Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Codner

19, of Wood River, Nebraska.
Codner died due to hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 26, 2004.

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"Was thinking about you today Kyle. How you were taken from this world too soon. I wasn’t close to you as a friend but knew you through various school functions having grown up in Franklin. It was obvious to anybody that met you that you were special. I know your impact is still being felt. Semper fi"
Mitch of Lincoln NE

"Kyle, (10/19/15)

It's my 7th year here at Shelton, our alma mater. I write this, b/c for the 7th year I have filled out a sheet to have you recognized during our Veterans Day Program. 11+ years doesn't seem possible, but you are always with me and on my mind. Your memory will always live on through me and all the other people you touched. I continue to try and be a better person b/c I know you would want that and would've done the same thing yourself. Miss you everyday, but know you would be proud!"
Matthew Walter of Shelton, NE

I was recently looking through some photos that my grandparents had taken at our boot camp graduation ceremony. When I saw you, I immediately welled up with emotion. Let us never forget your sacrifice. Semper Fi, brother.

Dan of Ames, IA

"Kyle, hey bud its been a long time. But I will be seeing you soon. I'm planning on coming up and visiting you soon. Every day I miss you and your ethics. I
shall live life as though god graced me note time. I miss you and prey to see you soon. Sgt Moen"
Tad Moen of ft. Collins co

"Hey Kyle,

Just wanted to drop by and let you know that you are always in my thoughts. I wear a tatoo on my upper right arm in your honor. Kim and I included you in our wedding October 19, 2013 and I know you looked down upon us. Thanks for answering my prayer and giving us the most beautiful day imaginable for the time of year...60 degrees and barely any wind..AMAZING! Love ya man and miss you every day!

Your Best Friend,

Mr. Matthew S. Walter"
Walt of Shelton, NE

"Every time we say the Pledge in school I think of Kyle. Every time I hear the National Anthem I think of Kyle.
You continue to touch our lives."
Jean Hellwege of Lincoln, NE

"Hey kyle im not sure what to say, but just that you will always be in my thoughts sorry it has taken so long to say anything. Man i still remember our talks while working our in our ghetto hagii gym in al hit. Man i wish i could have taken your spot you had so much more life to see. I will be seeing you marine.

To the codner family this is cpl morales i talked to you once after codner,henderson,nicholas passed i just want to say i am sorry for your loss and say i am sorry for barely getting a hold of you again. I have just been trying to cope with llife and now i think im in a better mindset. My email is jmora07@gmail.com if you have anything to ask me."
Cpl morales of Ca

"Hey bud its been a long time.its taken me years to write you and your family. I think of you often and wish every day I could change places with you. Thank you for what you did. I often ask God why its people like you who leave us so early when in reality its people like you we need in this world.I miss you every day. Simper Fi"
Tad Moen of ft. Collins. Colorado

"Hey bud its been a long time.its taken me years to write you and your family. I think of you often and wish every day I could change places with you. Thank you for what you did. I often ask God why its people like you who leave us so early when in reality its people like you we need in this world.I miss you every day. Simper Fi"
Tad Moen of ft. Collins. Colorado

"To the Codner Family,
I knew Kyle for only a short time. I was his squad leader in boot camp. It has almost been nine years since I met you and said bye to Kyle the day after we graduated... and I still think about him often as he proved to be a good friend and support for myself and others during that time. He displayed a unique amount of integrity and strength that is uncommon for an eighteen year old young man. Kyle and I closely experienced one of the toughest times of our lives together and for that reason I will forever feel bonded to him and remember him.

You raised a great man who in a short time left a lasting impact in my life.

Yours in Christ"
Joshua Davis of San Antonio, TX

"Kyle, I remember your smile. I remember your colored hair. I remember you loved dogs. I remember you played baseball. I remember you at my house playing. I remember the day I heard you had passed, I fell to my knees. Semper Fi, and God Bless Dixie and Wayne"
Lori Borgmann of shelton

"Kyle, I remember your smile. I remember your colored hair. I remember you loved dogs. I remember you played baseball. I remember you at my house playing. I remember the day I heard you had passed, I fell to my knees. Semper Fi, and God Bless Dixie and Wayne"
Lori Borgmann

"Happy Birthday Kyle! Miss you so much. Why am I still here? Don't know. I haven't figured it out yet. Just waiting to be reunited with you. What a great day that will be. I'm so sad without you. Hope you and Grandpa are having a great time. Love you like crazy!"

"To the family of:Kyle W. Codner
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"1-12-11"

Time continues to pass but you remain a constant to me. We'll meet again at the final roll call."
Lonnie Wilson of Twentynine Palms

"Kyle I got my notice that I would be heading to Iraq about one month after your funeral, seeing the pain felt by friends, family, and the community as a whole, was on my mind the entire time. I have been on two deployments and have known more young men who have died than I care to think about, but none of those deaths have effected me quite like yours has. I know we only knew each other as acquaintances and shared many of the same friends, but your death has effected me the most of all. Before each of my deployments I have made it a point to stop by your grave and talk to you, and I am currently a part of the Military Funeral Honors team and I get the opportunity to stop by an talk to you every few months. I just want you to know that the pain I witnessed and felt after your untimely passing is one of the major things that kept me sharp while serving in Iraq. To this day I cannot listen to the song "broken" (which was played at your funeral) without shedding a tear. As I said before we only acquaintances in life, but your death has had more of an impact on me than I have the words to express. I saw your dad at a funeral I did last year in Shelton, and I got the opportunity to talk to him briefly. This is hard for me to admit but I cried the entire way back to Kearney. I took was planning on getting married after I got back,(I did 4 months afterwords) and I could really relate to the situation you and Megan where going through. Above all I felt the worst for her, I could definitely relate to that situation. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that your are missed by more people than you would ever know. I hope that I will get the chance to see you again."
SGT. Matthew Tacha of Gibbon, Nebraska

Even as the years pass your solemn contribution still looms large in my life. Gone but never forgotten. Semper Fidelis"
Lonnie Wilson, Captain USMC of Twentynine Palms, Ca

"Well Kyle, it has been a long time, and I find it fitting that I write this message a day before Veteran's Day. We were best friends through our lives, and most would say we were brothers. We did everything together, and I miss that camaraderie. Most of all I miss you. If anyone ever asks me if I am sad from your tragic passing, I reply, "Of course I am sad, but Kyle died for something he believed in, and that is more than most people can say in a whole lifetime." You are my hero Kyle. The tattoo that Megan, Brandon, and I got to commemorate your life and friendship, will always stay with us; enshrined on our arms and back until the day we die. I look at it everyday in the mirror and put my hand over it, as if to say, "I know you are always with me." It has been hard not having you here, and everyday it seems as though I drift further away from precious memories that you and I had; however, every once in a while I have a memory rekindled from something as simple as an old shoe or shirt, and I just smile and laugh. You are missed, you are a hero, and YOU ARE my best friend."
Matthew Walter of Shelton, NE

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It's been six years since we graduated. And 5 years since your death. I am often reminded of you. I know how passionate you were about serving our country. I appreciate the sacrifice you made, even though I may never understand it. I remember when I first started school in Shelton, Ne in 3rd grade. I lived just down the road from you... and when I rode the school bus for the first time you were the first one to talk to me. You had a very kind heart and an awesome personality. You are very loved and very missed. Thank you for your courage, valor, passion. I feel honored that I knew you the ten years I did. Thank you again."
Echoe Ceballos of Denver, CO

"Peace and my deepest love to you for your loss. My thoughts and prayers stay with the families of our Fallen Warriors. I remember them and pray for you. I humbly send the words and hope that they bring you solace. I am the Mother of a safely returned Marine. GOD BLESS YOU."
Karen of San Jose, California USA

"May 29, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Kyle W. Codner:
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

Happy birthday! I wish you were here to celebrate your 23rd. These days are so hard. You have no idea how much we miss you. You always made us proud. I hope you know that. God bless you Kyle. I just wish He had seen fit to let us have you longer. We struggle to understand why you had to go. Thanks for 19 years of memories. Thanks for being the brave Marine you were. Give Hendu a big hug for us.
Love you and miss you like crazy,"
MOM of Wood River

"To the Codner Family:

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers still almost four years after the tragic loss of your son Kyle. May God bless you and keep you in comfort, and know that Kyle is with you in your hearts everyday. We thank Kyle for his service, and for the lives he touched at home and the short time he served this country as a Marine. Know that our son Marine Pvt. T.J. often thinks of Kyle as he now serves our country."
Jill & Delbert Weiser of Shelton, NE


I think about you, your parents, and your sister every day. Your friends miss you and respect you. We all wish we could bring you back to your parents.

We see the american flag and think about the tall boy with the sparkle in his eye. That gave us freedom and belief in good.

Good bless you and we will always remember you."
Judy Ronne of Shelton, Ne

"I've never known you except as a name I carry on a small peace of paper in my wallet. I choose you out of many, far too many, to hand stich on a memorial quilt. That was almost a year ago and this is the first time I have tried to look you up. Placing your name among all those others that day two years ago filled me with pain (especially since I myself have just turned 19), but over the years I unfortunate grew to see you only as a name, looking you up has reminded me of the preciousness of each service member and the sacrifice they made. Thank you for being that reminder."
Patrick Boehner of Pleasanton, CA

"Semper Fi and may God bless your soul."
James J. Kelly III of Philadelphia Pa.

"Kyle, it's been a long time buddy. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you and what a hero you were. I'm so glad that I got to spend that week at camp with you, and that I got the chance to know you before you were gone. I miss you."
Chaela of Scottsbluff,NE

"Oh Kyle, can it be 2 years already since I've heard your voice and seen your smile? How can it be. This world is not a better place without you. I struggle everyday and some days I don't think I'm going to make it. Then
I go to sleep and wake up and start all over again. I call it "sleepwalking through life". We are so proud of you. We just weren't ready to say goodbye. Keep the light on for us. We'll be there before you know it."
MOM of Wood River, NE

"Dixie, you are in my thoughts and prayers as this anniversary approaches. I know how hard this is......God bless you and Wain. You are always in my prayers.

Jewel Aston"
Jewel Aston of Houston, Tx

"For one LCpl Codner was not a soldier!!! He was a U.S Marine. I knew LCpl Codner in Boot Camp as he was our scribe, and I was thinking about him the other day. It was a tragic loss for his family, and I greatly appologize, but at the same time, I have a lot of respect for him. He stood up in a time when many wouldn't and he lost his life, but in doing so, he saved the lives of many. I am very proud to have known him, and I thank god every day that there are men and women just like him that are willing to make that ultimate sacrifice for their country. Semper Fidelis"
Cpl Jack L Pardee Jr U.S.M.C. of New Orleans, LA

"You are in my prayers. Ooorah buddy."
LCpl Davis of Carrollton, TX.

"Semper Fi"
of omaha

"Mr. and Mrs. Codner:
I am terribly sorry about the loss of your truly amazing son. I met Kyle in our MOS school where we quickly became friends. I had never met such a natural born leader until I met Kyle. I was in Iraq when I heard the horrible news. I was shocked and extremely upset. If I could have been there I would have easily given my life to save his. In my eyes, Kyle was one of those one in a million people that change peoples lives. I only wish I could have done something to prevent this tradgedy. If there is anything I can do, anything, please write me at: usmcengy1371@yahoo.com Thank you for raising such an honorable man."
Juan Porras of Reno, NV

"I wear a hero bracelet bearing his name. I never knew him, but he is a hero in my eyes."

"I didn't know Kyle 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

"r.i.p. marine.
We will never forget all of you guys over seas."
cesar of watsonville california U.S.A.

"Dear Mrs. and Mr. Codner,

I read your story in the N.Y. Times and saw Kyle's picture. I found this link.

Your son was an absolute hero.

While I don't support the war, I am so grateful that people like you exist to raise such a patriotic American Soldier.

And I commend you on your bold comment about President Bush being "without skin in the game".

God Bless You. You are in my prayers."
James Marsh of Los Angeles, Ca

"As a Former Marine I can only say that your son died amongst brothers, though some may not believe in this war, your son laid his life down, so that all of us could live in peace...it is as simple as that. There is no finer person than he who would lay down his life for his fellow man. In your grief please take solace in the fact that there are millions of souls that breath freedom because of your son's actions and millions more who mourn with you, for the loss of a brother, a friend and will think of kyle everytime They look at the flag and know what it truly means.

Semper Fidelis Lcpl Codner

"You will find the gates (of heaven) are guarded by United States Marines"
-The Marines Hymn

God Bless you Kyle"
Mike Bassi of Reno, Nevada

"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 am deeply sorry for your loss. No amount of condolences, or heart-felt sentiment could really comfort you in such a time of grief. But, he was doing something in which he believed. I'm sure that he will be sorely missed by his fellow Marines. Semper Fi.


Colby Codner
(former 0351 in Dragons Plt. 1st Bn 5th Marine Regt.)"
Colby Codner of Norman, Oklahoma

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

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

"therearenotsomanycodners inthisworldthatwecan affordtoloseanotherone
mysincere condolences
myownfatherwasadecorated hero
iam so sorryifthiwasthewrongthingto do
petercodner of unitedkingdom

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. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Kyle'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

"Dear Codner Family, God be with you in these dark days. Many prayers will be said for you. Aunt of Pfc Bradley Kritzer, killed May 5, 2004 in Baghdad, Iraq."
Laurie Miles of Coalport, PA

"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

"My heart aches for you. We lost a grandson on May 5th this year Thank God for our special young men who go to protect our country.God bless everyone."
Blanche KItchen of Irvona Pa

"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 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

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

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

"My heart aches for your loss but I thank God for such men as Kyle, willing to protect our country. Thank you Kyle. Thank you."
Shannon L Deese of MCAS New River, NC

"To the Codner family, very sorry for the lost. Finding words of condolences is diffucult. I truely appreciate Kyle for his service. Our family hearts and prays are with your family."
leonard wahl of valley stream ny

"Thank you Kyle Codner, 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 Codner:
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 Codner:
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