Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Lawrence R. Philippon

22, of Hartford, Connecticut.
Philippon died from enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Al Qa’im, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on May 8, 2005.

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"To the family of:Lawrence R. Philippon
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""

"May God Bless you Mrs. Phillippon and all our fallen service members this Mother's Day. Our sons were actually together when Lawrence was killed in Iraq. My heart continues with you. I keep you in my prayers."
Phyllis Osborne of Paducah, KY

"If I could put down in words what you meant to so many that knew you. I never had the pleasure. However, the Marines that you served with told me and showed me you through their eyes. You will always hold a special place in this Marine Mom's heart. Rest sweet child rest."
Regina Rooks of Suwanee, GA

"dear lawrence R. Philippon.
im in history doing a project on you, may you rest in peace and you'll never be forgotten <3"
jenny. of ct

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com
A hundred times a day, I remind myself that my inner and outer life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am receiving. - Albert Einstein"
Scott E. Stenier of Worthington, OH USA

"I grew up in the town of West Hartford and around the Philippon family. However, I was too young to remember him. Currently I am dedicating a school paper to him and all the soldiers that have served our country well. He will be missed."

"May 4, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Lawrence R. Philippon:
Lawrence 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

"just learning how to use a computer found this site the other night just wanted to say i met your son on a couple of occaisions and was very impressed with him. I know my brother charlie lawrence cared a great deal for him and would of been proud to have had him marry his daughter. she also had a great deal of trouble dealing with lost. but larry will never be forgotten. and is in everyones prayers even the people you never met. he was a hero in every way."
michael lawrence of silver spring md

"Larry was my beloved nephew. He was a fine young man. It's true he believed in God, Family & his country. He always felt a certain sense of duty to be wherever he was needed most.

As a young boy, he loved to run, laugh and play. I remember seeing him for the first time when he was about 6 or 7 in Philadelphia as we all were there for a small family reunion with his Uncle Bob, a retired Marine and me and my family.

I remember talking with Larry by phone before he joined the Marines and He was so proud he was going be a Marine and especially to be serving his country. Seemed like his joining the Marines brought our family closer together. Everyone wanted to call and wish him well. He was so happy.

For all the young men and women, the fathers, mothers, uncles & aunts serving in Iraq ...we hold you up in our prayers and wish you God Speed.

For you are our greatest heroes and for those gone, they will never be forgotten as we keep them close in our hearts forever.

I personally thank all of you for such great support of my sister Leesa & her family, Ray, Emilee & Bryan. It means so much to them and to me too. There aren't words enough to say how any of us feel, but we know that someday we'll all be together in that great place called heaven and perhaps we'll meet all of you there too.

Thank You & God Bless,"
Viktoria & Gary Affron of Lake City, Florida

"Love and peace forever. Semper Fi Larry."
Santo, Maria and Daniel

"Dear Leesa and Family,
Hearing about Claire's passing must have been even more difficult as it coincides with Larry's anniversary. No matter the years that slip by us, "that day" that changed our world remains forever etched in our minds and hearts. You are very much in our thoughts and prayers. God is our stronghold in times of trouble."
Bela and Family - 5/13/08

"To the family of LCpl Philippon,

I served with your son in Washington DC and can honestly say he was one of the greatest Marines I have had the pleasure of working with. I truely wish it would have been me that day! Thank you for having a son that showed us all what being a Marine is all about."
Sgt Shawn Ballard

"I will never forget this great man that died for me and my country thank you so much and god bless you"
Felicia Garrett of Braselton,Ga/usa

"We were extremely moved by the ceremony in which a wreath bearing Larry's name was laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetary on Wednesday, June 27 2007. God Bless his family, and we thank him for his sacrifice."
Vince & Laura Verges of Tallahassee, FL

"On Memorial Day, 2007, I had the absolute honor to be working the flight taking Lance Corporal Philippon's family home to Connecticut. I had seen heartbreaking news footage of his mother earlier in the day, and recognized her immediately.
I impressed upon her, and the rest of her family, how much this personal sacrifice meant to me, personally.
I was given a precious memento of the Lance Corporal in the form of a Memorial card, which I carry with me every day - working or not.
I let them know that the last person who put his life on the line for me without knowing me personally, was nailed to a cross. I love our troops in the same way I love my Lord.
It doesn't matter if I don't know a serviceperson's name or face - I claim them all as "mine". I care about ALL of them - NONE are left out.
christina calbone of Essington, PA - USA!!

"I will never forget that you gave your life for me. Thank you Lawrence. God bless your family...5/27/07"

"God Bless Lawrence and God Bless his Family."
Greg King of Akron, Ohio

"I am so grateful to you and your son for making the ultimate sacrifice for me and our country. I will think of you every Mother's Day."
John of Pensacola

"I've been driving by your home quite a bit lately as my mom is at a rehab facility in West Hartford. Remembering your sorrow and feeling my own as I imagine the week when the road was lined with flags. God help you, give you strength, keep your hope and faith alive, bring you great comfort, peace, and flood you with love. 4/20/07"

"We are business associates of Larry's father, Ray Philippon. Hearing Ray tell of Larry's Marine Corps service in Iraq, his love for Larry and the pain of his loss, brought the war home to all of us. Larry, we thank you deeply for your commitment and sacrifice. Semper Fi!"
Beardsley, Brown & Bassett of Bridgeport, CT

"To the Philippon Family-
I know how very proud you are of Larry, as is everyone else. he IS a hero that will NEVER be forgotten. God Bless all of you.
Leesa, Ray, Emilee, and Bryan Thomas...
Stay Strong."
Elizabeth "Tish" Santapaola of Middletown, CT

"Am thinking about you and your family at what can be a very difficult time of year."
CLAIRE DEL GRECO of Simsbury, ct

"I heard about the Memorial in West Hartford Center from my sister-in-law, Claire. Next time I'm in the area, I will proudly pay tribute. Stones won't bring them back but their names will remain for generations to come and no one will ever forget our loved ones and their ultimate sacrafice for our country. God bless you...5/29/06"
Bela Beaupre of Woodbury, CT

"I am deeply sorry at the loss of LCPL Philippon and send my condolences to the Philippon family. I attended both Basic Training and ITB with him and he was an extraordinary human being and it saddens me to know that he is gone."
Johnny R. Thornton Jr. of Mobile, AL. USA

"To the Philippon Family -
Although I never met Larry, I was a friend of Emily's and I know how proud you all were of him. I grieve your loss and will keep him in my heart always.
My greatest condolences,"
Nelli of West Hartford, CT

"Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless you."
Del Greco family of Simsbury, ct

"May you find comfort in knowing so many hearts share your pain and realize the sacrifice that Lawrence and his loved ones have endured in the name of freedom. To Lawrence: Thank-you ,to an American Hero.To his loved ones: He died doing his duty,our duty is to never let Americans forget"
BWall of WoodburyCt

"Thinking of you this July 4th, 2005. Praying that God is helping your family and friends. Love never ends. It lives in our hearts forever."
Bela of Woodbury, CT

""My heartfelt and most sincere sympathy to your family and friends. Thank you brave soldier and precious young man for serving our country. You paid the ultimate sacrafice to ensure freedom and safety...to make this world a better place. You will always be remembered. May the Lord bless and comfort those of us left behind to carry on without you and all the loved ones we have lost.""
Bela of Woodbury, CT

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

"To The Philippon Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"Ray and Leesa Philippon: I am deeply saddened by your loss. Larry is a hero and will always be remembered for his sacrifice. My thoughts are with the both of you, along with his brother, sister and fiance during this time of sorrow. May all your memories bring you some comfort."
Marian Elavsky of Deltona, Florida

"We are very saddened by your loss. Our son, Lcp John Schmidt died from injuries he sustained in Iraq (Feb 3, 2005) on May 11, 2005. He was in Brooke Army Medical Hospital for 3 mths. I was fortunate to have spent the whole time with him. He was also from Camp Lejune. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers."
Barbara and Eric Jimenez of Brookfield

"Our hearts and prayers will be with all of your family and friends, brave Lawrence. You will never be forgotten."
The Del Greco family

"To the family, relatives and friends of Lawrence. Our hearts are heavy and our prayers are with you. Our son is in Larry's platoon. We grieve every day and pray for the safety of all still there. May your sorrow lessen with time, but not the memory. They are all Hero's. Siemper Fi."
Pete and Maureen Greco of Denver, CO

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
From the family of LCpl Branden P. Ramey, KIA 11/8/04"
Sandy of CA

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon, Ohio


"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Lawrence R. Philippon,

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

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

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

"Marine Lance Cpl. Lawrence R. Philippon, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time."
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

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

"Thank you Lawrence Philippon, 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. Lawrence Philippon:
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 Lawrence 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. Lawrence Philippon:
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 Lawrence, 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