Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew D. Russoli

21, of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Russoli died from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations against enemy forces near Nasser Wa Salaam, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on October 20, 2005.

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"Miss you brother!!!"

"Andrew,I just got a copy of your Dad's book and it has brought back a lot of memories. I think of you every day, weather it brings a smile to my face or a tear to my eye. I miss you, but know that you are in a better place watching down on all of us.

"Strength & Honor""
Seth of NC

"10/20/13:
It has been 8 years and we wanted Andrew's family to know we will never forget his scarfice fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our prayers are still with you.
June + Walt Smithers, parents of Mst Sgt Wayne Byron"
June Smithers of Ithaca, NY

"I am so proud that my Grand Son "Kent Andrew Marron" was named after ANDREW D. RUSSOLI. Little Kent Andrew is the Son of James Marron, who served with Andrew Russoli in Iraq. James knows, as I do, that ANDREW RUSSOLI is keeping his eye on 4 year old Kent Andrew Marron. I just wanted you all to know and THANK YOU for your service to my Country."
Kent Hopper of Porterville, California USA

"hey lil brother. i think about you everyday. it's been years since i remember getting the word. it hurt me deep when tink told me. the guys all told me that you went fast. that you didnt suffer. i guess thats the good part. you got to die the honorable death. in battle. i'm glad that you didnt have to survive and live with the hurt and the memories that we all have. i know that sounds bad but i'm sure you know what i mean. i still cry sometimes when i think about you. i'll come see you the first chance i get. not sure when that will be, but i will. i'm not even sure i'm ready to face that just yet. it still hurts like it happened today. i try to look at it with logic, i know there was nothing i could do. but unfortunately that doesnt change how it feels. well i'm gonna stop here. love ya bub. later."

"I did not know Andrew, my nephew did and told me about his passing. I'm very sorry for your lose.

"Blessed are those who grieve for they shall be comforted."

Sincerely,

Doc Breger
USAF Retired"
Doc Breger of Atlanta, GA

"Sally - Shannon and I talk about Andrew so often ... she even has his photo on her MySpace page. I cannot imagine what you deal with daily, but my heart aches for you. I am blessed that my daughter got hurt State-side and never got sent to Iraq. I think of Andrew, and of you, every time I look at a Marine Corps emblem. Andrew loved what he did, he is and will always be our hero. God bless you for sharing your son with America. Semper Fi ....
Sgt Sherri Ivy and LCpl Shannon Stirling"
Sherri Ivy of Raleigh, NC

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Andrew D. Russoli:
Andrew 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

"Hey Andrew! Things aren't the same without you here. Matt is slowly getting better day by day; thanks for looking over him. He misses you so much but does so much with you in mind. I wanted to thank you for being his guardian angel. You're still a blessing to us all and I'm still waiting to see you again so I can give you a big squeeze for keeping him safe. We love you!"
Amber Stone & Cpl Matthew Fenner of Greensboro, NC

"To the family of:Andrew D Russoli 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"

"hey rusty...its sucks not havin u around here man...i miss jokin and tryin to skateboard and just miss ur goofy * everyday...i love u bro...whenever i think of the time we spent in wpns i think of u and swydek and evryone i wont see again...i miss u bro"
cpl. Jarred Laskey of jacksonville. nc

"Andrew,
I remember one of the last times we hung out. Going to the movies, which you slept most of the way through and then wondered what happened. Hanging out through all hours of the night talking about cars. I never thought I'd see the day where you wouldn't come back to tell us stories of the war. I loved hearing about how you tormented your roommate in boot camp. We miss you buddy, and we'll all see you soon. Strength & Honor Forever."
Corey Lemmons of Greensboro, NC

"andrew, i think about you everyday and how much fun we had together, strength and honor has stuck with me and my mother since the last time i saw you. some days are harder than others, but you will always be in my heart and i'll never forget you."
Kathryn Winter of charlotte, nc

"To the family of Marine Lance Corporal Russoli, I am a former Marine 1984-1992, although I have never met Andrew he was a Marine and therefore one of my brothers, I feel great pain for the loss of each Marine, we are a brother- hood and each loss is profound and each is profoundly remembered."
Carson Davis SGT USMC 1984-1992 of Chatsworth, GA

"The lyrics to this song make me cry and smile everytime I hear them because all I can think about is you, man. I love you and miss you, but I know I will see you again someday, and when that day comes it will be in a better place. Your creed of "Strength and Honor" is something that I have been trying to live by and keeps me going sometimes.

"Who you's be today" - Kenny Chesney

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I Wear the pain like a heavy coat
I feel you everywhere I go
See your smile, I see your face
I hear you laughing in the rain
Still can't believe you're gone

It ain't fair you died too young
Like a story that had just begun
But death tore the pages all away
God knows how I miss you
All the hell that I've been through
Just knowing, no one could take your place
Sometimes I wonder, who you'd be today

Would you see the world
Would you chase your dreams
Settle down with a family
I wonder what would you name your babies
Someday's the sky's so blue
I feel like I can talk to you
And I know it might sound crazy

Today

Sunny days seem to hurt the most
I wear the pain like a heavy coat
The only thing that gives me hope
Is I know, I'll see you again someday

Someday, someday"
Phillip Jones of Greensboro, NC

""When he shall die take him and cut him out in little stars and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with the night...."

- Shakespeare {"Romeo and Juliet"}"
Leigh of Greensboro,NC

"Russoli, I'll never forget being in ROTC freshmen year and you were a senior. Seeing your picture in the Chain of Command with all your medals and ribbons. You were my inspiration to do great things in ROTC. Your decision to join the Marines also inspired me to one day join as well. I only hope I can be half the Marine you were when I finally get the chance. Thank you."
Will M. of Oak Ridge, NC

"hey buddy your dad emailed me this site I was glad to hear I could write down some stuff to you even though it isn't the same as jokin with ya like we have done so many days out in this place. well buddy I want you to know that you will never be forgotten. I am a better man for having known you, you were without a doubt the brother I never had I miss talkin with ya and planning life after the corps. I talk to your folks a bit and find comfort in them they are great people. I miss ya every day man I just don't laugh like I used to but I will see ya again some day keep the beer on Ice you know I hate it skunky"
Lcpl Adam m Paquette of fullujah, I raq

"I miss you so much. I miss everything about you. Giving you a hard time for your "bad habits" lol. You are my hero... I'm so proud of you. I can't wait to see you again... I can just hear you giving me a hard time for sounding so corny :)
Love you."
Tasha of Orlando, FL

"To Andrew and all who love him:

These Things Shall Never Die

By Charles Dickens

(Composer Lee Dengler and sung by the Western Guilford County All County Mixed Chorus 10-23-04)

The pure, the bright, the beautiful,
That stirred our hearts in youth,
The impulses to wordless prayer,
The dreams of love and truth,
The longing after something's lost,
The spirit's yearning cry,
The striving after better hopes-
These things shall never die.

The timid hand stretched forth to aid
A brother in his need,
A kindly word in grief's dark hour
That proves a friend indeed;
The plea for mercy softly breathed,
When justice threatens nigh,
The sorrow of a contrite heart-
These things shall never die.

Let nothing pass for every hand
Must find some work to do;
Lost not a chance to waken love-
Be firm and just and true;
So shall a light that cannot fade
Beam on thee from on high.
And angel voices say to thee-
These things shall never die."
Anna Marie Rogers of Greensboro, NC

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Andrew D. Russoli,

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. If you're not certain that your loved one's next of kin is registered, please use our link and register them for a quilt so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California USA

"I just want you to know that you are still in my prayers. Andrew was a good friend to me for the short time I knew him and he was so much more to Matt. He was a joy to him, a friend and above all... a brother. I'll never forget his jokes and his love of God. He was a blessing to us all. He was by Matt's side when he needed a friend and I hope to return that favor to you. You are a very strong and admireable woman. I see God in you so much. Thank you for the blessings you gave given to me without even knowing it. Matt and I will visit when he returns from Iraq and I hope to see you before then. You will always be in my prayers and know that Andrew was a hero to us all. God Bless!"
Amber Stone (CPL Matthew Fenner's Fiance) of Greensboro, NC

"All my sympathy goes to Sally, Roland and their family. I am so grateful to have known such a wonderful and charming young man. As long as I can remember, Andrew has always wanted to be a soldier and fight for our country, and he lived out that dream. He has touched all of our lives in one way or another. Just remember that he will never be forgotten and he will always be alive in our hearts. I am thankfull for all the memories from youth group and the summers of Unidiversity. We love and miss you much Lance Corporal Andrew David Russoli!!! "STRENGTH & HONOR""
Alex Chamberlain of Greensboro, NC

"I would like to express my sympathy to you and let you know that your family is in my prayers as you deal with the loss of your son. Please know that, as a Marine, Andrew was someone you can be proud of and a role model for others."
Janet Martin of Pinnacle, NC

"I would like to express my sympathy to you and let you know that your family is in my prayers as you deal with the loss of your son. Please know that, as a Marine, Andrew was someone you could be proud of and a role model for others."
Janet Martin of Pinnacle, NC

"Sally and Roland,
I just found out about Andrew and I want you two to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day. Andrew was a Marine through and through, he died doing what he loved. He was an awesome friend, a great comedian, and a great Christian. I just want to send you two my love. I miss you and you're in my prayers."
Chase Nappier of Jacksonville, FL/USA

"Andrew, you lived a short life but in that quick 21 years you touched so many lives. You are a role model to me because of the life you led. I am grateful for the memories that I will always have of you. We spent a lot of time in church getting in trouble by Dorisanne and cutting up at camps. I will never forget those times. You were a great friend and we are all proud of you for your service to our country. We love you and will miss you."
Michael Calvert of Asheboro, NC

"Andrew's sincere devotion to his family, friends, and country was enough to inspire anyone. I feel so lucky to have known a person who appreciated life as much as Andrew. His wonderful humor as well as his sincerity were ingredients for a perfect friend. He will definitely be missed and never forgotten."
Jennifer Ferris of Greensboro, N.C.

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

"I am very sorry to the family members of this soldier. I am 15 and my dad SGT. Coedy James is in Iraq as Well he has been up there since November of 2004. I wish you all the best of luck and i thank your soldier for giving his life for our country."
Katherine Maldonado of El Mirage, Az

"Good bye. I will miss you. You were such a bright, courageous and funny man. I am proud to have known you and been your friend. Some day when my son is old enough, I will tell him stories about you. I will always remember the night we sat on the front porch and just listened to you tell stories. You may not have realized it, but you were a hero to all of us then and now.
We'll meet again. Don't know where, don't know when. But I know we'll meet again some sunny day."
Matt Cravey of Greensboro, NC

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden...

J and T Taylor USMC
Sister of a Fallen Marine"

"ANDREW THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY. MORE SO FOR BEING A BROTHER TO OUR SON. AS HE WAS TO YOU ANDREW. NEITHER OF YOU KNEW ONE ANOTHER. AN BOTH OF YOU SERVING THE GREAT STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA. WE LOST OUR SON SGT GREGORY L WAHL LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ. ANDREW YOU HAVE NOT GIVEN YOUR LIFE IN VAIN. HERO! YOU ARE MUCH MORE THEN A HERO! YOU ANDREW ANSWERED A CALLING VERY FEW DO TO SERVE HIS OR HER COUNTY. WELL OVER BTWO HUNDRED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. AN A HANDFUL ANSWER THE CALLING TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND ALL THOSE THAT DON'T! ANDREW YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO FRIENDS, NEIGHBOR'S, THOSE IN THE GREENSBORO COMMUNITY, AND YOUR MILITARY FAMILY. EACH OF YOUR RELATIVE KNOWN HOW? SPECIAL YOU ARE ANDREW! NO ONE WILL FORGET YOU SOLDIER! TO YOUR FAMILY NOW IS THE TIME. TO ASKTHE GREENSBORO COMMUNITY AND THE POLITICAL LEADERS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE. TO HONOUR ANDREW BY NAMING A STREET AFTER HIM. FOR HIS SERVICE TO HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE AND COUNTRY. IT IS THE VERY LEAST HIS COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADER CAN DO FOR ANDREW. ANDREW YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND ANDREW YOU ARE SOMEONE TO THE WAHL FAMILY. MY TEARS FLOW DOWN MY CHEEKS TODAY, NOT FOR MY SON FOR YOU. I SALUTE YOU AS A FATHER, A FALLEN FATHER OF A SOLDIER AND AS A VETERAN. ANDREW YOU REST NOW. GOD BLESS!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Andrew Russoli, 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 Lance Cpl. Andrew Russoli:
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 Andrew 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 Lance Cpl. Andrew Russoli:
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 Andrew, 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