Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Binh N. Le

20, of Alexandria, Virginia.
Le died from injuries received as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on December 3, 2004.

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"Le had a smile that made you forget it was war. This kid had hero blood in his veins. Last thing i herd him say was how much he loved his girl. I miss you big guy!"
Sgt. Shook of U.S.A.

"I miss u Le, u were my boy! Me and Le spent lots of time together, made alot of music together, were on the same gun together, and im probably one of his closest mentor...i remember showing him how to shoot the cannon faster and which shortcuts to take on the gunline...he was a funny guy with a big heart. After a while on the field i used to just let le shoot all my rounds, i wanted him to be the kid that took over when i left. he did a great job. i remember when he told me he was going to volunteer to go to iraq, i was not feeling it. But off he went. we put all our music on hold and said our good byes...i miss u bro, wish u were here! i know that u wouldve been super successful without a doubt. I love u Brother."
Cpl Lopez, Ruben O. Tango 5/10 Guns crew (Le's Brother) of Herndon, Va usa

"I was a Corpsman a good friend to Ben and just want o say I sit here after sitting with another good corpsman buddy and remembering all the good in Ben that he is not forgotten and that his family is still in my prayers that there dream of been in the US with there son comes true if it already has no Ben you are truly missed and i wish i could have been with you that say to help. You Are truly My HERO and will never be forgotten HM3(FMF) Tim Scott"
Tim Scott of Tripp SD

"My name is Cpl. Ryan Mechtel, I served with Le for the last 2 years I was active duty until about 4 monthes prior to his death. He was a great Marine and it was my honor to have him in my unit. My families prayers go out to his famaily and loved ones. His sacrifices will never be taken forgranted in my family and his name will never be forgotten in my household. I miss you brother Semper Fi!"
Ryan Mechtel Cpl USMC of Hickory Pa


I remember coming off of the 30 hour convoy and bringing some px run trash to yall... i don't remember if you got anything specific, but I can say on the evening that GOD called you home I tried like hell to get to you as fast as possible from the west burm... my corpsman could not help you and I know that we live knowing that there was nothing we could do... I still feel guilty it was'nt me... I wish I knew you better... I didn't know you that well, but know that a piece of me died that night too.... we know you're gone brother, but you'll never be forgotten. I tell my friends and family the sacrifice that you and Wyatt made for the Corps, our country, and mainly for our brothers that day as a memorial to you... be in peace Marine, for you are a HERO... and Heroes don't die... They (you) live forever."
Cpl. Morse 1st Platoon Fox Co. of Austin, Texas

"12/3/09 - I miss ya man and miss all the times we had cuttin up together or loading like 50 pizzas into the back of the truck that one evening or goofing around/watching you jam at band practice. You are gone but not forgotten. RIP"
Tim Stone of Fairfax VA

"Hey Brother,
I never told you but thank you, I will never forget what you did that day on Dec 3rd . I owe everything to you and Matt. Every year that day comes around, all I think about is how much I miss the both of you. You will always be in my prayers BROTHER...
Siempre Fi"
Rayman Bailes of Carson, CA.

"December 7, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Binh N. Le:
Binh 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

"My son actually helped to deliver one of the eulogies at the funeral. I never had the opportunity to meet your son, but my son talked about him a lot and considered him a true friend. He talked a lot about the music that he made. I offer my condolences and may God bless you and comfort you. Sgt. William King's mother"
Cyndie King of Uniontown, PA

"Never did care for my jokes of the MC did ya? You will be missed and never forgotten for what you sacrificed in this world my friend."
SPC John Van Valkenburgh of LSA Anaconda, Iraq/ FT. Stewart, GA

"I left A French beaded flower on his grave at arlnigton im 13 yrs old i have seen his story and knew i had to."
Dustin C. of Albany,NY

"Le, It took me some time to get over all of this and put something here. I miss you man, and I am still honored to be the only Marine to drive your car other than you. Remember that night? good times brother. I miss you dearly and I will see you soon. You will NEVER be forgotten. Semper Fidelis my friend.

For Honor.

For Country."
Cpl. David Toms of Camp Lejeune

"I served with Le in Tango BTRY 5/10. I never got to say bye so I guess now is my chance to say it. Good Bye brother, you will be missed."
Cpl Banach David M of Camp Lejeune, NC

"I remember you sitting in the chow hall in Yatsabetsu throwing down beats for the rest of the guys freestyling. You always had a smile on your face.It didn't truly hit me until some time later. I was the Layreader for your Memorial Service. That was a rough time. After the service we went back to meet your family. I had decided to be tough, but when I got to your Mom. Even though I didn't speak Her language , and she mine We looked into each others eyes and saw greif. I have never in my life broke down as I did right then, and there. I miss you man I look at a picture of you and Wyatt every night before I go to bed. You are a reminder of all that is has been good, is good, and will be good. Take it easy Brother."
David "Skinny" Hudson, Cpl, USMC of Hickory, NC, USA

"Cpl Le,

You were a great friend and you always knew how to make us laugh. We Really miss your songs. I miss you brother."
Cpl Diaz, Alexander of 10 Mar Sur/Met

"Binh than men, you are remembered always and are now with those who have stood the ground against dark forces of idiocy, and with those who have fought to make a better world. Khong bao gio quen."
Bill Laurie of Mesa, Arizona

"Bihn, you have been gone for awhile, but I miss you... I know you are preparing heaven for the rest of us, make sure its poppin for the rest of us... I love you and we all miss you..."
SPC Andrew Lopez of Alexandria, VA, USA

"I heard about Cpl. Le's sacrafice and it realy touched me. So selfless was his actions, it truely defines what being a Hero is. My prayers go out to him and his family and I wish his Mother the best in her persuit for happyness. I wish I had the pleasure of knowing him.

"All give some, some give all and most will never know the price of freedom"

Rest in peace brother thank you!

-A former Marine, Semper Fi"
Tim of Arlington, VA U.S.

""Ben" baby...I miss you. I can't believe we've been without you for so long. I miss you and I'm still thinking of you. Heaven let your light shine down. I love you...thanks for being so proud of me...I'll see you again and you better be ready for me!"
SPC Ashley Gum of Lorton, Virginia

"Binh, its been a year and I still miss you. I remember all the nights we would stay on the phone talking about who knows what and you always had another mix for me to listen to or another rap you had wrote. Remember that is how we met...on the phone. You wanted to talk to me and my brother wouldn't let you at first. I have never driven to a different state to meet someone but I did for you and we went to Chilis that night. I remember when my brother left for Iraq the first time...right before you...and you called me to make sure I made it home safely. I am so proud of you and even though I didn't know you that well, I still considered you a great friend. You are still missed! May God bless your family."
Chrissy (Banach) Tabbert of Bel Air, Maryland USA

"To the family of:Binh N. Le 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. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga


Man I think about you all the time you gave the ultimate sacrafice so that so many of us could come home I WILL NEVER FORGET EVERYTHING YOU HAVE GIVEN..."
John Howard CPL USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

"To the family of Binh,
I first met Binh when I tranferred to Edison H.S. in 2002. He was one of the first people I met. He welcomed me into JROTC with a smile and was one of the few who made me feel welcome. Throughout the course of the next year he was a mentor both in classes and in JROTC, always a smiling face in the hall, always ready with a joke. The day of the military ball was an awful one for me but he made me get out on the dance floor and make the best of it. I still remember afterwards, helping him try to shove the balloon arc in his car. I still have pictures of his ear to ear grin when he finally accomplished what he'd set out to do. He was a kind, thoughtful person and I will miss him dearly"
Gillian Henderson (Babiarz) of Silver Spring, MD

"to the family of Binh le, i went to school with binh, he was nothing more than a great human being all together. he knew when to make you laugh and was always willing to be a friend. he was loved all around by his peers for his personality and kindness. when i found out that binh had passed away i could not believe it. i began to look at graduation pictures and there he is smiling like always. he will be missed by everyone who knew him."
Fresia Melo of Arlington, VA

"First and foremost I want to say "I love you and miss you very much Binh, and that I am sorry to your family for such a great loss." Binh and I went to Edison H.S. together, attended boot camp together on the buddy program, and attended MCT together. He is also the godfather of my daughter, Anniya. Binh is such a great person and a true friend indeed, never leaving a friend that he could help in need. In my eyes you will always be considered my brother not only because of the Marine Corps, but because of our relationship prior to it. You helped me in many situations and I don't know where I would be if not for you, so I say "thank you." I will always keep in my heart with having you tattooed over it, and in my thoughts with memories."
Cpl Ramon D. Hamilton of Lake Ridge, VA

"A couple day after Ben passed, I recieved the bad news from Shawn Siegel, also a marine ( deployed somewhere Saudi Arab) We went to Edison High School together. Binh was one of the most popular guy that I knew who was always joking around making ppl laugh. He's such a fine Vietnamese guy! I remember how I was impressed by him when he came back to school after graduation in the marine uniform. He was very proud of the country he served, and he died for what he believed. You are always in our heart, and memory."
Nguyen Luu of Alexandria VA

"I was there with Binh when the explosion happened and I was there when Bihn died in my arms and I will never forget him. Bihn was a true friend and loved America so much and always said," I want to be a hero" , I would always tell Le that, Man we are hero's now and if we don't make it home, we will be legacies in the history of this great country,USA. I will always remember you Binh, Forever in my heart. I love you man!"
Cpl Geer, Jordan m, USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Cpl Le,

Every day I think of the events on December third. The leadership and bond you help create in first platoon was not something that could not easily be matched. The inspiration of our mission accomplishment was greatly inspired by you, before and after you death. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your selfless act that saved many lives in the platoon. You are a true hero and I miss you tremendously. Thank you."
Matthew Hetrick, GySgt USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC

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

"Thank you for your brave service to your country. I will remember your name."
Jerry Salzman of Golden City, Missouri

"I found out a few days ago that Binh died. I'm still in shock. Binh was one of those people that lit up the whole room when he walked in. You couldn't help but smile around him. He was always so happy, and new the right thing to say to cheer you up. We met during a field exercise in Yasabetsu, Japan,we became instant friends. After him and the rest of his unit left Japan I was upset that I hadn't gotten a way to keep in touch with him other than the email he rarely checked. I was SO happy to see him at Camp Lejune! I spoke to him a few times before he left for overseas. I regret not calling hime more. Binh will live forever in the hearts of everyone he came in contact with. My prayers go out to his family and friends."
Lcpl Amber Mathews of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Binh last night I found out that you had passed away. Chrissy called me. I thought I would hear her jumpin for joy since she had went to NC to pick up old Man Dave instead she was in tears.... I cant believe your gone. I remember the first night I got to meet you like if it was yesterday. You Picked Chrissy and I up at the mall. we were blasted the music to Usher Yeah yeah... we ended up hanging out with your friends they were such nice people.... than there was that one night that Kelly called u aka me... that was so funny..... Binh I only knew you for a short time but you are such an amazing person... you were always so happy. You will be missed. Your family in is my prayers Im so sorry for them. Binh I will remember you always and forever...."
Jennifer Laskowski of Havre de Grace, Maryland

"I never knew him, but I just want to express my gratitude and respect for Binh. Thank you for fighting for us."
Ashley of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"Binh was always a good friend, and always had something positive to say. He will always stick out in my mind as a great person, and he will be missed."

"I want to send my condolences to the family of Cpl Binh N. Lee. I am sorry for your loss and sacrifice. I know that won't bring him back and ease your hurt.But, I hope this will maybe lessen it if you know that a lot of Marines are also sadden."
LCpl Phan, V.T and Cpl Phan, J.T. of San Jose, CA

""To the family and friends of Cpl Binh N. Le:"

Thank You for the sacrifice of your loved one who has made to protect our freedom and to make our life better. May GOD bless you all."
Hung Thai and Family of Frisco, TX USA

"Our son, Mark, drove with Binh down to Camp Lejeune as they left for Iraq. He was with him, too, when he died. As a friend he had no equal and will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
Lizbeth Duncan of Burke, Va.

"Ben was a great guy! He always had a smile on his face and always had something funny to say. He was SO proud to be a Marine!! He was the kind of guy you're fortunate to meet, and he will be greatly missed."
B of Fairfax, VA

"I have no words to express my deep sense of loss for the family of Binh Le. My son tells me what an honor it was to have served with such a fine young man.

From John Hetrick, father of G/Sgt Matthew Hetrick, S/5/10, Binh's unit."
John Hetrick of Omaha, NE

"There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family and friends of Corporal Binh N. Le,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort in love's everlasting connection.

In the Support section of this web site you will find links to many groups that support you at this crucial time. The Marine Comfort Quilt group would be honored to send a quilt to the next of kin. There are many, loving and caring Americans from all over the United States that will never forget the sacrifice that your loved one has made for our Freedom. Please use our link and register so we can send you our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

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

"Thank you Binh Le, 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. Binh Le:
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 Binh 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. Binh Le:
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 Binh, 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