Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. David R. Christoff

25, of Rossford, Ohio.
Christoff died from wounds received while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Died on May 22, 2006.

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"My Brother, "Weatherman" know that the ol boys of "Mad Deuce" still love you and miss you brah. There is no doubt in my mind you are keeping the streets in heaven locked down. Thank you for being one of the toughest and bravest devil dogs I've ever known. I'll forever cherish the good times we all had on that island and around the world for that matter. Semper Fi David "Weatherman" Christoph!"
Michael Donato of San Antonio Tx

"To the family of:David R. Christoff
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""

"Dave wasn't just a Marine, he was my friend, it has taken me a long time to post anything on here. To his family; I am sorry for your loss. I remember when we first met, anyone could tell that this Marine in paticular was "locked on". When he first arrived to the fleet in 1/3 he came to us in second Plt, under "The Badger", SSgt Reberson. He was already a Lance, one of my junior Marines, we were in charge of showing them the ropes, teaching them what they needed to know. Soon after he picked up Corporal, way before any of his colleuges. I remember there was some contreversy, you see, E-4's were two to a room while E-3 and below were three to a room, none of the other corporals wanted him. They thought he didn't rate, that he didnt deserve it. We took him in, myself and Cpl Michael Anthony Donato, were the only E-4's who were three to a room. I was young myself, but still being senior to Christoff I taught him everything I knew, any questions I did my best to answer. He was smart, no doubt about that, a natural leader. We were deployed together the first time attached to 5th Fleet out of Bahrain, he performed flawlessly. I ended active duty in 04, lost contact with him, and did not learn of his death until four years later. Sgt. David R. Christoff, was a Marine, a Patriot, and even though we lost touch, a friend I will remember for the rest of my days. Rest in peace brother, I know you are up there guarding the streets of Heaven. Semper Fidelis"
Christopher L. Davis of Junction City, LA/United States

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH

""On May 23, 2009 I did a 4 mile memorial walk in honor of Cpl. Christopher G. Scherer of E. Northport NY. a US Marine who was killed in Iraq on July 21, 2007. On my number bib were the names of 3 other fallen marines. Sgt.David Russell Christoff was one of them. It was my honor and privilege to walk in his honor. Thank you David for your sacrifice you are not forgotten. I am the mother of a marine serving in Afghanistan and my thoughts and prayers are with David's family, Thank you for your sacrifice.""
Fran Imbasciani of Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

"May 29, 2008
To the family of Sgt. David R. Christoff:
David 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 prayers are with you on this, the second anniversary, of you son David's passing. My son Matt, was a buddy from Hawaii. He told me how special Dave was, and we will always remember him as a Patriot and Hero. God bless you all."
Stephanie Pagliughi of Port Chester, NY

"To the family of David Christoff. It has been a year since his death and I just found out this day that he had passed. I wanted to send my condolences for your loss and know he can never be replaced. I hope you read this. He entered the Marines the same time I did and we served in Bravo Company, First Battalion 3rd Marines. I wanted to thank God and David's family for the honor to know what a great man he was. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. David, thank you so much for your brotherhood, love, and friendship. God bless you and your family, and you will always be in my heart, Weatherman. I love you!!!"
Cpl. Joaquin M. McCurty of Mescalero, New Mexico, USA

"Dear family of Sgt Christoff i'm very sorry for your lost. he was my brother over boot camp he save me from so much trouble during boot camp i was very shock when i saw his foto in the marines corp time i came home and i was looking at my book from boot camp just to verify that i was looking at the same person and i was very confuse and i even cry for that i lost one of my little brother from boot camp . now i undestand why we fight and protect our country . i'm very sorry that this country loss one fine man and his family loss a brother,son and a very proud Marine. my condolences to his family ... i will miss him alot is been a year and i just found out this is shock me so hard that i want to go back over there and do what i have to do ."
sgt acosta raul of 1 MEF.ATG Camp pendleton california

"It's been a year, and not a day goes by that your not missed. Thanks for all the great times we had that I will never forget."
Sgt. Robet Florence II of Spfld, OH. USA !!

"I still think of Sgt Christoff everyday. He was the best Sgt anyone could ask for. I met him In Iraq"
Doc of LA California

"I'm terribly sorry for your loss, I remember David when he was a new Marine and first reported to Bravo 1/3. He was one of the best Marines it that I have ever worked with, although he came in two years after me he was a one Marine you could always count on to do things right. He got his call sign "Weatherman" on a guard mission in the South Pacific. While we were standing post he reported over the radio that it looked like it was going to rain (it was boring duty). I told him he wasn't the weatherman and the name stuck. His dedication to duty was always a mark for other Marines to strive for and I will always carry my memories of him fondly."
Barry Tye, CPL B 1/3 of Carbondale, IL

"freedom is never free! i hope your safe and out of harm david becaue i love you so much love missy"
melissa ferguson of rossford ohio

"Sgt. David Christoff-
I know that I didn't know you as well as I wish I would have, but from the moment that I met you, you became a hero to me. At parties you were always the center of attention(in a good way)! You had one of the greatest personalities someone could ask for. I wish that there were more people in this world that had the courage like you did to go fight for your country! I thank you every day for doing that defending my freedom and every one else in the USA!! THANK YOU SO MUCH MY HERO Sgt. David R. Christoff"
Toni M. of Toledo, Ohio

BILL CHRISTOFF of Wickliffe, Ohio

"Our name is also Christoff and we live in Wickliffe, Ohio. Saw his story in the News Herald in May, 2006. We thought his family may be a relative or ours. Our email address is wmcpac@msn.com"
William Christoff of Wickliffe, Ohio

"To Daves Family,
Its 1 in the morning and I cant stop thinking about dave. He was my squad leader in Iraq and then somehow he became like my older brother. I was waiting on him to come back in september when i heard the horrible news. Im hurting so bad right now it seems like im still waiting. If i feel this way i cant even imagine how yall feel. Im so sorry for his loss i miss him so much. If you ever need to talk 8082248402"
Chilo Carlson of Hawaii

"To Christoff's Family,

My prayers are with your family daily! I only met your son a few brief times in Hawaii. My late husband, Travis Fox KIA 30 Oct 2004 Iraq, served with him in 1/3 Bravo. I pray that God's grace will be with you! If you ever need anything...please do not hesistate to ask. casieeasterlin29@hotmail.com"
Casie Fox of South Carolina

"Christoff Family,
I was Davids Platoon Sergeant in B Co 1/3 during his first tour to Iraq. I cannot tell you what a phenominal Marine David was and will always be remembered as. He was my go-to guy when we were given a tough assignment. He was a quiet hero. I'm sure many that knew him were unaware of the heroism he displayed during the battle for Fallujah. I sat back in awe as I watched him lead his squad of Marines valiently into combat.I am honored to have served with him and to call him a friend. It is now September 06 and I have yet to delete his cell number so that every now and again I can call it to hear his voice and remember him. He will be missed, but never forgotten. God bless you all."
SSgt Jason Benedict of Quantico, Va

"To the christoff family,
David and I didn't know each other very well but i will always remember him as my hero, and i will never forget him..."
Gillian Appt of Rossford,ohio

"To the Christoff Family,
I didnt know David but he died with our friend Bjay. I just wanted to say Thank you to him and you are all in our prayers."
valerie lane of beaufort SC

""A Hero is one who is willing to pay the price that life exacts for Peace.""
The Spier Family of Springfield, Ohio USA

"To the Christoff family:
Our son was Lcpl William Leusink, who died along side of your son. We understand the emptiness that you feel, we are feeling it to. All we can do is be proud of our sons and what they believed in. They were both brave young men, and they served our country well. We will be praying for you and your family. Stand strong and 'Remember Why!'"
Bill and Elaine Leusink of Maurice, IA

"To The Christoff Family,
I cannot express enough the emptiness you're going thru. Sgt. Christoff was an outstanding Marine. I remember him when he was going thru Combat Leaders Course. I was his Instructor during the course. Always striving to be the best he can be. Even though we were in diffrent companies. I still came be to see how he was doing. Always outstanding! Our battalion did the Operation Phantom Fury. It was an honor to serve with him and he will be missed.
From the Solomon Family"
SSgt, Solomon 1/3 Alpha Co. of Hobbs, Nm.

"To the family and friends of David R. Christoff...
My heart hurt for those left behind when I heard what happened... It broke even more when I heard that a friend of mine was a close friend of your loved one.

Rest in Peace, brave one, hero of ours, you will NEVER be forgotten."
April of Toledo, Ohio USA

"To the family of Sgt. Christoff:
My name is Miranda Leusink, my husband Lcpl William (B. Jay) Leusink, died along side of Sgt. Christoff. I am so sorry for your loss as well. I never did get to meet David, but my husband always talked about him. I will never foget your sacrifice. Thank you and take care"
Miranda Leusink of Honolulu, 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, David will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana God Bless you ALWAYS.
May we never forget: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!"

"I am sorry for your loss, and thank you for this supreme sacrificee. Words cannot express my sorrow that so many military families are facing out of the spotlight. You loved one will never be forgotten. My father served in VietNam,and died years later due to complications of injuries from his service. He is with us. God bless you"
Kay Nelson of Bethesda, MD

"Thank you David Christoff, 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 Sgt. David Christoff:
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 David 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 Sgt. David Christoff:
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 David, 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