Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Pierre A. Raymond

28, of Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Raymond died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained in Ramadi, Iraq, on September 15, 2005 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces using indirect fire. He was assigned to the Army Reserve's 228th Forward Support Battalion, 28th Infantry Division, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Died on September 20, 2005.

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"Pierre. There's not a day that has gone by, that I haven't missed having such a great friend in my life. I miss all the times we laughed and hung out. I still remember the day you told me, you enlisted. How proud I was. How sad I was at the same time, that a friend might be in the line of danger and I would not be able to be there to help in anyway. But I was proud of you none the less. I just wish that it was not you that had to give the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for serving. Thank you for blessing my life with being such a great friend. I could never figure out why you were always smiling and so positive all the time. But it was your way of showing me that I can't take everything as seriously as I did then. I learned to smile a little from you. Through the years. I've learned to smile a lot. You would be proud. There's not one day that has gone by that I wish we could still at least hangout and have a few laughs. I miss that. Rest in peace my friend. Miss you..."
Sisouk of Portsmouth, NH/United States

"Pierre, thank you for your service and for fighting for our freedom. I went to high school with you, and tomorrow I will go to the feast of the three saints in Lawrence, MA; there you will be memorialized with the presentation of a red sash, and be inducted as an official member of the society. I will be thinking of you all day! VIVA PIERRE! Long live Pierre Raymond. RIP."
J.L.F.G. of NH

"Our Veteran's Day 2010 Program to be held in Windham NH, will include honors for the sacrifice of Army Sgt. Pierre A. Raymond, a 1994 graduate of Salem High School, Salem, NH. (Windham had no HS and our students attended Salem HS). Our community does not forget it's own. To the family of Pierre Raymond: please find comfort knowing that his memory lives on in the neighborhood of his youth."
Bea H. of Windham, NH

"For two years I worked with Pierre at the Basil restaurant in Paoli Pennsylvania. In a business that is filled with backstabbing rats Mr. Pierre was one of the few exceptions. Always professional and always kind I was so very lucky to become one of Pierre's friends. His sympathetic nature and endearing laugh made everyone love him at the restaurant. Shortly before he had to return to the armed service he waited on the Baby Shower that was thrown for my soon-to-be-born son Sebastian. Sebastian was born on 7/11/05 which was sadly after Pierre had been sent over seas. I wish my son had the chance to have met such a kind gentle soul that was Pierre. Every year when Sebastian's birthday arrives I always think of Pierre and how he made that shower so very special. He often said to me "We have to get together and do something ." I let my work schedule get in the way and we never did . Everyday work should never get in the way of being with loved ones or great friends like Pierre. Time slips away and with that goes the chances to be around those few special people you meet in life. Who doesn't miss Pierre: his humor and humility is missed by everyone who ever met him. It has been almost five years now since his noble yet sad passing. His family raised a great person....."
Elliott Bisnow of West Chester, Pa.

"Pierre was like no other person I have ever met. I really mean that. He was so funny and lighthearted. I will miss our chats but I know I will see him again."
Kari of San Diego, CA

"I just heard the unfortunate news about Pierre. I was his Team Chief during our 3ID days at Ft Stewart, Ga. What I remember most about Pierre was his ability to make light of any situation he would be in. There was never a day that would go by that he didn't have some great jokes and make us all laugh. To his family: You raised an incredible young man who gave his all in whatever he did. We're all better for having a man like Pierre enter our lives. Thank you."
Eric Mulero of Round Rock, TX

"pierre i found out that we (my unit) was going home on sept 11 2003 from balad iraq (lsa anaconda) i just want u 2 know that it was a pleasure to have know u and your family and i did go to see your mom when i found out u have passed on . i will go and say hello to your mom when i can.and my unit is redloying next year and i will alway's keep u in my prayer's . and i will come home safe i hope and if not i guess u will see me again and we will talk peace and rest in peace sgt raymond."
spc sapienza matthew j of derry nh

"Hey Pierre, just thinking of you on this Veterans Day. I've got myself a real job with a cubicle and your picture is above my desk. Thank you and your family for so much sacrifice. And thanks for all the smiles I've enjoyed thinking about your *uh um* laugh."
Jason M. Zerbey of Wilmington, DE, USA

"August 20, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Pierre A. Raymond:
Pierre 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

"Pierre, I met you once although I felt as though I knew you forever.My twin brother Steve was your friend, you meet in basic training. I loved you from the moment I met you and still to this day, three years after your death, think of you often!! Thank You to you and your family. You will not be forgotten!"
Bonnie Leininger of Lompoc, CA.

"i just found this sight, i want to say how sorry i am for you. i never met SGT Raymond but he came to a place to do his part when so many others found a way to get out of there job. i was in Ramadi for a year and i saw a lot of things but i knew that i was doing my job. he will always have my respect. i dont know how you feel and will never say that i do but i want you to know i am truely sorry. he will always be in my thought."
SSG John Sullender of Jackson Tn

"I will never forget that day. I'm sorry for not being able to meet you. You were only with us a short while. I didn't meet you, but I will never forget you. Thank you for your service my brother in arms. I continue to pray for your family."
SSG James Easley of 779th Maint Co. Centerville, Tn

"To the family of:Pierre A. Raymond 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"

"Pierre,

I know we hadn't talked in many years when you passed away, but I thought about you often and how you always made everyone laugh. I still think about that - I remember visiting you and Barbara in Georgia and your close relationship with her. I'm still praying for the healing of your family."
Francine Aftanas of Guam, USA

"I was his Team Leader when he was assigned to the 3rd ID in Bosnia. I also served in Iraq with the Guard. He was always a great soldier and I mourn your loss. He is a true hero."
SSG Jereme Austin of Mauston, Wisconsin

"I miss you Pierre. Your infectious laugh, your sparkling eyes. You were such a great friend."
Stephenie of NH

"Over The Rainbow
(Arlen-Harburg)
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Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of
Once in a lullaby

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true

Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?
Some day I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemondrops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow
Bluebirds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then, oh why can't I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh why can't I?"

"In 6 days, we will be celebrating Pierre's 1st annual remembrance. I miss my brother so much, and I appreciate the posts people have put up in memory of him. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. I am comforted by your words. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers."
Barbara Bell of Palo Alto, CA

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Pierre A Raymond, Iíve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country 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, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Pierre, along with 49 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"I considered Pierre to be a good friend and a good man- and I miss talking with him very much. I hope his family knows just how much he loved them. I'm sure he is watching over all of you, and please know that he is in the thoughts and good memories of many."
Nichole of Massachusetts

"Hey Buddy- Just want to tell you how much we love you down here in PA. Not a day goes by the I am not thinking about you. I drive by the turn to your place everyday and I can see your back window where we would sit out back and talk. Everytime that any of the group gets together you will inevitably come up, the great thing is that you still make us laugh it may be a sad laughter but you can still make us all smile. I just want you to know that you are still in our hearts and we love you so much. I love you you so much, I miss my friend. I miss tryin to mess with and you just standing their and laughing that laugh that only you could do. God bless you man. We love you
Pete"
Peter J. Raffetto of Exton P.A.

"MR.RAYMOND
I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR GIVING YOUR LIFE FOR THIS COUNTRY.YOU DESERVE SO MUCH REGIGNITION FOR YOUR ACTIONS THAT ON VETERANS DAY,2005 THE AIRFORCE JROTC UNIT OF SALEM HIGH SCHOOL IN SALEM NH, PLAYED THE TAPS FOR YOU WITH YOUR MOTHER PRESENT. THE CHORUS OF THE SCHOOL SANG THE SONG"LET THEM HEAR YOU. IT BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES WHEN I THOUGH ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU SACRIFICED FOR OUR COUNTRY. I AM A MEMBER OF THE SALEM,NH AFJROTC UNIT AND I AM PROUD TO HONOR YOU. THANK YOU AND YOU WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU FOR YOUR LIFE.I LOVE YOU"
KIM. T of WINDHAM,NH,USA

"It's been about 1 and a half months since my dear friend Pierre has passed. I still think about him and his family everyday, hoping they are coping. He was truly the best person I've ever known. Full of life to the max, so happy, and always friendly. I keep a picture of him in my car, so that every morning when I go to work, I think of him and hope I can carry on his outlook and joy of life that day.
Always in my heart, Pierre. Can't wait to see you again."
Marissa Costanzo of Newbury, MA

"To the family of Sgt. Raymond--Your son is a great American hero and I will never stop being grateful for the sacrifice that you have made and he has made to ensure that this country can be free and strong. Please accept my condolences. I am so, so sorry for your loss."
Samantha Letizio of Salem, NH

"To the family of Pierre Raymond; Thank you for your sacrifice. Love & Respect"
cathy of lawrence, mass

"Pierre's funeral services start in 3 minutes from now; I regret that I cannot be there in person. I stopped by the Raymonds on sunday to pay my respects.
Before Pierre joined the Army, we ran every morning at 5AM-6AM, depending on if we could wake up at 5 or 6 at Lawrence stadium - up and down the stairs twice, 4 laps, then back home. We had excellent conversations about life and happiness - only good times...never bad.
I love Pierre very much and will miss him. People tell me that he is probably happy in Heaven, but he was already happy here. His mum says that God must know better, and that God needed Pierre's help to help us. I agree with her - her faith is incredible!
I saw Pierre's medals, including his Purple Heart, that he received but will never see - everyone is saying he is a hero for his bravery in the war, but it's not the whole truth.
He was already my hero, and he was a hero to every person he came into contact with - for always smiling, always being positive, dancing when no one else would dare - with the dance floor empty!
He was our hero first, and he will be missed. This unexpected loss has left a tightening in my throat that seems as though it will never go away, and an ache in my heart. God speed, Pierre, and hope to meet again in the afterlife!
Love always..."
John Surette of Stamford, CT

"I did'nt know your son but I'm a single mother of 3 and I don't know what i would do without any of my children. I will ask God to give your entire family strength and I will pray for you.. God Bless"
Denise of Lawrence, MA

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

"Dear, Pierre,

You are greatly loved and admired and will not be forgotten by your city or your country for the ultimate sacrifice you have made for all of us."
Sharon DuBois of Lawrence, MA USA

"Pierre, for 14 years you were one of the best people I ever knew. I love you so much and think about everyday. You were brave, kind hearted and loving. I am so proud of you in this world and in the next. God just got so lucky."
Angela of Los Angeles, CA

"TO PIERE'S FAMILY
PIERRE WAS A GREAT PERSON AND TRUE AMERICAN HERO. I THANK YOU FOR HIS SACRIFICE, AND YOUR FAMILIES SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY EVERYONE WHO KNEW HIM. YOU COULD NEVER FORGET PIERRE."
GEORGE LEAVITT of SALEM, NH

"TO THE RAYMOND FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. THANK YOU PIERRE FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON GREGORY. HE AS YOU ALWAYS WATCHING OVER ONE ANOTHER. NOW YOU ARE UNITED AGAIN WITH GREGORY. MY TEARS NEVER STOPPED ROLLING DOWN MY CHEEKS WITH NEWS OF OUR SON. THE TEARS FLOW OF YOU PIERRE. YOU ARE A HERO! ONE THAT NEEDS TO BE REMEMBERED TODAY AND FOREVER. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Pierre Raymond, 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 Sgt. Pierre Raymond:
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 Pierre 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 Sgt. Pierre Raymond:
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 Pierre, 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