Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Michael D. Anderson

21, of Modesto, California.
Anderson died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Died on December 14, 2004.

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"Never ever forgotten! Bless you and your family! #greenlightproject #marines"
Lynn of Lafayette, CA

"My heart still grieves... I cannot say enough good things about you. The trips we took, the fun we had...so precious are those memories now. I will always love and miss you little Mike...Aunt Kathy"
Kathleen Corbin of Sonoma,CA

"thinking of you today...."
marlo of harker hts, tx

"When I saw my first message after posting it I felt it sounded rude and impersonal. I was deeply moved by the story on TV. My heart and my respect goes out to the family of Cpl Michael D. Anderson."
Perry man of Sacramento, CA

"I just saw the news story on Ch40 Sacramento. Thank you and your wonderful family for your sacrifice."
Perry man of Sacramento, Ca

"To Mikes loved ones, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you Mike for having the ultimate courage to do what you were asked to do. There is no greater feat to me."
Mike Tomillo of Cardiff, CA USA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com

Scott Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

I recently ended my tour of service....however, in boot camp, 3rd BN L CO., our senior drill intructor gave us all a fallen Marine's name. I happened to get CPL Michael D Anderson from Modesto CA. He was my Marine in which I was to follow in his courage and commitment to his family, friends, and country. I served an 8 month tour in Afghanistan and wanted to thank you for raising a man with enough values and moral courage, to serve his country with the upmost respect and honor. Although I never had the pleasure to meet him, as a USMC brother for life he will be remembered forever and his courage has been in my heart since the day I enlisted. Thank you and your son for what both of you have done. I couldn't find your address online to write you but please send me a letter so I can give you a hand-written letter. LCPL Matthew Deslauriers 14B brown BLVD havelock, NC 28532"

"Today marks 4 years since you have been gone, our dearest Mike. We miss you and love you more than words can say. Not a day goes by that you are not in our thoughts. I love you, always will...Mike and Angela love you both."
Kendell Lucas of CT

"March 18, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Michael D. Anderson:
Michael 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

"To the family of:Michael D. Anderson 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"

"Hey Mike hope you're watching us from above! I know this is a hard time for your family. xoxo"
marlo rice of ft hood, tx

"Mike...my love, as the the three year mark approaches...I miss you dearly...not a day goes by that you are not thought of. I promised you forever...and I will always keep my promise...missing you more than you know...Mike and Angela, I love you both...you have done such a wonderful job memorializing your son's name and legacy...job well done..."
Kendell Lucas of Tampa, FL

"Michael was a wonderful child and he live a cross a street from us. Watching him and baby brother grow up was awsome. Michael love his baby brother so dearly that we always seen him watching him and being protected of him. His mom Jennifier is a wonder mom.

God Bless You Michael & Jennifier Anderson Family!

Jennifier you did a great job with your son.:)"
Raul & Amanda Soria of Modesto, Ca

"My dearest condolences go to Mike's family and friends . I knew Mike in high school and my older sister worked with his father . I hurt every time i think about any of our troops dying . I didn't know mike very well in school but i did know he was a good man . Now i know he was a hero ."
Justin beard of modesto , california

"Michael Anderson you are a great person!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Reahannon of Modesto, Ca, U.S.A

"Dear Family of Michael D Anderson.

Believe my as I tell you that Michael and all they how have give there life for freedom all over the world NEVER WILL BE FORGOTTEN.
I with many other`s have adopted grave`s from soldier`s of the United States howe are barried here in Holland. So now that all soldiers never will be forgotten and that the freedom that the have given to us will be treaserd by many!!! My higest respect for those how got left behind..."
Michiel Schipper of Leiden Netherlands

"To Michael's Family, I wish to extend my deepest condolences on your loss of your Michael. What a fine Marine. Michael is a true American Hero who wil always be rememberd and honored. May God Bless you all."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"I am a 5th grade teacher at Eisenhut School in Modesto. I am adding Michael to a Memorial Day Power Point presentation that I share with my school and all schools in the Stanislaus Union School District. This is a small part in trying to let our student know that Michael is a hero and his contributions will not be forgotten. God Bless Michael."
Ron Harris of Modesto, CA

"Rest in peace sweet hero, thank you!"
Violet Sepulveda of San Diego Ca

"To the Anderson Family: You probably will not remember me but I shook your hand at the graveside services for Oscar Sanchez. I want you to know that my family and I truly am sorry for your loss. At the time of your Sons service I wanted to go just to pay my respects to Him but I talked myself out of it because I felt that because I didn't personally know you I really shouldn't go. But then when Oscar (who was a personal friend) died and I saw all the support that was given to them from the community I felt bad about not going and paying respects to your Son. But I have made a vow that as much as I hope it never happens again if someone else is lost from our community I will go and and show my support and respect. I thank You so much for sharing your Son with us and I want you to know that Your Family is always in my thoughts and that your Son will never be forgotten and will always be a TRUE AMERICAN HERO."
Frances Corona of Ceres, CA

"To the family of Michael Anderson,
Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of loss. Remember our sons are in The Lord's Army now. God bless all of you.

Sheldon & Loretta Bridges
Proud parents of
SSG Steven H Bridges
KIA 12/08/2003 Iraq"
of Tracy, CA

"You shall not grow old as we that are left behind grow old: Age shall not weary you Michael, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them." - from "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon - Your courage and honor will never be forgotten. I will honor you in my heart as a faithful warrior for the peace of mankind. I was born Modesto No matter how many lies are thrown against you, thousands and myself will always know that this war was for the peace of mankind and to abolish the ruthless killing dictators with their ethic cleansing and political agendas, while you wanted to protect the women and children and civilians, subjected to the killing machine. The Hitlers and Ho Chi Minhs, and the Saddam Husseins, the Bin Ladens and the new cowardly acts of Al Zarqawi, will never prevail with heroes like you to lead the way to freedom. We will never believe those who say this was a "nothing war" dishonoring you with words and lies, but we will never speak or do these evil deeds. Each day that I live and breathe I know it's because of those like you who paid for my freedom with your blood. It's very much the same thing Jesus Christ did, but he did it for our sins, you did it for our freedom. Thank you, Thank you Thank you, Michael D. Anderson my friend my brother whom I never knew, your death is precious in our remembrance, and precious in the sight of the Lord. Words cannot communicate my thanks to you. I would have been honored to fight and die next to you. I pray blessings and condolences to your family and friends"
noel utter, viet nam era vet of santa ana ca

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

"Thank you Michael for defending the gift of freedom that we all cherish. You will be thought of each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Your loved ones can take solice in knowing that when they close their eyes for the last time, standing before them with open arms will be their Michael. God bless you Michael and Semper Fi Marine. From a grateful American family"
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"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

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Michael D. Anderson,

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

"To the friends and family of Michael D. Anderson,
I am so sincerely sorry for your tragic loss. I too lost my husband to the war in Iraq, and I pray that his memories will bring you comfort rather than pain. God bless!"
Sarah Linden of Portland Oregon

"Thank you Michael 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

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Michael 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 Michael 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. Michael 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 Michael, 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