Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Rusty L. Washam

21, of Huntsville, Tennessee.
Washam died when a suicide car bomber attacked his vehicle near Al Qa'im, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on February 14, 2006.

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"To the family of:Rusty L. Washam
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 Rusty's family; a war widow of Vietnam my heart goes out to your family. We are proud of your son, and his sacrifice for us."
Diane McKeel of Naches, WA, USA

"I'm a 51-year-old father of three children. I too am named Rusty Washam, and came across this site by accident. My prayers go out to the Washam family. I can only hope to honor the name of such a brave young hero. May Rusty rest in peace."
Russell "Rusty" Washam of Lewisville, NC

"Rusty, you've been gone for a few years now, and I still miss ya as much as ever. Wish so much that you we're still here. But, even though you're gone, I'll never forget ya. I'll always "sing your praises". Cuz your sure worth it. I still have lots of great memories of our friendship. You were one of the best friends I've ever had. Love ya bro."
Jordan Orick of Cleveland, TN USA

"I'll never forget. God Bless you Rusty! From da PA guy from the TX truck Plt."
Sgt Doug Shuttlesworth of Washington, DC

"February 7, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Rusty L. Washam:
Rusty 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

"I know Cpl Washam is in heaven looking down on us, but I still want to say, "I love you brother."

We all miss you. We hope that the Washam family is doing fine now.

I was Cpl Washams SNCOIC until he went over to the security detail for the Commanding Officer. There wasn't a day that went by that I don't remember seeing him with a smile on his face. That is one thing I will never forget about Cpl Washam.

God Bless you all

SSgt Allen"
SSgt Allen, Wallace, L. of Camp LeJeune, NC

"hard to believe its been two years today. we all still deeply miss you and think about you and matt all the time. rip brother and we will meet again one day."
former 3/6 marine of cental tenn.

"Hey lil brother its hard to believe it has been two years today that you went to heaven. I miss you soooo much.
Misty of Huntsville, TN



As we grew each day
We faced what came our way
Though at times we disagreed
Together we were meant to be

But life is only for a while
And in our hearts Rusty left a smile
For the bond that we shared
Were like none to compare

Memories will carry us through
Until we soar above the blue
For when to Heaven we ascend
We'll see our brothers smile again.

We love you Rusty!"
Michelle, Misty, Donny, Lilly & Dustin Washam of Huntsville, TN

"Ruaty I will always remember you as my best friend and my hero I know that you loved what you did and I am proud of you it takes a strong willed man to leave his kids and family behind to take care of everyone else and to Beverly and Sonny i am sorry for you loss"
Ashley of Scott county Tennessee

"To Rusty's wife MEGAN and to RYAN and ANDREW my prayers go out to you. You have lost the very thing that ment the most to you. you husban and father. don't worry about what happened in the past all that you need to know is that RUSTY love you three WITH ALL HIS HEART YOU were his family. THANK YOU RUSTY !!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY..."
SK3 of michigan

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Rusty will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS. "

"To the Washam family from the Wahl family. Deeply sadden by the news of Rusty. I written to you at iraqi.pigtye / and today. rusty is an American hero! Many fallen families will embark to Gatlinburg, Tn. to be apart of the midnight parade and fireworks. To "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" ! to keep this message fresh in the minds of all American's. Same time to honour Rusty and sll our fallen. My heart and prays are with Rusty and your family."
Len Wahl of Spring, Texas

"Thank you Rusty Washam, 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 Cpl. Rusty Washam:
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 Rusty 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 Cpl. Rusty Washam:
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 Rusty, 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