Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael S. Probst

26, of Irvine, California.
Probst died from an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Abu Ghraib, Iraq. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). He was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on February 14, 2006.

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"I am so sorry to hear about his death. It breaks my heart reading about this young guy who died so young! He really sacrificed his life not only for this country but his family! I send all my thoughts and prayers to this family and friends.I am especially heartbroken since I attended Irvine high and didn't realize such a tradegy hit the school."
Sarah of Irvine ca

"Michael and family ,

You will never be forgotten thank you for the freedom you have given us."
Marlon Zambrano (Retired Army/Marine) 344th Combat Support Hospital Abu Graib 2006 of Salinas, CA

"Maybe it is time to let go?.. I don't know, when is it ever time to let go of true love..?? You being gone has to be the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with. I replay our time together over and over and over again in my head. Mostly wishing I was mature enough to help our relationship grow, instead I feel like I instigated it. I know I live most, if not all of my days thinks of you. But, I think I just need to come to the realization it is over. Trust me, I wish it wasn't!!!! I wish there was some other way, but I feel I have played out all of the possible scenarios and there isn't one when you are back in my life. Heck... I have even tried to put myself out there and I feel there is a avoidance from you. I have got to the point where I have started to numbly function as a human being. I feel so pathetic that I can't let go....and it isn't that your lack of presence is holding me back, it is the fact that I am not even certain that if you were still here you would even want me...like I do you?! ......I have always loved you for better or for WORSE, and trust me I still love you. I want to become a better me and feel my current situation forces me to stunt my grow... I will forever love you and pray to God for an answer to my question...."
HK Piper of OC,CA

"7 years... They say time heals all, but there isn't enough time in the world to heal the wound of losing you. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you or see something reminds me of us. I miss you and I will always love you. I will NEVER forget you or stopping loving you, I hope you know that."
Heather Piper of Orange County, CA

"God Bless, Rest in Peace knowing that others are willing to follow in your footsteps and do what must be done to protect our freedom. Semper fi."
Jake of Annapolis, MD

"I LOVE YOU! AND YES! 949.943.9593 if "somebody" wants to talk about Mike"
Heather K. Piper of Orange County, CA

"Going on 6 years this year. I still don't believe you are really gone, I guess I want to believe what you told me in that hotel room before you left. I hope that was your fate and not this. But I will never know..."
Heather Piper of Irvine, Ca

"It took me a long time to accept that Mike was really gone...buddy we had a lot of great times together! You are truly the kindest guy I grew up with a best friend and big brother! I look back at pictures and smile cause of the fun we all had! You will always be remembered! Thank you for serving our Country!"
Brandy di Cristina Strauch of From Irvine, CA now Colorado

"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

Scott Steiner of Worthington, Ohio USA

"February 5, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Michael S. Probst:
Michael 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 can't help but love you and miss you everyday! You will always be in my heart! I cherish the relationship that we had for those few years, I know that we were soulmates. I just wish you were here to enjoy our love! But I know that you are looking over me and my life! Love you forever, like you for always as long as I am living, my baby you'll be!!!! XOXOXOXOX"
Heather K. Piper of Irvine, CA

"I know that it's been 2 years, but it still feels like yesterday. I miss your laugh and your smile. Thanks for the memories and I will always remember you."
Nicole O'Neal of Irvine, CA

"We'll forever miss Mike, it's been two years and I still remember ever moment with Mike, some of which I wish I never lived. It gives me such great enheartenment to hear 'Michael Diamond of United kingdom' to say those things about Mike. I remember Michael Diamond, training with him in '05 at Bridgeport CA (Michael Diamond is an effing HUGE man!) and the words he says mean more to me than any Chaplain I've heard. I hope Michael D and the gang from Birmingham/Manchester ENG has a beer (or 20) for Mike today. And Michael, if you ever read this again, I'm taking you up on the offer for free beer in Birmingham. We'll toast some bloody Marine traditions and have a grand old time.

Philip Martin - TOW/Scout PLT 1st Tanks, 1st MARDIV"
Philip Martin of freedomhawk37@yahoo.com

"I had the pleasure of befriending, and training alongside Cpl Mike Probst in 2005. I was truly gutted by the news when I received it from a US Marine colleague of Mike's. I only knew Mike for a short time, but knowing him and befriending such a personable and amiable man made it all the harder to learn of his passing. Good people are hard to find, Mike was one of the good guys, you didn't have to be around Mike for long to know that. God Bless Mike, and take care. And to all his family and friends I am truly sorry."
Michael Diamond of United kingdon

"From one Probst family to another. Thanks! My son, Jacob Probst, is currently serving with the Army in Ramadi. My paryers are with your family and I am sorry for your loss."
Tim Probst of Wisconsin

"Michael and I were school mates from when we were in kindergarten at Westwood Basics Plus elementary. I had the chance of seeing Michael often in the past few years before he went to Iraq and we were able to have some good memories that will last forever. Michael: Thank you for being a part of my life and for giving yours for this country. You will always be in our prayers. With love always."
Stephanie Woodard (Slavin) of Irvine, CA

"Like I have always said, I love you and you will never be forgotten. I miss you sweetie!!!"
Joanna Mendoza of Irvine, CA

"one of the best human beings I've ever known. I will speak your name for the rest of my life. I will never forget you."
wes sinclair of tustin, ca

"Dear Mike, I didn't think this could happen to you! All I remember is hearing you say that you would be right back....but maybe I will just have to wait a little longer than expected to see you again! I will always love you Michael Probst!"
Heather Piper of Orange County, CA

"To the family of:Michael S. Probst 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"

"Rest in peace, Probst. We will never forget you."
1st Tank Bn Scout Platoon of 29 Palms, CA

"I was stationed and present at Abu Ghraib when Lance Cpl. Probst was brought into the ER. It has almost been a year since I saw this Marine torn apart by the ravishes of war. The memory still leaves me short of breath and broken-hearted when I think of how his family will never be able to give him a welcome home hug. I find solace that God has this Marine in his embrace and he is whole again in the Kingdom of God."
M.Mogul of Alexandria, Virginia

"I served with your son in Tow Plt and would like to let you know that he was the most mature, reliable, and inteligent Marines I ever had the pleasure of knowing. I am so sorry for your loss that day lives forever with me."
Sean Paul of Boston, Ma

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

"To the family and friends of Michael S. Probst: My heart goes out to you and I am saddened by your lose. May god bless you and know that my prayers and heart go out to you. Your son and my brother will never be forgotten."
SSGT Dwayne Holt of Jacksonville, NC

"Thank you Michael Probst, 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. Michael Probst:
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 Michael 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. Michael Probst:
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 Michael, 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