Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson

19, of Chino, California.
Simpson died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on November 9, 2004.

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"Memorial Day, 2023: I remember Abe from high school, he was a great guy! Praying for your family today, as we remember him! I’m so grateful for his sacrifice! I pray for the Lords comfort on your hearts."
Nicole Norris of Riverside, CA

"May 30, 2016
Dear Maria and Family,
I hope you know that you continue to be in the thoughts and prayers of many people as the years go by. Today my family attended Memorial Day Services at Fairhaven Cemetary, as we do every year, and placed Abe's name on their Memorial Wall. We are grateful for his service and sacrifice. I continue to be thankful for the love and information you provided me personally, Maria, at the Mom's of Military group years ago. I will never forget your kindness and support. You and Abe will remain in my heart forever. God bless you."
Randi Sawyer of Yorba Linda, CA

"To everyone who has left a message on this page, thank you. Every now and then a quiet moment brings me to this page to enjoy all these precious comments, and I can't help but smile just to think of my dear son and all the joy he has left me with in remembering him. What a wonderful son, what an example to me of what kind of Christian I want to be. I love him so much. That part never fades, nor does the mark he has left on my heart forever. It's all good. What a treasure. And thank you, all, for coming alongside to comfort and remember."
Maria of Chino, CA

"Semper Fi Marine and God bless!"
SgtMaj Hawkins (ret.) of Vista, California

"To the family of Abe Simpson. I never knew your son personally i only remember how he was proud to be a Marine, how he lived his life, how he fought for our freedom. Your son inspired me to join the Marines, i never knew him, but i am inspired by him."
sean of Jacksonville, NC

"I grew up with Abe Simpson, all through elementary school in Chino. Last night,8 years after his passing, I had a dream about Abe. I woke up this morning and have not been able to stop thinking about him, and what a sweet guy he was growing up. His sacrifice has not been forgotten. Abe, thank you for your service. I hope you Rest in Peace."
Jennifer T. of San Juan Capistrano, CA

"LCpl Simpson, tomorrow I will retire from the Marine Corps with 30 years of Service. Your sacrifice for our freedom is appreicated Marine. Tomorrow your Mom and Dad will share this day with me ... you too will be with us.

Semper Fi"
Colonel Al Ingersoll of Carlsbad CA

"To the family of:Abraham Simpson
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 BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY IS TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD. My how Abe is having a blast right now =) let us congratulate him entering into his final home. He was a great guy a great man, but as we all know our days are numbered and Simpson obviously did what God put him on this earth to do. So he took his son home. to celebrate. I did not know abe all to well, my brother did alot better, i was in the same boy scout troop as him so i did get the honor of being in his troop, shaking his hand. seeing a great guy, a leader. what an honor... you will never be forgotten Abe, i will see you soon, to come and celebrate with you in Heaven. where there is no hate, no sorrow, no pain, no suffering. eternal happiness, streets paved with gold, and things our mind could not even come close to imagining...to the simpson family. i know you miss your son, and you too will see him again. so let us think of how he is in heaven happier than he could ever be.

Abe Simpson. you are a TRUE HERO."
Brandon L of Chino 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

"Semper Fi Leather Neck! You are my hero!"
mark contreras of Chino,ca

"I knew Abe through high school at Southlands Christian. Shortly after he died I decided to join the Marine Corps. If it werent for him I would have never had the courage to join, but I am presently writing this from Ramadi Iraq as an 0311 infantryman. Now Whenever I start feeling a little uneasy, I think of Abe's courage to push on which drives me so much harder! We should all be proud and honored to have even caught one word of wisdom from this courageous man! I will never forget him..."
Cpl. Jacob D. Allen of Chino, CA/ Ramadi, Iraq

"November 16, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson:
Abraham 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 received a KIA wrist band from a cousin of Abraham's shortly after i graduated airborne school in early June of 2007. To this day it has not left my wrist. Despite numerous training exercises and exiting aircraft in flight it has remained on my wrist and will stay there even through my soon coming deployment to Iraq. I never hesitate to tell fellow paratroopers Abraham's story and im proud to consider him one of my few heroes. May God be with you and your family."
PFC Matlack, Kyle 1/505 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Div. of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

"I honor him every year. I mentioned him when I received my Eagle Award."
Zach Foster of San Dimas, CA/USA

"I wish to express my deepest thanks to Abe for his sacrifice for and service to our nation. His heroism will not be soon forgotten."
Jason Mintz of Minneapolis, MN

"I met Abe a long time ago and he has changed me and made me want to be a different person. He loved the Lord and showed it through the letters we wrote and through the conversation we had. He will always be remembered in my heart. He was a good friend. iI miss you Abe! Lord bless you Maria and Jim."
Kelly Freston of Pickerel, Wis. former Chino Ca.

"Dear Simpson Family,
With Veteran's Day I could not help but stop and think of Abe. I was privileged to assist your family during the memorial service for Abe as I work with Cucamonga Mortuary. I have sadly been to a great number of funerals but I have to tell you this one was a service I will NEVER forget. The crowd of thousands that came to remember him just filled my heart with joy at the number of people who were thankful for his life and touched by his death. To see the hundreds of Scouts that came to honor Abe's contribution to their group was inspirational. The service was one of such hope and not despair. What a testimony Abe had. To hear that he wanted to be in the military since he was a child and to know that it had to be God's calling on his life makes it hard to understand his death, but the hope and trust we have is knowing that Abe lived exactly the time God had for him and he fulfilled that purpose. I am sure his life and death touched people - even that day - that we will never actually see but it will have changed lives. Wasn't it amazing to see the streets lined with all the people holding posters and flags in support of him that day? When we went to the National Cemetery the fire truck salute was awesome. I spoke to the Bugler who told me, "I thought when I came in today and saw the trucks - some fire fighter is getting this awesome tribute and this poor kid marine will probably have some little service to remember him. I couldn't believe it when I got here and saw all of the people, police officers, and fire fighters here to honor him. I've been to services for high ranking men, including Generals, who didn't have the service that Abe did" I talked to a man that day who was just there to photograph his granddaughter at the pond and he asked me what was going on. After I told him about it he began to take the awesome photos that Doug shared with you. Wasn't that just an amazing gift from the Father? I think everything that happened that day was God's way of giving you a hug and saying to Abe, "Well done thy good and faithful servant" so you could actually see it here on earth. You passed out photos of Abe that day and I was blessed to get two of them. One is of Abe in Iraq with a military phone to his ear. The other is of him sitting in a group of marines reading a letter. I keep these on my refrigerator to remind me to pray for you but also to remind me to call and write to the people that I love as I never know when their last days are here. A lot of my friends have seen them and are touched by the story of his life. I have been deeply touched by his life. Friday my seven year old son was given the assignment to write about a veteran. We chose Abe. I googled his name on the net and found this site. How wonderful that Abe's story doesn't end in tragedy and hopelessness. What a great opportunity it was for me to tell Samuel about Abe's life - a hero who lived well in Jesus and about Abe's homegoing. Thank you for sharing him with so many. The poem you wrote was so beautiful Maria. I know that God is blessing you all and Abe is up there smiling. Love, Kristal"
Kristal Martin of Rancho Cucamonga, CA

"Lance Corporal Simpson, like most I have never had the privilege of meeting you however yesterday I did have the unfortunate gut wrenching task of telling your Uncle Frank that his son was also killed in Iraq.

Your cousin Jonathan died yesterday in Iraq in an area I am very familiar with as I have served there myself with and Infantry BN. I have seen several medivacs depart from that area and often wanted to comfort the family of the Marines whom I have had to send home before their time. Yesterday I had nothing to say, it was one of the toughest things I have ever had to do and I can not stop thinking about it.

I am sure your Uncle Frank is going through a difficult time right now one I can not even imagine. I never met Sgt Simpson either but seeing your photo’s on the wall of Mr. Simpson’s home you both wear the uniform proudly. I wish there was some thing I could say or do; your family has given so much I really have no idea where to begin.

LCpl Simpson you have a new Sergeant of the Guard coming to your post, greet him in true Marine Corps fashion.

Semper Fi you two, we will see you soon."
GySgt Larry R Long of Corpus Christi, TX

"Remembering Abe – Memorial Day 2006

My baby, my child, my son,
You first made me a mother, forever so.
To God I gave you back – you were never mine to keep,
Though closest to my heart.
You grew up and away with time, and it was right;
Further from me, closer to Jesus;
Independent before Him.
You let us in on your choices, but you made them
Alone before God – confident before Him.
It was you and God that chose your path,
You and God that accepted and bore
The consequences of those choices – without regret.
A man you were before Him and before us.
He made you so beautiful!
And then your time became complete.
Your days were finished here – continued there.
By the choice of one to do evil – you were sent
Abruptly away from this earth, to return only in glory one day
Beside your King.
And even now you see His face before you,
And you join with angels in worship
Because of our Savior’s promise to
All those who put their faith & trust
An Jesus Christ alone for their eternity.
Our hope is true – your hope is now realized.
And here we camp – at the edge of eternity, as we long to see what you see,
And we will…"
Maria Simpson, Abe's mom of Chino, CA

"Although I have never met Abe in person, but after reading his biography and messages from his friends and family, he is not just a soldier, but a brother in the Lord who served his country with honor. All thoughts and prayers go out to his family. All of us believers will be comforted that one day we will see each other in heaven with our Lord Jesus."
Scott Otsuka of Carson, CA

"today is a day to remember abram simpson a american hero who died defending liberty for all america. on this day and so many more we can always look back at a true hero who will never be forgotting may god be with his family brothers and all who knew him.rest in peace for ever and ever."
ERIC FLORES of barstow california

"Lance Corporal Abraham Simpson

“Semper Fidelis - Always Faithful”
This was his motto as a Marine
Sacrificing for the United States
So we can live the American Dream

Abraham was a role model of excellence
A son who has made us proud
Serving with honor, for a just cause
He said terrorism would not be allowed

Putting his life on the line
For us, he was willing to fight
Protection we sometimes take for granted
When we close our eyes at night

He believed God was going to use him
Bravely fighting for Iraqi Freedom
Killed November 9th in Al Anbar Province
His new duty station, God’s Kingdom

With Lance Corporal Abraham Simpson
We have lost one of our own
Successfully completing his mission
It’s his turn to be secure at home

“Always Faithful” to God as a man
Abraham sensed his time had come
We know his purpose has been fulfilled
With love and gratitude, “Well done”

A recent e-mail to family and friends
Said he had moved to a better place
How very true those words are today
Abraham sees God face to face"
Lyle S. Briggs Mom of Chino, California

"To the Family, Friends, and all those who knew Abe Simpson from Buckskin to Bootcamp,

This being one year to the day of his passing, is a hard day for many. For this reason I leave just a quote to help quell what anguish remains.

He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
* Antoine de Saint-Exupéry"
Ronald La Curan of Rancho Cucamonga, CA

"To the family of Lance Cpl Abraham Simpson
Hi,I'm the sister of Lance Cpl Michael Self. I just wanted to say THANK YOU so very much for opening your home to my brother while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton with your son Abe. It meant so much to me and my family to know that my brother had a place to go since he was unable to come home. Ya'll took him in just like he was part of the family. We were happy that he found a friend in boot camp that believed so strongly in GOD as Michael did. Michael thought very highly of your son,and I'm so glad that he meet him, and that ya'll thought so highly of him to be a pallbearer. Our family continues to pray for yours. Knowing that GOD is in control,and one day your sons face you shall see again. Thank you again for everything that you did for my brother.
Amanda Self-Liles
Amanda Self-Liles of Mabank,Tx

"To Mr. & Mrs. Simpson,
It's bittersweet. The Bible says, to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord and that is a good thing for Lance Cpl. Abraham Simpson and yet the pain of you as parents to lose him at such a tender age and through it all, God is a Sovereign God and one day we will see him up there with Jesus. What a day of rejoicing that will be. I wish I could come and pay you a visit and pay respect on his tomb. Is that possible? God bless you, thank you for sharing him with us and your son was a great American and so are his family. This is August, 2005 and yet when I think about his story which I heard over KFWB news last fall, it is still fresh and I still weep with joy for his love for Jesus and his comrades and of course his family."
Connie Ardito of Culver City, CA

"may 9th is six months to the day abram died defending freedom and help take back fullusha that led to the defeat of the evil men who ploted thire and todays success is in iraq seen today 10 million voters the new and growing iraqi amry, the daily tips to destroy our enimes and it would have never happened had abram not lied his life for freedom.abram will be remembered for all time for helping turn the tide in the war in iraq that defeted the terrorist today. fullusha was an epic battle and he will be in the history books for all time so may god bless the simpson family and all who knew him."
ERIC FLOERS of california

"abramham simpson is a true hero as all who have fallen. he was a faithful follower of almighty god and brought to his fellow comrades the great enduring spirit of kindness and those who served with him and knew him got the greatest gift which was knowing him and his brothers who are him can know that he touched so many lives in life and in death he died liberating iraq from the most evil enimis on plant earth , i will never forget hearing of his passing in one of the most epic battles in the new history of iraq. the battle of fullusha that started the beganing of the end for the satanic forces led by the demons that be headed people he died desrtoying the home base of the most wicked terror group on this earth and mat god bless abe simpson for ever and ever...."
eric flores....justin99_314@hotmail.com of california

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

"Simpson Family, (jan 4, 2005)
I am not sure what to say, because I cannot express how grateful I am to have known Abe and how blessed I am to see your strength and growing faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. You are truly an incredible family and Abe was a friend beyond explanation; he is testimony of the hope we have in Christ.Thank you for your sacrifice, my prayers are with you daily. May God Bless you all at this time and give you hope for tomorrow. We miss him terribly, and know this grief will not soon pass for your family, but I pray you find hope in knowing that we will see Abe again when we meet our Father.
John 15:13
Thank you...you are in our prayers"
Cassie of CA, USA

"To Abraham'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, Abraham will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"To Abraham'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 Lance Corporal Abraham Simpson,

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 Abraham Simpson, 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. Abraham Simpson:
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 Abraham 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. Abraham Simpson:
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 Abraham, 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