Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Capt. Gregory A Ratzlaff

36, of Olympia, Washington.
Ratzlaff died due to a non-combat related incident at Forward Operating Base Duke, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 166, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California. Died on August, 2004.

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"To the family of:Gregory A.Ratzlaff
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"3-31-11"

All of us guys from TBS and flight school think of you and talk about you often. My wife Kelly and I included you in our wedding by lighting a lantern in your name. Everyone who read the program thought of you that day.
Obviously, you are missed by many. You were a wonderful guy. I'm glad to have been your friend."
Chris Dalton of San Diego, CA

"Greg, I wish I could go back to the days when we were hanging out in San Diego going through FRS. Thanks for being a great friend. Every memorial day, I think about you and the freedom my family enjoys because of you. I wish you could meet them. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family."
Rob Randazzo of NC

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Capt. Gregory A. Ratzlaff:
Gregory 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

"Greg, my old Corpsman buddy - I will never, ever forget the constant raiding of each other's rooms with Super Soakers. I just learned of your passing and am so deeply saddened. I extend my heartfelt sympathies to your family.

Fair winds and following seas, shipmate."

"It's the soldier not the reporter who gives you the freedom of the press.

It's the soldier not the poet who gives you the freedom of speech.

It's the soldier not the campus organizer who allows you to demonstrate.

It's the soldier who salutes the flag, serves the flag, whose coffin is draped with the flag that allows the protester to burn the flag!!!

Terry Seebo of Orange,CA

"I served with Capt. Ratzlaff during the time of his passing, he is still truely missed by all of us. Anytime I flew with him I knew that it was going to be a good day. Wish he was still around but, it seems that God needed and great HAC to serve by his side. To the family I pray still do this day and his memory will never fade."
CPL Justin M. White of Jacksonville, NC

""To the family and friends of Capt. Gregory Ratzlaff:
Please know that my families prayers and thoughts are with you. I served with Capt. Ratzlaff aboard the USS Belleau Wood and in Iraq. I extend my gratitude for the sacrifice he has made in our countries calling.
Coporal James Miller of Falfurrias, Texas

You have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of a foreign country that will never know you. The majority of Iraqis understand and appreciate exactly what you stood for. You have fulfilled your commitment to the world as an American and as a United States Marine. Your family and friends can stand proudly every time they hear our Star Spangled Banner. As a fellow Marine, I thank you and your family for their sacrifice.
"Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever""
Alan H Barbour of Marshall, VA

"Will the friends or family of Gregory A. Ratzlaff, or any of the other soldiers who have died in Iraq who listed WA as their homestate, please contact me? I am with the WA state chapter of the Home of the Brave Quilt project, and I need addresses of next of kin, so I can ask them if we can make a quilt in honor of their soldier/marine. My email address is: barbnlamont@aol.com Thanks.""
Barb Shillinger of Aberdeen, WA

"How much more real war is when someone that you've known has given their life in service of country. I, (along with Brad H.) was a highschool classmate of Greg's. I pray that this message finds your family in the Lord's peace and comfort. Nobody can give more than you gave. John 15:13"
Chad Schnathorst (Hopper) Youth Pastor of Burien, WA USA

"Dear Mary,
You don't know me - but I know your sister Gena. We met last year as pilots at Falcon Field. So even if I don't know you personally, I want to condole my deepest sympathy!
God bless you!
Andreas of GERMANY - Hamburg

"I am a friend of your sister and therefore of you, too. Our country owes you everything. Rest in peace."
Craig Stark of Brea, CA USA

""Yea though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4"
Mazin Enwiya of Chicago, IL

"Ratz: I know you won't be able to read this, but the news of losing you is still hard to take. We went through high school together, swam competitively together (in fact, you were the one who convinced me to join with you), and even served together...despite the fact you chose the 'wrong' service.

From one Naval Aviator to another, Fair Winds & Following Seas. You have joined a list of friends that is growing far too long day by day...but you will always hold a sacred place in my heart!

Brad Haskin
United States Navy 1990-99
Highline High School, Burien Wa 1982-86"
Brad Haskin of Burien, Washington

"My deepest sympathy to the Ratzlaff family. Greg exemplified what it meant to be a great person and a great Marine. Good bye old friend."
Shannon (York) Anicas of New Orleans, LA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends, may time provide happy, loving memories in place of present sorrows. God Bless you."
a grateful citizen/family in arizona

"Thank you Gregory Ratzlaff, 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 Capt. Gregory Ratzlaff:
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 Gregory 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 Capt. Gregory Ratzlaff:
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 Gregory, 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