Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Blake A. Magaoay

20, of Pearl City, Hawaii.
Magaoay died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 29, 2004.

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"Blakey Boy ♥️ 💜 miss you"
Rhea of Honolulu, Hawaii

"It was just this past memorial day, 2022 that i learned of Blake and his sacrifice. Blake was ohana, and if I am being honest, i am shocked that itís taken this long to learn of another Marine in the family, even after i completed my eight years. Weíve never met, but after reading your story and comments here i truly feel like iíve known you my whole life. Semper Fi Blake. Rest easy brother, we will meet one another in due time, and i look forward to that time when i can meet a true hero. Much love and aloha brother."
Chris of Mesa, AZ

"Lance Cpl Magaoay,

I just watched a video dedicated to you on youtube from your brother Joseph Orona. I enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2013 and it forever changed my life for the better. I never deployed overseas and consider myself lucky thanks to the brave men and woman like you who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Although we never met I wanted to thank you because of you I am here today. I wanted to learn a little a bout you, so I searched your name. I read your obituary that said your father mentioned you were very physical and wanted to become a police officer or join the FBI. I exited the Marine Corps in 2017 and became a Police officer in 2019 and I am now trying to join the FBI's sister agency DEA. I still miss the Marine Corps everyday and would you be here today, I know you would too while still protecting people on our streets. You will never be forgotten warrior. Rest Easy Marine.

Semper FI"
Vera, Brian USMC 2013-2017 of Chester County PA

"It's been 17yrs brother and this is my first post, message and public note. I struggle with your loss and the loss of our other brothers. I left you men at a terrible time and that will forever haunt me. But your smile, your clowning around will always be remembered. Maybe someday I will have the courage to come out of this darkness but until then I will forever remember your warrior spirit. Until we meet again....Semper Fidelis"
WarPig 8 of California

"My dearest son, I'll be seeing sooner than I thought. Doctor's says I may have 3 more years to live if I stay on this horrible medication. The cancer is definitely aggressive. I have good days and bad days. Your brother is back home trying to help me through this unpredictable life I have now. I'm leaving it in God's hands. I hope you guide me through heaven sweetheart, I know we'll share wonderful memories together. I love you baby!"
Mom of Florida

"16 years this November, is when I loss you. It definitely flew by. I'm sadden that you're not here to spend our living life together. I love and miss you so much! Until we meet again my sweet baby boy, my warrior, my angel in heaven."

"Miss you very much."
Rhea of IRAQ

"Miss you every day Blake. Your words are still with me. Love you"
of San Diego

"Miss you

Love Always,"
Rhea of VA

"2DEC2015: Howzit Blake! 11yrs has come and gone...Miss you man, I still remember the fun times in the weight room flexing and good times on the football field as if it was yesterday. Until we meet again my friend... Miss you and Love you!"
Manny Ramalho of Mililani, HI

"Blakey boy,

What's going on brother? It has been 11 years since the last time we saw one another. It was August of 2004 - right before you were shipped to Japan. I missed your call little brother and I regret it everyday; you called to tell me you were being shipped back to Iraq. I could only wish I was going back with you this time around. I broke every rule out there in the sandbox and I would have carried you along with me as I did in 2003.. My buddies ask me how did I get that SUV when I was in Iraq; "well when are vehicle runs like * and I need to get back to the ORP I'm getting back no matter what and don't care how". Lmao, I miss are long conversations little brother. I saw your mom a few months after I heard the news - it was very hard brother and it's been super hard since.

The one thing I didn't tell your mom and I did not know until after- is about the necklace I gave you to keep you safe, which my grandfather gave me.

Your smartass brought it back to me. I'm not sure how you did brother but I have it brother. My mom saw it at the house and freaked out because she knew you wore it out there. Thank you for the suprise gift.

I just want you to know I miss you brother - I have a big tatooe of your "Blakey boy" name on the middle of my back with a devil dog. I lost contact with your mom and I need to talk to her to tell her about the necklace. I gave her the tapes of us talking in 2003. I need your help on getting me in contact with her. I vowed to always take care of your little brother Octavio and I want to keep that.

I love you brother and I am so damn proud of you for never giving up - I just wish I had one more beer with you little brother and one more conversation in the middle of know where.

Here is my cell if you can find a way to get this to your mom have her call me. 949 324 2901.

Love you little brother,

aka Ranger Joe (Lead the Way)"
Joey Orona of West Covina CA

"20150524: Howzit Blake, Tomorrow is Memorial Day. Feeling sick because it's another year that I didn't see you. Just know that you are always on my mind. I'll have a drink for you tomorrow in remembrance of you. i miss you and I love you bro!
Lorenzo Jarrett Semper Fidelis!"
of Camp Pendleton CA

"HBD Blakey Boy!"
Rhea of VA

"Hey Magaoay, it's hard knowing you weren't on that boat with us coming home. You took me under your wing and showed me the ropes and treated me like a brother. Keep it safe up there because we all we be together again."
Elijah Kingfisher of Tahlequah, Oklahoma/U.S

"My dearest Angel in heaven, I know your watching over me...for every song that comes on reminds me of your smile, your laughter, your love you shared. My dearest Angel, your brother reminds me of you in so many ways. My dearest Angel... I will never forget you, I will always hold you close to my heart, for you are my dearest Angel embedded into my mind and heart.

For each night I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, if I die before I awake, I pray thy Lord my soul to take.

"I love you my Angel in Heaven!" "I love you!" "I love you my Blakey boy!""

"Hey Blakey Boy! Happy Memorial Day and Birthday. :) Miss you.
Love always,"
Rhea of VA

"Hey Blakey Boy, I still can't believe you are not with us here today. Thank you for your sacrafice, we will never forget you and you are always in our hearts. I keep thinking of those days when we used to make trouble to each from elementary until high school. Happy memorial day we love you"
Amber Kamaile of Pearl City Hawaii Usa

"hii blake!!! never really knew you. I was still in elementary when you left. But now I know a lot of people in the Marines. I just want to say, Hii I love you and hope you doing great up there! need to catch up one day!!! take care blakey boi!!!"

"Hey Blakey! Gosh its been a while since I wrote sumtin on here. theres not a day that goes by where u are not on my mind. Miss you a lot cuz! I always think about the wonderful memories and all the fun times we had on Lanai and Oahu You were like a big brother to me, always watching over me and having my back no matter what. I wish you were here to meet my son Evan. Evan would love to hang out with you as much as I loved hanging out with you when I was young. I know that you aren't here physically but I know that you are here with us in our hearts and in spirit. You're our angel and always watching over us. We love you Blake, and miss you a lot!"
Jasmine of Kahului, HI

"Miss you!
Love always,"

"November 29th 2004 is when we lost you... I miss you so much! Wishing once again that you'll be coming home soon to me. I guess God needs you right now. "I will see you again baby!" "Mommy loves you so very much!" "I miss you!""

"Aloha my braddah,
We have not forgotten about you. We still taken those shots for you."

"July 2012,another year passed by. Almost 8 years without you. Feeling at times lost without my sweet loving Blakey boy, feeling like something is missing in my life... Yes,"you my baby!", you're missing in my life you made me feel complete. Your brother keeps me going, and my wonderful memories of you keeps me going. Your brother say's,"Mom, you need to live for your self" But, truthfully... I live for my boys, whom always brings me joy. "Happy Memorial day, Birthday,and Happy 4th of July!" "I LOVE YOU BABY!""
Mommy of Florida

"Happy birthday Blakey Boy:)Miss you.
Love always,
Rhea of VA

"I went to boot camp (Echo 2119) with Magaoay, We was a different warrior, a unique warrior. It wasn't until I was stationed in hawaii, that I understood that a proud ancestry of Hawaiian warriors ran through his blood that made him unique. He was a good friend in Bootcamp, and an even better warrior. Semper Fi. ---Sgt. Pesola"
Brady Pesola of San Diego, Ca

"My condolences to the war heroes of Iraq and the family of Blake Magaoay. May the sacrifices of their lives contributes to Global peace! From LTCOL Virgilio Magaoay,Golan heights,Israel"
LtCol Virgilio D Magaway of Golan heights,Israel

"Blake...where do I begin? It's been way too long. I think of you all the time, there's not a day that you aren't on my mind. I wish I could visit you more often, but airfare is just so expensive. But I'm glad I got to visit you last year with my family. I tried to introduce you to Taimane, but she would sit for a few seconds and then start running around on the grass again. Haha. She's a real sweetheart, you'd love her. Grandma and Grandpa are doing a lot better now, especially Grandma. It took her a long time before she found happiness again after your funeral. But thanks to Jaymon, he keeps her busy and she definately loves his company. It's crazy how he looks just like EJ. It's been awhile since I've seen your dad, but I always send him pictures and cards. You're ALWAYS in my thoughts, Blake. And please watch over Grandma and Grandpa, they miss you so much. Until next time, xoxo. :)"
Cousin Tanisha

"Dearest Blake, I am still dealing with the fact your not here. Any time someone talks about the Marines I just start to cry thinking of you. I remember seeing you in school and when I went to hang out with jessica. It was then you offered to give me a ride home even though my house was a street above yours, you told me that I should never walk home at night no matter how close to home i was. You was and always be a gentleman. I remember the times you stopped by the school to visit and when i seen you at the office and couldnt help but scream when i seen you! i was so happy you made it back home knowingly how things in the middle east were getting.I remember giving you a big hug saying how much i missed you and that you look good in your uniform. You told me you have to go back to iraq already. I prayed with all my heart for God to watch over you and protect you and bring you back home safely. Not even a couple months later i came to school and sat down at my first period class and my teacher just got through read the newspaper and the intercom went off and thats when my heart dropped when they asked for a moment of silence for you. I cried so hard when i heard your name. my teacher handed me the newspaper and told me he was so sorry. Blake, I really miss you and I wish you was still here.I am so sorry i couldnt make it to your funeral bcuz my aunty debbie died of breast cancer not even a day after i found out about you and both your funerals were on the same day. When i get the chance to come back home to visit i am going to see you. I miss talking to you.I love you bro.Till we meet again.xoxo"
Danielle A of Oakley,CA USA

"To the family of:Blake A.Magaoay
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""

"hey blake miss you bro! my bad for not leaving messages on here before for you. me lorenzo ty and bryson playing flag football nowadays i know your with us and watching us play. R.I.P. ill type again soon"
Ben Mengloi of honolulu


I miss you. i haven't gone to see you yet because I know it is going to be hard for me. When we were in HighSchool I used to chill with you all the time. You would give me a ride home after football practice and ask me if there was anything you could do to better yourself at QB. I always told you "Don't Panic".

You are one of the reasons I joined the Marine Corps. After High School I didn't know what to do. I was working at Jack in the Box and Ross after HighSchool and I knew I needed to better Myself. I went to the recruiters office at Pearlridge. Talked to SSgt P (Now MSgt P) and he asked me if I knew who Blake Magaoay was...I answered "hell yes I do". He's was one of my BEST friends in HighSchool. SSgt then said, "He join the Marine Corps 3 months ago, along with Josh Sumner and Kellen Concepcion.

Then and there I knew I wanted to become a Marine. When I got to Camp Pendleton I looked for all three of you guys but you guys were Deployed. I knew you and Kellen were 03's but I didn't know what Josh was. I then deployed in Feb of 04. Hoping that I would see you out there. I was in TQ. I would Volunteer to go on Convoys so maybe, just maybe I would meet up with you. I spent 7 months out there we never crossed paths. I then returned home to Camp Pendleton in Sept of 04. I went home on Block leave. from Oct 04-Nov 04. When I went home I asked Gunny P (He Got Promoted) "Have you heard from Blake, Kellen , or Josh?" He said," I heard that Blake was in Iraq. " I was like "are you serious? I just came from there!!!"

I then returned to Camp Pendleton. A week later I get a call from my MOM saying, " Renzo, Blake died in Iraq.
I said,"MOM please don't tell me that. I have been looking for him this whole time and now this." She told me what date your funeral was on and that hurt even more. I couldn't come back to be there. That's what Hurt the Most! But because I couldn't be there, I told my Mom, I want the Picture of his MOM holding his Photo so I can keep it. (it was in the newspaper). So my Mom Cut it out and Sent it to me. I still have it and I will always have it!
Just to let you know I seen Kellen in 2007 he got out of the Marines and then transferred into the Army. I see him every now and then. I also seen Josh in 2010 I was leaving Afghan and he was relieving me. He is EOD.
But my heart still has an empty place for you and I hope to fill that empty space on NOV 29 2011. I'll see you there Blake!!!
I don't drink but i'll share a beer with you! I LOVE YOU"
SGT Jarrett, Lorenzo of Honolulu

"My words fail me at this moment after reading the story of LCpl Magaoay. I never knew him but after reading about him I only got a glimpse at the character of a great person. I'm truly sorry for your loss."
Kevin of Jacksonville FL

"Hey Blake :) Happy Bday, It's me Rhea. I just wanted to let you know I miss you very much. Sorry I haven't gone to visit, I've been living in Germany for over a year now. I really miss you. Love always,Rhea"
Rhea Lanoza of Germany

"Blakey Boi!!! ...sorry if im kinda late for memorial day (doesn't mean i forgot, i just didn't write on here, so no need make trouble ah?!) My mom reminded me of this when i spoke to her on the phone today, so i decided to drop you a line... Hope heaven's treatin' ya well, be sure to keep it nice for when we all join you one day! I miss you bro!!! Take care of the fam up there, as i do the same down here! Love you cuz! ttylaters...

P.S. Aunty Gina if you see this, give me a call or shoot me a text/email! I'd love to hear from you and see how you're doing!!!

Damien Felipe of Las Vegas NV

"A big bro it's been a long time since you went away, I still wake up everyday hoping that it's all just a bad dream. You would be proud if you seen how much better I'm doing and how much I've grown. Sometimes I really wish you was here because you were always there for me and always had my back when times were hard. I just wish you was still here bro, I miss you more than anything. Adam and Donny are doing very good too. You would be proud. Well I'll talk to you soon my bro. I love you and miss you. ezay"
Chad Duncan (lil bro) of Honolulu, HI

"I'm memory of you bro...miss you dearly..
Always have ur light burning, above a dogtag with ur photo embroidered on it, a cross and all the memories we shared...I miss you Blake! Ur in Gods hands now and watch over us.."
Patrick of lanai city, HI

"aloha my braddah. it's been 6 long years since your passing. still reminiscing on the days from high school...nothing but good times.

you the man for standing up for our country and serving! much mahalo and respect to you, and all the soldiers out there (fallen and living) for being the best.

Rest In Love, my braddah. i'll see you when i get there. take care and god bless!"
Branden "Image" Nakamura of HI

"Howzit Blakey Boy!!! \m/"
Manny of Mililani, Hawaii

"To my Angel in heaven, yes' a new year; "2011" Still thinking of you everyday, I got to thank you for keeping me going with all my beautiful memories of you... I love, and miss you dearly. Somehow, I can't stop thinking I'll be seeing you soon. Maybe you'll be seeing your whole family real soon. With all the talk about 2012, and the world coming to an end. All I know, in Gods world we will be together forever. "Love you baby!""
Mommy of Florida


"It's been 6 years, but I can still see your smile and hear your voice..."
Ashley G. of Las Vegas, NV

"Love you Bro... Hope all is well!"
Dominic Ozoa of Lāna'i City, Hawai'i

"Today is the 29th of November, and 6 years since I've been able to hold you, and tell you how much I love you. :( "Blake" I hope you can hear mom. "I LOVE, AND MISS YOU BABY!!!!!!!""
Mommy of FLorida

"Happy Memorial Day my Angel in Heaven. Memories is all I have of a baby whom became a man... He became a man, and fought for freedom, so we may live without worries... Yes' you are my warrior, and now my Angel in Heaven... I want you to know I love you, and miss you dearly, memories of you will live on forever in my heart... My tears will continue to flow... We will be together again..."
Mommy of Florida

"Happy Memorial Day my Angel in Heaven. Memories is all I have of my baby whom became a man... A man who fought for our freedom, so we may live without worries... Yes' you are my warrior, and now you are my Angel in Heaven... I want you to know that I love, and miss you dearly, memories of you will live on forever in my heart... My tears will continue to flow until we're together again..."
Mommy of Florida

The love my brother feels for you is thicker then blood. The love, honor, and greatfullness we feel for knowing you crosses all labels. We all keep you in our hearts, honor you for your bravery, thank you for your courage and send much love in your direction up above and to your Mom and my nephew, your brahdah, Octavio. We know you are an angel in the sky!"
P. Rosas & Family of Camarillo/Burbank, California

"You are truely missed bro i remember you were my first roommate before we left its never been the same you will always and forever be my brother"

"It's getting near to the date I lost you, and every year I take that day off from work because I still break down and cry, and to take that day off to Honor you, my warrior. On November 29th loosing you was the most horriable experince I had in my whole life. I am so glad though, that you are safe in Gods hands, and we'll have a chance to meet again. "I love you baby." "I love you so much!!" I miss you soooo, soooo much!!!"
Mom of Florida

"How's it Blakey boy! Its me GRANDMA Rhea. Just wana let you know that I really miss you. I still wonder why you use to call me that.
Love always,
Rhea Lanoza of Honolulu, Hawaii

"How's it Blakey boy! Its me GRANDMA Rhea. Just wanA to let you know that I really miss you. I still wonder why you use to call me that.
Love always,
Rhea Lanoza of Honolulu, Hawaii

"Hi Baby, Every year that goes by, it just seems to fly by quickly. Your brother is now 11 years old, soon to be 12. He's just like you, so sweet, giving, strong minded,and has a honest heart, "just like you!" I worry about him a lot, so please my angel in heaven, please stay close to him, and keep him safe. I'm sure with God and you working together in keeping your little brother safe, he'll be just fine. "I love you my Blakey Boy!" We miss you dearly!"
Mommy of Florida

"07/07/2010:Howzit Blakey Boy!!!! It's been a long time. I was just killing some time on the computer and thought about you... and I came across this web page. Happy belated birthday!!!! You know when I was deployed '08-'09, I dont know why but I looked at every Marine that I passed hoping one of them would've been you! Every single day I was in country. When I got back home I went to visit you... Sometimes it's still hard to believe... Take care and see you when I see you. HI Aunty Gina!!!"
Manny Ramalho of MIlilani, HI

"7/3/2010: Happy Birthday Blakey Boy...Happy 26th!!"
Linds & Auntie Jo of Kailua, Hi

"Happy birthday Blakey Boy... You will forever be missed and loved!!"
Des of Palisades, HI

"Happy Birthday Blake!!!! I cant believe how fast the years have past since i last saw you, last talked to u and laughed with u, u always knew how to put a smile on my face.. I can still remember our last conversation, it was when u came home and u came to pick up ur little brother from aplus.U told me how u had to go back up and that wen u came back u wanted to hang out the day after u were supposed to arrive back home from iraq n wen i watched the news that night i was heartbroken, sad at the fact that i can never have another endless conversation with u again but it puts a smile on my face wen i think back at all our wonderful memories we shared in high school together...blakey, u r truely missed and loved by so much people.. i promise i will come to visit u very soon!! love and miss u!"
Lana of Pearl City,HI

"Happy Birthday Blake!!"
Nichole Haag of Newport, RI (originally PC, HI)

"Happy Birthday Bro!!! Have a good one!!! Thank You for Protecting me and my family!!"
Radley Balde of Kapolei Hi

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BLAKEY-BOI! Miss you so very much. I hope you have our dog, Hurley, there with you. His birthday is today, too! Please kiss him and tell him we love and miss him, too. I'm thinking about you always!"
Ashley Gussman of Nevada

"Happy Birhday my Blakey Boy! I love and miss you dearly. I asked our Lord to hug and kiss you for me, I wish I could do it myself but I have to wait until we meet again in heaven. I talked to Auntie Nina and request for her to put your favorit flower next to you up in Punchbowl, her and the boys are going up there for your birthday. I wish I was back in Hawaii so I could do the same. I loved laying there for hours near your resting spot, it is beautiful there. I love you baby! Happy Birthday."
Mommy of Florida

"It's been almost 6 years and there's not a day that goes by that you don't cross my mind. I miss you more than words could express. Sometimes it feels like your still in Iraq and everyone is waiting for you to come home!! I MISS YOU BLAKEY!!"
Jessica K. of Waipahu, HI

"In the memory of you baby, and all our warriors,"Happy Memorial Day" I love and miss you so much!"
Mom of Port Orange, FL

"Thinking about you always, Blakey-boi. Miss you..."
Ashley Gussman of Nevada

"Aloha my braddah,

I miss you my friend. Last time we got to talk I was rotating out of the Corps and you were just getting fixed. :) I miss you brother.

As time goes by I'm sure we'll meet up again soon. Until we meet again, thank you for protecting me, my family, and everyone in this great nation.

Semper Fi Devil!"
LCpl Roura of Waianae, HI

"Hi Blakey....I came across a picture I keep of you in my car. It's one that your mom took of us together, at one of our New Year's Parties. I think it was the night you first left to join the service. So young and handsome... We miss you so. Love you Blakey....Aunty Jolene"
of Kailua, Hawaii

"Man time flys but my memory of you and the endless friendship-Honner, Corage ant Commitment you ofeered me and all of Charlie Co. as well as your family will live eternaly. Thanx for always being a friend whos memory makes me push on.

He Who Sheds Blood With Me Shall Forever Be my Brother.. SEMPER FI!"

"My dearest Blake, I just herd from your father they had to put your dog to sleep and he will be visiting you real soon. Please my love, take care of each other. I'm sure Ziggy is very happy to see you and feeling much better with no pain. I love you!! I miss you!!"

"11/30/09... Yesterday made five years and as I looked up article about you, as I do every year, I stumbled across this board. I wish I had found it earlier but I'm so glad I found it now. Now that we've started our own little family, space is tight for pictures in our home. But, I always make room for three special frames... one of you and I in high school, one of you and I when you came home after your first tour, and one of you and your mom at high school graduation. I look at your smile every day and remember you just that way. That shining, handsome smile of yours that was always able to cheer me up. I know you still smile upon us, but even five years later it still hurts to not be able to see your smile in person. I miss you more than you could ever know. I know we're not supposed to dwell on the "what-if's" in life, but sometimes I can't help but to do just that. I wish you were here. That's what I find myself saying most times when I try to talk to you and words escape me. I know you're in a better place, but still... I wish you were here.

I'm going home next month... it's been a long time since I've visited you. Meet me there okay? You know where... where you and I can stare at the stars...

I've been trying so hard to find a way to get in touch with you! I'm so glad that I found his board and saw your posts! The last time we talked was right before I lost the cell phone I had and I've been trying to retreive your number ever since. I even messaged Adam on his myspace page but he never got back to me. I miss you and miss talking to you. Please call me when you see this (702) 378-2697. Hope you are all doing well."
Ashley Gussman of Nevada

"Miss you bro."
Sgt. Ozoa, Dominic of Lanai City, Hawai'i

"November 2nd 2009, I'm sitting in the car at lunch. I turn on the radio and the song you made me listen to and dedicated to me when you were alive came on followed by your sweet voice telling that you love and miss me and not to cry because your near and always here beside me. That song was by Boyz II Men (Mama) Thank you baby. Mommy loves you too... I know your Anniversary date November 27 is coming-up and it will be the 5th year not being able to hold my baby boy who left me as a fine young brave man... I Love you my darling Blake. Love you always mommy"
Gina of Florida

"An empty feeling. A void in my life. Nothing will ever feel the same, now that your gone and I can't talk to you face to face, I'm on a fallen hero's wall; talking to you. I'm hoping you can hear me. I just want to say, "I love and miss you dearly my angel.""
Mommy of Florida


I love you and miss you so much. I constantly wish you were here so I can tell you what's new in my life....and to hear you tell me not to take any crap from boys. You always watched out for me like a brother. I miss you!"
Lindsey Magaoay of Studio City, CA

"July 3rd, Happy Birthday Baby! Mommy loves you! Happy Birthday young man! Mom loves you! Happy Birthday my Angel! "I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!" I hold you close to my heart everyday of my life. Missing your smile, your laughter and your loving, giving heart.

Love, Your mommy"
Gina Ellis-Williams of Port Orange, Florida

"I miss my cousin a lot. The last time i saw him was before he left for the marines on lanai. I still remember all the memories we spent together, how he used to protect me all the time cuz i was his little cousin. I even remember we were at a graduation party on oahu and we got bored so he took me out cruising around the island! that was fun! I even remember we went camping one time and we would just lay on the sand of Manele Beach and just stare at the stars and talk all night. I miss him so much. It's been a long time since he passed, and i know that he is our angel that is watching over us and protecting us. We'll meet again Blake, but until then, continue to be our angel in heaven. We love you so much! Aloha"
Jasmine Dimaya of Lanai City, Hawaii, USA

"This past Memorial day I was flipping through the channels on T.V and it just so happened the news was on. Across the screen flashed all the names of Hawai'i's fallen heros and just as I changed to that channel one named jumped out from the screen BLAKE A. MAGAOAY.

It's been 4 and a half years and even now as I think of our fallen hero, Blake, I can't help the tears of sadness. However, now I can finally cry tears of happiness as I look back and remember the moments we got to spend with him here on earth. Until that day we meet again, Blakey Boy please keep smiling down on us from your perch there in Heaven. Lots of Love always!!"
Gaby Ozoa of Lana'i City

"To the family of Blake Magaoay
Hello, my name is CW3 Larry Magaoay, US Army, currently on my 3rd tour-of-duty in Iraq.
I learned about Blake during my first tour of duty in 2004 while I was in Baghdad. I did not have the privilege to meet this great American. I was saddened and at the same time very proud of him and his actions. One day, I know I will get to meet him and thank him for his sacrifice.
His ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten; it encouraged me to continue my service pass the required time to retire.
While serving my second tour-of-duty, I participated in the 2006 Honolulu marathon that was held here in Tikrit, Iraq in his honor and as a token of my heartfelt appreciation for his sense-of-duty, honor and sacrifice. Thoughts of his loyalty and service to our great nation gave me the determination needed to finish the race. Thank you very much Blake.
To the family, you raised a HERO. It is my sincere prayer that God will continue to manifest His healing power and comfort you. May He bless you and enlarge your territories."
Larry Magaoay of Tikrit, Iraq

"Aloha to Blake's Mom & Ohana: He was my son's friend and fellow Marine. Although I never knew him personally, I will always remember him. He sacrificed his life to give us the freedom that we have here in the U.S.A. I can only imagine how much you're missing him and pray that our Lord Jesus Christ comforts you with his everlasting love. Aloha ke Akua."
Debbee Grady of Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii

"Today is the 21st of May 2009. It has been four years and a half since my Blakey boy has past, and not a day that passes without thinking about my loving Blake.

Blake, your always on my mind daily. Sometimes I think of the wonderful memories we shared together and other times I just start to cry knowing I'm unable to hold you son, and tell you how much I Love and Miss you so much! I try to remind myself your near and someday we'll be together. I can't tell you Blake how hard it's been without you here, but most of the time I try to suck it up so no one know's how I really feel. I really don't want to burden anyone with my cry baby attitude, not everyone understands what I go through everyday of my life. I do know that I'm closer to God than I've ever been even though he has always been in my life. Blake, I wish you were here to see your little brother grow-up. He misses you too! I love you baby! Mommy's Angel in heaven.

Love Mommy"
Gina Ellis-Williams of Port Orange, Florida

"Dear Gina:

Carmen and I are still heartbroken over the loss of Blakey. We can only hope and pray for healing and happiness for you and your family. He was a great kid, and I hope he visits you often."
Jacques Abellira, USMC & HPD of Honolulu, HI

I miss you man. I remember when I was in MCT and you came and picked me up to go to the mall. (even though we couldn't leave base. haha) It was a blast and the last time I would see you. But i still remember those days on lanai with your Cowboys jersey. haha. they suck by the way. haha. And the time we went camping and you got drunk tripping over everything. that was a blast. Still love you man. Ill see you some day."
Sgt. Ozoa, Dominic USMC of Camp Pendleton, CA / Lana'i City, HI

"I was thinking about you today, this month is always the hardest of all. I still tell people about the toughest dude I ever met, its been a long time, but I remember."
Orion Steele of Alameda, CA

"Once again, another year to remind me that my "Brave, Wonderful, Warrior" is not here to share the holidays with me and our family. Once again I have to explain to everyone who comes in contact with me,"why am I crying?" "why am I sad?" "why can't I smile?" During this week of my sons anniversary the 29th of November when we lost the most important persons in my life that helped me live my life in happiness, I want my son to know how much I really miss him. "Blake, I love you!! I miss you dearly!! I am proud of you!! I feel your spirit near me everyday." "Thank you for being here and talking with me at times when I really needed you too." "Your always on my mind and in my heart." "Whenever a tear falls down my face, I feel my heart ache, knowing I can't hold you physically and talk about so many things." "I am thankful to the Lord for keeping you safe near him up in Heaven. Until we meet again my love, your always remembered and always in my heart for you are my Angel." Love, your Mommy"
Blake Magaoay's mother of Port Orange, Florida

"November 18, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Blake A. Magaoay:
Blake 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

"Blake, it's goin on 4 years this November, and I still miss you! I think about you each day and remember how much you did for me back in high school. You showed me so much about life, and were always ready with a smile! I love and miss you brah!"
heather of pearl city, HI, USA

"My Condolences to the family of Blake for thier loss. Blake I can't believe its going to be 4 years this year, you were a great friend as well as Marine. I am greatful to have known and served with you from the very start. You have been missed and will always be missed but NEVER FORGOTTEN. I will never forget our friendship, and always remember our other friends like daisy, kat, maurice, and amber. I want you to know that I always try to live my life to the fullest for you and the rest of the fallen brothers. Blake A. Magaoay Rest In Peace bro."
Lclp Sergio Soto of Joliet, IL

"28 Feb 2008

To the Magaoay Family,
My name is Dawn Kucera. First of all, let me offer my sincere condolences to you on the loss of Blake.
I am the state coordinator for a program called Home of the Brave Quilts Project. Our aim is to provide a quilt to the families of all our fallen heroes. Depending on family circumstances, we can make more than one quilt. In the case of your family, it seems appropriate to make a quilt for both Blake's Mom and his Dad. We are in the process of working on the quilts now and they should be completed within a few weeks.

I am now trying to locate both of his parents, but have not been able to confirm an address for either one.

If anyone who knows the Magaoay family members and can help me locate Blake's parents, I hope you will contact me.

From a post below, it seems like his Mom might be in Orange City, Florida. I will be in Florida in early May and would love to deliver the quilt to her in person.

We want you to know that although we didn't know Blake personally, we remember him and grieve with you.The quilt was made by volunteers with love and remembrance.

I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help me find Blake's family.
With warm aloha,
Dawn Kucera
Dawn Kucera of Waipahu, Hawaii"
Dawn Kucera of Waipahu, HI

"Blake was a good friend and a steadfast Marine. For those who don't know he had two chances to leave C. co. due to injury before he was killed. The bond that forms among men in combat can never be explained to those who have not felt it. Blake it seems silly for me to write to you here especially when I talk with you often enough in my own way but for myself and others who miss our fallen brother I want to let you know, as well as those who loved you as we do, that everytime I enjoy success, evertime my back is against the wall, everytime I think of taking the easy route, your memory and your presense pushes me onward. I know that no matter where I go or what I do in life your spirit will be with me as you look over all of your brothers still here on earth. Someday we will all be reunited, until then Semper Fi and I miss you."
Steve of Austin, TX

"Blake was a friend and a fellow marine of my boyfriend. I have heard so many great stories and i have had the honor of meeting his aunty a few years back . I wear a memorial bracelet with his name on it and i think of him often. We are going to name our first born son after him. To his ohana may God be with you and I am sorry for your lost. I know my bf loved him very much! We miss you Blake!"
Ruth Kaneko of Kailua, HI/ Baghdad, Iraq

"Blake I miss you. It was a long time we spent in that city. I rember you told me I take to many pictures, well though there not easy to look at anymore, I couldnot be happier or more blessed to have them. It would be a lie if I said that I dident thank of you everyday or maybe everything we went through at least once an hour. I miss you more than I understand. But know that you are in our fathers hands.
Until we meet again brother.
Jonathan Mathews of san diego ca jonremath@yahoo.com

"I remember Blake from school. I went to tha same intermediate and high school as him. I remember watching the news when it reported that he had passed away... i had chicken skin and felt sad. Tha image that id known of him walking through tha school popped up. He always had a smile on his face. God Bless him, he is a TRUE HERO!! God Bless his family and all tha support they recieved. You are all in ma prayers!"
Roxy of Waianae, Hi

"may the lord be with you god bless you and your lovely family. you are my heroe."
jacqueline roman of santa rosa ca.

"To Blake & his family,

I used to go to Pearl City High School with Blake. I never had a lot of friends; I tend to choose them carefully, and Blake was one whom I considered a friend. His personality to become friends with just about anyone is rivaled only by his content with just how many friends he had. Thanks for being a friend Blake & God Bless you & your family!"
Ryan Chang of Honolulu, HI

"It is going to be two years tomorrow... and I think about Blake everyday... I miss him and love him very much... daisyepena42a@yahoo.com"
Daisy Pena of Oceanside ,CA

"I won't ever forget you my brother"
James Cahill of San Bernardino, California

"On August 26, 2006, we will dedicate a memorial stone at Punchbowl and our program list your name as one whose sacrifice gives us the duty and the priviledge to carry on your legacy of freedom and liberty. Mahalo from Oahu Chapter 858, Vietnam Veterans of America."
Luis Parker of Ewa Beach, HI

"I never got to say my goodbyes to Blake, since I found out so long after... He was a wonderful person. He was funny, and kind, and so warm-hearted. I met Blake in 2004 after a trip to San Diego, and fell in love with him. We dated for a short time, but sadly, the long distances and time spent apart kind of came between us. Despite that, he really touched my life. I want to thank his parents - though I never formally met them - for raising their son. He was an inspiration and still is. Blake, you are really missed. Remember always that you are loved."
Ku'ulani of kuulani@hawaii.edu

"Blake was one of the greatest people I ever met... I miss him so much... He was my Best friend. Thank you for your bravery! YOU ARE MY HERO! I still LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!"
Daisy Pena of Oceanside, CA

"Dearest Blake & Family,

I am grateful to read about your amazing life on this special website and will pray for your Mom and family who miss you dearly every day. I recently had the privilege of talking with your Auntie Ann at Kaiser and learned about what a terrific young man you were in this life who died in Iraq.

We are both sure you are having a awesome life in Heaven with the Lord now you are there with him.

Watch over your family and reassure them how near you really are. Real heros like you are rare to have touched so many. Happy Valentines Day Hawaiian Surfer Kahuna. Pow Now with prayers for PEACE and for all our soldiers to come safely home. Love and I will NOT forget you or your family."
Sharon of Vancouver, Washington ~USA

"To Blakey Boy's family- Everyone who came into contact with Blake was blessed by his genuineness. He was always quick to provide a shoulder to cry on, and I am SO GRATEFUL to him for all of the advice he gave me when we were both at PCHS. He was a good friend, a good listener, but most of all, he was a good MAN. LOVE YOU BLAKEY BOY!!!"
kaleimaile of Pearl City, HI, USA

"I'm greatful for this message board and thank everyone whom made it possible. I know it's been a year now since I lost you Blake, but I still feel the pain as if it was only yesterday losing you. I'm not sure if you hear me but' I want you to know I love you baby and miss you dearly. I can't help but cry and cry knowing your not here once again to share Christmas with me. Your always on my mind and close to my heart and I really wish I could use all my memories and tears to make a stairway to heaven so I can bring you home. I know you are home in heaven, but I wish you were here with me. I asked God to keep me strong so I can face each day without my baby boy Blake."
Blake's mommy of Port Orange, Florida

"LCpl Magaoay,
A name that will be carried out through the history of the world. HONOR THIS MARINE DAILY. KNOW THAT HIS SACRIFICE AND DEATH WAS FOR YOUR FREEDOM. Many Marines will pass just as thoughs before us, but the only thing we can do is fight for the same purpose that they died for. So that way our fallen Marines know that it wasnt for nothing. On NOV 29 for the rest of your life remember this Marine, for he died for his fellow troops and his country.LCPL MAGAOAY I SALUTE YOU. SEMPER FI."


"To Blakes family,our deepest condolences.Our son Cpl. Levi Presmyk went to SOI with Blake, and considered him a friend. He was in Ramadi when he learned of his death. We just heard of this site due to the death of our nephew sgt. Kenneth Schall on 22 may 05. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your son and all of the American Heroes that have given all for the freedom we hold so dear. God bless you and Blake."
kevin presmyk of Camp Verde AZ USA

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

"We love you and we miss you boy.. The Last Christmas that we spent with you back home on Lanai was awesome..Let the good time roll huh..We know that things will never be the same without you.. but we know that America can still live as the land of the free because of you,the rest of fallen soldiers, and the soldiers still fighting today.. Makana and Chad surely did kick * for you over in fallujah..We love you again, ALways in our hearts..We see you when we get there...LANAI BOY 96763..."
CPL Makana Cortez & Lucelyn Bolo of Salt Lake, Hawaii. Home town: Lana'i City

"Blake A. Magaoay our thoughts and prayers are always with you!!!"
unknown of Lanai City

"Thank you to all of you who have posted a message in honor of Blake, we miss him everyday and wish so hard sometimes that this is only a bad dream and he will call home real soon . . . we truly appreciate all these young men and women who sacrifice their lives for all of us! Love to all from his family in Waimanalo, Hawaii"
Aunty Nina of Waimanalo, HI

"To everyone who knew Blake... Family, Friends and Loved Ones...

He was the best person I knew, always standing up for his friends and always finding new ways to make you smile... I remember the first time I met him... It wasn't until years later however, that he became such a big part in my life and my heart... I love you Blakey Boy Gram Cracker... Thank you for your bravery... I truly miss you... thank you for being my hero.."
Gabrielle Ozoa of Palolo Valley, HI/U.S.A (Lana'i City)

"My sincerest condolences to you and yours. Blake will be missed by all who had the priviledge of meeting him. You are in my prayers."
Dorothy Mickens (David Larkins Sister) of Ft. Jackson, SC

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Blake A. Magaoay,

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

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

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

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

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

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Blake Magaoay:
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 Blake, 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