Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Adam J. Strain

20, of Smartsville, California.
Strain died as a result of enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif. During Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on August 3, 2005.

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"Adam: It's been 10 years today since you gave your life in Ramadi. I have worn your name on my wrist since then with a Memorial Bracelet to honor you and to ensure that your spirit carries on. Semper Fi and God Bless you and your family"
Judge Bob Tamietti of Nevada County, CA

"I miss you uncle it's been so many years since you passed but I still think of you, you will always be my hero and I will never forgot you I love you uncle"
Michael tomsic of Martinez California

"Adam was going to be my brother in law he is still greatly missed,thanks for ur sacrifice it wont go unnoticed.. never forgotten."
Chad Wycliffe of Sausalito Ca.

"To the family of:Adam J.Strain
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""

"Adam was by far the most sweetest, sincere, kindest person I've ever met. I remember he let me wear his high school jersey on game day, I felt special! ;) I'll never forget his smile."
Monica Davis of San Jose, Ca

"To Adam's family and close friends. I was there in his final moments and as I speaking for most of the medics will never forget this awesome young man's name. We never got to know him but we will never forget him as I write this 4 years after the fact. RIP Adam and know even people that never got to speak to you, wept for you, and for your family's loss. We will always remember you even in the Army."
SGT UNGER of Slatington, PA

"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
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
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEjz-wAQLSA&feature=PlayList&p=477CB1585D5551F3"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Hey there Adam, I met you when you first came to 1/5. I remember you sitting up front taking in all the information you could from us senior Marines when you and your fellow new Marines were school circle listening to our stories and advice. In the short time I knew you, you earned my respect and I truly feel the world is less of a place without you here. To a great Marine, Semper FI and God Bless you and your family."
Lcpl Jason M. USMC (ret.) 1/5 B Co. 2nd Plt of NY

"I tell you what brother. Being next to you on that day sticks with me everyday. But even more so in August. I sometimes wonder why not me instead of you! I wish I knew. I miss you"
Cpl Ryan Kling 0331 of Michigan USofA

"I think about you everyday Adam. Today is Memorial Day and I am especially grateful for your sacrifice for all of us. Bless you and I will see you again one day."
Sue Cochran of Grass Valley, CA USA

"I recently bought Hero Bracelets for myself and daughter. I recieved one with Adams name on it. I am asked all the time where I bought it and what I know about Adam. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family"
Tammy Baker of Columbia Pa.

"I think about Adam every day since the day he was taken from this earth. He was an amazing Marine and an even more incredible friend."
Kenneth Voiland Sgt, USMC of Phoenix, Arizona

"July 10, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Adam J. Strain:
Adam 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

"I knew Adam from junior high and on through high school. I'll never forget him and how happy he always was and what a great person he was. Its been awhile now since Adam has passed on but I find my self still thinking about him wishing he was still here and hoping he is happy wherever he is."
Claire Worley of Sacramento CA

"I knew Adam when we were very young back in Martinez. I have only great memories when I think about him. He was such a great person, a trusting and charismatic friend. I think about him often and my prayers remain with him as well as his family. So sorry for your loss. He was never be forgotton."
Jenice Gosney of Martinez, Ca

"Adam you know that it meant everything for me to tour with you. You have been one of the best Marines that I had to train. I miss you brother and think about all the fun times we spent together. To your family I am very sorry for your loss. Adam was a great Man and I wish we could have showed you that at the Memorial. Love you Dude~"
Ryan Kling of California

"My deepest condolences to the Strain family. I knew Adam when he was very young, back in Martinez, Ca. He was such a positive person with many friends. It was a tearful day when my family heard of his passing. I have not seen him in years, but remember his funny-loving personality and beautiful smile. I am so very sorry, May God lift your hearts in his comforting embrace. God Bless."
Melissa Mazur (Hageman) of Martinez, Ca

"I am very sorry for your loss. My mother was a Strain and I am sure your son showed the character common to that family."
Mike Gibson of Pine Mountain, Ga.

"Unfortunately, I never had the privelage to know Adam but I also was a marine who served in Iraq and lost several friends. For the family I give my condolences and want them to know that he is in peace with God and we will see him very soon.

Sgt. Lehmann"
Jared lehmann of austin, texas

"I went to school with Adam...he was one of the most caring, sweetest persons in this world. I will never forget him, and what he did for our country, along with all the others serving our country and fighting for our freedom, because it is NOT free. We miss you Adam, and you are in our hearts, minds, and prayers everyday and everynight! We love you!"
Regina of Penn Valley, Ca

"A Marine is mourned. I just wanted to leave a message for the Strain family. I was at the service for Adam in Grass Valley. Even though we never met I too feel your loss. My son is in the 2/5 Echo Co. and it was Adam's 1/5 that replaced my son and his guys in Ramadi. My son lost a good friend there also, PFC Jason Poindexter. I just want to say that I honor Adam and his commitment to our country. His sacrifice will never be forgotten. Adam is the embodiment of the Marine Corps motto of Semper Fidelis and I will always be Semper Memor(Always Gratful)to Adam. Proud Marine Family of Lcpl. Anthony Weaver, 2/5 Echo Co."
Davina Weaver of Weimar, California

"My thoughts an prayers go out to the Strain family. I lost a beloved friend a year ago to the war in Iraq. It is a very hard time to go through, but please know that he is up there with the angels and he passed on with a heroic demeanor to the entire world."
Marie Nygard of Rio Vista, California

"To the family of Adam...I am saddened by your loss. I knew Adam from high school. He was a truly wonderful person. He always managed to brighten my day and that of everyone around him. I remember telling him that I joined the Navy, and he had nothing but enthusiasm and support for me. He died a hero and I don't think that he would have wanted it any other way. I will miss him."
Kristen Franza, USN of Grass Valley, CA

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Adam J. Strain,

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

"Dear strains family and friends i cant even imagan what your going threw right.i lost my brother cpl Jesse Jaime in ramadi on June 15 2004 along with four other 1/5 comrades.i served with my twin brother in 1/5 along with your son.i was in alpha company ive done three tours with this battalion and ive experiance many thing like invading iraq,the fight for faluja and escrorting my brother home from the moment he was killed.there is nothing that anyone can say that will bring our marines back but one thing we can do is never forgeet the man who gave itn there all for there country. i will nvere forget the men i served with. i comfort my mother and my father every dad as they get therw this pain. people go thourgh life wondering if they have made a differance in this world. MARINES DONT HAVE THAT PROBLEM SEMPER FI MY PRAYERS AREE ALWAYS WITH YOU

CPL JOEL JAIME USMC 1/5B A.co"
Joel Jaime of las vegas neveda USA

"LCpl Adam Strain's service in Iraq was noble and selfless. As a 1/5 Marine mother, I will always remember him. I'm so sorry for your loss. To use a phrase written by a Bravo company Marine, "If you ever look on heaven's scene, you will see the streets are guarded by our UNITED STATES MARINES"...."
Christine, mother Cpl Ryan Evans 1/5 of Rome GA

"MARINE LANCE CPL ADAM J. STRAIN - You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Adam and may memories comfort you during this most difficult time and always. AMERICA SALUTES LANCE CPT ADAM J. STRAIN"
DOROTHY E. BURT of PORTSMOUTH, RI

"Marine Lance Cpl. Adam J. Strain, "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 Strain Family, I am so sorry for your loss. What a fine young Marine you raised. Your Adam is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and God Bless Adam."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
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

"Dear Family of Adam Strain: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Dear Family of Timothy Bell: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Thank you Adam Strain, 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. Adam Strain:
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 Adam 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. Adam Strain:
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 Adam, 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