Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Joseph S. Tremblay

23, of New Windsor, New York.
Tremblay died from injuries received from a mine explosion while conducting combat operations in vicinity of Hit, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Moundsville, West Virginia. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom his unit was attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on April 27, 2005.

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May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

Joseph S. Tremblay 4/27/05
"No one has greater love [no one has shown stronger affection] than to lay down (give up) his own life for his friends." - John 15:13 (Laying Down Ones Life)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"I literally just found out about this from another Devil Dog whom I just reconnected with and whom we went thru basic training with. As we are talking about those days your name came up and he told me you are no longer with us. My heart aches and is saddened by your loss. I'm still in shock. I pray that you have found peace and that the Lord blesses your family and loved ones. You will never be forgotten, you will always be in my heart and mind. As I type this with tears in my eyes and a broken heart, till we meet again My brother Semper Fi!"
Cpl. Martinez of Lancaster, Pa

"Semper Fi Cpl Tremblay."
SSgt Bauer

"Hi Joseph, I am so proud of you.
Last time I saw you was when you still lived in NJ and you were still a little wild child! I can't believe you grew up and became a US Marine!! I'm so sorry that you are gone but I have thought about you many times over the years and I was devastated when I found out. God Bless You and God Bless the United States of America."
Rich of Mahwah, NJ

"Thanks for looking out for me over the past 6 years. I know in my heart and in my mind you have been with me every day watching my back making sure I got home safe. I cant believe it took you leaving this world for me to become a man every one could be proud of.Thank You.I know you have to smile when you look at my youngest son I named him after you. I look at him all the time and I see you in him from his hair to the way he acts I will do my best to raise him as if it were you reincarnated. Trust me there are many times I think its you back again as a little boy and I spoil him because I think its you. I may need to go talk to mental health but I like thinking its you because then I dont miss you so much. I love you see you when I get there and Im in no rush trust me LOL."
SGT Tremblay, Lawrence of US ARMY

"To the family of:Joseph S.Tremblay
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""

"Joey thank you for everything you did for us... I miss u buddy and I love you."
Joey Scalia of Pouhgkeepsie, NY

"We still think of you all the time. We will always love you. You must be very proud of your brother Larry. You boys make the best of soldiers. I love you Joey."
Aunt Janet (toot) of Washingtonville, NY

"To the family of Joseph Tremblay,
I was googling the name "Joseph Tremblay" because my eldest child is also Joseph Tremblay. I came across this Fallen Heroes Memorial with the same name, and I had to write. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your son. My Joseph also wants to fight for his country and, as proud as I would be to have him fight, I am also very afraid of losing him. I hope I have the courage, when the time comes, to let him go and serve as you were courageous to let go of your Joseph. God bless you. You are in my prayers."
Mary Anne Tremblay of Endicott, NY/USA

"April 22, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Joseph S. Tremblay:
Joseph 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'm sorry I didn't write sooner. I had a dream the other night that we were all back in Okinawa training for Super Squad, those were great times. I was just talking to a buddy the other day about how you got so mad at Cpl. Philips that time he called you Joe-Joe, your'e part of so many memories, and interesting conversations, man, I wish we could talk again. I'll never forget you - Semper Fi, my friend."
Paul Curtman, Golf Co. 2nd Bn, 3rd Marines of Saint Louis, Missouri

"To the Tremblay family:
I just want to say it was an honor knowing your son when I served in Hawaii and Now I am trying to go back to the Corp to honor my fallen brothers."
Cpl Dustin Overly of Alexandria, La

I was Stationed in Quantico Va when I heard what happen and being that you where one of my Marines in G 2/3. It hit me hard. Then 3 days later I heard about about another brother pass. Cathy from 3rd herd. I miss ya. I got to the place where you where in Iraq. I walk the ground you walked in 06. It was hard to be thier knowing that one of my Marines will never come home. We all miss you."
SSGT Shawn D Garrett of K-bay Hawaii

I was shocked when I saw your name on the list of Servicemen that never made it back from Iraq. It was a while ago that I read about it, but I still haven't managed to shake it off. You were a good kid and you made those weeks in the jungle go by a little bit easier for me. Out of all of the names and faces I've forgotten from ten years in the Navy, Joseph Tremblay never was, or will be one of them. Take care, I hope you are at peace."
Carl Palazzotto Jr. of West Hartford, CT

"Joey: I cannot believe you have been gone for three years today, 4/27/08. You are always missed, always loved. Rest in peace. Love, Lauren"
Laure Bowker of Middletown, New York

I went to HIT for you, we f**cked 'em up. 1/23 was who I was with; they had us for a while, but nothing a thousand pound bomb couldn't handle. We returned after Fallujah was over found a massive Cache' some 2 hundred yards long about 8 feet deep, took 4 7 tons to move it all. Anyway we miss you bud, say hi to Dunham while you are up there, he's a good Marine. I knew him while I was in Kingsbay you too will get along well. I guess all of us should have stayed in Hawaii; at least the scenery was better. Rest peaceful my friend we have the watch tonight. Semper Fi!
Sgt Kurtz
USMC 0311
Golf 2/3
Bravo 1/23"
Carl Kurtz of Fort Worth TX

"Dear Joey,
Its your cousin tiffany talk to you today. I know you always said not to go into the armed forces but i just wanted to let you know that im going to go into the air force. I know its not what you would have wanted me to do but i felt it was right. Im 18 now and its been harder then ever to live with out you. There have been times were i would just sit back and wish you were here again for another fun christmas or birthday or some kind of family event. Cousin Joey-its almost 3 years since youve been gone but it feels like eternity. I miss you with all my heart. I wish you could be around to see how much everything has chnged and see how much everyone has grown. Ebihlin and buddy are so big now and lil joe is taller then me now. We all miss you so much and know your in heaven smiling down at us right now. Always know your little cousin was and will be here for you. Till we meet again in heaven, i love you."
Tiffany M. of Campbell hall, NY

You probably don't remember me. I was in your brother Larry's class at Immaculate Heart of Mary with Sr. Carol. My family has moved to California- but, we ran into a gentleman out here recently whom had lived in Mahwah and he told my mother that you had served in Iraq and been killed. Well, we may not have known you that well- but, I certainly remember you and how cute you were as a kid... I hope that you are doing well where you are. Also, to the family, I will definitely be sure to keep you in my thoughts. Larry Jr.- I hope that you are doing well! Best always."
Tara Cano of San Jose, California

"To Joe,
I miss you bud and there isn't a day that goes by that your aren't in my thoughts."
Cpl. Jeremy D. Lloyd Golf co 2/3 of Columbia, Mo

"To Joe and his family,
I was fortunate to know Joe when he was a young Marine in G 2/3 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii during 2000 and 2001. He was a fine young man and the type of Marine that leaders look too and those junior to him search out as an example. I empathize with his family at the loss of someone so dear; my heart goes out to all of you. I know that Joe is close by God's side, and that he watches over you and his fellow Marines. Thank you and Semper Fi"
LtCol Keane of Camp Lejeune NC

"Joey here it is another year 11/13 it seems like we were just fooling around like always. I sit here thinking about you and the time that we had together football baseball camping etc. I still can't beleave your not going to wake me up at 4:00 am. I still don't sleep days go by and there are not any of them that I don't think about you. I run around with your bike and at times think am I doing ok by you. God I hope so. There are those times that I know that you and the boys are looking down. I hope that your at peace now. And I hope that we will see each other some day. I love you
Larry Tremblay of New Windsor Ny

"Oh ya Dale, you know he enjoyed it to he complaned some but he liked it. * all the way to the range but enjoyed showing the boots how to use there rifles. LOL It was great talking to you a while back I hope that all is good and that the other guys are to."
Larry of New York

"Dale you are so right."
Larry Tremblay Sr of New York

"Joey would have never accepted the word hero to describe him. He wasn't in it for that. He was just there trying something out. Wish he was still around."
Dale of Wasilla, AK

"To The Family of Joseph Tremblay,
You have my sincere condolences in the loss of your dear son Joseph. I cannot even begin to imagine the heart ache and pain that you all must be feeling. If possible I would like to contact Joseph's father, Larry. My last name is Tremblay and both of my uncle's, Joseph and Larry Tremblay served in the U.S. Army during the 2nd world war. Please know your son is in our hearts and prayers. email at nancydoll_ca@yahoo.com"
Nancy Tremblay of Windsor,Ontario Canada

"To The Family of Joseph Tremblay,
You have my sincere condolences in the loss of your dear son Joseph. I cannot even begin to imagine the heart ache and pain that you all must be feeling. If possible I would like to contact Joseph's father, Larry. My last name is Tremblay and both of my uncle's, Joseph and Larry Tremblay served in the U.S. Army during the 2nd world war. Please know your son is in our hearts and prayers."
Nancy Tremblay of Windsor,Ontario Canada

"dear joey, It's so hard to write this. I'm so sorry I never made it over to say goodbye. I've been looking out for your brother the best I can. He is a hard head! He's in the army now and doing better than i have ever seen him. Im so happy I have him and Im sure your watching over him everyday. I miss you"
your cousin :Johnathan DeGraw of suffern n.y.

"The Delaware and Hudson RR has named a locomotive after him; Canadian Pacific Locomotive 4654 bears his name and it is a fine memorial. See the link below for a photo and credits:
SSG Andrew McCulloch RET of Oak Ridge, TN

"I did not know Joe, but my sincerest thoughts and prayers to your family members. I came across this post on a railfan site and did not know if you are aware of this honor. His memory lives on and and I would like to thank him and you for his service to our country.http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?2,1345116"
Scott S. of Harrisburg, PA

"my dearest little brother. it has been a year and a half sence you have deen gone and it is still hard. i miss you so much. just being able to talk to you. you never relize how important family is until it is too late. i am so sorry i did not visit new york more offten and vist you. i wish i was there more for you. you have and always will be my little hero. i still dont understand why you are gone but i know im not to quetion gods plan. thank you for watchin out for me this past 6 months. i know you have been. i love you and miss you. you loved me for me little brother and always let me know things would work out. the kids are getting big and i remind them all the time of the uncle silly the hero. you payed a big price for your family and your country. its hard but i know it is what you wanted. i will never forget you. you are in my heart always. we will met again in the land of no sorrow and im gonna give you a big hug when i see you"
your sis stacy of williamsburg,ky

"Dearest Joey: Today (11/13) would have been your 25th Birthday. You are always in my heart and you will never be forgotten for the great warm, smart, loving and funny guy that you were. I miss you.. Rest in peace.
Love you, Lauren"
Lauren Bowker of Middletown, NY

"Joey, well wow what can I say... you were the funniest little man I think I have met. You could always see the best in the situation and in people. Last night as we celebrated the 231st Marine Corps birthday, we set a place for you and for our other fallen heros. Man was that a rough one, but we remembered that you wouldnt of wanted us to be sad, but to party it up and celebrate your wonderful life. We all love you and miss you. You truly are a hero!! God bless!"
Kanoe Holasz Proud Marine Corps Wife of Arlington, WA

"I recently ran the Marine Corp marathon in memory of Joseph Tremblay. This was my first marathon and on the 22nd mile I was a bit tired but I asked Joe to be with me and give me strength and I finished the race stronger than ever, I believe it was because of Joe. He will never be forgotten!!"
Maureen of Clinton Ct.

"Joey- I have never forgottten the times we had in SOI... You made my time in the corps an uforgetable experience. Just know that we will never forget you bro..."
Carl Woods of Marthas Vineyard Ma. (2/3 echo co)

"Although we may have always been making fun of each other, we still had a good time together. Even when we threw each others gear off of our OP. The funniest thing was how jumpy you always were. There's not a day that goes by that I don't wish you were still here. I am proud to have served with you and I am proud to have known you. You will always live on in my memories and I will always tell those I know of you and your sacrifice."
Jason Zanolli of 3/25 Kilo Company

"Our Joey. You have been gone one year already. Everyone has been coming to terms with what your destiny has bought you. We miss your smile and everything about you. I read through your messages and see the love just pouring to you. You must be standing on the right hand side of god, he had to have needed you badly. Until our destanies bring us back togather. Hugs and kisses."
Your Aunt, Uncle, Tiffany and Joey of Campbell Hall, NY

"Dear Joey:

In A couple of weeks it will be a year since you have been gone. I still cannot believe that I will never hear you voice again or see your smile. You will be in my heart forever. Rest in peace. I miss you.

Love, Lauren"
Lauren Bowker of Middletown, New York

"Dearest Joey:

Even though I was not related to you by blood, I could not have loved you more if you had been my own son. We had a lot of talks about many different things. All the stuff going on with your family is just crap. What really matters is that you are gone and you will be missed forever. I think about you everyday and you will always be in my heart. I heard a song the other day and it reminded me of you:

"Another turning point a fork stuck in the road - - Time grabs you by the wrist directs you where to go - - So make the best of this test and don't ask why - - It's not a question but a lesson learned in time - - It's something unpredictable - - But in the end is right - - I HOPE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE".

I hope in your short life that you loved, learned and had some really good times.

May god hold you and protect you until we meet again.

All my love, Lauren"
Lauren of Middletown New York

"To my son, first off I will never let you be forgoten what ever it takes you were one of the greats kids that I have ever met not because that you are my son because of just who you are. The kindness in your heart,the way you stayed the strate line and never looked at the bad side you knew what you wanted the marines. And to be the best that you could be. You did everything to the max. I rember one football game when it took 2 or more guys to bring you down every one there ask what the hell did you feed this kid.There are other things like that. Im happy that Lauren was there for you.God and you only no just how much and she and I miss you and will love you till its our time to catch up with you> As you know theres a lot of neg things happing around here. Son if you can get some peoples heads back on please do I ran out of ideas it saddens my heart to hear and see the disgrace. You know whats going on and I wish that it was better but enough of that neg stuff.Your sister Stacy and Danny are doing ok its going to take some time as you know. What is it with them and work ??? Son I will be be there for you as much as you want me to be there I know that all the metals and things are not your thing and I know that your up there lauphing at me. The people respect what you did and its there way of saying thank you. The train was very cool wasnt it. It made a lot of kids happy and all I could think that you would have loved it. Thats one thing I think that even you would have wanted to be there for.As I read the notes from your brothers from around the states they all seen a great kid one who could make you lauph and showed that it was silly to dwell on the small stuff its better to crack a joke about it and move on.Im glad that you had all those guys to hang out with. I met some of them and you all had the same thing in commin Respect and a kindness that you dont find every day.As you know Ive been in touch with Larry great kid if you have a way to let him know that its ok please do. We were at the ceremony and went out for something to eat after. He was telling so storys about you and him over there well all that I have to say is yep thats the same nuckle head that I rember. I know your lauphing at me for my spelling I think that I got most of it right you know the, and ,it,Ect
Well its time for me to go. I love you son and I will see you soon enough. Dad
To all the wrote something here thank you all and may god bless you all
keeping the faith Larry Sr"
Larry Tremblay Sr of New Windsor N Y

"Joey, We will never get over losing you. But somehow the members of your family will get use to it.
Everyone is still falling apart and some are not behaving properly. But time will heal them. I know you don't want it this way.
We love you, miss you and cherish the memories that we have of you.
We thank god for the time he let us have with you, but selfishly wish we had more."
Your Aunt and Uncle of Campbell Hall, NY

"hmmm . leave a message for my brother.Well where do I start.Bet you cant stand what you see now. Never thought It would hurt this much. * bro I try to see it the way you do and im having a realy hard tim dealing with this. I will never be the same. The only thing I feel Inside is Hate. I want some anwsers that you will never be able to give me. Dad lost his mind Stacy and the kids are still poor white trash . Mom is a mess she will be messed up over that crap with dad getting the flag thing for a long time.I was sick inside when thay gave it to dad and not mom. All the anger I have inside for what went down and what is still going down. I wish you would have had some kids and were married to jen before you left. This way jen would have gottin every thing.
She is an awsom person I cant beleive the way that girl held together through all this and did every thing for your funiral and all your bills and just made every thing easer for every one whil dad did nothing and is still doing nothing but spending your money and his moms money as fast as he can.Bet your looking down laughfing your * off bout this crap. Yo Im sorry bout not beeing strong enughf to stop dooing drugs im still trying tho.
I dont know how you made it through your child hood not having mental issues or doing drugs no one in the family deserves to leach off your pride and honer but thay are makes me sick. Im not even worthe of being your brother. well at least you had real brothers over there. That must be cool Knowing that that many people had your back and you had theres . Well i guess that what made you go. And if I hear dad say hoo raa one more time im going to *ing punch him in the mouth till thay have to wire his jaw shut. God I hate him more now than ever. He thinks he is some kind of Mareine now. Ha I know my spelling sucks and I only have a 10th grade education and a ged but I make mor than dad and I do the same thing hahahaha. YO im sorry for every mean thing I said and did to jen I hope that some day you can forgive me.
Its just every time I see or hear her I think bout you.And im just a retard timmmmaaa haha. I wonder if when you were on the plain for iraq you remerberd to sing the team america song.And the firs time you saw an iraqe did you say derk a lerka serka derka haha I think you did. you probly made every one laughf brought some happyness over there with you. I still fell bad about cuting our phone call short when you call from there and i was working makes me fell like *. But ha i thought you were coming back. guess you cant take any thing for granted can you? Well I have to go do my laundry now. Ill keep my eye on your foot stone and make shure it dont get muddy i cleand it with snow and a tooth brush the last time i was ther.
I imagen all the souls in the cemetay watching me and you with a smile watching me. And that makes me happy.Well ttyl I LOVE you Bro

Your brother
Larry Tremblay JR of Washingtonvill NY usa

"I had to leave another message because the first was so short. I will never be able to accept Joey's death. You will always be alive in my mind and heart. I would kill several nun's to hang out with you again Joey. I think about you everyday. The most important wish for the rest of my life will be to be able to talk and hang out with you again. Kick jesus in the nuts for me bud. Later Joey. I'll see ya whenever and where ever bro."
Dale Patrick of Lynnwood, WA

"Corporal Tremblay, it was an honor serving with you brother. I remember being on duty and talking to you about all of life's aspects. Thank you for those times, I will never forget them. God Bless you, Thank You!"
Cpl. Wiley USMC of Downey, CA

"dear joey, im so thankful that i was able to serve in the same squad as you in iraq. you were truly a great friend. i know you were my guardian angel. i will never forget our time together."
larry kunkel of 3/25 kilo co 3rd squad

"Joey, you are one of the most dedicated and hard working people I know. You persevered through numerous challenges and overcame many obstacles with innate tenacity. I am proud and honored to have been able to watch you grow as a person and as a Marine. I will never forget you. Semper Fi and Godspeed."
Zachary Hall (2nd Bn 3rd Mar, Golf Co. 1st Plt.) of Tucson, AZ

"Joey, you will always remain one of my best friends and one of the best people that I have ever known. Your love for life and sense of humor were contagious and I'm thankful that I've known you. You will always be my brother and your memory will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis."
Julius C. McLinko (2nd Bn 3rd Mar, Golf Co. 1st Plt.) of Coleville, CA

"Joey, it has been an honor to know and serve with you brother. I will always treasure our memories and may god bless your family and loved ones. You truly are a hero and one fine Marine.I will miss you dearly, Semper Fidelis."
Charles Holton (2nd Bn 3rd Mar, Golf Co. 1st Plt.) of Phoenix, AZ

"To Joey, I'm gonna miss ya bro. You were my best friend and you changed my outlook on life more than anyone I have ever known. To Larry, thanks for letting all of us from G co know your son."
Dale Patrick of Lynnwood, WA

"To Cpl. Tremblay, we will always be grateful to the sacrifice that you gave us and country. To the family of Joseph,i want to let everyone know that he was a great friend and a fine MARINE. His friendship and memories will always be treasured."
Stanley Llaban (USMC 2nd BLT 3rd Mar-Golf Co) of Ontario, CA

"Joseph was a great person and a marine by heart, I served with this fine gentleman, and for his family I am deeply sorry for your loss."
Jacob Martinez of Visalia,Ca

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

"Thank you for your bravery. You will never be forgotten. God Bless Hero!"
3/25 Sister of Massillon, Ohio

"We are truly saddened by the loss of a fine young Marine. You will always be known as Our Hero."
The Dugger Family of Akron, Ohio

"To Joseph's Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and want you to know that we are grateful for Joseph's loyal service and will never forget his sacrifice. My family honors your HERO.
God Bless Joseph and his family"
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays and family of Massillon, Ohio

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

"We are truly saddened by the loss of Joseph. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers."
Wife of 3/25 Marine of Akron, OH

"Marine Cpl. Joseph S. Tremblay, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this time."
Jerry & Toni J. Longville of Akron, Ohio

"God bless the family of Cpl. Tremblay. My heart goes out to them as I pray for our fallen heroes and their families each day."
Mother of marine reservist 3/25/4th of western southern tier, NY

"To the family and friends of Corporal Joseph S. Tremblay,

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

"Thank you Joseph Tremblay, 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. Joseph Tremblay:
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 Joseph 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. Joseph Tremblay:
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 Joseph, 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