Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Brian C. Hopper

21, of Wynne, Arkansas.
Hopper died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"For three years, Brian and I had activity period together at Wynne High School. Even now, more than ten years later, I can call to memory his easy smile. I'm forever grateful for his service and sacrifice."

"I was cleaning out my car and found a memorial pin that says: U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Brian C. Hopper Memorial Run Wynne, AR"
Andrew Clute atclute76@gmail.com of Jacksonville, AR USA

"To the family of:Brian C.Hopper
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 when we were little kids running around bare-foot and playing all over the place. Brian you are missed.."
Ashley of Wynne, Arkansas

"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 Worthington, OH USA

"January 17, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Brian C. Hopper:
Brian 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

"he was loved very much by so many people, he is missed daily."
ashlee of moline, il.

"I went to boot camp with LCpl Brian Hopper, you will be missed, he was an outstanding Marine and person."
Cpl Crawford of Kaneohe Bay, HI

"I am very proud of him. I miss him deeply and still think of him often. He is one of the many heroes that have served our country and continue to do so. I send my blessing to his family and I know they were very proud of him as we all were."

"I did not know Brian. I attended the last memorial run for him. I had met his dad on other PGR functions and felt compelled to show support for Rob any way I could. Meeting the family and friends of my brother Marine, I was driven to stay with them as long as possible that day.

I had a two and a half hour ride but I needed to stay, to care one minute longer than planned. I wound up leaving at 530pm, after being there all day since about 830am.

I am retired navy and served with a USMC airwing at one time. Marines are more like family to me than sailors ever will be.

Just watched a History Channel show on Fallujah and felt the need to step in and say hello to the family.

Rob, I hope you're all doing well. Patrick- take care of your mom and dad Marine. Semper FI and PGR til the end."
Dennis DOC Lee of Beech Bluff TN

"Hello just wanted to let you know that my mother died may 24th, 2006 if you want to talk call me 937-253-3458"
missy of dayton,ohio

"Hope that you all are doing good...If you need to talk email me at MelissaRader9@aol.com............Sister of Cpl.Richard Gilbet.........God Bless You"
Missy of Dayton,Ohio

"Brian has no idea how bad his friends and class mates miss him! i think about him a lot and i know that things here in wynne aren't the same with out him here. My heart goes out to his family! Even though they don't know me i think about them often and pray they grow stronger as a family from their loss. Brian was one of a kind and i will always love him for that! be proud of Brian, he died protecting us!

wow Brian, your a real hero! thanks for being my friend and making me laugh in government! i'll never forget how much fun graduation was having you sit behind me and making comments about everything...YOU made it fun! thank you again for being so brave!"
Charlie E. of Wynne, AR

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"Brian, boy you spent a lot of time at my house being a typical teenager with Michael and Steven. Never in a million years would I of thought this would happen to you. Your a special guy and will always be remembered in our hearts."
John Williams of Wynne Arkansas

"I am truely sorry for your loss, God be with you in your time of sorrow."
Kara Hopper of Shelton, Washington

You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. With pride and honor, you served this grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps.
May memories of Brian comfort his family and friends always. So sorry for your loss.

"To the family of Brian Hopper, I am truly sorry to learn of your loss. May god bless your family."
Jerry Knisley of Hartford, CT

"The pain and grief we are experiencing as parents and loved ones is inexplainable except to those who are going through the same feeling. I am so sorry for your loss. My son was also on that helicopter so I can relate to your pain. I am compforted knowing that God has chosen our son's as the keepers of heaven's gate as they are the most qualified."
Roni Aurelio of Olivehurst, CA. USA

"Our prayers are with you & your family. We lost our beloved nephew Sgt. Michael Finke, Jr. in that tragic crash. They were brave young men. They will never be forgotten."
Nancy & Phil of Carmel, In.

"Im truly sorry for your loss.They all were heroes and very brave men. My uncle Cpl. Richard Gilbert was on the chopper also and i soon after graduation will be a marine, may god bless all of you (Michiganfan0988@aol.com)"
Stephen Rader of Miamisburg, Ohio

"I am sorry to hear about Hopper, that is who he is and always will be to me. I worked with him while he was aboard my ship USS Fort Mchenry LSD 43. He was a great man to work with always joking around making everyone laugh. Even when we argued he made me laugh and smile. I am sincerly sorry for your loss."
Kayla D. Edenshaw o0kayladawn0o@yahoo.com of Ketchikan, Alaska

"Please accept my condolences on the loss of your son and brother Brian. He felt the need to serve his country, as many of us did, and then chose to be the best there is--a Marine. I have an "adopted" Marine serving in Iraq, so I do know how hard it is on those of us at home. When we have someone serving in a combat zone, we too are serving our country, because all our thoughts and prayers are with them. I know, Patrick, that you have a very hard decision to make--on whether to return to Iraq or not. You too are serving your country with honor and would like to continue to honor your family's wishes too. Patrick, always remember that, whichever decision you make, ultimately you must do what is right for you--it will be a decision you will live with the rest of your life. And, regardless of which decision you make, your family will continue to love and support you. And also remember that Brian is now watching over you too. It is ultimately your decision. We will be praying for your safety and your family. Semper Fi!"
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on the helicopter with Brian. My condolences to your family, as I share in the loss of one so loved. We are forever united through the sacrifices these young men made. Thank you and God Bless"
Sally Rapp of Westlake, Ohio

"There were 31 heroes on board the helicopter that day. Along with Brian was my son, Richard Gilbert, Jr. They will always be brothers in arms. May God ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert of Dayton, Ohio

"To the Hopper Family:
We have thought of you and prayed for you so often this past week. Every time I would hear anything on the Memphis news about Brian, I would stop and pray. We are parents of a Marine who was wounded in Iraq last year so we feel especially close in spirit at least to your family. It was so hard to know our son was hurt and in the hospital so far away last year. I can't imagine the grief you feel with your son gone. Please know that we honor his sacrifice and that of your family. May God be especially close to you as you continue down the path of life."
Benny & Marilyn Harrell of Mississippi

"Words cannot express the sadness we feel for the loss of your son Lance Corporal Brian Hopper. You can be assured that we will never forget the sacrafice that he made for us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."
The Lindberg Family of Collierville, Tenn

"To the family of Brian C. Hopper,
My heart aches for you, and I hope that you might find some comfort in knowing that many people are praying for you right now and thanking God for men like Brian. God bless you and keep you."
of Arkansas

"To the loved ones of Brian,my I express my deepest sorrow for you loss.He is a hero,and will never be forgotten.Being the father of a Marine I share your pain.Take care and stay strong."
Mike of New Jersey

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Brian C. Hopper,

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"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"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

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

"Thank you Brian Hopper, 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. Brian Hopper:
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 Brian 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. Brian Hopper:
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 Brian, 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