Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Cody S. Calavan

19, of Lake Stevens, Washington.
Calavan died due to hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 29, 2004.

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"Cody, I carried your banner tonight, in the Strawberry Festival parade. I didn't know you until tonight, and I feel so honored to have walked for you. I am so humbled by your story, God bless you. You will always be in my heart."
Danita Pace of Marysville , WA USA

"It's still so hard to think about you being gone. How could someone with such a kind heart, such a loving and full of life person like you, be gone so soon?! It's not fair that you didn't get to experience all that life had to offer. But you made the most of everyday. You were a true hero, Cody. A person who I'm so proud I got to know. Thank you for being the person you were. The memories I have with you will be etched in my heart forever. Thank you for your service!"
Kristin of Lake Stevens

"To the family of:Cody S. Calavan
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"1-11-11"

"My father (Ray Calavan Carter) Calavan by birth told me once all Calavans are related. I am amazed how many served in the corp.Iam saddend by your lose but proud to come from such a great family."
JoAnn Hawkins of Boise Id

"May 11, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Cody S. Calavan:
Cody 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

"Cody, I can't believe 3 years have passed since you died. I remember that I got home from work and my mom had the news on. It seems like as soon as I sat down they were talking about you and what a great hero you are. I was in so much shock and I really honestly couldn't believe that you were gone. I remember crying myself to sleep and how I know you were there, I could feel your presence. I felt something that I never have felt before and I will never forget that either. I will never forget you, and how I have wished soo much that if i would have known you would have passed how I would have held on to our memories just soo much closer. I can still see your face and your smile and it warms my heart. I remember in 9th grade when you came back to lake stevens, and how we would always tease you because you now "talked like a hick" I'll always remember TAing in the counseling center with you and how we would always give you the passes and stuff to take to the gym and the portables. OH, and remember buttery's class?? How we would just have to fill out worksheets the whole class that weren't even graded?? Remember how we used to all fill one out and then trade and copy off of eachother?? haha I remember when we were graduating we did that senior train around the lake. How I rode with you guys and how crazy you guys were, climbing and layin out on the roof of the car. Those are some of the memories that I know I will never forget.
I am still so proud of you, and how you stayed with something that you believed in so much; which I know is a huge decision to make when you're only 19. I still just want to thank you for all that you have done for our country. I miss you and tihnk about you everyday and you will forever be in my heart."
of Everett Wa

"I'll never forget formation, dorm wars, woodhaul, and kitchen raids. And little Cody Calavan. Miss you kid."
Dave Trotter of Bellingham, WA

"To Cody's family and friends.

Thank you for your sacrifice. God Bless."
Carole Sexton of Converse, Texas

"Hey Code,
I've been thinking about you all day. It's your 22nd and we all wish you could be here to celebrate with us. Home isn't the same without you anymore. Thank you for everything you have done for us. I can't wait to see you again. I really miss you down here."
Allison Lian of Pullman, WA, USA

"hey punk.. you would have had your 22nd birthday today. there is not a day that goes by that i don't think of you and your impact in my life. i know you are my angel now, and i cannot wait to see you again someday. please know that you are not forgotten. i wish you could be here right now. always in my heart."
Amy Laskey of Lake Stevens, WA

"I am a former Korean War Marine with 3 Combat Stars having served with the 1st Marine Division in Korea - 1952-3. I lost several buddies in Korea. My heart goes out to the relatives of Cody Calavan. I believe in everlasting life and heaven and hell. Cody is in heaven - with a lot of other Marines, I am certain of that. We will all meet again. May the hearts of Cody's relatives and friends be consoled by the certain hope that this is not the end - but, only the beginning. "Eye has not seen, nor has ear heard, the joy that lies ahead for those who persevere to the end!"

Semper Fidelis, Cody!"
Roy Tinder of Gig Harbor, WA

"To the Family and Friends of PFC Cody Calavan:
The Mt.Soledad Memorial Association, in coordinated efforts with American Legion Post 275 of La Jolla, California, is conducting a Honor Ceremony on August 26th,2006 to recognize the dedicated service of Marine PFC Cody Calavan and the other 20 Marines that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Post 275 has sponsored the manufacture of 2 granite plaques to be placed at the Mt.Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, CA.
For additional information and photos of our memorial please log onto www.soledadmemorial.com
We would be deeply honored if ALL interested in attending the ceremony could call Joanie at 858-459-2314 or Steve Marrietti at 858-705-2214.
Joanie Miyashiro-Brennan of La Jolla, CA/USA

"I graduated with him in Lake Stevens High School. When I heard about his death it was shocking. He was a good friend and, I bet he was a good Marine as well. He will be remembered along with his fellow marines from our graduating class, myself, Lance Corporal Taylor Pesche and PFC Mike Torrence. Semper Fidelis!"
PFC Colin Pyle of Fort Lee, Virginia

"Thank you Cody for defending the freedoms we all cherish. You are a true hero and will be thought of each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi Marine. God Bless you, you are in the peaceful light of the supreme healer. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"i didnt know you but i know kalah and i know you loved her and she loved you. i want to thank you for all you have done for our country and i will never forget about you!"
lauren of marysville

"We had a memorial today, at our school, they dedicated a plaque to you so that all the 2000 students that walk through our halls, will see it and remember how much of an amazing guy you mustve been. You are greatly missed. But i know that you were out there, fighting for what you believed in, and i know that you are up there with your mom and joey, catching up on old times. RIP Cody."
Lauren Nissen of Lake Stevens, WA

"We would like to pass along our condolences to the Calavan family. Cody, thank you for fighting for our rights! We truly appreciate you!"
Huerta Family of Marysville, WA

"Cody i miss you so much and i think about you everyday, i cant belive this happened to you you were one of my best friends.... i remeber the first time i met you, you were a TA for mr tri and u were playing basketball and hit me in the head on accident with it lol thanks for everything as a friend and fighting in the war ill never for get about you love you tonz"
Nicole of Lake Stevens WA

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

"Cody, I miss you more and more every day. I still have a hard time believing that you are dead. I can still remember the first time we met in the sixth grade, how we used to play Donkey Kong with Brett, or Halo with Cody. You were my drinking buddy, my friend, and you are dearly missed. I still remember the last time I saw you on New Years, it is with fondness that I recall at midnight how me you and your girlfriend shared a bottle of champagne. Seeing all the nice things people wrote about you makes me cry, yet I come here whenever I'm feeling depressed and I know that your memory atleast lives on. Semper Fidelis Marine, you followed your heart and did what you were born to do. You were a good man, a good friend, and an amazing Marine."
SK of Seattle Washington

"i served with calavan in iraq he was with ecko and i am with golf.in early april we both had a medicalproblem that required us to go to bagdad for treatment. That was the first time i met hime. Since that time, i we would always talk when we had a chance at the base when we returned from bagdad. When i heard about his death it hit me hard. I wll definitely miss this marine. semper fi"
lcpl jason rosman of camp pendleton

"Cody, I didn't know you, but I'm touched by your passing. May G-d shine down on your soul and your family and know that your death will not be in vain. Your memory lives on in the Marines, the Armed Forces and the American People and all people who respect freedom. May you rest in peace and may we all find peace someday."
Lee of briarcliff manor, ny USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom....the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"I'm from Redmond, WA. I'd like to send my condolences to the family of Cody Calavan. He was an American Soldier. He gave his life for all of us. He will be honored by every generation in the future. We can only pray that Cody is in the good hands of the lord god almighty at this moment. To Mr. and Mrs. Calavan, you're son will never ever be forgotten. Semper Fidelis."
Tyler N. Erman of Redmond, WA, USA

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

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

"Cody I will never be able to show you directly how much I love you and how proud I am of you but please know this and you will forever be in my heart.
I will always love you Cody Shea Calavan"
Kalah of Lake Stevens

"My fiance was Cody's cousin. I only had the privalege of meeting him once, but he had an infectious smile and was so proud to be a marine. God bless the Marines and the Calavan family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily."
Jessica Bogen of Kirkland WA

"I didnt know cody very well but he was in one of my classes at lake stevens high school and he was so funny and such a sweet guy then i was out with my family and i hadnt seen him for a year or so and i saw a guy on the tv that looked just like him but i wasnt for sure then one day i was looking at the paper and it was him cody from lake stevens high and it had said he was killed and my heart dropped because i have never had one of my friends and somebody i knew from school die at such a young age he was always such a great guy and will always be remembered for his bravery god bless"
Andrea of Snohomish WA

"To Cody - Thank you for your service and sacrifice! Please know that we will not let your death be in vain. Be the guardian angel for all the other Marines that are still fighting. Bring them home to their loved ones. I wish you were coming home too but you are in a wonderful place right now with God, your mom and brother. God Bless you, Cody. Rest in Peace.

To the Calavan Family - Thank you for your son. I pray that your pain will lessen in time and your heart will remember the good memories of Cody's life. America is the great country that it is because of brave men like Cody. Be Proud of his chosen profession and the honor of his service.

God Bless Cody, your family and friends, U.S. Marine Corps and all our troops!"
Marty Farmer of Lake Stevens, WA

"I only talked to cody for a few minutes. But in those few minutes, he changed the way I felt about the war and all the soldiers fighting over there. I wish I would have been able to meet him in person. Cody, thank you for everything you have done for this country. Your life has impacted many, thank you."
Kyle Kelly of Marysville, Wa

"We never really knew each other, but we had classes together and you were always so nice to me. You always held the door open for me, said only nice things to me, and never once just looked past me as though i wasn't there. you were a great person. true gentleman. ill miss you."
classmate of lake stevens, washington

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

"To the family and friends of PFC Cody S. Calavan,

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 USA

"Say a Prayer


Say a prayer before you go to bed tonight.
For the Men and Women in Iraq that have joined in the Fight.

They are over there fighting for you and me.
They are doing it to keep our Country Free.

Iím sitting here in disbelief and Shock.
This Memorial Day weekend, Iím part if a family that got bad news from Iraq.

I know what its like to feel the pain.
So donít let their lives go unnoticed or in vain.

They are over there fighting for our life, as we know it.
So be a proud American and show it.

Be proud of the Red, White and Blue.
They are over there fighting for your freedom too.

Some have paid for our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice
They have paid for it with their life.

Tribute to my Nephew
Donít forget to include them in your prayers tonight.
The Men, Women, who have joined in the fight.

A lot are paying with the ultimate sacrifice.
They are paying for our freedom with their life.

Donít forget a moment of silence each and everyday.
And, that we are proud of them in everyway.

Donít put it off today and say Iíll do it tomorrow.
Then you wont have a regret to go with your sorrow.

Iím the Mother of an inactive Marine and an Aunt of a Fallen one.
I just wish I had told my Nephew. Pfc. Cody S. Calavan, I Love, and am very proud of you.

I can assure you they are all proud to be out there fighting for the Red, White and Blue.
They are doing it for me, and they are doing it for YOU!!!

Sarah J. (Calavan) Abernathy"
Sarah Abernathy of Vancouver WA.

"To Cody's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"To Cody'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 Cody'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 his bravery and sacrifice.

The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Cody Calavan, 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 Pfc. Cody Calavan:
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 Cody 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. Cody Calavan:
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 Cody, 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