Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Phillip E. Frank

20, of Elk Grove, Illinois.
Frank died from hostile fire 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 April 8, 2004.

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"You are not forgotten Brother."
Velasquez 2/1 G Co 3rd Plt

"I will never forget you my brother. Guard the streets of Heaven and I will do my best here on earth as I've dedicated my life to serve others. Golf 2/1 Company Gunnery Sergeant"
GySgt Bibbs of Crown Point, IN

"Apr 8, 2015
Hard to believe it's been 11 years. We still think of you often. Guard the streets of Heaven, and we'll see each other again some day."
Patrick Bauschke USMC of Portage, MI

"It's Monday Memorial Day 2013 and I was thinking about you today."
V of 3rd Plt

"Happy Birthday Marine. Still thinking about you."
Sgt. DeZonia, Beau M of Lone Tree, CO

"Its Memorial Day 2012 ...And still cant get over you leaving so soon. When I do see you though it'll be like nothing passed..no time has gone by...I owe you an elbow drop! See ya soon."
Ian of Old Bridge NJ

"Mark and I just finished watching a movie called "Taking Chance". We first thought of Mark's brother Lt. Donald A. Minto, USMC who was killed on March 3, 1978 in Okinowa. Japan but shortly after the beginning of the movie and learning that Lnc. CRP. Chance Phellps was KIA in Iraq, I immediately thought of Phillip. I remembered Phil dying just before Easter 2004 and wondered if these two fine young heros knew of eachother. Lke Chance, Phil had a wonderful sense of humor and a generous zest for life. I remember Phil fondly and think of him quite often. Thank you Phil. God speed!!! SEMPRA FI!!!! XXXOOO"
Janice Minto of Hazlet, NJ

"We miss you Frank, and we will never forget you."
Mann of 3rd Platoon 1st Squad, 2/1 G Co

"I think about you ALL the time. God Bless you and your family"
V of 3rd Plt-2nd Sqd-Frank's Fireteam

"phil was a high school friend, gone but never forgotten"
kat of nj

"To the family of:Phillip E. Frank
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" 1-3-11"

"Think about you every single day, Phil. I'm sending my husband over there (he's a medical officer now) to make sure you guys get home ok. I've got this picture at home, from summer theater and you were probably like 10! you're wearing lipstick and a hawaiian shirt. Those were the days, huh? Missya."
Brittany (Anderson) Wolverton of Allentown PA

"Frank, we knew each other for a short time but we definitley had some fun. I miss you bro."
Sgt DeZonia, Beau M of Denver, CO

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about you man. You were the best of us. . ."
Sgt. Armstrong of Camp Pendleton

"Six years gone, but never forgotten. Rest in peace, brother."
Scott Mester of Port Monmouth, NJ

"It's coming up on that time of the year again, Frank. I've been thinking of you."
Chris Mason, 3rd Plt, G 2/1 of San Francisco, CA

"I still think of you. I was talking to Rebecca, shes fourteen now, about how to tell if someone is a "good guy". I pretty much just gave examples of how you were to me. Loving, caring, wanted to know my family, wanted to take me out on dates, made me laugh, loved your family, interesting, intelligent and absolutely silly. I wanted to thank you for being such a great 1st boyfriend. I will never forget you ever. You have such a special place in my heart and I can not wait for the day I get to see you again."
Melissa Galvin of Matawan, NJ

"Phil, I happened to meet your parents yesterday at an event for the foundation they created in your memory. I could feel their pride in their wonderful son who was taken much to soon, and it is obvious they sure did raise a spectacular son. THANK YOU for your service and dedication to our great country. You will always be in my prayers!!! G-d bless you Marine!!!"
Connie of Chicago

"6/22/09 To all who cared enough to remember our Phil by posting a message to him and to us, thank you! We've laughed and cried as we read and re-read your messages. You will never know how much it means to us that you have not forgotten Phil. We have tried to continue his caring spirit touching other lives. Visit www.heartofamarine.org we think, we hope, he would be happy with what we are doing in his memory.

We miss you Phil but we will continue to follow the "orders" you left us the last time we saw you. We love you son."
Phil's Mom & Dad of Elk Grove Village IL

"Mr.& Mrs. Franck, I watched the movie in which, Kevin Bacon, played the Marine that took Chance home. My husband was also a Marine, so when I saw this movie, it touched my heart so much. I never knew your son, but sure wished I did. He did his duty as he saw fit. And he had to pay the price for it. As many of our men or women did. I shed many tears that day as I watched the movie. You must believe that Chance is in a much better place then any one could ever be. He is happy, no pain what so ever. I hope he has met up with our son, Mike. God Bless you all."
Marlene & Carroll Ternus of Van Horne, Iowa USA

"Hey Phil its your insane pal Ian. Well just so you know Hunter Phillip Erickson will be joining this world sometime Late May early June. I gave him your name as his middle name not only to carry on your memory but so that he has an appreciation for what you and others have done for him. You may not be here but because of you my son can live free. Thanks Phil....not a day passes that I don't think about you, remember you, and say a prayer for your family. I miss you but know I will see you soon.

remember the midgets in raincoats that use to run around in the trees in your backyard...LOL"
Ian of Old Bridge NJ

"11/12/08: Phil, sorry for the late message. Happy Birthday Marine. And, Happy Veterans Day. Thanks for all that you have done. We will never forget what you have sacrificed for our safety and freedom. The United States of America is grateful for your service."
Michael Gariepy of Lake Mary, FL, USA

"June 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Phillip E. Frank:
Phillip 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 was one of Frank's Drill Instructor's at MCRD San Diego back in 2002. While I cannot remember the exact names and faces of even one-third of the hundreds of recruits I had the opportunity to transform into United States Marines, Frank was one of the few who I will absolutely never forget. While squad leaders were fired on a regular basis, we never hesitated to put Frank in the front of the platoon because of his intensity, dedication, leadership abilities, and perseverance. Even at the beginning of his Marine Corps career, I could tell there was something special about him.
To his friends and families, I am sorry for your tremendous loss, I could tell by reading all of the posts that many people in this world will cherish the great memories that Frank contributed to each of you."
GySgt Duke T Higgs

"Mr.& Mrs.Frank,
I only knew Pill for a few short years. When he entered my life I instantly changed. Just his smile would bring a smile to my face as i'm sure it did yours. I loved Phill more than any other friend I have ever and will ever have. He's truly one of a kind. He came home on leave from Pendelton around his birthday,and spent the weekend with me and my boyfriend. We woke up every morning to the smell of Phill making breakfeast for us all. He was a great cook.Every inch of Phill was amazing to me. How he always has a positive out look on everything.A beautiful person through and through no matter what the surcomstances.He loved everybody he knew.We all love him.Phill showed me that there was more to life than just the bad things. He showed me what a true pure heart,unconditional love,and friendship truly are. I will never forget the face of such a beautiful,amazing,funny,heart warming person.Phill is the only person who has ever touch me so deeply that I am forever in his debt.I think about Phill constantly it seems like. If there is one person who I think is a true honorable hero it is and always will be my friend Phill E. Frank. forever in my heart and mind. I'll love you forever.My inspiration."
jessica ratcliffe of long branch,new jersey

"I still get upset when I think about what happened to Phil. Mrs. Frank if you could give me a call I would appriciate it, 732-462-7570"
Guy Letrick of Freehold, NJ

"To Phil's Mother:
I lost touch with you over the years . . .it's hard to believe that it's been that long. A day doesn't go by that I don't remember Phil's jokes back when we were in SOI or even Iraq. He was the best Marine I ever knew and he also loved to be one. I know that Frankie always wanted people to just be happy so in memory of him I got married to my loving wife on April 8, 2005. . .Your son will forever be missed."
Cpl Joshua Armstrong of Camp Pendleton

"i have known phil ever since i was a little girl. i remember when we went to church together and when he was good friends with my brother paul. i still remember his comformation and his loving family. phil was a great guy and always will be in my heart and mind for the rest of my life because he was like a big brother to me."
patti may of hazlet, NJ

"It's been over two years, and I am still without words to describe the hero that is Phil Frank.

Anyone who has ever met him for even a moment would know my exact situation.

Rest in peace, brother. You will be remembered forever."
Scott Mester of Hazlet, NJ

"Semper Fi Marine!"
Cpl. Zeller

"happy birthday you NUT!! I BOUGHT YOU A PONY!!! no, but seriously, i love you and was thinking of you, as always....i just want to let you know sometimes i think of dying, as all humans do as it is part of life...and it scares me....im not brave like you....but i know that one thing makes me smile....and that is...my faith and your faith....i know that we will meet again....i love you and am still so proud of what you did for all of us...and i will always BE!!! JULY 5th!! happy 23!!! -missy (i killed two rocks with one stone today)"
melissa of new jersey

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

"Dear Phil~

Unfortunately, I never had the wonderful opportunity to meet you. However, I have heard SO much about you. Mark has told me so much. He actually introduced me to the wonderful person that you are. After he told me a little bit about you, I found myself wanting to know more about who you are. I have heard SO many stories about you and I can't even begin to tell you what an AMAZING person you are. I listened to an interview that your parents gave and I learned so much just from that. After hearing all of the stories that they told, I find it so hard to imagine that a guy like you is real. It is so rare to find someone like you in this world. You have such a kind heart. You care for so many people and I can definitely see that you put other people before yourself. You are such a caring, confident and loving human being. I REALLY wish that I would have had the chance to meet you. I would have been honored to have been in your presence.

I would like to thank you for fighting for us. "I fight today so you don't have to fight tomorrow". I heard that quote and it sent chills up my spine. I had never heard anyone express that much love and dedication to the military; and with people like you in the military I have no doubt that we have wonderful people fighting for us that would do anything in their power to make sure that America stays the wonderful country that it is.

I would also like to say, as I'm sure you know, you have been such an AMAZING influence in Mark's life. I see the look that he gets in his eyes when he talks about you. He still misses you SO much, as I'm sure everyone does. I see how proud he is of you for fighting for us and I see how much love he has for you, not just because you were family, but because you were a great friend to him. The more that I learn about you, the more I see parts of you in Mark. It almost seems like he is a younger version of you. You are so similar. You both have hearts of gold and you care for other people, and you both have a love for the military and for fighting for everyone in the United States.

Thank you so much for all that you did for us. God only knows how many people would have died, had you not been in the military. Thank you for having so much love for this country and for fighting for all that you believe in. There are people like me who would love to fight for this country but are too afraid to die. I thank God everyday for people like you: people who love America so much that they would risk their life. I hope that one day I will get a chance to meet you. God bless your soul Phil. You are an incredible human being. I can't even explain, in words, the gratitude that I have for all that you have done. Thank you again! God Bless You and everyone in your life!"
Kristen Wissing of Lake Villa, IL in the proud and strong country called the USA

"Phil and I had so much in common you'd think we were brothers. By the time we had graduated boot camp together, we were. From the get go, he was a trustworthy Marine and a strong leader. Unfortunately, Phil and I were sent to seperate units and didn't get the chance to lead beside each other. I couldn't have asked for a better friend to start this life with. Phil, you will be missed, but you will be remembered always. This one's for you, OORAH!
Patrick Bauschke (Camp Lejeune, NC )
Patrick Bauschke of Taqaddum, Iraq

"My name is Cameron Schilling. I am a college student from central Illinois. I am the first generation of my family not to serve his country. I am extremely grateful for the sacrifice you and your loved one has given for the United States. I am disappointed by the way the news media has covered this war and the deaths of our youth. The media has stopped listing the names of the soldiers killed in Iraq and people only talk about the soldiers when we reach a specific milestone in deaths. If you just started watching the news today you would not even know there is a war going on. Partisan politics have replaced coverage of our young generation who have traveled to a foreign land in the name of the United States. Whether you believe the war in Iraq is wrong, right, justified or not everyone should pay even just a little more attention to what these young men and women are sacrificing. This is what I would like to do. I want to do my part in honoring these soldiers and their memories. Along with being a college student I am also a budding artist. I draw pencil portraits of local people in my community. I want to offer a pencil portrait sketch to the immediate family of every Illinois soldier killed in Iraq. Please contact me at cameronschilling84@hotmail.com."
Cameron of Illinois

"Lance Corporal Phillip E. Frank is a true American hero. He gave his life not only proudly serving his country, but helping his fellow man. That was Phil. To protect those who could not protect themselves and rid an oppressed people of a tyrant.
I knew Phil growing up in NJ. I knew him simply as a uniquely genuine, caring, fun-loving, generous, kind young man of exceptional character. And I know he was an outstanding Marine. I remember when we used to play in the Kubata's yard during all the barbecues that were there over the years, having dirt bomb fights with each other over the fence, and watching him play his drums.(Boy he was good!)
When I hear "Retreat" on the bugle call on my base, I salute the flag and think of Phil. He will always be remembered as a hero and a wonderful human being. We love you bro."
SPC Alan J. Kielor, U.S. Army of Fort Benning, GA

"I never had the chance to meet Phil, but I did hear what an amazing person he was. My husband went to high school with Phil. As I'm told, he had an impact on many peoples lives.

Heros are never forgotten. You will be in our hearts forever!"
Danielle Rios of Parlin, NJ

"I had the pleasure of being in Phil's presence many times. He always had a smile on his face. He always knew how to make everyone laugh. It was almost as if he lived to make other people smile and have a good time. I miss the funny faces he used to make when he would play the drums. Even those faces, I think he made just to make everyone smile. I remember one day in the summer we all went to Ian's house for Phil,Ian, Russ, and Rishi's band practice. Me and my friend Kat just kept watching the faces he was making they were sooo funny. Once he noticed we were watching him...he let out this big smile and just made the faces even crazier! I have Phil's picture in my room on my mirror. I see it everyday, and everyday it makes me smile just thinking of all the fun times we all had together, and how he could make anyone smile no matter how bad things got. And till this very day...no matter how bad things get for me...I can look at his picture and smile. He was truly an original and very unique soul, and he will never be forgotten."
Lea of Laurence Harbor, New Jersey

"Phil was an amazing person. He was so kind and unique. Every moment in his presence was a gift. I weep and pray for him, his peers, and his family. God be with us all."
Katy of Matawan, NJ

"Phil was a great friend, and I had much respect for him. I knew him during High School, but I never had the honor of fighting with him in the War. I miss him a lot and even have a picture of him in my wallet. I just wish that I could have been there with him. However, maybe one day I'll have the Honor of dying for my country just like Phil. I know that if he had a choice, this would have been the death he would have picked...One with honor, and one for his country. Rest in Peace bro, you will never be forgotten."
LCpl John Marandola USMC of Hazlet, NJ

"His picture is in my car with him infornt of a grill holding a spatula, while doing one of his favorite gestures that would always make us laugh or smile. He loved so abundantly and so freely. He is one of the few people in this world that not only wanted to be here he wanted to make it better for everyone and everything. How lucky we are to have him... he is never gone, every person he has touched is proof. A Son, brother, cousin, friend and Marine, nomatter the name we give Phill we have met an extrodinary human bieng, whos strenghth and honor have not only left a lasting impact but an example of love that is meant to be shared by humanity. I wish all of his family the best, especially his parents and sister, they are wonderful people. Because of him I know what kind of person I want to be, I want to be able to give back to the world as much as he had."
Catherine Sofia Joyce of Ocean, NJ

"I knew Frank in SOI. He was my guide and he always had the answers. Personally I looked up to him for the simple fact that he never quit. He is one of the best Marines I ever knew. When I heard about what happened I myself was in Iraq with 2/7 Fox Company on the Jordanian border. To lose a person you knew hurts a lot. But I tell myself that he is watching us right now as he stands post at the gates of heaven. Semper Fi Frank. You are missed"
Cpl Breiling of 2/7 Fox Co 3rd Platoon

"To the Family of LCpl. Frank:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 7/12/05, 112 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Phillip's name on one of them.
We have called our display "Arlington Midwest" and it is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at ArlingtonMidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to visit Arlington Midwest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them."
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"It's taken me a long time to be able to do this. Phil and I grew up together. Did theater together. We went out from like 7th grade-9th grade off and on. But all through HS we stayed really close. We would skip Votech and go to the Keyport Mariana and talk forever. One of the things we would talk about was how crazy life was. We was always there for me. I miss him a lot. I still take out my yearbook and read the things he wrote in there, look at our pictures together, read the letters he wrote me. I miss you Phil. In my yearbook you told me that we have always been close, so you knew that one day our paths would cross again. I hope you were right because I can't wait to see you when I get up there. I Love You Phil. Look out for the Pixies. You know what I'm talking about :)"
Diane Baldwin of Matawan, New Jersey

Conch Republic of Key West, FL

"Hard to believe it's been a year. I think about Phil every SINGLE day. Everyday on my way to work I pass the VFW and the plaque dedicated to Phil. It may sound silly, but EVERYDAY as I pass the plaque I salute it. Phil, you are truly my hero, you are a True American Hero. You won't be forgotten Phil..Ever"
Bryan Burgess of Cliffwood Beach, NJ

"I miss you Frank... i miss your jokes in the smoke pits at "The Rock, al fallujah" you are my hero buddy... always telling the same joke from the movie " Big Fish", you know the raven one.. man that was funny...i got hit the day after you, and would've tooken yours if i could've.. i am so proud of you, and of the marine you became. Frank you were damn good, and were meant for so much more, but God needs you Frank, to lead His army, i miss you buddy, and always will... Oohrah man, i bleed for you everyday... I wont ever forget you, thank you for giving your all for me and for America.. Take care Frank,I'll never forget you."
Lcpl Stephen Bray, 0351 attachment to 3rd Plt G Co. 2/1 of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I am so proud to have known Phil, He will always have a special place with the Galvin family. We truely love both him and his family and continue to pray for their comfort."
Megan Galvin of Matawan, NJ

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Phillip E. Frank,

"Perhaps they are not the stars,
but rather openings in Heaven
where the love of our lost ones
pours through and shines down upon us
to let us know they are happy."

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Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca

While a part of my heart will always hurt from your loss, there is the greater part of it left that beats with the pride of having served with you. It beats every day with the strength that you show your brother Marines in 3rd platoon and I am honored to know you. You are a quiet Marine, but when you speak everyone listens. It is usually something quick witted and said with a grin. I will remember that grin always. It is a genuine smile, mixed with a tinge of mischief, and it is always contagious. You almost always picked up immediately on my movie quotes. Ironic, considering our age gap. It always boosted my morale. Your performance both professionally and personally is an example to be followed and emulated by all. Semper Fi. Always."
SSgt Harris, C.A. - Plt Sgt, 3rd Plt G. Co. 2/1 of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I can proudly say that Frank was my guide when we graduated from SOI in (jan 04) I knew he had many injury problems that if he really wanted could've gotten him out of the corps. But that wasn't like frank he was by far the best student in soi and he inspired all of us. I remember a personal conversation i ahd with him when we talked about our reasons for joing. He said that he lived in New Jersey and that sept 11th affected him greatly and that there was no greater honor serving your country during a time of need. He was a great man and i am better for knowing him. I am proud to have marines like frank to share the title with. Semper Fi"
lcpl jason rosman of camp pendleton

""I've met some people along the way, some of them split some of them stay, some of them walk some walk on by, I've got a few friends I'll love till I die. From all of these people I try to learn, some of them shine some of them burn, some of them rise some of them fall, for good or bad I've known them all. We live our life in our own way, never really listened to what they say, the kind of faith that doesn't fade away, we are the true believers. Well you can fight or you can run, under a rock till the war is won, play it safe and don't make a sound, but not us we won't back down. True believers all the way, you and I"- the bouncing souls

i remember Phil from when we were little kids. Up until the last time i saw him in high school, he was the kind of person that would be there no matter what if you needed him. You will never be forgotten, you are a true hero to all of us. We lost a good person, a good friend. Even though we weren't related by blood, we were still cousins. I will never forget the memories we had, you are a true hero in my eyes and I'll miss you always bro."
J.P. Adduchio of Matawn, NJ

"From the moment I met Phil, I knew that he was special,... different.. He was full of life...full of energy..an energy that can ignite a room. I remember the times we spent together in Matawan High School...Talking about eachother's passion for the Martial Arts..music...I remember how he absolutely loved the movie The Crow.. and would dress up as the charecter of the movie on Halloween. It was great...He was very insightful and passionate about many things. He had such a creative mind...He is someone that I will always remember and think about every single day. He was a beautiful human being...He will be greatly missed..
"It won't rain all the time
The sky won't fall forever
and though the night seems long,
your tears won't fall forever..."
Elizabeth Botti of Colts Neck New Jersey USA

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

"We always knew how special you were, but now that you're gone, we realize we only saw the tip of the iceberg. It seems every day someone else emails, or writes, or calls to tell us of the impact you had on their life. Your love of God, our country and your fellow man is aweinspiring. We are so proud of you, Phil. We are so grateful that we never missed an opportunity to tell you how much we loved you or how proud we were of you. We miss you as we would miss air to breath."
Mom & Dad of Elk Grove Village IL

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

"Dear Phil,
I know you can hear me when I talk to you...So I hope you are listening at this moment.I have always wanted to call someone my hero...but no one ever fit that description...One thing I can say is.. you will always be my TRUE hero. Words can't express my feelings, some happy and some sad.I think about all the fun things we all did together. Poolside and the house and snowboarding of course.I just want you to know one thing.... I am so proud of you. I knew how much you wanted to be a Marine...I remember coming home from lunch and talking about the Marine Corps with you and how excited you were to join. You made the whole family proud of you Phil. You told everyone that no matter what happens to you, just know that this is what you wanted to do. And you did a hell of a job phil. You gave your life for our country. You fought for me and my children in the future, and for this I could never repay you. I know you look down on our whole famly everyday, as well as your fellow comrades...but just remember one thing phil.... You will alway be my big (but yet... younger) brother that I've always wished I had. You made me so proud to call you my cousin, you are such a wonderful person and I'm glad we shared in the same family. You are in a better place now and some day we'll meet again...until then I love you with all my heart and you will be forever missed.

Love Always,
(Proud cousin of LCPL Phillip Frank)"
Kristin VanCleave of Elk Grove Village, IL

"Dear Phil,
I know you can hear me when I talk to you...So I hope you are listening at this moment.I have always wanted to call someone my hero...but no one ever fit that description...One thing I can say is.. you will always be my TRUE hero. Words can't express my feelings, some happy and some sad.I think about all the fun things we all did together. Poolside and the house and snowboarding of course.I just want you to know one thing.... I am so proud of you. I knew how much you wanted to be a Marine...I remember coming home from lunch and talking about the Marine Corps with you and how excited you were to join. You made the whole family proud of you Phil. You told everyone that no matter what happens to you, just know that this is what you wanted to do. And you did a hell of a job phil. You gave your life for our country. You fought for me and my children in the future, and for this I could never repay you. I know you look down on our whole famly everyday, as well as your fellow comrades...but just remember one thing phil.... You will alway be my big (but yet... younger) brother that I've always wished I had. You made me so proud to call you my cousin, you are such a wonderful person and I'm glad we shared in the same family. You are in a better place now and some day we'll meet again...until then I love you with all my heart and you will be forever missed.

Love Always,
(Proud cousin of LCPL Phillip Frank)"
Kristin VanCleave of Elk Grove Village, IL

""I remembered to 'love you to death'"
Even in the bitterness
Through spaces far and wide
And I surely loved
and Love, you surely died.
And I find it unfair
While you gave your life with honor in the sand
I was here battling everything I am."

I will never meet anyone like this kid. I say kid, becaude thats what he was to me and I to him. He really knew how to let you be a kid.

He loved to make you laugh. He was so funky. He'd run into those big poles at the mall on purpose and hard too! It was hilarious!

He hated to see you cry. You didn't have to get this kid to try and be concerned- he was aready there and all over it- whatever the situation was.

He had a really pure heart and in spite of his love for adventure, he never compromised his morals. He made his decisions and stood by them, unwavering. He was a "real" man.

He was beautiful. I loved to watch him. He'd talk and I would listen to his words but I loved to watch his expressions. He was great at re-enacting a situation.

He had many talents, aside from humor. We would take walks and he would make up stories for our amusement- right off the top of his head with a plot and everything.

He could tell you when it was gonna rain by smelling the air- and it would rain.

He was brilliant. We could pick something apart for hours.

He would politely correct my songs on the keyboard- and he didn't even play keyboards!

He was great with little kids, always trying to amuse and never ignore all my little syblings. He loved family.

He spoke with passion about things, his mind was far from boring, whether it was about a song he liked or to what he read in the library. He was externally and internally beautiful.

He loved his family more than any other 16/17 yr old kid Ive ever seen in my life.

He played drums, He'd make me hotpockets and tell me not to smoke so many cigarettes.

He'd laugh hysterically when I'd mess up on my words. "That'll kill two rocks with one stone." Ha ha. I'd always try and get him back but i was never as slick as you- Phil.

And we were young and I was crazy. We would fight at the end and it ended sloppily.

But I am grateful for the 2 years i got to spend with one of the Earth's most loving, sweetest, silliest (he lit his dresser on fire when we first started dating)and interesting man.

It wasn't until later on by meeting other dudes did i realize that during the two years i had spent with phil i had been spoiled rotten. ROTTEN.

I used to call him Favorite. And he will always be my favorite, my first love, my friend in spite of circumstances.

Can't wait to see this kid in heaven!!!

Thanks to Phil, and his Family for raising and giving the world a wonderful boy who has saved many of us in many different ways. I pray for your heartache everyday. I pray that God would wrap his arms around you so tight and you would feel warmth in knowing that eternity will come and you will be with your little boy again.

-Sorry to whomever that this letter is long and sappy. It had to go somewhere instead of dashing back and forth like a confined ping pong ball between the walls of my sloppy cranium."
Melissa Galvin of Matawan, NJ

"To Phil's family and wife:

Myself and others who served with Frankie(that's what we called him) want to let you all know that we can't express how much we will miss him. We went to SOI together and considered him a good friend. He was one of the best at what we do and he was even making jokes when he got hurt in SOI and was forced to stay back a cycle. We are all proud to have served with him and are very proud to call him a friend."
Josh 2nd BN 1st Marines of Al Falluja, Iraq

"I went to Matawan Middle School with Phil YEARS ago, and I will never forget him. He was one of my best friends back then and I have tried to find a way to get in touch with him (we went to different high schools), but I never did. I know he hears me now, so Phil, you will ALWAYS be in my thoughts and prayers, as will your family."
Anna Kocur of Morganville, NJ/ USA (formerly of Matawan)

"I remember Phil; we were pretty good friends. Both of us graduated together from high school. He was such a sweetheart and a great guy...and very intelligent. During our high school moments, I would see him transform into many tasts in style and from having short hair to long hair. He was always unique and special to everyone who knew him. I remember growing up with him; he always had the same personality which caught everyone's attention. He will never be forgotten in my mind and heart along with everyone else."
Stephanie R. of Cliffwood, NJ/USA

"I remember Phil's smile the most IT WAS HUGE! :) i remember his pony tail too and the funny faces he would make when i passed him in the halls or when i was coming out of lunch and he was on his way to the vocational school. i saw him in the same hall everyday at the same time. im glad high school is long over for me, i could never walk down that hall again. phil was too good of a person to lose his life. God loved him so much that he wanted him in heaven maybe he is an angel now - everyone that met him will never forget him ...you just cant forget someone like phil."
Kat of Cliffside Park NJ (former Matawan)

"From one Marine family to another
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Phillip will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Phillip E. Frank,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort
in love's everlasting connection.

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. 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. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden....Semper Fi"
The Taylors USMC of NC"

"To Phillip's Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences to you. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Phillip Frank, 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. Phillip Frank:
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 Phillip 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. Phillip Frank:
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 Phillip, 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