Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. James D. Hirlston

21, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Hirlston died while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on August 23, 2006.

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"It will be 17 years since I lost you. I miss you more than you could ever know."
Kelly Salmon of Dover, DE

"my uncle j.d was a great man to his family and was a great uncle to his nephews and nieces and ll never forget him j. was a brave man and he did his duty and served us all ill never forget you uncle j.d your always gonna be with me in my heart no matter what and i hope one ill see you at the gates of heaven love you and miss you alot uncle j.d im proud to be you nephew your missed by alot of people in the family love you uncle j.d forever and awlays."
dakota hirlston of murfreesboro,tn

"To the family of:James D. Hirlston
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""

"Aug. 23 2006 changed my life. U risked ur life following my orders and i will never forget u JD"
Donterry Woods of Jacksonville,NC

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"Your Still My Best Friend and I Miss You More Than Ever"
Kyle Salmon of Dover, DE

"i remember that day. we were at the gas station trying 2 get info from the owner. jd was inside the fence with another marine. i will not explain what happened next. its a day that i will never 4get and a man that made a huge impact on my life. how can i 4get? i c his name every day when i look down at my side. greater love hath no man than this than a man lay down his life for a friend. i miss u jd but ill c u again someday. just make sure u save me a good seat. i love u brother. may u rest in peace and lay with the lion and run on the streets of gold."
Dan of Hubert, NC

"I just wanted to tell you how sorry i am for your loss and how greatful i am to have known this man. My husband served with him on the deployment. It was a tradgic day when then i heard the news as im sure it was for you. My husband and i consider the Marines of 2/8 to be family and nothing less. Irriplaceable. I became pregnant in April 2007 when my husband returned from the deployement. As soon as we found out it was a boy, we knew what his name was Emery James Wright. It is an honor to name him after such a brave and loving person. Thank you for all you and your family have done and for his ultimate sacrafice. god bless.
The Wright Family"
amanda wright of jacksonville, nc


Thanks for watching over Colin..

miss ya buddy."
allison of ohio

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. James D. Hirlston:
James 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

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, James will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow Marine;former member of 8th Marines"

"Thank you James Hirlston, 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. James Hirlston:
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 James 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. James Hirlston:
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 James, 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