Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Christopher S. Ebert

21, of Mooresboro, North Carolina.
Ebert died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on September 17, 2004.

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I remember the day you fell. I remember your last pulse. More than anything, I still remember your smile. No greater love than a brother that lays down his life for his brother. Rest easy, and smile down on us from up there. We could all use it."
Todd Luginbuhl of Elsinore Ca

"I told you story Chris. Your my hero and will always think of you. You give your country your all. I love you Chris."
Jenna Orin of Mebane NC

"I don't need a special holiday to stop and think of the sacrifice you and all the rest made for me and my county. I am proud to be an American and stand to say that a Marine died for my freedom, whole heartedly. Forever in my heart, Cpl Christopher Ebert."
Christina Tate (Neady) of Graham, NC

"Thinking of you this Memorial Day weekend. Miss you."
Melissa of NC

"Happy Birthday Brian and Chris. Love you both. Chris even though your 31 today you are in a place where you still look as young as ever. Until we meet again! I miss you, brother!"
Christina Tate (Neady) of Graham, NC

"I think of Chris everyday. I want to thank Chris for his gift of freedom. If he was never a marine. I wouldn't be able to meet this caring loving person Chris is. he was best friends with my sister, I was a child when I meet him and I have great memories of playing with him. I miss chris all the time. chris will always live in my heart.
Jenna Orin of Mebane NC

"Memorial Day 2012 I just got back from a Memorial Day service in Forest City.It was very touching as always.Brian played taps which always makes me cry.At the end a Marine recently returned from Iraq presented us with a flag that they flew in your honor during one of their missions over the An Albar province.It was very touching and emotional to see people remember you.Love and miss you.Mom"
Shirley Ebert of koalausa2002@yahoo.com

"To the family of:Christopher S.Ebert
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 was in bootcamp with Chris. You are not forgotten Chris. I pray for the Ebert family during this difficult time."
Scott Medlin of Charlotte, NC

"We lost Chris 7 years ago today.I miss him more than ever.Love you Chris"
Shirley Ebert of Rutherfordton,NC

"I first met Chris when we were young. We had a lot of fun together as kids. Chris and Brian were great friends all the way through high school. We had our differences of opinion on branch of service but that was about it. I was in Baghdad when I received the news that Chris had been killed. It ripped me apart. You will never be forgotten brother."
Robert Ledbetter of Forest City, NC

"Words can't express what it meant to lose such a great young man. From the first day I met him and his family, they treated me life family. I will never forget the day I learned of his ultimate sacrifice. I shed tears then and I do so now as I recall memories of the time I spent with him and his family that I felt was my family. I will forever be indebted. As I serve here in Afghanistan, I take the memory of his dedication and love for the Marines with me on every mission. To Shirley, Gail and Brian, I love you guys and please know that I will always be available to do anything I can for you. Chris, I will see you in heaven my brother. Semper Fi and God Bless"
GySgt Fredrick Sloan of Kabul, Afghanistan

"I just got back from vacation with the grandkids(your nephews).We went to St.Augustine where we took you and Brian years ago.They really loved it but everywhere we went I remembered you there.It was really bittersweet.I miss you so much.Love you Mom"
Shirley Ebert of Rutherfordton,NC

"chris....i thought of you to day like i always do every day and i meet you when i was around six...you loved to make me smile....well i vist your grave all the time and every time im come i always cry....the pain gets worst then easier i think cause your not here no more well i cant wait to see you walking on the streets of gold making me smile again...LOVE YOU CHRIS!"
Jenna Orin

"It has been some years since we lost you and even more since I saw you for the last time. Yet not one day has passed that I have not thought of you. When the news of Bin Laden's death broke, I thought of you, and of Brian, Michael and all the rest of the veterans. I thought of our family back home and how much I miss everyone. And how proud I am to be a part our family because of them we had you. You were a fine young man, Sir. God bless and keep you, Chris."
Christorpher M. S. Ebert of Edgerton, Kansas

"Chris, Osama Bin Laden was killed today. You said that the Marines would get him and that you wanted to be a part of that. Well I believe in my heart that you were there today. In no way did you die invein. Until we meet again. We all miss you so much!"
Linda Orin of Mebane NC

"Today would have been your 28th birthday.Days like this are hard.I love and miss you so much.Mom"
Shirley Ebert of Rutherfordton,NC

"I knew Chris,as a teenager. He visited our youth group several times. He was a good guy. I greatly appreciate his service to our country! I have been praying and will continue to pray for his family that the Lord would give strength and peace that only He can give."
B. Spencer of Ellenboro, North Carolina

"I have tried so hard to pretend I was ok. Everyone expected me to go on with my life because I was so young when you died. But Ive never been ok, it always hits me when I think I might be. I still wonder how our wedding would have been, and how many children we would have right now. And how happy we would be. Ive been so lost with out you. I plan to come see you this year
Tracy Dixon of lusby, MD

"Today is Mothers Day 2010.Almost 6 years since we lost you.I miss you everyday but today I feel the loss much more.I love you Chris. Mom"
Shirley Ebert of Rutherfordton,NC

"You have been on my heart and mind a lot lately. I cant believe its been this long. Miss ya."

"To the family left behind I have no words to describe to you how it hurt to loose Ebert I had the priveledge of serving with him both in Bahrain with the Marine Corps Security Forces and in Iraq on the battle fields of Fallujah and I can tell you that there are no words that can describe the type of marine Ebert was except that he was one of the finest and most professional marine I have ever had the honor of serving with a real hero to us all I could not begin to describe our road of fate that we shared but know that I will never forget the events and the actions by which defines Ebert nor will I forget the gift that he sacrificed himself for our freedom may God bless each and every single one of you for Ebert is now guarding the gates of Heaven till we serve together again brother semper fi"
Cpl Membreno, Juan of Houston, TX

"I had the honor of serving with Chris when we were stationed in Maryland together. Can't belive it's been this long...he was a great Marine but a better man. Semper Fi brother, rest in peace."
Thomas L Burns of Cpl/USMC Lusby, MD

"I can't believe its been 5 years since we lost Chris.Sometimes the pain is unbearable but I cope as best as I can knowing Chris lived his life to the fullest in his short time with us.He loved being a Marine.I believe there was a purpose for God to call him home though we may never know it here.I love you Chris and I look forward to seeing you again. Mom"
Shirley Ebert of Union Mills,NC

"It's now creeping up on the 5 yr anniversary of your passing. I can't believe it's been that long since you left us. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and miss you little bro. I'm so proud of you and what you did for our country. I say this as I wipe away the tears that now fall like raindrops from my eyes. I'm so proud to be your big brother. I miss you and love you so very much Chris. I'll see you again one day and I can't wait to give you a big hug and tell you how much I've missed you!!"
Tony of Rutherfordton,NC

"Chris we all just want you to know that we miss you.I wish I knew you more than I was blessed to."
CheyeAnne Ebert of Marion,Indiana

"To the family of a great Marine Warrior, he was a great man. Semper Fi Ebert, see you at those pearly gates someday."
Todd Luginbuhl of Camp Pendleton

"I knew Chris Ebert as a young Marine while I was serving as Platoon Guide at IMCSF Co. in Bahrain. I just learned of his passing in the most random way. I send my deepest condolences to his family. I remember him and honor his sacrifice. He is a true hero and we owe him our deepest respect. Semper Fi."
Tony Miodonka of Milford, CT

"Just wanted to stop by and say you are not forgotten. You will always be a hero to me."
J Dunn of Forest City

"Today marks the 4th anniversary since we lost Chris.Not a day goes by that I don't think about him.Many days with tears,some with laughter.Chris had so many endearing qualities that the phrase to know him is to love him has never been truer.Please continue to remember him and all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.Chris I love and miss you more everyday and I look forward to seeing you again.Love Mom"
Shirley Ebert of Union Mills,NC

"August 2, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Christopher S. Ebert:
Christopher 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

"It has been almost 4 years now, and I still miss Ebert. I spent almost my whole enlistment with him and became good friends. I remember taking Chris up to Hollywood before deployment so he could get a tatoo. I remember when we were to get back I was going to take him back up there to get it finished. He was a good friend, good person, and a good Marine. I will never forget him. I sill visit his grave when I get a chance and will continue to do so."
Sean Leonard, cpl/usmc of Charles Town, WV

"It's been 3 yrs to the day little bro and I still miss you more than ever. It's funny how ppl say that Zach looks just like you. =) He knows his uncle is a hero and sometimes says that he wants to be a soldier just like you. You made an everlasting impact on his life in the short time that you got to see him. He loves you and Jayce does too. I love and miss you bro!!!!"
Tony of Rutherfordton, NC

"To the Family and Firends of Chris Ebert.
I can't believe I never stopped by this site. Chris worked for me in Ramadi training Iraqi Commandos for a few months in the Summer of 2004 during his Iraq tour. I will always remember him as a jokester and always quick with a smile. He was well liked by the training staff and our students and we always found that was perhaps the most reliable of our crew at accomplishing the mission. It wasn't until I was looking through some old pictures and I found one Chris sitting behind a row of our students at a graduation ceremony that I thought to look for a Fallen Heroes site for him. He was an excellent man and a hell of a Marine. He will be sorely missed.
Billy Knipper of Las Vegas, Nevada

"I served with CPL Ebert in Bahrain He was a outstnding marine. I seem to remeber he wore a smile alot but you also knew he had a real serious side to him. I don,t know if I will ever be as close with civilian friends as I was with Marines we were all brothers. Semper fi"
Cpl Snow Douglas of Newton CT

"...We band of brothers. We few, we happy few. For any man whom shall have shed his blood with me this day shall be my brother..."
Christorpher M.S. Ebert, Veteran and Cousin of Edgerton, Kansas

"I am proud to have served with Cpl. Chris Ebert while we were stationed at security forces bahrain. Chris was my very first team leader and i learned very much from him and will always think of him as a friend and a leader. i had the pleasure of seeing chris a few weeks before his death in the chowhall in falluja. we both recognized each other right away, eventhough we had not seen each other in over a year. i guess you never forget someone who really means something to you. eventhough he is gone im sure he is looking down on us and as landry said when we go to heaven im sure he will have our 6. SEMPER FI Chris!!!"
Cpl. Cody Mai of Camp Lejeune, NC USA

"I really miss you Chris. Everytime I go home to Forest City, I always stop by you grave. I love you and miss you so much."
Brittany (Buchanan) Barber of Pope AFB, NC

"I remember Ebert, cant believe he is gone."
Saurer of Oceanside, Ca

"To the Ebert family I send my condolences. I went through boot camp and SOI with Chris. He was so funny. I am proud to have known him."
Eric Holmes www.trumarine@hotmail.com of Manchester, Ga


"September 17, 2004 was the worst day of my life.When I found out Chris had been killed I was in shock.Its been a year since then and I'm still trying to deal with my loss.We buried Chris on October 2,2004 and thats when it really hit me that I would never see his smile again or feel his arms wrapped around my neck as he came up behind me to hug me.I have received many e-mails from those of you who knew or worked with Chris.I appreciate each and every one thats been sent plus the words written on this site.I know they say time heals all wounds but its going to be a long time for me.Some days I can't even look at his pictures without crying .Please continue to remember us in your prayers.I look forward to coming on this page to see how Chris had an effect on those around him and I'm glad to know he will be remembered.Write anytime.Semper Fi"
Shirley Ebert of koala_usa2002@yahoo.com

"My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have never met Christopher, or your family. I happened to be looking for my last name on-line for fun today, When I came across this web-site. My husbands brothers name is Christopher Ebert, and I couldnt help but read the stories. I was so touched by each and every one. I am a true patriot, and feel the upmost respect for those who gave thier lives for our country. Please know that I will keep you in my prayers. I wish you comfort in knowing that others care. God Bless- A new friend"
Jaclyn Ebert of Massachusettes

"To The Ebert family I am a friend from California who often chatted with chris he was such a sweet, respectful, and remarkable person. I chatted with him while he was out in Iraq and he never seemed scared or worried I salute him for his bravery and honor to this country because of chris and many others we sleep safe and soundly tonite. Thank you chris I will never forget you. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the ebert family it will almost be a year snice chris his left us but he is alwalys in my heart. Semper fi

" Do not cry at my grave"
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the softly falling snow,
I am the gentle showers of the rain,
I am the feilds of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush,
Of bueatiful birds in circling flight,
I am in the starshine at night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in the quiet room,
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there I do not die.

To Mr. Ebert thank you for your package that you sent almost a year ago I wrote back but I never had the heart to send it... I didn't know what to say but now I have found the words and I promise chris still and forever will be in my heart and prayers."
Gracie Cervantes of Colton, Ca, United states

"Chris I will miss you so much, words can not even describe any of the feelings. I am so grateful to have all of the memories we shared! I love you and can't wait to see you again!!"
Miranda Evans of Forest City, NC

"Its been over 8 months since we lost Chris.I still grieve everyday.We have moved on as best we can.Your thoughts and prayers are still greatly appreciated.I'm trying to get a scrap book going of "Chris Stories".Please feel free to e-mail me anytime.Your words have been such a comfort.I knew Chris as my son.You knew him as a Marine.May God bless you all and keep you safe."
Shirley Ebert of koala_usa2002@yahoo.com

"My name is Captain Jeremy D. Anzevino currently serving as the Operations Officer for 1st Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team (FAST) Company in Norfolk, VA. I had the honor and priviledge of serving as Christopher's Platoon Commander in Marine Corps Security Forces, Bahrain for a year. He was an outstanding Marine and a commendatory individual. I often remember looking for Christopher in the mornings and during the day because his presence always lightened up the unit. I am deeply saddened by his loss but will always be proud of his valiant service. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and you all will be in my prayers forever. And Christopher, we'll see each other again.. Semper Fidelis."
Captain J.D. Anzevino of Norfolk, VA

"I served with CPL. Christopher Ebert in IMSFCO Bahrain from October of 2002 till the date that he left he was my first team leader I ever had in the Marine Corps and I learned so much from all the knowledge he possesed I take pride in knowing him and having trained and worked in his proximity. Although it hurts me to know that CPL Ebert made the ultimate sacrifice the same day I returned back to the United States from Iraq. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Chris's friends and family, but I know one day I will see him again in heaven in an overwatch position watching my 6 as I enter the gates of Heaven. Semper FI Chris people will never forget the sacrifice you made for all of us."
CPL. Whitney S. Landry of 29 Palms, CA

"Many days I think of you, though you never got to meet my daughter she still plays with a gorilla that you gave Miranda. When I hear it sing I laugh to myself, I have thought of giving it back to Miranda but I love the joy that it gives Laney. Everyone misses you so much. Mom and Tracy still talk about seeing you on the webcam one morning.Anyway the next time I hear that gorilla sing "love" I'll laugh and think of you. Later"
J Dunn of Forest City NC

"Chris I miss and love you so much. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and the ultimate sacrifice that you made.Zach will grow up knowing that his uncle is a true american hero. Thanks to all who have prayed for us and all the others who have lost a loved one. As Chris's older brother this hits me really hard. I am truely glad that he got to see my oldest son who was named after him.God Bless those who gave all!! Roger Kaid"
doughboyx1@yahoo.com of forest city north carolina

"Cpl Ebert was a great friend, I was honored to have served with him. I wish I had knwon him better. From what I knew, he was a great warrior. Semper Fidelis doesn't even begin to describe it."
The Marines of Pax of NAS Patuxent River, MD

"I only knew Corporal Ebert for a short time when I met him at Corporal's Course in Quantico in 2003. By the end of the first day I met him, Corporal Ebert befriended me and we went out for a beer the night before the course started. During one of our weekend liberty periods, he offered to let me stay in his room at NAS Pax River (where he was assigned to the Marine Corps Security Forces) since he knew I was in from Michigan for the course and would have nothing to do over the weekend in Quantico. My stay with him was a great break in routine and I had a good time partying with him and his many friends.

By all accounts over the short eighteen days I knew him, Corporal Ebert was a stellar Marine. He could run like no other, and he inspired me to push myself as hard as I could. Several other times, he offered leadership advice and pulled me outside to help me improve my pullups.

Ebert was always good for a funny joke, and I am deeply saddened to have learned just last night that he gave the ultimate sacrifice in our current war to defend our way of life. I left Iraq just three weeks before he passed away, and I wish I could have experienced his cheer and good nature at least one more time.

It is an undescribable tragedy that Ebert had to leave us at such a young age. To his parents: you should be proud to have raised such a remarkable young man who, from day one, gave everything he had for his country.

Semper Fidelis, Corporal Ebert!"
Sergeant Christian Murdock, USMC Reserve of Warren, MI, USA

"My name is SSgt Garcia A.R., currently serving as a Drill Instructor in Parris Island.
I had the previlage of serving with Cpl Ebert when he was Pfc Ebert.
I was his squad leader in Marine Corps Security Forces, Bahrain.
I would like the Family to know that I honor him, by training the recruits of today, reminding them of that there are Marines out there putting there life on the line.
I will have a picture of Cpl Ebert on my motto table, for the respect I have for him. God Bless!"
Andrew R. Garcia of Parris Island, S.C.

"Chris you are in my thoughts everyday.I miss you so much.To all of you who have written and kept us in your prayers thank you so much.Words can't descibe the pain we're going through now but I draw strength from your thoughts and prayers.May God bless you all."
Shirley Ebert(Chris' Mom ) of Union Mills,N.C.

"I am deeply saddend at the loss of your son. I will always remember his name and what he has given for his country. I thought that the family would like to know that a North Carolina Air Force Reserve aircraft and crew brought him on the last leg of his flight home. He was treated with the upmost respect and honor. He will be missed by other military people he didn't know."
Rodney Smith, MSgt, USAFR of Goldsboro, NC

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

"To the Ebert family from the Wahl family. We are deeply sadden by you lost. An we understand words are diffucult. To express one's condolences. An our heart and prays are with your family today and always. Christopher was a very special individual to family mambers,to friends , to those he served with and yes to those he helped free in IRAQ. Not to mention fighting to stop terrorism. Been four months since we lost Gregory. An its very hard! I'm truely sorry for I feel your pain. GOD BLESS!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

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

"To Chris's Family:

I can't begin to express my sympathy to your family. I only new Chris as a younger boy, but he was a very bright and talented child. He will be missed tremendously! Stay strong for Brian, and know that you are all in our prayers!"
Jessica Hardin (Josh's big sister) of Henrietta, NC/USA

"To the family and friends of Corporal Christopher S. Ebert,

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

"I am sorry to hear about this loss. Everyone appreciates his sacrifice and from his loss others have gained the most important thing that mankind can ask for...freedom. Semper Fi."
Joseph N. Pack, C/4C, AFROTC of Raliegh, NC

"I will never forget Chris' sense of humor that he kept the whole way through boot camp. His brother Brian kept his too. To the family of Corporal Christopher Ebert, I pray that God will grant you comfort and guidance in these hard times. Chris, I know you're up there with our Senior Drill Instructor Gysgt. Jordan!! OORRAAAH! "No person was honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."
RIP Ebert! (Matthew 5:9)"
Corporal Scott Medlin of Concorde, NC, USA

"To the family of Christopher: Thank you for your son's service and sacrifice. My son, Aaron, served with 2/1. I imagine them serving together, now, watching over us, just as they had before. I know that words cannot penetrate your pain right now, but I just pray for God's comfort and healing to break through this shattered time of your life, and that He, your memories, as well as loving family and friends will help to bind your wounds.
Proud Mother of Lance Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC
KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq"
De'on Miller of Lovington, NM USA

"To the family of Christopher,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. It is with pride that Christopher will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family--azquail@att.nett of Tucson, AZ

"To Christopher'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 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

"To Christopher'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 Christopher Ebert, 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. Christopher Ebert:
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 Christopher 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. Christopher Ebert:
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 Christopher, 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