Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Richard P. Waller

22, of Fort Worth, Texas.
Waller died from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 7, 2006.

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"Not forgotten...Semper Fidelis!"
J Bright of Central Coast, CA

J Bright of Central Coast, CA

"I was 100 yards away and couldn't do a god damn thing to help...we never even heard the shot. Miss you and all the others we have lost."
T vaughn of Camp Pendleton, CA

"I was assigned to Cpl Wallers Fire Team as Pointman and was with him every last Minute he had on Earth. He was one of the Finest Marines I have ever served with. Tomorrow is the 9th year anniversary of his death. I will never forget the worst day of my Life and the last day of his at 0937 April 7, 2006 on that rooftop outside the walls of Abu Ghraib Prison. Semper Fi Forever."
Mark O'Byrne of Henderson NV

"Hey Brother, Another Year And still I hurt as if it is the day that I got the message. I love you"
clinton riggins of Arlington Texas

"To the family of:Richard P. Waller
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""

"I am trying to get the address of Cpl Wallers parents. I am the gold star dad of LCpl Marc Glimpse and have something for them from the wall dedication at Ft. Hood Memorial Day 2007.

Also John Bright, thank you for flying the flag for our two heroes."
Guy Glimpse of Huntington Beach, CA

"Wow Ricky, time does sure pass by. It seems only yesterday you would be driving (4 deep) back from Tijuana, Mexico. I stumbled on this website but never had the courage to write anything. Ironically brother I was listening to 2pac (life goes on) and thought of you. Tell you the truth, I think about you every day. When you left I wished it would have been me instead. I had nothing going for me brother. I didn’t have a career or family that I wanted to work for. I remember the day waking up from a bad hangover and Medley giving me the news. My whole world came down crashing. I could not believe it, you where gone. I didn’t even have the courage to go say goodbye to you homie when I had the chance. I am sorry. When we returned home I didn’t even know how to look at you wife and kids but worked up the courage to do so. I told your wife that when the day comes and your kids want answers I will be there to do so. I miss you so much…….. On another topic I got married!!! Bet I proved you wrong huhh???????? I also have a baby boy that I love so much. Now I know the joy that you had with your kids. Well in honor of you brother, my baby name is Xzavier Richard Martinez. I assure you that he will know where his middle name comes from……. Till the day we meet again hermano

Jose “Joser, Marty, Warrior” M Martinez"

"I didn't know CPL Waller personally, but I lived in the barracks down the corridor from him at Abu Ghraib. We were outside the wire about the same time, he gave all. I dreamt of him for weeks after he left us...and a few times since. My dreams aren't always pretty...but I can tell he had many friends and the Marines who he served with respected him. I wanted to give some love and respect. I planted a flag pole in my front yard and I fly a flag I flew off the P.O.O. radar at Abu...I fly it in memory of all those who left us in 2006. I fly it for you Waller and Glimpse! Semper Fi.

CPL J Bright, USMC 1988-1996
SSG J Bright, ARNG 2003-2012"
John Bright of Central Coast, CA

"Hey brother, I miss you sssooo much! I really wish that you were here with me cracking joke, talking about our deployments. there isn't a time that i dont think about all the fun we had back during school. Remember when we got cought by mom when I was sitting on the hood of your car while you would gun it up the street infront of the school. their is a day that doesn't go by that I wish I could trade places with you. I kick myself everyday that we didn't go take professional pictures in our uniform. but I got the one of us before we went to court with mom. that day we got esscorted out of court lol! I love you brother!


Clinton "Rudy" Riggins

p.s. this still doesn't get you out of paying me the 400 dollars that you owe, I will collect when I get their!"

"Ricky ,

It seems like only yesterday we were playing football during our lunch breaks back at school . I had no idea that one of my bestfriends had passed . Come to find out I was B.O.G. in Kabul when you gave all . I love and miss you man . I never got to say goodbye my friend . Till we me again , you'll always be in my heart and mind .

Ret. SSgt. Acosta
1st Cavalry
Fort.Hood, Texas"
Ret. SSgt. Acosta of Fresno, California

"You were a true Badass that nevered showed weakness. i admired that so much. but at the same time you were the most caring was always there for a marine that needed help not only during work, but outside of it as well. Even though we fought and had disagreements from time to time, you were still a great friend, and i still thought you were the man. to all his family and friends Cpl Ricky Waller was an outstanding Marine!!!"
Mike Richman of MN

"Ricky tomorrow is memorial Day 2010 and I will be firing the rifle volley at a memorial service tomorrow. As I set in my bed I remember the times we had. They were not all good and they were not all that bad either. Although you were hard on me and the other new guys you always took care of your boys. I remember many times you took me to the bank and the time you took me to mainside dental. No matter our differences you were always there for me when I needed help. And I would be lying if I didn't say your toughness is what got us out of Iraq alive. Thank You for always being there and helping me when I needed it. Thank you for making me do all those pull ups. At the end of my second deployment I did seven. That was contributed by from you. And most importantly thank you for making impact in all of our lives. I remember once you made me write a paper on respect and I wrote respect is not given it is earned. With that in mind Ricky you have earned the highest respect that can be given from the bottom of my heart thanks and tomorrow when I fire those volleys my thoughts will be with you. All Gave
Some and Some Gave All. Semper Fi Ricky"
Randall Cole of Morgantown, WV

"Child Birth, New Jobs, Graduating College. No matter how far away life takes us from sweaty days, toiling under the strains of heavy gear, patrolling Iraq, April 7th remains burned indelibly in our minds. Rest in peace Ricky Waller, you will always be missed by those with whom you served. -Milhouse"
Elliot Partin of Seattle Wa USA

"I had the honor and privilege of knowing Ricky when he was our next door neighbor in El Paso. Ricky was about 8 years old when I last saw him, as our family had moved to Arlington, Tx.
Ricky was a loving child, and had enormous energy, always happy and a delight, a pure delight. Ricky was ALL boy! Ricky and I would fix his bikes together, he was a quick study, and would "correct" me when I tested his ability to fix something the right way.
I now know the kind of Marine and man Ricky became.
I met his family at his sister's wedding a couple of years ago, his children are Ricky made over..
His scarifice will never be forgotten. Nor will Ricky's memory ever leave our hearts. God Bless him and his family and friends. God Bless all those who are willing to sacrifice for us"
Larry S. Brewer of Arlington, Tx

"its been three years since you passed CPL Waller and i just want you and everyone to know many things have changed. Your Marines have moved on some still in others out but we all think of you and give thanks to to you for having a helping hand in making us the men we are today. I miss you and wish you were here. your friend, Marine and brother -CPL Christopher Sevigny "BlackSheep" 2006-2007"
CPL Sevigny of quantico, VA

"I was with Clp Waller on day before he gave the ultiment sacrifice to his country. We were at a power plant out side of Abugard Prison. I was only a Lance Corple at the time so i really did not talk to him out of respect. But I did leason to what he had to say. He was talking about how he had just came to the rescue of SSgt Blanco after his Hummeve was hit by an IED. It was brife story but he told it well. I thought to myself this man is a true hero. I looked up to him and I think about him every day. I hope that my brife message will help his family with there loss of a great son."
Sgt Zanone of Napa Ca/USA

"April 22, 2009
To the family of Cpl. Richard P. Waller:
Richard 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 name is Captain Charles Parker. I graduated from WHHS in 1989. I have deployed to Iraq on 3 seperate occasions, for a total of 2 1/2 yrs. I never knew your son, however as a U.S. Marine that graduated from WHHS I would like to express my most heart felt condolences. The sacrifices your son made and the hardship that you have faced will never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis."

"Semper Fi Waller. I remember you from boot camp. one time you and i were sparing partners in MCMAP and you always hit way too hard. you will always be remembered bro!"
Cpl. Sabankaya, Tarik of Santa Cruz, Ca

"Ricky, I miss you so much. I would give anything just to hear that laugh of yours. Just as great a soldier, you were an even greater God Son, I could ever have. You blessed my life with great memories and you blessed this world with your sacrafice and give just as many great memories to your comrades you served with. Never selfish and always ready to help a struggling comrade, achieve the goals needed to gradudate basic or any other training your were the man..You might have carried their load, to make things lighter but you were always in the trench training and working along side with your soldiers even if you had to get up a little earlier to accomplish this.. I want you to know that I am proud of you and I am also grateful for having told you this when you were alive. And I tell you now; I love you, I miss you and I am proud of YOU!!!"
Lisa Riggins of San Antonio, and Fort Worth, Texas

"You were the biggest baddest dude in bootcamp, I remember they put you on weight control cause you were so heavy then they told you to lift your shirt and they saw rock solid abs..... you were taken off weight control for good."
Patrick of Jacksonville, Texas

"I think about ou daily Cpl. I'll never forget how you tought me somthing new on a daily basis. I will forever look up to you. Thanks for being hard on me and the rest of the black sheep. Semper Fi Corpral"
Lcpl. Law of Farmington, M.I.

"I will never forget fighting side by side with you brother. I will see you when I see you."

"Semper Fi. Thank you so much for your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten as your courage and honor provide a link between this generation and the next of Marines who volunteer to serve. May God bless and comfort your family."
Eric Beal, Former Captain, USMC of Southlake, Texas

"To many he is Ricky Waller to me he is Cpl. Waller! It was a pleasure to serve with and under Cpl Wallers hand as he was one of the Team Leaders in the same squad as I was. He is in all of our eyes what we want to be as Marines and for his sacrafice he will never be forgotten by me or the rest of 1/1 Chuck Company Third Platoon."
Pvt. Brady, Ernest of Oceanside, CA

"Semper Fi Cpl. Waller.
3rd Bn.
Brent S. Bailey of Lincoln, Nebraska

"Your spirit lives on in the lives of your children. All three remind me of you when I see their beautiful faces. God bless my sister and keep her safe. Give her the strength and wisdom to carry on. One day soon we will see Ricky again, until then he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. We love you Ricky!! You'll always be in our hearts."
Your Sister - in - Law Jennifer Mello & Family of Fort Worth, TX.

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

"I am deeply sorry for your loss. May God give your family the strength and comfort needed during this time and to face the journey ahead.

Michele Carter
Sister of CPL Gary Walters
KIA in Baghdad on April 24, 2005"

"Thank you Richard Waller, 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. Richard Waller:
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 Richard 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. Richard Waller:
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 Richard, 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