Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Staff Sgt. Kendall H. Ivy II

28, of Crawford, Ohio.
Ivy was killed from an explosion while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Karabilah, Iraq. He was assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 11, 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:

Kendall H. Ivy 5/11/05
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." - Psalm 100:4-5 (Love)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"Hey Ssgt. Here I am, almost 11 years since I last saw you. I remember we were walking back from the HQ area, I had just left the phone hut, and you were coming out of a brief were you found out you would be going to the front. We both knew the reason why you were going. We had just lost Ssgt. Anthony Goodwin. I was shocked to know, and so were you.
I remember on the way back to our cans we were talking. I was going over the armory stuff you would need to get, and then we bumped into the Gunner (CWO, I can't remember his name right now). The Gunner knew you well, you guys had known each other prior to this deployment. You spoke briefly to him about some details you wanted to put into place. He then invited you to his can to watch a movie with him. I was only a Corporal at the time. But I'll never forget your smile. Man, although you knew things would be a little tough, you had a smile that light up the night. Courage and confidence dripped from like you like a kid after his baptism. You kindly declined the Gunners invite, and you went on to ready your things.
That was the last time I saw you, the night had a calm breeze to it. You knew what you had to do, and you were focused. I don't remember what the last thing you told me was, I wish I could. But I remember your smile as we parted, and that smile is what I always think of when I remember you.
After I learned of your passing, as I stood there on formation, I listened to the First Sergeant pass roll call, as he screamed your name "Ssgt Ivy..., Ssgt Ivy..., Ssgt Kendall H. Ivy...., and there was nothing but silence, I could see your smile. Although it hurt in my heart to hear silence after your name, I pictured your smile from that last night I saw you, and that helped to know that you were ok.

Although you are gone, I know you're ok. Although this was my second deployment with our unit, I had never experienced a loss. You and Ssgt Goodwin are the most significant Marines I'll ever remember. Because that was the first time in my life that I felt what it was like to lose a brother.

Thank you Ssgt for all you did to help us get ready for that deployment. With your extensive infantry knowledge you helped us POG's get squared away. I was just an armorer, I never went to SOI, but thanks to you I can teach my kid what it is to square off at a target, call a breach man up, and how to be a point man and not get your buddy killed. I really do miss you, and Ssgt Goodwin too. But I know you are ok. I know you guys are both ok.

Thank you for all you've done. You my friend, will never be forgotten."
Sgt. Jean C. Carela USMC of HQ Co Armorer, RCT-2

"Star Wars was released today, but I know you're watching it up there. Wish you were watching it down here. Miss you brother. You are one with the force."
Dale Smith of Orlando Florida

"Igrew up down the street from SSgt Kendal Ivy,,he was older than me but i remember seeing him and his familyaround alot,,alot of my family is burried close to him,,whenever i go visit them i ALWAYS take my boys to SSSt Ivy grave site and tell them that this is what a hero realy is,,And we always say thank you to him,,Again,,thank you Kendal for keeping us safe,,prayers for his family.."
mike carter of Bucyrus Ohio

"I never met SSgt Ivy but I met his family when I was honored to be the CACO and told to notify the family of his death. I was with 6th Marine Regiment and just finished my last two years 2003 with 5th in Iraq and then 6th in 2004 in Afghanistan. It was about 1430 and I was told to get on my Alphas and to go to base housing and notify LeAnne Ivy that her husband had just been KIA. Knocked on the door wearing my French Fortige and she immediately (with olive drab Marine Corps Green running through her veins) told me I was at the wrong house and that her husband is not with the 6th. Birthday banners were still hung in the house for Kendal's son who just had a birthday and Leanne was pregnant. I swear I would have rather sung the star spangled banner in front of 250,000 people than be at her house that night with neighbors watching from across the street knowing what was going on. I have the upmost respect for that woman who did not break down and cry in front of us but waited for us to leave. Chaplain, Driver and myself were in awe of her strength that she garnered from being a USMC wife and married to a great warrior. My inspiration to carry on comes from her and her valiant husband."
LtCol Brian J. Spooner of Okinawa Japan

"Anyone want to talk just hit me up. 818 264 8140 or jodu83@gmail.com SSgt. was one of the greatest leaders I have ever had. I am grateful to have known him."
Sgt Duarte Jorge 2nd LAR B Co. 3rd plt of Reseda, CA

"I was a lucky Marine to have been taught at SOI A co. by SSgt. Ivy. He is a person I will never forget. I was with him in the operation were he was KIA along the other Marines. We saw and talked to him minutes before the explotions. Worst day of my life. I couldn't believe it was him until a long time later. Good men were lost that day. They will never be forgotten."
Sgt Duarte Jorge 2nd LAR B Co. 3rd plt of Reseda, CA

"The last time I saw you, you were joking and arguing with somebody over politics to the point that my SSgt had to politely convince you both to knock it off! Haha! With the election going on, it got me thinking about that. You are most definitely missed and my thoughts go out to you and your family."
Cpl. Eric Boggs of Cincinnati, Ohio

"Kendall was a professional Marine, and one of a few Staff NCO's I knew who had a genuine "human" quality that many others never were willing to demonstrate. We worked together for a brief time before his final deployment; however, his character and leadership have had a lasting impression. Kendall is sincerely missed by all who knew him."
Mike of Raleigh, NC

"A memorial run will take place for the men of Lima Company on May 26th, 2012. Please visit www.alwaysbrothers.org for more info. 100 Miles for Lima"
Dean Allen Smith of Macomb, MI

"I found out about Ivy's death a few years ago after running into a fellow Marine from 81's, Wpns Co, 1/6. I was crushed. I met Ivy when I reported to 81s in March of 96 as a Sgt. I had the Honor of watching him grow as leader of Marines. He was one of my go-to guys. He was respected by Marines of every rank. I think of him often and I'm proud to say I had served with a great Marine. Semper Fi Brother."
Christopher Drew cdrew8008@gmail.com of Fredericksburg, Va

"Hey, this is Travis Ivy. MY dad knew Kendall.My dad's name is Jerrell Duane Ivy. He is a pastor and a great father. Kendall, as i've heard, has very much in common with my dad. I never knew him, but my father knew him well. he said that back in the good old days, he and him spent alot of time together. he said Kendall always liked to play war and be a leader. and it was true, he was born a soldier. As Kendall grew up he grew up in christ and Christ alone. I know he was a light in iraq. I'm Kendall's great nephew. god bless those who knew him, and others who don't, it's your loss. God bless you all."
Travis D. Ivy of Orrville, OH.

"Hey, this is Travis Ivy. MY dad knew Kendall. I never knew him, but my father knew him well. he said that back in the good old days, he and him spent alot of time together. he said Kendall always liked to play war and be a leader. and it was true, he was born a soldier. As Kendall grew up he grew up in christ and Christ alone. I know he was a light in iraq. I'm Kendall's great nephew. god bless those who knew him, and others who don't, it's your loss. God bless you all."
Travis D. Ivy of Orrville, OH.

"I am truly humbled by all of the wonderful things that have been said about my husband on this website. He was an outstanding Marine and he loved his job and what it stood for. He loved to motivate others in hopes that they would love being a Marine as much as he did. He was The best husband and father to me and the kids and still to this day we miss him more than anyone will ever know or understand. I have been blessed to see his reflections in our kid's faces and actions everyday and it gets more evident as they age. I have been fortunate to meet a few Marines that were with him the day of his accident and i have been told how hard they worked to save him. I was able to thank them in person but for those of you who i have not be able to meet I want to say Thank you for being there for him in his time of greatest need. Kendall would be so proud to know that he has touched and made an impact on so many lives. May God Bless you all and Semper FI!!"
Lee Ann Ivy of Mansfield Ohio

"Five years have not erased the memory or the pain of losing you, Kendall. I think of you everyday and wish that you were still here. You were more than an uncle to me. You were my friend and big brother. It saddens me to think of all that you are missing, but I guess you are probably thinking the same thing about us, huh? I just wish you could see your beautiful children and meet your neice and nephew. They never met you, but Mike and I have made sure they know exactly who you are. They can look at any picture of you (and there are plenty to chose from) and say, "That's Uncle Kendall". I am proud of that and of you. I will never forget the conversation we had about not waiting to have kids. Mike and I weren't ready, but you said, "What if you only live to be 30. What will you have left behind?" That comment haunts me. The day of your funeral Mike and I decided to start our family and we never looked back. Family was so important to you. You instilled that in me.

I am so proud to have not only known you, but had the chance to love you and be part of your family. You are one of the most amazing people I ever knew. You were my "voice of reason". I could always count on you to know what to do. You will always and forever be my hero! I love you and miss you! I hope to see you again someday! Love your "favorite niece","
Aleta Rowe of Galion, Ohio

"Staff Sergeant Ivy, I carried your seabag out from RCT-2 headquarters when you were on your way to Karabilah to pick up a new platoon. I will never forget what you told me as you were leaving. Semper Fidelis Marine. I still think about you every Marine Birthday, when I look up at the picture of our unit on my wall and every time I see the American Flag waive in the breeze.
-Sergeant Dan Thompson 0331"
Dan Thompson 307-286-3180 of Wellington, Colorado

"Uncle Kendall you are still a big part of our lives here at home. My Dad, your brother, has been hurting ever since the day we found out about your death. I cant wait to see you at the gates of heaven! I Love You!!!! Thank's to all who have served."
H. Ivy of 44837

"Thanks for pinning me and making me understand the true meaning of being a MARINE!!!!"
Matthew W. Sullivan of Lawrenceville, GA USA

"watch youtube video on ssgt Ivy. go to kendall ivy jr"

"5 years brother. Thanks for all the times that I am sure you looked out for me in Iraq and Afghanistan, you were always there when we needed some help. Still miss you man, see you on the other side."
Speelman of 2D FAST Yorktown, VA

"It’s so great to see all of my Marine Corps brothers contributing to this page. I haven’t seen many of you in years but the memories are still very fresh.

I arrived at 1/6 Weapons Co 81’s platoon in January of 1996. Kendall, Harp Dog, and Gonzo were the first three guys to greet me and my fellow boots. They looked and acted salty…they weren’t! They were boots just like us, but the three months they had on us was extremely valuable. They taught us what not to do, how to act, and how to address the senior guys (who were all Privates and PFCs for some reason?). For the next four years, we went from being the lowly ammo men to Marine Corps NCOs who were part of one hell of an 81s platoon. During our stint in 1/6, we participated in several deployments, a little beer drinking, and a “hucklebuck” or two.

On the 5th anniversary of the day you began your next journey, I was contacted by your friend, and my best friend, GySgt Speelman, who reminded me to raise my glass for you. I think about you all the time Kendall. You are the poster boy for the United States Marine Corps. I am proud to have served with you and will cherish the many wonderful memories we had at “1/6 Hard” my friend.

Semper Fi"
Former Marine Corps Sergeant, Jason J. Soule (soulejj@yahoo.com) of Milwaukee, WI

"Kendall my AWSOME cousin the family misses you so much but yet so very proud of you for serving our country.Its so hard to believe its been 5yrs already. Love you and till we see again."
Terri Ivy Tanner of Dublin Oh

"Kendall, Thank you so much for the sacrifice you made for your family and our country. I miss that special smile and the hug I got evey year at our familly reunions. Your dad was always a strong individual and never cried being a Navy man, but was so broken when he lost you. I don't know how your mother has survived loosing you and two other children. It helps them knowing you live on in your precious children. Rest easy in the arms of God till we meet again."
Aunt Alveda "Sue" Castle of Galion, Ohio USA

It's been 5 years without you here. I can find a little comfort because I know that you are standing guard, protecting our family everyday & sending love in your own way. We love & miss you, my amazing cousin & I cannot wait to see your huge smile again!
~* No Greater Love Has Man than that He Give His Life for His Brother *~
Semper Fi Kendall!"
Brandy Awbrey-Hale of Oak Harbor, Ohio

"Semper Fi bro !! i will remember u always !!"

"I miss you Kendall...Your boys look just like you and Reagan is sooo pretty..You would be so proud..Leeann is doing an awesome job with them...When I get to heaven I want one of your big hugs!!"
Kim of Elmore OH

"Can't believe that it has been 5 years already...I miss you, Kendall...Wish you were here to see how amazing your son's are and how precious your daughter is...You were a great friend...Love you..."
Beth of Galion, Ohio USA

"Semper Fi Brother...you are missed
1/6 81's"
Matt Shipp of Illinois

"I served with Ivy in 1/6 when he first got there. He was part of the new group of young Marines that stood out from the get go. Our Gunny selected him to be an FO and I had the pleasure of passing whatever knowledge on that I could which he easily absorbed with professionalism and Enthusiasm. He was a damn good Marine. Semper Fi Ivy. You are not forgotten brother.
Jason Taylor of San Diego, CA

"I was with Ivy the day before he was killed. He and I battled over who was going on that mission. Needless to say, he won. We spent every night together in our can, looking at family photos and speaking about our children. Not a day or night goes by that I don't miss him. My wife and family is indebted to he and his family forever. It could have been me. He is my hero for life. I struggle every day why I am alive and he is not. I only hope that I can take the blessings he gave me, his love for his family I saw daily, the dedication to his country, the honor to our Jump Team and apply this to my own family today. Family members, please call me. I have pictures. 859-393-2422"
SSGT. Stanley of Northern KY.

"I served with SSgt Ivy in 1/8 an SOI. He was a true Marine and a friend to all that came in contact with him. We miss you and love you Brother."
SSgt Guillermo Serra (retired) of Tampa, Florida

"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

"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

"I grew up with Kendall and went into the Marines a couple of years before him. He attended my wedding and his eyes were HUGE when he saw me in the dress blues with the white pants on. He and Lee Ann attended. They gave Heather and I a nice glass frame in which I still keep beside my bed. Kendall, Lee Ann, Heather, and I would stay in touch here and there but while I was deployed iso Operation Joint Endeavor... I was TAD from 1/6 and would still contact my buddies back there and somehow found out Kendall had checked into the unit. I kept up to date on his promotions and just heard nothing but positive things about him. Upon my return, I was walking across the 1/6 campus and ran right into him. We hugged like no one was around and could care less who was. I went back to his barracks and we chatted with him and his buddies for awhile. That was the last I saw Kendall. I attended his funeral and the one thing that his Marines, family, wife all kept mentioning was his devotion to God and to his family. I made a pact that I would get back into church and try to live life as a better person to those around me. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Kendall. It's been several years now since his death... but what a lasting impression my friend still makes on people.

We strive to emulate heroes like Kendall... and we fall short numerous times. But to have known him, to have spent the night at his house, play basketball with him at the Y, play sports with him, and be brothers in arms through the Marines... it was certainly a pleasure.

I salute Kendall Ivy and hope that the gym in Iraq stands the tests of times. I have no doubt that Kendall is in a better place, and one day I'll see him again and understand things that I don't or may not understand right now.

In Him,

Semper Fidelis and Great Love my friend!

Scott E. Gifford
Former Lt, USMC
1/6 1993-1997
"The Robeson 911 HARD Crew"

If anyone that served with Kendall would like to keep in touch, you may contact me at giffiusmc@aol.com

Semper Fidelis."
Scott E. Gifford of Galion, Ohio

"My son was SSgt. Ivy's roommate in Iraq. He says Kendall was the brother he never had as a kid. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of SSgt. Ivy and the loss his family and his friends and his country feels. I have pictures of Kendall on my computer and although I never met him, I feel his absence in my son's life and I honor his memory in my prayers."
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"I didn't know Staff Sgt. Ivy II. But on this Memorial Day--2009--I have spent time reflecting on Sacrifice. I happened to learn of Staff Sgt. Ivy's life and passing while thinking about our service people in Iraq and Afghanistan, and simply want to say this: four years have passed, but he is not forgotten. People like me will learn of his heroism and faithfulness to duty; his example will be a beacon for others. My respectful regards to his family."
Judy Breese of Walton, NY

"What's up Bro? I just wanted to tell you hey on this Memorial weekend (20090525). Not a day goes by when I think about you and your family. I keep a picture of your family and a picture of your wife and the guys (81's), from your funeral. I hope I can serve this Country as well as you did. Take it easy and Semper Fi."
GySgt Stahl, Robert of Newport, RI

"May 2, 2009
To the family of Staff Sgt. Kendall H. Ivy, II:
Kendall 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 was in the same platoon as SSgt Ivy in bootcamp. I don't remember many of the recruits in the platoon but i do remember IVY. He was always there to help others out, motivate, and just talk (when we had the chance). you will be missed!"
CWO Larry McNair of Okinawa Japan

"Words cannot express the grief I feel in my heart at the loss of SSgt Kendall H. Ivy.I was his first Plt Sgt, Weapons Company 1/6 81's Platoon. When he came to me as a young PFC full of fire I knew he was truly one of the best this country had to offer, and proud to have him in my platoon. Several years after I retired I bumped into now SSgt Ivy at Brookwood day care picking up his boys while I picked up my grandkids. He had such a fine bunch of children it touched my heart to see how well he had done for himself. The last time I saw him was right before he left one night in Wal-Mart with his family.Full of fire and ready to go as always. I'll never forget the last words he said to me."C'mon and go with us Gunny", I would if I could Devil Dog. The Lord must have needed some of the Worlds Finest because he took one of the best. I am truly honored to have served with you Kendall and consider you not only a fellow Marine and friend but as a son, Semper Fi. God bless you and your beautiful family."
Gysgt Mark W Tice USMC Retired of Richlands NC

"My Brother and I went into the Marines several years before Kendall. I remember going to his house with Scott and seeing Kendalls eyes light up seeing us in Uniform. You could just tell he always had that in his heart- There's 3 people I think of now on a daily note- 1. Jack Reeves- My uncle also a Marine and a hero to me- 2. Michael nasipak- My freind and father n law who died of cancer- 3. SSGT Kendall IVY- a hero a great father husband who's story has touched alot of lives.
Words can't speak of his heorism and bravery- gratitude and respect. We'll meet again as the Marine Hymns says- We know who's guarding the gates- and I know he'll let us in. Semper Fi!

Sgt Steven H. Gifford
Lt. Scott E. Gifford
Galion, Ohio"
The Gifford Twins of Galion, Ohio

"To the Ivy family, I am deeply sorry for your loss! I knew Kendall. I served with him back when he was in 1/6 WPNS CO, 81's PLT. He was a great leader, friend and Marine. We always used to joke about the Ohio State / Michigan game because I am a MIchigan fan and Ivy was a Ohio State Fan. Kendall Ivy, you are an American Hero!"
Thomas Naumovski of Cincinnati, Ohio

"To the family of:Kendall H. Ivy 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"

"Thanks for serving our country I wish you did'nt die but im glad that you died fighting for our country than dieing on the streets of Iraq"
Jesse S. Carter of Galion,Oh,

Jon R.M.Ivy of galion, ohio

I knew SSgt Ivy from a football game we played in front of one of the Barracks of 2nd Marine Regiment, before we deployed to Iraq. I had just come from 6th Marines so I didn't know much about the SSgt of Marines. However being a new dad while being deployed to Iraq a second time. I find myself thinking of him and his family. After over 2 years I can still remeber his name and face, its crazy the impact that a unit disaster can have on and leave with you. Before I leave I will make it a point to get down to the SSgt Ivy memorial gym for one last work out.

Sgt Juan Rojas of Jacksonville NC

"SSgt Kendall Ivy served with me at both SOI and 2D MAR Regt. He was a superior Marine and a Brother, we spent many days talking and laughing. His Love for his Family was evident, and I have heard all of his stories from high school to family get togethers. I am truly honored to have known and served with Kendall. I will always miss him and will never forget how he was. To the Ivy family, Kendall will never be forgotten. He will live on in our memories and in our hearts. God bless and keep you always."
MGySgt Tom Gilbert of Quantico Va (formerly of RCT-2)

"Thank you Kendall for serving. It is men like you that keep us all free."
Jay Dee of Galion, Ohio

"Your memory will always be with those of who served with you. I for one will never forget you. I am proud to have served with you.

God bless your family for the loss of a truly wonderful father, brother, son and husband."
SgtMaj Mackey of Ramadi, Iraq

"If there is anyone from Regimental Combat Team - 2 who served in '04-'05 with Ssgt. Kendall Ivy, and you have any pictures of him taken in Iraq, could you please send a copy to me, his brother, to this address: Keith Ivy, 31 Seminary St. Greenwich, Ohio 44837. Any pictures of him would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for serving.. and thank you in advance for the pictures."
Keith Ivy of Greenwich, Ohio/United States

"im corporal willis, and i served with ssgt ivy in 1st bn. 6th mar. 81's plt. he was a sgt in my day, but he was an exellent marine. i will never forget the time when we were in creete greece, on the uss nassau, and i went on libo. i came back, puked, and when i woke up, i found out i had duty. yup, you guessed it, sgt ivy told me. it sucked, but i'll never forget it. he doesn't know it, but i loved him and still do. he's my brother, and that will NEVER change."
scott willis of mt. morris ny

"I have had the privlage to not only work along side of you but to allow you in my family. You trained my brother, you was a great friend, and a awesome leader...to this day I think of you daily..From turning over in SOI to training side by side in Unit Leaders Course I will always remember your sacrafice..You are a true brother in arms.."
GySgt Bruce of Jacksonville, NC

"I am an Army soldier currently posted ad Camp Ripper, Al Asad. Everyday I workout at the Kendall H. Ivy Memorial gym on Ripper. Everyday I see SSGT Ivy's pictures on the walls. I have to say that it is a privelege and an honor to utilize a facility named after such a leader and hero that SSG Ivy was. From what I have read on this page, I could only wish to be half the leader and combat troop that he was. Thank you for your sacrafice SSGT Ivy. Hoo Ra"
Sgt W of 169th Military Police Company

"Kendall is my Great uncle.When my mom heard that he died,I never saw her cry so much."
Wyatt Montgomery of plymouth,ohio,U.S.

"I thought of you a lot today Ivy; I'm attending a weekend retreat on Practicing Peace in Times of War and it stirred up a lot of deep down stuff. I hope you're resting in peace and watching over your loved ones, understanding you touched so many more than you realise..."
Brandi of Red Feather Lakes, CO

"This is very strange, but I was watching John Edwards, the medium's TV show, and they showed Lee Ann and her friend on there speaking with John Edwards. My husband came home and when he heard they were talking about Marines he started watching too, which is funny because he doesn't believe in that like I do. They started showing the photos of the guys, and when they showed Kendall's photo on there, my husband said I KNOW him! He said I KNOW THAT FACE. They did not say his last name so I looked up the rank and first name on the internet and found this page. I started reading and noticed people writing about 1/6 and the USS Nassau. My husband was a member of 1/6 and was on the USS Nassau in 98/99. He looked in his float book, and sure enough found SSGT Ivy there. He said I knew I knew him!! He always remembers faces of those he served with. Very strange, but we are both deeply saddened by his loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. Semper Fi!"
CPL Jason A. Ziman and Alicia Ziman Battalion 1/6, Charlie Company, 2nd PLT 1995-1999 of Sugar Land, TX USA

"His story and his life lives through Marines everyday. Our thoughts and our respect are always with you."
Kevin Sirucek of Ft. Benning, Georgia

"kendall was the best uncle. he was not mine but samuel has told me of the good times and so has kevin kendalls brother. i wish rhat i could have got to know him. but i love his kids they are the best and leann is to. stay in there leann God will help you be strong. i love you all. thank you kendall for being such a great marine your my hero and you will always be ~THANK YOU SSGT KENDALL H. IVY~ your the best. see you soon. my soon to be uncle=)"
kimmy michalski of willard,ohio United States

"kensall was the best uncle. he was not mine but samuel has told me of the good times and so has kevin kendalls brother. i wish rhat i could have got to know him. but i love his kids they are the best and leann is to. stay in there leann God will help you be strong. i love you all. thank you kendall for being such a great marine your my hero and you will always be ~THANK YOU SSGT KENDALL H. IVY~ your the best. see you soon. my soon to be uncle=)"
kimmy michalski of willard,ohio United States

"kensall was the best uncle. he was not mine but samuel has told me of the good times and so has kevin kendalls brother. i wish rhat i could have got to know him. but i love his kids they are the best and leann is to. stay in there leann God will help you be strong. i love you all. thank you kendall for being such a great marine your my hero and you will always be ~THANK YOU SSGT KENDALL H. IVY~ your the best. see you soon. my soon to be uncle=)"
kimmy michalski of willard,ohio United States

"kensall was the best uncle. he was not mine but samuel has told me of the good times and so has kevin kendalls brother. i wish rhat i could have got to know him. but i love his kids they are the best and leann is to. stay in there leann God will help you be strong. i love you all. thank you kendall for being such a great marine your my hero and you will always be ~THANK YOU SSGT KENDALL H. IVY~ your the best. see you soon. my soon to be uncle=)"
kimmy michalski(samule ivys girlfriend) of willard,ohio United States

"Thank you ssgt Ivy Love cuzin Zach"

"Thank you ssgt Ivy Love cuzin Zach"

"SSgt Ivy was my SOI instructor when he was a SGT. He had just gotten off of a float/deployment when he arrived shorty after our training cycle began. He said something the first time I heard him speak which stuck with me ever since. He said, "There is noting more dispicable on earth than someone who doesn't believe in God." I can say without question that I know where he is today. Semper Fi, SSgt. You and your family are in my prayers."
Sgt. Talbott of Alabama

"I served with SSGT Ivy when he was a PFC,LCPL,CPL,and SGT in WPNS Co. 1/6. He was a Mortar man and I was a Tow gunner. I have a lot of fond memories of cleaning weapons, drinking beer, running P.T. with him among other things. Kendall was a Marine who loved his troops and loved his family. I slept next to him while we were deployed on the USS Nassau, and not a night went by when he did not remind me of how much he missed his wife and family. Semper Fi Kendall... Cha Cha Cha."
Bill Pfingston of Hudson, NH

"Thank you Kendall..I miss you, I will always miss you. Until we meet again. Your friend, neighbor, and fellow Marine."
GySgt David L Sutherland of CLNC

"My name is Cpl Sowell, I was with SSgt Ivy when everything happened when we were North of Karabilah...I don't know what to say. If anyone in the family wants to talk you all can call anytime. (919) 353-0880 or email marineinfinity@yahoo.com His wife and kids are in my prayers."
Henry L Sowell of Camp Lejuene, NC 28542

"SSgt Ivy was a great man. I knew him for ten minutes and could live with that bold statement. Before we got on those buses he allowed me to say goodbye to my wife before leaving to Iraq. Everything happened so fast we left earlier than usual like always and my wife and I really did not say good bye. Because we thought that the bus formation was just for accountability, but it wasn't and they told us to board the bus. SSgt Ivy saw the pain in my eyes and told me go say goodbye we'll wait for you. He made my 192 days in Iraq a whole lot easier and for that gesture of kindness I will always remember him. I wish his family the best.
Sgt Juan G Cruz
RCT 2"
Juan G Cruz of nc j ville

"I had the honor and the privleage of serving with SSGT IVY when he was a SGT and a SSGT while i was stationed at SOI his leadership and knowledge is of the some of the best ive seen. And one of the best SNCO'S I ever served under.

SGT Miller"

"I was with Ssgt Ivy when he was injured. If any member of his family would like to contact me my contact number is 252-521-6318 please give me a call if you want to talk."
Cpl Weaver Jeffrey A of Jacksonville NC

""I served with SSgt Ivy in Weapons company, 1st battalion, 6th Marines, someone once said "the best compliment you can give is to say he was a good Marine" Well, SSgt Ivy was a Damn good Marine!""
GySgt Downing of BLT 1/2

"I was then Sergeant Ivy’s platoon commander for a short time in the 1/6 81’s platoon and remember him leaving the Marine Corps to seek new adventures. I was ecstatic to hear that such a fine leader of Marines had rejoined the Corps and then brought to tears to hear of his death. I remember him as a ruthless enforcer of standards, a superb example for young Marines, and a patient mentor for all around him. All officers should be so lucky as to serve with enlisted leaders of Staff Sergeant Ivy’s superior caliber. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and I look forward to seeing him again on the streets of heaven. Semper Fidelis."
Captain Dave Handy, USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

"i served with ssgt ivy at soi for several years. He was the type of marine who would do anything for his marines and deeply cared for his family his marines and the corps. We spend many days talking Buckeye football and nascar which would always make the day a little easier. I never forget you brother Semper fi"
Gysgt Parsons wc

"I served with SSGT IVY in 1/6. We were Cpl's and then Sgt's together. Just this July I heard of his ultimate sacrifice for our country. He was an amazing Marine, Friend and most of all brother. I've been reflecting on all of the times we would throw the football together and talk about life while in the field.

His family probably already knows this, but it was an honor, blessing and privilege to serve with your son and/or husband.

I know when I get to Heaven's scenes, I will find the streets are guarded by SSGT IVY and the rest of my fallen brothers, The United States Marines.

Any of my fellow 1/6 brothers are out there call me 315-529-4400. We should do something for all of our fallen brothers."
Peter Calabro of Syracuse, NY


"To my friend. To his wife and children. I am deeply sorry. To all who did not have the privledge of knowing SSgt Ivy,let me tell you that we have lost a great man. A man with morals and convictions that did not waver. A man who would give the shirt off his back to help you out. SSgt Ivy would go to the bat for you when others would turn their backs. He was a damn good man and always a Marine. I will ALWAYS remember him."
Aric Wells of Nashville, Tn.

"Sergeant Ivy, goodbye soldier and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"To The Ivy 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 paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"To the family of Staff Sgt Kendall H. Ivy. We salute you and may your name be remembered by all. Our son is part of Staff Sgt Ivy's platoon. Our prayers are with you as well as with out son and all that are still there. Siemper Fi."
Pete and Maureen Greco of Denver, CO

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From the family of LCpl Branden P. Ramey, KIA 11/8/04"
Sandy of CA

"To the family of Kendall, all of my prayers are with you. God Bless Kendall and his family."
Kelly of Galion, OHIO

"Remebered as a hero...... Kendall H. Ivy, II......... he gave his life for the freedom of others... he will always be remembered.

To his family and friends.. I share in your grief and express my heart felt sympathies....."
of Toledo, Ohio

"To the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Kendall H. Ivy II,

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

leonard t. wahl of valley stream ny usa

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

"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 and family of Massillon, Ohio

"Thank you Kendall Ivy II, 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 Staff Sgt. Kendall Ivy II:
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 Kendall 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 Staff Sgt. Kendall Ivy II:
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 Kendall, 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