Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew G. Patten

19, of Byron, Illinois.
Patten died from an improvised explosive device outside Fallujah, Iraq. He was inside an abandoned flour factory being used as a patrol base when the IED detonated. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on December 1, 2005.

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"To the family of:Andrew G. Patten
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""

"Patten family-
I don't know if you remember me, but I remember you--and Andy, of course. I was his 2nd grade teacher. It was my first year of teaching, and what a great year it was. Andy was so energetic, so happy, such a great part of our classroom. I still have a book that he helped write...and I know just which page is his because I can picture him laughing at it. I am so honored to have been a small part of his (and your) life. What a brave young man."
Amy Broemmel of Knoxville, TN

"December 7, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Andrew G. Patten:
Andrew 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

"To the Family and Friends of Lance Cpl. Andrew G. Patten: I thought you might like to know that on Sunday, September 17, 2006, I stood on 25th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City. I held a sign with your loved one's name on it as a way of honoring him and all the other brave men and women who have lost their lives while serving in Iraq. Please know that many miles away, someone is thinking of him, and of you, as well."
Leslie Rubins of NYC, NY, USA

"To the Family of LCpl. Andrew Patten:
We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq. Our memorial includes, as of 8/28/06, 162 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put Andrew's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email me at arlingtonmidwest@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest if you can. A friend has put us up on his website so you can see the memorial here:

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.""
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"My name is Cameron Schilling and I have started “Portrait of a Soldier” which donates a portrait sketch of every Illinois soldier who has fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan. All 122 sketches will be on display for a Memorial Day Presentation in Chicago, Illinois on May 26-31 at the James R. Thompson Center in downtown Chicago. After the ceremony the sketches will be given to the immediate families of the Illinois soldiers. I would invite any friends or family members to come and honor these men and women from Illinois who have given their lives to our country. For more information please contact OperationHomeFront.org at 866-417-8889 which is an organization headed by the Lt. Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois who is in charge of the Memorial Day Presentation. Thank You.

Please check out www.portraitofasoldier.org
To contact Cameron email cameronschilling84@hotmail.com
To contact Operation Home Front call 866-417-8889"
Cameron Schilling of Charleston, Illinois

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

"To the Patten family from the Wahl family. Deeeply sadden by the news. Andrew has not died in vain! he is an American Hero! Andrew is someone's osmeone and he is someone to our family. Thank You Andrew for being a military brother to our son. I assure you Gregory felt you had been his brother. Although, neither of you knew one another. Military soldiers have a common bond. To protect over one another. Today Gregory and you are together along with all our fallen. You mission in life is complete. Still this is a very diffucult period for your family. Andrew loved you all very much. an he knew you all loved him. He is still with you. You only need to reflect on memorable yet precious times shared with Andrew. Please reach out to your community and political leaders today. Request a STREET be named in Andrew's honour. It is the very least the community can do for Andrew. Andrew has touchec the hearts of so many. An he has given the Iraqi people HOPE! To one day live in peace. Andrew was a very unselfish man. He risked everything for us all. an American is alot safer since 911. Andrew was apart of that and so much more. Andrew you will never ever be forgotten! God Bless!"
leonard wahl of VALLEY STREAM, NY

"To the Patten Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your son is a true American Hero. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God Bless you all and God Bless Andrew. Thank you Andrew for being a hero."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Andrew Patten:
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 Andrew, 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