Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern

24, of Germantown, Tennessee.
Stern died from injuries received due to enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on September 16, 2004.

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"RIP Happy Memorial day♡♡♡ You're never forgotten. I don't know you but I saw your gravestone in one of the videos honoring our fallen soldiers this memorial day and I googled your name to put a face with the gravestone. You died not long after my first son was born. my prayers are with your family and I thank you for your service.
~Brie Stieglitz~"
Brie Stieglitz of Green Bay, Wi


Happy 239th, brother. To this day you remain the fastest guy with a broken leg I've ever met, and I'm so glad we got a chance to link up in Ramadi before that fateful day. I'll see you at Arlington on Memorial Day, just like every year. Rest easy..."
Rob (TBS classmate) of Northern VA

"It's been over 9 years Andy and barely a day goes by that I don't think of you. I hope you are doing well. Rest easy and Semper Fi buddy. Oh, by the way, happy 238th birthday Marine.

Take Care,
Mike Lorenzo

P.S. - Our Vols lost another one this weekend. We hired a new coach this offseason (Butch Jones), but he's got work to do to get us back to respectability. Time will tell...."
Michael Lorenzo of Oceanside, CA

"Andrew, I have been following your story and you really are a tribute to all Americans -- we all sleep safer because of you"
Josh of New York

I'm a 1st Classmen at Culver, Battery B XO. I've read up on your story, and I'm really touched. I'm going to do ROTC or a service academy next year, just like you. I never knew you, but I your memory runs strong here. I can only hope that someday I will be the officer that you were. I hope to embody everything you did. Mr. Schumerth remembers you, so does Mr. Weaser. You'll never be forgotten here."
Nelson Collet of Culver, Indiana

"lt stern was my plt. leader he was a good man and marine . he always motivated me to do better. not a day goes by that i dont thank about him and wish i could of done more on that sad day. i will miss you ."
sgt. J. rodriguez usmc of houston tx.

"Memorial day has always touched me, but since we lost Andy it has become a special day to honor him and all of the fallen soldiers. You are forever in my heart sweet boy."
Auntie Jo of Coconut Creek, FL

We miss you brother. You are not forgotten."
Neil of Ohio

"dear mrs. stern
im very sorry for your loss.
i would really like to learn more about andrew.
PLEASE email me at savannahashlee@aim.com
i would really appreciate it!
thanx :)
i will not forget his story!"
savannah ashlee stern of superior wisconsin

You left us too soon brother. I remember lifting weights with you at HPER gym of UT-Knoxville in preparation for USMC OCS. I remember seeing you with Jeff when you first came to 1st Tank Bn. I remember hanging with you after we'd return from our separate patrols in Fallujah. I remember the morning you left on a escort mission and never came back. I miss you man and look forward to seeing you in the next life. Thanks for your friendship Devil Dog and sleep easy knowing you made a difference.

Mike Lorenzo
Former USMC Captain
UT-Knoxville class of 2000

Today marks the 5 year anniversry of your death, and although our hearts are broken,we must keep on going. You left a huge void. You will continue to live on in the hearts and minds of all who love you.
We miss you today and every day."
Mom and Dad of Germantown, TN

"Lt. Stern,
You'll never be forgotten. When you saved me from that ied, you became a hero. You will be missed"
Sgt. Havey of California

"August 22, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern:
Andrew 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

"My thoughts and prayers still go out to the family and loved ones of Lt. Stern. I'm so sorry for your loss and wished I could take away your pain. I just finished reading "Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives" where I learned of this website. I'll never forget seeing somewhere in the media about my brave fallen Germantown brother. I never knew him personally but I'm sure he was a fine man!
Thank you, Lt. Stern, for giving your life for me and all Americans. I'll never forget."
Chad Adkins of Germantown, TN

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Andrew Stern: On Saturday, June 14th (Flag Day) there will be an event in Topeka, KS called The Reading. Volunteers will be reading the names of the fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan. I'll be Reading 1st Lt. Andrew Stern's name. Each Reader is given a page of 50 names - first name, middle initial, last name, date of death and home state. After each name a bell will toll. The event is expected to take approximately 6 hours to complete. It's important to me the family know of this event in memory of their loved one. Your loved one and friend has not been forgotten. My condolences to his family and friends. (Veterans@netzero.com)


Grace of New York

"Hey man,

Another Memorial Day, of many. I will never forget.

Capt Davis"
Tony of 29 Palms

"To the family of:Andrew K. Stern 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"

"Andrew thank you for serving our country! You are not forgotten not today, tomorrow and or ever! many fallen families will embark on Gatlinburg to attend a midnight parade and fireworks on the 4th of July. We also plan to desih=gn and built a float. Theme: to honour our fallen and to support our troops. Andrew I realize serving in the marine's. you had not known my son gregory. I can assure you he felt you had been his brother."
leonard_wahl@hotmail.com of spring, Texas

"Hillel would be proud"
Mike Smith of Marietta, Ga.

"Dear Mrs Stern I just wanted to let you know that I was there on the tragic day I want you to know that i tried my best to save him and i held him the whole time and he was never alone if you could please email me I would like to talk to you davidhernandez0424@yahoo.com"
david hernandez of san clemente, ca

I never personally met you but I have. I lost a Marine that was much like you. I know Andy and my Brent are together and yuking it up. Flying places and joking around. Have fun because one day your parents will be around to tame you two again. Semper Fi.
Mike Morel- Brent's Dad"
Mike Morel of Martin Tn.

"I met Andy on the "western trip" through camp Chi. Andy was like a brother to me for years. We lost contact when I left for the Army in 1997. There are no words that can amount to this terrible loss.
My heart goes out to his family, his mom, dad and brothers. I will always remember Andy."
SPC Jamie J. Richards of Island Lake, IL 60042 847-738-5366

"I am very sorry for your loss. Lt Stern was in my platoon at OCS in 2001. He was a very vibrant and fun loving person. No matter how lousy things got during training he always had a funny joke to tell or something to say that would raise our spirits. Everybody I have talked to who knew him liked him. He will be sorely missed. I am a better person for knowing him."
Lt Adam Jannereth of Stafford, VA

"Sitting here in my classroom, waiting for my students to return from lunch and wondering what it would feel like to wait for someone who will never return. Knowing that I am teaching those who one day will be in harm's way is riviting. Life is far too short for your loved ones, for us. Yet we get caught up in the minor matters as if our lives depended on them. How unsettling to be reminded. Thank you for your sacrifices, and for reminding me how precious each second is. May God ease your pain."
William Gant of Nashville Tn.

"I am touched to see such a memorial to such a close friend. I will never forget. Your memory only solidifies my convictions for our country."
Lt Davis

"To the family and friends of Andrew K. Stern. I am deeply saddend by the loss of a fellow soldier, a brother, and a son. He will not be forgotten. I personally will remember his name. I was part of the aircrew that brought him on his last leg home from overseas. I just wanted you all to know that Andrew was treated with the upmost respect and honor like the hero that he was. God Bless You All."
Rodney Smith, MSgt, USAFR of Goldsboro, NC

"I was very fortunate to have known Andy, we lost contact after our freshman year of college. I had thought about him often. Anyone knows that if you met Andy he left his print in heart. He will never be forgotten!"
Emily McKenna of Chicago, IL

"My heart and prayers go out to the family of Andrew. I didn't know him personally but think about him often. I will never forget this great man."
Spc John Burkart of Camp Fallujah, Iraq

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

"Andy recruited me to compete at rowing in high school, and he became a friend when friends were few. He once told me that his favorite book was the Great Gatsby. Because of him I have turned into a great rower, and I will be a marine just like 1st Lt Stern. I want to be just like him, and live my life with honor. I wanted to tell this to the Stern family today after their son's service but was not able. I will remember him until I die."
Ian Hulsebos, CMA 00' of Annapolis, Md

"To Andy's family and brother,

I had the good fortune to have bonded with your son and brother through Beta and I always aspired to hold myself as proud as Andy did every time I spoke or saw him. He will be sorely missed and wish you the best. I thank you for producing such a great man who every person should idolize."
Jason Chubb of West Chester, PA

"To the family, friends and all the people who loved Andy: I never met Andy but had the opportunity to meet his Aunt in Seattle Washington when I was doing a fundraiser for the "Troops" and the USO. While doing this fundraiser, a woman walked up and told me about the loss of Andy. It is so difficult to put the correct words down on how I feel for your family. My daughter and I will keep you in our thoughts and Prayers."
Corinne Calabrese of Seattle Wa USA

"Words cannot express the sadness and shock we all feel. I will always remember Andy as the caring, vivacious, and amazingly intelligent young man I babysat for in Illinois. We can all learn from the committment and selflessness he brought to every endeavor. Andy touched the lives of thousands, and will be missed terribly. What a blessing it was to have known him even for a short time! We are praying for his family to find strength and love in this time of grief."
Aviva Mastandrea of Wauconda, IL

We never got to meet you, but know from experience that America has lost another fine Marine, a beloved son and brother. You are an American hero. Rest in peace."
Mike & Molly Morel of Martin TN

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

"To the family and friends of 1st Lt. Andrew K. Stern,

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, California

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful family in Phoenix, AZ

"To Andrew'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

"I opened our paper yesterday to see a picture of Andrew..A local Marine, who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country...Im sooo saddened by your loss.. Our country grieves with you...Bless your family...and may God keep you in his care.. We will never ever forget!! Semper Fi Marine...YOU ARE OUR HERO!!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"To Andrew'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

"We in Putnam County Tn are so sorry for you loss, we pray for your healing and comfort. We have a web page where we honor all our Heroes and our Fallen, we would be honored to have a photo of Lt Stern to honor him along with his Military Brothers from TN.
Please feel free to contact us at
putnam-county-soldier-support@charter.net Again, we are sorry but we are proud of what he stood for, A true Hero!"
Lisa of Cookeville TN

"To the family of Andrew,
Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Our family has also suffered the loss of a precious life in this battle for freedom. It is with pride that Andrew will always be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice he gave to our country. May God bless you during this difficult time."
The McClain family---azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ


May God Bless your soul and heal the pain of those who loved you most. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice in service to our country."
Geminess of Lawrenceville, GA USA

"Thank you Andrew Stern, 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 1st Lt. Andrew Stern:
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 Andrew 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 1st Lt. Andrew Stern:
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 Andrew, 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