Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. William B. Wightman

22, of Sabina, Ohio.
Wightman died when his Amphibious Assault Vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during combat operations south of Haditha, Iraq. He was assigned to Marine Force Reserve’s 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Columbus, Ohio. As part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was attached to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Died on August 3, 2005.

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May we honor the lives of those who have fought for our freedom with the way we choose to live our own, I was chosen because of a very close friend who served with the 48 Marines and Corpsmen who sacrificed it all; to read each story, to get to know a small piece of their lives through families and friends. I chose to honor each of them with a bible verse:

William B. Wightman 8/3/05
"But the Lord is faithful and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one." - 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (Protection)"
Haleigh Kilgore of West Virginia

"I was taking time in reading some of these wonderful tributes to you Brett. One thing I know is that you are LOVED and missed. I was thinking about how old you would have been this year....I could not believe that you would have been 31 this last Jan,11th 2014. I didn't need to wonder what kind of Man you would have been or what kind of Father you would have turned out to be, I just wonder what your life would have turned out to be, who you would have married or how many kids you would have had? I know this one to be true....that between your Mom and Dad they made one perfect kid. I will one day see you again and when that day comes I will let you know how much I love you."
Susan "Wightman" Sexton of Jamestown, Ohio

"my name is andrew wightman i served in op telic 1 in iraq with the brittish army in 2003 god bless him and u country"
cpl andrew wightman of scotland

"my name is andrew wightman i served in op telic 1 in iraq with the brittish army in 2003 god bless him and u cuntry"
cpl andrew wightman of scotland

"To the family of:William B. Wightman
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""

"At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we shall remember them."
Anthony Tucker of bridgewater nj usa

"I never want to forget the sacrifices of so many young men and women. I am so proud it makes me cry. I understand in theory only that war is a part of human nature but so is love and caring. I wish I could take the families pain away but I can't. I am committed to loving ALL people, myself and our environment. I am committed to working on my happiness everyday because so many have died for my freedom to live my life. Thank you is not enough but it is all I have. All my love and respect. ogersteiner@yahoo.com"
Scott Steiner of Gahanna, OH / USA

"July 16, 2008
To the family of Lance Cpl. William B. Wightman:
William 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

"I served in 1/25 for years with a friend who transfered to 3/25, not cause he had to, but cause he felt like it was the right thing to do at that point in his life. This awesome, crazy, and always motivaited Marine came home and came back our way to visit. He did'nt stop talking about how many times Lcpl. Wightman saved his *!! From one Marine to another,, I felt like I new Wightman all along! Details were, and are unexplainable!!

Semper Fi. Lcpl. Wightman,
You saved my my best friends life!
And probably many more!"

"I've read the tributes and was moved to write, I too am a Wightman and was also a LCPL however I was in The 1st Bn The Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) a Regiment of the British Army. May you rest in peace and know that your sacrifice will not be forgotten."
Matt Wightman of Catterick, North Yorkshire, England


My last name is Wightman and I dont know if William was related to me. If he is or isnt I would like to say RIP forever."
Tim Wightman of Pleasanton, CA

"To one of the best men I have ever known. I'm so glad you were a part of my life and will always be grateful for your sacrifice. I miss you like crazy! My heart is yours forever."
Courtney Streber of Cincinnati, OH

I saw the documentary on the A&E Channel about your unit and that is how I learned about what happened to you. I would just like to say thank you to you and the other Marines who were also killed in that blast for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, loved ones, and fellow Marines from Lima Company, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"To the family of William Wightman,
I too have a son named William Wightman, who is now serving in Iraq. I will be praying for your family and know that your son will be looking over mine.
All our best,
The family of Lt. William Wightman,
Julie Wightman of Rehoboth, DE

"thankyou for your sacrifice devil dog.my grandfathers name was william j. wightman.he was a POW during WW2.i know you heroes are together.semper fi."
joseph a memmo fmr. MARINE lcpl and member of the wightman family. of hull , ma . USA

"Yat Yas"
Jayme Patton

"Your an American Hero. I miss you man, here after a while when we both get to the same rally point we'll trade some stories.

Friend and Brother in Arms"
PFC Kyle Romohr of 3/509 ABN Alaska

"To The Wightman Family,
Our Family, Our City, Our Country grieves with you. We are so saddened by your loss. Your Soldier is OUR HERO! We will never forget him or the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety & freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless You and your Brave Marine..Semper Fi!"
The Grogans of TN..

"To the family and friends of William Wightman - I was browsing on a page honoring those who have bravely given their all for the country that they love, and I came across William's picture and name. I have a 6 year old son named William Wightman, and I felt compelled to write and express my thanks for your William's sacrifice. He fought for freedom, for all of us, and for my little Will. I've never taken the opportunity to express my thanks for the troops and their families, though they are in my prayers. Thank you for your sacrifice, as a family that misses their son/nephew/friend, and know that a grateful nation owes you a heartfelt thanks."
Heidi Wightman of Wisconsin

"Brett,I can not come to grip that you are gone. I will always remeber all the summers you spent at grandma's,all the times we went to pee-wee football games. I have a lot of great memories to keep for a life time, my kids your cousin's will always know how much you ment to me in my life. Good night Brett,UNTIL WE MEET AGIAN."
Aunt Susan S. of New Vienna, Ohio,USA

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal William B. Wightman,

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 you our "Love Stitched Together."

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

"To the family of Hero William Wightman, we send our heart felt cries to you. We know the pain of losing a loved one, we lost L. Cpl Juston Thacker on 6/24/04 KIA Afghanistan and the pain lives on. These men have truly given their all. We must always keep their memory alive and others who have given the supreme sacrifice. May God give you the peace that is so needed at this time. May America realize the COST of FREEDOM IS HIGH, BUT THE LOSS OF FREEDOM COSTS MUCH MORE. Our family will hold you in our thoughts. We may be reached at www.lcpljustontthacker.com please let us know if you need to just talk. We are the proud grandparents of Juston."
Tom & Dixie Sisk of Princeton, WV

"My heart and prayers go out to the family, friends and comrades of William. May God bless you and give you comfort."
Marine Mom 3/25/4th of Western NY

"William thank you for serving our country and along side our son. We lost Gregory last year. An truely, it was a comfort knowing he was serving with the elite of AMERICANS! You both are joined together once agin. William you have not given your life in vain. My prays are with you and your family!!!"

You are an American Hero whose ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten by a grateful nation. Rest in peace Marine. You will be remembered for always being faithful to God, Country, Family and the Corps. My deepest condolences to the family and friends of William and may memories comfort you during this difficult time and always.

"Marine Lance Cpl. William B. Wightman, "thank you" isn't enough for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to each of us. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family during this difficult time."
Jerry & Toni Longville of Akron, Ohio

"We are deeply sorry for your loss. America will forever honor your Hero.
The Courage, Honor, and Valor that your Hero showed will always be remembered.
We are grateful for the sacrifice that was made and we will NEVER FORGET.
God Bless your family and please know that you are not alone.
All of our prayers are with you."
Jennifer and SSGT Larry Mays of Massillon,OHIO

"Dear Family of William Wightman: I lost my son, LCpl Chad Maynard, on June 15, 2005 in Ramadi. When I heard the news on the radio about your son, it was like I was reliving that day all over again. It's hard for me to type this even now. I'm so sorry for your loss. On the temporary head stone on my son's grave is the saying, "Not In Vain". That is truly what my son believed and what we, as his family, have to believe every day. Please know that I feel your pain and loss, and I cry with you. They say time eases the pain, and I guess they may be right, but with every new report, I feel the ache of missing my son so much. Always remember, you are not alone. There are others who love you and care about you and know exactly what you are going through. Thank you for your son and his service to us all."
Cindy Maynard, mother of LCpl Chad Maynard and Cpl Jacob Maynard of Kennewick, WA

"Rest In Peace Tuefelhunden.
J and T USMC NC"

"To the Wightman Family, I wish to offer you my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your William is truly an American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless William."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"To the Wightman Family, I wish to offer you my deepest condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your William is truly an American Hero who will always be remembered and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless William."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

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

"The Salute

To those who have died,
And to those who have cried.
We Salute You.

To those who have lost,
Paid the ultimate cost.
We Salute You.

And to those who still serve,
The Red White and Blue.
Our grateful Nation,
Proudly Salutes You."
Tom Balstad of West Warwick RI

"Thank you William Wightman, 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. William Wightman:
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 William 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. William Wightman:
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 William, 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