Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Craig N. Watson

21, of Union City, Michigan.
Watson died from an improvised explosive device outside Fallujah, Iraq. He was inside an abandoned flour factory being used as a patrol base when the IED detonated. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on December 1, 2005.

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"Craig was one of the best Marines i've known. He was always light hearted and happy no matter what he was asked to do. I"m sorry there's not more like him. To Craig: You are my Brother and i will see you soon"
Sgt. David OMalia of Camp Lejeune, NC

"December 10, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Craig N. Watson:
Craig 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 didnt know craig very well, i was a few years younger then him when he used to pick on me. I remeber when I'd be at my grandma and grandpas and his dad Jay would bring him over and all he would do is pick on me like something terrible. the memories are fond, but they are still there. He was a great kid and i appreciate the effort he had in fighting for our country. i would have liked to be a Marine, but when my recruiter came to my house to interview me he asked a question, "Are you allergic to whool?" That ended my journey to be a fighting Marine.But thank you Craig for all you have achieved. In loving memory of Craig Watson."
Bridget A. Franks of White Pigeon, Mi

"To the family of:Craig N. Watson 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"

"Craig, we all miss you very much and we are all proud of you. You are the best friend that the group known as "The Crew" could have. We love you very much. We will be back to see you soon it has been a few weeks. I leave for boot camp in 3 months, watch over me and quide me through. You friend and brother Sean"
Sean Miller, Ugly Twin #2 of Union City, MI

"We are Anthony T Mcelveen parents Tony talked about Craig(UMPA)alot no that we will miss them all. I know we will not forget them. God bless Craig and your family."
Thomas/Debi McElveen of Little Falls, MN

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

"To the Watson Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Craig has helped to prevent another 9/11. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Craig is a true American Hero who always will be remembered and honored. May God bless you all and God Bless you Craig."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Thank you Craig Watson, 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. Craig Watson:
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 Craig 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. Craig Watson:
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 Craig, 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