Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Cpl. Christopher T. Warndorf

21, of Burlington, Kentucky.
Warndorf died while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on August 29, 2006.

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"I love you and miss you"

"You are not forgotten - this was left at Sam's Tavern in New Albany, IN


This is what it looked like a couple of hours later...

Frank of New Albany, IN

"May 2013
Still loving you, still missing you, still remembering you. And I always will."

"To the family of:Christopher T. Warndorf
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""

"Cpl Warndorf,
Just wanted to let your family know that you are still remembered today by your Marine Corps family. I served with Warndorf from the time we went to bootcamp on October 15, 2003 until the day he passed. He was an excellent Marine with a good work ethic. It is sad that he passed so early, but if anyone knew the risks it was Cpl Warndorf. I still think of you often brother. Your family can email me if they would like. I would like to hear from them if possible. My email is rdp.pcb@gmail.com"
Sgt. Randy Pittman of Panama City Beach, Florida

"I think about you all the time and what the future could have held...you are truly a hero. As I know that mother Theresa and st michael lie with you, I know you have joined them and are watching over us all. miss you, you'll never be forgotten."
of Nc

"Warndorf, My friend and mentor. You help me through each day in many ways. You keep my thoughts honorable and actions faithfull. You keep me Humble and filled with energy, just as you always were. I try to make the best decisions I know how, and think if you would approve of them. I know you will be with me each day for the rest of my life. And I couldnt thing of a better gaurdian angel than you. Watch over us all good buddy. See you soon."
Cpl Jacob Lee of Baghdad, Iraq/ Chickamauga, GA

"March 6, 2012

Even though I haven't written lately, I think about you always. I miss you deeply."

"24 Dec. 11

Merry Christmas, buddy. I miss and love you."

"Dec. 12, 2011

I miss you so much."

"Thinking of you today and every day buddy. Happy belated USMC birthday and happy Veterans Day."

"Nov. 7, 2011

Hey, buddy. Just checking in. I think about you all the time, and I always will."

"Oct. 30, 2011

Just wishing you were here."

"Oct. 11, 2011

You'll always be remembered. You'll always be my friend."

"Sept. 12, 2011

It's hard to believe so much has happened since you were taken. This is my last semester of college, and I think about you all the time. Man, I miss you so much. I think about all the plans we talked about. Our dreams. Everything I do, I do as much for you as for me. We're still a team. We always will be."

"August 23, 2011

Sometimes I just come here and stare at the page. Do you know how much you're on my mind? Do you know how much your death has affected me? This tightness begins in my chest and grows until it reaches my throat. I have to go for walks when that happens. I can't be indoors. I want so desperately for you to come back."

"August 3, 2011

Hey big guy ... remember that night when we were talking about our dreams? I like to think I'm sharing mine with you because as I pursue them, you're always on my mind. You're right there with me. Loving you, brother."

"Just checking in, bro. You're not forgotten."

"As I help buddies get ready for the 4th tomorrow, I'm thinking about you."

"Memorial Day, 2011

You are not forgotten, Marine."

"May 25, 2011

Not a day goes by that I don't think about you. I miss you."

"May 11, 2011

One More Time

Nothing I must do
Nowhere I should be
No one in my life
To answer to but me

No more candlelight
No more purple skies
No one to be near
As my heart slowly dies

If I could hold you one more time
like in the days when you where mine
I'd look at you 'till I was blind
So you would stay

I'd say a prayer each time you'd smile
Cradle the moments like a child
I'd stop the world if only I
Could hold you one more time

I've memorized your face
I know your touch by heart
Still lost in your embrace
I'd dream of where you are

If I could hold you one more time
Like in the days when you were mine
I'd look at you 'till I was blind
So you would stay

I'd say a prayer each time you'd smile
Cradle the moments like a child
I'd stop the world if only I
Could hold you one more time"

"May 8, 2011

it's Mother's Day, buddy. I just came inside after working out in the yard, and I can't get you out of my mind. Not that I want you to forget, but I've been missing you deeply. I try not to get angry, but you were such an incredible guy, and the world isn't the same without you. You are missed. If I'm angry it's because I think of the future you would have had. Our lives are less joyful because you're not here. You brought so much into my life and so many others. You were inspiring with your positive attitude and how you always put others before you. You were always looking out for someone. Please keep watching over me."

"I just wanted to come by and leave a note for you. You're on my mind every day, and I guess I feel close to you here. I miss you so much. Someday maybe the words will come that will let me express how I feel about you being gone. I don't understand it all, only that there's a hole. You are so missed. I'm hanging on, and I'll never forget you."

"I'm thinking about you a lot today buddy. Sure do miss you."

"Never gonna forget you."

"I read somewhere that God gave us memories so we would knows roses during winter. I'm thankful for all my memories of you, bro. During the "winters" they've kept me going. Miss you and will always love you."

"And I miss you ... like the deserts miss the rain."

"It's crazy. I had a dream about you last night, even though it's been so long since we saw each other. In the dream, you had a big smile and looked so happy. I knew you were gone, but it didn't bother me. You walked up to me and hugged me tight. I think you're trying to tell me that everything is okay, and that you're in a great place and you're happy. It helps to know that, but I still miss you more than I can say. Thank you for visiting me in that dream. One more hug from you was a gift from heaven. I'll never, never forget you."

"An American
Storm clouds, strong thunder and lightning struck skies;
nothing to compare to a child's first cry.
From the start of a nation inside the womb, to the resting place of all, yes even the tomb.
So how long will we struggle and how long will we fight to preserve our nation from slavery or flight.
Till freedom is gone, a thing of the past; an American dies, when he is the last...
For nothing nor death can take from me, freedom and choice; I'm American you see.
By: Anthony Wynn"
Sgt Anthony Wynn of Hot Springs, AR. USA

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"Christopher I never had the priveldge of meeting you but have visited your grave. Thank you for your sacfice and we will never forget any of our hero's. God Bless You.
Kay Inman
Kay of Bardstown, Ky

"Tyler, you are missed so much. You are watching over us, as you always have. I always knew you were such a blessing, and gave my life so much more meaning than I could have ever possibly have imagined ever wanting, or receiving. I have been so touched by the impact you made on so many people. I love you still. To all of the countless supporters, and compassionate people, Thank You is not enough. Please know your acts of kindness have truly meant the world to me. Whenever, I get the chance to talk to someone whose life you impacted it really touches my soul and makes my heart sing. If anyone ever wants to get in touch with myself, Nick, or Katelyn please do...we live in Burlington, KY. Lucia Drive...7008 my email is honeydew7470@aim.com. and my phone number is listed. or my cell # 859-628-9687. For all those who have served with Tyler, know you are always welcome in our home. For all those who have stories, I always love hearing them. Most of all, please know how beloved Tyler was to us. We had many trials and tribulations, and what always got us through was first Trusting in God, the blessings he bestowed, and above all our amazing bond Tyler, Nick, and Katelyn and I have. That alone has been our comfort, and the fact that Tyler is and will always be remembered, beloved, and held in the highest of esteem. I want to say thank you for remembering him and loving him too."
Tina L. Warndorf Proud Mother of Burlington Ky

"THanks for fighting for us"
darcy of Ne

"The soldiers do not speak. Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses: who has not heard them? They have a silence that speaks for them at night and when the clock counts. They say: We are young. We have died. Remember us. They say: We have done what we could but until it is finished it is not done. They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished no one can know what our lives gave. They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours they will mean what you make them. They say: Weather our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say: it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young. they say. We have died. Remember us:"
A Fellow Veteran of USA

"Two years later this date still burns a hole in my mind Tyler. I try to put as much effort into my life each and every day as you did. As I've been out for nearly a year, some of the fondest memories I have are the times I got to spend with you. The way you lived your life will serve as an example for how I hope to live mine. Semper Fi brother....


"July 15, 2008
To the family of Cpl. Christopher T. Warndorf:
Christopher 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

"Cpl. Warndorf. I think about the day you passed all the time, and always think of what I could have done to get the QRF there faster. I hope that I am as good of an NCO as you were. Semper Fi"
CPL. Wilder of Campe Lejeune, NC

"hey bro! this is lil rod. I think about you everyday man. your a true hero. It was an honor to serve with you all those
years. I always looked up to you as a brother. You were a great friend and I will never forget you."
david rodriguez of houma, LA



"To the Family of One very brave Soldier and a very unforgetable man..Please know that Chris is thought about everyday. He touched me the day I met him with his southern charm and I will never forget what he has meant to my son and his fellow marines.He truly touched so many lives and will continue to live thru them. You are always in our prayers. Semper Fi"
Joanne Bruce-Krafft of Union Mills, Indiana

"The Marine stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, Marine,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It ne edn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the Marine waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you Marine,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."

~ Author Unknown ~


It's the Soldier, not the reporter

Who has given us the freedom of the press.

It's the Soldier, not the poet,

Who has given us the freedom of speech.

It's the Soldier, not the politicians

That ensures our right to Life, Liberty
and the Pursuit of Happiness.

It's the Soldier who salutes the flag,

Who serves beneath the flag,

And whose coffin is draped by the flag.

If you care to offer the smallest token of recognition and appreciation for the

Please pass this on and pray for our men and women

Who have served and are currently serving our country

And pray for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.



well bro it has been a year since you passed on that horrible day i was by your side.i cant forget that day and i dont think i ever will.you were a great friend and a wonderful person.i miss you man and i think about you daily.you are in my every thought.so until i get the day where i see you again i miss you bro.peace"
SGT. Bruce,bradley of Union mills, IN

"my heart is with this brave fallen soldier and his friends and familly"
peter a dow jr of manchester nh

FONE (19) 30290105 CAMPÍNAS-SP"

"If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.
And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.
Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
America has been built on the blood
of Heros and Brave Men of Honor.
Thank you for your service and my
freedom.. May God bring comfort
to your loved ones.
You shall never be forgotten by
a grateful nation."
William D. Taylor of Florida

"Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

(Mary Frye – 1932)

Rest well in Gods loving embrace brave solider. You Sir, are a True American Hero and are remembered by a grateful nation."
A Fellow Veteran and Proud American of Florida

After we graduated 8th grade together at GA, I always wondered where you went. We used to walk Nick and Katie home after school. She was so tiny and so adorable. Nick was always racing ahead, wanting to beat us to the house. You always kept them in line and acted like a little father. I have been constantly trying to find you over the years. You left so abruptly and didn't say goodbye. I missed you. I just found out today about what happened. I am very sad to see that I did not find you in time. I will always miss you and love you. You and your family will forever be in my prayers. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU."
Jessica Ryan of Cincinnati, OH USA


A million thanks to you for the ultimate sacrifice. The old cliche is so true, "Freedom isn't Free" and your life bears witness to that. To your mother and father and loved ones, I pray that God will grant his GRACE and MERCY on their lives each and every day. You are a true hero!!!!"
a fellow kentuckian of paducah, kentucky

"Tyler, you're greatly missed, and I think about you each and every day! You're such a hero : )"
Tori of Hebron, KY

"to our hero Christopher T. warndorf you are a hero you are shinning buddy, you left us i am a part of you and all of our us heros may god bless your soul i will always remember you dear buddy, and my condolences to the love ones you are a hero and we will continue our mission,till its completed my dog tag is with our heros our us troops in iraq, and you are always shining between us, thanks Christopher, you are a true american patriot that will always shine, we are so blessed to have you, very sincerlly tirdad, from nashville tennessee"
tirdad gharib of nashville tennesee

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness,
and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief.
Our nations HERO, Christopher will be remembered by name.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pat & Sandi Breckenridge / Montana
May we always remember: FREEDOM ISN'T FREE!

"Tyler, this is your Aunt Dee Dee. I love you and miss you terribly. My heart is broken forever and the thought of never seeing your smiling face, hearing your contagious laugh, your huge endless hugs is almost unbearable. Thank God for our memories and the time you were in all of our lives. Always remember how much I love you and miss you.

Thank you to all of those who have sent endless messages to the family and the wonderful comforting words. Tyler was such an amazing young man that it's hard for the average person to comprehend what Tyler brought to so many in his short life. If you would like to make contact with the family of Tyler, you can reach us at: dinabrock965@msn.com

Remember Tyler, "Aunt Dee Dee" loves. . ."
Dina Brock of Burlington, KY

"I am so sorry for the loss of Christopher T. Warndorf. If there is anything the brothers or sisters need, contact me at: karen@goldstarsiblingsinc.org"
Karen of Indiana

I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow Marine and former member of 8th Marines"

"Your son was a hero and I appreciate his service to our country. BE PROUD OF HIM. I understand your sorrow because I lost my nephew a last year in Bejin."
Nelson of San Diego

"Thank you Christopher Warndorf, 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. Christopher Warndorf:
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 Christopher 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. Christopher Warndorf:
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 Christopher, 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