Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. William Douglas Richardson

30, of Houston, Texas.
Richardson died of wounds sustained from a non-hostile vehicle accident near Al Taqaddum, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to Marine Wing Support Squadron-372, Marine Wing Support Group-37, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 30, 2005.

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"I'm glad your here with us tonight enjoying the greatest music! We love you and miss you everyday!"
sarah & Paul richardson of houston Texas

"Doug,
You will always be my hero! Take care of MiMi (NaNa.)"
Aunt Doretta of La Porte, Texas

"To the family of:William Douglas Richardson
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""

"i didnt know you, but i feel like it is my responsibility to say someting. knowing my brother justin roberts is going to iraq soon and wants to come back as an officer, i am very scared about what the outcome may be. i want to say thank you for being there fo each individual that needed you at the time. i met you once at my old house. you were very nice and when i heard about your death, i didnt want to believe it. so i want to say sorry to each person that has to go through greiving time."
katie of katy tx 77450

"Doug, will be thinking of you especially over this weekend. Memorial Day 2009. RIP Marine."
SSgt (Ret) R. Hernandez Jr. (Military Police) of Killeen, TX

"November 21, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. William Douglas Richardson:
William 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

"Doug i know we didnt get to talk much or anything or see each other and but u are very important to me and its been almost 2 years since u left us and i still miss u. u were like a uncle to me and jordan and when i say this i mean it we all miss u"
jarriet jensen of brookshire,texas

"I knew Doug back in 1994-1998. We worked at the PMO at MCAS Tustin, CA, he was a great person and Marine."
Lee of San Diego, CA

"I grew up with Doug and to this day I still miss him, I know he is in heaven smiling down at us, He was a great friend and it was an honor to know him I love you Doug We will never forget the love you had for your Country and the sacrifice you made"
Minnie of Houston, TX

"You I never said anything when all this happen. Doug is my best friend brother and fellow Marine. Even though Doug was a year younger then myself I always look up to him. I sorry that this happen. I miss Doug more than anybody will ever know. Doug will always be someone that I look up to. You are a great men who show me the way to Corps and I Thank You very much for that. Know that Jarriet, Jordan and myself miss you. SEMPER FI"

"Catherine, Family, Fellow Marines and Friends of SSgt Richardson: I have fond memories of serving with Doug at MCAS Miramar and on recruiting duty at RS Houston. I think about Doug and Catherine daily. I think about 2 LCpls (Military Police) who became great friends and eventually married. Catherine, when you two dated, Doug would keep me informed of how your relationship was progressing. I watched him fall in love with you. He came to my office just prior to proposing to you to inform me of his intent to ask you to marry him. He told me when he was planning leave to go ask for your father's permission to marry you. I will never forget that young, polite Marine, that young man. He remains in my prayers. God bless you and yours and may God bless and keep Doug close to his side."
LtCol Karla Jessup of MCRD Parris Island , SC

"Doug is the reason that I have a husband and a family. I met Doug at a rodeo in 1997 and that very night he introduced me to my husband Michael Wittner. I have been with my husband since the day we met. Doug was the best mas at our wedding along with his friend Chris. We love you Doug and wish that we could have been in Texas with the family - being in Okinawa we are so far away! Bull and Sparky we love you too. Please stay safe and we will see you back hojme soon."
Theresa, Michael adn Michayla Wittner of Okinawa, Japan

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

"Doug,
Both in TX and VA I throughly enjoyed every converstion we had. I wish there had been more. You made me laugh especially when you would joke about being an officers' spouse and attending coffees. I was just thinking about you telling us how the movers had lost part of Catherine's table when you moved to VA as well as the anxious time we spent sitting at the food court awaiting our OCS graduates return flight in to Houston. You were so at ease with us. You touched many lives. I will always remember how proud you looked, in your non-Military best, at the TBS Birthday Ball with Catherine at your side. That was the last time I ever saw you and the memory will be burned forever in my mind. Your memory lives on.
Catherine,
Aaron and I wish we could have attended Doug's funeral or memorial service to pay our respects. I hope you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. We are only a phone call away."
Michele Awtry of 29 Palms, CA

"Dear Mrs. Richardson and Family, I wish to offer to you my deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your William is a true American Hero. He will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless you William."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"I am SSgt William D. Richardson's wife - Thank you for posting, reading your messages gives me comfort. Doug (as we called him) was an amazing man and a great leader of Marines. All who knew him, loved and respected him. He is missed terribly."
Catherine Richardson of Oceanside, CA

"To the Richardson family from the Wahl family. Deeply sadden by the news of William. William you arecan American HERO! Thank You for serving our COUNTRY. For being a military brother to our son. I realize serving two differnt branched. You could not of known one another. Still the military family has no boarders. Soldiers watch over one another. You are someone's someone and you are someone to the Wahl family. An hopefully to every american. William takes a very unselfish individual as yourself. Tpo answer the calling to serve our country. Very few ever do! You unselfishly risked everything for us all. To give the Iraqi people HOPE! To one day live in peace. As you have made AMERICA alot safer since 911. Without brave soldiers as yourself. America would not be what? It is today! My heart and prays are with you William and your family. Please reach out to your community and political leaders today. Request a street be named in William's honour. It is the very least his community can do to honour HIM! God Bless! father of fallen soldier US Army Sgt Gregory L. Wahl KIA Balad, Iraq 05-03-04"
Leonard Wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"I am truly sorry for your loss and the loss of yet another Texan. May you find comfort and strength in God to face the road ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on 24 April 2005"

"Thank you William Richardson, 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 Staff Sgt. William Richardson:
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 William 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 Staff Sgt. William Richardson:
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 William, 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