Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Chad J. Simon

32, of Madison, Wisconsin.
Simon died while under hospice care in Madison, Wisconsin from wounds he received on November 8, 2004 from an explosion while conducting combat operations in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Forces Reserve’s 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Madison, Wisconsin. Died on August 4, 2005.

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"9 years? It still hurts and is so hard to believe. I fought to bring you back but it wasn't meant to be. He's growing into a fine young man - 15 years old now - you would be proud. We miss you. I'm sorry it's taken so long to work at our grief but we're doing it now, together."
Regina (wife of SSgt. Simon) of Milwaukee, WI

"9 years later and we continue to remember your dedicated sacrifice. You are missed my "big brother." Thank you for serving our country!"
CAS of Carmel, IN

"Chad...I knew and loved you from the day you were born. You have left holes in our hearts, but pride in our souls. I remember you riding your big wheel, playing with toy soldiers, loving your country and your family. Taken too soon, but Never forgotten. Love you Chad."
Julie Pim of Bradenton, FL

"To the family of:Chad J. Simon
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""

"July 8, 2008
To the family of Staff Sgt. Chad J. Simon:
Chad 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

"To the family of Chad Simon, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
After a wonderful service on Memorial Day 07, I picked up a flag, one of thousands, planted in a field ajoining our church, First Baptist Orlando, Fl.
The name on it was Chad's. I wanted to send my condolences and to let you know that I have been praying for his family!
As most of the holidays, I'm sure Thanksgiving is a little sad, as well as for myself since I became single, but a new song, so great for Thanksgiving just came out, and has really put a new perspective on the season for me. Josh Groban sings "THANKFUL" and it goes like this:
Somedays we forget to look around us
Some days we can't see the joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take where we should give
So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see
It's up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There's so much to be thankful for.

My prayers remain with you. I know I would not have the freedoms I have now if it was not for men like Chad. And for that I am thankful.
If you would like to contact me, my email address is:
Lady10rose@earthlink.net
Again, have a nice THANKSGIVING"
Roxanne Britt of Apopka, Fla. USA

"anyone who can call someone a "son of a *" while smiling the whole time knowing you wish you had the charisma and aura of the man Chad Simon was would know Chad and how he carried himself....as a junior Marine sometimes I somewhat questioned him, but the man knew what authority was at the same time knew how to honor himself and the Marines he was in charge of....bless his soul and the world and the Marine Corps as well as his family and his friends are down a good man"
Sgt. Buddha of Milwaukee, WI...The Greatest Country on Earth

"To the family of Chad Simon, I went to High School with Chad, worked with Chad and attend Church with him. He was a great friend and will always be in my heart. He visited me on the night before I left for Air Force boot camp and kept in contact with me the whole time I was in. His letters I recieve while I was in Desert Storm were such a great touch of home. Chad I will miss you!!!"
Scott Nelson of East Wenatchee, WA

"Chad,
I was reading a recent edition of Leatherneck Magazine and read about the Memorial that was dedicated last Memorial Day at the Marine Reserve Center in Madison to you and your fellow Marines from Golf Company who were killed in Iraq. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"CHAD, YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED BY EACH PERSON WHO TALKS TO ME AT
MILWAUKEE BREWERS STADIUM.
ALONG WITH Richard Sowinski, Brent Vroman. Peace with each of our steps.
peacedeerproject@aol.com"
Joel (ARTIST Remember RESPOND) Paplham of West Allis, WI. USA

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Chad J Simon, Iíve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the United States as part of Project LIVE ON, a not-for-profit program founded to memorialize each U. S. military who has died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thousands of beautiful daffodils across the country will come up each Spring, and, like your Spirit, will LIVE ON...and ON. Blessings to you, the family, as you grieve, and heal. For details, contact projectliveon@aol.com. Jan. 23, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Chad, along with 49 more bulbs to represent other soldiers who were killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and sacrifice remembered. Projectliveon@aol.com"
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View , California

"To the Family of SSgt. Chad Simon:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 8/25/05, 119 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Chad's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

""To the family of Staff Sgt. Chad Simon: My heart goes out to you. I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard in June. It has been 2 months now, but sometimes it feels like it was yesterday. On my son's marker is the phrase "Not In Vain". That is what Chad believed, and it is what we have to believe in order for any of this to make sense. I'm proud of you, Staff Sgt. Simon, and I thank you for your service to our country and all of us.""
Cindy Maynard, mother of Marine LCpl Chad Maynard and Marine Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, Washington

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Chad J. Simon,

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

"I will never forget you Chad. Though I haven't seen you since we graduated I will always remember the kid who never stopped smiling.

Thank you for being you and for all you did for us, the American citizens who are so very grateful for your service. We can rest peacefully knowing there are many others who will continue to serve for us as you so bravely and graciously did.

Godspeed"
C of Madison

"MARINE STAFF SGT CHAD J. SIMON -
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. With pride and honor, you served this grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
My deepest codolences to the family and friends of Chad and may memories comfort you during this difficult time and always. I am very, very sorry. "There is a destiny that makes us Brothers, no one goes his way alone; all that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own."
- Edwin Markham -
AMERICA SALUTES STAFF SGT CHAD J. SIMON"
D. BURT of PORTSMOUTH, RI

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, ohio

"To Chad's family. I had a chance to meet you at the visitation yesterday. May God bless you and I will keep you all in my prayers. I know the loss is overwhelming but there is peace at the end of your journey, just as Chad is at peace now in Jesus's arms."
Candy of Poynette, WI

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

"Rest in Peace Devil Dog...

Semper Fi
J and T USMC-NC"

"To the Simon Family, I am so sorry for your loss, I can't even imagine the hell Chad and you all went through. At least now Chad is at peace. Your Chad is a true American Hero, Chad will always be remembered and honored. We are praying for all of you. God Bless you all and God Bless Chad."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Marine Staff Sgt.Chad J. Simon, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time."
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"To the Simon Family from the Wahl
Family. Our heart and prays have been with Chad since his news, and is today, tomorrow and forever. Our family understands the pain. Chad was someone's someone and truely; he was someone to my son and our family. We lost our son Gregory last year in Balad, Iraq. We greatly; appreciated Chad serving our great country and fighting along side our son. Both being brother's watching over one another, units and other branches of service as ONE! Chad and Greg had not known one another. Well, today both together. An all our prays are for them both. Chad has touched the hearts of so many. To all those he has; all have and remember fond memories shared with CHAD! Those in his COMMUNITY need to line the street's for a wonderful son, brother,nephew, uncle, neighbor, soldier, hero and simplely because he did so much for AMERICA and the WORLD. Chad answered a calling to serve our country that many AMERICA simplely; DON"T! Chad is the reason AMERICA is alot safer since 911. Chad you are apart of AMERICAN and World History. You understand that freedom and liberty is PRECIOUS, not just to AMERICAN"S to all those in this world. Chad we all had rather you be with us. Today I remember you for all you did for my son and family. Not to ever be forgotten tomorrow or any other time. To the SIMON FAMILY, War Memorials are nice! But, those do not happen right away. Actually, many many years even longer at time's. Honor CHAD that will help other's in his community. People will remember CHAD NOW and forever. He deserve's that for serving his community and country. Sure those politically leaders can name a street after CHAD! A man with a heart to keep his community free!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To the Simon Family from the Wahl
Family. Our heart and prays have been with Chad since his news, and is today, tomorrow and forever. Our family understands the pain. Chad was someone's someone and truely; he was someone to my son and our family. We lost our son Gregory last year in Balad, Iraq. We greatly; appreciated Chad serving our great country and fighting along side our son. Both being brother's watching over one another, units and other branches of service as ONE! Chad and Greg had not known one another. Well, today both together. An all our prays are for them both. Chad has touched the hearts of so many. To all those he has; all have and remember fond memories shared with CHAD! Those in his COMMUNITY need to line the street's for a wonderful son, brother,nephew, uncle, neighbor, soldier, hero and simplely because he did so much for AMERICA and the WORLD. Chad answered a calling to serve our country that many AMERICA simplely; DON"T! Chad is the reason AMERICA is alot safer since 911. Chad you are apart of AMERICAN and World History. You understand that freedom and liberty is PRECIOUS, not just to AMERICAN"S to all those in this world. Chad we all had rather you be with us. Today I remember you for all you did for my son and family. Not to ever be forgotten tomorrow or any other time. To the SIMON FAMILY, War Memorials are nice! But, those do not happen right away. Actually, many many years even longer at time's. Honor CHAD that will help other's in his community. People will remember CHAD NOW and forever. He deserve's that for serving his community and country. Sure those politically leaders can name a street after CHAD! A man with a heart to keep his community free!"
LEONARD WAHL of VALLEY STREAM NY

"To The Simon Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland TN

"Thank you Chad Simon, 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 Staff Sgt. Chad Simon:
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 Chad 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 Staff Sgt. Chad Simon:
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 Chad, 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