Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi, Jr.

24, of Fort Worth, Texas.
Jafarkhani-Torshizi 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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"I love you Jr"
jennah of arlington

"i want to give condolences to Saeed family and i would love to give them a Gold Star Pillows for a Fallen Hero i made myself to let his family know we did not forget what that marine did for this country.I am with the Fort Worth Marine Corps League Det#731 and also i am a marine vet my email address is(socool371@yahoo.com)"
Anthony King of Fort Worth.Texas U.S.A

"January 17, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi, Jr.:
Saeed 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 met Saeed in California while he was still in s.o.i. I was dropping my brother off to base. I knew him as J.R. it took me a few months for me to be able to say his name right. Your son had a smile that will never be replaced. I see it every time I close my eyes.He had a very special place in my heart. I will keep your family in my prayers for the rest of my life.I would like to say thank you for sharing your hero with me. He will be remembered always."
Dezerie Solis of Chino,Ca

"we miss you and love you"
jennah of arlington tz

"J.R. was a friend that I met during sixth Grade in Pennsylvania. I will remember him as a hero! God Bless"
John T of Tampa, FL

"J.R. though i only got to spend a few weeks with you i could never forget your smile, laugh and the joy you brought to everyone around you! I will forever miss you and will never forget you!"
A1C Elizabeth Cadena of Deployed

"You are still in my heart and will always be thinking of you. We grew up together as kids and we'd always play hide and go seek. You are my true hero. I miss you and love you!"
Cori Wheeler (Martinez) of Virginia Beach, VA

"""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

"To the family of: Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi,Jr.I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ."
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"My condolences to LCpl Jafarkhani-Torshizi's family and his brothers abroad. I salute you LCpl!"
Angela Turman of Fort Worth, Texas

"Freedom for everyone in everywhere.

God bless my American cousin who created the eternal power in our heart, and a great honor for his nation (Iran / US )The next generations will remember him (and all American brave soldiera )as a truly liberators. As nowadays we remember Amrican liberators in 2nd world war .
Jr. , You will be alive in our hearts for ever.
Dear Rani , accept our deepest condole.
God bless Iran , God bless USA

Alireza of Tehran / Iran

"Dear Travis Family,
My daughter had her first crush on J.R. in sixth grade. Even back then he was a kind, intelligent and good boy. Jenny just gave us the news of J.R.'s death last week. You are in our prayers and thoughts."
Karen and Mike B-C of Cherry

"I am so sorry for your loss for I am feeling it also. I am the father of Lcpl Brian Hopper, who was on the helicopter with Saeed. May our memories never fade."
Rob Hopper, rob.hopper@pbsgc.com of Wynne, AR

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on the helicopter with Saeed. My condolences to his 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

"Our sons died together. They will forever be brothers in arms. May God ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert (mother of Richard Gilbert, Jr.) of Dayton, Ohio

"To Saeed and family from the Wahl family. Our family is very sadden by the lost of Saeed. Our family understands your suffering and pain. We are parents of a fallen soldiers. Saeed is more then a family man soldier and HERO! He is the elite of AMERICANS. Risking his life for us all. Shows the American people HOW? Special Saeed and our military soldiers ARE! Saeed has touched many many lives and will not be forgotten. An parents of all fallen soldiers. Need to keep the news media aware of them. An to organize amemorial in Washington DC and in the local community. Our family is very proud of Saeed! God Bless!"
leonard wahl of Valley Stream NY

"Thank you Marine,Rest in Peace"
Grateful American of New Jersey

"I knew Saeed briefly before he was transferred to Hawaii. I knew him as J.R. I am deeply saddened by his loss. I can say without a doubt that he was proud to serve his country. And now his country can be proud of him. My prayers and thoughts go to his family. We will not forget his sacrifice"
N.W. of San Diego, CA

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi, Jr.,

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

"To Saeed's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your hero's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.


Gloria Caldas
Proud Mother of Fallen Hero
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas
"The Big Ern"
82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
San Antonio, Texas

"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, Saeed, will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi, Jr., 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. Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi, Jr.:
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 Saeed 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. Saeed Jafarkhani-Torshizi, Jr.:
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 Saeed, 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