Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. David G. Ries

29, of Clark, Washington.
Ries died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group, Marine Corps Reserve, Portland, Oregon. Died on November 8, 2004.

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"If anyone wants to tell me about David here is my email- 2019tylerz@lacenterschools.org and my phone number-3602810412"
Zachary tyler of LaCenter WA

"I didn't really know David Ries until my mom told me that he is my biological father that I did not know about him till I was 7 years old and I wish I could have met him before he passed but I was only 1-1/2 years old when he was alive but I would like to meet my dads side of his family cause I have a lot of questions about him."
Zachary tyler of LaCenter, Washington, United States

"8, November 2016
Hey Staff Sergeant. I have a daughter now, she's 2 and has a great sense of humor. I think you'd get a kick out of her.
Semper Fi Devil Dog. You are not forgotten."
Sgt Stamm of Camarillo, CA

"8 November 2015
Not forgotten. We all miss you."
Sgt Stamm of CA

it has been a long time. I will never forget you, or you standing on the line calling out commands on the firing line. Know that you are thought of often.

Semper Fidelis,
MSgt Hernandez"
of Phoenix, Az

"Semper Fi Staff Sergeant."
Sgt Gideon Stamm of WA

"RIP Brother. Semper Fi."
Sgt Thomas Dawson of Wilton, NY

"Dave and I served in Kings Bay, 2/6 Echo Company 2nd Plattoon, and deployed to Okinawa, Japan together! He was a great man and we will honor him for eternity! My thoughts and prayers go out to his freinds and family! Until we meet again and thank you for your sacrifice!"
SGT Brad Trate of White Deer, PA

"Dave was my 1st Team leader Echo 2/6 97-98...I loved his sense of humor...He volunteered for the worst missions when everyone else hid...Just found out about this and I am just devastated! Until we meet again brother, Semper Fi!! My prayers to his family!"
Gonzo of Seaside Heights, NJ

"Served with Ssgt Ries in Fallujah,Iraq in 2004. RIP.You will always be by our side and forever in our hearts."
Jeff Scott of Honolulu, Hawaii

"8 November, 2013

You are not forgotten Staff Sergeant.
I'm proud to have served with you. I always think back to those "Family" dinners all of us had and the gourmet freeze dried coffee the Marine Corps so kindly provided us. I'm having one for you tonight brother.

P.S. I still think that dung beetle deserved a pardon though.

See you when I get there man."
Sgt Gideon Stamm 6th ESB, Portland OR of Snohomish, WA

"Rest in peace brother. It was a pleasure serving with you and you are missed."
Sgt Jeremy Willett of Portland, OR

"Gone but not forgotten"
Thomas j Felton of Roscommon M.i.

"8 November 2012
Not Forgotten
Semper-Fi Devil Dog"
Sgt Gideon Stamm of Snohomish WA

"8 November 2012
Not Forgotten.
Seper-Fi Devil Dog"
Sgt Gideon Stamm of Snohomish WA

"Hey Ries my partner Alison served with you and yesterday we made a small memorial for you hope you seen it......Thank you for giving your life up for me and my family......."
Kerri Marlette of Grand Rapids MI

"Seven Years ago SSGT Reis died in my arms. Not a day goes by that I wish I could have done more to save him. I think about that night every day and think about his family. I hope that you can some how forgive me. Semper Fi Marine"
SSGT Luderman BA of Rossford, Ohio

"7 years....seems unbelievable David. I will never forget the journey home watching over you. Semper Fi my brave friend."
Christie Weber former SSgt of Fredericksburg, Va

"7 yrs ssgt."
Unknown of Gr

"8 November 2011,
7 Years now SSGT. All of us having chow and drinking that horrible freeze dried coffee every evening is one of the best memories I have of that place.

Semper Fi Devil Dog. You'll never be forgotten."
Sgt Gideon Stamm of Snohomish WA

"Hey ssgt.
This is really weird for me. I still think about that cold rainy night to this very day. I can't forget it. I miss ya, you were a good leader. Still hard for me, joking one minute and the next is burned in my mind. You'll be missed. One of the best, unlike the rest."
Lcpl unknown of Grand rapids, Michigan

"Thinking of you this day when Bin Laden is no more. I am happy to have known you and think of you still."
Amy Propp (Hill) of Billings, MT

"Semper Fi Devil Dog. We all miss you."
Sgt Stamm of Snohomish WA

"Dave, we are coming up on 6 years next week and not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You were always there for me no matter what. I miss you so much more than I can say and I know that many more people feel the same way. You were one of the best friends I ever had and you will forever be missed."
Brianna Ehlinger of Vancouver, WA

""To any Family and Friends of the fallen Marine: My name is Sgt Mariko C. Willis, I serve with 6th ESB and I also am the C.O.O of the Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation. My family started a non-profit organization in memory and honor of my deceased brother Cpl. Willis back in 2004. The Foundation has built a MEMORIAL CABINET in honor of the four fallen Marines attached to 6th ESB OIF I: LCpl Jeffery Lam, SSgt David Ries, Cpl Joshua Palmer and LCpl Thomas Zapp. I would like to make contact with friends and/or family so that we can attain pictures/bio's and any other memoriabilia you may want presented in this case to honor your fallen Marines. Please contact me at Mariko.Willis@usmc.mil or MarikoCWillis@aol.com.

Semper Fi""
Sgt Mariko C. Willis of Battle Creek, MI USA

"Five years today,If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane,
We would walk all the way to Heaven, to bring you home again. Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal and love leaves a memory that no one can steal. You were one of a kind. We miss you everyday Marine!"
Co-workers from your Mall of Vancouver, Washington

"It's five years today Dave, and your friends gather in your honor once again.
You are missed, loved, and remembered with pride and honor. Rest well."
Donna of Vancouver, WA

"David, I remember the first time we met and always will. There are few men who love this country as much as you did. It is easy to fly a flag and sit on a couch when the chips are down. You and your fellow Marines know what it is to protect and defend the Constitution. You and your fellow Marines know sacrifice intimately and still volunteer for more. Semper Fi indeed! God bless and keep you and every man and woman in uniform and in service of this great nation. Ho Rah!"
Craig of Vancouver, Washington

"November 16, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. David G. Ries:
David 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

"Here we are 25 days since Memorial Day, three days to David’s birthday and 14 days to the Fourth of July. Yet the red white and blue shines through. Regardless of holidays, birthdays or days set aside to remember those who have fallen; some live day to day and never forget, or wish they could remember more. Camryn Jean Ries never got to know her father. David never got to watch that first trip without training wheels or the first time she will dump the clutch, and last but not least wont get to walk her down the aisle. But it doesn’t mean she hasn’t forgotten who her Daddy is or the colors he stood for and still would if given the chance. She chose these colors for this day, without help and without any assistance. She wanted to share this day with her Daddy. If it wasn’t for him and many others before and to follow, we wouldn’t have this choice. To celebrate three colors that represent and describe exactly who we once were, ARE and always will be. So lets celebrate life and those who have given theirs, the ones that made it possible to live ours and the ones left behind to honor them. These are the colors we salute and cover our hearts for, these are the colors of her Daddy’s flag. The colors that won’t run; no matter how many tears are shed upon them."
Justin Hays of Vancouver, WA

"Dear Family of David G. Ries,
I am so sorry for your loss, he is a hero. I was checking Bryan P. Kelly profile, and saw that you left a message. The car you saw, that was my husbands. We just moved up here to Vancouver and were living with friends. I drove by your house everyday and would look up at the flag and think of Bryan. Bryan was one of my husbands good friends. I wish we would have stopped by to say hi and to tell you what a hero those men are. If you every just want to talk my e-mail is marcimac04@yahoo. By the way I have walked by your house while taking a walk and noticed the picture in the window. I love bulldogs, where did you get him/her? Hope all is well and take care!!"
Marci McEnroe of Vancouver, WA

"To the family of:David G. Ries 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"

"My email is riespieces63@yahoo.com. thank you so much for all that you've done. Hope all is well with you and yours. Cant believe its been two years already"
Amanda Ries of Vancouver, WA

Can you please give me an email where I can send a poem that I wrote? Thank you."
SSgt Christine Weber Escort for David of Frederisckburg, VA

"I escorted David home and not a day goes by that I don't think about him. I am on my way to Iraq tomorrow and have my memorial bracelet with David's name on it around my wrist. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have a poem that I wrote that I would like to share with his family. Please contact me at cweber@falmouthfire.com.
Semper Fidelis,
SSgt Christine Weber"
SSgt Christine Weber of Quantico, Va

"First off, let me start by saying that he never should have been there. None of our troops should be there. Saddam Hussein was not a threat to our "freedom" or our national security. He had NOTHING to do with 9/11. My cousin, David Ries was doing his job. The president called on him and he went. I love my cousin and pray that nobody else has to lose a loved one like this."
SSgt Benjamin S. Rall of Spangdahlem AB, Germany

"that ribbon you saw, i have seen on his wife's car. i never knew david but i know his wife and i feel bad for her and the children. SEMPER-FI david you did good man!"
mecca of vancouver,washington

"Dave~ You will always be remembered as a man of honor. You stood for everything good. We will NEVER forget, you'll always be in our hearts."
Mary & Trevor Dunn of Clark County WA

"I saw a yellow ribbon on a car in Oregon City this past Friday that said in memory of David Ries, USMC, so I wanted to look him up. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those serving still. Thank you to him and his family for your sacrifice. It will not be forgotten."
Kate T. of Oregon City, Oregon

"To the family of David G. Ries:

My deepest sympathy and regrets to the family of this hero. Unselfishness is the one thing our world needs, and this brave soul tested us Marines everyday with this characteristic. I was in charge of our motor transport assets in the company, and his platoon had two of them. I reported to him every time they had a problem or needed an extra vehicle. He was a kind, honest man who was a living example of what to base your life as a Marine by. I still have not forgotten him, nor will I ever. It was the grace of God that I had an opportunity to serve with him. Semper Fidelis and God bless your family Staff Sergeant Ries."
David G. Martin of Lansing, MI


"Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You are very important to both of us. Without you, our life together would not have been possible! We love you and miss you!!"
Matt and Jaime of Vancouver, WA

"Thank you. I met you wife the other day and she is very nice. I dont know who you are and you dont know me but thank you so much from the bottom of my heart."
Smith of Silverton, OR

"To My Hero, I can not begin to tell you how proud I am to be your wife. The kids and I miss you very much. You are our everything. Our Hero, our Angel, and our life... I love you and can't wait to see you again soon. XOXO"
Amanda J Ries of Vancouver

"To David's family,
We are the parents of Thomas J Zapp, Lcpl, Marine Corp, who dies with your son on Nov. 8. I was told they were in the same vehicle. I'm comforted that TJ was not alone. I understand what you are feeling and ask God for continued grace to provide you with peace. We know that both David and TJ are in paradise and that we will see them again someday. God bless you all. I will forever be grateful for the sacrifice your family and David has made for us all. Semper Fi!"
Christine St Michel of Houston, TX

"To David's Wife, Children, and Family:
I had the privelege of bringing David home to you. I have journeyed with a hero. I will never be the same. Thank you for making this world a better place by allowing David to touch so many people. You are in my thoughts and prayers. weberc@hqmc.usmc.mil"
Escort SSgt Weber of Washington, DC

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

"You meant so much to us and the kids. You will always be in our hearts and minds David. We love and miss you so very much. We look forward to meeting with you again in the future."
Brianna Ehlinger of Vancouver Washington

"To Dave's family,
My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow. Nothing but time can ease the hurt, but knowing that Dave gave his all to keep the rest of us safe may be of some comfort. He is truly a hero. I am PROUD to have known him."
Pam of Vancouver, WA

"Thank you for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"My heart goes out to you Mandy, you are in my thoughts and prayers everyday. David will always remain my biggest hero, I will never forget him. God bless you and your family during this time of sadness.
Sara Price
Proud wife of Cpl. DL Price
6th ESB 4th FSSG"

"Our Prayers are with David's family, especially his wife and two young Boys. He is forever a Hero, and guarding Heaven now."
The family of SSGT William M. Harrell ~ USMC , KIA 4/08/04 of OREGON

"To the family of David;
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. David is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"RIP Tufelhunden...The Taylors.USMC NC"

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. David G. Ries,

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

"We remember Dave as a friendly, dedicated, brave person. We are very saddened by his loss. We send our condolences to his family, to his wife, and his two children."
Christian and Lindsay Samples of Rohnert Park, CA

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, David, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To David's 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.


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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO David G. Ries."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the friends and family of Staff Sgt. David Ries,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To David's 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

"Thank you David Ries, 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. David Ries:
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 David 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. David Ries:
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 David, 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