Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez

22, of Whitfield, Georgia.
Lopez died from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on June 21, 2004.

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"To the family of:Juan Lopez
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"2-2-11"


"To the family of Juan Lopez. Please know that Juan is still in our hearts at Southeast High School. Although I didn't have the honor of teaching Juan, Marie Varela's words about being Juan's teacher are posted on the school website and were very touching. The scholarship in his name at Southeast will honor him keep him in our hearts. God bless."
Dr. F. Kimbrough of Dalton, GA

"Thank you Juan for sacrificing your life to keep us free. We know that you are up there looking down at and protecting us. My prayers to your familia. lopezdesign4u@yahoo.com"
Juan M. Lopez - U.S. Marine Reserve, Tucson (1990-1994) of Newport Beach, CA

"June 21, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez:
Juan 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

"As a WW11 veteran, please accept my Hand Salute Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez. I am saddened by the loss of one of our young warriors."
Melvin E. Tracy of National City, CA, USA

"Para Juan Lopez;

Hola amigo mio! Yo se que estes lleyendo esto. Que te dire tuvimos buenos ratos. espero que los tenganos cuando yo me vaya contigo. no mas te digo " no dejes de ser Lopez" yo se que mi spanish esta mocho"
marcos rivera of Eagle Pass, Texas (riveramarcos78853@yahoo.com)

"To honor the Georgia soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, the professional portrait artists of the Atlanta Fine Arts League are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family. These 16 X 20” original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrifices made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families’ loss. Please visit our website www.atlantafineartsleague.org or email us at AtlantaFineArtsLeague@Yahoo.com for further information. –The Atlanta Fine Arts League"
Atlanta Fine Arts League

"Thank you. Without courgeous men like you we would have no freedom. My heart goes out to your family."
Kurt Olney of Vista, Ca

"The Mt.Soledad Memorial Association, in coordinated efforts with American Legion Post 275 of La Jolla, California, is conducting a Honor Ceremony on August 26th,2006 to recognize the dedicated service of LCpl Juan Lopez and the other 20 Marines that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Post 275 has sponsored the manufacture of 2 granite plaques to be placed at the Mt.Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, CA.

We are very saddened by this tragedy; our Memorial will honor these brave Marines and the memory and tribute will be forever on our walls.
For additional information and photos of our memorial please log onto www.soledadmemorial.com
We would be deeply appreciative if ALL interested in attending the ceremony could call Joanie at 858-459-2314 (e-mail:Joaniem7225@soledadmemorial.com) or Steve Marrietti at 858-705-2214.
Joanie Miyashiro-Brennan of San Diego, CA/USA

"RIP Marine. You made the ultimate sacrifice"
Eric Holmes www.trumarine@hotmail.com of Manchester, Ga

"Was graduating with you at Southeast High on May 25, 2001. You stood infront of me and now your forever gone. Wish the war would have never been started"
Thomas Wolfgang Maguire of Dalton, GA

"To the family of Juan Lopez,
I was born in San Luis de la Paz and my parents migrated to this country when I was only 3 so I have almost no memories of my birth place but I've never forgotten where I come from. When I heard on the news about Juan, it was bittersweet. I was so proud that he was from San Luis and was out there representing us and so sad that he lost his life fighting for this country. I love this country, there is no place else I rather be but sometimes I question if this country loves us back. I just wanted to let you guys know that my whole family feels for you and your loss. We hope you find comfort in knowing Juan is a hero to us all.Tengo 2 bebitas y cuando las miro pienso en todos los soldados y en especial en Juan, que an ponido su granito de arena para el bien estar de ellas y de todos nosotros. Muchas gracias por su gran sacrificio y que descanse en paz."
Velasquez Family of Weslaco,Tx USA

"Smyrna Baptist Church of Deepstep, Ga would like to present you with a quilt of honor in memory of your loved one lost in the war. This is our way to remember the soldiers who gave theultimate sacrifice for us. I can be reached by email at: hart_l@bellsouth.net or by phone 478-552-5095. Thank you. My prayers are with you."
Cheryl Hart of Tennille,GA

"Primo, a casi un año que partiste, que nos dejaste, para la familia el dolor sigue estando presente, siempre fuiste un gran ejemplo a seguir, nos demostraste que en la vida se puede llegar a conseguir lo que se sueña, no sabes cuanta falta nos haces el todopoderoso te siga bendiciendo y que a nosotros nos mande el consuelo y no nos olvide."
Octavio Lòpez of San Luis de la Paz, Gto. Mèxico

"semper fi thank you"
Lance Cpl. McNichols

"no te conocí, pero me llamo igual que tú. me impacta que solo hayas vivido 22 años y dado tu vida por una causa ajena, que sólo sirve intereses mezquinos y agrede a una nación que jamás ha tenido que ver con america."
juan lopez marfull of santiago de chile

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy, loving memories in place of present sorrows. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in arizona

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy, loving memories in place of present sorrows. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in arizona

"Thank you for all your condolences. Juan Lopez was my little brother. He was outgoing, funny and all around great guy, always trying to make you laugh when you were down in the dumps. when you needed someone to talk to he as always here. I will always miss my little brother, but I got all the great memeries to remeber him by, he will always be in my mind and in my heart. I will remember him like a hero."
Enrique Lopez of Cahutta Ga. USA

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

"Our condolences go out to all of Juans family and friends. He will never br forgotten. He will always be remembered as our hero."
The Powell Family of Austin, Texas

"Juan will never be forgotten. As his first English teacher when he arrived in the US, I feel VERY proud and honored to have known him. I keep his letters of admiration and thankfulness he wrote for me during his high school years with much respect and affection. I remember saying to other classmates, as a way to set a good example, 'If I had a daughter I'd like for someone just like Juan to marry her.' He was the kind of student I'll never forget. I pray for his wife and family and I am thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to be his teacher. Now, however, he's become my teacher, by showing me the ultimate sacrifice. Juan, thanks for always being a good kid, and for what you've done for all of us, regardless of race.

Sinceramente tu maestra siempre,"
Mrs. Varela of Calhoun, GA USA

"I saw on FoxNews that the funeral for this Marine (in SAN LUIS DE LA PAZ, Mexico) was interrupted by Mexican Soldiers. How disgusting and disgraceful for them to interrupt the funeral of a Marine.

My heart felt condolences go out to the family of this fellow Devildog. God Bless him.

Semper Fi,"
Rob of IA

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

"To Juan'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 his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (Ernie's mom) of San Antonio, TX

"To Juan'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

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

"Thank you Juan Lopez, 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. Juan Lopez:
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 Juan 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. Juan Lopez:
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 Juan, 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