Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army Cpl. William D. Richardson

23, of Moreno Valley, California.
Richardson died in Baghdad, Iraq, when he came under enemy fire and fell into a canal. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died on April 3, 2005.

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"Dean, your sacrifice will NEVER EVER be forgotten.. maybe oneday I will get to thank you in person, hero!"
Rena Joy of Seattle, WA

"Just thinking of you on this Veterans day. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of our country. 99% of Americans wake up and enjoy freedom. Thank you for being part of the 1% that woke up and defended it. You will never be forgotten. We will appreciate you always. Thank you from a very grateful nation. Rest easy soldier."
Abigail of Burke, VA, USA

"Dean, my son played baseball with your brother, Kyle. My son really looked up to you. You are a true American hero."
Art of Mapleton, Utah

"Hey Uncle, I just wanted to say how much you really mean to your family. Grown up now I don't remember all the good times we had together but what I really do remember is the bond that you and me shared. You're a big inspiration Uncle Dean. I love you and wish you were here, but I know you went out saving lives and for that your respected. I wish I can I have the heart, will and desire you have. Till next time Uncle"
Your Nephew, Tyler Richardson of Hemet, CA

"Memorial Day 2012. I carried CPL Richardson's body from F.O.B. St. Michael, in Al Mahmudiyah, to the mortuary affairs point in our M113. It was a humbling ride. I will never forget the sacrifice made by the great Soldiers of this nation. I do not forget your sacrifice."

"You can't read this, but because of you, some others can read. I believe that you're in a better place and with more of my family there, than I have left here. I think of you often, and I stop by often, to pay my respects to you, and others. Your surrounded by good people. Love to family, honour to Veterans. Mike"
Mike of Perris, Ca

"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

"April 18, 2009
To the family of Cpl. William D. Richardson:
William 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

Roxann parker-sister of corona

"Today is Memorial day 2008. My three children Chris, Brenda & Bobby all attended Moreno Valley High School and knew Dean. Especially through Viking football. Coach Ford & some of the other coaches & booster club members would be at the laundry mat on Saturday mornings, washing the uniforms from the previous nights football game. Coach Ford would always talk about Dean! He was so proud of the type of player & leader he was on his football team! Everyone who came in contact with Dean, was better off having known him. What a great loss to all. Thank-you Dean for giving your life for our country & our freedom. You will be remembered always!"
Debbie Sears of Moreno Valley, CA

"miss ya bro. 3 yrs feels like yesterday. thank you for what you gave, some of us will NEVER forget."
Bco 2-70th AR of temple tx

There is not a day that goes by without me thinking of all the Awesome SOLDIERS that gave their all from 2/70 AR. Brother you are right there at the top. Today is Memorial Day and I will honoring all of our Fallen Hero's."
Ricky Massengill of Westminster, CO

"hey dean its sgt nold form ft riley just wanted you to know that even though we didn't spend alot of time together i miss you brother."

"To the family of:William D. Richardson 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"

Your lil Sis

"To the family of Dean Richardson:
Just wanted you to know that I knew Dean all the years he was at Moreno Valley high school, he was a go getter that is for sure, I'm the one who stitched up his lip when he split it open during a wrestling match (yes I was the trainer for the team the only one daring enough to fix up all the cuts and scraps the guys got) I remember when Dean split that lip I had to literally pull him off the mat and put him up against the wall, he was so furious he wanted to finish the match and pin the guy that is all he had on his mind he didnt care about the lip, I told him there was no way he was going back out on that mat....and he fought me on it so I made a deal with him I told him he could finish the match "if" he let me steri strip his lip and promised to go the urgent care immediately following the match...luckily for him he agreed. Dean was a great mentor to my son Jeremy during football and he retired his number to Jeremy and told him he didn't want anyone else wearing his number, Jeremy wore it proudly for 2 years. My eldest son graduated with Dean and they too were good friends they both were on the wrestling team and spared with each other quite often. I will miss Dean as most of his friends will, I loved the way he had spirit....always a team player.
To Dean: You crazy kid...I always knew you would go far....and you did..Thanks kiddo for loving your country enough to support and do something rewarding in your life...you make us all proud....I am very proud of you and want to say your greatly missed, I will miss your craziness and your smile...thanks for watching over me during football games making sure no one bothered me...your a good guy.
Also thanks for being there for Jeremy and building up his spirit..he needed it."
Mom Parnell of Brea Ca USA

"On April 3rd your one year death anniversary, I want you to know that their are so many people who love and miss you, I realize it will never get easier but the fact that there are so many people around us who honor you does make it less difficult. I love you big bro."
Your little Sis of Mo Val, CA

"miss u always from white plt(2nd)A-Co 2/70 AR.White 4 Gunner."
SGT Vincent Hall of Fort Riley,KS


"Happy Birthday Dean."
mary of mo val USA

"Missing ya Dean, loved running into you and the other "Green PLT" guys in town and having a good time. i took the GIT R DONE off my rear window and put your name up there, you are always on our minds bro. warmest thoughts go out to your family, specailly Teara, we miss her smiling face around here too. Go easy brother, always."
SSG Bradley C Wyatt of 2-70 AR Ft Riley KS

"Thank you brave soldier and American for our chance to let us bring up our
children in peace.You where there for my
family during second world war and you have been there for us all ever since.Our deepest thoughts goes to you
William, and the courage you showed the world has given people even more courage and we will carry on until war
is no more.

Thank you young man for giving us another day tomorrow."
Per Richardson of Norway

"Peace be with you..."
Paul Brian Michalak of Byron,MN U.S.

"We miss you Dean. I still have your "shells". I went to high school with Dean, loved every class I had with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, he was a great guy."
Lex of Moreno Valley Ca

"Our sincere condolences to the Richardson family. My son served with Dean at Ft. Riley where they deployed together for their first tour of duty in Iraq. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

He is a true American Hero who now guards the gates of heaven with his fellow soldiers.

Rose & Sgt. Jarrod Annese
Millbury, MA"

"dean "dinkers" you are one of our brothers man and the whole platoon misses you..we miss having you there with us on patrol,there in manhattan with us..You left quite an impact on your guys in your team and they carry out what you taught them...cause its what rich would have done..later on brother "DIRTY DEUCE""
Spc Jay Brewer of Ft. Riley Kansas

"We will miss you alot Dean. Mo Val now has another HERO. We are very proud of you."
Mary of Mo Val USA

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

"To the Richardson family. My family honors your hero. He was a brave man who gave the ultimate sacrifice and that will never be forgotten. His Honor, Valor, and Courage will always be remembered. I can not express to you the saddness I feel but know that you are not alone.
Our prayers are with you.
God Bless William and his family"
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

"Thank you William Richardson, 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 Cpl. William Richardson:
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 William 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 Cpl. William Richardson:
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 William, 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