Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar

30, of Lake Orion, Michigan.
Plouhar died from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on June 26, 2006.

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"May you guard the gates of heaven Devil Dog!
Sgt John Davis/ LO grade."
Sgt John Davis of Brighton, MI

"Devil Dog fellow Dark Horse Marine, you are a Legacy. I remember those days in camp Habbaniyah you were a BAMF. Semper Fi"
E5Rambo of San Diego CA

"Raymond, I remember our nightly rituals at the smoke pit and having a cigar to release and to just chill. Miss you Brother, R.I.P. Semper Fi"
SSgt Jeremiah Williams (Retired) of 3/5 Darkhorse

"Raymond was a good freind and an oustanding Marine as everyone that knew him and can vouch for that. I thank the time that I was able to talk with him. We spent many nights sitting outside having a cigar together talking about everything. I remember the day I found out...God bless that man/Marine. I know that he lives aboves us and watches us to be sure we are all taking care of. Snipping those who are looking to harm us. Take care my dear freind and I know that you are up there with Cheeks and Morrow...R.I.P brother!!! Semper Fi"
SSgt Jeremiah Williams of FAST (3/5 04-07)


"August 10, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Raymond J. Plouhar:
Raymond gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"To the family of Raymond Plouhar: your bouquet of balloons came floating down in my yard here in Troy today; I thought they were balloons from a party, but when I saw the picture of your son attached, I was very choked up. There are no words to explain the gratitude I have for men such as your son. Thank you for his service to our country and for keeping us safe while he was in iraq - - we are going to keep his photo to remember him and others like him who gave their lives for their country."
Dan and Grace Calucci of Troy, Michigan

"I'm not leaving this message to Ray, because Ray is somewhere else. I'm leaving this to the people who either knew Ray, or didn't know Ray. He was a good kid. He was a good teammate as I'm sure his fellow Marines know, and he was a good person, as I'm sure his friends and family know. I didn't keep up with Ray after High School, but knowing he's not with us anymore is enough to leave a hole in my heart."
Rob Chaney Jr. of Waterford, MI

"Raymond here i am agin. It is just so hard still to this day to go on with life without you. You were always there for me and i always felt like i could tell you anything and you would never judge me now i feel like i have no one to talk to. It still hurts to this day going on without you, i have so much pain inside and i dont know how to let it go. I think im scared to let go though because i think if i let go of it then i feel like im letting go of you, and that is something i would never in my life want to do!!! You have inspired so many people including me. I guess it is true that the good die young because you were such a good person to EVERYONE! Thanks to you my dad is still alive! Raymond i miss you so much i can't even begin to put it into words. Sometimes i just think that your off on duty in another country and will be back anyday now. I remember the day you came home for a visit and i was so happy and excited to see you i couldn't wait to come out to Aunt cindy's to see you. Then as i was walking up to the house i see lil toni tell you that i was coming and you looked so excited i just started to cry because i missed you so much i just wish i could relive that day. There's not a day that goes by that i dont think of you! Somedays i cry then others i laugh and think of how funny you were! Raymond i miss you so much but i know that you are walking with god now and feel no more pain. I love you, your Smashley!!!!!!"
Ashley of Pontiac, Michigan

"To the family of:Raymond J. Plouhar 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"

"I love and miss you Raymond {my little Jamie) thanks to Staff Sgt Raymond Plouhar's influence LCpl Ealy-camp Pendleton CA (his cousin) is the marine she is today"
Barb Ealy of Lake Orion, Mi

"Thank you Raymond your the reason Im where Im at today. I miss you every day I only wish you were here to help guide me."
LCpl Ealy of camp pendleton CA

"Raymond i love you and miss you so much. You were and still are my friend, cousin, family, but most of all you were my hero and still are. I pray eveery night that you love me and watch over me and the family.You saved my dad life and you tried to save the country. You were the best guy i ever knew. It is so hard to think that your gone. My heart hurts when i think of it.You were my everything. I love you so so much."
Ashley of Pontiac,Mi

"P-diddy. we were recruiters together and I will never forget the first words you told me. As time went on I found that you were the best friend a person could have. God Bless you, your wife and kids. See you when I get there brother and have the beer nice and cold for me."
Maurice Watkins of San Diego, California

"my brother was a very upstanding MARINE, may GOD bless him, and all the others fighting for our freedom. I love you Raymond... love your little big sister."
Toni Plouhar of Royal Oak, MI

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"SSGT Raymond Plouhar-
We met on the day of deployment. I spoke to you and you were so kind. I enjoyed our talk. My son, Cpt Jason W Morrow was riding with you and Cpt Chris Johnson on June 26th. My son gave his life too. I am proud to have met with you and know that you set a fine example for the men to follow. You will not be forgotten by me or my children or their children. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice for our Great County."
Kristin Morrow of Riverside, CA, USA

"I'm a young ethnic Chinese businessman and writer who is a Filipino citizen and lives in the Philippines. I've read various news reports about this courageous and patriotic U.S. soldier Raymond Plouhar and his selfless love of your country, and I respect him very much. I admire his efforts to join America's leadership in the global war against terrorism. Not so long ago, I also read about a talented U.S. young athlete and bright college kid who gave up a lucrative sports career to volunteer for the U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan and who gave his life for freedom. I wrote a column eulogizing him in the "Philippine Star" newspaper a few of years ago. It is people like him and Raymond J. Plouhar who make the United States of America such a great nation whom the rest of the world look up to for inspiration and leadership in our universal quest for freedom. Condolence to his family and the U.S. military. I wish USA will continue to uphold freedom, civilization and Christian ideals worldwide no matter how difficult.
Wilson Lee Flores of GH Realty, Inc., 15 Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City, Metro Manila, The Philippines

"Hey Brother,
I couldn't believe it when the CO said your name. Guess it always happens to the ones you dont expect it to. You never sent that email telling me to f-off, but i know you meant to. Watch us from above, and have a cold one with our comrades that you join. Save me a seat at the bar."
SSgt Scott "Mack " McLaughlin, RCT-5 PSD Platoon Sergeant of Camp Fallujah Iraq

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Raymond will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"Thank you Raymond Plouhar, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Raymond Plouhar:
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 Raymond for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Raymond Plouhar:
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 Raymond, 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