Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Phillip C. George

22, of Houston, Texas.
George died from enemy small arms fire while conducting combat operations near Taleban, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on August 18, 2005.

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"10 years man I can't believe it, seems like just yesterday. I hope everyone in the family is doing well. I miss getting to work with Carson on Veterans events, and I really miss Phillip's presence and influence."
Will Bowers of Clifton Texas

"Ten years but the devastation of his death is still raw for those of us fortunate enough to have known Phillip...well, as much as he could be known. We miss him still! I hope the M/V LCpl Phillip C. George continues to sail the rivers and harbors of the US to honor his life and his sacrifice. Semper Fi Marine."
Bill Bowers of Houston, TX

"Hey George. Iverson here. Just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking about you. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to get to know you and serve along side you.Semper Fi Marine."
cpl. Brad Iverson of St. louis/Mo

"Phillip, we never met but I did meet your father today at a 4th of July celebration. He and his friends were beside a traveling memorial wall honoring you and all of your fellow heroes. I said that you were a nice looking young man and he said that you got that from your mother. Words can not express my gratitude for your service and for your sacrifice. I will say a prayer for you, your family and all of your friends."
J. of Houston, Texas

"Today, I'm proud to be Carrying the Load in North Texas for Marine Lance Cpl Phillip C. George."
Mirian R. Tudor of Denton, Texas

"Phillip, I miss you more than words I can put on a page. I've known you so long you were like my brother- but even more so. You taught me so much and I still think of you often. Thank you for being who you were and for giving your life for all of us here. I never got to tell you, but when I went to see you (at your memorial) I was 4 months pregnant. I have been waiting so long to tell you that! I can't wait for you to meet my kids. You did a great job approving my marrying Chris- we are going on 8 years now. Thank you for your friendship and thank you for your service to our country. I will come running to give you a big hug when I see you again. I love you. I love your family."
Kristyn Lyon of Spring, Texas

"November 16, 2011...
Wow! It's been over 6 years since you left us to be with our Heavenly Father! Phillip, I think of you often! That might be considered strange since I only met you a couple of times. But I have an image of you "BURNED" deeply in my mind of the time you came home on leave, to Houston. I was at home alone when I heard a strong knock on the front door. I opened the door to see a "handsome" young Marine standing there so proud & confident! You said, "Good Afternoon, Mr. Hutchinson. I'm Phillip, a friend of Kristyn".(my daughter). "Is she home, Sir?" After explaining to you she was not in, I asked if you would like to come in my home anyway & you promptly said "I would love to!" In the next few minutes, we were able to share some of our hearts that day. I can now say that I feel "special" that you chose to take some of your valuable time off to do that with me. Also, you got to tell me how much you "liked & respected" my daughter! You won me over totally in a heart beat! I Thank you for that moment, Phillip! I don't know why you "touched me so" that day, but I know that we can continue our conversation later on when I come Home! Love always!"
David T. Hutchinson of Houston, Texas USA

"My heart goes out to the family. My fiancé was also in the marines and he helped in building the boat that is dedicated to Phillip. Jonathan my finace was in 0341 in bat.1/3 in the battle of fallujah in '04-'05. Semper Fi."
Shaina Head of Houston Texas

"I am currently serving in Afghanistan and wear a memorial bracelet with your name on it to honor you and all the others who gave the last full measure of devotion."
SGT Mike Brinson, US Army of New Braunfels, TX

"Your loss was a blow to our family and to our nation since you were exactly the kind of young man we needed to come back from war and raise a family. You will forever be in our hearts. As the dad of one of your best friends and as a retired Marine, I was immensely proud of you and so honored to have known you!"
Bill Bowers of Houston, TX

"George! I got an old picture of you and me at Olsen's wedding. We were such BOOTS!

To Phillip's family: Though I know my friends in my hometown would have my back, my friends in the Marine Corps HAVE had my back. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Lee Lim of Long Beach, CA


I was just going through my old pictures for a presentation tomorrow. Have a video of you when you were trying to jump on a cow in Afghanistan."
Doc Aguon "Uggy" of Washington


"Hey bud, remember the time when we had what's his name report to everyone as special officer doofy haha I'll never forget that. I miss you bud and I'm sure I'll see you again some day"
CPL Larry D Gonzales (AKA Gonzo) of Lodi, CA

"hey george remember that time in afghan when we had rubio wake us up late at night to watch him throw some homemade cs gas into heckmans fox hole"
anthony sarmienta of Ennis, TX

Thank You for everything that you did! I will never forget you. I love you and can't wait to sit beside you in heaven!"
Lianna AKA Daria of Pasadena, TX

"Hey George!
It's lilly, thought I'd drop by and say I was thinking about the time we were on ship. That gets me laughing all the time.

Miss ya man,
Jason Loiacano of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"as a marine rotc student i would like to say thank you for making it so i can go to school and up hold my freedom. I hope that we will all remember that you died up holding that freedom, that we all love thank you"
ian of cheney,washington

"I remember the times we'd play video games and go swimming, we'd play in the street and the yard, go walking around the neighborhood...We miss you Phillip, we always will, and to his mom, dad, little sister, and his older brother, stay strong, we love you always and forever. He gave his life for us and to protect us. Thank you for raising him to WANT to protect us. Ya'll did a wonderful job, and yes, he is sorely missed."
Lauren of Houston, Tx

"October 11, 2007
To the family of Lance Cpl. Phillip C. George:
Phillip 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."
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Nevada

"My deepest sympathy for your loss.I know your hearts are breaking right now and I pray that God will hold you in His arms and comfort you. Phillip you will never be forgotten and your service is greatly appreciated.My son is a new Marine graduated 6/15/2007. Semper Fi."
Ivy McKinney of Pasadena, Texas

"George I know we didn't get along sometimes. You are one hell of a marine. I know your boy's Brandon and Prater miss you. My heart goes out to your family may God be with you all"
Kearah Critchfield of Japan

"To the family of Lance Cpl. Phillip C. George: I am sorry for your loss. I didn't know your son but saw the tributes to him on legacy.com. I would like you to know that I appreciate what he did for this country and for me. I know that heroes like your son are fighting for us and protecting us. For this I am grateful."
Juan Calvo of Baltimore, MD


"To the family of:Phillip C George 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"

I glad to have known a brave Soldier like you. We miss you much and i know a lot of people can't put into words of how proud we are to have went to church and had a great person like you in our lives. See you in Heaven when I get there.Thank you again for being so brave and doing what a lot of people are scared to do and that is fight for our country."
Nyna Brady (Navejar) of Lake Park, GA USA

"Phillip, i love you bro. i think about you all the time. save me a room in heaven close to yours. thank you for everything. most of all thank you for being my bestfriend. i love you."
karl russell of pasadena, texas USA

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!"

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"I could never come up with the words that could say Im sorry for your loss and a thank you for what this young man has done.
I would give every single soldier a hug if I could.
I cry for every one that is lost.
I see their faces and I cry.
I do not know any of them, but I guess Im tender hearted as my mom says, but my tears are for those that are their and the ones that have fallen in the name of freedom."
Pamela Hobbs of Cleveland,Texas

"As a mom of five young children, I am so grateful for the sacrifice of this brave solder Phillip C. George. You are loved by many. Words can not express the emotion. He payed the ultimate price for our freedom and the freedom of so many other people who suffered under the rule of Sadaam. May God be with his family in this time of sorrow and may you find comfort in the fact that we think about Phillip's sacrifice for the love of his country. May we NEVER forget! Thank you!"
Jill Hughes of Houston, TX

"Phillip, I miss you more than words can express. I hope you knew how proud I was of you and how much I love you. I promise to always fight for the cause you believed in and honor your memory as a brave and courageous patriot who gave all to protect his country. To all those who wrote in, thank you for your kind words and prayers. They are holding us up right now."
Aaron, brother of Leander, Tx

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.
-President Ronald Reagan 1985

My sharp hand-salute to you, Marine!"
Fred Christie '66-'72 of Goffstown, NH

I regret to hear of another fallen son of our country who's put the safety and security of the entire world before himself. May he be in the ranks of angels alongside archangel, St. Michael, the patron saint of combat soldiers, watching over our streets and homes keeping us safe."
Nancy of San Antonio

What a privilege is was to know you and watch you grow up in our church serving your Lord and then on to become our hero by serving our country. Thank you for all that you did for your country. You gave all...literally. We thank you. We are very proud of you. John 15:13 "No greater love hath any man than this, than a man lay down his life for his friend." I love you."
Kristy Ruscher of Pasadena, TX

"From: Sgt Karl Clark Lippard’s book about Marines and the USMC:

“…reflect with me a moment on a statement made by the exiled Spartan King Demaratus to the Persian kind Xerxes before the battle of Thermopyle in 480 B.C. describing his beloved Spartans.

“When the Spartans fight singly they are as brave as any man, but when they fight together they are supreme above all. For though they are free men, they are not free in all respects; law is the master whom they fear, a great deal more than your subjects fear you. They do what the law commands and its command is always the same, not to flee in battle whatever the number of the enemy, but to stand and win, or die.”

To you the fallen Marine, you’ve given your life to a great and noble cause. You know hold a special place in the Marine Corp and history. Marine you have sacrificed for the greatest cause of all, Freedom. An entire country is now free for the first time in living memory and your name will forever be remembered in Marine Corp history. In the years to follow as other countries in the Middle East start to follow the great freedom principle, it’ll be men like you will stand above and look down on a safer and more secure and peaceful world.
Thank you.
Cpl. M USMC 84-88"
SM of New York

"Phillip served with honor. He was a great young man and I appreciate his sacrifice."
Alan Richards of Pasadena, Texas

"God Bless your family. Lcpl George's was the ultimate sacrifice which America will never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with your family in this time of grief."
Angie Lewis of Houston, TX

"To Phillip'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

""REST in Peace dear soldier. We are so sorry -
VERY GRATEFUL for your service and willingness to help others find the freedoms we take for granted here.
A Montana family""

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

"Thank you Phillip George, 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. Phillip George:
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 Phillip 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. Phillip George:
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 Phillip, 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