Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

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

Marine Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide, Jr.

20, of Tucson, Arizona.
Zurheide died from hostile fire in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. Died on April 12, 2004.

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"For the first time today I visited you grave. I think of you often and always shed a few tears. You were my best friend in high school and we had a lot of fun times. I miss those days and your smiling face. I know we will meet again but until then I will always have you in my heart."
Linda Eamick of Tucson Az

"Miss you brother"
Benjamin Liotta of San Diego

"I have been thinking of you all a lot lately. I went to your grave yesterday and saw the loving care that is taken in the presentation of your memory. What you sacrificed will live on forever sweet boy. You will live on in our hearts. You will live on in your mom, dad, brothers and in you child. Thank you for my freedom Robert."
Shirley Felix of Tucson AZ 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 Worthington, OH USA

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"April 24, 2009
To the family of Lance Cpl. Robert P. Zurheide, Jr.:
Robert 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

""For a soldier's honor doesn't end with their death...
HONOR becomes their eternal legacy
An inheritance left to this earth and mankind
Of the blessings of freedom and peace"

We will never forget the sacrifice that you made. You are in our thoughts today and everyday. Semper Fi"
Eric, Michelle and Ashley Elrod of Keller, TX

"Its been 5 years and it still feels like this crap happened yesterday!! The pain is still here!! May sound messed up but I still miss him each and everyday!!!"
Elena of arizona

"Zurheide was a quiet but outstanding marine God be with you. SEMPER FI"
Charles Throckmorton of Lex. Ky


Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always."
Eric, Michelle and Ashley Elrod of Keller, TX

"hey rob its been a long time brother, i think about you and the others we lost all the time, you will forever be in my heart. you always went out of your way to make me feel welcome, and you had a heart of gold. I know your son will grow up to be an honorable man, and i promise he will know of his father actions, Semper Fidelis brother."
Doc liotta of New York

I do not know if you have received the news that Major Doug Zembiec was KIA in Iraq on 10 May 2007. Dougy was one of the original memorial cross carriers at Camp Horno. I believe Dougy was also Robert's CO with 2/1 Company E. My late husband, Major Ray Mendoza was a cross carrier as well. Three of the original cross carriers now have a new CO, the Lord himself. I did not realize until reading Robert's page that his KIA date is actually Ray's birthday 12 April. Strange how those three were connected. Dougy's birthday is 14 April. The days go by and I miss my baby dearly; but I have come to the conclusion that God has a definate plan for those three. Not sure what it is, but He knew that he was going to take Robert, Ray and now Dougy. There isn't a thing called coincidence in this case. It is truly fate... three cross carriers KIA... All with ties to 12 or 14 April. I find comfort knowing that their lives were taken for a purpose... only time and God knows why our men were taken away. You're in my prayers and I wish nothing but peace and resolve for your family. Please keep in touch. rkmendoza@yahoo.com.
Blessings Always,"
Karen Mendoza of California

"Thank you for protecting our freedoms, Robert. We will always honor your sacrifice."
Michael Weseen of North Vancouver, BC, Canada

"Hey Robert,
I was just thinking about you on Veterans day.. I thank you for your service. You will be missed by all. Elena I hope you are doing well, along with Robbie... Send some pictures sometime."
Jennessee and the Whitfields and Waltons of West Covina, CA, USA

"Hi Elena,
It has been over two years since we first met you at Camp Pendleton after Robert was killed. Lots has had happened since then. I see you are back in Tucson with little Robbie. I know it is hard and will always miss Robert, but he is your very special Guardian Angel watching over you and Robbie. Robert, you and Robbie are always in my prayers. We have moved to Round Rock, TX and would love to hear from you. Our email address is josesfamily@yahoo.com and our home phoen 512 341-3767.

With love always,
Nora Mosquera & family
Lc.Corporal Jose Antonio "Gutti" Gutierrez mother lost in Iraq March 21, 2003."
Nora Mosquera of Round Rock, TX, USA

"Robert, I know it's been a while brother, but rest assured I carry both you and Brad with me everywhere I go, and I will forever. I'm in the Army now, yeah, I know, make your jokes. Had to find a way to keep fighting the fight man. People just don't get it. It kills me inside a little more everyday, if I could, I would've traded places with you in a heartbeat my brother, as I know you would have for me. I'll never forget that last day we spent together, how painful that morning was, how worried you were about me, how little I was actually suprised by the realization of what an awesome friend you are to me. I won't let you down man, I promise. Oh, and yeah, the marriage failed, but that's for another time. You were right though, just know that much. Anyways man, take care, I miss you, I love you, and Semper Fidelis brother!"
Christopher Covington of Ft. Benning, GA

"To the family of:Robert P. Zurheide, JR. 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"

"Elena, today is memorial day, and I was just thinking about you today and lil robbie. I hope all is well with you two and you both are doing good. My mom and Dad both said to say Hi to you.. Feel free to email or call I still have the same #. I went to Ikea the other day and thought about you and the last time we went."
Jennessee of Rowland heights, CA, USA

Sorry I haven't written (or called) lately, Shane and I will be moving to TX, we are following Dad (He got orders to do something with the National Guard or something Army). We will be in Austin, Tx or in Kyle. I really wanted to post something on 4/12 I was just really lost for words, I always remember that day. How's lil Robbie doing? How are you doing? Well I have to get going I will try to get a hold of you soon (I don't know if I have the right ph #).
Love you Elena and miss you and Robbie

Jennessee of Rowland Heights, CA, US *formerly Camp Pendleton

"how have you been bro you know what i want to appologize for taking so long ot write you know what really sucks no matter april 12th is always in my mind and everythime i think abou tit i just get mad man is bullshit what happend sorry to bring my temper into this man but is true well i hope that you are do9ing well and you know what i saw your son last year he is a big boy and dont worry i wll look up elena and your sona nd he will know what typ eof man you were i was proud of you man i never meet any one lese with more heart than you take care i miss you too man"
Cpl Gomez Perez aka Tank of El Cajon Ca


God be with your family on this day. They will never be forgotten. Their sacrifice, and ours will live on in the freedoms we cherish, until the day that we too realize the real freedom that our loved ones are surrounded in while they wait for us and pray for us."
De'on Miller--Proud Mom of LCpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington NM USA

"i miss you brother, you're in my thoughts EVERY day, and i'll NEVER forget man."

Oh, gee, where do I start! I find it an honor to of known and loved Robert, I can't imagine my life without you two in it. My most charished memories are home when I'm with you, and now with Robbie as well! So many to think about. LOL. All of us in that tiny little apartment, trips to the beach, late night partying, Backstreet boy dances, his Elvis CDs, Disney, that Monkey he had to have!!!.....and the list goes on!!!!! Ya'll were such an important part of my life, and you and Robbie will remain to be. I consider it a priveledge to be your best friend and the Godmother of Robbie!!! I love ya'll so much!!!!! You're doing a great job with Robbie and have been strong for all of us!!!! Robert is now our very own angel and will be watching and taking care of his family in heart, in mind and in spirit.
With All My Love,"
Jewel Purgason of Louisa, Virginia

Its me Julie Banks{rivers}I still think about you all the time i really miss hanging out with you and your a great and stong person hang in there ."
julie rivers of tucson az

"A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You're free at last.
By Charlie Daniels"
Meeka of Canada

"I remember so much about Zurheide. We were "brothers in arms" for two deployments out to Iraq and great friends. He always had a way to lighten the mood and make everyone laugh. From the smoke deck to the card table to just hanging out in the barracks.. I remember it would always be myself, Covington and Zurheide on the smoke deck durring the late hours on the boat the first time.. We would compete over who could smoke a ciggarette the fastest or else we would all show up together with a different flavor smoke and we'd just pass it along between us. Rob, my memories of you wont be forgetten. We've been through too much together and you've made me laugh too many times. I love you brother, I miss you.
-Semper Fi"
"Doc" Russo of Antioch,CA

"I'm not sure where to start. It's been more than a year. I want to call Elena, but every day, I can never find the words. So, like Elena, I just keep going. I don't know when I'll stop, maybe when the world is safe for Robbie to grow up in. He's so beautiful, just like his father. Some people truly are put on this earth for a reason, but few ever realize that reason...Robert did. I still miss and love you my brother...~Chris"
Cpl. Covington of USS Cleveland

"There is rarely a day that goes by that I don't shed tears thinking about your loved one and the other's like him that have given their lives in service of our country. I hope you find solace in knowing others share your loss. Let's all work together to stop hatred,war and terrible loss that come with them"
John Vanderschrier Sp5 USA(ret) of Grafton, Ohio

I'm still thinking of you all the time. I hope everything is going as good as possible. I'm shure that it's still a daily battle. I know there are no answers in this, but stay strong, and take care of that baby. Always know that there is someone out there who cares, and is thinking about you. Robert will not be forgotten, and neither will you. Please give me a call some time. I'm still in California. (760)723-8795
Amanda McCarthy
Proud Wife of Cpl. Joseph McCarthy
KIA Sept. 6, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq"

"This poem is not from personal
experience...but I hope that it
expresses what I believe would be
the feelings of a mother who loses
a son in war. And I salute our
soldiers and their families and say
THANK YOU for your sacrifices in
protecting the freedom for me and my

When he was born
I cried tears of joy;
this was my beautiful
small baby boy.
I still can see him
when he was just three
playing the soldier;
the enemy: the tree.
And in no time at all
he was off to the prom
With the girl that he loved,
I was such a proud mom.
Then came the day
That he went off to war
To be all he could be,
He had joined with the corp.
I prayed by my bed,
each morning and night,
“Please God help my son
to weather this fight.”
Well today is the day
that my son’s coming home
but my tears are in sorrow
and I feel so alone.
For my son will be carried
in a casket of steel,
with a flag draped upon it,
“How can this be real?”
His name was a blurb
on the news on TV
“A soldier has died
in the war ‘cross the sea.”
But he was my son,
my light and my joy,
he was my first,
my small baby boy.
Yet even though death
has left me with tears,
I still have the memories
of all of those years.
And I know that my son
would do it again,
he was fighting for freedom
he did not die in vain.

© Forrest Phelps-Cook

Forrest Phelps-Cook of Greenway, AR/US


As much as I wanted, I was not able to make it to a computer to post your family a message. However, the family of this Marine was very much in my prayers.
I'm sure it was a hard day, yesterday...it's been a hard month. I'll never forget Zurheide's sacrifice--your family's sacrifice. God bless and keep you all."
De'on Miller, Proud Mom of L.Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington, NM, USA


Eric and I had you and Robbie in our thoughts and prayers all day today, I hope you can understand how much we wanted to speak to you and share our empathy for you and your family today. Please know that it was too hard to put into words how much we deeply express your loss and that we will never forget Robert or what he has sacrificed for you, us, and every American. We love you so much and just wish that this would be easier, but I hope that you know so many who knew and loved Robert suffered so much today at the memory of his loss. If you ever need anything please don't hesitate to call. I wish that we had gathered the strength to call you and express our condolences, but were afraid some what selfishly that it would be too hard for us and possibly for you as well. I hope and pray that this day will become a symbol of what Robert's life stood for and that we can memorialize his sacrifice as each year passes. Your loss will not get any easier for any of us, I can only hope that the legacy of the family you built together will prevail this troubled time. Our deepest sypathy and prayers are with you and with Robert.

Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful just as Robert was)

Eric and Jackie Elrod"
Eric and Jackie Elrod of San Antonio, TX/USA

"God keep you and your family, your son. While it will be hard to raise this son, you'll always have a physical part of your husband with you. There is a purpose for everything, I believe. I know that not everyone feels this way, but light and dark can't coincide together. Seek the light dear child. We too have a purpose to meet. And we will join our loved ones there when that is done. I pray for God's peace for you. I know it is a rough time...my thoughts are with you this day. Pray for me, too. Aaron was killed just a little more than 2 weeks after your Marine. They were from the same company and I know the hurt in his voice when he called me after the loss of April 12. My email is deonmiller7@hotmail.com, should you ever need to talk. No death or life is ever in vain. We all touch someone with both. I know, for now I've buried both sons. I have no grandchildren, but I have a wonderful family, and now a child I help in Kenya. It's through sorrow and suffering that he may just be able to eat another day. Take care and be proud of the lives and the duty that your precious husband's life gives meaning to in some way that may be something you know not of. It is eternal."
De'on Miller, Proud Mom of L.Cpl. Aaron C. Austin, USMC, KIA April 26, 2004 Fallujah, Iraq of Lovington, NM, USA

"I just wanted to say that although I havent been in contact with most of my family I will never ever forget Robbie. I loved him so much and during the precious years I lived with my uncle Rob, aunt Lynn, Courtney, Grey and Robbie I looked up to him as I did my own brother. I carry his memory with my everyday, and hope that his wife, son and family are able to get threw this terrible loss, I love you guyes very much and wish that I could be there with you. Im so sorry that this had to happen, even though I no it cant take the pain and loss away you must feel. I wish every day that I could hear Robbie's voice one more time, I love you Robbie and I will never forget you.
my email address is zurheide@hotmail.com if uncle Rob, aunt Lynn, Courtney or Grey would like to talk to me."
Robyn Zurheide of Trenton, Ontario, Canada

"I just want to say i miss you soo much Robert (cousin), and elena i didnt really know you that well but i just want to say im extreamly sorry and i know robert would have been a great father!.. any day i would just give up my life so that robert (cousin) could be here to see his son for the first time.
I miss you sooo much, i just wish this had NEVER happened!!!
Love Always Melissa.Z. (Cousin)"
Love from Family

Thank you brave Marine for the sacrifice you made for the rest of us. You gave up so much and we all owe you our sincere gratitute. You are our hero and we will remember you each day we raise our flag in the front yard. To your loved ones, take comfort in knowing that when you close your eyes for the last time, standing there, smiling with open arms will be your Robert. Semper Fi and God Bless you and your family and may He grant them peace. From a very grateful American family."
Jim and Margie Shaw of Pasadena, Maryland

"Dear Elena:
I never met your husband, but now I think of him daily. His name is inscribed on the hero bracelet that I ordered in December.
I am so sorry that this has happened. I sincerly thank you and your family for the sacrifices that you have made. If there is anything I can do for you or your son, please let me know. You'll always be in my thoughts."
Margaret Zechlin of Novato, CA.

"i remember the day we left, all those of us on the grinder with no one to say good bye to left early to load the packs on the plane, i remember looking out the window of the bus and seeing zurheide holding his wife. i was new to the unit and i hardly knew anyone but i remember this for some reason. that is my best memory of him. he will be missed."

"Dear Elena,
I've left a message on this site before. I want you to know that there is not a day that goes by when i don't think about Robert. In these past eight months, Robert continues to teach me about life and how for granted we all can take it. There are no words to describe his sacrifice for all of us, yet i want you to know that i continue to think about him. Please know his memory lives on in my heart and through my days."
Erin Sisemore of Tucson,AZ

"Dear Elena,
I was so upset to hear about your husband. I served with him during OIF 1. I remember him Out on the Smoke deck doing his N'SYNC dance and having numerous debates over petty stuff. I also remember when he asked me to ride around with him to give him pointers on how to drive a stick shift. He will truly be missed."
Cpl Saurer of Camp Pendleton, CA

"Elena and little Robert,

I read the story of your husband only today (October 11th) as it was related in a story from the NC Times where Robert's best friend was picking up his son upon their return to Camp Pendleton. Please accept my condolences and keep the faith. Raise little Robert with his fathers presence and memory beside you and trust in God that his efforts and sacrifices were not in vain, but for the betterment of all mandkind.

Go with God and stay strong.

Russ Parker
Father of Cpl Keith Parker, Weapons, 2/1"
Russ Parker of Williamsburg VA


"TO his lovely wife ,your a great person and take care always. I will always know you from high school and I know how stong you are."
Julie Banks/ Rivers of Tucson az pima

"God bless, love and thank you for your supreme sacrafice, that we may be safe from this barbaric enemy. I pray that you rest in peace and that one day we get to meet again.

As I just learned about Robert and do not have a phone number to call them, my loving condolences go out to Roberts father (my son), Roberts mother Evelyn and Roberts brothers (my grandsons) Gray & Courtney. God bless you all. I love you. My Email address follows. 8/26/04"
Robert G. Zurheide, Grandfather of bheide@tolucantimes.com

"Only recently hearing of your recent loss I express my heartfelt, belated condolences and pray for you during your grief. I had the opportunity of serving in boot camp (Bravo Co.) and the School of Infantry (Bravo Co.) with Robert. During the short time I knew him I grew to respect his desire and abilities and most importantly, Robert as a man. God Bless You All"
LCpl. Brady L. Thurston of Logan, Utah USA

"Dear concerned friends, family, and caring people. Thank you for your care for my son and I. Robert was a truly great man and a very loving husband and would have made the greatest father. Robert is truly loved. I love Robert so very much and I will always love him. I miss him alot and his beautiful son named after his father Robert Paul Zurheide III, will know who his daddy was by all who knew and loved him. I love you Robert and I always will until the day it is my time to join and still after then!!!!! God bless you DADDY!"
Elena Zurheide of Tucson, Az USA

"Blessings to the family of Robert, I know the pain of your loss. I too lost a loved one in Afghanistan (Robert Cook, 1-29-04). I will be visiting family in the Tucson in September 7-15 and would like to meet other families who have suffered a loss also in the war. Feel free to contact me at candymom50@hotmail.com"
Candy of Poynette, WI

"To the family of Robert;

Our sincerest condolences to your family. Our family has also lost a precious life in this battle for freedom this year. Robert is a true American hero and will be remembered for his bravery and sacrifice to his country. May God give you peace during this time."
Vic and Tammy McClain---azquail@att.net of Tucson, Az.

"My Dearest Daughter: I was there the day they knocked on your door. I will never forget the shock, pain and anguish you suffered so instantly and still do. My heart broke for you and your loss. Yet, I could do nothing. No one can at a time like that except be there for you. As you know, I loved Robert like my own son and miss him as well. I'll never forget the smile that lit up his eyes like sunshine, nor the love he had for you. I thank him for giving you Robbie so we have that part of him to love forever. I and many others pray for you daily. Love you and Robbie."
Your Mommy of Phoenix, AZ, 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

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

"To Elana and the Zurheide family,
My name is doc liotta and I had the privledge and honor of serving with Robert in his platoon, and i just want to give you and your family my deepest condolences. Robert was truly the greatest marines that i know. He had the biggest heart in the world and will always be remembered by everyone that served with him or new him. I pray for you and your family."
Benjamin Liotta of New York

"To Elana and the Zurheide family,
My name is doc liotta and I had the privledge and honor of serving with Robert in his platoon, and i just want to give you and your family my deepest condolences. Robert was truly the greatest marines that i know. He had the biggest heart in the world and will always be remembered by everyone that served with him or new him. I pray for you and your family."
Benjamin Liotta of New York

"Elena and the Zurheides,

I don't know what to say. Robert was my brother, and I loved him as such. He could be the goofiest kid on earth sometimes, but he also had the biggest heart of anyone I ever met. It was the greatest honor to live,fight,laugh, and yes, despite being Marines, sometimes even cry with one of the best friends a guy could ever ask for.

I love you Robert,

Semper Fidelis"
LCpl. Covington of Fallujah, Iraq

"Elena, I am so sorry to hear about Robert. I know how much you do love him. Words can not express how much I feel for you and your baby right, please remember I am always here for you. We will miss Robert as much as you will even though i only met him a couple of times. Just remember i am here if you wanna talk."
Andrea and Briana of camp pendleton california

My heart mourns for you everytime I think of Robert. He was very sweet, and I know he was good to you. He is a true hero, and will always be remembered as one.
Be strong, we all know you are a very strong young woman. And if you feel weak, remember you have many who love and support you to help you through this. Remember if you ever need to talk, I am here for you. Many hugs and prayers."
Bonnie Eamick of Greenville NC (Tucson native)

"Dear Evelyn,
It is with heartfelt sadness that I learned of Robert's passing from Kuya Ver. We (children of Kakang Gino), your Pilapil cousins from Talaba would like to express our sympathy on the untimely death of your son. Our prayers go to you and your family. May your memories be a source of comfort ."
Rowena Pilapil-Murphy of Kapolei, Hawaii, U.S.A.

"Dear Elena,
Kevin and I are so sorry for your loss. I was absolutely devastated when I found out. Robert is a true hero. I am saddened to say I have lost your phone number but If you would like to talk with me my email address is the same as before. I am very sorry we lost touched after the guys came home. I would love to be to there if you need someone. Robert will never be forgotten.
Cpl Kevin Johnson and Mrs. Katy Johnson"
Katy Michelle Johnson of San Angelo, Texas


"Dear Elena and the Zurheide Family,
It was a pleasure meeting you Elena for the first time last year at the ball. I'm sorry we didn't get the chance to hang out more. You are such a sweetheart. I'm sorry I never got the chance of meeting Robert or his family. From what Jake has told me, Robert and him were great buddies, he was a fantastic husband, and a wonderful person. Jake and I both hope you accept our deepest condolences. We will pray for you and the Zurheide family. You are a wonderful person and you will pull through."
Jake and Claire Atkinson of Richmond, Virginia

"To Elena, Robbie, and the rest of the Zurheide family. I would just like to express my deepest condolences. My husband, LCPL Covington loved Robert dearly, and was proud to serve beside him. His memory will live on forever by the people who loved him."
Lori Covington of Redwood City, CA

"To Robert's Family,
I just want to say i had the pleasure to meet Robert in eighth grade and we attended high school together. Robert has the most contagious laugh and i remember that he always did what he loved. From his singing performances to his duty as a marine. Through this i know it was his call to be a marine and give his life to ensure that we may live in peace. He gave a sacrifice that i can never thank him for and i want you to know that your son has changed my life through his own. Robert has made this world a better place by his sacrifice. May you always have the courage, that you gave to Robert. Thank you for your son who has taught me so much about determination and living a life that makes one happy. Your family is in my prayers."
Erin Sisemore of Tucson Arizona

"semper fi marine rest in peace"
a fellow marine of camp pendleton ca

"Rest in Peace Tufelhunden"
The Taylors USMC NC

"To Robert's Family:
Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of your great hero. May God Bless you and help you through this difficult time."
Dan and Meg Manninen of San Antonio, Texas

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

"Semper Fi, Marine. May God bless you and your family."
D.Spenn of Columbus, OH

"To Robert's Family and Friends:

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

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

"To the family and friends of Lance Corporal Robert P. Zurheide, Jr.,

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 USA

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

"Thank you Robert Zurheide, Jr., 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. Robert Zurheide, Jr.:
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 Robert 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. Robert Zurheide, Jr.:
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 Robert, 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