Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. David N. Wimberg

24, of Louisville, Kentucky.
Wimberg died from wounds received as a result of small-arms fire from enemy forces while conducting combat operations in Hadithah, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on May 25, 2005.

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May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

David N. Wimberg 5/25/05
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love." - 1 Corinthians 16:13 (Love)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"Hello! My name is Katherine Rizo. My father, husband, 15 month old daughter and I all took part in the 6throat Consecutive Wounded Warrior Project Memorial Day 100 Run to honor the fallen. I received an under armor suit with your name on my sleeve. It was my pleasure and honor to have your name on me the entire time we did this run. It's because people like you that we can live the way we do. You were to young to go and for that I thank you for all you did. I am the daughter of an Army man and now a wife of an Army man. I am so proud of all the serve. I pray for you all every single night. David N. Wimberg, you will never be forgotten! So much love to you and all."
Katherine Rizo of Goshen, NY

"dear sgt wimberg. we have never met eachother, and prob never would have.but one thing i do know is how many people have lifted your name in praise and talked about the great, wonderful,couragous man and soldier you were !! i want to fomrmaly thank you for everything you have done in your decorated career !!! thank you for being the man you were !!! you will not be forgoten !!!"
dustin patton of venice,california,usa

"To Sgt. Wimberg's family. First let me thank you for your sacrifice. I recently ordered a memorial bracelet for a fallen hero to honor his sacrifice. I received a beautiful bracelet with David's picture and info on it. I am a veteran and will be praying for you. God Bless"
Anna C. of Texas

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Sgt. David N. Wimberg:
David 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 served with Dave in 2-7 Eco 2nd plt as boot grunts in 29 palms it doesnt get much worse than that. I always remember Dave having a smile on his face and a positive attitude about everything. Everybody that knew him liked him. He was a great guy and a great marine. I am extremely saddened to hear about his death. I have some great memories of times we had in the stumps and in oki Ray was a big part of them too. semper fi bud"
Alex Alford of Brandon Mississippi 601-720-4161

"To Dave's brother (again),

925 348 7708. New number. Please call.

"We are part of the New Jersey Wimbergs, our heartfelt sympathy and graditude to Dave and his entire family"
Lloyd Wimberg of Egg Harbor City, NJ

"To the family of: David N.Wimberg 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 Dave's brother,

We (my wife) lost your number and told me a couple weeks ago that you had called ???? Give me a call on my # when you can. 925 705 1388. disregard the 510 number, unless you want to postpone this for another year. Thinking of Dave...
talk to you soon."
Ray of California

I was reading a recent edition of Leatherneck Magazine and read about the posthumous Silver Star that your mother received for your heroic actions on the day that you were killed. If it wasn't for you more of your fellow Marines could have been killed or wounded in that ambush-you are the epitome of what a Marine NCO is supposed to be. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"


Trying to figure how best to put this. My loyalty was always with 2nd plt. I'm sitting here trying to rationalize leaving you guys for recon. I grew up with you, in the same squad, going through all the same * with you. I still haven't come to terms with the fact that I feel like I left you guys behind... you know what I'm talking about. I know that you didn't judge me for it. It wasn't necessarily a career decision as much as it was a Marine decision, if that makes any sense. I wanted to be the biggest 'badass' I could, and I was given the opportunity, and I took it. That's not to say, by any means, that you and Raf and all the other guys weren't the 'bees knees'. I tell all the recon guys how easy they have it, comparatively, to all the bs we went through in the middle of the desert and in oki. you were the epitome of a hard Marine. You, me, Alex, and Raf really had our own thing going for us for awhile. We were the tough young guys that were soaking up knowledge from our seniors and making it work. I guess we both couldn't just get out. I tried to in late 2002. And I couldn't sleep a f-ing night. I had to go back and do my part, and I did, although not nearly the way you did. You and I, for whatever reason, always did our best to get ourselves in the middle of hell. Why? Well, because we're Marines. We're infantry Marines. No one can understand that. Maybe that's a good thing. I don't know. But I know I hold that sacred. And I hold sacred the time we spent together. And I have an idea that your buddies at your reserve unit had an idea. I just hope that they knew who you were. I know you made an impression, but I hope they realize, like we all realized, how good you reslly were. I know they realized it that day when you stormed that house and took charge. You saved a lot of lives that day. And, you killed all those dirty *s that you encountered, even though they got lucky and hit you in the side. Talk about a lucky day for the insurgency. You were awarded a Silver Star, not that you care. But, I guess for what it's worth, you did what every infantry Marine emulates. Your family is left with only your memory, though. and that is as tragic as it gets. I fear that your memory will fade. I will not allow it to fade. I am completely negligent in not owning up to your sacrifice until now. There is no excuse. I hope you forgive me. For what it's worth, I'm doing my damn best to contact your family and invite them to my wedding on Oct. 14, 2006. Together, we'll keep your * alive forever. I'll leave my info here for them. And I intend to keep in contact with them, although I've never met them. My # is 925 705 1388, or 510 303 3258. I'm getting married in San Francisco. Yea, leave me alone. We're not all gay. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Ray List of Pleasant Hill, Ca

Miss you BROTHER!

2/7 Echo Co HQ PLT
Cpl Steller"

"To thee family of Sgt. D. Wimberg. Me and my family will pray tonight for a fallen hero. May God Bless him through his travels up above us...and god bless you all also. Peace.
He will be not forgotten.

(Sgt. Marion 1992-1996)"
Marion Family (Sgt. Marion) of Radcliff, Kentucky

"To the Family of David Wimberg, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The Wimberg Family of Egg Harbor City, NJ"
Lloyd Wimberg of Egg Harbor City, NJ

"Sgt Wimberg,
OOrah...Semper Fi... 2/7 Echo Co. 2nd Plt. 2nd Squad... Outstanding leader, mentor, and Marine

A fellow 2nd Plt Marine"


You were a great Marine and a great person. I will never forget how you welcomed me to the unit and made me feel at home, and how willing you were to share your immense knowledge with anyone who asked.

Rest in Peace Brother"
Brother from 2/7

"Thank You. Wimberg family my prayers are with you. I lost my brother the same day. He was with the 278th Trp A."
Shomi Siler of Lafollette Tn

"I had been trying to support Sgt. Wimberg through the Adopt - A - Platoon program and while I never heard from him directly he was in my thoughts and prayers and cards and packages... I have a son who is in the Army National Guard and while he has not been deployed to date is well aware of the call to further serve his country. I feel much sadness for Sgt. Wimberg's passing and I want to express my deepest sorrow for his family and my greatest appreciation for his service to me and to our country. May you somehow know God's peace and care in this time."
Mark K. Herbert of Catawba, NC USA

"To the Wimberg Family, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to you. David is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. You raised a fine young Marine. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"I was in the same Marine Infantry Company with Sgt Wimberg when he was wounded and was with him when he passed. I too was wounded by small arms fire during the same battle in Hadithah and we were together after we were both wounded. I was also there with him when we were medevaced together. If the family wishes to speak with me about what I saw please send a letter to me at the same address that Sgt Wimberg had while in Iraq. The only change is to put H&S CO FAC instead of Lima Co. Or you can send me an email at raymond_m_sumner@mac.com. My name is Capt Raymond Lopes and I was the forward aircontroller for Lima Company. I'm now in recovering from my injuries in Staten Island, New York."
Capt Raymond S. Lopes of Staten Island, New York

"Our prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. My son-in-law, Jarrod Black was killed in Iraq on Dec. 12, 2003. My beautiful granddaughter, Sheridan was born the following April. God Bless our Heroes!"
Sherry Bowers of Louisville, KY

"RIP Devil Dog....

J and T USMC"

"To The Wimberg Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"To the family and friends of Sgt. David N. Wimberg,

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

"6/3/05 Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the Wimberg family. For many reasons you will never celebrate another Memorial Day Weekend without tremendous sadness, yet a great sense of pride. David is a true hero and will go down in history as a great man who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. May God give you strength to endure this most horrific painful loss.
John 15:13 Greater love than this no one has, that one lay down his life for his friends.""
Webster and Ruth Reed (Father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed who died in Iraq on January 28, 2005) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
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

"We will never forget! Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice."
A Proud Marine Sister of Massillon, Ohio

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


"my heart and prayers go out to David's family and friends."
Marine MOM 3/25/4th of western NY

"Marine Sgt. David N. Wimberg, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time."
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"Thank you David Wimberg, 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. David Wimberg:
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 David 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. David Wimberg:
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 David, 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