Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Michael R. Cohen

23, of Jacobus, Pennsylvania.
Cohen died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on November 22, 2004.

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"Semper Fidelis"
Sgt. Munsch of NY

"Michael, Aggie,David,
Our family will never forget Michael. We know he fullfilled his dream of becoming a Marine and we are grateful, so grateful for his service. We know you had dreams for his future that ended when he was killed. Your family is in our thoughts, very often."
Cecilia and Doug H of York, Pa

"Semper Fidelis"
Sgt. Munsch of East moriches , NY

"Thank you for your service and sacrifice."
Josh S. of York PA

"Memorial Day 2021.... Semper FI"
Sgt. Munsch of New York

"Remembering you this Memorial Day weekend , Semper FI"
Sgt. Munsch of New York

"Remembering you today Mike, 11/22/16. My mother baby sat you a couple times as a kid and although I was older she still tells stories about you and keeps your memory alive. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice."
Joshua Smeltzer of York PA

"Remembering you today Mike. My mother baby sat you a couple times as a kid and although I was older she still tells stories about you and keeps your memory alive. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice."
Joshua Smeltzer of York PA

"I loved Mikey like a brother. I was with Mikey and Alpha (the orphans) for a year before I headed to 3/3 in march of 04. Its one of the greatest regrets in my life that I didnt deploy with them to Iraq. Theres not a day that goes by that I dont think of Mikey."
Sgt Chris Raney of Lancaster, Ohio

Sgt Munsch

Sergeant Munsch of East moriches ny

"I still remember the night I flew Cpl Cohen after he had fallen. We never left him alone. God Bless and you will always be remembered!"
of San Diego, Ca

"I wear Michael's memorial bracelet on my wrist. Although I wasn't lucky enough to serve with Michael, I did serve our country in the Corps in the 90's.

Every year I will celebrate his life & memory, for the day we lost Michael is also my birthday, 11/22.

Michael, thank you for being my hero and giving your life so others can be free and safe. I honor your memory daily, as you remind me of true heroism and bravery with every glace of your bracelet."
Dylan Benadi of Portland OR

"Dear Cpl. Cohen,
Thank you so much for your sacrifice and dedication to this great country. Your memory will never be forgotten and your family must be so proud of you. I attend a Jewish high school and we would like to thank you for all that you have done to uphold our american values and liberties. Hillel community day school honors you and you family."
David Marder of North Miami Beach, Fl

"We honor the service and sacrifice of Michael Cohen. We will never forget what he did so we could live free. God Bless the Prendergasts and all of his amazing family."
The Faust and Higbee Families of Lancaster PA and Stratford NJ

"To the family of:Michael R.Cohen
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""

"Mike, I'm writing a story about you right now and my eyes are filled with tears. I love and miss you brother.
Always your brother,
Doc Lynch"

"Mikey you are thought of, loved and missed everyday"
Anne O'Neale of Dallastown, PA

"Semper-Fi brother, you are my life's work. Everyday I am with you and the same. You are the greatest teacher."
Garrett Phillip Anderson of Portland, Or

"May God keep him close forever"
Richard Diamond of Berkeley, California

"I can't get you off my mind Mikey. You were the best cousin in the world. I love you forever and not a day goes by that you don't cross my mind. You are forever a part of my life and I know you are keeping me safe from above. I LOVE YOU BIG COUSIN!!!"
Mikey's Cousin-Christine of Clifton Park, NY USA

"6 years ago today and I feel like I just answered the front door to see the two marines arriving to deliver the news. Miss you, big brother."
Michelle Cohen of Jacobus, PA

"We are spending this week in Duck NC in the same house where we vacationed multiple time with Mike and his sisters and brother. While we think about him every day, staying in this house again reminds us of all the fun times we had with Mike. We really miss you Mike.
Mike's Dad - David Cohen"
David Cohen of York PA

"Dear Cohen Family,
Hiking around Lake Williams today, we took a break on the Corporal Cohen memorial bench and spent time remembering him. His sacrifice and yours is not forgotten!"
King Family of Hanover, PA

"Hey Mikey,

I know that I can "say hi" anytime, I don't HAVE to come here to do it. But I was on the internet tonight and I stumbled onto this site, and I believe there was a reason I came across the site. Why tonight? I'm not sure. But I believe me ending up on this site was something more than just "accident".

Love you, man...Thank you."
Kris Chynoweth of Florida

"I am Mikes Uncle Jim and I would like to thank all who posted here. To his brothers who did all they could do in the heat of combat I would like to say Thank You. Knowing he had you all with him has brought comfort to our loss. To all still serving, step safe, aim true,return soon."
J ames P. Prendergast Jr. of Erial, New Jersey

"November 8, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Michael R. Cohen:
Michael 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

"Semper Fi Michael, rest in peace.

Josh Cohen (USMC 1984-90)"
Josh Cohen of Colchester, VT/USA

"Cohen, I wish that I could do something for you, after all, you gave your life for us. To anyone who reads this, know that Cpl. Michael Cohen was one of the bravest men who ever walked on the face of this earth. I have nothing but respect for you. It was an honor to have served with you. I will never forget your heroism. Semper Fi, brother."
Brannon Dyer of Blairsville, GA

"I had the privilege of seving with Mikey. He was my team leader and squad leader for a while. I will never forget what he did for me and all his other marines. He was a true leader always putting his marines first and him second. He promised we would all get back to our families, we all did except for him. With him I have lost a brother and i always think of him. I will never forget. Rest In Peace Brother."
Moracruz, Jose A. of Plano, Tx/ USA

"My cousin, Lance Cpl Brian J. McGrail, is currently serving in the same battalion in the Anbar Province of Iraq. Just dropping by to give a shout out for Michael-- you will be remembered, Marine!"
Erin of Williamstown, NJ

"I miss you, Mikey... I've been thing about you a lot lately. I wish you were here to help me through hard times, but I know somehow you are making sure I take the right path.
<3 Your little sister"
Shelly of York, PA

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"My son, Garrett P. Anderson, served with Michael R. Cohen. Considered him a brother Marine and friend. Our tribute published in Sunday's editions of Antelope Valley Press, www.avpress.com on Nov. 27, 05"
Dennis Anderson, Editor of Palmdale CA

My thoughts have been with Mike all day. He was a co-worker and a friend for many years. Myself and many others miss him dearly. I'm sure this is a difficult time for his family, I wish them my best. Mike was a true hero, now when I think of him, I'm reminded of how careing, compassionate, and just how brave a young man he was."
Chris Smith-Troy of York, PA

We know that this is a difficult day for MIchael's family. We just wanted you to know that we are with you in thought and prayer. May God give you comfort. We are all too aware of how you feel."
Webster and Ruth Reed (father and stepmom of Jonathan Ray Reed KIA in Baghdad on 1/28/05) of Krotz Springs, Louisiana

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

"Semper Fi fallen Brother. Rest easy, we who are left behind will carry the Flag in your honor. God speed."
Former active Marine Eric Fussenegger of Mechanicsburg, PA. USA

"We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Michael, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest."
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"Served with Cpl Mike Cohen while attached to 1/3 Alpha Company. I was the Company Sr. Medic (Hospital Corpsman). I enjoyed my time with Mike and found a soft spoken, sincere Marine that would do anything for anyone. He was always interested in medical and asked me alot of questions about my job. I found out today about his death and it crushed me, such a shame. God Bless Mike and his family."
HM1 (FMF) Robert Davis of Oceanside,Ca.

"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 the family and friends of Corporal Michael R. Cohen,

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 use our link and register so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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

"Thank you Michael Cohen, 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 Cpl. Michael Cohen:
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 Michael 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 Cpl. Michael Cohen:
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 Michael, 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