Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman

27, of Delaware, Ohio.
Hoffman died when his amphibious Assault Vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations south of Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on August 3, 2005.

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May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

Justin F. Hoffman 8/3/05
"So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" Remember your leaders, who spoke the work of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith." - Hebrews 13:6-7 (Leadership)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"My 5 year old son, Justinís nephew he never knew, asks about his uncle somewhat regularly these days. I enjoy recalling times Justin, Travis and I got into trouble and goofed around with one another. I tell him his uncle was a real life hero and Iím grateful for all the real life heroís who fight and die for our freedoms in this country. God bless and keep their souls and God bless America!"
Tyler Hoffman of Worthington, Ohio

"Friends and Family of Sgt. Hoffman,

I'm just writing to say that Justin's sacrifice has not been forgotten, and that a coin commemorating his service has traveled the world in his name. A Geocaching Geocoin in his honor is at: http://www.geocaching.com/track/details.aspx?id=2135543&page=1 if you are interested to see comments from other lives his sacrifice has made a difference to."
Jeff Secrist of Seattle, WA, USA

Their isn't a day I don't think about you and the rest of the boys. I still remember when we were squad leaders together at Lima Company running everybody else into the dirt and kicking * on Super Squad. I have always felt guilty as hell for accepting my promotion to OCS and not being there to deploy with you and 1st squad. I feel had I deployed with you I would have done my job as I was suppose to. Though my fate would have been the same as yours I would be ok with it and we could have shared our last moments on earth together. I'm having to wipe the tears away as I write this. I'm now a Captain (Combat Engineer) on my way to Major. Currently forward deployed to Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. When I get to Ohio next year I will stop by to see the memorial they raised for you'all. Take care buddy, I hope to see you again one day.

Capt Chad Wyllie USMC of Jacksonville, NC.

I think of you everyday and loss of time we had to know each other the way cousins should have and still yearn for the chance to one day be "tight knit" with the rest of the family. It breaks my heart that families being seperated by distance hinders the building of close family relationships but even more sad that you've been taken from the family so now I will never be able to. I'm so proud to have known you were one of those who protected us and so proud to say you are my cousin! All though you were taken from us, you now are in the most glorious place, Heaven! I often ask God to tell you things I wish I would have said when you were here on earth, so I hope you know how much I truly love you despite the seperation we faced all these years.
Love Always,
Charity (cousin)"
Charity of Florida

"A few days ago I was driving down a country road in Delaware, Ohio and saw a sign commemorating Sgt. Justin Hoffman. Curious I searched his name and as I feared he had given his life for our country. Sgt. Hoffman, I am so saddened for your loss and your family's loss; and so grateful that great young men are still made in this country by great American families. I can only offer my sincere thank you to the service and sacrifices our soldiers and their families honor us with. I only hope that we are worthy. Thank you Sgt. Hoffman. Thank you to the Hoffman family. I weep for you tonight."
C. Fisher of Delaware, OH

"August 6, 2010

Justin, I can't believe it's been 5 years. I still think about you from time to time and miss your sense of humor. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country so that my children can grow up in a safer world. I'm so proud to have known you."
Heather Taylor Hamm of Columbus, OH

I visited your grave this morning,I can't believe it's been five years ago today that we lost you. You are in my thoughts always. It was such an honor to be your father. I have the Hope of seeing you again.
Senper Fi son.
Robert Hoffman of Delaware, Ohio

"Thank you for your service and the love you had for God and your country"
Aunt Linda of Rosanky, TX

"Justin it has now been many years since we last spoke. I've been kind of hiding from you to be honest. I'm ashamed of that, but proud to know that I got the opportunity to call you a fellow Marine, a squad member, and most importantly a friend. I don't know how to put into words the emotions that so many things bring back up, so I will just say that you are anything but forgotten. I hope that when my day comes you will not forget me.
March 2010"
Former Lima of Ohio

"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"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"You don't know how many of us your life and your story have touched. You gave all for all of us....thank you is nothing, but it's all I have. God Bless all the family and friends of the Lima heroes."
DI of Delaware, OH

"I spent August 3, 2009 with Marines and we were remembering you. There is not a waking hour that goes by that I don't think of you. There is not a night that I put my head down to sleep, that I'm not thinking of you. There's not a day that the thinking of you doesn't bring tears to my eyes. You are so missed, so loved and so respected. Semper Fi, Son. Semper Fi, Marine."
Robert Hoffman of Delaware, Ohio

"Remember you this Memorial weekend and to Thank you for your service."
Linda Everett of Rosanky, Texas, USA

"justin this is your 2nd cousin i never got to see you but i still hear great things about you from my dad (mark) well i will still think of you R.I.P"
stanley leiter of simmpsonvill sc

"I don't know exactly why you have been in my thoughts this evening, but you have. The other day, I found a picture of your Dad, Mom, you, Tyler, Travis, Grandma and Grandpa Hoffman, Dennis, Me, James and Charity. We all never got a time to get together much, but when we did, we all had a very nice time. My daughter, Charity, cries when she reads all these memorials to you. It saddens her that we lived so far away that we were not able to get to know everyone better. I especially wish I had been closer to all of you and I missed that oppurtunity to see everyone grow up and be fine adult men.
I live in such a small town that it wouldn't be hard to find me. Your family lives in such a big city, it would be impossible. But I hope someday things will change. So many great memories of you we could share.
You are truly missed and I thank God that you are in His presence. I can hardly wait to join you and others. What a blessed day that will be.
Thank you for your service. Semper Fi from my husband, Bruce Everett. He served in Viet Nam but he always says that "Once a Marine, always a Marine."
My daughter and I plan on purchasing paintings of you from Anita Miller - She has done such a beautiful job of capturing your likeness. We will pass them down through our family so you will never be forgotten. Love"
Aunt Linda Everett of Rosanky, Texas, USA

"Justin, Three years ago today you gave your life serving this great counrty and the pain has not yet started to subside. There is nothing I would not do or give, including my life, just to have one hour with you, just to tell you how proud I am to be your father, how much I respect you, and how much I love you. Your brothers, mother, and I will never be able to express the void your sacrifice has left in our lives. I have the Hope, I will see you again. Semper Fi, Son; Semper Fi, Marine."
Robert Hoffman (dad) of Delaware, Ohio

"July 15, 2008
Hard to believe that 3 years have gone by that you gave your life serving our country. We miss you and you will never be forgotten in our hearts. Even though you are not with us, we know you are living with Jesus - Love from"
Aunt Linda of Rosanky, Texas, USA

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman:
Justin 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

"as a fellow amtracer of bco 2nd aabn 2ndmardiv 1stplt from 96-00 I send my regets it always hurts when when a marine or anyother service men dies especialy when its a amtracer because I have been in those shoes. Semper Fi"
James Humar of pensacola Florida

"It has been awhile since I have left a message. Eventhough our friendship was so short, it was so very meaningfull. It has been very hard pretending like everything is ok when there is so much hurt inside. I miss you so very much as well as our other brothers, God Bless. We will meet agin bro and I know your watching out. How do you Like The Hayabusa? I wish we could have taken a ride. Laterz I will stop by again."
Sgt Page of Albuquerque, New Mexico

"Dear Hoffman Family:
We have mutual friends and acquaintances, and I was amongst the first to hear from Kurt P. I will never forget the sacrifice you and he made.

Also, I deeply admired the grace that you and the other families of fallen Marines showed upon Lima's return. Don't know where you got the strength for that. S/F"
Mac/ Former Marine of Dublin, OH

"We still think of you often and we wish that we had had more time to get to know you even better.We respect your years of Marine Reserve service and some day will see you again in Heaven."
Deb & Chuck Price of Columbus, Ohio USA

I saw the documentary on A&E about your unit and that's how I learned about what happened to you. I would just like to say thank you to you and the other Marines who were killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, loved ones, and fellow Marines from Lima Company, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"We are graduates of WCS. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. What an honor it is to know that he served for our country. And better yet to know that he served our Lord Jesus Christ. We know your pain having lost a loved one too. How reasuring it is to know we will see our loved ones again one day."
JA of Columbus Ohio

"To the family of:Justin F. Hoffman 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"

"One amazing Marine! He will never be forgotten, his spirit will live within all of us. I cant even begin to express how great he was and how much I will miss him."
Cpl Page of Albuquerque, New Mexico

"To my Hoffy: Love you, my sexy pants."

"To The Hoffman Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety & freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!"
The Grogans of TN...

"Hey you. I've been trying to figure out something... looking up your name online repeatedly, rereading emails from you this summer. I miss your harassing me about loving France, arguing with me about politics, showing up online and telling me about your life so far away. You changed me: made the war seem closer, made me look at my choices more carefully, made me appreciate every day. You told me in the last email to take care of Columbus for you while you were gone, well you are gone longer than you planned, but I promise I'll do the best I can. Kat"
Kathryn Siegel of Dublin Oh, Nashville TN

"It's has been almost three months since your death and the pain is as acute today as it was on August 3rd. Son, I couldn't be prouder of you and what you stood for and that pride is what pushes me out of bed each morning and comforts me every evening. From one Marine to another Marine, son, I salute you. Semper Fi."
Robert Hoffman (Dad) of Delaware, Ohio

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman,

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

"im very sorry for Justin's loss.He is in my thoughts and prayers! Justin makes a great hero! I'll pray and pray and thats all i can do! thanks Justin, sometime i'll see you in heaven!"
Kenzie of Powell

"I am very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers through these rough times. Even though I hadn't spoke to Justin in a long time, he always had something to say that would bring a smile to your face. He is greatly missed. God bless the Hoffman family."
Cathy Young of Delaware, Ohio

"Marine Sgt. Justin F. Hoffman, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.""
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"Marine Sgt Justin F. Hoffman - 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 Justin and may memories comfort you during this very difficult time and for always."

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
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

"Dear Family of Justin Hoffman: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Dear Family of Timothy Bell: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Justin made the ultimate sacrifice, and for that he will never be forgotten! He was a great friend to me, and to me he will always be a hero!

"If the Army and the Navy ever look on heavenís scenes, They will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.""
Heather of Chillicothe, Ohio

"Rest In Peace Tuefelhunden.
J and T USMC NC"

"To the Hoffman Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Justin is truly an American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless Justin."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"Justin was a GREAT friend, and will be missed. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his arms throught this difficult time. Know that his sacrafice is apreciated by all true Americans who hold freedom near and dear! Because of heroes like Justin we can all live with the luxury.... freedom!"
Jason Foreman of Marion, Ohio

"My heart and prayers go out to the family, friends and comrades of Justin. May God be with you all and give you comfort."
Marine Mom 3/25/4th of Western NY

"Thank you Justin Hoffman, 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 Sgt. Justin Hoffman:
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 Justin 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 Sgt. Justin Hoffman:
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 Justin, 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