Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Elisha R. Parker

21, of Taberg, New York.
Parker died while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 4, 2006.

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

"I retired from the Air Force about ten years before the IRAQ war began, I am so sorry Eli was taken. I am so sorry I could not have been there with him, by his side. You probably already know he did not die in vain. Perhaps the Iraqis will be and remain free. Many sacrificed their life so that we could be free. My sincerest condolonces to the family of Parker."
Stephen Powers of Moneta, Va, USA

"Its's hard to believe that it's been almost 6 years, although time hasn't healed anything. I miss you everyday."
Sgt. Chris Lane of Louisville, Ky

"May 4, 2009
To the family of Sgt. Elisha R. Parker:
Elisha 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

"Its still hard to believe you aren't here with us anymore. You are with me always. In my heart and in my mind. I miss you. Never forget xo"
Nicole of Charlotte, North Carolina

"This is to Eli's Parents. My mother wrote this shortly after his death....;

A Hero

As we travel through our busy life
A question we must ask
What makes someone a hero
Is it the measure of the task

Is it the spirit deep within you
That marks your destiny
Or the love for one another
That fills the empty seed

Do we challenge without reason
Will the cause be justified
Or is it a sense of duty
That commitment sets aside

For those whose path is filled with love
The question is but one
How can I do the best for those
Whose honor must be won

As the moral obligation
Engulfs the soul inside
It leaves behind a common thread
Of silent paradise

For when we meet a hero
The answer will be known
I did what I was meant to do
For I was not alone
Eli will always be in every single persons heart for as long as they live."
Jenny Simmons of Camden, Ny USA

"My name is Sgt Joseph Fincher. Eli was a great Marine. I knew Eli when i was a Cpl. Sgt Parker was the kind of Marine you wanted to be like. The day he died was a great loss to the Marine Corps and to his beloved family. Never forgotten. SEMPER FI"
Joseph Fincher of texas

"I will always remember Eli in youth group always falling over in his chair because he couldn't keep it on four legs. I wish you knew how much you changed my life by just knowing you. My prayers and strength goes out to the Parker family . I will never forget you Eli NEVER"
Brittany L Shapley of Camden, NY

"I think about you every day Eli. From our times in Mr. Walsh's math class to shaving our heads at your graduation party. It's hard to watch Seinfeld and not think about you (and you're letter to the cast!). I love you."
Kyle of Camden, NY

"Just watched CNN coverage.(7/9/06)
THANK YOU for raising a son who *cared,* and followed his heart.
Heartfelt sorrow for your loss."
Dave Helmick of Fairmont, WV/USA

"My name is Sgt Derek Morris USMC. I did not know Sgt Parker, but I know his sacrifice. I just participated in a memorial motorcycle run in Illinois to a wall we have in a small town with the names of all who have been killed in the Middle East conflicts. I recieved a memorial dog tag with Sgt Parker's name on it. If the family would like to have this, please let me know (dpmorris80@hotmail.com). We will never forget your son or any of the other sons and daughters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Semper Fi."
Sgt Derek P Morris of Great Lakes, IL

"My condolences to the Lauren, Parker family and his brothers in arm. I will never forget. I salute you Parker!"
Angela Turman of Fort Worth, Texas

"My grandson, LCPL Robert L. Moscillo, was in the same unit as Sgt. Parker and had spoken well of him. Robert was killed in the same way as Sgt. Parker on May 1st. My heart and sympathy goes out to Sgt. Parker's family. You are all in my prayers."
Doris Dawson-Smith of Oceanside, CA/ USA

"Here is a kid that grew up in a rural setting, reading Spider-Man comics, and playing with his brothers. As a slightly older young man, Elisha joined the most elite branch of the American military.
As a Marine, he was a Marine's Marine. His leadership qualities recognized. I wish I could've met him personally just once. God, Bless him and cradle him in your everlasting arms."
Rick Olney of Mohawk, New York

You will never be forgotten...You have touched the lives of so many people from all age levels. You will always be a hero in my eyes.
To the family of Elisha Parker:
"I might be a bird up in the sky
Landing beside you, please don't cry
I might be a dream when you're asleep
I'll never leave you, count on me
A bright shining star to wish upon
You'll know it's me, I'm not really gone
There will be signs if you believe
And I'll be waiting for you to come home to me
I will be there when you're all together
When you laugh and when you cry
Because I may be gone, but my spirit lives on
In Everyone of you
So Call out my name when ever you're lonely
I'll help you make it through
Has anybody ever heard of heaven out there
I hear there's a place so beautiful, it's as if you all were there
I hear you when you say your prayers and when you say goodnight
So wake up tomorrow, welcome the sun, because Eli's gonna be alright
Would someone tell my mom I love her so
Please tell my dad I miss him, I'm sorry I had to go
My message to my family and to all my friends
Starting tonight celebrate my life,
I'll see you all again..."
~These are lyrics from a song~
God Bless you all..."
Becky Cook of Camden, NY USA

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

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

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

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Elisha Parker:
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 Elisha, 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