Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Army 1st Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski

23, of Freehold, New Jersey.
Zilinski died in Bayji, Iraq on when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Died on November 19, 2005.

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"May 25, 2009
On this Memorial Day, we want you to know that the supreme sacrifice made by your son, Dennis, will never be forgotten by an extremely grateful nation. God bless you."
The Levy Family of Manalapan, N.J.

"November 24, 2008
To the family of 1st Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski:
Dennis 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:Dennis W. Zilinski 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"

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

"To the Zilinski Family, I wish to extend to you my deepest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers along with all the other soldiers. Your Dennis is a true American Hero. Dennis will always be rememberd and honored. May God Bless you all and God Bless you Dennis."
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

"We go through life so often,
Not stopping to enjoy the day.
And we take each one for granted,
As we travel on our way.

For in your pain and sorrow,
An Angelís Kiss will help you through,
This kiss is very private,
For it is meant for only you.

We never stop to measure,
Anything we just might miss.
But if the wind should blow by softly,
Youíll feel and Angel Kiss.

A kiss that is sent from heaven,
A kiss from up above.
A kiss that is very special,
From someone that you love.

So when, your hearts are heavy,
And filled with tears and pain.
And no one can console you,
Remember once again.

About the one you grieve for,
Because you sadly miss.
And the gentle breeze you took for granted,
Was just an Angelís Kiss.

Gone Ė but not forgotten.
Thank you for sharing your marine with us,
and for the sacrifice made by you and your family on our behalf.

Proud mom of Lcpl Alex
Currently serving in Iraq"
Patricia of Bishop, CA

"Lt. Zilinski,
Sir, I would like to say thank you to you and the two other soldiers who were with you in that Humvee for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

"Rakkasans-Ne Desit Virtus"
(Let Valor Not Fail)187th Inf. Motto"

"You're missed, Dennis. There is nothing I wouldn't give or do to bring you back for Marie and for your family. God bless you and keep you. You're in our hearts forever."
Chrissi Cicerelle of Clarksville, TN

"LT! Thank you for serving our great nation. It is men and women like you that unselfishly risk your life for American's and the world. You have accomplished so much in your young life. That very few American's ever do! You have touched the hearts of so many. None more important then those under your command LT! I thank you for your service to our COUNTRY. An for being a military brother to our son. Sadly, you joined him recently! So we fully understand the heart ache. As I shed tears for my son and many prior to Gregory. Today those tears rolling down my cheek are for you LT! You are someone's someone and you are someone to the Wahl family. An every American should consider you their someone. After all it was your leadership. That help fight off TERRORISM in the world. That America is alot safer since 911! An all your hard effort to give the Iraqi people HOPE! To one day enjoy freedom in PEACE! Today reach out to your community and political leaders. Request a STREET be named in Dennis honour. We the fallen families must keep our fallen, wounded and those presently serving in Aghanistan, Iraq and other hot zone's across the GLOBE, fresh in the minds of every American. So no one ever disrespects them like the Vietnam veterans have. God Bless! Father of father "Dragon Soldier" Sgt Gregory L.Wahl KIA Balad, Iraq 05-03-04"

"West Point grad, Champion swimmer, Hero. I hope you know the kids in the Iraqi town cried for you. Dennis was the kinda kid parents dream of. Kind, gentle, always smiling. Den, I've cried every day since i found out you're gone. Anthony is headed to Iraq on 2/20 please help watch over him. I know you're just accross the river, waitng for all of us. We'll miss you but we will see you again."
Mike McGuire of Phila, PA.

"Thank you Dennis Zilinski, 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 1st Lt. Dennis Zilinski:
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 Dennis 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 1st Lt. Dennis Zilinski:
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 Dennis, 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