Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Gael Saintvil

24, of Orange, Florida.
Saintvil died when the CH-53E helicopter he was in crashed near Ar Rutbah, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Died on January 26, 2005.

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"Rest in peace to your soul, Gael Saintvil!

Bessie of Tecumseh, MI

"this is corporal apple, I was gaels squadleader and eventually friend, we had alot of great times together, I love him and miss him greatly..."
David Apple of Stigler, Oklahoma

"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 Edward Steiner of Worthington, Ohio USA

"January 18, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Gael Saintvil:
Gael 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

"As the one year anniversary has come and gone when you lost your brave, honorable, precious loved one. This hero will never be forgotten by this Marine Mom of a 3 time Iraq Vet currently serving over there. You are continually in my prayers. May the fond memories of Gael bring you peace and joy during this time. Your loved one gave the ultimate sacrifice and it has not gone unnoticed by my family. Thank you for this memorial page so that I can send my sentiments. God Bless.

Proud Marine Mom 2 Corporal AreDiAre
Three time Iraq Vet ~ currently over there"
Marsha McIntosh of River Rouge, MI

"""As a veteren of K Co 3/3 and a very short stint (2 Months with G Co)(1986-1990)MCAS K-Bay it saddens me to hear of the loss of my brother Marine but I know he left us bravley fighting to keep my family safe from the evils of the world keeping with the highest traditions of the Corps. I'm now to old to reenlist but if I could I would."""
Lcpl. Robert Blaylock of Lakeside CA, USA

"To the family of:Gael Saintvil I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"My heart goes out to all of the families who have fallen loved ones. I feel especially sad for the loss of this Marine. I was one of his drill instructors. Although I had no contact with him after his graduation day, I still feel a great sense of loss knowing that one of 'mine' has fallen. My prayers go out to him and his."
1stSgt W. S. Slade of 2/5, 1st Mar Div, CPEN Ca

"I am so sorry for your loss for I am feeling it also. I am the father of Lcpl Brian Hopper, who was on the helicopter with Gael. May our memories never fade."
Rob Hopper, rob.hopper@pbsgc.com of Wynne, AR

"Gael, our nephew, Sgt. Mike Finke, was with you on your tragic flight. Please know that we grieve for all who were aboard. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family as well as our family. Thank you for your service to our country."
Nancy & Phil of Carmel, In.

"My nephew, Sgt. Michael Finke, Jr. was on the same helicopter with you Gael. We are so proud of you.
May God provide your family with comfort during this time of pain and sorrow. May you rest forever in Heavenly peace. You along with my nephew and all the other Marines shall not be forgotten."
Sandy Scarborough of Green Cove Springs, Fl.

"My son Sgt. Michael Finke was on board the helicopter with Gael. My condolences to his family, as I share in the pain of losing one so loved. We are forever united through the sacrifices that our young men made. Thank you and God Bless"
Sally Rapp of Westlake, Ohio

"Our sons fought together and then died together. They will forever be brothers in arms. May God comfort you and ease your pain."
Helen Gilbert (mother of Richard Gilbert, Jr.) of Dayton, Ohio

"Thank you Gael for your bravery and courage,You are a hero.Goodbye Marine"
Mike of NJ

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Gael Saintvil,

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"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"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

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

"Thank you Gael Saintvil, 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. Gael Saintvil:
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 Gael 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. Gael Saintvil:
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 Gael, 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