Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Nazario Serrano

20, of Irving, Texas..
Serrano died as a result of hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Combat Service Support Battalion 1, Combat Service Support Group 11, 1st Force Service Support Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on January 30, 2005.

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"I think of you everyday brother."
Catherine Moncada of Johns heart

"Noz you were my best friend and still are we went through boot together and all of our other trainings. I look at the photos of you and me and think about all the good times we had, not a day goes by that i dont miss you. I know you are with me and your Family and i will see you again brother."
Prior service Sgt Kevin Watkins of Chicago,IL

"Serrano, I can't believe it's been over nine years now. It seems like yesterday that we were in Fallujah. It's been several years since I have gone to see your headstone but not a day has gone by that I don't think about you and the time we served together. I hope Landon is well and takes comfort in the knowledge that his father was a good man and selflessly gave everything to try to make this world a safer place for the rest of us. Although I have long moved on from the Corps a piece of me will always be in Iraq with my fallen brothers. I am honored to have known you and I am forever greatfull. God willing, I hope to see you smiling again someday when we meet on the other side."
Sgt. Mark Argenziano of Hermitage, PA

"Wow i love opening this page and seeing all the love and support, didnt know it even existed but now that i do im amazed at the love of people. We miss you so much everyday and are sad to know you cant be here with us but know that u are in a better place. Landon is getting so big he will be the big 8 this month you would be so proud and i know he is so proud of you, love you and not a day goes by that im not thinking of you!
If anyone wants to email me or send pics its am.story86@yahoo.com"
Amanda and Landon of Canton, Tx

"Wow i love opening this page and seeing all the love and support, didnt know it even existed but now that i do im amazed at the love of people. We miss you so much everyday and are sad to know you cant be here with us but know that u are in a better place. Landon is getting so big he will be the big 8 this month you would be so proud and i know he is so proud of you, love you and not a day goes by that im not thinking of you!
If anyone wants to email me or send pics its am.story86@yahoo.com"
Amanda and Landon of Canton, Tx

"Hey Serrano... I can't believe the many years that's passed since i said goodbye to u n Jonathan leaving for Iraq. U told me not to worry. I was heart broken when i got the call from Jonathan saying u had left us for heaven. But i know God has blessed u n urs abundantly. I will never forget all the laughs we shared, the movies we watched together, playing halo with all the other guys in y'alls platoon n the delicious meals we shared at my favor Lil Mexican cafe in fallbrook. U were a dear friend to us n i can't tell u how honored i was to meet ur fiance n see ur sons picture. He is so blessed to have u as his daddy as i know u watch over him. So much time has passed n many things have happened but i want u to know i think of u often. I pray for ur family too as i know they still miss u. I love u buddy n can't wait to see u again. God bless u Naz!!!"
Krystal Harper (Kennedy) of Diboll Tx

"I frequently look at the pages with your name listed and look at the great things these people have to say about you. I often wish I could have known you better but I thank God for the courage and selflessness that you possesed. When I get deployed soon I know that as long as I carry thoughts of you in my heart that I will be just fine. I love you and miss you lots primo."
Isaac Smith of St. Charles, Illinois

"I served in Iraq with Serrano in the same platoon and in the months leading up to our deployment. I think about him often and, when I do think about him, I come to this page on the internet and wonder what to say to his family. Cause face it, I'll never get to meet you in person and thank you for letting your son become our "brother". I didn't know Serrano as well as others but what I did know of him made me respect and love him very much. In my eyes I didn't see him wanting to be first at anything or ahead of anyone else, but to try and be/do the best that he could while looking back at the Marine behind him and helping that Marine get to where he was. One of the times that sticks out in my mind when I think of Serrano is one "field day" Cpl. Mac wanted me to go get Serrano for some reason or another and (I beleive this was one of the first times I met him) when I got to his room, there were three things I saw and remembered ever since. 1. He had a big smile on his face. 2. A "Scarface" poster that was right behind him. and 3. His room was already done and cleaned. This was just 5 minutes into the beginning of "field day". He was always of good cheer and never seemed to let anything get him down. I want to thank his family once again for giving me the opportunity to know him. Please accept my condolences. And to Serrano,"I know we never talked much brother, but thank you for your sacrifice that day. I only wish I could have been there to charge down the battlefield beside you. I want you to know that I love and respect you very much. Perhaps one day we'll see each other again.""
Pvt. Michael J, Montavon of Portsmouth, Ohio

"On this Memorial Day I would like to express my remembrance of Nazario Serrano, and how much of an honor it was to know and serve with him in the US Marine Corps. He was an outstanding Marine who was tough both mentally and physically. He was a hard worker who never complained and feared nothing. I enjoyed training with him at 29 Palms, in Pendleton, and deploying overseas. I loved his competition. But as outstanding as he was as a Marine, he was an even greater man. He was friendly to everyone he encountered and always had a smile on his face. Once when I was going through tough times he pulled me aside and said, I just wanted you to know that I love and respect you like a brother. . . which calmed me and helped me reflect. To his son, he was very proud and eager to see you. And although hes not here physically, all of us will remember him, and you can be proud that he was your father. Ill never forget you Serrano."
Joe Judan of Jacksonville, FL

"you were my main man..you taught me the world. I will never meet a person like you...you have made a large impact in my world...you have taught me alot of things in life among out short time... I Love You man...you will for always be with me and in my mind love and life...thanks brother..i love you...one day we shall meet and have a talk..dont hate me for me cause i always remember field day..you bugged me about field day and putting away my laptop and shyt...you have always been and always wil be in my heart naz...i wish i could help you and your family in any way...please if anyone reads this email me... johnlopezusmc@yahoo.com"
John Lopez in NJ of North Bergen NJ USa

"I was the corpsman for Nazario's platoon at the time of his passing. I only knew him for a short time but I was glad to know him and always enjoyed seeing him with a smile on his face even when we were stuck living in dirty train stations and old nasty houses. I still have a picture of him the first day we spent in these nasty dirt holes outside the city of Fallujah and even tho it was a crappy time he still was having a good time... He was a great Marine and I still think about him to this day."
HM3 Logan Cyrus of Camp Lejeune Nc

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Nazario Serrano:
Nazario 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 bro! tomorrow it's your birthday, the time past so fast, it was like yesterday when we used to ride together, I fell proud to read all this messages from you, been part of your life was one of the best gifts that God could gave me, you are an Angel together with Doris and Pepe, Bernardo miss you hips, all the family does. You are a tattoo in our hearths, And the best man I ever Known...

We will see you again..

Para la Familia:

Para mi Tio Chuy, mi Tia Lupe, Javier, Daniel, tenemos siempre presente a Nazario, mas aun en estos dias, Dios los Bendiga y les de Fortaleza para cargar con tan grande perdida, un Fuerte Abrazo...

Carlos Yonadab Torres Serrano
Hijo de Rosa Maria y Carlos Torres."
Carlos Torres Serrano of Matanzas Jalisco Mexico

"Happy Birthday buddy miss you tons.

Semper Fi,

Sgt Strong"
Chris Strong of Washougal, Wa

"hey buddy, wow serrano its coming up on 3 years now. you wouldn't believe how much me and P miss ya bro...you are with me all the time, i have a bracelet with your name on it and i wear it all the time and never take it off unless i have to. I just wanted you to know that im always thinking about ya and miss ya, and it sucks i never got to say goodbye and what not but i know ill see you again and you are looking down at me and got my back like the good old days in the corps. i really wish you would have went on the MEU with me, things would have been different but that wasn't gods plans for us. i did do 2 tours in iraq with out ya but i know you looked out for me and kept me safe up there. I picked up Sgt and later on got out of the corps on Aug 4 07. im hoping one of these days to meet your family and come see you again. i'll never forget about you and you were truly a great friend and will be missed dearly."
Sgt. Childress, Jared of Baltimore, Maryland/USA

"We were blessed to know Serrano and were honored to be called his friends. We both miss him dearly and pray daily for his family and his son. May God always be with them."
Jonathan and Krystal Kennedy of Diboll, Tx

"While I google my sons name your sons came up. While my son is only 6 years old I really feel your lost. May god be with all of you and your family"
Sam Nazario of longwood/Floida

"To Nazario's family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I was Nazario's 8th grade US History teacher. He touched me in a very special way my first year teaching here in Irving. My heart was breaking into little pieces when I heard about his heroism and to be unable to come to visit due to spinal surgery made it that much harder. He was called away too soon, but he has made a lasting difference on the world. His son will be proud to know what a great man his father was. My little way of memorializing one of my favorite students has been to promote donations to his scholarship fund through the Irving Schools Foundation. His memory will always be one I will treasure."
Mrs. Julie Lewis of Irving, TX

"Marine Lance Cpl. Nazario Serrano is well remembered in Irving, Texas. Irving loves you Nazario and knows you are in God's loving hands."
Carla Weaver of Irving, Texas

"Serrano, you are with God, you are a hero and we miss ya. Thank you for introducing me to Justin Meaders. We are married now, thanks to you. We love and miss ya! See ya later"
Jackie Meaders of San Clemente, CA USA

"Dear Serrano family,
My son, Cpl Justin Meaders, served with Nazario in Fallujah. He was devastated by the loss of his "brother" and will never forget him or the time they spent together. I write this as Justin is in Iraq for his second tour, surely missing his company. Nazario was very much loved and respected by his fellow soldiers, and will never be forgotten. You'll be happy to know that Justin and his wife Jackie have Serrano and Ellsworth's photos on their living room wall. It was Nazario who forced Justin to dance with Jackie on the night they first met; he is certainly in heaven smiling down on their blessed marriage. We have submitted his photo for the Wall of Heroes photo exhibit at the Marine Parents Conference in Houston. He is truly a hero! God's blessings on the Serrano family, on behalf of the Meaders family."
Kristen Meaders of Houston. TX

"Dear Serrano Family,

My name is Cpl Chris Strong I fough in the war with your son, and I am very proud to have done that! When we got to Iraq he was my roommate. I shared many wonderful times with your son, and will never forget them. We talked about the good times and the bad, but he was always there. I would like to thank you for sharing him with us he is greatly missed by all. I have many pictures of him and if you would like me to email them to you my e-mail address is strongusmc1@yahoo.com
thank you and god bless.

Semper Fi,
Cpl Strong/USMC"
Cpl Chris S Strong of Camp Pendleron ca 7th ESB C "co"

"To the family of:Nazario Serrano, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Chirst, Polly Ballew."
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga. U S A

"TO NAZARIO'S FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. I'M SORRY THAT HE HAD TO GO BACK IN THE SKYS BUT REMEMBER HE'S WATCHING UP ABOVE SMILING DOWN ON US. THANK YOU NAZARIO FOR BEING ME AND MY LIL GIRL'S HERO."
Cybill Samarripas of FortWorth, Texas

"Hey Brother! Wont ever forget those days back at Court House Bay, NC Engineer school! I was in the class ahead of you BCE-10-04 Gunny Fried! I will miss you and wont ever forget you! Take care and see you on the other side! SEMPER FIDELIS"
Owen T. of Houston

"to Nazario's family:
I knew Nazario as a friend and I attended his funeral along with his other friends. We will always remember Nazario as fun loving and ready to make us laugh. He was such a sweet and caring person and I know in my heart he is in heaven. Nazario is a true hero and we will keep him in our hearts and you in our prayers."
friend of irving, tx

"To the Family of Nazario,
I am very sorry for the loss you have had. I went to boot camp with Nos, and MCT. After all of are training we where stationed at the same base and hung out all the time. Nos was one of my best friends, and a great person, and he will always remain in my heart as my brother, and my friend. If there is enything I can do for you please contact me at usmcdevildoggsp@yahoo.com God bless you"
Lcpl Kevin Watkins of Vista, CA.

"My deepest regards go out to Lcpl Nazario Serrano's family. I was a member of his company(Charlie Company 7th ESB) before I got out of the Corps last July. Though I really never knew him well, it is always hard to hear of a Marine dying in combat who you knew and worked with. He is a great American and will never be forgotten."
John Tate of Havre, Montana

"To Nazario'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 hero's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.

Sincerely,

Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern"
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas
gcaldas48@aol.com"

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Nazario Serrano,

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."

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

"There is no way for us to express the deep sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Nazario Serrano. I lost my son on January 26, 2005 in Iraq. Those that have laid down their lives are the true heroes. May God bless you and comfort you during this time."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, 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. Your HERO, Nazario , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Nazario Serrano, 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. Nazario Serrano:
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 Nazario 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. Nazario Serrano:
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 Nazario, 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