Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Evenor C. Herrera

22, of Gypsum, Colorado.
Herrera died from wounds received from the detonation of an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on August 10, 2005.

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"Back in Sept of 2006 one of the local colleges had a memorial sevice to remember the victims of 911 and the 3000+ fallen soldiers at that time. Each Soldier was represented by a 3 by 5 American flag with that Heroes name attached to it. As part of a donation we have been flying Lance Corporral Evenor Herrera Flag in our front yard every Holiday to Respect Him and our other Military Personel. We Will NEVER FORGET YOUR SACRIFICES AND THOSE OF YOUR FAMILY. Thank You, Andrew+Wanda Lombardo. Memorial weekend 2012."
Andrew Lombardo of Virginia, USA

"To the family of:Evenor C. Herrera
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""

"Thinking of you, brother."
Whiskey 3 Actual

"I Still think about you brother. I still remember our last brief conversation in the gym before you left on your last mission. I hope your still watching over all of us. Semper Fi"
Chris Weimer of San Diego

"Semper Fidelis. Freedom isn't free, but The U.S Marine Corps will pay your share. Evenor payed the price for freedom. Semper Fildelis."

"To my dearest cousin, for as long as I take breaths and live, you will forever live in all of our hearts. In the battle field of Iraq, you died a glorious death, but not before wreaking glorious havoc on the opponents of freedom. I am strongly considering following in the same path you did because I am so proud of you."
Christian Cruz of Gypsum, CO

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families 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

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Evenor C. Herrera:
Evenor 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 would like to express my deepest sympathy towards the family. This is my second deployment to Iraq. I live 30mins from the family in Rifle, Colorado. I am very sorry that this had to happen to such good people.

May God bless them!"
Sgt. John Bendetti of Rifle, Colorado USA

"06 July 2006,
To the family and friends of Evenor C. Herrera. You don't know me but i knew LCPL Myers and i had heard what happened. It not only hurts me being a marine but also all the other marines out in the United States. I just wanted to say to Evenor C. Herrera and the family and friends Semper Fi, and what you did will never be forgotten."

"June 29, 2006
- LCpl Herrera, United States Marine Corps - You are not forgotten this day, nor will you ever be. You are an American hero whose service to this country and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. You will forever live in the hearts of all who knew and loved you. "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid, they have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices".
~ President Harry S. Truman ~
I pray that god bestows his peace and comfort upon your family and loved ones.""
D. BURT of Rhode Island

"I have created a presentation to honor Marine Lance Cpl. Evenor C. Herrera and several of his comrades

Elizabeth R of Clearlake CA USA

"To my fellow brother Evenor. I had the great pleasure of serving with you in the good and the bad times. I'm sorry things went the way they did but i know your up in heaven watching over us everyday. I'll keep fighthing the good fight and one day I'll see you again and we can guard the gates of heaven together as we once guarded each others back in Iraq. You will never be forgotten my brother.

Whiskey 3
Red 2
Semper Fi

Corporal Perez"
Gerardo Perez of Camp Pendleton , Ca

"LCpl. Herrera - I am entering the Marine Corps in March. I have put all of the newspaper articles about you on the wall of my weight training room. Whenever I get unmotivated to train I read the article where you are quoted as saying that you, "would rather die over there as a hero and be remembered as doing something good, as opposed to being here and being remembered as a nobody." I've never met you but you are still a huge inspiration to me. Thanks for setting a great example of the kind of Marine I hope to become."
John of Grand Junction, CO

Sorry I was not there at the end. I will see you again one day when my time has come and drink the beers we said we would drink. Rest well and wait for the rest of us."
Clp. Lo, Fue of WI, USA

"May the freedom they all fought for, FOREVER remain; i.e. Freedoms of Speech and and Freedoms of Thought (whether some one else likes that speech or thought or not!)
Our thanks can never be enough for you, the families, that have sacrificed so very much- your loved ones.
May the freedoms these brave people fight for forever remain in the laws of United States of America.
Families of fallen heroes; you are forever in my thoughts; I can never repay the great debt, but wanted you to know how very much I appreciate all of your sacrifice."
Diana of Connecticut, USA

"Dear Evenor C. Herrera Family, My sincerest condolences on your loss. My name is Marc Dull, I am a USAF Veteran and an Artist from Illinois. Thank you for your Evenor's Honorable Service and Ultimate Sacrifice for America and it's Values. His Legacy will endure by God! I found Evenor's Memorial page while doing some research for a very important project that I thought you might want to know about. I just returned from Camp Pendleton where I visited the Commanding Officer of the 5th Regiment. I am preparing to sculpt a large monument specifically for the 5th Regiment and the Fallen Heroes in Operation Iraqi Freedom for the Memorial Garden area on Camp San Mateo there. Please e-mail me at dullart7@cs.com if you would like to contribute any input or feedback. I would be honored by your participation on behalf of Evenor! Semper Fidelis, God Bless you and your Family, Salute"
Marc Dull of Illinois

""Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem." -President Ronald Reagan 1985

My sharp hand-salute to you, Marine!"
Fred Christie '66-'72 of Goffstown, NH

"To the family of Evenor Herrera, We are so sorry for your loss. Evenor Herrera is a true American hero and as 1/5 Marine parents we will remember your family at this time of great sadness by lifting you up in prayer. Mark and Carla Myers, parents of Lcpl. Joel M Myers"
Carla Myers of Memphis MO

"From: Sgt Karl Clark Lippard’s book about Marines and the USMC:

“…reflect with me a moment on a statement made by the exiled Spartan King Demaratus to the Persian kind Xerxes before the battle of Thermopyle in 480 B.C. describing his beloved Spartans.

“When the Spartans fight singly they are as brave as any man, but when they fight together they are supreme above all. For though they are free men, they are not free in all respects; law is the master whom they fear, a great deal more than your subjects fear you. They do what the law commands and its command is always the same, not to flee in battle whatever the number of the enemy, but to stand and win, or die.”

To you the fallen Marine, you’ve given your life to a great and noble cause. You know hold a special place in the Marine Corp and history. Marine you have sacrificed for the greatest cause of all, Freedom. An entire country is now free for the first time in living memory and your name will forever be remember in Marine Corp history. In the years to follow as other countries in the Middle East start to follow the great freedom principle, it’ll be men like you will stand above and look down on a safer and more secure and peaceful world.
Thank you.
Cpl. M USMC 84-88"
SM of New York

"To the family of LCpl Evenor Herrera: My heart goes out to you. I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard in June. He was in the same unit as your son. It has been 2 months now, but sometimes it feels like it was yesterday. On my son's marker is the phrase "Not In Vain". That is what Chad believed, and it is what we have to believe in order for any of this to make sense. I'm proud of your son, and I thank you for allowing to him serve our country and all of us."
Cindy Maynard, mother of Marine LCpl Chad Maynard and Marine Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, Washington

"The Salute

To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"Those that die for our country
will never be forgotten . . .
They will live on in the hearts
of all who cherish freedom.
Our country mourns with you...God Bless your Family...
With Deepest Sympathy
Semper Fidelis"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Evenor C. Herrera,

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 use our link and 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 USA

"I'm sorry for your loss. Words are inadequate to convey the sorrow we feel and also the pride that your son served his country to protect our freedom. We will never forget."
Christine 1/5 Marine Mom of Rome, GA

"We are so very sorry, our son was also with 1/5"
Joe and Judy Childers (T. S. Childers KIA 3/21/03) of Powell, Wyoming

"To the Herrera Family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Evenor is a true American Hero. Evenor will always be honored and remembered as one. May God bless you all and God Bless Evenor."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your
Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the loyal service and sacrifice that was made and
Our cousin LCPL Michael Smith Jr. gave his life on 4-17-04 fighting for freedom.
Please know that this was not in vain and these American Heros will FOREVER be honored.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio

"Rest in Peace Marine. J and T USMC NC"


Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Evenor 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 Evenor Herrera, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We know how difficult this time will be for you, we lost our Marine (Jeremiah Baro) in Nov. 2004 and we still hurt deeply. Take comfort in thoughts and memory of having shared Evenor's life for that was his gift to you. Take care and much love to you and yours."
Katherine Ledesma of Folsom, CA

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.
My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Evenor and may memoriees comfort you during this most difficult time and always.
Brad & Dorothy Burt of Portsmouth RI

"Thank you Evenor Herrera, 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. Evenor Herrera:
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 Evenor 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. Evenor Herrera:
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 Evenor, 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