Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Travis R. Desiato

19, of Bedford, Massachusetts.
Desiato died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on November 15, 2004.

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"Always in our hearts, Dear Son. Love you and I feel you here."
Mom of Anchorage

"I would like to pay my respects to your son. My son is a Marine and it is because of those who serve we enjoy our strength and peace as a nation. Travis is the best of us."
Jeff Calnan of Winchester, MA

"2/1/2015 Thinking about you and miss you Travis."
Eric of Bedford, MA

"Love you cousin. Thinking about you today."
Chelsea of Chicago

"God Bless You and Your Family. My Two Sons served in the Corps. My Son Mark was with you in Fallujah in 2004 November with 1/8 Bravo Co. Heaven is a Better Place with You there. Someday You Will All Be Reunited. Semper Fidelis"
Brian Hummeldorf of Cincinnati Ohio

"Hey brotha, hows guarding the gates going for ya? It been 9 years bro and I still continue to look back at that day. You sacraficed your life for your team. I will always have the honor to know and say that I served with an outstanding Marine. SEMPER FI BROTHA!!!"
SGT. Lovtato of Denver, Colorado

"Just finished West's book 'No True Glory'and read about LCpl Desiato's courage and sacrifice as well as that of his fellow Marines. My son recently graduated from SOI/ITB and I'm struck and humbled by how brave all of these young men are. Thank for your service, condolences to your family and Semper Fi!"
Mike of Massachusetts

"Thinking about you today, buddy. Can't believe its been 8 years. Wish we could have worked together on the FD. Imagine how much shenanigans that would have been..."
Phil of Newton,MA

"Met someone from the same unit as Travis. He didn't know him personally, but knew of him. He is not forgotten 3/26/12"
Whitey of Okeechobee, FL

"11/15/2011 It's 7 years today. Tough day for everyone."
LMD of Bedford,MA

"To the family of:Travis R.Desiato
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""

"you were my camp counselor growing up and a great role model. Always had a great time in the summer man. Your still on my mind a lot. Thank you"
Ant of Bedford


You are truly missed. It was an honor to serve with you and be your squad leader in fallujah. I'm sorry that I couldn't do more. Some years have past and it's still hasn't sunk in. You'll always be rembered!"
Sgt Lovato of Denver, CO

"Hey buddie, year's have passed. Still, I can't get past the day when we were talking about getting ready to go into Fallujah. I miss you and will never forget you....Never."
Lcpl Darragh of Dayton, Oh

"Hey buddie, year's have passed. Still I can't get past the day when we were talking about going into Fallujah. I miss you and will never forget you....Never."
Brad of Dayton, Oh

"I have heard the accounts Desiato endured. The price of FREEDOM is nor cheap,easy or kind. To his family and friends, May the Lord be with you all."


I remember being boots and arguing with each other at march air force base about you being a boot an you were telling me to call you Lcpl ! Cause I was a PFC lol or chasin you down the cat walk in old hp 185 barracks with an taser . What I would give to have you back bro ..... I miss you and love you dez"
Sgt. Angelo Martinez / anhelo a co 2nd Plt of Camp pendleton , ca

"I just wrote a ridiculously long message, and then realized all I wanted to say is that I love you and miss you more than anything in the world. Always thinking of you."
Jess AKA short stack of MA, AK, MI

"Travis today is your anniversary just want you to know we are still thinking of you Semper Fidelis"
mike of bedford

"Sorry I couldn't have helped you when we were there. You helped me a lot and I will never forget that."

"Saw the Sox at the Trop. Only game they won. Sorry for the fans. Fenway is the "MOST BELOVED FIELD" LMD 09/15/09"

"You would have had a great time this w/e. Stayed in Baltimore with the Red Sox. Of course they sweep the series. Even better we stayed at the same hotel. Big Papi is very Charismatic!!!!. LMD 08/03/09"
of Bedford, Ma

"HBD, It was really tough day for Dad, It is admazing how time flys but, the day you left us stays still. Your girls are great. I know you are watching over them. Missing you. Love LMD 03/14/85-03/14/09"

I miss you more than words can say and I love you very much. I promise to do my best always no matter what. You are my best friend and my hero.
xo Ral"
of ca

I miss you more than words can say and I love you very much. I promise to do my best always no matter what. You are my best friend and my hero.
xo Ral"
of ca

"4 years later and it feels like yesterday, i miss you brother- Doc Mask"
Julian of Saint Pauls NC

"Trav... Rals is in town. Ever other word is about you. She misses you so much. She has spent time with your Girls! And Dad. You left us with some great memories. :) LMD 11/18/08 BEDFORD"

"travis thank you for serving our country i will always remember you, you are my hero"
Mike of bedford, MA

"It hard to believe Travis, It's been a very long 4 years. Your family will never get your death. We hope we continued to honor your memory. You would be amazed to how many people stopped us and sent us card and letters, both Military and just friend you met along lifes journey. Love , LMD- Bedford, MA 11/14/04-11/14/08"

"It hard to believe Travis, It's been a very long 4 years. Your family will never get your death. Your family has continued to honor your memory. You would be admazed to how many people stopped us and sent us card and letters, both Miltary and just friend you met along lifes journey. Love , From LMD- Bedford, MA"

"It hard to believe Travis, It's been a very long 4 years. Your family will never get your death. Your family has continued to honor your memory. You would be admazed to how many people stopped us and sent us card and letters, both Miltary and just friend you met along lifes journey. Love , From LMD- Bedford, MA"

"November 9, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Travis R. Desiato:
Travis 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


I have never been able to muster the words to write you or visit your grave. I remember back when we were sitting in that room, being interviewed for the job in Washington and you told me that you joined to fight. So you turned it down. I can't help but think if I had said something different perhaps you would have accepted that duty, and you'd still be alive. I relive that moment everyday and you haunt my dreams relentlessly. You will never know how sorry I am that I let you down."
Cpl of Washington D.C.

"Remembering all the good times today. Missing you today and always. 03/14/1985"
LMD of Bedford, MA

"Missing you today and always.
LMD of Bedford, MA

"I donated money today to a few young army men who will be leaving for Iraq on 1/2008 to attend the war - the money was to help pay for plane tickets to visit back home if and when they are given a chance for a leave of rest. As part of a Thank You for my donation I was given a replica of one of your Dog Tags and the men showed me a picture of you and told me a little bit about you and how you became a "Fallen Hero." I listened to what they had to say and as I walked away I felt good about what I had done and I wanted to tell everyone around me about you...as I showed your Tag I read off your name and dates...we were born in the same year and I graduated high school the year of your tragedy; in all the time the men spoke of you I never recall me actually listening for an age, I guess you can call me nieve in the sense that I never expected you to be so young nor go so soon for something so new to an 18 yr old boy fresh from home. I have been overwhelmed all day with the thought of your family's grief and I can only imagine the pain and suffering they have been through along with the proud feelings they have had about such a wonderful person as you. I know you will never get to sit in front of a computer screen and read this but I like to believe you can see every word I speak to you through the Heaven's above...Thank You from the bottom of my heart for the loss you took for our country, so that we may go on day in and day out living our lives as though nothing in world can harm us as long as we have the few good men left standing that honor this country as yourself did! I will wear your Tag everywhere I go from this day forward and I promise to you that I will make people aware of your story! God Bless you and your family!!

R.I.P Travis 1985-2004"
Megan of Kerrville, TX

"After reading about your demise my father, who i havent seen in 30 years renued our relationship together after he read abut you in the Boston Globe and as a result my father is apart of my life again.Thank you for your sacravice and my love goes out to your family for ever."
Travis King of athol mass

"To the family of Travis Desiato. My name is Peyton Munafo, im 20 and i attend The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Yesterday, our JOMI told us the story about your son in my NROTC class. Though i never knew your son, i soon found myself with tears streaking down my face as our Capt. read the account. I just wanted to let you know that the sacrifice your son made has made me want to be a Marine even more. I feel it is my duty as an American to follow in the path your son created. I can not comprehend the pain you must feel, but i want you to know that we do care..we do grieve with you. Your son was a hero...and I will never forget him as long as i live.

Very Respectfully,
C/Sgt. Peyton C. Munafo
Hotel Company
South Carolina Corps of Cadets"
of Charleston, SC

"I miss you everyday , your memory will live on forever and ill never forget the things you did and the effect you had on my life, I love you always"
Katharine of MA

"You were my best friend and hero. I'm sorry I let you down."

"Dear Travis,
I miss you. It's been a year and a half since you died, and still, something will happen that I want to share with you or I'll remember something you did for me, and my heart hurts all over again. I wish I could have made it clearer to you and Tracey how much I loved you both and wanted you to be happy... I hope you know that now. Rest in peace, and know we treasure your memory and your life."
Cassie of Albany, NY

"To the parents and loved ones of Travis Desiato
As with all the American men who have sacrificed everything for our American way of life, so many of us share in your grief. My Flag flies everyday for your son Travis and all the others from the Iraqi war. All of us Marines and former Marines will always be here for you and your loved ones...God Bless and Semper Fi"
Jeff Hahn of Lomita, CA

"To the Desiato Family. Your son was a hero to all of us. My prayers are with you always. Travis, we will never forget you and what you did for our country. You are a true friend, we love you."
Tracy of Bedford, MA

"Thank you for your noble and enormous sacrifice"

"It's been a year, I miss you more than ever."

"des. i will never forget you-Doc"

"To the Desiato family. My son, Corporal A.W. Dreggors,was with your son when he fell in Iraq. I see the grief he still carries for the loss of his friend. May God offer you comfort for your loss and know you are in my prayers nightly."
Di Mintz of Orlando, Florida

"Marine Lance Cpl Travis Desiato -
You are an American hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps."

"I miss you Trav. And I love you."
Jesse of Dover, Mass

"Travis was a friend and like a brother...he was a better person than most people could have ever hoped to become. He gave up everything for his country and will be with God always"
Brian of Bedford, Ma, USA

"To the family of Travis Desiato I send my heartfelt sympathy & thanks for your sacrifice. I am proud to share the same name as a real American hero.
God bless you."
Teresa Beaucheane Desiato of Philadelphia, PA

"Corporal Desiato,
To a fallen soldier: You have displayed your courage for this country in the one way that all will remember. I thank you for protecting this country with your life. My respect for you will last a lifetime. Rest in peace my fellow American."
Kyle of Amesbury, Mass.

"Travis, I still have not forgotten what you have done for our country. I love you very much, and you are sorely missed among your second family. I miss you and think of you every day. I love you."
Katie of Dover, MA

"To the family of Travis,
Your loved one will never be forgotten. Travis was and still is an handsome boy. May he Rest in Peace with his Brothers in Arms."
Christine of USA

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

"My condolences to the desiato family and I knew him and it was a big hit in the chest for me and ive only knwon him scince boot I can only imagine how hard it must have been on you my condolences and semper fi devil dog."
LCpl Mercedes of Bronx,NY USA

"To Travis' 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 your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you, brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude.
May G-d provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.
A grateful citizen and a Proud Marine Mom"
Lily of Wakefield MA

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

"To Travis' 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 for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Travis R. Desiato,

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

"Thank you Travis Desiato, 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. Travis Desiato:
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 Travis 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. Travis Desiato:
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 Travis, 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