Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm

23, of Hicksville, New York.
Kolm died from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 13, 2004.

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"To the Kolm Family,
Many years ago I requested a Marine bracelet from herobracelts.org for a Marine who fell on the field of battle. I wanted to let you know that your son is not forgotten. Semper FI"
Versilles “ Billy” Johnson of Woodbridge, VA

"Thinking of you buddy."

"God bless you sir. You will never be forgotten."
Alex Morose of TX

"Dear Jackie and family,
Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and your family. During those days that we mourned the loss of your son, a third generation Marine, a select few were given a baseball hat in the Marine red and gold. The cap with Kevin's name and rank, the saying" Gone but not forgotten and "Release" on the back. I was humbled when both you and Tom presented me with one. I made a promise to myself not forget the sacrifice that your family had made. Every day the cap is in clear sight to act as a reminder to me of what we as a nation lost that day. A kid from Hicksville, New York that chose to defend a country and it's people that don't realize the true meaning of sacrifice. I just heard of Tom's passing and was deeply saddened. My second reaction was that the two of them are still watching over your family but with a different view and a beer or two.
When I look back at that moment in time, I remember the deep love that family and friends surrounded you with. I hope that helped carry you thru the years that followed."
John G. Bartolino of Massapequa, NY

You are a true hero, and legendary Marine. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten by the Marines you saved that day. I will remember you always. Semper fidelis my brother."
C of Pentagon

"Had a dream about Kolm the other day. I awoke confused and missing my friend. I will never forget him truly one of the best guys I've ever known."
Ryan Mattingly of Perryville Mo

"You will never be forgotten my brother. Semper Fidelis. Sgt.Rod. 3rd Plt A company 03-04 (YATYAS)"
Jesse Rodriguez of Los Angeles , Ca

""Release" i know you & are old man's are drinking beers watching over us. Thanks brother Semper FI"
Jake Johnson of SLC, UT

"11 years. I think of you and am so thankful for your sacrifices. You are a hero. Our family will never forget."

"10 Years brother,not a day goes by I dont think about you and your family.Gone but never forgotten..Semper Fi 4/14"
Jake Johnson of SLC, UT

"Happy Birthday bro. Miss you. Always in our prayers."

"Well, here we are 9+ years later and you are still in my thoughts pretty much every day. you and Stocko are my reminder to live my life day by day and minute by minute."
Will of SoCal

"Dear Kolm family I see the Memorial when my daughter plays soccer there and it always brings tears to my eyes. I served 13 months in Iraq with the Military Police and I count my blessings every day. I will continue to pray for you and your family."
Major Al Garbarino of Merrick, New York

"The years have flown by and still your memory lives on. I still think about you and all of my fellow brothers and cannot duplicate the bonds we shared. Thanks for everything. YAT-YAS 3rd Trax A co. 3rd plt"
-Riley- of Montgomery, TX

"To Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm and Family

I just finished reading Bing West's Book "No True Glory" I was moved to write to you and your Family.You and all of our Fallen Brother Marines will live on forever through the Marine Corps.You are not forgotten "SEMPER FI"

Supposing you and I,escaping this battle,
Would be able to live on forever,ageless,immortal,
So neither would I myself go on fighting in the foremost nor would I urge you into the fighting where men win glory.
But now seeing that the spirits of death stand close about us
In their thousands,no man can turn aside nor escape them,
Let us go on and win glory for ourselves,or yield it to others.

Homer, The Iliad

4th AAV BN 1st Plt."
of Jackson,Ms.

"Kevin, you were part of a group of loyal friends that still stay in contact. They were the best years of my life and I'm honored that you were apart of them. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, John Stock, or Eddie Davis. I miss you, as well as all my other fellow Marines, terribly."
John Trolio of Dupont, PA

"Its that day again but not a day goes by i dont think of you and what you did for us. Tell we meet again Semper Fi"
Jesus of St. George UT

""Hero's get remembered but legends never die" Rest easy brother till that one day were fighting side by side again..."
Sgt Rousseve, Christopher of North Hollywood, CA

"It's April again and we wanted your family to know that we remember . . .thank you"
Brian and Shellie Starr

"Jeff, our son was in the track that day with Kevin, blessings to you on this anniversary day/month and know he is remembered as so are you.

Brian and Shellie Starr"

I did not know you but I saw the Memorial at the Field when my daughter played soccer there several years ago. I to served in Iraq with the Military Police in Baghdad for 13 months from 2003-2004. I will continue to pray for you as well as your family. Every time I see the Memorial Stone at the field I get tears in my eyes not only for you but for the 4 soldiers in my unit that were killed in action in Iraq. God Bless you and your family."
Major Al Garbarino of Merrick, New York, US


I think about you and you family very often. It's 2012 almost spring time. I was driving to work today listening to Peral Jam Sirius radio, the kids are alright came on and I just smiled. It's hard to believe that it's been so long. Both of my boys (Preston 7 and Camden 4) know your name and your their hero too. I'm so proud to have known you and your family and friends are awesome. Miss ya Kevin and you always will be in my thoughts."
B. Bush of indianapolis

"I love you man you are without a doubt my hero think about you everyday. You are my motivation and strength I strive to be half the man and marine you were."
Rob brock of Peabody ma

It's hard to believe that this is the 8th Christmas without you. You would be so proud of me this year. I decorated the house the way I did when you and Chris were little. I put your village downstairs and hung the advent calendar in the kitchen. I moved the mouse each day but made sure he was tucked in until this morning, just the way you did. Tonight was almost perfect. Johnny and Chris were here, as well as Johnny's parents and his cousin. I made lots of food (even pepperoni bread). There was Christmas music playing, great conversation, and a lot of love. The only thing missing was you. I hope that you and Dad are enjoying Christmas together and are looking down on Chris and me with pride knowing that we are happy and moving on with our lives and knowing that you will always be in our hearts. I am so blessed that God chose me to be your mom. Merry Christmas to my beautiful boy.
Love forever,
Jackie Kolm of Hicksville

"Dear Kevin, I never knew you but feel that I know at least a part of you through your Mom. I went to your park today and visited your memorial, then sat and watched the kids playing on the field and imagined you playing there when you were a boy...then I got in the car and listened to "Ooh Child" by Laura Nyro..."Someday, we'll walk in the rays of a beautiful sun..."
charlie s. of bethpage,ny

"So many fellow Marines spoke well of you that day. Kevin you are truly missed...fideli certa merces"
Sgt. Rindahl of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Mr.& Mrs. Kolm
I've heard great things about your son and thank him so much for his service, i go to hicksville hs and everyone has great things to say about him,and i will be joining the Marines myself after hs.thanks kevin for your service to the US!"
J.O. of Hicksville,NY

"thinking of you"
Ryan Mattingly of Excelsior Springs Mo

Sgt Rousseve, Chris of Oak Park, CA

""Where are you going, Young Fellow My Lad,
On this glittering morn of May?"
"I'm going to join the Colours, Dad;
They're looking for men, they say."
"But you're only a boy, Young Fellow My Lad;
You aren't obliged to go."
"I'm seventeen and a quarter, Dad,
And ever so strong, you know."

* * * *

"So you're off to France, Young Fellow My Lad,
And you're looking so fit and bright."
"I'm terribly sorry to leave you, Dad,
But I feel that I'm doing right."
"God bless you and keep you, Young Fellow My Lad,
You're all of my life, you know."
"Don't worry. I'll soon be back, dear Dad,
And I'm awfully proud to go."

* * * *

"Why don't you write, Young Fellow My Lad?
I watch for the post each day;
And I miss you so, and I'm awfully sad,
And it's months since you went away.
And I've had the fire in the parlour lit,
And I'm keeping it burning bright
Till my boy comes home; and here I sit
Into the quiet night.

* * * *

"What is the matter, Young Fellow My Lad?
No letter again to-day.
Why did the postman look so sad,
And sigh as he turned away?
I hear them tell that we've gained new ground,
But a terrible price we've paid:
God grant, my boy, that you're safe and sound;
But oh I'm afraid, afraid."

* * * *

"They've told me the truth, Young Fellow My Lad:
You'll never come back again:
(Oh God! the dreams and the dreams I've had,
and the hopes I've nursed in vain!)
For you passed in the night, Young Fellow My Lad,
And you proved in the cruel test
Of the screaming shell and the battle hell
That my boy was one of the best.
"So you'll live, you'll live, Young Fellow My Lad,
In the gleam of the evening star,
In the wood-note wild and the laugh of the child,
In all sweet things that are.
And you'll never die, my wonderful boy,
While life is noble and true;
For all our beauty and hope and joy
We will owe to our lads like you.""
Shellie Starr of Snohomish, Wa

"Kevin, you live on through your Marine Corps Brothers, this country owes you for your sacrifice...we'll never forget."
Jay Mitchell of Shreveport, LA

"Mr. & Mrs. Kolm
I served with Kevin my first 2 years in the fleet. Kevin was a hard core Marine and always worked hard. He was a real leader to me and my fellow Marines. It was when we came back from Okinawa when we were separated he went to alpha company and I stayed in bravo. Every day I see flags flying in different places and there is not a day that he is not in my mind. He was an awsome Marine and a great man. He is truly missed and will be part of our lives until our last days in this earth. God bless.
Sgt Garza De La Garza"
Enrique Garza De La Garza of Houston Tx.

"Thank You"
Brandon of Newport Beach, Ca

"It's Veterans Day Nov. 11 2010 and just wanted to say thanks again for all you have done and making the ultimate sacrifice for this country. We can never repay you but will never forget what you have done. Happy 235th Marines Corps Birthday"
Jake Johnson of St..George Utah


"Happy 30th brother..miss you"
OB of hicksville ny

"thought of you tonight when i met a marine. i miss you so much, thank you and i hope i see you soon"
of NY

"Well Im on this website for a reason. Just sitting here thinking about you Kevin. Gone but not Forgotten, you are a true hero, to make that sacrifice and go out on that attack. I was there for you buddy in the midst of that fight and thankyou for watching over all of us that day and for the rest of the deployment. God was smiling knowing that a US Marine was coming to guard those streets. Until I see you again brother. 3rd AABN A co 3rd Plt 2nd Section"
Sgt.Hollar,Kurtis A of Camp Pendleton,CA

"Thinking of you always, but especially today. ~Release"
TD of IL

"As memorial weekend approaches I wanted to leave a note, and remind you that you’re still not forgotten. Semper Fi."
Old Man of Portland Oregon

"Kevin just gave out the 6th year of scholarships in your name at Kevin Kolm Memorial PAL Lacrosse Day in Hicksville. Can't believe its been this long. Just know your memory continues to be honored each year by the families and friends of Hicksville, NY God Bless our Hero."
Maureen Roach of Hicksville,NY

Remembering you always. Eternally grateful."
Richard of New York City

"Still have not forgotten you, or all the great times we had."
SSgt Will of Camp Pendleton

""“There are stars whose light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people whose remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.” ~ The Talmud Quotes""
J. of Illinois

"Still not Forgotten, Semper Fi brother."
Old Man of Portand, Oregon

"Kev, It's been six years now sense you gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. I think about you and your family everyday and just wanted to say thanks again for giving me the right to live in the land of free because of the brave like you. Tell we meet again my friend I will always remember.
Jake (Jesus) Johnson of St. George Utah

"I remeber you brother every day of my life,
the battle the war the stride and the strife.

From Pendleton to Iraq your memories dont fade,
now when life gets me hot in you I find comfort and shade.

On this day for you I will ever so morn,
and after you I will name my very first born.

So keep shinning on me while my fate still awaits,
till I see you on the other side of those pearly gates.

YAT-YAS from us all cuz we all ain"t done yet,
"semper-fi" from us brother we will never forget!"
Sgt Chris Rousseve of California

"I never knew Kevin, but I was at his memorial in the park, and i just want to thank him for all he has done, and say to the family that he was a great person and will be missed now and always. He was a great guy!"
Miranda of Hicksville, NY

"April again and remembering Cpl Kolm, my son was in that track that day in 2004, blessings to his family and know he is thought of and so are you."
Shellie Starr of vpm Cpl Jeff Starr, kia 5/30/05 Ramadi

"Semper Fi Devil. Your Never Forgotten. You will always live on."
Sean Killian of St Charles, Mo.

"kev, it's been a while.... just remembered the time you were sleep walking and slept in the wrong room, and we were about to take off and go to the field and we couldn't find you.. lol.... see your still with us, i will never forget what you have done for us all, we miss you and love you..."
GySgt Flores, Gerald M. of Camp Pendleton, Ca

I REMEMBER THAT DAY EVERY MOMENT I AM A LIVE. I remember you as a strong NCO of Marines i re live that moment in my head every day wondering if i could have done something differently that would alter you're demise. I drink for you to not to forget not to lose you in my mind. 7 years in the corps in you're unit severing with you under you. i wish you were here to day to guide me in my path. You were the best I love you bro

to: Mr and Mrs Kolm
I was there the day it happened CPL Kolm was my NCO and made me who i am to day I feel for you're loss and i cry for him and you I will all ways feel like i failed him. and you by not bringing him home alive
LCPL John W. Voyce II"
of Oceanside

"Dear, Mr. and Mrs. Kolm

My name is Stephen Rains I am the younger brother of Dusty Rains who loved, lived and severed with your son Kevin. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting your son I find myself thinking of him quite often. I have heard many stories of Kevin and seen more pictures than I could count of those crazy guys that were with Kevin in Cal. and in cold weather training. (The pic. of the chip monk that was trapped and cooked but not eaten by the guys. Thank God it did not look very healthy) Just by hearing the stories that Dusty has told me about Kevin makes me feel like I knew him right alongside Dusty. Dusty tells the story about the road trip to Vegas where they met my father and brother, or about the time they wanted to go to the bar but weren’t suppose to leave the base but nothing like an order from their superior would keep them from a night of fun. I think the best part of that night would have been the way they left the trunk of the car. I could only imagine how hard they laughed on the way to the bar or what the people were thinking when they saw a giant and a midget getting out of that trunk. I just want ya’ll to know that I think of you often and Kevin and just how sorry I am for your loss. I hope that one day I will be able to meet you and put a face to the names. I hope you will always know that Kevin will never be gone because he lives in the memories of the ones who loved him and the ones who wish they had the privilege to have known him. “I can do all things through HIM who gives me strength”."
Stephen Rains of Henderson, Texas

"Im always thinking about you Kevin. That day I will never forget what you did for so many people."
Sgt.Hollar,Kurtis A of Camp Pendleton,CA

"thinking of you, wish you were still here"
Ryan Mattingly of kc missouri

"Thinking of you today and everyday Kevin."
Richard of NYC

Not a day goes by that I dont think of you and the sacrifice you made for us. You were always a good friend as we were growing up. I have many many great memories. God bless you"
Jamie of Hicksville, NY

I never thought I'd be writing to you on this page, but I felt compelled to do so today, on your 29th birthday. It was so easy to protect you when you were young. Then when you grew up you felt the need to protect everyone. I always knew how special you were and now you proved that to the world. I miss you so much today, as I do every day. You left a hole in so many hearts the day you had to leave. I understand that it is what you felt you had to do, and I am so proud of you. Please watch over us and know that we are doing the best we can. Until we are together again I will see you in my dreams. Happy Birthday.
Love always,
Jackie Kolm of Hicksville, NY

Think of you everyday and I know that Im not alone on that one. You touched a lot of lives. Thanks for everything. Miss you."
Mike of Hicksville

"I had the pleasure of being at your sisters wedding, I had the pleasure of meeting you're family and friends. They treated like they knew me forever and were awsome. I also had the pleasure of seeing you're parents at Jake and Staceys' wedding. I also got to see them in Pendelton one more time, that one was unfortunate.I just wanted to tell all the people that were awsome to me in N.Y. that I still think about all you guys and Kevin. It's been awhile. If you guys read this look me up on facebook livengood_w@yahoo.com."
Bill Livengood of Lafayette, LA

"Thank you Kevin.
Thinking of you."
Richard of NYC

"I am a resident of Hicksville, the town where Kevin grew up. I'd just like Kevin's family to know that I am thinking about them today..as I do often. Since Kevin's passing I have never once put out our flag without thinking about the sacrafice that your sweet boy has made for this country. I know..he was a man..but to a mother, he is always your boy. God Bless you all."
Mrs. P. of Hicksville, NY

"been 5 years and still You Are Never Forgotten."
Sgt. Romero,Bruno of Fallbrook,Ca

Did one up for you at Vegas this weekend bro-hym! Would have had a blast with you, but I still did you proud man! More than words are able to express...I miss u brother"
Sgt Christopher Rousseve of Simi Valley, CA USA

"Our son was in that track that day, when Kevin was lost, thinking of your family on this fifth remembrance day. Our son fell the next year in Ramadi. Blessings to your family and friends."
Shellie Starr of vpm Cpl Jeff Starr, kia 5/30/05

"Cant believe it's been 5 years...But I still miss you just as much. Love you brother."
john of hicksville ny

"April 1, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm:
Kevin 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

"Hey Kev, it's 2008 almost 2009 now, and I still think about you everyday. I hate that you're gone....
I miss you man"
Chris Cussins of California

Remembering you today and
thinking of all we owe you."
Richard of New York City

"We took a moment of silence for you today. Talked to my girls about you. We have your photo and I tell them about you. We will never forget you did for us.

Mr. Kolm, I hope you remember our talk in Boston. It is an honor to have you in our lives. We love you all and just know we are thinking of you and your family today.
God bless."
Renee of Texas

"i was listening to realease me by pearl jam and it reminded me of you... every time i hear it cry."

"It’s been four years and not a day goes by I don’t think about you and the sacrifice you made for us. I can never repay you or your family for the sacrifice you made. Semper Fi"
Shaky Jake of SLC

Sgt Rousseve, Chris J of Simi Valley, CA

"It is the eve of that day in Fallujah four years ago where so many lives were forever changed. Know that you remain in our hearts and a part of our life. You will always be a hero to our family. Our baby will be 1 next week. It is because of you and the men with you that we can say that. I just want you to know how much we appreciate you Kevin and your wonderful family."
Renee' of Texas

""Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."
-quote by unknown source; attributed to former President Ronald Reagan, 1985"
J. of Illinois

"Like my brother Trevor said we may have never met or become close, but we share that small town and the Marine Corps. That in itself is a bond. Troops that had given there lives like you continue to drive me on. Each time I go back I'm taking your memory and Hicksville with me"
Alex Tranchina of San Diego, CA

"Merry Christmas Kev... Missubro"
of NY

Wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas and let you know that we are thinking of you. Our girls had a magical day because of you and those with you on 4/13. Your mom and dad told us how you loved Christmas and I couldn't let the evening go by without saying how much I appreciate you.
May you walk with the angels and forever know you are a hero to our family.

God bless you T & J...we love you. Merry Christmas"
Renee A of Texas

Thinking of you this Christmas. Miss you."
Andrea of Hicksville, NY

"i miss ya man and the times we had"

"Thinking of you Kevin on Veterans Day."
Richard of NYC

"Hey Kevin.Thinking about you."
SSgt. Tyler Phillips of Camp Pendleton,Ca

"Still missin u kev. Thinkin of u always and never forgettin u. U did what u did for those and the things u love. Hell of a man. CYA someday.


"almost forgot.. happy 27th birthday"
of NY

"Your courage and bravery will never be forgotten. I'll never forget all that you stood for. Your life made a difference. until we meet again... missubro"
of NY

"Times have changed. People have come and gone. But me, I am still here. As a Cpl I find myself thinking, "What would Cpl Kolm do?" He was my NCO.I wanted to be like him. I still do. It is for him that I re-enlisted to carry on the teachings he taught me. Cpl kolm, every day I think about what happend, how you died on the field of glory. I still know in my heart if I made it there 5 minutes earlier I would have been calling you SSgt. You are still the reason why I keep pushing on. Once a month I go to the A Co. office and force myself to remember what happend that terrible, awful day. I pray for your mom and dad every day. I'll see you when the time is right. Until then ... YAT - YAS!"
CPL John W Voyce C Co 3RD AAVs of Camp Pendleton

"I dreamt of you last night, Kevin. You had the same silly grin on your face, as I have always remembered throughout growing up with you. I find myself overwhelmed with sadness everytime I think of you but I know that you are amongst God now. I know somehow and some day, we'll meet again. I still pray for your family in my heart. After reading all these messages from your brothers, friends, strangers...I am amazed at how many lives you have touched. You will always be OUR hero. We will never forget you. Love & miss you always..."
J* of Hicksville, NY

"kohl family...i was with your son in his darkest hour i feel i owe you everything for what he has done for me and my friends for that day.if anyone would be so kind and let her and his son get in contact with myself via email it would be much appreciated."
bruno romero of los angeles, ca.

Capt Chris Ayres USMC Ret, Renee & girls of Houston Texas

Man just chillin here on memorial day with my son, he's already two bro. We got a picture of you with the American flag and the Marine Corps colors standing by for everyone to see. I already got 5 people have done ask is that one of your Marines? of course I answer" Your damned right, your looking at god-damnded warrior Kevin T. Kolm You understand that! I miss you man. Thank you for letting us live in freedom. I caught some catfish for you dude. I know you love them southern fried catfish bro. Rest well brother and Semper Fi."
Joe of Camp Pendleton California

"You are an amazing person who will always be thought of for who you were and how you helped your friends get through anything. You always brought a smile to my face and let me know that it would be ok. I am proud to say that I grew up with you but it means the world to me to say that I was your friend. I hope that you can look down on all of us and smile knowing that you touched so many people who are in so many different places."
of Hicksville, NY

"It is so hard to understand and accept that yet another year has come and gone since Kevin was taken from us. For those of us who had the great pleasure of knowing him as a youngster and watching him grow into such a fine man, you can't help but wonder what he would be doing today had he survived. The joy and laughter he spread as a Marine was evident to those of us who watched him as a child. He had a great attraction to mischief, and his quick smile, quick wit, dancing eyes and handsome face would always be proof that despite his "mischief" he was never a malicious or bad-spirited child. As he developed into a teenager he became a loyal friend, serving as the one reliable person his friends could turn to when their own troubles surfaced. His picture hangs in my home and in my office, so he greets me each day. The heart wrenching messages from his Marine buddies serve as proof positive that the person we knew and loved as a child and teenager, continued to be understood as he became a man. He truly does live on in our memories, in the profound gesture of naming children after him, and in the friends he continues to be connected to. While the painful void his absence has created continues to defy words, the sweet memories of his character, his love of life, his total dedication to friends, his adoration of his family cannot fail to play gently on our hearts and leave us with a smile. It was a joy to watch him grow. My heart aches not only for his parents and sister, but for the legion of Hicksville friends who miss him with such deep pain. In that spirit, I send my love to all of them."

"Hey buddy, Just qanted to say I miss you man. Well, its been three years today and I still cant ever forget the last time you and i talked together. It was probably about 5 mins before you left, you remember? We talked about the movie we watched last night and how we made Puckett stay in the turret the whole time. And how you Kolm stamped me with my call sign "NyQuil", and then i came right back with naming you "John". Funtimes buddy. Miss you alot pal. We all do. Mr. and Mrs. Kolm, we have met at he memorial service, but unfortunately i have not kept in contact with you. I deeply apologize. Kevin...Just like everyday...Tonight is all on you old friend. Once a Marine, Always a Marine. Semper Fidelis"
Sgt Reyes, Rudy of MCRD, San Diego

See you every day when I get in my truck brotha! Me and the boyz are having a BBQ over at Fatty P's house talking about the good ol' "Dead Eye Dic" days, and double stamped it! Your still the best crack shot out of all of us, and there's no effin way we will ever forget you.
Always Brothers,"
Sgt Rousseve, Chris of Simi Valley, CA

See your photo in my home and office every day. Know how much you are missed, loved and remembered."
Richard of New York City

"Kevin, it was truly an honor to work along side of you, it has been 3 yrs now, and the memory's are still strong. they will always be. thak you very much for them. may god bless the Kolm family. and you are NOT gone and NEVER will be forgotten. your family is to big!"
Chris Loughridge, SGT/USMC of Greencastle, Pa

"Kevin it was a honor to serve with you. You were one of the greatest leaders I have ever met. I think about you everyday and today I'm getting together with some Marines from "Old Alpha 3rd" to remeber you."
"PhattyP" Erik Perez of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"Mr.&Mrs. Kolmwe meet at puckets funeral I was a SSSGT then with Kevin's Company. I was with a few other Marines that day and we went to have lunch with your selfs an Sue. Well years have passed since then but I want you to know that my self and the guys stay in touch, Especially the Marines closet to him. We try to get together when we can if possible and have that beer for our brother and tell his hilarious stories that we all remember him by. We laugh and tell some more. This year Reyes called me up but I have moved, but so far as to be able to have that beer and listen to story or two. so tonight Reyes will call on the phone and we will remember your son and our Hero.I know the way your familly talks of him and I know he is your Hero to. Thank you for lending your Hero and Son to us for the time we had him, and if there is any thing your familly needs dont wait to call any one of the Old Alpha Marines for they wont hesitate to be there for you as your Son was there for us. Thanks again GySgt Kulak, David S. retired"
GySgt Kulak David S. of Grass Valley, CA

"April 13th 2004, 3 years ago you were there with my husband. Our family will never forget you. We think of you everyday. You will always be a hero to me.
Rest in peace."
Renee' of Texas

"To Kevin, I already left a message here, but this one is for you bro. Its hard to get through everyday tasks without the thought of you not crossing my mind.I try to tell myself that it will be easier to deal with everyday that God has me here. Then something will bring you right back to the front of my mind. Whether its every time I crack a Bud open, or smoke a red(Marlboro), or every time I watch the Simpsons, I remember something you said or did and it brings a smile to my face. Even in my lowest, most depressing point in my life when I questioned my very own worth of still being here, the thought of you and all the good times that I was priviledged to spend with you, brought me back from the brink.Believe me man, you don't know how close I was to the end. Your influence, be it so brief, is the reason I still live and breathe today. So in your honor I remember you the best way I know how. I made you family, not just in name, but blood. On February 12th 2007 at 6:32 Eloy Kolm Saenz was born. I promise to love him, and cherish him always.And when he is older, I will tell him all about the great friend,brother that he is named after. I hope you'll watch over him until the day we all meet up again, and crack a Bud."
Eloy of Las Vegas,NV.

"To the family of Corporal Kolm:
My son Jeff was with Corporal Kolm when he was killed. I don't believe they knew each other, they came together that day in the track. Jeff wrote an account of the incident which is about three pages typed. I would be glad to share it with you, although Corporal Kolm is only mentioned very briefly. Jeff was KIA 30 May 2005, in Ramadi. My contact is bstarrcpa@verizon.net I am very sorry for your loss."
Brian Starr of Snohomish, Washington

Even though it's been almost three years i still miss hanging out with you. I have the last picture we took in Iraq together above my tv. And i had a son on june 8, 2005 who i named kevin thomas hardin. i hope that i can teach him to be the kind of man and Marine you are. I will never forget you. you are my friend, and my brother.
Semper FI"
Ssgt Jimmy R. Hardin of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"Kevin died like a man and he saved Marines. No honor a man can recieve is higher than that. I am humbled to have known him. Every year on memorial day I teach my son that it doesn't matter how long we live, it matters what we did in life. God rest his soul"
SSgt. Riggs Joseph C. of 1st Marine Division, 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion

"Kevin, It was an honor to have been able to serve with you. Just to let you know there is not a day that doesn't go by with out me thinking and seeing the faces of my falen brothers. Thank You."
"Chuga" Victor LopezOrtega of Oro Valley, Tucson

"There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you. You are truley the best person I have encountered in my life. I will never forget your smiling face and the smiles you brought to everyone around you. You will always be loved and remembered!!"
Jen of Hicksville, NY

"you are never above me, never benieth me and always beside me. I will carry your name forward and honor you all the days of my life. I will never forget. Happy birthday in heaven. Missing more than just you today... until we meet again. missubro"
BR of NY

"You'll Always remember..We'll never forget..."

"Kev, I look forward to scrapping with you where ever you are. I WILL FIND YOU!"
Jason Corso of IN


"Mr and Mrs Kolm, I am a member of the MCL Sunrise Detachment, I attended your sons funeral. I am honored to have been there. It took alot of strength for you to attend our Ball, I admire you both for that. Thank you for coming. Kevin is in my thoughts VERY often. It was the first military funeral I attended. One of your family members actually consoled ME in the parking lot. I am so grateful for that.
I went to Washington DC last week to see my little part in history in a new exhibit in the "Women in Military Service for America Memorial" in Arlington Cemetary. There is a tribute to all the fallen there inside the Memorial, Male and female, all branches of the military. I left a note with Kevins picture. Its a very pretty display. Thank you both for raising a hero. Semper Fi"
Kimberly McDonough, CPL of Holbrook , New York

"Mr and Mrs. Kolm,
I just wanted to say because I could not find you any other way, thank you for coming such a long way to pay your respects to my brother, Staff Sgt. Edward G. Davis III. I know he loved Kevin and that was a huge reason he wanted to go to combat so bad. My brother and your son are together again, and that is enough to keep my heart happy right now. Thank you again.
Danielle Davis-Bahrs"
Danielle Davis-Bahrs of Kenosha, Wisconsin

""Memorial Day" 2006
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, IL

"Kevin, every time I see the stars and stripes, every time I fall out for cermony, wether it be Memorial Day, Veterans Day, or a funeral, when i pull that trigger to honor the dead in the 21 gun salute i think of you my friend, a TRUE HERO. I remember the last time I saw you in the corner of that tent in northern kuwait drinkin on a Bud n/a like we were still n Cali. You always knew how to make somebody laugh. Miss ya man. Your a true hero. God bless your soul and your family. See you someday. Miss you man. RELEASE."
TD of Dwight, IL

"Kevin, I look at your photo every morning. It inspires me. You will always be remembered and loved."
Richard of New York City

"My husband was with your son on the day he was killed. We think of him almost daliy. I had a bracelet made with his name and two other Marines that Chris held close to his heart. I never met Kevin but his sacrafice will never be taken lightly. Chris is home with us because of the men that fought on this day.
God bless you all."
Renee Ayres of Houston Texas

"On March 31, 2006 a close friend of Kevin's will be getting married. This man, Joseph R. Mack, who served with Kevin in Iraq, will become my son-in-law. He speaks often of Kevin, misses him deeply and carries his picture with him. We wanted to let you know that we will be displaying a memorial table at the wedding, with the pictures and names of five of Joseph's fallen comrades, and Kevin will be among them. Thank you Kevin for serving and dying for our country. You are truly blessed for your sacrifice and it is deeply appreciated."
Patricia L. Bay of Redding, CA

"You were the first Marine I met on the day I entered the fleet. Hands down the funniest guy in the corps, and without a doubt in my mind, the bravest. I am and always will be a better man for having been lucky enough to have had the honor to call you a friend. Not a day goes by where I don't look to you for spiritual guidance and inspiration to live my life with meaning and conviction. My sincerest sympathies go to your family. I love you buddy and I miss you."
Joseph R. Mack of Redding, CA

"I will always remember you as the guy that always made people laugh. I remember the day we were told we were leaving and we were drinking beer on the cat walk and you were joking around with every one there. Once again you were the center of attention. That is how you will be remembered. The man with much laughter and good thoughts."
Cpl. Tony Alred of Phoenix, Arizona/USA


"It has been a long time since i have talked to you you were the Marine i wanted to be like you Not a day that goes by that i dont think of you i find it hard to look at your photo because i know in my hart if i made it there 5 mins earlyer you would be here all i know is that i miss you it has been 2 years but it feels like yersterday i and my fellow marines started to bring you home i will all ways pray for you and your famley"
Lcpl john voyce of 3rd AAv Aco

"Just browsing around thinking about Kevin, becuase I came across something of his this morning a card from his funeral with his picture on it. Kevin your my freind always, Ill never forget you, I was there in Iraq with you that day, If we could have been there sooner for you, your my bro, I love you man I will see you again, to Tom and the rest of the family, I love you guys and pray for you always"
Sgt. Kurtis A. Hollar of Camp Pendleton


It's been about 17 months since you where killed in Iraq. I have read almost every article that has been published about you, but I still haven't been able to post one. Every time I see a MARINE, I think about you.I have so many memories about you, but one story tells the tail. It reminds me of the time when I set off a block-buster behind abb's house and told you the neighbors where shooting at us. The Next thing I knew, you where running behind the house with an un-loaded BB-GUN trying to fight them off. I will always remember you as true hero. You gave your life defending and "SAVING" your fellow Marines. I have never been so proud of anyone in my life. I will always talk to you as my friend in the sky. Please keep us all safe. Love Yah. See You Soon.

Patrick of Hicksville

It was an honor to serve with you!!! While we were serving our "6" month deployment in oki you always made me laugh. To the Kolm family my thoughts and prayers are with you..See you at the gates bud"
Cpl. David Diminico of norton Vermont


We never met, but we shared many things: a home town, a Corps, a war. Ronald Reagan said, "Some people go their entire lives without knowing if they made a difference. Marines don't have that problem." As you tilt one back at the Big NCO Club in the sky, you and your family can know that your full measure of devotion will be forever remembered, as long as there is a God, our Corps, and the U.S.A. Semper Fidelis.
- Trevor Tranchina, Corporal, United States Marine Corps (OIF)"
Trevor Tranchina of Sierra Vista, AZ

"To the Family of Kevin T. Kolm:
Today I received my Heroes bracelet and the name is Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm from Hicksville, NY. I will wear it with pride and be forever greatful for Kevin's sacrifice. I will NEVER FORGET!! My son Pfc. Adam Lee Thomas was KIA 8-31-03 in Afghanistan.
Ellen Thomas of Burbank, ILLINOIS

"To the family of Kevin T. Kolm,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.Hopefully 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 pray with you please call or write my pastor at Gateway Community Church: Rev John B. Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd. Covington Ga. 30016 phone 770-787-1015. your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington, Ga.

to the family of kevin kolm...it's memorial day. a time to reflect on our losses and honor those we have lost. my son died in an ambush earlier that day when you lost kevin. noah was out securing a fallen helicopter when the platoon was caught in an ambush. when i think of that fateful day...i... without hesitation...also think of kevin. he helped to finish the job. you can be proud of him. i just want the family to know...our sons died heroes on the battlefield.
semper fi"
diana boye of grand island ne usa

"Thanks for all the fun times. You are truly missed."
Sgt Loughridge C.S. of Camp Del Mar

"kevin i think about you all the time i know your in a good place now im glad i was able to know you i will never forget you i remember the last time i saw you before you left you where happy drinking a beer and you where happy the way i would like to remember you.im proud of you for all the things you did and you really are a hero i will always remember you"
SGT DAVIS EDWARD G. of camp pendleton ca

"Semper Fidelis, Marine. You'll never be forgotten for the courage and selflessness you showed in the face of evil. As long as there's people like you in the world, we're going to be winning the good fight."
Darren McDonald of Los Angeles, California, USA


Fast approaching in a few day is a year we lost your wonderful presence on earth. My brother (Eddie) talks about funny stories you guys had together all the time, so your spirit is definately alive. I wish I could've known you more (than the Vegas trip) but I do through him. We know you are safe tonight and we hope you see what a hero you are and what a presence you had with everyone you came across. You are missed so very much."
Danielle Davis-Bahrs of Kenosha, Wisconsin

We miss you so much. You are truly a hero and always in our hearts. <3
Love and miss you"
Andrea of Hicksville

"Kev, it's almost been a year actually it was 11 months just two days ago since I heard. Kid it hasn't got any easier since. I still think about you every day and I always will till the day I join you. I just hope i'm doing what i can down here to help your family cope,(I promised I would)...I miss you and I love you brother..."
OB of Hicksville

"Not a day goes by when I don't think about him. I just miss my friend"
Eloy Saenz of Las Vegas, Nevada

"To Tom Kolm and family,
Tom, It is hard for me to find the words to describe how sad I was upon hearing of your son Kevin's death. I went to every web site that his name appeared and wept at each one. I have always been proud to know you from the first time we worked together. Both of us, having served in the military, respects and honors all these young kids , risking their lives over in Iraq for our freedom. Tom, even though I never met your son Kevin, I am saddened by his passing. By the pictures I've seen of him,he looks so very proud to be a Marine and if the saying is true about the apple not falling far from the tree, he was very proud.
I want to say THANK YOU to Kevin for making the ultimate sacrafice .
Your friend forever
Dominick Lomanto"
dominick lomanto of Staten Island, N.Y..

"Words cant describe the type of man you were ,thanx for the laughs to get through the hard times,, I love you and miss you Kev ,"
WILL of camp pendleton

"we miss u people, lots..."
Jennifer of Hutchinson, Kansas, United States

"To the family and friends of Corporal Kevin T. Kolm,

"Perhaps they are not the stars,
but rather openings in Heaven
where the love of our lost ones
pours through and shines down upon us
to let us know they are happy."

Eskimo Legend

The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. Please register the family member next of kin so we can send our "Love Stitched Together."

We need you to provide the address of the next of kin so the quilt can be delivered.


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Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Kolm, You were the life of the party even when the party went on to the next morning and maybe even longer. Thank you for your courageous effort. Miss you alot man. To the Kolms it's great seeing you everytime you come out to California. Look foward to spending more time with you guys in NY. I pray for you all every night and keep your names in the church prayer circle. Love you all. THANKS KEV!!!!"

"To the Kolm family, I am a Kolm as well I don't know if we are related or not, but my dad's name was Kevin Kolm, and I feel that this is a special connection, just want to say thank you to Kevin for his sacrifice, and even though I never knew him, I know he was a wonderful person. May he rest in peace."
Michelle Kolm of Cedar Rapids, Nebraska

"Kevin it was my pleasure to have served with you. You are and always will be remembered....Thank you for your sacrifice to give to my family the freedom we can enjoy for generations more to come."
GySgt Michael Labit of H&S Co. 3rd AABN

Thankyou. Thankyou for fighting for us. You are a true hero. We all love you, and will never forget your great sacrifice. Fare thee Well. Eternally Grateful..."
Scarlet of Westfield, Mass

"I almost feel inadequate to even write to honor a hero such as you. I only knew you as a young boy, but looking back I can see that being a marine was your calling. I thank you for your love, your courage, and your sacrifice. Hardly a day goes by that I do not think of you and how fortunate we are that there are selfless defenders of our freedom like you and your brothers who endure the unendurable and pay the ultimate price for our freedom. We hold you up in our prayers and share your life with whoever needs an example of what is best about America. Thank You."
W. of Hicksville

You were a great friend growing up and you will always be in our hearts. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice. We will always miss you and be thinking about you."
Nicole of Hicksville, NY

"We Miss You,Everyday."
Tyler, Meaghan, Haleigh & Brooklyn Phillips of Camp Pendleton

"Kevin, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I guess today was as good as any to leave a message here on the day your were awarded your bronze star. I could not be more proud of you, you were my brother, I miss you, and I love ya kid."
your drinkin partner of hicksville

"Cpl. Kolm

It was a pleasure to watch you become the marine you are. we had alot of good times in and out of uniform. I will never forget you and the sacrafice you made. keep a cold one on ice for me bro. I hope you welcome my brother and you guard the pearly gates together. Our heart's go out to the kolm family and friends. (Family of Sgt. Harvey E. Parkerson III (USMC) K.I.A 8-17-2004)

"Semper Fi""
Ben Parkerson Bco. Ist Plt. 3rd aav's of Orland CA U.S.A

You cannot imagine the pain and saddness we feel for you everday. You live in our hearts and in the memories we have all shared together thoughout the years."

"to kevin and his family,
i knew kevin for a long time! he has acted like a big brother to me! he is always and always will be in my thoughts. kevin we all miss and love you very much we thank your for what you have done for us. YOU ARE A TRUE HERO!!"
of hicksville

"Cpl. Kolm--- none of us have had our last drink all together yet.
Kolm Family--- we never die- Semper- Fi"
R.P. Healy of Friendswood , TX

"To the Kolm family & Friends
I saw a bio about your son at the end of a Dan Rather CBS news show, since then I constantly think of your son and his sacrifice. I do not know how to put into words my admiration for Kevin but all I can say, is that I will always remember your son and what he has done for all of us. I listen to Pearl Jams "Release ME" and think of Kevin and all of his friends getting those tattoo's. He will always been in my memory, and the rest of our armed forces defending and protecting us. God Bless you all -"
Murph Bamrick of Ramsey, NJ USA

"Our deepest smypathy over the loss of your son Kevin. We are Valerie's cousins living in Florida. We're originally from Hicksville, too. Be so proud of your son. His dedication will never be forgotten. May God guide you through your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Mary Jane & Al Verderosa of Satellite Beach, Florida, USA

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

"to kev and his family
i dont have one bad memory of you kev from barracks parties to unplanned vegas trips to dui's me and you always had a blast livin one day at time so rest in peace my brother. mr and mrs kolm and christine i pray for yall every night
love yall"
reno of camp pendleton

""Kolmy yous my homey!
I'll never forget you. you were more than a friend, you were my brother. I know that I will see you again and I count the days until I do."
Chris Cussins of California

We miss you now more than ever that time has gone by and our lives have moved on...but we still can't believe you're not coming back. We're all with you in spirit...and we know you did what none of us had the balls to do. Love you.

Till we meet again..."
*K* of Hicksville, NY *USA*

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

"To Jackie and the Kolm family, my heart goes out to all of you. Kevin is a true hero and his memory will live on in all of us..."
Liz Costa of Levittown, NY

"I send my most sincere condolences to the Kolm family. Kevin and I were in the same platoon at Parris Island, during recruit training. We became friends and were also in the same company at MCT, Camp Geiger. Later on in Okinawa I met up with him on a few occasions while I was stationed at Camp Schwab. I won't forget him. He was a good man and his heart was in all the right places. His memory lives and I am honored to have served with him. Semper Fi."
Cpl. Michael Horvath of Camp LeJeune, NC

"To Cpl. Kevin T. Kolm's family and friends:

Kevin will forever live in our memories and deep within our hearts. No words can express the sadness that overwhelms my heart. Kevin, you'll always be our HERO. Thank you for sacrificing your life to protect US. We miss you! My deepest condolences to the Kolm family. Not a single night has passed, that I have not prayed for you all during this difficult time. He's in God's hands now."
J* of Hicksville, NY

"Kevin, Your last words to me this past Christmas night were "I wish you were coming with me, I love you." Well I wish you will always watch over me and guide me in the right direction until the day I join you, you truly are my hero. I love you too."
Alan Romanelli of Hicksville, New York

"kevin, I woke up this morning after having a dream of you, It did'nt hit me till this morning that your really gone. I'll never forget you. We shared so many good times together. your a true hero and i will miss you so much. words cannot express the loss I feel. God bless you and the Kolm family.
We love you kevin T. Kolm and honor you in this time of grief....Release."
Angie Delgadillo of Hemet-oceanside

"Jackie, Kevins mom My heart is broken into so many peices for you. I saw at work how much you loved Kevin. He is our hero, a true angel in Heaven."
Linda of Queens New York

"To Kevin's Family:
There aren't words to express the sorrow that is felt for your loss. May God bless you and help you through..."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"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." unknow author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Kevin will not be forgotten. He was a true American."
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"Semper Fi, Marine. May God bless you and your family."
D.Spenn of Columbus, OH

"Kev....you will forever live in my thoughts as a total bad *. I just hope heaven can handle you!

Semper Fi"
Cody Hanson of Austin, TX

""Rest in Peace Tufelhunden....May God be with your family and friends. Semper Fi Marine"
The Taylors USMC of NC"

"To Kevin's Family & Friends:

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

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

"To the family and friends of Corporal Kevin T. Kolm,

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

"Thank you Kevin Kolm, 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. Kevin Kolm:
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 Kevin 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. Kevin Kolm:
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 Kevin, 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