Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Capt. Patrick Marc M. Rapicault

34, of St. Augustine, Florida.
Rapicault died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 15, 2004.

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"Every day. I think about Patrick. If I want to whine or * about something. I try to think of him. And I am humbled."
David chiz. of Cleveland ms

"Thinking of my friend Patrick today. I think of him often to this day. Not forgotten."
David of Cleveland MS

"I had the privilege of knowing Patrick Rapicault while we were students at Expeditionary Warfare School in 2003-2004. Patrick was the embodiment of the ideal Marine Corps officer and warrior. His memory will live forever in my heart. Semper fidelis."
John S. Davidson of Whispering Pines, NC

"I think of frenchy almost every day. I show my employees his interview. I loved him. He loved me. We were friends. To his widow and to his parents. He is not forgotten. I'm the one who gave you his pike pledge book at the service. He was the best man I've ever known."
David chiz of Mississippi

"I served with Pat in 1994 as Sgts together in Pendleton. He use to come over and play roller hockey, not a very graceful skater but we had a lot of fun. Both of us at the time were not US citizens so we had that in common. I only learnt of his death last year from a mutual friend. This world was a better place with him in it. Since I learnt of his death there hasn't been a day that went by when I haven't thought of him and the sacrifice he made for our country.
Semper Fi"
Jon Newman of Simpsonville,SC

"I trained with then Officer Candidate Rapicault in Quantico in 1997-98. He was an outstanding person and a natural leader. He defined the "lead by example" ideal and always had tons of energy and enthusiasm, tempered by an uncanny SNCO's good sense. He was inspiring in both his physical and moral courage. I wish I could have known him better. Semper Fidelis, Pat."
Major Jaysen Warner of Quantico, VA

"I had the honor of serving with Capt. Rapicult when he was the 4th platoon commander of the "Black Sheep" at 1st Fast Co. Capt. Rap was the finest office I have ever had the privelage of serving with. He never gave up on his Marines and always pushed them to be better than they thought they could. He didn't give up on me when I had a lapse in judgment and for that I will be eternally gratefull. He made me a better Marine and personified what it meant to be a Marine Corps office. Mrs. Rapicult, my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Thank you for supporting your husband in his choice to lead Marines. God bless you Ma'am and God bless you, Capt. Rapicult."
Cpl. Justin Polasek of The Woodlands, TX

"To the family of:Patrick Marc M.Rapicault
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""

"To family and friends of Capt. Rapicult,

I was in 2/5 from 92-2000 and I knew him and felt a connection with Capt Rapicult as I am also French/American. As many of us Marines I have a zero failure mentality and strive to exceed far above the bare minimum. I was a Sergeant going through a helocopter rappelling school and subsequently failed the course. I was devastated as a result. I had never failed anything. Upon returning back to the company office I saw him. He could see the frustration and disappointment on my face. I explained what had happend and he gave me a pat on the back. He talked with me and made me feel better. He taught me that it's ok to fail as long as you learn somthing from it. He picked me back up and motivated me. He gave me a really nice set of personal rappelling gloves that I have today. I went back to the school and graduated. I know it doesn't sound like much, but it meant a lot to me. I will never forget him. I only wish I could thank you in person. Semper Fi"
Stephen "DJ" Desjardins of Camp Pendleton, Ca

"I miss you buddy."
Brian Jenkins of San Antonio, TX

"Black Sheep 1st F.A.S.T. Co.4th Platoon... Captain Rapicault, Thank You for always Leading from the Front and setting the Example. Your Inspiration to others will last a lifetime.
Thank you Mrs. Rapicault for allowing us to serve with your Husband.
Semper Fidelis and God Speed"
Sgt. Jason A. Velasquez of Temple, T.X. USA

"I had the honor to served with Capt. Rapicault in 2/5. He would do anything for his Marines!!!! Best Marine I ever knew.
Semper Fi Sir!!!!"
Jacob Terpko of Spokane, Wa

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry at times. I understand, in theory only, that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take your families and friends 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. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"I briefly knew this Outstanding Officer while he was with his FAST Plt in Rota Spain but he left a lasting impression on me. God Bless Sir, GySgt Lee"
Robert Lee of MCAS Cherry Point NC

"I knew Capt. Rapicault as a FAST Marine while stationed in VA. He was true to the corps, his Marines, himself, and to his Country. He will never be forgotten, and more importantly, I will never forget him. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we may continue our way of life. Semper Fidelis!"
Cpl. Jeff Gallagher of Cleveland, OH

"Semper Fi, Sir. I have been to visit you on four occasions in Arllington. You were a man of honor. A true American Hero. You will be remembered in so many hearts for so long. Nov 15, 2004 was among the worst days in American history, but Thank you, Sir. You inspired, you taught, but most importantly you lead by example. Something some other men could'nt find the heart to do."
DJ of PA

"Captain RAP is one of the greatest man, Officer, marine i ever knew. anti armor weapons company 2/5 (caat 1 and 2. 96-2000."
j "winni" w of seattle, wa

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"I still think about Patrick all the time. I'm so proud to be able to tell people of a man I called my friend named "Frechy" who gave his life so that all of us could live ours free. Just wanted his family and friends to know that the guys from DSU have never and will never have him far from our everyday thoughts."
david chiz of cleveland ms

"I personally knew Mark at one time, He was my platoon commander from 98' till the time I got out of the Corps. I always called him "Sir". I only learned of his death today,(4 years later) and I've been crying for hours. We as a platoon loved him. He took us for a run in Okinawa in 00' and the platoon grabbed him and gave him a pinkbelly for his birthday. He took it like a good sport. We as a platoon of enlisted men truly loved this Officer, this magnificent man. I loved him. We were grateful to have him as our platoon commander. This was before it all went down with 9/11. We had suffered with him through numerous training exercises, and his spirit never faltered. We invited him to the enlisted club because he was so dear to us. They wouldn't let him in and we threatened to burn down the building. I raise a double shot of whiskey in a special Marine Corps shot glass tonight in tribute to a truly committed and magnificent man, whom I can't truly believe has left us. I likely would have never seen him again, but I remember him as a brother. I loved him and I extend my most sincere gratitude to his widow, and his family, and his unit, and to the Corps for this wonderful man and his sacrifice.
Former Sergeant Daniel K. Lewis
Dan Lewis of Salt Lake City, UT

"November 15, 2008
To the family of Capt. Patrick Marc M. Rapicault:
Patrick gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cnanot 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 carry your memory and your message with me every day. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Semper Fi"
Mike of Seattle

"I learned of Patrick's death in December 2006; 2 years after he died. I felt so guilty that that I did not know sooner. What a huge loss. What a great man. I knew him from running and swimming in San Diego. He was a motivating and very happy person; larger than life, in many ways. I was so happy (and sad..., of course) to learn that he fell in love and married. I wish his widow so much prayer. It is truly unbelievable to know someone who gave their life for this country; Patrick was such a caring, determined and committed man. Thank you for allowing this memorium. I have wanted to 'say something' for 2 years; since learning of this tragic and unfair death. Again, my prayers and thoughts go to the Rapicault family."
Jean of San Diego

"i was looking all over the net to find old friend,At the begining i was not sure if my good friend Patrick was the one who died in Iraki War....I was in the border school in Fenelon Grasse with him..during years...He was a really close friend...We did a lot together .....at that time he was a really good swimmer....and loved boat....i am so sad ,i just get the news today.....You can join me at
Cedric brelet"
Cedric brelet of france

"Mrs. Rap,
I am sorry for your loss and I still get teary eyed when I think of your late husband. Known to myself and many of our friend's as Rapp, we formed our own clic or gang of friends if you might say. "The Roosters" taken from an Alice in Chains song, we even made t-shirts, still got mine 14 years later. I met Rapp from a mutual friend and in an instance there was nothing I would not have done for him. As Stevie said, "I got your back." from all of us, Stevie, Boogie, Tommy, Sembo, Will, Kuhnle, and Scotty. Love forever Semper Fi"
Brian L Sember of Ottawa, Illinois

"Patrick was a friend when we were in middle school at Fenelon in Grasse, France. I lost touch with him right before high school, but I remember him so well. He was a great friend, very athletic, and we shared a love for the English language and America. I just learned yesterday July 4th 2008 that he died in Iraq almost 4 years ago. I am so very deeply saddened by his loss, although it's been over 20 years since I last saw him. From the various site I browsed, I can gather that he was great man that commanded the respect of all around him. I am not surprised. He was like that as kid too. I wish I could have know him as a man. To his parents, sister and wife, I extend my deepest condolences for their loss."
Michel Floreani mbaboo1@yahoo.com of Los Angeles, CA USA

"Capt Rap, you were one of the best officers that i served under.Your dedication to the men and to the Corps made you just that much special. There wasn't anything that you couldn't do and you were known to always keep us on our toes and expected the best from us no matter what it was.I must say that my time spent in 1F4 were the best 2 yrs a marine could ask for and i thank you for everything that you did for us and for all the times you stood right there with us helping us be better marines. OOOO RAH sir"
Cpl Vasquez Bobby of Chicago, illinois

"You are not forgotten."

"He was my Lt in 96-2000 in 2/5.He was the best officer and Marine I knew! He loved us very much and us him. Semper Fi LT and your family! God Bless!"
Joshua Harstrom of Gun Barrel Cty. Texas

"1F4, the men that made up that unique and special Platoon will have memories that will stay with us forever whether God hand picks us to go home to him early or not. Captain Rap a MAN, Warrior and most of all an Officer that loved his men. It was an honor to serve under to him and learn from him and I know that I am not the only man to feel this way whether you are civilian or marine now it doesn't matter Captain Rap you will always have your place in our hearts. Ma'am may God walk with you every day and keep you strong may he find favor with you and your future."
Nino De Rosa of Toms River, NJ

"To the wife of Captain Rap as we of 4th platoon knew him as.Captain rap was one of the best platoon commanders I ever had the chance to serve under.Captain Rap was a true leader.I remember him on always wanting to be the first to try anything and always leading by example.Captain Rap thank you for being apart of my time in the Corps.Rest in peace brother in arms and will see you again someday.
SGT Camarillo P
Fox Co 2/1"
Pedro Camarillo Jr of Poteet Texas USA

"Mrs. Rapicault

I served with Capt. Rapicault with 1st FAST 4th Platoon. I think i speak for all of us of 4th Platoon and say what a privilage and honor it was to serve with your husband. we admired his dedication and leadership and his loyalty to the troops. Capt. Rapicault personified what it means to be an infantry officer. He never settled for anything but the best. Capt. Rapicault was always there with the platoon. he would never let us conduct any mission, PT, or any activity without him. Mrs. Rapicault, i could say several words but i think i could sum it up in 1 by saying he was the BEST!!! We will miss Capt. Rapicault and never forget who he was and what he died for. OORAH 4th Platoon"
Anthony Monnin of Virginia Beach, Virginia

"I served under him in norfolk in 1st FAST CO 4th platoon and I have never met a man that was the kind of leader he was. He could make us laugh and be serious in the blink of an eye. He always stood by his troops and you always knew that he was there to support us just as we were there for him. It is a great loss but I will remember and respect him forever. 4th platoon blacksheep, oorah!!"
Lynch of Boston MA USA

"God Bless to your family. I only knew him as a young LT, but he was one of the greats of his time. A true warrior and great man."
Cpl Theriot of Iraq

cpl.paul s.coupal USMC of wilmington island georgia u s of A.

"I will never forget Patrick for as long as I live!! He made everyone smile and was such a great friend to me!! When I think of him I laugh and I cry because there are so many memories!!
my heart goes out to his wife and family."
HM3 Cathleen Levi-Oliveira (former navy corpsman) of Easton Massachusetts

"I had the distinct HONOR of serving under Capt. Rapicault in Ramadi, Iraq in '04. He was the best Company Commander that a Marine could ask for. He fought alongside us in the good and the bad times. Sir, you are gone but not forgotten. We will always remember. Semper Fi"
Sgt. Edgar Hunt of San diego, CA/United States

J'étais au lycée avec Patrick, à Grasse (France) il y a maintenant 20 ans.
Je viens d'apprendre son décès.
Je tiens à présenter toutes mes condoléances à son épouse ainsi qu'à sa famille.
Que Dieu les garde"
Bertrand Pauvert of Mulhouse, Alsace, France

"I had the honor of serving under him from 1996-2000. He was one of the best officers I have ever met and one of the Best MARINES. He passed doing what he loved and most importantly being a MARINE! SEMPER FI!!"
Joshua Murdock of Charleston, West Virginia

"I had the honor of serving under Patrick in Ramadi. We were blessed to have him as our CO. He was the best commander any Marine could hope for. My condolences to his family on this two year anniversary of his passing. He will never be forgotten."
Jason Brigadier of Frisco, TX

"Coming up on the second anniversary of our loss. I remember the day we lost you, Thompson and Ryan. Horriable day. The sting today is still as harsh as the day we lost you guys. I hope your family is doing well. "It is foolish and wrong to weep and curse God for these mens deaths. Instead we should thank God that such men lived.""

"To the wife and family of Patrick Rapicault:

I was fortunate to call Patrick 'Brother' on many levels. We were Pikes and pledge brothers together at DSU. I was also a Marine. I got out of the Marine Corps (reserve) in 1994 after serving during operation Desert Storm. I spoke with 'Frenchy' often about what the Marine Corps is and what my experiences were. Patrick was a brave soul, a man among men. I never thought something like this would happen to Him. Patrick's service makes me proud every day to have been a Marine. I think of him often. My heart goes out to all of you, God Bless you."
Larry Ferguson of Germantown, TN, USA

"To friends and family, The day Capt Rapicault and Cpl Thompson were killed, my son Chad volunteered to be the next radioman for Whiskey 3. Chad was KIA on Feb. 3rd, 2005. He was the last casualty from 2/5 before they came home. He called in January to make sure we watched the 60 Minutes story, so we would understand why he needed to do it. I wish you peace."
Terri of Delaware

"I remember "Frenchy" when we were stationed together in Camp Pendleton California. We were MCIWSs for 1st LSB, he got my quota for scuba school out in Hawaii. I will never forget the time we had together as good friends. I did not know his family, but he knew mine. I will pray for your loss, but will always know he died doing what he loved - Being a Marine."
Tracy Young of Okinawa, Japan

"Mrs. Rapicault and family,
I was friends with "Frenchy" at DSU. We still call him that out of habit. It's been over a year since his service and I know I speak for all of us here in cleveland MS when I say not a day goes by without thoughts of him and his family being a part of my day. I am a better person for having known Patrick and he will forever be in my thoughts and prayers."
David Chiz of Cleveland MS

"Thank you for your son, who we will forever remember as a hero to first his family and then to us his country. He served with pride and his selfless efforts blessed us with a freedom that no one anywhere else in the world knows or could ever imagine."
John Hendricks &Family of Green Cove Springs, Florda , USA

"Aux parents du Capitaine Rapicault,

À la radio de Radio-Canada, j'ai écouté avec beaucoup d'émotions le reportage sur votre fils, le Capitaine Patrick Marc Rapicault.

Son histoire et la votre m'ont grandement touché.

Je tiens à vous adresser mes plus sincères condoléances.

Philippe CAUCHI"
Philippe CAUCHI of Montréal, Québec

""I was fortunate to have spent the better part of my four year enlistment with Patrick "Rap" starting in 1994. We traveled the far east together with the 31st MEU and went on to pendleton after. He was a man you could count on no matter what. He stopped off in nebraska to visit for a couple of days en route to CA and attended a rodeo and loved it. It was a honor and great pleasure to have served with him and to have called him brother.
Semper Fi and god bless a true american hero"
Wade Hudson of North Platte, Ne USA

"I served with Pat while he was deployed to Japan with the 1st FAST Company, 4th Platoon, aboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19). It was an honor."
LT Mitch Perrett, USN of Monterey, CA

"Tu n'est pas oublié Patrick et tu ne le seras jamais. Merci pour tout ce que tu as accompli. Merci beaucoup."

"Dear Vera-
Rick and I wanted to let you know that we were thinking of you during this time. We loved Patrick very much and miss him dearly. The time we all spent together in Norfolk, VA at 1st FAST Co. is very special to us. We think of you often and wish you the best. Patrick believed in what he did and felt that this was his calling. Rick tells me all the time how honored he is to have served with Patrick. Knowing him has changed Rick's life and also mine. We are always here for you. We love you, Vera.

Kelly and SSgt Rick Sebastian"
Kelly and SSgt Rick Sebastian of Jacksonville, NC

"I did not know the Captain personally, but knew of him. And without meeting him I had great respect for him. So when I heard of his death I wanted to do something to keep his memory alive. I purchased a memorial bracelet with his name on it and I wear it proudly. And when someone asks me about it I tell them what I know. Semper Fi"
R. Williams of Bensalem, PA USA

"I watched your interview on TV last night. They saved the bit about your death until the end of the program. As I watched and listened to your responses, I thought to myself, "what an interesting and nice guy!" When I learned that you had died soon after your interview, I was completely shocked at how quickly a life can go by. How fragile this life of ours and ephemeral the time we have on earth! I am deeply grateful for your patriotism and your sacrifice to protect me and our country. I also believe that there is life beyond this one and that a person like yourself still lives on in glory in this world. Thank you once again and Godspeed."
Sergio Costa of New Bedford, MA

"what a great man. i never met patrick but i'm sure it would have been a privilege for me. my condolences to mrs rapicault and other members of his family."
johnny nielsen of clearfield, utah

"Dear Rapicault family,
It is with the heaviest heart that I am writing this. I have since just learned of my friends passing. I am also one of the fortunate people to have served with Pat. We attended our first mos school together at courthouse bay. It was then and there that we began a lifetime friendship. Upon completing school we went to Okinawa together. Even though Pat was out on the MEU we still kept in constant touch. As the years have past we lost touch and every once in a while I caught a glimps of him in the Marine times and I would exhaust every effort to find and talk to him. The last time I spoke with him I believe was when he was in VA, and we set up to meet upon his return from I beleive was a 6 month deployment. Then as fate would have it I moved away, and lost touch again. Frenchie I am sorry that we were unable to see each other again!! You are the finest person I have had the pleasure of meeting. As I sit here at work trying to write this I have so many memories running through my mind as well as the tears in my eyes. I hope to see you at the gates of heaven my brother. I love and miss you!! 858-880-1210"
Jeff Jacobs of San Diego Ca

"Family and Friends of Patrick,
A true hero and a man beyond all others, Patrick was an incredible human being who made a place in this world that will never be forgotten. I had the pleasure of knowing Patrick for many years in San Diego, and for that I am thankful. My world was touched and my life is brighter having known him. He will deeply missed...
With love,"
Megan of San Diego, CA

"Vera, we met at Sandra and Charlie Miracle's wedding when Patrick led the sword detail. You weren't married yet but we could see how madly in love you were. My deepest sympathy to you and Pat's family. I just found out today, June 5."
Tracy Peterson and Major Eric Peterson of Okinawa, Japan

"I was Patricks recruiter. I just found out of his fate today. I was shaken by the news. As a lifelong Marine, I am trained to deal with this, yet still I find myself greiving his loss.
I met Patrick prior to his senior year at Delta State. He came to me! A recruiters dream. A wonderful man, a great student, a model citizen, and a man I knew I wanted in our Corps.
I was saddened that he was going to have to wait to become the officer he wanted to be, because of his citizenship issue. That did not disuade him. Instead of the skepticism I normally met when I guided men on career paths, he was open and honest, knew I was the same, and trusted me.
I am proud to say I was a small piece of the greatness that was this Marine officer and he will never know, how much he inspired me.I often talked of him to others as an example of the great youth we have in our country,unaware of the heights he had reached.
I extend my condolences to his widow and family.
I am prouder than ever to call him my brother. Semper Fi."
MGySgt (Ret) Eugene "Chris" Clark of Iwakuni, Jn

"I worked with Patrick when his team was assigned to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. He was a true professional, dedicated to his mission and his men. I enjoyed the few rounds of golf we were able to squeeze in while he was there. I remember him telling me his first job when getting home from the shipyard was to fix a fence that had been damaged in a storm. My deepest sympathy to his family."
Doug Hase of Montgomery Vlg, MD

"To the family of CPT Patrick Marc Rapicault: His 2/5 unit has now returned from that second deployment to Iraq. My "adopted" Marine arrived home safely. I believe that Patrick, and the other 14 who paid the ultimate sacrifice on this tour, were looking down on their buddies and helped get them home safe. Please accept my condolences. It is because we have young women and men, like Patrick, willing to serve and sacrifice, that we live in the greatest country on earth. They truly keep us free and safe. Semper Fi!"
Ted Cagley of Pontiac, Illinois


"Monsieur et Madame Rapicault,
Je suis Français de Paris. Je suis un de ces rarissimes Frenchies (moins de 10 % selon absolument tous les sondages depuis 2 ans !) supporters de George Bush. Si dérisoires qu'elles puissent vous paraître, je vous présente mes condoléances les plus affligées suite au décès de votre fils. Votre fils était un héros, pas un héros de film d'action, mais un vrai héros, humble, efficace et avec un coeur gros comme ça. Et surtout, contrairement à ce qu'a pu écrire ci-dessous "Stéphane of Paris France", sachez qu'il n'est pas mort pour de "mauvaises raisons". Il est mort pour défendre deux ou trois choses qui sont malheureusement considérées comme ridicules, voire "cheezy", en France : la Démocratie, la Liberté, le Courage. I tell you from the bottom of my heart that you can be as proud of your beloved son as I'm ashamed to be French. God bless you. God bless America."
Bertrand of Paris, France

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

"Madame et Monsieur Rapicault
C'est avec tristesse que j'ai appris le décés de Patrick. J'étais à l'internat à Fénelon avec lui. Il m'a laissé le souvenir d'un garçon gentil, honnête et droit. Je me permets de vous présenter mes condoléances."
olivier coluccini of Nice

"I feel especially close to Captain Rapicault. My son spoke of Cpt. Rapicault often with respect and admiration. My son, Cpl. Lance M. Thompson, was with Cpt. Rapicault as his communications person. My son was killed with Cpt. Patrick Rapicault and Cpl. Marc Ryan on Nov. 15, 2004. I spoke to Lance for almost an hour on Nov. 12. He said the Captain was "Gung Ho" and "...wanted to clear out the bad guys so we can come home." Lance also wrote several entries in his personal journal about important events that would happen while they were out. He said they went out a lot but that was good because they were always successful. He admired the men he was with because they looked out for each other. Lance took numerous pictures of the men he called his brothers. I am proud of our Marines. They were there because they believe that all people deserve the right to have freedom. Freedom isn't Free!"
Melanie Smith of Westfield, Indiana

"To the Family of Patrick Rapicault,

I served in the Marines with Pat in 1994 and 1995. He was a Marine who served his country well. He loved the Marines more then anyone else I know. He voiced to me several times that he wasn’t sure if he could ever be an officer because of his Duel citizenship. I am glad to see that he was able to make it.

I had the pleasure of going on leave with him when in Indonesia. We and some other Marines went to the island of Bali. We stayed there a few days, saw the sights and did a bungy jump. I still have video of that day.

I am very sad to hear of his death. When I saw it on the “Fallen Hero’s” segment off the CBS news I felt like some one punched me in the gut. I felt that I had to write and say How sorry I am for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers. Pat was a good friend and a good Marine. May God bless you all."
Matthew Anders of Cape Girardeau Missouri

"He was American by blood given, if not by blood received."
LTC Thomas P. Kratman of Carlisle Barracks, PA

"Mrs. Rapicault,

I am a friend of Patrick's who first met him at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. Anyone who became a friend of Patrick's could only describe him as a brother because he treated his friends as a protecting brother would. I knew him to be one of those few people who was humble, genuine, honest, kind, and reliable. He had a very big heart.

Patrick could always be counted on when his friends needed him. When he joined the Marine Corps, he became the protecting brother not only to his friends but our nation.

I am deeply saddened for your loss of such a man and only can say that my family prays for yours and we hope you find confort in knowing that you were loved by a such an honorable and kind person.

Thank you for allowing him to do what he did best, which was looking out for his brothers, our nation, and his fellow Marines.

He will be missed by many.

Lee K. of Brandon, MS, USA

"Monsieur et madame Rapicault,
j'ai été très ému par votre interview au journal de France 2, c'est vraiment dommage de perdre un homme d'une telle valeur pour de si mauvaises raisons."
stephane of Paris France

"I was the first person to meet Patrick on the day he came to America. He was 18 years old. He came to live with our family in Starkville, MS for 1 year. He only lived with us for 1 year, but his presence is still in our home even after 4 moves across the US. I am so proud to have known him. I'm so proud of the way he lived his adult life. I have my own feelings about the war in Iraq, but I feel nothing but pride for our marines."
Ginny Jones of Franklin, TN

"Thankyou Vera for being so strong and brave... Patrick expected that of you. He is so proud of you. Tears are not only acceptable but normal, but they can be sacred for Jesus weeps with you...As do I and the rest of your friends and family. Just remember, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints". We love you Vera... we loved Patrick too.."
sk of beaverton, Or

"Dear Mrs. Rapicault, and parents & family of Captain Rapicault: It is with personal distinction and a humbling sense of honor that I may say to have trained with then Candidate Rapicault at OCS, Quantico, Virginia. He is remembered and will not be forgotten for who he was; both in service and person, abiding in memory as a standing witness to excellence. Your loss is ours. Very sincerely yours, Gustavo Matheus."
of Kensington, Maryland, USA

"Nothing about the Iraq crisis has touched me more than the CBS news report with Captain Rapicault then to learn of his death. I am moved to tears and hope you find solice knowing how many of his fellow American's honor his sacrifice."
Billy Walker of Phoenix, Arizona USA

"Mrs. Rapicault,
Patrick has gone on to heaven where he will join the warriors and heroes already waiting there. Please know that God will take him in his arms. Patrick will be well-received and loved. Were he able to tell you so, he would wish only the best for you. May you and your family come to terms with your tremendous loss and eventually find a measure of happiness and peace."
Rocky Warren of Colfax, CA

"Dear Mrs. Rapicault,
I saw the 60 minutes program which followed your husband and I felt compelled to write you. I fought in Iraq for seven months and lost many friends. My heart goes out to you and your family. Words can never replace your husband but I just want to say how proud I am of him and his sacrifice. May God Bless Pat, you and your family.

Semper Fi
Trey Willett
Captain, USMC"
Trey Willett of Arlington, VA


"Thank you for your ultimate gift Patrick. You were not a foreigner but an adopted son of America. Your family has my gratitude and prayers."
K. Alexander of Baton Rouge, La.

"Dear Mrs. Rapicault,
I saw your husband on a special and felt I had to write and tell you how he touched me. I am a Marines wife. We are retired now but once a Marine always a Marine.
I don't know if you have heard of an organization called "Hero Braclets" but I wanted you to know that I soon will be wearing your husbands name on my "Hero" braclet. I wore a POW braclet for years in high school while my brothers fought in Viet Nam and now I wear a new braclet."
Janis Hill of Grand Praire, Texas,usa

"This Great French/American- I am a Veteran of the Vietnam Era- This CPT. is a Hero- I love him for what he did for America- Frenchy is a Hero."
Mark McGinley of Houston

"Repose en paix, Frère d'armes.

You choose to fight for another country than the one where you first saw the light of the day and you served with gallantry.

Be honored as we honor these French Marines fallen on african soil to defend Freedom like you did where you died.


There's no citizenship difference between soldiers.

Au revoir, mon frère!"
Edmond of Paris, France

"To the Family of Patrick Rapicault,
Think you for the time he serviced and the time he was with my brother Cpl Lance M Thompson. Remember that they are in a better place. I know that my mom asked my family to write down things we remember. I wrote that those memories I will keep close to my heart. I know that when I patol the streets and help those in need, Lance is with me...for he is my gardain angle. You need to remember that Capt. Patrick Rapicault is with you all."
Matt Dalton, Oldist brother of Mooresville, IN , USA

"Our son Christopher , the love of our life died in IRAQ 3 May 2004. There are no words that can be expressed to ease the hurt. My husband and I saw the segment about Patrick on 60 Mins.The only consolation that we have is we know thet Christopher loved his job in the army, and I feel that Patrick loved his job in the marines and believed in the mission,and no matter how we hurt, we will never take that away from them. Patrick will be in our prayers. Jackie and Jim Kenny/"
Jackie Kenny of Merritt Island Fla.

"I read the "Time" article in which Capt.Rapicault and his company were in and then tonight(15Jan05) I watched the 60 minutes segment which again Capt. Rapicault's Company as the focus. I am sorry to say the segment didnt do either him or his Marines any justice and I just wanted to say how much it makes my heart hurt for all the service-men/women who have sacrificed it all in this war. Semper Fi and God Bless."
Mike Wyatt of Jacksonville Illinois

"To the family of Patrick M. Rapicault I am sorry for your loss. My only son and child Antoine Smith died at the side of Rapicault when enter the room together on Nov. 15, 2004. They died side by side for freedom and now guard the gates of heaven with all the other U.S. Military heroes lives that was taken in Iraq. I know and feed your loss, your hurt, and pain of your love one. I cried for all the parents that loss a child in Iraq even my own child was deployed and kill in Iraq. I pray God step in and take conrtol of this war so United States can be happy again."
Deborah Smith of Orlande Fla Usa

"Dearest Family & Vera,
Your husband, Patrick was one of the sweetist souls that I have meet. I could see the undying love between you. My prayers are with you and your family in your time of loose. KaterinaBB@aol.com"
Kathy Benli of Stafford, Virginia

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

"To Patrick Marc'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

""Yea though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me." Psalm 23:4"
Mazin Enwiya of Chicago, IL

"To Patrick'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

"Thank you for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

"To the family and friends of Capt. Marc M Rapicault,

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

"Thank you Patrick Rapicault, 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 Capt. Patrick Rapicault:
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 Patrick 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 Capt. Patrick Rapicault:
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 Patrick, 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