Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Brian K. Cutter

19, of Riverside, California.
Cutter died in Al Asad, Iraq, after being electrocuted while working on a cooling system for a tent, only two days after arriving in Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 13, 2004.

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"It has been 19 years since your passing, and I deeply regret not being able to alter the course of events that led to your death. I apologize Brother, for any mistreatment or neglect that you may have endured during your time with us. It pains me to think that you are no longer with us and that you were denied the opportunity to enjoy life's simple pleasures, such as riding the Harley you dreamt of owning. However, I want you to know that you will always be considered a cherished member of our family and a Marine. Although you are no longer with us, your memory will continue to live on in our hearts and minds. Rest in peace, and know that you will never be forgotten."
Capt Billy Crytser of San Diego, CA

"Brian I think about you ever so often. I remember the times in JROTC during our Senior Year in HS. I remember the times you would come over and have dinner with my family. I miss you! I even remember the last thing we said to each other when we were on leave before we headed for Deployment. We said, "See you on the flip side. Stay safe over there". You are Always Remembered and Never Forgotten!"
SGT Kristel Vear of California


Although we only shared ground for a short period, I think about you everyday. You are not forgotten my brother."
C of Pentagon

"Cutter, you are still very much in our thoughts and prayers after all of these years. You were a good Marine that had potential beyond what anyone could have thought. That fateful day will live with me forever! Thank you for serving with me brother!"
GySgt Ouellette of USMC

"Cutter was a great young man. I saw great things for his future. He always wanted to help and never had a negative thing to say. Cutter I still wish I could go back to that day and change it all. I am sorry to you and your friends and family. You are always in my prayers. YAT YAS"
Sgt Malone of Peoria, AZ

"I would like to say thank you to everyone who has sent their love to my brother. He was truly a great man and a great brother. I think about him each and every day. If you have any pictures of him I would love to geat a copy of them wether it's though an email or how every you could send them to me. My email is jcrawford2812@gmail.com

Thank you so much the sister of PFC Brian K. Cutter"
Jenifer Crawford of Phoenix, Az

"you always in my thoughts.Brothers in Arms Brothers in Death!"
PFC Carry Moccasin of ND

"I miss you Cutter. You were my best friend. You are always missed an thought of."
David Williamson. of Everett, Ma

"Cutter it has been years sense that day. It pained me when i found out that one of our marines had died. I ran into you a couple of times you seemed like a outstanding marine. You will be missed marine. I wish everday that you could have came back with us from that deployment. YAT YAS marine."
Sgt. Henderson, Joshua J. of Quantico, Virginia


"I just wanted to say I got to know Cutter really good. We both went to AAV school on Camp Pendleton. I was there in Iraq with him when he passed away. Even though it has been years since he has left... I still feel a sadness because I lost a brother. YAT YAS"
Cpl. Burciaga of Houston, Texas

"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 Worthington, OH USA

"Happy Birthday Brian. You were taken from us to soon.
Love Aunt Mary"
Mary Kirsch of Lake Havasu City AZ

"PFC Cutter, I never had the privledge of meeting you, but when I was asked to deliver the Marine Corps Flag to your adoptive parents I was overwhelmed. You allowed me to see peace in that moment in time. I pray your younger sister always knows that she has a big bro in the Marine Corps who will take care of her. We are truly blessed to have someone like you serve in our ranks. I will never forget the emotions I felt when we laid you to rest. GOD BLESS MARINE, AND KEEP HEAVEN'S DOORS OPEN FOR THE REST US."
Tony Lona of Oceanside, Ca

"May 29, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Brian K. Cutter:
Brian 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

"Brian was in my NJROTC class during 2001/2002. He was a terrific cadet and we were sorry to see him move on to another school. The news of his death saddened all of us at Bloomington High School. During a visit to the Riverside National Cemetery, several of Brian's classmates visited his grave and paid their respects. It was a touching moment for those of us who sometimes forget the sacrifices that are being made on our behalf. Rest in Peace, Brian."
Lieutenant Cal Kelso, USN(ret) of Escondido, California

"Brian, it was a pleasure to have served with you. 2nd platoon will never forget you. My memory of you will be with me forever. May God bless you and your family for the sacrifice you gave for our freedom and our way of life.

YAT YAS Brian"
GySgt Michael C Labit of Murrieta, California

"Brian, it was a pleasure to have served with you. 2nd platoon will never forget you. My memory of you will be with me forever. May God pless you and your family for the sacrifice you gave for our freedom and our way of life.

YAT YAS Brian"
GySgt Michael C Labit of Murrieta, California

"I am so sorry for your loss. I am doing a report on Pfc. Brian K. Cutter and I would like to thank you for his honor and bravery to make what this country is today."
Allison of Riverside, CA/USA

"My deepest condolences to all of this good Marine's family. I was working in the Base Commander's office on that day; we had electrical problems with several units and it was a very tragic accident. My prayers go with him."
Cpl Dana Cushing of Reno, NV

"To my AAV brothers,
May you Rest In Peace and thank you, you will never be forgotten."
The former Sgt Colón of Northern, VA

"Cutter, you will always be remembered by myself and the Marines of B compay 3rd amphibious assult BN, we'll never forget you"
Lcpl Davis of 3rd aabn B co.

"I will never forget your kindness and your own unique way of doing things, like wearing those bright orange Dickies and old Star Wars shirt you loved. Or how when Frannie introduced me to you, she called me just "Mark's girlfriend," as if I had no name. I so value memories like this of you and I feel honored that I knew you. I still find myself waiting to see if you need a ride home after school sometimes, or to go down to Super Duper Video, hoping that you are working that day... then it hits me. I miss you so much, the whole group does. I am glad you got to love out your dream though, you did become a Marine.
Love Always,
"Mark's Girlfriend""
Megan of Riverside, CA USA

"God Bless Brian's family. Brian, Thank you for a few more years freedom and peace in this part of the world. I am sorry.

A grateful mother of a six year old."
Susan of Oviedo, FL

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

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

"To Brian's Family and Friends:
I cannot express my sadness over your loss adequately. Please take comfort in the fact that Brian's sacrifice for this nation and all freedom loving people of the world will not be forgotten. As a Vietnam veteran who lost several friends, I feel your pain and I share your grief. God Bless you and Brian. Brian will be at the right hand of God forever. He is an American Hero."
Ken Munro of Murrieta, CA

"To Brian's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

"I will miss you greatly Brian. You were the sweetest man I have ever known and I am glad to have shared my senior year with you. You will always be in my heart, Belt Boy. I love you kobito-chan."
SPC Holly E. Holt of Camp Zama, Japan

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

"To Brian'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

"To the family and friends of Pfc. Brian K. Cutter,

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

"To Brian'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 (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Brian Cutter, 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 Pfc. Brian Cutter:
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 Brian 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 Pfc. Brian Cutter:
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 Brian, 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