Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael L. Starr, Jr.

21, of Baltimore, Maryland.
Starr 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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"R.I.P. Michael."
of Jacksonville,Fl

"Hey Starr,
I just wanted to say that you have always been a great friend and there hasnt been a day that I havent thought about you. I hope you know that no matter what you will always be my brother. It was my honor and pleasure in being able to call you a friend and family. I miss you brother."
Thomas Cross of Jacksonville, Fl

"I want to thank Michael for giving the ultimate sacrifice for his country....I send my love and prayers to him family...Robin...you are in my prayers...I thought about you and your family all day....GOD BLESS YOU MICHAEL ...."
Katie Lane of Marriottsville MD

"My name is Jennifer Sagner & I am Michael big sister. I wanted to thank everyone for all your prayers & support. It has been about 6 years since my brother's death & I would like to say it gets better with time but it does not I miss him more & more as the days go on. There are no words to describe the hurt & pain that I face without Mike. It is very sad that my son will grow up not really knowing what a wonderful uncle he has. I tell my son everyday that his uncle Mike is a wonderful man, but it's not the same....I wish my son could have had more time with his uncle Mike...my son was a baby when Mike past away. I would like to talk to anyone who knew my brother, I can be reach at 443-799-2718 thank you"
jennifer sagner of perry hall, md

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Kenna - Project Compassion of Manti, Utah USA

"God Bless you Michael, Thank you for all you have done for us. Your father misses you and Loves you dearly.
A friend of Micheal Sr."
Teresa of Harford Co. Md

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Michael L. Starr, Jr.
Michael 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

"Mikey you were my first love, and I still love you today. I miss you baby!!!"
Danielle of Baltimore, Maryland

I had just got to Ramadi as a combat replacement when my new platoon commander came to me with a list of names and asked if I knew any of them. When I saw you, Gibson, and Moore on the list and was told that you were gone....it hit me hard. I will always remember all of you and the times we had in ICO with Monfred and the Panda. I miss you guys."
Boyde A. of Rapid City, SD

"Hello starr

its good to come here and tell you how much you mean to me. Your sacrifice is much appreciated and the war is being won. Because of you, people can walk with their heads held up high and not be scared of terrorists. Thankyou for fighting for my freedom, So i can live in a free country. Love you much
see you later."

"I love you bro!!!"

"Hi starr thanks for coming to church that
sunday with sgt.Monfred i saw you sitting there as i wsa playing the bass. time sure does go by fast. cant beleive its 2007 now
time seems to stand still sometimes
you are a hero like you allways wanted to be. and you are Number 1 in my book
talk to you later"
I 3/3 marine

"Cpl Starr It was an honor to serve with you in India Co. 3/3 I never got to say goodbye to you so i am using this opportunity to say it
I Love you brother bye for now
your memory lives on in us who knew
Semper Fi"
Cpl Keith Anderson of Rockford, IL

Although we did not serve together in the fleet. We had a blast in SOI. I knew you would be a great Marine. I remeber your stories of being the "ladies man" back home. Hell, thinking about it now brings a smile to my face. Till we meet again devil dog. God speed."
Neal "skinny" Walker of Orlando, FL

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"Michael will be missed by all of us in 3/3 I Co. that had the honor to serve with him. Gibson, Moore, and Johnson are with you, and all of you are within us. Semper Fi."
Marc G. of N.H.

"To the family of:Michael L. Starr Jr.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 Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Michael L. Starr, Jr. No words can take away the pain of losing a loved one. I wish to offer my deepest sympathy, and I hope that time will ease your suffering, and leave you but with pleasant memories. Each of us, and the nation, owes you a great debt. Ave atque vale. Semper Fidelis."
CAPT Jerry L. Starr, US Army of North Wilkesboro, NC

"To the Family of Michael Starr-
My name is Danny Conklin and I am a reporter with Maryland Newsline. I would like to say sorry for your loss. We here at Newsline are trying to keep the memory of soldiers killed in Ira alive, and I was wondering if somone from the family or who has contact with them would be willing to contact me. My email is Dconklin41@hotmail.com
Thank you and God Bless"
Danny Conklin of College Park, MD

"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 Michael. May our memories never fade."
Rob Hopper, rob.hopper@pbsgc.com of Wynne, AR

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on board the helicopter with Michael. 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

"We have been linked by our sons forever. My son, Richard Gilbert, Jr., was also killed in the helicopter crash. They will forever be brothers in arms. May God comfort you and ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"May you rest in peace now that you're home! You'll never be forgotten. You're in my thoughts & prayers."
Christine of somewhere

"Michael,21 years is never long enough but you died with the repect and admiration of many.Thank You"
M.R. of New Jersey

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Michael L. Starr Jr.,

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

"Thank you Michael for defending the fredoms we all cherish. We are saddened to learn that another brother Marylander gave his life to make us all safer. We deeply appreciate what you did Micheal and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi young Marine, God bless you and may He grant peace to your loved ones. From a very grateful American family."
Jim & Margie Shaw of Pasadena, Maryland

"Thank you Michael Starr, 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. Michael Starr, 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 Michael 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. Michael Starr, 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 Michael, 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