Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester

25, of Rockville Center, New York.
Winchester died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on September 3, 2004.

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"I saw a Memorial stone in Bryant Park for this hero. I've walked through that park many times, but saw the stone today for the first time. My heart is filled with gratitude to this fallen American warrior. God bless him, and console and bless his family and loved ones."
Maureen ORourke McGroarty of Brooklyn, N.Y.

"Ron and I were in the same platoon at TBS. its Memorial Day 2021 and Im thinking about Ron and all of our fallen Marines. Gone, but not forgotten. Semper Fi!!"
Luis Tapia of Ashburn, VA

"Please accept from all of Oceanside, New York, all of the Chaminade Flyers,
all United States Veterans our desire to never allow USMC 1st Lieutenant (USNA) Memory to ever remain anonymous.
In the loss of this Marine Officer, Leader, Hero who Served his men with Honor in the Province of Al Anabar, Iraq sacrificing his life in an IED explosion on 09/03/2004 near his Humvee.
Mrs. Winchester please accept our Memorial condolences on behalf of the Grateful Nation of the United States of America. We Honor you as a Gold Star Mother for sharing Ronald with all of America during his short, but well lived
Honorable, Patriotic life. Ronald, Yourself ,and all of the Winchester Family; Will Not Be Forgotten. God Bless, You All. God has Blessed America
with the Life of MARINE 1st Lieutenant, Ronald Winchester. Amen."
Joe Dipaola of Suffolk County, New York

"I remember your call and remember you coming to see me at work on this day. We sat in silence. Then you fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice. I miss you so much. I miss our silly times, I miss "yo T" I just miss you. My crazy little people would sure love you. Thank you for your service. I love and miss my best friend every day. Give my mom a kiss for me. I'm sure you've already seen her."
Terra of Ocean, City MD

"Thinking about you sir. Semper Fi."

"To the Winchester Family:

Please know that I often think of Ron. His memory is still alive and his sacrifice is not forgotten. I will be keeping you in my prayers this weekend.

Semper Fidelis,

Skip Cornbrooks
1/7 1999-2003."
Skip Cornbrooks of Baltimore

"Hi Win, you have my my mom with you now. Please take extra good care of her. She's the best. I miss and love you both."
T of Ocean City, MD

"Happy New Year in heaven, son. 2015.
Miss and love you.mom"
Marianna Winchester of Rockville Centre, NY

"3 September 2014
Mrs. Winchester: Just wanted you to know that I remember and I am thinking of you today."
Janette Bennett of Aurora, CO

"Even though the actual day is September 3rd. This weekend is the weekend that my life changed forever. My heart aches each and every day since that horrific day when I arrived home and heard that you had been killed. This nightmare now lives on for the past 10 yrs. no matter how much time passes, the pain never leaves me. If anything it gets worse. My emotions play games with me. Seeing how your nephews look up to you and love you so much, knowing that they never had the chance to meet you. In the exact words of RJ " uncle Ronnie can you come down from heaven so I can meet you and play with you". Anthony says" he's going to be big and strong like uncle Ronnie.
This is what kills me, knowing that these boys have a great uncle and never met him.
On Sunday, when I visit with you, we will talk as we do each week, and once again I will tell you how much I love and miss you.
You may be gone but will never be forgotten."
Marianna Winchester of Rockville Centre, NY

"August 2, 2014
It's a rainy Saturday morning, so it's a day for me to clean closets. The only one I don't touch is yours. It remains the way you left it. Your uniform is hanging on your door, your Yankee caps are still hanging up. As you told me " this is your life"
Chaminade, Naval Academy, Marine Corps.
I remember that so well because we both laughed when you told me that someday you would show the room to your kids and tell them that their dad was a hero......how true.
Ronnie, time heals nothing. I miss you more and more as each day passes. There is no greater love than a mother has for her children. So true. Nothing can ever replace the loss of a child.
My heart aches each and everyday not having you here on earth. I miss and love you, son.
I often wonder, What would he be doing today"?"
Marianna Winchester of Rockville centre, NY

"They say the salt water cures everything. I respectfully disagree. Not tears, not the ocean or a hardcore run. I miss my old friend. Time does not heal anything. It's just another year, anniversary, holiday or birthday without you. I go to make fun of a situation and start laughing because you would laugh too. Your laugh that made me laugh. Your pictures are on my walls, next to me bed and hanging in my restaurant. You are never forgotten. I thank God for the memories, but get upset you're not here to share more.
"But the most important thing is, you will always be with me, for I carry you in my heart"~ Winnie the Pooh.
I love and miss you my old friend. I promise I will write more often.
Terra of Ocean City, MD

"Today's a day for me. Dammit I miss you. I always include you my old friend. I miss you so much."
Terra of Ocean City, MD

"Hey there Ronnie! I know you're getting a tan having a beer with the rest of our boys up there! If you can, give a toast to all of you there, and let them know that none of you are ever far away from our thoughts. Remembering the good times, shared misery, and your leader/friendship, Miss you Bro"
Crazy Joe of Camp Pendleton

"I found one of your sweatshirts in a box. I broke down. I miss you every second of every day. My dear old friend."
Terra of Ocean city, MD

"Happy Birthday to my amazing son, friend, protector and hero. I only know that I love and miss you more and more each day that passes. Life is not the same without you. I spent the day thinking back on all the good times we shared, holding on to every moment that we spoke, closing my eyes and seeing your beautiful smile, hearing the chuckle in your laughter. I walked up to your room and felt your presence. God do I miss you."
Marianna Winchester of Rockville centre, NY

"Remembering you Ronnie, my brother Johnnie Rizzo and all who gave their lives for our freedom.
Rest in peace. Sending loving thoughts to you always.."
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"Another Christmas for you in heaven. Another year. That I miss you more than words can express. Since I lost you, holidays have no or little meaning to me. My heart aches, a mothers love is everlasting. No one can ever replace the loss of a child. I miss and love you son....mom"
Marianna Winchester of Rockville centre, ny

"With Thanksgiving only a couple days away, I cannot think of anything more to say or give to you son. Our freedom of sharing thanks would not be possible without people like you. At times, I feel so lost and confused on what I am thankful for without having you. It's just another day of going through the motions. I llove and miss you Ron."
Marianna Winchester of Rockville Centre, NY

"I leave this message this morning to all the veterans and say thank you for your service.
Another Veterans Day of Masses and services honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us.
I thank you son, the world is not the same without you but I also know it's people like you that give us our freedom. I pray for the day I can see you again, give you the biggest hug and kiss and see that beautiful smile on your face. You are with me always. Love mom"
Marianna Winchester of Rockville centre, NY

"Thinking of you today, Mrs. Winchester. We remember. With tears, we remember."
Janette Bennett of Aurora, CO

""Gone but not forgotten" still owe you a beer when I get there sir. Semper Fi"
Jason Grace of Costa Mesa, CA

"Remembering you and all our brother and sisters who have fought for our way of life. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends John 15:13"
Dennis Cirillo of Baldwin, NY

"Today we remember and honor a fine Marine.
Semper Fi"
1stLt Denis M. Oliverio, and Winchester of FL

"God bless you son and all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
You are with me 24x7. I love and miss you more and more each day."
marianna winchester of rockville centre, n.y.

"God Bless America, Semper Fidelis"
Ryan of Oceanside New York

"Hey brother,

Another year has passed. I usually do the other "Legacy" website but I recognized more names on this one.

I can't believe it has been eight years since you made the ultimate sacrifice. It seems like yesterday that we got the news. Not a day goes by that we don't think about you, the fun we had, the memories we made, the trouble we got into!

As this conflict declines into oblivion we must make all efforts to not forget the the sacrifice you made. This county has a short memory and it is up to us to make sure it never forgets what it takes to make it the greatest place to live on earth.

I tell my sons about you every day, they are gonna grow up to love and respect their Uncle Ronnie.

Your bro,

Scott Swantner of Lafayette, California

"It's hard to believe that we lost Winny 8 years ago. It is still fresh in my my mind and not a day goes by that I don't think of him and all the good times we had. My only regret is that I wasn't there for him on his last day. Of course I have shared almost 2 years with him which I am grateful for. We ALL still miss him, and share our memories that we have with him. Until we meet our brother again, Semper Fi"
SSgt Soltis, WW Bn of Camp Pendleton, CA

I saw you and Capt Rowe that morning before we lost you. I only spoke with you a couple of times before we deployed but something told me you were a great leader. In the last 8 years, I have run into 1/7 vets still on active duty that have mentioned you as an awesome Lieutenant. Great Marine leaders never leave the minds of young impressionable Americans, I guess. Your picture hangs on the wall outside of the Hawkins Room at TBS where I'm currently a student. I looked at it for a couple minutes the other day and was telling some of the other Lieutenants about you. Thanks for your sacrifice."
2ndLt Dan Viverette of Quantico, Va

"Thinking of you, Ron Sr. His sacrifice not forgotten. Your friends and colleagues, Nancy Hollinshead and Walter Mystkowski."
Nancy Hollinshead of Fort Salonga, NY

"I went to high school with Ron and we became good friends during our senior year as participants in Chaminade's collegiate program.

I was not an elite athlete like Ron, but he immediately welcomed me into his inner circle and I had the distinct feeling that he watched over me the way an older brother does for his young siblings. If anyone ever questioned why I was hanging out with the football team, Ron would reply, "He's with me".

On one occasion, he autographed a cartoon I had drawn of him wearing a football uniform. "Hold on to it. It'll be valuable someday."

He was right. It reminds me of the time in our lives when we were young & had the whole world ahead of us.

I have kept that drawing to this day.

Miss you Brother. See you on the other side."
Andy C. of Roslyn, NY, USA

"No matter how many years go by... from one mother to another, I feel your pain,and I am inspired by your courage every day. My family will always keep 1st Lt.Ronald Winchester and all of his family in our prayers. We will never forget."
The Harrington Family of Baldwin,NY

"On Saturday April 21,2012 the 7th Walk of Honor will be held in Rockville Centre NY for my son Ron. It's hard to believe its the seventh all seems like yesterday. The only confort is knowing that his spirit, memory remains alive through this function and he continues to help other veterans who have returned to thier families need ing assistance through his Scholarship fund and other organizations that each years walk has contributed too.
I thank all his supporters . I read his entries so often and makes me feel good knowing that he is loved and missed by so many. Thank you.God bless him and all our troops."
Marianna Winchester of Rockville Centre, NY

"My son played football and graduated from the Naval Academy with Ronnie. He will always be remembered by our family. Our prayers go to Ronnie's family"

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt Winchester. I am a Marine 2nd Lt. currently participating in the training program at The Basic School in Quantico, VA. Tonight is out Marine Birthday Ball. We were challenged by our Company Commander to choose a Lt. whose picture is on the fallen heroes wall at The Basic School, and remember them this evening. I chose Lt. Winchester. Tonight I will celebrate in honor of him, for his dedication to duty, his leadership and his sacrifices. Thank you for your sacrifices as well. Tonight will be in honor of a Marine who gave all for his country and fellow Marines and to his family and friends. Lt. Winchester will be here in spirit tonight, as well as in our hearts. It is my honor and privilege to remember him tonight. Thank you and Semper Fidelis.
With most sincerity,
2nd Lt. Andrew M. Coons
Hudson, NY"
Andrew M. Coons of Quantico, VA

"Mrs. Winchester,

What an honor it was for me to be at your side this evening during the memorial dinner (Run for Honor) for fallen Naval Academy alumni. Thank you so much for relaying the story of how you learned of your son's death. And for sharing the stories about the kind of officer and Marine he was. Everyone present at our table was deeply moved. You gave all of us a chance to try and understand. Reading some of the threads here - I can only imagine what a remarkable leader 1Lt Ron Winchester must have been. I pray that my own son will someday grow up to understand and possess the same courage as Ron displayed for his Marines.

Very respectfully,"
Larry Young, CDR, USN of Annapolis, Maryland

Its been years. Yet every day I think of you and my other brothers. I got out of the Corps a few years back and still think of you sir. I come to this page every few months but I have never gotten up the courage to leave a note. I see a lot of Marines that you commanded have posted on here. Those same Marines I served with. I remember during OIFI I was attached to your Platoon from Wpns Platoon. I remember you always asking about my wife during the deployment and something inside me just knew you really cared, it was not just one of the hirer ups asking what they always asked to seem like they cared.. You did and I could feel it. I will never forget you. When we got back and Wpns Platoon when back to our own Platoon, every time I saw you, you still wanted to how I was and how my wife was doing. You took the time to really care. You were a true leader, and I hope to someday be half the man and leader you where!! Its been said but I will say it again you were the Best LT the Corps could offer! Thank you. I will never forget you"
Justin of Missouri

"I come from a military family and my father was is the marines Thomas "stormy" Matteo , I one day want to become a marine my self , I have family in the marines and I have to save you are very brave for serving this country for freedom semper fi"
Gabriella Marie Matteo of Palm beach gardens

"Winny, It's been 6 years, since we lost you, but not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I still talk with the boys of Suicide Deuce and we continue to reminisce about the old days and keep in touch. Miss you brother"
C.J. Soltis of San Diego, CA

"Lt. Winchester...words cannot express the honor I had in serving under you as your platoon sergeant, 1/7 Weapons Co., CAAT Blue. Today as guest arrive to celebrate Memorial Day they are met by your friendly face and those of LCpl. Wilt and Capt. Rowe....I [we] will never forget the depth of the price you paid. We are all forever indebted to you."
Sgt. Jamie Walden of Silvis, IL

"Lt. Winchester: Although we have never met, we are of "Same Mudd, Same Blood" being Marines. My names is Thomas "Stormy"Matteo SSgt USMC Six time recipient of the Purple Heart. I know the tremendous burden that your leadership called for in combat, and feel confident based on the wonderful messages left on your wall; that you did an outstanding job. Rest now Marine and know that Marines who follow you will always remember the sacrifices you and your family made. Both of my grandsons are Marines and now will pick the burden we are faced with;against our enemies.
Semper Fi
Thomas "Stormy"Matteo SSgt/0369 Vietnam
100% Combat Disabled Veteran"
Thomas Matteo of Port St. Lucie, Fl

John T. Chiarella of Huntington, NY

"Ron, you will always be remembered as a great Marine.
Semper fidelis,
Rick Hall
former XO, 1/7"

"I remember when I first met him at the United States Naval Academy. You came in my office and told me you wanted to be a Marine. The 0530 workouts at the gym and the work ethic that you showed, there was no doubt that you were going to do the Marine Corps proud. To your family, your son being part of my life, made my life better. I am truly blessed to have served with him and shared that moment in time.
SgtMaj Todd M. Grimes USMC, (Ret) of Chesapeake, Va

"You will always be missed."
Sgt Camron Sims of Little Rock , AR

"Mrs. Winchester, I will never forget your birthday while I was in 7th grade. I was walking down the hallway and something outside caught my eye. I saw you standing by Ronald's memorial, holding your necklace and crying. My heart broke for you and all I wanted to do was go out and give you a hug. I decided instead to let you be in your moment and I went home and prayed for you. I have so much honor and respect for your son's strength, courage and bravery. My gratitude for him giving everything to keep our country safe is beyond words. Seeing you at his memorial that day showed me exactly where your son received his strength from. It's apparent you passed down all of your great qualities to your son. At the 2009 Oceanside Middle School Award Night I was beyond grateful to receive the Ronald Winchester Award. I will remember that night for as long as I live. It is definitely an honor! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!"
Gabrielle Ward of Oceanside, NY

"Sir, it was an honor to serve with and for you. You made a difference in all of us who served with you. You led by example and followed in the traditions of the Marine Corps. Your memory will always be ours to carry on, for you will never be forgotten. I enjoyed the times we had, the long night of firewatch we stood. Iam proud to know you. Weapons platoon will always follow you. GUNZ UP."
Cpl Brad Greenwald Suicide Charley of Port Washington, WI

"I never knew you like your marines, but your face and voice will never leave. I remember leaving after you came through, I was hoping and praying that your going to make it. I was sad to hear of you passing, but knowing you in that last hour. Your a fighter. I still laugh at what you said, I can only wish that you made it. Your name is never forgottin in my head, I look for it at memorials."
Doc of Deuce Niner, CA

"Lt Winchester- you are truly a hero. I was your platoon sergeant for suicide duece befor becoming the company gunny for suicide on the OIF-1 deployment in 2003. I remember the times we shared, having you and your date at our table at the 2003 MC Ball and knowing that you were going to do great things in the Marine Corps. I think about you often and think how lucky we all are for having had you in our lives and how lucky we all are knowing that we will see you again"
1stSgt Robert Sites (Suicide Charley 2001-2004) of San Jacinto, Ca

"He must of been one hell of a soldier I am proud to share his name"
Ronald Winchester of Lawrenceburg, IN

"I was priveleged to attend the street renaming ceremony in your honor today. God bless you for your courage and may He wrap his arms around you. May He send His peace to all that loved you

I have placed photos in a tribute album on my myspace page - myspace.com/respectamericanheroes"
Alice Johnson of Lynbrook, NY

"I will miss the conversations we had about what it means to be a Marine. You taught me to lead by example and I can only hope to be a shadow of the Marine and man you embodied. Regardless of rank, you are my brother. Semper Fi!

P.S. Anchors Inboard Sir!"
Cpl. Parnacher, K.R. USMC (2002-2006) of Las Cruces, New Mexico


"Lt. Winchester,
You were the best Lt. I had the honor of serving under! You always put your Marines first and sought the advice of the senior enlisted under your command if you needed a second opinion. I will never forget how you were always smiling from your turret in the AAVs during the invasion of Iraq. I believe you are an inspiration to all you came into contact with. I still laugh when I think of you saying, "Hey Wallden, What's wrong with the radio!?!" I just think of the NY accent you had as you would say it. I miss you Sir. Semper Fi from Suicide Deuce!"
Sgt. Randall Murphy - 1/7 Suicide Deuce

"August 22, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester:
Ronald 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


"Semper Fi Sir, you are missed, and will never be forgotten."
Justin Campbell of Cincinnati, OH

"Lt Winchester,
Thank you for your service and paying the ultimate price. You will live forever in our hearts and prayers. You will be missed and always remembered. Thank you LT.
Frey, Christian of San Luis Obispo, CA

"Sir,You helped shape us into the Marines we became. Thank you. We all still miss you to this day. OOHRAH! SUICIDE CHARLIE!"
Jon Goodman 2nd Platoon 1/7 Suicide Charlie of Tulsa Ok

"Lt Winchester was my immediate supervising officer when I worked with 1/ 7 Suicide as interpreter from Iraq. I still remember his courage that gave me motivation all the time treated me with respect and I felt like Im fellow Marine.
I was honored to serve him in Iraq; I was and always will be honored just to say I know him.
I learned from him to live with honor and die with honor
I wished I could see him again and while I fought to stay alive I cant fight the sadness tears to lose Lt Winchester and my regret that I can see him again.

My God Bless your soul and I will so you in heaven.

Your faithful suicide terp"
Joe ( Iraqi Terp) of Silver Spring, Maryland

"1st Lt Winchester was my Platoon commander for a year and a half. Our first combat experience in Iraq was the majority of that time. I was his Platoon Guide and we saw eye to eye on everything. Not only was he my immediate superior, he became a dear friend. He loved all of his Marines more than anyone will know. I used to think of most Lieutenants as too eager to show everyone how little they knew. Ronnie changed the way I looked at Lieutenants. Intelligent, tough, decisive, and caring, he is still the image of the perfect Platoon commander. I remember one fire fight, when being fired on from the enemy he had a smile on his face. I asked him what was so funny, and he replied, "I bet these clowns didn't wake up this morning knowing that it would be their last courtesy of Suicide Deuce!" Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, Sir, and I try to not blame myself for not being there for you on that terrible day that we lost you and so many of our other brothers. I was fortunate enough to have so many great experiences with you and everyone in Suicide Charley. It is because of Men like you that I stayed in the Corps, so that I could be around the best that have ever walked the battlefield. The world is a lesser place without you. I miss you and that New York accent and your undefeatable spirit. You will never be forgotten by anyone who knew you. We love you my man. Until we meet again at the Suicide Charley reunion in the sky, Your brother,"
SSgt 'Crazy Joe' Soltis, Drill Instructor 3rd BN of MCRD San Diego

"sir i remember when you first came to "suicide duece" you were talking to us for the first time and relating marine corps life to football . you will never be forgotten"
Sgt Grace JM of BLT 2/4 okinawa japan

"Ronnie I'll never forget beating Army at their house for the league championship, and I'll never forget the party after the game. BE A PRICK, brother. FEBU is for us, man. Semper Fi."
1stLt M.R. Bower of Philadelphia, PA

Miss you more and more each and everyday. Only a mother knows this feeling and the pain never seems to lessen. I am so proud of you, but selfish because I want you back here on earth. God only takes and wants the best and that you are so those gates i am sure are well protected. I love you son, take care of your sister and keep giving me the strngth I need. Love mom"
Mraianna Winchester of Rockville Centre, New York

I think about you everyday. If I'm lucky, I might get to be a fraction of the man you were to all of us....Semper Fi."


You were the only Yankees fan I liked.

I pray for and think of you often. We always had a good time!

Semper Fi,


"Sir, it was an honor to know you and fight with you.
CPL. Berry G.M. Baker 1-1"
Geoffrey of Tucson, AZ

"Winchester family-Although I have never met Ron Winchester I have heard and learned many great things about him. After graduating Chaminade High School last June,2007 I embarked in my journey at Kings Point, USMMA. Ron has inspired me and continues to inspire me to serve my country. He gave himself for his country making the ultimate sacrifice and after attending Chaminade's Gold Star Mass this past week as a Plebe at Kings Point I felt it was necessary to tell you how Ron has touched my life even without ever meeting him."
Robert Anders of Kings Point, NY/ USA

"Ronald, I never had the priviledge to know you. Young people like you allow old men like me to rest knowing that my own children are safe. God bless you and all your comrades."
Dave of Valley Stream, NY

"Hey Sir. it's been a long time since we last talked, you used to be my platoon commander, and I have got to say it was fun teaching you, and learning that I was not in charge. I feel bad for what happened to you. I have a lot of pride in having been a US Marine, and you did also. The gates of heaven are much safer with you around I'm sure."
Derrin Howell (USMC) 1/7 C CO. WPNS. PLT. of Sacramento Ca

"Ronnie, I will never forget you, and you will always live in my memory. God bless you."

WOW How I miss you this is the first time that I am able to write. Just to see your picture brings back so many memories. WOW how we butted heads you were a cock strong LT and I was a cock strong Sgt. We never saw eye to eye on tactics but we always saw what each other saw and came to the best way to do things. I will see you! I know where to find you. Guarding the big gates of heaven. Semper Fi "Suicide""
SSgt John Jones of San Antonio TX

"Dec. 4 ,2006. Dear Winchester family, My name is Anthony Forte,my son, Vincent was this year's recipient of the Lt. Ronald Winchester Unsung Hero Award from the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan NY. He is a member of the St Joseph by the Sea football team from Staten Island. When we got home from the communion breakfast I wanted to know more about the man whose award my son had just recieved. After reading about your son on various websites I am truly honored and proud that my son was given this award. He was so proud to recieve it as the unsung hero of the CHSFL for 2006. I want to offer my condolences on the loss of your son and brother and let you know how proud me and my family are of all the men and women who serve in the armed forces and your family is in our prayers. If you would like to contact me my email is: atforte@verizon.net."
Anthony Forte of Staten Island, NY USA

"Ronny was my cousin... my grandfather was his dad's older brother, Harry Winchester. Ronny is still missed even now and will always be."
Celia Winchester of Manalapan, NJ, USA

"Ronnie and I played football together at the Academy. I was always in awe of Ronnie; not only did he look like he was carved out of granite, but also radiated an incredible spirit. I will always remember Ronnie's smile and presence. I will also never forget him eating creatine out of the can. Ha. We will never forget you, Ronnie."

"My husband was with you on that day 9-3-04. In the short time that he knew you, you inspired him. I wear a bracelet with your name on it as a symbol of your strength and courage. You and the others will never be forgotten. You are heroes to all of us.
We miss you ."
Sgt. Walker's Family of 29Palms, CA

"It's June 21st, 2006. I want you, his family, to know that I, and others like me who have served, have not forgotten Ron's sacrifice. Neither have I forgotten the sacrifice you made by sending your beloved son to war. Ron went to school with me, and I thought about him on the way home from work today. It makes me sad when I think about him not being with us anymore, but I know he passed with honor. God grants us no better departure, nor sustainment of our memory, than that which He gave to Ron. My thoughts remain with you and the rest of his family. Please know he is not, and never will be, forgotten. -Chris Lindenau, USNA '00"
Chris Lindenau of NYC, NY

"To the family of:Ronald Winchester 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"

"Your still remembered Lt. Winchester, you impacted so many people, you will never be forgotten. "Suicide Charley""
GySgt Larry Long of Corpus Christi, TX


"Sir, I will never forget you. A great leader, a marine's marine. I remember when we were on that roof top in Najaf, and I "supposedly" gave away our position. But I had to fire back to the company that you did with another one of your football days story from the academy is what gave our position away. Sir, you will not be forgotten. " SUICIDE DUECE""
Sgt Teppo of Camp Pendelton CA

"Another Fallen Hero ---- My deepest condolences and prayers go out to your entire family.

You, Capt. Rowe, LCpl Witt and LCpl Perez (my son) are with the angles. We miss you all dearly.

Im thankful for the Service, Courage, Bravery and Determinination to fight for our country, our freedom from you and all the men & women in our armed forces. You all will not be forgotten. Thank you.

Yesterday, Today, Forever Semper Fi - Marines!

Very Proud Marine Mom
(Lance Cpl. Nicholas S. Perez KIA 9-3-04 Al Anbar Province, Iraq)"
Yolanda Valdez of Austin, Texas

"Ronnie and I were classmates at the Naval Academy. We had lost touch, but I will always remember him. Ronnie was a leader amongst leaders. He always had a smile on his face. It was impossible to be in a bad mood when he was around. I did not find out about Ronnie's passing until recently. My prayers go out to him and his family."
John Somnitz of Saratoga Springs, NY

"I am soon to be a graduate (this weekend) of chaminade high school. That is the same school Ronnie graduated from in 1997 (with my brother matt). In less than a month I will be leaving for West Point. This evening was chaminade's sports awards dinner, where I met a spoke with mrs. winchester. I expressed my deepest sympathies and also that I would be attending West Point in the next month. She gave me a bracelet with Ronnie's name on it and told me to wear it with pride and think of him for strength. I can't begin to explain the respect I have for the true amercian hero Ronnie Winchester. I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made for all of us. God Bless you Ronnie. I will never forget."
Josef Kaplan-- soon to be West Point Cadet of Hewlett, NY

"My young daughter and I went to see the airshow at Jones Beach yesterday and when walking into the park we were given dogtags with soldier's names on them. "They're free," the veteran told us, "you just have to promise to wear them today." As a mother my voice trembled as I explained to my 7-year old daughter that these were someone's son, someone's child, who had died for our country. We proudly wore our tags while watching the airshow. My soldier was a first lieutanant so I knew he was probably quite young, while my daughter's was a major so I figured he was probably older and more experienced. This morning while up early I turned on ch. 12 and saw a report on LI's fallen solder's and there was MY soldier's name,Ronald Winchester, a fellow LI-er, just down the south shore a bit from where we live. So here I am, having looked up his name and also the name of my daughter's soldier. Ronald, I am wearing your tag and will be wearing it tomorrow when I march in Babylon's memorial day parade. Ronald, I have hanging on my frig these words from Martin Luther King Jr. I can't recall the EXACT words and don't want to misquote him so I will paraphrase his words -- MLK Jr. said that we must come to see that peace is not a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal. With that thought, I thank you for your sacrifice and I continue to pray for peace. love always, Karen Palmieri"
Karen Palmieri of Babylon, NY

"I remember walking with you Lt. Winchester in Iraq in 2003, we had just got done running a QRF drill. As we walked you looked over at me and said in your New York accent and the very familiar grin, "I am going to be the Commadant of the Marine Corps one day". I smiled and your responce was "No Sh*t, I am" it is a conversation I will never forget. While you never will become the Commadant of the Marine Corps there is no question about the love you had for the Marine Corps and the Marines you severed with. I will never forget you and I will always wish you would have returned on the plane with us, it just was not the same with out you."
Staff Sgt Long Larry R. of Twenty-Nine Palms CA

"My dear Marianna,
You have been in my thoughts since our phone conversation of New Years Day. I Love you and will forever be your friend. Our paths will once again cross and we will remember many of our cherised memories. I Love you and pray for you and your family on your loss. Your Texas Friend."
Carol Ann O'Dell of Yantis, Texas USA

"I remember you as football player and midshipman. We weren't friends, but we were classmates and coming from the Naval Academy that means more than most people can understand. I just want you to know, you did it right, and the rest of us won't ever forget you."
Ltjg Michael Hernton of Camp Pendleton, CA

"We Love and miss you Ron. We think about you everyday."
Your Friends of Rockville Centre, New York

"God Bless the Winchester Family for their ultimate sacrifice for freedom. Chaminade and Garden City will never forget you."
The Pfail Family of Garden City, NY

"God Bless You Ron. You will be in my thoughts and act as an inspiration to me every single day. livestRONg"
CS of NY, NY

"Thank you Ronald, and God Bless you and your Family!"
Shannon White of Howard Beach NY (former Oceanside High School student)

""We keep Lt. Winchester, Capt. Rowe, and LCPL Wilt's families in our thoughts and prayers everyday. My husband tells me of what great men these guys were, and what a great leader Lt. Winchester was. God Bless your family"
Cassie Hester, wife of CPL Ryan Hester, 1/7 of Twentynine Palms, CA

"Semper Fi' LT. You represented the Corps admirably. Take command of those who "guard the gates". Will proudly serve under you when that day comes. May God bless your family."
MGySgt. Smith (Ret) of Havelock (Cherry Pt.), ,NC

"Please accept my sincere condolences to the family and friends of LT.Ronald Winchester.He paid the ultimate price for his country and will not be forgotten.May God give you the strength and determination to get through these difficult days that lay ahead.My thoughts and prayers are with you.Semper Fi marine!"
Bill Payne of North Augusta,S.C.

"It is so difficult to find the words which could adequately express our grief for your family and ours. I can say that I know how much my brother loved his fellow Marines and how much his Marine family meant to him. Our prayers are with your family. I know how proud of him you must be... for I am so very proud of Alan."
Diana Rowe Pauls, sister of Captain Alan Blake Rowe of Gooding Idaho

"My husband and I just saw the story about your son on ESPN. My husband recognized your son's name right away because my nephew was killed at the same place and time. We were Nick Wilt's godparents and miss him terribly. Your son sounds so much like Nick. We pray to God that you find peace as does our world. God Bless you, Ronald, Nick and all the other soldiers that are in Iraq."
Stan & Gloria Mix of Ocilla, GA

"You are in our hearts, you give us strength and courage. You are an American Hero. God Bless You Ronald!"
Steven Ashe of Davison MI, USA

""To the family and friends 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester:
May God's grace be with you during this time of grief. My son, Brian Hogie, is in C 1/7 in al Qaim and I can only imagine your sense of loss. You are in my prayers. Contacthogie@sbcglobal.net"
Stephen W. Hogie of Santa Ana, California

"To the Winchester Family;

I wish everybody in this country would wake up every morning and remember that soldiers like your son are sacrificing their life so we can live the life of freedom.

God Bless Your Family."
Joshua T. Chaffey of Rockville Centre, N.Y.

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester,

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 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

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

"From every member at the United States Naval Academy....we will never forget and we will live in his honor and with his memory forever."
MIDN 3/C Pallas, USN of Annapolis, MD, USA

"To Ronald's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

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

"To the family of Ronald,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. Ronald is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To Ronald'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

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. May time provide family and friends with happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. In the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To the Winchester family from the Wahl family. We are deeply sadden by the lost of Ronald. Tears come to me with every lost not just with our son Gregory. Even more so with Ronald! For he is a local neighbor. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AND MAYBE NOT! That Ronald was more then part of his family and the military. He has touched so many lives. Ronald is more then the All-American soldier and hero. Many that have written condolences in memory of Ronald. Only confirm that many Americans appreciate all our son's and daughter's are doing for our country,and freedom to the world. Honestly, figured I was alright with Gregory. But, now its Ronald. An my heart and prays are with the Winchester family. God Bless!"
Leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"Thank you Ronald Winchester, 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 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester:
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 Ronald 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 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester:
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 Ronald, 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