Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Gallagher

27, of Jacksonville, Florida.
Gallagher died when the seven-ton truck he was riding in rolled over in a flash flood near Al Asad, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Marine Logistics Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 2, 2006.

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"Thinking of you today like most days. You are forever missed."
of New Bedford MA

"it has taken me this long to respond to the death of my first son the pain still runs deep.only a parent who has lost can understand the pain still brings tears thank you all for your words and support"
walter j gallagher of westport ma

"Pat its been 7 years today since you gave your life for what you believed in. I think and speak of you often. And miss you even more. My memories of our friendship and the man that you were will never be wavered or fade. I will always love you and cherish your memory. You are not nor will you ever be forgotten."
Leonard Melancon of New Bedford Ma. U.S.A.

"Today. We honor the veterans here in Jacksonville ,Fl. Pat you are missed, you are loved and will never be forgotten son"
Wanda C of Orange Park,Fl

"I recently ran the Jeffrey Coombs Memorial Road Race in Abington, MA in honor of LCpl Patrick Gallagher. It is an honor to have ran for this hero."
Charlene of ABINGTON, MA

"I was looking at my grandson and I see you.Thank you for loving him and my daughter. God, thank you for the time we had Patrick in our ives.We love and miss you son."
W Clark of Orange Park,FL

"I knew Patrick we were deployed together and spent a few months before going to Iraq in 29 palms. During that time in 29 palms, there was a young Marine who was constantly getting into trouble was made fun of and was denied his weekend liberty. I laughed at the poor Marine and left to go drinking as did most of my friends but not Pat he stayed with the guy and when we came back he had been playing cards and board games with the guy. Patrick sitting down with the guy made all the difference instead of getting into trouble he started squaring himself away and all he needed was a friend.

I still think about him and I remember the picture he was so proud of his son as peter pan and even now it makes me choke up."
Hoban of Forks WA

"Today I woke up with you in mind and I realize why. Happy Birthday forever remembered in my heart"
of New Bedford

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"It's been 4 years today and it kills me that i have to go to your memorial stone instead of being able to see you. I love you brother"
Leonard Melancon of New Bedford Ma

"Here it is again its been 4 years and still I catch myself trying to call you I f*cking hate this I see a lot of you in ur son evan and I keep my eyes on him for you he's so big I wish it were me instead"
Gabe of jacksonville,florida

"To all who knew Pat and to those who lost their loved ones on that horrific day in April. My thoughts are with you forever and always. Patrick was more then a friend to me. He was like the lil brother I never had. He showed me that no matter what I did or went through in my life I had the strength to move past it. Patrick and I had an apartment together and he was one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. As the anniversary of our loss aproaches I find myself holding back tears. For the sole fact that he was truely my hero. There are no words that I can say to let the world know how much he sacrificed to honor his wife,child and his family. He gave us all hope knowing that such a strong and caring man was fighting for our childrens future. How, even with the knowlege of what he was about to face he still marched on without deterring from one of the greatest obstacles humanity will ever face in our lifetime. My love and respect for him will never wither away, instead it will grow stronger with every breathe I ever take. In every moment I think of my son. How I know that he sacrificed his life to ensure our childrens safety. To his wife and son; my prayers will always be with you. To his parents; I wish I could tell you how much knowing your son has made me a better man. I will always hold all of you in my thoughts and memories. Until the day I get the honor to thank him for myself. To his brother and sisters; I will always be here for you the way that he was always there for me, I will love him forever. I'd like to add, that the last time I saw Patrick alive he had confided in a mutual friend and I. That he had a bad feeling of what was to come. And, even with his gut instinct expecting the worst, he stood tall and still deployed to fight for this country and it's freedon. Which alone makes him the bravest man, friend, and soldier I'll ever know."
Leonard Melancon of New Bedford Massachusetts

"Lcpl Gallagher i will nevwr forget you brother, i still remember you back in camp pendlenton with clc-117. You were cerrection you are a great marine, thank you for those haircuts back in 29 palms and i will always remember you, you and your family are in my prayers every day, god bles you and your family, especially your little boy."
Sgt. Jarol Garcia of Hemet CA

"Patrick,another year has passed and life hasn't gotten any easier without you. Every day that I wake up I am grateful to have had you in my life. The memories will never fade and the pain will always be there. Your whole family loves you and misses you. Thank you for bringing Evan into this world, he is an amazing little boy who will soon be an amazing man, just like his father. I miss you cuz! <3"
Liz of Bristol, Vermont

"We are Herb & Bobbie Samme, Proud Parents of LCpl Eric A. Palmisano, who was also killed in that tragic accident on that fateful day in April 2006. As we near the 3 year anniversary of the loss of our beloved heroes, please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bring you His Peace and Strength during this difficult time.
Herb & Bobbie Samme of Florence WI USA

"Patrick, there isnt a day that goes by when i don't think of you. It has hit me hard that you are gone. I remember at the BBQ we had on that 4th of july right after my return from overseas when i told you that everything will be ok, you will make it back. I wish i wasnt wrong bro, watch over us all, as i know you are."
Tim Stevens of Camp Pendleton

"Patrick, there isnt a day that goes by when i don't think of you. It has hit me hard that you are gone. I remember at the BBQ we had on that 4th of july right after my return from overseas when i told you that everything will be ok, you will make it back. I wish i was wrong bro, watch over us all, as i know you are."
Tim Stevens of Camp Pendleton

"January 11, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Patrick J. Gallagher:
Patrick 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

"Family members of Patrick J. Gallagher, I have just listened to the song entitled 'Another Lost hero' by the band 'Shadows Fall' I believe this song is written and dedicated for him. I only just found this out and the song now means a whole lot more to me, and I feel even more saddened for all the loss of lives having re-listened to it. My condolences for your tragic loss."
Jamie of Manchester, England


"I can't believe I am writing another birthday message to you, Patrick. Another year has gone by and I miss you more now. I know you're here celebrating with me and our whole family. I feel your presence every day and I know that you were with my on my wedding day! We love you and miss you, Patrick!"
Your Cuz, Liz of Williston, VT

"To the family of:Patrick J. Gallagher 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 went to school with Patrick and just wanted to say that I am sorry to his family and friends. You all are in my prayers no matter how much time goes by...."

"I grew up with Pat and his brother. Good memories... Pat was a funny and honest person. A real stand up guy, I would have trusted him with anything. I will miss him.

2LT Shaun Martinho of fairhaven, MA

"Today is September 22..HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Pat. Even though you're not here, we know you're celebrating with us! We love you and will always remember your special day!"
Liz of VT

"God bless your family. I thank our Lord for what Patrick and all other Fallen Heroes stood and fought for. Our beloved free America."
Sherri Misch of Hendersonville, TN

"patrick was more than a friend he was my brother really my brother inlaw but i loved him like a brother i miss him and wish things didnt have to happen like this but they do we all miss him and love him most people say loved i still say love because even though hes not here we still love him no matter what he still lives on not only thru memories and pictures but thru is son evan who looks more like his father every day ill miss u forever pat i guess we will all see you one day miss u patrick........

Gabe Parrish of jacksonville,Florida

"Pat was one of my best friends, he joined the Marines like he'd been saying he was going to do for ten years. He followed threw and I am forever proud of him for that. I will always miss Pat but the memories that I have of him will forever be in my heart."
Toni of Fairhaven, Mass

"In Loving Memory of your Patrick

I hope it comforts you to know that God is good and He does all things well. Please know you ARE NOT alone. Patrick and my boyfriend, Felipe Sandoval served their country together, died together, and are now angels together.

Vicky of Hawthorne, CA/USA

"It was great serving with you, although I only knew you a short while its not hard to see that you were a great man and took care of your family. I lost a brother on April 2nd, you will never be forgotten my friend. Look over your son throughout his life and guide him to be as great a man as you once were. It is comferting to know that Liz is a strong woman and will make it through this and will be a great mother. Take care up top, I'll see your soon or later."
Sgt Jeremy Bedingfield of Austin, TX

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

"o the family of Patrick Gallagher,
My son died in the same wreck as your loved one. I have thought of each of the other families many times during the last 6 weeks. I just wanted to connect on some level. Thank you for the service he gave to this country and for your sacrifice. tammydelle@yahoo.com"
Tammy Delle of Nashville, TN

"Patrick was my cousin and in many ways a big brother. I will never forget what an amazing person he was. Thank you for being everyone's hero and for being so dedicated to your family and to your country. We love you, Pat!"
Liz of Williston, VT

"Thank you Patrick Gallagher, 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. Patrick Gallagher:
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 Patrick 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. Patrick Gallagher:
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 Patrick, 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