Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Billy D. Brixey, Jr.

21, of Ferriday, Louisiana.
Brixey died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds received as a result of an improvised explosive device while traveling in a convoy in Afghanistan on January 25, 2006. During Operation Enduring Freedom, his unit was attached to 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on January 27, 2006.

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"This time of year is always hard I miss you son"
Billy brixey sr of Vidalia la

"God Bless you Brixey. Literally, every time I pray, you are there ... From my heart. A great Marine. A great Gentleman. It was an Honor my Brother."
Quintin of Lejeune

"It has been a long time since I thought of Billy or talked about him. I never knew him on a personal level or even shared a conversation with him.

I was on the convoy he was in when we got hit by an IED. I was the first or second one to his truck which at this time was on its passenger side, the side he was in. The driver was already out and getting chains ready to pull the truck over. By the time we got him out of the truck, he was in pain but in good spirits, I remember him talking to us and even joking. We fixed him up the best that we could and waited for the evac.

That is one thing that I will never forgot, even in such a time of pain he could still laugh, and that taught me alot about who he was and how to live life.

If the family reads this just know that your son was a brave man, he was a Marine and he will never be forgoten."
Adam Kaylor adam.kaylor@gmail.com of lebanon pa

"Its may 21 2013, 7 long years after Brixey's death. I served with him in Hawaii as well as in Afghanistan and I will always remember him. I always remember the day he showed us he can crip walk in full battle dress in Afghanistan lol. Even through war he knew how to lighten up the mood to keep our spirits up. I will always remember the night me and him watched the Rescue from Gilligan's Island in the conex box we lived in during the war a few nights before his death. I swear that night felt as if we were home in the barracks without a care about the war. He taught me everything I needed to know about humvees and what it is to be a marine. He was the best marine I knew even though he did make his mistakes. I miss him but I always remember him. You are gone Brixey but not forgotten my brother. It was an honor to be taken under his wing. To brixeys family if you ever want to talk about him its my pleasure to share with you. my email is Eroes291@gmail.com"
jose pizarrosoto of chicago

"To the family of:Billy D. Brixey, Jr.
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""

"Today's mother's birthday. I hope that both of you are having a wonderful time in God's Heaven. Please give her a big hug and kiss for me. I miss you and love you with all my heart. ♥"
Kirsten Nicole Lampkin of Albany, Louisiana

"Thank all of you for rememebering our brave Hero. This weeken is always a tough one to get threw. I love and miss him. He loved his family very much. I know he died doing what he believe in. I know he is up there with his mother and grand parents, but most of all he is with Jesus. I can see him dancing down the streets of gold now. even if the tears still roll for us. Like he always would say Suck it up and go on. Im doing the best I can. Rest in peace My Dear Hero. You will always be a wonderfull Nephew I love very much."

"To the Brixeys, Sorry to hear of your loss. I know or knew the Brixeys many years ago, and must say that they are a very nice family. God Bless you.
Rest in Peace Soldier.

Becky,it has been nearly 30 years. Hope that you are doin well. Please give me a yell would be nice to hear from you again.
Tony Hamilton of PA

"Hi there. I am Billy Don's younger half-sister, Kirsten Nicole Lampkin. I never really knew B.J. I never met him in person. But he and I had talked on the phone every day for a month, and we exchanged letters and pictures weekly. I loved him. He was my older brother. We shared a mother, and we both loved her very much. I am so pained to know that I will never be able to meet my big brother. We had talked about him coming to visit me the following July, but unfortunatley, that never got to happen. I am so grateful that he was a christian, so I know where he is now. He is with my mother and God and Jesus, and I could never ask for anything better for him. Thank you so much for your condolences. He still means the world to me. He died doing what he loved. And atleast he had so many people who loved him."
Kirsten Nicole Lampkin of Albany, Louisiana (United States)

"Billy we miss you! You were always a smiling face to cheer me up and an ear to listen. You were such a great friend and protected me and I miss you and love you! Here it is almost 4 years later and there isnt a day that goes by that something doesnt remind me of you...now your watching over me and my son with my mom as angels up in heaven. God bless you and your family friend...I love you!"
Maegan of Kaneohe, Hawaii

"You are still with us all. We carry you within our heart's everywhere. I finally went on that conoe trip we was surpose to take togather. and it was really funny. I felt you all the way down the river exspecially when you flip one of us over then let the conoe I was in fill up with water right where we was surpose to stop and camp. Boy did I laugh at you. I have never flipped or had a conoe do that to me in all the year i been going down that river. You got me. You alway's have your way's of letting us know you still with us. We miss you B.J. and love you alway's I know you are happy up there. Thank you so much For being who you where!"

"It's that time of year and your on our minds. Me and my wife were talking about you this morning about some of the good times we had. My first childs birthday is the same date that we lost you, I will never forget. I still think about you all the time and wonder where you'd be now and how things would be going for you these days. Thank you for giving your life for our freedom. FREEDOM ISN'T FREE AND YOU GAVE THE ULTIMATE!!! SEMPER FI AND WE LOVE YOU!!!"
former Marine and always friends Sgt Warnet of Ewa Beach, Hawaii

"The three year anniversary of your passing is coming up and it makes it that much harder. You are a great soul, and the only comfort I take is that you're with the Lord now. Rest easy, brother."

"For those of you who only knew Billy as a great Marine and one who gave so much including his life for our freedom...he was so much more to our family here in CA. We loved him and he was part of our family for over 3 yrs. He always had a smile on his face no matter what the situation. He laughed, lived and most of all had the ability to love many. I was honored for you to call me Mom, when I know how much you loved your own mother and only wanted to be with her again someday. I know you two are together now and your truly at peace. For those of us left behind who loved you so much the days aren't any easier even though it's been over two years. Your B.D. is coming up and we still miss you every second of every day. I know your one of our angels now looking over Jennifer and all your friends and family."
Mom in CA of Napa, CA

"Billy, Memories were great and I'll never forget you my brother. I catch myself always thinking of you. The same day we lost you to war is the same day my first baby girl was born. Its hard to be Happy on my daughters birthday knowing I lost you the same day. You were a great marine and we had some great times. We were in 3rd Radio bn. together and then got switched over to CSSG-3 together. So we can firmly say that brought us even closer together. On the big Island you had picked up Cpl. Getting your blood stripes from the whole crew. You took the tradition like a man and a memory i will never forget. It blew my mind when i got the phone call that morning in the hospital holding my new baby girl. I thought it was someone calling to congrat me on the baby and instead it was the unforgettable call. I wish your family the best of luck. Everyone keep your head high. This man gave us our freedom and I'm honored to of been part of his life. Rest in peace and know there are many people who care a lot about you. We love you and miss you dearly. Semper Fi Marine!"
Sgt Warnet of Honolulu


You have been gone now for almost two years. And still I miss you everyday. It brings me comfort when I think of you and then go to drive somewhere because you always find this way to play our song the one we sang to in your truck when I first came out to Hawaii. "Remember When" by Allen Jackson. Like today for example: I was thinking about you on my way back to work and there was that song "Remember When" by Allen Jackson playing on the radio. New Years is still really heard for me. I always remember back when I e-mailed you to wish you a Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And, now every year I find myself still wanting to wish you those things. But I remmeber to call your Grandma Betty every Thanksgiving and Christmas. We all miss you very much, but we know that we will all see you again someday. I Love You Now and Always.
Jennifer Stith of Napa, CA USA

"September 30, 2007
To the family of Lance Cpl. Billy D. Brixey, Jr.:
Billy 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 was there with him and i miss him a lot he was one of my marines. Semper Fi frind and good luck"
SGT Morgan of MCBH

"I didnt know Billy but after I saw the report of his death on the news I talked to the other Sgt Brixey in the Marines and were all but certain he is family. Theres not alot of Brixeys out there and even fewer of us in the Marines I'm sorry it ended up the way it did. Rest in peace Marine, Simper Fi."
Sgt JC Brixey USMC of Cedaredge, CO/ Deployed Overseas

"Hello again, I didn't get enough space to coninue. Death and loss has been on my mind lately as my father Alan Brixey died recently of lung cancer. I notice Billy was a Marine - my father was in the Navy during the second World War on a mine sweeper off the African coast. Perhaps the love of the sea runs in our distant family connections? You have my sincere thoughts again, Sue."
Sue Bywaters nee Brixey of Cheshunt, Herts, UK.

"I'm having one of my sleepless nights and put my maiden name of Brixey into the search engine and this site caught my eye. My grandfather's name was William Brixey and I imagine Billy was a William too. I am in England and I read a lot in the papers, see a lot on the news about war. I felt really touched to read that one of my distant relatives has died in the name of war just over a year ago. I didn't know Billy who sounds like a really nice guy and much too young to die so he'll be really missed. My sincere condolences to his family and loved ones whom unfortunately, I don't know either. God bless, Sue Bywaters nee Brixey."
Sue Bywaters nee Brixey of Cheshunt, Herts, UK.

I would 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!"

"Hey Brixey, I see your old suv around base and I think about you a lot. I miss you and that smile that never went away. Love Always, Elizabeth Fury"
Cpl Fury, Elizabeth of Kaneohe Bay, HI

"Well, It's Still hard not having you here with us. I think about you all the time. Those talks we had. I miss that smile of yours. You was a very Brave,honorable,proud young man who give his all. Heaven has got a Angel to be proud of. I no your looking down watching over each of us. To the rest of yall soldier men out there God be with yall I feel as if all of yall are know a part of my family as well. I will keep all of yall in my prays. I love you B. J. and I will never forget what you did. Aunt Becky"
BeckyRogers of Ferriday, La.

"Billy you was a great guy and a wonderful man. We are proud of you for what you gave to our country. You are not and will never be forgotten. I can still see you, the night you left our house for the last, you were so proud hearted, and proud that you were a marine. I loved you then and I will always love you. Your still in our heartsand on our minds every day.
Love you Maw-Maw Brixey"
Betty Brixey of Ferriday, La.

"To the Brixey family, I knew your brave and honorable son; he is a hero. We laughed over a beer or two chasing girls in Honolulu during the few days before his deploying to war. I feel privleged to meet such a sincere patriot. RIP Brixey, you are gone, but never forgotten. Thank you for defending our freedom."
Carson of Honolulu, HI

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Billy will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"My dearest Billy,
It had been a few months since we saw each other last. You said you'd be home and you'd come see me. I guess I'll wait till I see you now. I will never forget you! The laughter and the tears we shared! You taught me life is too short and to live it to the fullest. I'll always remember the day on FT Hassie (sp?) beach on base. You loved your birthday gift and I loved you for being so innocent!
all my love!"
Marianne of Seattle

"Billy was my big brother here in CSSG-3. I will never forget you checking me in and the time we spent out at CAX when you taught me my job and how to be a good marine. I will always love you and you are greatly missed. I love you man."
LCpl Gerald F. Byam of MCBH, CSSG-3, Maint. Co. MTM Plt. Kaneohe Bay, HI

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"sitting here in mystate of comfort with no real problems, just the normal--and by accident i stumble on this website and is filled with unimaginable sorrow, to all the fallen heroes and their grief stricken family i am praying for you and know that things happen for a reason and it might not be clear to us as of yet but it will as time heals the wounds that has been left gashed by your loss. i hope and pray that you will find comfort in the word of the lord and know that even though i am not American (or even close to) i also see your son (and every other soldier) as a hero with the courage of a god and the heart of a lamb, strenght of a lion All the best for you, the Family Brixley, i am praying for you and i commend your son, brother, cousin ...for what he did so that others can be free and safe
Regards Alicia Jooste
Alicia of Cape Town, south africa

"Thank you Billy Brixey, Jr., 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 Lance Cpl. Billy Brixey, Jr.:
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 Billy 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 Lance Cpl. Billy Brixey, Jr.:
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 Billy, 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