Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Louis W. Qualls

20, of Temple, Texas.
Qualls died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve's 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Grand Prairie, Texas. Died on November 16, 2004.

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"Hey Gary it's me shooter.I've 5 out since 2007.thanks for letting me get the tattoo.never forget Louis always with me.we were soldiers once now we are brothers HOORA"
Cordero G of Temple

"Hey Qualls Sorry I missed yesterday but my wife and neighbors know the 16th is roughest day in my life so they tried to keep me occupied so I wouldn't miss you in the way I allways do. For the last eleven years on the 16th I do nothing but cry at my loss of you. All the other days of the year I still think and miss you but know God's army has the best Marine protecting him as you protected us. You are allways in my thoughts and on my mind. I miss you and love you as a son. I will never forget the day God called you home.
Always, Doc Petry"
Doc Petry of Aguanga, Ca. USofA

"I humbly thank you all for your loving & friendly messages to Louis & Family. It has been just over 10 years, it still hurts, for in my house were 3 kids & I was the oldest. That's how Dad & sons lived our lives together. My email is Garyproshooterqualls@AOL.com , feel free to write & if you wish to hunt, I am now living on my ranch which Louis was a part of it ! God Bless you all !"
Gary W. Qualls of Avery Texas

"Hey Louis its been ten years yesterday that we lost you. I just couldn't write testerday because I still miss and think about you daily. Ten years and it seems like only yesterday that you left us. Take care buddy and some day we'll meet up again. You are one hell-u-va Marine!"
Kipp "Doc" Petry of Aguanga Ca./ USA

"9 years ago we lost a brave, young man. Proud of your bravery and service but still miss you. Praying for your family and will never forget what you did for your company and for all if us."
Sharon of Holland

"Louis, the depth of respect for what you gave is without measure. Maybe you would say you did nothing more than any Marine should do in the same situation, but man, you did it. You are a true hero. My cousin raised a good man in you, and your father has the same respect in my book for raising your good name up before others. You will ever be in my memory."
Terry Easterwood of Victoria, TX

"Hey Louis it's been 8 years ago but seems like only yesturday. I miss your innocent smile and your "can do" to "help anyone" attitude. I carry your in my heart eveyday especially today. I think about you nearly everyday and I still tear at your memory. You tought me so much and everyday your gone you teach me more. I married a California surfer girl named Dawn who I met while in the hospital after my last tour. I might have told you already but I forget more and more everyday. But I promise I will never forget you. I miss you man
Kipp"Doc"Petry"

"On this Memorial Weekend I just thought I would like to tell you how appreciated you are. You are a true American HERO. Thank you for that. My wish is that every American would take a minute or two out of their busy time and say a little prayer for our Military.
HEROES NEVER DIE. THEY LIVE IN OUR HEARTS FOREVER.
I truly believe this."
Pam of Bakersfield Ca.

"To the family of:Louis W.Qualls
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""

"Hey there Louis
What can I say my friend but I think about you quite often and tears stream down my face not out of sorrow but out of pride. I sustain injuries in "09" when I went back so I cant ride anymore but I will never get rid of my leather for it bares the name of the greatest Marine I have ever had the honor to serve with.
This year marks 7 years since you left us but your memory lives on in my stories and in my daily life. I'm sorry I wont be able to make it to see you this year as my deployments have finally cought up to me.I live in SoCal now but when I'm better I PROMISE my pilgramige to you will continue.

"Simper Fi" Devil Dog,

Kip"Doc"Petry"
Kip Petry of Aguanga California

"Mr.& Mrs. Qualls, I met your son prior to his enlistment in the Marine Corps. I am a Native Temple resident and joined a year prior to his enlistment. I issued your son a Marine Corps Refferal Card in 00-01 time frame because I knew he had the qualities to be a United States Marine... May God Bless you and your Family.
Semper Fidelis & God Speed"
Jason A. Velasquez/SGT/USMC of Temple, T.X. USA

"3/1 to this day has never forgot you, you were only attached to us, but you became one of us. We fought hard in that city, and we remember, we always will. I am out ofthe Marine Coros now I was hit on the 12th of nov and stayed in the city, I did two more tours with 3/1 where I was hit three more times, people call me a hero, I'm not, I'm not anything near that, it's the marines like you, the 32 others from that year and the marine past, present and future who gave all for this wonderful country that are the heroes, we will never forget and The first drink still goes to the fallen.


Semper fi
Sgt Kurtis Foster
3/1 Lima company."
Kurtis Foster of Oceanside California

"Dear Mr Qualls, Words cannot even express what these last 5 years have been like for me. Every November is hard for me because of what we all went thru as a platoon from Grand Prairie TX. Little did we know that a bunch of Marine reservists would make such an impact on history back in 2004. Little did we know that we would loose a brother during our deployment. Louis and I both earned the Purple Heart in our platoon, but I would give my Purple Heart to have him back. Lcpl Qualls was in communications platoon as we served in 2/14. I know that 2/14 will make sure that your son will never be forgotten. In honor of your son, I want to get the Marines who were there with your son back together in April 2010. We would be honored if you were there with us. Always know that youre son will always be a hero to alot of us. I will never forget. Semper Fi, SSGT Hilario -- USMC"
David Hilario Jr of Irving, Tx

"Hey Qualls this is "Doc" Petry. Bro not a day goes by that I dont think of you and pray for you. You ride with me everytime I ride. Qualls you are a Marine amongst Marines in my eyes and I am so Proud to call you one of My Boys(Marines).
Brother I dont cry unless I'm hurt and missing you hurts, it hurts REAL bad. I love you and miss the heaven outta you.
You will allways burn in my thoughts-Simper Fi bother MAN
"Doc""
Kipp Petry of El Paso, Texas

"Dear Qualls family,

My father is a disabled marine. He's also a Qualls. I'm sure we're related somehow, in name and in spirit. I am familiar with your family's sacrifice and service. May God Bless all of you."
Renee of Fort Smith, Arkansas

"I know you probably don't know me. I knew you son for awhile, we went out acouple of times. I don't know if you remember him driving down to San Antonio, Tx to see a girl. The last thing I remember about Louis was his motorcycle and I couldn't believe he drove all the way down just to see me. The last Time I talk and heard from Louis was back in Oct.04 He called me from Iraq. I only got a letter from him and I still have it. I never heard from him again until I saw a tribute to fallen soldiers and I saw his picture. I couldn't believe it. My deepest condolences to your family. He told me some things that I'll take to heart when he was in Iraq. It seems like yesterday that I talk to him. I havent fogot about him. I know its been along time coming but I didn't know how to get in touch with your family. Again my condolences.

Semper Fi
Ashley
texas_girl_84@yahoo.com"
Ashley of San Antonio, Tx

"To the entire Qualls family,

I have thought about writing to you all many times in the last 4 years but I must admit, did not know what to say. I had the heartbreaking honor and duty to accompany you on the day of Louis's funeral. That day was easily the longest of my life. It was absolutely heartbreaking to see such a fantastic and close family such as yours suffer such a devastating loss for which I can not even begin to fathom, never having suffered even close to that much myself. It was very humbling indeed to be in your presence.

Four years have now gone by. I have gotten out of the Marines, married, settled into a career, and will soon have a family all my own. Even though my own life has carried on, I want you all to know that I still think of Louis and you all frequently and that Louis's ultimate sacrifice and the unspeakable loss which you all have suffered was not in vain, and is far from being taken for granted. I know that my own words cannot give you comfort in themselves, only the Good Lord can truly do that. So just know that I pray for Louis frequently, and also that your whole family's pain may be brought to peace.

God bless, Semper Fi, and if you ever need anything, don't hesitate to let me know, it would be my honor.

Sgt. Patrick Brady, USMC (former)
patbrady01@yahoo.com"
Patrick Brady of Dallas, TX

"I knew Louis by only attending bootcamp with him (PLT 3097). In many ways, I had the opportunity to see everyone's true colors who were with me. It was the most stressful time that most of us had seen thus far in our lifes. He never seemed to get upset, and took everything with a grain of salt. He never complained, and always fessed up to his own mistakes as well as some others which he had nothing to do with. He was a natural leader in just the way he was not quick to jump to conclusions, or make rash decisions. I had a great amount of respect for him during these hard times in which we found each other. My condolences go to his loved ones and close friends. I am sorry for your loss."
Joe Mefford of Logan, IA / US

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Louis W. Qualls:
Louis 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

"Qualls-This is Doc Petry. I just wanted you to know you ride with ME on Pearle everywhere we go. I think of you often and miss you.
Simper Fi Devil Dog"
Kipp Petry of El Paso, Texas/U.S.A.

"Hi Gary, it's been quite some time since I've seen you. I just wanted you to know that Louis is still in our thoughts and you and your family are still in our prayers. Louis will never be forgotten, I just wanted you to know that.
I was going through some pictures the other day and saw one with all of the kids doing Tae Kwon Do together and it reminded me of how diligent Louis was and how proud I was to watch him work so hard. The kids think of him a lot, too.
Jessie is a Marine and Lowell just got out of the Marines. She is supposed to go to Iraq in January 2009 and I am worried for her.
Anyway, just know you are always in our thoughts and prayers.
Hope you are doing OK. Take care of yourself.
God bless you and your family."
Brenda of Ft. Drum, NY USA

"Gary I was so sorry to hear about Louis.
I remember the time we all went camping together. In fact I still have a photo of Louis, David, and my daughter sitting together
at the campsite."
Terry of Tennessee

"Well Lewis I remember when i heard the news I was in complete shock and didnt know what to do. I remember me and you spending the night at each others houses, and playing in your backyard. I remember playing football with you and gonig to school together. i remember driving you home from school. And i remember the day I saw you when you just got your new motorcycle you were so happy. That is the last memeory i have. I am now a Marine as well and i think of you often. your friend for all time. semper fi"
Cpl. Pedigo of Temple Tx

"Sorry for your lost Louis died for what he believed in. I am from the 1st Marine division stationed in Camp Pendleton, Ca.. I got out after 15 years and two purple hearts. Your son will not be forgotten. He was a true Devil Dog. (Simper Fi)"
GySgt Jose Qualls of Washington DC

"There arent enough words to express how grateful I am that you have sacrificed the ultimate. I have freedom because of you and others that have gone before you and that will follow after you. Ive been blessed with a wonderful life because of you and our service men and women. I'm humbled to tears with thankfulness. Last week I let my son leave to Fortknox Kentucky for basic training in the US ARMY. I couldnt be more proud of this young man.. I couldnt be more in fear to knowing that he to may become a fallen hero. But hes doing what he knows is a great thing just like you did the day you left. Thankyou Thankyou for protecting my loved ones my friends my family. Peace be with the family of this brave young man that left this world to young to soon.."
JoAnn of Joliet, Il

"It feels as if it was yesterday when I got the news louis I honestly thought it was a joke I just never thought you would leave us in such a way we used to do so much together football, baseball, rotc everything. I had to drive by your dads house to see for myself when I saw the news cameras it hit me I called your dad and he told me what happened I still have a hard time dealing with you not being here I guess I took you for granted I know this all sounds like banter from a sissy but you were my friend someone I could always talk to we all miss you man george, sam, jamie, all of us we can only hope that you arent forgotten and the reason you faught and gave your life will never be diluted or deamed meaningless by those who are ignorant or by those who didn't know you. Semper Fi Louis and may god rest your soul see you in a little while!"
RED of Temple,TX

"HEY LEWIS ITS AUNT ANGEL BABY I LOVED U AND AM SO PROUD OF U.BOBBYS THEIR WITH U NOW SHOW HIM THE ROPES FOR ME OK.NOT ONLY WAS BOBBBY YOUR COUSIN HE WAS A BROTHER MARINE SO TWO BEHAVE TILL I GET THERE OKAY.LOVE U FOREVER AN EVER.LOVE AUNT ANGEL"
ANGEL TWITTY THACKER of CONROE TEXAS

"Marine Lance Cpl. Louis W. Qualls

WOW LOUIS I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR DEFENDING OUR COUNTRY AND ITS FREEDOM!!!! BECAUSE OF U WE ARE A SAFER COUNTRY!!! I REMEBER WHEN I FIRST MET YOU. WE WERE WALKING DOWN THE HALL WAY TO ENGLISH CLASS AND WE WERE LOOKING AT THESE FRESHMEN THAT THOUGHT THEY WERE BIG AND BAD BECAUSE THEY WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL. AND U WERE LIKE MAN THEY HAVE A LOT TO LEARN. I MISS YOU, U WERE A GREAT PERSON TO BE AROUND ALWAYS POSTIVE NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME WAS. U ALWAYS BE REMEBERD AND LOVED. U ARE MY HERO AND ALWAYS WILL BE. MY HERO WEARS COMBAT BOOTS ALWAYS!!!!!"
NICHOLE of TEMPLE TEXAS

"Gary, I am so honored that you gave me your permission to have Louis' name engraved on a braclet, which I wear proudly every day. He is always in my thoughts and prayers. I have two nephews who have been to Iraq and are so thankful that they returned safely. I visit the National Cemetery in Grand Praire each time I am in the DFW area. When I leave it is always with tears in my eyes and a prayer for Louis, you, your family and all of those who came before Louis and after Louis. Thank you for sharing your memories of Louis with me. cdmc612@yahoo.com"
Denise Carver of Waco, TX

"the last time i saw him we knew each other but couldn't for the life of us remeber where and when we met, but marines rarely do. that chance meeting for those few minutes will last a life time. he was dirty as heck and just laughed and said it was hard to find a washing machine in fallujah.
it was outside the chowhall and for some reason of the few thing that i clearly remember from that year out there he is one them.

To his family,
thank you for such a great son and dedicated marine may god ease your pain SEMPER FI"
vasquez of CBL-1

"Dear Mr. Qualls,

My name is Chance Nix, i served with your son on my first tour. I have recently returned back from Iraq on my second tour where i recieved a purple heart. It's been over two years now since our first tour and it is strange. It feels like it was so long ago that we were there, yet it also feels like yesterday. I still find it hard to talk about all of this. Once again i would love to talk to you if you wouldn't mind writing me. i have a new e-mail address, chance.nix@hotmail.com. There are not words to express how i fell. take care and to you louis, we shall met again old friend. we shall met again."
chance nix of Euless, texas

"Gary,

Sir. It's been two years since Louis left us to be in a better place and the pain for me still lingers. I can remember his smile, laughter and sesne of pride in what we were doing. You were his hero. You embodied all he wanted to be and he tried to be the best Marine he could and be like you as much as he could. I told you once before that i didn't have the words, and i still don't. Only know he won't be forgotten and his memory will continue on through us all. Peace be with you my brother. One day we will meet again. Semper Fi. GySgt C.M. Cobb"
GySgt C.M. Cobb 2/14 of Frot Worth, Texas

"Dear louis w. qualls thanks for serving for our country,you did a lot for us you are our heroe."
karla cervantes of mcallen tx. u.s

"Louis,
It's been a while since you left us, and I just wanted to let you know that you have not been forgotten, nor has your sacrifice. I know you would be proud of three of your Tae Kwon Do friends who are following in your footsteps. Lowell has become a United States Marine and will deploy to Iraq in January; Jessica is just starting USMC Boot Camp at Parris Island; and Chrissy, who is fervently supporting her two children, the service of her husband on his second, year-long deployment to Iraq, and the wives and families of those who serve with her husband. They all honor you and your sacrifice with their service to America. I honor you with a salute, and a promise to never, ever forget!"
MAJ Vince Messbarger of Honolulu, Hawaii/USA

"To the family of Louis Qualls,I never knew your son but I appreciate his sacrifice.I was reading a story online and saw that his father Gary is in Crawford Texas leading the side of our heros.I lost my son CPL. Christopher Ebert near Fallujah about a month before you lost your dear Louis.I know the pain and agony that you feel.As you have just passed the anniversary of his death just know that others are praying for you as they pray for all of us who have lost someone.Please accept my condolences on your loss and continue to remember your hero with pride.Semper Fi"
Shirley Ebert of Union Mills,N.C.

"Gary and David,

My thoughts were with you last Wednesday, 11/16/05, as this day marked the anniversary of Louis' passing. I am a Marine Mom who has a son that is with 2/14 and served beside Louis. I hope you know that these young men with 2/14 continue to share stories of Louis, and he remains strongly anchored in their hearts and mine too. They share stories of him on his birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, the anniversary of their deployment, and many times in between. His memory will continue to embrace so many lives that he touched. I know he does every single day in our home. We will continue to keep his birthday and other dates marked on our calendar. We will never forget and we will always remain faithful. God Bless you and your family. We love you and miss you Louis!"
Julie, Proud Marine Mom of 2/14 Marine of Plano, Texas

"Your actions won't be forgotten. Thanks you so much for what you have done and accomplished."

"To the Qualls Family:
I did not find out about Louis' death until this past summer when I was home on leave. Being stationed in Germany, you get to see the effects of the war with the wounded soldiers that come through the hospital here. It was such a shock to learn by way of a poster about his sacrifice. I am in the Air Force but considered joining the Marines. Louis was in the recruiters office when I was checking it out. He had just returned from training and was on leave. He was so full of life and so enthusiastic to be doing his part. I only wish I had known him better in high school. His actions will never be forgotten. Thank you for raising such a great hero."
Sarah Bogart (formerly O'Neil) of Ramstein AB, Germany

"Dear Louis,
You were a wonderful person. I remember meeting you over at Hannah Becks house in moffet the summer before we started high school. We were in ROTC together and I will always remember your smile!! I am now and ARMY wife and proud supporter of our troops. You will always remain a HERO in my heart. God bless you and your family."
Cassie Lee (formerly Cassie Casey) of Johnson City, TN

"dear gary,
this last year or so has been hard. it hard to believe that qualls is no longer with us. I served with your son in iraq. he was a good man and one of the best marines i can think of. i remember the day i met (louis)qualls. we were in the motor pool at our base in grand prairie. we were making crude jokes like marines always do. I can still see his shinning smile even now. this is hard for me to do because i have not written about this since his passing. I truely wish to speak with you to help my peace of mind. i am sorry for you lose but he was too my brother as much as your son. he will forever be in my heart as a good marine, great person, and wonderful friend. the world could not ask for more. Thank you Gary. Louis was like a shooting star across the sky, for a short time he burned brighter than the rest but the trail he left will always be seen. Taken away to early from us. I miss him and once again, would love to speak with you even if it's over the internet. my e-mail is southernsatan@aol.com. Rest in peace my dear friend... your like an angel to the rest of us."
Chance Nix of Dallas, Tx,

"Gary, I had the pleasure of meeting you at a GOP luncheon and than again at"Ft. Louis" during the "Support Our Soldier's" rally in Crawford. I am so proud of you for your continued support of all the troops, especially after your loss. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about Louis and his ultimate sacrifice for all of us. God Bless you and your family."
Denise Carver of Waco, Texas

"Gary & David,
It was so moving to have seen you in DC this past weekend - please know that he will NOT be forgotten. The 3/1 will always remember.
Janelle W."
Janelle of Annapolis, MD

"I heard you on The Laura Ingraham show and cried. Your son will be in my prayers. He was a hero that made the ultimate sacrifice in order to make the world safer for my family. I hope somehow he knows we are grateful. God Bless your family. You raised a wonderful son."
Linda of Philadelphia

"To Louis' family: Thank you. I know these words are not enough because they were said to me when I lost my son in Iraq in 2003. I will never get over losing my son, but I am very proud of him. I know you are proud of Louis too. May you find comfort in knowing that he is watching over you and taking care of his family from Heaven. I know my son is doing the same. Although our sons did not fight and die in the same area, I'm sure they've become friends up in Heaven. God bless you, and thank you.

Most sincerely,
the proud mother of an Army soldier,

Maria T. (Terry) Saldivar
Mother of PFC Anthony S. Miller
US Army, 3rd Infantry Div.
odietojoy@yahoo.com"

"Louis, I remeber back to when you sat next to me in ROTC at t.h.s. our freshman year. You were always there for me, just to listen. Well now as a military wife, and a mother, i want to personally thank you for having my back!!! Thank you to your family, loosing you was a huge sacrafic! But i want to truely thank you for protecting us. You are truely a hero forever! Always in my prayers!"
Kristy Marter of Indianapolis, IN

"The United States of America is the great and blessed country that it is because of HEROES like Louis. America is forever in your debt.
GOD Bless and keep you always,"
James & Jeanne May of Beaumont, TX, USA

"Dear Louis,
I remember you from Temple High School we had R.O.T.C. Together and i want to say is that i miss you and i know that heaven was missing an angel and i know u are up there watching over all of us and Thank You for what you did for this country and you are my hero always and forever. We All Miss You Very Much."
Michelle Torres Diaz of Temple Texas

"Gary,
Our sons served together in Fallujah. I grieved when I heard that Louis had been killed. I grieve still. No one can give more than Louis gave. Thank you for such a wonderful son. He loved you very much. Nick and Dan both said how much he wanted to be like you. Neither of them have come to grips with Louis' death and I don't know if they ever will, but they are brothers forever. All my prayers go to you and your family."
Beth Weaver of Duncanville, TX

"Dear Gary:
We are so proud of what you are doing in honor of Louis' life. The girls, Madison, Sydney, Savannah and Elle, who sang for you and Gary at the Bell County Jamboree, want you to know how much we support you. At Louis' funeral in Dallas, you told us our little girls had a marine in heaven looking out for them. They talk to their angel Louis all the time. Please keep in touch. We love and support you. The Girls."
Candis Low of Arlington, Texas

"Dear Gary:
We are so proud of what you are doing in honor of Louis' life. The girls, Madison, Sydney, Savannah and Elle, who sang for you and Gary at the Bell County Jamboree, want you to know how much we support you. At Louis' funeral in Dallas, you told us our little girls had a marine in heaven looking out for them. They talk to their angel Louis all the time. Please keep in touch. We love and support you. The Girls."
Candis Low of Arlington, Texas

"God bless Louis W. Qualls and his family and all people throughout our country's history who have given so much that all might have FREEDOM. There will always be those of us who will fight for those who cannot fight for themselves."
David R Thompson of Tucson, AZ.

"Thank you for defending freedom. No one can do more than that."
A Dad of Lexington, Ky

"Lance Corporal Qualls—Your dad says he carries you in his heart, and so do we, many many who never met you but know of you, your story, your kindness and your bravery. We remember you and your family, even now, and always."
#68 of Denver CO

"I served with qualls over in iraq. He was an awesome marine and a good friend. Rest in peace buddy"
Ryan of Dallas, Texas

"I was in Tae Kwon Do with Louis. We should all be proud of what he has done for our country. I will never forget his sacrifice. He was a wonderful friend and a loving person."
Christina Messbarger Kristynik of Temple, TX

"03/10/05
Thank you Louis for all you did for our country. You are indeed a hero and we will remember you as such. God does work in mysterious ways but it is His plan we must follow. You are standing guard duty for Him now until we are all together again. May He grant your family peace and comfort. Thanks again brave Marine."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"I share the grief you are feeling,I lost my son the same day you did.I have wanted to call and talk to you ,but I just couldn't .They are in Gods hands now ,our angels.Proud Marine mom of Sgt.Christopher T.Heflin"
Lisa Ellis of Paducah,Ky

"to my son sorry it took so long in writting;but i just stumbled on this sight. I WANTED TO LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU.AS FAR BACK AS I CAN REMMBER YOU ALWAYS HAD THE MILITARY IN YOUR HEART. I CAN REMMBER THE FRIST MILITARY JACKET YOU WORE AND THE BOOTS THAT WERE TO BIG TO FIT YOU. WHEN OTHER KIDS WERE ARUGING TO HAVE TOYS YOU JUST WANTED THAT DESERT STROM CLOTHES TO COMPLETE YOUR COLLECTION.I REMMBER WHEN YOU FRIST TOLD MY BROTHER THAT YOU WOULD BE JOING THE MARINES AT THE AGE OF 13. I THOUGHT IT TO BE A JOKE BUT IT CAME TO BE MORE. I REMMBER THE TIME WE WERE ON THAT BUS RIDE AT THE AGE OF 5 AND TALK TO THAT MAN ABOUT EVERYTHING THERE WAS TO SAY ABOUT THE MILITARY ,YOU WOULD THINK YOU WERE IN THE MILITARY. I COULDN'T FIGURE IT OUT WHY GOD DID YOU TAKE MY SON:THEN I LOOKED AT ALL THE PICTURES I'D TAKEN AND I CAME TO RELIZE THAT WAS GODS PLAN ALL ALONG FOR HE NEEDED YOU SO SO MANY COULD HAVE A CHANCE TO FIND THEIR WAY TO HIM.WHEN I TOOK MY LAST PICTURE OF YOU AND WENT ON OUR LAST SHOPPING SPREE YOU BOUGHT MILITARY CLOTHES AND A MILITARY WATCH.WHEN YOU TOLD ME THAT YOU WERE JOING THE MARINES I TRIED SO HARD TO TALK YOU OUT OF IT,BUT I KNEW IN MY HEART THAT YOU HAD TO FOLLOW THE PATH THAT WAS SET OUT FOR YOU.WHEN YOU TOLD ME YOU WERE GOING TO IRAQ,I TRIED TO TELL YOU DON'T GO,BUT I KNEW THE PATH AND WHERE YOUR HEART WAS,YOU TOLD ME YOU HAD TO GO BECAUSE YOUR FRIENDS AND YOUR BROTHERS WERE THEIR THEY NEEDED YOU,I COULD NOT ARGUE WITH THAT.I REMMBER THAT YOU ALWAYS KEPT YOUR FRIENDS CLOSE TO YOUR HEART.ONE TIME YOU BROKE CREWFEW TO WALK TO THE STORE FOR A FRIEND. HOW YOU DISAPPEARED WITH ONE TO GO TO CHURCH.I REMMBERED WE ALL WERE SITTING AT A ASISAN RESTARANT AND GOT FORTUNE COOKIES AND YOURS SAID YOU WOULD FIND THE TRUTH, THIS CONCERNED YOU AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE WAR AND GODS PLANS,THAT SEEMED TO EASE YOUR WORRIES.I HAVE SO MANY PICTURES AND MEMORIES OF YOU THAT I'LL KEEP CLOSE TO MT HEART. YOU NEVER DID ANYTHING HALF WAY AND I HAVE YOUR FATHER TO THANK FOR THAT.I REMMBER WHEN YOU GO YOUR FRIST TATOO AND HOW YOU WERE SO WORRIED TO DISAPOINT YOUR FATHER,BUT YOU DIDN'T.I REMMBER YOU SAYING YOU WANTED TO MAKE YOUR FATHER PROUD OF YOU AND TO MAKE HIM HAPPY AND HOW YOU FELT MORE OF A FATHER TO YOUR BROTHER DAVID AND HOW MUCH YOU LOVED HIM LOUIS GREAT CONCERN FOR HIM.I REMMBER THE TROUBLE HE HAD IN TRIG.AND HOW HE TRIED TO EXPLIAN IT TO ME.HOW HE WORKED AND PLAYED BALL. I REMMBER HIS FRIST GAME HE EVER PLAYED AND WHEN HE WANTED TO PLAY MUSIC,THE TRUMBONE. THAT WAS SHORT LIVE THOUGH.I ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT HIM WHEN HE WAS GONE I RELIZED HE WAS NOT IN MY HANDS BUT GOD HAD HIM ALL ALONG.SO WHEN YOU HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT GOD OR YOU FEEL YOU CAN'T MAKE IT THINK OF LOUIS AND HOW GOD USED HIM TO SAVE SO MANY LIVES.I'M A MOTHER OF A FALLEN MARINE,THAT BECAME A HERO,THAT BECAME AN ANGEL OF GOD.WHEN WE WERE GOING TO LOUIS FUNERAL I LOOKED TO THE SKIES AND THERE WAS A CLOUD PRFECTLY MADE INTO A EAGEL AND GOD GAVE ME A SIGH THAT MY SON WAS WITH HIM.NOW GOD IS GIVING LOUIS DIFFERENT ASSIMENTS AND TO HELP DIFFERNT SET OF FRIENDS.LOUIS CAME TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO ME,LIKE WHEN JESUS SAID GOOD-BYE TO HIS MOTHER. IN MY DREAM WE TALKED I WAS SO HAPPY.I COULD GO ON AND ON."
THE MOTHER OF A FALLEN HERO THAT BECAME A HERO THAT NOW IS A AGEL OF GOD of NORTHLITTLEROCK,AR

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

"Louis Qualls was a great partner to work with, and a GREAT friend. We used to talk all the time at the 2/14 unit, and I miss him a lot. I felt warm the day when you and your son was at the unit, Mr. Gary Qualls, somehow the day went from gloomy to bright and sunny in a matter of seconds. I believe he was watching over us that day, and to this day... he still watches us."
LCpl Marcus Smith of Richardson, Texas

"To Louis' Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Louis' Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Louis W. Qualls,

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 USA

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

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Louis Qualls:
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 Louis for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Louis Qualls:
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 Louis, 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