Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Marc T. Ryan

25, of Gloucester, New Jersey.
Ryan died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 15, 2004.

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"miss u buddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Ricky Rauchut of Phila P.A.

"Happy Birthday bro
Luv u
Miss u"
Lauren of Gloucester city, NJ

"Hey Marc missing you everyday. You will be my guardian angel forever. Love always
Your Sister
Lauren"
Lauren Ryan Harkins of Gloucester City, NJ

"19 FOREVER"
George Merryfield of Gloucester City NJ

"Hey Marc,
Was thinking of you today bro. Not to much going on. Been cycling a lot with the Paralympic team after I got wounded. Its been great, got to see Byrd because if it which was awesome. He is doing pretty good man. take care of yourself bro. Love you and miss you."
Scott Martin of Oceanside, CA

"Hi mark just wanted to let you know my friend I think of you a lot you are my hero I remember all the good times we had my friend and one day we will meet again and I thank you for my freedom today"
Turk johnson of Williamstown N.J

"Hey Marc its been an long time since u left us. i visit u once in while but never forget u. u were a great teammate classmate but most of all a great friend. i love and miss u always"
mike johnson of Gloucester city NJ

"Hey Marc its been an long time since u left us. i visit u once in while but never forget u. u were a great teammate classmate but most of all a great friend. i love and miss u always"
mike johnson of Gloucester city NJ

"Marc,

Checked in to 3/5 I Co about 2 month's ago. Been hiking these hills ever since. I think of you often. Matthew still wears the t-shirt Ma Ryan sent to use several years ago. I miss and love you brother.

SSgt Whipkey"
Jason Whipkey of San Clemente, CA

"Marc,

I think of you often. You were a true friend and brother. I will soon be checking in to 3/5. I will stop by your memorial on Mateo. Thank you for your selfless service and ultimate sacrifice on behalf of this great nation. I miss you brother."
SSgt Jason M. Whipkey of Oceanside, CA

"I think of Marc every year at Memorial Day and each time I come home to NJ. My husband served with him in 2/5. I will never forget Marc and his sacrifice."
Mary Ann Everingham of Oceanside, CA

"Marc I think about you all the time. How we played sports together and joked in the halls. You were always a leader on and off the field. But today I am writing to you to let you know that your brother and sisters killed that bastard Obama today. I am sure you are so happy and dancing up in heaven. The bagpipes are playing loud and proud. Enjoy the party in heaven as you have an earned it my friend. I love you and will always remember you. "Some sacrificed it all"."
Mike Hutchinson of Woolwich Township, NJ

"Marc, It has been a long time since you passed there is not a day goes by that I don't think of the days we spent in Ramadi. You were truly a professional and a role model to younger Marines. I want to pass my regrets to your family for not being in contact, your son was one of the few Marines that I have looked up to in my career and I still do to this day. Marc will never be forgotten. Semper Fi"
Matt Kirkland of Camp Pendleton

"Marc, It's so hard to believe how long it's been since you've been gone. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was looking at your bright smile. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you."
of G-City, NJ

"hi my name is cpl gonzalez nicolas Ive been out for three years now and I still remember all three of you as if it were yesterday.I was on the convoy when the three bravest men I ever knew went to serve the lord.I helped take them out of there truck for the last time. for the family he left behind I'm sorry we failed to bring him home with us they are and will always be my HERO'S.If any of his family wishes to contact me my phone number is (626)353-5401 call any time I don't sleep much.May he rest in peace and serve the lord half as good as he served his country because that would be enough."
Nicolas Gonzalez of Milwuakee ,WI ,USA

"Veterans Day 2009. Who knows how long its been since I made you hold that .50cal out in front of you.

Semper Fi eternal friend."
Ben of South Bend

""You are not forgotten.""
SSgt Matt Winn of Wellsboro, PA

"hey i dont know you much but my family does and i want to tell you that i appreciate what you have done for this country. you were part of my inspiration for joining the military. i joined july 9, 2008. i just wanna say thankyou and you will forever be in our hearts as well as mine. we all miss you Marc Ryan."
Airman First Class Amber Willis of Pope AFB, NC/ Gloucester City, NJ

"Miss you Ryan.

SSgt Matthew D. Winn
USAF Recruiter, Wellsboro PA"

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Marc T. Ryan:
Marc 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

"It's been a life time since I've known you. There hasn't been a single Veteran's Day since you died that I haven't thought of you."
Sgt. Benjamin Eby of South Bend, IN

"You are not forgotten."

"Finally came across you. So much of life that I wish that we could be doing together. Miss that shoulder brother. My daughter has blue eyes and I wonder if they were a gift from you. I look into them and I feel very secure. Not a day goes by that you do not cross mine and Sylvia's mind. I hear a song or see something and think, Man I know Marc would've loved that. I talk to your Mom but not nearly as much as I should. Same goes for your brother and sister. Heard a new one today called Tear by Tear by Sister Hazel. Just really makes me think that it is the simplest things that make you the happiest. It was always cool to watch it turn from light to dark at Knuckleheads. Man too bad I don't drink anymore. Just one more Guiness and Jeager with you bro. Martin Whip and Scrimp are all doing pretty good. Just keep watch over us brother which I already know you are."
Cpl John Byrd of Edgefield, SC

"I had the extreme honor of serving with Marc from day 1 in 1038 at Parris Island in boot camp, onto Camp Geiger in NC, then to serve together in WPNS CO 1/1 in CA. Not a day went by for 4 years plus where our paths didn't cross at least once.
Marc, you were a true friend, teammate, and hero. There's so much more I want to tell you...I know we'll meet again someday.
SEMPER FI"
Nick Berry of Racine, WI

"hey marc, i have been away from home so long i went searching the internet today looking for pics of good old g-city and i found this page and i just wanted to give you an OOH-RAH, keep an eye on me while your up there. later bro"
LCPL. MICHAEL T. MCNAMEE of 1st F.A.S.T. MARINE CORPS SECURITY FORCE COMPANY

"Marc, you were my cousin's best friend and he followed in your footsteps and joined the Marines. I love and miss you Marc. Watch over Steven and Andrea, you're their guardian angel<33"
Megan of Erial, NJ

"I send deep sympathy and profound respect to the family of Cpl. Marc T. Ryan from our Ryan family of Tipperary, Ireland, from where Marc's ancestors undoubtedly came to the USA.
Marc is a hero in the tradition of his family name,the Motto of which is "Malo Mori Quam Foedari" which means "I would rather die than be dishonored".
May his dear soul rest in peace."
Maggie Ryan of Tipperary, Ireland

"Hey Ryan, It's 09 Dec 2006. It's been a crazy year. I volunteered for Honor Guard this summer and did over 150 Vetern funerals this summer and drove over 10,000 miles in 4 months. I think it was the proudest 4 months I could of ever served in the military. I visited you Memorial Day 2006, I had to jump the fence at the Cemetery "can you believe it they lock the cemetery at 430PM on MEMORIAL DAY! I drank a beer with you and left you one. I had another Kid this year Marc, I named him Parker. I'll bring him by next time I visit. I wish the best for your family this Christmas.

SSgt Winn, McGuire AFB NJ"

"To Marc's family,
No words of mine can change the great loss you have suffered, all I can give is my deepest sorrow and my prayers to you and to Marc. I had the privelage of knowing Marc when he was with 1/1 and here is a quote that I try to remember during tough times, I hope it will help you in remebering him. "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank god that such men lived". George S. Patton."
Tony Tabaka of Byron,Mn

"1 more guy to visit today. You are number 14. It has gotten harder and harder with each one of you. We are moving on. See you next year bra."

"Everyday in the Marine Corps I think of you.It feels like you are always there keeping a close eye on me,and keeping me safe.I think about the great times we had growing up together.I miss you so much bro.I can't wait till you go to Iraq with me next year,cuz i know your spirit will be there looking over me and watchin' my six.I love you and miss you always!
Your cousin,Rudy"
Lcpl Brian K. McDonald of Fox Btry 2/10

"I served with Cpl Ryan in the 1st of the 1st and just recently returned from Iraq. I just wanted Marc to know that he will never be forgotten by those marines that he served with. We are all better people for having known him. Once a Marine always a Marine Semper Fi brother."
SGT Robert Rouleau of 11th Psy-Ops

"RYAN, FIRST OF ALL SEMPER FI. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU AS ONE HECK OF A MARINE! I SERVED WITH YOU IN 1/1 WPNS CO. I'M STATIONED HERE IN JERSEY SINCE I JOINED THE AIR FORCE WHEN I GOT OUT OF THE MARINES IN 2002. I'LL SEE YOU ON MEMORIAL DAY IN CHERRY HILL."
SSGT MATTHEW WINN of McGuire AFB, NJ

"we love and miss you brother and we know you will always be walking next to us forever we will drink one for you on Saint pats"
Three of Gloucesters Finest your friends George Lew & Dols of gloucester city

"Feels bad to hear about this, so far down the road. Cpl Ryan and I served together from 2000-2004, 1/1 Camp Pendleton. Knew him quite well. I remember he was always the type of Marine we all wanted to be, and if anything bad ever came your way, he was the Marine you wanted standing by your side. You will be missed, and my sincerest to his family and friends. SEMPER FI, see you again someday....."
SGT. Shane Neal of Severna Park, Maryland/USA

"We all think of you fondly everyday.You will never be forgotten.
Thank You and God Bless."
Simeone family of Mt.Ephraim, NJ

"You're a hero and a hero can't be forgotten. My toughts and prayers go out to Marc's family and friends on his first death's anniversary. Thanks Marc for your brave actions."

"to the family of marine corparal marc ryan,i just want to send my deepest condolences on the death of your son,and id like to thank you for raiseing such a TRUE AMERICAN HERO,even though i did not know marc i was in gloucester the week of his funeral and to see how much he was respected and loved is a tribute to the man he was,thank you again,and marc i know your walking above us with the angels, please look after all your marine brothers who are still in harms way.semper fi marine."
joseph ridgeway of mullica hill,new jersey

"It has been a year since you finished your tour of duty. I still remember the hotel stay waiting to go over to Philly to finish our enlistment process. All said and done you were chosen to proceed and I was to stay home with our family. I would have done anything to be by your side. I have a hole in my chest everyday I wake up without being beside you. I now know that you had a god given job to do and you did it with honor and your unique style. I know you changed atleast one childs opinion of our fine country. I just hope I do you proud while I do my god given job. Until we meet again brother...I Love You."
Jason Sharp of Camden County , NJ

"Doc J, PLEASE contact me. sher3411aubie@aol.com"
~Sherry (Marc's adopted mom)

"To his family and friends as one of the docs of 2/5. We tried to get them all home and we apologize deeply as we have felled, but for the most. God Bless"
Doc J of Chicago, lL

"Hey marc it's your cousin Kiimmii and ii miiss you so much and ii love you so much and ii wiish that ii stiill had you here wiith me ii cry every niight and ii wiish that iit was all just a dream you were mii favoriite cousin ever and ii stiill thiink iim liiviing iin a very bad dream....

ii love and miiss you so much Marc...

Love your cousiin...
x3x Kiimmii x3x"
x3x Kiimmii x3x of Erial, NJ, USA

"To the family of CPL Marc Ryan: His 2/5 unit has now returned from that second deployment to Iraq. My "adopted" Marine (also named Marc) arrived home safely. I truly believe that Marc, and the other 14 who paid the ultimate on this tour, were looking down from above and helped get their buddies home safe. Please accept my condolences. It is because we have young women and men, like Marc, that are willing to serve and sacrifice, that we are free and safe--and live in the greatest country on earth. Semper Fi!"
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois

"Hey Marc,
you are going to missed Bro. Man, we had some great times together didnt we? I will never forget that first night in Pakistan, i know you remember. Man that was funny. Thanks for everything Marc, you are a true American Hero and a Great Friend. Miss ya Bro, Love Ya, Scott"
Scott Martin of Phoenix, AZ

"I will always remember Marc's amazing smile and the way he lit up a room when he entered. He didn't leave you, he will always be in your hearts!!"
Stacie of Mt. Ephraim, NJ USA

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

"May your love and memories live on forever. May you find peace knowing Marc is somewhere free from pain."
Gretchen Gaither of Sacramento, CA U.S.A.

"I was given the fortunate pleasure of knowing Marc and his family. I went through Highschool watching Marc play football. He had such a positive intensity about him. He is an amazing person, and he will always be standing watch. Semper Fi Marc! We miss you!"
Heather of Blackwood, NJ

"To the Family of Cpl Marc Ryan,
Think you for the time he serviced and the time he was with my brother Cpl Lance M Thompson. Remember that was doing something we loved. Remember to keep those memories close to your hearts. I was asked to write down memories about Lance, but I could not pick just one. I wrote "I know that when I patrol the streets and help those in need, Lance is with me....for he is my gardian angle. Remember that Marc Ryan is yours now."
Matt Dalton, Oldist Brother of Mooresville, IN

"On behalf of the Cape May County Police and Fire Emrald Society, we wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to Marc's family and friends. We will remember him in our prayers. God Bless him and May he Rest in Peace with all of our fallen heroes who have gone before him."
Jerry Boyle, President of North Widlwood, NJ, Cape May County

"I will always miss you man. You are my motivation in the gym I can just hear you every time Iím in there just like on deployment.
Peace and God be with you."
Todd DeJulius (fitboss) of san diego

"A complicated man of many colors
He is a solid rock of gold
I love him unconditionally
As he has shown me what a real man is
One I will never lose
For he is my Guardian Angel
The one that saves me from the darkness

If I can touch one life,
The way you touched mine.
I will have lived with a purpose,
You died like a warrior and we are proud! But pride cannot ease the pain in the hearts of those you left behind.
God bless our Troops & Their Families"
Sherry, PROUD! Adopted Mom

"Marc Ryan was a true patriot and a great American. If there had not been for people like him during a time of need where would our country be now? God bless Marc's soul, family, and all our fallen brothers. Your memories will never die and you will never be forgotten. Sgt pennington 2/3 ssp"
Brandon Pennington of Louisville Ky

""Across the years we will walk with you
In deep green forests,on shores of sand,
And when our time on earth is through,
In heaven,too,we will have your hand."
Thank you for being our friend and a part of our family Marc. Sonny and I miss you very much and our lives will never be the same without you in it.
We loved you much but we will FOREVER miss you more.
Semper Fi My Friend,
Kelley Rodgers"
Kelley Rodgers of Oceanside, California

"Your life was taken trying to save all of us back home. You are a true hero."
Danielle of Gloucester City, New Jersey, USA

"Marc Ryan will remain a hero in our hearts forever. He served not only our country with pride, but also our community. He was a leader on the football field, a caring friend to everyone around him, and a role model to the many students that followed behind him in school. Not many people have had that kind of impact on so many people, but Marc Tyler Ryan will never leave our hearts and will always remain in our thoughts. We love you and miss you Marc!"
Ms. Kaye's 8th grade classes of Gloucester City, New Jersey

"Marc will never be forgotten. Rest assured Marc is still on duty, watching out for all of his brother and sister Marines still in harms way. God Bless Marc and his family."
Elizabeth of Mt Ephraim New Jersey

"hey ryan,
just thought i'd say hi.we had a cool time on the peleliu dispite the conditions.an absolute ideal role model as an nco and as a marine.
-semper"
sgt. carter of MCAF,Quantico,Va

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

"Marc is a true hero ."
The Dubiel's of Skillman, NJ

"To Marc'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.

Sincerely,

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
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To Marc'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

"To the family and friends of Marc. I am sorry for the loss that you have experienced. Your son, so strong, so brave fought for his country and lost
his life in that battle.

Your son is a true Hero and will never be forgotten.

Always remeber, he will be with you in spirit for eternity."
Kim , Todd and Zach of Pine Hill

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

"To the Ryan Family from the Wahl family. Our heart and prays are with Marc and your family. Marc truely, one of the elite AMERICANS. He has touched many many lives. From his friends,his military family, neighbor's and especially his family. From another fallen soldier's family. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"To the family and friends of Corporal Marc T. Ryan,

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

"Thank you Marc Ryan, 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 Cpl. Marc Ryan:
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 Marc 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 Cpl. Marc Ryan:
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 Marc, 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