Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin S. Bryan

23, of Lumberton, North Carolina.
Bryan died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 13, 2004.

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"I miss you brother...."
David of Lumberton

"Bryan you were a good friend and made fun of me because you got a good reaction out of me. I miss you brother and it is not the same without you. Going to boot camp with you and SOI and serving with you in the Thundering third was a great experience. Everyday you motivate me"
Christopher Velchoff of taylors, south carolina

"it was good of all the times we had together wouldnt trade them for anything"

"Ben, I miss you so much and there is not one day that goes by that i dont think of you-i'll see you again love you :)"
Danielle of Lumberton, NC

I miss & appreciate you in every way. You were not only a great & cool cousin, you were a soldier. An honorable & respectable young man, serving in times of war to protect not only yourself & your freedom but your families, your friends, & millions & millions of people who you don't even know. You put your life at risk for this country & unfortunately it was taken. But you will never been forgotten, & you will never be unappreciated. You scarified yourself & I would like to personally thank you for protecting my freedom & all others who are serving & doing the same. Ben, I love you & miss you. I wish we would've been closer but I know we'll have that chance another day."
Amber-Leigh Salmon of Wilmington, NC/US


It has been awhile since I have gone down to see your dad and your gravesite, but I promise I'll do it again real soon. I read the book they wrote about our company and platoon when we were in Fallujah, damn did it bring back some not so good memories, but also a few good ones as well, like getting drunk off of stateside liquor we got mailed to us by friends, and then nearly getting caught. I graduate from college in May, I hope I made you proud. You will always be on my mind, you gave your life for me that day in Fallujah and I will never forget that."

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Benjamin S. Bryan:
Benjamin 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

"Ben I miss you everyday, and everyday I wake up I try to live my life to its fullest extent because I know thats what you would have wanted. I am trying to come down to Lumberton to see your gravesite, my psychologist said it might help. We went through some good and some bad times together. I wish your family the best and Semper Fidelis."
William Gwin of Norfolk, Virginia


"Hey Ben, You did not give your life in vain. Thousands of freedom loving Americans honor the sacrificial gift that you gave this country. You will be remembered."
David Deardorff of Austin, TX

"LCPL Benjamin S. Bryan was 1 of 7 U.S.Marines of Lima Company, 1st Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1) KIA in the battle for Fallujah,Iraq in Nov 2004. The bravery & courage of these Marines is well documented in the book entitled 'We Were One" written by Patrick K. O'Donnell. It's recommended this book be read by all Americans to get a true feeling of what these Marines encountered in this battle. Thank YOU, Benjamin, for YOUR service & sacrifice to our great country."
Anonymous Veteran of Melrose Park, Illinois

"Benjamin hope your family can join us in Gatlinburg, Tennessee July 3rd for the Annual Parade and Fireworks. group of fallen families have designed a float. To honor our wounded soldiers and our fallen soldiers. Along with a rally to SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!"
leonard-wahl@hotmail.com of Spring, Texas

"To the family of:Benjamin S. Bryan I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"To The Family of LCpl. Bryan:

I had the proud pleasure to serve with Benjamin from SOI on through the war, I've never known a finer man.

To Ben:
You were a helluva guy, buddy. We'll never forget you. Semper Fidelis."
JDM--2nd Plt. Lima Co. of OH

"To the Bryan family your son and i were good friends and roommates. i know your son well and he was and will always be a hero. Semper Fi william gwin usmc"
willia gwin of virginia beach

"Corporal Bryan,
You are a hero whom I am proud to say, I had the honor of serving with you."
Cpl. JC of Oceanside, CA

"Thank you Benjamin. You gave the greatest gift."
Mary of NC, USA

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

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

"To Benjamin's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To Benjamin's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank You for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"To the Bryan family from the Wahl family. we are deeply sadden by your lost. An our heart and prays are with you. Benjamin has touched many among friends, neighbor's, his military family and his perosnal family. An he has touched the lives of other fallen soldiers families. We understand your lost. Benjamin THANK YOU! For being the one of thousands elite AMERICANS! All of AMERICA should be thankful to you! Your lost is more personal to me."
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Benjamin S. Bryan,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

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

"Thank you Benjamin Bryan, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

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

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