Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Donald E. Champlin

28, of Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Champlin died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Aug. 27. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on August 28, 2006.

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"Hard day without my Best Freind another year that seems like yesterday and all the good and bad times we spent together . Love and miss u Donie D. A.J. And"
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"I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. free fire garena"
Lucille F. Parham of Los Angeles, CA

"Donald 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 and your family. our site"
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Jim Harxmon of Manchester

"Well , here we are again . Thinking about you and the good times , the bad times, and the time that’s past without you here. I’m just missing you Donnie and some how this helps. I remember how u hated smoking but you would beg me for a cigarette. When I would give it to you ,you would break it and throw it on the ground and step on it. I fell for your shananagans a few times. Just reminiscing I guess. Well Donnie was my best Freind from Grade school until the day he passed. I know he was close to a few good Marines , if u ever want to talk about him here’s my number 337 424 9284. When I got back from the war , I couldn’t wait too see my brother . He paid the ultimate sacrifice and died a good Marine. This Memorial Day and days to come I’ll be thinking about you. Love. A.J. Johnson"
Aden Johnson of Las Cruces NM

"Hey Donnie its Memorial Day 2017 , I still think about you every day. I love you dog. Your best friend always. A.J."
Aden Johnson of las cruces nm

"Miss you, Champ. I came across your name while researching some stuff for school on this site. Know that you will never be forgotten and we all love you. Thank you for giving us your life. Thank you for going on that patrol, going on that deployment. You knew what was coming your way an you didn't hesitate. I love you man. I hope you will forever know that you are a hero, a god among men. Semper fi bud."

"Hey Donnie D. I miss you, think about you all the time. and i found a bunch of videos of us with the old cam corder I had. Man that was fun watching that. I still talk about you a bunch too. I seen your son and man hes getting big, he looks just like you. I must think about you every day and still cant believe your not here with me. anyways come mess with me in some gost way , break my cigarettes like you used to or something dog. Love A.J. jan 2014"
A.J. Johnson of Las Cruces, NM 88011

"As we celebrate another year of the Corps, I think of you and smile and shed tears. I remember all of the times we had at Morningside; the laughs and singing, the studying and the simple life filled with fun. You were a blessing to all and truly a brother to me.

I don't think of you so much anymore and I should since you remind me of all that's joyful in the world. I'm sorry. Every time I think of you, it's with joy...and that makes it even harder because it's then I realize you're not still hear to bring that same joy to others today. Though those of us who knew you carry you with us forever. You were a blessing to us all. Thanks for being you.

Happy birthday Devil Dog - from a brother both in arms and fraternally. You are missed and loved."
Sgt Jess C. Horsley, 2/1 USMC of St Louis, MO

"To the family of:Donald E. Champlin
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""

"Thinking of you as we near the 5th anniversary of your death. I will always fondly remember you, Donnie :)"
Keri Skipper of Greer, SC

"We miss and love you very much. Everyone that got a chance to know you were very lucky. We will never forget you."
Candice Pennington and Chris Faucheux of Belle Chasse/La/USA

"Always in our Hearts & thoughts. Miss you so very much."
Ruth & Joshua Patnoad of Belle Chasse, La


"Thinking of you on this Veterans Day, and how you always took up for me when Josh was being the typical mean big brother when we were kids. The world is not as beautiful with you not living on it- Josh is getting married in April. I'm sure he would have loved for you to be there.
My thoughts are with you and your family. We will always honor your memory and the sacrifice you and your family has made in the name of "peace". I bet your place in Heaven is wildly wonderful!"
Ruth W. Patnoad of Belle Chasse, Louisiana

"Theres so much Id like to say, wow. where to begin. its been 5 years since boot camp. Id like to think you would remember me, I certainly remember you. The "old man" of 1081. I was 18 and barely out of high school. I remember i chipped my tooth on the rear sight of my m-16 and being super worried about it. you said the chip on your tooth was from a beer bottle, and i laughed, one of the many times you cheered us up without saying much and smiling. I also remember when my aunt linda was diagnosed with brain cancer and somehow you magic'ed a piece of gum from the chapel and gave it to me. that meant alot to me. Ill never forget you and I try every day to show the world the kindness and friendship you showed me. Semper Fidelis"
Philip Fletcher of Boise Idaho

"Donald, you were one of the best friends I've ever had. You gave yourself freely, and we had some wild times. I think of you more often than you'd believe, brother. Much love to you and your family, and your sweet son. Miss you man"
Brad Flynn of Natchitoches, LA, United States

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"Although we never met, I knew your father from years past. To learn of your sacrifice was heart-breaking. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, and to your family."
David Wilson of Baltimore, MD


"Memorial Day, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Donald E. Champlin:
Donald 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."
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Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"The day we learned of your death was tremendously sad for Josh & I, even though it had been years since we last saw you, we still remember so much about growing up on the Naval Base in Belle Chasse together, Josh more than I, ya'll were so close when we were kids. You always took up for me when he was doing what big brothers do to their little sisters at that age. Your family and Son are in our prayers. We'd always hoped to see you again, but not in this life, but one day. Rest in Peace and know that even childhood friends mourned for you deeply.
With Love Always"
Ruth & Josh Patnoad of Belle Chasse, LA

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vernis of new york, new york

"If you are able, save them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.( "Major Michael Davis O'Donnell 1 January 1970 Dak To, Vietnam.") America has been built on the blood of Heros and Brave Men of Honor who answered the call. A fellow veteran wants to thank this hero for his service, and my cherised freedoms. May you rest well in Gods loving embrace brave hero, and may God bring comfort to your loved ones for their sacrifice. You shall never be forgotten by a grateful nation.""
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"On Memorial Day our church had a service dedicated to fallen servicemen. We took individual flags and placed them in a field of flags. We got your son's name. Please know that we are so grateful for his sacrifice for our freedom. Also know that we remembered your family in prayer that day and as the flags are flying through July 4, you are being remembered. May God give you the peace that only He can give."
Dan & Ruth Rinker of Orlando, Florida

"million thanks to you for the ultimate sacrifice. The old cliche is so true, "Freedom isn't Free" and your life bears witness to that. To your mother and father and loved ones, I pray that God will grant his GRACE and MERCY on their lives each and every day. You are a true hero and will never be forgotten!!"
KHC of paducah, kentucky

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Donald will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"Semper Fi Marine"
Steve Hogan of Youngstown, Ohio

"Donald, you are a HERO and brother to us all here in the USA. Your sacrafice
will NOT be forgotten"
K. of Franett, L.A.,CA.

I would like to say thank you 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 family members of Marine member.
Your son was a hero! We are so grateful that he served his country. My son is also a Devil Dog! I am originally from Lafayette, LA now live in N. C. May he
rest in peace!"
Liz Romagosa of Lincolnton, NC

"Thank you Donald Champlin, 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. Donald Champlin:
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 Donald 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. Donald Champlin:
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 Donald, 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