Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Burns

20, of Laramie, Wyoming.
Burns died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 11, 2004.

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"I was PFC Burns VC and PltSgt for OIF1 1st LAR CCo 1st Plt. He and three other newly LAR drivers were sent to my Plt in Kuwat just before the OIF1 started. I asked the four new drivers "if your NOT retarded raise your hand" burns was the only one that rose his hand. So I took him for my driver LOL. He was a very good driver and for being very young with no real LAR experience at that time. Kyle did a Great job. During OIF1 my Plt was ambushed many times, drove many hours, received small arms, RPG, and indirect fire. PFC Burns performed his duties in an exemplary manner."
Sean of Reno, NV

"I just want you to know that we will NEVER forget Kyle and his brothers who've died for our freedom. I pray for your peace and comfort regularly. Thank you for your sacrifice that goes beyond words."
Brad Mattes of Cincinnati

"Jesus loves you and may He bless your homes with love and laughter once more as you contemplate memories of him. May your tears be wiped away and your hearts be filled with joy as you journey through this memorial day holiday. Lean on JESUS He can help you."
Matthew of CORONA,CA

"Jesus loves you and may He bless your homes with love and laughter once more as you contemplate memories of him. May your tears be wiped away and your hearts be filled with joy as you journey through this memorial day holiday. Lean on JESUS He can help you."
Matthew of CORONA,CA

"RIP brother! Semper Fi."
Tyler of Ky

"Went to see you on veterans day. We miss you brother, you were a good friend and a true American hero."
jeremiah of parker co

I will never forget that day you were takin away from us I tell my sons about you and my oldest son understand why he is named and who it is he is honoring I have found a place of peace after 7 hard years of dreams of that day and trying to figure what else I could of done for you. I replay your last words in my thoughts and I ache knowing you were but a few feet from me and not being able to keep you safe like I promised you I let you down I live with that every day. I have head the pleasure on communicating with your parents and they have helped me cope with your lost, just being able to vent to your wonderful parents has lifted a huge weight off my chest we laughed we cried but it was all about the good times and bad times we shared together to this day we keep in touch you were a friend I will always charish and admire you are a true hero to me and my family. My son will always talk of the true marine hero he is named in honor of. I miss you and keep you in my prayers Marine."
SSGT JOE A LOPEZ of Jourdanton Texas

"hey man...In three days, it will have been eight years since you were killed. It's a weird feeling for me to accept this. It still doesn't seem real. I think about you everyday and wish that my daughter could have met you. She always asks about my KIA bracelt that I wear for you and I tell her about you. She looks at pictures of you on the wall and of your folded flag and asks about you. I have a lot of stories for her about you which she enjoys and I think I enjoy telling them more than she enjoys hearing them. She has visited you several times but is too young to comprehend. She says "thats where Kyle is varried". She knows that a bad guy killed you and asks why. I dont really know how to answer that for her but I reassure her that you were being brave and protecting us. That, she understands. I have twenty years worth of stories for her that you and I shared. She smiles and tells me that she misses you too! I often think of some story or time that you and I shared and wish that I could call you and remind you what idiots we were together. I'm glad we joined, and I don't regret the decision. I do miss you, though. I have wondered why you were killed and I was not but I do know that you were the kind of guy who would prefer it that way. That is the reason why you are the man you are. You were always such a "go-getter" and never backed down from anything. I respected that more than you will ever know and I am honestly still envious of that. By the way, you have missed eight years of life so far. This year wasn't so great. We elected a pussy communist as our president...again... Lola and I will see you on Sunday."

"To the family of:Kyle W.Burns
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""

"Semper Fi Kyle. Its been over 6 years and there isn't a day that you are not in my thoughts"

"He was a good man and a good marine. You are not forgotten brother Semper fi
1st Lar Bn C co Cpl Ramirez"
Ramirez, Moises of Phoenix, AZ/ Maricopa

"My name is Loraine, I went to school with Kyle but never met him. When I heard of his death 6 years ago, it hit me hard for some reason. I attended his funeral and it is something I will never forget, something I think about often and has forever impacted my life. I felt very honored and very priveleged to be in attendance that day. My heart went out to his parents and family, my heart broke for them. Many times over the last 6 years, I have thought of them and wondered how they are doing. They have remained in my thoughts and prayers. I just want to say thank you for the sacrifice Kyle gave, his life for our country and our freedom, freedom truly isn't free. May God Bless and be with you all.

Loraine Boudreaux of Laramie, WY

"Bob, Jo, & Kris

I got a speeding ticket, and will gladly get more for you.

This morning I woke up thinking of Kyle and the difficulty this day brought forth six years ago. It's been a while, but the family's still in my prayers."
Corey aka "Fred" of Torrington, Wyoming

"To Kyle's family: I just read "Final Salute" because The Dart Society awarded a Mimi Award (My daughter is a founding member of the award as the editor for her winning story was "Mimi" Burkhardt who prematurely passed away.) to the Rocky Mountain News editor of that story wherein Kyle was mentioned. He has been on my prayer list of fallen soldiers known by my son since his first tour in Iraq.
God bless you all......"
MaryEllen Warkentin of New Jersey

"Happy Birthday Buddy"
Jeremy K

"Bob, Jo & Kris. Just a note to let you know I will always remember your sweet boy. I miss him. His memory is with me. My family loved him. He was truly brave."
vianne of Vermont

Cathryn Plato of Houston, TX

"I did boot with Kyle. Kyle was such a good person and such a great Marine. We had some good laughs together. Miss you bro it still hurts inside but i know your in a better place. I will see you again some day. Semper Fi"
Cpl. Brent Babiuk of San Diego, CA

"Kyle it was an honer to serve with you. May your family know the peace that only the good LORD can offer.

Thank you for helping the rest of War Pigs get home. miss ya

He Who Sheds Blood With Me Shall Foever Be My Brother."

"Not a day goes by that your not thought of. I miss you pal."
J.M. of San Antonio, TX

"Kyle... was a blast to go camping with. Even as a kid he was someone who knew his mind and stood strongly for what he believed. I learned from Kyle..."
Rick Hunter of Lander, Wy 82520

"Bob and Jo,
I read your storie in Final Salute, and I just want to tell you thank you. My son who is 9 has had the dream since he was 3 to be a soldier. Although in my heart I hope he changes his mind, I hope that if the day comes and he decides to go that I will have as much strength as you. all I could do is cry. I'm not one for reading on war but the book just kind of jump off the shelf at me and I couldn't put it down until the last page. So again thank you."
Michelle of Phoenix, Arizona U.S.A

Five years ago you were taken from your family & friends. We miss you dearly & think of you often. Sometimes with tears in our eyes & sometimes with great big smiles on our faces. This is the first time I have visited this site. Wish I had known of it earlier. Was wonderful to read all the messages to you. Thanks to everyone who remembers my son. I pray all are well & have gained strength from God to endure our loss."
Jo Burns of Laramie, Wy

You taught me so much in life. How to not take things so seriously, and just go with the flow. You always lived life to the fullest and made the most of every situation. After you died I saw life in a whole new way and for that and so many other things i am greatful. I learned that we are not promised another day and to always let the ones who are dearest to you know who much they mean to you. Thanks for everything. You are a true hero and are greatly missed. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and all you gave us.
Thanks for everything (Laramie misses you)"

"Remembering Kyle on the 5th anniversary of his ultimate sacrifice."
Hillary Harms of Cheynne, WY

"Kyle... Thanks for everything. You were such a nice guy. I'll never forget all the hockey trips and watching my brother and you play hockey together. Laramie has never been the same without you. I cannot believe it has been five years. It still feels like yesterday we were all skating at the ice rink. Thanks again for everything. You are a true hero and we all miss you so much."

"hey kyle you have touched my life in so many ways. even though we only got to know each other for a short summer it sure was a great one and you are missed very much... (if kyles parents read this my prayers are with you today)"


"I have volunteered for you, I share your stories for you, I live by your example. Your integrity is mine. Thank you for my awakening brother"


We've never met yet we have the same great, great, great grandfather. Through Geneaolgy research I just discovered this less than an hour ago. You made the supreme sacrifice for your country and justly deserved to be called hero. As a retired military vet I understand more than most the sacrifices faced by armed forces. You went above and beyond the call of duty. God Bless You!"
Robert C. Egge Jr, SMSgt, USAF (Ret) of Dayton, Ohio

"Happy birthday buddy. Miss ya"
Jeremy of Laramie, Wy

"Hey Kyle, I can't believe it's almost been 5 years. Jamie, Mariah and I think of you often and can't help but smile. You are missed and loved by lots!"
Shanna of Laramie, WY

"To Kyle's family and friends. I never knew Kyle but I went to his funeral to honor him and his service to our country. It was heartbreaking and at the same time was an honor to him. I think of him everytime I play hockey and see the memorial at the rink in his honor. God Bless him and his family."
Becky Wills of Laramie

"Hey buddy!
Once again im lost again in memories of you and the we have lost. I miss ya man!!"
S.R. Dunnuck IV USMC of laramie wy

"As I sit here Watching the military Chanel on TV, I think of all you have sacraficed. Thank you for your courage, Honor, and love for your country. Your family will always be gratful. To you and your family I love you all."
Tony Duncan of Buffalo Wy,

"I wear you on my arm and keep you in my heart. It is in your memory and the memory of all those we lost during that push that I carry on. miss you bro."
Sgt. Beast of Camp Pendleton, CA

"We knew each other long ago, but I still think of you often."
Adam Tighe of San Diego, CA

"I miss you every day and think of you a lot I will see you again bro"

"I miss you everyday buddy. I want to thank you for being a friend to me. Love ya always"
Novak of Kewaunee WI

"Kyle, everyday is a new day that I wake and put on the uniform. After you left us brother we did our best to carry on. Your name is tatted on my back with our guarding angel. Not a day goes by with out your face flashing into my memory."
Sgt. Jason Bendett of Quantico, VA

"I miss being on the ice with you and know that it was your home like mine"

"Bob, Jo, and Kyle...
I cannot express the gratitude that I have for you! I have no way of paying you back for the sacrifices that you have made for us! We will never forget an of you and I know that Kyle will be with us forever! Again, Thank You for the sacrifices that you have made! My gratitude for what you have done is undescribable and I cannot put it in words! Thank You! We will always Love You!"
Keith Roberts of Buffalo, WY

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Burns:
Kyle 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 met Kyle when he was attached to 1st LAR in Kuwait (2003) shortly after he finished his intial training. We served together in the same platoon and more importantly the same vehicle during 2003, during his first deployment to Iraq. I think of you often.

To Kyle's family:
if you read this I cannot express in words my true condolences. I became a father farily recently and cannot imagine your loss.

I am forever grateful to Kyle and his family."
Trevin Freitas ( Former Corporal) of Modesto, Ca

"miss you every day and think of you a lot bud"

"miss you lots bud"

"Miss you buddy"

"Kyle..I always told you no..but something about you always made me give in. Thank you for letting me be in your life, I can never forget our time together. Love always, your whiskey girl.."
Cate of Fallbrook, Ca

"Miss you more and more everyday."

"three years ago today we lost you and i still thinkf about you everyday and the time that we spent together and miss you everyday and pray for you"

"i miss you every day bro"

"No smile will replace yours. Thank you for proudly serving us and protecting so many others. There will never be another person as accepting as you were to me."
Trinity Thorpe Lubneuski of Philadelphia, PA

"Kyle, your my guardian angel now...its been almost three years now, it still seems like last weekend we had the boat out. i love you"
Trevor Walsh of Laramie, WY

"Ive shed alot of tears over you and miss you brother. I wear a memorial bracelet and am thankful everyday to you for my freedom. Semper Fi"
Andrew Naegeli of Oregon

"hey bro I went to visit you on your 23rd birthday and remembered all of the time that we spent together and the fun that we had miss u bro"
Dylan Reeve of Laramie Wyoming

"miss you lots bud"

""Hey Buddy, Laramie misses you and we will never forget. GO POKES!!""

"Kyle, We love and miss you. You will never be forgotten Thank you for your courage."
Tony Duncan of Buffalo Wyoming

"Two weeks ago I wore a poster with your son's name on it in a vigil to honor those lost in this war. I searched through the pile of posters until your Kyle's name appeared and I just knew he was the one I wanted to represent. He has been close to my heart ever since. I am so sorry for your loss."
Carolyn of Eureka, CA

"Kyle you will be missed by all and will never be forgotten"

"i love you uncle Kyle"
Kayla Reeve of Laramie, Wy

"My CAP Squadron laid a holiday wreath on your grave today, Kyle. My son was the cadet who honored you with his reverent salute. Though a young man of only 14 yrs, he and I will never forget today as we thanked God for heores like you. God bless you and your family left behind. You are much more than a name--you are a true keeper
of Liberty!"
2dLt Karren Clonts of Elizabeth, CO

"Kyle, I don't think I could ever explain the impact you had on my life. The memories I have with you will never fade. And since you've been gone I have truly learned what being a hero means. I miss you and always will"
of Laramie, Wy

"I may not know Kyle in person but thru his brother and his friend Dylan. I came to know him as a wonderful person and to this day I am proud of what he did for us and will always miss him and he is my forever hero. He will forever be in my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jo,Bob and Kris. Ilove you guys."
Janet Miles of Laramie, wyoming

"Bob and Jo The price that Kyle paid for us will never be forgotten and he will always be remembered and loved by all"
Dylan Reeve of Laramie, wyoming

"I love you and miss you and I will always remember the price that you paid for me and my family"
Kayla Reeve of Laramie, wyoming

"Kyle you were my brother in life and on the ice and my little girl will always know who you were and the price that you were willing to pay for us and she and i and the rest of the family will always remember you and love you every day"
Dylan Reeve of Laramie, wyoming

"Bob and Jo it has been two years since Kyle was killed and please know that he has not been and will never be forgotten. Anyone who had the honor of serving with Kyle knows what a wonderful person he was. Thank you for your sacrifice."
Daniel Spencer of Valencia CA, USA

"To the family of Kyle Burns:
My son served with Kyle over there in Iraq and I have prayed for you all since I received my son's letter describing that last day. To paraphrase a poem on this site: "To you who have died, to you who have cried, I salute you."
God bless you all,"
MaryEllen H. Warkentin of Tewksbury, N.J. USA

"To the Burns family: I think of Kyle often and know he will never be forgotten. He was a brave soldier and he was a brother to Jack. Life will never be the same without him but the story of his bravery and courage that day will always live on. God Bless you, Kyle and our troops!!!!"
Eileen Burch of Laramie, WY

"Kyle you were such a great friend to me. I dedicate each passing day to you. Thankyou for your friendship.

Shane Davis of dekalb IL

"kyle u will always be remeber!!! U gave ur life for all of us to be free and i will always be thankful to have known u and u giving me and my daughter freedom...."
Judy worster of Laramie, Wy

"Kyle, On the eve of your 22nd birthday I still think of you daily. I love you and wonder what our life together could have been like. 7/14/06"
Bob Burns of Laramie, Wyoming

"Somewhere in Cheyenne, I found a red, white, and blue bracelet with LCPL Kyle Burns WY USMC KIA 11/11/04 Iraq written on it. I never knew you but decided to look up your story on the internet. We, too, have lost a loved one at the same place you were killed. Chance Phelps was a great loss to us so I know what your family is going through. I am praying for them and I hope that whoever lost their bracelet doesn't mind that I keep it now. I want to remember you as I remember Chance. Thank You for your sacrafice and please say Hello to Chance for us."
Mandy Marie Estes of Cheyenne, Wyoming

"I have created a presentation to honor Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Burns and several of his comrades

Elizabeth Riegel of Clearlake CA USA

Cpl armendariz,George of Odessa,Tx

"I am doing a project on fallen soldiers, and I came across your son. I am engaged to someone who is in the air force and is stationed in Cheyenne, we both just wanted to tell you how proud we are of your son, and all the other soldiers. They died to fight for our freedom, I just wanted to express how much I appriciate that!"
Tyra and Ryan of Cheyenne, Wyoming

"hey Kyle..i didnt know you but i know your cusin Marvin... may all our prayers be with you..and rest in peace thank you for fighting for our country...u are loved by everyone...and you will be missed...much love"
Jessica Schwab of Portland.OR

"It has been more than a year after Kyle bravely gave his life to serve his country. Yet, his memory still lives on, everyday I am reminded of his life. I am proud to have known Kyle and will forever be indebted to him for the service that he gave to this country. I will never forget Kyle or the ultimate sacrifice that he gave to ensure our freedoms. Kyle and the Burns’ Family are still in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!!!!"
Renee (Van Zee) Tahja of Laramie WY Class of 2002

"I salute you!"

"Dear Kyle's family,
I am sorry for your loss. I am doing a project on your son for school. He seemed like a really nice person. It's so sad that he had to lose his life at such a young age. But, I thank him for helping out our contry. He will alays be honored in my school, because October,24,2005 my school F.W Harnett Middle school is putting 2,200 flags out in front of our school with pictures of some of the soldiers that have died in Iraq. I am very sorry for your loss."
Kandy Ranslow of Millville, MA

"i send my love to you where ever that might be sorry to ur famley"
kim k of hermiston, oregon

"The Salute

To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"Make my death a canticle for peace.
Evil has no greater friend than anger,
Making ready converts to its cause.
On me think but of beauty as you pause,
Remembering the service of a stranger
In giving life to purchase your release.
Armies live according to their art.
Love of life at times requires death,
Defending what would else find hungry jaws.
As you enjoy the gift of every breath,
Yet mourn for me with morning in your heart. Thank you Marvin for sharing this site with me and i hope that we can always be friends.
Your friend EMT-LADY1212"

"All warriors are precious to many!
They are the breath of life.
Their price is beyond comprehension.
What they have left us is Freedom"
SSgt Alan R Fallis USAF Ret. of Reno, Nevada, United States of America!

"Red as the rose in the morning light
Dreary with the liquid of life.
I drew upon the dreary blight
That consists of this endless strife.

For one to lose one must gain,
For I have lost what can’t be found
Just one more person to be slain
Just one more brother to be bound

My hands are marred by others
Scarred by the actions of me
Killed by my loving brothers
Stop the Killing, I beg, I plea

The rose sheds its final petal
On what once was living
In the dirt to now settle
Now to be a new being

I will always remember thee
For the body on the ground
You see is me
Dead, waiting to be found"
Marvin J. Moreland of somewhere close by

"Kyle I knew you little, but from what I can remember I will pass on. I love you. Please.... Please let me be worthy of your praise. I will be touched by you forever."
Marvin J. Moreland of Atsugi Kanagawa Japan

"Kyle, you are not forgotten. My prayers go out to you and your family."
SrA Jake Bigelow, USAF of Laramie, WY

"Kyle- We miss you. You are always in my heart. You were a good camping companion. You are still around the campfire with us."
Denis Walsh of Laramie, WY

"Kyle, your a true friend and a great teamate. I would always know you would be there when the times got tough. You are the real hero. God bless."
Jeremy Niesent of Ft. Collins, CO

"I have always loved you. Wish you were here"
Bob Burns - father of Larmaie, Wyt 82070

"over the summer I got to know you and you became a good friend. I miss you so much and the summers will never be the same without you. I think about you every day, but I know you are in a better place now."
Elizabeth of oceanside ca

"Lance Cpl. Burns will be honored along with other fallen soldiers in the art exhibition "“To Never Forget: Faces of the Fallen,” an exhibition of more than 1,400 5” x 7” paintings of U.S. military casualties in Iraq, created in remembrance of lives lost during the war. In its only East Coast showing, the exhibit is being installed on the first-floor wall of Syracuse University’s Shaffer Art Building. The exhibit opens today (March 3rd, 2005) and runs through April 1, 2005.



Sean Hovendick of Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

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

"I don’t believe that we understand all that you gave, or how your sacrifice will affect the future for our sons or daughters. I believe you confronted the evil that has enslaved mankind throughout history, the same evil that many American soldiers have confronted in many battles.

I will teach my son and daughter of your sacrifice and your heroism.

Proud Family of Pfc. Kohler serving in Ar Ramadi, Iraq"
Anderson Family of Montana

"Kyle i loved being on the ice knowing that you were behind me.I am sure that every marine that came in contact with you had that same feeling. You are a TRUE!!!! American Hero God Bless."
matt mendenhall of greeley,co

"Kyle was like a big brother to me he taught me everything I ever needed to know about being a great defender on the ice! Kyle is a Hero and an idol! He will never be forgotten in my heart. I will miss him but know I will see him someday soon. My prayers are with you!"
Hannah Westbrook of Laramie, Wy

"The Burns family, I sorry for your loss and please know I will never forget kYLE. I am proud to of called Kyle my friend."
Jeremy Kuhn of Laramie, Wyoming

"To Kyle'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

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

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Kyle W. Burns,

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 Kyle Burns, 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. Kyle Burns:
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 Kyle 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. Kyle Burns:
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 Kyle, 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