Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Dean P. Pratt

22, of Stevensville, Montana.
Pratt died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on August 2, 2004.

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"Christmas 2015. Kara getting so big. 7th grade now! Thinking of you as always love to the heavens"
Mom of Kenai

"just missing you. Aug 9 0f 2015"
mom of kenai ak 99611

"I love you, Geri Morris and CPL Pratt! Thank you and Godspeed for our journey!"
De'on of Lovington NM

"Hey Dino, I was just thinking about you. I always tell one of your stories every year on August 2 but I often find myself telling a story about you to strangers. I miss you, buddy, and we will share a beer together soon. Until Valhalla...."
Travis Barstad of Moyock, NC

"My name is Brady Pratt. I am a senior at Winfield Highschool in Winfield Alabama. This is a project for government class. Thank you for sacrificing your life for us. To his family and friends, I am sorry for your loss. I plan on going to the University of Alabama, and majoring in Software Engineering I enjoy computers, and technology in general. I am proud to share last names with you.
Thank you"
Brady Pratt of Winfield, AL

"Ten years in the blink of an eye. Tried to go up to the falls a couple weeks ago, road was washed out, so I fished and gave the kids quad rides. We had a great time. Skalkaho in the summer, gotta love it. It was a Hoeg, Parker camping trip like the old days. We still know how to do it and you remain fast in our hearts. We miss you and love you. Not a day has gone by that we don't think of you. I have a couple Rainiers headed your way, via the falls, soon. Love ya and miss ya. Your brother, Tom"
Thomas Parker of Stevensville, MT

"Thinking of you Deano. We all miss you!"
Jem and Scott Allen of Florence, MT

"Ohh Deano,went to San Diego and met some of your brothers!! What a ride. Really did not know anybody but felt so at home. So glad I went. There is a cross at the top of a mountain at Camp Horno,Microwave Mtn. maybe?, but things are left there for you guys. I brought the sand you sent me from Iraq and a small rock Kara found and put your name on it. Some General said we couldn't go up there because of rain but...wow Marines?? No means go!! Part of you is there now and I am so much better after meeting these guys. I love you"
Geri Morris mom of Alaska/USA

"Deano, thinking about you today and the time you, Josh Piland, and I stayed in San Diego. I remember having a smoke with you outside the bar. Thanks for running interference for me that night. I still remember waking up at zero dark thirty in the hotel at MCRD to go to the airport. Also, I can't believe you let me cut your hair. Sorry for messing that up devil. Geri: Nester, Gonzo, Mac, and many others and I still talk about your son and what a great friend he was.
Semper Fi
Sgt Jason "Rambo" Aramburu
Charlie 1/1 2nd platoon
Woodridge, IL"

"Just thinking about ya on your birthday. I still think about you every day and miss having the best friend a guy could ever want. Hope to see you again someday. With all my love, Tom."
Thomas Parker Jr. of Stevensville, MT.

"9 years Dean. How we still miss you. Looking at your picture on the wall right now. Love you, son your "other mom""
Colleen Hoeg of Stevensville, Montana

"Just missing you."
mom of Kenai, Ak.

"Still miss you buddy. You and your consistent black eye. :)"
Trenton Boehm of Hidden Valley Lake, CA

"Happy 31st birthday."
Geri Morris of Kenai, AK

"Well. 236 yrs for the Marine Corp.! Your fellow Marines keep in touch! Pretty awesome. Miss you and love you."
Geri Morris of Kenai AK

"I just miss you."
Geri Morris of Kenai, AK

"9/11/2011. 10 yrs. now. We are hanging in there. Each year that goes by is so different. so right now I'm watching t.v. on that terrible day and guess what they even interviewed Toby about his performances for you guys!!! I kind of got your pics! love you"
Geri Morris of Kenai, AK

"Words can not replace you Deano, your forever in our hearts. God bless you Son."
Betty, Dave, Ryan, Joey, Beka and Jesse Potter of Stevensville, MT

"Dean was a true class act, a joy to be around. His personality and infectious smile made everyone smile. I had the honor and priveledge of having Dean in class in high school and am VERY glad to have known him. We'll miss you Dean!"
Brad King of Helen, MT USA

"In memory of Dean, Memorial Day 2011:
The Mansions of the Lord (Randall Wallace)
To fallen soldiers let us sing; Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing; Our broken brothers let us bring; To the ...Mansions of the Lord; No more bleeding, no more fight; No prayers pleading through the night; Just divine embrace, eternal light; To the Mansions of the Lord. Where no mothers cry and no children weep; We will stand and guard though the angels sleep; Through the ages safely keep; The Mansions of the Lord."
Mark Bundner of Portland, ME

"Deano!!! Miss you brother! Really wish I would have gotten to know you better. But, the time I did spend with u was always fun. Take a piss on Osama for me."
Mattiedubs Westover of Poway, CA

"Pratt! Can't believe it's been 7 years. You are still in my memory. I'm with security forces and I can finally see what you complained about in 1/1 about MCSF, lol! I just wanted to add that out of all the NCO's in Charlie, you were the only one who treated me with respect and made me laugh in an otherwise trying time. I'll never forget that, brother. Marines like you made me a a good NCO and better SNCO! Love you man"
SSGT Carter of 29Palms, Ca/ Norfolk, Va

"Deano! It finally happened! Osama Bin Laden is dead!!!!!!!!! I know you probably already knew. I feel like I can sleep again and yes it was Americans that got him!!!"
Geri Morris of Kenai AK

"Hey Deano!! Sure miss you and your smile! You're in so many people's thoughts and hearts everyday. Love you and miss you, buddy!"
Lindsy Edinger Bean of Stevensville, MT/USA

"love you, miss you soooo much. mom"
Geri of Kenai,AK.

"Well 4th of July 2010. Watching the flags fly out back, thinking of you. We fly the American and Marine Corp. flag right over the bluff, overlooking Cook Inlet. You would be proud of me I think. The oil co. and fishermen are here all the time so they also remember!!! Anyway I miss you so much. Feels weird to write it here but I need to?? Please keep watching over us, I am trying to be okay! Love forever and always in my heart, mom"
Geri Morris of Kenai AK

"Hey Deano,

Man, years have gone by and I still live with regret. I remember seeing you at the barracks back at Pendleton the day before you left to Iraq. Myself and Obie never made it to your room... That haunts me so much my brother! The man you were... you were bigger than any problem that life could dish out. I will never forget you. Guard heavens gate my brother! I miss you and live you! Sgt Oropeza"
Daniel Oropeza of Oxnard, CA

"Deano my Brother I always think of all the good times that we had in 1/1. I looked through this and read alot of the post from the guys. Man brother you are dearly missed. You are truely a hero to all of us. I hope you are taking care of Earl and looking over us all."
SSgt Turner of Seattle, Wa

"Brother, I miss you so much. I remember all the great times we had together in Bangor both on and off work. I was just looking at some old pics of us partying it up in the Barraks and it reminded me of what an amazing person you were. Save a place for me next to you in Valhalla. I love you man. Semper Fidelis"
SSgt Sansevere of 1st Light Armored Recon, Camp Pendleton, CA

"Well, five years now. I miss you so much. I've been thinking you would maybe have your own family? Or you would still be having a bacholors life? Whatever it would be I am missing it. love forever mom"
Geri Morris of Kenai, AK

"I see so many names here that have left you messages "gunny"... Theriault, Einarson, Oberschmid, Kearney, Hooker... All good men I know and have served with. It breaks my heart to know that so many of us made it home, and the best ones like you didn't. I was there with your buddy Daniel Amaya when he was killed in Fallujah, just a few months before you. I'm hoping you two are having some Bangor times together, wherever you may be... Guard the streets of heaven my brother. I will see you again..."
Rhys Hartung, fmr Sgt, USMC of Santa Ana, CA

"Remembering Dean on Memorial Day. We never had the pleasure of meeting Dean, but there is no doubt he was Marine in every sense of what that means. He served with our son Dan in the summer of 2004 in Fallujah."
Mark and Gail Bundner of Madison, WI

"Deano, sorry it took so long for me to find this site, you are truly the best of the best, the best friend I ever had and the best marine I ever served with. You make me proud to be an american and proud to serve our country. Thanks for everything you taught me."
Cpl Ritter of Edmonds, WA

"Dean,
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN! I think of you often, words cannot describe my appreciation for your decision to serve our great country. You are truely an AMERICAN HERO!. God Bless."
John Conrad of Wyoming

"Deano! Our 10 year class reunion is just a year away, and it is hard to imagine that you won't be with us! You are truely a hero, and my cheeks are wet with tears as I read all these beautiful messages. I think of you often, remembering that big heart of yours. You are missed!"
Marie Mineer Heppler of Syracuse, UT

"Hey brother its Tom, 2009 and I finally have the internet. I miss the * outta man, almost five years and i still cry like a baby. You were my best friend for ten years. I miss the old days of playin ball at lonerock, changin pipe out threemile, chasin girls, and fightin anybody who was up for it. Best time of my life man. Do me a few favors if ya get chance: take care of Jake up there and put a few on ice for when I get home. Love ya brother, Godspeed"
Thomas Parker Jr of stevensville, mt. 59870

"Hey brother its Tom, 2009 and I finally have the internet. I miss the * outta man, almost five years and i still cry like a baby. You were my best friend for ten years. I miss the old days of playin ball at lonerock, changin pipe out threemile, chasin girls, and fightin anybody who was up for it. Best time of my life man. Do me a few favors if ya get chance: take care of Jake up there and put a few on ice for when I get home. Love ya brother, Godspeed"
Thomas Parker Jr of stevensville, mt. 59870

"Dear Deano, today is a day for honoring those who have fallen for our counrty, never thought I would lose one of my sons but here we are. I remember when you had decicied to become a Marine, not Air Force or Army. You had to be a Marine!!! We are so proud to be YOUR parents! Its been 4 years now and some days it was yesterday and then some days years ago. I'm still sure you will be missed in so many hearts but not like mine. We miss you and love you so much. John and mom"
Geri Morris of Kenia AK

"HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY BROTHER, ALMOST HOME NOW MAN AND NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT WE DON'T THINK OF YOU. MISS YOU BRO..."
SGT SIMMONS LLOYD of CULVER CITY,CA (DEPLOYED-IRAQ)

"Talked to Sterling tonight. He might make it to Grandma Grandpa's 50 wedding anniversary. We chatted about how we misss you. And how we feel you with us every now and then. I love you, mom"
Geri Morris of Kenia AK

"hey Dino,
just sitting around thinking of the days gone by I will always miss you and never forget all you gave.
semper fi
sgt rettenberger"

"Deano, its the 4th of July 2008. I have been thinking about the days we spent camping up at Lake Pend Oreille. I am kind of thinking you might be there taking care of people? We don't spend a day without you. Love mom"
Geri Morris of Kenia AK

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Dean P. Pratt:
Dean 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 just found this site and have been reading what everyone has said to and about you. What a wonderful man you were, Deano. In your 22 short years you made such an impact in so many people's lives. I miss you so dearly, and I know you continue to watch over your loved ones and friends as you did while you were still here. I see your picture and I pause everytime, how I wish I could see your face again. I hope I will someday, until then I will often think of you and will always call you my hero. Rest in peace dear friend, we all miss you so much."
Kristin Mickey of Missoula, MT

"Hey Deano you are so still missed. I think you had some really good marines thinking about cha all the time. Just like I do. You are so missed. I hope you talk to DJ every now and then. Ilove you forever."
Geri Morris of Kenia AK

"semper fi, deano i hope you are lookin down on us devil dogs that gave a little for our country, while u gave all,I turned in your gear so you can check out of purgatory and go to heaven, it was a mess."
sam bo wilson of west fargo,nd

"I served with Dean in Charlie Co. 1/1 2nd Platoon. He was a great Marine and a great friend. It was an honor to serve with him and to have him as a friend. His memory will stay with me.
Semper Fi Dean Pratt"
James LaCagnina of Long Island, NY

"Hey Deano,
Well another deployment coming up here soon and not a day goes by that we don't think of you. The guys and I got together a couple of weeks back and kind of stood around thinking of all the good times. I always pour one out for the homie you know me. God Bless you Bud and keep an eye on us as we undergo this next tour. Semper Fi."
Sgt. Simmons Lloyd T of Culver City, California

"Deano, not a day passes that I don't think of you and the sacrifice you made. Lucas is currently serving in Iraq and it makes me think about you even more. I keep thinking one day we'll come back to MT for a visit and see you down at the bar and share what's going on in our lives and have a good laugh like we used to. You are an amazing man and we will never forget you or your service to our country. Keep an eye for out for a LT Jeremy Ray up there, he was in Lucas's battery and died in December 2007. Rest well Deano and know how much you are missed."
Lacey and Lucas McCormick of Kempner, TX and Iraq

"Deano was magnetic.... I didn't know him too well throughout high school but every one knew of him. The few times I was around him he wasn't afraid to let me know he was a friend. Quick to offer a hand or a laugh... Quick to defend when the call was sounded. You'll be remembered always."
SPC Steven Fike of Baghdad, Iraq

"Well here it is another Christmas without you. We still include you in all of everything but I have to tell you Kara is becoming the little hostess. She has taken over in delivering all the food to the table and making sure everyone has everything they need. Just reminds me of you. Remember when you were setting everything up and Heather ate it as you turned your back. WOW you were so mad and the poor dog had no idea. You are so missed all the time but especially now that its the holidays, you loved them so much. Hey, Tom called us tonight so nice to hear from him. We don't hear from to many anymore but their lives are moving on as it should be. I can't say anything is getting better for us. We miss you so much. I mean life is okay but you are always missed in everything we do. Well I will always miss you and you are always a big part of my heart. I do feel you here with us sometimes. I hope I will always feel you here. Love mom"
Geraldine E. Morris of Kenai AK

"hey dino,
well, another year has passed. this year i was in lebanon when i thought of you and shared a drink with a friend on your behalf. you are deeply missed by more than you know and i look forward to having a drink with you again in the future. your brother forever,
travis"
travis barstad of missoula, montana

"It was 3 years ago today that you left this world for a better place. (aint no hell, like here on earth!). I come back to this sight a couple of times each year and read all of the wonderfull things people have to say. I would like to share a couple of memories with every one. It was June in Montana, Dean was 9 or 10. The whole family, and friends went hiking to an alpine lake for grayling fishing. Dean and I were way ahead of every one else, and decided to take a rest. I sat on a rock, Dean sat on a tree branch. When he sat down there was enough spring in that branch, it just launched him right over backwards. Years later Dean (15 yrs. of age) and a friend found there way into jail. So I went to pick him up, on our way home I'am really reading him the riot act; and he goes to sleep on me. That's raising boys I guess. Well Dean: I wish I could have spent some time with you here in Alaska. You would have liked it. I miss you son."
John of Kenai, Alaska

"Hey Marine. I still cant believe it. I saw you 3 weeks before you were killed outside the PX at Camp Fallujah. We talked for about 45 minutes and shared some smokes. I went in, bought you a carton and we parted ways planning on writing letters to each other. You are deeply missed."
Shaun Kearney of Rio Rancho, NM

"hey deano, how are ya man? i visit this site now and again to see what people have left. i am sure you know, but trent, tom, and i all have your initials tattooed. you will forever be in our hearts. tom and i also visited the falls outside darby last summer to spend some reflective time before heading to logger days. miss ya buddy."
travis barstad of missoula, montana

"CPL. PRATT WAS MY FIRST FIRETEAM LEADER WHEN I JOINED THE MARINE CORPS AT NSB BANGOR. HE EVEN GAVE ME MY FIRST LEGAL BEER AFTER I TURNED 21. I EVENTUALLY BECAME A CPL. MYSELF AND LED MARINES IN NUMEROUS COMBAT MISSIONS, ONE IN WHICH I WAS SHOT IN THE CHEST AND IN THE ARM. THE IMPORTANT THING IS THAT THE LEADERSHIP TRAITS AND THE WAY TO LEAD MARINES I LEARNED FROM DEAN. EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM OR EVEN DIDN'T SHOULD KNOW THAT IF IT WASN'T FOR HIM ALOT OF MARINES WOULD HAVE DIED THAT DAY. HE TAUGHT ME TO BE A GREAT MARINE AND A GREAT LEADER AND FOR THAT I WILL BE FOREVER THANKFUL. I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU "DEANO"!"
Tyler Einarson of Fargo, North Dakota, USA

"Well there is so many dates that totally come to mind every month but tomorrow is when the Marine Corp came and picked you up for boot camp. On the 11th you would become a Marine or wait after you finished boot camp. I remember you telling me you were so glad I had already made you do laundry and fix your oown meals and be responsible for your own *.I miss you so much every single day. I keep thinking that there will be a day everything will be a little better? Maybe days will be better but they will always include you. I sit on the river fishing and think of you, we take the four-wheelers out and think of you. We were talking tonight and all of our pets are gone too.So you have plenty of horses to pet and dogs to keep you safe and a nasty old cat to keep you on your toes!!! I love and miss you so much. I wonder who you would be today? Still making people laugh I'm sure and still be responsible for everything. Probably stil going bald but you would be okay with that. You had long curly hair once! Should of shot you in the foot 6yrs ago"
Geri Morris of Kenai AK

"what up brotha i remember the times we had in iraq things were crazy but times still go on, as i always once said to those i wrote to back home >if the next time i see you is at the cross roads dont worry ill be chillin waitin at the cross roads for one day again my brotha we may cross roads< still remember the day i got hit also the day you was supposed to go home, wow crazy a squad of 6 marines charged with setting an ambush and then you got hit, who knew that mortar was meant for you, there isnt a day that goes by where i dont remember any thing that i have witnessed take care brotha make sure to watch over those who need it, guard the gates of heaven proudly always your boy Jt"
Cpl Sleight of Camp Pendelton

"Dont know what to say just thinking about you. Its Memorial Day '06. Wish we could go camping, get drunk, stupid and look for some girls. We'd probly find a fight instead, Rubi would get attacked by a girl with a beer bottle. You'd be there fighting the big guy. Id come out of the woods pullin my pants up with some ugly girl behind me wondering whats going on. We had alot of fun dean. Well, Ill see ya later."
Theriault of Greencastle PA

"Well, since the Beach Nugg wants to leave the scuba stor Dean-O, then I think we should remind everyone you came walking down the road in Australia with your hat cocked, collared polo, shoes (No socks) and a hand towel wrapped around your waist...and all Gunny could say was, "He aint got no belt on, oh dog, you can't go on ship with no belt". After 1o minutes of this I had to point out that you had no pants on because Sapp and all them went on the tour and took your clothes. Then we had to make that Marine run back and forth to get you pants...then a belt, then socks, then a razor. Good times man, the only guy I know that walked with no pants for like 2wo miles in the rain, in a foriegn country. Theres stories..."
Hooker W/ 2wo O's of Laguna Niguel CA

"My thoughts and prayers go out to Dean Pratt’s family for their tragic loss. The Marine Corps and our society lost a good man when he passed through the gates. I just found this site and have spent the last hour reading and remembering the Marine and man that I knew as Cpl Pratt, 2nd Platoon, Charlie 1/1. Cpl Simmons’ description of Dean coming from the shower with the snorkel gear on brought back memories of a better time. To the family, I have about 7 pictures of our float from 2003/2004 that I can send you. Please contact me at james.g.sullivan@usmc.mil. Semper Fi Motivator."
1stSgt James Sullivan of Quantico, VA

"Dean, we miss you so much. Here it is another year gone by without you. DJ made it to alaska but I know you know that. I know you are with us. I felt you her all day Christmas and then you were in my dreams. and you were so close. I felt your hug hug. Thank you. I think I need that every now and then if you have time. I just wanted to say we love you and you are always with us. Miss you mom and John"
PROUD USMC Mom of Kenai Ak

"To the family of:Dean P. Pratt 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

"Hey Deano -- I just found this site and had to add something. Buddy, there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I know Trent misses you alot and part of him left with you. Thank you for all you've done and for the laugh I get every time I think about when you, Stokes and Trent were jumping off our roof into the snow when you all were home from boot camp. You are deeply loved and missed. Hey, is you chariot a convertible Mustang up there???? Love you Buddy !!!!"
Carl and Cyndy Boehm of Victor, Montana

"Deano man i miss you brother i know your up there looking down on us! watchin us i wont forget all of those crazy times we had like Hawaii! You were always by my side and i know you still are I miss you and love you brother. NO VICTORY IS WITHOUT SORROW!
Ill see you soon and well have a couple of mickeys together."
SGT Kunath Branden D USMC of Vista Ca USA

"hey deano, i miss you man. i still remember all the good times back in stevi and going thru boot camp together. take care."
sgt travis barstad usmc of nicosia, cyprus

"Dean was a friend of mine when I went to Stevi and graduated with him. Just to let you know I am a professional actor now and will be performing in a professional show near D.C. about Marines returning from Iraq and I will be dedicating my performance to Dean. I miss him greatly and am so sorry that he had to go. Doing this performance and dedicating it to him is the least I can do for everything he did for those around him. My thoughts and prayers are constantly with him.

For information about the show, please visit: http://www.thesandstorm.com. It will be at http://www.metrostage.org"
David Drake of Burke, VA

"To everyone that enjoyed Deanos great love of life and became his brother through out his military life we are inviting you to come to Mt. on the week-end of July 6th and 7th to take care of his ashes and celebrate what a great guy he was. We weren't exactly up for that last year but we can now. You can contact us by phone or e-mail. It will be a camp out week-end so bring a sleeping bag! Our phone no. is 907-488-3505 or 907-283-3389. My e-mail is morrisemma@yahoo.com. We hope that you guys we couldn't call willcome and help us celebrate Deans life. Deano wanted his ashes put in a waterfall off a beautiful mountain side in Mt. lord knows we weren't planning on ever having to doing this but here we are. thank you for all of your support and kind words. We already knew Dean was awesome. We really had no idea of how many lives he had touched. Thank you. Geri Morris very proud mom of Deano."
Geri Morris of North Pole AK

"Hey deano, i miss u man and i still want my rematch. I have to say u were top dog. be easy man SGT. RETTTENBERGER"
SGT.RETTENBERGER JM of SAN CLEMENTE CA

"hey deano....man i miss u buddy. i just couldnt belive this. remember when you and i and buckles went to idaho to visit your parens.... ,am when i see you again we will have plenty of imes like it bro"
cpl oberchmid of 1/4 pendelton

"I had the pleasure of serving with "Old Man" Pratt in 1/1 and 2/1. No matter how bad it got Dean could cheer me up after talking to him for just a few minets. Deano, you are truley missed. Save a place for me up there and I know we will sit around and BS again.
And to Deans family: I have served with some good marines but Dean was definantly one of the best men I have met. My thoughts are with yall."
Sgt. Hendo 2/1 SSP of Texas

""Gunny" Pratt, I hope its better up there than it is here. Take care of us Dean.

Those who give their lives to help others shall be exaulted as angels"
Cpl. Nicholas Theriault of Naval Hospital Bethesda MD

""First to fight for right and freedom , And to keep our honor clean,

We are proud to claim the title Of United States Marine."

i served with echo 2/1 and i remember the day pratt came out as a replacement. a good man and a good marine. king henry once said "For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother" i understand this whole heartedly now"
Doc

"wuz up pratt! this is of course,carter. it was bad enough when we all left pendelton , but i never thought that that would have been our last times together . i love you brother hope you have an abundance of marlbro lights and no one like me to bumb them off you (j/p) !family, you are in my prayers!
-one love"
melvin craig carter,sgt. of marine corps air facility,quantico,va

"Deano
you are dearly missed old man ! i just want to let all know that read this , if you never had the oppertunity to meet or witness the room that he lit up , you missed out on a great thing !
i was fortunate enough to stand beside him on the battlefields of Iraq . deano , i will see you when i get there , brother ."
Cpl Sean " Scuba-Steve" Terry USMC of mission viejo , Ca

"I had the honor of serving with Cpl Pratt at MCSFCo Bangor Wa though the duty at times was cold wet and dull he was always upbeat motivated and ready to do whatever was given to him. Cpl Pratt will be missed. Thank you Pratt family for raising such a fine American."
SSgt David Petersen USMC of Virginia Beach Va

"Deano,
Earl and Mickey, 40oz to freedom bud. You put a smile on everyones face you came in contact with and I know you are doing the same where ever you are. Remember when you went into the showers in your towel and snorkling gear on and 1st Sgt. was standng there looking at you with a smerk on his face...good times!! You are quite the character bud and I am proud to say that I served alongside a REAL HERO... Charlie Company 1/1 will NEVER FORGET you as well as the Peleliu Pandarosa Posse, Cactus Fij, Danny The Kid, The Lone Weed, Hope Along Jimmy, Chavez V, J Holiday and the rest of the gang. God Bless You and Your Family and Semper Fi Devil....
WE MISS YOU."
Cpl. Simmons LT of Culver City, (saavynugg@hotmal.com) California

"Deano we miss you so much. There is not a moment out of each and everyday that I don't think about you. I still have all your pictures up. Remember the hall of shame? Well I put it up in the new house too. I thought you would of got a kick out of that when you came home. I didn't tell you because it was supposed to be a surprise. Now that wall isn't the hall of shame its become "The Hall of Pride." I added those that you had sent to me from Iraq. Oh Deano we weren't done enjoying your sense of humor and love of life. I know you told me you wanted the Iraqi people to have the same joys we have everyday but I have days that I don't understand why they had to take your precious life from us. I hope wherever yuo are you can see this web-site and read all the wonderful stuff about you. The Marine Corp. is doing a good job of taking care of us too. You had become such a proud Marine. I know if you had the chance you would of been a good man at whatever you had chosen to do in life. We love and miss you"
Geri Morris Proud mom ( morrisemma@yahoo.com) of North Pole AK U.S.A.

"I served with Cpl Dean "Iron" Pratt in 2/1 Echo Company. I was injured along side him in the enemy mortar attack on August 2nd, 2004. We met in 2/1 during our second tour in Iraq and became really good friends. Dean, I know that you are safe now where there is no more pain and suffering. Take care buddy. I'll see you again someday and we can talk about the "good" times. Good luck and God speed!!!"
Cpl Daniel Bundner of Echo 2/1

"To Dean's parents:

Even though we have not met, we share a special bond because we are Marine parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and have been since we learned of Dean's death. Our son, Cpl. Dan Bundner, served with Dean in the 2/1 and was injured in the same incident that claimed Dean's life. Dean was Dan's best friend in the Corps, and Dan told us how they were looking forward to spending time together in San Diego after their enlistments were up. I believe Dean and Dan were very much alike, and it's not a surprise they hooked up and were good buddies. It would have been an honor for us to meet and get to know Dean, and we're sorry we won't have that chance. He was a Marine, and we know he was an exceptional young man - a generous, dedicated, courageous and disciplined man of honor. He will never be forgotten, and will always have a special place in our hearts. May God comfort you and grant you peace."
Mark and Gail Bundner (bundner@charter.net) of Madison, WI

"Dean was one of my best friends in high school and throughout my life so far. I met Dean my freshman year and was drawn to his goofy smile and ability to make me laugh. I watched his transformation from a goofy party boy in to a mature, disciplined man. Throughout Dean's training for the Marines we kept in contact through letters and sporatic phone calls, and in the years to follow through visits and the telephone and occasional letters. I saw how Dean found comfort and strength not only through the people he loved, but in the Lord. He quoted the Bible in one of his early letters when I repeatedly expressed my concern for him by saying, "For I consider that the present sufferings shall not be worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)Dean joined the Marines knowing that his life would be put at risk but knowing that his mission was to serve his country and the people that live in it. That selfless act of glory is something that some people dont understand or appreciate in these days of war and confusion. I realize that no matter how mad or sad I am that I won't recieve another letter in the mail from my soldier, my heart is bursting with pride and love for his sacrifice. I know that he loved me, his princess as he liked to call me, his family and his friends with such intensity and devotion, and we returned that love to him ten-fold. Revelations 7:15-17 says, "They are before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in this temple;and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they thirst. THe sun will not be upon them, not any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; He will lead them to the springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." Jeri and John and DJ, I love you guys and I miss you, There isn't a day that goes by that Dean doesn't pass through my mind, and in everything I do I keep him in mind and life my life twice as good for him. I pray every night for those in the military and their families that may return home safely and with honor."
Julie Kleese of Stevensville, MT USA

"Dean, you may not be with us physically, but know that you will never leave our hearts. Your were a brave man who left a lasting impression on everyone you knew and you will never be forgotten. You are a true American Hero."
The Hulett Family of Fairchild Air Force Base, WA

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Dean P. Pratt,

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 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

"To the family and friends of Lt. Col. David S. Greene,

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 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

"Dean, I never thought growing up with you this would happen. You are a true American hero. I swear you were not afraid of anything. Not a day goes by I don't think about the times we spent raising hell with our parents, partying, and making memories. I couldn't be prouder to have known such a brave individual. God bless your family, friends, and fellow Marines you left behind."
SSgt Ryan Potter of Stevensville, MT Currently in FL

"Dean you will ALWAYS be an American Hero. To your family friends and loved ones know that you have my deepest sympathies and my prayers are with you. I share in your loss. My fiancee Spc Shawn Davies lossed his life in Iraq on 7-8-04 he was also 22. I hope that you may find comfort in all of the memories you have made with Dean and know they will forever be etched in your heart. May God give you much strength in this very difficult time. God Bless!!!"
Autum Shingler ashingler09@yahoo.com of Aliquippa, Pa

"Thank you Dean for protecting those whose names we'll never know. Thank you for your example of bravery and patriotism. Thank you for protecting our childrens future. For proudly and willingly representing the United State of America the greatest country in the world with honor. May God Bless your family as he now holds you in his tender care. You are indeed a hero."
Michael & Terri Lloyd of Stevensville, Montana, USA

"We are so sorry and want to thank you Dean Pratt for your service to your country"

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

"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, Dean, a fellow Montanan, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude.
May G-d provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.
A grateful citizen and a Proud Marine Mom"
Lily of Wakefield MA

"To the family of Dean;

Our sincerest condolences to your family. Our family has also lost a precious life in this battle for freedom. Dean is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice to his country.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, Az.

"Thank you Dean Pratt, 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 Cpl. Dean Pratt:
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 Dean 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 Cpl. Dean Pratt:
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 Dean, 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