Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Capt. Andrew David LaMont

31, of Eureka, California.
Died when his CH-46 Sea-Knight helicopter went down in the Shatt Al Hillah Canal in Iraq shortly after take-off. The helicopter was conducting a resupply mission in support of civil military operations. He was assigned to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron - 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 19, 2003.

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"Andrew and I went through The Basic School together and became good friends. We lost touch as we went on to the Fleet Marine Corps, but every now and then contacted one another to check in. I did then, and always will consider him a good friend and a great Marine. Semper Fi Devil Dog, until we meet again at the Pearly Gates!"
Brian Hilyer of Ashburn, VA

"Miss you Drew every day."
Lance Peterson of Eureka,ca USA

You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your friendship from Jr. High through High School. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Cindy Brantley (now Huntington)
Class of 89'"
Cindy Huntington of Granite Bay, Ca

"Happy Birthday brother."
Cynthia of Santa Fe, NM

"Andrew...you left us eight years ago today and I still have a hard time believing you are gone. I think of you often, you will always be apart of mine and my families life. You are truly our hero! Rest in Peace my Friend..."
Scott Lawrence of San Antonio, TX

"Drew you have and will remain my hero.. I miss u every day.. U r in my heart.. Miss u and your big brother words.. Always getting me out of wutever trouble I got in.. And a lil something for you guess what I bought a Magic 8 ball.. Drove you about crazy with mine,, well got ya found another one! Love you. D"
D of eureka ca

"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

"ive been reading the messages on here ...and i think its beautiful that you left such a profound impression on us all .....youre loved and missed on a daily basis ..."
mike carlson of eureka , ca

"Andrew's death was a shock, to say the least. Saw the announcement on the Eureka Almuni page.

Andrew, there aren't enough words of gratitude for your sacrafice!

EHS class of '89"
TSgt Fred Nordstrom of Minot, ND

"To the family of:Andrew David LaMont 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"

"January 19, 2008
To the family of Capt. Andrew David LaMont:
Andrew 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

"Capt. LaMont,
Sir, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just in OIF, but also for your service in Kosovo and Afghanistan as well. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I will never forget the day I learned of Andrew's death, he was one of my best friends growing up in Eureka. There is not a day that goes by I do not think of my friend and how much I miss him. Andrew...Thank you for allowing me the honor of wearing your lieutenants bars when I was commissioned, I wear them with the same integrity and professionalism that you did but I know I will never be the officer you were! Rest In Peace my friend..."
Scott Lawrence of San Antonio, TX

"Andrew was my PenPal and my friend. We spent many hours getting to know each other over email and on the phone. It makes me very sad that I never got to meet him in person. Although, I didn't have to know him in person to figure out that he was a funny and genuine person with a caring heart. I think of him often. I do hope I get to meet him some day....."
Julie B. of Redwood City, CA

"Drew I went to your grave today and spent about an hour wondering how such a wonderful, loving, funny man could be taken from this world. You are in my heart and I know someday we will meet in heaven. I miss you my friend. You were an inspiration to me and I know many others."
Love your friend DeAnne of Eureka, Calif, U.S.A

"Captain Andrew David Lamont was my dad i never got to meet him."
Jeremy Hamm of Auburn,Maine US

"Sir, this is to you and your most loved ones. Thank you, Sir for your greatest of sacrifices. You are among my best brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers and greatest friends. I may be Army, but you'll always be a Marine and the finest of Brothers a soldier can have. Thank you so very much. And tell all my friends I say, "Thank you and I miss you all.""
Jimmy Golden of Richmond, VA/USA

"I saw Andrew on an airfield shortly before the crash. We were conducting a mission turnover debrief; he was relieving my crew of our assault support mission. It was a pleasant surprise to see Andrew walking towards my helo to take over the mission. I gave him a big hug when i saw him that day...we were friends since we were roommates when based at Quantico. I was so glad to see him...it had been some time since we had talked. He was a great guy and i miss him. I was glad to be able to see him before he died. He was in great spirits and had big smile on his face when we talked. We talked about our plans to hang out together when we got back to San Diego...I offer my condolences to his family. I think of him often...

-Capt Gary Harrison"
Gary Harrison of Stockholm, Sweden

"Captain La Mont was a quiet officer who knew his job and did it well. At work he seemed to be the consumate professional but there was a kindliness of spirit and generosity that by his very nature he kept quietly hidden from those around him. It was Christmas in 2002, when Captain La Mont walked into my office and asked if he could close the door and speak privately to me. Somewhat embarrassed he said that as he was single and didn't have a family he wanted to ensure some of the young Marines in the squadron who had families and children had a nice food basket for the holidays so that they could perhaps spend their limited resources on more toys for their children. That Christmas Captain Lamont provided a holiday present to not one but to three families of his enlisted Marines. He asked me to never mention it or tell the families where the gift came from. I do so now in the hope that you will remember him as I do. A kind man, a leader of Marines, and a man who quietly helped others, not for recognition, but because(as he put it so well)it was "the right thing to do." I saluted him then and I salute him now. "Fair Winds and Following Seas""
Sergeant Major Larry Lambert USMC (ret.) of Murrieta, CA

"Thinking of you Capt. RIP Sir"
Gunny Brown (RET.) of Lexington.Ky

"Drew not a day goes by you are not in my thoughts.Semper Fi my friend

I watched the flag pass by one day,

It fluttered in the breeze.

A young Soldier stood and saluted it,

And then he stood at ease..

I looked at him in uniform

So young, so tall, so proud,

With hair cut square and eyes alert

He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him

Had fallen through the years.

How many died on foreign soil

How many mothers' tears

How many pilots' planes shot down?

How many died at sea

How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?

No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,

When everything was still,

I listened to the bugler play

And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times

That Taps had meant "Amen,"

When a flag had draped a coffin.

Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,

Of the mothers and the wives,

Of fathers, sons and husbands

With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard

At the bottom of the sea

Of unmarked graves in Arlington .

No, freedom isn't free.

Enjoy Your Freedom & God Bless Our Troops

Hope everyone has a Great Memorial Day and Remember

If you can read this, Thank a teacher.

And if it's in English, Thank a Soldier."
DeAnne of Eureka, Ca

"Sleepy, our time together was good. You kept us all laughing over there. You were a good Marine, a good pilot, and a good friend. You, Tim, Moore, and White will always be remembered for the contributions you each made to the squadron's success. I think about you guys a lot, and want you all to know that you won't be forgotten. Semper Fi, PeeWee."
Capt Dan "PeeWee" Smith, USMC of Quantico, VA

"Andrew, I think of you everyday as I look into the eyes of your girl, Helena...I remember how you would tell her to "mind her manners" and she would calmly sit for you or how she would go crazy and turn in circles when you would put your tennis shoes on (she still does that), but more importantly the bond and love the two of you had. I feel extremely blessed & fortunate to have loved and shared in your life and to have each day in hers...she is amazing just like you...thank you Andrew, for trusting in me with her. We miss you SO much as so many do, but Helena knows she will walk beside you again someday...until then...we will love and think of you always."
Brandy of Silverdale, WA

"I knew Andrew in high school and had a huge crush on him. If I had known he ended up in San Diego I would have contacted him after high school. I hate that we lost touch. He was a good friend and a great memory."
Amy of Eureka/San Diego/Valencia

"My mom misses you andrew. i hoped to meet you one day. i think of you always."
Brandon Mccovey of Eureka CA

"I have created a profile of Andrew at http:marines.togetherweserved.com so that Andrew can be remembered always by his brother Marines. If his parents read this, I would like not only your blessing for this, but I would love some more information on Andrew if you'd be willing to share. If so, please e-mail me at mguess@rochester.rr.com . My heart goes out to you for your loss, and I thank you."
Mike Guess of Macedon, NY

"I only briefly knew Andrew, and casually at that. From the contact I did have with him, he was a really good guy. He was a fine pilot, and an outstanding Marine. Thank you Andrew for giving your life for myself and everyone else in this country. You made the greatest sacrifice, and it will never be taken lightly or forgotten. Rest in peace.
Semper Fi"
Mike Guess of Macedon. NY

"Semper Fi, LaMont. You did good. You were a good marine. Wherever you are I'd like you to know that I got your name on a braclet from HeroBraclets.org last week. I'm glad I found out how you died and who you were in life."
Joe Gelman of DeLand, Florida.

"I didn't know Andrew, but I received a Hero bracelet with his name on it from HEROBRACELETS.ORG to help support the fallen heros and their families. I came online to see if I could find out some information about Andrew and found many wonderful, incredible things about him. He sounded like he truly was an amazing, special person. I will proudly wear this bracelet in his honor to pray and thank him for his incredible sacrifice."
Diane Nichols of Rosenberg, Texas

"To the LaMont family,
I am extremely saddened to learn of the passing of such a wonderful person. Drew and I graduated from SDSU together in 1994. I had just ended my Tour of Duty in the Marines as Drew was beginnig his. Drew was, and will always be, a true American hero. Semper Fi."
Stewart Davies, SJPD of San Jose, CA

"Aug 1,1971 Today would have been Drew's 33 Birthday.It has been over a year since he was taken from this earth but it hasn't got any easier to accept.Today is a day to remember all the good times we shared with Drew."
DeAnne of Eureka,Calif

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

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

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

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

"Andrew was my 8th grade boyfriend, you know how that is.....but we had started keeping in touch right before 9/11 and it was so nice to connect with him again. He was always a special person in my life, and forever will be."
Kristine of Los Angeles, CA.

"Drew was a special friend to me in High School he defended me through a very tough time in my life...I viewed him as more than a friend and altough we lost touch he will live on in my heart forever...To my friend our song "Nothing can Stop Us Now" by Jefferson Starship will play in my mind forever...I love you my friend..."
DeAnne of Eureka,Calif

"To the family and loved ones of Andrew LaMont, my deepest sympathies go out to you. I knew him only breifly, when he lived in Jacksonville. I used to get his mail quite often, as I lived on an adjacent street, and in our short exchanges he was always a nice fellow. I saw him on many occasions, playing with Helena in his yard, and I know she misses him greatly. As a former Marine and fellow American I say Thank You, Captain LaMont, for your service to your country. You are not forgotten. Semper Fi."
Daniel Peterson of Jacksonville, NC

"Thank you Andrew LaMont, 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

"Andrew was very, very special to me. He was a wonderful person, and a true gift from God. I am blessed that my life was touch by him. I will never forget him, and everything he has instilled in my life. I am very proud of him, and he was a wonderful marine. He always did so much for others, and touch many in silent ways. I am grateful for having Andrew in my life. Andrew will be greatly missed. Andrew was a true saint. Andrew was a wonderful daddy to Helena, and she can't wait to play ball with you in heaven."
Cynthia Williams of Woodbridge, VA

"Semper Fi Andrew...My Family will never forget."
Captain Gregory M Long, USMC (Brother to Miss Kathleen M Long and Captain Christopher M Long, USMC) of Weeki Wachee, FL/USA

"To the family and friends of Capt. Andrew David Lamont: so sorry to hear of your loss.
There are no words that make you feel better,but it will just take the passing of time,and special days without him. These young brave men were so precious,and my heart aches for your loss,and I do understand exactly what you are going through,because I am a cousin to Sgt. Kirk (Ski) Straseskie,that drowned trying to save Capt. Lamont and the others. You are in my prayers."
Kit Strickler of Oklahoma City,OK. U.S.A.

"To the family and friends of Capt. Andrew Lamont: Through our church, Crossroads UMC, my husband and I "adopted" Andrew. We found it a sincere honor to send him a few packages and letters to let him know how proud we were of his service to our country and to remind him he was in our prayers daily. Although we never met, he will always be remembered by our entire family. We continue to keep you in our thoughts and pray God will give you strength in this time of great sadness."
Jean Hambrick of Conyers, Georgia

"To the family and friends of Capt. Andrew Lamont:
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 Andrew 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 Capt. Andrew Lamont:
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 Andrew, 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