Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Peter J. Sora, Jr

19, of Londonderry, New Hampshire.
Sora died during a Humvee rollover training accident at Twenty Nine Palms in California while preparing for deployment to Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division - CAAT Platoon, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 4, 2004.

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"PJ words cannot express how much you are missed. I will always remember escorting you home that final time to your parents. It was the hardest thing I had ever had to do in my 22 years as a Marine. But it was the greatest honor anyone had ever bestowed upon me when your parents asked if I would do that for them. You are forever in my thoughts brother. Semper Fidelis"
The Big Dog / GySgt USMC Retired of Goffstown, NH

"Thirteen years ago this morning, May 5th, at 6:35 est time, I learned that you would never be coming home alive. You died May 4th at 8:38 pacific time and we were not told till the next morning. That day that time is forever with me.I miss you so very much I will love you forever and you will always be in my heart. Words can never explain the pain and hurt I go through I cannot wait until we meet again. I want one more hug. I Love you forever"
Mom

"Good Morning PJ, Merry Christmas, 14 years without you. I thought this would get easier. Miss visiting you at the cemetary, know your not there and with me but still hard. It has been a very tough year. The kids are growing fast and so much fun. They love you as much as I do. One hug would be great. No one hugs like you did. Miss the voice, miss you. Happy New Year Buddy."
Forever in my heart MOM

"Good Morning. Visited our old neighbors yesterday at their home in Deland. Had dinner with them and a man saw my car with your sticker on it. He was with your unit in Iraq. The men spoke highly of you. Very nice of him to leave a note. Always nice to know others think of you like I do. Miss you buddy. Happy 32nd birthday. Cannot believe how time goes by and all the things you miss. The things I miss of you. Someday. Celebrate, we will do sparklers with kids tonight. Hope you see them Love you forever and ever."
Mom

"May 4, 2016, WOW, May 4, 2004 seems like yesterday. One thing that has changed, I no longer walk down the stairs to that front door. No more flash backs there. I love you Buddy, miss you so much at times it is still hard to breathe. Happy Angel Birthday, I love you. Wishes for one more hug. Love you forever."
Mom of Viera

"Pj- miss you like crazy! Not a day goes by - you're always on my mind. I'm 38 weeks pregnant with my second child...Another little girl haaa.
You should be here...life's just not fair.
Love you always and forever 💞"
Kari of Nashua

"12 Christmases without you. Unbelievable! I will never get use to this. I should enjoy the holidays as if you never left. I can't, I miss you each day of each year. Time is flying by but the memories stand still. This I am thankful for. Your memories, your laugh, you love of live. You loved Christmas, I decorate for you. I make cookies for you. I try and keep the happiness for you. I miss you very much. All I want for Christmas is one more minute with you, one hug, one smile, one more I love you. Merry Christmas Buddy I miss you and I love you very much"
Mom of Viera, FL

"WOW, is all I can say. Another year gone by. This should be easy now. I should think of May 4th as any other day. I remember every day, every conversation from the moment you learned you were going to California to the minute I heard that you were never coming home. I look at your picture every morning. I hear your voice, saying I'm home" and miss your hugs. I know I will see you again. I know you can see all the thing that happen here, I just wish you were part of it. I miss you every day. Happy Angel Birthday Buddy. I love you."
Love Mom of Viera, FL

"Another year, 11 now, without you during the holidays. Each year should be easier and it just seems to get harder. Missing you lots this year. Carlo and his wife, Lauren, are here from California, you would really like her, she would be a great sister-in-law to you. Melissa, Jeff and the children were here. They miss that they really did not know you. I miss you each and every day. Wish you could come home for one more holiday. I could really use one of your hugs. Merry Christmas Buddy. I love you and miss you."
Mom

"Pj, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. You were my brother and I miss you so much. Sometimes it just gets to painful knowing you are gone. I really wish you were here."
Dennis of Manchester, NH

"Today you would reach a mile stone, you would turn 30 years old. You are missing so many things that are happening. I am missing watching you experience these things. Each day I miss you more. I do know that you are always near. I sense your presence when certain things happen. I know you were smiling down at your brothers wedding. The day was perfect. I miss you each day a little more. I love you buddy. Happy Birthday. Until we meet again. Love Mom"

"PJ it is almost 10 years, May 4th, and I cannot believe my life goes on everyday without you. I miss your smiles, your hugs and your laughter. I would give my life just to see you one more time, there are so many things I would say to you. I miss you and think of you each and every day. Can't wait until we meet again and I can have my "hug" Love you forever Mom"

"I knew your son just a short time @ Fireye he was really a squared away Marine."
John Snediker..USMC of South Boston

"Hey PJ, its MOM. Another year has gone by. I cannot believe that time keeps moving on and you are not here. I miss you every day. I think what would life be like if you were here. Would you be married, have children, still be in the Marines? I know the last one, the Marines, you would still be part of that brotherhood. I miss you buddy. I love you as much today as the day you were born, 29 years ago. Happy Birthday PJ, I will see you when we meet again. Miss you with all me heart."
Love Mom

"Merry Christmas PJ...

Love DAD"

"PJ, It is Christmas time again. If I could have just one wish, I would wish that I could have one more hour with you. There would be so many things that I would tell you. I cannot believe this is our ninth Christmas without you. At times it seems like our first. Where does the time go. I miss your hugs, your smile, your voice; I just miss you completely. I know when I talk to you, you hear me. There are times I will says something or ask a question and then the answer is right there. Merry Christmas I know I will see you again. I love you buddy."
Love Mom

"Hey brother, its Zak Silva. My time in the Army is almost up, and yet not a day goes by that I don't think about why I joined. You inspired me to do work hard in wrestling and you inspired me to join military. Thank you for your service to our great nation. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten or taken for granted."
PFC Zak Silva of Fort Riley, KS

"missing you a lot pj esp with the holidays coming and knowing you aren't here ... every uniform i see makes me weak i wish my children could have met you! you will forever be my hero! i love you"
Destiny Collazo of webster,ma

"Yea Buddy, sitting here thinking and wondering what you would be doing today to celebrate your 28th birthday. I can only imagine. I wish I had the opportunity to see the man, husband and father you would have been. The best I am sure. I miss you each and every day and know that we will meet again. Love you. Happy Happy Birthday from here to there."
Love Mom

"Hey Buddy, you are an 8 year old Angel today. Happy Birthday. I miss you every day. It has been really rough these past two weeks as I am going through ALL YOUR STUFF I have saved forever. I can only say I am happy to have it all. As hard it has been it has also been wonderful, to read your stories, remember games we played, hear music you listen to, touch your favorite clothes and sit and remember all the good times. There is not a day that goes by that you are not in my thoughts. It seems like forever and I know that we will meet again. Until then I love you and miss you more than any one could imagine. Happy Birthday Angel."
Love Mom of Londonderry NH

"Gosh Pj, every day that goes by im always thinking of you! Miss you so much! I still have a sticker on my car I had made (i also left some for you parents and family, hoping they got them!) From time to time people ask about it and I just tear up...You were such a great friend and always will be a part of me! I can't believe we are coming up on the anniversary of your death! Time flies for sure! I always imagine what if you were still around...I know you are watching over always! You must be soo proud of me lol.... Because I am with a MARINE! You guys would have been best buds, it would have been great! I love you, always Pj!!!!!! <3 Kari"
Kari of Nashua NH

"Hello, i didnt know this young man pj but my name is Dewaylin Sora i am 19 years old and live in dallas tx. For a while now ive been searching on the internet for people with my same last name in hopes of finding out more of my family history. This page stands out to me because the few Sora's i do know have close ties to the military (my dad is active duty USAF & grandfather US army) as for myself ive been training to go to the air force since i graduated high school in 2010. If i offend any of you that know or are related to this young man i am truly sorry but i must know so if you have any information please email me at Dewaylin.sora@yahoo.com Sorry for your loss & god bless. Thank you."
Dewaylin Sora of Dallas Tx

"PJ it has been almost eight years. I still think about you and the time we spent together. Can't wait to see you again one day. Semper Fi buddy

Deputy Kory Kelley
Stafford VA"

"Miss you PJ, you're still my big cousin, and I still look up to you."
B

"Merry Christmas Buddy. It's 2011 and you have now missed 8 Christmas. The pain does not go away and I do not know why. I guess this is true love. I miss you so much."
with Love forever, Mom

"Merry Christmas son... I love you."
Dad of Londonderry, NH

"Today you turned 27 years old. I wish I could see the man you turned out to be. I love and miss you each and every day. Happy Birthday Buddy. Love Mom"
Gail Sora of NH

"I light this candle in memory of your Angel Peter . Happy birthday angel. Praying your day will be peaceful.
Thank you angel"
Carol Angel Michael Carico's Mom of Bradenton, Fla USA

"Happy Birthday Peter J. Sora, Jr GB You, Sending All My Love & Prayers To Your Family."
Joan Taylor of England

"Lighting your candle in memory of you. Sending love to you and your family...God Bless"
Mary~Nicholas Hands Mom~ of Fredericksburg, Va

"I light this candle in memory of your Angel Peter's. Heavenly anniversary. Praying your day will be peaceful. Thank you."
Carol Angel Michael's Mom of Bradenton,Fla USA

"Happy Angel Birthday P.J. I cannot believe that 7 years have gone by, it still feels like yesterday. I love and miss you each and every day Buddy. Till we meet again. Love Mom"
Gail Sora of Londonderry, NH

"May you have peace where ever you are now Peter."
mary^j^benny of Davao City.Philippines

"May beautiful heavenly memories of u surround ur family with a gentle love to take away the sorrow on ur angel date."
Lorraine, mom to angel Kelli Geo-Warrington of Littleton CO

"Peter may whispers from the heaven's on this ur angel day-touch ur soul for u to know-ur loved in every way-GB."
Fam. of Wm. Scott & Samantha Myers of Mi/ USA

"Merry Christmas son."
Dad of Londonderry, MA

"To my son, my hero. I miss you each and every day. There is not a time that I do not think of you. I look forward to the day we meet again. Until then, Happy Birthday Buddy. Love Mom"
Gail Sora of Londonderry, NH

"pj i miss you! growing up with you was the best! i think out of anyone in the fam i was closest to you! i love you and alwas thinking you! its still hard at family get togethers knowing you won be there, although i know your there in spirit.. its not the same.."
Destiny levi of Webster, Ma

"Pj i remember4 how we got along in highschool you were always good to me even when i was new there and enjoyed the few times we played football together and the rides you gave me to work i am sorry i never wrote to you before or met your parents even though we lived less then 5 minutes from one another i am very proud of you and very grateful for the time you served our country and i look forward to seeing again one day you always brought out the best in people take care buddy and thank you"
Eric Thibedau of Nashua NH

"PJ, It was six years ago today that we said goodbye. You got in your truck to drive to California and I was making plans to come and see you in July for your birthday. I will never ever forget that last hug for as long as I live. You gave the best and I miss them. It is almost six years since the day that I opened the front door to the men in uniform. It still takes my breathe away just thinking about it. I will miss you forever and can't wait to see you again my son.
Love Mom"
Gail Sora of Londonderry

"PJ, me and my family think of you all the time. I can't believe almost six years have passed since you made your final jouney to God. You are missed, you are loved, you are a hero."
Patti Tortolini of Londonderry, NH

"I recently met your mother and father at an outing over the weekend. It didn’t take long for the subject of the Marines to come up as I also served in the Marines. Throughout the night we spoke about you and all of your accomplishments. Your parents are so proud of you and speaking with them for as long as I did I wish I had known you. Anyone who speaks with them can hear the excitement in their voice when they begin to speak about you and the Marines. I never want to imagine how terrible that day must have been for you, your platoon, and your family. No one will ever doubt that you were a great Marine! The notes left on this page are a testament to your honorable service to this great country! It was an honor to hear your stories from those who loved you most and an honor to meet your parents! Thank you for your service. If more people had even half the honor and courage you did, the world would never need such a fighting force as the US Marines.
Semper Fi!

Chris Patten
Goffstown, NH
Sgt/USMC 2001-2005
1/6 SS"
Christopher Patten of Goffstown, NH

"April 28, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Peter J. Sora, Jr.:
Peter 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

"PJ I miss you buddy. Still think about you man."
Sgt Kory Kelley of Stafford VA

"PJ,
You will always have a very special place in my heart! You were such a great friend! I miss you soo much! Not a day goes by that I don't think about you!! This song called "footprints in the Sand", by Leona Lewis..I hear it everyday, and all I think about is you.. I know you are looking down on me...and I feel you walking beside me when I am in need of a friend! I love you PJ! *Always in my heart Angel*"
Kari Livernois of Nashua, NH

"PJ I was sad that I didnt stay in touch as we got older, and that i only saw you a few times after our trip to Europe when we were kids. When i heard what happened, I thought about missed opportunities. It was an honor to have met and known you, and thank you for your service to our country"
Devon Cook of Raymond NH

"To my son, my Angel
You will always be our heart.
We miss you each and every day and more.
Happy 24.
Love Mom"
Gail Sora of Londonderry NH

"You will never be forgotten.
Alison and Dave Proulx
USMC"
Alison and Dave Proulx of Clarksville, TN

"To the Sora family:

Not a day goes by where I don't think PJ. I see a Service member and I am reminded of the pride he had for marines, I'm reminded of every memory we had as friends. He will always be in my heart and he certainly will not be forgotten. Love and Miss you Peej! MUAH"
Seana Newcomb of Nashua, NH USA

"Gail, Peter, and family,
For the past (5)"Memorial Days" from 2004-2008 as I visit my "loved ones" graves in St. Mary's Cemetery in Milford and see the US flags adorning the graves of those young men & women who sacrificed their lives so that we may be free I can't help but be reminded of your late son Lance CPL. PJ Sora Jr. I will never forget reading the Boston Globe in or around May 6,2004 (my son Brian's 24th birthday) & it was difficult for me to comprehend what I was reading re: PJ's "tragic accident."
I shall never forget the few short years I spent in both our "backyards" and seeing him grow up as a "little boy." Visualizing him as a "Lance Corporal" at that time would have been difficult to do BUT looking back at his "energy level ETC." I can see him in a "military uniform."
If for whatever reason you folks get back down in this area I would love to connect if only briefly; it would be great to see you both.
May both "your son" & "American hero" "requiescat in pace" forever.
Jim Edwards"
Jim Edwards of Hopedale, Massachusetts

"PJ

Sunday marked the 4th year anniversary of your accident. Every day, each hour you are in my mind and heart. I cannot express how much I miss you and how much I love you. I will never let you be forgetten.

Dad"
Peter J Sora Sr of Londonderry, NH

"I was shocked and pained when I learned of your passing. Four years has done little to ease the loss, and I keep you and your family in my prayers."
Rick W., Sgt., USMC of NH

"Its almost been 4 years and I still cant believe that you're gone. I miss you so much it hurts. I will always remember you and you will always have a special place in my heart. I love you forever my Superman."
Cassie Rhan of Londonderry, NH

"I saw the car in front of me with a Gold Star on it. I read Peter's name under Marines sticker and jotted it down. I wanted to get out at the light and express my gratitude to the driver for Peter's, as well as his family's sacrifice but felt it wasn't appropriate so I'll thank you here. Thank you from the Sullivan family and we feel for your loss."
Tim Sullivan of Londonderry, NH USA

"PJ,
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you. You meant more to me then just one of my poolee's. You were a friend and a brother. I don't think that I ever got to tell you exactly how proud I was of you. There just never were enough words. I miss you."
Dennis Mitchell-- Sgt. Mitchell of Manchester, NH

"PJ I miss you and there is not a day that goes by that i dont think about you, I see you in McKenzie's eyes...and thats where you live on. We love you!"
Tara of Nashua, NH

"I extend my sympathies to your family at the loss of your son, Peter. Its always tragic to lose a child and I understand your sorrow.
You can take pride in the fact that he died in service to his country...doing what he wanted to do.
My heart and prayers are with you...and an ear if ever you need one.
Natalie Healy
Gold Star Mother
778-6481"
Natalie Healy of Exeter, N.H.

"PJ you are one of my hero's and you will always be missed. I remeber the day's as poolees' and you went and returned from boot camp and i had to call you sir. I was so happy one of my buddies came back. And then i went and returned and we went around the high schools with Sgt Mitchell. Man I miss you."
Kory Kelley of 29 Palms California

"If he can stand in battle to ensure our freedom,
We can stand in grief with his family to honor him……

In Remembrance of LCpl. Peter Sora, Jr.,

To the Sora Family, our sincerest and heartfelt condolences are extended to you for the loss you have endured. We pray that in time grief will turn to pride and the pain of loss will be replaced with peace in knowing your loved one is in the hands of the Lord.

For every fallen hero, there is a bright star that shines in the evening sky to remind us that freedom is a cherished gift and it is not without sacrifice.

May you take comfort in knowing that many families across this great nation grieve with you in your time of sadness.

Our prayers are with you for peace and healing.

Sincerely,"
Bruce and Karen Thurston of Gilford, NH

"Thank you Peter Sora, Jr, 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. Peter Sora, Jr:
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 Peter 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. Peter Sora, Jr:
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 Peter, 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