Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine 1st Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney, Jr.

31, of Tonopah, Nevada.
Killed in action in the vicinity of An Nasiriyah. He was assigned to the Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, NC. Died on March 23, 2003.

"He was determined to succeed in life," says Wade Lieseke, formerly the Nye County sheriff, who took Pokorney in at 16 after his mother died and his father abandoned him. Pokorney was stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC, where his widow, Carolyn, and daughter, Taylor, 2, live.

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek

Please send information, photos, and corrections for Marine 1st Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney, Jr..


Contributions to the Families of the Fallen


Leave a message in memory of this servicemember, and/or to the loved ones left behind.

Please report inappropriate messages

"I had the pleasure of knowing Fred, working with him, learning from him. We were both prior enlisted; I was the lone Sailor of the bunch. Fred and I clicked immediately. I've learned so much more about his childhood and teen years since his passing. Looking back I would have never guessed his situation. Always with a smile, funny comment, you don't meet people with his character often in life. A true gift. I miss you and think of you often, you are not forgotten.
John Doran, LT, USN, Ret.
NGLO, 1BN 10th REG"
of Chesapeake, Va

"Not forgotten. I think of him often on the front deck of my parent's house with his family who were visiting us from Nevada. It was the first and only time I met him. I hope you are doing well Michelle and Taylor. My son in law, a Marine made it home from Afghanistan,thank God, but certainly not with out needs. It has been been a long and trying transition for their family, with help, hard to come by in the way we were lead to believe it would be."
Ann Lieseke of Manchester, Washington USA

"I proudly served with then LCpl Pokorney at MCSFB Bangor in 94-95. He was the first Marine we got to know as he took all of us boots through our orientation. He was a great Marine and a Man's Man! You may be gone brother but you will never be forgotten!"
Cpl John Rector of Sacramento, CA

"Fred this is from your cousin on your maternal side.Your little cousin will be visiting your graveside on Feb.18 2014. You are not forgotten in the Jacques family. Thank you for your service for our Country."
Doreen Martinez of San Jose, Ca. U.S.A.

"I should have posted something long long ago. I knew Fred and served with him for two years in Lima 3/5. At the time we were both Corporals, and we were roommates when we deployed to Okinawa Japan in 1996. We both had joined the Corps from Nevada, and had served our first two years in security forces (Barracks Duty), but while he served in Bangor Washington, I served in Washington D.C., and Maryland. I have many great memories of Fred, and looked at him like my older, wiser, grouchier brother. He was so intelligent, tough, meticulous, and really a larger than life man. He joined the Corps a little older than most do, so he was like this wise older Devil Dog, who everyone literally "looked up" to. Fred always had his gear, and uniforms squared away and ready to go. He was brilliantly funny, with a sharp wit, and also a short temper. He also had a huge heart, and cared deeply for his family. If you met him, you would never forget him, or want to. He was the epitome of the poster Marine. Actually, the poster doesn't even do him justice. I was able to attend his Silver Star service at Arlington Cemetery, which was very dignified. Having served in DC myself, I had visited Arlington as a tourist many times. It was very sobering to see someone I knew, someone I greatly admired and respected, be laid to rest in that hallowed ground. Those who knew him understand that Fred was so special. He was truly worthy of greatness. Fred, we still miss you, and won’t forget you ever. Semper Fidelis brother. (Those who wish to, please feel free to contact me. wzulu@yahoo.com)"
Matthew M. Duran of Sacramento, CA

"I was the radio operator under the command of Lt. Pokorney on that unforgettable day of March 23, 2003 in Nasariyah. I remember every detail of that day and I never saw so much bravery. I thank all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom: Lt. Pokorney, Gunny Jordan and Burkett just to name a few of the Marines. I really haven't been able to talk to anyone about that day so Im hoping to reach J.Kopsyweva who posted on this page also and others who served around that time or friends and family. Contact me at my email ta_str8@yahoo.com I check it daily.

Semper Fi"
Cpl. Vernon Reid of Athens, GA

"10 years later, we have not forgotten.

Cpl Jason Love of Denver, Colorado

"I tried and tried to deploy with you all and I will always regret not being there, but I did start "The Homefront Handyman" to take care of loved ones left behind and I'm still here next to Camp Lejeune doing it with pride and honor. You will always be remembered !! Semper Fi Village Ambassador, Sneads Ferry, NC Tim Supple villageambassador@gmail.com"
Tim Supple HM1 (FMF) of Sneads Ferry, NC

"Fred, I never saw you again after 3/5' and we had some good memories from Bangor. I pray that your family is in God's grace forever, and hope that I see you again in Heaven. Semper Fi, and Farewell my friend!"
Hank Rimkus of Terre Haute, IN, USA

"This is one of the many days you are on our mind Fred (Benny) & in our heart. Love to Chelle & Taylor! Sending them hugs on this day! Our USMC flag is flying today in Fred's memory! Semper Fi!!!"
Maureen Cordoza of Whitefish,MT

"Blessings to your family Fred "Benny" as I knew you. I feel blessed to have the memories of us growing up together, playing in the snow and hanging out in Fremont. Hope Taylor gets the chance to get to know her Uncle Josh someday, they look so much a like. I am grateful for the pictures. Wish I knew you as the Man and Hero you became. Thank You for your service to our country. Never Forgotten and Forever in our Hearts."
Deanna of Redwood City | CA | United States

"You will always be remembered. And my symphaties and prayers to Chelle and Taylor -- hope both of you are doing well. Semper Fi."
Dennis Macasiano, HMC(FMF) Retired of Washintgon, DC

"You are not forgotten.
MCSF Co Bangor 95-98
OCS and NW Navy Competition"
Mike Rosen of Washington State

"It has been a long time. I served with Fred at Oregon State and for a little while at TBS. Several have mentioned that he was a gentle giant. Kinda... Anyone who ever tried to defend him playing basketball might disagree. Fred was an upstanding Marine, one to be held in the highest esteem. Words can not truly express how much my family and I regret his passing and honor him and his family for his sacrifice. Love you bud. Chelle it has been a while, but if you have the time, email me at donald.mayo@gmail.com, Michelle and I would love to hear from you and Taylor."
Donald (Donnie) Mayo of Quantico, CA/USA

"Chelle and Taylor,"

The years have somehow passed me by. It seems like only yesterday Fred was showing that magnetic smile! He truly was a Marines Marine and a fine Officer.

His Warrior Spirit lives on to this day. My prayers are always with you both."
Denna' Muncy of St. Thomas, USVI

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"My name is David A. Gleim. I was in bootcamp with Fred. He was my platoon guide. Fred was the Marine's Marine. He loved the Corps. He was always professional. Last time I saw him was 1996 at the del mar chow hall at Camp Pendelton. I was impressed that he was a sargeant because we both were P.F.C. out of bootcamp. I sat with him and had lunch to catch up on old times. He hadn't changed a bit. I want his family and friends to know that every year on Marine Corps Birhtday and Veterans Day I make it a point to get out my bootcamp book and show my friends and family his picture. I make sure that he's not forgotten. R.I.P buddy."
David A. Gleim of Bakersfield Ca.

"My name is Jeff M. Baker a cousin of Frederick E. Pokorney aka "Benny". I served in the Navy. Thought me and Cousin Benny never crossed paths while serving. He will always be remembered and honored in our words, memories, and hearts. Benny you truly Honor us and you shall never be forgotten...Rest In Peace...!"
Jeff M. Baker of Houston, Tx

"Fred, I know you cant read this, but manI think of you all the time. Now that I have been out of the Corps for almost 3 years now I realize how much I miss it. My members always ask me what it was like. It makes me speechless knowing that people really do care. Man... I miss you. I will always cherish the time that you and your lovely bride and daughter spent with us while you were near. Chelle and Taylor, I wish you well and I hope that y'all are doing well."
'Sgt. Dozer' Jake Cordoza a cousin of Myrtle Beach, SC

"Dear Chelle and Jordan - I found this website while searching for some information about my father (Fred's Grandfather). My name is Kathleen Pokorney Bradford and Fred (we used to call him Benny) is my nephew (my brother's son). I just wanted you to know that you are thought of often. I would very much like to get to know you. Our family is very proud of Fred-he will never be forgotten."
Kathleen Pokorney Bradford of Cypress, TX

"Frederick E. Pokorney, Jr. was a tremendous person (first and foremost) and a tremendous Marine. It was my honor to serve with him at Bangor Naval Sub Base in Silverdale, WA.

His wife and children can be proud of such an honorable man and Marine."
Matthew J. Clutter of Rockford, IL

"My name is Shane Murray and I consider myself lucky to have been a friend to Fred. I met him while we were both in college. We were in the same platoon at OCS and our paths crossed again at TBS and Ft Sill. I learned of what happened by reading a Marine Times outside of Baghdad and I could not believe it. Fred was a true leader of Marines and a friend that you could count on. My best wishes to the family of a true HERO."
Capt Murray, M. S. of Helmand Province, Afghanistan

"Chelle and Taylor,
Ladies, words cant explain how much I miss Lt. P. He had a very big impact on me as a junior Marine. He would make me study all of my call for fire materials everyday when we where in the field, and if I missed any I would have to do push ups or other forms of strength exercises. Lets just say I learned quick. He took care of all of us in Bravo Liaison. Lt. P always gave it to us straight, no political garbage involved. I cant believe its been 6 years, time just flies by. Im sure Ms. Taylor is growing into a beautiful young lady. God has blessed me with 2 of my own, and they will grow up learning from the experiences I have had and hear about all the stories that we in Liaison created. I wear a custom made dog tag with info about Fred on it, and my oldest (2 years) is always grabing it and reading it. Man, I miss you Lt. P, your the best. Chelle, I would love to get in touch with you, as well as any other of my old Marine Brothers. Get at me... Erik1201j@hotmail.com and cell of 315-292-3899"
Erik Fields of Rome, NY

"to my nephew who is and was greatest person on earth a HUGE THANK YOU AND MISS U SO MUCH.LOVE YA"
marilyn pokorney of WOODVILLE TX

"i will always remeber my great cousin"
Sean W. Pokorney of woodville, TX

"Rest in peace Marine. I will never forget the day I heard that we lost you brother. It was a long time ago but I served with Fred at Bangor. No words can express the pain for the loss of you. God Bless."
Clayton Landa of Bemidji,Mn,Usa

"Lt. P
I cant believe that you have been gone for six years. i can still remember all of us Marines sitting on OP 2 in Camp Lejeune NC. I remember the good times that we have had calling for fire. I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you have done for me. It was a pleasure serving with you in Iraq."
L/Cpl Robert Batchelor of Myrtle Beach, SC

"During the Holidays we are with our loved ones and I wanted to say that your family, including Frederick, is in my families prayers and thoughts. I want you to know that I am blessed to live in our free country and to have so many brave men and women continuing to fight for freedom! God Bless You!"
Kathleen of Reno, NV

"Fred will ALWAYS be missed! Our hearts still hurt. It was wonderful to have Fred in our life again & to have Chelle & Taylor too! It is so hard to loose your family. Chelle, you & Taylor have been through so much. I saw the picture of Taylor with President Bush today (Nov. 11, 2008) she is beautiful! We would love for you to see Wyatt & Kaitlyn, too! We are here & hope to see you soon! BIG MONTANA HUGS!!! "Semper Fi""
Ken & Maureen Cordoza of Whitefish, Montana

"It is Veterans Day 2008 and I have NOT forgotten... thanks my Brother for your ultimate sacrifice... eternally grateful! Chaplain Kevin C. Norton"
Kevin C. Norton of Chula Vista, California, USA

"Dear Big Brother Benny, I miss you, and appreciate you and really wish you were here. This war is really dragging on but we are all full of new hope for the future as we have elected a new president, Barack Obama. America's first African American President. It is Amazing Bro! And thanks to your sacrifice we are constantly turning over new leaves of change and freedom. Think about you every day. Hoping that your wife and daughter are feeling better. I can't even imagine....Love You Bro.
Chelle I think it is amazing what your are doing.

Sylvia GenePokorney of Pacifica, California

"My name is Sylvia Pokorney. I am Fred's younger sister. I send lots of love vibes to Chelle and Taylor in hopes that one day we can all meet. I am married now and have a 7 month old daughter. It would be nice to get to know our family.You are always welcome in our hearts and homes. You can find me on Facebook!"
Sylvia GenePokorney of Pacifica, California

"My name is Jeff Kopszywa (Cpl Kopszywa). I serverd beside Lt. Pokorney during the Iraq deployment and was his artillary scout observer within Charlie company. A number of good Marines were lost that day and it was an honor to have met and fought beside them all. If there is anything I can ever help with please feel free to contact me. jkopszywa@comcast.net
Cpl. Kopszywa of Baltimore, MD

"I didn't know my brother that well,I actually only have 1 memory of him when I was 7 on my way to california with my mom and sister.But I want to say he'll be missed by many.I love you bro,even though we didnt get to spend much time together growing up I'll never forget you,either will your mom and sister,Marcy and Nicole.Rest in peace big brother.If anyone has any pictures of fred, old or new please send them to me,I only have a few from when we were younger and I would love to have more.Thank you, Freds younger brother,Eric. Ericgwarren@yahoo.com"
Eric G. Warren of Sacramento,Ca. U.S.A

"To All Who Knew Fred,
I have been working with Chelle Pokorney for the past several months and we have now established a memorial scholarship to both honor his service and assist Marine ROTC students at Fred’s alma mater, Oregon State University. The endowed scholarship has been established through The Benton County Foundation and is part of a group of scholarships that support ROTC students from all services – OSU is one of only a few universities that commission students to the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. As part of the effort to help raise money for the Lt Frederick E. Pokorney, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Chelle and I will be participating in a 20-mile relay run on October 20th. If you would like to sponsor Chelle on this run, you may email me (rainbolt@comcast.net) with your pledge (i.e. $2 per mile would be a $40 donation for the team effort). I will forward any pledges we receive to Chelle so that she can respond to you directly. The Benton County Foundation is a tax exempt organization. If you would like more information about the scholarship fund or The Benton County Foundation, you may email me at rainbolt@comcast.net. Direct donations may be made at any time and will help Chelle achieve the initial goal of raising $10,000 for the endowment fund. Please email me for further information on making direct donations to this scholarship fund. Your support of this scholarship in Fred’s memory is greatly appreciated. We will not let him be forgotten."
Michael T. Rainbolt, LTC, USA, Retired of Corvallis, OR

"Remembering with you the life of someone so dear."
Shirley Billingsley of Huntsville, AL

"I served with Fred in Bangor, WA from 1993 to 1995...he was such a gentleman and model Marine. I am proud to have known him and he will always be remembered. He will be missed greatly by all who knew him."
Jennifer Licavoli Spears, CPL USMC of Saint Louis, MO

"I had the honor to serve with Fred at the Marine Corps Security Force Company in Bangor, WA from 1993-1995. He was a stellar Marine and one of those guys that pushed others to excel. I competed against him on a meritorious promotion board and am still in awe of the way he shined on that day. He was a great Marine, but an even greater person. My deepest sympathies go out to the family that he left behind. You should be very proud of him. He died serving his country and doing what he loved. Thank you for giving us the time we had with him."
Sgt. Joseph Rodda (former Marine) of Sacramento, CA

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Frederick E. Pokorney, Jr. Frederick 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

"as a wife of bravo 1/10 i wanted to say thank you, for everything your family has given, you guys are always in my heart, and you are always a part of the marine family...it takes a good woman to support a good marine....semper fi...
it was a tough time, and even through the loss of fred you were still able to comfort some of us younger wives, a peice of my sanity will forever belong to you....ooorah!"
angela adams of iwakuni, japan

"I was recently in Tonopah, and thought of Fred and his sacrifice for our country.
I did not know him, but was very moved by his death early in the war ,as I know Tonopah,NV, well and the story of Fred being raised by the Nye County Sheriff Wade Lieseke was a moving one. Tonopah (for those who do not know it) is a older small Nevada mining town that has great scenery and a nice atmosphere. I sincerely hope the war will be over soon, and the freedom for the Iraqis that Fred and many others have died for will soon be throughout the country."
Bob Wilkie of Reno, Nevada

"Dear Chelle and Taylor,

I went to high school with Fred in Tonopah , Nevada and I have shed many tears over Fred's death over the three years since he was killed. I really liked Fred in school and played on the basketball team with him and was impressed with his strong presence. After high school, I remember liking Fred more. He was a very good guy and I'm happy that he was able to get married and have a beautiful daughter. I hope you are doing better. All of my thoughts are with you. derekmulkey@hotmail.com"
Derek Mulkey of Palo Alto, CA

"I will always know him as Cpl Pokorney because we served in Lima Co 3/5 together. I am however glad he got to see his goal realized becoming an officer in our beloved corp. I am sorry to hear of his passing and hope he is looking down on all of these kind words. I am sure he will be greatly missed and would like to express a final Ooh Rah from " the 3rd heard". Rest in peace."
Cory Hoyt of Costa Mesa Ca

"Wow, I didn't know that this page existed... I too served with Fred in HQ Battery, 1st Battalion, 10 Marines. He was a gentle giant. A man a HONOR, COURAGE and COMMITMENT... values that far too few have... Fred had them all and many others... I only wish that I could have known him longer... "Fred I was thinking of you today and I searched the Internet to look for your picture..." I don't ever want to forget you, one of many, who paid the ultimate sacrifice... I miss you buddy... rest in peace until we see each other in heaven... your friend, brother and forever your Chaplain... and certainly, I still pray for you, Carolyn and Taylor... Blessings always... k19c06n@hotmail.com"
Kevin C. Norton, LT, CHC, USN of Pearl Harbor, HI

"Wow, I didn't know that this page existed... I too served with Fred in HQ Battery, 1st Battalion, 10 Marines. He was a gentle giant. A man a HONOR, COURAGE and COMMITMENT... values that far too few have... Fred had them all and many others... I only wish that I could have known him longer... "Fred I was thinking of you today and I searched the Internet to look for your picture..." I don't ever want to forget you, one of many, who paid the ultimate sacrifice... I miss you buddy... rest in peace until we see each other in heaven... your friend, brother and forever your Chaplain... and certainly, I still pray for you, Chelle and Taylor... Blessings always... k19c06n@hotmail.com"
Kevin C. Norton, LT, CHC, USN of Pearl Harbor, HI

"Lt. Pokorney,
Sir, I read about your wife in an old edition of Marine Times Newspaper and how she is working on the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to help the families of other servicemen and women who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq. I would also like to say thank you to you and all the other Marines who were killed that day in An Nasiryah for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Fred Pokorney was a great Marine and person that i knew while i was in Lima 3/5. It pained me to hear of his passing but it also made me proud that i knew him and he made the greatest sacrifice anyone could make for their country....i salute you Lt. Pokorney."
Felipe Luna of Houston, TX

"I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to respond. I was notified shortly after Fred was killed by watching the news. I served and was in the same platoon as Fred in Washington. He was just a Lance Corporal then. He was a strong leader and gentleman. He will be missed. Semper Fidelis"
Sgt. Beau Egger USMC of Cody, Wyoming USA


"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Frederick Eben Pokorney Jr., I’ve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the country as part of Project LIVE ON, a program I founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils will come up each Spring, and, like your spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, please contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 22, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Fred, along with 50 other bulbs to represent soldiers that have died in Iraqi. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered."
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View, California

"To the family of: Frederick E. Pokorney 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. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"I know it's been a while since I last spoke to you. I remember we served in Lima 3/5 together. Boy that seems like a long time ago. I've been out for almost 7 years now, and I really miss those old days. It was time for me to get out, but thank God we have people dedicated like you who would stay in and help raise up young Marines into brave, educated warriors like yourself. I no doubt feel bad for your family, but I am sure your memory and love will always be with them. Thank you for serving our country and thank you for being such a good Marine to work with. GET SOME!"
Cpl. Bidinger, Eddie A. of Vista, Ca. USA


"I would like to say that Im very upset that he had to pass and that i pray for you and your family. I have a boyfriend in Iraq and I never new that it was going to be this hard and the fact that I hear about marines passing away almost everyday makes me hope and pray that it isn't mine. Im very sorry for your loss and I pray that the lord brings you together again."
Catalina Miyahira of Temecula Ca USA

"I would also like to make a counter point to my first entry. After the seizure of Baghdad and the end of Phase III and Phase IVA our company was eventually sent to Tallil Air Base, which is just South of the city of An Nasariyah. After the Feydeen were destroyed in An Nasariyah the town was completely pacified. Yes women and children innocents were killed, and war is truly a horrible thing, but good did come of the sacrifices of the men like Fred, and in spite of unintended killings.

After those battles in which men like Fred were killed THOUSANDS of cheering, happy, smiling, flag waving Iraqi's cheered us on our way to Baghdad. South of An Numaniyah and the Tigris River the regiments of the First Marine Division joined back up and the villages we passed through were elated to have us there. I regret that Fred did not get to see these people liberated, and what joy was in their eyes. When we returned to Tallil Air Base and headquartered there for the remainder of our deployment we supported several companies from 2nd Battalion, 25th Marines who was headquartered in the city near the An Nasariyah museum. From May until August our Marines made several trips into the city on our way to support various company positions. Our Marines dined at the local restaurants, shopped for Persian rugs in the local shops, bought gold jewelry in the market, and even brought in our damaged semi trailer rims into the local shops to be machined and put back into service. It was a completely different scene than a few weeks before. A squad of Marines could move freely about the city, and walk amongst crowds of people, and do amiable business. I am sure some of the people of that city harbored ill will against us, but by and large, the majority of them were elated to have us in their city. Within weeks satellite dishes were scene popping up all over the city, they were previously banned by the regime. Again and again we observed the situation of the vast majority of the people being elated to be liberated, with only a couple small bands of violent people bent on retaining their power garneted by the dictatorship and ruling class of religious sect.

My wife has a pair of earrings made from Gold that I purchased from a shop downtown An Nasariyah with American currency that was gladly received by the shop merchant. All the business people we dealt with were smiling from ear to ear. Our translator gave us marvelous stories from the old people that had witnessed more peaceful years in Iraq's history. As I read the different accounts of the battle in An Nasariyah I thought it fitting to note that those Marines sacrifice meant a total victory for that city. Those evil (and the President is 100% right when he classifies such regimes as evil) regimes and terrorist groups such as the Feydeen were no longer able to occupy the city freely thanks to those brave men."
Chris Quimby of Carlisle, PA

"I did not know Fred Pokorney really well, but I remember him vividly. As a newly commissioned Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps my wife and I had just moved in our England Run apartment in Fredericksburg VA, about 30 minutes south of Quantico VA. Quantico is where all Marine Officers undergo their initial 6 months of training before going on to their specific MOS. I can remember the day I met Fred vividly. We had just moved into the apartment complex and were turning things in at the apartment complex office. Fred was coming out of the weight room and ran into us, and seeing the Marine haircut we both figured we were Marines. He was quick to introduce himself and orient us to the area. Gentle Giant were some of the terms I read other people describe him as, and that really seemed to fit him then. Incredibly friendly despite his intimidating stature, he was the kind of person that almost made perfect strangers feel like they were his best friend, as I was at that point a complete stranger, an he certainly made me feel welcome around him. Sure some of it is the camaraderie between Marines, but ask any Marine and they will tell you there are some people you just don't get along with.

Fred must have spent about 30 minutes chatting with my wife Amy and I as he was telling us about the apartment complex, and the Fredericksburg area, and other things such as good places to work out and run. He was the first new person we met as one of about 250 some Second Lieutenants that were to become Delta Company at TBS migrated into the Quantico Area from across the nation. I may be mistaken, but I think it was Fred who had a license plate on his truck (Oregon?) that read PSU SUX. I may have my wires crossed on this one, but I think it was Fred. I don't remember if it was that first occasion when we met that I asked him if was his, and mentioned the fact that Amy and I were Penn State Alumna, my memory fails me, but I am pretty sure I remember having a joke with him about it.

I regret not getting to know Fred better. He was not in the same platoon in TBS, but the whole company of Marines got fairly familiar with each other over the course of 6 months. I don't think I but maybe met his wife once at one of the social occasions. TBS is a pretty busy time, and there isn't much time left for hanging out. Most married officers used most of their little free time to spend time with their wives and families. Fred's heart and character were such that you would put complete trust in his integrity and character. I could not think of a finer example to be leading America's young men in battle than Fred Pokorney, his confident presence, and firm fairness must have been a great re-assurance to his Marines during those days leading up to his death. He is the kind of person I would gladly put my life in his hands, with total trust. You meet all kinds of people in the Marine Corps, some better leaders than others, but he was one of the kind that come off as a natural leader. Charismatic and with a constitution of iron.

It is with great sadness that I reflect on the loss of such a fine American as Fred. It is a small taste of the sacrifice of the great generation of World War II, and a reminder that Freedom indeed is not free. Fred was willing to give his life for our freedom, and he did. I don't think I found out about his death until we returned from Iraq after the invasion. I was only about 5 miles away from Fred, just South of An Nasariyah. It was a chaotic time in the war, we were supposed to be pushing through Nasariyah, but the resistance encountered there was greater than expected. Coupled with a sandstorm and some difficulty siezing the bridges in the city, a small battle was what it took to secure the bridges. I remember going through he south part of the city with Regimental Combat Team-one and seeing the hulk of an Amphibious Assault Vehicle on the side of the road. As an enlisted Marine I was an AAV crewman, and seeing the burned out hulk of an AAV sent chills up my spine, as I had seen hundred of AAV's in my life and knew them inside and out. I had never however set my eyes upon a battle destroyed AAV before. I knew that was hallowed ground as Marines had given their lives in that battle. Little did I know one of those Marines who died in that Battle was Fred. We crossed that bridge. This was before we had all of this armor on our HMMWV's, and only the Infantry had the SAPI plates for their flak jackets, and some of them only one plate. One of the biggest decisions Col Dowdy had to make with pushing the Regiment across this bridge was what to do with all the soft skinned vehicles, as it was still a battle. The motor transport assets were extremely soft skinned; our doors were only the vinyl windbreaks on the HMMWV's and the standard aluminum doors on the bigger trucks. But thanks to the heroic efforts of Marines like Fred Pokorney that seized that city, our company of 250 Marines in 85 soft skinned trucks was able to cross the Euphrates and travel with Regimental Combat Team-one, and not one of our Marines was lost doing so

Fred was one of the best. I can easily see him as a General of Marines. He was that good of a natural leader, and was a Marines Marine. I will never forget Fred, and his sacrifice, and his families sacrifice. Freedom is incredibly precious, and its value is primarily derived from the cost of the men like Fred paid. Semper Fidelis Fred, I am a better person just by having known you. To Fred's kids, I wish you the best in life, your Dad was truly a remarkable man.

Chris Quimby
Chris Quimby of Carlisle, PA

"To the family of this great man. I am sorry about your lose. Know this I served with Lt. Pokorney and he was a great leader and a good man. I regret the tragic lose of a honorable Marine. Let it know he will never be forgotton."
Cpl. Jason Love of Denver, CO USA

"To the Family of this great Marine and leader. I knew Frederick when he was CPL Pokorney in Lima co 3/5. I Remember him as being an approachable leader, and that made a world of difference to a "boot" like I was. I remember him helping me with some words of wisdom one night as I sat at a pay phone on Camp Hansen in Okinawa having some young couple marital problems that left me hitting the reciever against the pay phone. Just his demeaner and style was enough to bring me down to reality and calm down. I had tremendous respect for him always. I moved on and got out of the Marine Corps and later Joined the Army and I to deployed to OEF and OIF, and when I recently got intouch with an old Marine friend, he told me about Now LT. Pokorney, I was proud of him while at the same time sad. He was the kind of leader that is needed in the Corps but particularly he was one to do alot of good wearing brass. He understood Marines, and I really believe he always had Marine's best intrest first. I don't believe his life was cut short. Maybe to us it was short, but he had accomplished his overall mission, and when that mission is over God calls upon you to retire. I hope the family knows that he will be remembered and I hope they take comfort in these words to get them through the trying times.
82nd Airborne Division"
Chris Winey of FT. Bragg, NC

"To Chelle: Its been so hard to even face that tragic day in An Nasariyah, Iraq. I was under the supervision of Lt. Pokorney up until the time he passed. I will never forget him and how brave he was on that 23rd day of March 2003. He's a big reason why I'm still alive till this day. I can never forget the day before we got on the buses to leave and he gave you the biggest kiss. On the ship we used to talk about so many things. Including football. But the one thing he wanted most was to complete the mission and see his wife and daughter. I get so nervous even talking about it. My 4 years of active duty have ended in the Marine Corps and I saw this site and I just wanted to offer my condolences. I will never forget."
Cpl Reid of washington ga

"Chelle - On this sad day, if you see this, know that we think of Fred, Taylor, and you all the time. We're very happy to see you working to help others who suffer as you have. Our prayers are with you and Taylor."
Pat & Jan of Hendersonville, TN

"As you all may know there are no words for this tragedy in a persons life but it eases the void we feel everyday. As Taylor and I approach the second year without our dearest "Daddy" and "my best freind" we hope for Peace in our hearts.
We are ever so proud of you Fred and miss you everyday we breathe. There is not a day your little angel looks me in the eye and says "I love you for Daddy." How can you ask for more. She is your legacy and we are convicted to carry on the Honor, Courage and Committement you gave your family and the Marines.
God Bless this country and may we always enjoy the Freedoms and Wisdom you gave us Fred.
Love always your girls"
Chelle of New York

"Semper Fi Lt., and God Bless you. We will never forget the sacrifice you made so that others can enjoy freedom."
Mario of Eastampton, NJ

"To Bennys Family
I was married to his Uncle when he was a baby and I think I may have a picture or two of him if your interested."
Laura of Parma, Idaho

"I was in TBS with Fred and our careers were simular in that we along with Mike Meyers were the old men of the platoon and we were both Mustangs. I returned after my last deployment determined to do something in his memory. I will be running the M.C. Marathon next week for team TAPS, I have asked that all money collected by my family and freinds be donated in honor of Fred. I hope that will continue to do good things for you. If there is anything you need do not hesitate to contact me. I know a lot of Marines that were in our class would do what ever they can to help. He was a good man and I know the world will miss him. dennis.hager@usmc.mil"
D. Lloyd Hager of Oceanside CA

"Dear Chelle and Taylor,
Our prayers are always with you. Fred's memory will live forever. Semper Fidelis."
The Golden Family of Camp Lejeune, NC

"To the friends and family:
I am so sorry for your loss. My husband, Spc Justin W. Linden was also KIA in Iraq. I pray for the families of all the soldiers every day, so know that you are always being thought of. Your loved one made the ultimate sacrifice and will never be forgoten. These soldiers went from being heroes here on earth to heroes with wings watching over us from above."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"RIP Sir"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"I was so sorry and shocked to hear of your loss. I served with Fred briefly at Bangor Wa, and remember him as a motivated PFC who could always be counted on to get the job done.
Rest in Peace Marine!
Semper Fi!"
Todd Metcalf of Nortwood Ohio

L of valley stream ny usa

My co-worker and I were fortunate enough to have lunch with you, Fred, and Taylor at Keyport before Fred was deployed (I work with your brother Rick, who is also a good friend). We were all so sadden to hear of the loss of your gentle giant. I've prayed for you many times since then. My son, who just turned seven, was involved in a school project to make a "memorial flag" - in honor of fallen heroes. We added Fred's name in hopes that he continues to receive the honor he deserves. I am honored to have met him and will always remember your family and what sacrafices you've made for our freedom. Peace be with you."
Gina Regynski of Silverdale, WA

"Dear Chelle & Taylor
My heart still aches at your pain
Actually The pain we all feel on The loss of Fred"
William Tomany of Las Vegas

"I found this moving memorial site and just had to sign it I did not know Fred personally but his Foster Father is a very dear friend"
William Tomany of Las Vegas,Nevada

"To Wade, Carolyn, and little Taylor. I am a 7th grader at Barker Cental School in N.Y. I am deeply sorry for your loss and wish the best for all of you. Fredrick will not die in vain, he will always be remembered in the hearts of free children of this country."
Stacie of New York

"Dear Chelle,

I knew your husband very briefly in Corvallis, but I again met up with him in NC. I too am an artillery officer from Oregon State, and Fred and I went through some schools together. It has taken me a year to gather my thoughts, but not a day has passed that I don't think of him. I was sitting on top of my Light Armored Vehicle somewhere south of Baghdad when I heard the devastating news. I write to you expressing my most sincere condolences, and want you to know that I prayed for you every night before I fell asleep over in Iraq. I still do pray for you. My parents have asked me about starting up some sort of memorial at Oregon State, but I would like to know if thats okay with you. If there is anything we can do for you please let me know (lt_davis_b@hotmail.com). Fred will always be my friend, and I consider you one too through him. God bless you."
1stLt Ben Davis USMC 3D BN 10th Marines of Deployed to Port au Prince, Haiti

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine!! SEMPER FI! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Frederick , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

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

"for his wife and only daughter , you are truelly the ones that lost the most and deserve the most .You are loved and we are here for you ,forever"
Dana of Port Orchard Washington

"We met Fred Pokorney when he was a student at Oregon State University. Our son went through the NROTC prgram with him. To his wife rest in the knowledge that he is now leading the Marines guarding heaven. The world will be a lessor place without him here, but heaven will be a better place. God bless you and the others that serve."
Era & Toni Horton of LaPine, OR

"I am truly sorry for the loss of your husband. I had the pleasure of help moving your goods on your journey to NY. I am retired Air Force and it hurts me deeply when there is a death occurence. Thank you for your insite on moving day and may God and Frederick be with you on your new journey."
Keith Guy of Puyallup Wa.

"Thank you Frederick Pokorney, 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

"We are so sorry you had to lose someone so young and raise a daughter on your own, but your husband is a hero and your daugther will always have that to be proud of. We hope you are doing well and wish you the best. Take care and god bless! The Yates Family"
Jim and Chris Yates of Camp Lejuene, NC

"To 1st Lt. Frederick E. Pokorney, Jr.
Thanks buddy for all of the memories and laughs. I'm truly honored to have shared so many years with a true American Hero. There will always be a special place in my heart with your name and sense of humor on it. To Chelle, THANK YOU, for being the "one" we always prayed would come into Fred's life. Please know how much I think of you, and pray that God will ease your pain. We think of you and Taylor often."
Kimberly Petersen of Las Vegas, NV

"Thanks Jake. I pray for those who have to say hurtful things in such a tragic time. I hope the tables are never turned."

"For the widow and only child of our fallen American hero Fred,May you find comfort in the people of america and may the memory of Fred live forever,You are Loved"
Dana of Washington State

"Fred was a good Marine and I was honored to serve with him at Bangor, Wa and again at 3/5. He was truely one of the finest Marines I ever served with. My deepest symathy goes out to the family. Semper Fi"
Sgt. Michael Davila (former Marine) of Northfield, Vt

"We were so sad to hear one of our nearby towns in small town Nevada had received the sad news of Pokorney. May their family continue to keep his spirit in their hearts alive and in all American's hearts as well. God Bless Your Family and Your Hero!"
A small town NV neighbor The Morrison Family of Eureka, Nevada

"God Bless you Porkorney! I will miss you! Thanks for all of the wonderful memories!"
Lt. Gene Kellar of Yuma, AZ

"A warrior, a freind, and a leader. Thank you Frederick Pokorney."
1stSgt Fullard of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Dearest (JIM of NH),
1st LT Pokorney is my cousin and fellow Marine. What his wife means as far as no regrets, is that everyday they have had together, she has no regrets. Can you come up with something to say after your spouse has fallen? I dont think this site is meant for you to ask such a silly question like that. That is very rude. Chelle, I got your back! Semper Fi!"
Sgt Jason Cordoza USMC of MCAS Cherry Point, NC

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Frederick Pokorney, 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 Frederick 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 1st Lt. Frederick Pokorney, 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 Frederick, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"How can I thank you for giving the greatest of gifts so that my children can live without the fear of terror always threatening? Your sacrifice is immeasurable. Please God be with this family and help them to cope with the grief they must feel. And to the previous comment, "how can you have regret?" is the more appropriate question. (John 15:3 No one has greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.)"
Rob Nuckols of Staunton, Virginia

"I can only thank God that I had the opprotunity to serve with a devoted strong individual person as he in Bangor Wa in 94-95. The world has truely lost a gleat leader, friend, husband, father, and Marine. He will never be forgotten, but he will always be missed. Your family will always be in our prayers.
Semer Fi"
christopher s jaquez of bakersfield, ca, usa

"I served with Fred in Washington State in 1994. I have some photos from a hiking trip we took together. If the family would like them please contact me. My email is blairdurham@hotmail.com"
Blair Durham of Nashville,TN


"God Bless your family. Thank you for your sacrifice. RIP Marine"
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on