Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Timothy R. Creager

21, of Millington, Tennessee.
Creager died due to hostile action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on July 1, 2004.

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"How deeply sorry I am for your lost when I first met Tim I was a cadet private at Craig Mont high I was influenced by him so much and I told myself I want those same ribbons he had stacked on his chest I went on to another school where I through the chain of command cxcelled in making ranks as cadet cpt and battalion commander and so on to a carrier in the navy thanks Tim we soon shall meet again
Deandre nunn of tunica ms 38676

"To the family of Tim Creager:
I cannot express deeply enough, my sadness at the loss of Tim. He was truly one of the finest young men! I interviewed Tim for his NROTC scholarship and could not believe how someone so young could be so accomplished and driven and yet so humble. I was very proud of him for attending the Citadel. I have never met anyone so eager to serve his country. The last time I heard from Tim, he had left school and had graduated boot camp. Although I was upset that he had left school, I was very proud that he had accomplished one of his biggest goals of becoming a Marine. I did not discover that Tim had been taken from us until years later. I have thought of him often and the loss of this amazing individual sticks to me. His memory is a continued source of motivation and I am grateful for knowing him even for a short time! Neither Tim or his sacrifice will be forgotten."
LtCol Chris Holloway of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Even though I've never met you I love you, and will honor your name. You're a hero."
Anon of Florida

"Dear Tim,
I am sorry I did not find this page earlier to write to you my friend. I cannot tell you how much I miss those miserable days that were our knob year. I remember you from the first day we went PT'ing and I was behind you, I used you as motivation to keep going when I was spent.

My friend and knob brother you left us too early but you have never been forgotten. Some people rise face evil and are hero's forever, you my friend are that hero."
Jason Inglessis Echo '05 of New Jersey

"I don't know why it is so hard for me to wright to you. I know it has been many years and still the pain of your loss hits deep. only to be soothed by the memories I have of you. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. My Brother. I turned 36 today and I missed you as I did every other day. Leah and I are doing great and have two beautiful girls together. I guess you knew we would make a good pair when you introduced us. I miss you brother and I will never forget you. Let us pray.
Our Heavenly Father, we pause at this time,mindful of the many blessings you have bestowed upon us. We ask, Lord, that you will be with us in the arena of life. We as cowboys do not ask for special favors. We don't ask to draw around the chute fighting bull, the steer that won't lay, or to never break the barrier. We don't even ask for all daylight runs. We do ask Lord, that you will help us live our lives here on earth as cowboys, in such a manner, that when we make that last inevitable ride, to the country up there, where the grass grows lush, green, and stirrup high, and the water runs cool, clear, and deep, that you'll take us by the hand and say "Welcome to Heaven cowboy, your entry fees are paid." Cowboy Up!!!"
James & Leah Markham of Bartlett Tennessee

"Remembering you on what would be your 29th birthday. Thank you for everything. Love always...."

"To this day, I preach to my fellow Americans about the sacrifices of some of the great Marines whom I served with, and Timothy will not be forgotten. I did not know him long, but we both had a common ground as he was from Memphis and I from south Mississippi...I remember great Marines like him and LCpl. Mark Engel, all heroes who went too soon in the same month of July, 2004. God bless your families and may divine providence one day soon shine down on this great nation again...

Cpl Campbell, 2nd LAR, Delta Co.,USMC, 2000-2004"
Mike Campbell of Winter Park, CO, US

"I am so sorry to the family of this hero he played taps at my brothers funeral while in the service air patrol as a child since them my brother and i have served thanks tim creager for be a true american"
Andrew Barrowclough of Memphis tn

"To the family of:Timothy R.Creager
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"3-11-11"

"I just needed to write today as Tim crossed by mind once again. I work with his Mom Kay at the VA VA Medical Center at Memphis. It's not a holiday today, no special events, I just wanted to remind our nation and all who served that we will never forget. I know you are in heaven Tim, and one day we will meet and talk about things. From one vet to another, God Bless."
Kathleen Pachomski, RN, USN DAV of West Memphis, Arkansas

"Today, Veteran's Day 11/11/10, I wanted to send a quick message of gratitude for the sacrifice you & your family made for my freedom – “some gave all!” Please find comfort in knowing that you are prayed for even though I never knew your son. In reading the post on this message board - he was a wonderful, upstanding, devoted,& loving young man who was taken too soon from this world. I became acquainted with your Tim through the 5K race in his memory. Today I am honored to wear his “dog tags” from one of those races. I will continue to pray for Tim’s family.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
From Matthew 5:3-10 verse 4, 9, & 10"
Lauren Adams of Memphis, TN/USA

.....man, where do I start? I remember you as the young motivated high schooler who would come and do drills with my unit, Kilo Company, on your weekends. We used to give you grief because you volunteered to do them and of course you weren't getting paid. You would hang with Spray and I during the drills and you loved every minute of it. You and I started hanging out away from drill. I used to go to the mall with you or hang at the Millington YMCA cuz you lifeguarded there. Hell man, you went to my sister's high school graduation. I still have the picture of you in the back seat on that day. I went and saw you graduate downtown from Craigmont High School. I think you graduated with like a 4.2 GPA or something. Man, thats crazy. How the hell did you manage a 4.2 GPA?!? HAHAHA. I remember we had a double date that went horribly at Macaroni Grill. Then you went off to the Citadel and we lost contact. I knew a good friend of yours, Gilliam. We were in the Kilo Comp Super Squad Competion together. He and I would talk and he would give me updates on you. I asked him several times for your email address so we could correspond but never got it. Our unit got activated and went over to Iraq during 2003 and did our thing. I was back home in 2004, in college, and working at Pizza Hut and just happened to be in the lobby and see your picture on the news about your death. Dude, it really messed me up. I couldn't believe it. I considered you a friend, I hope you thought the same about me. I want to say I'm sorry. When they brought you home, I didn't go to your funeral. I had never been to one before. Never. I was so angry that someone like you, with so much damn potential, had their life snatched away for nothing. If I could go back, I would go to your funeral. Its one of my many regrets. My wife and I are going to run in your 5k next month and we are so excited. Its actually on her birthday too. I read all the wonderful comments people have posted on here for you and it gets me all red in the eyes and just so angry that you weren't allowed to live your life to its fullest. I don't have the faith that you did man. I hope there is a heaven so people like you have a place to go. The very next time Spray is in town, we are coming to see you man, thats a promise. I'm sorry its taken me six years to finally run in your race or to post something like this. You were a great guy and obviously you being gone still affects a lot of people. Can't wait to run in your honor bud. Hoorah! 10/18/10"
Cpl. D. Ryan Alders of Cordova, TN

"He was a great Marine. I served with him in Boot Camp(he was my squad leader and we shared a bunk for awhile) and would have been with him in his last unit if the Marines would have not had me go to DC. I took over his units base when I was in Iraq and we shared some great stories of his life. God Bless."
CPL Parker of Washing DC

"seems very sad that i do not see or talk to any of the family. I know it has been quite a while-I do go by the cemetary."
debra gilliam of arlington, tennessee


Never had the chance really to tell you how much i enjoyed your company, and how you made being on the drill at Craigmont fun. It is truly unfortuate that the Marines, and the military lost such a valuable asset. I like to think that we are men of the same cause, willing to die for their country to preserve the rights and priviledges of those that have gone before us. It would have been awesome to catch up with you after OIF and OEF, to share battle stories and what not. I guess i will just have to wait till i cross those pearly gates on own. Till then i will man the watch Semper-Fi.

For the Family i could only offer my deepest and most sincerest apologies and condolences for your loss. I cannot even fathom what you have gone through, but i can tell you this. His sacrifice for this country and her inhabitants well never be forgotten.

Fire Control Technician First Class, Submarine Designated, James D. Johnson, United States Navy 1999 - Present of Dam-Neck Base Virginia Beach, Va

"Support the Tim Creager Memorial 5K!
November 14, 2009 - Memphis, TN

Marilane Mesler of Birmingham, AL

"i love and miss u buddy. it was a pleasure serving with u. semper fi."
Paul Valliere of Methuen, MA

"Tim, I never told you this but you were a huge influence in my life. Seeing you in your uniform at church struck a proudness in my heart that I never thought existed. Because of you, I joined my highschool JROTC program, I joined the Civil Air Patrol, I strove to be the best only to fail, You were the best. My senior Year I applied to the Citadel but I felt called to join the Marine Corps. It is like I was trying to live your life, I joined as a contract 0351 but after boot camp they made me an 0311 in SOI, then I got orders to SOI west, lo and behold, I earned the MOS as 0313 13 classes behind you. I recieved orders to 2nd LAR Bn, you last command here on Earth. When I got to LAR, I was embraced by many officers, Sgts, Cpls, and LCPLs that served with you in Iraq. Because of your influence I was accepted without question. I have learned that you lived your life in such a way that is above reproach, I have failed you my friend, my brother. Please forgive me for not picking up where you left, I turned from God because I was fearful that your fate would also be mine, it was a selfish action. Now I know that your fate was to give me my chance to pick up where you left, from this day, please help me to live a life after God's heart, Please teach me your ways, I am ready to be His servant again. Thank You for telling me in your subtle ways that I need not to fear. I kn ow that you are with me always, you are my angel."
Cpl Darrell Sheffield of 2D LAR BN

"Hey Buddy, just wanted to say hi and let you know I am thinking about you always! Miss you man."
Jason of Sydney Australia

"To Kay and family, you know who you are. I cannot believe the time that has passed since Tim's death. We never forget each time a Marine or anyone in military is lost or mentioned.We also never forget anytime Scouts are mentioned, Keystone, Karate, horses, rotc, music, anything that reminds of us Tim and how many of our children were attached to him in so many ways.
We will be watching for the 5K this year. Post it please. We love all of you."
Debra Gilliam of Arlington Tn.

"Tim, I love and miss you. My love to your family. There was no more loyal a friend than you."
Matthew "Smatty" Smith of Tango Co. 05

"June 9, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Timothy R. Creager:
Timothy 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 deeest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV


"to the family i am so sorry for your loss i was also in house 3095 and i buncked with Creager during 0311 traning he was a overly kind guy he helped me out alot and was allways happy but i would like to say agan how sorry i am to hear about your loss and the fact that i had not heard till now sin Lclp Boye boyeterry@yahoo.com"
Terry Boye of Racine, WI

"Tim it has been almost 4 years now and I still think about you all the time. I just got to visit your final resting place for the first time and it is beautiful. I plan to go back again in a few months, because like I said I still think about you constantly. You are one of the finest Marines I have ever met. I miss our talks on the LAV when we would get back from a patrol. And when we would work on the vehicle together after a firefight to fix everything. You always gave me good advice when I needed it and I hope I did the same for you. SEMPER FI BROTHER!!!"
SGT Simms, Jason of Wounded Warriors Camp Lejeune, NC

"Will never forget the young man who couldn't wait for the opportunity to serve. The fire in your eyes and motivation you brought to all those around you. I never knew a finer 0313. Keep Heaven safe for us."
SgtMaj Michael Sprague of 4th MAW

"To Tim's family,
Just wanted to drop all of you a line to say we were thinking of you and of Tim. It seems like yesterday, and at the same time--eons ago. I hope that all of you are doing okay. We(the whole family)wants to say that you know you may contact us at anytime for any reason--
Please do--home 377-6643 Deb cell 356-5983 Fred cell 355-0822. Do not take that lightly, we truly have always meant it. God Bless"
Debra Gilliam of Memphis, Tn.

"I got to serve with tim when I was in Iraq. He was a really good Marine, and was an all around good guy. He was always trying to bring the guys spirits up around him. I will always remember him talking about how he had such a great women waiting for him at home and how he planned about marrying her. Actually I think it is all he ever talked about, lol. I will never forget you and your smile Bro.

2nd LAR Delta Co. 3rd plt."
Cpl A-bear of Montana


I have never forgotten you since you were my knob at the Citadel. You always kept me motivated!
The thing I remember the most is that day you came to me my Senior Year at the Citadel and you asked me for advice. You first said that you were jealous of me because I finally am getting to fulfill my dreams to actually go to combat. You asked me what you should do because you wanted to do the same thing. I knew that you were a Marine Contract, but at that time we didn't know how long the war in Iraq was going to be. I remember telling you that you could always come back to the Citadel because you were only a few years in and I told you to follow your dreams. Little did I ever know that you left the Citadel and enlisted. I never found that out until few days after you were killed on 1 JUL 04, what I actually caused you to do. Hearing that news has haunted me every day since! I bought a KIA bracelet with your information and date of your death on it. I just want you to know that I fight to honor you everyday. I have since served 2 tours in Iraq, the first one was when you were over there. Currently, I have finally recieved a duty stateside for a year. I just wanted you to know that I think about you everyday and I will never forget you.
To Tim's family, I am sorry for your loss and after reading this, I hope you can forgive me."
Jason, "Echo '03": CPT, Infantry, United States Army of TX, GA

"Hey Cowboy, the sun was shining for you today! We're all missing you so very much. Happy Birthday."
Marilane of Fairhope, AL

"2007 LCpl Timmothy Creager Memorial 5k Race
Nov 10, 2007

Over $20,000 donated to Tim Creager Memorial Scholarhip at Bacone College in Oklahoma from first race. Thanks everyone and see you in 2007 Veteran's Day Weekend and the Marine Corps Birthday"
Don Baldock, Race Director of Memphis, TN

As Christmas nears I think of you even more. You are still the greatest Marine I have ever known. I miss you each and every day. When Lee was in Iraq I would look at your picture that I keep in my office and ask you to watch over him. I know that you did that because he came home. On July 1 when he was promoted he and I talked about how much it meant to him to be promoted on this day. You are still so much a part of us. I still miss our talks over the phone. You were so much an inspiration to me in being a Marine Wife. You made us all so proud and what a blessing in life you are. Friends like you do not come around often. You are and will always be in my heart. I love you.

Ms. Kay,
I also want to say Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the family. Lee still talks about the Banana Bread. I will never forget when Tim came out to Colorado he brought Lee a loaf. We love you very much. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you."
Kelley Coe of 29 Palms, CA/USA

"This is the day after the Memorial Run in Tim's honor. How thrilling it was to have so many people show up for the race, and boy was it cold. To his family and loved ones, it was wonderful to see you, and we know it was helpful to have so many show up. It is a tribute to Tim's memory that will live on.
To then move on to the new Bartlett Veteran's Memorial Ceremony was almost too much for one day. I am proud to be able to say that we knew him well, and loved him very much.
The Gilliam Gang"
Debra Gilliam of Memphis, Tn.




"To Tim Creagers family,
We are thrilled to learn of the Memorial Run in Bartlett on Veterans Day. Andrew will be running along with lots of others that were friends of Tim's. Darrell Peterson brough the brochure to Keystone the other day to let us know about it. Of course, Andrew already knew, but didn't say anything. To him, silence is still golden. Love and prayers to all of Tim's friends, family and loved ones. And to his fellow Marines, God bless!
The Gilliam Groupq"
Debra Gilliam of Memphis, Tn.

"Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD?
Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
Those who lead blameless live and do what is right,
speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
Those who refuse to slander others
or harm their neighbors
or speak evil of their friends.
Those who despise persistent sinners,
and honor the faithful followers of the LORD
and keep their promises even when it hurts.
Those who do not charge interest on the money they lend,
and who refuse to accept bribes against the innocent.
Such people will stand firm FOREVER."
Psalm 15

Tim, I can just see you standing firm on that holy hill, worshipping the Lord with all your might in His very presence. Your heart for God spoke so strongly through your heart for people! THANK YOU for showing us the heart of a true worshipper. Time cannot erase the impression you made on us. We love you."
Your Big Sis--McKenzie Mesler of B'ham, AL

"dear tim,

it's been two years now. in some ways it feels like yesterday, and in others an eternity. either way, your memory lives on. everyone still misses you. i'm sure you watch over everyone. i know that i still feel your presence everywhere. guiding me, watching over me. kelsey, carson, dawson, and mason are all getting so big. i wish you could've been there when bubbles the guinea pig died. kelsey was sad, but the boys were funny about all of it. we all still miss you greatly, and look forward to seeing you in the future.
love always,"
elizabeth ryan of jacksonville, fl

"LCpl Timothy Creager Memorial 5k Run/Walk
November 11, 2006 - 9:00 a.m. (Veterans Day)
Bartlett, TN - Freeman Park
Don Baldock, Race Director of Bartlett, TN

"To Tim's family and friends:
Two years have seemed to be an eternity for us, but I know they have been even longer for you. We remember every day the young Keystone Tim and then the man he became and the Marine he always wanted to be. He has always been an inspiration to us as parents, and to our sons as men.
Never forget how much Tim meant to all of us. There is never a day that goes by that I don't think about something that he either he did, said, or made me laugh about.
We think about you always,

The Gilliam Group"
Debra Gilliam of Memphis, Tennessee, usa

"Tim, we all went to a bull-riding rodeo last night in honor of you. Just like the one you and I went to in Myrtle Beach. I could almost see you sittin there in your white hat and cowboy boots, big grin on your face. It's been two years now, but your love still hasn't faded. It keeps telling me to reach higher, go farther, and give all I've got. Like the verse on your bench:
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Phil. 1:21."
Marilane of Birmingham, Alabama

It has almost been two years since that dreeded day you were taken from us all. I am here in Iraq now just a few miles from where it all occured and I think of you and the sacrafices you gave for us all daily. I will continue to remember every conversation we ever had and time we spent talking others into joining the Marines. You still and always will be my biggest inspiration and I thank you for it. I will get promoted to Gunny on 1 July 2006 and I dedicate it all to you. Thanks for being my friend."
Lee Coe of Iraq

"Tim and Kay you were in our heart and thoughts today. We were talking about what a special person Tim was and how his spirit lives on in each of us he touched. God never forgets and time does not erase love and memories. We love both of you forever."
Brenda and Lou of Millington


"TO THE CRAGER FAMILY...THE FOURTH OF JULY IN GATLINBURG TENNESSEE WILL BE A MIDNIGHT PARADE AND FIREWORKS. I ALONG WITH OTHER FALLEN FAMILIES WILL BE ATTENDING. ENTER A FLOAT TO HONOUR OUR FALLEN AND TO SUPPORT OU TROOPS. ******************************Timothy thank you for serving our country. An for being a military brother to our son. As he felt toward you. Although, neither of you knew one another. Soldier's have that brotherhood to watch and protect each other. You and all those that served along side Gregory; had been my comfort not to worry. Today gregory and you are together. Healing is a very slow process. take it one day at a time. Be supportive toward one another with understanding. You all loved timothy and you will all deal with him in your own way. reflect on the very fond memories you each shared together with timothy. He is resting in peace and still with you in your hearts. father of fallen soldier US ARMY Sgt Gregory L. Wahl KIA Balad, Iraq 05-03-04 God Bless!"
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of Spring Texas

"I remember sitting on the back of the pig and talking about horses and the stupid stuff we have done. You allways knew how to cheer people up and the world will miss that. We will meet again."
Trevor of Pantego, TX

"TIM, I had the great pleasure to meet you while your baby brother Carson was in the NICU, my daughter Annie was born 4 days before Carson. Listening to your father Mike brag about you, and how much he was proud of you. Meeting you was an honor, little did I know at the time that you would be serving our country. I am proud of you for the sacrifice that you made, and more I am proud of you. It's also an honor to have shared so many days in the NICU getting to know your family. They all love you so much. Until we meet again. Love always"
Rosie Osborne of Olive Branch, MS USA

"Dearest Tim,

You know, it's hard to think back to hearing the news. It's hard sometimes to pick up my head in the morning. And then I think about what you and thousands like you did and are doing for this country every day, and I feel blessed.

I remember spinning rifle with you in JROTC back in the Craigmont days. I was the only girl on the team and a senior. You were an eager freshman, wanting only one thing in life, to join the Marines. And I met Gilliam and Gonterman there, and I'm so proud of how you've all grown. You made so many of us proud, Tim. I was devestated to hear the news that we'd lost you, and the memorial service at BHBC was almost more than I could take. And even though I can't see your picture or read something about you in the news without crying again, I still have to smile at the memory of that gangly ninth grader who loved bulls, trucks, country music, God, and this country. You'll never be forgotten, Tim. See you on the other side.

With love,
Jennifer Spiwak Levi of Memphis, TN

"Dearest Tim,

You know, it's hard to think back to hearing the news. It's hard sometimes to pick up my head in the morning. And then I think about what you and thousands like you did and are doing for this country every day, and I feel blessed.

I remember spinning rifle with you in JROTC back in the Craigmont days. I was the only girl on the team and a senior. You were an eager freshman, wanting only one thing in life, to join the Marines. And I met Gilliam and Gonerman there, and I'm so proud of how you've all grown. You made so many of us proud, Tim. I was devestated to hear the news that we'd lost you, and the memorial service at BHBC was almost more than I could take. And even though I can't see your picture or read something about you in the news without crying again, I still have to smile at the memory of that gangly ninth grader who loved bulls, trucks, country music, God, and this country. You'll never be forgotten, Tim. See you on the other side.

With love,
Jennifer Spiwak Levi of Memphis, TN

How are you doing brother? I just wanted to tell you although I'm sure you know that I miss you and love you bro. I was looking forward to taking you out on my farm and riding some of our bulls!!! Maybe some other time, I'm sure that by the time I get to see you again, you will have already talked God into building a rodeo in Heaven, lol... I miss those evenings when we would just sit and watch the sun go down behind the Ashley. I never told you but I just wanted to thank you for being such a wonderful roommate. Knob year would have been hell if it hadn't been for our conversations because for those brief moments, we were everywhere except in the confines of that room. Also, I just wanted to apologize for putting that MRE bomb in your trashcan that night, I didn't expect everyone that was in your room to leave and for you to shut the door as early as you did. I'm sorry I couldn't stop laughing to apologize sooner, hahaha. Oh, the memories, Thank you for showing me what living is all about. I just wanted you to know that we are picking up where you left off and are staying the course. I proud to have been apart of the Armed Forces and Echo 2005 with you. Until that day, COWBOY UP!!!

Your Loving Brother"
Jeff Taylor of Honea Path, S.C.

"dear tim,

as the days go by, it seems as if you are still here with me. i take comfort in that still, and of all the wonderful memories you gave me to hold on to. i know that you can look over me and protect me more now (even though you did a pretty good job of that here as well), i still miss you terribly, but i know that i'll see you again. thank you for showing me how rich life is when you live it to the fullest.
love always

to his family:
i miss the holidays with tim, as does his family i'm sure. i will continue to keeep them in my prayers. i hope they have a wonderful holiday season and that the Lord blesses them now and through out the comming year."
elizabeth ryan of jacksonville, fl

"Tim is one of finest MARINES Ive ever had the pleasure of serving with! His memory will live within me forever. God had bigger and better plans for him and he has moved on to serve this better purpose. We will miss him always! Thanks Tim. God Bless!"
Doc Appleby of New Albany, IN


God Bless and keep you. Thank you for protecting our country and our way of life. There is a special place in heaven for you and your brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. You will never, EVER be forgotten."
Matt Creager of Leesburg, Virginia

I don't know where to start you ment so much to so many people. Every day that goes by I always get to smile because I think of something we did together or a conversation we had. I remember my first day on recruiting duty when I walked into Craigmont High you walked straight up to me and said "I'm going to be a Marine" and then you proceeded to tell me you were in the tenth grade and couldn't wait to be senior so you could join the delayed entry program. That was only the beginnig of a great friendship. The day I got to tell you, you had won the NROTC scholarship was so awsome I could never describe it. The smile on your face knowing that you had made your mom proud was priceless. Then there is the day you called me and said you wanted to drop the NROTC scholarship and join the Corps and you would only join with my name on the contract. You drove from South Carolina to Colorado just so I could be your recruiter. That made me one proud Marine!!! However it plays in heart and mind every day wishing you would have stayed with the scholarship. I know you did what your heart lead you to do and I will always respect that! We spent alot of great times together and I will always be proud to say Tim Creager is my FRIEND.

Kay, I want to thank you for letting me escort Tim home once he arrived back in the states. That was the best honor I could have ever had. I guess I can say I was with him from start to finish in the Marine Corps and once again thank you for that honor. You are one of the best mothers I have ever met and I thank you for letting me be a part of yours and your sons life.

SSgt Lee Coe, USMC of 29Palms, California

"To the family of Tim Creager,
It has been one year ago today that we heard that we had lost someone so dear to all of us. Fred and I have been talking, and all we can say is that Tim became the man he did because of the people who were there to raise him up to the man he became. We all realize that would be a lot of people, with of course his Mom, Grandmother and Grandfather, who we know really put all of their attention toward Tim. We also know there were many others that contributed to the wonderful man he was.
This adopted family loved him dearly, and misses everything about him. We had great memories with Tim that none of us have forgotten.
Kay, we love you!
Fred, Debra, Andrew, Paul and Matthew Gilliam"
Debra Gilliam of Memphis, Tn.

I only knew you a short time, but those first few months in Echo Co. were enough to realize that you had the right stuff. my thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. i know that you are in a better place."
Owen Anderson of Greensboro,NC

You and Dustin were my saving grace multiple times throughout the years. You two aided in my mischief at keystone and craigmont and i could never have asked for better memories.You were there to buy me new pet when you knew it really wasn't about the pet, riding andy like a bull in class, picking up cars in the lower lot, and just hanging out with everyone just making them laugh. Thankyou for being a sweet heart and caring so much to make everyone happy all the time. i appreciate your willingness to volunteer to protect me and my daughter. thankyou and my sympothies go out to his family and lived ones."
brandi baillie of memphis,tn

I regret not having the opportunity to get to know you better while you were at The Citadel. Donnie and I have some great pictures in our photo album of you and your 05 Echo brothers at Thanksgiving your knob year. Smokin' cigars on the quad!!
I do remember you though (so does all of Echo 2002)and you were one locked on knob. You would have made one fine Marine Corps officer - no doubt about it!
You are not forgotten! You hold a special place in our memories and our hearts buddy!
We all love you and miss you very much. Say hi to your Echo brother CPT Dan Eggers, SF, USA - Echo 1997 (KIA Afghanistan) in Heaven for us.

Catch you on the flip side!"
2LT Michael Barno, United States Army (Reserve) of Echo Company, c/o 2002

"The Memphis Marines have their own chapter in Heaven. Tim, Andy, Brent have their own heavenly club. We miss you guys but we will one day be with you. You boys take care.
Semper Fi.
Mike Morel-- Brent's Dad"
Mike Morel of Martin Tn.


What can I say about him. He was so young but knew so much. I served in Iraq with him and was on the same vehicle as he was. We became very close and he will be missed alot. Tim I will never forget you. "COWBOY UP""
CPL Simms of Camp Lejeune, NC


"Tim was one of the best Marines I have ever had in any platoon. I picked him and about 40 others up from the airport to check into 2 LAR. He was one of the ones that stuck out right off the bat.
I took Tim to combat and had all the faith in the world in him and his abilities. He did what he was told, did all he could to contribute to the Platoon and never complained at all.
He was well liked by all.
Tim was a great Marine and an all American kid, but God called him to be with him and his work was done here on Earth.
So long Tim, Ill miss you and will never forget you.
SSgt Ducharme"
SSgt Ducharme of 2 Lar Bn. Delta Co. 3rd Platoon (OUTLAWS)

"To Cadet Timothy R. Creager, Civil Air Patrol. Everyone should know that this young man served us proudly for many years. Always a beacon of "what to do" and "how to do it". I am sure his fellow cadets don't know of this website or I'm sure they would have left their memories here. Timothy was a great example of how to be a Civil Air Patrol Cadet, it was his involvement in the Civil Air Patrol that boosted his Marine Corp enlistment. I used to ask him if he would "go to ROTC and get his Commission and become an Air Force fighter pilot." He'd always tell me "no sir, I want to be Marine Corp Infantry." Cadet Creager has many more close friends from the Civil Air Patrol and I will inform them of this website, for I am certain that they would like to comment on him here. It is always sad to lose someone so young with so much hope for a future. Remember always, he is fighting for us against an enemy that is trying to take away our way of life, they kill women and children in the name of their "god". Always be as proud of him and thankful for him as I am. I miss him and love him. Most of all I respect his dedication and courage. We should all be like him.

1LT Joe Baumann, Pilot Civil Air Patrol"
1LT Joe Baumann, CAP of Orlando, Florida/USA

For as long as I can remember you were always there. You were like a big brother, helping us to make the right decisions in life, but never really telling us what to do. It still doesn't really feel real. I will never forget the first time you rode a bull. I was scared to death, but you reassured me everything would be OK. And of course it was. Thank you for the memories, guidance, and support. I love you and you will be missed. COWBOY UP!!!"
Kelly Trigleth of Memphis, TN

You were a brother to me. I still remember the first time we met when you and Marilane drove down to Tuscaloosa for your Citadel lacrosse game. You walked through the door with her and right into her big sister’s heart. That weekend was so much fun, and you were a real trooper to eat that fish for me. I knew right then you were a winner! But your most amazing quality was your faith in God. He sure did listen to you! You said you had always prayed He would send you an Angel like Marilane, and I can only pray that she will be so blessed again. Her Cowboy left some huge shoes to fill. But I know you will always be praying for her, just like you promised her in the video you made before you left. She still wears the ring you gave her, and I know you wore yours until your dying day. Nothing would have been more special than to be Maid of Honor at the wedding of the two most incredible people I know. But God is still using your testimony to reach hundreds of people. You will always be in our hearts. Cowboy Up!"
McKenzie Mesler of Birmingham, AL

"Tim, we've been through alot together. There are more memories involving you than I could possibly mention. From riding horses when you broke your arm right after I met you, to the day you met your fiance Marilane, and finally the last time I saw you. You kept me out of trouble and weren't afraid to smack me when I messed up. Thanks Tim. I'll see you agian man. It will just be a little longer away than I expected. I love you bro. I hope you will keep looking out for me. I still plan on keeping my promises. COWBOY UP!"
Dustin Gonterman of Charleston, SC

"Words cannot express how much you are missed. Our hearts go out to Kay, Betty & Gene! Tim was one special youngman! He just fit right into our hearts from the beginning like one of our own children. We all love him so much. He will remain forever in our hearts. Marilane you were so loved by this youngman. He spoke of you often. What a blessing for all of us to have known him."
Jim & Kit (Kathy) Markham of Bartlett Tennessee

""and when i fall asleep you're all that i see, you're in my thoughts and all of my prayers." -slickshoes
tim "forest"-
we traveled half way around the world together. there is no one else i would've rather listened to savage garden's "crash and burn" with in austrailia for three weeks. thank you for waking me up at 5:30 to go run,then for the doughnuts afterwards, for the wonderful nicknames of "jenny" and of course "stickybuns", and for being my siamese twin of me for the better half of our last two years of high school.at prom, "the dance" by garth was our song and will always be. thanks for looking out for me. you always wanted me to have the best. no one will ever replace what you mean to me. i just hope that someone can live up to your standards in my eyes. thank you for always being there. i will always love you. i refuse to say good bye so i'm just going to say i'll see you later."
Elizabeth Ryan of Tallahassee, Florida

You are missed so much. Lee and I talk about you every day, and we both have such wonderful memories. I will never forget watching a kid turn into a wonderful man before my eyes. You are the best Marine I have ever known. You had a spirit that surrounds you that made the world love you. God had a special place for you in heaven and even thoug our hearts are heavy, I know that you are in heaven with God. I miss those talks that we had, and Lee misses his little brother. You will remain in our hearts forever. Semper Fi."
Kelley & Lee Coe of 29 Palms, CA

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

Our best friend, the man who helped shape our future. Without you Jim and I would have never met and fallen in love.
Our Marine, you took on a challenge that most men would not have even thought of doing. You and Jim will always be brothers, the two of you have a friendship that is so strong it will continue to live on through our lives. Jim and I will always love you as we continue to carry your spirit with us. You will never be forgotten.
Jim(USMC 1998)and Leah Markham of Memphis, TN

"Timmy ~
YOU are my Sunshine, my Tennessee Cowboy, my Stubborn Bull Rider, my Fearless Marine, my Protector, my Comforter, my Prayer Warrior, my Knight in Shining Armour, my Fairy Tale Prince, my Beach Buddy, my Strawberry Lover, my Fashion Advisor, my Pancake Maker, my Road Trip Companion, my Japanese/Spanish/Southern Drawl Translator, my Pen Pal, my Alarm Clock, my Shooting Star, my Guardian Angel, my Perfect Dance Partner, my Romantic Poet, my Flower Picker, my Mud Wrestler, my Partner in Crime, my Peanut Butter Mischief Maker, my Sunset Companion, my Dream Come True, my Boy, my Best Friend, my Hero, my Everything.....

Our time together will never be forgotten. Thank you for showing me what love is: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.
I Love You,"
Marilane of Fairhope, Alabama

"To my little Tim from Mama Gilliam
Since 4th grade you have been in our lives. You encouraged Andrew to become a scout. He finally made Eagle (long after you did). He always wanted to be military, you convinced him "Marines or nothing". You two went through ROTC together, hitting each other in the head with rifles trying to be cool. I love you "Cowboy Up". Semper Fi. The heavens will be better off with you there."
Debra Gilliam of Memphis, Tennessee

"Tim was a great person and he had a sincere heart. I went to high school with Tim and while he was in Iraq we emailed. I was devastated when I found out Tim was killed in Iraq, but Tim was doing what he loved to do. I will always remember Tim's smile and the sticker on his truck "COWBOY UP". I will miss you Tim. "SEMPER FI""
Lyndsey Scott of Memphis, Tn/USA

"Tim, you will always be in our hearts. We will forever miss you. God bless."
Echo 05 of Charleston,SC

"To Tim'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

"Tim, I never knew you, but I know a wonderful girl who did, Marilaine Messler. She misses you so badly, but knows that you are with God. I will keep your family and Marilaine in my prayers. Thank you for your wonderful contribution to this country."
Rachael of Daphne, AL

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

"To the family of Tim Creager, I just wanted to send my condolences and love to your family for your lost loved one. My brother SSG Morgan Kennon was the 1st soldier to die from Memphis. My family and I feel your pain and we are greatful for the wonderful young man that you raised, he will truly be missed. I know that your pain is great and I want you to know that you are in my prayers and heart. Just know that God has a plan for us all. That is what my brother said to me. Keep your faith and continue to pray and God will take care of you and your family. If you or you family need anything even if it's just to talk please don't hesitate to contact me at 901-650-8647. Sincerly Nicole"
Nikki of Memphis, TN. 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 comfort for your family in their time of need & sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. You will not be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

"I just watched part of Tim's Funeral on our News...How Very Sad......I cried and cried. My Condolences to this family...May you find comfort in knowing that the country grieves with you. Tim will not be forgotten...Rest in Peace Dear Marine..SEMPER FI!! WE WILL NEVER EVER FORGET the sacrifice you made for our freedom!!! You are my Hero!!"
Selena Grogan of Lakeland, TN

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart is so heavy. We have lost to many great marines. Tim will be greatly missed by his brothers in Delta. May God keep you close and bring comfort to your family. If there is anything I can do for you let me know."
Jana Walker(wife of 1st Lt. Walker, Jr. of Delta Co. 2d LAR -Currently serving in Iraq) of Jacksonville, NC

"There are no words that can express how I feel about your loss with Timothy. I too have lost a nephew fighting in Iraq just recently. These young men are our heroes and with honor they served our country. We will add your family to our prayers. God bless you."
The McClain family of Tucson, AZ

"We would like to say Thank You to Lance Corporal Timothy Creager for his ultimate sacrifice for us as American citizens. To his family and friends we want to say that we offer our heartfelt sympathy for the loss you are feeling now. May God ever be near you and comfort you in ways that only He can.
Our oldest son is a Marine Corporal who is on his second deployment to Iraq at this time. I don't know if he knew Timothy or not. We only live a couple of hours away from Millington so we feel like Timothy was "home-folk" to us.
I read something a few days ago that is so true. It said....Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal......How true this is. No one can ever take your memories of Timothy from you.
He is fallen but never forgotten!
You are all in our prayers.
May God bless you each one."
Benny & Marilyn Harrell of Falkner, MS

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Timothy R. Creager,

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, California

"To Timothy'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

"Thank you Timothy Creager, 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. Timothy Creager:
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 Timothy 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. Timothy Creager:
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 Timothy, 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