Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph T. Welke

20, of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Welke died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds received as a result of enemy action on November 19, 2004 in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 20, 2004.

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"I was never able to meet you joe but I'll always miss you. My dad, grandma, and nick always told me how much of a good person you were you will always be missed dearly."
Jericho Klein of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

"To the family of Joseph Welke,
I recently viewed the “Fallen Heroes” exhibit that is traveling through South Dakota. I am sorry for your loss, Joseph died at such a young age. He died fighting for what he believed in. I just wanted to say thank you for Joseph putting his life on the line to keep mine safe. He will always be remembered for his bravery.

Sincerely, Ryan Link"
Ryan Link of Wagner, SD

"To the family and friends of Joseph T. Welke,
I’m very sorry for your loss. Joseph fought for two things freedom and fighting for his country. My thoughts go out to your family.

In remembrance of Joseph T. Welke"
Korey Patterson of Wagner, SD U.S.

"To the family of:Joseph T.Welke
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""

"November 20, 2010 Holding you close to my heart and my thoughts Betty. Love you."
Delain Johnson, Chris' Mom of Whitewood, SD USA

"November 23, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Joseph T. Welke:
Joseph 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

"Hello Betty and Nic! This is Steph Schlimgen, just wanted to get in touch again and remain in contact; im now back in the country. You both cross my thoughts constantly and you're always in my prayers. Betty please give me a call: (605)390-5807"
steph schlimgen of bozeman, mt

"Betty and Nick: I think about you guys and Joe all the time. I know how much you miss Joe. Sometimes it doesn't seem real and other days it is just too real. I just want you to know you are never far from my heart."
Mimie West of American Canyon, CA

"To the family of Joseph T. Welke:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Dear Betty, What an honor it is to sit at your feet and learn about your son. He truly was a great soldier gone too soon. Hold true to your truths and forge on. I promise to companion you through as you do me."
Delain Johnson, another Gold Star Mother of Whitewood, SD USA

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

"Thank you Joseph for the gift of freedom you so proudly defended for all of us. Semper Fi Marine. From a grateful American family"
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"To Joseph'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

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Joseph T. Welke,

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 our "Love Stitched Together."

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

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

"Thank you Joseph Welke, 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. Joseph Welke:
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 Joseph 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. Joseph Welke:
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 Joseph, 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