Lance Corporal Cruz of Jersey City NJ

"Thank you Richard for helping make the world a better place. My prayers are with you and your family."
Lcpl Reuben D'Silva of N Las Vegas, NV

"Thank you Richard for helping make the world a better place. My prayers are with you and your family."
Lcpl Reuben D'Silva of N Las Vegas, NV

"I am Rich Perez Sr., Thank you so much for your support. He was the greatest son and young man Any contibutions or gifts can be sent in name of LCpl Rich Perez Jr., PO Box 531571, Henderson, NV. 89053
It was a terrible accident that shouldnt have happened...

Memorial at :

St Thomas Moore Church, Las Vegas, NV. 89052
10am Saturday Feb 26th, 2005
ALL ARE WELCOME!

Thank you!
Rich Perez Sr.
nationwidesports.org"
Richard A. Perez Sr. of Las Vegas, NV

""On behalf of The United States Marine Corps and I, We Solute You.

Our Deepest Sympathy and Respect to your family and those that will miss you.

Thank You and God Bless""
Cpt. Jay, Bernard USMC of Arlington, VA

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Richard A. Perez, Jr.,

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

"Thank you Richard Jr., 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 Lance Cpl. Richard Jr.:
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 Richard 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 Lance Cpl. Richard Jr.:
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 Richard, 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