Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher W. Thompson

25, of N. Wilkesboro, North Carolina.
Thompson was killed in action from an IED explosion while conducting Combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. He was assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 8th Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces Atlantic, based in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on October 21, 2005.

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"Son, it seems like it has been forever, I know I am not your birth mother but you called me "Mom" just like all the others. I remember you coming up to the concession stand and showing me that you had had your tongue pierced, and I remember telling you to get that thing out of our mouth and you did. My heart still weeps for you and all of your comrades who have gone on with you. Thank you for all you did for OUR country. I'll see you again I know. Until then continue to watch over us all. "Mom""
Cindy Adams of Hays, NC

"Chris,
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you brother. You were more like a son to me, but I could never call you that again after your sacrifice.
I still recall the days you taught my youngest son how to throw a baseball and how I would stay on your tail about dipping. I also recall the time and attention to detail you took with getting your people trained up on deployment. You were a great corpsman! As you rest with the Lord, I know He is happy because He has a pure Angel that will follow His Supreme authority, loves Him, and will work to get His Will done. You left way to soon for me, but it was the exact time God wanted you to. I know you would have been a great physician by now. Know that I love you with everything. I'm grateful to our heavenly Father for life, but if I could do it over again, I would have surely given mine for you to be here with your family. I love you with everything and will commit my life to doing the right thing for God so we can be reunited in glory. Love you my brother.

Wendell Bates, HMC Ret."
Wendell Bates of Markleysburg, Pa

"Doc,
Buddy I think of you all the time. We had so much fun together. After all these years it still doesn't seem real. I can't thank you enough for always being there for us. I remember our trash talking about NCAA 06. We fueded hard over our college football games! Good times. I will never forget you or your sacrifice to defend our country, or your ability to fix us up on a whim! Thank you!"
Sgt Baker of Quantico Va

"It has been 8 years, since you left. I think of you every day. Not a day passes that I don't think of your smile, or a funny story!! You will never be forgotten!"
Keyla Dancy of Roaring River, NC

"another Year Doc. Still aint forgotten."
Casey of Texas

"Ooorah doc. Different companies, but I'll never forget the stories you told me. I know and knew afterwards they were to prepare me. It did. Hated hearing that call over the radio. RIP devil.

HM3 Couvillion"

"Chris,

I was blessed to know you. During this Memorial Day weekend, I am reminded of how this is the land of the free BECAUSE of the brave. Your sacrifice to our nation will never be forgotten. I can't wait to share a beer with you again someday."
Kevin D. of Perry Hall, MD

"My name is Eva Futch (Eva Thompson). Chris is my uncle I wanted to say thanks to everyone for posting there soothing and heartfilled messages. Showing how great of a man he was. He was my best friend, and I will never forget him Ever! I love you Chris! Ill see you again one day! I know your taking good care of little sis and the rest of the fam!"
Eva Futch of Norfolk, VA

"I'm Hunter Thompson and Chris Thompson is my uncle and I wish he was still here."
Hunter Thompson of Pensacola, FL

"Chris, It has been many years since my unit was embarked on the Austin. Almost a year after that cruise was over; my unit became your unit! 2/2. You are missed and thought of often. The last time Wendell Bates and I got together on Oki, we talked about you and all the times good and bad. I just want to say you are missed.
HM1(FMF) Tyler Hayes (Retired)"
Tyler Hayes of McCook, Nebraska

"Hey Chris,

It's been a few years, and I still think of you all the time. I think of all the great memories that we had together, and the hard times that we had, and it never mattered how hard it would get, you would always make all of us laugh and smile. I miss you deaply, and I would do anything to have you here with is. I want you to know, that you will always be in my heart and mind, and that I will always call you my friend and brother. Takee care Chris"
HM2(FMF) Saenz, Antonio of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Chris, your were the only one I know that could bring a smile to someone's face in bad time, I could remember casualties coming into the BAS and you had nothing but a positive attitude. I remeber you checking into 2/2 before our first Deployment in Iraq and being my roomate for a couple of weeks, you were so funny!!!!I THINK ABOUT YOU ALMOST EVERY DAY!!! You are the Corpsman that all Marines wanted beside them in combat, and it showed!!!!! YOU WERE THE BEST OF THE BEST!! You are a great friend and it was my privlige to serve with you, the Marines and Saliors from 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines will never forget you!! I have worn a bracelet for the the past 4 years and my children always ask me who he is, and I reply "one of the greatiest men I know" I miss you and rest in peace" SEMPER FI!!!!!!!!!

Erik"
HMC(FMF) Erik Holm of Newport, RI

"Not forgotten. Chris was our Assistant Class Leader in Corps School. It surprised the hell out of me to see him in Iraq with a grunt unit since last I had heard he was going to PrevMed School, but he smiled. He was bringing some guys to B Surg for X-rays and we got to chat for minute before he had to go. Next time I heard of him it was over the KIA list.

Rest in peace, shipmate."
HM2 Ben Trnka of Maine, USA

"I had the absolute honor to serve with Chris in Field Medic Service School in the same squad of six (October 2003). He always knew the exact moment to crack a joke and get us all up and going again in frustrating times and the guy motivating us to push forward when we were ready to give up. You will be missed, brother."
William Burgette of Annapolis, MD/USA

"RIP BROTHER...IT WAS A HONOR TO SERVE WITH YOU IN IRAQ TWICE.HOPE THE BEST FOR YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
CPL. SOEUNG BROWNSUGAR "SOK" of LOWELL,MA ...U.S.A.

"every decision I make now i do to make you proud. I owe you so much. In so many ways I owe you my life. The life i live today. My last chance to see you i was asleep. One day i hope you will be there to Wake me up. You were my best friend brother. I love you"
Hm3 (FMF) Hite, Timothy of Dover, DE

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher W. Thompson:
Christopher 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

"Brother, Rest in Peace! We had a crazy time in Corps School. We miss ya."
HM2 Favo, C. of Twentynine Palms, CA

"HEY CHRIS,
I BACK HERE IN THE SAME PLACE AGAIN MAN, AND I WAS THINKING OF YOU AGAIN. MAN I WISH YOU WERE STILL HERE WITH US SO THAT WE COULD DO ALL THE CRAZY THINGS THAT WE ALL USED TO DO. NOT ONE DAY PASSES BY WITHOUT ANY OF US NOT THINKING OF YOU. I JUST PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED FOREVER AND THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE OUR HERO."
HM3(FMF) SAENZ, ANTONIO R. of BACK IN IRAQ

"I'm HM2(FMF)Diaz and I am having the pleasure of serving in the clinic that is dedicated to you. Thank you for your sacrifice devil doc!"

"I am Cpl Mike Jernigan. I served in Iraq with Chris in the summer of 2004. I was involved in a severe IED blast. When I woke up in the hospital in a Bethesda, Maryland I was told that if it had not been for Chris and his quick reaction and expert knowledge of field trama, I would have been dead on the battlefield. I owe my life to this man and I will never forget you Chris. I will continue to pray for your family. Semper Fidelis Devil Doc,"
Mike "Goose" Jernigan of Alexandria, VA / St. Petersburg, FL

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about that huge smile. Every time I would see him, no matter how bad the situation, he was smiling. Chris, brother, you are missed and remembered."
HM2 Mcelhinney, Patrick of Norfolk, Va

"I went corps school with Chris, he was a class leader, and helped alot of us that were just out of boot camp adapt to navy life. I think theres a special place in Heaven for Corpsmen who die doin there jobs."
Michael Anglin HM3

"My name is HMC Wendell Bates and I served onboard USS AUSTIN with Chris. I was one of the corpsmen that trained Chris and I actually had the esteemed and wonderful pleasure to send Chris to Corps School. Chris was so much like a son to me. He cared about my wife and children and always asked about them and was genuinely concerned about how they were doing. He loved his older brother who was a corpsman with the Marines in Camp LeJeune. He really wanted to go and serve with his brother there. I always told him to be better than us and go to medical school or nursing school. He was really smart and very humble and did not give himself more credit for being so smart. One day I remember talking to him about quitting dip. He said it was a habit, but for me he would try to quit. He always spit in this aquafina water bottle. Onboard ship, we always kept our water and gatorade bottles so we could refill them and carry around with us in our work space. One day I made lemon tea in medical in my bottle. Chris came into medical after working hard in deck all day. Before going to take his shower, he sat his bottle down on the same table as mine. I went to pick up my tea and Chris comes out of the bathroom in his shower towel yelling, "HM1.....no, don't drink that!!!" I went completely off and told all of the corpsmen that they could no longer dip or bring water bottles back into medical. I relaly reemed Chris about the habit and the consequences of tobacco but more especially about smokeless tobacco. I was working late in medical that night and Chris came in, it was probably 1 or 2am, just like one of my sons that had something on their mind and could not sleep. He was really humble and apologetic and said, "HM1, you can punish me but please don't punish the rest of the guys. They didn't do it." I looked at Chris and smiled. He said, "Are you still mad at me?" I said, "Chris, it is hard to stay mad at you, but you if I ever pick up another one of your spit cups in front of me, I am going to ring your neck." Then he said, "Can I still keep coming and working in medical?" I said, "I will keep you outta here if you ever ask me something as dumb as that." Afterwards, Chris went to the messdecks and had the cook make he and I a pan of chocolate chip cookies and we watched movies until he eventually fell asleep. Chris, I would gladly pick up your spit cups for the rest of my life if I thought that would bring you back. I miss you terribly brother. As I train corpsmen to go where we all have been and may have togo again, I tell them of you. All of my junior You have affected so many lives. You are loved and missed by so many. God has one of the greatest Angels He could have certainly asked for. You will never be forgotten and know that I love you dearly. If anyone who reads this would like, I do have pictures of Chris from when we were on the ship. I want to give them to his parents and brother one day. I am still trying to work up the nerve to see them. Chris I love you brother.
Wendell"
HMC(SW) Wendell Bates of NACC New Orleans, New Orleans, La

"I wanted to let Christopher's family know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Today at my church a Memorial Service was held for Fallen Heros. Everyone received a small flag today with a fallen soldiers name on it, mine was Christopher's. We took a walk of rememberence and set out our flag, one to represent every soldier that lost their life during this war. I wanted to find more out about "Doc" and his family, so I came home and went online to find out more. He sounds like he was a really awesome guy who had a lot of friends and family whom he loved. I'm sorry I never got the chance to meet him. I just wanted to thank the family of a brave man who sacrificed his life for our freedom. I will never forget.
Thanks & God Bless! Becky Rufrano - beckyruf@hotmail.com, First Baptist Church, Orlando, FL"
Becky of Orlando, FL

"I met Chris while in Corps School. He is one of the sweetest men I have ever met; a real southern gentleman. He became a good friend of mine. It breaks my heart to see that he has gone, but I will always remember his shining smile that was so contagious. Peace be with you."
HM3 Henry, Alexis of La Maddalena, Italy

"Doc T, you will not be forgotten! Not a day goes by that I dont think about you and the two tours in iraq we served. I pray for your family to be strong. I know it is hard for the loved ones, but they need to know you were one of the strongest friends, corpsman, warriors, I have ever served with in combat. October 21st will be with me for the rest of my life and that long desert road, and I will always remember the altimate sacrifice you made for myself and the men of P.S.D. on that awful day. YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BROTHER."
LCpl. Michael A. McBroom of Clyde, Ohio

"To the family of:Christopher W. Thompson 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"

"Chris was one of the best men that I ever have had the pleasure to ever meet. I loved him like a brother and deep down inside he was my closest friend. I only wish that he was still here so we could all enjoy the happiness he brought into our lives."
HM3(FMF) Saenz, Antonio of Camp Lejuene, NC

"CHRIS, MY BROTHER AND FREIND. NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DONT THINK ABOUT YOU. ALL THE GOOD TIMES WEVE SHARED TOGETHER AND THE MEMORIES YOUVE LEFT BEHIND WILL REMAIN WITH ME TILL THE END. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE FOR ME NOT 1 BUT 2 TOURS IN IRAQ AND HELPING ME THOUGH THE HARD TIMES WE WENT THROUGH TOGETHER. MAINLY THANK YOU FOR BEING LIKE A BIG BROTHER TO ME. SOMEONE I COULD COME AND TALK TO WHEN TIMES SEEMED LIKE THERE WAS NO WAY UP. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU CHRIS,I LOVE YOU BROTHER.

CPL WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER JAMES
USMC"
CPL. WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER JAMES of CAMP LEJEUNE, NC/USA

"Chris my best friend, my hero, my corpsman. You've never left my mind nor my heart. Everyday I remember you. I know your with me and always will be. Thank you for being the greatest friend I've met in the military and for watching over me and my squad. To Chris' family I'm so terribly sorry I haven't seen you though I've tried even drove past your home, tried calling and hung up a few times...I'm trying to deal with it the best I can and I promise you there will be a time when I will see you. I'm sooooo damn sorry words cannot convey my sorrow Mr and Mrs Thompson I loved your son like a brother."
Jason godios of Buffalo, NY. USA

"Chris you are on my mind every day. I miss you terribly. I pray for your family constantly. In my 12 years as a HM, Chris Thompson was one of the finest HM's that worked for me and I worked with. Most importantly, he IS one of my dearest friends... My BROTHER!!!! We served together for 2 1/2 years, and 2 combat tours to Iraq. You will always live on through the people who love you."
HM1(FMF/SW/AW) Kenny Mathiesen 2ndBN 2ndMAR of Norfolk, Va

"With Love to the family of "Doc" Thompson,
My name is Grace Gaskey and my son Cpl. Daniel Gaskey was with Christopher and the other men that were killed on that day.
I have learned to know and love them through Daniel. There is not a day that goes by that he does not think of them. He shares stories and we have photos of happy times.
Your loss is our loss. Daniel says that they were brothers, and through that bond I feel like he was ours too. My son has shared with us that he was honored and blessed to have served with Doc.
May God Bless you and your family always.

Gracie Gaskey
gracegaskey@yahoo.com"
Gracie Gaskey of Grand Prairie, Texas

"DOC, we think about, and talk about you constantly. I have never seen a better corpsman. Your Marines love you and miss you, thanks for taking care of us and getting us home. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!! GUNNY"
GySgt Osborne of Camp Lejeune, N.C.

"I have served with Chris in Iraq, he was a hard working corpsman that I ever served with. You will not be forgotten my brother....To chris family my prayers go with you always. You have raised a great man. He will not be forgotten.
Sincerly,"
HM3 Michael R. Rodriguez of Bay Point, CA

"I was in Iraq with Chris and I was also a corpsman. He was a great example of what an FMF corpsman should be. he was knowledgable and capable. He worked hard and always had a smile on his face. My heart goes out to his loved ones. We all miss you , Chris."
HM3 (DV/PJ) Jeff Pursley of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga

"I first met Chris on board the USS Austin. I was embarked with Golf Co. 2/2. I was able to spend a good amount of time getting to know him from working in Medical. I remember the day he left for Corps School, he was ready to get off Austin and start his career as a HM. After a few months I was in the 2/2 Aid Station and in walked Chris, something I never expected. He was a great Corpsman before going to school and an even greater better Corpsman when he got to the BN. Always smiling and happy to do what he did. Chris was a great person and will be dearly missed by all who have been graced to know him. The Marine Corps, Navy, and country have lost one of the best Corpsman I have had the privledge to work with.

Very Respectfully,

HM2(FMF) Ryan A. Gomiscek"
Ryan Gomiscek of Brooklyn, NY

"Chris was a very dear friend of mine and he will be missed greatly! He was always so full of sunshine! May the greatest classmate, soldier, and most important FRIEND RIP. You will never be forgotten and may your family find comfort in their times of need. God Bless you and keep you until we meet again."
Keyla Dancy of Ronda, NC

"Chris was a very good friend of mine that I met in Corps School and someone that I loved deeply. He will be missed greatly!"
Brandy of Dalton, GA

"To the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher W. Thompson,

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. If you're not certain that your loved one's next of kin is registered, please use our link and register them for a quilt so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts "
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, California USA

"I didn't actually know Christopher. It's a shame though, I have heard and read great things about him. I am also a Corpsman serving currently in IRAQ with 2d Mar Div it is with a sad heart that I write this message. It hurts to hear about anyone out here dying but it hurts evenmore when its one of your fellow Corpsman. To the family of Christopher I am sorry for your loss. Please know that he will not be forgotten by anyone. Go in Peace DevilDoc..and I ask that you watch over all of your brothers out here. Give us all the strength and courage you had. R.I.P."
HM3 Martin Shepherd of Ar Ramadi Iraq

"On behalf of the Goatlocker (online Chiefs Mess). Our sincere sympathy goes out to the family. May God Bless you and your lost loved one.
U.S. Navy Corpsman are the some of the finest of the U.S. Navy and we honor them. Petty Officer Thompson rest your oars and may God keep you.

seabees@cox.net"
BUCS,SCW, USN Ret. John Hix of Gilbert, AZ

"Semper Fi Doc. May God Bless you and your Family."

"To Christopher W. Thompson. THANK YOU for your service, your a brave Man. You were there to help when my little brother (Cpl. Christopher W. Belchik) was KIA August 22nd 2004. I heard what you did to save Marines. Your a very brave man and respected by many. I will never forget you... To the Family, I am very sorry for your loss. You raised a great American hero. May God bless each of you."
Brian Belchik of Godfrey Illinois

"Rest in Peace...
You will not be forgotten
J and T USMC NC
Sister of a Fallen Marine"

"RIP SHIPMATE"
US Navy Sailor

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

"CHRISTOPHER YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN! YOU ARE AN AMERICAN HERO! THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY AND FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON (GREGORY). WE ARE DEPPLY SADDEN BY THE NEWS. IT HAS FLARED THE TEARS I SHED FOR MY SON. TODAY THE TEARS ARE FOR CHRISTOPHER. YOU ARE IN MY HEART AND PRAYS CHRISTOPHER. AS WITH YOUR LOVING FAMILY. WE LOST OUR SON LAST YEAR IN BALAD. GREGORY IS ALSO FROM NORTH CAROLINA-SALISBURY! CHRISTOPHER YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE YOU HAVE. ALL HOLD VERY PRECIOUS MOMENTS SHARED TOGETHER WITH YOU. AN NOW IS THE TIME TO REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND THE POLITICAL LEADERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY. REQUEST A STREET TO BE NAMED IN CHRISTOPHER'S HONOR! FOR HE NOT ONLY SERVED AMERICA, HE SERVE HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY AND STATE! THIS IS THE VERY LEAST HIS COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS CAN DO FOR CHRISTOPHER! WE THE FALLEN FAMILIES OF AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ. NEED TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SON'S AND DAUGHTER'S. CHRISTOPHER YOU ARE SOMEONE'S SOMEONE AND YOU ARE SOMEONE TO OUR FAMILY. YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE FORGOTTEN, NEVER! GOD BLESS!"
leonard t wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"Thank you Christopher Thompson, 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Thompson:
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 Christopher 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Thompson:
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 Christopher, 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