Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Sgt. Lonny D. Wells

29, of Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.
Wells died as a result of enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Died on November 9, 2004.

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"Thank you Sgt. Wells for your honorable service. We all owe you a debt of gratitude. May you rest in peace."
Dahman Salim of Winnetka,Ca

"Thank you for sharing Lonny with us. I thank you for that, and I thank him for his service to this country. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Bless you Sgt. Wells, Semper Fi."
James M. of Bessemer City, NC 28016

"Not a day goes buy that I don't miss you I have a picture of us in my car and when a certain song comes on I look at it and remember the times we had. You were a brother to me. I miss the days when we used to watch and talk football all day. Every Cowboys game I see I think of you I still root against them but its like your there. RIP Lonny see ya when I get there."
Stephen Wisecarver of Brocton, NY, US

"I stumbled upon the information of Lonny's death by chance. I remember Lonny from recruit training. There are so few people you remember stories about. He is one that I do. I talked with him, and have a funny story that I tell to this very day. I remember Lonny to be a kind person. May God bless you all."
Nicholas Rowe of Troy, Ohio

"We tried brother. I think about you everyday. Bless you and Bless your family."

"We tried brother. I think about you everyday. Bless you and Bless your family."

"To Angela & Larry jr. , I think about your brother and his sacrifice often. I feel for you all deeply. I hope that you and his family are healing from your terrible loss and know we all feel the loss of each of our brave young soldiers who have sacrificed so much."
Larry Eaton of Catawba, VA , USA

"Thank you Lonny for your sacrifice, your quiet and reserved demeanor throughout high school never would have revealed the hero you turned out to be. On behalf of Kiski Area High School and my family we thank you! To the children and family of Lonnny, your father is a hero and for that be proud!"
Jim of Apollo, Pa

"November 23, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Lonny D. Wells:
Lonny 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 sincere condolences to Lonny Wells' family.

I had the honor to serve as one of his Platoon Commanders with India Company, 3rd Battalion, Second Marines in the late 1990's. I remember him as one of the best Marines in the platoon, and am not surprised he earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.

I only recently learned of Wells' tragic death in combat. I hope I am not opening old wounds - but wanted to take the time to let you know what a remarkable Marine he was during the early stages of his service to our country. Knowing Wells, I'm sure he took good care of his Marines as a Staff Sergeant.

We who served with him, will never forget him.

Semper Fi Marine
Semper Fi Family"
Scott Dyer of Louisville, Ky

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. Like one of the persons who left a previous reflection, I also saw the CNN documentary on Bravo 1/8 in Fallujah. I also remember seeing the picture of Lonny on that street before and also seeing Lonny's fellow Marines and that Navy Corpsman coming to his aid despite the risk to themselves. That says it all about what being a Marine is. I served in the USMC in the 80's and fortunately it was peacetime but I feel honored to be able to say that I was a member of an organization that has brave men like Lonny and his fellow Bravo Company Marines in it.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
A fellow Marine;former member of Bravo 1/8 '85-'89"

"While at work one night, there was a vehicle in the parking lot of my hotel that had a message plastered on the rear window, "In loving memory of my son Sgt. Lonny D. Wells..." My interest was peaked, and I had to search that name to find out what had happened. I hope the family can forgive me for being nosey. However, my message for the family is this: Your son fought to prevent me from having to do the same, it cost him the ultimate price to protect this country's interests both domestic and abroad; and for that I am very grateful. Thank you."
Chris of Strasburg, Virginia

"Dear family of Sgt Lonny D. Wells
I watched while holding my breath the CNN special "Anvil of God", when I saw the part when Lonny run across that Gods' forsaken street and got shot at. I was ready to jump inside that TV tube and get the bastard that did it...but I understand, our pilots took care of that some time later. I was born in Russia, and remember thousands of our Russian, young soldiers that didn't come back from Afghanistan fighting same terrorists....God Bless Lonny and his brave heart....it takes so much more to do what he did, then protesting war on safe streets of Washington....my heartfelt sympathies."
Vladimir Gefter of Los Angeles, Ca.

"There are sick and evil people in this world. It takes incredibly heroic men like Lonny Wells to face them. We were blessed with your presence on this earth. Please look over us from above, as now your are among the angels. God bless you and your family. May they be at peace knowing you are free to roam."
Matthew T. of Atlanta, GA, USA!

"To Lonny's Family,
I never knew Lonny, I was never in the Marines, but I share your pain and loss, as do many thousands of Americans. May God continue to give you strength to carry on. RIP Lonny, someday we'll meet at the patrolbase in the sky, mission complete."
Ranger Marshall of Fayetteville, Arkansas

"To the family of Sgt Lonny Wells. Lonny sounds like a very special person. He was thoughful of his troops and his country and the innocent people who deserve freedom like us.
I have a quilt for Mrs Jennifer Wells and I do not have an address or a point of contact. This quilt made by the local Leechburg Pennsylvania, Civil War Quilt Club. This quilt is a replica of the quilts given to soldiers during the Civil War time. We would like Mrs Jennifer Wells to receive this quilt. It isn't much, but our hearts go out to you. Please accept our quilt and call me at 724-845-3048."
Ret MSgt Tamara Williams of Leechburg PA

"To the family of:Lonny D. Wells I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully, we will 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, Gateway Community Church, 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015. Your friend in Jesus Christ,"
Polly Ballew of Covington,Ga

"I don't know the Wells family and I never knew Lonny, but I received an email regarding the men who lost their lives fighting for Fallujah one year ago this month. I was particularly moved when I saw the photo on Lonny taken only a few minutes before the attack. I am writing to express to you how much I appreciate the sacrifice Lonny made in Iraq. He is a stranger to me, but he has also made a place in my heart as I think of him, a year later. May God bless you all as you try to live your lives with out him."
Gary Fitzgerald of Syracuse, NY, USA

"I just Wanted to thank you all for taking the time to leave a message for my Brother Lonny D wells my family and my brthers children thank you very much.. i would like to keep in cntact with some of you .you can contact me or my family at loren_wells@yahoo.com hope we can chat soon and courtney would like hear from you..Semper Fi Lonny was a true Amnerican Hero"
Lawrence Wells Jr of Vnadergirft Pennsylvania

"To The Wells Family - My little brother was with Sgt. Wells when he died. My brother was the 5th Marine shot, while Sgt. Wells was the 4th. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him and you, his family. My brother still speaks very highly of him. Everytime a glass is raised for a toast, you can count on Sgt. Wells being brought up by him. Thank-you for your sacrafice. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Words can not even begin to touch on how greatful I am for Sgt. Wells and you."
Courtney of Nashville, TN

"To the family of Sgt Lonny Wells

I was in recruit training with Lonny, we were in the same platoon. 1160 B Co I dont remember everything we did together or everything about him, but i do know that we shared a lot of laughs. I was watching ABC News one evening when i saw his photo posted as a fallen hero. I immediately recognized his photo as someone i became a United States Marine with. Dont worry, God felt he deserved the greatest promotion a motivated Marine could get. Semper Fi to Sgt Wells and God bless his family."
SSgt James K. Dunlap of Camp Pendleton, CA

"To the Family of Sgt. Lonny D. Wells:

I am deeply sorry for your lost. I knew Lonny personally and had the pleasure of serving with him several years ago in 3/2 India Co. "Evil I"...Lonny and I started off in the same platoon (2nd Plt) and squad when we first joined the Marines. I can remember playing spades on ship during our deployment to the Med. in 98 like it was yesterday, and all the training we've done from 29 Palms to Norway. He was a great Marine and a even better person who will truely be missed, but never forgotten. I am currently being deployed to Iraq myself for several months, but if there's anything I can do for your family don't hesistate to contact me: espylce1@sbcglobal.net."
Sgt. Dedric Jones USMC of New Haven, CT

"To the Wells family-
I never knew Sgt Wells personally, but he was an instructor for Marine Combat Training. He made an incredible impact on me while I was there, I hoped all the Marines I met after that were as energetic about the Marines as he was. Unfortunately, they weren't, which makes Sgt Wells a one of a kind Marine. He was a role model for all of his young Marines that came through during his time as an instructor. Your loss must be overwhelming and you have my deepest condolences. I know I am not the only young Marine that viewed him as a role model. He is missed very much by his brothers and sisters in arms. God Bless."
LCpl Jennifer Loftin of MCAS New River, Jacksonville, NC

"Angela Ackles and family of Sgt. Lonny D. Wells,
Let me begin by saying how sorry I am for your loss. My brother, Cpl. Nathan Anderson was one of the Marines who tried to save your brother on that terrible day. Just days later Nathan was killed as well.
I read the article in the New York Times only days after we buried Nathan. As I was reading it I thought, thank God that Nathan was there to save him and then...I read that your brother had not made it.
I am so sorry, words can not express the pain that you carry but please know that you are not alone. I thank your family for your sacrifice and wish that things could have turned out differently.

May God bless and keep you,
Traci Shaw"
Traci Shaw of Columbus, Ohio

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

"There's no words I can think of to express my sincere sympathy for your loss. God bless Lonny's family and the USA....Thank you for your bravery and ultimate sacrifice, Lonny. Sincerely, Dana"
Dana Wesson of Hartford, AL/US

"Hi Lonny,... I read about you on an italian newspaper. Thank you for your sacrifice, I don't forget that the spirit and the values of our civilization can live for the bravery of men like you.
Dears Wells, I share your sadness and I wish to thank you for having a son who died to make the world a better place.
Luca, an italian citizen"
Luca Fantin of Bergamo, Italy

"Hi,Lonny ..I never Knew you,but I feel a big admiration for You..a kiss to your kids..and family..unlucky but very lucky for having a father like you were."
Alessandro of ITALY

"To Lonny's Family and Friends:

On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincerest condolences. We share the same loss ... the same pain. Our prayers are with you in this most difficult time and we thank you for your soldier's bravery and sacrifice.


The Family of Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco-Caldas, 82nd Airborne
KIA Iraq 12/28/2003.
Gloria Caldas (The Big Ern's Mom) of San Antonio, TX

"I just wanted to say Thanks for having a son that cared for America and that was willing to give his life so that my family and I could remain free. Let this day be a Thanksgiving for all that have died in this war to see that the flag still flies high. I am grieved with you in your loss, but feel that your son will always live on in the hearts of those he leaves behind,"
Edward Farmer of Kernernsville, North Carolina

"While reading an article translated in to french, on Le Monde (french newspaper) I just saw a picture of a wounded soldier, surrounded by his soldiers colleagues, I have been extremely shocked, my sincerest prayers to the Wells famil. Peace on earth."
Jean of Paris

"Our deepest sympathy. We know your pain as our son was KIA in August. We are just down the river from you. If you need someone to talk to email us.
The Santoriello Family (1st Lt Neil Santoriello Jr. KIA August 13, 2004)"
Diane & Neil Santoriello Sr. of Verona PA

"To the family of Lonny Wells - you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers."
Lisa and Doug of Newcastle, England

leonard wahl of Valley Stream Long Island

"Please accept my deepest condolences. You and Lonny will be in my thoughts and prayers"
Rachel Carmichael of Port Washington, NY

"To Lonny's family
There a re no words to describe the loss of a family member. You have my condolences from all my heart."
Yechiel Adar of Rechovot, Israel

"Sgt Wells,
I didn't know you personally, but I was member of 1/8 for four years so I know our paths must have crossed. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten and your fellow Marines mourn your loss. Your legacy will live on in the Marines that you help mold into leaders. Rest in Peace now my brother, Semper Fi!!!"
Dennis Medina of Palm Harbor Florida

"To the Family of Sgt. Lonny Wells:
Lonny is in Heaven with our Son Spc. Shawn Davies who died in Iraq July 8 2004. Your pain is truly felt and shared. May God be with you and guide you in these most terrible days. Our Soldiers are the Heroes of the World. God Bless All of You and God Bless America!!"
The Family of Spc. Shawn Davies of Aliquippa,(Hopewell Tws.) Pa. USA

"To the friends and family of Sgt. Lonny Wells,

There are no words that can possibly ease your pain but please know that many across this country are grateful to your son and you. His bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Please accept these words as a token of my heartfelt sorrow for your loss.

Rebecca of Los Angeles

"rip tufelhunden..the taylors..usmc nc"

"Yovonne & John and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We lost Army Spc.Joshua Justice Henry (Apollo,PA) on 9-20-04. This was the hardest day of our lives. We honor these guys as our Heroes and hope no one else has to go through with what we are all dealing with. Rest in peace Lonny, and thank you for serving your country to the fullest.
Lonny is one of our LOCAL HEREOS. Besides being a National Hereo. You will be greatly missed."
Henry family of Vandergrift , PA

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Lonny D. Wells,

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 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

"To Lonny's family and many more,
I understand our freedom comes at a price and I couldn't be prouder of our soldiers for it. My brother in law has been there twice already and I hold my breath every moment he's gone. I wish God to give you strength and endurance during your time of greif. So many take for granted what our soldiers do for us. Thank you Lonny for your defense, it means so much."
A & J Roux ar506@yahoo.com of Brunswick, ME USA

"To the family of Lonny;

Our sincerest condolences for your loss. Lonny is a true American hero and will always be remembered by us for his bravery and ulitmate sacrifice he gave to our country. Our family has also suffered the loss of my nephew in this battle for freedom. May God bless you during this difficult time."
Vic and Tammy McClain--azquail@att.net of Tucson, AZ

"Thank you for the gift of Freedom. I will honor it in your memory."
P Bell of Macon,Ga

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

"Please know that you have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one. We honor the memory of Lonny Wells and remember his family in this difficult time. May God comfort you and be close to you, may He provide for you in all ways."
C. Hartley of Gaithersburg, MD

"To Lonnys family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. WE also lost our nephew on Oct 8, 2004. Sgt. Andrew Brown. It's hard to put into, words how we feel so we know what your going through. May God Bless you all through this time and remember our boys are always in our prayers."
Colleen Kelly of Pleasant Mount, Penna

"To Lonny's Family:
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

"Thank you Lonny Wells, 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 Sgt. Lonny Wells:
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 Lonny 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 Sgt. Lonny Wells:
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 Lonny, 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