Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Michael J. Williams

31, of Phoenix, Arizona.
Killed in action on the outskirts of An Nasiriyah. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, NC. Died on March 23, 2003.

Heather Strange thought he was missing but got word over the weekend that her fiance, who proposed to her by email from a ship bound for Kuwait, had died.

Source: MSNBC/Newsweek

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"Hey Pops, I never saw you after we graduated boot camp, but we were both in the AO together. You were a good dude and I'm glad we went through the crappiest 13 weeks of our lives together. You're always in my thoughts.

Semper Fi brother"
Sgt Philip Ramsden of Michigan

"Heather, as I looked at the Fallen Heroes Memorial today at The Tucson Mall, one photo stood out. It was Michael your fiancee. Upon first glance I noticed his age and rank and made the mental note that he probably had to get an age waiver in order to serve. I want to tell you how humbled I felt just by looking at his picture. May God bless you, your family and of course Michael who made the ultimate sacrifice. He shall never be forgotten. Semper Fidelis brother!"
Matthew Fuzzey Former Sgt USMC of Tucson, AZ

"I'm related to Cpl Jose Garibay, in his belongings that came back from Iraq i got a video. i'm not 100% sure, but i think it may be Michael in the beginning of the video. im trying to get as many family members to watch it so they can see if they recognize their loved ones. here is the link.

Christian Garibay of Orange County, Ca

"Not Forgotten. I respect you Mike. I did then. I do now."
Dusty Rhoades of Phoenix, AZ./United States

Your sacrifice for our country will never be forgotten.
Heather here is a quote that gives me peace when I am down, In the end everything will be ok, if everything is not ok then it is not the end. Everything is ok for Michael now. God bless every service member."
Eric Moser of Canton, Ohio

"Thank you to ALL OF YOU, who have taken the time to sign My Love's page. He is with me still, and will be forever...until we we meet again someday. To all those with family serving, may God be with you, and with them! SEMPER FIDELIS!
Heather Strange
Fiancee to LCPL Michael J. Williams
1 June 1971 - 23 March 2003
I will always love you..."
Heather Strange of Phoenix, AZ

"”Honor and Remember” - “Project Compassion” We love our Soldiers! We love our country and we cannot express enough love and compassion to the families of our fallen heroes. War does not discriminate – It breaks our hearts to see the faces of the fallen. We want to give this gift to the hero’s Mother, Father and/or spouse. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization! Almost 2,100 portraits have been completed and shipped to the parents and or spouse - at no cost as this is a gift from one American to another!
This is a gift! We have wonderful sponsors who help with the costs, and want you know that everyone here at Project Compassion does and will always CARE.
Contact us directly at Projectcompassion@manti.com or go to www.heropaintings.com . If you have already had a portrait completed, we pray that you are enjoying the portrait and God Bless You.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
Project Compassion - Kenna of Manti, Utah USA

"I'm a high school student doing a POW/MIA project. I picked Michael Williams as my Marine who has fallen. I also did a POW/MIA ceremony in his honor and all of the fallen Marines. It was an honor to do such a strong Marine.

Semper Fi."
Alyssa Sauers of Philadelphia, PA, United States

"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 Worthington, OH USA

I went through boot camp with you and we were separated, as I went to 2/1 on the West Coast and you to the East Coast. We had a lot in common as we were both the same age, elected the toughest route - the infantry, and served in the same AO in Iraq. I never got to see you again and was deeply saddened to hear the bad news.

I want his family and fiancee to know how much I respected him and that he was a high quality individual who inspired many in his honorable pursuit. I'll never forget you Mike. Semper Fi."
Ben Rosenberg of Austin, TX USA

"May 28, 2007 (Memorial Day)
To the family of Michael J. Williams. Michael 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

You were a great singer at song-night.Who could forget a one of a kind voice, Now at song night, we have a moment of silence for your rememberance. I cant wait to see you one day. I miss and love you so much. I wish you were still here, but you did what you knew what was right. Your missed, appreciated, and loved.
The cousins and family miss you and have very much over the past 4 years.
I love you"
Chelsea Romine of Gilbert,Az

I would like to say thank you to you and the other Marines from 2nd MEB who killed in the fighting in An Nasiryah for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!"

"To the family of:Michael J. Williams 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"

"Its been a long time since we last spoke. I remember when you and SSgt Rivera use to come to the poolee meetings from Yuma. The first time I met you, I remember asking your age. You were older than us, your Recruiters. I remeber telling you "why are you joining, you have a successful business." You just said "I've always wanted to be a Marine." I was always impressed by you. We use to spend those poolee trips talking about what it was like to be in the Infantry. I remember trying to get you to go into another MOS and you would say, thats all you wanted to do. Even though we hardly saw each other, when you would come to RSS El Centro it would make my day. You would always say "I feel like I can talk to you, your the only Grunt in the office."(smile) I thought you were insane. I remember telling you "even though Im not your Recruiter by paper, when ever you need me just call and Ill be there." I wish I could have been there....You are truly missed.
Semper Fi
Save a place in Heaven for one of your Recruiters.
GySgt Gutierrez Jr. Camilo of Brawley, Ca -- currently deployed

"Its been more than a year since I last said goodbye to you and the rest of the Marines of 1/2 charlie com wpns plt Im so sorry I didnt go. After I found out about his death and my other freinds of 1/2 I felt dishonored. but to whom this may concern he was a very good honerable Marine and I can say that he didnt go down without a fight, and he was a great freind and leader he watched over me even though he was tough as nail he was a good person. I will never forget him nor the ones that died not for oil or to line the pockets of polititians, but for us and so their fellow Marine may live to see another day even Christ said at his last supper "one of the greatest loves is when a person may give his life for his freind" I dont want people to remember how he died but how he lived. Thanks for everything Williams, your freind Jesse Andrews USMC- SEMPER FI"
Jesse Andrews of San Antonio TX USA

"Semper Fi"
BaileyBS of Beatrice, Nebraska

"To the family and friends of Michael J. Williams:
I thought it might bring some comfort to know that so many people appreciate and respect what your loved one died for. I too lost a loved one in Iraq. My husband, Spc Justin W. Linden was KIA June 4th, 2004. I know it is hard getting by sometimes, but always remember he will be with you forever in your heart. These guys were all heroes, and will be remembered forever. Stay Strong!"
Sarah Linden of Portland, OR USA

"Thank you brave soldier for sacrificing your today for my children's safer tomorrow. You have our utmost respect and gratitude. May God provide your family with comfort in their time of sorrow. May you forever rest in Heavenly peace. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten."
a grateful citizen in arizona

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

We just want to say that you have been in our thoughts and prayers ever since we heard of your tragic news. I could find no other way to get a hold of you except through this website. God bless you as you heal."
Robin and Roberto Cotto of Phoenix, AZ

"God bless you, the family & loved ones Michael left behind. You are all heros as well, for supporting the men (and women) who give so much for ALL of us. Thank You to Michael, in Heaven with the Father. I Look forward to meeting you one day in glory. (I am a fellow alum from DVHS in Phoenix, Although I did not know Michael, my heart goes out to all of you, his loved ones. you will be in my prayers.)"
Shellie of Atlanta, Georgia USA

"I have been A Marine for all my adult life and when My service ended after 11 years w/ the Marines , I saught to continue my military career in the Army! I was glued to CNN on March 23 03 and was so proud of the work my Marine brethern were doing in "the Naz"! My heart goes out to you and all those who have lost Family In service. I purchased a POW/MIA bracelet bearing Micheal's name and will always wear it proudly. I also am from Yuma Arizona so I feel close to him now even more!
here is my contact info and my website
Sgt. Dan W. Porcupile of San Diego Calif

"Michael I did not know you, but my son LCpl Matthew Stover did and he speaks so very highly of you. I hope your family is finding peace now because I know it has to be so very hard for them..missing you. Thank you so very much for making the ultimate sacrifice so I can be free and those I love. I can tell by talking to your fellow Marine brothers from Charlie Co and the ole 1/2 Wpns Plt that you were one awesome Marine. I promise you and your family that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I will never take my freedom for granted again...the price paid for it is so very high. May you rest now in God's arms and I'll meet you up there someday.."
Carol Stover, proud Mom of LCpl Matthew Stover...your Marine brother from Charlie Co of Ava, MO

"Forever and ever you will remain a hero and I thank you along with my family for our freedom."
David McDaniel of Eagle, Colorado USA

"In loving Memory..Its been a year..

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, We remember them.
At the blowing of the wind and in the chill of Winter, We remember them.
At the opening of buds and in the rebirth of Spring, We remember them.
At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of Summer, We remember them.
At the rustling of leaves and the beauty of Autumn, We remember them.

As long as we live, they too will live;
for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.
Rest in Peace Dear Marine!! SEMPER FI!! We will NEVER FORGET!"
The Grogan Family of Lakeland, TN

"We Will NEVER FORGET !" As the first anniversary of the death of your loved one arrives;
Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering all your family and loved ones in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Michael will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"A personal thank you and your families for your ultimate Sacrifice for our country."
John Knight of San Diego, California

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


It's been a long year for Heather. The day you left Arizona to go back to Lejeune in Jan of 2003 was her last moment with you and her hardest to face with the beginning of 2004. Even though she was left alone on March 23, 2003, she knows that you did what you had to do for your country and for the freedom of others. You would be proud of how strong, courageous, and supportive she's been. She has given a hand to many military families that have needed someone. Although you two had not yet married, she is trully a Marine Wife at heart and will forever be. You are her hero Mike; as well as a hero to the rest of America. You were a wonderful Marine, a terrific fiance', and a great friend to those who knew you so well. May you rest in peace and watch over your love from above until she can meet you at the gate. Semper Fi Mike, Always Faithful.


Janet, Proud ex wife of a US Marine"
Janet Utterback Carden of Jumping Branch, West Virginia

"Thank you Michael Williams, 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

"How do you thank someone who sacrifices his life for you without even knowing who you are? It's impossible. The only way I can even try is to promise Lance Cpl. Williams' family and fiancee that I will never take his sacrifice for granted, and I will teach the value of the freedom we Americans have, thanks to soldiers like him, to my children."
Neil Singh of Phoenix, Arizona

"Thank you MJW and Heather for all you've sacrificed. We'll never forget our real heroes!"
Feleshia of San Diego, CA

"Thank you Mike."
Mark of Phoenix

"Our prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Thank you brave soldier, your courage and sacrifice will nerver be forgotten."
Ken and Maritza Holley of Pembroke Pines, Florida

"Thank you for your sacrafice for our freedoms. Our heart felt prayers go out to you and family."
Derk & Karen Palfreyman Family of Salem, Utah

"To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Michael Williams:
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 Michael 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. Michael Williams:
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 Michael, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera, of Powder Springs, Georgia

"Thank you LCpl Williams. Rest in Peace Marine. We will never forget you."
The Taylors, USMC of NC

"I'm so sorry to hear of your loss, but I want you to know how much I appreciate him going over there and fighting to protect me and my freedom. My deepest condolences go out to his family, and yours as well. Thanks again and may God bless America."
Alison of Traverse City, MI

"I am a military wife, and my husband is over in Iraq, serving in the Army's Third infantry Division. I just want to let you know that your appreciated. Thank you for all you have done as a loved one of a service member. Your fiance will be remebered for what he did. Thank You!"
Mandi of Ft. Benning, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on