Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Ian W. Stewart

21, of Lake Hughes, California.
Stewart died as result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Died on December 12, 2004.

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"Ian, I think of you each Memorial Day. God bless you! Your candle burned brightly but for too short a time. Thank you for your service."
Jeremy Edwards of Knightdale, NC

"hey brother. you have been on my mind for a couple of days now. sorrow has overwhelmed my thoughts with your passing and the passing of so many of our fellow brothers. i keep seeing your face and remembering our deployment.
Continue to hold down the pearly gates until i arrive. until then i will continue to pour a drink for those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. Semper Fi Brother."
of NJ

"Miss you."
Dad of Lake Hughes, CA

"Striving to be the best I can be because of YOU, Happy Memorial Day '13"
April of California

"Thank you, Ian, for your service to this country and for giving your life, so that others might live free. Words mean so little, sometimes, but on this Memorial Day, I want to thank you for your honor, bravery and sacrifice. Our country is a better place because of people like you."
Jeremy Edwards of Knightdale, NC

"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
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 E. Steiner of Worthington, OH USA

"Wow where to begin, First off I also met Ian at 2nd Fast Co. in Yorktown, Va.
I was in third plt while he was new to 6th plt.. We met cause i also wanted his mustang he was selling. However i owned a motorcycle and hev just bought one from another marine, and really didn't know how to ride.. So i took him under the wing and taught him how to ride it correctly. He pick up very fast and before you knew it, he was just as good as I was. We always rode together down to va beach in our off time and always had a great time.. he was very easy going and easy to get along with.. and we had alot in common.. One of the things I miss most about Ian was his sarcasm.. He was just a great person and had a huge heart.. I invited him to come home with me for thanksgiving cause he had no family in VA and wasnt able to make it to cali.. So he came and met my family and had a big impact on them right away.. he was a great friend, a great marine and he is truly missed.. It hurts most to see a person that was filled with so much life.. Just have it taken away from them... I miss you bro...."
Cpl. Todd Williams of orlando, fl

"“God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever lead us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me to my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”
- General George S. Patton

On this day, I ask that you take a moment to remember our Fallen Warriors. Remember their families, for this day must be especially hard for them. Pray that they may have comfort and peace in their hearts.

Semper Fidelis
Sergeant Jason Arellano
3/5 Get Some"
Sergeant Jason Arellano, jason@resolutiongear.com of Springfield, MO

"I met ian when i was in 2d fast in yorktown. We met over the mutual intrest of mustangs. At the time ian owned a 1993 ford mustang cobra that i wanted from him in the worst way. i eventually bought his mustang and we became great friends. i dont know if it was because he enjoyed my company or just didnt want to leave his car but we would hang out all the time and go on cruises down to va beach. We would rent surf boards and try our skills on the wave. We were not the best surfers but we had alot of fun and laughed alot. He always was full of energy and i could never slow him down. I envied ian more then he even knew. I randomly came across this page and wasnt planning on leaving a message but i think of ian all the time and i wanted other people to know a little bit about this amazing person.I will never forget you brother."
Glenn Everett of Boston, ma

"December 10, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Ian W. Stewart:
Ian 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 precious Ian...How I miss you. I think of you every day and I am grateful for having you in our lives even if your time with us was too short. My son, Matthew, to this day, cannot even speak about you without tears. He misses you terribly, but is so thankful he had the chance to speak with you one last time just three days before your death. Our hearts are heavy, but know that you will be in our hearts forever."
Lisa Rocha of Lodi, CA

"My brother is also named Ian Stewart. His recent graduation from USMC bootcamp makes us all very proud. There is another Ian Stewart taking the place of the fallen."
Anon of WA

"I cannot say that I knew Ian, nor did I serve in his unit while I was in Fallujah, but I know of his heroism. In his presence, his spirit prevailed and with it carried the story of a young man devoted and forever brave. You are in my thoughts everyday brother. And you shall never be forgotten."
One of the few of Long Island, NY

"I don't even know how I came across this page, I was searching for something in Google and this link popped up so I guess I'd write something...
I think about you all the time Ian, sometimes I'll be driving home from work and have to pull over because I'm overwhelmed with the realisation that I won't be seeing you for a while and I miss you. There's about 100 things I wish I could have said before you took off and I still regret rejecting your call before you left because I was mad at you over something stupid.
My prayers are with your parents and your brother and I think about you just about every day.
I know I'll be seeing you in Heaven and I look forward to that day."
Sean Rodgers of Santa Clarita, California

"to dana and dawn, i have been thinking and praying for you on this day, and every day. i will never forget ian. we love you, the mills family"
debbi mills of lancaster, ca, USA

"Thank you Ian. Miss you brother."
Wood of North Carolina

"Ian I remember talking to you right before you deployed. You were so excited, I remember being jealous that you would make it in country 2 weeks before me. I was in baghdad when you were killed (don't worry I added a few to my list). Since, then I've been back to Iraq 2 more times. I preping for my forth trip now. I will promise that I will as many times as it takes before this war ends. I love you bro. And I will always remember the good times we had."
SGT Travis A Weathers of Lancaster, CA

"I remember Ian's love of dirtbikes, the beater Honda 80 that I helped him with. The enthusiasm that he had for just about everything at that age. He also showed maturity beyond his years and respect for those around him. His family was his life, while unusual for a teenager, it separated him from his peers as someone destined for something bigger in life. I know he's busy now as well, doing God's work.

Godspeed Corporal Stewart."
Doug Van Quekelberg of Lancaster, CA

"We never met in this life. I randomly found this page. But I thank you and those who love you for the sacrifices made to protect the lives of civilians. Your death is not in vain. Your country honors you and respects your courage and selflessness. Nothing but time and the grace of God can ease the pain, but we trust that you are in God's loving arms and saving a place at the Lord's banquet table for your loved ones on the day when God calls all of us home. God's speed, Ian. God's speed."
Doug Scott of Front Royal, Virginia

"To the family of:Ian W. Stewart 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"

"Ian Stuart, one and only. We will never forget you. Hail Blood&Honour! Hail Victory"
Deni of Pula , Croatia

"after all the days and months ian has been gone i still think of him and miss him, and his family is still in my prayers..."
tracy of lancaster, ca

"I met Ian for the first time when I was around 7 or 8, when his family came to Las Vegas to meet ours. His dad and my mom are cousin, there for I believe we are cousins too. The last time I saw him was in 2000, when I drove out to the Oaks and was looking for his mom and dad. He was raking leaves and I asked him if he knew where the Stewarts lived. To my suprise it was Ian. Man he had grown up so much since the last time I had seen him. He will be missed and thought of daily. Those times we met I have great memories that I shall always keep."
Somar of Palmdale, Ca

"Thank you to all of you who have left messages in honoring Ian. He is missed and remembered by our family everyday."
Nicole Hermon, Cousin of Ian of Chicago, IL

"I knew cpl. Stewart. I was 2nd fast 7th platoons radio operator. Stewy was a great guy and forsure a hero. You will always be missed buddy"
Rossow of Michigan

"Stewart served with me in 2nd fast and we came to 3/5 at the same time, we deployed to haiti together and he was in my squad then and was in kilo when i was in lima in fallujah, he was truly a great guy although i did not know him as well as others, i will never forget him or any of my other fallen brothers, god bless you"
Sgt Miles of oceanside, ca

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

"Ian was my son Jeremiah's friend through many years. Ian spent many hours at my home, sharing his life with us. We miss him, and we honor his memory every day. there is not one day when we dont think of him and pray for Ian and his family. Ian we Love You."
Mazzei Family of quartz hill, california

"Cpl Stewart was a motivated and exemplary Marine who always led from the front and who always had a smile on his face regardless what he was tasked with. He was a good person and Marine all around, His presence will be missed but never forgotten.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart I assure you that what your son has contributed to our beloved Corps and Country will forever echo in eternity and within our Marine Corps, for he has given the ultimate sacrifice and that will never go in vain. I am proud and humbled to have served with your son. May god bless you always.

Rosario USMC"
Jesus Rosario of Englewood, NJ/USA

"Dear Mr. and Mrs. Stewart-

My mother just told me about the loss of your son, and I am so sorry-

I’m also sorry that I never had the opportunity to be his teacher (I think he entered high school the year I began teaching at Hughes-Elizabeth, and attended Quartz Hill rather than Highland when I began teaching there).

You are two of the most honorable and giving people I’ve known-

And I am sorry that your son was killed- the logistical or political justification for such a supreme act of sacrifice is beyond my ken, so I will not even attempt to grasp it.

Feel free to contact me at bguthrie@avhsd.org.

God bless you,

Brian Guthrie"
Brian Guthrie of Lancaster, California


I love You!
perdoname, quisiera haber muerto con tigo."
C of EL, CA /US

"I knew Ian when he was stationed in Yorktown.. he was such an awesome person.. and was always making me laugh. he really will be missed. <3"
Kaleigh D'Amato of Halifax County, VA, USA

"Dearest Stewart family,
Our hearts were so saddened to hear of your son's sarifice to our nation. We understand your ache and pain for on Oct. 12th, 2004 our own dear Ian gave his life in Iraq. The name Ian means God's gracious gift. How fitting that name is. You are in our prayers. God bless you all!"
Mark and Karen Zook - parents of fallen Cpl. Ian T. Zook, USMC of Port St. Lucie, FL


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

"Thank You Ian. May you now know the peace you so deserve after sacrificing everything for us. My heart aches with your family."
Melissa Macchi, cousin of PFC Mark Barbret, killed 10/14/04 of Roseville, MI

"To the Stewart Family:

My son served with Ian on 2nd FAST in Yorktown. We lived in Chesapeake, VA at the time and had the pleasure of getting to meet you son when he was at our home for my son's 21st birthday. Ian was an outstanding young man. I can still see him in our kitchen joking and laughing with his "boys". Our hearts and prayers go out to you during the holidays. I consider myself blessed to have had the pleasure to know your son."
Al Tagliaferro of Valrico, FL

"Thank you Ian for the gift of freedom that you have defended for us all. I will think of you and your family each time I raise the flag in my front yard. Semper Fi Marine. From a grateful American family."
The Shaw Family of Pasadena, Maryland

"To the family and friends of Corporal Ian W. Stewart,

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."

Proud Marine Mom and Proud Member of Marine Comfort Quilts"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"To Ian’s parents it probably seems like yesterday that he was running, laughing and playing. Our children grow up too fast. Almost overnight, the sacrifices we make for them when they are children turn into sacrifices they make for our country and us. Ian will be remembered, his life, his family and his sacrifice. “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13"
Gary W. O'Neal of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

"Thank you Ian Stewart, 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 Cpl. Ian Stewart:
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 Ian 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 Cpl. Ian Stewart:
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 Ian, 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