Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Sean M. Langley

20, of Lexington, Kentucky.
Langley died from injuries received as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 7, 2004.

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"Dear Sean, I think of you often. I know that if you were here today in this tempest of politics you would have joined in, in eradicating Isis. You are a true warrior. You gave your very life, and you, Sean, will never be forgotten."
Susan Langley of Lexington, Ky

"Just stopping by brother. Until we meet again Semper Fidelis!"
Kelso Mcclure of Laguna Hills,CA

"Mr. And Mrs. langley, please get in touch with me. Joshhisle@yahoo.com. Sean and I shared a hotel the night before Paris island and we went all the way through together to end up in 2/5. I wasn't there when he got hit, I was in another * storm up the road,
and for 9 years I haven't forgiven myself. He was my friend, I loved him, and we tried to check in when we could, but when I heard the news, almost didn't believe It. He was hard, we were hard. We live no more than an hour apart , and all these years I have avoided Sean's grave, avoided you both. I'm so sorry. If I could, I'd give my life for his tomorrow. Sean was the real deal, and he died fighting, that I can assure you.
Pleas reach out."
Cpl. Josh HISLE of Cincinnati

"Happy Birthday Son, Today would have been your 28th and you are sorely and always missed.

All my love,"
Dad of Ridge Manor, FL

"To the family of:Sean M. Langley
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""

"Dear Son, November 7th, 2011

Today marks the seventh year of you’re passing from this world of troubles, sorrows, cares, and woes, into the arms of Christ in Paradise. Though I know you are now in a far, far better place, you're being gone from us remains a deep abiding sorrow within me and, I’m sure your Mom and Matt, that we no longer have you with us. The sorrow, I am sure, will never subside or leave us; but knowing you are in a better place brings solace and the knowledge that someday, we cannot know when, though you might, we will all be together again.

It remains my most important mission in life to ensure the memory of Sean Michael Langley never fades from those who had the privilege of knowing and of loving you for so little time while you were with us. From time to time, I still hear from your fellow Marines, men I had not known of before who reach out to me and let your leadership, heroism, and sacrifice be known. Most importantly, at least to me, is that they obviously loved you as a brother. Many tell me some little tidbit of your last days, or of times you had outside the war zone being a happy young man. They tell me that you were one of the most respected Marines they have known; earning the respect of your peers and your leaders is one of the greatest accomplishments one can make in life. You, my dear sweet son, did so with so little time. A combat veteran by age eighteen and a Marine who took the position in the lead so other Marines would not have to, thereby giving your life that others might live, and at such a young age of only twenty years.

You are so, so missed by so many and loved by them as well. Most of all, as I know you are aware, you are missed by those of us who were allowed to be your family; father, mother and brother. Now you would have been a fully mature man of twenty seven and I often think of the things you told me you wanted to do. By now, I’ve no doubt; you would have accomplished all your goals and so much more. You were such a man; a man who set his goal, then did what was needed to accomplish that goal. That, and your willingness to sacrifice for others, is probably why you garnered such deep and lasting respect and love from all who were given the honor of knowing you during your short time among us.

We love you, miss you, and are ever anxious to be with you again. Please continue to watch over your mother, your brother, me and those we love; as I know you have in the past. Also, please continue to let me feel your presence near me from time to time as I love the feeling of warmth and comfort your aura brings me.

With my undying love, Dad"
Dad (Bill Langley) of Ridge Manor, FL, U.S.A.

"Dearest Son, July 4, 2011

Today the nation is celebrating the freedom our founding fathers won for America and that young Heroes, like you, most at tender ages, like you, the vast majority from loving homes, like you, and all having ahead of them the brightest of futures and best times of their lives just beginning, like you, all with the knowledge that their country had been repeatedly attacked in the most cowardly manner as it had been in history past, knew, like you, that it was you and they who were called by their nation to go forth a do battle with the evil beasts that now roamed the world. Like you, many, far too many, have fallen; but the evil beasts is contained and their evil head destroyed by young Americans, just like you.

Many are thankful for your willingness to pick up the sword and slay these evil beasts. Many know your sacrifice, and many are saddened by your loss. Their care and heartfelt thanks are endlessly appreciated by me and the rest of the family.

Yet they, those many Americans kept safe, secure, and comfortable in their daily lives, cannot know, save those who have suffered the tragedy of loss that we have; no they cannot know the depth and breadth of our sorrow, caused by the wonderful gift you freely gave to them. I pray they never have to know.

However, this is a day of celebration of America's freedom, which, thanks so much to you and many other very young American warriors, is a beautiful beacon of bright light shining on a hill, to paraphrase President Ronald Reagan. It is a light to which many around the world are drawn, just as it is a light that many filled with a hatred of our freedoms, have before, are now, and the many sons of evil to come, have fruitlessly tried to snuff out. They fail, they always fail, and they will always fail, because so very many young Americans, throughout our history, have been, are, and will continue to be, ever ready to pick up the gleaming sword of freedom's strengths and slay any who would dare attack her.

Therefore, it is with great thanks to you and your fallen brothers and sisters in the Global War on Terror, that for the 235th time, Americans celebrate their unmatched freedoms.

Thank you Sean, my dear sweet son. The spear of pain inflicted by your loss, still pierces my heart, your Mother's heart, Matt's heart and the loving hearts of your many kin and your Marine brothers; it always will. But, still we are forever thankful that you were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, for your fellow Marines and to keep your home free, safe, and secure from the darkness; your home, our home, The United States of American!

All my love to you eternally until I see again when we meet in Heaven, Dad"
Bill Langley of Tampa, FL, USA

"I know this is a little belated, but I've just seen this site. Langley, Barrow, and Hubbard were with me hanging out the night before we deployed to Ramadi. Were in my room watching "The Last Samuri" hanging out and talking. I guess I just wanted ya'll to know how much I liked and respected Langley. In Ramadi, if i knew his platoon was close by, I never had a worry. He was an awesome person, and awesome Marine. HE is what I think of when I think of Ramadi and the MEN that gave their lives. I love him as a person and thank ya'll for bringing him into this world. It was a great pleasure serving in the same company as HIM, 2 TOURS, and loved him. Love Ya'll Too.
josh kelly (machine gun kelly) 2nd btn 5th marines whiskey 3 (601-384-7825) kellyjosh357@yahoo.com"
Josh Kelly of Meadville, Ms

"Dear Son, Wish heaven had a phone so I could hear your voice, again. I thought of you today. But that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake, from which I'll never part. God has you in his arms, I have you in my heart. Love, Dad
(Borrowed from Shiloh)"
Sean's Dad of Tampa, FL

"Sorry it has taken so long to write on here Sean, i only just now found this site. I just got done writting on Andrews page. Im sure you two are up there right now mounting the guns for a Heaven against hell all out war, hopefully i get there to join you guys before it starts. I just wanted to say you were a great mentor and a wonderful person. Its hard to forget and you and andrew are the reasons i get mad when i see people taking our freedoms for granted, or POGS claiming the title we fought for. You are in my heart and prayers brother. Semper Fidelis.
Kelso Mcclure
2/5 Weapons Co"
Kelso Mcclure of Mission Viejo, CA

"By Beloved Son,
Well, today marks the sixth anniversary of that most dreadful day. I think of you every day and as I've said many times, miss you so much I still get a lump in my throat, like right now, and my eyes tear up. Those who say time heals all wounds have never lost a wonderful, shining 20 year old son, like you. Then nobody but you're Mom and I ever had a 20 year old son like you. You are and always will be my hero. Matt is doing great, as you've probably seen; he's a very successful and generally happy young man, has the same bumps in the road most of us have, but I do try to smooth them for him just as he helps me so very much. Seems like since we lost you my health has not been great, but it'll get better I'm sure.
I wanted to let you know that the Republic, the United States of America, which you died helping defend, has saved its self from the brink of becoming Socialist. Patriots came out in droves and voted for a better government which I know you would have approved of.
I love you my son and miss you terribly still, and my heart is still broken. Please watch over those of us who you loved, Mom, Matt and me.

Love, Dad
~ Bill Langley, Tampa, Florida"
William J Langley of Tampa, Florida, USA

"LCpl Langley, Its been 6 years this exact date. Today, we dont celebrate your passing. We celebrate your life, your leadership, and friendship. Today, we sit and talk about all the things you've taught, friendship, leadership, companionship, and brotherhood. Men like you are far from near to come by. We love you, we appreciate you watching over us through Ramadi, Fallujah, Habbanayah, and Ramadi one last time. What you've shown myself, I've expressed and passed down to my own Marines. I miss you, we all miss you. And you're leadership skills will be passed on, as well as your story. You're a true hero, leader, guardian, and saint to all Machine Gunners. I still have that outdated Machine Gun Bible you gave me, haha. Thank you."
Murrietta, USMC of Camp Pendleton, CA

"As I sit today in my home, free of fear, working in peace at my computer, and expressing my personal thoughts openly on this sacred site, I remember the cost in blood for these small but wonderful privileges.

Sean's death was not in vain. To place one's self in harm's way to defeat evil is an enormous sacrifice. I honor the memory of my kinsman on this day, and rejoice that such a brave and noble man was born for such times as these."
Allen Langley of Paducah, Kentucky USA

"Dear Son,
Today you'd have been 26 years old. I wish you were here to celebrate. Although all we have are memories to hold on to and you will always be 20 years old, I can picture you as you would be now. I would still be the proudest father in the world.

Happy Birthday! I would imagine the birthday parties for the Marines that guard the streets of Heaven are made special by God and Jesus."
Bill Langley of Florida, USA

"I think of you every day, miss you every day, and every day I wish you were home, safe and secure. I love you and I miss you and always will.
Bill Langley of Tampa, FL, USA

"Sean it's almost five years since you were taken from us. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and the others. I am grateful to have known and to have served with you in a fighting hole. I remember the time you and I were stuck filling sand bags in 29 palms. Good times. You are gone but not forgotten brother. We will see eachother again in the future. Till that day comes take care and save a seat for me in that great fighting hole in the sky. I love you man."
Edgar Hunt of Chula Vista, CA

August 2,2009

Today you would havd been 25 years old. I imagine by now you would have been a police officer in Lexington. Below is the Keynote Address I gave at the Memorial Day Service at the VA Hospital in Tampa, reprinted here so others can learn more about you and so I might honor you in some small way. I love you.

Happy birthday and I love you forever.

William Langley (Dad) of Tampa, FL


Today you would havd been 25 years old. I imagine by now you would have been a police officer in Lexington. Below is the Keynote Address I gave at the Memorial Day Service at the VA Hospital in Tampa, reprinted here so others can learn more about you and so I might honor you in some small way. I love you.

Happy birthday and I love you forever.

William Langley (Dad) of Tampa, FL

"Sean, I was asked to give a Memorial Day speech. Here is what I said:

I was asked to speak today because I am a veteran.
I am: I served twenty one years and two days in the US Air Force.
But today, I want to speak about someone whose military service spanned a much shorter
period of time. Two years, nine months, and sixteen days. He was a Marine.
He spent the first ten years of his youth as a “military brat” traveling and living wherever
I was stationed.
The remainder of his youth was spent in Lexington Kentucky and Oklahoma City.
With divorced parents he traveled to and fro with his brother and me many times.
When I retired in 1996, I moved to Lexington to be closer to my sons, and I will never
regret having done so.
He was the typical pre-adolescent and teen…trying as hard as he could to cause graying
hair on his parents heads, making life, shall we say interesting for his little brother, being a
fantastic athlete but a terrible scholar. Getting in trouble in school. Getting caught, along
with his step-brother, smoking pot in his mother’s back yard. His mother, by-the-way
is a Lexington Police Officer and she arrested both. I think her efforts to reform them
futile. I later found them doing the same thing in a field behind where we lived. Instead
of arresting them, I did something worse…I flushed their stash of pot down the toilet.
I want to go back a moment here. On April 19th, 1995, while both my sons were living
with me in Oklahoma City, Timothy McVey parked a yellow Ryder truck in front of the
Alfred P. Murray Federal Building and blew it up. Both boys heard and felt the
explosion in their classroom at a Lutheran school more than ten miles away. Sometime
later, after the area had been secured and fenced off, I took the boys to the sight. I
recall telling them, “This is what evil can do.”
We can fast forward not to September 11th, 2001. We all recall the evil of that day.
It was a Tuesday morning and on the following Saturday, September 15th he went to the
Military Entrance Processing Station and enlisted in the Marine Corps Delayed
Enlistment Program. Not before, I must say, he and his recruiter had to spend about two
hours sitting at my dining table convincing me it was what he wanted and that he
understood the risk. He insisted, since he’d wanted to be a Marine since he was about
five years old. His grandfather retired from the Air Force, I retired from the Air Force his
mother served in the Air Force, but he wanted to be a Marine. I was convinced and
signed a parental consent since he was only 17 years old.
He couldn’t go on active duty immediately because he needed one more credit to
get his diploma. He attended a junior college to complete the requirement.
I was awakened on the morning of January 1st, 2002 at about 1 AM, by a call on the
phone. It was the Nicholasville, Kentucky Police asking if I wanted to come pick up my
son. He’d been picked up for underage drinking. I got dressed and made my way the
twenty or so miles to Nicholasville, went to the Police Station, and there he was. He was
trying to stand at attention in the middle of the room but his body weaved around in a
circle. He was obviously quite drunk. I asked him who he had been with and he
mumbled something that may have been a name but I couldn’t quite understand the
language he was using. So, I signed for him and took him home. The following morning
he told me he’d been with his cousin, his mother’s nephew and I thought, Oh boy, that
whole side of the family is going to be really mad because I didn’t bail him out too.
On January 22nd, 2002 he went off to Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, South
Carolina. When he left he was the typical surly adolescent who spoke little to adults
and when he did it was in low, mumbling (intentional I think to keep adults from
understanding). But a surprising thing happened…he started writing letters home.
The letters progressed though boot camp to the point that, when he graduated, they
sounded as if they had been written by someone more mature than the boy who I’d last
seen. In April I went Parris Island for his graduation from Boot Camp. The mumbling
adolescent had turned into a self confident man, sure of himself. His mother and
maternal grandparents along with his younger brother also attended. We were all filled
pride to the point that our chest almost exploded.
He continued on in his training at Camp LeJuene, North Carolina, then was posted to
Camp Pendleton, California as a machine gunner with the Weapons Company of the 2nd

Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and did more training. I recall him calling me on a cell
phone one Saturday morning. He was on a land navigation exercise by himself and just
wanted to chat. You couldn’t do that when I was teaching Land Navigation in the Air
The afternoon of January 30th, 2003 he called me from Camp Pendleton to tell me his unit
was deploying to Kuwait. This was the build up to the invasion of Iraq. I heart got stuck
in my throat, I could hardly breathe, I was crying, scared…I’d spent over twenty years in
military and never went in harms way. He was just a youngster, barely 18 years old.
You really don’t understand fear until your child is sent off to war. He ended up
comforting me, telling me everything would be okay, and not to worry. All 18 year olds
are invincible as you all may know. He was a teenager setting out on an adventure and
all would end well. I didn’t stop shaking for a week.
They spent a little over 2 months in Kuwait, training, acclimating, and preparing for a
war that I hoped would come but was sure it would.
Then came March 20th, 2003. The invasion of Iraq began. The fear factor increased
exponentially, for me. You watch TV every second; your stomach is tied in a knot
every time you hear about Marine casualties. You feel completely helpless, you hear
nothing from him. Is that good or bad. You watch the news. You pray. You stay
Finally, on April 9th they took Baghdad and I watched as the Marines helped pull down
the statue of Saddam Husain. We all believed it was pretty much over. He called finally,
after a couple more weeks. They bivouacked in a town called An Samawha. The Iraqi
people, especially the children loved the Marines. He wrote more letters and they seemed
written by a person older and wiser than any 18 year old could be. His 19th birthday,
August 2nd, came while he was in Iraq. He came home in late August. I
picked him up at the airport in Lexington. He was quieter, more subdued than they teen
who had gone off on that great adventure eight months earlier. He didn’t volunteer much
information about the experiences he’d had or the things he’d seen. He showed a few
things he’d brought home, an Iraqi beret, a few Iraqi coins, and some pictures. As I was
going through the pictures, I saw one where he had some holes or scabs on his chin.
When prodded, he told me that in a fire fight on the way to Baghdad, he had deployed
from his Hummer and a Rocket Propelled Grenade hit the gas can on the back of the
vehicle. He took some shrapnel in the chin and his uniform caught on fire. He said he
was rolling around on the ground screaming like a 12 year old girl. I asked why he
hadn’t told me about it. He said, “You would have freaked out.” He was, of course,
absolutely right.
Life went on, he went back to Camp Pendleton, and trained some more, moved off
station with some buddies and seemed to resume the life of the care free 19 year old.
They went on a “float.” Which, from what an old Air Force guy can understand is a
deployment aboard ship to Australia and some other places to include Okinawa. In
Iraq the insurgency had started and was in full swing.
Then in August 2004, shortly after his 20th birthday, they were told they were deploying
again in early September and there would be no leaves authorized.
I’ll tell you now that I truly feel things happen for a reason. A family member was
gravely injured and he was allowed to come home for about 36 hours. I can
remember him walking out of the hospital room after having been hugged by all the
family members. He seemed a lot more somber, less enthusiastic, and more wary of
going back to war. To me, it is far more heroic for a young man or woman to go back
to war because they had seen how terrible it is and knew what they were returning to.
He called a couple of times. They were in Ramadi which was in the news every day
because of the insurgent activity. More time for Dad’s stomach to be in a knot and my
heart to live in my throat. On October 15th, which is my birthday, I would later learn that
he was wounded again but not seriously.
On November 7th, I was spending a quiet Saturday at home with my wife Susan. The phone
rang. The caller ID indicated the US Marines were calling. I figured it was another
recruiter calling, as they did from time to time, trying to recruit someone who was
already a Marine. It wasn’t.
SSgt Demalteris, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was calling to inform me, as next of

kin, that he had been wounded, a head wound, and he said it was classified as a VSI. At
time I had no idea what a VSI was and was too scared, shaken, nervous, my ears were
ringing, I was absolutely terrified. The sergeant said I would be contacted by a Marine
Corps Casualty Officer very shortly. He left his number in case I had any questions.
I remember telling Susan, my wife, and she called Trisha, his mother. We agreed to have
the Casualty Officer meet us at his mother’s house. When Susan and I arrived, Trisha
was in her bedroom packing her suitcase. I hugged her and said she couldn’t go to Iraq.
She insisted he was waiting for her. I told her we would just have to wait for the
Casualty Officer and I was sure he’d be okay (I really wanted to believe that as much as I
wanted her to believe it).
Within an hour, a Marine Corps Lt Colonel and a Master Gunnery Sergeant, arrived
in full dress blue uniforms.
They informed us that our son had suffered a wound during combat operations in Ramadi. He had sustained a very serious head injury. The Lt Colonel said he was taken from the battle field to the US Military Hospital in Baghdad. From there he would be transferred to Landsthul, Germany. The Marines told us they would immediately inform us of any changes and said they would return later in the day.
When they returned they said he had died of his wounds. Sean Michael Langley, Lance Corporal, US Marine Corps, aged twenty years, three months and five days, my oldest son had given his life for his country. His mother would not believe it until he was brought home and held on to the hope that it was a terrible mistake and some other mother’s son would repose in the casket when opened.
The next several days are still a blur. Notifying family, gathering, planning for his return and his funeral.
When he returned, it was a rainy, cold night. We were driven to the Airport in limousines escorted by Lexington Police in front and back. As the hearse started to depart the airport Sean’s mother insisted on riding in the hearse with him. She had finally accepted reality.
By far, the hardest thing I’ve ever done is look into the casket when we arrived at the funeral home. He appeared completely unscathed, just sleeping in full dress blues. The only visible injury was a sutured wound on the back of his head. I had feared that his mother would pass out when we first saw him. I passed out, she didn’t.
We were amazed by the outpouring of sympathy from all over the nation. The governor of California, for the first time had ordered the flags in the state capitol to be flown at half staff in Sean’s honor. The governor of Kentucky and mayor of Lexington attended the funeral. The visitation scheduled for two hours went on for six hours because so many from the community wanted to communicate their condolences in person. The funeral procession was miles long and escorted all the way by dozens of Lexington Police officers. All along the route people stopped, hundreds of them, placed their hands over their hearts or saluted as Sean passed.
He was buried with full military honors.
But the most amazing thing to me was what happened over the course of time since his death and continues to this day. I get unsolicited emails from his fellow Marines who have gone to great effort to find my email address. They tell me about a man I didn’t know. I will read a few excerpts from some of those messages then I’ll let you go and ask that you remember My Marine, Sean Michael Langley.
"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Langley
I just wanted to let you know that I served in two combat tours with your son. Sean was my friend and I'll never ever forget what he did for me. Sean and I were in the same truck in the 1st war and we were ambushed I was driving and he was security in the back of me. I’m sure he told you but our truck was leading the whole battalion in to Baghdad. Anyway, my 1st Lt. Heil told me and Langley to get out of the truck and provide security and there I was scared almost frozen I saw the compassion in your son's eyes he saw me freeze up and he said "C’mon Ralphie ain’t nothin gonna happen to you were here together your gonna get back to your family in no time." I will never forget that feeling of brotherhood. A kid from Kentucky and a kid from LA. I want you to know that I will never forget Sean he was my friend and my brother. I have Langley’s name forever scared on my heart and on my arm with R.I.P brother. I’m sorry I could not bring your son home but I assure you people that have never even met him know about him and what he sacrificed. P.S There is not a day that goes bye that Sean is not in my thoughts.
Sincerely. Ralph Sarabia of Hacienda Heights"
William J Langley (Dad) of USA

"I wear a memorial bracelet with your son's name. His sacrifice for the defense of America's liberties and the freedom of the Iraqi people will never be forgotten."
James Holloway of Brooklyn, New York, USA

"November 7, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Sean M. Langley:
Sean 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

"You are not forgotten."

"Sean, its been 3 years and I still love you dearly. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, your sacrifice, and how happy you would have been to know we all value your devotion. Knowing you gave your life for exactly what you wanted, defending your country, family, and friends, doesn't stop me from missing you and wanting you here. I hope your family is doing well."
Vibh of Ohio, by way of Lexington, KY

"2 years later, I'm a little over half way through visiting all 15 of you. It gets harder with each and every one. I'm crying if you can belive that. See you next year."

"Ralph Sarabia 14936 Novak st Hacienda Heights Ca, 91745"
Ralphie Sarabia of Hacienda Heights Ca 91745

"Ralphie Sarabia, I sure wish you would get in touch with me. I'd love to talk to you about Sean.

Bill Langley, Sean's Dad"
Bill Langley of Tampa, FL

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Langley
I just wanted to let you know that I served in two combat tours with your son. Sean was my friend and I'll never ever forget what he did for me. Sean and I were In the same truck in the 1st war and we were ambushed I was driving and he was security in the back of me.Im shure he told you but our truck was leading the whole battalion in to baghdad.Anyways my 1st Lt. Heil told me and Langley to get out of the truck and provide security and there I was scared almost frozen I saw the compassion in your son's eyes he saw me freeze alil and he said "cmon ralphie aint nothin gonna happen to you were here together your gonna get back to your family in no time" I will never forget that feeling of brotherhood.A kid from Kentucky and a kid from LA. I want you to know that I will never forget Sean he was my friend and my brother. I have Langleys name forever scared on my heart and on my arm with R.I.P brother.Im sorry I could not bring your son home but I assure you people that have never even met him know about him and what he sacrificed.P.S There Is not a day that goes bye that sean is not in my head.Sincerely SGT Sarabia Ralph 2/5 W co w2"
Ralphie Sarabia of Hacienda Heights Ca 91745 US

"Dear Sean M. Langley Family, My sincerest condolences on your loss. My name is Marc Dull, I am a USAF Veteran and an Artist from Illinois. Thank you for your Sean's Honorable Service and Ultimate Sacrifice for America and it's Values. His Legacy will endure by God! I found Sean's Memorial page while doing some research for a very important project that I thought you might want to know about. I just returned from Camp Pendleton where I visited the Commanding Officer of the 5th Regiment. I am preparing to sculpt a large monument specifically for the 5th Regiment and the Fallen Heroes in Operation Iraqi Freedom for the Memorial Garden area on Camp San Mateo there. Please e-mail me at dullart7@cs.com if you would like to contribute any input or feedback. I would be honored by your participation on behalf of Sean! Semper Fidelis, God Bless you and your Family, Salute"
Marc Dull of Illinois

"Dearest Sean
Thank you for being so brave. So loyal. You were selfless and ultimately gave your life. What a noble man. God bless you and my prayers are with your family."
Jenny of Marion, OH

"To the family of LCPL Sean Langley: His 2/5 unit has now returned from its second deployment to Iraq. From deep in my heart, I want to thank Sean, and the 14 other heroes who gave all on this tour, for looking down from above and helping to safely get my "adopted" Marine home from Fox 2/5. Please accept my condolences. Those, like Sean, willing to serve and sacrifice is what make this the greatest country on earth. May they forever keep us free and safe. Semper Fi!"
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois

"To the parents of LCpl. Sean Langley
My name is Jacob Hopkins I was your sons Section leader the first time he went to Iraq and I just want to say that your son was on of my best Marines and I can't express how sorry I am to hear about your loss The Country lost a trully great Marine. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and I hope you realize that your son is not gone he is in every American Flag you see if not for Marines like him the flag would not stand for what it does"
Jacob Hopkins of Columbus, IN U.S.A

"To the parents of Sean Langley,
I give my deepest condolence to you. I went to boot camp and school of infantry with sean. we even arrived to the fleet at the same day on july 2nd 2002 and went to san diego that weekend.I was out in Ramadi that day that Sean was hit. i was on the medivac team that pulled him out, helped cut his gear off and held his hand all the way to the med station. sean was such a great person, and friend and its hard not to have him around. but just know that he is in a better place, and is most likely guarding heavin just like the song says. i was hit a couple of days after sean, and lost my right arm and leg. if you want to contact me in any way you can get my info through 2/5. i have some pictures that you might like.
cpl o'brien, mark p. USMC"
mark o'brien of east aurora, new york

"To Bill Langley and Family,
My family and I were deeply saddened by the loss of your Marine Son L/Cpl. Sean Langley, who has joined other Marines of Highest Honor, guarding Heaven's streets. As a Co-worker and Friend, I know Bill was extreamly proud of Sean. His Son's sacrafice,had him leave this world a TRUE HERO of AMERICA. From a Former Marine and Family, Gods Peace and Thank you for L/Cpl. Sean Langley. If you should need anything feel free to call upon this fellow Marine and family. "Semper Fidelis, Marine Corps Family""
Bob Bowman & Family of Winchester,KY.

"To the family of an American Hero, thank you.... We want to offer our condolences for your loss. Our family has suffered a similiar loss, of our cousin. Our brave soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, and we thank them. Sean will always be loved and remembered. You are in our prayers in your time of grief."
SSGT Larry Mays, Jennifer Mays, and Josh, Lindsay, and Holden of Massillon, Ohio

"To Sean's family and friends, may God's love comfort you as you grieve.
To Sean, God Bless you and thank you for what you have done for this country. You will not be forgotten!

Best Regards,"
William T. Langley IV GySgt USMC (Ret.) of Spring Branch, TX

"To the memory of Sean and to his family,
I remember Sean from high school. He was so sweet. I will never forget him joking around at henry clay. When I heard what heard what had happened I was heart broken. But I can always remember him talking about the Marine's and wanting to join. I even remember him coming back to school in his uniform after he had joined to promote the Marine's. He really seemed to love it. He died a hero and I know I and others will greatly miss him."
Candace of Lexington, Kentucky

"I'm so sorry that you had to pay the ultimate price for our freedoms, and I honor you and pray for you and your loved ones."
dee of Franklin, NJ, USA

"To Hero Sean's Family,
I am praying that God will wrap His arms of love around you and give you true comfort right now and that you can hold on to Him, especailly now. I grieve with you, because my son is in Iraq and your son was a soldier with my son. Not in his unit, but in spirit.
Sincerely, Judy"
Mrs. Judy Nelson of Delton, MI USA

"God's blessings to your family. My son is in Iraq with the 1ID as a tanker. Sean is a true hero and will never be forgotten. God bless all of our soldiers and their families. Our prayers are with all of you."
Kathy Hartmann of Seward, NE

"May God bless your family. My son is 101st airborne. So my heart goes out to you all.
We all need to keep our soldiers in prayer.
God bless"
Sheryl Danke of Tennessee

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

"My thoughts and prayers are with the Langley family."
Kay Myers of Philadelphia, PA

"We are so sorry for your loss and your family is in our prayers. Your son was a true hero.
Major and Mrs. John Harris
United States Military Academy
West Point, NY"
The Harris Family of West Point

"I want to say thank you to all who have left kind messages in rememberance of my cousin Sean M. Langley. He was a great person, brave and strong, whom our family will miss greatly. We are so very proud of him.
Your words are of great comfort to our family. Thank you for your appreciation of Sean's heroic efforts to endure freedom. God Bless You All."
Sherry Gibbens of Marion, IL

""To the family and friends of Sean Langley,
I am truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. He along with our son Sgt. Justin Scott paid the ultimate price for freedom. These men are now soldiers of a higher Commander. Bill and I can only but pray that we will have the pleasure of meeting such a wonderful soldier as Sean in that Golden City. They are now waiting for us to get ourselves right so that we may again someday be with them. Than and only than shall we know how all the pieces of the puzzle fit together.
John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man hath laid down his life for his fiends."
All our love and prayers to the family and friends of this wonderful & brave, OUR SOLDIER, YOUR SON.....May the memories of Sean sustain you during your time of grief. God is with you, please remember to lean on him for strenght.
Please feel free to email us blscott@fuse.net""
Wm. & Lisa Scott of Bellevue, KY

"To the family of Sean;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Sean is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ultimate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"RIP Tufelhunden...The Taylors USMC NC"

"Our deepest condolences to the Family and Friends of Sean. May you be comforted by the memories of good times spent together and the knowledge that Sean was, indeed, an AMERICAN HERO!! His courage and bravery are such an inspiration for all of the world to see and aspire to! America has truly lost a great MAN and we ask God to Bless his soul. THANK YOU, SEAN, YOU will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN! With somber hearts and gratitude from 2 Americans in Pittsburgh, PA."
Heidi & Monica Narr of Pittsburgh, PA/USA

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

"Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. We appreciate Sean's sacrifice on behalf of our country, and pray God gives you strength in the days ahead. May you find joy in your memories."
JoAnn Megill of Houston, TX

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Sean M. Langley."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"I am so sorry for the loss of your son. I appreciate the sacrifice he made. He is truly a hero. You will be in my prayers for God's comfort to be with you as you pass through this time. God bless you."
Connie Sylvester of Cynthiana, KY

"To the Langley family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Sean helped in making all of us feel safe from harm, he is a true hero. I hope the family can remember all the good times that you were able to share with him. Your in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless~"
Savannah Wheeler of Mc Cuneville, Ohio

"to the family of sean,
i am deeply sadened by your loss. i know that sean is with our heavenly father and will become a gardian angel and one of the best. and thank you sean for putting your life on line for our freedom"
melissa tesmer of crystal lake, il

"To the friends and family of Lance Cpl. Sean Langley,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Sean M. Langley,

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

"I know nothing can really make this better. If it helps at all, I do realize that he made this sacrifice for people like me, just Americans and that the reason I'm safe today is because of Marines like him. He is appreciated and my heart goes out to you."
Carla Street of Spirit Lake Idaho

"I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Words can not express to you the saddness felt by so many. God Bless you, your son is OUR HERO!"
The Vargas Family of Newark, CA USA

"To the Langley family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Our family has also lost our nephew Sgt. Andrew Brown on Oct. 8, 2004 in Iraq. Our hearts and prayers are with your family in this sad time. God Bless you all."
Colleen Kelly of Pleasant Mount, Penna.

"Family and friends of Sean Langley,
As the mother of a Marine on his second deployment in Iraq I would like to express my sincere condolences on your loss. Sean has paid the ultimate price for the freedom of others, this selfless action ensures he will live on in our memories as well as yours. Sean is a hero in my eyes and will surely rest in the house of the Lord. May God ease your sorrow and comfort you thru every tomorrow."
Emily Daniels of Westhampton Beach,NY


"Dear Langley Family & Friends-
I am a proud memeber of "Smiles4Troops" and just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! You should be very proud of your brave son and all of his efforts and achievements to support our country and freedom!! May God bless you and take care of you! Once again, I am sorry for you loss!!"
Emily Faw of Mount Airy, NC USA

"To the Family of LCPL Sean Langley:

You cannot say, you must not say,
That he is dead He is just away!

With a Cheery smile, and a wave of a hand
He has wandered into an unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since he lingers there.

So think of him faring on, as dear,
In the love of there as the love of here,
Think of him still, as the same, and say
He is not dead, He is just away.

(James Whitcomb Riley)

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
He was a true hero and has gone to guard the gates
Of heaven. I want to say THANK YOU for giving him
To us, to serve in protecting our freedom. He will not be

Matt & Iva Cross
Parents of LCPL Matt
& Joshua
Austin, Texas"

"To Sean'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.


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, TX

"I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep Sean and you all in my prayers. His heroism will not be forgotten."
Mary Ann Janicki of Gorham, NH

"My deepest condolences to To William and Patricia Langley and all Family and Friends of LCpl. Sean M. Langley,

My heart aches for you and you will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that the deep hurt you feel can be in some part eased by the feeling of great pride for Sean’s valor and deep sense of patriotism. I understand that Sean made the decision to join the Marines after 9-11-01. I can't tell you how much that means to me as a New Yorker.

Sean, you have made the ultimate sacrifice and did so willingly and without hesitation. Thank you so very much for defending my freedom. It means so much to me, to the people of NYC and to the entire nation. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice in the service of the country that I love so very much. You will always be remembered as an American hero.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Most Sincerely,

Pat Shoukry"
Pat Shoukry of New York, N.Y. - USA

"To the Langley family,
We are deeply sorry for your loss. We will keep you and Sean in our prayers."
Olson Family of Woodbridge, VA

"To Sean's Family:
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 of Lcpl. Sean M. Langley, we will keep you in our prayers and thoughts. We are truly sorry for your loss."
The Noe Family of Delbarton,WV

"Thank you Sean Langley, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Sean Langley:
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 Sean for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Sean Langley:
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 Sean, 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