Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Kurt E. Dechen

24, of Springfield, Vermont.
Dechen died from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, while attached to Regimental Combat Team 5, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on August 3, 2006.

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"I knew you in college, You were a great guy. God bless you, thank you for our freedom."
N/A of Vermont

"Hello Kurt,I love you and miss you. I shared your story and your love of life with my 8th grade students in Port St Joe High School, Florida where I now teach.You will never be forgotten by me or my family for your endless love of your family and this country.I hope you and the "Duke" are taking about things in heaven. All my love to you Ms.Dechen, and thank you for the gift your son gave Angelo Jr. Respectfully Yours, Angelo Jardina"
Angelo Jardina of St Joe Beach, Florida

"Kurt, I know you made it to heaven. You were always there with a ready smile. You are truly missed. SEMPER FI MARINE"
jj_momof4 of Springfield VT USA

"To the family of:Kurt E. Dechen 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"

"i cant believe it has been two years Kurt. i try to keep in contact as much as possible with your family but its still hard because i feel i let them down and you down. i know youre up there protecting those gates and that god only takes the best of the best for himself. We miss you Kurt."

"Hello Mr. Kurt E. Dechen. I never sent you a letter in the mail but i respect you for fighting for our country. I never sent you a letter while you were in war and i feel bad that I never sent you a letter, eel baand fee never sent you a letter while in Iraq. You have the nicest family on the planet and they are all doing good and i hope you are alright in heaven.
Much Love and respect to Kurt
From your Cousin Chris Dechen
My friends are fighting for u an you.and the country"
Christopher R. Dechen of Nesconset,New York

"July 1, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Kurt E. Dechen:
Kurt 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

"We miss ya kid. It will never be the same without you. See ya up there sometime."
Rabbi of Springfield, VT

"I can honestly say I am a better person b/c of you. . . always in my heart"
julie of burlington, vt

"I can't bieleve its been a year man, I wish you could still be here with us, because I know we are all with you today. Semper Fi. Be beside us all, always. Miss you, Happy birthday"
of C. Co 1/25

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"dech buddy, you were the real deal. from a loving friend to a Marine's Marine, you were it. i miss you bud. i miss you every day. i would give anything to change that day we walked fallujah. but remember i will always keep walking on for you. i love you buddy. i miss you.
god bless your family."
adam escobar, cpl USMC 1/25 Charlie Co WPNS PLT of feeding hills , ma

"Kurt will be missed! He was a friend who could always make you laugh no matter how you were feeling. We Miss you Kurt, or "Turk" as some of us CSCers would say!"
Bethany Cass of Springfield, Vermont

"Thank you Kurt Dechen, 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. Kurt Dechen:
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 Kurt 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. Kurt Dechen:
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 Kurt, 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