Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Richard D. Warner

22, of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Warner died from wounds received as a result of enemy action in Babil Province, Iraq. He was assigned to the Marine Corps Reserve's 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Chicago, Illinois. Died on December 13, 2004.

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"Rich you were a man that I looked up to with the greatest respect. You are part of what inspired my military service and when I was in Iraq nearly six years later you were always on my mind. To this day I honor your sacrifice and honor the person that you were. As we say in the Army HOOAH! And Drive on! You will always be missed Rich."
Joshua Humphrey of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

"To the family of:Richard D.Warner
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""

"Mary, your amazing son will never be forgotten. My gratitude can never be fully expressed. God bless all those who dedicate their lives fighting ignorance and hatred. God bless Rich for believing in humanity."
Kari Hertel of Cambridge, Wi

"Rich went to the school I go to now and some of my teachers still cry about hum today. But he will always be with us."
Justin Vavra of mukwonago WI

"December 10, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. Richard D. Warner:
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 Dear Mary my deepest condolences for the lost of our son a hero yes a hero to all of us. It has been an honor designing a quilt to honor your son and I must tell you I shed my tears as I was working on your quilt. To see such a handsome young man died for us all so young give up his life just broke my heart. This country is only great because of men like your son that gave it their all for this country. In turn my dear in turn I give you a quilt made by my hand with so much love to comfort you. Beside me my friends join in to help for they also wanted to share in the comforting of your heart. We wanted you to know that we all care and respect this wonderful young man. If you need to email me or know of other families that have not received a quilt contact me my email is debeniel@ncn.net and my website is www.freedomquilts.net Take care and God bless."
Betty Nielsen (Freedom Quilts Inc) of Fonda, Ia

"Rich, you will always be a hero in my eyes. Some talk about it; Others be about it. You are missed and will never be forgotten. Drive on brother."
SSG Brandon T. Sayles of 109th AVIM Avn Det

""To good friends we have and good friends we lost along the way in this bright future you cant forget your past, so drink up till every drop is your last".A great toast when remembering Rich."
Lcpl Aaron Rogers of Milwaukee Wi

"Rich was a long time friend; actually a life time friend of mine. We grew up together in Mukwanago with another kid named Nick. The three of us hung out all of the time. Our moms used to take turns baby-sitting us.
Well we all grew up and joined different branches of the military. Nick joined the air force and I joined the Army infantry and currently overseas.
I remember getting the call from my mom while i was at work. My heart sank. I remember feeling so upset, so angry. I thought of Kim and Marry and could not imagine how they were feeling. I remember everything about that day. I will never forget it.
Dressed in my army greens I went to his funeral. I still could not believe that he was gone. Rich, I will never for get you. You are an american Hero.
To his family: god bless you and you are all in my prayers"
SPC Kramer, Theron of Delafield, WI

"Rich was a super nice guy always fun to be around. I wasnt one of his closest friends but I know that he put a smile on everyones face that he saw. His loss has been felt by many. He represents all those good americans who gave all for thier country and its people. We are forever endebted to thier sacrafice and the sacrafice of thier families. To his family, God bless, you are in my prayers."
Evan Green of Wales WI

"Rich was a larger than life guy. It's sad to see he's gone."
Austin of Wales

"Greater Love hath no man than to lay down his life for a friend. We wear our hero bracelets every day to honor and remember the ultimate sacrific that you made. We have a flag in front of our house with a spotlight as a symbol of your service to our country. We will never forget! Our love is forever!"
John and Kathy Kaelin- Rich's uncle and aunt of Brown Deer, Wis USA

"Hey brother, I remember the first day we meet. The first field op we went on. You are my brother and always will be. With me going back to Iraq i will make sure your death was not in vein. "ALL GAVE SOME, FEW GAVE ALL"
God Bless Semper FI"
Patrick H. of 29 Palms/ CA

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

"To the Family of LCpl. Richard Warner:

We have constructed a memorial to the service men and women from Wisconsin and Illinois who have died in Iraq which includes, as of 6/20/05, 111 crosses and Stars of David. We would like your permission to put LCpl. Warner's name on one of them. We have called our display "Arlington MidWest." It is our expression of mourning for the indescribable loss you have suffered for our country.

If you would like us to do this, please email martypres33@yahoo.com.

We invite you to come to visit Arlington MidWest. I can send you directions and some pictures by email.

"As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them." Anonymous"
Marty Preston of Wisconsin Dells, WI

"To the family of Richard D. Warner:

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"

"Rich, you were like my big brother... I don't know if you ever knew, but I always looked up to you and still do till this day. You truly are my Hero and not a day goes by where I don't think of you. Rich I miss you so much, I wish I could have said good bye. I wear a yellow ribbon in your name everyday. Your bravery will never be forgotten. My prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless. SEMPER-FIDELIS"
Kristin Hunzinger of Oconomowoc, WI

"Rich, I am so proud and honored to be your cousin. I miss you so much and I wish I had more time to spend with you. You are an incredibly strong and brave person. What you did will never be forgotten. I love you so much."
Katie Kaelin (cousin) of Brown Deer, WI USA

"I love you Rich! You were my best friend in Wisconsin. Thanks for always taking me for crazy rides. Thank you for your smile! I miss you every day!"
Cousin Tiffany of California, formerly WI

"Thank you Richard for defending the freedoms we all cherish. You will be thought of each day we raise our flag in the front yard. Semper Fi Marine. God Bless you. From a very grateful American family"
The Shaw family of Pasadena, Maryland

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

"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 Lance Corporal Richard D. Warner,

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 our "Love Stitched Together."

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

"To Richard's Family, May God Bless you all in this time of need. Rich was a great friend. If you need to talk e-mail me at greasemonkey817@msn.com We will all miss him dearly I'm Mark Rausch's Brother"
Anthony Rausch of Tempe,AZ U.S.A

"To Richard's family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My God be with you during this time of great loss. Richard fought for our freedom and paid the ultimate price for it. He will always be remembered.
If you care to talk...crk9551@hotmail.com"
Candy of Poynette, WI

"Thank you Richard Warner, 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 Lance Cpl. Richard Warner:
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 Lance Cpl. Richard Warner:
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