Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Christopher E. Zimny

27, of Cook, Illinois..
Zimny died as a result of hostile action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on January 31, 2005.

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"I miss you Chris. Thanks for all the laughs and fun we had. Thanks for being there for me when I was having some hard times and know that you were one of the best men I ever met let alone served with."
Jason O of Atlanta, Georgia

"Chris was a funny guy and his unique personality will always be missed and remembered. He worked hard and played hard...never anything in between. Chris showed his kindness in different ways than most people."
Anon. of Chicago, IL

"God bless and thank you"

"I served with Zimny in 1/2 Alpha Co before completing my service. He was a tough Marine but while knowing him I also learned that he was a good man. Great personality... It sent shockwaves when I first heard his name as one of the fallen years ago. RIP Zimny your watch is over, your brothers will take it from here. Semper Fi!"
Andy Childers, LCPL 98-03 of Morley, Missouri

"I would like to say that Chris is the only person I knew that squirted Lemon Juice on his salad. ha ha. He was an awesome Marine and a great friend. I served with him both tours and on our second tour our first day in Iskhan we lost some Marines from our unit. One was actually a good buddy of mine and Chris told me "don't think about it to much man you'll freak yourself out." To this day I have never forgotten that. I have a picture of me and him from our first field operation at Lejeune standing in front of an Abram tank. It's hanging on my wall. God Bless"
Sgt. Andrew W. Newcomb of Callahan, Florida

"Well I would like to start off that Zimny was a dear friend and comrade and probably one of the finest marines I ever met! I'ts been a few years since I served with him and he is and will always be in the back of my mind. My heart goes out to all of his family and friends who love him and miss him dearly. Chris, hey man i was up in Chicago this past summer and I had to go to a Cubs game, I knew you loved them and in some small way I felt like I had my friend back with me! Zimny you will never be forgotten!"
Tony Hickton of Pittsburgh, PA

"My name is Megan King and I live in Memphis TN. I come from a long line of veterans, my granderfather served in WW II, my father did two tours in Viet Nam and my brother has been in the army for 5 years now. A couple of years ago my father came across an American Flag that was flying with several others. The purpose of this was that every flag represented a fallen soldier, To be able to recongize who they were and where they came from. My father bought one of those flags home with Corporal Christopher E. Zimny's name attached to it. I am elated to be able to read what kind of man he was. I have folded "his" flag with his name attached and will hold it with the deepest respect always. I will be sure to share Chris' story with my childern. Thank you Cpl. Zimny, I thank God every day for men like you. I have never met you but you will be a part of my home always.

Megan Cavallo King
Memphis, TN
Formerly of Utica, NY"
Megan King of Memphis, TN, USA

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Christopher E. Zimny:
Christopher 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

"MY NAME IS ANGEL M. MERCED.I SERVED IN IRAQ WITH CHRIS BOTH OF OUR DEPLOYEMENTS.HE WAS MY ROOMMATE IN CAMP LEJEUNE,BUT HE WAS ALSO MY BEST FRIEND.I USED TO TALK ABOUT THE BAND SEVENDUST,WICH HE HATED WITH A PASSION,BUT THERE WAS A SONG THAT HE USED TO LOVE AND I USED TO PLAY IT FOR HIM OR SING IT FOR HIM.THE NAME OF THE SONG WAS "ANGEL'S SONG".EVERYTIME THAT I LISTEN TO THAT SONG IT REMINDS ME OF YOU,MY BROTHER,MY FRIEND CHRIS.IT'S BEEN ALMOST 4 YRS THAT YOU'VE BEEN GONE,BUT YOU WILL ALSO BE IN MY MIND AND MY HEART.I MISS YOU MAN!!!AND FOR THE ZIMNY FAMILY,I DON'T THINK WE'VE EVER MET,BUT I WILL BE HONORED TO MEET YOU SOME DAY AND TELL YOU WHAT AN AWESOME GUY YOUR SON WAS.WISH I COULD TALK TO YOU GUYS SOMEDAY.MY NUMBER IS (910)330-6139.ALSO,LISTEN TO THE SONG "ANGEL'S SON' BY SEVENDUST,IT WAS ONE OF CHRIS'S FAVORITE.TO CHRIS ZIMNY,I WILL SEE YOU SOMEDAY AND TAKE CARE MY FRIEND,YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN"
SGT ANGEL M. MERCED of TARAWA TERRACE,CAMP LEJEUNE,NC

"I can't believe it...I heard about Brian Kennedy, but not about Chris until now. I still remember Chris from all of our classes together in junior high and high school...what a person, what a character, liked by everybody, always made everyone laugh. Not a single bad bone in his body. I am just shocked...my condolences to the whole family. Chris, rest in peace...you are in all of our thoughts."
Mark Simon of Atlanta, GA

"Chris, Today is your birthday, April 17, 2008 and you would have been 31. Miss you and you will never be forgotten. We are having a Mass at 8:00AM and then tonight family and The Boys will come over for our balloon launch. Balloons sending our love to you and letting you know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
You are a HERO, SON, BROTHER, FRIEND, UNCLE, GRANDSON, NEPHEW and FOREVER LOVED. Mom"
Barbara Zimny of Glenview, Illinois

"Still remember Zimny riding that motorcycle down the street. Rest in peace."
Chris of Chicago, IL

"rest in peace."
jay of glenview, ill

"We all miss you Zimny! God Bless you and your family.
Thank you!"
Friend of Chicago, IL

"Wow, God Bless."
Christopher A. Zimny of Sarasota, Florida

"To the family of Christopher E Zimny
I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. I wish to offer my deepest condolences to you I am sure that he will always be missed.
We must be related"
Robert H. Zimny of zimrobt@bevcomm.net

"chris its ramirez whats the deal just thinkin about u i talked to ur daddy today iam going to ur ballon launch iam glad i met ur parents there awesome people its hard dealing with this bro thanks for watching over holzinger he came out in oprah he got hurt he was with 2 lar u remember right love u papa miss u..."
Pedro

"god bless christopher, god bless his family.I know it hurts ...my grandson lc cpl harry r swain iv was with chris and jason when they went to heaven. Three buddies still together ........
carol camp- kaylas_granny60@yahoo.com"
carol camp of henderson, nc

"to z bone from pedro ramirez was up z luv u bra u are the best and i will always remember u i will like to tell z family to give me their address i live in chicago.thanks for always being their for us g."
pedro ramirez of chicago il cook

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY , AND ZIMNY YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN !!!!!"
NICK GUERRA of ROCKAWAY NJ

"I would just like to mention how great a guy Chris was. He is forever in my heart and will always be in my prayers! Today is the one year anniversary and I would like to offer up my prayers to him and his family. He has touched my life in a huge way and I will never forget him. I have a tatoo on my arm with his name and I tell his story every chance I get! Love ya Chris!"
Ryan Roberts of Bethel,Ct

"My name is Sean Hatton. I served with Crhristopher Zimny in 1/2 Alpha Company. I was with him on his first tour of Iraq in 2003. I would just like to say that he was one of the finest marines I'd ever come accross in my stint with the Corps. I am very proud to say that I served with him. I miss him and the rest of our fallen comrades. To his family, I give my condolences."
Sean Hatton of Seymour, IN USA

"i want to tell everyone that Cpl Zimny was a great guy and he did die a hero i was with him that day and during the accident i was seriously injured and if i could go back and change things i would have given my life to let him live but i have been told that there is a reason why i am still alive and a reason why god took him i still feel down some times and cry and cry and cry thinking of him and the other two marines that died that day.
i want to let his parents know that i am really greatful to have worked with such a great individual and i think that they did a great job on raising such a caring person he did not care about himself that much he wanted other marines to be taken care of first. that is just how we (marines) work ecspecially in the infantry feild. my god be with you and Cpl Zimny he is always here with us."
LCpl Ronald Howard 1/2 Alpha Co. of bethesda, maryland NNMC

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of illinois

"To the family of Christopher E. Zimny, I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. MAy you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need pray or need someone to talk to please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev.John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington,Ga 30016 phone 770-787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"To the Family of Cpl. Christopher Zimny:

My friends and I have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Christopher's name on one of them. If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI. It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To Christopher's Family, I wish to offer my deepest condolences to you. Christopher is a true American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"Chris,
I know that you and MY NEPHEW, JASON REDIFER, are together in Heaven swapping stories. Jason is good at that. Know that you are missed every day and that you are loved and we are proud of you."
Rita Lockridge, JASON'S AUNT of Covington, Va.

"I volunteered to work this memorial day because the pay is good. As I drove through downtown Glenview, I saw the preparations being made for the parade to honor the fallen heros of all past wars. The thoughts that followed as I drove down the beautiful tree-lined, quiet streets of Glenview were that this day is very special to those that have lost a loved one. Then I thought of Christopher's family, and my heart broke for them. I got to the office and opened the Tribune and found the article, "living memorial day every day", and marveled that the very same thoughts had entered my head that this holiday changes it's meaning when you have lost someone so dear. So even though I am at work today, I will spend it thinking of all who have sacrificed their lives so that our Country, and way of life will be safe and uncompromised. Especially Christopher, whom I never knew, but shared my hometown, and the same school as my children. Thank you Christopher. Peace be with you, and your family and friends."
Holly Jansen of Glenview, IL USA

"Thank you, CPL Zimny. The Marines look out for their own. So I truly believe that you and others looking down upon us helped bring my "adopted" Marine home safely from Iraq in April. For that, I will be forever grateful. Marc is from Normal, IL, home of your Illinois State University. So, you had a double reason to watch over him. It is heroes like you--willing to serve and sacrifice--that have kept this greatest country on earth free and safe. Semper Fi!"
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois

"Christopher was a marine along side our Jason. They both went home to guard the streets of heaven on January 31, 2005. May God surround you with comforting arms and we surely share in your sorrow. There is an empty void that can never be filled. They were our sons. God Bless. (Jason Redifer's aunt)"
avis winfield of stuarts draft, va/usa

"To the family and friends of Corporal Christopher E. Zimny,

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

"There is no way for us to express the deep sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Christopher Zimny. I lost my son on January 26, 2005 in Iraq. Those that have laid down their lives are the true heroes. May God bless you and comfort you during this time."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

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

"Thank you Christopher Zimny, 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. Christopher Zimny:
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 Christopher 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. Christopher Zimny:
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 Christopher, 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