Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Bradley T. Arms

20, of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Arms died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve's 4th Combat Engineer Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Baltimore, Maryland. Died on November 19, 2004.

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"I remember Brad as one of the most dedicated and motivated Marines in my unit. Cpl Arms exuded the qualities of Honor, Courage, and Commitment that the Marine Corps commands. Semper Fi Brad. I love you brother."
Barry Britton of Knoxville, TN

"Still remember you Brad. Our time together with 4th CEB with a highlight with us in Romania together."
Peter Moon of Wilkesboro NC

"Dear Brad and Arms Family (to include his brothers from C Co 4th CEB).
I want you to know you are not forgotten and I have a blessed hope I will see you again in the land with no more wars or tears or suffering. You are not forgotten dear brother."
Peter Moon (Major USMC) of Reston, VA

"I couldn't help but notice the plaque at the post office today. You'd have been 31. Born on the same day I started working in Charlottesville.
Rest in peace Marine.
FC1 Mike Farabaugh USNR Retired"
Mike Farabaugh of Charlottesville VA

"Dear Brad As I think of Memorial Day 2014, your sacrifice has not been forgotten. I thank you brother in Christ and will see you in heaven."
Betty Sevachko of Charlottesville, VA

"Remembering Brad Arms this weekend, we joined the Corps around the same time and hung out a few times in the Delayed Entry Program. Semper Fi brother."
Matt Whitford of Charlottesville

"Didn't forget you, Arms. Damn good Marine."

"Never forget those that gave their lives for freedom. Semper Fidelis Cpl. Bradly Arms..."
Terry Jamerson of Lynchburg, VA

"Dear Arms family,
We remember Brad and his sacrifice this Memorial Day weekend. May the LORD bless you and keep you!

Marc and Sherri Allen"
Marc Allen of Waynesboro VA

"Semper Fi... you and our other brothers who have given their lives in the name of freedom will never be forgotten. We love you and miss you."
Sgt. Christopher Long of Leesburg, VA

"Please listen to this Tribute to our Fallen Heroes on You Tube.
Jim of Los Angeles

"To the family of:Bradley T. Arms
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"1-21-11"

"Cpl Brad Arms died the most honorable way that a Marine can, Front Towards Enemy, trying to save the lives of his fellow Marines. He was the pointman in a stack heading directly into a hail of gunfire to provide immediate support to several fellow Marines pinned down by direct enemy fire. Non-Commissioned Officers like Brad are the reason that the Marines so decisively cleared the hostile city of Fallujah, Iraq. Gone but not forgotten. Semper Fidelis"
Sgt Jonathan E Garrigues of Quantico, VA

"Brad was one of the most disciplined and well trained professionals I ever had the privilege to serve with. Sempir Fidelis! Brother. Your Radio Operator."
Darnell Golden of Baltimore, MD

"One of the finest men I have ever had the privilege to know, let alone serve with. Semper Fidelis Brad, you will never be forgotten!"
Nathan Buxhoeveden of Massapequa, NY

"Happy Birthday to the Arms family, as we celebrate our 235th Marine Corps birthday your sacrifice cements our bond! We miss Brad and he will never be forgotten!"
MSgt Harkless

"I miss you brother."
Jon-Paul Grizzle of Fredericksburg, Va.

"I was fortunate enough to know Brad and even be a small part of his becoming a Marine. I was deeply saddened to learn of our loss then and I still reflect on how great a young man he was, and he was always smiling. To the Arms Family thank you for sharing your son with us.
MSgt Harkless (ret)"
Martin Harkless of Ruckersville

"Corporal Arms is a true American hero. God bless his family.

From a very old Army dog.

The Bear"
Joe Soos, Sr. of Charlottesville, VA USA

"It has been Five years since my Comrade in Arms CPL. Bradley T. Arms Paid the ultimate Sacrifice for our Nations Freedoms. May He Always Rest in Peace. Brad died doing what he loved best and yes he did make a difference. Iraq is free and much better off because of Men Like Him. We will never forget you Brad. Semper Fi!"
1LT OWEN of Hawaii, Honolulu

"Brad and I knew each other only briefly, he and I were in the same Platoon at Parris Island back in 2002. You will be missed."
Thomas L. Burns of CPL/USMC Lusby, MD

"I shared a locker next to Brad at the Covenant School for a few years, what a sweet natured young man he was. He will be sorely missed. Thankyou Brad for giving your life so that we as Americans can continue to live ours, there is no greater sacrifice."
Ann Bentley of Charlottesville, Va

"March 28, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Bradley T. Arms:
Bradley 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 Memories Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"I honor your memory,I am awed by your valor. On this July 4th,as on every one,I will think of you with great pride,humility,and gratitude.
The integrity and goodness in your parents could only produce sons such as Brad,and his brother. God bless you all."
margaret joy bailey of Charlottesville,va,usa

"We somberly appreciate with deepest respect the ultimate sacrifice you have made on our behalf. God give your family strength in their sorrow. May all Virginians remember you each and every day."
Allen Male of Reston, VA

"August 26, 2006
The Friendship Circle Chapter of the Richmond Quilters’ Guild has begun a new project. Our goal is to make a memorial quilt for the closest relative of each soldier that gave his or her life from the State of Virginia in Operation Iraqi Freedom. We are inviting the other six (6) chapters of the Richmond Quilters’ Guild to join Friendship Circle in this Project. The entire Richmond Quilters’ Guild represents approximately 300 individuals. Check our website richmondquiltguild.com and select Virginia Memorial Quilt Project for further details and updates.
We are committed to provide a memorial quilt to each family who sustained the loss of a family member in this military conflict. We are asking family and friends of a fallen member of the armed services from Virginia to contact either Debbie Elam at debelam1@aol.com or Mary Biggs mary_biggs@verizon.net to give us information so we may write a letter to the immediate family asking if they would accept a quilt from the Virginia Memorial Quilt Project. We are committed to treat this information with the utmost confidentiality.
PLEASE help us reach out to the families from Virginia who has lost a member of their family in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Debbie Elam ~ 800 Hallsboro Road ~ Midlothian, VA 23112
(804) 794-6364"
Debbie Elam of Richmond, VA

"Hi there:

My name is Rachel Ascione. I am the sister of the first Marine killed in combat while serving in Afghanistan, Cpl. Ron Payne. My brother was killed May 7, 2004. He was my only sibling and as some of you have probably experienced that loss is indescribable. Through this journey I have discovered that there are few, if any support groups designed just for us siblings. I received your email from all your postings on the Fallen Heroes website. I have started my own group that will work as a support system specifically for siblings suffering from the loss of their brother or sister. The name of my group is S.O.F.T (Siblings Of Fallen Troops). I am just in the beginning of it and my website should be up shortly. I hope to be able to offer some kind of network for those of us who feel no one understands this pain. I will be having local meetings here in FL but will have cyber meetings as well.

I hope that if you are or know of a sibling of a fallen troop you will feel free to contact me or pass my name to them. My goal is to have a solid strong support system and we can only do that with the love of others.

My your family be blessed for the sacrifice that you have made. It has and never will go unnoticed or forgotten.


Rachel Ascione
Sister of Cpl Ron Payne
USMC, KIA 05-07-04, Afghanistan"
Rachel Ascione (RaeRie81@gmail.com) of Winter Haven, FL

"Thank you Brad. I grew up with you and still can't believe you're gone. I'll always remember you."
Laura of Newport News, Va

"Brad, I knew you as a friend and a fraternity brother. You were always strong in character and life, and I know that you are with God now. I am still praying for your mom, dad, and brother each and every day. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and I owe you everything for that. God bless Brad."
Simon of Athens, GA

"Being a part of Marine Comfort Quilts, I made a quilt square to contribute to his quilt. It was an honor to help sew it. May God bless you all."
Rosalie Young of Mechanicsville, Virginia

"I'm a fellow University of Georgia student, and an avid supporter of our troops. Thank you for fighting and making the ultimate sacrifice to defend my freedom. You brave guys and gals are the greatest people on earth, and we'll all miss you, but for the sake of your honor, will not mourn, as you died fighting for freedom."
Alex Gravlin of The University of Georgia

"God bless you Bradley and for the sacrifice that you made for us all."
L of Ma.

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

I'm Hannah Rosenberger, an 8th grader at Parkville Middle, in Baltimore MD. I'm in the visual arts program, and we all did paintings of soldiers who died in the Iraqi war. When searching the web for the right soldier to paint, I came across your son, and if there was one thing that made me choose him, it was that, in his photo, he looked like he was a really happy person, that enjoyed life, as much as anyone ever has. And I realize that it is really late notice, but we invited some people, like George Bush, Michael Moore, and some other people (most of whom I highly doubt will come) to come to our school and see our “exhibit” with plaques for not only the soldiers we painted, but every American soldier that died in this war, Friday Feb 18 2005, and I would be so incredibly honored if you were to come. So if you would consider it, it would really mean a lot to me. The school should be open about 8:15 to 11:40. Thank you for your time and thank you for your son. And although I didn’t know him, he was an inspiration, and shall live on.
Me: 410-285-1069
School: 410-887-5250
My e-mail: her31691@yahoo.com"
Hannah Rosenberger of Baltimore MD

"Thank you Brad, not only for your heroic actions in peace and war but also for your infectious smile and kind heart. You will never be forgotten. We miss you. Lovingly your cousin..."
Christina Garnett of Richmond, VA

"Thank you Bradley for defending our freedoms. You will be thought of each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi marine. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"To Bradley'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

"To the family and friends of Corporal Bradley T. Arms,

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 our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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

"Thank you Bradley Arms, 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. Bradley Arms:
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 Bradley 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. Bradley Arms:
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 Bradley, 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