Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Brandon C. Smith

20, of Washington, Arkansas.
Smith died as a result of enemy action in Al Qaim, Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on March 18, 2004.

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"In memories of PFC Brandon Smith , he was amazing guy , loved by all that knew him . One of a kind , the best person I have ever known , he died doing what he wanted to do service our country and doing for others , I am so proud of him . I want to thank all that fight for us and their families , I love you bubba and thank you , you are truly my hero and always have been"
Amy Norris of West fork

"He was a great friend and a great person i have had many great memories with him.he will be missed thank you for always being a great friend your buddy patrick"
Patrick Donahue jr. of Fayetteville,ar.

"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, OH USA

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Over 1,800 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have some wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and only want you know that we care.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"March 21, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Brandon C. Smith:
Brandon 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, along with several other Marines, was priviliged to escort you from Al Asad to Kuwait on your final trip home. Not a day goes by without me thinking of you and of the journey we took together. We treated you with dignity and respect, as you know; exactly how one of our fallen brothers should be treated. You will always livbe on in my memory. Rest in Peace Marine."
Major Bob Burgess of Maryland

"my best friend of 12 out of my 19 years and now boyfriend is PFC Smith, Brandon T. a Marine of the USMC; he is going to Iraq in January 08, i pray for your family, and though i havent experienced such a loss, i do fear that it is possibly hanging above my head. he tells me every night to "be strong, be brave and be happy, thats all those men and women who serve for us want." i am passing this on to you; he says "that's what they are all fighting for". and i feel that if we can give them anything back it would be our support and our appreciation through our high Spirit attitudes. GOD please BLESS, and BE WITH those we know and love FOREVER."
Jennifer of Arizona

"I am ruth and a member of MMOL and also MFO-IN-ACTION. I tell you this to let you know that I have been making "memory books " for families of our fallen soldiers for awhile now. Has anyone done that for your family. I realize that it's been awile since you lost Brandon but i can still make the book. It would be a blessing to you if you will let me do it. i hope someone reads this and will contact me at angelbaby391802@yahoo.com or 601-636-7655 Thanks Ruth aka grandma"
Ruth Pugh of Vicksburg, Ms. USA

"To the family of:Brandon C. Smith 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"

"My name is brandon Smith too im 13 and iwill pray for you"

"i really missed u guys"
justine of canada/bishopsfalls

"I just wanted to send you this message to let you know your Brandon has not been forgotten. His name is written in my heart and I will never forget. My son served with Brandon in Husaybah. Thank you from a grateful American.
Kay Hale ~PMM of LCpl Mike Hale 3/7"
Kay Hale of Richardson, TX

"Brandon, I want to meet you when I get to Heaven. I will give you a big hug. I hope that you will look for me when I get there. I'm so sorry that you were killed in Iraq. It was a horrible way to die. I'm glad that you are in Heaven with God where There Are No More Tears and Only Love and Peace and Joy. Ask God to help me make it to Heaven."
Linda of Key West, Florida USA

"Peace be with your family. God Bless!! And thank you to Brandon for defending our country so that we all may live in what America has promised us. I am proud to have a name of a hero. I am 12 years old and found your story while I was running a search on my name."
Brandon Malik Smith of Atlanta, GA

"I was Brandons Sergeant and was with him when he died. He was a great man and will always be remembered. He always had a way of making people feel happy and could get a smile out of anyone. As long as we remember him he is never lost to us and will continue to effect the world that we live in."
John Edwards of Albuquerque NM

"To the family and all those who suffered the loss from their loved ones. May God bless you, and all those who feel sad from losing a person that was close to you... I never knew Brandon, but by just looking at his past, friends, family, I can tell he was a loved person, and he will be - forever in our hearts. I really feel sad for all this, and I hope I can share the pain in your hearts. We will never forget what he has done for all of us. Thank you, Brandon; you're my hero as well. dp_maniak@hotmail.com"
Peersman Dimitri of East of Flanders, Beveren, Belgium

"I want to personally thank you for your loved one who sacrificed his life helping to free those who live under such an evil dictator.

Thanks to honorable men such as Pfc. Brandon C. Smith who served their country with honor we in America can enjoy the freedoms we have.

May God Bless his family and friend and the efforts America is making to help others in this world have hope of freedom such as we have."
Bro. Jerry & Linda Smith of Nashville, Ark. Howard County

"My husband and I worked with his father, Brandon when younger used to work after school with his Dad cuttin lawns and they worked hard, from what I could tell they are all great poeple though I didn't know him personaly I know his dad I know he was loved I know all these people are just doing there jobs and serving our country, I thank you all for our freedom, I pray for your safe return, I hope for healing for Brandons family and friends , I thank all for the suport and love. May the rest of the soldiers out there come home soon with a job well done and be safe and whole in every way with the ones they love. God Bless may the great spirit protect you all and for all that didn't make it home safe may you protect those still there.."
Jen Cole and family of Fayetteville AR USA

"I never knew Brandon as well as most of his friends but I'm proud to say that he was one of my friends. I had'nt seen him since high school but I wish I could have one last time before he left for Iraq. He was always so outgoing and always found a way to pick you up if you were down. Thank you Brandon for all you've sacrificed. It means alot to me and the rest of this country. I'll always remember you. Rest in peace."
Edgar Carlstrom of Bentonville, AR.

"RIP Marine"
Petty Officer Cawthon of RTC Great Lakes,IL

""God bless everyone who has lost a loved one in this war" I send my condelences on behalf of myself and my country. We are all brothers."
Michael of Hamilton, Ont. CANADA

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

"To the family and fellow friends of Brandon,
Brandon was my best friend in the Marines, we always did pretty much everything together when we hit the fleet. Losing him was like losing part of me, and I am so sorry for everybody else's loss, know that his death was not in vain, that he was a great person, friend, and Marine. If you wish to contact me about anything, with any questions please do, I will share information with you, as well as memories. I know that Brandon loved his family and always talked about his friends back home. My father lives in Arkansas and I will be visiting once I get back to the states, and would love to take family and friends out for dinner on me, please contact me at mottogrunt85@yahoo.com. Thank you, Kelsey"
PFC Kelsey Smith of Iraq

"Brandon thanks for your courage. god bless you."
Dewayne of Dover Ar

"To the family and friends of PFC Brandon C. Smith,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort
in love's everlasting connection.

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. 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. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"Your Brandon died alongside our dear friend Ricky Morris. There are no words to express the deep sorrow I feel for the loss of these young men. Brandon gave his life for my freedom; he is indeed a hero. May God be with you and comfort you."
Carol Landrum of Georgetown, TX

"To Brandon's Family:
There are no words that can express our deep sorrow for your loss. May God bless you and your family as Brandon watches over you all."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

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

"Hi, My name is Jessica Huntoon. My boyfriend Ricky A Morris died with Brandon. I would like to say that Im praying for you, and that Im sorry that our boys had to go. Rick talked about Brandon and I had the great honor of talking to him on the phone when Rick called me from Iraq last week. If anyone could contact me please.. Im so sorry. Carefreechick68@aol.com"
Jessica Huntoon of Georgetown Tx, USA

"Thank you Brandon Smith, 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. Brandon Smith:
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 Brandon 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. Brandon Smith:
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 Brandon, 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