Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Richard M. Lord

24, of Jacksonville, Florida.
Lord died from injuries received due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on August 18, 2004.

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"Hi Rick I love you from josh"

"Rick was one of the very best, one of the very best Marines and one of the best men I've had the pleasure of knowing in this world. I'll never forget our shenanigans at the Point. Rest easy brother, know you're loved and will be missed."
CPL Josh Chaplin of Quincy, IL USA

"Son I love you and miss you so much!"
Karen Latham of Florida

"Haven't forgotten you. Never will. Semper Fi."
Manuel Sendon of Port Saint Lucie, Florida 34983

"Met him at cherry point. What a good sgt."
Sgt. Hartley of Mi

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Werneree Granadosotte of Cedar Rapids

"You have been strong on my mind..... I miss you so much....."
Karen Latham of Trenton

"I love you Son💞💞💞"
Karen Latham of Trenton Fl

"Merry Christmas, Ricky..... This is one of those "yuck" years..... I went thru the motions for the boys but my heart just wasn't in it..... I love you and I miss you so much..... I hope you had a Blesse day...💞💞💞"
Karen Latham of Trenton Fl

"Today is Thanksgiving..... Enjoyed going to Kimberlys...... But after I got home the sadness sets in..... I miss you everyday, but the holidays are just a reminder that you aren't here to spend it with us.... I do hold tight to the special memories I have of you...... Guess I may be a little selfish..... But I dearly wish I could have you home with us....oh Ricky sometimes it still feels like it's all a bad dream and I will wake up and life will be "normal" again..... I miss you Son... I love you so much....💞"
Karen Latham of Trenton ,Fl

"You have really been on my mind ..... I miss you Ricky, there are so many times I just want to talk to you..... I love you Son.....😢💞"
Karen Latham of Trenton Fl

"Semper Fidelis, Brother! You live on in our hearts and minds everyday! You are not and will not be forgotten! Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice! 🇺🇸"
Steven Copeland of Philadelphia, MS

"Hey Baby, that "horrible" day is here again..... You know some days I just pretend you are still "over there"....... You had so many plans for when you came home..... I just still can't wrap my head around why God took you so soon?!?!?!? So much was left to do..... My heart has a huge hole in it and it will NEVER heal..... I miss you so much.... Just to be able to hug you and tell you how much you mean to me...... You have me so proud to be your momma..... It doesn't get any less painful.... The day's passing me by.... Listening to Pearl Jam..... Have to say I can't always understand what Eddie is saying but if you loved them so do I!!! I love you Ricky 💞💞"
Karen Latham of Trenton, Fl

"My wife found your wall and I have had you in thoughts. I wanted to say I have had the pleasure to serve with you in 1st Blt 8th Marine weapons co. 1st Plt 2nd section. You will always be remembered, thanks for always being there for me. Semper Fi Brother"
Cpl. Donny Bills of Davenport, Florida

"Thinking of you recently over this special holiday. It wouldn't be so special without Angels like you Sgt. Lord! I am so excited to share the news of this page and it's findings with Bills. Yep, still got him here. Been married almost 11 years & have 3 kiddos! We moved to Florida, Bills' home state, back in September. I foresee us making plans to visit you and State Rd. 26 very soon. I hope to meet your mother some day too. Wish you were here man. We could all be making new memories. I will forever remember those at Lejeune and the legacy you left behind. Fly high brother! Semper Fi
Adrienne Bills, wife of (frmr.) Cpl. Donald Bills of Davenport, Florida

"Hey Son, the holidays are finally over..... A new year has started.. God has answered a very important prayer.....It is going to make a difference for the boys and I..... I miss you everyday , some days are harder than others..... The holidays seem to roughest..... But one of the memories that cherish is I got to spend your last holidays with you!!!!! I love you Son....💞💞💞"
Karen Latham of Trenton, Fl

"Ricky, this weekend your baby brother got married.....it was beautiful.... But I missed you being there. You always were so sweet and caring with Kody.... And he looked up to you ... As I watched him marry his beautiful wife, I couldn't help but wish you were there standing next to him.... You would be so proud of him.... I know you were there but I only wish I could have hugged you and had a Mother and Son dance with you too........ You are my Heart... My Hero... My Son....💞💞💞"
Karen Latham of Trenton, Fl

"I was down in that part of the country and I set out on a mission. After a little research I found where a fellow Leatherneck was laid to rest and I detoured off my path to go locate him. For 11 years I have wanted to get by to pay my respects to an outstanding man and an awesome Sergeant of Marines. As I made my way into the outskirts of Trenton I found a small country church and cemetery. As I started walking through the rows searching for this fallen warrior, thoughts ran through my mind of him when he was a COMM dawg at 271 and a Range Nazi at Cherry Point. About half way through the cemetery I came across a picture of a face that I remembered all too well. I had found where Rick Lord had been laid to rest. On the head stone was the Eagle, Globe and Anchor and inscribed at the bottom was "Our Hero" which he is and was a Mentor to so many of his fellow Marines. Of all the Marines I had ever met Rick probably had the highest Morale of any of them. Many thoughts of him raced through my mind as I stood there in silence paying my respects as I fought back tears. god Bless you Brother and Semper Fidelis. I am glad I finally got to come see you. Mrs Karen, I'm sorry. I tried to get up with you to meet u, but all the contact info I have for you is not any good anymore. Please feel free to contact me anytime. copeland_fd09@yahoo.com"
Steven Copeland of Philadelphia, MS

"Happy Birthday Son! I love you and I miss you!"
Karen Latham of Trenton Fl

"I love you Son...💞"
Karen Latham of Trenton, Fl

"Thinking of you on this Memorial Day in 2015. God Bless you Brother! Sound Taps!

Don W. of Loveland, CO.

"Just sitting here thinking about you and the ultimate sacrifice U gave Devil Dog,As I do quite often! Miss u, Brother! U and your Copenhagen grin will never be forgotten! U were definitely a role model, Marine! Semper Fidelis! God Bless U Ms. Karen!"
Steven Copeland of Philadelphia, MS U.S.A

"I was PTing, and listening to Pandora and heard Tim McGraws, if youre reading this....that was around noon, Im still tryin to figure out WTF! I miss u Bro!"

"Another year has come and gone..... I love you Son and not a day goes by that I wish you were here.....I miss you so much....."
Karen Latham of Trenton,Fl

"thinking of you...

went to visit your grave when i came home a few wks ago. your momma had your bday cards laying there and they were precious. your momma loves you so much. you are being thought of all of the time.

thank you for your service ricky. you are loved."
Juanita of Callahan, FL

"Happy Birthday Son! I love you so much! I miss you every day and then some! We are going out to let the balloons go this afternoon and Sunday after church we are going to the Olive Garden to celebrate your life! I know it's been 10 years since you left but to me time has stood still. Everyday is a constant reminder that your not coming home. I love you Son and I look forward to the day that I get to hug you again......."
Karen Latham of Trenton,Fl


"Almost 10 yrs brother! Dang! I'm pre-gaming! Ten fking yrs!!! Still miss you!"
Ol fish of STL

"It is Memorial Day today, and as it has been for the past 10 years, you are at the front of my mind. I still remember the day you died as if it just happened, wished I had been able to say goodbye, but when the helo came and got you, I thought you would be o.k. Every time I watch Cold Mountain, I think of you, I still remember how much you enjoyed that movie while we were still in Camp Ripper. You were a great friend, great Marine, and a terrific father! I know you had big plans with your boys, and I hope you are still able to watch over them where ever you are. Take care brother, until we meet again, Semper Fi!"
DW of Loveland, Colorado

"As part of a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring all of the fallen of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, I am honored to read Richard's name. I lost my own son, Neil, on Aug. 13, 2004 when he was KIA."
Diane Santoriello of Verona, PA

"I love and miss you brother. You will never be forgotten. RIP and Semper Fidelis until we meet again."
Rob Grimes USMC Ret of NC

"I love you so much... I really do miss you..."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Well Son, today is almost over with. I hate Aug 18th!!! Spent the day with Rosie, Brody and Shari and the kids, made the day a little more bearable. Alan and John surprised me and came to Olive Garden and ate with us, other special people were there as well. It still does not seem real...I am still waiting for you to come home??? I know that sounds crazy....Ricky, I miss you so much...there is just so much I want to tell you, watch you with your boys, see you and Kimberly and Kody just hanging together....I love you Baby...."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"I still miss him"
ol friend

"Happy Fathers Day Son! I only wish you were here to spend it with your boys. They are spending time together and I heard they are getting along! So glad that they are able to get to be together. I always think of you on this day and my memories take me back to your "last" Father's Day we went to OutBack and ate. The waitress handed something hot over Brody in the infant seat and you very quickly told her NOT to hand something like that over your Son! I just sat there thinking of what a good Daddy you are! I love you Ricky, I still miss you so much each day. I have to say one of the things I miss is watching you be a Daddy with your boys. They both are awesome, energetic, crazy boys! I know you are so proud of them. Sending you lots of hugs and kisses and Son, I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH"
Karen Latham of Trenton, Fl

"I had to share a milestone yesterday and it was about you. I told them how Ricky Lord was my 1st french kiss. Only in my book are there ribbons and honors for it. You handsome devil, we both know you stole a few hearts and kisses. No disrespect to your death or your cause, but I smile on Memorial Day remembering how you affected then defended my life. You were a person behind the uniform and I remember my version of you, my Lord. Somebody remembers you for the flirtatious and funny boy that you were. I am sorry I did not know you as a man, but we watched each other grow up just the same."
Smile on us of In heaven, you devil ;)

"Thanks for sharing! I love hearing stories about Ricky I come to this about every other day to read and reread it I always get very excited when I see someone has stopped by and shared a story or just to say Hi. I was just going through some cards that Ricky has sent me through the years and they make me smile and cry. I miss him so much!!!"
Karen Latham of Trenton, Fl

"I don't know if this story has been told or not, when I got to 1/8 Sgt Lord made sure he was in charge....but he was a LEADER I promise...one time at haditha, there was no water, so we had to walk outside to the hoses, and they were ice cold...we would get wet, soap up...and he said (sorry mom) " F it! For the CORPS!!") and we would jump in that ICE cold water!!! He made ever situation an experience, as lame as that sounds! but when I am 50,I will tell this Iraq story about sgt Lord!"

"Where are u man!???????????"
ol fish of bumm fug

"hey ricky! i saw an old truck just like the one you had in high school. i showed it to my son as it passed us on the highway and i started telling him stories about us riding in the "green machine" down the dirt roads after school. thinking of you ricky and i miss you!!!!!!!!"
Juanita of Callahan, FL/USA

"You are really heavy on my heart today Son. There is so much I would love to talk to you about. I miss you so much.... You know you never know how life can change when someone you love more than life is no longer within arms reach. Never did I ever think I would lose one of my Children! Always thought I would go first! Even as the years go by...I still can't help but to wonder "WHY"? You have so much left undone.......I love you so much!!!!!!!"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"after 12 years in the marine corps, he is still the best SGT i knew, i could see him as 1stSgt, busting balls, i miss him and i think of him often!"
ol fish of lejeune

"Hey Son, sure have been missing you. Got through the month of August. Always a hard month. There some days that I long to see you so bad, still sometimes thinking I will wake up from this nightmare. I love you Ricky, it is so amazing how one person affects so much in your life and then one day...life as you knew changes forever......just feel so lost sometimes...."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Ricky you knew I would do what I see is not right. Its the Leadership I spoke of that others have proven now is weak. I hate its not done. But Marine you Know My saying and who I tried to Be. A Marines Marine. and Its the letter I wrote. It was so simple and didnt take anytime. I hate your not able to wear it I would have loved to see you push out that chest. Marine God knows I loved you and you did too. I will see Your Mother this year. I hope It doesnt hurt her and Pray she see. I cant let this happen to a Marine who was such as you."
Gunz of Lawndale NC cleveland

"I thought of you today..RIP"
Rich Ballard of Independence Ky

"Thinking about you today Son, remembering our last Fathers Day... I am so glad that is another precious memory that I have of you! I love you Ricky, I miss you so dang much!! I just want life back as it's suppose to be!!!!"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Happy Memorial Day, Rick! I will never forget your sacrifice and the love you had for our great country. Thank you for changing my life and sharing with me the passion and fun you had for life."
Kelly S.Schuler of Philadelphia, PA

"Hi Ricky, I thought of you today...I miss your smile and laugh. You were such a fun person to be around. It's so crazy how we don't tell people how much we care about them or how much they mean to us while they are here, but it's so easy when they are gone. You definantly made a difference in my life. Thank you for that...I know your shining down from Heaven."
Juanita Graves Henderson of Callahan, FL/USA

"Sgt. Richard M. Lord, you will surely be missed.I talked to Tamagne and he told me.You were an outstanding Marine.I reminisce on you always being full of energy.I will always remember you,Tamagne, and Murphy trying to ambush our radio section at Bogue Field.It's marines like you who keep our country free, and keeps the Corps strong.I will always remember you.SEMPER FI SERGEANT!"
Josh Toler of Eastman Georgia

"Sgt. Richard M. Lord, you will surely be missed.I talked to Tamagne and he told me.You were an outstanding Marine.I reminisce on you always being full of energy.I will always remember you,Tamagne, and Murphy trying to ambush our radio section at Bogue Field.It's marines like you who keep our country free, and keeps the Corps strong.I will always remember you.SEMPER FI SERGEANT!"
Josh Toler of Eastman Georgia

"I tried it and could not get it to work."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl


I don't know if this will work or not. I visited the 1/8 memorial today and took a pic of Rick on the wall there. If it doesn't work and anyone wants to see the really nice wall they have set up, you can email me at usmcbfly@yahoo.com."
Danielle Davila of Jacksonville, NC

"Hey Ricky, I am really having a rough day today. I miss you so much! Just sitting here. Thinking how different things would be if you were here. I just hope that you can feel how much I love you. Until I see you again....."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Ricky,another year has slipped by...I don't know where time has gone? We had your "Weekend" there were a lot of people who came to honor you. I am so thankful for each and everyone of them. They have no idea how much it helps me get through the "another year mark". I miss you so much. There are so many reasons for you to be here. I just don't understand why God took you so soon. I wonder everyday what life would be like if you were still here..so many things would be so different.I just want to go back to being normal. But I know that will never be without you here. I know that you are with me when I need you, but only to look at you, touch you, tell you face to face that I love you so much. Losing you has changed me so much...life is just so different now. So empty without you. Time has no meaning..just the dates change..not the pain, if anything it goes even deeper. My very soul hurts from losing you. I am so proud of you in so many ways. You are the best of the best!!! I am so proud to be your momma for the short 25 yrs that I was blessed to have you here with me. I know I will see you again one day...it's just so hard knowing that when the phone rings it's not you or to get excited that you were coming home for a visit or the wonderful surprise visit you did so often. I just miss everything about you, our long talks, your laughs, smiles, the way you would stand with your hands half way in your pockets, watching you with your boys and always making sure everbody was taken care of. Ricky, I love you Baby
My Heart...My Hero...My Son..."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"Today is "the day". Seven years have come and gone and I still think of you every single day of my life. You will never be forgotten. Semper fi, Brother."
W3M of Sneads Ferry, NC

"A Nation's Strength

By Ralph Waldo Emerson

What makes a nation's pillars high
And it's foundations strong?
What makes it might to defy
The foes that round it throng?

It is not gold. It's Kingdoms grand
Go down in battle shock;
It's shafts are laid on sinking sand,
Not on abiding rock.

Is it the sword? Ask the red dust
Of empires passed away;
The blood has turned their stones to rust.
Their glory to decay.

And is it pride? Ah, that bright crown
Has seemed to nations sweet.
But God has struck its luster down
In ashes at his feet.

Not gold but only men take make
A people great and strong;
Men who for truth and honor's sake
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly...
They build a nation's pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

Thinking of you and your family - today is always the hardest. God Bless you and Semper Fidelis."
Steve Kahn, USMC of Virginia

"Hey Son, another Memorial Day...the meaning of Memorial Day has a whole new meaning to me now...it's frustrating when people talk about what a great day they had on the river or grilling with Family and friends...some give little thought to this day, but you know I use to be just like that. Now for me it's another day to remind me that you are not coming home. I miss you so much, and even as the years go by, the pain is still so fresh. Each day something will remind me of you and then I start thinking about how life has changed. It's amazing how one person can make such a difference in your life. I am still waiting???? It seems like I am always waiting for things to be normal again and that is never going to happen.The day that you left this earth my whole world has been upside down. Ricky, you are loved far more than words could ever express! I miss you Son.."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Rick, Your courage and sacrifice is never forgotten especially on Memorial Day. Thanks for all you have done for our great country. I’m sure your doing an outstanding job guarding the streets of heaven!!! I will never forget the love and honor you had for this country. God Bless America!!!"
Kelly of Philadelphia, PA

"It hurts so damn bad!!!!! I miss you so much Son. I am just so incomplete without you here. Life is just so empty. I love you so much..."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, FL.

"Leaving for Afghan, wish u were going with! Be nice to have a Sgt with his sh@t together! I think about u often..."
JBF of Jville

"Rick, ever since I heard about your untimely death from Todd Herman, I think about you whenever I think about the Marine Corps, or whenever anybody asks me about my time in the Marine Corps.

Of the Rifle Range crew at Cherry Point, you were definitely the most animated and the biggest hard-charger - i remember hitting shells with the Block NCO paddles like baseball! the best times there were when it was downtime or we had to police call a ton of brass and cigarette butts off the ground - you always had a good attitude and kept everybody laughing and in good spirits. I'll never forget that. I miss you everyday Brother and I'm going to shout you out in my next song - Hoorah - Cpl Duncan - (or by the nickname you and SSgt Ballard came up with for me, since I rapped back in those days - DJ SWIRL) - Love ya buddy"
Scott Duncan of Raleigh, NC

"Well the holidays are finally over!! I know that Christmas is a special holiday, and I am so thankful for the reason.....but the special holidays are suppose to be spent with the special people in your life. But when one is missing....well....it's just hard to feel the of joy....Hoping the new Year will bring lots of hugs......I miss you so Ricky!!! Wish you were here, there are so many things your missing out on. Life would be so wonderful if you were here. Oh, just to feel hole again......."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

""A Veteran-whether Active Duty, Retired,National Guard Reserve or Reserve- is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The united States of America," for an amount of" up to and including my life." That is an honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand that." Author Unknown God Bless you Rick
Happy Birthday Devil Dog!!! 10Nov2010"
Steven Copeland of Newton,MS USA

"Really missing you today..........."
Momma of Fanning Springs, Fl


"Happy Birthday Ricky! Love and Miss you!!"
Aunt Shell of Bronson

"Son, today marks the "6th" year. I have no idea where the years have gone....I am still waiting??????? I don't know what....but it seems like I'm always waiting??? The boys are getting so big, and both of them have the white blonde hair just you did when you were little.I know that you are watching over them and that you are so proud of them.We miss you so much. Life is just so different now. You never know what a difference someone makes in your own life until they are not there any more. I never though in a million, trillion years that you would not come back home.When I think about that it is still just not real. So much has happen since you left, but then again it's as if life has stood still. Sounds crazy I know, but thats just how it is now. The other day I saw a young man in the Mall, and he walked like you...I watched him until he was totaly out of sight. Ricky, I'll take glimpse of you I can. I miss you Son, so much, so much. A lot of the gang is coming in this weekend for you. You would be so proud of them Ricky, they help us get through the this time of year. You have some amazing friends and now they are my friends too. I love hearing from them, in a way it's like a special hiug from you. I'm sending you a HUGE, TIGHT hug from the boys and me. I love you Baby........."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Ms. Latham, i know you probably dont remember me but i was at sgt. lords memorial service on camp lejune. afterward i cam and gave you a hug and apologized for your loss even though i knew those words were not soothing at all. i just wanted to tell you that as hard as i tried not to cry for you and rick i couldnt. i cried uncontrollably and i wanted to apologize for not being stronger for you. your strength and courage is and should be an inspiration for alot of people and i just hope you know that. so i am sorry Ms. Latham, mother of one the bravest men ive ever met, one of the keys and foundation to my success in the marine corps, that i could not be stronger for you but thank you so much for being so strong for everyone that knew rick.... we are all here for you.... with all my love"
Michael Pasnik lcplpasnikusmc@yahoo.com of Buffalo NY

"Sgt Lord, i rmember back in the haditha dam i kept getting letter after letter from my mother telling how much she missed me and how scared she was for me. I was troubled because i didnt know how to respond to her. i emailed her when i could but could never stomach to write anything other than that i was ok and that i loved her. i came to you, and asked you how to write home to my mother. i figured who better to ask than the biggest mama's boy i knew. you told me that i had to be brave for her like you were for your mother. i had to help her through any trouble she may have because she is my mother and thats what sons do. and then you asked me what kind of dip i chewed. i responded copenhagen long cut and you told me that was my whole problem right there... i needed to chew snuff like a real man!! lol you always knew how to bring humor to a serious situation. this wasnt the only memory i have of you by far, believe me rick. this one is the one that opened my eyes to how deep a man and a friend you were. thank you for looking out for me then and watching over me now. you live on in my heart and i WILL see you again someday. until then semper fi and i love you brother."
Michael Pasnik lcplpasnikusmc@yahoo.com of Buffalo NY

"You will never be forgotten. I remember the last time I saw you that morning before you went out on that final patrol. Miss you bro."
MSgt John Collins

"Well Son, got through yesterday......June 22nd marked the 6th year since I saw you off. I have to say so many emotions go through my heart. Sad because it was the last time I got to hug you...sweet because I got to spend that time with you...oh the pain is never ending....I love you so much, it still does not seem real.....It seems that I am always waiting??????? Ricky, I miss you more each day. I am so thankful that God blessed me with you. You are an amazing person, you have touched and affected so many lives in so many ways! I am so proud to have a Son as special as you! I love you for a Hundred Thousand Reasons...but most of all because your YOU!!!!!!!"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Karen, I am thinking of you and your family today..especially. I am so grateful to Ricky and all he did so we can continue to live in a free nation. His/your sacrifice will never be forgotten."
Melissa Folds of Graceville, FL USA

"Happy Memorial Day, Rick! On a day that we stop to remember all the fallen, I always especially remember you and the love you had for your family and the Corps. "Thank you" just never seems to be enough for the sacrifice that you made for all of us and this great land. I went to church and attend a flag service at the local American legion in your honor. I still haven't made it to Tun Tavern and had a beer for you but I will soon. The love I have for you will always remain in my heart. Thanks for being a real American Hero...God Bless!"
Kelly Sue of Philadelphia, PA

"Mrs. Latham, I am Frank Rucki, I served proudly with ur son Rick. He is THE MARINE, who taught me everything I knew about being a Marine. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think about Sgt. Lord. I was in the truck with him the day we were hit, and i was on an operating table next to him in his last moments. He truly was a Brother, and my best friend. I miss him dearly everyday. I would really like to get into contact with you. Please feel free to e-mail me so we may swap contact info. Rick truly was the greatest marine to ever walk the face of this Earth. My e-mail is ruckif@yahoo.com"
Frank Rucki of Benezette, PA

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Thank you, your words were very heart felt, and it means so much to me to hear how my Son affected someones life. I come to this site and another one everyday to see who has stopped by. I get excited when I see a new post. It makes my day a little more bearable....."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs. Fl

"Sergeant of Marines, I have thought of you often over the last six years. You had a profound impact on me. I remember when we met, I though you were arrogant, cocky even; very self confident and self assured. You were already a sergeant and impressed me with your demeanor and leadership. My opinion probably matters little to you but I thought highly of you.
I felt pretty guilty and really left out when the battalion left without me in '04. When I found out about your death I was shocked. I was angry that I wasn't there; I know I couldn't change anything that happened on that deployment, I'm pretty insignificant in the big picture, but I was ashamed. I still am. I hope you can forgive me when we meet again someday. I feel so guilty for the things I have in my life, and I am so grateful to you and our other brothers for these gifts. Every day is a gift and as long as there is breath in my body your sacrifice will be remembered. You have my gratitude, my respect, my love, and my admiration. Semper Fidelis, rest easy..."
W2M of Sneads Ferry, NC

"I feel kinda late cause I just found out in 2006 about his death and then my wife reminded me again this year and I didnt believe her till she showed me a pic of him and this website, due to my accident in 2001 I have memory loss, so I got to be reminded every so often of my Marine Corp career. I was a Radio operator MWSS-271/MWSS-274, at Cherry Point, NC with him. I just wanted to send you my wishes to you and your family for your loss.

Sgt. Jose E Pacheco-Garcia AKA P.G."
Jose E Pacheco-Garcia of Belton, Tx

"Hey Son, you are on my heart really strong today. I love you so much. I miss everything about you. I pray that you can feel the love that so many have for you. Not a day goes by......."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"I remember with great joy what a wonderful kid Ricky was when he was at Trenton High School. I remember the many talks we had and how happy he was to be heading off to the Marines. He was a good friend and a special person. I will always remember Ricky."
Dave Malone of Salt Lake City, Utah

"Well Ricky, another year is closing and a new one starting...we are already starting to plan your "Weekend". Thinking about doing it in Georgia this year...I miss you Son. I love you so much. Thank you for just being YOU!!!!!"
KarenLatham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Your on my heart Son, I miss you......"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Well.....the dreaded holidays are sneaking up....I wonder if I will ever feel "joy" again. How nice it would be to feel whole again....not having a huge gaping hole in my heart. One memory that comes to mind ever so often was years ago....it's was on a Friday night and my kids Kimberly, Ricky and Kody were all home sitting in front of the T.V. after dinner and I remember looking down at them, and just feeling so much love for them and having that "complete" feeling. You know the one that, all is right in the world. Please never take life for granted...enjoy every minute with your children.Losing a child.. We all think it could never happen to us...it only happens to some one else....I miss Ricky with every ounce of my soul.....the pain is always there......"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

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Kenna - Project Compasion of Manti,Utah USA

"I seem to be spiraling down....got through the so dreaded "5" year mark. What a blessing to be surrounded by Family and Friends during this time....we all come together to celebrate Ricky's life, each one with special memories to share. I know that each one loves Ricky and they come to honor him....but they can't even began to imagine what it means to me....I always tell them I so glad that they came....but the truth is I'm not sure I could make it through the "weekend" without them.....that dark cloud starts to hover around me as time gets closer the day "it" happen...so I start focusing on planning Ricky's Weekend...I love watching Ricky's friends and family just hanging out. We share tears, laughter, memories....bittersweet....Today is my Sons birthday.....30 yrs old, seems so hard to believe. I knew he was special but I had no idea just how special he was......I hear the stories of how Ricky was always there and took care of others.... you know he was that way as a little boy too. Ricky was very protective of me...I remember one time he was in the 4th grade (Iworked at school as an aide w/special needs) one of his classmates told him his momma was retarded cause she work with those kids.....Ricky threw the boy through the bathroom stall door and broke the door off. No, I didn't mad at him, just told him don't worry about what other people say. Today as I reflect on so many different times in our lives....I feel so much saddness, love, wondering what could I have done to change this nightmare......Would I change anything in Ricky's life..NO..he is an outstanding man, who has touched so many..the only thing I would change is that one horrible day. I miss my Son, there are no words to describe the feeling of what it's like to know that your child is not coming home in a little bit or forever..not be able to hug them, listen to them talk about their plans in life. It's still not real..and you know that could be a blessing........HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RICKY! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH....
Love momma"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"It seems impossible that it has been 6 years since we met, and 5 years since you have been gone. My thoughts are of you and your family today.
Semper Fidelis Sergeant Lord, God Bless."
Maj Kahn

"I know you’re shining down on all your friends and family today and always...You’re the best guardian angle they could ask for...I will never forget you!"
Kelly Sue of Philadelphia, PA

"Been thinking of you lately brotha! 5 years is pretty sureal. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone down @ "Ricky's Place" but I always wish it was for a different reason. Playin Pearl Jam drummin on memories knowin Rick's looking down and trying to protect us all."
Josh of Reynoldsburg, OH

"Well, we know what today is.....today marks the 5th year.....Five years ago today I said "Goodby" to you, little did I know it would be the last time! I've tried to stay busy today...but my mind keeps going back to that day. I miss you so MUCH...I wish I could back in time and change what has happen. Days keep going by....it seems like I'm standing on the side lines watching everything as it passes me by. People have no idea how blessed they are to still have all their children living. Love them with unconditional love...for you never know what tomorrow will bring.....My Heart... My Hero...My Son.."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"Happy Fathers Day, Son.....we went to Outback today in your honor. I explained to Brody why we were there and told him about our Fathers Day with you at the Outback in N.C. before you left. Ricky, I am so proud of the man that you grew up to be. I'm so sorry that your boys will not get the chance to know you and to learn from you. But I know that you will always watch over them and be there for them when they need you. I love you so much Ricky......"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"Mrs. Latham,

Monday night, my family and I were watching the PBS Memorial Day concert held in Washington DC and they had names of the fallen scrolling along a wall in the background behind the singers. I saw a "R. Lord", so today I looked on a list of all those that have fallen and your son, my Ranger Buddy, is the only one by the last name Lord. I paused it for a few minutes and told my wife and oldest son, Sam, about your son and how he changed my life.

I hope you are well, please drop me a quick note at garybartels1975@yahoo.com and let me know that you are well. My family is planning to visit Florida soon, if you are still there, I'd love to stop by and hug your neck.

Very Best,

Gary Bartels,
Ranger Class 06-04"
Gary Bartels of Katy, Texas

"Happy Memorial Day, Rick! I tried to go and drink a beer for you at Tun Tavern but it has moved to NJ as a brewery but I will make it there. Thank you for ALL you have done for not only America but for ALL the people you have touched. Ever time I come here and read the messages, its amazing how in only 25yrs you truly touched so many lives. I thank God everyday that you came into my life and changed it forever. Your sacarfice is always with me...You gave your ALL for all of us! "Thank YOU" :)"
Kelly Sue Schuler of Philadelphia, PA

"Mrs. Latham,

I just wanted to write to you and tell you how much I looked up to Sgt. Lord. I remember the Marine Corps Ball 2003 when I had to walk home to the Barrack's and he picked me while riding in a cab. I said, "Hey, I know you! - Your that Coporal at the Rifle Range!". Everyone knew who he was. He was a Marines Marine! He told me that he was about to leave the range and re-enlist and go Infantry - It didn't surprise me one bit that he wanted to go Infantry. It's sad to admit this...but I found out that he died by typing his name in a Fallen Heroes website. I consider myself a big, strong man but when I read that he was killed it broke my heart and I started to cry for the first time since I was over in Iraq. I will always remember his personality, generosity and promise he will never be forgotten! Take Care, CPL Chad Tinsley USMC Memorial Day 2009."
Chad Tinsley of Chicago, Il

"I got your card Son....thank you....I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"I love you Ricky....as the days turn into years, the pain is still fresh in my heart. I miss life as it once was...everything is so different now. One thing for certain we should NEVER take life or our loved ones for granted...for as WE know it can all change in a blink of an eye. I am so thankful for the times we had together...As I remember certain "times"...like the time you and Kody and me were going home listening to the radio and a song was playing that we were singing to so we rode around all singing at the top of our lungs.I love you so much! Thanks for the memories........"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Karen and family, please know that you are thought of often. I know that my freedom is NOT FREE and that Ricky paid the ultimate price so that my family may still live in the land of the free.
I watched Brody play T-ball a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at how much he reminds me of Ricky. Jackie and Bubba still talk about Ricky and the fun times they had together.
Your previous blogs say that Ricky is your Hero...You and he both are my hero's. I admire and respect you."
Melissa Folds of Graceville, FL USA

"Reading the message about the "Jeep" brings a smile to my face! Thanks Eric, I'll never forget the night Ricky called me and and told me he was driving around in his jeep. He told me "Momma I was made to drive a jeep". He loved it....he told me you guys had just finished fixing it. I can just see Him riding with a dip in his mouth enjoying the ride. Your right it's "broken" I towed it back to Florida for him the day that He left. I didn't tell Ricky but I was scared to death to tow it home.....but I would do ANYTHING for my Son!!!!!!!! Each time we talked he always asked if I had gotten it fixed yet. We all were planning a trip to the Florida Keys when He got home and the plan was to take a train and take the Jeep with us....oh what I wouldn't give to see Ricky driving around in his Jeep!!!!!! Each day is hard...some days harder than others...but when I read a message about the difference Ricky made in someones life.....well my day is a little brighter.......THANKS......."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"i left one here but i was deleted so as Sgt. Lord would say, * off. I served under him and was there so * you too. Rich woulda been mad for whoever deleted my *. I was the last person to talk to him before we left the wire on that mission."
me of here

"Sergeant Lord, I miss you. I still remember when you came and dragged me out of my barracks room as a boot Pfc to go out in town to another Sergeant's house and take a look at a Jeep. At the time it was such a surreal experience because I wasn't allowed to speak to anyone above the rank of Lance Corporal, and here I was with 2 Sergeants. But you heard I was a mechanic, so you dragged me out in town, first thing Saturday morning to look at the Jeep with no clutch. Then you threw me the keys to your Ford, and sent me out in town with $300 to buy all of the parts I would need to fix it. I then spent the rest of the day lying on my back in the dirt beneath it without even a jack replacing the clutch while your constructive criticsm flowed endlessly, as did the beer. HaHaHa. Then we hopped in it and just went cruising. No doors, no top, and just the wind in your hair. When I look back at your life and how much you took me under your wing and showed me what it was to be a Marine, that is how I remember you. Driving that Jeep around with a fat dip of Copenhagen Snuff in your lip elated because you could spit right out the side because it didn't have doors. I'm still smiling just thinking about it. and I know I always will. It didn't help that a few days later you took it offroad and beat the crap out of that poor jeep and screwed it up again, but I didn't care. I would have fixed it for you daily out of respect alone. Since this is the only time I can call you it without getting smacked, best wishes Murle, and I trust we will meet again someday."
Eric C Lerner of Buffalo, NY

"My first time posting and all I want to say is " you were a great Marine Rick, I remeber clearly looking up to you and wanting to follow you're footsteps I always figure I would be there with you cuase I remeber clearly wanting to jump into the same MOS with you I remeber talkiing about it with you... I remeber Alan running to tell me what happened to you. i reacted later that night i quess i was in disbelief, but I couldnt believe such a inspiring person like you would go such a way... Hopefully you're in a good place now. see you when I see you"
Former Sgt Guerrero of San Diego, Ca

"Just remembering you today. Semper Fi."
Ryan Kane of Chicago, IL

"I come here each day, I am always so happy to see that some one has stopped by. It brings tears to my eyes....tear of joy that you took the time.....and tears of saddness to know you feel the pain too. But the one thing I want each one to know is that it means soooooo much to me. I miss my Son every minute of every day. Thank you for stopping by...and PLEASE feel free to e-mail me, I would love to hear from you.
Karen Latham of Fanninjg Springs, Fl

"Well, Sgt. Lord, its been about four and a half years since... You have completely changed my life. I'm out of the Corps and doing bullshit in college and enjoying myself like you had told us to do. I enjoy it (like you said) but feel like a b_itch. Every day I am alive I think of you and your sacrifice. I sincerely wish you were here... I know that many of us wish it were us instead of you. I'm actually getting the nautical stars you had tatted on me. I can't even begin to describe what effect you have had on me: my day to day composure and your effect on the direction of my life. Day to day when I begin to act like a civilian b_itch I think of you and what you would say, have done, and died for. I know that nobody else will ever understand exactly what I am talking about, but I know that you do. You should have seen the paper I wrote for college about Iraq. Unbelievable. Richard M. Lord. I roll the name around like a marble in my mind every day I am alive. From the bottom of my heart, your life has changed mine in both immeasurable and positive ways and I can only be grateful that our lives crossed paths... Thank you and you will never be forgotten..."
Nichols of Massachusetts

"Well.....Christmas has come and gone....got through it o.k. I have to say the holidays just have no joy any more. We had a nice family party, everyone had a good time....A new is begining....which will add another year to the "number of years " since you left us....to me it still just does'nt seem real....somedays I "pretend" that you are away somewhere and that you will be home soon....I know this may seem strange to some....but for me somedays it is the only way I can get through the day. I dreamed about you the other night you were a young boy...funny though because now I always think of you as a Man....it was sweet...I remember hugging you over and over telling you how much I loved you. I am so thankful for anything that links me to you. I love you Son, I miss you each and every single day."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl.

"Miss you and think of the fun we had over seas and in NC often. My prayers are with your family."
Doc Acosta of Bradshaw, WV

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY SON! I can't believe that you are 29. As you know we all had "Your Weekend" and celebrated your life. Each year is different...there were new faces and those who who are here each year.Those who couldn't make it called or sent flowers. The nurse who was with you sent flowers. I am so thankful she was with you. Each one of them is very dear to my heart. This year was a little different due to the fact that we had a cook out here at the house. I intend to it that way every year. It was much more relaxed and as we all sat around and talk about YOU. I love just watching your friends...as they talk and laugh I just picture you sitting there with them having a good time. This time of year is especially hard, but thank goodness for family and friends who take time from their busy lives to come and honor you with me. It makes the pain a little more bearable. We all went out to your place and let the balloons go...it is a peaceful site for me, also Todd said he flew a Flag for you in South Dakota. You see Son, no matter where or what you will always be remembered! I love you so much, I wish that I could trade with you so that you could be here with your boys and be with all those who love you so much.I know that one day I will see you....but the "in between" time is hard. I will try and do the best I can to make you proud of me....You are ....MY HEART ...MY HERO....MY SON!"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"Semper Fidelis Sergeant Lord. You are always in my thoughts.

God Bless."
Maj Kahn

"Hey Bubba, Yesterday was really cool. Seeing some of the familiar faces and hearing the familiar names along with the stories. It is so amazing at the impact you've had on some many lives! We all miss you so much and talking about you just brings back all those warm feelings again. Someone would bring up a story about something crazy you'd done and I could just imagine you sitting there giving your wise crack remark on the matter with that awesome grin of yours....I miss you and I know that you were there..........I love you!! Sissy"
Kim Hines of High Springs, Fl

"Hey Ricky, this is Niter...I have surely thought about you through the years. I was living in Alaska when I heard about what happened in Iraq. I was very upset and thought of you and your family so much. I was a military wife at the time and felt your family's pain. I am now divorced, living in Jacksonville, Fl. I think of you often. I miss you so much. I remember the fun days after school riding around in the "green machine" =) w/you and Beau and Becki! I had such a great time w/you all. Those are memories I will never forget. Also the times we would see you working the Taco Bell drive thru! You always made everyone smile and laugh. You were a big ball of happiness and had such a drive for life. When I heard you went into the Marines I knew that you would be the best Marine out there, because your drive for life and what you believed in was so strong. You really put an impact on people's lives. You were such a wonderful happy person. I hate that your not here to see how many people care and remember you, but I know your in Heaven looking down. I just want you and your family to know how much I think of you. It's been 10 yrs or more since we've seen eachother, but you've always been on my mind. Your mom was my bus driver and my little brother and I talk about you guys often. We DO remember you and your family. You are in a better place and God had this all in his plan. I am so lucky to have met you and know that your at peace. You left this world doing something you loved and it was to defend all of us...I appreciate you and thank you so much. My little brother, Daniel, will be leaving for the Marines soon. I have to keep in mind that God has a plan for all of us. I pray he brings him home safe. I love you and your family...Juanita Graves (Henderson)"
Juanita Graves of Jacksonville, Fl

"Hey Bubba, that time of year is coming around again, it's that little extra reminder that lets us all know your not here with all of us. I miss you sooooo much.(but I know your around,I love those little hints). I love you bubba."
Sissy of High Springs, Florida

"Ms Latham, I am a Navy Nurse Anesthetist and was with your son in Iraq four years ago. Richard impacted many people in my unit in a short period of time and I would like to share that with you, but have no desire to cause you anymore pain. If you would like to communicate, please contact me at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California."
LCDR Debbie O'Hare of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

"I miss you Lord.. man i wish you were here"

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Richard M. Lord:
Richard 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

"The "4" year mark.....I felt the need to go to the beach....I was hoping for some comfort from the ocean, but it was not there.....We came home the next day. I just wanted to go out to Ricky's.....although the memories came rushing in...I somehow found comfort being out at Ricky's. June is tough month....it's the last time I saw my Son...I am so thankful for the memories that I have....no matter the pain that goes along with them....some make me cry....some make me smile....I've heard it said "it" get easier....I have to disagree!!!!!! As another day comes and goes, it's also another day that I have to deal with the fact that my Son is not coming home...ever...I miss so much about Him....each day I see something or even someone that reminds me of Ricky....I am always wondering what would life be like "now" if Ricky had come home like He planned.I do know in my heart that Ricky is never to far away...He will always be here when I need Him.... I just pray that He is totally happy and knows how much He is loved and missed.....MY HEART...MY HERO...MY SON..."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"I have been thinking about you alot Ricky!!"
Aunt Shell of Bronson Fl

"Not a day goes by when I don't think about Sgt Rick Lord and his family. I have looked at this sight numerous times and been unable to find the words to add - but I read and liked this:
"They died while serving, without acclaim or fanfare - Gunfighters, Warriors, and Americans.
We just thought that you should know, because their friends, families, and fellow Marines loved them, and miss them.
Please love them too - because the noblest of our ideals have always been protected for us by Warriors." - T.C. & T.G.
Serving for, and with, Sgt Lord was an honor. God Bless and Semper Fidelis."
Maj Steve Kahn of Virginia, USA

"I have been thinking about you a lot recently Rick. Don't know why but I have. not being able to talk and hang out hurts. Wish you were here Brother. Miss you!"
Kevin Roberts of austin tx

"Hey Rick,

Just thought i would stop by and say hello. I miss you brother. So days i wish i could call up up and shoot the *. I was thinking about you about a week ago in the car on the way home from playing hockey. You must have heard me because "Black" came on the radio. I laughed..... but i guess you already knew that.

Later brother. Love ya"
Kevin Roberts, Sgt USMCR of Austin TX

"I thought of you many times today, Sgt. Lord.

You are not forgotten."
SgtWookie of Orlando, FL

"Memorial Day...a time for honoring and remembering...Ricky,I know that you are so proud of your Home town Son.....you are always honored (our local HERO) as well as so many others are....I met another mother today who lost her Son...as our eyes met we both knew the pain deep within our hearts....I am so proud of you Ricky....I am so honored to be your momma...you always took the time to make me feel loved and cared for...I could always count on you, and hey, I'm not stopping now...I will always need you..and I know that you will always be here for me, no matter what...not even death can separate us. I love you with every ounce of my being....I hope that I always make you proud...for a hundred-thousand reasons......"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"Happy Memorial Day, Rick! Your sacrifice and courage will never leave me. Thank you for your service. Not a day goes by that I don’t look up at the sky and feel you smiling down on your family and friends. I’m going to a Pearl Jam concert in your honor this month, it was 7 years ago we were suppose to go but now I will go and know you will be there in spirit. Thank you for keeping the streets of heaven safe. Semper Fi"
Lcpl. Schuler, Kelly of Miami, Fl

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

-Laurence Binyon, “For the Fallen”"
Fish of 29 palms

"Today is "Mothers Day". A special day in which your children show you how "special" you are. I am truly blessed......I got to spend this day with Kimberly and the girls and with Kody and Rosie and Brody.....My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family. My day was also filled with sadness....wishing with every ounce of my being that Ricky was here......I know that He was with us today....but I just want to hold him and tell Him how much I love Him....there is always a huge void in my life now and each holiday it seems to get bigger.....I am truly blessed that God gave me three WONDERFUL children and awesome grandchildren...but the "Family Circle" is broken, a very important person is missing and now everything is just so different.....there are no words to describe the feeling in my heart. There are times when I just want to shout to people who complain about stupid stuff...as long as your children are alive.....everything else is fixable......you never know when your world will be totally shattered...so enjoy those that you love and don't sweat the small stuff. I love you Son....you are my Heart...my Hero...my SON....."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl

"Hey Rick, I was going through some old photo's; I'll be needing that $10 bucks you owe me for jumping into that nasty lake in Albania. I miss ya brother.
Until next time,"
SGT. M.K. THOMPSON of Minnesota

"It's been 3 1/2 years since I attended the funeral of Sgt. Ricky Lord. I'm sad to say that I haven't been able to provide honors to other fallen brother Marines since that experience.

Those who knew Sgt Ricky Lord, and/or were attending his memorial service and funeral know what I'm talking about.

There are at least a squad's worth of Marine Infantry NCO's who loved their brother Marine dearly - and that in itself says volumes. Every one of his Brother Marines showed up, except one who was forward deployed in the sandbox and whos' request to attend the funeral was denied.

Hardest hit was his fiance', mother of his infant son, who had just buried her beloved brother and brother Marine within 48 hours of Lord's funeral - and she received her Honorable Discharge from the USMC between these two terribly sad events. Sister Marine, I don't know how you hung together as well as you did.

I think about these Marines still. All gave some. Some gave all.


Semper Fidelis"
SgtWookie of Orlando, FL

"It has been an awful long time since I have been on here. I really enjoy reading everyone's stories about Rick. They make me cry, yet smile at the same time. Rick was such a fantastic man that touched every person he ever met. He had such a profound effect on everyone. I miss Rick every day of my life. I thought that time would eventually take away my pain, but it hasn't. Every time I look at a picture of his son, Brody, it takes my breath away how much he looks like his father. I know that one day, we will all see him again, but that time just seems so damn far away. Rick, we love you, and we miss you. You will never be forgotten, how could you be? You were such a wonderful man, and we all loved you, and still do. Until we meet again, this pain in my heart will never be relieved."
SSgt Shari L Conrad of Cherry Point, NC

"I put Rick through his Pre Ranger prior to going to "The Suck"

I was suprised and amazed to see how much of an effective he leader he was in a tactical setting. his sense of humor was top notch and he even got a kick out of me saying "come here Dick Lord" although I am sure he had heard before. I ran into him while he was in the gulag and he told me his unit was going back over. I try to encourage him to stay in but he had just gotten and Sqd and I could tell he was not going to let his fellow Marines deploy without him. Of the hundreds of stud's I have trained he is one of the few that left a mark on me. Rest easy Brother"
Bubba of Fort Benning

"It has been awhile since I've visted this website, and I've finally built up the courage to leave a note. I was at Paddy's Pub the other night in Fayetteville, NC and a brother of mine and I were talking about Rick. We both went to Ranger School with him in 2004. I found out about his passing about a week after the event while I was stationed at Fort Campbell. I told my friend while we shared a drink at Paddy's the other evening. Obviously, he was crushed as well, and we shared a stiff drink in memory of a great Marine. I think of Rick every day: while at Ranger School, he loaned me twenty bucks to plus up my gear until my debit card arrived in the mail, and when it did, he wouldn't take the money back. When he and I recycled the Benning Phase of Ranger School, we were assigned to be station guards for the next class's 5-mile run test...I can recall us standing in the cold 4 a.m. weather of Benning and Rick trying to talk me into giving up the Army Officer gig to come be a Marine Officer...he had me laughing all the time.

To the family, please let me know where he is resting, I would love to make a road trip with a few of our Ranger Classmates and give our respects.

I can be reached at garybartels1975@yahoo.com

Thanks, miss ya Rick, I'll give ya that twenty spot on our next security halt, brother.

Gary Bartels of Sackets Harbor, NY

"I just wanted to drop by and say hey bubba, and that I love and miss you so very much...It's nice to see some names that I haven't heard in a long time..It's true to say that my brother has touched so many.."
Kim Hines of High Springs, Florida

"A day does not go by that I do not think of Ricky of some memory that we shared together. From the first time we started school together, to the last time I saw him when he came by my work just to say, Hi because he was on leave visiting with his mom and family. I always asked Karen (or tell my mom to tell her) if he is here, you better tell him to come see me, please. I miss that. You all know Ricky in your on special ways just as I. I know he loved what he was doing for us all, but it still does not make the pain any easier. But I am so very proud of Ricky for everything he has done for me, us all... I just wanted to Thank him some how some way.....I love and miss you, Ricky! You are and always will be my HERO!!!!"
Nickie Tramel of Wilcox , Fla., USA

"Karen, let me start off by saying I send my condolences to you and your family for the loss of Rick. A friend told me about the website togetherweserved.com. The first person I looked up was Rick and I just couldn't believe it. I was in Okinawa with Rick for a year. His barraks room was right across from mine and we did everything together. Rick was the only reason that I made it the year there. If I ever had a problem, I knew I could go talk to Rick. And he did the same with me. Please feel free to look at my web page on togetherweserved.com. There are a few pictures of Rick and I. I will scan more and post them when I can.

Rick, as you know, we miss and love you buddy. You payed the ultimate sacrifice for your family, friends, counrty and Corps. God Bless you."
John T. Amedee of McKinney, TX

"Well, the holidays are almost over!! I got through this one just staying busy trying not to focus on the "season". Kimberly and her family and Rosie and Brody stayed the night with Kody and I. I think everybody had a good time.....although one VERY IMPORTANT PERSON was not here...we had roasted oysters and all the while I was thinking how much Ricky loves them. At one point in the night I just imagined him standing on the back porch with us leaning on the rail with his hands half way in his pockets....brought a warm smile to my face.....Each year brings on different emotions...this year I seemed to be angry at times???? One thing I know for sure is that I miss my Son more each day....time does not ease the pain it only makes it more definite. So as the New Year approaches.....one day at a time missing my Son........."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"Was just thinking of the old days back at cherry point today, and thought i would drop in and leave Rick a note. I miss you brother. When its all over i want you to give me a "there i was," when St. peter lets me through the gates."
Sgt Kevin Roberts USMCR of Austin texas

"Everyday I come to this site and I am always so excited to see one of Ricky's friends have stopped by. I love hearing the stories about my Son.Thank you for taking the time....it does so much in Ricky's honor and in my heart! My Son lives on in so many lives...what an awesome Man!!! I am so proud of Him in so many ways.I know I am so blessed have had the honor of being Ricky's mother for the short 25 years that he was here. The pain of losing Him is unbearable, but I would do it a hundred-thousand times over just to have the precious time with my Son!!!
My Heart...
My Hero...
My Son..."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"It brings me joy and tears to read stories like that about Rick. Thank you!"
SSgt Sarah Bungard (frmly Harding) of Cherry Point, NC

"I met Rick in 2000 when I first checked in at MWSS 271. I can still remember the day at Bogue Airfield at a Matting project(which everyone hated) asking Rick, How come its not raining, Lord.Also the night Rick was Mine and Chirinos Deck NCO he asked us if the Deck and the drain was clean enough to eat off of we said yes. So rick got down on his hands and knees and licked it, stood back up and said "Okay". He was one of the -Hardest Charging Marines I ever met. He is greatly missed. Semper Fidelis, Marine. Yut!"
Steven Copeland (former 271 Marine) of Newton, MS

"To the family of:Richard M. Lord 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"

"Comm Plt MWSS 271 back in 2001-2002 was an experience for the ages! Lance Corporal Lord was a definite part of that family we could not be without. Between Tamagne, Sells Murphy, Leslie and Lord we had our share of rough and tumbles and good times! I can still see him in those tight PT shorts with a huge dip in his mouth at 05:30! Always squared away, always sticking up for a fellow Marine, always sincere when he spoke. I recall speaking to him before he left Cherry Point. He was so excited to be going to Camp Lejeune to be a grunt. I told him he was crazy but he did not want to be sitting on the sidelines during any conflict. His uniform was always tight, boots immaculate! He gave his life serving OUR country. "There is no greater love that a man should give his life for a friend." We were all blessed to have him and others share a small part of his life with us. Any Marines want to keep in touch with other Marines check in www.marines.togetherweserved.com There is a profile listed there also for Lord, add him as a brother. To his family and close friends I pray you peace and joy in his memory. Semper!"
Sgt.Patrick McNair (MackP1) of Raleigh, NC/USA

"Just thinking about u this morning..... I heard on the news that another soldier from Trenton has passed away in Iraq... hearing that, brought back too many memories. Love and Miss u, xoxo.
Ms. Karen, I hope ur doing well. Hugs to u!!!"
Larissa of Florida

"Another year......Happy Birthday Son!!!! 28 yrs old. This weekend was so full of emotions...sadness, pain, laughter, love. So many of Ricky's friends came and celebrated his life with us this weekend. Each year I am so overcome with awe with the love that so many show. Ricky's friends sends flowers and cards, phone calls. I can't even begin to describe what it means to me. Just knowing that so many love Ricky and honor him. I know what an awesome man he is and for others to feel the same way is wonderful. Some have ask me is it getting any better....I have to tell them "NO"....how can it ever get better? My Son is not coming home...You can only take one day at a time, sometimes even that seems like a life time....The pain in a mother's heart never goes away nor does it lessen....you hold on to ALL the sweet memories and cherish them and be so thankful that you were blessed with the with time you had with your child......Remember that ever minute with your children is so precious..you never know when it will be your last.......I love you Ricky and I miss you more everyday.....Until I see you again......Momma"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"I grew up playing with Ricky when I would spend the night with his cousins Beau, Shian and Shilo. I went to High School with him and can remember him like it was yesterday. He had such a vibrant personality and a wonderful sense of humor. The last time I saw Ricky he was out with a lot of our graduating class at a place where I was singing and running karaoke. It was so good to see everyone again and we all had so much fun, but I never dreamed it would be the last time. I think about him often and can't imagine what Rosie and Karen must be going through. If Brody continues to walk in Ricky's footsteps, he's going to be an awesome little guy! I hope that God will continue to give you all strength to live in his memory, the memory of a TRUE AMERICAN HERO!"
Stephanie Bivens Beach of Trenton, Florida

"June 22nd (07). Todays marks the third year since I saw my Son. No, it's not easier than last year or the the one before. The never ending pain and hole in my heart is still the same. I miss Ricky more than ever. As time goes on, I am constantly reminded of what will never be.We take so much for granted, never once thinking our world could be turned upside down in a split second. There are millions of things about Ricky I miss. I believe the worse part is knowing there is no tomorrow for Him and me. I only pray that Ricky is happy and knows how much I love Him and miss Him and that one day we will be together again. As today goes by I will have sweet memories of my Baby and then again filled with a sadness only a mother who has lost a child can understand. I love you Son and I miss you from deep within my soul."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"On a day that we honor so many that have fallen, Your Sacrifice and Courage stands out to me like a shining star…Thank YOU for all you have done to keep America Free!!! Your Sacrifice will always remain in my heart…"Happy Memorial Day, Rick""
Kelly Schuler of Miami, Fl

"I went to our place yesterday. Right there, on Onslow Beach...

I knew you were there, because when I was writing a message to you in the sand, the tide kept coming in. Like you were finishing my sentences, as always! Then I charged the waves, like we used to do, hand in hand, even if it was the middle of winter! You are the best friend I will EVER have, Ricky! You are my Superman!"

"What a day! Emotions..emotions..emotions!!!! I love you Ricky, I will always love you and nobody can ever fill your shoes!!!!! You are my HERO now and forever......."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"Sgt Lord was my range coach a few times at Cherry Point. He was a GREAT Marine! We always had fun when he was out on the range. He helped me relax and become a better marksman. I was sorry to hear we lost him overseas. I was also Rosie's roommate at Cherry Point. I felt so sorry for her and their son. I keep them in my prayers to this day. We will always miss Sgt Lord!"
Jill Lippner, SGT of Knox, Indiana

"The last couple of days have been "extra" tough. I miss Ricky more than ever. I still long to see him, to smell him, touch him. Then I am faced with the fact that "never" is all I have to forward to now. I know I will see him again "when it's my time" but for now this is all I know and sometimes I feel like I am going to go crazy!!!!! Time.. is so not my friend. Yet, there are families who are just starting this journey,oh how my heart breaks for them. Parents should NOT out live their children. For those of you that has lost a parent, be thankful that you lost them and that YOU get to carry the pain instead of them losing you and facing each day with a broken heart. Make sure that you let your love ones know that you love them, take advantage of the fact they are still here with you. You never know when it could end. I miss my Son and I wish that I could have just one more minute with him."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs

"Thinking of you always and missing you so much Ricky. Its good to see some old familiar names coming out of the woodwork in your honor."
Sgt Sarah Bungard (formerly Harding) of New Bern, NC

"Bubba, I was just wanted to say "Hey," I love and miss you very much...I know your around..love you:)"

"The Holidays.....Another Christmas has come and gone..I tried very hard not to dwell on the "fact".Each day is hard but the "Family Holidays" are really tough. I miss Ricky so much...if only I could wake up and this nightmare be over with and life be "normal" again???
Each day as I read the new names of Men who were killed I think about their Families and how "another" mother's heart will be shattered.I pray that this will all be over soon so ALL OF OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN CAN COME HOME AND BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES!!!!!!
Each day is a different struggle, you never know how you will get through it...you just sometimes have to focus on the minute at hand...wishing with all your heart you could turn back time...just one do over??????
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, FL

"I just found out about Rick late last night. Over two years have passed since his death and I was overcome with a deep sadness. I'm so sorry to all of his friends and family. Rick was a great guy and it's so nice to see all of these names that I remember...Kevin, Alex, Josh, Harding...I miss you all. Rick always called me "Doc" never by my first or last name. I can still see his handsome face and hear his voice just like I last saw him yesterday. Rest in Peace Rick."
Tara Zornow (Formerly HM3 "Doc" Wolters) at Cherry Point of Lambertville, MI

"Few Americans understand the threat posed to our country by radical Islam. Despite the horror of 9/11, many of our fellow countrymen insist upon sticking their heads in the sand and pretending that Islam is a peace loving religion. Consequently, our nation’s future is in great peril, since America’s malignant foe is viewed by so many Americans as a benign religious faith.

Our young men and women fighting in Iraq today are not just fighting for Iraq’s future, but also for our own. The only thing Islamists understand is force and the only way they will desist is to be defeated. Therefore, we must fight, least we perish at the hands of Muslim militants determined to bring the whole world to its knees before their god.

It irks me to no end to hear politicians making a political football of this noble cause. Caring only about their poll numbers and political careers these self-serving “public” servants disregard the sacrifice of our troops and undermine our war effort. By committing such grievances for the sole sake of political expediency, they prove themselves, in my opinion, unworthy to polish the boots of our soldiers.

Although it is little consolation to a mother whose son has made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and to others who grieve the loss of a loved one fallen in the line of battle, I want to offer my sincere condolences to all of you and my heartfelt thanks for the heroic sacrifice Richard Lord made for me. I shall forever be mindful of the fact that were it not for great men like Sergeant Lord lowly men like myself would cease to be free. If only all of America would wake up to such a realization."
Don Walton of Spring Hill, FL

UNCLE MIKE of st. augustine,fl

UNCLE MIKE of st. augustine,fl

"The Morning After....today is Monday 21,2006. This weekend was the "hard" one. Friday was the 2 year "mark", Sunday was Ricky's birthday. The weekend was a very emotional time for me. I was so blessed to have some of Ricky's friends from out of state and in state to come and spend this time with me.There were others who sent flowers and others who called or e-mailed....THANK YOU, from deep within my heart. You have no idea what it means to me to be surrounded with all the love and support from all of you. It is just awesome how deep your friendship is with Ricky. I know He was here with us this weekend with a big smile on his handsome face.
I know there are people I have yet to meet in person (only by phone or e-mail). I am looking forward to meeting each of you and I am so proud that you will be able to come and pay your respects to Ricky in person.
It's so comforting to know that my Son lives on in so hearts.
One day at a time.........."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs,Fl

"How do you really say something about an outstandin guy, who really needs no help introducing. I was stationed with Rick in Cherry Point, NC for about 2 years (2002-2004) just before he made a lat move to the GRUNTS, yeah that was his calling. We were in Comm PLT. together. I have learned so much from him, one as a friend and two as a brother in Arms. Rick will always be missed, and before he left my unit I missed the going away party due to work, man I really feel bad now. I just wanted to tell him good luck, be safe, and "I love ya brother!" Thanks for fighting for me and the country that I love. Semper Fi Marine! Thank you for all that you have done in my life as a BROTHER/FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Sgt Tamagne, Clete (Former Marine) of Plymouth, Michigan

"August 18,2006......I remember when Aug. was a happy month. I gave birth to a beautiful little boy on Aug 20,1979.(Friday at 11:30 am). Now the month of Aug. comes with sadness as well.That beautiful little boy was called home Aug.18,2004. Since that day my whole world has changed. I want to wake up from this nightmare and things to be normal again.I know life will never be the same again. I hold on to the fact that I will get to see Ricky again.But for all the pain that I go through each day, I would go through it a hundred thousands times over just to have the "SPECIAL 25 YEARS" that I had with Ricky.I am so proud of my Son for so many reasons. I miss hugging Him, listening to him talk , watching Him with his boys. His tattoos, yes I gave him a hard time about so many, boy would I love to see ALL of them again. I too have one now to honor my Son, I can just hear Ricky say "You did what? Alright momma!"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs,Fl

"Well here we are at another year passed. This is one anniversery that I don't look forward to but at the same time that I can not and will not forget. I know that Rick is smileing down apon us knowing that he has made such an impact on all of our lives. I wish I could have made it down to "Rick's place" and see Ms. Karen, Rosie, Brody, Cody, Kim, and everybody else down there.
I would like to remember this time as a birthday and not something else. So happy 27th B-day Rick. You are sadly missed!"
Josh Reynolds

"Today is June 22nd...two years ago today was the last time I was able to hug my Son. It was a very hard day.I never thought for one minute that it would be the "LAST TIME" I would be able to look into his beautiful blue eyes(one with a brown freckle) and tell him I loved him. I miss my Son more and more each day. I still expect him to come home. I still expect the phone to ring and it be my Ricky. When "this" first happen I remember going through the "first" holidays without Ricky. Now I go through the "LAST TIME" we were together we did this ......Losing your child whom you love more than life is the worst thing that can ever happen to you...there is absolutly nothing in this world that can ever make it better...nothing....I miss Ricky with every breath I take..until I will be with him again..one day at a time...I LOVE YOU SON FOR A HUNDRED-THOUSAND REASONS, BUT MOST OF ALL I LOVE YOU CAUSE YOUR YOU.."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs,Fl

"I haven't been to this site in quite some time. Our mom is always reminding me,"Kimberly go to your brother's websites" I haven't forgotten. I come here and read what all of you have to say and it makes me smile and cry at times..It's so wonderful that my brother has touched so many of you.I pray that you will never forget...If your driving around and hear "Pearl Jam", that's just Ricky telling you hello...Don't be afraid to say hey back.."
Kim Hines (sister) of High Springs,Fl....U.S.A!!!

Ryan Kane SGT USMC of Chicago

"Another year has past another day is gone. stand up for whats right for country. I didnt know him that much, but I remember the good days we have had and the bad days may 13 2006 was a bad one we need to thank God every day for the brave men fighting for our freedom.I dont blame him for being in the Military because I want to do the same thing for our country.
Phillip Timmons"
Phillip Timmons of Berlin Mareland

"I dont even know where to start. I know all of us miss him every day. I know personally not a day goes by I dont think about all the good times that ALL the rifle range crew had together. Karen, sorry I havnt called. I know you miss him very much and I didnt want to make it worse. But seeing your message, I am definitely giving you a call now. Thanks rick for keeping me company as I was shooting matches this year. you always knew how to make everybody smile and relax. I miss you all and it was great getting together again with josh, todd, alan, john, everybody!!! and i cant wait to see roberts, you BOOT!! haha, I know he is with every one of us. Rick, thanks for your service, it will never be forgotten."
PMI Sergeant Herman of Parris Island, SC

"It's been so long since I have visited this site but that's not to say that I haven't been thinking of Rick. His pressence runs through my head on a daily basis. But I also think of how each of you are doing and what you are doing at any given time. I give my utmost respect to Karen and Rosie who have had to build up the strength to carry on with life as Rick would have wanted. It's been a long, hard 18 months since that tragic day in Fallujah. The only thing we can do for ourselves is never forget the man he was and take it one day at a time. My thoughts and prayers are and forever with you."
Josh Reynolds

"Hi, I just wanted to let everyone know that I just bought a book by Gary Livingston called "Fallujah, With Honor." I didn't know if any of you had heard of it or not, but it is about the Marines of 1/8 when they went into Fallujah. There is a picture of Sgt. Lord in the book. The information in the book says to order copies you can write to Caisson Press
P.O. Box 505, North Topsail Beach, NC 28460, or email: caissonpress@yahoo.com.
Thought you would like to get a copy of it.

God Bless,
Danielle Davila
Wife of Sgt. Davila USMC"
Danielle Davila of Camp Lejeune, NC

"Dear Lord Family and Friends,

I had no idea this memorial was here for Sgt. Lord. My husband Sgt. Davila served with him 2 deployments. A wonderful man, an amazing Marine, and a loyal friend. I had the privlege of knowing him personally, and he was part of our band of brothers. We are very good friends with everyone that was in his truck on that horrible day. My husband did not want to call me, because I was pregnant and he was afraid I would have complications. I will never forget getting that news. He will be missed, and he will forever be a hero. Thank you Rick for your sacrifice, and bravery. You were a joy to everyone who knew you. You always made us laugh. Semper Fi.

The Davila Family
USMC Camp Lejeune, NC
Sgt. Juan Davila, Danielle, Emma and Isabel"
Davila Family of Camp Lejeue, NC

"I have no idea why I haven't been to this website yet. Ms. Karen if it wasn't for you I don't know what I would do. I am effected every second of every day and the only thing that holds me together is our son Brody. Every action and every move and every funny thing that comes out of his mouth. He is so much like his daddy and I wish you all could see. He is the love of my life. There is not a second in the day when I don't go to my refrigerator just to look at a picture of Rick and to feel his presence and see his warm and beautiful face. There is nothing I would love more than to have him here with me and to be able to see his beautiful son with the same awesome personality as his. What I would do for a laugh with him, or his comforts because with him in my life everything was perfect and without him I will never have perfection again. Anyone who knows him knows what I mean. I love you Rick (Ricky) and I love you Ms. Karen and Kimberly and all of his friends too. I love your son, I love your brother and always will. I miss him every second of everyday. Probably more than that. I will continue to work in the veteran community and keep his name sacred. For god so help anyone who caused this wonderful man pain or defames his name. Thank you all for being there for us. rosie81@ufl.edu"
Rosie Powers of gainesville fl

"Well it's been 17 months now. Each day is filled with so much sadness. I miss Ricky more and more each day. There are times when I see a young man and I watch him to see if he has any of Ricky's "traits". I am always thinking "Ricky would do that or if he was here we would this or that". Man it's so hard!!!!! I come to this site about every other day, and I am so happy to see that one of Ricky's friends has stopped by!"THANK YOU!!!!!!" I love hearing your thoughts and feelings about my Son. A lot of Ricky's friend have kept in touch with me and it means more to me than you could ever imagine. Ricky has touched so many people's lives and I love hearing about them. If anyone would like to e-mail me and share some of your times with Ricky I would be so grateful. My e-mail....klatham@bellsouth.net
One day at a time......."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs,Fl

"Rick you were and are a good friend."
AT2 Charles James of Virginia Beach VA

"I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to Ricks Family. He will always be remembered. And always love the ones your remember and remember the ones you love"
Kevin Neisler ,Sgt of Jonesboro Arkansas

"Today is Christmas.(again).This is my second one without Ricky. I believe this year is even harder than last. Last year was a blur, this year the reality has set in...My Son won't be spending Christmas at home. Each day is hard, but the holidays just seem to be a little harder. I reflect on past Christmas and remember that when my other two kids were doing their"own thing" Ricky and I always went out to eat and spend Christmas Eve together. Boy do I ever miss those times!!
To all his friends..Thank you for keeping in touch with me. You will never know how much it means to me. I know Ricky is proud of you guys. Just knowing that he is remembered each day by one of you is so very important.
My Son..My Heart..My Hero..ALWAYS!!!!"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs,Fl

"I just want to send my prayers to ricks family and to the boys I think of yall every day I look at my walls and see the corps Yall will always be in my heart and prayers"
Kevin Neisler ,Sgt of Jonesboro Arkansas

"As a Marine that served both under and beside Rick I want to say that he was a great man and an outstanding leader. I only wish I could have been half the Marine he was. I miss him dearly. And to the family, if you know who I am(some do), I am sorry that I have not spoken with you in a while. I will call soon. Rick will always be in my heart and I will always consider him a brother. Semper Fi."
Vince A. Schoonover (frmr. Sgt.) of Columbia, MO

"A soldier has lost a buddy, and we see him cry. We can't understand it fully, because the world has just passed him by. To end the war we all pray, but we will never know the men, that have to stay. -My sincere graditude goes out to Richard Lord and his family, and for what he has done. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. Thankyou."
James Lord of Cascade Montana

"its been some time since i have been able to leave a message. Its been a long year and three months, but i have a feeling things will get better soon. I just want to say that i still miss hime every day, and that the boys and family, are for ever in my thoughts and prayers."
Cpl kevin roberts of St. louis MO

"The day after....the "YEAR" mark.Yesterday was a very ,very, very hard day for me. There was just something about the year mark. Although for me it seems like only a few minutes ago.I was very blessed to have some of Ricky's fellow Marines(dear friends) come and spend this time with me. Those that could not make it were so wonderful and called me or send flowers or cards. Boy am I ever blessed. I tell Ricky all the time what "GREAT" friends he has. I know it's hard for some of you to talk with me, but just know this... a friend of Ricky's is a friend of mine!!!! Ricky has always made sure I was taken care of and I have to tell you I know he is so proud at how everyone has been there for me. As you know Ricky is very much a family man and he believes in taken care of family and his extended family.His friends! Tomorrow is his 26th B-day several of us are going to one of his favorite restaurant ."Olive Garden" This too will be a hard day but I will be with friends and family and we are going to honor Ricky.One day at a time....."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs,Fl

"Well I must apologize for not leaving a message earlier but I just happened to find this site.
There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of Rick. I can't even play a Pearl Jam song without shedding a tear. I am very glad to have had the honor of meeting such an extraordinary man. If you ever look up friend in the dictionary you see Rick's face there with that smirk that he was so famous for. I have so many awsome memories of Rick and the "range family" some good some not so, but I would not change any of them. It's really hard now that today is the anniversery, but I will be sad today but celebrate his birthday and remember that such a person was my brother from another mother. I will cherish the day when I get see him once again.
I knew Rick during a very important time in my life. He was my witness when Anna and I were married. It's kind of funny because you know when you get married at the courthouse you have to have two witnesses right. Well I only had Rick with me. So what does Rick do, he runs down the hall and grabs the nearest person he could find. It was a SSgt that was there to bail one of his Marines out of jail. The point is that no matter what the situation was he knew how handle it. He was a natural born leader.
To his family; know that his memory will never be forgotten in this household. He had to much of an impact on my life for that to happen. I have you all in prayers and thoughts.
Now that I know that this site exsists I will probably make a few more posts but I think I am done for now.
Thank you and god bless!"
Josh Reynolds of Reynoldsburg, OH (don't laugh)

"It's so hard to believe that it's been a year since we all were together at Rick's funeral. Kevin, John, Sarah, Alex, Alan, Cubby, Josh and everyone else who was there....thank you. I never would have made it through that without you guys.
There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Rick. I just got back from Iraq, and was stationed at the same base that he passed through on several occasions. I had his pictures with me over there, and that would help. I would talk to him every night. The night sky is so beautiful over there, and so peaceful. I would often visit friends at Camp Ripper, and I would feel so close to him....all of the grunts were there...I met some of his friends in 1/8 before they left. I still can't believe that he is really gone, because he isn't really gone. I know he is still here. I don't think there is anyone who met Ricky who wasn't touched by him. Sarah, I remember that superman stance too...and his laugh...do you guys remember the "Sombrero of Shame"? I still laugh at that one. Rick will always live on. He will always be greatly missed. Karen, without you, I would be lost. Thank you for being a friend and being there for me. Thank you for giving the world such a wonderful man and the best Marine I have ever known."
Sgt Shari Matthews of Cherry Point, NC

"It's so hard to believe that it has been a year. We love you and miss you so much. It's sad because, I still think I see you sometimes, but its not you. That's something that is still so hard to grasp. You were gone for so long in the Marines, that sometimes its like your still there and you'll be home to visit one day. But you won't and it's not fair. We Love you"
riss of trenton, florida

"I find myself coming back to this site more often than usual. The month of June was a tough one it was the last month I saw my Son. I am so thankful that I got to spend most of the month with him. He was home for two weeks and then we went up to N. C. and spent a week with him before he left. Seeing him off for the second time was very hard, even harder knowing he was going straight into the WAR ZONE, he told me not to worry he would be home soon. I've never gone a whole year of not seeing Ricky.Even in all his travels he always made it home before the "year" was up. Each time I see someone has left a message I am aways so touched.Ricky made such impact on so many lives and I'm sure he never gave it a second thought. He is the kind of person who is REAL and you can always count on him. I would love to hear from his friends and to hear their memories of their time with Ricky with me. My e-mail.....klatham@bellsouth.net"
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs,Fl

"I just heard the news the night before and it really hurt me. We were stationed together in Okinawa, Japan and we have a great time in Korea. We took alot of pictures together. I lost contact with him when I left Okinawa to Quantico, but I always thought about him. He was a great guy. I remember so many good times with Rick and the rest of the Comm. Platoon. I pray for you and Once A Marine Always A Marine, see you when I see you brother. To Ricks mother, you raised him very well and I am proud to say I knew him. God Bless nandy@whatemail.com is my email, I would like to go to show my respect to him personally."
Gonzalez, A.L. Sgt. (Former) of Raeford, N.C.

"I served both under Rick Lord and beside him on two deployments including the one where he lost his life. It would be very difficult for me to find a better man than Rick. I loved him like a brother and I will miss him everyday for the rest of my life. To his family, Just look me up if you were to ever need anything."
Joshua Ray of Knoxville, TN

"I’d just like everyone to know no matter what you may hear in the news, or how many friends you have telling you what a waste this war is, there’s no truth in that. Ricky and others like him didn’t die for nothing. There may be people that believe that our soldiers and marines over there have no reason to fight. There’s nothing further from the truth. There’s nothing more valiant than putting your life in danger for your friends and fellow service members. That’s what we’re fighting for. If someone shot at your brother, would you not do all you could to protect him and return fire? That’s what Ricky died for. That’s what will forever make him a hero. Also have you forgotten 9/11? All the people whose lives ended tragically to terrorism; is that not reason enough to fight? Sure we may be taking on a lot, but look at what was taken from us. Look at how we’ve changed since then. People want more security. People want more protection. How secure are we if we have no one to fight to protect us? That is what will forever make him a hero. Karen, I know there is nothing I can say to make your heart stop aching. I know because I’ve been there. I just want you to know…your son truly is a hero….and he never will be forgotten. Semper Fidelis."
Cpl Lucinda Hendricks of San Diego, CA

"I am so glad to see that people are still remembering Ricky. I come to these sites often just to read and reread thing about my Son. It's nice to read the things that his friends share and to read things from people who never even met my Son. Not a day or even an hour goes by that I don't think of Ricky. I miss my Son more and more everyday. I heard it said that in time "it" gets better.What idiot said that? Each day is another day that you have to face the fact you are not going to see your Son. Those of you that Ricky, know that he is very close to his family. Life has changed and it will never be the same again. I miss my son more than words can ever express."
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs,Fl

"I did not know this hero, but this Memorial Day and always I am grateful for his sacrifice. May God give his family comfort. You are in my prayers. We will never forget!"
Sandra Hoffpauir of Pasadena, Texas/USA

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Ricky. I have so many memories I wish I could share with all of you but I'm sure most of you already remember them. It feels good to see familiar names from the past on this site. Especially those in the 'Range Family'. Those days were the best I ever had in the Corps. Back then Cpl Lord and his big Mexican brother, LCpl Lopez, took me under their wing and showed me the ropes on the range. They were like my big brothers who always looked out for me, on and off duty. There was never a dull moment when they were together.
As a young LCpl looking up to a big bad Cpl, Lord was the NCO I wanted to emulate. He was well respected, had the ability to command authority, and had the 'art' of leadership down pat.
Ricky was a Mommas' boy and was damn proud of it. He loved his sister to no end and always talked about his little brother and how he wanted to set a good example for him. I still remember his crazy stories from Okinawa and Korea, and all his cheesey made up stories that always started with, "Back in 'Nam, '72 (or Korea)...". I remember that silly Superman stance he had, feet apart, chest out, and hands in a fist on his hips. It still makes me laugh.
I still thank God for the time we spent with him. All the parties at Alan and April's house, Josh and Anna's, Alex's house, Jack Daniels, Micky Milligan's, crying together over broken relationships, Guinness, Pearl Jam, chicken broth, 'Wire Dog', Johnny Cash, sitting in an empty apartment playing the guitar (right, Kevin?), X-Fest... wow, I could go on and on.
If anyone is interested, I have a couple pictures here of him that I would love to share. I’m also interested in any some of you may have. I can be reached at snalley@cox.net ."
Sgt Sarah Nalley Bungard (previously Harding) of New Bern, NC

"I see many names on this message board that I remember. Ryan, Shari, Alex, Kim, and Ricks Mom Karen. There are alomost no words that can be said about how I feel everyday. Rick was like a true brother. People that had the joy to see us together called me Mini Lord, Thats how close we were. Before he left for his first Tour in Iraq, Rick asked me to give the Falg to his Mom if anything was to happen to him. Everyday, I replay that day in my mind. Standing over his mother holding the flag he faught so desperatly to protect. Filled with more honor and pirde then I have ever felt in my life. There are so many things I wish I could say to him. I wish I could tell him I loved him one last time. I recently had the chance to show His Mom and Rosie and the rest of the family, the Tattoo I had place on my arm for him. I was happy to see there smiles. I will never forget the times Rick and I spent together. They say true loss only occures when you loose someone you loved more than you loved yourself.

I miss you Rick Lord, I'll see you when it's over."
Kevin Roberts Cpl USMC of Cherry Point, NC

"my best friend. sorry i have not been able to leave a message until now. you and i are still brothers.
in my opinion he was the best marine and all around person. always willing to help in any way he can. u r missed but u will never be forgotten"
alex lopez/ Cpl USMC (former) of weslaco, tx

"We all miss Ricky. The little blonde rough and tumble boy that was always with his cousin (my son) Beau. Beau got married last Sunday night. Ricky was supposed to be his "best man". Along with the happiness and celebration of this evening, there was a special sadness felt by all of his family there, and especially Beau. I watched as Ricky's son bopped around the dance floor, and remembered Ricky at that age, and how much his little one looks and acts like Ricky did.
Sometimes, I think I hear Ricky's voice saying, "Hey Aunt Melissa" and I just say "Hey Ricky. Thanks for visiting me.""
Melissa Lord of Trenton, Florida

"To all who have taken the time to share their thoughts and feelings about Sgt. Richard M Lord. Thank you!!! For you see I am his mother. My name is Karen Latham. I have always been very proud of my Son. Ricky is the kind of Son who is always there for his family and friends. He always took care to see that everyone was "alright". There were times when someone would do something for me around our house and when Ricky would come home on leave he would always look that person up and say "Thanks for helping my Momma" Ricky always made time for everyone, and believe me everytime he came home the phone never stopped ringing.Ricky has two little boys whom he loves more than life it self. I am so sad that they will never get to know their Daddy. Fof Ricky would have been an awesome Daddy.Ricky is also a true die hard Marine, he believed in what he did, as we all know he did not hestitate to what he had to for his country.For those of you who know him know that there is no other like him, those of you who did not get the chance to meet him, just know this... if you needed him, he would be there he would never let you down.Life will never be the same for me, each day is another day that I know that I am not going to see my Son again. For you see he was due to come home the end of this month.But it make me so proud to read all the stories about my Son, so once again "THANK YOU""
Karen Latham of Fanning Springs, Fl.

"Richard,or "Ricky" as we knew him here at home, was one of a kind. I miss his big smile and goofball sense of humor.
I will never forget him, and my children will know him through stories.
They will know that he was the braviest person I ever knew."
Larissa of Trenton, Fl

"To Ms.Karen, Kimberly, Cody and Family: Rick came into my life for only a short time but he changed it Forever. He was a Great Marine but a even more Wonderful Man. He had a heart of gold for his Family and Our country. Your son/brother had more of a impact on my life than I can put into words. I will continue to keep your family in my Prayers. As for Ricky, I know he is in Heaven watching over all of you!!! He is a true American Hero that will Never be forgotten. Rick Murle will remain in my heart Forever..."
Kelly Sue Schuler of West Palm Beach, FL.

"I have so many memories of Ricky. It hurts so much to think of him but then again it is impossible not to smile. He was unlike anyone I have ever known, so filled with life, it is still hard to understand that he is gone. 24 years old and yet he made such a mark on this world.....sacrificed so much. i am proud he was my friend. I would not be the same person if I had not known him. I want to say thank you to all of you who serve. I remember you every day and am so thankful. I love you Murle."
of Trenton, Florida

"I posted about Lord on my blog a few months back and decided to share it here...

Richard Lord was ruff around the edges, occasionally getting into trouble with his superiors but he wasn't a quitter, he loved his job. And even though his superiors may have not noticed, his subordinates new he was serious about it.

I remember he was always taunted about his boots. (Marines are always supposed to look squared away.) They were always scuffed up from doing work detail that needed to be done. He never *ed.

On one occasion, he was on restriction for some alcohol related incident and couldn't leave the barracks, so my husband and I decided to go give him some company. When we walked in the room he was ironing his cammies, and there on his secratary sat a beautifully shined pair of combat boots. They looked like patten leather!! I immediately started laughing, poking my husband saying "Ooh rah, those boots are looking fine."

On another occasion a bunch of the guys decided to go rent some movies, pile in someones barracks room and hang out. We ended up watching
"The Green Mile" first. So there I was sitting in a room with about half a dozen troops and John Coffey was about to be executed. I'm a real sap when it comes to these parts in a movie. I ended up having a couple sniffles and Lord (I always called the guys by their last names) noticed and said in a sincere manner "Aww Wendy, it's just a movie." I think I threw something at him for putting me on the spot.

He's truely missed."
Wendy Tamagne of New Bern, NC

"Thanks to everyone for all there kind words and thoughts. Yes Ricky is a very special person and touched so many people in so many different ways. It is so nice to read all the things about Ricky. Anyone who would like to email me you are more than welcome to, especially some of his friends I know his mom would love to hear from you also. Email address : mhunter@ufscc.ufl.edu. I am Rickys aunt."
Michelle Hunter of Florida

"Rick, you were a real good friend and you are very missed. Thanks for being there for me, brother. Semper Fi, Warrior!"
Sgt Matthew Nagel of Concord, Ca

"Rick was a great friend and we loved him like a brother. We will miss him immensely. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We love you, Rick!!!"
Sgt William and Jessica Tinney of Parris Island, SC/ USA

"Ricky was the best Marine that I have ever known. Not only was he a great Marine, he was a great friend. I am lucky enough to have wonderful memories of him. He is missed so much, and he will never be forgotten. If anyone knows how to get in touch with his Mom, sister, Mary or Rosie, please send me an email to slcusmc@hotmail.com. Myself and a few other Marines would like to keep in touch with his beautiful little boys, and we would also like to be able to do things for them in honor of his memory."
Sgt. Shari Matthews of Cherry Point, NC

"There was never a better leader, friend, or Marine that I have ever met. Remember him forever."
Ryan Kane of Chicago, IL

"Sgt. Lord was an outstanding leader, Marine, and person. I learned so much from him, and will never forget him. He was a brother and a true friend. Semper Fi Rick! OOORAH!"
Brian Tanner of Silver Spring, MD

"Marine Sgt. Richard M.Lord

You will forever be remembered in our hearts and prayers for you heroism.
I have never met you although I had the oportunity to view C.N.N. and had to send my deepest condolences to your family and friends who knew you most.
You and all your fellow soldiers who lost their lives did a fine job with all of what you achieved.
Thank You on behalf of my fellow Canadians.

Rest in peace, Richard!"
M.Giguere of Canada

"On behalf of our family ...thanks so much for the prayers and rememberance of our own "Family Hero""
Kim (sister) of Trenton,Florida

"I grew up with Ricky, and he was a brother to me. I, as I'm sure his family does, appreciate the kind words and prayers. He was a great person, and I am fortunate to have known him, and am a better person myself for that. He will never be forgotten. I love you, Rick.......you're always in my heart."
SrA Jeremy Gamble of Osan AB, ROK

"Sgt Lord, i only met you a couple of times but i enjoyed being in your presance. You are a good Marine and you will not be forgotten. oooorah

Sgt J.T. Skinner"
Sgt J.T. Skinner of cherry pt NC

"God bless Richard Lord and the Lord Family. My husband is a former member of 1/8 and he knew Richard. My husband speaks highly of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lord family for the loss of their loved one and for the loss of a fine person, great marine and most of all a TRUE AMERICAN HERO. He will never be forgotten."
The Family of Sgt. Christopher Calhoun of Quantico,VA

"Thank you Richard Lord, 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 Sgt. Richard Lord:
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 Richard 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 Sgt. Richard Lord:
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 Richard, 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