Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin

21, of Fort Worth, Texas.
Killed in Central Iraq when an enemy artillery round struck the Amphibious Assault Vehicle in which he was riding. He was assigned to the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 7, 2003.

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John noel

"Martin medellin. Raised up in church of the open door in fort worth tx. You let me ride the six flags tx giant and told me you won't be scared if u scream so your stomach doesn't turn too much. I think of you often especially this morning. I miss you man. Thanks for being a great older friend to me. I know your parents miss you. Mine and I do bro. I also know you are with the LORD of Lords and King of kings.Christ Jesus. I know you are looking down from heaven this"
John noel of Ft worth tx

"I still remember. Semper Fidelis Brother."
Cpl Fillmore of God bless America

"Marty, it’s Monday 10:40 am on Memorial Day and it’s raining. I’m here about to have some coffee and I’m just reminded of you my dear old friend. Missin the old Northbrook days and your wonderful family who treated me like Fam. I miss you so much and we will never forget you. Love you bubba."
Joe M of Fort Worth

"We may have grown but your memory is with us always and this Memorial Day 2020, Love Freddy, Stevie, Moni"
Las Vegas Nephews and Niece of Las Vegas, NV

"two years ago i found this site. my name is stevie. when i first wrote i was 12. i have seen some messages from members of my family. i know that one day i will see him again and we can catch up. i was so young when he died and every day i try to find lost memories of him. some day we will see each other again and i will be as happy as rabbit in a box of carrots. uncle marty i miss you and take care of marie for me and know she misses us.me mom and dad miss you so much that it hurts to talk about you. through the years i have learned mor of you . dad has so much stuff about you. i cant wait to see you
love stevie"
stevie medellin of north las vegas nevada

"Hey brother I miss you. I remember all the good times we had together in CA, Okinawa even Iraq I will be sure to drink a Corona red for you. Cheers to you brother I will see you again just not yet"
Chance Haegele of St Cloud Mn


It's been 12-1/2 years since we lost you. Not a day goes by that you're not missed and loved. I'll never forget they day we met in Schools Battalion. You were a great friend and brother. I look back on our times and remember how much you always had the greatest outlook on everything. Till we meet in Valhalla Brother."
Marcotte of Salem, NH/USA

"It's Memorial Day weekend brother, and I asked everyone in our Hometown to remember warriors like you this weekend! Thank you for what you did for us and I'm lucky to share the title with you, I wish I could have known you!"
Sean of Fort Worth, Texas

Its been 12 years... It feels like it was just the other day that we were in Pendelton just BSing. I can honestly can say that not one year has gone by or even months that i have thought about you. Just remembering the times in schools and the fleet! Seeing your art! You asking to borrow my car to go out in town! Your birthday being on Dec 25th and your name being Jeuse! Your kind, humble personality is unforgettable! You were a great person and friend!! I miss you man and you never be forgotten!! Martinez Richard aka Face.."
Martinez,Richard of San Diego

"You were my friends uncle. I love you"
elijah papi of orlando

"hey uncle your nephew stevie im 12 now all i have of you is a picture of you in a marine suit i miss dad has a whole news paper book on you i miss so much thank you for the sacrifice we all miss you even mom"
stevie medelli of las vegas nevada

"Miss u bro, ever since schools battalion, never forget tht warm welcome, I didnt know anybody, was the first boot to schools going into delta squad bay, remember you telling me there was an open rack at the end of the squad bay where I could lay my head to rest, you will always be in my heart brother. Semper fi , and rest easy."
spooks of houston texas

"Hey there brother, I miss you a great deal, you know from time to time ill pull out the hundreds of pics of us and think back on the phenomenal times we had! You were such and amazing person with a huge heart and crazy big smile. Wish you could sit back and make more memories, I know one day we will! So until then rest in peace my brother ! Love ya and miss ya"
Dunkel of st pete, Fl

"Miss u bro, will never forget the open arms you gave me coming into schools battalion, you will always be my friend. Rest easy brother, semper fi"
spooks of houston texas

"Wow , words cannot express how much I've missed you bud . You were my friend , buddy , best friend , our memories we shared to gather from the fieldops to the trips to tj , we had a good run brother . I love you and miss you brother Jesus . Your time on earth will never be forgotten ,
you made a difference in this world .Rip brother"
Jesse morales of Midland texas

"Never forgotten brother, 11 years ago today...."OUR DEBT TO THE HEROIC MEN AND VALIANT WOMEN IN THE SERVICE
-President Harry S Truman"
Ramiro Lopez of Fort Worth,TX

"Cpl. Medellin,
We always remember you and our son Andy (Lcpl. Andrew J. Aviles)
Specially today Veterans day. God bless you and your family."
Norma Aviles (Andy's Mom) of Tampa, Florida

"Cpl. Medellin,
I was watching a documentary on the Military Channel about the Drive to Baghdad a few days ago and it mentioned how you and L/Cpl Aviles were killed by artillery fire. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left for you all I can say is that I wish that I had the honor of serving with you when I was in the USMC.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"One decade has gone by.. still I close my eyes and the memory of you returns. I remember your voice, your smile, your dreams, it's as if you never left.. yet I know you're no longer with us, you're in a better place. We remember you, we miss you, we honor your memory because you sacrificed that which you loved the most... your freedom, your life so that others may have the opportunity to live, to dream, to love and fight for what they believe in. I will always remember your words.. they travel with me, they live in my work. With love and respect, today, tomorrow, always.

Gia of CA

"10 years my brother, and the memories that seem like yesterday will be forever."
Kent Abrahamson

"10 years and you are still on our hearts and minds. May your family be blessed and encouraged with knowing your memory forever lives on. Semper FI"
Sara Morand, wife to SSGT Todd Morand (retired) of North Carolina

"There isn't a day that goes by my brother that you aren't remembered. in a few days its been 10 years since one of the most deserving men iv'e known left us. R.I.P. brother."
Kent Abrahamson

"Dear Marty,
yesterday, today and tomorrow - you will remain alive in my heart and mind. Thank you for all you did for us, for defending freedom<3 sending blessings to your family and friends.
We were blessed to have known you.
Love and peace always

Gia Ibarra (Giovanna) of San Diego CA/USA


You are on my mind often, on this Memorial Day, 2012, you're stil there. You have a great deal of family and friends that take the time to let you know on this memorial. You left a lasting memory because of your big heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends."
GySgt Gabriel Flores of Temecula, CA USA

"Dear Marty,
It's been 9 years since you left this place. When that day arrived once again to remind me of your absence.. I pretended not to remember.. I pretended not to see you weren't here. I wanted only to remember the days you brightened up our world with your words, with your smile. I wanted only to remember, you. And even though I know you're gone, I know your memory will remain alive in every story, in every person whose life was forever changed by your actions, by your words. I want to thank you today, for all you did yesterday. For all you reminded me of today. For giving me the strength to find myself again. For reminding me to write<3
You know I will forever miss you, forever is not that long. You once said, we will see each other again.. soon. Please never forget.. I will be waiting for you there. Until then..


Gia Ibarra of San Diego, CA

"Nine years has sure gone by. Not a days goes by that I don't think of you and the others that gave all. Here's to one of the best! Til we meet again."
CPL Shannon Sulley of Altoona, WI

"Marty, 9 years ago today, you gave the ultimate sacrifice. You are still remembered. You are not forgotten. Your beautiful smile is in a picture that we have on our refrigerator - it has been on our refrigerator since you gave your life. You are a constant reminder of what a hero is to us. I take comfort knowing you are in heaven, watching out for your brothers, your family. Semper Fi, Marty. This world lost an amazing man, but heaven gained a warrior as an angel. Thank you.

Sara Morand, wife to SSgt Todd Morand (retired).
Sara Morand of Siler City, NC / USA

"Hey brother,
We are coming on the 9 year anniversary and as I get ready to leave for my college composition class, I cannot help but wonder what you would be doing today. I only knew you for such a short time but you made the everlasting impression on me. You helped me be a better Marine and for that I will always be grateful. Til we meet again brother. Semper Fidelis."
James Wiggins former Sgt of Marines. of Yucca Valley CA

"As the time passes, I still laugh every time I think about you driving the AAV. That broom handle you used to prop open the hatch, ever so slightly, cracks me up. I may have forgotten some of the things that we talked about, but I have not forgotten you. You were a great guy and Marine. You had to place our AAV into the line of fire several times and each time, you got us out of disaster, in the nick of time. For that, I owe you and I wish I could have returned the favors."
Josh Martin of Toledo, Ohio

"I miss you so much and wish I could talk to you. I visit your gravesite and feel comforted even though I know you are not there. I feel as if you can hear me. The very first time I visited it alone, I felt you there. And it made me cry and smile at the same time. You are gone too soon but I will always remember you. Our talks, going to church together, going places as a church family with your parents. I love your family so much. Your mom, your dad, your brothers, your tia Simona. I love you and miss you so much. There is a song by Michael W. Smith that reminds me of you so much. It's called We'll Live Forever. It talks about seeing you on the other side and if we gave our lives to Jesus Christ, we will live forever, together. Our mothers taught you and I that having God in our lives was the ultimate gift we can receive, and I know that you are with him right now. To be absent from this world is to be present with the lord. I believe that and it gives me comfort. Your Mom is a great woman, and now that I am a mother, I know how much she loves you and how strong she is. You are my friend always, I miss you Martin. So much. I know that you are happy, smiling as always!!"
Yesenia Hernandez of Fort Worth, TX

"Dear Marty, I remember your smile from the days of competing against you in pee wee football to the day u joined the Marines u came to my house proud with that same smile! Confident as ever! I think about u all the time! Youll never be forgotten primo! R.i.p. Marty Medellin My cousin!"
Michael Medellin of Fort Worth,Tx, Usa

"as i read these messages people wright it makes me wish i actually remeber him.i was so young but here i am 14 and still trying to remember any detail about my uncle.i remember every detail when i found out about his death and the events that ocurred after that.thankyou everybody.thankyou tio for what you have done for me by fighting for my freedom.watch over marie and granny just joined you this year and all my family that has past away over the years.you are missed very much.i will join you someday.cant wait to see you.meet me at the gates and we can catch up.i love you with all my heart.rip marty.i love you"
rose medellin of lewisville,tx

"Cpl. Medellin,
You are forever remembered by me and my family. You were the last person who saw my son Andy alive, and the two of you took the journey to heaven. We miss you both dearly."
Lpl. Aviles' Mom of Tampa, FL

"On this memorial day I remember the 85 Men and Women from Texas who gave their life in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqui Freedom. Marty, you were one of them and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. http://ow.ly/1tldBw "
Giovanna of CA


"8 years ago today you gave your life. Your memory is never far from our minds. Your infectious smile and gentle spirit remind us on a daily basis the meaning of a true hero. Semper Fi, Marine. :)"
Sara Morand, wife to (ret.) SSgt Todd Morand of Siler City, NC

"One more year has gone by....
I will never forget you my friend.

I will always remember your smile.

I still remember when you said you knew exactly what you wanted to do in this lifetime.

You wanted to be a part of something big! you wanted to protect freedom and be the change that this world needs.

You made a difference in the lives of many and because of your courage, love and dedication to this country, many live in freedom today<3

But you did more than this,

You inspired us to become more.... and believe in our dreams but most importantly, you told us that we need more than courage, more than love and dedication, more than inspiration... we need God.

Because of you, many lives were changed near and far away....

I will forever be thankful because one day i met you and my life was changed forever. You believed in my dreams when no one else did. You listened when no one wanted to listen and even after you left, your memory kept me alive when i was in danger.

Marty, You will always be remembered

A true friend

Giovanna Ibarra of San Diego, CA/U.S

"we feel for the loss of this young man i am doing a research paper on him and was compelled with his story i reach out to his family ......God bless America"
lorena jauregui of chicago,IL

"From one marine to another,a single tear.You know the feel,freedom thank you,Marine."
David always a marine of lake charles la.

""Thank you,for serving your country. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten.""
Rudolph Valentino Blancarte of Fort Worth,Texas USA

"A true Hero that you are, and a very best friend that anyone could ever ask for,you are the greatest. You will be missed but not forgotten. You are THE TRUE AMERICAN HERO... GOD BLESS AND SEMPER FEDELIS."
Thomas Magilmai of Irving Texas

"My name is Fedencio Salvador Medellin "Freddy". This is my Uncle Marty. I was only three years old and my brother Stevie was only 6 months old when Uncle Marty died.

We think about him all the time. We did not get to know him but he got to hold us and play with us our mommy tells us.

If you were in the service with him and can share stories about him with us we would appreciate it.

You can write me at 3005 Bridge Creek St., Las Vegas, NV 89117

Thank you so much for loving him !

Freddy and Stevie"
Freddy Medellin of Las Vegas, NV

"Cpl...u didnt know me at the time but my family knows yours...i was only 10 when God decided to take you.I went to your funeral and it broke my heart because i couldnt understand what was happening your brother John wouldnt let u go...he held on to ur casket with dear life & i remember crying becuase i couldnt understand why god would take a marine...gods own angels. Well i wish i would have had the honor to meet you. I never thought i would be wearing the same uniform u gave your life for bt i wear it with pride in your remeberance. I pray for your family everyday & id love to talk to them. My name is Alyssa Vanessa Gallegos im Becky Gallegos' daughter...your parents knew my mom. Well my number is 806-317-4139 rest in peace cpl...you will always be remembered."
PFC Gallegos of Camp Johnson, North Carolina

"My husband Russell Johnson was in the AAV behind Jesus that day and it's something we think about EVERYDAY! I was back here in Dallas when they were in Iraq pregnant w/ our 2nd son, Little Russ, and was a member of the DFW Marine Corps Family... not knowing that Ms. Medellin's son was in the same division w/ my husband. I've been BEGGING him to visit your family for years since as a mother I know that would make me feel good, but even now years later he still says he just can't... But one day I pray he will find the strength to come visit you all (we just live in Dallas!) and maybe be able to answer any questions about that horrible day! As for me, your family is not only in my prayers on this Memorial Weekend but EVERYDAY! I send you peace, light, love, and a calm heart & mind!
(BTW: you can e-mail me at: christinesmcr@yahoo.com)"
Christine Johnson of Dallas Texas

"Cpl. Medellin you are not forgotten. I had the honor of serving with you in Assault Amphibian School Battalion
you are not forgotten I ride with the swlafallenheroes group I ride for you and all other fallen heroes semper Fi brother"
Sgt, Miller, Corey of lake charles La.

"That day will forever be etched in my mind. Rest in peace Devil Dog"
Then Cpl Salazar of La Puente, CA

"Just found out that Jesus served alongside my son--I am so proud of all our loved ones doing their best for our country. Your family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers."
Pam Smith of Butler, Pa USA

"Today I will remember you
Today is one more year without you

Today I can feel you're not too far away

You're still here... In my heart... In my mind

There you will always have a special place

My friend, 


~R.I.P -Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin."
Giovanna of El Cajon, CA USA

"To the family of Martin,
I know there are no words that could replace the wonderful son you lost seven years ago. Things happen the way they do for a reason, I didn't believe this before but today I do. Everytime I remember your son, I'm reminded that miracles, exist.. Marty changed many lives even before he left. His words will forever remain in my heart. It was his faith and love in God what inspired many of us in church to change our lives. He was talented and smart, Polite and caring. Marty shared his thoughts on the future with me one day. I asked him what were his plans for the future and he said, I know I want to finish school and serve my country. I remember he told me he wanted to make a difference. He talked about being part of something big that would somehow impact the lives of millions in a positive way. He finished by saying, I do not know how I will do this but eventually God will show me the way. I can never forget those words because I know his dream came true, He really made that positive impact. He became a Hero, a part of something big! Marty made a difference in the lives of many across the oceans, near and far.. He made a difference in my life as well. A true friend, A Hero who gave up his life so that others could live with Freedom! That in itself is a gift.

To Martin's family,
Your son is safe in heaven today.
I had a dream not too long ago, Marty was there he smiled and said, it's ok to move on..
I'm ok here.

In my heart I knew what he meant.

I know life will never be the same without him but I also know he's never too far away... He will always live in your heart, He will always live in mine ♥

Dear Marty, today is yet another year you're not here. I still miss you and will remember you not only for who you were only yesterday but also for the Hero that you are today.
I'm very thankful to God because he allowed me to meet you one day. Having your friendship in my life was a blessing to me, I still miss you my friend. You showed me the importance of loving myself first and today I'm a stronger person because you cared enough to show me the way. You were there for me when no one else cared. You believed in my dreams even if they seemed crazy or impossible. You told me nothing is impossible, you made me believe it too.
And although I only knew you for a little while, I knew in my heart that I had known you before. I didn't believe in angels until the day God called you to be with him in heaven. From there you watched over me when I was in danger. I heard your voice, telling me to believe.. Telling me to hold on to life. You were part of the strength that kept me alive. I thank you for the fun times, for the laughs, for the advice, for the trust, for the friendship.. for being YOU. I will never forget you, I never do, you're always in my mind.
You're always in my heart, no matter where life takes me tomorrow, we will never be too far.

To a true friend and Hero

You will forever be remembered


Giovanna Ibarra of El Cajon, CA. USA

"You are still remembered, Marine. Semper Fi. It has been 7 years, but your smile remains fresh in my mind. My prayers are with your family in hopes they remember you often and smile with pride and honor when they do."
Sara Morand, wife to Todd Morand of Siler City, NC/USA

"My name is Don Pennington, Victoria, Texas. I've been wearing Cpl. Medellin's bracelet for several years now. If you would like to have it please send me an email with a forwarding address and I will to send it to you. I'm a veteran of two tours in Vietnam 1966-68 and I want to thank Cpl. Medellin for his service to our country. My email address is pennindw@suddenlink.net"
Don Pennington of Victoria, Texas

"I want to give condolences to this marine family i am a marine vet myself with the Marine Corps League Det#731 and during my spare time i have made some Gold Star Pillows for the Fallen Heros and i would love to give this marine family one to let them know we did not forget what this hero done for his country and i want to thank him my email address is(socool371@yahoo.com)"
Anthony king of Fort Worth.Texas U.S.A


I wanted to let you know that today I will (as every other day) be thinking of you. You are not forgotten as this page proves. I stop by section 60 and every time you are there in my mind. That place just tears me apart. Memories of that day just overwhelm me. I wrote a few words for Andy when I stopped by and they apply to you as well. You both are what we all strive to be. Semper Fi! Please forgive me as I missed your name on his page.

We will never, ever forget

For Andrew and Jesus

The crisp morning air
The essence of the fresh cut grass
Both carried by a gentle breeze
Mixed with the emotion surrounding this particular day
Sent a cool chill from my neck down my back to my fingertips
The sun on its daily quest to warm and illuminate peered brightly
Through an open sky dissipating a few straggling clouds
The hum of the backhoe and the *tink*tink*tink* of shovels striking rocks
Ring in the distance
Another Marine is returning home

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

Beautiful white marble crosses with fading black lettering
Planted in perfect formation
Align from one hill to the next
The vibrant dark green grass and budding trees of spring
Giving life and peaceful serenity
Trinkets, marbles, pebbles, flags, letters and flowers
Neatly decorate a scattered few
Over a couple rows the grass is stripped away
The dirt peers through
And a temporary marker identifies the next marble cross
Another Marine is returning home

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

Embracing the raw, overpowering
And at times seemingly chaotic power of this sacred ground
As it surges through each of my emotions one by one
My mind races, rapidly spinning
Random memories of that very day
Scenarios of what could have been
Scenes of the day this earth beneath me was turned
It could have been me
Or my brother, possibly even my wife
And my mind races on and on

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

Flashes - repeating in a continual loop
Strumming the nerves
It is so vivid
Peeking one moment
Then plummeting the next
An emotional whiplash bruising my soul
I am teleporting
From heaven to hell and back again
In sync with a clock’s second hand
And my mind races on and on

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

You were so young and yet so brave
A true hero forever immortalized
In our hearts and minds
It was your passion, your selfless sacrifice and service
To your countrymen, family and friends
That has secured our way of life
Ensuring freedom for all
Let the ring echo for all of eternity
And may it be heard around the globe
Semper Fi, Marine. Semper Fi!

Today we remember
Today we give thanks
We are forever in your dept
You will never be forgotten

Duane Fillmore
Duane Fillmore of VA

"all i want to say is that we miss you very much we never stop thinkin about you we miss you and love you"
the saldana family of ft.woth

"I never met you. Thank you for serving and now you are also my brother. Not enough gratitude and pride has been felt for someone I never met!!! Love and prayers extended to ALL YOUR BROTHERS! God Bless your family for creating a HERO."
Linda Noa of Butler PA USA

"Hey brother, i don't want to say much because of the horror of that day, but i just want you to know that you are always in my thought daily and that you are missed by those who knew you and of your sacrafice. Sepmer FI!

SPC O'Leary US Army
formerly CPL O'Leary USMC
3/4 Kilo Company "Darkside""
Thomas O'Leary of Morgan, UT/ currently serving in Afghanistan

"Hey brother, i don't want to say much because of the horror of that day, but i just want you to know that you are always in my thought daily and that you are missed by those who knew you and of your sacrafice. Sepmer FI!

SPC O'Leary US Army
formerly CPL O'Leary USMC
3/4 Kilo Company "Darkside""
Thomas O'Leary of Morgan, UT/ currently serving in Afghanistan

"Bro, you are on my prayers...."
Doc Espinoza- of Houston Texas

"I met CPL Medellin about 45 minuets prior to the horrific events that took him from us all. The brief but eye opening conversation that I had with this young Marine that I had just met was one of peace. We discussed family and even religion. In the conversation the one thing that he said is that he knew that no matter what he would be taken care of and that he just wanted to protect his guys. I don't feel that there is a day that goes by that CPL Medellin doesn't cross my mind. It's been a long road for me to get to the point to even say anything. My name is HM3 Howard. I was at the scene of the incident and had seen everything happen with my own eyes. As a Corpsman it is hard for me at times to deal with the fact that there was nothing that I could do to save him. I lay awake many nights playing it over and over in my head. The one thing that I can say is that he was not alone. His fellow Marines and Corpsmen were around. Doc Santos, Doc Evans just to name a few. Never forget! I do not wish to open any wounds, its just time for me to live again. God Bless and know that you are in my prayers.

Much respect to all of the Marines out there doing what they do best!"
HM3(SW) HOWARD, S. E. of San Diego, CA

"Cpl. Medellin,
You are permanently engraved in the memories of our family. You and our son Andy left us the same day April 7, 2003. We will never forget you as long as we live and love Andy."
Andy's Mom and Dad of Tampa, Fl

"Cpl. Medellin,
You are permanently engraved in the memories of our family. You and our son Andy left us the same day April 7, 2003. We will never forget you as long as we think and love Andy."
Andy's Mom and Dad of Tampa, Fl

"April 7th, 2008
Cpl Medelin,
5 Years to the day. I still remember how you kept me and the other boots in line. Cpl Hack always said you were squared away. I miss you bro and I can't wait to see you again."
James Wiggins of 29 Stumps, CA

"January 3, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin:
Jesus 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 A way"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"Cpl Medellin, I never had the opportunity to serve with you. Know that Marines all over the world thank you for your service and sacrifice, and we pray for your family and ask for comfort and healing. It is your legacy that we strive to honor so deeply, your courage we remember during morning and evening colors, and your sacrifice we remember and cherish every time we hear the Marines' Hymn."
MSgt David A. Shackleton of Fredericksburg VA


I miss you bro. I can still hear your voice coming over the comm and telling us that we could finally remove our mopp gear. What started as a great day ended as one of the worst of my life. I think those of us that knew you, served with you, and were there with you lost a part of ourselves that day when we lost you. It's been over four years now, and I can still see your face and hear your voice. It will be with me for the rest of my life. Rest in peace, brother. The Marine Corps birthday is in a few days, so happy birthday. I'll see you when I get there. I'll drink a Corona Red for you.

Former Corporal Casey Clements"

"Jesus, It took me a long time to find this site. I cannot express enough or find the right words to say what type of person you were. Everyone that worked with you in 2nd plt. A Co. knew you had the biggest heart that would do anything for anyone. I know your in a better place looking down on us and showing that well known big smile of yours. I can still remember your laugh to. god bless brother see you soon."
Cpl. Randy Severin of Fresno, Ca USA

I would like to say thank you to you and your fellow track crewmember for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. After reading all the reflections left here for you, I wish that I could have had the privilege of serving with you.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"I just wanted to extend my gratitude as we remember this Memorial Day. It is because of you that we are able to continue living each day as we do now. Thank you; you will never be forgotten."
Duane Fillmore, USMC of VA

"April 7th, 2007

I keep looking back, trying to remember what went wrong that day. I read the story they printed in the Times http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1004681,00.html (TIME, April 21, 2003 issue, page 56) nearly every day. I am sorry.

Semper Fidelis, Brothers. I will never forget either of you.

Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew Julian Aviles
Marine Cpl. Jesus Martin Antonio Medellin

Rest in Peace,

CPL Duane Fillmore, MCBH, Kaneohe Bay, HI http://semperfidelischesty8.wordpress.com/"
Fillmore of MCBH, Kaneohe Bay, HI

I have thought about you nearly every day since you have gone. I wanted to write a little something on your website so others will know what you mean to me.
You were and still are the best Marine I have ever worked with. You were devoted to others and had genuine concern for other people's affairs. You retained everything you were taught and made an outstanding crewchief. But more than that, you were real. You were not just a cookie-cutter Marine who went through the motions. You made a difference. You will always be my friend and I will honor your name. See you later bud."
SSgt Morand, Todd of Pensacola, Fl

"I knew Cpl Medellin for a short time before his life ended too soon. He was a Cpl in my Plt and was the crew chief of one of my friends LCpl Aviles whom was taken with him. I will never forget either of you and I live to remember you both always. Semper Fi and YAT-YAS brothers."
Cpl Wiggins of Savannah GA

"Cpl Medellin was attatched to my unit (3/4) when the unforgettable happened. I was the first Corpsman on scene. The images and events still bother me to this very day. All I saw was a fireball not more than 50 feet away from me. I ran as fast as I could towards the fire and smoke. On that day I felt utterley helpless. There was nothing I could do except fight off the reporters trying to get a "good" picture for the paper. I cleaned Cpl up and helped carry him away.I didnt notice the tears on my cheek until later. Ill never forget. Rest in peace Marine!-Doc Santos formerley of 3/4 Kilo Co"
Hm2(FMF) Santos of 1st MSOB

"I remember before leaving the Marines When Medellin arrived, we'd get his name wrong, but he was always laughing about it.I remember before leaving that he was always doing more than his best. God Bless You Medellin."
Eric Saunders of Trotwood,Ohio

"All gave Some and Some gave all. That statment is very true. He lived the Marine Corps. He gave all everyday. I am proud to have served next to him. SEMPER FI.......( Till we meet again )"
CPL Farmer of Houston Texas

"All gave Some and Some gave all. I Served with Cpl Medellin and the statment up top is true. He lived the Marine Corps. He gave all everyday. I am proud to have served next to him. SEMPER FI.......( Till we meet again )"
CPL Farmer of Houston Texas

"We have never met nor were we in at the same time, but if you are Trax, then we share the bond. I know you in the big ramp in the sky and there are those missing you right now. My heart goes out to those who are left behind, but they should know you are not alone.

Yat Yas
Sgt. Townsend
1993 - 1997
C Comp. 3rd AA BN"
William of Texas

"I can't believe it's been 3 years since you left us. I think about you everyday.
Always on my mind, Forever in my heart, Never to be forgotten"
Kat of Hurst Texas

"I went to boot camp with marti. We became really good friends since we were both from fort worth. he was a good kid with a big heart. I still have pictures of us in boot camp.He will be missed. R.I.P. MARINE!"
cpl. jose j. munguia of fort worth texas

"Thank you, my cousin, for serving your country. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
Angelo Pena of Fort Worth, Texas

"God Bless you son. Watch over your family and thank you for your service."
Younkin of Washington

"Family of Cpl Medellin (including his fellow Marines), I am sorry for your loss.I salute you, Cpl Medellin!"
Angela Turman of Fort Worth, Texas

Cybill Samarripas of Fort Worth, Texas

"Cpl Medellin:
I never met you, yet you are my brother. As long as the Corp lives on, we all live on…the reassuring side of Semper in Semper Fi. Yat Yas"
John McLaughlin, formerly a Sgt of "A" Co, 3rd AABN

"Jesus, I have your picture's up, next to my desk at work. Edgar (Gut), Funez and you, at the beach somewhere in the far east. Everytime I look at the picture I get a little emotional. Edgar doesn't talk about it that much...what happened that day, but I am sure you are in his heart, as you are in mine. Funez got a tattoo in your honor, and I'm sure he misses you a lot as well.
To your family...I don't even know the right words, but I am so incredibly deeply sorry for your loss. I can not imagine how it must feel. The morning I heard to the news and saw Jesus's name I went into a shock. I was proud to say that my boyfriend, Edgar Gutierrez spent his time in war along side your son.

You will never be forgotten Medellin. Your Dress Blues hat hangs on the wall in our home, and will stay there forever. RIP."
Ozzie Ozkay, (Gut's girl) of hunter3360@hotmail.com

"I never got the chance to meet him, but from what I have heard was the was a great person and a person you can rely on. I pray for him and for the other soilders over seas, and I know that he did not only fought for his own life, but also for the life of milions and milions of people, and for our homeland safety. I thank him for that."
-A student from Trimble Tech High School of Fort Worth, Texas

"I knew Martin growing up and I always thought that he would be here. I miss him every day and I am truely sorry that he can't be here with his Mother and Father who he loved so much.I miss him every day I never stopped loving him. He brought a smile to my face when I was down, or just needed to laugh. He was the one person in my life who was there for me when I really needed help. I am glad though even if I am sad that he passed doing something he loved doing. I will always remember Martin no matter how many years go by. Mary and Freddie I will always be here for you two even if I don't go by the house as often anymore take care! I will always remember and love you Martin!"
C.Martinez of Ft.Worth,TX

"It took me a while to be able to write this to you. You were one of the best friends anyone could have, and the best Marine anyone could ever work with. I feel blessed to have known and served with you, and hope I'll see you again someday on the other side. SEMPER FI BRO"
Cpl. Ricky Morris 3rd AABn A Co. 2nd plt of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Dear Marti, I never met you, but I got to know you because you are the guy that went to heaven with my Andy. Andy wrote to us about you and he said that he was glad you were his crew chief "he is a cool guy" he said. Rest in peace and take care of my boy as you did in Kwait and Iraq. To the Medellin family, I always think of you, and I find some comfort of knowing that Andy is in heaven with his friend Marti.
Lcpl. Andrew J. Aviles' Mom of Tampa, Florida

"hey whats up marty, i was never good with words but its me just wanting to say whats up any more ways than one...i still remembers the day at wayside and boswell...how you used to show me and my brother to make model cars...when i found out you were joing the marine corps..i was like damn thats some crazy stuff...but deep down it helped me make my decision in life...you convinced me to join as well...but never once did you ask me to join i guess you let me decide for myself....well here i am in iraq and everyday i still tell myself "he could do it. so i can aswell." stay safe and ill see you again....ill save a corona red for you..."
Lcpl castaneda of fort worth, texas

"To the family of a fallen Marine there are no words to express the sorrow that we all feel.Although I never served with your son, I served with many men just like him.Men smart enough to know to serve something other than themselfs.Brave enough to stand up for what is right.And unselfiness enough to pay the ultimate price. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SEMPER FI "DEVIL DOG" YAT YAS"

Through it all, Lt kenney and Captain Norton having you place the track in the most open places possible, we made it. Go figure the one damn time captain america has you put the track near cover and this happens. How many rpg's missed us in diwanyah? I remember filling my water before cross the bridge, talking to you and Aviles, you two telling me to enjoy the fight and to come back alive... the funniest memories are you with that little broom handle holding your hatch propped open just enough to see out of while driving...worried about cpt Norton getting your * shot off. You are a great guy and a great Marine. It freaks me out thinking how if we all would have been in the track that would have been me. You were sitting right where I always did...well on the bright side at least kenney would have been out of the way! have a good one and ill see you again someday."
josh kilo 3/4 of ohio

"It's been well over a year and the impact of serving beside you is still with me day to day. To a friend, a warrior, and one hell of a Marine. I'll see you again when my card is drawn."
Michael D. Crownhart of ACo 2nd PLT

"Martin, I actually just found this site last night. I was reading the paper on a memorial that they have started at TCC. I know we have seen each other since school but the day we heard you had past away broke our hearts. Cynthia, Melissa and I were there the day we said goodbye to you. I think that day was the hardest day for us cause we lost a friend. Cynthia had a funny picture of you from Wayside. It just brought smiles to our faces. We just want you to know that we love and miss you. You are in our hearts forever!!"
Jennifer and Cynthia of Fort Worth, Texas

"Jesus, I knew you for a short time before I was dicharged in Dec. '02. I am grateful for your service. See you in Vahalla, warrior! YAT-YAS."
Matt Theurer ACo3rdPlt of Hatfield,PA

"Meet me at the gates YAT-YAS, Gone but not forgoten"
LCPL Walesewicz of Camp Pendleton, Ca 3rd AABN

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

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

"In Loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.
At the beginning of the year and when it ends, We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Soldier!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN (4/7/04)

"Jesus, not a day goes by that I don't think of your ultimate sacrafice. I will be forever in your debt for what you did that day. To all his family and friends I consider it one of my greatest honors to have known this man. He was a fine man and a hell of a Marine.

See you on the otherside Brother. Semper Fidelis"
CPL Sulley, Shannon S of Eau Claire, WI

"It's a year ago today, April 7, 2004, and we miss you now more then ever and the only thing that keeps us going every day is knowing that you are in heaven with our Lord looking over us. We love Martin, you're in our hearts forever."
Carolina Solano & Mark Morales of Fort Worth,TX

"To Jesus Medellins family, Iam very sorry for your loss. He was a good Marine and a great person.To Jesus I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you made for us all that day on the bridge... Thankyou"
Scott Flesch 1st plt Aco of Daytona Beach, Florida

"Hey, brother. It's been a year to the day. Every passing day I think about you, man. You know and I know that you'll never be forgotten. Till I see you again, bro."
Casey Clements of Temecula,CA


Today you have been taken from us a year ago today..and not one day has gone by where i havent thought about you.....you have been misses dearly and i know we all love you...
until we meet again

your bestfriend
Ashley of Ft Worth Texas

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

"hmm i dont know where to start, i found this site today.. i'll write a little about how i met Jesus...i met Jesus Medellin... while we deployed to Japan 2002 with 3RD AABN ACO... he was a good guy, he was happy guy, he was friendly and always had a smile on his face... he was my friend, i'll miss that guy... it was sad when i heard the bad news, that my friend, my brother was not with us no more, that he was in heaven.. he fought for what he thought it was right, protect our country and his family... Medellin, i miss you brother... my condolences and prayers go to his family and friends.."
Anthony Alvarenga of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Fair winds and following seas. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
LT Eduardo Gomez of Sicily, Italy

"Where do I start.....It has taken me far to long to do this. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of how much, what you did means to me....considering I trained you. You are a great Marine, and an even better man. I just wish I could have been there with you instead of at home watching it on CNN. To all my brothers at 3rd AA Bn I miss you and have a great deal of respect for all of you....

Semper Fidelis / Yat-Yas"
CPL Shannon S Sulley of Eau Claire, WI USA


"Thank you Jesus Medellin, 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

"Cpl Medellin,

As I sit and read all the messages people have posted I think about how true they are. You were always helpful, caring and calm. I loved to harass you about your last name and we both always got a kick out of it. The very last time I saw you, you were sitting in your vehicle with your helmet on, it made your face look pudgy. You were getting fuel for your Amtrack and I remember waving at you, just to say hello. You waved back with a big smile. The very next day we lost you, that is my last memory of you.
My heart goes out to your family and friends."
GySgt Flores, Gabriel C of Oceanside, CA

Ashley Lopez of Ft Worth TX USA

""Meatball", I've waited too long to write this. For that I'm sorry...It has been an honor and a priviledge serving beside you these past few years. My heart goes out to your family for their loss. I am damn proud to say you're my friend and brother. I Love You Man!
See when I get there."
LCpl Nicholas F. Noa of Butler, PA

"I was Jesus' girlfriend. We had such a strong connection. I feel such an emptiness inside. Im so proud of Jesus and all he did for his country He died doing what he loved. He was not only my best friend but the love of my life that I thought I would never find. Always on my mind, forever in my heart, never to be forgotten. kss232002@yahoo.com"
Kathy of Waco,Texas

"I served with Cpl Medellin and woked along side with him for the past three two years in the Marine Corps. I remember that when we were at Camp Riper he did not get a hair cut for a long time. He has so much hair it wasn't even funny.
I miss him greatly for he is a great friend. I just would like to say that meeting him was a joy that no words can explain. I know that 3rd Track/A. Co misses him but will never forget him."
Cpl. Ruiz Joel M of Houston, TX

"Dear Family and Friends,
My name is Cpl.Ruiz Joel M.
I would like to say that he is always with us. Even as we speak he hears us.
He was not left us at all. Why? Because of the memories that I have of him.
As long as i remember him and his words he will always live. He lives
among us all. When ever you miss him be alone and talk to him. He will
listen. Take care and remember God is great."

"Cpl Jesus Medellin was my "go to" guy. Anytime I needed something, he would always sit down and listen to my problem. Never would he pass me without asking "how are your kids?" "How is your wife?" "How are you? Do you need anything?"
Cpl Medellin was an outstanding Marine and an even more outstanding friend...more than a friend, a brother. Until we meet again, brother, Semper Fi"
Casey Clements of Temecula, Ca USA

"This is a hard one for me to write... I was stationed with Jesus in Alpha Co. 3rd AABn for a couple of years. I deployed overseas with him to Japan in 2002, and knew him for the great person he was. I was heartbroken that I could not deploy to Iraq with Alpha Co. and serve my country(as I am awaiting a heart transplant) with such insperational individuals such as him. I just recently (June 24) found out about the tragedy through a friend of mine that went over there with Jesus. Jesus did his job with the utmost pride and conviction for the Marine Corps and the country that he loved so much. Though the world is a lesser place without Jesus, all who had the privilage to know him and to serve with him will forever be better humans. It is with great love, admaration, and respect that my tears have fallen for my brother in arms. May he rest in eternal peace and continue to watch over all of us!"
LCpl Gary Johns Jr. of Santa Barbara, Ca, USA

"We thank you for the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you Jesus, for your courage and sacrifice. May God always keep you in His care."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

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

"To the family and friends of Cpl. Jesus Medellin:
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 Jesus, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"I know how proud we all are of you, I may not have known you but my husband did, he wanted to let your family know you were a brillant Marine. And he wanted me to thank your family for your courage and honor. You will be greatly remebered upon 3rd Tracks. Our prayers are with you. Cpl. Cesar Chavez & family."
Cpl.Cesar Chavez of camp pendleton, CA, USA

"My husband was proud to stand beside you, Cpl. Medellin.

He was honored when you asked him to pin your chevrons on when you were promoted in February. You will never be forgotten. You were an incredible man.

I know my husband will miss you greatly, and I will miss your warm smile - you were always so respectful and gracious. Your family should be proud...your Marine family is honored to have met you.

You are an angel now, and we take comfort knowing you are looking out for your brothers. You touched many lives and you died a hero. Your life will be celebrated and your name will be remembered.

Semper Fi, Marty.
3rdAABN Alpha Company 2nd Plt"
Sara Morand of Vista, CA

"God Bless you Marine..and May God Bless your Family. Thank you"
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"I asked God for water, he gave me an ocean.
I asked God for a flower, he gave me a garden.
I asked God for a tree, he gave me a forest.
I asked God for a friend, he gave me YOU."
Carolina Solano and Mark Morales of Fort Worth, TX, USA

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on