Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pvt. Lewis T. D. Calapini

21, of Waipahu, Hawaii.
Calapini died from a non-hostile vehicle accident near Al Taqaddum, Iraq. He was assigned to Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on January 23, 2006.

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I went to boot camp and SOI with Lewis and I would like to say that he was one of my closest friends during that time. I'll never forget him and the friendship that we shared. He was truly a good person and Marine. I learned of his passing while I was deployed to Afghanistan, and it just saddened me that he was taken from this world so suddenly. God Bless you and your family and Rest in peace brother, I know we will see each other again in glory."
Juan Castillo of Los angeles ,CA, USA

"Platoon 1081*"
Will Rodriguez of Los Angeles, CA


I was in Lewis' boot camp Plt 10-1818 A. Co. I remember him being a house mouse, a kid full of character always happy. We had fun during that mayhem and during SOI Pendleton after boot leave. I was in Japan when I heard of his death which brought me to tears, still feel it now. Jordon if you're reading this send me an email semperloc@gmail.com

Sgt. Rodriguez, W.A.
Will Rodriguez of Los Angeles, CA

"To the family of:Lewis T. D. Calapini
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""

"To say that i served with lewis would be an injustice to him. I always looked at him as a little brothe who would out live me, I was in iraq not even 20 metric meters from the caat III outpost, the convoy that they went on i hugged lewis like i always did before and i will cherrish that day until god calls me. For that is the moment that I truly felt god's presents. God bless you and I love and miss you Lewis Calapini USMC"
Cpl Christon Deon Moore USMC of Detroit MI 48219

"Though I have been silent far too long, the memory of Lewis will always be with me. I can only pray for the forgiveness of his friends and family. Lewis was one of the best Marines I ever served with, and I hope other commanders have the priviledge of such a person in their ranks.

Semper Fidelis

1st Lt Taivo Ets"
Ty Ets

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Pvt. Lewis T. D. Calapini:
Lewis 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

"My name is Cpl Jacob Jordan. I was in the same bootcamp plt as Calapini. I found outabout the tragedy after my tour in late 07. It was a major shock and i was in disbelief. He will be missed and his family are number 1 in my prayers"
Jacob Jordan of Whitehouse, TX

"To the family of Marine Pvt Calapini,
On Memorial Day 2007 our church planted a field of flags with one flag for every fallen service member in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. The thousands of flags were quite a sight. On July 4th we were invited to take a flag and commit to remember the family of that warrior in prayer. I took Private Calapini's flag and have been diligent to pray for your family in the intervening days.

Thank you for your precious son. Your loss cannot be assuaged or compensated for but I hope that you can stand tall in proud memory. I believe in what your son was doing and wish I could have been alongside him. A grateful American wishes to express feeble thanks for a job well done."
Terrell Yon of Orlando FL

I would like to say thank you to you and the other Marine who was killed in that accident for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

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

Semper Fi"
LCpl Reyes of Cali

"On August 26, 2006, we will dedicate a memorial stone at Punchbowl Cemetery. Our program will list your name, along with others whose sacrifice gives us the duty and the priviledge to carry on your legacy of freedom and liberty. Mahalo from Oahu Chapter 858, Vietnam Veterans of America."
Luis Parker of Ewa Beach, HI

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

"Thank you Lewis D. Calapini, 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 Pvt. Lewis D. Calapini:
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 Lewis 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 Pvt. Lewis D. Calapini:
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 Lewis, 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