Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine CWO Andrew Todd Arnold

30, of Spring, Texas.
Killed in a non-hostile accident with two other soldiers when a rocket-propelled grenade launcher they were firing for familiarization malfunctioned on a firing range near the city of Al Kut, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on April 22, 2003.

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"Memorial Day 2022 today and just wanted to drop you a message brother. Never forgotten! Always honored! Semper Fidelis""
MSgt Mlay

"Hi my name Jimmie Tsosie I was his Sgt in camp Lejeune"
Jimmie Tsosie of Phoenix Az

"22 April 2021... on this 17th anniversary of that tragic day which I think of often, Rest easy Chief."
Myles Cappiello of New Jersey

"Never Forgotten brother, you are missed🇺🇸"
Top Mlay USMC Ret

"Gone to Heaven but, Never Forgotten. Semper Fi!"
MSgt Mlay

"I miss you more than words can describe, daddy. It's been 12 years and it's still not any easier. I love you and thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice. You're my hero and I'm so proud to call you my dad."
Jessica Arnold

"Always in my thoughts brother, we will never forget. Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay USMC Retired

"Thinking about you and Rob today Andy and our time serving together in 1/10. God bless your family and loved ones. You will never be forgotten. Semper fi, Darryl Dotson, LtCol, USMC (Ret)"
Darryl Dotson of Jacksonville, NC

"05-26-14 - Never Forgotten Brother, Semper Fi"
MSgt Mlay

"I miss you Andy! Your family is in my prayers and I think of you often. Thank you for your service to this still great country. I am blessed to have known you."
LaShay B of Houston, TX

"It has been over ten years but you have not been forgotten.

Cpl Jason Love of Denver, Colorado


It's been over 20 years since our days at Klein Oak, but they are still fresh in my mind. I thank you for your service and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for our country. You will remain in our hearts and memories forever!

Semper Fi my friend"
Gena Kizer of Las Vegas, Nevada

"It's been a little over 10 years since i last saw you alive sir. I used to report to you every morning at 1/10, you'd tell me everything i needed to get done on the howitzers and with our Marines. I remember like it was yesterday when Gunny Lawson told me there had been an accident. Hell, i thought the war was over for us and couldnt understand how there could be an accident. There where so many things i wanted to tell you. About the war, about the guns during our battles, hell about everything. You taught us all so much while you were our OIC. You are greatly missed Sir! I hope you were listening the other day, Im sorry its taken me so long to come see you. Ive had your headstone as my screen saver on my phone for many years now. Kinda helps me when Im down sometimes. Thank you for everything Sir! Take care until we can meet again!!"
Cpl Brent Mitchel (1/10 Artillery Mechanic) of Greeneville, TN

"Hey sir, Glad to have served under you. Rest in peace and you will always be remembered."
SGT Perez of Raymore, MO

"Hey Andy....Uncle David and I are remembering all your shananigans today on this anniversary of the accident! We will never forget your forraging for food on the beach trips....and btw...thanks for being in our wedding! You and James were really a pair....we miss you tremendously....Austin and Jess are just about grown now! Austin is definitely your little (but big) man! Jessie is beautiful like you and her mom! We love you forever and thank God everyday for your service....we are sooo proud of you...we will visit again when we're up in VA for skiing! All our love!!!!!!!"
Aunt Cindy of DeFuniak Springs, FL, USA

"On this Memorial Day, 2009, I wish you well Chief. I was with you on April 2, 2003 and tried my best going through congress to change the catagory of your death to combate related and get you your deserved Purple Heart. Your a great Marine and American. MSG Cappiello US Army"
MSG Myles cappiello of Hamilton, New Jersey

I never got a chance to tell you that I sent you all the anonymous roses on Valentine's Day in high school...you will not be forgotten."
Tabatha Montgomery of Spring, TX

"Andy and I were friends in school and lost touch after graduation. He was a good friend and my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all of the familys who have fallen heroes!"
Jarod Sprauer of Houston Tx USA

"January 12, 2008
To the family of Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold:
Andrew 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

"Gunner Arnold,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and the other two Marines who were also killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Gunner!"

"Andy, it seems like another lifetime that we were in Japan. I remember thinking you were headed to great success outside the Marine Corps. I was surprised to see you still in the "gun club" and happy to deploy to Norway with you nine years later. I was more surprised and deeply hurt by your passing. As our paths crossed once, so shall they cross again. Until then, Semper Fidelis Brother, Rest in Peace."
CWO D.C. Maston of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I am so proud of you cousin. I think of you everyday and miss you dearly. You were a wonderful person and a proud Marine. I respect you for your sacrifice and have honored your name by passing it on to my son so you will never be forgotten. Semper fi Andy!!"
Tracy Sellers of Maryville, TN

"Dear Andy,

Remembering you today as well as my husband, Rob........It has been four long years. I will always, always remember you Andy and your sacrifice to this nation. To your children, just know your daddy is still with you both in your hearts and he loves you very much."
Joyce Channell of Coker, Al

"We will never ever forget you, Andy! Our love for you will never die!"
Uncle Dave, Aunt Cindy, Matt and Bri of DeFuniak Springs, FL

"Dear Andy,
We know that you and Grandpa are looking down on us and smiling. You made him and your family SO proud! We all miss you so much. Lisa, Austin and Jessie are doing OK. We will do everything we can to keep your wonderful memory alive.
You will always be a beautiful child to us. We love you and miss you greatly.

Uncle David, Aunt Cindy, Cousins Matt and Bri"
The Dr. David Jeselnik Family of De Funiak Springs, Florida

"To the Arnold family from the Wahl family. Something both our son's had so much in common. Answering a call to serve our country. That very few American ever will do. You have family in Spring, Texas. Sadly, at 30 the same age. An you together as I write. Andrew thank you for serving our country and your brotherhood to our son, as he felt of you. you are remember today, never ever to be forgotten not today, tomorrow or ever. 4th of July I will be in gatliburg to attend a midnight parade and fireworks. to enter a float in the parade along with many other fallen families. To honour you and all our fallen soldiers. To ask American's to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!!"

"Hello my name is Andrew Cornett and i was looking through the names and noticed Andrew because that is my name. I just wanted you to know that i respect Andrew for being a part of the marines and one day I may end up a marine myself. I want to wish your family a happy New Year, and I am sorry for your loss."
Andrew Cornett of O'fallon Missouri

"Hello my name is Andrew Cornett and i was looking through the names and noticed Andrew because that is my name. I just wanted you to know that i respect Andrew for being a part of the marines and one day I may end up a marine myself. I want to wish your family a happy New Year, and I am sorry for your loss."
Andrew Cornett of O'fallon Missouri

"Dear Andy,

This is an extremely difficult message for me to write since your life was lost the same day my beloved husband, your friend, CWO2 Robert (Rob) Channell also lost his life but I wanted to honor you in this small way. I think of you everyday as I do Rob. I have a picture of you and Rob in my living room and I look at it every single day. I grieve for your family also. I find some comfort in knowing you two are together. How peaceful heaven must be. I thank you so very much for being such a good friend to Rob especially on the deployment to Iraq. You will never be forgotten by myself or our families. Once a Marine, Always a Marine even at heaven's gate.
With my every thought and prayers to your beautiful children and family,
Joyce Channell"
Joyce Channell of Coker, Al

"My name is Tina and I'm a sophomore at Saint Michael's college -- for Veteran's Day the whole campus all wore pins with the name, picture, and age of one solider killed in Iraq. I just wanted to say that I had the pin with Andrew on it and I wanted to tell you he was remembered and honored by me and all those I go to school with. I am so sorry for your lose and I know his sacrifice will never be forgotten - our prayers go out to the whole family during this holiday season."
Tina of Vermont

"To the family of CWO Arnold. I served with CWO Arnold and I know that he was a great man and your loss must be great even to this day. But know that I and others will never let his memory or his sacrifice be forgotten."
Cpl. Jason Love (Former) of Denver, CO USA

"CWO Arnold was a member of my Ordnance Officer Class. Brother, you are missed and we still think of you. I pray for your family and hope that you are in a better place. You are a "hero" in the truest sense of the word. Semper Fidelis
CWO-3 J.G. Lacis"
Jason of Oceanside, Ca


"Thank You"
BLR of Claremont, CA

Everytime we see a news report or hear anything about the war or think about your Mom and Dad we still get a tear in our eye and a chill comes over us. As we near another Holiday Season we think about your Wife and Children and know that even though you are not with them physically you are there in their hearts and minds. And that you are in Heaven looking out for them.
We will always be Proud of you Marine.
Semper Fi
Your Cousin Kelly and family"
Kelly Arnold of Yamhill Oregon

"It warms my heart and brings tears to my eyes every time I come to this site to know that so many people take the time to let us, the family of Andrew ,know how much his sacrifice is appreciated. Andy was a wonderful person and is missed greatly by all who knew him. Andrew I love and miss you deeply and hope to see you again when my time on this earth is finished. All my love Aunt Shelia"
Aunt Shelia Kufel of Houma, LA, United States

"I went to High School with Andrew. He was always so nice. I am sadden by his passing. My prayers go out to his family."
Eric Kinkead of Austin, TX USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort during their time of sorrow and need. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"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.

"On this Memorial Day (2004) it is comforting to read all the warm words from strangers, friends, and other family. Andrew was a wonderful individual and we are all very proud of him. We miss you dearly Andy!"
Cousin, Tracy Sellers of Walland, TN

"For Andrew who gave his life so others may live free.Let gods' grace shine upon you and help ease your familys' pain.A true hero to all"
Susan Kelly of Northern Ireland

In my school in Miami, FL we celebrated National Day of Prayer (may 6) to honor those who have died in the war in Iraq. They gave out wristbands, each one written with a soldier's name who had died in the war. I received Andrew Arnold and for 5 days I have wondered who this person was. So I looked up information on him online. I found out he was a man who was excited to go home and could not wait to see his family. I found out he was someone who served his country with love and courage. I am honored to have Andrew Arnold's name on my wristband and am also honored to be praying for his family. May God bless you and give your family strength, love, honor, peace, and courage. Thank you."
Cristy (cristyvillasmil@yahoo.com) of Miami, FL

"I would like to thank my brother and sister-in-law for raise such a wonderful, loving, and giving young man. He gave all for his country and we are very proud of him. We will remember him everyday of our lives. Thanks to everyone for the messages. It means alot to our family. And may God Bless all of our heroes who are still fighting this war, may you come home safely to your love one."
Aunt Karen of Pensacola, Florida

"To Andy's family,
Please know that you and Andy are remembered always. Andy made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. We will keep him and all of you in our hearts as time passes."
Lois of Bailey, CO

"Dear Andy --

I cannot hear of any soldier's death today without thinking of you and your family, and the sacrifice you made for me, my family and our country. In so many ways, you were like my own little brother! I think of you and your family often and will love and miss you always."
Rebecca of Northampton, MA

"Two nights ago I had a disturbing dream about the war. Tonight I realized why. While in Iraq, almost a year ago to the day, my unit was part of the Mortuary Affairs group for the Marine Corps, and my squad was on duty the night CWO Arnold's remains and those of his comrades arrived in "the rear" for processing. It is one of my most vivid memories of the war, and rarely a day goes by without my thinking of him. I too left a wife and two small children behind to answer our nation's call, so I have a great appreciation for what his loss must mean to his family. I wish that I had words of consolation, but I do not, save for the fact that CWO Arnold contributed to 25 million people now enjoying freedom they never knew. I hope that his family and friends can find comfort in that. Semper Fidelis."
Cpl Tedd Lipka of A Bty, 1/14 Denver, CO

"one year later: We NEVER forget!
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Andrew will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To the Family of CWO Arnold,

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"
Rob of Iowa

"Warrant Officer Arnold, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero"
Bill of Houston, Texas

"I am truly sorry for your loss. I appreciated your son’s bravery and honor in protecting our Country. My words cannot heal your pain and I pray that time will continue to ease your pain. Thank you for the son that you brought up serving to protect the USA."
Kittie Burleson of Oklahoma City, OK, USA 02-07-004

"Thank you Brave Warrior,"
The Taylors of USMC-NC

"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 Andrew Arnold, 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 CWO Andrew Todd Arnold.As a former Marine, an American,a father, and someone who has also lost a family member to the war in Iraq, my heart goes out to you and your family. I realize that nothing that anyone could say will ever replace your loved one, but take comfort in knowing that everyday, thousands just like me take a moment to thank your loved one and all of those that have paid the ultimate price, for the freedoms we have. God bless you and your family, and thank you for your sacrifice!"A coward dies a thousand deaths; A soldier dies but one -Semper Fi""
Andrew Bertrand of Spring, TX

"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. Teaxs

"To the family of CWO2 Andrew Arnold.May God bless you in your time of sorrow and grief. I am grateful to have experienced his friendship and I am proud to have served with him in 10th Marine Regiment. He will be missed dearly.Semper Fidelis,"
Warrant Officer Maria Pettus of Camp Lejeune, NC USA

"I am truly saddened by your loss. Please accept my condolences and may God bless you and your family."
Michelle of Canada

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Carlos Kathy & Ashley of Middletown Ohio

"To the Family and Friends of CWO Andrew Todd Arnold,

May the Lord comfort you during this time of grief. Thank you for raising a HERO! He will not be forgotten.

Prayerfully Yours,
Sibert Family
Proud Military Family in Southern California"
Kathleen V. Sibert of Redondo Beach, California

"We never get over the loss of our loved ones but I hope you gain some measure of comfort from the hearfelt thanks for you and your son's sacrifice. God Bless"
Gracie of Idaho

"We thank you for the sacrafice Andrew made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier!"
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Thank you Andrew Arnold for your sacrifice to each of us Americans and the Iraqi people. Some day I hope to thank you in person. May God grant his love and compassion upon your family."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"To the family and friends of CWO Andrew Arnold:
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 Andrew 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 CWO Andrew Arnold:
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 Andrew, 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