Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Pfc. Brandon C. Sturdy

19, of Urbandale, Iowa.
Sturdy died from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on May 13, 2004.

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"It’s insane to know you have been gone from this Earth just as long as you were on it. It’s unfair. I hope if there is such thing as heaven or if you just travel this world as a ghost that you have seen the life your loved ones have made and that you are proud. You will forever be missed by everyone who met you. I am sorry your life had to be cut so short. You deserved more. 💕"
Danielle C of Iowa

"Happy Birthday Brandon. We miss you."
Danielle Curtis

"Tomorrow will mark 11 years that you have been gone. It is crazy to think that that much time has passed. You are still very much missed and loved. You will never be forgotten and your memory will live on forever. Thank you for being such an amazing part of my sister's life. I would have been more than honored to have had you as my brother-in-law. I love and miss you."
danielle curtis of iowa

I am not sure were you are up in heaven but i want to let you know that i am veary veary,proud of you for all that you have done in your life.Do me
one favor while you are up there take care of my family and pets that are up there with you until i come up to make are maker
love ya dude your friend in christ"
athena anderson of urbandale iowa,usa

I am not sure were you are up in heaven but i want to let you know that i am veary veary,proud of you for all that you have done in your life.Do me
one favor while you are take care of my family and pets that are up there with you until i come up to make are maker
love ya dude your friend in christ"
athena anderson of urbandale iowa,usa

I am not sure were you are up in heaven but i want to let you know that i am veary veary,proud of you for all that you have done in your life.Do one favor while you are take care of my family and pets that are up there with you until i come up to make are maker
love ya dude your friend in christ"
athena anderson of urbandale iowa,usa

"I am the mother of fallen Marine Aaron C. Austin who served with 2/1. As the ten year reunion approaches for their ultimate sacrifice, we are trying to locate the burial places of all our fallen as well as the next of kin. Thank you for this great sacrifice. They will never be forgotten! If you don't mind sharing this info with me, my email is deonmiller7@hotmail.com. My name is De'on Miller. My son was KIA April 26, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq. He was with Echo Co. Thank you and God bless!"
De'on Miller of Lovington, NM

"Today we walked in your honor and for those of fellow warriors that have fallen. Like all parents, we have said a thousand times, "Oh Brandon would have like that".
You will always be in our thoughts and in our hearts. Love Dad2"
Bob of Missouri

"Its been awhile man...i miss you guys like crazy. i'm glad we knew each other and served together.
Fox 2/1 wpns plt"
Charlie Koczan of san diego, ca

"I folded Brandon's flag at the service and still remember the day well. Thank you Brandon and thank you to the Sturdy family for your service and sacrifice."
Sgt P.R. of E 2/24 Des Moines

"Jason said it best brother, you did what you did so i can do what i'm doing here. You guys are now together. We will always remember both of you. Much Love"
Zach Clausen of URBANDALE

"May 31, 2009
To the family of Pfc. Brandon C. Sturdy:
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

"If it wasnt for this marine i would not be who i am today. He started out being my best friend who lived across the street. We'd play every day and ride bikes up and down the road we lived on til dark. Then his mother Shelley married my uncle Robert and we be became family. When I graduated High School I was completely clueless on what to do with my life. A friend of mine tried to get me to join the army with him. I walked in the Marine Corps office and they told me that Brandon enlisted with them.That was a huge selling point for me. I enlistd in to the Marine Corps infantry just like Brandon. I got through boot camp and infantry school. The day i heard that Brandon had fallen in action my heart stopped. I couldnt believe it. Fallujah Iraq was the place that it happened. and where i was to follow. September of 04 my unit 3/5 was in fallujah Iraq relieving Brandon's unit. Then I experience "operation phantom fury". We took over the city of fallujah. You best believe that i made every insurgent pay. Brandon to you i must say "your my friend, my cousin, my brother, my HERO" I WONT EVER FORGET YOU!"
Rivera Matt Lcpl of West Des Moines, IA

"To Brandon's family,

My son, Josh, was in the Humvee with Brandon on May 13, 2004. I want you to know that he still talks about Brandon in a way that only brothers in combat can talk about each other. You son and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Your family will always be in our prayers."
Jon Reid of Bakersfield, CA

"Brandon its been so long but its seems like your death just happened last night.

I wish everyone had the chance to meet you cause you were a GREAT person.

You are missed and loved more then anyone could ever know."
Danielle of IOWA

"To the family of:Brandon C. Sturdy 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"

"Happy Mamorial Day, may we Never Forget"
LCpl Brian Kampling Echo Co. 2/24 of Urbandale, IA

"Danielle, Your messages for Brandon are very touching, do you have an email address so that I can get in touch with you. Thanks,"
mike of iowa

"I only knew you a little bit from high school but you were a fellow Marine. Know this, You Will Not Be Forgotten.

Semper Fi MARINE
Guard Those Pearly Gates.
We Will See You Again"
LCpl Brian Kampling Echo Co. 2/24 of Urbandale, IA

"Brandon Even That It Has Been A Year I Cant Stop Cring Almost Everynight. I Love You So Much And I Know That You Will Always Be Remember As a Hero."
Your Sister -In-Law, Danielle of Grimes, Iowa

"to brandon and his family,
you are all in my prayers, marine corps is a brotherhood. god bless"
lcpl guzman of pensacola, fl

"To the Family and Friends of Brandon C. Sturdy. Just looking through the various web-sites about Iraq and wondered if there was a 'Sturdy' listed. I am so sorry for your loss and will pray that God our Loving Heavenly Father will grant you His peace now and in the future. I promise to remember your family in prayer now and in the days to come.

"Too soon to faithful warriors come their rest"

"Peace be to the memory of Brandon""
Robert Sturdy of Minneapolis, MN

"To the family of Brandon C. Sturdy:

The Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation will be honoring your loved one at the non-denominational Memorial Day Sunday worship service at 11:00 a.m. on 29 May. We will remember the casualties of the Global War on Terrorism from Minnesota … and the neighboring states of Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Outside of the historic Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel will be a “Memorial Garden” filled with white crosses bearing the names of the war dead … including your loved one.

I would like to extend to your family an invitation to honor us with your presence at worship as we pay tribute to the sacrifice made by your service member and family. Our pastor, U.S. Army Chaplain, LTC Kenneth L. Beale, Jr. will preach a message entitled “Remembering Our Freedom.” A former Soldier and country music songwriter and performer “Rockie” will pay a special musical tribute. At the conclusion of the worship hour, all of the congregation will be invited to silently pay their respects at the garden and place poppies at each of the crosses. An honor guard squad will be on hand to fire vollies as the US flag is lowered to half-staff and Taps is played.

As this Christian worship service has traditionally been well attended, we would be happy to reserve seating for you and yours. To do so, kindly call (612/970-7866) and leave a voice message indicating your veterans’ name and the number of persons attending. If you are not able to attend, we pray that you would find comfort in knowing that our prayers are with you and all of the fallen heroes.

Leila Campbell
Administrative Assistant
Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation
web site:www.fortsnellingmcf.org"

"Sturdy, you're forever in my heart. I've never been so proud of someone for their courage and strength. You are deeply missed and loved."
Lynn McIntire of Urbandale, IA

"To the Family and Friends of Brandon Sturdy: Today I received in the mail a hero bracelet with Brandon's name on it. Although I did not know this young man, I'll always be honored to wear it as my way of paying tribute to such a brave hero. God Bless his family and please know Brandon's sacrifice will not be forgotten. April 5, 2005"
Nancy Wiebel of Lowden, Iowa


CDT. Dabkowski
Norwich University

"To family and friends of Brandon C. Sturdy:
I wear a bracelete with Brandon's name on it. I would like to thank you for supporting his decision to join the Marines. My boyfriend is also going to join the Marines. I will never be able to thank Brandon personally for giving his life in order to let us live ours, but I am forever thankful and will wear this braclete everyday to show my thanks.

Danielle Soucy of Marlborough, CT

"Sturdy- you did what you did so i can do what im doing here
jason weiser of urbandale

"Thursday, September 16, 2004

Dear Family of Brandon C. Sturdy,

Today my husband and I visited the Healing Fields at E.B. Rains Park in Northglenn, CO where more than 4,100 flags were posted. Each flag represents the life of a victim of the September 11 attacks and the subsequent war on terrorism. Governor Bill Owens and New York Fire Battallion Chief Jack McDonald spoke at the opening ceremony. We just wanted you to know that we sponsored Brandon's flag and yellow ribbon. Dennis is from St. Ansgar, IA (so he felt a certain kinship)and we wanted you to know that you have a Colorado family thinking about you and sending healing prayers your way. Looking out over the sea of flags left us with an insurmountable sense of pain and grief over the loss of so many. These are our heroes and they will never, never be forgotten and their loss will not be in vain."
Dennis & Peggy Severson of Thornton, CO

"I never got to meet Brandon or his family. Back in January of 2004 T.C.B. Demo started a project called Troops Tribute Across Iowa. Many of the families got invovled. If possible we would like to put Brandon's name of the cars next year. So if anyone has information of the Strudy family please let us know (derby_girl_2004@yahoo.com) We would be honored to have his name on the cars. God bless his family and friends and rest in peace Brandon"
Ana Farrier T.C.B. Demo of Washington, Iowa

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

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

"Brandon You are the best thing that has happened to my sister.
I would have been proud to have had you as a brother.
I love you"
Danielle of Iowa

"Brandon I love you.
You were and are the best thing that happened to my sister.
I would have been prond to have you as a brother.
I love so much."
Danielle of Iown

You would remember me as one of your Drill Instructors here at Hotel Company...SSgt Tehan. I remember you as being tall and being loud as hell when I demanded of the recruits to sound off. I want you to know that I am proud to have sent you to the ranks of our Corps and that I use you as an example of sense of duty to recruits that can't muster the moral or physical courage to carry on. You will always remain a Marine, but perhaps more personal to me, "one of my kids" as we drill instructors refer to our recruits. Semper Fidelis."
SSgt Tehan of MCRDSD

"To Brandon's family, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Please know that many of us appreciate his service to and sacrifice for our country."
F.Smith of Pennsylvania

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family 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 "

"To Brandon'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 PFC Brandon C. Sturdy,

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 USA

"To Brandon'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 his bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.

Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

"Thank you Brandon Sturdy, 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 Sturdy:
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 Sturdy:
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