Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Wasser

21, of Ottawa, Kansas.
Wasser died due to injuries received from enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. Died on April 8, 2004.

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"Chris Bro, I am sorry I didnt do more! It should of been me bro! I WILL visit very shortly!! Love ya bro till Valhalla!!"
Reep, Nathaniel Sgt USMC of Norfolk, VA

"This is the twenty-ninth day of May, 2013, two days after Memorial Day. I found a popped white balloon with a trailing white ribbon in the pasture today. There was a piece of paper stuffed inside near the knot. It reads "We Remember Lance CPL Christopher Wasser KIA April 8, 2004. Strong winds have been out of the south ever since Memorial Day. I wonder where the balloon originated. My condolences to the family, friends, and troop."
Chris Nelson of Leon, KS

"I worked hard to save Chris, I sincerely apologize that I couldn't. He was a great guy, and an outstanding Marine."
Doc Bennett of 3/7

"It was an honor serving with you.
Thank you for everything.
I'm proud to have known a real hero."
Rich Girard of Minnesota

"Haven't forgot you brother, i am no longer active but i protect the streets in this city. Veterans Day is tomorrow and i wanted to tell you "Semper Fidelis""
Cpl. Gillham of Arkansas

"I served with your son in 3/7 Lima company, and I wanna say it was an honor
Semper Fi"
Gregory Mandoulidis of Boston, MA

"April 22, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Christopher B. Wasser:
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

"To the family of this fine Marine, I just wanted to say how my heart goes out to you all. Lance Corporal Wasser always made me chuckle inside. He was my Company Clerk, and when I told him to do a certain task, he would always reply in a deep voice, "Yes, First Sergeant". Just the way he did it, kinda made me giggle abit. He had this strong desire to do things to very best of his ability. I think of LCpl Wasser and all of the other Marines who really touched my inner core for their zest of life. You all, can be very proud of your son and his accomplishments. I will never forget him or any of the other Marines that I was blessed with to serve. LCpl Wasser, Semper Fi!!"
1st Sgt Martin Berns (ret) of Cedar Rapids, Ia

I remember are last talk. Miss you man.

"I was just reading some of our son's messages and thought I would write and let Chris's family know we think of you folks often. Hope things are some better. We have been staying busy. It does not seem like four years have gone by. Take care (We met at the memorial service at Topeka,ks that first year.)"
Pam Speer of Redfield Ks


"To Chris: Thank you for your service and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for your Country, God, your Family, and The United States Marine Corps. Again i am here in Iraq fighting for you my country my god and my corps. Sooner or later i will relieve you of your post and i will gaurd the golden streets of heaven. God Bless and SEMPER FIDELIS"
CPL Gillham, Thomas of Ottawa, Kansas

"On this memorial day, and throughout the year, your service and your sacrifice are remembered. I am proud to have served with you. Your memory is very much alive. Semper Fi."
Former 3/7 Marine of Lancaster, OH.

"Chris, Today is the anniversary of your passing. I know your friends who were with you that day will never forget. I still remember the first time I saw you when I was a recruiter at your school. All you talked about was becoming a Marine and being in the infantry. Something told me you would be one of those kids who would be the kind of Marine who would take care of his buddies, and I know you did right to the very end. It was a beautiful day when we buried you, Chris. You would have been in awe of all of the people from Ottawa who came out, and so many veterans and Marines from as far as you could imagine. I am not sure where your parents found their strength that day, for I clearly had to borrow some from them. I am not sure if you could hear or not, but when I presented your flag to your mom, she looked me in the eye and said "Semper Fi." So, I hope they have plenty of Heineken on tap up there for you. Keep a fresh keg handy and eventually the rest of is will get up there to drink a few with you."
Capt Brad Charlson, USMC of Oceanside, CA

"four years buddy and it still feels like ten minutes ago i can still see the sunset that day and i know you were already trying to say everything will be all right but with every year i just see more and more how i let you and the other guys down"
you know who this is buddy of too far from my best friends

"We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess.

Gen. James L. Jones, USMC"
Cpl Gillham of Al Anbar Province, Iraq

"Dear Family of Christopher Wasser:
To honor the Kansas soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families,the professional portrait artists of the Grateful Hearts Project are offering to paint a portrait of the individual soldier for his family.

These 16"x20" original portraits are being offered completely free of charge in recognition of the sacrificies made by these brave soldiers and in condolence for their families loss.
Please email us at gratefulheartsproj@sbcglobal.net for more information.
The artists of Grateful Hearts"
J. Gragg of Lee's Summit,Mo.

"I love you chris! you made alot peoples lives better for knowing you and i think about you everyday. enjoy your heinekens brother."
adam coleman of 3/7 Lima 3rd plt.


i miss ya buddy we have so many things to discuss thanks for keeping an eye on me recently when i go make sure you take a trip down the stairs once in a while to say hi until then enjoy your damn heineken and pizza and rpgs see ya not soon enough buddy"
cpl komora of too far from my best friends

"To the family of:Christopher B. Wasser 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"

"Scott, Candy and family of Chris Wasser: After meeting you yesterday and sharing our feelings, I wanted to leave this message. It was obviously a higher power which caused you to find our B&B. As a military Mom, it is unimaginable to me how your lives have changed with the loss of your son. Please know that I will always keep you in my prayers. God Bless you, God Bless the USA. Chris, Thank You for caring so much for our country that you offered the ultimate sacrifice for Freedom. May God Bless your soul. Maybe you've already found my Mom and received a hug from her. She's definitely up there with my Dad waving a BIG American Flag for all of our fallen HEROES."
Judy Reagan of Hannibal, Missouri USA

"you know how i feel buddy i know you enjoyed your brew and i know you watch my back but know this as well i will never forget any of the things you have ever and will ever do for me and dont worry when i see you again we will laugh yet againat all of my wonderfully hilarious relatiuonship woes semper fi my brother ill see you soon but not too soon....."

"Candy, Scott, and the Wasser Family:

Time can not erase the memory of Chris. Though gone he is not forgotten by his extended Marine family. He will always be remembered as the wonderful young man and person he was.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with you."
Phyllis Loveland of Baton Rouge, LA

"Scott and Candy and the rest of Chris' family, I think I'm perhaps coming out of the "anger" phase. I have never really shown it, but man am I really upset at having to ever meet you the way I did. I'd rather not have met you at all. I know if it was that way, then everything would be alright for your family.

I haven't ever responded to your letters and cards, but know that I read all of them and enjoy the frequent updates.

You're always welcome in Hurricane, West Virginia.

Your Son was a good Man. In the short time that I knew him, he always did the right thing and never turned his back on anyone.

If you see this and want to call me, well, call me anytime. I love you and Semper Fidelis, Chris!

Dan Wyatt
29 Palms, CA"
Dan Wyatt of Hurricane, WV

"I had not seen Chris since 2001 new years and the marines took him one way and the army took me another. When I finally got to searching for him again this is what I found. Chris you are gone but never forgotten. We were best friends in highschool Freshman and Sophmore year before I moved to Leavenworth and you will always be in my heart and on my mind"
Brandon Williams of Leavenworth Kansas

"Franklin County Veterans Memorial of Ottawa, Kansas.


Chris is more than a name on the Memorial wall in his hometown."
Gene Seaton of Ottawa, Kansas

"To the Wasser family,
I think of Chris every day. I smile and cry but mostly I smile. On this Thanksgiving day I feel proud of him, his courage and his service. You are a strong, wonderful family and I am fortunate to know you. All my love to you now and always. Chris lives in many hearts..I know he lives in mine!"
Kevin Honeycutt of Inman Kansas

"Thank you for your service. You are my hero and I honor the sacrifice you made above and beyond. God bless your family and help them with a loss beyond understanding."
Pete Daniels of Independence, KS

"To the Wasser Family,
I am originally from Ottawa. I grew up there. Today, on September 11, 2004, I visited the "Healing Fields" in Gresham, Oregon. There are 4,000 flags posted to remember the victim's of 9-11, and also the fallen soldiers/sailors of Iraq and Afghanistan. At the base of each flag, there is a wooden placard with the soldier/sailor's rank and name on it, and a pot of flowers under that. While there, I looked up your son's flag and took a picture for you. I thank God each and every day for the young men and women, who like your son put their lives on the line to serve, protect and sacrifice our great country. God has blessed Chris and may God Bless you as well."
Lisa Branting of Canby, Oregon

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

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

"Lance Cpl. Christopher Wasser,
You ar HONORED and REMEMBERED this Memorial Day and every day."
Norma Pate (aunt of Maj. Richard J Gannon KIA 4-17-04) of Capistrano Beach, CA USA

"To the family of Lance Corporal Christopher Wasser.; My deepest sympathies go out to you. My family suffered the loss of our loved one in Iraq shortly after Chris' death. My son in law served alongside Lance Cpl.Wasser in 3/7 Lima Co. And as I have witnessed since their deaths, the Marines are one big family... so I feel like a part of your family now, and share in your grief of Chris' death. Chris will forever be a hero to me and I will forever be indebted to his courage to fight for my freedom and the freedom of others. To Chris' Mom: Thank you for comforting our family during the same time you were going through your own grief. May God be your comfort in the days ahead. Semper Fidelis."""
C. Brady (mother in law of Cpl. Chris Gibson KIA 4-17-04) of Simi Valley, CA USA

"Ottawa Kansas has lost one of it's own.
Chris will not be forgotten.
The Franklin County Veterans Memorial.
Gene Seaton of Ottawa, Kansas USA

"From one Marine family to another
"Though you cannot always see the bird singing, if you listen with your heart, you can always hear his song.
Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we knew will always carry on." unknown author
Our heart and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. Your precious Christopher will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Christopher B. Wasser,

Those we hold most dear, never truly leave us. May you find comfort
in love's everlasting connection.

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. 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. Please register so we can send you
our "Love Stitched Together."

Proud Member Of Marine Comfort Quilt group, and Proud Marine Mom"
Sandra Moudy of Placentia, Ca USA

"Rest in Peace Hero"
The Taylors USMC of NC

"To Christopher's Family:
There aren't words to describe the sorrow we feel for your family's loss. May God bless you all!"
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"To Christopher's Family:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences to you. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for his bravery and sacrifice.

From the family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, KIA Iraq 12/28/2003"
Gloria Caldas (his mom) of San Antonio, TX

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

"Thank you Christopher Wasser, 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. Christopher Wasser:
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 Lance Cpl. Christopher Wasser:
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