Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine 2nd Lt. John Thomas "J.T." Wroblewski

25, of Oak Ridge, New Jersey.
Wroblewski died due to hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 6, 2004.

Please send information, photos, and corrections for Marine 2nd Lt. John T. Wroblewski.


Arlington National Cemetery - John Thomas Wroblewski
NJ Fallen Heroes Memorial - 2ndLt John Thomas Wroblewski
Daily Record photo gallery: Funeral for Marine Lt. John Wroblewski
Daily Record photo gallery: Burial at Arlington National Cemetary
Rutgers Alumni - A Marine to The Core Dies in Iraq
Suddenly, it's kill or be killed for Marine company
Contributions to the Families of the Fallen


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We will never forget !!"
Dirk Lens (Co. Gunny) Fox Co. 2/4 2004 of Vista Ca

"You are an inspiration to Jefferson Township. We remember. 11/22/22"

"Thinking of you a lot lately. The world is not in good shape. Iraq is a mess and it makes me sad for your mom and dad. Your cousin Jeff's JT is tall and handsome , smart and sweet. I hope he can lives in a more peaceful world,but it does not look good !"
Harry Hartman of Lanoka Harbor, NJ

"8/26/2014 JT, Thinking of you this Memorial Day."
Harry Hartman of Lanoka Harbor, NJ

"I was on twitter and saw a friend retweet a pic of you, your rank, and day of your passing. it stuck out to me because that is my birthday, so I got on the internet and started looking and reading about your story. I leave for Marine Corps boot camp Feb 10, it's men like you who inspired me to enlist in the first place. Thank you brother, Semper Fi."
Garde of Avery, Tx

I'm sorry I just now found out about this website, but you know that we talk to each other enough that we don't need a website to communicate. Whenever things get tough, I just picture you at TBS curling your lip and saying "suck it up Teufelshunden". I was always so concerned about you thinking I was a good Marine that I could never show weakness around you. Living on the same block aboard Pendleton, driving into town every Saturday to get our "grapes shaved", having you break out into random close order drill cadence...I think about those times and know that you aren't really gone. I try to reach out to your family every April 6 to let them know I am thinking about them. I haven't been 100% on it, and I know you would call me "unsat", but I want your family to know that their Marine Corps brothers/sons are still here for them when they need us. I miss you and can't wait till we are hanging out again, talking about "Da Bears" and yelling at each other to "lock your nasty body". Semper Fidelis Brother."
AK (Captain John Akalaonu) of Chicago, IL

"Still remembered 08/16/2012"
Allen Wrobleski of Peckville Pa.

"Today, as on every Memorial Day, we flew the flag dedicated to J.T. God Bless."
Judith Pheil Troy of Hanover, Pa

"We know that our freedom has a price; it is a price that goes far beyond money and politics. It is a price that leaves an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who are left behind. We won't forget that our freedom is dearly paid for, and will keep this knowledge in our hearts and minds, always.
Semper Fi, JT, and our love to the Wroblewski family this Memorial Day."
Kirsten, Douglas, Peyton, & Paige Smith of Oak Ridge, NJ

"Shawn - Thinking of you and your family. Melissa Niechwiadowicz Zyla (zyla5mm@comcast.net)"
Melissa of Bucks County PA


The years go by but time always stands still on April 6. As I told youwhen you left for duty, we love you and always will.We will never forget. We love you and miss you."
Steve and Vicky Gilliatt of Rio Verde, Arizona


Thinking of you today, brother. (I can't seem to forget all the wise cracks at IOC!) RIP and keep watching over us all. Semper Fi."
Capt Kleinman of Atlanta, GA

"Thank you for your service to our Country.
Rest in Peace ."
Henry Kocanda of Carlstadt NJ

"Shawn - thinking of you and your family on this Memorial Day Week-end. Rembering J.T. always,
Arlene (Val's sister) of Vernon, N.J.

"John was an amazing person. We graduated from High School together. He was Athletic, Kind, Intelligent, and Strong of Character - everything good that a man should be. I am proud to have known him just well enough to smile and say 'hello' in the hall when we were in school. Truly a tragic loss to our town and to our country. He will be missed."
Allison Hoyle of Oak Ridge, NJ USA

to all
i lost my husband Sep. 30th 2010
in Afgan to a IDE
what i am asking of you is help to get this passed plz take a look at the website below ...if u need to contact me or if u have any questions my email is Marine_wife24@hotmail.com
thank you for your time
Marine wife

Nichole Jackson of Williamsburg Ky

"Semper Fi"
Jonathan Shaw of Easton, Pennsylvania

Yesterday, 8/28/10, I was in Washington DC. I was there for an event about restoring Honor in America. It was all about men like you. Thank You"
Harry A. Hartman of Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey


"5/31/2010 Thinking of JT."
Harry & Judy(Brewer) Hartman of Lanoka Harbor,NJ

"April 24, 2009
To the family of 2nd Lt. John T. Wroblewski:
John 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

"Hey JT, this is my first time ever writing to you, usually just look up and speak with you. It is awesome to see all these great people writing to you about their special memories they shared with you and their thoughts about you. Man, i miss you terribly(we all do), and can't wait to fall asleep at night to maybe hang out and laugh in dreams with you. You are either in a white t-shirt and jeans or your magnificent dress blues in those dreams. I laugh so hard with some of your friends telling me i sound, look, and act just like you. i sometimes still find myself wanting to call you to tell you new things about the business, family, or things happening in jefferson. Life is certainly tough when you lose your older brother/idol. I will tell you what tho, i am most proud to of had you become an american hero and it is a great honor to tell people that you died for the red, white, and blue. "Johnny America" paid off brother. Well man, ill let you go. Just know that we all love and miss you alot. Pay a visit to mom and dad sometime, they'd love to see you along with mike and rich.
P.S. throw some nice snow this way for me. Thanks."
Your Brother Dave of Jefferson Twsp - USA -

"To the Wroblewski Family,

The run “approaches”. Although I am sporting muscle cramps from this past weekend’s “Livestrong Challenge”, I anxiously await for the fifth of October to be part of a worthy cause and more importantly to see the Wroblewski Family.
My oldest son, Matt, returned safely from Iraq. He has signed up for another four years to attend OCS. He leaves on the fourth of October, his better half, (wife), is being recruited to join us for the run.
My heart swells with pride but fear is always present. Bitterness directed at the press and the American people in general, grows each day. The successes of our military and their sacrifices are delegated to back pages of newspapers or are forgotten. I realize I am prejudicial as two cousins, head back for second and third tours, and the probability that Matt will once again be sent into harm’s way.
I will be leaving Jefferson in March to coach at Vernon. I could not pass on the opportunity to coach my youngest son his senior year. I will continue to tell the story of JT and the Wroblewski family. Your values and sacrifices are what being an “American” stand for.
God Bless,"
Harry Shortway of Vernon, NJ

"I am from Morris County NJ and I am also in 2nd Bn 4th Marines and also a Rutgers Graduate. We have so much in common and everyday i put my uniform on and I do it for people like you who made the ultimate sacrifice. You were never be forgotten. You made Jefferson, Morris Couty, Rutgers and everyone so proud. Hopefully I will meet you one day it will be such an honor"
SSGT Cassidy of Riverdale NJ

"Brother John
I have listed to you on Mark's show wabc and I want to say thank's to You and your family. I am a member of the FDNY and survivor of 9-11 . My good friend was not so luck you may have heard of him Ron Bucca. I would like to ask you a question if you email me at truckie117@yahoo.com I would greatly appreciate it.
Again thank you and your family your son was truly an American Hero!"
Mike Cain of Brooklyn,NY USA

"John Sr. - I saw on Fox the moving segment of your visit to the spot of JT's climactic end in Iraq. May God bless your family.

Semper Fi"
Bob Barnes, USNA 77 of Atlanta GA

"I just saw the story on Fox News about JT. God Bless your family, thank you from my family for your sacrifice."
Dan Briggs of Allen. Texas

"Jt I remember meeting you while you where at OCS with my son who is now a Captain teaching at OCS.We met only briefly at Quantico but again later on.My son always spoke very highly of you and was devastated by your death.He will always remember you and will see you GUARDING the GATES of HEAVENS DOOR>GOD BLESS YOU and THANK YOU for my FREEDOM.MY best wishes to your family here on earth"

"Jt I remember meeting while you where at OCS with my son who is know a Captain teaching at OCS.We met only briefly at Quantico but again later on.My son always spoke very highly of you and was devastated by your death.He will always remember you and will see you GUARDING the GATES of HEAVENS DOOR>GOD BLESS YOU and THANK YOU for my FREEDOM.MY best wishes to your family here on earth"


You were a leader of Marines and an officer that 'lead from the front.'
As a former US Marine and a resident of Oak Ridge, I will always remember your bravery and sacrafice. Our town, our country and our Marine Corps is a little less with your absence. You will not be forgotten, Sir.
May God bless you and your family forever."
Peter K. of Oak RIdge, NJ


Please forgive me for not finding this site until now. I just wanted to tell you personally how much you and Joanna meant to me and my family. You are very sadly missed and I will always be greatful for the short time we had in OCS, TBS, and IOC. I know if it had not been for your advice, I may not have made it through OCS and for that I will always be in your debt. I miss you brother. RIP."
Capt Reddick of Atlanta, GA

"Mr Wrobleski, I heard you interviewed on Mark Levin's radio show. My heart breaks for your loss. All through America's history, fine brave men like your son have fought and died to keep this nation free and I thank God every day for real men like John. Where would be without this long line of dedicated selfless men?

I hope the well deserved pride you feel for your brave and beautiful son John helps to comfort you in your time of grief.

I just want to thank you and all the families of our fallen heroes for the sacrifice they have made for me and my family. We admire, respect and love them all."
Joyce Romano of Redondo Beach, CA

"Yesterday I heard the story on "Weekend America" of John Wrobewski's trip to Iraq to see where his son was and what J.T. saw while he was there. I have two sons and as I listened to the love and pain of a father, I started to cry. My boys know I'm touched by such stories of family love. My heart and thoughts go out to the family of John T. Wroblewski."
Tony Whitmore of Los Angeles, CA/US

"God bless you and your family, let your sacrifice and honor not be in vain."
N Risch of Houston, Texas

"To the family of:John T. Wroblewski 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"

"semper fi marine!!!!"
john of tuckerton, new jersey

"I watched a show last night, and was deeply touched by it. I was amazed by your strength and courage and I cried as I watched your story. You are an amazing Marine wife and I admire and commend you. God Bless you always"
Army Wife of AZ

"Dear John, Shawn, Mike, Dave and RIch:

I just want you to know that J.T. is constantly in my
thoughts and prayers as I will continue to share his
amazing and courageous story. He will always be
a hero who will never be forgotten.

With Love and Admiration,

New Milford, NJ"
Suzanne L. Amirano of New Milford, NJ

"still think of u every day. miss u ."
chris of pa

"Wroblewski Family,
My wife and I visited John's grave on June 24, 2006 and our major goal will be to never ever let people forget the sacrifice this brave young man and all the many other soldiers who have given their lives so we can be a free nation."
Tom & Barbara Madsen of Sussex, New Jersey USA

"My heartfelt condolences for the loss of your son. Since we have the same last name which is not very common, I was wondering if your family tree had a Joseph and Constance Wrobleski (some of the family did spell it with a w...I grew up in New Jersey, my dad has been deceased for many years and we do not have much family history...except my grandparents lived in Pennsylvania. Please respond...thanks, and God Bless."
Shirley nee Wrobleski

"I salute you!"
Angela Turman of Fort Worth, Texas

"Dear John & Shawn

As we pass April 6 and look on towards Memorial Day I find myself thinking often of John. His picture is on my desk and I look at that proud young man in his Dress Blues every day. I didn't know your son personally but I feel that I got to know him well from the many stories that were written and what you, his wife, and others told us at that remarkable Church Service.

I couln't attend the Viewing and I didn't approach you or Shawn at the Church but I just had to tell you now that having four children of my own I couldn't even begin to imagine how terrible it would be to lose any of them.

I write you today and know that you must be thinking of John. I want you to know that there are others thinking about him too. Americans like my wife Dale and I. We are proud of what John and his Buddies did and are doing to keep our Country Free.

I want you to know that on this Memorial Day when I stand in front of the West Jersey Vietnam Veterns Memorial in Lafayette and read the 167 names I will also Remember Marine Lt. 'J T ' Wroblewski.
May God Bless and Keep You.

Semper FI

Tom Walsh"
Thomas J Walsh of Sparta, New Jersey

"Brother, I will always remember all those early morning PT sessions we did to get ready for OCS. Thank you for your sacrifice, and your brothers will never forget you."
1st Lt Richard Zjawin of A Co 1st BN, 4th Marines

"JT, you will forever be missed and Loved by all of us. We think about you all the time and you will forever be in our hearts. My brother and I think about all the great memories we had during our glory days of Jefferson High. You have done us all Proud to be an American."
Ben Morella & Family of Las Vegas, NV

"Dear John Wroblewski senior,I admire the fortitude and calm with which you defended our mission in Iraq on the news tonight. If only the rest of our fellow citizens were as steadfast in their commitment to our mission as you and your son, the war on terror would be that much closer to being won. Your son will never be forgotten!"
Lt. Kevin C. Eccleston of New Rochelle, N.Y. F.D.

"We just heard of your heroism...listening to John T. Wrobleski, Sr speak at the Washington DC Organization as a Gold Star Father. We were privledged to hear your words that touched our hearts. Our ten year old daughter was mezmerized by your story and we are beyond grateful for the sacrifice - ultimate sacrifice that you have made, for using the platform to educate others and reminding us all of what you have done for our continued freedom. You have touched us for life."
Ellan Toothman of Waynesburg

"We grieved for you when we learned of your courageous son and his sacrifice to this great country. We respect your family for your courage in accepting his fate while he was doing what he believed in. We are now outraged by Cindy Sheehan and her followers and can't imagine what this protest must be doing to you and all the men and women overseas. Thank you so much for gathering the strength to oppose them and show them how wrong they are. God Bless your family and God Bless America."
DeBois Family of Denville, NJ

"If we had more people in this world with the strength, courage, and honor J.T. had it would be a safer, more peaceful place. Not only did the Marines lose a great soilder, but the world has lost a great man. Your unslefish acts will always be remembered. Semper Fi"
Jim O'Brien of Jefferson, NJ

"JT-I have no words to say to you other then you are a hero and thank you. It's people like you that really do make a difference in this world. American would not be what it is without the bravery of you and all of the other men and women in the services. You were a amazing person and a great brother, son, and husband. I'm honored to have known you. Never will you be forgotten."
Allison Haggett of Stockholm, NJ

""Robes", You will always be in my heart as a hero I look up to."
Chris of Pa

"My children and I visited your son's marker at a healing field in Gresham, Oregon today. Words cannot convey our gratitude at his bravery and selflessness, nor our sorrow for your loss. I was comforted by the photograph I found in the news archives of John headed for a light that outshines all else. Though it may an unbeatable foe to us, death must surrender to God. By His mercy and for His glory, may we one day join John in a place of joy, peace, and blessing - forever."
The Scarborough family of Lafayette, OR

"Dear Mr. Wroblewski:

I watched you on MSNBC tonight and was inspired by your strength and courage. Please take comfort in knowing that my young family and I will never forget your son's sacrifice for the cause of freedom and liberty. He is a hero and we will always keep him in our prayers. God Bless You."
Alex of Pittsburgh


"To the Wroblewski family,

I am the Marine who put the Marine Corp flag of for JT at the funeral home, JT would have done the same for me. The flag was up for 3 weeks until I took it down one Friday evening. I still have it in my truck and salute JT every time I pass. Let me know if you want it, if it helps.

JT, "Robo" you will be missed but NEVER fade from memory - SEMPER FI

Richard "Butch" Cassidy"
Rich USMC '78 - 82 of Flanders, NJ

"From the family of J.T. Wroblewski. Thank you all for your kind words and love. It is helping us get through a very difficult time. Also, Tina Sundem, if you read this, please contact us at 973-697-7442. We would love to hear from you about our J.T.
Thank you all. Mr. and Mrs. John Wroblewski and family."
Shawn Wroblewski of Jefferson Twp., NJ

"I am very sorry. I am waiting for a soldier to come home and the days are very slow and long. I am afraid I will feel your pain and can only imagine...I know that I will be proud and I will know in my heart these soldiers go willingly to lay their life down for freedom and the American way. I pray also for the men still there and hope soon they can all come home."
cheryl of Pennsylvania

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

"My deepest condolences to the friends and family of LT Wroblewski. I cared for him after he arrived at the hospital. Please contact me if I may be of any help."
CPT Tina Sundem of Army Nurse 31st CSH

"I didn't know you, sir, but I shed tears over your death. May you rest in peace with your fallen comrades."

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

"To the Family of 2ndLT Wroblewski,

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words to you and other family members of Marines who have fallen. I come from a long family line of Marines; I too am a Marine Corps veteran. His service to his Country and his Corps will live forever in the minds of his fellow Marines all over this country.

While I never personally met this Marine, every Marine is my brother and it is with love and respect to his family that I say to them the words of retired GySgt Ermey, "The Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever."

Semper Fidelis"
Mac of Iowa

"Just too young to die, I only wish I had gotten to know you better.

Uncle Richie"
Richard Butler of New Hyde Park N.Y.

"You made me proud to be an American. You will never be forgotten"

"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 John will not be forgotten. He was a true American!"
Charles Davis family of Kailua, Hawaii

"To the family and friends of 2nd Lt. John T. Wroblewski,

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

"To Joanna, The Wroblewski Family, and John(Our Hero)We love you all very much. John will forever be in our memories. We could have never asked for a better person in our lives.We were so lucky to have known this man who was a gift from God. Daniel and I pray everyday that we are all find comfort and peace. May John watch over his fellow comrads and may he live in peace now. We love you! Megan and Dan- God Bless America"
Megan & Dan of New Jersey

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

"To John's Family:
There aren't words to express the grief we all feel for your loss. May God bless you and watch over you."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

"On behalf of the Blanco-Caldas family, we send our sincere condolences. We share the same loss...the same pain. Our prayers are with you and we thank you for your child's bravery & sacrifice.

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

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden,Semper Fi
The Taylors

"Thank you John Wroblewski, 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 2nd Lt. John Wroblewski:
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 John 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 2nd Lt. John Wroblewski:
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 John, 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