Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Bryan S. Wilson

22, of Otterbein, Indiana.
Wilson died as result of a non-hostile vehicle incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on December 1, 2004.

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I can not think of the marines without thinking of you. You were a kind man who would give the shirt off your back to help a person in need. Samantha was, and still is a very dear friend of mine. Our husbands both served in the war and we were neighbors. In the short time Bryan was home, he showed me great kindness, even fixing the breaks on my car ( in the absence of my husband) to ensure I was driving my son around safely. I often find myself in tears for the pain not only he went through, but for the pain Sam felt and still feels daily. I will never forget you Bryan! Sam and Breanne, you will never lose my friendship and love.

Forever in my heart!

Misty Frost of Hood River Oregon

"To the family of:Bryan S. Wilson
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""

"After years to ponder, the hurt from your loss isn't acute anymore, but it's still in my heart every time I see the dimple in your chin in my mind's eye.

You were an amazing cousin; a significant portion of what I remember as a young kid were the summertimes we spent together, playing at the playground across the street from your house in Oxford, trying to get good enough with a BB gun to finally shoot a bird (and then crying when we did), camping in a big tent with Lonnie and Gabe in the backyard, picking green beans with the family, hiking to the pasture pond to fish for bullheads, and tagging along at the Boy Scout camp learning about bows and arrows, survival camping and responsibility.

None of us stays young forever, but those memories are my fondest of you. I think of them often, as well as remembering the honorable and strong man you became. I long for our reunion embrace in heaven."
Dinty Musk of Columbus, OH

"Bryan, I've found this website this Memorial Day of 2011, but not a day goes by where I don't think about our time in Iraq. You were a truly amazing Marine, an example for others, and one who's strength and courage will echo for an eternity. I wish I could have done so many things different, and I wish I could have been there at your funeral- I just didn't have the courage. There's so much I want to say to you, but words fall short. Your memory is the reason I was able to become the NCO I became later in my career- I did my best to never let another marine down, and I owe every accolade to you. I love you. I'm sorry.

Samantha and Breanna, I'll never forget your loss, and if things were different, I'd gladly have traded places with Bryan. He exists now in my thoughts every day, as I know he does in yours, where his valor and his honor will live forever. I'm sorry."

"Bryan, we didn't talk much, but I remember always sticking up for you at school. Thank you for your bravery and your service."
Ryan King

"Bryan, I have some great memories with you and the rest of the family. The best ones are the park across the road from the old house in Oxford. We all had some good times and I look forward to some again one day when the Lord calls me home! Love and miss ya alot. Thanks for all you have done for your family and your Country!"
Chris Wilson of Brazil, Indiana

"December 10, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Bryan S. Wilson:
Bryan 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

"Bryan is remembered at www.eaglescoutbadge.com"
DFM of Modesto CA

"Dear Breanna,
You will only remember you Daddy through pictures and what is told to you by the people in your life who love you and loved you Daddy. I never knew your Daddy, but you must always be proud of him and what he stood for and believed in. He was a Marine who gave the ultimate sacrifice so you and every other American can live a life of freedom. He served proudly in the Marines and I'm sure he hoped and prayed that by him serving, you would never have to. Always be strong and know that your Daddy is always with you. He is a true hero and I know he will be forever in your heart. Always trust in God and his word and you will follow the right path and be with your Daddy again someday! Semper Fi!"
Laura of Hemlock, Michigan

you are MY HEROE in my eyes. Breanne and I miss u more ever day. You and I did not have alot time together but the time we had was GOOD. Sometime i feel you are here with me. Breanne talks about you sometime like you are here with us all the time. She will never forget. I LOVE YOU AND I ALL WAY WILL"
samantha wilson of IN

We never got to say the words that needed to be said in order for me to fully move on. I always thought I'd Have time to say sorry, but I guess we all have to learn never to leave unspoken words, unfortunatly I always have to learn the hard way and their could have been no way that would have been harder then needing to tell you you still had my heart and still do in may ways, it would have been easyer if all I had to say was good bye. I miss you every day and their is not many moments in the day that your not on my mind even when I sleep your their."
Rita Sigman of Fort Wayne IN USA

"Thank You
by Lily Michaels, 2003

I can't shake every hand.
I can't put flowers on every grave.
I can't console every family member.
But I can say thank you.

You have given me the freedom I enjoy today.
Your blood was shed in place of mine.
Your family grieved so mine could rejoice.
All I can say is thank you.

There are not words big enough.
There is not a hug strong enough.
There is not a smile wide enough.
All I can offer is thank you.

You are my hero.
You are in my thoughts.
You are in my prayers.
For all you've done, thank you."
Judy D of Anderson, IN

"Dear Bryan,

You are not only my cousin, but you and your brothers are like brothers to me. Although I'm older than you by 2 months, I wasn't supposed to be. You always looked out for me and protected me. You protected me growing up and when you grew into the wonderful young man you became, you protected your country. I am so proud of you. I love you and miss you so much, but I know that you are in a beautiful place and we'll be together again someday. Rest In Peace Brave Soldier. I love you with all my heart."
Amber Chaffee of Fowler, IN

"I served with Brian in Golf Battery before he was deployed to Iraq. I watched him arrive to our unit as a PFC and leave a Cpl, a leader of Marines. I'll never forget the time he helped me out in Tokyo. He will be missed. Semper Fi."
Cpl James Chavis of Orange County, CA

We were classmates at Seeger, and became friends throughout then. We are very proud of you and you are always in our hearts."
Jessica Rush and Derrick Weiand of Atttica ,IN

Your Dad and I miss you more than words can say. I am so proud of you and what you stood for. You always achieved what you set out to do. You were an Eagle Scout and I know you were an excellent soldier. You gave it all your heart. You talked to me about giving candy to kids when you worked at border patrols. That is so like you. In your bible there is an inscription on the inside front cover. It says, "Bryan, This book can be your guide throughout your life. Study it faithfully and you can be sure God will bless you and guide you in the right way!" Bryan, you were blessed and you found the right way. May God keep you in the palm of his hand till I see you again.
Brenda Wilson, Proud Marine Mom
3480 N 950 E
Otterbein, Indiana 47970
Brenda Wilson of Otterbein, Indiana USA

this is really hard for me to write, because i have so many good memories of you. i'm not sure what words will do you justice.you were one of the best marines i ever had the pleasure to be around. whether we were getting slayed during non-lethal training for oki or partying in tokyo, you made life fun. you were the hardest worker i've ever seen, and everybody knew it too. i'll always keep the picture of you and me celebrating my 19th birthday in my room in oki. rest in peace bro. i'll be seeing you again someday."
Cpl Matthew Bruning of Macomb, IL

You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace brave Marine. You will be remembered for being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
D. Burt of Portsmouth, RI

"To: my loving husband
i miss u more then anything! i know that u are in a better place i love u and i will never forget u!
Semper fidelis baby"
samantha wilson of IN

"Mrs. Wilson,

I was your husband's platoon sergeant at the time of his death and he was by far one of the most incredible and outstanding marines I have ever had the priviledge to lead. He was devoted to his family, his marines and the corps and I will be eternally greatfull to him and his family for the sacrifice that all of you made. When I sat down and wrote the letter to you expressing my condolences it was the single most diffficult thing I have ever done in my life and I hope that I never have to do it again. I wish you and your family the best of luck and Bryan will never be forgotten and I will tell stories of your husband for the rest of my life. It was truly an honor to have such an outstanding marine. Semper Fidelis took a whole new meaning for all of us, especially Cpl Bryan Wilson."
SSgt Joseph Kepler of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Maam, I was Bryan's Motor Transport Chief. I knew him when I was on Recruiting duty in Lafayette. He said we would meet again someday. Your husband was one of the finest Marines I've ever served with. I will be back out on Recruiting duty in a year or so, and plan to meet you and his family. He will always be in our prayers, as well as you and his family. Your family is my family as far as my wife and I are concerned. If you ever need anything, I will always be there for you. Semper Fidelis. Wade Sparks. May God Bless you, and your family. Love the sparks family (Wade, Brigette, and Dakota.)"
Wade Sparks of Murrieta, Ca


"My Dear Brother-In-Law,
We miss you so dearly but knowing you are with the Lord himself helps heal the painful wounds. You did not die because your still very ALIVE in OUR HEARTS. Though you may be with God your still alive in our hearts. We love you and miss you dearly.

With all our love,
Klinger Family"
Sammantha Klinger of Indiana

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

"To the Wilson family Samantha and Breanna:
May you find peace in your time of sorrow it was a honor knowing bryan samantha and breanna. May God Bless You"
Wilson of Oceanside Ca

"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 Corporal Bryan S. Wilson,

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

"Thank you Bryan Wilson, 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. Bryan Wilson:
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 Bryan 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. Bryan Wilson:
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 Bryan, 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