Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Sgt. Marshall A. Westbrook

43, of Farmington, New Mexico.
Westbrook died in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 126th Military Police Company, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Died on October 1, 2005.

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"To the family of:Marshall A. Westbrook
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""

"i dont know where to start...but i miss you brother. Its still hurts and i cant still come to terms that your gone. i know your in a better place and your watching over us. i love you and i miss you brother..its hard to type or write something, but i will be back later...when its the right time brother.."Sorry for your loss to the Westbrook Family" (marshall and kenneth)"
duane n. tom of shonto, az

"I was just thinking about cousin Alan and his family today. High school band trips, family reunions and that special day my mom Lena Curley, one of Alan's favorite aunt was introduce to Jolene. May God bless your family, your always in our prays."
Donna Crank(Curley) and Family of Montezuma Creek, Utah

"To the Westbrook family I just wanted to say sorry for your loss. I served in Iraq with Sgt. Westbrook in the 126 MP Co. I think about him all the time and I wish he was still here. He was a GREAT Soldier and a GREAT Person. I found this page and had to leave a message to let my Brother know that i miss him."
SPC Ricky Garcia 126 MP Co of Albuquerque,NM

"To the Westbrook family, friends of Marshall, fellow soliders and to all who want to know who Marshall "Big Sexy" Westbrook. Marshall was the ultimate solider. He was always asking how he could be a better solider. He would ask questions that you would never think of. I remember one time we were at the 50 cal range in Ft. Polk, LA. He would go over and over the steps to load/unload as fast as he could, he would ask if there was a faster way. I told him, yeah there is, he ask how. Joking I told him just get shot at, and you'll see how fast you could load another belt of ammo. He laughed and said "I won't worry I'll have you to back me up". As combat veteran who wished that I could have gone with my unit, but to injuries I was unable to. I will never forget Marshall, he taught me how to be a better solider. To let the Westbrook family know his name lives on, we named our youngest son after Marshall. The day he was born I looked at him and said I'm going to name you after "Big Sexy", after my friend and brother. Marshall don't worry the wolf has been taken care of and your brothers/sisters in arms are still on the porch taken care of busines, it's your time to rest. "Strength and Honor" to all of the 126th MP Co."
Ken Deutsawe of Laguna, New Mexico

"Cousin Alan. It's been sometime but you came to mind today. I just want to say Thanks for sharing your life with us. Your cousin Don Bilagody"
don (Tony) bilagody of Rio Rancho, New Mexico

"Hey brother i know its been awhile since i visited you. Even though its been along time since youve passed i still can here youre voice, its been hard for us all and i know youre still looking down on me watching me and doing your best to take care of me and my family. just how you took care of us out in baghdad. i still don't like knowing that your gone, but i know ill have to accept it some day. i moved to farmington right after we came back to the states and its been really hard to enjoy the outdoors without u. i was really looking forword to having a hunting and fishing partner and now that your not here its just not the same. iam going back to iraq in a few months and i now youll be watching out for me just like always. ill never forget you brother, miss you everyday. i wish your family all the best and if they ever need me ill be their!
P.S. sorry its taken so long"
SGT Melendez, Felipe of Fruitland, N.M.

"I want to first offer my sincere condolences to the Family and Friends of SGT Marshall Westbrook. I never met him, however wear his KIA braclet on my wrist, and have for a year now. I finally googled his name and found this site. I feel that through reading the messages left on this board, I have gotten to know Marshall and wish I could have had the plesure of meeting him. Comfort is Im sure an elusive thing to find when your dad or husband is never coming home. But, please, please take comfort in knowing that we his brothers and sisters in arms will never forget his sacrifice and duty. He will alway's be a hero in my heart and I will wear his braclet proudly."
SSG James Johnston of Fort Dix, NJ

"September 29, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Marshall A. Westbrook:
Marshall 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 really do not know what to write here, other than I loved my brother Marshall. I have many experience's with him and miss him everyday. I still here your advise today.
Thats all. I miss him and I am sorry."
PFC. Jason Bounds 126th MP Co of Albuquerque, NM

"To the Westbrook family, I am SFC Faircloth with the 126th MP Company, I was his Platoon Sergeant. I am sooo sorry for your loss. It has taken me a while to write and I apologize for that. Not as much as you have, Marshall is the first soldier that I have lost in my 20yrs in the military, I have been many places in the world and put myself in harms way and this time I wasn't able to do anything to protect him. I had the pleasure of working and training Marshall. He is a very patient and understanding person to everyones life he touched whether it be here or in Iraq. Whenever I asked him to take care of something that needed to be done he did it with enthusiasm. He will always be in my heart and soul for the rest of my days. I love all of my soldiers, some tend to stand out more than others, and he definitely did. He may be with God, but he will always remain in the hearts of our soldiers."
SFC Faircloth of Rio Rancho, NM

"After all this time, I cannot seem to move on with my day without thinking of SGT Westbrook. I still often get emotional, and have very bad days. My name is SGT Paul Kekuewa. I served with SGT Westbrook in Iraq with the 126th MP CO. I know that we need to try and move on with our lives and not live in the past but when you share the same bond it's very hard. SGT Westbrook will always be a part of my life and foever remain in my heart. I miss you my Brother. Forever shall I pray for your family and the rest of your Comrades in Arms. I hope that God and Jesus Christ know that they have a great guy pulling security up there. Have a near BEER and a Cuban Cigar my brother. I Love and Miss You."
Paul Kekuewa of White Sands Misile Range, New Mexico USA

"THINKING OF YOU TODAY!
THANK YOU!"
Legeta of Artesia,New MexicoUSA

"To one of my Best Friends.I will and do miss you alot.I will miss the talks we had on top of the roofs in baghdad.I still see your face everyday and the day we lost you.my prayers and thoughts are always with you and your family see you soon "brother""
SGT. B.S. of RIO RANCHO

"Hi Dad. I just want to let you know I'm doing my best. There are times when i call for you and hoping you can lead me in the right direction. I miss you everyday. I know you are with us all the time. If I could i would do anything to bring you back. I love you very much and i will see you soon. I love you."
Marcia Westbrook of Farmington, NM USA

"my name is Cassidy and i am a volunteer for the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. We are a group of people that have built a memorial wall in Marsielles Illinois for all the fallen soldiers in Mideast conflicts since Beriut. Your loved one's name will be permenently added to this wall. For any further information visit our website www.ilfreedomrun.org please e-mail me at me1196@aol.com to let me know that you have recived this message. If you decide to come to this memorial on June 19th, 2006, you will recieve VIP seating and treatment for the cermonies that day. ALL OUR WELCOMING TO HONOR OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS
**Cassidy"
Cassidy of Brookfield/ILL/red,white,blue

"During our training in Santa Fe and Albuquerque prior to our deployment to Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Marshall and I became fast friends. From my persepctive, Marshall was the kind of man that always had a smile on his face, always had a good word and always looked at the bright side of things. When he had questions he would at times come to me and others to find the answer. Marshall was my defensive tactics buddy in most of our training and he was a fast learner. Prior to his leaving for Iraq I gave him a box of cigars. Boy did he love cigars. Since my injury removed me from going to Iraq with the unit and cigars were to his liking I gave him mine with pleasure. I knew he would enjoy them in the middle of all that hate and discontent. When I had questions about the Native American Culture he would have an answer. To the Westbrook family, Marshall was a great man in my eyes and heart. He will be greatly missed. Yes Sgt Marshall A. Westbrook is a Hero in every sense of the word.
May God Bless you in this time of loss. God does have a plan for us all and it's God's time, God's glory and God's work that we follow along. I pray God will hold you up in His wonderful, loving and peaceful arms and keep u safe.
God Bless U."
SSGT. James F. Healy of Rio Rancho, New Mexico

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"I will miss you so much Dad not a day passes that I think of you and I will never forget you're pressance in my life. I was such a lucky person to spend my life with you. I will remember all the memories we shared and I know you are there waiting on the the other side for all of us to come home.I'll be home soon Dad. I will always love you no matter what."
Nicole Westbrook of Farmington, New Mexico

"I will miss you so much Dad not a day passes that I think of you and I will never forget you're pressance in my life. I was such a lucky person to spend my life with you. I will remember all the memories we shared and I know you are there waiting on the the other side for all of us to come home.I'll be home soon Dad. I will always love you no matter what."
Nicole Westbrook of Farmington, New Mexico

"To dad. I MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH. There is not a day that I don't think of you and the impact you made on my life. You were always there for me, good and bad times. You were always so humble, never bragged or boasted about yourself and your service to this country. I remember when you were on leave during Tony's wedding, you were still dad to us, Marcia, Tony, Nicole, Chad and I. It made me feel comfortable and at peace that the war never changed your attitude towards us. You always told me how proud you were of me. NOW I WANT TO TELL YOU, I MISS YOU AND I AM VERY PROUD TO HAVE YOU AS MY FATHER. I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU A LOT. And a few last words, the song by Toby Keith, "American Soldier" totally exemplifies you dad."
Ryan Westbrook of El Paso, TX

"To the wonderful family of SGT Marshall Alan Westbrook: I can't tell you nor can I imagine what you feel. However, I can tell you what a good man your husband, brother, and father is. Alan was in my squad when we were guarding White Sands during Operation Noble Eagle. He was as many say, a gentle giant, but he was much more. He was an inspiration! I don't know if it was the Navajo in him or just the pure will to serve his country honorably, he did his duty at White Sands to the best of his ability and I was proud to have him in my squad. I remember having a few beers with him and SGT Henry and SPC Tom when we were getting refrad after 7 months into the operation. We were all looking forward to going home to our loved ones and even though we were in a cold tent with cold water for showers and it was taking days to get discharged from active duty, he would just joke and make us laugh. We used to keep each other supplied with Skoal Long Cut and whenever one of us was out, we knew who to go to. One thing I can say is that my brother in arms and in spirit is my hero and always will be! He stood up and answered that call time and time again to keep 9/11 from happening here. That's one thing all of the liberals and journalists forget. The selfless sacrifice! May no one ever utter any words but admiration for you, my Brother! Your family and I am proud of you forever and we will not use your good name in vain like Cindy Sheehan who ruins the very sacrifice her son made for her own and liberals rally cry! God Bless you forever and God Bless your family for the ultimate sacrifice. To your family, I believe that the New Mexico National Guard should rename an armory in your name either in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, or Rio Rancho, and I will talk to my leadership to get it started."
SSG George Titsworth of Albuquerque, NM

"I just want to first of all thank all of the soldiers that lost their lives for this country and their family's as well. I also wanted to say thaty i miss you dad. Theres not a day that goes by that i dont think of you. Ilove You and i Miss you."
Anthony Westbrook of Farmington, NM/USA

"To the Westbrook family,
Words cannot ease your pain for the loss of your beloved MARSHALL, but we hope you find some comfort in knowing that MARSHALL is an American Hero and we celebrate his life.
MARSHALL - You will Never be Forgotten. Gods Speed and may the Angels surround your family as they try to heal. We are grateful for your service and sacrifice.
From the grateful family of an American Soldier, stationed at Ft. Campbell with the 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq - 10-20-05"
---The Erwin Family of Oregon, United States of America

"To the Westbrook family:

Thank you for Marshall. Thank you for helping make him the man he became. He was there when the world needed him - committed to the end to the cause against evil. From my family to yours go deepest sympathy, and prayers that you will be comforted in your sorrow with the knowledge that his and your sacrifice has made the world a safer place, and that it will never be taken for granted by any of us. Marshall will live as long as he is remembered. And we will not forget him.

God bless Marshall A. Westbrook. Amen.

From the family of a soldier in the NM National Guard, and a soldier in the 82nd Airborne engaged in combat in Iraq."
Paul Brasher of Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Living in New Mexico you hear of all the soldiers that have died. Lately they have been showing Marshall's picture on the news and everytime I see it breaks my heart. I just want to say Thank you for the Ultimate Sacrifice Marshall A. Westbrook! And to the family I know it takes a very special person to go to a far away land and fight for the country you love. Doing all this knowing there is a chance you might not come back alive. We have a special one in our family and he didnt make it back either. They are Heroes in every sense of the word. Thank you and May God Bless Heal and watch over you all."
Jesika, cousin of Lance Corporal Aaron C. Austin KIA April 26, 2004 of Lovington New Mexico USA

"Marshall,
Thank you for your love for our country, for your bravery that we salute to, for all your hard work, tears, perspiration and blood you shed, for your sacrifice away from home and work, from those you love, so that everybody back at home can be safe and live freely, for being so courageous when so many at home are afraid. Thank you for making such a tremendous, wonderful difference in our lives, and installing hope and peace for all of us. I have loved ones in Iraq and a buddy who's died in combat there. I know you don't want us to grieve, but to always remember you, so I always will. It is my honor to be able to leave this message for you and your family, and I leave it with happy tears and undying gratitude."
Julia Ling of Los Angeles, CA

"TO THE WESTBROOK FAMILY FROM THE WAHL FAMILY. MARSHALL THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY! YOU HAVE NOT DIED IN VAIN; AND YOU ARE A HERO! MARSHALL THANK YOU FOR BEING A MILITARY BROTHER TO OUR SON. WE LOST GREGORY LAST YEAR IN BALAD, IRAQ 2004. OUR HEART AND PRAYS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. PLEASE REACH OUT TO YOUR COMMUNITY AND POLITICAL LEADERS TODAY. IT TAKES YEARS FOR A CONFLICT AND OR WAR TO END. MARSHALL DESERVES TO BE HONORED TODAY NOT TOMORROW. TOMORROWS NEVER CAME FOR MANY FALLEN SOLDIERS FROM WWI, WWII, KOREAN AND ETC. WE ARE JUST HONORING THEM. IT IS THE LEAST THE FCOMMUNITY AND POLITICL LEADERS CAN DO FOR MARSHALL. NAME A STREET IN HIS HONOR, SO THE COMMUNITY NEVER EVER FORGETS ALL MARSHALL HAS DOE; FOR HIS COMMUNITY, COUNTY, STATE AND COUNTRY. MARSHALL YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE HEARTS OF SO MANY. TO THOSE YOU HAVE ALL HOLD VERY PRECIOUS FOND MEMORIES YOU SHARED TOGETHER. AN YOU MADE AMERICA ALOT SAFER SINCE 911 AND THE WORLD. YOU ARE APART OF MILITARY, IRAQI, AMERICAN AND WORLD HISTORY. MARSHALL MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOU SOLDIER! AN MAY YOU REST IN PEACE! GOD BLESS!"
leonard wahl of VALLEY STREAM NY

"My deepest feelings of condolence to the Westbrook family. Alan and I worked together for many years, and I regarded him highly as a friend. May time ease the painful edges of your loss until they are smoothed by the warm memories of the wonderful person...Marshall Alan Westbrook.

To Alan: Brother man, though you now walk with the grandfathers at a time that seems much too soon, we will remember you always. You now stand with the eagle, the cougar, and the wolf...watching over us...and all of God's creations...I am proud to have known such a warrior and man. Until we meet again, my brother...at which time I'll see that famous smile and hear you say, "What took you so long?""
Bill J. Everett- AKA "Beast" of Aztec, NM USA

"To the Family of Marshall. I to have lost a family member in Iraq. I found out about Marshall by a friend on the NAHC web site. Bill and I will share this loss. My Prayers and friendship go out to you and your family. Every once in while, you will feel a warm glow about you. That will be when Marshall give's you a hug. Marshall, while you are in Heaven, look for the "Gentle Gaint". You can't go wrong with him by your side. That would be my Nephew, Jamie. From what I have heard about you from Bill. You two sound like twins. I shall see you two wonderful men later."
Tom Wolf of Lolo, Montana USA

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

"To the friends, family and loved ones of Marshall A. Westbrook
Everyday I watch the news and find that another hero is being welcomed by the other heroes that have gone beforehand to do other services for the Lord. Our heartfelt condolences goes out to his family. We too experienced the loss of a loved on Aug. 5, 2004. He too lost his life fighting in Irag. We know how it feels to lose someone very dear and close to us. We pray for you and your family to keep him forever in your hearts and listen as he speaks silently to you. Know that he is in the care of God now and nobody will ever cause him anymore harm. We are so fortunate to have soldiers who think about others and that put their lives on the line on a daily basis to protect our country. Thank you for sharing him with the rest of us and I know for sure he is looking down on everyone smiling-knowing that he gave all he could to defend others. May he rest in peace in the sight of our heavenly Father, the angels, and saints."
Ramona Barragan of Artesia, NM USA

"Thank you Marshall Westbrook, 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 Sgt. Marshall Westbrook:
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 Marshall 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 Sgt. Marshall Westbrook:
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 Marshall, 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