Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez

34, of San Diego, California.
Jimenez died due to enemy fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on April 11, 2004.

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"Happy 241st Birthday Marine!!"
(11/10/2016) SJ of San Diego

"Oscar was always putting others before self and had a big smile. Cleanest rifle at OCS ! ... Man was smart -- brought dental cleaning tools to boot camp. Semper Fi. RIP."
Hallinan of San Francisco

"Hi I have never met you before I am Your nephew"
Angel Soto of San Diego California

"Hi Daddy,

Another year of this day passes,
The pain chips off from the memory masses.
Because your love is what holds strong,
That’s what keeps me going on.

I think of you in my best of times,
And I can remember your smile.
When I think of you in my worst of times,
I remember how your voice sounded when I was a child.

I feel your presence right before
I have to face life’s trials some more
Then I think, “Is this real?”
Then I realize you never left me in the dark to heal

That day on the freeway I was almost gone,
But I guess I still have a purpose that goes beyond.

I know you are praying for me to see paradise,
I am trying my hardest to follow His sacrifice.
My life changes when I step to the altar,
I only hope I do not falter.

You are the greatest father
For any daughter
Please know those 15 years
Has brought me far into my career.

Thank you for being there for me then,
I know the boys will grow to be great men.

Christopher wants to hug you.
Oscar wants to talk to you.
Mommy wants to see you.
Everyone deeply misses you.

I shall wait for the day
Until then I will pray:

"May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I miss you and I love you,"
Vanessa Jimenez of San Diego, CA

"Dear Bro,

Today marks 12 years when God took you home. The pain remains and our lives have forever changed. We think of you often and I hope you know how many lives you touched in such a positive way. We are constantly reminded of all the good you did. Your laughter and corky smile lives within my heart and it is a sound and an image I hope never fades away.

I hope I am making you proud. We love and miss you deeply. Forever in our hearts.

Your kid sis Diana, nephew Moises and extended family and friends."
Diana Canizalez of San Diego CA

"God Bless You, see you on the other side Brother!"
Steven of San Diego

"Happy Birthday Marine!!"
SJ (11/10/2014) of San Diego, CA

"all though my emotions do not surface I miss you dearly and think of you all the time. I promise uphold the all the good and positive things you bestowed upon us.YOUR A TRUE WARRIOR"
your oldest nephew armando jimenez of san diego

"It was ten years ago today that you went to be with the Lord Jesus. A day I will never forget. Thank you, Oscar, for allowing me and my family to live in freedom. You will NEVER be forgotten. God be with your family forever."
Bob Grove of Idyllwild, CA

"Please I offer with great respect my condolences to you and family"
Felix Jimenez of Phoenix Arizona

"Thinking of all our childhood memories.

Always thinking about Oscar and how he would be proud of his boys. Their all grown up and look so much like his father. Miss him very much!!"
Jimenez Sibling of (proud.jimenez@yahoo.com) San Diego, CA

"I served with Oscar at A battery 11th marines in Camp Pendleton.I was shocked to hear of his death.Oscar and I went over sease twice.Desert Storm and a west pac.I enjoyed the great times we had and will cherish them forever.My friend rest inpeace.You will be missed You friend always.John Maher.Pittsburgh Pa"
John Maher of charleroi pa 15022

"Thinking about Oscar today. We were in OCS, TBS and Logistics School together. Oscar is probably the main reason I passed the Motor Transport section of log school, he was always willing to help everyone out. He even carried my books to class for me when I was on crutches. As far as stories go, I believe there is one floating around out there from Logistics School that involved him having to spend an entire Saturday painting the curbs on the base along with a few other Lt's, I cannot recall what they did, but I am pretty certain Oscar accepted responsibility for something he didn't even do, I hope somebody who remembers what happened sees this and posts the story.

The one thing I do remember vividly was the love he had for his family and how much he talked about them, especially his daughter. You could tell that being on the other side of the country for training for such a long period of time was taking a toll on him. He used to tell me that I reminded him of his daughter. I've never met her so I'm not certain what exactly it was but his eyes would light up when he would say it. So if you are reading this Vanessa, know that he thought of you often, as well as your mother and brothers. He was a great man and Marine and is missed by many.

It's not much but I wanted to say thank you to Oscar's family for their sacrifice.

Semper Fi brother Oscar, you are missed."
Jessica Hopely of Philadelphia, PA

"Remembering you this Veterans Day!
11 November 2012

Thank you for your service and sacrifice! NEVER FORGOTTEN!!"
S. Jimenez of California

"Happy Birthday Marine!
Miss you so much!

10 November 2012"
S. Jimenez of California

"Tim, thank you!"
proud.jimenez@yahoo.com of San Diego, CA

"I ran the first annual CA Run for the Fallen and had the privilege of sponsoring Oscar Jimenez. I thank him and his family's sacrifice. It was an honor to represent him."
Tim Polk of Travis AFB, CA

"To all whose hearts my father had touched:

If you are reading this you are missing him aren’t you? Me too. To be honest, I try not to think about it because I feel the grief that stricken my heart where love once lived. I know that love is still there burning strong; I am just having a little trouble retrieving it. I guess you are too. The majority of the stories are most inspiring while some remind me of the pain. Grief occurs in seven stages:

1. Shock/Denial
2. Pain/Guilt
3. Anger/Bargaining
4. Depression/Reflection/Loneliness
5. The Upward Turn
6. Reconstruction & Working Through It
7. Acceptance and Hope

All these stages don’t necessarily happen in that order. For several years now, I had been stuck on #3. I would lash out at my family and friends who were only trying to help me but I was angry because nobody knew what it was like to be me. Nobody knew what it was to lose a dad like mine. I miss hearing the garage opening and my lil bros and my mom and I would race to the door to give him the first hug. In 29 Palms I miss his random calls to the house when he knew I just got home from walking from the bus stop so I could make him a sandwich for lunch. I miss making dinner as a family. I miss watching movies as a family. I miss him helping me with my homework. I miss him kissing us all goodnight. I miss everything!!!!!!

It hurts that he is gone. My mom and my lil bros feel the pain too. At the beginning we use to all cry ourselves to sleep almost everyday. We still do sometimes but not as often and not at the same time anymore. We are getting stronger now. We are still limping with our grief but we help each other up. We are still the Jimenez family and nobody has been able to take that away. Not even grief. Our bond with God has been a struggle but today it stands strong. I know some of you are curious and would like to contact us. Some of you we had the pleasure of running into you randomly in public. If you would like to contact my mom Alejandrina or my lil bros Oscar or Christopher you have to contact me first (vanessjimenez29@gmail.com). My father literally entrusted several people with my family in writing! We found out afterwards as everyone combined letters and memories of phone calls that he ended them all with: “ Take care of my wife and kids.”

Now remember my family and I are not our old selves anymore. We have changed. We changed not because we wanted to but because of our circumstance. As you can see it took me 8 years to finally write to you all. Please don’t expect a quick response. I will need time to know how to approach it, but I am willing. I am also, a student trying to finish two Bachelor’s degrees so my time is limited.

If I may ask for one request…will you all post your favorite memory you had with my dad? I really appreciate the stories about how my dad has helped you in life. When I read those, I feel as though maybe my dad would have said the same thing to me? My dad use to tell my family funny stories from his work; my favorite one is the one about the hijacked Ice Cream truck! I would like my little brothers to refer to this site in the future when they become curious (like all of us) so they can find a good story about the adventures of 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez. I hope to see you all one day with my dad in Heaven.

Vanessa Jimenez"
Vanessa Jimenez of San Diego, California

"It seems as if all who knew Oscar Jimenez will never forget him! I didn't know him for too long or too well but when I heard of his death it truly disturbed me. He was a great man and I learned from him, something he would probably be surprised to hear because when we worked together we were teenagers. Here is a link to a book I wrote about those years, San Diego and times gone by, RIP to Oscar Jimenez. He was great.

Elliot Richey of San Diego, California

"I was sitting right behind Lt. Jimenez in the lead HMMWV on that fateful day. I think of you often Sir, nearly every day. I can only recall fragments of that days events. I can still remember the day I came to collect your information to set up your email account, you and another Lt. were stuck in an office in the Battalion CP with no windows, you were a 2nd Lt then. Seems like yesterday we were on radio watch on Prospect for Squad Evals. I was terrible at radio protocol and you had to keep reminding me to say over after I was done sending and I would cuss because I kept doing it, between the two of us we gave the staff and officers a good laugh. You will be forever etched on the minds of those who served with you because of who you were, a mentor, a leader and fellow warrior. Rest well Sir."
LCpl Scott, Adam 3/4 COMM Plt. of Rochester, PA

"We appreciate everyone's kind messages and thank you so much for keeping Oscar's memory alive!"
S. Jimenez (proud.jimenez@yahoo.com) of San Diego, CA

"LT. not a day goes by that i dont think about you or cry because of the mark you left on my life when i served under you in 3/4 Motor T. 8 long hard years have almost gone by now and it seems like only yesterday when we last spoke. You were an officer that all officers should strive to be like. Every day i struggle to live up to be the person i think you would want me to be. I hope that after all these years i am finally becoming that man you would be proud of. I miss you more than words could ever describe. YOU ARE TRULY LOVED"

I'm one of Oscar's friends from Marine OCS and TBS and would like to go visit him. Does anybody know the name/location of the Cemetery? If someone knows please send it to csarterrero@yahoo.com or text it to 850-543-8774.

Cesar Terrero of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

"Lt u r greatly missed the day u died there with us a piece of us died u were a great leader with alot of wisdom when u realized we were lost called us to the front of humvee and said u realized u *ed up by letting them no who was in charge gives me piece knowing u were prepared to die God bless u sir and u saved alot of lives that day by giving us the right directions before u passed u will always be missed and remembered u were a great man condolences to ur wife and children.... Rock Conner 3/4 motor t"
Rockconner of Palestine texas

"Oscar was a great leader. He was the type of person who always had time to help a fellow Marine out. I am from San Diego and went through the selection process with Oscar to include attending OCS and TBS with Oscar. I still cant believe he is gone."
Captain Daniel Rosales of Murrieta, CA

"Thinking of you OJ. I am proud to have called you my fraternity brother and friend. You are and always will be an American hero."
Rudy Z of San Diego, CA

"Easter indeed has not been the same without him! We went to his grave site today and saw your flowers, thank you!"
S. Jimenez of San Diego, CA

"I visited Lt Jimenez yesterday. It was the first day of Memorial Day weekend and a very nice, but cool day. My fiance had picked some wild flowers the day prior at Palomar Mountain and we left them at his grave site. I wasn't in that convoy over seven years ago, but Oscar and I were at Catholic mass together before we crossed into Iraq and held hands during the Lord's Prayer. Easter has never been the same for me after we lost Oscar, Cpl Amaya, and LCpl Gray that day. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Jimenez family and all of us who knew him."
MGySgt Joe St. Onge (Retired), 3/4 Comm Chief 2003-2005 of Fallbrook, CA

"it's been seven years and it seems like it was just yesterday! My heart still aches with sadness :(

S. Jimenez of San Diego, CA (Apr 2011)

"i never got a chance to talk to LT. jimenez, but from what i heard he was a good LT and that's all that matters. anyway reading ssgt russ' note about his last words hit home for me. i was sitting in the back of a humvee crapping myself while the ambush was going down. my first gunfight, fresh out of feild medic training. myself and a couple army medics attended to his wounds, which were great. i quickly gained IV access while other medic's intubated him and dressed his GSW's. the whole time i was working on him all of the marines were saying "come on sir, your gonna make it back to 29 palms" .."oorah sir" .. chanting words of encouragement. whil this was going on i saw my pt's breathing increase, to deeper, more forceful respirations, as if he was hearing those words and responding with all his might. it was a moment in my life i will not soon forget. Sir, i'm sorry i could not help you..let me make it up to you in another life"
HN Jerry Kankelborg of West jordan UT. 510 566 7102

"dear oscar,
you were a great person, you always wore flannels & you had that great vibe. youll always be remembered ."
Oscar of long beach

"To the family of:Oscar Jimenez
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" 1-1-11"

I never met you, but I have been privledged to meet you through your amazing wife and beautiful three children. They have become family to me and I care very much for them. I know what they go through missing you each and every day. Not only am I thankful for your sacrifice, I am thankful for the friendship and bond that I have gained with Ali and the kids. We will always, always remember..."
Thelma I. Alaniz proud wife of Capt. P. Christopher Alaniz of San Diego, CA.


"Thank you all for keeping his memory alive!!"
Sonia Jimenez of SanDiego, CA

"TO OJ and family: I meet OJ at San Diego State University where he took it upon himself to be my big brother as I was figuring the academic and fraternity life. Oscar you encouraged me to reach out for my dreams to become a doctor. I still remember receiving news about my medical school interview the day you passed away. It was an emotional day, and I felt that you were still there by my side encouraging me to reach my goal. Thank you!!!"
Ricardo Olivo, MD

"Oscar, back in 2002 you made me promise you that I would return and finish my degree. As promised, I am now an SDSU graduate. OJ believed in me when not even I did. Even in spirit, you continue to motivate and inspire me. I hope to be the kind of man you were and more importantly, the kind of friend you deserved! Miss you my Gamma Brother!!!"
Oscar Montanez of San Diego, CA

"I found your grave site. I'll see you April 11th."
David Oaks of Phoenix, AZ

"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

"I first met Lt Oscar Jimenez at Al Asad Airfield in Iraq. I remember thinking that here was a Marine they had pulled from some USMC recruitment poster. Cool & calm & ready to take action at a moments notice. While serving with ¾ in Iraq I talked to him only a few times. He had this vibe about him that wanted to make any junior marine follow him anywhere.

When the news came back to us in Fallujah I was deeply saddened at the loss of such a good officer. I still think of him all the time these days. – We miss you!"
Cpl La Ha, M. S. - Judge Jr. of Chicago- IL

"Oscar, I found you my friend. I only wish this were different. I served with Oscar in the first Gulf War (A 1/11). I had alot of fun being your friend. I found a few of our buddies and will tell them of your accomplishments becoming an officer and your service again for us all. To your family, I am so sadened by this discovery. I know you are all proud of Oscar and my heart goes out you and Thank You for support and sacrifice each of you have given for our country. I am already filled with sorrow and will miss Oscar. Semper Fi brother!"
David Oaks of Phoenix, AZ

"Hello Oscar, I do not know you as a Marine, but only when we worked at Computer City San Diego a while back. I remember you would tell me about the Marine Corps and how cool it was to be a Marine. At the time, I recall you being a reservist attending school. There was one time where you made a sale and accidentally acredited the wrong salesman so I bought lunch. I could see you were a little upset but you were cool about it. So a few years later, in 2000, I finally, with a couple of waivers, joined the Corps. Just with the few times we hung out and had our laughs together, I was influenced into being a Marine amongst other people. Thank you for what you did for me as I was a knucklehead and all the Marines that served under you. Semper Fidelis!"
SSgt. Gonzalez, R.B. of Yuma, AZ/USA

"TO: Ben Smith (Combat Trains OIC) of Chicago, IL

My name is Lily, I’ am Oscars niece, First I would like to thank you for leaving your comment, we know how tough that might of been for you, same here. And second, thank you for offering these pictures; we would really appreciate it if we could have copies of those pictures. We loved him so much and we want to have every piece of memory that he left us with. If you could please post this pictures on any website that relates to my uncle Oscar. Or by via e mail perez_e_mail@yahoo.com

Thank you very much. L.Perez"
L.Perez of San Diego, CA

"We miss him very much. everyday that passes by just seems like it was just yesterday."
L.Perez of San diego CA

"Hi, first time writing to you, but i just wanted to thank you for be a good guy and for searving for our country, and not only that but for being a good friend to my dad ssgt Marcil. Every easter since the news came to our ears my father sits down and thinks of oscar, i dont think he will ever forget him, he keeps his picture on his memory case, when i was him and my dad sitting on that hummer in iraq. I dont think there is a day that my dad will forget him. And a couple more days will make it that day of his passing so me and my dad are going to sit down and say a prayer to you, but basically saying thanks for always being in our hearts."
Bryan Marcil of Stafford Va

"March 29, 2009
To the family of 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez:
Oscar 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

"Another year has gone by and I can still remember our last conversation as if it was just yesterday! Every picture I see of you I can hear your voice. Still, not a day goes by that we don't think about you! We miss you very much!"
S. Jimenez of San Diego, CA

"I was a new hire with OJ at Cox Communications in San Diego. We shared a lot of laughs over the stress of a new job. I knew he was still in the reserves, and that he had gone back on active duty. When I found out he had been killed in Iraq, I was stunned. He was a great cable guy, and obviously an even better marine. I will always remember his ready laugh and sense of humor. Semper Fi, OJ....."
Scott Peele of San Diego CA

"Oscar, It has taken me a while to be able to write a message here. I have had this site bookmarked on my computer for years now. You were my best friend in 3/4. I remember cooking breakfast when we were in Oki, you made the best food and we planned these great BBQs after that deployment. We had these great plans for when we got back, getting our families together, it was going to be a blast! I remember the day I was told to take my combat trains and go link up with your convoy, that something had happened, we went and got into an overwatch position along the road, and had to wait. I saw the helo fly by and it broke my heart, you had gone to the other side by then. I think about you all the time brother. You are the best man I know, your example continue to provide guidance. To Oscar's family: I'm sorry it took me so long to write this, I have a few pictures of Oscar from Okinawa, we tried to cook a beer battered chicken for Christmas (it fell over and was a mess) and a few others. Please let me know if you want them. You all are in my thoughts and prayers every day."
Ben Smith (Combat Trains OIC) of Chicago, IL

"Oscar and I went to OCS and TBS together. Him and I were paired up on the firing range, and his experience and mentoring helped me get my qualification. Later, in Iraq, I was the public affairs officer assigned to write the official press release for Marines killed in action. When I saw his name appear, I was shocked. I had a hard time writing that release. Oscar was a great man and I am better for having known him. Fair winds and following seas, my friend."
Eric Knapp of Hampton, VA

"Thinking of you this Easter Sunday!!"
Jimenez Noriega Family of San Diego, CA

"Hello, my name is Kim Meyne. I live in Portage IN. I have never meet 1st Lt Jimenez but was introduced to him via 1st Lt Jane Blair through her letter that I am preforming in a play called Letters Home. Although I did not know him I feel as I got a little bit of what kind of person he was and I just wanted to thank him and his family for all he did for us. I thank all of our troops for doing what needs to be done so my family can remain safe. I wish I would have had the honor to meet him."
Kim Meyne of Portage IN

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about Oscar... I miss him very much!"
S. Jimenez of San Diego, CA 1/19/08

"To view photos of Oscar, please visit the following site;
Sonia Jimenez of San Diego, CA

"Always in our hearts and Thank You for keeping JUNIOR safe.

I know you where their with him ~ keeping him safe :]"
of San Diego, CA

My name is Grant Smith and I knew Oscar when he was a driver in A1/11. I was the Ammo Chief and Oscar was one of the ammo drivers. I just saw his name in the book no true glory and did a google search and found this site. I am now sitting here felling like I have been punched in the gut. Oscar was a great Marine and would give you the shirt off his back. Many times we sat around the bunson burner in the field and shared ramen noodles. He always had a camera and was shooting pictures. I know he loved his family and was was a great friend to me and all the other Marines in the unit.When we were in Desert Storm he was tireless and could always be counted on.By Oscar becoming a Officer and going back to to the Gulf tells the true character this man had. If there are to be any future memorials for Oscar please e-mail at this address grantpools@adelphia.net. I live close to San Diego and will be glad to attend.
Semper Fi,
Grant Smith of Temecula, Ca. U.S.A.

"I worked along side Jimenez as Moter Transport Operations Chief in San Diego 4th tanks. And allthough we got off on the wrong foot we became good friends. Jimenez knew his stuff and I looked to him many times for guidance. I am more at peace with his passing because of this memoral web site.I am glad Jimenez was surrounded by good friends that day. Jimenez, I'll allways remember that famous day you, me and Frachett went dirtbike riding up in the San Diego hills. Thank you for being who you were. You'll be missed."
Sgt Embry Ret. of Vista, San Diego

"Been thinking about you Oscar. I want you to know that I'm finally making good on my promise to you. You always have and continue to be an inspiration to me. I love and miss you, Oscar #1!!!"
Oscar Montanez of San Diego, CA USA

"hey tio oscar i miss you so much!! i wish i could see you right now..."
melissa of school

"i love u alot miss u alot i wish i could see u right now"
lucero of beta 3671

"I appreciate all those who are serving our country now and those who have fallen. They inspired me to join the marine corp so with any luck I will join the brave military men & women in Iraq and do my best to help in any way. THANK YOU to all service members hope to see you soon"
Pvt Stokes USMC of Alvarado, TX USA

"Thank you!
Sonia Jimenez of San Diego, CA

"For those who were there know his last words, "Get the Marines out of there". When we were ambushed on the unimproved winding dirt road along the Euphrates River, LT Jimenez was in Vehicle 1 (V1) as The Convoy Commander. I was in V3 former Maintenance Chief for 3/4 (SSGT Russ). V3 went noise first off the 8 ft birm we were driving on. I relayed on the radio that V3 was down and reported the situation to Lt Jimenez. He responded with, "Get those Marines out of". That’s was it, then the radio went silent and all those listening new something grave had happened. LT Jimenez's last words were orders trying to save his Marines. Semper Fidelis Oscar---God Speed."
Tim Russ of Rochester NY USA

"4/11/07 - Remembering this Fallen Soldier..."
Jimenez-Noriega Family of CA, MEX & Venezuela

"4/08/07 Thinking of you on this Easter Sunday... Love Always, your Family that misses you very much!!"
Jimenez-Noriega Family of San Diego, CA

"I was in the Marines with Oscar when he was just a PFC with A 1/11 Motor Transport. He was a great man to be around. He drew a picture on the computer of a nuclear explosion and under it it had the words "Pull string go BOOOOOM!" It was a reference to me being in artillery and pulling the string for the gun to fire. I will miss him dearly. To the family I am sorry for your loss he was a great man and a great father to his children"
Bryce (Corporal Jacobson) of Huntington, UT USA

"You were an exemplary human being and a hero in more ways than one. May you rest in peace and may your family and children continue your legacy. You will always be remembered."
Mike Mera - Alumni of Gamma Zeta Alpha ::: DELTA CHAPTER ::: Northridge - CA

"I find myself still sadden by lost of my fraternity brother. I'm left thinking of the family he leaves behind and brief conversation we had about his children and my children. I was impressed by his accomplishments and his goals... I was proud of him then. I am proud of him today."
Abelardo G. of Gamma Zeta Alpha: Alpha Ch.- beta class

"Remembering this Fallen Soldier on his Birthday today 1/3/07"
Jimenez-Noriega Family of San Diego, CA

"Always thinking about you and the children...ALWAYS!

Sonia Jimenez of San Diego, CA

"I was there with Lt Oscar Jimenez the day he past. I was his gunner. He was like my father in Iraq. I knew him well. He and I spoke a lot about family life, we learned a lot from each other. He thought me how to enjoy life in the midst of war. I held his hand as he was carried to the helicopter so his death hurt very much. I know he is in a far better place now watching all of us. Thank Goddness for the life we shared with Oscar Jimenez. You will be missed.

Sgt Daniel A Sigala
1/5 scout snipers.
3/4 machine gunner."
Daniel A Sigala of Camp Pendleton, CA

"To a fallen bro. Rest in Peace Hermano. We thank you for your service."
Kevin B. (Delta Chapter - Gamma Zeta Alpha @ CSU Northridge) Alumni of Northridge, CA

"we wont ever forget the men who gave everything to make this country free. This is dedicated to the people who take there freedom for granted. Freedom is never free, it is earned. Sacrafice, honor, and valor is what it is all about. And to Oscar, I say thank u for keeping this country free and fighting tyranny all over the world. Thank u for being a all American. God bless your family!"
Aaron V. of san marcos,ca , usa

"To the family and friends of Oscar Jimenez: My deepest condolences. To Lt Jimenez: Thank you for embodying what it means to be a Marine, you're the man and we will miss you. We will see you again and thanks for looking out for us."
Lt. William Lee of Azusa, CA USA

"An Easter day without Oscar will never be the same!! Today our family got together to remember our Hero. We miss him very much!! Love Always,"
Jimenez-Noriega Family of San Diego, CA 4/16/06

"Not a day goes by that I don't think about Oscar. Two years later, it still hurts, but I know that Oscar is with his Lord and Savior in heaven. Oscar was a man of faith. In fact, in our last conversation together (during Holy Week 2004 at Hadithah Dam), Oscar asked me if Lent was over yet because he wanted to eat the little sweet cakes that came in some of our MREs. He was always fun to be around (the salsa verde at his home was the best), but serious about his duties to God and country. Oscar was a tremendous help to me, and his calm demeanor and unique smile will be with those who knew him and served with him...forever. May the peace of God be with Oscar and his family this day and always.


Bob Grove, former Chaplain, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines"
Bob Grove of Yucca Valley, CA, USA

"To the Family of Oscar Jimenz"

Oscar & I served together at 4th Tanks. I can say from my own experience, that Oscar is the true meaning of the word “Marine” in every way. His troops welfare & readiness ALWAYS came first. His love & devotion to his family was truly amazing. He would spend hours talking about you. He loves each of you with so much compassion. I admire him & will miss him very much, but in our memories, he will live forever!

To OJ:

Thank you. Thanks for all the laughter. Thanks for all the conversations we shared & all the mischief we spun together. We had a lot of fun & one day…we’ll share some more. You’re an awesome friend to have.

"Semper Fidelis"
Sgt Galusha of San Diego

"This fallen soldier was my uncle but he was like a father to me. I would give up my own life for him."
Jose Luis Castro Jimenezz of San Diego California U.S.

"As part of the great fraternal family you once joined, we will use you as an example to others. Your courage will always be rememberd and respected, and your soul will always be with us. From a brother to a brother, See you soon."
a brother of California

"I would like an soldier one but i have stared a family and don't want to leave my daugther behind R.I.P"
Veronica Peraza of Bakersfild Ca

"Oscar, I can't tell you how much I treasured having you as a friend and how much I enjoyed training with you as a fellow Marine. You always knew what to say to turn a bad situation into something humorous. I admired the way you talked about your wife and children and how you adored them. Never have I met such a selfless person, you always put everyone else's well being before your own, which is one of your qualities that made you such a great leader of Marines. I'll see you again someday, God Bless you Oscar and God Bless your family. We are all so lucky to have known you.
Semper Fi"
Your little buddy of Wilmington, NC

"i was there when oscar jimenez died. I gave him a camel light out of my pack and poured him a cup of coffee from my coffee maker at the heditha dam the day that he died. I was there when he died next to me in the field hospital. Oscar Jimenez was one of the best marines that I have ever came across...the streets of heaven are a little safer now.

Cpl Laha
3/4 H&S Co. Field Trains"
Cpl Laha of San Diego

"Mis respetos a la familia the 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez. Yo lo conoci cuando llegue a 4th Tanks y siempre lo admire. El era un Sargento cuando lo vi, siempre hacia todo lo possible para que nosotros estuvieramos bien. Todo lo que he aprendido se lo agradesco a el. Nunca te olvidare y tu familia siempre estara en mis oracciones."
Sgt. Murillo Jr, Norberto of San Diego, CA

""Oscar Jimenez Family. I was Oscar's Plt Sgt at OCS. He was always one that I could look for to accomplish missions within the Platoon. I served in Iraq and lost several good Men that I either trained or had that Marine Bond with, and I would like to say that my heart is very heavy for the loss of Oscar. I will remember him always in my prayers. Semper Fidelis Sir!"
Master Sergeant Steven M. Scott of Quantico, Virginia

"Memorial Day Ceremony will be held in memory of Oscar and to
Commemorate all members of the US armed forces who were killed in war.
If you would like to attend please email soniajimenez88@yahoo.com"
From Jimenez-Noriega Family of San Diego


"you alway where an amazing person always knowing what to do and never doing wrong.i will never forget how much you loved to laugh and how the room lighted up when you entered the room.you are my Tio oscar and i will never foget that"

"Oscar racked next to me at OCS. He was a constant source of support and reassurance. Always pushing me and all of our platoon to accomplish our best, his death is great loss to this world."
Matt Hrutkay of Watertown, NY

"Oscar Jimenez family,
What a great privilege it was to work with Oscar for my six years at 4th Tank BN in San Diego, CA. I want to thank the family for the incredible privilege of speaking at Oscar’s funeral. That was a day I will never, ever forget. To Oscar’s wife and children, I am always here for you. I know Oscar would have done the same for me.

For those of you reading this, I will try to reproduce my eulogy from the day of Oscar’s funeral:

I was the Motor Transport Chief at 4th Tanks for 6 years. During that entire time Cpl and later Sgt Jimenez was there by my side as my Plt. Sgt and later my Operations Chief. I often referred to him as my RIGHT HAND MAN! When I was given the task of speaking at the funeral I wondered were the term, RIGHT HAND MAN, came from. I did some research and found that the saying probably originated from the battle field of ancient times. The king would go into war carrying his shield in his left hand and his sword in his right hand. This meant that his right side would be his weakest side. The king would pick his best swordsman and put him on his right side to protect his weak side. Oscar was truly my RIGHT HAND MAN. When American needed a RIGHT HAND MAN, Oscar was there. He fought in Kuwait, and twice in Iraq. He was there protecting our right side. During many training operations I knew that with out my RIGHT HAND MAN, Oscar, I would have been lost and vulnerable. Oscar, thank you for being our RIGHT HAND MAN and protecting us. We will take it from here, Oscar. Well done Marine, Well done.

May God bless all of our military personnel who so proudly stand on America’s right side and protects us.

Your friend and fellow Marine, Gunny"
GySgt Chad Osborn, USMC Ret. of Oceanside, CA

"Miss You Uncle"
A.J. of San Diego, Ca.

"Oscar was to me the type of man I strive to be, the type of brother I hope I am, the type of husband I hope to be, the type of father I wish I had, but more importantly he was the type of friend that I hope I deserved. Oscar, you always believed in me even more than I believe in myself. You are a constant inspiration to me. Words will never give you justice. To anyone who was lucky to know Oscar, take your memories and relive them often. I'll see you again. I love you. To Ally, Vanessa, Oscar Jr, and Chris, you will always be in my heart, know that you can count on me for anything at anytimes of your lives. To Oscar's parents and siblings, thank you for letting me be a part of yours and Oscar's life. You became my family in San Diego when I didn't have one.
oscar_viii@hotmail.com please write me if you ever need anything."
Oscar Montanez (OJ's Fraternity Brother SDSU Gamma Zeta Alpha of Los Angeles, CA USA

"To Family and Friends of Oscar

Oscar was a great leader. He looked out for the well being of his Marines first. He was the best Platoon Sergeant we had and I strived really hard to be like him. He and I were close friends in the 5 years we served together at 4th Tanks in Miramar. I and all of the 60 plus Marines below him looked up and respected him.

You were my mentor and my hero. I truly love and miss you!

Semper Fi"
David Brambila, Former Sgt. USMC of Corona, CA

"To Oscar's Family & Friends,
Although I did not know him, the most important person in my life served with him at Twentynine Palms. I know, without a doubt, that Oscar was proud to be a U.S. Marine. I thank him and all the Marines and soldiers for doing everything they do for this GREAT country. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless."
Alice of Franklin Park, NJ

"To Oscar's Family & Friends,
Although I did not know him, the most important person in my life served with him at Twentynine Palms. I know, without a doubt, that Oscar was proud to be a U.S. Marine. I thank him and all the Marines and soldiers for doing everything they do for this GREAT country. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless."
Alice of Franklin Park, NJ

"To My Family.

Stay strong. I love you and will always be there when you need me through the good and bad. I want you to know that I am very proud of Oscar and I am very proud to be in this loving family. I love you."
Santana Rendon of San Diego, CA

We met while were working for ComputerLand. I remember your enthusiasm for life, your determenation, and your love for your kids. I found out about your passing while searching for info on my cousin Lance Cpl Travis Layfield. When Travis joined the marines I told him about Oscar and how good being a marine made him feel. I lost touch with Oscar threw me moving out of Southern CA and I am sad by that because he was a good friend. His memorey will live on in our hearts and in his children. Thank you for being a true HERO and for serving in two Persian Gulf wars. WE WILL NOT FORGET YOU OR ANY OF OUR SOLDIERS THAT WE LOST."
Kerri (Clark) Webster of Former SD, now Marysville CA

No farewell words were spoken, no time to say good-bye, you were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why."
Always Thinking of You!!

"We thought of you with Love today, but that is nothing new. We thought of you yesterday, and days before that, too. We think of you in silence, we speak your name with pride, and we relive our memories of living side by side. Your memory is our keepsake with which we'll never part. God has you in his keeping - we have you in our heart."
Love Always, The Jimenez-Noriega Family of San Diego, CA

"We little knew that morning that
God was going to call your name.
In life we Loved you dearly, in death
we do the same. ~~ It broke our
hearts to lose you, you did not go
alone; for part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.~~ You
left us peaceful memories, your Love
is still our guide; and though we
cannot see you, you are always at our
side, ~~ Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same;
but as God calls us one by one,
the Chain will link again."
Love Always, Your Sisters, Sonia, Diana & Carla of San Diego, CA

"Oscar My Son! My Best Friend.
A Perfect Role Model.
A Father, Brother, an Uncle.
You are Home Now, and Your Family is here with you, just like you wanted.
In Your Short Life, you did things I could only Dream of doing.
You accomplished So Much!
You did more in your Life, than most People do in Two Life Times...
You will Always be in Our Minds.
And We Are So Proud!!
May You Rest In Peace Son!"
Otto Oscar Jimenez of Seattle, Washington

"RIP Sir"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes, IL

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

"oscar is my fraternity brother and he will always be remembered as a hero both at home and away he served his comminity and was an exellent father is everyone could be half the person oscar was the world would be a better place in memory of a great man who lived to make the world a better place you void can not be filled and your brother will make sure u are never forgoten"
luis zamora of san diego california

"Thank you Oscar for being a good friend to my Steve. You will always be a significant person in his life. To his family, you are in my prayers."
Heather of Philadelphia, PA

"We were roommates at TBS, classmates at Logistics Officer's Course, and most of all, good friends. We shared some good times that will never be forgotten. Your memory will always be with me."
Lt Todd Paulson of Hampstead, NC

"To the family of Oscar Jimenez
Oscar will never be forgotten for the truly good people never are. He went knowing what could happen and went willingly, he never backed down from anything and his big smile will never be forgotten. He is a true Hero
Of outcome

His family will always be in our prayers"
Trudy & Robert Cole of San Diego, CA

"To the Family of Oscar Jimenez:
We could always count on Oscar to make us smile. He was a pleasure to be around. We thank you Oscar and your family for your Heroism and bravery while fighting for our beautiful country. If it wasn't for men like Oscar, we wouldn't be the country we are today!
You will live in our hearts forever!"
Michelle Butler of San Diego, CA

"My Dear Brother Oscar, a Loving Father...my Best Friend, my Hero. A part of me has gone with you. You will never be forgotten! I love you, and I miss you very much. I hope we meet again someday."
Sonia Jimenez of San Diego, CA

"From one Marine family to another
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Oscar will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"We love and miss you. You will always be remember how you were, because we all know that's how you would want it to be. And for my sister in law that I'm sorry for what has happened. For my niece and nefews, god needed an angel and he picked daddy....he is know your guardian angel and watching over you. Never forget that. Love always tia Diana."
Diana Canizalez of San Diego

"To the family and friends of First Lt. Oscar Jimenez

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 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

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

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden....Semper Fi"
The Taylors USMC of NC"

"To Oscar's Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences to you. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Oscar Jimenez, 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 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez:
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 Oscar 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 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez:
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 Oscar, 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