Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Caleb J. Powers

21, of Mansfield, Washington.
Powers died due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on August 17, 2004.

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"Caleb was my cousin, only a year behind me. I remember picking him up from the airport with a black brief case with a huge Unities States Marine Corps sticker on it. He was much more worldly than I was. He had been to the big city, young marines and told stories of going to the Pentagon with Rear Admiral Owens. Sometimes I thought he was full of hot air, which he never was. He was always full of energy and him and I worked and played side by side. He was the reason I joined the military. He got my attention by the way he spoke of the military, the kid loved the Unites States Marine Corps. He had more energy than anyone and couldnít be worn down. It didnít matter what we were doing, he had a smile on his face. I used to call him cubby cubby shortcake to get his goat. He truly is missed, and a day doesnít go by I donít think of him.

Last weekend we celebrated his life at his 20 year anniversary car show of being KIA in Ramadi, Iraq.

RIP Peace Marine, Til Valhalla Brother

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem"

It was an honor to drive his Truck.

LCpl Caleb J. Powers Young Marines

If anyone has pictures of Caleb Powers in uniform or just hanging out, I would like for you to send them to me please. thomas.tupling@gmail.com"
Thomas J. Tupling of Mansfield, Wa

"Yesterday I participated in a wear blue: run to remember event that played tribute to our fallen heroes. The event took place at the Ellipse, just outside the grounds of the White House. Each participant selected the name of a fallen hero to read aloud during a circle of remembrance. The name that I selected was of Lance Corporal Caleb Powers.

Following the event I researched his name and was very moved by his life story. I wanted to reach out and express my condolences to the family and to let you know that Lance Corporal Caleb Powers is not forgotten."
Adriana of Maryland

"Thank you for serving for our country and we will always remember all that have fallen. God bless you."
Bobbie Rose of Virginia

"As part of a Memorial Day Ceremony honoring all of the fallen of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, I am honored to read Caleb's name. I lost my own son, Neil, on Aug. 13, 2004 when he was KIA."
Diane Santoriello of Verona, PA

"Miss you Powers. I live in DC now so I visit and just catch up sometimes. I'll never forget you bro.

David Mendoza Pekala AKA Khalsa"
David Mendoza Pekala of DC

"Caleb. I still think of you often and miss you. I have the picture you sent me framed and will always display it. I hope you know how many lives you touched and how tragic your early death was for everyone who knew you. . Miss you."
Nicole of New York

"RIP Caleb: There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends."
Nick W of Phx, Arizona

"RIP Powers."
David Stickle

"I never had the honor to meet you Caleb, I was good friends with your sisters fiancť, Ricky Lord, but I'm sure you know that by now since your with him guarding the gates. Thank you for cashin your check, you will never be forgotten."
Fellow marine of South dakota

"To the family of:Caleb J. Powers
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"1-16-11"

"I left some flowers for him when I visited last week. He is resting beside another good Marine I knew LtCol Shea. I met a mom whose son is in section 60 as well. She said she would look after them in between visits. Thanks for having such a great son. Semper-fi."
A Marine of Texas

"I will always remember the smoke breaks on ship and the laughs we had my brother. You are my hero and to the heavens i will look and know you looking down with a grin. Rest easy my friend."
Cpl Lucas Martin of Robinson, IL

"Still Missing You"
Ms. Haigler of Fredericksburg.Va

"It is because of LCpl Caleb Powers story, his involvement with the Quantico Young Marines, and his dedication to duty and honor of his country, we have named a Young Marine unit in his honor, the LCpl Caleb John Powers Young Marines of Fredericksburg, Virginia."
CWO5 George Biedenbender, USMC (Ret) of Fredericksburg, VA/USA

"Dying for freedon isn't the worst that could happen....BEING FORGOTTEN IS.

Caleb will not be forgotten!!

in his memory:

LCpl Caleb Powers Young Marines, Fredericksburg, VA"
Pam Biedenbender of Fredericksburg, VA

"Powers was a good friend of mine. I was his first room mate when he arrived to 2/4. I was in his platoon but different squad while in the Marines. I will never forget the day they came back without him after that post. I will never forget him. He was a good person, and a good friend. The only regret I have is letting our friend ship stray those months we were in Iraq becuase of rank. Rest In Peace and may god always watch over his family."
Borjon of Texas

"We Scots have fought and died alongside our amercian allies and still do in afganistan for the cause of freedom"
Andrew Murray of Scotland

"May God Bless you and to our fallen brother.

Viet Nam 1967-68"

"May God Bless you all. I am so sorry for your loss."
Leila Shipman of Texas

"July 3, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Caleb J. Powers:
Caleb 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

"I think about my falure everyday.That should have been me I was a jerk to him that day I joked around a little to much .I was so close on taking that post ,but I didn't, I wanted too even though it was not my post at the time but I was a little more of a jerk than I have been but I trully connected with Powers more than a freind but like a brother.I falled his family and my brothers it was supposed to be my death not his .I wanted to die for my brothers but God wouldn't take me ,I held back. I don't Know why , not my post at the time .As a Navy corpsman I was not exspected to, I suffer everyday.
A saying I live by "Evil will reign on this earth when good men do nothing"Your son will help me from the heavens know, cause God knows I pray for peace Reast in peace this is the last time I will talk about him again."
Doc of Lodi

"R.I.P buddyboy"

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"To Powers Family
I also like many others had to honor to serve with your son in Fox Company he was a good man, a good marine, a person you will never forget. He is guarding the gates of heaven with so many that have also fallen. His family will always be in my heart untell the day i can stand next to him at those gates. Sempri Fi

HM3 Bruner, Shawn of Norfolk, VA

"Dear Sir and Madam,

I am deeply saddened to read of the loss in your family of not one but two members in such a short space of time.
I am a member of the UK Territorial Armed Forces and have a great deal of respect for American service personnel serving in Iraq and overseas. I could not help but be touched by the circumstances around your bereavement and the warmth and depth of feeling for these two men.

Yours faithfully,
J Randall"
Jon of United Kingdom

"For the Powers family:

My name is LCpl Deric Dalton. I was with F Co 2/4 2nd plt when we where in Ramadi. I just wanted to let you know that he is not forgotten and we all still talk about the good times that we had with him. Kenneth Williams always tells us about the times that they shared together.

Semper Fi,"
LCpl Deric M. Dalton F 2/4 of Vancouver, Wa

"Ms Powers,

I was at Arlington National Cemetery on 21 May 2006 and saw a woman carrying a
sleeping child. The woman was wearing a shirt in memorial for Lance Cpl Caleb
Powers. I have posted this photo on my online photo album.

I shoot photos at the Tomb of the Unknowns two or three times a month. As a
former United States Army Military Police Sergeant, I have a special... Well, I
probably revere the meaning of the Tomb more than most the tourist visitors. As
a serious amateur photographer, I find a challenge in shooting and sharing
photos that exhibit the respect the Tomb deserves. The respect for those who can
never be returned to their families... For now, they belong to us all.

I believe on the same day, there was a wreath-laying... the banner on the wreath
read: Freedom Is Not Free. I also have some photos of this ceremony. I am not
sure if you were there this day, but if so, I would consider it a privilege to
send you the photos burned on disc.

Of course, I never had the privilege to know Lance Corporal Caleb Powers, but
then again, I know him all too well, as do all warriors.

The photo of the woman with the child can be found here:

The link to the album is: www.betterphoto.com?ancphotos or

Respectfully submitted,

Rex Looney
Formerly: Sgt, USA, MP

Rex Looney of Northern Virginia

"To the Powers family, I am sorry for your loss; To Caleb, may you watch over those that you have left behind, may they grow strength from your love and your memory."
Gwendolyn N. O'Neal of Irvine, CA

"God Bless You... My son LCpl Jeremiah Savage was with the 2/4 Wpns Company and was KIA May 12 2004 They are together guarding the gates of Heaven. Semper FI"
Eva Savage of Livingston Tennessee

"It's March 20th, 2006, and I have just received my heroes bracelet from heroesbracelets.org--and it's Caleb's name. I have read about him, seen his pictures. I am proud now to wear his name on my wrist. I will wear it for a long, long time, & always remember him."
Barbara of Honolulu

"Caleb, I miss you bro
Friend's for life."
Adam Asmussen of Mansfield,Wa

"To those who leave these messages and share the same love for my brother as I have. The pain lives on day after day. I miss him more than anything. There is not a second in the day when I do not think of him and need him here. Not only is it hard to lose your little brother but a struggle because he was also a fellow Marine. He was taken from us the day before the love of my life, my fiance Richard Lord also a Marine. The two most wonderful men I know are together now hanging out and watching over me and my son Brody. I am fortunate to have had the best brother in the world. I love you Caleb and am doing things for you everyday. From a loving sister and fellow Marine.For God so help anyone who ever caused him pain or defame his name. Semper Fi! rosannafp81@wowmail.com"
Rosanna Powers of Gainesville, Florida

""Semper Fi""
HM3 2/4 of Norfolk, VA

"I went to bootcamp with Caleb and I have to say he was one of the finest men I ever had the privelege of serving with. I hope that his death is not forgotten, for he was one of the good ones. One of the few and the proud. Maybe not much of a consolation to some, but he is with his brother Marines and he is in a better place than we are. If I had not been injured myself, I would still be over there fighting. I swear he will not be forgotten, and I know he will be missed."
Anonymous but always faithfull of Seattle, Wa, USA

"I want to thank all of those that are thankful for what my brother did. my name is Mishell Tupling and Caleb was my adopted older brother. I was 14 when he died and i had never experienced death before, the death of a role model,a brother, a Marine. i didn't know how i could survive not having him around, hog tieing me and hanging me upside down in a tree for 3 hours, chasing me down on his jimmy rigged dirt bike, and eating like a pig no matter if it was thanksgiving and the whole family was watching. Caleb was one of the proudest people and loved being a marine. i have missed him so and will never forget the huge impact he had on myself, my two older sisters and my parents. it really does help to read the beautiful things that are written about Caleb. it has been a little over a year and i can still remember his laugh and that evil little grin when he was up to something. i did not understand then but i am now 16 and i know what he died for...
Me and you, our country our freedom.

let us remember his death and most of all celebrate his life because that is what keeps him alive in all of our hearts. he will always be looking after us protecting us in death as he did when he lost his life. he is our gaudian angel our hero. He always signed all his letters home, Semper Fi"
Mishell Tupling (little sister) of Mansfield, WA USA

"Mr. and Mrs Powers My name is Brandon L. Hill My Marines know me as
Doc Hill.I knew your son he was my brother.I was there when He was taken from us that day that I will never forget.His Anniversery was a couple of weeks ago.I wanted to talk to you In person,But it has been to hard for me to deal with.I blamed myself for a long
time but I realised after a year that there was nothing I could Do there was no pain in his passing.God was calling him.I stayed by his side the whole time.It was hard to see him go.I will always be apart of 3rd platoon 1st sqad
we will never forget him.He talked about farming and dirt bike riding.I dont want want to hurt you with this message but I know he is in Heaven!I know He looks down and watches are backs, Family and brothers in arms all of them are waching from above.My deepest sorrow for your lose and ours.
Hn (Devil Doc)Hill(USN)
P.S brandonhill152@yahoo.com"
DOC Hill of Lodi,C.A. USA

"Thanks for your service and sacrifice."
Bob Shephard USMC RET of dayton,oh

"Caleb was on my ship while he was in Okinawa. I remember going out and hanging out with him and some friends. I was upset to hear about him. I will never forget that smile of his. He was a great man to have around. It seems everytime I ask about someone I know chances are I dont like the news. My friend LCPL Tripp said, "Don't judge the military, you dont know what we have to go through." And he is right, it is heartbreaking learning that someone you knew has died and some ridicule the military. They wont when it is someone they know."
Kayla Edenshaw of Ketchikan, Alaska

"I graduted boot camp with Caleb. I spent three months on the Island sleeping in the rack next to him. I can recall many nights listening to him tell me stories about his family and friends in the darkness of the squad bay. Those memories are burned in my mind forever. He loved his family and most of all he loved life. Good times or bad he always held his head high because he was proud to be Marine.

I'll see you at the gates brother."
Cpl Gilbert

"I never had the chance to know you but someday I'll get to know you...Rest in Peace...Thanks for your services. You'll always be remembered."
Christine B. christinebeaulieu_@hotmail.com

"I never had the pleasure to meet you,but know someone very close to you..Your sister Rosie..She and I share the same great loss.We both lost our little brothers just a day apart.The thing is my little brother was her fiance..We share alot in our loss..and with us seeing each other everyday we know that we will never forget you or any of our lost "Hero's"I may not have met you but love you the same..."
Sgt.Ricky Lord's sister/Kim of Trenton,Fl

"I wish to send condolences to family and friends of Caleb. We are so aware of the happenings in Iraq and can only say - "he is now in the hands of the Lord" My prayers are with you"
Dorothy Powers of Montreal, Canada

"Lance Cpl Caleb J.Powers.

You will forever be remembered in our hearts and prayers for the fine young man you were and the heroism you displayed.
I have never met you although I have had the opportunity to view the memorial on C.N.N. I then had to send my deepest condolences to your family and friends who knew you most.
You and all the other soldiers who lost their lives did a fine job for your country and you have made the whole world proud with all of what you have achieved.
Thank You on behalf of all my fellow Canadians and may god be with you.

Rest in peace, Caleb!"
M.Giguere of Canada

"i was in golf company during our stay in iraqbut i remember when he was the humvee driver in Soi. He took me for a ride that i thought would flip us over.m He was always in search of a good time. His spirit lives on in all the men that he has met semper fi"
lcpl jason rosman of camp pendleton

"My son knew Caleb, served with him in Ramadi....he found out about Caleb's death just shortly after my son returned back to the states. He was at our home when he read about Caleb's death. My son's heartwrenching reaction will stay with me forever. I'm so sorry for your loss. I thank you for his service to our country and pray that your hearts are comforted by Caleb's memories and the tenderness of God's peace."
Laura Parson of New Jersey

"I had the rare and special opportunity to be serving with LCpl Powers as his squad mate. He is a hero, a good man and a good Marine. Semper Fi. Fallen but not forgotten."
LCpl Holloway, BP of Snakepit, Ar Ramadi, Iraq

"to family and friends of caleb powers i will always remember the good times in okinawa i had with powers. he is a hero always in my eyes. i never forget u brother"
cpl cortes francisco i of snake pit ramadi iraq

"To family & friends of Lance Cpl Powers you are in my thoughts and prayers. My family to knows your loss and pain. To Lance Cpl Powers thank you soldier for serving our country for our freedom. You are a hero.
Proud Widow of Army SFC Robert J. Mogensen 3rd SFG KIA 5/29/2004 Afghanistan"
Tanya Mogensen & Family of North Carolina

"It pains me to know that I will never get a chance to meet such a good man. I was supposed to meet him this month. Now that oppurtunity has been stolen. I pray for you and the rest of your family. May there be fair winds and following seas at your backs."
Collier A. Azare FC3 USN Active of San Diego, Ca USA

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Caleb J. Powers,

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 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

"To Caleb's family, My deepest condolences for the loss of your son. I too know your pain. Your son and mine were honored at the same memorial service in Iraq. My son Jonathan was killed 8/8/04, he was with 2/4 Fox Company, 2nd platoon. I believe Caleb was in 3rd platoon, they may have even known each other. My prayers are for all of us who have lost a loved one, that through the support we receive from family and friends we can work through this sorrow and pain. Our sons fought and died for their country, we can be proud of them while we mourn them. God bless you in this difficult time."
Angelique Collins,amc9000@comcast.net of Crystal Lake, IL

"May God Bless your family and the young lady who Caleb loved. Caleb will forever live in the soul of his flag and our country."
W,E. Powers of Nashville, TN

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

"To Caleb's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in the battle for freedom. Caleb is a true American hero and will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to this country. May God bless you and I pray you find peace and comfort during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

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

"May God Bless you and yours. My son was standing next to yours. He was injured but he survived. Your son is a hero. The words do not mean much now, nor do they comfort you. All the same, others will come home in a matter of weeks, because your son gave the ultimate sacrifice. My God comfort you."
I. A. Green of Jefferson City, MO

"To Caleb's Family:
There are no words to express the sorrow we feel for your loss. May God bless you and help you through this time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"Caleb you will ALWAYS be an American Hero. To your family friends and loved ones please know that you have my deepest sympathies and prayers. I share in your loss. My fiancee Spc Shawn Davies lossed his life on 7-8-04 he was 22. I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that you will always have wonderful memories of Caleb that will forever be etched in your heart. I hope you may find strength in God in this most difficult time. God Bless!!!"
Autum Shingler ashingler09@yahoo.com of Aliquippa, Pa

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten. For the family/friends: May time provide happy loving memories in place of present sorrows. Look to the sky for in the infinite meadows of Heaven the bright shining stars bloom...the forget-me-nots of angels. God bless you and thank you."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"Thank you Caleb Powers, 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. Caleb Powers:
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 Caleb 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. Caleb Powers:
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 Caleb, 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