Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Zachary A. Kolda

23, of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Kolda died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve's 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Houston, Texas. Died on December 1, 2004.

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ten years"
R.e.d. of Rhode Island

"Its been 10 years now but the memory of Zachary will never fade. Rest peacefully my friend."
Juaquin Arellano of Austin

"not forgotten; semper fi. friends, brother and sister in arms;"
the depreaux family of texas, hawaii, north carolina, cape cod

"To the family of:Zachary A.Kolda
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"I had the pleasure of knowing and having Zack as a nephew. He was a "good man and a Marine." Semper fi."
John Richard Canales Master Gunnery Sergeant USMC of Jackson, Mississippi

"Today I went to see you, I took my 5 year old, so you will not be forgotten. Thank you, Zack."
1stSgt C D Aldrich of Corpus Christi Tx

"I knew who Zac was before I knew him, who didn't? My brother we mourn and honour your sacrifice. To the Koldas, we as Marines, Mustangs, Texans, and Americans thank you for Zac. In honour of the sacrifice Zac, indeed all of the Kolda family, made for the cause of Liberty, I say "OOHRAH, Devil Dog!" The LORD watch between me and thee, Corporal, and I will see you on guard duty on Heaven's perimeter."
LCpl. J.B.R., MM of Crestview Hills, KY, USA

"remembering your sacrifice, already 5 years ago at this time, remembering you while visiting my son 7 years ago at this time, while yall were roomates. will never forget you. brothers and sisters in arms; (usmc and us army) take care zack's family, we are thinking of you, the depreaux family."
the depreaux family of austin tx and cape cod

"Five years ago you gave your life for your family and country, I along with my family remember your actions and your courage. The snow that covered the city was much like your final gift to the city which gave warmth and helped us to deal with the loss of a great hero."
J.A. Tony Armadillo of Corpus Christi, TX

"Honor, The way we knew Corporal Kolda, the kind of Marine discipline he demonstrated, with a smile. The way children flocked around him. I recall his friendship and look for the Lord to quicken the soul."
M. Reginald Rogers of Albuquerque, NM


I still think about you day and night. I'll never forget you man. I feel like it's a life thing. I'm sorry that you had to go. I wish it was somebody else. I still remember what you told me- "I'd rather be fighting here than back home". That's it. Nobody remembers, but I do. I love you. God, I really miss you Zack. If there is, please remember me?"
John of Los Alamos, NM

"December 7, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Zachary A. Kolda:
Zachary 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 an exchange student with Zach in Germany almost 10 years ago. I just recently found out through a connection that he passed. He was a very kind person."
Brian of Bal Harbour, Fl

"I spent every day for a few years with my friend Zachary Kolda at Windsor Park Elementary. He was the most creative, imaginative, and talented individual I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. It has been 3 years since his death, and I still cannot speak, or apparently type, without crying. If I could, I would have given my life so that he could live. I am a better person for having known him. May he rest in peace."
Hunter Lundquist of Corpus Christi, Texas

"I went to middle and high school with Zach and have the greatest memories of him. He will always be remembered and still to this day, I can't believe such a wonderful person was taken from all of us. He will always be remembered."
Deitrah (Fryar) Woytasczyk of San Antonio, Texas

"I went to elementary-high school w/ Zak and was scanning our hometowns newspaper website and found an article w/ his name. If I had known i would have gone home. I am myself an Air Force wife, this has hit very hard. God bless the Kolda family and god speed you Zak."
catherine (coad) sullivan of Malmstrom AFB, montana

"I went to bootcamp with him. Hadn't heard anything about him until I saw his name on a listing of fallen marines. A Marine never forgets the brothers he made the transformation from civillian to Marine with. Semper Fidelis."
Richard Jimenez of Houston, Tx

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

"I had heard about Zachary from a website I belong to for former exchange students to Germany. It turns out he had been to Germany as well in high school. May his memory be eternal and may God bless his family for the sacrifice they and he have given our great country and others in the world. Memory Eternal!"
Br. Christopher (Sprecher), monk of Point Reyes Station, CA

"Walk with God Zak. Your brothers miss you."
Cindy of Houston, Texas

"To Zachary'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 soldier's bravery and sacrifice as we mourn the loss of yet another of Texas' sons.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, Texas

"Thank you Zachary for so bravely defending the freedoms we all cherish. Our hearts are with your loved ones at this time. God Bless you and may He comfort your family and bring them peace. Semper Fi Marine. From a very grateful American family."
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

"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

"To the family and friends of Corporal Zachary A. Kolda,

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

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

"We will miss you my brother. You were one of our boys and ready to help and be there whenever we needed you. God Bless and keep you and your family. We will carry on and endure. God Bless all of you Marines!
Doc Vielma"
HM2 M. Vielma of Austin, Texas

"Thank you Zachary Kolda, 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 Cpl. Zachary Kolda:
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 Zachary 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 Cpl. Zachary Kolda:
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 Zachary, 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