Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Thomas J. Slocum


22, of Thornton, Colorado.
Killed in action in the vicinity of An Nasiriyah. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on March 23, 2003.

He sang in the choir and kept a picture of his girlfriend, Kristy Urbanic, tucked in a pocket next to his heart. In a letter Urbanic received last week, Slocum wrote: "Hi Beautiful... I've been training hard and becoming smarter, harder, faster and deadlier every day." A day before she read those words, Slocum was killed in an ambush.

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek

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"Miss you Brother! I pray that God watches of over your family. Semper-Fi and God Bless!"
Josh D of NY

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day 2016 Mr. Slocum. Never met you but seeing your headstone at Fort Logan Cemetery really broke our hearts. We were in Colorado for some John Denver events in October 2007 and stopped at Fort Logan to see John's father's headstone (Lt. Col. Henry John Deutschendorf, Sr.) who you are buried directly behind. Your name always stuck with us to this day. It's good to see that you are NEVER forgotten. Rest well Sir and Thank you always for your service to our country."
Eve & Paris Saizan of Reno, Nevada

"Not a day goes by that I don't think of you Slocum. God bless and Semper Fidelis brother."
Sgt. Chandler of USA

"Thinking of you today"
Stephen M Slocum of Cheyenne, Wyoming

"Semper Fi , Brother Never forgotten"
Sgt. T of kingman .az

"Still not forgotten. Rest peacefully Sir."
Meagen Couch of Newberg, Oregon

"To the family of my Fallin brother and best friend I hope you all had a great last I would love to get in contact with you here in my number 2092830287 plz contact me thank Thomas you my brother will always be miss"
Stephen of Jackson Cali

"YEAR AFTER YEAR IT WILL ALWAYS FEEL AS IF IT WAS ONLY YESTERDAY. ALWAYS THANKING
YOU SLOCUM FOR BEING THERE."
diego carrion of MIAMI FL

""Hello and I am sorry it has taken this long to post my comments, but is not because i have forgotten but because it hasn't been easy for me to understand why things happen the way they do. My name is Diego Carrion, i would like to offer my knowledge of Slocum as i personally knew him, since we were in the same team as well as the same track while in combat. Slocum was and individual with a strong character and self guided mature Marine we shared a lot during our time in Lejeune, as well as in Kuwait and also for the short time in Iraq, i would have to say that i am very honored to have had Slocum in my team and that if the opportunity was provided again i would always ask for him to be there. It has been a long 8 years since, but not one day passes that i feel as if it was just yesterday, I miss him very much and i always keep him in my prayers and i know that no matter what you are up in heaven now in peace and still looking over us. I would like to know if i can assist any family member of Slocum to know a little more about the things he did and how he was.
My email is diegocarrion0816@yahoo.com"
Diego Carrion of Miami, FL"

"Tommy, my name is michael Decker I am married to your cousin Debbi slocum/Decker. I look at your picture every morning I am home off the road and give thanks for my HERO'S!!! We hope you sit safely in GOD'S palm until we meet on GOD's golden path..."
michael Decker of Arvada, Co.

"Slocum, you will never be forgotten,

GySgt James"
GySgt James of Castle Rock, Colorado

"Tommy, I didn't know you in life but I made it a mission to salute you in death. I saluted as your procession went by....someone held out your picture. Semper fidelis."
Rose of Newport, Oregon

"Tommy...10 years ago today our lives changed forever. We love and miss you so much. Semper Fi"
Bruce and Becky Van Hout of Bailey, CO

"Tommy,
In two days, it will be 10 years.
I haven't forgotten.
Miss you.
Kimberly"
Kimberly of North Pole, AK

"Well Tommy, its been a lot of years....I remember when we were growing up spending all our summers at the lake on the boat. I remember knowing that if ever Annie or I need you, you were there. We had some hard things to battle as kids and you always took the brunt of it. You are in my mind daily and I miss you like crazy. Love you, you are always in my heart."
Jenny of Thornton co

"Semper Fi!"
GySgt Oletski C.W. of Brussels, Belgium

"I never knew Tommy, but I remember the day he gave his life. The names of all of the American Soldiers who had given their lives were flashing across the news screen. I have thought about his sacrifice and valor for the past 9 years. I was in college while he was defending our country. My thoughts go out to a family I have never met, and a Hero who will never be forgotten."
Thomas J. Slocum of Groton, CT.

"Hey Bro! Miss You.... I think of you and the others from that day all of the time. May G_D bless you and your family. I pray that one day I will be able to see you again in Heaven!!! Thank You for being such a good guy and a damned good Marine. Semper Fidelis!!!"
JD of Rochester, NY

"Tommy it's been so long, I think about you every day you were not just my hero fighting for our country, but my hero in H.S you were there to protect me everyday and now you protect me and everyone else from heaven looking down on us. We miss and love you! Tears fall often thinking about you, but I know you loved defending your country and you would do it again if you were here. Lots of love xoxo"
kimmy of Thornton, co

"trying to find out how i can get a pictures to slocums mother of the new memorial they did outside 1/2's battalion office please email me usmcdevildog51@gmail.com"
joe leusch of camp lejeune

"Tommy,
Just stopping by and thinking about you today.
I am so proud of you and miss you immensely.
When I am in Denver in August, I am planning to visit you.
:)
So funny... I can still hear you laughing like it was yesterday."
Kimberly of North Pole, AK

"Hello and I am sorry it has taken this long to post my comments, but is not because i have forgotten but because it hasn't been easy for me to understand why things happen the way they do. My name is Diego Carrion, i would like to offer my knowledge of Slocum as i personally knew him, since we were in the same team as well as the same track while in combat. Slocum was and individual with a strong character and self guided mature Marine we shared a lot during our time in Lejeune, as well as in Kuwait and also for the short time in Iraq, i would have to say that i am very honored to have had Slocum in my team and that if the opportunity was provided again i would always ask for him to be there. It has been a long 8 years since, but not one day passes that i feel as if it was just yesterday, I miss him very much and i always keep him in my prayers and i know that no matter what you are up in heaven now in peace and still looking over us. I would like to know if i can assist any family member of Slocum to know a little more about the things he did and how he was.
My email is diegocarrion0816@yahoo.com"
Diego Carrion of Miami, FL

"8 years ago we lost you. I remember you often and pray for your fellow soldiers still fighting."
Heather of Northglenn, Co, USA

"I will be thinking of you today Tommy! You are missed very much."
Elissa of Westminster, Co

"Our Tommy- Definately a lover, not a fighter. I am so blessed to have known you. The first person I ever held hands with. A truly remarkable human being. Never forget the snipe hunting. All my love forever-"
Mandy of Bailey, CO

"T.J i think about you every day you were the only guy that i ever called dad.And my mom still thinks about you and how much different life would be if you were still here with us.I love you and you will never be forgotten."
Jessica McDonald of San Bernardino,Ca

""Tommy,"

Words will not replace the heaviness in ones heart knowing that you are no longer here. You and your Brothers are thought of each day.

Semper Fi Warrior"
Denna' Muncy of St. Thomas, USVI

"Tommy... Words can't express the gratitude I have for you and what you've done for our country. It's men and women like you I steer my children to admire for your selflessness and committment for what our flag stands for.

I have your mom's newpaper article taped in my locker, and before I hit the streets, I remember why I put the uniform on and hope I can do my part in protecting others as well.

God Bless you, Tommy... You are gone, but NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!"
Drew Hadley of Brighton, CO

"to thomas and to his family it has been way to long since i have thought of that day like i am tonight i have shead tears on a lot of days but none like the moment that first sgt told me next to that god forsaken bridge that you were gone i did not know that i could cry so freely in combat next other marines or the time i had to speak to your mother after your death every day you are in my mind you were my brother and i did and still to this day love youas such i have still yet to make it through the video your mom sent to me of your funeral it is to painfull for me to bear just rember you are not forgoten"
cpl brian stephens of barboursville wv

"just wanted to say that you a special person and i no that by serving side by side with you. you will fight for your contry with honor. god bless"
cpl oyola,rigoberto of lake placid ,fl

"hi my name is stephen forbes i was one of toms friends as a kid im also in the army i am endind my sec tour of iraq and would really like to be able to get ahold of his family i was talkin to somone when i was injured during my first tour of iraq and was in walter reed for a year back in 07 i will be in denver during my leave time and would like to be able to meet with his dad and have lunch or somthing so if anyone knows how i can reach him plz email me at stephen.forbes2@us.army .mil thank you"
steve of ft lweis

"I'll never forget hopping in Lake Tahoe in the dead of winter just to see how cold it was because you said it would be fun. That was right after Bridgeport when we went on libo. I'm sure you remember, TJ. That was a fun time we had I tell you. I heard of your heroic action not long after you left this world in Iraq. I finally got to go there when I volunteered. It was from 08-09. I got mine. I'm sure you remember when we used to say that all the time about our drill instructors we had. We'd laugh until we cried... "all the time you nasty recruit!!.....Sir, YES SIR!!" I really miss you buddy. When it was Memorial Day I thought about you. I think about all the fun memories we had all the time when we were in 3/4 together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for dying for our freedom. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fi, brother----------------the Tall-man"
Spc. Michael Tallman, 278th, U.S. Army 07-current, 3/4 U.S. Marine Corps 98-01 of Erwin, TN USA

"I remember you would help me over and over with gymnastics and encouraging me as I tried again and again to make cheerleading. I made it my Senior year, thanks to you. That was the best HS year I had. I also remember sitting in class and seeing you walk by in your uniform-it was a very powerful sight to see. Not sure if we would have stayed in tough as I wasn't very good about that back then, but you were a great man and are truely missed."
Tifanny (Caudill) Irions of Denver, CO

"Thinking about you on Memorial Day 2010. You'll never be forgotten."
Robert J. Misuna 3/4 Kilo. Co. of Eastern Shore, Va.

"Tom,
Remembering the days from high school and always knowing you put what you believed in before anything else. We made friends right when you first started and you were just an awesome funny guy the whole time I knew you. You went and fought and died a hero, fighting for a cause you felt strongly for. I hadn't seen you since I graduated until I saw you on the news and a friend told me about your family and plans to get married and such. My heart goes out to you and your family and best wishes and gratitude for all your hard work."
Christopher Martinez of Greenville, SC

"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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"I served with Slocom in 3/4 Kilo company. He love the core and he loved his country. In my thoughts for ever. god bless."
CPL Oyola of lake placid Fl

"MY is stphen forbes one of tommys old friends and a spc in th army the last time was on here i had just been injured in iraq and was in watler reed im tryin to get in touch with any of his family to tell them im ok and have deployed to iraq for a sec time im here now and we are the last combat unit to come home i hope to see you all again when i come back to the states plz email me at dteve11@yahoo.com thanks"
stephen forbes of baghdad iraq

"They say that time heals all wounds. It is simply just not true. There is not a day that goes by that my tears don't fall for you dear Tommy. You are so deeply missed by all of us who love you.
Guard heaven well dear friend. We will see each other one day.
All my love"
Becky of Bailey, Colorado

"My prayers are with the family and friends of Tom.
He wasn't scared of anything. Even when we were 9 and he decided to listen to a girl and jump off the slide at Bertha Heid. I should have never said anything, but from that point on I never forgot who Tom was.
I was alone the day I got word of his death because my husband was out to sea and Enduring Freedom for our country. I will never forget that day. It was the day I realized just what the men and women of our military do. Even after 2 years of being married to a military man.
Thank you Tom for being so brave! You are truely missed."
Elissa of Thornton, Co

"we just constructed a new memorial here at the battalion office for 1/2 I personally new TJ when we were out in cali. I have some pictures i wanna pass on to his Mother of the new memorial can anyone help me out you can email me at usmcdevildog51@gmail.com
Semper Fi TJ you will never be forgotten"
Joe Leusch of camp lejeune

"Hello again. Just sitting here realizing how sad it is that this is the way we have to visit you. I thank you for your service everyday. I make sure your Marine Corps picture is in my car to remind me to pray for your fellow soldiers and your family. GOD Bless them all!
Never forgotten.
Thomas Slocum
4-20-1980 - 03-26-2003"
Heather M of Colorado

"Thank you. We asked you to kill in our name and we will help bear your burdens. You will be remembered for everything you have done, both before service and during."
Emily Helton-Riley of Scottsdale, AZ

"Tommy,
Just stopping by and letting you know that you aren't forgotten.
Heather and I talk about you often on Facebook.
I miss you and appreciate what you have done for us by serving in our armed forces.
I'll stop by and visit next time I make it to Denver."
Kimberly of North Pole, Alaska

"Monday will mark 6 years since you were lost to this world. A day that blotted out the sun a tiny bit. I pray for you, your family and the soldiers still serving everyday. You are so missed!!!!"
Heather of Northglenn, CO, USA

"Tom, It has been so many years, and yet, Justin and I still think of you and pray for your family. We miss you so much. I still remember you making me do my blond impression every time I saw you, I still do my impression, and remember you every time."
April Heisey of CA

"TJ
As i now have have the calling to go to war your sprit goes with me. I feel its a sign coming back in that i also am with 1/2 now. Our numbers been called and we go to fight here soon. I know you will have my back. I miss you brother. I miss the good and bad times we had. You will never be forgotten"
Cpl. Joe Leusch of Iraq

"Today is 5 years. We remember you now as much as ever. God Bless"
Heather of Thornton, CO

"I served with Lcpl. Slocum in N.C. when he was in Bravo (Brave Bravo) company. I still remember entering the fleet and him yelling at me to stand parade rest when speaking to an NCO. Later-on we became friends via Lcpl Stevens and we would all watch movies together in our bunks. This was all prior to him moving to Charlie company shortly before shipping out. He was transferred due to his exceptional skills, I often wonder what if he didn't transfer, but then think of how many other (Charlie Co.) Marines lives where saved that grave day. OOHRA Slocum, Semper Fi Marine"
Pfc Zorn

"Just remembering you on Veteran's Day! God Bless your family. Your are in my thoughts eveyday!"
Heather of Northglenn, CO

"I remember meeting Slocum through a mutual friend of ours in Okinawa Round 1, when we all served in 3/4. He stood gate guard with my buddy, and then we served on KP duty in Bridgeport Summer Package together. I took an instant liking to this hard * Marine and we got along great, even though we were in different companies. When he re-enlisted I got out and went back home to NC. I found out later that Slocum went to 1/2 at Camp Lejuene. I remember thinking I saw him out in town one night, but I didn't approach. I should have, and would have, had I known it was the last time I would have seen Slocum. News of his death did not sit well with me and I turned to booze pretty hard there for awhile, then I realized he would have told me to suck it up and get over it. These things happen, don't grieve for me. I still miss the man. I offer my condolences to the family of Thomas Slocum and celebrate the life of a man I am not ashamed to call friend and brother. Semper Fi."
Cameron Hayden, Lcpl 3/4 I Co Wpns Plt Mortars Section 1998-2002 of Cape Carteret, NC

"Hey my dad and I go to fort morgan every vtrans day and I visit your site I don't know you but one of our friends went to your funeral. And every time I go to thornton recenter I see the memorial site for you and I always just go stand by it think of what you were like. Semper Fi"
Jared of Thornton

"In the Event of my Demise

In the event of my Demise
when my heart can beat no more
I hope I die for Principle
or a belief that I had lived for.
I will die before my time
because I fell the shadow of death.
So much I wanted to accomplish before death.
I HAVE REACHED DEATH!!!
I have come to grips with the possibility
and wiped the last tear from my eyes.
I loved all who were positive
IN THE EVENT OF MY DEMISE.

Words of the late and great
Tupac Shakur
I wanted Lance Coropral Thomas J. Slocum to have the last word.
In God we pray!!!"
Your cousin Shane A. DuRall of Thornton Co,

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Thomas J. Slocum. Thomas 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

"5-14-07 Hi Tommy,

I came across this website today and read all of the beautiful messages people have left for you. You were a wonderful man and I miss you very much. I wish I had known you better. May you be in God's presence throughout eternity."
Aunt Connie DuRall of Denver Colorado USA

"I remember the day like it was yesterday. Forth grade, Mis Veraldes class, on break. Tommy had a will to live that most of us will never have, or imagine. The curly slide at bertha heid, all of us used to slide down the edge and one day he was on the edge at the top and I was coming down, when I seen him something happend and he fell to the bottom. He lived, how I don't know it was a big drop. Maybe it was big compared to how small we were then, but it was still a hell of a drop. Tommy and I became closer friends after that day, and stayed that way untill the end of 10th grade, we lost contact. The memories will always be with me. Things change, we all grow up, ready or not, it happens and sometimes your not ready for what happens, he was never ready to say goodbye, but he was always ready to say I'll help, he helped in ways that we can never imagine, giving his life to help those rights that we all take for granted everyday. Waking up and looking outside and not having to worry if our kids will get to school okay, not having to worry about RPG's or anything of that nature. He always wanted to be your friend, always wanted to give a helping hand, always there for anyone who needed him. One day we were walking down eppinger to his house and some kid had fallen on his bide across the street from Batimores house and he ran across the street to make sure he was okay and we walked the kid home, no more than 8 years old. That's the person he was and the person that we all will remember. No matter what."
Joseph Daniel Myers of San Diego, Ca Grew up in Thornton Co.

"Tom, I miss you incredibly. We will miss you at our 10 year next year. I'll always have great memories of you."
Kimberly of North Pole, Alaska

"To the family of:Thomas J. Slocum 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"

"Thomas,
I would like to say thank you to you and all the other Marines from 2nd MEB who were killed at An Nasiriyah for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Remembering you today Thomas J. Slocum. I never knew you but came across your grave when we were visiting Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. We have never forgotten you."
Eve & Paris Saizan of Reno, Nevada

"Tommy, no Marine could ask for a better Brother. It is Marines like you who give us the name we have today. You will be missed... Simper Fi, little Brother."
T.Ray of Longmont, Colorado

"Thomas,
I have an ever lasting image of you wearing your blues at Skyview after you graduated boot camp. You looked sharp and everyone looked at you like you were a movie star. I told you that I would be joining soon. You told me that you would probably see me out there someday. I will never forget that. I am still serving and still fighting hoping to scratch the surface of what you have done for your country. Semper Fidelis"
Sgt. Daniel P Vigil of Thornton, CO USA

"We are nearing the third anniversary of your death and you are always in my mind. Everytime I see a flag it reminds me of your brave face. This poem came to me by grace and seems so very appropriate. All my love!

FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of taps one night,
when everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington..
No freedom isn't free."
Heather of Thornton, CO

"In your honor and with gratitude to you, Thomas Jonathan Slocum, Iíve planted a daffodil in your name, as have others across the country 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 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. 22, 2006."
Gretchen Forbes of the northcentral mountains of Pennsylvania

"I have planted a daffodil for you Tom, along with 50 other bulbs to represent other soldiers that have been killed in Iraq. Your flower will be seen every year and your sacrifice remembered."
Ruth Anderson of Mountain View, California

"Hey Tommy, Terry and Stan.

I head back again soon, and I sure am thinking of you folks.

Semper Fi.

Rich"

"To Lcpl Slocum's family and friends, and most importantly, to the memory and spirit of this brave young man - We are deeply honored and extremely proud to have been allowed the privilege of renaming our American Legion post - Lance Cpl Thomas Slocum Post 201, Thornton, CO. His memory will live on and his ultimate sacrifice will NEVER be forgotten. The official charter naming and presentation will take place at the Colorado American Legion State Convention in June 2005.
Words cannot express the feelings I hold in my heart for this local hero and his family. I regret that I never had the privilege of meeting Thomas. God bless you and your family, and may you forever rest in peace."
Steve Nelson of Thornton, CO

"Tommy,

I am missing you, and loving you every day! You are always in my thoughts."
Shauna Frye of Sioux City, Iowa USA

"Thomas, I remember when we were both still in High School getting ready for Boot Camp, you were fiery guy, gung ho as they come. I left to boot ahead of you, and then ran into you in Okinawa. Still gung ho, it was good to see an old friend. Then in the sand of Iraq, I couldn't believe I ran into you again. Being in two different units, what are the odds right? I didnt get the news about your sacrifice until I came home and another Marine who knew us both let me know. It was a shock to the system. I thought I was done hearing about my freinds being harmed. One thing I do know... I know you died protecting other Marines. You, more than most had a penchant for protecting your brothers in arms. "so that others may live" God bless you, see you in heaven"
Cpl Matthew Montgomery of Thornton Colorado

"Tom I did not know you but I somehow feel a deep deep loss when I think about you. For what ever reason I keep looking at web sites about you. I even have your name on a Iraqi Freedom Fallen hereos t shirt I wear all the time. For whatever reason YOU ARE my hero. God be with you your family and the girl you left behind.Please know and God willing let your family know you did not die in vain. You will not be forgotten. Semper fi"
Just me of Golden Co

"Tommy, as I get ready to head back in a 'civvy status' job, I think of you, man.

You have a kick * mom and dad (Stan), and despite her admonishment, I leave NLT 6 OCT to return to the 'ole sandy stomping ground.

I wish I could have been there for you. Maybe in the next world.

Semper Fi."
Rich of Longmont, Colorado

""To the family and friends of Lcpl Thomas J. Slocum:
I am proud to have served with Tom for over a year at Camp Geiger.I was shocked at the news of our loss after I returned from Iraq.The one thing you will always remember about Tom was his will to fight no matter what the odds.He was a great Marine and one of the greatest friends anybody could ever ask for.I wish his family and friends the best in this hard time.I will never think about how Tom passed but will always remember how he lived.Semper Fi Marine and we will see you again one day.""
Cpl Rogers USMC of Ft. Lauderdale FL.

"To the friends and family of Thomas J. Slocum:
My husband, Spc Justin W. Linden was also KIA in Iraq on June 4, 2004. I pray for all the families who have had to bare this horrible pain, and I hope it brings you comfort to know that I appreciate more than any words could say what your loved one sacrificed. These soldiers are all heroes. Remember he is watching over you all! He will never be forgoten and will live on forever in your hearts."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes.IL

"I miss you incredibly, Tom. Thank you."
Kimberly of Denver, CO USA

"Tom..I miss you very much and think about you all the time. Thank you again for everything!"
Stephanie of Thornton, CO

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine!! SEMPER FI!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Thomas will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To my dearest cousin. I love you so much, and miss you every day. You will always be my hero. <3"
Shauna Frye of Sioux City, Iowa USA

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

"Thank you Thomas J. Slocum. May you know that your family, your friends, and your nation hold you in the highest reguard. May you find peace in God's embrace."
CSM (R) Edward A. Slocum of Sumter, SC 29150

"Thank you so much for this wonderful tribute site.
We love and miss Thomas so much. You are in our thoughts every day.
To Terry, Stan and Tom,
How can we thank you for raising such a fine Marine?
How can we thank you for sharing him with us?
Thomas lives on in our hearts and we will never forget.
You gave all dear Thomas so that we may be free.
Our world has been a better place because we had you for a time.
All my love forever."
Becky Van Hout of Bailey, Colorado

"Tom, you, and your family and friends sacrifice will ALWAYS be remembered!

Thank you, my Brother!

I will always be here for your family, as well as MANY Colorado Marines I know!

USMC 84 - 91

Gulf War Vet"
Rich Lundeen of Longmont, Colorado

"Thank you Thomas Slocum, 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

"Slocum, I know when the Army and the Navy look on heavens scenes, and they find the streets are guarded by the United States Marines, Youll defintely be one of them."
An old buddy who stood plenty of guard duty with Lance Corporal Slocum

"We will always Remember you Tom for you Courage and Heroism. Thank you For Serving your Country and making Skyview High school a memorial place."
Brian of Thornton, Colorado

"Hi, this is TreVaun Thompson at George Bush High School and I had to do reserch on your life and how you passed in the war. Hearing about you and how you died is very sad. Reading your biography is making me want to go to the marines. I know your not going to get this letter but I know you can read this from heaven. I think your family will receive this and thank me for writting them. Well hope you are in a better place."
TreVaun Thompson of houston,tx USA

"You are still remembered in our hearts and our prayers. We miss you and thank you for the wonderful gift of freedom you left behind."
Heather of Thornton, Colorado

"your country is proud of you!"
G.D. of Thornton Colorado

"I only got to see him for a week. It was at my grandmom joans house. We were the same age. I can say that my grandmother had the house full of kids that week. It was my sister Ashley, my brother Robert,my cousins Sean,Jenn,Ryan,TJ,Zach,Jennifer,Tommy, Annie and myself. We had so much fun swimming playing and doing things that we will remember(shhhh)but I had fun. I will miss you and in my heart you will be a hero forever. To his family and girlfriend kristy I am so sorry for your loss. Tommy will always be in our thoughts and memory.xoxoxo"
Christina Pulupa Hernandez of silver spring , MD

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Thomas Slocum:
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 Thomas 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. Thomas Slocum:
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 Thomas, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"RIP Brave Marine. May God bless your family and girlfriend Krisit and little Zoe. You will never be forgotten."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on