Fallen Heroes of Operation Enduring Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Samuel W. Large, Jr.

21, of Villa Rica, Georgia.
Large died when two CH-53 helicopters crashed into the Gulf of Aden in the vicinity of Ras Siyyan, northern Djibouti, while flying a training mission in the Godoria Range area. He was deployed to Djibouti as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. He was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 464, Marine Air Group 29, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, New River, North Carolina. Died on February 17, 2006.

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"To the family of:Samuel W. Large, 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""

"Your pain is probably always present and I compathie with you. Know that there are thousands of people praying for you. I am currently in Afghanistan and I like to let you know that November 10th I will run for Samuel. A marathon has been organized and this gesture touched me greatly. Samuel will always remain in your hearts and from now it will be in mine forever. May God give you strength to continue.
Doris Tremblay of Quebec,Quebec,Canada

"Hero's in a small town are hard to find.
His sacrafice will not be forgotten.
As the wife of a combat VN disabled vet,
and veterans' advocate, I can only imagine the pain and yet pride you have endured. The small veterans organization, United Veterans of America, wishes to send their condolences. Thank you and you are in our prayers."
Amanda Kato of Villa Rica, Ga

"To the family of Samuel W. Large, Jr.;
My name is Micah Cornett and I am from Hiram, GA. I wanted to express to the family of this hero, my deepest sympathy. I appreciate the many brave men and women who serve our country. I have a special place in my heart for the ones that laid down the ultimate sacifice on the alter of freedom.

Thank God for the brave souls who sacifice everything in attempt to rid the world of tyranny and oppression.

In closing I wanted your family to have a copy of two poems that I wrote about our country and the brave heroes who have served the greatest country in the world. Please email me at micahcornett@yahoo.com and I will send you a copy of my poems. My God take away your sorrow."
Micah Cornett of Evans, GA

"September 30, 2007
To the family of Lance Cpl. Samuel W. Large, Jr. Samuel 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

"My loving brother, Sammy. I miss you so much! Know that you will always be in our hearts as well as remain our HEREO! I love you!"
Samantha of Columbus, GA

I would like to say thank you to you and the other service personnel who were killed in that crash 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!"

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Geraldine Zaki of Lawrenceville, GA

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

"Thank you Samuel Large, 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. Samuel Large, 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 Samuel 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. Samuel Large, 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 Samuel, 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