Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Jonathan E. Gadsden

21, of Charleston, South Carolina.
Gadsden died at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Florida, from injuries as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq on August 21, 2004. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on October 22, 2004.

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"Jonathan, you are missed, Marine. I continue to pray for your family. I know they still miss you so much. When I met them, I knew how much they loved you. You will always be in my heart, in my thoughts and prayers. I am in awe of your sacrifice."
James Donovan of Montreal, QC, Canada

"Yesterday in my psychology class, we watched a video on Veteran's Day and I had never felt so touched by it & to remember all those who gave their lives especially Jonathan E. Gadsden, made me realize how much today 11/11/11 and in particularly Veteran's Day is so special. Our teacher made us choose from a list of names randomly and I picked you. I give all my condolences to you & your family Jonathan. You were a great hero to everyone and will never be forgotten. You will stay in the hearts of many people that love you and as well as me. You will be remembered always and you have changed my life since of today! Your a great hero and will always be. Rest in Peace <3"
Valeria Gonzales of Miami, FL

"To the family of:Jonathan E. Gadsden
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 remember Gadsden fondly. Always quick to laugh and talk about God. A good friend, brother, and most of all he loved his family dearly. He is an inspiration to people from all walks of life and we should cherish each and every moment we had with him, for it has changed us all."
Sgt. John Nichols of El Cajon, California


"August 31, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Jonathan E. Gadsden:
Jonathan 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

"Jonathan was a good man he could always make the squad laugh and always had a smile on his face.I still to this day miss him. My heart goes out to his family.."
Cpl Jason Baldonado USMC of Peoria,AZ

"I was there with Jonathan during his final days, I miss him terribly. I'm so sorry for your loss, I would give anything to have him back"
Sgt. Bill Hughbanks, USMC,1st CEB, C. co, 1st plt of Spokane WA

"A year has passed -and we send our thoughts to your family -
remembering your loss.
Sandi / Montana"

"Gadsden. The platoon was never the same without you. You were a good man, you really loved your family. I still remember all those games of spades, those cold bridgeport nights, and those trips to T.J. We used to fight about every little thing. I miss you man, We will meet again brother."

"To the Family of Jonathan Gadsden,
I went to Timberland with Jonathan, and we joined the Marine Corps about a week apart, I was very sad when I heard of his passing. I saw him a couple of times during our time in the Marine Corps and we would always talk about the old days at Timberland. I want you all to know that I still pray for ya'll nightly. My lasting memory of Jonathan, will always be his ability to always smile.

LCpl Christopher T. Porter
Christopher Porter of Iraq

"This note is from the sister of Jonathan E. Gadsden. On behalf of my family I would like to thank everyone for there kind words, and prays. You didn't know my brother personally but the words you have said has touch us and confort us during these hard times."
Valry Gadsden of Columbia, SC

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

"To the family of LCpl Gadsden,
May you find peace during this time of grieving. Without knowing your son I feel that he must of been someone very special to go and do those things his country asked him to do, things that he knew were necessary. He is a true American hero. His memory will always be honored by Marines. And may you rest assured in the knowledge that you will reunite with him again in heaven."
william.hardy@prodigy.net of Colorado Springs, CO

"Cpl. Gadsden and Family,
Thank you for your sacrifice and know that we are all greatful to you and your family. You are not alone as with your brothers you stand to watch over us all.
Paula Stoermer - PMM of Cpl. Doughtie and Cpl. Nixon KIA 3-23-03"
Paula Stoermer of Charleston, SC

"To the family of Jonathan;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Jonathan is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"To Jonathan'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

"Dear family and loved ones,
I am so sorry to hear for your lose. I am dating a Marine who will most likely be sent to Iraq or Afghanistan. I know the hell you have been through is worse than anyone can imagine, but what gets me through the nights is that I know that he loves me and that if my marine dies, it will be in honor. He will be giving up his life for our country and for our freedom. Your marine, and all of the other soldiers and marines that have lost their life to our country, are my hero. So thank you for raising such a great man. You should definitely be proud. Thank you once more and may God forver watch over you all and your loved one."
Priscilla Rippes of Miami, FL

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Jonathan E. Gadsden."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the friends and family of Lance Cpl Jonathan E. Gadsden,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles, CA

"our family is deeply sadden by your lost. an our heart and prays are with you. from another fallen soldiers family. God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"To Jonathan'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

"RIP Tufelhunden..

The Taylors in NC"

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Jonathan E. Gadsden,

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

"Thank you Jonathan Gadsden, 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. Jonathan Gadsden:
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 Jonathan 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. Jonathan Gadsden:
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 Jonathan, 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