Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class David J. Moreno

26, of Gering, Nebraska.
Moreno died in Al Hamishiyah, Iraq, from a non-hostile gunshot wound. He was assigned to the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Fourth Marine Division Detachment. Died on July 17, 2003.

My little brother's favorite picture of himself is this kindergarten photo taken when he was five years old. In the third photo, David is holding my son, Tony. The fourth photo was taken before his prom with one of his closest friends Emily. The fifth photo is of me and David with our mom when we were little. The sixth photo is D.J.'s senior portrait from Lincoln Southeast High School.
Sharlotte Moreno Kingston

David was the best friend that anyone could ever have. I met him at my first duty station in Guam and we were good buddies ever since. We use to play practical jokes on each other all the time. One of the many times I got him in a practical joke stand out in my mind now. We went to go see the movie BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and I, to be quiet honest, was very scared. But David said that it didn't scare him at all. About two days later I went to go visit him in his barracks room and he wasn't there but his door was unlocked. I saw this as the perfect opportunity for practical joke. I went outside and got some twigs, some string, and a ketchup packet from my car. I fashioned the twigs in the same manner the twigs were in the movie. I smeared some ketchup on the voodoo doll and then laid it on David's bed and went home. When I got home later that evening, David had left about eight messages on my answering machine saying that someone was messing with him and left some satanic mess on his bed and to please come get him because he wasn't going to stay in his room ever again. I called him back and told him it was me that did it later that night. He was mad at me for a couple of hours but then we laughed together. That was David, he liked to laugh and joke around. He couldn't hold a grudge in a bucket.

At his rosary in Nebraska, there was a time when his friends and family were able to get up and speak about David. I'm sure all of us set out to make that moment a happy occasion by speaking about the good times without crying. At least that's what I set out to do. But it was a hard time for me. My friend was gone. Yes, he will always be with me in spirit and memory, but I want more than that. When I got up to speak about my friend all I could say was that he was the best friend anyone could ever have and I will miss him. Then I sang this song in memory of my friend.

Winter time has come and gone
The leaves are no longer falling
A while ago my best friend heard
The voice of freedom calling

Saying come along with me my son
Take a stand for what is right
So David fought for freedom
And made the ultimate sacrifice

But how I miss him so
More than you'll ever know
Like yesterday I miss him so
More than you'll ever know
How I miss him so
More than you'll ever know

David had that kind of smile
That could melt the broken heart
He had me laughing right from the very start
But David is not here right now
And I'm standing by myself
But as long as I got his memories
I consider myself among the blessed

But how I miss him so
More than you'll ever know
Like yesterday I miss him so
More than you'll ever know
How I miss him so
More than you'll ever know

David, you will be truly missed. Until we meet again my friend,
HM3 Kevin Allen

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"Still remembering you David after 20 years! My shipmate, mentor and friend...miss you brother!"
Michael Montero of San Diego, California

"Hey Doc, I’m still not gonna call you DJ because as we discussed over 20 years ago it reminds me way too much of Candace Cameron’s character in Full House… and that’s weird. I’m sure you already know this with your semi omnipotence but the Simpsons has gotten just terrible especially over the past 10-15 years. I was watching some episodes on Disney plus the other day from when the show was still good and saw the one where Dr Nick says “call 1-800-doctorb. The ‘b’ is for ‘bargain’”. I was thinking about you and was just cracking up remembering us saying that should be the slogan for navy corpsman. Anyways brother, I miss you. It’s hard to live some days. Some days I can’t help but feel like I wish I hadn’t survived Iraq… and then I feel like sh*t for thinking that because I should be grateful I’m still alive and for everything I have. It’s just hard man.

Hey, remember that Iraqi that had has pinky almost severed and you bandaged him up and splinted his finger so that he might have a fighting chance of not losing his finger… and then you got your * ripped by your chief for wasting medical supplies. Haha! Oh well. We had plenty of supplies.

And remember when we were practically swimming in Sumer cigarettes and you tried smoking. It was hilarious just watching you. You looked so unnatural just trying to hold the thing. And you weren’t even close to actually inhaling any smoke. Man Doc, you are awesome. You really were the heart of 1st platoon. You just made everything… better. I can’t wait to see you again someday my friend and laugh together until we can’t breathe."

"It's Patriot's Day, my dear D.J. (Deej), and I am remembering you. You were always the comic encourager to go beyond our limits. 9 Laps and 2,088 stairs remembering 9/11 and part of what set you on your military course. You and your family are still in my heart. Love always, Mars"
Marita Avio (Sánchez) of Lincoln, NE

"this is david moremo, father of DJ. his loss was hard to handle. my family thanks you for all your comments

our mailing address

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David Moreno of perris

Rudy of MD

"Hey DJ, just stopped by to let ya know I'm thinking of you today as I do often. I show Silas your name when we go to the courthouse to renew the plates for our cars. He has a similar humor as you and he would have loved knowing you. Tio and Fam, if you check this page, know that I think of all of you often. Talk to ya later cuz. - Memorial Day 2021."
S. Lopez of SB, NE.

"Just thinking about you and missing my friend."
of USA

"Miss you Doc. Can't believe its been over 16 years"
of USA

"To the Family of Petty Officer 3rd Class David John Moreno,
I write to you with sincere sympathy and the utmost respect for the sacrifice made by your son and brother. While we never met, I wanted to let you know that our family has come to know of Petty Officer Moreno's service and tragic passing just recently. Our daughter, Quinn, is a pitcher for Nebraska Quakes Prime 16U, a competitive travel softball team based in Omaha Nebraska. We are coached by an Air Force Veteran and an Army Veteran, and they've fostered a strong respect in our girls for the service men and women who defend our great nation and protect our freedoms. Recently we played in a tournament in Kansas City, KS and the girls wore special red, white and blue jerseys in recognition of Memorial Day. While many teams often put players' names on the back of the jerseys, our coaches helped us research the lives and legacies of Nebraska's bravest, fallen soldiers like your David. Quinn was blessed to be chosen to wear the name PO3 Moreno on her jersey. She proudly wore it and played her heart out on Monday. They took 4th of 22 teams in the top division, and Quinn pitched some of the best games she's ever had. Each player researched their honorary soldiers to learn more about their lives and took several pictures that day. We would like to send you some pictures and connect with you. Throughout the day we had several Veterans approach our team and talk with them about the jerseys and share their stories about the sacrificies made by many, including stories of those who, like your David, made the ultimate sacrifice so that our girls and other future generations may have better lives. Quinn would like to retire her jersey to your family to show her honor and respect for PO3 Moreno. From the bottom of our hearts we are thinking of you and want you to know there are many families in Omaha thinking about PO3 Moreno and forever grateful for his and your tremendous sacrifice."
Heather Ruff of Omaha, NE USA

"Hey David ,it's that time of year again, Memorial Day 2017. I just wanted to let you know that my family and I are thinking of you!"
James Keck of Boise, ID

"Hi David! It's Memorial day 2016, and wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you. I told my son Roman about why we celebrate Memorial Day...to never forget."
James Keck (HM1) of Boise, ID

"Hi David!! I bet your up in heaven laughing at the messes I still get myself into! Lol"
Rodolfo Arvizu of Great Lakes Illinois

"Once in a while I think of you brother. It's crazy, but I currently work with someone that looks like you, similar jokes. At first I thought it was you. Anyway, to all David's friends, lets continue to keep him in our prayers"
A. Ramos

"Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.

Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, 'neath the stars', 'neath the sky'
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.

Rest in peace, brother."

"First I want to express my deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to the Moreno family on the loss of their son,brother, uncle, David J Moreno.
My name is Rocio Escobar and I had the privilege of getting to know DJ at Lincoln Southest High school. We had several classes together. When I first met him he seemed quiet and shy, but the more I got to know him, his beautiful, kind, smart, witty and sarcastic at times personality began to show from a somewhat reserved and quiet composure. The class I remember him most in was Spanish with Mrs Brown. He was smart to partner up with me as I am a proud Mexican Amercian who spoke fluent Spanish. Needless to say our work was always A material. He used to always ask me why I woudl take Spanish if I already spoke it, and I explained that I spoke it but never learned the grammar part of it.
What I rememeber about him was his love of the movies. He loved old classic films as well as the new. He used to tell me even then that he wanted to join the Navy because he wanted to serve and travel all over and get a good education.
I was from a poor family and so I always had to walk quite a long way home. One cold blizzarding day as I was walking home a small little blue car pulls up next to me, and yelling out the window was David. He asked me if I needed a ride and of course I told him I was ok, because I always walked home. He insisted and so I accepted.
From that day forward he would always drive by my route home and offer me a ride. I can still remember his warm clean little blue car. And even though it was out of his way he'd often give me and later my little brother a ride home.
This is the kind and compassionate and kind person he was. I always enjoyed his company, he always had his wits about him and managed to make me laugh. I always used to tell him he could be a comedian cause he was so smart and funny.
After graduation I lost touch with him, but I never forgot him. I moved to northern Colorado, Greeley to attend UNC, and I never heard from him again.
Since then I had searched for him on MySpace and various other sites but never could find him. The other day I decided to do a google search and this is how I learned of his trajic death. I have to tell you I sobbed for days! And when I found this site and read all the comments left by those who served with him, and all the lives he touched it warmed my heart because that's the Dave I knew. I wish more than anything that I had kept in touch, and I would have been there for his funeral services. I am proud of this man for his bravery in serving his fellow man and his country. Many of the comments left by his fellow service men brought me to tears, and of course the comments of his siblings. Thank you for sharing your stories of how this dear friend of mine touched all of your life's as he did mine. I will always treasure his friendship, and this year is our 20 year reunion. I don't think I'll make it but I will push for our class of 1995 to honor this brave, humble man for the greatest sacrifice to his fellow man and his counrty. Rest in peace my friend. My greatest hope and prayer is to to see you again one day in that glorious heavenly realm. So I can once again see that kind and loving smile. May God bless you and your family now and always.
All my Love and aloha."
Rocio S Escobar of Lahaina, Maui, USA

"I miss you David."
Rudy Arvizu

"Doc Moreno,
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.

Semper Fi Doc!"

"Doc Moreno, its The Guam Bomb from Alpha Company. It is hard for me to deal with your passing, till this day. I wish I could have done more for you. I live with this guilt everyday and shame everyday. I know we will meet again someday. I can picture you with that handsome smile of yours. Till that day arrives, I will continue praying for you and your family Chelu. Hafa Adai!"
Tommy Aguero of Yona, Guam

"OMG DJ tomorrow is your 35th birthday I still can't believe you're gone. DJ I miss you SO much. I lost both of my older siblings and it kills me. HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY DJ THERE ISN'T A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DONT THINK OF YOU."

"Gone but not forgotten! Miss you HM3!"
Andrea DeSanto of San Diego, CA

"Miss you David on this Memorial Day."
James Keck of Idaho

"Aww DJ today I miss you more then ever, not a day goes by that I dont think of you, I thought as time went by losing you would get easier to deal with but its only gotten harder, and now losing your sister makes it even harder, the only relief is knowing she'll be with you. Two beatiful lifes gone way too soon...."
Angela Lopez of Griffith, Indiana

"July 17th was the 8th anniversary date of Dj's death. We think of him especially on that day because his death and the life he lived changed all of us. His burial site at Westlawn Cemetery in Gering, Nebraska sits near his Grandparents, cousins and Aunts and Uncles. I am sure his Aunt Carmen And Uncle Rick have found a movie theater in heaven and have their share of popcorn, m&m's and soda. The movies Dj liked are the same movies Rick and Carmen loved. We miss you all! Our local community has built a bronze tribute to you and other service men that have died in our community. It is beautiful and also serves as a focal point of remembrance, pride and sadness. We miss and love you."
Uncle Alex Moreno of Gering, Nebraska

"Happy Brithday David!! Miss you."
Emily Barton of Red Cloud, NE

"love and miss you everyday,DJ. everyday!
Love always,
Cousin Debbie"
Deb Lopez of Indiaba

"I knew you as a little boy on Guam. I hope your parents and siblings always remember the good times."
Bill Montgomery of Orlanso, FL


Hi, its me...... used to be HM2(FMF) Bernardo... you Senior Line Corpsman in Alpha. It has been a while, and i have not had the strength to leave any messages for you. I miss you david, you have always lingered in my heart all these years....but i could not muster the strength to talk,or write to you and your family. I am still ashamed that as your friend and as your brother, i was not there for you. certain circumstances prevented me to be there for you.Anyone in our company knows that.
I still carry that guilt brother, it hurts still to this day. I am back again in Iraq for the 3rd time, and everytime, it reminds me of the time we were here the first time. It wieghs heavy on me not to have been there for you. I have and still keep our pictures we took. I have been told by "specialists" to try to forget and try to get rid of it. But i cant.
It still hurts till today, i still cry when i think about you. I still choke when i speak your name.... but continue to tell your story i will. I dont know where you rest, i dont know where your family is and i hope to be able to visit you, and see your family. Maybe give them your pictures......that will be the only way i will part with it. I love you to this day and miss you my brother.... and you will always be in my heart. We celebrate our birthday in the same month David, everytime mine comes around i celebrate you. I am sorry it took me this long to say anything but it does not mean i have forgotten......i will always remember.
Your Brother"
HMC (FMF/SCW/EXW) Junne M. Bernardo of Iraq

"Happy Birthday David! I know how much you loved your birthday. Miss you friend!

P.S-A. Ramos, not sure how often you get on here but I live in Portland, OR also. Maybe we can meet up sometime and share our memories of David. Just a thought. If interested, I can leave my email on the page. Or you can try to find me on Facebook. :)"
Emily Barton of Portland, OR

"Hey Dave, It's me man. Ramos... I've been thinking about you for the past few years.. I know you and I wanted to go to med school... that was our plan bro.. I didnt quite make it to med school but I am in PA school now. Im sure I could have swayed you to go to school with me... Hey man. i just want to say i miss you...

HM3 Moreno has been my buddy since FMSS. we were stationed in guam and at nmcsd."
A. Ramos of Portland, OR

"To my fellow brother, I miss you Doc. I pray that your family is well and getting through the tough times. I will never forget you and neither will the rest of the Alpha Raiders you served with. We love you and cant wait to stand with you at the Pearling Gates. Till we all go home Doc, Thank you for all the good times. Love you brother!

Jonathan Crespo
SGT/ USMC Alpha 1/4"
Johnny Crespo of Encino, CA

"I miss you D.J. You have not been forgotten. Nor will you ever be."
Emily of Portland, OR


"Happy Birthday Dj I love you & miss you every single day"
Sharlotte Moreno Kingston of Port Hueneme

"David worked with me at Balboa and aboard USNS MERCY. He was such a gentle soul and I remember his big dream of being a Peds Doc. David, I speak your name often, you are not forgotten."
HMCM(SW/FMF)Pryor of RTC Great Lakes

"Hello, my name is Dennis and I am a US Army veteran. I proudly wear the Rememberance bracelet with PO David J. Moreno's name on it. Although I never met David, I have done some research on him and he seemed like he was a not only a great kid, but a good sailor. My thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends. To his parents...if you decide that you would like this braclet with your son's name on it, I have no problems sending it to you. Contact me at kdwalters@gmail.com. God Bless."
Dennis Walters of Jacksonville, FL

"David is featured in a music video here....
Brodi Valos of Philadelphia, Pa USA

"July 25th, 2008

I've been thinking of DJ so much lately. I still feel so robbed! I don't know why he was taken from all of us.

I've been trying to remember his voice or his laugh and it's all fading. I never thought it would go, but it has. I keep praying I will dream about him becasue I know my unconsuious (damn I can't spell and DJ always made fun of me for that) will bring it all back to me.

A few nights ago the movie Selena was on TV. Don't know what it is about that movie but it always reminds me of DJ. I remember him trying to teach me the cumbia (did I spell that right?) and he said I should watch the movie for that scene. Instead of just busting a move for me, he wanted me to watch a movie to learn. :)

Anyways, I just wanted to leave some lyrics from Selena's song. When I hear it, I think about all the fun DJ and I use to have just doing nothing. And more than anything, it reminds me of how young and carefree we were back then. Just driving around Lincoln, NE with no real worries. I miss those days and the innocences we both had until the world went and messed with us. I don't know if that makes any sense. Anyways, I just wish more than anything DJ and I could cruise around Lincoln, NE, listening to the radio and doing a whole bunch of nothing. I miss those days so much!

"Late at night when all the world is sleeping, I stay up and think of you, and I wish on a star, that somewhere you are, thinking of me too. Casue I'm dreaming of you tonight. Till tomorrow, I'll be holding you tight. And theres no where in the world I'd rather be, then here in my room dreaming about me and you."

P.S- Sharlotte, if you read this, email me girl. I think I lost your email addy. I hope you still have mine. I miss you and hope you are well."
Emily of Portland, OR

"What's up cuz. I've been thinking about you so much lately. Reflecting on the times I spent bugggin u like crazy ;). I know I was the annoying little cousin, but somehow I know you didn't really think of me like that. You always handled me with care and love. I miss you so so so much. Words can't even express the hurt I still feel whenever I realize you're gone. And it usually takes a little while for it to really sink in whenever i think about you, which is often. You have impacted my life more than you know. Some of my life's lessons learned have been through you, whether directly or indirectly. You hold a special peice of my heart and always will. I MISS YOU and I LOVE YOU!!!"
Stephanie Moreno(DJs cousin) of Lincoln, NE

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class David J. Moreno:
David 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

"Happy early birthday Kuya D.J it is right now June 8, 2008 your 31st birthday is in 8 more days. Damn I wish you here to sing Happy Birthday to man. I'm almost done with school kuya you would be proud. I received a scholarship this semester. I have so many awards and plaques kuya and I owe it all to you. Even though you're not here you are still my rock. I'm not going up to see you this year for your birthday it's too hard Kuya. I just miss you so much I hope you understand. I love you D.J. I'll never forget you."
Holly Moreno (D.J.'s younger sister) of Perris, CA

"Hello DJ,,i just wanted to stop by and let you know i am thinking about you,and wish you were here,i will hold you in my heart forever,life is so unfair,but just knowing someone as special as you,gives me faith in life,and family,and hope,love ya,grandma jeri"
grandma jeri of san diego,ca usa

"Hi David and family,

I...don't know what to say. I kept putting off visiting you, I thought you would always be there. We always joked that if we hadn't found ourselves wives by the time we were 30 we were just gonna give up and go gay! He was a very funny and kind hearted person. He loved his family immensely and loved spending time with them. Sometimes he would invite me to his sisters home for the weekend and we would just relax and watch movies. His entire family is very warm and kind (and funny!) I remember I would always try and get him to drink beer! Sorry David's Mama! I guess I was kind of a bad inffluence, but he was a good inffluence and friend to me...When my kids see his picture they ask me who he is and I tell them he was a friend of mine. They ask me when he's coming to visit and say never because he's with Jesus...(ok, I just made up that last part about my kids, but wouldn't it make a great scene for a movie?! I know your laughing David!) I am stationed at Naval hospital Guam now. As I roam around the island I always wonder what you did when you were here. It feels like you are here sometimes, walking the halls of the hospital with me. Did you swim at the beaches I swim in? Did you stand were I'm standing now?
I...don't know what to say."
Rudy Arvizu of David's Guam

"I beleive that all heals are wounded by time. Another year goes by and I feel it all again as intensely as it has always been. Any guilts I felt for not spending enough time with you only festers deeper. My burden is that I can not forget what an exceptional person you were. My burden is that I know exactly what the world lost when it lost you. I know what a void you leave in the life of someone who loved you. I know life will never be the same again. I miss you... and I miss you every day"
its me of california

"Hey DJ, like everyone here calls you.. well, its your boy from 1/4.. I'm writing you again from the deserts of Iraq, for the 3rd and hopefully last time; and it's HM2 now.. Bro, I still think about you, this happened backed in 2003. Now its 2006 and since then I have attended three Hospital Corpsmen birthday's and it makes me cry because I actually knew one of them. This year, I was in Iraq for this one, and we read the names of all the corpsmen that has passed away for OEF and OIF and I was the one honored to read your name off man.. I am going to go visit you one day, when I get back. I just want to find out where you are resting. Always"
HM2 Ulises Urbina of Garden Grove, CA

"I remember having a conversation with you two days before you died. We were standing outside of the BAS at the pistol factory and we were talking about the movies that you were missing. We talked about your family and then you went back to the India company compound. I think about that day often because what I remember most is how your face lit up when you talked about your family...especially your mom and dad. I want you and your family to know that I feel honored to have known you for the short time we served together. You will never be forgotten and the love you had for your family will endure long after you have gone.

To HM3 Morenos family. Your son was a great man and Sailor who served his country with honor. There is nothing anyone can say or do to make the pain of losing your son, brother, grandson, etc. better, but it is because of men like him that give us the freedom to live as we chose and for that I will be eternally grateful. God Bless"
HMC(FMF) Matthew Lubold of Camp Pendleton CA

"my cuz dj was the happy type. I remember once when i was swiming at my uncols house we were jumping in and out and back again. He would help me because i could not swim. On one of the jumps I jumped and he did not. My mom freeked and jumped in after me he just laughed. Now when i wana remember him i think of that day. I LOVE AND MISS YOU DJ"

"Hello Kuya D.J. it's me Holly. Just leaving you this message to say "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" I love you. I miss you like crazy. I am over here spending time with Tia Alma for the holidays. My birthday is coming up. I'm doing the thing that you used to always do and tell everyone like a week in advance that your birthday is coming up. I love you DJ i know i already told you that once this message but oh well i got a lot of love for you. DJ there isnt a day that goes by that i am not wishing that u were here with me. fight with me like we always do. King Kong came out this holiday i just know you would want to see it. jack black is in it he is suppose to play a serious role in the movie this time. i know you were like his biggest fan. american idol is gonna start again in january. i remember watching that show with you laughing at all the people who swore they had talent. lol i love you dj and i just want you to know i havent forgot about you. i dont think i could ever forget about u. i got my grades back for fall semester. my gpa is 4.0 i am working my butt off for u. i know you were always telling me to never give up. i love you. u are the one that makes me want to work harder. gonna let you go for now. love ya."
Holly D.J's younger sister of Perris, CA

"Rest now, my brother, for you have done your part well."
HMC Mesias, USN (Ret), NJROTC Instructor of Oceanside, CA

"HELLO DJ,,,I was thinking so much about you today,,,I WILL NEVER BELIEVE I WONT SEE YOU ANYMORE,its just something that i find hard to believe,, I think about you,AND miss you,,,ESPECIALLY YOUR SMILE,,I some times wonder what you would of be doing right now in your life,,,,AS you had so much life in you,,,What a tragedy, TO LOSE SUCH A SWEET YOUNG MAN...WHO GAVE SO MUCH,TO US ALL...,AND ASKED FOR NOTHING IN RETURN,....LOVE YOU DJ :) GRANDMA JERI"



"I knew David aka. Hardcoregamer12 when I posted alongside him at IGN boards. He was a very nice guy to talk to and seemed passionate about games. I always enjoyed seeing his posts. It's very sad to see that he has passed away, and I hope everyone who knew him personally is doing OK."
Derek/Vandal42 of California

"To David's family, I'm very sorry for the loss of this young man. Although I did not know him, it's sad to think that someone so well loved is gone.

I found out about this soldier through IGN. I never had the opportunity to post with David but a few people who have in the past said he was a great guy. You look at his username and realize that he's never going to post again. It really honestly put a lot of things into perspective for me, kind of brought the war a little more up front in my mind.

Again, so sorry for your loss, and thank you David for honoring our country by serving."
Phyllis of Cleveland, OH

"RIP David...you obviously have a lot of people who care for you."
Eric J. Gibbs of Portland, Michigan, USA

"I never knew David, as he shipped out a good 8 months or so before I joined IGN, but if he had stayed, I'm sure I would have recognized and respected him, it will be a loss forever mourned"
John Cotterell AKA dr_sloth78 of Vancouver, Canada

"Sad to see one of the IGN family go like this. My condolences to his friends and family."
mj1108 of California

"I knew David from the IGN boards as well. It is sad to see such a young man die, but he went with honor. Thank you David for defending my rights as well as everyone else's in the United States; you'll be missed."
Ben Karch (ben242000) of Custer, WI

"I've been a poster and moderator on the IGN forums for around 5 years. I did not know David personally, but IGN is one big family, and the loss of someone...especially one defending our country...is a sad thing. My condolences"
Obijohnshinobi of Sacramento Ca

"ive probably seen him on the message boards at some point, and i want his family and friends to know that he will not be forgotten."
Kenny, L of North Babylon, NY

"I knew him on the IGN boards. He was a very intelligent and humorous guy. He was always polite and a great poster which showed what kind of person he was, which is a great one. My respects to his loved ones."
IGN Board Buddy of Las Vegas, Nevada/USA

"This message from the IGN boards, R.I.P in David...you will never be forgotten and will always stay in our hearts."
Real name: Neo Zargara. Boards screen name: Sx2 of LA, CA, USA

"I didn't know this guy in real life. But he posted alot on The Vestibule (http://betaboards.ign.com/The_Vestibule/b5296/).
Alot of people liked him and he was a great poster. A user just recently informed us that he died. We are all very sad about this. My condolences go out to the family. You can make sure he will always be remembered by the one million or so IGN users from all across the globe. We hope that the family is doing ok. The Vestibule is kinda like a big online family, so we all feel sadness when someone dies, especially such a widely liked poster like David. I'm sure more posters are going to leave a comment to honor David J. Moreno."
Patrick of Chicago, Illinois

"Happy Birthday D.J!! We miss you!!"
Emily of Portland, OR

"Thank God for keyboards, because I can't speak. My throat is all knotted up with emotion that I thought I'd left at your headstone. Every day I hear words you might have said or see something you would appreciate and... I remember you. On your birthday and especially on the coming memorial day, I'm missing you."
~MARS of Lincoln, Nebraska

"I heard about DJ's death for the first time today. I went to Southeast with him and my first thought was he always had the biggest smile on his face. We had a few classes together and said hello in the halls. Even the brief exchanges we had, he touched my life. As our 10 year reunion rolls around, it seems hard to believe it has been so many years. The joy of reuniting with old friends will be clouded by the loss of such a beautiful soul.
My fiance is in the military and the sadness I feel goes deep,it's close to my heart and home.
To DJ's family, I mourn with you, but also take joy in remembering the smile DJ has left in my heart.
Reading the other commentaries, I realized that DJ's smile was constant in his life and in the lives of everyone he met.
Thank you to the Moreno Family for sharing DJ with LSE and the country. As the future wife of a soldier I appreciate the sacrifices you all have made, difficult as they may be."
Jennifer Wyatt of Florida

"HM3 David Moreno.... I certainly enjoyed the pleasure of having met and worked with this young man. With Dave, there was never a dull moment at the NCTAMS Clinic, NAVHOSP GUAM. He will most certainly be missed"
Karl Winn, USN/Retired of Montgomery, Alabama


I really felt a strong need to write on this today. I've been dreaming about DJ a lot these days. And Sharlotte too. :) It's like I go on with my day to day life, and I think I'm doing fine, but then I'll have this dream and it's like the first day I found out DJ was gone. I feel so much regret, and so much anger. I'm sure we all feel that way. Like our time with DJ was just not enough, and of course no amount of time would be, but why did it end so soon.

I went to the movies with Natalie and Courtney this weekend and we always think of DJ while we're at the movies. We love to drink our soda like he did. Never picking it up out of the drink holder, just leaning our heads over to the straw, while never taking our eyes off the screen. That's how DJ did it. He never wanted to miss any part of the movie.

So I know that message was random, but I had to write something. I really miss you DJ."
Emily of Portland, OR

"DJ and I were buddies since elementary school. He was a source of quick wit and laughter. We traded notes about movies and video games all the time. His insight in the cinematic field was arguably second-to-none. He visited me before he left for boot camp when he first enlisted and we met just before he deployed. I did not think that would be the last time I would see my old friend on this earth. We may never really be prepared for loss and no amount of words can describe the loss we share with DJ’s passing. As God has called him back home, we can serve his memory best by remembering what he meant to us, and the service he provided his country. It is written that a man is not truly gone if he is not forgotten – DJ, we will not forget you."
Eric Atienza of San Diego, CA


"To the family, David's name was imprinted on my fallen hero bracelet. I wear it everyday...and just want you to know, he isn't forgotten."
Kim of California

"I served with David at the NMCSD pediatric clinic. I have never met such a hardworking lighthearted guy in my life. I remember the day when my superiors came to me and told me to tell Moreno that he was to be deployed. I asked why him, the department I worked in was severely understaffed and Moreno played multiple important roles, I tried to convince them that there were other corpsmen that could, and wanted to go. But being a true patriot, he did not fight the decision, he did what most others would not have done, he went with a good heart to use his training to save the lives of the fallen. The part of that day that really stood out was when me and a buddy were walking him around to get his depolyment status in check, David busts out with "if this is a joke, you can tell me now..." I will never forget that sentence. I knew he was trying to make light of the situation, in true Moreno fashion, but I was wishing to myself that it was a joke we were playing on him. As you all know that wasn't the case, and Moreno was transferred out of our clinic within 24 hours. The day he left, our entire department went out to say good-bye to our own hero, he was such a stud. He had every woman in the clinic shedding tears. He was so thoughtful he regularly wrote the department letters about his experiences.... I will never forget David, the off the wall humor he had, the hardworking attitude, and the devotion to his country. Rest in Peace my friend..."
HM2 James Keck of Naval Hospital Bremerton

"wow, Moreno, was a good guy, a good sailor, and a great Corpsman. I had the pleasure and honor to serve with him at Balboa Hospital and in the desert of Iraq. I helped treat HM3 Moreno, but there was nothing we could of done. We talked about the TV shows that came out on the WB, because he enjoyed them as well as I did. My last conversation with David was about Buffy and Angel, and how his brother had recorded the season while he was in Iraq. I asked, David, to let me borrow the tapes when we got back to the states. We also talked about how he was getting out in January, and how happy he was to get out and go to school. To let everyone know, David was a blue side Corpsman, everyone knew it, but when his Marines called for David he was there, like if he had been green side for years. I am really sorry for the family of HM3 Moreno, we had been through so much together at the hospital and in Iraq. There isn't a day that goes by without me remembering David, because of all the hardships we went through in Iraq, I considered him my brother, and I lost my brother that 17th of July, 2003, on that soccer field. To his family, I'm so sorry, we did everything in our power to save him, and there wasn't one Marine of Alpha Co. 1/4, that had or has anything bad to say about David. God bless you, brother, you will always have a special place in my heart..."
HM3 Ulises Urbina santos1782@hotmail.com of Garden Grove, CA

"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

"I wanted to thank all of you who care so much about my brother... those of you who take the time to leave messages here for him and those of you who send flowers to my tia's house to put out there for him... I thought Id let you all know that I went to see him and i spent the whole day digging in the dirt planting flowers around the stone... I knew he was laughing at me since ive never been the gardening type... It helped to talk to him but It was extra sad the way Tony wanted to stay a while longer and talk to him alone... I can only imagine what my son had to say... but im sure in some way it helped him too... maybe we can all make gering nebraska the new location to visit for inner peace... I know I am far from the only one who misses my brother and i find a weird comfort in knowing that Im not the only one left with no one to call for useless information... that was always my brothers specialty... no question stumped him and he never forgot who played who in which movie... I miss him and I will never be the same"
Sharlotte of NAS Lemoore

"June 16, 2004 - As a friend of DJ you always knew when his birthday was. As Emily writes in her message below, DJ would always remind you well in advance when his birthday was coming up, Like you could forget. I miss DJ and his amazing memory. He always seemed to remember everything. You could walk out of a movie and DJ would start repeating lines from it. An amazing memory is just one of the many great qualities that DJ possesed. He had the ability to make you laugh, he loved people, and they loved him. How could you not with his irresistable smile and carefree spirit. I miss DJ and think of him often......"
Natalie Wilson of Portland, Oregon

"June 16, 2004
D.J always gave me at least a months notice of his birthday. And then 2 weeks notice. Then one week...you get the point. Like I would forget! So I thought I'd leave a message on here today to remember him. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him. I keep the cross his family gave me from the funeral on my bedroom wall by the door. Before I face every new day, I touch the cross and say a quick prayer. It's my way of remembering him and reminding myself that he must be watching over us all. DJ, We will never forget you. You touched us all."
Emily Fethkenher of Portland, OR

"...I remember Moreno, much like Apuya, from NCTS Branch Clinic where I stood duty with him, in Guam... Theres one thing I think I should mention here: Alot of times in my life, I recount on memories of times past; and it seems to me that most of my memories of the past lie within a great few certain moments or details...things that stood out about that time. For example, I can't tell you much about my 6th grade year except that that year was the first time I had ever kissed a girl and once got into trouble for coming back in to the school after hours and stealing the candy my Social Studies teacher had in a little canister on her desk reserved for students that participated in class discussion (Mrs. Kelso...M&Ms). And I can't tell you much about my time on Guam, but I still reflect occasionally on it and I remember: Apuya was good at soccer, Brandon Chaney was both: an RT and my best friend, and Moreno's sense of humor! Those of you that knew him know what I mean. He liked comic books, and had just the funniest outlook on everything. I brought my Playstation to duty once when it was me and Moreno. I liked duty with him. We liked similar movies, video games and topics of conversation. Thats what I remember about Guam... and that's what I remember about David Moreno.

I've since left the Navy from San Diego and have moved to San Francisco. So much has taken place in my life since Guam. I've been blessed with a great wife and a healthy son. I've achieved my nursing liscense. I've nearly completed my first underground hiphop album and so much more... but looking back at everything, the fact that David Moreno made such a lasting and probably eternal impression on me leaves nothing left unsaid, I think, as to just what kind of a person he was.

My utmost condolences and prayers to his family. And my utmost regrets for never having gotten to know him just a little better. We'll miss you David.
-Brandon Linzy

and to friends and family, email: knowledge_the_empera@lycos.com"
"Cecil" Brandon Linzy, Former Hospital Corpsman of San Francisco, Ca


"I couldn't not leave a message here..after reading so many wonderful things about David. I do not know him, I do not even know anybody from his family or none of his friends...but David's smille really touched me, is possible to see "life " on his eyes. I have no doubts that he was a wonderful person, people like him become Angels, and be sure he is looking for you all.
You're all lucky to have had the chance of having someone like him near you.His smille will stay here in my mind and in my heart, is hard to look at his picture and don't have tears in my eyes, from today he'll be in my prays..."
Ana. of Brazil

"I was stationed with David in Guam. He, Kevin and I were really good friends. I can't believe that he's really gone. My prayers go out to HM3 Moreno's family. You will be missed deeply."
HM2 Mones of Jacksonville,Fl

"""To the family & friends of David J. Moreno. I am the mother-in-law of a son that just returned from Iraq in Dec. and now in Germany. 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 David for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us"""
Linda Lawler of Beatrice, Nebraska

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

"Petty Officer Moreno, goodbye sailor and thank you. You are my hero."
Bill of Houston, Texas

"I just could not pass by this page honoring such a wonderful man without leaving a message so here it is...

I personally did not know D.J. nor did I know anyone who did but I came to this website because I myself was in the Army and was searching for a friend that I was told passed away in war. I stumbled upon quite a few pages but none affected me as much as D.J.'s did. I read the mesages those close to him left, about how amazing he was and what an inspiration he was for all the lives he touched. I went to the website his sister posted that paid tribute to him and I expected this sad little memorial site but I must say it's truly a celebration of his life! That picture of Vin Diesel, man that made me laugh! The fact that people so dear to him chose such a page to honor D.J. shows what kind of a person he truly was. I feel like I know him without even knowing him and thinking of him makes me feel like there's hope out there for peace, there's a chance for a bright future for our children and that someday there will be a such thing as freedom. I am so very proud of D.J. and it would've been one of my truly greatest honors to have known this amazing man and my heart is sadden to say that I will never have that opportunity but through you, his family members; D.J. lives on. You carry on his legacy through your memories, your stories and your pictures. Thank you so much for giving me a glimpse into the life of such an AMAZING person! His life may have been short lived but I can tell that it will NEVER be forgotten. What amazing parents it must of taken to raise such a fine young man. I know you miss him dearly and words can never take away the pain but know this, you are absolutely right to be celebrating his life instead of mourning his death because this man's life is truly one to be shared with the world. Thank you for giving this world such an awesome person to know, love and remember.

Tiff4USARMY@yahoo.com of Statesboro, GA (From VA)

"To David's family, I'm so sorry for you loss. David was a great man and a great corpsman. I was stationed w/ him in Guam and we stood duty together at NCTS Branch Clinic. He was a funny guy. He was one of the nicest person that I've met in the Navy. My prayers go out to him and his family."
HM3 Abmel Apuya of Seattle, WA and Guam

"I just want to say a special "Thank You" to David and the entire Moreno Family for your service and dedication to our country. Thank you for the opportunity for my family and I to be able to enjoy our continued freedom and happiness. I will ensure that when my little girls are old enough to know, they too will understand and appreciate the sacrifice that you made for our Country. So from the Esparza and Martinez Families of Scottsbluff, Thank You David and God Bless you my Man!""
SSgt Chris Martinez/USAF Security Forces of Ellsworth AFB, SD

"I just want to say a special "Thank You" to David and the entire Moreno Family for your service and dedication to our country. Thank you for the opportunity for my family and I to be able to enjoy our continued freedom and happiness. I will ensure that when my little girls are old enough to know, they too will understand and appreciate the sacrifice that you made for our Country. So from the Esparza and Martinez Families of Scottsbluff, Thank You David and God Bless you my Man!""
SSgt Chris Martinez/USAF Security Forces of Ellsworth AFB, SD

"Thank you David Moreno, 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

"I never knew David. In fact, I don't know any of the brave soldiers who have died for this cause. But I want to say thank you to him for serving so bravely and risking his life to make this a better world. It's people like David who give me hope that one day we will live in a peaceful and loving world. I hope that his friends and loved ones can find at least some strength and hope in the fact that I and many others truly appreciate the difference he has made. Thank you David."
Kelly Hanson of Antrim, NH/USA

"Just for a moment.....The sun rises and falls like every other day. The moon shines brightly to light the darkness. God promised he would never leave us in total darkness. Life continues on, bills roll in, children continue to play, responsibilities continue to beckon for our attention. But I want it all to STOP for one day, one hour, just for a moment - in recognition of you. Did we show you often enough how much we loved you? was it enough? will it ever be enough? To us, it could never be, but I hope that at that moment it was enough to soothe your pain - to calm your fears - to gently take your hand and give it back to our Father in heaven. I see your face now in the most unexpected of places. I see your eyes in the eyes of strangers, your laughter in the voices of babies, your gentleness in a child's embrace. Your spirit beckoning me to always remember and not to forget how precious and fragile life truly is; not to take for granted that someone knows how I feel and knows how much they mean to me; not to feel foolish to tell those who matter just how important they truly are; not to assume that there will always be tomorrow and not to pretend to be too strong, lest those around me mistake it for coldness and aloofness. Your spirit beckons me to be open, tell them - because in waiting I may possibly forfeit my only opportunity, my last opportunity and then all that is left is regret and sadness. The bitter emptiness of knowing that my feelings may have loud clarity now but you are no longer there to receive them, to appreciate them, to reciprocate them. Too late simply means that life has moved beyond that moment without fault or blame - just simply past that one moment in the sea of infinite moments. If I could go back to the last time I saw you......I would laugh with you louder, talk with you longer, embrace you tighter, tell you I love you a hundred times over, ask you about your dreams in life, and how many you've made come true and then laugh and ask you what you're waiting for!!! I would ask if you'd ever been in love, what the names of your children would be, what your all time favorite movie is and how many times you've watched it. I would take more time to get to know the man you've become and not be left sitting here with so many memories of our youth and yet so little knowledge of the man you've become. I miss you, I love you and I wish you were here. I wish I could hug you. I wish I could laugh again without this guilt, watch a movie without feeling sad, listen to the same songs without the tears. So young, so much to look forward to and gone so soon. Too few moments, too few jokes and picking on each other, too few smiles, too few hugs, too few visits, too few, too few, too few, too few of you......

I know that you know I love you, but I wish I could see you and tell you again just one more time......"
Your cousin, Alison of Oklahoma City, OK

"So much left unsaid -

did you know? did I tell how much you meant?

Thoughts swim through my head -

did I tell you I love you when we last met? Time spent....

Dreams, youthful, splendid -

but did I tell you how hard it would be to say good-bye if one of us went.....

To the Glorious up ahead -

did I tell you how much pride & love I would have for you if you were sent....

Thoughts swim through my head -

the day has come, regret sets in, tear drenched prayers, my knees are bent......

So much left unsaid -

you are loved & cherished & until we meet again, my words cannot express all that you meant."
Your cousin, Alison of Oklahoma City, OK

"My little brother DJ has his own website for his fans to visit created by a dear friend of the family... davidjohnmoreno.com It is obvious that my brother had many people who cared about him that I was so unaware of... it is great to know that he is so deeply missed by so many... Thank you all so much"
Sharlotte of NAS Lemoore

"Hello family and friends my name is Holly and i am the younger sister of HM3 David John Moreno. My brother was very special to me, we were very close to each other sometimes i still can't believe that he is gone. But i learned that if i keep him in my heart and mind he will always be around. the reason i am sending this message is to thank everyone for keeping my brother in your thoughts and heart. so thank you everyone."
david's younger sister Holly of Spring Valley, CA,

"I never knew this young man , but as a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard for the past 25 years. My heart goes out to all our military men and women who have gone before me and to those who have paid the ultimate price. Just reading all the kind words about this man. You can tell he was very special. may god keep and bless David and his family and friends. you are in my prayers. Thank you."
SSGT. Rory Chavez of St. Paul , MN.

"I spoke to DJ today. No words can describe the pain and sorrow in my heart. I speak to him everyday. I hear his laughter. I feel his presence. I see him in all that I do. DJ is always with me. I hear him in the rustling of the wind. I sense him in the rain. I hear his voice in every song and every movie and every news clip.

I went to the cemetery today for yet another "visit" to speak to him. I find myself begging God to bring him back to us. I talk to DJ and ask him to show himself to us. Then, I realized that he does. He shows us his presence and his undying love by allowing us to get through another day and another night. He keeps us together through phone calls and prayers and tears and remembrances of him and all of the good times. He watches over us. We all share an angel in heaven.

I know the pain will never go away. However, I take comfort in knowing that I don't solely suffer the pain. I have all of his friends and, of course, all of my family with me. And, DJ will never let us hurt continually. His memory always brings me laughter and joy.

DJ, my angel, my brother, I love you and miss you dearly. I will see you again, I know. Until that time, I know that you will always be with us--just over our shoulders and in our hearts."
Debbie of Gering, NE

"DJ's prayer for us

Fill not your hearts with pain and sorrow,
but remember me in every tomorrow.
Remember the joy and the laughter and the smiles.
I've only gone to rest a little while.
Although my leaving caused pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief.
So dry your eyes and remember me,
not as I am now, but as I used to be.
Because, I will remember you all and look on with a smile.
Understand in your hearts,
I've only gone to rest a little while.
As long as I have the love of each of you,
I can live my life in the hearts of all of you."
Deb of Gering, NE

"Nothing can erase the pain you feel over your loss. We are deeply sorry, but so proud of all the men and women in uniform that are ready to sacrifice. HM3 Moreno is a HERO in our eyes."
HM2 and Mrs Korey Graettinger of Wherever the military takes us

"DJ...meant so much to us,,,he was like a son to us,,,my husband and i thought the world of him,,,he was so sweet,,caring,loving,and everything you would hope to find in a young man,,Our son Sean married Sharlotte his sister 10 yrs,ago,,and thats when i first met him,,he was always full of life,and even then carried the most beautiful smile,,everytime i would see him,,he had that smile,,,he was always kidding that i should adopt him,,,he was so much fun,,when i first met him,,i had gone to the mall to get something,and DJ and his sister, and my younger son Leigh had gone with me,,i didn't find what i was looking for,,,but i did notice,DJ was at awe looking at clothes,,so i had told him,,to get what he wanted and i would buy it,,he was in shock,and felt shy,,,,but i had convinced him,,thats what i do,,so he got some shirts,and a sweater,,,he just could not believe it,,,,but when you meet someone as sweet as DJ,,you just cant help yourself,in doing things for him,,,,after his sister gave birth to tony,,he would always call me GRANDMA JERI,,a day never went by,,that he didn't call me that,,,when he was stationed in Guam...i use to e mail him,,,with a different name,sometimes,,and i would pick on him,,i would say ,,i know you,and your family...and i would leave a lot of hints,but it would drive him nuts,,he would say,,who are you,,and i would say,,i will never tell,,i would tell him things,no one else knew,and it would drive him nuts,,,but in the end i would tell him,,,it was me,,,he told me sooner or later he would get me back,,but he never did,,,when he came back to San Diego,,it was the most happiest day,,he wanted to be here,with his family so much,and he couldn't wait to see tony,,,,by then his sister had two more children,,,,so his work was cut out for him,,he was a great uncle,and son,and brother,,,and a great friend,,,my youngest son,,LEIGH,,had a daughter a yr and half ago and i would take her with her mommy to the NAVY HOSPITAL,for her shots,,,AND WE ALWAYS insisted that DJ DID IT,,so we would wait for him,,,He was so caring and great with children,,he would of been a great dad,,when he was back,,,,,,,he always came by,and called,and no matter what,,he always still had that beautiful smile,,,,,when he went to Iraq,,,he would call every ten days,,and he would call his family,,but they were usual working,and he could not get through,,so i would fill him in,,,and he would tell me his stories,and say,,no matter what,,i will always be able to find GRANDMA JERI,,,,i talk to him,,a week before his passing,and he was in great spirits,,he wanted to come home,,,as he could not believe my two sons had already returned,,,,,so he kept waiting,,but in all,he was still a happy guy,,,,he knew he was making a difference over there,and that meant a lot to him,,,,WE LOVE DJ,,AND WILL MISS HIM,,AND HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTON,,MY HOUSE,,carries alot of his pictures,and memories,,and i have filmed him on many occasions,,,,which i hope to edit out to one large tape,,,DJ knew how much family meant to me,,i would give anything up for family,,and i would help and be there if he needed me,,,as i am with his sisters and brother,,,,and thats the kind of person he also was,,a family person,,,you dont see that alot now adays,,but not with DJ,,he always had time,,for family,,,,and he would always say,,want to go to the movies,,i know in our last talk,,he asked as usual,,what is the latest movie over there,and then ask,,,did you go,,,,then he would say,i am going to use one pay check,to just buy movie passes,,,and i bet he would of,,,,one of the first things he was going to do when he got back,was to go to the movies,then to disneyland with us,and then spend time with his older sister,and his nephews,,,,,,I took his Nephews,(my grandchildren) to Disneyland last week,and we said to each other,we will do all the things DJ would of wanted us to do,,,AND we did,,,,,I hope all of us keep in touch,it would be something DJ would of loved,,,,and we all LOVED DJ,,,,,LOVE GRANDMA JERI,,,,,,"
Jeri Kwieraga of San Diego, CA

"I remember when I went to see David when he was finishing Boot Camp. After the ceremony, all the recruits started looking for their loved ones, while all the loved ones started looking for their recruits. It was a mess. I looked for him everywhere in this big sea of people, and when we finally found each other, I was shocked to see tears form in his eyes. He told me that something must have got in his eyes. I thought about that moment while I cried at his funeral.

David really did love his work. He told me once about a little girl that was his patient. She was about five, I think. He had to do a procedure on her that would make any female nervous. He told me, “Emily, that little girl was so brave. Wow. She was REALLY brave.” Like so many of you, I remember getting the phone call after he delivered that baby. You could hear the joy in his voice. I never got to see him in action, but I know he was a very good Corpsmen.

Each day when I wake up, the first thing I think about is that he is gone. I know he’s gone, but it’s still hard to believe. All of us are missing our Star. We will all miss that laugh, his smile, and his silly ways. But together, we will keep his memory alive. I know he is looking down at all of us (His fans), and feeling all the love we have for him. He is truly a hero."
Emily Fethkenher of Portland, OR U.S.A

"I try very hard to remember that my brother volunteered to join the military... I try very hard to remember the honor that comes with sacraficing his life for our country... But instead I find myself trying to rationalize the loss of loved ones that cause so many of us pain each day... The toll is rising and everyday there is someone new mourning someone taken from them too soon... This site being covered in red, white & blue helps me to remember the greater good that my brother gave his life for... He wrote in one of his last letters to me... "you sound so anti-war Sharlotte... dont be that way... we are here for a good reason." So I thank the creators of this site for reminding me of my brother's patriotism... Thank you for honoring our soldiers... Thank you for mourning our losses with us... Thank you for caring so much... And thank you to anyone adding something to my brother's page... He would really think this was cool of you all."
Sharlotte Moreno Kingston of Lemoore Ca

"To the Family you are in my prayers...May God bless you. I do want to say it was a honor to have him in our military Thanks for serving our country"
Stacey (Proud Army Wife) of Zephyrhills,Florida

"It seems strange to leave a condolence, because I am a loved one. I know because DJ (David) wrote love into his letters and showed me in so many ways... as I know he did for everyone else in his life as well. His funeral was the first one that I can honestly say was a celebration of his life! Oh yes, there was crying... but mostly there was heartfelt laughter. Laughter is the best medicine. As a Navy Medic, DJ knew this better than most.

If you are friend, then you know you are family. My heart contracts a little tighter and my soul stands in line with the other families who are remembering those who gave their lives. Whatever will give you the most comfort at this time, that is what I wish for all of us.

For those who were touched by DJ, knew him, experienced his humor, were related to him, or wanted to know him better... we have begun a mailing list. We've been sharing stories and photos, encouraging one another, laughing together, and ultimately becoming stronger and more united by our love for David.

Contact information: marsmarita@yahoo.com."
Marita A. Sanchez of Stillwater, Oklahoma/ USA

"The “Real” Heroes

The mortar shell lobs its way in;
It lands with its usual thud.
The crack of a sniper’s rifle,
Makes you wish you were buried in mud.

The exploding shell does its damage;
The Marine in the sniper’s sights lies shot.
Suddenly, frantically, the call goes out.

“Corpsman! Corpsman! DOC!”

He knows he must enter the target area.
Where his chances of survival are thin;
But he never hesitates to answer the call.
Knowing a Marine’s life depends on him.

An FMF Corpsman is a Navy man.
Trained to help the wounded and sick;
He may be called to treat a private or a colonel,
For an amputation or just a nick.

Many times he is completely un-armed,
With only medicine and bandages in his kit;
His “secret weapon” is his courage.
Which brings him to wherever a
Marine is hit.

Fourteen corpsmen have received the Medal of Honor,
Seven of them, their lives they did give;
They lingered where no one else would go,
So that other Marines might live.
But for the capture of Iwo Jima,
Airman fatalities would have continued to mount;
Thus, the number of lives saved by corpsmen’s dedication,
Perhaps, are too numerous to count.

I know a corpsman, who after the heat of the Pacific,
The bitter cold Chosin Reservoir became his “beat”;
He continued to attend the wounded and suffering,
Until, he too, was hospitalized with frozen hands and feet.

Hollywood has portrayed as heroes, Pilots, submariners and commanders of tanks;
But to combat Marines, the real heroes are the Corpsmen,
And it’s about time we all said thanks!

We thank you for patching us up;
Some of us might not be here today without you.
We thank you also for our buddies you tried to save;
We know, with each one who died, so did a part of you….

HM3 Murphy of Vero Beach, FL

"You son is seated next to GOD. His grace will now be shared will all of mankind. And he WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN!"
HM3 Murphy of Vero Beach, FL

"To the family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class David Moreno:
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 David 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 Petty Officer 3rd Class David Moreno:
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 David, 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