Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Felipe D. Sandoval-Flores

20, of Los Angeles, California.
Sandoval-Flores died when the seven-ton truck he was riding in rolled over in a flash flood near Al Asad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 2, 2006.

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"Siempre te voy a recordar cómo uno de los mejores. Donde quiera que te tenga mi Dios que te cuidé, te extrañamos aquí en la tierra. Semper Fi!!!"
Maximino Salomonchavez of Colorado/México City

"to my childhood brother i know felipe sandoval since i was a lil kid we went to elementary middle school together me and him were close he had a vibe that brought people close to him he was a fun person to be around he would crack jokes we lived in the same block will play football on the middle of street just living life. Before he departed to iraq i had told him to be safe and to come back home safe but never know that it was going to be the last time will talk i would like to send my condolence to his family aswell the soldiers man and women that lost their life for are freedom i lost a bestfriend now all i got is memories that i will cherish and always will carry you in my heart bro forever until the end of times SINCERLY DAVIS.HERRERA"
DAVIS.HERRERA of RIVERSIDE,CA

"The years have past, and things have changed, but theres not a day I dont think of you Felipe. You were my bro and best friend. I remember how we laughed and when things got tough you were always there to pick me. I ask why YOU, why so young, and its something that i will never have answer to. But i thank you for everything you did for me and your sacrifice for everyones freedom and mine. The day you were layed to rest I cried so much, cuz i lost the one person who always was there for me. I know it was just as hard on you than what it was for your family and friends to say goodbye. I know ur in a better place now. Love always ur bro and best friend"
Rulis G. of Los Angeles, Ca

"I am back, this afternoon I was looking some of the pics that I got in my library and Sandoval-Flores is back in my mind. I miss the person that he was, the brother I never had the friend that was there always. Donde quiera que estes Felipe, que DIOS te cuide mucho."
CPL SalomonChavez of Denver Colorado

"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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"PARA LA FAMILIA DE SANDOVALFLORES FELIPE.
Lo conoci en Marzo del 2005 en camp pendleton por la area 21. Todo el tiempo me acuerdo de el, fue un gran companero y amigo nunca lo voy a olvidar. Siempre fue un Marinero muy a legre, optimista. Cada vez que lo recuerdo es como si apenas lo hubiera visto ayer, cuando me decia. "Salomon como estas, los hermanos no se saludan se abrazan" me dava un saludo fuerte y un abrazo como si no nos hubieramos visto por mucho tiempo. Se que esta en en algar y deseando que vivamos la vida como el quiso. Sandoval siempre hizo que tuviera una sonrisa en la cara y que estubiera contento aunque fuera un amal dia. Sandoval-Flores I miss yoour happiness. Cuando estoy trizte o deprimido me trato de acordarme de ti para alegrarme el dia. Que dios te bendiga donde quiera que estes."
CPL Salomon-Chavez Maximino of Mexico City

"Not everyone is a hero. Not everyone is a marine. But you were. We shared our moments and you indeed always had us laughing. My prayers to your mom and all your family. In Christ dying is living, may you live forever."
Juan Martinez of Los Angeles, CA

"April 20, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Felipe D. Sandoval-Flores:
Felipe 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

"We are Herb & Bobbie Samme, proud parents of LCpl Eric A. Palmisano, who was also killed in that tragic accident on that fateful day in April 2006. Not a day goes by that we dont think about all of our heroes in that truck and pray for their families. May God bring you his Strength and Peace as we approach the 3 year anniversary of the death of our sons.
http://www.palmisanocarepackageproject.com"
Herb & Bobbie Samme of Florence WI 54121

"Today, I was loking at pics of Your arrival at LAX and I keep Your memory alive on Facebook. (sigh)"
"Major Pain" of Los Angeles, CA

"To the Felipe Sandoval-Flores Family:
I had the pleasure of serving with your son, in fact, I checked him into Camp Pendleton when he joined the fleet and was his section manager at his maintenance shop. He was a great Marine and a true friend. I still remember that big smile and the way he would always make everyone laugh with his jokes. He was more than just one of my subordinates, he was one of my best friends. He had a great attitude that rubbed off on everyone he came in contact with. Rest assured he will never be forgotten. I thank you for raising such a great son, and for supporting his dream.I pray God's peace and His blessings upon your family and loved ones."
Cpl Soria, Vanessa of TX

"Felipe,
Julio Amaya here, from Bret Harte. Remember homeroom flag football, how 'bout homeroom basketball. Those were the days, not a care in the world, well except for winning the football games... you will be missed, GRACIAS A TU FAMILIA POR EL SACRIFICIO. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND THANK U FOR UR FINAL AND ULTIMATE SACRIFICE."
JULIO AND JIMMIE of LOS ANGELES "BRET HARTE" CALIFORNIA

"Thanks! You gave the ultimate sacrifice. You are greatly missed on this earth, and seeing the pain your death has caused Vicky, my friend, your Girl, is hard but it's all worth it because now you can watch over her from Heaven... you told her you'd be with her in Australia and while physically you won't you'll be there in her heart.
HURA!
SEMPRE FI"
Alicia Parra of Anaheim, CA

"MISS YOU SO MUCH FELIPE..."WISH THAT WE COULD GO BACK TO WHEN WE PLAYED AS KIDS, BUT THINGS CHANGE, AND THAT'S THE WAY IT IS"...YOU ARE FORVER IN OUR HEARTS..."
ELIANA of LOS ANGELES

"hey sandman
everytime me and keeiah talk we remember and we nearly cry like a bunch of girls and laugh too because you were more than just a friend you were a brother. i will always remember you.
"there will never be enough tears to shed for a marine who sacraficed all for a country who will forget his name and for brothers who will never forget his face. heaven cried and time stood still to mourn you. we love you and miss.""
Vasquez of CLB_1

"To the family of:Felipe D. Sandoval-Flores 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"

"To the family and friends of our fallen hero Felipe Sandoval. It saddens my heart that Felipe didn't get to experience everything life has to offer. However, during the time that he was here his curious heart and gentle spirit touched many people who will never forget him. He was a fun loving guy who embraced everything life had to offer. I will personally continue to pray for him, his family, and friends, that God will grant them the strength to not dwell on his passing but cherish his memory."
Evelyn Menjivar of Los Angeles, CA, US

"My cousin Patrick Gallagher was killed in the same accident as Felipe. I am so sorry for your loss We will always remember Patrick, Felipe and all of the other men and women who have lost their lives overseas. Thank God for them and their dedication to their families and their country. We will always keep the memories alive. God Bless your family."
Liz of Vermont

"TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF FELIPE, GOD BLESS YOU AND WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU. MY SON ANDRES AJ DIED TO IN THE SAME ACCIDENT. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY. OUR HEROR FELIPE IS IN HEAVEN GUARDING THE PEARLY GATES OF HEAVEN,ALONG WITH MY SON AND THE OTHER HEROES. OLIVIA AUILAR"
OLIVIA AGUILAR of VICTORIA,TEXAS

""To the Family and Friends of Felipe Sandoval:
My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. My nephew, LCPL Patrick Gallagher, was also in the accident. Even though these young men did not perish in a combat related incident, they gave their greatest gift to their country,and to our freedom, their lives. I feel as saddened by the passing of these other young men as I do by my nephew Patrick. I am sure these young men know how much we love them and miss them. They really are angels, our own guardian angels in heaven. With love and prayers, graceheinz@hotmail.com""
Grace Heinz of Goodlettsville, TN

"TO THE FAMILY OF FELIPE HE WAS A GREAT FRIEND TO HAVE AND TO HAVE KNOWN IN MY LIFE I WAS BLESSED TO HAVE HIM IN MY LIFE."
CYNTHIA of LOS ANGELES CA

"I was Eric Palmisano's fiance and I feel such a connection to those family members and loved ones who also lost someone in that same accident. I understand Eric and Felipe were very close. God bless them and keep them. Your family is in my prayers. ucf13@hotmail.com"
Claire of Orlando, Florida, USA

"To the family of Felipe,
My "almost" son, Lance Corporal Eric Palmisano, died in the same terrible accident as Felipe. They were very close, according to another friend who has contacted my daughter Claire (Eric's fiance) from Iraq. I read the newspaper accounts and know that Felipe was a blessing to this world, as was Eric. In this difficult time, I would love to hear from you. Please email me at cincywings@yahoo.com"
Rosie Kohake of Cincinnati, Ohio

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

"To the family of Felipe Sandoval-Flores,
My son died in the same wreck as your loved one. I have thought of each of the other families many times during the last 6 weeks. I just wanted to connect on some level. Thank you for the service he gave to this country and for your sacrifice. tammydelle@yahoo.com"
Tammy Delle of Nashville, TN

"Thank you Felipe Sandoval-Flores, 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. Felipe Sandoval-Flores:
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 Felipe 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. Felipe Sandoval-Flores:
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 Felipe, 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