Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Justin D. McLeese

19, of Covington, Louisiana.
McLeese died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 13, 2004.

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"Served with McLeese in 2004. Will continue to think about you especially on this day. Semper Fi"
CPL Ready of Chicago, IL

"Justin, I miss you so much more than you know even after all these years. Life hasn't been always too kind to me since you left this world. There have been so many times I just wish I could hug you or see you see standing in front of me. I'm married and a Mommy now but through every journey, I've carried you with me, in my heart where you will forever remain. Until we meet again my precious friend."
Your "Tifster" of Covington,La

"It has been a while since I have posted anything, but that isn't because I forgot. I have just been a little under the weather for the past year.
Mike and Pam Dustin of Bakersfield, CA

"I would like a new JM Forever bumper sticker. If anyone can please tell me where I can get one I would really appreciate it!! You can email me @ coopsmom1227@gmail.com. Miss you forever Justin!"
Holly of Covington,la

"It's been ten years already since God called you home. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you. The fun times in Ms Walls class and the better times in Ms O'Connell's class. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being my friend when other's didn't want to be. You made the ultimate sacrifice saving your men and I'm sure they are grateful to you for your selfless act. RiP Fly High. Fallen Hero, 1-28-85 - 11-13-04"
Jessica of Covington La

"Im a PFC on Camp Lejeune. The reason why i join the Marine Corps was because of people like your son. He became my brother the day i joined the Corp. Even though he's gone. Once a Marine is always a Marine. Semper Fi to him and his family."
PFC Lewis, Taylor I CO, HQS Bn, Legal of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

"Justin is a true hometown hero. I was in his graduating class, and he was a great young man then. I know he was a stand out Marine also. I will never forget you my brother. God Bless your family and JM Forever should be plastered in Covington forever as you will always be my hometown hero bro!"
SSG Jonathan C Nicholson of Covington, LA

"Has I try to celebrate my birthday today. I will always remember that morning in Fallujah, Iraq.
When u said good morning to me, u have never left my heart or my mind love u forever I can't wait to see you in heaven someday. U will never be forgotten"
Buedel Joseph M. LCPL/USMC/RETIRED of Colfax, IN/US

"Miss our talks in High School. I appreciate your valor. Thank you!"
Coach Roberts (CHS)

"As the date approaches, my heart is saddened. You are thought of all the time. It was an honor to be a friend. Thank you for your service and commitment. JM you will never be forgotten."
Tammy Lewko of Covington, LA

"7 years has slipped by, l still think of you. Simper Fi.
Serna of Michigan

"Wish we would have been able to stay in touch more after basic, but I'll never forget you brother."
Lewis of Louisiana

"Still missing you brother. Never forget you. 2nd Plt. was some of the best times of my life."
Dakota Serna of Holt, MI

"to the family of Justin..
My name is Tanya Mallet, and we recently sat together at a table in a medal ceremony. I just want you to know that i think you are a wonderful family and that it is amazing the way you carry on Justin's name. Good luck to you and your family

Sincerely Tanya Mallet sister of fallen soldier SSGT Toby W. Mallet kia April 9, 2004"
tanya mallet of kaplan louisiana

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Justin D. McLeese:
Justin 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

"I remember. Thank you, Marine."
Diane A of San Antonio, Texas

"To the family of LCPL McLeese, i Remember Justin from bootcamp we were supposed to be in the same platoon, but there were too many people so i got moved to another platoon, already at that early stage i could tell he was going to be a great marine. thank you for your sacrifice, semper Fi Cpl whitlatch"
patrick whitlatch of grand rapids, MI

"thank you for all that you have done!!! we all miss you"
lauren beyl lachney of covington,LA

"Happy Birthday Justin! You and your family remain in our hearts.

Diane A
Proud Marine Mom"

"Today is my birthday a memorial for the best Marine, man and brother a guy could ever ask for. It's been 2 years since God took this brother that I thought of home. I will never forget you forever in my eyes."
Joseph Matthew Buedel of Oceanside CA, USA

"We will never forget Justin. He served with my grandson, and is still talked about a lot. I know his brother in arms were very affected by his death, and, missed him terribly.
Justin, you are a true hero."
Pamela Dustin of Bakersfield CA

"I never knew Justin, but I'm a United States Marine and although we never met, he is a brother of mine. Thank You Justin. SEMPER FI!!!"
LcCPL Patzkowsky of 29 Palms, CA

"My condolences to the Family of Justin He was a great leader and an outstanding marine he will live in my heart till the day i die PFC Trevino Texas"

You were one of the greatest people and still are to me. I looked up to you and still do. I may not have showed it in the past but i regret that now. Justin I hope your up there with all of the angels and Dear {my grandma}. Justin died young, and as they say,"Only the good die young." Justin was more than good he was great. I love you Justin!"
Remi of Covington, La

"i can not believe it has been a whole year since we lost you. they say time heals pain, but this past year has been so hard. i will see you again someday. watch over me and protect me please, justin. love forever..."
jessica of bush, louisiana

"To the family of: I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"Justin, you will be missed forever....you were the bravest person I knew."
Jenkins of Covington, LA


"Sharon, Danny, Tara, Gina & Jessica
Words will never express the heartache I feel for all of you. You know I am here for you. Justin is still here with you in spirit and soul. He is in everything around you.
Proud Mother of LCpl Michael Savoie, USMC"
Beverly of Folsom, LA

"For all the good times we shared, for always being a good friend. For afternoons spent fishing, building our tree house, and playing nintendo. You were too young, and I will forever remember you.

May your soul find eternal rest in the Kingdom of the Lord."
Damian of Covington, LA

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

"To Justin... To his family.... To the others who are protecting my family. I say thank you. Although some of you have paid the ultimate price to keep me free, you still live in my, and my family's hearts, forever."
Frank Beckendorf of Chalmette, LA

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

"To Justin's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


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

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

"Thank You for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Justin D. McLeese,

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

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

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

"Thank you Justin McLeese, 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. Justin McLeese:
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 Justin 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. Justin McLeese:
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 Justin, 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