Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Pfc. Marlin T. Rockhold

23, of Hamilton, Ohio.
Pfc. Rockhold was directing traffic when he was struck by a sniper's bullet. Rockhold was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia. Died on May 8, 2003.

Memorial wall at Bravo Company 3-7 IN "BANDITS"

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"rest in peace brother"
ronald garnett

"17 years this year. you and sgt crockett both are missed"
sgt garnett of gilford nh

"I saw the highway sign honoring PFC Marlin T. Rockhold Memorial Highway. Did some research to see the story behind the loss of an American hero. God Bless his family!"
Eric Birkemeier of Ohio

"My Hero, My Brother, gone but never forgotten. There's still not a day that passes that I don't think about You. Thanks for your sacrifice. Give Mom a big hug and kiss for me."
Brooke Rockhold of Hamilton, OH

"I still miss you Rocko! I can't believe it has been 13 years."
CW2 Sean Hedrick of Colorado

"There isn't a week that goes by that I don't think about you. I know we weren't super close but it doesn't change the fact you were a good soldier and a brother in arms. Bandit30 Out"
FSO 1LT Raske of Illinois

"There isn't a week that goes by that I don't think about you. I know we weren't super close but it doesn't change the fact you were a good soldier and a brother in arms. Bandit30 Out"
LT Raske of Illinois

"Glad you have company now !! We miss you and I think of you daily. Again thank you for your sacrifice !! Aunt Karen"
Karen Henderson- Butler of Hamilton, Ohio.. USA

"I still think of you every day. You will never be forgotten. Thank you. Rest easy.SYOTOS"
Sgt Ellis of Boston MA

"To my cousin, the funny man. We were in Iraq at the same time and we never knew it. I think we were about 35 miles apart at the time. When I got the news, It hit me hard. Growing up, you kept conversations comical and I can see it didnt change looking at the comments below. I rock a bracelet with you on it. Thinking about you man. I know your smiling down on us all. Love you Cuz!"
GySgt Eddie Avery U.S.M.C. of Stationed in California

"God be with you my Brother
My Prayers for the Family, God bless them all"
ANGELES of Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

"Hey rock it's been 10. Gonna smoke a Newport for you brother. We'll always be Bandits. Red2golf out."
Walter C. Brown of Crown Point In.

"GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN !! We miss your laughter and your smile LOVE Aunt Karen"
Karen Henderson-Butler of Hamilton, Ohio

It has been 10 years since your death and you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Rock Of The Marne!"

"PFC Rockhold, I still think of you every day. I will never forget."
SGT Ellis Frank of Richmond Va

"It has been almost 10 years since you left us, and my day wouldnt be complete if i didnt think about you. You are always on my mind, and i will always be greatful for the sacrifices you made for my mother myself and our country.I love you daddy and i hope to see you again some day!"
Therashia Rockhold Jones of Walterboro, SC

"I have a bracelet with PFC Marlin T Rockhold's name on it. I found it at a garage sale. If someone who knew him would like it, please contact me at denise.clements@gmail.com. I will mail it to you free of charge. It should be treasured."
Denise Clements of Neptune Beach, Florida/USA

"To my brother, my hero,my angel: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE! There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about you. I miss you! I love you! your sister,Brooke"
Brooke Rockhold of Hamilton,Ohio

"Rockhold, my brother and friend. Miss you and every since that day, I haven't been right. Always in my heart. Spc Young, 3rd Plt, B Co 3/7 Inf"
Anthony Young (platoon mate OIF 1) of Trenton, NJ

"Hey funny guy !! we still miss you...you are my hero ...thank you for your sacrifice ....gone but not forgotten !! Aunt Karen"
Karen Henderson-Butler of Hamilton,Ohio

"hey big bro you r missed dearly,you are my hero, i would like to say thank u for your sacrafice and braveness.p.s. YOUR THE GREATEST."
greg ralon of ohio

"we miss you uncle Marlin T. Rockhold I love and miss you much. its not the am without you here nd i just want to say you have a beautiful great niece that came into this world on April 19 2010 8:55 a.m. 8 pounds 11 ounces... she is so adorable"
Yjohneasha Tipton of Hamilton , Ohio

"Hey Rock,.....never forget you brother - keep watching over your family as now you are soldier of god - Bless"
Yates of Cayman Islands

"I wish heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice again. I thought of you today, but that is nothing new. I thought of you yesterday and days before that too. I think of you in silence , I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, from which I`ll never part. God has you in His arms and I have you in my heart.....Miss you Marlin....Gone but not forgotten......Aunt Karen"
Karen Henderson-Butler of Hamilton,Ohio

"Never will i ever forget you, i cry everytime i think of you, you are dearly missed! i visit your plot often an it makes me feel better that you are in a great place now, you are loved an missed greatly, we will meet again one day."
christina Hylton of Hamilton, ohio/butler county

"Whats good bra. I dont know what else to say but i miss the heck out of you. The memories we share and the love of God keep me living. Love you bra. p/s the old crew says hi."
Eric Miller of Hamilton, Oh

"I think of you often dear nephew and your family and I love you for your sacrifice. You are close to our hearts."
Karen Henderson-Butler of Hamilton,Ohio

"Not a single day goes by that I dont think about you and miss you. You will forever be in my heart and on my mind! I love you Marlin!"
Stacey Butler (cousin) of Hamilton,Ohio

"YO ROCKY, You were my battle buddy in basic, then again at Fort Stewart. We went to different PLT's but you were and always will be my friend. I'll never forget that TCP and the influence you had on me for the future. You knew me as PFC Swears, but because of your sacrifice and that of a few of our other closest brothers in arms; now Lieutenant Swears would like to say thanks. And to your family, I am sorry, I've never forgotten, and GOD BLESS you."
2 LT Shawn Swears of Fort Drum, NY/USA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"yo rock, its walnut, ill swap ya a camel for a 'port brother. i miss you. i just wish they hadnt split the co. i think of you everytime i bum a port. red 2 golf out"
walter c. brown of crown point in.

"I did not know Marlin personally but I knew his wife and daughter. And although I never knew him personally everything that I ever heard about him was nothing but good. I was looking forward to meet the man that made one of my best friends happy. Although that will never happen I want to say thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice. To the family I want to give my deepest sympathy and to "D" I love you and always keep your head up! Im here when you need me ALWAYS just a phone call away!!"
evelyn ross of hinesville, ga

"January 12, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Marlin T. Rockhold:
Marlin 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

"God Bless you"
Matthew Roediger of St.Louis, Missouri

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Volens Et Potens"(Willing And Able)"

"I am the wife of PFC. Marlin T. Rockhold. Although it is going on 4 years, I think about you and miss you everyday! You were my rock, my best friend and the love of my life. Some may not see things that I see, but I truly do love and miss my husband. He never came across a person who did not like him. I thank everyone for your kind words now and even then. My husband may not be here in body, but he is still with us all in spirit. He is gone, but never FORGOTTEN! HOOAH!"

"To the family of:Marlin T. Rockhold 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 proudly wear a KIA bracelet in memory of Pfc Rockhold and he was remembered last night at a Mass for All Souls at our Church."
Joe Cifrian of Apopka,Florida

"There is not a day that goes by without me thinking of Marlin and praying for the men and women serving in Iraq who sacrifice their lives for freedom. May God be with our families . Marlin Rockhold will always be my hero."
Karen Henderson-Butler of Hamilton ,Ohio

"Please remember me your loveing daddys girl."
Therashia Jones of Hinesville GA 31313 usa

"I just want to say thank you. God bless and may you always soar on eagle's wings!!"
Joan K. (Rockhold) Williams of Ottawa, Kansas 66067, USA

"Its been two years now since Bravo lost a good Soldier and the world lost a fine man.
Just as his family has not forgotten him, we in Bravo will not forget.
Marlin reminds us from beyond and his memory still serves the "Bandits."
Our deepest sympathy goes the ones that love him."
1SG Barnes, Bravo Company of Baghdad, Iraq-OIF3

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Marlin Rockhold: Not forgotten, even now, and always."
Elby Family of Stead, Nevada

"I went to school with Marlin class of '98, He was a very funny and out going person. I just read the paper today and realized he was killed. I am sorry for your loss, He was a great guy!"
TMathes of Fairfield, Ohio

"I remember Marlin from school. Marlin was a good guy, I am very sorry for his families loss."
Jason of Hamilton, Ohio

"Marlin was my first cousin and good friend. We grew up together and went to school together.He would pick on me and my friends in the hall way all the while making us laugh.He was good at putting a smile on any ones face and enjoyed life to the fullest.It hurts so deep that he is gone but I know he had a greater calling above with the lord. I miss you so much and think about you everyday.Your memory will live forever in my heart. I want to thank you for being our hero.Love forever and always."
Stacey Butler of Hamilton,Ohio

"Marlin was a great soldier but more importantly he was a man who truly loved his wife and children. The Cottonbalers lost a great soldier that dark day in May. His life and death will be in our hearts and minds forever"
Brother Cottonbaler of 3-7 Infantry, GA

"i wont forget. thank you."
harold dodson of lithia springs ga

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier! We will NEVER FORGET!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (5/2004)

"Marlin was my second nephew born to my sister who is greatly missed by us. He would stop by my house on his way to visit those he loved and make us laugh. Marlin loved life immensely and loved his family.I will always see his smile and will forever hear his laughter and look forward to seeing him again. Marlin ..we all loved you but God loved you best.. Marlin you are my hero Love Aunt Karen Anyone who knew Marlin T.Rockhold please e-mail me at kbutler_7324@fuse.net"
Karen Henderson Butler of Hamilton,Ohio

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

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

"I went to basic with Marlin and we had a lot in common being that there were very few married people. He spoke of his family and his love often. He was a joy to talk to because he loved to laugh. He could bring light on the darkest day. He will be missed by many and he will always be in our prayers"
Mark R. Banks of E co 3dUSINF Ft Myer, VA

"I will always remember his name, Just as I remember placing the American Flag over him on the airplane in Baghdad. My condolences to his family.

"For a Soldier not forgotten""
medic of Fort Stewart

"i would like to thank everyone who sent mail, e-mail, flowers, etc...my husband was a good man and it is good to know that he will always be remembered by me and everyone who knew or didn't know him as a great husband, father and a great man. thank you all so much for everything and the website is beautiful...please feel free to e-mail me at vonna2cruc@yahoo.com"
Mrs. DaVonna Rockhold of Hinesville, GA USA

"Thank you Marlin Rockhold, 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

"I grew up in the same town as PFC Marlin Rockhold , a few years older than he I am also a Veteran of The US Army I was there when the hearse passed by on Second Street at the Court House and the Salute was fired in his honor and the playing of Taps and the rain fell that day , I never got to meet with Marlin , but I am sure he was a great man and soldier , to his family I wish you all well and hope you find comfort . for you that could not attend I have placed video and photos of Marlin's funeral procession at the Court House at this location http://ohionow.us/ovwm/special_events.html please feel free to view and use the photos as you wish . God Bless You Marlin JP Jones Veteran ADA back in the 70's"
JP Jones of Hamilton Ohio

"To the family of Pfc Marlin T Rockhold. I am still here in Iraq not far from were this tragedy took place. I served a short time with him before I left for Ft Hood TX, he loved to make you laugh I think about him everyday and cant begin to explain how much I miss him personally, I think back to the times we had and will always hold on to his memory. To his family, You are in our prayers and I am thankful that God allowed such a gifted young man to pass my way."
SSG Jerome A. Williams of Camp Normandy, Iraq

"As it is still hard for me to grasp the fact that my cousin is gone i am well certain that he is in a much better place. My cousin was something special he has became one of my heroes. As i sit back and reminise on the times we had growing up it makes it even more harder to realize u gone but from me and the rest of the Henderson family we love you to death.."
jon of hamilton,oh

"My heart goes out to the family of Marlin. My husband served with him up until moments before he was killed. My husband has only broken down twice since he came home, once being three hours after his return. Our local Wal-mart has a beautiful memorial for fallen soldiers, and Rock's name is at the very top, etched into a mirrored tile. My husband teared up and had to walk away. He later told me that Rock was a very funny guy who loved to make other soldiers laugh any chance he could. I pray for his family often and thank Marlin for his service."
Julie Hedrick, wife of Sgt. Sean Hedrick of Ft Stewart

"I went to basic training with Marlin at Fort Benning E co 2/58 and i was very saddened to hear of his untimely demise.He was a good hearted guy and i'm very proud to have known him both as a soldier and as a man.Your memory will never fade ROCK. SPARTANS FOREVER."
Pfc. Lee Ogaldez B-co 1/14 infantry of Schofield Barracks,Hawaii

"I talked to Marlin in January this year about a computer. I was very sad to hear that Marlin came home in a casket, because we don't have enough troops over there to police the country properly. I am even more disappointed that he was sent to Iraq at all. Even though I only met Marlin once, I will always remember him."
Steven Farmer of Savannah GA

"Having served with Marlin Rockhhold in 3/7 INFANTRY, I know first hand Pfc Rockhold was an excellent soldier and his family are in my thoughts and prayers daily."
Spc Metz, Kevin of Philadelphia, PA USA

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Marlin Rockhold:
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 Marlin for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"We thank you for the sacrafice Marlin made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier!"
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice. Your family and friends will be in our prayers."
Souvigney family of Antioch, TN

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Marlin Rockhold:
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 Marlin, 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