Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Tamario D. Burkett

21, of Buffalo, New York.
Killed in action. Burkett was engaged in operations on the outskirts of An Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Private 1st Class Tamario Burkett was promoted to Lance Corporal before the war.

I am the aunt of Lance Corporal Tamario Burkett, I want to take a few minutes to say thank you all for the kind words and your prayers. It has not been easy for us and words cannot express the loss we feel deep in our hearts. We are trying our hardest to go on and we are doing that, but the price is costly. Some of us are severely depressed, some are in denial, some believing he will come home one day, and some have just blocked the pain out all together. I myself is dealing with the loss but the pain is so deep and severe that I too am in great despair. But my faith in God is my source of strength because I know that grief can cause one to be in prison in their mind. I choose not to be held captive by the sting of death or the prison of grief.

Lance Corpal Tamario Burkett was the most honorable everyday young man that I have ever known before he became America's Hero. He was a genius in his own right with all the foreknowledge of the world. He is a Super Hero not because he died in Operation Iraqi Freedom but because his life as a son, brother, grandson, nephew, friend, student was lived out through all our lives he touched. You could not have found a better gentleman. This is our Super Hero "Destiny," Tamario's character in a comic book he and his brother and cousin were writing.

This young man had was supernaturally gifted and talented beyond our imagination. He had a heart for God, I believe this is what set him apart from his peers. He was loved by many but he limited the company he kept.

Thank you and God bless all,

Aunt "Tina" Rutha Burkett-Hunt

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"We met in Boot camp, and went through Infantry School together. We ended up together in 1/2 in Kuwait, before crossing the border. Burkett was my brother, I was Alpha Company, and he was Charlie. Cpl Brown and I was excited when we heard Charlie was riding on the same ship as us. Then we found out he passed, and more than the 2 of us were crying. We didn't know who from different companies had passed until we were on the ship coming home. My Mom asked about Burkett, and I broke down."
Timothy Butler of Sayre, PA

"I will never forget nor can I imagine the magnitude your loss. Will be eternally grateful for fine families such as yours that raise exemplary men to be Marines. Your sacrifice doesnít go unnoticed. God bless you- with love from a complete stranger."
John of Williamsville,NY

"My a lot has been said about aunt Tina. When I wrote a short synopsis about my wonderful nephew. I wanted to share that no matter how abusive and difficult your childhood you can still become a wonderful and caring humanbeing as my nephew. And he did not become a statistic like his stepdad. But a positive productive young man who overcame a abusive and challenging childhood. I wanted to highlight Tomorio's character and strength despite his life experiences that could have had a negative impact on his life. If I wanted to slang mud about Tomorio's stepdad and that homewrecker of a woman who is a nonfactor in my life and my family's. I could have focused my writing more toward those evil and wicked demons who could only write lies about me and not a bit of truth in one word they wrote. I have never met that crazy woman in my life and she don't know a thing about me. I could go on the attack about Raymond except he doesn't deserve this outlet that was created for fallen Heroes. I've always gave to my sister and her family never taking 1 cent from she and her family while my nephew was alive or after his death. I live a comfortable life with my husband and yes my spoil pets. But I do have a wonderful stepdaughter and 3 grandchildren and a just arrived great granddaughter. I apologize for the negative remarks that did not benefit Tomorio. But his life story needed to be mentioned. It's worth bringing to your attention that not one time my nephew's stepdad mentioned a single word about his stepson. Facts speak for themselves this is a reflection on how he treated my nephew. This is why Tomorio, was a super hero before and after his death. He touched a lot of lives the short time he was on this earth. I loved him and he loved me just like his siblings and all his cousins. God Bless all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their hCountry. May God bless each family who too lost their hero and heroes serving their country for the freedom we sometimes take for granted. Thanks again for extending your condolences to my family and helping keep my hero memories alive."
Aunt Tina of Alachua, Florida USA

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"To the Burkett family i found this video of Tamrio D Burkett while in Kuwait. It did me joy to see him smiling and smoking a cigerette. I hope you can smile they way he was all the time. copy and paste ( my email is ejamison414@gmail.com if you need to contact me)...
Doc Jamison of Lansing, MI

"Hi America, its been a while this is Tamario's Aunt Tina. My nephew will live in my heart for ever from the moment he was born to the last hour of my last visit with them in Buffalo. He had no doubt about my love for him and I had no doubt about the love he had for me. There is not a day I don't look at his picture sitting on my bookshelf and a larger one hanging on my wall by his older cousin Derrick Perry who is serving in the Army presently,the son of my oldest brother who preceeded Tamario in death. It was only two weeks ago I was invited to attend a dinner in honor of soldiers in my area that gave the ultimate sacrafice of their life for the freedom and liberty for us all. It was very touching and emotionally for us all. My parents, Tamario's grandparents Benjamin and Ruby Lee Burkett did not feel like attending so my baby sister Helen Burkett, and her 16yr old daughter Kieanna Rembert attended the event with me. They told me at the dinner that Tamario was not only our hero but he was everybody's hero that will never be forgotten. This made me feel even more proud to be Tamario's aunt because he deserved to be honored right along side all the other young men that was honored that night. When I write about my nephew I write on my behalf from my heart not for no one else. Truth stands on its on and justice speak for its self. No one can imagine the pain and suffering I went through when my nephew was killed in Iraq and the sacrfices I made doing the time of Tamario's death, having to hold my peace when I was about to exployed. I make no apologies for nothing I wrote about my nephew, because like I said he was one of a kind with a heart of gold and very respectful. If I could have traded places with him God know I would have rather laid my life down gladly for this young man. This is how great he was in my heart and the hearts of his grandparents. Tamario was the first baby that I did not care about drewling all over me or changing his diaper. He was the happiest baby that I ever knew to this day. He would just laugh and laugh most of the whole time he was awake. I could look in his eyes and almost see his soul and what I seen motivated me to make sure he knew how much I loved him. He had a photographic memory he could lock an imagine in his mind and draw it hours after he had seen it. I remember him having a school assignment to draw the capital and he could'nt get on the computer so he drew it from memory and did a very good job. God gave us an angel for a little while and when his mission was over with down here on earth God sent the angels to bring him home. My life will for ever be changed because of him. Every time I make my special spaghetti I think about Tamario because he thought I made the best spaghetti in the whole world after he got a taste of my special spaghetti. I just wanted to check in since it had been awhile since I visited this site. God Bless everyone that is helping keep Tamario memory alive and remembering him for the hero he was to so many. He is smiling and laughing in heaven this give me joy knowing he is at peace. God Bless you all."
Aunt Tina Burkett-Hunt of Alachua, Florida USA


"In 2003 I printed a list of when our losses where only 27, I noted Tamario's name, at the time MIA. 7 years later I would like his family to know that I remember and wish I had the words to heal the spaces..Semper Fi"
John Andersen of wappingers falls ny

"I got a video back from iraq with the belongings of my cousin. it shows the marines Tamario was with and him on a ship, then in Kuwait at a camp. im trying to get people to see it so i can know who is in it as i was not out there until after. here is the link.

Christian Garibay of Orange County, Ca

"8 years later my brother im back to just say i miss you man and the squad misses you, daily we speak about the things you use to do to make us laugh, smile or just lift our spirits up during hard times. I ask God today to bless those families that has lost and or was out there during the time we was, its hard even being alive. just wanted to say again i miss you destiny aka stunna! love always Eric Jamison (Doc jamison) to his family we have about 3 or pics of him if u would lke them my email is ejamison414@yahoo.com"
eric jamison of Michigan

"LCpl Tamario Burkett was remembered in a special way at a Balloon Release Memorial last month near Ft. Lewis, WA.
I would like to send the photos if there is a family member or friend who could contact me. lisaoct16@comcast.net

He will never be forgotten.
Thank you,
Lisa of Dupont, WA

"I have had Pfc. Tamario D Burkett's Hero Bracelet for several years. I thank him for his sevice, I send love and prayers to his family. His picture was of a wonderful young man who had much to give."
c mullino of boling,tx

"To the Family and friends of Lcpl.Burkett,
My name is Cpl.Matt Dickinson Usmc MedRet. At the young Age of 17 yrs i was walking threw downtown buffalo and seen Lcpl.Burkett inside of the marine corps office, he invited me inside and talked to me for all of a hour before he had me convencied that i want to become a marine as well. I was station in Okinawa Japan that day he was decared MIA and i stormed up C.O. And demanded that i was sent to Iraq with the next unit that was deploying out. Of course as a young PFC myself he looked at me like i was crazy and sat down with me as i cried over the lost of my Mentor. Tamario you will always live on in my heart brother. SEMPER FI!!"
Cpl. Matt Dickinson of Buffalo, NY

"To everyone who read anything about my family, It did not come from me. I feel really bad about the behavior of my family members who felt the need to set the record straight on my behalf. to the young man who wrote about the family of tomorio, this is the first time I have written anything on this memorial site. I apologise for my family. this is very depressing to me, I did not want to visit this memorial site, but someone told me I should. I am feeling really bad after reading some of this junk that has nothing to do with me or my son. I hold nothing but good thoughts about my son,because he left me that way.Everyone please remember this is about him."
Mrs. Brenda Wilson of Buffalo, NY

"Hey this is CPL Paul Ryan Haynes i would like for Tamario's mother to please call me back again. I spoke to you a few years ago about your son on the phone i have since lost your number, and i have changed mine my new number is 252-933-2805"
CPL Paul R Haynes of Kinston,NC

"Rest in Piece Tamario..its Durr man....nothing but good times and us goffin off at the barracks i remember you like it was yesterday.....you are a hero and u will be missed greatly...Tell God i said hello...cant foget you man..glad we could be a part of a successful campain but at the same time its not successful if everone doesn't come back home...I wish there was something i could have done but War is unpredictable. R.I.P. My brother... ;o)

CPL- Durr (LaCardian A. Durr)"
CpL-Durr of Tallahassee, FL

"LCpl Burkett, I hope you family is doing well. I think of you often. Thanks Again My Brother!"
Hunter of unknown

Another year has gone and you are highly missed and loved by many. The squadbois still keep in contact with each other which you created. The squadbois was a group of African American marines and corpsmen that hung out and did everything together. We would laugh, play sports, drink, rap, travel, read, train, and anything else you could think of we would do it together. I was a corpsman for the marines of Charlie Company up until we went to Iraq. Right before I became the ambulance humvee driver (just a little info on me). During my time with Burkett my brother he was the one who kept the life in us. After a field op for two weeks of stress and hard work, every night he would have an interesting story or something creative to talk about to get the thought of having the cammies on off our mind. His ability to laugh when the hardest situations approached him or others was greatly needed. He once told me he wanted to be a chef and many other things. This man was so bright with so much up side to him. I can continue to go on bout him because almost everyday with him, and everyday it was something new. I want to say I love you man and the Squad love you (Xavier Bradford, Travis Joseph, Mike Bell, E Saltibus, Clint Moore, Jason Turner. Now to his family I have read your messages recently and I am very disappointed in all of you from the mom, aunts, and the dad. This message board is here to uplift and remember the lost but not forgotten. I know Destiny would not like it if he seen you all fighting on a Memorial Page for him. How would you like it if it was the other way around? It is as though his death has no meaning to you all, that may not be so but that is the way it is displayed on the messages. I came to tears when I seen this. You have no clue what went on over there and what he had to face or what I had to face and still dealing with. I had one of the Squad members which destiny created called me four days ago crying because after 6 yrs the hurt of seeing and doing what we did is still there. All i'm saying is no one cares who took care of him or how the money was spent or who did this or not doing that. Lets for now on, be thankful that God has him now. Letís be thankful for our lives that we have, believe me I know he would have done big things on this earth. Burkett was a trend setter. Instead of Broadcasting the negative things going on with your family. How bout we continue to post the great things he did on this earth for 21 years. I want to hear funnier child hood stories about my friend. I will leave hear with this, tomorrow is March 23 2009 six years later. I can barely remember my wife, mom, dad birthday. I can barely remember my anniversary at times. I can barely remember what I was told 2 seconds ago. ONE DATE AND THING I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER IS MARCH 23RD 2003 AN NASIRIYAH AND ALL MY FRIENDS I HAVE LOST. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN


"to aunt tina, this is the other woman. you are a big liar. brenda left raymond when she received the money from the military, and moved in with another man. he took her money and put her and her family out. so aunt tina when you write something make sure you get your information right. you do not know me and my family, if you were that concerned you would help your family out right now, and as far as my kids go, i take care of mine. all you got are some damn dogs you dress up!!!!"
the other woman of niagara falls

"rutha hunt is a lying piece of trailer trash and saint oh my bad aint i mean that i hope burns in hell for her lies aunt tina my butt she is a devil in disguise u damn right i left the alchaholic and drug abuser for another woman"
raymond wilson of buffalo ny

"Hi America, it is Aunt Tina,
I read the message Tomorrio step father wrote and it is sad that a man that treated Tomorrio really bad for 20 years including when he came home to visit from the military would try and discredit the truth about his abuse to our Super Hero LCpl Tomorrio Demetrius Burkett. The only people benefitted from death benefits is Raymond Wilson the stepfather and his family not the family that loved Tomorrio while he was alive. Raymond Wilson the stepfather is the one who ripped my sister off Tomorrio's mother and his siblings. After he sucked my sister dry with the money he stole from her, he left her for another woman with his illegitimate children. America we have many young men like my nephew Tomorrio who is living with an abusive stepfather and will to turn to the military just to get away from the verbal and physical abuse. It is true that my parents lived in a trailer with no running water but they were the best parent anyone could ever have and still is today.

Raymond Wilson forgot to tell you that he rip my poor mother off when he had her to co-sign for a car that he did not pay for but she had to work in the field to pay it off. I sent Tomorrio a $100 to get home after he wrecked his first car coming home not long before he went to Iraq. His stepfather did not even care if he got home or not. I went to visit my sister for the first time in Buffalo, on that trip, I bought Tomorrio, and his siblings school clothes for my sister. I sent them money for Christmas and to my sister anytime she called and asked for help.

I was helping my sister before Raymond Wilson the stepfather ever fled to buffalo with my sister and her children after the Judge order him to stay away from her after he physically abused her. Raymond you are in denial about the monster you is and how you put my sister and her children out of their home and moved the women you are with today and your illegitimate children. You took everything from them and then came to Florida with the woman you was cheating on my sister with and sold a lot of it for a little bit of nothing. Raymond the truth hurts but it should set you free too. My parents deserve all the credit I have given them for their role in Tomorroio life because it is the truth and everyone here in Florida will verify it. I told Tomorrio's story because he over came a lot and did not go down the road of drug and alcohol abuse.

He was the American boy and an example to all young men and young women, boys and girls. I apologized for the format this message board has taken but I realize sometime the truth hurts and people get selfish and make the issue about them instead of the Super Hero who I am honoring. I stand by every word I have written and declare it is the truth. I do not want us to forget that there are a lot of Tomorrio's serving in the Military who need our prayers and support. Because some are coming back to broken homes wounded and alone from the war and need our love and support emotionally and mentally. I will not pretend that Tomorrio's story is that much different from so many of the young men and women serving in the military that comes from broken abusive homes. It does not mean that all of them was physically abused, but mentally and emotionally is also, what Tomorrio experienced too abuse in the home affect the children even if the parent is the one abused.
If you know a young man or young woman who is serving in the Military or did especially in the war show them love and compassion you might be the only one giving it to them, you may never know.

Live on Tomorrio I miss you.
With Love, Peace and the Truth,"
Aunt Tina Burkett-Hunt of Alachua, Florida USA

"I am the mother tomorio burkett
I need to clarify something. I was with at my mother and father house with my son, so I raised my own son with the help of my parents."
brnda wilson of buffalo, ny

"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!"
(Author Unknown)
America has been built on the blood of Brave Men of Honor. Heros who answered the call to defend all of our Freedoms. A fellow Veteran pays tribute to this heros commitment to duty and the ultimate sacrifice that he has made for all of us.... Thank you. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace Brave soldier, and may peace come to your family and loved ones for the sacrifice they have also made."
William D. Taylor of Bonita Springs, Florida

"aunt tina is a liar she was not around tomorio we left fla because her family showed us no love thats why i married her and moved her and my son tomorio out of a small trailor with no running water or utilities she was not around it was not until my sons death and my wife received a lot of money was when all the love come 20 years to late don't beleive the hype america"
raymond wilson of niagra falls n.y.

"aunt tina is a liar she was not around tomorio we left fla because her family showed us no love thats why i married her and moved her and my son tomorio out of a small trailor with no running water or utilities she was not around it was not until my sons death and my wife received a lot of money was when all the love come 20 years to late don't beleive the hype america"
raymond wilson of niagra falls n.y.

"May 30, 2007
To the family of Tamario D. Burkett. Tamario 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

"i was Tamario's neighbor @ one time i never met him he was already serving in iraq,i know his family and their WONDERFUL people very loving family,my daughter missed hanging around w/his sisters"
Dawn of Buffalo,New York

"Hello Friends,
Its Aunt Tina again, I have some great news to pass on to you all about our fallen soldiers. "Mr. Robert Greenwald and Brave New Foundation, in partnership with numerous Iraq veteran groups, are creating a living online memorial to US soldiers killed in the Iraq war. The Iraq Veterans Memorial will bear witness with the video testimonies of family, friends, co-workers, and military colleagues of those lost. It will be unveiled on March 19, 2007 all across the internet." Please make sure you support the Iraq Veterans Memorial by visiting the Website March 19, 2007@: www.iraqmemorial.org...

I am feeling a little sad but excited about the Iraq Veterans Memorial for our soldiers. March 23 is the 4th year anniversary of the death of LCpl Tomorio I want to tell you all that even though it has been several years now I still feel the emptiness and loss of Tomorio. Tomorio was just an awesome young man that I loved dearly and never thought he would die before me. I am sad because I know Tomorio mother and siblings miss him more than even I can imagine or express in words. He was the son and big brother that we all desire and he were patient, loving, a protector, motivator and sunshine to all who knew him. America I am honored to say that I am Tomorio Aunt Tina, and I know he loved me, like I loved him. I remember when I last visited with Tomorio and his family in Buffalo, we had a blast, and I laughed and enjoyed the visit so much that I hated to leave my sister and her children. Tomorio thought I made the best Spaghetti he had ever eaten when he stayed a few months her in Florida with his step-grandmother. He hated the food they cooked he raved on and on about how good my spaghetti tasted he enjoyed the fact that I put shrimps, sausage, and ground chuck in my spaghetti. A person like me appreciates these small things from her nieces and nephews since I do not have any birth children of my own. However, I do have a wonderful stepdaughter and three grandchildren.

A special thanks to the serviceman that has wrote to my family on this message board I want each of you to know that I love you and appreciate your service to your country and all those who you are protecting and making a difference in their lives and country. I am humbled by your love for my nephew and I want you all to know his mother appreciates your love for her son too. To everyone else thank you for caring, remembering my nephew year after year, and my family. I send God's Blessing and peace to you all. Keep praying for the safety of our soldiers and that we make sure that when they come home they get the care and love they so desire. America take a stand against the injustice our soldiers are getting when it comes down to health care for the injured and counseling for the ones who come back mentally and emotionally disturb, and for those who are struggling to support their families. The government really need to increase our soldiers pay to the pay of a person with a masters degree are greater that is just my opinion.

I love you all,
Aunt Tina of Alachua, Florida /USA

"Correction from aunt Tina:
March 23, 2003-March 23, 2007 is the 4th year anniversary date LCpl Tomorrio Burkett was killed in Iraq not March 23, 2004-March 23, 2007.

Aunt tina Burkett-Hunt of Alachua, Florida 32615

It is Aunt Tina again making sure you all remember March 23, 2004-2007 the 3years anniversary date LCpl Tomorio Burkett was killed in Iraq. I always get a little sad in the month of March because March 11, 1986 my oldest brother Benjamin F. Burkett died in his sleep and the cause of death was never determine. March 12 is our grandfather birthday and He was the greatest grand father we could have ever wanted in our lifetime. He too was a military man and a Pastor self- employed man in his time when it was not common to be your own boss and Black. He was a man that taught us and showed of strong family love and family value. Every evening before dinner, we had family prayer and every Sunday morning we have Sunday morning prayer.

We as young children would go and gather around our grandfather and he would tell us stories and make us laugh. This month is also the month LCpl Tomorio Burkett grand parents that raised him until his mother moved away with Tomorio stepfather 47th wedding anniversary. Tomorio loved his grand parents Benjamin Franklin Burkett, served in military also and his grand-mother Ruby Lee Young-Burkett, who was there for him doing the most critical years of Tomorio life birth to around 3-4 years of age. Tomorio was my parents world and his two other young cousins our oldest sister Gloriaís daughter Temesha and our oldest brother Benjamin Jr. son Terrance who was a little older than Tomorio. Tomorio received the best love a child could ever get from family that loved him. We all used to get upset if we could not baby sit him when we wanted him because everyone wanted to keep Tomorio he was the youngest and only baby around us for a while.

We were devastated when Tomorio mother married his stepfather and moved them away. However, our love we had for him grew stronger because he brought so much joy to our world the young and the old. Tomorio was a very happy baby and laughed all the time with he had such a sweet spirit about him. He was very advanced in his intelligence because he was around much other teenagers and adults that stimulated his brain in order for his brain to properly develop the pathways of learning that he used through out his life. One of his teachers wrote a letter to me after his death stating that she always knew he was going to be someone great and he was always the first to come to their reading circle in her class always eager to learn. Another wrote to me that he always talked about his Aunt Tina and her dogs.

Tomorrio left many memories that were so precious to us all as we got to watch him develop into the young man he became. We thank God for giving us the opportunity to know and love such an honorable young man as LCpl Tomorio Demetrius Burkett. As always, I thank each of you for your kind thoughts, encouraging words, and your prayers. Please always keep his mother and siblings in your prayers that God will completely restore their joy and happiness.
Love Aunt Tina"
Aunt Tina Burkett-Hunt of Alachua, Florida 32615

"With A Month Away Till The 4 Year Mark. You still remembered Destiny. The Squad still think of all the good times you making us laugh and showing us how to enjoy our selfs. you was a dude with dreams and many talents, wish that i can carry some of them on homie. I know you looking down on all of us hold a spot down for me up there.
Doc Jamison of Great Lakes,IL Naval Base

"Hi America,
It is aunt Tina; I just wanted to update everyone on the status of my family. December 4 is LCpl Tomorio Burkett birthday he would have been 25 this year. Each family member have their on personal memorial on his birthday being sensitive to his mother and sibling not wanting to stir up the emptiness of not having him around. The good news is LCpl. Tomorio mother Brenda Wilson is finally moving forward slowly but making progress day by day. She is starting to come out of her grief and embracing life again. She is starting to feel good about life again and embracing her Super Hero memories.

We talked a couple of days ago and she talked about how Tomorio knew he would be a super hero and about the super hero comic character Tomorio created as a little boy and through out his early years of life. America LCpl Tomorio Burkett was chosen by God to be a super Hero he had the character of, Love, Honesty, and Truthfulness, compassion, never held a grudge against anyone. He visited my sister in a dream asking her to forgive his stepfather and gave her the opportunity to see his body with his war battle scars. We did not get to see his body or have his body because of how he died but God had mercy on my sister and aloud her to have this dream of her son.

He came to her the way he lived his life with a big smile on his face showing his beautiful white teeth. He told her that the scars she saw on him were from the battle in Iraq. It was not an easy dream to interpret because of the way God put his body back together to show my sister how her child body was wounded. Her description was not easy for her to deal with but she was given the opportunity to see her child with all his battle scars from the war in Iraq. The amazing part of her dream is how he loved on her and his sister Katrina.

She said in the dream they knew he was dead and the other children was in a state of shock and Tomorio would not scare them even in the dream he respected their space and did not try to force himself on them. This is the kind of person he was in life having compassion for others. This dream gave my sister peace even though it was not the easiest dream to see the battle scars on her son. Tomorio only grandmother Ruby Lee Young Burkett was very comforting to Tomorio mother Brenda. Since she too have had to deal with the death of her oldest son between the age of 28 and 30 Benjamin Burkett Jr. who was name after our father Benjamin Burkett Sr. Tomorio only grandfather.

America we are healing in difference areas of how Tomorio death affected our family and the personal lives of his mother and siblings home-by-home and state-by-state. Remember my sister and Tomorio mother Brenda Wilson (Burkett) and her children Darnell, Ranita, Katrina, Darius, and DeAndre. December 4 is Tomorio birthday and this is always a difficulty time for his mother and siblings. The holiday season reminds his mother of when he used to come home and visit from the military before the war in Iraq.

God Bless you America, remember those who are still serving in our military including my nephew Derrick Burkett Perry station in North Carolina. He returned from Iraq about a month ago and I am praying he do not have to go back. Derrick has never complained about being in the military or serving his country even though he has his personal opinion about why they went to war in Iraq. America pray for our men and women to have a peace of mind and to not go insane like so many have because they are burned out from this war in Iraq and is constantly worrying about come back home alive and the warfare of their wives and children, mother and fathers, and sisters and brothers. It is easy to argue over rather or not we are justified in Iraq but when you lose a love one or have a love one wounded for life it is a life changing event that canít be taken back.

We need to be careful about how we justify wrong because we support a particular party and learn to deal with facts and make any one accountable for lying regardless of what party they are registered under. God will judge each of us according to our deeds and action including lying.

God Bless America this Holiday season.
December 3, 2006
Aunt "Tina" Rutha Burkett-Hunt of Alachua, Florida USA

I would like to say thank you to you and all the other Marines from 2nd MEB who were killed that day in An Nasiriyah for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"To Tomario's family and Aunt Tina, My deepest condolences over your loss and gratitude for the sacrifice your young hero made for freedom. I will be praying for your family and for Derrick in Iraq. May the Lord bless Derrick with his protection and bless your family with his comfort. Tomario's memory will not be forgotton."
Judy of Indiana

"Hi America!

It's me again Aunt Tina Tamario's aunt, today is Sunday, July 2, 2006. I am so thrill to announce that my Nephew Derrick Perry (Burkett) is visiting from Iraq until July 9, 2006 when he has to return to Iraq. Derrick a wonderful young 25 year old man with integrity and is a very upright standing man. Derrick is my oldest brother son who is gone home to Glory therefore making LCPL Tamario Burkett his first cousin sister and brother children. Derrick is proud to serve his country and decided when he was a young lad that he wanted to go into the military and render his service to the Lord. America he has been in the service for 5 years now stationed in North Carolina he has decided to retire from the military.

All of Tamario's family is enjoying Derrick being home because Tamario didnít come home from Iraq. We are not taking one minute for granted that we have with Derrick while he is home visiting. America Keep Tamario's Mother and siblings in Buffalo New York, in your prayers and thoughts Tamario's mother has finally separated from her irate husband.

God Bless you the servicemen that have wrote a message on this message board. I thank each of you and want you to know that I pray for your protection, mind, peace, family and your relationship with your family and that you live a happy and joyous life.

Please America keep all of our serviceman in your prayers way to many is dying almost on a daily base. Somebody son, daughter, sister, brother, mother, father, uncle, aunt, cousin and friend is these men and women (majority men)that are being killed in Iraq. For every soldier that dies this means his family will never be the same. America pray for the families of our servicemen because they to are being affected and especially those that lose a family member in the service its devastating some family members die because they can't handle the loss I have heard of several stories this happens to it almost happen to Tamarioís Mother.

To each of you who have taken the to write a message thank you it does mean a lot to my family and I personally want to thank you and send Godís peace and blessings to each of you.
Love & Peace,
Aunt Rutha "Tina" Burkett-Hunt"
Aunt "Tina" Rutha Burkett-Hunt of Alachua, Florida

"I miss you man I hoped to get to know you better after our enlisment I will remember you when I venture across America because of you and the other Marines lost that day. I will never forget that day when we fought at An Nasiriyah and I wish I could have at least been able to say goodbye. I know I will see you when I get there.

Your fellow brother Mark Jones"
Mark Jones of Harrisburg, PA

"I never got the pleasure of knowing Tamario but his death still saddens me. Today is May 5th, 2006, and I'm just reading his story.
Tamario, I want to thank you for giving your life for my freedom. I've read some amazing things about you and I bet you were even more amazing in person. May God continue to bless your family and friends. I love you!"
Tamara S. White, wife of Pvt. Philip White US Army of Dallas, Texas, USA

"Hi America and all who has signed this guest book. It has been three years as of March 23, 2006, since the loss and death of our SUPER HERO LCPL CORPAL TAMARIO (TOMORRIO) DEMETRIUS BURKETT. We still feel the sting of his death but it does not have any power over us. Because we embrace the life he lived and pray that in America the country we live in there are many more Tamario's. Because he truly was a rare Diamond that was priceless. God had only a hand full of great men that was worth talking about in the Bible and if LCPL Tamario Burkett was around when the Bible was written.

I believe that he would be one of those great men noted in the Bible. I understand and realize that there are many wonderful and great people in this world and was in Biblical time. But some had that extra sparkle and gift from God that set them apart from all the rest and Tamario was one of those people. The fruit of the Spirit was lived out in his young short life. Love, Joy, Peace, longsuffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and SELF CONTROL.

I am not saying everyday was peaches and cherries for him but he did not allow anyone or situation to steal the fruit of the spirit from him. Even when he was going through life storms he went through them with great integrity. America, please love your children and respect them or you will give in account for any stumble blocks you put in their way. Tamario was able to go around and climb across his stumbling blocks. But so many young men and women upbringing and life experiences stumbling blocks determine their outcome in a negative way.

But when life gave LCPL Tamario lemons he made lemonade out of them and became an over comer. He carried many battle scars growing up in a home where your stepfather treated you worse than his worse enemy just because you favored your birth father. He overcame his young and young adult experiences and decided that his stepfather would not determine his future or outcome. But we have so many children in this world can't overcome being miss treated and abused like LCPL Tamario Burkett, so do what you can for your loved ones while they are living. Thanks for your love and support of our fallen and living Heroes.

God Bless all of you,"
Aunt Tina Burkett-Hunt of Alachua, Florida, USA

"destiny you are not forgotten.when i first got to camp lejeune,i remember me and you use to always hang out and talk about our past..you were truly a great friend and a great marine.even though you are gone,you will never be forgotten. rest in peace and ill see you soon."
x-sailor patrick medina of miami,florida

"Hello Friends, it's me again LCPL Tommorio's Aunt Tina. Todays dates is December 31, 2005, I write to you to say thanks for the kind and life changing words you write to my family sharing personal experiences you shared with Tomorrio and to those who just send kind and encouraging words. We love all of you and thank you so much, and for you who knew tomorrio personally your words are like fire to my heart. I feel a burning of joy and sadeness at the same time because this young man Tomorrio was so special to me and our family and he always touched me deep in my heart because he was a soldiers from they day he was born, knowiing he had a destiny to fulfill and no one or nothing would stop him and he did fufill his destiny and that was to save lifes even if it meant laying his down. I feel the hurt and sadness in some of your emails when you write about your experiences with him and how life for you will never be the same.
I send God's peace to each of you and His blessings for caring and loving Tomorrio like I cared and loved him. Tomorrio was a gift from God to our family, His mother was 16 teen when she became preganant with Tomorrio. We all waited for his birth. Amazingly we fought over his name and who was going to be in the room with my sister when she gave bith, first cousins wanted to be in there but thanks be to God I got back in town the morning when his mother had to go into the hospital. I had told her before I left not to have her baby until I got back from our cousin wedding in Tampa Florida that Saturday. We left Tampa that Sunday morning and arrived in Gainesville to find out that she was in the hospital.

We all rushed to the hospital to see about "Brenda" Tomorrio's mother she was already in the birthing room so I went back there and never left out when I though it was time for him to be born. I remember crying tears of joy and excitment and fear because it was nothing I had ever experience before but I put my feelings aside to make sure my sister and her baby was going to be alright. I can tell you from that day on our lives was not the same he brought so much joy to all of us we had not had a baby around for several years so everybody wanted to baby sit Tomorrio.
My parents life was changed so much they took on the responsibility of raising Tomorrio and allowing his mom to enjoy being a teenager but with some firmness and accountability. They never step over thier boundaries as grand parents but took care of him as though he was their own with what little they did have. Tomorrio brought joy to our lives and we knew he was so specail as we watched him grow up. He laughed all the time he was one happy baby and started walking around 7 mos. using the big boys toilet by the time he was a year old thanks to his Uncel Poppy Joe who is no longer with us after coming home from work and going to bed and never waking up again at the age of 31. We enjoyed him so much and he was a light that shined so bright in the hearts of so many of us. These last few years have been good but the loss was so great that even till this day we are locked in time and the pain have not gone away.
The emptiness has left a big hole in our heart that we are struggling to fill with the memories of him. To remember him brings back so much pain because we do not have him and the thoughts of him dying in Iraq and never returning is real to us and we are struggling with that fact. I want to go to Iraq one day when I can afford to and go to the place where he was killed and sit in silence to hear his voice and feel his spirit and to gather some of the sand and bring back home and sprinkle it over his grave.
America keeps us in your prayers and always remember his mother who feels so empty inside and weeps for her son through out the nights. Thanks you for caring.
Aunt Tina Burkett-Hunt"
Rutha "tina" Burkett-Hunt of 12315 NW 157th Street, Alachua, Florida 32615

"My name is Ismael D. Rivera I am also an ex-Marine who went with Burkett to Iraq. I am in the Coast Guard now. It is been 2 years since the incident that happen to Destiny. I've always kept my feelings to myself until this day. I think about Destiny everyday and cry everynight. I sometime blame myself for his death because I saw his unit pass by us and said nothing to ask where were they going? I wish I could trade places with him every night. I wish I could do something. I wish he was here right now. I need somebody to talk to if anyone can help me please contact me at (843)863-0887."
Ismael D rivera of charleston,sc

"To this day (8 Nov 2005), i still have a picture of PFC Burkett in my office among pictures of my own family.... there was something about PFC Burkett's story, along with what an outstanding Marine he must have been that led me to keep his picture.

I have 2 daughters, ages 2 and 4.... i will always keep PFC Burkett's picture to remind me of the ultimate sacrifice he and so many make for me and my country, and to show my daughters when my children are older.

I still remember him and his family in my prayers from time to time. God Bless Tamario Burkett and his family!"
tim of cape cod, massachusetts

"From Auntie Tina Burkett-Hunt, I want to personally thank each of you for your kind and loving words you each have wrote. Words can not express how I feel when I read your messages. I am sorry for the loss of every soldiers that has died as a result of this war. I want you all to know that we are still in a lot of pain becasue every time a soldier die we feel the pain and sting of death with each family that loses a love one to this war. I want you to know that it is very difficult for my family to deal with Tomorrio's death because Iraq took my sister's son and never gave him back. The emptiness and loss we feel cannot be expressed in words. I am tearing up as I write this message becasue the thought of Tomorrio never coming home is a thought that is ever taunting in my mind. I want America to understand that we love our soldiers and support each one of them 100% but I question our president's motives for this war. I am not trying to be political but we have selected a man of war for our president according to the Lord in a dream I had before my nephew war killed in Iraq. This dream did not make since to me until my nephew was killed in Iraq. America please keep us in your heart and prayers. Please remember LCPL Tomorrio Demetrius Burkett mother and siblings its been very hard on them to this day. I asked each of you to remember them doing the holidays and pray a special prayer for God's peace to be with them doing these holidays. LCPL Tomorrio always came home for the holidays to be with his family. Pick up the phone and call me.(386) 418-1242"
Aunt Tina Burkett-Hunt of Alachua, florida

"To Pfc. Tamario Burkett's family, I offer my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved son, Tamario. It is my deepest hope that one day the people of the Nation of Iraq will know, and the people of this Nation will never forget, how costly and dear freedom is. I have a bracelet worn in memory of Tamario that was given to me by a woman at a Memorial Day Ceremony. She felt that because I am a Blue Star Mom I might be able to locate Tamario's family and send them the bracelet she wore in his honor. I have it at my home in California. You can email me at conkoman@comcast.net. My sincerest sympathy,
Peggy Conklin"
Peggy Conklin of San Ramon, CA. USA

My name is Sgt. Adam Brown. I was in S.O.I. with Tamario and then went to 1/2 with him. Tamario and I were good friends, since we were the only ones from buffalo when we were in S.O.I. Talking about home made S.O.I. go by fast. When we went to 1/2, I happened to get sent to alpha co. and Tamario went to charlie company. My greatest memory of Tamario was while we were in Kuwait and he had made a sign saying "Buffalo 50,000 miles -->". Everyday i'd walk by him and the sign. We would joke about how much snow they must of had and what we missed about Buffalo. I guessed we kept each others spirits alive while our future was uncertain. I was in the battle of An Nasiriyah when we lost Tamario. He was my closest brother i lost among the many. Tamario and my other brothers will never be forgotten. My sympathy goes out to Tamario's family and i'm forever at their service. I'm forever in debt to you for raising a true american hero. Semper Fidelis"
Sgt. Adam L. Brown of USNA Security Co. / Marine Barracks 8th & I / Annapolis, M.D.

"Today, I walked for Lance Cpl. Burkett in our school's Walk for Fallen Heroes. I wanted to offer my sincerest condolences to his friends and family. May God bless you all.

Rachel Council of Seoul, South Korea

"I read the message LCPL Burkett's Aunt Tina placed on the page and it brought tears to my eyes. I just wanted to let you know that the family is in my prayers. A man that I hold dear to my heart was deployed to Iraq 5am today from Camp Lejune and I am frightened that I will never see him again. I am from NC, about 15 minutes away from the base. I was born there and come in contact with the people there and have not only my sweetheart over there, but soon, (in march) 3 of my close friends will be there as well."
Tarasha Lloyd of Durham, NC


I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost a loved one to this war.
We have formed a group for those of us who have experienced
the ultimate sacrifice. Gold Star Families for Peace.
Love and Peace to you,"
DedeMiller of Bellflower,Ca

"To the family of this brave marine, you're in my prayers. may god be with you and may he bless you. He is at home with his father in heaven and will be waiting for you. To this brave marine, god speed and thank you."
tessa of salt lake city, utah, USA

"As a former grade school colleague, my heart goes out to Tamario's family. He is home now, and we will soon join him there."
Brandon of Buffalo, NY

"I had great pleasure in knowing LCPL burkett I spent time in 2nd marine regiment 2nd marine div Camp Lejeune NC I also was his roommate at one time, and we had lots of talks and he also guided me in the right directions on things eaven though he was a junior marine to me. I always took time to listen to what he had to say he was a good person and a great marine, and a good friend to me. My heart goes out to the family and friends and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I would like someone from the immediate family to contact me at 252-268-2619"
X-Marine Cpl Paul R Haynes of kinston,NC

"RIP Marine, May God Bless your Family."
SSgt Meaders Schamarr of Okinawa Japan

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

"To Tamario's family our family extends our prayers for your fallen Marine. While we did not know him, our son LCpl Matthew Stover did because he was also in Charlie Co/Wpns Plt and served in Nasiriyah with your son. I want you to know that we will never forget the sacrifice your son made for our freedom. What the boys went through over there was terrible...war is so ugly. Yet I know the boys of Charlie Co would do it all over again to make sure we are free. Someday when I get to heaven I'll meet him and get to thank him in person. Please know your family is in our prayers..."
Carol Stover, Proud Mom of LCpl Matthew Stover of Ava, MO

"To the Family of LCpl. Burkett,

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

"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.

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

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Tamario , will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thanks Tamario for your courage and bravery. May you rest In Peace!!! We love you so much i hope you know that!! To tha family of Tamario thank you for giving the world such a great hero/person!! We love you all!!!I love you Tamario!!!!!"
Rachel of Viginia

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

"Praise the Name of Jesus for the life of Tamario D. Burkett. Thank you family for this life which has been given to set captives free. Jesus is come to set captives free. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee.""
Eric Ottewitte of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

"Semper Fi Marine. RIP"
The Taylors/USMC of NC

"From a future Marine. Semper Fi! You will live on forever!"
Donovan Toole of Albany, GA

"Thank you Tamario Burkett, 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 of Tamario "Destiny" Burkett, we definetly would like to say that Destiny was one of a kind with the most uplifting spirit and sweetest heart. You have our deepest sympathy and he will definetly be missed by all that knew him. He was a good friend a wonderful boyfriend. We'll miss him! Shannon P. (Destiny's girlfriend) and Lala (Destiny's friend)"
Shannon Pierce and Khalilah Huddleston of Fort Bragg/Fayetteville NC

"To the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Tamario D. Burkett:

God Bless you all. You raised a hero and he protected and served all of us. He gave his life so that we might all have these freedoms that many of us take for granted. I am proud to be an AMerican and I am forever grateful to Marine Lance Cpl. Tamario D. Burkett. He keeps his watch over us from Heaven above."
JR of Buffalo, NY

"God bless you Devil Dog! Your sacrafice has not gone unnoticed. I will see you at the Gates of Heaven in full Dress blues. Semper Fidelis Marine."
SSgt Krysak of MCAS Yuma, AZ

"To "DESTINY" the squadbois won't forget you man. We will do it the way you always wanted with fun and enjoyment! If any family member of Burkett's recieves this please contact me at 910 451-3606. ask for Hn Jamison. I have pictures of Destiny that maybe will do you good for your heart, mind body and soul. To the Burkett family love goes out to your cause that is what Destiny gave to us. From Hn Jamison, CPl Joseph, Cpl Turner, Cpl Moore, Hn Bradford, HM3 Bell, HM3 Saltibus (themsquadbois)............. named by "DESTINY" Tamario Burkett. Love you man!"

"To the Family and friends of Pfc. Tamario D. Burkett,
Thank you for raising a son that counted the cost and knew that FREEDOM truly isn't FREE. May the Lord strengthen you and may his memory bring you comfort. As for me and my house, we call Tamario a HERO!
Prayerfully Yours,
Sibert Family"
Kathleen Sibert of Redondo Beach, California

"To Marine Pfc. Burkett, Bless you for your courage and determination in the name of our country. Your memorial service today was truly an honor to attend. To the family of Pfc. Burkett, bless you all."
of Gainesville, FL

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Tamario Burkett:
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 Tamario 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 Pfc. Tamario Burkett:
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 Tamario, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Thank you Pfc. Tamario Burkett for your service to our country. Each day as I am enjoying the blessing of living in such a great country, I will remember you as one of those blessings. Thank you Burkett family."
Terri Curtis of Green Forest, Arkansas

"Thank you young man for protecting our freedom and for being strong and brave. You are a true Hero. May God bless you and keep you. Rest in peace."
Cindy of CA

"Thank you for your service to our great nation. God speed. I pray God comforts your loved ones and helps them."
Jay and Allison of Hendersonville, TN

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