Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Drew M. Uhles

20, of DuQuoin, Illinois.
Uhles died from injuries received due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on September 15, 2004.

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"I was behind a car with a Gold Star license plate and a memory bumper sticker for LCpl Uhles yesterday.

I just want to say Thank You for your sacrifice and that of LCpl Uhles. You are not forgotten."
Patrick Ober of O'Fallon , IL

"Just want to say we will never forget the sacrafice you made for our freedom, Drew Uhles. You are a hero. God rest your soul."
Lance Uhles of Loma Linda, ca. USA

"My husband was Mickey's roommate and one of his best friends. I am honored to have briefly known him. He was a wonderful man with a huge heart. I know he is looking down on his brothers and his family & friends always. Thank you Mickey for your sacrifice, and thank you for watching over the 81s."
Mysti Hernandez of 29 Palms, CA

"To Drew "Mickey's" family I want to say sorry for your loss. He will be dearly missed.
I had the previlage to serve with Uhles in 1/7 81's. There are always times I remember him and I promise to continue to remember him. He paid the ultimate price for his country and for that he is a hero in my book."
Sgt. Matt Miller (SFO) of Union City, Michigan

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Drew M. Uhles:
Drew 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 was Drew's roommate for a good period of time before we went on our second deployment. My deepest condolances and prayers go out to drews family. I just wanted to say that drew was a class act all the way around, not only as a marine but as a person in general. I will never forget the many many nights of watching vanwilder repeatedly with drew. Rest in peace mickey. Semper Fidelis"
Mike DiGrandi of Kalamazoo, MI

"To the family of:Drew M. Uhles 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"

"To the Family of a Marine close to my heart. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to get to know you’re fine son, everyday that another Soldier or Marine falls on the field of battle, I think of Drew and the impact he had on my time spent with him from getting him ready to go to recruit training, as well as the night I picked him up after the parade to ship him to recruit training. My thoughts are with you and yours and I know that we are all proud of our Marine, LCpl Drew Uhles. Semper Fi he will always be with me!"
GySgt Jonathan Magann of Camp Pendleton, CA

"There isnt a thing I can say about Drew that hasnt already been said, he lived the good life, fought the good fight, and made the ultimate sacrifice.... my heart goes out to all his loved ones he left behind."
PFC Dylan Ruggeri of Camp Pendleton/ DuQuoin,IL

"To Neil and Drew's Family:
Neil was the best man I knew during our convoys and I had the utmost trust in him. He was one of my best friends, my teacher and my running buddy. I'm sure your fellow Marines felt the same about Drew. I ran the Pat Tillman 4.2 mile (his Phx Cardinals number) race a few weeks ago and was just a few feet behind his two brothers when I was walking to the stadium. I couldn't help but think of Neil and the the thoughts that were going through their mind as well. Thanks for the sacrifice and I hope knowing that so many people like us care so much about your son will ease a bit of the pain. - Van"
Sgt Van Berry of Scottsdale AZ

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"To the family of Drew. I served with Drew and am proud to say that I did, as are all of his other brothers in arms. He was a great man and friend to the Marines and Sailors that knew him. We will never forget his sacrifice for our country or his loyalty to our mission.
EIGHTY ONES!!!!!"
James W. Hawkins of Pomona, Kansas

"Drew I miss you more and more each day. I will never forget the special times we had together. You will always and forever be in my heart."
Autumn Skidmore of DQ, Il USA

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"Dear Family of Drew Uhles,
Sorry to hear of your loss. I read it has been a while since the loss of your family member. My Mom told me about another Uhles she had seen on tv that was killed in Iraq. As a Uhles myself I am saddened by your family's loss and saddened that the Uhles family in the U.S. also lost one of our own. God bless you and yours."
Tam Uhles of Jackson, Mo.

"I cannot say anything to praise the character of Drew Uhles that hasn't already been said. My condolences and sympathies to his family, he will be missed. He will forever live in my memory as a hero and patriot. I wish you all peace."
Sgt. Van Wey, A. of Dallas,TX

"To the Family of LCPl. Drew Uhles:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Drew's name on one of them. If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"I came to the fleet the same day Drew did and served with him in Iraq. I was there the day I lost a good friend, and a brother. I know that 1/7 wpns co 81's plt will never forget him. And I know I will never forget him. "Mickey: thanks for your friendship and your sacrifice.
Semper Fi""
Lcpl Matt Burgdorf Husaybah Iraq of 29 Palms Ca United States of America

"I was LCPL Drew Uhles girlfriend. I would like to thank everyone for the prayers and concerns during these hard months. For those who did not know Drew, he was a very special person. He was very kind to everyone, and was always willing to lend a helping hand. There is not a single day that goes by when I do not think about him. I miss him soo much. He was the man of my dreams, and I will NEVER stop loving him! Thank you Drew for giving your country the ultimate sacrifice. You have made me so proud. I can say that I loved a TRUE AMERICAN HERO!! You will be in my heart forever. I can say that I have a true guardian angel looking over me, and one day, we will be together again. Until then, I will love you always. Yours FOREVER AND ALWAYS!!"
Jaycci Woodside of Du Quoin, IL

"Thank you Drew for the gift of freedom that you so proudly defended for us all. We will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. You are our hero, Semper Fi Marine. From a grateful American family."
The Shaw Family of Pasadena, Maryland

"My Fallen Hero bracelet just came in the mail and it carries Drew's name. It is my honor to wear his name on my wrist. My thoughts are with his family."
Jerrold Haught of Vineland, NJ

"MY HUSBAND IS FRIENDS WITH DREW AND WILL BE FOREVER. ALL THE 81'S PLATOON ARE LIKE BROTHERS AND NOT ONE OF THEM WILL EVER FORGET DREW AND HIS BRAVERY. I ALSO HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING DREW AND FEEL BLESSED THAT I DID. HE'S A GREAT GUY AND I KNOW HE IS UP THERE WATCHING OVER HIS BROTHERS IN IRAQ AND HIS FAMILY. HE IS PROTECTING THEM AND WILL RETURN HOME WITH THEM WHEN THEIR DUTY IS DONE. GOD BLESS YOU FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE.
MRS.ALEXIS BURGDORF"
ALEXIS BURGDORF of 29 PALMS CA

"I served with lcpl drew uhles, he was one of the best friends that many people could ask for. He died fighting for his country, his family, and his friends. We will never forget you Drew, from the Marines of 1/7 wpns co 81's plt. Rest In Peace. You will never be forgotten. Semper Fi"
Lcpl William Bradtmueller of Al Anbar province Iraq

"I am L/Cpl Drew Uhles' cousin. Thank you everyone for all of your prayers, condolences and kind words. We are all very proud of Drew and all the soldiers who are fighting for our freedoms. Thank you.""
Amy Hill of Du Quoin, IL

"As a classmate and friend of Drew's I thank everyone who has shown support to his family. Drew was a wonderful person and anyone that knew him would agree. The support in not only the area, but from all across the USA has been unbelieveable! I personally thank all of you. To the family: You are now and will always be in mine as well as my families prayers. Drew was strong, true, brave, full of faith, and was doing the only thing he ever dreamed of. He is now a TRUE AMERICAN HERO and will be forever. I am very proud of him and will never forget him. May God bless you all."
Kellie Tennison (k10ison@yahoo.com) of DuQuoin, IL/USA

"I am Drew Uhles sister and would like to thank everyone for all of your support, prayers, cards and letters. It means so much to my family and me, and Drew as well. Thank you!!!!"
Melissa Uhles, sister of L/Cpl. Drew Uhles of Shiloh, Il. 62221

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

""To the family and friends Lance Corporal Drew M. Uhles:
May God's grace be with you during this time of grief. My son, Brian Hogie, is in C 1/7 in al Qaim and I can only imagine your sense of loss. You are in my prayers. Contacthogie@sbcglobal.net"
Stephen Hogie of Santa Ana, California

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Drew M. Uhles,

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 register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To Drew's Family:
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

"Drew:

May God Bless your soul and heal the pain of those who loved you most. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice in service to our country."
Sheila of Lawrenceville, GA USA

"To Drew's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.

Sincerely,

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX
gloria.caldas@banksterling.com"

"To the family of Drew,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. We know how you must be feeling as our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Drew is a true American hero and it is with pride that he will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.nett of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you Drew Uhles, 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. Drew Uhles:
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 Drew 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. Drew Uhles:
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 Drew, 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