Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Darrell J. Schumann

25, of Hampton, Virginia.
Schumann died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"Chief Schumann, Just wanted you to know I haven't forgot about your son.
MSgt Kim Bradshaw, USAF (Ret)"
Kim Bradshaw of Newport News VA

"To the family of:Darrell J.Schumann
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 too was driving, with my mind on ‘important’ things – when I came up behind the pick-up truck with a painted tailgate - Memorial in Honor of Marine Lance Corporal Darrell J. Schumann. Thank you for remembering (and reminding) us all of those who risk (and sometimes lose) their lives for our freedom, may we do our best not to take it for granted. As a veteran, military brat and spouse of a military member - I am truly sorry for your loss."
Susan M. of Hampton, VA

"In early December of 2009 I was sitting in traffic on Virginia Beach Blvd. 2 lanes to my left and passing me as the left turn lane light turned green a pick up truck passed by, painted on the tail gate was a Memorial in Honor of Marine Lance Corporal Darrell J. Schumann. I wanted to try to catch up with the pick up but because of heavy traffic I couldn't move over to the left. The last name Schumann kept ringing in my head but I couldn't put a face to the name. When I arrived home I got on my computer and Googled Darrell's name. Sure enough, several articles populated the screen, the most recent was an article regarding Darrell's name and a Memorial in Richmond Honoring Iraq's war fallen but because Darrell death was not as the result of combat, his name was being kept from the Memorial.

I belong to a Marine Corps Heritage web site, "TogetherWeServed.com", I signed onto the site only to find that no one had created a Marine Profile for Darrell, so I took it upon myself to create a Remembrance Profile for Darrell and I have listed the link below to his profile for All who wish to view. There are over 260,000 Marine Profiles listed on this site. The information I have listed on his Remembrance Profile was taken from various articles I found on the web. If you have additional information and pictures you would like to see on his profile my email address is, lrod249@cox.net, to view his Remembrance profile just copy and paste to your web browser.


I did not know Darrell J. Schumann, but I am a Marine and because we shared the same BrotherHood and common Bond in Serving and Defending Our Great Nation,
I was compelled in creating a Legacy Profile for Darrell. The 26th of January marks the 5th year Anniversary of his death, I will Honor Darrell that day and salute his Sacrifice to our Nation. God Bless Darrell J. Schumann and May the Lord watch over his Family."
Leonard (Rod) Rodriguez, MSgt, USMC - Retired of Virginia Beach, Va.

"Darrell you will never leave our hearts.We will never forget what you did for your country and family. You are our hero. Love and miss you."
Uncle Dennis and Aunt Donna of Rosenberg, Texas

""Some people go through life wondering if they have made a difference. Marines don't have that problem"
-Ronald Reagan

Lance Corporal Darrell Schumann gave his life to defend freedom and the American way of life. For that we are eternally in his debt.

Semper Fi, Marine"

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Darrell J. Schumann:
Darrell 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

"Fallen Soldier

When carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders sometimes even the best fall down. So we polish your boots, press your uniform and lay you down in a field of heroes with a cross to guard your grave. The guard has now been changed as we pick up your rifle and hold it close one last tear crawls down our face. In life you were more than a husband, more than a son, more than a brother, you were our soldier. You carried the greatest debt of all paying it with your life, you our hero are the greatest sacrifice. Your name will live forever in our hearts and minds and we pray that you find peace in your war torn heart. So sleep now fallen soldier and let the others carry on your cause.

Dedicated to Lance Cpl. Darrell J. Schumann
August 8, 1979- January 25, 2005
1st Battalion, 3rdMarine Regiment, 3rd Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Corps"
Joshua Courtney of Houston,TX

"Hes the cousin I never met that I truly wish I had the chance to. Even though I haven't I will still live my life and serve my country where he left off to honor him."
Joel of League City , Texas

"I am so sorry for your loss for I am feeling it also. I am the father of Lcpl Brian Hopper, who was on the helicopter with Darrell. May our memories never fade."
Rob Hopper, rob.hopper@pbsgc.com of Wynne, AR

"I'm very sorry for your lost, My son and your were of the same command, he died 12 Nov 04. I understand and feel your pain, you are not alone. "We American soldiers for our freedoms and yours have given our souls to God, Our bodies to the soil of Iraq. And our hearts to the loved ones who we left behind" To remember them is to honor them always. Father of a pround Marine. God Bless you and your Family."
Gregory Medina of woodbridge, Va.

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on board the helicopter with Darrell. My condolences to his family, as I share in the pain of losing one so loved. We are forever united through the sacrifices that our young men made. Thank you and God Bless."
Sally Rapp of Westlake, Ohio

"My condolences go out to the family of Darrell. My son, Richard Gilbert, Jr., also died on that helicopter. May God ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"To the family of Lance Corp Schumann,I am deeply sorry for your loss."

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Darrell J. Schumann,

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 use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"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

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

"Thank you Darrell Schumann, 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. Darrell Schumann:
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 Darrell 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. Darrell Schumann:
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 Darrell, 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