Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles

18, of Tampa, Florida.
Killed in Central Iraq when an enemy artillery round struck the Amphibious Assault Vehicle in which he was riding. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve assigned to the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Tampa, Florida. Died on April 7, 2003.

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"As Memorial day approaches, I want to take this moment to share that you are still remembered, even though the last time I saw you in person was during the
2000-2001 school year. I thank you for your service and sacrifice for our country. I pray for your family's peace this Memorial day."
Thornberry of Tampa, FL

"I still remember. Semper Fidelis Brother."
Cpl Fillmore of God bless America

"Aviles A, my brother in arms, you will always be remembered. Semper Fi"
Solis J of Houston, TX. USA

"I know that you don't remember me Oscar, but we worked together in 1996 for a brief time. Words can't describe what a gentle, kind man you are. My heart was broken for you then, and it breaks again now as I read about your son leading up to Memorial Day. I look your son up every year, since he is the closest I have come to losing someone serving our country. God bless you and your family, and God bless your son. Although I didn't know him, I will never forget him."
Pat Hatcher of Dade City

"Hard to believe it has been over 17 years since we lost you brother. Your name is spoken in my house and my classrooms for all to know. Your memory will never perish as long as I'm around. Students usually become motivated by your story and some have chosen to take a leadership role in their community because of the example you set for others. One day we will meet again my brother and I look forward to that embrace but not today my friend. My son now escorts me to a statue I have in my backyard to have a drink for you."
James Wiggins of Yucca Valley

"Like others here i am from Germany and just recently discovered a book in my fathers library in our basement. within a day i read it, i am 21 years old myself and cant imagine the pain of losing someone that is loved so much.

Dear Norma and Oscar Aviles, i wish you the best in the world and please know that Andy is remembered even 17 years later and far away from his home"
Aria of Germany

"Salute to Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles. Thank you for your service. Your family surely proud of you. brain games for kids"
Lucille F. Parham of Los Angeles

We might not visit this page that often, but you are always in our thought, minds, and our heart. We love you and miss you hijito!"
Mom, Dad, Your brother, and sister of Tampa, FL

"Memorial Day 5/29/2017
Remembering our son Andy. It is been 14 years, 1 month, and 22 days from losing you. To this day still feels as it was yesterday, I think all the time of the last day I saw you, hugged you, and we said good by, the lingering hug, and tears, hoping to see you back safe from Iraq. It still sounds impossible not be able to see you again, hear your voice, and your sweet crazy self. I love and miss you, my Andy."
Mom of Tampa, FL

Andy is always in our hearts and minds. I remember a day like today 14 years ago waiting for our son Andrew to comeback from California, Little that we knew that it would be the last week we would spend with him.
Thank you Briana for writing on this page, and for remembering that day at Westshore Elementary. It was another tough day for me, I didn't want to cry in from of the students, but my heart was completely broken.
Love you forever my dean Andy!!"
Norma Aviles of Tampa, FL


Love you brother."
Cpl of The Tavern

"I saw this shared on Facebook and I knew I had seen his handsome face before. I was in fifth grade at westshore elementary and was a part of the ceremony we held for his mother where we sang Hero by Mariah Carey. Even as a 10 year old girl, I was amazed at his mothers strength. Thank you, Jesus that Andrew has eternity with you! I am hopeful that those who love and miss him will see him again - hand in hand, walking streets of gold."
Brianna of Jax, Fl

"I didn't know Andrew, but from the wonderful comments about who he was and what he did for his fellow man tells a lot. The world truly would be a better place if everyone showed the type of love Andrew showed for his fellow man. The bible teaches that love is the dominate quality (1 John 4:8). I know the pain is great and sometimes even unbearable by not having him around and not being able to embrace him. I truly believe the words of our God to be true at (Isaiah 25:8). Though words can't take the pain away, we can draw comfort knowing that God our can and wants to wipe away our tears forever. I hope this brings you and your family peace and comfort.

Roberto of Indianapolis, IN

"April 7, 2015
Remembering Lcpl. Andrew J. Aviles
of Tampa, Florida

"Osiris de Daytona Texas,
Gracias por escribir I dejarnos saber de que tu esposo lo recuerda a mi hijito Andy. I agradecele a el en nuestro normbre. Que Dios los bendiga siempre <3"
Norma Aviles of Tampa, Florida

"April 8, 2015
It is been 12 years from that day we lost our son Andy, but there is not one day that we don't miss him and love him. To his friends, thank you for remembering him, he was a good guy.
God bless <3"
Norma Aviles of Tampa, Florida

"Hard to believe it has already been 12 years since we lost you my brother. Always think back to when we always joked and talked about what we would do when we got back to the US. I Will forever miss you my brother. Until we meet again."
James Wiggins of Yucca Valley

"Mi esposo siempre habla de el cuando da su testimonio de la guerra siempre habla de cuando murió a el le dolió mucho"
Osiris of Dayton TX


Our wonderful son, we miss you and love you
Mom & Dad of Tampa , Florida

"Never forgotten!! Remember Andy every time something funny comes to your head. He had the best smile, the wildest sense of humor.
That was Andrew J. Aviles
Remembering our best Robinson Knight class of 2002 of South Tampa, Florida

"Hard to believe it has been 11 years already. I was just talking to some people at school the other day about you and making sure I kept my promise to always keep your name alive. Words cannot say what you meant to us brother. I look forward to the day we meet again bro and can have a few beers together."
James Wiggins

Today we remembered you Andy and all the Veterans. Friends and family wrote on your Facebook, and we went to place flowers at the Trail next to your name.
Hijito, you will always be remembered and loved."
Mom of Tampa, Florida

All of Andy's friends and Marine brothers are invited to see Andy's page on Facebook "Remembering Andrew J. Aviles".
Thank you for caring."
Andy's Mom and Dad of Tampa, Florida

"It is truly an Honor to sever your brothers of the 4/4. I pray that when this unit goes back into harms way, that you will be their to watch over them, and us as well. To speed their steps and steady our hands. Your family is in my prayers brother. Welcome home."
Doc 4/4 B(-) 2nd Pltn of Jacksonville, Fl

I was a watching a documentary on the Military Channel a week ago and it mentioned how you and Cpl. Medellin were killed by that artillery round. I would just 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.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

Another Memorial Day. It seems just like yesterday Andy was here with us, just been himself funny, crazy, and sweet at the same time. Suzy, I don't remember the incident at the store, but you are right, He liked to tease all the female cousins and his sister all the time. He would get a kick out of making you girls mad, or embarrassed. That was our Andy."
Mom of Tampa, Florida

"Another Memorial Day is upon us, another day to mourn you, another day to celebrate your life. Bittersweet moments, to say the least.
I think of you every single day and am so proud to call you my family.
One particular memory pops into my head as I type this: you must have been about 6 or 7 years old and we ran into you at the supermarket one day. You always knew what buttons to push when I wasn't in the mood for your antics, yet, you still sang at the top of your lungs to get my attention when I was trying to ignore you: “Suzi! Bada bada bada bee dee dee yumpa!” That silly sing-song used to annoy me at times but then I'd turn around and see your sweet, mischevious, crooked little smile and my resolve went out the door. What I wouldn't give to hear you sing it again and again..I miss you and love you more than words can express. ❤"
Suzi of Tampa, FL

"April 24, 2013
Happy birthday Andy!
You are always in our hearts and our minds."
C.P. of Tampa, Florida

"We had a special ceremony for Andy in Arlington this pass April 7th. Ten years to the day Andy was taken away from us.
Thanks to all of you that wrote on this page and Andy's facebook page."
Andy's Mom of Tampa, Florida

"I miss and love you Andy thinking of you always lil bruh Sempi~Fi Always"
Neccienega Nash of Jacksonville,Fl,Duval

"You will never be forgotten, rest in paradise brother. God bless you and yours."
Adrian Mask of Valdosta, GA/USA

I think of you often. I miss your humor. You're definitely not forgotten"
Tiffany Kressin of Las Vegas, NV

"10 years and not a day goes by that you aren't missed. You were taken way too soon and I am forever grateful for your sacrifice and selfishness. I am proud to one day be able to share your story with my son when he asks why we named him Andrew. We are honored to have named him after a true hero. My husband never met you, didn't go to school with us, and has never lived in Tampa, but your sacrifice and story inspired him, just like you've inspired so many others. I miss you, sweet Andy and keep you in my thoughts and your family in my prayers."
Toni Mineo Wofford of Charleston, SC

"Andy, the memories I have of you always bring a smile to my face. I promise to speak of your name and keep your memory alive for as long as I live. I miss you. You will always and forever be my hero. Semper Fidelis, brother!"
Jason Martinez of Tampa, FL

"10 years to the day my brother. There is nothing to say more than just how much you meant to me. You were my brother from another mother and I look forward to the day we are reunited my friend. You were taken from your family entirely too soon. The world needed more people as awesome as you and yet it allowed you to be taken. Until the day we meet again brother, I will forever remember you and make sure everyone I come in contact with will too."
James Wiggins of Yucca Valley CA

"Another life lost and remembered often, with the sands of time filling up what once was... what a waste, this and the thousands others. We humans are the only creatures who so often kill each other all in vain, when like Andrew, everyone could have contributed so much more to their families, the world..."
Paul S of Singaore

Today we went to a ceremony at the new Veteran's Park and Museum. There were many Gold Star families and friends. They were there to honor and remember you and all the Florida's fallen heroes.
It is always very emotional for me to go, but I have to make sure that people do not forget you or your brothers in arms that gave their lives in Iraq and other places.
I love you hijito."
Mom of Tampa, Florida

You can read about Andy searching his name on the Internet. You will find a lot about him. Thanks :)"
Mom of Tampa, FL.

"Hello, My name is Claudia. I am in the JROTC program at Pompano Beach High School. My company was assigned to do a report on a fallen hero. My family has minimal military history for me to work off of for my report. So I did some research and came across Andrew. I was hoping you could provide some information about his family's and close friends' experiences when he passed away.

Thank You."
Claudia of South Florida

"Dear Mrs. Aviles

Andy is not going away! He lives on in the hearts of his family and friends.
Andy since 2003, an angel!

Your love will always keep him alive"
Seri of Germany

Thank you for your kind words. Andy was a character. He was wonderful, mischievous, smart, funny. He was the life of the party.
We miss him terribly."
Mom of Tampa, FL

"Hello to Andy's family.

I knew Andy unfortunately not because I live far away in Germany.
I have also read the book of death jürgen höfer. I cried a lot about andy. I never knew him, but his photo is everywhere in
my life. that's a weird feeling. I would like to live there many years ago, and Andy know.
His eyes I can not describe with words. I kannn not tell you how important it is for me.
I would love to know you personally. I hope mamasita to write me back.
Seri of Germany

The holidays are almost upon us and the momories of years gone by are so vivid in my mind. Memories of you getting ready for the football games, you, your brother and sister getting ready for Halloween. I remember the "Back Street Boys" costume you and your friends try to pull (you were all over 16 years old and still trick-o-treating). Many times I think of all the crazy things you would come up with, and I have to smile.
I love you and miss you my wonderful Andy."
Your Mom of Tampa, Florida

"I am a former US Marine who served in Gulf War 1. I came across this site after reading a NYT article, and can't tell you how moved I was to read all the heartfelt , sometimes heartbreaking, words left in Andy's memory.

Though I never had the honor of serving with Andy, I feel like, in some small way, I know him now. Thank you for sharing this wonderful remembrance of such a brave, dedicated, and generous human being.

God bless the family and friends of LCpl Andy Aviles. While he lived you were blessed to have known and loved him."
Dan Mitchell of Singapore

Sabina, C.J., and Dorie thank you for your words and for keeping Andy in your hearts. The years go by, but the memories and love for Andy get stronger.
Thank you,"
Andy's Mom of Tampa, Florida

"Hello Mamasita and Papito.. my name is Sabina and iam from germany. sorry my english isnt so good. When i saw a picture of andy, in the book of Jürgen Todenhöfer, it was like i knew him .his eyes are so powerfully and lovely.. although i read about his character.. he is a amayzing human and i wish i could met him... only to read about him is enough to love him. my heart hurts so much and i cried because i cant realist that it was truth. Iam now 19 years old he was in my age and to think that it could hit me too.. hurts.. it lacerate my heart... after i read this book i cried a lot... i wish the war is one day over.. i admire youre strongness and i wish you all the best and i will never forget Andy and his family. I Love you for god youre Sabina."
Sabina of Germany


This doesn't get any easier as the years pass but I know you're up there watching over us. I miss you man."
c.j. of Vicenza, Italy


Today, I meet my son Frank in Dennys for bfast. I saw him wearing a bracelet. It bears your name. We missed you Andy, I wish you are still here with us. I am very proud of you of what you did for this country. I cried thinking of what you would be if you were to here with us. We always love and missed you, ANDY."
dorie of new port richey,fl.

"May 28, 2012
We love you and honor your today, Memorial Day, and every day of our lives.
Love you and miss you!!"
Mom and Dad of Tampa, FL

"You are a true hero."
Joey of USA

Today is Andy's birthday. Happy birthday hijito!!
Love you!!"
Mom of Tampa, Florida

Another year, another trip to Arlington, yet I feel empty. I can not accept the concept of not been able to see you again.
Love you, miss you..."
mom of Tampa

"9 yrs to the day brother. This is the worst day ever. I miss joking with you and John. Can't wait to see you in heaven brother. When you join the Marines, you never think of the brothers you will lose in combat. You only think about the now and how close you are to your new brothers. I make sure I tell everyone I meet about you so that your name will be spread all across the land for all time. You are sorely missed my brother. Till we meet again."
James Wiggins of Yucca Valley CA

"It is going to be 9 years from the day you left us. There is not a day that I don't think of you. I miss every single day."
C.P. of Tampa, Florida

We miss you everyday. You will never be forgotten."
C.P. of Tampa, FL

To Andy's friends, thank you for all your messages. There is no consolation when one loses a son, a wonderful son like Andy. THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING HIM."
Mom of Tampa, FL

"dear andrew, I read in a book, about you. I cried when I read that you died. May god bless you, Oscar and Norma."
Sarah of Switzerland

"It has been a crazy, long time... I cannot get over how everything went down. It has almost been 9 years and it still gets me. Of all places, our AAV, which was tucked into a courtyard was hit. We lost you and Medellin, but because the round struck inside the AAV, a whole platoon is still alive. I only hope that time has eased some of the pain your family has felt. Either way, your family has to be proud of the fact that you were one of the good guys. One of the good guys that made a huge difference to a lot of people, despite your short time here..."
Josh Martin of Toledo, Ohio


Andy was a Marine from our unit.4th AA BN.,Tpa.,Fla.I was the bugler at his funeral.The above Youtube clip is a patriotic message written by me and was inspired in part because of Andy's death.Wynton Marsalis narrates the message and co-writes.Delivered to Marines at Birthday Ball in Tampa ."
Greg Johnson of Tampa,Fla.

"I sit in my Algebra class and think of what you would be doing today. Not a day goes by that I don't think of that God awful day. I miss you so much brother. You were one of the best friends I ever had and I will forever miss you. We will meet again my brother. Semper Fi"
James Wiggins of Yucca Valley, CA

Today, the president announce that the troop will be leaving Iraq at the end of the year. I am glad they are getting out of there. I wish you could be coming back with them. I miss you more than ever."
Your Mom of Tampa, Florida

"To all of Andy's friends and relatives. I served with him when he died. I did not know him personally, however it has taken this long to even want to look up my old service members. I have suffered many health issues since I came home. I can only imagine the pain you guys feel. I will tell you that it is an honor to have defended the country and your son and friend paid the ultimate sacrifice and I can only give him the biggest hand salute ever."
Daniel English of Monticello Georgia

Weekend of September 4th to the 6th, 2002.
Graduation weekend from Basic trainning at Parrish Island, South Carolina.
I remember that weekend as it was yesterday. So many dreams and hopes that were never realized. Only memories and broken hearts.
We miss you hijito."
Mom and Dad of Tampa, Florida

"We miss you, our wonderful Andy."
Tampa of Florida

Your sister graduated and everyone was there, but you were very much missed during the ceremony and family activities. All the teasing she endured from you for being studius, I guess she showed you that she meant business huh. You were remembered by all the people that came to the reception during a special moment.
Love you, hijito."
Mom of Tampa, FL

"Hello Andy,
Today is memorial day, I remember you when you were in the house in Hernando Beach. You jumped off from the pool table, and you thought I didn't see you but I did. I wish you are still with us. I alway think of you every now and then but today is the most important day for all our fallen heroes. May God Blessed all of you who gave your lives for us. Thank you for everything you did for our country. I missed you Andy.

dorie&the kids"
dorie of new port richey, Fl.

Today is Memorial Day, the whole country is celebrating the long weekend and many remember our military men and women that lost their lives serving our country. For me every day is Memorial Day. Everyday I think of you, I cry, miss you, and remember the wonderful you. I can't understand why this happened to our family. Rest in peace my angel."
Your Mom of Tampa, FL

"Andy, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. April 7, 2003 will always be burnt into my memory. When you walked from my vehicle back to yours, I never thought it would be the last time I would see you. You were an inspiration, and deeply missed."
Greg Blackwell (LCpl, 4AABN, CO B(-) of Jacksonville, Fl

"I never met you but your the true heros of this country."
Scott Soffel of Hoboken NJ

"Andy, as we approach Memorial Day, our Nation’s annual homage to our fallen hero’s who have sacrificed all so that the rest of us can continue to enjoy the freedom and liberty we value so highly, my thoughts are (as they have been for the past 8 years) once again of you and your family. I cannot begin to fathom the loss they have suffered without you in their daily lives. Nor what your community, the City of Tampa, State of Florida, or our great Nation has lost given your aptitude, leadership, and devotion to its cause. All I can do is thank you and your family for the man that you were; your honor and devotion to duty will forever be captured in my heart, mind and spirit. God bless you Marine."
Colonel Jim Watson, USMCR of Tampa, Florida

I Love. You live in my heart and my thoughts every day of my life."
CP of Tampa, FL

"My heart goes out to your loving family. Thank you for your sacrifice. You will always be remembered."
Marque of Tempe, AZ

"Andy, I wear your name on my wrist (herobracelets.org) every day, to remind me of your ultimate sacrifice. I will never forget you as long as I live, and I will never stop telling people what a hero you are."
SSgt Rich Masella of Miami, FL

"Andy, its seem like just yesterday you and Anderson joined the unit. I will never forget you, or the sacrifice you made for this country.

Semper Fi Marine

SSgt Nolan"
of Tampa, FL

It seems like yesterday you left and promised to come back. I can not believe that it's been 8 years that we lost you. I think of you everyday, and cry missing my beautiful son. I remember the last day you hugged me and consoled me when I was crying before you left for California. Hijito I miss so much."
Mom of Tampa, FL

"8 years already. I miss you so much my brother. Can't wait until I see you at the gates of heaven. Till we meet again my brother."
James Wiggins of Yucca Valley, CA

Life is not the same without you."
C. P. of Florida

"Andy we miss you, we love you."
A friend of Tampa, Florida

"January 4th, 2011
A day like yesterday you went back to California. How I remember the last Christmas and New Year (2003) you spent with us. Why did you have to go?"
Miss you of Tampa

"I love you, hijito."
Your Mom of Tampa, FL

"Andy, it has been 7 years that have flown by like a breeze...and even still it feels like just yesterday I saw you. I will never forget you or what you have done. I can only hope that we will meet again and I will think of you everyday till then!"
of Tampa, FL

Thinking of you today and missing you every day. Thank you for your sacrifice, primo..We love you so much!"
Suzi of Tampa, FL

"miss you, andy."
tracie fairman of pensacola, florida

i was going thru some old pictures last week and came across some of us in Europe... what a wonderful vacation that was! I am so blessed to have those memories with you. Miss you always."
Emily of Tampa, FL

"I have just finished reading the book Andy and Marva and all I can do is cry. To the family of Andy, all I can do is pray for you and yours and hope that one day you all are able to smile again. I can't find the right words...Andy was and still is a hero and will never be forgotten...Andy God bless you and your family!"
Kerstin of Berlin, Germany

"Rest in peace young marine.your sacrifice will always be remembered and honored"
H.J. Torres corpsman of marines Vietnam of asheville nc

Andy,You will never be forgotten by the people that really knew you and love you.
C.P. of Tampa Florida

I love you and miss you every moment of the day. It is hard to celebrate holidays and special moments without you.
Love you forever."
Mom of Tampa, Florida


No matter how much time passes by you will always remain in my thoughts. It feels like yesterday when we were cheering, struggling to lift you in a stunt. I don't know how me and Adrianne did it! Just know that like everyone says, you will never be forgotten."
Angie of Tampa, FL

"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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"It is hard to believe that it has been 7 years since you were taken from us so early. April 7, 2003 was a very hard do for those of us who knew you other than being a Marine. You were an inspiration, and an amazing friend and person. You will NEVER be forgotten. your smiling face is always in my mind. As John said, please watch over us from above, until we meet again, and never depart. Semper Fidelis, ooh rah."
Greg Blackwell of Iraq

"7 years....unreal. Man, I still miss you. Blackwell and I were just talking about you and remembering the good times we all had together. It was my lifes honor knowing you my friend. Time may pass, other's memories may fade...but to me, I will never forget. We are blood brothers for life. If you dont mind, please keep watching over me and my family, until the day we meet again."
John Barling of Jacksonville, Florida

"Thank you, Stephanie."
Andy's Mom of Tampa, Florida

"I have read the book "Andy and Marwa" about 4 years ago and I´m still thinking of it. My husband and me just got back from our first Florida vacation, and when we where driving through Tampa, I told him about Andy and what happened and he got very sad, too. He didn´t know the book because I read it before I knew him. Our prayers are with you, Andy and with your family!"
Stephanie of Germany

"April 7, 2010
It has been seven years, but it seems as if only yesterday you said good bye promising to come back.
I miss you hijito."
Mom of Tampa FL

"Lcpl Aviles, I remember the first day I saw you in Kuwait, I picked you to be in my section. I'm sorry I couldn't bring you home. To this day I think about you and Lcpl Medellin. You both were my brothers that fought beside me. IT WAS AN HONOR!!"
Hector of Oceanside, Ca

My Andy,
Seven years ago in a day like today, you left for Iraq. There is not a day that I don't cry thinking about you, my beautiful, wonderful son.
Love forever,"
Mom of Tampa,

I miss you more and more everyday."
Love of Tampa FL

I remember this day as if it was yesterday. This is the day you left Tampa seven years ago, and you left the people that love you the most."
C.P. of Tampa, FL

You will always be remembered because you were a wonderful, funny, and charismatic young man.
We love you!!"
Friend of Tampa Florida

"January 2d. 2010
A New year and soon it would be seven years from the day you left us. We still miss you and still hurting the same as the first day we lost you.
Rest in peace our guardian angel Marine."
Your love ones of Tampa, FL

We miss you."
Love of Port Tampa, FL

"I am still numb, and I can not understand why you are not here anymore. I thought you were invinsible, I thought that nothing would touch you. You were going to come back home unhurt and safe. After more than six years this is still not real real to me. I miss you and I can't wait to see."
Love!! of Tampa, FL

Man its been a while. I know we only hung out a few times but they were great times. I remember, we would go to the football games in my OLD 89 Oldsmobile Calais with the 12" subwoofer blasting Jay-Z. I am in an English class doing a paper on "The Effects of War" and I instantly thought of you. It's hard just to write this essay man. I know your watching down on us and I'll see you when I get up there."
Chris Jorgensen of Las Cruces, NM

About a week and a half ago I went to Nic's baby shower and was talking to your mom for a long while. We laughed as we remembered how funny you were, even as a little kid..She told me a beautiful story about something that happened to her after you passed, which I will keep private but just the other day, the same thing happened to me. I know it doesn't make sense on here without explaining what happened but,her story stuck with me and I guess I just wanted you to know that I know that you're always here with us and you're OK. You're in a better place, although we all wish you were physically here with us.
Even though I don't come on here too often anymore, I still think of you on a daily basis. I love you and miss you.."
Suzi of Tampa, FL

"October 18,2009
I miss you. I still can't believe that I haven't seen you in almost seven years and eight months. Why did you have to be the one to go? You were so young and had so much more to live and give to this world. Why You?"
Miss you. of Tampa, FL

Fall is here and the holidays are almost upon us. I miss you and the holidays are not the same without you.
Remember the wonderful Holloween nights?"
of Tampa, FL

I was thinking about you, my friend. I still miss you and think about the "what if's" surrounding that day. I wanted to thank you for looking out for me the last few years...I have needed it from time to time =] You were a good friend and thinking back on the times that all of us shared still make me laugh and still make me sad that you aren't here to have those kinda times with anymore. I still love you man. That will never change. God bless you and your family."
John Barling of Florida

"Seven years ago we were traveling to Parish Island for your graduation from basic training. Little did we know that you wouldn't be here for the first aniversay of that day. I still can remember the warm air of that place, and the anticipation in my heart to finally see you after almost three months and take you back home.
Andy, there is not a day that I don't cry for you. I miss you every day, and I still can't believe that we lost you this way.
Loving forever."
Mom of Tampa, FL

"There is an inscription, on a Gate at Arlington, National Cemetery, that reads 'Rest easy, sleep well, my brothers. Know, the line has held, your job is done. Rest easy, sleep well. Others have taken up, where you fell, the line has held Peace, peace, and farewell'"
William D. Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs Fl

"I miss you, Andy!!"
A friend of Tampa, FL

Please take care and be safe.
Andy was always talking about all the fun he had with his bodies during wrestling practices and all school activities in general, he was as much fun at home as he was at school.
I have your poem with Andy's memorabilia. He will always be with you and all of us as long as we talk and laugh remembering him.
Come back soon, Port Tampa is waiting for you."
Andy's mom of Tampa, FL

"I haven't been able to speak about your son since i gave the poem for him in Robinson High School Court Yard...But I am Currently Serving in the Army over in Afghanistan with only the thought of your son looking down on me...Protecting me from harm...Its still just as hard as before to think that he is really gone...I look at his photo's and can only think of how funny and out going your son was...Always in high spirit and never got upset...I wrestled with him for 2 years and of them two years I meet a person that I always mentioned as my best friend...A person who showed and gave me the best advice on things...I love and iss him very much...Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about him or sommething he did...He is my hero as he is to everyone...You will never be forgotten..Your a prime example of what a legend really is...To the Family of Andy...My deepest condolences to you...But I know who's memory I serve for...Your son..."
PFC Jonathon Bennett of Port Tampa, FL

"July 4th, 2009
That is a beautiful poem.
Thank you."
N. Aviles of Tampa, Fl


I was looking at your pictures and I guess you really did not like Santa as an infant! I stopped by in April on that very day. The cool part was that my Mom and Dad came with me on Memorial Day. I just wanted to say that I will be thinking of you today especially as I celebrate the 4th. I saw this really awesome photo in the DC paper of the fireworks in the sky behind the Iwo Jima Memorial. It was beautiful. I wanted to extend my many thanks and eternal gratitude for what you have done for us and I wrote a few words for you.

We will never, ever forget

For Andrew

The crisp morning air
The essence of the fresh cut grass
Both carried by a gentle breeze
Mixed with the emotion surrounding this particular day
Sent a cool chill from my neck down my back to my fingertips
The sun on its daily quest to warm and illuminate peered brightly
Through an open sky dissipating a few straggling clouds
The hum of the backhoe and the *tink*tink*tink* of shovels striking rocks
Ring in the distance
Another Marine is returning home

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

Beautiful white marble crosses with fading black lettering
Planted in perfect formation
Align from one hill to the next
The vibrant dark green grass and budding trees of spring
Giving life and peaceful serenity
Trinkets, marbles, pebbles, flags, letters and flowers
Neatly decorate a scattered few
Over a couple rows the grass is stripped away
The dirt peers through
And a temporary marker identifies the next marble cross
Another Marine is returning home

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

Embracing the raw, overpowering
And at times seemingly chaotic power of this sacred ground
As it surges through each of my emotions one by one
My mind races, rapidly spinning
Random memories of that very day
Scenarios of what could have been
Scenes of the day this earth beneath me was turned
It could have been me
Or my brother, possibly even my wife
And my mind races on and on

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

Flashes - repeating in a continual loop
Strumming the nerves
It is so vivid
Peeking one moment
Then plummeting the next
An emotional whiplash bruising my soul
I am teleporting
From heaven to hell and back again
In sync with a clock’s second hand
And my mind races on and on

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

You were so young and yet so brave
A true hero forever immortalized
In our hearts and minds
It was your passion, your selfless sacrifice and service
To your countrymen, family and friends
That has secured our way of life
Ensuring freedom for all
Let the ring echo for all of eternity
And may it be heard around the globe
Semper Fi, Marine. Semper Fi!

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

Duane Fillmore
Duane Fillmore of VA

"To Mrs. Aviles and family, Marines, and friends:

I was stationed with Andy in Tampa and deployed to Iraq with him in 2003. His death was one of the most influential events of my life- I believe that it was the day that I truly "woke up" and began living everyday "100%" to my fullest potential.

Your son's honorable example has been a source of strength and motivation for me in some of the toughest parts of my life. Andy was an outstanding Marine AND a very smart guy. Simply saying "thank you" to Andy and his family doesn't feel like enough.

His example is something that I am teaching my young son, as the model of what a Marine, and a man, should stand for. I have shared Andy's story with many hundreds of Marines, co-workers, and friends. His story of sacrifice and courage has inspired many, and will continue to do so.

I realize now that every breath is a gift, not to be wasted. Andy's picture, button, and memorial card from your family are on my office wall, where I look at them every day. I try to honor Andy in everything that I do- he is my hero.

Three times I visited Arlington to see Andy- the first visit was in late 2004- I couldn't even walk into the cemetery, I wasn't ready and was scared of how I would react. The second time in 2006 I found Andy on the locator, and drove to Section 60, at the intersection of Eisenhower and York. I got out of my car and couldn't walk down the row. I didn't want to be reminded- didn't want to see the spot near him where I would have gone. Wasn't ready...

I was finally ready in October 2008- I was in Quantico for some training, and had two other USMC Iraq veterans with me who had other Marines to visit. I knew where I had to go- Section 60, Number 7882. I was told by a security guard that the cemetery was closed for security purposes, and that I could not enter. One of the Marines with me started crying, because he had waited three years to pay his respects to another Marine. I asked to speak to a supervisor, and then another supervisor. I explained why I needed to enter the cemetery, and said that Andy was my step-brother (small lie). I showed my Federal Agent badge and credentials, and was finally allowed to enter the cemetery and escort the other two Marines. I knew that I was ready to pay my respects, and I wasn't going to take no for an answer.

I can remember shaking while I was walking past the names and looking at the KIA dates. I remembered a few of those days in March and April 2003, days that I had not thought about for a long time, as some of the worst of my life. I kneeled alone at Andy's grave and prayed for him and to him- I stayed for about 20 minutes, hoping that maybe by some chance family or friends would be there too.

I felt terrible that I had nothing to leave there for him, so I took off my tan plastic service bracelet that reads "DEFENDING FREEDOM." I left it at Andy's grave and now wear another bracelet just like it every day.

Anything that I can ever do for Andy's family or friends, just please say the word. Andy will NEVER be forgotten.

SSgt Masella, 4th ANGLICO (formerly 4th AABN) of Miami, FL

"June 23, 2009
I think of you everyday. I miss you dearly."
Me of Tampa, FL

Full of life, funny, wonderful, that is what you were.
Miss you, Love you."
CP of Tampa, FL

"May God Bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss."
Leila Shipman of Texas

"Andy will never be forgotten by anyone who knew and loved him."
Melanie of Tampa, FL

"ANDY, today is a memorial, I thought of you. As I went through all my things that I was able to retrieved from my old house i saw a tape that I titled " IRAQ" it was one of my tape that I copied during the Iraq war. I can't resist my tears dripping down to my eyes and remembering you. I missed you very much and I wished you are still here with us. I still remember you showing your muscle and said to me "moma" I will protect Frank in any harm. Yes, you did, you gave up your life for the sake of others, and your fellow marines and the rest of all american people. i Also remember you dancing in the top of the pool table and you jumped off it as soon as you saw me walking towards and said what are you doing up there, remember that?. I also remember what we were talking when you were standing in Frank's room, about what your mom felt about you by joining in the corp. Everything is very clear in my mind, even my bad dream. I told your mom about it while you were fighting the enemies. Little that I know it was you who took the hit. I went crazy and screaming when your dad called us the following morning. I felt the pain even to these day. While I was typing my messages to you my tears would not stopped dripping. I just finished talking to Frank before I got into the computer. He just finishing cleaning his gun and getting ready to go back to Camp Pendleton. He is leaving for Iraq this coming July. Jonh is going to join in Marine corp after his graduation and is schedule to leave around Aug for Boot Camp in Parris Island. Will is talking joining in the corp too. I hope they will be fine of there choices in life. I want you to know that we all remember and loved you very much. I hope someday I will see you in heaven.


"Andy was my student at Monroe, one of the best and brightest. Remembering you today, Andy."
Jenny Burke of Atlanta, GA

"May 24,2009
Memorial Day Weekend.
Dear Andy,
I never thought that I would have to associate this weekend of Memorial Day with you,
but here I am thinking of you, and the wonderful life you had.
Memorial Day I thought was to remember old warriors,
but here I am thinking about you, and missing you.
Memorial Day, What does it mean?
It doesn't mean anything without you."
Love of Tampa

"I only knew Andy from some pages and pictures of a book, still I was deeply touched and feel truly sorry for his friend´s and family´s loss.Thank you for sharing his story.
All the best to you."
Theresa Werner of Hamburg, Hamburg/ Germany

"Mrs Aviles, my name Daniel Wendorff I too was stationed with 4th AAV BN, however I was with Bravo Company during our deployment to Iraq in 2003. Once again I am so sorry for your loss. I am in the process of forming a Young Marine Unit in the North Florida area. I wanted to ask if it would be okay if I named the unit after your son as a memorial to him for all he gave to his country and to the United States Marine Corps. I can be reached at DEWendorff@gmail.com
Thank you for your time and God Bless you and your family

Semper FI
Dan Wendorff
LCpl 4th AAVBN Bravo Co 2003"
Dan Wendorff of Middleburg,Florida

"Hey brother,
It's been 6 years today and I miss you now more than I did the day you were taken from us. You were one of the coolest people I had ever known and you had one of the best personalities to have ever graced this Earth. I can't wait to hang with you again Andy. I know John and I will always remember you and you will always be in our hearts."
James Wiggins of 29 Stumps, CA.

"Thank you, Katrin."
Mom of Tampa, Fl

"I have got to know Andy by a book that I've read today. His story has touched me because I consider the war unjust and the soldiers' deaths senseless.
He was a great guy. With the reports on his small pranks I also had to laugh. Herewith I send many greetings from Germany to all who knew him and loved him.

Feel free to email me: leistner.katrin@web.de"
Katrin of Germany

"Andy, I have not been on this website for a long time, too painful I guess. The anniversary of your death is coning soon, it is a very painful time of year for your family. I still can't believe it's true, that it must just be a horrible dream. I was in Tampa a few weeks ago to close down our office & it was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. For one thing I kept thinking of your plans to run your Uncle John's business & carry on the name in pride. I don't know why that was not to be but I do know that you carried on the Aviles name on in pride. I think of you & your family every day. Luv,"
Tia Pam of Birmingham, AL

Yes, Andy was a good guy, full of life and hope for the future. It is not fair that he is gone. He will be missed by his family and the people that knew him forever ."
Tampa of Florida

"Dear Mr and Mrs Aville
When I read about Andy I was really depressed. He was a good one. He gave people sun in their hearts, and i think this is what matters. When he died, he died peaceful and with gods blessing, no matter what happened arround him. He was somebody who showed the people how to live. He showed them how to be better people.
God bless him.
Yours Sincerly

Achmed S."
Achmed S., 16 years old, of 16th March 2009, Luetschenbach, Germany

South Tampa of Florida

"Message by Marine friend
it has been awhile since ive been on here. i served with andy in iraq in 2003, and was there the day he was taken away from us. i have never forgotten him, or the person he was. he will forever be in my heart and mind. Rest In Peace Andy. Semper Fidelis. Ooh Rah. my email is import_lvr@yahoo.com, and my name is Spc Gregory Blackwell, i recently went into the army. if anyone wishes to reach me, feel free."
Spc. Gregory Blackwell of USA

"I think of you often. Miss you all the time and trying to watch out for that little brother of yours. I love you and my thoguhts and prayers are always with your family."
Toni M of Tampa

The holiday are here, but the memories of past holidays wih you are so present in my mind. How I wish, I could go back on time to six years ago to make sure I never let you out of my sight. I should've never let you go."
Mom of Tampa, FL

"November 27, 2008

Dear Norma and Oscar,
It is thanksgiving day and I have shared in the family traditions and giving thanks for the blessings that fill my life.

You are in my prayers and my giving thanks this day. I am thinking of Andy, and the grace of his life and new life that he has now.

I am honored to know you. God's blessings to you each day.

with love,
~ Kathy"
Kathy of Tampa, FL

"Hey brother, i don't want to say too much because i hate thinking of that horrible day, know that you are missed by your brothers and our corps. Semper FI!!
SPC O'Leary US Army
formerly CPL O'Leary USMC
3/4 Kilo Company "Darkside""
Thomas O'Leary of Morgan Utah/ currently serving in Afghanistan

"I Love you."
P.T of Tampa, FL

Please keep in touch, call."
N. Aviles of Tampa, FL

I was just thinking about you as usual. I'm struggling with thoughts of deploying to Iraq. I wonder if I will be able to lie in my bed when I'm old, will I regret not going, knowing I could have saved someone like you? Is this war worth possibly my life as well?You are after all, one of the main reasons I joined to become a Corpsman. You made this war real for me. The day i found out about your passing still haunts me. I can still hear my mothers scream, as she recieved the news. It was almost like fate...I was running late for school...my ride to school had to go out of their way to pick me up. God, kept me there...he knew. Just as I was about to walk out of the door the phone rang. Strange i thought...it was in the morning. Then the scream, then Will's face as he ran down stair and told me. Total devastation. It's sad. Frank told me he always thought we would get married. That he wanted you for me. Your mom read me your last letter. I miss you. I should have taken her call as a sign not to get married, but I pressed on. I think you were just trying to look out for me. Needless to say, it didn't work out. You are my inspiration Andy. You brought Frank home safely as you promised me. Thank you for that. I love you...I will never forget."
HM3 Jessica Anderson of Jacksonville, FL

You will NEVER!! be forgotten."
Friend of South Tampa

"To the Aviles family,
Your son is one of a kind. I was one of his instructors at Assault Amphibian Schools Batallion. Your boy is a fine marine. He is ALWAYS in my thoughts and prayers. You should be proud of him (I'm sure you are.)"
Steven Juul of New Orleans, LA

From faraway places I think about you missing you and loving you always and forever."
Your Mom of Cusco, Peru

Neccienega of Jacksonville

Today I thought about when You, John, and me would go to the chow hall in Kuwait. We used to joke and talk about how we couldn't wait to get back to the U.S. and all. Well my friend, you are in far better place than any of us have ever dreamed. I can't wait to hang with you again bro."
Sgt. James Wiggins of 29 Stumps, CA.

"I love you and miss you, Andy. There will be no other like you, ever."
C.P. of Tampa, Fl

"To the family of:Andrew Julian Aviles 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"


I'm thinking of you today, Memorial Day, and offering up my prayers of thanks and gratitude to you and all the rest of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom..I miss you, all of the family misses you, especially the cousins..The rest of the cousins may not write to you but I hope you know that everytime we all get together we always take the time to remember you, tell "Andy stories" and wonder what you'd be doing today..I guess everyone has their own way of grieving your loss.. It's been 5 years and you will ALWAYS be with us..
I could never imagine what your parents, Kristine and Matt are feeling, not having you here on a daily basis but they are stronger than they realize..They are living their lives the best way that they can and I know that you are giving them the strength to keep going..Always a soldier, Andy, even from up above..
I love you and thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice.."
Suzi of Odessa, FL

"Andy,I miss and Love you your memory Is always and forever cherish In my heart,thoughts & prayers.I smile on this day so many people going to take time out to remember you and all the fallen heroes we lost in the struggle.Mr&Mrs,Aviles and Aviles family I know these have been some of the haredest 5yrs In your life living without the one you love,so many have loved..as we stand with our hands over our hearts looking at the the flag that united us as one..as the bells of freedom rang,we will never forget the precious life of Andy and everything that he fought for..
Ne'Ccienega of Jacksonville Fl

"May 26, 2008
Memorial Day

Dear Norma and Oscar,
I can't sleep just now, and thoughts of honoring service men and women, including my Dad, who was buried in February at Arlington National Cemetery and your precious Andy.

May you feel the love and comfort from many places and people who have come to know Andy and you, and cherish your friendship.

Today is special. I will take moments throughout my day to think of Andy and send blessings his way.

Love and Blessings to all the Aviles,
~ Kathy"
Kathy of Tampa. FL

"I miss you, I miss you!!"
No name of Tampa, FL

I can't believe it has been five years. I thought a lot about you this past year as I was separating from active reserve life. You're always in my thoughts. I saw a blue van that looked very similiar to the one your parents had while we were growing up. I was remembering how we both learned how to drive at the same time on the same block. I was in my dad's white van and you in your blue van. I was doing my math homework today and I was also remembering how I passed Geometry because of you. One way, somehow I know we'll meet again. You've inspired me to be a better person and I appreciate my life so much more. There is nothing I can do to repay you for the ultimate sacrifice you have given. Thank you, Andy. And like I said, one day I will buy you that beer. I want to be the first one to wish you a Happy Birthday, Marine. Semper Fi, Ooh Rah!"
Cpl. Jason G. Martinez of Tampa, FL USA

"5 Years to the day bro. I still remember your jokes and your laughter. You were my brother taken away from me. I hate that I can't hang with you or that you, john, and me can't go out to the bar or anything. I miss you terribly man and everyday that goes by seems to be an eternity. I guess I will have the long watch until we meet again. I'll meet you at them Pearly gates brother."
Cpl James Wiggins of 29 Stumps, CA

There was nothing you could've done to prevent that day, Andy knows that. Thank you for being with Andy that last night.
God bless you."
Andy's Mom of Tampa, Fl

"March 19, 2008

Dear Norma and Oscar,
I am thinking of you and especially Andy, and send my love and care.

If only,
time could be turned back,
to another day,
another time ...

God love and bless you and Andy

with love,
~ Kathy"
Kathy of Tampa, FL

"Andy, it just seems impossible to believe that it has been nearly 5 years since that terrible day....I still remember everything about that day. You and I stayed up late that night watching the artillery streak across the sky towards their targets....we must have joked around about why we joined and what we were gonna do for hours. The next morning, we still were talking about various things when you walked over to my track to grab the water jugs in the back of my track....I was on watch and saw you grab your two jugs and start to leave...I said, " I will talk to you later" you responded in kind....little did I know, 3 minutes later, there would be no later. I felt guilty for your death for a long time, my friend, even though I knew that the last thing you would have wanted was for me to feel that way....Lord knows, I wish to God that I would have distracted you for another couple minutes...I wish anything would have happened so that you would not have been on your track when that round hit it....I am so sorry....I prayed for your forgiveness for a long time...knowing that you would have told me that there was nothing to forgive...I love you man, And I will always remember you...i swear that...God bless your family."
John Barling of Florida

"Andy, I miss you evey single day. It seems just like yesterday that I was talking to you, laughing with you. I will never forget you."
Friend of South Tampa

"Andy, Time stands stand still since you left. It is been almost five years, but to me it seems just like yesterday that you said good bye, and promised to comeback soon."
C.P. of Tampa

"Andy, I know I havent wrote on this site in some time but believe me there isnt a day that passes that I dont think of you. With dog tags around my neck and boots on my feet thoughts of you are what helped me through some tough times. You still are not forgotten my friend."
PFC Rezac, Chris of Ft. Jackson, SC

"January 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles:
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

Another year without you; it is not easy, it will never be easy.
I love you forever."
Mom of Tampa, Fl

"Memories of you come flooding to my head and my heart aches. I remember February of 2003 the last time I saw you. Why did you have to go, Why?
Love you forever."

It's been so long since I've written you. I just found this website today and wanted to let you know how much I love and miss you..You were in my thoughts all day this past Sunday and I found myself wondering what you would've been doing if you were still with us--correction, you are still with us and will live in our hearts forever. I miss you more than you know and even though I may not write to you all the time, I think of you often..Rest in peace, primo.."
Suzi of Odessa, FL

"There are many fallen heroes, That left behind there dreams. They did this for us all, and they are called United States Marines."
kevin of WI

"In this weekend of Veteran's day I will pray for all of my fellow Marines that have fallen. Semper Fi Devil dog and I know that when I get upstairs you will be with all of our brothers guarding the gates. God Bless."
Andy Lopez of Mssouri

"It is hard to understand that it is going to be almost five years. Your memory lives on in my mind and my heart."
C.P. of t

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I wonder what you would"ve been doing today; I know, you would've been always as wonderful as you used to be. I miss you every single day.
of Tampa, Fl

"I'm currently serving in the US Army and I graduated high school last spring. What saddens me and at the same time, sends chills down my spine is the fact that this Marine was only my age when he fell in combat. I cannot imagine the grief on my mother if I were to suffer the same fate at such a young age. All gave some, some gave all.

God bless."
Chris of California

I think of you everyday. I miss you sooo much, I still can not believe that I will never see you again. This war is so unfair taking a wonderful person like you.
Someone in South of Tampa, Florida

"Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took his hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay that day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Task undone must stay that way.
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one touched.
Perhaps my time seemed all to brief,
But don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me.
God wanted me now, He set me free!"
William Darby Taylor Jr. of Bonita Springs Florida

I would like to say thank you to you and your fellow crewman who was also KIA that day for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you, I wish that I had had the privilege of serving with you when I was in the USMC.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"Andy will never be forgotten by those, young and old, who had the opportunity to get to know him, laugh with him, watch him and smile at his exuberance. Norma and Oscar, know that Andy has touched people from throughout this country and even farther and never, never will be forgotten. God bless. Love to all your family!"
Melanie of Tampa

"I just wanted to extend my gratitude as we remember this Memorial Day. It is because of you that we are able to continue living each day as we do now. Thank you; you will never be forgotten."
Duane Fillmore, USMC of VA

"i fill bad for your lost me and my mother have been praying for all soliders i just u can gain your strenght"
cory smith of jackson ,mississippi

"I am sorry for this painful expeience on your be have. But God is love and all will get better"
Dominick Fears of Jackson, MS/USA

"Andy, I miss you cousin. I will never forget how I used to come over on Sunday's after church back in the day and eat breakfast with tha fam then wrestle with You and Matt. You were extremely relentless and would never give up in any of my holds. I am proud of you. I know you will continue to watch over us from heaven. Thanks for inspiring me many times over. I love you bro."
Michael Rodriguez of Tampa, Fl

It is over four years from the last time I saw you and the last time I heard your voice. Oh, how much I miss you, I can't stop going over and over of what I could've done differently to stop you from going to Iraq. I didn't do enough, I din't do anything, and I let you go just like that, and I am paying for it.
I miss you soo much."
Mom of Tampa, Fl

"April 7th, 2007

I keep looking back, trying to remember what went wrong that day. I read the story they printed in the Times http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1004681,00.html (TIME, April 21, 2003 issue, page 56) nearly every day. I am sorry.

Semper Fidelis, Brothers. I will never forget either of you.

Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles
Marine Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin

Rest in Peace,

CPL Duane Fillmore, MCBH, Kaneohe Bay, HI http://semperfidelischesty8.wordpress.com/"
Fillmore of MCBH, Kaneohe Bay, HI

"Andy,Life is not the same without you. It is been four years from the last time I saw you, four horrible years without you.
I miss you."
C.P. of Tampa, Fl

"Andy and I were good friends while we were in Amphibious assault school. I have many great memories of Andy. Not a day goes by that I dont think of him. Andy was more than a friend, he was my brother. Semper Fi you will always be in my thoughts and prayers."
David Massi of Falmouth, Ma

"The best way we can express our sadness and anger over Andy's death is by making sure it stops happening to other kids. If everyone who posts here would call and write their representatives urging them to stop funding a senseless occupation then maybe no other family would have to know the pain that we do. How many times does the American public have to be lied to before they act? If this offends anyone, I cannot apologize. My loss was too great to do nothing. To borrow Andy's mantra, "Don't talk about it, BE about it.""
Tu prima que te extrana of Tampa, Florida

"Thank you all. Our only wish is that Andy will continue living in the hearts of the people that knew him or were touched by his life.
God bless you."
Andy's Mom of Tampa, Florida

"I did not know this brave man, but I want his family and all others who love (not "loveD") him to know that you do not grieve alone. You are in my prayers and I can only trust that all will be together in God's Kingdom one day. I am so sorry for the grief and pain you feel. May God pour out His special love and comfort you. Only He knows why things happen the way they do, even when He did not cause them to happen, but He also has a way of turning pain and heartache into joy. I really do not have the vocabulary to express exactly what I wish to express, but I hope you take this with the humble and thankful heart I have as I write this message."
Doug Scott of Front Royal, Virginia

"I did not know this brave man, but I want his family and all others who love (not "loveD") him to know that you do not grieve alone. You are in my prayers and I can only trust that all will be together in God's Kingdom one day. I am so sorry for the grief and pain you feel. May God pour out His special love and comfort you. Only He knows why things happen the way they do, even when He did not cause them to happen, but He also has a way of turning pain and heartache into joy."
Doug Scott of Front Royal, Virginia

"I had met Aviles in MCT in 2002. I remember great things about him and all the laugh as well. MCT was not always that easy. When i was in Baghdad i looked in a Marine newspaper and i saw his name I became sad and i had prayed that day hoping that was not him. It has been years and I still think about him and my other friend that pass away.
with love and respect
cpl. cooper
usmc 2002-2006"
ofelia martin-cooper of temecula,ca usa

"I know Andy from the german book ´´Andy and Marwa`´this was written by Jürgen Todenhöfer.This book showes me how the iraq war really is.And this makes me very sad because Andy was a child and he must die for the war.Why???I don´t know!!Maybe because some political don´t imagine that the war costs many of innocent people live.I come from Germany from the small city Baumholder in also many Amerikans are stationed.I talked to many of them and they told me that the war is very terrible.When I read the book from Jürgen Todenhöfer I had to cry because the children who die in the Iraq war no matter whether Iraqi or American very much are sorry, for the future I hope the war is over soon,because like the most people know today that the war has taken basically only innocent people live.My condelences for the parents and the friends of Andy.By Dana"
Dana Eleusizova 15 years of Baumholder ,Rheinland-Pfalz/Germany

I Love you, I will always love you."
xoxo of Tampa, Fl

Another Christmas and New Year without you. I still can't understand why I had to loss you my dear son.
Love you forever,"
Mom of Tampa, Fl

"November 25, 2006

Dear Norma and Oscar,
On Thanksgiving day as I was sharing in the festivities of this traditional holiday, of celebrating blessings with my family, I was deeply thinking of you and your family, and Andy.

I have come to know you through a great loss, of your dear son, and I feel the love and inspiration that Andy showed to his family, and friends, and to so many.

May you continue to find hope and strength in the love of your family. Andy lives forever in your hearts, and has touched so many others hearts, including mine.

With love,
~ Kathy"
Kathy of Tampa, FL

Ne'ccie of Jacksonville

I read your last letter today, and I miss you more than ever."
M. of Tampa, Fl

"Dear Aviles Family,
I don't know what exactly to say other than Andrew is a true hero. So young, yet had done so much. He is resting now knowing that he has done this country proud as well as his fellow Marines. For his bravery in serving the in most elite fighting force, he will surely not be forgotten.

Semper Fi"
LCpl Reyes of Cali

"Hey Andi!!I come from germany!!
I´m 15 years old.I read a book about your life and death!You´re a hero for myself!I´ll never forget you!"
Christian of Schwäbisch Gmünd/Germany

I was thinking about you all day long today. I think of the times you used to come to my job to get a ride home.
I miss you Andy. I miss you so much and forever love you."
Mom of Tampa, FL

"Dear Mr & Mrs Aviles,
I went to school with Andy, and am deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Andy was a great person, he really was "Mr Everything". Every time I hear something about 9/11 I think of him and what he helped us fight for. In every way, Andy truly is a hero."
Jenna of Tampa, FL

"Thank you, Cpl Pena and Cpl. Wiggins,
It give us comfort to hear from the people that spend time with Andy during his brief time in the Marines. Thank you for remembering Andy.
Andy's family of Tampa, Fl

"I was good friends with Andrew from Sep 2002 til his untimely death. I was only a couple hundred yards away when this tradgey bestruck our platoon and I want to make sure his family knows how sorry I am that this happened to them. I will always remember Andrew and will keep him alive through the memories of the times we had. I will miss him."
Cpl James Wiggins of 29 Palms, CA. USA

"I wish we could get him back, I wish this was a mistake."
Me of Tampa, Florida

"It has been a while since I posted anything on any of Andy's memorial sites but it's funny because no matter how much I don't go to the sites or see his pictures I still cant get his voice out of my head or out of my heart. He was a great friend and at a certain point in my life it seemed like he was my only friend. Life is so strange with the twists and turns that it gives you. For knowing Andy the way that I and many others did I am a better person. If you know him then you knew his distinct voice. Andy had a sense of humor that would make the days at work seem bearable. If you knew Andy then you know what I mean and if you didn't then you really should wish that you did. He was/is a one of a kind guy. There won't be another Andy. I miss him the same every day the same as I did in 2003, I don't think that will ever change. Honestly, I would be okay with it if he had went off to college and ended up moving away and I only talked to him on holidays or once in a while because at least he would be around to make the world that much better. Yes, I know he did a noble thing dying for his country and that can be of a great debate but I personally wished he was here."
Chris Rezac of Tampa, FL - USA

"Sorry, there is a problem with the "i"."
Peter of Eppelheim Germany

"Dear Mrs. Avles,

I understand you very well. I lost a brother at the age of 27, 16 years ago. I thought i can´t lve with this pain in my heart. I hope you have a place where you can think and talk to your son Andy. This was the only thing who helped me in this dark time. Please forget never: Live goes on and we are all in gods hand. All the best for you!!

Peter of Eppelheim Germany

Thank you for thinking of us, we are doing the best we can, but our hearts are completely broken for losing our Andy.
You can get in touch with the Author of the book for information about Marwa.
Andy's Mom of Tampa, Fl

"I remember having a great time with andrew in san diego, and aav scool. he was a great person and a good friend. I remember when i heard the bad news i was out there in iraq and all i can say is that he is always going to be remember as a hero. We miss you andrew. Sincerely Cpl. Rene Pena USMC 4th aav galveston. tx."
cpl. rene pena of Houston, TX

"I remember having a great time with andrew in san diego, and aav scool. he was a great person and a good friend. I remember when i heard the bad news i was out there in iraq and all i can say is that he is always going to be remember as a hero. We miss you andrew. Sincerely Cpl. Rene Pena USMC 4th aav galveston. tx."
cpl. rene pena of Houston, TX

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,

I´ve read today the book from Jürgen Todenhöfer about the destiny from your son Andy and the girl Marwa from Bagdad. I´m very sad about what´s happened and it´s near to break my heart. Do you have contact with Marwa, i´ve read that she must leave Germany after but she don´t want to go back to Bagdad. Is there nothing we can do? I bekieve there is no future for nobody in Iraq, excuse me."
Peter of Eppelheim Germany

"sorry, i´m not very god in englich!
but i have read a bock, named andy and marwa two children and the war.
i cant say waht i think in englich. but i think andy wars a verry god person!!!!!
god bless his family and all his frinds."
Nina of Germany

I miss you, I will always question your decision to go into the Marines.
Please protect your brothers in arms that are still fighting this unnecessary war that took your life.
Loving you forever,"
C.P. of Tampa, Fl

"Thank you for your response. I'm glad the tree is doing well. I actually got a chance to visit Peru with my father last summer. He died recently, very suddenly. I have lost people I loved in the past but I now have a deeper understanding of the word, "lost," and what this might mean to you. I am very sorry for the pain I'm sure you still feel. I can only say that I wish I did not understand it as well as I do now. Peru is a strange and amazing country and I am not saddened to say that Luisella inspired me to visit.

There does not seem to be an end to the loss except through acceptance. I guess.

Clifford J. Webb"
Clifford J. Webb of Munford, AL

"June 4, 2006

Dear Norma and Oscar,
I was very moved, and felt honored to stand with you on Monday, and despite a strong breeze, to light candles to honor the ones who have died in wars - and to honor Andy.

This memorial day held very special meaning to me, as I have come to know the special Mom and Dad that you are, and to be able to keep Andy forever in my prayers. Your hearts stay open to love and caring. You love your son and you care for other families whose children have been killed, and are hurting too.

You care for our country and pray and talk about the hope - that soon our troops can come home. I pray each day for this and do what I can to ask our government, to please let our troops come home soon.

With my love,
~ Kathy

dear Neccie, I listened to the tribute you posted. It is very moving. God Bless you."
Kathy of Tampa, FL

"Mr. and Mrs Aviles

I was very grateful to serve with your son. I was one of his instructors at AAS Bn. I was very heartbroken and still is to this day. There is not a day goes by that I dont think about him and his buddy Lcpl Anderson and the good times they had going to school togather and hearing about their adventurous weekends. My heart goes out to your family. He is always in my mind, heart, and prayers. God Bless.
SSgt Denson RSS TWC RS Sioux Falls
SSgt Denson David A of Sioux Falls South Daakota

"I miss you. I will never get over losing you."
Me of Tampa, Florida

Thank you for thinking of us. We miss him very much too. You are a good friend.
Andy's Mom of Tampa, FL

"I pay all Respect,in sit in a moments of slience"..my head down with the Memory of Andy well rested on my mind..now on Memorial's day..I celebrate Andrew's life and Grieve of happiness that he brought to mine and so many others...on this special day Remembering so many Fallen HEROES.. Andy will always be one of mine..to Mr and Mrs Aviles and the Avile's family I know coping is heard and pain heals gradually...am here if you ever need me..I have nothing but love for you all..and I know Andy is smiling down on all of us and that it hurts him to see us cry..so today just smile for him to let him know that we are smiling up at him too :)..Love & Respect may God Bless and see your family though...I Love You Neccie"
Neccienega Nash of Jacksonville,Fl

"To the parents of Andrew Julian Aviles i will like to thank you for giving birth to this brave person. I will also like to thank your son personally for giving it all he had by fighting in the war and putting his life on the line for us."
Hillary Dyse of Jackson MS USA

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles.
Like Carina/Kiel I am from Germany and I read this book from Jürgen Todenhöfer,too.I think it`s not right,that these young people had to be the first ones in Bagdad.Also I`ve never even seen your son,I can imagine what a kind of human he has been because of this book.Sincere condolences from me."
Mathias of Wessum

"Dear Jessica,
We miss him terrible too, and we are forever broken hearted. I have some pictures he took in California, there you all look so happy.
Thank you for writing.
Andy's Mom of Tampa, Fl

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,
I miss Andy. I think about him everyday. My fondest memory was of my trip to visit Andy and Frank in Camp Pendleton. I find myself fighting tears when I think about him. I just miss him everyday. It has been three years and I will never forget him. When ever I go home, my mom and dad and I always talk about how much we miss him. I always pray for him. I always pray for your family. I love him and I carry our memories in my heart. I will never forget him. God bless you both."
Jessica Anderson of Hernando Beach, FL/ Hernando County

"April 24, 2006

I am thinking of Andy, and this being a special day, and I imagine a heavenly birthday party.

With love and Blessings to you, Mr. and Mrs. Aviles, and your family.

~~ Kathy"
Kathy of Tampa, FL

"We want to thank all the people that came to the candlelight vigil, you made it very special.
We are sorry we didn't have the chance to greet each and everyone, specially Andy's friends. Next time we need to make sure to do that.
Andy's parents of Tampa

"April 8, 2006

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,
It was an honor to light a candle for Andy yesterday evening, and to share in your memories and to celebrate a special young man, your son.

The spring sky gave way to a beautiful evening, and as dusk came, to light the candles with family and friends, and to remember Andy - was truly moving. Yours is a warm and caring family. I am honored to feel a touch of that care and warmth. I enjoyed meeting your children and family.

Andy's presence there, and in your hearts, will never forsake you. May you continue to celebrate his life. I know the journey of grieving seems to last forever, and perhaps it will. I know, too - Blessings and Faith will make your journey possible.

With love,
~ Kathy"
Kathy of Tampa, FL

"There will be a candlelight vigil in memory of Andy, Friday April 7, at 7 p.m. at the corner of Dale Mabry and Interbay. Friends and supporters are invited."
Andy's friends and family of Tampa, Florida

"I was a friend of your son Matthew, and an aquantence of Andy when I attended RHS. Andy was a relief to have around...he always made everyone laugh and he was so sweet and kind. I know its been 3 years, but I still think of your family and Andy. My father is in the service as well and I fear for him everyday!!! My prayers are with your family"
nicki ross of lakewood, Wa

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,
It was so special to meet you yesterday. I will never forget the moment we embraced.

I can still feel your tears on my cheek. I still feel your warm embrace.

I deeply thank you for sharing about your precious son. To speak of Andy, with warmth, care and love. You honor your son, and so we too, honor Andy.

Thank you also, for your courage and willingness, to speak to us. To urge this administration to bring our troops home safely, Now.

An active peace movement is viable.

We will build on the voices, yours, and many others. An active peace movement begins within - and it will take each One willing to speak it, live it, practice it, and Pass It On.

Thank you for your willingness to show us through your love and committment.

with love,
and Blessings,
~ Kathy"
of Tampa, FL

You and all the people that care for Andy and my family were and still are our support and strenght. Thank you for everything you have done and said. The tree is still alive.
Andy's Mom of Tampa, Florida

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,

I only got to meet Andy a couple of times. He was a pretty sharp guy. I hope the tree I helped Mr.Aviles plant is O.K. It all makes me very sad. I hope your actions and those of your niece can help rid our proud nation of the plague that is upon us.

I hope I helped when you needed help.

Clifford J. Webb"
Clifford J. Webb of Munford, AL

"My name is Miguel Aviles. My prayers and condolences go out to Andy's family. Ironically enough, a few months after Andy's death, I was stationed at the same unit Andy was 4th AAV, 4th Marines. All the Marines in the unit looked at my name tape in disbelieve and asked me if I was related. If Andy's family is reading this, please email me. I am in Tampa, FL. God Bless!
CPL Aviles, MA of Tampa, FL USA/Maint Platoon, 4th AAV, 4th Marines

"To Andy Family, your son has done what a few people would do for there family, and country, he gave his all. Our prayers are with you and your family. I am a 1stSgt retired in Deltona if I can ever be of any assistance do not hestitate to email: aviles26@hotmail.com"
Miguel A. Aviles of Deltona Florida

"To Andy and his family:
I currently work for the Governement and live half a mile away from Macdill AFB. I noticed that the your memorial was taken down and wondered what happened. Finally seeing your parents on the news and hearing about it from other friends of ours.....I started to cry. You gave your life for our country and your family is dealing with that everyday. Seeing that someone , whomever, would be so hurtful to take down your memorial is so disgraceful. You deserve much more than just the memorial outside of the base and hopefully your parents and your friends will be able to make that happen. Thanks to your parents for giving the names of people that we can write to, to find out how we can restore your memorial. I'm sorry for rambling but the hurt that i feel everytime i pass the place that your memorial once stood, is so deep. Your legacy will live on through your family, friends, and all of those that you have saved and encountered in very short life. We all miss you and you are in my prayers every night. I hope that your memorial is restored or they are going to have a bunch of angry people that won't stop until you are remembered in the way that you deserve and hopefully it will be permanent.We will not stop until something is put there to honor you. Once again we miss you and thank you for giving such a big sacrifice. To andy's family and himself.....he'll never be forgotten and everyday i thank him for what he's done. My prayers are with you."
Cynthia of Tampa,Fl

"Oscar and Norma,
I have known Andy since I turned thirteen years old. Through his perspective on life I have made many changes in my own way of thinking. Your son is my hero, and has been since we were twelve/ thirteen years old. I thank you very much for giving him to the world and I thank him every day for giving his life to defend our country. To all of Andy's friends from Robinson. Andy set an example both on and off the field as a leader and a winner. May we live each day of our lives to their fullest extent, then and only then can we properly honor Andy."
Angela "Gonzo" Gonzalez of Tampa, Florida

"My mother sent me the book "Andy und Marwa" from Germany for my birthday recently and I just finished reading it today. I was not only deeply touched by your sacrifice and that of Marwa's family, I am also grateful to you for allowing Andy’s story to be told. While your son's life was cut short so tragically, I hope that his story may serve as a wake up call for those Americans whom are still in denial about the long-term implications of an unjust and unnecessary war in Iraq. More importantly, I hope that we have learned how critical it is for us to understand all of the impacts of waging "preventative" war in this manner. We should demand accountability and in depth consideration from our president of the lives impacted by his actions before we send our men and women in the armed services into combat. All human life is precious and I find it perverse and upsetting that our president tries to spin his motives as promoting freedom, democracy, and a culture of life.

My condolences and deepest sympathy go out to your family.

Best regards,"
Lisa Marsh of Chandler, Arizona, USA

I am writing from Germany. I am 16 years old an I just read the book: "Andy and Marwa".
I loved reading it and I will give a paper about Andy´s and Marwa´s story in my literatur-course, because this book, whole the story is so faszinating and cruel.
I give all my sympathy to you, Mr. an Mrs. Aviles and to all "war-victims".
Good Bye"
Carina of Germany / Kiel

"To Whom It May Concern:
I was good friends with Andy and I just wanted to say that there isnt a day that goes by that me and others dont think of Andy. He was full of life and with saying that you could only understand if you had met him. He had a charisma all his own. Pretty much all of the time he was the youngest and shortest of all of the people he was with but still he stood out as if he was the biggest and oldest. Nobody could have imagined this happening to him. I am still shocked to this day and sometimes it still doesnt sink in. I still think one day he will call me and be like "I'm home, lets hang!" but then there are days that I hold his dog tags in my hands and realize that he isnt wearing them anymore and he isnt coming home and thats when I get that knot in the pit of my stomach. He isnt the one this was supposed to happen to, he shouldnt have been there. I apologize for my ramblings. I just wanted to give some perspective on how I feel."
Chris Rezac of Tampa, FL

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,

You have my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your son, and for the more recent desecration and removal of his memorial. Whoever took it upon themselves to remove it without notifying you is simply despicable.

Please know that my heart and the hearts of my family reach out to you in this difficult time."
Steve Searls of NY

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,
As I walked along the river's edge this evening, watching a lovely sunset, I have kept you close in my thoughts, and spoke a silent prayer, carried by the breeze, to reach to far places. May our troops return home safe and soon.

I pray also, that soon, Andy's memorial will be restored.

I cannot forget you, I cannot forget your son. You shall stay in my prayers, every day now.

with love,
~ Kathy


Whatever I can do, even in the smallest way, please let me know."
of Tampa, FL

"To all of you that wrote.
Thank you for your love and support. We are trying to see if someone returns the memorial, but also we are trying to see if it could be made permanent. It all depends on our representatives in Tallahassee. If you want to help, you could write or call Senator Jim Sebesta, and Rep. Faye Culp.
Katy please send me your e-mail. There is alot that you can do to help, and support our troops, so they could come home safe.
N. Aviles"
Andy's Mom and Dad of Tampa, Fl

"Dear Mrs. Aviles,
I was so moved by the story in the Tampa Tribune yesterday. I am deeply moved by your courage and willingess to share about your son, Andrew - and the grief and sorrow you feel everyday, as you miss him so much.

I have been growing more distressed about the continued war in Iraq, and wondering what I can do, if anything. I know how hard it was to go through a serious illness with my daughter, that nearly took her life. I can't imagine all the Moms and Dads who are losing their sons (and daughters). I want to join with you, and Cindy Sheehan and be part of the peace movement.

I can no longer stay silent against our government, and the cruelty of their arrogant stance, and the dying of men and women, for an unjust war.

I don't know what avenue just yet, to take - but, I feel writing to you, to offer my care and support, is one step - to seek understanding, and possible way to PeaceFully, ask - No More.

Love and Blessings to your family, and to your son, Andrew - Peace always.

~ Kathy"
of Tampa, FL

"Hi Andy,

I miss saying Good Morning to you now that someone has taken your memorial away from us. I noticed it was gone, but didn't realize that someone had actually stole it until I saw your parents on the news the following night. I can't imagine the amount of pain your parents are going through right now, so hopefully the person who took it has a heart and will return it shortly. I work over at the TMO at Mac Dill and I send soliders over to the Middle East everyday. The day I stop sending guys over there will be the day I'll be completely happy again. Please watch over your family during this hurtful time they're going through. I know you always do..."
Natsu - Jessie's sister-in-law of Tampa, FL

"Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,
I'm also saddend that someone would take Andy's Memorial down. Everday I pass by his memorial and remember the sacrafice that your son made. I always pray for you as a family that god will bless you!
SSgt Joshua Gonzalez Tampa, Fl
Robinson class 2000"
Joshua Gonzalez of Tampa, Fl

"My dear Andy,
It is very difficult without you.
Someone took away the memorial that honored you in front of McDill AF. I am very saddened, we don't know who is responsible,but we are looking at all the posibilities. It is disturbing to know that someone is trying to hurt us this way.
I know that you are looking after us, but life without you is getting more diffult each day. I miss you soo much.
Loving you forever,"
Your Mom of Tampa, Fl

"Hey brother. It's Frank. We talked earlier in prayer. There's not a day that goes bye that I don't think about you. I've got you name tatted on my arm as a memorial. I'm doing well. I've got big news! In May '07 I'll be commissioned a 2nd Lt and in Sept. '06 I'll be a father. I want you to know how much Terianne and I miss you and I want to thank you for looking after my family and I like we promised eachother in Kuwait if one of us didn't make it back. I'll see you soon."
Cpl Anderson III, Frank K. of 3rd ANGLICO, CA

"Hey brother. It's Frank. We talked earlier in prayer. There's not a day that goes bye that I don't think about you. I've got you name tatted on my arm as a memorial. I'm doing well. I've got big news! In May '07 I'll be a commissioned a 2nd Lt and in Sept. '06 I'll be a father. I want you to know how much Terianne and I miss you and I want to thank you for looking after my family and I like we promised eachother in Kuwait if one of us didn't make it back. I'll see you soon."
Cpl Anderson III, Frank K. of 3rd ANGLICO, CA

"To: Andy's Mom

Andy will always be in our prayers

Love Molly and my son (Lance Corporal Robert M. Casas)"
Molly of Downey, California

"Andy, I love you, and I miss you.
You were too young to have to sacrifice your life.
Love you forever!"
c.p. of Tampa, Fl

"Dear Mr. & Mrs. Aviles,
I did not know ur son Andrew, however, we share one thing in common, our last name, Aviles. I too lost my dad, James Aviles, April 6th, 2004, one day and one year later to the date, I feel they are up above in heaven telling stories w/each other. My heart goes out for both you and your family, especially during this time of year."
Denise Aviles-Guerriero of Yardley, PA

"To Andy's family. i went to school with Andy at RHS and he is soemone you wil never forget. i remember him always being nice to me even when i was a nerdy freshman, since then we stayed friends. He was a wonderful person with a smile that brightened everyone's day.Everyday i drive past the picture of him outside of Macdill AFB and i say a prayer and thank him. You guys raised a great man that sacrificed his life and freedom for us. May god bless you and know that he will never be forgotten. Thank you"
Cynthia De La Rosa of Tampa,FL

"Hi I'm a 7 grader and I chose to do my biography on you r son I have learned alot from reading about him and I am so sorry"
of salem

"Jenny and Karin,
Thank you for your thoughful words. We miss Andy Terribly, he was so young, and full of life.
Thank you again.
N. Aviles of Tampa, Fl

"Hello Mrs.and Mr. Aviles!
I read the book Andy and Marwa.I m so terrible sorry about Andy.I know how it feels, I lost my oncle! I ll make a big report about Andy. Nobody should forget him, Andy was a very good son, friend,and he is a hero!
I m praying everyday for Andy!
Karin Mühlbacher of Austria

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,
I read the book "Andy and Marwa".
The story of your son touched me really deeply. I can`t understand why a man, called President George W. Bush could start those war in Iraq. Andy, I read that you were a good Marine,a good son. You are a hero and I belive that. I will pray for you and your family."
Sincerely, Jenny of Emmingen, Germany

"Hello Andy's Mom,

I'm Robert's Mom, Molly, whenever you need to write, please do, my address is: 10000 E. Imperial Hwy - A204 - Downey, California 90242

Marine Mom Molly Casas"
Molly of Downey, California

"Back in 2nd grade, I never would have dreamed that this is where everyone would be, definitely not Andy. He was the funny kid that everybody knew, now he's the fallen hero that we are all very proud to have known. He will never be forgotten."
Nick of Tampa, Fl.

"I am so sorry for your lost. Andy was a great friend I went to robinson with him, and I was in rotc with him he was a great person. god bless"
Brittany Camper Meyers of Deltona, Florida

"My prayers and thoughts are with you. May the Good Lord bless you and keep you. Andrew is an angel in Heaven now. Be strong."
Amy of South Dakota

"To the Aviles Family,

I'm so sorry for your loss, may God Bless your family always. Andy will always be in my prayers.

Marine Mom of Lance Corporal Robert Casas"
Molly of Downey, California

"To Andy's Marine buddies,
Thank you for writing, and giving us a glimpse to moments in our Andy's life while he was away from home. They are treasures we will keep with us forever.
Thank you,"
Andy's Mom of Tampa, Florida

Its been awhile since you passed. Remember those days that You, Anderson, Snow, Bechtel, Massi, Me and the rest of our class at AAS Bn spent in Ocean side, I miss you man. To the family, Your son was a great Man, a Great Friend, and a Great Marine. I'll never forget you brother. I hope when i report to Heaven you'll be the one to welcome me home, until then brother I love ya, and miss ya."
Cpl Priebe, Sean M of Jackson, MI

"Hello, My name is James and I knew Andrew as we went to bootcamp, MCT, Schools, and Iraq together. He was in my platoon when he was killed. He was always the one person in the platoon to make you laugh. He alway had a smile on his face. I always wonder how he could always smile. I miss him dearly and can't wait to shake his hand in heaven. Peace my fallen Brother."
Cpl. James Wiggins of Camp Pendleton CA

"Thanks from a grateful nation and fellow Marine. Semper Fi and we shall see you at the gates."
Bob USMC RET of Beavercreek OH

"Aug 15, 2005
Marine Lance Cpl Andrew Julian Aviles
You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace brave marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
"In all of the far-flung operations of our Armed Forces, the toughest job has been performed by the average, easy-going, hard-fighting young American who carries the weight of battle on his own young shoulders. it is to him that we and all future generations must pay grateful tribute". -
Franklin Delano Roosevelt"
Bradford & Dorothy Burt of Portsmouth, RI

"To my AAV brothers,
Thank you is not enough, God Bless you and your family.

The former Sgt. Colón
(3rd AA BN A&C Companies, TVP Quantico, VA)"
Sgt. Colón of Northern, VA

I´m writing from Germany. I´m a senior NCO in the German Armed Forces.I just read the book "Andy and Marwa" which is published in Germany. I spend two tours in Operation Enduring Freedom and I can relate to a lot of things from this book. I never unterstood why my parents are so worried whenever I´m on TDY. After reading the book I do understand them and it makes me very sad, because in 99% the innocent are the victims.My thoughts go out to Andys parents,brother,sister and relatives. I have made many friends among the USMC during Op Enduring Freedom. I have lost contact to most of them, still hopeing they are doing all right.My thoughts go out to their families as well, hoping that soon no more parents and relatives have to suffer such huge losses for such stupid and senseless reasons."
SFC "Delta" of Berlin, Germany

"I send my my deepest sympathy's to your family. I have a son in the 82nd Airborne and I can't imagine my life without him in it. I started a memorial website to honor and pay tribute to Our Country's Fallen Hero's. I hope you won't mind that I created a Memorial for Andrew. I have included a link to his Tribute Page.
I've only finished a few Memorials,but, already the families have told me what a wonderful Blessing it is for them. I hope it will be for you as well. God Bless

Cheryl Polk of Sanford, FL

I a mFrom Germany and I read about Andy in the Book Andy und Marwa.
I could not believe that a Person like President Bush could be so stupid an dstart a war in Iraq. I have friends in america and they stand behinh Bush but I couldnt understand it. I think bUsch did Brainwashing, something ´like Hitler in Germany in the Third Reich.
Its so sad that so many men and women died and still die in Iraq.
I hope that the Families can stop crying. but I hope that they will never forget their sons, daughters Fathers or Mothers, Brother or sisters, that died in Iraq.
I wish all the best to andys familie and I hope that they can have a normal life in time."
of Germany

"To LCpl Aviles,
I know that its been a while and it was hard for me to even beleave that this had happen to you. I felt like it was my fault that I wasnt there. I feel that I should have been the one to lose my life so a young man like you can contiue on. Till this day everytime I go to tampa and see your picture going to MacDill, I think about the day I picked you up from the airport In San Diego to bring you and the other Marines back to Pendleton. A young motivated Hard Charger was what you are. I still watch the video that Cpl Kokotek made still gives me chills. I guess it all comes down to the fact that I couldnt say Thank you for what you have done for all of us. I want to thank your family aswell for raising you the way they did. Semper Fi Devil Dogg

CPL Garcia/ 4th AABN"
Desmond Garcia of Fayetteville, NC

"I dint know your son but still i cry nowing he laid down his life so we can all be free Im sorry for your lost and will pray for your family ."
Scott Aviles of Philadelphia , Pa.

"Thank you all for your messages.
Andy's family of Tampa, Fl

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,
I just read the book Andy and Marwa.
The story of your son touched me really deeply.
I'll pray for you and Andy.
God bless you all!"
Sandra of Germany

I am trying to make sense of all these senseless deaths. I am still as horrified and broken hearted as the day I found out that you won't be coming back home. I wish someone could've stop this war. I miss you, I love you."
Your Mom of Tampa, Florida


"Dear Mr. and Mr. Aviles- Allow me to thank you for brining someone so special and dear, whose life has touched thousands. My husband and I were fellow classmates of Andy @ Robinson. I remeber Andy as a leader, all around great guy. He was friendly and he had this glow of happiness and strength. Although I did not know him personally, once I returned from an underway and learned from family what had happened I was deeply saddend. I would see fellow classmates in The tampa trib @ Andy's memorial. All i could do was pray, because I was staioned @ Norfolk getting ready for deployment. Everytime I go home I see his memorial outside of base... To this day it's still hard to say good bye. So I decided to just pray and bring a rose each visit. Thank you Andy, we'll miss you always. RIP Devil dog. God bless you, and your wonderful family. Corpsman up! - HN Trett (Jessica Insley) RHS C/O 2002"
Jessica Trett of Mayport, Fl USA

Today I found out that 1stLt. Wetherbee was killed in Iraq on September of last year. I am very sad, why do good, innocent men die like this? It is amazing to know that the three of you reunited again, Marti, Lt. Wetherbee, and you.
Rest in peace Marines."
Norma Aviles of Tampa, Florida

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,
Here I am again thinking of you and your beloved son, Andy. As always you are in my prayers. I am the one who left you the message on April 7. If you choose to do so, I would love to correspond with you personally. My email address is DavidRRay@comcast.net. Send me an email if you wish. At any rate, I will leave messages here often if you do not respond, but I hope you do. I very much want to be your friend. God bless you always."
Dave Ray of Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

"You will alwasy be a hero. God bless ur memory&family. im considering joining the Marines im 19 only a year older than u but if i do go in i hope i can live up to half of what u were semper fi marine!"
Sangi Baldomazzio of rio rancho, NM

"You will alwasy be a hero. God bless ur memory&family. im considering joining the Marines im 19 only a year older than u but if i do go in i hope i can live up to half of what u were semper fi marine!"
Sangi Baldomazzio of rio rancho, NM

"Dear Mrs. and Mr. Aviles
I pray for you, Andy and Marwa. God bless you all the time."
Robert of Germany

"Thank you David :)"
N. Aviles of Tampa, Florida

"To Andy's Family,
I know that this day, April 7, is a particularly difficult day for you. On the second anniversary of Andy's death, I pray that God will be with you and strengthen you. I don't know you personally, but I think of you and Andy and pray for you specifically every day that goes by when I look at the website where I found Andy. God bless you always."
David Ray of Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Aviles,

my name is Manuela, I'm from Germany and I just read Jürgen Todenhöfers book "Andy and Marwa". The story of your son really touched me deeply. Thank you for sharing it with us. It reminded us all, that the number of fallen soldiers is not just a number, it reminded us that each number stands for a person with a name, a face, a story. A human being who has a life, his dreams and a family that misses him.
Your son was really a very special young man and I wish I had known him. But even without knowing him personally I will always remember him.
I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you and your whole family. I'll include Andy and all of you in my prayers. God bless you all."
Manuela of Schorndorf, Germany

"Dear friends,
Thank you for leaving messajes for Andy and our family, there is no other sorrow compared to the sorrow of loosing your dear child, thank you again. There are two other webpages you can get photos and information about Andy: www.mem.com, search under "Aviles", and WWW.rememberingandy.tk
My family and I appreciate all your words of comfort.
N. Aviles
Andy's Mom"
N. Aviles of Tampa, FL, U.S.A.

"Hello to Andy´s family,
today I heard about the book "Andy und Marwa" at the radio and I was deeply touched by the comments the author Jürgen Todenhöfer gave. He mentioned this webside, and I wanted to know this young man, who had to die during this terrible war.
I hope God will give you as his parents and relations strength and hope to continue life.
May God bless you, Andy!"
Regina of Germany

BRENDA OLIVARES of Salisbury Maryland

"Hello to Andy and his family,
I read the book which describes Andy´s happy life and the horoble end of this young life in iraq.I now many americans ,and many are my friends here in Landstuhl.I never met Andy but the story of his life was shocking me.
I wish all the best for his family and his friends.I'm sure andy is in peace now..."
andy,tina and Tim of Ramstein/Landstuhl/Germany

"May God bless you, Andrew. My thoughts are with your parents and your comrades who surely miss you deeply."
John of the Joint Headquarters of the British Army of the Rhine, Germany

"It is really shocking to know that you´re died soo young. I is really starry-eyed to think, that you are died for Freedom. The Germans know the Acceptation of the War especial, cause we know the Torments! Maybe some Torments of the Past in the USA had rescue your and many Lifes soon. I hope, that your Parents love you now. Now, God will bless you really! RIP and we love you!"
Marcel of Elmshorn,S-H, North-Germany


With the loss of a loved one, it is hard to deal,
It seems like a dream-- this can`t be real . . .
One moment they`re here; the next, they`re gone.
They now live in our hearts and hearts do go on . . .
Keep alive the good times shared,
For no others shall ever be compared . . .
To those we miss so much,
And by whom we`ve all been touched . . .
They made us laugh; they made us cry;
Within our hearts, they shall never die . . .
They keep us going; they keep a smile on our face,
Because they`ve gone on, gone on to a better place,
A place in which they`ll feel no pain.
No one`s at fault; no one`s to blame . . .
Everything has a purpose; there is reason for it all.
Sometimes at night, I can still hear them call . . .
They say they are fine, and, "don`t be blue,
Cause someday soon we`ll be with you . . .
Together again, like the times before,
When you get here we`ll be smiling, standing at Heaven`s door . . . "
by star & sade

I Decate this Poem In lovely memory of Andrew Julian Aviles.. :=(
NE'CCIE NASH of Jacksonville,Fl Duval

"To the family of Andy Aviles,
I did not know your son in life. I found a website that lists all of the fallen service personnel in Iraq. The first time I looked at that site, when I saw Andy's picture, I knew somehow that he was a very special person. I somehow felt and feel a personal loss with his passing. May God bless you and strengthen you in the days and years ahead. Bless you for being the family of such a very special person."
David Ray of Round Lake Beach, IL, USA

"To all of you that write a message here, thank you. We miss our Andy very much, it is hard to imagine our future without him, but knowing that there are people like you that care makes the pain more bareable."
Love, Andy's Mom and Dad of Tampa, Fl

"Thank you Andy for so proudly defending our country from those who would do us all harm. Your family is so proud of you as are all of America. My family will remember you each day we raise the red, white and blue. Semper Fi Marine. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"I haven't spoke of Andy for a while now...But he is always recognized in my heart...Just seeing he's picture makes me go back to when I was in High School...It feel's as if it were yesterday when I last saw him...I hope the Aviles family had the best holidays...All my best wishes go to the Aviles family and I hope maybe on day we all can get together to remember the person I still call my bestfriend..."
Jonathon Bennett of Tampa FL.


"I did not know your son, but I was a member of your son's unit from 1987 until 1995, and I have friends who served with him in Iraq. When I heard that a Tampa Marine had been killed, I felt as though I lost a family member. I feel ashamed that I sat in Tampa while he, and his Marines, served. I am sorry for your loss.

Lcpl Aviles: Semper Fi!"
Al of Tampa

"Mr and Mrs Aviles,
I did not know your son prior to meeting him at camp in Kuwait. When i did get to meet him he was a very young looking fellow and he was very nice...in a quiet way at first! he eventually got used to us. My name is Josh Martin and I am not sure if you read this page still but I am going to type anyway. I was attached to Kilo 3/4 fist team. Basically, the fire-support team. Andy was the rear crew man for our track. His death was numbing. We were prepping to cross the Diyala Bridge on April 7, 2003 when all of a sudden we took incoming. It was one of the scariest moments there. We could see the rounds walking closer and closer to our position. I think about it all the time because I had just got done filling my water before we crossed and right after i walked away....Aviles was a good man and I hope in some way you find comfort that he was doing what he loved. If you would like to talk my email is methodical89@hotmail.com"
josh martin of Bowling Green, ohio

"I have to leave my Love for Andy,I was his classmate and in his senior class year 2002 at T.R Robinson High.He was always spritive and lighting up the prep rallies and always helping out any way he could.YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTON...Thank You For Giving Your Life For Me.I LOVE AND MISS YOU ANDY SO MUCH!! SORRY YOU HAD TO GO BUT YOU KNOW GOD WONTED ALL HIS ANGELS... WITH HIM...... God Bless Rest.In.Peace One Day Together We Will All Be.To Andy's family I wish we could of met.I won't to thank you for bringing such a warm hearted son into this world.Andy there is not one day that goes by when I don't think of you.Here's a Poem I made for you.(you can also go to Poetry.com)my first name Neccienega

Just Another Day
November 3, 2003

Today is just another day so I say, tomorrow was today
now it's yesterday. Today will soon pass, leaving behind
another day, making today just another day. Within the days,
when seven pass it will be a week, a week will become a
month, a month will become a year. Twenty of those I live
here, twenty years, twenty four hours a day, thirty days, seven
days a week. Now today, today I live at age twenty, today
is here, tomorrow is not promised so today could be my last.
This year, 2003, day seven, month April, my friend at age
eighteen passed so his today is now tomorrow. My today is
filled with sorrow. Just because today is just another day,
don't forget your tomorrow isn't promised today and your
today isn't promised tomorrow. Don't wait until your tomorrow
brings you sorrow. Live your today, like there is no tomorrow.
Because when your day comes to an end, a whole new day
starts all over again. Your today will have no tomorrow. Your
today will be just another day.

Neccienega Arisha Nash

Copyright ©2004 Neccienega Arisha Nash

This poem is dedicated in lovely memory of USM LCP Andrew Julien Aviles April 24, 1984-April 7, 2003, and my principal, Dr. Kevin McCarthy of T.R. Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida. Every soldier and living soul who's today is now tomorrow. My inspiration for poetry came from my grandma May Dear who now lives with God. My oldest sisters Ne'sha, Ne'Presha their husbands Steven Lewis, Brian Watkins, two of many serving our country. My five sisters, two brothers, my heart Mr. Scott. My second family mom, dad, Jr., Nicole Eady. God Almighty who bless me with the gift of poetry."
Neccienega Arisha Nash of Jacksonville Fl Duval

"Thank you Lcpl Aviles for your service to our Country and the cause of freedom. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest in peace devil dog.

Jason Odom, Tampa
USMCR 1993-1999"
Jason Odom of Tampa, FL

"This message is for Andrew Julian Aviles; you'll be missed devil dog. To his parents don't worry mom and dad your son is in heaven. because he already served his time in hell. Rest in peace Devil Dog."
Corporal Vasquez of NJ/United States

"I didn't know Andrew but he is greatly missed, I lost my brother-in law in November 2003.We love you and you are deeply missed."
Antoinette Brooks of Stone Mountain, Georgia

"I went to boot camp with LCpl Aviles and he was a great Marine! He was the first one to teach me home to take my low rate shine to making my boots look like glass. He was one of the 3 or 4 ppl I talked to everyday... May he rest in piece! My best wishes to the family!"
Cpl Bartley of Dover Port Mortuary

"To all of you who leave messages in memory of Andy, Thank you. We get comfort from knowing that Andy won't be forgotten."
Andy's Mom and Dad of Tampa

"Grant him eternal rest, Oh Lord. And may Your eternal light shine upon him.

Dominus Tecum"
MSgt TK Whiteman USMC (ret) of Wilmington, NC

"Grant him eternal rest, Oh Lord. And may Your eternal light shine upon him.

Dominus Tecum"
MSgt TK Whiteman USMC (ret) of Wilmington, NC

"God Bless you and your Family."
SSgt Meaders Schamarr of Okinawa Japan


"Thank You Sir Andrew Aviles for risking your life to save me. I really appreciate your courage and loyalty to our country.
Love and Respect,
Amanda Cruz, age 13"
Amanda Cruz of Long Beach CA United States

"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 know that there are no words that can ease the pain of your loss of your beloved son of 18 yrs. I just want you to know that there are people you don't know who care that your son served his country and will forever appreciate the sacrifice made by him and his family for his dedication to freedom for us all. May God bless you and reward him in heaven for his goodness and bravery. Phyllis, Grandma of a 20 yr old Marine."
Phyllis Giacalone of Georgia

"Dear Andrew's family and friends
I am a seventh grade student who wants you to know that loosing your son is a big loss for you.
I hope that you will find that your son was a very couragous man. He died fighting for the freedom of others."
7th grade student of Barker Middle School

"For Andrew and his family so sorry for your loss.Your son is a true hero.May gods love help heal your pain.Andrew is walking with the angels now"
Susan Kelly of Northern Ireland

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 are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Semper Fi Brother"

"In Loving Memory..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 Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/7/04)

"Andy, As I told you in Camp Matilda in Kuwait, I will have that beer with you one day. I will never forget you. God Bless and Semper Fi devil dog."
LCpl Martinez, Jason G. of Tampa, FL USA

"To the Family of LCpl. Aviles,

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

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

"Rest in peace Marine, when its my turn to go I'll stand duty at the pearly gates of heaven with you. Until then, keep the watch, and to his family I say keep the faith. We cherish the memories of the ones we loved in life so that one day we can talk about them in death."
Lcpl Masso of Miami, Fl

"We were in the same platoon in bootcamp.Apart of the big gear locker recruits.We would tell stories to each other about going home. About how we couln't wait to be around our loved ones again. Aviles,I wont forget you."

"For allowing me to feel safe here my own home in the USA, I would like to say THANK YOU! Your son’s honor will not be forgotten and may time heal your pain."
Kittie Burleson of Oklahoma City, OK, USA02-2004

"For all those that knew Lcpl aviles I just have to say one thing. Your young man was a hero. He paid the ulitimate price for freedom which we all share. I shall never forget this young man. I would like, when the time is right, to mourn with the family.
So when you are ready please call me or write me. 9373606662. s05.bgemzer@wittenberg.edu"
Branden Gemzer of springfield Oh

"Lcpl aviles gave his life for the ultimate sacrifice. He is a hero who i will remenber for the rest of my existence. To his family i thank you for raising your son. He is a hero"
Branden Gemzer of Muskegon

"I share your grief, my deepest regrets to all family members. You'll never get over the loss of a son, but you will find a way to live on remembering all the wonderful thoughts of Andy. Even though I never knew Andy, I consider him my brother, for I too was a U.S. Marine from 1983-1989."
Baldemar Aviles of Madera California

"May God hold you in his arms with all the love you have shown toward your country. May your family know yours was in the name of freedom. You are so young, yet so much of a hero."
Boudreaux and Family (With son in Iraq now) of Tampa, FL

"To all the people that left messages on this page,
Thank you for taking the time to write and give us confort. We only recently found this page. Our Andy was a great kid, full of dreams and plans for the future. He promised us that he would come back safe and start his classes at FSU, but the war had different plans for him. We thank you all for remembering him and us,and all the other heros that continue loosing their lives.
Norma and Oscar Aviles (Andy's mom & dad)"
Norma Aviles of Tampa, Florida

"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 Aviles, 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

"Reading "Andy's memory" brought tears to my eyes and sympathy to my heart.

May God Bless Andy, his family, and ALL of our soldiers fighting for our country's freedom."
S Webster of Travis AFB, CA

"Andrew's Family,
I wanted to take the time to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Your son is a hero in my family's eyes. Because of his commitment to stand against this growing threat to our country's security, our country is now a little safer. It has to be an almost unbearable sacrafice on the Aviles family and I pray that God will give you the strength and wisdom to see you through it. My family thanks you for sharing your "American Hero". The world is a better place because of men like Andrew."
Jordy Cantrell of Perry, Fl

"God has taken such a young soilder. He makes no mistakes even though we do not understand. My prayers are forever with you. I know that he was a great man, serving his country. I share your loss. My nephew was killed in Iraq, 21 years old. OUR HEROES, ALL WE WILL REMEMBER. I also have a niece and nephew in the Marines at Camp Lejuene. We Support Our Military"
Betty Thompson of Hollywood, Fl

"To Andy's family,
I went to school with Andy. He was a friend of mine who I could count on to make me laugh. He was a good Catholic who sacrificied his life for his country. I will never forget him or the other military servicemen who have fought in past and present wars. I know that God has a special place for him in Heaven and I hope that others in this nation wake up and realize what exactly these men fight for. God bless Andy and you"
Kelley Bourassa of Tampa, Florida/USA

"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, Texas

"What do you say to the families who have lost a loved one? Do you say, it was a senseless death? No. All Marines and all military personel, both active and reservists, go into this knowing that there is a chance they will be asked to make the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you, Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles, for sacrificing your life for my freedom and for the freedom of my family and my country. I would like to extend my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family. Just take heart in the fact that he will always be with you and watching over you. "If the Army and the Navy ever gaze on Heaven's streets, they will see the streets are guarded by the United States Marines." Semper Fi."
Wife of A Marine of Tampa, Florida

"Andy, we miss you man, your jokes and good humor. We all i know your in a better place looking down on all of us. To the Family your son was the best guy in the world... YAT YAS AA BN Schools class 5-03 forever..."
5-03 of Camp Lejuene

"Hey, brother.
It took me a while to write this, and for that I'm sorry. I only knew you for a short time when you came to my platoon in Iraq, but we became friends pretty damn quick, huh. Specially when I ran out of smokes and you charged me a dollar per. HAHAHA. Like I said when you first got to my platoon "We are all brothers, and I'll lay my life down for any of you." Well, it seems like you layed yours down for me, and for that, I am eternally grateful. Along with my wife and kids. Until we meet again in heaven, bro. Semper Fi

PS Looks like I owe you one again"
Lcpl Casey Clements of 3rd AABn Aco 2nd Plt

"To the Aviles family,

I am very sorry for the loss of your son. I can only imagine how hard it is for your family to cope with the loss of such a young man. May God give you strength during these hard times. God Bless your family and the USA."
Julian of New Jersey

"To the Aviles family, you are in my heart and prayers. My career as an active duty Marine is coming to an end after 21 years - I will return 30 Sep 2003. The past 7 years were spent as the Operations Chief, Casualty Section, HQ, U.S. Marine Corps. I dealt with all injuries and death involving both active and reserve Marines during my tenure. Over the past 7 years I have processed more than 1100 death and countless injury cases. I recently moved back home to St. Petersburg, FL and went to MacDill AFB one day. Upon reaching the base I was confront with a picture of Andrew. I remembered Andrew's name as I always took more interest in cases involving Florida Marines. Upon seeing Andrew's picture, his face brought home the reality of what I had been responsible for over the past 7 years. Each time I enter the base, I see Andrew. I thank him for his sacrifice. Please know that his death was not in vain. I await the day that I can thank him and all other Marines that have made the ultimate sacrifice so that I and my family may live in freedom."
Davide Macon, GySgt of St. Petersburg, FL

"10% of the nation defends 90% who live in another world. No one but God can repay your sacrifice. You have saved many American lives. www.soap2.com"
Captain Boycott of New York 911

"We belatedly mourn the loss of Andrew way up here in Upstate New York. Andrew became a part of our lives on March 23, 2003, when our family of 6 each signed up to pray for a soldier through the Presidential Prayer team. I had the honor of saying Andrew's name during our open prayers at church each Sunday. He was often prayed for over our family dinners at night. Did God ignore our prayers? I think not. I hope that our prayers gave Andrew strength and comfort in a strange and hostile environment. I hope that when Andrew gloriously ascended to Heaven, he felt the warmth of friendships of those unknown to him. He sounded like a truly great guy- our prayers for comfort for his family and friends."
Luanne of Honeoye Falls, NY

"To everyone who is missing this great soldier-
I just wanted to tell you all that I am terribly sorry for your loss. But remember, it is you that helped shaped this outstanding individual into the fine young man he grew to be. So, in this time of loss, maybe it'll ease your pain, somewhat, to bare in mind that your country gained a hero, and you had the absolute privilege of being a part of his life. We should all be so lucky as to have known someone like Marine Lance Cpl. Aviles. His spirit and valor lives on through you, all of the soldiers still out there doing what they have so bravely chosen to do, and all of us out here that are keeping both him, and you in our prayers. To Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Aviles: I'll NEVER forget. Thank you."
Juliet D. of Oconomowoc, WI

"My husband is a Marine Reservist, I never thought that one day I could be in a sitution like this one. I just want to tell you thank you so much for supporting Andrew in his choice to join the Corps, they are the best of the best and as their hymn says "if the army and the navy ever gaze on Heavans streets they will see the streets are guarded by the United States Marines"
I know that the streets of Heavan are much richer today with Andrews presence!

God Bless"
Stephanie of West Viginia

"Please also go to www.rememberingandy.tk to leave more messages for andy"

"I first met Aviles at MCRD Parris Island. We spent almost our whole active duty tour together. MCT, and our MOS school in Camp Del Mar. I am assigned to 4th AAV Bn B(-) Co. in Jacksonville. Im right up the road from Tampa. I really miss your not being here, man. But you did what you had to for a cause that we all believe in. Im really gonna miss you. Your memory and spirit will live on, Marine. Semper Fi."
LCpl Townsend of NAS Jax

"To the family of Lance Cpl. Andrew Aviles, I am sorry for your loss and I wish I had the opportunity to know your son. I understand he delayed his full academic scholarship to Florida State University so he could serve his country in Iraq. This speaks highly of his integrity and honor. I wish the best for your family in these difficult times."
Deborah L. Covington, FSU Alum of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

"""We would like to donate a canvas portrait to the family of Lance Cpl Aviles. Our portraits have been well recieved. 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 of Middletown Ohio

""It is hard to lose a son, daughter, wife, husband, etc. There are no words to ease the pain. I am sorry for your loss. It pains me to read all the names. One could be mine or my family some day. I thank you and Lance Cpl. Aviles for the selfless sacrifice in the face of danger in service to our country. I will not forget. Neither will my family. I think of him and the others ever time I go in the MacDill gate.


Richard C. Stahl Maj, NC, USAFRES""
Major Richard C. Stahl of Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

"To the family of Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles:

My name is Corporal Juan A. Alvarez. I’m stationed aboard the Marine Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. First and foremost, I’m sorry for your loss. As a Marine I know how hard it is not having your loved ones near you. This July 2003, I will be completing my four-year contract with the U.S. Marine Corps. I been in Japan, North Carolina, and California and during that time away I realize that losing a love one is the worse feeling. I know exactly how you feeling and no matter what I say will ease the pain. As a Non-commissioned officer of the United States Marines Corps, I thank you and your family for everything!

To Lance Corporal Aviles. “Orah, Devil Dog!” Wherever you are!"
Corporal Juan A. Alvarez of San Diego, CA

"As a 19 year old myself I would never think of anyone dieing so young, but it happens like it happened to my dear friend Ruben Estrella-Soto from the 507th that was ambushed in Nasariya. Thanks to all of the fallen soldiers we can have what we have today. To Andrew's family Im terribly sorry for your loss but thank you for giving us such a great soldier like Andrew."
Diana Brito of El Paso, Tx.

"We thank you for the sacrifice Andrew made for us. Our prayers are with you during this time. Thank you, Andrew, may God bless you and keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"God Bless you and your loved ones!"
Sandra Williams of Colorado Springs, CO

"To Andrew's family and friends.. I did not know Andrew, but all I hear is how great he is. May his spirit live on in all those whos lives he has touched. Andrew, Thank you for giving YOUR ALL... You will be remembered forever... "Semper Fidelis.""
Brandon Walters of St. Petersburg, FL U.S.A.

"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. Andrew Aviles:
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 Lance Cpl. Andrew Aviles:
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

"Andrew is a true American hero. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. We know that he is at peace now. We thank him for the peace he has given us. We pray for the comfort of his family."
Leslie Witkin of Orlando Fl

"It is so incredibly sad to hear of someone so young dying. I will do my best to remember Andrew Aviles and the others who have died for their country so that we may have freedom. May God comfort his family in the times ahead."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"I was a close friend of Andy and I along with everyone else who knew him know that we truly lost someone special. I send my condolences to the Aviles' family and I want to let them know I admire their perseverence through these rough times."
Henry Tastet of UCF

"The Aviles family has not only lost a loved one, but america has lost one of there heros. God Bless."
Rich of Tampa, FL

"My heart goes out to the Aviles family at the loss of their son. And to his Uncle Eddie who proudly calls him a hero.

Thank you for fighting for our great country."
Trish Blau of Tacoma,WA U.S.A.

"Hello, My name is Melissa I live in Plant City Florida,I sadly give you my condolences, I am a Co Owner online to a simple fun club,each Sunday I send out to our members across the States a news letter ,where I have a Place on this news letter where I place an American Hero ,This Sunday April 13th. your Andrew is our American Hero, If you would like a copy of this I would gladly send you one ,my screen Name is Melissasmiles4u@aol.com , thank you for raising such a wonderful person that cared enough about his Country to give himself completely, Sincerely Melissa"
Melissa of Plant City,Florida- usa

"God Bless you and Thank you."
J and T Taylor of NC

"Thank you for allowing your hero to protect our freedoms!"
Holly of Charlottesville, VA

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

"God Bless your family and the soul of that brave Marine. The Few The Proud The Marines."
Natasha of Ft Campbell, KY

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