Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Kenneth L. Sickels

20, of Apple Valley, California.
Sickels died due to a non-combat related incident in Al Anbar Privince, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on September 27, 2004.

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"Dear Sickels' family: I just wanted to let you know Kenneth is one of my Heroes. I was his chaplain at the time of his death. I had the priviledge of knowing him personally. He is a permanent part of who I am today. You and your family remains in my thoughts and prayers. If you ever need to communicate woth me my email address is chaplainbennett@yahoo.com. Blessings Rickey Bennett"
Rickey Bennett of Aurora, CO

"I miss hanging out with kenneth while we were growing up together. Its sad to think my three boys will never get the chance to meet my best friend from my childhood. SEMPER FI. I miss you kenneth"
SGT Charles West (USMC) of Phelan 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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"August 22, 2008
To the family of Pfc. Kenneth L. Sickels:
Kenneth 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

"To the family of:Kenneth L. Sickels 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 the family of Pfc Kenneth L. Sickels
I recently recieved your son's name on my fallen hero's bracelet. I was able to look up and read all about your son. I know it seems odd a stranger will wear your son's name but I want you to know each time I look at it, my prayers will go out to him and you. It's not easy to hear "time will heal you" but I'm a believer in prayers being sent out will help ease the pain. I believe wearing this bracelet shows we are all connected to each other. Kenneth and all who have lost their lives are the children of each and every one of us. Blessings to you and Peace to Kenneth."
Paula A. Fontanazza of New Stanton, Pa

"((((((((((joyce & cliff))))))))) you know one day i was typing away and on the other end i found a true friend in you! You are such a beautiful person inside and out and I mourn this holiday with you and cliff.......every time some one mentions war or 9-11 i think of you two.....we know Kenneth is gone but his memory and braveness will never be forgotten ........... one day you will be able to touch him again and oh what a glorious day that will be but until then we just remember him as "OUR HERO" love always sis, ps we will also put this in my favs along with everything else i have for Kenneth.......... God Bless you all!!!!!!!!"
Janet & Billy aka Bubbles & Bouncer of anderson, south carolina

"Hello Joyce, Cliff, Family and Friends,
This Memorial Day for me entailed a deep reflection of all of the fallen heros for which our country has suffered losses. As I walked through the grave yard with my mom on my arm, we moved toward my brother's grave (Dirk died July 4th, 1968 - reconnaissance mission in Viet Nam), I met many a soldier along our walk whose headstones told stories of bravery, having fought valiently to protect our freedom. The dates spanned many a war. Although I was far from Kenneth's grave, my heart was flooded with the loss that you sustained. I quickly prayed that your pain has lessened at least somewhat and replaced with pure pride for the bravery your son portrayed. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to let you and your family know how we all feel about Kenneth and his outstanding service to our country."
Dara Westra of Burnsville, Minnesota

"This Memorial Day 2006, I am humbled and think of myself as one minuscule part of a grateful nation for the costly sacrifice so valiantly made by marines and servicemen like Kenneth L. Sickles in honor and duty. The greatness of our nation prevails because of heroes who have given their all for our country. I may never know the pain and sorrow of losing a child, but as a citizen of these United States I am feeling for the families of men like Kenneth and wish to express my sympathies with much gratitude and appreciation. Joyce and Cliff, it is an honor to be able to give my respects to your son this day."
Tom (aka Nice8guy@aol.com)

"Joyce, Cliff and family:
I want to thank your son Kenneth for his great sacrifice for our country and his fellow men. Because of him and so many others who have been so brave and given their lives to defend the U.S., the rest of us have a chance to live and to enjoy our freedom. What a wonderful gift your son and the others who have lost their lives to war have given us. My family and I will always remember him and his bravery and his sacrifice for us. We are forever greatful to him.
I have no idea how it must feel to lose a child to war or to anything else. My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. I so admire your courage and bravery.
I also thank all of our service men and women who are still actively serving our great country and allowing us to be free and safe. I pray for them every day that almighty God will keep them safe from harms way and this war will end soon and they will return safely to their families and loved ones. They are now and will forever be our hero's!
God bless you all and God bless this great country. May freedom forever ring!
Much love to you my friends.
Katie Sue Turner of Tulsa, Oklahoma

"To my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Cliff,
We will never know the experience that you have faced or the pain of losing a child, but although you are far, you are always near and dear in our hearts. We can say, that we feel your pain, but we cannot feel it nearly as much as you. We can only tell you even though it is hard to understand, that time will heal all things. We love you Joyce and Cliff, and hope that you take this one day at a time. We love you and God Bless.
The Chavira- Medina Familia in Saginaw Michigan"
Valentina of Saginaw Michigan

"Thank you for your sacrifice, service and bravery. You and all the heros like you - from all wars - have a huge place in my heart - and you always will!

I love you....we ALL love you. THANK YOU!!!!"
Kathy of Buena Park, CA

"Our prayers and sorrow are shared with the family and friends of Kenneth Sickels. Although we never met him, we have a grandson - Quinton Riley Kenneth who is the spitten image of his Uncle - his namesake. Joyce, we are happy to be a part of your family and share a grandson with you who reminds us of Kenneth."
The Lewis' of Leslie, Idaho

"To the family and friends of Marine PFC Sickels,
May Gods' love shine down upon you all for your sacrifice. Your son is an American Hero; never forget what he has done for us and the FREE people of Iraq. I extend my deepest condolences to you all for your great loss. SEMPER FI MARINE."
CW2 Ryan C. Kinslow and Family of Mainz, Germany

"Sickels was a boot camp buddy of mine back in Lethal Lima Company, MCRD San Diego. It's hard to believe that he passed away but that's the price that we pay to be the best. My blessings go out to the family and rest assured that you will see him again. This is a big blow and i'm sorry it had to end up this way"
PFC Woodard of Okinawa, Japan

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

"To Kenneth'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

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

"My deepest sympathy, our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. May God bless you and help you through this time. Forever in our hearts a HERO Kenneth L. Sickels."
Amy & Aaron Monier of Waterford, MI.

"To the family and friends Kenneth L. Sickels:
May God's grace be with you during this time of grief. My son, Brian Hogie, is in C 1/7 in al Qaim and I can only imagine your sense of loss. You are in my prayers. Contacthogie@sbcglobal.net"
Stephen W. Hogie of Santa Ana, California

"To the family and friends of Private First Class Kenneth L. Sickels,

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

"To Kenneth'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

"To the family and friends of Kenneth the entire family of fallen hero S/Sgt Chris Swisher extend our deepest sympathies and prayers. Kenneth's ultimate sacrifice to his country will never be forgotten. God be with you all."
Sharon Swisher (pennycandy51) of Lincoln NE

"Thank you Kenneth Sickels, 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 Pfc. Kenneth Sickels:
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 Kenneth 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 Pfc. Kenneth Sickels:
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 Kenneth, 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