Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson

26, of Durham, North Carolina.
Killed in a non-hostile accident west of An Nasiriyah, Iraq. Anderson was manning a .50 caliber rifle on top of a 7-ton truck when the vehicle passed under and apparently snagged low hanging power lines. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on April 2, 2003.

Hi, I am Brian's mother-Charlene Stroud Daye. I was told to look for your website and in it I would find messages from people around the world to our family. I was so elated by the comments and well wishes. As we are coming up on the end of a sad, long and enduring year since his death, my heart goes out to all those other mothers, wives, sons and daughters and grandparents who have lost loved ones during the war. Please don't forget about our children.

I have received many cards and gifts in remembrance of Brian. He was a wonderful son. He died too soon. After his death, I found out so much about his last month in the U.S. before leaving for Iraq and the last few hours of his life. He volunteered to go to Iraq. His name was not on the original list of those who had received orders to go. One of his buddies was on the list and after talking with him, Brian learned that his buddy was afraid and didn't want to leave. Brian, being Brian (good-hearted and sensitive) decided to go with him. I also learned that while his group was on the truck in Nasiriyah, Iraq they were faced with live gunfire so they detoured going down another road. When they proceeded down the road, a hanging wire was in the way and the gun he was manning on top of the truck was about to touch the wire. Had the wire come in contact with the loaded gun everyone on the truck would have been electrocuted. Brian, being Brian, tried to get the wire away from the gun so that it would not make a connection. Instead he was killed. He gave his life so that others would live. Thanks to all of you who share our loss. It is really hard to imagine life without Brian. During the holidays, I waited for his call home to say he was on the way. I waited for him to knock at the door to say, "I'm home". I waited for him to bring his friends home for dinner. But no Brian. Thank you for all you are doing to help us cope with our loss. Peace and love to you all.

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"Good morning Brian. Just a note to say I love you so much. I miss you. If you don't know it by now, your granny left us last year on April 3, 2023. I know the two of you, Dot, Claudette, Lamont, your dad are having conversations. Have a group hug for me."
Charlene R. Daye of Durham

"12-30-2022 Happy Birthday Brian. Looking through pictures I laughed for a while. You were such a silly boy. You loved children and people in general. We miss you sooo much. Say hello to Alex, Claudette and Marjorie. I love to read everyone’s post. Please add the date you posted. Your comments are uplifting."
Your mom, Charlene R. Anderson Daye of Durham, NC, dayelccnm1@gmail.com

"Happy Heavenly Birthday 1st Brother. Love Always, Courtney"
Courtney McNair of Durham, NC

"Hey Brother! I’m up thinking about you. I know you enjoying mama and Lord I know she is enjoying seeing you every day now. Be sure you give her big hugs and kisses got me especially on her birthday this month and party hard. I miss both of you so much. Well you got her and she got you so I know you both are alright. Daddy Alex there too so y’all partying in Heaven. 💜💜 Well let me try to get some sleep it’s almost 2am. Love you brother!!😘🥰"
Carmelita of Durham, NC

"I am with the Fallen Heroes Ministry at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church in Hickory NC. What an honor to read about a true hero. We will be remembering him this Sunday with a write up in our bulletin. In would be an honor and privilege to speak with a family member. Our church number is 828-256-8812. You can leave a message on the Fallen Heroes extension."
Mike Beasley of Hickory NC

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"Never forgotten my friend"
Kristopher estes of Greensboro nc

"Happy Birthday to a young man who was a son to this family. Brian, we love you and we miss you, but we know you are safe with daddy James in the arms of the Lord. We thank God for your life."
Claudette Jones of Durham, NC

"Happy Veterans Day, Never Forgotten!"
Stephanie Scholfield of Durham, NC

"8-29-2016, this message is for Mrs. Charlene Stroud Daye, I am Donald Ray Reid's niece, Lakeysha Medlin, will you please get into contact with me at skkmedlin@yahoo.com?"
Lakeysha of Monroe, NC

"Hey dad ... I wish I would’ve been older so I could have built a father and daughter relationship with you . It hurts my heart so bad bad knowing that I can not build one with you ... I’m about to be 16 and I wish you were here to celebrate my birthday with me ... I cant really say much but I love you daddy and hopefully we will meet again one day !"
Keyala Dill of Durham , NC

"Hi Brian, Just a note to say I love you so much. It's Sunday, July 10, 2016. The family just took a vacation to Williamsburg, VA and I thought about you. Suki went with us. You would have loved to spend time with your cousin. We miss you. Thank you to everyone who still remember to visit this website. I appreciate the time and comments you make. I am praying for all those who are still fighting the war for freedom. I would love to hear from any of you: dayelccnm1@gmail.com
Charlene R. Daye of Durham, NC


"Happy Veterans Day. On today I would like to express my appreciation to my God brother Lance Corporal Brian E. Anderson for your ultimate sacrifice as well as other fallen soldiers. You will never be forgotten. Love always Courtney McNair, Durham, NC 11-11-15"
Courtney McNair of Durham, NC

"Good Morning- I hope you are still looking at these messages. I found a bracelet with your son's name and rank on it this morning- was given to me by a supervisor at work several years back as a remembrance of our servicemen. I have since changed jobs and have worked at the Durham VA for the last 4 years and a few weeks ago- a memory triggered the bracelet so I was so thrilled to find it this morning. I prayed for your family years ago when I rec'd it and I would love to send it to you as a memorial if you would be interested. My email is janbwilliams1@hotmail.com"
Jan Williams of Bahama, NC 27503

"Hey Brother. I miss and love you. Love Always, Your little Sister. Courtney"
Courtney McNair of Durham, NC

"Just a note remembering Brian today. It seem like yesterday that he running up and down the stairs at home. He loved children and enjoyed having fun. I passed by the car wash building where he use to work. He loved getting up early in the morning to meet Mr. Carrington to wash cars. He would come back home with his earnings for day and straight to the candy store he would go. You will never be forgotten. Today, I praise God for giving me an angel that cared so much. (9-18-2014)"
Charlene Daye, mother of Durham, NC

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"Happy Veterans Day Brian.. You lost your life serving our counrty. I salute you.... I love you an miss you so much..."
Shaletta of sc

"Hey Brian, this is mama. I love you so much. I miss you. I thought I saw you the other day. There was a young man who walked just like you. He held his head like you. I had to stop and think. I almost called out your name. Baby, mama really wish you were here, but God knows best."
Charlene R. Daye of Durham, NC 10-28-13

"To you Brian and all of my cousins that read this you are truly missed i serve because of you. I was in Iraq from sept 2007 till nov 2008. You are a great inspiration to every man and woman that Serves. I miss you my dear cousin I love you and i love you charlene"
Eric Harris cousin of Fort Sill, OK

"On this the weekend of Memorial Day, let us all remember those who are still fighting for our freedom-our freedom to live, our freedom to work, our freedom to prosper. Brian, we miss you with each passing birthday, each passing holiday and family gathering. This year marks 10 years without you. As we live on to tell of your life, your giving nature, we give glory and honor to God. Everyone reading this message, please take a moment to remember the thousands of lives lost each day for us."
Charlene Roberson Daye, mother of Durham, NC

"This message board is only for family and friends of my brother. Please do not post anything else on here if you were neither and you know who you are."
Letitia Boone of Marietta, Ga

"Hey Brian happy new year 2013 is here and u truly miss you and I want u know that I love u"
Jacquetta Anderson of Miami fl

"Brian, love you son. It's been 9 years As time gets closer to Thanksgiving, I remember you going off to basic training. I miss you. I wish you were here with us. I know that God loved you best. Everyone leaving messages are your friends and family. Please, I am asking those who leave messages to not use this media to air untruths or misrepresent yourselves. Please respect this website to only write messages that will be heartfelt."
Charlene Daye, mother of Durham, NC


"Hey Brian it's not a day goes by and I wish u was still here we had some time we was goin to make up but I know god had other plans for you so sip baby cause god know what's best"
jacquetta Anderson of miami fl

"Today is like u just died! Brother I love u and wish u were still here to see how ur nephews have grown up. Montrel still into hats. Desmond made Drumline captain in the band. Yes Desmond is in the marching band. Dimicio is being Dimicio. LOL! I love u and truly miss u brother!! I still proud of u!!"
Carmelita of Raleigh, NC



"Brian, I miss you everyday. Your neice and nephew still talk about you and wonder how life would have been with you in it. I love you so much and I miss you everyday. You touched the lives of so many people, and on this day I say, Big brother I love you and you are my hero."
Letitia Anderson Boone of Marietta, GA

"I remember Brian very well, we played football together for LAR and we on machine gun teams for the three years I was at LAR before we went to Iraq and his loss was terrible to hear. He died a HERO and I will never forget how he died to save others and I will never forget him or the good times we had playing football or in the field with gun training."
Eric Ludden, CPL of 2nd LAR BN 2000-2004

"Its Christmas 2010 an I had you on my mind all day... Just wanted to stop in an say that I really miss you....."
Shaletta of South Carolina

"My brother, Im thinking of u today like always everyday. The holidays are really hard, actually everyday is, especially the months of December & April. I miss you so much words cant express!!! I still replay the day I was told & how I walked in Ms. Roberson house & saw Charlene on that couch & she looked @ me & said, "ur brother gone, Brian gone." I cry wen those thoughts come, but then God turns those cries of saddness into cries of joy. I LOVE YOU MY BROTHER!!!"
Carmelita of Durham

"I was the buddy that Mrs Daye was talking about in her message. Brian, I truly miss you and you will always follow me. I have a tatoo of myself and Brian's name on my forearm, we was best friends. To any of the family of Brian, I am trying to contact his mother. My name is William Caldwell. My number is 571-285-8950. My email is wvc1980@gmail.com. Thank you. I Love You Brother......"
William Caldwell of Twentynine Palms, CA USA

"We always tend to remember the service our fallen brothers do. But the times I remember most about Brian is the time we spent together on the football field. I will never forget in the semi final game, to qualify LAR Bn for the Turkey Bowl Championship on base. He took a pitch from the other teams Q-back and returned it for a touchdown. We went on to win that game and play for the championship. He always tried his best at what ever he did. Thanks for the memories"
Jim of Conesus NY

"September 21, 2010. Thank you everyone for your continued prayers and comments. We read every word. Brian, I miss you and I love you. The ultimate sacrifice for all of us, you gave yourself. God knew best. I wish you could see your nieces and nephews. Jaylan wants to be a Marine. What a blessing to have you as a son, a beloved son. You are not forgotten."
Charlene Daye-mother of 337 Fleming Drive, Durham, NC 27712

"Here it is May 31, 2010 celebrating Memorial Day. Brian was a very special young man who grew up apart of the Jones family, a long with his brother and sister. They were children in our family just like our own three children. My husband, James, adored Brian because they were two clowns together. They kept everybody laughing all the time. James took Brian's death very hard, but now they are once again back together in Glory.

Charlene, my sister, I celebrate today with you. You and your family are forever in my prayers. Ronchie, Ricky, and Jamie send their love too. May God continue to bless your family, and know that Brian will always have a place in our hearts. I submit this in memory of Brian and James."
Claudette of Durham, NC

"Happy Memorial Day Brian! I think of you all the time brother. Memorial Day brings me to tears, even though it has been 8 years. I hope that people will never forget you Devil, and may you watch and protect your love ones from Heaven, the way you did for us. OORAH Devil Dog, For the Fallen. You will always be missed."
Sgt. Tommy T. Gibson, USMC of Macon, GA/USA

"A true hero, the older I get it is great to know that fine young men like LCPL Anderson are citizens for are country."
Richard Kopp former Marine of El Dorado Hills, Ca/USA

"Well I guess Im the last toknow aout this site, but here it goes. I miss you Brian everyday. I think of u each and everyday. Each year for the month of December is all about you ad also in April. This past year 2009 on my facebook page your picture was my profile picture. I miss you showing up at my house, sleepin in the boys room eithe on the floor or in one of their bed wit them and getting up the next mornin and takin all 3 to Northgate to get them 2-3 fitted hats. Im mad that you are gone cause now they say "Mama you Uncle Brian use to take us and get us a hat now u got to do it." First time we went in that store I cursed you out ad the man working there was wondering who I was talking to. LOL! Anyway, I miss you sooo much December is so hard to get through. Our birthdays are a month apart (urs December 31st & mine January 31st). When I celebrate Ill make sure you are there with me celebrating yours also. Your nephews deeply miss you especially Darius (Montrel as I call him). He is soo much like you. LOVE U!!!!!!"
Carmelita Moman of Durham, NC USA

"I was Brian's girlfriend at the time that he passed away. And even though it's been 5 years I still miss him from day to day. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about him. I miss him so much that was my heart and still is to this day! I Love You Brian Anderson!!!!!!!!!"
Sheree of Jacksonville, NC

"9 years ago today one of God's gifts, Brian, gave his life so others might live in freedom. Brian was a giver. It touched his heart to help those in need. In one of the newspaper articles 9 years ago, a reporter mentioned that Brian could be seen giving candy and food to the children in the villages. His smile will always be remembered. Let us remember those sons, daughters, friends and relatives who are continuing to sacrifice their lives for us. Let us remember the families that are sacrificing in their daily lives. We love you Brian."
Charlene Daye of 337 Fleming Drive, Durham, NC 27712

"Thank you more than words can express. Brian was a brave and generous man. Our son is currently seving as a Marine in Anbar Province. Our prayers go out to all living and fallen military men and women and their families!"
Celeste Caroway of Williamsport, PA

"This is my first response on this memorial page. I met Brian in Riverside High School. We were not close friends, but we knew each other. I attended Brian's viewing at Riverside in 2003, and everytime I think of the sacrifices of our troops in Iraq or the USMC I think of Brian.

Rest In Peace."
Bill Moore of Durham, NC

"July 26, 2008
It has been 5 years now...We check in from time to time to read your messages from across the United States. My heart rejoices to know that Brian will not be forgotten. Continue to pray for the many families who are missing their loved ones. What a tragedy! In honor of Brian, we are providing scholarships to high school graduates. After Brian's death, I learned that he had planned to continue his education when he returned from IRAQ. Brian, I wish you knew how much you are loved. Thanks to all of you. When you see your mothers, fathers and family members, give them a big hug. Don't take them for granted."
Charlene, Brian's mother of Durham

"My son was Born April 2, 1982. He was born 16 months after I lost my only daughter and buried her. She lived 30 mins. So Wayne was a blessing to me."
Wyvonne Wright of Talihina, Okla

"To Brian's Mother,
I just want to let you know how proud I am of your Son for his ultimate sacrifice. I feel what you feel with the loss of your precious Son as I too lost my precious Son June 6, 2003. I always go to Wayne's site to see if anyone has added anything about him. I love to hear about him and what he meant to others. My Son's name is Bu3 Doyle "Wayne" Bollinger, Jr. I knew I would call him Wayne the minute he was born. He was born on my Dad's birthday. My dad was so proud, but had already gone on to be with the Lord when Wayne Passed on. I miss him dearly, but I know I will see him again soon. May God be with you and your family always."
Wyvonne Wright of Talihina, Okla

"Three years has gone by so fast. I still miss seeing your smiling face and hearing you say "I want a chocolate cake". I guess you knew before me that I was having another boy. So I guess you know his name as well; Brian. Although he and his brother has seen you face to face, they have seen your face. I love you and miss you."
Monique Tedder - Godsister of Bahama, NC

"December 23, 2007
Brian, we thought of you today, but that is nothing new. We thought of your yesterday and previous days to. This christmas many soldiers are leaving their families to return to IRAQ once more. Join my family in lifting them up in prayer. It seems that prayer has been excluded from so many aspects of life...but prayer is the on answer to gaining peace. Peace in WAR and peace in hour hearts. Brian I miss you so much. In Brian's memory, we are providing educational scholarships to local high school seniors. His zeal for life continues in the hearts of those who seek to change this world. From my home to yours...Be Blessed."
Charlene Daye of Durham, NC/ memaw_cd@yahoo.com

"Thank everyone for there support and prayers even today I miss my brother a lot. Let's keep all families hurting from their loss in prayer"
Larry Stroud , his big brother of Durham, NC

"This is Brians sister, thanks to everyone who continues to bless our families with their well wishing and memories of my brother we love you all, and we will always miss Brian."
Letitia Boone of Durham, NC

"I shall never forget your smile, your motivation, your zeal for life. . . Seldom does a day pass that I don't think of you and the other brothers who gave their last full measure for the people of Iraq and for freedoms we in the United States have long since taken for granted. May God Bless you and yours always and forever. Semper Fi
SgtMaj Sprague of Belle Chasse, LA

"Brian, you knew how much the Jones family loved you, and we hold your memory in our hearts. Now that James is up there in Glory with you, I can just see both of you up there having a wonderful time watching over us.

We miss you, and we thank God for all the memories we have of the fun you had while you were with us."
Claudette, Ronchie, Ricky, & Jamie of Durham, N. C.

"July 4, 2007
To the family of Brian E. Anderson. Brian 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

"He helped me shoot expert. He was a great shot."

Shaletta Thomas of Florence, South Carolina

"Everyday gets a little better but I still miss your smiling face. I know that you have already met Lil Louis because he knew who you were when I showed him your picture. It amazed me because the last time I had him in front of your picture he wasn't even a year old yet. Now he's 2 and is just a mischievious and loving and will eat a chocolate cake faster than you. I miss you and can't wait to see you again. Love ya baby boy."
Monique Tedder - Godsister of Bahama, NC

""Miss you my dawg, I remember the first day u hit the HP503. You were a dawg on that football field too my dawg..i remember that game u had like 3 sacks and u took the football from the quarterback and ran it for a touchdown! Those was the days man...God Bless you and your people. semper fi!"
James Faust of New Orleans,La.

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. After reading the reflections left here for you, all I can say is that I wish that I had the honor to have served with you.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"my prayers go out to you we all love you and most of all GOD loves you and he always will I have alot of family and friends and IRAQ and every day i get more and more scared because i never know if they are going to come back or not and i dont know what i would do without them but one thing i do know is that even though cant be there with them i know that there is a man who is there with them and his name is JESUS. He love your son and he love all of us and he will always be there for us and he wouldn't put no more on none of us than we can bear. So remember that even though he is gone in body he is still there in spirit. So remember even though he is in HEAVEN he is still the same Brain E. Anderson and he still loves you. So to the Anderson Family just keep on praying and believeing that GOD wouldn't no more on you than you can bear. May GOD bless you and keep each and every one of you."
of Monroe LA.

you were like my older brother, i'm gonna miss you Dawg, a part of you is still within me. To the Family, Thank you for raising such a fine Man, Son, and especially MARINE...."
SGT Rodriguez, John A (former 2nd LAR Destroyer)... of Bagram,Afghanistan

"Hey Brian,
I was there man. I miss you a lot man. Ive been back to Iraq 2 times since then and Im going back again. I just want you to know that we still remember you. 2nd LAR will always remember you. Thank you for looking out for me from up above. Please continue to look out after us."
Steve Hewitt of 2nd LAR Camp Lejeune

It has been 3 years this year. We miss you so much. YOur presence is still being felt throughout the community, state and country. We, the family of this wonderful son, say thank you to everyone who still remembers Brian in their own way."
His mother, Charlene Daye of Durham, NC

"I remember Brian very well. We spent many days and nights in the field training and on the football field practiceing during our days with 2nd LAR BN. When it came time for us to go to Iraq he went with Tarowa landing force and I was with the BN. He was a great warrior and had an outstanding attitude. He always made me smile. I have many good memories of him. He will be missed. Victory to the Bold Marine!!!!!"
Harry McLean HM1(SW/FMF) USN retired of Hazleton, Pa.

"Thank you so much I am so grateful for your son's courage and strength. Your son is so brave and I like to thank you for raising such a good man."
Ashley of Oklahoma

I hope you and your family are doing well. Your son really came a long way in the Marines. We all miss him! "Roll out!""
Capt Tony Licari of Fishkill, NY

"Brian seems like a great man to have known and been friends with. I thank you and him for this sacrifice. He has done his country proud."
M. Miner of Portland, OR

"Thanks, we appreciate your coragestrength and your family's strength. thanks"
Kristell of Pembroke Pines, FL.

"The Home of the Brave Quilt Project would like to present Brian's mother with a memorial quilt but have been unable to locate her address. If anyone reading this message board could put her in touch with me, I am the North Carolina coordinator for the project and would like her to have this memorial quilt. carolsquilts@earthlink.net"
Carol Smith of Holly Ridge, NC

"I want to thank Brian's family for raising such a wonderful man and american. His selflessness is a tribute to you and the morals you have instilled within him. Without men like Brian our country would have fallen long ago.

A mere thank you can never be enough to express my gratitude, but it is all I have to give.

Thank You"
Chris of Bloomingburg, New York

"Kindest thoughts and prayers your way. My brother served wtih Brian in Iraq. I pray that you are comforted knowing that your son was serving his country because of his love for his family and nation. We are all thankful for his sacrifice."

"To the Andersoon family,
I just want you all to know that you are in our prayers. I played football with Brian in High School at Riverside. I noticed his leadership abilities then. He was ALWAYS willing to be first to sacrifice whatever to get the job done. I will always remember that about him and I will keep his memory alive. May God continue to grant you the strength, and time of healing that you need. Remember, you can do all things through Christ which strengthens you. God bless"
Minister Christian Smith of Durham, NC

"It is sad to hear about the war in Iraq. Even sadder when one of our beloved soilders has fallen. I am eternally grateful for all that they have given us and all that they have done. Without them there would be no change coming to Iraq, but with them many miracles can happen. It is sad when you see all the things that is happening, but knowing that our soilders are trying to make a difference is most comforting. They really are our hero's. They are our life, our soul, our heart, and forever our hero's. They show great courage and bravery in doing what they are trying to achieve and even more. Our Soilders are fighting to make a change and forever will they be in my heart and many other's for the strength and love that they have shown, but with us, forever will they live. God Bless our Soilder's."
Cassondra of Arizona

"You are a true hero, rest in peace!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"Dear family of Brian Anderson, I am Cpl. Green from 2nd LAR Bn. C co. and served with Brian in Iraq. I, among many others, wish to tell you that you can be very proud of a son and Marine like Lcpl. Anderson. We will never forget him."
Cpl. Green, Caleb A. of Camp Lejeune, Nc.

"To the family stay strong he is not forgotten."
SSgt Meaders Schamarr of Okinawa Japan

"Brian and I were good friends in High School. He was always the kindest person and would always do anything for anyone. When I heard of the news of his death last year I think a part of me also died with him. He has and will always have a place in my heart. I will always love you Brian and I am so proud of you. I miss you."
Whitney of Durham, NC!!!!

"To the family of Brian E. Anderson:
I am so sorry that you too have had to bare this horrible pain of grief. My husband Spc Justin W. Linden volunteered to go to Iraq too, and he died June 4, 2004. I will continue to pray for the families of the fallen soldiers every day. We will all be reunited in heaven. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"I want to thank your family and your son for the ultimate sacrifice that he has made for all of us. I lost a very dear friend this year in Iraq so I know that there are no words to help you through this but I would just like to tell you thanks and god bless."
danielle of jacksonville, north carolina, usa

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

""Hi....I just felt the need to express my sincere condolences. My brother passed away on May 3rd and I completely understand the pain you are going thru. It is a very hard time but we can be so proud of them and what they stood for. Semper Fi!!
My email is
bwalady@yahoo.com if anyone would like to just talk or whatever.
"God Bless to everyone in your family.""
Kelley_ sister of Gunnery Sergeant Ronald E Baum of Altoona Pa

"I was LCpl Anderson's first OIC when he checked into 2nd LAR Battalion in June 2000. I am glad I got to know him and that funny sense of humor. "PFC Anderson, stop dragging your feet!" I remember chewing on him for a few things here and there, but I had a good time with him. He was a great shot with the machine gun too, he proved that at CAX 4-01 in 29 Palms. Hope that his family is well and I am happy that he is remembered!"
Captain Tony Licari USMC of Alexandria VA

"For Brian who lost his life.A true hero who fought for the lives of others knowing that he could lose his own.A great loss for his family and friends but a great gain for God above.I am sure he is smiling down upon you now.God bless you all"
Susan Kelly of Northern Ireland

"Well my name is Matthew Clinton Petersen and I was in the samn company as Lcpl Anderson, he was my last roommate and what we shared was friendship no matter if we argrued about who cleaned the room and who did what. I will always remember him and I pray for you the Anderson faimily I would have taken his place anytime so he could come home to his faimily and wife. please contact me at hilfigerpimpster@yahoo.com
There is a shirt I got made for him that I wear and it says

we few we vicious few
we band of brothers
for he who shed his blood for me today
he is my brother
blood for blood brother for brother
united states marine corps there is no other"
Lcpl Petersen 2nd LAR S-4 of Estacada, OR 97023

"On Gods heart will his name be written. This I pray. Semper Fi and may the comfort of our Lord be with you."
SSgt Wingate (retired) of Mays Landing, NJ

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Brian, will be remembered by name. Thank you for sharing 'some of your son' with us - - and relating how he loved his fellow troopers and his actions saved their lives! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the family of LCpl Anderson,

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words to you and other family members of Marines who have fallen. I come from a long family line of Marines; I too am a Marine Corps veteran. His service to his Country and his Corps will live forever in the minds of his fellow Marines all over this country.

While I never personally met this Marine, every Marine is my brother and it is with love and respect to his family that I say to them the words of retired GySgt Ermey, "The Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever."

God Bless and Semper Fidelis"
Mac of Iowa

""Remembering them..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine!!Semper FI! We will NEVER FORGET!""
The Grogan Family(USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Hey Ms. Daye I wriiten a poem in memory of Brian it goes like It's been 1 year since you've been gone every since you left my heart has been torn every time I think of you it brings a tear memories I have when you were still here its hard to say that you've gone but I know you are at rest in your heavenly home where there is no suffering nor pain I know you're looking down on me through the sunshine and rain I miss you Brian why did you have to go but no matter what you're still my hero. I am an 8th grader at Shepard Middle School please come and vist me sometimes. I also attend Mt. Calvery UCC with Muffin my mom is Rev. Mary Thompson. Wish you well 6833056 or4308911."
Tyler Thompson of Durham North Carolina

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

"Just to let you know that I carried a placard with the name of Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson of Durham, NC, at a gathering in Columbia Missouri to honor our fallen in the Iraq war. I'm very moved to find this site, and to read the words here. All the best to the Anderson family, and to the many others who have suffered losses in Iraq."
George Dillard of Columbia, MO USA

"We want you to know that Brian E. Anderson's name was read out loud at Town Hall in Carbondale, Colorado on February 9 during a ceremony in which the town flag was lowered to half staff in recognition of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Carbondale, a town of 5000 residents, has issued a proclamation that its flag will be flown at half staff one day a week until the state of war no longer exits."
Linda Romero Criswell of Carbondale, Colorado

"May you find comfort in knowing how many people share your sadness. HE is a TRUE HERO! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless YOU ALL! We Will NEVER FORGET! SEMPER FI!"
The Grogan Family (USMC) of Lakeland, TN

"Thank you Brian Anderson, 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

"LCpl Anderson was in my platoon during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Nobody had a better attitude or brought morale up like he did........especially during the tough times. He is a true warrior. He is missed by all, forgotten by none. Semper Fi. Thank you."
Sgt Tommy "TNT" Tait of HQ Plt "C" Co Gunfighters

"My thoughts & prayers go out to all the Military men and women who are at war and especially those who have lost their lives. May God bless you forever. Thank you for everything, you are my hero! Rest in peace"
Amanda K Casas of San Diego/Corpus Christi,Texas

"It is truly sad that such a strong, young man had to be taken from us. May God bless you and your family."
Michelle of Canada

"we are the Harrisons we lost our son Ron Allen on aug25,2003 in Iraq .Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers semper fi"
Derek Harrison of Mitchell IN.

"I was in Lcpl Anderson Boot Camp Platoon and he died doing what he just loved doing. Whether it was being a leader, a role model or just being a Marine, He is a true american hero. Semper Fi Brian, watch over all of us buddy."
Cpl. Coon, M.S. of Jacksonville, NC

""I would like to donate a canvas portrait to the family of Lance Cpl Anderson. I have been donating these portraits to Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom because they last forever and no-one will be forgotten. You can see what our donation portraits look like at http://lionheartcreations.net/honorfallen.htm I have wrote a poem called Fallen and we put this on the canvas portrait along with name rank and branch of service. We will ship the portrait right to your home. This cost you nothing. This is our way to serve and honor our fallen. Please let us serve you. You can email us to make arrangements for your portrait and this can all be done over the internet or US mail. Making the portraits only takes a day or so. Our email address is on our website or you can email carlosshelter@aol.com Thank you and God bless""
Carlos Kathy & Ashley Jones of Middletown

"To the Family and Friends of Lance Cpl. Brian E. Anderson,
Our prayer is that the Lord will comfort and strengthen you during this time of grief. May your warm memories of Brian be a source of comfort. Thank you for raising a HERO!

Prayerfully Yours,
The Sibert Family"
Kathleen V. Sibert of Redondo Beach, California

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"I knew Brian, He died doing what he loved best. Being a Marine."
John of Okinawa

"To a Hero:

Thank you so much...God Bless your family and friends!"
sarah of forestport newyork

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Brian Anderson:
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 Brian 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. Brian Anderson:
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 Brian, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Brian Anderson is a true American hero. May God bless his family and friends."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"God bless your soul, Brian E. Anderson, and God bless his family and friends. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Courtney of Dallas, Tx

"Thank you brave warrior...for your sacrfices..Semper Fi Devil Dog"
J and T Taylor of North Carolina

"Your soldier was doing his job he was trained for. I'm sorry for such an unsuspected loss! But thank you for the job he was doing!"
Holly of Charlottesville, VA

"Thank you for your sacrifice"
Ginger Smith & Family of Hillsboro, In

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on